May 31st 2017
Babylon rising The Judaism of the Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, and James and the early Jerusalem Church all overlapped in their Judaic religious circles, but the spiritual centres of those circles never overlapped.
The ascetic Essene communities were the first cells monasticism in the West. They considered themselves to be Enochian Judaism. But which Enoch?
Essenes named themselves Nazarenes. “Nazarene,” in this case, derives from: h5341 natsar: to watch, guard, keep; to preserve; keep secret; a Watchman.
Essenes believed the were “guardians” and “watchers”over the secrets to the universe and arcane Egyptian knowledge (allegedly) inherited by Moses.
Gnostics, Secret Societies, and occult organizations believe Essenes are historical foundation stones for their beliefs and organizational structure. They believe Essenes were a sister sect of Nazorean Mandaeans, and sun-worshipping Sabians.
Essenes adopted the “Watchers/Nazarenes title, because they guarded ancient knowledge. Mandaeans/Sabians called their priests: “Nazoreans,”. Mandaean derives from “Mandayya”, meaning “heavenly knowledge.”
Church Father, Epiphanius (4th century CE), described 2 groups of Essenes whereby the Nazarean sect forbid the Books of Moses as books of fiction”:
“The Nazarean – they were Jews by nationality – originally from Gileaditis, Bashanitis and the Transjordan... They acknowledged Moses and believed that he had received laws – not this law, however, but some other. And so, they were Jews who kept all the Jewish observances, but they would not offer sacrifice or eat meat. They considered it unlawful to eat meat or make sacrifices with it. They claim that these Books are fictions, and that none of these customs were instituted by the fathers. This was the difference between the Nazarean and the others...”
“After this Nazarean sect in turn comes another closely connected with them, called the Ossaeans. These are Jews like the former... originally came from Nabataea, Ituraea, Moabitis, and Arielis, the lands beyond the basin of what sacred scripture called the Salt Sea... Though it is different from the other six of these seven sects, it causes schism only by forbidding the books of Moses like the Nazarean.” (Epiphanius of Salamis Panarion 1:18-19)
Philo of Alexandria (20-50 CE), a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher, who used philosophic allegory to harmonize the Torah and Jewish Scripture with Greek philosophy and polytheism, connected Essenes from descending from the Egyptian Therapeutate, which was in in Heliopolis and the ancient religion of Egypt. (De Vita Contemplativa I:1)
Conversely, Christians were called Nazarenes as an ongoing mocking by Jews of Jesus. Jesus moved to Nazareth to fulfill the mocking prophecies, and then passed onto Paul and Christians (Ps 22:6-13, Is 49:7 & 53:3).
Nazareth was looked upon unfavourably by the Jews and Essenes of that period, also noting Essenes did not have a home city. Paul the Nazarene accused in Acts 5, noting Essenes viewed Paul as a heretic.
ACT 24.5 “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: ACT 24.6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.”
MAT 2.23 “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.”
JOH 1.46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
Essenes held the book of Jubilees and Enoch son of Cain in the highest regard rooting their calendar on the solar year, which ran contrary to the Jewish lunar calendar.
Pliny, whom many quote regarding Essenes, said precious little. Pliny said they lived west of the shores, likely the Dead Sea, in the wilderness, as an ancient ascetic monastic sect for: “ for thousands of ages;” thus predating Israel.
Pliny’s brief comments are consistent with Philo and secret societies stating Essenes and their religion descend from Heliopolis and Enoch son of Cain.
Pliny did underscore the ascetic, solitary, monastic ways of the Essenes with their most central fortress location in the Sodom area, likely Masada.
