It was at the age of twelve, just prior to His bar Mitzvoth during the festival of Sukkot at that same year, the young pubescent Jewish male, Yahshua (Jesus), went as a Jewish adult male to worship in the temple at Jerusalem during the greatest festivals of the Jews, Passover. With the estimated date of birth of Yahshua at 7 BCE, his bar Mitzvoth year would have been in the year of 6 BCE. During this visit a very strange event occurred. The young lad, Yahshua, was discovered at the temple in an intense Torah debate and dialogue in the presence of the esteemed elders, rabbis, and priests of Israel. The question, how did this occur and were there any adult agencies that were responsible in this encounter
Luke 2:43 - 50 - “His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. When they had finished the days as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So they saw Him, they were amazed, and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought you anxiously.’”
And He said to them, ‘why did you seek Me! Did you not know that I must be about My Fathers business?’ But they did not understand the statement when He spoke to them.”
The Chalice Well at Glastonbury – Photo by Robert Mock
What happened at this time? Just north of the city of Jerusalem were the crossroads of the trade junctions between Jerusalem with the rest of the world. Here was the city of Arimathea, the trade capital of Judea. This Judean city is the same city as Ramallah is today. There is one difference. Arimathea was a city of Jewish orthodoxy. Ramallah is the headquarters of the Middle East terrorist’s nest established by the Father of World Terrorism, Yasser Arafat. In this once Jewish city, Arafat founded the Palestinian Liberation Organization which today is the current Fatah Organization under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas. Here at the home of Joseph of Arimathea are now those who attacked the interests of the entire western world with plane and cruise ship hijackings in the 70s and 80s. Here at Ramallah, in ancient Arimathea, the Sunni Muslim Palestinian people are today are the outcasts by their own cousins in every Islamic country of the Middle East; King Hussein’s Jordan, King Abdullah’s Egypt, former President Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, President Assad’s Syria, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Shi’ite Iran.
It was Joseph, the Prince Scion of David’s hereditary family estate was located six miles north of Jerusalem at major trading center of Arimathea located at the trading route junction from the north and east. Here in the modern city of Ramallah, was the home of Joseph’s mother, Rachel of Arimathea, the second wife of the Prince of David and Jewish Nasi Matthat ben Levi, his father.
Nearby in Jerusalem lived Joseph of Arimathea’s half brother, “Heli” known in Jewish history as Prince Alexander III “Helios”. Heli was the heir to the Hasmonean throne for his mother, Queen Alexandra II ruled Judea in the year of 49 BCE. He was the grandson of King Hyrcanus II of Judea, the Hasmonean king, the 2nd time between the years of 63-49 BCE and High Priest at Jerusalem between the years of 67-68 BCE. Heli was later executed by King Herod in the year of 30 BCE under what was the suspicion of treason to the Herodian government. Knowing the “signs of the times”, almost every Prince of David was hunted and charged with treason against King Herod except Joseph of Arimathea. Here was an internationalist that was protected by Rome.
The Tin Mines worked since Antiquity by the Jewish Saracens that were Under the Supervision of Joseph of Arimathea – Photo by Robert Mock
Here also were the international headquarters of the shipping and metal processing industry that made Joseph of Arimathea, the “rich man of Jerusalem”, an internationalist and industrialist that every Christian in the free world today should admire and emulate. At this site of Ramallah should be one of the most revered sacred sites of Christianity. Instead of a terrorist haven, this place should be a “sacred place” for the rising forces of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. Strange as it may be, Vatican Rome ignores this “sacred home” of one of the most famous “councilors” of the Jews. The very man that made possible the tomb for the Jewish Messiah Yahshua has been relegated to the dusty shelves of forgotten history. This toxic neglect of literal history was created by the early Roman Christian Gnostic Church and today, “Roman Christian History” is the official “Christian History” accepted by Catholics and Protestants alike.
The Prince of David Joseph of Arimathea is today recognized as the respected closest male relative of Jesus; Yahshua’s maternal uncle. He was also Yahshua’s (Jesus’) male guardian and protector as a teenager when His father, Joseph the Carpenter died prematurely. Always in the shadow of his famous nephew, Joseph of Arimathea did not raise to the center stage until political conditions forced him to break his anonymity after the execution of Yahshua. Here in the biblical texts, we see Joseph requesting of the Roman Governor Pilate for the family rights to the body of the slain Jewish Messiah.
The Atlantic Coastline on Cornwall where Joseph and Yahshua traveled to Reach the Isle of Avalon near the Reputed Tintagel Castle of King Arthur Fame – Photo by Robert Mock
This was legal in Torah and Roman law but by the act of requesting the body from Pontius Pilate, the Roman provincial governor in which Joseph worked with officially as a member of the Roman Provincial Council of Judea, cost Joseph his seat in the Jewish Sanhedrin. It landed him in the jail in the basement of the Palace of the High Priest, and made Joseph a target of the wrath of “The Jews”, the official name of the Sadducee High Priest Dynastic Family of Ananias the High Priest and the high priest’s Mafioso styled henchmen under his rule. The Prince of David, the Messiah ben Yosef (Messiah son of Joseph) was hanging as an “accursed one” on that “tree” overlooking Jerusalem from the “Hill of Offense” on the Mount of Olives. He was now to be placed in the family Davidian tomb with the assistance of the famed Jewish Pharisee Nicodemus.
Here now was the “Protector” of the early Nazarene followers who were hunted and killed during the Sauline pogrom against Nazarene leadership, headquartered at the “House with the Upper Room” where the Jewish Nazarene Synagogue was later located. Here was the first Nazarene “Apostle” who took the message of the slain Jewish Messiah to the oldest sanctuary of HaShem (God of Israel) where the Cymric Druids, on the Isle of Britannia were still worshipping in its most pristine purity the spiritual life religion of the God of Noah and Shem that was later transferred to the isles during the days of the Patriarch Abraham. What was even more fascinating was that they, the Druids, were now waiting for the arrival of their “Messiah Jesu”.
It was at Ramallah, ancient Arimathea, that three times a year became the last stop by the family of Jesus as they traveled to the festivals of the Lord. In spite of the fabled history of Yahshua as invented by the early Roman Christian Church, the home of Jesus in the city of Nazareth was not a forgotten village of peasants lost in Jewish agrarian society. This Essene town had become the headquarters of the Jewish Resistant Movement against the Romans in Galilee. This massive and powerful movement that almost drove Rome out of Galilee was pioneered and led by none other than the great uncles and cousins of this young and prodigious student of the Torah, Yahshua (Jesus). He would someday become the most famous rabbi of Jewish history, but then he was a radical political and spiritual rabbi, using the most powerful tools of peaceful resistance, spiritual enlightenment and actively using the tools of goodness and righteousness against the forces of evil.
1st Son 2nd Son 3rd Son
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Prince Jacob ben Matthan Prince Hizkiah ben Matthan Prince Judas ben Matthan
Called “The Patriarch” Called the “Zealot” Called the “Galilean” from Gamala
c. 50 - 23 BCE c. 47 - 4 BCE c. 45 – 6 CE
Executed by King Herod Executed by the Herodian Military Nailed to the Cross by Varus
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Prince Joseph “the Carpenter” Judas the Zealot Menahem the Zealot
29 BCE to Unknown c, 25 BCE – 4 BCE
Prince Ptolas | Crucified on a Cross by Roman Governor Varus
Prince Clopas | |
Prince Jesus the Nazarene Simon ben Judas
Crucified by Roman Governor Tiberius Julius Alexander (47 CE)
Jacob ben Judas
Crucified by Roman Governor Tiberius Julius Alexander (47 CE)
Notice the Imprint of Israelite Style Faming (Below) between the Galilee Region and the Cornwall Coastline (Left) Overlooking the English Channel – Photo by Robert Mock
Here in Galilee within the village of Nazareth we find the family of the Messiah for the world, Yahshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah). This was the home of that quiet recluse of spiritual reflection living in the same family headquarters of the most radial revolutionary Jewish movement in the first century CE in Roman Judea and Galilee.
