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Inanna on the Run

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

   
Jehovah issues warrant of arrest for his seditious granddaughter

When word got to Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah, about the “disobedience and sacrilege” that had been committed by Inanna, he was incandescent with rage. He sent word back to the Anunnaki pantheon on Earth that he was cutting short his Mars tour of duty  and would be returning to Earth very soon.

Examining the satellite pictures the Igigi (Anunnaki who stayed in  orbit)  had provided him, he was horrified by the almost utter destruction of Nippur, his cult city in Sumer, and the defilement of the Ekur, his Temple-Abode. He gave the Anunnaki council the specific time he’d be touching down on the planet so that he would find them already assembled at Nippur.  

Altogether, eight gods were in attendance at the crisis meeting at Nippur. Obviously absent were Marduk, who was still hovering around   the South Pole; Nergal, who had aided and abetted Inanna in her orgy of carnage and destruction; Ningishzidda, who was busy lording it over in South America; and Inanna herself, who feared the inevitable retribution.

All the gods in attendance, including Nannar-Sin, Inanna’s own father, were unanimous that Inanna deserved some form of punishment both for treason and for her battery of atrocities. Even the long-suffering Enki said she had gone too far. Standing up, Enki read out the warnings Marduk had sounded about an Inanna left to her own devices and blamed Enlil for having been too tolerant of her transgressions since days immemorial.  

The proposed retributive options were weighed one by one and finally all the eight gods, including Enlil,  decided that Agade, Inanna’s new base, should be wiped off the face of the Earth, whilst all other cities and principal farmlands should be spared. Before acting, Enlil issued a warrant of arrest for Inanna so she should stand trial. But the moment Inanna received the news of the hot soup into which she had landed herself, she immediately departed Agade and returned to Uruk, her longstanding cult city. 

Says a famous text known as The Curse of Agade: “The Word of Ekur (Enlil’s decree)  was upon Agade like a deathly silence. Agade was all atremble. It's Ulmash Temple (Inanna’s magnificent  residence)  was in terror: she who lived there left the city. The maiden forsook her chamber: Holy Inanna forsook her shrine in Agade.”  

Wroth that Inanna had slipped through their fingers, Enlil’s sheriffs took out their frustration on the Ulmash, which they razed to the ground. They managed to catch up with Inanna, however,  at the Eanna in Uruk, which she had just set about renovating after virtually tearing it down the last time around.  It was not that they took her unawares: it was simply a stand of defiance.  When the sheriffs arrived, they roughed her up, treating her like a nobody, a gesture of which she felt affronted. “Their unwashed hands they put on me,” she lamented in one of her later reminisces.

The sheriffs, however, made a terrible mistake. To accord her some dignity being a prominent goddess, they let her pilot herself in a flying saucer whilst they escorted her in a fighter plane to a detention centre in Nippur.  “Me, from my temple, they caused to fly.  A Queen am I whom, from my city, like a bird they caused to fly.”

Now, Inanna was the Anunnaki’s  best aeronaut after  Utu-Shamash. If Utu  was the Lewis Hamilton of airspace, Inanna was the Sebastian Vettel. Only seconds  after she took off, her flying saucer practically disappeared into thin air. It was like magic but it was simply her extraordinary aviational skills on parade.  

NINURTA TRUSTED TO LEAD CHARGE AGAINST INANNA

With Inanna on the run and given that Sumer was Enlilite territory, Enlil decided to appoint a god with strong warrior credentials to rule it overall and bring about sustained order and stability.  This was Ninurta, the famed God of War. Now, Ninurta was at one time given overall charge of Sumer but he did not enthusiastically embrace that responsibility as he was irate that his younger brother Nannar-Sin had been given authority over  the Sinai Peninsula, which harbouring the all-important spaceport was the Anunnaki’s most strategically significant place on the planet.

That made Sin more powerful than him in the greater scheme of things.  As such, Ninurta opted to spend a great deal more time out of Sumer than inside it. In fact, the reason Sumer was in such turmoil was because Ninurta had deliberately taken a back seat and was a virtual spectator.   

