It is said, General Atiku, that life on Earth began 4.1 billion years ago. If so, how was it incepted and who incepted it? Well, it was propagated by our star ancestors, the ruling race of females from the Orion star system along with the leading lights of their male offspring. These primeval beings were of the Serpent race, the Surbah in olden languages.
The Theory of Panspermia posits that “seeds of life” came to Earth on the backs of meteorites that crashed into our world billions of years ago. These seeds of life were not Y-chromosome-based: they were X-chromosome-based because as we demonstrated in The Earth Chronicles series, the Y chromosome is a recent arrival, having debuted only 130 million years ago. Why did X-chromosome life have to precede Y-chromosome life? It is because female life forms, General, can reproduce on their own, whereas male life forms cannot.
Now, these X-chromosome life seeds did not come from without: they had cosmic ancestors. Whether the seeds of life came to Earth by accident or by design, their ancestors were obviously X-chromosome based. But we know life on Earth was purposefully seeded by intelligent beings because nothing happens by accident in the universe; everything has a purpose even if we may not understand that purpose, General.
If the intelligent beings, our star ancestors, who sowed the seeds of life wanted X-chromosome life to flourish first on our planet, then they themselves must have been X-chromosome based. They must have been female or were of female progenitors. Cosmic history indeed does bear that out. Who were these powerful race of extraterrestrial females who spawned life on Earth, General? It was of course the beings of Orion, General, the Serpent race.
THE SERPENT PREDOMINATES
The Serpent Cult, General, was the most widespread on Earth due to the cosmic significance of the Orion Queen and her most famous and most impactful son, Enki. In Africa, almost all cultures worshipped the serpent (that is, the spirit behind it, namely the Orion Queen). The San, Southern Africa’s earliest people who are also known as Bushmen, worshipped the python. Virtually all the original diKgosi (chiefs) were themselves Reptilians and not full humans.
Some ancient Israelites worshipped the serpent, or vacillated between worshipping the serpent and other gods. The Old Testament attests to that in its account of Moses, who when the Israelites were being bitten by snakes as punishment by their Anunnaki god Ishkur-Adad (Jehovah) fashioned a brazen serpent and asked the Israelites to look up at it for immediate healing (NUMBERS 21:7-9).
Even today, the serpent is very much reverenced, General. Most of the family crests of Illuminati families, e.g. the Rothschilds, bear serpent imagery. The earliest symbol of medicine, the Rod of Asclepius, as well as the modern one, the Caduceus, both depict a serpent or two serpents coiled around a staff. Ostensibly, this is to evoke the universal healing that arose in the Moses incident but the real, unstated reason is to indirectly deify the serpent, which in effect is to deify the Reptilian Queen of Orion.
In due course, when the Sirius star system became the companion empire to Orion as opposed to a subsidiary empire, which it was before, and was now ruled by Kings instead of Queens, the Kings of Sirius also adopted the title An, or Anu, meaning “Heaven” or “He of Heaven”. Consequently, Sirius also came to be known as Heaven, with its King being referred to as the Supreme God. In Sumerian times, the Orion Queen was actually only minimally directly adored: it was the Sirian King, Anu, who was worshipped either directly or through proxies – his offspring who were now directly ruling Earth. The Orion Queen was not completely discarded: she too was venerated but through her offspring too.
About half a million years ago, General, Earth was again colonised by a highly advanced race from a far-flung place in the Milky Way Galaxy. Since this race constitute the latter colonisers of Earth, it occupies a prominent place in the annals of our planet particularly that it is so amply documented in ancient records by the Sumerians, the world’s best-known civilisation of old.
In the Sumerian textual corpus, General, this race is referred to as the Anunna. It is in subsequent Akkadian texts (Akkadian being a language that stemmed from Sumerian and was the precursor of Hebrew) that it is referred to as the Anunnaki. The term Anunna has been defined as “Beings from Heaven” or “Peoples of Anu”. The term Anunnaki has traditionally been understood to mean “Those who from Heaven to Earth came”.
Since Heaven in this context simply means the cosmos, what these terms actually refer to are Aliens or ETs, General. Aliens are beings from other planets within the Solar System or from other star systems in the vast expanse of space. Yet the original rendering of Anunnaki, General, was actually Anu-Ene-Eke. This meant “Creator Beings of the Heavenly Realm”. The Heavenly Realm was the Orion star system, the domain of the great Orion Queen whose array of titles included Ene, meaning “The Lord”; An, meaning “The Heavenly One” or simply “The One”; and Eke, meaning “Divine Creator”.
Ene-Eke can also be written as Eke-Ene because in ancient languages syllables could be reversed without altering the meaning. It is Eke-Ene that gave rise to the English word archon (arkhein in Greek, meaning “rulers”). By the first century, however, the term archon, which was popularised by the Gnostics, no longer referred to Aliens in general. It referred to interdimensional Reptilians, what the Bible calls demons, and their physical manifestation as Drakons of the Draco star system.