The grandfather of Yahshua, and the father of Joseph the Carpenter was the noted “Patriarch of Jerusalem” called Prince Jacob ben Matthan. He represented the interests of Herod the Great in Egypt in 30 CE when he took a cohort of Jewish warriors to ally themselves during the great war for control of the Roman Empire between the forces of Octavian, soon to be Claudius Caesar, against the military forces of the Roman Triumvirate Mark Anthony III in alliance with the Pharaoh of Egypt, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt
The Arbel Fortressed Cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Village of Migdal where Mary of Magdala Lived
According to the latest genealogical investigations, it was the widowed “Eastern Prince”, Jacob ben Matthan, who returned to Jerusalem after this war with the custody of the “secret posthumous daughter” of the Roman dictator Julius Caesar of Rome and Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. When Jacob arrived into the Jerusalem aristocratic world, he brought with himself his new bride, Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Out of this union, came three sons, Prince Joseph the Carpenter, born about 29 BCE, and his twin younger brothers, Prince Ptolas (Hebrew for the Egyptian “Ptolemy”) and Clopas (Hebrew for the Egyptian “Cleopatrus”), born about three years later. The latter, Cleopas, was the uncle of Jesus who walked with Him after His death and resurrection on the road to Emmaus.
Also at Nazareth we find the home of Judas the Zealot, the first cousin of Joseph the Carpenter, who was crucified in 4 BCE on a Roman cross by the Roman Governor Varus. Judas the Zealot’s sons, Simon ben Judas and Jacob ben Judas were later crucified by the Roman governor Tiberius Julius Alexander in 47 CE. Judas the Zealot was the son of the even more famous Jewish resistant movement warrior, Prince Hizkiah ben Matthan, the brother of Jesus’ grandfather, the Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan. It was Hizkiah ben Matthan who would later be called in Jewish history as “The Zealot”.
Jacob, the Patriarch of Israel was executed by Herod the Great in the year of 23 CE. Jacob’s family, with the young Jewish lad, Joseph the Carpenter and his twin sibling younger brothers, along with his older half-sister, Miriam, were all secreted out of Jerusalem. They were taken into protective custody at the famed fortressed citadel at Gamala controlled by Prince Hizkiah “The Zealot”.
With this event of the execution of his brother, Jacob, burning and searing his mind, Hizkiah the “Zealot” took his brigade of Jewish troops, in the year of 4 BCE, and revolted against the combined forces of Rome and Herod the Great at the Roman fortress at Sepphoris in Galilee. There Hizkiah was executed there by the Herodian Military Tribune.
The Galilee Fortress of Gamala of the Famed Galilean Zealot, Prince Hizkiah ben Matthan, where Joseph the Carpenter was Secreted as a Youth
Let us now consider how this political uprising in Northern Galilee played out in the geo-political stage in Rome and nearer in Jerusalem, the Jewish capital of the Roman Province of Judea. Sepphoris was only four miles away from the Essene hamlet of Nazareth, the home of Prince Joseph and Miriam during her prenatal months before traveling to the “city of David” to attend the festival of Succot in the year of 7 BCE.
Now when Yahshua (Jesus) was only three years old, in the year of 4 BCE, the Northern region of Galilee was inflamed in revolt. The paranoid dementia of Herod the Great was peaking as the Jewish resistant movement Davidian rebels revolted in Sepphoris, burned down the Roman garrison and killed many Roman soldiers. The banner was raised for a new Theocratic Jewish State of Galilee under the rule by the Prince of David as King Hizkiah “The Zealot”.
The Roman Fortress at Sepphoris where the Rebel Forces of Yahshua’s Great Uncle and Cousin, the Princes of David Hizkiah the “Zealot” and Judas of Galilee the Zealot revolted and were later Crucified on 2000 Roman Crosses overlooking Galilee
Prince Joseph and Miriam were still living in Bethlehem at this time, just as notable emissaries called “Magi”, from the east in Parthia where the ancient Lost Tribes of Israelites ruled. They arrived unexpectantly in Jerusalem and stirred up the entire city inquiring about the “birth” of the new “King of the Jews”. Just months before King Herod’s death in 4 BCE, Joseph and Miriam were now living in a “house” in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:1-2,7 - “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ …Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem…and when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Herod, in his twilight hours of life, was fighting the revolt of his entire reign up in Galilee. This region was also the home of the most radical of the Orthodox Jewish Zealots of Judea, the uncles and cousins of Prince Joseph the Carpenter. The town of Nazareth was now the focus of the wrath of King Herod’s military intelligence services. The intelligence agencies of King Herod that kept all the Davidians that were potential rivals to the throne of King Herod under surveillance were also aware and silently observing the family of Joseph and Mary. They thought they were living in obscurity in a small home in Bethlehem. What they may have not know was that Prince Joseph the Carpenter’s family relationship with the Zealots of Sepphoris and Nazareth also put Prince Joseph under constant surveillance by the long arm of the intelligence organizations of King Herod the Great.
The Roman Fortress at Sepphoris where the Rebel Forces of Yahshua’s Great Uncle and Cousin, the Princes of David Hizkiah the “Zealot” and Judas of Galilee the Zealot revolted and were later Crucified on 2000 Roman Crosses overlooking Galilee
Sometime before the death of King Herod in the fall of 4 BCE, the military forces of King Herod were sent on a commando mission to assassinate the new babe, the Prince of David Yahshua. Yahshua was only three years old. According to the biblical narrative, Prince Joseph the Carpenter was given a divine warning of the impending threat upon his life and his young son. In one swift intelligence raid, two generations of Davidian princes would have been eliminated. Was this warning by a supernatural angelic messenger? Was this warning by a white cloaked Essene connected with the strong and powerful Jewish counter-intelligence forces whose mission was to protect any potential future messiah?
The Layout of the Mikvah Pools and Waterways at the Essene Community at Qumran – Photo by Robert Mock
The angelic message in a dream did not give the name of the archangel so the cryptic message could only be interpreted with one intent; the Sovereign God of Israel was in control and guiding the affairs of His own people and the protection of His own Messiah.
Matthew 2:12 – “Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they (the Magi) departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod.”
As such, Joseph, along with his wife, Princess Miriam and the little boy, Prince Yahshua (Jesus) were spared, when Herod’s forces entered Bethlehem, because they were already safely in the protective custody in Egypt.
The rest of the babes in Bethlehem did not share the same protective fate. Herod the Great was retaliating with his wrath against the Davidian Zealot family of the former and now executed Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan, the Davidian Zealots of Northern Galilee, Prince Hizkiah and Judas of Galilee, and against one family, whom Jewish intelligence knew, clued by the visit of the Three Magi from Parthia in the East, the family of Joseph the Carpenter, who was still residing in Bethlehem, the family homestead of King David.
What King Herod’s intelligence did not consider, was that the “Rich Man of Jerusalem”, Joseph of Arimathea, who had one residence in Jerusalem, another in Arimathea, may also have had another residence and no doubt business relationships in Marmorica in Egypt. This identity of Joseph was known as testified by the 6th century Cymric Celtic Druid bard, historian and philosopher, Maelgwyn of Avalon:
Maelgwyn of Avalon – “The Isle of Avalon greedy of burials…received thousands of sleepers, among whom Joseph de Marmore of Aramathea by name entered his perpetual sleep. And he lies in a bifurcated line next the southern angle of the oratory made of circular wattles by 13 inhabitants of the pale over the powerful adorable Virgin.” (W. Raymond Capt, “The Traditions of Glastonbury” pg. 51)
Though this meaning is obscure, we are given a clue of Joseph’s potential business interests in the region of Marmorica in Egypt. Could this place in the Roman province of Libya in Northern Africa at Marmarica give us new insights? Could it be in this region is where Joseph of Arimathea’s Mediterranean sailing fleets were docked in the harbors along the Libyan coastline of the southern border of the Mediterranean Sea. Here at Marmorica was the former homeland of the Hamitic descendants of Naphtuhim, the 4th son of Mizraim, (Genesis 10:13) who along with Cush, Phut, and Canaan, were the four sons of Ham, the son of Noah.
The Canal and Bath Systems Designed at Glastonbury on the Isle of Avalon where Joseph and the Twelve Apostolic Refugees lived and worshipped in their Jewish Nazarene Synagogue – Photo by Robert Mock
The identify of Marmore may even be more enigmatic for in Hebrew, the words “Mare Morah” have the meaning of “Lord Dread” or “Dreaded Lord” which may give indication of Joseph’s positions of Roman, Jewish and British power and authority. This alliance or collaboration with the Romans by a Prince of David on Miriam’s side of the family may have placed him on an alternate political path than the Jewish Resistant Movement by the Princes of David that were cousins and uncles of Joseph and his adopted son, Yahshua. This epithet as “Dreaded Lord” did have one effect; it allowed Joseph to walk freely in Jewish, Roman, Grecian, Egyptian, and Cymric British lands and their related political circles.
