The belief in the ability of an ethereal entity to invade a human body exists in almost all cultures. It is called either possession or reincarnation, usually depending on the duration of the entity’s „visit” to a physical body. Soul migration from one body to another exists in extinct religions as well as in many current ones, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, shamanism, Celtic Druids, Pythagoreans and Orphics of ancient Greece, some Native American or Australian tribes, Taoists, Confucians, Zoroastrians, Mithraics, Manicheans and others. But it is also present at some of the world’s greatest thinkers, such as Giordano Bruno, Tomasso Campanella, David Hume, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Lev Tolstoy or Benjamin Franklin. Christianity condemns the belief in reincarnation, although it accepts the idea of possession, even though one of the Church Fathers, Origen Adamantius (185 – 254 AD), wrote that those who have murdered their neighbor must reincarnate to atone for their crimes in the new life. Moreover, reincarnation is even present in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist is considered prophet Elijah’s reincarnation: „And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist” (17:10-13). In the same gospel, referring again to John, Jesus said, „And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come” (11:14). The belief in reincarnation also emerges from chapter 16, verses 13-14: „When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets„. John the Baptist is considered Elijah’s reincarnation also in the Pistis Sophia of the Gnostics, where Jesus affirmed: „I have found the soul of the prophet Elijah in the aeons of the spheres; and I took him from there and took his soul and brought it to the Virgin of Light, and she gave it to those who receive her. They took him to the sphere of the archons and placed him in the womb of Elizabeth. Thus, the power of the Little Iao, the one in the Middle, and the soul of the prophet Elijah were united in the body of John the Baptist (…) Rejoice to receive John the Baptist: he is Elijah, of whom I said he would come” (chapter 7). Unlike Christians, Jews have not abandoned this mystical concept. Kabbalists said that 600,000 Jews who sinned with Adam resided in him; Abraham discovered reincarnation, which was the way Abel’s soul moved into Seth and Cain’s into the body of the Egyptian killed by Moses. Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote in The Jewish War (book III, chapter 8): „those who leave life (…) have obtained a place in heaven, where the wheel of time makes them descend again to dwell in bodies„. Also, in a scroll of the Essenes discovered at the Dead Sea, brother Jesus said: „Blessed are those who pass through many trials, for their sufferings perfect them. They thus become like the angels of the Lord in heaven and will never die, nor will they ever need to be born again, for birth and death will no longer have power over them„. The ancient Greeks were also followers of this idea. Empedocles (5th century BC) considered earthly life as exile, admitting the wandering of the soul through animals or plants until final purification, which allowed for merging with the Divinity. According to other sources, the souls of the righteous awaited the acquisition of a new body in the Elysian Fields where, by drinking from the waters of the river Lethe, they forgot their previous incarnations. For Plato, the incarnation of the soul was a punishment for sins committed; a virtuous life could lead to incarnation in a higher category of a body, while an intemperate one, full of wickedness, could lead to lower incarnations: a man could become a woman or even decay into the realm of plants or animals. Empedocles, Epimenides and Pythagoras claimed to remember their previous incarnations. Also, the texts of the Gnostics contain clear allusions to reincarnation. The Christian church gave up this doctrine in 553 AD, when Emperor Justinian I forced the Council of Constantinople to eliminate any reference to reincarnation because his wife, Theodora, who had the blood of many on her hands but wished to be deified after death, refused to admit that she could be forced to live at least one more life of penance.
The major difference between reincarnation and possession is that in the former, a spirit occupies a body from birth and leaves it at the moment of death or even earlier. Possession takes place during a person’s life, with the entity that possesses either replacing the existing spirit in that body, or coexisting with it. In the previous chapter, I emphasized the possibility that three pharaohs of Egypt, Thutmose IV, Amenhotep III and Akhenaten, may have experienced temporary possession during Kabbalistic rituals. Possession was highly esteemed in ancient Greece and Rome, where the spirits of the gods temporarily occupied the bodies of oracles to reveal the future. Belief in possession exists in current religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Shamanism or Satanism, as well as in various occult movements. Moreover, it appears that it is not absent from the UFO phenomenon. For example, in his book As It Was, published in 1976, Englishman Cyril Henry Hoskins recounted that the soul of a Tibetan lama, Lobsang Rampa, was transferred to his body by beings who extracted from his neck area a small „silver cord„, which they replaced with that of the Tibetan. He also said that in a parallel reality there are beings who watch over the evolution of humans and are called the „Gardeners of the Earth„. They sometimes choose individuals from whom they extract „silver cords„, replacing them with those of „gardeners” who have a mission to fulfill on Earth. The spirit of the host departs for the astral world in the same way as in the process of death.
