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Ninurta Bombs Tower of Babel

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER  
 

… as Enlilites programme multiple languages into Marduk’s people and scatter them all over the Earth

With Marduk having cocked a snoop at him, Enlil called a meeting with his brood to decide how once again they were going to tame the “Great Serpent”, as Marduk was deprecatingly dubbed. Says the Sumerian records: “Marduk an unpermitted Gateway to Heaven is building, to Earthlings it he is entrusting! So did Enlil to his sons and grandchildren say. If this we allow to happen, no other matter of Mankind shall be unreached!  This is just the beginning of their undertakings:  from now on, anything that they shall scheme to do shall no longer be impossible for  them."


Enlil’s statement is pregnant with insight as to how all-powerful mankind would be with their own spaceport courtesy of their leader Marduk. We were going to be on par with the Anunnaki in terms of our technological potential. Nothing would be beyond our ken anymore. We would travel to space, explore other planets, reach every  corner  of Earth, discover new mineral deposits, mine them, harness them, beneficiate them by manufacturing arms, partake of Ormus at will, ad infinitum. Marduk was right.
 

The spaceport was his first major step toward the empowerment wholly and totally of mankind.  Marduk did not intend to keep us in eternal ignorance like Enlil did: he wanted to elevate us to the same level as the Anunnaki in one quantum  leap. Remember, his aim was to be the King of this planet  and as such, he wanted to reign over fully enlightened and capable people who would make Earth a planet to reckon with not only in the Solar System but across the whole cosmos. He was born on the throne planet of Orion, had grown up on the throne planet of Sirius, had spent time on planet Nibiru, and had lived on planet Mars. So he had a good idea of the kind of planet Earth was going to be when he was the new Enlil.

On the other hand, Enlil was not interested in the welfare of this planet. All the Anunnaki had been instructed to vacate the planet by King Anu once mankind was sufficiently civilised. Only Marduk was strictly barred from ever returning to Nibiru or the Sirius star system for having “defiled  himself” when he married Sarpanit, a  full Earthling.  Ninurta had the option to return to Nibiru but like Marduk, he too wanted to rise to the supremacy of Earth but he was not popular to Earthlings in general in view of his having gassed Africans in the Second Pyramid War. Thus in the battle for the hearts of the human race, he had already lost. Inevitably, he was sorely jealous of Marduk’s popularity with Earthlings. Marduk had to be stopped in his tracks at all costs.     

THE LAUNCH TOWER IS STRUCK


Exactly how was Marduk going to be stopped? The Enlilites settled for three  courses of action. First, the tower must be destroyed. Second, a divide and rule scheme must be implemented. Hitherto, all the Earthlings had one universal language which made co-operation a very easy proposition. From now on, they should be introduced to new and radically different languages which should set them apart from each other and therefore weaken their bonds. Thirdly, all of Marduk’s people must be driven out of Babylon and scattered all over the world so that they lose a sense of oneness.

The first phase of the resolution was entrusted to Ninurta and was conducted under cover of darkness, which did not make any difference as the construction team was working round the clock to complete the project and lived in a huge camp around the construction site. At any given time, about two-thirds of the workforce were on site. General  Ninurta settled at the controls of a fighter craft, one of an armada that was equipped with bunker-bursting bombs, and led the way from Nippur to Babylon at breakneck sped. About half an hour later, the Earth was heard to shake across Sumer as the bombs were unleashed on Marduk’s only partially complete space-launch tower.

“It was night time when from Nibruki (Nippur) the Enlilite Anunnaki came,” say the Sumerian records. “From their skyships, havoc upon the rising tower, fire and brimstones, they rained.” The results were spectacularly gory. According to the apocryphal Book of Jasher, one-third of the Babylonians were so blown to bits they could not be traced and another one-third were unearthed from the rabble but with fatal burns that made them unidentifiable. Only the one-third that were not on the site survived. “To the tower and the whole encampment a complete end they made,” say the Sumerian texts. Marduk was devastated. “The incident of the Tower of Babel brought to an unexpected end the longest era of Peace on Earth that Man can recall,” writes Zechariah Sitchin.

Next, the survivors were rounded up, herded into cargo “sky birds” and ocean liners, and taken to new places near and far as armed Enlilites kept watch over them.  Writes Andrea Paris in Planet of Gold: “The forefathers of the Alaskan Eskimos, the Japanese, and even the Egyptians have been transported to where they are now according to their mythology. In fact, the Eskimo mythology tells us their forefathers had been transported there inside ‘big metal birds’.” Once they landed in these totally foreign locations, Marduk’s people  were artificially and mentally programmed with new languages that erased the language they originally spoke. Few people are aware that a language can be programmed into one’s psyche.

High-level ex-Satanists from the Western world who have become Christians have testified that they were able to speak foreign languages which had been programmed into them.  I know you are wondering how this is possible but to those in the know it’s pretty simple. Everything, including language, is energy and energy is differentiated by what are known as frequencies. So, if you know the frequency of a language and you know how to manipulate that frequency, you can erase it from the DNA and introduce a new language frequency or frequencies in the same DNA.