Now Enlil desperately wanted him back and Ninurta consented to the offer. He so assented because he wanted to demonstrate, just as he did during the Third Pyramid War, that he was the mightiest and most indispensable Enlilite. “In days not five, in days not ten, the crown band of Lordship, the tiara of Kingship, the throne given to the rulership, to Ninurta’s temple brought over,” says The Curse of Agade.

But who would be Ninurta’s foot soldiers, his “instrument of divine wrath?”  The most proficient warriors of the day were of course Nergal’s Gutians, who lived in Kutha, also known as Gutium,   across the Zagros Mountains northeast of Sumer.  The Gutians were by Enlil’s executive fiat ordered to fight under Ninurta but as paid mercenaries in the charge for Agade, which had been designated for total destruction. Since there was a reward to be gained, the Gutians said they were game, that they were raring to go. In any case, they could not defy Enlil, who was the God of Earth at least for as long as the sun rose in the constellation of Taurus.   

Before the siege got underway, the Anunnaki high command moved to salvage what they could from Agade both literally and figuratively. Utu-Shamash “carried off its Eloquence”, it’s  broadcasting infrastructure,  and Enki, who was the God of Knowledge,  “withdrew its wisdom,” that is, he closed down his secret society educational outreach known as the Brotherhood of the Snake and ordered the Easu’s  (his teachers) to evacuate from the city.    

Note that the assault on Agade was not instantaneous. Enki had insisted that Agade’s citizens who still were loyal to Inanna and Naram-Sin be given notice of at least seven years   to reconsider, wind up their affairs, and relocate to other cities. You will be aware that the Anunnaki did not see the passage of time in the way humans did: to them, seven years in fact amounted to about a week.

This grace period also extended to Inanna herself: if she were to come to her senses, humble herself, surrender herself to Enlil’s tribunal, be tried, and accordingly sentenced, the curse over Agade would be lifted, the city would be spared, and tens of thousands of lives would be preserved from mortal harm.

JEHOVAH PARRIES NARAM-SIN PEACE FEELER

Meanwhile, Naram-Sin, who had been left to his own devices by the vanished Inanna, was worried sick despite putting a brave face on his fate. "The kingship of Agade is prostrated, its future extremely unhappy,” he mused before his loyalists. He was in dire straits and was at a loss as to what he should do. At long last, he managed to get in touch with Inanna through an oracular priest. Ninurta had said this to him on behalf of Enlil: “O Naram-Sin, this is our word: this army ranged against you, the Gutians, is invincible …  Bind your weapons, in a corner place them! And you will be safe.” So the question Naram-Sin posed to Inanna through the oracle was this: should he simply give up and surrender as per Ninurta’s urging?

The answer came through a vision as he lay in a trance at the shrine of the oracle. “Then Naram-Sin had a vision, a communication from his goddess Inanna. He kept it to himself, put it not in speech, spoke with nobody about it.” The communication from Inanna was later confirmed by an instruction from her using a trusted intermediary. Inanna encouraged Naram-Sin to soldier on, to fight to the death so as to preserve both his and her honour. In the end, Inanna told her, the forces of light – she and he – would triumph against the forces of darkness – Ninurta and the rest of the Anunnaki with the exception of Nergal.  

Thus emboldened, Naram-Sin informed Ninurta that he was going to fight: there would be no retreat, no surrender. Shortly after serving this notice, Naram-Sin decided to mount a pre-emptive offense against the Gutians before they came anywhere near Agade. In the first year, he dispatched 180,000 troops in the direction of Gutium. In the second year, he staked a further 120,000. In the third year, he sent out 60,000. That is a total of 360,000 in three years. None of his soldier returned. Of course some of them in all probability defected to the enemy ranks but those who held their ground were destroyed by what Naram-Sin described as a “Floodwind Weapon”, which was a chemical weapon of some sort.

Now, 360,000 was a significant figure in Sumerian numerology. 3600 years was how long it took for Nibiru to make one complete revolution around the Sun and 360 degrees was the size of a circle. To Naram-Sin, the message was loud and clear: he just could not beat Ninurta. Accordingly, in the fourth year, he approached Enki with cap in hand and besought him to prevail over Enlil to call a halt to the impending march on Agade. Enki did likewise but Enlil said he could not do that without Inanna showing contrition for her treasonous act. For as long as she remained defiant, Agade was destined for destruction come rain or shine.

