The archaeological proof that Jesus Christ DID exist

SINCE his death, many experts have dedicated their career to finding archaeological proof that Jesus Christ existed.

Evidence of his existence has been few and far between, but there are certain items from roughly 2000 years ago and discovered in the right regions that suggest Christ was a real person.

Artefacts have been found across the globe, which seem to prove that Jesus did live.

Whether he was divine will always be a topic for debate, but evidence suggests he did once walk the Earth.

For starters, experts have recently found ruins of a first century synagogue in Israel supposedly confirm sections of the New Testament, and with it historic accounts of Jesus’s life.

Frescoes discovered at the ruins

The startling discovery was made at a site called Tel Rechesh, near to Mount Tabor in the Nahal Tavor Nature Reserve in lower Galilee, in a synagogue that dates back to 79 AD – the year when the Romans attacked Jerusalem.

The findings confirm that Jesus once preached sermons at the synagogue, according to Motti Aviam, a senior researcher at the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.

He said: “This is the first synagogue discovered in the rural part of the Galilee and it confirms historical information we have about the New Testament, which says that Jesus preached at synagogues in Galilean villages.”


The ancient home where Jesus allegedly lived

Additionally, British archaeologist Dr Ken Dark believes he may have found the humble first century home in Nazareth, northern Israel, as the place where Mary and Joseph brought up the alleged Son of God.

In his article in Biblical Archaeological Review, Dr Dark said that there was “no good reason” why the courtyard style house was not the home of Jesus.

The house is located beneath the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, across the road from the Church of Annunciation, according to Dr Dark.

In the article Dr Dark wrote: “Great efforts had been made to encompass the remains of this building within the vaulted cellars of both the Byzantine and Crusader churches, so that it was thereafter protected.”

It then describes two churches in Nazareth, one of which was the Church of Annunciation, explained Dr Dark.

He writes: “The other stood nearby and was built near a vault that also contained a spring and the remains of two tombs.

“Between these two tombs was the house in which Jesus was raised.”

Furthermore, in 1961, archaeologists uncovered a stone that was inspirited with the text “Pontius Pilate, prefect of Judaea, has made this Tiberieum and dedicated it to the Augustan gods”.

What this points to, and is the only evidence so far, is that Pontious Pilate existed – with only other mentions of him coming in the New Testament.

What makes this significant is that Pilate was the Roman official who condemned Christ to his crucifixion.


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Josephus – the author behind the sole surviving account of first century Judea, ‘War of the Jews

Then comes the sole surviving account of first century Judea, the ‘War of the Jews’ by Josephus, a first-century Romano-Jewish scholar and historian who mentions Jesus on several occasions.

One passage talks about the execution of “James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ/Messiah”.

Following James’ execution, his remains were supposedly placed in an ossuary, a small box where human parts were put and buried – a practice that was carried out in the region between 20BC to 70AD.

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The alleged ossuary of James, Jesus’ brother

The ossuary was discovered in 2002 and written in Aramaic on the side is “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus” – although its authenticity is up for debate.

Another passage written by Josephus reads: “At this time there was a wise man named Jesus. His conduct was good and [he] was known to be virtuous. 

“And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who became his disciples did not abandon his discipleship.”

This Week’s Torah Portion | August 21 – August 27, 2016 – 17 Av – 23 Av, 5776

Ekev (Because) Parsha – Weekly Torah Portion


Ekev (עֵקֶב | Consequence)

Torah: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Gospel: John 13:31-15:27

From ancient times there has been a weekly portion (Parashah) from the first five books of Moses (The Torah) and an ending (Haftarah) from the Prophets read on the Sabbath in synagogues around the world. This portion is given a Hebrew name drawn from the opening words of the Torah passage. An illustration of this practice appears to have been recorded in Luke 4:16 where Yeshua (Jesus) arrived in the synagogue in Nazareth and was asked to read the portion (Isaiah 61) from the Prophets. 

We have found that in perusing these weekly readings, not only are we provided opportunity to identify in the context of God’s Word with millions of Jewish people around the world, but very often the Holy Spirit will illumine specific passages pertinent that week in our intercession for the Land and people of Israel. The Haftarah, unless otherwise noted, will be that read in Ashkenazy synagogues around the world. The references for all texts are those found in English translations of the Scriptures.

The Parashah for this week August 21-27, 2016 is called Ekev- “In Consequence of…”

TORAH: Deuteronomy 7:12—11:25

HAFTARAH: Isaiah 49:14—51:3 

*Deut. 7:16. “Also you shall devour all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye shall not pity them…” 

It is instructive to compare this “devouring” with that mentioned in the evil report of the ten spies 40 years earlier, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants” (Num. 13.32), and with the ‘bread’ in Caleb’s good report at the same time, “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land…Do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them” (Num. 14:7-9).

*Deut. 8: 3. “He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna…that he might make you know that humankind (Hebrew: the adam ) shall not live by bread alone; but by every utterance of the LORD’s mouth does the human live.”

*Deut. 8:5. “And you knew in your heart that as a man chastises his son the LORD your God chastises you.” 

