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The Bread of Life

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

    
How Ormus sustained  the Anunnaki and Nation of Israel

The Sinai Peninsula did not have a speck of gold in its crust. So where did the gold that was used to manufacture the Ormus the Petrie party happened upon  in Hathor’s Temple emanate?

It was Egypt. You will be aware by now that the Sinai Peninsula was part of Egypt effective from circa 2600 BC to 106 AD (latterly it has reverted to Egypt anyway, after Israel seized it during the 6-Day  War of June 1967 and wholly returned it in 1982).  Ancient Egypt was very rich in gold and particularly so because it incorporated Nubia, today’s Sudan, which had even larger reserves of the yellow metal. It explains why the Egyptian word for gold is nub, a truncation of  Nubia.

It is estimated that almost 6.7 million ounces of gold, equivalent to just under $9 billion at today’s rates, has been mined from Egypt’s Eastern Desert alone.   About 1300 gold mines are said to have been excavated over the past 4600 years or so in the country and more than 100 gold quarries have been identified.  When archaeologists investigated the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, who died by means foul at only age 21, they found 110 tons worth of gold, equivalent to $7 billion in today’s money. Of course much of that gold must have come from foreign sources given that the average yearly gold production in pharaonic times is estimated at 1 ton per annum.

Now, gold in those days was not the ultimate store of value it is today.  There was no such thing as a gold treasury as there was no money until the third century BC and trade was by barter.  The working population received their pay in food and gifts. So to what use was all the gold put to?

Well, with Ormus factoring into the equation, the answer is obvious. Ormus-making was why some of the Egyptian gold ended up at Serabit El Khadim. Indeed, King Solomon did not become history’s richest King (the more authoritative historians  say it is Mansa Musa  of Mali Empire fame  who merits this accolade) thanks to the surfeit of gold he  possessed but thanks to what he made out of gold – Ormus.  

But was the ordinary man on the streets aware of Ormus and that it was made out of gold? Ancient Egyptians referred to gold as “the flesh of the gods”, that is, the Anunnaki. This was because like gold, the Anunnaki did shine (by virtue of talking Ormus) and like gold they never tarnished or deteriorated (they neither  aged nor fell ill), again thanks to ingesting Ormus. Maybe Ormus was only a secret because ordinary mankind didn’t know how it was made. But they knew of its existence alright, hence its other public domains names such as the Elixir of Life or the Fountain of Youth.

THE ANUNNAKI PROSPECTED FOR ORMUS

The Anunnaki, the Old Testament gods, came to Earth, from their planet Nibiru, about 450,000 years ago to prospect for gold.  According to Sumerian records, the first place they searched for this gold was in the Persian Gulf, in the sea. Chroniclers of the Anunnaki saga, including the highly regarded Zechariah Sitchin, have taken it for granted that the gold the Anunnaki were prospecting for in the sea was regular gold, the familiar yellow metal. That, regrettably, is misconceived.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calculates that there is today about 20 million tons of gold dissolved in all sea water on the planet. But to extract just one ounce of gold, one will need about 30 million pounds of sea water. “We are talking such miniscule quantities that it is hard to even wrap your head around it,” says the NOAA.

Maybe the quantity of gold in the oceans at the time of the Anunnaki was higher then if we take account of the gold-rich asteroids that hurtle into Earth’s seas from time to time, but the extraction ratio must have been the same. Clearly, if it was metallic gold the Anunnaki were looking for, the sea was the wrong place to look. But they did scour the sea for gold all right. THIS GOLD, HOWEVER, WAS NOT METALLIC GOLD: IT WAS ORMUS – MONOATOMIC GOLD.

The first thing the Anunnaki were concerned about when they touched down on Earth was their wellbeing healthwise on a foreign planet. The other was their lifespan on a planet with an infinitesimally shorter circumsolar (around the sun) cycle compared with Nibiru. If they had to guarantee sound health through and through and more or less maintain their life expectancy, they needed Ormus sooner than later. Ormus, as indicated above, abounds far much more in the sea than on firm land.

It was after they had extracted sufficient quantities of Ormus from the sea (and the surrounding rivers such as the Havillah and the Pishon) that the Anunnaki now decided to set up mining facilities in Africa and embark on the extraction of metallic gold. This is the sequence they followed as Sumerian records crystal-clearly set out for us.

The gold the Anunnaki came to obtain from Earth, Sumerian records inform us, was lofted into the upper reaches of their planet’s atmosphere with a view to sealing the ozone hole. But that was simply one of the purposes for which it was used. A proportion of any element that is suspended in the stratosphere is certain to fall back on the surface of the planet as a component of rain. That was the case with Nibiru.

The planet’s “golden rain” bathed the herbs, plants, grass, fruits, and crops and the dissolved monoatomic gold was therefore absorbed and chemically retained. When the Anunnaki fed on these fruits and crops and on the meaty animals that fed on the planet’s flora, or when they (the Anunnaki) partook of naturally grown herbs or herbal products, they automatically absorbed the monoatomic gold they contained, Ormus.  That way, their lives were practically infinitely prolonged by the Ormus, which has anti-aging properties and is innately medicinal across the whole spectrum of ailments.

