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Adad’s Brash Showing

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Anunnaki Jehovah of the Exodus swoops down on Mt. Sinai to the “fragrance” of burning flesh and blood

Before the Israelites departed Rephidim, Ishkur-Adad, the Anunnaki Jehovah of the Exodus,  instructed Moses to write down all what had transpired at the tumultuous camp site.  The Anunnaki were sticklers for record keeping. The memories of Rephidim were mixed. On a positive note, the Israelites repelled a battle-hardened foe in the Amalekites thanks to Moses’ magical feat. Adad provided them with water aplenty thanks to a stunning technological feat.

As for the downsides, the Israelites continued to be intransigent. They kept doubting  Adad as a worthwhile god and continued to step on each other’s toes, causing Moses to  burn the midnight oil adjudicating on their disputes. Resultantly, Moses christened Rephidim with two new names. The one was Massah, meaning “test” (the patience of Adad) and the other was Meribah,  meaning “altercation”.

The Israelite caravan set off from Rephidim on the third day after their arrival there. This was three months after they left  Egypt. Their destination was Mount Sinai, also referred to as Mount Horeb. As we have repeated time and again, this was not the famed Mount Sinai of the Sinai Peninsula: it was Mount Jabal Al-Lawz in the Arabian wilderness. Indeed, according to Strong’s Concordance, “Horeb” simply means a range of mountains: it’s not a specific name for a particular mountain.

Mount Al-Lawz is located in the northwest part of Saudi Arabia on the border with Jordan, known in antiquity as Edom. At 2580 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the whole of northern  Arabia. The Israelites did not ascend the mountain as it was the preserve of the gods – the Anunnaki. This was  Adad and his older brother Nannar-Sin. Nor where they allowed to draw too close to  the mountain: at the very least, they were to keep a sizeable berth of between 5-10 km.

Adad had made it clear to Moses that if a single one Israelite dared ascend the mountain or simply touch it, he would be killed there and then (EXODUS 19:12).  That did not mean the Israelites were completely barred from venturing up the mountain: they could but only when Adad gave them the green light.

     
NATION OF ISRAEL INSIST ON SEEING ADAD

Thus far, the Israelites had not had the merest glimpse of their god. They had seen his Flying Saucer  alright, but not he in person. Even Moses never set eyes on him directly: he communicated with him through his fellow Anunnaki aides, called angels in the Bible. In Egypt, Moses had told the Israelites that Adad wished to adopt them as his people and be their  god. Of course the Israelites were skeptical: they first wanted to see Adad in person because those days Anunnaki gods were visually seen.

They did not mingle with humans or address them at a public square but they made themselves visible whilst hovering in a glass-encased chopper, called the throne of God. Unlike religious faithfuls of our day, the people of old worshipped or revered living gods, not imaginary gods. Thus since the exodus began, the Israelites had always been badgering Moses to present his god to them (EXODUS 18:15).  In the Wilderness of Sinai, which they were told would be their permanent habitation for a long time to come, they now upped the ante: they wanted to see Adad come rain or shine. The ever-obliging Moses made their demands known to Adad.

Adad told Moses that for as long as the Israelites were prepared to obey him without question and keep his ordinances (commandments, laws, and restrictions he would codify), he was prepared to meet and address them. And not only that: he would designate them as  a Kingdom of Priests (that is, the only people on Earth with the privillege  to enter his holy presence)  and a holy nation (that is, a people immune to godly wrath and through whom all other earthlings would either be blessed or cursed) as per EXODUS 19:6. 

Adad said he could so undertake because the entire Earth belonged to him (EXODUS 19:5). Of course this was total  hogwash: Earth was under the executive authority of Marduk, not under Adad. The “god” had uttered a blatant lie. But there’s a further precondition which  the Pentateuch scribes deliberately left out though they did  hint at it along the way. ADAD REITERATED THAT THE ISRAELITES  MUST BE READY TO SACRIFICE BOTH THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR ANIMALS TO HIM ON DEMAND,  WITH THE NEXT INSTALMENT OF HUMAN SACRIFICE DUE THERE AND THEN. Human sacrifice was to the honour of Luciferian gods whereas animal sacrifice was for the Anunnaki gods’  daily rations.  

When Moses reported back to the Israelites, they had their reservations in regard to  sacrificing their  children  but aware that they had no choice, they acceded to Adad’s demands. Again this is not recorded in the Bible,  but the Israelite did do likewise on some day before Adad showed up. We can picture Moses and his appointed judges rounding  up at least a child per family and herding them up the mountain whilst they kicked and screamed. The people were gutted: only three months ago, they had sacrificed their firstborn kids to the same god as a prerequisite to winning their freedom from Egyptian bondage. The  same god yet again demanded  another round of sacrifice. The Devil simply is never content.

ADAD  CONSENTS TO MEETING THE ISRAELITES

Adad was pleased with the news Moses delivered to him – that his people had given over to him (Adad) their sacrificial children and had indicated a readiness to heed his every word.  He told Moses that he would  meet them in three days’ time. Of course it was not the entire 3 million or so population he was going to address as that simply was not tenable: it was only a proportion of them, maybe 6000. But to meet him, the people had to fulfill two preconditions. First, they had to physically cleanse themselves thoroughly during the three window period.  Second, they had to totally abstain from sexual relations with their wives.

