Let’s Start Out With Some Questions
“Who was Jesus?
Why is there no archaeological evidence of his existence?
Who wrote the Gospels?
Why were the Gospels written in Greek, rather than Hebrew or Aramaic?
Why did they have a Roman perspective?
Why were the first Christian Pope and saints all members of the Flavius Caesar family?”(1)
“Religious fanatics from the Middle East are waging an assault on Western civilization and have just struck a demoralizing blow to the very capital of foreign “decadence.” Leery of war with an entire people, the West acknowledges only advocates of peace to be “true” followers of the terrorists’ religion. Indeed, Western leaders proclaim that their attackers’ own dogma commands peace.
The year: 66 CE. The civilization under attack: the Roman Empire. And the terrorists: an ancient fanatical sect of Judaism.
Today, religious intolerance is readily associated with Islam. Before the last two or three centuries, however, Christianity was used to justify the same practices: heretics were burned alive, holy inquisitions tortured and executed those suspected of deviant beliefs, priceless books were lost to posterity, pagan temples and art were destroyed, and sacrilegious sex acts were punished with death. For many centuries Europe was plagued with brutal and bloody wars waged decade after decade merely between different sects of Christianity. On a scale of sheer insanity, those atrocities equal any committed in the name of Islam today.
Pre-dating both Christianity and Islam, however, monotheistic Jews in the 1st Century divided into querulous factions and rebelled against their ruthless Roman conquerors, ultimately igniting the first Jewish War and altering the course of Western Civilization forever.
At the Empire’s zenith, a wide variety of international deities were worshiped by Romans of all classes and sexes—even in the capitol city of Rome itself. The most remote provinces saw alien cults emerge that had first developed thousands of miles away in some distant part of the Empire, deities such as the Egyptian Isis and Serapis, and Cybele from present day Turkey.
At this time religion and politics were one, and the Romans’ policy of religious tolerance proved to be a political advantage that helped their empire endure for centuries. The strict monotheism of Judaism, however, would present Roman policy with its greatest challenge.
At first, cultural and religious compromises with the Jews were attempted, such as the granting of special exemptions from the public worship of Roman state deities. However, so strict had the traditions of Jewish monotheism become that any cultural integration was emotionally repulsive “pollution” to many pious Jews. Meanwhile, many Romans developed an ugly anti-Semitism as they accused Jews of being anti-social “haters of all humanity.” Violent conflict—religious, cultural, political and military—was inevitable.
By the middle of the 1st Century CE, the Romans had carved out an empire through conquest stretching from Spain to Turkey and from Egypt to the Scottish border. Cosmopolitan, multinational and multiethnic, Rome was, at first, a religiously diverse leviathan that endured through its military skills, no doubt, but also through its political genius.
One way the Roman Empire tried to integrate its many diverse peoples was by actively supporting local religions and cultural traditions. Romans not only allowed but built temples to regional gods and shrines that embraced their various theologies within the hierarchy of official Roman state religion. Both local and Roman deities were venerated together—inscriptions throughout the Empire record their side-by-side worship, including dedications made by wealthy or political Romans to a number of regional gods.
The first Roman census and tax in Judea immediately resulted in the emergence of rebel groups, who the ancient historian Josephus went so far as to label philosophical “innovators” although they are more properly understood as extreme cultural conservatives within Judaism. They were resisting what was, in their eyes, the corrupting influence of foreign paganism.
Violent conflicts between Jews and Greeks exploded in Alexandria during the reign of the notorious Emperor Caligula during the 1st Century. In the reign of his successor, Claudius, still more violent disturbances between Romans and messianic Jews erupted in the capitol of Rome itself, as we will see. In the end, two prolonged, bloody wars were fought in Judea in the 1st and 2nd Centuries, wars that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, the enslavement of thousands more, the complete and final destruction of the Jewish Temple at Jerusalem and a legal expulsion of the Jews from Judea that extended the Diaspora for two thousand years. Though obscured by the passage of time, the conflict between Romans and Jews was a cultural and military cataclysm that would reverberate through the centuries to this day.
According to an eyewitness historian of the 1st Century Jewish Revolt against Rome, Flavius Josephus—himself a Jewish priest and aristocrat who fought first for the Jewish rebels and then went over to the Roman side—the underlying causes of the conflict were religious in nature. The sacred literature of the Jews, he explained to the pagan audience of his histories, contained prophecies that a Deliverer would come, a Savior, a world ruler who would emerge from Judea and lead them to victory. At several desperate moments in their long history, Josephus writes in his later works, they had known great leaders, sometimes miracle-workers, who defeated the foreign enemies of the Hebrews and achieved for them the political and cultural independence that their strict form of monotheism required of them.
So, despite the heavy odds against taking on Rome’s powerful war machine in the 1st Century, they rebelled and kept fighting even after defeat was certain. Described by the historian Josephus as a misinterpretation of their messianic prophecies, their xenophobia was compelled by strict adherence to Mosaic Law—and their rallying cry was “Messiah!”
It was at this moment in history that a new religion emerged, one that was at once radically different from messianic Judaism and yet seemed to be an offshoot from it. It would come to be known as Christianity, the world’s second major monotheistic religion.
The letters ascribed to the Apostle Paul, or at least some of them, may have been written within a decade or so before open warfare in Judea broke out. The Gospels and most of the rest of the New Testament were probably composed in the decades following the First Jewish-Roman War (66-71) during the imperial rule of the Flavian dynasty of Roman emperors and immediately after. The oldest of the Gospels, Mark, may have been written during or shortly after the First Jewish-Roman War. The latest material in the Bible may not have been written until a few decades later. That is to say, the New Testament was written in the years just before and in between the two great Jewish Revolts, from the middle decades of the 1st Century through the early decades of the 2nd.
