Simon Magus: The Great "666"
Deciphering his Influence on the Early Christian Church

How Simon because Faust who made a deal with the Devil

Almost all the information that we have on Simon Magus is from those who denounce him as a heretic. This is even true of Acts 8 which contains the only obvious reference to Simon who is labeled as a magician (magus). However, as will be shown here, he was a towering figure in the time of Jesus and he appears in many key places in the New Testament only visible by the Pesher of Christ such as the Raising of Lazarus, the Crucifixion rescue, and in Acts: the poisoning of King Agrippa I who was about to abolish the Church.

As Dr. Barbara Thiering has pointed out in her Pesher Technique: "the more pseudonyms that a New Testament person has, the greater his stature."

  • The only one who can rival Simon with names is Theudus: Saddok the Pharisee, Thaddaeus, Lebbaeus, Judas of James, Judas not Iscariot, Alexander, Nicodemus. Barabbas, and Earthquake.
  • Simon's pseudonyms are Simon, the Canaanite, Simon the Zealot, Zebedee Simon of Cyrene, Lazarus, Simon the leper, Simon the tanner, Ananias ,"the great power of God", Demetrius, the silversmith, and Beast 666.

The Jewish Diaspora in the time of Jesus were addicted to miracles. What is not realized is that the Jews were already dispersed in all the countries of the western world by the time of Jesus, so the Christian Church merely had to build on that foundation. The stories of miracles performed by Moses and Elijah provided them with proof that God would intervene in the world as long as they followed his Commandments. Simon soon learned that his intellectual talks went over their heads, but they could be easily won over by magic. Even Paul had difficultly with these 'babes who could only handle breast milk', but he had with him the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

Having survived the Crucifixion, Simon and Jesus were talking outside of their Resurrection caves. They had survived the crucifixion by fooling Pilate, but it still was a huge failure and hardly a proof of the intercession of God. Why did God wait to save them immediately, but let them suffer? This is a big problem that even today is hard to explain. It was decided that they should say that Jesus was atoning for our sins, but since sacrificed animals did not just walk away after the sacrifice, Jesus would have to be hidden. This is when Simon figured how to make the best of a terrible situation. He instructed the women to say that Jesus was resurrected. The only problem was that Jesus would have to hide out, leaving Peter as his spokesman.

Peter as spokesman was the not the 'brightest bulb'. He could not even understand the difference between 'filia love' and 'agape love' when the 'resurrected Jesus' instructed him three times in John 21. It would not take long for Simon and Peter to be at odds. Simon would find large donors and place them in positions in the Church (simony) and thus the mission thrived. The trouble was that Jesus wanted his apostles to appeal to the poor and uneducated Jews. The rivalry between Peter and Simon is shown in the "Clementines" and the "Acts of Peter". Peter tried excommunicating Simon in Acts 8, but Jesus needed Simon to covert Paul to proselytize the non-Jews. Their disagreement became stronger in Rome where Peter was out of his element among the the nobles and intelligentsia and it is clear that Peter contributed to Simon's death while he was balancing on a wire in Rome.

Acts of Peter 32.

The death of Simon was brought about by Peter and the Christians in Rome shortly before 64 AD. Paul is often included, but he was in Lugdunum Convenarum in Spain.

And already on the morrow a great multitude assembled at the Sacred Way to see him flying. And Peter came unto the place, having seen a vision (or, to see the sight), that he might convict him in this also; for when Simon entered into Rome, he amazed the multitudes by flying: but Peter, that convicted him, was then not yet living at Rome: which city he thus deceived by illusion, so that some were carried away by him (amazed at him).

So then Simon standing on an high place beheld Peter and began to say:" Peter, at this time when I am going up before all this people that behold me, I say unto thee: If thy God is able, whom the Jews put to death, and stoned you that were chosen of him, let him show that faith in him is faith in God, and let it appear at this time, if it be worthy of God. For I, ascending up, will show myself unto all this multitude, who I am."

And behold when he was lifted up on high, and all beheld him raised up above all Rome and the temples thereof and the mountains, the faithful looked toward Peter. And Peter seeing the strangeness of the sight cried unto the Lord Jesus Christ: "If thou suffer this man to accomplish that which he hath set about, now will all they that have believed on thee be offended, and the signs and wonders which thou hast given them through me will not be believed: hasten thy grace, O Lord, and let him fall from the height and be disabled; and let him not die but be brought to nought, and break his leg in three places."

"And lo and behold, he (Simon) was carried up into the air, and everyone saw him all over Rome passing over its temples and in hills; while the faithful looked towards Peter. And Peter, seeing the incredible sight, cried out to the Lord Jesus Christ, 'Let this man do what he undertook, and all who have believed on thee shall now be overthrown, and the signs and wonders which thou gavest them through me shall be disbelieved. Make haste, Lord, with thy grace; and let him fall down from this height, and be crippled, but not die; but let him be disabled and break his leg in three places!' And he fell down from that height and broke his leg in three places. Then they stoned him and went to their own homes; but from that time they all believed in Peter.”

A little detective work would suggest that Simon on a platform had caused himself to be hoisted up by pulleys to a height between towers where onlookers, trying to see him, were dazzled by the sun. His long robes covered the platform so that he appeared to fly. The pulleys, hoisting him higher, made it appear that he was flying above temples and hills seen behind him. The Christians only had to sabotage his act by overpowering the concealed men holding the pulleys, so that he crashed down and broke his leg. Subsequently, when he was taken for medical attention, other enemies arranged that he was put to death.

The Acts of Peter and Paul

Then Nero ordered a lofty tower to be made in the Campus Martius, and all the people and the dignities to be present at the spectacle. And on the following day, all the multitude having come together, Nero ordered Peter and Paul to be present, to whom also he said: Now the truth has to be made manifest. Peter and Paul said: We do not expose him, but our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom he has falsely declared himself to be.

And Paul, having turned to Peter, said: It is my part to bend the knee, and to pray to God; and yours to produce the effect, if you should see him attempting anything, because you were first taken in hand by the Lord. And Paul, bending his knees, prayed. And Peter, looking steadfastly upon Simon, said: Accomplish what you have begun; for both your exposure and our call is at hand: for I see my Christ calling both me and Paul.

Then Simon went up upon the tower in the face of all, and, crowned with laurels, he stretched forth his hands, and began to fly. And when Nero saw him flying, he said to Peter: This Simon is true; but you and Paul are deceivers. And Paul, having looked up, full of tears, and seeing Simon flying, said: Peter, why are you idle? Finish what you have begun; for already our Lord Jesus Christ is calling us.

And Peter, looking steadfastly against Simon, said: I adjure you, you angels of Satan, who are carrying him into the air, to deceive the hearts of the unbelievers, by the God that created all things, and by Jesus Christ, whom on the third day He raised from the dead, no longer from this hour to keep him up, but to let him go. And immediately, being let go, he fell into a place called Sacra Via, that is, Holy Way, and was divided into four parts, having perished by an evil fate.

Simon Magus was the original of Dr Faust. As Dr. Thiering says, "One element in his downfall was the intellectual brilliance that degenerated into fraud. Supremely gifted, master of all the sciences known at the time – medicine, mathematics, astronomy, law – he despised the ignorant masses and found financial profit by tricking them with fake miracles. He had thus sold his soul to the devil, as Goethe’s play and Gounod’s opera depict him."

The Legend of Faust
  1. The first "Faust book", is a chapbook of stories concerning the life of Johann Georg Faust, written by an anonymous German author.
  2. It became the main source for the play 'The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe
  3. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 'Faust' (Gretchen - short for Margarete is Helen)
  4. Charles Gounod's 'Faust' opera (Marguerite is Helen)

published by Johann Spies (1540–1623)
Preface:The sorcerer, wherein is described specifically and veraciously:
His entire life and death, How he did oblige himself for a certain time unto the Devil,
And what happened to him, And how he at last got his well-deserved reward

Chapter 29 Concerning Helen, Charmed Out of Greece & Chapter 37 Concerning the Beautiful Helen from Greece, How She Lived for a Time With Doctor Faustus

On Whitsunday the students came unannounced to Doctor Faustus' residence for dinner, but, as they brought ample meat and drink along, they were welcome guests. The wine was soon going round at table, and they fell to talking of beautiful women, one of the students asserting that there were no woman whom he would rather see than fair Helen from Greece, for whose sake the worthy city of Troy had perished. She must have been beautiful, he said, for she had been stolen away from her husband, and a great deal of strife had arisen on her account.

Doctor Faustus said: Inasmuch as ye are so eager to behold the beautiful figure of Queen Helen, I have provided for her wakening and will now conduct her hither so that ye may see her spirit for yourselves, just as she appeared in life (in the same way, after all, that I granted Emperor Charles V his wish to see the person of Emperor Alexander the Great and his spouse).

Forbidding that any should speak or arise from table to receive her, Faustus went out of the parlor and, coming in again, was followed at the heel by Queen Helen, who was so wondrously beautiful that the students did not know whether they were still in their right minds, so confused and impassioned were they become. For she appeared in a precious deep purple robe, her hair, which shone golden and quite beautifully glorious, hanging down to her knees. She had coal black eyes, a sweet countenance on a round little head. Her lips were red as the red cherries, her mouth small, and her neck like a white swan's. She had cheeks pink like a rose, an exceeding fair and smooth complexion and a. rather slim, tall and erect bearing. In summa, there was not a flaw about her to be criticized. Helen looked all around in the parlor with a right wanton mien, so that the students were violently inflamed with love for her, but since they took her to be a spirit they controlled their passion without difficulty, and she left the room again with Doctor Faustus.

One midnight towards the end of the twenty-second year of his pact, while lying awake, he took thought again of Helen of Greece, whom he had awakened for the students on Whitsunday in Shrovetide (which we reported) . Therefore, when morning came, he informed his spirit that he must present Helen to him, so that she might be his concubine.

He fell to frolicking with her, she became his bedfellow, and he came to love her so well that he could scarcely bear a moment apart from her. While fond Faustus was living with Helen, she swelled up as were she with child. Doctor Faustus was rapturously happy, for, in the twenty-third year of his pact, she bare him a son whom he called Justus Faustus. This child told him many I things out of the future history of numerous lands. Later, When Faustus lost his life, there was none who knew whither wife and child were gone.

Proof that Faust is derived from the Early Christian Writings:
The "Clementine Recognitions and Homilies"

H.2.25 -- Simon's Deceit."But Simon is going about in company with Helena, and even till now, as you see, is stirring up the people. And he says that he has brought down this Helena from the highest heavens to the world; being queen, as the all-bearing being, and wisdom, for whose sake, says he, the Greeks and barbarians fought, having before their eyes but an image of truth;1 for she, who really is the truth, was then with the chiefest god.

R.2.12 -- Simon Magus and Luna." Once, when this Luna (Helena) of his was in a certain tower, a great multitude had assembled to see her, and were standing around the tower on all sides; but she was seen by all the people to lean forward, and to look out through all the windows of that tower. Many other wonderful things he did and does; so that men, being astonished at them, think that he himself is the great God."

H.13.7 -- Niceta Tells What Befell Him.""And Niceta, who in future is to be called Faustinus, began to speak. "On that very night when, as you know, the ship went to pieces, we were taken up by some men, who did not fear to follow the profession of robbers on the deep. Now the woman who bought us was a proselyte of the Jews, an altogether worthy person, of the name of Justa (Helena). She adopted us as her own children, and zealously brought us up in all the learning of the Greeks. But we, becoming discreet with our years, were strongly attached to her religion, and we paid good heed to our culture, in order that, disputing with the other nations, we might be able to convince them of their error."

H.20.12 -- Faustus Appears to His Friends with the Face of Simon."And Peter said: "You recognize only his voice, which is unaffected by magic; but as my eyes also are unaffected by magic, I can see his form as it really is, that he is not Simon, but your father Faustus."

The Clementines will be explored in greater detail later on.

Obvious places where Simon Magus occurs in the New Testament

Specifically shown: Acts 8:9-24 that mentions Simon the Magician (Magus) (Sept 37 AD)
But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all gave heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that power of God which is called Great." And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Sama'ria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money, saying, "Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him, "Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity." And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
Most accept that Simon Magus is '666' Rev 13:11-18
Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb (Simon Magus) and it spoke like a dragon (had connections with Herod Agrippa -nomial head of the Church- who was freed by Caligula from prison and granted the kingdom of Herod Antipas in 39 AD).
It exercises all the authority of the first beast (Caligula) in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast (Caligula), whose mortal wound was healed.(In October 37 Caligula fell seriously ill or perhaps was poisoned, but still lived);
It (Simon) works great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men (Simon's Magic);
and by the signs which it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceives those who dwell on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast (trying to blame Simon, but Caligula wanting to put his image in the temple 40 AD, but relented under the advice of Agrippa) which was wounded by the sword and yet lived (Simon was excommunicated by Peter),
and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast should even speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain (Simon heading up the Jewish Christians (Magian Schools) had the power of excommunication as he did as the green horse of John's Gospel: Death).
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead (a phylactery containing minute copies of the Law was worn by Jews in the center of the forehead or on the hand *1, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark (the Christian Churches will not allow selling positions as Simon does: simony), that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six 666 (Representative of the levels of promotion in the Magian Church similar to the Essenes.)
*1. Symbolic of the Council in 44AD under the High Priest Matthew Annas (the author of the Gospel of Mathew and one of the twelve disciples) which declared that the Magian schools of Simon would now be separated from Christian schools.)
  • Initiation at age 23 : Samekh (60)
  • 4 years undergraduate & 1 year outside: Resh (200) )
  • max at 1 grade per year: Tau(400)
  • 60+200+400 = 660 + 6 as a name = 666
What should be the obvious place for Simon's presence in the New Testament.
Is it not strange that this disciple is never mentioned in the Gospels or Acts? It clearly is Simon Magus.
(Acts 1:13, Luke 6:15) as Simon the Zealot or in (Matthew 10:4, Mark 3:18) as Simon the Canaanite.

Much information about Simon Magus, Peter, and the Apostles can be obtained by the Clementines.

Scholars like to call these writings "Pseudo-Clementines" which implies that the stories contain fake information with real New Testament characters for instance:
the "Infancy Gospel of Thomas" about Jesus from ages five to twelve where the young Jesus brings the clay bird toys of his playmates to life or
"Protoevangelium of James" that shows Mother Mary's parents: Joachim and Anna.

"Infancy Gospel of Thomas"

"Protoevangelium of James"

The Clementines, which are made up of the "Recognitions of Clement" and "The Clementine Homilies", are a unique religious romance purported to be composed by Pope Clement I. The story represents Clement's search and induction into the Christian faith by Peter. The Latin form is the "Recognitions of Clement" consists of ten books. It is a translation made from the Greek by Rufinus, who died in 410. (The Greek, from which it was translated, is no longer in existence). The Greek form is "The Clementine Homilies" consists of twenty books. It is preserved in two manuscripts. Two later epitomes of the Homilies exist also, and there is a partial Syriac translation, embracing Recognitions i-iii, and Homilies, x-xiv, preserved in two British Museum manuscripts, one of which was written in the year 411.

