The Ankh and the winged sun/winged scarab are associated
with the Messianic beliefs of the Horite Habiru.
This remarkable seal or bulla of the Judean King Hezekiah was discovered by Efrat Greenwald at the Ophel, an ancient dump beside the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City. This bulla was found with 33 additional bullae, many pottery sherds and figurines in Area A of the 2009 excavation season supervised by Hagai Cohen-Klonymus of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
This is the first seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation.
Initial inspection failed to recognize the seal's importance and it was put in storage. Recently the bulla was identified by the Paleo-Hebrew inscription that says: "Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah" who reigned from 727 to 698 BC. II Kings 18:5 says of Hezekiah that “after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among them that were before him.” He is also mentioned in the annals of King Sennacherib. To protect the city's only water source, Hezekiah had a tunnel built to bring water from the Siloam Spring into Jerusalem.
The seal is significant because it identifies King Hezekiah with the Messianic belief of his Horite Habiru (Hebrew) ancestors. The bulla is imprinted with a winged sun or dung beetle flanked on both sides by the Egyptian ankh, the symbol of life. Both the winged sun and the ankh are symbols attached to the religion of Horus, the "son" of the Creator and the only Nilotic deity ever shown as a man. His narrative sets forth the Messianic expectation of Abraham's Nilotic ancestors.
|Hathor, mother of Horus, holds the ankh to the ruler's mouth|
Contrary to the official statement about this find, the winged sun and the winged beetle symbolize the same religious belief. No change in symbolism is represented, and both images are representative of Horite belief in bodily resurrection.
The African dung beetle rolls balls of dung along the ground and deposits them in its burrows. The female lays her eggs in the dung ball and when the larvae hatch, they feed off the dung until they emerge from the earth. The orb of the lowly beetle replicated on earth the solar orb of the Creator. Both were seen to sink below the earth and to give life to those buried in the earth.
In 1997 University of Colorado astronomy professor J. McKim Malville identified alignments at a megalithic complex in the desert at Nabta, west of the Nile River in southern Egypt. This site was seasonally inhabited by cattle herders between 11,000 and 4,800 years ago (Malville et al. 1998). One circle of standing stones exhibits a line-of-sight 'window' at an azimuth of 62 degrees; the direction at which the rising mid-summer sun would have been visible about 6,000 years BC. This is the oldest astronomically aligned structure yet discovered on the planet.
Among Hezekiah's Horite ancestors the heart was the essential organ when it came to the resurrection of the body, as it would be weighed in the afterlife. The body of the pure heart would rise from the dead, as the sun rises in the morning. This is why the scarab was placed over the mummy's heart. The scarab was given the name Khoprer, which is derived from kheper, meaning "to become."
Related reading: Impression of King Hezekiah’s Royal Seal Discovered in Ophel Excavations South of Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Marcus Byrne: The Dance of the Dung Beetle; Righteous Rulers and the Resurrection The oldest astronomical megalith alignment (Nabta - Egypt); The Ra-Horus-Hathor Narrative; Circumcision and Standing Stones in the Judean Hills