An apparent outgrowth of messianic Judaism, the emergence of Christianity during this period of intense religious conflict between messianic Jews and the Roman Empire cannot be a coincidence. The only mystery is the nature of the causation: exactly how and why did this conflict between Jews and Romans frame the emergence of Christianity? Just how closely are these two historical movements related?”(2)
Dead Sea Scrolls
“The characters in the Dead Sea Scrolls were militaristic and you could see that this group wanted to push the foreigners out of Israel. They were fundamentalists, whereas the characters in the Gospels are different. They are pacifistic. They are turning the other cheek. They’re giving to Caesar, what is Caesar’s.
How did a movement like Christianity come to exist in a region that was occupied by Roman soldiers and had Jewish zealots within it that were going to push these Romans out?
How was that possible?”(3)
Josephus and the Flavians
“A close examination of The New Testament and Wars of the Jews by Josephus, a Roman court historian, who described the war between the Romans and the Jews in the 1st century. Comparing the history written by Josephus with the New Testament reveals an amazing connection between them. Certain events from the ministry of Jesus seemed to closely parallel the episodes from the military campaign of Roman Caesar Titus Flavius. A campaign that supposedly took place 40 years after Jesus supposedly lived.
The Flavians completely reshaped the Roman Empire. In Rome there is the coliseum which understood to be the best known monument of the Roman empire. The coliseum is a Flavian construction produced during the Flavian period.
Under the Flavians both Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity took shape.
Why would the Flavians be interested in creating religion?
Much like today, their era was marked by political power struggles, a bankrupt economy, religious conflict and endless wars. In the midst of this turmoil the Flavians seized control of the Roman Empire and ushered in an immense paradigm shift.”(3)
“Beginning with Julius Caesar in 49 BC the Julio-Claudians ruled Rome for over one hundred years, transforming the government from a republic into an empire.
This family contained all of the famous Caesars:
Julius, who predated the time of Jesus.
Augustus, who was Caesar at the supposed time of Jesus’s birth.
Tiberius, who ruled during the time of Jesus’s supposed death.
Caligula, the infamous.
“The Julio-Claudians enjoyed a god-like status until the family degenerated and began to damage the Roman empire.
By the time of Nero, his decadence was bankrupting the empire and the Jews of Judea were staging a huge rebellion against their Roman rulers.
Judea was one of the many conquered provinces that made up the Roman Empire. This region, which was also known as Palestine, was controlled by a family that also served as Rome’s tax collectors, the Herods.
They were a Greco-Arab family, somewhat Judiized, though only when it was necessary to please the subjects they were given. They were put in power in Palestine and destroyed the previous Jewish ruling family, the Maccabean family, root and stalk.
Besides being heavily taxed and ruled by a non-Jewish family put in power by Rome, the Jews were further inflamed by the requirement a statue of Caesar be placed for worship in every temple throughout the Empire.
In the Roman Empire you could pretty much have any god you want, but legally you had to submit to the Emperor as a god as well. You had to also acknowledge that the Roman leader was also a divine figure. But the Jews would not have any of it.
A fundamental Jewish belief is that you should have no graven images. It’s a commandment given at Sinai by God. So the Jews never made representations of God.
The Jews had a much more different religion. They had a religion that was focused on the book and less focused on cultic statues. This presented a real problem for the Romans. They tried to install statues of Caesar, but the Jews weren’t to buy that at all. In fact it aggravated them, it enraged them and the Romans didn’t understand this. It’s not statues, it’s books.
And those books contained the Jewish messianic prophesies.
The thing that moved the Jews the most against Rome was an obscure prophesy that a world ruler would come out of Palestine.
Holy books inspired the Jews that a redeemer would redeem Israel, rescue Israel, restore Israel to power and leadership in the world.
The Messiah that the literature described was a warrior. The Messiahs would have claimed the same attributes that David did. David could overcome any army because God gave him the power to do it.
If you had the power of God you could easily defeat the Roman army.
The people rebelled against Rome and were led by a messianic movement that had a series of Messiahs that had come forward to fight against the Roman Empire.
The Hebrew word Messiah is translated into the Greek word Kristos or Christ, so the title of Christ can describe any of the numerous Messiahs of this movement.
This movement rebelled against Rome in 66 CE and it was successful, it actually defeats the Romans militarily, so it must have been a huge movement.
The victorious Jews set up a Nation State directly in the Roman Empire and the Romans had to do something about it. There was a real danger that this messianic movement could not only boil over into Judea itself, but could spread to other Jewish communities in other parts of the Roman Empire.
Rome ruled its colonies with a rod of iron and any resistance was going to be met with brute force.
At this time during Nero’s reign, two of the finest military men were the Flavians, Vaspasian and his son Titus. Vaspasian and Titus were military men. They had spent a great deal of their life outside of Rome. For over a decade they had waged war against the Druids in Brittany and Gaul. They were successful in essentially destroying the Druids. They left behind no historical record of their existence.
And it was the Flavians that Nero called upon to suppress the Jews rebellion in Judea.
Nero responded by asking his best General, Vaspasian, and his son Titus, to go into Judea with a huge army, 60 to 70,000 troops and a similar number of support individuals. So they meant business. The Romans came down to crush the rebellion.