The last consideration for “Marmore” is that it means, “Marble” or “quarried stone”. Could this designation also be an identity as to Joseph’s international role as a mining merchant whose authority extended over quarrying land along the Cornwall coast of Britain for tin, antimony, silver, and lead?
The Steps leading down to the Mikvah Baths at the Essene Community at Qumran – Photo by Robert Mock
Here we have two critical events in Jewish history, the flight of Joseph, Miriam and the babe Messiah Yahshua were moving swiftly south of Bethlehem towards Egypt, while to the northern regions of their former home in Nazareth, the great uncle of Yahshua, Hizkiah the “Zealot” and his son, Judas of Galilee the “Zealot” were revolting at the Roman Fortress at Sepphoris. There they were crucified by the Romans along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. All of these events suggest the divine insight that the hand of Joseph of Arimathea had a role in securing a haven of safety for his Davidian nephew from the paranoid wrath of King Herod. Was it he, who provided the proper accommodations and safety in the perilous journey between Judea and Egypt, whether by land or sea?
The life of Joseph of Arimathea also left strong traditions that suggested that he was a secret member of the radical Jewish Pharisee offshoot of the Essenes, whose religious identity may have been closer to the disciples of Menahem the Essene and the Nasi of the Sanhedrin Hillel the Great. It was they, who fled from the radical conservative wing of the Pharisees in 10 BCE when Shammai the Great and his disciples of Beit Shammai (Torah Yeshiva (Seminary) of Shammai) took over the power of the Pharisees in the synagogues and educational systems of Judea. This also caused the death of many of the disciples of Rabbi Hillel, when the Prince of David Shammai the Great forced his election in the position as the Bet Av Din of the Sanhedrin, ousting Menahem the Essene, and eventually taking total possession of the role as the President or Nasi the Great Sanhedrin when Hillel the Great died in the year of 10 CE.
The Water Mikvah Baths at the Essene Community at Qumran along the Dead Sea – Photo by Robert Mock
The secret society of the Essenes was waiting for the apocalyptic return of the Jewish messiah and was using their influence to hasten the Messiah’s return. The messianic ministry of Yahshua was of great importance to the Essenes. After Yahshua’s death and resurrection, it appears that the majority of the new 5000 plus new adherents to the Jewish Nazarene Party in Judea came in large proportion to the switch of the allegiance of thousands of Essenes to the Nazarenes.
This same phenomenon was also played out only years later on the Isle of Britannia where the priests and Arch-Druids of Druidism rapidly transferred their allegiance to the emissaries of the Messiah Yesu they had been anticipating for centuries; the messianic hope of the ancient proto-Hebrew faith of their forefathers; the Patriarch Noah and the Righteous King (Melchizedek), the Ancient of Days as the Patriarch Shem.
On the other hand, the conservative and isolationist attitude of the Pharisees of Shammai sought to harden the attitudes of the Jewish people to hate and resist the political authority of the Romans. Their history suggested that their provocation inflamed the attitudes of the mission of the Zealots in order to enhance their own power and authority.
The Mikvah Baths used by the Jewish Nazarene Synagogue and Ecclesia in Jerusalem where Joseph of Arimathea, Lazarus, Mary and Martha worshipped and Ministered on Mount Zion near King David’s Tomb under the House with the Upper Room – Photo by Robert Mock
The day will soon come, when the fame of Joseph of Arimathea will resound around the world by the sages and esteemed rabbis of Jerusalem along with the returning leaders of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. When Ephraim returns home and the House of Joseph is once again back in union with the House of Judah, the home of Joseph of Arimathea in modern day Ramallah (Ancient Arimathea) will become a “sacred place” for the entire House of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Excavations will be done to recover the ruins of the “rich man of Jerusalem” who as an orthodox Jew was an esteemed elder of the Great Sanhedrin, was also the guardian and Torah giant that personally instructed and introduced Yahshua (Jesus) to the sublime truths of Torah. He was also instrumental in the history of the Lost Tribes for they soon were to have a “Great Awakening” as they were in the process of moving into their final homeland.
These migrating Israelites would find that their new homelands were preparing for the final era when the planets and constellations that were aligned during the “Age of Pisces” (the Fish Symbol of the Messiah) at the birth of the Messiah would usher in the two thousand year era when the Jewish Messiah would come to begin the search for the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”.
These two millenniums would end with the reclamation of the Lost Tribes of Israel from their exile imbedded in the 70 Gentile nations of the world. It would bring forth the process of reunification, redemption, and restoration of all Israel. When the “fullness of the Gentiles” had come and it was now time to begin and move into the “Age of Aquarius”, the symbol of the “Water Pourer” as the Man holding a Pitcher of Water. Here would be the day, when the Maschiach ben David (Messiah son of David) would be revealed as the One who would proclaim, “I am the Spring of Living Water”. At this moment of time, the “Water of Life” will begin to be poured out upon all mankind.
It was now ten years later, (4 BCE to 6 CE) Joseph with his family, living in the region of Nazareth, left the regional headquarters of the Jewish Zealots of Galilee at Nazareth, and returned again to Jerusalem. Little did they understand the events that would come upon them? Their last stop before arriving into the suburbs of Jerusalem was again at the trade route crossroads at Arimathea. Did this young prodigious Davidian prince stay at the family estate at Arimathea of his great uncle, Joseph? Did Yahshua choose to accompany Joseph as he also went to the temple for the Pesach festivals of the Lord?
A Rock Window overlooking the Jewish Cemetery towards Mount Zion, the Church of the Dormition, King David’s Tomb below the Jewish Nazarene Synagogue and nearby Ananias’ High Priest Palace – Photo by Robert Mock
For a twelve going on thirteen year old Jewish male, this was an exciting year of His life. He would get to go and visit with His favorite uncle. That would have been exciting for it was Joseph of Arimathea who traveled extensively around the world. In His young heart, Yahshua (Jesus) was fascinated with the legends and stories of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. Somewhere deep inside He knew that somehow His life and mission would be tied to their ultimate destiny. Was He not a Davidian prince? Did He not feel in His own heart that He was not only on a divine mission of redemption and reconciliation of His chosen people, but somehow He was beginning to understand that He was a participant in the origination of that “Great Plan of Restoration”.
Were not His uncles, Prince Hizkiah ben Matthan and his cousin, Prince Judas ben Hizkiah (“The Zealot”) already dead for insurrection in 4 BCE, against Herod and Rome? Were not His two grandfathers, the Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan and the High Priest of Israel, Yahshua III, both executed in 23 BCE as plotting insurrections against King Herod, when King Herod actually wanted the wife of Patriarch Jacob, Cleopatra of Jerusalem, to become the wife of his anticipated high priest appointee, Simon IV Beothus?
This was a dangerous play of fate and politics, but King Herod was desperate. Herod wanted to elevate this unknown cousin of the High Priest Yahshua III to take the esteemed office of the High Priest. Why was this to be? King Herod was infatuated. He felt that he was in love with what he called “the most beautiful woman in Jerusalem”, Mariamme III, the daughter of the man, Simon IV Boethus whom he intended to make the High Priest of Israel.
So it appears that Jesus’ grandfather, the High Priest Yahshua III was also executed for collusion with rebel forces in Galilee and Davidian princes who all were seeking to topple the Herodian throne. Was it not their mission to return the throne of King David to its rightful rule with a descendant of King David?
High Priest Yahshua III ben Phabet ben Boethus:
1st Married 2nd 3rd
Joanna (Jane) Elizabeth Hannah (Anna)
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Prince Joachim Levite Priest Zecharias Prince Heli (Alexander III Helios)
Birth and Death Unknown 23 - 4 BCE 31 - 23 BCE
| Beheaded and a Martyr Executed by King Herod for Treason
| Possibly by King Herod
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Princess Escha m. Levite John the Baptiser Princess Miriam m.
Prince Ptolas, brother of Joseph No Children Prince Joseph “the Carpenter”
b. 26 BCE b. 29 BCE
Princess Salome m. |
Zebedee, father of Apostles James and John Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah
Princess Miriam (Mary Cleopas) m.
