Triumphant Ninurta rendered subordinate to younger brother in Enlil’s strategic top-level shuffle
The terms of the peace consequent to the Second Pyramid War in which the Enkites and Enlilites clashed and the latter were victorious were announced by peace broker Ninmah to the rest of the Anunnaki royalty who had not been party to the proceedings in an adjoining hall in Ninmah’s abode at the Harsag.
The moment Ninmah made the announcement, Inanna-Ishtar, Enlil’s granddaughter and daughter to Nannar-Sin, his second-born son, kicked up an angry fuss and made a scene like the Jezebel she was. Inanna was furious that the rulership of Egypt had been given to Ningishzidda. As far as she was concerned, Dumuzi, Enki’s youngest son, was the best fit in that he had played no part whatsoever in the war whereas Zidda had.
But central to her rooting for Dumuzi was the fact that she had a crush on him and like the nymphomaniac she was was already hitting on him not only to satiate her sex craze but to hitch him into wedlock. Sadly, the peace was a fait accompli and there was nothing Ninmah could do to alter the status quo in Inanna’s favour. Once the Enkites had departed, Enlil, the Bible’s central Jehovah, and his clan flew to Jerusalem for another meeting. This was about the redistribution of Enlilite lands in the new, post-war dispensation. Also present at the meeting was Ninmah; Enlil’s wife Ninlil; and Sin’s wife Ningal.
In the revised allocations, Ishkur-Adad, the third-born, retained today’s Lebanon, which incorporated the strategically significant Baalbek, the Landing Place for terrestrial aviational craft. Utu-Shamash, Inanna’s twin brother and who pre-war had been commander of Tilmun under the overall aegis of Ninmah, was entrusted charge of Mission Control Centre at Jerusalem.
As for the Sinai Peninsula, where Tilmun, the spaceport, was sited, and the rest of Canaan, Sin fiercely crossed verbal swords with Ninurta. As Enlil’s legal heir, Ninurta argued that it was he was automatically entitled to the role of administrator of the Anunnaki’s most prized region of the planet. In this view, he was supported by his mother Ninmah, who was Enlil’s half-sister. In a bid to favourably dispose Enlil toward her son, Ninmah rhapsodised on how she and Enlil bumped and ground relentlessly to produce a heir in Ninurta. So desperate in her pleas was she that she even requested that Enki be invited to the meeting to proffer his characteristic wise take on the matter, a suggestion Enlil utterly rejected.
Sin’s pitch was equally spirited. He pointed out to Enlil that whilst Ninurta was Enlil’s heir on Nibiru, he wasn’t here on Earth. Ninurta was born on Nibiru whereas Sin was born on Earth, the first such Anunnaki. As such, Sin had a legitimate claim to inheriting after Enlil here on Earth and to administrating Canaan and Tilmun as he was a son of the soil unlike Ninurta who was to all intents and purposes a foreigner in the eyes of Earthlings. On their part, Ninlil and Ningal urged Enlil to “listen to your heart and not your mind”. Would Enlil heed them?
JEHOVAH DEMOTES HIS FIRSTBORN SON
After pondering the matter over, Enlil responded that with rulership of Earth now alternating between the Enlilites and Enkites thanks to the Galzu dictum, the idea of a heir to Enlil here on Earth was essentially redundant as there no longer would be permanence in the title. That said, Enlil settled for Sin, “a Firstborn (with respect to Earth) of beautiful countenance, perfect of limbs, wise without compare”, as the new ruler of Greater Canaan and Tilmun. Greater Canaan extended from the border of Egypt in the south to the border of Adad in the north, with modern Syria included.
The whole of this area was dominated by Canaanites, who were pro-Marduk and impassionedly anti-Ninurta for his callous and barbarous prosecution of the Second Pyramid War. Needless to say, the Canaanites were bound to warm more to Sin, who had played no part at all in the war. It was at this stage that the Sinai Peninsula was named as such – after Sin. The Sinai Peninsula’s well-watered place known as Nakhl was named after Sin’s wife Ningal, the Semitic rendition of whose name is Nikhal. Ninurta, however, was not left in the lurch: he got the “Olden Lands”, that is, the new Edin, which in time came to be known as Sumer. This is modern-day Iraq predominantly.
As for Inanna, she received no fief whatsoever and for that she threw up a tantrum, shouting, cursing, insulting, kicking, and screaming. She wondered aloud why she had been denied a domain when she had been instrumental in the defeat of the Enkites. “Against Marduk the war I led (an exaggeration as the Enlilite commander was Ninurta),” she raved. She swore she was going to give the Enlilites a real nightmare if she wasn’t allocated a domain of her own and might even switch over to the Enkites.
Inanna had long been promised the Indus Valley but that promise had not yet materialised. Enlil’s pleas that she bides her time fell on stone-deaf ears. Thus alarmed by Inanna’s threats, Enlil cabled Nibiru requesting King Anu to come to Earth and tame this tigress. “To Earth come,” Enlil entreated his father. “Deal with Inanna.”