Although this case may seem implausible, it is not unique. In one of his books, American writer Brad Staiger describes the case of a woman from Glendale, California, named Vickie B., who believed that somewhere in space there is a huge spacecraft where her previous body lies in suspended animation in a cylinder made of a glass-like material. In the book Extra-Terrestrials Among Us, George C. Andrews describes the story of Mrs. Ida Kannenberg from Hillsboro, Oregon. Since 1940, Mrs. Kannenberg had some strange encounters, after which she concluded that she had been subjected to audio-video technological implants. She had the impression that a presence named Hweig had installed itself in her mind, claiming to be sent by the masters of the UFOs. Hweig admitted that they possessed technical means to invade human minds, and that mankind had no way to defend itself against such an invasion. American writer Philip Kindred Dick claimed that he was once possessed by „a form of ionized, atmospheric, electrical life, capable of traveling through time and space at will” and that possession lasted for about four years. Medium Ruth Montgomery learned from her spiritual „guides” that entities temporarily staying somewhere, in a „training resort” located near the star Sirius, incarnate on Earth; they come here for specific projects that must be carried out on their planet. In a book written by Scott Mandelker, Pauline said that for spirits coming from other realms, Earth is the best place to learn because it is the most suitable meeting place between spiritual aspirations and material constraints. Another woman who believed she was from other spheres, Inid, said: „the purpose of being on Earth is to learn„. In turn, the author of the book stated that „Earth is a school for many species throughout the Universe who have not yet learned love„. In the book Encounters, Dr. Edith Fiore describes the case of a patient named Victoria, who believed invisible beings were entering and leaving her body, stealing things from her. One of them stayed with her, attempting to control her, and Victoria had to constantly fight this entity to keep her personality. Another patient, Diane Tai, remembered being abducted by UFOs under hypnosis and complained of being possessed by beings from the unknown. A third patient, Dan, stated under hypnosis that his body was on a ship and his spirit was incarnated in the body of a boy chosen beforehand for this purpose. He was sent to Earth „as a retiring military man” to rest. These cases led Dr. Fiore to conclude that „extraterrestrials can incorporate, temporarily or permanently„, so „there are non-earthly human hybrids living among us„.
The ability of an ethereal entity to invade a human body (possession or incarnation) is also present in Jesus’ story. The myths of the New Testament, which led to the emergence of Christianity, were invented by Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria. As belief in the incarnation of spirits, both through reincarnation and possession, existed among the Jews, Philo introduced it into Jesus’ story, as can be seen from the Bible. Evangelist John believed that God or the Word became flesh on Earth, which seems to allude to reincarnation. The Gospel of Mark states that after being baptized in the Jordan River at around 30 years old, Jesus saw the heavens open and the Holy Ghost descended upon him. Then a voice was heard from heaven saying: „Thou art my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased” (1:11). Right after this event, the Spirit that entered Jesus led him into the wilderness: „And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness” (1:12). The Gospel of Matthew describes a similar account: „And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (3:16-17). Also for Matthew, right after baptism, „Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil” (4:1).
The New Testament asserts that while Jesus was in the wilderness, John the Baptist was arrested. Mark claims that only „after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (1:14). Matthew confirms this, stating that Jesus moved to Capernaum in Galilee after hearing that John had been imprisoned: „From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (4:17). And from that time on he began to heal people, cast out demons, raise the dead, multiply loaves and fishes, turn water into wine, calm storms, walk on water, read the thoughts of others, and so on. From the Gospels it appears that Jesus was a simple man who transformed into Christ after the Holy Ghost entered his body, which represents a clear case of possession. Until that moment, Jesus was not capable of performing any miracles, did not display extraordinary wisdom, did not believe himself to be the son of any god, did not speak in parables and did not preach to people. He lived an ordinary life as a carpenter, alongside his parents and siblings. The appearance of the Spirit in his body transformed him completely, becoming a different person altogether. The Spirit led him to the wilderness, where he stayed for some time. When John the Baptist was arrested, the new Jesus began preaching and performing miracles. If Jesus was able to do those things only after being possessed by the Holy Ghost, can anyone deny that the one responsible for all those „miracles” and words full of wisdom was actually the Spirit?