It seemed for mankind  to just hover in the presence of “god” irrespective of the radius, they  had to ooze holiness.  The prohibition of  love-making for one comes across as comical: we know from the Sumerian chronicles that the Anunnaki gods were  sex crazed.  For God’s sake, they even had the so-called temple “prostitutes” (who were enlisted when they were virgins) who  resided in their sacred precincts and sexually served them on a daily basis.

Helena Salome, the consort of Simon Zelotes, Jesus’ seniormost disciple,  was one such first century temple prostitute who was committed to  the temple of  Utu-Shamash (Apollo to the Greeks),   Enlil-Jehovah’s grandson. It was as Shamash’s temple prostitute that  Helena gave birth to her only child, Mary Magdalene, who later became Jesus’s wife (see my series titled  The Jesus Papers).  

However, Adad would not address the Israelites directly from a public square podium. He would speak from within his aerial craft to Moses using a communication mechanism whose sound vibrations only Moses would pick up. Moses would then convey Adad’s word to the gathering using a loud speaker.  That way, so Adad reasoned, the Israelites would come to trust  Moses as god’s spokesman.   

Moses was given further instructions which he had to relay to his people. When Adad touched down on the mountain in his sky vehicle, no one was to rush up the mountain: everybody had to stay rooted to their position  at the foot of the mountain and at least 5 km from the mountain’s peripheries. Moses was in fact instructed to demarcate the limit beyond which nobody had to go in the direction of the mountain. Anybody who breached this proscription or even touched the edge of the mountain would be apprehended and either be handed over for stoning or be “shot” with arrows.   To Adad, even the slightest misdemeanor invited capital punishment. Our parents are way kinder than the cold-blooded Christian gods.

At the same time, Adad made an exception:  when his trumpet blew, the people should feel free to come up the mountain (EXODUS 19:13). Adad thus did not entirely prohibit the Israelites from ascending the mountain: they could do so but only when he had so signaled. As a god of order, he hated the idea of a stampede.

ADAD PITCHES AND IS GREETED BY THE “AROMA” OF BURNING HUMAN FLESH

Although the mountain in front of which the Israelites were camped is referred to  in the Bible as Sinai or the “Mountain of the Elohim”, Elohim being a plural word for the Anunnaki top brass, they did not reside there. The mountain, known today as Jabal Al-Lawz (located in northwest Saudi Arabia, above the Gulf of Aqaba and overlooking the Jordanian border), was simply the one they had designated for their immediate interactions with the Nation of Israel.  The Bible makes it categorical, and in several Pentateuch passages,   that the “throne”  of  “Yahweh” was way north of this mountain. Specifically, it was somewhere at or in a place variously referred to as Seir, Paran, Edom, or Teman.

Let us begin with Seir. This was the name of  present-day Jordan, the place, along with north Saudi Arabia,  Esau and his people, known as  Edomites, settled. But it also referred to the entire mountainous region between the Dead Sea (in Jordan) and the Gulf of Aqaba (Saudi Arabia), called Mount Seir.   The Wilderness of Paran encompassed Jordan and northern Saudi Arabia. The Jordanian extent of the Wilderness of Paran was also known as the Wilderness of Zin, obviously as a tribute to the Arabs’ Anunnaki god Nannar-Sin.  Teman is a town in Jordan. It was named after Esau’s grandson, who  was fathered by his eldest son Eliphaz. And of course Edom was the ancient name for Jordan.

In DEUTERONOMY 33:2, we’re told that when Yahweh came  to meet the Israelites at Mount Sinai, he was travelling from Seir, from Mount Paran,  the land of the Arabs. But we know that Adad’s primary base was not Jordan or Arabia: it was Assyria (in today’s northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey). The god who resided in Arab lands primarily and in Canaan occasionally (at another small mountain near today’s Hebron in the West Bank and which was also known as Mount Seir) was Nannar-Sin.

So what the Bible is telling us is that Adad first compared notes with Sin   at the latter’s abode before he flew down to the Sinai  for his appointment with Moses and the Israelites. Remember, Sin was Adad’s immediate older brother and heir to Enlil-Jehovah, having become so when Ninurta, Enll’s firstborn son, decided to withdraw from the centre stage of Earthly politics.

When Adad descended on Mount Sinai in his sky craft, a number of happenings were observed by the Israelites who eagerly awaited him   in the mountain valley. The mountain shook, a canopy of smoke akin to  the kind that  issues forth from a furnace engulfed the mountain, and the craft spat fire (EXODUS 19:18). Adad was known as the god of thunder and lightning, the reason his emblem was a lightning bolt. So he had to ritualistically demonstrate that as the Anunnaki were obsessed with ritual as the Illuminati indeed are.  Fire, as we earlier pointed out, is the ultimate symbol of the forces of darkness. The mini-earthquake that rocked the mountain was of course engendered by HAARP technology as an aircraft on its own cannot make a mountain tremble.