There is no doubt that there once existed a document that was used to construct Recognitions and Homilies. Large portions of the Homilies and Recognitions are almost word for word the same, especially at the beginning, and correspond in subject and more or less in treatment. However, other parts are contained only in one and appear to be referred to or presupposed in the other. It would be beneficial for the reader see on this site the

Source of Clementine Recognitions and Homilies
which presents the two versions in side by side columns according to theme.

The Clementine Recognitions and Homilies are traditionally dated 320-380 A.D however this reflects that they have been embellished over time. However, the basic source material clearly must belong to the period between Peter's excommunication of Simon where there was a split between Jewish Christians and Christians in September 39AD and the cloth embroidered with animals that represented Jesus telling Peter that Gentiles were to be equal to Jews in June, 43AD.

The very fact that a whole work was declared heretical has mean that many uncomfortable truths are still contained in it. An example of this is to reveal the identity of 'Matthias' who replaces Judas Iscariot after the Crucifixion saying that Barnabas is the 'Matthias' (Recognitions 1.60). This can reveal important information such as

  • Since Barnabas is Joseph (Act 4:36) and "Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses" (Mark 15:40)
  • shows that the decision of the replacement of Judas is between the two brothers: James the Just and Joses
  • (Mark 06:03 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon?")

The real reason that scholars have problems with the Clementines is that much of its information defeats the accepted narratives. For instance, by showing that Barnabas was more than a mere proselyte who helped Paul. Barnabas being a son of Mary then Mary would not have remained a Virgin. (Actually by Essene rules she did remain a virgin since she refrained from sex except for six years after a son or three years after a daughter. - Note that James the Just was six years younger that Jesus and so on.)

The other major issue is that it appears to show that Simon Magus took the position of John the Baptist and that James and John were twins having descended from royal blood, though captured by pirates, were purchased by Helena, thus becoming adopted sons of Simon Magus (Zebedee). Thus he is a major figure in the Gospels and Acts.

Also it shows that Helena of Faust legend fame real and has many names such as 'Luna' (as the 1/2 day of the Moon's lunation (29+1⁄2 days) and thus was the only female disciple under John the Baptist. Also she is called 'Justa', meaning queen which would show that Jesus Justus was the son of Jesus as the 'crown prince'. (Colossians 4:11: Paul says, "Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.")

The scholars are most bothered by the strong resemblance of Niceta and Aquila to James and John implying that the influence of Simon Magus and his consort Helena on Jesus is immense. His consort Helena (Luna, Justa) clearly matches the Syro-Phoenician woman (implied to be Martha) and is revealed as the mother of Mary Magdalene.
H.2.19 -- Justa, a Proselyte. Compares to Syro-Phoenician daughter cured of the devil: Matthew 15:21-28 (Mark 7:24-30)
"There is amongst us one Justa (Helena), a Syro-Phoenician, by race a Canaanite, whose daughter was oppressed with a grievous disease. And she came to our Lord, crying out, and entreating that He would heal her daughter. But He, being asked also by us, said, 'It is not lawful to heal the Gentiles, who are like to dogs on account of their using various meats and practices, while the table in the kingdom has been given to the sons of Israel.'
"But she, hearing this, and begging to partake like a dog of the crumbs that fall from this table, having changed what she was, by living like the sons of the kingdom, she obtained healing for her daughter, as she asked. For she being a Gentile, and remaining in the same course of life, He would not have healed had she remained a Gentile, on account of its not being lawful to heal her as a Gentile."
And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon."
But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.
H.2.20 -- Divorced for the Faith. Compares to 12 Year Issue of Blood and the Healing of Jarius' daughter (Mark 5:25-43;Matthew 9:20-25;Mark 16:9)
"She, therefore, having taken up a manner of life according to the law, was, with the daughter*1 who had been healed, driven out from her home by her husband, whose sentiments were opposed to ours. But she, being faithful to her engagements, and being in affluent circumstances, remained a widow herself, but gave her daughter [Mary Magdalene] in marriage to a certain man who was attached to the true faith [Jesus!!], and who was poor [being a member of the Essene monastery]. And, abstaining from marriage*2 for the sake of her daughter , she bought two boys and educated them, and had them in place of sons. And they being educated from their boyhood with Simon Magus, have learned all things concerning him. For such was their friendship, that they were associated with him in all things in which he wished to unite with them."
And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I shall be made well." And immediately the hemorrhage ceased; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, "Who touched my garments?"
And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, `Who touched me?'" And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house (Jarius from Mark 7)*3 some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.*4 When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, and people weeping and wailing loudly.
And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."*5
And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.
And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat."*6

*1 daughter is her natural daughter whereas James and John are adopted
*2 (implied 12 years) making her daughter age 12; "flow of blood" means virgin
*3 Jarius is changed from Judas, a "demon" meaning Zealot #7). He is Mary Magdalene' superior (daughter of). When married she is free of Judas.: "Now when he (Jesus) rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons."
*4 Note that her two foster brothers James (Fastinus) and John (Faust) are with Mary Magdalene for the ceremony
*5 Mary Magdalene's Bat Mitzvah
*6 the sacrament

The key source material for the story appears to come from
"The Memoirs of Agrippina the Younger"

Agrippina the Younger

Agrippina the Younger was one of the most prominent women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty, her father was the Roman general Germanicus (one-time heir apparent to the Roman Empire under Tiberius), her mother was Agrippina the Elder (granddaughter of the first Roman emperor Augustus), she was the younger sister of emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of emperor Claudius (who succeeded Caligula) and the mother of emperor Nero (who succeeded Claudius). She functioned as a behind-the-scenes advisor in the affairs of the Roman state via powerful political ties. She maneuvered Nero (her son by an earlier marriage) into the line of succession. Claudius became aware of her plotting, but died in 54. Agrippina exerted a commanding influence in the early years of Emperor Nero's reign, but in 59 she was killed by Nero.

Agrippina had the dirt on everyone in The Memoirs of Agrippina the Younger
  • One memoir was an account of her mother's life
  • a second memoir was about the fortunes of her mother's family
  • and the last memoir recorded the misfortunes of the family of Agrippina and Germanicus.

(Her memoirs were referred to by Tacitus quoted here: "The anecdote which is not related by historians, I have found in the memoirs of Agrippina the Younger, the mother of Nero, who left behind her a record of her own life and the fortunes of her family." (Tacitus Annals Book IV Chapter 53). Her memoirs are also mentioned in Pliny (NH 7 Chap 8)).

(These memoirs would probably be published after the death of Agrippina the Younger in March 59 AD or maybe not until the death of her son Nero in 68 AD. The intrigues of her life were, at the very least, a template for the Clementines. Unfortunately they are now lost.)

The best information about Simon can be found in the Clementines

R.2.7 -- Simon Magus: His History.
"This Simon's father was Antonius, and his mother Rachel. By nation he is a Samaritan, from a village of the Gettones; by profession a magician yet exceedingly well trained in the Greek literature; desirous of glory, and boasting above all the human race, so that he wishes himself to be believed to be an exalted power, which is above God the Creator, and to be thought to be the Christ, and to be called the Standing One.
H.2.22 -- Doctrines of Simon.
First Aquila began to speak in this wise: "Listen, O dearest brother, that you may know accurately everything about this man, whose he is, and what, and whence; and what the things are which he does, and how and why he does them.1 This Simon is the son of Antonius and Rachel, a Samaritan by race, of the village of Gitthae, which is six schoeni distant from the city. He having disciplined himself greatly in Alexandria,2 and being very powerful in magic, and being ambitious, wishes to be accounted a certain supreme power, greater even than the God who created the world. "And sometimes intimating that he is Christ, he styles himself the Standing One. And this epithet he employs, as intimating that he shall always stand, and as not having any cause of corruption so that his body should fall. And he neither says that the God who created the world is the Supreme, nor does he believe that the dead will be raised. "He rejects Jerusalem, and substitutes Mount Gerizim for it. Instead of our Christ, he proclaims himself. The things of the lair he explains by his own presumption; and he says, indeed, that there is to be a judgment, but he does not expect it. For if he were persuaded that he shall be judged by God, he would not dare be impious towards God Himself. Whence some not knowing that, using religion as a cloak, he spoils the things of the truth, and faithfully believing the hope and the judgment which in some way he says are to be, are ruined."

Unraveling "Simon's father Antonius, and mother Rachel

The gens: Antonius must refer to a relation of Mark Antony an using this there is a perfect match to the son of Mark Antony: Julius Antonius (43–2 BC). He was the primary lover of Julia (39 BC-AD 14) the daughter of Augustus (Octavian) and Scribonia. Julia's children are as follows:
  • 25 BC, September 23 - First Marriage at Age 14 to cousin Marcus Claudius Marcellus. Died.
  • 21 BC , March 12 BC - Second Marriage at Age 16 to Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa. Agrippa was (Augustus (Octavian)'s righthand man having defeated Antony and Cleopatra in the decisive naval battle at Antium in 31 BC.
  • Her children were:
    • Gaius Caesar 20 BC - AD 4
    • Vipsania Julia (also known as Julia the Younger) 19 BC - c. AD 29
    • Lucius Caesar 17 BC-2
    • Vipsania Agrippina or Agrippina the Elder 14 B.C. - 18 October 33 A.D
    • Agrippa Postumus (a posthumous son) 12 BC-14 AD (This last one's name comes from the fact that he was born 3 months after the death of Agrippa in 12 BC. (What should be noted that Agrippa was in Pannonia (Austria/Hungary/Balkans) at the time and it was rigors of the winter of 13–12 that caused a fatal illness.)
Upon Agrippa's death Augustus demanded that Tiberius divorce his wife Vipsania that he loved dearly and marry Julia to firm up his claim to the emperorship. They hated each other. Tiberius went to Rhodes in 6 BC to escape her (Tacitus, Annals, Book 1.53) while Julia participated in with nighttime escapades in the Roman Forum. Her key lover was Julius Antonius; and it can be surmised that he was Postumus' father and not Agrippa. Their relationship was discovered by Tiberius in 2BC and Julius Antonius had to fall on his sword while Julia was exiled, with her mother Scribonia accompanying her, to Pandateria (Ventotene) Island.

Augustus exiled Postumus due to his "illiberal nature" (Cassius Dio, Roman History LV.32) to Planasia (modern Pianosa, an island of the Tuscan archipelago) in AD 6 or 7. However, towards the end of his life, Augustus was considering having Postumus as his heir and went to visit him with Fabius in 14AD. His wife Livia wanted Tiberius to be the next emperor. The fact that she killed Fabius is a strong indication that Augustus had promised him the throne and thus it adds to rumor that she poisoned Augustus with figs.

Now, supposedly, shortly after this it is said that Agrippa Postumus was executed by his own guards. This was the same year that Julia was still suffering from Tiberius' torture (Dio Cassius, Roman History, Book LVII.18). It is interesting that "she was deprived of all hope after the murder of Postumus Agrippa" (Tacitus, Annals, Book 1.53.) However, it is quite possible that Postumus (Simon) bribed his own guards and stopped by to the town of the Regini on the shores of the straits of Sicily to say a last farewell to his mother on his way to Cyprus.

Iullus Antonius (43-2 BC)
son of Mark Antony

Julia Major (39 BC-14 AD)
daughter of Augustus

Marcus Agrippa Postumus (12 BC-14AD?)
Simon Magus
Most believe that Simon was born in Samaria mainly because Justin Martyr said he was born in Gitta (Gitton), Samaria. The Clementines H 1.15 "Simon, a Samaritan of Gitthi" But this is incorrect as Josephus says Simon was born in Cyprus (see below). There was a town called Κίτιον in Cyprus, and it seems that Justin mistook this for the Samaritan Gitton. This is also confirmed by the Pesher of Christ in Matt 27:32 & Mark 15:21 and Acts 13:6-9 (below) as Simon is from Cyrene.
Josephus Ant 20.7.2.
But for the marriage of Drusilla with Azizus, it was in no long time afterward dissolved upon the following occasion: While Felix was procurator of Judea, he saw this Drusilla, and fell in love with her; for she did indeed exceed all other women in beauty; and he sent to her a person whose name was Simon one of his friends; a Jew he was, and by birth a Cypriot, and one who pretended to be a magician, and endeavored to persuade her to forsake her present husband, and marry him; and promised, that if she would not refuse him, he would make her a happy woman. Accordingly she acted ill, and because she was desirous to avoid her sister Bernice's envy, for she was very ill treated by her on account of her beauty, was prevailed upon to transgress the laws of her forefathers, and to marry Felix; and when he had had a son by her, he named him Agrippa. But after what manner that young man, with his wife, perished at the conflagration of the mountain Vesuvius, in the days of Titus Caesar, shall be related hereafter.
Acts 24:24
Felix and his wife Drusilla hear his case; decide to keep him (Paul) bound until the arrival of Festus - Sept 58 AD

The surprising information about the apostles James and John are found in the Clementines
That they were the twins Faustinus and Faustus born of noble parents

R.7.32 -- "He Bringeth Them Unto Their Desired Haven."
Then Niceta began to say: "On that night, O mother, when the ship was broken up, and we were being tossed upon the sea, supported on a fragment of the wreck, certain men, whose business it was to rob by sea, found us, and placed us in their boat, and overcoming the power of the waves by rowing, by various stretches brought us to Caesarea Stratonis. "There they starved us, and beat us, and terrified us, that we might not disclose the truth; and having changed our names, they sold us to a certain widow, a very honorable women, named Justa. She, having bought us, treated us as sons, so that she carefully educated us in Greek literature and liberal arts. "And when we grew up, we also attended to philosophic studies, that we night be able to confute the Gentiles, by supporting the doctrines of the divine religion by philosophic disputations."
H.13.7 -- Niceta Tells What Befell Him.
And Niceta, who in future is to be called Faustinus, began to speak. "On that very night when, as you know, the ship went to pieces, we were taken up by some men, who did not fear to follow the profession of robbers on the deep. They placed us in a boat, and brought us along the coast, sometimes rowing and sometimes sending for provisions, and at length took us to Caesarea Stratonis,1 and there tormented us by hunger, fear, and blows, that we might not recklessly disclose anything which they did not wish us to tell; and, moreover, changing our names, they succeeded in selling us. "Now the woman who bought us was a proselyte of the Jews, an altogether worthy person, of the name of Justa. She adopted us as her own children, and zealously brought us up in all the learning of the Greeks. But we, becoming discreet with our years, were strongly attached to her religion, and we paid good heed to our culture, in order that, disputing with the other nations, we might be able to convince them of their error. "We also made an accurate study of the doctrines of the philosophers, especially the most atheistic, -- I mean those of Epicurus and Pyrrho, -- in order that we might be the better able to refute them."
R.7.8 -- Clement's Family History..
Then said Peter: "Is there then no one of your family surviving?"  I answered: "There are indeed many powerful men, coming of the stock of Caesar; for Caesar himself gave a wife to my father, as being his relative, and educated along with him, and of a suitably noble family. By her my father had twin sons, born before me, not very like one another, as my father told me; for I never knew them.  "But indeed I have not a distinct recollection even of my mother; but I cherish the remembrance of her face, as if I had seen it in a dream. My mother's name was Matthidia, my father's Faustinianus: my brothers', Faustinus and Faustus. Now, when I was barely five years old, my mother saw a vision -- so I learned from my father -- by which she was warned that, unless she speedily for the city with her twin sons, and was absent for ten years, she and her children should perish by a miserable fate."