Who was that Ghost or Spirit that Jesus spoke about in the Gospel of Matthew: „All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (12:31-32)? Considering the numerous similarities between Jesus and Enlil, which I listed in the chapter dedicated to Christianity, can we consider that the god of storms is the entity that Philo of Alexandria chose for the possession story? The right hand of the emperor Anu and the king of the Earth four millennia ago was called Enlil or Ishkur by the Sumerians, Adad or Ramman by the Akkadians, El, Eli or Baal Hadad in Canaan, Sutekh / Seth by the Egyptians, Odin by the Scandinavians, Zeus by the Greeks, Vishnu by the Hindus, Michael by the Jews and Viracocha by the Incas. Although myths depict him as a warrior god, fierce as a storm, authoritarian and merciless with his enemies, our ancestors considered him a benevolent deity, protector of mankind. The story of his incarnation is not Philo’s innovation, as he incarnated in Krishna for the Hindus and in Siddhartha Gautama for the Buddhists. The difference lies in the fact that, in Philo’s story, it is not about reincarnation, but about possession, as suggested by the New Testament. All four evangelists claim that Jesus led a normal life as a carpenter until he was about 30 years old, when he was baptized. Only Luke transforms him into a precocious child who, at the age of 12, amazed the scholars in the temple with his wisdom. Since this story does not appear in the other three canonical gospels or in the apocryphal ones, we have no reason to consider it a real account, but rather an attempt by the evangelist Luke to present Jesus as a true god on Earth, from birth to ascension. The common point of all the Gospels is the beginning of Jesus’ divine mission after the Holy Ghost entered him. Before that he was not believed to be the son of any god, he did not speak about the kingdom of heaven, he did not heal anyone, he did not exorcise anyone and he did not raise any dead. All of these miracles can only be attributed to the Spirit that had entered the body of the carpenter Jesus. Similarly, we can also attribute Jesus’ wise words, parables and teachings to the Spirit, because as I have said before, only after Jesus was possessed by the Spirit did he begin to preach, speak in parables and give advice. Are there any other biblical arguments to support this bold hypothesis?
The general belief is that Jesus represents absolute goodness. He was the one who called for peace, forgiveness and love. However, the New Testament and other Christian writings conceal a lesser known aspect of him. Here are some of his words and deeds that do not fit his image as a pacifist and preacher of love:
– Jesus declares that he did not come to bring peace, but sword, war and fire: „Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (The Gospel of Matthew 10:34), „Perhaps people think that I have come to bring peace to the world. They do not know that I have come to bring division to the world: fire, sword and war” (The Gospel of Thomas), „I have cast fire upon the world, and watch, I am guarding it until it blazes” (The Gospel of Thomas). Not only did he say these things, but he also urged his disciples to arm themselves: „Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough” (The Gospel of Luke 22:36-38).
– Jesus claims that he came to divide, not to unite: „Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division” (The Gospel of Luke 12:51), „They do not know that I have come to bring division to the world” (The Gospel of Thomas), „For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (The Gospel of Matthew 10:35).
– Jesus preached about loving your neighbor, but with limits: „He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (The Gospel of Matthew 10:37).
– Jesus hates and encourages hatred: „If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (The Gospel of Luke 14:26), „Whoever does not hate his father and mother cannot be my disciple, and whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross like me cannot be worthy of me” (The Gospel of Thomas), „Whoever does not hate his father and mother like me cannot become my disciple. And whoever does not love his father and mother like me cannot become my disciple” (The Gospel of Thomas), also the Gospel of Philip claims that Jesus hated the wise men who tested him because they were not truly wise.
– Roman Catholic writer Alphonsus Liguori, canonized by Pope Pius XIV in 1839 and declared a Doctor of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX, described a scene in which a sinner saw two ladders to heaven. At one end he saw Mary, and at the other end he saw Jesus. When he wanted to climb towards Jesus, he got scared seeing his angry face and fell. The same writer argued that the sinner who dares to go directly to Jesus must step before him with fear of his anger. Liguori’s ideas do not seem absurd, as the anger of the Christian god is present in the Bible. In the Gospel of Mark 3:5, Jesus looked at people with anger. In the Gospel of Luke, when a man asked him to save his possessed son, Jesus exclaimed: „O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither” (9:41). As seen in the Bible, Jesus made a habit of scolding and insulting people, calling them „faithless generation” (Mark 9:19), „evil and adulterous generation” (Matthew 12:39), „faithless and perverse generation” (Matthew 17:17), „wicked and adulterous generation” (Matthew 16:4). He even called the apostle Peter „Satan” (Matthew 16:23, Mark 8:33). Moreover, he scolded the wind and the demons he exorcised.