Cff: Heb 12:7-11: “If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten…Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

*Deut. 8:6-10. “Therefore you shall guard the commandments of YHVH your God, to walk in His ways and to revere Him. For YHVH your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”

*Deut. 8:16. “…that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end—“

*Deut. 9:5-6. “It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Therefore understand that the LORD your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.”

At least eleven times in this Torah Reading (7:12, 7:13; 8:1, 8:18; 9:5-6, 9:27-28; 10:11, 10:15-16, 10:22; 11:8-9, 11:18-21) the LORD through Moses calls to Israel’s attention His oath to their Fathers—Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—regarding the land which He would soon be dispossessing for them and granting as an eternal heritage (“like the days of the heavens above the earth”—11:21). It was an oath of covenant and kindness (Hebrew: hesed) from God (7:12). He “set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day” (10:15).

But this was manifestly not because of any special, inherent goodness or righteousness in Israel (7:12). Her part was to realize this, to receive this kindness in humility and obedience, to acknowledge that she was stiff-necked and stubborn, and to circumcise the “foreskin” of her heart (10:16). She must embrace as essential the words the LORD had released to her, applying them throughout each day to every area of her existence (11:18-21).

Unlike any other people on earth, Israel and her place in the Holy Land bear a distinct relation to an unfailing Word of God over her forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)—a Word which is still in effect, now that she has been returned to that Land. “Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers” (Romans 11:28). ”Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, who seek YHVH: Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; when he was but one I called him, then I blessed him and multiplied him” (Isaiah 51:1-2; From this week’s Haftarah).

God’s covenant with the Fathers regarding their descendants and the Land remains. But the righteousness required of those descendants is still, as with Abraham their father, a righteousness which comes through faith in God and His promised Lamb, whose day Abraham rejoiced to see and was glad! (Romans 4:20-22; Genesis 22:8; John 8:56)

*Deut. 9:21. “Then I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that descended from the mountain.” 

No mention is made of where the brook comes from in the original account of Exodus 32:20. In the previous chapter 8:15, the LORD is the One who brought forth water for Israel “out of the flinty rock in a thirsty land where there was no water.” I Corinthians 10:4 reveals that “they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Messiah.” Ezekiel 47:1- and Zechariah 14:4,8 speak of a future time when living water will tumble forth out from another mountain, this time the Mountain of the Lord in Jerusalem, bringing healing wherever it flows.

*Deut. 9:26-29. “Thus I prostrated myself before the LORD…I kept prostrating myself, because the LORD had said He would destroy you. Therefore I prayed to the LORD, and said: ‘O Lord YHVH, do not destroy Your people and Your inheritance whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look on the stubbornness of this people, or on their wickedness or their sin, lest the land from which You brought us should say, “Because YHVH was not able to bring them to the land which He promised them, and because He hated them, He has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness.” Yet they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out by Your mighty power and by Your outstretched arm.’

*Deut 10:12-13. Fear, Walk, Love, Serve, Guard! “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to guard the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?”

*Deut. 10:16-17, 21a. “Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome…He is your praise…”

*Deut. 11:11-12. “But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.”

HAFTARAH

“Comfort ye…”

AS MENTIONED LAST WEEK, we have entered a seven-week season (Until the Feast of Trumpets) in which the Haftarah readings are taken from the prophet Isaiah, and continue to speak words of comfort to Zion. The passages below are only some drawn from this week’s portion which may be used powerfully in praying for Israel to recognize her Comforter—and for the Body of Messiah to walk, as He walked, before her fellows in the land.

*Isaiah 49:15-16. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”

*Isaiah 49:25b-26. “For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the LORD, am your Saviour, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

*Isaiah 50:4. “The Lord YHVH has given me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple.”

*Isaiah 50:6-7. “I gave my back to those who strike me, and my cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover my face from humiliation and spitting. For the Lord YHVH helps me, therefore, I am not disgraced; therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

*Isaiah 51:1-2. ”Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, who seek YHVH: Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; when he was but one I called him, then I blessed him and multiplied him” (NASB).

*Isaiah 51:3. “For YHVH will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places. He will make her desert like Eden, and her arava like the garden of YHVH; Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody!”

The Torah and Haftarah portions for next week (August 28—September 3, 2016) are called R’eh—“See!”   

TORAH: Deuteronomy 11:26—16:17

HAFTARAH: Isaiah 54:11—55:5.

Because Rosh Chodesh for the Sixth Month Elul—falls on Saturday or Sunday September 3/4, some synagogues will end their services with Isaiah 66:1, 23 and/or I Samuel 20:18, 42

In A Nutshell

The portion also describes the virtues of the land of Israel, the seven species. Finally, the people are commanded to teach these things to their children and to carve the Mezuzah[1] on their doorsteps.

Commentary

Moses warns the people to keep the laws of Nature because the Creator is Elokim (God), and in Gematria (numeric values ascribed to Hebrew letters) it is “The Nature.”