The authors of Genesis present the “confusion of languages” as though it was done magically when it was not. But we need not bash them too hard for this: they didn’t understand phenomena in the way we do today and thus anything that was atypical was a miracle to them. The term “Babel” has come to denote “confusion”. This stems from the word play the Genesis writers employed in relating “Bab-ili” (Babylon) with the Hebrew word “Bll”, which means to confuse or mix up.  By the same token,  the term “shem” has spawned such sorry terms  as “sham” or “shame”. It all harps back to the shame and sham the project to construct a platform from which to launch shems became.

MARDUK CLASHES WITH ZIDDA

Initially, Marduk dug in his heels: he vowed that despite losing great numbers of people and seeing his project reduced to rabble, he still was going to remain in Babylon. His immediate younger brother Nergal, however, told him there was no need for him to create unnecessary friction with the Enlilites, who had given him an ultimatum to leave Sumer. The Age of the Ram, when he was scheduled to rule Earth, was around the corner. He should therefore simply bide his time and keep a low profile till his eligibility day arrived. “Let us peacefully wait for the true signs of heaven,” Nergal pleaded with his brother.

Marduk was persuaded but he was in no hurry to move: he waited for another 10 years (10 was his ranking in the Anunnaki pantheon) before he and his followers retraced their way to the “Land of the Two Narrows”, an epithet for Egypt. This was in the year 3450 BC. Marduk’s choice of Egypt was only secondarily because it was the headquarters of the Enkites. His underlying motive was to reinstate himself to the rulership of Egypt to take advantage of the new dispensation that was looming: King Anu had stipulated that in 3100 BC, the “Second Region” (as the Enkite lands were known) was to be civilised too just as Sumer had been in 3800 BC. Again the 700-year interval had to do with the number 7, which was Enlil’s celestial number (Earth, over which Enlil ruled, was the 7th planet counting from Pluto).  

But when Marduk arrived to reclaim the throne of Egypt, he was opposed by his younger brother Ningishzidda, who was vying for the throne too.  Zidda, known as Tehuti in Egypt (Thoth in English) and the most popular Anunnaki after his father Enki, first ruled the country from 8670 to 7100 BC as the compromise choice according to the terms of the Enkite-Enlilite accord following the end of the Second Pyramid War.   After ruling for 1570 years, he handed over to demigods – those who were part Earthling part Anunnaki – who reigned for a total of 3650 years, that is, from 7100 to 3450 BC. The demigods were interrupted by the returning Marduk, who issued an abrupt decree that their era was over as the boss was back.  But the Egyptians were divided: most wanted Zidda to take over instead of Marduk. Whilst they liked Marduk too, they feared he was too bellicose and was therefore liable to precipitate another devastating war with the Enlilites.  Besides, Marduk had never been seen in Egypt for over 300 years, having left in 3760 BC.

Enki as the family head loved his sons equally and so when each asked him for his blessings, his response was that they should sit down and iron out the matter between themselves.  This they did but they just could not come to terms. Marduk gave Zidda to understand that he was Enki’s firstborn and was therefore entitled to rule Egypt, and that even during the years when Zidda ruled Egypt, he was just holding fort for him. Marduk also pointed out the wrongs Zidda had committed whilst Marduk was away. For example, Zidda had Horus, who also had ambitions to rule Egypt again, restricted to “a desert place …  a place that has no water, a boundless place where sexual pleasures are not enjoyed”. Zidda just had to give way: it was either Marduk’s way or the highway. “Pay heed,” Marduk said to his younger brother. “I am here in my proper place! You have been my place-taker. From now on, only a deputy of mine you can be. But if to rebellion you are inclined, to another land go away you must!”

Zidda replied that he didn’t want to rule Egypt because he was personally ambitious: it was all in keeping with the terms of the peace at the conclusion of the Second Pyramid War in 8670 BC, which stipulated that Marduk should never ever rule Egypt. “I wouldn’t want to see the Enlilites attack us again because we’re in breach of the peace accord,” he tried to reason with his brother. Marduk said to hell with the Enlilites. He was going to rule Egypt whether they liked it or not.   

ZIDDA IN SELF-EXILE
    
For the next 350 years (337 years to be exact: 350 is just a approximation), a period scholars have described as a “chaotic time during which Egypt was disunited and in disarray”, there was a stalemate between Marduk and Zidda as to who should be sole ruler of Egypt. None of the two really called the shots. Some people recognised Marduk as the ruler and others deferred to Zidda. Finally, Enki decided to intervene. In 3113 BC, he approached Zidda and besought him to give up his contention for rulership for the sake of peace.  In fact, Enki suggested it was best that Zidda departs Egypt altogether and found his own domain as far afield as Mesoamerica, where he would have no competition whatsoever as the Anunnaki did not particularly  favour that part of the world owing to its comparatively hotter  climate then.  

The one good thing about Zidda was that he was unfailingly obedient to his father, the only one among Enki’s six sons who was so submissive. He acceded to his father’s pleas all right but he did not head to “The Land Beyond the Oceans” straightway: instead he made a beeline for Babylon, where Marduk had been expelled from in 3450 BC. From that time henceforth, Zidda adopted the number 52 as his talismanic number. Why 52?     
Well, he had ruled Egypt for 1570 years. Then he had been the ceremonial monarch (when the demigods ruled at his behest) for 3650 years.    His effective uncontested rulership of Egypt therefore added up to 5220 years. If you round this figure off to only two digits, it amounts to 52.

