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Marked For “Murder”

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Jehovah undertakes to destroy the Igigi’s, their children, and mankind in general

If there was one event that further drove a wedge between the Enlilites and the Enkites, it was the settlement of the 200 Igigi’s here on Earth. Now that they were no longer “Watchers” – cosmonauts who were based in the “heavens” (space or Mars) – they came to be known as Titans.

 

This derives from the Sumerian Ti-Ta-An, meaning “Mighty Ones From The Heavens”.  The “mighty” aspect relates to their size. Like all Anunnaki, they were huge people. In their case in fact, their height was further boosted by the planet Mars’ weaker gravitational pull compared to Earth.   It explains why the term Igigi in some languages came to mean “giants”, cases in point being gigantes in Latin and n’gigi in Nguni.  


In the Bible, however, the same beings are referred to as the Nephilim (GENESIS 6:4). This means “those who fell in ignominy”. This is the same as the “Fallen Angel” tag Enlil put on the Igigi’s when they bluffed their way to Earth (on the pretext of attending Marduk’s wedding) and in defiance of Enlil forcibly took human wives and settled on Earth, thus abandoning their official Mars-based responsibilities. The term Nephilim, or rather Nefilim, comes from the Hebrew verb Nafol, which means to fall down, to be downed, or to come down.


Having noted the affinity the Nefilim had for Marduk, Enlil was suspicious. He thought Marduk and the Nefilim wanted to set up their own fiefdom, particularly in north Africa, and use it as a countervailing force against central authority. This paranoia was not exactly unfounded: Enoch, who was an informer on behalf of the Enlilites, had told Enlil that Marduk’s ultimate aim was to topple Enlil and become Earth’s Commander-in-Chief. Having been banished to Earth, Marduk’s only hope of rising to supremacy of any guise vested only in this planet.


Thus alarmed, Enlil detailed his firstborn son Ninurta to travel to today’s Americas and locate “the offspring of Cain”. This could mean some of Cain’s descendents who had remained there when he returned to the Edin at the time his curse was lifted. It could also mean the Native Americans, the race Cain founded, nurtured, and groomed.  Ninurta was to forge his own domain there and endear himself to the people by teaching them the full spectrum of mining activities, tool-making, boat-making, and playing music. Like Cain before him, Ninurta was to establish himself a twin-towered Temple where he would be worshipped.  


Just as Enlil was averse to Enkites and the Nefilim, he also had quite a loathing for Serpanit, Marduk’s wife. Now, Serpanit was not her original name: it was a titular name Marduk gave her when he married her. It meant “Earth’s Protector”. This is one typical term by which great kings or queens are addressed. It was the equivalent of “Queen of Earth”, the title of Enlil’s wife Ninlil, and also echoed the status of Marduk’s grandmother, who was the Queen of the Sirian-Orion star system.  


Thanks to Enlil’s intrigue, the name Serpanit was over time corrupted to “Serpent”. The Enlilites derided her as a snake for having married into the Serpentine clan, as the Enkites were dismissively called. Meanwhile, the example set by Marduk was being xeroxed by even members of the Anunnaki pantheon. One of these was Ishkur-Adad, Enlil’s youngest son who on some Sumerian God Lists is also referred to as “a young god called Martu”.

 

Martu approached his father and asked his permission to marry an Earthling known as Shala. Enlil gave consent but made it clear that both his wife and offspring were not welcome on Nibiru. Martu was a hot-blooded young Anunnaki royal who was in love. As such, he didn’t care about what would happen shars in the future. He went ahead and married Shala damn the consequences. Martu’s hitching of Shala could also have been strategic – a means to curry favour with the now teeming human population as a counterweight to Marduk’s own populist gambit. Enlil hardly blamed him: it was Marduk he faulted for having set such a sacrilegious pace.  

CHILDREN OF THE  ROCKETSHIPS

In time, the Nefilim had children with Earthling women. Because the Nefilim were astronauts by occupation, the children they had with Earthlings were known as “Children of the Rocketships”. Like the Anunnaki themselves, these children were also phenomenally huge.  In Genesis, these children are called the Anakims (DEUTERONOMY 9:2), meaning “offspring of the  Anunnaki”. The Anakims who specialised in healing were known as Rephaites (GENESIS 14:5).  GENESIS 6:1-4 provides a sneak peek into the saga of the Nefilim as follows:


“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the Earth and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all which they chose … There were giants upon the Earth in those days and also thereafter too, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men and they bore children to them. These were the Mighty Men of old, Men of Renown.”


