Stop Rendering Me The American Messiah!

Defying the Boston Mafia

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Royal Rosamond Press

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He was a member of the Hitler Youth, which should have disqualified him from ever being Pope. For whatever he says about that time, he was certainly no Lichtenberg.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64142651

“Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday said landmark high court rulings that established gay rights and contraception rights should be reconsidered now that the federal right to abortion has been revoked.

Thomas wrote that those rulings “were demonstrably erroneous decisions.

I did not believe in our democracy – until my attorney introduced me to the Mayor of Boston who shook my hand and said;

“It took a lot of guts to stand up those people!”

I had survived a hit by the Boston Mafia who paid two thugs to murder me. They killed a Labrador puppy – in my place. Then they came after me with bloody knives. I have been in therapy for two years dealing with my PTSD that is causing me to be VERY THIRSTY. We looked at my death on McClure’s Beach. Two days later a woman asked me what I wanted. I said this;

“I am thirsty. I would like a glass of water, please!”

My PTSD was triggered by my last post when I talk about MY THIRST.

In my theological novel in the works, I contend Jesus DID NOT DIE ON THE CROSS, but underwent a ritual Opera based upon Pslam 31. David took the Nazarite Vow – and so did his descendant, Jesus, who was very INCLUSIVE in the Four Gospels. But, when you get to Acts, you are introduced to the Religious Soap Opera of Saul-Paul – who is very EXCLUSIVE. He claims he tortured and murdered members of the first Christian church – then was forgiven BY JESUS – and INCLUDED AS AN EQUAL to the original Disciples. Paul – who never met Jesus – then EXCLUDES the Judaizers from becoming FOLLOWERS of the INCLUSIVE JESUS!

In the last thirty years we have heard THE FALSE ACCUSATION that the Liberal Left is trying to take Jesus away from believers, who were encouraged to become Republicans, so THE GRAND HEIST will be grounded in SECULAR REALITY.so the Liberal Left can be accused of trying to DESTROY THE CONSTITUTION, and keep Loyal American Christians from enjoying Democratic Freedoms. This is THE CORE SOAP OPERA of Ginni Thomas’ accusations. The Democrats are Evil People involved in The Great American Heist, that translates to million of Republican Christians, as..

“The Satanic Democrats are trying to ERASE THE AMERICAN HISTORY OF JESUS so our children will notworship him! Oh God – and the Supreme Court – HELP US!”

And lo the Supreme Court made The Hobby Lobby Law – for starters.

After repealing Roe vs Wade, Clarence Thomas gleefully did a victory dance by going after LGBTQ and contraceptive rights. Does Thomas know the U.S. sent troops to destroy a very EXCLUSIVE MONSTER who put homosexuals’ in concentration camps next to Jews, who were ruled Un-Followers of Jesus by the Nazi Catholic Leaders? The Catholics church is a product of Paul, and made a thousand laws in order to STOP people from being a believers, and EXCLUDE them if they do not believe – properly! American Christian Leaders are comparing the Democrats to the Communist followers of Stalin. This is why Ginni and her ilk own such an urgency to SAVE AMERICA FROM THE GREAT HEIST – that if successful, will result in Stalin-like Murder Squads, breaking down the door of churches. THE COUP IS NOT OVER, because it is…..RELIGIOUSLY MOTIVATED! The Christian Nationalists are a very EXCLUSIVE lot. They always have been.

Clarence Thomas minimalizes the ruling of Liberal Judges, while pushing the sick idea that Democrats hate Civil Rights, and are indeed like the Nazis in that they collectively conspired to make abortion legal, so more women will get an abortion- and murder the innocent unborn. Clarence and other Justices claim they are CONSERVATIVES as if this was a Papal Appointment. Here is a real Papal Appointment who was more than a conservative. He is pushing Democracy and Fair Treatment – FOR ALL – knowing it will get him MURDERED! I know no Leftist who wants to murder a Christian – even after being called dirty rotten traitors and thieves!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Lichtenberg

He protested in person to Nazi officials against the arrest and killing of the sick and mentally ill, as well as the persecution of the Jews. At first, the Nazis dismissed the priest as a nuisance. Father Lichtenberg was warned that he was in danger of being arrested for his activities, but he continued nonetheless.[6]

In 1941, Lichtenberg protested against the involuntary euthanasia programme by way of a letter to the chief physician of the Reich, Minister of Public Health Leonardo Conti (1900-1945):

I died when I was twenty. There is an electrical energy around me in a photo taken when I was twenty-six. Below me is a pic of Pope Benedict who just dies – as a member of Nazi Youth – who believed Jews were INNHUMAN, as were Gypsies, and Homosexuals’.

