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Alalu Dies on Mars

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

A legend passes on but is immortalised in stone. Meanwhile, the man who tended him is raised from the dead!


Aseven-man panel, constituted differently from the one that condemned Kumarbi, was convened to try Alalu.  It included King Anu who had travelled to Earth to come and toast to the demise of Kumarbi. Other members of the panel were Enlil, Enki, one Anzu, Nungal, Abgal and another guy going by the name Alalgar, all members of the Anunnaki aristocracy.    

Anu sat in the middle, flanked by Enlil to his right and Enki to his left. This setup is the original source of the terms left wing (or leftist) and right wing in politics. Left wingers are moderate in their agenda and are ostensibly pro-people (like the Democrats in the US). Right wingers, on the other hand, are extremists and generally self-serving (like the Republicans in the US): they put their   self-aggrandisement interests before those of the wider populace though they couch these interests in universal terms.

That was the dichotomy of Enki and Enlil.  Enki was soft, kindly and sympathetic, whereas Enlil was hard, strict and unforgiving. Enki wanted to enlighten mankind and bring them on par with the Anunnaki; Enlil wanted us to be forever beneath the Anunnaki and under their yoke. Enki wanted to utilise mankind; all Enlil was interested in was to use mankind. Enlil would rather     mankind disappeared from the face of the Earth; Enki wanted us preserved and in addition blossom and flourish.   But we’re getting ahead of our story, sorry.  

Alalu was brought before the judgement panel, his hands and feet in chains as befitted a prisoner. Anu ordered that he be unbound.  Enlil was the first to inquisition him, followed by Enki. Alalu made the case that he was the King of Sirius for “nine counted periods”, that is 9 shars, as the Anunnaki even when they were here on Earth still counted time in Nibiru terms, and that  Anu used to be his Cup-Bearer.

“To my seed kingship was belonging. On my throne Anu himself sat, to escape death to distant Earth I made a dangerous journey. Salvation for Nibiru I, Alalu, on the alien planet discovered! … Then to Earth came Enki … Then Enlil, the succession from Anu he himself claiming. Then Anu came, by lots he tricked Ea; Enki, the Lord of Earth, he was proclaimed, of Earth not of Nibiru to be the master. Then to Enlil command was granted, Enki to the distant Abzu was delegated. My heart of all that was aching, my chest from shame and anger was bursting … Anu his foot upon my chest placed, upon my aching heart he was treading!”           

The trial took days.  When judgement day arrived, the no-nonsense Enlil recommended a death sentence, a pronouncement seconded by Alalgar, Abgal and Ningal. But Enki and Anzu were more level-headed. Enki and Anzu opined that Alalu be slapped a life sentence right here on Earth. It was now left to King Anu to state his piece of mind.  

Like Enki, Anu was a naturally compassionate being and slow to anger and basically bore no grudges.  He pronounced that Alalu not be condemned to death or incarceration but to exile on yet another planet – LAHMU (Mars).  When the vote on Anu’s verdict was done, it was unanimous.   And so it was that a sickly (from the poison Enlil had secretly administered to him) and dejected Alalu was loaded onto the same celestial ship that was carrying Anu to the Ari to be dropped off on Mars on the way.

As the spaceship prepared to land on Mars, pilot Anzu dropped a bombshell.  “With Alalu to the firm soil of LAHMU I shall descend,” he said to Anu. “With the sky chamber to return I wish not. With Alalu on a strange planet I shall stay. Until he dies I shall protect him. When he dies of his innards’ poison, as befits a King him I shall bury.”

Surprisingly, Anu did not balk at Anzu’s suggestion but was instead deeply touched. “There were tears in the eyes of Alalu,” recalls Enki. “There was amazement in the heart of Anu.”

The ever-gracious, ever-generous Anu pledged a dream reward to Anzu. “Your wish shall be honoured. Hereby let a promise to you be made. By my raised hand to you I swear: on the next journey a chariot by LAHMU shall circuit, its skyship to you shall descend. If alive, it shall find you, the master of LAHMU you shall be proclaimed. When a way station on LAHMU shall be established, its commander you shall be!”  

Hence it was that Anzu and Alalu remained on Mars – the only civilisation on the planet – with plentiful food supplies, tools and the requisite survival equipment.

ENKI SETS UP IN ZIMBABWE

Shortly after Anu’s departure back to Nibiru, Enki moved to the Abzu, southern Africa, to establish a new base there as per his new brief as the superintendent of imminent gold mining operations. He characterises his new environs as a land “bursting with riches, perfect in fullness. Many rivers rushed across the region, great waters there rapidly flowed.” His own residence he describes as “an abode by the flowing waters”. It does not require overmuch mental gymnastics to infer, as practically every scholar has, that the region of the Abzu Enki was talking about was   modern-day Zimbabwe. The river along whose banks he established his abode was almost certainly the Zambezi.

