the LORD sent fiery serpents among the
people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We
have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray
unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for
And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a
and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he
upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to
pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of
brass, he lived.
This week we will attempt to solve two mysteries that have plagued Biblical
scholars for generations
solution to the serpent mystery. After all, was not one of the commandments
NOT to make any graven images and what were the “fiery serpents”
origin of the root name of “Barnea” in
Nobody has even come up with any suggestion before.
We have already
shown that Moses DID follow a pillar of smoke by day and a pillar of fire by
night by following the tectonic/volcanic line between
. It is natural that after the great upheaval following
the time of the “Exodus”
there would be a sudden increase in volcanic activity. Could it be that
rocks and lava spewed out of
these volcanoes were remembered as they appeared, as nasty
biting fiery serpents
But what you may
ask, has this got to do with Kadesh Barnea
This is the Holy
City of Barnea, but who was Barnea. There are two candidates that
immediately fit in with the above thesis. One is a Vedic God, Varuna
(B/V-R-N), the other a Babylonian God
Nirha (Bar, the son of n-r )
who was in actuality a serpent God.
We will write in
detail about the possibility of
being visited by Indian merchants
and conquerors, but it is interesting to note that
Varuna, a very early god in the Vedic pantheon was described as
having a rod of snakes in his hand. Further, Joel Peter Brereton in
The American Oriental Series Vol. 63 published by the American Oriental
Society persuadingly argues that Varuna was the god of "commandments" from
purely linguistic evidence. He knew nothing of course of our thesis.
That Arabia even in antiquity was known for its horses and that Varuna was
the god to whom one prayed for the health and vitality of one's horse, it
perhaps no more than a bonus.
cleaned out the Kabaa of
its 360 pagan gods, he was followed by generations of Muslims who
attempted to destroy any remnant of
pre-Islamic times. It is only
through indirect clues that we can attempt to solve the puzzles.
And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor
hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand
And he said, A rod. 
And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it
became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 
And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.
And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 
That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
Even before the
Exodus, a rod and a serpent are identified with God. The question of course
is why would the turning of a rod into a serpent be proof that God had
appeared before Moses.
It becomes even stranger when we compare it to the story of
the Garden of Eden where the serpent is cast as the “bad guy”.
Please see our work
on possibly cometary activity at the time of the Exodus for an alternative
explanation for “fiery serpents”. Those who saw the recent activity of the
Leonid meteor showers will know exactly what we mean.