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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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« Code Schmode: The True Identity of the Beloved Disciple »

For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. 

Mark 4:22. Jesus said it.

Sir Leigh Teabing, a character in The Da Vinci Code, quotes the secret Gospel of Philip in making his case that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovers. The secret Gospel of Philip also includes a reference to Archons, which the Gnostics believed to be an alien force of deities. 

Gnosticism originated in Alexandria, Egypt.

African scholar John Mark, who wrote the Gospel of Mark, founded the Coptic church in Alexandria.

The Gnostic writings contained in the Nag Hammadi library are written in Coptic.

The Gospel of Mark includes twelve verses which most scholars believe were forged. The beginning of these twelve verses includes an awkward reference to Mary Magdalene. 

The Gospel of Mark minus these twelve verses contains exactly 666 verses.

Anti-Gnostic elements in the Gospel of John show that John Mark, the writer, argued against the Gnostics, who rose up in Alexandria, Egypt. Gnostics believed (and presumably still do) that Jesus’ spirit descended upon His material body. John Mark argued that Jesus was both God and man.

The number 666 is the “mark” of the beast.

A reference to “a certain youth” in Mark’s Gospel, believed by many scholars to be John Mark, may identify “the other disciple, the one Jesus loved” in the Gospel of John. He was apparently called “the other disciple” because he recognized he was not one of the twelve.

The description of the “certain youth” being disrobed and humiliated, taking him out of consideration as “another disciple” who followed Jesus to the high priest’s courtyard, may have been inserted to throw people off the scent of African John Mark as the Beloved Disciple. Even if John Mark was disrobed, he still could have run home to dress and then make his way to Annas’ courtyard. The Gnostics’ lack of ethics and humility, and their willingness to distort the truth about Jesus, may have led them to fabricate the story of the “certain youth.”

Mark’s given name was John.

The Last Supper is missing the disciple John, who is believed by some scholars to be the disciple whom Jesus loved.

The Last Supper, evidenced by a disembodied hand grasping a dagger (near the woman believed by some to be Mary Magdalene), was clearly vandalized.

John Mark hosted the actual last supper with his mother Mary.

There is a reference to “the other Mary” twice in the Gospel of Matthew.

The patron of The Last Supper, Ludovico Sforza, a duke of Milan nicknamed “the Moor,” was reportedly of African descent.

The Sforza family crest appears in the collar of the Mona Lisa.

Caterina Sforza, the niece of the patron, who may be the Mona Lisa, was an alchemist whom Machiavelli said tried to poison Pope Alexander VII.

The father of the patron of The Last Supper created the first Tarot cards.

Gnosticism is not benign. Gnostics, namely the Brotherhood of the Serpent, summoned the “Kundalini fire” to use in their interactions with Archons.

The ancient Gnostics, according to the Nag Hammadi library, possessed knowledge of a race of alien deities called Archons (believed by some to be Saurons, Dracos or Reptilians). The Gnostics identified the Archons with Yaldaboath, the Gnostic name for Jehovah or the Demiurge, a pseudo-creator who was both good and evil.

Yaldaboath (Gnostic name for Jehovah, the false creator god, or the Demiurge) did not wish humankind to have any recollection of the Generators, the Cosmic Mothers and Cosmic Fathers on high. It was the serpent who, by tempting them, brought Gnosis to our parents; who taught the first people of our kind the complete knowledge of the Mysteries from on high.

The ancient Coptic Gnostic beliefs about the Archons were delusional beliefs about divinity. These beliefs held that this alien force infected the human mind with ideological viruses, which were intended to thwart humanity from reaching its true potential.

Epiphanius, a Christian who infiltrated the Ophite cult of “Snake-worshippers,” reported that they “venerate the Serpent because God has made it the cause of Gnosis for mankind. These snake worshipers drank bodily fluids as part of their ritual practices. Yuk.

Gnosticism accounts for the legend of Merovech the Twice Born, Meroveus or Merovee, the offspring of the Frankish king Clodius and Princess Basina of Thuringia who originated the Merovingian line (which allegedly contained the blood of Mary Magdalene). Merovech the Twice Born was believed to be part human and part sea creature (quinotaur).

