the GREAT PYRAMID?
Did you know the builder of the
Great Pyramid is identified in the Bible?
Who did build the Great Pyramid at Gizeh, Egypt? When and why was it
Is there some supernatural revelation hidden in its mighty stones? Was
the pyramid built to make the Bible clear and understandable? Are the
speculations of the pyramidologists true? And what about the "pyramid
Is it really equal to a year in prophecy as some assume? Can chronology
be accurately determined only by the pyramid? Here are the surprising
What We Found at Gizeh
Opposite Cairo, across the Nile River, lies the most famous
architectural wonder of the world—the Great Pyramid at Gizeh. It is
still the world's most massive building. For 3500 years it was also he
world's tallest building. Only in this last generation has man built
taller buildings than the Great Pyramid. Yet the Empire State Building
-in New York —the highest building on earth today— is only about 2/5 the
volume of the Great Pyramid!
The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol. 1, page 281, declares of the Great
Pyramid: "...its perfect building compels our admiration; it's alignment
(With the points of the compass) is mathematically correct, often one
cannot insert a pen-knife between the joints of the stone.
"The Great Pyramid is so incredibly precise that compass errors can he
checked against it" writes Leonard Cottrell in his recent hook "The
Mountains of Pharaoh"
In 1957 Dr. Meredith and I visited the pyramids twice while in Egypt. We
found the external appearance of the Great Pyramid ruined by the Arabs.
For centuries they have carted away and used the polished white casing
stones which once made the Pyramid gleam in the sun and moonlight.
But the interior of the Pyramid remains an architectural marvel. The
stones within have not moved a hair's-breadth since the day the workmen
fixed them in place. The flatness of the surfaces of the stones and the
squareness of their corners are extraordinary. Literally acres of
polished stone surfaces—equal to opticians' work of the present day—
line the passages of the Great Pyramid.
But not all is perfect workmanship. Human imperfection is noticeable in
the rough, unfinished masonry on the floor of one of the chambers. We
found the floor of the "King's" chamber flagrantly out of level. All
this speaks of remarkable human workmanship—but does it speak of a
divine revelation, as pyramidologists theorize? If this mighty
architectural wonder is a divine revelation, where is the divine
Yet the Great Pyramid is one of the wonders of the world. It is the only
one of the seven wonders of the ancient world which still remains.
Surely there is some significance in its endurance through the
ages—especially since this Pyramid, missing its capstone, is found
engraved on our money. Why should we Americans—the children of Joseph's
son Manasseh—engrave this Egyptian Pyramid on our money? Who was
actually responsible for the building of this marvel of the ages?
Secrets of the Pyramid Lost!
When the Arabs invaded Egypt over 1100 years ago, they found the secrets
of the Great Pyramid totally lost. Even its entrance was unknown. The
Arab Caliph Mamoon, in the 9eh century after Christ blindly cut info the
Pyramid hoping to find buried treasure in it. He accidentally reached
one of the interior passageways but no buried treasure!
But Mamoon only REOPENED the Great Pyramid, In the days of Jesus Christ,
the true entrance to the Great Pyramid was open and regularly
frequented. by tourists. The entrance to if was forgotten in the days of
the Catholic domination of Egypt—before the coming of the Moslem Arabs.
Strabo, the ancient Roman historian, expressly states that in his day
the Great Pyramid was accessible to visitors: "It has on its side," he
states, "a stone which can be moved. When it has been lifted up, a
tortuous passage is seen which leads to the tomb" (bk. xvii, p. 808).
Dr. Meredith and I climbed up to this ancient entrance on the north side
of the Pyramid. The entrance used today by tourists is, however, the
forced entrance cut out by the Arabs. At the true entrance to the Great
Pyramid we saw the hieroglyphic carving containing the name of the
mighty builder of this architectural wonder of the ancient world. His
name in Egyptian is spelled Khufu by modern writers. The Greeks spelled
his name Cheops. That is why the Pyramid is often called the Pyramid of
Who was Cheops or Khufu?
