New evidence has recently been uncovered and it implies that Mary Magdalene was the likely successor of Jesus. The importance of Mary Magdalene has always been accepted because she was the principal disciple at the tomb in all of the four gospels and not the male apostles. But there was ambiguity between the various gospels about what actually happened at the tomb. This was where Mary Magdalene and the other women saw either men or angels in white shining garments.

However, the final version with John’s gospel was resolute enough for an investigator to pose a very challenging question as follows: How could Mary Magdalene look into the tomb and see two angels sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain while Peter could only see linen clothes ? (John 20:6-14) Those two completely different views of what Mary Magdalene and Peter saw suggest that they had looked into two separate rooms.

There was however a readymade answer to the puzzle and strangely, it was outlined openly in the gospel. This was where it stated that the veil of the temple or tabernacle was torn in two when Jesus died on the cross. Was it possible that the gospel writers had used the two roomed tabernacle as an image motif for the tomb to relate the events that happened from the death of Jesus until his resurrection?

The gospels were written some thirty to seventy years after the resurrection and so the writers were describing the events decades removed from the original setting. They also had the unenviable task of trying to explain the mystical concept of the resurrection.

The tabernacle was an ideal forum to relate the events and the new evidence suggests that it was designed for that purpose. This may be why a tabernacle adorns the altars of Christian churches. Furthermore, those tabernacles hold the hosts which symbolize the body of Christ.

The original tabernacle was a tent erected by Moses on the journey to the Promised Land. This tent was divided into two rooms by a veil. One room was God’s exclusive chamber and it symbolized heaven. It housed the Ark of the Covenant together with two angels who were sitting at either end of the Lord’s seat. Only the high priest could access this divine inner chamber. In contrast, the regular priests were restricted to officiate in the outer chamber of the tent which symbolized earth.

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The original tabernacle was a tent erected by Moses.

Telling of the events through the lens of the tabernacle brought the blurred picture into focus and it had revolutionary consequences for Mary Magdalene. John’s gospel indicated that she was able to look into God’s heavenly chamber because she saw the two angels sitting at either end of where the head and feet of the body of Jesus had lain. This implied that the gospel writer afforded Mary Magdalene the same status as the traditional high priest. Yes, the status of the high priest, because only they had access into God’s heavenly chamber.

In contrast, Peter only saw linen clothes, and this implied that he was restricted to the outer earthly chamber, thus indicating that he was a regular priest. If this explanation with the tabernacle could be substantiated, it would make a compelling case to deem Mary Magdalene was the chosen successor of Jesus.

The Evidence About the Tabernacle Was in the New Testament

The statement about the veil of the temple or tabernacle being split in two at the death of Jesus was not the only evidence to introduce that holy sanctuary. In Chapter 9 of the Book of Hebrews it clearly indicated that Jesus was in the tabernacle after his death. It even outlined how he entered heaven.

One of the references was as follows: “He entered in once into the holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:12) It stated that Jesus entered into the holy place, which was the outer room of the tabernacle. The reference referred to Jesus having obtained eternal redemption for us and that was only achieved when he died.

Fragment of a fourth-century text of the apocryphal Dialogue of the Savior, in which Mary Magdalene is a central figure.

It also stated that “Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figure of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:” (Hebrews 9:24) It is telling us that Christ entered into heaven itself and that was God’s holy of holies inner room of the tabernacle. It clarified the situation with God’s inner chamber in the next verse where it stated that the high priest entered it every year. But it was the part where it stated that Christ had not entered the holy places made with hands but into heaven itself, which shone a light on a magnificent knowledge that had slumbered secretly in the tabernacle.

The Heavenly Orbits Were Overlaid on the Tabernacle Dimensions

The position about the tabernacle as an image for the tomb was prompted after I had made a tantalizing discovery about its design features. While studying its construction details I detected something odd where three of the four numerical weights of the gold and silver treasures to decorate the tabernacle had the same numerical values as the lunar month, two solar years, and five lunar years.

Because they were listed as gold and silver weights the notion of a treasure trail was beckoning. It led me to examine the dimensions of the tabernacle to see if there were more of the planetary orbits to be detected. It was a sensational exercise because I found that the designers of the tabernacle had proportioned the structure, so that its various dimensions in the biblical units of square cubits had the same numerical values as the orbits of the seven planets together with several unusual time periods.

The cosmic data in the dimensions of the tabernacle transfigured the hardware structure of boards and curtains into a metaphysical heaven on earth. This would account for the statement in the Book of Hebrews that Jesus had not entered the holy places made of hands, because the tabernacle was designed with the cosmic configuration of a planetarium. The tabernacle therefore was an ideal abstract forum for the gospel writers to relate the paranormal events at the tomb on a higher metaphysical plane.

Mary Magdalene and the Purification Ritual at the Tabernacle

The Book of Hebrews was setting the agenda with the tabernacle and there was more evidence to follow where it stated: “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens shall be purified with these.” (Hebrews 9:23) The main patterns of things in the heavens were the regular orbits of the planets but it was puzzling as to how they could be purified.

On further investigation of the celestial data in the dimensions of the tabernacle I found a possible answer. I detected a relationship between the orbits of the planets and the other time periods. It began where the orbit of Mercury had a ratio with seven and fourteen years and Venus had a ratio with eight years.

Two of those periods with seven and eight years were outlined in 4Q319 of the Dead Sea Scrolls as conjunctions. Those conjunctions were spectacular because Mercury actually crosses the face of the sun in irregular intervals of seven years while Venus does the same in intervals of eight years.

The picture developed further when I found that the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn also had long term conjunctions. It was therefore astonishing to find that the equivalent numerical values of those conjunctions had also been factored into the tabernacle structure.

The validity of the unusual data was confirmed when I found that recordings of several of those conjunctions had been written on Babylonian tablets dating back to the 4th century BC. The conjunctions were called ‘goal years’ possibly because they were quite rare.

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