The Creator gave us the Torah (Pentateuch), the laws of the world. The Torah is like a physics book, except that the laws in it are absolute, and totally precise. Only Israel received them. If we act according to these laws we will be above everything. We received a promise in advance, and this is truly what is happening. If we keep the laws before us we will receive anything we want—happiness, respect, security, health, eternity, wholeness, this world and the next world.

These laws come down to one: “love your neighbor as yourself; it is a great rule in the Torah.” All we need is to keep that law—love of others. The whole Torah speaks of nothing but that.

The problems begin with keeping that law. We cannot do it alone. It is only possible in an environment that sustains us, along with all the members of that environment. Only through mutual support can we truly keep that law. Baal HaSulam (Rav Yehuda Ashlag) mentioned in that regard a story about two friends sailing in a boat. When one of them began to drill under him, his friend asked, “What are you doing?” the other replied, “It is none of your concern, I am drilling only under me.”

We are living in special times these days. We all feel that we are in a single boat, and this is the proper condition to finally begin to keep the general law of love of others, the common law of Nature, the mutuality. The global and integral crisis has placed us against our will in a single boat where everyone is drilling under him without regard for anyone else.

Now we must all begin to reorganize and connect with one another in mutual guarantee. Everyone must guarantee that everyone else will not break the law, and everyone will care for everyone else in the same manner. A person musters the courage and power to not harm others, to not drill a hole. If we approach the general law of Nature in this manner we will truly feel that we are lacking nothing because there is nothing better than when we are in congruence with Nature.
It is like the spies: a person begins to see the fruits of the land of Israel, the sun, and the light, as it is written that the Creator is present from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, meaning happiness, health, and safety. No one will be able to approach our borders and say that it is not ours, because we will be in congruence with the laws dictated from above. These are the same laws that are actually only one: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It is the same mutual guarantee that helps us care for one another.

Therefore, if we keep this law, which is the essence of the Torah, we will have abundance. If we do not, we will find out increasingly clear, as is happening now, that we are dependent upon everyone. We have no idea what is happening with our country’s defense, and even when we do understand and know in advance what might happen, things still happen. If we refrain from keeping the clear condition, we arrive at where we are, and who knows where we might end up.

We are dependent on the World Bank, and the Common Market. In fact, the whole world is interdependent without understanding why it is so. We were given excellent starting conditions, a book that explains the laws of the world, and the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains how to rise above these laws, and which shows us that we can rise above Nature. If the Creator promises us security, happiness, and health, it is all we need. These three parameters are all that demonstrators throughout the world are asking. They, too, need nothing more than safety, happiness, and health.

Security is a fundamental element that defines our attitude toward life. Happiness defines our independence with regard to the rest of the world, without anyone being able to bring us down or up. The same goes for health; it all depends on us. All we need to do is keep within our nation the condition, “love your neighbor as yourself.” It is easy to keep that condition in mutual guarantee. If we understand it and support each other, in a short period of time we will rise to such a level that no one will be able to harm us, not on the economic level, not on the level of health, and not on the level of defense.

It is time that through explanations we will achieve the feeling of mutual guarantee and mutual love in the nation, and everything that is written in the portion will come true.

If we are in a state of mutual guarantee, will we not have to be considerate of the entire world? Will we be happy even if other things are happening elsewhere or will we suddenly understand how dependent we are on everything that happens in the world?

It is not written anywhere in Kabbalah that we must take into consideration what is happening in the world. The world is governed from above. All the leaders, whoever they are, are managed from above. Our world is a world of results, the lowest world.
The common force, the light, comes from Ein Sof (infinity) through all the worlds, which are concealments of the light, and through them it influences our world, us, and all the nations of the world. We can only react to it and adjust ourselves to the upper world through our actions.

The bonding between us indicates that we are in congruence with the upper world, which is entirely as one. Our soul above is called Adam, and it is one, just as the upper force is one. Adam’s soul divided into many souls, but if we collect them all together, all our desires, our inclinations, we will adjust ourselves to the upper force, the common force of Nature. Elokim (God) in Gematria is “The Nature.”

Will the world not influence us then?

Not only will the world not influence us, but by elevating our desires, we become the ones who influence the upper world, and the upper world will, in turn, influence our world and all the nations of the world. Prophet Isaiah wrote that the nations of the world will take the children of Israel on their shoulders and bring them to Jerusalem to build the Temple. It is an allegorical way of saying that the whole world will understand that there is only one place for the land of Israel.

Will all the people have to achieve that mutual guarantee, understanding, and Dvekut (adhesion)?

Yes, mutual guarantee and mutual love. We have to keep the law, “love your neighbor as yourself.” However, we need not think about when it will happen because as soon as we keep this law and move toward it, even by a fraction of an inch, we will no longer be opposite from Nature but in congruence with it. The tendency, the intention is in the making, just like a disobedient and troublesome child was suddenly begins to behave well. We immediately begin to treat him differently. As we do these things we will immediately see that we are on the right track because all of a sudden we will feel empowered, that our actions are blessed.