“MIGHTY” NINURTA STRIPS THE GIZA PYRAMID
Meanwhile, Ninurta was the toast of the tribe of Shem, who were the Enlilite herd. He was eulogised in both written and pictorial chronicles like Alexander the Great. One such praise-poem went thus: “Ninurta Foremost Possessor of Divine Powers … Hero in whose hand the Divine Brilliant Weapon carries. Lord, the Mountainland (Giza Pyramid) you subdued as your creature … Hero, in fear of thee the city (in which the Giza Pyramid was located) has surrendered. O Mighty One, the Great Serpent (Marduk) the heroic god you tore away from the mountains (Giza) … Like Anu art thou made.” Ninurta’s defeat of the Enkites was marked with the investiture of a new emblem in his honour – “a Divine Bird within a rich wreath, soaring in triumph above the two great pyramids.”
Yet General Ninurta was far from done. His final nail-in-the-coffin act was to enter the Giza Pyramid under the guidance of the “Chief Mineral Master” to inspect and either confiscate or destroy any installation or instruments the Enkites could fall back on in a possible future war with the Enlilites. “As he stopped by each one of them,” writes Zechariah Sitchin in The War of the Gods, “he determined its destiny – to be smashed and destroyed, to be taken away for display, or to be installed as instruments elsewhere.”
The Giza Pyramid was a high-tech labyrinth. Its passages and chambers were arrayed with “the magical stones – minerals and crystals, some earthly, some heavenly (i.e. sourced from other planets), some the likes of which Ninurta had never seen. From them were emitted the beamed pulsations for the guidance of the astronauts and the radiations for the defence of the structure.”
Exploring the Enkites’ astronomical guidance systems and secret weapons stash, Ninurta found “all the MEs, the technology and Hermetic science operating the Bond-Heaven-Earth, a computer loaded with astronomical data and a programme to scan the sky and the Solar System, the technology of a control tower for inter-planetary travels to scan and calculate trajections, as well as the means to communicate with Anu and Nibiru.” In other words, the Enkites had their own clandestine Mission Control Centre courtesy of Enki’s genius: they didn’t need the official Mission Control Centre that was housed at Jerusalem!
In a large chamber for some reasons called “The Vulva” was found the Destiny Stone – a device that held calculus and astronomical programmes as well as the power to track individuals with a “Killing Ray”. The Destiny Stone was the very nerve centre of Giza, the pyramid’s emitting source, where Hydrochloric Acid and hydrated potassium amplified the microwave from the pumped pool beneath the pyramid. “But it (the Destiny Stone) was anathema to Ninurta, for during the battle, when he was aloft, this stone’s strong power was used to ‘attempt to grab me, with a tracking which kills to seize me’.” Needless to say, Ninurta gave orders for the Destiny Stone to be disassembled and pulverised.
In the pyramid’s most “sacred” chamber was located a “Guiding Net”, possibly a radar which “spread out to survey Heaven (the skies) and Earth”. This radar was operationalised by the Gug, a Direction Determining Stone. Ninurta had the Gug and the three stones that underpinned it destroyed. “Now came the turn of the universal stones and crystals positioned atop the ramps in the Grand Gallery.” These were 27 in number. “Several of them Ninurta ordered to be pulverised … Others, which could be used in the Mission Control Centre at Jerusalem, were given to Shamash, and the rest were carried off to Mesopotamia to be deployed in Ninurta’s temple in Nippur and elsewhere as evidence of the great victory of the Enlilites over the Enkites.”
At long last came the Apex Stone of the Pyramid. “Let the mothers’ offspring see it no more,” Ninurta bellowed before it was sent crashing to the ground. “Let the fear of thee (Giza) be removed from my descendants. Let their peace be ordained.” What boggles the mind is that if the Enkites were so phenomenally equipped, how come they lost the war in such an ignominious fashion? Well, it all was the decision of the peace-loving Enki. Enki wanted the war to end at any cost and not allow the Anunnaki to extinct each other on Earth. Marduk actually never forgave his father for so meekly getting the Enkites to yield to the Enlilites. Had Marduk had his way, you would be reading of a radically different outcome of the Second Pyramid War. The Enlilites did not win the war: the Enkites chose to lose it.
THE ICONIC SUMER EMERGES
Since the Giza Pyramid was rendered basically useless by Enlilite general Ninurta, Ningishzidda, the new King of Egypt, decided to build a new Beacon City just north of Giza. He named it City of Annu in honour of his grandfather the Nibiru King. The Greeks would in future call it Heliopolis – the same name they gave to Baalbek – meaning “City of the Sun God” – to venerate not King Anu but Utu-Shamash. To replace the Gug stone Ninurta had destroyed, Zidda built at Heliopolis the now ubiquitous obelisks – towering, four-sided, narrow tapering monuments which ended up in a pyramid-like shape or pyramidion at the top – to serve as beacons.
Meanwhile, the reconstruction of Sumer, the new Eden, was in progress. The first to arise was Eridu, Enki’s cult city. It was given priority because Enki was pivotal to the viability of the new Eden. In the midst of Eridu, Enki built a spectacular mansion adorned with gold, silver, and precious stones. And in keeping with his epithet as Oannes the Fish God, he had a cluster of ponds in which all kinds of fishes – some for food, others for the purposes of research – swam cheerily.