As for the smoke, clearly the Pentateuch scribes were trying to tell us something here but they chose   to obfuscate it so they did not reveal much.  THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM A HUMONGOUS FURNACE IN WHICH THE CHILDREN OF THE ISRAELITES WERE BEING BURNT AS A SACRIFICE TO REPTILIAN SPIRITS. Both the fire-spouting and smoke canopy were metaphors for  the diabolical human  destruction the Old Testament gods were capable of visiting on mankind. The smell of burning flesh sent Adad in a frisson of excitement as only a being with a dark soul  could. Somebody arrest these vampire gods please! Smoke arising from the incineration of a sacrificed creature was a “pleasing aroma to Yahweh” (LEVITICUS 1:13).

HUMAN SACRIFICE IS AS OLD AS THE HILLS

Ancient history lays bare the fact that human sacrifice was a commonplace phenomenon in antiquity. It was practiced by many cultures across the world, including the Chinese, the Incas, the Carthaginians, the Canaanites, and of course the Israelites, evidence that the world was – and still is – under the sway of Reptilians, who overshadowed the Anunnaki gods, particularly those of the clan of Jehovah-Enlil. In Palestine for one, ancient human sacrifice was going on up to the first century BC. It was the Romans who put an end to it when they conquered Palestine in 63 BC.

Reptilians, also known as devils or demons, subsist on human death, misery, and stress.  Their sustaining food is a critical mass of negative energy, which arises from the totality of  mankind’s woes. One such woe obviously stems from the sacrificial death of loved ones.     Human sacrifice takes many forms.

They include manufactured or contrived  wars (that’s why there’s always a form of war or a wave of  terrorist atrocities  going on in the world at any particular point in time), tactfully induced  diseases, some of which long-term epidemics or pandemics  (through vaccines, genetically modified foods, rigged pharmaceuticals, water-“purifying” chemicals, chemtrails, etc),  radiation-emitting convenience gadgetry (such as  cellphones  and microwave ovens), and directly by way of killing people in satanic rituals. The latter is human sacrifice proper in that it is plain and unequivocal.

The victims of direct  human  sacrifice typically are pre-pubescent children – children aged 12 years and below. These are abducted, bought off from their twisted parents, demanded as per the terms of a soul-selling contract, or raised in top-secret  underground breeding programmes for the specific purpose of eventual sacrifice. Adults also can be sacrificed as a punishment for either an attempt to  run  away from the obligations of a Satanic contract or in fulfillment of a clause in the satanic contract when it runs its course, but it is prepubescent children or young virgins who are the principal sacrifice. Why them?

WHY  PRE-TEENS ARE THE PREFERRED SACRIFICE

In his book MAGICK THEORY AND PRACTICE, Aleister Crowley, who is widely acknowledged as the father of modern-day Satanism, explains thus: “It was the belief of the ancient sorcerers that any living being is a storehouse of energy varying in quantity according to its size and health, and in quality according to its mental and moral character. At the death of this being, this energy is liberated suddenly. For the highest spiritual working, one must accordingly choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force.

A child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim.” Thus pre-teen youngsters are preferred for the purity of their innate energy, which Reptilians are always at the ready to partake of like a drug when it is released upon the death of the child. But Reptilians also partake of the blood or internal organs of the sacrificial child immediately after its death.  

There are two  underlying reasons for this. The first is given in LEVITICUS 17:11,  which says, “FOR THE LIFE-FORCE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD”.  Thus  at the energetic level, when you consume the blood and flesh  of a dead person, you enhance your own life force with his. That in turn enhances your powers as a witch in that your are figuratively speaking not simply one soul but a composite of several. The more people you eat, the more  Satanic powers you are invested with by your Luciferian masters.

The second reason is explained by David Icke in his book THE BIGGEST SECRET. Icke, who has devoted himself to studying and exposing the Reptilian agenda since the early 90s, posits thus: “The Reptilians and  their cross-breeds drink blood because they need to exist in this physical dimension. They will often shapeshift into reptilians when drinking human blood and eating human flesh. Blood-drinking is in their genes. Without human blood, the Reptilians cannot hold form in this dimension.” The Bible is replete with passages that document human sacrifices on the part of the Jews to the honour and pleasure of Yahweh. That we explore in the next instalment.

NEXT WEEK:   THE GODS WHO WERE BLOOD ADDICTS

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Hell Up in Judea

24th August 2021

A case can be made, General Atiku, that history’s most infamous Roman is Pontius Pilate. It was Pilate who condemned Jesus, the  “Son of God”, to the most cruel, most barbaric,  and most excruciating of deaths – crucifixion –  and cowardly at that as the gospels attest for us.  

Yet the exact circumstances under which the crucifixion took place and what followed thereafter far from jells with what is familiarly known. The fact of the matter was that there was a lot of political wheeling and dealing and boldfaced corruption on the part both of the Jewish authorities and the Roman establishment in the person of Pontius Pilate.  In this piece, we attempt, General, to present a fuller photo of Pilate as the centre of the whole machination.

Pilate’s historicity, General, is not in doubt. In 1961, an Italian archeologist unearthed a limestone block at Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, which as of 6 AD was the Roman seat of government as well as the military headquarters.  The block bore the inscription, “Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judea, has dedicated this Temple to the divine Augusti” (that is, then Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar and his wife Livia).

