Paranoia in the woods: A Gnostic review of ‘The Cabin in the Woods’.

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Once in a while a movie comes along that blows my mind. I first saw The Cabin in the Woods when it hit theatres last year in 2012 but I watched it again today on Netflix. I saw many Gnostic themes in it before but it never dawned on me to write about it. There are other movies I may mention such as The Dark Knight rises, Immortals, and Clash of the Titans. So here goes!

At first I saw this movie as a great satire on the political situation in America since 9/11. Now I am beginning to see it as the delusion of the stoner character in the film. I also see it as a comedy about the orthodox views of the Gnostics and Science itself. A sort of David Icke, Alex Jones satanic rape tale in the vein of the boy who cried wolf. Wikipedia describes it as, “a critical satire on torture porn”. This is supposedly as told by it’s writers. I think it is also a modern take on the Greek myth of the Titans and the Olympian gods manipulating the world as well.

There are five archetypal characters and their fate is controlled by an action they make. However, they are not clued in on which action receives which outcome. Reason is this frail thing they cling to, even the fool character, but there is no rationality or reason in the cabin. It is even possible to interpret it this way: the action is not what matters but rather the possession of an item such as a music box. This what warranted their fate ultimately. The virgin was stereotypically attracted to the childish sound of a music box rather than the image of a naked man. It is very thought provoking in this sense. The five archetypes are: the whore (a sort of Mary Magdalene character), the fool (a Peter or Judas character), the virgin (virgin Mary type), the athlete (Paul?), and the scholar. This movie is not written by Gnostics but the world view is very much Gnostic/ Greek. There is the evil whore, the pure virgin, the athlete who fights only to win but ends up losing, and the completely oblivious to popular things but very plugged in to the reality behind reality. These character archetypes very much fit the above said characters of Christianity.

THE OTHER

From Homer and Irenaeus, to Dark Matters and David Icke, this movie covers it all. Is there a secret cabal of evil Satan worshipers who think they are the benevolent protectors of mankind who participate in rape, torture, and ritual sacrifice to appease the angry gods with human blood? The supremely evil good guys? Icke is always spouting some story such as the one entitled ‘Death in the woods’ (1) in which he speaks  of a Dr. David Kelly and “many convenient deaths” (1). Icke also mentions rape fantasies about Bill Clinton and some Satanic rituals. Dark Matters speaks of scientists trying to cloak battleships with Einstein’s secret science and men who find out about it getting murdered for finding this dangerous knowledge. You see, the point is that knowledge is dangerous. I’m sure Luther and Savonarola would agree. There are tales of men trying to implant human embryos in female monkeys and monkey embryos in human women and breeding an army for a ‘Planet of the Apes’ soviet takeover. It is the fear of THE OTHER as mentioned in psychology texts that propels this magic thinking. The very idea of this shadow government is found in The Dark Knight Rises and that entire trilogy as the League of Shadows. Bane even comes to rip up Wall St. in Gotham.

USE OF GREEK MYTH IN A NEW GUISE COUPLED WITH SUPERSTITION

Icke loves to protest that we are not our body and the world is an illusion. However, what he means is very different from what a Gnostic means. Icke even insists that the forbidden gnosis is that there is a hidden history, which of course is that of Helena Blavatsky’s Atlantean civilization and root races. Men like Santos Bonnacci love these silly ideas too. Everything is covered up by the powers that be. The overlords behind a computer desk in a buried facility in the bowels of the earth, etc. Icke even cites the Book of the Watchers found in 1Enoch, an apocryphal text regarding the fall of humanity when it interbred with fallen angels who taught mankind the alien arts! (2) Hell, Icke even mentions the Emerald tablets of Thoth (3).

In his book Children of the Matrix, Icke says, “Children are the major targets because the reptilians prefer the ‘purity’ of their blood and energy, and the most effective way to start trauma-based mind control is before the age of five or six.” (4) This same theme of trauma-based mind control is featured in the movies Kill Bill vol. 1 and vol. 2. For Icke, we all sort of live in a big Cabin in the Woods. Everyone is some sick twisted Marquis de Sade. Beware the very rich lurking Italian Satanists who do whatever they please…

THE VIRGIN

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Despite any truly scientific proof other than a pre-pubescent state or the breaking of the hymen, virginity seems to be a thing purely of the human imagination and is defined on Wikipedia in several bizarre ways. The way in which a person loses their said state of virginity varies among cultures as well. Even the variables of consensual and non-consensual sex (rape or in some cases sex with a minor) can determine whether one truly lost their virginity even if the hymen is broken proving otherwise. Virginity is typically a female thing and symbolizes purity. Virginity was stressed mainly in Roman culture and by the Roman church. It seems that purity being allotted to virgins is merely a form of magical thinking. In reality the virgin is actually a constellation known to the Greeks and modern men as Virgo aka Parthenos. The Parthenon was even built in honor of Athena, who symbolized Virginity. Virgin even takes on the meaning of uninitiated hence one can be a Chinese food virgin and pop their Chinese food cherry. To be uninitiated into the mysteries is to be Virgin. To corrupt a Virgin mother church is to initiate its followers into gnosis.

At the same time, the fruits of sex can be sexual impurities now otherwise known as Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). In Rome, the priestesses of Vesta were the Vestal virgins. The fire stolen from the gods was maintained by chastity. This is where this movie likely takes this idea of the Virgin needing to be sacrificed or at least made to bleed. Virgo withholds herself from mankind when justice falls out of favor. The Gnostics were said to hate the concept of justice so in the Roman mind they hated virginity and purity. Really this is polemic against their initiations into science/ magic. Sacrificial fire was used on the altar to Vesta which represented the earth and thus pure blood of a virgin was needed to keep life going and the fire had to remain lit to keep the Titans locked under the earth or in Hades.

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This is the fire of Prometheus and Azazel. Fire representing an early scientific breakthrough. The Singularity is that new fire of the gods that taints mankind yet somehow makes it purer. Fire needs oxygen or wind, a breath, a pneuma, the breath of a God. The God breathed into men and could sense the spilling of blood in the soil. The Vedas give similar stories. Jesus even behaves like a diva vestal virgin at one point when he gets mad that the hem of his garment is grasped. For a Vestal virgin to touch a slave was to free them by law. They even appeased the underworld gods by throwing voodoo straw dolls into the Tiber. The statue of justice was ironically Vesta and the Christians had it removed shortly before Rome fell.

