“He will be called a Nazarean.” Mt 2:23
“This sect of Nazareans is to be found in Beroea near Coelesyria, in the Decapolis near Pella, and in Bashanitis
at the place called…Khokhabe in Hebrew.” Bishop Epiphanius (c. 375 AD)
“This sect1)The 1st Century Jewish Historian, Josephus, identified four main sects of Judaism: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots.of Nazareans…also were called Jesseans 2)Within the sect called, the Essenes the Davidic Yesseans hid under the cover of various Essene groups who defined the word as Hasidim (pious or kind ones) or Osseans (doers of the law). See Josephus, Wars…” 2.8.13because of Jesse3)Among the enemies of Yahwshua were Scribes, who in some way, were offshoots associated with the Zadokite Priests of Qumran. These are commonly lumped together under the name, Essenes, These had been derogatively nicknamed, Herodians (Mk 3:6; 12:13; Mt 22:16; 23:1-2). He broke from the extremist views of some of them and became a target for assassination.
… since David was descended from Jesse
“And Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.” Ruth 4:22
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch (naytser) from his roots shall bear fruit.” Is 11:1;
“The disciples were first called Christianos in Antioch [in Syria].” Acts 11:26
… these sectarians… did not call themselves [primarily by the Greek word] Christianos – but [by the Hebrew word] ‘Nazoraeans’ [Natsârím]…
For we have found this man [Sha’ul/Paul] to be a public menace and one who causes riots among all the Jews
throughout the Roman Empire and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazareans/Natsârím.. Acts 24:5
“…they are not in accord with [the 4th Century Nicene Council of] Christians …they are nothing but Jews… [in ways] different from the Jews and [in ways] different from Christians…
- They have the Gospel according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written…
- they are still fettered by the Law [Torah] – Circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest…
- as to Christ [Messiah; Mashíach], I cannot say whether…they regard him as a mere man [born of both Joseph and Mary, or, was born only by ‘the ever-virgin’ by the holy spirit]…”
- They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do…
- They have no different ideas but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in [similarity to] the Jewish fashion…
- For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that his son is Jesus the Christ.
- They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law, the Prophets, and the… Writings… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews…”
- “This sect of Nazareans is to be found in Beroea near Coelesyria, [Lebanon-Syria] in the Decapolis near Pella [Northern Jordan South of the Galilee], and in Bashanitis [west of the Sea of Galilee] at the place called…Khokhabe in Hebrew.” ….
Attested to by Bishop Epiphanius of Salamis (310-403) in Panarion 29 6:1—7:8 (ca. 375 AD); Apologist of Nicene-Constantinople Christianity [Brackets Mine and slightly reorganized] Close in his assessments but not exact!
The Torah of Yahweh is perfect, restoring the soul; The Testimony of Yahweh is faithful, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
The Anointed King-Priest Yahwshua, Son of Yoseph and Miryam, descendent of King David, the Firstborn Son , whom the God of Israel raised from the dead, said to those who would misinterpret him, Our Master declared:
17 Do not suppose that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Nevi’im (the Law and Prophets):
I did not come to abolish; rather to fullfill [to bring them into their fullness].
18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and the earth passes away, one yod or one tittle will by
no means pass from the Torah and the Prophets till all things come to pass written therein.
19 Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men to do so,
will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them,
he will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:17; 18; 19;
The Pope meets with the Nazareans
In 314 A.D., the Emperor Constantine united with Pope Silvester I , to make Roman Catholicism the religion of the empire. Then, In 318 A.D., a meeting between Sylvester and Jewish Nazarean leaders took place. Constantine provided for their trip to Rome. The Emperor Constantine later convoked the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., and no Nazareans were present.
Roman Catholic Professor, Malachi Martin wrote: “The Jewish Christians [Nazaræans] … occupied the oldest Christian churches in the Middle East and whose leaders were always from the family of Jesus [Yahwshúa] himself…their first Bishop was James [Ya’aqov his brother] … “The issue that arose between Sylvester and the Jewish Christians [the Nazaræans] was nothing less than the whole nature of the church. A meeting between [Pope] Silvester [who had recently entered into league with Emperor Constantine] and the Jewish Christian leaders took place in the year 318. The emperor provided sea transport for eight [of them] … Sylvester spoke to them in Greek—he could not understand their Aramaic; they had little or no Latin. The vital interview was not, so far as we know, recorded, but the issues were very well known, and it is probable that Joses [Joseph], the oldest of the Christian Jews, spoke on behalf of the desposyni and the rest.
That most hallowed name, desposyni, had been respected by all believers in the first century and a half of Christian history. The word literally meant, in Greek, “belonging to the Lord.” It was reserved uniquely for Jesus’ blood relatives. Every part of the ancient Jewish Christian church had always been governed by a desposynos, and each of them carried one of the names traditional in Jesus’ family—Zachary, Joseph, John, James, Joses, Simeon, Matthias, and so on. But no one was ever called Jesus. Neither Silvester nor any of the thirty-two popes before him, nor those succeeding him, ever emphasized that there were at least three well-known and suthentic lines of legitimate blood descendants from Jesus’ own family. One from Joachim and Anna, Jesus’ maternal grandparents. One from Elizabeth, first cousin of Jesus’ mother, Mary, and Elizabeth’s husband, Zachary. And one from Cleophas and his wife, who also was a first cousin of Mary. There were, of course, numerous blood descendants of Joseph, Mary’s husband, but only persons in bloodline with Jesus through his mother qualified as desposyni. All of them had clung to Jesus and to his mother, and when both these had gone, to the first Christian community, in Jerusalem from the beginning and, later, throughout the Middle East. ….