When and why did he build the
Cheops NOT an Egyptian!
The Egyptians like to boast about their pyramids. Yet the greatest
pyramid of all, they admit was not built by an Egyptian! And they admit
that all their later copies of the Great Pyramid are quite inferior to
the first one built by Khufu. The Egyptian historian Manetho, who lived
in the third century before Christ, wrote that Khufu "was of a DIFFERENT
race" from the Egyptians (Watken's Arts and Antiquities of Egypt, p.
Herodotus, the famous Greek historian of the 5th century before Christ,
states that the builders of the Great Pyramid were SHEPHERDS (Euterpe
S128). But the Egyptians were not shepherds! Notice Genesis 46:31-34:
"And Joseph said unto his brethren... I will go up, and shew Pharaoh,
and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house.., are come unto
me; and the men are shepherds.. .And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh
shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall
say, Thy servants" trade hath been about cattle.... for EVERY SHEPHERD
IS AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE EGYPTIANS."
The Egyptians were not shepherds. They employed others to rend their
cattle. Yet Khufu, or Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid, was a
Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that the Egyptians set the
Israelites "to build pyramids" (Antiquities of the Jews. bk. II, ch ix
§i ), But the pyramids which the Israelites built during their
enslavement were hastily constructed, inferior duplicates of the mighty
Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops.
Who was Cheops the shepherd who
built the first Pyramid before the enslavement of the Israelites?
Cheops NOT an Idolater
Cheops was not a polytheist. He was a worshipper of the One God. "Cheops
closed the temples and prohibited the Egyptians from offering
sacrifices," wrote Herodotus in book II of his History, §124. The God
whom Cheops served was named "Amen" in the older Egyptian spelling.
And—strange though it may be—one of the names of Jesus Christ, from the
Hebrew, is "Amen" (Rev. 3:14).
The Pharaoh of Upper Egypt, under whom Joseph served, was named
Amenemhet III. "Amen" was a common name among the Pharaohs in Joseph's
day. The Pharaoh must have been strongly influenced by the religion of
Cheops. But this is not all! Pharaoh Amenemhet gave Joseph "to wife
Asenath the daughter of Potiphera priest of ON" (Genesis 4!: 45).
Who was the God "On"? Is it significant that "On" is but another name
(in Greek; for the God "Amen"—Jesus Christ, the lord of the Old
Testament! In Revelation 1:8, Christ speaks of Himself as the "One who
is"—the "existing One." In the original inspired text of this verse, the
Greek word Christ used was "On"!—the "existing one"
The Egyptian rulers knew of the Creator in the days of Joseph! Not until
nearly the days of Moses did gross idolatry spread throughout Egypt!
When Did Cheops Build The Pyramid?
When did Cheops live? According to the eleventh edition of the
Encyclopedia Britannica. he lived 4700 B.C.— which would make him live
700 years before Adam! Such a date is preposterous! More recent
conservative scholars place him 2600 B.C.—250 years before the flood in
Noah's day! But the flood, according to the Egyptian records, occurred
centuries before Cheops lived! Cheops lived after the flood! This date
is wrong, too!
Obviously modern scholars do not know when Cheops lived. But they could
know if they only believed the Bible record!
Some pyramidotogists try to date the pyramid by astronomy. They assume
that when built, the north pole star, Alpha Dracoms, could be seen from
the entrance passage of the Great Pyramid. But the idea is purely an
assumption. There is no proof!
Furthermore, the north pole star would have been visible for only a few
minutes from the descending passage BECAUSE THE PASSAGE NEVER DID POINT
DIRECTLY TO THE NORTH POLE STAR ! Some adherents of the "British Israel
World Federation" would try to deny this, but any history book
demonstrates the idea false.
The facts of history are that Cheops (1726-1663 B.C.) was a young
contemporary of King Zoser of Egypt. Zoser (1737-17I8 B.C.) built the
"step pyramid" shortly before Cheops built the Great Pyramid (Budge, A
History of Egypt, vol. II, p. 9).
