There has to be a good reason why the Zoroastrian Magi followed a star to Bethlehem. The truth is the shepherds of the Medes came here every year to sell and trade livestock, and wool. But, this year was a Jubilee Year, and as kinsman redeemer, certain foreigners were allowed to pay the debts of their people and release them from bondage. Gentiles, who were once admitted into the Covenant of the Lord, left for home with their kindred and their children after a ritual performed at the Temple. With the Reforms of Joash, and the finding of a false Covenant, many religious observances were abolished. Certain Children of God were cast out, and made slaves for life. They were rendered Illegitimate Aliens.
For the reason Trump is destroying the Republican Party founded by my kindred, as Go’el Redeemer I reveal many secrets in order to reform my party that was corrupted by the false Evangelical cult. The proof is in the pudding. God is not on their side.
The Jews compared Jesus to Balaam, a Moabite Augur and Soothsayer. I suspect Moses and Aaron were Moabites. Aaron makes false gods. Moses misuses his Rod of God, and can not enter the Promised Land, a lie invented by the false scribes of Joash who hated the worship of Baal. The results are devastating. Judea is ravaged by enemies who defile the temple. Most Jews believed Baal had protected them.
Jesus appears to be a New Reformer, he bringing back the Old Ways, thus he might have called himself a ‘Son of Baal’. I have presented my theory that Jesus was a Moabite King, he crowned as such by the Magi when he was eight days old. This would explain why the elite Jews rejected Jesus, while many people gathered to put Jesus on a white ass, like the one Balaam rode.
“Redeem us now!”
A new study of the Shroud of Turin says Pontius Pilate’s Augur coins were placed on the eyes of the image said to be Jesus. Was Jesus an Augur? In my book I will offer evidence he was. He did have a private discussion with Pilate, who judged him, and declared;
“I find no fault with this man!”
I suspect Egyptian Augurs had the ability to raise the dead because they augured and built massive tombs for the dead. Moses and Aaron, the Moabites, had the same ability as the Egyptian Augur-Priests, thus the showdown of turning Augur Wands into serpents.
Because of the rapidity of world events, I am forced to reveal the crux of my study. Jesus did not raise Lazarus from the dead, but Mary Magdalene. Lazarus is a fictional person created to hide this truth that was overcoming Rome, for there were many young women who did not want to get old – and die!
I believe these are the true remains of Mary Magdalene.
“Upon discovery of the tomb, Charles II built a grand basilica, Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, in place of the old church. There, the supposed relics of St. Mary Magdalene are still on display. The skull, now complete with a mandible thanks to Pope Boniface VIII, are displayed behind glass in a reliquary of golden, flowing locks of hair.”
One can say Mary has been raised from the dead – again!
Jon Presco ‘The Augur and Nazarite’.
|http://www.indefenseofthecross.com/Shroud_Of_Turin.htm reports that “In 1979, Father Francis L. Filas, S.J., of the Loyola University of Chicago, using the STURP research, observed on the right eyelid of the man four letters UCAI which formed a crown around the crook of an augur’s staff. This image corresponds to the symbol on a small coin struck in A.D. 29 during the procuratorship of Pontius Pilate (AD 26-36). The ancient Jews used coins to hold down the eyelids.|
Due to his behavior with the Midianites, the Rabbis interpret Balaam as responsible for the behavior during the Heresy of Peor, which they consider to have been unchastity, and consequently the death of 24,000 victims of the plague which God sent as punishment. When Balaam saw that he could not curse the children of Israel, the Rabbis assert that he advised Balak, as a last resort, to tempt the Hebrew nation to immoral acts and, through these, to the worship of Baal-peor. The God of the Hebrews, adds Balaam, according to the Rabbis, hates lewdness; and severe chastisement must follow (San. 106a; Yer. ib. x. 28d; Num. R. l.c.).
