Tombeau des Rois

In 1992 I went to the Hillel center in Eugene Oregon to talk to a Rabbi about converting to Judaism. At the time I was living in hell. I was forty-six. I had come out of nowhere. The Rabbi was surprised, and asked me why I wanted to become a Jew.

“Five years ago, after being kicked out of the McKensie Bridge church, I wrote on a piece of paper “I am a Nazarite” then immersed myself in the river!”

He was at a loss of words. He rejected my attempt with a complete look of puzzlement on his face. He did not elaborate. A few years later, I learned the rejection was traditional.

What had caused this attempt was the dream I had. I was an old man with a white beard I was heading for the temple area with other men with white beards. I was being congratulated for my spiritual work. Up ahead was a great man. Someone said he was the Messiah. I saw his back, but not his face. We followed…………in a light.

This morning, God bid me to submit His requirements for building the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. He wants the Lamp of Queen Helena to be hung at the entrance, with the laws regarding the Judging of the Sotah over the door. Helena had these words put over a door to the temple. Other than this, there should be a National Contest so We the People can chose the design that pleases us.

I want to take part in the Grand Opening. I will be with my Shembe Zulu Nazarites as we proceed from The Tomb of the Kings to the entrance of the Embassy. Here I will perform the ritual of Judging the Sotah which Jesus performed. Foreigners, non-Jews could take the Vow of the Nazarite. Whether they had to convert to Judaism, or not, is an old argument that Saul-Paul was involved in. Let us put this argument to rest and have this vow be all inclusive. On these grounds a marriage between Judaism and Christianity, is made. Arabs are welcome to take the Nazarite Vow.

No Rabbi, Monk, Priest, Minister, or Pope, has solved the riddle of what Jesus wrote in the dust. It came to me over ten years ago. I forgive my mother Rosemary, who has been a great stumbling block to me. So many obstacles put in my way. Perhaps Virginia can help me open the………..Last Gate?

Jon ‘The Nazarite’

The Tomb of the Kings is supposed to be open with no admission charge – the situation is complicated and technically you need to contact someone in the French Embassy to arrange for a visit – as Anne said – “good luck with that one” Even if you do get past all the hurdles, or manage to catch the caretaker (whose family lives there) he will insist on a fee. The fee is not much – either 5 or 10 NIS per person – so that is not the problem, the problem is finding him and getting in.

In addition to all of the above, I seem to recall hearing that there was a renovation project in the works. If so, then there will be no access at all.

Unless there is some very special reason you want to visit this site (and it is quite beautiful) I would suggest you invest your time in other sites in Jerusalem.

Jesus is judging the woman accused of adultery employing an ancient custom that was done away with before he was born. Being a candidate for the Messiah, Jesus must be WITHOUT SIN….without error. Sin means ‘missing the mark’. This is why Jesus pretends not to hear the accusations against the woman accused of adultery. When I read this lesson by Rabbi Eliezer Irons eight years ago, I got it, the answer to the riddle.

“Not only witnessing the actual criminal act, but even witnessing the
punishment and humiliation of the crime can have a deleterious
influence on the viewer.”

Rabbi Jesus gives the same lesson to the witnesses and crowd, who are now all – with sin! Did he suggest they take the Oath of the Nazarite?

Jon Presco

Copyrigt 2015

“Parshas Naso :

Witness to Sin

By Rabbi Eliezer Irons

The Sotah, a woman suspected of adultery, is a topic in this week’s
Parsha. A Sotah must either confess her guilt, or suffer public
humiliation. The Sotah, upon denying her guilt, would be forced to
drink waters, in which G-d’s name was placed. If she were truly
guilty, her stomach would expand and burst.

The Nazir (Nazarite) is discussed immediately following Sotah.
Nazir is a voluntary status that one pursues to attain greater levels
of holiness. A Nazir is forbidden to drink wine or eat grapes, cut
his hair, or become defiled by a human corpse.

And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the Lord:

17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:

Rabbinic literature also refers to Queen Helene, showing far more interest in her than in any other member of the family. In three separate episodes, the rabbis inform us that (1) Helene donated a golden lamp to the Temple, as well as a golden plaque on which was engraved the biblical episode of the wayward wife (the sotah, Mishnah Yoma 3:10); (2) Helene made a nazirite vow, to which she adhered—perhaps in accordance with Bet Shammai—for fourteen years (Mishnah Nazir 3:6); (3) Helene resided in a grand sukkah, over 20 cubits high, which the rabbis frequented (BT Sukkah 2:2)

