TO THE DIVINE HISTORY OF JESUS
PART THE FIRST
THE ALFA AND THE OMEGA
The day Elizabeth and Zachariah met
Who can demoralized God in His effort to achieve
victory? Nothing a man can do is enough to force God giving up His pretensions
of building His Kingdom upon the Rock of the Saint Spirit of Wisdom. Beyond the
Ignorance of men God keep His path with a mercy hand for those who dream with
Power knowing not that Death is the source of their ambition.
So it came to happen when the sons of the Maccabees
made their claim to the throne of King David, that the civil war between
Pharisees and Sadducees had its beginning. The Sadducees, as history records,
were the Priest Party ruling the Treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem, final
destination of the religious taxes by the Aaronic clans set upon all the Jews
communities spread around the world.
Again, you can figure out the structure of this system
of religious taxes projecting the Roman Church of the first quarter of the
Second Millennia to the Jewess Religion, the Sanhedrin being the Vatican of
those days. The war for the control of the treasure of the Temple among the
Aaronic clans was at the root of the Seleucid War against the Nation of the
Jews, a War determined by the repugnance which caused in a foreigner mind the
vision of that fratricidal fight for the treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem
between brothers and sisters, supposedly all holy people, whose fights are
recorded in the Bible for those who are faithful to the Index of His Author,
the Maccabees a fundamental chapter leading to the Messianic Revolution.
Once the war for freedom was won, the Pharisees took the
control of the Temple’s revenues. The Maccabees were enemies of the Sadducees,
who all the time of the War for Independence were for the Empire.
The Pharisees, the Syndicate of the Doctors of the
Law, chiefs of the synagogues of the Jews all around the Ancient World, and
accordingly the ones upon whose work rested the duty of leading to the Temple
of Jerusalem the religious Taxes due to the Law of Moses, when the Maccabees
raised in arms against the Empire they led that world revenues to pay the army
of the Maccabees. But not only with gold a war is fought. The need of soldiers
was supplied by the Synagogues of the entire world at the call of the Syndicate
of the Pharisees, who by their work at the service of the Sadducee Party
received a certain amount of the tax revenues.
The fratricide behavior of the Aaronic Clans during
the days before the Final Solution of Antiochus the Fourth, followed by the
Sadducees taking side with the Empire, caused between the Party and the
Syndicate an extreme hate. At the end of the War the Pharisees were to have
supreme control of the Treasure of the Temple.
The high influence of the Pharisees among the Jews and
their work for levying soldiers throughout the world it was seen in the
abandonment of Judas the Maccabee in the field of that battle in which he and
his 800 hundred heroes lost their lives. The glory of the hero had raised in
the Syndicate a fear about the day after. Upon the wings of victory would not
the Maccabee claim the throne of David for himself and his family?
The suspicion grew higher and higher and, and the
Pharisees determined that the Hero had to die in the name of the salvation of
the Nation. Following their instructions the soldiers obeyed the order of their
religious leaders to retreat, leaving alone the Hero and his 800 men to face
the Death Penalty upon them laid by their religious masters. This wound
remained so deep that when Alexander Jannaeus came to the throne it was the
source of the continual massacre of the Pharisees, which finally led to that
Civil War by Pompey ended.
The Sadducees profited, once the War over, of this
wound to tempt the sons of the last of the Maccabees with the crown, this way
gaining back the control of the Treasure they had lost because their belief
that the Maccabees would not free the Jews from the yoke of the Empire. Anyway,
Jonathan and Simon, had learned the lesson, and the Pharisees lost lot of
ground under their rules.
When they, the Hasmoneans, became high priests they
tore apart in pieces the old alliance of the first of the Maccabees with the
As head of the Priesthood they brought back the
Sadducees to the stage. The elevation of Jonathan and Simon to the
high-priesthood carried to the front of the battle going on between Sadducees
and Pharisees the need of the coronation of the house of the Maccabees as the
Sadducees’ final blow against the aspiration of the Pharisees to the control of
the Temple’s Treasure.
The tension was on the air. You could feel it. The
elevation to the throne of David by a house no Davidic it would mean an
Abomination. The Lord of Moses and Abraham, the God of David would punish the
Nation with total destruction. Civil War was advisable in that matter.
