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Al Qeada, The Queen of Sheba, & The Ark of the Covenant: Yemen As It Is


Why Yemen is the next war front.

By Gary Vey for viewzone

As an editor here at viewzone I get to write and publish lots of interesting stories. Some authors write stories to promote a book or CD. Others want to be credited with a discovery of something, usually in the field of science or history. Occasionally though, a story must be told because it is ripe — its time has come — and that is why I have decided to write this true story about Yemen.

In the past couple of days, Yemen has been in the news. Following a botched terror attack by a Nigerian who once visited Yemen, Senator Lieberman and President Obama have told the American public that this country is the next war front. In no time at all there will be military advisors, equipment and soldiers on the ground, just like in Iraq. And like Iraq, the real agenda for being there will be hidden from you. That is, until you read this.

Soon you will hear many things about Yemen. The media will paint a picture of this country and its people as the new home of Al Qeada, and you will believe what they say. Why wouldn’t you?

Yemen is the poorest country in the Arabian peninsula. It’s located on the map below Saudi Arabia. Despite it proximity to the rich oil nation, Yemen is too far south to benefit from the rich oil deposits. It’s hot and dry and water is scarce. The Yemeni people are mostly tribal, as they have been for centuries. There’s really no reason anyone would vacation in Yemen. Unless you have family there, you would likely never go to Yemen.

But I have.

In 2001 I was the guest of the Yemeni government because I had accidentally made a discovery that I had no right to make. I discovered strong evidence that the Ark of the Covenant is buried in an archaeological site in a desert outpost called Marib.

Accidental discovery

No, I’m not an archaeologist or even an historian. At the time I was a computer programmer, working in a cubicle for the electrical grid that controls the power for the Northeast of America. In my spare time I was, and still am, the editor for viewzone. I was asked to do a story on some petroglyphs — carved stones — in a small Colorado town called LaJunta. The man who asked me was named Bill McGlone and he suspected that these carved shapes were an ancient language from the “old world.”

The petroglyphs above were originally painted with aluminum powder but have been enhanced here in white with photoshop.
The petroglyphs above were originally painted with aluminum powder but have been enhanced here in white with photoshop.

I went to the site and photographed the petroglyphs. They were very old and covered with thick black patina, a kind of mineral that builds up on the stone over many centuries. I had to illuminate them from the side to reveal the hollowed shapes and sometimes there were younger Native American petroglyphs scraped on top of them. The older petroglyphs seemed to have recurring symbols, like an alphabet, and I spent about a week photographing them. When I returned home I published them on viewzone and, at Bill’s request, asked if anyone could shed light on what these shapes might mean.

yemen3picAbout a year passed. I received news that Bill McGlone had passed away. There seemed little interest in the petroglyphs of Colorado until I got an e-mail from a retired professor from BYU. He didn’t say much but attached some jpg files showing more petroglyphs with these same shapes [right]. I immediately wrote back to him and asked where in Colorado these photographs were taken. He promptly replied with even more photographs that were from the Negev desert in Israel.

Dr. James Harris made many trips to the mid-east. He was particularly interested in a collapsed turquoise mine containing inscriptions in the same alphabet that were carbon-dated to 1500 BC. It was the same alphabet that was found in Colorado. He successfully translated the writing by using an ancient proto-Hebrew dialect. He offered to translate some of the Colorado inscriptions and shared his algorithm with me.

As a computer programmer I was able to use this algorithm to create a translation program [400Kb] in JavaScript. Once downloaded on a laptop, this program could translate most of the inscriptions by running it through a web browser. I returned to Colorado a few months later and successfully translated most of the petroglyphs there. This was very exciting. The Colorado writing made references to KNN, or Cannan, and of the deity YH, Yahweh, but I could not understand how this ancient language was carved on the Colorado stones thousands of years ago.


The next e-mail I received contained more photographs of the same alphabet. This time the letters were perfectly formed in a font, carefully carved in stone and cast in bronze! The photographs were taken at the newly excavated archaeological site of the Queen of Sheba in Yemen. A team from the University of Calgary had uncovered the Queen’s palace after being buried in the desert sands for 3000 years.

The photos were from press releases announcing the discovery. They stated that an “unknown” language had been found on a large wall surrounding the unexcavated courtyard of the Queen’s palace. Often workers posed in front of the wall, hiding some of the letters. This was frustrating to me but I managed to translate enough to suggest a story that was written there. I stayed up for days and finally translated what texts I could see from enlarging the photographs.