– The Gospels of Matthew (21:19) and Mark (11:14) state that Jesus cursed a fig tree because he desired figs, but the poor tree had no fruit at that time
– Jesus declares that fasting, prayer and almsgiving are not beneficial: „If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give alms, you will harm your souls” (The Gospel of Thomas).
– Respect for traditions and family is worthless from Jesus’ point of view: „And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:21-22).
– Love your neighbor, but… stay away from them. Jesus encourages distancing oneself from people: „If you do not abstain from the world, you will not find the kingdom” (The Gospel of Thomas).
– Jesus did not help just anyone, but only Jews: „These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6), „For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs” (Mark 7:25-27).
– Jesus confirms the existence of multiple gods, contrary to the monotheistic doctrine of Christianity: „Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with them” (The Gospel of Thomas), „Where there are three gods, they are without God, and where there is one alone, I say, I am with him” (Oxyrhynchus Papyri).
– Jesus considers people as slaves, preparing his yoke for them, like animals: „Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30), „Come to me, for my yoke is easy and my dominion is gentle, and you will find rest” (The Gospel of Thomas).
– Although the Church tries hard to convince us of Jesus’ chastity, some of the early Christians believed he had a lover: „And the companion of the Savior is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often” (The Gospel of Philip).
– Jesus spoke to people in parables not to help them understand better, but to prevent them from understanding at all. „And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them” (Mark 4:10-12). Therefore, only those chosen by him received secret teachings, while the rest had to be content with stories they did not understand, so as not to be forgiven.
– According to the Gospel of Thomas, at one point, Jesus asked his disciples who they likened him to. Peter said he was like an angel, Matthew like a philosopher and Thomas admitted he could not say. Jesus took the latter aside and whispered three words in his ear. Curious, the other apostles wanted to know the secret their teacher had entrusted to Thomas. Thomas’ answer was surprising not only to them, but also to us: „If I told you one of the things he told me, you would pick up stones and throw them at me and a fire would come out of the stones and burn you„. What secret did Jesus entrust to Thomas that would make the apostles try to kill their friend, accusing him of blasphemy? Had the spirit inside him declined his true identity? That would explain why Thomas used fire as a divine punishment, the symbol of Enlil.
These few examples show us a Jesus who divides, urges hatred, curses, quarrels, engages in sexual activity, came to bring war, helps people based on racial criteria and does not seek people’s salvation. A Jesus totally different from the one we know: a forgiving and gentle one, a preacher of peace and love. In addition to these two different personalities of the Christian god there are also many contradictions in his words:
– „Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9); „Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).
– „But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39); „Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:19).
– „Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matthew 5:17); „Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast” (Matthew 9:14-15).
– „But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22); „For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Matthew 10:35).
– „No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24); „Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).
– „Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1); „And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).
– „Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?” (Matthew 7:9-10); „And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:21-22).
– „And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:5-6); „And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29).
– „And the gospel must first be published among all nations” (Mark 13:10); „These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6).
– „Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39); „For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs” (Mark 7:25-27).
– „And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25); „For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Matthew 10:35).
– „Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3); „Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
– „For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother” (Matthew 15:4); „And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?” (Mark 3:32-33).
– „For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Mark 7:10); „If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26), „He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37).
– „Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36); „Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
– „All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27); „And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ” (Luke 4:41), „And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God” (Mark 3:11), „And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him” (Mark 1:34), „And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:23-24).
– „And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9); „Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44).
– „Whoever does not hate his father and mother as I do cannot become my disciple. And whoever does not love his father and mother as I do cannot become my disciple” (The Gospel of Thomas).