In the Bible, the Anunnaki as a group are variously referred to as the Anakim, the Elohim, or the Nephilim in the original Hebrew language. In the English translation, they are referred to as simply “God” or “The Lord God”. The singular terms Jehovah, Yahweh, Adonai, etc, all refer to various members of the Anunnaki pantheon, the Anunnaki royals who were led by Enlil, the most prominent Jehovah (various members of the Anunnaki alternated as Jehovahs) who originally was Earth’s Chief Executive, and his step-brother Enki, who was second in command and who in the opening chapters of Genesis is referred to as the Serpent. It was Enki who fashioned Adam, by way of genetic engineering, using the genes of Homo Erectus and those of a dark-skinned Anunnaki, what we today call Olmecs.
OZONE HOLE IN NIBIRU ATMOSPHERE
The saga of Enki, General, effectively begins with planet Nibiru. In the course of time, a crisis arose on a planet which Sirius had long colonised. This planet was part of a planetary system known as Buida, after its sun. Buida (meaning “far-flung”) was already part of the greater Orion Empire and was located along the 9th Passageway, which was policed by the Sirius star system’s King Anan’s army on behalf of the Orion Queen, the overall sovereign. About 4 billion years ago, the planet was part of Sirius B in its formative stages.
Then when Sirius B aborted as a star, that is, failed to develop into a full-fledged sun, the planet was lobbed into the greater void of space. It continued to drift and strayed close to Buida’s planetary system, whereupon it was permanently caught up by the gravitational pull of the giant planet Anshar, which we now call Neptune, as the 10th planet. Buida is what we now call Sol, our sun. The captured planet is variously known as Planet X, Planet 9, or more commonly Nibiru, and having the most elongated orbit of all planets of the Solar System, it is seen only once every 3600 years.
Nibiru was the first planet the Anunnaki colonised in the Solar System, General. This is understandable in view of the fact that when it is at its apogee (the furthest point from the Sun), it is only a stone’s throw, in a manner of speaking, from Sirius A, which is only 8.7 light years from Earth. At the time King Anan was ruling Sirius, Nibiru was being ruled by another Sirian royal called Lhama. Meanwhile, King Anan was attended at court by his cousin Alshar. Alshar went by the title Cup-Bearer. The Cup-Bearer was actually the Crown Prince. Those days in Sirius, the Crown Prince was not the King’s son but his half-brother or cousin typically.
Under the rule of Lhama, Nibiru was beset by a crisis that had been scores of years in the making (a year on Nibiru, called a shar, is equivalent to 3600 Earth years). Some ranks of Nibiru’s leading meteorologists pointed to a kind of Ozone hole as the cause, a gap in the upper reaches of the atmosphere – something our planet is presently afflicted with too. The Anunnaki tried all sorts of scientific tricks to remedy the atmospheric breach but to no avail. In the midst of the ensuing groundswell of disaffection both in royal circles and amongst the body politic, King Lhama sent to King Anan in Sirius to prescribe a way forward.
ALALU TAKES THE REINS
When King Anan of Sirius received the message of the crisis on Nibiru, General, he assigned Alshar to attend to the Nibiru problem. Now, Alshar was not only in direct charge of the imperial Sirian army but he was a most ambitious, power-hungry man. He coveted power and wanted to be his own sovereign. To him therefore, the Nibiru crisis was an opportunity to realise his dream of expeditiously becoming King.
So what he did was to stoke the fires of the anarchy that was sweeping Nibiru with a view to having Lhama overthrown, whereupon he would take over the most important planet in a potentially very rich planetary system. Alshar figured that if he took the reins on Nibiru, it would be easy for him to secede from Sirius and the broader Orion Empire.
In the event, Lhama was deposed and murdered. The forces that seized power were working under the clandestine direction of Alshar. King Anan did not suspect anything; instead, he thought Alshar had dismally and catastrophically failed to contain the situation. Being a warrior king, Anan decided to enter the lists himself. He voyaged to Nibiru with the aim of crashing the rebellion and restoring total order on the planet. It wasn’t as easy as he had anticipated though.
The rebels put up a formidable fight. They were ultimately defeated but King Anan was seriously wounded. By the time he was brought back to Sirius, he was dead. The Orion Queen conferred the highest honour on the late King and gave the procedural green light for Alshar to succeed to the throne. On his coronation, Alshar took a new name. He was to be known as King Alalu.
Meanwhile, General, King Anan’s eldest grandson Anu was seething. He rightly suspected that the death of his grandfather was an inside job, that it was a tactical elimination masterminded by Alalu. As such, he undertook to secretly plot the ouster of Alalu. And not only that: he decided that once Alalu was overthrown, he would move to declare Sirius and the entire 9th Passageway independent of the Queen of Orion as he was disappointed that the Queen had failed to discern Alalu’s artifice with respect to the death of his grandfather.
When Alalu got wind of Anu’s schemings, he was alarmed. He knew that the potential to overthrow him was feasible. If he himself had pulled off a tactical coup against the deceased king, what would prevent his own detractors from doing so? In order to pacify Anu and win him over, Alalu decided to make him his Cup-Bearer. Anu accepted the offer but it was simply his way of biding time. It was not long before he staged a direct coup and assumed the reins.
