Mary Magdalene – The First Pope
This is the untold story of Mary Magdalene and it is possible to tell it now because new evidence has been uncovered, which sheds a completely different light on the role she played at the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on that first Easter morning. There was always a major conflict between the gospels in reporting the events at the tomb but the ambiguity could be summed up into one question and it related to John’s gospel as follows:
How could Mary Magdalene see two angels sitting in the tomb on the morning of the resurrection while Peter could only see the folded linen clothes but not the two angels?
The answer is equally intriguing because the new evidence shows that the gospel writers had applied an image of the holy tabernacle of Moses as a motif to explain the mystical transition of Jesus between heaven and earth with the resurrection. Those writers wrote the gospels some thirty to seventy years after the resurrection and they had a purpose for using the holy tabernacle as an image for the tomb. It enabled the writers to secretly convey a powerful message relating to the true role of Mary Magdalene on that first Easter morning.
A tabernacle adorns the altars of Christian churches and it holds the host, which symbolize the body of Christ. However, the original tabernacle was a mobile temple, which was the most holy shrine of the Israelite’s on their journey through the wilderness. It was made up of a tent, which was divided into two rooms by a veil. The inner chamber was God’s holiest room and only the high priest could enter into it. It housed the Ark of the Covenant and two angelic cherubim sitting at either end of the Lord’s seat. The outer chamber was where the regular priests ministered and thus far could they go for they were forbidden to enter God’s inner chamber.
The main clue from the gospel writers was where they introduced the tabernacle into the crucifixion scene of Jesus by stating that the veil of the temple was rent in two at his death. The tabernacle was a mobile temple and when its veil was rent in two, the outer holy room representing earth was joined with God’s inner room representing heaven. This helped to explain in mortal terms how the spirit of Jesus passed over from this earthly world into heaven. Next came the resurrection and it was where the writers displayed a wonderful secret about Mary Magdalene. They had recorded her as looking into God’s inner chamber of the tabernacle where she viewed the two angelic cherubim sitting at either end of where the body of Jesus had lain. In contrast, the writers had restricted Peter’s access to the outer chamber where he only saw the folded linen clothes but not the two angelic cherubim. This rendered Peter to be a regular priest.
Therefore, Mary Magdalene had the same esteemed status as the high priest and the gospel writers had indicated by their covert presentation that she should have been the first Pope.
This finding with the high priestess status of Mary Magdalene was only discovered because I had previously detected something very unusual about the configuration of the tabernacle. I discovered that the tabernacle designers had configured the tabernacle structure and its iconic furnishings so that their dimensions in biblical square cubits had the same numbers as the heavenly orbits.
The Vital Evidence was secretly engraved in the Tabernacle Dimensions
Something very unusual emerged when I was studying the instructions given to build the tabernacle in the Book of Exodus. Being acquainted with astronomy, I detected that three of the four gold and silver weights in the biblical units of talents and shekels given to decorate the holy structure had the same numerical values as the heavenly orbits. (Exodus 38:24–29) This finding with the equivalent of three of the heavenly orbits was astounding yet it had the biblical validation of three witnesses to suggest that there were more surprises in store. It led me to examine the measurements of the tabernacle to see if there was more cosmic data contained in the structure. The flood gates soon opened where I found that the dimensions of the tabernacle in the biblical units of square cubits had the same numerical values as all planets that the ancients could see. This discovery with the planetary orbits may seem totally out of character today especially as it pertained to one of the most holy shrines of Jewish worship. The validity of the findings have stood up to the most stringent of litmus tests with the analysis involving two different tabernacle tent sizes.
