The Descendants of Jesus (Revelation Part D)

Part D 100 to 114 AD. Chapters 20:1 - 22:21.

© 2008 Dr. Barbara Thiering

100 AD

Revelation 20


Midnight beginning Wednesday January 1, 100 AD. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:1 The date January 1, 100 AD, should be that of the year 4000 for the Eschaton, postponed from 60 AD by the addition of a zero generation of 40 years. When there was no catastrophic intervention by heaven, the abbot John II in the house of Agrippa II came to the middle floor table to begin the vigil and hold an emergency council to decide on action. The recorder is now John III, son of John II.

Revelation 20:1

20:1. Kai eidon angelon katabainonta ek tou ouranou, echonta tēn klein tēs abyssou kai halysin megalēn epi ten cheira autou.

20:1. And I (John III) saw{eidon} (past tense west ) an angel going down out of the Heaven, he (angel) having the key of the abyss. And a great chain upon the hand of him (angel).

20:1. See the Introduction on the Abandonment of the Thousand Years Fallacy, giving the reasons for the chronological calculations.

The year 100 AD, at its Julian beginning January 1, had been long anticipated as the year 4000 from creation following the deferment by 40 years from 60 AD. It was called the year 1000, as the end of the final millennium of the 4000 years. It should bring the Eschaton, the Last, a catastrophic intervention by heaven that would mark the end of the present world order and the beginning of a new one in which only the initiates of the right party of ascetics would survive.

The abbot of Rome, John II, who was permitted to marry as all abbey members were, had had a son in January 82 AD. John III now 18 in 100 AD was old enough to act as the recorder in the west guest seat that had once been occupied by Tychicus. He would become the full abbot of Rome in June 113 AD and would then begin to use the dynastic name John (Rev 22:8)

On this occasion he saw an "angel", an abbot, "going down from Heaven". It would mean his father John II, aged 60, the abbot of Rome, who had a place in the "Gabriel" position of the deputy on the upper floor, and who came down to conduct the midnight vigil in the center east seat on row 7 of the middle floor.It was also the occasion for an emergency council to discuss the non-fulfillment.

The abbot had "the key of the abyss", controlling the deposit of money of abbey members, who because they could marry could have their money returned to them on leaving. At Qumran it was kept in the vault for reserve money, just below loc 113


Photo CCC. The recess between the steps and the eastern wall of the sanctuary, shown by the Copper Scroll to be the first vault for storing money.

When they left they walked down the chasm that could be called an "abyss", so the key to the vault was called the key of the abyss. The Rome cathedral reproduced the pattern of Qumran.

The John dynasty were members of the court of the Agrippas, as they had been since the gospel period. Agrippa I had recognized their birth, even though they were illegitimate born into a branch of the imperial family. (See Clementine Books in Section 4, The Other Gospels) ). They consequently had engraved on their bread paten the chain emblem of Agrippa I that had been given to him by the emperor Claudius (Josephus, Antiquities 19, 294).

Midnight beginning Wednesday January 1, 100 AD. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:2 During the first five minutes of the council, alliances and hostilities were expressed. Since renewed militancy was in the air, the heroic triumvirate of 6 AD was recalled. Political arguments broke out, with the Chief Therapeut at first gaining ascendancy over Simon Bar-Kokhba.

Revelation 20:2

20:2. kai ekratēsen ton drakonta, ho ophis ho archaios, hos estin Diabolos. kai ho Satanas. kai edēsen auton chilia etē

20:2 And he (RLR to angel v. 1) seized (past tense west ) the Dragon, (in apposition) the Serpent of the beginning. Who (new subject) is (present tense center ) Devil. And the Satan (Chief Therapeut as Examiner). And he (RLR to Satan ) bound (past tense west ) him (RLR to Devil ) 1000 years{etos}.

20:2. Militancy was again on the rise, partly as a consequence of the non-fulfillment, partly because of perceived persecution by the Roman emperor Trajan (98 -117 AD). A triumvirate formed, reproducing that of 6 AD. They had been the Dragon, a Pharisee moderate priest; the Calf, Archelaus Herod; and the Beast (Lion), Judas the Galilean, who also could go up a grade to act as the Raphael-levite on behalf of the Calf Archelaus.

The Dragon who appeared in 100 AD was a moderate Pharisee in Rome who, being less committed in the debate took over the presiding role from John II the "angel". John II went to the west seat at the lectern, embracing the Pharisee in the fellowship of anti-militants.

The Beast who now appeared was Simon Bar Kokhba (Ben Kosba), who had begun to rally support for another anti-Rome uprising in Judea, and who would later become the head of a short-lived independent Jewish state. He was also called the Devil, a name that had been applied to Judas Iscariot who had the same role (Luke 4:3).

A fourth man in 6 AD had been Theudas-Saddok, the Chief Therapeut, who was the Serpent of healing. He could act both as a bishop and as a levite substitute for the Calf. As the levite his work was to be the Satan, meaning simply the Examiner, the one who tested for admissions to the celibate life. At the Last Supper Theudas had become the Satan after Judas had left the room. "Satan entered into him (Judas)." (John 13:27) From that point his title was changed to Judas not Iscariot (John 14:22).

The Chief Therapeut as head of the Egyptian Therapeuts was driven into frequent changes of policy because of varying attitudes in Egypt, from pro-Roman western to anti-Roman eastern. In 100 AD there was the same ambivalence, the Chief Therapeut in the succession of Apollos - who had died since Masada - held the role of the Satan who could be a moderate militant. He overcame the extremist Bar Kokhba the Beast in this debate. The changes of policy of a Chief Therapeut are told in the parabolic history of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).

Bar Kokhba was hostile to Christians, as is stated by Justin Martyr, believing that he himself was the Star of the Davids. At the council he formed an opposition, sitting on the south side of the table on row 10. At the non-fulfillment of the date at 12:05 am , the Chief Therapeut Satan blamed him as the impediment, and came down to the seat west of him, sending him out, wearing the girdle of an outsider.

Parallel accounts in other sources

The militant Simon Ben Kosba, named in the Murabba'at documents, was also called Bar Kokhba, "son of the Star". Justin Martyr (quoted in Eusebius Ecclesiastical History 4, 6, 1-2;; 4, 8, 4 ) wrote that Bar Kokhba in the early 2nd century AD was the leader of a rebellion of the Jews, and "commanded that Christians should be punished severely if they did not deny Jesus as the Messiah and blaspheme him."

The remains of Bar Kokhba 's rebellion have been found at Murabba'at, in a series of hidden caves further down the west side of the Dead Sea than Masada. They show that he was in the process of setting up an alternative state as an independent legal power, with its own authority and legal records. His followers lived with their families in the caves, the utensils for their domestic arrangements still there when the archeologists found them. Bar Kokhba 's rebellion finally failed in 135 AD, and was the cause of Rome renaming Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and forbidding all Jews to enter it.

12:05 am beginning Wednesday January 1, 100 AD. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:3 At 12:05 am when hope was lost Bar Kokhba forced the Chief Therapeut to go down the steps to the dais, to fetch the key of the reserve vault so that Bar Kokhba could take the money. But the Chief Therapeut refused to give it to him and was promoted by the pro-Roman party.

Revelation 20:3

20:3. kai ebalen auton eis tēn abysson. kai ekleisen. kai esphragisen epanō autou hina mē planēsē eti ta ethnē achri telesthē ta chilia etē. meta tauta dei lythēnai auton mikron chronon.

20:3. And he (RLR to Devil Bar Kokhba, last "him" in v. 2) threw (past tense west ) him (RLR to Satan Chief Therapeut subject of "bound" in v.2) at the abyss. And he (RLR to last "him", Satan Chief Therapeut) used the key. And he (Satan) sealed up-upon of him (Devil Bar Kokhba) in order that he (Satan ) should not deceive still the Gentiles until{achri} the 1000 years{etos} were ended. After these things he (Satan ) must be loosed for a little {mikron} time.

20:3. At 12:05 am when hope was lost Bar Kokhba turned on the Chief Therapeut. He forced him to go down to the dais row 12, to fetch the key of the reserve vault. His position at the west side was a row above that of the novice, whose money was kept in the reserve vault. The Chief Therapeut refused Bar Kokhba access to the money, saying that he, the Chief Therapeut, was a celibate superior to Bar Kokhba. The Chief Therapeut moved up and in to the position of the female 13th, a proselyte, on the south side of the table, but as one who was not a militant Magian, but for peace with Rome. While being in charge of the reserve money in the court of Agrippa II, he would not deceive the elderly Agrippa II, now 73 and never a strong personality.

On the council's decision the Chief Therapeut was promoted and brought back into the leadership. The theory of sets of 40 years was applied to justify waiting for the rest of the day. It was reasoned that 100 AD was the extra generation of 40 years after 60 AD,in the Exodus chronological scheme of the Therapeuts, and they always waited until the end of the time unit.

12:05 am beginning Wednesday January 1, 100 AD. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:4 A political crisis began when the Eschaton still failed to appear at 12:05 am. Militarism began to rise , especially since in the early years of the emperor Trajan (98- 117 AD) he was opposed to Christians.

Revelation 20:4

20:4. kai eidon thronous. kai ekathisan ep' autous. kai krima edothē autois. kai tas psychas tōn pepelekismenōn dia tēn martyrian Iēsou. kai dia ton logon tou heou. kai hoitines ou prosekynēsan to thērion oude tēn eikona autou. kai ouk elabon to chargma epi to metōpon. kai epi tēn cheira autōn. kai ezēsan kai ebasileusan meta tou Christou chilia etē.

20:4. And I (John III) saw{eidon} (past tense west) thrones And they (RLR to ta ethnē v. 3) sat (past tense west) upon (+ accusative) them (thrones). And judgment was given (past tense west) to them ( ta ethnē ) . And the Souls of those axed on account of the witnessof Jesus (III). And on account of the Word of God. And the Certain Ones did not worship{proskyneō} (past tense west ) the Beast, neither the icon of him (the Beast). And they (the Certain Ones) did not receive (past tense west ) the mark upon the forehead. And upon (+accus) the hand of them (the Certain Ones). And they (the Certain Ones) lived (past tense west ). And they (the Certain Ones) were(past tense west) kings with (+ genitive) the Christ 1000 years{etos}.

20:4. The young John III had gone up to the upper floor at midnight, where he observed the reaction of Agrippa II to the non-fulfillment. Agrippa, now aged 73, had always been weak, and was now judged too feeble to make decisions about his money. He was sent to the western position on row 7 below which was that of the judge.

At the outset of the reign of Trajan (98-117 AD), the emperor was opposed to Christians in Rome, especially when they held public demonstrations in anticipation of the Eschaton of 100 AD. During the year before the great date Matthias Annas II the Priest-Pope of Christians from the 70's had been arrested and put to death. He had been "axed", an allusion to Isaiah 10:15, which spoke of the pagan power Nineveh as the "axe of God" wielded to punish Jews. With him was the lay Pope Clement, who had been appointed to the succession of Peter in 93 AD.

There was now no Annas priest to lead what was still regarded by some as a Jewish religious movement With the failure of the expectation and the early persecution of Trajan, the militancy of the house of Bernice was seen as an obligation, and the Hellenist Annas in her house now came to the fore. Jesus III, born 77 AD, who would be 23 in June of the great year, had no choice but to follow his father as deputy of the Hellenist Annas if he was to keep the David line going. He used the title Word of God, that of the David when he was in the outside world. But he was on his way to renouncing militarism, beginning to act as conciliator between both houses. He was called the Christ, a title never applied to Jesus Justus.

In the cathedral the Chief Therapeut was left to take charge, controlling Agrippa's money on behalf of the Christians. He refused to pay the January 1 Roman tribute to Bar Kokhba, who now claimed that he was a king, head of a Jewish state. He claimed the status of the Davids, calling himself "son of the Star". Bernice, herself 73, still acted as a priestess, an "icon", but accepted the position of queen to Bar Kokhba. Jesus III used his title the Christ in opposition to him.

At 12:05 am on this day all celebrated their millennium, the year 1000.

Parallel accounts from other sources

According to Eusebius. Ecclesiastical History III, xiii, in 69 AD Linus became Roman bishop. In 81 AD Linus handed it to Anencletus. In 93 AD Clement succeeded Anencletus. Eusebius says it was the same Clement as in Philippians 4:3. Eusebius refers to his one recognized epistle. From the Clementines it may be seen that he was born 10 AD and would have been 83 at the time of becoming Roman bishop. But he was active long before this, from 37 AD, and would have helped the Christians from his house in Rome, which became St Clement's church.

Wednesday January 1, 100 AD, 12:05 am. In the Rome house of Bernice.

Revelation 20:5 A former proselyte replaced the Hellenist priest in Bernice's house.He took the title Resurrection (Anastasis) the First.