Our Congress just made Judgements about Victimless Crimes, committed by Non-Perpetrators. Aborted babies can not be murdered, just as puppies can not be murdered. Religion has just gone up on trial – and there is not mention of this fact in the Jan.6 Com. Is that – intentional?

Two months ago I talked with my therapist here in Oregon about taking psilocybin as part of my therapy. i suspect Ginni Thomas has taken LSD. After OUR TRIAL, I will challenge Ginni to The Great White Acid Test, because, she and her ilk just put our Democracy through one – and the free world!

I suspect Ginni Thomas is seen as the Heir, or/and leading Disciple of Tim LaHaye who came to own a large Christian voting block who pray for the Rapture and End Time. I believe Trump knows this, and was told to keep the truth – A BIG SECRET – for the very reason, to REVEAL THE TRUTH, takes away their power. It is obvious to me – and others – Clarence Thomas and the Trump Justices – are ENHANCING the Rapture Base. Clarence – is enhancing his wife’s religious beliefs – and he may not be a Christian. If so – why is he doing it? I suspect Clarence has concluded the End Time Cult will take control of American History, and run it for many years. Clarence wants to be a big part of history. I believe this is JUDICIAL SUBTRAFUGE. In putting my case together, I would like to see my legal team press Ginni and Clarence to offer – SOME PROOF – there is a God. I have done so in my blog.


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Deception used to achieve an end: tried to get her to sign the contract by subterfuge.

2. A deceptive stratagem or device: The meeting was a subterfuge to get him out of his office while it 

was searched.

In regards to not rendering me a Messiah, or Savior, I believe….God’s hand is being forced! His will, will be done. Fear God!

It is 4:23 on January 1, 2023, and it is my ruling as a Nazarite Judge, that THE JEWS DID NOT MURDER JESUS, or contribute to his death, only his mock death – while the famous Jewish Choirs, sang…….PSALM 31…..after they sang Psalm 51

https://www.bibleref.com/Psalms/51/Psalm-51-7.html.

Jesus DID NOT DIE FOR EVERONE’S SINS! He underwent a ritual death in order to CLEANSE the office, the Dominion of the Jewish King. I am going to Copyright these two Psalms in regards to my book about the Nazarites, not that I want to take something for myself, but, to keep The Twisters of The Word from using it – to their own end!.The very important history our Congress has made a record of – forces my – and God;s hand. Timing – is everything!

This far, and no further ( as the choir sings) That Great Lie – has had its day.

John ‘The Nazarite Judge’

“Text exchanges with Meadows that were obtained by the January 6 Select Committee and reported by Woodward and Costa show the degree to which Ginni Thomas was all in for the Big Lie. In a November 10, 2020 text, for example, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife told Meadows, “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

https://www.bibleref.com/Psalms/51/Psalm-51-7.html

“Again, David pleads for cleansing. He asks the Lord to purge him with hyssop to make him clean and to wash him to make him whiter than snow. To purge meant to purify by removing a stain. Hyssop was a plant that the priests used in ceremonial cleansings. They dipped a bunch of hyssop in the blood of a sacrificial animal and then sprinkled the blood on the person who required cleansing. Leviticus 14:4–7 refers to the use of blood-dipped hyssop in sprinkling seven times the person who is to be cleansed of leprosy

“Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.John 19:28-29″.

7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
         Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Make me to hear joy and gladness,
         Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

1Do not cast me away from Your presence
         And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
         And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
         And sinners will be converted to You.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
         Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

https://www.lawinfo.com/resources/criminal-defense/what-are-some-examples-of-victimless-crimes.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/24/roe-v-wade-supreme-court-justice-thomas-says-gay-rights-rulings-open-to-be-tossed.html

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday said landmark high court rulings that established gay rights and contraception rights should be reconsidered now that the federal right to abortion has been revoked.

Thomas wrote that those rulings “were demonstrably erroneous decisions.”