It was easy for Anu to topple Alalu in that he was a scion of the great An, who was a most beloved king and still was looked upon with nostalgia. The fact that the coup entailed hardly any bloodshed attests to the popularity of Anu. Alalu did not put up a sustained fight to reclaim the throne. Instead, he decided to flee Sirius altogether for dear life and head for the planetary system of Buida.
The planet Alalu chose as his asylum was the third from the Buida star. It would in future be known as Kisiri, meaning “Mineral Resource Centre”, since it was so richly endowed with minerals (from ki [to produce, manufacture, or create] and siri [to smelt ore]). We today call it Earth, General.
ALALU STRIKES GOLD ON PLANET EARTH
Touching down on planet Earth, Alalu was soon fetched by his most trusted confidante who he had long sent there to study its flora and fauna. This was Alalim, his Master Geneticist. Following weeks of acclimatising to the planet, which was going through an Ice Age at the time, Alalu and his team went to work immediately. They set about prospecting for and confirming the presence of gold in the marshlands using an instrument called a Tester.
“Into deeper waters he waded, the Tester into the waters he inserted,” narrates Enki. “Then Alalu’s heartbeat stopped: there is gold in the waters, the Tester was telling! … A cry of triumph from Alalu’s throat emanated: Nibiru’s fate in his hands now was!” Rushing back into his rocket ship, he turned on a sophisticated orbit detector and communication device and immediately established a link with the Nasa of the Wolfen World in Sirius.
“On another world I am, the gold of salvation I have found,” he ecstatically and magisterially announced. “The fate of Nibiru is in my hands. To my conditions you must give heed.” To his listeners, Alalu’s announcement was as alarming as it was exhilarating, General. The news that he was on a planet in the planetary system of Buida did not exactly surprise King Anu. It was no secret that Alalu had long dispatched Alalim, his fiercest loyalist, there and if he wanted a veritable place of refuge, that was the most obvious direction to head. Indeed, the Sirian space centre’s engineers confirmed that Alalu’s words were indeed being beamed from well beyond Sirius.
Voice analysis experts also put paid to the thesis that the communicant was possibly an Alien simply playing mind games with the people of Sirius: it was Alalu all right. The displaced King was not only chilling out on snow-hued Earth; he had struck potentially incalculable finds of gold so he said – the precious metal that was so desperately needed to repair Nibiru’s diminishing atmosphere.
King Anu wasted no time in attending to the matter. He travelled to Nibiru and after marathon consultations with his sons Enki and Enlil, the Jehovah/Yahweh of Old Testament fame, and other sages from across the social spectrum, he got the Nibiru space centre command to send the following message to Alalu forthwith according to Enki’s records: “Anu, the King, to you his greetings sends; of your well-being to learn he is pleased … If gold for salvation you have indeed discovered, let Nibiru be saved.”
Anu’s words were of course more opportunistic than heartfelt: Alalu was a wanted man in Sirius. People wanted him to answer for his involvement in King Anan’s death. But all that was now a thing of the past, General. He had struck gold and was now the saviour of planet Nibiru. The stark reality was that it was he who now called the shots.
Alalu’s reply was blunt and unequivocal. “If your saviour I am to be, your lives to save, convene the princes to assembly, my ancestry declare supreme. Let the commanders make me their leader, bow to my command! Let the Council pronounce me King, on the throne Anu to replace!” Alalu wanted to be King of Sirius once more, or at the very least the autonomous King of Nibiru since the ruler of Nibiru was effectively the ruler of the entire Solar System given the supremacy of that planet.
Although the Solar System was legally a property of the broader Sirian-Orion Empire, Anu was in a bind: he just had to negotiate with Alalu. He and the Queen had decided that they had had enough of wars and in circumstances of conflict diplomacy should take precedence over warfare. The union of the thrones of Sirius and Orion was intended to engender lasting peace not only between the two star systems but throughout the overarching empire.
Princess Mary falls pregnant only one month after her betrothal to Prince Joseph
To put the lineage of Mary the mother of Jesus in context, General Atiku, it is in order that we begin with her grandfather Yehoshua (Jesus in Greek) III.
Mary was offspring of two royal lines, the Davidic line and the Hasmonean line. Yehoshua III was the Herod–appointed High Priest of Israel between 36 and 23 BC. He had no sons, only three daughters namely Joanna, Elizabeth, and Anna, all of whom he organised dynastic suitors.
Elizabeth would be married off into the House of Aaron, the legitimate priestly line, and Joanna and Anna would be married off into the House of David, the legitimate kingly line. That’s how Elizabeth became the wife of Zechariah of the tribe of Levi and in due course the mother of John the Baptist.
Mainstream Israel up to the level of the Sanhedrin had recognised Anna as the eligible mother of the future King of Israel and not the sitting impostor Herod (it is not clear what happened to first-born Joanna but she probably passed away before she got married). Anna was accordingly married off to Alexander III, a Davidic and Hasmonean prince who was best known as Heli as indeed the genealogy of Luke clearly attests.