Gnosticism accounts for the sacred geometry found in the landscape of France (beginning with the Rennes-le-Chateau, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene), which includes five-pointed stars (pentangles) and the Star of David enclosed in a circle.

Lagniappe:

If John Mark was “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and if he was an African, what does that say about Jesus?

Is it significant that there is a place in Ethiopia called Magdala?

Is it significant that “a scientific Adam” lived in Ethiopia and that Jesus was believed by the apostle Paul to be “a second Adam”?

Will white aliens one day pose as messiahs, with one claiming to be Jesus?

NOTES: John Mark took on the heretics in Alexandria, Egypt — hence the Gnostic-flavored Gospel of John.We are still having the same arguments with heretics — only The Da Vinci Code and the Gnostic gospels haven’t had an answer until now.

Okay TANATA campers, gather around the light that glows before you. We’re going to talk about a project called “Code Schmode: The True Identity of the Beloved Disciple,” and we’re going to be providing links associated with this project on our website. Bear with us if you do not wish to surf these sites — which are mostly sites operated by film production companies. When we’re through, you’ll know a lot more about Jesus, the person and friend. And how to produce a documentary without borrowing all the money. First, we’re going to need Bible scholars to interview about our topic. Then and only then can we write our script. Here’s a good directory, but its not as good as one we used to know. The second directory is pretty thorough; it pertains to Christian film production companies — and it’s a whopping list. I suppose we will snail mail as many companies and scholars that we can to generate real interest. We might even write a press release. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do. I wish there was a way to know Jesus’ DNA, as God’s Son; would Jesus be the half-brother of the biblical (and genetic/scientific) Adam? Was Jesus a man of color? And does that thought bear on our topic; it does if we’re talking about the most ancient races of people being in East Africa — which I came to know. I have often wondered what my purpose in going to Africa was, as God views it. I believe I have followed the clues to a solution of the mystery.

Christian Scholars Directory

Christian Film Production Companies

Genetic Adam and Eve Uncovered

John’s Gospel and Gnostic Teachings

A Good Beloved Disciple Discussion

The way this is going to work is like this: We’re going to have to launch a campaign to get our project known by scholars who can intelligently speak to it. At once, we’re trying to round up experts, which will involve some doing, collect footage and generate graphics, and raise funds so that we can produce the documentary. I, of course, see good things for this project, which has reemerged on my front burner following the passing of my dear sweet wife Susan. It seems more important than ever to have a project to work on, however well or poorly we do what we’re trying to do. But, of course, it’ll be a knockout, or it won’t be done at all.

The following material is UNDER CONSTRUCTION:.

Jesus said this — speaking apparently of the Apocalypse or “unveiling” or “revealing.” Some, including the Apostle and disciple Peter, believe that there will be a restoration of heaven and earth, even as all knowledge is given to us. Pretty mysterious. Biblical topics have been very mysterious and controversial in our time.

What biblical mysteries are there to plumb, which may be brought into the light? How about the identity of “the other disciple (not one of the 12), whom Jesus loved”? Of what help might be the code, which became the basis for a book and a film? Was Jesus’ most beloved disciple Mary Magdalene, as the code purports, or was Jesus best friend … an African scribe and priest?

What has Jesus to do with Africa … and anyone coming from there? Remember the infant Jesus was taken into Africa to hide him from the evil King Herod. Why did Mary and Joseph need to go as far as Egypt to hide their son?

The answer can be found, in part, in the biography of the founder of the Coptic Church and its first bishop, written by the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III, and only translated into English in 1997.  

In 2003, The Da Vinci Code was published, immediately raising a firestorm of questions about Jesus’ sexuality, His deity and the identity of Jesus’ most beloved disciple. The book’s author relied on Leonardo Da Vinci’s puzzling fresco The Last Supper and the Gnostic gospels of Philip and Mary Magdalene to make the case that Jesus’ most beloved disciple had been Jesus’ confidant, lover and wife, Mary Magdalene herself.