The cases he mentioned are Griswold vs. Connecticut, the 1965 ruling in which the Supreme Court said married couples have the right to obtain contraceptives; Lawrence v. Texas, which in 2003 established the right to engage in private sexual acts; and the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which said there is a right to same-sex marriage.

Thomas’ recommendation to reconsider that trio of decisions does not have the force of legal precedent, nor does it compel his colleagues on the Supreme Court to take the action he suggested.

But it is an implicit invitation to conservative lawmakers in individual states to pass legislation that might run afoul of the Supreme Court’s past decisions, with an eye toward having that court potentially reverse those rulings.

That is the tack conservative lawmakers took in multiple states, where for years they passed restrictive abortion laws in the hopes that a challenge to them would reach the Supreme Court and open the door for federal abortion rights to be overturned as a result.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler%27s_Pope

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XII_and_the_Holocaust

Posted on January 6, 2014by Royal Rosamond Press

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Who are the Magi, and why have they come to behold a infant born under a star? When one sees the Pharisees as being allied to Jesus – they putting him to a favorable test – then one must wonder if Jesus is a Parthian. If you replace the Pharisees with the Magi, who are presenting a Savior, the meaning of the name Jesus, then one sees the Magi were the earliest Christians whom Saul-Paul persecuted, he claiming he had papers to pursue these early followers into Damascus. How did Paul recognize them? Well, they had very large noses, and they may have been Scythians.

Jon Presco

“I am thirsty.”

Posted on February 25, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press

The first words I spoke after I came back to life, after lying in my room for two days, was’

“I am thirsty. I would like a glass of water.”

Tim Scully’s sister had approached me, knelt, took my hand, and asked me what I wanted. Tim was a member of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, as was my friend who was with me when I died on a powerful dose of Orange Sunshine, of which I had an hour before taken another dose so I could get back into my body. There were about five members of the Brotherhood present who had heard of my death. I never met them.

When I took a few sips of water from the crystal goblet, I said this;

“With this water I swallow, I wash the drug LSD from my system, into my urinary track, and I need to use the toilet, where I will flush this drug into the sea, and dilute it, take it from you forever. The game is over.”

And I rose, and did just that. I purged Orange Sunshine from my body, and a movement I was a part of. Later, I would tell two young men who were preparing a batch of LSD for Europe;

“The cops are outside waiting for you.You’re going to get busted.”

Most of the Brotherhood got busted – after the powerful king-like entity that was inside me, rebuked them, with permission of the Lord of Truth I beheld on McClure’s Beach February 11, 1967. I was being asked to be a anti-war Messiah. The LSD I took, did not go with me where I saw my sisters adorned in the jewels of heaven. Back here on earth, I was adorned in precious jewels with wisdom beyond compare. LSD was doing damage to a very delicate God-consciousness that I have been attuned to most of my life. You can say this is where the Holy Spirit dwell, the Councilor.

In 1990 I was told by Seers that I go to the Cathedral of Souls while I sleep where I have a reserved seat at a great table. There is a hooded figure standing behind me.

We are not talking about God-Jesus, who was the embodiment of King David the Redeemer. He was just a man, the king of the Jews, and unto the Jews that was everything. The evangelicals are waiting for the Jews to restore the Kingdom of David so they will be saved. The core of their religion depends upon it. Meanwhile they wage war on Hippie. I laugh, because – I am Hippie! Am I in David’s family tree?

Peace – brother!

I have been asking folks whether Jesus established a Democracy, and no one has risen to this challenge. In a democracy we do not allow kings to rule over us. However – there is God and the Holy Spirit……………..the Gift of God!

When I lost everything, I was twenty years of age, and virgin. My new life, was impossible I began a sipriitual work – without rewards. My isolation has been exrtreme. I have been the scapegoat for a generation of sins. I turned many around, towards the ways of the Lord.

When I read the Bible for the first time, and Jesus’ last words “I am thirsty” I was in deep deep, water, and trouble. Who would believe that I have been touched by the soul of God?

I own one great fear, being, when it is time for me to die – I won’t die! For I have seen Heaven! And I have seen The Kingdom of God. It’s right here, under our feet! What a beautiful place, if we all allow God to rule our beautiful spirits. Be reborn – now!

After I purged alcohol from my system in 1987, I baptized myself in the McKenzie River after taking the vow of the Nazarite.