Ever since the Emperor Hadrian had conquered Jerusalem in the year 135, all Jews, and that included Jewish Christians, had been forbidden to enter Jerusalem under pain of instant death. That ban had not yet been lifted, at the time of Silvester’s meeting with the Jewish Christians.
Sylvester knew their history well. Jewish Christians had composed the only church ever in Jerusalem until the year 135. They left it only once in 102 years following Jesus’ death, just before the city’s capture by the Emperor Titus. Led by their bishop, Simeon, son of Cleophas, who was Jesus’ uncle by marriage, they had fled to Perea (in modern Jordan). In A.D. 72 they had returned to Jerusalem and had remained there until Hadrian’s ban. After that, Jewish Christian churches were set up all over Palestine, Syria, and Mesopotamia, but they were always hated by the local synagogues as apostates of Judaism, and always in quarrel with Greek Christians who refused to be circumcised and observe the Torah—things the Jewish Christians insisted on. [Recall the description above of these Nazareans by Bishop Epiphanius.]
They therefore asked Silvester to revoke the confirmation of Greek Christian bishops in Jerusalem, in Antioch, in Ephesus, in Alexandria, and to name instead desposynos bishops.
In addition, they asked that the Christian practice of sending cash contributions to the desposynos church in Jerusalem as the mother church of Christianity, which had been suspended since the time of Hadrian, be resumed.
Sylvester curtly and decisively dismissed the claims of the Jewish Christians. He told them the mother church was now in Rome, with the bones of the Apostle Peter, and he insisted that they accept Greek bishops to lead them.
It was the last known discussion between the Jewish Christians of the old mother church and the non-Jewish Christians of the new mother church. By his adaptation, Silvester, backed by Constantine, had decided that the message of Jesus was to be couched in Western terms by Western minds on an imperial model.
The Jewish Christians had no place in such a church structure. They managed to survive until the first decades of the fifth century. Then, one by one, they disappear. A few individuals reconcile themselves with the Roman Church—always as individuals, never communities or whole Jewish Chrisian churches. Another few pass into the anonymity of the new Eastern rites—Syriac, Assyrian, Greek, Armenian. But most of them die—by the sword (Roman garrisons hunted them as outlaws), by starvation (they were deprived of their small farms and could not or would not adapt themselves to life in the big cities), by the attrition of zero birthrate. By the time that the first biography of Jesus (apart from the Gospels) is published in Chinese and in China at the beginning of the seventh century, there are no more surviving Jewish Chrisitians. The desposyni have ceased to exist. Everywhere, the Roman pope commands respect and exercises authority.
Malachi Martin, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York; pp. 41-44. Roman Catholic professor, former Jesuit professor who served in Rome with Cardinal Augustine Beas and Pope John XXIII. [Brackets mine; Underlines mine]
Hidden in Plain Sight
What is hidden in plain sight is that world history revolves around the Everlasting Covenant, and an oath sworn by the Creator of All—sworn to a particular man and his family descendants. Though hidden from scholar and layman alike, these realities, like a funnel, direct world events to a certain outcome.
… [This covenant people] will be led captive into all the nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled upon by the nations, until the allotted times of the nations are fulfilled. Luke 21:24
The family–nation made terrible mistakes, feuded, broke apart, and were dispersed into multiple nations. This was no surprise to the Overseer of this nation —it was a contingency planned for within the irrevocable everlasting Covenant.
If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of the heavens, from there will Yahweh your Elohiym gather you, and from there he will bring you back. Deut 30:4
The splintered family–nation would be restored, reconciled, and returned. Their returning consciousness of the Covenant is in process even now. They are being awakened from their long sleep. So, our mission is to awaken, reorient, and provide direction for them—to help, inspire and teach them the Family Covenant.
In 2002, I had a dream in which an official stood before me and held up to me a scroll that was written in Ancient Hebrew Script. Though I could not read it, internally I knew that it was documenting that my ancestors had come from the Land of Yisrael into the British Isles. I believe it was a personal message to me from my heavenly Father.
I have no doubt that many have or will experience such phenomena as the plans of Omniscient One unfold. Multitudes have been being prepared for decades without realizing it. The Compassionate One prepares us one step and one phase at a time. With each step our capacity for the ultimate call grows, that is, if we truly desire “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” And, if, along with that desire, we can proclaim that “wherever the truth leads me I will follow” — then, the inherited spiritual blindness and twisted thinking will be removed.
Our ancestors, centuries ago, left the Land of Israel in one manner or another, voluntarily or involuntarily, because they or others near them betrayed the family covenant. Not only were they punished with dispersion and alienation, but, they were also promised that their descendants would awaken as from the dead, be rectified and returned to this very place–restored to Him Who loved us from eternity.
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|1.||↑||The 1st Century Jewish Historian, Josephus, identified four main sects of Judaism: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots.|
|2.||↑||Within the sect called, the Essenes the Davidic Yesseans hid under the cover of various Essene groups who defined the word as Hasidim (pious or kind ones) or Osseans (doers of the law). See Josephus, Wars…” 2.8.13|
|3.||↑||Among the enemies of Yahwshua were Scribes, who in some way, were offshoots associated with the Zadokite Priests of Qumran. These are commonly lumped together under the name, Essenes, These had been derogatively nicknamed, Herodians (Mk 3:6; 12:13; Mt 22:16; 23:1-2). He broke from the extremist views of some of them and became a target for assassination.|