A badly damaged ivory
statuette of Cheops from Abydos, Egypt. No other statues are
known of him. The features of Cheops are distinctly
non-Egyptian. Cheops built the great pyramid of Gizeh, near
Cairo. It is the first and also the greatest pyramid ever
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the surprise of history is that king Zoser ruled part of Lower Egypt at
the same time Joseph was Prime Minister under Pharaoh Amenemhet III,
king of Upper Egypt. Ancient Egypt, remember, was a confederation of
small city states. Amenemhet III (1741-1692 B.C.) was king of Upper
Egypt and Pharaoh of all Egypt. But under him were lesser kings, among
whom was Zoser. Cheaps was a foreign King whose domain extended into the
Delta of Egypt.
King Zoser recorded the seven years' drought in Joseph's time. "My heart
is in great anxiety," said Zoser, "for in my time the Nile has not
overflowed for a period of seven YEARS" I Cambridge Ancient History, p.
309-310, vol. I).
The Bible reveals the seven years of famine extended from 1727 to 1720
Here is clear evidence that Cheops, a contemporary of Zoser, must have
built the Great Pyramid during the beginning of the sojourn (1726-1487
B.C.) of Israel in Egypt and about the time of the seven years of
Joseph Enters the Scene
A noted man who helped Cheops in building the Pyramid was named Souf. He
was "chief of the works of Khufu" (Rawlinson's Egypt, ch. 14), This man
has been an enigma to the historians (see Maspero's Dawn of
Civilization, pp. 363-364). Elsewhere he is called "Saf-hotep"—meaning
"Saf the servant." He was apparently one of 12 brothers who built the
Labyrinth—the "Pentagon" of Ancient Egypt—for Arnenemhet III (Wathen's
Antiquities, p, 142), Certainly there is no doubt who "Souf" was! He
could be none other than Joseph!
The name given Joseph by Pharaoh was "Zaph-nath-paaneah" (Gen. 41:45).
The Egyptians still call Joseph "Yousuf," Certainly there need be no
doubt when Cheops lived!
A corrupted Egyptian story records an incident in the later life of
Cheops or Khufu, in which he calls an aged Egyptian sage to his palace
(Budge's Egypt, vol. II, p. 43).The sage lived 110 years. Joseph died at
110 years of age (Gen. 50:26). There can be no mistaking this
Cheops Wrote Scripture
Not only did Cheops worship Amen , or On—that is, Jesus Christ; he also
wrote Scripture! Manetho, the Egyptian historian, wrote of Cheops: "He
was arrogant toward the gods, but repented and wrote the Sacred Book
... a work of great importance" (see Wathen's Antiquities, p. 268;
and Budge's Egypt, vol. II, p. 31). But which Sacred Book? Certainly
none of the Sacred Books of Egypt's pagan religion—for Cheops closed
their temples and forbade their worship. Was this Sacred Book an
Egyptian Book? No! Cheops, remember, was of foreign race—and it is quite
obvious that Cheops's Sacred Book was not preserved by Egyptians who
later opposed his religion.
A clue to the answer is found in Egyptian records. Cheops has
another name—-Saaru of Shaaru (Petrie's History of Egypt, vol. I, p.
37). Saaru is another name "for the inhabitants of Mt. Seir"
(Rawlinson's History of Egypt, ch. 22). Khufu, then, was a foreign King
whose domain extended from Seir to Lower Egypt during and after the time
of Joseph. Petra is in Mount Seir. Dr. Meredith and I visited, in 1957,
the domain of Cheops, both in Egypt and in Mt. Seir.
Mt. Seit was famous in history as the "Land of Uz" (Vol. Ill of Clarke's
Commentary, preface to Book of Job). Uz was a descendant of Seir the
Horite (Gen. 36:28). The Arabs preserve a corrupt record of Cheops of
Mt. Seir or of the Land of Uz. They call him the "wizard of Oz."