Revelation 20:5

20:5. hoi loipoi tōn nekrōn ouk ezēsan achri telesthē ta chilia etē. autē hē anastasis hē prōtē.

20:5. The Remnant of the lifeless ones did not live (past tense) until{achri} the 1000 years{etos} were ended. This the First Resurrection.

20:5. In Bernice's house a former proselyte had replaced the Hellenist Annas. He adopted a title - Resurrection (Anastasis) the First. It referred to celibacy, not to literal resurrection in which Sadducees did not believe. Celibates had a promotion system going up from "death", the married state. He was not a Christian - did not "live".

Wednesday January 1, 100 AD, 6 am. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:6 The deputy of the Hellenist Priest Resurrection the First was a new Magus, who was given the title Death the Second. Jesus III, born 77 AD, was given the title the Christ.

Revelation 20:6

20:6. makarios kai hagios ho echōn meros en tē anastasei tē prōtē. epi toutōn ho deuteros thanatos ouk echei exousian, all' esontai hiereis tou theou. kai tou Christou. kai basileusousin met' autou chilia ete.

20:6. A Blessed One. And a Holy One, he having a part in the First Resurrection. Upon of These Ones the Second Death not has authority, nevertheless priests of God will be (future tense east ). And of the Christ , And they (priests east cardinal) will be (future tense east) kings with (+genitive ) him (Second Death) 1000 years{etos}.

20:6. Resurrection the First was allied with the new Magus, who acted as his deputy with the title Death the Second. Of Christian celibates, the Saints for peace associated with Resurrection the First , and the more militant These Ones avoided the Magus. The system of cardinals in the east and west was preserved, a Magus alternating with a Sadducee Annas priest.

Jesus III, born 77 AD, was now approaching 23 years old , the age for first initiation. He had qualified for the title the Christ.

Wednesday January 1, 100 AD, 3 pm. In the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 20:7 At 3 pm it was accepted that there would be no Eschaton on that day. The Chief Therapeut in the cathedral was promoted to be cardinal of the south.

Revelation 20:7

20:7. Kai hotan telesthē ta chilia etē, lythēsetai ho Satanas ek tēs phylakēs autou.

20:7. And when{hotan} the 1000 years{etos} were ended, Satan will be loosed (future tense, east) out of the prison of him (Satan).

20:7. At 3 pm on the Wednesday the workers' day had concluded , and it was seen that there was no further prospect of an Eschaton on that date. The Chief Therapeut with Christians in the cathedral was now promoted to cardinal, of the south. There were now four cardinals at the four compass points, with Jesus III equal to them but also superior as the potential Messiah of Israel.

106 AD


Midnight beginning Thursday January 1, 106 AD. At the Rome house of Bernice.

Revelation 20:8 Agrippa II aged 78 now lay dying, and the queston of the Herodian family succession and property had to be decided. Bernicianus was treated by his mother Bernice as the rightful heir.

Revelation 20:8

20:8. kai exeleusetai planēsai ta ethnē ta en tais tessarsin gōniais tēs gēs, ton Gōg. kai Magōg, synagagein autous eis to polemon, hōn ho arithmos autōn hōs hē ammos tēs thalassēs.

20:8 And he (RLR to Satan v.7 Chief Therapeut ) will come out{erchomai} (future tense, east) to deceive the Gentiles, the ones in corner 4 of the Earth, the Gog. And Magog, to lead-with them (masc plural agreeing with priests of God, east cardinal in v.6,) at the war, of whom (plural) the Number of them (priests of God) as the sand of the Sea.

20:8 Later in the year 106 AD Agrippa II would die, and in January he was seriously ailing. The question of a continuing headship of the Herod family in Rome now arose. Since the death of his adopted heir Timothy in 64 AD Agrippa had appointed no new heir, and was so much under Christian influence that he had made a will leaving his estate to them. Bernice his twin sister as the Herod queen had some legal right to claim her son Bernicianus as the heir, born of her marriage with her uncle Herod of Chalcis. There was no impediment to such marriages in the Herod family.

The names Gog and Magog were used in Ezekiel 38 and 39 to denote an evil foreign power. The Christians, accustomed to playing with the double meanings of Hebrew letters, gave their own meanings to them to refer to the house of Bernice as evil. Omitting the vowels, as was normal for Hebrew, they saw in Gog a double Gimel grade 3. There were two cardinals of that grade, the eastern and western Sadducees "priests of God". Adding Mem for grade 9, the low grade for Bernice as merely the Merari, the Moon, they read her into the name Magog.

Agrippa II, dying, was now of the status of a novice outside the ministry, so in "corner 4 of the Earth" the novice's seat in the 4 cubit wide center of row 13.

The changing policies of Alexandria led the Chief Therapeut to affirm his order's allegiance to war. In his capacity as cardinal of the south he deceived Agrippa, and gave his money, which he now controlled, to the militant cause. The Magus as cardinal of Babylon and its dependencies, including Arabia, sat on the east, where anti-Roman militancy still flourished. Thus the three anti-Roman cardinals outnumbered Jesus III, and an uprising was planned using the Herodian money.

Midnight beginning Thursday January 1, 106 AD. In the Rome cathedral under revision.

Revelation 20:9 The revision of the Rome cathedral to change it into a monastery began. The eastern cardinal re-drew the time circle so as to put its center on row 9. The arrangements that survived for the Christian communion were set up.

Revelation 20:9

20:9. kai anebēsan epi to platos tēs gēs. kai ekykleusan tēn parembolēn tōn hagiōn. kai tēn polin tēn ēgapemēnēn. kai katebē pyr ek tou ouranou. kai katephagen autous.

20:9 And they (RLR to priests of God, the east cardinal v.6) went up (past tense west) upon (+ accusative ) the breadth(street){plateia} of the Earth. And they (priests of God ) encircled (past tense west) the camp of the Saints. And the Beloved City. And Fire went down(past tense west) out of the Heaven. And it (Fire) ate down them (priests of God).

20:9 As it was known that the Rome cathedral, the house of Agrippa, would be bequeathed to the Christians, they set about altering it in accord with their current ideas. They were changing it into a monastery

The Sadducee cardinal now alternating in the west stood at the top of the steps, row 10, and declared that the center of the row between 9 and 10 was the center of the time circle, thus bringing it down 3 cubits. It would mean that the system was less controlled by hereditary priests, making laymen more equal.

Figure 20

Figure 20. The Monastery.

Row 13 which had been that of the Earth came up to row 10, called "the breadth of the Earth." The position above the central point of the circle was for celibate Gentiles of Dan, the Saints with Jesus III. The position below the central point was called "the Beloved City", being on row 10 as the "bosom" for an "Eve", the Beloved. A woman could stand there with an "Adam" at the new "Earth". It would become the practice that a communion rail was placed across the line dividing rows 9 and 10, and a gate was placed at its central 2 cubits. A celibate "Saint" would celebrate communion there, giving the wine. The arrangements that survived for the Christian communion had now been set up.

There was no longer an upper floor "Heaven". A counterpart to the eastern Sadducee cardinal called Cloud by Day , in the role of Fire by Night , brought the lectern down to row 10, remaining as the judge-presbyter's position. On the corresponding east side a less significant pulpit was set up. The communion that was taken by other people along row 10 was for all people equally without distinction.


Midnight beginning Monday June 1, 106 AD In Judea.

Revelation 20:10 Agrippa II died shortly before June 1, 106 AD. In his will he had left his Rome properties to Christians. Disputes broke out, which were firmly dealt with from the cathedral. Bar Kokhba and Bernicianus were sent to the Dead Sea, where Bar Kokhba began setting up his independent Jewish state.

Revelation 20:10

20:10. kai ho diabolos ho planōn autous eblēthē eis tēn limnēn tou pyros kai theiou, hopou. kai ho thērion. kai ho pseudoprophētēs, kai basanisthēsontai hēmeras kai nyktos eis tous aiōnas tōn aiōnōn.

20:10 And the devil , (in apposition) the one deceiving them (RLR to priests of God ,v. 9, ) was thrown (past tense west) at the lake of Fire. And of sulphur, the where. And the Beast. And the false prophet. And they (priests of God east cardinal )will be tormented (future tense, east) of day. And of night at the aeons of the aeons.

20: 10 Agrippa II died, aged 78, shortly before June 1, 106 AD. Serious tensions at once arose between the two houses, with quarrels over his will. He had left his money and houses to the Christians, having no son of his own.

The term "aeons of the aeons" means June 1 in the 7th year of a king. Bar Kokhba had claimed to become the Jewish king in June 99 AD, the north solar intercalation year. The Magus was allied with him on the question of money, saying that Bernicianus was the legal heir. The matter was dealt with firmly, at the cathedral by the eastern cardinal, and it may be supposed that he was helped by Jesus III, now aged 29.

Bar Kokhba , the Magus and Bernicianus were sent to the Dead Sea , where Bar Kokhba began setting up his alternate Jewish state. Bernicianus maintained his claim to the Herodian property. The eastern cardinal who had started the changes to a monastery arrived to take control in the East, where he occupied Mird-Hyrcania with its underground cells for females.

In the East to which he went the post-position of the solar calendar was used, so that on the Day position 31st another 17 1/2 days were intercalated,going forward to the Night position, from which the days would drop back over the next 14 years. The order of words in the phrase shows that the calendar was in the Day position, to which it had changed in 99 AD.

Midnight beginning Monday June 1, 106 AD. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 20:11 A new Pope now occupied the throne, which had been brought down to rows 6 and 7 of the middle floor. He was Alexander I, a Roman, the first Pope of non-Jewish origin.

Revelation 20:11

20:11. Kai eidon thronon megan leukon kai ton kathēmenon ep' auton, hou apo tou prosōpou ephygen hē gē kai ho ouranos, kai topos ouch heurethē autois.

20:11. And I (John III as recorder) saw{eidon} a great white throne. And the one sitting (accus. masc) upon it (throne), of whom from the face fled the Earth. And the Heaven, And a place was not found for them (RLR to priests of God east cardinal vv 6, 8,9, 10).

20:11. As there was now no upper floor in the Christian monastery, the throne had been brought down to the middle floor, its seat on row 6 and its footstool on row 7. On June 1 it was draped in white for the summer season. It now had a new occupant, who may be identified as Pope Alexander I, the first Roman who was not Jewish to become the Christian Pope.

There are two accounts of his exact dates, both feasible for the stages of his achievements. Catholic tradition gives 105-115 AD, (see Popes in Catholic Encyclopedia in Google). Eusebius gives 109-120 AD (Ecclesiastical History IV, i, iv ). Alexander I may be understood as the Priest-Pope authorizing the expansion of the Christian Church and the transformation into a monastery after the death of Agrippa II.

On June 1, very soon after Agrippa's death, John III the recorder from the side of row 7 observed the footstool of the throne in the center and Pope Alexander on the seat. The center of row 10 where communicants knelt , now called the Earth, was declared to be a sanctuary, a sacred place. The Pope himself still represented Heaven, but brought down closer to Earth.

The east cardinal who had begun the renovations was still in the East.

Monday June 1, 106 AD, noon. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 20:12 The new Pope held a ceremony for admitting proselyte ministers.

Revelation 20:12

20:12. Kai eidon tous nekrous, tous megalous kai tous mikrous, hestōtas enōpion tou thronou, kai biblia ēnoichthēsan kai allo biblion ēnoichthē , ho estin tēs zōēs, kai ekrithēsan hoi nekroi ek tōn gegrammenōn en tois bibliois kata ta erga autōn

20:12. And I (John III) saw{eidon} (past tense west ) the lifeless ones, (in apposition) the great ones. And the little ones{mikron}, (in apposition) standing Before{enōpion} the throne. And books were opened (past tense west ). And an other book was opened (past tense west) , which is (present tense center ) of Life. And the lifeless ones were judged (past tense west ) out of the ones written in the books according to the works of them (lifeless ones).

20:12 Pope Alexander I now set about making proselyte ministers into full Christians and giving them a form of ministry. Acting as the Standing One, a name for the supreme leader, he brought before him to the footstool of the throne a proselyte bishop and a proselyte presbyter, kneeling to ask forgiveness and acceptance. At the lectern the Old Testament was opened, for it was to be included in the Christian canon. Another book was opened next, containing the names of fully Christian ministers, brought to the center. It had two leaves, the further one for those still retaining Jewish Nazirite practices, the nearer one for those who had fully changed, who were subject to judgment from the lectern.

Monday June 1, 106 AD 3 pm. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 20:13 The former proselyte renounced his membership of Bernice's house and his Magian initiation. He brought with him a homosexual proselyte.