How can we explain the two faces of Jesus and the contradictions in his words, which suggest a dual personality? Most people attribute them to human errors, to the evangelists who wrote from hearsay. But what if these contradictions can be explained differently? What if for a period of time, two spirits inhabited carpenter Jesus’ body, his own and god Enlil’s? If we can see the pacifist image of Jesus and the warrior image of Enlil in one person, all of his contradictions can be explained. The invasion of Jesus’ body by Enlil’ spirit does not imply possession in the evil sense of the word, when the etheric entity takes absolute control over the body. The two coexisted in the same body, in the same way that Ida Kannenberg from Hillsboro stated that she coexisted with the entity Hweig. They had discussions, undoubtedly only at a mental level. That is why we are told in the Bible that in the garden of Gethsemane, before he was arrested, Jesus prayed alone, his soul being sorrowful. He was frightened, knowing that the moment of his death was approaching. When he prayed, he was actually talking to Enlil, who was trying to convince him to complete his mission, encouraging him and assuring him that they would overcome that moment together. Jesus’ sorrow came after he returned from the mountain, where he had a dialogue with two people who came down from a „cloud„, whom the apostles believed to be Moses and Elijah. Most likely, that was when he received the new orders from „above”, that he would be killed. The Gospel of Judas claims that after this episode, Jesus asked apostle Judas to hand him over to the Romans, to fulfill his mission. The plan worked and Enlil left the young carpenter just before he died, which made Jesus cry out: „Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Even the Gospels acknowledge that „Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias” (Matthew 27:47). As the people of the time were thinking of Elias (i.e. Elijah), it means that for them „Eli” did not mean „My God„, as the evangelist would like us to believe. Prophet Elijah’s Hebrew name is Eliyahu, quite similar to Eli. However, in Levantine cults, El / Eli was the name of the supreme god. This name is a shortened form of the Akkadian Ellil, called Enlil by the Sumerians. Therefore, when Jesus „cried with a loud voice„, he was not calling out the Christians’ god, but Enlil. From this we conclude that the Holy Ghost / Enlil left carpenter Jesus’ body before he died, leaving him in agony for a purpose he did not wanted. Jesus died after the Spirit left him and then an earthquake occurred that tore the temple’s veil in two, split the stones and opened the tombs. Because the temple belonged to Yahweh / Marduk, only his enemy, Enlil, could have caused such damage.
According to the inventors of Christianity, Jesus was not the only mortal in which Enlil incarnated. The New Testament tells us that on the day of Pentecost (the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection), the Holy Ghost came down from heaven with a loud noise „as of a rushing mighty wind„, appeared to everyone „cloven tongues like as of fire„, then entered the 12 apostles „And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). Moreover, all the apostles gained Jesus’ power to heal, to exorcise and to perform other miracles. When a spirit enters some people who start speaking in foreign tongues from that moment on and suddenly gain paranormal abilities, we can only talk about a form of possession. 50 was Enlil’s number, and wind and fire were elements associated with him, these being clues to identify the Spirit.
When Jew Philo of Alexandria made up Jesus’ story, and implicitly the possession case, he seems to have been inspired primarily by Jewish folklore. In the Old Testament, there are two people with powers similar to those of the Christian god: prophets Elijah and Elisha.
In the First Book of Kings, near the Brook Cherith, Elijah the Tishbite was fed bread and meat twice a day by ravens. After the brook dried up he went to Zarephath, where he lived with a widow. Elijah made sure that the woman’s flour and oil did not run out until the end of the drought. After the woman’s child died, Elijah raised him from the dead. After three years, Queen Jezebel decided to kill Yahweh’s prophets. However, Obadiah, the chief of the royal court, hid 100 prophets: 50 in one cave and 50 in another. Elijah went to King Ahab and asked for a contest between himself and 450 prophets of Baal, along with 400 prophets of goddess Asherah. Both Elijah and the opposing prophets chose a bullock each and placed them on an altar. They were to pray