Now what individual who dwelled in Uz was arrogant, repented of his sin
and wrote a Sacred Book?
None other than JOB!
And the Sacred Book is the Book of Job!
Job—as Mr. Armstrong long ago perceived—could be none other than the
Cheops who built the Great Pyramid! The ancient Greeks called Job
"Cheops" —pronouncing the letters "ch" almost as if they were an "h." We
call Job "Hiob" in German—and we pronounce the final "b" as if it were a
"p" much as the Greeks did. Plainly, Cheops is but an altered
pronunciation of Job!
Job Was a King
When Job was being tested, he cried out that he wished he had died: "Why
died 1 not from the womb? why did I not expire when I came out of the
womb.,.. Then had I been at rest with kings and counsellors of the
earth, which build desolate places for themselves" (Job 3:11-14).
Job buried with kings?—of course!
He was of a royal family. Notice: "Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and
kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again.... I...
sat as chief, and dwelt as a KING in the army, as one that comforteth
the mourners" (Job 29:21-25).
Job left a great monument in stone— the Great Pyramid, It swelled his
pride. Bildad, one of Job's friends, taunted Job: "Thou that tearest
thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken of thee? Or shall
the rock be removed out of its place" (Job 1.8:4, Jewish trans.).
What?—the earth not to be forsaken of Job even if he were to die? Of
—the rock monument he built would remain for ages, would not "be removed
out of its place"! What rock monument?
The Great Pyramid!
Now turn to Job 38:4-6. Here is God's response to Job. Notice that the
verses presuppose Job a great builder. Now paraphrase God's answer to
Job. Compare it with the book of Job and the accompanying article "Where
is God?" by Robert Gentet.
"You, Job, laid the foundations of the Great Pyramid, but -where were
yon when I laid the foundation of the earth? You, Job, determined the
measures on the Pyramid in Egypt, but who determined the measures of the
earth and stretched the line upon it? You, Job, fastened down in sockets
the foundations of the pyramid, but whereupon are the foundations of the
earth fastened? You, Job, were not able to lay the Pyramid's capstone,
for your work was not absolutely perfect, but I laid the cornerstone of
the earth," said God.
That whittled Job down to size! He was not as big as he himself
But Who Was Job
Cheops lived in Joseph's time. So did Job! Job lived in the generation
after Esau, for one of his friends was Eliphaz the Ternanite (Job 2:11).
Eliphaz was the father of the Temanites (Gen. 36: 11) and the son of
Esau, Jacob's brother (verse 10). Eliphaz and Joseph were first cousins.
Job lived before the Mosaic law which permitted only Levites to
sacrifice. Notice that Job sacrificed to God for his family as was
customarily done in patriarchal times (Job 1:5;42:8).
None of the conversation in the book of Job refers to the exodus under
Moses. But the flood is still uppermost in the minds of the people (Job
Cheops or Job came to the throne in 1726 B.C. That date is proved in the
forthcoming book on World History. Surprisingly that is the year in
which Jacob entered Egypt with his family, A coincidence? Consider this!
Coming into Egypt with Jacob in 1726 was a grandson—named Job! "And
these are the names of the children of Israel who came into Egypt, Jacob
and his sons . . . And the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Phtivah and Job,
and Shimrofl" (Genesis 46:13).
In I Chronicles 7:1 Job's name appears as Jashub or lashub: "And the
sons of Issachar: Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four," From the
name Jashub or lashub the Egyptian historian Manetho derived the name
Suph of Snf for Cheops. Similarly he spelled the name Joseph as Suph—by
dropping the first non-consonantal syllable.
Cheops or job was Joseph's nephew. He exhibited vast mathematical and
astronomical knowledge in building the pyramid. Was this kind of
knowledge a characteristic of the tribe'of Issachar, from which Job
sprang? Let I Chronicles 12:32 answer: "And of the children of Issachar,
men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do
. . ." Jewish commentators understand this to mean mathematical and
astronomical knowledge, including the body of information by which the
Hebrew calendar was determined and the annual festivals arranged.