The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe is preserved in those famed ruins 250 kilometres north of Harare and 500 kilometres south of the Zambezi River. The Great Zimbabwe ruins (actually ruins on top of ruins) are one of the most enigmatic stone structures of antiquity in the world. No one knows exactly when they were built and how they were built. In 1531, a certain Vincent Pegado,  a Portuguese army officer, marvelled thus of the construction technology of the Zimbabwe edifice: “Among the gold mines of the inland plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers there is a fortress built of stones of marvellous size, and there appears to be no mortar joining them”. It goes without saying that Great Zimbabwe was the Anunnaki’s first settlement on the continent of Africa.

Enki referred to the mining site in the Abzu as “The Place of Deepness”, or simply the Abyss, because there the Heroes (Anunnaki astronauts) descended into “Earth’s bowels” to do the mining. Because of this style, Africa as a whole in due course came to be known as the Lower World or the Underworld, a term that clueless, latter day theologians spun into a byword for “Hell”. Well, to Hell with them!

Gold mining in the Abzu would not be an open-cast affair but a backbreaking, underground enterprise. Like the peerless engineer he was, Enki, having settled down in his new residence on the shores of the Zambezi River, set about designing the appropriate tools. Principal among the machines he designed were the “Earth Splitter”, “That Which Crunches”, and “That Which Crushes”. The blueprints were beamed to Nibiru for manufacture and subsequent delivery to Earth.

Meanwhile, even after having spent over 30,000 years on Earth (about 8 years in Nibiru terms), the Anunnaki were still not fully adjusted to the conditions on the planet. They complained of a number of privations, inadequacies and indispositions. “To the Heroes Earth’s quick circuits (years) were upsetting,” recalls Enki. “Earth’s quick day and night cycles dizziness were causing. The atmosphere, though good, was in some things lacking, in others too abundant. On the sameness of the food the Heroes were complaining.” Notwithstanding the fact that this was in the Ice Age, a basically chilly epoch, the Anunnaki complained of “blisteringly hot weather”. Coming from the almost completely sunless planet that was Nibiru, their distress was understandable.

Enlil, Enki’s step brother and the Bible’s Jehovah, comes across as the most allergic to what was “Earth’s unforgiving weather”. Enki writes that “Enlil, the commander, by the heat of the Sun on Earth was afflicted, for coolness and shade he was longing”. Enlil therefore decided to build himself a home higher up in the snow-covered mountains, where it was frigid but rather suiting for him. He chose a perch on the Cedar Mountains in modern-day Lebanon. There, he not only built a mansion but also established the Landing Place, a paved platform for Anunnaki skyships and rocketships. This is the now famous 9-hectare Baalbek platform ruins, whose immense stone structures continue to stagger the imagination to date.   

Enki, too, was disconcerted by Earth’s “searing” weather, as evidenced by his having had to set up his abode hundreds of kilometres away from the gold-mining belt so he could perpetually indulge the  continuously refreshing effects of the  riverside weather. He noted down all the health-related complaints of the Heroes and relayed them to Nibiru for the attention of King Anu.

RIP ALALU, HOWDY ANZU

When Anu arrived back on Nibiru after presiding over the trial of Alalu, he quickly announced to his Cabinet and other key assemblies that gold-prospecting missions were to be undertaken to every celestial body in the Solar System with a hospitable climate. This included planets and their moons.  He also decreed that Earth was to be permanently settled under the head of Enlil deputised by Enki and therefore more Heroes were to travel to the planet to augment gold mining efforts as well as help speed up the erection of the required infrastructure.

Before long, a fresh wave of 50 Anunnaki was en route to Earth. This time around, females were part of the contingent. Heading it was Anu’s firstborn daughter, Ninmah, a distinguished Chief Medical Officer. Also numbering on the party was Ninmah’s ravishingly beautiful deputy called Sud, who you should take note of in view of what was to transpire in the near future.    

Amongst other accoutrements, Ninmah carried special palliatives as well as the mining equipment Enki had designed.  Before she set off for Earth, Anu had instructed her to make a stopover on Mars and if Anzu was still alive boost him with 20 men to start a base there. In the gold transportation process, Mars was to serve as a Way Station between Earth and Nibiru. This was both scientifically and logistically sensible. Says Slave Species of God author Michael Tellinger: “At present we (Earthlings) have the ability to take about seven people into space. Any more than that starts to require much greater thrust and technology mainly because of the added weight and the effect of gravity. The gravity on Mars is only 38 percent of that on Earth. By sending regular smaller shipments to Mars, they (the Anunnaki) would be able to send fewer but much larger shipments to Nibiru. A simple and practical solution.”  

As Ninmah’s Celestial Boat coursed through the skies of Mars, it picked up a distress signal and homed in on it. The signal, it turned out, was being beamed from Anzu’s helmet. Anzu was the compassionate Anunnaki who had a certain, inexplicable attachment to the disgraced Alalu, the former King of  Sirius and one of Earth’s pioneers (from the Sirius star system) who Anu had exiled to Mars. Anzu had volunteered to look after the ailing Alalu, who had been intravenously poisoned by Enlil after he conspired with his grandson Kumarbi to prise Earth from the grip of the Sirian-Orion Empire ruled by King Anu and his Queen Antu.   

Anzu lay “prostrate” on the shores of a lake, seemingly lifeless. Indeed upon closer examination, he was found to be as dead as a door nail. The medical guru that was Ninmah immediately went to work. She first employed two ultra-sophisticated instruments called a Pulser and an Emitter.