to their gods and „the god that answereth by fire, let him be God” (18:24). Elijah won the contest because „the fire of Yahweh fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench” (18:38). As a prize, he ordered all the prophets of Baal to be killed, and „the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain” (18:45). Upon learning of this incident, Queen Jezebel decided to kill Elijah. However, he hid in the wilderness, where an angel sent him to Mount Horeb. After 40 days and 40 nights of walking through the desert, Elijah arrived at the mountain, where his god told him that He would pass before him. „And, behold, Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but Yahweh was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice” (19:11-12). Then, his god sent him to Damascus to crown Hazael as the king of Syria, Jehu as the king of Israel and Elisha of Abelmeholah to be his successor as a prophet. In the Second Book of Kings, after a war between Syria and Israel, an angel sent Elijah to the king of Samaria to tell him that he will die because he prayed to Baalzebub. Upon receiving Elijah’s message, „the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty” (1:9). At Elijah’s request, a fire came down from heaven and burned the captain and his fifty men. The king then sent another captain with fifty men, who also suffered the same fate. As some understand more slowly, the king sent a captain with fifty soldiers for the third time. This time Elijah spared their lives and went with them to King Ahaziah, whom he predicted that he would die. Later, after traveling to Bethel and Jericho, Elijah and Elisha left for the Jordan River, accompanied by fifty prophets’ sons. Elijah struck the water with his mantle, which parted in two, allowing him and his disciple to cross to the other side. Suddenly, „a chariot of fire, and horses of fire” appeared and „Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (2:11). Elisha took his master’s mantle, parted the water in the same way and returned to the waiting group of fifty. He multiplied the oil of a widow, raised a child from the dead, multiplied the food of workers in a field, healed a leper and made another person sick with leprosy, miracles similar to those performed by Elijah and Jesus. How did Elisha acquire this gift, along with Elijah’s mantle? The answer is found in the Bible: „And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so” (2 Kings 2:9-10). Thus, the source of the miracles performed by Elijah was the Spirit within him. After Elijah was taken to heaven, that Spirit passed to Elisha, who suddenly became capable of performing miracles. It is possible that the Spirit of Elijah and Elisha is also Enlil, just as in the case of Jesus? The Bible offers some clues:
– Three captains with fifty soldiers each came to Elijah, Obadiah hid fifty prophets in two caves and fifty prophets’ sons accompanied Elijah and Elisha to the Jordan River. Fifty was Enlil’s number, that is the rank of king.
– After the killing of Baal’s prophets, „the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain„. When Elijah’s god passed in front of him, he came in „a great and strong wind„. Elijah was taken up to heaven in a „whirlwind„. Enlil was the god of storms, rain, clouds and wind.
– During the contest against Baal’s prophets, „the fire of Yahweh fell„. When Elijah’s god passed in front of him there was a storm followed by an earthquake and a fire. At Elijah’s request, who was at the top of a mountain, fire came down from heaven twice, burning the soldiers. Elijah was taken away in „a chariot of fire, and horses of fire„. Fire was Enlil’s element.
– Elijah’s rivals were the prophets of Baalzebub and Asherah. Baalzebub derives from Baal Zephon (Marduk) and Asherah from Ishtar. Marduk and Ishtar were Enlil’s enemies.
– Elijah’s Hebrew name is Eliyahu and his disciple’s name is Elisha. Both contain the name Eli, which in Canaanite religion was the name of the supreme god. This name is the abbreviation of Akkadian Ellil, called Enlil by the Sumerians.
– In Christian tradition, Saint Elijah has the power to open and close the heavens. Responsible for bringing rain, he travels through the heavens in his chariot. In Romanian mythology, when the demons climbed to heaven, God gave Elijah the thunder and the lightning, which he used to threw the demons down to Earth. For this reason he is considered a warrior saint. Also, after the Saint Elijah service, women burn the basil that they held at their icons. Enlil is the god of storms who threw Enki’s „demons” to Earth. Thunder and lightning were his weapons and fire was one of his symbols.
