Looking at the Death of the Prince of David called Yehoshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene) from the Perspective of historical First Century Judaism
(Church with the Upper Room and King David’s Tomb) with the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu over the site of the Palace of the High Priests, Ananias and Caiphas., the Site of Yehoshua’s Interrogation Proceedings
By Robert Mock M.D.
Written first in April (Passover) 2007
The Cosmic Anguish in Heaven
Nineteen hundred and sixty-seven years ago on April 5, 30 CE, the most cataclysmic and action packed drama occurred in the city of Jerusalem. There on a tree, some called the “Almond tree of Aaron’s rod”, hung the body of a young Jewish rabbi. He was discipled under the teachings of Hillel the Great and Menahem the Essene, the former Nasi (“President”) and Av Beis Din (“Father of the Court”) of the Great Sanhedrin between the dates of 30 to 20 BCE.
The young Prince of David Yehoshua Ha Notzri (Jesus the Nazarene) was a world traveler in His youth with his great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, that Roman Decurion in charge by the Emperor of Rome to oversee the “Saracens” or Jewish miners at the Cornish tin mines in southern Britain. Joseph was also a member of the Roman Provincial Council of Judea and the esteemed Elder who apparently sat on the hereditary seat of King David in the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem as the most noble of the authentic Princes of Kings David and Solomon.
Now the greatest drama was almost over, or only just begun, as this young rabbi that had led a reformation to change the entire Jewish temple culture appeared to have been destroyed by the temple hierarchy of the House of Ananus and all their Sadducean kinsmen from the House of Boethus.
He had sought to change the religious attitude of the brooding Pharisees of the School of Shammai into a spiritual revival to elevate them to the “kingdom of G-d on earth” and the throne of His Father in heaven.
From a human point of view, this supreme sacrifice appeared to be a futile gesture of a failed mission for his only testimony was that he was to carry the “Good News” to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. Without such a mission accomplished, they could not open the gates to the Gentiles with the divine understanding about the G-d of Creation; who was the G-d of Israel.
Here was the dream of that great jurist, Hillel the Great, who as the president (nasi) of the Sanhedrin, sought to bring the concept of the Almighty One of Israel to the gentiles of the world, not just to the small remnant of the ancient Israelites who received their covenant at Sinai.
Had not this rabbi been proclaimed to be the messiah of his generation, not to the 70 Gentile Nations but rather he was sent by HaShem, his Heavenly Father to find Yehoshua’s Lost 10-Tribal cousins of the House of Israel?
Matthew 15:24 – “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Yisrael.”
Were these “Lost Sheep” not offered to come into a re-newed covenant relationship with the Ein Sof, the Unknowable and Unseen Almighty One of Israel, through His Only Begotten Son and emissary, known to the Jewish peasants as Yehoshua Ha Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah)?
Did not this rabbi receive the pronouncement of the Supreme pleasure of His Father in heaven where in a mikveh immersion in the waters of the Jordan River, he was baptized by John (Yohannes) the Baptizer, his cousin, an Essene and heard the words:
Matthew 3:17 - “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
Did not this rabbi follow the ways of Torah to the “letter of the law”? Did He not preach a message that “no jot nor tittle” will be taken away from the Torah?
Did He not also take the commands of Torah and follow them as a Hasidim, fulfilling not only the Torah to the letter of the law but beyond the letter of the law to their ultimate spiritual fulfillment?
Matthew 5:17-18 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law (Torah) or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law (Torah) till all is fulfilled.”
It was his disciples (talmidim), patterned after the ancient schools of the prophets, that fulfilled the mission of the Essenes; formed an oppositional temple hierarchy that worshipped in the temple of Herod with a non-animal sacrificial ritual, and created the Nazarene Sanhedrin, named after their Master, Yehoshua Ha Notzri (called the “Nazarene”).
The Nazarene Sanhedrin gave governance in a manner that emulated the government of the “Kingdom of Heaven” that their Master lived, preached, and portrayed during His ministry in Galilee and Judea.
Now the angelic archons in the heavens along with the mighty seven archangels that commanded the seven emanations of the Divine to all the created worlds, hung their heads in suspense as they watched this inter-galactic drama between the emissary of the Divine One, who sent His Son on a rescue mission to the last or the remnant of His covenanted and chosen people.
Had the Jewish people not been co-opted and were now controlled by the globalist forces of Rome (Edom) with the “face” of Hellenistic Greece? Had not the Maccabean defenders fought over the desecrated temple, about one hundred sixty years earlier (40 x 4) prior to the birth of this babe destined to be their messiah? Did they not bravely fight to preserve the last vestige of Hebrew-Israeli culture from being destroyed by the Grecian tyrant, Antiochus Epiphanes IV?
