As excited anticipation for the release of The End of Days on April 3rd rises, questions have been asked about the central image on the cover design – an ancient coin on which a chalice is depicted: What is it, what does it signify, and why does it suggest a nuclear device?
Readers of the book will find the explanation in the chapter titled “Jerusalem: A Chalice, Vanished,” which deals with the epic events of the Last Supper – the traditional meal ushering the Passover holiday which Jesus celebrated with his disciples in Jerusalem – immortalized in Da Vinci’s famed painting.
“The presence of a wine goblet dedicated to the prophet Elijah is an essential part of the ceremonial meal,” Zecharia Sitchin, author of The End of Days, said.  “So, as in a famed Sherlock Holmes mystery where the clue to solving the crime was the question "Why did the dog not bark", I realized that the clue to the painting’s message or ‘code’ is the question: Why is this ritual wine goblet, that scriptures mention, not shown?

Equally enigmatic is the appearance of a chalice’s image on a Freedom Coin struck by the Jewish rebels against the Roman rulers in Jerusalem, not long after Jesus was accused of claiming to be the rebel “King of the Jews.”  The book thus puts in context the mystery of the ‘Holy Grail’.

Showing how those events in Jerusalem were the pivot connecting the Past with the Future, the book uses the very words of the biblical Prophets to suggest that the nuclear threats of the twenty-first century A.D. are an echo of the actual use of nuclear devices in the twenty-first century B.C.  Thus the nuclear aspect of the Chalice Coin – a link to the book’s subtitle: Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return.

Is it just a coincidence that this explosive book is being released during the Passover/Easter week?  Not if one believes that there is no such thing as ‘coincidences’…
Zecharia's Books are published by HarperCollins (paperback) and Inner Traditions/Bear & Co. (hardcover)