“Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were BROADCAST throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And THE HAND OF THE LORD was with him.”
As I awoke this morning my heart was heavy laden for I was comparing Rena Easton to Salome who danced for the head of John the Baptist. Rena is a great dancer. She danced for a ballet company in England. She took my words I sent her, and shredded them. She then took tiny pieces of paper to the Sheriff’s office and made an untrue and unjust accusation against me. She bore false witness in order to get the Sheriff to stop me from sending her MORE WORDS that upset her. SHE CUT OFF MY WORDS! She did not want me to be inspired – by the Holy Spirit = my Muse!
Belle is a dancer. She tried to steal my words, and give them to her radicals so they could use them, own credibility and take over Ken Kesey Square that is dedicated the THE WRITER whose statue is there, he HOLDING A BOOK, reading to children. Some say Ken took drugs and was inspired by his hallucinations. One Christian teacher claims REVELATIONS is a heresy.
Then, there is my unfaithful daughter who took herself out of my life so she could form a secret bond with my family who were trying to STOP ME FROM PUBLISHING MY BOOK. She wanted to be in the book outsiders were authoring. In an e-mail Heather Hanson asks me to sign a legal document that would forbid me to WRITE about her and her family, whose blood co-mingles with my blood, but, I WOULD BE CUT OFF by my offspring.
What does hand of the Lord mean?
Chronicles 28:19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan.”
David authored several Psalms that were inspired when the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. He records these words and then BROADCASTS them as he played the harp. Here is a troubadour – a Rock Star of David playing on God’s Radio! Did John the Baptist author the BOOK OF REVELATIONS? Did he begin this book – that was unfinished because his head was cut off? Did his disciple finish John’s book? What does this mean;
“Then fear came on all who dwelt around them.”
John is preaching an atonement as – THE END TIME ELIJAH! He is baptizing the children of God, so that when the Apocalypse comes, they will live forever in the New Heaven and Earth.
Why didn’t Jesus bid Paul to write the Lord’s Revelations? Paul loves to write! Why doesn’t he know about Revelations? Why do his words take away the Holy Spirit from John’s disciples he encounters . The hand of the Lord appears to be with Paul. He claims he got it while on the road to Damascus to murder more Nazarites. Why didn’t Jesus instruct Paul to go to some small island and write Revelations – just to keep him away from members of the first church who would send MANSLAYERS after him for torturing their children and wives – before murdering them. Besides, wasn’t Paul a third-rate prophet – and ugly who whined about not being as great as the Apostles?
“And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah”
Herbert Armstrong came so close to see the truth in regards to ‘The End Time Elijah’ . John would own all the powers of Elijah, and his disciple, Elisha, who healed the sick and raised the dead. John, nor his disciple recognized Jesus as THE LORD, nor did the disciples of Jesus. Jesus was made God because the birth of John the Baptist would not go away. Armstrong became powerful and rich with his Elijah. I believe he wanted to reveal the truth on his death bed, but his son stopped him, with the help of the evangelicals, because they wanted his wealth and power.
My angel has bid me to do Revelations. This is not the first time. But, in tracing my bloodline to Pioneer Mormon Prophets who came to Montana, and who might be kin to Nesta Rhys – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD – then, my autobiography ‘Capturing Beauty’ ……..is COMING TO AN END!
ISIS has authored their own version of the APOCALYPSE. It’s God’s turn – now! THE HAND OF THE LORD IS UPON ME! They would cut off my head – and my hands! Come to Rose Mountain!
Jon ‘The Nazarite’
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
“No,” they told him, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
“With John’s baptism,” they replied.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began to speak in other languages and to prophesy. 7 Now there were about 12 men in all.
h. To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children: This quotation from Malachi 4:5-6 is meaningful for more than its reference to Elijah. These were essentially the last words in the Old Testament, and now God’s revelation is resuming where it had left off.
Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. So it was, on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him by the name of his father, Zacharias. His mother answered and said, “No; he shall be called John.” But they said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” So they made signs to his father; what he would have him called. And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.
“the hand of the Lord was upon me”
Blumrich was not a biblical scholar. He had no training or experience in textual analysis. He did not do one of the fundamental steps in analyzing texts to determine their meaning: find out how a word or phrase is used in other texts of the same culture.
2 Kings 3:15 But now bring me a harpist.”
While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha 16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches. 17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
1 Chronicles 28:19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan.”
Ezra 7:6 This Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him
Ezra 7:27 Praise be to the LORD, the God of our fathers, who has put it into the king’s heart to bring honor to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem in this way 28 and who has extended his good favor to me before the king and his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials. Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me, I took courage and gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
Ezekiel 1:3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the LORD was upon him.
