Deutero-Isaiah challenges Ezra, revises Judaism with Zoroastrian inspiration, announces Saoshyant (future World Savior). The clash between the 2 kinds of Judaism culminated in the Crucifixion - Cyril Glasse

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What we should know about Isaiah


The Second Coming of the Judeo-Zoroastrian Jesus of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Cyril Glasse

Isaiah son of Amoz, the original John the Baptist

The Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, and the Apocryphal "Ascension of Isaiah" says that the Prophet called Isaiah son of Amoz, (the name means "Yah is salvation") was sawn in two. This is not an allusion to his death, but to his second life, his reincarnation. The Book of Isaiah has received more attention from Biblical enthusiasts, and especially the Essenes, and of course, Jesus himself, than any other book of the Bible, because it is a marvelous enigma. Isaiah lived in the 8th century BC, advised King Hezekiah, indeed set the clock back ten years for him, and extended greetings to Cyrus in the 6th century by name. The Age of Reason concluded that no one lives three hundred years. In 1781 William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in Bath, England, and in 1789 Martin Heinrich Klaproth discovered Uranium in Berlin. And someone decided that Isaiah chapters 40-66 were tacked on later to chapters 1-39 by someone they call "Deutero-Isaiah." Christian writers say that "Most reputable Bible scholars [that is, Fundamentalists] reject the "Deutero-Isaiah" theory [because it impugns prophecy and in-errancy]. Their conclusions include the similarity of writing styles in both sections," [however, in 1167 Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra, pointed out that the prophesies in chapters 40 to 66, and in chapters 34 and 35, were written in a language very different from the rest of the book]. The Christian line goes on about "the consistent use of the same words throughout, and the familiarity of the author with Israel [they mean Judaea], but not Babylon. Furthermore, Jewish tradition uniformly ascribes the entire book to Isaiah." [Not quite true, some modern Jewish scholars want it thrown out of the Bible altogether as not Jewish enough]. But the fact remains that Isaiah foretold John the Baptist, foretold Jesus, and foretold someone who will come from the south with clothes stained red from treading the grapes of wrath, and the end of the world. How can reason explain this?

Woody Allen, and a team, took a Japanese thriller spy movie and wrote a completely new dialogue in English, re-arranging some scenes, creating a new comedy, What's Up Tiger Lilly? A prophetic workshop in Babylon after 539 BC took an old book of the Old Testament and put new words into the mouth of an old prophet making him into the first prophet of the New Testament. Isaiah sees Sennacherib the Assyrian coming, after the time of David. He sees Nebuchadnezzar coming after Josiah, and he sees Cyrus replacing them all. "I will make the shadow cast by the Sun go back the ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down." (Isaiah 38:8). Joshua made the Sun stand still; Isaiah made the Sun go back. Isaiah gave Hezekiah a new lease on life. Isaiah made Cyrus the Messiah of Yahweh. He said a Virgin would give birth. (The Jews deny this and claim he only said a young woman would give birth.) Like Hamlet and the Players, he inserted some new lines into an old play in order to catch the conscience of the King.

Sometime after the year 380 BC the Book of Isaiah was overhauled, hollowed out, and refitted with a completely new theology inspired from Zoroastrianism, which in the shape of Cyrus the Persian had conquered Babylon, and the Semitic world. André Dupont-Sommer said "independent critics have agreed that the addition of these chapters to "Proto-Isaiah" is to be assigned to about 200 BC" (The Dead Sea Scrolls, a Preliminary Survey, 1952). It is true that the "distant lands" is certainly suggestive of an expanded New World of Hellenism and Isaiah chapters 24 to 27, which are apocalyptic, could be that late when such preoccupations were rampant. But if the additions are so late, why is the footprint of Alexander the Great missing? Alexander achieved mythic status quickly and does appear in other Baptizing Sect literature; he follows the tracks of Moses in the desert (who carried on his wanderings in the time and mind of Ezra). Cyrus, who brought the new seed from the East is actually named in the Book of Isaiah (and exactly the same way in Chronicles) - but why not Alexander himself, who plowed the land for its planting? If Isaiah was writing in 200 BC, why is there no echo of the Seleucids? This makes it appear that the "real Isaiah," called the "Great Prophet of the Exile," is closer in time to Cyrus than to Alexander. He stopped morphing when the Bible was translated into Greek in Alexandria