In the year 66 CE, the Flavians began their military campaign with the Jews. They start further north in Galilee, where the first of three key events takes place. They destroy the Jewish towns of Galilee. They also capture a Jewish rebel who becomes a critical figure in the formulation of Christianity.
They captured a leading figure of the rebellion, a Jew name Josephus Bar Mathias. Josephus presented himself to the Flavians as a prophet. He survived by pointing out to Vaspasian that the prophesies of the Jews pointed out that Vaspasian would become emperor. And of course he did, so Vaspasian, liked Josephus, using him as a translator in his entourage, he used him to appeal to the rebels to surrender. At this point Josephus became a turncoat and worked with the Flavians against the rebellion.
Meanwhile, chaos was increasing back in Rome, where Nero’s rule was being threatened.
In the year 68 CE, the Roman Senate found the courage to depose Nero and he committed suicide.”(3)
The Flavian Dynasty
“In that situation Vaspasian was a prime candidate to become emperor.
In the middle of this war, Vaspasian returned to Rome and seized the throne.
The Flavians then became the imperial family.
With Vaspasian becoming the new ruler in Rome, Titus stays behind on the battlefield and sets his sights on Jerusalem, where the other two key events take place.
Titus encircles Jerusalem with a wall and seals off the entire town. Because of the Jewish resistance, it took awhile until they brought on starvation and forced the residents to surrender. Titus finally razed the Jewish Temple and left not one stone atop another.
And the Jewish temple was completely destroyed in 70 CE. For the Jews this was the ultimate calamity, since this was the house of their God and it was destroyed by the Romans quite thoroughly.
Titus was the victor of this great siege. He carried the spoils of his victory back to Rome for his triumph. He took the treasures of the temple including the 7 branch candlestick, which is on the Arch of Titus in Rome.
All of the artifacts of the temple, they put on public display, in what they referred to as the palace of peace, except for one item, the Jewish scripture. Josephus records that the Flavians took it and placed it in their private palace where no one was allowed to see it.”(3)
Another rebellion soon broke out in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Flavians were clear that this was not the end of the messianic movement. It was the Jews messianic literature that was fueling this movement. Once they captured the Jewish scripture they had all the other copies of it destroyed.
And that’s why the Dead Sea Scrolls had to be buried in a cave, since that’s the only way they would be safe from the Roman destruction. There was not a single scrap of literature found from the messianic movement until the scrolls were discovered. They are the only voice of the messianic movement that exists. And the real voice of this movement was violent and militaristic, not the pacifistic version depicted in the Gospels.
War against Rome was a messianic war and that’s why the Dead Sea Scrolls are not only the literature of the messianic movement in Palestine, they’re also the literature of the war against Rome.
The Romans needed to subdue the Jews religion, so they set about influencing it and changing it.
The Roman rulers were not going to try and destroy the Jewish religion all together. They were sensible enough to realize they couldn’t do that. So what they realized was that they had to try to create a type of Judaism that was benign.
And what coincided exactly with the Flavian dynasty was the arrival of two benign forms of Jewish ideology.
It was during this period that a new literature entered history, which describes a peace-loving, turn the other cheek preaching Jewish Messiah, name Jesus Christ.
So how could a Roman family write Jewish literature that refers to Jewish prophesy?
The answer lies with the Flavins’ collaboration with a number of Jewish intellectuals, beginning with their own court historian Josephus.
Josephus comes back to Rome and becomes an adopted member of the Flavian family, which turns out to be an amazing turn of events for the Jewish turncoat.
He becomes Flavius Josephus.
Josephus, at this time, begins writing the history of the war and he records that Titus gave him the Jewish scripture. Josephus’s histories have always been associated with the origins of Christianity.
Time and again you can find parallels between what Josephus writes and what turns up in the Gospels. It’s powerful evidence of their true origin.
It appears as though the history of Josephus records events that fulfill the prophecies of the old and new testaments.
Early Christians understood this connection. In fact, when the bible first started to be printed in the middle ages it included the history of Josephus.
He was employed to write the official history we have. The other histories from this period have been destroyed ruthlessly by the Romans. Josephus tells us this in very chilling passages, how the Romans exerted complete control over the literature of this period. There were alternative histories of the Jewish war written. The Romans rounded up the writers of those histories and executed them. They rounded up all of the copies of those histories and destroyed them. They ruthlessly wiped out any alternative history, so that the only history we have is that history written by Josephus.
And it’s important to remember that Josephus was the chief propagandist of the Flavian dynasty. He was appointed the chronicler of the Roman- Jewish war using Vaspasian’s own diaries of the events.
Also in the pages of his history, Josephus declares that the Jews Messiah or Christ is none other than Flavius Vaspasian and his dynastic family. To put it succinctly, Josephus says that there was a prophecy that a world ruler would come out of Palestine, the Jews thought this applied to one of their own, but they were wrong in their interpretations.
His is the most cynical interpretation. He applied it to the Roman Emperor in Palestine. He recorded that the messianic prophecies, saw not a Jew, but Vaspasian and his dynasty. In fact, all of the Flavian historians recorded that the Flavian Caesar was the Christ.
It was important to the Flavians that they be seen as the Christ, as divine and god-like. And this was not mere vanity. The Julio-Claudians before them had already established that presenting themselves as gods was a powerful tool in controlling their subjects.
When the Flavians took over the throne they inherited an enormous bureaucracy that was already in place, the Roman Imperial Cult, that was dedicated to the idea of Caesar as a god.