The other explanation for the enigmatic number of 52 can be gleaned from Zechariah Sitchin. It has to do with the geometrical miracle Zidda wrought in the Great Pyramid. “The Great Pyramid has four triangular sides that rise at the tricky angle of 52 degrees,” writes Sitchin in his The War of the Gods. “The rather steep angle of 52 degrees has been attained in Egypt only in the Giza pyramids, which were built neither by Cheops or any other Pharaoh but by the gods of the ancient Near East, as beacons for landing at their spaceport in the Sinai peninsula. All the other Egyptian pyramids—lesser, smaller, decayed, or collapsed—were indeed built by Pharaohs, millennia later, in emulation of the gods’‘stairways to heaven’. But none succeeded in attaining the perfect angle of 52 degrees and whenever this was attempted, the attempt ended in collapse.”

Still another explanation is that the number 52 represented the 52 weeks of a year. Marduk was ecstatic at Zidda’s departure. No sooner had Zidda left than he set out to erase his memory in the hearts of Egyptians forever. First, he had Zidda’s face on the Great Sphinx replaced with his (Marduk) most beloved son/grandson Osiris. Second, he withdrew Zidda’s lunar-based calendar and introduced the solar-based calendar to accord with his boast as the Sun God. Finally, he introduced Base 10 mathematics and did away with sexagesmal or Base 60 mathematics. Again this was to accord with his ranking of 10 in the Anunnaki pantheon.    

But it wasn’t Zidda only who Marduk wanted to blot out from the memories of his people. In Thebes, there was a sculpture of the Bull, an icon of Enlil and which some of the Egyptians reverenced. Marduk destroyed it and had a new sculpture of  the Bull erected but which showed it  “pierced and deflated” to betoken the fate of Enlil when Marduk replaced him at the dawn of the Age of the Ram. Marduk in fact proceeded to erect huge sculptures of the ram throughout Egypt as a harbinger of his imminent supremacy over the whole planet.   


And in order to prepare Egypt for its own civilisation that was to take effect in 3100 BC, Marduk asked Enki to provide him with the MEs, the computer chips that encrypted more than 100 aspects of civilisation. Enlil hearkened to his son’s plea.  The MEs embodied all manner of knowledge except that pertaining to raising the dead. The only Anunnaki who had knowledge of restoring the dead to life were Enki and Zidda. Marduk was distraught that his father had denied him this knowledge.

THE FIRST ROTHSCHILDS AND ROCKEFELLERS

Like Zidda before him, Marduk did not intend to rule Egyptians directly but through a supine demigod. He himself would simply be   the superintending “god”. The title he chose for the demigod was Peraa, or Pharaoh in modern spelling.  Paraphrased, it meant “He of the Great House”. The “Great House”  was a metaphor for the Egyptian royal institution which was headed by Marduk. The first Pharaoh was Mena, or Menes as he’s best known. Likely a bastard son of Marduk himself (the Sumerian records say he was an offspring of a Neteru, as the Anunnaki were called in Egypt, and an  Earthling), he was the  founder of the First Dynasty and he’s credited for having united upper and lower Egypt. Menes built his capital along a line where Upper and Lower Egypt met and called it Mena Nefer, meaning “Mena’s Beauty”. His aim was to make Mena Nefer rival the Sumerian city-state of Kish in terms  of glory and splendour.

But you and I know that a King is only a figurehead. Marduk entrusted his priests and offspring to administer Egypt, the people who wielded real power.   Now, let us first recognise that Marduk’s full title as the god of Egypt was Rra Ka, meaning “The Universal Sun God” or “The Supreme Conscience”   (Ka was consciousness in Egyptian).    Rra Ka assigned his offspring to manage the wealth of his empire. They were referred to as the Ra Kam, meaning “Children of Rra”.

As his offspring, they were his shield and therefore the  term Kam came to mean  “shield”.   The Rakam were “Ra’s Shield”. Today, this is … Rothschild! The Rothschilds not only are the wealthiest clan on Earth but they are the ones running the major banks of much of the world.  It is said Rothschild means “Red Shield.” You and I know that the Red Shield is the coat of arms of the Vatican. Thus the Rothschilds in truth serve not themselves but the Jesuit-General, also known as the Black Pope – the most powerful visible being on Earth.

For the day-to-day administration of the empire, Marduk appointed an elite group of priests who were not related to him to see to that. These priests, the Lord Administrators of the empire, were known as the Rakaperaa (or Rakapharoahs), meaning “Holy Ones of the Great House”.  The Rakaperaas are today known as … the Rockefellers. It is the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers  who conduct the day-to-day affairs of the world. There’s more than meets the eye to this Earth, my
Brother.  

NEXT WEEK: THE FEATS OF ZIDDA AND HIS BLACK ANUNNAKI
 

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A “Virgin” Conceives

2nd March 2021
IT’S THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS, STUPID

Princess Mary falls pregnant only one month after her betrothal to Prince Joseph

To put the lineage of Mary the mother of Jesus in context, General Atiku, it is in order that we begin with her grandfather Yehoshua  (Jesus in Greek) III.

