Tuesday, May 18, 2010

John the Baptist, The Secret Messiah: Part 1

Is there a secret tradition that believes that John and not Jesus was the Messiah? Are the secret wars that lurk between the lines in the historical record the result of an age-old power struggle? Who was John the Baptist and who were his followers? More importantly, does his following exist to this day? Let's dig in and see if the truth isn't hiding in plain sight...

The Gospel of Mark- generally believed to be the earliest of the four gospels in the New Testament- begins, not with Jesus, but with John, son of Zechariah and Elisabeth, better known as ‘John the Baptist’ :
Even as it is written in Isaiah the prophet, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, Who shall prepare thy way. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make ye ready the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight;

John came, who baptized in the wilderness and preached the baptism of repentance unto remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the country of Judaea, and all they of Jerusalem; And they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leathern girdle about his loins, and did eat locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, There cometh after me he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.- Mark 1:2-8 ASV
Despite what some Christians may believe, the author known as Mark was not a journalist, he was a propagandist in the truest sense of the word. He was seeking to propagate the Jesus cult. Not only was Mark competing with the multitude of Jewish, Pagan and Solar cults, he was competing with other Jesus factions.

The problem Mark faced is that in their own time John the Baptist was a much more popular figure in Palestine than Jesus. So after John baptizes Jesus, he is dispensed with by Mark (and by his follower Matthew), until he is executed.

On the other hand, the Gospel writer Luke seems to be aware that he is writing for a people that believed that John, and not Jesus, was the Messiah. Some believed that Luke was writing before the fall of Jerusalem and before the death of the Apostle Paul, and that a first draft might have been produced circa 64 AD. Therefore the first chapter of Luke acknowledges the supremacy of John in his audience’s mind by telling his story first.

Luke 1:5-25 tells the miraculous story of John’s birth to the Temple priest Zechariah and his barren wife, Elisabeth. The angelic announcement of the John’s activity is identical to Jesus’:
“And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Luke 1:11-14 (ASV)
Luke then has Mary visit Elisabeth in order that the well-known figure of Elisabeth can bestow her blessings on the lesser-known Mary. Of course, Elisabeth is clearly subservient to Mary in Luke’s telling. Humorously, John’s subservience to Jesus apparently is prenatal:
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Luke 1:43-44 (ASV)
The first chapter ends with John’s birth and with Zechariah’s song of praise for the miraculous nativity, and John’s subservient role in relationship to the coming messiah. Somehow overlooked by the so-called “Biblical Literalists” is that Zechariah’s view of the coming messiah (whom he does not name) is unmistakably and unambiguously Solar:
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
Luke 1: 76-79 (NIV)
Luke takes up the story of John the Baptist again in chapter 3, after establishing Jesus’ bona fides in chapter 2. Here, Luke must remind his audience of John’s messianic prophecy using John’s own words:
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans (tax collectors) to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.

And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not;

John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. - Luke 3: 7-17 ASV
Luke’s account here ends with John being imprisoned (Luke 3:20). The last we hear of John in the Gospel of Luke is an offhand remark by Herod, referring to John’s execution. (Luke 9:7-8)

Three vitally important facts come to light in the story of John’s ministry in Luke.
  • First, John’s communistic teachings are remarkably similar to Jesus’, leading many scholars to believe that Jesus was one of John’s disciples.
  • Next again note, as with Zecharias that John’s view of the coming Christ is Solar- John baptizes with water, but the Christ does so with fire. This brings to mind the baptism by fire Isis performed with Queen Astarte’s son to grant him immortality, as chronicled by Plutarch: “They relate that Isis nursed the child by giving it her finger to suck instead of her breast, and in the night she would burn away the mortal portions of its body." - Plutarch , “Isis and Osiris”, Moralia, 357B
  • Most importantly, note that John does not identify Jesus as the coming messiah in the Book of Luke. This is remarkable for a Gospel story, and is in direct contradiction to the accounts of Matthew and John. It’s also vitally important here to note that Luke makes reference to John’s ministry being in the spirit and power of Elijah. (Lk 1:16)
Could it be that that John’s large following was very familiar with his messianic prophecies? Given the detailed account of John’s biography and actions in Luke’s Gospel, it's very likely that there were once written records of John’s life and works which Luke is quoting from, particularly in the third chapter.

The fact that a Christian propagandist could resist the urge to insert Jesus’ name into Zechariah’s and John’s distinctly Solar prophecies is in itself evidence of a well-known corpus of Johannine literature in the First Century.



  1. Cool post. I've been wondering lately (since the recent John and 17 synchs in my life) if J the B and Osiris might symbolically resonate together, being archetypes of a "father" who dies and then is superseded by a "son".

  2. Oh, we'll be going to some strange places with this series, believe me. I also will return to the Atlantis Rising series too, which ties into all of this as well.

  3. Your a psychic this is amazing, I have been hearing about these St. John connections for a while this past year, you really pulled it together for me, waiting eagerly for your next St. John post..