Indeed, not long after Enki’s meeting with Enlil, Ninurta sent word to Naram-Sin that it was in his interest to voluntarily disarm as he was simply kicking against the goads.  “In days to come,” Ninurta warned, “Enlil will summon perdition upon the Sons of Evil (Naram Sin and his army) and Akkad would have respite.” In other words, Enlil had already decided the fate of Agade. Naram-Sin was distraught. He made no more Kamikaze forays in the direction of the  Gutians; instead,  he patiently waited for them to invade, whereupon he would take on them with every fibre of his being. The guy really was made of sterner stuff.

GUTIANS DESTROY AGADE

Two more years passed and Enlil still had not issued the command to storm Agade. In the intervening period, Ninurta had been fortifying his cult city, Lagash, and militarily honing the skills of his lieutenants. Even when Inanna was at the height of her power, the one city she could not touch throughout all Sumer and Akkad was Lagash. Ninurta had seen to it that all the governors of the various districts of Lagash were militarily proficient.  He wasn’t called Enlil’s “Foremost Warrior” for nothing.

One of Ninurta’s generals, known as Eannatum, who was overall governor of Lagash, was said to be a soldier of epic proportions and was even highlighted on stelas and various other Sumerian inscriptions. His military prowess was such that both Sargon and Naram-Sin fell flat in their efforts to mount a siege of Lagash.  Eannatum’s “infantry of spearmen, protected by shield bearers, gave the army of Lagash a defence most solid and an attack most rapid and versatile,” comments a Sumerian scholar.  Because of Eannatum’s glittering military credentials, along with his great looks, the raunchy Inanna was sexually drawn to him: she made him governor of Kish in addition to his governorship of Lagash.  

Finally, in the seventh year after the curse on Agade was pronounced, Enlil gave the order for Ninurta and the Gutians to pounce on the ill-fated city-state. Enlil’s instructions to Ninurta were to “kill off Inanna’s Earthlings”. Agade was to be laid to waist, to be obliterated into untraceable oblivion.

Ninurta wasted no time in issuing the “surge” command to the dreaded Gutians, who swept down from the Zagros Mountains in their hordes. The great African warriors were in seven battalions, each led by a warrior chieftain. They descended on Akkad “in vast numbers, like locusts.”

On hearing that the Gutians were on their way, Naram-Sin developed cold feet and without formally notifying his generals simply went into hiding. Then  each of his generals, who like their Gutian counterparts were seven in number, declared himself King, and the result was confusion as to who exactly held the reins as captured in the Sumerian King List in this statement: “Who was king? Who was not king? Was Irgigi king? Was Nanum king? Was Imi king? Was Elulu king?"

In the face of such uncertainty, the Agade warriors were not sure as to whose command to heed. Inevitably, the Gutians had a field day. “Nothing escaped their arm. He who slept on the roof died on the roof. He who slept inside the house was not brought to burial … Heads were crushed, mouths were crushed … The blood of the treacherous flowed over the blood of the faithful." Clearly, it was not only conventional weapons that were responsible for this carnage. Agade’s destruction was total: it was never rebuilt or resettled but remained desolate forever. Indeed to date, its exact location has never been found. When Enlil said Agade should be wiped off the face of the Earth, he wasn’t joking at all.

The Gutians not only destroyed Agade but looted it before razing it to the ground. Having made a statement of their fearsome reputation, their seizure of the whole of Sumer and Akkad was a walk in the park. As for the fate of Naram-Sin, his earthly chapter closed when Enlil’s agents planted a scorpion that bit him circa 2260 BC.  With the destruction of Agade and the death of Naram-Sin, the era of Inanna-Ishtar was over but not quite…

FUGITIVE ISHTAR JOINS FORCES WITH REPTILIANS

Where did Inanna vanish to after outsmarting Enlil’s airborne sheriffs?  She returned to her legally allotted domain, the Indus Valley, also known as the Third Region.  There, her reputation was intact: she was still revered and even worshipped as Mahabharata, meaning “Goddess of Love”.  She was also known as Indra. Both Mahabharata and Indra were once the ancient names of India. Inanna’s most devout followers in the Indus Valley were the Bharatas, a Vhedic Aryan group. Excavations done in India at the ancient sites of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro indeed reveal that the peoples of these regions of the Indus Valley worshipped a nude, bare-breasted goddess.