The son of Simon, John Hyrcanus I, held this title
“the First” as High Priest, and though he actually had the power of a king, he
never gave way to the pretension of the Sadducees. But as time went on the
Coronation of the Hasmonean was a fact, the rise of the Aaronic clans done, the
Pharisees, once the servant of the Holy Party, got back to their old function
of the Temple State Functionaries, preaching the Law of Sin and Retribution,
selling Absolution for gold.
In the Middle Ages the Roman Church, taking this old
system as model, brought the Indulgences to the scene.
Yet, Simon knew how to maintain both enemies, the Holy
Party, and the Syndicate of the Doctors of Law under control. But it was
evident that soon or later the temptation would run over his defenses and his
son would, inevitably, proclaim himself king.
As this was an Abomination, the son of John Hyrcanus,
Aristobulus I, the Mad, had to kill all the opponents against his coronation,
beginning with his own brothers and sisters, no excluding his own mother. He
left his younger brother alive but when his star began to rise, imagining a
plot against his crown, in which this Valiant Prince would be the champion of
the Pharisee’s revolt, Aristobulus ordered his brother to be killed. And killed
he was. The death of her younger son caused the death of his mother, down there
The repulsion against this crime was so high that even
the Sadducees felt the necessity of sending away the king. If the Pharisees won
the day they could lose their ascendancy. The plot was simple : They would kill
the king, freed the only survivor of the House, Alexander Jannaeus, buried down
there somewhere in the darkest prison, and marry him to the King’s Widow. This
way the Pharisees would be condemned to a perpetual struggle against the King,
because the question of the Abomination.
And so it was done. Aristobulus I was murdered cold
blood, Alexander was freed, married to Queen Alexandra, and the Abomination was
instituted. God said it long time before : “The decree of destruction is
written”, and the Abomination of the usurpation of the Throne of the son of
David by a family not born of Davidic stock did seal it.
The only way they had to avoid Destruction was by the
dethronement of the Hasmonean King. The Sadducees had the gold, but the
Pharisees had the people. Is it stronger gold than blood?
That the tension between the Pharisees and the
Hasmoneans came from the retreat of the soldiers which caused the death of the
Hero, it was visibly shown in the next episode. Alexander had finished a rite
as high priest when coming out of the Temple the people began to throw him all
things they could find. A series of massacres followed, which ended in the
assassination of the 800 principals among the Pharisees. Eight Hundred, a
number the Hasmoneans had never forgot. Eye for eye, man for man, was the Law.
When the Pharisees ordered the retreat of the
battlefield, condemning Judas the Maccabee to death, a man of his own, a hero
of no equal among the sons of women of the Earth, they signed the death penalty
they were now receiving for the murder of the Hero and his Eight Hundred Men.
To add horror to the scene, while alive in their crosses, Alexander Jannaeus
ordered the families of the Eight Hundred Pharisees to be led at their feet,
where they were butchered in the eyes of the whole nation.
Never had Israel assisted to a show so monstrous and
horrendous. Even Antiochus the Fourth, a Hitler as he was to the Jews, did
never attained a point of cruelty so high and malignant. You may imagine the
cry heard around all the synagogues of the word. There was a single song sang
in the synagogues of the entire world : “The Hasmonean got to die”.
The Pharisees, chiefs of the synagogues of the world,
did not spare word and time singing one more time and over and over again the
same song : “The Hasmonean got to die”. And many were the Jews leaving their
houses and countries to come to Judah and put their daggers at the service of
the cause. Among them it was found a rich young man from Seleucia on the
Flavius Josephus corrupted the name of this Babylonian
young man who came in the days of Alexander Jannaeus with the only intention to
plot against the King and free the Nation from the Hasmonean Abomination. The
real name of this young man was Simeon. Flavius Josephus corrupted the name of
this Babylonian calling him “Abtalion”, a barbarian name, from the point of
view of the Jews, less fitted to a Jews as the more Abrahamic was his roots.
We see this “Abtalion” with the father of Zachariah,
Abijah, which name Flavius Josephus again corrupted, calling him “Abdias”,
another pagan name. The reason why Flavius Josephus corrupted the name of the
two men by whose intercession was Jerusalem spared of the anger of young Herod
we will see it later on. It is understood, anyway, that having Flavius Josephus
discovered the transcendental relation of these two men with the Birth of
Christ, he was his duty as historian of the Jews to rise a wall between the
Past and the Future, for no man to find the Plot who led the sons of these two
men to find the Legal heir of the House of Solomon.