Pilate also gets varying degrees of mention in the works of Roman senator and historian Cornelius Tacitus (56-117 AD); the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher and chronicler Philo of Alexandria (25 BC to 50 AD); and the legendary Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD).

Although his year of death (37 AD) is documented, his year of birth is a matter of conjecture, General. He came from the Pontii tribe (hence the name Pontius), a tough, warlike people. The Pontii tribe was of the equestrian class, the second-tier in the Roman caste system. Originally, the equestrians were those Romans with ample pocket power to bribe their way to knightly ranks in the Roman army. Pilate was born to Marcus Pontius, who had distinguished himself as a general in Rome’s military campaigns.

Following one of his particularly sterling military exploits, Marcus was awarded with the Pilum (javelin), a Roman decoration of honour for heroic military service.  To commemorate this medal of valour, the family took the name Pilati, rendered Pilate in English and Pilatus in Latin.

The son, Lucius Pontius Pilate, also distinguished himself as a soldier in the German campaigns of Germanicus, a prominent general of the early Roman Empire. Thanks to his scintillating military profile coupled with   strategic connections in the hierarchies of the Roman government, Pilate was able to wend his way into the heart of Claudia, the granddaughter of Caesar Augustus, the founder of the Roman Empire and ruler from 27 BC to 14 AD.

Claudia’s mother was Julia the Elder, who was also the biological mother of the apostles John and James. When Claudia was about 13 years of age, Julia sent her to Rome to be reared in the courts of Emperor Tiberius Caesar, to whom Julia was once married from 11 BC to 6 BC.

Although Tiberius was not the biological father of Claudius, General, he gladly acquiesced to being her foster father in deference to the memory of her late grandfather Caesar Augustus.
Pilate arrived in Rome when Claudia was sixteen years of age. In AD 26, the two tied the knot. Needless to say, it was a marriage based not on love as such but on political opportunism.

ASSIGNMENT JUDEA

The high-placed connection who facilitated Pontius Pilate’s smooth landing into the inner sanctums of Rome’s royalty and put him on a pedestal that saw him take pride of place in the cosmic gallery of rogues was Aelius Sejanus. Like Pilate, Sejanus came from the subordinate equestrian class, who would never be eligible for a seat in the Senate, the legislative council of ancient Rome.

Sejanus, however, had over time become Emperor Tiberius’ most trusted lieutenant and to the point where he was the de facto prime minister.  He had been commander of the Praetorian Guard, the elite Special Forces unit created by Augustus Caesar as a personal security force, which developed under Sejanus’ command into the most significant presence in Rome.

In AD 26, the emperor was not even based in Rome: he had confined himself to the 10.4 km2 island of Capri, about 264 km from Rome, and left control of Rome and the government of the Roman Empire to Sejanus. It was Sejanus who recommended the appointment of Pilate as prefect, or governor/procurator of Judea. The appointment was pronounced right on the occasion of Pilate’s nuptials with Claudius.

Philo records that when the bridal party emerged from the temple where the marriage ceremony was celebrated and Pilate started to follow the bride into the imperial litter, Tiberius, who was one of the twelve witnesses required to attend the ceremony, held him back and handed him a document. It was the wedding present – the governorship of far-flung Judea – with orders to proceed at once to Caesarea Maritima to take over the office made vacant by the recall of Valerius Gratus.

Pilate was notified by Sejanus that a ship was in fact waiting upon him to transport him to Palestine right away. The only disadvantageous aspect about the assignment was that Pilate was to leave the shores of Rome alone, without the pleasure of spending a first night in the arms of his newly wedded wife: by imperial decree, the wives of governors were not allowed to accompany them in their jurisdictions. Pilate, however, was a royal by marriage and so this prohibition was waived. By special permission granted by His Imperial Majesty Tiberius Caesar, Claudia soon joined her husband in Judea. The wily Pilate had calculated well when he married into royalty.

A SADISTIC ADMINISTRATOR

The Judean perch was not prestigious though, General. The prefects of Judea were not of high social status. At least one – Felix, referenced by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles – was an ex-slave, which says a great deal on the low regard in which the province was held by Rome.

Pilate was only secondarily sent to Judea on account of having married into royalty: his posting to the volatile province stemmed, primarily, from his being of a inferior social pedigree. Be that as it may, Pilate relished the posting in that it gave him the chance to exercise power, absolute power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and in Pilate was the archetypal example, General.

Pilate’s brief was simple: to collect taxes, maintain law and order, maintain infrastructure, and keep the population subdued. Although he was born lowly, he positively had the power of life and death over his Jewish subjects. Let us, General, listen to Josephus in his allusion to Coponius, Judea’s first Roman governor and who like Pilate was from the same subservient social class: “And now Archelaus’ part of Judea was reduced into a province and Coponius, one of the equestrian order among the Romans, was sent as procurator, having the power of life and death put into his hands by Caesar.”

Pilate, General, was callous to a point of being sadistic. He was scarcely the scrupling judge with the rare soft spot that we encounter in the gospels. Philo charges him with “corruptibility, violence, robberies, ill-treatment of the people, grievances, continuous executions without even the form of a trial, endless and intolerable cruelties”.