So why was the Roman Imperial Cult so important? Because it coincides with that same period of time as the emergence of the Christ cult.
They had a whole social community, a whole social structure of the conquered territories that was governed by this Imperial cult. Success was dependent on joining the Imperial Cult because that was where all the movers and shakers were.
The idea of the emperor becoming an object of worship was well established in the Roman system before Vaspasian and Titus came along. It was prevalent in all major centers. It had its own priesthood. There was a ceremony, an annual celebration and annual games for the Imperial Cult.
It had many characteristics which would later color the Christian cult. It grew in the same centers. It made claims that were later to transfer to Christ.
The Julio-Claudians claimed that they were of divine descent and therefore they were legitimate. Their hail base was the Roman aristocracy and Roman nobility. All of that collapsed.
Into this power vacuum Vaspasian was declared Emperor by the troops, by the Roman army, so effectively it was a military coup.
With a change of dynasty they had to create a whole mythology to legitimize that dynasty, at the same time that they were creating a whole mythology to counter Jewish messianism.
Somewhere along the line those two things get mixed together.
When Vaspasian died, Titus began the process of having his father deified. This was a complicated process because only the Roman Senate could bestow on an individual the title of Deus or God.
Titus came to the senate and presented evidence that the life of his father had been divine. Certainly this would have included the military campaign that the Flavians waged through Judea.
It was at this time that the Gospels were written, because the theological structure in the Gospels of a God, the father and the Son of God, is the same one that Titus would have been presenting to the Roman Senate.
The Roman Senate did accept Titus’s evidence and Vaspasian was deified and became a god.
Titus therefore became a Son of God.
The arch of Titus still stands in Rome today and is inscribed with a dedication to the divine Titus, son of the divine Vaspasian.
This Imperial Cult, set up to worship Caesar as God, also provided a basis for the structure of the Roman Catholic Church. The rituals, paraphernalia and symbols of paganism, were transferred wholesale to the Christian church. The most obvious and clear example is where the title of the pagan chief priest of Rome was Pontivus ex Maximus, became the title of the Pope.
If you look at who held the original Bishop positions in the Catholic church, in those early times, you will see that they are members of the same pagan aristocracy. They simply changed their clothing a little bit. They wore the same garments, but they wore slightly different headdresses. They come from being a priest of a pagan cult to becoming a priest of Rome.
Where the Vatican now stands, there was once a pagan temple, which celebrated the mysteries of a dying and resurrecting god-man, who wasn’t Jesus. There are many churches in Rome where you go above into the church and there’s Jesus and you go underneath and there’s a sanctuary of Mithras and it’s basically the same figure.
So the Roman plot to invent Christianity was so clever when you think about it. Through the Pope, who is God’s representative on Earth, they no longer needed expensive standing armies, wars and punishment of disobedient peasants. They could, through religion, rule their subjects.
Over time Roman Christianity propagated throughout the Empire via the mass media of the day, the Roman roads. The Romans must have approved of this new religion because, if the Gospels really were Jewish literature about a Roman sentenced criminal why wouldn’t they have been destroyed?
What is surprising to many was the Roman control of propaganda and literature. When you get the rising of all this Christian literature during this period one has to ask ‘how did that happen?’. The conclusion one has to reach is that could not of happened without some sort of complicity on the part of the Romans, so one comes to the conclusion that the Romans must have been involved in the production of this literature.
To produce and disseminate this literature was a huge undertaking and the Flavians undoubtedly had collaborated. We know they were funded by the wealthiest family in the world at this time, the Alexanders, a Jewish family who were Rome’s tax collectors in Egypt.
Like the Herods in Judea, the Alexanders had strong motivation to keep the Jews messianic movement from threatening their position and their wealth. One of their family members was Philo of Alexandria, a famous Jewish theologian, who was already writing works that combined Jewish beliefs with the modern Greek and Roman pagan beliefs of the day.
Many scholars agree that his writings formed the basis for much of the philosophy of Christianity. In his pages is practically every concept that you can find in Christianity. He combined Greek philosophy with Judaism. On top of that, he was from an extremely wealthy family and this is important, because you need to follow the money when you’re looking at major trends and paradigms being set. When you start looking at his family you start seeing that this is interesting because you start to come across the Flavians again. His relatives were very involved with the Flavians, so this adds to the need to look here for the Christian origins.
It’s from this exact circle of people that you get the first signs of Christian theology and they all lead to the rise of the Flavian dynasty.
Another wealthy influential character, Princess Bernice, was from the Herod family in Judea. She’s the granddaughter of Herod the Great in Judea, a product of the Herod’s intermarriage with the conquered Jewish ruling messianic lineage.
Princess Bernice appears in the New Testament, which makes her an interesting character. She had two or three husbands and then became the mistress of Titus. The fact that Bernice was so closely related to the Flavians shows you that the three families were very unified in financial, romantic and likely theological issues.
This coalescence brought about a dynamic that led to the synthesis of Judaism and paganism and eventually became Christianity, so this is a very key time period.
The Gospels were written under the control of the Herods, the Alexanders and the Flavians. These families had the motivation to create Christianity and with the expertise in Judaism, that the Alexanders and the Herods had, they had the actual technical ability to come up with these stories that are fulfillment of prophesies.
So it seems the Flavians had the motivation, the means, and the collaborations, through which they likely constructed and began disseminating Christianity.”(3)
The Authors of the Gospels
“One of the documents they left behind are the Gospels themselves.