H.12.8 -- Family History.
Then Peter inquired, "Are you really, then, alone in your family?" Then I answered, "There are indeed many and great men, being of the kindred of Caesar. Wherefore Caesar himself gave a wife of his own family to my father, who was his foster-brother; and of her three sons of us were born, two before me, who were twins and very like each other, as my father told me. "But I scarcely know either them or our mother, but bear about with me an obscure image of them, as through dreams. My mother's name was Mattidia, and my father's, Faustus; and of my brothers one was called Faustinus, and the other Faustinianus. "Then after I, their third son, was born, my mother saw a vision -- so my father told me -- which told her, that unless she immediately took away her twin sons, and left the city of Rome for exile for twelve years, she and they must die by an all-destructive fate. 1. [The family names as given in the Recognitions are: Matthidia; Faustinianus (the father); Faustinus and Faustus, the twin sons.—Comp. R.8. 8, and passim.—R.]
R.7.27 -- Recapitulation Continued.
"But while I was waiting outside for them, I began to notice this woman, and to wonder in what part of her body she was disabled, that she did not seek her living by the labor of her hands, but submitted to the shame of beggary. I therefore asked of her the reason of it. "She confessed that she was sprung of a noble race, and was married to a no less noble husband, 'whose brother,' said she, 'being inflamed by unlawful love towards me, desired to defile his brother's bed. This I abhorring, and yet not daring to tell my husband of so great wickedness, lest I should stir up war between the brothers and bring disgrace upon the family, judged it better to depart from my country with my two twin sons, leaving the younger boy to be a comfort to his father. And that this might be done with an honorable appearance, I thought good to feign a dream, and to tell my husband that there stood by me in a vision a certain deity *1, who told me to set out from the city immediately with my two twins, and remain until he should instruct me to return.' "She told me that her husband, when he heard this, believed her, and sent her to Athens, with the twin children to be educated there; but that they were driven by a terrible tempest upon that island, where, when the ship had gone to pieces, she was lifted by a wave upon a rock, and delayed killing herself only for this, 'until,' said she, 'I could embrace at least the dead limbs of my unfortunate sons, and commit them to burial. But when the day dawned, and crowds had assembled, they took pity upon me, and threw a garment over me. But I, miserable, entreated them with many tears, to search if they could find anywhere the booties of my unfortunate sons. And I, tearing all my body with my teeth, with wailing and howlings cried out constantly, Unhappy woman that I am, where is my Faustus? where my Faustinus?'"
*1 'deity' implies the Emperor Augustus so by his order
R.7.9 -- Disappearance of His Mother and Brothers.
"Then my father, who tenderly loved his sons, put them on board a ship with their mother, and sent them to Athens to be educated, with slaves and maid-servants, and a sufficient supply of money; retaining me (Clement) only to be a comfort to him, and thankful for this, that the vision had not commanded me also to go with my mother. And at the end of a year my father sent men to Athens with money for them, desiring also to know how they did; but those who were sent never returned. "Again, in the third year, my sorrowful father sent other men with money, who returned in the fourth year, and related that they had seen neither my mother nor my brothers, that they had never reached Athens, and that no trace had been found of any one of those who had been with them."
R.7.10 -- Disappearance of His Father..
"My father hearing this, and confounded with excessive sorrow, not knowing whither to go or where to seek, went down with me to the harbor, and began to ask of the sailors whether any of them had seen or heard of the bodies of a mother and two little children being cast ashore anywhere, four years ago; when one told one story and another another, but nothing definite was disclosed to us searching in this boundless sea.  "Yet my father, by reason of the great affection which he bore to his wife and children, was fed with vain hopes, until he thought of placing me under guardians and leaving me at Rome, as I was now twelve years old, and himself going in quest of them.  "Therefore he went down to the harbor weeping, and going on board a ship, took his departure; and from that time till now I have never received any letters from him, nor do I know whether he is alive or dead. But I (Clement) rather suspect that he also has perished, either through a broken heart or by shipwreck; for twenty years have now elapsed since then, and no tidings of him have ever reached me."
H.14.7 -- The Old Man Tells His Story.
"And I answered: 'How then do you know that she who fled and took up her residence in a foreign land married the slave, and marrying him died?' "And the old man said: 'I am quite sure that this is true, not indeed that she married him, for I did not know even that she fell in love with him; but after her departure, a brother of her husband's told me the whole story of her passion, and how he acted as an honorable man, and did not, as being his brother, wish to pollute his couch, and how she the wretched woman (for she is not blamable, inasmuch as she was compelled to do and suffer all this in consequence of Genesis) longed for him, and yet stood in awe of him and his reproaches, and how she devised a dream, whether true or false I cannot tell; for he stated that she said, "Some one in a vision stood by me, and ordered me to leave the city of the Romans immediately with my children." But her husband being anxious that she should be saved with his sons, sent them immediately to Athens for their education, accompanied by their mother and slaves, while he kept the third and youngest son with himself, for he who gave the warning in the dream permitted this son to remain with his father. "'And when a long time had elapsed, during which1 he received no letters from her, he himself sent frequently to Athens, and at length took me, as the truest of all his friends, and went in search of her. And much did I exert myself along with him in the course of our travels with all eagerness; for I remembered that, in the old times of his prosperity, he had given me a share of all he bad and loved reel above all his friends. "'At length we set sail from Rome itself, and so we arrived in these parts of Syria, and we landed at Seleucia, and not many days after we had landed he died of a broken heart. But I came here, and have procured my livelihood from that day till this by the work of my hands.'"
H.14.8 -- The Old Man Gives Information in Regard to Faustus the Father of Clement.
"When the old man bad thus spoken, I knew from what he said that the old man who he stated had died, was no other than your father. I did not wish, however, to communicate your circumstances to him until I should confer with you. "But I ascertained where his lodging was, and I pointed out mine to him; and to make sure that my conjecture was right, I put this one question to him: 'What was the name of the old man?' And he said, 'Faustus.' 'And what were the names of his twin sons?' And he answered, 'Faustinus and Faustinianus.' 'What was the name of the third son?' He said, Clement.' 'What was their mother's name?' He said, 'Mattidia.'
H.12.12 -- A Pleasure Trip.
When Peter had spoken thus, a certain one amongst us ventured to invite him, in the name of all, that next day, early in the morning, he should sail to Aradus, an island opposite, distant, I suppose, not quite thirty stadia, for the purpose of seeing two pillars of vine-wood that were there, and that were of very great girth. Therefore the indulgent Peter consented, saying, "When you leave the boat, do not go many of you together to see the things that you desire to see; for I do not wish that the attention of the inhabitants should he turned to you." And so we sailed, and in short time arrived at the island. Then landing from the boat, we went to the place where the vine-wood pillars were, and along with them we looked at several of the works of Phidias.
R.7.15 -- The Woman's Story.
Then the woman, hearing this welcome promise, began to say: "It is neither easy of belief, nor do I think it necessary to tell, what is my extraction, or what is my country. It is enough only to explain the cause of my grief, why I have rendered my hands powerless by gnawing them. "Being born of noble parents, and having become the wife of a suitably powerful man, I had two twin sons, and after them one other. But my husband's brother was vehemently enflamed with unlawful love towards me; and as I valued chastity above all things, and would neither consent to so great wickedness, nor wished to disclose to my husband the baseness of his brother, I considered whether in any way I could escape unpolluted, and yet not set brother against brother, and so bring the whole race of a noble family into disgrace. "I made up my mind, therefore, to leave my country with my two twins, until the incestuous love should subside, which the sight of me was fostering and inflaming; and I thought that our other son should remain to comfort his father to some extent."
H.12.15 -- The Woman's Story
. Then the woman, not understanding what was spoken ambiguously, being pleased with the promise, began to speak thus: -- "Were I to speak of my family and my country, I do not suppose that I should be able to persuade any one. But of what consequence is it to you to learn this, excepting only the reason why in my anguish I have deadened my hands by gnawing them? Yet I shall give you an account of myself, so far as it is in your power to hear it. "I, being very nobly born, by the arrangement of a certain man in authority, became the wife of a man who was related to him. And first I had twin sons, and afterwards another son. But my husband's brother, being thoroughly mad, was enamored of wretched me, who exceedingly affected chastity. "And I, wishing neither to consent to my lover nor to expose to my husband his brother's love of me, reasoned thus: that I may neither defile myself by the commission of adultery nor disgrace my husband's bed, nor set brother at war with brother, nor subject the whole family, which is a great one, to the reproach of all, as I said. "I reasoned that it was best for me to leave the city for some time with my twin children, until the impure love should cease of him who flattered me to my disgrace. The other son, however, I left with his father, to remain for a comfort to him."
R.7.31 -- Too Much Joy.
. While she was yet speaking, my brothers could contain themselves no longer, but rushed into their mother's embrace with many tears, and kissed her. But she said: "What is the meaning of this?" Then said Peter: "Be not disturbed, O woman; be firm. These are your sons Faustinus and Faustus, whom you supposed to have perished in the deep; but how they are alive, and how they escaped in that horrible night, and how the one of them is called Niceta and the other Aquila, they will be able to explain to you themselves, and we also shall hear it along with you." When Peter had said this, our mother fainted, being overcome with excess of joy; and after some time, being restored and come to herself, she said; "I beseech you, darling sons, tell me what has befallen you since that dismal and cruel night."

Deciphering the twins Faustinus (James) and Faust (John)

The gens "Faustus" has its derivation in the allegorical story of Faustulus (Faustus), the servant of Amulius who was ordered to expose the twins Romulus and Remus, but together with his wife Acca took care of them. Otherwise he is said to be the shepherd who found the exposed twins.

Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix (138–78 BC), commonly known as Sulla, was a Roman general and statesman. He won the first large-scale civil war in Roman history and became the first man of the Republic to seize power through force. He was married five times. His fourth wife was Caecilia Metella, with whom he also had two twins: daughter Fausta Cornelia and son Faustus Cornelius Sulla (86-46 BC), who married Pompeia Magna (80/75-35BC), the daughter of Pompey the Great (106-48BC)

They had son Faustus Cornelius Sulla II(49BC-9AD) who married to Junia Albina (87-31 BCE and they had a son Faustus Cornelius-Sulla Lucullus (25 BC-21AD) who married Domitia Lepida (10BC - 54AD). She was the daughter of Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus and Antonia Major (wife) (39BC -29AD) whose father was Mark Antony (83-30 BC) with his fourth wife Octavia Minor (69-11/10 BC). Faustus Cornelius Sulla was a Roman senator who lived during the reign of the emperor Tiberius. He was suffect consul in AD 31 with Sextus Tedius Valerius Catullus as his colleague.

Domitia Lepida was a child of Antonia the Elder by Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (consul 16 BC), a great niece of Emperor Augustus and a granddaughter to Octavia and Triumvir Mark Antony. Lepida had two children from her previous marriage to Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus who died in 20AD: Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, and the Empress Messalina, third wife of the Emperor Claudius. Domitia Lepida bore Faustus a son Faustus Cornelius Sulla Felix (22-62), who later married Claudia Antonia, a daughter of Claudius. Faustus died of uncertain causes around 40.

Domitia Lepida was the half sister of Julius Antonius (43–2 BC) of Mark Antony and Fulvia (83-40BC), the father of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa Postumus (12 BC-14AD?) born after the death of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (63-12BC) (actually to be shown to be Simon Magus)

Dr. Barbara Thiering makes the following statement about the Clementines:
"Clement's family history emerges in the course of the narrative. He had come of the stock of Caesar, his parents' marriage having been arranged by Caesar himself. His father's name was Faustus, his mother's name Matthidia; she also was of noble birth. Before Clement, twin sons were born, at a date that can be calculated to be 3 AD. Their names were Faustinus and Faustus. Clement himself was born 10 AD. When he was five years old, that is in 15 AD, his mother with the twins left Rome for a reason that does not sound very convincing."
In reviewing the the Faustus genealogy it is interesting to note the twins Faustus and Fausta, the sons of dictator Sulla, who paved the way of Julius Caesar to take over the Republic. Then following the descendents, it is clear that Domitia Lepida (10BC-54AD) has the right timeframe except that she was supposedly married to her previous husband until 20/21AD when he died. It is Domita Lepida' family that hold the clue:

Domitia Lepida the Elder (19BC-Jun 59AD)

Domita Lepida had an older brother Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus (11 Dec 17 BC-Jan 40AD) and a younger sister was Domitia Lepida the Younger (10 BC-54AD). Her older brother Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus was married to Julia Agrippina Minor (15-59AD) and were the parents of Nero.

The clue is her older brother brother Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, the father of Nero, was accused of incest in 37AD. Suetonius (Suet.Nero 5) says he "was a man hateful in every walk of life". He was charged with treason, as well as with acts of adultery and incest with his sister Domitia Lepida in 37AD but it did not go to trial because Tiberius died. (Tacitus, Annals 6, 47, 2 and 6, 48, 1; Cassius Dio, Roman History 58, 27, 2ff.).

Given that Domitia Lepida the Elder was born in 19 BC, she would 21 by 3 AD (19+3-1=21) and it must be concluded that her older brother Domitius committed incest prior to that time resulting in the birth of the twins.

In I5AD, although she was still married, her brother Domitius must have wanted to pursue the incestuous relationship again, so she decided to leave with her two twins. "But my husband's brother was vehemently enflamed with unlawful love towards me; and as I valued chastity above all things, and would neither consent to so great wickedness, nor wished to disclose to my husband the baseness of his(my) brother, I considered whether in any way I could escape unpolluted, and yet not set brother against brother(cousin), and so bring the whole race of a noble family into disgrace. (H.12.15).Since Tiberius (42BC-37AD) must have assigned her to marry Faustus Cornelius Sulla Lucullus III, she decided to go with her twin sons aged 12 to be adopted by Helena in Athens, but they were shipwrecked. She returned and thought them lost. By then they were assigned the Faustus name after her second husband Faustus Cornelius Sulla Lucullus III Cornelius-Sulla whom she married in 21 AD after the death of her first husband, her cousin, the consul Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus (11BC -20/21AD) to whom she bore a daughter, the empress Valeria Messalina,(17/20-48AD), (third wife of the emperor Claudius).
The irony of Domitia Lepida's need to flee from incest is that In royal marriage practices, incestuous relationships were practically impossible to avoid. A good example is Agrippina the Younger who was a great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, great-niece and adoptive granddaughter of the Emperor Tiberius, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece, fourth wife of the Emperor Claudius and mother of the Emperor Nero.