“Ninmah touched his face, to his heart she gave attention,” writes Enki. “From her pouch she took out the Pulser; upon Anzu’s heart pulsing she directed. From her pouch she took the Emitter, its crystals life-giving emissions on his body she directed. Sixty times did Ninmah direct the Pulser, sixty times the Emitter she directed.”

The result reads like sci-fi: Anzu’s eyes opened and his lips began to quiver! Next, Ninmah orally administered two ingestible substances to a spasmodic, reflexive Anzu. “Gently upon his face the Water of Life she poured; his lips with it wetting. Gently upon his mouth the Food of Life she placed. Then the miracle did happen: Anzu from the dead arose!”   

Anzu was so revitalised he was immediately able to talk, though haltingly, and walk, though falteringly. Ninmah inquired about Alalu and Anzu replied thus: “Alalu soon after the landing  from unremitting pain to scream began. From his mouth his innards he was spitting.” He then led Ninmah and her entourage to  some rocky outcrop well away from the lake. When they reached the site, Anzu explained: “In the great rock a cave I found, Alalu’s corpse therein I hid. Its entrance with stones I covered.”  

Alalu’s remains were a pile of bones. In his case, however, the reanimating efforts that had applied to Anzu were not at all attempted as they were needless. All Ninmah did, on behalf of her father Anu (who generally had the tender virtues of Enki in contrast to the mean streak of Enlil) was to order that a lasting memorial be made for Alalu. “Let the image of Alalu forever gaze toward Nibiru (actually Sirius) that he ruled, toward the Earth whose gold he discovered.” Anu’s wishes were carried out forthwith, again using inconceivably sophisticated technology.  Writes Enki: “The image of Alalu upon the great rock mountain with beams they  carved. They showed him wearing an Eagle’s helmet; his face they made  uncovered.”

As for Anzu himself, his manner of recognition was a foregone conclusion. Said Ninmah: “To you Anu the King his promise shall be keeping. Twenty heroes with you shall remain, the Way Station’s building to begin; rocketships from Earth the golden ores shall here deliver. Celestial Chariots from  here the gold to Nibiru shall then transport. Hundreds of Heroes their abode on LAHMU (Mars) shall make: you Anzu shall be their commander.”  

THE NASA COVER-UP

Until 2001, the gigantic rock carving that bore  Alalu’s image, dubbed  “Face on Mars”,  was vividly seen in many a picture of the region of the planet Mars called Cydonia. Then NASA began a systematic process of defacing it in a bid to damp down curiosity and therefore forestall   the inevitable dot connection: how they managed only they know.

Did our Illuminati alert their Anunnaki counterparts on Mars to effect a gradual remoulding of the iconic image? For when you today look at the same image, it is almost nondescript: it’s not as definitive as it was in 1976, the year it was first photographed. If Mars had a dense atmosphere like Earth, one would say this may have been the ultimate result of wind erosion but Mars almost totally lost its atmosphere 13,000 years ago    in the aftermath of the same Nibiru “sweep-by” that triggered Noah’s Flood here on Earth.

As for the Anzu life-restoration miracle, does this suggest the Anunnaki were indeed capable of bringing the dead back to life? History seems to suggest so. Actually, those privy to occultic secrets (such as witches) will tell you that anybody can be revived from death within three days of their demise.  In the first three days of one’s death, so it is said, one’s spirit still lingers around on Earth and so it can be “enticed” back into the body. That’s why one witch-doctor boasted in a local paper that “any dead body can be turned into a zombie”, though he did concede that for genuine Christians that is close to impossible!    

The Bible actually seems to bear out Ninmah’s feat. Jesus is said to have arisen  from the dead (the surface story) in three days’ time. The so-called raising of Lazarus by Jesus (again the surface story) was done on the fourth day, as if Jesus wanted to demonstrate that he had such unmitigated power he could summon back a being from the dead even when the 3-day feasibility period was past! There is a great deal   you and I need to know about this Earth, my Brother.

NEXT WEEK: EDEN EVOLVES

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Hell Up in Judea

24th August 2021

A case can be made, General Atiku, that history’s most infamous Roman is Pontius Pilate. It was Pilate who condemned Jesus, the  “Son of God”, to the most cruel, most barbaric,  and most excruciating of deaths – crucifixion –  and cowardly at that as the gospels attest for us.  

Yet the exact circumstances under which the crucifixion took place and what followed thereafter far from jells with what is familiarly known. The fact of the matter was that there was a lot of political wheeling and dealing and boldfaced corruption on the part both of the Jewish authorities and the Roman establishment in the person of Pontius Pilate.  In this piece, we attempt, General, to present a fuller photo of Pilate as the centre of the whole machination.

Pilate’s historicity, General, is not in doubt. In 1961, an Italian archeologist unearthed a limestone block at Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, which as of 6 AD was the Roman seat of government as well as the military headquarters.  The block bore the inscription, “Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judea, has dedicated this Temple to the divine Augusti” (that is, then Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar and his wife Livia).