Next was Nippur, the city of Enlil. Nippur had been the Mission Control Centre before the Deluge but this time around it had been superseded by Jerusalem (Ur-Shulim in Sumerian, meaning “The Supreme Place of the Four Regions”, these being Africa, Indo-Europe, the Middle East, and Tilmun in the Sinai Peninsula), the new “Navel of the Earth”. When Nippur was rebuilt, Enlil relocated there from Jerusalem, which was now overseen by Shamash, and lived in a heavily fortified, seven-stage “Mountain House” called a ziggurat.
The fortress was equipped with weapons and surveillance equipment such as “The Lifted Eye Which Scans The Land” and “The Lifted Beam Which Penetrates All”. On a platform on the roof of the ziggurat was “The Fast-Stepping Bird Whose Grasp No One Could Escape”, a sophisticated aircraft. This time around, the Enlilites were not taking chances given the sudden and unheralded manner in which they had been set upon and consequently lost the space-related sites to the Enkites.
When Lagash was rebuilt, it was allotted to Ninurta as his cult city. Ninurta, who was the overall ruler of Sumer (though nobody cared a damn about that anyway) wasted no time in erecting there a magnificent Temple-House he called the Eninnu, meaning “House of Fifty” where he lived with his aunt-wife Bau. Although he was for all practical purposes now subordinate to his younger brother Sin in realpolitik, he wanted to make a defiant statement – that he still was very much in contention as Enlil’s real heir. If you recall, he too had been given the Anunnaki rank of 50, the same as Enlil but in a shadow capacity in his (Ninurta) case, after he vanquished “The Evil Zu” to underline the fact that he was next in line. In the Eninnu backyard was parked his famous “Black Skybird” (a plane) known as the Girsu, hence his other name Ningirsu.
The rebuilt Sippar was the fiefdom of Shamash: there, he dwelt in the Ebabbar (the “Shining House”) with his spouse Aya and enacted statues of justice for mankind (Shamash was also at once head of Mission Control Centre in Jerusalem and executive commander of the spaceport as both these were located in Canaan, where his father Sin had overall jurisdiction). At a new site called Adab not very far from the prediluvial Shuruppak, a new medical centre to be run by Ninmah was established.
There, Ninmah built her temple-abode she called “House of Succour and Healing Knowledge”. Sin’s new cult city was called Urim (Ur), “a city with straight streets, canals, and wharves”. Perhaps as a dig at his elder brother Ninurta, he named his temple-mansion “House of the Throne's Seed”, which paraphrased meant heir to Enlil. Adad did not set up in Sumer but in his favourite Lebanon. He called his mansion “House of Seven Storms” as he was known as the Storm God and was a son of the great Enlil whose lucky number was 7. Sadly, Marduk was not allowed to set up his own cult city in Sumer. In fact, he and his son Nabu were restricted to Eridu every time they visited.
Soon mankind was teeming in Sumer in the urban centres of the gods, not as Anunnaki equals but as the worker race – the exact purpose for which he was created. His role was to “tend the surrounding fields, orchards, and cattlefolds in behalf of the gods, and to be in the service of the gods in all conceivable manners: not only as cooks and bakers, artisans and clothiers, but also as priests, musicians, entertainers, and temple prostitutes.”
At about the same time, the Anakim (“giants” in the Bible, the beings resulting from marriages between the Igigi and Earthling women) built themselves two urban cities at a time when mankind dwelt in rural settings. The first was Jericho, reputed to be the world’s oldest town. Jericho (Yericho in Arabic, meaning “Moon City”), was dedicated to Sin, whose epithet was “Moon God”. Besides being the penultimate stop for travellers to refresh and lunch, Jericho was established with a view to police the crossing point to Mission Control Centre in Jerusalem and the giant Anakim were best-suited for this purpose. The second was Kiryat Arba (“Stronghold of Arba”, Arba being the Anakim leader), best-known as Hebron. Kiryat Arba served a similar purpose as Jericho – to guard the route between Jerusalem and the Sinai. When the Israelites conquered Canaan under their general Joshua, the Anakim were a formidable obstacle.
The Lord’s wife seeks refuge in a European“Wilderness”
In March 37 AD, General Atiku, Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar died after 23 years in office. He was succeeded by his nephew and adoptive heir Gaius Caligula.
Caligula had forged a fraternal bond with Herod Agrippa, a grandson of Herod the Great, whilst hitherto cash-strapped Agrippa worked at Emperor Tiberius’ court in some capacity. It was on the basis of this mutual affinity that Caligula installed Agrippa as King of the Middle East territories his uncle Phillip the Tetrarch, who passed on in AD 34, had ruled over.
In 39 AD, Agrippa’s regal tentacles spread even wider when he was given the Herod Antipas domains after he politically poisoned the latter to Caligula. Thus it was that Agrippa became Rome’s client King of the whole of Palestine minus Judea. Meanwhile, the tiny territory of Chalcis in Syria was given to Agrippa’s brother Herod, best known to history as Herod of Chalcis, on the pleadings of Agrippa.
