In ancient times the easiest way to measure things was to use the most convenient measuring tools available that anybody could afford to own: your OWN BODY PARTS!
Yes, you could use your own foot to measure "feet".
You could use the width of your thumb to measure an inch (call it by whatever name you like.)
The distance between your outstretched middle finger and your nose would be a yard.
That's how it works. It was called a RULE OF THUMB for this reason.
But, no two people had the same sized body parts. You needed a standard.
You would standardize these measurements by taking the King's body parts and using HIS proprietary measurements and making them the fixed certainty by which all other things would conform.
That is why it is called A RULER. (King=Ruler, get it?)
When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt at the turn of the century (1798-1801)
and brought back dazzling artifacts and a solution to the Rosetta stone, Europe and
America went crazy over all things Egyptian. Women began wearing fashions with a distinctly Egyptian theme. Travelling shows with mummies made the circuit of cities. Paper made from Mummy linen became a desirable stationary among the elite.
Joseph Smith bought papyrus from these travelling artifact merchants and used them to support his phony translation of The Pearl of Great Prce as documents from Abraham.
Interest remained high and many supernatural claims were made connected with all things
Interest turned to the greatest of all Egyptian monuments and one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World: the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Pyramidologists who measured the Great Pyramid of Egypt frequently found pattern lengths of slightly more than 25 regular inches. 25.0265 inches
What could it "mean"???
The length of a year is 365.25636 days. (25.0265 inches) x (365.25636 days) is approximately the length of one side of the pyramid. WOW!
Surely this must mean....ummmm.....well....something extraordinary!!
What other mysterious correspondences could be found??
The polar radius of the earth is approximately 3949.89 mi. One ten-millionth of that is apparently 25.0265 inches.
You see that? Wow! That is ALMOST 25 inches. That MUST means something important--right? But, what??
THE ENTIRE PREMISE of measuring the Pyramid and projecting "MEANING" comes from this contrived "co-incidence"!!
Does it take your breath away?
First of all, how often do you measure accurately within one ten-millionth of anything? Eh?
The radius of the Earth is.........approximate! Ancient man had no way of knowing the radius of the Earth.
Consequently, by taking what we have approximated TODAY and exptrapolating it BACKWARDS through time we are "impressed" by something that never happened!
Namely, that ancient builders:
1.Had a unit of measurement accurate within one-ten millionth of an inch.
2.Had knowledge of the earth's radius
3.Had the physical means to trim sandstone with one ten-millionth of that inch.
4.Erected a stone edifice whose SOLE INTENTION was to inform Charles Taze Russell that his Divine Plan of the Ages had the correct time alignment with history!!!
Naturally, all of this appears quite possible when you drag the hand of God himself into it!!
In for a penny; in for a pound.
Accept the premise and you are bound to accept the conclusions based on the premise!
Jehovah's Witnesses use another kind of Pyramid Inch today. Sort of. What is it? What could it be?
What mysterious connection with the past could be prophetic of modern events???
607 B.C.E. is the other kind of Pyramid Inch.
They absolutely NEED it to PROVE their pivotal doctrine of Jesus' return in 1914.
That necessity is the mother of the 607 B.C.E. invention!
IT IS MADE UP OUT OF THIN AIR AND HAS NO ACTUAL EXISTENCE EXCEPT AS IT SERVES TO PROP UP A FALSE BELIEF! Just like the Bogus Pyramid Inch.
Once you are impressed by the events of WWI (world war, famine, pestilence) you are lured into accepting the fantasy connected with it as a "significant prophetic date.
Then, you are set up to watch the razzle-dazzle arithmetic of Gentile Times prophecy explanations.
It is all a bunch of hoakum, hooey and flummery.
607 B.C.E. has as much scientific actuality as the Pyramid Inch of Charles Taze Russell.
The average rank and file JW only "thinks" he has seen something marvellous "proved" by using it!
But, he is too naive and lazy to go much farther than that sham demonstration.
Just as the Great Pyramid was tangible, so too, World War I is tangible.
The only thing left is to CONNECT the intangible return of Jesus (he's invisible you see!) with the tanbible.
Presto! Instant proof!
If you look in all the reference books for Pyramid Inch do you think you'll find it?
Charles Taze Russell was forced out of necessity to use charts (Divine Plan of the Ages) and Great Pyramid speculations to PROVE his theology.
The current Watchtower Society is forced to PROVE their theology by a bogus invention of 607 B.C.E.
Hal Lindsey based his predictions on the establishment of Israel in 1945.
Time LaHaye (Left Behind series) uses a series of world events based on Premilleniallism.
Did you know that Charlie Taze Russell wrote his Studies in the Scriptures chapter on the Witness in Stone and sent off a copy (before publication) to an expert (Piazzi-Smyth, I think the name was) for review. He got a thumb's up and then used the expert approval to verify his statements.
What most people don't know is that after he got the approval, Russell CHANGED his computations and printed the Thumb's Up AS THOUGH the new figures had been reviewed.