Pilate also gets varying degrees of mention in the works of Roman senator and historian Cornelius Tacitus (56-117 AD); the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher and chronicler Philo of Alexandria (25 BC to 50 AD); and the legendary Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD).

Although his year of death (37 AD) is documented, his year of birth is a matter of conjecture, General. He came from the Pontii tribe (hence the name Pontius), a tough, warlike people. The Pontii tribe was of the equestrian class, the second-tier in the Roman caste system. Originally, the equestrians were those Romans with ample pocket power to bribe their way to knightly ranks in the Roman army. Pilate was born to Marcus Pontius, who had distinguished himself as a general in Rome’s military campaigns.

Following one of his particularly sterling military exploits, Marcus was awarded with the Pilum (javelin), a Roman decoration of honour for heroic military service.  To commemorate this medal of valour, the family took the name Pilati, rendered Pilate in English and Pilatus in Latin.

The son, Lucius Pontius Pilate, also distinguished himself as a soldier in the German campaigns of Germanicus, a prominent general of the early Roman Empire. Thanks to his scintillating military profile coupled with   strategic connections in the hierarchies of the Roman government, Pilate was able to wend his way into the heart of Claudia, the granddaughter of Caesar Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire and ruler from 27 BC to 14 AD.

Claudia’s mother was Julia the Elder, who was also the biological mother of the apostles John and James. When Claudia was about 13 years of age, Julia sent her to Rome to be reared in the courts of Emperor Tiberius Caesar, to whom Julia was once married from 11 BC to 6 BC.

Although Tiberius was not the biological father of Claudius, General, he gladly acquiesced to being her foster father in deference to the memory of her late grandfather Caesar Augustus.
Pilate arrived in Rome when Claudia was sixteen years of age. In AD 26, the two tied the knot. Needless to say, it was a marriage based not on love as such but on political opportunism.

ASSIGNMENT JUDEA

The high-placed connection who facilitated Pontius Pilate’s smooth landing into the inner sanctums of Rome’s royalty and put him on a pedestal that saw him take pride of place in the cosmic gallery of rogues was Aelius Sejanus. Like Pilate, Sejanus came from the subordinate equestrian class, who would never be eligible for a seat in the Senate, the legislative council of ancient Rome.

Sejanus, however, had over time become Emperor Tiberius’ most trusted lieutenant and to the point where he was the de facto prime minister.  He had been commander of the Praetorian Guard, the elite Special Forces unit created by Augustus Caesar as a personal security force, which developed under Sejanus’ command into the most significant presence in Rome.

In AD 26, the emperor was not even based in Rome: he had confined himself to the 10.4 km2 island of Capri, about 264 km from Rome, and left control of Rome and the government of the Roman Empire to Sejanus. It was Sejanus who recommended the appointment of Pilate as prefect, or governor/procurator of Judea. The appointment was pronounced right on the occasion of Pilate’s nuptials with Claudius.

Philo records that when the bridal party emerged from the temple where the marriage ceremony was celebrated and Pilate started to follow the bride into the imperial litter, Tiberius, who was one of the twelve witnesses required to attend the ceremony, held him back and handed him a document. It was the wedding present – the governorship of far-flung Judea – with orders to proceed at once to Caesarea Maritima to take over the office made vacant by the recall of Valerius Gratus.

Pilate was notified by Sejanus that a ship was in fact waiting upon him to transport him to Palestine right away. The only disadvantageous aspect about the assignment was that Pilate was to leave the shores of Rome alone, without the pleasure of spending a first night in the arms of his newly wedded wife: by imperial decree, the wives of governors were not allowed to accompany them in their jurisdictions. Pilate, however, was a royal by marriage and so this prohibition was waived. By special permission granted by His Imperial Majesty Tiberius Caesar, Claudia soon joined her husband in Judea. The wily Pilate had calculated well when he married into royalty.

A SADISTIC ADMINISTRATOR

The Judean perch was not prestigious though, General. The prefects of Judea were not of high social status. At least one – Felix, referenced by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles – was an ex-slave, which says a great deal on the low regard in which the province was held by Rome.

Pilate was only secondarily sent to Judea on account of having married into royalty: his posting to the volatile province stemmed, primarily, from his being of a inferior social pedigree. Be that as it may, Pilate relished the posting in that it gave him the chance to exercise power, absolute power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and in Pilate was the archetypal example, General.

Pilate’s brief was simple: to collect taxes, maintain law and order, maintain infrastructure, and keep the population subdued. Although he was born lowly, he positively had the power of life and death over his Jewish subjects. Let us, General, listen to Josephus in his allusion to Coponius, Judea’s first Roman governor and who like Pilate was from the same subservient social class: “And now Archelaus’ part of Judea was reduced into a province and Coponius, one of the equestrian order among the Romans, was sent as procurator, having the power of life and death put into his hands by Caesar.”

Pilate, General, was callous to a point of being sadistic. He was scarcely the scrupling judge with the rare soft spot that we encounter in the gospels. Philo charges him with “corruptibility, violence, robberies, ill-treatment of the people, grievances, continuous executions without even the form of a trial, endless and intolerable cruelties”.