Was it not Antiochus who sought to eradicate the last vestige of Jewish covenanted culture (circumcision, Sabbath (Shabbat) worship and temple festival celebrations) and substitute it with Hellenistic culture in the city of Jerusalem?
Was not this Hellenistic culture absorbed into the Roman global force that was seeking to control the whole world? Are not these the same shadow pictures we follow closely today as the times of tribulation progress before our eyes?
This “Passover Drama” was ordained in the Supreme Council in Heaven before the creation of this orb in our solar system. While the heart of the true follower of HaShem, the G-d of Israel, yearns and seeks salvation, the idea of salvation is not man’s idea, it is the idea of G-d from the unfathomable depth of love for His creation.
Hebrews 1:1-4 – “G-d, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days (yamim acharonim) spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds (olamim); who being the brightness of His glory and the express image (sefirot) of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels (heavenly Malachim), as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent Name than they.”
Salvation is not an experience for man. Salvation is the “door” by which salvation comes into the consciousness of man’s life and elevates us to a higher level of experience while at the same time opening our eyes to a divine reality on a much deeper level.”
There the mighty seven archangels that had been created in the Creation of the Spirit World now stood witness to that inter-galactic “Big Bang” that brought the unfathomable energies of the Divine One of the ten dimensions and ten emanations through the creation vortex like a divine black hole.
Here the ancient sages of Judah in their mystical Merkabah journeys witnessed Metatron, (YHVH Elohim) the “‘Angel before the Presence’ of the Almighty One of Israel”.
In the seventh heaven, the other “Sons of G-d” that reigned as the Supreme Elders in the Council of the Universes (Revelation 4:4) also watched with bated breath. It was one of their own, Adam, who lost His seat in the heavenly council by Satan (HaSatan) who was now roaming this planet earth like a roaring lion. (Job 2:6, I Peter 5:8)
As HaSatan walked back and forth over the face of the earth, seeking to incite G-d against those who love Him (Job 2:9), the “Eyes” of the Lord G-d were roaming to and fro over the face of the earth showing Himself strong in defense of those who are loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Now this lifeless figure of Yehoshua was hanging on a mere splinter of wood in a manner of being accursed of G-d. (Deuteronomy 21:20-24) He was now trapped as hostage in this world of three-dimensional space.
As the Leader of the Angelic forces, their Supreme Commander of the Lord’s Host, Yehoshua now Metatron the Archangel (Joshua 5:14) hung breathless and silent as the planet convulsed in a global earthquake. The elemental forces on earth shook and raged in the World of Action (Yesod) and cried out in anger and fury.
The Exterior of the Church with the Upper Room sitting over the Tomb of David – Photo by Robert Mock
The Jewish people earlier had cried out in adoration and acclamation as the real and living Pesach Lamb rode down the street of Jerusalem like a newly arrived king on the back of a donkey. They shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of our L-rd, Hosanna in the Highest!” (Matthew 21:9)
Now these same pilgrim followers cried and wretched in agony as they and the whole universe witnessed the fury of the Divine over the denial by the aristocratic Sadducee high priestly family of the House of Ananus and the whole Sadducean House of Boethus, Camydus, Cantherus, and Phabi. They were the unworthy descendants of their revered ancestor, Zadok, the high priest of King David. It was they and their adherents and accomplices, the Pharisaic disciples of the School of Shammai who conspired in killing the emissary and “Son” of HaShem (“The Name”), they called their Own, but rejected rather His own.
The Arraignment – A Travesty in Jewish Jurisprudence
It was a travesty of Jewish jurisprudence that the arrest and arraignment of Jesus the Nazarene (Yehoshua haNotzri) even occurred. It would not be until this modern era after the rise of National Israel that we would see such a travesty in justice when Jewish national leaders, called the “Erev Rav” would ally themselves with Rome and turn against their own orthodox Jewish brethren.
Today this has been replicated when the globalist government of Israel selectively began marking for elimination the orthodox rabbis who honor the Torah and decry the western economic stranglehold on the Jewish Nation of Israel.
Is not this the same government that cast out the Torah observing Israeli families from their homes and businesses in Gaza in hopes for peace with Hamas (“violence” in Hebrew) and the Arafat’s Palestinian protégées, the modern Amaleks of today?
The testimony is clear that the Jewish temple leadership feared this Davidian rabbi called Prince Yehoshua ben Yosef (Jesus the son of Joseph) as stated in the historical record:
Mark 11:18, 12:12 – “And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching…And they sought to lay hands on Him but feared the multitude for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left and went away.”