Some of Jesus’ and Elijah’s miracles are found in Inca myths, associated with the same god of storms. As we have seen, god Viracocha, whom we have already identified with Enlil, resembles biblical Jesus in many ways. „He was a tall man wearing a beard, dressed in a white robe that reached down to the ground, which he wore tightly belted at the waist” (History and Legends of the Incas by Juan de Betanyos), „a tall, white man whose appearance and presence aroused great admiration and respect” (The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming), „a white man with an imposing appearance, blue eyed and bearded, he was sober, puritanical and preached against drunkenness, polygamy and war„, „a white man with an imposing stature and an authoritarian attitude” or „a thin man of medium height, bearded, dressed in a fairly long cloak” (South American Mythology by Harold Osborne). He traveled „accompanied by a retinue and spoke to the natives with love, calling them his sons and daughters. Everywhere he went, he performed miracles. He healed the sick with a simple touch. He spoke every language better than the locals” (South American Mythology) and „he traveled on the road, heading north, performing miracles along the way (…) Everywhere he advised people how to live, spoke to them with great love and kindness and taught them to be good and not to harm one another, but to love one another and to show mercy to all„, as noted by the first Spanish chronicler who recorded the god’s legend. His followers were called viracochas. In one myth, the great god Viracocha „commanded all the viracochas, except for two, to go east” (Pears Encyclopaedia of Myths and Legends: Oceania, Australia and the Americas), „so those viracochas went to the provinces where Viracocha had sent them” (South American Mythology by Harold Osborne) just as in the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus sent 70 apostles ahead, with only the well-known 12 staying with him: „After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come” (10:1). After completing his journey through South America, in the Manta province of Ecuador, Viracocha „bid farewell to his people and, walking on waves, disappeared into the open ocean” (The Ancient Civilizations of Peru by John Alden Mason), walking on water just like Jesus in the New Testament: „And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea” (The Gospel of Matthew 14:25), „and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them” (The Gospel of Mark 6:48), „So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid” (The Gospel of John 6:19). Juan de Betanzos in Sum and Narration of the Incas has a different version of the story, but with the same miraculous ending: „When he reached the district of Puerto Viejo, those whom he had sent ahead joined him, and after they reunited, they went to sea together. It is said that he and his men walked on water as easily as on land„. The miracle of walking on water is not only attributed to the god, but also to his followers, as seen in the Bible, where „Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus” (Matthew 14:29). In South American Mythology, Harold Osborne recorded a myth that not only recalls Jesus, but also prophet Elijah: „By making many wonders with his words, he reached the region of Canas and there, in a village called Cacha (…) the people rose up against him and threatened him with stones. Then he knelt down and raised his hands to heaven as if begging for help in the face of the danger that awaited him. The Indians say that they saw a fire descending from heaven, which surrounded him. Full of fear, they went to the one they had threatened and asked for forgiveness (…) They say that the fire went out immediately at his command, although the stones had been burned so much that they had become like rafts, so that large stones could be lifted with one hand. They also say that after that he left that place and went to the seashore. Here he wrapped himself in his cloak, entered the waves, and disappeared. That is why they gave him the name Viracocha, which means ‘foam of the sea’„. We skip over the biblical episode in which Jesus attended a wedding in Cana of Galilee, a name that resembles Canas of the Incas, and note the power of the god over fire; since fire was Enlil’s element, it is expected to ignite and extinguish at its master’s command. In addition, we remember Apostle Thomas’ response in the gospel that bears his name, regarding the secret that Jesus had shared with him: „If I told you one of the things that he told me, you would pick up stones and throw them at me and a fire would come out of the stones and burn you„. We also note the similarity with the events in the Old Testament, where Elijah caused fire to fall from the sky both to light the firewood during the contest with the other prophets, and to kill the soldiers who came to take him to King Ahaziah. We also recall a similar story from the New Testament, in which the Pharisees and scribes wanted to stone a woman guilty of adultery and Jesus saved her with the famous words: „He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). The Jews showed wisdom by choosing to put down the stones, otherwise they would probably have had the same outcome as the Incas in Cacha, or worse, as the soldiers of King Ahaziah. Of course, if it had been a real event.
We know that the characters of Jesus and Buddha were made up and the existence of god Viracocha and prophets Elijah and Elisha is uncertain, so we cannot establish any specific case of Enlil’s incarnation, either through reincarnation or possession. However, there may be at least one hidden case in history: that of Pharaoh Unas, the last king of the 5th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, who lived approximately between 2375 and 2345 BC, more than three centuries before Enlil left Earth. Unfortunately, we know very little about this pharaoh, except that he built a small pyramid at Saqqara, near the Step Pyramid of Djoser. The main innovation of Unas’ pyramid is the appearance of the first Pyramid Texts. It was only in the 6th Dynasty that the pharaohs began to copy them into their pyramids, but Unas’ pyramid contains texts that were not included in his successors’ copies. Among these inscriptions, researchers have found phrases that, although written in ancient Egyptian, are part of a Semitic dialect. What is a Semitic dialect doing in the Egyptian texts of the 5th Dynasty, no one can know for sure.