Ezekiel 3:14. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
Let’s assume Blumrich is correct that in the Book of Ezekiel “the hand of the Lord was upon me” means, “I was taken up in a spacecraft and felt strong pressure from the acceleration,” and look for answers to relevant questions . . .
Ezekiel 3:22 The hand of the LORD was upon me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”
Huh??? Per Blumrich, Ezekiel is feeling acceleration on take-off. The LORD tells him, “Get up and go out to the plain”. Isn’t Ezekiel . . . uhh . . . kinda busy at the moment?—flying in a spacecraft???
Ezekiel 33:21 In the twelfth year of our exile, in the tenth month on the fifth day, a man who had escaped from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has fallen!”
Ezekiel 33:22 Now the evening before the man arrived, the hand of the LORD was upon me, and he opened my mouth before the man came to me in the morning. So my mouth was opened and I was no longer silent.
Why would Ezekiel feel acceleration pressure? If he went on another flight, why doesn’t he write about it?
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley, it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
“The hand of the LORD (acceleration pressure) was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD (a spacecraft) and set me in the middle of a valley. It was full of bones.” Obviously, this is another flight! Why didn’t Blumrich mention it? Could it be because Ezekiel saw the bones coming together to form skeletons (v.37:7)? Maybe because Ezekiel saw muscles and skin start to grow on the skeletons (v. 37:8)? Perhaps because Ezekiel then saw the renewed bodies breathe and come back to life (v. 37:10)?
Maybe Blumrich did not include Chapter 37 verses because doing so would have shot his spacecraft theory full of holes and proved that “spirit” means exactly what it says—a non-physical supernatural living being. The Valley of Dry Bones vision is a prophecy of the resurrection of Israel as a nation after 2,000 years of foreign domination, which occurred in May 1948.
Ezekiel 40:1 . . . that very day the hand of the LORD was upon me and he took me there. 2 In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.
Ezekiel 8:1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, with the elders of Judah sitting before me, the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. 2 Then I beheld, and lo, a form of what had the appearance of a man below what appeared to be his loins it was like fire, and above his loins it was like the appearance of brightness, like gleaming bronze. 3 He put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head and the spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.
John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He was born to the elderly Zechariah and his barren wife Elizabeth (similar to Abraham and Sarah). Elizabeth was a relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and both became pregnant a few months apart. (Luke 1:41-42). Both were visited by the angel, Gabriel.
John grew up in the wilderness and preached in the wilderness. His message was for people to repent because the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2). John baptized his followers in the Jordan River, to signify the drowning of their old life and their emergence from the water into a new life. John, as did Jesus later on, ran into conflict with the Pharisees and Sadducees for whom he had sharp words (Matthew 3:7-12).
John baptized Jesus, and proclaimed Him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus Himself appraised John in Matthew 11:7-15. John was much more than a prophet, surpassing his predecessors in greatness, and comparable to Elijah. But John’s generation did not accept him, alleging instead that he was demon possessed (Matthew 11:17-18).
John’s role as forerunner to Jesus was alluded to in a prophecy from Isaiah 40:3, which spoke of A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” There is another prophecy, in Malachi 3:1, that also alludes to John the Baptist’s role in preparing the way for Jesus Christ.
John was beheaded AD 29 by Herod Antipas who imprisoned him in revenge for John’s condemnation of his incestuous marriage to his brother’s wife (Luke 3:19-20). Herodias’ daughter, danced for Herod, who rewarded her by offering her whatever she wished. On the advice of her mother, she requested the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herod was grieved at being requested to execute him, but having given his oath before witnesses, he commanded that it be done (Matthew 14:1-11, Mark 6:14-28).
John the Apostle was one of the original 12 apostles. He is the author of five New Testament books, including the Gospel of John, which is sometimes called the book of John. John, his brother James and their father Zebedee were Galilean fisherman. Jesus called John and James to leave their careers as fishermen and to become His apostles. Soon after, John and James became part of an inner circle around Jesus with Peter and sometimes Andrew. John along with Andrew had been disciples of John the Baptist and became followers of Jesus after He was baptized by John the Baptist.
John was the “beloved disciple” who leaned on Jesus during the Last Supper (John 13:23), who was “known to the high priest” (John 18:15), who was entrusted by Jesus with the care of His mother Mary (John 19:26), and who outran Peter to the empty tomb (John 20:2-4). After the resurrection, John appears as one of the leaders of the early church.
