The Emperor Tiberius came to power in the year 14 and died in March AD 37. Towards the end of his reign in the year 32 or 33, it is alleged that, Pontius Pilate crucified Jesus. Luke’s Gospel offers us another useful date.

 ‘In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea… the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.  He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance.’ (Luke 3:1)

From this one can calculate that John the Baptist came preaching 15 years after Tiberius began his reign, which gives us the year 29. It also offers us the names of two of the sons of Herod the Great, Philip and Herod. Philip was married to Herodias who later married his brother Herod and the Bible tells how:

 ‘Herod had arrested John the Baptist and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet. On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much that he promised on oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was distressed, but because of his oaths, he ordered that her request be granted and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.’(Matthew 14:1) 

This same story appears in Mark’s Gospel but at no time are we given the name of the dance, which has now become so famous. But we do learn the name of Herodias’ daughter, Salome, from Josephus, the Jewish historian writing around the time of Jesus. 
    It is after the death of John the Baptist that Jesus begins his ministry by addressing the multitude. Just two to three years later Jesus is arrested and then crucified by Pontius Pilate. If one puts all these events together the first thing that must strike you is the short time John was baptising in the desert. Surely too short a time to become so famous…

  29 – John starts baptizing
  29 – John baptizes Jesus
  30 – John is arrested
  30 – John is beheaded
  30 – Jesus begins his mission
  32/33 – Jesus is crucified.

The timing for John is odd but it becomes almost impossible when one reads the full, complicated details of John’s death in the works of Josephus. This Jewish historian, whose works have been heavily edited by Christians, so as not to contradict the Bible, does however contain information that has slipped through because of its convoluted nature. Here we will unravel one such event. 
This is how Josephus presents the death of John the Baptist. Firstly he describes the death of Philip in 34! Then he tells us that to marry Philip’s wife, Herod divorced his first wife who was the daughter of King Aretas of Petra. Herod then married Herodias. But King Aretas’ daughter went home crying to her father, who raised an army and attacked Israel. Herod sent his army into battle but they were completely wiped out. Distraught, Herod then complained to the Emperor Tiberius who sent a message to the legate of Syria, Vittelius to either capture King Aretus and bring him to Rome or bring his head. Vitellius set out, but before he could attack news came that Tiberius had died and Vittelius retreated to await instruction from the new Emperor, Caligula. Josephus also gives us the information that this same, Vitellius arrived in Syria in AD 35 and sacked Pontius Pilate in 36.
	These events described by Josephus, are impossible to fit into the Bible timeline as presented above. In fact working backwards we have: 

 37 (April) Vitellius stops attack on King Aretas after news from Rome. 
 37 (March) Tiberius dies.
 37 Tiberius orders Vitellius into battle.
 36 King Aretas destroys Herod’s army
 35 John the Baptist beheaded
 35 John the Baptist arrested
 35 Herod divorces first wife and marries Herodias   
 34 Philip dies.
 29 John the Baptist starts baptizing.

Given that Jesus’ mission was for two years after the Baptist death in 35, this scenario has Jesus alive till at least AD 37! The only way to solve the problem is to advance the divorce of Herod and his marriage to Herodias to before John began baptising in AD 29. That of course has the problem that King Aretas attacks Herod eight years after the rejection of his daughter, which is surely too long a time before taking revenge. But in a later paragraph in Joseph, we do have an attempt to create such a possibility.

 ‘Herodias took it upon herself to confound the laws of our country, and divorced herself from her husband while he was alive, and was married to Herod, her husband's brother.’ (Josephus Ant. 18:5:4)

So although chronologically Josephus writes, firstly of Philip’s death, followed by Herod’s divorce, this later addition clearly states the divorce was before Philip died, so the date could be 28 to 34. But, as mentioned, this makes King Areta’s revenge attack, happen eight years after the insult, which does appear unlikely. 
Furthermore, I would suggest that ‘divorced her husband while he was alive’ looks very much like an insertion because you could not divorce your husband if he was dead. Have you ever heard anyone say Elizabeth Taylor divorced Richard Burton while he was alive? Of course not, it is ridiculous. So this emphasis on ‘alive’ seems to be because it had been noticed that, if Philip had died before Herodias took up with Herod then John would still be alive after AD 34 and so Jesus could not be crucified in 32 or 33. This botched up insertion almost suggests the opposite is true and even presents us with the clear possibility that the authorities knew very well the truth and had blatantly tried to change the facts.
	Perhaps you believe it was just Josephus’ bad phrasing; but there is more evidence to consider. Just look how Joseph begins the second paragraph after he reports Philips death:

 ‘Now some of the Jews thought that the destruction of Herod's army came from God as a just punishment of what Herod had done against John, who was called the Baptist. For Herod had killed this good man…’(Joseph ‘Antiq.’)

