of modern Pyramidology began in 1859 when John
Taylor, became convinced that its architect was not an
Egyptian, but an Israelite acting under divine orders. Great
(Mysterious Pyramid Power,) Martin Ebon.
not only computations compiled by other men interested in the
Egyptian pyramids, but "also found a score of passages in both
the Old and New Testament ,which can be interpreted as references
to the stone monument" (Ibid).
Charles Piazzi Smyth, an Astronomer, (1864,) further
developed the Pyramidology theory that the Great Pyramid held
secrets to understanding Bible prophecy. He explained, "these
measurements also embodied in cipher form prophesies relating
to the events that would later form the body of the Old Testament,
as well as the complete future history of Christendom up to
and including the Second Coming of Christ" (Man, Myth and
Magic, Richard Cavendish, editor, Vol. 17, p. 2313).
A key element
in the study of Pyramidology is the pyramid inch. The number
of inches point A is from point B, determines, according to
Pyramidology, the date for biblical events and their fruition.
There seems to be some disagreement, however, among historians
as to who developed the pyramid inch. According to Martin
Gardner, writing in Mysterious Pyramid Power,
"Smyth" was its founder based on the original Great Pyramid
"casting stone" (pp. 63-64). However, J.A. West explains that
"In 1865, another early pyramidologist, Robert
Menzies, put forward the idea that prophecies and biblical
history were inscribed into the Pyramid in the ratio of one
pyramid inch per solar year, and pyramidology was complete"
(Man, Myth and Magic, Vol. 17, p. 2314).
Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891). As a leader in Theosophy,
a mixture of Eastern philosophy and Occultism, she gave Pyramidology
a ritualistic flavor. "According to Madame Blavatsky, the interior
of the pyramid was used for the performance of sacred rituals
connected with the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and most
theosophists today assume there are vast mysteries of some sort
connected with the stone monument that are known only to initiates"
(Mysterious Pyramid Power, p. 71).
founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, published
his book The Divine Plan of the Ages in 1886. Each copy
had a large fold-out diagram dissecting a pyramid and explaining
the biblical events it prophesied. These events stretched from
the Genesis flood to the post-millennial reign of Christ. In
speaking about this pyramid chart, the 1907 edition states,
"As the frontispieces of this volume we give a chart representing
the plan of God for the world's salvation. By it we have sought
to aid the mind, through the eye, in understanding something
of the progressive character of God's plan, and the progressive
steps which must be taken by all who ever attain the complete
`change' from the human to the divine nature" (p. 219).
Known as the Sleeping Prophet, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) announced startling information to his followers
while in his trances. Believing in both Pyramidology and reincarnation,
"Edgar Cayce, during his trance readings, said the Great Pyramid
is 10,000 years old and was built by a consortium of Egyptians,
Atlanteans, and itinerant Caucasians from southwest Russia.
The consortium was led by Hermes, an Egyptian high priest named
Ra Ta (a past incarnation of Cayce), and an adviser named Isis.
The pyramid served as a storage place for all the human history
and prophecies up to the year 1998 (the time of the Second Coming
of Christ, according to Cayce), recording in the languages of
mathematics, geometry, and astronomy. Cayce said it also was
an initiation temple where, thousands of years later, Jesus
was initiated during his `missing years' as preparation for
his public career" (Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal
Experiences, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, p. 492).