Yes, the question of the Hasmonean brought to the
table the question of the son of David. Now that they had got the Independence
it would be the right time to conquer the lost kingdom. But where was the True
Heir of the house of Solomon?
You may well understand why the Sadducees and the King
would had killed anybody claiming to be the heir of the throne of king David.
Davidians, so they call, were by hundreds all around
Judah. But one thing was to say “my father was told by his father that his
father was a son of David”, and another very different thing was to bring up on
the table the corresponding genealogical tree. And a genealogical tree to be by
the Temple approved.
As time passed by, the Temple of Jerusalem became a
Birth Register National Office. We see in the Presentation in the Temple of
Jesus his parents paying a tribute; this tribute, registered as any commercial
transaction, became a Birth Certificate. We can imagine the Certificate :
“Jesus, son of Joseph and Mary”. But every birth Certificate was individual.
There was not a scroll for every family of the nation. Every family preserved
his genealogical tree, of course. But the Temple was “a State inside the State”
and acted as such. If you wanted to know who was the ancestor of Jesus, son of
Joseph and Mary, for example, you had to search the birth certificates of his
parents. And so forth. As the families of the Jews had been going in and out of
the Country the birth certificates of a single genealogical tree were dispersed
here and there, and this made impossible to track the real root of a common
man. One could say he was of Davidic stock as well as of Samson’s, who cared?
However, the question was on the table. A thousand
years had gone since king David. The Nation was free again, at the same time at
the edge of destruction because the Hasmonean Abomination. Could not they
profit of this interregnum to find the True Heir of King Solomon and proclaim
the Kingdom of the son of David?
Of course Alexander Jannaeus was in the secret
aspiration of the Pharisees, and he could not spare occasion to kill them by
the hundreds. He put the Sanhedrin entirely under the control of the Sadducees,
he surrounded himself with a corps of soldier of fortunes, dogs of war entirely
devoted to their master, of Arab stock, ready to devour Jews at anytime,
So it came to happen that the cry for the
extermination of the Hasmonean Abomination found a heart in the Mother of all
the Synagogues, the Great Synagogue of Babylon.
It was a long time ago that Babylon existed no more,
but the Synagogue held its ancient name in honor of its founder, the Prophet
Daniel. After the destruction of Babylon by Alexander the Great his successor
in Asia, Seleucus I, found New Babylon, Seleucia on the Tigris, to where all
the ancient population moved their businesses. Seleucia on the Tigris became
soon the New York of the East, the city connecting both part of the world, West
Obviously the Great Synagogue founded by the Prophet
Daniel moved on too, and with it the Jews Community, at this time, always under
the protection of the kings, a very wealthy people. The industrious capacity of
the Jews it is beyond discussion. We see them under the Persian Kings serving
in the highest post of the imperial administration. Under the Seleucid kings we
see them serving in the imperial armies, school of war where the First of the
Maccabees made his practices following the Great of the Antiochus in his
campaign of the East.
God is Omnipotent and All-Powerful, and the way He
creates the most wonderful diamond from the brute stone it is absolutely
marvelous. When talking about Judas the Maccabee the historians paint in the
air a man coming from nowhere, and suddenly turned into the most terrible
warrior. There is no need of a great man to understand that God in the secret
of what was next coming, He forged the Hero in the heart of that same Empire
ready to devour Israel.
We see the fame of the Jews, one more time in full
power, running to free the greatest general had ever Rome, Julius Caesar. And
we saw them before too at the service of the Ptolemaic king and Queens, leading
their armies to war.
To picture the Jews as the reckless people by the
writers of the Early Modern Age used to depict them, it is nonsense. As a matter
of fact we have seen them not long ago fighting all by themselves a bunch of
Arab nations. This does not mean that they are always as good, neither always
as bad as the generation we are seen in motion during the days of the Hasmonean
Jannaeus and the later days after the Resurrection.
