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The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant

 

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The Epiphany Window in Langley Chapel way well hold clues to the whereabouts of treasures still to be found.  We would really appreciate any help in deciphering more of the mysterious imagery.

 

If you have any ideas, or have done any research that may throw further light on the mystery, please email Graham at:

 

 

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Other discoveries so far made during the search

 

The Herdewyke treasure appears to have included a number of the sacred items that were once said to have been kept in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.  Apart from the inscribed tablet, three other artifacts were found by Graham and the Russells by solving parts of the Epiphany code.  We are certain that Jacob Cove-Jones left clues in the window to lead to other relics, but after three years research we have reached a dead end.  We could certainly do with some inspired ideas.

 

The other artifacts discovered were three stones that may once have been set in a sacred breastplate mentioned in the Bible.  We have included here a brief outline of how the imagery led to their discovery.

 

Left: Graham Phillips beside the Epiphany Window

 

From the Bible story, it seems that the Ark of the Covenant was only part of what was necessary to summon the power of the Ten Commandment tablets.  Twelve sacred stones were also used.  According to the Old Testament, God told Moses how to make the Ark and gave him divine instructions for its use.  It could only be carried by the priesthood and, beside Moses, the only person who could actually use it was the high priest Aaron and his successors.  For reasons that are not explained, the power of the Ark could only be summoned if the high priest wore a sacred breastplate, usually referred to as the Breastplate of Judgment.  It is described in detail in Exodus 28:15-30 as a square design made from twined golden linen and set with twelve precious stones in four rows:

The first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle… the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond… the third row shall be a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst… the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper.

Sometimes referred to as “the jewels of gold”, as they were originally set in gold, these sacred gemstones were believed to have divine power as they were fashioned by God himself at the holy Mount Sinai.  The Old Testament book of Ezekiel, which refers to them as the Stones of Fire, describes them as having once belonged to Lucifer, but when he fell from grace God took them from him (Ezekiel 28:13-16).  Why the book of Ezekiel refers to these stones as the Stones of Fire is unclear, but considering that heavenly fire is said to come from the Ark, it would appear that the stones were thought to control or direct this awesome power.

The Israelite high priest wearing the Breastplate of Judgment that was said to give him the power to use the Ark of the Covenant

 

 

The Three Wise Men from the Epiphany Window installed by Jacob Cove-Jones in Langley Chapel

Eventually the breastplate itself seems to have perished and the stones were kept in a coffer or box, which appears to have been held by the high priest when the Ark was used.  The Bible does not tell us what happened to these sacred jewel stones but it would appear that they remained with the Ark until its mysterious disappearance from history.

 

Three of these stones were apparently found by Jacob Cove-Jones but, unlike the stone slab, for some reason he moved and re-hid them before he died.  Whether or not they were the original Stones of Fire is open to question, but the coded imagery in the Epiphany Window also led Graham and the Russells to where Jacob Cove-Jones hid them.

 

It was reasoned that Cove-Jones found hiding places in the local area that were known landmarks at the time that he had the stained-glass window installed in the chapel in 1907 and that its imagery held the clues to reveal the location of those sites.

 

The Epiphany Window depicted the Three Wise Men and there were apparently three stones.  It was decided that each of these figures held separate clues to the whereabouts of each stone.  Indeed, two of the Wise Men were quite literally holding something - their individual gifts of gold and myrrh.  Upon the caskets that contained the gifts was an image.  On one, there was what appeared to be some kind of bridge and on the other there was a church surrounded by a wall and a large gate.  The third figure’s gift was obscured.  Instead he was looking towards another strange image on the cloak of one of his companions: a waterwheel leaning against a tree with a crown around it and a single capital letter B underneath.  These were certainly incongruous images that seemed to have no place in the Nativity scene.

 

The three Wise Men were called Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar and the initials of their names were placed at various places throughout the window.   Balthazar was looking towards the letter B, and Melchior was depicted kneeling before the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus, but he was looking past them, toward a capital letter M set into the widow’s boarder design.  Graham and the Russells reasoned that these letters must have been significant, as they eventually proved to be regarding the two stars that led to Chapel Green.

 

 

Graham and the Russells ultimately found the three stones that Jacob Cove-Jones had hidden.  In fact, the three types of gemstones discovered – Beryl, Onyx and Jasper - were the same as those said to have been set in the bottom row of the Breastplate of Judgment.

 

Pictured to the left is an artist’s impression of the breastplate taken from the biblical descriptions and the three stones found by Graham and the Russells.

 

Please click on the stones below for a brief outline of how Jacob Cove-Jones’ Epiphany code led to the discovery of the three stones.

 

 

 

The Beryl Stone

 

The Jasper Stone

 

The Onyx Stone

 

 

There are many strange and incongruous images in the Epiphany Window that may be further clues to other artifacts that Jacob Cove-Jones hid or knew the whereabouts of.   Perhaps other gemstones or even the Ark itself.  We feel that until more of the relics are found, the true significance of the Herdewyke treasure will not be realized.  In The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant Graham describes some of the remarkable events that occurred when the artifacts so far discovered were found.  Their full importance may only become apparent when more is discovered.  This is why we are asking for your help.  If you have any ideas, or have done any research that may throw further light on the mystery, please email Graham at:

 

 

 

 

 

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