Revelation 20:13

20:13. kai edōken hē thalssa tous nekrous tous en autē. kai ho thanatos. kai ho Hadēs edōkan tous mekrous tous en autois. kai ekrithēsan hekastos kata ta erga autōn

20:13. And the Sea gave (past tense west) the lifeless ones the ones in it (Sea). And the Death. And the Hades they (RLR to lifeless ones in Sea) gave (past tense west) the lifeless ones the ones in them (lifeless ones in Sea). And they (lifeless ones in Sea) were judged (past tense west) Each One according to the works of them.

20:13. A proselyte separated from Bernice's house. He renounced his Magian initiation. He agreed that the proselyte minister now Christian should not charge fees. A homosexual from Bernice's house was accepted on condition that he kept a Nazirite vow of abstinence.

107 AD


Friday January 1, 107 AD. At the Dead Sea.

Revelation 20:14 The proselyte Resurrection the First, together with his deputy the Magus Death the Second, was given an appointment at the Dead Sea.

Revelation 20:14

20:14. kai ho thanatos kai ho Hadēs eblēthēsan eis tēn limnēn tou pyros. houtos ho thanatos ho deuteros estin, hē limnē tou pyros.

20:14. And the Death. And the Hades they (RLR to Lifeless Ones v. 13) were thrown at the lake of the fire. This One the Second Death is (present tense, center), the lake of the fire.

20:14. The proselyte who called himself Resurrection the First was appointed to the Dead Sea, together with his deputy the Magus Death the Second.

Friday January 1, 107 AD. At the Dead Sea.

Revelation 20:15 Bernicianus was not included in any list of Christian members, and at Ain Feshkha at the Dead Sea was classed as expelled.

Revelation 20:15

20:15. kai ei tis ouch heurethē en tē biblō tēs zōēs gegrammenos eblēthē eis tēn limnēn tou pyros.

20:15 And if{ei} a Certain One was not found (past tense, west) written in the book of the Life , he (Certain One) was thrown (past rense, west) at the lake of the fire.

20:15. Bernicianus was not included in any list of Christian ministers. But as a layman he was appointed to the Dead Sea.

110 AD

Revelation 21


Midnight beginning Tuesday January 1, 110 AD In the Rome abbey.

Revelation 21:1 Three years later the Rome monastery was completed. The abbey now performed the meal table functions of the cathedral. There was a resumed north base for excluded persons such as females.

Revelation 21:1

21:1. Kai eidon ouranon kainon kai gēn kainēn. ho gar prōtos ouranos kai hē prōtē gē apēlthan, kai hē thalassa ouk estin eti.

21:1. And I (John III) saw{eidon} (past tense, west) a new{kainos} Heaven. And a new{kainos} Earth. For a first Heaven. And the first Earth they (RLR to Lifeless Ones 20:14) came-from{erchomai}. (past tense, west) And the Sea is not (not present tense, so future, east outside) still.

21:1. In 110 AD a decade after the disappointment of 100 AD, hopes were renewed for an Eschaton allowing for a zero decade from creation. The emperor Trajan was now showing a more tolerant attitude to Christians, as is exemplified in his reply to Pliny's letter (below). It was helped by the fact that Christians had severed connections with anti-Roman militants.

Some of the functions of the cathedral, such as a meal table for 12 men, had been transferred to the abbey. The imagery of Heaven and Earth could be maintained in terms of the missionary chariot. The resumed north base was for excluded persons such as Bernice.

Parallel accounts in other sources. The changing attitudes of Trajan

Under Nero Christians had been confined to Ephesus, and they operated successfully in the provinces of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). It was from Bithynia, one of the provinces, that the letter of the governor Pliny the Younger was written, asking for advice from Trajan (emperor 98 - 117 AD) on what to do about Christians, who refused to pay formal worship to the emperor. His letter, written before his death in 112 AD, included:

"In the case of those brought before me as Christians, I ask them if they are Christians. If they admit it I repeat the question a second or third time, threatening capital punishment; if they persist I sentence them to death....There were others who displayed a like madness and whom I reserved to be sent to Rome, since they were Roman citizens. ... All who denied that they were or had been Christians I considered should be discharged, because they called upon the gods at my dictation and did reverence, with incense and wine, to your image....and especially because they cursed Christ, a thing which, it is said, genuine Christians cannot be induced to do...."

Trajan replied to Pliny, showing a measure of tolerance for Christians:

"You have taken the right line, my dear Pliny, in examining the cases of those denounced to you as Christians, for no hard and fast rule can be laid down, of universal application. They are not to be sought out; if they are informed against, and the charge is proven, they are to be punished, with this reservation - that if any one denies that he is a Christian, and actually proves it, that is by worshipping our gods, he shall be pardoned as a result of his recantation."


Saturday June 1, 110 AD, noon. In the Rome monastery, the revised cathedral.

Revelation 21:2 The betrothal of Jesus III and the young woman who would be his wife took place three years before their wedding, in the monastery.

Revelation 21:2

21:2. kai tēn polin tēn hagian Ierousalēm kainen eidon katabainousan ek tou ouranou apo tou theou, hētoimasmenen hōs nymphēn kekosmēmenēn tō andri autēs

21:2 And the city the holy Jerusalem{Ierousalēm} (singular form) new{kainos} I (John III) saw{eidon} going-down out of the Heaven from God, prepared (fem participle agreeing with city) as a bride in adorned to the husband of her (bride).

21:2. The betrothal ceremony of Jesus III and the young woman who was to be his bride was carried out 3 years before their wedding, in the monastery. They stood at the center of row 10 in front of the communion rail. This position was called the "city", as a New Jerusalem for initiated Christians without using the word Jerusalem. Being the position formerly that of the "bosom" of the Heavenly Man, the east side was for "Adam" and called the Holy City, and the west side for "Eve": and called the Beloved City (Revelation 20:9). This verse adds kainos, "new", meaning that Jewish Christians were counted as Christians.

The betrothed young woman, called the Bride as she was now permanently committed, was not called Herself as in Revelation 19:7 for the bride of Jesus Justus, for this one had a less priestly marriage and could wear female adornments. Jesus III acted in the grade 7 status of a village husband.

Midnight ending Saturday June 1, 110 AD, In the Rome abbey.

Revelation 21:3 The betrothal ceremony continued in the abbey, the building to the east of the monastery. Pope Alexander I dressed and acted informally at the midnight vigil.

Revelation 21:3

21:3. kai ēkousa phōnēs megalēs ek tou thronou legousēs, Idou hē skēnē tou theou meta ton anthrōpōn, kai skēnōsei met' autōn, kai autoi laoi autou esontai, kai autos ho theos met autōn estai.

21:3. And I (John III) heard a Great Voice out of the throne saying, " see{eidon} the tabernacle of God with ( + genitive) the Men{anthrōpos}, And it (the tabernacle) will (future tense east) tabernacle with (meta + gentitive) them (RLR to Lifeless Ones 20:13, 21:1). And They peoples of him (RLR to husband v. 2) will be (future tense east). And He the God with (+ genitive) them (peoples of him) will be (future tense east).

21:3 For the next stage of the betrothal ceremony, the couple were directed by the abbot to go across to the abbey, where more liberal marriage laws applied. They were there for a midnight vigil. The future tenses in this verse show that events took place in the east, in the abbey building east of the monastery.

Description of the abbey.

See Figures 1 and 15b and Photos LL, MM below

Figure 1

Figure 1. The Qumran buildings

Figure 15b

Figure 15B The Abbey.

Photo LL

Photo LL The podium in the outer hall.

Photo MM

Photo MM The "pantry".

The abbey was a separate building east of the monastery. It corresponded to the outer hall at Qumran, loc 77, to which Jesus went after the Last Supper.

The Qumran hall was 36 cubits long when the 2 cubit aqueduct at its east end was counted. All structures at Qumran were determined by the numbers 12 and 10 and their multiples, numbers valued by Pythagoreans. East-west it was divided into 3 panels, each of 12 cubits. The west panel was the one to which pilgrims came when they visited, and it was extended to the south by loc 86, called the "pantry" by archeologists because when found by them it had a large number of eating bowls stacked at its end. They assumed that the hall was the refectory of the monastery, but its use as an enclosed monastery made it unlikely that they would eat outside the walls. Their refectory can be identified on the ground floor of loc 30, and the outer hall better understood as the place where visiting pilgrims had their meals during the month that they stayed there. The Therapeuts who were of the married class developed their own schools as abbeys, where men usually lived celibate but were free to marry. The outer hall at Qumran became their first abbey, being reproduced in the world cities, attached to a monastery.

On the west panel of the abbey the imagery of the Heavenly Man was still used, identifying the rows. Flat stones still embedded there were used as a podium for the priest receiving Gentiles as "God" and for his deputy, who was an "Adam". The north stone in the group of stones lay on row 9, and the south one on row 10. It was here that on the night following the Last Supper Jesus as the Son of Man knelt on row 10 before Jonathan Annas, who was both "God" and the abbot, calling him Abba.

The middle panel was used for the imagery of the chariot, derived from the chariot vision in Ezekiel 1. At the time it was written it was intended to say that God could travel outside Jerusalem to Babylon, and in the 1st century BC it had supplied imagery for the ascetics as traveling missionaries to the Diaspora. Their project came from the abbey schools developed by the Therapeuts.

The chariot lay within the time circle which was also the world circle, giving their goals. They went to the destinations at the world circle, which they treated as a map. A table lay across it, on rows 7 to 9, now transferred from the cathedral table. 12 men sat at it for midnight meals at vigils, at which wine manufactured in the abbeys was drunk. Visualized above them was a 4x4 cubit board representing the chariot on which God rode on his celestial journeys. The Heavenly Man, or his upper half, supplied the forehead at the center of the X in the circle.

The driver of the chariot, "God" stood on row 7, and a traveling altar was represented on row 6. The two positions on rows 6 and 7 corresponded to the positions for the act of atonement in the Holy of Holies of the wilderness tabernacle, the altar of incense on row 6 and the high priest on row 7. The missionaries were bringing atonement to the whole world, gained by initiation. They were heading north, the preferred direction for them, and the chariot was drawn by a "horse", the traveling priest with his seasonal colors, controlled by a "bridle". These were the missionaries themselves and their deputies,

As seen in Figure 13 below:

Figure 13

Figure 13 The world circle.

the X of the time circle could be developed by lines drawn to the 4-4 and 8-8 points, so as to form rays or spokes, the spokes of a wheel. In Ezekiel's vision, the chariot was drawn by 4 wheels, which turned in the direction of all 4 compass points. The directions were indicated by the 4 Living Creatures, the Man for the east, 6 am and green for spring; the Eagle for the west, 6 pm and red for autumn; the Calf for the north, (not "ox") for midnight and black for winter; and the Lion for the south, noon and white for summer.

The spokes for the wheels ended on the perimeter of the time circle, at NE, SE, SW and NE. In Revelation 22:11 names for 4 places are given, "holy, righteous, unrighteous, filthy". Words meaning south-east and south-west appear in Acts for world places or directions (Acts 27:12 (the Greek), 14 ). It may be seen that the ends of the spokes represented the chariot wheels, able to go in different directions, for example the NE one to both north, Antioch. and to east, Babylon. At the directions of the wheels were mission centers practicing the different kinds of ascetic discipline. The one at the NE was "holy" for permanent celibacy: at the NW "righteous", for the Nazirite retreat discipline of married men; at the SW "unrighteous" for men living within marriage; and at the SW "filthy", for various kinds of sinners. In CD they are specified as "the three nets of Belial" : fornication, riches and defilement of the temple. Such sins, it was believed, were especially practiced in the south, Alexandria, and the west, Rome.

This verse, 21:3 quotes the command for John III to go to the central panel, to the table used at the midnight vigil, sitting in his usual place at the outer west on row 7. By the use of meta with genitive, showing equal status, it is conveyed that a proselyte who had become Christian stood in the place of the guard on the lower curve on row 10. He was the Man (anthropoi plu. rep,) an "Adam" who had replaced Agrippa I. It can be seen that he was the proselyte, the "Adam" who had become fully Christian in Revelation 20:12.

Jesus III in a lay capacity as the "husband" sat with his betrothed in the double central seat on row 7 at the table.They were under "God" on the overshadowing chariot, who would ensure that they kept the rules.

In the second half of v. 3 it is shown that the Pope Alexander I was sitting behind the betrothed pair, on row 6 He (autos) was dressed in lay garments, not the robes of a priest. Another sat east of center, called autoi laoi, a plu rep for a laos in ordinary dress. He was a deputy to Jesus III who would be the best man, the "friend of the bridegroom".

111 AD


Sunday June 1, 111 AD, 3 pm. Outside the Rome cathedral.

Revelation 21:4 Bernice aged 84 died in 111 AD. The Magus and her sons had come back from the Dead Sea for her funeral, and to attend to the disposal of her property.

Revelation 21:4

21:4. kai exaleipsei pan dakryon ek tōn ophthalmōn autōn, kai ho thanatos ouk estai eti, oute penthos oute kraugē oute ponos ouk estai eti. ta prōta apēlthan.

21:4. He (RLR to autos ho theos v. 3)will (future tense east) wipe away an All tear{dakryon} out of the eyes of them (RLR to autoi laioiv. 3). And Death not-will be (not future tense so present tense) still, nor mourning nor sheding tears nor pain not-will be (not future tense so present tense) still, The first things came-from{erchomai}.

21:4. The death of Bernice, aged 84, occurred in 111 AD. Pope Alexander I conducted the funeral service in the abbey. Then the four men who had come back from the Dead Sea came to the area outside the former cathedral where the pillar bases had stood. The position was still treated as signifying exclusion, that for a 13th, eti. The Magus called Death spoke from there first, followed by Bernicianus her son, called "pain". Two others represented "mourning" and a "weeping". These four then became pallbearers, laying her coffin on a stone bench for the literally or symbolically dead, reproducing the one at Qumran row 23.


Photo ZZ. The bench and large stones outside the lower vestry door.

Sunday June 1, 111 AD, 6 pm. In the Rome monastery, the revised cathedral.

Revelation 21:5 Immediately after the funeral the money of Bernice was given by the Priest-Pope Elect Alexander I to poor Jewish Christians of the homeland. He directed John III to make a legal record of it. He was also to record that the the younger brother of Jesus III was to act as his crown prince until he had a son of his own.

Revelation 21:5

21:5. Kai eipen ho kathēmenos epi tō thronō, Idou kaina poiō panta. kai legei, Grapson, hoti houtoi hoi logoi pistoi kai alēthinoi eisin.

21: 5 And said (past tense west) the one sitting upon(+ dative) to the throne, " see{eidon} I make (pres indic and subj) All things new{kainos}. And he (one sitting) says (present tense center), " Write,, that These Words faithful. And true they (These Words) are (present tense center).

21:5 Immediately after the funeral of Bernice, Pope Alexander announced from the the double seat on row 6 of the abbey that he was giving Bernice's property and all Herodian money to Jewish Christians, who being Poor in the homeland needed it. He directed John III to make a legal record of what was being done with the money, and also to record that the younger brother of Jesus III was to be his crown prince until he had a son of his own. The younger brother was a Christian.

112 AD


Midnight beginning Thursday January 1, 112 AD. In the Rome abbey.

Revelation 21:6 Alexander I became Priest-Pope to Jewish Christians also, taking the titles of the Annas priest, although he was a Roman.

Revelation 21:6

21:6. kai eipen moi, Gegonan, egō to Alpha kai to O (Omega) hē archē kai to telos, egō tō dipsōnti dōsō ek tēs pēgēs tou hydatos tēs zōēs dōrean.

21:6 And he (RLR to one sitting v.5) said (past tense west) to me(John III). "It has come about. I the Alpha. And the Omega, the beginning. And the End. I to the thirsty one will give (future tense east) out of the well of the water of Life a gift.

21:6. Alexander I now took the titles that had been used by Matthew Annas (Revelation 1:8). He was a priest of class A, and also gave the highest grade mark, in his case using an O shape for the last letter of the Greek alphabet, not the T shape. He officiated both at midnight and at 3 am, the hour for the prayers of workers. When pilgrims came to the west panel of the abbey, he gave them their drink of water at 3 pm, without charging any fee for initiation.

Midnight beginning Thursday January 1, 112 AD. In the Rome abbey.

Revelation 21:7 Alexander I retained the Chief Therapeut from the abbey in his ministry, and also retained Jesus III as his deputy while he was outside for marriage.

Revelation 21:7

21:7. ho nikōn klēronomēsei tauta, kai esomai autō theos kai autos estai moi huios

21:7. The conquering one will inherit (future tense east) These Things. And I will be to him (conquering one) a God. And He (new subject) will be to me a son.

21:7. Pope Alexander I continued, "I retain the Chief Therapeut in the abbey, to which the functions of the cathedral, the Vineyard, have been transferred. He will be permitted to treat me as a priest. Jesus III will also be my deputy while he is outside preparing for his marriage,"


Midnight beginning Tuesday, June1, 112 AD. At the Dead Sea.

Revelation 21:8 The militants returned to the Dead Sea and continued to prepare the campaign of Bar Kokhba. They formed an abbey of 7 "days" under Bernicianus and the Magus.

Revelation 21:8

21:8. tois de deilois kai apistois kai ebdelygmenois kai phoneusin kai pornois kai pharmakois kai eidōlolatrais kai pasin tois pseudesin to meros autōn en tē limnē tē kaiomen ē pyri kai theiō , ho estin ho thanatos ho deuteros

21:8. To the cowardly. And faithless. And abominable. And murderers. And fornicators. And pharmacists, And idolaters. And All the false ones the part of them (All the false ones) in the lake burning with fire. And sulphur, which is (present tense center) Death the Second.

21:8. The militants from Bernice's house returned to the Dead Sea after settling her affairs. In June they formed an abbey of 7 ministers under Berniciaunus the Chief Proselyte and the Magus, called Death the Second. Its 7 "days" were, from the point of view of Christians:

FRIDAY 6. Cowardly. Proselyte.deacon 6. Like Nicolaus the proselyte eunuch Friday Acts 6:5 , Revelation 2:15, Revelation 3:14-22.

THURSDAY 5 Faithless. Pharisee. Presbyter 5, not believing in justification by faith.

WEDNESDAY 4 Abominable. Pagan. Bishop 4. An anti-Roman Gentile with them

TUESDAY3 Murderers. Raphael Archbishop 3 Bar Kokhba the Beast Calf-Lion 3-4.

MONDAY 2. Fornicators. A proselyte not keeping the marriage rules.

SUNDAY 1 Pharmacists. A Chief Therapeut, an eastern replacement for the one in Rome.

SATURDAY 0 Idolaters. A hellenised proselyte not keeping the sabbath rule.

In addition to these were the three leaders Bernicianus characterized as the false claimant to the Herod throne; and the Magus called Death the Second.

Bar Kokhba the Murderer made Murabba'at his headquarters, in an inaccessible area further down the west coast of the Dead Sea.

113 AD


Midnight beginning Saturday January 1, 113 AD. In the Rome abbey.

Revelation 21:9 John II, aged 73, was the substantive abbot for the abbey when the Pope was in the monastery. The young woman who was to marry Jesus III was receiving instruction from him as the Gabriel.

Revelation 21:9

21:9. Kai ēlthen heis ek tōn hepta angelōn tōn echontōn tas hepta phialas, tōn gemontōn tō hepta plegōn tōn eschatōn, kai elalēsen met emou legōn, Deuro, deixō soi tēn nymphēn tēn gynaka tou arniou.

21:9. And came{erchomai} One out of the 7 angels the ones having the 7 bowls, (angels) full of the 7 plagues Last. And he (RLR to One) spoke with (+gentitve) me (John III) saying, " came{deute}, I will show (future tense east) you the bride the Woman of the Lamb"

21:9. When Pope Alexander I was not present in the abbey, his place as substantive abbot was taken by the elderly John II, now aged 73.

He was still called angel 7, although not in Ephesus, because Rome as the 7 hills had now become province 7 in relation to the mission field further west. John II , active in the period 71-74 AD that had brought the fall of Masada, retained some militant attitudes. He continued the annual collection of freewill offerings in large bowls for a war fund. He had continued the system of using the ordinal number 7th at the beginning of the year and the cardinal number 7 at the end, so had bowl 7 for an end of the previous 7 years. He now believed that a new set of 7 years was to be counted from January 113 to 120 AD.

As militant he still interpreted a set of 7 years in terms of "plagues", seasonal acts of harassment against Rome. Plague 7 meant the end of the previous 7 years in January 113 AD. It would be the Last, for the Eschaton, because a delay of 14 years had been permitted since 99 AD , in accordance with the north solar calendar.

The deputy abbot of John II - "one out of angel 7" - was not yet John III, who was still the recorder, not quite old enough to be a full abbot. The deputy was the Roman Chief Therapeut, a bishop, who had reverted to the pro-Rome party following another change in Alexandrian politics. At the January 1 council in the monastery he came down to the lectern, now on row 10, and said to John III in the west guest seat beside him, "Come to the outer hall, the abbey, where I will show you the young woman who is to marry Jesus III, sitting in the "Eve" place on row 13 in the congregation annexe. It is 6 months before her wedding, and she is to receive instruction in her role from myself as the "Gabriel", the abbot who instructed Mary (Luke 1:26-27)."

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, noon. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 21:10 The further betrothal ceremony of Jesus III and the young woman was held six months before their wedding, on the top step in the monastery.

Revelation 21:10

21:10. kai apēnengken me en pneumati epi oros mega kai hypsēlon, kai edeixen moi tēn polin tēn hagian Ierousalēm katabainousan ek tou ouranou apo tou theou.

21:10 And she (RLR to Bride v. 9,) brought (past tense west) me (John III) in a Spirit upon a Mountain Great. And High One . And he (High One) showed (past tense west) me (John III) the city holy Jerusalem{Ierousalēm} (singular form) going down out of the Heaven from God.

21:10. At noon the bride brought John III to the communion step in the monastery to witness the further betrothal ceremony. She stood on the top step in front of the communion rail, a "mountain" because steps led up to it. It was the row for Christian celibate initiates of the "holy city" as a Jerusalem, but omitting the word "new" kainos which included Jewish Christians. Jesus III stood there, in the lay state, having left the Heaven footstool on row 7 before the Pope's throne.

Jesus III on row 10 was in the place of "a Spirit", "in the body" down from the Spirit on row 7. The terms were retained because the heir of the Davids was to be "conceived by the Spirit", a name for the David in one of his roles. The terms assocaited with the Virgin Birth are employed in these verses,

Saturday January 1, 113 AD noon. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 21:11 The light for noon now stood above the communion rail between rows 9 and 10. Leaders of the congregation belonged at the foot of the steps on row 13.

Revelation 21:11

21:11. echousan tēn doxan tou theou. ho phostēr autē s homoios lithō timōtatō, hōs lithō iaspidi krystallizonti.

21:11. It (fem, holy city) having the Glory of God. The radiance of it (Glory) like a stone of price, as a stone jasper crystallizing

21:11. The light for noon, the Glory, now hung above the communion rail.There was no skylight opening as there was no upper floor. Its radiance, the line to which its light extended, lay on row 13, where the leaders of the congregation stood. Their emblems were jewels, as they were the ones who gave money to the monastery.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, noon. In the monastery.

Revelation 21:12 The terms from the Qumran Temple Scroll were used, showing that the cathedral had become a monastery. But the Gentiles who had been on the "unclean" north wall of the Temple Scroll now formed the foundation of the Christian monastery.

Revelation 21:12

21:12. echousa teichos mega kai hypsēlon, echousa pylōnas dōdeka, kai epi tois pylōsin angelous dōdeka, kai onomata epigegrammena ha estin tōn dōdeka phylōn huiōn Israēl.

21:12. It fem (RLR to Glory v.11, on row 10 having R13 a great wall(bottom of wall). And a high one. It (feminine, Glory) having gate12. And upon to the gates angel 12. And Names written. which are of the tribe 12 (Asher) of the sons of Israel(Jesus III)

21:12. The details of gates from the Temple Scroll were now introduced, as the monastery was developing as the center of a vast geographical domain according to the principles of the Temple Scroll. Rome was now to replace Jerusalem as the center of all. But the north wall of the Temple Scroll was now reversed and placed on the south, at the wall behind row 13 that held up the middle floor. It was brought there because the "unclean" orders of Naphtali Dan and Asher for Gentiles had become Christian and formed the foundation of the whole institution.

Gate 12 of the Temple Scroll had been for the order of Asher, married Gentiles. Its head now stood at the west center of row 13 as a congregation leader. He was the former Chief Proselyte, now fully Christian. He shared the seat with Angel 12, who was an abbot, head of 12 outlying abbeys in the domain. He authorised the giving of new names to Christian initiates in the 12 abbeys. They were educated as far as class C (Gimel) that of the Sons of Israel (CD 14:5-7), then came for their further education to Rome. On St Peter's basilica the statues of the 12 figures on the roof show the later form of this arrangement.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, noon. In the monastery.

Revelation 21:13 When the superiors of the outlying compass points came to Rome for their further education, they took their seats at the corresponding places for gates, but with the center now on row 9.

Revelation 21:13

21:13. apo anatolēs pylōnes treis, kai apo borra pylōnes treis, kai apo notou pylōnes treis, kai apo dysmōn pylōnes treis.

21:13. From east gates 3. And from north gates 3. And from south gates 3. And from west gates 3.

21:13. The gates at the center of the Temple Scroll walls were for the superiors. As graduates of grade 3 they came to Rome for their further education and took their places at the corresponding points, with the center now on row 9 instead of row 6.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, noon. In the Rome monastery.

Revelation 21:14 Married men were included on row 13 as part of the Foundation of the Church. Jesus III would belong there while in the dynastic married state, and with him a "eunuch" who would be needed during his marriage.

Revelation 21:14

21:14. kai to teichos tēs poleōs echōn themelious dōdeka, kai ep' autōn dōdeka onomata tōn dōdeka apostolōn tou arniou

21:14. And the wall of the city having foundations 12. And upon (with genitive) of them (gates 12) 12 Names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.

21:14. Row 13 was called the Foundation, as the Christian congregation leaders were the foundation of the Church. The row had been that for a married village leader of grade 12, who was equal to Gentiles in forming the foundation of the institution. On the west center seat new names were given at the initiation of married men of this class. As Jesus III would belong on this row during his marriage, the west center was for the eqivalent of the wife, the Dan Gentile who acted as the "eunuch" in a dynastic marriage. He was called an "apostle" as a monastic who was sent out for "uncleanness".

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, noon. In the Rome monastery

Revelation 21:15 The 2 cubit measuring rod that had once been used to measure unclean rows for Gentiles north-south was now made of gold. It measured the east-west width of the top step to which both lay celibates and married leaders of the congregation came to receive communion.

Revelation 21:15

21:15. Kai ho lalōn met' emou eichen metron kalamon chrysoun, hina metrēsē tēn polin kai tous pylōnas autēs kai to teichos autēs.

21:15. And the one speaking with (+ genitive) me (John III) had a measure a reed golden, in order that it (the reed) might measure the city. And the gates of it (fem, city). And the wall of it (fem, city).

21:15. The 2 cubit measuring rod once used for the "unclean" north-south measurement, the place for Gentiles in the north vestry(Revelation 11:1-2 ), was now made of gold and used to measure east-west holy places. It measured the 2 cubit wide top step to which leaders came to receive communion. The width implied that steps below were of the same width. The measurement was made by the presbyter from row 7.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, 1 pm. In the Rome monastery

Revelation 21:16 The blueprint for the further expansion of the monastery was then laid out on the lectern. The plan was for a huge domain, covering most of Italy, of which the Rome monastery would be the council center.

Revelation 21:16

21:16. kai he polis tetragōnos keitai, kai to mēkos autēs hoson to platos. kai emetrēsen tēn polin to kalamō epi stadiōn dōdeka chiliadōn. to mēkos kai to platos kai to hypsos autēs isa estin

21:16. And the city lies (present tense center) foursquare. And the length of it (city) as much as the breadth(street){plateia}. And he (one speaking v. 15 ) measured (past tense west ) the city with the reed upon (+ genitive) stadia 12000. The length. And the breadth(street){plateia}. And the height of it ( city) equal is (present tense center)

21:16. The blueprint for the vast domain of which the Rome monastery was to be the center was now laid out on the lectern. The central square of 2x2 cubits on rows 9 and 10 was treated as a microcosm of the whole, multipled many times so that its sides were 12000 stadia, about 2400 kilometers, about 1500 miles. It would cover Italy and beyond.

The "height" meant the square gate at the communion rail, 2x2 cubits, which marked the very center of the domain.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, 1 pm. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:17 The plan for the central monastery grounds was then presented, 144 cubits (72 yards) square. Its size meant that the Vatican site had been taken over, as the Magus was exiled in Judea and Bernice had died.

Revelation 21:17

21:17. kai emetrēsen to teichos autēs hekaton tesserakonta tessarōn pēchōn, metron anthrōpou, ho estin angelou

21:17. And he (RLR to one speaking v. 15 ) measured the wall of it (fem, the city) , 144 cubits, a measure of a Man{anthrōpos}, which is (present tense center) of an angel.

21:17. The plan was next shown for the grounds of the Rome monastery. It was to be 144 cubits, 72 yards, 216 feet, which would be too large for the buildinns that had been Agrippa's house the Vineyard at the south wall of Rome on the east side of the Tiber. The measurement meant that the Christians had taken over the Vatican site, which remained their headquarters. They were able to do so because the Magus who had had his school there was exiled to the Dead Sea, and Bernice had died.

The new building was to be like Ain Feshkha, having two storeys each with a height of 6 feet (4 cubits), the "measure of a Man". It retained some features of a cathedral. It would have an attached abbey with its "angel" abbot on its more open east side.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD, 1 pm. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:18 Men from the highest and lowest grades were all equal when receiving communion on the top step. A glass roof high above let in the light.

Revelation 21:18

21:18. kai he endōmēsis tou teichous autēs iaspis, kai hē polis chrysion katharon homoion hyalō katharō

21:18. And the in-platform of the wall of it (fem RLR to city vv. 16, 17) jasper. And the city gold pure like glass pure.

21:18.The first layman of the congregation, with his emblem jasper, could come to stand on the top step to take communion at 1 pm, his hour. The celibate in the same place used the emblem of gold, that of a priest. Above row 10, in place of the skylight, was a glass roof such as was found in cathedrals for the light to come through.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:19 The seating for the cogregation is described, 12 married men who gave money to the mission, who sat in pews with their wives.

Revelation 21:19

21:19. hoi themelioi tou teiuchous tēs poleōs panti lithō timiō kekosmēmenoi. ho themelios ho prōtos iaspis, hodeuteros sapphiros, ho tritos chalckēdōn, ho tetartos smaragdos,

21:19. The foundations of the wall of the city adorned, for All stone of price. The foundation the first jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,

21:19 There was a congregation of 12 married men, using the emblem of a jewel because it was the money they gave that supported the monastery. They could sit with their wives in pews, 3 sets along the row, with 2 aisles between, and 2 cubits between each row of pews, allowing space to kneel. The congregation thus consisted of 24 married persons, the 12 men only being named for giving the money.

The pews began on row 15, but their leaders came forward to instruct them from row 13, that of the Foundation, where the emblems were depicted to honor those who had given to the mission. The chief married man was Antipas Herod III, a Christian, who was made a congregation leader for the sake of retaining Jewish Christians, who still paid membership fees.

The arrangement of the pews was:
R153rd agate1st jasper2nd sapphire
R186th carnelian4th emerald5th onyx
R219th topaz7th chrysolite8th beryl
R2412th amethyst10th chrysoprase11th jacinth

Saturday January 1, 113 AD. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:20 Continuing the emblems of the men in the congregation.

Revelation 21:20

21:20. ho pemptos sardonyx, ho hektos sardion, ho hebdomos chrysolithos, ho ogdoos bērylllos, ho henatos topazion, ho dekatos chrysoprasos, ho hendekatos hyakinthos, ho dōdekatos amethystos.

21:20. the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

21:20. As above, v. 19.

Saturday January 1, 113 AD. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:21 The positions of females were defined, Homosexuals were given a lesser place, classed as novices unable to receive communion.

Revelation 21:21

21:21. kai hoi dōdeka pylōnes dōdeka margaritai ana heis hekastos tōn pylōnōn ēn ex henos margaritou. kai hē plateia tēs poleōs chrysion katharon hōs hyalos diaugēs

21:21. And the 12 gates 12 pearls, up 1 Each of the gates was (past tense west) out of 1 pearl. And the street{plateia} (fem.) of the city gold pure as glass transparent.

21:21. Women were given a place as leaders of the congregation on row 13, where the wife had sat with the husband in village houses, The emblem of the woman teacher was the pearl of Wisdom. It was an advance, because they had previously been limited to outside. A homosexual was given a position in the seat of a novice , but could not be given communion. A woman teacher, a Virgin, could come up to the west center of row 10 to receive communion. at the rail made of gold. The glass roof was above her also, symbolising the enlightenment of education.


Tuesday March 1, 113 AD. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:22 Married ministers were permitted by Pope Alexander I to officiate in outside houses.

Revelation 21:22

21:22. Kai naon ouk eidon en autē , ho gar kyrios ho theos ho pantokratōr naos autēs estin, kai to arnion.

21:22. And a sanctuary I did not see{eidon} (past tense, west) in it (fem. RLR to street v. 21), for the Lord God the All-seizing a sanctuary of it (street) is (present tense center). And the Lamb.

21:22. Women were not permitted to be ordained as sanctuary priests. Pope Alexander I did, however, allow married men like Antipas Herod to be ministers in non-monastic places under his authority. For that reason the Pope with a Herod house was called pantokratōr. Jesus III while preparing for marriage would associate with married men.

Tuesday March 1, 113 AD. Concerning the Vatican building.

Revelation 21:23 Christian monasteries did not use the Essene solar calendar, nor the Essene system of tithes for welfare. It used the moon for setting the dates of Easter. Women did not have to stay away from church when they were menstruating. Men were given a higher standard of education.

Revelation 21:23

21:23. kai hē polis ou chreian echei tou hēliou oude tēs selēnēs, hina phainōsin autē , hē gar doxa tou theou ephōtisen autēn, kai ho lychnos autēs to arnion.

21:23. And the city has (present tense center) a not need of the Sun, neither of the Moon, in order that they (RLR to Pearl 12 v. 21) might appear (phainosin 3rd plu pres subj.) to it (fem, city ), for the Glory of God en light{phōs} (past tense west) it (city). And the light{lychnos} of it (city) the Lamb.

21:23. The Christian monastery gave charity but did not have a welfare system depending on tithes, as the Essene solarists had done, because it had abolished tithing as a Jewish practice. It used the lunisolar calendar, and would develop it so as to observe the moon in setting the date of Easter. Women did not have to keep away from church at their times of menstruation. Celibate men were given a higher standard of education by the Pope. Jesus III taught at night, when a reproduction of the Menorah was.used for lighting.

Tuesday March 1, 113 AD. In Britain, probably at Glastonbury.

Revelation 21:24 The next few verses give interesting facts of British Christian history. In March 113 AD a proselyte of the 43 AD mission by Jews to Britain who had ministered there in the Jewish ascetic form was succeeded by a fully Christian leader who celebrated Easter just 70 years after the Jewish foundation.

Revelation 21:24

21:24. kai peripatēsousin ta ethnē dia tou photos autēs. kai hoi basileis tēs gēs pherousin tēn doxan autōn eis autēn.

21:24 And the Gentiles will walk (future tense east) through (+ genitive) the light{phōs} of it (fem, RLR to city v. 23). And the kings of the Earth bring (present tense center) the Glory of them (RLR to Gentiles) at it (fem city v 23).

21:24. Agrippa II as the "Noah" had been replaced by a Roman Gentile who was head of the order of Japheth. He was a successor of Luke, who had presumably perished in 64 AD, as Acts ends abruptly in 63 AD. A later head of Japheth arrived in Britain in 113 AD and made a previous Jewish settlement Christian. He acted in a priestly role as the Light of the world, as Jesus I had done (John 8:12).

In 43 AD the emperor Claudius with the help of the youthful Vespasian had established Roman settlements in Britian. With the Roman forces came the Jewish ascetic mission in its pre-Christian form, bent on making proselytes to Judaism throughout the world. For them, Britain was "the last place of the Earth" (Acts 1:8). Britain was well known to eastern Jews, as is shown by several references in Josephus.

In the 40's AD the authority from home over such distant western places was James the brother of Jesus, using the title Joseph as that of the David crown prince. He was Joseph of Arimathea of the crucifixion story and Joseph Barsabbas Justus of Acts 1:23. His name remained associated with the British tradition.

This early establishment, which subsequently became Christian, is the one referred to in the account of the British monk Gildas, which has been thought to be unreliable because of its early date. Gildas was a sixth century British monk who lived at Glastonbury, and who on going to Brittany wrote a book about current problems in Britain. Speaking of his country's past, he wrote that "the holy precepts of Christ" had come to "these islands, stiff with cold and frost, and in a distant region of the the latter part, as we know, of the reign of Tiberius Caesar". Tiberius died in 37 AD. Gildas was either a little mistaken and meant the invasion of Claudius in 43 AD, or some missionaries had come following Julius Caesar.

In 67 AD in Jerusalem Agrppa II had showed in a speech that he knew about the Roman invasion of Britain. "Consider what a wall of defence had the Britons...The ocean surrounds them, they inhabit an island no less in extent than the part of the world in which we live; yet the Romans crossed the sea and enslaved them, and four legions now secure that vast island." He was referring to the invasion of Claudius in 43 AD.

From March 1, 43 AD to March 1, 113 AD it was just 70 years, a fact that would not escape the attention of the writers of Revelation. They knew that at the latter date the first Christian Easter was to be celebrated by a Roman Christian in Britain, who took over from the celibate proselyte who had previously ruled there. The building became a reproduction of the Christian monastery,

It would be at this stage that the Grail legend began, interpreting the cup of wine as the chalice of the Last Supper. It would have simply been a local gold cup, but on the theory of reproduction it would be revered as the actual cup.

Tuesday March 1, and Friday March 25, 113 AD, In Britain, probably at Glastonbury.

Revelation 21:25 The proselyte who had previously led the Jewish mission in Britain was excluded from the Christian ministry.

Revelation 21:25

21:25. kai hoi pylōnes autēs ou mē kleisthōsin hēmeras, nyx gar ouk estai ekei.

21:25. And the gates of it (fem city vv 23, 24) not-not are closed (aorist subjunctive) of Day, for Night not will be (future negative, so present) there.

21:25 The proselyte who had led the British Jewish settlement was prevented from officiating. He retained the solar calendar, which was in the Day position on March 1, but changed to the Night position on Friday March 25. He was thus observing Passover at a different time from the Christian Easter.

Friday March 25, 113 AD, In Britain, probably at Glastonbury.

Revelation 21:26 The proselyte continued Jewish practices, acting as a priest at the celibate noon meal, and charging Herodian initiation fees, which he demanded from the Christian head of Japheth.

Revelation 21:26

21:26. kai oisousin tēn doxan. kai tēn timēn tōn ethnōn eis autēn.

21:26. And they (RLR to Kings of Earth, v 24) will bring (future tense east) the Glory. And the price of the Gentiles at it (fem the Glory).

21:26. The proselyte continued the Jewish practice of separating priests from the laity, with a celibate as priest at the place of the Glory under the light from above. He kept the Jewish rules for Fridays, and charged initiation fees under the Herodian system, demanding them from the Christian. He insisted - with good historical reason - that the building had been established by the Herodian mission.

Friday March 25, 113 AD. In Britain, probably at Glastonbury.

Revelation 21:27 Rivalry between the two kinds of missions continued for some time. The British settlement was visited by Antipas Herod IV, giving ministry to married men. A pagan Briton acted in ministry. A false Herod claimant opposed Antipas, demanding the Herodian fees. But the leadership was taken over by enrolled Christians. Their membership list was kept in Rome by Jesus III.

Revelation 21:27

21:27. kai ou mē eiselthē eis autēn pan koinon kai poiōn bdelygma kai pseudos ei mē hoi gegrammenoi en tō bibliō tēs zōēs tou arniou.

21:27. And All common not-not comes at{erchomai} at it (fem, RLR to it fem v.26 Glory). And the one making abomination. And falsehood, if not the ones written in the book (neuter form) of Life of the Lamb.

21:27. The British settlement was visited by Antipas Herod IV, for married men. A pagan Briton acted in ministry. A Herod claimant was also there, demanding the Herodian fees. But the leader was a full Christian whose name was in the membership list of Christian initiates that belonged to Jesus III, kept in Rome.


Midnight beginning Wednesday June 1, 113 AD. At the Vatican building, in the triangular area to the east of the monastery.

Revelation 22:1 Back in Rome, the birthday and wedding of Jesus III were to be celebrated at midnight. A triangular area with pillar bases had been established east of the Vatican monastery, for the exclusion of Jews and proselytes from the Christian sacred meal.

Revelation 22:1

22:1. Kai edeixen moi potamon hydatos zōēs lampron hōs krystallon ekporeuomenon ek tou thronou kai tou arniou

22:1. And it (RLR to book with diagram at lectern 21:27 ) showed me(John III, past tense west) a river of water of Life , bright as crystal traveling out of the throne of God. And of the Lamb.

22:1 At midnight beginning Wednesday June 1, 113 AD, the birthday of Jesus III aged 36 began. It was to be the occasion of his wedding at midnight. That fact is only indirectly given, as the full treatment of the wedding of his father Jesus Justus had been given in 19:7-9. Jesus III began as the Lamb in the celibate state.

The return of the pillar bases for exclusion, but for Jews.

The buildng on the Vatican site had restored some of the features that characterised the Qumran monastery. Its triangular area east of the vestry, loc 100, had contained the two pillar bases. The north base was used as the first point of entry for those qualified for the sacred meals, and as the place of exclusion for those who were not qualified. It used Eden imagery for Gentiles, who were kept outside the Jewish sacred meals, so the aqueduct that bound it was likened to the river in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:10). The north base had stood for the circumcision requirement, as only Jews passed the test, but it had been overthrown in 72 AD by the abbot John II(Rev 18:21). It was now restored, but with an opposite meaning. The north base, likened to the Tree of Life in the Eden imagery, was the starting point for initiated Christians to enter their sacred meal in the Vatican monastery, and the exclusion point for Jews and proselytes.

The aqueduct in the Qumran loc 100 had run down from the well beside the east wall of the vestry down to row 4 just above a door, then had branched out at an angle to form the boundary of the triangular area.

Figure 1

Figure 1. The Qumran buildings

Rows 3 and 4 inside the vestry had contained the throne for the priest on the prayer platform, so the aqueduct "came out of (east of) the throne of God". In the new monastic arrangement at the Vatican a channel of fresh water for baptisms ran at the extended rows 6 and 7 to which the throne had been brought down. So this "river" again came "out of the throne of God". The water was likened to crystal because the Tiber river had two different kinds of water, called the Sea for sewerage on its west side and the River for drinkable water on its east side. The Tiber Island divided them. The Vatican site had been on the western side, so it had to be emphsised that it now used fresh water for baptisms.

12:05 am Wednesday June 1, 113 AD. In the triangular area east of the Vatican building.

Revelation 22:2 The functions of the renewed pillar bases are described.

Revelation 22:2

22:2. en mesō tēs plateias autēs kai tou potamou enteuthen kai ekeithen xylon zōēs poioun karpous dōdeka, kata mēna hekaston apodidoun ton karpon autou, kai ta phylla tou xylou eis therapeian tōn ethnōn.

22:2. In a middle of the street{plateia} of it (fem, RLR to Glory 21:26, 27). And of the river hence. And thence a tree of Life making fruits 12 , according to a month Each One from-giving the fruit of him (Each One), And the leaves of the Tree (north base) at Healing{therapeuō} of the Gentiles.

22:2. The cubit in front of the north base was called the street, because those entering and leaving the sacred meal walked along it. On the circular north base, 1 cubit in diameter - giving the standard for the 18 inch cubit used by the Essenes - its east side was for placing tokens of fees from the east and its west side for fees from the west. The east side, called enteuthen had been for the temple tax that had gone to a bishop or higher.Its west side, called ekeithen was for tihes for a lesser man, the prebyter-judge, according to the monthly tithing system set out in CD 14:11-15. At the crucifixion, the terms enteuthen kai enteuthen were used for the cross of the Priest, Simon Magus and the cross of the Levite Judas Iscariot, both receiving higher fees, to disguise the fact that Jesus was not on the central cross (John 19:18). In the present verse the ekeithen part on the west is said to make "fruits 12": Proselytes paid tithes once a month according to the tithing rule .Their fees were counted as "fruits" of the mission field.

The word mēn means that it was the 1st of the Julian month, the version for those using the Julian calendar. Therapeuts being poor gave very little, in the lowest of the three coinages gold, silver and copper. The Chief Therapeut Apollos in Paul's day had been called by him "Alexander the coppersmith" (2 Timothy 4:14). Their money was likened to the leaves of the tree rather than its fruit, and it was given for foreign mission to places such as Britain.

Wednesday June 1 , 113 AD, 1 am. In the Vatican abbey.

Revelation 22:3 Following the wedding of Jesus III in the monastery, the wedding party moved to the abbey at 1 am for the wedding banquet. Pope Alexander in more relaxed mode joined in, presiding. After a reassurance that he was still in the leadership, Jesus III moved forward to sit beside his bride, acknowledging that he was now a married man.

Revelation 22:3

22:3. kai pan katathema ouk estai eti. kai ho thronos tou theou kai tou arniou en autē estai, kai hoi douloi autou latreusousin autō,

22:3. And All curse not will be (not future outside east so present in center) still. And the Throne of God. And of the Lamb in it (fem, RLR to Healing fem v 2) will be (future tense east outside ). And the slaves of it (RLR throne ) will revere to it ( throne)

22:3. The wedding of Jesus III took place at midnight in the monastery, but is not described. The service lasted an hour, and at 1 am the wedding party went across to the abbey building on the east, the reproduction of the Qumran outer hall loc 77. The future tenses indicate their change of place. The table for an actual meal was now placed in the central panel, on rows 8 and 9. The wedding banquet took place there. It was attended by Pope Alexander I in relaxed mode, not wearing ceremonial vestments.In the chariot imagery the Throne of God could travel and he would be sitting under its northern end on row 6. He sat beside the Chief Therapeut as the host at the abbey.

Jesus III, still in the celibate state of the Lamb, at first sat as a deputy to the Priest-Pope on the east of center of row 6, to show that he was still in the leadership. Then he acknowledged that he was now in the married state, so one of the "slaves". He came forward to row 7, to sit with his bride at the table. As married men did, he gave a gift to the Priest-Pope for the work of the Church.

In the abbey at its SW corner, that of the "filthy" wheel for Sinners, sat Hyrcanus the younger brother of Bernicianus. He had only been "cursed" not "killed"as the excommunicated Bernicianus had been. Hyrcanus had been invited to the wedding to show a Herodian presence.

Wednesday June 1, 113 AD. 3 am. In the Vatican abbey.

Revelation 22:4 At 3 am the party left the abbey. Jesus III was to go out to live in a private house with his wife. To ensure his admission to the communion, he was given a discreet Christian emblem to wear at the join of his Roman headdress, a garland, at the left side.

Revelation 22:4

22:4. kai opsontai to prosōpon autou, kai to onoma autou epi tōn metōpōn autōn

22:4 And they (RLR to slaves v. 3 ) will see{eidon} (future tense east outside ) the face of it (RLR to throne v. 3 ). And the Name of it (throne) upon of the foreheads of them (slaves).

22:4 At 3 am at the end of the banquet Jesus III went down to row 10, looking up across the 2 cubit table to row 7 where the "face" of the Heavenly Man was imagined. He was about to go out into the world to live privately, so would be using a new, ordinary name, not a dynastic title. To ensure that he would still be admitted to the Christian communion, he was given a Christian symbol to wear on his headdress, a badge at the join of a garland over his left ear.

Wednesday June 1, 113 AD, noon. In the Vatican monastery.

Revelation 22:5 At noon Jesus III as a married man took communion from the Priest-Pope in the monastery, but only at the east of center. He would earn his own living and would act as archbishop to married members outside.

Revelation 22:5

22:5. kai nyx ouk estai eti. kai ouk echousin chreian phōtos lychnou kai phōtos hēliou, hoti kyrios ho theos phōtisei ep autous, kai basileusousin eis tous aiōnas tōn aiōnōn.

22:5. And night not will be (not future tense so present) still. And they (RLR to slaves v4, Jesus III ) do not have (present tense center) a need of a light{phōs}of a lamp. And of a light{phōs} of a Sun, that a Lord God will lighten{phōs} (future tense east ) upon them (+ accusative, slaves). And they (slaves) will be kings (future tense east ) at the aeons of the aeons

22:5. At noon the same day Jesus III began to act as a married man receiving communion in the monastery, His place was on row 10 the top step, and that of the Pope on row 9 behind the communion rail. The light hanging above the rail represented the different kinds of lights used by the Essenes, the Glory for a celibate at noon, the Light (phos) for the Zadokite high priest the Sun, the Light of the World the Menorah for the David.

Jesus III "did not have a Need", that is he was not supported by married men on row 13 who still observed the tithing system used to help Therapeuts. He would earn his own living while he was outside, presumably using the skills of a carpenter that were traditional in his family.

The future tenses in the verse mean that both the Pope and Jesus III moved from the center to east of center at the communion rail. Jesus III received communion as a layman, a subordinate, not in the center. He was there a "king", a graduate of grade 3, meaning that he had been made an archbishop to members in the outside world.

June 1, 113 AD, was the date called the "aeons of the aeons", meaning June 1 before the following January 1, the 7th year of a ruler. In June 106 AD, Pope Alexander I had begun his reign at the death of Agrippa II (20:11) and it was now his 7th year in power.

Wednesday June 1 , 113 AD, 1 pm. In the Vatican monastery.

Revelation 22:6 At 1 pm Pope Alexander went to the lectern. He appointed his abbot to instruct Jesus III in the Essene rules for sex, including abstention for 3 months after the wedding.

Revelation 22:6

22:6. Kai eipen moi, Houtoi hoi logoi pistoi kai alēthinoi, kai ho kyrios, ho theos tōn pneumatōn tōn prophētōn apesteilen ton angelon autou deixai tois doulois autou ha dei genesthai en tachei.

22:6. He (RLR to Lord God v, 5) said (past tense west) to me (John III) , "These the Words faithful, And truthful." And the Lord, the God of the Spirits of the Prophets, has sent-from{apostellō} the angel of him (God) to show to the slaves (Jesus III) of him (angel) the things which (neuter plural) must come about in shortly{tachei}.

22:6 The words of the speaker the Pope extend only to alethinoi. The narrative resumes from that point.

At 1 pm Pope Alexander went to the lectern on row 10. He said to John III beside him, "The younger brother of Jesus III is appointed crown prince, until a son of his own is born. The crown prince is a Christian." .

Pope Alexander at the lectern appointed the substantive abbot John II, who as a "Gabriel" retained eastern traditions. He was appointed to instruct Jesus III in the Essene rules for sex that were still being observed, including that of abstention from sex for 3 months after the wedding.

Wednesday June 1, 113 AD, 1: 05 pm. In the Vatican monastery.

Revelation 22:7 John III began his own promotion ceremony from row 13 at the foot of the steps. The Chief Therapeut acted as guard and adviser to the David crown prince.

Revelation 22:7

22:7. kai idou erchomai tachy. makarios ho tērōn tous logous tēs prophēteias tou bibliou toutou.

22:7. And see{eidon} I (John III) come{erchomai} (present tense, center) shortly. A Blessed One is the one keeping the Words of the prophecy of This book."

22:7. At 1:05 pm John III began the ceremony of his own promotion from the foot of the steps. On the east of the center of row 10 the Chief Therapeut, the Blessed One, acted as guard and adviser to the David crown prince, who was taking communion, replacing his brother as bishop. He obeyed the New Testament, called This Book.

Wednesday June 1, 113 AD, 3 pm and 3:30 pm. In the Vatican monastery.

Revelation 22:8 John III had now reached the age to become the abbot of Rome, replacing his father John II, aged 73. From 3 pm the Pope and his father brought him through the promotion ceremony, starting at the foot of the steps.

Revelation 22:8

22:8. Kagō Iōannēs ho akouōn kai blepōn tauta. kai hote ēkousa kai eblepsa, epesa proskynēsai emprosthen tōn podōn tou angelou to deiknyontos moi tauta.

22:8. And- I John, the one hearing. And seeing{blepō} These things. And when (hote I heard (past tense, west). And I saw{blepō}, (past tense west), I fell (past tense west) to worship{proskyneō} Before{emprosthen} of the feet of the angel (genitive)the one showing to me These things.

22:8. John III had been born January 82 AD, turning 30 in January 112, then, according to the rules for abbots that had been observed by his father John II had to go through 18 months more until June 113 AD before being qualified to be a full abbot. The first use of the title John here means that he became the next in a dynastic succession.

As was the continuing practice in the British Christian monarchy, honors with promotions were give on the king's birthday. The king was Jesus III, and June 1 was his birthday. In the 7th year of Pope Alexander I a payment of tribute to Rome was due, and John III as a sign of his promotion was permitted to hand over the money on behalf of Jewish Christians. After a half-hour prayer from 3 pm.,it was paid at 3:30 pm, the intermediate hour that was observed by Jewish Christians (Revelation 8:1).

John III began his progress on row 13 at the foot of the monastery steps, looking up through 3 cubits to the Pope on row 9. It was on row 13 that the "feet", the jar for welfare tithes, had been washed at the Last Supper (John 13:5-6).The abbot John II his father, aged 73, whom he was to replace, was instructing him in procedure from the center of row 10. John III knelt in the place of the novice west of center, then reached to center east beside the jar at center west. He was to pay the tribute out of the money of Jewish Christians that was placed in the jar.

Wednesday June 1, 113 AD, 6 pm. In the Vatican abbey, the west panel

Revelation 22:9 At 6 pm the leaders went to the abbey for the evening meal. They began at the west panel, which extended down into the congregation annxe, where pilgrims were received. The relative status of the leaders in terms of celibacy was preserved..

Revelation 22:9

22:9. kai legei moi, Hora mē. syndoulos sou eimi kai tōn adelphōn sou tōn prophētōn kai tōn tērountōn tous logous tou bibliou toutou. tō theō proskynēson

22:9 And he (RLR to Blessed One v.7) says (present tense center) to me, " see{eidon} not. I am a slave with (syn) you. And of the Brothers of you the Prophets. And of those keeping the Words of this book. worship{proskyneō} to God".

22:9. At the evening meeting in the abbey at 6 pm, in the west panel, the Chief Therapeut at the podium on row 9 said to John III the new abbot on the row 10 podium, "Do not look down through 2 cubits to row 13, the first in the cogregation annexe, for the married. You and I are both abbey celibates. The David crown prince, the brother of Jesus III is a lay bisop, equal to a presbyter, and he belongs on row 11 below you. He reads from the New Testament, advised by the deputy abbot.

Pay the septennial tribute through Pope Alexander I, who will transmit it on behalf of Jewish Christians."


Tuesday September 6, 113 AD. In a private house in Rome.

Revelation 22:10 In September Jesus III was permitted by the Pope to begin the sexual part of his marriage.

Revelation 22:10

22:10. kai legei moi, Mē sphragisēs tous logous tēs prophēteias tou bibliou toutou, ho kairos gar engys estin

22:10. And he (RLR to God v. 9) says (present tense, center) to me (John III), "Do not seal the Words of the prophecy of This book, for the season is (present tense, center) near.

22:10. While acting as a married man abstaining from sex Jesus III was equal to a pilgrim, a married man who traveled to the abbey and stayed there for a short time, away from his wife. As a pilgrim he acted at the times determined by the solar calendar, its new moons and intercalations. A Christian pilgrim lived according to the New Testament, but was expected to study only the Epistles, the second section corresponding to the Prophets of the Old Testament, not the gospels-Acts corresponding to the Law, the first five books. At this time his brother the crown prince was actually superior to him, because he studied the gospels-Acts as a lay bishop. Both men were now called Words, normally a term for the David crown prince as a plu. rep., but Jesus III had to be called Words also.

The Epistles contained the advice on marriage found in 1 Corinthians. It followed Essene principles by saying that celiabcy was better, but there should not be the harsh requirement of a long betrothal period, for it caused pre-nuptial conceptions as had happened in the case of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 7:36 said, "If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly towards his Virgin (a celibate woman in an Essene dynastic marriage), if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes, let them marry - it is no sin."

At the intercalation date Tuesday September 6, the one observed by pilgrims, Pope Alexander I said to the abbot John III, "Do not require Jesus III to remain in a pilgrim status any longer. Pilgrims come to the abbey, where they are sealed in by the iron door, prevented from going either into the monastic life or back to their homes. Let Jesus III not be sealed, but go out to a private house to begin the sexual part of his marriage."

The Private house in Rome - St Clement's church.

It may be conjectured that the private house where the couple lived was the one belonging to Clement, who had become the bishop of Rome in 93 AD in the succession of Peter. It subsequently became St Clement's church. It still stands, only a few blocks away from the Colosseum, which was built by Jewish slaves. Its lowest floor, which may still be visited, contained a shrine of Mithras used by the earliest occupants, and then it became Christian. According to his books the Clementines , Clement as a young man in the reign of Tiberius (died 37 AD) had heard the preaching of Barnabas in Rome, and had become a Christian. He protected Barnabas in his house, then subsequently went to Caesarea in Judea, where he heard the preaching of Peter and his disputes with Simon Magus. Clement was a friend of the Christians long before he became bishop of Rome. Eusebius says it was the same Clement as in Philippians 4:3, so he was in Philippi in 61 AD when Paul's epistle to them was written. Back in Rome in 64 AD, he would have given substantial help at the time of Neo's persecution through his Roman connections, as he was the legitimate son of members of the imperial court. He was the younger brother, born 10 AD, of the illegitimate John Aquila and James Niceta. who were born 3 AD. He may have helped to smuggle Jesus I into the catacombs when necessary, and at other times looked after him in St Clement's.

114 AD


Midnight beginning Sunday January 1, 114 AD. In the Vatican abbey, central panel, at the "chariot wheels".

Revelation 22:11 Jesus III had now returned to a form of celibacy as his wife was 3 months pregnant. Pope Alexander I decreed that the four chief missionaries to the outer parts of the world, NE, NW, SE and SW, should continue their work in a Christian form.

Revelation 22:11

22:11. ho adikōn adikēsatō eti, kai ho rhyparos hypanthētō eti, kai ho dikaios dikaiosynēn poiēsatō eti, kai ho hagios hagiasthētō eti.

22:11. "Let one being non- righteous still be non- righteous. And the filthy one still be filthy. And let the righteous one make righteousness still. And let the holy one be holy still (All verbs aorist imperative ).

22:11 The 4 foreign missionaries corresponding to the wheels of the Diaspora chariot in the abbey began a new outreach to the world on January 1, 114 AD. All four are classed as eti meaning a 13th, an outsider of the same status as a female admitted as an extra to the sacred meal. Each of the four was head of a category concerning sex - a Holy One a permanent celibate, a Righteous One an abstaining married man, an Unrighteous One a man sexually active in marriage, a Filthy One a Sinner guilty of one of the three "nets of Belial" = riches, fornication, defilement of the temple.

The verse says that each should remain "still", continue mission to the 4 directions of the world to which the wheels pointed, NE, NW, SE and SW. The "filthy" category had once included Gentiles, the Kittim, whose schools were on islands of the Mediterranean. Their direction had now been extended to the islands of Gibraltar and Britain. The order from Pope Alexander I was that mission to all directions was to continue, although now with the purpose of making Christians, not Jewish proselytes.

The date of the decree is shown by the difference in phrasing of the third, the Righteous One. He was to "do righteousness", that is practice the abstaining form of celibacy. He was Jesus III whose wife was now 3 months pregnant He was to return to a form of celibacy according to the dynastic rule.

Figure 15b

Figure 15B The Abbey.

Sunday January 1, 114 AD, 1:05 am. In the Vatican abbey.

Revelation 22:12 The missionaries were given money by the abbot and his treasurer to pay for their traveling expenses for the new campaign.

Revelation 22:12

22:12. Idou erchomai tachy, kai ho misthos mou met emou, apodounai hekastō hōs to ergon estin autou.

22:12. " see{eidon} I (John III as abbot) come{erchomai} (present tense, center) shortly. And the reward of me with (+ genitive) me, to give-from to Each One as the work is (present tense, center) of him (Each One).

22:12. At 1 am the abbot John III presided at the night vigil in the abbey. The foreign missionaries were given a stipend for living expenses, called a "reward" for them as "hired servants", not working for their living at a trade. It was now gven to them for the new campaign. The missionary to the SW, the "filthy" direction, was a homosexual, but he was to act as an abstaining Nazirite.

Sunday January 1, 114 AD, 3 am. In the Vatican abbey.

Revelation 22:13 A distinction was made between a celibate Pope, Alexander I, and a dynastic king, Jesus III, who was equal in status to the celibate but could work outside the monastery. He retained the tradition of Peter, a married man. The functions were eventually absorbed by the celibate , and the line of David died out.

Revelation 22:13

22:13. egō to Alpha kai to O (Omega) , ho prōtos kai ho eschatos, hē archē kai to telos

" I the Alpha. And the O (Greek O, called Omega), the First One. And the Last One, the Beginning. And the end.

22: 13. An assertion parallel to that made by Pope Alexander I on January 1, 112 AD was now made (21:6). It included its opening and closing phrases, but added the extra terms "the First One and the Last One". The meaning is that Jesus III was now claiming equality with Pope Alexander I, but adding the titles of a layman.He was continuing the work of Peter, who had been called the First One as a married layman beside the visiting priest (Matthew 10:2). Pope Alexander I was a celibate, and there was still a descendant of David who practiced dynastic marriage.

It is not clear how long the David line lasted, and the subject is now treated with so much invention that it will be difficult to arrive at the truth. But it is clear that in the Catholic system the celibates retained the papacy, each one a new man chosen on the basis of merit, without hereditary lines.

Jesus III spoke the words at 3 am, the hour for workers That hour combined midnight with 3 am, being the last hour of the night for workers who rose at that time.

Sunday January 1, 114 AD. 3 am and noon. At the Vatican abbey and monastery.

Revelation 22:14 The Therapeuts of the abbey now adopted the practices of permanent celibates in the Essene tradition.

Revelation 22:14

22:14. Makarioi hoi plynontes tas stolas autōn, hina estai hē exousia autōn epi to xylon tēs zōēs kai tois pylōsin eiselthōsin eis tēn polin.

22:14. Blessed Ones the ones washing{plynō} the robes of them (Blessed Ones) , in order that the authority of them (Blessed Ones) will be (future, east outside) upon (with accusative) the tree of Life. And to the gates they (Blessed Ones) come at{erchomai} (aorist subjunctive) at the city.

22:14. As a result of the honor now given to permanent celibacy, the Therapeuts of the abbey began to adopt Essene monastic habits, such as washing the garments after episodes of defilement (Temple Scroll 45:7-10). They still initiated proselytes at the restored north base, and their leader now came into the monastery and as a celibate was permitted to give communion from behind the rail.

Sunday January 1, 114 AD, noon. In Bernice's house

Revelation 22:15 The remaining militant members of the house of Bernice were excluded by Christians, and they continued to meet in the hermitage house.

Revelation 22:15

22:15. exō hoi kynes kai hoi pharmakoi kai hoi pornoi kai hoi phoneis kai hoi eidōlolatrai kai pas philōn kai poiōn pseudos.

22:15. Outside the dogs. And the pharmacists. And the fornicators. And the murderers. And the idolaters. And All befriending, And falsehood.

22:15. It was announced that some men were to be permanently excluded from the Christian monastery. They were the remaining militants of the house of Bernice, who had died three years previously. They met in her hermitage house on the west bank , having been excluded from the Vatican. They formed a Seven, for the days of the week in an abbey.

They would lead a revolt against Trajan in 115 AD that brought Jews into further disrepute with Rome.

   FridayDeaconDogs, homosexual   
 alternate Therapeut
   WednesdayLay bishopFornicators, not abstaining    
   TuesdayArchbishopMurderers, supporter of
 Bar Kokhba
   Monday SpiritIdolaters, Greek philosopher   
   SundayDeputy abbotAll-friend. Antipas IV visiting.    
   SaturdayAbbotFalsehood, Hyrcanus
 as the Herod, officiating


Thursday June 1, 114 AD, 3 pm. In the Vatican abbey, west panel.

Revelation 22:16 The son and heir of Jesus III had been born. His official birthday was June 1. His christening took place in the abbey, with John III the abbot officiating. Jesus III, asked to name the child, affirmed the ancestral titles of the Davids.

Revelation 22:16

22:16. Egō Iēsous epempsa ton angelon mou martyrēsai hymin tauta epi tais ekklēsiais. ego eimi hē rhiza kai to genos David, ho astēr ho lampros ho prōinos.

22:16. I Jesus sent{pempō} (past tense west) the angel of me to witness to you (plural) These Things upon (+ dative) to the churches. I am (present tense center) the Root. And the family of David, the Star the bright one, the morning one.

22:16. The son of Jesus III and his bride had been born shortly before June 1, 114 AD. He would have two official birthdays, June 1 and at the solstice. His christening took place in the west panel of the abbey, where Jesus III holding the child stood on the podium for the bishop on row 10 (See Figure 15b The abbey.)

It was just inside the doorway on row 12, so equivalent to the back of a church, where the christening font still stands.

Jesus III appointed the abbot John III to perform the christening, standing on the abbot's podium on row 9. The child had the status of pilgrims, who were given a drink of water by the abbot when they arrived in the outer hall at 3 pm. The child thus represented the "churches", a term that came from the fact that pilgrims were "called out" from their homes to travel to Qumran with the food tithes.

Jesus III, asked to name the child, affirmed the titles of the Davids which the child would inherit. He began by saying "I am", meaning that he was a priest representing Yahweh, and added "'the Root" , meaning the Essene Plant-root of CD 1:7-8 and Apocalypse of Enoch. The David was the royal head of the ascetic community that had begun in the 3rd century BC for the purpose of the Restoration. He went on to pronounce the name David, rarely used because of the claim of Jesus I to higher status as a priest. He added that his emblem was the Morning Star of David, a royal title which was used at 3 am when workers started their day.

All were doubtless aware that it was 120 years after 7 BC, the year in which Jesus I was born.

Thursday June 1, 114 AD, 3 pm. In the Vatican abbey, west panel.

Revelation 22:17 In the presence of the abbot and the mother, Jesus III and the godfather said to the child, "Become a Coming One, the descendant of the Davids". The baby was sprinkled with holy water to make him a Christian.

Revelation 22:17

22:17. kai to pneuma kai hē nymphē legousin, Erchou. ka ho akouōn eipatō, Erchou. kai ho dipsōn erchesthō, ho thelōn labetō hydōr zōēs dōrean.

22:17. And the Spirit. And the Bride, they (RLR to churches v. 16, Jesus III on behalf of the child) say (present tense center), " Come{erchomai}". And let the one hearing say " Come{erchomai}". And let the one thirsting come, let the one wishing receive the water of Life as a gift.

22:17. On the west of the abbot stood the mother , and on the east the godfather. Jesus III and the godfather said to the child, "Become a Coming One, the descendant of the Davids." The baby, likened to a thirsty pilgrim, was sprinkled with holy water making him a Christian.

The original form of the book would have ended with the birth of the new David. Subsequently hostility broke out again with the militants, who denied the validity of the Christians and their new scriptures, the New Testament. The next three verses were added to announce that Pope Alexander I was removing the names of militants from the Christian membership list. This was necessary to clarify with Trajan that Christians had nothing to do with the widespread Jewish uprising that would take place in 115 AD. But Jesus III is shown as retaining sympathy with Jewish Christians.

These events are foreshadowed in the narrative of the next three verses, which are set at Pentecost later in the same month. It was on that occasion that the child was given his personal name. Pentecost was the feast observed by Jewish Christians, and these were the main concern of Jesus III. He was determined to preserve the Jewish origins through them, whereas Pope Alexander I, a Roman, preferred to deny the Jewish element altogether in the light of current political events.

Midnight beginning Sunday June 25, Pentecost 114 AD.In the Vatican abbey, west panel.

Revelation 22:18 At the Pentecost feast attended by Antipas Herod head of Jewish Christians Jesus III warned him that Hyrcanus was trying to add Herodian militant doctrine to what the child would be taught. Pope Alexander I was now applying to Hyrcanus the forms of attack endorsed in the Book of Revelation, seasonal harassment.

Revelation 22:18

22:18. Martyrō egō panti tō akouonti tous logous tēs prophēteias tou bibliou toutou. ean tis epithē ep auta, epithēsei ho theos ep auton tas plēgas tas gegrammenas en tō bibliō toutō

22:18. I (Jesus III) witness (present tense center)to the All hearing the Words of the prophecy of This Book, " if{ean} a Certain One puts-upon upon them (neuter plural RLR to These Things v.16 ), God will (future east outsde) put-upon upon him (a Certain One) the plagues the ones written in this book.

22:18. The following Day of Pentecost, Sunday June 25, was the feast observed by Jewish Christians. Antipas Herod their leader from Tiber Island was present with Christians in the Vatican abbey, west panel, which extended into a congregation annexe. Jesus III took the opportunity of warning him about the intentions of Pope Alexander I towards Jewish Christians.

The child was now the David crown prince and of the status of a pilgrim, who was to be taught from the Epistles of the New Testament. Antipas Herod as head of Jewish Christians, would take part in the child's teaching in order to preserve Jewish origins.

Jesus III sent through Antipas a message to Hyrcanus, now claiming to be the Herod heir. It was an announcement that as Hyrcanus was teaching doctrines that were not acceptable to Christians, Pope Alexander I was applying "plagues" to him, the form of punishment that was endorsed in the third section of the New Testament,the Writings, including Revelation itself.

Sunday June 25, 114 AD, noon Pentecost. In the Vatican abbey west panel and in the monastery.

Revelation 22:19 Hyrcanus was also trying to withhold New Testament teachings from the child. Pope Alexander I now removed him from the membership list. Christian celibates were to accept the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 22:19

22:19. kai ean tis aphelē apo tōn logōn tou bibliou tēs prophēteias tautēs, aphelei ho theos to meros autou apo tou xylou tes zōēs kai ek tēs poleōs tēs hagias, tōn gegrammenōn en tō bibliō toutō.

22:19. And if{ean} a Certain One takes-from from the Words of the book of this prophecy, God will (future east outside) take-from the part of him (Certain One) from the tree of Life. And out of the holy city, of the things written in this book.

22:19. Jesus III continued that as Hyrcanus was trying to prevent the child being taught from the Epistles of the New Testament written by Paul, Pope Alexander I now removed him from the membership list of Christians. A celibate taking communion in the Vatican monastery was under the authority of the Book of Revelation.

The writers were already aware that Revelation, disapproved by non-Jewish Roman Christians, could be cut out of the canon, as was the case for Codex Vaticanus.

Sunday June 25, 114 AD, Pentecost. 1:05 pm In the Vatican abbey, west panel.

Revelation 22:20 At Pentecost the child was given his personal name, Jesus, after his father, as well as the title "a Lord".

Revelation 22:20

22:20. Legei ho martyrōn tauta, Nai, erchomai tachy. Amēn, erchou, kyrie Iēsou.

22:20. The one witnessing says (present tense, center) These Things. Yes, I come{erchomai} (present tense center) shortly. Amen, come{erchomai}, Lord Jesus.

22:20. At the following Day of Pentecost, Sunday June 25, the child was given the personal name Jesus, after his father. He could be called "a Lord", the title of a third priest.

A Sunday, that of Pentecost, was chosen in partial fulfilment of the rule that a Jewish boy was circumcised and named "after 8 days", which was read as Day 8, Sunday (Luke 2:21). In the Luke verse the name was announced by an "angel", the abbot. J ohn III standing in the center of the row 9 podium gave it on this occasion, saying "Yes" to his being received into the abbey school. He said Amen on behalf of the congregation in the annexe.

Sunday June 25, 114 AD, Pentecost, 3 pm. In the Vatican abbey west panel.

Revelation 22:21 The status of the child in the ruling hierarchy was declared. Two different Greek texts give different opinions about it, as shown below.

Revelation 22:21

22:21. Hē charis tou kyriou Iēsou meta pantōn.

22:21. The Grace of the Lord Jesus with (meta + genitive) All Ones.

22:21. The last word of the verse, pantōn, is found in the Internet Greek text used here, and found also in the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament. These sources have accepted a reading that is from Codex Alexandrinus, not Codex Sinaiticus. Alexandrinus is usually regarded as ancient, but a little less reliable. An understanding of the pesher shows what happened. Sinaiticus wrote meta tōn hagiōn, meaning that the infant Jesus IV was equal to the Saints, that is that he was admitted into the celibate class of dynasts right from birth. But the scribes of Alexandrinus had their political reasons for changing to pantōn. Its pesher – which they understood- meant that the infant was equal to (meta) a third Herod, “All Ones”. For them, the hierarchy should be in the order:

  • Third, the infant David crown prince.
  • Second, his father Jesus III (in the original Herodian system the David had only been equal to the Herod crown prince).
  • First, the supreme priest-Pope. This had been King Herod in the original system, but there were no more Herods in power. Instead, Pope Alexander I had taken the supreme position.

Parallels in other sources.

As indicated in Dio Cassius (68, 32) there was a widespread uprising of Diaspora and Palestinian Jews against the Roman empire in 115 AD in the reign of Trajan. See chapter 38 of M. Carey and H.H. Scullard, A History of Rome, Macmillan, 1975.

On Jewish Christians.

Hegesippus the 2nd century AD historian, quoted by Eusebius (Ecclesistical History iii, 20) gives an account of descendants of the family of Jesus under the emperor Domitian (81- 96 AD) and the emperor Trajan (98 -117AD). The descendants were in Rome, and subject to questioning or attack by both these emperors. Hegesippus, who was on the side of Jewish Christians, makes no distinction between the descendants of Jude and James and those of Jesus. These two, according to the gospels and Acts, were those in a family of 5 brothers which divided two against three, these two more Jewish, and three (Jesus, Joses-Barnabas, Simon-Silas) becoming Christian (Luke 12:52). It may be seen that under Trajan the intermediate class of Jewish Christians including the descendants of Jude lived on Tiber Island and were still associated with an Antipas Herod, of the married Herods. These when in their Rome house had a relaxed attitude to Jewish ritual laws, and sympathy with the Jesus dynasty.

Hegesippus wrote: "Now there still survived of the family of the Lord grandsons of Judas who was said to have been his brother according to the flesh, and they were delated as being of the family of David. These the officer brought to Domitian Caesar...He asked them if they were of the house of David and they admitted it. Then he asked them how much property they had, or how much money they controlled, and they said that all they possessed was nine thousand denarii between them, the half belonging to each.... They paid taxes and lived on it by their own work". Eusebius continues: "They then showed him their hands, adducing as testimony of their labour the hardness of their bodies, and the tough skin which had been embossed on their hands from their incessant work.... Domitian did not condemn them at all,but despised them as simple folk, released them, and decreed an end to the persecution against the church"

Hegesippus (quoted in Eusebius Ecclesiastical History III, xi, 1; xxxii, 5-7) also wrote of Simeon son of Clopas, descended from David and a Christian, who suffered martyrdom at the age of 120 under Trajan. It appears that he was a cousin of Jesus, son of a brother of Joseph.

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