A wealthy and powerful community were the Jews of
Seleucia on the Tigris. Their Synagogue, the mother of all the Synagogues, the
Synagogue of the Magi as was still called in honor of the Master of the Magi of
the New Chaldean Empire, Daniel the Prophet, was the richest among the
Synagogues, much more than the Alexandria Synagogue. The annual caravan coming
from the Synagogue of the Magi, from Seleucia on the Tigris bringing to the
Temple the religious tax ordered by Moses Law, used to raise a great
expectation in Jerusalem in the name of the “heavenly” wealth, in gold and
other products of exchanging value in the International Markets brought from
Babylon to Jerusalem by “the Magi”.
Sometimes this annual caravan had to be postponed
because the international wars. In the days of King Herod the tension between
the two empires, the Roman and the Parthian, made difficult the passing the
borders without a commercial safe-pass. The expectation raised by the Caravan
of the Magi of the year of the Birth of the Lord was high due to the rivalry
lately raised between Romans and Parthians. But in the days of the Seleucid
kings the communication between Jerusalem and Seleucia on the Tigris was fluid.
In those days also, the news did not take long to
travel from the source to the end of the line. In a matter of days the Jews of
Seleucia on the Tigris received the news of the Massacre of the Eight Hundred
Pharisees. The anger provoked by this horror caused Simeon, heir of a wealthy
pharisaic family, to come to Jerusalem, bringing with him gold to sustain the
Pharisees, and a will as hard as iron to fight back the Abomination.
It was here, in Jerusalem, where Simeon the Babylonian
met Abijah, of the Aaronic clans, servant of the Temple, and a Prophet of peace
to his people, from the Temple preaching the need of putting down the weapons
and resolve “the Question” by means of the national unity. While Abijah was
preaching peace to the people, and facing the King, with the voice of a prophet,
foretelling him the future of his family, a dynasty born to be razed from the
face of the Earth, Simeon the Babylonian was plotting against Alexander
following the doctrine of the Babylonian Master, that Daniel who, while with
one hand was serving the King of the Chaldeans, with the other was plotting the
ruin of his empire by bringing to power first the Assyrian Nabonidus, and
finally Cyrus the Persian.
Simeon the Babylonian financed many secret plots
against the King, and all ended in nothing. Many blood was shed before Simeon
was won to the cause of Abijah : the search of the True Heir of the Crown of
The influence of these two men in the Sanhedrin and
the final conscience of the King about the future of his dynasty brought, after
Alexander Jannaeus’s death, brought the interregnum of Queen Alexandra. She
knew she had no much time. She was old. Therefore the time that the two men had
to find the True Heir of the throne of David was short. If the Heir of David
was found she would abdicate in his favor, the crown would pass from her family
to the family of King David. Jerusalem would see her abomination cleansed and
the destruction of Israel erased from the future.
It was a good and holy cause to live and to die for.
But the time was running. Good Queen Salome’s son Aristobulus was a young man,
and he would claim on the dead of her mother what was his, the crown. If the
Sadducees came to know why she had elevated to the Sanhedrin the Pharisees,
they would pressure his son and used him as they had used Alexander, his
It was up to them, Abijah, father of Zachariah, and
Simeon the Babylonian, father of Simeon; she could do no more.
It is said that to find the needle in the barn without
a magnetic device you need eternity. And yes, there were sons of David
everywhere. In fact “everybody” was a son of David. It did not matter if you
were or not. The thing was to be reckon a Jew. At the end of the day the answer
was “yes, my father said so, and so his grandfather, who knows”. No one could
prove to be a true heir of King Solomon. It was all in vain.
Queen Alexandra-Salome died, and it came to happen
that what was predicted. Hyrcanus, the elder son of the Queen, succeeded her
mother, and being a Holy Man, he was moved by the Idea of preserving the crown
for the son of David. Obviously his younger brother, feeling dismissed,
conspired with the Sadducees to put Hyrcanus II out of the way. Civil war came,
and as Pompey was around he was invited to play the Solomon, which he failed to
do, declaring instead the end of the kingdom of the Jews. The Abomination had
been put down, not by men but by God.
It was in those days that the son of Antipater, young
Herod, jumped in the scene and massacred some Galileans bandits causing much
trouble in the North. The Sanhedrin called the young future king to answer for
his crime. He hit the road to Jerusalem at the head of his men, encamped them
beyond the walls and went to meet his judges.
No one dared to hold their anger at the face of the
man. Just two men were men enough to ask for his death before that young
Palestinian warrior became “the next king of the Jews”.
