Way of Essenic Studies
Available Spring-Summer 2012
More important, perhaps, than Jesus' birth in Bethlehem was Micah's prophecy about the Magdalene.
The reason “Jesus the Messiah” was born in Bethlehem:
“But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel.”
The reason His consort (the goddess) was called “The Magdalene”:
“And you, O Magdalah of the flock, hill of daughter Zion, to you it shall come,
the former dominion shall come, the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.”
The introduction of The Magdalene in the New Testament coincides with her own Gospel (The Gospel of Mary Magdalene) and reveals important elements of the vision of Jesus the Messiah that Mary reported to the other disciples:
“Soon afterwards [Jesus] went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.
The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities:
Mary called Magdalene (from whom seven demons had gone out) and IoAnna…”
"Mary called Magdalene...and IoAnna..." Read as Philo's rules instruct, Luke reported that "Mary" was called Magdalene and IoAnna. (Philo's Rules for decoding Enigmas can be found at http://www.thenazareneway.com/Philo's%20Rules%20for%20Allegory.htm.)
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene explains the meaning of Luke's introduction of "Mary called Magdalene and IoAnna from whom seven demons had gone out":
“When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.
“The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the fear of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.
“They asked the soul, Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?
“The soul answered and said, 'What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.
“'In an aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient.
“'From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.'
“When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her.”
From these words it seems that Mary’s message was that purification of the Soul was a prerequisite to being “released from a world…and a type” in order to be eligible for transcendence into a higher “Type,” i.e., the Spirit.
“Now it was Mary Magdalene IoAnna, Mary the mother of James (Jesus’s brother, and therefore the mother of Jesus)…”
Tradition has separated The Magdalene and IoAnna with a comma, making it appear that the names referred to two different women. But there was no comma in the Greek, and Luke was reporting that The Magdalene was IO Anna (feminine of John). IO was the first goddess-queen of Egypt; InAnna was the Sumerian goddess, daughter of Sin the ancient moon-god of The Wilderness of Sin and Mount Sin-ai. When Luke referred to the anointing woman as “a Sinner,” he was reporting that she was a member of the family of the mythological moon-god, Sin. She was fulfilling the duties of a wife by anointing her husband in preparation of the Crucifixion scene in the First Annual Passover-Passion Pageant. When she conquered the seven earthly powers, The daughter of the god Sin was prepared to become “Migdalah IoAnna” the Hebrew-Egyptian-Sumerian goddess.
The Passover-Passion Pageant was to be modeled after the Egyptian pageants for Serapis and Isis. Just as “Serapis” was the combining of two gods, Osiris and Apis, so too was “YH-Zeus” the combining of two gods, YHWH and Zeus. His wife combined the Egyptian Io and the Sumerian In Anna, then added the description from Micah, The Migdalah. Mary is from Merom, meaning “high.” She was the Highest Goddess sent to fulfill the needs of all the people throughout the Roman Empire at the right hand of her husband-God. The Migdallah Io Anna was created to return to the Hebrews their ancient goddess, Shabbat Hamalka Asherah, while also satisfying Greeks, Romans, Syrians, Egyptians, etc.
Philo’s method reveals the historical identities of all the characters who appear in the Gospels, and the surprises are unending!
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