But there remain questions, presumably hidden from us, which could tell us many things about Jesus, the person and the friend he could be. The Da Vinci Code goes to rather elaborate lengths to somehow link a fresco painted by Leonardo in 1499 to a hidden code, the matter of the identity of Jesus’ most beloved disciple.

Let’s take a closer look at the famous fresco … and see if there are any new conclusions which can be drawn to shed light on whether there has been or is some code, which links Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Or this young African man.

It was the year 2003. A best-selling work of fiction, borrowing from the Gnostic gospels of Mary and Philip

Published in 2003, The Da Vinci Code raised questions about Jesus, his deity, and even his sexuality. The book’s author put forth the idea of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene, that he only swooned on the cross

What secrets have been hidden from us? Secrets about death and the afterlife

 

 

Jesus spoke these words more than two-thousand years ago, speaking about a future time when the Apocalypse or “unveiling” will occur. . What hidden information or secrets have been kept from us, which will one day be revealed by God?

What do we not know that we want to know?

There are many mysteries in the Scriptures and the holy history that produced them.

For Bible scholars, there has been the age-old question of who was Jesus’ best friend, also known as the Beloved Disciple. It is imperative that we identify the so-called Beloved Disciple

What can be drawn from the fact that the Beloved Disciple outruns Peter to the empty tomb, but finding the stone rolled away hesitates to go inside?

What can be drawn from the fact that the Beloved Disciple is described as leaning on Jesus’ breast, when that on the surface may seem to be inappropriate?

Is it significant that Jesus was taken into Africa as a child, the same continent from which came the woman and her son who hosted the last supper?

What made the Beloved Disciple so lovable, so that Jesus would permit him to recline on his bosom? No true disciple would do that. Amy hint of sexual impropriety would have made Jesus out to be a fraud. This was not one of the twelve.

What about the Beloved Disciple’s age? It would be appropriate for a young boy to lean on his hero, or big brother.

Think you’ve got the inside track on Jesus from The Da Vinci Code, which in part is based on The Last Supper, Leonardo’s much-contemplated fresco in Milan?

Why is it important that Jesus lived part of his life in Africa, and that the Last Supper was actually hosted by an African woman and her son?

Jesus lived a part of his life as an African — that is, his parents moved Him to Egypt so He might be safe from King Herod’s decree to slay all infants until the  

Mysteries abound in this life. Life and death are mysterious, with each of us surrounded by a world and universe that only leaves science more puzzled the more it learns. But need it always be so? Will any of these mysteries of life and death ever be revealed, explained, detailed, pointed out? Reportedly, people who have died and been resuscitated have said all knowledge was made available to them in the afterlife. Do we have to wait until we die … to make some sense out of the mysteries of life that surround us?

Jesus said that in the End of Days, all mysteries would be revealed. Well who was Jesus to make such a statement? Did He ever exist? Is there a way to help solve the mystery of the person of Jesus Himself? 

Can we link Adam to Jesus?

Jesus went to an ancient part of the world, not far from where Eden is believed to have existed.

Science says the scientific Adam was Ethiopian, as the first Hebrews might have been

In Egypt, there is a place where Jesus stayed, revered

Jesus lived in Africa for a part of His life

Africans hosted The Last Supper in their Jerusalem home 

Did Jesus ever exist?

Did He do the things we’re told He did in the New Testament Gospels?

Did He do the things that the Gnostic gospels say he did?

Is it remarkable that the Gnostic Nag Hamadi Library was written in Coptic?

Has the Coptic Church been an unheralded defender of the Christian faith?

Who was Jesus’ most beloved friend? And what binds them together?

In whose home in Jerusalem was the Last Supper held?

Why did Mary and Joseph travel to Egypt to hide Jesus?

Is Jesus the half-brother of Adam?

How important to Christendom is the Coptic Church?

Who founded the Coptic Church in Alexandria?

Which disciple and apostle of Jesus was the most educated?

What does the painting The Last Supper really say about Jesus and His disciples? Is Leonardo’s portrayal of the Passover meal Jesus shared with His disciples actually flawed? Does the nationality of the woman and her son who hosted the meal give us pause, as we ask ourselves if anyone was painted out, hence the large gulf between Jesus and John, which is a distance not described in scripture.

 

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