THE FIRST CHRISTIANS & THE FLAVIANS This book, Caesar’s Messiah, provides a new interpretive framework for the Gospels. This framework renders every passage in the Gospels coherent, and provides an answer to the question of who composed them. I shall show that intellectuals working for General/Emperor Titus Flavius, the second of the three Trinity Flavian Caesars, created Christianity. Their main purpose was to replace the xenophobic Jewish Messianism that waged war against the Roman Empire with a version of Judaism that would be obedient to Rome. One of the individuals involved with the creation of the Gospels was the first-century historian Flavius Josephus Bar Matthias, who, as he related it, led a fabulous life. He was born in 37BC into the royal family of Judea, the Maccabees. Like Jesus, Josephus was a so called child prodigy who astounded his elders with his knowledge of Judaic law. Josephus also claimed to have been a member of each of the Jewish sects of his era, the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Essenes. When the Jewish rebellion against Rome broke out, in 66AD, though he had no described military background and believed the cause hopeless, Josephus was given command of the revolutionary army of Galilee. Taken captive, he was brought before the Roman General/Emperor Vespasian, to whom he presented himself as a prophet. At this point, God, rather conveniently, spoke to Josephus and informed him that his favor had switched from the Jews to the Romans. Josephus then claimed that Judaism’s messianic prophecies foresaw not a Jewish Messiah, but Vespasian, whom Josephus predicted would become the “Lord of all mankind”. After this came to pass, so to speak, and Vespasian was proclaimed Emperor, he rewarded Josephus clairvoyance by adopting him. Thus, the Jewish rebel Josephus Bar Matthias became Flavius Josephus, the son of Caesar. He became an ardent supporter of Rome’s conquest of Judea, and when Vespasian returned to Rome to be crowned Emperor, Josephus stayed behind to assist the new Emperor’s son Titus with the siege of Jerusalem. After Jerusalem had been destroyed, Josephus took up residence within the Flavian court at Rome, where he enjoyed the patronage of Vespasian and the subsequent Flavian emperors, Titus Domitian. It was while he was living in Rome that Josephus wrote his two major works, War of the Jews, a description of the 66-73AD war between the Romans and the Jews, and Antiquities of the Jews, a history of the Jewish people & dedicated to his black friend Epaphroditus (Philippians 4 also see preface to Antiquities of the Jews. Josephus histories are of great significance to Christianity. Virtually all that we know regarding the social context of the New Testament is derived from them. Without these works, the very dating of the events of the New Testament would be impossible. Josephus histories provided Jesus with historical documentation, a fact that is widely known. They also provided Jesus with another kind of documentation, a fact largely forgotten. Early Christians believed that the events Josephus described in Wars of the Jews proved that Jesus had been able to see into the future. It is difficult to find even one early Christian who taught another position. Church scholars such as Tertullian, Justin Martyr, and Cyprian were unanimous in proclaiming that Josephus description of the conquest of Judea by Titus Flavius in War of the Jews proved that Jesus’ prophecies had come to pass. As Christian historian Eusebius wrote in 325AD: If anyone compares the words of our Savior with the other accounts of the historian [Josephus] concerning the whole war, how can one fail to wonder, and to admit that the foreknowledge and the prophecy of our savior were truly divine and marvelously strange? (Ecclesiastical history book 3 chap 7:7) One example of Jesus foreknowledge that so impressed Eusebius was his prediction that the foes of Jerusalem would encircle it with a wall, demolishes the city and it’s Temple, and level its inhabitants. And when he was now getting near Jerusalem… he came into full view of the city, he wept aloud over it, and exclaimed…For time is coming upon thee when thy foes will throw up around thee earthworks and a wall investing thee and hemming thee in on every side, And level you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation” (Luke 19:37-44) Josephus recorded in War of the Jews that all the precise details Jesus foresaw for Jerusalem did indeed come to pass. Titus ordered his soldiers to “Build a wall round about the whole city” Titus, like Jesus, saw the encircling of the city as an event sanctioned by God, who inspired his soldiers with a “Divine fury”. Josephus also recorded that Titus did not merely burn Jerusalem and defile its Temple, but ordered that they should be left exactly as Jesus has foreseen, with “not one stone upon another” [Titus] gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city and Temple…” Jesus stated that these calamities would befall Jerusalem’s inhabitants because they did not know the “Time of your visitation”. “Son of Man”, a title used by the prophet Daniel for the Jewish Messiah. While it has been universally believed that Jesus was referring to himself when he used the expression the “Son of Man”, he usually spoke of this individual in the third person and not as himself. Jesus repeatedly warned the Jews that during the Visitation of the Son of Man various disasters, like those he foresaw above would occur. See A. Matthew 24:42-44 B. Matthew 25:13 Though Jesus did not say exactly when the son of man would occur, he did state that he would come before the generation alive during his ministry passed away see (Matthew 24:33-34) Jews of this era saw a generation as lasting 40 years, so Titus destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD fit perfectly into the time frame Jesus gave in his prophecy. However, while Jesus did accurately predict events from the coming war, there was a flaw in his foreknowledge-that is, that the person whose visitation actually brought about