The Different Islands Form an Amalgam For the Island of Aradus
where Mattidia, the mother Faustinus and Faust, was found

The circumstances fit an amalgam of exiles from Agrippina the Younger's dairy: her grandmother Julia the Elder's exile in 2 BC, her mother Agrippina the Elder's in 29 AD and her own exile with her sister Julia Livilla in 39 AD. Both islands are off the east coast and are well-known. The island of Aradus was an ancient Phoenicia town (known today as Arwad or Arvad, 31 miles north of Tripoli off the Syrian coast) and its inhabitants are mentioned in Genesis 10:18, and Ezekiel 27:8,11. The geography matches well.
  • 2 BC - 4AD Julia the Elder, the only natural child of Augustus, banished by him for 5 years accused of adultery.(Her lover: Jullus Antonius) Julia the Elder was forbidden to have visitors and was treated poorly by Augustus Caesar and was accompanied by her biological mother, Scribonia which matches to "the women of the place, taking pity on me, began to comfort me, every one telling her own griefs" (R.7.17) whose sickness was cured by Peter. (H.12.23). Also in R.7.17 "a certain poor woman who dwells here constrained me to enter into her hut" accompanied her in exile. to island of Pandateria (Ventotene) Scribonia would match to the beggar woman being old. (Julia the Elder's exile was for five years. Recognitions has Mattidia leaving when Clement was five and Homilies at the birth of Clement, both mention a fixed term of ten and twelve years. The concept of a fixed term of exile and the appearance of five years could be a five year exile in the source that was garbled by Recognitions and Homilies.)

  • Agrippina Elder29 AD Agrippina the Elder, Tiberius' grandniece, banished by Tiberius for undermining his authority. She insisted publicly that he had poisoned her popular husband Germanicus, the grandson-in-law and great-nephew of the Emperor Augustus. She perished, probably of malnutrition on October 18, 33 AD.

  • Agrippina Drusilla Julia39 AD Julia Livilla (Livilla) and Agrippina the Younger, his sisters, banished by Caligula to the Pontine Islands for conspiring to replace him. (they were most likely separated in their exile with Livilla on Ventotene Island and Agrippina on Santo Stefano island). (Dio Cassius Roman (59.7.328)
  • 41 AD Julia Livilla and Agrippina the Younger returned after the death of Caligula January 24, AD 41. (Dio Cassius 60.7.374)
  • 41 AD (later that year) Julia Livilla was sent back by Claudius at the instigation of his wife Messalina, charged with adultery with Seneca the Younger, who was also exiled. (Dio Cassius 60.7.386)

    Julia Livilla situation matches the timeframe for Peter's rescue
    of Mattidia's from the island
    In the Clementines, we find suspicious circumstances for Peter's visit to Aradus. Apparently it is for a "Pleasure Trip" (H.12.12) to see some impressive columns made of vine-wood." This is totally out of character for Peter who carefully follows a strict regime. He also had just previously divided his disciples into two bands before reaching Antaradus which is the mainland section of Aradus. The reason for this is said to be not to arouse suspicions with his "immense crowds of brethren" so that "the wicked one shall not stir up envy against us on account of any display." For his goal to convert and baptize new followers or to refute Simon Magus, crowds of the public are always useful
    Peter's visit is clearly covert. yet "how the whole island rejoiced at his recognition of her (his mother); and also concerning her sojourn with her most chaste hostess, and the cure that he (Peter) had wrought upon her (R.9.36)". Her real story is as follows:
    Julia Livilla

    She was married in 33 AD to Marcus Vinicius (5 BC - 46 AD) who was killed by Claudius at his wife Messalina's instigation. Being described by Tacitus as "mild in character and an elaborate orator." (Tacitus, Annales 6, 15, 1), he might be the template for the father of the twins who turns up as Faustus in the Clementines.
    Julia Livilla, was a married woman when Caligula was Emperor when she and her sisters Julia Drusilla and Agrippina the Younger were accused of having incestuous relationships with Caligula. 'They were given the rights of the Vestal Virgins like the freedom to view public games from the upper seats in the stadium. Coins were issued depicting images of Caligula and his sisters. Roman coins like these were never issued beforehand. The coins depicted Caligula on one side and his sisters on the opposite. Caligula added his sister's names in to motions. In loyalty oaths, it was, "I will not value my life or that of my children less highly than I do the safety of the Emperor and his sisters," or, if in consular motions: "Good fortune attend to the Emperor and his sisters."
    Drusilla was his favorite and when she died on June 10, 38, Agrippina and Livilla were slighted and his insanity increased. When they were caught plotting against him by favoring Drusilla's widower Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, Caligula exiled them to the Pontine Islands Livilla to Ventotene Island and Agrippina to Santo Stefan island.
    Their rescue in 41 AD which would parallel Peter's rescue of Mattidia could be as follows:
    King Agrippa was in Rome in 40 AD having just persuaded Emperor Caligula not to place an image of himself in the Temple at Jerusalem (Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 18:8). He was a childhood friend of the Caligula who adored his three sisters Julia Drusilla, Julia Livilla, and Agrippina the Younger (and reputedly had incestuous relations with them). While Agrippa was in Rome, Caligula was assassinated on January 24, 41 AD and he was instrumental in arbitrating the conflict between the senate and the soldiers who were protecting Claudius thus gaining his favor having helped him become Emperor. (Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 19:4). Given that the sisters of Caligula Julia Livilla and Agrippina the Younger had been banished to the Pontine Islands (which includes Ventotene Island), it would be very likely that King Agrippa would be the one to rescue them with the permission of Claudius.
    It would be an easy match to make Peter the rescuer as he was Agrippa's associate at the time, even though later he assisted in the poisoning plot against him because Claudius had turned against the Christians.

  • Octavia62 AD Claudia Octavia, his first wife, banished by Nero and executed. The initial grounds for putting Octavia aside was the charge that she was barren because she had had no children. With the connivance of Poppaea whom he then married, charges of adultery were added. Her severed head was sent to Rome.

  • Flavia Domitilla95 AD Flavia Domitilla exiled by Domitian. Her husband Titus Flavius Clemens was killed. Her family name is attached to the catacombs in Rome where many saints or recovered remains after being martyred were placed. She had not been deprived of her property. She was the granddaughter of Emperor Vespasian. She died there mourning the lost of her husband, her cousin, Titus Flavius Clemens, consul. She would also remember the death of her brother-in-law and the banishment of her sister-in-law Flavia who chose the purity of virginity over marriage. However, she would on the basis of this Inductive Reasoning take joy in her uncle's Clementine Story and the compassion of God that chose for her to be spared and to live on the same island of the story.

The Clementines show that Clement, the future Pope, was was 5 years old when his mother left him behind, thus born in 10AD. He must be found in the Clement gens rather than the Faustus gens,
but they are cousins.

The common belief is that he was born in 35 AD and thus too young to be the Pope after Peter so Linus and Cletus/Anacletus were inserted, but this is not true as it shown in "Rufinus, Presbyter Of Aquileia; His Preface to Clement's Book Of Recognitions. To Bishop Gaudentius" that Peter gave to Clement "his chair and teaching".

It is clear that he Clemens gen the place to look best many of them have suffered assassinations and exiles due to practicing a "foreign superstition" which is code for Christianity, but at the same time having strong genetic ties and friendships with the Emperors, depending on their moods and thus to be honored by the subduing of Britain and having the power to murder the mad Caligula. Clearly, survival would depend on a "wink and denial".

Paul mentions Clement as "a fellow laborer in Christ" (Philippians 4:3) and yet choices for Clement would be too young thus the ridiculous position that this was a different Clement. For instance,Titus Flavius Clemens is chosen on the basis that his name has 'Clemens' and was murdered by Domitian with his wife exiled or his brother T. Flavius Sabinus who was killed so that Domitian could steal his wife Julia Augusta. All of these are too late and it is clear that the Clementines are correct with Clement the Bishop being born earlier. Thus it must be a brother of M. Arrecinus Clemens and his sisters Arrecina Clementina who would marry T. Flavius Sabinus and Arrecina Tertulla who would marry Titus. it is these sisters which would connect the Clemens gens to the Flavian gens.

In fact the archeological evidence found at the Basilica of St. Clement in Rome does point to it being the private property of Clement family. At the very beginning of the Clementines when Barnabas (Joses) has some crowds attacking him, Clement shields him in his house (R.1.9/10 - Clement's Interposition on Behalf of Barnabas.) "But as the day was declining to evening, I laid hold of Barnabas by the right hand, and led him away, although reluctantly, to my house; and there I made him remain, lest perchance any one of the rude rabble should lay hands upon him."
(Chart and discussion modified slightly from
"The Church In Rome In The First Century" by Edmundson, George Publication date 1913)

  • (0) Aulus Plautius, consul in 29, was the general commanding the Roman invasion of Britain in 43AD. He was married to Pomponia Graecina. In 57 AD Pomponia was accused of professing "foreign superstition" meaning Christianity. Aulus then headed the domestic court, which tried the accused and issued an acquittal. His sister Plautilla is traditionally believed to have been present for St.Paul's beheading, wrapping his head in her veil. The ‘Acts of Nereus and Achilles' represent these martyrs as at first servants of Plautilla, the sister of Clement the Consul, and afterwards of her daughter Domitilla the virgin. The ‘Acts of Petronilla,' which are incorporated with those of Nereus and Achilles, state that these three saints were all buried in the crypt of Domitilla.
  • (1) M. Arrecinus Tertullus Clemens, Prefect of the Praetorian Guard in 41 AD (Josephus, ‘Ant.' xix. 1. 6, 7, and Tacitus ‘Hist.' iv. 68.) It is from Josephus that we learn that Clemens was privy to the conspiracy of Chaerea and others against Caligula and connived at his assassination. It appears from Josephus that Herod Agrippa came to the Praetorian camp, where troops had acknowledged Claudius as emperor, and successfully acted as mediator between them and that portion of the army that obeyed the Senate (Josephus, ‘Ant.' xix. 3. 1, 3; 4. 1, 2, ff.). This information exclusively reported by Josephus may be taken to imply that Clemens had some connection, possibly as a ‘God-fearer,' with the Jewish community at Rome, and that he was a friend of Herod Agrippa.
    From Tacitus 'Hist.' iv. 68 it appears that this Prefect was so much beloved by his troops that his son's appointment as Prefect in 70AD was hailed with joy in the camp, because the father's memory after so long an interval of time was still held in regard. Suetonius (‘Titus' 4) tells us that his name was Tertullus, that he belonged to the Equestrian order, and that his daughter Arrecina Tertulla was the first wife of the Emperor Titus. An inscription ‘CIL.' vi. 12355 gives his family name as Marcus.
  • (2) Plautia (Plautilla)The name of the wife of (1) is actually unknown. The reasons for assigning to him, as his wife, a sister of Aulus Plautius, the conqueror of Britain, are stated in Lecture VIII. (Church in Rome 1st Century by George Edmundson) Plautia would be the sister-in-law of Julia Pomponia Graecina, and a relative of Plautia Urgulanilla, the second wife of Claudius.
  • (3) M. Arrecinus Clemens, son of (1), described by Tacitus ‘Hist.' iv. 68 as .He was intimately connected with the house of Vespasian, and most grateful to Domitian, who presided over the Praetorian Guard, his father under Caius Caesar;" The relationship with the Imperial Flavian House may be traced back to (8) Tertulla, the grandmother of Vespasian, by whom from childhood he was brought up. Tertullus Clemens (1) the Prefect was probably Vespasian's cousin and the companion of his boyhood. Arrecina Tertulla (5), daughter of (1) and sister of (3), married Titus (19). She died while Titus was quite young.
    M. Arrecinus Clemens (3) was Consul Suffectus in 73 AD (‘CIL.' vi. 2016 and xiv. 2242) and a second time with L. Baebius Honoratus (‘CIL.' xii. 3637). This second consulship appears to have been most probably in 94 AD The "Fasti Consulares" are admittedly imperfect with regard to the names of the consuls suffect. So in 94 AD M. Arrecinus Clemens and L. Baebius Honoratus were suffecti to Asprenas and Lateranus. The suffect may have taken the place of Clemens in the last months of 94 AD. Flavius Clemens was consul only once and in 95 AD, Arrecinus Clemens for the second time in 94 AD. He was a member of the Imperial Council from 82 AD and also "Curator Aquarum". His name appears ‘CIL.' vi. 199 xi. 428 and xv. 7278. He was put to death by Domitian 94/95 AD (Suet. ‘Domitian,' 11.)
  • (4) Arrecina Clementina was the sister of Arrecina Tertulla who married T. Flavius Sabinus lending creditability to the name of the "Clementines."
  • (5) Arrecina Tertulla The first wife of the Emperor Titus. She died quite young. See ‘CIL.' vi. 12355, 12357.
  • (6) Clement the Bishop In the ‘Clementine Homilies' and ‘Clementine Recognitions,' Clement is represented as a Roman by birth and of the kindred of Caesar. From the timeframe it is assumed he was born in 10 AD. In the Clementines his father is a relative and foster-brother of an emperor, and his mother likewise connected with Caesar's family. His father is Faustus (‘Homilies'), Faustinianus (‘Recognitions') and his elder brothers Faustinus and Faustinianus (‘Homilies'), Faustinus and Faustus (‘Recognitions'), of the mother Mattidia. It is here that the Clementines take the liberty of joining them to Faustus gens, but Clement is still related to them cousins. Clement's relationship is to the Flavius gens of the emperor Vespasian and his son Titus and Domitian; the Faustus gens is related to the emperor Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero.
    M. Arrecinus Tertullus Clemens was the kinsman of Vespasian, and as that emperor was brought up not in his paternal home but by his grandmother Tertulla, it is quite possible that they were actually foster-brothers. Tertullus was one of the Flavian cognomina. Q. Flavius Tertullus was consul suffect in 133 AD. (‘CIL.' vi. 858). Plautia was a relative of Plautia Urgulanilla, the second wife of Claudius, her daughter Arrecina Tertulla the wife of Titus.
    In the ‘Acts of Nereus and Achilles' Clement the Bishop is addressed as the nephew of Clement the Consul. In the Clementines he is represented as considerably the youngest of his family. It is for various reasons more probable that he was the younger brother than the nephew of M. Arrecinus Clemens.
  • (7)T. Flavius Petro and (8) Tertulla. The name of the famous saint, Petronilla, who was buried in the Flavian cemetery of Domitilla, was probably derived from this Flavian "cognomen". A crop of legends grew up around her name, as being a daughter of St. Peter. Since Peter was married she certainly could have had a child (Matt.8:14) "And when Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law"
  • (9) Titus Flavius Sabinus and his wife (10) Vespasia Polla, according to Suetonius, left Italy to live among the Helvetii; their son Vespasian was educated by his grandmother Tertulla upon a family estate at Cosa in the Volscian territory. (Suet. ‘Vespasian,' 2, 3.)
  • (11) T. Flavius Sabinus, the elder son of (9) and (10). After serving the State in thirty-five campaigns with distinction (Tacitus ‘Hist.' iii. 75) and having been Governor of Moesia for seven years, Sabinus was appointed in 57 AD Prefect of the City. He held this important office for twelve years continuously save for a brief interval in the short reign of Galba. As Prefect of the City he must have taken part (perhaps passively) in the persecution of the Christians in 65AD and been the witness of the courage with which so many martyrs faced torture and a horrible death. Some have supposed that in his latter years he may to a greater or less extent have fallen under the influence of the Christian Faith. His whole career proclaims him to have been during the greater part of his life a man of action. Tacitus speaks of his being "weak old man" and describes him at this stage as " meek man averse to blood and slaughter" (‘Hist.' iii. 65). When the Vitellius stormed the Capitol, Flavius Sabinus "as unarmed and not attempting to escape" (‘Hist.' iii. 73). And again after his murder, "At the end of his life some believed that he was a coward, many a moderate, and a avoiding bloodshed" (‘Hist.' iii. 75). All these traits do not prove much in themselves, but the fact that several of his descendants and relatives were undoubtedly Christians lends a certain probability to the supposition that this mildness, sluggishness, and unwillingness to resist arms in hand may have been due to the acceptance of Christian principles. Sabinus apparently did not marry till late in life, possibly not till after he settled at Rome in 57 AD, as his children were quite young at the time of his murder in December 69 AD. If Plautilla were his wife, she died four years before her husband, leaving two sons and a daughter, the younger son receiving his grandfather's "cognomen" Clemens.
  • (12) The Emperor Vespasian appears to have been in considerable poverty at two periods of his life. His eldest son, Titus (19), was born December 30, 39 AD: "in a very small and dark room with dirty houses." (Suet. ‘Tit.' 1.) Yet a few years later we find him being educated in the palace with Britannicus. It is suggested that this change may have been partly brought about by the influence on behalf of his kinsman of the Praetorian Prefect Arrecinus Tertullus Clemens. At a later period, before he went as Proconsul to Africa in 61 or 62 AD, he was in such bad circumstances that he had to mortgage his entire property to his brother in order to raise money. (Tacitus ‘Hist.' iii. 73.)
  • Vespasian's wife Flavia Domitilla(13) and his daughter (22) (husband unknown) (23), both named Flavia Domitilla, predeceased him. His younger son Domitian (25) seems when Vespasian was abroad in Africa and Judaea to have lived with his uncle Sabinus and to have been under his care. Titus (19) was, while still a youth, married to his relative Arrecina Tertulla (5). after her was Marcia Furnilla (20). Her daughter was Julia Augusta (21) married to T. Falvius Sabinus (14) Domitian (25), born October 25, 51 AD, was twelve years younger than his brother. From the end of December 69 AD to the following June as Praetor with full consular power he with Mucianus exercised in the absence of Vespasian in Egypt and Titus in Judaea the imperial authority at Rome.
  • (15) Flavia Domitilla, was confused by Eusebius, must have been converted to Christianity as a virgin. Flavia Domitilla, daughter of Vespasian (23) the mother of Flavia Domitilla(24) who married (14) T. Flavius Sabinus i
  • (24) Domitilla banished in 94 AD to the island of Pontia having taken place at the end of 94 AD, after (14) T. Flavius Sabinus was Consul and before (16) T. Flavius Clemens , Domitilla' husband,entered on his consulship. Both were executed by Domitian. The fact that Flavius Clemens had named his two sons (17) Vespasianus and (18) Domitianus might hae angered Domitian considering that they were Christians.

