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Originally posted by one_small_step
not versed on it - can't comment. Beliefs & intrepretation are personal.
Not really my cup of tea though.
Originally posted by mythatsabigprobe
Pure imagination I think. Just somebody trying to express the most magnificent and awe inspiring building they could imagine, made entirely from precious jewels. The measurements don't seem to make any sense - where does 12,000 furlongs come from if one wall is only 144 cubits?
It's odd that they keep referring to 'pure gold' as like clear glass..
Originally posted by Hal9000
I guess this is in this forum because you think it is about a UFO sighting?
So let me ask, has there ever been a sighting similar to this? No, I think it's safe to assume it is just another description of the kingdom of heaven.
I do think there are interesting stories in the bible that do sound like ET visitations.
Originally posted by Gazrok
Considering they knew of pyramids during the writings, I'd imagine that if it was meant to be pyramid shaped, they'd have said so...
As for the breastplate...yes, it's interesting and an astute connection, but I've never read anything supporting any mystical reason for crystal use in the church, aside from the assumption that like other weatlthy components (gems, jewels, gold, etc.) in the church are usually used to enhance the grandeur of the experience.
For those who don't know, the poster is referring to the breastplate worn by the high priest in the Tabernacle, which has inset gems bearing the full name of God. The high priest would go in to commune with God, using the Ark of the Covenant, and a rope would be tied to him (in case he got fried by God for not being pious enough).
Getting back to the topic though....I think the descent to Earth is more about describing coming down to collect the worthy, more than describing an actual craft.