the destruction of Jerusalem was not Jesus but Titus. If his prophecy did envision (as Eusebius and other church scholars have maintained) events from the coming war between the Romans and the Jews, then the “Son of Man” Jesus warned of seems not to have been himself but Titus-a point that has been overlooked by modern scholarship. There was little written between the fifth and the 15th centuries commenting on the numerous parallels between the events Josephus recorded in War of the Jews and Jesus’ perdictions. This is not surprising, as the Church is known to have actively discouraged scriptural analysis during this time. What evidence was left, however, suggests that during the entire Middle Ages, Christians viewed Josephus depiction of the war between the Romans and the Jews as proof of Christ’s Divinity. Icons, carvings on caskets, and religious paintings from this era all portrayed the 70AD destruction of Jerusalem as the fulfillment of Jesus doomsday prophecy. The importance of Josephus’ works to Christians during this period can also be gauged by the fact that some of the Eastern Christian churches of Syria and Armenia actually included his books as a part of their handwritten Bible. In Europe as well, following the invention of the printing press, Latin editions of the Bible included Antiquities and War of the Jews. Following the reformation, scholars were able to record their opinions, and their writings show that they continued to view the relationship between the New Testament and War of the Jews as proof of Christ’s divinity. On the significance of 70AD, for example, Dr. Thomas Newton wrote in his 1754 work, Dissertations on the Prophecies: As a general in the wars [Josephus] must have had an exact knowledge of all transactions…his history was approved by Vespasian and Titus [who ordered it to be published]. He designed nothing less, and yet as if he had designed nothing more, his history of the War of the Jews may serve as a larger comment on our ‘Saviors’ prophecies of the destruction of Jerusalem. Newton’s position was the same as Eusebius. Both scholars believed that Josephus “designed nothing less” than to honestly record the war between the Romans and the Jews. The events that Josephus recorded seemed to be the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy and did not strike them as in any way suspicious. On the contrary, they saw the relationship between the two works as proof of Jesus divinity. They were in no way unusual in holding this view; it was held by the majority of Christian scholars until the end of the 19th century. The belief, that Josephus depiction of the destruction of Jerusalem proved that Jesus had seen into the future, was largely forgotten during the 20th century. Only one denomination of Christians, the Preterists, still cites parallels between War of the Jews and the New Testament as proof (Spoof) of Jesus divinity. Currently, most Christians either believe that the apocalypse Jesus envisioned has not yet occurred or they ignore these prophecies altogether. As Christianity’s third millennium begins, few of its members are even aware of the parallels that were once of such importance to the religion. However, I believe that Eusebius was correct in stating that when one compares War of the Jews to the New Testament, one must admit to a relationship that, if not divine, is at the least strange. The parallels between Jesus prophecies and Titus military campaign do indeed seem too precise to have been the result of chance. If one accepts the traditional understanding, that the New Testament and War of the Jews were written at different times by different authors, then the only explanation for the parallels would seem to be the one given by Eusebius that they were caused by something truly divine. Of course, before accepting any phenomenon as miraculous, one should first determine if a non-supernatural explanation for it exists. All scholars have faced the same difficulty in trying to understand first-century Judea: a lack of source material. Before the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, the important literature describing firsthand the events of first-century Judea were the New Testament and the works of Josephus. For two millennia, only these two works illuminated an era so seminal to Western Civilization. The absence is unusual. In Greece, thousands of pieces of writing from the same era have been discovered. Jesus constantly complained about scribes, who, one must assume, were writing something see (Matthew 16:21). Rome’s occupation of Judea spanned the entire first century. Josephus records that during this period a movement of Jewish Zealots called the Sicarii continually staged insurrections against the Empire and its surrogate, the family of Herod. The Sicarii, like the Christians, were messianic and looked forward to the arrival of the son of god, who would lead them violently against Rome. Josephus dates the origin of this messianic movement to the Census/Taxing of Quirinus in 6AD [Recall Jews first used the word Satan against David who tax/census his peoples 1Chr 21:1). So the real Jews opposed Rome’s taxation and a fake Jesus submits to it. This movement existed for over 100 years, but until the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, no document that could possibly have been part of its literature had ever been found. The literature of the Sicarii movement is most likely missing because the Romans destroyed it. A number of the Dead Sea Scrolls (found hidden in caves) describe an uncompromising sect that awaited a messiah who would be a military leader. Messianic literature of this sort was surely a catalyst for the Sicarii’s rebellion and would have been targeted for destruction by the Romans, who are known to have destroyed Judaic literature. The Talmud, for example, records the Romans practice of wrapping Jews in their religious scrolls and lighting them afire. Josephus notes that following their war with the Jews, the Romans took the Torah scrolls and other religious literature and locked them