We hear that everyone wants love. When we begin to talk about mutual guarantee and mutual connection, people feel satisfaction, a sensation of love. No budget can cover all the problems and troubles that exist in the nation. No one will agree to be the last to receive a piece of the pie; each one will pull in one’s own direction and there will never be an end to it.

We must sit at a round table like a family, and first and foremost, treat each other with love, and bring everyone under the umbrella of mutual guarantee, where we are all one. We must make our decisions like a family: one needs housing, another needs some money, another’s health is poor, and another one is old, and so on. As in a family, after the conversation at the round table everyone will understand what we need to do in order to change the situation. Everyone will also feel satisfaction in being the one who made concessions, who was big-hearted.

We are assuming that in a family, people care about each other.

This is the point that we are missing. Without it we will never reach a solution. We will have more and more committees but nothing will help. People will not even go to those committees, and if they do, it will be only to show that they are useless. Our world is global, round, and if we cannot find a solution or a process that agrees with the laws of the world we will lose. And it will be a big loss because the next eruption could be much worse. We need to think about it in advance so we will not say afterward, “We tried but it didn’t work out.” The damage that will be done to the people will be very big and will invoke such bitterness and pain that we cannot tell where it will lead.

What does it mean that today the world is global? How did it suddenly become global?

There is nothing new about the laws of the world; only we have changed through history. It is written in the wisdom of Kabbalah that from the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first—as Baal HaSulam, the Vilna Gaon, and others said—our world will move into a state of being global.

“Being global” means that the primary law appearing in the world is the law of the circle: we are all connected and dependent on each other. And if we are dependent and connected, it is impossible to start fighting. We must come to some settlement, something sensitive, considerate, in mutual guarantee. We are quickly approaching that state around the world.

We will soon find that not only do we feel the need for a solution, but that there is no other solution other than mutuality. Once we arrive at a solution after having sat with everyone, we will feel satisfied. We will be respected for having made concessions for others, and we will feel warmth because we were considerate of others. We will feel safer because we will not be alone anymore; we will be together with everyone.

In this way we discover the power that exists in unity, which acts in accord with the upper force. Everyone must feel that power, the entire nation. In the wisdom of Kabbalah the force appears immediately to those who become connected to society. Now the world is about to discover it. The unrest throughout the world are only the beginning of this surfacing because what people really need, even when they cannot express it, is love.

It is written that we should teach our children and write on the Mezuzah.[2] Does this concern internal states?

The sons are us. In previous portions the sons were our own future states. The current state is called a “father,” and the next state is considered its “son,” its result.

Is it not clear that we are moving from state to state? Is there something we must do in order to move to it?

Of course. We must constantly move toward it when ascending to the level of keeping that law, as well as in the new conditions in which we nevertheless maintain the law of unity, the law of love.

Does that mean that a greater measure of connection between us is our sons?

Yes. In fact, the whole portion is a result of Shema Ysrael (Hear, O Israel), from the previous portion, which is why it is written so. It is also written on the Mezuzahs. A person going out of one’s state or returning to one’s state refers to the exit and the entrance to the house.

The house is the person’s Kli (vessel), a person’s heart—all of one’s desires. When we connect the new desires and correct them, when we enter and exit, the light is always with us. This is the correction called Mezuzah. It is a special light with which a person must be equipped in order to embark on new corrections.

In total, our soul consists of 613 desires. We need to correct those desires one at a time, from light to heavy, so they have the aim to bestow upon others, and through others to the Creator.

A state of Arvut (mutual guarantee) is when we all care for one another. Today when people are feeling bad they will agree to unite. But what will keep them together a day after the trouble is over?

Mutual guarantee. This is why it is not enough to decide to love each other now. The question is “How can we keep the love over time?” The answer is that only through mutual guarantee is it possible to connect us in such a way that if one falls, everyone falls, and everyone sustains everyone else.

If I had nothing before and suddenly have something thanks to mutual guarantee, of course I will be happy about it. What about those who had plenty and gave it up?

This is why when we speak of implementing mutual guarantee, we are speaking of a round table around which we will all sit together, even a hundred people. Each of us will raise his or her concerns, and request what he or she needs. But first we must unite among us. Only through our unity, in mutual guarantee, as one nation in a small country, will we resolve our problems. There is no other way to work them out because we have nowhere from which to take the money, and no way to divide the pie in a way that increases our deficit. We will be only hurting ourselves this way, and it is clear that nothing will come out of it.

We have only one alternative: A deliberation that leads to bonding and love. If we begin to organize the entire nation around the table, and begin to act through the media, in reality shows, on TV, on the internet, in theatres, in music, and in cooperation with different artists, we will educate the people toward the concept of “mutual guarantee,” and then we will see how everyone is connected. It will not be long before we see different people.

We will feel it when we drive our cars, and we will feel it in children being less violent toward each other. We will feel it everywhere. We will begin to influence the entire world with this force because it is specifically we who are giving to the entire world, though it may not seem that way right now. As soon as we have the good force, it will spread to the entire world.

We cannot bring security to the country unless we muster the power of Arvut. Today it is impossible to govern in the traditional way, however we may try.

