TELEPHONE INTERVIEW — TAPE #14, SIDE #2
Q: Mark Russell Bell (interviewer in Los Angeles)
L: Ellen Russell (my mother in California)
P: Mike Phelps, Ancient Biblical Research Center
M: Maxine Mc Wethy (the mother in Centrahoma, Oklahoma)
V: Sent Sunday October 8 at 5:31 p.m.
L: Hi, Mark. I forgot to ask you the most important question. Can I just say — instead of going through all the folderol about Medic-1 may I just say that I’m your next of kin? Your mother. And I’m, you know, now in charge. Can I say that? Tell me if that’s okay. Call me back later. Bye.
V: End of message. To repeat this message press one — Message saved. Sent today at 3:50 p.m.
P: Mark, this is Mike Phelps at Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center returning your call about the fragment that you faxed. The image that you faxed to us let me say first it is not a Dead Sea Scroll. Based on the script, nothing in the Dead Sea Scrolls looks even close to that. Secondly, I’m not sure what language it is in — which causes a problem for identification. But the Dead Sea Scrolls are in Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew, and this is none of those three. I believe it is Arabic but I do not know Arabic so I can’t say that definitely since I can’t read the letters. But, dang, it looks like Arabic and so do some of the diacritical marks that are next to the letters look like Arabic diacritical marks so I have no idea what your fragment is, but if you have further questions give me a call. I can confirm it’s not a Dead Sea Scroll and I believe it to be Arabic, so good luck. Thanks much. Bye bye.
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: I CALL MIKE PHELPS TO GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.)
Q: So it’s probably Arabic?
Q: Because I’m doing a book and you know a lot about the Dead Sea Scrolls, I’m just wondering if some information that I’ve heard is wrong. Is it true that Jesus is never mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
P: That’s true.
Q: Why do you think that is?
P: Well, most of the Dead Sea Scrolls pre-date Jesus. The greatest period of literary activity by the sect that wrote the scrolls was in the century before Jesus was born. The sect were contemporaries of Jesus — their sect was destroyed in 68 A.D. — so about thirty years after he died. So he would have been late news to them. Secondly —
Q: Is that still sort of enigmatic?
P: What do you mean?
Q: The fact that there was nothing found. The way it had been presented to me was that this was sort of a mystery.
P: I don’t think it’s very mysterious at all. Their sect lived in the extreme south of Israel in the desert and Jesus was active in the extreme north of Israel and Galilee. It seems that Jesus would have made the nightly news of his day at the height of his career but —
Q: What age do you think he was at that time? I know that no one really knows for sure.
P: Supposedly, he was crucified around the age of thirty.
Q: But some people are estimating he was a little older now.
P: Thirty — thirty-three is where most scholars —
Q: Are you familiar with Zecharia Sitchin’s books?
P: No, I’m not.
Q: He focuses on Sumer and he’s found amazing parallels between various cultures and religions.
Q: And he found a parallel to Christ in a pre-Christian mysterium that was called “The Death and Resurrection of Bel-Marduk.” But instead of being crucified, Bel-Marduk was incarcerated inside the Great Pyramid at Giza.
P: There are dying and rising myths throughout the —
Q: Right. Exactly. This particular book is The Wars of Gods and Men. I think you’ll find it fascinating if you’re into that, which I’m sure you are.
P: I usually don’t get that early in time.
Q: The parallels are what’s so interesting. The book that I’m doing incorporates all these various things. It’s this really strange story that’s taking me to all these different places.
P: I hear you.
Q: It’s very interesting.
Q: I’m writing this New Age Testament that incorporates poltergeists and angels and reincarnation. This is really a mystery that I’m trying to solve.
Q: So, anyway, keep my name on file. Call me and tell me what your thoughts are after you read that book.
Q: Because I’m doing research and if there are any suggestions you would have in terms of what other things I might read, let me know. And I’ll let you know what I find about this once I find an Arabic translator.
P: Have you heard of a book called The Disappearance of God by Friedman?
Q: Well, it doesn’t sound like it would appeal to me.
P: The history of religion in the West.
Q: Do you believe in angels?
P: I’m a fairly conservative Christian. I’d say yes to that question.
Q: What started me on this book thing was investigating a poltergeist case in Oklahoma for a potential screenplay. Anyway, His name is Michael. The more research I do, the more it seems He is the archangel Michael. I mean it just sounds totally crazy.
P: It does sound totally crazy.
Q: It does. In fact, that’s what I have sent you. The angel Michael had written that on a mirror in this house in Oklahoma.
Q: The family has been taped for a TV show called “Put It To The Test” which might be airing on ABC on Halloween. There’s no confirmed air date yet.
Q: But they didn’t film any of the phenomena. I did witness some of the phenomena myself so I am definitely a believer. It was very, very amazing. So you might read that book. I’d love to hear what somebody with your background thinks of this parallel.
P: What’s the guy’s name again?
Q: Well, you can look it up in the glossary. There’s one mention of Jesus in the glossary. Marduk is the name of the earlier entity. His full name is Bel-Marduk.
P: Just the name of the author.
Q: Zecharia Sitchin. He’s done a whole series of books.
P: I’ll take a look at them.
(TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: THE NEXT RECORDED CONVERSATION IS WITH MAXINE.)
Q: Just to bring you up to date I no longer take Michael for granted, which is something that we all do sometimes.
Q: And I don’t think it hurts his feelings — well, maybe it does hurt his feelings. Who can really say? But, anyway, in the newspaper yesterday it said scientists have discovered the master genetic switch that makes plants bloom. Did you see that?
Q: And, last month, of course there were the miracles of milk-drinking statues, which were impressing Hindus throughout the world. Did you read about that?
M: Well, no, I didn’t.
Q: Of course, no one believed them even though it said that millions of people had witnessed it. So I think we’re witnessing many profound manifestations of love. And one of the messages Michael gave me by turning on and off my TV set is that “LOVE IS THE ONLY RELIGION.”
Q: Last Saturday, I went to the Whole Life Expo at the LAX Airport Hilton. Michael communicated with me via a channeler through the process of automatic writing. Have you ever done that with him?
Q: The Spirit’s words were: “THE IMPORTANCE HERE FOR HIM IS NOT TO RESOLVE WHO MICHAEL IS. IT IS TO RESOLVE WHO MARK IS AND WHAT HE INTENDS TO DO WITH THAT INFORMATION.”
Q: Well, the book — I always knew that. Remember the cover of Fortean Times with the Sphinx? I guess this has something to do with our case. It dates way back to that time, apparently. At the Expo someone commented to me that one of Michael’s cryptograms looks like it could be from the Dead Sea Scrolls. I faxed it over to the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center to have it interpreted and it may turn out to be Arabic. I found out at the Expo that one of the other cryptograms can be interpreted as expressing completion while another symbolizes rejoicing. So those are very positive messages. Remember that beetle I saw?
Q: An Egyptian word for it is scarab. It is the symbol for resurrection and immortality. There are so many parallels that can be drawn from everything that has happened. I even see a correlation with some lyrics in a song by The Beatles: “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” What do you think about that?
M: Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Q: There’s a little bit of Michael in each of us, you know?