THE ARCHONS

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For Icke, the Illuminati or illuminated ones are the evil controllers or archons. Thus, the Gnostic is an archon, so is the Norseman. I happen to be both so you can imagine how offensive he is to me. Much more offensive than any Catholic. He is a hyper Roman Catholic in my book. A fascist Nazi Theosophy toting Anglican Catholic nutbag. The movie does not go so far as to make Norse people in charge (one is the first victim, the whore), but it does very much appeal to the idea of a shadow government/ hidden controllers like Icke and the Gnostics have. These are the fill-in for the Greek Olympian gods who see everything that happens on the earth below.

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In the book of Revelation, the story of the Titans is repeated of Satan/ the beast. He is cast into the earth in chains, into the Abyss. This is how the Titans were punished and it is no surprise that Irenaeus said the name of Antichrist could be Teitan, the original spelling. The key Titan being Prometheus who stole the fire of the gods. Thus, even if a Gnostic hates procreation, he at the same time, like Prometheus, loves mankind. He defines mankind as that inner spark of divinity not the flesh.

THE WHORE

Ritual sexual abuse/ torture porn is a theme of the movie. It being a satire on the latter. This theme occurs in Gnostic texts as well as in David Icke books. It can be found in the Gospel of Judas when Jesus says, “It is you who are presenting the offerings on the altar you have seen. That one is the God you serve, and you are the twelve men you have seen. And the cattle that are brought in are the sacrifices you have seen- that is, the many people you lead astray before that altar. [The…] will stand up and make use of my name in this way, and <the> generations of the pious will be loyal to him. After him another man will stand up from the [fornicators], and another [will] stand up from the slayers of children and another from those who sleep with men and those who abstain, and the rest of the people of pollution and lawlessness and error, and those who say, ‘We are like angels’, they are the stars that bring everything to completion.” (5)

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Of course the whore has to be sacrificed whether stoned or hacked apart. For the Antichrist or Beast drinks the blood of the harlot who rides upon him in their sick sensual symbiotic vampiric relationship. Icke reports, “Many recovering mind-controlled slaves have told me how they were brutally sexually abused by Senator Edward Kennedy and one former mind-controlled operative with the Illuminati, a mind controller herself, told me: ‘Senator [Edward] Kennedy and the whole Kennedy family was part of this. I know that they are political icons in our country, but they are in it up to their eyeballs.'” (6) Then of course there are all the ancient conspiracy theories of the Catholics and Roman government regarding the Gnostics drinking blood, menses, and semen, and eating flesh, having orgies and sacrificing babies, etc. Now, Protestants say the same thing about Mormons and Scientologists.

ANTI-WEED PROPAGANDA AND THE FOOL

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Apparently these Lizard people of Icke made the movie and don’t want us dating Mary Jane. Not only does Weed make the Fool in the movie hear things, he follows the things he hears whereas everyone else does what they are told without hearing it. Weed opened him up but it didn’t save him. So, imagine if a smart guy was smoking it, what then? The movie even seems like it was everything he imagined happened because he smoked some laced weed with hallucinogens in it. For example he imagines the Whore making out with the mounted wolf head…I mean when I’m stoned I imagine shit like that. Hell, he heard things that weren’t said. I do that too. He even imagined he saved the hot red head Virgin. How much stoner does it get? He even saw unicorns…c’mon! I do admire his ingenuity at a fold up Coffee mug bong though.

The fool represents foolishness obviously. Judas was a fool in the New Testament so was Peter. They loved Jesus but both either betrayed or denied him which is the same thing for the writers of these documents. Both likely loved Jesus and life. The Stoner in the movie loved life but weed made him lazy. He had a vice that bribed him from his duty. Judas had silver coins. The Fool in Tarot can represent intoxication and even apathy. The apathy of the Gnostic to the material world is in the fool as well as Judas. The Scholar and Athlete characters were poorly written for the most part. There may be more chunks of Gnosis ingrained in this film but these are just some I noticed.

1. ‘Death in the woods’ pg. 239, The David Icke guide to the global conspiracy (and how to stop it), David Icke.
2. ‘The common story’ dot 3 ‘Forbidden knowledge’, pg. 77, The David Icke guide to the global conspiracy (and how to stop it), David Icke.
3. ‘The Emerald tablets’ pg. 99.
4. ‘Suffer the little Children’, pg. 300, Children of the Matrix, David Icke.

5. Gospel of Judas 2nd edition pg. 35-37

6. ‘The blood drinkers’ pg. 137, ch. 8 ‘the shape-shifters’, Children of the Matrix, David Icke.

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Those pesky Gnostics!

The most likely thing you will ever hear about the Gnostics is all the bad boy behavior they perpetrated. The Gnostics were accused of a plethora of raunchy deeds and foul words. From the acts of Simony and encouraging divorce to flagellating themselves and working toward the destruction Jesus Christ’s one true church on earth. Tales are told of ex-Gnostic’s blowing the whistle on these demon worshiping, zombie raising, blood drinking, brainwashing charlatan’s and Don Juan’s. They did it all. They were the Sultan’s of Tantra, the Johnny Depp’s of the holy altar, the Chris Angel’s of mock crucifixion’s, the William Blake’s of poetry and pun. Theirs was a world drowning in magic, immersed in myth. Like the cliché’ goes, “now you see it, now you don’t,” in the same time it takes to say it, they vanished from history.

THE VAMPIRE ARCHETYPE

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There are reports from Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Celsus, Aquila, Nicetas, Origen, Justin, Tertullian, Jerome, Eusebius, Epiphanius, and Augustine- all of which have a very superstitious, paranoid view on these pesky Gnostics. In the Clementine Homilies, Aquila and Nicetas claim that Simon said he would never die and in another place in the same writing Simon eats flesh and drinks blood. (1) This is much like the vampire known to the ancient eastern Europeans as Strigoi in Romania, or Vrykolakas of Greece which drank blood and were slain werewolves. This disease was caused by either a sacrilegious life, excommunication, eating sheep killed by a wolf, or burial in an unconsecrated ground. People with red hair and grey eyes were often thought to be vampires just as people with unibrows were thought to be werewolves. There was a superstition about knocking much related to the angel of death. It was said it was best to burn their corpses while they slept on Saturday or something to that effect.

