Friday, June 11, 2010

John the Baptist, The Secret Messiah: Part 4 (UPDATE)

The Salome story provides us with an entry into the alternative history of John the Baptist. It's a history some might scoff at, but one that may well be taken very seriously by some very serious individuals and groups. The crux of the matter is what some people believe about John the Baptist and how it affects the conduct of their lives.

This is by no means a trivial issue. This concerns the actions of wealthy and powerful men, acting in accordance to their beliefs. And if you think this is some easily-dismissed band of marginal, esoteric-minded kooks, be aware that the most powerful Christian of his time, Pope Pius IX, did not share in your opinion.

In his landmark encyclical from 1864, Allocution of Pio Nino, Pius identified and categorized the heresy of ‘Johannism,’ which he laid at the feet of the powerful Knights Templar.
"The secret thought of Hugues de Payens, in founding his Order (the Knights Templar), was not exactly to serve the ambition of the Patriarchs of Constantinople. There existed at that period in the East a sect of Johannite Christians, who claimed to be the only true Initiates into the real mysteries of the religion of the Saviour.

They pretended to know the real history of Yesus the ANOINTED, and, adopting in part the Jewish traditions and the tales of the Talmud, they held that the facts recounted in the Evangels are but allegories, the key of which Saint John gives, in saying that the world might be filled with the books that could be written upon the words and deeds of Jesus Christ; words which, they thought, would be only a ridiculous exaggeration, if he were not speaking of an allegory and a legend, that might be varied and prolonged to infinity....

"Thus the Order of Knights of the Temple was at its very origin devoted to the cause of opposition to the tiara of Rome and the crowns of Kings, and the Apostolate of Kabalistic Gnosticism was vested in its chiefs.

For Saint John himself was the Father of the Gnostics, and the current translation of his polemic against the heretical of his Sect and the pagans who denied that Christ was the Word, is throughout a misrepresentation, or misunderstanding at least, of the whole Spirit of that Evangel.
"To acquire influence and wealth, then to intrigue, and at need to fight, to establish the Johannite or Gnostic and Kabalistic dogma, were the object and means proposed to the initiated Brethren.

The Papacy and the rival monarchies, they said to them, are sold and bought in these days, become corrupt, and to-morrow, perhaps, will destroy each other. All that will become the heritage of the Temple: the World will soon come to us for its Sovereigns and Pontiffs. We shall constitute the equilibrium of the Universe, and be rulers over the Masters of the World."

"The Templars, like all other Secret Orders and Associations, had two doctrines, one concealed and reserved for the Masters, which was Johannism; the other public, which was the Roman Catholic. Thus they deceived the adversaries whom they sought to supplant."
Note that Masonic iconography clever conflates the two Johns- the Baptist and the Evangelist- as one. In this light, it's worth mentioning that this allocution- which was meant to be secret- was somehow leaked to none other than General Albert Pike and printed in its entirety in his own landmark encyclical, Morals and Dogma.

POST SCRIPT: Being the geek that I am, seeing Pike's name gets me thinking about Captain Christopher Pike and seeing Pius's worry about the Roman Church being supplanted reminds me that James Tiberius Kirk could be interpreted as "To Supplant the Roman Church." Which then gets me to thinking about Captain Picard, whose own first name translates to "John the Light."

Funny how my mind works sometimes.


SYNC LOG UPDATE (1444EST) : StrangeEye reports that flash-flooding has left several campers dead or missing at the Albert Pike campground in Arkansas.

SYNC LOG ADDENDA: The floods started at 3:30 AM, an hour after I posted this article.


  1. Can you say Johnny Cash?The divine one who can change a man or woman with just his voice ,the sheep will know my voice,John sang that he was the beast,the man in black which is high priest,also that the circle won't be broken.His spirit lives on and on and on.One of my favorite songs is alpha and omega's kingdom come.I can only post under anon for some and light ,tammy

  2. Happy birthday, Richard Strauss! Born this day in 1864.

    Salome, mysterious princess of the East, cavorting with the severed head of a holy man, given to her after a lascivious dance for her lecherous stepfather! Based on a play by a notorious Sodomite!

    Probably shocking to The Establishment (circa 1905) for the aforementioned reasons, although apparently popular enough to enable Strauss to build his villa. But then, perhaps there was more to that shock. Granted, the rantings of Jochanaan seemed to allude to Jesus, although the latter is never mentioned by name within Oscar Wilde's play. I for years thought that it might have had something to do with the sensibilities of the time, but (again) perhaps there was more to Wilde's decision. He was also a Freemason.