The Rabbis, playing on the name Balaam, call him “Belo ‘Am” (without people; that is, without a share with the people in the world to come), or “Billa’ ‘Am” (one that ruined a people); and this hostility against his memory finds its climax in the dictum that whenever one discovers a feature of wickedness or disgrace in his life, one should preach about it (Sanh. 106b). In the process of killing Balaam (Num. xxxi. 8), all four legal methods of execution—stoning, burning, decapitating, and strangling—were employed (Sanh. l.c.). He met his death at the age of thirty-three (ib.); and it is stated that he had no portion in the world to come (Sanh. x. 2; 90a). The Bible devotes a special section to the history of the prophet discussing why God has taken away the power of prophecy from the Gentiles (Tan., Balak, 1). Moses is expressly mentioned as the author of this episode in the Pentateuch (B. B. 14b).J. Sr. H. M.
“Ahithophel of the house of Israel and Balaam of the heathen nations were the two great sages of the world who, failing to show gratitude to God for their wisdom, perished in dishonor. To them the prophetic word finds application: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,’ Jer. ix. 23″ (Num. R. xxii.).
The Priesthood of the Medes
.The ancient Magi were a hereditary priesthood of the Medes (known today as the Kurds) credited with profound and extraordinary religious knowledge. After some Magi, who had been attached to the Median court, proved to be expert in the interpretation of dreams, Darius the Great established them over the state religion of Persia. (2) (Contrary to popular belief, the Magi were not originally followers of Zoroaster. (3) That all came later.)
It was in this dual capacity, whereby civil and political counsel was invested with religious authority, that the Magi became the supreme priestly caste of the Persian empire and continued to be prominent during the subsequent Seleucid, Parthian, and Sasanian periods. (4)
The Role of Daniel
One of the titles given to Daniel was Rab-mag, the Chief of the Magi. (5) His unusual career included being a principal administrator in two world empires–the Babylonian and the subsequent Persian Empire. When Darius appointed him, a Jew, over the previously hereditary Median priesthood, the resulting repercussions led to the plots involving the ordeal of the lion’s den. (6)
Daniel apparently entrusted a Messianic vision (to be announced in due time by a “star”) to a secret sect of the Magi for its eventual fulfillment. But first let’s review some historical background.
Victor H. Mair provides archaeological and linguistic evidence suggesting that Chinese wū (巫 “shaman; witch, wizard; magician”, Old Chinese *myag) was a loanword from Old Persian *maguš “magician; magi”. He describes:
- The recent discovery at an early Chou site of two figurines with unmistakably Caucasoid or Europoid feature is startling prima facie evidence of East-West interaction during the first half of the first millennium Before the Current Era. It is especially interesting that one of the figurines bears on the top of his head the clearly incised graph ☩ which identifies him as a wu (< *myag).
Mair connects the ancient Bronzeware script for wu 巫 “shaman” (a cross with potents) with a Western heraldic symbol of magicians, the cross potent ☩, which “can hardly be attributable to sheer coincidence or chance independent origination.”
Compared with the linguistic reconstructions of many Indo-European languages, the current reconstruction of Old (or “Archaic”) Chinese is more provisional. This velar final -g in Mair’s *myag (巫) is evident in several Old Chinese reconstructions (Dong Tonghe’s *mywag
The word mágos (Greek) and its variants appears in both the Old and New Testaments. Ordinarily this word is translated “magician” in the sense of illusionist or fortune-teller, and this is how it is translated in all of its occurrences except for the Gospel of Matthew, where it is rendered “wise man”. However, early church fathers, such as St. Justin, Origen, St. Augustine and St. Jerome, did not make an exception for the Gospel, and translated the word in its ordinary sense, i.e. as “magician”.