Now if John had been killed eight years before the destruction of Herod’s army, surely nobody would link the two events together. The destruction of the army in AD 35/36 must have been no more than six months to a year after the Baptist’s death, which again places the death in 34/35 two to three years after the supposed date of Jesus’ crucifixion.  
Also consider this. Josephus wrote two major books, the one I have been quoting from is ‘The Antiquity of the Jews’. This was written around the year AD 90 and describes the whole history of the Jews since Adam and Eve. But his first book, ‘The Jewish War’ written around AD 75 covers just a hundred year period and is about the events that led up to, and his part in, the War with Rome in 68. Now clearly the Antiquities book can only mention these events in passing but the ‘War’ book will obviously cover them more fully. So if we turn to the ‘War’ book and see what it says about the death of Philip, the divorce of Herod’s first wife, the marriage to Herodias, the arrest and beheading of John the Baptist and the destruction of Herod’s army, we get this:

NOTHING! Not a blooming sausage. 
Not a word about any of it and not even a mention of John the Baptist in the whole book. Did he forget these events and then ten years later; ‘oh dear I forgot to mention the destruction of Herod’s army, I must put it in this book.’ I mean, give me a break! If omission can be classed as evidence, we have the most telling evidence ever that these events had to be cut because they contradicted the Gospel story, obviously giving us a more detailed and telling account of John’s death than the ‘Antiquities’ book does. 
      But it does not end there. All our earliest versions of Josephus’ books come from copies made by Christian monks around the eleventh century. There is though one version of the ‘War’ book discovered in Russia in 1886, which is a translation from the original Greek into Old Russian. It has again clearly been tampered with by Christian monks but more crudely than our orthodox version. And if the Baptist was cut from our version of the ‘War ‘ book, guess what? He is still in the Slavonic version. Here Philip has a dream, which the Baptist interprets: 

"Give ear to the word of the Lord, the dream which thou hast seen.  The eagle is thy venality; because that bird is violent and rapacious. And that sin will take away thy eyes which are thy dominion and thy wife." And when he had thus spoken, Philip died before evening.’ (Slavonic Josephus)

Josephus was only tampered with by Christians, but this cannot have been a Christian insertion, unless the guy was a total idiot. Nor can it be a slip of the pen by a scribe; it is just too long. So it must have been in the original and it clearly states that Philip died just after John interprets his dream; so John is still alive in AD 34. You could argue that Josephus got the timing of the dream interpretation wrong, exaggerating the connection between the dream and the death. That is very possible and in fact I cannot believe the story as, at best it must be hearsay evidence which is unreliable, but that is not the crucial bit because after Philip dies comes this: 

 ‘And Herod, his brother, took his wife Herodias. And because of her all the doctors of the Law abhorred him, but durst not accuse him before his face. But only that one, whom they called a wild man, came to him in anger and spake: "Why hast thou taken the wife of thy brother? As thy brother hath died a death void of pity, thou too wilt be reaped off by the heavenly sickle…. Now when Herod heard [this], he was filled with wrath and commanded that they should beat him and drive him away. But he accused Herod incessantly wherever he found him, and right up to the time when Herod put him under arrest and gave orders to slay him.’ (Slavonic Josephus)

So clearly the marriage between Herod and Herodias is after Philip’s death. And if we take the word ‘incessantly’ at face value, we have the Baptist giving Herod a hard time for several years, or at least quite a bit after Phillip’s death in AD 34. Even after Herod decides to deal with John, in all versions of the story, he does not kill him right away but imprisons him.
So I think we can be pretty sure that John was alive well past the supposed date of Jesus’ crucifixion. All we need to do now is prove the Bible is correct and that Jesus did not start his ministry till after the Baptist’s death, in 35.

 ‘King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him….’But when Herod heard this, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!’ (Mark 6:14)

So Herod thinks Jesus is the resurrected John, which clearly makes Jesus alive after the Baptist’s death. There are many other quotes that say the same, one even by Jesus himself:

 “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence.” (Mat 11:12)

Here Jesus is clearly talking about a person who has died some time ago. So, if Jesus preached for a couple of years after the death of John, it would take us to around AD 38, well after the date Pilate left Judea. This creates a new timeline where many of my dates are confirmed, while others can only be out by, at the most, six months to a year.