The other voice speaking through Isaiah is called, by modern scholars, "Deutero-Isaiah," and there is also a "Trito-Isaiah." However, what is often called the "preaching of John the Baptist foretold" (Isaiah 40:3) is not really "foretold." Isaiah is the preaching of John the Baptist. He himself is the "voice of one calling [qowre/qerya/iqra] in the wilderness [bamidbar, the name of the Book of Numbers] prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God." These words are a direct challenge to Ezra, to Moses, and to their rather absurd "wanderings" in the desert - go straight and not in circles - as the words of Jesus' are to "Herod" and the Sanhedrin. The Koran depicts Moses looking in the desert in vain for the secret meeting place of the "Two Seas," a meeting place which the Baptizing Sects found in their daily ablutions. The "Lord" here is still Yahweh, a divinity which came to the southern Kingdom of Judah from the Prophets of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and took up domicile on Mount Zion (8:18). He replaced earlier divinities such as Shaddai but was on his way to becoming the generic "Theos" and simply al-Ilah, the Divinity, as in "Eloi, Eloi."

Deutero-Isaiah is not only a person, but a New School of thought, a highly ethical school of thought, much concerned with orphans and widows, which re-edited the original book Book of Isaiah and turned it into the announcement of the coming of the future World Savior of Zoroastrianism, the Saoshyant, and laid the doctrinal foundation of the Baptizing Sects. Apocryphal and Canonical sources in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, suggest that who we call "Deutero-Isaiah" is the spiritual child of "Zechariah" (whose name means "remember God," in Arabic Zakariyya') a "righteous priest of the Temple," the husband of Ishbat or Elizabeth (the name means "God is my oath"); that is, Deutero-Isaiah is the person the later writings call John the Baptist. In the Gospels, Elizabeth is a sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Zachariah and Elizabeth are mother and father of John the Baptist. Both Deutero-Isaiah and John the Baptist are "a voice crying in the wilderness, go into the deserts and make straight the way for the coming of the Lord." And perform ritual ablutions in the streams of living water. The Gospels turn Isaiah, as John, into the "cousin" of Jesus as a recognition award for founding their sects. A Sufi Hadith says that "Islam began in the wilderness and will return to the wilderness, may God have mercy on the wilderness." Rewriting history is an ancient strategy. Ezra did the same on an even bigger scale with the Pentateuch. But he was impervious to the spiritual, whereas Isaiah, or rather Deutero-Isaiah, is a prototype of the spiritual master, a Shaman out of the Scythian steppes. And Deutero-Isaiah was called al-Khasai, "the Baptist" as the title of the leader the main Baptizing Sect in Iraq, which still existed in the 9th century as reported by an-Nadim in the Fihrist. And Epiphanius in the Panarion said that al-Khasai or Elchasios had a revealed book, which denounced blood sacrifice and fire and said "go to the voice of the water." But although Epiphanius of Salamis (320-403) was a Bishop and a church father (and an iconoclast because he was born a Jew in Eleutheropolis), he did not realize that the "Book from Heaven" of Elchasios was actually the Book of Isaiah.