According to Papias, one of John’s disciples, John later went to the city of Ephesus. He was exiled under Emperor Domitian to the island Patmos. It was there that he wrote the Book of Revelation, which is the 27th book of the New Testament. Under Nerva, John returned to Ephesus, and there composed the Gospel of John, the 4th book of the New Testament, and three Epistles, called John 1, John 2, John 3. John reportedly died at a very old age.
John and his brother James were called the “Sons of thunder” by Jesus (Mark 3:17).
|God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 12 so that even facecloths or work aprons[a] that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, and the diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists attempted to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus that Paul preaches!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 The evil spirit answered them, “I know Jesus, and I recognize Paul—but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them all, and prevailed against them, so that they ran out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to everyone who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. Then fear fell on all of them, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many who had become believers came confessing and disclosing their practices, 19 while many of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. So they calculated their value and found it to be 50,000 pieces of silver. 20 In this way the Lord’s message flourished and prevailed.|
I’m not sure what to make of all this. On the one hand, being a disciple of John doesn’t rule out also being a disciple of Jesus. I think this could resolve the problem of the messengers: they could have been disciples of both teachers. Also, since John was thrown in prison, it’s possible that many of his followers were never told that they should be following Jesus. That might solve the fasting problem – if these disciples of John were still following the “old rules”.
This passage sums up the whole problem. Why are these particular disciples – who should be aware that Jesus is the Messiah – still following John? Well, you might say that John’s followers loved him so much that they were unhappy to leave him. That seems possible. Alternatively, perhaps they hadn’t quite “got it” yet.
Even after his death, history records that John had many followers who were not Christians, but this can be explained away if we accept that not every follower of John would have been fully aware of all his teachings. It’s still a bit odd though.
In the end, I’ve not found any really sharp contradiction here, but it’s definitely a thorny issue.
John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Most scholars agree that John baptized Jesus. Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus’ early followers had previously been followers of John. John the Baptist is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-ascetic Essenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence substantiates this.
An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning “uncovering”), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. In the Book of Revelation (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰωάννου, Apocalypsis Ioannou), the last book of the New Testament, the revelation which John receives is that of the ultimate victory of good over evil and the end of the present age, and that is the primary meaning of the term, one that dates to 1175. Today, it is commonly used in reference to any prophetic revelation or so-called End Time scenario, or to the end of the world in general.
In his New Testament letters the Apostle Paul also has written about the judgment of the wicked and the glorification of those who belong to Christ or Messiah. In letters to the Corinthians and the Thessalonians Paul expounds further the destiny of the righteous. He speaks of the simultaneous resurrection and transformation of those who are in Christ (or Messiah).
Some Christian movements in the 18th and 19th centuries were characterized by a rise of Millennialism. All Christian apocalyptic eschatology has been concerned with the two themes referred to through the Bible as “this age” and “the age coming”. Evangelical Christians have been in the forefront popularizing the biblical prophecy of a major confrontation between good and evil at the end of this age, a coming Millennium to follow, and a final confrontation whereby the wicked are judged, the righteous are rewarded and the beginning of Eternity is viewed.
Some evangelical Christians have taught a form of millennialism known as Dispensationalism, which arose in the 19th century. Dispensationalists see separate destinies for the Christian Church and Israel. Their concept of a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church has become better known, thanks in part to the Left Behind series of books and films. Dispensationalists find in Biblical prophecy predictions of future events: periods of the Church, for example, shown through the letters to the seven churches in the Revelation of John; the throne of God in heaven and his glory; specific judgments that will occur on the earth; the final form of Gentile power; God’ re-dealing with Israel based upon covenants mentioned in the Hebrew Old Testament; the second coming proper; a one-thousand year reign of Messiah; a last test of mankind’s sinful nature under ideal conditions by the loosing of Satan, with a judgment of fire coming down from Heaven that follows; the Great White Throne judgment, and the re-creation of the current heavens and the earth as a “New Heaven and New Earth” ushering in the beginning of Eternity. A differing interpretation is found in the Post Tribulation Rapture.
One of the most extensive works covering the symbolic meanings in the Book of Revelation was written by Emanuel Swedenborg called the Apocalypse Revealed, first published in two volumes in Amsterdam in 1766, a condensed version of his unpublished work Apocalypse Explained. Unlike literal interpretations which seek to interpret the Book of Revelation in terms of historical events or some future visible event, the “end of the age” is described as the end of the old Christian Protestant and Catholic churches, to be superseded in a new age by the establishment of the New Church, symbolized by the New Jerusalem descending from heaven.