Heli and Anna too had no sons. They only had daughters, the firstborn of whom was Dorcas, whose was born in 26 BC and whose titular name was Mary. Mary was orphaned early in her childhood when her father Heli was killed in 17 BC at the orders of the increasingly paranoid Herod and when her mother Anna died a year or so later.
Since she was a dynastic heiress, it was likely that Herod would come after her. The Essenes thus secreted her somewhere in remote Galilee. It was actually in Galilee that most members of the Davidic royal line were concentrated not only to keep as far away from Herod as possible but to also enjoy the protective custody of the Zealots, who were the secret military wing of the Essenes and a thorn in the side of both Herod and the Romans. Joseph was also officially based in Galilee although both he and Mary were in truth based at Qumran in the Judean wilds.
JOSEPH CALLED TO “DUTY”
Dynastic marriages are often more politically strategic than spontaneous, General. For example, the union of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was motivated by the need to fuse the Windsor genes with those of the Stuarts as the Windsors, being predominantly Reptilians, were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their human form.
The Stuarts, the clan of Diana, had by far more human genes than Reptilian and they too were an aristocratic family. That’s why once Charles had produced a “heir and a spare”, he completely sidelined Diana, who he had never loved, and devoted himself to his real love – Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The marriage of Joseph to Mary, General, was equally strategic. Although both were from the tribe of Judah and of the royal Davidic line, they were from different branches. Joseph was a descendant of Solomon, whereas Mary was a descendant of Nathan, Solomon’s elder brother. The line of Solomon, as we once underlined, had been tainted by the Jeconiah curse.
The line of Nathan was clean. Since the son of Joseph and Mary would be the future King of Israel, it was important that he not be compromised by the baggage, rightly or wrongly, of the Jeconiah curse. Hence the desirability of the union of Prince Joseph and Princess Mary.
Now, both Joseph and Mary’s clans were Essenes. As such, their marriage process, formalities, and protocols had to strictly adhere to Essene dynastic rules. The Essenes were in ranks. Amongst the higher echelons were the two great dynasties, the Davids and the Zadoks, who had been the high priests and kings of Israel respectively before the destruction of the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC.
The Davids and Zadoks lived a strictly holy life, typically in a monastery at Qumran, the reclusive headquarters of the Essenes. They were sequestered there so that they did not fall prey to the machinations of the bloodthirsty King Herod though officially their address was Galilee. In fact, the major reason the Essene movement had come into existence was to preserve and safeguard the Davidic and Zadokite lines, the religio-politico haunt of Herod and the Hasmoneans initially.
According to the Essene code, General, the Zadoks and the Davids were not to engage in sex for recreational purposes because it was regarded as defiling: it diluted holiness. The only times they were supposed to do so was when need arose to produce heirs. In 8 BC, it was now opportune for Joseph, the David, to produce a heir and so he was excused from a life of chastity.
At this point in time in fact, the Essenes were focused on two dynastic figures. These were Joseph and Zechariah. The two were expected to produce the Messiah of David and the Messiah of Aaron, that is, the future King of Israel and the future High Priest of Israel.
According to Essene rules, the David had to marry at age 36, so that by the time he was 40, he had already sired a heir. The new heir had to be born when the David was 37. If the child was a daughter, she could not inherit, and so the David had to set about the procreation of a second-born, who hopefully would be a boy (copulation to that end was allowed only when the daughter was 3 years old).
The Davidic heir had to be born not in any other month but in September, the holiest in the Jewish calendar. In order to conform to these parameters, a betrothal ceremony was held at the beginning of June. During the betrothal period – the three months from beginning of June to end of August – sexual relations were not permitted.
Then at the beginning of September, a First Marriage was held. This was the beginning of the marriage proper as now the couple were allowed to become intimate. However, the intimacy began only in December, with a view to delivering a heir in September the following year. At the end of March, the Second Marriage was held for it was hoped that by that time the spouse was three months pregnant if there hadn’t been a miscarriage. With the Second Marriage, the wedlock was permanent: divorce was never allowed whatsoever.
Meanwhile, General, if the spouse hadn’t conceived in December, sexual relations were suspended till December the following year. The husband would then leave her spouse and return either to the monastery at Qumran or embark on a tour of duty elsewhere in furtherance of the Essene cause.
A BINDING ENGAGEMENT
According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, General, the Essenes were not only a spiritual, revolutionary, and philosophical movement. They were also ardent believers in astrology. They meticulously studied the stars and the movements of planets to read what they portended about the future.
Thus the reason a Davidic heir had to be born in September was not only because this was the holiest month of the year: it was also in recognition of the fact that September was ruled by the constellation Virgo. In other words, September was astrologically the month of the virgin. That was what Mary was.