  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandaeism

    Mandaeism or Mandaeanism (Mandaic: Mandaiuta, Arabic: مندائية‎ Mandā'iyya, Persian: مندائیان) is a monotheistic religion with a strongly dualistic worldview. Its adherents, the Mandaeans (also sometimes referred to as Sabians in Arabic), revere Adam, Abel, Seth, Enosh, Noah, Shem, Aram and especially John the Baptist.
    Mandaeism has historically been practised primarily around the lower Euphrates and Tigris and the rivers that surround the Shatt-al-Arab waterway, part of southern Iraq and Khuzestan Province in Iran. There are thought to be between 60,000 and 70,000 Mandaeans worldwide,[1] and until the 2003 Iraq war, almost all of them lived in Iraq.[3] Many Mandaean Iraqis have since fled their country (as have many other Iraqis) because of the turmoil of the war and terrorism.[4] By 2007, the population of Mandaeans in Iraq had fallen to approximately 5,000.[3] Most Mandaean Iraqis have sought refuge in Syria and Jordan, with smaller populations in Sweden, Australia, the United States, and other Western countries.
    The Mandaeans have remained separate and intensely private—reports of them and of their religion have come primarily from outsiders, particularly from the Orientalists J. Heinrich Petermann, Nicholas Siouffi, and Lady Drower.


    Chief prophets
    Mandaeans recognize several prophets, among whom Yahia or Yuhana "John the Baptist" is accorded a special status, higher than his role in Christianity and Islam. Mandaeans do not consider John to be the founder of their religion but revere him as one of their greatest teachers, tracing their beliefs back to Adam.
    Mandaeans maintain that Jesus was a mšiha kdaba "false messiah" who perverted the teachings entrusted to him by John. The Mandaic word k(a)daba, however, derives from two roots: the first root, meaning "to lie," is the one traditionally ascribed to Jesus; the second, meaning "to write," might provide a second meaning, that of "book"; hence some Mandaeans, motivated perhaps by an ecumenical spirit, maintain that Jesus was not a "lying Messiah" but a "book Messiah", the "book" in question presumably being the Christian Gospels. This seems to be a folk etymology without support in the Mandaean texts.[7]
    Likewise, the Mandaeans believe that Abraham, Moses, and Muhammad were false prophets, but recognize other prophetic figures from the monotheistic traditions, such as Adam, his sons Hibil (Abel) and Šitil (Seth), and his grandson Anuš (Enosh), as well as Nuh (Noah), his son Sam (Shem) and his son Ram (Aram). The latter three they consider to be their direct ancestors.

  5. I knew I would dig this entry as soon as I saw it...then I had a weird sync.

    I don't want to put any spoilers out there but I watched the movie Moon with Sam Rockwell and was surprised to find a very interesting sync with this last blog of yours.

    I recommend the movie and thanks for the sync!


  6. some reading on the johannine celtic church...


    enjoy :)

  7. Great post. Being a longtime Sun reader, is this the John the Baptist ebook now into the blog? Can't wait to see you tie it all together. Peace!

  8. I forgot to include the following, an extremely painstakingly researched detailing of a claimed tradition stretching from John the Baptist:

    Antiquillum.org: Qadosh - The Johannite Tradition

    Much of the research is available in the following hard copy volume here.

  9. @Michael . . . The letter 'B' shows the top portion smaller than the bottom just as a pregnant woman would be shaped. It is Isis pregnant with Horus. The TWO OWT OWL.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . @blog; Plutarch says, "But those who relate that Typhon's flight from the battle was made on the back of an ass and lasted for seven days and that after he made his escape, he became the father of sons, Hierosolymus and Judaeus, are manifestly, as the very names show attempting to drag Jewish traditions into the legend.". . . . . . . . . -sky-

  10. Jesus may have had a part in Johns demise. It is obvious to me he co-opted Johns ministry. The fish and loaves story was to be John's had he not been arrested by Herod. The Paulite distortion all but negated John's message. The waters/baptist are part of the Oannes aquatic culture? Lots of water near the Mandean homelands. I have read that Hussien drained the marshes to marginalize the Mandeans, also that the marshes are being restored. This subject matter is facinating, thanks Chris Dennis

  11. seems to be much more historical evidence for John than Jesus- no? John seems to have no gnosticism about him- Paul was the gnostic- and that's where the separation from nature and the paranoia seep in so deeply it has evolved into a London where you are never off camera!
    What did John actually preach? He pissed off everyone! Sounds like my kinda guy. Not sure what he believed if not the literal Bible however.

  12. Let's not forget the rumoured Knights Templars connection to the Johannite tradition...

  13. Guys, since your questions and comments address issues coming up later in the series, I'm going to hold my fire until we get to the end. Maybe in a big reply posting.

  14. My sign of the Cross have change to in the Name of Our Father, John the Baptist and his Spiritual Son, Jesus of Nazareth in the Spirit of Humanity, which is the Holy Spirit! AMEN! Jesus was a Follower and Disciple of John the Baptist, what we believe as Christians is that of St-Paul,who never met the Real Jesus but saw the Christ Sprit on the Road to Damascus and the Rest is Christian History! Jean-Raymond Audet

  15. and why do you assume that it's the mandaites that are wrong, that does not tell you that it's the opposite
    soon we will reveal the truth on the subject with the ultimate proof that was known to leonardo davinci, and that everyone has in front of the nose, because the Nazarites had the hermetic code ;-)