Conventional thinking says that chapters 1-39 of the Book of Isaiah are an "historical" prophet named Isaiah who could have lived between 740 BC to 686 BC, while verses 40-66 are another, un-named Prophet, or prophets, called by the code name Deutero-Isaiah and now Trito-Isaiah who wrote 56 to 66. Deutero-Isaiah is clearly not one person, either, but several different voices. Since Deutero-Isaiah knows the name of the Persian conqueror, and what happened in 539 BC, and conveniently has a younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, meaning, "Spoil quickly, plunder speedily" (Isaiah 8:3), and, later, an older son named Shear-jashub, meaning "A remnant shall return" (Isaiah 7:3), he must have lived after these events actually happened. But, already in chapter 39, Isaiah knows that all of Hezekiah's palace will be carried off to Babylon. Once upon a time it was possible to think that he knew such things because he could see the future, but now we know, at last, that no one can see the future. New verses tacked on the end of old verses is very simplistic. What one can really see, is that starting around the time of Cyrus, through the reign of Xerxes I in 486 BC, and down to the appearance of Alexander, a school of prophecy, a number of different voices, not all with the same mindset, but deeply inspired by the new thinking that Zoroastrianism brought to the Babylonian world, convinced by it, took the text of a known prophet of the age of the Assyrian Invasion, of the reign of Hezekiah, suitable because it was concerned with cataclysm and reform, and turned him into a vehicle of this new thinking. They re-edited the whole document. And they did this not only in chapters 40-66 but throughout, starting right at the beginning. "Deutero-Isaiah" is all of Isaiah, rethought and not just an afterthought. It is not an Isaiah of Hezekiah's time (715-686 BC) who, right in the beginning, overturns the Ark of the Covenant and repudiates the practices of the Temple. It is someone who has experienced a new conversion:

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner's manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.

. . .

"The multitude of your sacrifices - what are they to me?"
says the LORD.
"I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations - I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood! [animal sacrifice] Wash!

[the baptism was usually called "washing," and John the "Baptist" is often called "John the Washer" in some languages]

and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
"Come now, let us settle the matter," says the LORD.
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool". . .
See how the faithful city has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her -
but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water.
Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow's case does not come before them.
Therefore the Lord, the LORD Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel,
declares: "Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.
I will turn my hand against you;
I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.
I will restore your leaders as in days of old, your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.".."
(Isaiah 1:11-23)

This, already at the outset, is Zoroastrianism, which abhorred the primitive sacrifice of animals, and whose priests had a magic ritual of washing which restored them to the state of "unfallen man." Those who had experienced the Zoroastrian world view, perhaps as ambassadors negotiating the Persian conquest in advance, are attempting here to reason with Yahweh, as Isaiah himself says in 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together. This was written before Ezra came back with Yahweh's answer, the Torah, which simply chose to ignore most of the light coming from the East, and, instead to impose the status quo ante by threatening all and sundry. Ironically, it is Ezra's brood which are called "Pharisees," the "Persians," (although they vehemently deny it and say their name means "exceptionals," or perushim). What the Pharisees took from the Zoroastrian experience was not the kernel, but the chaff, like the "Book of Esther" and exaggerated ideas of "purity" which for them also meant "racial purity" at which other prophets scoffed: "This what the Lord GOD says to Jerusalem: ÔYour origin and your birth were in the land of the Canaanites. Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. On the day of your birth your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing. You were not rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one cared enough for you to do even one of these things out of compassion for you. Instead, you were thrown out into the open field, because you were despised on the day of your birthÔ"... (Ezekiel 16:1­5). The Pharisaic Judaism that Ezra created struggled with the Essenes, then with the Christians, then with the Karaites, the remnants of the old Sadducee Judaism in the middle ages.

And Isaiah says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth," words which are echoed by Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman in the Gospel of John, and in the Thanksgiving Scroll of the Dead Sea. This beginning of the book of Isaiah is not the eighth century prophet, it is a revolutionary statement after the destruction of the First Temple which breathes the completely new spirit that appeared after Cyrus. The restored tribes come back as Christians and Muslims.