הֲרֵינִי נָזִיר כִּשְׂעַר רֹאשִׁי, וְכַעֲפַר הָאָרֶץ, וּכְחוֹל הַיָּם, הֲרֵי זֶה נְזִיר עוֹלָם וּמְגַלֵּחַ אַחַת לִשְׁלשִׁים יוֹם. רַבִּי אוֹמֵר, אֵין זֶה מְגַלֵּחַ אַחַת לִשְׁלשִׁים יוֹם. וְאֵיזֶהוּ שֶׁמְּגַלֵּחַ אַחַת לִשְׁלשִׁים יוֹם, הָאוֹמֵר הֲרֵי עָלַי נְזִירוּת כִּשְׂעַר רֹאשִׁי, וְכַעֲפַר הָאָרֶץ, וּכְחוֹל הַיָּם:

“I am a Nazirite like the hair of my head,” “like the dust of the earth,” and “like the sand of the sea” – this one is an eternal Nazirite, and shaves once every thirty days. Rebbi says: this one does not shave once every thirty days. And which [type of Nazirite] shaves once every thirty days? The one who proclaims: “Behold nezirut is upon me like the hair of my head,” “like the dust of the earth,” and “like the sand of the sea.”

Mark 16

1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.
2 And very early on the first day of the week, they come to the tomb when the sun was risen.
3 And they were saying among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the tomb?
4 and looking up, they see that the stone is rolled back: for it was exceeding great.

War Against Rome

Last Sabbath, December 17th. I posted on signs in the heaven in regards to Harry Truman saying “I am Cyrus!” I did not know about the comet Lovejoy. This is a prophetic post.The sons of Queen Helena of Adiabeni are blamed by the Jewish historian and quisling, Joseph Flavius, for starting the rebellion of God’s People against the Slave Master of the World. Joseph wrote his version to counter the versions that come from the Freedom Fighters, and Nazarite Saints who have been practicing “innovations”. Jospeh does not discribe this new – way! Paul hunted these followers of
the New Way, and tortured them in order to get them to denounce “their Lord”

Jospehus says the Parthians came to help the Jews – ohly when they were offered gold and virgins. This is propganda from a man who had been adopted by the Roman Emperor.

Jon the Nazarite

Did the God of the Jews come to America in 1946, four days after Harry Truman founded the Nation of Israel and allowed the last Exodus to take place? On October 8,1946, a bright star appear over the city of Lost Angels. The majority of the Jews that live in Los Angeles, are Iranian (Persian) Jews. Six years ago, I placed the Shekinah on Santa Cruz Island – for safe keeping – until the hawks of Israel have had their day. God has made another way. Peace on Earth.
“What may have been the highlight of this event was the appearance of a large blue-white fireball over Southern California at 3:38 UT. Forsyth said it left a yellow train which lasted over three minutes. As the train drifted and became diffuse, it took on the shape of a horseshoe.”
It appears Cyrus the Great took to heart the praise from Yahweh, and worshipped Him, he and his Persian people watching over the Jews from afar, and looking for a sign another Savior (Horn) another Horn will be raised to deliver God’s Children from their enemy.
Did Meher Baba, the Persian, prepare the way for Yahweh in America?
Jon the Nazarite
Personal accounts of the 1946 Giacobinids are interesting. Several
friends of mine saw the display in 1946. Stan Mott of Ottawa, Canada
was up in North Bay, Ontario with the group led by Dr. Peter Millman.
He was the group’s official recorder – manually recording all the
observations! Mott said that there were so many meteors that they
just started watching specific areas, like the head of Draco. With
all the point meteors, he said that “it looked like the eyes were
just winking.” When asked if there were lots of both bright and faint
meteors, he said that most seemed to be about magnitude 2, but then
added that they gave up on anything fainter than about magnitude 3.
He said that there were a mixture of long and short meteors, and that
some had trains. Most of the meteors seemed to be white in color. He
said that it “really did look like a shower,” and that “the meteors
were coming fast and furious, with several at any instant.” It was
cold in North Bay, and they were all bundled up in heavy blankets. In
Stan’s words, they all looked like “Tibetan monks studying the stars
for omens… “

“Simon held the upper city, and the great walls as far as Cedron, and as much of the old wall as bent from Siloam to the east, and which went down to the palace of Monobazus, who was king of the Adiabeni, beyond Euphrates; he also held the fountain, and the Acra, which was no other than the lower city; he also held all that reached to the palace of queen Helena, the mother of Monobazus; but John held the temple, and the parts thereto adjoining, for a great way, as also Ophla, and the valley called “Valley of Cedron;”

Years ago I suggested Nazarite Queen Helena of Abiabene was the Sleeping Beauty Princess, Rosamond. Her sarcophagus lies at rest under the pyramid of the Louvre, the place where Dan Brown’s Fairytale suggests Mary Magdalene, the wife of Jesus is interred. There is not name in the whole internet like that of my grandmother, Mary Magdalene Rosamond, whose granddaughter married a Benton. Jessie Benton and her husband, John Fremont, had Hungarian ex-patriots in their bodyguard, that fought against the Confederated slave masters of the new Roman empire whose false evangelical prophets have taken over Fremont’s party in order to take from the poor, the widow, and the elderly in order to give to the Imperial Billionaires of America.