Mary was offspring of two royal lines, the Davidic line and the Hasmonean line. Yehoshua III was the Herod–appointed High Priest of Israel between 36 and 23 BC.  He had no sons, only three daughters namely Joanna, Elizabeth, and Anna, all of whom he organised dynastic suitors.

Elizabeth would be married off into the House of Aaron, the legitimate priestly line, and Joanna and Anna would be married off into the House of David, the legitimate kingly line. That’s how Elizabeth became the wife of Zechariah of the tribe of Levi and in due course the mother of John the Baptist.

Mainstream Israel up to the level of the Sanhedrin had recognised Anna as the eligible mother of the future King of Israel and not the sitting impostor Herod (it is not clear what happened to first-born Joanna but she probably passed away before she got married). Anna was accordingly married off to Alexander III, a Davidic and Hasmonean prince who was best known as Heli as indeed the genealogy of Luke clearly attests.

Heli and Anna too had no sons. They only had daughters, the firstborn of whom was Dorcas, whose was born in 26 BC and whose titular name was Mary.  Mary was orphaned early in her childhood when her father Heli was killed in 17 BC at the orders of the increasingly paranoid Herod and when her mother Anna died a year or so later.

Since she was a dynastic heiress, it was likely that Herod would come after her. The Essenes thus secreted her somewhere in remote Galilee. It was actually in Galilee that most members of the Davidic royal line were concentrated not only to keep as far away from Herod as possible but to also enjoy the protective custody of the Zealots, who were the secret military wing of the Essenes and a thorn in the side of both Herod and the Romans.  Joseph was also officially based in Galilee although both he and Mary were in truth based at Qumran in the Judean wilds.

JOSEPH CALLED TO “DUTY”

Dynastic marriages are often more politically strategic than spontaneous, General. For example, the union of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was motivated by the need to fuse the Windsor genes with those of the Stuarts as the Windsors, being predominantly Reptilians, were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their human form.

The Stuarts, the clan of Diana, had by far more human genes than Reptilian and they too were an aristocratic family. That’s why once Charles had produced a  “heir and a spare”, he completely sidelined Diana, who he had never loved, and devoted himself to his real love – Camilla Parker-Bowles.

The marriage of Joseph to Mary, General, was equally strategic. Although both were from the tribe of Judah and of the royal Davidic line, they were from different branches.  Joseph was a descendant of Solomon, whereas Mary was a descendant of Nathan, Solomon’s elder brother. The line of Solomon, as we once underlined, had been tainted by the Jeconiah curse.

The line of Nathan was clean. Since the son of Joseph and Mary would be the future King of Israel, it was important that he not be compromised by the baggage, rightly or wrongly, of the Jeconiah curse. Hence the desirability of the union of Prince Joseph and Princess Mary.

Now, both Joseph and Mary’s clans were Essenes. As such, their marriage process, formalities, and protocols had to strictly adhere to Essene dynastic rules. The Essenes were in ranks. Amongst the higher echelons were the two great dynasties, the Davids and the Zadoks, who had been the high priests and kings of Israel respectively before the destruction of the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC.

The Davids and Zadoks lived a strictly holy life, typically in a monastery at Qumran, the reclusive headquarters of the Essenes. They were sequestered there so that they did not fall prey to the machinations of the bloodthirsty King Herod though officially their address was Galilee.  In fact, the major reason the Essene movement had come into existence was to preserve and safeguard the Davidic and Zadokite lines, the religio-politico haunt of Herod and the Hasmoneans initially.

According to the Essene code, General, the Zadoks and the Davids were not to engage in sex for recreational purposes because it was regarded as defiling: it diluted holiness. The only times they were supposed to do so was when need arose to produce heirs. In 8 BC, it was now opportune for Joseph, the David, to produce a heir and so he was excused from a life of chastity.

At this point in time in fact, the Essenes were focused on two dynastic figures. These were Joseph and Zechariah. The two were expected to produce the Messiah of David and the Messiah of Aaron, that is, the future King of Israel and the future High Priest of Israel.

According to Essene rules, the David had to marry at age 36, so that by the time he was 40, he had already sired a heir. The new heir had to be born when the David was 37. If the child was a daughter, she could not inherit, and so the David had to set about the procreation of a second-born, who hopefully would be a boy (copulation to that end was allowed only when the daughter was 3 years old).

The Davidic heir had to be born not in any other month but in September, the holiest in the Jewish calendar. In order to conform to these parameters, a betrothal ceremony was held at the beginning of June. During the betrothal period – the three months from beginning of June to end of August – sexual relations were not permitted.

Then at the beginning of September, a First Marriage was held. This was the beginning of the marriage proper as now the couple were allowed to become intimate. However, the intimacy began only in December, with a view to delivering a heir in September the following year. At the end of March, the Second Marriage was held for it was hoped that by that time the spouse was three months pregnant if there hadn’t been a miscarriage. With the Second Marriage, the wedlock was permanent: divorce was never allowed whatsoever.

Meanwhile, General, if the spouse hadn’t conceived in December, sexual relations were suspended till December the following year. The husband would then leave her spouse and return either to the monastery at Qumran or embark on a tour of duty elsewhere in furtherance of the Essene cause.

A BINDING ENGAGEMENT

According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, General, the Essenes were not only a spiritual, revolutionary, and philosophical movement. They were also ardent believers in astrology. They meticulously studied the stars and the movements of planets to read what they portended about the future.