I’m not a historian. I didn’t understand what I had translated. It read as follows:


(portions of the text were obscured by some workers standing in front of the wall)
“…because the Son was aware of the essence that was in him…

“And when the happiness of the Son was poisoned
by the news that his father passing on
the anger lifted when the son was told
the location of the Father’s great box of EL.

“And when the happiness of Son was poisoned
by the action of the beautiful Lord’s movement
the Son was made happy to swear to protect the box of EL,
and to be associated with the Lord’s spirit.

“And his gloom lifted.
The Son constructed a chamber for the beautiful Lord’s spirit and covered it up. He accompanied the chamber of the Lord underneath to pray and to gain understanding and to protect…” (interrupted again by workers in the photograph)

The next photograph was of a bronze cast cylinder that looks as if it had once enclosed a round column. The individual letters of the alphabet had been mass produced, perhaps in wax, before the bronze was cast. “Movable type,” I thought. How ingenious! I spent another long night translating this text and it seemed somehow relevant to the carved stone I had finished the previous nights.


(parts missing)… the Mother listened through the aperture of the Son in his chamber to see if he renounced the agreement with the Lord …(more parts missing)

… because the sorrowful mother assembled around the chamber a wall without mortar so that she might rescue the son …

… she watched the son through the aperture and saw it illuminated and heard thunder and feared for the son …

… the son increased his knowledge of the future and the son shook and trembled from the knowledge of the unknown …

… to save her son because of the silence and because the worm had moved out from the aperture and great was her sorrow …

… moved from silence to judge if the son foresaw the loving mother wail and doubt his agreement with the Lord …

… the spirit [no translation] was happy to be made blind on account of the box and the son’s brother-in-law suffered increased painful study …

… the round city to protect her poor son and the mother then slowly encircled the foundation of the chamber …

…to judge the poor mother so the dwelling place of the box was obscured and the mother was also fearful that the sea would rise …

… so the proud mother’s love for her only son made her to fortify the chamber of the box in case the earth might tremble …

The photos were being sent to me by John McGovern, who lived in Australia. He was following the discovery of the petroglyphs in Colorado and saw the similarity of alphabets in the press release by the University of Calgary. He continued to research the artifacts in Yemen and sent me one more carved stone that was on display in a Yemeni museum — upside down!

I rotated the image using Photoshop and began translating again.


“(stone broken off at both ends)… the son also did not foresee the optimal time for drinking one’s fill because of the unknown powers in the world of his future offspring and so the world of his progeny would remained sealed …

… we pray that the crop (people) will be purified but do not encourage the harvest (of the people) prematurely as the Lord will burn the evil nations from the sky but let the son have dominion over the grain (creatures) and do not rise up until friendly nations are here …

… enter also to destroy and let the son predict the leader of these ripe seeds and the son will rejoice for the age of the ‘box of EL’ …

… the proud mother’s son loves the fresh nation but respect the dwelling place of the body and tabulate the danger from salt water …

… and the son but do not bind the Lord to have plenty but unite the people in prayer on the mound and woe let the friends of the son rejoice and love because love can at last be lofty …

… real hiding place but wanted to agree to cause the Lord to escape but why shed tears for the imprisoned? The mother made the construction to be worthy of the delicate Lord and to praise the Creator …

… the son foresaw the leader … (part of block missing here) … and the nation revered this son indeed!”

Because I am not an academic, getting anyone to review my work was almost impossible. No one wold even speak to me and, if they did, they would mention Graham Hancock or even worse — the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

But eventually, someone did listen to me. I sent a copy of my translations to the office of President Saleh, in Yemen, and received an invitation to come to the archaeological site.

yemen8picYemen is about the size of California. The people are Islamic and Arab, but it wasn’t always that way.

Prior to 1948 there was a very large Jewish population that lived and thrived in Yemen. There were Temples and Jewish neighborhoods next to Mosques. Children and adults of both faiths and traditions enjoyed eachothers companionship and commerce.

In 1948 the State of Israel was formed in the land occupied for millennia by the Palestinians. The welcome mat was out for any Jewish people who wanted to come to their new homeland and most of the Jews in Yemen left. It was a sad time for most Yemenis and the economy struggled to adjust with the sudden loss of such fine craftsmen. Even today, Yemen is famous for its filagree silver jewelry yet it is no longer manufactured because of the loss of the Jewish artisans.


In Yemen you can see countless examples of Jewish Stars, incorporated in the architecture of stone buildings and mausoleums. It was a testament to an era when there was no religious conflict. But that all changed when the new State of Israel forced out and killed the Palestinians, burnt and bulldozed their farms and orchards and continued to mistreat their Arab neighbors. Gradually, like most Arab nations in the world today, they grew intolerant and hostile.


