Can We Learn from The "First Time?"

Stories of great disasters which have nearly annihilated mankind are ancient and universal. These legends tell of heroes—such as Noah—who came from distant lands to reestablish civilization. They taught agriculture and the peaceful arts; they left records of unusual scientific knowledge. Monuments were raised extolling their memory. Could these legends be the chronicles of an ancient people?

The common characteristics of these myths suggest the existence of a single earlier civilization as the source, according to Graham Hancock in his book Fingerprints of the Gods (Random House). As evidence he points to architectural wonders and mathematical principles dating from a time well before mankind could possibly know of such things. He suggests that what the Ancient Egyptians called Zep Tepi or "First Time" was actually the time of creation of wthe world as we now know it.

The pyramids of Giza, for example, are acknowledged marvels of construction and mathematical precision surely beyond the capabilities of any early Egyptian culture. Their layout exactly copies the three stars in the constellation Orion—as they appeared in 10,450 BC. That year, the precessional cycle of the Orion constellation reached its exact low point. In that same year, the Sphinx, known as the guard of "The Splendid Place at the Beginning of All Time", faces the celestial point where, the sun rose in the constellation Leo.These coincidenes may be markers of the "First Time".

The ancient "Pyramid Texts" speak in hieroglyphic language of things supposedly unheard of at that time: humans flying, the existence of iron; and of time travel! These "Texts", like the pyramids, seem to be presenting complex ideas in a crude manner, as if the language of those times couldn’t suffice to express the mysterious truths.

Hancock suggests that the ancients built into stone a message intended to be read and understood thousands of years later. Their purpose may have been to intrigue future humans into asking not "how" all this came to be, but "why?" By aligning their structures with certain constellations, they validated their efforts and pointed to a clue. The timing of certain cataclysms may be connected to the ponderous movement of the zodiac. That widespread destruction—such as sudden melting of the glaciers—comes on a periodic and predictable time scale. Hancock believes these ancient "gods" left their fingerprints to point the way for us to wake up before it is too late.

(Digest by Myron Gantt, Atlantic University.)