This week we answer questions about the Jesus dynasty
THE TERM “HOLY GRAIL” HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH JESUS PARTICULARY SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL THE DA VINCI CODE BY DAN BROWN. COULD YOU PLEASE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT IT? The term “Holy Grail” derives from the French word Sangreal, which means “Blood Royal” or, the other way round, “Royal Blood”. It referred to the House of Judah, the Jewish royal line that progressed through King David and onward through Jesus and Mary Magdalene and their offshoots. In English, Sangreal was translated as “Saint Grail”. Since the word “Saint” meant “Holy”, Saint Grail was fashionably rendered as “Holy Grail”. The remnants of the Sangreal family, or the Grail Family, are descended from the conjoined line of Jesus and his brother James the Just. In the first century and until medieval times, the Sangreal were known as the Desposyni. In the first century and early second century in particular, the Desposyni included the families of Jesus’s other brothers, namely Jude, Simon, and Joseph.
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE TRACES THE LINEAGE OF JESUS BACK TO ADAM, THROUGH ADAM’S SON SETH. IS THIS ACCURATE? I ASK BECAUSE SOME SOURCES SAY LUKE WAS AT FAULT IN THIS REGARD. Luke was certainly at fault but as a researcher he was using records that were available to him at the time. He couldn’t have known they were faulty in ways because they were found in the Old Testament scriptures. True, Genesis suggests that the Grail Kings (the ruling line of Judah) began with Seth. That is a contrived lie. The lie was manufactured by the Levites, the compilers of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament). The Anunnaki god of the Levites was Enlil, called Jehovah in the Bible. As such, the Levites didn’t want to make it plain that the Jews were in fact descended from Enki, the archrival of Enlil. Sumerian records, which predated the old Testament by at least 2000 years, make it crystal-clear that the Grail Kings are descended from Cain, not Seth. The same Sumerian records are categorical that Cain was not the son of Adam: he was the son of Enki. Enki, the Serpent of Genesis who genetically engineered us into existence and was notorious for his philanderings despite his surpassing genius, produced Cain when he slept with Adam’s wife Eve. When GENESIS 4:1 is properly translated, Eve is saying, “I have produced a son (Cain) by my Lord Enki”. Since Cain was half “god” (as the Anunnaki were referred to) and half human, he was superior to both Abel and Seth, who were full humans. I will develop this theme further in the forthcoming series but suffice it to say for now that Jesus arose through the line not of Seth but of Cain. YOU SAID JESUS WAS MARRIED TO MARY MAGDALENE AND THE COUPLE HAD KIDS. WHO WERE THESE KIDS? Jesus and Mary Magdalene had three kids, two boys and a daughter. Their firstborn was a daughter. They named her Tamar (Damaris in Greek), meaning Palm Tree. Tamar was a prominent name in the Davidic lineage. The original patriarch of the royal House of Judah was called Tamar (GENESIS 37-38 and MATTHEW 1:3). King David’s sister (2 SAMUEL 13:1) was known as Tamar. Furthermore, King David’s scrupulous virgin daughter who was raped by her half-brother Amnon (2 SAMUEL 3) also went by the name Tamar. Tamar the daughter of Jesus was born in September AD 33, when Jesus was 39 years old. As we demonstrated in the concluding articles, Jesus did survive the crucifixion and went on to live to a ripe old age. The second-born was Jesus Jr (the heir). He was born in September AD 37. The third-born (the spare) was named Joseph, after Jesus’s father. Joseph was born in Marseille, France, in September AD 44. Having been born in the wrong month himself for a dynastic heir (March 7 BC), Jesus ensured that all his kids were born in the holy month of September. He also rigidly followed the sexual regimen for a dynastic heir. He waited for the prescribed three years of abstinence after the birth of a daughter and six years of mandatory abstinence after the birth of a son as per dynastic procreational rules.