Because time and history do not stand still, doctrinal revision was always going on. Moses was created in Deuteronomy, partly from an Egyptian novel of 1,900 BC called the "Story of Sinuhe" and partly from the story of Sargon of Akkad. (See Moses the Man who Never Was.) Deuteronomy was a book discovered "lying around the Temple" after 621 BC and it first launched Moses as a Jew (rather than an Akkadian) who brought down a book from heaven. (Others had already been sent to heaven on such an errand, but Moses was the first Jewish messenger.) Ezra further elaborated the story of Moses as a reaction to the unexpected developments of 586 BC - the destruction of the Temple of Solomon and then the return from the Exile after 517 BC. (The Exodus "out of Egypt" is Egypt, which ruled Canaan in the time of Abraham and Pharaoh's tax collector Melchizadek withdrawing from Canaan after the Battle of Carchemish in 605 BC.) The followers of Ezra, for their part, may have inserted some references to Moses, into Isaiah himself, doubtless against the wishes of the New School, which was promoting the "universal world savior" of Zoroastrianism, the Saoshyant, the one "born of a virgin," via the "Suffering Servant" and not a violent throwback to the Old Testament named Moses. The conflict between Moses and the New School led to the crucifixion and carried on in the New Testament, as is familiar to those who have received blind copies of Paul's "letters" which frees everyone from the Law of Moses. The New School participated in the conquest by Zoroaster. They were Cyrus "Fifth Column."

The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient clay cylinder, now broken into several pieces, on which is written a political declaration in Akkadian cuneiform script in the name of Persia's Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great. It dates from the 6th century BC and was discovered in the ruins of Babylon in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) in March 1879 by the archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam who was carrying out excavations for the British Museum. It is currently in the possession of the British Museum. It was created by Babylonian priests of Marduk for Cyrus to legitimize his rule following the Persian conquest of Babylon in 539 BC, when the Neo-Babylonian Empire was invaded by Cyrus and incorporated into his Persian Empire. But the ideas which the Cyrus Cylinder expresses, a condemnation of the former ruler, the affirmation that the divinity has selected the new ruler, are an ancient formula. These affirmations would have been circulated before the actual conquest by agents of the invading power: a psy-op or psychological warfare. Both priests of Yahweh and priests of Marduk were interested parties and served as Cyrus' "Fifth Column." What the New School of Isaiah did, was not only stake a claim to Cyrus' thanks, and take the credit for his achievements, but continued unrolling the Cyrus Cylinder further to declare the coming spiritual rule of the Saoshyant.

The "Cyrus Cylinder"says that the god of Babylon, Marduk had selected Cyrus to rule Babylon. [Marduk] "inspected and checked all the countries, seeking for the upright king of his choice. He took the hand of Cyrus, king of the city of Anshan, and called him by his name, proclaiming him aloud for the kingship over all of everything." (Irving Finkel's translation.) The Isaiah version of the Cyrus Cylinder propaganda is Yahweh telling Cyrus, "You don't know me, but I know you," and (Isaiah 45):

This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
and will level the mountains ;
I will break down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
riches stored in secret places ["the treasures of darkness"],
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant,
of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things.

It is important to know that the usual dates for Zoroaster that one encounters in books are wrong, and the result of a petrified academic bureaucracy. They say Zoroaster "lived" 628-551 BC. This is an ancient mistake, one explained by the scholar Mary Boyce. The mistake came about in the 4th century BC when Heraclides of Pontus launched the fiction that Pythagoras studied with Zoroaster in Babylon, which is historically impossible. (But is an allegory of the same process of Zoroastrianism merging with Greek thought, as Isaiah is Zoroastrianism merging with Semitic.) This was taken up by Aristoxenus and incorporated in the general chronology developed by Appolodorus in the 2nd century BC. Thence, on the supposed authority of Babylonian record keeping it was adopted by the Magi themselves as the dating of Zoroaster, incorrectly, as 258 years before Alexander the Great. In reality, on the basis of sound linguistic and archaeological evidence, the dates of Zoroaster, whether he is mythical or not, are at the latest 1,200 BC and possibly much earlier. Avestan, the language of the Gathas, the core of Zoroastrian liturgy, is a cousin of Vedic Sanskrit. And that is old. Whether he is mythical or not, Zoroastrianism, the Bronze Age reform of the ancient Indo-European religion shared by the Hindus, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans, which bears his name is quite real. The Book of Isaiah, the Koran, the Gospels quote Zoroaster (without credits). The Zoroastrian liturgy of yasna 44 asks: "Who created/set in order justice, the sun and stars, earth and sky, waters and plants, right thought, light and darkness?" To these questions Zoroaster had expected his Persian audience to reply, "Ahura Mazda." Deutero-Isaiah. or Deutero-Zoroaster, the newcomer, graciously gives the credit to Yahweh:

