Decoding the Past

Decoding the Past

2005 - 2008, History, Other
Investigating mysteries from the past.
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Episode Guide

  • Decoding the Past - Strange Behavior (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Strange Behavior

    Taboos in human society.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Garden of Eden (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Mysteries of the Garden of Eden

    Theories on how paradise was lost and where it might be found.

  • Decoding the Past - The Holy Grail (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Holy Grail

    Adventurers seek the cup Jesus used at the Last Supper.

  • Decoding the Past - Vampire Secrets (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Vampire Secrets

    The truth behind the legend of the vampire.

  • Decoding the Past - Earth's Black Hole (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Earth's Black Hole

    Areas on Earth exhibit aspects of black holes; the Bermuda Triangle.

  • Decoding the Past - Doomsday 2012: The End of Days (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Doomsday 2012: The End of Days

    Prophecies and oracles from around the world point to December 21, 2012 as doomsday.

  • Decoding the Past - Heaven and Hell (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Heaven and Hell

    The origins of heaven and hell and the symbols that represent them.

  • Decoding the Past - Cults: Dangerous Devotion (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Cults: Dangerous Devotion

    Scholars and survivors discuss the mystery of cults.

  • Decoding the Past - The Spear of Christ (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    The Spear of Christ

    Any of four artifacts may be the Holy Lance.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Freemasons (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Mysteries of the Freemasons

    Freemasonry's effects on America.

  • Decoding the Past - Seven Wonders of the World (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Seven Wonders of the World

    Examining the Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Decoding the Past - The Real Sorcerer's Stone (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    The Real Sorcerer's Stone

    The 'Sorcerer's Stone' of 'Harry Potter' fame has a basis in history.

  • Decoding the Past - In Search of the Real Frankenstein (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    In Search of the Real Frankenstein

    Johann Konrad Dippel tried to 'reanimate' corpses using science in the 17th century; the dastardly doctor was later imprisoned for alchemy and body-snatching.

  • Decoding the Past - The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy

    The origins of the Templar; actor Edward Herrmann narrates.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Playing Card (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Secrets of the Playing Card

    Playing cards possess mystical properties.

  • Decoding the Past - Mayan Doomsday Prophecy (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Mayan Doomsday Prophecy

    Archaeologists, astrologers and historians speculate on the meaning of the 2012 doomsday prophecy.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Dollar Bill (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Secrets of the Dollar Bill

    The meanings behind the symbols and numbers on the U.S. dollar bill.

  • Decoding the Past - 666: The Sign of Evil (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    666: The Sign of Evil

    The number 666 and its effects on society.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Koran (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Secrets of the Koran

    Explaining the text of the Quran.

  • Decoding the Past - Sodom & Gomorrah (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Sodom & Gomorrah

    Near the Dead Sea, archaeologists find the ruins of two ancient cities.

  • Decoding the Past - Monsters (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Monsters

    The Loch Ness Monster; Bigfoot; the Abominable Snowman.

  • Decoding the Past - Cover-Up? (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Cover-Up?

    Area 51; Lee Harvey Oswald; Marilyn Monroe; Robert Kennedy.

  • Decoding the Past - Opus Dei Unveiled (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Opus Dei Unveiled

    Opus Dei encourages Christians to live consistently with their faith.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the High Seas (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Mysteries of the High Seas

    The Bermuda Triangle; the Great Lakes; ghost ships; the New Jersey shoreline.

  • Decoding the Past - Bible Mysteries (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Bible Mysteries

    Noah's Ark; Sodom and Gomorrah; the Shroud of Turin; messages and codes within the text of the Old Testament.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies of Iraq (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    Prophecies of Iraq

    Prophets predict the destruction of ancient Babylon.

  • Decoding the Past - Relics of the Passion (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Relics of the Passion

    Sacred objects belonging to Jesus may be scattered around the globe.

  • Decoding the Past - Unraveling the Shroud (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Unraveling the Shroud

    Scientists test the Shroud of Turin.

  • Decoding the Past - The Search for Noah's Ark (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Search for Noah's Ark

    Explorers search Mount Ararat and other targeted sites for the resting place of Noah's Ark.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies of Israel (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Prophecies of Israel

    Prophecies found in the Tanach correlate with the birth, death, resurrection and possible future of Israel.

  • Decoding the Past - Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

    Researchers use current scientific knowledge and investigative techniques to study the riddle of the Bermuda Triangle.

  • Decoding the Past - The Other Nostradamus (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    The Other Nostradamus

    Edgar Cayce predicts World War II, the deaths of U.S. presidents and the Great Depression.

  • Decoding the Past - Cults (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Cults

    The Greek cult of Dionysus; early Christians; Church of Satan; People's Temple.

  • Decoding the Past - Presidential Prophecies (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Presidential Prophecies

    Some presidents use psychics and experience visions.

  • Decoding the Past - Nazi Prophecies (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Nazi Prophecies

    Biblical prophecies and Nazi Germany.

  • Decoding the Past - Apocalypse (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Apocalypse

    The Book of Revelation has many prophecies and symbolism.

  • Decoding the Past - Secret Societies (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Secret Societies

    Clandestine organizations of the past and present.

  • Decoding the Past - Resurrection (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Resurrection

    Jesus' return from death.