DIONYSIAN LOVE FESTS

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If they weren’t murdering a baby and eating semen and menses they were talking smack about the Pope or some other Saint. Orgies and Symposiums were the norm. I guess Gnostic nuns were whores and Bishops fucked their way to the top right? Probably not. There is a tale of a miracle contest in the sky found in the Acts of Peter in which Simon Magus attempts to fly and falls from the air to his death much as in the Toledot Yeshu when Jesus and Judas Iscariot battle in the air. Jesus here, like Simon, is a magician who can raise the dead and claims to be born of a virgin, but is a bastard son and a defiant student.

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“Pretending to consecrate cups mixed with wine, and protracting to great length the word of  invocation, he contrives to give them a purple and reddish color, so that  Charis, who is one of those that are superior to all things, should be thought to drop  her own blood into that cup through means of his invocation, and that thus those  who are present should be led to rejoice to taste of that cup, in order that, by  so doing, the Charis, who is set forth by this magician, may also flow into  them. Again, handing mixed cups to the women, he bids them consecrate these in  his presence. When this has been done, he himself produces another cup of much  larger size than that which the deluded woman has consecrated, ) and pouting  from the smaller one consecrated by the woman into that which has been brought  forward by himself, he at the same time pronounces these words: “May that Chaffs  who is before all things, and who transcends all knowledge and speech, fill  thine inner man, and multiply in thee her own knowledge, by sowing the grain of  mustard seed in thee as in good soil.” Repeating certain other like words, and  thus goading on the wretched woman [to madness], he then appears a worker of  wonders when the large cup is seen to have been filled out of the small one, so  as even to overflow by what has been obtained from it. By accomplishing several  other similar things, he has completely deceived many, and drawn them away after  him.” (2)

“It appears probable enough that this man possesses a demon as his familiar  spirit, by means of whom he seems able to prophesy, and also enables as many as he counts worthy to be partakers of his Charis  themselves to prophesy. He devotes himself especially to women, and those such  as are well-bred, and elegantly attired, and of great wealth, whom he frequently  seeks to draw after him, by addressing them in such seductive words as these: “I  am eager to make thee a partaker of my Charis”. (3)

Marcus liked to share his Charisma with the ladies and get them drunk on pleasure and charm. He had a familiar spirit like Simon Magus. There is yet more dirt on Marcus:

“Marcus,  thou former of idols, inspector of portents, Skilled in consulting the stars,  and deep in the black arts of magic, Ever by tricks such as these confirming the  doctrines of error, Furnishing signs unto those involved by thee in deception,  Wonders of power that is utterly severed from God and apostate, Which Satan, thy  true father, enables thee still to accomplish, By means of Azazel, that fallen  and yet mighty angel,-Thus making thee the precursor of his own impious  actions.” (4)

 

EXORCISMS AND DEMONIC POSSESSION

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Perhaps Simon drew a different conclusion from the saying, “Whosoever shall receive this child in my  name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me:  for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” (5) In the Homilies, there is a story about Simon making a boy of air and claiming that the boy had no immortal soul but that a demon pretends to be the soul. Irenaeus even complains that the Gnostics used exorcisms and incantations. Exorcisms were common among the Egyptians, Magi, Zoroastrians, and other shamanic groups in antiquity. Prayer itself is a form of incantation, so is the act of consecrating the eucharist. The practice of pharmaceuticals was originally spells written on papyri and swallowed (or at least that is the story archaeologists have come up with). Really, they were likely nothing more than prescriptions followed with a dose of a drug which is why the paperwork still survives.

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LOVE POTIONS AND CHARMS

The Gnostics supposedly concocted love-potions and forged charms. Love potions are also known today as Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite the Greek goddess of love making. These practices were seen as survivals of Paganism. Yet, many of these practices were done by Jesus in the New Testament! There may as well be a show called, “I dream of Jesus” or “Be-Jesused” the movie.

 

1. Clementine Homilies 2.22

2. Irenaeus, AH 1.13.2

3. Irenaeus, AH 1.13.3

4. Irenaeus, AH 1.15.6

5. Luke 9:48

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Demonic intercession

For the ancient peoples of Greece, the daemon was a potent force for good or for evil. It was sometimes the familiar spirit of a particular place such as the Polis (city) or the wilderness. It could come in the form of an animal, the double of an individual, or as a human like entity. It did not appear as a ghost and actually took bodily form and took on the appearance of containing mass. It could leave a footprint. Thus, when Jesus says, “A phantom of a devil maketh no footprint on the earth”, (1) he is in no wise saying he is not merely an apparition. In Luke’s gospel Jesus says, “for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have”, (2) which does not indicate he is not a docetic figure either. It merely indicates he is not a ghost.

 

There were good demons and bad demons. The good was the ‘noble spirit’ or agathodaimon, and the bad was a ‘malevolent spirit’ or kakodaimon. As far back as we can trace in Greek mythology, the daimon was a good force while the keres is the early form of the kakodaimon, which flew out of Pandora’s box. For Plato and Socrates, the daemon’s were the spirits of Atlantis. In Dionysian rituals, wine was drunk in propitiation ceremonies much like the eucharist, to the genius of the dead. The genius in Roman culture was the soul of a person that guided their actions and dictated what they were good at or destined to do.

 

As time wore on, the demon took on negative connotations in 4th century Christianity as well as early Islam. The Satan or Jinn figure was a demon that one made a bargain with in order to receive a certain desire or wish and gave up their soul (genius?) in the process. Plato speaks of the daemon of Socrates in the Symposium, Phaedrus, Cratylus, and the Apology of Socrates as a mostly positive figure that helped Socrates with mundane things. Hesiod and Homer spoke of the daimon as well. Even the books of Judges and Kings in the Bible have a familiar spirit of Samuel which is not a ghost either. The agathodaimon by the mid 3rd century in the time of Origen and Tertullian, was now seen as the guardian angel and Simonians were accused of worshiping angels, which is the very thing they were actually against.

 

By the Middle ages, witches were accused of summoning demons to aid them in their practice of and skillful progression in magic ritual. Cunning folk were said to summon fairies to work for them. Some witches familiar spirits were animals as in ancient Greek tales. In Against Heresies by Irenaeus we find that Simon Magus, Marcus the Magician, and Carpocrates were said to use love charms, familiar spirits, demons, and dream-senders. All were different classes of daemon. Hippolytus repeats the claims about Simon Magus in his 6th book. Origen even accused the Magi of using familiars.