He further declares him to be a “savage, inflexible, and arbitrary ruler” who was of a “stubborn and harsh quality” and “could not bring himself to do anything that might cause pleasure to the Jews”. The essentially humane character of the Pilate who presided over the trial of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels may not be wholly fictitious but is highly embellished, General.

Why did Pilate have such a pathological hatred of the Jews, General? Sejanus had more to do with it than the spontaneous leanings of his own nature. According to Philo, Sejanus hated the Jews like the plague and wished “to do away with the nation” – to exterminate it. In AD 19, for instance, he forced the Jews in Rome to burn their religious vestments and expelled them from the city without much ado.

For as long as Sejanus was in power, General, Pilate could do pretty much as he pleased. He didn’t have to worry about compromising reportage reaching the emperor as everything went through the implacably anti-Jewish Sejanus. Sejanus was unrivalled in power: golden statues of the general were being put up in Rome, the Senate had voted his birthday a public holiday, public prayers were offered on behalf of Tiberius and Sejanus, and in AD 31 Sejanus was named as Consul jointly with Tiberius.

The Judea posting also gave Pilate a golden opportunity to make money – lots of it. The governors of the Roman provinces were invariably rapacious, greedy, and incompetent: this we learn not only from Jewish historians of the day but from contemporary Roman writers as well such as Tacitus and Juvenal.

As long as the money skimmed from the provinces was not overly excessive, governors were allowed a free hand. It is said of Emperor Tiberius that, “Once he ordered a governor to reverse a steep rise in taxes saying, ‘I want my sheep shorn, not skinned’!” For those governors, such as Pilate, who had support from the very acmes of Roman power, General, they were practically a law unto themselves.

PILATE’S WINGS ARE CLIPPED

Pontius Pilate, General, was untrained in political office. Furthermore, he was a sycophant to the core who was prepared to go to any length in a bid to curry favour with and prove his loyalty to the powers that be in Rome.    Both these attributes gave rise to a series of blunders that brought him the intense hatred of the Jews.

The first abomination he committed in the eyes of the Jews, General, was to set up a temple dedicated to Emperor Tiberius, which he called the Tiberieum, making him the only known Roman official to have built a temple to a living emperor.  True, Roman emperors were worshipped, but Tiberius was the one exception. According to the Roman scholar and historian Suetonius, Tiberius did not allow the consecration of temples to himself. Pilate’s act therefore, General, was an overkill: it was not appreciated at all.

Throughout his tenure, General, Pilate had a series of run-ins with the Jews, some of which entailed a lot of bloodshed and one of which sparked an insurrection that paved the way to Calvary. Then it all began to unravel, General. On October 18 AD 31, his patron Sejanus was summoned to the office of Emperor Tiberius and an angry denunciation was read out to him. It is not clear, General, what caused Sejanus’ fall from the emperor’s good graces but circumstantial evidence points to the perceived threat to the emperor’s power.

As the ancient historian Cassius Dio puts it, “Sejanus was so great a person by reason both of his excessive haughtiness and of his vast power that to put it briefly, he himself seemed to be the emperor and Tiberius a kind of island potentate, inasmuch as the latter spent his time on the island of Capri.”  Sejanus, hitherto the most powerful man in Rome, General, was thrown into a dungeon.

That same evening, he was summarily condemned to death, extracted from his cell, hung, and had his body given over to a crowd that tore it to pieces in a frenzy of manic excitement. His three children were all executed over the following months and his wife, Tiberius’ own daughter, committed suicide.  The people further celebrated his downfall by pulling his statues over.  Meanwhile, General, Tiberius began pursuing all those who could have been involved in the “plots” of Sejanus.

In Judea, Pilate, a Sejanus appointee, must have been badly shaken, General. Were his friends and family under suspicion? Would he be purged like others? Imperial attitudes to the Jewish race seemed to have changed now with the riddance of Sejanus. Tiberius made sure this was the case by appointing a new governor for Syria (who went by the title Legate and to whom Pilate was obligated to report).

The governor, Lucius Pomponius Flaccus, arrived in Rome in AD 32. Philo records that Tiberius now “charged his procurators in every place to which they were appointed to speak comfortably to the members of our nation in the different cities, assuring them that the penal measures did not extend to all but only to the guilty who were few, and to disturb none of the established customs but even to regard them as a trust committed to their care, the people as naturally peaceable and the institution as an influence promoting orderly conduct.”

So Pilate, General, had lost his supporters at the top, his new boss was on his doorstep, and there had been a change of policy regarding the very people he was in charge of. Surely, he would have to watch his step. The fact of the matter, however, General, was that he hardly did so.  In November 32 AD, for instance, he provoked a mini-uprising by the Zealots led by Judas Iscariot, Theudas Barabbas, and Simon Zelotes. It was this revolt, General, that culminated in those three “crosses” of Calvary that are indelibly etched on the mind of every Christian.

NEXT WEEK: ZEALOT REVOLT AGAINST PILATE

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Hustle & Muscle

24th August 2021

Until as recently as the 1980s a career often meant a job for life within a single company or organisation. Phrases such as ‘climbing the corporate ladder’, ‘the glass ceiling’, ‘wage slave’ & ‘the rat race’ were thrown about, the analogies making clear that a career path was a toxic mix of a war of attrition, indentured drudgery and a Sisyphean treadmill.