There is only one thing we need to add to the efforts to keep us safe: we must implement the law, “love your neighbor as yourself,” as it is promised here. This is called “Torah” (law) and not other symbols, as others think about the Torah, and the meaning of the Mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah.

The Torah means “I have created the evil inclination, I have created for it the Torah as a spice,” because “the light in it reforms them.” We need to come to a state of love. If we come to it there will be happiness, health, and security.

When Abraham established the nation he explained to everyone who came to his tent in Babylon about the meaning of Arvut, about the quality of Hesed (mercy), which is Abraham’s quality, and that this is how we should relate to one another. This is how he established the nation, and this is how thousands of people followed him. It all depends on whether or not we can connect today. It is not merely a promise; we have no other choice; it is the only possible solution, and we must listen before the troubles come.

[1] Mezuzah (doorpost): Texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe

[2] “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy, 6:7-9).
 

Did Jesus Have a Wife? New Tests on Ancient Coptic Papyrus May Give Answers


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The controversial “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” has been undergoing rigorous forensic testing and academic analysis to determine if the fragment of papyrus is authentic or not. The much-debated gospel, if legitimate, might show that at one point it was believed Jesus had taken wife, contrary to the current doctrines of Christianity.

The faded papyrus was revealed by Harvard University professor Karen L. King in 2012 and it instantly made international headlines. The announcement of a papyrus which might alter the historical record of Christian faith was met with elation, anger, and skepticism.

The fragment, now known as “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is written in Coptic (an Egyptian language), mentions a woman named Mary, and contains the translated phrases, “Jesus said to them, my wife….”, and “she will be able to be my disciple,” which suggests not only that Jesus may have married (some believe to Mary Magdalene) but also it raises the argument for women to become ordained priests.


‘Jesus as a friend of children’ (1845), by Marie Ellenrieder ‘Jesus as a friend of children’ (1845), by Marie Ellenrieder (Wikimedia)

Amazingly Authentic or Clever Fake?

An editorial in the Vatican’s newspaper declared that the papyrus was a fake, as did a number of other scholars. Additionally, the Church of England has dismissed the claims, saying it is closer to the fictional ‘Da Vinci Code’ than historical accounts. However, the fragment has been thoroughly tested by scientists who conclude, in a report published in the Harvard Theological Review, that the ink (actually pigment) and papyrus have ancient origins, and the fragment is not, therefore, a modern forgery. The researchers date it to 1,200 years ago, between the sixth and ninth centuries.

According to LiveScience, new research has been done on the disputed papyrus but the study has yet to be published. Scientists at Columbia University are conducting new tests on the pigments used on the papyrus. When compared with the pigments from other known authentic or fraudulent gospels, comparisons can be made and legitimacy established.

Scientists at Columbia University are not commenting until their results are published, but according to the LiveScience article, the Jesus gospel was compared to another fragment from the “Gospel of John”, which was written in a rare ancient dialect of Coptic known as Lycopolitan. The two texts are said to be very similar, but the John gospel dates to between the seventh and ninth centuries, leading some to say “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” was a fake modeled after this.

However, “James Yardley, a senior research scientist at Columbia University, told Live Science that the new tests suggest that the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife was written by another person than that who wrote John papyrus,” reports MailOnline.

Yardley told LiveScience, “In our first exploration, we did state that the inks used for the two documents of interest [the John papyrus and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife] were quite different. The more recent results do confirm this observation strongly.”

Additionally, the language on the fragment has been examined, and many scholars say it is also very similar to the early Christian “Gospel of Thomas”. This gospel can be found online with modern-day typos. Skeptical scholars point out similar typos in the Jesus gospel, but proponents rebut, saying that typos and grammatical errors were just as prevalent in ancient scribe-work as they are now, and the Jesus gospel is another interesting example of that.

Mysterious Provenance


The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Wikimedia). In the novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Dan Brown writes that the figure at the right hand of Jesus is Mary Magdalene.

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Wikimedia). In the novel, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, Dan Brown writes that the figure at the right hand of Jesus is Mary Magdalene.

What remains to be sorted out is the mysterious provenance (source or chronology) of the artifact. Many scholars are drawing their own conclusions that the papyrus is a modern fake, and that opinion is supported by the unclear ownership of the piece, and where it might have originated.

The person who currently owns the ancient papyrus remains anonymous, but claims the gospel came to him with other Coptic texts from Germany. The texts were reportedly purchased from a man named Hans-Ulrich Laukamp in 1999, who himself allegedly got them in 1963 in Potsdam, in what was East Germany.

The claim that Laukamp previously owned the gospel text has been strongly disputed by his former friends and business partners. Laukamp died in 2002, and representatives of his estate say Hans-Ulrich had no interest in antiquities and did not collect them. Further, he was living in West Berlin in the 60’s, and due to the infamous wall that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, it was improbable he crossed into East Berlin to acquire artifacts. Laukamp had no children or living relatives to confirm or deny the claims.

The LiveScience article points out that Laukamp’s handwritten signature can be located online on notarized documents from between 1997 and 2001, and these could be compared to the signature on the sales documents provided by the current anonymous owner.