Texts 273 and 274 from the Pyramid of Unas praise the deeds of the pharaoh: „The bones of the gods of the Earth tremble (…) when Unas appears (…) Unas is the lord of powers, his mother does not know his name. His glory dwells in the heavens, his strength is at the horizon, like Atum, his father (…) Unas is the celestial bull (…) the inhabitants of heaven serve Unas (…) Unas is the one who judges, with him is the one whose name is hidden, on the day of the killing of the Great One„. As we well know, „the Celestial Bull” was one of Enlil’s epithets. „The lord of powers” and the fact that „the inhabitants of heaven serve” him indicate the same Enlil, the heir of the celestial throne. His glory in heavens makes no sense in relation to a mere earthly king. However, if it is about the „hero” Enlil, who defeated Enki after prolonged battles, the statement could make sense. In another text, Unas is called „the killer and devourer of gods„, an epithet that could lead us to the same victory against the „fallen god” Enki, just like „the day of the killing of the Great One„. This could be the reason why „the bones of the gods of the Earth tremble„, a passage that refers to Enki’s subjects, the Watchers or Igigi („Eyes of the Earth”). Atum-Ra is considered Unas’ father here, as well as in another text: „Ra-Atum, Unas comes to you, an indestructible spirit (…) your son comes to you, Unas comes to you„. Atum-Ra was the Sumerian An, Enlil’s father. It is true that all Egyptian kings considered themselves sons of the gods, but some of them may have been right. „The one whose name is hidden” refers to the same Ra, about whom Egyptian myths said that he had a hidden name, which no one knew, except Isis, the goddess who found it out through deception. Unas judges alongside his father, just like Enlil in Sumerian mythology or Jesus in Christianity. In Unas’ funerary chamber, the texts call him „the leader of the solar boat„. On his journey to the sky, he is „like a cloud„. In the black abyss of cosmic space he calls for help because „great is the loneliness on the endless road towards the stars„. Although Egyptologists have interpreted this text as a narration of the pharaoh’s journey to the afterlife, it could be a physical journey, not a spiritual one. The „solar boat” with which the pharaoh traveled was the vehicle that god Ra used to cross the sky, that is a flying machine. The pharaoh is presented as the pilot of this shuttle, which flies „like a cloud” towards the stars. As only the gods piloted their ships, not humans (even if they were kings), we can conclude that Unas was considered by his subjects to be a god. And not just any god, but the king of the Earth, the heir to the celestial throne. In Text 332, the king says: „I am the one who escaped the coiled serpent, I ascended in a burst of fire that spun me in place„. Once again, we see Unas’ victory over the Serpent and the fire, which brings to mind Enlil. Text 261 states: „The king is a flame, walking ahead of the wind to the end of heaven and Earth (…) The king travels through the air and crosses the Earth„. We also encounter here the same elements associated with Enlil, fire and wind, and Unas’ flight „to the end of heaven and Earth„, may be more than just a metaphor. Unfortunately, we do not have enough details about Unas’ life to establish whether the pharaoh was truly the incarnation of Enlil or simply considered as such by the ancient Egyptians. But perhaps archaeology will reveal new details in the close future.
Like the rest of the gods, Enlil had the ability to incarnate, both through reincarnation and possession. However, we cannot help but wonder why some of the Old Testament’s writers, the inventors of Buddhism and those of Christianity included stories of Enlil’s incarnation roughly in the same period. The answer is simple: because, before leaving Earth, the god promised to return to destroy the Watchers once and for all. As the myths reveal, he was the king of the Earth until he killed Enki in 2051 BC. Therefore, his father, Anu, took him back to his native dimension, the immaterial world of aeons, leaving Marduk, Enki’s son, as the ruler of Earth. But not without a condition: the Watchers pledged to respect Anu’s ancient law that forbade them from intervening in human evolution. To ensure that his golden rule would be respected, Anu left a few Celestials near Earth (probably on the Moon) to oversee the fallen gods. However, Marduk and his sister, Ishtar, found a way to cheat by secretly choosing human followers who created new religious cults devoted to the Watchers. In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna (considered by Hindus to be the reincarnation of Vishnu / Enlil) affirms that he incarnates every time the Law (of Anu) weakens and unrighteousness strengthens, and Jesus in the New Testament says that he came to fulfill the Law. However, as the god delayed in appearing, the inventors of Buddhism and Christianity, along with some of the editors of the Old Testament, created characters that they declared to be incarnations of the storm god, to assure the crowds that they had not been forgotten by Enlil, who is preparing to end the Watchers. „I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also„, he said in the Gospel of John 14:2-3, promising to return for the final battle against the forces of evil.
Will Enlil really return to destroy Sophia and her followers once and for all? If so, what will happen to our planet and to us, Earth’s inhabitants?