Prince Cleopas, father of Simon Cleopas
In our best comprehension of the genealogies of Yahshua, the High Priest Yahshua III chose his third and youngest daughter, Hannah (Anna) to be the wife of the Prince of David Heli in the biblical narratives who was known in Jerusalem aristocratic culture as Prince Alexander III Helios, heir of the Hasmonean throne. Prince Heli was executed by King Herod the Great for sedition against the throne of Herod and against Rome in 23 BCE
The High Priest Yahshua III also chose by divine intent that his second daughter, Elizabeth would be married to the Levite priest, Zacharia who was of the priestly order of Abijah. Zacharias would later be beheaded by King Herod as early as 4 BCE, with only one possible motivation for his involvement and collaboration with the Jewish Zealots in Galilee. Was it to be a coincidence that his death was at the same year as Hizkiah and Judas the Zealot’s revolts in Sepphoris and Northern Galilee in 4 BCE? Three years before, Zecharia became the father of John the Baptiser in the same year that Joseph the Carpenter became the foster father of Yahshua. Now in the year of 4 BCE, Joseph the Carpenter was on the hunted list of Herod the Great as his family was tied to the Galilean Jewish Zealot insurrectionists and their revolts by the uncle and cousin of Jesus (Yahshua) and executed as an insurrectionist against the Herodian throne? As a Jewish martyr, Zecharia was buried with the remains of Simon the Just in the Tomb of Absalom. As BibleSearchers wrote:
The Tomb of Absalom identified as the Tomb of Zacharia the High Priest, Simeon the Elder, and Jacob the brother of Jesus, the Nasi or Ruler of the Jewish Nazarene Synagogue and Sanhedrin – Photo by Robert Mock
BibleSearchers – “In the writings of Flavius Josephus, a Zacharia is mentioned as one of ten Jerusalemites who were put on trial, his head was severed and his body was thrown into the Valley of the Kings. Early on he became known as a ‘martyr’ for our Lord. As noted in the inscription by quoted by Eusebius above, the same treatment was given to James the Just, the brother of Jesus, who was stoned, clubbed and bludgeoned to death and his body was thrown over into the Kidron Valley below.”
We now know that the High Priest Yahshua III gave his third daughter, Jo(Anna), to the last prince of the approved Jewish descendants of King David of the Onaidites, the Prince of David, Joachim.
Prince Joachim had three daughters; Escha, Salome, and Mary Cleopas. The Early Roman Orthodox Church Fathers confused, deliberately or not, Jo(anna) and H(annah), both of which could have been called “Anna”, the grandmother of the Jewish Messiah Yahshua.
Zerubabbel 21 à
Meshullam 22, the oldest son of the Jewish Princess, Esthra à
Hashubah 23 à
Hattush 24, was the oldest of five brothers, and the royal heir of the House of Meshullam as approved by Ezra the Scribe à
Anani (Hananiah) 25, son, became the Prince/Patriarch (425 BCE), and was the father of twin sons: Tobit and Onaid. à
Onaid 26B (400 BCE) and twin brother, Tobit 26A, became the ancestors of the Two Senior Royal Lineages; the Tobaidite Line and the Onaidite Line.
Haggai 27 was a co-ruler as the Governor of Judea of the Onaidite Dynastic Lineage with his Tobaidite cousin, Helias between the years of 365 to 360 BCE. He became the father of;
Nadavah 28 became the Governor of Judea from the Onaidite Dynastic Lineage between the years of 360 to 355 BCE. He was the father of;
Sirach 29 became the Governor of Judea from the Onaidite Dynastic Lineage between the years of 300 to 275 BCE. He was the father of;
Eleazar 30 was the father of;
Simon 31 was the father of;
Joshua (Yehoshua) 32 was the father of;
Levi 33 was the father of;
Malchi 34 was the father of;
Shem 35 was the father of;
Honaseh 36 became the Governor of Judea from the Onaidite Dynastic Lineage between the years of 60 to 55 BCE. He was the father of;
Alamyos 37 became the Governor of Judea from the Onaidite Dynastic Lineage about the years of 50 BCE. He was the father of;
Joachim 38 married JoAnna (Jane), the daughter of the High Priest Jesus III (Yehoshua III). He became the brother-in-law to;
Zechariah the Priest of the Order of Abijah and his wife, Elizabeth (sister to JoAnna) and;
Heli, the Hasmonean Prince Alexander III “Helios” and his wife, Hannah (Anne).
These three maidens were the daughters of the Jewish High Priest Yehoshua III (Jesus III) who reigned as the High Priest in the Temple of Zerubabbel between the years of 35 – 23 BCE.
Escha 39, married to Ptolas, (Abiudite Line) one of the twins, who were the brothers of Joseph, the foster father of Jesus the Nazarene (Yehoshua HaNotzri).
Salome 39, married to Zebedee, whose sons were;
Apostle James 40 was the son of Zebedee and became an Apostle of the Yehoshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene), who later became the Apostle to Spain. He was later beheaded by King Agrippa about 41 CE.
Apostle John (the Beloved) 40, the son of Zebedee, who was the Apostle called the “Beloved” by the Jewish Rabbi Yehoshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah).
Mary Salome 40 a daughter.
Mary (Cleopas) 39, married Clopas, the brother of Joseph, and was the paternal uncle of Jesus the Nazarene. Joseph and Clopas were both sons of Jacob the Patriarch of Israel. Mary and Clopas had one son;
Simeon ben Clopas 40, the 2nd Patriarch of the Jerusalem Nazarene Ecclesia and Nasi of the Hebrew Nazarene Sanhedrin.
The Fate of the Grandson of the High Priest Yahshua III, John the Baptist who was Beheaded by King Herod Antipas at the request of his Daughter, Salome
The sons of the Levite priest Zecharia and Prince Joseph the Carpenter would be thrust into the same demonic political brew. John the Baptiser, the son of the Priest Zecharia and whose mother was the daughter of the High Priest of Israel, as a Levite would be beheaded by King Herod Antipas when he dared to criticize the immoral relationships of this King of the Jews. Prince Yahshua would be executed by the Sadducee priestly family of Ananias and his son-in-law, the High Priest Caiphas, when Yahshua (Jesus) challenged the immoral use of the Temple of the Lord to be used as “den of thieves”.
The young Davidian prince, Yahshua, at the age of twelve, was preparing to into the sacred premises of the temple of Herod, where only Jewish males were allowed to go. There he could observe the great festivals to the Lord. He was in preparation for his bar mitzvoth that would arrive six months later on his thirteenth birthday at Sukkot in the fall of 6 CE. This would be a period of His life, in which education was paramount. He would have to show the extent of the maturity of His life and the understanding of the Torah in which he had learned so far in His childhood.
The Walled City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount along the Kidron Valley as Seen from the Mount of Olives – Photos by Robert Mock
This profound event in the life of Yahshua came the year of 6 CE. Jewish Zealotry appeared to have been finally exterminated. It appeared that the Jews were on the road to pacification by the Romans. In the year of 6 CE, Yahshua entered Jerusalem to participate in His first festival of the Lord. This was the same year that another rebellion, a rebellion against Roman taxation. Genealogist David Hughes argues for a more traditional view when he writes:
David Hughes – “The rebellion of Judas "The Zealot" "of Galilee" (the son of Hizkiah "The Zealot") in 4 BC, and, the rebellion of Judas "of Gamala" or "the Galilean" (the brother of Hizkiah "The Zealot") in AD 6, are often confused in history, since the rebellion recorded in Acts 5:37 refers to the 4 BC rebellion, and the historian Josephus refers to the AD 6 rebellion, however, neither mentions them both.
The AD 6 rebellion took place the year that Herod-Archelaus was deposed by the Roman Emperor due to complaints about him, whose realms, Judea, Samaria, and Idumea, were then annexed by the Roman Empire as the Roman Province of Judea. The rebellion was suppressed by the Roman Governor of Judea, Coponius, supported by Cyrenius (Publicus Sulpicius Quirinius), during his second governorship of Syria.”
Almost Worlds Away, the Uncles and Cousins of Yahshua were launching raids on the Romans to the North at the Sea of Galilee
As BibleSearchers quotes from its recent article titled, “The Legacy of the Jewish Freedom Fighters in the Ancestors of Jesus the Nazaene”
BibleSearchers – “The third brother of Jacob the Patriarch and Hizkiah the Zealot was Judas the Galilean from Gamala who was living in a nearby town of Gamala. It was Judas of Gamala that raised a second rebellion and toppled the Ethnarch Herod- Archelaus from the throne of Judea, Samaria, and Idumea in the year of 6 CE.