“Along the West coast, inhabite the Esseni. 152 A nation this, living alone and solitarie, and of all others throughout the world most admirable and wonderfufll. Women they see none: carnall lust they know not: they handle no money: they lead their life by themselves, and keepe companie only with Date trees. Yet neverthelesse, the countrey is evermore well peopled, for that daily numbers of straungers resort thither in great frequencie from other parts: and namely, such as be wearie of this miserable life, are by the surging waves of frowning fortune driven hither, to sort with them in their manner of living. Thus for many thousand yeers [a thing incredible, and yet must true] a people hath continued without any supply of new breed and generation.153 Beneath them, stood sometime Engadda, for fertilitie of soile and plentie of Date-tree groves, accounted the next citie in all Iudea, to Ierusalem. Now, they say, it serveth for a place onely to interre their dead. Beyond it, there is a castle or fortresse situate upon a rocke, and the same not farre from the lake of Sodome Asphaltites. And thus much touching Iudæa.” (Pliny Book V, Chapter 17:152-153)
So how do occult beliefs align with Josephus: The Jewish War Book 2 and the Bible?
2:8:2(119): Essenes were one of three Philosophical sects of Judea at time of Jesus that avoided marriage: Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes
2:8:4(124-125): They did not have a home city (Like Nazareth) but assigned a few in cities to welcome travellers as they were required to worship in remote places.
“Freedom from the Doctrine of Men COL 2.20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances”
2:8:13(160): Essenes had strict living, rituals, and doctrines. Only one sect were permitted marriage, not for pleasure but to reproduce posterity for the sect.
“COL 2.16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: COL 2.17 Which are a shadow of things to come ; but the body is of Christ.”
2:8:3(119) Essenes viewed pleasure as evil; were despisers of riches; lived in austerity (122); oils defiled them; loved being sweaty (123). They disciplined their bodies as “children in fear of their masters”; wore clothes till torn to pieces(126); ate simply. sparingly; never drank (130-132 & 8:10:151). Senior initiates washed if touched by junior initiates 8:10(150); trained to be above pain 8:10(151-152).
COL 2.21 Touch not; taste not; handle not; COL 2.22 Which all are to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men? COL 2.23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”
2: 8:5(129) & 8:7(137): Dressed in white and prayed towards the sun at sunrise.
“Sun Worship EZE 8.15....thou shalt see greater abominations than these. EZE 8.16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.”
“Weeping for Tammuz EZE 8.13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. EZE 8.14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.”
2:8:6(136): Essenes studied the ancients and their knowledge in secrecy.
“EZE 8.7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. EZE 8.8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. EZE 8.9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.”
2:8:7(139): They swore many oaths oaths.
“MAT 5.34 ….Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: MAT 5.35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool : neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. MAT 5.36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. MAT 5.37 But let your communication be , Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
“JAM 5.12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
2:8:7(141-142): Essenes were not permitted to disclose their secret doctrines, knowledge and rituals upon punishment of death.
2:8:7 “Moreover, he swears to communicate their doctrines to no one any otherwise than as he received them himself; that he will abstain from robbery, and will equally preserve the books belonging to their sect, and the names of the angels 5 [or messengers]. These are the oaths by which they secure their proselytes to themselves.
“EZE 8.10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. EZE 8.11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel… with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. EZE 8.12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not;”
2:8:7(142): Oaths to preserving secrets in their books, and the names of their angels, upon punishment of death. Note 2 on the angels describes the vow: to keep secret the angels who provided their secret books.
“Freedom from Improper Worship COL 2.18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen , vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
2:8:11(154): Essene souls are immortal; their bodies are prisons; believed in a spirit release like Greek sophists. (155): Souls after death go to the place of Greek Heroes and demigods.
2:8:11: “11. For their doctrine is this: That bodies are corruptible, and that the matter they are made of is not permanent; but that the souls are immortal, and continue for ever; and that they come out of the most subtile air, and are united to their bodies as to prisons, into which they are drawn by a certain natural enticement; but that when they are set free from the bonds of the flesh, they then, as released from a long bondage, rejoice and mount upward. And this is like the opinions of the Greeks,”
2:8:11 “...And indeed the Greeks seem to me to have followed the same notion, when they allot the islands of the blessed to their brave men, whom they call heroes and demi-gods; and to the souls of the wicked, the region of the ungodly, in Hades, where their fables relate that certain persons, such as Sisyphus, and Tantalus, and Ixion, and Tityus,”
2:8:14(163): They believe in fate [Greek Mysteries]; that good souls are removed from their bodies in death to be placed in new bodies.