Some have speculated that as Zadok does not appear in the text of Samuel until after the conquest of Jerusalem, he was actually a Jebusite priest co-opted into the Israelite state religion. Harvard Divinity School Professor Frank Moore Cross refers to this theory as the “Jebusite Hypothesis,” criticizes it extensively, but terms it the dominant view among contemporary scholars, in Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic: Essays in the History of the Religion of Israel. Further support for the Jebusite Hypothesis may be drawn from Zadok’s participation in the conspiracy among native Jerusalemites (i.e., Jebusites), including Nathan and Bathsheba, that displaced the non-Jerusalemite senior heir to King David’s throne, Adonijah, in favor of Bathsheba’s son Solomon (1 Kings 2:27, 35, 39), thus highjacking the throne and succession for the party of the conspirators.
Elsewhere in the Bible, the Jebusites are described in a manner that suggests that they worshipped the same God (El Elyon) as the Israelites, in the case of Melchizedek. Further support for this theory comes from the fact that other Jebusites or residents of pre-Israelite Jerusalem bore names invoking the principle or god Zedek (Tzedek) (see for example Melchizedek and Adonizedek). Under this theory the Aaronic lineage ascribed to Zadok is a later, anachronistic interpolation.
Jerusalem is referred to as Salem rather than Jebus in the passages of Genesis describing Melchizedek. According to Genesis, the ruler of Salem in the time of Abraham was Melchizedek (also Melchizedeq), and that as well as being a ruler, he was also a priest. Rashi points out that Melchizedeq was another name for Shem, son of Noah. Later, Joshua is described as defeating a Jebusite king named Adonizedek. The first parts of their names mean king and lord, respectively, but though the zedek part can be translated as righteous (making the names my king is righteous and my lord is righteous), most Biblical scholars believe that it is a reference to a deity named Zedek or Sydyk, who was the main deity worshipped by the Jebusites (making the names my king is Zedek and my lord is Zedek). Scholars are uncertain, however, whether Melchizedek was himself intended in the Genesis account to be understood as a Jebusite, rather than a member of another group in charge of Jerusalem prior to the Jebusites.
Melchizedek, as a priest as well as king, was likely to have been associated with a sanctuary, probably dedicated to Zedek, and scholars suspect that the Temple of Solomon was simply a natural evolution of this sanctuary.
Zadok (Hebrew: Tzadok צדוק, meaning “Righteous”) was a priest descended from Eleazar the son of Aaron. He aided King David during the revolt of his son Absalom, and was consequently instrumental in bringing King Solomon to the throne. After Solomon’s building of The First Temple in Jerusalem, Zadok was the first High Priest to serve there.
The prophet Ezekiel extols the sons of Zadok as staunch opponents of paganism during the era of its pagan worship and indicates their birthright to unique duties and privileges in the future temple (Ezekiel 42:13, 43:19).
A little later Josephus gave a detailed account of the Essenes in The Jewish War (c. 75 CE), with a shorter description in Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94 CE) and The Life of Flavius Josephus (c. 97 CE). Claiming first hand knowledge, he lists the Essenoi as one of the three sects of Jewish philosophy alongside the Pharisees and the Sadducees. He relates the same information concerning piety, celibacy, the absence of personal property and of money, the belief in communality and commitment to a strict observance of Sabbath. He further adds that the Essenes ritually immersed in water every morning, ate together after prayer, devoted themselves to charity and benevolence, forbade the expression of anger, studied the books of the elders, preserved secrets, and were very mindful of the names of the angels kept in their sacred writings.
After a total of three years’ probation, newly joining members would take an oath that included the commitment to practice piety towards “the Deity” (το θειον) and righteousness towards humanity, to maintain a pure lifestyle, to abstain from criminal and immoral activities, to transmit their rules uncorrupted and to preserve the books of the Essenes and the names of the Angels. Their theology included belief in the immortality of the soul and that they would receive their souls back after death. Part of their activities included purification by water rituals, which was supported by rainwater catchment and storage.
Ritual purification was a common practice among the peoples of Palestine during this period and was thus not specific to the Essenes. Ritual baths are found near many Synagogues of the period. Purity and cleanliness was considered so important to the Essenes that they would refrain from defecation on the Sabbath.