In all cases you fought, grafted or plodded on till you reached retirement age, at which point you could expect a small leaving party, the promise of a pension and, oddly, a gift of either a clock or watch. The irony of being rewarded with a timepiece on the very day you could expect to no longer be a workday prisoner was apparently lost on management – the hands of time were destined to follow you to the grave!

Retirement was the goal at the end of the long, corporate journey, time on your hands – verifiable by your gifted time keeping device – to spend time working in the garden, playing with the grandchildren, enjoying a holiday or two and generally killing time till time killed you.

For some, retirement could be literally short-lived. The retirement age, and accompanying pension, was predicated on the old adage of three scores years and ten being the average life expectancy of man. As the twentieth century progressed and healthcare became more sophisticated, that former mean average was extended but that in itself then brought with it the double-edged sword of dementia. The longer people lived, the more widespread dementia became – one more life lottery which some won, some lost and doctors were seemingly unable to predict who would succumb and who would survive.

However, much research has been carried out on the causes of this crippling and cruel disease and the latest findings indicate that one of its root causes may lie in the former workplace – what your job entailed and how stimulating or otherwise it was. It transpires that having an interesting job in your forties could lessen the risk of getting dementia in old age, the mental stimulation possibly staving off the onslaught of the condition by around 18 months.

Academics examined more than 100,000 participants and tracked them for nearly two decades. They spotted a third fewer cases of dementia among people who had engaging jobs which involved demanding tasks and more control — such as government officers, directors, physicians, dentists and solicitors, compared to adults in ‘passive’ roles — such as supermarket cashiers, vehicle drivers and machine operators. And those who found their own work interesting also had lower levels of proteins in their blood that have been linked with dementia.

The study was carried out by researchers from University College London, the University of Helsinki and Johns Hopkins University studying the cognitive stimulation and dementia risk in 107,896 volunteers, who were regularly quizzed about their job.  The volunteers — who had an average age of around 45 — were tracked for between 14 and 40 years.  Jobs were classed as cognitively stimulating if they included demanding tasks and came with high job control. Non-stimulating ‘passive’ occupations included those with low demands and little decision-making power.

4.8 cases of dementia per 10,000 person years occurred among those with interesting careers, equating to 0.8 per cent of the group. In contrast, there were 7.3 cases per 10,000 person years among those with repetitive jobs (1.2 per cent). Among people with jobs that were in the middle of these two categories, there were 6.8 cases per 10,000 person years (1.12 per cent).

The link between how interesting a person’s work was and rates of dementia did not change for different genders or ages.Lead researcher Professor Mika Kivimaki, from UCL, said: ‘Our findings support the hypothesis that mental stimulation in adulthood may postpone the onset of dementia. The levels of dementia at age 80 seen in people who experienced high levels of mental stimulation was observed at age 78.3 in those who had experienced low mental stimulation. This suggests the average delay in disease onset is about one and half years, but there is probably considerable variation in the effect between people.’

The study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, also looked at protein levels in the blood among another group of volunteers. These proteins are thought to stop the brain forming new connections, increasing the risk of dementia. People with interesting jobs had lower levels of three proteins considered to be tell-tale signs of the condition.

Scientists said it provided ‘possible clues’ for the underlying biological mechanisms at play. The researchers noted the study was only observational, meaning it cannot establish cause and that other factors could be at play. However, they insisted it was large and well-designed, so the findings can be applied to different populations.

To me, there is a further implication in that it might be fair to expect that those in professions such as law, medicine and science might reasonably be expected to have a higher IQ than those in blue collar roles. This could indicate that mental capacity also plays a part in dementia onset but that’s a personal conclusion and not one reached by the study.

And for those stuck in dull jobs through force of circumstance, all is not lost since in today’s work culture, the stimulating side-hustle is fast becoming the norm as work becomes not just a means of financial survival but a life-enhancing opportunity , just as in the old adage of ‘Find a job you enjoy and you’ll never work another day in your life’!

Dementia is a global concern but ironically it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age and is the second biggest killer in the UK behind heart disease, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. So here’s a serious suggestion to save you from an early grave and loss of competencies – work hard, play hard and where possible, combine the two!

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The Lord Ties The Knot

18th August 2021
JUDAS

… as Judas Iscariot takes strong exception

The gospels which were excluded from the official canon, the New Testament, at the Council of Nicaea are known as the Apocrypha. One of these Apocryphal works, General Atiku, is the gospel of Phillip.  In this gospel, the intimate relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene is openly discussed thus:

“And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on the mouth.  The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said unto him, why do you love her more than all of us? The Saviour answered and said to them, why do   I not love you like her? … Great is the mystery of marriage, for without it the world would never have existed. Now, the existence of the world depends on man, and the existence of man on marriage.”

It is clear from the above statement, General, that Jesus held marriage in high regard because he himself was part and parcel of it.  The disciples (that is, most of them) were offended not because he and Mary were an item but because they simply did not approve of her as she was a Gentile and a commoner.