up inside the Flavivian palace in Rome which is now the Vatican hill. The only works to have survived this century of religious warfare, the Gospels and the histories of Josephus, had a pro-Roman perspective. In the case of Josephus histories this is hardly surprising, as he was an adopted member of the imperial family and took on the name Flavius. It is notable, however, that the New Testament also has a point of view positive to the Romans. The first century was not a time when one would expect that a Judaic cult with a viewpoint favorable to the Empire would have emerged. Yet the new Testament texts never portray Roman soldiers in a negative light, and actually describe them as “devout” and God fearing (Yeah right they feared the pagan Zeus and Apollo). There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feared God with his entire house, which gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always (Acts 10:1-2) The New Testament also presents Tax collectors, who would have been working for the Romans, in a favorable light. (If Gospels written today they would have made Jesus a friend to the IRS). The Apostle Matthew, for example, is actually a publican, or tax collector. The citizenship espoused in the works of Josephus and the New Testament would have been seen favorably by Rome. Each work proclaims the holiness of subservience. And each takes the position that, as it is God who has given the Romans their power, it is therefore against God’s will to resist them. For example, the Apostle Paul teaches that Roman judges and magistrates were a threat only to evil doers (For tax-gathers are ministers of God-see Romans 13:2-6) Josephus shared Paul’s belief that the Romans were God’s servants and only inflicted punishment on evil-doers. Thus, the only works that describe first-century Judea share a positive viewpoint toward Rome. Why is that inly their writings have survived? I believe that the New Testament and the works of Josephus survived because they were both created and promulgated by Rome. This works presents evidence indicating that the Gospels were created by Titus Flavius, the second of the three (Trinity) Flavian Emperors. Titus created the religion for two reasons, the most obvious being to act as a theological barrier against the militant messianic Judaism of Judea to other provinces. Josephus mentions this threat in War of the Jews: …the Jews hoped that all of their nation, which were beyond Euphrates, would have raised an insurrection with them. Titus had another, more personal, reason for creating the Gospels-this being that the Jewish Zealots refused to worship him as a god. Though he was able to crush their rebellion, Titus could not force the Zealots, even though torture or death, to call him Lord. Josephus noted the staunchness with which the Zealots adhered to their monotheistic faith, stating that the Sicarii “do not value dying and any kind of death, nor indeed do they heed the dying of their relation, nor can any fear make them call any man lord” As I noted in the introduction, to circumvent the Jews stubbornness, Titus designed a hidden message within the Gospels. This message reveals that the “Jesus” who interacted with the disciples following the crucifixion was not a Jewish messiah, but Titus himself. Unable to torture the Jews into foregoing their religion and worshiping him, Titus and his intellectuals created a version of Judaism that worshiped Titus without its followers knowing it. When his clever literary devise was finally discovered, Titus would be able to show posterity that he had not failed in his efforts to make the Jews call him “Lord”. Though always seen as a religious document, the New Testament is actually a political document-a monument to the vanity of a Caesar, one that has finally been discovered. Titus backdated Jesus ministry to 30AD, thereby enabling him to foresee events in the future to predict Titus war activities. In other words, Jesus was able to accurately prophesy events from the coming war (66-73AD) with the Romans because they had already occurred. As part of this scheme, the fictitious histories of Josephus were created so as to document the fact that Jesus had lived and that his prophecies had come to pass. While the above claims will, and should, trigger skepticism, one needs to remember that as Christianity describes its origins, it was not only supernatural but also historical illogical. Christianity, a movement that encouraged pacifism and obedience to Rome, claims to have emerged from a nation engaged in a century-long struggle with Rome. An analogy to Christianity’s purported origins might be a cult established by polish Jews during World War II that set up its headquarters in Berlin and encouraged it members to pay taxes to the Third Reich. Totally absurd but that’s Christianity. When one looks at the form of early Christianity, one sees not Judea, but Rome. The church’s structures of authority, its sacraments, its college of Bishops, and the title head of the religion-The Supreme pontiff-were all based on Roman, not Judaic, traditions. Somehow, Judea left little trace on the form of a religion that purportedly originated inside of it. Early Christianity was also Roman in its worldview. That is, like the Roman Empire, the movement saw itself as ordained by God to spread throughout the world. Before Christianity, no religion is known to have seen itself quite so destined to conquer, to become the religion of all mankind. The type of Judaism described in the Dead Sea Scrolls, for example, was very selective as to who was allowed to join its community, as the following passage from the Damascus Document shows: No madman, or lunatic, or simpleton, or fool, or blind man, or maimed, or lame, or deaf, and no minor shall enter the community, for the Angels of holiness are with them. This exclusionary approach was the mirror opposite of Christianity. In comparing the text below to its mirror above, notice that the Gospels author seems to have made a comical editorial decision. He chose to render the “madmen, lunatics, simpletons, and fools” who came to Jesus as many others. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus feet; and he healed them. To try to understand how Christianity established itself within the Roman Empire is to sift through mysteries piled atop the unknown. For example, how did a religion that began as verbal tradition in Hebrew or Aramaic change into one whose surviving scripture is written almost entirely in Greek? According to Albert Schweitzer: The great and still undischarged task, which confronts those, engaged in the historical study of primitive Christianity, is to explain how the teaching of Jesus developed into early Greek theology. The most historically illogical aspect of Christianity’s origin, however, was its Messiah. Jesus had a political perspective that was precisely the opposite of the son of David, who was awaited by the Jews of this era. Josephus records that what most inspired the Jewish rebels was their belief in the Judaic prophecies that foresaw a world ruler, or Messiah, emerging from Judea-the same prophecies that the New Testament claims predicted a pacifist while the other Jews predicted militancy But now, what did the most elevate them in undertaking this war was an ambiguous oracle that was also found in their sacred writings, how, about that time, one from their country should become governor of the of the habitable earth. The Jews took this prediction to belong to themselves in particular. The Dead Sea Scrolls confirmed that Jews of this era indeed “took this prediction to belong to themselves and awaited a Messiah who would be the son of God Son of God he will be called son of the most high they will name him…his kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom…he will judge the earth in truth…the great God…will give people into his hand and all of them will be cast down before him. His sovereignty is everlasting sovereignty. In the following passage from the Damascus Document, notice that the Messiah envisioned by the author was, like Jesus, a shepherd, though not one who would peace. “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered; but I will turn my hand upon the little ones” (Zechariah 13:7) Now those who hear him are the flock’s afflicted, these will escape in the period of [God’s] visitation. But those who remain will be offered up to the sword, when the Messiah of Aaron and Israel comes, as it was in the period of the first visitation, as he reported by the hand of Ezekiel: A mark shall be put on the forehead of those who sigh and groan” (Ezek 9:4) But those who remained were given up to the sword of vengeance, the avenger of the Covenant. The following passage from the Targum (the Aramaic versions of the Old Testament) also describes a warrior messiah. Clearly, this would have been the nature of the “King Messiah” of the Jews who would , in Josephus words, “most elevate them in undertaking this war”. How lovely is the king messiah, who is to rise from the house of Judah. He girds his loins and goes out to wage war on those who hate him, killing kings and rulers…and reddening the mountains with their blood of their slain. With his garments dipped in blood, he is like one who treads grapes in the wine press. However, the New Testament and the histories of Josephus each imply that the Messiah was not this nationalist leader who had been foreseen, but rather a pacifist who encouraged cooperation with Rome. For example, consider Jesus instruction in Matthew 5:41 “when anyone conscripts you for one mile, go along two”. Roman military law permitted its soldiers to conscript, which is to demand that civilians carry their 65-pound packs for a length of one mile. Roman roads had mile markers (milestones), so that there would be no dispute over whether or not this requirement had been met. Why would the Messiah foreseen by Judaism’s xenophobic world-ruler prophecies urge Jews to go the extra mile for the Roman army? When one compares the militaristic Messiah described in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other early Judaic literature with the pacifistic messiah described in the New Testament and Josephus Testimonium, one aspect of the lost history of Judea seems visible. An intellectual battle was waged over the nature of the messiah. The New Testament and Josephus stood together on one side of this struggle, claiming that a pacifistic messiah had appeared who advocated cooperation with Rome. On the other side of this theological divide stood the Jewish Zealots who awaited a militaristic Messiah to lead them against Rome. Among Christianity’s oldest surving records is the epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, dated to 96AD. The letter was purportedly written by (Pope) Clement 1 to a congregation of Christians who had apparently rebelled against the Church’s authority. It shows that even at the onset of the religion the Bishop of Rome was able to give orders to the church of Corinth, and that the Church of Rome used the Roman army as an example of the kind of disciple and obedience that it expected from other churches and their members. The church of God which sojourned in Rome to the church of God which sojourned in Corinth, Let us mark the soldiers that are enlisted under our rulers, how exactly, how readily, how submissively, they execute the orders given them. All are not perfects, nor rulers of thousands, nor rulers of hundreds, nor rulers of fifties, and so forth; but each man in his own rank executes the orders given by the king and the governors. ( 1 Clem 37:2-3) But how did the church’s authority structure come into existence resembling the Roman’s military. Who established it and who gave the Bishops such absolute control? Cyprian wrote: The bishop is in the Church and the Church is in the Bishop…and if anyone is not the bishop, that person is not in the church. And why was Rome, supposedly the center of Christian persecution, chosen as the Church’s headquarters? A Roman origin would explain why the Bishop of Rome was later made the supreme pontiff of the church. And why