This revolt was harshly suppressed by the Roman Governor of Judea, Coponius, along with the Roman forces that again came down from Damascus under the command of Cyrenius (Publicus Sulpicius Quirinus), the governor of Syria in that same year (6 CE)…
Could this possibly be the Palatial Home of Jesus’ grandfather, the Prince of Israel Jacob ben Matthan, the father of Prince Joseph the Carpenter? – Photo by Robert Mock
In the spring of this same year (6 CE), when Jesus’ grandfather’s brother, Great Uncle Judas the Galilean from Gamala effectively toppled the government of the Ethnarch Herod-Archelaus of Galilee yet was later captured and executed by Roman governor of Syria, Cyrenius (Quirinus), the boy Yehoshua (Jesus) was heading to the Temple of Herod for his first bar mitzvoth Passover celebration about the age of 12-13 years of age (7 BCE to 6 CE). During that Spring Festival Celebration, the young teenaged youth, Yehoshua (Jesus) was invited to a private audience with the chief priests and elders of the Great Sanhedrin.
At this same time, the Nasi or President of the Great Sanhedrin was Hillel the Great. The newly inaugurated High Priest, in the year of 6 CE, was Ananias the Elder, the Patriarch of the future House of Hanan who would later meet Jesus with his son-in-law, now the current High Priest Caiphas in their Palace in Jerusalem when Yehoshua (Jesus) was interrogated after His arrest and before His illegal trial by a later Great Sanhedrin in the year 30 CE. This illegal trial by Torah law was possibly the last official act of the Nasi or President of the Great Sanhedrin, the Davidian Prince Shammai the Great before his death in the year of 30 CE.”
Could this be the Mikvah Bath of the High Priest Yahshua III, the Grandfather of Princess Miriam the mother of Yahshua? – Photo by Robert Mock
Can we not envision the great clash of purpose and intent of those that met at that meeting? Momentous decisions were being made on that fateful meeting between the young Jewish Prince Yahshua, as he engaged with the bright minds of Judaism. Only then did He begin to understand the critical importance of this meeting, when He said to His parents:
Luke 2:49 – “Why did you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?
We have to ask, was Jesus’ great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea involved in setting up this meeting? The date was 6 CE. The two authorized lineages of royal Davidian descent by the decree of Ezra the Scribe, that, “to be a Jew, your mother must be a Jew” were now extinct.
The Meshullamite dynastic lineage had centuries earlier split into the royal descendants of the senior Onaidite and the Tobaite lineages. By 4 BCE, the Tobaite lineage had become extinct when one of its two last heirs, Prince Simon V of Perea revolted upon the death of Herod the Great and was killed by the Herodian military forces. The last heir was Shammai the Great. For one year Shammai became the Patriarch of Jerusalem, and later for ten years served as the Bet Av Din of Hillel the Great’s Sanhedrin. He had now become the leading Pharisee at the time of Yahshua’s ministry in Galilee as he was the founder of the Torah Seminary (Yeshiva) called Beit Shammai. With the death of the Pharisee Shammai, who had no eligible sons, the Tobaite lineage had no potential heirs and became officially extinct.
Could this be a Stucco Mural Wall in the Jerusalem Mansion of Joseph of Arimathea, the Great Uncle of Jesus the Nazarene? – Photo by Robert Mock
Without the crisis intervention by the Great Sanhedrin in the year of 37 BCE, the halakhic approved Davidian lineages would have ceased to exist. With the Tobaite lineage extinct, the Onaidite lineage also ran out of male heirs. The last male heir, Prince Joachim had three daughters; Princess Escha (1st) and Princess Miriam (3rd) married the two younger twin brothers of Prince Joseph the Carpenter of the Abiudite lineage of Davidian princes; Ptolas and Clopas (Cleopas of biblical history). The 3rd daughter of Prince Joachim and JoAnna (Jane) married Zebedee, and became the parents of the famous gospel brothers; Apostle James, who was executed by King Agrippa and buried in the land of his ministry, Spain, and the Apostle John whose final act was the transcribing of the Revelations of Yahshua (Jesus) in the apocalyptic Book of Revelations. The Abiudite princes were the descendants of the Zerubabbel’s first wife, the Babylonian Princess Amytis, who was the granddaughter of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Could these Cooking and Kitchen Dining Ware be like those used by Joseph of Arimathea, the Prince of Israel Jacob ben Matthan, or the Patrician family of Lazarus, Martha, and the Horticulturalist Mary of Magdala? – Photo by Robert Mock
Through the Torah honored provisions, called the dynastic succession for a young royal princess who was the last heir of her father’s dynastic family, these daughters could transfer their tribal or royal inheritance if they married someone within her own tribe (Judah) who was of Davidian royal bloodlines. They could transfer their royal Solomonic Davidian lineage to another Davidian lineage of non-approved royal bloodlines and thereby transfer the royal inheritance to the throne of David to a secondary Davidian lineage.
The second senior, Pelatiahite dynastic lineage went extinct when its last heir, Prince Anthroges the anti-king was killed in revolt with the Romans who were supporting Herod the Great. His descendants fled and married into the Gallo-Roman and the feudal French house of the Bourbons. Their lineage became extinct.
The third senior Yeshaiahite dynastic lineage never returned to the Jerusalem Patriarchy for they remained in Babylon. There they kept an alternative Babylonian Exilarch lineage intact. Yet none of its descendants were available in 1st century Judea to fight for the royal throne of King David.
Joseph the Carpenter was a Prince of David from the fourth royal dynastic lineage of the Persian Governor Zerubabbel. This was the Abiudite lineage through his grandfather, Jacob ben Matthan who became the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This same lineage also drew into itself, the female dynastic succession and the royal dynastic inheritance of the Ezra approved Onaidite lineage. That left only fifth royal dynastic lineage, the non Ezra-cleric approved lineage called the Rhesaite Lineage.
Prince Heli (Prince Alexander III Helios) who on his mother’s side was the heir apparent to the Hasmonean Royal Throne and on his father’s side was a Prince of David from the Rhesaite lineage. Prince Heli disappears from Jerusalem society during the dragnets and assassinations, somewhere between 20–13 BCE, of the Princes of David by King Herod the Great. Heli had only one daughter, the Princess Miriam.
Ornate Ossuary Bone Sarcophagi as Used by the Princes of David like Joseph of Arimathea and destined to have been used in His Family Tomb that the Body of the Messiah Yahshua was Placed – Photo taken in the Israeli Museum by Robert Mock
Prince Joseph of Arimathea, Heli’s half brother, also had only one heir, a daughter, Princess Anna. As history would portray, Joseph of Arimathea did eventually have a son, Josephes, but at the 6 CE Sanhedrin meeting with Yahshua there appeared to be no other male Princes of David.
The Eternal One appeared to have another plan. It appeared that the Rhesaite Lineage would soon also become extinct. As we can see, at the time of Yahshua’s meeting with the Great Sanhedrin, a momentous decision was being debated. It was not who would be eligible to sit on the Sanhedrin’s Seat of David, but would there be any eligible Princes of David from the divinely appointed lineage of King David through his son, King Solomon, to ever sit on the throne of King David? The answer was no!
This young prince, Yahshua (Jesus), who now stood before the great elders and chief priests of the Great Sanhedrin was the only Davidian heir, outside of a few scattering cousins of the Galilean zealots, that was eligible to sit on the Seat of David in the Sanhedrin. All the approved lineages by Ezra the Scribe over three hundred years earlier had become extinct. There were no eligible heirs left that were of 100% Jewish blood lineages on both maternal and paternal ancestral lineages. Yahshua was the only one eligible to rule as a descendant of King David. For as history appears to attest, Joseph the Carpenter’s days were numbered.
On Jesus’ maternal side, Princess Miriam was the only descendant of the House of Heli, Prince Alexander III Helios, and Princess Anna was the only descendant of the House of Joseph of Arimathea, for there were no male heirs in either lineage.
On Jesus’ paternal side of Prince Joseph, he had potentially one son, James (Jacob) who would later be known as the “Just”. It would make sense, that upon the death of Prince Joseph the Carpenter. With the death of Joseph the Carpenter, by Jewish law and by reason that almost all the other descendants had been killed by King Herod the Great, the fate of the destiny of this young Messiah would rest in the hands of this righteous man or “just councilor” from Arimathea. After this momentous day, the young Prince of David, and heir to the mantle of the Messiah of Israel, disappeared from written canonical history. What we do know is that during these next two decades, between the years of the Passover 6 CE and fall at Sukkot, 26 CE, Yahshua appeared to have had a mandate from heaven and a destiny as an “appointed one” to fulfill.