Last year in a Harvard Theological Review article professor King said that the anonymous owner, “provided me with a photocopy of a contract for the sale of ‘6 Coptic papyrus fragments, one believed to be a Gospel’ from Hans-Ulrich Laukamp, dated Nov. 12, 1999, and signed by both parties.” Further, King notes that “a handwritten comment on the contract states, ‘Seller surrenders photocopies of correspondence in German. Papyri were acquired in 1963 by the seller in Potsdam (East Germany).’”


A copy of the signature of Hans Ulrich Laukamp (September 1997), as found online by LiveScience.

Until comparisons are made between known signatures and those on the contracts, the provenance of the artifact remains unverified.

If it can be shown Laukamp did indeed get the enigmatic papyrus from East Germany, where did it come from before that? Discovering the true origins of the ancient artifact will go a long way in determining the authenticity.

Until conclusive evidence can be shown that reveals “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is indeed a convincing forgery, all experts can go on for now is the ancient date of the ink, and interpretations of the timelines of the Coptic language. As this ancient papyrus presents such a controversial idea, the debate will undoubtedly rage until then.

Featured Image: The so-called ‘Gospel of Jesus’ Wife’. Photo credit: Karen L. King

The Sarim – Angelic Princes

In Hebrew, the 550 Rulers King Solomon set over his work are called Sarim, translated as “rulers,” “prince,” and “chief” a title being used for several types of angels. The Sarim are considered part of the singing angels who continually sing the praises of God. The Torah tels us that there are three “precious pearls” in each direction giving us a set of twelve very special angels actually named in the Zohar. Some may recognize these as the twelve six-winged seraphim giving us the 12X6=72 sarim or princes/governors of all the language groups of the world.

Another role given to the Sarim is the protection of the nations of the World. Some 70 angels where given this task. However, it is stated that all these angels fell from grace following the war in heaven, all accept the Archangel Michael. ( Click here for more information on the Fallen Angels).
Further confusion abound that there is referenceto Se’irim, or hairy demons as the word itself means, are mentioned in Leviticus 17:7 and 2 Chronicles 11:15 as “goat-demons”. Isaiah 34:14 says that the “goat-demons” greet each other amoung the ruins of Edom….” The Book of Enoch mentions sa’ir, sa’irim which also refers to ‘he-goats’ of which the Angel Azazel was linked. Are Sarim, Irim and Se’irim, the same?

As you can see what and who the Sarim actually are is a little confusing.

What we do know:

They are lead by a great angel princes, the Angel Tagas, conductor of the singing angels. Some identified angels are:

Aanfiel – Chief of the Crown Judgment angels of the Merkabah.

Akatriel – (AKA: Akatreil): Revealer of the devine mysteries and the angel of proclamation.

Anael – (AKA: Haniel) – Chief of the order of Principalities and Virtues; one of the 7 archangels; governor of December; reputed to have transported Enoch to Heaven.

Azbuga – One of the eight great Thrones angels who clothes himself with the garment of righteousness those deemed worthy among the new arrivals in Heaven.

Barakiel – (AKA: Barkiel or Barbiel): Ruler of the Order of Seraphim, governor of the month of February, and one of the 7 archangels.

Camael – (AKA: Kemuel-Kamil) – Chief of the Orders of Powers; one of the holy sefiroth; personifiaction of devine justice; one of the 7 archangels that stand in the presence of God.

Chayyiel – Chief of the Holy Hayyoth (Cheribum).

Gabriel – Angel of annunciation, resurrection, mercy, and vengeance; ruling prince of the 1st Heaven; chief of the angelic guards over Paradise.

Galgaliel – Eponymous head of the Order of Galgalim (chariots of the Merkabah); chief angel of the wheel of the Sun.

Iofiel – Preceptor angel of Shem and prince of the Torah. One of the 7 archangels and Chief of the Order of Thrones.

Jehoel – (AKA: Jaoel) – One of the princes of the presence.

Metatron – Chancellor of Heaven, Prince of the ministering angels and sustainer of mankind.

Michael – Chief angel of the Lord, deliverer of the faithful.

Phanuel – (AKA: Raguel) – Archangel of penance. Identified with archangels Uriel and Ramiel.

Quaddisin – Twin angels who, together with the twin Irin (See above), constitutes the supreme judgment council of the Heavenly Court.

Radueriel – (AKA: Vretil) – The recording angel and leader of the Celestial Choirs.

Raphael – Angel of healing, science, and knowledge. One of the princes of the presence and regent of the sun.

Raziel – (AKA: Galizur) – Chief of the supreme mysteries and angel Adam who he delivered the Book of the Angel Raziel.

Rikbie – Chief of the devine chariot and prince of the Merkabah angels.

Sopheriel Mehayye and Sopheriel Memeth – Two of the supreme angels of the Merkabah, keepers of the books of life and death.

Soqued Hozi – Keeper of the divine balances and one of the 8 supreme angels of the Merkabah.

Sandalphon – (AKA: Elijah): Angel of power and glory. Sandalphon’s twin brother is the angel Metatron.

