A soldier snapped this picture from a bridge of a Kirkuk skyline. Do you recognize the symbol of the design on the bridge? If you’ve been to the San Diego Temple, you might do so very quickly. That’s right, it’s the symbol or “Seal of Melchizedek,” right here in Kikuk, no less.
I heard directly from one of the architect team partners that designed the San Diego Temple, he explained that the designer saw this symbol in a dream and based the floor plan and décor of the temple on this design; namely two offset, intersecting squares. Much like the 6-point Star of David but with 8 points instead.
Hugh Nibley recognized this design as the Seal of Melchizedek. Here is an excerpt from his book Temple and Cosmos about the mosaic pictured below:
"Another Ravenna mosaic, e. A.D. 520, shows the priest-king Melchizedek in a purple cloak, offering bread and wine at the altar (Gen. 14: 18-20). The white altar cloth is decorated with two sets of gammadia, as well as the so-called "seal of melchizedek," two interlocked squares in gold. Abel offers his lamb as Abraham gently pushes Isaac forward. The hand of God reaches down to this sacred meeting through the red veils adorned with golden gammadia on either side. The theme is the great sacrifice of Christ, which brings together the righteous prophets from the past as well as the four corners of the present world, thereby uniting all time and space."
I guess it should be no surprise that in the land of the ancient patriarchs such as Abraham and Daniel, that such a symbol might be found, or even common. I hope to find someday what it means to the locals.