"His Banner Over Me"
After I had created a computer-accurate Temple Layout (see previous image) that seemed to strikingly pinpoint the piercing wounds of Christ, I thought it would be interesting to see if the Shroud of Turin, believed to be the burial cloth of our Lord Jesus Christ, might substantiate my hypothesis. I found some images of the Shroud online, and superimposed them over the Temple. I was stunned to find that the wounds matched perfectly with both the Outer and Inner Gates of the Temple! Notice the blood stains at the feet, the wrists (imagine them extended for crucifixion), and especially his right side (as he faces you). One can also make out the blood on His brow caused by the Crown of Thorns, which neatly superimposes over the building that may represent the Hall of Judgment, where Solomon (the son of David) wore his kingly crown on the Judgment Throne to decide legal disputes. And the Man's body is covered with some 120 wounds, presumably caused by Roman scourging, which make me think of the many recessed windows that appear throughout the entire Temple Complex. Personally, I would be very surprised if this were all coincidental.
NOTE: Hover your mouse over the above image to see the shroud in photo-negative. The first photographer to take pictures of the shroud in 1898 was so stunned to see this, when he started developing the negatives, that he almost dropped the plates in shock.
Having heard that carbon dating had cast some suspicion on its origins, I had never given much thought to the Shroud of Turin before this study of the Tabernacle and Temple. But when I saw this striking relationship to the Temple, it occurred to me that I had better give the Shroud another look. The more I researched the Shroud on the Internet, the more I became convinced that this relic is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth, who is the crucified and risen Messiah.
The Church has not made this an obligatory article of faith, so each person is free to examine the facts and decide for himself on the matter. As for me, I believe, along with Pope John XXIII, that "the finger of God is here." Here are a few sites that I found particularly helpful:
Might the Merciful God be providing help to modern skeptics, with their insatiable desire for "scientific proof"? Possibly....
It is at least my hope and prayer that some "doubting Thomases" will be encouraged to see that faith can coexist with reason. Think about it. Doesn't reason suggest to our intellects that a Divine Intelligence clearly foresaw, in excruciating detail, this pivotal event in human history--the crucifixion of His only Begotten Son? While I could list several, below are two Old Testament prophecies that clearly prove His divine foreknowledge:
Isaiah 52:13 - 53:13
Who has believd what we have heard?
Surely He has borne our griefs
He was oppressed,
Yet is was the will of the Lord to bruise Him;
I pray that this image will help to deepen your appreciation for and contemplation of the Sacred and Adorable Wounds of Jesus Christ. These are the gates of salvation and the windows of contemplation. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His lovingkindness is everlasting!