Luke 2:52 – “They He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
The “silent years” in the life of Yahshua have been one of the most sought after mysteries in the entire bible. After his bar mitzvah year Passover, the young lad, Yahshua (Jesus), disappears from the biblical record until He mysteriously reappears in Capernaum almost eighteen years later.
Cymric Cross Tombstone classical for the Lost Tribes of Israel – Photo by Robert Mock
It has been traditionally assumed that the Prince of David Joseph the Carpenter was born about the year of 29 BCE. He was betrothed about 8 BCE to the Davidian Princess Miriam who was born about the year of 20 to 19 BCE as the daughter of Heli the Prince of Israel. Prince Heli was of special lineage for he was of double royal bloodlines. He was the Hasmonean heir to the Maccabee throne of Judea as Prince Alexander III Helios. Prince Alexander’s dual royal bloodlines also meant that he was in double jeopardy against the long arm of the Herodian assassins.
He met his premature death in one of the two potential Davidian pogroms between either the years of 20-16 BCE or 17-13 BCE by King Herod hunting down to eliminate all political rivals. These young “lions” of King David were seeking to restore the usurped royal throne of King David from the Herodians. The young Princess Miriam would little remember her father, Prince Heli, for she was somewhere between the years of one and seven years at the time of her father’s death.
Yahshua’s mother, Miriam, was a prodigy of the Torah. Her grandfather, Yahshua III, the high priest of Israel was executed by King Herod in 23 BCE for his alliance with the Zealot Movement in Galilee. Then came the stunning death of her father, Prince Alexander III Helios for treason against the Herodian state in 23 BCE. The orphaned child, Princess Miriam, was taken into protective custody of the temple and there remained under the watchful eyes of the Levitical priests as a “temple virgin”.
It was December 2007, when BibleSearchers Reflections posted an entire series on “The Ancestors of Jesus in the 1st and 2nd century Judea BCE.” In the article on “The Political and Royal Heritage of Miriam, the Chosen Princess, as the Mother of the Jewish Messiah”, this vignette on the now orphaned young Davidian Princess was written as she entered into the temple culture as a “temple virgin” there within the Temple of Herod in Jerusalem. As written:
BibleSearchers - “As an orphan, Miriam was taken to the temple and lived as a child protégé of her grandfather, in the custody of the temple priests. There she was an eye-witness to the exaltation of the divine ministry of the priests in the Temple of Herod. The construction project to transform this ancient temple into the most glorious temple in the entire Roman Empire by Herod the Great was started just prior to Miriam’s birth in 20 BCE. This construction would continue throughout her lifetime.
The “Dominus Flevit” Chapel (“Where our Lord Wept”) overlooking the Site of the Holy Temple – Photo by Robert Mock
These were the tender impressionistic years, where she witnessed the high priests transported to the throne of the Almighty in the beautiful and glorious temple rituals that commanded all the senses of the beholder. If there was a young Jewish maiden, who knew and understood the true halakhic observance of what Torah life was like, it was the Princess Miriam. Surrounded by the priests speaking Hebrew, listening to the international delegations speaking Greek, who came from nations around the world, and daily listening to construction workers speaking Aramaic and the Roman guards speaking Latin, Princess Miriam no doubt absorbed and mastered the life of a poly-linguist. Here in the most awesome monument of religious expression, Herod the Great erected his image of religious power, as the Temple of Herod rose as the largest platformed temple in the entire Roman Empire.
Like the Prophet Samuel as a child, who resided in the sanctuary at Shiloh with Eli the High Priest, so Miriam resided during the reconstruction era of the Temple of Herod during the high priest rule of the successor of her grandfather, Yehoshua (Jesus) III, the High Priest Simon, the son of Boethus, between the years of 23 to 5 BCE. This pivotal reign of the high priest would span the final destruction of the royal power of the Maccabee rulers and the semi-autonomous rule of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BCE.
Princess Miriam no doubt experienced the ecstasy of walking through the courtyards of the temple. She was but an innocent child, premenstrual without any tint of blood contamination, so no threat to the sanctity of the holy temple. She became the icon of the hidden cherub, silently witnessing, and always observing and absorbing while she remained as a temple virgin until the first day of her womanhood. When the taint of blood came with her womanhood, she was forbad her to walk in these sacred hallways again.
In honor to her grandfather, Yehoshua (Jesus) III ben Phabet, Miriam was a hidden treasure, living a life of pure seclusion in the sanctity of the holy temple until the day of her bat Mitzvoth or the onset of her reproduction maturity. At that time, Matthias the High Priest, her great-great uncle, the brother to her great grandfather, Phabet ben Boethus, sought a Davidian prince to be her betrothed husband. As a Zadokian heiress blended with a Davidian prince, Miriam’s future lay with the genetic merging as a Davidian Princess that carried the genetic mantle of the high priest within her closely knit bloodlines.”
The Jewish Cemetery overlooking the Eastern Gate of the Temple when at the Day of Resurrection the Messiah will Return – Photo by Robert Mock
When that day arrived, it was important that the young “temple virgin” maiden, Miriam, be given in marriage. It was not a coincidence that the most eligible person selected by the priestly leadership was also a Davidian prince. For the Jews, there was no greater hope by any young Jewish female but to be chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. Every young male and female that were eligible as princes or princesses of King David were recognized as “special” and eligible to be “chosen” as the parents of the long awaited Messiah of Israel. We see how critical this was when we read in the BibleSearcher article, “The Religious Heritage of Miriam, the Chosen Princess, as the Granddaughter of a High Priest”, about the family of Prince Joseph who was called “The Carpenter”
BibleSearchers – “The family of Joseph was pretty much destroyed by the year of 6 CE. The oldest son, Jacob, the Patriarch of Jerusalem was executed under charges of sedition by King Herod in the year of 23 BCE. The next oldest brother, Hezekiah the Zealot was executed by the Romans under charges of sedition and treason for taking an entire Herodian Jewish military brigade in rebellion to the rule of Herod the Great in 4 BCE. His youngest son, Judas of Gamala was executed by the Romans when he assaulted and took control of a Roman military fortress in Sepphoris, confiscated the weapons and ammunition to be used in revolt against the Herodian State of Judea and Herod’s benefactor and protector, the Empire of Rome. He was captured, the town of Sepphoris was destroyed, the Jewish people were sold in captivity and 2000 Jewish freedom fighters were killed on 2000 crosses that dotted the Galilean landscape.
The life of Joseph after his betrothal to the “temple virgin” the orphaned Miriam, whose father was also executed by Herod on charges of sedition against the Herodian state, made Joseph virtually as a member of the Jewish underground. He fled with his wife, Miriam, and now newborn son, Yehoshua (Jesus) to Egypt. He lived an obscure life in the backwater regions in the unknown village of Nazareth in the first to third decade of the new Roman era. Prince Joseph then virtually disappears from all historical record.
That is not surprising for most of his family disappeared also, all with the appearance of being in rebellion to the Herodians and the Romans. And we are surprised that today when all Christendom thinks that it was unusual for Jesus to have been crucified on a Roman cross? His family, it was expected to be. The difference; the historical roots of the crucifixion and death of the Jewish messiah, Yehoshua was that he was betrayed, captured, illegally questioned, tried, and sentenced to death by his own Zadokian cousins, who had fallen under the spell of Hellenism and the lust of power, greed and control. Yehoshua was hated by the Pharisees of Shammai, whose founder, Shammai the Great, was the last pure blooded Jewish Prince of David. What was not known was that Prince of David Shammai was deposed as the Patriarch of Jerusalem by Herod the Great in favor of the father of Joseph the Carpenter, Prince Jacob ben Matthan. Jacob was the “impure-blooded Jewish Prince of David” of the “bastard” lineages of foreign ancestral mothers.” Shammai was a “pure blood” but after his death, his lineage became extinct.
The Peak of the Mount of Olives to the Left and the Hill of Offense where Yahshua is Believed to have Died on the Mid-Right – Photo by Robert Mock
There were two Jewish families, both of royal Davidian bloodlines, but how dissimilar they were. As quoted:
BibleSearchers – “The family of Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, came from a family of royal Davidian princes, all of whom carried the hidden dream of being the Promised One, or the father of the Promised One who would sit on the seat of their ancestral forefather, King David. In contrast, Mary’s family lived in the aura of the majesty and beauty of the temple culture of the Jews in Jerusalem. Joseph’s father flirted with the royalty from Egypt, to Rome, and to Babylon, from Davidian, Maccabean to Herodian, yet he knew that to capture the “hidden” love and devotion of the Jewish population, any ruler had to carry the mantle and the genetic birthright of King David.