The passage though is replete with deliberate distortions, on the part of the translators, of terms in the Hebrew, a tongue in which the Old Testament was written. Firstly, the original Hebrew doesn’t say “men”: it says Ha’Adam, meaning the human species as a whole and not males alone. Secondly, “sons of God” is totally wrong. The Hebrew says Bnei Ha-Elohim, or “the sons of the Ilu’s” in English. The Ilu’s (“transcendent ones”) as you may now know were the Anunnaki, who called themselves “gods”.   Therefore, Bnei Ha-Elohim in this context refers to the Nefilim as it was they indeed who mass-married our women.

 

Thirdly, where the English translation says “giants”, the Hebrew term is Nefilim. Whilst giants is not that far-fetched in view of the fact that the Nefilim were indeed huge people, it is inexact translation anyway. Fourthly, the “Daughters of Men” are not described as “fair” in the Hebrew: they are described as “compatible”, meaning the Nefilim were able to have sexual relations with them and procreate with them. Maybe penile size did matter but it was not so freakishly outsized as to make copulation impossible.    


Finally, the Hebrew does not say “Mighty Men of old, Men of Renown.”  To the contrary, it says “Mighty Ones of Eternity, the People of the  Shem”. This refers both to the Nefilim and the Anunnaki in general. Humans regarded the Anunnaki as immortal since they never saw them die.   Shem as you now know was the Sumerian term for “Rocket”.  Almost every Anunnaki was first and foremost an astronaut.
 
MARDUK MOVES TO ILLUMINATE MANKIND

Since Marduk’s eventual goal was to be Ea Bel, or Lord of Earth, he and the Nefilim decided that humans must be taught the secrets of the Anunnaki. “Secrets” simply meant privileged knowledge, which was basically scientific and metaphysical and which Enlil had withheld from ordinary mankind as a matter of official Anunnaki policy. Marduk also decided that humans too were to be fed on Ormus, the monoatomic white powder of gold which dramatically lengthened life spans. Marduk wanted to rule over a knowledgeable and durable race, not a perpetually benighted one with lifespans that were only a fraction of a year on Nibiru. In other words, long life must not  be the preserve only of the ruling human  elite: every human was entitled to it, from the lowliest to nobles.


In the event, the Brotherhood of the Snake, the secret knowledge dissemination fraternity Enki had formed for the benefit of human initiates, went to work. Marduk now presided over it in place of his father. The Nefilim were commissioned to up the tempo in enlightening mankind in practically every branch of knowledge, starting with a few selected clever ones, who would in turn mainstream the knowledge to fellow mankind.   Within a few shars, mankind would virtually be on par with the Anunnaki and in practically every field of inquiry. At that stage, Marduk would then mobilise mankind and war against Enlil, defeat him and his fellow Enlilites, and eject them from Earth once and for all.


Leading the charge of Marduk’s illuminational revolution were several Nefilim who included Semjaza, Azazel, and Sariel.  According to the Book of Enoch, humans were taught herbal medicine; how to cast a spell against an enemy and how to defend against such spells, what we today call witchcraft but which is simply a form of sophisticated metaphysical knowledge; mineralogy; metallurgy; mineral beneficiation; astrology; astronomy; mathematics; physics; chemistry; how to make cosmetics; and how to make weapons and apparels of war (swords, knives, shields, breastplates, etc). Of particular significance was “the use of antimony”.

 

As we elucidated in one of our earlier articles, antimony is one of the three primary ingredients in the manufacture of Ormus, the other two being mercury and gold.
It goes without saying that Marduk and the Nefilim went out of their way to provide every kind of knowledge that contributed to human development. Of course Enlil-Jehovah, who regarded humans as no more than serfs, was not amused.  

DISSENT AGAINST JEHOVAH ESCALATES

Enlil was aware in Marduk, the Nefilim, and the Anakim, he had a formidable force to contend with. Already, Marduk was proving to be very popular with mankind and in mankind itself  was another equally formidable threat. When people read of the antediluvian times (the era that preceded the Deluge of Noah’s day) in the Bible, the one thing they omit to do is pose to contemplate just how many humans there were on the planet at the time. Let us consider our population today.