Rome became its headquarters. It would explain how a Judean cult eventually became the state religion of the Roman Empire. A Roman origin would also explain why so many members of a Roman imperial family, the Flavians, were recorded as being among The First Christians. The Flavians, would have been the first Christians because, having invented the religion, they were, in fact, the first Christians. When considering a Flavian invention of Christianity, one should bear in mind that the Flavian Emperors were considered to be divine and often created religions. The oath that they swore when being ordained emperor began with the instruction that they would do “all things divine…in the interests of the empire”. The Arch of Titus, which commemorates Titus’ destruction of Jerusalem, is inscribed with the following statement: Senatus Populus Que Romanus Divo, Tito Divi Vespasian. F Vespasiano August [The Senate and people of Rome, to the divine Titus, so of the Divine Vespasian] This is the origin of the son of God for the Gospels. The Trinity is included when Domitian inserts himself as the terrible spirit. Fragments of the written pronouncement, given in 69AD by the perfect of Egypt Tiberius Alexander (who makes a cameo appearance in Gospel of Mark 15:21), in which he recognized Vespasian as the new Emperor, are still in existence. Vespasian is referred to in them as “the Divine Caesar” and “Lord”. “Out of Egypt I called my Son” (Hosea 11:1 was applied to Vespasian in Matthew 2:15) Josephus also believed that Vespasian was a divine person. He claimed that Judaism’s messianic prophecies foretold that Vespasian would become the Lord of all mankind. This indicates that in the eyes of Josephus, Vespasian was not only the “Jesus” or savior of Judea, but that he was also the “Christ”, the Greek word for the Messiah that was foreseen in the prophecies of a Judaic world-leader. Thou, O Vespasian, thinkest no more than that thou hast taken Josephus himself captive; but I come to thee as a messenger of greater tidings; for had not I been sent by God to thee… Thou, O Vespasian, art Caesar and Emperor, thou, and this thy son. Bind me now still faster, and keep me for thyself, for thou, O Caesar, are not only Lord over me, but over the land and sea, and all mankind Josephus, in proclaiming himself God’s minister, also described an ending of God’s “contract” with Judaism that was quite similar to the position that the New Testament takes concerning Christianity-the only difference being that Josephus believed that God’s fortune had gone over not to Christianity but to Rome and its imperial family, The Flavians. Since it pleaseth theee, who has created the Jewish nation, to depress the same, and since all their good fortune is gone over to the Romans, and since thou hast made choice of this soul of mine to foretell what is to come to pass hereafter, I willingly give them my hands, and am content to live. And I protest openly that I do not go over to the Roma s as a deserter of the Jews, but as a minister from thee”. And what was his ministry was his journal War of the Jews which is the Gospels satire, parody and spoof. Scholars have dismissed Josephus application of Judaism’s messianic prophecies to Caesar as simple flattery. I disagree, and shall show that not only did Josephus “believe” Vespasian to be “God”, and Titus therefore the “son of God”, but that his histories were entirely constructed to demonstrate that very fact. There was nothing unusual in Josephus recognition of Vespasian as a God. The Flavians merely continued the tradition of stabling emperors as gods, that the Julio-Claudian line of Roman emperors had begun. Julius Caesar, the first Diuus (Divine) of that line, claimed to have been descended from Venus (Venus was nicknamed Lucifer, Morning/Evening star Rev 22:16 The Saturn Christmas Tree with the star on top). The Roman senate is said to have decreed that he was a god because a comet appeared shortly after his death, thus demonstrating his divinity. In 80AD, Titus established an imperial cult for his father, who had passed away during the previous year. The cult was politically important to Titus because Vespasian’s deification would break the Julio-Claudian line of divine succession and thereby secure the throne for the Flavians. Because only the Roman Senate could bestow the Title of Diuus, Titus first needed to convince them that Vespasian had been a god. There was evidently some difficulty in arranging this, however; Vespasian’s consecration did not occur until six months after his death, an unusually long interval. Titus also created priesthood, the Flamines, to administer the cult. The cult of Vespasian was not isolated to Rome, and appointments were made throughout the provinces. In the areas surrounding Judea, a Roman bureaucracy called the Commune Asiae (see Acts 19:31) oversaw the cult. Notably, all seven of the Christian “Churches of Asia” mentioned in Rev 1:11 had agencies of the Commune located within them. Upon her death, Titus also secured the deification of his sister Domitilla (Also the first Saint of France was Titus granddaughter). In going through the process of deifying his father and sister and establishing their cults, Titus received an education in a skill few humans have ever possessed. He learned how to create a religion. Titus not only created and administered religions, he was a self-claimed prophet. While emperor, he received the title of Pontifex Maximus ( Builder of Bridges), which made him the High priest of the Roman religion and the official head of the Roman college of priests –the same title and office that, once Christianity had become the Roman state religion, its Popes would assume. As Pontifex Maximus, Titus was responsible for a large collection of prophecies (Annales Maximi) every year, and officially recorded celestial and other signs, as well as the events that had followed these omens, so that future generations would be able to better understand the divine will. Titus was unusually literate. He claimed to take shorthand faster than any