Listening closely to his theories, however, about burial locations for the scroll’s treasures was hard to follow and, to be honest, didn’t seem logical. For four writers and one hundred priests working under the threat of death to hide Israel’s most precious artifacts, Vendyl’s theory seemed too complicated for the fast moving and dangerous scenario.
So, that December morning, six months after meeting Vendyl I decided to go for it and apply some investigative techniques on the old scroll and see where it led. After all, I was an award-winning investigator, no one would ever know if the idea failed and what could it hurt? As the book containing the translation fell open across my keyboard the thought came to me, this has got to be the biggest cold case file in history.
What you are about to hear may seem completely impossible, but I promise you it is true. Twenty minutes after examining the translation everything was falling into place. I selected the right map and one after the other each of the first five locations was completely understandable. I was baffled… How did all those scholars miss the obvious and, more importantly, how was I ever going to convince the Israelis that a fireman from Lawton, Oklahoma had figured out the most important and mysterious document in the Middle East?
A month after the initial discovery, with a small stack of notes, maps and a heavy bomber jacket under my arm, my wife and I were on a plane headed for Israel. My life was about to change.
Established the night of the initial discovery, The Copper Scroll Project developed a simple mission statement, “Help The Nation of Israel recover the items of the Copper Scroll.”
Recorded in the CSP Research book detailing the individual treasure locations are multiple maps with photos and text providing proof for all 57 locations listed. That document has easily convinced many throughout the world that the research is correct and that it will guide Israel back to the treasures, fulfilling our stated mission, if they still remain.
Lining the back page of the original research, protected by dozens of Nondisclosure Agreements, are signatures of readers who gave numeric scores for the accuracy of the work. None gave a score below 93 percent that the research conclusions are correct. The Travel Channel, television news stations, Israel National Radio, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Connection Magazine, God’s Learning Channel and many local newspapers have reported the discovery. Even the Director General of the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) and members of his staff gave positive reviews of the investigative findings. An Israeli archaeologist from the Archaeological Department of the Civil Administration even initiated an excavation marking three of the locations. For some unexplained reason, the ADCA official stopped far short of the depth required by the Copper Scroll.
Stories similar to the CS and the back story of The Copper Scroll Project are the life-blood of books, movies and the unwritten history of the Bible. Amazing hoards of talents (75lb gold and silver ingots) are arranged in deep trenches. Along with those talents are possibly the most important religious artifacts in history. Those artifacts will create instant fame and great temptation for even the most disciplined scholar to abandon required archaeological protocols.
If those artifacts remain at the selected site, they will defy even the most eloquent words expressing their importance for every religion on Earth. When the items are uncovered, Levitical Priests and their authorized family members alone can provide the proper handling and care as required by the Tanach (the Old Testament). Those men qualified to handle the artifacts are available, trained and ready if the Israeli government will allow it. Compliance with Biblical requirements will be paramount for all concerned. Future records will speak favorably of our actions and handling of the relics “only if” we conform to scriptural necessities. In fact, the world must understand, the treasures of the Copper Scroll belong with Israel and no other nation.