Simon Magus occurs many times in the Gospels as derived by the Pesher of Christ

John the Baptist asserts his authority with irony - Matt 03:13-14
Then comes Jesus from Galilee upon the Jordan, unto John to be baptized by him, but John was forbidding him, saying, "I have need by you to be baptized -- and you do come unto me!"
John the Baptist refuses to do the baptism, but does allow his second, Jonathan Annas*1, to perform the baptism - Matt 03:16-17
And having been baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water, and lo, opened to him were the heavens, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit, the third position), and coming upon him, and lo, a voice out of the heavens (Jonathan Annas in his position of second to John the Baptist), saying, "This is My Son (my subordinate)-- the Beloved, in whom I did delight."
*1 John the Baptist's position is Michael (image of God), Jonathan's position is Son (Gabriel) and Jesus will be baptized by him becoming the Holy Spirit (Sariel) as the third position. Jesus now formed a rival organization to John the Baptist.
Here the Pharisees show that Simon Magus now holds John the Baptist's position thus Father: Simon Magus, Son: Jonathan Annas Holy Spirit: Jesus - Matt 12:22-24; Mark 3:20
Then was brought to him a demoniac, blind and dumb, and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, "Is this the Son of David?" But the Pharisees having heard, said, "This one does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub, ruler of the demons.*1; "And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for people were saying, "He is beside himself." And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub*1, and by the prince of demons he casts out the demons."
*1 thus in the Essene order (War Scroll IX Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Geza Vermes,Pg 172):
  1. God (Michael): Simon Magus
  2. Son (Gabriel): Jonathan Annas
  3. Holy Spirit (Sariel): Jesus
Must be Simon Magus - Mark 9:38-39
John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us." But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon after to speak evil of me.
Simon Magus takes over the position of John the Baptist - Clementine Recognitions R.2.8; R.2.11
When Dositheus (John the Baptist) had broached his heresy was the leader of of thirty other chief disciples, and one woman, who was called Luna (Helena)*1 this Simon ambitious of evil glory, as we have said, goes to Dositheus, and pretending friendship, entreats him, that if any one of those thirty should die, he should straightway substitute him in room of the dead: for it was contrary to their rule either to exceed the fixed number, ... therefore Dositheus, being greatly urged by this man, introduced Simon when a vacancy occurred among the number."
"Meantime, at the outset, as soon as he was reckoned among the thirty disciples of Dositheus, he began to depreciate Dositheus himself, saying that he did not teach purely or perfectly, and that this was the result not of ill intention, but. of ignorance. But Dositheus, when he perceived that Simon was depreciating him, fearing lest his reputation among men might be obscured (for he himself was supposed to be the Standing One), moved with rage, when they met as usual at the school, seized a rod, and began to beat Simon; but suddenly the rod seemed to pass through his body, as if it had been smoke. On which Dositheus, being astonished, says to him, 'Tell me if thou art the Standing One, that I may adore thee.' And when Simon answered that he was, then Dositheus, perceiving that he himself was not the Standing One, fell down and worshipped him, and gave up his own place as chief to Simon, ordering all the rank of thirty men to obey him; himself taking the inferior place which Simon formerly occupied. Not long after this he died. (First line in R2.8 fits last): "For after that John the Baptist was killed, as you yourself also know" )
*1 "text: -- whence also these thirty appear to have been appointed with reference to the number of the days, according to the course of the moon" (29&1/2 with 1/2 being a female: Helena (Luna)
John the Baptist imprisoned by Herod Antipas tries to ridicule Jesus - Matt 11:2-16
And John having heard in the prison the works of the Christ, having sent two of his disciples, said to him, "Are you He who is coming, or for another do we look?" And Jesus answering said to them, "Having gone, declare to John the things that you hear and see: blind receive sight, and lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and deaf hear, dead are raised, and poor have good news proclaimed, and blessed is he who may not be stumbled in me."
James and John, sons of Zebedee, having the surname Boanerges ('sons of thunder') - Matt 4:18;21-22; Mark 3:17
As he (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee, ... and going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (he also gave these the name Boanerges, which means “Sons of Thunder”)
Niceta and Aquila are adopted sons of Helena (consort of Simon Magus) - (Clementine Homilies H.13.7-8; H.2.21)
Niceta Tells What Befell Him. (H.13.7): "Now the woman who bought us was a proselyte of the Jews, an altogether worthy person, of the name of Justa*1. She adopted us as her own children, and zealously brought us up in all the learning of the Greeks. But we, becoming discreet with our years, were strongly attached to her religion, and we paid good heed to our culture, in order that, disputing with the other nations, we might be able to convince them of their error.";
Niceta Like to Be Deceived by Simon Magus ( H.13.8): "We were brought up along with one Simon, a magician; and in consequence of our friendly intercourse with him, we were in danger of being led astray. But when we were going to be led astray by Simon, a friend of our lord Peter, by name Zacchaeus*2, came to us and warned us not to be led astray by the magician; and when Peter came, he brought us to him that he might give us full information, and convince us in regard to those matters that related to piety.";
Justa's Adopted Sons, Associates with Simon. (H.2.21): "These men having fallen in with Zacchaeus, who sojourned here, and having received the word of truth from him, and having repented of their former innovations, and immediately denouncing Simon as being privy with him in all things, as soon as I came to sojourn here, they came to me with their foster-mother, being presented to me by him, Zacchaeus, and ever since they continue with me, enjoying instructions in the truth."
*1. 'Justa' is the feminine of 'Justus' used for James the Just (crown prince), Jesus' younger brother' who retained this until Jesus has a son: Jesus 'Justus" (Colossians 4:10,11). This links to Helena as consort of Simon Magus. The story tell how she purchased them and adopted them and thus they be sons of Simon.
*2. Zacchaeus (is Ananus Ananus, the youngest son of the High Priest Ananus who also was High Priest later. He is the 'tax collector' who climbed the climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus (Luke 19:1-10). He played a large part in the Acts of the Apostles and the Clementines, but Jonathan Annas, an older son, is more likely to be the one in the time of the Gospels. His nickname is Boanerges (Thunder) as priests, even today, give 'thunderous' sermons”. He is in the disciple list as 'James, son of Alphaeus (Ananas)' who the 'James' in Recognitions: R.3.75 - Contents of Clement's Dispatches to James contrary to the scholars who do not know who ''James, son of Alphaeus" is and mistake this James for James the Just.
H.13.3 -- Recognition of Niceta and Aquila.
Now when this summary narrative had been given by Peter, Niceta and Aquila in amazement said: "Is this indeed true, O Ruler and Lord of the universe, or is it a dream?" And Peter said: "Unless we are asleep, it certainly is true." On this they waited for a little in deep meditation, and then said: "We are Faustinus and Faustinianus."
*1. It is impossible not to see the parallel between James and John, and the twins Niceta (Faustinus) and Aquila (Faustinianus). The name Aquila even occurs in Acts 18:2,18,26; Romans 16:3; 1 Cor 16:19 & 2 Timothy 4:19). Their father is shown as Faustus and there is the connection of Simon being Faust. In fact there is a strange occurrence: Faustus Appears to His Friends with the Face of Simon (H.20.12) and The Change in the Form of Faustus Caused by Simon (H.20.14). (Peter being the only one who could see Simon Magus' deception).
Day of Atonement September 32 AD Simon is the 'Voice" - (prior: Mark 9;2-3; Luke 9:28-29;Matt 17:1-2) John 7:14, 20, 39; Mark 8:37-39; Mark 9:7
(And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them, and his garments became glistening, intensely white, as no fuller on earth could bleach them.*1) About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught ... The people answered, "You have a demon! *2... On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink." He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.' Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.*3. ... And a cloud.*4 overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."
*1 Garments of a priest.
*2 Reference to Simon Magus from previous characterization of Beelzebub and *2 Jesus' position was Holy Spirit ("Spirit") but not yet Glory ("glorified") (The Kingdom (King: "I am"), Power (Priest: Aaron) and Glory (bishop: Moses), the formula used in versions of the Lord's Prayer.)
*3 Cloud is from the "Pillar of Cloud" in Exodus titled "Phanuel" or "Cardinal" from its equal Raphael (red garments). This shows that Jesus is being reprimanded by Simon, the Cardinal, and reduced back down to 'Son'
The pesher on Habakkuk (1QpHab) 11:2-8
(Habakkuk 2:15) "Woe to him who causes his neighbors to drink; who pours out his fury to make them drunk that he may gaze on their feasts (mo'dehem, feasts. MT me'orehem, nakedness) "

Its pesher refers to the Wicked Priest who pursued after the Teacher of Righteousness to his house of exile to swallow him up in his furious anger. At the period of a feast, at the rest time of the Day of Atonement, he appeared to them to swallow them up and to cause them to stumble on the day of fasting, the sabbath of their rest.

Woe to him who causes his neighbors to drink; who pours out his fury to make them drunk that he may gaze on their feasts (mo'dehem, feasts. MT me'orehem, nakedness)(Habakkuk 2:15) Its pesher refers to the Wicked Priest who pursued after the Teacher of Righteousness to his house of exile to swallow him up in his furious anger. At the period of a feast, at the rest time of the Day of Atonement, he appeared to them to swallow them up and to cause them to stumble on the day of fasting, the sabbath of their rest.

Simon (Lazarus) organizes the demonstration on the Feast of the Dedication against Pilate - Josephus Ant 28.3.2
Pilate undertook to bring a current of water to Jerusalem, and did it with the sacred money... Many ten thousands of the people got together, and made a clamor against him. there were a great number of them slain by this means, and others of them ran away wounded... So he habited a great number of his soldiers in their habit, who carried daggers under their garments, and sent them to a place where they might surround them...And thus an end was put to this sedition.
The Caiaphas excommunicates Simon. The Raising of (the Excommunication of) Lazarus - John 11:1-46 Secret Gospel of Mark - SM 2.4-3.10a
And there was a certain one ailing, Lazarus (Simon), from Bethany, of the village of Mary (Magdalene) and Martha (Helena) her sister -- and it was Mary who did anoint the Lord with ointment, and did wipe his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ailing -- ...
Mary, therefore, when she came where Jesus was, having seen him, fell at his feet, saying to him, "Sir, if you had been here, my brother had not died;"

(SM) And coming up to him, she prostrated herself before Jesus and said to him, 'Son of David, have mercy on me.' But the disciples rebuked her. And (Jesus) becoming angry,
Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, did groan in the spirit, and troubled himself, and he said, "Where have you laid him?" They say to him, "Sir, come and see;"

(SM) Jesus went with her to the garden where the tomb was.
Jesus wept. The Jews, therefore, said, "Lo, how he was loving him!" and certain of them said, "Was not this one, who did open the eyes of the blind man, able to cause that also this one might not have died?" Jesus, therefore, again groaning in himself, comes to the tomb, and it was a cave, and a stone was lying upon it,
SM Immediately a great sound was heard from the tomb,*1

Jesus said, "Take you away the stone;" The sister of him who has died -- Martha -- said to him, "Sir, already he stinks, for he is four days dead;" Jesus said to her, "did I not tell you, that if you may believe, you shall see the glory of God?" They took away, therefore, the stone where the dead was laid, and Jesus lifted his eyes upwards, and said, "Father, I thank You, that You did hear me; and I knew that You always do hear me, but, because of the multitude that is standing by, I said [it], that they may believe that You did send me."*2

And these things saying, with a loud voice he cried out, "Lazarus, come forth;"
(SM) And going in immediately where the young man was, he stretched out a hand and raised him up, holding his hand. Then, the man looked at him and loved him and he began to call him to his side, that he might be with him. And going from the tomb, they went to the house of the young man. For he was rich. And after six days, Jesus instructed him. And when it was late, the young man went to him. He had put a linen around his naked body, and he remained with him through that night. For Jesus taught him the mystery of the kingdom of God.*3

