There are many perplexing puzzles about what happened at the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter morning one of which was: How could Mary Magdalene see two angels sitting in the tomb while Peter could only see linen clothes? (John 20:6-14)  The answer is equally intriguing because new evidence has come to light and it reveals that the gospel writers had used the holy tabernacle of Moses as an image for the tomb in order to explain the mystical events of the resurrection of Jesus in a presentation that mortals could understand. The writers brought the tabernacle into the scene where they stated that the veil of the temple was rent in two when Jesus died on the cross. (Mathew 27:51)

The tabernacle was the mobile temple and its tent had two rooms one of which housed the Ark of the Covenant and two angelic cherubim sitting at either end of God’s seat. This room was called the “Holy of Holies” and it represented heaven. It was reserved exclusively for God and for the high priest to enter once a year. The other room was called the “Holy Place” and it represented earth and it was where the regular priests conducted their ministry.

In my Blog in the Times of Israel on November 9th entitled Seven Bible Wonders – The Tabernacle Secret Unveiled I outlined the outcome of a recent investigation on the dimensions of the tabernacle. The investigation revealed that the dimensions of the tabernacle in the ancient measurements of square cubits had the same numerical values as the number of days in the orbits of the planets together with other related time periods. This was a sensational discovery and skeptics could rightly ask why had the planetary orbits not been detected before? The answer is that the numerical facts on astronomy escaped detection because biblical institutions had worked out a large size for the tabernacle tent and it was in accordance with the dimensions given by the first century historian Josephus. However, Professor Richard Friedman of the University of Georgia in his book Who Wrote the Bible had worked out a smaller size for the tent.

I conducted an analysis of the various tabernacle dimensions using both the large tent and the small tent size. The results showed that there were the equivalent values of ten time periods when the small tent was applied whereas there were no time periods evident when the large tent size was applied. This was a very conclusive result and it proved that the orbits of the planets and other related time periods had been factored into the dimensions of the tabernacle by the biblical scribes. The stars in the tabernacle turned the earthly structure into a metaphysical house of God and a gateway to heaven. That was why the gospel writers could use its image as the ideal heavenly showcase to explain the mystical concept with the resurrection of Jesus.

With the image of the tabernacle taking the place of the tomb the mystery of how Mary Magdalene could see two angels in the tomb could be explained. It showed that the gospel writer had afforded Mary Magdalene the status of the traditional high priest where she saw into God’s holy chamber where the two angelic cherubim were sitting at either end of where the body of Jesus had lain. In contrast, the writers had restricted Peter to the regular priest’s outer chamber where he only saw the clothes. In meant that the gospel writers had assigned Mary Magdalene the highest priestly status of all and thus she stood in rank above Peter. This position explains why Jesus chose Mary Magdalene to be the first person to announce his resurrection to the world. Mary Magdalene was destined to be the first Pope.

This is just a snapshot view of the overall findings, which I have outlined in a book entitled Mary Magdalene – The First Pope. The findings have profound implications for just imagine the consequence if Mary Magdalene had been rightfully recognized as the first Pope? Women could have achieved equality and risen to the highest political, civil and business offices throughout Christendom. This wrong can never be redressed but with this new information, the ordination of women to the priesthood in all Christian churches is now inevitable.

In June 2016 Pope Francis upgraded the memorial day of Mary Magdalene on the 22nd July to a feast day on par with the apostles. It is time to go the final step and Pope Frances should use the new evidence about the true role of Mary Magdalene and have her now recognized as the first Pope.