Jon the Nazarite

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The Hippie Mafia: Brotherhood of Eternal Love
By TheAllSeeingI | Published: January 25, 2011

Thirty nine years ago, the biggest raid that had ever been staged in America’s war on drugs took place when a task force of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies combined to take down a secretive group of hippie acid dealers and hashish smugglers known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. On August 5, 1972, cops in California, Oregon and Maui arrested dozens of people, sending an even larger group scattering around the world in pursuit of an underground life that in some cases lasted decades.

By then, the Brotherhood, better known among cops as the “Hippie Mafia,” had become America’s biggest hash smuggling network, with a direct pipeline to Kandahar, Afghanistan. They were also the country’s hardest-working distributors of LSD who even had their own trademark version of the mind-altering drug, Orange Sunshine. They operated their own storefront, Mystic Arts World, in Laguna Beach, where many members lived. After befriending ex-Harvard psychology professor Timothy Leary, they lured him to Laguna Canyon and later, to a mountain ranch in Idyllwild, California. Members, including the group’s charismatic leader, John Griggs, slept in tipis and ate vegetables from their own garden – all with the aim of creating a self-sustaining utopia.

That dream ended in August 1969 – the same month that saw Woodstock, the Manson murders and the first moon landing – when Griggs died of an overdose of synthetic psilocybin. By then, Leary had been busted for marijuana possession, and not long after Griggs died, he went to prison. That’s when the BEL pulled off one of the most spectacular stunts in American counterculture. They raised some cash and paid off the notorious anti-war radicals, the Weather Underground, to bust Leary out of prison and help him escape to Afghanistan, where he was finally arrested in 1973.

During the early 60’s Griggs and his crew were a gang of itinerant surfers, custom car enthusiasts, junkies and petty crooks known as The Street Sweepers. In ’66 they came into a stash of LSD (a substance they knew nothing about and which was ironically still legal at the time) through armed robbery. This would be the watershed moment: a week later Griggs “threw away his gun and was running around hollering, ‘This is it.’ That’s how it all began.”

Legally incorporated in 1966–ten days after LSD became illegal–in California, the tax-exempt organization declared a dedication “to bring to the world a greater awareness of God through the teachings of Jesus Christ, Rama-Krishnam Babaji, Paramahansa Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi and all true prophets and apostles of God.” Some of their nascent ideology was reflective of Timothy Leary’s east coast League of Spiritual Discovery, but the BOEL were headquartered in Laguna Beach, California, “a sleepy little township and artists colony and resort thirty miles south of Los Angeles.” As for membership, “there were no fixed rules for joining; no name signing or ritual. But there was one basic rule among the Brothers–they believed in taking as much of the psychedelics as possible, the largest doses of LSD they could buy.”

“There was a lot of grass and there was a vibe that you could make it with love and digging each other. It was cheap and it was fun. You know the bond, the thing that tied us up together was surfing and dope and balling.” The focus went from grass to LSD and large quantities of hash rather quickly, it seems, and before long, a “hippie mafia” (as it was labeled by local law authorities and then Rolling Stone magazine) was in effect. But before then, for just just a couple years, the Brotherhood were at the center of “a Haight-Ashbury on the sea.”

The Brotherhood’s products/sacraments did not stay free for long. Linked with (in)famous Grateful Dead-associated LSD (al)chemist Owsley Stanley up in San Francisco, and with Leary on the east coast, the Brotherhood’s operations got grandiose and risky. Cash was everywhere, ranches were bought, surfboards full of hash were made and mailed around the world, an infamously incoherent Jimi Hendrix film was financed, and at one point a tentative offer was tendered to the government of France to buy a tiny Pacific French island to become “the world’s first independent state based on LSD.” Timothy Leary’s son, at a Laguna Brotherhood gathering, torched one of many $1000 bills, and when Leary called to apologize for his offspring’s behavior, he was told “Hey, Uncle Tim, we all wanted to burn a thousand-dollar bill. It was a great thing he did, very enlightening.”