The Roman swine who pretend to be wolves captured the beautiful Menorah that Queen Helena gave as a gift to the Jewish people. My story ‘Capturing Beauty’ will bring the Light of God – home! I will overcome the world!

Johanne Wolferose

Helena of Adiabene was noted for her generosity; during a famine at Jerusalem in 45-46 CE she sent to Alexandria for corn (grain) and to Cyprus for dried figs for distribution among the sufferers from the famine.[5] In the Talmud, however (Bava Batra 11a), this is laid to the credit of Monobaz I; and though Brüll[6] regards the reference to Monobaz as indicating the dynasty, still Rashi maintains the simpler explanation—that Monobaz himself is meant. The Talmud speaks also of important presents which the queen gave to the Temple at Jerusalem.[7] “Helena had a golden candlestick made over the door of the Temple,” to which statement is added that when the sun rose its rays were reflected from the candlestick and everybody knew that it was the time for reading the Shema’.[8] She also made a golden plate on which was written the passage of the Pentateuch[9] which the priest read when a wife suspected of infidelity was brought before him.[10] In the Jerusalem Talmud, tractate Yoma iii. 8 the candlestick and the plate are confused.

The strictness with which she observed the Jewish law is instanced in the Talmud: “Her son [Izates] having gone to war, Helena made a vow that if he should return safe, she would become a Nazirite for the space of seven years. She fulfilled her vow, and at the end of seven years went to Judah. The Hillelites told her that she must observe her vow anew, and she therefore lived as a Nazirite for seven more years. At the end of the second seven years she became ritually impure, and she had to repeat her Naziriteship, thus being a Nazarite for twenty-one years. Judah bar Ilai, however, said she was a Nazirite for fourteen years only.”[11] “Rabbi Judah said: ‘The sukkah [erected for the Feast of Tabernacles] of Queen Helena in Lydda was higher than twenty ells. The rabbis used to go in and out and make no remark about it’.”[12] Helena moved to Jerusalem, where she is buried in the pyramidal tomb which she had constructed during her lifetime, three stadia north of Jerusalem.[13] The catacombs are known as “Tombs of the Kings.” A sarcophagus with the inscription Sara Malkatha, in Hebrew and Syriac, found in the nineteenth century by Louis Felicien de Saulcy, is supposed to be that of Helena.[14]

In 1847 the Ottoman governor of Jerusalem started the excavation in the site. The excavation was then followed in 1863 by French archaeologists, was acquired by Pereire brothers, famous bankers of the Second Empire, who gave to France in 1886. The tombs are located underneath a piece of land that has a small stone house on top of it. The house was built and inhabited by Irhimeh (Arabic: ارحيمه‎), a Jerusalemite family. The remains recovered from the excavations are on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.[2] The tomb was described by the Greek geographer Pausanias as the second most beautiful tomb in the world (after the tomb of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world).

Site description[edit]

From the house there is a 9 meter wide staircase (23 steps) that was originally paved and leads to a forecourt. The rain water is collected in baths, which are carved in the steps, and carried via a channel system to the water wells. At the bottom of the stairs there is a stone wall to the left with a gate. This gate leads to a courtyard that was cut from the rock at the same date. The dimensions of this courtyard are roughly 27 meters long from north to south and 25 meters wide from west to east.

The entrance to the tombs is via this courtyard. The tombs are entered via a rock-cut arch (facade) in the western side. The 28-meter facade was crowned with three pyramids, which no longer exist, and decorated with reliefs of grapes, plexus leaves, acorns and fruit, reflecting the Greek architectural style. The architrave was originally supported by two pillars, fragments of which were found in the excavations.

The tombs are arranged on two levels around a central chamber, with four rooms upstairs and three rooms downstairs. The central chamber itself is entered from the courtyard via an antechamber that goes down into a dimly lit maze of chambers. The access from the antechamber to the exterior courtyard could be sealed closed by rolling a round stone across it, and the stone still remains in-situ. In the first century A.D., a “secret mechanism” operated by water pressure moved the stone. Probably a small amount of water pressure activated a system of weights to open the tomb. Two of the eight burial chambers have arcosolia, resting places made of a bench with an arch over it. Some of the arcosolia have triangular niches where oil lamps were placed to give light during the burial process.