  • Decoding the Past - The Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond

    Some look for cryptograms in the Bible outlining the past and future; military and intelligence organizations interact with a code.

  • Decoding the Past - The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon

    Using the Bible to predict events.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Recent world events lead some to believe that the end is near.

  • Decoding the Past - The Shroud of Turin (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Shroud of Turin

    A ghostly image appears on a burial cloth.

  • Decoding the Past - Beyond The DaVinci Code (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Beyond The DaVinci Code

    Author Dan Brown puts forth astonishing hypotheses in his novel that tries to link a mystery to the life of Jesus.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Asteroids are only one of many threats to Earth.

  • Decoding the Past - Countdown to Armageddon (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Countdown to Armageddon

    Potential catastrophes threaten to wipe out life on Earth.

  • Decoding the Past - The Antichrist (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:

    The Antichrist

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of the Koran (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    Secrets of the Koran

    Explaining the text of the Quran.

  • Decoding the Past - Decoding the Garden of Eden (Episode 78)
    Episode 78:

    Decoding the Garden of Eden

  • Decoding the Past - Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    Exorcism: Driving Out the Devil

    The mysterious ritual of exorcism.

  • Decoding the Past - Tibetan Book of the Dead (Episode 72)
    Episode 72:

    Tibetan Book of the Dead

    Some believe that the Tibetan Book of the Dead provides answers to questions about the afterlife.

  • Decoding the Past - Secrets of Kabbalah (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Secrets of Kabbalah

    The history and philosophy of cabala.

  • Decoding the Past - Godfathers (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Godfathers

    La Cosa Nostra exploits major cycles and crises throughout history.

  • Decoding the Past - Giganto: The Real King Kong (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:

    Giganto: The Real King Kong

    The prehistoric Gigantopithecus, a real giant ape.

  • Decoding the Past - The Ten Commandments (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:

    The Ten Commandments

    Legal, religious and historical scholars reveal ways in which people have viewed the issues the Ten Commandments have raised throughout history.

  • Decoding the Past - The Antichrist: Zero Hour (Episode 54)
    Episode 54:

    The Antichrist: Zero Hour

    The agenda of the Antichrist; the Apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - Monsters of the Sea (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    Monsters of the Sea

    Sea monsters may be figments of the imagination or living relics of prehistoric times.

  • Decoding the Past - Fatima Secrets Unveiled (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Fatima Secrets Unveiled

    The Virgin Mary reveals three prophecies to children in 1917 Portugal.

  • Decoding the Past - Angels: Good or Evil (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Angels: Good or Evil

    Some believe angels carry out God's orders.

  • Decoding the Past - The End of the World (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    The End of the World

    The apocalypse.

  • Decoding the Past - The Real Dracula (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    The Real Dracula

    Vampires in folklore; Vlad the Impaler.

  • Decoding the Past - Hitler and the Occult (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:

    Hitler and the Occult

    Ancient prophecy and occult ritual fascinate Nazi Germany.

  • Decoding the Past - Disaster of Napoleon's Fleet (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Disaster of Napoleon's Fleet

  • Decoding the Past - The Abominable Snowman (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:

    The Abominable Snowman

    A search for the Abominable Snowman includes camera clips.

  • Decoding the Past - Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons

    The secretive, mystical organization of Freemasons.

  • Decoding the Past - The Doomsday Clock (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    The Doomsday Clock

    The University of Chicago maintains the Doomsday Clock.

  • Decoding the Past - Lost Worlds (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Lost Worlds

    Atlantis; Amazon women; Stonehenge; Easter Island.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies, Miracles & Mystics (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Prophecies, Miracles & Mystics

    Prophets and their visions for the future.

  • Decoding the Past - Prophecies (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Prophecies

    The accuracy of past predictions.

  • Decoding the Past - Judas: Traitor or Friend? (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:

    Judas: Traitor or Friend?

    Judas' childhood, his relationship with Jesus, and a monumental decision characterize him forever.

  • Decoding the Past - Biblical Disasters (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Biblical Disasters

    Global flooding; fiery destruction; plagues; earthquakes; epidemics; famine.

  • Decoding the Past - Visions of Mary (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Visions of Mary

    Thousands of believers across the world report experiencing Marian apparitions.

  • Decoding the Past - The Oracle of Delphi Secrets Revealed (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    The Oracle of Delphi Secrets Revealed

    Ancient Greeks believe that the Oracle of Delphi speaks on behalf of the gods.

  • Decoding the Past - The Templar Code: The Quest for Templar Treasure (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    The Templar Code: The Quest for Templar Treasure

    The treasure of the Templar populates blockbuster movie and book plots seven centuries after their demise; actor Edward Herrmann narrates.

  • Decoding the Past - Rommel: The Doubter (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Rommel: The Doubter

    Hitler recalls Erwin Rommel while the general is pursuing the British.

  • Decoding the Past - The Search for John the Baptist (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    The Search for John the Baptist

    John the Baptist has great meaning in Christianity.

  • Decoding the Past - America (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    America

    Freemasonry's impact on America.

  • Decoding the Past - Nostradamus: 500 Years Later (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Nostradamus: 500 Years Later

    Nostradamus lives in an age of superstition and magic and believes that he can foretell the future.

  • Decoding the Past - The Beginning (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    The Beginning

    Freemasons believe their rituals are harmless.

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