 

The Deluge took place  13,000 years ago and almost completely wiped out the entire human population. Yet in the space of only 13,000 years, we’re now over 7 billion, from practically zero. At the time of the Nefilim,  about 85,000 years ago, mankind had been in existence for 215,000 years. You can imagine how many people were on the planet then. Of course, given that the world then was not as sophisticated as it is today, the rate of population increase was not the same as it is today. 

 

For example, in modern times, we were just under a billion in the 18th century. Today, in the 21st century, we‘re 7.3 billion. That is a 6-billion jump in only 200-odd years. So if we extrapolate back to the time of the Nefilim, we can conservatively put the world population at about 40 billion, which according to the experts is said to be the maximum carrying capacity of Earth.


Now, if you think my estimate is outrageous, consider what Enlil kept complaining about day in and day out: he used to say, “Their (mankind’s)  conjugations of sleep  deprive me.” That is to say, sex-crazed mankind was reproducing at such an alarming rate that Enlil was spending sleepless nights contemplating a means to effectually contain the population explosion. As significant, humans were now pestering him non-stop: they wanted a change of the guard right at the top. Marduk had won them over and it was him they would rather he was Earth’s principal “god”. “Oppressive the pronouncements of Earthlings has become,” Enlil complained to fellow members of the Anunnaki’s  ruling pantheon.

 
All told, Enlil now was ranged against both the Anunnaki and humans. Of course there were some Anunnaki and humans who remained loyal to him but these were a tiny minority who did so simply out of fear.  When he approached Enki and asked him to rein in his son Marduk, Enki told him point-blank that he and King Anu on Nibiru were responsible for the upheaval that was looming on Earth. They had turned Marduk into a pariah by banishing him to Earth and since this was now his permanent home, he had every right to contend for supremacy. He did not necessarily have to topple Enlil but he wanted a status that was of a similar clout.


“Put yourself in his position,” Enki said to his  step-brother. “He will never be king of Nibiru. He will never  be King of the Sirian-Orion Empire. He will never be head of the fledgling planet Mars. The only thing he has is Earth. Trust me Brother, he will move Heaven and Earth to ascend to the commanding heights of this planet. But if that were to happen, I’d rather it did so peacefully. I don’t want humans, the race I created, to be caught in the crossfire. I’m heavily emotionally invested in the race.” As far as Enlil was concerned, his detractors had crossed a line. It was time to act.

JEHOVAH MOVES TO DESTROY INNOCENT AND HAPLESS LIVES

Enlil decided he was going to punish the Nefilim, the Anakim, and mankind in general. He had to flex muscles, to unequivocally demonstrate to Marduk and his father Enki that it was he who called the shots on this planet, that the buck stopped with him. First, he said thus to Raphael (his youngest son Ishkur-Adad): “Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks … The whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.” That’s the inspiration of the Azazel-goat sin-offering in relation to the Jewish annual Day of Atonement.


To Gabriel (Nannar-Sin, his second-born son), he said: “Proceed against the bastards and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy the children of fornication and the children of the Watchers from amongst men: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle: for length of days shall they not have.”


Finally, to Michael (his firstborn son Ninurta) he said: “Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness … Destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers.” But the person who would deliver this portentous message was Enoch, who had been spying on the Enkites, the Nefilim, the Anakim and mankind on behalf of the Enlilites out of a hidden place.

 

Enlil said to  him: “Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of Earth do, and have taken unto themselves  wives: ‘Ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness  of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, the murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain."'  


Enlil fired off the first salvo by pouncing on the Nefilim ring leaders Semjaza and Azazel, tried them, and condemned them to indefinite confinement in a wilderness dungeon.  That done, he decided not only to instigate violent activity amongst the Anakim but to “murder” them. Yet both the Nefilim and the Anakim didn’t commit a single crime.

 

All the Nefilim did was to educate their children and the rest of mankind in regard to how they could develop themselves and improve their standard of living, just as Ninurta was commissioned to do in North America. As for the Anakim and mankind in general, they had to be destroyed because now that they were being fed on Ormus, they had the benefit of “length of days”, which would bring them on par, ultimately, with the Anunnaki. Furthermore, the greater majority of them were rallying to Marduk at the expense of Enlil himself, making the chances of his replacement as Earth’s Chief Executive highly plausible. Exactly how was Enlil going to effect his destruction of the poor souls he had earmarked?  


NEXT WEEK: ENKI HAS A NEW “STRATEGIC” SON

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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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