Shemuil – The great archon, mediator between the prayers of Israel and the princes of the 7th heaven.

Suriel – Benevolent angel of death. Instructor of Moses and a prince of the presence.

Tzadkiel – Angel of divine justice.

Uriel – Archangel of salvation and regent of the Sun. Also a member of the order of Thrones.

Yefefiah  – Angel of the Holy Torah, he instructed Moses in the mysteries of the Kabalah.

Zagzagel – Angel of wisdom and chief guard of the 4th heaven. In the Bible the angel of the burning bush.

Clearly this list may include those recognised as Fallen Angels but also Archangels, Angelic Princes and Cheribum who are not. Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Anael, Metatron, Sandalphon and Uriel are NOT fallen angels.

REPORT: CZECH GOVERNMENT TELLS CITIZENS TO ‘PREPARE FOR THE WORST’

Source:www.infowars.com

Warning follows German advisory for citizens to stockpile enough food and water for 10 days

Report: Czech Government Tells Citizens to ‘Prepare for the Worst’

After the German government told its citizens to stockpile food and water in case of a catastrophe, the Czech government is also now reportedly warning its population to prepare for the worst.

On Sunday, Frankfurter Allgemmeine Sonntagszeitung (FAZ) reported that the German government is set to enact a new “Concept for Civil Defence” which will “require the population to stockpile enough food for ten days.”

On the other side of the border, Czech media is reporting that the country’s food reserves are “struggling” and would be incapable of meeting demand in the event of a national crisis. Supplies of milk powder are particularly low.

The government is calling on citizens to increase their “self-sufficiency” and “food safety” by stockpiling more food.

According to Israeli Live News’ Steven Ben-DeNoon, a resident of the Czech Republic, news stations reporting on the story out of Germany also revealed how the Czech government is telling its citizens to “be prepared for the worst case possible scenario,” which is likely to be a large scale catastrophic terror attack or a nuclear disaster.

As we reported earlier this month, Czech President Miloš Zeman is also pushing for a change to the law that would make it easier for citizens to own firearms in order to defend themselves against jihadists.

Having previously been against private gun ownership, Zeman now says “citizens should arm themselves” to deal with the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Gun sales in France and Germany are also skyrocketing as a response to the millions of Muslim migrants pouring into Europe and a spate of terror attacks across Europe over the last two months.

Last month, the head of the French police cautioned that the country was on the verge of a “civil war” that could be sparked by more terror attacks or mass molestation like the one in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.

Last year, Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned that the risk of social unrest in Europe was intensifying and that citizens should arm themselves.

Danish Professor Helmuth Nyborg also commented in April that “civil war” was the most likely outcome of current EU immigration policies.

Back in February, Norwegian Army Chief Odin Johannessen warned that European countries must be reading and willing to fight against radical Islam in order to preserve the values that unite the continent.

The Mark Of The Beast Found In The Book Of James

No sir, the Holy Spirit speaking through James is not happy with rich people one little bit, as you can obviously see. He shows them no mercy, and uses them as an example of how not to live your life. Why would He do that? There are lots of people in the Bible God made wealthy. It was a Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, who provided the brand new, unused tomb for Jesus after the crucifixion. So why be so hard on rich people here?

JAMES IS SPEAKING PROPHETICALLY WHEN HE IS DESCRIBING THE WEALTH THEY SOLD THEIR SOULS FOR.

“Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” James 5:1-3 (KJV)

In the Bible, there are 3 books that we understand to be “transitional books”, and they are Matthew, Acts and Hebrews. Matthew bridges the transition from the Old to New Testament, Acts transitions from the Kingdom age to Church Age, and Hebrews from the Church Age to the time of Jacob’s trouble otherwise known as the Great Tribulation. For the born again Christian in the Church Age, our doctrine is found in the Pauline epistles. But for the Tribulation saints, their doctrine will be found in Hebrews, James, Peter, Jude and Revelation. These books deal extensively with people, namely the Jews, in the time of Jacob’s trouble.

THE BOOK OF JAMES HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT RICH PEOPLE, AND IT’S NOT GOOD.

James, throughout his book, takes rich people to task and shows them no mercy as you can see here:

“Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.” James 1:9,10 (KJV)

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?” James 2:5,6 (KJV)

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:13,14 (KJV)

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.” James 5:1-3 (KJV)

No sir, the Holy Spirit speaking through James is not happy with rich people one little bit, as you can obviously see. He shows them no mercy, and uses them as an example of how not to live your life. Why would He do that? There are lots of people in the Bible God made wealthy. It was a Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, who provided the brand new, unused tomb for Jesus after the crucifixion. So why be so hard on rich people here?

A quick application of 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) reveals the prophetical weight of what James is really trying to draw our attention to.

THE MARK OF THE BEAST IN THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17 (KJV)

The Internet is filled with various thoughts and opinion on what the Mark of the Beast will be when the Antichrist arrives. But Bible believes don’t waste time on speculating of what it is, we already know what it is. It is a mark, inserted in the back of the right hand or in the forehead, that will control all buying and selling. Case closed. We live in a cyber world run by massive computers connected by the Internet, so it stands to reason it will be a digital chip of some kind. But whatever form it finally takes it will control all financial transactions. Every, single one of them.