Mary was both a virgin physically and a virgin titularly. A bride of the future king was required to be a virgin. As an Essene, Mary belonged to the Order (not the tribe) of Dan. This was the Order of Nuns, or virgins, both legal and physical virgins. Thus in the Order of Dan, a woman was not a virgin only before she slept with a man: she was a virgin until she was six months pregnant. In the case of a dynastic spouse like Mary, this was up to end of June. From then henceforth, she was promoted within the Order to the first stage of a Mother.
Joseph’s betrothal to Mary took place at Qumran in June 8 BC. Now, in our day, betrothal simply means engagement to be married. In ancient Israel up to New Testament times, betrothal was part and parcel of the marriage contract. It was definite and binding upon both groom and bride, who were considered as man and wife in all legal and religious aspects, except that sexual relations were not permitted.
For example, in 2 SAMUEL 3:14, King David refers to his betrothed woman as “my wife”. Also in DEUTERONOMY 22:24, a betrothed woman is referred to as “his neighbour’s wife”. In the betrothal formalities, dowry and bride price were included. If a bride and groom for one reason or the other wanted to opt out of the betrothal after the betrothal ceremony, they had to seek a formal divorce.
Since the betrothal took place in June, General, Joseph and Mary were not supposed to make love till December, that is, six months after the betrothal ceremony and three months after the First Marriage ceremony in September. Just one month after the betrothal ceremony (that is, at the beginning of July 8 BC), however, Mary became pregnant. Was it Joseph, General? Was it rape by a Roman soldier called Panthera as some contemporary records suggest? Or was it simply the supernatural act of the “Holy Spirit” as Christendom holds?
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Those who hold that the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy were supernatural, General, can be excused. This is because the language employed therein smacks of ethereality – Holy Spirit, Angel Gabriel, Son of the Most High, etc. To those who have read and rigorously studied the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, such terminology is well within the temporal context.
That is to say, it does not carry spiritual connotations as such. True, the idea of an angel speaking to Joseph and Mary in their sleep may seem supernatural but the dreams are theological interpolations, inserted into the gospels in onward editing to fit a contrived agenda – what Karl Marx called the opium of the masses.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are so named because they were discovered in caves around the Qumran plateau of the West Bank (about 40 km east of Jerusalem), at the northwest corner of the Dead Sea, in March 1947. The discoverer was a Bedouin shepherd kid who was looking for a lost goat. The scrolls were found hidden in jars.
The 1947 find was the initial discovery: more discoveries were made after further excavations on the same site spanning 11 years in a series of 11 caves. Altogether, 972 texts were turned up. They are written in four languages, namely Hebrew (the majority), Aramaic, Greek, and Nabatean, mostly on parchment. Other texts were inscribed on papyrus and bronze.
Most of the Dead Sea Scrolls are fragments. Fragments of all the Old Testament books have been found save for the book of Esther. The only complete book is Isaiah. There are also apocryphal books (those arbitrarily excluded from the Old Testament canon by the Constantine-convened Nicene Council of AD 325) such as the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees, and sect-specific writings that embody rules and beliefs of the people who compiled them.
The latter include commentaries on the Old Testament, paraphrases that expand on the Law of Moses, rule books of the community, war conduct, thanksgiving psalms, hymnic compositions, benedictions, liturgical texts, and sapiential (wisdom) writing. These texts have been given appropriate titles such as the War Scroll; Manual of Discipline; the Community Rule; the Temple Scroll; the Copper Scroll; etc.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were written/preserved by the Essenes between 168 BC and 68 AD. We know this because Pliny, the first century Roman historian, wrote that, “On the west coast of Lake Asphaltitis (the Dead Sea) are settled the Essenes, at some distance from the noisome odours that are experienced on the shore itself.
They are a lonely people, the most extraordinary in the world, who live without women, without love, without money, with the palm trees for their only companions.” The Essenes stashed away the scrolls sometime in 70 AD, when Roman General Flavius Titus overran Jerusalem and laid waste to the Temple following a catastrophic Jewish uprising – led by the Zealots, the military wing of the Essenes – that began in 66 BC.
This they did in heed of JEREMIAH 32:14, which says, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these evidences … and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.” The Dead Sea Scrolls have given us invaluable insight into the beliefs, customs, rituals, politics, philosophies, and traditions of first century Palestine.
The rivalry between luxury German automotive marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW is legendary. Both brands offer high-end, high-priced desirable models, always at the forefront of cutting-edge driving technology and excellence. And in the annals of the advertising world, a campaign between the two rivals is equally legendary and it happened on our own doorstep.
Many of you will be familiar with the coastal road out of Cape Town called Chapman’s Peak. It is a beautiful, sightseeing attraction, the road winding through spectacular coastal-mountain scenery, with cliffs sinking into the Atlantic ocean on one side, and steep mountains towering over the road on the other. However, the road is also notoriously dangerous, with its 114 sharp, meandering bends . It’s reputation is well-deserved . Several years ago, when a major coastal cleanup campaign was launched, a helicopter pulled a total of 22 wrecked cars out of the water adjacent to Chapman’s Peak and it was one such accident which prefaced the notorious marketing battle. The story is thus:
In 1988 an Irish businessman lost control of his Mercedes Benz when driving along this road, plunging 100 metres down the cliff. Miraculously, he not only survived the accident, but crawled out of the wreckage with hardly a scratch on his body.
