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I’d like to say a HUGE “thank you” for being in my select client

And I invite you to join me on an explorer’s visit to Zedekiah’s
(sometimes called Solomon’s) Cavern, under the city of Jerusalem.

This awesome cavern is unknown to many tourists, but it was a
bustling focus of noise, life and color during the 7 years that
King Solomon spent constructing his world famous temple about 3,000
years ago.


About 105 years ago a man named Barclay was walking round the wallsquarries4
of Jerusalem with his dog and a gun.

When he came to the Damascus Gate he discovered that the dog was
missing. He whistled, but the animal did not appear.

Turning back he saw the dog crawling out apparently from beneath the
city walls, where he had evidently made a find. He stood barking,
asking his master to come and look at his discovery.

When Barclay went over, he found that bushes, shrubs, and the debris
of centuries concealed the opening to a cavern which ran under the
walls and beneath the city.

Such a discovery in Jerusalem fires the imagination and encourages
the wildest rumors. The Arabs believe to this day that in such a
cavern the gold and silver treasures of Solomon, the Ark of the
Covenant and the vessels used in the Temple sacrifices lie waiting
to be found.

This dream is not confined to the Arabs. I have heard several men,
whose opinions claim respect and attention, say that they believe the
Ark of the Covenant is hidden somewhere in the mysterious and quite
unknown underworld of the Temple area.quarries


So Barclay wisely said nothing and, returning on the following day
with a search-party, widened the small hole into which his dog had
jumped and entered the cavern.

The torches of the search-party lit up a weird and terrifying scene.
The explorers stood in a snow-white cavern, so large that its extremity
was hidden in the darkness.

One glance at the stone walls told them that it had been artificially

The torchlight was not powerful enough to penetrate to the end of the
cavern. It was an immense excavation that ran on and on beneath the
streets of the Old City.

It was soon realized that they had discovered Solomon’s Quarries —
called by Josephus the “Royal Quarries ” — the quarries which, lost for
nearly two centuries, had provided the stone for Solomon’s Temple about
nine hundred years before Christ.


I think these quarries are one of the most interesting sights inquarries2
Jerusalem. They are neglected by the average sightseer, although every
Freemason who visits Jerusalem is aware of them. Masons from all parts
of the world hold lodge meetings there at night, when they will not be
disturbed or observed, because they hold the theory that the builders
of the Temple were the first Freemasons.

When I visited the quarries, an old Arab who sits at the entrance gave
me a lantern and warned me not to fall down any of the frightful
precipices, for Solomon’s quarries are no place for the short-sighted or
the stumbler.

Another Arab, working in the patch of daylight that penetrates the cave,
was shaping paper-weights and small hammers such as chairmen use at
meetings. These objects, when decorated with appropriate triangles and
compasses, are eagerly bought by masonic visitors and find their way all
over the world.

Stones from the quarries are also exported to become foundation stones
for masonic buildings.

I went into the darkness, swinging my lantern, and the path led steeply
down into an enormous entrance cave like a buried cathedral.


From this excavation wide, high passages led off in many directions. I
pulled up sharply on the edge of chasms and, waving my lantern in the
darkness, saw that the rock fell away to lower workings, to more distant
and deeper caverns.

It has been estimated that in ancient times sufficient stone had been
removed from these quarries to build the modern city of Jerusalem twice

It is a peculiar and unusual pure white stone, soft to work but hardening
rapidly when exposed to the atmosphere. The Arabs call these caverns the
“cotton caves” because they are so white. Here and there, however, when
I flashed my lantern towards the lower portions of the roof, I saw a
number of black patches.

In one place I was near enough to see that they were large bats, hanging
to the roof and waiting for the night.

On every hand I noticed the sign of workmen. With a feeling of awe and
bewilderment, a feeling that I was dropping down through the very floor
of Time, I knew that these workmen had been dead for nearly three thousand

Yet the marks made by the Phoenician stone-cutters when Solomon was king
of Jerusalem were as clean, as sharp and, apparently, as recent, as the
marks a man sees in the Portland quarries to-day.

The workmen had cut niches in the walls for their lamps. And it all seemed
so new, so modern, that I had the odd feeling that it was lunch hour during
the building of the Temple and that at any moment I might hear the
returning feet of Solomon’s quarrymen, kicking aside the chips and stones
as they poured back to work.

I propped the lantern on a ledge of rock, and by the light of its candle I
read the extraordinarily detailed account of the building of the Temple
which you will find in the Second Book of Chronicles, chapter two, and the
First Book of Kings, chapter five.


I suppose a modern architect could not, given the same number of words,
create for us a more accurate and vivid picture of the plans, design,
engagement of workmen, rates of pay, building, and furnishing of a great
building, than is to be found in these chapters of the Bible.

Down in the darkness of Solomon’s quarries, with the white dust of the
stone on my clothes, the building of the Temple took on a reality that
surprised me.

It frequently happens in Palestine that some verse of the Bible, hitherto
meaningless, suddenly unlocks itself, and one is left amazed by its minute

I realized the real meaning of a verse which must have puzzled many people.
Verse seven, in the sixth chapter of the First Book of Kings, describing
the building of Solomon’s Temple, says:

“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready
before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe
nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.”

I have always imagined that this verse meant that the Temple stone was
quarried far away out of earshot of Jerusalem. What else could it have

But why should the writer of Kings have stressed the obvious fact that
distant quarrying could not be heard on Mount Moriah? Obviously the point
of this verse is that the stone with which Solomon built his Temple came
almost from beneath the Temple, yet not a soul heard the cutting of the

In these quarries you can see how the stone was broken from the bed, how
it was passed at once to the masons, who shaped and smoothed it — the
floor is in places many feet deep in tons of chips — and how it went
straight into the daylight ready to take its place in the building of the

No matter how earnestly those in the streets of the city above might
have listened for the sound of hammers, they could have heard nothing.


Many stories are, of course, told of a mysterious underground passage
which linked the quarries with the Temple.

There is a widespread belief that the priests hurriedly hid the Temple
treasure in these caverns when the Roman armies under Titus razed
Jerusalem and the Temple to the ground.

However, one earnest explorer some years ago probed for a secret passage
– and found one!

In order to reach it you have to bend down and crawl for a few meters
into a narrow tunnel about one meter in height, and then you find
yourself in another passage of the rock. You are at the extremity of
the quarries now and moving under Jerusalem in the direction of the
Temple Mount.

Suddenly you come up against an ancient fortified wall. What it was for,
who built it and when it was built, no one knows.

I left the quarries and went out into the blinding light of afternoon
with the feeling that yesterday and to-day are one in the empty caverns
where, it seems, the workmen of Hiram, King of Tyre, have just “knocked
off’ for a ten-minute break.


This is just one of the intriguing mysteries I’ve been digging up for
you in the Ark of the Covenant pack. The Phoenicians teamed up with the
Hebrews to sail the world in search of gold, silver and other treasures
for Solomon’s Temple – then being constructed in Jerusalem.

And the very center-piece of that wonder of the world was the mysterious
golden chest known as the Ark of the Covenant… Box of life, death and
incredible golden wealth. It’s been estimated that the gold alone could
be worth 2 billion dollars.

I invite you to make the effort and visit this special website:
You will discover this to be one of the most exciting and challenging
mysteries you have ever heard of.

This is information you cannot afford to miss. Because it also contains
prophecies of the future.


Jonathan Gray
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