secretary and to be able to “forge any man’s signature” and stated that under different circumstances he could have become “the greatest forger in history” (He did become that with the New Testament is forever the bestseller). Roman historian Suetonius records that Titus possessed “Conspicuous mental gifts, like a Phenomenal Memory and made speeches and wrote verses in Latin and Greek and his memory was extradoninary. Titus brother Domitian, who succeeded him as emperor, also used religion to his advantage. In addition to deifying his brother, Domitian attempted to link himself to Roman Jupiter (Egyptian Amen see Rev 3:14), the supreme god of the Roman Empire, by having the Senate decree that the god had mandated his rule. Not only did the Flavians create religions, they performed miracles. In the following passage from Tacitus, Vespasian is recorded as curing one man’s blindness and another’s withered limb, miracles also performed by Jesus/Titus and the Egyptian Ra & Horus. One of the common people of Alexandria, Egypt, well known for his blindness…begged Vespasian that he would deign to moisten his cheeks and eyeballs with his spittle. Another with a diseased hand prayed that the limb might feet the print of a Caesar’s foot [Vespasian almost died of a foot injury that was healed] And so Vespasian…accomplished what was required. The hand was instantly restored to its use, and the light of day again shone upon the blind. (Tacitus Book IV) The Gospels record that Jesus also used this method of curing blindness, that is by placing spittle on a blind man’s eyelids see John 9:6-7. Also see the Egyptian story: If we go back into the ancient Egyptian religion we can see where they copied the spit miracle: …This Osiris Pepi, he is censed…with the saliva that comes forth from the mouth of Horus, and the spittle that comes forth from the mouth of Set, wherewith Horus was purified” “There he spat upon the face of Horus, and did away the injury which it had received…the allusion here is to the great fight between Horus and Set, in which the former lost his eye and latter his genitals. Ra spat on the eye of Horus and healed it” (Osiris & the Egyptian Resurrection By E.A Wallis Budge Volume 1 p.105 & 159 Other stories were circulated about Vespasian that suggested his divinity. One involved a stray dog dropping a human hand at Vespasian’s feet. The hand was symbolic of power to first-century Romans. Another tale described an ox coming into Vespasian’s dining room and literally falling at the Emperor’s feet and lowering his neck, as if recognizing to whom its sacrifice was due. Circulating tales that suggested they were gods was no doubt thought by the Flavians to be a good tonic for the Hoi polloi. The more an emperor was seen by his subjects to be divine, the easier it was for him to maintain his control over them. The Flavians certainly focused on manipulating the masses. To promote the policy of “Bread and Circuses” they built the Coliseum, where they staged shows with gladiators who wore fish on top of their helmets with a net and trident. Titus first military campaign he fished (caught) Jews with spears in the lake of Galilee Which was the beginning of Jesus ministry of fishing for men (U get the joke). Imperial cults that portrayed Roman emperors as gods and workers of miracles appear to have been created solely because they were politically useful. The cults seem to have evoked no religious emotion. No evidence of any spontaneous offerings attesting to the sincerity of the worshipers has ever been discovered. The advantage of converting one’s family into a succession of gods appealed to many Romans emperors: 36 of the 60 Emperors from Augustus to Constantine and the 27 members of their families were apotheosized and received the title diuus. Of course, inventors of fictitious religions must have a certain cynicism in regard to the sacred. Vespasian was quoted on his deathbed as saying: “Oh my, I must be turning into a god” Roman Historian Pliny commented on the cynicism that the Flavians felt toward the religions they had created. Notice in the quote Pliny’s understanding that Titus had made himself a “Son of a God”. Titus deified Vespasian and Domitian Titus, but only so that one would be the son of a god and the other a brother of a god. (Pliny Pan 11.1) Domitian, nicknamed “The terrible spirit” became the third Christ in this flavian dynasty of three which is the bases for the Catholic Trinity. The cynicism that the patrician class felt toward religion was a subject of the satires of the Roman poet Juvenal. While the exact dates of Juvenal’s birth and death are unknown, it is believed that he lived during the era of the flavians. One of his satires concerns Agrippa and Bernice (Acts 25:23). Tradition has it that Juvenal was banished from Rome by Domitian and Saitius became Domitian’s poet. Sophisticated Romans, like those Juvenal wrote about, did not believe in the gods but rather in fortune and fate. The prevailing ethos of the patrician class was that the world was either ruled by blind chance or immutable destiny: Fortune has no divinity, could we but see it: it’s we, we ourselves, who make her a goddess, and set her in the heavens. Judging from the works of Juvenal, many Romans saw all religious belief, including their own, as ridiculous. Just hark at those loud denials, observe the assurance of the lying face He’ll swear by the Sun’s rays, by Jupiter’s thunderbolts, by the lance of Mars, by the arrows of Delphic Apollo, by the quiver and shafts of Diana, the virgin huntress, by the trident of Neptune, Or father of the Aegean: he’ll throw Hercules’ bow and spear of Minerva, the armories of Olympus down till their very last item: and if he’s a father, he’ll cry; “may I eat my own son’s noodle-poor child!