Why Pyramid Built
Job lived long before the time of Daniel. Even in the time of Daniel and
the apostles, the dates for the prophetic future were not opened to
understanding. If they were not permitted to know the times and seasons,
certainly Job would not have known them, much less built the pyramid to
fit chronology! Yet adherents to pyrarnidology contend that Cheops did
know these things.
I have beside me now the works of David Davidson, Adam Rutherford, and
others. Each tries to build a chronology for the future by measuring the
dimensions of the Great Pyramid with the "pyramid inch." Dr. Meredith
and I saw the little stone protrusion in the pyramid which these people
contend is the key to the revelation of the pyramid. But they have no
way to know whether this little protrusion should measure the pyramid
and determine chronology, or whether it was for some other purpose.
Even if one has accurately: measured the pyramid, how are they going to
know which point means which year? Davidson starts with a certain point
in the Pyramid and calls it the day of the crucifixion—Friday, April 7,
30 A.D. Since that date is proved wrong by the Bible, all his chronology
is in error.
Another takes the same point and calls it the date of the crucifixion,
Friday, April 3, 33 A.D. Since that date may be proved wrong, too, his
The obvious fact is that no STANDARD EXISTS WHICH MIGHT REVEAL WHICH
STONE OR WHICH SCRATCH ON A PASSAGEWAY MEANS A particular year. The
pyramid was built for another purpose than to reveal chronology. We do
not yet know all the factors surrounding the building of the Pyramid.
But it is a monument, undoubtedly designed by Job, to commemorate what
Joseph did for Egypt and to mark the border of the territory given to
Joseph's family in the land of Egypt by Pharaoh.
Pharaoh gave Israel the land of Goshen (Gen. 47:11). The land of Goshen
extends from Palestine westward to the t Nile River (Gen. 15:18), It
included what is now the Suez Canal. Pharaoh long ago gave it to the
family of Joseph, bur today Egypt has seized control of it. How far
south along the Nile River does the land of Goshen run? To the border
between Lower and Middle Egypt—in the very region where the Great
Pyramid is located! Because the Great Pyramid stands at the border
between these two divisions of Egypt, many have taken Isaiah 19:19-20 to
refer to the pyramid. Certainly the "altar" mentioned in this verse is
not the pyramid. God forbids any altar of carved stone (Exodus
But the Great Pyramid may be the pillar which Isaiah referred to, and it
might be again dedicated in the future as a pillar or monument of
witness to what the Eternal—the Amen—will do in delivering Egypt from
the revived Roman Empire. A pillar is sometimes used in the Bible as a
borderline (see Genesis 31:52).
We might also consider whether the pyramid was designed by Job to be the
tomb or resting place of Joseph's mummy, before it was carried up out of
Egypt by Moses (Exodus 13:19). Cheops or Job, according to the ancient
historians, was not buried in it. The sarcophagus in the "King's
chamber" was empty in ancient times. No treasures were hidden in the
Pyramid's inner recesses. And it was anciently open to visitors from
Greece and Rome.
The Great Pyramid was built, according to Herodotus, over a period of
about 20 years in the 3 months of each year during which the Nile
overflowed and the people were idle. Its construction therefore did not.
occupy slave labor, but idle labor. And through it, perhaps, the
Egyptians gained their freedom from Pharaoh, Josephus, the Jewish
historian, states that Joseph did return the land to the Egyptians
(Attttqaftiej, bk, II, ch. 7, $7).
And what better thank offering could the Egyptians have given than
donating of their idle time to build a monument designed and directed by
Job as a perpetual witness to the all-ruling, Eternal God who sent
Joseph to save the Egyptians!
God's Government is also in the form of a pyramid, Christ is the
rejected "capstone" (Psalm 118:22). What more fitting monument could
Job have built than this to the God whose Government rules invisibly
over the world and who sends His prophets to warn it before every
by Herman L, Hoeh