 

In Germany, the doppelganger was said to be the harbinger of death and the double of a person. In ancient Egypt, the Ka or Twin soul was much like the genius or double. The Jews saw this as idol worship and when the LXX was translated from Hebrew in to Greek, the word for idol was changed to demon. The Jews thought that men were being worshiped when in fact, men were revering the inner divinity that was in them but outside and separate from them. This same concept appears in the Gospels of Luke and Thomas when Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God being inside of us and in the Gospel of John and the Psalms of David when it says, “ye are gods”. (3)

 

The word fairie actually derives from fata in Latin. The fates (Moirai in Greek) were the spirits that controlled the destiny of individuals. Thus, they could interact with an individual on their own terms and alert them of what was coming because they knew what was coming. There were three of them. Thus, one could be the evil one, one could be good, and one could be your double. In Egypt, this was similar to Ma’at (truth in a sense) which is parallel to Aletheia among the Gnostics. There was even Sa’a (wisdom) as Sophia among the Egyptians. For the Vedic people this was Rta. However, these are more like Dike’ of the Greeks and represent cultural norms and cultural mores. So, while scholars have drawn some parallels they are merely correlations. It would be a mistake to say the daemon is anything like Ma’at. Dike is more like Horos or Plato’s limit.

 

The Gospel stories and the accusations against Simon Magus bear many of the stamps of the Apology of Socrates in which Socrates is accused by Meletus of being a corrupter of the youth and teaching men to follow spirits and demigods rather than the Olympians. Jesus is made into a bastard son of God and Simon a corrupter of Justa’s adopted sons Aquila and Nicetas in the Clementine Homilies. Jesus like Simon is accused of being a Samaritan possessed by a daemon!

 

Socrates told Cratylus, “And I say too, that every wise man who happens to be a good man is more than human (daimonion) both in life and death, and is rightly called a demon.” (4)

 

The following is said in the Symposium:

“What then is Love?” I asked; “Is he mortal?”

“No.”

“What then?”

“As in the former instance, he is neither mortal nor immortal, but in a mean between the two.”

“What is he, Diotima?”

“He is a great spirit (daimon), and like all spirits he is intermediate between the divine and the mortal.” 

“And what,” I said, “is his power?”

“He interprets,” she replied, “between gods and men, conveying and taking across to the gods the prayers and sacrifices of men, and to men the commands and replies of the gods; he is the mediator who spans the chasm which divides them, and therefore in him all is bound a together, and through him the arts of the prophet and the priest, their sacrifices and mysteries and charms, and all, prophecy and incantation, find their way. For God mingles not with man; but through Love. all the intercourse, and converse of god with man, whether awake or asleep, is carried on. The wisdom which understands this is spiritual; all other wisdom, such as that of arts and handicrafts, is mean and vulgar. Now these spirits mor intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.” (5)

 

For Diotima, the daemon acts as an intermediary between gods and men, existing in an intermediate state or nature. This is like Hermes, the messenger of the gods, or Thoth. This is the Christ of the Hermetic tradition essentially. Diotima was from Mantineia in the Peloponnese not far from Corinth. It was apparently an ancient argument among the Greeks whether to pray to Gods or to an intercessor.

 Next, there is the dream-sender (Oniropompi) and this being appears in the New Testament. When Jesus is on trial before Pilate a dream is sent to Pilate’s wife by Jesus.

“When he was set down on the judgment  seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just  man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of  him.” (13)

This same thing occurs to Queen Helena in the Toldoth Yeshu. Another instance of a dream sender working it’s magic is in the Acts of the Apostles 19:9 when Jesus (“the Lord”) appears to Paul in his dream to instruct him.

Irenaeus associates these practices such as raising familiars with the art of exorcism, something Jesus is known to have done a lot of. The most famous of which was the raising of Lazarus of Bethany in the Gospel of John. In the Gospels there are about nine major exorcism incidents involving Jesus, and his disciples go on to perform the same miracles in Acts and in the Apocryphal Acts. The very act of exorcism was against Jewish custom and law. It was a Canaanite practice of the witch of Endor which Saul and the Israelites of the North also practiced.

Six of the nine exorcisms occur in both Mark and Luke, one only occurs in Matthew, one only in Luke, and one exclusively in Matthew and Mark. There are three resurrection events. One is found in the synoptics (Jairus’ daughter), one in Luke (man of Nain), and one in John (Lazarus). (14) The Jesus of the synoptics is much more of a miracle working magician. It seems to me that as time wore on Magic became more hated as women became more looked down upon in the church. After all, the greatest magic back then was that of child birth not that of walking on hot coals!

 

 

 

1. Epistula Apostolorum 11- earlychristianwritings.com M.R. James

2. Gospel of Luke 24:37-39 KJV earlychristianwritings.com

3. Gospel of John 10:34, Psalms 82:6 “A psalm of Asaph”

4. Cratylus, Plato. http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/cratylus.html

5. Symposium, Plato. http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/symposium.html

6. AH 1.23.4

7. AH 1.13.3

8. AH 1.25.3

9. Hippolytus 6.2

10. Hippolytus 6.15

11. Origen CC 1.60

12. Gospel of Matthew 27:19.

13. Acts of the Apostles

14. Mark 1:21-28, 5:1-20, 7:24-30, 3:20-30, 9:14-29, 1:32-34, 16:9, 5:21-43; Luke 4:31-37, 8:26-39, 11:14-23, 9:37-49, 4:40-41, 8:2, 8:40-56, 7:11-17; Matthew 8:28-34, 15:21-28, 12:22-32, 17:14-21, 8:16-17, 9:32-34, 9:18-26; John 11:1-44. (note that there are no exorcisms in John’s gospel oddly enough)

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Bathing with the Devil

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As you may have guessed based on the title of this article, John the Baptist will be the subject. Many readers will be at least aware of who he is or was and many will know his story well. Not as many readers will be aware that there are several conflicting stories witnessed through different lenses, each packed with a bias and a myth of it’s own. There is the generic Catholic-Orthodox John, the Muslim Yahya, Mandaean Yohana, and the more modern occult/ mythicist John, and a more conspiracy theory Leonardo da Vinci mystery John. This article will have a little bit for each group. However, the point might not sit well with any of these groups. I propose that John was the forerunner of Simon Magus, and an astrologer and Magician. He never met any man named Jesus and he was dead before Simon Magus returned from Alexandria, Egypt to compete with Dositheus for the primacy of the sect. Later, these characters were remodeled into people like Jesus, Paul, and Peter. Jesus being based in ways on John and Simon and even Dositheus sometimes, Peter taking the name of Simon and being based on Dositheus and being named Nathanael at times, Paul being Simon Magus and in some instances Dositheus. The authentic John, Simon, and Dositheus are hidden in these masks.