EDIN IDEAL LOCATION FOR ORMUS INGREDIENTS

In The Lost Book of Enki, the story-teller, Enki, commands his master scribe Endubasar (who documented Enki’s dictation) to “eat the bread and drink the water and be sustained for forty days and forty nights” (an echo of the Jesus stint in the wilderness) prior to the commencement of his script-writing labours. What kind of bread can keep a man going without conventional food for such a length of time? Of course it’s none other than Ormus.

That Ormus was central to Anunnaki wellbeing is very cleverly encoded right in the opening passages of Genesis. Talking about the Edin (Eden in the Bible), the Anunnaki’s first settlement on Earth in southern Iraq, GENESIS 2:12 reads: “And the gold of that land is good: there is also bdellium and the onyx stone.” There’s more than meets the eye to this statement folks: IT SPECIFIES THE THREE MATERIALS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE PREPARATION OF ORMUS.

BDELIUM is gum resin. The Egyptian word for gum resin is KMY.T, which originally meant “black earth”. Now, ancient alchemists used code language to denote the ingredients required to make Ormus as the process was classified by the alchemical adepts. One of the three primary ingredients was antimony ore (stibnite), which is black. Bdelium was a code word for black antimony.

ONYX is a semi-precious stone that can assume a dark-red colour. As such, it signifies a red stone. Needless to say, Onyx was a code word for cinnabar, the dark red rock from which mercury is extracted. To make Ormus, gold was the primary ingredient. Mercury and antimony were the auxiliary elements. The fact that these three metals are mentioned together in the inceptual lines of Genesis is no mere chance.

IT IS ALSO NOTEWORTHY THAT ALL THE THREE METALS WERE OBTAINABLE AROUND THE EDIN. The Zagros Mountain range (which straddles Iran, Iraqi, and southeastern Turkey) and the river Pishon/Uizon (GENESIS 2:11) were prominent sources of gold in antiquity. (Today the river Uizon flows past a village in Turkey called Zarshuyan, which means ‘gold washing’, which is more than a tell-tale.) In ancient times, northwestern Iran provided a rich source of antimony and eastern Turkey abounded with cinnabar ores. It goes without saying that when the Anunnaki chose Iraq as their first settlement on Earth, they took due account of its strategic location – its proximity to sources of the principal ingredients for Ormus.

It is also significant that the description of the location of the Garden of Eden (GENESIS 2:10-14) follows immediately after the first mention of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge (GENESIS 2:9). Again this is not a coincidence. In the purview of multiple encoded meanings of biblical accounts, the Tree of Life was amongst other things symbolic of Ormus, the elixir of the Anunnaki “gods”.

The “Tree of Knowledge” was symbolic, amongst other things, of the theoretical and practical knowledge required to actually produce Ormus. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden lest they partake of the Tree of Life and “live forever” may therefore be emblematic of their being forbidden access to Ormus.

The Anunnaki God of Knowledge as we have already established was Enki. ENKI WAS ALSO THE ANUNNAKI’S MASTER ALCHEMIST. It was Enki who taught Adapa, his son with an Earthling woman, and Cain the art of alchemy. From that time, Adapa and his descendents became alchemical priests. For example, Tubal-Cain, who was several generations removed from Cain, is described in the Bible as a metallurgist specialising in copper and iron. It is small wonder Enki was so abhorred by Enlil as he gave away the secrets of the gods to mankind. He was the Prometheus who stole fire (privileged knowledge) from Mount Olympus (the abode of Jehovah-Enlil) and gave it to the Adamite race, his creation.

MANNA WAS ORMUS FOR NATION OF ISRAEL!

If you recall what we said last time around, Ormus is a recurrent feature in the Bible, often directly but on occasion veiled in a language that may appear as code to us but which secret society initiates of the day understood rather easily. In the Bible, Ormus is primarily referred to as Manna. It is also called bread, the bread of life, shewbread, the bread of the presence, white stone, gold glass, or simply proper food.

The commonest reference to Ormus, Manna, was meant to confuse the uninitiated. For Manna simply means, “what is it?” This statement embodied elements both of mystery (what the hell is this thing?) and wonder, the latter because of the wondrous effects it had on those who consumed it. It had to remain a mystery to those who were not ordained into the mystery schools of the day.

In the Bible, Manna is first encountered in the time of Moses, during the Jewish exodus from Egypt to “The Promised Land” (“The Usurped Land” fits the bill better). When the Nation of Israel was confined to the wilderness for “40 years”, they were fed on Manna. Explaining what this mysterious substance was to his people, Moses described it as “bread” God, that is, Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus,  had provisioned his people.