Yemen’s ancient architecture owes much to its past Jewish population. The city of Sana’a — the capital — is unique in its design and appearance. I spent many weeks there while visiting the surrounding villages associated with discoveries of stones and artifacts containing the ancient language. The people are especially friendly and have extremely strong family and tribal ties that far exceed their allegiance to their country. In fact, in the Northern regions of Yemen, near the archaeological site of Sheba in Marib, the national government was largely insignificant.

Yemen is the most heavily armed country in the world. There are between 3 and 4 AK47s for each man, woman and child. Children as young as 8 can shoot these weapons like a sniper and often have their own weapons (loaded) decorated with colored twine and smurf stickers.


Most of the country outside the metro region is mountainous. Small villages were built in the time of the Crusaders on top of steep inclines and resemble castles. There is usually only one entrance which can be easily defended from attack and just about everything is made from stone.

I was told there was only two types of crime in Yemen — auto theft and revenge. The accidental killing of a family member — perhaps by one of America’s drones — requires that the family take a life. It’s an honor thing, as old as time itself. One can easily see how the indiscriminate bombing that took place in Iraq, and continues in Afghanistan, would have a domino effect, quickly turning the entire peaceful Yemeni population into a heavily armed death squad.

But that’s not the reason America should think twice about making Yemen the next war front. There are more prophecies written in the old language that seem to have foreseen the events of today.

More prophecies with the Ark

Let me summarize what I learned from the translations. I’ve had time to learn who was “the son” or “the lord” and especially what was “the box of El.” Here is the story:

Menelek, the only son of Queen Saba (i.e. Queen Sheba) and Solomon, was depressed when he learned that his father’s kingdom had been overcome and the Temple in Jerusalem was sacked. His grief was deep (“…the happiness of the Son was poisoned…”) and this worried his mother. Shortly after this invasion of Jerusalem, Menelik received word that the Ark of the Covenant (the “box/cell of the Lord” AT-EL), formerly housed in Solomon’s Temple, was relocated for its protection.

yemen12picThe text refers to an “oath” that was taken by Menelik to protect the Ark, apparently consumated by a ring that was given to Menelik when he visited Solomon as a young man. Menelik also received a warning from Nathan, his half-brother, that the Ark could be harmful to his health and that it had caused vision problems and “trembling” when Nathan had attempted to interact with it. Menelik retrieves the Ark but has none of these adversities and eagerly interacts with this “box of El”, eventually constructing a special underground chamber where he stores the Ark and converses through it with the Lord.

As the danger of invading enemies becomes real for the kingdom of Saba, Menelik announces that the Lord has instructed him to enter the underground chamber with the Ark, and to have the entire construction covered with sand to conceal it from hostile forces. Menelik informs his mother, Queen Saba, that he will remain buried with the Ark for a long period of time, until a “friendly” nation is overhead.

Following her only son’s instructions, Menelik is buried with the Ark. However, his mother has a smaller chamber constructed adjacent to the Ark chamber with a secret peephole (“…aperture…”) so that she can monitor his condition. She secretly plans to open the chamber and rescue her son should he be in danger and has had one of the chamber walls constructed without mortar.

On many occasions, Queen Saba viewed her son inside the chamber. She mentions that he received a future revelation from the Ark, which sounded to her like thunder. As she watched Menelik interact with the Ark, she noted that he trembled and shook from the visions that were being shown to him.

As time passed, the thundering noise and movement of her son ceased. Upon opening the secret peephole, the Queen saw a worm crawl out. This suggested that maybe Menelik had died. The Queen was determined to open the chamber and rescue her son but she recalled his faith and remembered his words, that he would be buried for “a long time.” She wept (“…cried an ocean of tears…”) that his vision of the future also included the revelation that she had doubted his word and she prayed that he would forgive her for her doubts.

yemen13picDetermined to honor her son’s wishes, Queen Saba has the chamber reinforced with more stone and mortar. She consults with the builders and masons to design an enclosure that would protect the buried chamber from future earthquakes, floods, salt (?) and other natural disasters. The chamber was thus made more sturdy and a large dam was constructed around the buried chamber to protect it from water and floods. This oval dam bares the story, inscribed in the old language.

The Queen then “dimmed” her kingdom [see right] in Yemen and moved her entourage to Ethiopia, confounded her language to Himyaritic, a copy of the Ark was made and she allowed the buried palace and its courtyard to be consumed by the desert sands. There it remained for almost 3000 years until it was discovered by Wendell Philips, ironically the character on whom Indiana Jones was based in the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

(Inscription [right] describes the mother “M” dimming her nation for the love of the Lord.)