Thus the reason a Davidic heir had to be born in September was not only because this was the holiest month of the year: it was also in recognition of the fact that September was ruled by the constellation Virgo. In other words, September was astrologically the month of the virgin. That was what Mary was.

Mary was both a virgin physically and a virgin titularly. A bride of the future king was required to be a virgin. As an Essene, Mary belonged to the Order (not the tribe) of Dan.  This was the Order of Nuns, or virgins, both legal and physical virgins. Thus in the Order of Dan, a woman was not a virgin only before she slept with a man: she was a virgin until she was six months pregnant. In the case of a dynastic spouse like Mary, this was up to end of June.  From then henceforth, she was promoted within the Order to the first stage of a Mother.

Joseph’s betrothal to Mary took place at Qumran in June 8 BC. Now, in our day, betrothal simply means engagement to be married. In ancient Israel up to New Testament times, betrothal was part and parcel of the marriage contract. It was definite and binding upon both groom and bride, who were considered as man and wife in all legal and religious aspects, except that sexual relations were not permitted.

For example, in 2 SAMUEL 3:14, King David refers to his betrothed woman as “my wife”. Also in DEUTERONOMY 22:24, a betrothed woman is referred to as “his neighbour’s wife”.  In the betrothal formalities, dowry and bride price were included. If a bride and groom for one reason or the other wanted to opt out of the betrothal after the betrothal ceremony, they had to seek a formal divorce.

Since the betrothal took place in June, General, Joseph and Mary were not supposed to make love till December, that is, six months after the betrothal ceremony and three months after the First Marriage ceremony in September. Just one month after the betrothal ceremony (that is, at the beginning of July 8 BC), however, Mary became pregnant. Was it Joseph, General? Was it rape by a Roman soldier called Panthera as some contemporary records suggest? Or was it simply the supernatural act of the “Holy Spirit” as Christendom holds?

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

Those who hold that the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy were supernatural, General, can be excused. This is because the language employed therein smacks of ethereality – Holy Spirit, Angel Gabriel, Son of the Most High, etc. To those who have read and rigorously studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, such terminology is well within the temporal context.

That is to say, it does not carry spiritual connotations as such. True, the idea of an angel speaking to Joseph and Mary in their sleep may seem supernatural but the dreams are theological interpolations, inserted into the gospels in onward editing to fit a contrived agenda – what Karl Marx called the opium of the masses.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are so named because they were discovered in caves around the Qumran plateau of the West Bank (about 40 km east of Jerusalem), at the northwest corner of the Dead Sea, in March 1947. The discoverer was a Bedouin shepherd kid who was looking for a lost goat. The scrolls were found hidden in jars.

The 1947 find was the initial discovery: more discoveries were made after further excavations on the same site spanning 11 years in a series of 11 caves. Altogether, 972 texts were   turned up. They are written in four languages, namely Hebrew (the majority), Aramaic, Greek, and Nabatean, mostly on parchment. Other texts were inscribed on papyrus and bronze.

Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls are fragments. Fragments of all the Old Testament books have been found save for the book of Esther. The only complete book is Isaiah.  There are also apocryphal books (those arbitrarily excluded from the Old Testament canon by the Constantine-convened Nicene Council of AD 325) such as the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees, and sect-specific writings that embody rules and beliefs of the people who compiled them.

The latter include commentaries on the Old Testament, paraphrases that expand on the Law of Moses, rule books of the community, war conduct, thanksgiving psalms, hymnic compositions, benedictions, liturgical texts, and sapiential (wisdom) writing. These texts have been given appropriate titles such as the War Scroll; Manual of Discipline; the Community Rule; the Temple Scroll; the Copper Scroll; etc.

The Dead Sea Scrolls were written/preserved by the Essenes between 168 BC and 68 AD. We know this because Pliny, the first century Roman historian, wrote that, “On the west coast of Lake Asphaltitis (the Dead Sea) are settled the Essenes, at some distance from the noisome odours that are experienced on the shore itself.

They are a lonely people, the most extraordinary in the world, who live without women, without love, without money, with the palm trees for their only companions.”   The Essenes stashed away the scrolls sometime in 70 AD, when Roman General Flavius Titus overran Jerusalem and laid waste to the Temple following a catastrophic Jewish uprising – led by the Zealots, the military wing of the Essenes – that began in 66 BC.

This they did in heed of JEREMIAH 32:14, which says, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences … and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.” The Dead Sea Scrolls have given us invaluable insight into the beliefs, customs, rituals, politics, philosophies, and traditions of first century Palestine.

NEXT WEEK: THE PANTERA INVOLVEMENT

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A crash course in publicity

2nd March 2021

The rivalry between luxury German automotive marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW is legendary. Both brands offer high-end, high-priced desirable models, always at the forefront of cutting-edge driving technology and excellence. And in the annals of the advertising world, a campaign between the two rivals is equally legendary and it happened on our own doorstep.