Many, therefore, of the Jews who came unto Mary, and beheld what Jesus did, believed in him; John 11:46 but certain of them went away unto the Pharisees, and told them what Jesus did; *4
*1. Proof that Simon was just excommunicated, punished in the burial cave: not dead
*2. Jesus waited hoping that Jonathan Annas (his superior, acting as Father in place of Simon) would end the excommunication and now pretends that Jonathan did it
*3. Removal of excommunication requires one to begin the steps of promotion from outcaste (like Nicodemus at night John 03:1,2 And there was a man of the Pharisees, Nicodemus (Nicodemus = "Conquering One") (Theudas) his name, a ruler of the Jews, this one came unto him by night, and said to him,)
Simon is shown at Jesus' arrest: Mark 14:51,52 and a certain young man was following him, having put a linen cloth about [his] naked body, and the young men lay hold on him, and he, having left the linen cloth, did flee from them naked.
*4. Jesus is now on Caiaphas' hate list.John 11:49-52 And a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being chief priest of that year, said to them, "You have not known anything, nor reason that it is good for us that one man may die for the people, and not the whole nation perish." And this he said not of himself, but being chief priest of that year, he did prophesy that Jesus was about to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but that also the children of God, who have been scattered abroad, he may gather together into one.
March 33AD Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus for the third time showing Jesus that she is three months pregnant with his child. - Matt 26:6-7; John 12:1-5
And Jesus having been in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper*1, there came to him a woman having an alabaster box of ointment, very precious, and she poured on his head as he is reclining (at dinner). And having seen [it], his disciples were much displeased, saying, "To what purpose [is] this waste? For this ointment could have been sold for much, and given to the poor." And Jesus having known, said to them, "Why do you give trouble to the woman? For a good work she wrought for me; for the poor always you have with you, and me you have not always; for she having put this ointment on my body --
for my burial she did [it]*2 Verily I say to you, Wherever this good news may be proclaimed in the whole world, what this [one] did shall also be spoken of -- for a memorial of her."
Jesus, therefore, six days before the passover, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus, who had died, whom he raised out of the dead; John they made, therefore, to him a supper there, and Martha was ministering, and Lazarus*1 was one of those reclining together (at dinner) with him; Mary (Magdalene), therefore, having taken a pound of ointment of spikenard, of great price, anointed the feet of Jesus and did wipe with her hair his feet, and the house was filled from the fragrance of the ointment. Therefore said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who is about to deliver him up - "Therefore was not this ointment sold for three hundred denaries, and given to the poor?" and he said this, not because he was caring for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and what things were put in he was carrying.
*1. Note how 'Simon the leper' and 'Lazarus' are related in the same story in Matthew and John, just as 'woman' and 'Mary' relate. Also, the term 'leper' for Simon was established in Mark 1:40-45 (Cleansing of the leper)
*2. Not 'burial' but 'wedding'! Magdalene is now three months pregnant (required for marriage to prove viability). Jesus expects that Magdalene will be remembered (memorial) as the mother of his child. Instead the Church has made her into a prostitute!
Three months pregnant required for marriage to prove viability - Josephus Wars 2.8.13 (retranslated)
"There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term). But they do not accompany their wives when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not marry out of regard to pleasure, but for the sake of posterity. Now the women go into the baths with some of their garments on, as the men do with somewhat girded about them."
Indication that Simon accompanied Jesus to the crucifixion and was also on the cross with him
Matt 27:32 As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.
Mark 15:21 And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
Nag Hammadi Codices: The Second Treatise of Great Seth:
"Yes, they saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. I was another upon Whom they placed the crown of thorns"
Crucifixion of Jesus: two others on cross - railed by Judas Iscariot, but rebuked by Simon Magus - Luke 23:33,39-42
and the criminals, one on the right hand and one on the left.
And one of the criminals who were hanged (Judas)*1, was speaking evil of him, saying, "If you be the Christ, save yourself and us." And the other answering (Simon Magus)*2 was rebuking him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, that you are in the same judgment? and we indeed righteously, for things worthy of what we did we receive back, but this one did nothing wrong"; and he said to Jesus, "Remember me, when you may come in your kingdom;" and Jesus said to him, "Verily I say to you, To-day with me you shall be in the paradise."*2
*1 Judas' remark is clearly deprecating, in his mind he never believed in the kingdom of God that would come peacefully as he was a Zealot, the inheritor of Judas the Galilean who was killed in 6 AD His betrayal of Jesus had failed and you can imagine how furious he was that it had not saved himself from Crucifixion. Note is says 'hanged': Matt 27:05 And having cast down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, he departed, and having gone away, he:did hang himself.
2* Simon Magus, also a Zealot, reminds him that he, like himself, is guilty of the crime of sedition for which they are being punished, however he suggests that Judas ask God's forgiveness for betraying his comrades. Jesus did not take part in the sedition, but was merely the replacement for Theudas-Barabbas who had also taken part.
3* Paradise' is used as a code-word for the implementing of the plan for Jesus to faint on the cross from the special poison and be taken to the cave where he will be revived. He hopes that in this process, Simon will be taken down before he dies. The locations are shown in the parable of The Rich man and Lazarus where hell is in the chasm below the caves in the south of Qumran and thus the caves are like Paradise. The cave of the 'Rich Man' is that of Joseph, the gardener of Paradise, and the cave of Lazarus is the next to it. The roles are reversed for irony. (Judas, although he survived was thrown down 'hell' for betraying them.)
Resurrection: Peter and John Mark help Jesus out of the first tomb and down the hill - Gospel of Peter 39-42
And, as they (the soldiers) declared what things they had seen, again they see three men coming forth from the tomb, and two of them supporting one, and a cross following them. And of the two the head reached unto the heaven, but the head of him that was led by them overpassed the heavens. And they heard a voice from the heavens, saying. 'Hast thou preached to them that sleep?' And a response was heard from the cross, 'Yea.'
Resurrection: Empty Cave (Jesus has been removed, but Simon Magus (the angel) is still there - Matt 28:1; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-7
Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake and rolled back the stone*1 ; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.*2 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you."*3
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; -- it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe*2; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you."*3
And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; *2 and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise."*3
1*. 'Earthquake' nickname for Theudas/Thaddeus: he moved the stone, not the 'angel'. The angel was sitting on the blocking stone that had fallen when Theudas rolled it to open the second tomb
2*. "white raiment" is common to the three gospels: Theudas has dressed Simon Magus in white raiment of the high priest described as a blinding light:
Matt: an angel of the Lord descended from heaven His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow<
Mark: a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe (still and angel but technically unclean just like the young man Lazarus being reduced to "novice")
Luke: behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; (two men: Simon Magus on the right side (his cross position) Judas on the left was not well and would be thrown down the hill for being a traitor (field of blood: Acts 1:15-19)
3*. Simon Magus tells to women to say that Jesus is risen so that the illusion of the Resurrection will inspire the world

The next places where Simon occurs after the Resurrection are derived by the Pesher of Christ

Ananias and Queen Helena of Adiabene - Josephus 20.2.3 (35 AD)
Now, during the time Izates abode at Charax-Spasini, a certain Jewish merchant, whose name was Ananias, got among the women that belonged to the king, and taught them to worship God according to the Jewish religion. He, moreover, by their means, became known to Izates, and persuaded him, in like manner, to embrace that religion; he also, at the earnest entreaty of Izates, accompanied him when he was sent for by his father to come to Adiabene; it also happened that Helena, about the same time, was instructed by a certain other Jew and went over to them.)
Ananias and Sapphira - Acts 5:1-11
And a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife*1, sold a possession, and did keep back of the price -- his wife also knowing -- and having brought a certain part, at the feet of the apostles he laid [it]. And Peter said, 'Ananias, therefore did Satan fill your heart, for you to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back of the price of the place? while it remained, did it not remain yours? and having been sold, in your authority was it not? why [is] it that you did put in your heart this thing? you did not lie to men, but to God;' and Ananias hearing these words, having fallen down, did expire, and great fear came upon all who heard these things, and having risen, the younger men wound him up, and having carried forth, they buried [him].*2 And it came to pass, about three hours after, that his wife, not knowing what has happened, came in, and Peter answered her, 'Tell me if for so much you sold the place;'and she said, 'Yes, for so much.' And Peter said unto her, 'How was it agreed by you, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? lo, the feet of those who did bury your husband [are] at the door, and they shall carry you forth;' and she fell down presently at his feet, and expired, and the young men having come in, found her dead, and having carried forth, they buried [her] by her husband; and great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon all who heard these things.
*1 Showing this couple together is a clear link to Simon and Helena and it will be shown later that Jesus (in a vision) tells Paul to be baptized by Ananias. They both had returned having converted Queen Helena of Adiabene ( Ant 20.1.3 who would later save Jerusalem during the famine (Ant. 20:49-52). This was clearly a triumph and Peter was jealous using the excuse of not accepting bribes for entry into the Church.
*2 Same as when Simon was Lazarus (now masquerading as the High Priest Ananias) : excommunicated and then on the level of an initiate like the 'young men' who 'bury' him. Same for Helena (in Rev 21:19 "the foundations of the wall of the city with every precious stone have been adorned; the first foundation jasper; the second, sapphire" thus in second position to Simon: jasper). Peter is clearly acting on his own because soon Jesus, seeing the advantage of converting Saul, sends him to Ananias, the person he trusts will match Paul in intellect.
This is where the obvious reference to Simon Magus (Acts 8:9-24 Simon the Magician (Magus)) (Sept 37) which shows that Simon is now "The Power of God" representing the Hellenist party and joined with Philip as his minister.
Philip is sent to an Ethiopian - Acts 8:26-32 (Dec 39 AD)
But an angel of the Lord*1 said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship*2 and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth." *2
*1. Simon Magus
*2, Titus, the head of the group called Fish. It was he who was represented as Fish 2 in the five loaves in Feeding the 5000. (Fish were the Gentiles that were part of the Noah symbology of his three sons of Shem led by Philip, Ham led by Titus, and Japheth who would be Luke)
*3. The words from Isaiah are in code to suggest to Titus, who is a friend of Agrippa, to be silent about the plot to assassinate King Agrippa which might need to be implemented later on.
Ananias (Simon Magus) cures Saul's sight and baptizes him - Acts 9:10-18; Acts 22:12-16 (Early 40 AD)
And there was a certain disciple in Damascus, by name Ananias, and the Lord said unto him in a vision, 'Ananias;'and he said, 'Behold me, Lord;' and the Lord [said] unto him, 'Having risen, go on unto the street that is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas*1, [one] by name Saul of Tarsus, for, lo, he does pray, and he saw in a vision a man, by name Ananias, coming in, and putting a hand on him, that he may see again.' And Ananias answered, 'Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how many evils he did to your saints in Jerusalem, and here he has authority from the chief priests, to bind all those calling on Your name.' And the Lord said unto him, 'Be going on, because a choice vessel to me is this one, to bear my name before nations and kings -- the sons also of Israel; for I will show him how many things it behooves him for my name to suffer.' And Ananias went away, and did enter into the house, and having put upon him [his] hands, said, 'Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me -- Jesus who did appear to you in The Way*2 in which you were coming -- that you may see again, and may be filled with the Holy Spirit.' And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, he saw again also presently, and having risen, was baptized,
(Extracted from Paul speech in Jerusalem to the crowds.) and a certain one, Ananias, a pious man according to the law, being testified to by all the Jews dwelling [there], having come unto me and stood by [me], said to me, Saul, brother, look up; and I the same hour did look up to him; and he said, The God of our fathers did choose you beforehand to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice out of his mouth, because you shall be his witness unto all men of what you hast seen and heard; and now, why tarry you? having risen, baptize yourself, and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord.
1* Judas is ((John 14:22 "Judas said to him, (not the Iscariot) ..." in other words Theudas. He would die in 44AD died in Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas March 44 AD as Gamaliel told the story(Ant 20.97-98)/(Acts 5:36). being partial to the Christians, he probably convinced Paul to stop persecuting the followers of Jesus.
2* the Church at that time was called 'The Way'.
Three years pass. Nero is assassinated March 24 January 41 AD and Claudius becomes emperor.
Dorcas (Mother Mary) is now a widow and is blessed by Peter - Acts 9:36-43 (43 AD)
And in Joppa there was a certain female disciple, by name Tabitha, (which interpreted, is called Dorcas,*1) this woman was full of good works and kind acts that she was doing; and it came to pass in those days she, having ailed, died, and having bathed her, they laid her in an upper chamber, and Lydda being near to Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter is in that [place], sent two men unto him, calling on him not to delay to come through unto them. And Peter having risen, went with them, whom having come, they brought into the upper chamber, and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing coats and garments, as many as Dorcas was making while she was with them. And Peter having put them all forth without, having bowed the knees, did pray, and having turned unto the body said, 'Tabitha, arise;'and she opened her eyes, and having seen Peter, she sat up, and having given her [his] hand, he lifted her up, and having called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive, and it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord *2; and it came to pass, that he *2 remained many days in Joppa, with a certain one, Simon a tanner.
*1 Mary Mother of Jesus was wedded to Joseph in 8 BC at the age of (17 and a half) thus born in December 26 BC. In December 40 AD she would be 65 years old (26 BC -1 + 40AD = 65 years). She had become an ordinary widow when her husband Joseph was assassinated in 23 AD, but now she would be promoted to the revered Widow class, thus in a metaphoric sense dying to her widow state. She would now attain to the position of that Anna held. (See Mar 6AD Essenes: Simeon and Anna bless Jesus.) This position was of that "Sarah" (Abraham's wife, the mother of Isaac) Note that she was placed in the "upper chamber" (the higher platform of the church where the priests sat after "bathing her" the ritual bathing of Essenes entering the monastery. Her title before that was "Mary" as Miriam, a sister of "Moses" but her real name as shown here is Dorcas (Tabitha meaning gazelle). Joppa was the tribal territory of Dan from which Mary came and all were sad to see her leave for her higher duties. Being a sister in the monastery where wealth was shared, she had overseen the embroidery on the priests garments. (Since Jonathan Annas' personal title was "God" which people attributed to Jesus, Mary would now be "Holy Mother of God".)
*2 This healing was an amazing miracle for Peter to have accomplished. (of course it was just metaphoric, but it is definitely being attributed to Jesus ('Lord') but hold on to this and see how it John Mark the author of Acts skillfully fills in a connects 'Lord' with 'he' three years later. Peter had been assumed as 'he' because the time space is not realized by the scholars. Simon Magus is in Joppa by the sea next to Lydda where the convent of Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene were located. He is there to officiate at the third marriage union wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, it being six years from the birth of Jesus Justus. As "tanner", he has taken the role that Judas took as a 'tester' when he was Tempted by Satan in the Wilderness for his Nazarite Vow before Marriage. Peter was there also. to convert the first non-Jew Cornelius who was the centurion who used a lancet to test if Jesus was dead on the cross and lied to Pilate that he was dead and guarded the tomb. In March 45 AD John Mark will leave Barnabas and Paul to go with Simon Magus and Mary Magdalene who is divorcing Jesus. At that time Cornelius will replace John Mark as Jesus' companion helper, taking the name Luke, as Jesus' physician.
Simon has a house (church) by the sea where Peter 'lodges' (is minister under Simon - Acts 10:32 43AD
send, therefore, to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this one does lodge in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea, who having come, shall speak to you;
Peter initially objects to Agrippa being the honorary head of the Church (Josephus Antiquities 19.7.4.)
"However, there was a certain mall of the Jewish nation at Jerusalem, who appeared to be very accurate in the knowledge of the law. His name was Simon*1. This man got together an assembly, while the king was absent at Caesarea, and had the insolence to accuse him as not living holily, and that he might justly be excluded out of the temple, since it belonged only to native Jews. But the general of Agrippa's army informed him that Simon had made such a speech to the people. So the king sent for him; and as he was sitting in the theater, he bid him sit down by him, and said to him with a low and gentle voice, "What is there done in this place that is contrary to the law?" But he had nothing to say for himself, but begged his pardon. So the king was more easily reconciled to him than one could have imagined, as esteeming mildness a better quality in a king than anger, and knowing that moderation is more becoming in great men than passion. So he made Simon a small present, and dismissed him."
*1. Simon Peter
Peter's arrest by Agrippa is woven into a miracle where Peter, now a widower, is promoted to cardinal by Simon Magus (Acts 12:1,5-8) 43AD.
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church ... So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison; and behold, an angel of the Lord*1 appeared, and "a light shone"*2 in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, "Get up quickly." And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, "Dress yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your mantle around you and follow me."
*1. Simon Magus
*2 This would be Jesus who would be standing on the upper level of the Church where a trapdoor would be opened to let the the blinding light through (similar to Paul's conversion)
Herod Agrippa is poisoned - Acts 12:1-3; Acts 12:20-23
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword*1; Now Herod (Agrippa) was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon*2; and they came to him in a body, and having persuaded Blastus*3, the king's chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king's country for food. On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them. And the people shouted, "The voice of a god, and not of man!" Immediately an angel of the Lord*3 smote him, because he did not give God the glory*5; and he was eaten by worms*6 and died.
*1. "Killed with the sword" is excommunication.The "sword" is a symbol throughout the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation for excommunication. (Examples: Peter at the by Judas' betrayal "took a sword and cut of the "ear" of James meaning that James should be excommunicated as the one heralded Jesus' commands. The green horseman of Revelation used a "sword to kill" meaning that he had the power of excommunication. *2. Tyre and Sidon is Simon Magus' area of influence. James of Zebedee
*3. Blastus (Nicolaus) is a eunuch persuaded is to administer the poison to Agrippa and is rewarded with the leadership of the seventh Church at Laodicea
*4. Simon Magus (same angel as with Peter's promotion)
*5. "glory" (cardinal) was Peter whom he arrested.
Agrippa's death - Josephus Antiquities 19.8.2
Now when Agrippa had reigned three years over all Judea, he came to the city Caesarea, which was formerly called Strato's Tower; and there he exhibited shows in honor of Caesar, upon his being informed that there was a certain festival celebrated to make vows for his safety. At which festival a great multitude was gotten together of the principal persons, and such as were of dignity through his province. On the second day of which shows he put on a garment made wholly of silver, and of a contexture truly wonderful, and came into the theater early in the morning; at which time the silver of his garment being illuminated by the fresh reflection of the sun's rays upon it, shone out after a surprising manner, and was so resplendent as to spread a horror over those that looked intently upon him; and presently his flatterers cried out, one from one place, and another from another, (though not for his good,) that he was a god; and they added, "Be thou merciful to us; for although we have hitherto reverenced thee only as a man, yet shall we henceforth own thee as superior to mortal nature."*1 ... A severe pain also arose in his belly, and began in a most violent manner. ... And when he had been quite worn out by the pain in his belly for five days, he departed this life, being in the fifty-fourth year of his age, and in the seventh year of his reign; for he reigned four years under Caius Caesar, three of them were over.
*1. Compare this to Peter's promotion where Peter looked up to the top level of the church where the morning sun shone through showing that Agrippa was in the highest level of the Church equivalent to God
Paul tells Agrippa's son, Agrippa II, that his father was poisoned by Simon Magus (Acts 9:36-40;) Acts 13:6-9
Having gone through the island unto Paphos (town in Cyprus)*1, they (Barnabas and Saul and John Mark) found a certain Magian, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name is Bar-Jesus (Son of= follower of); who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus (Agrippa II: being instructed by Paul), an intelligent man; this one having called for Barnabas and Saul, did desire to hear the word of God, and there withstood them Elymas the Magian (Simon)-- for so is his name interpreted -- seeking to pervert the proconsul from the faith. And Saul -- who also is Paul -- having been filled with the Holy Spirit, and having looked steadfastly on him.*2
*1. Proof that Simon Magus is from Cypress
*2. The reason that Paul is staring Simon down is because Simon helped to poison King Agrippa and Paul will reveal this to his son Agrippa II and thus the churches will be split when Jesus and Paul chose to align with Agrippa II.
Mary Magdalene, having died, Demetrius makes silver icons of her - Acts 19: 23,24,26 (Sept 57)
About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way*1. For a man named Demetrius*2, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis *3, brought no little business to the craftsmen ... And you see and hear that not only at Ephesus but almost throughout all Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable company of people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods.*4 When they heard this they were enraged, and cried out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"*5
1* The Way is the name of the Christian church
2* This is Simon Magus taking the role of Judas Iscariot with the money bag to collect tithes whereas Paul and Peter did not impose tithes. (John Mark in 3 John 12 says "Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.")
3* The goddess Artemis is symbolic for Helena. having served in the Temple of Artemis before she was rescued by Simon and then when Helena died for her daughter Mary Magdalene and will now be for Bernice as Mary Magdalene had died. (This is indicated by John Mark (Eutychus) who was caring for Magdalene being reconciled with Paul in March 58 - John 20:19-23 AD indicating that Mary Magdalene has died.)
4* This is a misquote of Paul's 'Unknown God' (Acts 17:23) "For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you."
5* The uproar came about when that Christians objected to Bernice's ascension to leader because she was Agrippa's sister (later called the 'Whore of Babylon' for sleeping with Titus, the conqueror of Jerusalem)