The two most common types of tombs in the first century CE are found in this tomb complex. Shaft tombs were long narrow shafts in which the deceased were placed and closed with a stone slab which probably had the name of the occupant inscribed on it. Channels in the center of the shafts were probably carved to drain the water that seeped through the rock.

Sarcophagus of Helena of Adiabene, Israel Museum

The tombs are now empty, but previously housed a number of sarcophagi; they were excavated by a French archaeological mission headed by Louis Felicien de Saulcy, who took them back to France. They are exhibited at the Louvre.

Although no kings were buried here, one of the sarcophagi bears two Aramaic inscriptions identifying the corpse within as that of Queen Sadah (Tzada Malchata, צדה מלכתה); this is thought to refer to Helena, the Queen of Adiabene.[3] The decorative architecture of the tomb complex is Seleucid, which would fit with this identification.

Judaism in Adiabene survived the death of Izates and Helena. History indicates that the Jewish religion continued to play a part in the kingdom of Adiabene; non-royal Adiabenians converted. “The names of the Adiabenite [sic] Jews Jacob Hadyaba and Zuga (Zuwa) of Hadyab,”33 indicate a non-Hebrew origin and possible conversion to Judaism.

Mindful of the events which in her view were of a positive nature, Helena journeyed with her retinue to Jerusalem and the Great Temple to worship and offer thank-offerings while the throne in Arbela had been safeguarded. Queen Helena offered items of blessing including a special addition to the Kodesh, or Inner Sanctuary of the Great Temple:
The doorway of the Kodesh was 10 cubits wide and 20 cubits high. Over the doorway was a carving of a golden menorah donated by Queen Helena, a convert to Judaism. The morning service could not begin before sunrise. The Temple was surrounded by high walls, and it was not possible to see the rising sun, so priest had to be sent outside to see if it was time for the service to begin. After Queen Helena donated the Menorah, it was no longer necessary to send a priest outside the Temple. As the sun rose in the east it shone against the menorah and the reflected light was cast into the Azarah. The priests then knew that the morning service could begin.18

Kevin Brook cites that the Jewish kings of Adiabene were regularly involved in policy and military affairs. In 61 CE, Monobazus II, the king who Izates meant to succeed him, sent troops to Armenia to try to thwart an invasion of Adiabene. Two years later, he was in attendance at a peace settlement between Parthia and Rome. During the war of Judea against the Roman Empire (66-70 CE), the Adiabenian royal family supported the Judean side.34

According to Paul E. Kahle, there were many Jews in the city of Arbela even after the establishment of bishops and the spread of Christianity in Adiabene.35

Book V, Chapter VI, Section 1 (Entire)

The Vast Slaughters Occurring Within The City

1. Now the warlike men that were in the city, and the multitude of the seditious that were with Simon, were ten thousand, besides the Idumeans. Those ten thousand had fifty commanders, over whom this Simon was supreme. The Idumeans that paid him homage were five thousand, and had eight commanders, among whom those of the greatest fame were Jacob, the son of Sosas, and Simon, the son of Cathlas. John, who had seized upon the temple, had six thousand armed men, under twenty commanders; the zealots also that had come over to him, and left off their opposition, were two thousand four hundred, and had the same commander they had formerly, Eleazar, together with Simon, the son of Arinus.

Now, while these factions fought one against another, the people were their prey of both sides, as we have said already; and that part of the people who would not join with them in their wicked practices, were plundered by both factions. Simon held the upper city, and the great walls as far as Cedron, and as much of the old wall as bent from Siloam to the east, and which went down to the palace of Monobazus, who was king of the Adiabeni, beyond Euphrates; he also held the fountain, and the Acra, which was no other than the lower city; he also held all that reached to the palace of queen Helena, the mother of Monobazus; but John held the temple, and the parts thereto adjoining, for a great way, as also Ophla, and the valley called “Valley of Cedron;” and when the parts that were interposed between their possessions were burnt by them, they left a space wherein they might fight with each other; for this internal sedition did not cease, even when the Romans were encamped near their very walls. But although they had grown wiser at the first onset the Romans made upon them, this lasted but for a while; for they returned to their former madness, and separated one from another, and fought it out, and did everything that the besiegers could desire them to do; for they never suffered anything that was worse from the Romans than they made each other suffer ; nor was there any misery endured by the city after these men’s actions that could be esteemed new. But it was most of all unhappy before it was overthrown, while those that took it did it a greater kindness; for I venture to affirm, that the sedition destroyed the city, and the Romans destroyed the sedition, which it was a much harder thing to do that to destroy the walls; so that we may justly ascribe our misfortunes to our own people , and the just vengeance taken on them by the Romans; as to which matter let every one determine by the actions on both sides.

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