WHAT DIRECT EVIDENCE IS THERE IN THE BIBLE THAT JESUS HAD KIDS AS YOU STATED IN ONE OF YOUR ARTICLES? Firstly, you ought to familiarise with the pesher technique, in which the gospels and the epistles were largely written, to grasp this point. ACTS 6:7 says, “The Word of God increased”. In pesher, “Word of God” stood for Jesus and to “increase” was to be fruitful, the same thing as having a kid, most notably a son. ACTS 6:7 is therefore a cryptic reference to the birth of Jesus Jr in AD 37. The birth of his younger brother Joseph in AD 44 is cryptically recorded in ACTS 12:24 (“The Word of God grew and multiplied”). ACTS 3:20-21 also talks about Jesus entering “Heaven” till the “times of restitution”. We know that after his make-believe crucifixion, Jesus was reinstated to the Essene top brass, whose pesher name was “Heaven”. He was to be in ecclesiastical ministry for three years, during which he would stay celibate. This was because he had had a daughter in September AD 33 and as a dynastic heir, he had to abstain from sexual relations with Mary for three years. At the expiry of these three years, he was to resume sexual relations with his wife with a view to produce a heir. The dynastic prince’s resumption of sexual intimacy with his wife was in pesher language known as “restitution”. When Jesus Jr was born in AD 37, he became Jesus’s heir, that is, the Crown Prince. Before the birth of Jesus Jr, the Crown Prince was James, the immediate younger brother to Jesus. The title of the Davidic Crown Prince was “The Just”, “Justus”, or “The Righteous”, what in our day we would also refer to as “Right Honourable” or “His Honour”. This explains why in much of extra-biblical literature, James is addressed as James the Just or James the Righteous. At his birth, Jesus Jr replaced James as the Crown Prince and so became known as Jesus Justus. In COLOSSIANS 4:11, Paul says, “Jesus, who is also called Justus, sends his greetings”. It is clear here that Paul is notifying the people of Colossae that at the time he wrote this letter (whilst in Rome), he was with the son of Jesus!
YOU DIDN’T SAY MUCH ABOUT THE FAMILY OF JESUS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? I’ll begin with the heir Jesus Jr, also known as Jesus II and Jesus Justus (in France, he was called Gais or Gesu, which is Jesu in Setswana and Yesu in some other Bantu languages). In AD 46 at age 9, Jesus Jr began schooling in Caesarea and not at Qumran as had been the case with his father. When he attained 12 years of age, he underwent the coming-of-age Bar-Mitzvah ceremony in Provence, France. Shortly thereafter, his uncle James the Just took him on a tour of England as the Anunnaki had earmarked the country as the future geopolitical capital of the world. In AD 53, upon his attainment of the majority age of 16, Jesus Jr officially took over from his uncle James as Crown Prince to the Davidic title, which was still held by Jesus, who was still alive at the time. It was then that Jesus Jr formally became known as Jesus Justus, meaning Crown Prince Jesus, although he had all long been loosely called by that name. Early in AD 73, Jesus Jr married a granddaughter of Theudas Barabbas (also known as Nicodemus in the Bible). He sired only one child, a son called Galains in French but who also went by the name Jesus III (he never got to see his son though as he was crucified by Roman general and procurator of Judea Flavius Silva during the siege of Masada in AD 74). But Galains opted for a monastic life: he never married and therefore died without issue. Consequently, the Davidic succession passed from Jesus Jr to his younger brother Joseph. Joseph was educated at a druidic college in England and settled in France. He too sired only one child, called Josue. Following the death of Galains, Josue became the David. Tamar, the firstborn-daughter of Jesus, married the apostle Paul in September AD 53. After her marriage, she changed her name to the Greek Phoebe. Besides being Paul’s wife, she served as a deaconess in the ministry of her husband.