He further declares him to be a “savage, inflexible, and arbitrary ruler” who was of a “stubborn and harsh quality” and “could not bring himself to do anything that might cause pleasure to the Jews”. The essentially humane character of the Pilate who presided over the trial of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels may not be wholly fictitious but is highly embellished, General.

Why did Pilate have such a pathological hatred of the Jews, General? Sejanus had more to do with it than the spontaneous leanings of his own nature. According to Philo, Sejanus hated the Jews like the plague and wished “to do away with the nation” – to exterminate it. In AD 19, for instance, he forced the Jews in Rome to burn their religious vestments and expelled them from the city without much ado.

For as long as Sejanus was in power, General, Pilate could do pretty much as he pleased. He didn’t have to worry about compromising reportage reaching the emperor as everything went through the implacably anti-Jewish Sejanus. Sejanus was unrivalled in power: golden statues of the general were being put up in Rome, the Senate had voted his birthday a public holiday, public prayers were offered on behalf of Tiberius and Sejanus, and in AD 31 Sejanus was named as Consul jointly with Tiberius.

The Judea posting also gave Pilate a golden opportunity to make money – lots of it. The governors of the Roman provinces were invariably rapacious, greedy, and incompetent: this we learn not only from Jewish historians of the day but from contemporary Roman writers as well such as Tacitus and Juvenal.

As long as the money skimmed from the provinces was not overly excessive, governors were allowed a free hand. It is said of Emperor Tiberius that, “Once he ordered a governor to reverse a steep rise in taxes saying, ‘I want my sheep shorn, not skinned’!” For those governors, such as Pilate, who had support from the very acmes of Roman power, General, they were practically a law unto themselves.

PILATE’S WINGS ARE CLIPPED

Pontius Pilate, General, was untrained in political office. Furthermore, he was a sycophant to the core who was prepared to go to any length in a bid to curry favour with and prove his loyalty to the powers that be in Rome.    Both these attributes gave rise to a series of blunders that brought him the intense hatred of the Jews.

The first abomination he committed in the eyes of the Jews, General, was to set up a temple dedicated to Emperor Tiberius, which he called the Tiberieum, making him the only known Roman official to have built a temple to a living emperor.  True, Roman emperors were worshipped, but Tiberius was the one exception. According to the Roman scholar and historian Suetonius, Tiberius did not allow the consecration of temples to himself. Pilate’s act therefore, General, was an overkill: it was not appreciated at all.

Throughout his tenure, General, Pilate had a series of run-ins with the Jews, some of which entailed a lot of bloodshed and one of which sparked an insurrection that paved the way to Calvary. Then it all began to unravel, General. On October 18 AD 31, his patron Sejanus was summoned to the office of Emperor Tiberius and an angry denunciation was read out to him. It is not clear, General, what caused Sejanus’ fall from the emperor’s good graces but circumstantial evidence points to the perceived threat to the emperor’s power.

As the ancient historian Cassius Dio puts it, “Sejanus was so great a person by reason both of his excessive haughtiness and of his vast power that to put it briefly, he himself seemed to be the emperor and Tiberius a kind of island potentate, inasmuch as the latter spent his time on the island of Capri.”  Sejanus, hitherto the most powerful man in Rome, General, was thrown into a dungeon.

That same evening, he was summarily condemned to death, extracted from his cell, hung, and had his body given over to a crowd that tore it to pieces in a frenzy of manic excitement. His three children were all executed over the following months and his wife, Tiberius’ own daughter, committed suicide.  The people further celebrated his downfall by pulling his statues over.  Meanwhile, General, Tiberius began pursuing all those who could have been involved in the “plots” of Sejanus.

In Judea, Pilate, a Sejanus appointee, must have been badly shaken, General. Were his friends and family under suspicion? Would he be purged like others? Imperial attitudes to the Jewish race seemed to have changed now with the riddance of Sejanus. Tiberius made sure this was the case by appointing a new governor for Syria (who went by the title Legate and to whom Pilate was obligated to report).

The governor, Lucius Pomponius Flaccus, arrived in Rome in AD 32. Philo records that Tiberius now “charged his procurators in every place to which they were appointed to speak comfortably to the members of our nation in the different cities, assuring them that the penal measures did not extend to all but only to the guilty who were few, and to disturb none of the established customs but even to regard them as a trust committed to their care, the people as naturally peaceable and the institution as an influence promoting orderly conduct.”

So Pilate, General, had lost his supporters at the top, his new boss was on his doorstep, and there had been a change of policy regarding the very people he was in charge of. Surely, he would have to watch his step. The fact of the matter, however, General, was that he hardly did so.  In November 32 AD, for instance, he provoked a mini-uprising by the Zealots led by Judas Iscariot, Theudas Barabbas, and Simon Zelotes. It was this revolt, General, that culminated in those three “crosses” of Calvary that are indelibly etched on the mind of every Christian.