It so happened, General, that during the rather short, six-year reign of Agrippa, four Jewish High Priests took turns in office, all appointed by he himself as per authority vested in him by the Emperor. One particular appointment, of a Boethusian High Priest at the expense of the incumbent Mathias Ben Ananus (the apostle Matthew), rankled with radical Jews.
Mathias was replaced in 43 AD, when he was scarcely one year in office. Given that the Boethusians held the Davidic dynasty in contempt, it goes without saying that the apostolate band were irate. In the event, Simon Peter and James the son of Zebedee with typical Zealot radicalismconveniently saw common cause with Simon Zelotes and set about plotting the assassination of Agrippa.
Somehow, General, the Herod establishment got wind of the plot and Herod of Chalcis had James executed and Simon Peter thrown into the slammer pending his own turn at the scaffold.Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas were quick to hit back. First, Simon used his guile and connections to have Peter spirited out of prison, whereupon Peter sought refuge in Rome.
Simon Zelotes is the “Angel of the Lord” spoken of in the relevant passage (ACTS 12:7) asthat was his emeritus title as one of the Essene top brass. Second, Simon Zelotes had Agrippa assassinated by way of snake poison. Although Simon Zelotes got away with this intrigue, Barabbas, General, was not so lucky: as he made his getaway across the Jordan River and bogged down by age-related lethargy, he was seized and summarily executed by decapitation on the orders of Herod of Chalcis.
Simon Zelotes set up a new base in Cyprus, leaving his step-daughter Mary Magdalene in the lurch in Judea. What would be her fate, General, now that she was associated with a fugitive from justice?
SCHISMS IN THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
The accession and rather untimely demise of King Agrippa, General Atiku,had quite significant ramifications on the nascent Christian movement. Of particular import was the relocation of the Qumran community to Damascus in Syria. Indeed, the Dead Sea Scrolls’ Damascus Document makes a point of highlighting “the New Covenant in the Land of Damascus”, which now the Essenes propagandised as the place where the awaited Jewish Messiah would appear and not in Jerusalem as the Old Testament prophets had foretold.
The change of scene, General, was spearheaded by James the Just, the immediate younger brother of Jesus and the incumbent leader of the Christian movement. It was necessitatedby the fear that the perpetually impecunious Agrippa (whilst he was alive, that is), who at some stage had been declared bankrupt, might eventually deplete the Qumran kitty (a portion of which the Herods were entitled to), of which James was the custodian following the ignominious death of Judas Iscariot.
James had also served notice that the Herods wouldhave no part to play in a sovereign Israel, that the conduct of its affairs would be the preserve solely of the Davidic dynasty, which he now headed. As if to underscore this apartness,James even went on to reprise the Star &Sceptre political tag team with Theudas Barabbas (before his assassination), which harked back to a similar partnership of yesteryears between his father Joseph and the same Barabbas, who was still revered as the iconic Zealot revolutionary.
The likes of Simon Peter (who had returned from Rome a free man since his alleged crime had lapsed with the death of King Agrippa as was the practice those days),however, set up their base at Antioch in Syria, which suggests that there was a bit of dissonance between James and Peter at the time. Peter was reinforced by Paul and the latter’s personal doctor Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. The Peter faction was also anti-Herod but in its formative stage it touted Peter as the successor to Jesus at the expense ofJames.
In sum, General, there was a three-way split in the Christian movement after Jesus went into obscurity. This was the James party at Damascus, the Peter party at Antioch, and the Simon Zelotes party in Cyprus. It was the Peter party that with the benefit of hindsight stole the thunder in that it was at Antioch that members of The Way began to call themselves Christians. This was in AD 44.
MARY MAGDALENE IN FRANCE
Meanwhile, General Atiku, Mary Magdalene was in a very precarious position. At the time, she was already pregnant with Jesus’ third child, having conceived in December AD 43.It is not clear though whether she too had incurred the wrath of the Herods in view of what her step- father Simon Zelotes had done to King Agrippa, but taking precautions, she sought the protectionof Agrippa’s eldest son, Agrippa II. Agrippa II was only 17 years at the time and was based in Rome under the auspices of Claudius, who had become Roman Emperor in AD 41.
A former student of the Apostle Paul, Agrippa II was well disposed toward the Jesus family and so he readily acquiesced to Mary’s entreaty, whereupon he arranged for her safe passage to the famed Herodian estate in Gaul, France, in collaboration with his other brother Aristobulus. It was in Gaul that the brothers Herod Archelaus and Herod Antipas had by turns been banished by the Roman Emperor after their ouster in AD 6 and 39 respectively .
Mary Magdalene, General,was not all alone on the ship that conducted her to France. She was accompanied by her step-father Simon Zelotes; her mother Helena-Salome; the apostle Philip; the three sisters of Jesus; the wife of James the Just; and Trophimus, who is mentioned in ACTS 20:4; ACTS 21:29; and 2 TIMOTHY 4:20. In his book The Life of Mary Magdalene, Archbishop Rabanus Maurus partly documents the voyage thus: “And favoured by an easterly wind they travelled on across the Sea between Europe and Africa, leaving the city of Rome and all the land of Italy to the right. Then, happily changing course to the right, they came to the city of Marseilles in the Gaulish province of Vienne.” Upon arrival in France, Mary Magdalene had the privillege of being welcomed by the Queen of Marseilles. Once in
France, Simon Zelotes, whobecame known there as Lazarus the Great One, wasted no time in setting up a mission in Provence in south eastern France.
