Three of the most famous, and influential Christian Saints in all of Church history were named St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist (the enlightener) and St. John of Patmos (the Revelator). In the books of the Old Law that we know of today as the Old Testament, there are at least sixteen people by the name of John who figure in the sacred history of the Hebrews.
The various spellings that I have found of the name John over the course of the last couple thousand years are O, Oen, Oannes, Ion, Io, Iao, Iona, Ioannes, Iohannes, Jeu, Jao, Jah, Joannes, Johannes, Johann, Johannan, Jona, Jonah, Jonas, Janus, Hans, Yochanan and today in English as John.
The name Iona is also the Russian form of the male name Jonah. These names actually first originate from the same ancient family who had taken the name of John to signify their original tribe, God and god-men known as the Ionians who many of these men lived to serve, bring light and love to the world. Their name of the Ionians which is the focus of this research is derived from the name of their Lord Iao or Jah (Yahweh, Jehovah or Jupiter).
THE IONIANS & PRIESTS OF SAINT JOHN ON THE HOLY GNOSTIC ISLAND OF CRETE
Ancient Ionia and or Ionians was a name for a race of people in the historical time of the Greek Hellene rule. The first scientific evidence discovered of their name comes to us from the Ancient Greek records of Mediterranean Island of Crete which was called Phoenicia by many Greek historians is where I believe the information they left behind proves that this tribe, and people had first originated on Crete. The name is found on a fragmentary Linear B tablet from the City of Gnosis now called Knossos (tablet Xd 146) bears the name i-ja-wo-ne, or nominative plural case of *Iāwones. These tablets are dated to 1400 or 1200 B.C.
These tablets from Crete coincide with records of the Assyrian Empire from the 8th century BC that records on a people called “ia-u-na-a-a” (Ionia) the cities on the Phoenician coast is reported to Tiglath-Pileser III in a letter of the 730’s find at Nimrud. In many of my previous articles on Crete, I have connected this island as being the true home and main island for the Phoenicians. The name of Ionian would be just another name to add to the list of the plethora of names these people have been called or have went by over the last three thousand years which adds to the confusion, and their true origins.
The name only occurs in the Homer’s Iliad once, and in the form ” Ἰάονες, iāones – Iaones’”(N. 685); and the poet, Hesiod, uses the singular Ἰάων, iāōn but not many years after the war of Troy, the lonians appear as settled in Attica, and also in the northern part of the Peloponnesus, along the coast of the Corinthian Gulf. Herodotus (viii. 44) says “that the Athenians were originally Pelasgi, but that after Ion, the son of Xuthus, became the leader of the forces of the Athenians, the people got the name of lonians.”
The Ionians had also settled the Mediterranean islands of Kos (Delos , Chios and today Dia – 7 miles offshore Crete), Rhodes, Cyprus, Thessaly, Samos, and towns on Crete such as Phocaea (Phoenicia), Miletus, and Ephesus. The DNA of the Ionians can be found in these same exact lands until this very day.
Their main Island and school I have found was on the Island 7 miles across from Crete known by many names over the course of history such as Delos, Chios and Kos (Cos). The Ionians later became known as the priesthood of the Koans (Kohanim Levites) of Kos. A person who comes from the island Kos (Coos) is called a Koan in English, and a Cohen or Kohen (or Kohain; Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, “priest”, pl. כֹּהֲנִים Kohanim) which is simply the Hebrew word for priest.
It was on Kos that this priestly family had established one of the most illustrious Gnostic and medical schools ever known in the history of the world. It was here that the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) was born, and also where he had operated his world-famous Hippocrates’ School of Medicine, which would have been the finest in all the world from the 5th century, down to the time of the destruction of the temple. The Ionians of Kos were from the House of Asklepios (iEsculapius). They are the ancient priests who had worshiped the God Asclepius; the God of wisdom, medicine, healing, rejuvenation and physicians, with his serpent (worm)-entwined Tau staff. They were also known by the name of the Gnostic Ophites, the Therapeutai and later the Sethians (Sons of Seth -Romans).
