Two important Kings in Panama have Jewish names

Ngobe King Volcan Malchiah the son of Hammelech Ngobe King Uraba Benjamin

The Ngobe Twin Kings are adorned
with Semitic Bands composed of
Mystical Letters,
Golden Chains and Golden Mirrors,
and worn by Semitic Kings,
like King David and King Solomon.

In Jeremiah 38:6 it speaks of a “dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech in the court of the prison” the name Malchiah is pronounced as the name MalkiYahu ben-hamMelek and should be translated to MalkiYahu, son of the king, and that this is the Son of Zedekiah.”

Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with ropes. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sank in the mire. Jeremiah 38:6

Biblical scholars have recently had interesting things to say about a person named Malchiah. Jeremiah 38:6 speaks of a “dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech . . . in the court of the prison.” But the Hebrew name here, MalkiYahu ben-hamMelek, should be translated “MalkiYahu, son of the king,” the Hebrew word melek meaning “king.”

Was this MalkiYahu a son of King Zedekiah? Several factors indicate that he was. For one thing, the title “son of the king” was used throughout the ancient Near East to refer to actual sons of kings who served as high officers of imperial administration.1 The same is certainly true of the Bible, in which kings’ sons ran prisons (see 1 Kings 22:26-27; Jeremiah 36:26; 38:6) or performed other official functions (see 2 Kings 15:5; 2 Chronicles 28:7). Moreover, in view of the fact that the name MalkiYahu has been found on two ostraca from Arad (in southern Judah), the late head of the Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, Yohanan Aharoni, said that “Malkiyahu is a common name and was even borne by a contemporary son of king Zedekiah.”

Jeremiah warned Malchiah and he did take his advice and ordered the Ark of the Covenant be removed and smuggled out of Israel.

Malchiah did successfully escape the Babylonian capture of Israel and fled with the Ark of the Covenant to Mesoamerica via the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean, with Phoenicians and Greeks.

There was a small group of Israelites that followed Malchiah into the wilderness and joined with the Phoenicians and Greeks to smuggle the Ark of the Covenant to Mesoamerica. The Phoenicians were the only ones with the skills and the sea-going capability required for a trans- Atlantic crossing. By 600 BC, they were building ships that could carry 50 to 100 tons, making them comparable in size and tonnage to the Portuguese caravels of the 15th century. We know of two historic occasions when the Phoenicians, on the one hand, and their North African counterparts, the Carthaginians, on the other, could have wandered off the western coast of Africa and accidentally landed on the eastern coast of South America. In the first instance, a Phoenician fleet was commissioned by the Egyptian pharaoh, Necho, around 600 BC to circumnavigate Africa, sailing out of the Red Sea and returning home by way of Gibraltar. In the second instance, around 450 BC, the Carthaginian king, Hanno, sailed with a fleet of 60 ships through the Straits of Gibraltar and down along the western coast of Africa at least as far south as present day Guinea and Sierra Leone, the point on the continent closest to the shores of Brazil.

Necho was an ambitious king of the twenty-sixth dynasty who strove to expand Egypt’s boundaries and influence. He attempted the construction of a canal between the Nile and the Red Sea and challenged the powerful Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar for control of Syria. He failed at both enterprises. But according to the Greek historian Herodotus, his hired Phoenician fleet successfully completed its mission of circumnavigating Africa. It sailed out of the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean, rounded the southern tip of Africa and returned to Egypt and the Mediterranean by way of Gibraltar. The expedition supported itself by putting in along the African coast every autumn, sowing a patch of ground, and waiting for the next year’s harvest. Then, having gotten their grain, they would sail on to the next harbor. It took them nearly three years to complete the mission.

Phoenician Ship

Phoenician civilization was an enterprising maritime trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean between the 1200 BC and 900 BC. Their language was Semite, related to Hebrew and Arab, and so was the race of the Phoenicians. The name Phoenicians could from ancient Egyptian, meaning Syrians while some say it comes from the Greek foinix “red skin”

They were the first sailors adventuring behind the Gibraltar straits in the Atlantic Ocean and the first nation to employ man-powered trade using cedars (the famous cedars of Lebanon!)- galleys with two banks of oars (biremes), with or without sails. The cedars offered both wood and resin for building the ships and the cedar wood was extremely appreciated by the Egyptians, Jews (who made the Jerusalem Temple of cedar wood) and other people.

They usually navigated near the shore, but sometimes they adventured on the open sea, using for orientation the stars. At the beginning of their maritime expeditions, they just traded employing trading points, located close to one another, at a day of navigation on the sea one from another (about 30 km).

Malchiah and his Israeli servants carrying the Ark of the Covenant escaped to the Phoenicians and united with them to take the Ark abroad. Malchiah boarded the Phoenician ship sometime around the Babylonian capture of King Zedekiah.The Phoenicians set sail to Mesoamerica and arrived in the Northern part of the land called today as Panama and what is now the border of Costa Rica and Panama.

The Ark of the Covenant was then carried to the northern part of Panama and then brought to the mountains of Chiriqui and hidden in a cave in Volcan Chiriqui in the republic of Panama. Most of this land is occupied by local Panamanian Ngabe and Guaimi Indians and these indigenous tribes guard the Ark of the Covenant in Palmira Panama.

Malchiah was then anoited as the King of “Cher – Iqui” which is the aboriginal and original name for “Chiriqui”the Ngobe King Volcan

Malchiah the son of Hammelech

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