Simon Magus Philosophy

The Church Fathers Call Simon a Heretic but reveal his Philosophy

List of Sources from "Simon Magus, An Essay on the Founder of Simonianism".
Based on the Ancient Sources With a Re-Evaluation of His Philosophy and Teachings.By G.R.S. MEAD The Theosophical Society. London. 1892.)

  1. Justinus Martyr (Apologia, I. 26, 56; Apologia, II. 15; Dialogus cum Tryphone, 120); probable date of First Apology AD 141; neither the date of the birth nor death of Justin is known; MS. fourteenth century.
  2. Irenæus (Contra Hæreses, I. xxiii. 1-4); chief literary activity last decennium of the second century; MSS. probably sixth, seventh, and eighth centuries; date of birth and death unknown, for the former any time from AD 97-147 suggested, for latter 202-3.
  3. Clemens Alexandrinus (Stromateis, ii. 11; vii. 17); greatest literary activity AD 190-203; born 150-160, date of death unknown; oldest MS. eleventh century.
  4. Tertullianus (De Præscriptionibus adversus Hæreticos, 46, generally attributed to a Pseudo-Tertullian); c. AD 199; (De Anima, 34, 36); c. AD 208-9; born 150-160, died 220-240.
  5. (Hippolytus of Rome (170 – 235 AD) Book VI Chapter 2-15
  6. Ptolemaeus (late 2nd century), disciple of Valentinius (in Ptolemy's Letter to Flora) Ptolemy’s Commentary on The Gospel of John Prologue Translation by Bentley Layton
  7. Origenes (Contra Celsum, i. 57; v. 62; vi. 11); born AD 185-6, died 254-5; MS. fourteenth century.
  8. Philastrius (De Hæresibus); date of birth unknown, died probably AD 387.
  9. Epiphanius (Contra Hæreses, ii. 1-6); born AD 310-20, died 404; MS. eleventh century.
  10. Hieronymus (St. Jerome) (Commentarium in Evangelicum Matthæi, IV. xxiv. 5); written AD 387.
  11. Theodoretus (Hereticarum Fabularum Compendium, i. 1); born towards the end of the fourth century, died AD 453-58; MS. eleventh century.
1. Justinus Martyr
Says Simon was considered a god in your imperial city of Rome saying that the statue found on the Tiber Island showing 'Semoni Sanco Deo'. an ancient Sabine deity was for Simon (not Simoni) . He is correct that Tiber Island had a conclave of Jewish Christians. He uses the philosophy of Simon to denigrate him by saying that his followers call him the First God and that his consort is Helen (a former prostitute) represents the First Thought.
2. Irenæus
Mentions how Simon got the Christians banded from Rome because of his defrauding of a rich widow who complained to Claudius. Thus shows up in Acts 18:2 "And he (Paul) found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome". (Verified by Roman historians Suetonius and Cassius Dio)
Again, Helen was the first conception of his Mind, the Mother of All, by whom in the beginning he conceived in his Mind the making of the Angels and Archangels. That this Thought, leaping forth from him, and knowing what was the will of her Father, descended to the lower regions and generated the Angels and Powers, by whom also he said this world was made. (This story is the "Hymn of the Pearl" contained in the Acts of Thomas.)
Wherefore also he himself had come, to take her away for the first time, and free her from her bonds, and also to guarantee salvation to men by his "knowledge." For as the Angels were mismanaging the world, since each of them desired the sovereignty, he had come to set matters right; and that he had descended, transforming himself and being made like to the Powers and Principalities and Angels; so that he appeared to men as a man, although he was not a man; and was thought to have suffered in Judaea, although he did not really suffer. (Probably, Simon did tell his followers that he survived the cross thus 'The Second Treatise of Great Seth' where Simon is mentioned to be on the cross instead of Jesus while Jesus watched.)
His followers worship an image of Simon made in the likeness of Jupiter, and of Helen in that of Minerva; (Same thing in Acts 14:8-20 where Paul and Barnabas are worshipped as Hermes and Zeus). He appeared among the Jews as the Son, while in Samaria he descended as the Father, and in the rest of the nations he came as the Holy Spirit.
3. Clemens Alexandrinus
Here says Simon used of the term, "He who stood."
4. Tertullianus
Simon pretended that he was the highest Father, and that Helen was his first suggestion whereby he had suggested the making of the Angels and Archangels; that she sharing in this design had sprung forth from the Father, and leaped down into the lower regions; and that there, the design of the Father being prevented, she had brought forth Angelic Powers ignorant of the Father, the artificer of this world; by these she was detained
Also, like Irenæus, says Simon played the part of the Son in Judaea, and that of the Father in Samaria.
5. Hippolytus
Simon's System of a Threefold Emanation by Pairs.

All these portions of the Fire, both visible and invisible, are possessed of perception and a share of intelligence? The world, therefore, that which is generated, was produced from the unbegotten fire. It began, however, to exist, he says, according to the following manner. He who was begotten from the principle of that fire took six roots, and those primary ones, of the originating principle of generation. And, he says, that the roots were made from the fire in pairs, which roots he terms " Mind" and " Intelligence," "Voice" and "Name," "Ratiocination" and "Reflection." And that in these six roots resides simultaneously the entire indefinite power potentially, [however] not actually. And this indefinite power, he who stood, stands, and will stand. Wherefore, whensoever he may be made into an image, inasmuch as he exists in the six powers, he will exist [there] substantially, potentially, qualitatively, [and] completely. [And he will be a power] one and the same with the unbegotten and indefinite power, and not laboring under any greater deficiency than that unbegotten and unalterable [and] indefinite power.
If, however, he may continue only potentially in the six powers, and has not been formed into an image, he vanishes, he says, and is destroyed in such a way as the grammatical or geo- metrical capacity in man’s soul. For when the capacity takes unto itself an art, a light of existent things is produced ; but when [the capacity] does not take unto itself [an art], unskillfulness and ignorance are the results; and just as when [the power] was non-existent, it perishes along with the expiring man.

Further Progression of this Threefold Emanation - Co-existence with the Double Triad of a Seventh Existence
And of those six powers,’ and of the seventh which co-exists with them, the first pair,

  • Mind and Intelligence - Heaven and Earth
  • Voice and Name - Sun and Moon
  • Ratiocination and Reflection - Air and Water
And in all these is intermingled and blended, as I have declared, the great, the indefinite, the self- existing power.

Simon’s Interpretation of the Mosaic Hexaémeron—his allegorical Representation of Paradise.
When, therefore, Moses has spoken of the six days in which God made heaven and earth, and rested on the seventh from all His works, Simon affirms that there are three days begotten before sun and moon, they speak enigmatically of Mind and Intelligence, that is, Heaven and Earth, and of the seventh power
And of those six powers,’ and of the seventh which co-exists with them, the first pair, Mind and Intelligence, he calls Heaven and Earth. And that one of these, being of male sex, beholds from above and takes care of his partner, but that the earth receives below the rational fruits, akin to the earth, which are borne down from the heaven. On this account, he says, the Logos, frequently looking towards the things that are being generated from Mind and Intelligence, that is, from Heaven and Earth, exclaims, “ Hear, O heaven, and give ear, O earth, because the Lord has spoken. I have brought forth children, and exalted them; and these have rejected me.” Now, he who utters these words, he says, is the seventh power: he who stood, stands, and will stand; for he himself is cause of those beauteous objects of creation which Moses commended, and said that they were very good. But Voice and Name [the second of the three pairs] are Sun and Moon ; and Ratiocination and Reflection [the third of the three pairs] are Air and Water. And in all these is intermingled and blended, as I have declared, the great, the indefinite, the [self- existing power.

Simon’s Explanation of the Five Books of Moses. He associates the senses to first five books of the Old Testament:
  • Genesis - sight
  • Exodus - taste
  • Leviticus - smelling or respiration
  • Numbers - hearing (substituted here)
  • Deuteronomy - touch

Of the universal Aeons there are two shoots, without beginning or end, springing from one Root, which is the Power invisible, inapprehensible Silence. Of these shoots one is manifested from above, which is the Great Power, the Universal Mind ordering all things, male, and the other, (is manifested) from below, the Great Thought, female, producing all things. Hence pairing with each other, they unite and manifest the Middle Distance, incomprehensible Air, without beginning or end. In this is the Father who sustains all things, and nourishes those things which have a beginning and end
This is He who has stood, stands and will stand, a male-female power like the preexisting Boundless Power, which has neither beginning nor end, existing in oneness.
For it is from this that the Thought in the oneness proceeded and became two.

Fire a Primal Principle

According to Simon, therefore, there exists that which is blessed and incorruptible in a latent condition in every one, [that is,] potentially, not actually; and that this is He who stood; stands, and is to stand.. He has stood above in unbegotten power. He stands below, when in the stream of waters He was begotten in a likeness.

Ptolemy’s Commentary on The Gospel of John Prologue

Irenaeus, in his work The Detection and Overthrow of Falsely So-Called Gnosis (written c. 180, also called Adversus Heraeses or "Against Heresies"), recorded a commentary written by the Valentinian teacher Ptolemy (second century) on the Prologue to the Gospel of John (Irenaeus, Adversus Heraeses 1.8.5). In this commentary, Ptolemy interpreted the prologue of John’s gospel (John 1:1-14) as it related to the first octet of Aeons, the initial "outflow" of divine emanation from the First Source. This emanational structure can be shown graphically as follows:

Parent – Loveliness
/ \
Only-Begotten – Truth
/ \
Word – Life
/ \
Human Being – Church

John, the disciple of the Lord, intentionally spoke of the origination of the entirety, by which the Father emitted all things. And he assumes that the First Being engendered by God is a kind of beginning; he has called it "Son" and "Only-Begotten God." In this (the Only-Begotten) the Father emitted all things in a process involving posterity. By this (Son), he says, was emitted the Word, in which was the entire essence of the aions that the Word later personally formed.