Luke 22:2 – “Now, the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called, Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.”
The power that Rabbi Yehoshua wielded in Jewish religious and political life was phenomenal. Yehoshua was only a potential nuisance to the Sadducean temple leadership and Shammaite Pharisees if His mission was kept in the regions surrounding Galilee.
Here was the nesting ground for Hashmonean royal aspirants and the hotbed for rebel revolts by the Davidian princes of the lineage of Kings David and Solomon were fighting against the Roman government rule.
When the ministry of the Nazarene moved into Judea and Jerusalem, the Davidian Prince Nazarene became a rival to the power and authority against the corrupt Sadducean aristocracy who held the rights to the high priestly temple authority.
He boldly challenged not the authority but the hypocrisy of the Shammaite Pharisees who set up rigid standards on how to follow the Torah, but did not follow their own standards.
These were the same disciples who had usurped the mantle of spiritual authority in the Land of Israel from the Pharisee disciples of the revered Hillel the Elder and Menahem the Essene.
- Who notified the high priest in Jerusalem of the non-orthodox appearing pregnancy of Mary and Joseph.
- Ananus was the high priest in 6 CE when the young Prince Yehoshua went on his bar mitzvoth year Passover and was questioned by the chief priests and elders of Judah.
- It was later Ananus the Elder, who was the father-in-law of the high priest, Caiphas, who sentenced Prince Yehoshua to death.
- Ananus was the father of Jonathan the high priest who sentenced Stephen the deacon of the Hebrew Nazarene Ecclesia to death.
- Ananus the Elder was the father of Ananus the Younger, the high priest who now sentenced Yehoahua’s’ brother, James the Just, to death and had his bludgeoned body thrown over the temple parapet to the Kidron Valley below.
The House of Ananus (House of the High Priest Ananias the Great) had created the greatest money laundering business in the eastern regions of the Roman Empire along the Mediterranean Sea Seaboard.
It was also the most corrupt Jewish government in Jewish history as some rabbis have proclaimed, till the final era of earth’s as they descended into the 49th level of degradation, called Tuma. The vast wealth that flowed into the Temple of Herod was totally within their hands.
When the ministry of the Nazarene moved into Judea and Jerusalem, the Nazorean became a rival to the power and authority against the corrupt Sadducean aristocracy who held the rights to the high priestly temple authority. He boldly challenged not the authority but the hypocrisy of the Shammaite Pharisees who set up rigid standards on how to follow the Torah, but did not follow their own standards.
These were the same disciples who had usurped the mantle of spiritual authority in the Land of Israel from the Pharisee disciples of the revered Hillel the Elder and Menahem the Essene.
The House of Ananus (House of the High Priest Ananias the Great) had created the greatest money laundering business in the eastern regions of the Roman Empire along the Mediterranean Sea Seaboard. It was also the most corrupt Jewish government in Jewish history as some rabbis have proclaimed, till the final era of earth’s as they descended into the 49th level of degradation, called Tuma. The vast wealth that flowed into the Temple of Herod was totally within their hands.
The Cenotaph of the Tomb of David – Photo by Robert Mock
When Yehoshua for the second time strode into the temple and threw out the money-changers (Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:15), the entire buying and selling of oxen, sheep and doves halted in the temple Bazaars of Hanan. It was a political attack at the heart of the entire corrupt temple economic culture.
The “Erev Rav and the “Golden Calf culture” had risen again, this time not at Sinai but in the heart of the House of the Lord. The Erev Rav, called the “mixed multitude, at Sinai had again returned as Jewish leaders, pandering after their Edomite (Roman) overlords, so that the gold of the Jews would buy them power and prestige with the Roman government.
We are first introduced to a young priestly scribe, Annas, who appeared on the religio-political scene as the accuser of Mary’s apparent conception outside of wedlock. He cast doubt on the former “temple virgin” as whether she had broken her vows and now deserved to be stoned to death.
During the era of this temple scribe, Ananias, who would later become the High Priest of Israel, was also living in the same era in which the young and orphaned Princess of David, Miriam, the grand-daughter of Jesus II the High Priest and the daughter of Prince Alexander III Helios who also was a Prince of David and was also a Maccabean Prince, known as Prince Alexander Helios (Sun) as recorded in the historical Book of Luke called Heli.
The High Priest and the Davidian prince were both on the “wanted list” to be exterminated by the long arm of justice of the paranoid and evil, King Herod the Great. It was King Herod the Great who sought to destroy every Prince of David in the ancient land of Judea earlier called Roman Palestine (not Arab Palestine) for inciting rebellion against King Herod.