“Freedom from the Judgment of Men... COL 2.12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. COL 2.13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; COL 2.14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”
“1CO 15.51 Behold , I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep , but we shall all be changed, 1CO 15.52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound , and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Book 2:8:12(159): prophesy via occult rituals, chanting from their secret books, and likely consuming potions/drugs inducing trances to communicate with (dead) prophets.
“There are also those among them who undertake to foretell things to come, by reading the holy books, and using several sorts of purifications, and being perpetually conversant in the discourses of the prophets; and it is but seldom that they miss in their predictions.”
We know of water Essene water rituals, but one wonders what the “other” “purifications” [occult] rituals were: sweat lodges, chanting, smudging, burning of incense, drug induced transes, meditation etc. As with other polytheist religions.
Essenes/Qumranites believed in purification through daily “washing rituals”. Daily immersion in water derived from Kabbalist Judaism and continued by Hasidism, the Ashkenazi requiring repentance before immersion; and thus prophesy.
Ritual purification is a ritual prescribed by polytheist religions before worshipping their gods. Ritual purification may also apply to objects and places in these rituals.
The Bible does provide purification laws, but not as a in a ritual, which is polytheism, but washing to rid ones self of things considered unclean.
Water rituals is polytheism and and part of mystical religions. In the Essene case, they did purifications rituals to prophesy. God does not require a ritual to come to have you prophesy. God chooses His prophets and when and how prophesy is to take place; not the other way around.
Water Purification Laws
Purification of clothes by washing them: 1) for eating unclean animals; touching dead animals; touching ashes of sacrificed animals; blood from women; Semen: Ex 19:10-14; Lev 17:15, 15:4-28; Nbrs:10:10, 19:17-21; Deut 21:6-9. 2) Semen: Lev 15:4-18. 3) Infections and mildew: Lev 13:6, 13:58, 14:1-54. 4) Killing or touching dead people: Nbrs 31:19-24. 5) Blood from sacrificed animals: Lev 6:27. 7) Scapegoat: Lev 16:26-28. 😎 Washing before entering the tent of the altar: Ex 30:17-21, 40:30-32;
“DEU 18.10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, DEU 18.11 Or a charmer, 2267 or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 4191 DEU 18.12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”
Book 2:17:8(433): The Masada Essene leader was a skilled sophister or sophist [Sophists professed a Greek philosophy]:
2:17: . “In the mean time, one Manahem, the son of Judas, that was called the Galilean, [who was a very cunning sophister, and had formerly reproached the Jews under Cyrenius, that after God they were subject to the Romans,] took some of the men of note with him, and retired to Masada, where he broke open king Herod's armory”
“Freedom from Vain Philosophy COL 2.8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
1TI 1.4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”
We're the Essenes the Sons of Zadok recorded in Ezekiel 40:46, 44:15 and 48:11?
“EZE 40.46 And the chamber whose prospect [is] toward the north [is] for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these [are] the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him.”
The Biblical sons of Zadok were not the Essene sons of Zedek. Zadok was a Levite descendant of Eleazar and Aaron; a high priest (1 Chron 24:1-3) in the time of David.
Zadok served the temple and kept charge of it when the Israelites went astray (Ezekiel 44:15). Zadok’s sons did not create Essene polytheism that worshipped angels away from the Temple in remote locations.
Dead Sea Scrolls testify the Qumran Sons of Zedek held a puzzling title identifying a secretive a priestly lineage. Their descendants that founded the Templars.
Essenes were a sun cult according to Masonic historian Lomas; an alliance of Enochian and Zedekite priests from the non Biblical Melchizedek Cananite sun cult.
Canaanites understood Zedek to be the sun god, while Melchi derived from Malak or king. Molech is synonymous with Malak, and Melek and Molek in Hebrew.
Other Biblical variations of Molech are Milcom, Malcam, Micom and Moloch. Molech was the demigod, the notorious son of Baal, while Baal was the son of El.
“EZE 44.15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: EZE 44.16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.”
“EZE 48.11 [It shall be] for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.”