-well boiled and soused in a vinaigrette dressing. Juvenal was also cynical toward Judaism. His attitude regarding the religion suggests that many within the patrician class saw the religion and, no doubt, its offspring Christianity, as barbaric cults. …A palsied Jews, parking her haybox outside, comes begging in a breathy whisper. She interprets Jerusalem’s laws; she’s the Tree’s high priestess…she likewise fills her palm but more sparingly: Jews will sell you whatever dreams you like for a few coppers (Juvenal Satire VI) Given this patrician cynicism, it is odd that so many members of the Flavian family were recorded as having been among Christianity’s first members. Why was a Judaic cult that advocated meekness and poverty so attractive to a family that practiced neither? The tradition connecting early Christianity and the Flavian family is based on solid evidence but has received little comment from scholars. The best known of the “Christian Flavians” was (Pope) Clement 1. He is described in The Catholic Encyclopedia as the first pope about whom “anything definite is known”, and was recorded in early church literature as being a member of the Flavian family. Pope Clement was the first Pope who was referred to by individuals known to history, and who left behind written works. He purportedly wrote the Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, quoted previously. Thus, Clement is of great significance to the Church’s history. In fact, while The catholic Encyclopedia currently lists Clement as the fourth “bishop of Rome”, or pope, this was not the assertion of many early Church scholars. St. Jerome wrote that in his time “most of the Latins” held that Clement had been the direct successor of Peter. [Unfortunately Satan Domitian killed Clement/Clemens in 95AD). Tertullian also knew of this tradition; he wrote, “The Church of Rome records that Clement was ordained by Peter. Origen, Eusebius, and Epiphanius also placed Clement at the very beginning of the Roman Church, each of them stating that Clement had been the “fellow laborer” of the Apostle Paul. Scholars have seen that the list of popes given by Irenaeus (125-202AD) that names Clement as the fourth pope is suspect and it is notable that the Roman Church chose to use it as official history. This list names Linus as the second pope, followed by Anakletus and then Clement. The list comes from Irenaeus, who identifies “Linus the Pope” as the Linus mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:21. Scholars have speculated that Irenaeus chose Linus simply because he was the last male that Paul mentioned in the epistle, which supposedly was written immediately before Paul’s martyrdom. The provenance of Pope Anakletus may be no better. In Titus, the epistle that immediately follows Timothy in the canon, it is stated, “The bishop shall be irreproachable”. In Greek, “irreproachable” is Anenkletus. Irenaeus may not have known who the popes between Peter and clement were and therefore had to invent names for them. If this was the case, then after creating “Linus” as Peter’s successor, “Irreproachable” as the next bishop of Rome, his imagination may have become strained, because the name he chose for the sixth pope in his list was “Sixus”. It also seems strange that the Roman Church chose to use Irenaeus fictional list, considering that it originated in the East. The idea that Clement was the second pope is no weaker historically and reflects the papal sequence that was known in Rome. Perhaps early church officials preferred not to use a list stating that Clement was Peter’s direct successor, because of the traditional view that he was a member of the Flavian family. The notion that Pope Clement was a Flavian was recorded in the Acts of Saints Nereus and Achilleus, a fifth-or sixth-century work based on even earlier traditions. This work directly linked the Flavian family to Christianity, a fact that is noted in the Catholic Encyclopedia: Titus Flavius Sabinus, consul in 82, put to death by Domitian [The emperor Titus brother], whose sister he had married. Pope Clement (Clemens) is represented as his son in the Acts of Saints Nerus and Achilleus. Titus flavius Sabinus’ brother, Clemens , was also linked to Christianity. The acts of Saints Nereus and Achilleus states that Clemens was a Christian martyr. Clemens is believed to have married Vespasian’s granddaughter and his first cousin, Flavia Domitilla, who was yet another Christian Flavian. In the case of Flavia Domitilla there is extant evidence linking her to Christianity. The oldest Christian burial site in Rome has inscriptions naming her as its founder: The catacomb of Domitilla is shown by existing inscriptions to have been founded by her. Owing to the purely legendary character of these Acts, we cannot use them as an argument to aid in the controversy as to whether there were two Christians of the name of Domitilla in the family of the Christian flavians, or only one, the wife of the Consul Flavius Clemens. The Talmud records the genealogy of Christianity’s purported first pope differently than does the Acts of Saints Nereus and Achilleus. It records that the Flavia domitilla who was the mother of Clemens (Kalonymos) was not Titus niece but rather his sister. This links Peter’s purported successor a generation closer to Titus perhaps placing him within his very household. Nereus and Achilleus, the authors of their acts, are listed within The Catholic Encyclopedia as among the religions first martyrs and were also linked to the Flavian family. The old Roman lists, of the fifth century, and which passed over into the Martyrologium Hiernoymianum, contain the names of the two martyrs Nereus and Achilleus, whose grave was in the catacomb of Domitilla on the Via ardeatina… The acts of these martyrs place their deaths in the end of the first and beginning of the second centuries. According to these legends, Nereus and Achilleus were eunuchs and chamberlains of Flavia Domitilla, a niece of the Emperor Domitian. The graves of these two martyrs were on an estate of the Lady Domitilla; we may conclude that they are among the most ancient martyrs of the Roman Church, and stand in very near to the flavian Family, of which Domitilla, the founders of the catacomb, was a member, In the Epistle to the Romans 16:15, St Paul mentions a Nereus with his sister, to whom