When Mercedes heard the details, the marketing department decided to base a new advertisement on the story to promote the safety features and stability of the brand. In the video ad they intentionally drove an identical model off the road in the exact same location, having it plunge off the edge of the cliff, the driver stepping out similarly unscathed, proving the phenomenal survivability and strength of Mercedes Benz.
When the marketing suits at BMW saw this ad, they took a bold and ingenious decision to mimic it but with a twist. Only a week later, whilst the first ad was still fresh in the public’s minds, they shot their ad showing a BMW driving along the exact same stretch of road in the rain. However, when it reached the point at which the Mercedes plunged off the cliff, the BMW negotiated it safely, and continued driving along the road.
The catchphrase of the ad was “BMW beats the bends” . Or was it? It was cunningly recorded so that it could equally have been ‘beats the Benz’, implying that their cars had superior cornering and stability to their rival, Even more sneakily, they launched their campaign on a Saturday, mindful of the rules on competitive advertising in South Africa, safe in the knowledge that no objectionable actions could be taken till the new working week.
Mercedes-Benz wasted no time on Monday in issuing an injunction, the ad was swiftly pulled but the damage was done and the dog had had its day. The ad campaign ranks high in the history of advertising and can still be found online to this day. Meanwhile the rivalry between the two automotive greats goes on.
I reference this piece of marketing history in the light of this week’s horror crash by golfing great, Tiger Woods. Driving from a luxury holiday resort in California to a nearby country club Tiger Woods lost control of his vehicle on a downhill stretch of the road, smashed through a road sign, crossed over the central reservation and rolled his car several hundred feet. He had to be cut out and pulled to safety through the windscreen and the vehicle was so badly damaged, the attending police officers said he was ‘lucky to survive’.
The vehicle Woods was driving was a rented Genesis GV80 SUV. If you are unfamiliar with the brand that is not surprising since it is a relatively new spin-off from the South Korean Hyundai marque. The Genesis utility vehicle, not available locally yet, retails for around $50,000 or half a million pula, placing it in the higher end of town and country SUVs in the USA.
The model has certainly been widely publicised in the media coverage of the high-profile sportsman’s accident and I suspect that if asked to comment, Hyundai/Genesis would disagree with the police assessment, putting Woods’ survival down to build quality and in-built safety features such as crumple zones, anti-roll bars and airbags, which were deployed in the crash and would most certainly have played their part cushioning the effects of the rolling and ultimate impact. There is , of course, no suggestion that the manufacturers will capitalise on Woods’ survival but certainly it will have done the brand no harm that he did indeed emerge with recoverable injuries.
Comparing the two accidents, the driver of the Mercedes driving along Chapman’s Peak was, of course, an ordinary member of the public whilst Tiger Woods is a household name. That said, in humanitarian terms each tale of survival carries equal weight but the fact remains that the former was just another local story of yet one more victim of a notoriously tricky stretch of road whilst the latter went round the world in an instant because of the fame and name of the driver.
There is also no evidence that that stretch of Californian urban highway carried any inherent risk. His appears to have been just a loss of control and a freak accident. However, in the event that Hyundai/Genesis should consider making capital from that accident, a note of caution needs to be sounded.
In the advertising world, the use of celebrities to promote a product is a fall-back stance to sell anything from washing-up liquid to whisky but statistics have shown that it can be a double-edged sword in that yes, the ads are memorable and the public love them when the celeb is popular and personable. But…..what is often remembered is the name of the famous promoter, not the name of the product. In other words, they sell themselves far better than they sell the item.
In golfing terminology Hyundai/Genesis are not ‘out of the Woods’ yet and maybe they should go with a completely different Driver!
How Jesus’s grandfather sold his birthright to megalomaniac Herod
If you were to ask a Christian to name the main Jewish sects, General Atiku, he would no doubt begin with the Pharisees (because Jesus had innumerable slanging matches with them according to the gospels), followed by the Sadducees. Yet there was a third, equally momentous sect – the Essenes.
Although there’s not a single, one mention of the Essenes in the Bible, General, the New Testament is filled with Essene-type language as anybody who has read the Dead Sea Scrolls would readily recognise.
In point of fact, it was the Essenes who produced Jesus as well as the infamous Jewish band of freedom fighters known as the Zealots. Furthermore, almost all the New Testament writers were either Essenes or champions of the Essene cause as is apparent in their language and the drift of their overall philosophy. The Essenes have a palpable presence in the Bible, albeit a cloaked one.
The Essenes, General, were the most popular, the most esteemed, and the most influential of the Jewish sects. The Jewish historian Philo (20 BC-50 AD) devotes 90 percent of his description of the Jewish sects to the Essenes. He wrote that the Essenes “dwell in many cities of Judea and in many villages and in great societies of many numbers”.
Hyppolytus of Rome (170-236 AD) devoted nine-and-half chapters to the Essenes and only one to the Sadducees. The Essenes are the authors of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered in 1947 in Israel at a place called Qumran and which have given us even greater insight into the happenings in the first century than the Bible itself.