When closely examined, it becomes clear that the Gospels were not independent Jewish texts but they were created as literary works using classical literary models.
If we expect that these are the testimony of witnesses then we have a major problem. What we have is four anonymous documents. They were not written by the named people on those documents. This is just church tradition that the documents are so named. The idea the the Gospels are reliable testimony is patent nonsense.
Why are the Gospels called Gospels? It’s a critical question.
The word Gospel in Greek is Evangelion, which means ‘Good News of Military Victory’.
Whose military victory are we celebrating in these Gospels?
It would appear the we are celebrating the Roman military victory, because these events, the Battle of Gedara, the Battle of Galilee, the Battle of Jerusalem, these are battles that the Romans won.
Why are the Gospels celebrating battles that the Jews lost if these things were written by the Jews.
The fact that the Gospels are known to us in Greek and not in Aramaic or Hebrew, is evidence of their authorship. They were not written by any followers of Jesus who would have surely spoken Aramaic and if they had been fisherman and simple folk they would not have had the literary skills to write them anyway.
If the Gospels are looked at closely, there are clues in the Gospels that point to the true authors. A lot of the Christian literature advocates turning away from the Jewish law and obeying Roman law. This fits perfectly into Roman propaganda purposes.
And then you have the portrayal of Jesus as the peaceful Jew, who is wandering around in what is depicted as sort of pastoral scenes, talking to fisherman and farmers and so forth, when in fact, this is a war zone. Judea is a war zone.
And it’s natural to ask yourself why if it’s a war zone, why isn’t it portrayed as a war zone?
The writers had it down pat, saying ‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s’, which is basically talking about money. To whose benefit would that be?
The perception of all of the Roman characters is interpreted in a favorable light. They are pro-Roman. They do not depict the Romans as the forces of evil. They reverse that….it’s the Jews that become the forces of darkness.
It’s striking that certain passages in the Gospels refer to the Jews as ‘some people’ separate from Jesus and his disciples. The Jews are ‘those who object’, the Jews are ‘those who try to thwart the divine plan’.
That gives us a clue as to who were the true authors of this book. They are works of literature created by people who are trained in Jewish literature, but whose values are pro-Roman.
The Romans wanted to promote anti-semitism and so they arranged the story of the beloved man-god, Jesus Christ, to appear as if the Jews had brought about his death. Because of this the Jews would have to suffer anti-semitism throughout history.
So this was a work that could not have been done, except by a fairly established literary team, such as the literary team that was in Rome actually writing the books of Josephus, which were written by a literary team and it was one of the attempts to give prominence to the Flavian Caesars, which the Gospels also do. It is extremely likely that the Gospels, as a form of epic, designed to allegorically magnify the glory of the Roman Caesars are written as a cause of the Flavian emperors.”(3)
Back-dating of the Gospels
“But the Jesus story takes place several decades before the Flavians came to power.
Why would the Flavians create a work about a Jewish messiah that wasn’t even from their own era?
The Gospels were very carefully back-dated forty years.
Jesus’s ministry was started in 30 BC, exactly forty years from the destruction of the Jewish temple. His ministry ends at passover, 33 BC, which is forty years before the end of the Jewish-Roman war, which occurred with Passover, at 73 CE, at the famous Battle at Masada.
The Gospels are back-dated into the period of Pontius Pilate, before the first Jewish war, which is during the Julius-Claudian period.
This is typical of Flavian literature. It’s a Flavian technique. They back-date their story into the period of their enemies, namely, the Julio-Claudians.
So generation after generation of Christian scholars and secular historians go looking in the Julio-Claudian period for the origins of the Gospels. They don’t really find any answers there. There are allusions in the Gospels to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, with the most reasonable explanation for this being that these texts were written after the destruction of the Temple. That is in the Flavian period, after the change of dynasties.
This back-dating of the story of Jesus Christ, forty years earlier than the time that the Gospels may have actually been written, explains why many of the prophecies of Jesus came true within exactly forty years.
So the Gospels were created as Roman propaganda at the end of the Roman-Jewish war, under the reign of the Flavian emperors, Titus Caesar and Vaspasian Caesar and if you end up worshiping Jesus, what you end doing is worshiping Caesar in disguise.
This may have been how the Flavians finally got the Jews to worship Caesar as a god, by giving them Jesus Christ, a messiah more to the Romans liking.”(3)
Did the Character Jesus Exist?
“But is there any actual history to this character?
Where did he actually come from?
The mystery here begins with his very name. In Greek, ‘Jesus’ means ‘Savior’ and ‘Christ’ means the ‘Messiah’. These two words were already important in Judaism, before Jesus Christ was supposed to have existed. Major Biblical figures to a Greek speaking Jewish populace would already be called Christ. They would already be acclimated to this title, it isn’t a unique name to a person who just suddenly popped up.
What do we actually know about Jesus Christ, the man.
When you set out to investigate the historical Jesus, as opposed to the Christ of faith, you very abruptly enter a void. You find that, where as you might imagine that the core of details of Jesus are readily known and accessible, you actually discover there’s no such thing.
Further, there’s never been any archeological evidence of Jesus, that’s ever been discovered.
You cannot find an established and incontrovertible biography of Jesus at all. It doesn’t exist. You enter a strange twilight zone of early Christian belief. What we have here is not a movement that’s grown on the accretion of legends, on a real flesh and blood man, but instead, the development of a religious movement, around the idea of a man.