I will show you a John not of sight and sound, but of mind. Our next stop, the Clementine Homilies:

“But that he came to deal with the doctrines of religion happened on this wise. There was one John, a day-baptist, who was also, according to the method of combination, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus; and as the Lord had twelve apostles, bearing the number of the twelve months of the sun, so also he, John, had thirty chief men, fulfilling the monthly reckoning of the moon, in which number was a certain woman called Helena, that not even this might be without a dispensational significance.

For a woman, being half a man, made up the imperfect number of the triacontad; as also in the case of the moon, whose revolution does not make the complete course of the month. But of these thirty, the first and the most esteemed by John was Simon; and the reason of his not being chief after the death of John was as follows:

He being absent in Egypt for the practice of magic, and John being killed, Dositheus desiring the leadership, falsely gave out that Simon was dead, and succeeded to the seat. But Simon, returning not long after, and strenuously holding by the place as his own, when he met with Dositheus did not demand the place, knowing that a man who has attained power beyond his expectations cannot be removed from it.

Wherefore with pretended friendship he gives himself for a while to the second place, under Dositheus. But taking his place after a few days among the thirty fellow-disciples, he began to malign Dositheus as not delivering the instructions correctly. And this he said that he did, not through unwillingness to deliver them correctly, but through ignorance.

And on one occasion, Dositheus, perceiving that this artful accusation of Simon was dissipating the opinion of him with respect to many, so that they did not think that he was the Standing One, came in a rage to the usual place of meeting, and finding Simon, struck him with a staff. But it seemed to pass through the body of Simon as if he had been smoke. Thereupon Dositheus, being confounded, said to him, ‘If you are the Standing One, I also will worship you.’ Then Simon said that he was; and Dositheus, knowing that he himself was not the Standing One, fell down and worshipped; and associating himself with the twenty-nine chiefs, he raised Simon to his own place of repute; and thus, not many days after, Dositheus himself, while he (Simon) stood, fell down and died.” -Simon Peter (1)

Notice that John is referred to as the forerunner of Jesus according to the method of conjunction/ combination. Peter explains elsewhere in the Homilies that Simon is his own forerunner and he thus sees the one who proceeds another as somewhat of a bad thing and a deceiver, dupe, liar, or con-artist. This John is adamant about having twenty-nine and a half followers to mimic the lunar cycle in his following. Whereas Jesus is representative of the solar cycle. This is reflected in the tale of the Mandaean book of John in which, “Yahyā proclaims in the nights, Yōhānā on the Night’s evenings.” (2) Yahya and Yohana are Mandaic and Arabic names for John respectively. John is a representative of the moon, the ancient symbol of Israel. However, Yahya and Yohana appear to be different men. Both named John, one a Jew and the other a Sadducee closely associated with the high priest Eleazar ben Boethus in the final days of the reign of king Herod the Great. John was thus born far before the Gospel of Luke suggests.

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     “John was thus born far before the Gospel of Luke suggests.” 

For some people like Leonardo da Vinci, John was the Christ. This belief goes back at least as far back in literature as the Clementine Recognitions which in my humble opinion are to be dated to a later time than the Homilies. The reason being that Helena’s name is changed to Luna to reflect what was stated in the Homilies above about her being half a man and making up the imperfect cycle of the moon in it’s final half day. Luna means moon and is Latin. Not to mention, there are tales about James the Just from Clement of Alexandria included. John here is even a cause of division like Jesus!

Yea, some even of the disciples of John, who seemed to be great ones, have separated themselves from the people, and proclaimed their own master as the Christ. But all these schisms have been prepared, that by means of them the faith of Christ and baptism might be hindered.” (3)

“And, behold, one of the disciples of John asserted that John was the Christ, and not Jesus, inasmuch as Jesus Himself declared that John was greater than all men and all prophets.” (4)

Now you are aware of a non-Jewish John who has non-Jewish followers. A John who taught Dositheus and Simon Magus, the notorious heresiarchs of the early days of a blooming ‘Christianity’. You are likely familiar with the rebellious yet righteous John who chastises kings and loses his head after a lap dance of death. Which head he lost is best left to the imagination. This same John appears in the Gospel of John in which his opponents are ‘Jews’ and his follower Nathanael is an Israelite and his buddy Jesus is accused of being a Samaritan Magician with a daemon. Nathanael actually means ‘gift of God’ as does Dositheus. Plus, John has a followers named Simon who is renamed Cephas ‘a rock’ which is very similar to being called a ‘standing one’. He says that God can raise up children to Abraham among these ‘stones’.

“Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well  that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?” John 8:48

John losing his head is a strange occurrence. To be decapitated is usually a sign that one was a Roman citizen. Paul was said to have been decapitated as well. In Egypt and the world of Game of Thrones it is to have one’s spirit cut off from the afterlife or the night lands. This is a common motif in ancient literature and cultural beliefs. The nagging question remains to be answered: Was John a Roman citizen?

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It is said that John was killed while Simon was in Egypt. In the Gospel of Matthew we find that Jesus was in Egypt before the baptism scene (see Matthew 2:13-18), but instead of returning upon the death of John, Jesus returns upon the death of Herod (see Matthew 2:19-23). To make matters even more intriguing, Herod the Great never slaughtered the infants as told in this writing. In Josephus’ writings the information is relayed that Herod planned to fill up the Hippodrome with infants and then slaughter them but died before he carried it out. Hell, there’s even a story about his relative Joseph sleeping with Mary his Hasmonean wife in a bout of adultery and betrayal!

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This leads me to the John of Josephus. In Josephus’ records, Jesus is killed before John the Baptist as found in the golden passage that is so controversial. John is then killed in 26/27 AD or 33 AD depending on what, “About this time”, means following, “in the twentieth year of the reign of Tiberius”.