NEXT WEEK: ZEALOT REVOLT AGAINST PILATE

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Hustle & Muscle

24th August 2021

Until as recently as the 1980s a career often meant a job for life within a single company or organisation. Phrases such as ‘climbing the corporate ladder’, ‘the glass ceiling’, ‘wage slave’ & ‘the rat race’ were thrown about, the analogies making clear that a career path was a toxic mix of a war of attrition, indentured drudgery and a Sisyphean treadmill.

In all cases you fought, grafted or plodded on till you reached retirement age, at which point you could expect a small leaving party, the promise of a pension and, oddly, a gift of either a clock or watch. The irony of being rewarded with a timepiece on the very day you could expect to no longer be a workday prisoner was apparently lost on management – the hands of time were destined to follow you to the grave!

Retirement was the goal at the end of the long, corporate journey, time on your hands – verifiable by your gifted time keeping device – to spend time working in the garden, playing with the grandchildren, enjoying a holiday or two and generally killing time till time killed you.

For some, retirement could be literally short-lived. The retirement age, and accompanying pension, was predicated on the old adage of three scores years and ten being the average life expectancy of man. As the twentieth century progressed and healthcare became more sophisticated, that former mean average was extended but that in itself then brought with it the double-edged sword of dementia. The longer people lived, the more widespread dementia became – one more life lottery which some won, some lost and doctors were seemingly unable to predict who would succumb and who would survive.

However, much research has been carried out on the causes of this crippling and cruel disease and the latest findings indicate that one of its root causes may lie in the former workplace – what your job entailed and how stimulating or otherwise it was. It transpires that having an interesting job in your forties could lessen the risk of getting dementia in old age, the mental stimulation possibly staving off the onslaught of the condition by around 18 months.

Academics examined more than 100,000 participants and tracked them for nearly two decades. They spotted a third fewer cases of dementia among people who had engaging jobs which involved demanding tasks and more control — such as government officers, directors, physicians, dentists and solicitors, compared to adults in ‘passive’ roles — such as supermarket cashiers, vehicle drivers and machine operators. And those who found their own work interesting also had lower levels of proteins in their blood that have been linked with dementia.

The study was carried out by researchers from University College London, the University of Helsinki and Johns Hopkins University studying the cognitive stimulation and dementia risk in 107,896 volunteers, who were regularly quizzed about their job.  The volunteers — who had an average age of around 45 — were tracked for between 14 and 40 years.  Jobs were classed as cognitively stimulating if they included demanding tasks and came with high job control. Non-stimulating ‘passive’ occupations included those with low demands and little decision-making power.

4.8 cases of dementia per 10,000 person years occurred among those with interesting careers, equating to 0.8 per cent of the group. In contrast, there were 7.3 cases per 10,000 person years among those with repetitive jobs (1.2 per cent). Among people with jobs that were in the middle of these two categories, there were 6.8 cases per 10,000 person years (1.12 per cent).

The link between how interesting a person’s work was and rates of dementia did not change for different genders or ages.Lead researcher Professor Mika Kivimaki, from UCL, said: ‘Our findings support the hypothesis that mental stimulation in adulthood may postpone the onset of dementia. The levels of dementia at age 80 seen in people who experienced high levels of mental stimulation was observed at age 78.3 in those who had experienced low mental stimulation. This suggests the average delay in disease onset is about one and half years, but there is probably considerable variation in the effect between people.’

The study, published this week in the British Medical Journal, also looked at protein levels in the blood among another group of volunteers. These proteins are thought to stop the brain forming new connections, increasing the risk of dementia. People with interesting jobs had lower levels of three proteins considered to be tell-tale signs of the condition.

Scientists said it provided ‘possible clues’ for the underlying biological mechanisms at play. The researchers noted the study was only observational, meaning it cannot establish cause and that other factors could be at play. However, they insisted it was large and well-designed, so the findings can be applied to different populations.

To me, there is a further implication in that it might be fair to expect that those in professions such as law, medicine and science might reasonably be expected to have a higher IQ than those in blue collar roles. This could indicate that mental capacity also plays a part in dementia onset but that’s a personal conclusion and not one reached by the study.

And for those stuck in dull jobs through force of circumstance, all is not lost since in today’s work culture, the stimulating side-hustle is fast becoming the norm as work becomes not just a means of financial survival but a life-enhancing opportunity , just as in the old adage of ‘Find a job you enjoy and you’ll never work another day in your life’!

Dementia is a global concern but ironically it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age and is the second biggest killer in the UK behind heart disease, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. So here’s a serious suggestion to save you from an early grave and loss of competencies – work hard, play hard and where possible, combine the two!

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The Lord Ties The Knot

18th August 2021
JUDAS

… as Judas Iscariot takes strong exception

The gospels which were excluded from the official canon, the New Testament, at the Council of Nicaea are known as the Apocrypha. One of these Apocryphal works, General Atiku, is the gospel of Phillip.  In this gospel, the intimate relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene is openly discussed thus:

“And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on the mouth.  The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said unto him, why do you love her more than all of us? The Saviour answered and said to them, why do   I not love you like her? … Great is the mystery of marriage, for without it the world would never have existed. Now, the existence of the world depends on man, and the existence of man on marriage.”

It is clear from the above statement, General, that Jesus held marriage in high regard because he himself was part and parcel of it.  The disciples (that is, most of them) were offended not because he and Mary were an item but because they simply did not approve of her as she was a Gentile and a commoner.

