Inanna and her Reptilian allies routed by the Anunnaki
In July 1945, the US detonated its first nuclear bomb at Alamogordo in the state of New Mexico as a dress rehearsal for what was to transpire in Japan. Subsequent to that, Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who headed the Manhattan Project, the programme that spawned the atomic bomb, was asked by a student at Rochester University as to whether that was the first time an atomic weapon had been exploded on Earth.
Oppenheimer’s answer was revelatory. He said, “In modern times yes”. In other words, nuclear devices had been used before on this planet in ages past: Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the first cities on the planet to bear the brunt of a nuclear blast.
How did Oppenheimer know this? As we keep telling you folks, the Illuminati know a great deal more about the world and its history than you and I do. But some of this knowledge is not privileged as such: it’s out there in ancient texts which the naive “intellectual” simply dismisses as pure myth. Indeed, behind closed doors, the Illuminati just cannot help laughing at just how dumb we, the so-called “intelligentsia”, are. We’re supposed to be the leading lights, the beacons, of the society in which we live, but we’re just as benighted as the village idiot in the final analysis!
It is no secret that Oppenheimer was an avid student of the ancient Hindu and Vedic texts. One such corpus, the 200,000-verse strong Mahabharata, sets out in graphic detail how “Aliens” went to war in India and used weapons which had the same effect as the two bombs dropped three days apart on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 by “The Great Satan” Uncle Sam.
Since the Mahabharata War took place in a remote place in the Anunnaki’s Third Region and whose language (invented by Enki) was so radically different from Sumerian, it is not documented in the Sumerian chronicles. As such, we have only the Mahabharata document (and a sister document known as the Ramayan) as the only authoritative source.
But the problem with the Mahabharata document is that it is very complex: it uses Sanskrit names, not the familiar Sumerian or Akkadian names for the Anunnaki. Moreover, it is extremely difficult to tell who was fighting who as well as who exactly was part of the attendant alliances. One really has to wrack their brains and raptly read between the lines of the English translation to get the drift of the story.
But we know the Mahabharata War was an Anunnaki vs. Reptilian conflict because the Anunnaki were ruling Earth at the time it took place and Inanna in particular was the goddess of broader India, which those days encompassed all countries inhabited by peoples of the Indian race today and parts of other Asian countries.
And since the war pitted the forces of Inanna against the forces of Enlil and very sophisticated weaponry was used on either side, Inanna alone wouldn’t have mastered that firepower: she must have had help. And the only anti-Anunnaki force she could have drawn on were the Earth-based Reptilians. There are actually more than superficial hints in the Mahabharata records that Reptilians did do duty in the war.
In fact, in 1999, Larceta, a Reptilian researcher, emerged from the subterranean Reptilian world in which she lived and gave a highly insightful interview to a bright Swedish recluse. In the interview, she touched on a series of wars that took place between her race and the Anunnaki in antiquity (see The Zeta Series).
VAIN MEDIATION EFFORTS BY ABRAHAM’S FATHER
As soon as Inanna had the Reptilians sign on the dotted line, she made her whereabouts known to the Anunnaki pantheon and served notice that she was going to war against them over the supremacy of Earth and would trounce them once and for all. Intelligence emanating from Mohenjo Daro, where Inanna was headquartered, aided by satellite espionage, showed that Inanna was arming herself to the teeth having allied herself with the Reptilians. The scale of the weaponry at her disposal was such that if she struck the Anunnaki first, it would be a knockout. The Anunnaki had to work round the clock to prepare themselves for the fray and mount a pre-emptive attack.
Information with regard to exactly how the Alien belligerents made their preparations, how they deliberated, and how they strategised is sketchy. But Anu was informed and he certainly did give the Anunnaki the go-ahead to engage in hostilities with Inanna & Co. Now, although Inanna was the goddess of the Third Region, her subjects were not unanimously loyal to her. They were in two factions fundamentally.
One faction, known as the Kaurava coalition, named after the main tribe, rallied behind Inanna. The other faction, known as the Pandava coalition, had no distinct sovereign territory (like the Kurds of the Middle East today, the world’s most populace race without an own official country) and so closed ranks with the Anunnaki.
Perhaps the most prominent personage among the Pandava ranks was Krishna, called Terah in the Bible, the father of Abraham. Krishna, who is usually compared with Jesus, was the Dalai Lama of the day. A demigod (a Anunnaki-Earthling hybrid), Krishna was at once the chieftain of a tribe known as the Yadavas and Priest-King of the Kingdom of Dwaraka. Initially, Krishna did not side with any of the feuding parties being a “holy man”.