ACCORDING TO DAN BROWN’S DA VINCI CODE, MARY MAGDALENE SETTLED IN FRANCE. IS THAT TRUE? AND IF SO, WHY DID SHE LEAVE PALESTINE? Dan Brown did quite splendid research when he wrote The Da Vinci Code. Mary Magdalene did indeed settle in Marseille, France, in AD 44. Two seismic events happened that year in Judea. First, the apostle James (the “Son of Zebedee”) was executed by King Herod Agrippa I. Now, James and his brother John were adopted sons of Simon Zelotes, who was also known as Zebedee. Understandably therefore, Simon Zelotes, a Zealot, struck back almost immediately: he had Agrippa I assassinated through food poisoning. Agrippa’s brother King Herod of Chalcis (in modern-day Syria) reacted by launching a manhunt for Simon Zelotes and the Zealot top-brass. You will be aware by now that Simon Zelotes was the foster father of Mary Magdalene. Wary that she might be associated with the assassination, Mary Magdalene appealed for protection from Herod Agrippa II, who was only 17 years old at the time and who as a former student of the apostle Paul was sympathetic to Jesus and his family. Agrippa II duly arranged her passage to Vienne, north of Marseille, in France. Also on the voyage were Simon Zelotes; her mother Helena-Salome; and Jesus’s sisters Mary and Sarah. On arrival in France, they were first hosted by Herod Archelaus at the Herodian Estate. Archelaus had been exiled to France since AD 6, when he was deposed as ethnarch of Samaria, Judea, and Idumea by Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.
AFTER THE “RESURRECTION”, DID JESUS LIVE WITH HIS FAMILY? He almost never did. As the Davidic King, he was only supposed to live with his family when he had to sire a child. This period was known as the Days of Restitution. The moment his wife became pregnant, he left to immerse himself in evangelistic pursuits according to Essene dynastic rules. He would return to see the newly born kid but he would promptly set off and be away from his wife for between three to six years. At some stage though, Jesus did take a second wife. Her name was Lydia (ACTS 16:14-15 & 40). Lydia is described as a “seller of purple” (a coded term for her royal status having been married to Jesus) and one “whose heart the Lord opened” (pesher term for hitching somebody into marriage). Jesus’ marriage to Lydia in AD 50 did not sit well with the Qumran sages. The Damascus Document (one of the Dead Sea Scrolls) hints at this when it makes mention of an eminent personality who was “caught in fornication” by “taking a second wife while a second is alive”. The Essenes did allow polygamy but not for a dynastic heir. But the same Damascus Document passage advances mitigating arguments that King David was polygamous too. As to the early church, the matter was a hot potato as it was regarded as a virtual divorce from Mary Magdalene (some members of the early church were aware that Jesus was around) considering that as Priest-King, Jesus was not permitted to take a second wife. Paul was therefore at pains to dwell at length on the subject of divorce and why it was immoral (1 CORINTHIANS 7:10-16). Paul made it a point to underline that in addressing this subject, he was not speaking for himself but “for the Lord”, that is, Jesus, who did not embrace the idea of divorce.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MARY MAGDALENE AND JESUS POST-THE CRUCIFIXION? Your question is not very clear but I take it you are referring to how and when they died. Mary Magdalene died in Aix-en-Provence, France, in AD 63. She was buried at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, about 40 km east of Aix-en-Provence. Jesus travelled extensively, venturing as far as India and Pakistan but generally incognito. In Rome in particular, very few were aware that he was still in circulation. When the Zealots rose up against the Romans in AD 66, Jesus was called upon to come and assume command as the Davidic Messiah. At first he was reluctant as he did not believe in a forceful overthrow of the Romans, but in AD 73 he was persuaded by Eleazar ben Yair, the commander of the Sicarii, an elite wing of the Zealots who were holding out at the mountain-top Fortress of Masada. Jesus arrived there before the Romans surrounded it, not to fight but to spiritually uplift his people. On hearing that his father was at Masada, Jesus Jr decided to follow after him (most likely to substitute for his father, who was 80 years of age at the time). By then, however, the Romans had already surrounded Masada and Jesus Jr was captured and crucified on the plain below in full view of Jesus and the Sicarii. Flavius Josephus records that the Sicarii, who numbered 967 including non-combatants, committed suicide, with only 7 found alive. But it seems Jesus slipped through the dragnet alive as a scroll (now lost) that he wrote whilst at Masada was discovered there during excavations in the 1960’s and part of what happened at Masada is cryptically recorded in REVELATION chapters 15 and 16. The fact that his burial site is at Shrinagar in Kashmir also attests to his having survived the Masada siege, which lasted from late 73 to early 74 AD. That Jesus is buried in Kashmir is not surprising at all: he had a strong attachment to India because Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, came from there.