The Gospel of Matthew states that magi visited the infant Jesus shortly after his birth (2:1–2:12). The gospel describes how magi from the east were notified of the birth of a king in Judaea by the appearance of his star. Upon their arrival in Jerusalem, they visited King Herod to determine the location of where the king of the Jews had been born. Herod, disturbed, told them that he had not heard of the child, but informed them of a prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. He then asked the magi to inform him when they find the infant so that Herod may also worship him. Guided by the Star of Bethlehem, the wise men found the baby Jesus in a house. (The Gospels do not say if the Magi found him in Bethlehem, but only that they saw the star and found the child in a house.) They worshipped him, and presented him with “gifts of gold and of frankincense and of myrrh.” (2.11) In a dream they are warned not to return to Herod, and therefore return to their homes by taking another route. Since its composition in the late 1st century, numerous apocryphal stories have embellished the gospel’s account. Matthew 2:16 implies that Herod learned from the wise men that up to two years had passed since the birth, which is why all male children two years or younger were slaughtered.
In addition to the more famous story of Simon Magus found in chapter 8, the Book of Acts (13:6–11) also describes another magus who acted as an advisor of Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul at Paphos on the island of Cyprus. He was a Jew named Bar-Jesus (son of Jesus), or alternatively Elymas.
A crosier (crozier, pastoral staff, paterissa, pósokh) is the stylized staff of office (pastoral staff) carried by high-ranking Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and some Lutheran, United Methodist and Pentecostal prelates. The other typical insignia of most of these prelates, but not all, are the mitre, the pectoral cross, and the episcopal ring.
In Western Christianity, the crosier (known as the pastoral staff, from the Latin pastor, shepherd) is shaped like a shepherd‘s crook. A bishop or head of church bears this staff as “shepherd of the flock of God”, i.e., particularly the community under his canonical jurisdiction, but any bishop, whether or not assigned to a functional diocese, also uses a crosier when conferring sacraments and presiding at liturgies. The Roman Catholic Caeremoniale Episcoporum says that, as a sign of his pastoral function, a bishop uses a crosier within his territory, but any bishop celebrating the liturgy solemnly with the consent of the local bishop may also use it. It adds that, when several bishops join in a single celebration, only the one presiding uses a crosier.
Balaam (Hebrew: בִּלְעָם, Standard Bilʻam Tiberian Bilʻām, English pronunciation /ˈbeɪlæm/ ) is a diviner in the Torah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers (Hebrew: במדבר). The etymology of his name is uncertain, and discussed below. Every ancient reference to Balaam considers him a non-Israelite, a prophet, and the son of Beor, though Beor is not so clearly identified.
Balaam in rabbinic literature
In rabbinic literature Balaam is represented as one of seven gentile prophets; the other six being Beor (Balaam’s father), Job, and Job’s four friends (Talmud, B. B. 15b). In this literature, Balaam gradually acquired a position among the non-Jews, which was exalted as much as that of Moses among the Jews (Midrash Numbers Rabbah 20); at first being a mere interpreter of dreams, but later becoming a magician, until finally the spirit of prophecy descended upon him (ib. 7).
According to a negative view of Balaam in the Talmud, Balaam possessed the gift of being able to ascertain the exact moment during which God is wroth — a gift bestowed upon no other creature. Balaam’s intention was to curse the Israelites at this moment of wrath, and thus cause God himself to destroy them; but God purposely restrained His anger in order to baffle the wicked prophet and to save the nation from extermination (Talmud, Berachot 7a). The Talmud also recounts a more positive view of Balaam, stating that when the Law was given to Israel, a mighty voice shook the foundations of the earth, so much so that all kings trembled, and in their consternation turned to Balaam, inquiring whether this upheaval of nature portended a second deluge; the prophet assured them that what they heard was the voice of God, giving the sacred law to the Israelites (Talmud, Zeb. 116a).
According to Jewish legend, Balaam was made this powerful in order to prevent the non-Jewish tribes from saying: “If we had only had our own Moses, we would be as pious as the Jews.” The wicked Balaam is included in the list of persons born circumcised along with Moses in the book Abbot De-Rabbi Natan.
In rabbinical literature the epithet rasha, translating as the wicked one, is often attached to the name of Balaam (Talmud Berachot l.c.; Taanit 20a; Midrash Numbers Rabbah 20:14). Balaam is pictured as blind in one eye and lame in one foot (Talmud Sanhedrin 105a); and his disciples (followers) are distinguished by three morally corrupt qualities: