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Doctrines of the Modern Essene Church



Doctrine on the Ancient Nasarean Essenes

Doctrine on the Essene Church of Christ

Doctrine on our Founder

Doctrine on our Mystery School: Essene Mountain of Peace

Doctrine on our Holy Scriptures

Doctrine on God and Goddess

Doctrine on Lord Christ and Lady Christ

Doctrine on Vegatarianism

Doctrine on Heaven and Hell

Doctrine on Reincarnation


Doctrine on our view of Paulianity


Brother Day, High Priest

Rev. Brother Day, High Priest



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DOCTRINE ONE



DOCTRINE ON THE ANCIENT NASAREAN ESSENES

The Nasarean religion of the Essene Way was the original religion established by God and Goddess in the Garden of Eden. After the fall of humankind due to a Luciferian attack on the Garden of Eden, the Lord Christ and Lady Christ arranged that the Nasarean religion of the Essene Way would survive as an esoteric minority religion, a bright light in the midst of a dark world. Thus the ancient Nasarean Essenes were the spiritual elders of the human species, practicing, preserving, and passing on the teachings of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ according to the will of God and Goddess. The ancient Nasarean Essenes were the practitioners of the earliest and most spiritual form of Judaism, and, as the first followers of Lord Christ and Lady Christ, became the first Christians.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE ONE

In The Nasarean Book of Genesis (that book is titled: Mattanah) we learn that our planet is only one of countless worlds in a vast universe. We learn that long before our planet was created, the Lord Christ and Lady Christ, following the instructions of Jah (God) and Jahlah (Goddess), established a spiritual fellowship called The Christ Family. With branches throughout the universe, The Christ Family is the fellowship of Beings who have joined the mission of Lord Christ and Lady Christ to be Hands of Mercy. Known by various names in various worlds, on Earth The Christ Family established and oversees the Nasarean religion of the Essene Way. The Nasarean religion of the Essene Way was established in the Garden of Eden, and has always continued to exist, though often forced to work behind the scenes due to the violent conditions of this fallen world.

The word Nasarean stems from the Hebrew root Nasa which means to rise up as in spiritual ascension. The word Essene stems from the Aramaic word Asaya which means Healer. The religion itself is called Nasarean, and the way of that religion is said to be Essene. This is due to the fact that Nasareans achieve spiritual ascension (‘nasa’) by practicing the Essene Way (the ‘Healing Way’). Wherever the Essenes lived, the common people referred to them as ‘The Healers’. For example, in Egypt they were called the Therapeautae, which means Healer and is the origin of the word Therapist. Philo of Alexandria, in a book written two thousand years ago, wrote that the Essenes were not only healers of the body, but of body, mind, and soul. In other words, they were holistic healers. And they were amazingly effective: the Jewish Historian Josephus, also writing two thousand years ago, declared that many Essenes reached the age of 100. And that was at a time when the average age of death was about 45!

Essene Jews (Nasareans) had a vegetarian version of the Hebrew Bible that was far more ancient than the bloody version used by mainstream Judaism. The Essene Jews refused to have anything to do with the animal sacrifice religion of mainstream Judaism, and were therefore severely persecuted. They were an outlawed religion, not only for their repudiation of animal sacrifice, but for a variety of reasons. The orthodox priests were angered that the Nasarean Jews worshipped both God and Goddess. They were angered by the fact that the Nasareans used different scriptures and had different teachings. Most of all, the mainstream Jewish priests were outraged by the fact that the Nasarean Jews permitted women to enter the priesthood.

It is written that an angel appeared to the ancient Nasarean Essene Jews and told them that, in fulfillment of ancient prophecies, the Lord Christ and Lady Christ would come to earth through them. But first, said the angel to the Nasareans, they must prepare themselves. The angel gave them instructions on how to purify themselves to prepare for the coming of the Lord and Lady. For seven generations the Nasarean Essenes followed the instructions of the angel. And then, in Israel, an Essene woman gave birth to the Lord Christ: Yahshua (‘Jesus’). And the same year, at the Essene encampment in Ethiopia, an Essene woman gave birth to the Lady Christ: Miriam (‘Mary Magdalene’). From this time on, the Nasarean Essene religion has been a form of Christianity, since a Christian is a follower of Christ. Thus, modern Nasarean Essenes, while considering ourselves to be the heirs of authentic Judaism, are Christians because we are followers of Christ. However, we use a different version of the Bible than does mainstream Christianity, and have many different teachings. (For more information on the ancient Nasarean Essenes read THE ESSENE TEACHINGS: Essays on the Essene Path by Nazariah. That book, available from our church, explains in much more detail many of the topics briefly mentioned in this Commentary on Doctrine One.)

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DOCTRINE TWO

DOCTRINE ON ESSENE CHURCH OF CHRIST

Essene Church of Christ hereby declares that the blessed day of the restoration of the true church and true teachings of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ has NOW COME! We believe we are that church, and that we are the authorized custodians and chief disseminators of the true teachings of Lord Christ and Lady Christ.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE TWO

In the ancient Essene manuscripts used by our church, Yahshua (‘Jesus’) predicted that, after his crucifixion, his enemies would fiercely persecute his true church, set-up a false church, and alter his teachings. He was right. After Jesus was crucified, his true church was attacked and his true disciples executed as “heretics”, first by the mainstream Jewish authorities and then by the Pauline Roman Catholic Church. Mainstream Christianity became a State-run religion, run by corrupt kings via their puppet-popes. The founder of this altered form of Christianity was Saul of Tarsus (‘Paul’), who had never even met Yahshua. Paul and his cohorts threw out the vegetarian teachings of Yahshua, as well as his teachings on the Divine Mother Goddess. They threw out almost all of the sayings of Miriam (‘Mary Magdalene’) and branded her as a reformed prostitute, when in fact she was the wife and eternal consort of Yahshua and had never been a prostitute. They altered the New Testament, replacing many of the teachings of

Yahshua and Miriam with the teachings of Paul. The Pauline Church evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and led the world into what historians call the dark age. The Catholic army nearly exterminated all of the surviving Nasareans, forcing the few survivors to take their precious scrolls and go into hiding. Yahshua predicted all of it. But he also predicted an "Age of Light" in which his true church would return and his true teachings would be distributed. In the Essene New Testament we read:

Yahshua said:

"But the time cometh when darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, and the enemies of truth and righteousness shall rule in my name, and set up a kingdom of this world, and oppress the peoples... putting for my doctrines the opinions of men, and teaching in my name that which I have not taught, and darkening much that I have taught by their traditions. But be of good cheer, for the time will also come when the truth they have hidden shall be manifested, and the light shall shine, and the darkness shall pass away, and the true kingdom shall be established which shall be in the world, but not of it, and the word of righteousness and love shall go forth from the Center...."

In another section of the same ancient manuscript, Yahshua prophesied:

"There shall arise after you, men of perverse minds who shall through ignorance or through craft, suppress many things which I have spoken unto you, and lay to me things which I never taught.... Woe is the time when the spirit of the world entereth into the Church, and my doctrines and precepts are made void through the corruptions of men and women.... But the time cometh when the things which they have hidden shall be revealed and made known, and the truth shall make free those which were bound."

Yahshua also said:

"They shall make alliance with the kings and rulers of the world, and seek earthly power, and riches, and domination, and put to death by fire and sword those who seek the truth, and therefore are truly my disciples. And in their days I… shall be crucified afresh and put to open shame, for they will profess to do these things in my name. As I shall be nailed to the cross, so also shall my Church in those days…. But the day shall come when this darkness shall pass away, and the true Light shall shine.... And my Church shall be filled with Light, and give Light unto all nations of the earth...."

Essene Church of Christ hereby declares that the BLESSED DAY of the restoration of the true teachings and true church of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ has NOW COME! We believe we are that true church, and that we are the authorized custodians and chief disseminators of those true teachings.

Please do not misinterpret the above statements. We DO NOT believe we are the only "good" church or that other churches are "bad"; in fact, we study wisdom wherever we find it -- even in other churches and religions. But we do believe we are the authorized custodians and chief disseminators of the authentic version of the teachings of Yahshua and Miriam. WE TEACH WHAT THEY ACTUALLY TAUGHT! And we do believe the Lord Christ and Lady Christ are responsible for our church becoming manifest at this precise point in planetary history -- THE CUSP BETWEEN AGES. And we believe many of the members of our church are reincarnated Essenes; they worked closely with the Lord and Lady 2,000 years ago and have now returned to help with their current work. Also, we know that the Lord and Lady are in ongoing contact with us, providing guidance, AND HAVE GIVEN US CERTAIN SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO NOBODY ELSE. So, we are not the only "good" church; but, quite literally, WE ARE THE ACTUAL REINCARNATED CHURCH OF THE LORD CHRIST AND LADY CHRIST AND ARE THE CUSTODIANS OF CERTAIN ESOTERIC TEACHINGS NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT OUR MYSTERY SCHOOL.

Yahshua and Miriam have revealed to us the reason for our manifestation at this particular point in planetary history:

We are on the cusp of a New Cycle on Earth, a New Age. The New Age will be an age of relatively advanced spirituality, an age in which the group consciousness takes a quantum leap forward. The New Age will be a SOLAR CIVILIZATION, making profound and creative use of the energy of our Sun. It will be a civilization dedicated to ECOLOGICAL HARMONY. And, as indicated by the prophet Isaiah, it will be a nonviolent, VEGETARIAN CIVILIZATION, returning to the original non-flesh diet given by God and Goddess in Genesis. Truly, a NEW DAY is about to dawn!

But before the bright sky of the New Day dawns, a dark storm shall rain down. In other words, THERE IS GOING TO BE A RATHER ROUGH TRANSITION PERIOD! How rough? That depends on us! Enough damage has already been done to the ecosystem of our Earth to ensure some degree of ecological collapse. That ecological collapse will cause an economic collapse and that economic collapse will lead to socio-political chaos and war. Even if profound ecological wisdom were implemented immediately on a worldwide scale, some degree of the above scenario would still occur -- enough damage has already been done to the ecosystem to ensure some degree of collapse and chaos.

But we -- the "we" who have "ears to hear" and "eyes to see", can work to make the degree of collapse and chaos less severe than it otherwise will be. "We" are the "Way-pointers" of the New Age. "We" are the "Called-out" ones. "We" are, in the words of Yahshua, "the meek who shall inherit the Earth", the "Ripe Harvest" of the closing age and the "New Seed" of the age to come. WE ARE THE ESSENES. And long ago it was ordained that we help ease the transition from one age to the next. AND SO WE SHALL!

How can we help ease the storm that is about to rain down? First, let us look at the storm. What is the storm? It is merely the consequence of deviation from the physical and spiritual laws of God and Goddess, the laws of the universe. There is but one antidote for the painful consequences of deviation from the physical and spiritual laws of God/Goddess: HARMONY WITH THEM.

The Lord Christ and Lady Christ have repeatedly made known those laws on Earth. But humankind has, as a whole, rejected those laws. The coming storm is the karmic consequence (law of cause and effect) of that collective discord.

But God and Goddess are not only "LAW"; they are also "MERCY". And they long ago called into existence the Essene Church, a church given the responsibility of preserving the SACRED TEACHINGS. Toward the end of each Earth Cycle, the Essene Church manifests itself in a more public manner to help ease the transition from one age to the next. Such a time has again come! The ancient Essene Church of Christ has returned! AND WE HAVE WORK TO DO!

We are now entering the cusp between two ages. Essene prophecy states that the ancient Essene Masters will reincarnate at this time to prepare the way for the return of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ. These are exciting -- and challenging -- times! You can be at the forefront of this BLESSED WORK via affiliation with Essene Church of Christ. (Of course, there are non-Essene groups and individuals working to usher in the NEW DAY; we Essenes are not working alone! However, the angelic hierarchy led by the Lord Christ and Lady Christ has indeed set apart the Essene Church to perform certain specific duties, some of which can only be revealed within the context of our Essene Mystery School Lessons. Also, let us make this clear: We are optimists, not "prophets of doom". The "rough transition period" mentioned above is similar to a Spring-cleaning: it will result in a cleaner, safer place for all inhabitants of Planet Earth -- HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN ALIKE.)

The structure of Essene Church of Christ is described in a manuscript titled, The Keys to the Church, by Brother Nazariah. If you read that text you will discover that within our church there are various levels of involvement. You will discover that there are various orders within the church, and that those orders have names. By the term ‘order’, I mean a sub-group within the larger group. For example, within the Catholic Church there are various orders such as the Franciscans, the Benedictines, the Carmelites, etc. But no matter which order a Catholic might belong to, he or she always remains a Catholic. Likewise, within Essene Church of Christ there are various orders – each with its own name – but each member of each order remains a member of Essene Church of Christ. In other words, none of our orders is to be considered a separate church; rather, each order is a sub-grouping within the one church called Essene Church of Christ. To learn the names of those various spiritual orders, as well as other important information about our structure and government, read The Keys to the Church. Here let it be said that the most significant of those orders is called Essene Order of the Blue Rose, established by Mary Magdalene after the crucifixion of Yahshua. To learn more about the Order of the Blue Rose, read our booklet titled, Introduction to the Order of the Blue Rose.

While the basic teachings of our church are listed in our Book of Doctrines (the manuscript you are reading), and the structure of our church is described in The Keys to the Church, the basic practices of our church are described in The Manual of Discipline of Essene Church of Christ. Our doctrines are what we believe; our practices are the actions that flow from those beliefs; our structure is how we are organized to study and practice our teachings. Thus, a person wishing to gain an understanding of Essene Church of Christ should read all three of those manuscripts. (Of course, some of the more esoteric teachings of our church are found only on advanced courses within our Mystery School. Otherwise, they would not be ‘esoteric’.)

As described in detail in The Keys to the Church, the full name of our church is:

ESSENE CHURCH OF CHRIST

“Nasareans of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ of the Essene Way”
We are aware of many individuals and several groups who have adopted the word “Essene” as a label for their organizations and activities. Some of them have chosen names that sound similar to ours, and some even have taken material off our webpage and posted it on theirs, including articles written by our founder. Some of these individuals and groups are nice folks attempting to do good work. On the other hand, some are actually crazy and teach very wrong things in the name of the “Essenes”. Both the nice folks and the crazy folks have the legal right to use the word “Essene”. We simply ask that you be aware that none of these individuals or groups are legally connected to our church and we take no responsibility for their views or activities. Essene Church of Christ is directly linked by apostolic succession to the actual ancient Nasarean Essene Church established by the Lord Christ and Lady Christ. In that, we feel, we are unique.

Legally, anyone can adopt the word “Essene” and use it in whatever way they wish. But Spiritually, not every individual or group who adopts the word “Essene” is actually an “Essene”. The ancient Nasarean Essene Church is an actual organization that has survived through the centuries. It has initiation rituals and an apostolic succession. One becomes a member of THAT church in a specific way, and the leaders of THAT church are quite aware of who has – and who has not – entered their church. Essene Church of Christ is linked to THAT ancient church via direct apostolic succession. When you become a member of Essene Church of Christ you become a member of THAT church. That may not be the case with other groups using the word “Essene”. Nowadays, in the age of the internet, a supposed “Essene Church” that you discover on the internet may in fact be a single person sitting behind a computer screen. There may be no actual branches of the church where people meet together. In fact, at the time of this writing, the only Essene Church that actually has a string of congregations is ours. All others are simply WebPages.

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DOCTRINE THREE

DOCTRINE ON OUR FOUNDER

The modern founder of the legal entity known as Essene Church of Christ is Brother Nazariah, also called by his childhood name ‘Day’. However, he was simply a vehicle used by the Lord Christ and Lady Christ to establish an aboveground outlet for the underground (‘hidden’) Essene Church which has never ceased to exist. Thus the true founders of our church are the Lord Christ and Lady Christ, and they in turn are but the vehicles of God (Jah) and Goddess (Jahlah).

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE THREE

Nazariah wishes to stress the fact that he is not any sort of "Perfect Master"; rather, he is a fallible human being. He considers that his only merit is that he truly loves the Lord Christ and Lady Christ and sincerely wants to help them in their mission of mercy. Nazariah insists that he is not to be treated as a guru, but simply as a friend and brother. He is but a servant of the ultimate founders of our church, the Lord and Lady. He does not consider himself to be a great example of any Essene teaching except one: Loving the Lord Christ and Lady Christ will all of his heart. He hopes that by doing that he may someday master the other teachings.

Nazariah wishes to acknowledge his primary Essene teacher, Malachi the Zadek. Malachi, an Essene Master of Lebanese heritage who traveled all over the Middle East, was Nazariah’s mentor. Born in America of Lebanese parents, he spent much of his time in Egypt and Iraq, as well as Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. He said that he, Malachi, was merely the messenger of his own teacher, a man named Abdiel. Abdiel (known in some Middle East countries as Abdul) was a member of a surviving Nasarean sect in Baghdad, but had disciples in Egypt and all over the Middle East. Abdiel initiated Malachi into the living stream of Nasarean Essene apostolic succession. Because Malachi had been born in America, Abdiel asked him to return to America and initiate a disciple into the living stream of Nasarean Essene apostolic succession. He was told to train that disciple to found a modern Essene Church to serve as an aboveground outlet for the teachings of the underground Essene Church. By the time Malachi returned to the United States in the late 1960’s, Abdiel had made the transition to the next world. But Malachi carried with him the traditions, teachings, and texts of Abdiel; even the name he carried – ‘Malachi’ – was a gift from Abdiel: the name was given to him when he was initiated into the living stream of Nasarean Essene apostolic succession. The name Malachi means My Messenger, and, indeed, he considered himself to be the messenger of Abdiel to America.

For various reasons, Malachi chose to enter America without alerting the authorities to his presence. He flew to Mexico and then walked across the border with a group of “illegal aliens”. He crossed the border near San Diego, California, and began walking the streets of hippy-era America (this was the late 1960’s “peace and love”, anti-Vietnam war era, and the streets were full of longhaired youths smoking marijuana and searching for spiritual meaning.) With his long hair and beard, the elderly Malachi was embraced by the hippies, who gave him various hippy-names. One of the hippy-names bestowed upon Malachi was ‘The Poet’. That name was given to him because of his habit of peppering his ‘sermons’ with lots of mystical poetry that he seemed to compose spontaneously. (Though we have no surviving photo of Malachi, we do have a cassette tape interview of him done by Nazariah in 1976; in that interview, Malachi twice launches into mystical poetry, thus we get a taste of why the hippies called him The Poet.)

In the mountains east of San Diego, Malachi found an old abandoned hotel that had been condemned. The land was owned by an out of state real estate tycoon. Without permission, Malachi began camping on that land. He took the old hotel apart piece-by-piece (though elderly he still was a very good carpenter and occasionally earned a few dollars with that skill) and then built a cabin. He then took the old, cracked parking lot apart piece-by-piece, and planted beautiful gardens. He turned what had become an ugly junkyard into a paradise of natural beauty. When the real estate tycoon visited the land, he was so impressed that he agreed to let the old man stay as caretaker. (The real estate investor was planning to hold onto the land for some years and then sell it for a tidy profit. Some years later, the land was sold to a development company; they bulldozed the beautiful paradise and built an apartment building. Like the old Joni Mitchel song laments: “They take paradise, and put up a parking lot!”) By the time Nazariah came to that land in the middle 1970’s, it was the closest thing to a physical manifestation of the Garden of Eden imaginable: There were vegetable patches in the shapes of various spiritual symbols, oriental-style rock gardens, fruit trees, flowers in bloom everywhere, and a beautiful stream of bubbling water.

Nazariah helped Malachi build some additional simple cabins and they started an Essene monastic community called Essene Garden of Peace. There, Nazariah and a constantly changing assortment of traveling hippies studied with Malachi. While Nazariah does not consider that he was an exceptional student, he had one thing going for himself: he was persistent. While Nazariah stayed for seven years, the other hippies that passed through usually did not stay long. The reason: The day began at dawn and included many hours of hard work in the gardens! The traveling hippies loved to listen to The Poet talk about spiritual things but did not want to get up early and work hard in the gardens. After seven years, only Nazariah had accomplished the entire course of training offered by Malachi. Nobody else had even come close, as they never stayed long enough. Thus, only Nazariah, from amongst the hundred or so hippies (yes, Nazariah was definitely a ‘hippy’) that came and went, was initiated by Malachi into the living stream of Nasarean Essene apostolic succession. Thus the torch of Nasarean Essene apostolic succession had been passed to an American in fulfillment of the wish of Abdiel. Shortly after Nazariah completed his training with Malachi, the land was sold by the real estate tycoon to a development corporation. Malachi and Nazariah were evicted, and an apartment building replaced Essene Garden of Peace. Knowing his work was complete, Malachi soon after made the transition to the next world.

Nazariah feels very inadequate to have received this great blessing. He honestly acknowledges that it was not due to any great merit on his part; he simply liked getting up early and honestly enjoyed working in the garden and studying spiritual things. And, most importantly, he loved the old man, Malachi, and wanted to help him. Other than these simple things, he had no special merit that would be deserving of such a blessing.

Nazariah wishes to thank Abdiel, known in Baghdad as The Prophet, for being the hand that moved the pieces on the cosmic chessboard that resulted in the founding of Essene Church of Christ. Although Nazariah never met him, he has always felt his presence. [Note: the names ‘Malachi’ and ‘Abdiel’ figure prominently in the Nasarean ‘Old Testament’. This does not mean that the ‘Malachi’ and ‘Abdiel’ of our era were reincarnations of the former Essene prophets known by the same names. Of course, that is possible, but we have no reason to assume that. Many people today are named ‘David’, ‘Daniel’, and ‘Samuel’, but that does not imply that they are reincarnations of those Old Testament prophets.]

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DOCTRINE FOUR

DOCTRINE ON OUR MYSTERY SCHOOL: ESSENE MOUNTAIN OF PEACE

“The Essene Academy of Higher Learning"

As did the ancient Essenes, Essene Church of Christ operates a "Mystery School". The name of our Mystery School is Essene Mountain of Peace. Our Mystery School is the context in which the members of Essene Church of Christ study the teachings of Essene Church of Christ. We offer several introductory courses for the general public within our Mystery School but most courses are open only to members of Essene Church of Christ. To be eligible for membership, a candidate must have completed the first two general public courses: "COURSE ONE: THE WINDOW" and "COURSE TWO: MEMBERSHIP CLASS." Course One is a general introduction to the Essene teachings; Course Two provides information about Essene Church of Christ and the privileges and responsibilities of membership. After completing the two courses named above, a student is eligible to request initiation into membership in Essene Church of Christ. The initiation ritual is the ancient Essene-Christian baptism in water. Those who become members of Essene Church of Christ are not REQUIRED to continue taking courses in our Mystery School but are ELIGIBLE to do so. Most of the Mystery School courses are offered as home-study-courses via the mail. Besides the home-study courses, we offer in-person Mystery School classes at our "Mother Church". Those classes are personally led by the Yaiyr (‘Yaiyr’ means ‘Enlightener’ and is the title held by the High Priest) of Essene Church of Christ. Every student works at his or her own pace. He or she may take as much time as needed to complete a home-study course. When all the assignments for a particular course are completed, that course is done and the student is eligible -- but not required -- to take the next course. The content of each course is a bit more "advanced" than the previous one; the "higher mysteries" are revealed only after the "lesser mysteries" have been understood.

[NOTE: Since this book was first written, we have now combined the ‘Window’ course and the ‘Membership’ course into one course called ‘Membership Course’. Students who become a member of our church are then eligible to become a member of our Order of the Blue Rose by studying a course titled “The 49 Petals of the Blue Rose”.]

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE FOUR

Essene Mountain of Peace is subtitled “The Essene Academy of Higher Learning”. Although many courses are offered via mail, classes are also offered at our Mother Temple located at our beautiful natural-paradise Essene Retreat Center and Organic Farm called Essene Garden of Peace, located on 35 acres in a coastal mountain forest of Oregon. We are accurately labeled a "Mystery School" in that, like the ancient mystery schools, our teachings address the esoteric "mysteries" of life in school-like fashion: on a gradient scale which is ladder-like, the completion of one level being prerequisite to the beginning of the next level. But don't let the term "Mystery School" scare you away: There is nothing less scary than LOVE, and LOVE is the GOLDEN THREAD that runs through EVERY LEVEL of our Mystery School.

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DOCTRINE FIVE

DOCTRINE ON OUR HOLY SCRIPTURES

The primary holy scripture of Essene Church of Christ is The Holy Megillah:The Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way. At this moment, only portions of that scripture have been translated into English, but soon the entire manuscript will be available in English. Until then, we make use of the portions that have been translated, and various other Essene Holy Scriptures including The Gospel of the Holy Twelve (a reconstructed Essene New Testament) and The Essene Gospel of Peace (a four-book set.)

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE FIVE

We believe in studying the holy scriptures of all spiritual traditions. In fact, within the context of our Mystery School, we systematically study various scriptures of other spiritual traditions, including such "holy books" as The Bhagavad Gita, The Tao Te Ching, The Srimad Bhagavatam, The Dhammapada, The Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Indeed, we are open to Love and Truth from all sources! However, the Essene holy scriptures listed in Doctrine Five are the primary sources of our doctrines (the teachings of our church) and so have a special place of significance. AFTER ALL, THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF ESSENE CHURCH OF CHRIST IS TO SPREAD THE AUTHENTIC TEACHINGS OF THE LORD CHRIST AND LADY CHRIST ALL OVER THE PLANET; those authentic teachings are found in the Essene holy scriptures.

Yes, we believe the holy scriptures of Essene Church of Christ are the authentic records of the teachings of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ, the records as they existed before alteration by merchants of death. (These persons are referred to as "merchants of death" because they earned their income via the enslavement, pain and death of other beings.) As Yahshua (‘Jesus’) predicted (his predictions in this regard are quoted in our Commentary on Doctrine Two), these merchants of death persecuted to the point of near extinction the early Essene Christian church, formed a false Christian church that became a State-run religion, and altered the scriptures. But Yahshua also predicted that at a certain point in history -- the cusp between ages where we now stand -- his true teachings would come to light. AND THEY HAVE!

Although we believe our Essene holy scriptures contain the unadulterated, authentic teachings of the Lord and Lady, WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN ARGUING ABOUT IT! Rather, WE LET THE INCREDIBLY HIGH LEVEL OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH IN OUR SCRIPTURES SERVE AS TRANSCENDENTAL PROOF OF THEIR VALIDITY! Indeed, those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear", immediately recognize our Essene Holy Scriptures to be true due to the obvious fact that they present a MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH than the adulterated, mainstream Bible. Those who are spiritually evolved enough recognize spiritual truth when they see it; no argument is needed. Even individuals who are not very evolved in terms of spiritual understanding, but are at least sincere in their dedication to progress on the spiritual path, will intuitively perceive the BLAZING LIGHT which radiates from the pages of our Essene scriptures. Rather than argue about it, WE SIMPLY INVITE PEOPLE TO READ THE ESSENE SCRIPTURES AND TRUST THEY WILL SEE WHAT IS OBVIOUSLY THERE: SPIRITUAL TRUTH OF THE HIGHEST DEGREE!

In THE ESSENE TEACHINGS: Essays on the Essene Path by Nazariah, in a chapter titled The Essene Scriptures, more info is given in regard to our scriptures, as well as info on why we find much of the mainstream Bible very objectionable (animal sacrifice, murder and warfare in the name of God, etc.) If you read that chapter you will discover that we believe the mainstream Bible has been heavily altered and includes much material that is not very spiritual, wholesome, or from God. We believe that a comparison of the spiritual teachings of our scriptures with the teachings found in the mainstream Bible will lead true spiritual seekers to embrace the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way. We also recognize that many people – the majority – are not prepared to make such an unbiased comparison, being programmed to believe that the mainstream Bible is the literal Word of God. Rather than argue or debate with such persons, our time and energy is devoted to sharing our teachings with those who are sincerely interested.

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DOCTRINE SIX

DOCTRINE ON GOD AND GODDESS

We worship God (Jah) and Goddess (Jahlah). We believe that religions that worship only the Divine Father or only the Divine Mother, or present either the Father or the Mother as superior to the other, are seriously flawed, being inherently out of balance and disenfranchised from reality.

Our understanding of God and Goddess is based primarily on the Nasarean Book of Genesis, which is the first portion of the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way. A fairly detailed description of our understanding of God and Goddess is provided in the following Commentary on Doctrine Six, which includes key excerpts from The Holy Megillah: The Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE SIX

The original state of the Godhead was UNDIFFERENTIATED BEING. By the term undifferentiated we mean that there was no ‘other’; there was no ‘me and you’, no ‘he and she’, no ‘we’. There was just ONE BEING. The Hebrew word for the One Being is YAH. Yah is pure IS, pure BEING, pure EXISTENCE. We read in the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way:

Being IS. Without beginning Being IS. Without ending Being IS. Being is Yah. Yah is that which IS. That which IS is Truth. A word for Truth is Omen. Praises be to Omen! Here follows the story of Yah. This is the story of Omen. This is the story of the Divine Way of Yah. The name of the Divine Way is YHWH. To feel the truth of this name Pronounce it in Ancient Vibration…. Yea, chant the Holy Name! This name is HaShem, for this name contains every name. Praises be to YHWH! Though having always existed, Yah first existed as ONE ALONE before becoming ONE ANOTHER. Lo, the One Alone was undifferentiated and unmanifest, and neither space nor time nor worlds nor creatures did exist; neither did anything else exist except Yah, the One Alone, the That Which Is. Behold: this was before The First Question; and this was before The First Answer; and this was before The Great Appreciation which was The Bliss of Love; and this was before The Gracious Wish which is The Creative Wish; and this was before The Divine Plan; and this was before The Divine Couple; and this was before The First Children; and this was before The Mother Ovum; and this was before The Golden Ladder; and this was before The Great Freedom; and this was before The Great Danger; and this was before The Means of Intervention; and this was before The Spiral Dance. Yea, this was before all these things, and before all other things; yet everything which would ever be, was latent within the bosom of Yah.

Self-consciousness arose when Yah asked THE FIRST QUESTION -- “Who am I?” – and realized THE FIRST ANSWER: “I Am.” With this First Knowing came the First Feeling: BLISS. We read in the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way:

Being contemplated, and The First Question arose:

“What am I?”

Being considered, and The First Answer arose:

“I Am!”

And then Being knew itself to be Being.

Being knew,

“I am I.”
"I am EXISTENCE.”

And with this First Knowing,

Being realized CONSCIOUSNESS.

Being realized,

“I know!”

And with the First Knowing,

Being felt the First Feeling: BLISS.

And this Bliss was that of Great Appreciation.

Being realized,

“I Feel!”

…And Being knew:

“I exist eternally; I consider the facts of my existence; I feel profound feelings. I am Existence, Consciousness, and Feeling.”

And that which is Conscious is the Divine Mind.

And that which Feels is the Divine Heart.

And that which is the Source and Crown of each is Yah the Omen….

Time, as we know it, did not yet exist. But for fathomless duration of Eternal Now, Yah Mind and Yah Heart did think and feel as ONE BEING ALONE. And then arose within Yah THE GRACIOUS WISH, which is also THE CREATIVE WISH, the wish to share Existence, Consciousness, and Feeling with ANOTHER. In the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way, we read:

…Yah contemplated and Yah knew that within Yah was Ain Sof, the Unmanifest Realm of All Possibilities. And Yah knew that whatever Yah wished to Create, Yah could create from Ain Sof, the realm of Unlimited Possibility within Yah. And Yah knew that Yah wished to share the Bliss of Being with another, yea, with many others. For no greater gift could Yah conceive, than the Gift of Life, which is The Gift of Being.
Yah said, “I Am Yah, Being. And my personal name shall be Jah; For I shall be the first of many beings….”

We realize in the light of the above exactly why it is a natural instinct for us to LOVE GOD. We are the recipients of the greatest gift that could possibly be given: the GIFT OF LIFE! We did nothing to earn our existence. We exist due to the grace of Yah! Also in the light of the above, we realize that the goal of some religions – to merge back into Original Undifferentiated Being and cease to exist as a personal Being – IS NOT WHAT GOD WANTS! Yah wished for playmates! Friends! Children! Yah wished for other Beings with which to have relationships: others to love and interact with. And this wish was not a selfish desire on the part of Yah; rather, scripture calls it: THE GRACIOUS WISH. We are told that Yah so loved Being, that Yah wished to share this Bliss with others. We are those others! God’s goal for us is NOT that we return to the primordial state of undifferentiated being (the predominant philosophy in India, the philosophy of Shankara); rather, God’s goal for us is that we BE PERSONAL BEINGS (this is the minority philosophy in India, represented by some Vaishnava sects such as the Hare Krishna groups.) In order to relate to the other Beings that would come into existence via The Gracious Wish, Yah even chose a personal name: Jah. (In Biblical Hebrew, there is no “J” sound. In Nasarean Hebrew, the “J” sound is reserved only for several names of deity.) At this point, Jah was still neither male nor female. But that is about to change! We read:

“Lo, I know how I shall create; for I have looked deeply into Ain Sof, searching for the most beautiful and the most wise, and the most blissful, way to create my children; and behold: As I looked deeply into Ain Sof, I found the answer looking back at me!”
Yea, the answer to the question asked by Jah – “How will I create my children?” – was revealed in the face of Jahlah. For when Jah looked within Ain Sof and asked, “How will I create my children?” behold, the face of our Goddess, our Divine Mother, Jahlah, did appear. Lo: prior to gazing into the face of Jahlah, Jah had been neither male nor female. And prior to gazing into the face of Jah, Jahlah had been neither male nor female. Behold: at the moment Jah beheld Jahlah, Jahlah became the Divine Feminine, and Jah became the Divine Masculine.
Jah reached into Ain Sof and touched the face of Jahlah, and, lo: She whom had existed in Divine Possibility, as the Most Beautiful Possibility, now existed in Divine Actuality, as the Most Beautiful Actuality. And in her face Jah beheld, simultaneously, the faces of every female who will ever exist. And in His face Jahlah beheld the faces of every male who will ever exist. Jah and Jahlah knew this Truth was Their Truth, the Truth of Yah, which is Omen.
Then Jah desired to embrace Jahlah, and Jahlah desired to embrace Jah. And behold: Jah and Jahlah embraced; yea, They became entwined. And the body of Jah was in that instant every male body that will ever exist; and the body of Jahlah was in that instant every female body that will ever exist. Lo: the bodies of Jah and Jahlah were not physical but spiritual; neither were Their bodies confined to a time or place or shape or structure or condition. Behold: exactly what Their bodies were, and are, can not be fathomed by the human mind; neither can the bodies of Jah and Jahlah be drawn by the human hand….
And Jah knew, “Jahlah is mostly like me, but a bit different in a complementary way.” And Jah rejoiced in the similarity between He and Jahlah. And Jah rejoiced in the difference between He and Jahlah. Yea, the difference was not only useful, Jah knew, being the Way of Creation, but also playful and fun; and Jah is playful, indeed. Which is why Jah chose this way from amongst the infinite possibilities.
And Jahlah knew, “Jah is mostly like me, but a bit different in a complementary way.” And Jahlah rejoiced in the similarity between Her and Jah. And Jahlah rejoiced in the difference between Her and Jah. Yea, Jahlah knew, the difference was not only useful, but also playful and fun; and Jahlah is playful, indeed. Behold: from the beginning She had sung this song within the heart of Jah, even before he found her in Ain Sof.
Yea, the difference between Jah and Jahlah, is the difference between the Masculine and Feminine principles. Truly, this difference is cause for celebration: for this difference makes possible creation. Yea, it makes possible the Gracious Gift, and the bliss of the Lover and the Beloved. And Jah knew this and rejoiced. And Jahlah felt this and rejoiced.
Jah and Jahlah are the Two which are One and the One which are Two. In Their transcendental embrace They reasoned and felt and intuited together, as I and I. For Yah was no longer One Alone, but was now I and I, the One Another, the Lover and the Beloved: Jah and Jahlah. Together They considered the Divine Plan of Creation. Yea, together They made this plan.

The above excerpt from Nasarean Genesis began with a reference to Ain Sof. Literally, that Hebrew term means Without Limit. It refers to the realm of Unlimited Possibility. I wish to make note of an important distinction between the Nasarean concept of Ain Sof and that of the orthodox Jewish philosophers of the middle ages. The word Kaballah means Tradition and implies the mystical spiritual tradition passed down from teacher to student through the ages. It is important to note that the Kaballah tradition of orthodox Judaism – which is the Kaballah that most people have heard of – is based on the orthodox Torah used by Judaism. Nasarean Kaballah is NOT based on the orthodox Torah but on the Nasarean Scriptures. Thus there are some similarities but also profound differences. One example is the concept of Ain Sof. In the orthodox Jewish Kaballah, Ain Sof is actually senior to Yah. But in the Nasarean Kaballah, as stated above in an excerpt from Nasarean Genesis, Ain Sof is WITHIN Yah. In the orthodox tradition,

Ain Sof is the highest Deity. In the Nasarean tradition, Ain Sof is an impersonal realm of infinite possibility within the Deity.

We are told in the excerpt above that, prior to gazing into the face of Jahlah, Jah was neither male nor female. But gazing into her face he took on the masculine polarity and she the feminine. We are told that the answer to the question posed by Jah – “How will I create my children?” – was revealed in the face of Jahlah. Thus, the way of creation would be that of interaction between the masculine and feminine aspects. In other words, SEXUALITY IS THE WAY OF CREATION. The universe is sexual. In fact, it can be accurately stated that THE CREATORS OF THE UNIVERSE ARE SEXUAL. (note: We are not saying that they have human bodies or engage in physical sexual intercourse; we are saying that in some transcendental manner the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine interact sexually.) God (Jah) and Goddess (Jahlah) are sexual Beings. And it is lucky for us that they are sexual, as we would not otherwise exist! As the scripture stated: “Yea, the difference between Jah and Jahlah, is the difference between the Masculine and Feminine principles. Truly, this is a cause for celebration: for this difference makes possible creation. Yea, it makes possible the Gracious Gift, and the bliss of the Lover and the Beloved. And Jah knew this and rejoiced. And Jahlah felt this and rejoiced.” Let us also rejoice!

Together, Jah and Jahlah conceived their plan for creation. We read in Nasarean Genesis:

Jah and Jahlah said: “We will create a universe of space, time, number, letter, form, elements and principles; it will be a place of learning, play, and work for our children. This universe will be the Em Beytsah, Which is the Mother Ovum, and will enfold countless ovums….
“And Our universe will be governed by Law which is Just and Merciful; yea, the Justice of Jah-Jah shall be tempered with Mercy.
“And we will grant The Great Freedom to all Beings, which is Freedom of Choice, yea, even the freedom to make unwise choices; for We desire friendship with Beings who choose Our fellowship.
“But with The Great Freedom comes The Great Responsibility. Behold: by the thoughts, words, and deeds of each Being, each shall rise or fall upon The Golden Ladder. And that Ladder is The Ladder of Being….”
“And when one of Our children cracks the shell of the Mother Ovum, that child shall have returned to Godhead, which is Heaven Most High. That child shall see Jah-Jahlah face to face, outside the shell of the Mother Ovum. That child shall be Our friend and companion in a new and special way; for that child has made the Ring of Return and is now Our Playmate and Co-worker. Yea, that child shall enjoy a time of bliss and fellowship with Jah-Jahlah. And such a child is never more required to return to the Mother Ovum, but may choose to return, as workers of Jah-Jah. For the harvest shall be great but the workers few.
Jah and Jahlah deeply contemplated Their Plan. They realized that The Great Freedom could result in great pain; for, not every being will choose wisely. Yet They also knew that without freedom, their would be no opportunity for Their children to learn and grow. And so They agreed, “We must remain outside of The Mother Ovum; for it is We who will give life to the Mother Ovum.

We often wonder how, if there is such a Being as God, can evil exist? We see many examples of violent, terrible behavior in our world, and we ask: How can God permit such evil to occur? The answer is provided in the above passage from Nasarean Genesis. The answer: THE GREAT FREEDOM. God and Goddess, our Jah-Jah (the short term used by Nasareans to refer to both Jah and Jahlah at the same time is Jah-Jah), chose to bestow the gift of freedom of choice to all Beings. This includes the freedom to reject the way of Jah-Jah and to make unwise decisions. Though making freedom of choice a universal right has led to many negative experiences, to have done otherwise would have been to create a race of mere robots.

We also learn in the above passage that, though we live in a universe called The Mother Ovum and that Jah and Jahlah are outside that Ovum in a realm called Heaven Most High, we can make THE RING OF RETURN. Beings who climb THE GOLDEN LADDER, which is the center branch of the Tree of Life, can pass through the shell of The Mother Ovum – this universe – and enter Heaven Most High, thus making THE RING OF RETURN. The Golden Ladder is The Ladder of Being, and we climb it by having thoughts, words, and deeds in harmony with UNIVERSAL LAW. Although there is a realm outside of The Mother Ovum – outside of our universe – called HEAVEN MOST HIGH, even within The Mother Ovum there are countless heavenly realms. As we ascend The Golden Ladder we ascend to progressively higher heavens, eventually reaching the realm of Jah (God) and Jahlah (Goddess) called Heaven Most High. There, according to the above scripture, we enjoy a time of bliss and fellowship with Jah-Jah, as their playmates and co-workers! Though not required to return to The Mother Ovum, we may choose to return as workers of Jah-Jah.

The section of Nasarean scripture quoted above ended with Jah and Jahlah agreeing that, “We must remain outside of The Mother Ovum; for it is We who will give life to the Mother Ovum.” Remember, the word Ovum means egg. And just as an egg will die if the Mother Hen does not remain outside the egg giving it her loving care, so would our universe die if Jah-Jah did not surround it and give it life through the center branch of the Tree of Life. In a sense, the center branch is an umbilical cord, through which the energy of life flows into not only The Mother Ovum, but into the Crown Chakra of every Being within the Ovum. Though Jah and Jahlah have stated that they must remain outside The Mother Ovum, they also maintain a presence within the Ovum: not only through the center branch (through that branch they are perpetually in contact with all Beings), BUT ALSO BY EMANATING THEIR FIRST CHILDREN TO REPRESENT THEM WITHIN THE OVUM. The emanation of the First Son and First Daughter of Jah-Jah is described in the following Doctrine Seven.

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DOCTRINE SEVEN

DOCTRINE ON LORD CHRIST AND LADY CHRIST

Although Jah (God) and Jahlah (Goddess) remain outside the circumference of the Mother Ovum (the ‘Mother Ovum’ is the Universe), they birthed – by direct emanation – the Lord Christ and Lady Christ to represent them in the Mother Ovum. Because he is the only Being directly emanated by Jah, the Lord Christ is referred to as the Only Directly Begotten Son of Jah. Likewise, because she is the only Being directly emanated by Jahlah, the Lady Christ is referred to as the Only Directly Begotten Daughter of Jahlah.

The transcendental personal name of the Lord Christ is Jahday, though he is known by countless names in countless worlds. He is also called Immanuel, which means God Immanent in Creation. In Nasarean theology, Jahday is in fact considered to be God Immanent, because he was directly emanated by Jah to represent Jah in the Mother Ovum. Jah is called God Transcendent for he is the source of God Immanent and resides outside of the Mother Ovum in a realm called Heaven Most High. Another Hebrew name by which the Lord Christ is known is ‘Oholiy’ab, which means Tent of His Father. And, two thousand years ago on earth, he was called Yahshua, though that name was altered and came down to us in English as ‘Jesus’. (‘Jesus’ is a Greek-English corruption of the Hebrew name Yahshua.)

The transcendental personal name of the Lady Christ is Jahnah, though she is known by countless names in countless worlds. She is also called Immanuelah, which means Goddess Immanent in Creation. In Nasarean theology, Jahnah is in fact considered to be Goddess Immanent, because she was directly emanated by Jahlah to represent Jahlah in the Mother Ovum. Jahlah is called Goddess Transcendent for she is the source of Goddess Immanent and resides outside of the Mother Ovum in a realm called Heaven Most High. Another Hebrew name by which the Lady Christ is known is ‘Oholiybah, which means Tent of Her Mother. And, two thousand years ago on earth, she was called Miriam of Magdala, though that name came down to us in English as ‘Mary Magdalene’. (‘Mary’ is an English corruption of the Hebrew name Miriam.)

The first two children of Jah-Jah (‘Jah-Jah’ is a Nasarean term by which we conveniently refer to both Jah and Jahlah at the same time) were given the assignment of creating the countless children of the Mother Ovum (the ‘Mother Ovum’ – Em Beytsah in Hebrew – means ‘Mother Egg’ and is the Nasarean term for our universe). Thus, Jahday (the Lord Christ) and Jahnah (the Lady Christ) are the Children of Jah-Jah, but they are the Mother and Father of all other created Beings.

Besides their role as creators within the Mother Ovum, the Lord Christ and Lady Christ were assigned the role of Saviors. The work of Salvation is a manifestation of Mercy. The Lord Christ and Lady Christ are the Hands of Mercy of Jah-Jah, and those who join the Lord and Lady in this work also become Hands of Mercy.

Beings whom join with the Lord and Lady to help them in their mission of mercy become ‘christed’, which is to enter the Christ Family. The Essene Church of Christ is a manifestation of the Christ Family, established by the Lord and Lady via the assistance of human beings whom have affiliated with them. Thus, Essene Church of Christ is a circle of disciples of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ. We worship them and study their teachings, that we may better serve them. We are their Hands of Mercy on Planet Earth. In their role as Saviors, the Lord and Lady establish such circles of disciples all over the universe, for our world is but one of countless worlds.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE SEVEN

In the following section of Nasarean Genesis, the plan by Jah-Jah to emanate a Son and Daughter to represent them in The Mother Ovum is described:

Yea, We will give life to the Mother Ovum by surrounding it as a circumference, that it may expand into Us. Lo: if We abandon the circumference the Ovum will surely die. Therefore We will remain at the circumference, and each being who cracks the Mother Ovum will enter Heaven Most High.
But we who make the decision to grant The Great Freedom realize that great pain may result and desire to be with our children even inside The Mother Ovum. And though We can not abandon the circumference, neither shall We abandon Our children. Thus, Jah and Jahlah will each emanate a portion of Ourselves to represent Us in The Mother Ovum.
Yea, Jah will emanate a portion of Himself which will be the First Son of Jah, and Jahlah will emanate a portion of Herself which will be the First Daughter of Jahlah. And the First Son of Jah will be the only Son of Jah directly begotten by Jah. And the First Daughter of Jahlah will be the only Daughter of Jahlah directly begotten by Jahlah. For the First Son and the First Daughter shall be the Masculine Archetype and the Feminine Archetype through which all other beings shall be created. Thus shall the First Son of Jah be Father of All within the Mother Ovum but Son of Jah in Heaven Most High. And thus shall the First Daughter of Jahlah be the Mother of All within the Mother Ovum but Daughter of Jahlah in Heaven Most High.
And the Name of the First Son who is the Father within the mother Ovum shall be Jahday. And He will also be called ‘Oholiy’ab, for he is the Tent of His Father. And He shall be called Immanuel, for He is God Immanent in Creation. And He will be called many names in many worlds. And the Name of the First Daughter who is the Mother within the Mother Ovum shall be Jahnah. And she will be called ‘Oholibah, for she is the Tent of Her Mother. And she shall be called Immanuelah, for She is Goddess Immanent in Creation. And She shall be called many names in many worlds.

Yes, she will be called many names on many worlds. Unfortunately for our world, most of us called her Whore! (The details of how that came to happen will be provided later in this commentary. And yes, I am hinting that the name of the Only Directly Begotten Daughter of Jah-Jah, when she walked our world, was in fact: MARY MAGDALENE! Well, actually it was Miriam of Magdala, but I will explain that later!)

Most Christians and Jews are familiar with the biblical prophecy that, when the Christ-Messiah came to our world, he would be called Immanuel. That Hebrew word means: God immanent in creation. Though Jesus (Yahshua) was not named Immanuel upon birth, millions of people have come to believe that he was in fact God immanent in creation. Thus, that prophecy came true. Now I will declare another prophecy: I declare that, with the distribution in our world of the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way (which has never before been widely distributed; in earlier centuries it was banned and those who possessed it were killed), a group of disciples of both the Lord Christ and the Lady Christ will gather together, AND IMMANUELAH – which means Goddess immanent in creation – WILL BE WORSHIPPED AS MOTHER, not scorned as harlot! This group of disciples of the Lord and Lady will be small during my lifetime, but will grow as the years roll by: for, there is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come! And the time has come for the Mother to take her place alongside the Father in the throne room of your heart….

Yes, the Son of Jah and the Daughter of Jahlah, are the Children of Jah-Jah, but, in relation to you and I, they are Parents. The reason they are called the ONLY directly begotten children of Jah-Jah, is that they are the only children DIRECTLY EMANATED by Jah-Jah. Thus, in relation to Jah-Jah, they are children. But those first two children of Jah-Jah were given the assignment of creating the countless children of The Mother Ovum – us! Thus, Jahday and Jahnah, are the Children of Jah-Jah, but they are the Mother and Father of every other Being ever created!

Now, if you wonder whether or not the above constitutes incest – Jahday and Jahnah, the only directly begotten children of Jah-Jah, having transcendental intercourse to create us – the following passage from Nasarean Genesis will disabuse you of that concern:

“And because the First Son is directly emanated by Jah, and the First Daughter by Jahlah, and are not the product of intercourse of Jah-Jahlah, the Son and the Daughter are eligible for intercourse with each other; otherwise such intercourse of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine would be incest and would be unlawful. Which is why Jah Himself emanated Jahday without intercourse with Jahlah, and why Jahlah Herself emanated Jahnah without intercourse with Jah. And this is why Jah said: “When Jahday, the Only Directly Begotten Son of Jah, has union with Jahnah, He will take within Himself the feminine element of Jahlah, and will then always be of both Jah and Jahlah.” And this is why Jahlah said: “When Jahnah, the Only Begotten Daughter of Jahlah, has union with Jahday, She will take within Herself the masculine element of Jah, and will then always be of both Jah and Jahlah.”

The above passage is likely the origin of the various legends in world religions of a VIRGIN BIRTH. The latter portion of the above excerpt is important because it illuminates the fact that though Jahday was emanated by the Father and Jahnah emanated by the Mother, each will be of BOTH THE FATHER AND MOTHER once they have union (spiritual intercourse). At that time, Jahnah will take within her the masculine element, and Jahday the feminine element.

In the next passage the twofold purpose of Jahday and Jahnah is made clear. They are to be Creators and Saviors within the Mother Ovum (Em Beytsah):

And Jah and Jahlah agreed: “They will be Creators and They will be Saviors; for, They will create Beings and They will save Beings, according to Our will. Yea, They shall be the hands of Mercy which will reach out to those who have stumbled upon The Golden Ladder. For, lo: Not all will choose wisely within The Great Freedom, and We desire to reach out from Heaven Most High even to those in the Most Low Hell. Yea, We shall reach out to every world within Em Beytsah, and Jahday and Jahnah will be Our Hands.”

Next we are treated to a beautiful passage describing the First Family:

Jah and Jahlah agreed, “We are the Two which are One, and the One which is Two. And with Our only begotten children, Jahday and Jahnah, we become Four united as One. The Four are the First Family and within the First Family are Two Gods and Two Goddesses: Jah is God Transcendent and Jahday is God Immanent; and Jahlah is Goddess Transcendent and Jahnah is Goddess Immanent. Yea, We are the First Family. And the First Family is an Expanding Family. For the Four expand to become the All. And the name of Our family is the name of the All. And the name of the All is YHWH. And that name is the name which includes all names; therefore that name is HaShem….”

The Hebrew term HaShem means THE NAME and implies The Name which includes every name. That term is linked to the tetragrammaton – YHWH – because that is the term for THE ALL. Each Being – including God and Goddess but also including you and I – simultaneously enjoys two truths: 1) We are each an individual Being; we do not finally merge with God or The All in such a way as to end our existence as a personal Being; 2) We are each always a part of the ONE EXPANDING UNIVERSAL BEING, the interconnected whole which is ALL. The terms HaShem and YHWH refer to the second truth above.

In the following excerpt we are told that there were infinite ways by which God (Jah) and Goddess (Jahlah) might have created the universe, but they chose THEIR WAY. Then we are given an account of their setting Their Plan into motion. This excerpt will culminate with the actual ‘birth’ of Jahday and Jahnah, the Only Directly Begotten Children of Jah-Jah. We read:

Lo: within the Infinite Field of All Possibilities there were countless ways by which creation might have been created. But from amongst all those ways, Jah and Jahlah chose Their Way. Yea, this was The Way of Jah and Jahlah, our Jah-Jah. And they knew it was good. And they felt it was good. And it was good.
Having conceived Their Plan, Jah and Jahlah activated Their Plan. Yea, in transcendental embrace, Jah and Jahlah, our Jah-Jah, set in motion Their Plan. And Their Plan was Their Way. And Their Way was Good….”
Jah-Jah was All. There was no place that was not Jah-Jah. So that there would be Space for others to Be, Jah-Jah performed Tzimtzum, self-constriction. Yea, Jah-Jah self-constricted, condensing to a point of Jah-Jah. And the space where Jah-Jah had been before Tzimtzum, the space from which Jah-Jah had withdrawn, was a void of empty space. And this was according to the will of Jah-Jah.
Jah-Jah was now One Point at the center of a void of empty space. The One Point was the Oneness of Jah and Jahlah in embrace. Lo: the One Point was the merging of the Two which are One, and the One which is Two for the purpose of Creative Expansion. For though the Original Condition of Yah was One, One was always pregnant with Two, and Two with Three, and Three with Four; and this is YHWH, the All which is Many and One, One and Many.
At the center of the void Jah spoke one holy word, “Jahday”, and Jahday came forth as The Word of Jah. And Jahlah exhaled one holy breath, “Jahnah”, and Jahnah came forth as The Breath of Jahlah….”

At the end of the above excerpt from Nasarean Genesis, Jahday (the Son) is called THE WORD of Jah, and Jahnah (the Daughter) is called THE BREATH of Jahlah. We know that early Christianity affirmed Jesus (Yahshua) to be the human incarnation of THE WORD, and also THE SON OF GOD. But what about the Daughter? Although it is a lost tradition, traces remain in the orthodox Judaeo-Christian scriptures of the Nasarean worship of the Divine Feminine. Consider the following facts. The Hebrew term for The Holy Spirit is Ruah HaKodesh. That term is feminine due to the fact that Ruah, the Hebrew word typically translated as Spirit, is in feminine form (ending with ah). When the feminine Hebrew term Ruah HaKodesh was translated into the Greek Old Testament (The Septuagint) and Greek New Testament, is was put into neuter gender. Then, when the Greek Bible was translated into English, the Holy Spirit was referred to as He. Thus, the Holy Spirit went from being feminine in the original Hebrew, to being neutered in the Greek, and then made masculine in English! But there is even more to consider. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word Ruah is not Spirit but Breath. Thus, a literal translation of the Hebrew term Ruah HaKodesh would not be Holy Spirit but Holy Breath. And that ties in perfectly with the above passage from Nasarean Genesis wherein the Only Begotten Daughter (Jahnah) is called THE BREATH of Jahlah. Jahnah is called The Holy Breath because, as the above scripture declared: “And Jahlah exhaled one holy breath, ‘Jahnah’, and Jahnah came forth as The Breath of Jahlah….” To take this even further, the Biblical Hebrew word for Dove is Jonah, and the Nasarean name Jahnah means Dove of Jah-Jah. In the Hebrew, Greek, and English versions of the mainstream Bible, the Dove is associated with the Holy Spirit. Even in religious artwork through the centuries, the Dove has symbolized the Holy Spirit. Thus, the origin of that symbology is NASAREAN GENESIS, in which JAHNAH (the Dove) is referred to as The Holy Breath (i.e. Holy Spirit).

And before we end this article we will see that in the same way that Jesus (Yahshua) was the human incarnation of THE WORD, so was Mary Magdalene (Miriam of Magdala) the incarnation of THE HOLY BREATH.

In the following passage we are treated to a profoundly beautiful account of the anointing of Jahday and Jahnah as Lord Christ and Lady Christ:

Before leaving Jahday on the Throne of Masculine Light at the Center of Empty Space, and before leaving Jahnah on the Throne of Feminine Light at the Center of Empty Space, to ascend Their own thrones in Heaven Most High --which heaven is outside the Mother Ovum and surrounds the Mother Ovum -- Jah-Jah anointed Them with the Water of Life, which is of the Tears of Jah-Jah.
Yea, these tears were shed because Jah and Jahlah so loved the world that They gave Their only begotten children as the Hands of Mercy, which are Christ-Messiahs, even knowing that They would be crucified again and again, repeatedly and in diverse ways upon countless crosses of countless realms and worlds of endless space and time by those who, within the context of The Great Freedom, would make unwise choices resulting in fathomless pain and sadness, resulting in The Merciful Intervention in the Darkness of Ignorance by the Word and Breath of Mercy, which is the Lord Christ and Lady Christ.
Lo: the Water of Life is of the Tears of Jah-Jah which are the Tears of Compassion shed not only for Jahday and Jahnah, but for all Beings whom will ever experience pain for any reason, deserved or not, in all the realms and all the times of fathomless duration within the Mother Ovum.
Yea, but the Tears of Jah-Jah are also Tears of Joy, shed in the awareness that the Great Pain of Evolution will be transcended by countless Beings whom, over the course of fathomless duration, will pierce ovum after ovum, eventually piercing even the Mother Ovum, joining Jah and Jahlah in Heaven Most High, as friends, co-workers, and playmates, and joining Jahday and Jahnah as Christ-Messiahs, for the salvation of all sentient Beings….

The above passage is one of the most touching sections of scripture we will find anywhere! Several comments must be made. In order to understand the above verses, we must realize what the word Christ means. The English word Christ is from the Greek word Christos which means Anointed. The Greek Christos is a translation of the Hebrew word Mashiakh which means Anointed. The English word Messiah is from the Hebrew Mashiakh. Thus, all these words mean the same thing: ANOINTED. In the ancient days, when a King sent a messenger or representative on a mission in his name, or consecrated a person to a high office, he Anointed them – usually their head – with oil. Thus, any person sent on a mission by the King was a Mashiakh, as was anyone else who experienced this sort of anointing ritual. However, when we use the term with great emphasis – THE Mashiakh -- we are speaking of a special messenger of a special King: We are speaking of the Messenger of King/Queen Jah-Jah. In the Nasarean tradition, we are speaking of the Only Begotten Son of Jah (Jahday) and the Only Begotten Daughter of Jahlah (Jahnah). In our tradition, they are the Lord Christ and the Lady Christ. They were anointed not with ordinary oil, but with THE WATER OF LIFE.

In the above excerpt we find the origin of the famous verses from the Gospel of John which millions of children in Sunday School classes have been required to memorize: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son….” But in the original Nasarean version, it is not only God but God and Goddess doing the giving, and it is not only the Son but also the Daughter that is given. And they are given not only to this planet, but to all worlds. [While it might seem impossible for two Beings – the Lord Christ and the Lady Christ – to cover all that territory (all worlds of endless space and time), making appearances on countless planets, the answer to that objection is given in a later section of the Nasarean Bible: the Lord Christ explains that he and the Lady Christ can appear in more than one place at a time, in various bodies in various worlds, simultaneously!]

In the next excerpt from Nasarean Genesis, the center branch of the Tree of Life is created when Jah and Jahlah ascend and pierce the Mother Ovum, leaving Jahday and Jahnah as Creators and Saviors within the Mother Ovum:

Jah-Jah ascended from the center of the Mother Ovum to the circumference, piercing the circumference and surrounding the circumference. Lo: outside and surrounding the Mother Ovum, Jah-Jah established Heaven Most High, the Ultimate Paradise. Behold: with Their ascension from the Center of the Mother Ovum into Heaven Most High, Jah-Jah left Behind a trail for all to follow; and that trail is The Golden Ladder. And The Golden Ladder is also The Center Branch of The Tree of Life. Yea, the Center Branch is the path of ascension which leads from the center of every ovum to Heaven Most High. And this path must be walked in the Word of Jah-Jah which is Jahday, and in the Breath of Jah-Jah which is Jahnah…. Lo: the soul who sees this truth, is the soul whom gazes deeply inward. Such inward gazing is called Tzafah.

NOW COMES THE BEGINNING OF CREATION WITHIN OUR UNIVERSE! Remember, the Nasarean term for our universe is Em Beytsah, which means Mother Ovum. Jah and Jahlah are now outside the Mother Ovum in their realm called Heaven Most High. They have left their Only Begotten Children, Jahday and Jahnah, in the center of the Mother Ovum, to be Creators and Saviors. Now that creation begins! We read in Nasarean Genesis:

In the Center of the Mother Ovum, Jahday and Jahnah embraced in ecstacy. Lo: The Word of Jah-Jah and the Breath of Jah-Jah were united As One. Yea, Jahnah felt, and knew, that the Word of Jah was within Her, and Jahday knew, and felt, that the Breath of Jahlah was within Him.
Before the beginning of Their Dance, the Mother Ovum was Bohu, a dark void of desolate emptiness. And this void was Tohu, without form. And this void was dark because there was yet no Light of Illumination. And this void was desolate because the Spirit of Yah was with Elohim in Tzimtzum. Then, bursting outward in ecstacy from Tzimtzum into Bohu, the Spiral Dance of Creation began. Behold: Elohim Karim! Elohim Dances!
Elohim danced the Karar HaAur, the Dance of Light, a whirling motion with the sound of a hum. And the hum of the Light Dance is the music of Their Dance. And the music of Their Dance is one with the lyrics of Their Song. And those lyrics are the words sang by They Who Dance. And They Who Dance are Jahday and Jahnah, our God and Goddess Immanent, Elohim. And the lyrics They sing while They dance the Dance of Light are The Words of Light: “Yehi Aur!” Which means, “Let there be Light!”
Lo, Elohim sang “Let there be Light!” and there was Light! And Elohim knew that the Light was Good. And when the Light entered Bohu, the Darkness of the Void, the Light Comprehended the Darkness, but the darkness comprehended not the Light. And the Spiral Dance was the Sa’arah, the Whirlwind. And the Whirlwind was the Breath of Yah upon the Void, the Air of Being blowing upon the Void of Non-Being. And from the Sa’arah came forth Sparks of Light, Nitzot haAur. And each Spark of Light is a Seed of Light, a Zera’ haAur. And each Seed of Light is a Soul, a Nephesh, a Spiritual Being. Behold: Elohim created each Being in the embryonic image and likeness of Elohim, male and female, each wearing Yah as a Crown of Glory. And the image is manifest in the Attributes….
Yea, Jahday and Jahnah danced Their Dance of Creation! In the balance of Their Embrace They Danced. And always the Center of Their Dance was Yah, which is I AM, which is Their Oneness, which is the Crown of Glory. Lo: Their Balance was not without motion; it was balance in motion: He spun around Her, and She around He, and always they were centered in Yah. Lo: Yah is the Center of the All and of every part of the All! Yah is the Center of the Masculine Aspect and the Feminine Aspect; for, behold: those aspects exist for the expansion of Yah and the bliss of Yah according to the Gracious Wish. And this is YHWH. Yea, YHWH is The Great Dance of Creation. Jahday and Jahnah danced in ecstacy!

Wow! Absolutely beautiful! In the passages that follow the above in Nasarean Genesis -- which are not included in this commentary -- Jahday and Jahnah (together they are called Elohim) continue their dance of creation, dancing sacred geometries and weaving them with other sacred geometries, creating letters, and numbers, and forms, and principles… and finally worlds. But now we are going to shift gears a bit; we are going to focus on one particular world – this one – and the Messianic incarnation of THE LADY CHRIST. I have already alluded to the Nasarean belief that she came as MARY MAGDALENE and was harshly rejected by the people. In the paragraphs that follow, I will support those assertions. We will still depend on excerpts from the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way, but will also quote extensively from the writings of various scholars and other non-canonical gospels. Our first step will be to demonstrate that the Nasarean “Old Testament” prophesized that the Lady Christ (Jahnah) would make a messianic incarnation alongside of the Lord Christ, but would be rejected. Fascinatingly, we will learn that her incarnation would be that of the Magdal-Eder (the word can be spelled either Magdal or Magdalah) and that traces of that prophecy remain today in the mainstream Bible Book of Micah. While many of us experience some sadness when we consider how badly the Lady Christ was treated when she came as the Magdalene, we will conclude this article on a very positive note: WE WILL LEARN THAT THE NASAREAN BIBLE FORETELLS ANOTHER COMING OF THE LORD CHRIST AND LADY CHRIST TO THIS WORLD, AND DECLARES THAT THIS TIME SHE – and He -- WILL BE EMBRACED BY MANY! (In fact, the publication of the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way, which will soon occur, will be the first step in preparing a group of devoted disciples to receiver her when she comes.) This article will end with an invitation to accept the Lady Christ into your heart, here and now! By so doing, you can help prepare the way for her return to this world!

In regard to WHY Jahday (the Son) and Jahnah (the Daughter) would take incarnation on Earth, their roles as Lord Christ and Lady Christ demanded it. You see, our planet suffered a Luciferian attack at its very inception. Negative entities called Saraphim came to Earth in what the Nasarean scripture calls Skyships (spacecraft?) and began interfering with the natural course of evolution on this planet. Among other negative activities, the Luciferians launched hideous genetic experiments, introducing their seed into the human genetic pool. Worst of all, they taught early humanity to kill and sacrifice both animals and humans, and to eat animal flesh. The intervention of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ was necessary to counter the negative activities of the Luciferians.

The initial Luciferian attack, in which they attempted to prevent the planting of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, is described in the following passage from Nasarean Genesis:

On the evening of the Seventh Day, having held Shabat, Abraham and Sa’arah made ready to plant the seed of the Tree of Life in the center of the Garden of Eden. Abraham held the seed in his bag of seed and Sa’arah held the soil in her bowl of germination. Abraham, High Priest of the Temple of Light, which Temple is within the Sun, raised up his staff and recited the words of prayer and invocation for the planting of the holy seed. And Sa’arah, High Priestess of the Temple of Light, which Temple is the Sun, raised up her bowl and recited the words of prayer and invocation. Then Abraham planted the seed of the Tree of Life in Sa’arah’s bowl. But, behold: before Sa’arah had germinated the seed in her bowl, yea, before she had opened her bag of water and moved the seed from her bowl to the garden where it would grow tall, the agents of Satan attacked. As had been revealed to Abraham and Sa’arah during Shabat, Lucifer, the agent of Satan, attacked the garden with his soldiers, fallen angels of the Luciferian rebellion. And these soldiers are called Saraphim, for they spit fire from their serpent staves.
Lo: Luciferian Sky Ships dropped gourds of poisoned water and poisoned fire over the area of the garden; for Satan had ordered Lucifer to pre- vent the planting of the Tree of Life on this world. But before the gourds of poisoned water and fire landed on the garden, Abraham and Sa’arah protected the holy seed; for they had been warned in a vision that this attack would occur. Yea, Abraham and Sa’arah put the holy seed between their bodies and entwined themselves round it; then, they each shed a tear of compassion for all the souls of this world who would be deceived by the Luciferians. Behold: their tears did water the holy seed and it germinated as they buried their feet in the soil in the center of the garden. Lo: in a flash of light the Tree of Life was fully grown, its seven roots rooted in the center of the garden, its seven branches reaching into the heavens.
Behold: Abraham and Sa’arah were within the Tree. And through the center of the Tree they passed into the center of the Sun which is the Temple of Light. For, lo: the center of the Tree is the center of the All, and all centers are connected thereat. But Abraham and Sa’arah were not alone; for, when they entwined in the Garden and wept the Tears of Compassion which watered the seed of the Tree of Life, behold: one of Abraham’s tears entered the womb of Sa’arah, and she was now pregnant with child.
Now, at the very same moment that the Tree of Life had sprung up in the center of the Garden, the entire Garden sprang to life. Yea, all the dormant bodies and sleeping souls of the various species of plant and animal life were activated. And when the gourds dropped by the Luciferian Sky Ship hit the Tree of Life, lo: they did not harm the tree; for, once a Tree of Life has been planted, it can not be harmed. And the Tree of Life transformed the poisoned water and poisoned fire of the gourds into good water and good fire.

Astute Bible students will wonder what the heck Abraham and Sa’arah are doing in the Garden of Eden! In the mainstream Bible, they appear much later and perform very different deeds than in the Nasarean Genesis. For example, one of the most disturbing (to those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see) stories in the mainstream Bible is the one in which Abraham prepares to obey the command of ‘God’ to murder (human sacrifice) his son, Isaac. In that awful story (loved my millions!), Abraham is willing to thrust a knife into his son’s chest to prove his faith in God. Fortunately, the Abraham of the Nasarean Bible is much saner! The Nasarean Abraham recognizes the command to murder his own child as coming from a demonic entity masquerading as God, and refuses the evil deed. In the Nasarean version, the only way in which Abraham ‘sacrifices’ his son is by sending him from a heavenly abode to do loving service in this lower world.

In Nasarean Genesis, Abraham and Sa’arah are angelic Beings (Cherubim) in service to the Lord Christ and Lady Christ. For this solar system, Abraham and Sa’arah are the chief overseers of the work of the Lord and Lady, being the High Priest and High Priestess of our star:

Yea, the Stars and the Worlds are countless! The Living Beings are countless! The Eternity of Eternities is unfathomable! The world we live on is but one of countless worlds, some higher in spiritual perfection, some lower. Lo: the story of our world follows.
Each Living World is under the dominion of a Temple Star. And the Prince of each Star is an Abram. Lo: the name of the Abram of our Sun is Abraham, which means Father of a Multi- tude. Thus he is called Abraham the Abram. And the Princess of the Cherubim of each Star is a Sarah. And the name of the Sarah of our Sun is Sa’arah, which means Whirlwind. Thus she is called Sa’arah the Sarah.
Abraham and Sa’arah were sweet souls whom had previously pierced the Mother Ovum and enjoyed a Blessed Day of Play with Jah-Jah. Now they had returned to serve as Hands of Mercy under Lord Christ Jahday and Lady Christ Jahnah. And Jahday and Jahnah gave to Abraham and Sa’arah a Great Work: the planting of a new Star Seed and the seeds of its Heavens and Planets and Creatures. And though Abraham and Sa’arah would plant and nurture the seeds, lo: only Jahday and Jahnah were to create such seeds. For, behold: them of the Luciferian Rebellion had begun violating this and other precepts and had thereby spread much evil and pain in many worlds. Yea, Lucifer, under the inspiration of Satan, had begun creating his own seeds, not of stars or worlds, for he had not that power, but of evil life forms which he seeded as weeds upon many worlds. But Abraham and Sa’arah were righteous and violated not the precepts of our Lord and Lady. Lo: they followed the instructions of King Jahday and Queen Jahnah, and planted only the seed given to them. Abraham and Sa’arah were made Overseers of the new Star we call our Sun, and they were given good seed to plant.

It certainly can be no mere coincidence that in the Hindu tradition there is a deity called Brahmah in charge of each star and that his female consort is Sarasvati. Consider this closesly: In Hebrew you have Abraham and Sarah, in Sanskrit you have Brahma and Sarasvati. And in the Nasarean Genesis Abraham and Sa’arah perform the same roles as their Sanskrit counterparts: solar deities in service to God and Goddess.

After Abraham and Sa’arah foiled the attempt by the Luciferians to prevent the planting of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, Lucifer hatched a second plan. We read:

Behold: the Luciferians were dismayed that they had not prevented the planting of the Tree of Life on this world, but they had a second plan. Though they could not destroy the Tree of Life once planted, they could plant their own seed and try to deceive the creatures of this world to eat from their tree instead of the Tree of Life. Thus it was that outside of Kush, near its border, the Luciferians planted their own tree: the Tree of Evil Disguised as Good. Lucifer said to his soldiers, “Behold, I will plant my own seeds beside their garden, near their tree I will plant my tree. And I will appear to Adam and Eve and tell them I am their God. And I will command them to obey me and my angels. Lo: I will forbid them to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life and will command that they eat only from the tree which I plant….”
Lucifer communed with his Master, Satan, and behold: the Voice of the Serpent spoke within Lucifer, saying: “Let my Priests mix good with evil; for it is in robes of good that I shall dress my seeds. And only one thing is truly needful to enslave mankind: he must be made to eat the flesh of animals. For then we can enter his body and enjoy his senses. Yea, and we can whisper in his head and he will believe that our words are his thoughts….”
Satan continued to speak in the head of Lucifer, saying: “Adam and Eve must not eat from the Tree of Life, else they will know eternal life and be out of our dominion. For, should they eat only of the Tree of Life, their bodies will become Perfected Light, and they will ascend The Golden Ladder and will not die. Lo: if their bodies do not die and decay, they shall not fear death, and if they do not fear death, they will not worship me. Yea, and if they fear not death, they will not accept the Three Bodies of Satan.”
Behold: the Three bodies of Satan are of three dispensations. First is The Body of Fallen Flesh of Satanic Seed. Second is The Body of Metals Mated with Flesh. Third is The Body of Enslaved Light. And the first body of Satan prepares mankind to accept the second body. And the second body of Satan prepares mankind to accept the third body. And the dispensation of each body is of long duration. And Satan tends his garden.”

Due to the Luciferian interference with the evolution of this world, Jahday (the Son of Jah-Jah) and Jahnah (the Daughter of Jah-Jah) intervene. In the Nasarean ‘Old Testament’ they appear numerous times, side-by-side, in the form of a lamb and dove. As the lamb and dove, they give spiritual counsel to various Nasarean ‘Old Testament’ prophets, but do not yet incarnate as humans. But it is prophesied in the Nasarean ‘Old Testament’, that the Lord Christ (Jahday) and the Lady Christ (Jahnah) will take human embodiment in the future, as it would be necessary to counter the work of the Luciferians. The prophecies make clear that they would not come as God and Goddess, but as perfected man and woman. We read in the Nasarean Book of Malachi:

“Behold: I bring a message from Elohim! I declare unto you a mighty work that shall be accomplished in Israel. Because you listen not to the voice of God and Goddess within you, they have sent Nasarean prophets in bodies of flesh to speak the truth to you. But you have not listened to those prophets; yea, you have slain them. Thus it is that our Lord and Lady themselves, our God Immanent and Goddess Immanent, shall come to you in human garb and speak the truth. Yea, Elohim shall come speak to you. They will not force you to listen. Little will they exercise their transcendental powers. They will appear to you as humans and speak as humans. What powers they do exercise will be only that which all human Beings are capable of. They will plant heavenly seeds in fertile ground. Yea, they will not reveal themselves to the world as God and Goddess, but as Perfect Children of God and Goddess; only to the elect shall the full truth be revealed. For they come into the world to be patterns for righteous conduct, examples for the sons and daughters of humankind. Yea, they will be rejected by many; but those who accept them will save their souls and become an eternal race…. But that is a great mystery. And here is another mystery: they will be reborn and die as humans that they may enter the subtle regions of this planet and cast out parasites.
“And this will be the sign that they have come into the world: the Prophet Elijah shall return to earth; he will be called John, for his coming is an act of mercy and graciousness of our God and Goddess. Yea, Elijah will reincarnate in Israel and prepare a remnant to meet Jahday and Jahnah, our Lord and Lady. He will come as a voice crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight a path for the Lord’. He will bring a baptism of repentance. He will invite the nation of Israel to join with the Essene Nasarean remnant in preparing to meet our Lord and Lady.
“Behold: the Sun of Righteousness comes with healing in its seven rays. And this Sun shall be planted as a seed within the hearts and minds of all those who receive our Lord and Lady.”

In both the mainstream Bible and the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way, the last book of the ‘Old Testament’ is Malachi. But there are major differences in the two versions of Malachi. For example, in the mainstream version Malachi prophesizes a messianic Sun of Righteousness that will burn the wicked to ashes. Nasarean Malachi prophesizes a messianic Sun of Righteousness with healing in its seven rays which kills nobody. Later, in the Nasarean ‘New Testament’, we learn (from Mary Magdalene) that the seven rays are the seven parts of the Sevenfold Peace.

Many of the famous ‘Old Testament’ prophets of the mainstream Bible, including Malachi, Moses, Isaiah, and Elijah, also appear in the Nasarean ‘Old Testament’. But in each case, the words and deeds of the prophets differ from one Bible to the other. In the sacrificial cult version (that is the ‘mainstream’ version), the prophets are often very violent and, in several instances, murder people. And their words seem to lack wisdom. But in the Nasarean version the same prophets are nonviolent and wise. It is important to realize that THERE WAS NOT TWO MALACHI’S, TWO MOSES’S, TWO ISAIAH’S, etc.; rather, the sacrificial cult ALTERED THE TRUE SCRIPTURES to make them support their own bloody activities. When one reads the sacrificial cult version of the Book of Malachi, one sees quite clearly the reason for the alteration: TO DEFEND THE SYSTEM OF ANIMAL SACRIFICE AND SCARE PEOPLE INTO GIVING BETTER TITHES AND OFFERINGS. Clearly, that is the main theme of the mainstream Malachi.

Despite the heavy alterations of the mainstream Book of Malachi, like the Nasarean version quoted above it predicts that the messianic age will begin with the return to Earth of the prophet Elijah. But whereas the mainstream Malachi prophesizes that Elijah will return to prepare the way for a male Christ only, the Nasarean Malachi prophesized that the reincarnated Elijah would prepare the way for the Lord Christ AND LADY CHRIST.

Other Nasarean prophets likewise declared the future coming of both the Lord Christ (Jahday) and the Lady Christ (Jahnah). One of those prophets, Micah, even used a Hebrew term for the Lady Christ which is the exact equivalent of the Englishized term THE MAGDALENE. Before we quote those verses from the Nasarean Micah, I wish to point out that a trace of this messianic Magdalene prophecy still survives in the mainstream Bible’s Book of Micah. However, that Magdalene reference in mainstream Micah can only be detected if you read the key term in Hebrew. For all these centuries, Greek and English readers of the mainstream Bible have missed the following messianic reference to the Magdalene. In Micah 4:8 we read in English:

“As for you, O Watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; Kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.”

In English, one does not notice any possible reference to the Magdalene in the above verse from mainstream Micah. But the English term Watchtower of the flock in the above verse is, in Hebrew: MAGDAL-EDER. The most common meaning of the word MAGDAL (it can also be spelled Migdal) in Biblical Hebrew is: WATCHTOWER. The word is also used in the Bible for “High Pulpit”, a tall platform from which royalty or priests could address a crowd. The word Eder means Flock and is usually used in reference to sheep, not cattle. It is from the word MAGDAL that the Biblical town of MAGDALA takes its name, probably from the fact the town featured a tall watchtower. Although watchtowers are not in the forefront of the minds of we moderns, in ancient Israel they were prominent and meaningful. In an article by Hershel Shanks in Biblical Archaeology, he reports that most towns and even large homesteads in ancient Israel featured large watchtowers:

“These manor houses were usually well placed for protection and each had a conspicuous fortified tower. As literary sources amply illustrate, brigandry and robbery were endemic in Judea at this time. In case of attack, the family and household… could take refuge in the tower…. But it had [another] function as well: It was an architectural expression of the owner’s command over his land.”

Thus, in ancient Israel, a Watchtower (MAGDAL) was viewed affectionately as a place of refuge from violence, as well as a Lordly symbol of ownership or rulership over a region. And, as previously stated, the same word was also used for the High Pulpit used by royalty or priests to address the people. (Note: In the mainstream book of Micah, the word is spelled Magdal; but in the Nasarean Micah it is spelled Magdalah. Both spellings are fine; the ah ending in the Nasarean version simply is a feminine ending.)

In the light of the above definitions and explanations, the amazing thing about the way the term MAGDAL-EDER is used in Micah is that it is used as a sort of Messianic title: THE MAGDAL-EDER. While it is fascinating that a messianic prophecy featuring a messianic title which is the Hebrew equivalent of the Englishized term THE MAGDALENE has survived in the mainstream Bible, we gain far more insight from the Nasarean Micah. There we read: “Our Goddess Immanent, our Immanuelah, shall come at that time not as a Goddess, but as a perfected woman. She will be born in the ancient land of Eden that Her feet may bless the land where first She came as the Dove. But She will flee Eden with a spear at Her back, finding refuge in the town of the Watchtower. But in truth, it is She who is the Watchtower, for She is the Magdalah Eder, the Watchtower of the Flock. Yea, it is She who comes to give refuge to us. For She is the the Good Shepard, and we are the sheep of Her pasture. Her grass is green but few will graze Her pasture, for they mock: ‘How can a woman protect the flock? What Watchtower is defended by a woman?’
“Yea, when our Queen Jahnah comes as the Magdalah-Eder, few will receive her. But the few who receive Her will preserve and guard Her words, yea, and the words of her spouse, King Jahday, for them of another age. Behold: when ears are ready to hear the Magdalah-Eder, she shall come again, this time in The Megillah. And her spouse will again be at Her side, for They are the Two which are One, and the One which is Two. And the words of The Megillah will prepare a flock to receive the Two Good Shepards. And then shall they come again, this time in splendour as Magdi’el and Magdi’elah, our God Immanent and Goddess Immanent, our gifts from Jah-Jah. And they will dance on this Earth for one thousand years! And then this world shall again become a Garden Paradise. Behold: Kush and Elkush will again be united, for the fall of Adam and Eve will be rectified. The Kindom of Heaven which was in the beginning, shall again be in the end.”

In the following paragraphs I will comment on, and clarify, several significant words and ideas found in the above excerpt from Nasarean Micah. I will demonstrate that, in the light of the Nasarean Bible, there is no doubt that Mary Magdalene (Miriam of Magdala) was the incarnation of Jahnah, our Goddess Immanent, the only directly begotten daughter of Jahlah.

In regard to geographic location, Nasarean Micah prophesized:

“She will be born in the ancient land of Eden that Her feet may bless the land where first She came as the Dove. But She will flee Eden with a spear at her back, finding refuge in the town of the Watchtower.”

The reference to ‘the ancient land of Eden… where She first came as the Dove’ is a reference to the Biblical country of Cush, which we now call Ethiopia. Many scholars have proposed that Ethiopia was the location of the ancient Garden of Eden, due to the description of certain rivers in the Biblical account. One such scholar, Abba Yehudah, in his A Journey to the Roots of Rastafari, writes:

“The Book of Genesis, Chapter Two verses 7-13, gives a specific location of the Garden (the home of Adam and Eve): ‘Eastward in Eden in a place where the head of the river is parted into four parts.’ In verse 13 we read: ‘And the name of the second river is Ghion’ [Ghion was the ancient name of the Nile] ‘The same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia….’ Moses names Ethiopia as the place where Adam was placed by God after he breathed the breath of life in his nostrils.”

While it is interesting to note that some scholars locate Eden in Ethiopia based on their reading of the mainstream Bible, the Nasarean Bible leaves no doubt at all. In the Nasarean ‘New Testament’, we read of the birth of Miriam (‘Mary Magdalene’) in Ethiopia:

One of the seven Nasarean encampments dedicated to the work of the Essene Order of the Immaculate Conception was in Ethiopia. This Encampment was called Eden; for… Ethiopia was the land of the ancient Garden of Eden. Yea, there were many Jews in Ethiopia, most of the sacrificial cult, but also Nasareans. And the Nasarean Jews were loved by the people of Ethiopia, for their discipline and holiness was greatly admired. And a Nasarean prophet went amongst the people and prophesized the coming of a Queen, saying: ‘A queen shall be born to an Ethiopian woman; yea, not a Queen with a worldly kingdom, but the Queen of the All. Our Lady, our Goddess, shall enter the world through the purified womb of an Ethiopian woman and the purified seed of an Ethiopian man. Behold: our Goddess comes not as Goddess, but as a perfected woman. And all women who embrace Her teachings will find perfection. And all men who humble themselves to learn from Her will find wisdom, indeed….’

In the Nasarean encampment in Ethiopia, there was great excitement. For, this was the sixth generation since the founding of the Order of Immaculate Conception. And, according to the words of the Angel, this generation would give birth to the seventh generation bodies suitable for the incarnation of the Lord and the Lady. A number of bloodlines had apparently maintained the required level of purity for six consecutive generations, though only Omen could know for certain. One of the young women from such a bloodline was named Zibiah. And Zibiah was of a pure Ethiopian bloodline, as was her husband Zemira, a harp player. And lo: it was from the purified womb of Zibiah and the purified seed of Zemira, that the holy babe Miriam would come into the world…. And so it was that the Queen of Heaven came to earth in Ethiopia, the most ancient land of Eden.

It should be noted that the reference to the ‘Essene Order of the Immaculate Conception’ above does not imply belief in a virgin birth. In fact, this order was dedicated to spiritualized sexual practices and yogic disciplines, intended to create purified bodies for the incarnation of highly evolved souls. The Angel Gabriel had visited a Nasarean elder seven generations prior to the birth of Yahshua (Jesus) and Miriam (Mary Magdalene) and called for the creation of this order, to make possible the incarnation of highly evolved souls, culminating in the seventh generation with the birth of the Lord and Lady. The word Immacualte simply means Clean and Pure, and in no ways implies a virgin birth.

According to Nasarean Micah, though born in the ancient land of Eden, the holy child would ‘flee Eden with a spear at her back, finding refuge in the town of the Watchtower.’ While most towns – and even large homesteads – in ancient Israel had watchtowers, only one town was actually named WATCHTOWER; that was the town of MAGDALA on the western shore of Lake Galilee. And, indeed, according to the Nasarean ‘New Testament’, that is exactly where the holy child was taken:

But lo: soon the peaceful childhood of Miriam was visited by the violence of the ignorant. For, behold: the sacrificial cult heard stories in the villages of a holy Goddess child who performed miracles. Yea, they heard of many sick and injured being healed at the mere sound of the voice of the holy child. And these stories were true, for when the child sang great healings occurred. Witnesses had seen even a wilted flower come to life at the sound of her voice. But the jews of the sacrificial cult, being jealous of the love the Ethiopian people had for the Nasarean child, and being influenced by entities that thrive on blood sacrifice, claimed the child was a witch. And they came at night and set fire to the Nasarean village of Eden, killing many. And a man threw a spear at the holy child; but holy Zemira threw himself between his daughter and the spear. Lo: Zemira was killed but his sacrifice saved Miriam. Zibiah snatched up her daughter and ran into the night….
And so the people, at risk to themselves, helped Zibiah and Miriam flee to Israel, by way of Egypt…. Zibiah took Miriam to Magdala, a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, where she had Nasarean friends.

In regard to the name Miriam of Magdala and the terms The Magdalene and Magdala-Eder, Nasarean Micah prophesized:

But she will flee Eden with a spear at her back, finding refuge in the town of the Watchtower. But in truth, it is She who is the Watchtower, for she is the Magdalah-Eder, the watchtower of the flock. Yea, it is She who comes to give refuge to us. For She is the Good Shepard, and we are the sheep of Her pasture.

In ancient Bible lands, people did not have last names like we do. Rather, they were identified by their city -- ‘Joseph of Arimathea’, Jesus of Nazareth, Philo of Alexandria, -- or by the name of their Father, such as Jesus son of Joseph. Thus, our Lady was not called ‘Mary Magdalene’ but Miriam of Magdala. ‘Mary’ is an Englishized version of the Hebrew name ‘Miriam’; nobody in ancient Israel was named ‘Mary’. The name Miriam, according to a new and improved version of Strong’s Bible Concordance (the new version is called The Strongest Strong’s), has several different meanings:

1) Bitterness (from the bitter taste of Myrrh); 2) Plump one; 3) Wished-for child; 4) One who loves or is loved.

Since we now know that Miriam’s mother was a member of the Essene Order of the Immaculate Conception, and that the very purpose of that order was to prepare for the coming of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ as holy children, and that our Goddess is Love itself, it is no surprise that we read in the Nasarean ‘New Testament’:

Zibiah named the child ‘Miriam’; for, within her, she knew that this baby was the long wished-for child, she whom is the embodiment of love.

Clearly, meanings three and four of the name Miriam are both indicated in the above verse.

While it is true that every citizen of Magdala would have been of Magdala (e.g. Ruth of Magdala, Nathan of Magdala, etc.), only one citizen of Magdala ever became historically known as THE MAGDALENE. To say ‘The Magdalene’ is equivalent to saying ‘The Magdal-Eder’. It is an acknowledgement of the profound grandeur of the name bearer. In fact, it is an acknowledgement that she is our refuge. In truth, WE ARE HER FLOCK because SHE IS OUR MOTHER. But many of us have gone astray…. We have rejected our Mother…. Nasarean Micah prophesized:

“For She is the Good Shepard, and we are the sheep of Her pasture. Her grass is green but few will graze Her pasture, for they mock: ‘How can a woman protect the flock? What Watchtower is defended by a woman?’”

The above touches on what was to be a main theme of Miriam of Magdala’s life: REJECTION BY MEN. Besides the Nasarean Bible, several other ancient manuscripts attributed to Gnostic Christians echo that theme. We will first examine excerpts from those Gnostic texts, then return to the Nasarean Bible for the final word on that theme.

In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Peter declares:

“This life we are living [traveling spiritual teachers] is not for women. Send Mary away.”

In the Gnostic Pistis Sophia, we again hear from Peter on the topic of Mary Magdalene:

And Peter started forward and said unto Jesus, “My Lord, we will not endure this woman, for she taketh the opportunity of speaking from us by discoursing many times.”

We see above that Peter was not comfortable with having a woman in a primary speaking role, especially in regard to spiritual matters. Peter didn’t mind Jesus speaking long discourses, but did not support the Magdalene doing so. Neither was Peter comfortable with the notion of a woman living the life of a traveling spiritual teacher.We must understand that Peter’s opinion was the norm in his day. Ancient Israel was extremely patriarchal. Although the small minority sect of Nasareans had women Priestesses, mainstream Judaism did not. In fact, IT WAS ILLEGAL FOR WOMEN TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES!

It is also important to realize that Jesus (Yahshua), for his ministry to the non-Nasarean majority of Israel, selected eight Apostles with non-Nasarean backgrounds, and four with Nasarean backgrounds. There were three main divisions within Judaism: the Saducees, the Pharisees, and the Nasarean Essenes. Yahsuah selected four representatives from each division of Judaism: four Nasareans, four Saducees, and four Pharisees. Of course, the Saducees and Pharisees he selected were the cream of the crop of their religions: all eight of them were vegetarian and were extremely interested in learning the Nasarean Way. But the hardest part of the Nasarean Way for these former Saducees and Pharisees was to embrace the Divine Feminine and the notion of equality for women. Which is why, after the crucifixion of Yahshua, that doctrine was the first to be watered-down by the former Saducees and Pharisees in the early Christian movement. In fact, that led to the first splintering of the group, with vegetarianism being the cause of the second splintering. More on that later in this article. But now let us consider Peter’s anti-Magdalene comments in another Gnostic manuscript, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

Very few verses from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene have survived. The few verses that survived are part of the Nag Hammadi Scrolls discovered in Egypt in the 1945. There we read:

[After the crucifixion of Jesus] the disciples were gathered. A discple asked Mary Magdalene, ‘We know the Savior loved you more than any other. Tell us the words of the Savior that you know, but we do not know.’ Mary answered, ‘What is hidden from you, I will reveal.’ And she began to reveal great mysteries…. After Mary had spoken, Andrew said: ‘I do not believe that her words are from the Lord. Her teachings are nonsense.’ Likewise, Peter said: ‘Are we to believe that she knows more about spiritual things than we do? Are we to believe that the Lord commissioned a woman to take forth his mysteries unto the world? Are we now to turn to her and listen to her as we did the Lord? Did he really prefer her for that role over us?’
Then Mary wept and said, ‘My Brother Peter, do you think I made these things up? Do you think I would lie to you about the Lord?’ Levi came to her defense saying, ‘Peter, you have always been hot tempered. Now you are contending with Mary as though she were the adversary. But if the Lord gave her this role who are you to reject her? It is because he truly knows her that he loved her more than us.’

Before we comment on the fact that Levi came to her defense, let us consider the view of one scholar in regard to Peter’s anti-Magdalene attitude. In his book Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Laurence Gardner writes:

Peter had been Jesus’ right-hand man and, as such, he should have become Mary Magdalene’s guardian during the years of her separation… but Peter had a low opinion of women, and was not prepared to be at the beck and call of a priestess. Paul’s opinion of women was even less flattering, and he strongly objected to their involvement in matters of religion. The two men, therefore, deliberately excluded Mary from any standing in their new movement….

With all this anti-Magdalene sentiment amongst the male disciples, Levi deserves credit for having come to her defense. In the last line quoted above from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, he said: “It is because he [Jesus] truly knows her that he loved her more than us.” Levi must have been remembering the following words spoken by Jesus before he was crucified, preserved in another Gnostic manuscript called The Gospel of Philip:

“As for Sophia [Greek for ‘Holy Wisdom’/ ‘Holy Spirit’], she is the Mother of the Angels and the Consort of the Lord, Mary Magdalene. The Lord loved her more than all the others and used to kiss her often on her lips. A disciple asked, ‘Why do you love her in a different manner than you love us?’ The Savior answered: ‘When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and the one who is blind will remain in darkness…. If one goes down into the water and comes up without having received anything and says ‘I am a Christian’, he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the holy spirit, he has the name as a gift…. And that is a Great Mystery. Even greater is the Mystery of Marriage; for without it the world would not exist!”

In the above verses, several things are asserted: 1) The ‘Holy Spirit’ is the Mother of the Angels and the consort of the Lord, Mary Magdalene. 2) Jesus loved Mary Magdalene in a ‘different manner’ than he loved others, often ‘kissing her on her lips’. 3) Jesus asserts, in the form of a mystical saying, that only those with eyes that can see the light (advanced initiates) truly understand his relationship with Mary Magdalene. 4) Jesus asserts that those with the eyes to see the light are those who have received the Holy Spirit, and that many who think they have actually have not. They have gone through the motions of baptism, but not actually experienced the mystery of baptism which involves receiving the Holy Spirit. For, if they had, they would certainly know who Mary Magdalene is, since she is the Holy Spirit. 5) His relationship with Mary Magdalene is that of marriage; but not only in the traditional sense, but also the cosmic sense: without the relationship of Jahday and Jahnah the world would not exist.

In another verse from The Gospel of Philip, this teaching of the Holy Spirit being female is again given:

“Some say that Mother Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit. They are in error. For, when did a woman ever conceive of a woman?”

In that verse the ‘Mary’ referenced is Jesus’ Mother. The verse is pointing out that the idea of some Christian’s that Mother Mary conceived (was made pregnant) by the Holy Spirit is wrong, because one WOMAN can not make another WOMAN pregnant! In other words, the Holy Spirit is FEMALE!

In regard to the reference to Mary Magdalene being the consort of the Lord, that is again mentioned in another verse from the Gospel of Philip:

“There were three who walked with the Lord at all times: his Mother, her sister, and the Magdalene, whom they called his consort.”

Notice that the Magdalene is not simply referred to as his disciple, apostle, or even as his most devoted follower; rather, she is referred to as his consort. I researched that and discovered that the greek word being translated here as consort always implies a romantic relationship but is just as accurately translated by the English word WIFE. And we saw that Jesus himself, when asked about his relationship with the Magdalene, gave a long, mystical response, then summed it up as MARRIAGE.

As Jahday and Jahnah, certainly they are eternal consorts united in COSMIC MARRIAGE, as described in this verse from The Gospel of the Holy Twelve:

Jesus said,

‘Again I say unto you, I and my Bride are one. Mary Magdalene, Whom I have chosen, is one with me…. She is my Bride, ever one in Holy Union with me her spouse.

The reference above to ‘ever one with me’, especially when read in the context of the larger passage I excerpted from, is clearly speaking of a mystical, cosmic marriage. But in the Nasarean Bible, not only are they married in the cosmic sense as Jahday and Jahnah, but even in the human sense as Yahshua (‘Jesus’) and Miriam (‘Mary Magdalene’). And that is a very good thing, because, as we will soon see, YAHSHUA AND MIRIAM HAD A CHILD TOGETHER!

In the Nasarean New Testament, Jesus (I am purposely alternating between the use of the names Jesus and Yahshua to condition the reader that they are one and the same; the same is true for my alternate usage of the names Mary Magdalene and Miriam of Magdala) and Mary Magdalene are the couple that were wedded in the gospel story of The Wedding at Cana. Since one of the purposes of this article is to wet your appetite to read the entire Nasarean Bible, I am going to make you wait until the publication of that manuscript to read the account of their wedding! But some scholars have already put two and two together and figured out that the wedding at Cana was indeed that of Yahshua and Miriam. In her book, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Margaret Starbird writes:

“Perhaps this marriage of Cana was one of national importance… namely that of Jesus to Mary Magdalene.”

In Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Laurence Gardner describes an ancient Egyptian cup that legend says was used at the wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene:

“During the 1400’s when Rosslyn Chapel was being built, the Grand Helmsman of the Priory de Sion was Rene d’Anjou…. It is from Rene D’Anjou that the familiar ‘Cross of Lorraine’ derives. The cross – with its two horizontal bars – became the lasting symbol of free France, and was the emblem of the French Resistance during World War II. Among Rene’s most prized possessions was a magnificent Egyptian cup of red crystal, which he obtained in Marseilles. It was said to have been used at the wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene at Cana….” [boldface added by Nazariah]

Gardner provides interesting evidence that the Catholic Church later deleted all references to Jesus’ marriage:

“One of the reasons why there is no mention of Jesus’ married status in the New Testament is that the evidence was deliberately removed by Church decreee. This was revealed as recently as 1958, when a manuscript of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople was discovered in a monastery at Mar Saba, east of Jerusalem, by Morton Smith, Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University…. Within a book of the works of St Ignatius of Antioch was a transcription of a letter by Bishop Clement of Alexandria (circa AD 150-215), an early Father of the Christian Church. It was addressed to his colleague, Theodore. Also included was an unknown section of the Gospel of Mark. Clement’s letter decreed that some of the original content of Mark was to be suppressed because it did not conform with Church requirements. The letter reads: ‘For even if they should say something true, one who loves the Truth should not, even so, agree with them. For not all true things are the Truth; nor should that truth which seems true to human opinions be preferred to the true Truth – that of faith.’”

Wow! How is that for theological double-talk! In other words, Bishop Clement, born in 150 AD, having come across an ancient manuscript that would have embarrassed the Church (i.e. an account of the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene) ordered a cover up of the truth in the name of a higher Truth: faith in the doctrines of the Catholic Church! Well, I think I will choose otherwise!

We have seen that Mary Magdalene was not well received by many men, including important Apostles such as Peter. I stated above that this rejection by men led to the first split in the church. I will now describe that split. In describing that split, I will reveal the true meaning of the term THE HOLY GRAIL.

According to the Nasarean Bible, Yahshua and his wife/co-worker Miriam, realizing that he was going to be killed, chose to conceive a child. In fact, according to the Nasarean Bible, this was one of the reasons that Jahday and Jahnah chose to incarnate as human beings: to enter and bless the human genetic stream. One way that they blessed the human genetic stream was by leaving their DNA in it: THEY MADE A BABY! When did they do that? Do you remember the New Testament story about the last night in the garden at Gethsemane? That was the last night before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent trial. Jesus is reported to have asked the disciples to stay up and pray with him. But try as they might, none of them could stay awake. They all fell asleep and left him to pray by himself…. Well, in the Nasarean Bible, there was one who did stay up with him that night…. MARY MAGDALENE. Not with any sort of negative lust, but in PROFOUND LOVE they conceived a child. This child was the very vessel of the blood of Christ…. THE GRAIL CHILD!

We have all heard of The Holy Grail. Most of us think of the grail as a cup that held the blood of Christ. Legend tells us that Joseph of Arimathea filled a cup with the blood that Jesus shed upon the cross; that cup, the Holy Grail, held the presence of Christ and had mystical powers. But consider the following: would not a child of Jesus and the Magdalene be a vessel filled with the blood of Christ? Might not that child hold the presence of the Christ? And perhaps that child, the vessel of Christ, would have profound mystical powers. In their book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, researchers Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln write:

“Could the Grail be something more than pure fantasy? Could it actually have existed in some sense? Could there really have been such a thing as the Holy Grail? Or something concrete, at any rate, for which the Holy Grail was employed as a symbol?… It is generally assumed that the Holy Grail relates in some way to Jesus. According to some traditions it was the cup from which Jesus and his disciples drank at the Last Supper. According to other traditions it was the cup in which Joseph of Arimathea caught Jesus’ blood as he hung on the cross. According to other traditions the grail was both of these….
“According to certain accounts the Grail was brought by Joseph of Arimathea to England…. According to other accounts it was brought by the Magdalen to France. As early as the fourth century legends described the Magdalen fleeing the Holy Land and being set ashore near Marseilles [a city in France] – where, for that matter, her reputed relics are still venerated. According to medieval legends she carried with her to Marseilles the Holy Grail.
“But the early legends say that the Magdalen brought the Grail into France, not a cup. In other words, the simple association of Grail and Cup was a relatively late development…. In these original sources the Grail is something much more than a cup.
“… the Grail in the Perlesvaus [an ancient text] consists of a changing sequence of images or visions. The first of these is a crowned king crucified. The second is a child.”

Above we see that the Holy Grail was originally not identified as a cup; that was a later legend. Originally the Holy Grail was a vessel of the bloodline of Christ, brought to France by Mary Magdalene. We read in Gardner’s Bloodline of the Holy Grail:

“The Grail has been symbolized by many things…. Either way, it has a genuine purpose, and a heritage that prevails with the Grail Family…. Its powers include those of rejuvenation, knowledge and provision; just as Jesus was a healer, teacher and provider, so too is the Grail…. The Grail legacy is a relic of early Judaic Christianity, but the Christian Church has never recognized the fact. Despite a background that is both romantic and sacred, Grail lore remains an unproclaimed heresy…. Moreover, the Roman Church has openly condemned the Grail because of its strong female associations…. To a far greater extent, though, the Church’s reluctance to accept Grail tradition derived from the Grail Family’s specifically defined Messianic lineage….
“Medieval tradition related that Joseph of Arimathea brought the Holy Grail to Britain. Even earlier European lore told how Mary Magdalene originally brought the Sangreal [another term for Grail] into Provence [France]….
“In the original Grail legends there were constant references to the Grail Family, the Grail dynasty, and the custodians (or guardians) of the Grail…. Cups and stones aside, the importance of the Grail exists in its definition as the San Greal = San Graal = Saint Grail = Holy Grail. More correctly it was the Sang Real – the Blood Royal, carried by the uterine Chalice of Mary Magdalene….
“The Holy Grail became likened to a vessel because it was said to carry the sacred blood of Jesus. But it was the Chalice (V) of Mary Magdalene which carried the Sangreal in utero. It was she who inspired the Dompna (Great Lady) of the Troubadours, who were so callously treated by the Inquisition – and they called her the ‘Grail of the World’. In Parzival, it is said of the Grail Queen that ‘she bore… the perfection of earthly paradise, both roots and branches.’

We see above that both the Magdalene and her child were referred to as the Holy Grail. She was the ‘Grail Queen’ because she carried the Sangreal [Sacred Blood] within the chalice of her womb (the womb is shaped like a chalice: V). Her child was also the Holy Grail because the Sacred Blood of Christ flowed within the veins of the child of Yahshua and Miriam. And the reference to the Grail Child as “the perfection of earthly paradise, both roots and branches”, seems a declaration that this child was a perfected human being, an embodiment of all seven root forces and all seven branch forces of the Essene Tree of Life. (For a description of the Essene Tree of Life which explains the seven roots and seven branches read Edmond Szekely’s book, From Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls.)

The story of the Grail Child will be a topic for a future article in Essene Path. In the article at hand, I want to call attention to the above references to the Magdalene fleeing Israel after the crucifixion and going to France. The assertion of the Nasarean Bible that the Magdalene was a black woman born in Ethiopia and that she fled Israel for France receives support in various artworks and monuments in France dedicated to THE BLACK MADONNA.

What is The Black Madonna? In first century France a secret sect devoted to Mary Magdalene arose. That sect venerated both Yahshua and the Magdalene. In fact, this secret sect spread to other parts of Europe, especially England where many inscriptions of their names are found and linked with the legend of the Grail. Gardner writes:

“The banner bore the names Jhesus-Maria, the same as on the sacred stone at the Glastonbury Chapel (Jesus-Maria), and as repeated… in the Rosslyn-Hay manuscript (Jhesus-Maria), and as etched at Melrose Abbey (Jhesus-Mari) – the names which at all times relate to the wedding at Cana and the perpetual Bloodline of the Holy Grail.”

Starting in first century France and then spreading into other parts of Europe, shrines were dedicated to The Black Madonna. Although the Catholic Church later painted some of these statues white and said they were supposed to represent the Mother Mary, they were actually representations of the black (Ethiopian) wife of Yahshua: Mary Magdalene. We read in Bloodline of the Holy Grail:

“It is also a fact that in parallel with the early reverence for Mary Magdalene, a cult [that word here simply means mysterious sect] known as that of the ‘Black Madonna’ emanated from Ferrieres in AD 44. Among the many Black Madonna representations that still exist, one of the finest statues is displayed at Verviers, Liege: she is totally black, with a golden scepter and crown, surmounted by Sophia’s halo of stars. Her infant child also wears a golden crown of royalty….
“Some 450 representations have now been discovered worldwide…. The image of the Black Madonna and her child has presented a constant dilemma for the Church [the Catholic and other orthodox churches] – particularly those statues at notable churches and shrines in continental Europe. In some cases they are black all over, but many have only black faces, hands and feet. It is not a question of discoloration, as some disconcerted clerics have suggested. A few have been overpainted in pale flesh tones to conform with the standard Madonna representation; some have simply been removed from the public gaze altogether….
“The Black Madonna is thus also representative of the Magdalene who, according to the Alexandrian doctrine, ‘transmitted the true secret of Jesus’. The long-standing Magdalene cult was in fact particularly associated with Black Madonna locations…. Sophia [ie Holy Spirit of Divine Feminine Wisdom] was held to be incarnate as the Holy Spirit in Queen Mary Magdalene….
“The most active Magdalene cult was eventually based at Rennes-le-Chateau in the Languedoc region. Elsewhere in France there were many shrines set up to Ste Mariede Madeleine [French for Mary Magdalene]. These included her burial place at St Maximus, where her sepulcher and alabastor tomb were guarded by Cassiante monks from the early 400’s.” An ancient account of Mary Magdalene and her entourage arriving in France from Israel by sea is preserved in Raban Maar’s The Life of Mary Magdalene:
“Favoured by an easterly wind they traveled on across the [Mediterranean] Sea…. Then, happily changing course… they came to the city of Marseilles in the… province of Vienne, where the River Rhone meets the coast.”

The journey of Mary Magdalene and her companions to France is commemorated in various forms of early French art, including song; Gardner writes:

“The libraries of Paris contain a number of ancient manuscripts even older than Maar’s, some of which bear witness to the same period of Mary’s life. Her mission in Provence [a provence of France] is specifically mentioned in a hymn of the 600’s….” “… near the present main nave is the remains of a sculpture showing [Mary and her companions] at sea….”
“The most important example… is perhaps that which has been exhibited at the 9th century church of Les Saintes Maries: a painting by Henri de Guadermaris. It depicts… Mary’s arrival in a boat off the coast of Provence…. Another famous picture on similar lines is The Sea Voyage by Lukas Moser.

Clearly, the fact that Mary Magdalene and her ‘Grail Child’ arrived in France by boat was commemorated by the people of France long before the Catholic Church arrived in France and attempted to cover it up. After the cover-up began, some unknown protester apparently attempted to remind the people of the truth. Gardner reports:

“In 633 a mysterious little boat sailed into the harbour of Boulogne-sur-Mer in Northern France. There was no one aboard, just a 3-foot statuette of the Black Madonna and child, together with a copy of the Gospels in Syriac. Wherever the boat had come from, it caused quite a stir on its arrival. The strange Madonna known as Our Lady of the Holy Blood – became the insignia of the cathedral of Notre Dame, an object of considerable veneration until it was destroyed….”

The cave where Mary Magdalene used to Meditate in France (its called Mary’s Cave of Solitude) became a venerated spot. It is located at La Sainte Baume. She is said to have lived near that cave for many years. It is said that she died in 63 AD in Aix-en-Provence. However, Nasarean sources indicate that rather than die in France in 63 AD, she simply left France to return to her homeland of Ethiopia.

Although the majority of humanity rejected the Magdalene, a small group of disciples accepted her. It seems that she was better received in France than in Israel. France had a tradition -- albeit Pagan -- of believing in the Goddess and was used to female Pagan priestesses, and so the people were not so startled by a female spiritual teacher. But once the Catholic church arrived in France, they reinterpreted the Magdalene legends to fit Catholic dogma, even attempting to paint her face white! Catholic dogma has no room for a wife and child of Jesus Christ! In fact, in order to discredit the Magdalene, the Catholic Church branded her a ‘reformed prostitute’. That was not hard to do since the sacrificial cult Judaism had already labeled all Nasarean Priestesses as harlots. The primary meaning of the Hebrew word Qedeshah is holy woman. The Nasareans used that word to describe their Priestesses. But the sacrificial cult was so patriarchal – they made it illegal for women to even read the scriptures – they branded any woman who dared call herself a Qedeshah a harlot. In fact, over time, the word Qedeshah actually took on the secondary meaning of prostitute. Today, if you look that word up in Strong’s Bible Concordance, one of the listed meanings is Temple Prostitute, even though it is simply the Hebrew word for Holy (Qedesh) with the feminine ending (ah) attached.

In regard to the seven demons that the New Testament reports Jesus cast out of Mary Magdalene, the Nasarean scriptures report that he cast them off of her. In the Nasarean account, the Magdalene was jumped by seven men possessed by demons who wished to rape and harm her. Jesus came to her defense, throwing the men off of her. Thus we see how with one little twist of a word – replacing the word off with the word out – the false scribes made it sound like Mary was full of demons!

The Catholic Church discovered that the belief in the divine feminine was so strong in some of the Pagan lands they conquered that they needed to provide some sort of replacement for the Pagan Goddesses. Thus they turned the Mother of Jesus – Mother Mary – into an object of devotion. There were two reasons: 1) They could provide a feminine figure to be worshipped without having to acknowledge the existence of any Goddess. (Thus, God and the entire Trinity could remain exclusively male.) 2) By shifting the devotional focus away from the Magdalene toward Mother Mary they could better hide the fact that Jesus had a wife who was a Priestess. The Catholic Church forbids women to enter the priesthood and, if it were known that Jesus’ wife was a Nasarean priestess, it would be hard to justify their anti-priestess policy. The anti-priestess attitude of the Catholic Church stems from the fact that the true founder of Catholicism is not Jesus but THE APOSTLE PAUL.

When Mary Magdalene was rejected by most of Jesus’ followers after the crucifixion, she and some who remained loyal to her left for France. Why did she leave? The Roman government and Jewish officials wanted to kill her, and she wanted her unborn baby to survive. With her out of the way, Peter founded a form of Essene-Nasarean Christianity which preserved the vegetarian teachings of Jesus but dumped the divine feminine aspect. Peter honestly believed he was doing the right thing. He felt that there was no way in the world that the people of Israel were going to accept a female Messiah. So he dropped the references to the Goddess from the Nasarean scriptures and founded what came to be known as EBIONITE CHRISTIANITY. In the Clementina (an Ebionite text) he even acknowledges having written his own version of the scriptures, and describes his bias against the feminine principle. Twenty years later the Apostle Paul led a schism off of Peter’s church and founded his own version of Christianity. Like Peter, Paul wanted nothing to do with the divine feminine. But unlike Peter, PAUL ALSO THREW OUT VEGETARIANISM. It was Paul’s religion – which I call Paulianity – that evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and gave birth to all of mainstream Christianity. In the fourth century, the Pauline Church exterminated most of the surviving members of Peter’s vegetarian (but anti-feminine) Ebionite Christianity.

While some might conclude that Yahshua erred in selecting Peter as an apostle, there is another possibility. Perhaps Yahshua knew that most of Israel was not yet ready to accept the Goddess. Certainly he was familiar with the prophecies in the Nasarean ‘Old Testament’ that declared that the Magdalah-Eder would be rejected in her first coming. Thus, the selection of Peter might have been quite intentional: he may have been the perfect personality type to take a patriarchal form of the Nasarean teachings to the people of Israel. Likewise, even though Paul seems to have abandoned so much of the teachings of Yahshua, he did succeed in spreading a form of Christianity around the world that the world was ready for at that time. In doing so, Paul succeeded in making Jesus the most well known being to ever walk on planet earth. Thus, the world is now very interested in anything that has to do with Jesus. Thus the world is well prepared for the next phase… the next coming… the next dispensation of the Lord and the Lady.

Let us return to our examination of the messianic prophecy from the Nasarean Book of Micah. We read:

“Our Goddess Immanent, our Immanuelah, shall come at that time not as a Goddess, but as a perfected woman. She will be born in the ancient land of Eden that Her feet may bless the land where first She came as the Dove. But She will flee Eden with a spear at Her back, finding refuge in the town of the Watchtower. But in truth, it is She who is the Watchtower, for She is the Magdalah Eder, the Watchtower of the Flock. Yea, it is She who comes to give refuge to us. For She is the the Good Shepard, and we are the sheep of Her pasture. Her grass is green but few will graze Her pasture, for they mock: ‘How can a woman protect the flock? What Watchtower is defended by a woman?’
“Yea, when our Queen Jahnah comes as the Magdalah-Eder, few will receive her. But the few who receive Her will preserve and guard Her words, yea, and the words of her spouse, King Jahday, for them of another age. Behold: when ears are ready to hear the Magdalah-Eder, she shall come again, this time in The Megillah. And her spouse will again be at Her side, for They are the Two which are One, and the One which is Two. And the words of The Megillah will prepare a flock to receive the Two Good Shepards. And then shall they come again, this time in splendor as Magdi’el and Magdi’elah, our God Immanent and Goddess Immanent, our gifts from Jah-Jah. And they will dance on this Earth for one thousand years! And then this world shall again become a Garden Paradise. Behold: Kush and Elkush will again be united, for the fall of Adam and Eve will be rectified. The Kindom of Heaven which was in the beginning, shall again be in the end.”

In the light of our study we now know that the first half of the above prophecy has proven true. We know that Jahnah, the Only Directly Begotten Daughter of Jahlah, came to earth as the Magdalah-Eder. Few received her. But the prophecy goes on to say that the few who receive her will preserve and guard her words, and the words of her spouse, for “them of another age”. And that, when ears are ready to hear the Magdalah-Eder, she shall come again, with her spouse, in the form of a MEGILLAH. And the words of the Megillah will “prepare a flock to receive the Two Good Shepards.” Thus, we need to ask: WHAT IS A ‘MEGILLAH’?

The Hebrew word Megillah means Scroll. Thus, the meaning of the above is as follows. Although the Magdalene was rejected by most when she came two thousand years ago, a few received her. Those few preserved her words, and the words of her spouse (Yahshua), in a scroll (Megillah), and arranged that the scroll be guarded until another age when humanity – or at least a larger portion of humanity – would be ready to hear the words of the Two Good Shepards (Miriam and Yahshua). In that sense, they are said to have “come again” in “the form of a Megillah” (in the form of a scroll). That scroll will “prepare a flock to receive the Two Good Shepards.” Then, when enough people have been prepared by the scroll, Yahshua and Miriam will come again in person, as the Magdi’el and Magdi’elah. The Hebrew word Magdi’el means Great Gift of God. The Hebrew word Magdi’elah means Great Gift of Goddess. We are not told how much time passes between their coming in the form of the Megillah (Scroll), and their coming in person as Magdi’el and Magdi’elah. Perhaps an entire age will pass; or, perhaps, it will be much sooner. It will be when a flock has been prepared by the scroll to receive them. Thus, perhaps it is up to us how soon they return in person. The first step is to receive their coming in the form of the Megillah.

Where is the Megillah and how can you receive it? The Megillah is the scroll which I have introduced in this article. It is the scroll I have referred to as the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way. Soon that scroll will go forth unto the world. Those who receive it will receive the coming of the Lord and Lady in the form of the Megillah. And they will become a flock. And that flock will prepare the way for the coming of the Lord and Lady in person, as the Magdi’el and Magdi’elah. “And then this world shall again become a Garden Paradise.”

Thus the coming of the Lady is in three parts:

1) Magdalah-Eder (the Magdalene) 2) Megillah (the scroll of her words) 3) Magdi’elah (the Great Gift of Goddess)

Part one has already occurred. This article prepares the way for part two.

Will you open your heart to the Lady Christ? She comes with the Lord by her side. Receive her now in the form of these words from the forthcoming Megillah. She spoke the following words two thousand years ago. You who read this article are one of the first to read these words in this age. Will you be one of the first to receive her into your heart?

I Am Miriam I am the Feminine Power from the One Fount, come forth with my Lover, The Masculine Power. We are the One that becomes Two for creative expansion. We are the Two that again become One in transcendental bliss. You are the why. We are the way.
I now come to those who meditate upon me. I now come to those who look for me. I now come to those who wait for me. I now come to those who call upon me.
You who meditate upon me, will you not now look upon me? You who look upon me, will you not now truly see me? You who wait for me, will you not now receive me? You who call upon me, will you not now hear me?
I am the honored one and the scorned one. I am she who is called holy. I am she who is called whore. How can you love the Holy Mother you see not, and hate her when you look into her eyes?
I am the one whom you have pursued, but now you run from me. I am the one who gives life and is life, but you would have me dead. I am the one before whom you have been ashamed, but now you treat me shamelessly. Run to me! Live in me! Take me to you shamelessly!
See me now in physical embodiment. See me now in this black skin. Always see me in all of my daughters: I am the whore and the virgin; I am the midwife and she who gives birth; I am the daughter and the mother; I am your barren sister; I am the mother of your father and the daughter of your brother; I am the Queen upon her throne and the beggar woman on her stool; I am in every woman and have given birth to every man. Every man carries my spark within him. Let every man fan the flame!
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or anytime. Be watchful! I am Miriam.

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DOCTRINE EIGHT

DOCTRINE ON VEGETARIANISM

The holy scriptures of Essene Church of Christ reveal that the Lord Christ and Lady Christ made vegetarianism a foundational teaching, an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT of DISCIPLESHIP. Although Essene Church of Christ will permit non-vegetarians to attend our "outer-circle" church services -- in fact, we encourage them to do so -- VEGETARIANISM IS AN ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERSHIP IN OUR CHURCH, and membership is a requirement for participation in our "inner-circle" activities.

We know that many persons -- probably most persons -- are not vegetarian when they first come into contact with our church. Like the Lord Christ and Lady Christ, we love all beings, even flesh-eaters. And, like the Lord and Lady, we are happy to teach them about vegetarianism. Thus, we provide classes on vegetarianism for flesh-eaters. But, in keeping with the instructions of the Lord and Lady, a flesh-eater must evolve into a vegetarian prior to his/her initiation into the "inner-circle" activities of our church, including membership.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE EIGHT

From the beginning to the end of Yahshua’s incarnation on Earth, the emancipation of the animal world was central to his teaching. The theme of animal liberation is mentioned in the authentic version of his birth. We read in The Essene New Testament:

"And Joseph and Mary went into Bethlehem.... And Mary, heavy with child... brought forth her firstborn babe in a cave, for there was no room to be found for them in the town....
"And there proved to be in the cave also, an ox, and a horse, and an ass, and a sheep, and beneath the manger was a cat with her little ones, and there were doves overhead, and each had its mate after its kind, the male with the female. Thus it came to pass that Yahshua was born in the midst of the animals which, through the redemption of man from ignorance and sin, he came to redeem from their sufferings, by the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God...."

That beautiful excerpt makes clear the fact that Yahshua’s mission of love on Earth embraces not only human beings, BUT ALL BEINGS!

Vegetarianism was REQUIRED by Yahshua of any person who wanted to become his disciple. In "Holy Twelve" we read:

Yahshua said:

"Verily I say unto you, they who partake of benefits which are gotten by wronging one of God's creatures, cannot be righteous; nor can they understand holy things, or teach the mysteries of the kingdom, whose hands are stained with blood, or whose mouths are defiled with flesh."
"God giveth the grains and the fruits of the earth for food; and for righteous man truly there is no other lawful sustenance for the body..."
"Wherefore I say unto all who desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths, for God is just and bountiful who ordaineth that man shall live by the fruits and seeds of the earth alone."

In another verse of the same manuscript, Yahshua declares:

"I am come to end the sacrifices and feasts of blood, and if ye cease not offering and eating of flesh and blood, the wrath of God shall not cease from you, even as it came to your fathers in the wilderness, who lusted for flesh, and they ate to their content, and were filled with rottenness, and the plague consumed them."
"And I say unto you, though ye be gathered together in my bosom, if ye keep not my commandments I will cast you forth. For if ye keep not the lesser mysteries, who shall give you the greater?"
"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much."

So, according to Yahshua, vegetarianism is one of the "lesser mysteries" of the spiritual life, an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT for becoming a disciple of Yahshua, and a prerequisite to being trusted with the "greater mysteries" of the universe.

In another verse from "Holy Twelve", Yahshua makes clear that flesh eaters are to be welcomed into our "outer-circle" church activities, but cannot participate in "inner-circle" activities until they become vegetarian:

A disciple of Yahshua asked him a question, saying "Master, if there come to us any that eat flesh ...shall we receive them?"

And Jesus said unto him, "Let such abide in the outer court till they cleanse themselves from these grosser evils; for till they perceive, and repent of these, they are not fit to receive the higher mysteries."

Of course, Yahshua practiced what he preached; he was himself a vegetarian:

Yahshua said,

"For of the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the herbs alone do I partake, and these are changed by the Spirit into my flesh and my blood. Of these alone and their like shall ye eat who believe in me, and are my disciples, for of these, in the Spirit, come life and health and healing unto man."

In the above excerpt, the term "and their like" refers to "other similar vegetarian food items".

Those readers familiar with the New Testament story in which ‘Jesus’ (Yahshua) miraculously fed 5,000 persons with but a little bread and a few fish, might ask: "Didn't Jesus eat fish?" The answer is: NOT IN THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC NEW TESTAMENT! In the original, unadulterated version of the New Testament, Yahshua fed those 5000 persons with but a little BREAD AND GRAPES!

The Lady Christ, in her incarnation as Miriam of Magdala, like Yahshua, spoke strongly in favor of vegetarianism. At the time of this writing, only small portions of her words have been translated into English. In several years the full text of the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way – which includes many sayings of Lady Miriam -- will have been translated; until then, we make use of the portions of that text that have been translated, along with other previously translated Essene books. In the portion of the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way that has already been translated, several profound sayings of the Magdalene on the topic of vegetarianism are found. We read:

Miriam said: “The heart of the heaven bound feels and prevents all creature’s woes as its own. Hell swallows him who swallows meat.”

A bystander asked: “Do not all of us eat? Even your disciples must eat.”

Miriam replied: “Look around you: bodies are swallowing bodies. The heaven bound swallow plants. The hell bound swallow flesh. But I tell you truly, in the higher heavens no bodies are swallowed; for, them who swallow will be swallowed. Until you have attained the body that is not swallowed, you will be swallowed. Wherefore it is truly said, ‘Not being swallowed is life’.”

A disciple asked the Lady: “Should I cease now to swallow? Should I even now cease to swallow plants? For I would do your word and attain the blessed life.” Miriam replied: “The baby crawls before it walks. Yea, and the baby walks before it runs. Even so, the babes of this world are not called to shed their bodies before their time. Yet neither were they intended by Elohim to eat meat. Therefore, let the heaven bound of this world be swallowers of plants. Yea, and for them who wish, the food gifts of animals well cared for is permitted, which gifts are the milk of the flock and the eggs of the hen. But be not a swallower of flesh. For, again I say: Hell swallows him who swallows meat. Repent and be saved!”

A mocker laughed and said: “Your religion is not for me! I will never pass up a juicy slab of roast goat! The bloodier the better! And God himself enjoys a good animal sacrifice!” Miriam replied: “Better than ten thousand burnt offerings is one life unkilled, uneaten. The true God weeps for the creatures you kill. And many think they serve God but in truth serve a beast. Let the mocker beware: hurt comes to the hurtful! The hurt you cause in the morning will overtake you in the evening.”

A woman said: “I must feed my daughter so that she will live. I fear for her future should I withhold meat.” Miriam replied: “Only she who is kin to all creation truly lives; consider the rest dead. Even so, we will teach you to eat as we Nasareans eat; your daughter will live and let live. Only them who let live, truly live. Yea, I tell you truly, those that are kind to all creatures need not fear their own futures.”

The dietary requirement to become disciples of Lord Yahshua and Lady Miriam is basic vegetarianism which means NO MEAT (and that also means no fish or birds!). Yahshua and Miriam do not prohibit dairy products or eggs, but one may choose to abstain from all animal products if they so desire. The process of spiritual nutrition is an ongoing, PROGRESSIVE ASCENSION into ever-less-dense, ever-more-light, ever-less-violent forms of the vegetarian diet. Not eating the murdered, butchered body of a gentle cow is a "lesser mystery"; living on only subtle, etheric energies is a "greater mystery"; and there are various intermittent levels. The basic vegetarianism of NO-MEAT is the level of dietary attainment required to become a disciple of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ; thus, that is also the level of dietary attainment required to become an initiated member of Essene Church of Christ.

TODAY, THERE IS MUCH EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE WISDOM OF THE VEGETARIAN TEACHINGS OF THE LORD AND LADY! Cleary, their teachings are not outdated. Consider the following scientific facts:

NOTE: BECAUSE SO MANY PLANTS MUST BE EATEN BY LIVESTOCK, VEGETARIANS ARE EVEN RESPONSIBLE FOR LESS DEATH OF PLANTS THAN MEAT-EATERS!
Note: Most of the scientific facts on vegetarianism listed in this section are from the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Diet for a New America, by John Robbins. Essene Church of Christ recommends that everybody read that book.

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DOCTRINE NINE

DOCTRINE ON HEAVEN AND HELL

Essene Church of Christ believes that both Heaven and Hell are VERY REAL. However, our understanding of the nature of heaven and hell is quite different than the orthodox Christian doctrine you are familiar with. The orthodox Christian teaching is that, based solely on this one brief incarnation, you will either go to Heaven forever or will BURN IN HELL FOR ETERNITY. They teach that the vast majority of humans will BURN IN HELL. We reject that false teaching, as did the ancient Nasarean Essenes. The notion that a SUPREME BEING would send the majority of human beings to BURN IN TORTUROUS AGONY FOR ETERNITY based solely on their status in this one brief incarnation is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Such a "God" would actually be a "Devil"!

Our church follows the teachings of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ on Heaven and Hell. Their main teachings on heaven and hell are as follows:

  1. There is not only one Heaven and one Hell; rather, there are countless Heavenly realms and countless Hellish realms.
  2. Beings live in the realm of the universe they deserve to (including the planet they live on), -- according to the universal law of karmic justice (CAUSE and EFFECT).
  3. Heaven and Hell are experienced first inwardly -- as inner states of being -- and then become manifest in our outer circumstances as well.
  4. Although there are countless heavenly realms – and hell realms – within the Mother Ovum (the Nasarean term for our Universe is ‘Mother Ovum’), the highest heaven – ‘Heaven Most High’ – is outside of the Mother Ovum, surrounding it as a circumference. Heaven Most High is the home of Jah (God Transcendent) and Jahlah (Goddess Transcendent) and will be the future home of those beings who join the Lord Christ and Lady Christ in their mission of mercy and thereby ascend upon the Golden Ladder and persevere to pierce the Mother Ovum.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE NINE

In number one above we read:

“There is not only one Heaven and one Hell; rather, there are countless Heavenly realms and countless Hellish realms.” Yahshua, the Lord Christ, was referring to the above when he declared: “In God's house are many mansions” and “various realms”. He describes “higher heavens” and “lower heavens”. He also describes “higher hells” and “lower hells”. Likewise, in the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way, only portions of which have been translated into English at this time (the entire manuscript will soon be published), Miram, the Lady Christ, said, “… in the higher heavens no bodies are swallowed”, implying that the heavens are plural not singular, and that there are higher and lower heavens. Like Yahshua, Miriam often refers to “higher heavens”, “lower heavens”, “higher hells” and “lower hells”. According to Yahshua and Miriam, the universe is a vast cosmic school system for the training and evolution of souls. There are various levels of the cosmic school system and each level consists of many planets, spheres and realms inhabited by sentient beings. SOME OF THOSE REALMS ARE SO VIOLENT, HATEFUL, DARK AND MISERABLE, THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE THE TERM "HELLISH". SOME REALMS ARE SO PEACEFUL, JOYFUL, LIGHT AND LOVE-FILLED, THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE THE TERM "HEAVENLY". The “higher heavens” are even more spiritually refined than the “lower heavens”, and the “lower hells” are even darker than the “higher hells”.

In number two of the above Doctrine Nine we read:

“Beings live in the realm of the universe they deserve to (including the planet they live on), -- according to the universal law of karmic justice (CAUSE and EFFECT).” Indeed, in the Essene New Testament, Yahshua declared: "And as they have sown in one life, so shall they reap in another." Beings who live in harmony with universal law, the laws of Jah-Jah (Jah-Jah is a Nasarean term by which we conveniently refer simultaneously to both Jah and Jahlah) will progressively ascend to ever-higher, more-heavenly abodes of light and love. Beings who do not live in harmony with the laws of the universe will progressively fall into ever-lower, more-hellish realms of darkness and pain. Fortunately, the Nasarean scriptures emphasize that the justice of Jah-Jah is tempered with mercy, and that the Lord Christ and Lady Christ are the Hands of Merciful Intervention, attempting to lift fallen Beings from the hell-pits of their own creation. Yes, it is we who create our own hell-pits, not Jah-Jah. Simply put, what we put out comes back to us. Miriam declared: “Hurt comes to the Hurtfull.” Our Lady also declared: “The hurt you cause in the morning will overtake you in the evening.”

In number three above we read:

“Heaven and Hell are experienced first inwardly -- as inner states of being -- and then become manifest in our outer circumstances as well.” In that regard, consider the following words of Lord Yahshua: "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you." Then couple that idea with what is revealed in another saying of Yahshua: "What is on the inside will become manifest on the outside." In other words, if you create a heavenly consciousness -- ‘heaven within’ -- you will later experience a heavenly outer-realm as well, -- including the planet you live on. Again, Yahshua said: "And as they have sown in one life so shall they reap in another." (It should be noted that some angelic beings that are entitled -- according to karmic law -- to live in heavenly realms, CHOOSE to take incarnation in a more hell-like realm in order to perform loving service for the benefit of other beings.)

In number four of the above Doctrine Nine we read:

“Although there are countless heavenly realms – and hell realms – within the Mother Ovum (the Nasarean term for our Universe is ‘Mother Ovum’), the highest heaven – ‘Heaven Most High’ – is outside of the Mother Ovum, surrounding it as a circumference. Heaven Most High is the home of Jah (God Transcendent) and Jahlah (Goddess Transcendent) and will be the future home of those beings who join the Lord Christ and Lady Christ in their mission of mercy and thereby ascend upon the Golden Ladder and persevere to pierce the Mother Ovum.” In the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way we read:

Jah and Jahlah said:

“We will create a universe of space, time, number, letter, form, elements and principles; it will be a place of learning, play, and work for our children. This universe will be the Em Beytsah, Which is the Mother Ovum, and will enfold countless ovums…. “And Our universe will be governed by Law which is Just and Merciful; yea, the Justice of Jah-Jah shall be tempered with Mercy.
“And we will grant The Great Freedom to all Beings, which is Freedom of Choice, yea, even the freedom to make unwise choices; for We desire friendship with Beings who choose Our fellowship.
“But with The Great Freedom comes The Great Responsibility. Behold: by the thoughts, words, and deeds of each Being, each shall rise or fall upon The Golden Ladder. And that Ladder is The Ladder of Being….”
“And when one of Our children cracks the shell of the Mother Ovum, that child shall have returned to Godhead, which is Heaven Most High. That child shall see Jah-Jahlah face to face, outside the shell of the Mother Ovum. That child shall be Our friend and companion in a new and special way; for that child has made the Ring of Return and is now Our Playmate and Co-worker. Yea, that child shall enjoy a time of bliss and fellowship with Jah-Jahlah. And such a child is never more required to return to the Mother Ovum, but may choose to return, as workers of Jah-Jah. For the harvest shall be great but the workers few.
Jah and Jahlah deeply contemplated Their Plan. They realized that The Great Freedom could result in great pain; for, not every being will choose wisely. Yet They also knew that without freedom, their would be no opportunity for Their children to learn and grow. And so They agreed, “We must remain outside of The Mother Ovum; for it is We who will give life to the Mother Ovum.

We learn in the above passage that, though we live in a universe called The Mother Ovum and that Jah and Jahlah are outside that Ovum in a realm called Heaven Most High, we can make THE RING OF RETURN. Beings who climb THE GOLDEN LADDER, which is the center branch of the Tree of Life, can pass through the shell of The Mother Ovum – this universe – and enter Heaven Most High, thus making THE RING OF RETURN. The Golden Ladder is The Ladder of Being, and we climb it by having thoughts, words, and deeds in harmony with UNIVERSAL LAW. Although there is a realm outside of The Mother Ovum – outside of our universe – called HEAVEN MOST HIGH, even within The Mother Ovum there are countless heavenly realms. As we ascend The Golden Ladder we ascend to progressively higher heavens, eventually reaching the realm of Jah (God) and Jahlah (Goddess) called Heaven Most High. There, according to the above scripture, we enjoy a time of bliss and fellowship with Jah-Jah, as their playmates and co-workers! Though not required to return to The Mother Ovum, we may choose to return as workers of Jah-Jah.

The section of Nasarean scripture quoted above ended with Jah and Jahlah agreeing that, “We must remain outside of The Mother Ovum; for it is We who will give life to the Mother Ovum.” Remember, the word Ovum means egg. And just as an egg will die if the Mother Hen does not remain outside the egg giving it her loving care, so would our universe die if Jah-Jah did not surround it and give it life through the center branch of the Tree of Life. In a sense, the center branch is an umbilical cord, through which the energy of life flows into not only The Mother Ovum, but into the Crown Chakra of every Being within the Ovum. Though Jah and Jahlah have stated that they must remain outside The Mother Ovum, they also maintain a presence within the Ovum: not only through the center branch (through that branch they are perpetually in contact with all Beings), BUT ALSO BY EMANATING THEIR FIRST CHILDREN – the Lord Christ and the Lady Christ – TO REPRESENT THEM WITHIN THE OVUM.

The orthodox Christian teaching is that, based solely on this one brief incarnation, you will either go to Heaven forever or will BURN IN HELL FOR ETERNITY. They teach that the vast majority of humans will BURN IN HELL. We reject that false teaching, as did Jesus himself. The notion that a SUPREME BEING would send the majority of human beings to BURN IN TORTUROUS AGONY FOR ETERNITY based solely on their status in this one brief incarnation is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Such a "God" would actually be a "Devil"!

Speaking of the "Devil", I should inform you in regard to our beliefs about "Satan." Yahshua and Miriam, in our ancient Essene manuscripts, do not teach the existence of ONE EVIL COUNTERPART TO GOD/GODDESS; however, they do teach the existence of various demonic beings including a particular "fallen angel" called "Satan". So, there certainly is a "dark brotherhood". There are demons and archdemons of various ranks and potencies; BUT NONE OF THESE DEMONS -- INCLUDING THE GRAND DRAGON SATAN -- are powerful enough to be considered a dualistic counterpart to God/Goddess. They are simply lost souls in need of heavy-duty repentance.

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DOCTRINE TEN

DOCTRINE ON REINCARNATION

Within the holy scriptures of Essene Church of Christ, Yahshua and Miriam teach that reincarnation is a fact of life at some levels of the cosmic school system – including the planet Earth – but that we can transcend the need to reincarnate. Even though most beings on planet Earth will reincarnate, those who follow the way of Christ can experience a type of resurrection and ascension into a permanent body that need not reincarnate. When we have transcended the need to reincarnate we will have angelic bodies and reside in heavenly realms, though we may occasionally choose to reincarnate in a lower world to be of service to the Beings that reside there.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE TEN

In regard to reincarnation, Yahshua and Miriam teach the following main points:

  1. Yahshua teaches that souls reincarnate in order to gain experience in their quest for perfection. We read in The Essene New Testament: "The soul is purified through many births and experiences." In another passage of the same manuscript, Yahshua states: "So through many births will ye be made perfect."
  2. Yahshua teaches that all creatures -- not only humans -- must continue to reincarnate until sufficiently purified. Yahshua said: "As all creatures come from the unseen into this world, so they return to the unseen, and so will they come again till they be purified."
  3. A third point made by Yahshua on reincarnation is that there is a time of rest and reflection between lives: " ... and to them will be given space to consider, and amend their lives...."
  4. Yahshua taught that what we do in one life will follow us into our next life:
    "The body that ye lay in the grave, or that is consumed by fire, is not the body that shall be, but they who come again shall receive other bodies, and as they have sown in one life, so shall they reap in another."

    That notion of ‘karma’ – as you sow, so shall you reap – is echoed by Miriam:

    “The hurt you cause in the morning will overtake you in the evening.”

    She similarly declares:

    “Hurt comes to the hurtful.”

    But she also makes clear that, as long as we are kind to all creatures, we need not fear our future incarnations:

    “Yea, I tell you truly, those that are kind to all creatures need not fear their own futures.”
  5. According to Yahshua and Miriam, once we are sufficiently perfected we need not reincarnate anymore. Yahshua said:
    "Blessed are they who suffer many experiences, for they shall be made perfect through suffering; they shall be as the angels of God in heaven and die no more, neither shall they be born anymore, for death and birth have no more dominion over them."

    Miriam said:

    “Yea, the Lord and Lady offer resurrection and ascension in place of required reincarnation…. For all who die in this world will be unable to escape required transmigration unless they be attuned to the Lord and Lady at death.”

In regard to point five above, once we reach a certain level of spiritual evolution we will have angelic bodies that never die. At that point, we will have no need to reincarnate anymore. That does not mean we will be done learning and growing -- the universe is infinite and we will always have new lessons to learn. But, at that point, we will have graduated from the level of the cosmic school system in which birth and death have dominion over us. WE WILL HAVE TRANSCENDED THE WHEEL OF REQUIRED DEATH AND REBIRTH. However, in order to be seen, touched, and considered "real" by physically incarnated beings of a lower evolutionary level whom we wish to help, we may sometimes CHOOSE to incarnate physically, even after we have transcended the need to reincarnate. Such a CHOSEN incarnation motivated by divine compassion rather than bondage to flesh is the act of an "AVATAR". This explains why Yahshua and Miriam, the SUPREME AVATARS, takes physical incarnations even though not bound to the wheel of birth and death: DIVINE COMPASSION!

Do you remember your previous incarnations? If not, be assured that one day, YOU WILL! In the book Survival into the 21st Century, a modern Essene teacher, Viktoras Kulvinskas, explains why some folks do not yet remember their previous incarnations, while others do, AND THAT ALL OF US WILL -- WHEN READY ! Brother Viktoras writes:

"In the process of human development, there comes a time when the physical body is worn out like an old suit of clothes and can no longer serve as a useful tool for gaining evolutionary experience on the physical plane. At this time the soul and the subtle bodies must withdraw from the physical body in the process called death.... The soul takes with it in the form of a small compact vibrational energy pattern the complete record of all the experiences of the physical body. This is called the permanent seed atom of the physical body...."
"This seed atom exists on a higher octave of energy than does the mental plane since the permanent seed atoms are part of the soul. Most people are not in sufficiently good attunement with the soul on its own level to be able to read the permanent records of the previous incarnations which exist on that high level of vibration."
"When human beings have fully developed a body of intuition on the Buddhic plane, they will be able to remember all their past incarnations because this body of intuition will remain intact from incarnation to incarnation....
"Rest assured that nothing is lost in the evolutionary process. The soul on its own level remembers everything. When we reach a stage in evolution where it is useful for us to remember these things, we will remember them."

Avatars walk the earth with complete memory of all their previous incarnations. Those not yet at Avatarhood, but at least relatively far along the spiritual path, have partial memory of some of their incarnations. And some as yet have no memory of their previous incarnations. Our past incarnation memory is linked to our current level of spiritual evolution. But our focus should not be on our past or future incarnations; our focus should be on serving Christ in the Here and Now. Neither should we pay much attention to the reports of others who claim to have been significant persons in previous incarnations; even if those claims are true (and usually they are not) it is not important who you were but who you are.

Because I am an animal lover, I wish to make one last remark on reincarnation before concluding this Commentary on Doctrine Ten. Whereas our church affirms (per the words of Yahshua in point number two above) that all creatures have a spiritual afterlife, it is the position of all mainstream Christian churches that animals do not have any form of afterlife. Of all Christian churches, only Essene Church of Christ teaches that animals have souls that may survive the death of their physical bodies. You see, in the early days of the Catholic Church, the male hierarchy of that church took a vote on whether women and animals have souls! Women squeaked by (!) but animals lost: the Catholic Church decided that animals have no souls. The later Protestant Christian denominations – all the rest of mainstream Christianity – inherited and accepted that decision of the Catholic Church. Essene Church of Christ is happy to restore the true Christian doctrine that men, women, and all creatures have souls that may survive the death of the physical body! If you are an animal lover, this is one more reason to affiliate with Essene Church of Christ!

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DOCTRINE ELEVEN

DOCTRINE ON OUR VIEW OF ‘PAULIANITY’

We believe that the false apostle Paul, who certainly never met Yahshua and most likely never met Miriam, led an attack against early Essene Christianity, then founded a watered-down form of Christianity best termed "Paulianity". Paul threw out many of Yahshua and Miriam’s central teachings including vegetarianism, the feminine aspect of God, women's rights and the prohibition against slavery.

We believe that Paulianity evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and gave birth to all of mainstream Christianity. Thus, mainstream Christianity today, which uses a Pauline New Testament that includes more words of Paul than words of Yahshua, is as much based on the teachings of Paul as of Yahshua. We believe that the teachings of Paul are very different than the teachings of Yahshua and Miriam, and thus Paulianity is a deficient form of Christianity.

Nevertheless, we acknowledge that Paulianity represented a step up for the group consciousness (in that it was less violent than the orthodox Judaism and pagan sacrificial cults from which it emerged), and, in that way, whether intentionally or accidentally, served the overall purpose of God and Goddess for this planet. The purpose of God and Goddess for our planet is spiritual evolution, and evolution sometimes occurs in small steps. Most people were not ready to receive the full message of the Lord Christ and Lady Christ 2000 years ago, but were ready to receive the watered-down Christianity of Paul. The few whom were ready to receive the full message two thousand years ago, preserved that message for this age. It is our hope that more of humanity has now evolved to the point where they are ready to receive the full message of the Lord Christ AND LADY CHRIST. Indeed, that step will be necessary if humanity is to survive the age of the atom bomb.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE ELEVEN

Although mainstream Christianity – ‘Paulianity’ – is an altered, watered-down version of what Yahshua and Miriam actually taught, it nevertheless represents a step up from the mainstream Judaism and Pagan sacrificial cults (they are called ‘sacrificial cults’ because they were based on animal sacrifice) from which it emerged. Whereas the mainstream Torah is extremely violent and portrays a violent God, the mainstream New Testament of Paulianity is non-violent and portrays a loving God. Thus, Paulianity (mainstream Christianity), though a watered-down form of what Yahshua and Miriam actually taught, was a step up for the group consciousness, a movement away from animal sacrifice and a wrathful, vengeful Deity. Nevertheless, Paulianity is seriously deficient in many ways, especially in its attitude toward women, slaves, and animals, and the time has now come for the group consciousness to take yet another step up the ladder of spiritual evolution by embracing the Essene Nasarean form of Christianity which was taught by the Lord Christ AND LADY CHRIST. Thus we ask: ARE YOU READY TO MEET YOUR MOTHER?

Thomas Jefferson said:

"Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus!"

Well, Thomas Jefferson was close! Actually, the first major corrupter of the doctrines of Yahshua (‘Jesus’) was Peter. After the crucifixion Peter refused to follow the Lord’s appointed successor, Mary Magdalene, because she was a woman. Peter led the first schism off the original Nasarean Christianity, throwing out the Divine Feminine, founding what became known as Ebionite Christianity. Most scholars refer to this Ebionite Christianity by the term Jewish Christianity, though Peter and the Ebionites never used that term. Paul led the second major schism in Christianity, founding the Roman Christianity that evolved into the Roman Catholic Church and gave birth to both the Eastern Orthodox faith and Protestantism. Paul, who came on the scene twenty years after the crucifixion and never met Yahshua, infiltrated and then led a schism off of Peter’s Ebionite Christianity, which at that time was the only form of Christianity large enough in Israel to bother infiltrating. The Nasarean form was much smaller in Israel, most of its leaders already having been killed and the Magdalene having fled to France.

Rather than criticize Thomas Jefferson for being a bit off in his assertion that “Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus”, we commend Jefferson for having noticed the fact that Paul had, indeed, changed Yahshua’s doctrine. Jefferson, without any of the recently discovered scrolls or scholarly works, simply noticed that the teachings of Jesus in the mainstream New Testament were very different than the teachings of Paul. In fact, there are many more words of Paul than Jesus in the mainstream New Testament, and modern Christianity is based more on the teachings of Paul than the teachings of Yahshua (‘Jesus’). Until having access to The Holy Megillah and related texts, I, like Jefferson, believed Paul to have been the first corrupter of the teachings of Yahshua. Although I recently realized that Paul was second to Peter in chronology of schisms, Paul’s schism has had the biggest effect in that his form of Christianity, which I call Paulianity, evolved into modern Christianity. Jefferson, noticing the wild divergence of the opinions of Paul from the teachings of Jesus, took a pair of scissors and cut all the words of Paul out of his Bible!

Thomas Jefferson is not the only great thinker to notice that, even when we confine our observations to the mainstream New Testament, the teachings of Paul differ radically from the teachings of Jesus. Some of the other great thinkers who noticed this and wrote about it include the following.

The Rev. V.A. Holmes-Gore, in his book Christ or Paul, wrote:

"Let the reader contrast the true Christian standard with that of Paul and he will see the terrible betrayal of all that the Master taught.... For the surest way to betray a great Teacher is to misrepresent his message.... That is what Paul and his followers did, and because the Church has followed Paul in his error it has failed lamentably to redeem the world.... The teachings given by the blessed Master Christ… were as utterly opposed to the Pauline Gospel as the light is opposed to the darkness."

The great theologian Soren Kierkegaard, writing in The Journals, echoes the above sentiment:

"In the teachings of Christ, religion is completely present tense: Jesus is the prototype and our task is to imitate him, become a disciple. But then through Paul came a basic alteration. Paul draws attention away from imitating Christ and fixes attention on the death of Christ the Atoner. What Martin Luther, in his reformation, failed to realize is that even before Catholicism, Christianity had become degenerate at the hands of Paul. Paul made Christianity the religion of Paul, not of Christ. Paul threw the Christianity of Christ away, completely turning it upside down, making it just the opposite of the original proclamation of Christ."

The brilliant theologian Ernest Renan, in his book Saint Paul, wrote:

"True Christianity, which will last forever, comes from the gospel words of Christ not from the epistles of Paul. The writings of Paul have been a danger and a hidden rock, the causes of the principal defects of Christian theology."

Will Durant, in his Caesar and Christ, wrote:

"Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ....Through these interpretations Paul could neglect the actual life and sayings of Jesus, which he had not directly known.... Paul replaced conduct with creed as the test of virtue. It was a tragic change."

Robert Frost, winner of the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1924,1931, 1937 and 1943, in his "A Masque of Mercy", wrote:

"Paul, he's in the Bible too. He is the fellow who theologized Christ almost out of Christianity. Look out for him."

James Baldwin, in his book The Fire Next Time, declared:

"The real architect of the Christian church was not the disreputable, sunbaked Hebrew (Jesus Christ) who gave it its name but rather the mercilessly fanatical and self-righteous Paul."

Martin Buber, the most respected Jewish philosopher of this century, wrote in Two Types of Faith:

"The Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount is completely opposed to Paul."

The famous mystic, poet and author, Kahil Gibran, declared in Jesus the Son of Man:

"This Paul is indeed a strange man. His soul is not the soul of a free man. He speaks not of Jesus nor does he repeat His Words. He would strike with his own hammer upon the anvil in the Name of One whom he does not know."

Above, the great Gibran, accurately reported something that I noticed when I first read the epistles of Paul as a youngster: PAUL DOES NOT QUOTE FROM THE WORDS OF JESUS! (Even before the gospels were written, all initiated Christians were instructed in the sayings of Jesus.) When you read the epistles of Paul, the Father of mainstream Christianity, all you get is Paul's own ideas; he never quotes the wise sayings of Jesus, neither does he report on the life of Jesus. That point is also made by the famous theologian Helmut Koester, in his The Theological Aspects of Primitive Christian Heresy:

"Paul himself stands in the twilight zone of heresy. In reading Paul, one immediately encounters a major difficulty. Whatever Jesus had preached did not become the content of the missionary proclamation of Paul.... Sayings of Jesus do not play a role in Paul 's understanding of the event of salvation.... Paul did not care at all what Jesus had said.... Had Paul been completely successful very little of the sayings of Jesus would have survived."

The English philosopher Jeremy Bentham, in his Not Paul But Jesus, declared:

"It rests with every professor of the religion of Jesus to settle within himself to which of the two religions, that of Jesus or that of Paul, he will adhere."

The eminent theologian Ferdinand Christian Baur, in his Church History of the First Three Centuries, wrote:

"What kind of authority can there be for an 'apostle' who, unlike the other apostles, had never been prepared for the apostolic office in Jesus' own school but had only later dared to claim the apostolic office on the basis of his own authority? The only question comes to be how the apostle Paul appears in his Epistles to be so indifferent to the historical facts of the life of Jesus.... He bears himself but little like a disciple who has received the doctrines and the principles which he preaches from the Master whose name he bears."

The great Mahatma Gandhi, the prophet of nonviolence who won freedom from England for India, in an essay titled Discussion on Fellowship, wrote:

"I draw a great distinction between the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus and the Letters of Paul. Paul's Letters are a graft on Christ's teachings, Paul's own gloss apart from Christ's own experience."

Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, wrote in his essay A Psychological Approach to Dogma:

"Saul's [Paul's name before his conversion] fanatical resistance to Christianity.... was never entirely overcome. It is frankly disappointing to see how Paul hardly ever allows the real Jesus of Nazareth to get a word in."

As you can see, I am quoting from the intellectual cream of humanity. A few more and I will consider my point to be made. Let us continue with George Bernard Shaw, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925; in his Androcles and the Lion, we read:

"There is not one word of Pauline Christianity in the characteristic utterances of Jesus.... There has really never been a more monstrous imposition perpetrated than the imposition of Paul's soul upon the soul of Jesus.... It is now easy to understand how the Christianity of Jesus... was suppressed by the police and the Church, while Paulinism overran the whole western civilized world, which was at that time the Roman Empire, and was adopted by it as its official faith."

Let us follow that Nobel prize winner with another. Albert Schweitzer, winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, has been called "one of the greatest Christians of his time." He was a philosopher, physician, musician, clergyman, missionary, and theologian. In his The Quest for the Historical Jesus and his Mysticism of Paul he writes: "Paul... did not desire to know Christ.... Paul shows us with what complete indifference the earthly life of Jesus was regarded.... What is the significance for our faith and for our religious life, the fact that the Gospel of Paul is different from the Gospel of Jesus? .... The attitude which Paul himself takes up towards the Gospel of Jesus is that he does not repeat it in the words of Jesus, and does not appeal to its authority.... The fateful thing is that the Greek, the Catholic, and the Protestant theologies all contain the Gospel of Paul in a form which does not continue the Gospel of Jesus, but displaces it."

William Wrede, in his book Paul, informs us:

"The oblivious contradictions in the three accounts given by Paul in regard to his conversion are enough to arouse distrust.... The moral majesty of Jesus, his purity and piety, his ministry among his people, his manner as a prophet, the whole concrete ethical-religious content of his earthly life, signifies for Paul's Christology nothing whatever.... The name 'disciple of Jesus' has little applicability to Paul.... Jesus or Paul: this alternative characterizes, at least in part, the religious and theological warfare of the present day."

Rudolf Bultman, one of the most respected theologians of this century, wrote in his Significance of the Historical Jesus for the Theology of Paul:

"It is most obvious that Paul does not appeal to the words of the Lord in support of his... views. When the essentially Pauline conceptions are considered, it is clear that Paul is not dependent on Jesus. Jesus' teaching is – to all intents and purposes – irrelevant for Paul."

Walter Bauer, another eminent theologian, wrote in his Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity:

"If one may be allowed to speak rather pointedly, the Apostle Paul was the only Arch-Heretic known to the apostolic age."

My point has been made. Many great thinkers join Thomas Jefferson in declaring that PAUL REPLACED THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS WITH HIS OWN VERY DIFFERENT TEACHINGS.

Readers of The Holy Megillah know that Nasarean Christianity includes vegetarianism. And we have explained that Peter, who led the first schism off Nasarean Christianity threw out the Divine Feminine but preserved the doctrine of vegetarianism. It is Paul who threw the vegetarian teachings of Yahshua (‘Jesus’) out of Christianity. In his Epistle called "Romans", Paul wrote:

"... he whose faith is weak eats only vegetables.... For meat destroys not the work of God."

Later, after Paul had led an outright schism against the "old Apostles" (i.e. against those who had actually known, walked with, and been trained by Jesus), he went so far as to call vegetarianism a doctrine "taught by demons"; in 1st Timothy, Paul declared:

"The spirit clearly warned me that in latter times some would abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars... commanding people to abstain from meats, which God created to be eaten with thanksgiving.... For every animal created by God is good for eating, and none are to be refused if received with Thanksgiving."

Paul has asserted that those whose "faith is weak eat only vegetables" and that "every animal created by God is good for eating". He has even gone so far as to call vegetarianism a doctrine taught by "hypocritical liars" and "demons". QUESTION: Does Paul consider Jesus to be a "hypocritical liar" or "demon"? For, both forms of Christianity that existed when Paul came on the scene twenty years after the crucifixion, the original Nasarean Christianity and Peter’s Ebionite Christianity, taught vegetarianism and made clear that the doctrine was straight from the lips of Jesus. Both those forms of Christianity were led by old Apostles who had personally known Jesus, whereas Paul never met Jesus. It would seem that only an amazing egotist would set aside the teachings of Jesus and replace them with his own. And, in fact, there is evidence in Paul’s writings that he was a sort of egotist, wanting people to follow him rather that Jesus. In First Corinthians, Chapter 11, Paul declares:

"Be imitators of me.... I commend you because you remember me in everything....”

That verse not only illustrates Paul’s desire to have people follow him rather than Jesus, but leads directly to another alteration of Jesus’ doctrine: the equality of men and women. Paul wrote:

"Be imitators of me.... I commend you because you remember me in everything.... But I want you to understand that while the head of every man is Christ, the head of every woman is her husband.... And any woman who prays with her head uncovered dishonors her husband; if a woman will not cover her head with a veil, then her hair should be shaved off.... For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.... Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, as a sign of submission to her husband that all men and angels will see.... And if anyone disagrees with me about his, they must be told to obey; for nothing else is acceptable in churches of God."

Similarly, Paul declares in Chapter 5 of Ephesians:

"Wives be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife in the same way that Christ is the head of the church. As the church is subject to Christ, so must wives be subject to their husbands in everything."

If you think the above words of Paul are not only egotistical -- "Be imitators of me" -- but also brand him as a male chauvinist, hold onto your hats (especially you women in church!); IT GETS WORSE! In Chapter 14 of First Corinthians, Paul writes:

"In all Christian churches, the women should keep silent whenever in church. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate.... If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.... If any one thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, he must acknowledge that what I am writing to you is true and from the Lord God."

One more example of how, even confining our discussion to the mainstream Bible, it is obvious that Paul taught a very different doctrine than Jesus. That example is slavery. In chapter 6 of Ephesians, Paul instructs Christian slaves to obey their Christian slave masters as though the slave master were Jesus Christ:

"Slaves, be obedient to your masters, with fear and trembling, as to Christ."

Likewise, in chapter 3 of Colossians, Paul orders Christian slaves in another congregation to obey their Christian slave masters:

"Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, fearing the Lord."

In 1st Timothy chapter 6, Paul instructs his ministerial student, Timothy, in the Pauline doctrine on slavery, and then displays his egotistical megalomania by asserting that anyone who disagrees with him knows nothing:

"Christian slaves must work hard for their owners and regard their owners as worthy of all honor.... If their owner is a Christian, that is no excuse to slow down their labor; rather, they should labor all the harder because a brother in the faith is profiting from their toil.... Timothy, teach this truth and demand that all obey. For if anyone disagrees or teaches otherwise... he is puffed up with conceit and knows nothing. Timothy, some may deny that this is the sound message of Jesus Christ... and may dispute over the meaning of Christ's words. These arguers have warped minds, are stupid and depraved."

I don’t believe any of my readers can imagine the above words of Paul on slavery as having come from Jesus! Jesus, the Messiah and founder of the religion Paul claimed to represent, declared:

"The Spirit of God is upon me. God has sent me to help the brokenhearted, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES!"

Yes, the above words upholding slavery, like the previous words downgrading women, are printed on the pages of the supposedly "holy" Bible, the book that Pauline Christians call "the Word of God". The above excerpts from the Pauline bible upholding slavery were used by governmental and religious "authorities" to defend the institution of slavery for nearly 1,900 years. In fact, when Abraham Lincoln first tried to put an end to slavery in America many Christian Churches opposed him AND USED THE ABOVE WORDS OF PAUL TO DEFEND SLAVERY IN AMERICA. The Southern Baptist denomination was formed to defend the practice of slavery in America; their theological defense of slavery was based on the words of Paul. AND EVEN THE KU KLUX KLAN BASED THEIR EARLY PRO SLAVERY PROPAGANDA ON THE ABOVE WORDS OF PAUL. (The Klan was formed three years after the end of the Civil War but hoped to overturn the freedom won by blacks and return to slavery.) How many whipped black backs, stretched black necks (lynchings), cross burnings (yes, the Christian cross burned in front of a black person's home is a symbol of the Pauline Christian Klan), and burned black churches are directly attributable to the above words of Paul?

The BLESSED DAY of the restoration of the true teachings of Jesus Christ has NOW COME! Truly, this is a time of great blessing, BUT IT IS ALSO A TIME OF CHOOSING. Every Christian must make a choice: YAHSHUA OR PAUL? ESSENE NASAREAN CHRISTIANITY (the religion of Jesus (Yahshua) or PAULIANITY?

I hereby issue a call to all Christians: REJECT PAULIANITY AND EMBRACE JESUS CHRIST! The first step is to give up eating meat; until then, the unseen powers behind Paul will whisper in your ear. And the flesh-eating Priests and Pastors of Paul will do more than whisper in your ear; they will scream in it! (And thump their Pauline Bibles more than a few times!) But their day is rapidly fading. A new day has dawned. The table of the Lord has been prepared. WILL YOU COME?

TOPICS OF COMPARISON   ESSENES     PAUL  
Women permitted to speak in church YES NO
Women required to wear head covering as as sign of submission to their husbands NO YES
Women required to submit to the authority of their husbands as if their husbands were Jesus Christ NO YES
Women were created for men Men were not created for women NO YES
Women and men have equal rights YES NO
God is both Father and Mother YES NO
God is only Father, not Mother NO YES
Okay to eat meat NO YES
Okay to eat meat that has been sacrificed to demonic idols NO YES
Slavery is permitted NO YES
Christians can even own other Christians as slaves NO YES
Salvation is dependent on following the saving teachings of Jesus YES NO
Salvation is dependent on belief in the sacrificial death of Jesus on the Cross NO YES
Belief in reincarnation in the context of a cosmic school system YES NO
Based on this life only, you will either go to heaven (if you believe in Jesus's sacrificial death) or will burn in hell for eternity NO YES
Teachings based on the words of Jesus YES NO
Teachings based on the ideas of Paul NO YES
Use a New Testament with many more words of Paul than Jesus NO YES
Christians slaves must work extra hard if their slave master is a Christian NO YES


DOCTRINE TWELVE

DOCTRINE ON ESSENE SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

The spiritual practices of Essene Church of Christ are based primarily on the teachings found within our holy scriptures. These practices include such disciplines as Essene Yoga, the Sevenfold Peace Contemplations, and the Tree of Life Communions. Our basic spiritual practices are outlined, and a program for implementing them provided, in a manuscript titled The Manual of Discipline of Essene Church of Christ. Some advanced spiritual practices are provided only within the context of advanced courses within our Mystery School.

The Manual of Discipline of Essene Church of Christ is required reading for those who wish to become a member of Essene Church of Christ. That Manual is used as a textbook in our Membership Class. A good, general introduction to two key Essene Spiritual Practices – the Sevenfold Peace Contemplations and the Tree of Life Communions – is provided in a book by Edmond Szekely titled, From Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

COMMENTARY ON DOCTRINE TWELVE

Members of Essene Church of Christ are not expected to be perfect at following our spiritual practices. Rather, they are asked to try their best, and, when they stumble – as we all occasionally do – to get back up and continue trying. The most important thing is to LOVE GOD AND GODDESS IMMANENT AND TRANSCENDENT WITH ALL YOUR HEART!

Of course, not everyone will try their best. Some loaf, some strive, and most do some of each. That is why there are various levels of initiation within our Mystery School. Empowerment within Essene Church of Christ is linked with attainment within our Mystery School, Essene Mountain of Peace. The spiritual practices of Essene Church of Christ are taught within the context of enrollment within Essene Mountain of Peace.

One foundational spiritual discipline of Essene Church of Christ is vegetarianism. In order to become a member of Essene Church of Christ one must become a vegetarian. Dairy and eggs are permitted, though some choose to be vegan and abstain from all animal products.

Another foundational spiritual practice of our church is called The Sevenfold Peace. It is both a lifestyle practice and a meditation practice. The Sevenfold Peace lifestyle practice is outlined below:

  1. PEACE WITH THE BODY. Essenes practice peace with the body via such things as: eating only natural vegetarian foods, pure air, pure water, occasional fasting, taking daily walks, practicing Hatha Yoga, etc.
  2. PEACE WITH THE MIND. Essenes practice peace with the mind via such things as: positive affirmations and creative visualizations in the form of the Essene Tree of Life Communions and Noon Peace Contemplations (given by Yahshua and Miriam in the Essene Gospels); positive thinking; constructive daily activities for the mind to focus on; abstinence from garbage television programs; etc.
  3. PEACE WITH THE FAMILY. Essenes practice peace with the family via such things as: Conscious Emotional Equanimity through the art of WATCHING, UNDERSTANDING, and WISELY CHANNELING our emotions; positive and wise interaction with all family members and anyone else in our immediate environment; radical forgiveness; unconditional love; etc.
  4. PEACE WITH HUMANITY. Essenes practice peace with humanity via such things as: creative work for the uplift of all via right livelihood and right volunteerism; ACTIVE PARTICIPATION in the group effort of the Essene church to spread the teachings of the Sevenfold Peace all over the planet; non-support of activities, products, or institutions which create disharmony and violence in the world; support of activities, products, or institutions which create harmony and peace in the world; etc.
  5. PEACE WITH CULTURE. Essenes practice peace with culture via such things as: studying the writings of the great spiritual masters of various religious traditions; listening to the great musical masterpieces which have been passed down through the generations; viewing the great works of art -- paintings, sculptures, craftwork, -- that are preserved in museums; becoming aware of our own ethnic cultural heritage; becoming aware of the ethnic cultural heritages of others; etc.
  6. PEACE WITH MOTHER EARTH. Essenes practice peace with Mother Earth via such things as: planting trees (the average American uses up the equivalent of seven trees per year; thus, we each should try to plant AT LEAST seven trees per year); being in conscious harmony with all the forces of nature represented by the seven roots of the symbolic Essene Tree of Life; recycling; supporting environmental causes and groups; drive less, walk more; maintain an organic garden; support organic farms by purchasing their products; EATING LOW ON THE FOOD CHAIN: BEING VEGETARIAN IS THE ONE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, etc.
  7. PEACE WITH GOD/GODDESS. Essenes practice peace with God/Goddess via such things as: The complete dedication of our life to the spiritual path for the sake of enhanced communion with God and Goddess Immanent and Transcendent; total surrender of the personal ego to the luminous "I AM" which is Yah; self realization; service to all creation motivated by love for the Creator; being in conscious harmony with the various spiritual forces and laws of God/Goddess represented by the seven branches of the symbolic Essene Tree of Life; the practice of various Essene yogic techniques and meditation practices given by Yahshua and Miriam; ECSTATIC APPRECIATION for the FREE GIFT which is LIFE (Indeed, Life is a free gift; we did nothing to earn our existence as units of "I AM". The fact that we "BE" is a manifestation of the GRACE of God/Goddess; AND SO WE APPRECIATE AND CELEBRATE THAT GIFT. However, having come into BEING through the GRACE of God/Goddess, each unit of "I AM" is then subject to the LAWS OF BEING. The LAWS of BEING are encoded into the very nature of Being and represent the JUSTICE aspect of God.); and, progressive mastery of the Essene spiritual practices via sincere study within the MYSTERY SCHOOL operated by Essene Church of Christ.

The above is not intended to be a "complete" list of all possible practices for each of the seven parts of THE SEVENFOLD PEACE; rather, the list is intended to be "suggestive". The reader is invited to think of additional ways to experience the blessing of SEVENFOLD PEACE!

As stated above, The Sevenfold Peace is both a lifestyle practice and a type of meditation practice. The lifestyle practice is described above. The meditation practice is called The Noon Peace Contemplation and is described in The Manual of Discipline of Essene Church of Christ and From Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Another foundational spiritual practice of Essene Church of Christ is the Tree of Life Communions. Yahshua and Miriam, in our holy scriptures, give a symbol for the universe called The Essene Tree of Life.

The Essene Tree of Life has seven branches and seven roots. Each branch represents a specific spiritual force – such as Love, Wisdom, Power, etc – and each root represents a specific force of nature: Sun, Water, Air, etc.

Also, each of the seven branches corresponds with a specific evening of the week – e.g. Love/Wednesday, Peace/Monday, Wisdom/Thursday, etc. Likewise, each of the seven roots corresponds with a specific morning of the week: Sun/Wednesday, Water/Thursday, Air/Friday, etc.

Certain words – called “Communions” – are linked with each branch and root. Those words are spoken, sang, or chanted, on the specific morning or evening indicated. The human being is pictured in the center of the tree sitting in the meditation posture. According to Yahshua and Miriam, to the degree that the human being is in harmony with the seven spiritual forces and seven natural forces symbolized as branches and roots, the human will experience being centered within himself/herself, and centered within the universe. Such a Being will experience the Kingdom of Heaven within, and help build it on the outside.

Information on the Essene Tree of Life appears in Books Two and Four of the Essene Gospel of Peace, as well as From Enoch to the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Manual of Discipline of Essene Church of Christ. Even more detailed information on the Essene Tree of Life is found in the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way. Indeed, the Nasarean Bible of the Essene Way provides not only more detailed information on the Tree of Life Communions, but also explicit instructions on Essene Yoga and all of the other Essene spiritual disciplines. Thus, when that translation is completed, our Manual of Discipline will be updated to include the new information.

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