This was because Rome wanted the Land of Israel and the Princes of David who became the oppositional leaders against King Herod and Rome from having complete control over the ancient Roman Judea.
In this highly contested region of the world, a young Davidian Jewish Prince Joseph (Yosef) became the father to a young Davidian Princess, Miriam, whose maternal grandfather was Jesus III the High Priest (Yehoshua III Ha Kohen Hagadol) in the Temple of Herod in Jerusalem. Is it any wonder that Yehoshua was so popular in the 1st century CE at the height of the 1st century Temple of King Herod culture?
These facts may shock some people to know that Jesus III, son of Fabus or Fabet or Phiabi, was also Joshua ben Fabus the High Priest of Israel, He was known as Yehoshua Ha Gadol or Yehoshua III the High Priest. Jesus III the High Priest was also the grandfather of the young Davidian Prince called in modern times, “Jesus of Nazareth”.
It is also profoundly true that the era of King Herod and the 1st century CE swirled around the highly sought and contested Prince of David called “Jesus of Nazareth” for it was he who was now also potential heir to become the High Priest (Ha Gadol) in the Temple of King Herod and a potential heir to the Throne of Kings David and Solomon in Jerusalem.
These amazing facts depict that the young Davidian prince, Yehoshua, rejected the kingship and instead became a classical rabbinic sage whose words of divine wisdom are more known than any other Jewish person on 1st century Judea.
It is true, the first High Priest during the Great Emancipation of the Jews by King Cyrus the Great at the beginning of the temple service in the Temple of Zerubabbel was Yehoshua I Ha Kohen Hagadol (Jesus I the High Priest) as written about in the first chapter of the prophetic Book of Zechariah.
About three centuries later after the inauguration of the Temple of Zerubabbel, the Davidian Princess Miriam (Mary, the mother of Jesus) was confronted by a young temple scribe and almost caused her death for charging her for breaking the strict rules that governed the dynastic conception of the Davidian heirs apparent to rule over the House of King David. Even more severe, she was charged with breaking her Torah vows.
By the time of the young Davidian, Yehoshua’s bar mitzvoth, if our name similarities give us our link, this young priest called Ananias had now moved unto the throne of the high priest.
Ananias’ family was a powerful high priestly family, the son of Seth, the grandson of Boethus, of the House of Zadok, the high priest of David. Ananias (Ananus the Elder) became the founding father of the powerful Sadducean family that bribed and purchased the possession of the office of the high priest and kept it within their family for the next forty four out of sixty years until the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple of Herod.
By graft, bribes, power, and influence, these families of the aristocracy bought and sold the office of the high priest from the Roman government. They in turn made the Office of the Procurator in Caesarea one of the wealthiest appointed Roman authorities in the entire empire. For the next fifty years, the House of Ananius the High Priest and the House of Davidian family of Jesus would struggle for the heart and soul of the Jewish
The 13th Century Franciscan Reconstruction of the Church with the Upper Room – Photo by Robert Mock
To comprehend the significance of the historical importance of Jesus the Nazarene, we must understand the drawing power of His charismatic spiritual message. The most fervent followers of His resided in the southeastern corner of the city of Jerusalem on the crest of the Mount called today, Zion. Here in the Essene Quarters was the Ultra-Orthodox haven called the “Third Party” of first century Judaism. Radical, mystical, pious, apocalyptic, and sectarian, the Essenes have always remained a mystery.
The “Last Supper” in the House with the Upper Terrace
The Essenes for centuries truly had been an enigma. They were cloistered in reclusive communes from Damascus to Qumran along the Dead Sea, upwards to Galilee and down into Egypt. The messianic vision in first century Judaism was driven by the apocalyptic dreams of the Essene mystics. These same Essene mystics were highlighted in the Destination Yisrael article, titled “The Qumran Essene Traditions of Enoch and Metatron as King Messiah”
The comprehension of the Essenes of the higher realms of the heaven was far more advanced than the Sadducee and Pharisee culture who were seeking power, greed, and control in the Temple culture of the era of King Herod the Great.
The Essene Quarter in Jerusalem had its own gate so that purity laws of cleanliness could be kept to its fullest details. The guardians of the Essenes had the primary mission; to protect the Tomb of their forefather King David and to protect the sacred lineage of any Davidian heir that could be the potential future messiah and heir to the throne of David. The Nazarene was one of those Davidian prince heirs whom the Essenes guarded with watchful eyes.
Is it of any wonder that the site for the beginning festivities of the Passover for Yehoshua and his disciples (talmidin) was selected under such mysterious circumstances? They were to watch for a male “water carrier” who would lead them to the secret and sacred spot later called the House with the Upper Room. Here is the first clue; in first century Judea. Essene males did not carry large water jugs on their head. That was the role of the women.
