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Great Pyramid Proof of God

George R Riffert
Covenant Publishing
Edition / Year
3rd Edition. 1942
In the section labelled
According to Riffert, the Great Pyramid was built by the biblical king Enoch, as 'God's Bible in stone'. As such, its measurements and construction are supposed to represent various messages about the nature of god and to prophesy key occurrences in the history of the world.

I present a few of the events supposedly foretold (by an arcane and contrived method of taking dates from measurements of the turnings in the internal passageways of the pyramid):

  • 4000 BC. The year of man's creation. Any evidence of man before this date must obviously be wrong, as unbiblical.
  • 2344 BC. The Great Flood.
  • Saturday October 6, 4 BC. Birth of Christ.
  • Friday April 7, AD 30. Death of Christ.
  • AD 1558. Start of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • 25 January, 1844. Amongst other items, the passing of the Bank Charter Act.
  • August 2, 1909. Czar of Russia met King Edward and inspected the Great Fleet at Clowes.
  • December 2, 1924. 'On this date the new English Parliament met for the first time, after the Labour Party Parliament, which resigned, had been in power only 286 days'.

You would be entitled to think it a little odd that good King Enoch went to all that trouble to forecast a relatively minor date in British political history, but in Riffert's loopy worldview this is perfectly natural. For Riffert was one of the British-Israelites, who believed that the British were in fact the ten lost tribes of Israel, and hence God's Chosen People.

Diagram of the inside of the Great Pyramid, showing measurements and corresponding dates


When I started to write up this page I did a little research and found that not only are the British-Israelites still extant, they are active on the net, and indeed willing to sell you Riffert's book, in its 1960 edition, for a mere ten US dollars. Of course British-Israelism is a thinly disguised form of racism, intended to justify a feeling of superiority in white British and American people, and to get around the awkward fact that in the Old Testament of the Christian bible, it is the Jews that are the chosen ones.

For every faction there is a counter-faction: in the case of the British-Israeli movement it falls into two groupings: the first are relatively sane Christian groups who wish to point out the racist and highly selective reading of scripture that underlies their views, and the second are a completely demented and paranoid bunch who think the British-Israelites are nothing more than Communists in disguise, infiltrating the US and plotting its destruction. Interestingly Riffert and some of his contemporaries did call themselves socialists, and gave their support to the British Labour party, but then so did the fascist Oswald Mosley. Certainly the current British-Israeli movement and its allies would be seen as belonging to the political right-wing by most temperate observers.

What really sets the mind a-boggling is the fact that a book which makes such huge claims for the prophetic qualities of the pyramid, but which failed to predict the second world war, (in all fairness it did foretell the collapse of the 'world economic order' in 1953 - surely we all remember that?), should not only be still read but actually quoted as an authoritative source.

“Why”, I can hear that rhetorical device, the presumed reader, asking, “do you proclaim that you like this book?” Frankly, I have a soft spot for monumental wrongheadedness, though it is true that when the wrongheads start conglomerating it is probably time to put more money into education. Simply put, this book is funny - if you find that sort of thing amusing. To allow you to judge, I'll finish this page with a little of Georgie at his barmiest and best:-


The Magna Charta of England provides that wheat shall be sold according to a measure called the “London Quarter.” This in turn is just a fourth of what is known as the Anglo-Saxon “Chaldron.” Now one of the amazing things about the “COFFER” or lidless stone chest in the King's Chamber is that it holds EXACTLY ONE CHALDRON or 4 LONDON QUARTERS of wheat, and that the COFFER, CHALDRON AND ARK OF THE COVENANT HAVE ALL THE SAME CUBIC CAPACITY. It would seem that this evidence alone would establish, beyond question, the identity of the British as Israel.

(Aren't those emphatic capitals just perfect?)

More pyramidiocy: Pyramid Power.

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Submitted by FrancoisTremblay (not verified) on 21 Aug 2012 - 10:55 Permalink

Alfred, why are you so racist? Doncha know that white people have NEVER done anything wrong? (well you know, apart from colonialism, neo-liberalism, the apartheid, and various wars of oppression, but those don't count) Do you make it a habit of pissing in churches? Why do you piss in churches, Alfred? Don't you know pissing in churches is even worse than pissing in pools? Why do you hate Christianity? Is it because of the Inquisition, the Crusades, the extermination of native people, the contraception bans, the sectarian wars, or the attacks on our educational system? But Alfreeeeeeed, Christianity is awesome! Stop laughing at our good Christian books or I'll tell on you!