Many of you will be familiar with the coastal road out of Cape Town called Chapman’s Peak. It is a beautiful, sightseeing attraction, the road winding through spectacular coastal-mountain scenery, with cliffs sinking into the  Atlantic ocean on one side, and steep mountains towering over the road on the other. However, the road is also notoriously dangerous, with its 114 sharp, meandering bends . It’s reputation is well-deserved . Several years ago, when a major coastal cleanup campaign was launched, a helicopter pulled a total of 22 wrecked cars out of the water adjacent to Chapman’s Peak and it was one such accident which prefaced the notorious marketing battle. The story is thus:

In 1988 an Irish businessman lost control of his Mercedes Benz when driving along this road, plunging 100 metres down the cliff. Miraculously, he not only survived the accident, but crawled out of the wreckage with hardly a scratch on his body.

When Mercedes heard the details, the marketing department decided to base a new advertisement on the story to promote the safety features and stability of the brand. In the video ad they intentionally drove an identical model off the road in the exact same location, having it plunge off the edge of the cliff, the driver stepping out similarly unscathed, proving the phenomenal survivability and strength of Mercedes Benz.

When the marketing suits at BMW saw this ad, they took a bold and ingenious decision to mimic it but with a twist. Only a week later, whilst the first ad was still fresh in the public’s minds, they shot their ad showing a BMW driving along the exact same stretch of road in the rain. However, when it reached the point at which the Mercedes plunged off the cliff, the BMW negotiated it safely, and continued driving along the road.

The catchphrase of the ad was “BMW beats the bends” . Or was it? It was cunningly recorded so that it could equally have been ‘beats the Benz’, implying that their cars had superior cornering and stability to their rival, Even more sneakily, they launched their campaign on a Saturday, mindful of the rules on competitive advertising in South Africa, safe in the knowledge that no objectionable actions could be taken till the new working week.

Mercedes-Benz wasted no time on Monday in issuing an injunction, the ad was swiftly pulled but the damage was done and the dog had had its day. The ad campaign ranks high in the history of advertising and can still be found online to this day. Meanwhile the rivalry between the two automotive greats goes on.

I reference this piece of marketing history in the light of this week’s horror crash by golfing great, Tiger Woods. Driving from a luxury holiday resort in California to a nearby country club Tiger Woods lost control of his vehicle on a downhill stretch of the road, smashed through a road sign, crossed over the central reservation and rolled his car several hundred feet. He had to be cut out and pulled to safety through the windscreen and the vehicle was so badly damaged, the attending police officers said he was ‘lucky to survive’.

The vehicle Woods was driving was a rented Genesis GV80 SUV. If you are unfamiliar with the brand that is not surprising since it is a relatively new spin-off from the South Korean Hyundai marque. The Genesis utility vehicle, not available locally yet, retails for around $50,000 or half a million pula, placing it in the higher end of town and country SUVs in the USA.

The model has certainly been widely publicised in the media coverage of the high-profile sportsman’s accident and I suspect that if asked to comment, Hyundai/Genesis would disagree with the police assessment, putting Woods’ survival down to build quality and in-built safety features such as crumple zones, anti-roll bars and airbags, which were deployed in the crash and would most certainly have played their part cushioning the effects of the rolling and ultimate impact. There is , of course, no suggestion that the manufacturers will capitalise on Woods’ survival but certainly it will have done the brand no harm that he did indeed emerge with recoverable injuries.

Comparing the two accidents, the driver of the Mercedes driving along Chapman’s Peak was, of course, an ordinary member of the public whilst Tiger Woods is a household name. That said, in humanitarian terms each tale of survival carries equal weight but the fact remains that the former was just another local story of yet one more victim of a notoriously tricky stretch of road whilst the latter went round the world in an instant because of the fame and name of the driver.

There is also no evidence that that stretch of Californian urban highway carried any inherent risk. His appears to have been just a loss of control and a freak accident. However, in the event that Hyundai/Genesis should consider making capital from that accident, a note of caution needs to be sounded.

In the advertising world, the use of celebrities to promote a product is a fall-back stance to sell anything from washing-up liquid to whisky but statistics have shown that it can be a double-edged sword in that yes, the ads are memorable and the public love them when the celeb is popular and personable. But…..what is often remembered is the name of the famous promoter, not the name of the product. In other words, they sell themselves far better than they sell the item.

In golfing terminology Hyundai/Genesis are not ‘out of the Woods’ yet and maybe they should go with a completely different Driver!

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Pact with the Devil

2nd March 2021
THE LORD’S GREAT GRANDMOTHER

How Jesus’s grandfather sold his birthright to megalomaniac Herod

If you were to ask a Christian to name the main Jewish sects, General Atiku, he would no doubt begin with the Pharisees (because Jesus had innumerable slanging matches with  them according to the gospels), followed by the Sadducees.  Yet there was a third, equally momentous sect – the Essenes.

Although there’s not a single, one mention of the Essenes in the Bible, General, the New Testament is filled with Essene-type language as anybody who has read the Dead Sea Scrolls would readily recognise.

In point of fact, it was the Essenes who produced Jesus as well as the infamous Jewish band of freedom fighters known as the Zealots. Furthermore, almost all the New Testament writers were either Essenes or champions of the Essene cause as is apparent in their language and the drift of their overall philosophy.   The Essenes have a palpable presence in the Bible, albeit a cloaked one.