MARY MAGDALENE Vs ROME
Unbeknownst to much of Christendom, including the Christian clergy itself, General, the fate of Mary Magdalene is cryptically documented in the Book of Revelation! It is unfortunate that Revelation is placed last in the New Testament corpus when by rights it should have come immediatelyafter the Book of Acts and not after the21 epistles in between since it is actually a continuation of the Jesus story. Although it is called the Revelation of Saint John, that is a misnomer.
It is a revelation by Jesus Christ himself, who we now know was very much in existence and in circulation more than fifty years after his sham crucifixion. That is exactly what REVELATION 1:1 states,although Christians have naively taken this to be no more thanfigurative language. It was Jesus in his physical, blood-and-fleshform who related much of the contents of Revelation to the apostle John, the literal author of the book. Jesus dictated the account; Johnsimply was the scribe.
The relegation of Revelation (literally “The Unveiling”, the true meaning of the Greek world apocalypse from which the term “Revelation” is translated) to the very extremity of the biblical canon, General,was contrived by Roman Emperor Constantine as the teachings of the Roman Church were founded, primarily, on the writings of Simon Peter and the apostle Paul. Says authoritative historian Laurence Gardner in his book The Magdalene Legacy:The Jesus and Mary Bloodline Conspiracy: “At first glance it appears baffling that The Revelation was included in the New Testament at all, since it follows the post-Resurrection lives of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and their offspring through a balance of the 1st century.
However, the inclusion of The Revelation proved to be a remarkable strategy in that its very esoteric nature enabled Rome to turn it to considerable advantage by misrepresenting its text from the pulpits; this, of course, was at a time when the general populace did not have Bibles to read for themselves.” Gardner goes on to say, “The Church has done its best to put people off this book ever since by portraying it as a sinister work of foreboding and doom. By way of propaganda from the 1662 Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, even the very word apocalypse has become emblematic of disaster.”
REVELATION CHAPTER 12, General, is particularly pertinent with regard to the saga of Mary Magdalene. It talks about a pregnant woman“clothedwith the sun” and with a “wreath of 12 stars on her head” (Verses 1 and 2).This woman is being pursued and tormented by a “great fiery-red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads seven diadems” (Verse 3). The dragon’s aim is to “devour her child when it is born” (Verse 4). The woman “fled into the wilderness, there where she has a place made readyby God” (Verse 6).
Despite her trials and tribulations, the woman at long last “brought forth a son, a male, who is about to be shepherding all the nations with an iron club. And her child is snatched away to God and to His throne” (Verse 5). The dragon, though, will never relent: itis “angry with the woman, and came away to do battle with the rest of her seed, who are keeping the precepts of God and who have the testimony of Jesus” (Verse 17).
As wehave reiterated time and again,General, much of the New Testament was writtenin a coded language with a view to keeping the Romans in the dark. Thus in the Book of Revelation, Mary Magdalene is simply referred to as “the woman” and Rome as “the dragon” or “the serpent”.History documents that the Romans did display a reddish dragon on their imperial banner.Moreover, Rome itself was known as the City of the Seven Kings in that this was the total number of Roman emperors before the empire became a Republic in 509 BC.
The woman is of royal pedigree because she is “clothed with the sun”,anage-old symbol of both royalty and divinity. The 12 stars on her head obviously refers to the 12 tribes of Israel, for whom she was the de facto queen being the wife of Jesus,the Davidic King, and the wreath on her head denotes the fact of the nation of Israel’s enduringsubjugation to the Roman yoke.The “wilderness” in this context is France, where Mary Magdalene as related above sought refuge with the assistance of Agrippa II.
The pursued woman did give birth to a male child, which Mary Magdalene did as we shall relate in the next instalment. As a youngster, the child himself met no harm, but his relations, the broader Jesus family and their scions,who became known as the Desposyni or the Sangreal, were continuously harassedby Roman emperors, with some of them put to death, a detail we shall go into at the appropriate stage.
Curiously, General, the Revelation passage indicates that the woman was transported to safety on “two wings of a large vulture”. This suggests an aircraft, and a hideous, military-type for that matter, and not a ship as official history documents. This is not exactly far-fetched considering that the Anunnaki, who flew in aerial vehicles, have been ruling Earth from behind the scenes despite their official departure in the 6thcentury BC. If Mary Magdalene had been earmarked as the progenitor of the planet’s blue blood, which she indeed was, then the Anunnaki had cause to ferry her to France in an aeroplane to make doubly sure she got to France inone piece. It may explain, General, why upon her arrival in France she was welcomed by no less a figure than the Queen of Marseilles herself.
When I was growing up dinosaurs didn’t exist.I don’t mean I’m so old I pre-date the days of the prehistoric beast, simply that in those days, nobody bar a few nerdy scientists, gave them much of a second thought.