Submitted by roy sandefur (not verified) on 29 Oct 2010 - 04:59 Permalink

in 1979 i got really into studying the great pyramid -i used to do stuff like buy pyramid grid energy slabs (little grids with little metal pyramids that you could place things on top of) and "cook" stuff on top of them like juice or beer--to see if it changed color or taste and i used to build cardboard pyramids (to the proper proportions) and sharpen things and preserve things in them like mushrooms if you put one mushroom inside a shoebox (as a control sample) and another one under a cardboard pyramid the one under the shoebox will shrivel up very rapidly but the one under the pyramid won't etc etc etc and i was reading all this stuff about it that usually consists of "gee how did the ancient egyptians know so much about various measurements of the earth they could put correlating mathematical dimensions into the structure of the pyramid?!" but, then, one day, i realized that even if the ancient egyptians somehow knew (for instance) the exact length of the cycle of the equinoxes (which is claimed) and they incorporated some OBVIOUS fraction of that into the sum of the diagonals (which is claimed) then they COULD incorporate that length into the diagonals but then they wouldn't be able to determine the circumference because that would be determined by the length of the diagonals yet these books then all claimed that they DID incorporate the length of the year into the dimensions of the circumference which would be impossible even if they had all knowledge and power because if you've decided the diagonals of anything are going to be seven inches then you CAN NOT MAKE the circumference be anything except what it IS and this goes for zillons of other interlocking dimensional properties the height means something but then the angles of the sides are supposed to mean something also yet one is determined by the other and on and on and on finally i realized that if any two of these impossible interlocking dimensions really correlated to OTHER measurements in the universe then only GOD could have done it not because the knowledge is so intense but because you couldn't do it unless you control every aspect of reality mathematics can't be molded into anything you want (unless yer God) ****** but when i tried to tell anyone about this i quickly found out: "If they won't believe Moses and the prophets, they won't believe even if one should rise from the dead" -Jesus
Submitted by Alfred Armstrong on 29 Oct 2010 - 10:43 Permalink

Thanks for the interesting summary, Roy. I had failed to spot this glaring flaw myself, but now you point it out, it's obvious. Have a go at the Bible Code next, if you like to have fun with woo-woo maths.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Jul 2010 - 18:17 Permalink

Just shut the fuck up (Christian) or whatever you call yourself. When white people want to get away from their act they start making up things...sounding nice. Alfred is the man, he is on point and you are there beating about the bush.
Submitted by Christian (not verified) on 14 Jul 2010 - 12:47 Permalink

Alfred you seem to have alot of hate towards white people. Are you British? Why also do you hate Christianity and people with morals? Why are you immoral? What do you get out of atheism and putting other people down? Why do you have so much against the bible? Why do you hate the anglo british peoples?
Submitted by Alfred Armstrong on 14 Jul 2010 - 13:01 Permalink

Christian, if that is indeed your name, you are on the way to earning the title of most consistently idiotic commenter on this site, which is quite an achievement. Well done, you.

Here's a clue: your idea of me is so wrong it's hilarious. It'll make it much easier for me to sneak up on you and give you a wedgie, which is my planned next move. Look out!

Submitted by lol owned (not verified) on 28 Apr 2010 - 18:09 Permalink

I guess you support muslim rapists attacking innocent young white girls in the UK then alfred? I guess your the sort of guy who sticks up for the 'human' rights of a peadophile and votes labour instead of BNP. I thought so. You don't sound very moral to me. You seem to hate the bible just becuase it has a moral foundation. I bet you are not married. Im guessing you think homosexuality, atheism, evolution is normal. Just a lonely old man who makes a website to vent out his anger on Christian books. Not good :(
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on 06 Apr 2010 - 00:37 Permalink

Alfred Armstrong are you black? You seem to be very anti white in your articles.. what you need to understand is, british israelism is not racist it has always been friendly to the jewish people. British israelism is not about superiority nor do his hate anyone, before you make such silly claims i advise you to do some real research. Cheers.
Submitted by Alfred Armstrong on 06 Apr 2010 - 12:13 Permalink

A man who asks me if I am black claims not to be racist? And of course, only a black person could possibly detect a racist undercurrent in the idea that the British are amongst God's chosen people.

The principle that one group of people is singled out by birth and has a special destiny is racist. That's by definition. Sorry for pointing out this glaring fact. I know there are plenty of other reasons for pooh-poohing the preposterous and baseless nonsense you peddle, but that one can't be ignored. Being "friendly" to the Jews doesn't make you a non-racist, in fact it's arguably evidence to the contrary. What about all the other so-called races of man? Are you friendly to them as well?

Submitted by wodewose (not verified) on 26 Jan 2010 - 06:27 Permalink

How can he possibly know what the volume of the Ark of the Covenant was??
Submitted by Steve big thro… (not verified) on 10 Dec 2013 - 10:59 Permalink

My Dad told me that the dimensions of the arc are written in the bible, but then he talks a lot of shit so you need to use your Google app. I heard that Jesus wasn't a carpenter he was a tailor. He designed the strange stuck in the seventies look that Christians always dress in.

Submitted by Alfred Armstrong on 26 Jan 2010 - 12:28 Permalink

Not wanting to lend any credibility to this nonsense, but it's in Exodus 25:10.

By my rough calculations the volume of a London chaldron is about 4 times larger than the dimensions given there. (Even if it was spot on, there are so many ancient volumetric measures for different goods that you always could find one that fitted, so it means bugger-all in any case.)