The Essenes, General, were the most popular, the most esteemed, and the most influential of the Jewish sects. The Jewish historian Philo (20 BC-50 AD) devotes 90 percent of his description of the Jewish sects to the Essenes. He wrote that the Essenes  “dwell in many cities of Judea and in many villages and in great societies of many numbers”.

Hyppolytus of Rome (170-236 AD) devoted nine-and-half chapters to the Essenes and only one to the Sadducees.     The Essenes are the authors of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 1947 in Israel at a place called Qumran and which have given us even greater insight into the happenings in the first century than the Bible itself.

How did the Essene movement come about, General?  The Essenes, meaning “puritans of the faith”, were the Jewish sect that was the most loyal to the Davidic dynasty. They set themselves apart from the mainstream Jewish community circa 175 BC and established their headquarters at Qumran,  about 40 km from Jerusalem.

Since the Jewish nation revered the Davidic royal line, the only legitimate and rightful rulers of Judah in their view, they rallied to the Essenes en masse. And because the Essenes were disparaging of the Hasmonean rule (140 BC to 63 BC), the mainstream Jews also took a dismissive view of Hasmonean rule too.

The Essenes were so highly regarded because of their virtue and spirituality. The legendary Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD) writes thus of them: “They are more mutually affectionate than the others (Pharisees and Sadducees). Whereas these men shun the pleasures as vice, they consider self-control and not succumbing to the passions virtue  … Since [they are] despisers of wealth –  their communal stock is astonishing – one cannot find a person among them who has more in terms of possessions.

For by a law, those coming into the school (that is, the Essene fold) must yield up their funds to the order, with the result that in all [their ranks] neither the humiliation of poverty nor the superiority of wealth is detectable, but the assets of each one have been mixed in together, as if they were brothers, to create one fund for all.”

In time, the Essenes, General, became quite influential even with occupying powers. For instance, when the Greek General Pompey installed Hyrcanus II as ruler of  Palestine in 63 BC,  he sought the opinion  of the Essenes. The Essenes recommended that Hyrcanus go by the titles High Priest and Prince, not King, to which Pompey paid heed. In  142 BC, when Simon was installed by the Seleucids as ruler of Palestine, the Essenes had insisted on the same titular style. To the Essenes, everybody who occupied Israel’s seat of authority was simply holding fort for the real deal – the Davidic  King.

In 37 BC, when Herod became King of Palestine, the potential Davidic King was Jacob-Eliakim – the father of the Joseph of the gospels – who was an Essene himself. It was in order to win the blessings of the historically popular Jewish royal family that Herod sought to curry favour with the Essenes.

JACOB’S PACT WITH HEROD

About the time Herod came to power, General, there were three citizens of considerable stature in Palestine – Hillel, Menahem, and Jacob-Eliakim, the grandfather of Jesus. Hillel is by all accounts ancient Israel’s greatest teacher and scholar.

He was the foremost spiritual sage in the development of the Talmud and the Mishnah, the most authoritative religious references of the Jews which are second only to the Old Testament in esteem.   The renowned “Golden Rule”, which is invariably attributed to Jesus, was actually coined by Hillel. It is not certain whether Hillel was an Essene but his teachings did have a profound influence both on Essene philosophy and that of Jesus, who was an Essene too.

It was Menahem, however, who was an incontrovertible Essene. The Essenes were of two main branches, General. First, there were the puritans, the Palestinian Essenes. Then there were the liberals, the Diaspora Essenes, who sneered at the Palestinian Essenes’ dogmatism and rather strict views on morality. Menahem was the leader of the  Diaspora Essenes.

He was also privilleged to be advisor to King Herod. Herod did hold Menahem in very high regard. Josephus relates that when Herod was a school-going lad, Menahem had patted him on his back and said to him, “one day you will be King young man.” Since the prophecy came to pass, Herod had a certain, atypical respect both for Menahem and the order of Essenes.

Jacob-Eliakim’s significance was by virtue of his pedigree. He was of the royal line of David and was therefore the uncrowned King of the Jews. Now, as we have already indicated, Herod had his own grand designs about rulership of the world notwithstanding the fact that he was in reality a vassal of Rome.

When he made overtures to the trio, they didn’t mince words: they told him that in the new Israel, the Israel that would rule Earth once the Romans had been toppled from the pedestal of world power, it was a Davidic King who would reign. Herod took very strong  exception to such a prospect. Herod was neither a full-blooded Jew nor of Davidic stock but he was royalty in his own right.

His father, Antipater,  had been the governor of Idumea and in due course Judea in  the Hasmonean government and was in fact the real ruler of the entire Palestine, with John Hyrcanus being a  mere figurehead king.  When he (Herod) was only 25 years old, his father had appointed him governor of Galilee.   Herod thus had strutted the corridors of power from the day he was born and he wasn’t going to give that up easily either for his own sake or that of his descendants.

As such, General, Herod maintained to the trio that in the new, overarching Kingdom of Israel, he was going to be the emperor and would be based in Jerusalem. Just like the Greek empire of Alexander had been a triarchy (a kingdom divided into three governments), the global Kingdom of Israel (“Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord’s Prayer) was going to be likewise.

There was going to be a ruler in the east, a ruler in the west, and a ruler in the centre, that is Jerusalem, under the oversight of Herod himself. Hillel would rule in Jerusalem; Menahem in the east; and Jacob-Eliakim in the west. If these three happened to have disappeared from the Earthly scene by the time the Kingdom of Israel came into being, their descendants would observe the same setup.