The Ptolemies of the Greco Egyptian period had continued the ancient tradition of the high priests of Ptah from Egypt and were connected to the islands of Kos and Crete, which was part of the Gnostic Ptolemaic Kingdom that had stretched from Egypt and spread along the Eastern Mediterranean from Cyprus, Crete, to almost all islands of the Aegean and even Thrace. Some members of the Ptolemy family were born on Kos, such as Ptolemy II in 308 B.c.e. In the time of Ptolemy Philadelphos, who was the son of Cleopatra; Kos enjoyed great relations with the Alexandrian court, and is where some of the greatest literary men of the time from Alexandria would often want to escape the busy atmosphere of the city and travel to Kos for a spiritual and health retreat.
In the Scripture we finds that the Ionian city of Ephesus plays a large role in the time of Jesus Christ and early Christianity because it was the city was famous for its temple of the Goddess Diana (or Artemis, Acts 19:27), and pilgrims came to Ephesus from all over the Mediterranean world to worship the goddess. It was here in the Scripture where Jesus Christ had asked the Ionians (called the Ephesians) to repent from worshipping false Gods, Goddesses and Idols when he said: “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:5). These Ionians that we know were also Cretans and Phoenicians are called the Ephesians in the bible and are also known as the Sons of God, the Nephilimand mighty men of renown.
These were the Gnostics that the Gnostic Catholic Church had battled in the early years of Christianity who in the Scripture were characterized as causing the problems in Ephesus by the Christian Gnostic Apostle John who said they were false prophets (4:1), they were deceivers (2 Jn. 7), and lastly they are antichrists (2:18,22; 4:3, 2 Jn. 7). These false teachers had broken with the true church and had “gone out into the world” (4:1). This break showed that they were not really of the truth (2:19).
This same passage is also connected to when their cousin in Rome had conquered Crete and had a subsequent simple Gnostic campaign of propaganda using ad homenim attacks to diminish their power and teachings. They did this by actually writing books and curses calling ALL Cretans liars, false teachers, deceivers, false teachers and antichrists when in fact the Roman Church Father, and Doctors were also Cretans (Ionians) themselves. I wrote about this extensively in the Gnostic Liars where I explain that this was the time that Plutarch had described as, “Cretan against Cretan.”
To this very day we can find evidence of the priests of Saint John on the ancient Holy Island of Crete. I have written before that I believe Saint John was originally born here and Crete was sacred to them. For example, St John wrote the Book of Revelations on Patmos, but he is also venerated on Crete and the only reason this would be done is because this is his true birth[place. There is also the mountain of Ark known as Akrotiri which is a rocky promontory on the northern side of the island of Crete founded by St John the Hermit in the 5th or 6th Century.
There was also a Cretan Saint John “the Stranger” that was said to have come to Crete just after the end of the Arab rule in approximately 961 AD.(1) These Johns would live here when it was safe, leave when it would get to dangerous and always return to the longest standing homeland of their ancestors which is without a doubt in my mind, Crete.
Today on Crete there is a church dedicated to the Prophet Elijah. Here is an image of an early 15th Century painting called “Prophet Elijah, Cretan by Emmanuel Lambardos. It comes from the St Elijah church on Naxos in Crete where the painter had lived at the time. It depicts Elijah in front of the cave on Mount Ida of the true God on Crete. The painting recently sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $33.650 pounds.
In Kings 17:2-4 (NIV) it is written: Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
This is why they are given the name from the Hebrew word “kerith” or “ cherith,” which means to cut off. This is translated in the bible as “a brook where Elijah was hidden.” The prophet Elijah hid himself on the banks on Cherith during the three-year drought. The name Elijah is Hebrew אֱלִיָּהוּ (‘Eliyyahu) meaning “My God is Yahweh.” This is the national race God of the Iraelites and always has been. Yahweh is another name for the planet Jupiter and in Greek mythology, Jupiter is the God Zeus.