    I also started a novel many years ago about an alien invasion. Never got further than the landings of mysterious aerial ships, but the build-up was fun. One was a character who ranted like Jochanaan about a "Mightier," referring to the occupants of the ships. In spreading his message, he took a news station hostage, allowed himself to be shot by cops, came back from the dead (after a coroner found a probe in his nasal cavity), and his bullet-riddled corpse continued his mission... or at least attempted to as nature took its course.


  3. this might help...

    As showbiz spats go, it boldly went where none has gone before - Patrick Stewart was left Klinging on to his shattered ego following an intergalactic battle with James Corden.

    Forget Star Trek, the veteran thesp proved a star twit at Tuesday night's Glamour Awards in London, after insulting host James - and getting jeered for it.

    A celebrity audience including Cheryl Cole, Billie Piper, Pixie Lott, Christine Bleakley, Alexandra Burke, Michael McIntyre, Fearne Cotton and Dizzee Rascal watched open-mouthed as the pair locked horns.

    It ended with X-Men star Sir Stewy yelling: "Beam me out of here! Taxi!" Things kicked off when the 69-year-old actor went on to present the Best Actress gong to Avatar star, Zoe Saldana.

    Sir Patrick launched into a long, self-congratulatory monologue. Yawn.

    Then he turned to the Gavin & Stacey star and double Bafta-winner and, in a patronising tone, said: "I want to speak to James, here. It is James, isn't it? "When the presenters are standing up here, and when the recipients are receiving their awards, don't stand at the back of the stage with your hands in your pockets, looking around as if you would rather be anywhere in the world but here."

    Interrupting him to apologise, 31-year-old James then returned to the back, shoved his hands in his pockets, stared at the ceiling and retorted: "And when you come on stage to present an award, you should just f****** get on with it."

    Patrick then hit below the belt saying: "From where I was I could see your belly and that was from right at the back of the room." In reply, James said: "Sorry, I'm waiting for the punchline. You could see my belly... I can see you dying right now.'' Cue raucous laughter from the audience.

    Undeterred, Patrick referenced a quip James had made earlier about fancying Nick Jonas. He said: "If you fancy one of the Jonas Brothers, cover your belly."

    Silence descended at the Berkeley Street marquee in Mayfair. Then James bopped to the front of the stage, lifted his shirt and said with a loud laugh: "I feel bad for people who haven't seen my belly." Touche.

    As Sir Patrick eventually left the stage, James got the last word - and the last laugh - saying: "OK, can we get a taxi really quickly, please? "There's an ol' man going home.'' Afterwards, James told us: "I'm hugely disappointed. He tried leaning in to speak to me, but I wasn't interested and couldn't hear what he said.

    "I couldn't care less now. It's just a shame he wasn't what I hoped.

    "I didn't want it to ruin the night."

  4. @Chris,

    16 confirmed dead in Montgomery Co., Arkansas at the ALBERT PIKE Campground after Little Missouri River goes from 3ft to 20+ ft in hours. National Parks say up to 300 were in park during flood.


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  6. strange eye ,what so strange about the eye of horus/jesus ,its as blue as the water is suppose to be ,in that eye you can also see the fish sign.My sons and daughters eyes are the same color almost exactly like and light tammy


  8. what is a sync log ,like being in sync with something.144,ooo sealed

  9. here's a sync: Leonard Nimoy (sporting 70's mustache) hosted History Channel's "In Search of.."
    Season 4, episode 20 is -you guest it- on John the Baptist.

    part one:

    part two:

  10. :: Excellent series this, Christopher. Hmmmm, unbeknowst to most, the One True Church, as practiced by the Johannite current, is still alive & well & here, thriving under the aegis of a certain College of Gnostics Bishops, well, at least on the North American continent it is, right here. Enjoy ~ (•8-D

  11. You blog is very cool Chris, Now I don't feel so silly having the middle name of John. Loving this blog keep it up!


    I always say, "we are children of the light"...

  12. Mandeanism. This religion holds john the baptist to the highest messianic position.

  13. I'm surprised that Freemasons aren't featured in this story more, as they have two high holidays, one in summer and one in winter, called the Feasts of St. John. One St. John is John the Baptist - which this blog mentions as perhaps being ordered murdered by Salome. The other St. John, the Apostle John or John the Evangelist, is the SON of Salome. "John was the son of Zebedee, a Galilean fisherman, and Salome. John and his brother James were among the first disciples called by Jesus" (encyc brittanica).

  14. Which "Saint John" was Pius referring to, John the Baptist or the writer of the Gospel of John?

    You seem to imply it was the former. However, he says, "the key of which Saint John gives, in saying that the world might be filled with the books that could be written upon the words and deeds of Jesus Christ;" which is a paraphrase of John 21:25.

    That would seem to imply that John the Divine was "the Father of Gnostics", not John the Baptist.