Take a quick look in the mirror, has the little lightbulb of revelation suddenly popped up over your head? Do you see now why James, a book written primarily to Jews in the Tribulation (James 1:1), is soooooooo against rich people? Has it dawned on you yet?

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

Because in the time of Jacob’s trouble, Israel’s trouble, the only people who will be counted among the rich people will be the ones who agree to worship the Antichrist and receive his mark. Every person in that time who refuses the Mark will be poor. Guaranteed. Why? Because they will have no access to any bank accounts, credit or debit cards, or anything else that will allow them to make a financial transaction. Cash undoubtedly will have been done away with by that time.

James is speaking prophetically when he is describing the wealth they sold their souls for. He refers to their money, obtained by the Mark of the Beast, as wealth that is “cankered”, “corrupted”, and “moth eaten”. He further says that their money has now become a “witness against them”. Wow, that’s really harsh language right? Wrong. It’s a factual description because in the time of Jacob’s trouble there is no eternal security, you are saved by faith + works and not by faith alone. It is the Church Age that has that promise (Ephesians 1:12-14 KJV), no other dispensation has it. And taking the Mark of the Beast – for any reason – is a sin that God will not forgive at all. Read it for yourselves:

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11 (KJV)

You take that Mark, you are eternally done. No forgiveness. James is not giving a few lines on “rich versus poor” and all that nonsense. James is warning the people who find themselves in the time of Jacob’s trouble that you will be a whole lot better off letting your babies starve to death than taking the Mark in order to have money to buy your family food.

Do you see it now?

This is also another one of our many Bible proofs for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. The Church cannot be in the Tribulation because we have eternal security. If a Christian took the Mark, what would happen? Answer, a Christian cannot take the Mark (though undoubtedly many weak, baby Christians would) because we are removed in the Rapture before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble.

But scripture will never contradict itself. Christians will never be faced with taking the Mark because we are taken out before the time of Israel’s trial and trouble. People in that time will have to “endure to the end” to be saved. Endure poverty, hunger, watching their kids starve, homelessness and so much more. You can miss all that by getting saved now, and then you will have the Blessed Hope of the Pretrib Rapture!

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJV)

If Jesus Is God, Why Did He Call Himself the Son of Man?


I have met a lot of skeptics and cultists who assert that Jesus never claimed to be God. Rather, they say he referred to himself as the son of man. It is not just skeptics and cultists who are troubled by this issue. I have met just as many Christians who ask, “If Jesus is the Son of God, why did he so consistently refer to himself as the son of man?” The common follow-up question is how can I be certain that Jesus is really God and that the Trinity is a correct doctrine?

Whole books have been written answering these questions. My goal here is to provide three brief yet adequate answers that you can quickly share with people expressing these kinds of challenges, concerns, and doubts.

First, while Jesus in the gospels almost always referred to himself as the “son of man,” there is at least one occasion where he explicitly claims to be God. The gospel text is John 8:58, where Jesus declares to the Jewish religious leaders, “Before Abraham was born, I AM!” Here, Jesus assumes the name God had assigned to himself in Exodus 3:14, “I AM who I AM. This what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” The Jewish religious leaders clearly understood that Jesus was claiming to be God, and it is evidenced by the fact that they attempted to stone him to death for his act of “blasphemy.”

Second, the Old Testament in Jeremiah 23:6 assigns the name YHWH (I AM) to the righteous Branch, the King, who will come from the lineage of David. Jesus in several places in the gospel claims to be this righteous Branch and King.

Third, Jesus is making a special theological point about his deity in calling himself the son of man in the gospels. This point becomes clear in examining the New Testament. For every New Testament passage referring to Jesus Christ that happened chronologically after the first day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–41), Jesus is always referred to as the Son of God and never as the son of man. Conversely, in the gospels, Jesus consistently calls himself the son of man and never the Son of God.

The New Testament makes the same kind of demarcation for the human followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ followers before the first day of Pentecost are always called sons of men or children of men and never as sons of God. Jesus’s followers after the first day of Pentecost are always called sons of God and never as sons of men.

The theological point here is this: it is not until Jesus of Nazareth dies on the cross to atone for the sins of all humanity, is raised bodily from the dead, and sends the Holy Spirit to permanently indwell and spiritually baptize his followers, does he complete his role as the Son of God, the second person of the triune God. Likewise, not until Jesus’ followers receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit do they become sons of God.

This theological point is affirmed by the observation that nowhere in the Old Testament is a human follower of God referred to as a son of God. Even Daniel, as “highly esteemed” (Daniel 10:11, 19) as he was for his righteousness before God was called “son of man” (Daniel 8:17). The one Old Testament exception is Hosea 1:10 where God promises that a time will come in the future when some of the Israelites will become “children of the living God.” This prophecy was fulfilled on the first day of Pentecost described in Acts 2.