DO NOT OPEN — a warning

In the Yemen museum there is another stone which dictates the conditions that should exist prior to any attempt at opening the chamber. These include the occupation of the land by a “friendly” nation and the warning that the Ark must not be moved and should not be used for any national or personal benefit. The Ark is to be used for the benefit of all mankind and petitions (asking for special favors) to the Lord are to be made by collective prayer in the area of the buried Chamber and through the “priests” of the Ark (Menelik?).

Following the burial of the chamber and the surrounding temple, Queen Saba “dimmed her kingdom” and moved to Ethiopia with the prohibition that the area where the Ark and Menelik were buried should be forgotten, lest future hostile nations and “blind prophets” should seek it out.


Is the Ark still there? The courtyard was never excavated. In the Summer of 2001, the University of Calgary scanned it with ground penetrating radar and located the chamber. But then the events of September 11, 2001 forever changed the politics of Yemen, and all Arab nations. The sand has again claimed the site, which is now under tribal control.

Recently, some Italian tourists attempted to visit the site and were killed by an improvised explosive. This sent a strong message to all outsiders that the site was off limits. The area is also subject to Yemen’s separatist movement with the local tribes wishing to return to a divided Yemen and Aden, where their tribal influence will remain supreme.

Who needs the Ark?

yemen15picThe Jewish temple was built around a special chamber — the Holy of Holies — which contained the Ark of the Covenant. This was the raison d’etre of the temple. The Ark represents a direct link to God. Without the Ark the temple is just a building.

The Ark is needed for the construction of the future Third Temple — a building which is connected with the belief that the Messiah will return to Earth to rule all men — which is to be built on the site of the past temples. This location is currently occupied on the Temple Mount by a very important Islamic Mosque.

The Third Temple is a necessity for both Jews and Messianic Christians and is especially relevant in what many perceive as the “end times.”

Is this why America, acting as proxy for Israel, is anxious to invade Yemen? I honestly think so. How else would the Ark be retrieved from such a heavily armed population. Why else would war be declared on these friendly and extremely independent people? What will happen if the Ark is moved — against all the written warnings?

We shall see.

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  1. Anna says:

    Thank you for writing such an interesting article. ( and big thanks also to Tony for finding it and posting).
    This is the kind of information that I find is a great help in the process of understanding and making “sense” of a lot of the “goings on”.
    All the best to everyone! :-)

  2. Cristina says:

    Thank you so much for this article !

  3. Thanks for printing this information and for your due diligence in putting together an effective translation of the petroglyphs. This feels right to me and makes perfect sense. I have attempted to understand why the government of the USA takes its orders from Israel for a long time. Enlightment from any commentators would be most helpful.

  4. Traveler says:

    I am also interested in why USA takes direction from Israel….

  5. Bart says:

    Possible the way surrounding middle east countries look at Israel , in this subject , an invasion formed by Israel would trigger Iran,syria and lots of millitia factions into engaging in combat with Israel.

    another theory would be that Israel would claim origional ownership over any relgious artefacts direcly linking to there religious history

    also the Militairy-industrial complex has always treated Israel as ” there special kid” lots of higheruppers have special bonds with israel.

    anyway , they are robbing Items that could explain our history and mysteries of live , a pure violation of human rights , because these items belong to the free world , not warmongering criminals.

    we decide wich direction we are walking , not the elite.

  6. Traveler says:

    ..Interesting..thank you for the response.

    Lots of people that I know really see Zionism as a big evil-doer, esp in light of the atrocities being committed in Palestine:(
    , etc….

    • Ola says:

      Zionism is not the big evil-doer at all, only a blinded fool would believe so. It is Anti-zionism that is the big evil doer!
      I am disgusted how people will never hold the Muslims accountable for what they do: expelling the Jews out of their countries ‘because of Israel’ and easily blame Israel and demonize the zionists.

      I happen to agree with Martin Luther King on this one:

      – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:

      “. . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely ‘anti-Zionist.’ And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God’s green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–this is God’s own truth.
      “Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.

      “Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

      “The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested–DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

      “How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of good will exult in the fulfilment of God’s promise, that his People should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land.

      This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

      “And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

      “The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just ‘anti-Zionist’!

      “My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled–as others have been–into thinking you can be ‘anti-Zionist’ and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share.

      Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–make no mistake about it.”