How did the Essene movement come about, General? The Essenes, meaning “puritans of the faith”, were the Jewish sect that was the most loyal to the Davidic dynasty. They set themselves apart from the mainstream Jewish community circa 175 BC and established their headquarters at Qumran, about 40 km from Jerusalem.
Since the Jewish nation revered the Davidic royal line, the only legitimate and rightful rulers of Judah in their view, they rallied to the Essenes en masse. And because the Essenes were disparaging of the Hasmonean rule (140 BC to 63 BC), the mainstream Jews also took a dismissive view of Hasmonean rule too.
The Essenes were so highly regarded because of their virtue and spirituality. The legendary Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37-100 AD) writes thus of them: “They are more mutually affectionate than the others (Pharisees and Sadducees). Whereas these men shun the pleasures as vice, they consider self-control and not succumbing to the passions virtue … Since [they are] despisers of wealth – their communal stock is astonishing – one cannot find a person among them who has more in terms of possessions.
For by a law, those coming into the school (that is, the Essene fold) must yield up their funds to the order, with the result that in all [their ranks] neither the humiliation of poverty nor the superiority of wealth is detectable, but the assets of each one have been mixed in together, as if they were brothers, to create one fund for all.”
In time, the Essenes, General, became quite influential even with occupying powers. For instance, when the Greek General Pompey installed Hyrcanus II as ruler of Palestine in 63 BC, he sought the opinion of the Essenes. The Essenes recommended that Hyrcanus go by the titles High Priest and Prince, not King, to which Pompey paid heed. In 142 BC, when Simon was installed by the Seleucids as ruler of Palestine, the Essenes had insisted on the same titular style. To the Essenes, everybody who occupied Israel’s seat of authority was simply holding fort for the real deal – the Davidic King.
In 37 BC, when Herod became King of Palestine, the potential Davidic King was Jacob-Eliakim – the father of the Joseph of the gospels – who was an Essene himself. It was in order to win the blessings of the historically popular Jewish royal family that Herod sought to curry favour with the Essenes.
JACOB’S PACT WITH HEROD
About the time Herod came to power, General, there were three citizens of considerable stature in Palestine – Hillel, Menahem, and Jacob-Eliakim, the grandfather of Jesus. Hillel is by all accounts ancient Israel’s greatest teacher and scholar.
He was the foremost spiritual sage in the development of the Talmud and the Mishnah, the most authoritative religious references of the Jews which are second only to the Old Testament in esteem. The renowned “Golden Rule”, which is invariably attributed to Jesus, was actually coined by Hillel. It is not certain whether Hillel was an Essene but his teachings did have a profound influence both on Essene philosophy and that of Jesus, who was an Essene too.
It was Menahem, however, who was an incontrovertible Essene. The Essenes were of two main branches, General. First, there were the puritans, the Palestinian Essenes. Then there were the liberals, the Diaspora Essenes, who sneered at the Palestinian Essenes’ dogmatism and rather strict views on morality. Menahem was the leader of the Diaspora Essenes.
He was also privilleged to be advisor to King Herod. Herod did hold Menahem in very high regard. Josephus relates that when Herod was a school-going lad, Menahem had patted him on his back and said to him, “one day you will be King young man.” Since the prophecy came to pass, Herod had a certain, atypical respect both for Menahem and the order of Essenes.
Jacob-Eliakim’s significance was by virtue of his pedigree. He was of the royal line of David and was therefore the uncrowned King of the Jews. Now, as we have already indicated, Herod had his own grand designs about rulership of the world notwithstanding the fact that he was in reality a vassal of Rome.
When he made overtures to the trio, they didn’t mince words: they told him that in the new Israel, the Israel that would rule Earth once the Romans had been toppled from the pedestal of world power, it was a Davidic King who would reign. Herod took very strong exception to such a prospect. Herod was neither a full-blooded Jew nor of Davidic stock but he was royalty in his own right.
His father, Antipater, had been the governor of Idumea and in due course Judea in the Hasmonean government and was in fact the real ruler of the entire Palestine, with John Hyrcanus being a mere figurehead king. When he (Herod) was only 25 years old, his father had appointed him governor of Galilee. Herod thus had strutted the corridors of power from the day he was born and he wasn’t going to give that up easily either for his own sake or that of his descendants.
As such, General, Herod maintained to the trio that in the new, overarching Kingdom of Israel, he was going to be the emperor and would be based in Jerusalem. Just like the Greek empire of Alexander had been a triarchy (a kingdom divided into three governments), the global Kingdom of Israel (“Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord’s Prayer) was going to be likewise.
There was going to be a ruler in the east, a ruler in the west, and a ruler in the centre, that is Jerusalem, under the oversight of Herod himself. Hillel would rule in Jerusalem; Menahem in the east; and Jacob-Eliakim in the west. If these three happened to have disappeared from the Earthly scene by the time the Kingdom of Israel came into being, their descendants would observe the same setup.