Legal authorities were not so enlightened or amused. In Laguna Beach–which sits in Republican stronghold Orange County, just up the coast from Nixon’s West Coast White House–longhairs started to get busted for just being there, and suspicions were aroused by the presence of money and Leary. Still, the Brotherhood funded Leary’s famous escape from California prison and supported him with an extra $25,000 while he was the exiled guest/hostage of Eldridge Cleaver in Algeria. State, Federal and and international investigations got underway as well. Mystic Arts World burnt to the ground in a 1970 fire widely viewed as arson that was approved, if not committed, by local authorities. By the time a couple of founding leaders has overdosed or been arrested (including Leary, who turned out to be more liability than leader) trouble was everywhere for the Brothers. A big bust became pretty much inevitable, and in 1972 it came. “Between 1966 and 1971 the Brotherhood was virtually untouchable, but in the course of the investigation 750 members had been identified in a business the IRS estimated to be worth $200 million.” Such estimates tend to be inflated, but no matter, the BOEL Corporation was assessed over $70 million in back taxes. Which seems odd to me considering the feds had already granted them tax exempt status, but whatever. Members rolled over and turned one another in to avoid doing time. A government report estimated that the Brotherhood was held responsible for 50% of all the LSD and hash to be found in the United States.

By then much of the illegal activity had shifted to Europe, as personified by a mysterious figure named Ronald Stark, who flitted around the world under various false identities (multiple fake passports were a Brotherhood specialty). Still even the more professional gangster types couldn’t survive the crushing weight of indictments nor the near religious zeal the authorities exhibited in their pursuit. It wasn’t long before the Brotherhood was gone: dead, in prison or scattered to the wind, on the lam in the far flung areas of the globe.

King Jesus Was a Nazarite

Posted on February 25, 2012 by Royal Rosamond Press

In Mark 14:22–25 Jesus indicated he took the Nazirite vow when he said, “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Scholars have puzzled why Jesus submitted to John the Baptist for baptism if he was born without sin. I believe he did so to purify his lineage from King David that the Jews had come to believe had become corrupted due to Roman rule in Judea. While on the cross, Jesus is purged with hyssop plant put in the jar of vinegar that has been prepared for what appears to be a ritual crucifixion, that has much to do with Psalm 51 authored by King David.

“Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.John 19:28-29″

What scriptures are fulfilled? Was not a board nailed above Jesus’ head that read ‘King of the Jews’? He knew this ritual of the new heaven snd earth awaited him at the end of his life, where he would break his Nazarite vow by ingesting a grape product, vinigar, mixed with hyssop.

Jon the Nazarite

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7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
         Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Make me to hear joy and gladness,
         Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

1Do not cast me away from Your presence
         And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
         And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
         And sinners will be converted to You.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
         Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

Hyssop is also often used to fill the Catholic ceremonial Aspergillum, which the priest dips into a bowl of holy water, and sprinkles onto the congregation to bless them. To wit, the invocation in the Psalm Miserere states Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:. However, researchers have suggested that the Biblical accounts refer not to the plant currently known as hyssop but rather to one of a number of different herbs.”[15][16]

The Announcement of John’s Birth
The Announcement of Jesus’ Birth
The angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah to tell of a miraculous birth: Luke 1:11
The angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell of a miraculous birth: Luke 1:26-27
Gabriel tells Zechariah, Zechariah, do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard. Luke 1:13
Gabriel tells Mary, Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favor. Luke 1:30
Gabriel announces the name of the child, …and you shall name him John Luke 1:13
Gabriel announces the name of the child, …and you must name him Jesus Luke 1:31
Gabriel announces the mission of the child, even from his mother’s womb he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and he will bring back many of the Israelites to the Lord their God…preparing for the Lord a people fit for him. Luke 1:15-17
Gabriel announces the mission of the child, He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob forever and his reign will have no end. Luke 1:32-33
Zechariah expresses disbelief and is rebuked, Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How can I know this? I am an old man…The angel replied…’Look, since you do not believe my words….you will be silenced..’ Luke 1:18-20
Mary expresses concern and is assured, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will com upon you, and the power of the Most High will over you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.’ Luke 1:34-36
John is born: The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son… Luke 1:57
Jesus is born: …the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth of a son, her first-born. Luke 2:6
John is circumcised and named on the 8th day: Now it happened that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; … ‘he is to be called John.’ Luke 1:59-60
Jesus is circumcised on the 8th day: When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception. Luke 2:21
Zechariah speaks the prophecy of the Benedictus in Luke 1:67-79
Mary speaks the prophecy of the Magnificat in Luke 1:47-55
John’s birth story conclusion: …the child grew up and his spirit grew strong. Luke 1:80
Jesus’ birth story conclusion: And as the child grew to maturity, he was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was with him. Luke 2:40