“Now, some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod’s army came from God, and that very justly, as a punishment of what he did against John, that was called the Baptist; for Herod slew him, who was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism; for that the washing would be acceptable to him, if they made use of it, not in order to the putting away of some sins only, but for the purification of the body; supposing still that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness. Now, when others came in crowds about him, for they were greatly moved by hearing his words, Herod, who feared lest the great influence John had over the people might put it into his power and inclination to raise a rebellion, thought it best, by putting him to death, to prevent any mischief he might cause, and not bring himself into difficulties, by sparing a man who might make him repent of it when it should be too late. Accordingly he was sent a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death. Now the Jews had an opinion that the destruction of this army was sent as a punishment upon Herod, and a mark of God’s displeasure against him.” (5)

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Then there is the John of the Gnostic writings found in the Apocryphon of John, Gospel of Thomas, and the Testimony of Truth. There are so many more Orthodox traces in these writings that it seems they have been Christianized as Scholars have speculated as in the Testimony of Truth in which John is not Christ and not born of Mary but rather Elizabeth, as in Luke’s Gospel. This is a detail Marcion’s gospel never mentioned and neither does any other New Testament book.

“But the Son of Man came forth from Imperishability, being alien to defilement. He came to the world by the Jordan river, and immediately the Jordan turned back. And John bore witness to the descent of Jesus. For it is he who saw the power which came down upon the Jordan river; for he knew that the dominion of carnal procreation had come to an end. The Jordan river is the power of the body, that is, the senses of pleasures. The water of the Jordan is the desire for sexual intercourse. John is the archon of the womb.” (8)

John is symbolic of the womb and that womb’s waters are the Jordan or the seas of the world, the living waters. The life-giving water; no planet can flourish with life, none of mankind could thrive or even exist without its life-giving water. This water at the same time enslaves us. As in the Mandaean book of John it is said that Yahya did not marry like the Jesus of the Gospels. John knew that procreation and the cosmos would come to an end so he was trying to just cut mankind’s losses and throw in the towel prematurely it seems. The mystery of child birth was a great one for the ancients and even for Simon Magus. It is mentioned in patristics and Simon’s Great Declaration. The Jordan became a symbol of this. This is likely why children are emphasized along with water and birth pangs, in many Christian/ Gnostic documents. It reminds me of the movie Aliens symbolizing birth trauma. 

In the Secret book of James, John is so important that he is the great prophet, the last prophet. The author almost speaks as highly of John as John spoke of himself. The narcissism of John in the Mandaean book of John is unrivaled by any other Biblical figure. It does not specify what this is supposed to mean. It could be an attack on Simon Magus’ claim to be a prophet and Paul’s that prophecy continued in his assemblies.

“Do you not know that the head of prophecy was cut off with John?” (9)

It is not altogether clear what this passage is intended to mean. It could be a derogatory passage against prophets but who really knows for sure?

The Gospel of Thomas is very much in opposition to the above texts:

“Jesus said, “From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted.

But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the (Father’s) kingdom and will become greater than John.” (10)

It seems Thomas is trying to say that John was so great one could not look upon him as a sign of respect, as if he were the Lord himself. Yet, whoever becomes a child of light will recognize the kingdom of the Father and become greater than John. This John is merely a servant of the Demiurge. It would not be shocking for him to represent the Demiurge, as many scholars such as Elaine Pagels have noticed similar instances in which figures such as David and Abraham are symbolic of the Demiurge in Valentinian exegesis of the Apostolikon (see The Gnostic Paul by Elaine Pagels).

John and Jesus refer to the Jews as a ‘brood of vipers’ much like in Micah 7:17 as pointed out by GRS Mead. This is a case of inverting the meaning of a passage and using it against the Jews (an inverted hermeneutic or the product of mimesis in some ways). The Samaritan’s view themselves as true Israelites in whom there is no deceit as is said of Nathanael. John can even raise up children to Abraham from ‘these stones’, his circle of thirty followers, his moon stones. (see the synoptic gospels).

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Mead speaks of the Taheb of the Samaritan’s in the following excerpt,

“Now in Samaritan tradition, and it will be remembered that the Samaritans rejected all the Jewish scriptures save the Five Fifths of the Law, their future Redeemer was to be called Joshuah. This Deliverer they called the Ta’eb, the Returner, and they believed he would be a reborn or returned Joshuah. The Ta’eb is the Samaritan ‘Messiah.’ In this connection a recently translated Samaritan Midrash (B.M. Samaritan MS. Or. 33931) is especially instructive. It understands the title Ta’eb as signifying ‘he who repents’ or even ‘he who makes to repent,’ not so much the Returner as the Turner-back of others. It is brought into close connection also with Noḫam, meaning Repenting, and is thus by word-play associated with Noah. Our Samaritan Midrash accordingly brings Noah on to the scene of expected redemption, and becomes a spiritualized version of the Deluge-story, abounding in mystical word-plays. One or two specimens (p. 22) of them may now be given, as the ideas behind them are reminiscent of the John-circle of ideas.

Whereas in the old story Yahveh orders Noah: “Make thee an ark (tebah),” the Midrash makes God say unto the Ta’eb: “Make thee a conversion”—or repentance (Aram. shuba, tubah). And so it continues in many details glossing the original parts of the ark by means of word-play, introducing notions of propitiation, expiation and atonement. A single passage from the original will make this clear, and in reading it we should remember that Samaria was a hot-bed of mystic and gnostic movements of all sorts.”

“Behold I bring a [flood of] conversion [and] of divine favour upon the earth, to save Israel and gather it from everywhere under the sky. I shall perform my covenant, which I have set up with Abraham, Israel and Jacob. And thou shalt enter into the conversion, thou and thy house and the whole house of Israel with thee; and take with thee all kind of . . . praying and fasting and purification, which thou performest, and take all unto thee, and it shall be for conversion for thee and for them. And the Ta’eb did everything as God had commanded him. The ark (tebah) saved Noah from the flood of perdition, and the conversion (shubah, tubah) will save the Penitent One (Ta’eb) and all the sons of Israel from the [flood of] perversion. The ‘flood of perversion’ is that of ‘the cursed æon.’ Among the many Messianic expectations of those days, therefore, was the belief that in the Last Days it would again be as in the times of Noah, as indeed we are expressly informed by Q (Mt. 24:37ff. = Lk. 17:26ff.)” (6)

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This Taheb caused people to repent and took the title Jesus! Thus, the terms Jesus and Christ would imply the savior or messiah of all Israel. The Lost Sheep are not the Jews or the Samaritan’s but rather the soul itself in each man. A soul in need of liberation of bondage to material creation and ignorance of it’s origins. Simon saw the prophets as belonging to different archons or gods (see Irenaeus AH book 1, ch. 30, paragraph 11). The many false gods of the Jews. Each tribe technically having a god.