So when it became apparent that hostilities were in the offing between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, he sought an audience with the Kauravas to plead with them to settle differences with their foes peacefully instead of resorting to war. Krishna knew that strictly speaking, the war was between the Reptilians and the Anunnaki and that humans were simply pawns in the chess game, but he would rather humans came to terms with each other and let Aliens slug it out on their own.
Suspicious that all Krishna was trying to do was to lure them into a blindfold, the Kauravas told him to get lost. It was this snub that forced him to throw in his lot with the Pandavas. Krishna’s main role among the Pandavas was that of a strategic guru though he did actively participate in the warfare with distinction.
When war broke out, it was fought from every frontier – by land, by air, and by sea, including in cities under the seabed. Earthlings fought on dry land whereas the Aliens fought a high-tech war mainly in the air, though eventually the airborne war impacted on the happenings on terra firma.
It were the Anunnaki who took the war to the enemy, Inanna and her Reptilian allies. As such, the many theatre of the war was India, in particular the vast Kingdom of Kurukshetra, today called Haryana. The main war zone spanned an area of 80 km2 and encompassed seven major forests.
Now, the Anunnaki had all kinds of sophisticated weaponry. Some they used in the war against each other but most of the weaponry they simply kept, either in the underground silos dotted all over the planet or on Mars and the Moon. It is probable that the weaponry they requisitioned for use against Inanna came not from here but from Mars, transported in their lightning-quick flying saucers. .
On Inanna’s side, the beings who allied with her were not only Lizard beings: there were also the Nagas (part-snake, part-human) and the Supernas (part-bird, part human) according to a passage in the Mahabharata. One day, these beings, or Intraterrestrials (beings of Alien genotype who are resident on Earth), attended a royal wedding. They arrived in vimanas, described as golden or gold plated “aerial cars” which could fly both in air and under the sea and could travel at a speed “swifter than thought”.
These Intraterrestrials were immortal, says the Mahabharata, because they drank a substance known as Soma or Ambrosia. Soma was made from the menstruum of a senior goddess. The knowledge of preparing Soma, according to the Mahabharata texts, “was brought down to Earth from the Celestial Abode”. Since these were predominantly Reptilians, that could be in reference to the throne planet of the Draco star system, the principal domain of the Reptilian race.
The Intraterrestrials’ favourite “sacrifice” was cattle. Why cattle? Because the god of that age (Taurus), Enlil, was represented by the bull and he was an enemy god to them. The sacrificed animal in vogue in antiquity always represented the enemy. For example, in biblical times, the Jews, Enlil’s chosen people, were made to sacrifice the ram, a sheep, because it represented the Enlilite arch-enemy Marduk, who was the rightful god of Aries, the astrological Age of the Ram.
In the human vs. human confrontation, a total of approximately 4 million people took part in the war. They comprised of the chariot riders, the elephant riders, the horse riders, and the infantry in the main. The demigods, who were a tiny proportion, used tanks and other more sophisticated weapons.
The Mahabharata characterises the Anunnaki as “gods” and the Intraterrestrials as the “Asura”. It says, “The gods and the Asuras, both of them sprung from the Father of Gods and Men (King Anu of Nibiru, ‘Our Father Who Art In Heaven’), were [again] contending for superiority”. Of course the Intraterrestrials were not all cosmic subjects of Anu but this was in reference to Inanna fundamentally, who was a descendent of Anu.
The Intraterrestrials were mean as according to the Mahabharata, they unleashed ballistic missiles at the “Three Regions of the Earth” (Sumer, North Africa, and Canaan) from “three metal fortresses in the skies”, which simply means fighter craft along the lines of America’s Stealth Bomber. The Anunnaki offensive was horrendous.
A HIGH-TECH WAR
The weapons employed in the war comprised of what we could call conventional weapons and futuristic weapons in our day. Among the conventional weapons were landmines, Asthras (missiles), and Dhanush (rocket launchers). A reference to land mines can be gleaned from a statement by Krishna, who talking about his own city Dwaravati says, “And the land around the city for a full two miles was rendered uneven, and holes and pits were dug thereon, and combustibles were secreted below the surface”.
There were weapons that did not kill but simply rendered the enemy unconscious – call them humane chemical weapons. These are referred to as the Sanmohana or Pramohana. An account of the use of one such weapon goes like this: “The youthful son of Drupada … applied that fierce weapon called Pramohana … Then those heroic warriors were deprived of their senses, their minds and strength afflicted by the Pramohana weapon.” But the effects of the Pramohana could also be reversed using a counter, antidote weapon.
“Then Drona beheld his sons deprived of their senses. Taking up then the weapon called Prajna, he neutralised the Pramohana weapon. Then his sons, those mighty car-warriors, when their senses returned, once more proceeded to battle with Bhima and Prishata's sons.”