There isn’t even a physical description of what Jesus looked like anywhere in the Gospels. The presentation of the Jesus character is somewhat of a composite of many messianic leaders of the time, most of whom came to a bad end, usually by crucifixion, because crucifixion was the Roman punishment for seditious activity.
In the final analysis, Jesus as a person never existed.
In all of this, we’re dealing with literature, we’re not dealing with history, so the answer is no, there is no history to this character, it’s entirely a literary creation.
The Romans saw the Jews reliance and belief in prophecy, so they said O.K., so they want a prophet, let’s give them one.”(3)
The Literary Character of Jesus Christ
“It seems that in the construction of the literary character of Jesus Christ, the Romans borrowed concepts, not only from Judaism, but from other gods and religions that they knew. Some scholars have noticed the similarity between the story of Jesus and the ancient pagan mysteries.
In ancient mythology we find this whole strain of thought called Solar mythology. Many gods are taking on solar attributes, because as agricultural communities become more important, the sun becomes the big focus, for obvious reasons. The sun is then personified, so now we have a male sun god, which becomes a religion in many parts of the world. Christianity usurped a tremendous amount of sun worship, with some researchers saying Jesus was actually a sun god turned into a Jewish man.
The December 25th birthday was, in fact, the winter solstice. This date is actually the birth of the god of light, being the end of a three day period when the sun stands still.
Across the ancient world there was this experiential and philosophical form of spirituality in these mystery cults or mystery schools. In the center of these schools you would find a mythos, which was a initiatory myth, which would help people that were going through the initiation process, to come to this awakening, this knowledge, that they called Gnosis.
What you see in these myths is the elements that will later become the Jesus story.
Is Jesus developed from pre-existing literary characters?
Jesus has certain episodes in this so-called life and each one of them can be traced to a prior representation of that type. If you look at the elements found in the pagan school mystery myths, you find the story of a dying, resurrecting son of God, who’s born of a virgin, has twelve disciples, turns water into wine at a wedding, brings a new religion of love, is accused of heresy or provocation by the authorities, is put to death, sometimes by crucifixion, and then if you want to commune with the god-man you take bread and wine and then you can come to eternal life.
And all of this is Christianity.
Easter itself is a long pre-Christian celebration of the resurrection of spring from the death of winter. This is an ancient shamanic ritual found all over the world, in which you go through a death, where you’re reborn, but you’re reborn as an awakened being. So you died just to your lower nature and woke up to a higher nature.
You can find these myths in the Old Testament Jewish mythology as well.
Is this fulfillment or is this just copying of a useful theme?
You can see here that the New Testament writers just used Old Testament characters and scriptures as a blueprint to create this new one.
The ethics of Christianity were actually around before Christianity. ‘Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You’, is, in fact, from the Old Testament, so Jesus didn’t make that up. Many of the other aspects of Christian ethics, things that we might want to applaud, as very good aspects of Christian ethics, can be found in the Stoic philosophy in Rome, which is exactly the ethical and philosophical school promoted by the Flavians.
There’s little that is original about Jesus. If one separates from his words, advice that was of interest to the Imperial Roman family, all that you have left are snippets of widely known philosophies, truisms and concepts that came directly from prior Hebraic literature.”(3)
Persecution of Christians
“All of the literature about the Romans trying to torture and suppress Christians is correct to the extent that the traditions were applied to the persecution of messianic and militaristic Christians and they certainly would have frowned on the Gnostic independent thinking Christians, but the Roman, pacifistic, giving to Caesar, what is Caesar’s, Christians, would have been promoted.
This makes it perfect for the Roman Empire, which was a fascist empire. It’s got a very simple message ‘Just believe this’, you don’t have to transform, but you have to go through the authorities, through the Bishop and through the State. It’s the perfect thing for them to pick up and that’s what they do.”(3)
Passages Revealing Flavian Authorship
“Scholars agree that the Gospels are complex literary creations drawing from both pagan and Jewish myths. Joseph Atwill goes a step further to say that the Flavians wrote passages directly into the Gospels which show that they were the authors.
One of the most famous prophecies that Jesus makes is the one where he refers to the coming of he son of man. Now many people believe that he is talking about a second coming of himself and many people believe that this is going to occur at some point in the future.
The fact is that this coming of Jesus has already occurred. Jesus makes very specific prophecies as to what will happen and when the son of man makes his visitation. He refers to three key events, the Galilean towns will be crushed, Jerusalem will be encircled with a wall, and the Temple will be razed, leaving not one stone atop another.
He also states exactly when this individual will come. He says the son of man will appear before the generation, that is alive and is listening to his words, passes away. To Jews of this era, a generation is forty years and so the only individual that could possibly be the son of man, that Jesus predicts, is Titus Flavius. Titus Flavius did destroy the Galilean towns, he did circle Jerusalem with a wall, and he razed the Temple and left not one stone atop another.
And he did this within forty years.
Josephus recorded that no matter how bad Titus tortured the Jews, they refused to call him Lord or God. So to circumvent this stubbornness, the Flavians wrote the Gospels, in which a son of man was predicted to come in the future.
Titus fulfilled these prophecies and became the son of man. So people ended up worshiping Titus without knowing it.”(3)
The Flavians and the Catholic Church
“As further proof that the Flavians originated Christianity, let’s take a look at the Roman Catholic Church’s earliest Saints, known as the Christian Flavians.