Otherwise, the kissing was not offensive at all: it was a customary expression of mutual affection between the sacred bride and groom. This we gather from the prototypically romantic Old Testament text known as The Song of Solomon, which opens with the words, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.”  As the Davidic groom, Jesus was therefore entitled to kiss Mary Magdalene as his bride.

THE FIRST MARRIAGE

In September AD 30, General Atiku, Jesus and Mary Magdalene had their First Marriage ceremony. Jesus had turned 36 in that year, the appropriate marriage age for a Davidic heir, and September was the holiest month in the Jewish calendar.  Having been born irregularly himself (in the wrong month of the year because of his father Joseph’s intransigence), Jesus was determined that he himself follow the law to the letter so that his child would not suffer the same indignities as he did. The First Marriage is captured in LUKE 7:35-50.

The marriage took place at the home of Simon the Pharisee. This, General, was another name for Simon Zelotes, the stepfather of Mary Magdalene. Although Mary Magdalene is not directly named, she is described as a “sinner”. This was another term for Gentiles, as in the eyes of the Jewish God, they were unregenerate and therefore hopeless sinners.  Mary Magdalene, whose mother Helena-Salome was of Syrian origin (Syro-Phoenicia to be specific), was a Gentile.

On the occasion, Mary Magdalene performed three acts on Jesus as set out in LUKE 7:38. She wept; kissed his feet; and anointed him with ointment. This is what a bride was supposed to do to her groom as clearly evinced in The Song of Solomon, a series of love poems concerning a spouse and her husband the King.

Of the three rites, perhaps it is the weeping that require elucidation, General. This was at once symbolic and sentimental.  The First Marriage was simply a ceremony: the moment the ceremony was over, the husband and wife separated, that is, they lived apart until the month of December, when they came together under one roof.  This was in accord with Essene stipulations for dynastic marriages, that is, those of the Davidic Messiah and the priestly Messiah.

Prior to the First Marriage, the bride was known as an Almah, meaning a betrothed Virgin. After the First Marriage ceremony, the Almah was demoted to a Sister. This was because the ensuing three-month separation meant husband and wife would not indulge in sexual activity and so the wife was as good as a sister to her husband. The imagery of Sister also being a wife is seen in 1 CORINTHIANS 9:5, where the apostle Paul refers to his wife as Sister. In ACTS 23:16, Paul’s wife is again referred to as his Sister.

Now, when the Almah became a Sister, General, she was metaphorically called a Widow, because she was being separated  from her newly wedded husband. As such, she was expected to symbolically weep on account of this separation. That explains why Mary Magdalene had to weep at her first wedding. It is a pity, General, that most Christians and their clergy miss the real story so wrongly indoctrinated are they.

In December AD 30, Jesus moved in with Mary Magdalene to consummate the marriage. It was hoped that Mary would fall pregnant so that in March the following year, a Second (and final) Marriage ceremony would be held.  Sadly, conception did not take place. According to Essene dynastic procreational rules, the couple had to separate again. They would reunite in December AD 31 for another try at conception.

The reason they separated was because for a dynastic heir, marriage was purely for procreation and not for recreational sex. But even that year, General, Mary did not fall pregnant, necessitating another year-long separation. What that meant was that Mary would be given one more last chance – in December AD 32, by which time Jesus would have been 38.  If she did not conceive this time around, the marriage would come to an end through a legal divorce and Jesus would be free to seek a new spouse.

THE FINAL MARRIAGE

In December 32, Mary Magdalene, General, finally conceived. When Jesus was crucified therefore in April 33 AD, his wife was three months pregnant. By this time, the Second Marriage ceremony, the final one, had already taken place, this being in March. The Second Marriage is cursorily related in MATTHEW 26:6-13; MARK 14:3-9; and JOHN 12:1-8.The John version reads as follows:

“Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus, who had died, whom he raised out of the dead; they made, therefore, to him a supper there, and Martha was ministering, and Lazarus was one of those reclining together (at meat) with him; Mary, therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of spikenard, of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus and did wipe with her hair his feet, and the house was filled from the fragrance of the ointment.

Therefore said one of his disciples – Judas Iscariot, of Simon, who was about to deliver him up – ‘Therefore was not this ointment sold for three hundred denaries, and given to the poor?’ and he said this, not because he was caring for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and what things were put in he was carrying. Jesus, therefore, said, ‘Suffer her; for the day of my embalming she has kept it, for the poor you have always with yourselves, and me you have not always.’”

This story (also see JOHN 11:1-44) centres on four people primarily, General. They are Jesus; Lazarus; Mary; and Martha. “Mary” was actually Mary Magdalene.  “Martha” was a titular name for her mother, Helena-Salome.  In the Lazarus story, the two ladies are referred to as “sisters”. This denotes conventual sisters, like the Catholics refer to conventual nuns, and not sisters by blood. Helena-Salome actually headed a nunnery. By the same token, the reference to Lazarus as “brother” has a connotation akin to what Pentecostals refer to as “Brother in Christ”.