But in 1993 all that changed.Movie buffs amongst you will immediately recognise that year as the release year of the original Spielberg Jurassic Park movie.That’s not to say there hadn’t been films portraying these ancient beasts before – several had come and gone, seemingly without a trace, the oldest being from 1933 and filmed in black and white.But what set Jurassic Park apart, aside from the impressive special effects and the sprinkling of magic Spielberg dust, was the relatively recent discovery of DNA and its genetic significance.
The scriptwriters exploited this concept with the quasi-credible discovery of a living lizard species, derived from dinosaur DNA, captured from an ancient mosquito, and preserved for millennia in a chunk of amber.From there several other species are cloned and kept on an island which acts as a dinosaur game reserve, now open to the public.But that wouldn’t have made much of a story, so of course some of the more dangerous dinosaurs had to escape and cause mayhem and murder in the modern world.
The film grossed over a billion dollars and won 3 Oscars for sound and visual effects.And more importantly it generated so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of palaeontology experienced a record increase in applications.
So that’s where all the dinosaur hype and fascination started and since then it has spawned more movies from the same franchise, animated series such as Ice Age, andled to a global fascination with finding out more about these beasts of the past.
But only recently something quite fascinating emerged concerning these creatures, and that is that they began life as much smaller creatures and it was a major climate event on earth which led to their monster growth.This finding is the result of a study between scientists from the UK’s Birmingham university in conjunction with their Chinese counterparts at the China Institute of Mining & Technology. Their joint team of researchers recently presented compelling evidence that massive volcanic events probably helped the dinosaurs diversify and thrive, reaching their monumental sizes.
Their results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and explain that the Triassic Period, which began roughly 250 million years ago, was a time of massive ecological change after the largest mass extinction event on record.Earlier dinosaurs had been skinnier, more reptilian, less of the massive, marauding Spielberg monsters but it was during this time period that dinosaurs diversified until they became wondrous beasts such as T. Rex and Triceratops, dominating ecosystems all over earth.
Scientists looked at a phase spanning 2 million years during the Triassic Period known as the Carnian Pluvial Episode or CPE, ‘pluvial’ deriving from the Latin word for rain, meaning it was a period of warm, moist, cloudy meteorological activity . During that episode, from 234 million to 232 million years ago there was a huge increase in global temperature, humidity and rainfall — a climate often referred to as a “mega-monsoon.”
Researchers analysed sediment and plant fossil evidence from a lake in Northern China and were able to match four intense phases of volcanic activity with the changes of the Carnian Pluvial Episode.The study links the timing of the episode with four distinct peaks in mercury levels, a well-established indicator of volcanic activity,which led to changes in the vegetation.
“We’re often able to link volcanism to global warming, but our study is unusual in that we’ve also linked it to periods of intense rainfall,” said Jason Hilton, a paleobotanist at the University of Birmingham in England and co-author of the study. “With each pulse of volcanism, we see an increase in plants adapted to wet and aquatic… settings.” Jing Lu, a researcher at the China University of Mining and Technology and also a co-author of the study, added that these eruptions “were powerful enough to drive evolutionary processes during the Triassic. During the episode, plant species that couldn’t adapt to the more humid environment went extinct, as did a number of animal species, from large reptilian herbivores on land to small gastropods in the water. “These changes freed up ecological space for other groups of organisms such as dinosaurs, to thrive”
But every dog, and every dinosaur, has their day and the dinosaurs also faded away, most likely due to a massive meteor strike on the surface of the earth in what is now modern-day Florida, which set up a massive tsunami and eventually resulted in a global Ice Age, temperatures too cold for dinosaurs to survive.
If there’s a moral to all this paleo-historical research it is that earth’s climate is governed by many factors, one of which may indeed by petrol fumes in the atmosphere but many of which are completely beyond our control.Another massive meteor strike may occur next week or it may not. We could see a sudden surge in volcanic activity again or we might not.But most of all the lesson is that talk of what is good or otherwise for the planet is based on a false premise.Whatever happens on the surface of the earth, it keeps on spinning round and round the sun every 365 ¼ daysas it has done since the Big Bang and there isno reason to suppose it will cease to do so, even if it were to transform into a an arid desert in its entirety.That is the embodiment of perpetual motion, a force which man has yet to master.
No, what people really mean is ‘good for trying to keep the planet just the way we like it’ which is rather different and may be a complete impossibility.Indeed mankind, like the dinosaur, may become extinct at some point in the future as part of the natural way of the world.
Jesus is admitted into the “Kingdom of Heaven”, which was a metaphor for the Essene priesthood
At Qumran, General Atiku, there were a number of caves on the cliffside (Qumran overlooked the Dead Sea), located not very far from the site where the crucifixion had taken place. Two of these caves were particularly important. One was Cave 4. Cave 4 was called Abraham’s Bosom. It was the burial cave for the Davidic King and the Pope, the Father of the Essene community. Across the chasm from Cave 4 was Cave 8. This was the burial cave of the Davidic Crown Prince. It was also known as Paradise.