The pecking order would thus be like this: Herod as the emperor; Hillel as the senior king; Menahem as the second-ranked king; and Jacob-Eliakim as the junior king. Put differently, Herod had by the stroke of a pen reduced the Davidic dynasty from foremost to least important as it posed the most serious threat to his office. Meanwhile, the three kings-in-waiting would go by the names of the Old Testament patriarchs.
Hillel would henceforth be called the Abraham, or the Father (or Papa, which later morphed into Pope), since Abraham was the Father of the Jewish nation; Menahem would be called the Isaac (Abraham’s son); and Eliakim the Jacob (Isaac’s son). Half a loaf was better than nothing at all and so Jacob-Eliakim meekly accepted this arrangement.
When Jesus later said, “Many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the new Kingdom of Heaven (MATTHEW 8:11),” he did not mean an afterlife kingdom: he referred to the Earthly setup proposed by King Herod.
FALLOUT WITH ESSENES
Those days, General, the Davidic heir used the title “Jacob” rather than “David” as the latter title was very risky, particularly under the Hasmonean government. Given that Joseph was the most beloved son of the Old Testament Jacob, the next in line, that is, the firstborn son of the Jacob, used the title “Joseph”.
In September 44 BC, a son was born to Jacob-Eliakim. As the crown prince to the Jacob, he was given the titular name Joseph, the name by which he became best-known. Like his father Jacob-Eliakim, Joseph was a missionary. But he also had a trade. He was a carpenter, a boat builder primarily, and a master of his craft. The word translated “carpenter” in the Bible is the ancient Greek word “ho hekton” which means a master artisan or craftsman.
In 31 BC, Qumran, the Essenes’ Judean wilderness bastion, was struck by an earthquake. The hermitic Essenes had no choice but to trek back to Jerusalem, from where they operated indefinitely at a place they called the Essene Gate. Then in 23 BC, Herod struck again. He had Jacob-Eliakim killed on trumped-up charges of sedition, his motive simply being a continuation of a systematic purge of the Davidic “pretenders” to his throne.
The Essenes were wroth. They now set about promulgating to the Diaspora Essenes that Herod would have no part to play in the coming Kingdom. Instead, the overall King would be Joseph, the son of Jacob-Eliakim. This, General, was the beginning of a permanent rift between Herod and the Essene sect.
THE SAGA OF JOSEPH
The prospective global world, General, was subdivided into ten provinces to facilitate governance and tax collection. Palestine would have two provinces, Judea and Samaria, the latter of which would include Galilee. Asia Minor (largely present-day Turkey), where the bulk of Diaspora Jews were concentrated, would have five provinces.
The last three provinces would be Babylon, Rome, and Alexandria in Egypt. The future capital of the West was not Rome: it was Ephesus in Asia Minor. Having been allocated the West, it was in Ephesus and Alexandria that Jacob-Eliakim spent most of his time evangelizing to fellow Jews about the future Kingdom of Israel. This was the beginning of the New Covenant, whereby Jews who converted to the ideal of a new Kingdom of Israel were baptised by immersion in water.
To mainstream Palestinian Jews, General, Jacob-Eliakim was a sellout. Herod had demoted his pedigree but to somewhat placate him, he gave him the honorary title of Patriarch or Prince of Jerusalem. By subordinating the Davidic throne-in-waiting to Herod, Jacob-Eliakim had gone against what the nation of Israel’s God, Enlil, the Bible’s main Jehovah, decreed – that every King of Judah had to be a descendant of David. So when the unpredictable Herod had him killed in 23 BC for “sedition”, as part of a pogrom against the line of David, there was very little sympathy for him.
In 44 BC, Joseph had been born to Jacob-Eliakim. Joseph was a title: it was not his real name. At the death of his father, Joseph became the Jacob. However, he preferred the title “David”, the more apt one historically. Joseph would become the father of Jesus. When Joseph attained 30 years of age in 14 BC, his uncles and the Essene sages sent him to Rome and Alexandria to do his part in missionary work, which was simply about promulgating to the Diaspora Jews the future Kingdom of Israel in which a Son of David, that is a descendant of King David, would rule. Egypt was also a special place because Joseph’s maternal relations were Egyptians.
Jacob-Eliakim, General, had two wives. The one was called Euchariah, a Jewish princess, of whom very little is known, and the other, the dynastic wife, was an Egyptian princess, a daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Julius Caesar. Jacob-Eliakim and this princess had three sons: they were Joseph, the father of Jesus, and the twins Cleopas (after whom James, Jesus’ immediate younger brother, whose given name was Cleopas, was named) and Ptolas. Joseph was thus the Davidian Prince of Israel as well as contender to Crown Prince of Egypt. Despite pretences to the contrary on the part of the Jews, Egypt and Israel have always had ties of monarchical kinship.
In 8 BC, General, Joseph was required by Essene custom to return home and fulfill his obligations for a dynastic marriage. A wife-to-be had already been chosen for him by his uncles and other patriarchal Essenes. This was Dorcas, better known today by her title name Mary.