The pecking order would thus be like this: Herod as the emperor; Hillel as the senior king; Menahem as the second-ranked king; and Jacob-Eliakim as the junior king. Put differently, Herod had by the stroke of a pen reduced the Davidic dynasty from foremost to least important as it posed the most serious threat to his office. Meanwhile, the three kings-in-waiting would go by the names of the Old Testament patriarchs.

Hillel would henceforth be called the Abraham, or the Father (or Papa, which later morphed into Pope), since Abraham was the Father of the Jewish nation; Menahem would be called the Isaac (Abraham’s son); and Eliakim the Jacob (Isaac’s son). Half a loaf was better than nothing at all and so Jacob-Eliakim meekly accepted this arrangement.

When Jesus later said, “Many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the new Kingdom of Heaven (MATTHEW 8:11),” he did not mean an afterlife kingdom: he referred to the Earthly setup proposed by King Herod.

FALLOUT WITH ESSENES

Those days, General, the Davidic heir used the title “Jacob” rather than “David” as the latter title was very risky, particularly under the Hasmonean government. Given that Joseph was the most beloved son of the Old Testament Jacob, the next in line, that is, the firstborn son of the Jacob, used the title “Joseph”.

In September 44 BC, a son was born to Jacob-Eliakim. As the crown prince to the Jacob, he was given the titular name Joseph, the name by which he became best-known.  Like his father Jacob-Eliakim, Joseph was a missionary. But he also had a trade. He was a carpenter, a boat builder primarily, and a master of his craft. The word translated “carpenter” in the Bible is the ancient Greek word “ho hekton” which means a master artisan or craftsman.

In 31 BC, Qumran, the Essenes’ Judean wilderness bastion, was struck by an earthquake. The hermitic Essenes had no choice but to trek back to Jerusalem, from where they operated indefinitely at a place they called the Essene Gate. Then in 23 BC, Herod struck again. He had Jacob-Eliakim killed on trumped-up charges of sedition, his motive simply being a continuation of a systematic purge of  the Davidic “pretenders” to his throne.

The Essenes were wroth. They now set about promulgating to the Diaspora Essenes that Herod would have no part to play in the coming Kingdom. Instead, the overall King would be Joseph, the son of Jacob-Eliakim. This, General, was the beginning of a permanent rift between Herod and the Essene sect.

THE SAGA OF JOSEPH

The prospective global world, General, was subdivided into ten provinces to facilitate governance and tax collection. Palestine would have two provinces, Judea and Samaria, the latter of which would include Galilee. Asia Minor (largely present-day Turkey), where the bulk of Diaspora Jews were concentrated, would have five provinces.

The last three provinces would be Babylon, Rome, and Alexandria in Egypt. The future capital of the West was not Rome: it was Ephesus in Asia Minor. Having been allocated the West, it was in Ephesus and Alexandria that Jacob-Eliakim spent most of his time evangelizing to fellow Jews about the future Kingdom of Israel. This was the beginning of the New Covenant, whereby Jews who converted to the ideal of a new Kingdom of Israel were baptised by immersion in water.

To mainstream Palestinian Jews, General, Jacob-Eliakim was a sellout. Herod had demoted his pedigree but to somewhat placate him, he gave him the honorary title of Patriarch or Prince of Jerusalem. By subordinating the Davidic throne-in-waiting to Herod, Jacob-Eliakim had  gone against what the nation of Israel’s God, Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah, decreed – that every King of Judah had to be a descendant of  David. So when the unpredictable Herod had him killed in 23 BC for “sedition”, as part of a pogrom against the line of David, there was very little sympathy for him.

In 44 BC, Joseph had been born to Jacob-Eliakim. Joseph was a title: it was not his real name. At the death of his father, Joseph became the Jacob. However, he preferred the title “David”, the more apt one historically. Joseph would become the father of Jesus. When Joseph attained 30 years of age in 14 BC, his uncles and the Essene sages sent him to Rome and Alexandria to do his part in missionary work, which was simply about promulgating to the Diaspora Jews the future Kingdom of Israel in which a Son of David, that is a descendant of King David, would rule.   Egypt was also a special place because Joseph’s maternal relations were Egyptians.

Jacob-Eliakim, General, had two wives. The one was called Euchariah, a Jewish princess, of whom very little is known, and the other, the dynastic wife, was an Egyptian princess, a daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Julius Caesar. Jacob-Eliakim and this princess had three sons: they were Joseph, the father of Jesus, and the twins Cleopas (after whom James, Jesus’ immediate younger brother, whose given name was Cleopas, was named) and Ptolas. Joseph was thus the Davidian Prince of Israel as well as contender to Crown Prince of Egypt. Despite pretences to the contrary on the part of the Jews, Egypt and Israel have always had ties of monarchical kinship.

In 8 BC, General, Joseph was required by Essene custom to return home and fulfill his obligations for a dynastic marriage. A wife-to-be had already been chosen for him by his uncles  and other patriarchal Essenes. This was Dorcas, better known today by her title name Mary.

NEXT WEEK: HOW HEROD MINIMISED THE HOUSE OF DAVID

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