"To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?" says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God "?É

The Koran, which comes from this very same school of Isaiah through the Jewish Christian Ebionites, puts the answer this way in 55:1-7:

The beneficent taught the Koran;
He created Man, taught him expression;
the Sun and the Moon bow down, a
nd the herbs and the trees adore him.
And the heavens, he raised it high and set the measure.

Isaiah 13:9 says: "Thy Kingdom come" as in the "Lord's Prayer." In the first verse of the Koran, the Fatihah (which is nothing other than the Lord's Prayer in Arabic), it is: "King of the Day of Judgment." Isaiah is the prolegomena to the New Testament, and to the Koran:

See, the day of the Lord is coming - a cruel day, with wrath
and fierce anger to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.
The rising Sun will be darkened and the Moon will not give its light. (Isaiah)

The Koran Surah 81 :

When the Sun is muffled,
And when the stars are darkened,
And when the hills are moved,
And when camels ten months pregnant are abandoned
And when wild beasts gather abroad
And when the seas surge up
And when souls are assembled
And when the girl-child
that was buried alive is asked
for what crime she was put to death
And when the writ is all displayed
And when the sky is torn away
And when hell-fire is lit
And when the garden is brought near -
Then shall each soul know what it has prepared.

Acts 2:20:

"The Sun will be turned to darkness and the Moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord"

Or Matthew 24:29-31:

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the Sun be darkened, and the Moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be broken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Isaiah 45:7 also said:

I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things.

This is because there were two Zoroastrianisms, an orthodox one in which Ahura Mazda was the Supreme God who had created a good world, a world without suffering, without death, without disease, (before it was attacked by Ahriman coming from nowhere) and there was another Zoroastrianism, an "unorthodox" one called Zurvanism, in which Ahura Mazda and Ahriman, or evil, were twin brothers, sons of "Zurvan" or "Chronos," who is unbounded time without end. Zoroastrianism did not only transform Babylonian religion, but was itself transformed by it. In other words, after the amalgamation of Zoroastrianism and Semitic religion, in the variant called Zurvanism, Marduk/Yahweh ascended next to Ahura Mazda and took a place alongside him for 1400 years until the Mongols came and sorted everybody out. Isaiah says good and evil both come from God. "I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things" (Isaiah 45:7). This is metaphysically problematic. And was very difficult to sort out. It took the appearance of Manicheism, which sprang directly from Zurvanism, a religion which categorically says there are two principles in creation at war with each other, to lead Augustine to expound that evil is an absence of good. (In the presence of Christianity, addressing Augustine the ex-Manichean, Faustus the Manichean Electus insisted that Manicheism did not, literally, say that Evil was a god. But that is lawyer weasel talk.) Zurvanism also produced Gnosticism in Babylonian religions, which is not merely a "Christian" heresy, it is everywhere, including Voodoo.

The Manicheans interpreted the meaning of the Great Flood as "ignorance" or "unconsciousness," or the religious "law." The Flood covering the earth is "The Law" or "exoterism," as opposed to "esoterism." They called their missionary jurisdictional regions "islands" in the center of which stood the missionary caller, with his followers, on an island of awareness emerging out of the flood of unconsciousness. Isaiah also addresses himself to the "Islands." By these he means those who are spiritually awake. In the imagery of esoteric sects the Great Flood of Noah symbolizes "sleep" and "ignorance." A flat, one dimensional world, whereas the esoterics think that they see a real multi-dimensional world; both sides of things, in the light and in the shadow, the thinkable and the unthinkable, the good and the evil. The exoteric aspect of religion is filled with what Isaiah himself calls mindless and meaningless rites, such as the sacrifice of animals, and is most commonly symbolized by the Law. "The Law," Paul said, "kills. The Spirit gives life." The islands are the first footholds to appear after the Great Flood recedes; it is the summits of mountains where are found the communities of the "awake."

Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother's womb he has spoken my name.

By "islands" Isaiah means the summits above the waters of oblivion, the highest points of land which were first to appear after the Flood, the communities of the aware and the awake. The Ark of Noah naturally came to rest in the Caucasus, the highest mountains known to the classical world (which is why the German scientist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach in 1795 called the White Race "Caucasians"). This concept of the mountain tops as the first islands to appear after the flood was carried over by the Ebionites and the Manicheans. They called their parishes "islands" from which we get the name of Algeria, or al-Jaza'ir, which means the "Islands."

In the Ethiopic book of Enoch seven new "Archangels" make their debut: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Uriel, Saraqael, Raguel, and Remiel. as there are seven Zoroastrian "Amesha Spentas" or one could say lesser divinities: Spenta Mainyu (Pahlavi: Spenamino) - lit. "Bountiful Spirit"; Asha Vahishta (Phl: Ardwahisht) - lit. "Highest Truth"; Vohu Mano (Phl: Vohuman) - lit. "Righteous Mind"; Khshathra Vairya (Phl: Shahrewar) - lit. "Desirable Dominion"; Spenta Armaiti (Phl: Spandarmad) - lit. "Holy Devotion"; Haurvatat (Phl: Hordad) - lit. "Perfection or Health" - and Ameretat (Phl: Amurdad) - lit. "Immortality."

Gabriel, (whom the Persians continue to call by his Persian name, Sraosh), became the official messenger of the Baptizing Sects. In Arabic he is Jabra'il or Jibril, "God's Mighty One." (Arabic became a written language only with the Koran, after Hebrew and after Aramaic; but Arabic is older than Hebrew and older than Aramaic as is evident from its grammatical structure which is far more complex.) Daniel was content to receive messages from Gabriel. Gabriel informed the Virgin Mary of her good luck, and brought Muhammad the Koran. But for this he was afterwards snubbed by the Jews and in the Koran (2:97) this slight made him hot under the collar. In Zoroastrianism he is a lesser divinity who personifies Obedience and also is the guardian of prayer. He, along with others, were invoked by Zoroaster a number of times as the "other Ahuras" in the Gathas. Sraosh accompanying Mithra and Rashnu held the scales of justice which judge the soul according to previous "thoughts, words, and acts" (the Zoroastrian triad of "Good Thought, Good Word, Good Deed") to determine whether it was worthy to enter Paradise.

The Baptizing Sects, the Sabians, the Essenes, the Elkhasites, were already carrying out Isaiah's program. They had gone into the deserts, took in orphans, performed ritual ablutions, ceased performing animal sacrifices (the exclusive function of the First and Second Temple), became vegetarians, and made the road straight for the coming of the Lord. The Evangelists used Isaiah as a template for their program and applied it to the story of the Teacher of Righteousness which we now know from the Dead Sea Scroll pesher of Habakkuk. Many Christians believe that Isaiah's "songs of the Suffering Servant" are Messianic prophecies of Jesus. (7:14) "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Methodist founder John Wesley suggested that it is "so evident" that "it is Christ who is here spoken of." It is so evident because the Gospels are constructed according to this plan. The Evangelists gave Isaiah a place of honor by creating the figure of John the Baptist in his image. When the Evangelists renamed Isaiah as John the Baptist with a Greek name : Ioannes (????), they said this was a new name, one which was never given before (Luke 1:59-62). Therefore, it is a mistake to confuse it with the Hebrew Yohanan, "Graced by Yah," the name of the first Hasmonean, John Hyrcanus (and others). However, the Koran supplies us with the Semitic form of John which the Evangelists did not give. This explicit Aramaic or Arabic name of John, preserved by the Ebionites, "the name never given before" is found in the Koran (19:7) as Yahya which means "Yah Lives" and refers, of course, to Jesus. "John the Baptist" is not only an invocation of the former Isaiah, but an invocation of Jesus in his former identity of the Teacher of Righteousness. This is the Apocalyptic game of masks, of avatars, of role playing, of illusory identities of the ego, of the fleeting illusion of "I."