The Flavian family is connected to early Christianity in a number of unusual ways. Many members of the family have been recorded as being among the members of the first Catholic Saints. These include Flavia Domatila, who was either Titus’s sister or his niece, and there is an inscription honoring Flavia for donating the land that became the first Christian catacomb. And Flavia Domatila was the first Christian Saint.
Her son Clement, is recorded as having been the first Roman Catholic Pope after the apostle Simon.
In addition, there were two members of the Flavian household staff, Nereus and Achilleus, who both had churches named after them in the earliest Christian dioceses in Rome.
There was a Christian theologian whose name was Titus Flaius Clemens, Clement of Alexandria, who was the one that described the first Christian symbols. He said they were the anchor, the boat, the fish, the olive branch and the star. Oddly, these were the very symbols that the Flavian Caesars used on their coins.
The final connecting point between the Flavian family and Christianity is that in the fourth century Flavius Constantine made Christianity the State religion of Rome.
The military achievements of Caesars, were important to all Romans. So certainly, the Flavian Christians, the group that the Roman Catholic church states were the first Saints of the religion, would have known the identity of the Son of Man that Jesus predicted, who would crush Galilee, circle Jerusalem with a wall and raze the Temple, was Titus Flavius.
So the Romans had the Jewish scripture locked up inside their Imperial Court and they studied it, and what they discovered was there was a unique literary code hidden in the text. This hidden code was common in Jewish scripture, was used by the Flavian literary team to place passages into the Gospels that had to be deciphered to be understood.”(3)
“This hidden literary technique is known as ‘Typology’. Typology is used throughout ancient Hebraic literature and is a genre that is no longer understood or used today. Typology is using events from the past to provide form and context for subsequent events. There is an idealized prototype that shows certain characteristics or performs in certain ways. For instance, one of the things they do is take an old story and they re-tell it in a new form. And they superimpose contemporary history upon old stories and create multilayered texts.
In Hebraic typology, texts were designed to be read in comparison to one another, or inter-textually. In doing so, a meaning would not be visible in the surface narration, but would become apparent to someone who understood the typological connection between the stories.
Hebraic typology connects prophets. The events of the life of one prophet are placed into the life of a subsequent prophet. This is used to show that there is a divine pattern, established by God, connecting his prophets to one another.
The Gospels show, themselves, how we can decipher this hidden code typology that was used to create the Jesus story.”(3)
“At the very beginning of the Gospels there’s a primer of this typology. What the author of Mathew has done is take events from the Old Testament and placed them into the life of Jesus. These events occur in the same sequence in the story of Jesus as they occur in the Old Testament.
Numerous bible scholars have already identified the following parallels:
Both stories have a patriarch named Joseph that travels from Israel to Egypt.
Both have a ruler who massacres innocent boys.
Both have a divine character that states that “All the men are dead who sought your life”.
Both have a return from Egypt to Israel.
Both have a passing through water. In the Old Testament the Israelites pass through the Red Sea. In Mathew Jesus is given a baptism in which he passes through water.
Both spend time in the Wilderness. The Israelites go into the Wilderness for forty years. Jesus goes into the Wilderness for forty days.
Both have the three temptations. In the Old testament we have “Tempted by Bread”, the statement “Do Not Tempt God”, and the commandment to “Worship Only God”. These appear again in Mathew where Jesus is “Tempted by Bread”, tells the Devil “Do Not Tempt God”, and instructs him to “Worship Only God”.
Therefore, when you compare the life of Jesus with the life of Moses, you see a linkage that shows the character in the Gospels was divinely connected to the character in the Old Testament. The life of the first savior of Israel, Moses, foresaw the life of Jesus, who’s now claim to be the next savior of Israel.
To understand the rest of the Jesus story, his adult ministry, we simply need to know that the same system of parallel names, locations and concepts occurring in the same sequence, was used to connect Jesus and the Gospels to Titus and the works of Josephus.
Scholars explain this Bible typology through the following examples:
Fishers of Men
Jesus comes to the Sea of Galilee at the beginning of his ministry. He gathers his disciples to him and he says “Do not be afraid. Follow me and become fishers of men”. In the Gospel of Luke Jesus actually says “catchers of men”.
Titus comes to the same location, the Sea of Galilee, he gathers his troops (disciples) together and he says “Don’t be afraid”and he leads them and they follow him, and they attack a group of Jewish rebels. They sink the Jews boats. The Jews attempt to swim to safety and the Romans use their spears to catch them, they become fishers of men.
The match isn’t exact, but we shouldn’t expect it to be exact. It’s a type that is repeated across the whole of the New Testament.
Legion of Demons
Jesus is constantly dealing with devils. Josephus also deals with devils, but Josephus defines who these devils are. He states that the devils are those individuals who have a rebellious spirit and rebel against Rome.
At Gadara Jesus encounters one man who has a legion of demons inside his mind. They then are driven out by Jesus, they infect a herd of swine and this herd rushes wildly into the water.
This is a parallel to Titus’s battle at Gedara, where one individual infects an entire legion of Jews with his demonic spirit and that group, in turn, infects another group, and this entire group is driven by the Romans into the sea.
What is suggested here is that this story in the Bible is like a grim parable about that military event. It’s a bit ‘tongue in cheek’ given that the Romans had a vicious sense of humor, like this. A very black sense of humor.
Some of this literature needs to be understood this way.
Three Crucified – One Survives
In Josephus’s biography he describes when he was in the entourage of Titus during the closing stages of the siege of Jerusalem, he chanced upon three of his friends who were being crucified and he pleaded Titus for their release and Titus gave that permission and the three figures were removed from their cross. Two of them died and one revived.