“Moreover, they distribute the prophets in the following manner: Moses,  and Joshua the son of Nun, and Amos, and Habakkuk, belonged to Ialdabaoth;  Samuel, and Nathan, and Jonah, and Micah, to Iao; Elijah, Joel, and Zechariah to  Sabaoth; Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel, to Adohai; Tobias and Haggai to  Eloi; Michaiah and Nahum to Oreus; Esdras and Zephaniah to Astanphaeus. Each one  of these, then, glorifies his own father and God, and they maintain that Sophia,  herself has also spoken many things through them regarding the first Anthropos  (man),324 and concerning that Christ who is above, thus admonishing and reminding men of  the incorruptible light, the first Anthropos, and of the descent of Christ. The  [other] powers being terrified by these things, and marvelling at the novelty of  those things which were announced by the prophets, Prunicus brought it about by  means of Ialdabaoth (who knew not what he did), that emissions of two men took  place, the one from the barren Elizabeth, and the other from the Virgin  Mary.” (12)

So it appears that the birth of John and Jesus was thought to be a trick on Ialdabaoth by Prunicus in order to bring a vessel for the descent of the Christ into the material creation in order to liberate the children of light from those who, “wise of their own interests beyond the children of light”, as mentioned by the Gospel of Luke. These dual redeemers- one who made the way, and the other the paraclete who explained it- would free mankind from the flood of ignorance that the angry and jealous false notions of God had brought by way of the prophets. Thus, the Gnostics have a lower view of the prophets in the sense that only some of which each said was inspired by Sophia or Wisdom.

John proclaims himself the standing one in the Mandaean book of John when he says, “Stand not I here alone? I go to and fro. Where is a prophet equal to me? Who makes proclamation equal to my proclamations, and who doth discourse with my wondrous voice?”

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One John complains about Jesus, the carpenter God, and Paul even:

“YAHYĀ proclaims in the nights.—Glory rises over the worlds.

Who told Yeshu (Eshu)? Who told Yeshu Messiah, son of Miryam, who told Yeshu, so that he went to the shore of the Jordan and said [unto Yahyā]: “Yahyā, baptize me with thy baptizing and utter o’er me also the Name thy wont is to utter. If I show myself as thy pupil, I will remember thee then in my writing; p. 49 I attest not myself as thy pupil, then wipe out my name from thy page,”

Thereon Yahyā answered Yeshu Messiah in Jerusalem: “Thou hast lied to the Jews and deceived the priests. Thou hast cut off their seed from the men and from the women bearing and being pregnant. The sabbath, which Moses made binding, hast thou relaxed in Jerusalem. Thou hast lied unto them with horns and spread abroad disgrace with the shofar.”

Notice here that we have a Jesus who discourages procreation and relaxes the Sabbath. This Jesus is like the Jesus of the Gospel of John, who’s Father is always at work. This God of his is the great invisible spirit. He never took a day off, he never had a Sabbath but rather he allowed the Sabbath for man as a consolation for his hardships in life (Egypt). This is a God who did not rest on the seventh day but still is at his work. The Mandaean book of John continues:

Thereon Yeshu Messiah answered Yahyā in Jerusalem: “If I have lied to the Jews, may the blazing fire consume me. If I have deceived the priests, a double death will I die. If I have cut off their seed from the men, may I not cross over the End-Sea. If I have cut off from the women birth and being pregnant, then is in sooth a judge raised up before me. If I have relaxed the sabbath, may the blazing fire consume me. If I have lied to the Jews, I will tread on thorns and thistles. If I have spread disgrace abroad with horn-blowing, may my eyes then not light on Abathur. So baptize me then with thy baptizing, and utter over me the Name thy wont is to utter. If I show myself as thy pupil, I will remember thee then in my writing; if I attest not myself as thy pupil, then wipe out my name from thy page.”

Then spake Yahyā to Yeshu Messiah in Jerusalem: “A stammerer becomes not a scholar, a blind man writes no letter. A desolate house mounts not to the height, and a widow becomes not a virgin. Foul water becomes not tasty, and a stone does not with oil soften.”

Here, we have a very critical John who considers Jesus unlearned, a multiplier of words, a blind guide who could never write down sound and wise instructions. He sees Jesus as a desolate house unfit for breeding that could never grasp the concept of immortality of the soul. He sees his mother as a poor old widow, rather than a virgin. His spirit is foul like unsavory water. Even the redemption by unction could not unharden him, because he is a dead stone, an idol. It continues:

Thereon Yeshu Messiah made answer to Yahyā in Jerusalem: “A stammerer a scholar becomes, a blind man writes a letter. A desolate house mounts unto the height, and a widow becomes a virgin. Foul water becomes tasty, and a stone with oil softens.”

Thereon spake Yahyā unto Yeshu Messiah in Jerusalem: “If  thou givest me illustration for this, thou art [really] a wise Messiah.”

Thereon Yeshu Messiah made answer to Yahyā in Jerusaem: “A stammerer a scholar becomes: a child who comes from the bearer, blooms and grows big. Through wages and alms he comes on high; he comes on high through wages and alms, and ascends and beholds the Light’s region.

“A blind man who writes a letter: a villain who has become virtuous. He abandoned wantonness and abandoned theft and reached unto faith in almighty Life.

“A desolate house who ascends again to the height: one of position who has become humble. He quitted his palaces and quitted his pride and built a house on the sea [-shore]. A house he built on the sea [-shore], and into it opened two doors, so that he might bring in unto him whoever lay down there in misery,—to him he opened the door and took him within to himself. If he would eat, he laid for him a table with Truth, If he would drink, he mixed for him [wine-] cups [with Truth], If he would lie down, he spread a bed for him in Truth. If he would depart, he led him forth on the way of Truth. He led him forth on the way of Truth and of faith, and then he ascends and beholds the Light’s region.”

This Jesus speaks of building a house on the seashore, something the New Testament Jesus gives a parable about.

“A widow who a virgin becomes: a woman who already in youth has been widowed. She kept her shame closed, and sat there till her children were grown.

If she passes over, her face does not pale in her husband’s presence.

“Foul water that is made tasty: a girl wanton who has got back her honour: she went up a hamlet and she went down a hamlet without taking her veil from her face.

“A stone with oil softens: a heretic who has come down from the mountain. He abandoned magic and sorcery and made confession to almighty Life. He found a fatherless and filled him full and filled full the widow’s pockets.”