As the disciples were being shown to the upper terrace where they would celebrate, they scattered so as not to be noticed, for this event was kept in strict secrecy and known to only a selected few.
In the tradition of the Jewish Pesach festival, that morning, Simon bar Jonah (Simon Peter), Yohannes (John), and Yacov (James) went to the temple bazaars to purchase a lamb. Nowhere was the Rabbi to be found. Then they, with the other disciples along with thousands of Jewish pilgrims, streamed into the Upper City with their lambs and kids, in haste to fulfill the commands of the Lord.
There they entered the Temple of Herod and went to the court of Israel. Up the fifteen steps to the Nicanor Gate, and through the large opened bronze Hekel doors they could see the temple trumpeters blowing their silver trumpets in proclamation that the time for the slaughtering of the lambs had come. Beyond the Nicanor Gate, in the court of the Priests, a great fire was burning on the Great Altar that was erected before the Holy Place of the Temple.
Behind the priests with their silver shofars irradiated by the gleaming sun, were two long rows of Levites, dressed in shimmering white linen garments. These two rows went from the place of sacrifice in the court of women to the Great Altar and back.
As permission was granted, the pilgrims entered with their sacrifice, two by two, and were ushered to the other side of the Court of Women to perform their sacrifice. Two of the disciples, Peter with the lamb, and John, carrying the knife, approached the place of sacrificial block.
In route, they walked pass the long rows of Levites that were passing, hand to hand, golden beakers that were broad at the mouth and narrow at the rim. As Peter laid his lamb on the sacrificial block, the priest quickly slit the vessels of the neck. One drop of blood fell into the golden beaker. The rest of the blood drained through a hole in the sacrificing block down the drains lined with lead from the Mendip mines in Cornwall, England to the garden district below the temple.
Then the golden beaker was passed, from Levite to Levite, until it reached the officiating Priest standing before the altar, who sprinkled it on the great fire. When finished, the golden beaker was sent down a second row of Levites back to the place of sacrifice.
Yohannes, now with the lamb, wrapped in a sheet, resting on his shoulder with Simon bar Jonah behind, left the court of the Priests and walked down the three steps to the court of Israel. In route, they passed by musical ensembles of priests with hand harps, timbrels, and flutes raising their voices in adoration to the Almighty One of Israel as the blood of the lambs was sprinkled on the great altar.
Below in the Court of Men, the rest of the disciples of the Prince of David, Yehoshua HaNotzri called the “Nazarene”, bowing their heads in worship and adoration singing, “Hallelujah, praise ye the Lord, praise Him, His servants, praise the name of the Lord” in antiphonal rhythm with other pilgrims singing, “Praised be the name of the Lord from this day for ever and ever.”
Following the narrow streets of the Lower City, they went to the Mount called Zion. There they found the unknown man posing as a watercarrier. With a sign of recognition, separately, they entered unnoticed, one by one, into the house with the upper terrace, prepared to cook the young lamb on the three-legged stove while enjoying the beautiful vistas of the entire city.
Another unusual event was occurring. As strange as it may seem, the entire terrace of celebration was fully prepared for its noble guest and disciples. In secrecy, with no one else was in attendance, the disciples were to spend the afternoon in celebration with their Master. When the Master finally arrived, the historical drama began to unfold.
How He arrived, or when where He came from, will also be left untold. What is known, Yehoshua was a hunted man. The temple rulers with their hired servants and spies were on the lookout for the Rabbi of Galilee that the high priest had warned with a veiled threat would be at the Pesach celebrations.
John 11:47-54 (parts) – “Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, ‘What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take
away both our place and nation.’ And one of them, Caiphas, being the high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish?
Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Yehoshua would die for the nation and that He would gather together in one the children of G-d who were scattered abroad. Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. Therefore, the Nazarene no longer walked openly among the Jews…”
The Entrance to the Tomb of David – Photo by Robert Mock
Hidden in the guarded section of the Essene District, the Master plus His twelve, ascended a shielded flight of steps that led to an upper terrace, in accustom to the building styles of the region. Over the terrace was a canopy of thin bamboo rushes with a tapestry of dried out palm leaves forming a canopy of protection from the elements of the sun and rain, and a protective panoramic view of the holy city of Jerusalem.
The temple was to the northwest. The walls of the city were to the south and east. The Palace of Herod and the Praetorian of the Romans was to the north and northwest.