I initially formed the view that the Hebrew designers of the tabernacle were over-zealous when they configured the structure with the heavenly orbits for it literally made it a virtual heaven on earth for the Lord to dwell. However, as the research progressed I found that there were distinctive references given in scripture about Jesus and the tabernacle, which indicated that the holy sanctuary had been designed with his resurrection in mind. At the transfiguration of Jesus, Peter had said let us build three tabernacles, one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elias. It will be shown that the blinding light or activity with the transfiguration was similar to what happened at the tabernacle once a year when the high priests drew back the curtains at the rising of the sun. In the Book of Hebrews it outlined about the significance of the tabernacle with Jesus. The text included a statement about Jesus as follows: “He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:12) It literally stated that Jesus was in the holy place of the tabernacle when he had obtained eternal redemption for us, which would have been when he died. In the gospel of Nicodemus it outlined about the God of Israel who spoke to Moses about making the Ark of the Covenant to a given specific size. It went on to state: “By these five cubits and a half for the building of the Ark of the Old Testament, we perceived and knew that in five thousand years and a half (one thousand) years, Jesus Christ was to come in the ark or tabernacle of a body.” (Nicodemus 12:13) This statement indicated that the biblical forefathers knew that Jesus was to come in the ark or tabernacle of a body. These clues may have aroused interest before now but without this new knowledge about the cosmic configuration of the tabernacle, the significance of the text would not have registered. Finally, there was an interesting reference in the Book of Hebrews, which aroused my attention. This was where the text stated as follows: “It was therefore necessary that the pattern of things in the heaven should be purified.” (Hebrews 9:23) The pattern of things in the heavens was obviously the regular orbits of the planets but it was puzzling what those celestial bodies had got to do with being purified?
I was aware that there were references to the planets in the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) and therefore I decided to look more closely at what those references were about. I soon found that there were two references to two planetary conjunctions on a scroll, which was identified as DSS Scroll 4Q319. These conjunctions proved to be mini eclipses of the planets, which occurred every seven and eight years. I recognized that the eight year period related to an eclipse of the planet Venus and worked out that the seven year period related to an eclipse of Mercury. These mini-eclipses are known today as transits of Mercury and Venus because they transit across the face of the sun. Today, eclipses cause a stir in the media when they are expected to happen but few people are bothered about such odd occurrences. However, in ancient times eclipses were seen as being in the realms of the supernatural and the evidence suggested that these eclipses may have been viewed by the priests as God given sacred anniversaries.
These two eclipses in the Dead Sea Scrolls related to the planets Mercury and Venus. I therefore identified by a simulation exercise the timing periods in years of eclipses for the other planets with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn together with the moon. There were five such periods because the moon and Venus shared the same eight year interval. Of course the three outer planets cannot cross the face of the sun from our standpoint here on earth so that part was a projected theoretical exercise. Thereafter I checked to see if there was evidence of those long periods relative to eclipses from sources in antiquity. I found that some details of the related time periods where the periods were listed on Babylonian tablets dating back to the 4th century BCE. (Reference Hunger, Hermann, Astral Science in Mesopotamia, Brill 1999. P 202-205.)
The challenge then was to see if the designers of the tabernacle had known about those planetary eclipses. The subsequent investigation showed that the equivalent numerical values of five of the conjunction/eclipses of the planets had been factored into the dimensions or lists of items in the tabernacle tent structure. The results were also validated as factual by a comparative analysis litmus test involving two different tent sizes for the tabernacle structure.
The puzzle then was what had this information on astronomy got to do with religious worship? From a book by VanderKam I learned that conjunctions were seen by the priests as divine cycles of events in the heavens where God resided. It seemingly was thus an imperative for the priests to mirror those divine cycles here on earth with ceremonial anniversaries to celebrate the special events. (Reference Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls by Professor James VanderKam, Routledge, London, USA and Canada, 1998, p 112) However, the mystery about the pattern of things in the heavens should be purified still remained unresolved.
A possible answer to the puzzle emerged when I studied the biblical Book of Enoch where it insinuated that the planets were viewed as dark angels or demons. In the secret Book of John a list of names were given of the angels who ruled over the seven spheres or planets and five who ruled over the depth of the abyss. (Book of John 11:10-11) Likewise in the gospel of Judas it indicated that each of the stars or planets had an angel and that there were six wandering stars and five combatants. Was it possible that the eclipses of the planets where the crossed the face of the sun at particular long intervals in time were the key to being purified? The planets would have traveled in their regular cycles through the dark abyss of the night sky but eventually they would come into the light where they crossed the face of the sun to form eclipses as would be seen with Mercury and Venus. In plain speaking it meant that those celestial bodies were then seen to be purified by the light of the sun. That would explain the five combatants in the Book of Judas and there was those five long term periods engraved on the tabernacle dimensions to to signify what what those combatants meant. It was the ultimate divine expression in the heavens of light overcoming darkness and that was a theme, which was at the heart of Judaic and Christian religious belief relative to good overcoming evil. The tabernacle was designed as the earthly stage to copy the events in the heavens.