This cave that Elijah sits in front of is known in mythology as the cave of the God Zeus, and in truth it is the cave of Jupiter. The summary of the legend reads that as an infant, Zeus was hidden in the cave my his Goddess Mother of the Earth named Rhea who is also called by various other names such as Cybelle, Magna Mater. She had hidden him there to conceal him from his vengeful father Kronos (Saturn) who had sought to kill his son because he was prophesied to take his throne.
WHERE DID THE IONIANS GO?
The ancient Ionians were said to be part of a mass exodus from their homelands of Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Cyprus and many other islands. An Exodus that can be compared to the Israelite Exodus and in fact, it may be the same.
Herodotus also clearly tells us above that they settled in what was known as Attica, and also in the northern part of the Peloponnesus, the Corinthian Gulf, and that the Athenians became known by the name of the lonians. This would also make Greek Athens an Ionian colony or the Athenian lonians. Essentially, they become one of the main tribes, and power houses of all the ancient Greek Empire.
Their name of the Ionians appears to have been passed down to them by the founder of their tribe, or a God with the name of Iao or IAO. Herodotus said they were named Ionians after Ion the son of Xuthus. Some of the various spellings of this name would be Ion, Io, Iao, Iona, and Ioannes. Later in Rome, Iao becomes Iao-pater, or Jupiter, and in Egypt, with the head of a ram, Iao was called Jupiter Amnon.
It is from these people known as the Ionians, and this Gnostic God Iao who would later become known in the Christian religion as Jesus Christ who was a human representation of the illuminating power of Iao, or the Lux of St. John from the true God that is to be found in all Gnostic saviors who all come from the same family of Ionians.
Their symbol The secret initials of “IHS” is often interpreted as meaning “Iesus Hominum Salvator” (“Jesus, Saviour of men” in Latin), connected with the term “In Hoc Signo;” Latin for “In this sign we shall conquer.”
Sir Godfrey Higgins explains this unique relationship over time of IAO with the other saviors such as Jehovah, Sabaoth, Jesus, St. John, the Hindoo Cristna which are all interconnected with the original IAO. Higgins had written in Anacalypsis:”The God Icuo, mm ieue, IHS, Jehovah, was the son of the celestial virgin, which she carries in her arms j the “In our, Horus, Lux, of the Egyptians; the Lux of St. John. It is from this infant that Jesus took his origin j or at least it is from the ceremonies and worship of this infant, that his religion came to be corrupted into what we have it.
This infant is the seed of the woman who, according to Genesis, was to bruise the head of the serpent, which, in return, was to bite his foot or heel, or the foot or heel of her seed, as the figure of the Hindoo Cristna proves. From the traditionary stories of this god Iao, which was feigned annually to be born at the winter solstice, and to be put to death and raised to life on the third day at the vernal equinox, the Romish searchers after the evangelion or gospel, made out their Jesus.
The total destruction of everything at Jerusalem and in Judaea,—buildings, records, everything—prevented them from coming to any absolute certainty respecting the person who, they were told by tradition, had come to preach the gospel of peace, to be their saviour, in fulfilment of the prophecy which their sect of Israelites found in their writings, and who had been put to death by the Jews. From all these circumstances he came to have applied to him the monogram of IHS, and the name of IHSouf, and to him at last all the legendary stories related of the god Iao were attributed. Jesus was commonly called Christ.
The ineffable name also, which, according to the Masoretic punctuation, is pronounced Jehovah, was anciently pronounced Jaho, louo, or Isuco, as was also Sabazius or Sabadius, which “is the same word as Sabaoth, one of the scriptural titles of the true God, only adapted to the pronunciation of a more polished language.
The Latin name for the Supreme God belongs also ‘* to the same root; Jupiter, signifying father Isu, though written after the ancient “manner, without the dipthong, which was not in use for many ages after the Greek colonies “settled in Latium, and introduced the Arcadian alphabet. We find St. Paul likewise acknowledging that the Jupiter of the poet Aratus was the God whom he adored; and Clemens “Alexandrinus explains St. Peter’s prohibition of worshiping after the manner of the Greeks not “to mean a prohibition of worshiping the same God, but merely of the corrupt mode in which he “was then worshiped.”