Miriam’s family on the other hand, was from a family dynasty of priests. Equally regal and powerful, they carried the mantle of spiritual power, while Joseph’s family carried the regnal mantle of temporal power. Clothed in the regalia of the high priests, this family stood above the temporal power of the Davidian aspirants. They alone, evoked the very power of the Almighty One of Israel when yearly at the festivals of Passover, Pentecost, and Succot, they transported mentally and emotionally the Jewish pilgrims to the very portals of heaven and the throne of the God of the Universes.
The golden vestments of the High Priest, the breastplate, the august miter and headpiece, the prophetic oracular stones of the Urim and the Thummim, there was not a mantle of clothing, not even the vestments of the Caesar of Rome that excelled in beauty, wonder, and awe. The regalia of the high priest were zealously guarded by the Maccabee rulers, Herod the Great, his Herodian successors and the Romans governors as proof they had some authority over the high priest of God. But the regalia and the Golden Robe of the High Priest may only have been a replica.”
Is it any wonder that Joseph the Carpenter was poor, for he was always on the run, working at jobs far away from Jerusalem and the long arm of the assassins of King Herod? Yet, by tradition, Joseph also met a premature death. He was already twenty two years old when he was betrothed and married to the Jewish twelve or thirteen year old maiden, Princess Miriam. Was this by an illness? We do not know. Was this because Joseph was also assassinated by the Herodian forces in power, we do not have any documentation for or against either?
What has now been uncovered by the timeless research by the noted Jewish royal genealogist, David Hughes, was that Jesus’ maternal great-grandfather, Yahshua III became the 59th high priest of the Temple of Herod between the years of 36-23 BCE. It was during the pogrom and assassination of Jesus’ paternal grandfather, Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan in 23 BCE that was also the same year in which the office of the High Priest was taken away from Yahshua III and given to one of his second cousins of the High Priest Family of Boethus, Simon IV ben Boethus. King Herod became infatuated and “lost his mind” in love with the daughter of Simon, Mariamme II, for she was recognized to be the most beautiful woman in Jerusalem.
To make such a royal wedding acceptable in Jewish aristocratic society, Simon’s position in life was elevated to become the new high priest, and the High Priest Yahshua III disappears from history, to make room for a new high priest of Israel. Besides the death of the Jewish Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan, the father of Joseph the Carpenter, we find that the High Priest of Israel, Yahshua III also disappears from history all in that same year (23 CE) that Heli, Prince Alexander III Helios was assassinated. What could have been the source of the trumped up charges of the two Davidian family patriarchs and the high priest that could have implicated all three Jewish leaders in the same year for sedition to the throne of King Herod? Whereas Prince Heli was also the son-in-law of the High Priest, it suggests that they both were both killed for the same reason and were probably in collusion with the Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacob ben Matthan.
With the death of His foster father, Yosef (Joseph), Yahshua (Jesus) was now an orphan with no father or grandfather, and eligible to have been taken into the custody of his family’s next kin. The most eligible next of kin was the half-brother of Heli, Joseph of Arimathea, in Miriam’s side of the family. That Joseph was also gone for many months of the year on business we have to ask, did Joseph of Arimathea assume the role as the male guardianship of the young future Messiah? If so, did he take the young Yahshua on his business trips with him to the Isle of Britannia and beyond? The answer is a resounding yes!
According to popular tradition, Jesus lived in the Galilean village of Nazareth and grew up as an apprentice to the guild of carpentry or master craftsman before taking on the rabbinic ministry in the districts surrounding the Sea of Galilee. The village of Nazareth was only a few miles away from Capernaum, Sepphoris, and Cana. Yet, there are no historical clues that Jesus lived there, worked there, or established a presence in that city, so near to his family dwellings at Nazareth.
The 4th Century Jewish “White Synagogue” built upon the Ruins of the Synagogue in Capernaum used by Yahshua and His Disciple during His Three and a Half Year Rabbinic Ministry by the Sea of Galilee
It was near the year of 26 CE, when at the age of thirty two or thirty three, Yahshua showed up one day in the city of Capernaum with his disciples, not as a person that was an acquaintance with this larger and more cosmopolitan town. Upon arrival, his leading disciple, Peter, was inquired with the question:
Matthew 17:24-25 – “When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the “double drachma” tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your Teacher not pay the tax? He said, “Yes”. And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him saying, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers? Peter said to Him “from strangers.”.
One of the Protected Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were Preserved for almost Two Thousand Years – Photo by Robert Mock
It appeared that Jesus was not recognized by the customs officials, and as a stranger to this city, was due the payment of a “stranger’s tax” called the Roman poll tax for foreign traders and merchants coming into the city. The facts were that the customs officials were certain that Jesus was a Jew so were not attempting for him to pay the Temple tax that would have been paid with a Temple shekel, but that he was a foreigner and not recognized as being of indigenous birth to this region so had to pay his stranger’s tax with a Greek stater.
It was a few weeks later, when Yahshua presented Himself at the Jordan River to His cousin, John the Baptizer. They both had grown up near to each other, and both seemed to be participants in the culture of the secretive Essenes, whose main headquarters were in Damascus or about fifteen and a half miles east of Jerusalem, in the Essenes commune near the Dead Sea called, Khirbat Qumran.
During this meeting by the Jordan River, it was John who proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God.” Yet, later, John appeared uneasy about his cousin’s identity and His mission of life. It had the appearance that he had not seen him in many years, so after the baptism, John sent two disciples to Yahshua (Jesus) to inquire:
Luke 7:20 – “When the men had come to Him, they said, ‘John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”
Yet, near to this same time, the disciple Nathaniel, whose residence was in the village of Cana, only five miles from Nazareth, and before he saw Jesus, he proclaimed:
John 1:45-48 – “Can any good come out of Nazareth?”
There was the appearance that even living five miles away from Nazareth in the city of Cana, Nathaniel had not heard of Him or recognized Him also suggesting that Yahshua (Jesus) was returning as a stranger in His own land.
The Historical Traditions of Jesus’ Early Life
Of all the traditions of Jesus, the most mysterious is the absence of where He lived, worked, learned, and studied during the formative years of His life. It is as though Roman Christianity wanted its believers to believe that Jesus’ life, starting with His incarnation at birth gave Him immediate understanding of the universe, the mysteries of the throne of His Father in heaven, and a complete understanding of His mission and purpose on this planet earth.
The Roman Basilica di Sante Prassede where the First Roman Orthodox Gnostic Church began its Apostate Roots in Rome – Photo by Robert Mock
The Jesus that has come down in Christian history has been devoid of a clear understanding of these formative years, and as BibleSearchers has carefully documented in the history of the “Jewish Nazarene Ecclesia” and the “Royal Davidian, Maccabee, and Levitical ancestors of Jesus” we have found that the defending silence of history was only a twisted historical tale of the life of Yahshua (Jesus) as a Prince of King David. It was in reality a cover-up to present a Messiah to the world from the viewpoint of the emerging Roman Christian Church, a view that had minimal historical basis but for the creedal Roman Christian doctrines that were imposed around a fabricated history of the most important person in human history.
It has been only in recent years that credible scholars have begun the responsible task of returning the Jewishness back into the life of Yahshua (for “Jesus” was never His name in 1st century Judea). The orthodox Jewish life of Yahshua (Jesus) was stripped from His true historical life. Only recently has the knowledge that Yahshua was a Prince of David and the implication of that one fact upon a person in 1st century Jewish culture.
The common belief was that Yahshua (Jesus) grew up illiterate, probably unschooled in Torah law, and no doubt did not read, write or communicate except in Aramaic, the language of the common people in Judea and Galilee. Surely He did not speak Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. We rather should begin to question, does historical Orthodox Roman Christianity really believe in the historical Jewish rabbi, as Yahshua ben Yosef HaMaschiach Yisra’el (Jesus son of Joseph, Messiah of Israel)?
The historical traditions of Yahshua (Jesus) give credence that there was a true historical traditions of where He lived during the formative years of His life in many parts of this earth besides Judea and Galilee. In Egypt there are strong Coptic Christian traditions that Yahshua was there as a babe and as a young child. The pilgrims today can visit the sites of where He lived and played as a child.