Putting politics aside, the rightful Davidic King was Jesus and the Crown Prince was his immediate young brother James. Thus Cave 8 was owned and taken care of by James. The Dead Sea Scrolls confirm this. One text thereof, called the Copper Scroll, says ‘there was a tomb of the son of the third Great One”. In the Essene hierarchy, the third-ranking person was the Davidic Messiah, Jesus. But Cave 8 would not have belonged to his son in that he had no heirs yet. As such, it belonged to James, who was next in line till Jesus produced a heir. Also in Pesher, the term “son of” meant “next in line” or “deputy”.
Cave 8 had another purpose – a storage of money that was in the custody of James. This was Essene initiation fees paid by Gentiles. It was entrusted to the care of the more cosmopolitan Davidic princes, who directly received the money because coming from Gentiles it was regarded as unclean money. Because James was in charge of these funds, he was cynically referred to as “The Rich Man”. This explains why Joseph of Arimathea (James) is characterised in the gospels as a rich man.
Cave 8 and Cave 7 were adjoined. The two caves had one entrance through the side of the roof, with steps leading from the entrance down to the floor of the cave. The entrance was covered with a huge stone that only people on the outside could roll away. The remains of the two joined caves can be seen even today in the ruins of Qumran. When Jesus was brought down from the crucifixion tree by James, he was laid in Cave 8 in keeping with his Davidic status. Judas and Simon Zelotes were laid in Cave 7. Note, General, that had he actually died, Jesus would have been placed in Cave 4.
Since this was the eve of the Sabbath, guards were posted around the caves to see to it that when the Sabbath took effect at midnight, Sabbath rules were not infringed upon in any way, shape or form. Ananus, the youngest son of former Jerusalem Temple High Priest Annas, was one of those who stood guard. In particular, he wanted to ensure that none of the three men in the tomb was removed during the Sabbath. He was to alternate with Theudas Barabbas, who had been strategically posted there as shall become clear shortly.
THE DEATH OF JUDAS
At midnight, when Ananus took leave of his vigil and Theudas Barabbas replaced him, the latter stole into the cave (of course he had help to remove the huge stone cover). In the Passion story, Barabbas is disguised under the name Nicodemus (meaning “Conquering One,” exactly as Barabbas was hyped in his capacity as a leading Zealot revolutionary). The gospel of John says Nicodemus brought with him myrrh and aloes. From the nature and workings of these herbs, General, it is easy to tell what exactly transpired in Cave 8.
Myrrh is used as a sedative (a drug that calms a patient, easing agitation and permitting sleep). This of course was used on Simon Zelotes, who along with Judas had been brought down from the crucifixion trees fully conscious. Both had received substantial scourging from the Roman soldiers and were therefore in acute pain. They badly needed some sleep as a form of provisional escape from the pain.
Aloes are a strong and fast-acting purgative (a substance used to induce rapid bowel movements so that the bowels are quickly emptied). No doubt these were used on Jesus to expel the poison that he had been fed as he hung on the tree. This was a task to which Theudas Barabbas as head of the Theraputae was best suited. The Theraputae specialised in knowledge of medicines and poisons, including snake poison. In fact, one of their assassination “weapons” was snake poison. In 44 AD, for instance, Herod Agrippa I was murdered by the Zealots with snake poison. In his second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, Luke ascribes Agrippa’s death to having been “eaten with worms”. The term worms was a metaphor for snakes and snakes was a metaphor for the Theraputae top brass.
Now, the emplacement of Jesus, Judas, and Simon Zealotes in the cave, General, was not only about hoodwinking Pilate. It was primarily about fulfilling a ritual. This was excommunication of the three from the Essene fold. However, the excommunication of Jesus and Simon in particular did not have the blessings of Herod Antipas, who was very close to Simon and held Jesus in high esteem, who he recognised as the bona fide Davidic King.
So Antipas had schemed with Simon Zelotes that while in the cave, he should reclaim the status ofPope, currently held by Nathaniel, and invoke papal powers to reinstate both and Jesus and he himself. This had to be done within three days of the crucifixion as beyond that excommunication would be irrevocable. This explains, General, why there were such frantic efforts to medically attend to the men in the cave.
The herbs and therapeautic methods employed by Barabbas worked like a charm and the following day Simon and Jesus felt much better. Accordingly, Simon Zelotes wasted no time in reclaiming the papacy and exercised it by lifting the excommunication ofJesus and he himself. This gesture was communicated to the Jewish establishment by Barabbas. Sadly, Judas Iscariot, General, received the short end of the stick.
He never benefitted from the medical attention Jesus and Simon received. Simon denounced him as a traitor for betraying his colleagues. The adjoining cave – Cave 7 – had a ventilational window. Judas, who had been weakened by scourging, was thrown out the window. Hurtling headlong down the cliff, he landed on some jagged rocks and with his stomach punctured his bowels spilt out. His death is recorded partly accurately by Luke in ACTS 1:18.
SIMON FORMS OPPOSITION PARTY
Early on the morning of the first Sunday after the Passover Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, pregnant with Jesus’ first child, pitched up at Cave 7. She could have come on Saturday but movements of a certain radius were forbidden on Sabbath Day. Mary as the wife of Jesus was anxious as to his condition: she wanted to ensure that he indeed was safe, that he had indeed survived the crucifixion ruse.