The Bigger Picture
These design features with the tabernacle would one day help to explain the transition of the predicted Messiah from this earthly world of the outer holy room of the tabernacle into the heavenly realm of God’s holiest chamber. Therefore, the gospel writers were following in the footsteps of the prophets when decades after the resurrection, they used the setting with the tabernacle as an image motif for the tomb to describe the events at the resurrection of Jesus. In relating the events however the writers had demonstrated a unique aspect where they afforded Mary Magdalene the same status as the traditional high priest. This was where they told how she was able to look into God’s inner chamber and see the two angelic cherubim sitting at either end of where the body of Jesus had lain. They completed the setting by recording how Jesus gave Mary Magdalene the PR role of announcing his resurrection to the universal audience. It was understandable because having already acquired the same status as the traditional high priest Mary Magdalene would have been the natural successor of Jesus.
The gospel of Mary outlined how some of the apostles recognized that Mary Magdalene was taught a secret wisdom by Jesus and they asked her to teach them all she knew. This was where the plot thickens for the evidence suggests that Mary Magdalene had a lot to tell the apostles because she had been initiated to the position of High priestess. The tell-tale clue was where she had already been identified as a High Priestess in the gospels by the phrase “Out of whom went seven demons.” This statement was usually taken as a form of possession or a health affliction. It was neither of those ailments however but instead it can now be seen as a cosmic phrase, which related to the purification ritual at the tabernacle when the seven demons portrayed as the seven planets were purified by the light of the rising sun. The ritual was traditionally performed by the high priest when once a year he entered God’s holy chamber wearing a breastplate. As he opened the curtains, the rising sun would have shone with a blinding reflection on the golden walls and gold plated ornaments and the women’s looking glasses. It would have been a similar scene as the transfiguration in magnificent brightness and it mirrored the heavenly scene with the eclipses of the planets as they crossed the face of the sun. In the process the seven demons or dark angels from the abyss were banished when the seven planets were purified by the light of the sun.
This situation with the stars or planets was referred to by Jesus himself in the gospel of Judas where he referred to all the stars bringing matters to completion. Jesus talked of a star named Saklas completing the span of time assigned to him. Some of the text was missing but the chapter ended with Jesus saying to Judas as follows: I am not laughing at you but at the error of the stars, because these six stars wander about with these five combatants, and they will be destroyed along with their creatures. (Gospel of Judas, National Geographic, Washington DC 2008) The translators in a footnote outlined that the six stars were Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn along with the moon and all of those orbital numbers were factored into the dimensions of the tabernacle. The five combatants have now been identified as the long anniversary time periods or conjunctions because the numbers of those time periods were also factored into the tabernacle dimensions. Gospels like Nicodemus and Judas did not feature in the cannon where the four official gospels reigned supreme. But now with the discovery of the planetary orbit engraved in the tabernacle it shows that the Gospel of Judas was very authentic and more revealing than the four official gospels. It explains the phrase “out of whom went seven demons” relative to the six wandering stars or planets referred to by Jesus while the earth as represented by the solar year completed the picture with the demons of seven planets.
Finally, because the cosmic phrase “out of whom went seven demons” related to Mary Magdalene and her only, it meant that she was the apostle of the apostles and the only one to have acquired the same status as the traditional high priest.
In 2016 Pope Francis upgraded Mary Magdalene to the same status as the other apostles where her anniversary was deemed to be a feast day. Her feast day is celebrated on July 22nd.
This finding with Mary Magdalene as a High Priestess will hopefully hasten the ordination of women to the priesthood.
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