Zechariah son of Iddo the minor prophet of the exile (not exactly the father of John, but doubtless that was partly the intention of the Evangelists), who went with Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem, was also the recipient of prophetic handouts from the Baptizing Sects, just as Isaiah the son of Amoz was. He wrote "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass" (Zechariah 9:9) and (12:10) "And will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn." This, again, is a fifth column within the Old Testament which is marching to the sound of a different drummer and preparing the way for the coming of the glory of the Lord.

Isaiah, indicating a new direction, went on to become the founder of the Baptizing Sects. He is the original "John the Baptist" and the inspiration of the Essenes. The book of Isaiah is the most copied and the most complete of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Jesus reads from the Book of Isaiah in the Synagogue in Luke (4:17-21):

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

(Isaiah 58:6 as it is in the Septuagint)

The passage which Jesus reads has the word leqro, as "proclaim," which is the "call" of the Baptizing Sects (qowl qowra, "a voice calling") and is the name and first word of the Koran (from iqra, "cry" or "call"), the call being what God awakened Adam with from the sleep of non-existence. The Book of Isaiah takes a prophet of the time of the Assyrian invasion and turns him into a prophet of the liberation of Cyrus. The Book of Isaiah is the first pesher, or mystical commentary of the Dead Sea Scrolls. There is a a pseudegraphical text, found in fragments, and quoted elsewhere, the Ascension of Isaiah, composed between the late 1st century AD to the beginning of the 3rd century AD. Isaiah ascends through the Seven Heavens. His ascent parallels that of Enoch in the Second Book of Enoch and that of Muhammad. The first part of the book, generally referred to as the "Martyrdom of Isaiah," recounts and expands on the events of 2 Kings chapter 21. Isaiah warns the dying Hezekiah that his heir, Manassah, will not follow the same path. Manassah, disappointed with Yahweh's ineffective response to the Assyrian conquest, experimented with other gods to see if they brought better results. The Hebrew prophets were always warning their constituents against "idolatry" and its consequences, which were always disastrous.

These warnings against "idolatry" were simply attempts on the part of the priesthoods to keep their clients from switching to another brand of divinity the way propagandists warn against voting for the other party in an election: "you don't change horses in the middle of the stream" or "don't throw away your vote." In the Apocryphal texts, when Manassah the King takes over, and Isaiah's warning proves true, Isaiah and a group of fellow prophets head into the desert, and a demon named Beliar inspires a false prophet named Belkira to accuse Isaiah of treason. The king consequently condemns Isaiah to death, and although Isaiah hides in a tree, he is found, and Belkira leads the execution. The execution, being sawn in two, is the same as a story in the Talmud. In Islamic legend (not in the Koran), Zakariyya, the father of John, was also killed by being sawn into two after having fled persecutors and hidden himself in a tree, which suggests an identity between the two in the minds of those who made this up.


From: The Second Coming of the Judeo-Zoroastrian Jesus of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Cyril Glasse:

Cyril Glasse says that the inclusion of the Magi story in the Gospel of Matthew was intended to show that the Zoroastrian prophecy, of the future Saoshyant (World Saviour), had been fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

Matthew Chapter 2:

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ³Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him

3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people¹s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 ³In Bethlehem in Judea,² they replied, ³for this is what the prophet has written:

6 ³ŒBut you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.¹²

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ³Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.²

9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.


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