. WHY DID JOHN BAPTIZE JESUS?
John baptized for repentance (Matthew 3:11). Since Jesus was supposedly without sin, he had nothing to repent of. The fact that he was baptized by John has always been an embarrassment to the church. The gospels offer no explanation for Jesus’ baptism, apart from the meaningless explanation given in Matthew 3:14-15 “to fulfill all righteousness.” Other passages, which indicate that Jesus did not consider himself sinless, are also an embarrassment to the church (Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19).
Luke, who claims to be chronological (Luke 1:3), tries to give the impression that John did not baptize Jesus. Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism occurs after the account of John’s imprisonment (Luke 3:20-21).
C. WHY DIDN’T JOHN THE BAPTIST BECOME A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
If John knew that Jesus was the son of God, why didn’t he become a disciple of Jesus? And why didn’t all, or even most, of John’s disciples become Jesus’ disciples? Most of John’s disciples remained loyal to him, even after his death, and a sect of his followers persisted for centuries.
The gospel writers were forced to include Jesus’ baptism in their gospels so that they could play it down. They could not ignore it because John’s followers and other Jews who knew of Jesus’ baptism were using the fact of his baptism to challenge the idea that Jesus was the sinless son of God. The gospel writers went to great pains to invent events that showed John as being subordinate to Jesus.

This vow required the man or woman to observe the following:
Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins;
Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head;
Avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members, and any structure which contains such.
It is also forbidden for the nazirite to have grape or grape derivatives, even if they are not alcoholic. According to Rabbinical interpretation, there is no prohibition for the nazirite to drink alcoholic beverages not derived from grapes.[18] According to non-Rabbinical interpretation, a Nazirite is forbidden to consume any alcohol, and vinegar from such alcohol, regardless of its source.[19] The laws of wine or grapes mixing in other food is similar to other dietary laws that apply to all Jews.[20]

The practice of a nazirite vow is part of the ambiguity of the Greek term “Nazarene”[33] that appears in the New Testament; the sacrifice of a lamb and the offering of bread does suggest a relationship with Christian symbolism (then again, these are the two most frequent offerings prescribed in Leviticus, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn). While a saying in (Matthew 11:18–19 and Luke 7:33–35) attributed to Jesus makes it doubtful that he, reported to be “a winebibber”, was a nazirite during his ministry, the verse ends with the curious statement, “But wisdom is justified of all her children”. The advocation of the ritual consumption of wine as part of the Eucharist, the tevilah in Mark 14:22–25 indicated he kept this aspect of the nazirite vow when Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” The ritual with which Jesus commenced his ministry (recorded via Greek as “Baptism”) and his vow in Mark 14:25 and Luke 22:15–18 at the end of his ministry, do respectively reflect the final and initial steps (purification by immersion in water and abstaining from wine) inherent in a Nazirite vow. These passages may indicate that Jesus intended to identify himself as a Nazirite (“not drinking the fruit of vine”) before his crucifixion.[34]

Luke the Evangelist clearly was aware that wine was forbidden in this practice, for the angel (Luke 1:13–15) that announces the birth of John the Baptist foretells that “he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb”, in other words, a nazirite from birth, the implication being that John had taken a lifelong nazirite vow.[35]

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
John 19:28-29

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46

Jesus’ drink of vinegar
Matthew 27:34
There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.

Matthew 27:47-50
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

Mark 15:23
Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Mark 15:35-37
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”
One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

John 19:28-30
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Hyssop is also often used to fill the Catholic ceremonial Aspergillum, which the priest dips into a bowl of holy water, and sprinkles onto the congregation to bless them. To wit, the invocation in the Psalm Miserere states Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:. However, researchers have suggested that the Biblical accounts refer not to the plant currently known as hyssop but rather to one of a number of different herbs.”[15][16]

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

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New American Standard Bible

7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
         Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Make me to hear joy and gladness,
         Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
9Hide Your face from my sins
         And blot out all my iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
         And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11Do not cast me away from Your presence
         And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
         And sustain me with a willing spirit.
13Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
         And sinners will be converted to You.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
         Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
15O Lord, open my lips,
         That my mouth may declare Your praise.
16For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
         You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
         A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
18By Your favor do good to Zion;
         Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
         In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
         Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar.

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