The Palace of the High Priest was nearby, outside the Essene Quarters, to the west on the slopes looking down upon the Kidron Valley below. From there, an elevated walkway went from the palace and the homes of elite to the temple complex, to shield the aristocracy from the masses of peasant rabble below. Here the Prince of David Yehoshua would be kept in guarded protective custody of the guardians of the Tomb of David, and shielded from the eyes of any prying onlookers below.
Upon the patio terrace, preparations had been made by a third party of unknown secret followers of the Nazarene. Silk tapestries and curtains were hung over and shielded the patio fence. Towards one end of the terrace, a canopy was erected where beneath a couch was placed for the Master with reed matting as places to sit for the twelve disciples.
Planks of wood on risers formed a low table that was overlaid with fine coverings. Vessels for food, earthenware cups for drinking. Per secret tradition an alabaster vessel was strategically placed on the table as a gift from His uncle, the Prince of David, Joseph of Arimathea, the rich man in Jerusalem. It was he who as the leading Prince of David of his age, sat in the hereditary seat of Kings David and Solomon as an esteemed “Elder” in the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.
Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy Jewish magnate who was a metal merchant with the contract from the Caesar of Rome. He mined lead and tin in the mines located in the Cornwall coast of Ancient Britannia, by ancient Jewish miners called Saracens in mines called “Jew Huts” for lead and tin were the strategic military metals needed for the Roman Imperial War machine who sought to control the nations of the world.
Specially prepared fresh unleavened matzah was laying upon an earthenware pottery with greens and herbs to dress the meal along with baskets of fruit. Bowls of water were carefully placed for the ceremonial washing of the hands.
Earthenware basins with amphora of water was placed nearby for the washing of the dusty feet. Delicate spices were sprinkled on the napkins and handkerchiefs. Incense was lit in a covered dish, nearby to the Rabbi’s couch. The lamps were trimmed with oil.
Everything was carefully and meticulously prepared in loving attention to exact and specific details by what we can only suspect to have been the disciples of Nicodemus and the servants of Joseph of Arimathea.
Was the Last Supper a Pesach Meal?
Per one scholar, the “Last Supper” was not a Pesach meal for its non-halakhic Torah atmosphere during the meal, precluded such a fact. There was no Korban lamb that was eaten and the bread was “sopped” during the meal which suggested that it was leavened bread.
John 13:26 – “Jesus answered, “’It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.’ And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.”
This may have been a preparatory meal for the upcoming Passover to plan for the Passover celebration. It would truly become the “Last supper” that Davidic Rabbi called the “Nazarene” would eat with his talmidei before leaving his 3-dimensional body and returning to his 4th dimensional elevated state of messianic consciousness when later His glorified being began to glow in later encounters like the ancient Edenic Light Beings called Adam and Chavah (Eve).
Here Yehoshua only lifted up the third 3rd Passover Seder cup, the cup of redemption. He then proclaimed that the next time that He would return to this planet earth, He would share the 4th Passover Seder cup with them. At that time, they would celebrate that moment when G-d “would take His own people” and redeem them again into the Promise Land at the “end of days.”
When we read in the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, it suggests that the Passover meal was the Last Supper, yet the Gospel of John states that the messianic Prince of David, Yehoshua Ha Notzri was crucified before the Passover.
Matthew 26:17 – “Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover.”
Mark 14:12 – “Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?
Luke 22:7-8 – “Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.”
John 13:1 – “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Yehoshua (Jesus) knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Yehoshua, knowing that the “Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from G-d and was going to G-d, rose from the supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.”
As our knowledge of the first century Provincia Iudaea (Province of Judah) matures, we begin to find that the controversies of how to observe the Torah (halakha) were as dynamic as they are today. Maybe this is one reason, Torah sages suggest that in the “days of Jesus”, as it is today, the state of spiritual connection with the G-d of Israel was in the lowest state of spirituality, or at the 49th level of Tuma.
Halakhah (how to keep the Torah commands), though rigid, was not universally observed by all. As such, in the days of Yehoshua, (Jesus, Joshua) at least three, and possibly four different times, the Passover Seder Seders were held. These times were accepted respectfully by the Sadducees, the Pharisees, the Essenes, and the Jewish pilgrims from the Galilean and the Babylonian Diaspora.
The first solution, according to Kenneth F. Doig in the article titled, “Doig’s Biblical Chronology – Exact Dating of the Exodus and Birth and Crucifixion of Jesus” (Kenneth F. Doig, New Testament Chronology, Lewistonw, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1990) suggests that the Jews of the Diaspora did observe two Passovers.
The second solution suggests that there were two different calendars, the “sunset” calendar of the Pharisees and the “sunrise” calendar of the Sadducees.
