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Mysterious White Powder

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Mysterious White Powder

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Date: Wednesday - March 12, 2003
Host: George Noory
Guests: Laurence Gardner

"History is full of facts but not necessarily full of truths," said Laurence Gardner, an esteemed historian, genealogist and author who was the guest on Wednesday's show. Delving back into ancient times, Gardner has sifted through arcane sources to reach an astonishing conclusion. He believes that a mysterious white powder was known to the Egyptians, Babylonians and Israelites and was used to power the Ark of the Covenant, which he suggests was a potent battlefield weapon. This white powder was derived from gold and had "magical and exotic properties," Gardner said.

He posited that the powder was taken internally by the Pharaohs and that it increased their perceptions and longevity. "These substances would change the physical being of the person," Gardner said, adding that they may have actually started to glow. That is why "they call them the shining ones," he added. The magical powder called "mfkzt" was also associated with levitation and superconductivity.

Gardner believes this formulation is the same as the elemental substance that was discovered in modern times called Orbitally Rearranged Monatomic Element (ORME). This material could have applications in everything from medicine to fuel cell technology. It's "the ultimate key," said Gardner "with routes to the macrocosm in terms of space technology and the microcosm in terms of nanotechnology."

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Egyptian Roots

Laurence Gardner has drawn some fascinating conclusions about the roots of modern day Judeo-Christianity. In a lecture he presented at the Nexus Conference in 1998, he discussed how many stories, prayers, and rituals in Judaism and Christianity are actually hybrids or adaptations from older Egyptian, Canaanite and Mesopotamian traditions.

For instance the name "Amen" which is recited after prayers actually refers to an Egyptian god, Gardner states. "Not only were the Ten Commandments drawn from Egyptian ritual, but so too were the Psalms reworked from Egyptian hymns, though they were attributed to King David," Gardner said. He added that the Egyptian Book of the Dead was used in compiling the Old Testament, and parts of the Kabbalah were gleaned from the wisdom of the Egyptian god Thoth.

Interestingly, Gardner points out that Jesus wouldn't have had access to the Old Testament but to scriptures that contained a number of books that were eventually not included in the current Bible. He names the Book of the Lord, the Book of the Wars of Jehovah, and the Book of Jasher. "Why were they not included? Quite simply because their content did not suit the new Jehovah-based religion that was being created. Jasher for example, was the Egyptian-born son of Caleb," said Gardner.

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