Otherwise, the kissing was not offensive at all: it was a customary expression of mutual affection between the sacred bride and groom. This we gather from the prototypically romantic Old Testament text known as The Song of Solomon, which opens with the words, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”  As the Davidic groom, Jesus was therefore entitled to kiss Mary Magdalene as his bride.

THE FIRST MARRIAGE

In September AD 30, General Atiku, Jesus and Mary Magdalene had their First Marriage ceremony. Jesus had turned 36 in that year, the appropriate marriage age for a Davidic heir, and September was the holiest month in the Jewish calendar.  Having been born irregularly himself (in the wrong month of the year because of his father Joseph’s intransigence), Jesus was determined that he himself follow the law to the letter so that his child would not suffer the same indignities as he did. The First Marriage is captured in LUKE 7:35-50.

The marriage took place at the home of Simon the Pharisee. This, General, was another name for Simon Zelotes, the stepfather of Mary Magdalene. Although Mary Magdalene is not directly named, she is described as a “sinner”. This was another term for Gentiles, as in the eyes of the Jewish God, they were unregenerate and therefore hopeless sinners.  Mary Magdalene, whose mother Helena-Salome was of Syrian origin (Syro-Phoenicia to be specific), was a Gentile.

On the occasion, Mary Magdalene performed three acts on Jesus as set out in LUKE 7:38. She wept; kissed his feet; and anointed him with ointment. This is what a bride was supposed to do to her groom as clearly evinced in The Song of Solomon, a series of love poems concerning a spouse and her husband the King.

Of the three rites, perhaps it is the weeping that require elucidation, General. This was at once symbolic and sentimental.  The First Marriage was simply a ceremony: the moment the ceremony was over, the husband and wife separated, that is, they lived apart until the month of December, when they came together under one roof.  This was in accord with Essene stipulations for dynastic marriages, that is, those of the Davidic Messiah and the priestly Messiah.

Prior to the First Marriage, the bride was known as an Almah, meaning a betrothed Virgin. After the First Marriage ceremony, the Almah was demoted to a Sister. This was because the ensuing three-month separation meant husband and wife would not indulge in sexual activity and so the wife was as good as a sister to her husband. The imagery of Sister also being a wife is seen in 1 CORINTHIANS 9:5, where the apostle Paul refers to his wife as Sister. In ACTS 23:16, Paul’s wife is again referred to as his Sister.

Now, when the Almah became a Sister, General, she was metaphorically called a Widow, because she was being separated  from her newly wedded husband. As such, she was expected to symbolically weep on account of this separation. That explains why Mary Magdalene had to weep at her first wedding. It is a pity, General, that most Christians and their clergy miss the real story so wrongly indoctrinated are they.

In December AD 30, Jesus moved in with Mary Magdalene to consummate the marriage. It was hoped that Mary would fall pregnant so that in March the following year, a Second (and final) Marriage ceremony would be held.  Sadly, conception did not take place. According to Essene dynastic procreational rules, the couple had to separate again. They would reunite in December AD 31 for another try at conception.

The reason they separated was because for a dynastic heir, marriage was purely for procreation and not for recreational sex. But even that year, General, Mary did not fall pregnant, necessitating another year-long separation. What that meant was that Mary would be given one more last chance – in December AD 32, by which time Jesus would have been 38.  If she did not conceive this time around, the marriage would come to an end through a legal divorce and Jesus would be free to seek a new spouse.

THE FINAL MARRIAGE

In December 32, Mary Magdalene, General, finally conceived. When Jesus was crucified therefore in April 33 AD, his wife was three months pregnant. By this time, the Second Marriage ceremony, the final one, had already taken place, this being in March. The Second Marriage is cursorily related in MATTHEW 26:6-13; MARK 14:3-9; and JOHN 12:1-8.The John version reads as follows:

“Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus, who had died, whom he raised out of the dead; they made, therefore, to him a supper there, and Martha was ministering, and Lazarus was one of those reclining together (at meat) with him; Mary, therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of spikenard, of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus and did wipe with her hair his feet, and the house was filled from the fragrance of the ointment.

Therefore said one of his disciples – Judas Iscariot, of Simon, who was about to deliver him up – ‘Therefore was not this ointment sold for three hundred denaries, and given to the poor?’ and he said this, not because he was caring for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and what things were put in he was carrying. Jesus, therefore, said, ‘Suffer her; for the day of my embalming she has kept it, for the poor you have always with yourselves, and me you have not always.’”

This story (also see JOHN 11:1-44) centres on four people primarily, General. They are Jesus; Lazarus; Mary; and Martha. “Mary” was actually Mary Magdalene.  “Martha” was a titular name for her mother, Helena-Salome.  In the Lazarus story, the two ladies are referred to as “sisters”. This denotes conventual sisters, like the Catholics refer to conventual nuns, and not sisters by blood. Helena-Salome actually headed a nunnery. By the same token, the reference to Lazarus as “brother” has a connotation akin to what Pentecostals refer to as “Brother in Christ”.