Now since he is speaking of the first origination, he does well to begin the teaching at the beginning, i.e with the Son and the Word. He speaks as follows: "The Word was in the beginning, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. It was in the beginning, with God." [Jn 1:1] First, he distinguishes three things: God; beginning; Word. Then he unites them: this is to show forth both the emanation of the latter two, i.e. the Son and the Word, and their union with one another, and simultaneously with the Father. For the beginning was in the Father and from the Father; and the Word was in the beginning and from the beginning. Well did he say, "The Word was in the beginning", for it was in the Son. "And the Word was with God." So was the beginning. "And the word was God"; reasonably so, for what is engendered from God is God. This shows the order of emanation. "The entirety was made through it, and without it was not anything made." [Jn 1:3] For the Word became the cause of the forming and origination of all the aeons that came after it.

But furthermore (he says), "That which came into being in it was Life."[Jn 1:4] Here he discloses a pair. For he says that the entirety came into being through it, but Life is in it. Now, that which came into being in it more intimately belongs to it than what came into being through it: it is joined with it and through it it bears fruit. Indeed, inasmuch as he adds, "and Life was the light of human beings", [Jn 1:4] in speaking of human beings he has now disclosed also the Church by means of a synonym, so that with a single word he might disclose the partnership of the pair. For from the Word and Life, the Human Being and the Church came into being. And he called Life the light of human beings because they are enlightened by her, i.e. formed and made visible. Paul, too, says this: "For anything that becomes visible is light." [Eph 5:13] So since Life made the Human Being and the Church visible and engendered them, she is said to be their light.

Now among other things, John plainly made clear the second quartet, i.e. the Word; Life; the Human Being; the Church.

But what is more, he also disclosed the first quartet. describing the Savior, now, and saying that all things outside the Fullness were formed by him, he says that he is the fruit of the entire fullness. For he calls him a light that "shines in the darkness" [Jn 1:5] and was not overcome by it, inasmuch as after he had fitted together all things that had derived from the passion they did not become acquainted with him. And he calls him Son, Truth, Life, and Word become flesh. We have beheld the latter’s glory, he says. And its glory was like that of the Only- Begotten, which was bestowed on him by the Father, "full of grace and truth". [Jn 1:14] And he speaks as follows: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us; we have beheld its glory, glory as of the Only-Begotten from the Father." [Jn 1:14] So he precisely discloses also the first quartet when he speaks of the Father; Grace; the Only-Begotten; Truth. Thus did John speak of the first octet, the mother of the entirety of aions. For he referred to the Father; Grace; the Only-Begotten; Truth; the Word; Life; the Human Being; the Church.

7. Origenes
Simon pretended he was the Power of God, which is called Great, and the latter (Dositheus) that he too was the Son of God. Interesting that it mentions 'Dositheus' which comes from the Clementines as a rival to Simon. The name meaning 'gift of God' indicates that it is Nathanael (with the same meaning) of the Gospel of John who is Jonathan Annas who was under John the Baptist.
8. Philastrius
Simon said that the world had been made by Angels, and the Angels again had been made by certain endowed with perception from heaven, and that they (the Angels) had deceived the human race.
He asserted, moreover, that there was a certain other Thought (from the pair Mind and Thought), who descended into the world for the salvation of men; he says she was that Helen whose story is celebrated in the Trojan War by the vain-glorious poets. And the Powers, he says, led on by desire of this Helen, stirred up sedition. "For she," he says, "arousing desire in those Powers, and appearing in the form of a woman, could not re-ascend into heaven, because the Powers which were in heaven did not permit her to re ascend." Moreover, she looked for another Power, that is to say, the presence of Simon himself, which would come and free her.
But after he had fled from the blessed Peter from the city of Jerusalem, and came to Rome, and contended there with the blessed apostle before the Emperor Nero, he was routed on every point by the speech of the blessed apostle, and being smitten by an angel (Acts of Peter XXXII) came by a righteous end in order that the glaring falsity of his magic might be made known unto all men.
9. Epiphanius
He deluded the Samaritan people with magical phenomena, deluding and enticing them with a bait by saying that he was the Great Power of God and had come down from above. And he told the Samaritans that he was the Father, and the Jews that he was the Son, and that in undergoing the passion he had not really done so, but that it was only in appearance.
When the Lord himself answers in the Gospel to those who say unto him: "If such is the case of the man and the woman, it is not good to marry." But He said unto them: "All do not hold this; for there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of the heavens. And He showed that natural abstinence from union is the gift of the kingdom of the heavens; and again in another place He says with respect to righteous marriage, "Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder." (This indicates that he agreed with the Essene principle of abstainence.)
10. Hieronymus (St. Jerome)
(Nothing of importance.)
This (Simon) gave birth to a legend somewhat as follows. He started with supposing some Boundless Power; and he called this the Universal Root. And he said that this was Fire, which had a twofold energy, the manifested and the concealed. The world moreover was generable, and had been generated from the manifested energy of the Fire. And first from it (the manifested energy) were emanated three pairs, which he also called Roots. And the first (pair) he called Mind and Thought, and the second, Voice and Intelligence, and the third, Reason and Reflection. Whereas he called himself the Boundless Power, and (said) that he had appeared to the Jews as the Son, and to the Samaritans he had descended as the Father, and among the rest of the nations he had gone up and down as the Holy Spirit.

Simon's Philosophy is Revealed in the First Chapter of John

This proves that the Gospel of John, scripted by John Mark, was written by Simon Magus (and by inferencce Jesus) as seen in John 01:01-17,23,25,26. References to Hippolytus and Ptolemaeus (Shown as "H" or "P:")
Preface to John - The philosophy of Simon Magus explained in John 01:01-17,23,25,26
John 01:01 Ἐν ἀρχῃ̃ ἠ̃ν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἠ̃ν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἠ̃ν ὁ λόγος.
John 01:01 In the beginning was the Word*1 , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
This is Simon's famous expression: "He who stood, stands, and will stand". This is the triune composition of God that is shown in the expression of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: first there was God, and then God is manifested in in each one of us (male and female) and in our God-like work we manifest God's Being. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever."
1*. In the Gospels and Acts the 'word' will be used as a pesher for 'Jesus'.
John 01:02 οὑ̃τος ἠ̃ν ἐν ἀρχῃ̃ πρὸς τὸν θεόν.
John 01:03 the same was in the beginning with God;
The Word is the Gospel and it will be synonymous with God.
John 01:03 πάντα δι' αὐτου̃ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτου̃ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἕν. ὃ γέγονεν
John 01:03 All things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that has happened.
Creation happened by the Will of God.
John 01:04 ἐν αὐτῳ̃ ζωὴ ἠ̃ν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἠ̃ν τὸ φω̃ς τω̃ν ἀνθρώπων·
John 01:04 In him was life, and the life was the light of men,
John 01:05 καὶ τὸ φω̃ς ἐν τῃ̃ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν.
John 01:05 and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it.

  • First Level: (Mind-Intelligence)
    Mind (Hestos-Nous-Heaven) and
    Intelligence (Sophia-Aletheia-Earth)

John 01:01 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;

P: First, in John is distinguished three things: God; beginning; Word. Then he unites them: this is to show forth both the emanation of the latter two, i.e. the Son and the Word, and their union with one another, and simultaneously with the Father. For the beginning was in the Father and from the Father; and the Word was in the beginning and from the beginning. Well did he say, "The Word was in the beginning", for it was in the Son. "And the Word was with God."

John 01:02 the same was in the beginning with God;

This phrase describes the second level of creation, but the phrase "the same was in the beginning with GOD" tells us that the Second Level is the mirror of the First. Thus reflecting the Second level upward to the First Level we have the 'Mind of GOD' (Hestos-Hidden) and the 'Intelligence of GOD' (Sophia-Manifest Mind) and the 'Spirit within all of Creation'. Then by swapping out the secondary emanation: "Word" with "GOD", the first line of John before John 01:01 would read:

John 01:00 (assumed) "In the beginning was GOD and GOD was with GOD" (Being "Hidden" and "Manifest" at the same time) and GOD was GOD (the emanation of GOD (Spirit) is GOD existing in all things)

P: So was the beginning. "And the word was God"; reasonably so, for what is engendered from God is God." John 1:14 speaks as follows: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us; we have beheld its glory, glory as of the Only-Begotten from the Father." So it precisely discloses also the first quartet when he speaks of the Father; Grace; the Only-Begotten; Truth. Thus did it speak of the first octet, the mother of the entirety of aeons (Hestos-Nous-Heaven). For it referred to the Father; Grace; the Only-Begotten; Truth; the Word; Life; the Human Being; the Church.

GOD in the "beginning" is made of three aspects which are "the Hidden" and "the Manifest" and "the Spirit". The Spirit is what permeates the whole of creation. Thus the "Hidden" (passive force) and the "Manifest" (active force) are joined together by "Spirit" (reconciling force).

The act of Creation is when the Spirit (reconciling force) separates the "Hidden" (passive force) and "Manifest" (active force), thus giving us existence in the "Manifest" by means of "the Spirit". This process of Creation creates three levels (higher to lower) of "Hidden"-"Manifest" pairs, each are created by the level above it by means of "the Spirit".

Genesis 1:2b "and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters". Spirit creates a ripple that brings the Matter into existence.

Sophia ('Intelligence') leaves the First Level and mistakenly seeks 'Light' on the Third Level thinking it was the 'Mind of God'. She becomes entangled in the Earth, forgetting her true nature as the aspect of Heaven. When her plight is discovered the 'Mind', as in "The Hymn of the Pearl" sends her a letter (a description of 'Spirit') to remind her of her true nature. The letter leads her away from the filth and death at the bottom of the Earth, where the serpent lives, back to Heaven to regain her true nature as the 'Intelligence of God'.

John 01:03 all things through him did happen, and without him happened not even one thing that has happened.

In GOD's Creation, the First Level makes the Second level manifest as the Second Level makes the Third Level manifest.

  • Second Level: (Voice-Name)
    Voice (Logos/Word/Sun) and
    Name (Zoe/Life/Moon)

John 01:01 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;

P: First, he distinguishes three things: God; beginning; Word. Then he unites them: this is to show forth both the emanation of the latter two, i.e. the Son and the Word, and their union with one another, and simultaneously with the Father. For the beginning was in the Father and from the Father; and the Word was in the beginning and from the beginning. Well did he say, "The Word was in the beginning", for it was in the Son. "And the Word was with God."

The Second Level consists of 'Word' and 'with GOD', its complementary force, thus the pair: Voice (Word) - Name (Life). The 'Voice' and 'Name' become GOD by means of the 'Spirit' ("the Word was GOD").

  • Third Level (Man-Woman)
    Reasoning (Man/Church/Light/Truth/Adam) and
    Intuition (Woman/Baptism/Water/Grace/Agape-Love/Eve)

The aspects of the Third Level are contained in later verses in the first chapter of John, showing the concept of the Church assisting its congregation to reach the Second Level qualities of Word (inside Jesus) or Voice (inside John the Baptist). In the same way, the process of entering the Church through Baptism with a new name allows each person the essence of the Second Level quality of Name. Once the Voice/Word is attained, one can connect to the First Level above to reveal the 'Mind of God' (the Hidden) and in the same way the Second Level quality of Name can connect to the First Level to reveal the 'Intelligence' (the Manifest).

The Third Level is also demonstrated in the second creation story of Genesis with Adam and Eve. Here the Second Level 'Lord God', not GOD, acts because we, on the Third Level, can only see the Second level. This 'Lord God' on the Second level is a construction of our imaginings with all the shortcomings of our 'selves'; it is not GOD. The 'Lord God' merely has the 'Voice of GOD' and the complementary force of the 'Lord God' creates a world, that is merely 'Life in Name' (what we call it -Adam names the animals). Thus we are 'naked' before the 'Lord God' meaning we are as 'soul-less' as the God we imagine.

John 01:04b and the light in the darkness did shine, and the darkness did not perceive it.

On this First Level, the 'Hidden' and the 'Manifest' cancel each other out and there is just empty space and all space (annihilation and fulfillment at the same time).

John 01:04a In him was life, and the life was the light of men,

Within him (the masculine aspect of this level: 'Word' - Hidden), is its feminine aspect: 'Life - Manifest (Life in the service of God). 'Life' on the Second Level, which was created by 'Intelligence' acting from the First Level above, enlightens the congregation."

P: But furthermore in John, "That which came into being in it was Life." Here he discloses a pair. For he says that the entirety came into being through it, but Life is in it. Now, that which came into being in it more intimately belongs to it than what came into being through it: it is joined with it and through it it bears fruit. Indeed, inasmuch as he adds, "and Life was the light of human beings". In speaking of human beings he has now disclosed also the Church by means of a synonym, so that with a single word he might disclose the partnership of the pair. For from the Word and Life, the Human Being and the Church came into being. And he called Life the light of human beings because they are enlightened by her, i.e. formed and made visible. Paul, too, says this: "For anything that becomes visible is light." [Ephesians 5:13] So since Life made the Human Being and the Church visible and engendered them, she is said to be their light. Now among other things, John plainly made clear the second quartet, i.e. the Word; Life; the Human Being; the Church.

Both John the Baptist and Jesus instituted Baptism which purifies 'Intuition' on the Third Level, connecting upwards to the Second Level: 'Life' and then upwards to First Level: 'Intelligence' which is Sophia who guides the way.

We are fortunate to have the words of John the Baptist from Josephus
(Antiquities of the Jews, 18.5.2) "Baptism would be acceptable to God, if they made use of it, not in order to expiate some sins, but for the purification of the body, provided that the soul was thoroughly purified beforehand by righteousness."

After Baptism with 'Intuition' purified, 'Love' connects to 'Name' on the Second level and in time connects to 'Intelligence' the First Level. Then the initiate enters the Church to be taught the ways of God ('Reasoning'), 'Light' which illuminates the 'Word' on the Second level and in time connects to the 'Mind of God' on the First Level. Thus John the Baptist in John 01:06-13 admitted that he was not the 'Light', not because Jesus was higher, but rather that 'Light' is the Church, which is the coming together of all people with love.

The First Level is described in day 1-3 of Creation.
Genesis 01:01 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 01:02 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
Genesis 01:03 And God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
Genesis 01:04 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 01:05 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Genesis 01:06 And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
Genesis 01:07 And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.
Genesis 01:08 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Genesis 01:09 And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.
Genesis 01:10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 01:11 And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so.
Genesis 01:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 01:13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
The Second Level is day 4-5
Genesis 01:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
Genesis 01:15 and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so.
Genesis 01:16 And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.
Genesis 01:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth,
Genesis 01:18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 01:19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Genesis 01:20 And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens."
Genesis 01:21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 01:22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
Genesis 01:23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
The Third Level begins with Man on Day 6
Genesis 01:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.
Genesis 01:25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 01:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
Genesis 01:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Genesis 01:28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
Genesis 01:29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
Genesis 01:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.
Genesis 01:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Then God rests because Man's free will determine whether he/she will access their true being.
Did Adam come from Eve or Eve come from Adam?
(Third Level - Man)
Genesis 02:07 then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living being.
(Second Level of Man - Voice)
Genesis 03:08 "And they heard the Voice of the Lord God walking in the garden"
(Third Level - Woman)
Genesis 02:23 then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
(Second Level of Woman - Name/Life)
Genesis 02:20 And Adam gave Names to all the cattle and to the fowl of the air.
Genesis 03:20The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of All Living.
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