The gospels say she encountered two angels. Of one such angel, MATTHEW 28:3 says: “His countenance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow.” This, General,is either cryptic language or simply a distortion on the part of the translators. We already know by now that Simon Zelotes was nicknamed “Lightning”. We also have seen that he had at this juncture challenged Nathaniel for the status of Essene high priest, that is, that ofthe Archangel Michael, and so had garbed himself in priestly attire with a view to reinstating to the Essene fold both Jesus and he. Thus, the correct translation should read, “His countenance was like that of Simon Zelotes in his priestly vestments”.
MATTHEW 28:2 reads, “There was a great earthquake and an angel appeared”. Ancient records do not mention a single earthquake in Palestine in the first century. Once again, General, this was pure allegorical language. Earthquake was another of the nicknames of Theudas Barabbas. He was an angel because Simon Zelotes had designated him his No. 2 in the Essene hierarchy, that is, the Angel Gabriel. Thus, the two angels Mary saw were Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas.
Mary also saw another man who at first she mistook for a gardener. Garden was another name for Cave 8. It was likened to the Garden of Eden, or Paradise – another of its nicknames – because the person in its charge, James the brother of Jesus, became the second Adam when he challenged Jesus for the status of the Davidic King. James was thus the gardener Mary thought she had seen. But it wasn’t James: it was Jesus. Apparently, Jesus and James looked very much alike.
Realising that it was Jesus and not James, Mary was overcome with emotion and fervidly reached out to hug him but Jesus kept her at bay. Why, General? Because according to Essene dynastic protocols, she was not, as a pregnant spouse, allowed physical contact with her husband for at least three years.
All in all, General, the three men at Cave 8 had, with the blessings ofHerod Antipas, declared themselves as the heads of the new Essene shadow council of the 12 in opposition to the official one led by Nathaniel pending official elections. Simon Zelotes was the shadow Michael; Barabbas the shadow Gabriel; and Jesus the shadow Sariel. But it would take six more months before they became formally so.
JESUS FINALLY IS PRIEST-KING
Although the so-called crucifixion took place in the relative quiet and seclusion of Qumran, General, it was not meant to be kept under wraps for long. Pontius Pilate wanted to demonstrate to his subjects that the key people in the AD 32 uprising had been dealt with decisively. The crucifixion though was publicly announced after the Passover celebrations were done with. This was tactical on the part of Pilate: he did not wish to foolishly provoke another uprising at a time when Jerusalem was teeming with the highly radical Galilean pilgrims.
By the time the crucifixion became common knowledge, however, General, Jesus was sufficiently fit to make appearances to people who were close to him – his family members and his so-called disciples. He would later appear to a gathering of over 500 at Qumran, most of whom were Diaspora Essenes. To those who did not know about the crucifixion ruse, he had conquered death.
He was therefore hailed as a veritable Messiah. Voices now clamoured to make him Priest-King – the Melchizedek, the very status that he had laid claim to and that had put him at odds with the Jerusalem establishment. Jesus was careful though in his post-crucifixion appearances: he tactfully picked his audience and cautiously timed his showings. He didn’t wish Pilate to get wind of the fact that the crucifixion was a hoax. In fact, very few Jews were aware he had survived the crucifixion.
Meanwhile, General, Simon Zelotes decided to make political capital out of what had transpired. In his campaign for the papacy, he boasted that it was he who was responsible for “the miracle in the tomb”. Hence, his marks of respect too grew exponentially. From that point on, he became known as “Simon Magus”, that is, Simon the magician. With his popularity reaching such dizzying heights, he was in September 33 AD elected as Pope, thus replacing Nathaniel.
With his accession to the papacy, he decided to heed the wishes of the people and have Jesus installed as the Melchizedek. This event is what has come to be known as the Ascension although it has been wrongly interpreted as a physical entry into Heaven, the abode of God. It is captured by Luke in ACTS 1:9, which reads, “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight”.
The incident, General, is nothing more than the admission of Jesus into the priesthood as Priest-King of Israel. The “Kingdom of Heaven” was the inner sanctum of the Essene priesthood. Jesus was conveyed into this inner sanctum by his brother James, who now unequivocally recognised him as such, and ordained by Simon Zelotes and Theudas Barabbas (the “two men who stood by in white apparel” as per ACTS 1:10–11). It was the Exodus imagery at play here General. “Cloud” was another title of James.
It was a cloud that had led the ancient Israelites into the Promised Land (EXODUS 13:21-22) and the appearance of God on Mount Sinai had been accompanied not just by thunder and lightning but by a cloud as well (EXODUS 19:6). Thus, the terms “Thunder” (Nathaniel); “Lightning” (Simon Zelotes); “Earthquake” (Theudas Barabbas); and “Cloud” (James) were retained as symbolic designations in the Essene community.
If Jesus didn’t die in AD 33, what was his life like in subsequent years and when did he actually die? Thanks to the Pesher device, this we can partly glean from the book ofActs, the Pauline epistles, and the book ofRevelation.
NEXT WEEK: THE LORD SETS ABOUT PERPETUATING THE JESUS STOCK!