Thus, the story revolves around Jesus the groom; his bride Mary Magdalene; his father-in-law Simon Zelotes; and his mother-in-law Helena-Salome. This is a family affair folks, which provides strong hints as to the exact relationship between Jesus and Mary. The raising from the dead of a man called Lazarus, sadly, was not a miracle at all:  it was a ceremonial restoration from excommunication back to the Essene governing council, which comprised of Jesus and his so-called 12 disciples.

The “Lazarus” who was thus restored was actually Simon Zelotes, at the time the most “beloved” by Jesus of the entire apostolic band, who had been demoted under circumstances relating to a Zealot uprising against Pontius Pilate.  More will be said on the subject at a later stage.

The anointing of Jesus by Mary with “spikenard”, General, harps back to ancient married rituals as patently demonstrated in The Song of Solomon. This was the second time Mary had anointed Jesus, first at the First Marriage in September AD 30 AD and now at the Second Marriage in March 32 AD. On both occasions, Mary anointed Jesus whilst he sat at table.

In SONG OF SOLOMON 1:12, the bride says, “While the King sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof”.  The anointing in the gospels was therefore an allusion to the ancient rite whereby a royal bride prepared her groom’s table. Only as the wife of Jesus and as a priestess in her own right could Mary Magdalene have anointed both the feet and head of Jesus.

The anointing in effect had two purposes: first, to seal the marriage, and second, to officially announce to the Jewish nation that Jesus was the Davidic Messiah (and not his younger brother James, who had been so promoted by John the Baptist).  It all harped back to the tradition in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, where Kings or Pharaohs were anointed for office (in their case with crocodile fat) by their half-sister brides.

The King’s bride actually kept the anointment substance for use for one more time – when the King died. You can now understand, General, why Jesus said “the day of my embalming she has kept it” in reference to his anointing by Mary Magdalene and why the first person to feature at the tomb of Jesus was none other than Mary Magdalene!

Three passages in the Lazarus story     (in JOHN11: 1-44) are particularly telling.  They are Verses 20, 28, and 29. They read as follows: “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house … After Martha said this, she went back and called her sister Mary privately. ‘The Master is here,’ she told her, ‘and is asking for you.’ When Mary heard this, she got up and hurried out to meet him.”  The reason Mary (Magdalene) first kept her place before proceeding to meet Jesus, General, is not supplied in the Johannine gospel.

However, the Apocryphal document which has come to be known as The Secret Gospel of Mark sheds more light, General.  It explains that on the first occasion, Mary did come out to meet Jesus along with her mother Martha (Helena-Salome) but upon being rebuked by the disciples of Jesus, she repaired back to the house. Why was she lashed out at, General? Because according to the Essene matrimonial code, she was not permitted to come out of her own accord and greet her husband: she was to wait until he had given her express permission to emerge.

There is yet another element in the conduct of Mary Magdalene that has parallels with Solomon’s queen, General. In the back-and-forth romantic dialogue between the couple, the queen is referred to as a “Shulamite” (SONG OF SOLOMON 6:13). The Shulamites were from the Syrian border town of  Solam and we have already seen that Mary’s first foster father, Syro the Jairus, was a Syrian, as was her mother Helena-Salome.

JUDAS DENOUNCES THE MARRIAGE

The marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene was vehemently opposed by most of his so-called disciples. The most vociferous on this position, General, was Judas Iscariot. The writer of the John gospel characterises Judas as a “thief” who used to pilfer alms money but that is a smear.  The gospels were written post-eventual and therefore Judas’ name was already in ignominy.

His detractors therefore had a field day at sullying his character. Yet prior to the betrayal, Judas Iscariot, General, was one of the most respected figures among the Essene community. At the time of Jesus’ marriage, Judas was the second-highest ranking Essene after Simon Zelotes (that is the meaning of “Judas of Simon” in the passage quoted above, meaning “Judas the deputy of Simon”): Jesus was third, although politically he was the seniormost.

Judas opposed the marriage on grounds, primarily, that Mary Magdalene was not only a Gentile but a commoner. Judas had the right to pronounce on Jesus’ marriage because it was he who was in charge of the Essene’s order of Dan, to which Mary Magdalene belonged prior to her marriage to Jesus and therefore had the right whether to release her for marriage or retain her in the convent. Judas would rather the spikenard (the most expensive fragrance of the day, the reason it was only used by queens) was sold and the money generated donated to the Essene kitty (“the poor” was another name for Essenes: when Jesus in the Beatitudes said “blessed are the poor”, he was not referring to you and me: he meant the Essenes).

Sadly General, as high-standing as he was, Judas had no right of veto over the marriage of a Davidic heir: only Simon Zelotes had by virtue of his position as the Essene’s Pope. Simon Zelotes was Mary Magdalene’s step-father and there was no way he was going to stand in the way of the marriage of his own daughter. Moreover, Jesus had already begun to fancy himself as Priest-King.

As far as he was concerned therefore, he was at once the Davidic Messiah and the Priestly Messiah – the Melchizedek. Thus even if Simon Zelotes had perchance objected to the marriage, Jesus would have gone ahead with it anyway. It was Jesus’ highly unpopular appropriated role as the Melchizedek, General, that set him on the path to Calvary.

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