If you’re looking for a stereotypical example of how some idea was floated into the mind of someone writing the Gospels, that is a pretty clear example. It’s certainly a strange occurrence that we find such an event in the works of Josephus, when it shows up in such a dramatic form in the Gospels.
In the Gospels, Joseph of Arimathea asks the commander to take Jesus down from the cross. In Josephus’s history, Joseph Bar Mathias asks some commander to take someone down from the cross. Arimathea is a pun on Joseph Bar Mathias’s last name, Bar Mathias.
All of this literature is propaganda that has passed through Roman filters.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is literature that hadn’t pass through these Roman filters.
It’s important to realize that Josephus wrote when allegory was regarded as a science. Educated readers were expected to see another meaning in religious texts, than the one that appeared in the surface narrative.
We’re dealing here with Roman literature on the one hand and Jewish literature on the other and it has to be said that in both cases they’re much more sophisticated, much more multi-layered and elusive and much trickier than modern readers suspect. It’s not a simple literature, it’s very complex allegorical literature that indulges in the literary games that the Romans played.
The more you understand about the Roman literature in this period and then place the Gospels, and other Christian literature in that same milieu, you start to see the games that are being played in that literature.
These parallels have been seen by various scholars, but what some fail to notice is that they occur in the same sequence and thereby they create a typologic pattern.
By studying the multiple layers of these ancient texts, in the original Greek language, Joseph Atwill was able to discover over forty typological parallels between the Gospels and the works of Josephus, which show that the ministry of Jesus Christ followed an exact sequence. The military campaign of Titus Flavius, through parallel names, locations and concepts, follows a similar sequence.
This simply proves that this was deliberate. That these unusual parallels had been created by the Flavians as a signature. It is their way of telling their posterity that they authored the Gospels. These parallels are the Flavian signature of the Gospels.
The Flavians’ fingerprints are all over the Gospels. From this, you can start to decode these texts and start to arrive at some really startling conclusions for how Christianity first arose.
Scholars have shown that the Gospels were not the product of primitive Jewish fishermen, rather, they are sophisticated literary work, combining religious ideas of the day with Roman perspective and power.
Reading the works of Josephus concurrently with the Gospels, shows that the events of Jesus’s life were not historical, but rather, all of them were dependent on the military campaign of Titus Flavius.
Jesus Christ was an allegory for the Roman Caesar Titus, the Messiah of the Roman Empire. The son of a god that Christianity was set up to worship.
What’s at issue here are the historical claims of this religion.
Traditionally, religious dogma has forbidden the examination of historical discoveries or the inclusion of certain scientific findings in their teachings, asking their followers instead, to blindly believe as they say, not as the objective facts may show.
What we have here is a fraud at the heart of Christianity.
This information is really important for any cultures where there exist any adherents to the Christian religion, since it makes it clear where Christianity came from and this is direct evidence, in that you can actually walk this path and come to this same conclusion, and know that Christianity was an invention of the Romans, that it was done to pacify their subjects, and this is important, because it gives us a way to understand government. How government operates, the tools government uses, the purpose government has for the various propaganda apparatus.”(3)
“Even though Christianity looks like a religion, and people see it as such, in fact, it is a propaganda device. That’s what it has been, in effect. It was put onto the European mind to make the Feudal system, which is a system of slavery that the Caesars enacted, having the appearance of being a religious system. In other words, the serfs, which is just another word for slaves, wouldn’t rebel against the system because they believed that there was a religious basis for their servitude, that the head of the system was the Pope or Pontifex Maximus, was the representative of Jesus here on Earth and therefore they had to follow his instructions.
The title Pontifex Maximus was just one of the titles that the Caesars held and the location of the Vatican, the Palatine Hills, was where the palace of the Flavian Caesars actually was. So you can see that they set up their system of mind control and didn’t even really bother to change the title they held or where they lived. They just put it into effect and just told everybody to shut up and obey.
The religion is obviously fake.
The character Jesus Christ is fictional.
And the Bible has a very destructive effect in that it brings sociopaths into a kind of justification of violence.
When you look at Western history with broad strokes, you can see that this is the case, that wherever this religion is you have violent wars.
The current situation, with all of the endless wars in the Middle East, has its basis in the Bible. It may seem like there’s oil and all these other issues, and they are there, they are real issues, but one of the very fundamental issues is just this false history that the Bible continues to confuse people with.
The typical individual has absorbed so much bad information about how government operates and what its motivations are that they can’t formulate a clear picture of what’s happening in reality.
A good analogy here is the computer concept of GIGO, garbage in, garbage out.
And a good example of garbage in here is the idea that God writes books.
One of the things that happens as a result of this belief, is a deification of the psychopathic parts of the Bible, that some people find hard to criticize. People know from the story that Jesus was a practicing Jew and that he revered parts of the Hebrew bible, which leads to a contradiction.
This model of spirituality admires the Bible, which has very psychopathic parts to it like genocide, including the killing of children. If you have a focused analysis of the material in the Bible, you’ll see that much of it is literally psychopathic, so this can’t be coming from God. It’s impossible and contradictory. It’s hard to reconcile this if you think God wrote the Bible.
So the book doesn’t come from God, it comes from men and therefore you shouldn’t base your life on it.
This is the only logical way to approach the situation here.”(4)
“Though there is much good in Christianity, we have got to understand how rulers have used it to control us and how they’re still using it to control us today.”(3)
(1) Caesar’s Messiah