A while after the Roman fell in the last of their
Civil Wars, and Herod was expelled from the Land, to come back with an army of
the Caesar to win for himself a Kingdom. Jerusalem was ready to resist till the
last man, and Herod ready to kill them all, when those same two men, Simeon the
Babylonian and Abijah the prophet, Abtalion and Abdias according to Flavius
Josephus, asked Herod to spare the population; they will make them put down the
swords and accept the fate they had brought upon themselves. Herod favored them
and Jerusalem was spared. But not their leaders. As Herod told them in response
to the prophecy of these two men, “Remember, when am king I will massacre you
all, excepting the only two men in here”. And so it was done.
Herod became king. He initiated his reign beheading
the Sanhedrim, as I said, and spared the two men who prophesied his future, and
had them always in high esteem. Under this royal shield the Search of “the son
of Solomon” was taken by the their sons, Simeon the Young and Zachariah. No
need to tell that if under the crown of the Hasmonean the talking on the
Kingdom of the son of David was punished with jail, under the reign of Herod
the sole thought meant death.
Serving God without fear of men, Zachariah and Simeon
the Younger began their search turning inside out the Birth Register Archives
of the Temple. After all Zachariah was a priest, a Sadducee by birth, and being
the son of the most influent priest under the king, to climb to the Direction
of the Historical Archives of the Temple was the easiest part. To navigate
through those thousands and thousands of Birth Certificates accumulated during
the last five centuries, that was the real work.
First of all he had to cut the system of corruption
inaugurated by the precedents directors. Remember that Julius Caesar gave the
Jews certain wonderful exemptions; to enjoy those benefits you had to be a Jews
from Judah. It was not good enough to be a son of Abraham, you had to be a Jew
born in Judah. You was born in Alexandria, Antioquia or wherever, but without a
Birth Certificate saying you were born in Judah you were not free from military
service, for example. How could you buy yourself a Birth Certificate saying you
are a Jew from Judah? Well, how much, this was the question. For a certain
amount of gold the Temple would make you son of David, born in the house where
the king himself used to playing his harp.
Yes, how much! No wonder Jesus said that God could
bring forth to Abraham sons out of the stones. In the days after Julius Caesar
the sons of David have become so numerous as the sand of Long Beach. The
crusade against this corruption that the new director of the Archives of the
Temple put in motion caused him many headaches and much hate among the priests.
However, Zachariah was firm in his Search and while he was well protected by
his father’s reputation and his friend’s gold, he did not gave up his ground.
It was during those days that Zachariah marry
Elizabeth. The parents of Elizabeth did not agree with her daughter about
marrying the most fool of the priests. With his love for decency Zachariah was
undermining the treasure of the Temple. What was wrong in saving the sons of
Abraham from the military service? Why the worth-nothing crusade of the son of
Zachariah and Simeon the Younger kept their Search in
secret. Elizabeth, who was a friend of both young men, fell in love with the
son of Abijah. Elizabeth’s parents had conceived the illusion of her beautiful
daughter marrying Simeon the Younger. Simeon the Younger fed the illusion of
Elizabeth’s parents till it was too late for them to impose on her a husband
contrary to her heart.
The partnership of her two friends caused Elizabeth to
look higher. Of course, Simeon was her twin soul, he adored in Elizabeth her
beauty and her intelligence, and she adored in him the devotion to his friend
and his coolness in dealing with the world. Elizabeth’s parents - the beauty of
her daughter cause of much talking - seeing her daughter and the son of Simeon
the Babylonian always together, talking and laughing, dreamt with them getting
marry. The match could not be better, the son of Simeon the Babylonian!
Dreamers keep dreaming until dawn! Elizabeth grew and
she became free, under the Law, to choose husband of her heart. To the agony of
her parents, Simeon married the woman of his heart, and Elizabeth pressed
Zachariah to look at her in the eyes and tell her that he was going to marry
Of course he was going to marry her. Now, how could he
maintain away the woman of his heart from his secret Search? She learnt what
already she had seen in the eyes of her twin soul; Zachariah was looking for
the son of king Solomon. Elizabeth’s parents tried to stop their getting marry.
To no avail. True to say that when they were found childless the voice was
heard : “Punishment from God!”