There were weapons that brought about artificial winds meant to disperse the clouds to either prevent rain or improve visibility, and weapons called the Varanuastra, which caused artificial harm-inducing rain, something akin to acid rain. The Varanuastra is described thus in the Mahabharata: “When a warrior discharges a Varunuastra, its smoke is converted into a cloud. The moment it comes in contact with air, it converts the cloud to rain.” That sounds very much like our modern science of Artificial Rain, where chemicals like ammonium nitrate are used to rise and form rain clouds, then the density of the clouds are increased and finally a jet of rain-making chemicals is shot directly into the clouds.
Some defence weapons were capable of rendering one invisible to the naked eye. One combatant relates how the enemy, who he had targeted with a weapon “capable of going at a great height and possessing intense energy”, simply vanished into thin air. “I could not then see the car of costly metals (tank), for it had vanished, through illusion! I was then filled with wonder!”
There also were weapons which could strike a living target by simply tracking its sound. In one instance, a combatant lay in ambush as the enemy approached. The enemy, who he hadn’t seen yet, kind of “set up a loud howl”. The combatant aimed a sound-tracking weapon in their direction and there was immediate silence as they all died. “They were all slain by those shafts of mine blazing as the sun and capable of striking at the perception of sound alone.”
Some weapons had effects that lingered many years after the war. One such weapon, called the Brahmasthira, triggered a drought that lasted for 18 years in an entire region “for the clouds did not pour a drop of water there for this period". Enlil’s third-born son, referred to in the Mahabharata as “Storm God”, performed brilliantly in the war. Says one account of him: “On land, he smote ninety-nine strongholds of the Asuras, killing great numbers of their armed followers. In the skies, he fought from his aerial car the Asuras, who were hiding in their ‘cloud fortresses’."
ATOMB BOMB BRINGS ABRUPT ENDING TO WAR
It was the use of nuclear weapons by the Anunnaki that brought the Mahabharata War to a sudden end. Somehow, the Intraterrestrial coalition was caught off-guard since according to the Mahabharata text, they too had the technology to neutralise a nuclear bomb. It is also probable that there was a warfare convention in place which forbade the use of nuclear and other deadlier weapons but which the Anunnaki flouted to win the war decisively and expeditiously. The following is how the Mahabharata describes the nuclear bomb and its effects:
“Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana, hurled a single projectile â€¨charged with the power of the Universe [nuclear device]. An incandescent column of smoke and flame, as bright as ten thousand suns, rose with all its splendour. It was an unknown weapon,â€¨an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. The corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Hair and nails fell out; pottery broke without apparent cause, and the birds turned white … After a few hoursâ€¨all foodstuffs were infected … To escape from this fire the soldiers threw themselves in streamsâ€¨to wash themselves and their equipment.”
Another passage says, “The weapon that had been shot by Ashwathama blazed up with terrible flames within a huge sphere of fire (Mushroom Cloud in atomic parlance). Numerous peals of thunder were heard; thousands of meteors fell; and all living creatures became inspired with great dread. The whole world seemed to be filled with noise and assumed a terrible aspect with those flames of fire. The whole earth with her mountains and waters and trees trembled.” Still another passage says, “Explosions of final weapons decimated entire armies, causing crowds of warriors with steeds and elephants and weapons to be carried away as if they were dry leaves of trees.”
The two atom bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had the same eerie effect. The Mahabharata War lasted for only 18 days. About half a million people died and the cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were wiped out entirely, only to be unearthed in the 20th century in the 1920s. The Pandavas had defeated the Kauravas; the gods had trounced the Asuras; the Anunnaki had triumphed over the Intraterrestrials. Above all, Inanna-Ishtar had eaten humble pie: she had been vanquished by her own kith and kin.
EVIDENCE FOR ANCIENT ATOMIC WARFARE
The fact that nuclear weapons were used in the Mahabharata War is not simply a supposition: it has been borne out by archaeological excavations that were done at the sites of the ancient cities of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa from 1922 to 1931. At Mohenjo Daro, about 37 skeletons were found.
“All the skeletons were flattened to the ground,” says one report. “For example, a father, mother and child were found flattened in the street, facedown and still holding hands … The skeletons were scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place.”
These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. The skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC but since carbon-dating is not pin-point accurate, we should allow for a margin era of about 300 to 400 years, which brings the latest date of the Mahabharata War to about 2140 BC according to our reckoning.
Author David Davenport says, “There was an epicentre about 50 yards wide where everything was crystallized, fused or melted. Sixty yards from the centre the bricks are melted on one side indicating a blast 4,000 years ago.” In Rajasthan, India, it was found that a layer of radio-active ash covered a three-square mile area. The Indian government was forced to cordon off the area on account of high rates of birth defects and cancer.
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.
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!
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.