I WISH TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY AND FATE OF JESUS AND MARY MAGDALENE. WHICH BOOKS MUST I READ? I recommend two books by Barbara Theiring titled Jesus the Man and Jesus of the Apocalypse. The others are Bloodline of the Holy Grail and The Magdalene Legacy, both by Lawrence Gardner; The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail by Michael Baigent; and The Jesus Scroll by Donovan Joyce. Lastly, I recommend the biblical book of REVELATION. Very few people are aware that it is actually a coded account of the life of Jesus and his family! It has very little to do with eschatological (futuristic) events as your pastor will avidly preach.
Seventy-seven years ago, on the evening of December 2, 1943, the Germans launched a surprise air raid on allied shipping in the Italian port of Bari, which was then the key supply centre for the British 8th army’s advance in Italy.
The attack was spearheaded by 105 Junkers JU88 bombers under the overall command of the infamous Air Marshal Wolfram von Richthofen (who had initially achieved international notoriety during the Spanish Civil War for his aerial bombardment of Guernica). In a little over an hour the German aircraft succeeded in sinking 28 transport and cargo ships, while further inflicting massive damage to the harbour’s facilities, resulting in the port being effectively put out of action for two months.
Over two thousand ground personnel were killed during the raid, with the release of a secret supply of mustard gas aboard one of the destroyed ships contributing to the death toll, as well as subsequent military and civilian casualties. The extent of the later is a controversy due to the fact that the American and British governments subsequently covered up the presence of the gas for decades.
At least five Batswana were killed and seven critically wounded during the raid, with one of the wounded being miraculously rescued floating unconscious out to sea with a head wound. He had been given up for dead when he returned to his unit fourteen days later. The fatalities and casualties all occurred when the enemy hit an ammunition ship adjacent to where 24 Batswana members of the African Pioneer Corps (APC) 1979 Smoke Company where posted.
Thereafter, the dozen surviving members of the unit distinguished themselves for their efficiency in putting up and maintaining smokescreens in their sector, which was credited with saving additional shipping. For his personal heroism in rallying his men following the initial explosions Company Corporal Chitu Bakombi was awarded the British Empire Medal, while his superior officer, Lieutenant N.F. Moor was later given an M.B.E.
Remember: bricks and cement are used to build a house, but mutual love, respect and companionship are used to build a HOME. And amongst His signs is this: He creates for you mates out of your own kind, so that you may find contentment (Sukoon) with them, and He engenders love and tenderness between you; in this behold, there are signs (messages) indeed for people who reflect and think (Quran 30:21).
This verse talks about contentment; this implies companionship, of their being together, sharing together, supporting one another and creating a home of peace. This verse also talks about love between them; this love is both physical and emotional. For love to exist it must be built on the foundation of a mutually supportive relationship guided by respect and tenderness. As the Quran says; ‘they are like garments for you, and you are garments for them (Quran 2:187)’. That means spouses should provide each other with comfort, intimacy and protection just as clothing protects, warms and dignifies the body.
In Islam marriage is considered an ‘ibaadah’, (an act of pleasing Allah) because it is about a commitment made to each other, that is built on mutual love, interdependence, integrity, trust, respect, companionship and harmony towards each other. It is about building of a home on an Islamic foundation in which peace and tranquillity reigns wherein your offspring are raised in an atmosphere conducive to a moral and upright upbringing so that when we all stand before Him (Allah) on that Promised Day, He will be pleased with them all.
Most marriages start out with great hopes and rosy dreams; spouses are truly committed to making their marriages work. However, as the pressures of life mount, many marriages change over time and it is quite common for some of them to run into problems and start to flounder as the reality of living with a spouse that does not meet with one’s pre-conceived ‘expectations’. However, with hard work and dedication, couples can keep their marriages strong and enjoyable. How is it done? What does it take to create a long-lasting, satisfying marriage?
Below are some of the points that have been taken from a marriage guidance article I read recently and adapted for this purposes.
POSITIVITY Spouses should have far more positive than negative interactions. If there is too much negativity — criticizing, demanding, name-calling, holding grudges, etc. — the relationship will suffer. However, if there is never any negativity, it probably means that frustrations and grievances are not getting ‘air time’ and unresolved tension is accumulating inside one or both partners waiting to ‘explode’ one day.
“Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames.” (49:11)
We all have our individual faults though we may not see them nor want to admit to them but we will easily identify them in others. The key is balance between the two extremes and being supportive of one another. To foster positivity in a marriage that help make them stable and happy, being affectionate, truly listening to each other, taking joy in each other’s achievements and being playful are just a few examples of positive interactions. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives”
Another characteristic of happy marriages is empathy; understanding your spouses’ perspective by putting oneself in his or her shoes. By showing that understanding and identifying with your spouse is important for relationship satisfaction. Spouses are more likely to feel good about their marriage and if their partner expresses empathy towards them. Husbands and wives are more content in their relationships when they feel that their partners understand their thoughts and feelings.
Successful married couples grow with each other; it simply isn’t wise to put any person in charge of your happiness. You must be happy with yourself before anyone else can be. You are responsible for your actions, your attitudes and your happiness. Your spouse just enhances those things in your life. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers.”
Successful marriages involve both spouses’ commitment to the relationship. The married couple should learn the art of compromise and this usually takes years. The largest parts of compromise are openness to the other’s point of view and good communication when differences arise.
When two people are truly dedicated to making their marriage work, despite the unavoidable challenges and obstacles that come, they are much more likely to have a relationship that lasts. Husbands and wives who only focus on themselves and their own desires are not as likely to find joy and satisfaction in their relationships.
Another basic need in a relationship is each partner wants to feel valued and respected. When people feel that their spouses truly accept them for who they are, they are usually more secure and confident in their relationships. Often, there is conflict in marriage because partners cannot accept the individual preferences of their spouses and try to demand change from one another. When one person tries to force change from another, he or she is usually met with resistance.
However, change is much more likely to occur when spouses respect differences and accept each other unconditionally. Basic acceptance is vital to a happy marriage. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “It is the generous (in character) who is good to women, and it is the wicked who insults them.” “Overlook (any human faults) with gracious forgiveness.” (Quran 15:85)
COMPASSION, MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT
Other important components of successful marriages are love, compassion and respect for each other. The fact is, as time passes and life becomes increasingly complicated, the marriage is often stressed and suffers as a result. A happy and successful marriage is based on equality. When one or the other dominates strongly, intimacy is replaced by fear of displeasing.
It is all too easy for spouses to lose touch with each other and neglect the love and romance that once came so easily. It is vital that husbands and wives continue to cultivate love and respect for each other throughout their lives. If they do, it is highly likely that their relationships will remain happy and satisfying. Move beyond the fantasy and unrealistic expectations and realize that marriage is about making a conscious choice to love and care for your spouse-even when you do not feel like it.
Seldom can one love someone for whom we have no respect. This also means that we have to learn to overlook and forgive the mistakes of one’s partner. In other words write the good about your partner in stone and the bad in dust, so that when the wind comes it blows away the bad and only the good remains.
Paramount of all, marriage must be based on the teachings of the Noble Qur’an and the teachings and guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). To grow spiritually in your marriage requires that you learn to be less selfish and more loving, even during times of conflict. A marriage needs love, support, tolerance, honesty, respect, humility, realistic expectations and a sense of humour to be successful.
The past week or two has been a mixed grill of briefs in so far as the national employment picture is concerned. BDC just injected a further P64 million in Kromberg & Schubert, the automotive cable manufacturer and exporter, to help keep it afloat in the face of the COVID-19-engendered global economic apocalypse. The financial lifeline, which follows an earlier P36 million way back in 2017, hopefully guarantees the jobs of 2500, maybe for another year or two.
It was also reported that a bulb manufacturing company, which is two years old and is youth-led, is making waves in Selibe Phikwe. Called Bulb Word, it is the only bulb manufacturing operation in Botswana and employs 60 people. The figure is not insignificant in a town that had 5000 jobs offloaded in one fell swoop when BCL closed shop in 2016 under seemingly contrived circumstances, so that as I write, two or three buyers have submitted bids to acquire and exhume it from its stage-managed grave.