he sends greetings. This reference by Paul to a Nereus and his sister is interesting. Tradition maintains that Domitian killed several family members who were Christians, as well as someone named Acilius Glabrio, whom a tradition also claims was a Christian, all of which permits the conjecture that the Nereus mentioned by Paul may have been the author of the Acts and that the Achilleus Domitian slew may have been Nereus literary partner. Another individual linked to both Christianity and the Flavian family was Bernice, the sister of Agrippa, who is actually described in the New Testament as having known the apostle Paul. She became Titus’ mistress and was living with Titus the flavian court, (After Titus broke off his relationships with eunuchs and homosexuals, an important fact because Jesus ministry is a parody of Titus military campaign), in 75AD, the same time Josephus was writing War of the Jews. Of interest is that Bernice’s name in Greek is Berenice, pronounced Beg-reh-nih-kee, and in Hebrew her name is Veronica. It is also of note that the early Christian cult of veronica is headquartered at the palace of Bernice in Rome. Flavius Josephus, an adopted member of the family, also had a connection to the beginnings of Christianity. His works provided the New Testament with its primary independent historical documentation and were certainly read by his imperial patrons. In fact, Titus ordered the publication of War of the Jews. In his autobiography, Josephus writes that Titus “was so desirous that the knowledge of these affairs should be taken from these books alone, that he affixed his own signature to them and gave orders for their publication”. Perhaps the most unusual connection between Christianity and the Flavians is the fact that Titus Flavius fulfilled all of Jesus’ doomsday prophecies. As mentioned above, the parallels between the description of Titus campaign in War of the Jews and Jesus’ prophecies caused early church scholars to believe that Christ had seen into the future. The destruction of the Temple, the encircling of Jerusalem with a wall, the towns of Galilee being “brought Low”, the destruction of what Jesus described as the “wicked Generation” that opposed Rome etc, had all been prophesied by Jesus and then came to pass during Titus’ military campaign through Judea-a campaign that, like Jesus ministry, began in galilee and ended in Jerusalem. Thus the Flavians are linked to Christianity by an unusual number of facts and traditions. Early church documents flatly state that the family produced some of the religions first martyrs, as well as the pope who succeeded Peter. The Flavians created much of the literature that provides documentation for the religion, were responsible for its oldest known cemetery, and housed individuals named in the New testament within their imperial court. Further, the family was responsible for Jesus apocalyptic prophecies having “come to pass”. The theory of a Roman invention of Christianity does not originate with this work Caesar’s Messiah. Bruno Bauer, a 19th-century German scholar believed that Christianity was Rome’s attempt to create a mass religion that encouraged slaves to accept their place in life. I will show that the Gospels were created to be understood on two levels. On its surface level they are a description of the ministry of a miracle-working messiah who rose from the dead. However, the New Testament was also designed to be understood in another way, which is as a satire, parody and spoof of Titus Flavius military campaign through Judea. The proof of this is simply that Jesus and Titus share parallel experiences at the same location and in the same sequence. Those parallels are both too exact and too complex to have occurred by chance. This fact has been overlooked for two millennia represent a blind spot in scholarship in the academic world. The Gospels were designed to become apparent as satire as soon as they were read in conjunction with War of the Jews. In fact, I will show that the four Gospels and War of the Jews were created as a unified piece of Literature whose characters and stories interact. Their interaction gives many of Jesus’ sayings a darkly comical meaning, and also creates a series of puzzles whose solutions reveal the real identities of the New Testament characters. However, the relationship of the two ministries between Titus and Jesus was not simply satirical. I shall show that Jesus ministry was designed to prove that he was the Malachi, or messenger of the True Messiah-Titus Flavius. To show that Jesus ministry was a spoof and forerunner of Titus campaign, the authors of the New Testament and War of the Jews used typology (Basing one character upon another), a technique that runs throughout Judaic Literature. For example: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others were recycled myths of Osiris, Horus and Isis. Further, the core of Jesus prophecies-the Galilean villages “Laid low”, Jerusalem encircled with a wall, the Temple left with not a single stone atop another (Happened in 70AD) and the wicked generation’ destroyed-all share one characteristic. Each is a military victory of the Flavian family. Thus, the oft-cited principle that history is written by the victors suggest that the flavian family should be the first group we investigate, probe and scrutinize for the Truth. This is why we should attempt to understand the Gospels as they would have been understood by someone familiar with the conquest of Judea by Titus Flavius, emperor of Rome, a sex feind bisexual obsessed with eunuchs and inverts. And with this perspective, a completely different meaning of the Gospels becomes visible. The puzzle reveals how Caesar fooled the Jews into calling him “Lord” without their knowing it by simply switching his name to Jesus-the great secret of Christianity. The puzzle is simple, the technical idea behind it was ingenious. They proclaim the Satanic verses of the “Divinity” of the Gospel pens of this Trinity and Dynasty of Caesars: Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.