The third solution suggests that the Last Supper was held on the solar Jubilee Calendar of the Essenes in the Synoptic Gospels. In John’s (Yohannes) own account, the Last Supper was to have held according to the lunar sunrise calendar of the Sadducee Temple calendar.
Then there was a fourth solution, that the “Passover” was an idiom, or a figure of speech that included the Passover as the whole week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
It is interesting that on Thursday, April 6, 2007 that Pope Benedict XVI did testify during his homily on ‘Holy Thursday” during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the following:
Pope Benedict XVI – “"In the narrations of the Evangelists, there is an apparent contradiction between the Gospel of John, on one hand, and what, on the other hand, Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us.
Per John, the disciple of Jesus, the Nazarene died on the cross precisely at the moment in which, in the temple, the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. His death and the sacrifice of the lambs coincided and collided.
This means that the Prince of David Yehoshua (Joshua) died on the eve of Passover, and that, therefore, he could not have personally celebrated the paschal supper, at least this is what it would seem… Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples probably according to the calendar of Qumran, that is to say, at least one day earlier -- he celebrated without a lamb, like the Qumran community who did not recognize the Temple of Herod and was waiting for a new temple."
He went on to suggest that “Yehoshua” may have celebrated the Passover according to the solar calendar of the Qumran Essenes, who always celebrated their Passovers on the eve of Wednesday (Tuesday evening). The fact that the Essenes were vegetarians, is also suggested to be accepted by the Synoptic Gospels as part of the narrative of the Last Supper.”
It was in February, 2005 that BibleSearchers Reflections posted a series of articles titled, “Study in the Israeli-Vatican Diplomatic Relations that will Lead to the Prophetic Fulfillment of “On that day, all Nations will Seek to Surround Jerusalem.”
The lead article was, “The Vatican Seek to Reclaim its Own – “The Church with the Upper Room”. In this series of three articles, was the detailed historical summary of the Roman Catholic bid to take control of the holy sites in Jerusalem. The first bid was take possession of the Church with the Upper Room that was transformed into its present Gothic architectural structure by the Franciscan monks in the 13th century.
When Ariel Sharon resisted, and refused to turn the title of the building that housed the “Church with the Upper Room” plus the Tomb of David to the Roman Catholic Church in the winter of 2006, he found himself put into the state of the “living death” in the Israeli Hadassah Hospital by the “avenging angel of the Lord”.
On October 25, 2005, when Vatican came calling to the President of Israel, Moshe Katsav, and Katsav refused to deal with the Vatican, by July 2006, allegations began to surface that led to the threat of indictment against President Katsav of sexual harassment, breach of trust, obstruction of justice, and fraud.
Are we seeing the Vatican making the appearance of returning to their Jewish roots to complete the bid to divide the city of Jerusalem, finally take possession of holy sites in Jerusalem, and eventually the entire Temple Mount?
The History of the Passover
As early as 1550 BCE, the Hebrews living in Egypt were in the throes of a major catastrophic era that catapulted them into to a new era: redemptions from slavery and restoration to the Land promised to their forefather, Abraham. This was the land of Canaan in the land of Israel today.
On the day of redemption, when the “blood” of the slain lamb was sprinkled on the door post, the “first born” of that family was saved from the avenging angel of death passing over Egypt. The march to a new life also began with eating of the paschal lamb on that first Passover. While the Passover is HaShem’s Passover (Exodus 12:11, Leviticus 23:5, Numbers 28:16, and II Chronicles 35:1), we can also call it the Hebrew’s Passover.
Almost a thousand years later, the remnant of the Hebrews was being redeemed from their 70 years of bondage in Babylon and Persia. Here the Judeans (Jews) from the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin returned to resettle Jerusalem. Now, new ways of observing the Torah festivals were instituted and with it the Passover Seder as we know it today.
The modern Torah Seder is not the same that the Hebrews observed while in Egypt and the Sinai desert. Babylonian influence, such as the Seder egg, crept into the more primitive Palestinian Seder rites that soon disappeared after being augmented by the influence of the Babylonian Haggadah. In a way, we can call the modern Passover Seder a Jewish festival where the instructions on how to practice or perform this Seder is spelled out in instructional manuals, called “The Haggadah”.
Was it not the commands of the Go-d of Israel at Sinai, who stated?
Leviticus 23:5-6 – “On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord.” (See also Numbers 28:16-17)
When Moshe (Moses) was in Egypt, he was given special instructions that the Israelites were not to hold a festival in the land of Egypt. Therefore, Moses went to the Pharaoh seeking permission to go to the land of Goshen so that the Israelites could a festival.