The fact that Inanna flaunted her sexuality without the merest inhibition was one factor that served to endear her to her subjects there, and the reason why they too showed little or no sexual restraint. But beyond and above that, it was the quality of life they enjoyed that made them receive her as a super-star goddess. Says one source on this subject: “A civilisation in the Indus Valley rivalled those known in Egypt and Mesopotamia.

These cities (Harappa and Mohenjo Daro) demonstrated an exceptional level of civic planning and amenities. The houses were furnished with brick-built bathrooms and many had toilets. Waste water from these was led into well-built brick sewers that ran along the centre of the streets, covered with bricks or stone slabs. Cisterns and wells finely constructed of wedge-shaped bricks held public supplies of drinking water. Mohenjo Daro also boasted a Great Bath on the high mound (citadel) overlooking the residential area of the city. Built of layers of carefully fitted bricks, gypsum mortar and waterproof bitumen, this basin is generally thought to have been used for ritual purification.”

Of course like every caste system, the Indus Valley did have its share of squalid makeshift dwellings, a careless intermingling of residential and industrial activity, but the superior caste enjoyed a splendid standard of living and that was what mattered the most. When Inanna arrived at Mohenjo Daro, her headquarters, she wasted no time in seeking a new race of allies knowing that she was all alone now and the Anunnaki pantheon were almost wholly ranged against her. Her new allies were a sophisticated race of Reptilians that had been living in a subterranean world in the bowels of the Earth.

In earlier times, Reptilians had gone to war many a time with alien  humanoids like the Anunnaki and following the use by  the humanoids of a particle beam weapon that resulted in a 200-year-old severe winter had found a new haven under the surface of the Earth. It were these Reptilians, who were indigenous to Earth and were in fact the first civilisation to inhabit this planet, who Inanna courted. Inanna wanted them to aid her in militarily defeating her own race, the Anunnaki. She would then be the Empress of Earth and accord Reptilians special privilege, such as emerging from their underground world to found their own colonies on the surface.  

The Earth-based Reptilians were no pushovers:  they had with the assistance of their powerful cousins from the Draco star system colonised seven celestial bodies in the Solar System, namely the Moon, Mars, Venus and 4 moons of Jupiter and Saturn. At the time Inanna made overtures to them, however, they had long lost Mars and the Moon. With the Reptilians having acceded to Inanna’s pitch, a globalwide showdown was looming between two of the most powerful forces on Earth. Would the Iron Lady bounce back as Earth’s sovereign?
 
NEXT  WEEK: HELL UP IN THE THIRD REGION

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Flight To France

24th November 2021
THE “DRAGON” PURSUES THE “WOMAN”

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 radicalism  conveniently 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) as  that 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 necessitated  by 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 would  have 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 of  James. 

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 protection  of 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, who  became 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 immediately  after the Book of Acts and not after the  21 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 than  figurative language. It was Jesus in his physical, blood-and-flesh  form who related much of the contents of Revelation to the apostle John, the literal author of the book. Jesus dictated the account; John  simply 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  “clothed  with 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 ready  by 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: it  is “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 we  have reiterated time and again,  General, much of the New Testament was written  in 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”,  an  age-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 enduring  subjugation 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 harassed  by 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 6th  century 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 in  one 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.  

NEXT WEEK: THE “QUEEN” IS IMMORTALISED

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Magma Carter

24th November 2021

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, and  led 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 days  as it has done since the Big Bang and there is  no 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.

The planet, though, will be fine!

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Heaven on Earth

9th November 2021

 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 of  Pope, 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 of  Jesus 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  of  the 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 of  Herod 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 1:1011). 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 of  Acts, the Pauline epistles, and the book of  Revelation.   

NEXT WEEK: THE LORD SETS ABOUT PERPETUATING THE JESUS STOCK!

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