It was white in colour, was shaped into wafers (like the sacrament bread of the Catholics today) and tasted like honey (because honey was a binding ingredient), but Moses described it as bread anyway. Now, the authors of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament) are noted for their penchant for meticulous detail. They could describe a procedure, an apparatus, paraphernalia, a ritual, a special attire, or an object encyclopaedically. Yet they furnish no details as to what a seemingly vital source of sustenance such as Manna exactly was. This of course is deliberate. They didn’t want to give the game away. But the term “bread’ is a sufficient enough cue.

THIS BREAD, THIS MANNA, WAS ORMUS. It was necessary for Adad to feed his people with Ormus because first, he wanted to ensure that they were in sound health both at the spiritual and physical level. Second, he wanted to see to it that in the event that they were engaged in wars of conquest, they should be fighting fit. Ormus was an omnipotent enough food to guarantee both these capacities. HOWEVER, THE ORMUS THE ISRAELITES WERE GIVEN WAS A DUMBED-DOWN VERSION.

Firstly, it was not made from gold but from copper, a mineral in which the Sinai Peninsula was very rich (Recall that Ormus can be made not only from gold but also from silver, the platinum metals, copper, nickel, cobalt, and mercury. These metals are ipso facto known as the ORME Elements, ORME being an acronym for Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements, or Ormus in short). Secondly, the white powder of copper, the copper Ormus, was mixed with a disproportionately large quantity of unleavened (yeastless) flour.

It was reasonably potent enough though to nourish both their bodies and their souls but not to effect a wholesale transformation intellectually and genetically. For from what we glean from happenings in the wilderness, the Israelites still aged and died and were not that intellectually focused. They did a lot of dumb things. The Enlilite Anunnaki would never give Earthlings high-grade Ormus with medicinal and anti-aging properties, with properties that perfected the intellect.
     
SHEWBREAD – THE PRIESTLY ORMUS

In antiquity, gold was known as the metal of the gods – the Anunnaki. It is therefore not surprising that gold – both the metallic type and the monoatomic variety – had a connotation and symbolism in the Bible that had divine undertones. A prominent personage in the Pentateuch is one Bezaleel. Bezaleel was the most skilled goldsmith of the day; as such, he was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle (a portable Temple the Israelites used during their years of wandering in the wilderness under Moses) and was tasked to build the iconic Ark of the Covenant. EXODUS 39:32-41 sets out comprehensively the contents, components, and constituents of the Tabernacle. Of these, the most enigmatic was an item known as the bread of the presence. In other sections, it is referred to as shewbread or, intriguingly, meat. What was shewbread?

Shewbread consisted of twelve, disc-shaped cakes, each representing a tribe of Israel, that were placed on a golden table in the Tabernacle in the Holy Place, which was in front of the Holy of Holies, the most sacred precinct of the Tabernacle. It was called shewbread (“shew” is the archaic form of “show”) because it was meant to be symbolically shown off to the imaginary presence of God (hence, its other name, the bread of the presence) in an imaginary picture of God’s willingness to fellowship with his people.

THE FACT THAT IT WAS NOT ORDINARY BREAD IS HINTED BY THE PERSON WHO PREPARED IT. IT WAS BEZALEEL, A MASTER CRAFTSMAN OF COPPER, SILVER, AND GOLD. Certainly, if it were made from ordinary flour, it would not have required preparation by a master metallurgist. In preparing the shewbread, Bezaleel worked with the Kohathite priests only, one of the three main divisions of the Levite priests, and no other.

This particularised feature about its preparation is suggestive of the necessity to jealously protect and classify knowledge of its ingredients. Indeed, the Jewish Encyclopaedia notes that, “It would seem that the preparing of these cakes involved certain information which was kept as a secret by this priestly set”.

The shewbread of the Tabernacle was made from Ormus of gold mixed with unleavened flour, also known as “fine flour” or “sweet flour”, the latter because it was laced with a bit of honey to make it palatable to the taste. It had to be made from gold and not any other monoatomic element because gold was the elemental symbol of God. The table itself was made out of gold and bore only gold utensils. Every piece of furniture in the room was made of gold.

The 12 shewbread cakes were replaced every seven days. Jewish rabbinical literature says despite a “table life” of seven days, the cakes remained as hot as if they were freshly baked, something very uncharacteristic of ordinary bread. The replaced cakes were to be consumed by the serving priests right in the Holy Place. However, some priests chose to share their portion of the cake with members of their families. But the family members would not enter the Holy Place to partake of it: they would have to do so in the outer court.

Slaves belonging to the priests were also entitled to partake of the shewbread cakes. Clearly, it was privileged food for privileged people who were pivotal to the Anunnaki-instituted idolatry ritual we now call religion. The Jewish rabbinical literature says when the shewbread was distributed to priests, each received the measure of a size of a bean seed (there were up to 22,000 priests, then add to that their families) but this was enough to meet both their intellectual and bodily needs as well as their illumination metaphysically! ORDINARY BREAD WOULD NOT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS: ONLY ORMUS COULD.

NEXT WEEK: MORE ON THE ORMUS MAGIC

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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.

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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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