February 25, 2022
As we discovered in our article “Mary and Old Joe”, there is some controversy regarding Jesus’s date of birth, besides the whole Christmas thing. Because his Father Joe was of the Davidic messianic bloodline, there were certain restrictions as to when a messianic child should be born. Jesus was born in March, not the month of atonement – September when he should have been. This led to some almost arbitrary manoeuvring by the Zadokite priest, John the Baptist, he had risen to prominence in AD 26 with the arrival of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate.
His involvement was necessitated by the fact that he was a Hebrew as was Jesus’s brother James, but Jesus was a Hellenist. John supported James because he met all the messianic criteria whereas Jesus did not. Nevertheless, he recognized Jesus as legitimate and did baptize him. We can see that it was John’s attitudes that caused Jesus to realize that he had to make a stand or lose out to his brother James. Jesus really wanted a revived Jewish kingdom, and in order to do this, he decided to create his own party that would not follow any previous “ideologies”. His idea was that Israel could not defeat Roman power if they were divided, and continued to hold themselves separate from the gentiles (non-native Jews), Israel had to be united, and completely integrated – he was more than a little frustrated with Jews of rigid Hebrew principles. John the baptist had the rank to be the messiah
but was too reclusive to fill all the duties required, his brother James also could have been the messiah, but was too relaxed and, coasted in the support of High Priest Caiaphas and, the Baptist’s support.
Jesus then from a position of political weakness, resolved to step in to the limelight determined to give his people their long awaited messiah. This he had every right to do, after all he was his father’s first born son no matter what the squabbling priests and politicians said. Just as importantly, he was the accepted Davidic dynast, – the spiritual son of the angel Gabriel in the eyes of the Hellenists, he too had the support of the gentiles and proselytes (baptized converts to Judaism). It then did not take him long to gather his disciples, appoint his twelve delegates (apostles) and began his ministry. By doing so, he became a threat to Herod, the Romans, the Pharisees, as well as the Sadducees. Jesus then went on to take on the establishment head on where he sought to be both king and priest, to create a world where there was no separation of conviction, class, or fortune, a world where we returned to the ideals of princely service.
Much of what we think we know of Jesus is a church fabrication, at the council of Hippo in 393 AD and the council of Carthage in 397 AD, books that had been part of the New Testament were removed and it was only as late as 1546 AD, at the Council of Trent
that Mathew, Luke, Mark, and John were settled upon. The Nag Hamadi codices have brought other earlier gospels to light, some of these differ markedly, for instance the gospel of Phillip says: “Some say Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, they are wrong. They do not know what they are saying.” In another work, The book of James (The “Protevangelium”), was believed by Origen (185 – 254) the christian Platonist of Alexandria to have been written by Jesus’s brother James. This book describes how his mother Mary was one of the temple nuns of Jerusalem – a sacred almah.
Hebrews 7:14 tells us that Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, therefore he was descended from King David. Scripture also says that he was from Nazareth, but this is a misunderstood term, Jesus was a Nazarene but not from Nazareth, Luke 2:39 implies that Joseph’s family came from Nazareth but this is really a sectarian term. The book of Acts 24:5 says Paul was brought up on religious sedition charges by the Governor of Caesarea “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of religious sedition among all the Jews throughout all the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes”. In Arabic, the word for Christians is Nasrani, and the Quran says the word as Nasara or Nazara, these variants stem from the Hebrew Nozrim, a plural noun Nazrie ha-Brit which means, Keepers of the Covenant, a designation for the Essene community at Qumran on the Dead Sea.
It is in misunderstanding the context of the word that the controversy as to whether or not Nazareth really existed in Jesus’s time. It does not appear on contemporary maps, books, documents, or military records. Even St Paul, who chronicles much of Jesus’s travels, makes no mention of the place. The sectarian term can be traced back to the Old Testament figures of Samson, and Samuel of who were ascetic individuals and bound by strict vows as related to Moses in Numbers 6:2-21
In my opinion, the most important non biblical books that relate to biblical times – more precisely the period around the “death” of Jesus, is Flavius Josephus who was in charge of the defence of the Galilee. In his Antiquities of the Jews, and Wars of the Jews, he explains that the Essenes were very practised and knowledgeable in the healing arts. He explains that they had received this know how from the ancients. The Arabic term for Essene, asayya, corresponds to the Greek essenoi, which means physician.
The Essenes believed that the human soul has two cardinal points, one of light, and one of darkness. The light of course representing truth and righteousness, and darkness representing perversion and evil. It was accepted that people have varying degrees of each within themselves. To balance the two, there is a long arduous emotional, physical, and spiritual journey, which terminates with a time of justification; which in our time is called the day of judgment. This you may recall from our previous articles, I call our debrief. However in the case of the Essenes, when it comes to the interpretations in regards to the book of Revelations, it all came down to symbolism where Israel is the light and Rome of course is dark.
The importance of the Essene’s medical knowledge will become vital to our understanding of the events at Golgotha. It is there at Calvary where we learn about the power of the Grail, and it is this power that for the next thousand years sent the emerging Catholic church in to paroxysms of violence that included genocide, and to this very day, they continue to actively suppress anything that disproves the church’s dogma. What was done at Golgotha, allowed Jesus to escape to Srinagar Kashmir. His wife and children escaped to the south of France where they would eventually become the royal houses of Europe. Let us together now follow this vine’s path of the Grail and find out about our human god.