The Church Father Epiphanius (writing in the 4th century CE) seems to make a distinction between two main groups within the Essenes: “Of those that came before his [Elxai, an Ossaean prophet] time and during it, the Ossaeans and the Nazarean.“ Epiphanius describes each group as following:
The Nazarean – they were Jews by nationality – originally from Gileaditis, Bashanitis and the Transjordan… They acknowledged Moses and believed that he had received laws – not this law, however, but some other. And so, they were Jews who kept all the Jewish observances, but they would not offer sacrifice or eat meat. They considered it unlawful to eat meat or make sacrifices with it. They claim that these Books are fictions, and that none of these customs were instituted by the fathers. This was the difference between the Nazarean and the others…
After this Nazarean sect in turn comes another closely connected with them, called the Ossaeans. These are Jews like the former… originally came from Nabataea, Ituraea, Moabitis and Arielis, the lands beyond the basin of what sacred scripture called the Salt Sea… Though it is different from the other six of these seven sects, it causes schism only by forbidding the books of Moses like the Nazarean.
A careful reading of “Revelation” shows it disputes all twenty-six books preceding it. That being the case, it is heretical because it teaches opinions contrary to those of Jesus and his Apostles.
Heresy is defined as:� “An opinion or doctrine that is at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp., of a church or religious system;” and, “the maintaining of such an opinion or doctrine.”
Heresy is a tough word. It is even tougher for someone to accuse a New Testament book of heretical content.
The doctrines of Christianity are derived from the New Testament record of Jesus and his Apostles. These records are constantly reviewed for assurance they are accurate and no new findings of ancient manuscripts or archeology change Christianity’s time tested records and opinions. There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament Record. The twenty-seventh is the Book of Revelation.
Careful reading of “Revelation” shows it disputes all twenty-six books preceding it. That being the case, “Revelation” teaches heresy because it teaches opinions contrary to those of Jesus and his Apostles.
So you immediately ask, prove it! Show anything John of Patmos (John Patmos) has written that is contrary to Jesus’ Gospel!
The answer is that almost everything in John Patmos’ hallucination opposes the Gospel Jesus’ words, ways, and teachings. All one must do is pay attention to what John Patmos wrote. That will be done, with some detail, later in this critique. But first, some general background information is needed.
The Greek literary styles of John Patmos and John Apostle were examined in very early Christianity to prove these are two different writers. Eighteen hundred years ago, Dionysius (Bishop of the Patriarchy of Alexandria) stated that “Revelation” was not written by the same person who wrote John’s Gospel and Letters. (Eusebius’ History of the Church, 7.25) His opinion came from his comparing their two writing styles and found John Patmos to be entirely different from John Apostle and any other New Testament writer.
We do not need to be Greek scholars to look at the text of the Gospel and letters of Apostle John to notice John Patmos contradicts John Apostle at every turn. Those examples are examined in this report. But now we should remember that “Revelation” was doubted in Eastern Christianity and not generally accepted into the New Testament until AD 508. Some ancient Christian branches still do not include it in their Bibles. Therefore discussion and criticism of “Revelation” is not a new and is not a disrespectful activity.
Salome /səˈloʊmiː/ (Greek: Σαλώμη Salōmē, pronounced [salóːmeː]) (c. AD 14 – between 62 and 71) was the daughter of Herod II and Herodias. According to Flavius Josephus‘s Jewish Antiquities, Salome was first married to Philip the Tetrarch of Ituraea and Trakonitis. After Philip’s death in 34 AD she married Aristobulus of Chalcis and became queen of Chalcis and Armenia Minor. They had three children. Three coins with portraits of Aristobulus and Salome have been found. Her name in Hebrew is שלומית (Shlomiẗ, pronounced [ʃlomiθ]) and is derived from the root word שָׁלוֹם (shalom), meaning “peace”.[
Salome is often identified with the dancing woman from the New Testament (Mark 6:17-29 and Matthew 14:3-11, where, however, her name is not given). Christian traditions depict her as an icon of dangerous female seductiveness, notably in regard to the dance mentioned in the New Testament, which is thought to have had an erotic element to it, and in some later transformations it has further been iconized as the Dance of the Seven Veils. Other elements of Christian tradition concentrate on her lighthearted and cold foolishness that, according to the gospels, led to John the Baptist‘s death. [Reference?]
A similar motif was struck by Oscar Wilde in his Salome, in which she plays the role of femme fatale. This parallel representation of the Christian iconography, made even more memorable by Richard Strauss’ opera based on Wilde’s work, is as consistent with Josephus’ account as the traditional Christian depiction; however, according to the Romanized Jewish historian, Salome lived long enough to marry twice and raise several children. Few literary accounts elaborate the biographical data given by Josephus.