And so they might very well be, for existence was called after its supposed author, the sun; and IHS is the same as the verb to be, and consequently means existence. The Greek word “ttjs is thus explained by Donnegan: “one who sends rain, an epithet of Jupiter and of Bacchus.” But Jupiter or Jove is the same as Sol or sun; and the ‘T of “Try; being equal to the Hu of Hudor, water, we thus see how this meaning comes out under”Trjs as it does under IHS and the lav of “Ia/c^os, and the Bac of Bacchus.” (2)
The Ionians have also had many tribal names over the course of history. This is the same tribe of the Ionians (Jupiter) that all the Saint Johns and saviors over the course of human history belong too. The name Jupiter has also been spelled several different ways over time such as Zeus, Osiris, Iao, Iao-Peter, Jah, Yah, Yahweh and Jehova of the Jews, Minos of the Minoans of Crete and the morning star of the Christians spoken about as the star of Jesus in the Scripture to name a few.
They also had a massive Gnostic school or academy known as the Ionian School that had educated several of the earliest, and greatest philosophers of Greece. The members of this school had created at the time and over the course of two thousand years or so an unbroken connection of masters and disciples. They did this in order to create the first true Gnostic development of philosophy through the orderly transmission of the secret doctrine of Gnosis that prevailed in the later Gnostic schools, and eventually became the basis of all Christian theology.
The Ionians are identified as the followers of Gnosis as the Sethian Gnostics are known as the Sons of Seth (Ceth) or Kittim (Chittim or Cethim). Like the Ionians, the Sethians, or the Kittim had colonized Crete, Rhodes, Cyprus, Greece, Sicily, Italy and many other nations. In the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Kittim is used to describe the name of the Romans referred to as warriors from the west, who capture Jerusalem.” In the New Oxford Dictionary it is written,(On Daniel 11:30) “30: Kittim here represents Rome (cf. Gen 10.4).
Hence, the Ionians were also the Cretans, the Phoenicians and many other names who became known as the Biblical Kohanim Levites and Tribe of Leviwith the Tribe of Judah and Benjamin were essentially the founders of Rome, the Universal religion of Gnosis, Christianity and the Catholic Church of both Rome and Greece under the banner of the double Phoenix that is commonly called a double eagle found in worldwide brotherhood of Scottish Rite Freemasonry which the Ionians would also be the true founders of the Masonic mysteries.
Their Gnostic religion would spawn many great wise men who became the leading philosophers and teachers to all of humanity. These men were not only some of the greatest of teachers who ever lived, some were also considered illuminated God men who had been transmitted the secret doctrine of Gnosis down through time. These prophets would become known by names such as Jesus, Buddha, Saint John, and the Prophet of Elijah. In fact, there were many incarnations of Jah’s or Iaos (Ionians) such as John and Elijah on earth who became avatars of the secret Gnosis to update the religion of illumination as needed for the times.
Some of these families of the original Ionian priests were also later known to have migrated into Ireland, and Scotland under the name of the Celtic Druidsand Culdees (Chaldeans) who would later become known in the bible as the Hivites, and later the Levites. The Celtic race can be directly connected with the Phoenicians and Greek Hellenes who share the same E1B YDNA Haplogroup. In fact, this DNA you will find in trace amounts in exactly every location that the Phoenicians, Greek Ionians/Hellenes/Celtics and Romans had traveled.
These Gnostic sages were the first Druid Priests of the land who were the sacred wisdom teachers of their people. Some families of these Druid Priests would later become Christianized such as King of Ireland, Baedan to become the first priests, Fathers, Doctors, Saints and 12 Irish Apostles of the early Celtic (Greek)-Roman Catholic Church who helped compose the New Testament. In my next article I will share with you some of my research on “The Gnostic Priests of Saint John in Iona, Scotland.”