Thus, the story revolves around Jesus the groom; his bride Mary Magdalene; his father-in-law Simon Zelotes; and his mother-in-law Helena-Salome. This is a family affair folks, which provides strong hints as to the exact relationship between Jesus and Mary. The raising from the dead of a man called Lazarus, sadly, was not a miracle at all:  it was a ceremonial restoration from excommunication back to the Essene governing council, which comprised of Jesus and his so-called 12 disciples.

The “Lazarus” who was thus restored was actually Simon Zelotes, at the time the most “beloved” by Jesus of the entire apostolic band, who had been demoted under circumstances relating to a Zealot uprising against Pontius Pilate.  More will be said on the subject at a later stage.

The anointing of Jesus by Mary with “spikenard”, General, harps back to ancient married rituals as patently demonstrated in The Song of Solomon. This was the second time Mary had anointed Jesus, first at the First Marriage in September AD 30 AD and now at the Second Marriage in March 32 AD. On both occasions, Mary anointed Jesus whilst he sat at table.

In SONG OF SOLOMON 1:12, the bride says, “While the King sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof”.  The anointing in the gospels was therefore an allusion to the ancient rite whereby a royal bride prepared her groom’s table. Only as the wife of Jesus and as a priestess in her own right could Mary Magdalene have anointed both the feet and head of Jesus.

The anointing in effect had two purposes: first, to seal the marriage, and second, to officially announce to the Jewish nation that Jesus was the Davidic Messiah (and not his younger brother James, who had been so promoted by John the Baptist).  It all harped back to the tradition in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, where Kings or Pharaohs were anointed for office (in their case with crocodile fat) by their half-sister brides.

The King’s bride actually kept the anointment substance for use for one more time – when the King died. You can now understand, General, why Jesus said “the day of my embalming she has kept it” in reference to his anointing by Mary Magdalene and why the first person to feature at the tomb of Jesus was none other than Mary Magdalene!

Three passages in the Lazarus story     (in JOHN11: 1-44) are particularly telling.  They are Verses 20, 28, and 29. They read as follows: “When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house … After Martha said this, she went back and called her sister Mary privately. ‘The Master is here,’ she told her, ‘and is asking for you.’ When Mary heard this, she got up and hurried out to meet him.”  The reason Mary (Magdalene) first kept her place before proceeding to meet Jesus, General, is not supplied in the Johannine gospel.

However, the Apocryphal document which has come to be known as The Secret Gospel of Mark sheds more light, General.  It explains that on the first occasion, Mary did come out to meet Jesus along with her mother Martha (Helena-Salome) but upon being rebuked by the disciples of Jesus, she repaired back to the house. Why was she lashed out at, General? Because according to the Essene matrimonial code, she was not permitted to come out of her own accord and greet her husband: she was to wait until he had given her express permission to emerge.

There is yet another element in the conduct of Mary Magdalene that has parallels with Solomon’s queen, General. In the back-and-forth romantic dialogue between the couple, the queen is referred to as a “Shulamite” (SONG OF SOLOMON 6:13). The Shulamites were from the Syrian border town of  Solam and we have already seen that Mary’s first foster father, Syro the Jairus, was a Syrian, as was her mother Helena-Salome.

JUDAS DENOUNCES THE MARRIAGE

The marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene was vehemently opposed by most of his so-called disciples. The most vociferous on this position, General, was Judas Iscariot. The writer of the John gospel characterises Judas as a “thief” who used to pilfer alms money but that is a smear.  The gospels were written post-eventual and therefore Judas’ name was already in ignominy.

His detractors therefore had a field day at sullying his character. Yet prior to the betrayal, Judas Iscariot, General, was one of the most respected figures among the Essene community. At the time of Jesus’ marriage, Judas was the second-highest ranking Essene after Simon Zelotes (that is the meaning of “Judas of Simon” in the passage quoted above, meaning “Judas the deputy of Simon”): Jesus was third, although politically he was the seniormost.

Judas opposed the marriage on grounds, primarily, that Mary Magdalene was not only a Gentile but a commoner. Judas had the right to pronounce on Jesus’ marriage because it was he who was in charge of the Essene’s order of Dan, to which Mary Magdalene belonged prior to her marriage to Jesus and therefore had the right whether to release her for marriage or retain her in the convent. Judas would rather the spikenard (the most expensive fragrance of the day, the reason it was only used by queens) was sold and the money generated donated to the Essene kitty (“the poor” was another name for Essenes: when Jesus in the Beatitudes said “blessed are the poor”, he was not referring to you and me: he meant the Essenes).

Sadly General, as high-standing as he was, Judas had no right of veto over the marriage of a Davidic heir: only Simon Zelotes had by virtue of his position as the Essene’s Pope. Simon Zelotes was Mary Magdalene’s step-father and there was no way he was going to stand in the way of the marriage of his own daughter. Moreover, Jesus had already begun to fancy himself as Priest-King.

As far as he was concerned therefore, he was at once the Davidic Messiah and the Priestly Messiah – the Melchizedek. Thus even if Simon Zelotes had perchance objected to the marriage, Jesus would have gone ahead with it anyway. It was Jesus’ highly unpopular appropriated role as the Melchizedek, General, that set him on the path to Calvary.

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