Exodus 5:1 – “Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ’thus says the L-rd G-d of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’”
Why was such a strange command given by G-d to Moses? Was it His divine purpose just to say, “I won’t permit it?” The reality appears that HaShem, the G-d of Israel did have a divine purpose for He intended to deal with the Pharaoh, the representative of Egypt’s divine god, Ra, person to Person. He did not want the Israelites to become involved, so that none of them would be hurt or killed.
A festival by the Israelites in Egypt would have been offensive to the Egyptian priesthood. The festivals would have been celebrated with animal sacrifices and grain sacrifices, yet the Egyptians worshipped the animals and the grains as their deities. It was these deities that the Israelites were going to sacrifice to the G-d of Israel. Such an act would have been detestable with the Egyptian priests of Ra and could have provoked the death warrant for Moses and many Hebrews.
Exodus 8:25-26 – “Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, ‘Go, sacrifice to your G-d in the land.’ And Moses said, ‘It is not right to do so, for we would be sacrificing the abomination of the Egyptians to the L-rd our G-d. If we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, then will they not stone us? We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the L-rd our G-d as He will command us.’”
Was not the goddess of Hathor in Dendura portrayed as the sacred cow? Was not the sacred bull that was worshipped as Apis, the actual embodiment of Ptah, Atum-Ra, and later Osiris to the Egyptians?
These bulls were housed in the temple for their entire life, then embalmed, and given their funerary rites while being encased in giant monolithic stone sarcophagi in the Serapeum at Saqqara.
Even the grain sacrifices of the Hebrews would have been offensive, for Nepri was the grain god, Ermutet was the goddess of the crops, and the jackal-headed Anubis was the guardian of the fields. Above all, was Osiris, a member of the Egyptian sacred trinity, was the god of agriculture. Now the Israelites were going to sacrifice the Egyptian gods to the Almighty One of Israel.
Yet, the Passover was held in Egypt. Why? The Passover was a memorial, not a festival, to an event that occurred in Egypt. It would also point to a more profound event that would occur in the future. The mood of Passover was symbolized by pain and suffering. On the afternoon of the 14th day of Nisan, the Hebrews were to sacrifice their favorite unblemished lamb, the best of their flock.
For the Hebrews, who did have faith (emuna) in the sovereignty of their G-d, the blood of this lamb was to literally “save” the firstborn sons of their family and the firstborn of all their sheep, goats, and cattle. It was take a lot of faith, emuna, to believe their Sovereign G-d in asking them to do such an incomprehensible task; slay the lamb, take the blood and put it on the doorpost of their dwelling and their firstborn sons and animals would be saved from death.
The Secured Enclosure to the Mikvahs of James the Just and the Hebrew Nazarene Ecclesia – Photo by Robert Mock
The shadow-picture in Egypt to the Israelites was now about to see its complete fulfillment sixteen hundred years, or 40 generations later. Only a few hours after the Last Supper, the “Only Begotten” firstborn “Son of G-d” would be impaled, like the Korban lamb, His blood splattered on the upright wooden tree (stake) so that all the world, who had “emuna” (faith) in the sovereign One G-d of Israel would be saved from eternal death.
John 3:16 – “For HaShem, the One G-d of Israel so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. For G-d did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved.
Seeing is believing! For over 2000 years, the world has been affixed with the drama of those few years of time that a single solitary Prince of the esteemed dynastic lineage of Kings David and Solomon shook up the then known world at that time.
His life literally became a “Drama of the Ages” that evoked such a passion in the lives of not only the entire peasantry class of Jewish people, but his fame swept across the entire Middle East changing and transforming all the inhabitants of that era.
It has been stated in hundreds of different cultures that the world as we know today would be totally different if it were not for this one life, for out of his one life, one who was a Neshama Yehudi (Jewish soul) affected so many variant cultures that out of his spiritual loins rose Three Major Religions of the world; Judaism, Christianity and over six hundred years later Islam.
The era of man is standing now on the brink of the seashore waiting to be passed through the inter dimensional veil of the “World to Come.” The day is coming soon when we will break through that inter dimensional barrier and stand on the beach of a “New World” and a “New Age” as the rising Light of the age called the “Era of the Messiah” raises to its glorious manifestation.
The day is coming soon when Hashem the One G-d of Israel will stretch forth His great hand of judgment and cleanse the earth from the great pollution of man upon Planet Earth. He will take away the “blood oaths” from between the mouths of the Palestinian Arabs, He will restore the Land of Israel back to “Am Yisra’el”, that means both the House of Joseph (All Ten Tribes of the House of Israel), and the House of Judah.
He will then redeem and restore His own “sheep” back into a living relationship with Himself. If you are chosen, as a Lost Tribal Member of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, your destiny is to return to your Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel.
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