      • Morgan says:

        The ancient Jews were Arab; not European converts. The Zionists in Palestine today are not the seed of Abraham, nor do they have claim on the history, culture and land of the Arabs living there. The Arab Jews still exists in all parts of Arabia, Africa and Iran. Through the centuries, some converted to Christianity… later on, others to Islam. The bond that holds them together is they are all Arab. Changing your European names into Hebrew/Arabic ones won’t change the reality of your DNA… you don’t belong there, and there never was a prophecy for Israel’s existence today… in fact, it is FORBIDDEN, and for this reason, GOD will not help you because you are not HIS PEOPLE.

  7. affash says:

    what a story, i like your imagination and how you link fragmented evidence.

    As an Arab and Yemeni i would naturally support this arguments that Israel is dictating the US gov. in many directions, but not this one regarding ancient Yemen and the story of the ark.

    The most important element is the fact that queen of Sheba was requested to obey king Solemn and to move to Jerusalem and become a worshiper of God with him instead of worshiping the sun, therefore, queen Sheba never transcended to Ethiopia as per your story. The kingdom’s influence reached as far as Babylon in the north, most of Arabia, and to the African nation.

    Best Regards,

  8. emmanuel says:

    l refuse too belive all this that was said hear until l can be giving a biblical prove of reason because l am a scholar l research and read the bible and use the internet too update myself atlist l know for sure that america and israel will be destroy ayt the rigth appointed time cos it is biblical so please l will need too be updated and share my view l can be contacted by this on facebook when u search me then we can share ideas waiting too hear from you all

  9. cort says:

    Please watch this video on youtube. Look closely at the position of Marib in conjunction with what I have found.

  10. I love an arabic womens.
    My song for all arabic womans.

    Elvis Presley – Hurt

    Lyrics: I’m so hurt to think that you lied to me
    I’m hurt way down deep inside of me
    You said our love was true
    And we’d never, ever part
    Now you want someone new
    And it breaks my heart (heart)

    I’m hurt, much more than you’ll ever know
    Yes darling, I’m so hurt
    Because I still love you so
    But even though you hurt me
    Like nobody else could ever do
    I would never, ever hurt you……..

  11. mrbasserby says:

    urgent : ark of Covenant and ppl of cave real location yemen

    yo ppl of Yemen if you don’t search the truth about Ark of Covenant and check if what i said is truth or false ..

    didn’t i told you that the Ark of Covenant is in the cave in village in Yemen called :
    in the east of the Dhamar city beside the horor village
    ((the Village of Almqadshh
    send to them my message and told them the location that i described and they will find Ark of Covenant
    and massive man Lying above the Ark..

    i will explain again the location of the ppl cave and the ark cause its important the world to know this discovery:
    its in yemen in the east of the Dhamar city
    in village called :
    inside the village there is some homes are located in Espiell Mountain series the cave located below the Mountain in old house they must remove this old house or construction and they will have access inside the cave and they will find the ark and ppl of cave
    Peace to you all.
    The Awaited Mahdi
    Imam Nasser Mohamed ElYemeni

    فإذا أنتم يامعشر الشعب اليماني عن الحق لم تبحثوا على الواقع الحقيقي فتنظروا هل صدقت أم كُنت من الكاذبين ألم نُخبركم بأن تابوت السكينة يوجد في كهف في قرية تُسمى حالياً قرية الأقمر وتوجد في محافظة ذمار إلى الشرق من مدينة ذمار إلى جانب قرية حورور وقرية حورور هي قرية المقادشة من مشايخ عنس وقرية الأقمر تابعة إلى مشايخ الضمان المقادشة أوصلوا إليهم خطابي وأحمّلهم المسؤولية بين يدي الله أن يفتوا الناس بالحق هل حقا” وجدوا تابوت السكينة في أحد كهوف الأقمر و وجدوا فيه آيات للعالمين ورجُل ذو جسد عظيم مرقده بأعلى التابوت ولسوف أبين لهم مرة أخرى موقع الكهف في قرية الأقمر إنهُ في قرية الأقمر و في قرية الأقمر بعض البيوت توجد في عرض سلسلة جبل إسبيل فبعض منها في عرض الجبل وتمتد القرية إلى التبة التي في أسفل الجبل ويوجد الكهف إلى جانب البيوت التي في التبة وليست التي في الجبل ويوجد بالكهف بناء قديم فليهدموا البناء وليدخلوا إلى الآيات وسوف يعثرون على آيات لهم من أنفسهم عجبا ..
    المهدي المنتظر ناصر محمد اليماني

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