A stone here represents a heretic for his heart is uncircumcised so to speak. What softened him was that he abandoned magic and sorcery in order to take up the cause of the widow and the fatherless like the ancient Epic hero of the Canaanites: Danel. (see the Epic of Aqht).

“Therefor baptize me, O Yahyā, with thy baptizing and utter o’er me the Name thy wont is to utter. If I show myself as thy pupil, I will remember thee in my writing; if I attest not myself as thy pupil, then wipe out my name from thy page. Thou wilt for thy sins be haled to account, and I for my sins will be haled to account.”

When Yeshu Messiah said this, there came a Letter out of the House of Abathur: “Yahyā, baptize the deceiver in Jordan. Lead him down into the Jordan and baptize him, and lead him up again to the shore, find there set him.”

Then Rūhā made herself like to a dove and threw a cross over the Jordan. A cross she threw over the Jordan and made its water to change into various colours. “O Jordan,” she says, “thou sanctifiest me and thou sanctifiest my seven sons.”

[Then follows what, from its animadversion on Christian institutions and especially on the use of the crucifix, is plainly a later addition. Rūhā is apparently still speaking; she is the Mother of all heresies.]

“The Jordan in which Messiah Paulis was baptized, have I made into a ‘trough.’ The bread which Messiah Paulis receives, p. 52 have I made into a ‘sacrament.’ The drink which Messiah Paulis receives, have I made into a ‘supper.’ The head-band which Messiah Paulis receives, have I made into a ‘priest-hood.’ The staff which Messiah Paulis receives, have I made into a ‘dung [-stick].'”

“Let me warn you, my brothers, let me warn you, my beloved! Let me warn you, my brothers, against the . . . who are like unto the cross. They lay it on the walls; then stand there and bow down to the block. Let me warn you, my brothers, of the god which the carpenter has joinered together. If the carpenter has joinered together the god, who then has joinered together the carpenter?” (7)

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Mary even appears as John’s mother who forsook Judaism! While Miriam is the mother of Yeshu. It seems to me that there are just too many difficulties with the names of parents and the possibilities of royal bastards that it isn’t much worth worrying about who was the son of who.

“Where hast come from, thou debauched trough, whom [? locks] and bars [cannot keep in]? Where hast thou come from? Woe [unto thee], thou bitch in heat, who [? mindest] not [door-] pins and lockings! Where hast thou come from? Woe, woe [unto thee], thou bit of coarse stuff that has been patched on my robe!”

“If I am a debauched trough, I will burst thy [boltings] and bars. If I am a bitch in beat, I will draw back the pins and the lockings. If I am a bit of coarse stuff that has been patched on thy robe, then out of thy robe cut and rip me.”

Thereon he cried: “Come (pl.), look on Miryai, who has left Jewry and gone to make love with her lord. Come, look on Miryai, who has left off coloured raiment and gone to make love with her lord. She forsook gold and silver and went to make love with her lord. She forsook the phylacteries and went to make love with the man with the head-band.”

Then Miryai makes answer unto him: “Far lies it from me to love him whom I have hated. Far lies it from me to hate him whom I have loved. Nay, far from me lies it to hate my Lord, the Life’s Gnosis, who is for me in the world a support. A support is he in the world for me and a helper in the Light’s region. Dust in the mouth of the Jews, ashes in the mouth of all of the priests! May the dung that is under the feet of the horses, come on the high ones and Jerusalem’s mighty rulers.” (7)

Irenaeus gives us some juicy gossip the Nag Hammadi does not yield. It comes from the Valentinian tradition:

” They show, further, that that Horos of theirs, whom they call by a variety  of names, has two faculties,-the one of supporting, and the other of separating;  and in so far as he supports and sustains, he is Stauros, while in so far as he  divides and separates, he is Horos. They then represent the Saviour as having  indicated this twofold faculty: first, the sustaining power, when He said,  “Whosoever doth not bear his cross (Stauros), and follow after me, cannot be my  disciple; ” and again, “Taking up the cross follow me; ” but the separating power when He said, “I came not to send peace, but a  word.” They also maintain that John indicated the same thing when he said, “The fan is  in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge the floor, and will gather the wheat  into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable.” By this declaration He set forth the faculty of Horos. For that fan they explain  to be the cross (Stauros), which consumes, no doubt, all material objects, as fire does chaff, but it purifies all them that are saved, as a fan does wheat. Moreover, they affirm that the Apostle Paul himself made mention of this cross in the following words: “The doctrine of the cross is to them that  perish foolishness, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.” And again: “God forbid that I should glory in anything save in the cross of Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I unto the world.”

In the above paragraph, Horos or Stauros (the cross of John) is the limit (X) of Plato’s Timaeus which separates the chaff from the wheat. Simon taught this same exact thing. The cross symbolizes the separation of powers and realms. It represents the apokatastasis, the Stoic conflagration, the baptism by fire. Paul speaks of this fire that purifies and tries men’s works. To be crucified to the world is to bear the symbol of the cross which is a flat-out denial of YHWH and the elohim archon’s creation. It is to spit in the face of the fateful gods of the Greek’s like Socrates. It is hemlock to the flesh and to the spirit it is immortality.

Getting back to the Orthodox John the Baptist. It is stated in the Gospel of Luke that Jesus came to be baptized by John the fifteenth year of Tiberius. This is roughly 28 AD, after September 18th. That means it occurred around the winter of 28/ 29AD. That is about one to two years after John died in 26/ 27AD! This lends credence to my conjecture that Jesus was just a title for Simon who returned from Egypt after the death of John. Probably about year after his death. In that year, Dositheus who is Peter/ Nathanael, ran the sect. Anyway, I hope I have showed you a side of John you hoped you’d never see and I hope I busted your Orthodox cranium wide open. Until next time truth seekers.

Sources:

1. Clementine Homilies 2.23-.2.24

2. http://gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/gnostic_john_baptist/gjb-2-1.htm

3. Clementine Recognitions 1.54

4. Clementine Recognitions 1.60

5. Antiquities of the Jews 18.5.2 and 18.3.3, Josephus

6. http://gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/gnostic_john_baptist/gjb-1.htm

7. http://gnosis.org/library/grs-mead/gnostic_john_baptist/gjb-2-1.htm

8. Testimony of Truth

9. Apocryphon of James

10. Gospel of Thomas

11. Against Heresies (AH) 1.3.5, Irenaeus.

12. AH 1.30.11

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