CHICAGO, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A 9.0 Earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks. A 30-foot tsunami. A volcano erupts in southern Japan. A $35 billion hit to the economy. Thousands dead, injured, displaced, and missing.
And now fears of a nuclear meltdown. This confluence of events in Japan has created a horrific event of biblical proportions.
Japan is the third largest nuclear power user in the world and, as of 2008, had 55 active nuclear reactors operating around the island nation, many along the coastlines. Nuclear provides one-third of Japan's electricity; that's 49,467 megawatts of power.
There have been various accounts of the catastrophe. A China Daily article, "Japanese With Radiation Isolated," reports that individuals suspected of having radiation contamination are being 1) screened, 2) cleansed, and 3) isolated.
"As priests and keepers of the Ark of the Testimony, Moses and Aaron would agree with the approach of the Japanese because the ark was contaminated with radioactivity," said Roger D. Isaacs, author of "Talking with God. The Radioactive Ark Of The Testimony. Communication Through It. Protection From It."
"Many Old Testament laws were designed to protect the Israelites from radioactivity. When the Lord spoke to them through a radioactive cloud, which descended onto the Ark for that purpose, the Ark would become highly radioactive. The Bible reports that people died or became ill if they came too close or touched the Ark. Thus, the protective uniforms of the priests, procedures, safety regulations, and facilities were all designed to protect the priests, the people, animals, buildings, and the environment from radioactive danger," he said.
The close alignment of the Japanese protocol - screen, cleanse, isolate - with Old Testament laws is striking, he said. Read with a modern understanding, portions of the Old Testament begin to look more and more like modules in an operations manual.
1. Screen. Israelites who got too close to the Ark died or contracted radiation poisoning. Survivors had to be "screened" by a priest. Leviticus 13 renders many verses that begin with "And a priest will see him..." Since radioactivity can spread among people, clothing, animals, and even buildings, one of the many responsibilities of the priest was to prevent the spread of contamination among the people. Thus, it was necessary to quickly determine who had been contaminated and how severe the case was.
The priest would look at the condition of the flesh to see if there were burns, patches, and discoloration. He would also look to see if the hair had turned white or had fallen out.
2. Cleanse. If the condition of the skin and hair indicated radiation contamination, the priest diagnosed the sufferer as "unclean." A "cleansing" or healing regimen would be prescribed in seven-day stages; how many stages depended on the severity of the affliction and symptoms.
The Hebrew word "tawhor" is traditionally translated as "clean," but not clean as opposed to "unclean" in a sacred context. "Tawhor" is not a religious word; it is a technical term signifying that the cloud's radiation was minimized or removed by various procedures, including washing and sacrifice, which helped neutralize the contamination. Clean means that no radiation was present. Today, in the event of a dirty bomb explosion, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that those affected should "cleanse" themselves by showering or washing the body and hair with soap and water.
3. Isolate. "Unclean" (Hebrew "tawmay") people and houses, i.e., those who were either contaminated or susceptible to radiation contamination, were isolated to prevent the spread of contamination. Leviticus 13:46 says, "All the days that the radiation [as translated by Roger Isaacs] is in him he will be 'tawmay;' alone he will dwell; outside the camp [will be] his habitation."
"'Unclean' doesn't suggest wrongdoing as mistranslations have led us to believe. Unclean means that someone or something has either been exposed to radiation or could attract it. Interestingly, the comparable Ugaritic word 'thr' means 'pure.' The Egyptian 'twr' means 'clean' or 'cleanse,'" said Isaacs.
So much of what we know today about the effects of ionizing radiation seem to coincide with the biblical report of events occurring several thousands of years ago, he said.
More facts about radiation in the Old Testament can be found in the new book "Talking with God. The Radioactive Ark Of The Testimony. Communication Through It. Protection From It." Available through Amazon. Join our ongoing discussion at TalkingWithGod.net
About the Author
Roger D. Isaacs worked with his father, the biblical scholar Dr. Raphael Isaacs, on the theory, which is now encompassed in "Talking With God." Mr. Isaacs comes from a long line of biblical scholars. His great grandfather was the religious leader Schachne Isaacs who established the leading orthodox synagogue in Cincinnati known as "Reb Schachne's Schule" in the 1800s.
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