Moses – the Fourth to Come

The story of Moses is well known on account of biblical writings, but the fact of his being the fourth of the Seven Signs was concealed by the priesthoods of the new religion that sprang up after his death.

Extract from the Book of Man Volume I

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he was an evil man, and full of fears and of cunning, as fearful men always are.
And this Pharaoh said unto his people, “Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we, and I have heard that the sign of a High Caulbearer grows, and will come to pass that he shall be born. And he shall be born of the house of Israel and be all-powerful, for he shall be a King by Right, and all men shall follow him, and we shall all be cast down before him. Come, let us deal wisely with them lest this king shall be born and it come to pass that when any war comes about they join also together with our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.”
Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure-cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And as they grew, the sign of him also grew stronger, and his time grew nearer: but they knew not when, for the secret was not known to them.
And the Nazarenes had left the lands of the Pharaoh at this time, for they foresaw that which would come about at the rising of the sign. So they did leave that place, and prepared them for the coming of the fourth according to the Prophecy. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour, and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage. In mortar and in brick and in all manner of service in the field—their service wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives regarding the Caulbearer. One was named Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah.
And he said, “When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women and see them upon the stools, if it be a son, then ye shall kill him; but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.”
But the midwives feared the sign of the king to come and the wrath of the Nazarenes, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said unto them, “Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?”
And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women. For they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.”
Therefore the Nazarenes dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and waxed very mighty because of it. And it came to pass because the midwives feared and respected the Nazarenes, that they made them houses.
And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, “Every son that is born, ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”
And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a Caulbearer—the same Caulbearer that was prophesied onto them out of the mouths of the Nazarenes—she hid him three months.
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child with his caul therein. And she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink, upon the water. And his sister stood afar off, to witness what would be done to him.
And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river. And her maidens walked along by the river’s side. And when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child and his caul—and behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and feared his caul and the meaning of it, and said, “This Caulbearer that all men fear, is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?”
And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” And the maid went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, “Take this child away and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.”
And the woman took the child and nursed it. And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter; and he became her son. And she called his name Moses—and she said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his Hebrew brethren and looked on their burdens, and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together. And he said to him that they did wrong, “Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?”
And he said, “Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? Intendest thou to kill me as thou killed the Egyptian?” And Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!”
Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.
Now the Lord of Midian, who was a Nazarene, had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
And when they came to Reuel, their father, he said, “How is it that ye are come so soon today?”
And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us and watered the flock.”
And he said unto his daughters, “And where is he? Why is it that ye have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”
And Moses came, and he saw that Moses was the one that they sought for an long time; and he was glad. And Moses was content to dwell with the Lord. And the Lord did teach him that which he must know, and that which made his confusions leave him. And he gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter, to wife. And she bore him a son: and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a lost in a strange land.”

End of extract from The Book of Man