The Buddhist Traditions of Jesus, as Issa (Essene), who spent Years in Northern India Ministering among the Buddhists
There are also equally fascinating traditions that Jesus as “Iesus” traveled to India and there lived and ministered among the ancient Buddhists within that land of great antiquity. As we shall soon see, the “The Buddha” called the “Great Hermit’s” real name was “Saca-Mundi”. This revealed his real identity, a “Sacae-Suni” or a “son of Isaac”.
The Synagogue of Ben Ezra built over the Ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue at the Time of Joseph and Miriam’s Flight to Cairo Egypt
The revelation that Buddha was a true Israelite, a member of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel that had been dispersed into the land of Media, should give pause that Yahshua could have traveled to the Ladkh Province in Northern India in search of the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”. As testimony will later attest, many of the Lost Tribes migrated to the east into the continents of India and China beyond.
What is so interesting about these links are that facts that the Essenes, that secretive and mysterious Jewish sect, had apparent ties and presence with the Theurapeutics in the land of Egypt to the south, and also had ties with the Buddhists to the east in India. This may have suggested that the Essenes had a strong messianic and apocalyptic missions to reach out to the “Lost Tribes” that were hidden in the countries of India and Egypt.
We then connect with the ties that Yahshua had with his own cousin, John the Baptiser, who many scholars also suggest was raised or at least trained at the Essene community at Khirbat Qumran. The biblical hint of his ascetic lifestyle of wilderness living suggests such an association.
The British Culdee Traditions of the Boy Jesus with Joseph of Arimathea
Yet most fascinating and mysterious of all the legends of the childhood of Jesus, are not found in the early Christian “infancy stories” of the Christ Child that arose in early Roman orthodoxy, but within the Jewish Nazarene and British Culdee traditions, that Jesus, as a child, traveled to the Isle of Britannia with his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, as he traveled on business as a Roman decurion. He was an authorized metal merchant that was extracting, processing, and smelting lead and tin into ingots along the Cornwall coast of southwestern England today. The traditions are not proof of true historical documentation, but the weight of evidence is so compelling that it cannot be ignored. So we begin on a fascinating journey, did Jesus travel to the western coast of the Isle of Britannia when He was a young lad?
It was probable that Yahshua’s great uncle, Joseph at his residence at Arimathea, had many lengthy conversations with his great nephew, about the ancient tribes if Israel and their final resting place in Europe, especially upon the Isle of Britannia. Joseph could have told his prodigious nephew about the famous universities of religion and science by the Druids, whose roots harkened back to the ancient Priesthood of Shem. It was there, in the western part of the Isles where he traveled on his business as a metal merchant to the far off island of Britannia, that the most ancient and purest of this ancient priesthood resided.
Yet, there were even more mysteries and secrets that his famous uncle, an esteemed elder of the Great Sanhedrin, a member of the Roman Provincial Council of Judea under the rule of the Governor of Rome Pontius Pilate, would teach the young Yahshua (Jesus). He learned about the great divisions between the Pharisees and the Sadducees and between the Pharisees of the School of Hillel with over three hundred and fifty debates with the Scholl of Shammai. They even fought over their custodial role as the guardians of the Written Torah given by Moses on Mount Sinai and also the guardians of not only the Oral Torah, but also the Oral Torah. These great divisions were tearing apart the heart and sole of Pharisee Judaism and causing great rifts and social fragmentation in the land of Judea.
The disciples of Hillel along with their Master, Rabbi Hillel were now clashing with the disciples, in opposition with another Nasi, or Prince of the House of David, Shammai the Great, for they were arch-conservatives and wanted to separate the Jews from any contact or relationship with the gentiles. Menahem the Essene was the assistant, the Bet Av Din of the Great Sanhedrin, of the Nasi or President of the Sanhedrin, Hillel the Great. Menahem was a great and esteemed leader of Judaism in Judea who eventually had to flee for his life with his disciples and many of the disciples of Hillel and established the Essene headquarters in Damascus outside the reach of the Sadducees and the Pharisees of Shammai in Jerusalem. These historical traces give a rich tapestry enhancing the breadth of understanding of the verbal halakhic debates between Rabbi Yahshua and the Pharisees in Jerusalem.
The liberal Pharisees of the esteemed School of Hillel came to the conclusion, as did Jesus the Nazarene that it was important to accommodate a closer relationship with the gentiles in order to spread and disseminate the teachings of the Creator of the Universe. These teachings were for the 70 nations of the world and not just for the Jews. It was the plan of salvation and redemption that the God of Israel would plant the rebellious tribes of Israel into the 70 nations of the earth. Using them as a vehicle for His salvation, He would bring these lost tribes, who had lost their identity, back into a covenanted relationship with Him and through them, draw all men back to Himself. This was the purpose of the Messiah; to seek the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”, and open the doors back, for them, into the “pasture” of His Father in heaven.
The Golden Menorah built for a New Temple highlighted by the Roman Columns of the Cardo in Jerusalem – Photo by Robert Mock
During this era, we find the historical ties of Yahshua with the disciples of Menahem the Essene the Bet Av Din (Vice President) of the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem under the leadership of the Prince of David as the Nasi (President) of the Sanhedrin, Hillel the Great. This dynamic and deadly era of conflict within the Party of the Pharisees was documented by the BibleSearchers research titled, “Jesus the Pharisee from the School of Beit Hillel in the eyes of the Talmudic Scholar Rabbi Jacob Emden.”
BibleSearchers wrote in the 2006 research on the studies of the great Talmudist Rabbi Jacob Emden. It was he who affirmed that Jesus the Nazarene believed that the gentiles also had a right for an inheritance in the world to come.
BibleSearchers - What Rabbi Emden did come to realize in his study in the mid-18th century, was that Jesus the Nazarene took an ancient Jewish law that certain Gentiles also had an inheritance in the “world to come” and put it into action as His mission to the Gentile world. This God-given inheritance had been cast aside by part of the schools of the Pharisees. It was never-the-less accepted by the rabbinic sage and Sanhedrin president (Nasi) Hillel the Elder and his disciples. There was also evidence that they, neither Jesus nor Paul violated any of the 613 commandments given to the Israelites at Sinai but by implementing these ancient “seven commandments of the Sons of Noah” enhanced the Torah ideal that the Jews were given the responsibility to be a “light to the world.”
The motives for the conflicts between the Shammai and the family of Yahshua are quite complex. Historically we do know that for a short time Shammai forcibly usurped the office of the “Prince of Israel” only to have this powerful Davidian office as the Patriarch of Jerusalem taken away from him one year later by King Herod and given to his prime Davidian rival, Prince Jacob ben Matthan. We must carefully remember that Jacob ben Matthan was the father of Joseph the Carpenter and the grandfather of Jesus the Nazarene. The potential of a smoldering resentment by Shammai the Elder against the family of Rabbi Yahshua may give much insight into the tensions and conflicts between the Nazarene and the Pharisees of the School of Shammai.
The Most Contested Property in the World – The Site where a New World Era will Transfer from the Roman-Islamic Era to a Hebrew Messianic Era – Photo by Robert Mock
Into this political and religious divide strode the young Jewish rabbi of Galilee, who had been gone from Judea and Galilee for several years. By this time the synagogues and Jewish educational system of Jerusalem and all Judea was under the control of the Pharisees of School of Shammai. Representing the voice of the Lord through the Pharisee disciples of Hillel the Great, who had escaped to Damascus before Yahshua’s (Jesus’) birth, is it any wonder that this young rabbi who was proclaimed by a swelling tide of messianic tidings in Galilee and Judea, was immediately attacked by the Pharisee disciples of Shammai? This conflict was with “The Jews”, who were not the Jewish people, but the Pharisees of the School of Shammai and the Sadducees high priestly families, led by the House of Hanan whose Patriarch was Ananias the High Priest. But, where had this young Jewish rabbi come from? Where had He been since He was a child?
He was well known, for He was a Prince of David, and all of the Princes of David were well known. As a child, He had been questioned about His knowledge of the Torah and interrogated as to His understanding of His destiny as a Prince of David, by the Chief Elders and Chief Priests who were members of the Great Sanhedrin. Yet, He disappeared for years. He was not known or remembered in recent years in Sepphoris. He was not known or remembered in Cana. He was not known in but remembered for having been in Nazareth, for He had not been around for a very long time. The mystery of the eighteen lost years in the life of Yahshua continued to haunt every scholar and researcher.
The Traditions of Glastonbury – Sanctuary of Prayer