AD 26 Pilate arrives in Judea. [confirmed]
AD 34 Philip dies.  [confirmed]
AD 34 Herod divorces his first wife. She returns to King Aretas.
AD 34/35 Herod marries Herodias.
AD 34/35 The Baptist ‘incessantly’ complains about the marriage.
AD 34/35 Herod arrests the Baptist.
AD 35 Lucius Vitellius becomes legate of Syria.  [confirmed]
AD 35 Herod kills the Baptist. (Could be before the above)
AD 35/36 Aretas goes to war and wins (Now within a year of the divorce)
AD 35/36 Vitellius sacks Pontius Pilate who leaves Judea  [confirmed]
AD 37 Tiberius dies (March)  [confirmed]
AD 37 Vitellius goes to arrest King Aretas but stops when news arrives.
AD 37 Vitellius returns to Jerusalem to be welcomed by cheering crowds; 
            he then cancels certain taxes and allows the Judean Priests custody over 
            their own vestments, giving a period of peace [confirmed]
AD 37-38 In this period of peace Jesus preaches and performs miracles.
AD 38 Jesus dies?

Could this date of AD 38 for Jesus’ death be true? If you read old texts carefully every now and then some truth slips through the Christian censors. In this case they missed editing a statement by the church father, Epiphanius who wrote that Jesus brother James died in AD 62 after having been head of the church for twenty-four years. It looks an innocent enough statement in itself, which is why it has slipped through the editing process. But take twenty-four from sixty-two and it gives you the key date of AD 38. It is accepted that, James took over the leadership after Jesus’ death, but now it appears that that date is most likely AD 38.  
Finally, it is a fact that no image of Jesus on a cross, appeared for 400 years after the supposed event. No early churche had one and the first appeared in a small wood panel on a Church door in Rome built in AD 420. So where did the image come from? 
In AD 325 at the first Ecumenical Council, the Church fathers produced the Nicene Creed, which, is central to all forms of Christianity. The creed begins with, “We believe in one God the father….etc etc”. But fifty years later in Constantinople in AD 381, the Council met again and added something new to the creed. It was this: 
                                ‘He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate’

So nearly 400 YEARS! after the event, the crucifixion by Pilate suddenly became a matter of faith, which could not be questioned, and the famous image began to appear. That Jesus was the Son of God should be a matter of faith. Belief in the resurrection should be a matter of faith. That Jesus turned water into wine is a matter of faith.  BUT PILATE CRUCIFYING JESUS is not a matter of faith, it is either a fact or it is not!
    It is only possible to draw one conclusion from this and that is, that it was clearly not accepted as a fact by many people and therefore had to be forced on them as a matter of faith. Anyone who did not accept the Nicene Creed would be excommunicated and right up to the Middle Ages could be burnt to death as a heretic; or whatever the current punishment was. After over a thousand years of persecution, I would be very surprised to find anyone who knows, or believes that, Jesus was not crucified by Pontius Pilate. But times have changed and I can now say, without expecting to be burnt at the stake, that....

                                      “Jesus was definitely not crucified by Pontius Pilate!” 

Mind you, I should be more careful because: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

Page 142-145 ‘Crucifixion’s a Doddle’


Surprised?  Or even shocked that these few pages can totally undermine a key element of the Gospel story. Then be warned, this is just the beginning, because, Julian Doyle not only unravels who killed Jesus and how, but also proves, among other things:

THAT the well-known image of Jesus on the cross, created nearly four hundred years after the actual event, was a total invention by commissioned artists.  

THAT Jesus never lived in Nazareth and was never called, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. 

THAT Jesus was not born at the time of the Roman census of Judea. 

THAT John the Baptist was already an adult at the time of Jesus birth. 

THAT Jesus was in his forties at the time of his death. 

THAT Caiaphas was never the High Priest of Israel so never found Jesus guilty. 

THAT Jesus was not Christ and that the name Christ is not even the correct translation for Messiah but a total invention to conceal a truth. 

THAT Christians were never persecuted by Nero for the Great Fire of Rome.

THAT therefore Peter was never crucified upside down in this supposed persecution that never happened. It is even very unlikely that Peter had arrived in Rome by that year. 

THAT Jesus was never placed on a cross by the Romans and actually crucifixion was not even the method of capital punishment used by the Romans.  

Astonishing as all this may seem it is not as extraordinary as the central proof of this book that reveals the monumental secret of Christianity.



The truth they concealed for two thousand years


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Throughout the history of Christianity there have been those claiming to know a monumental secret. Often these people have been associated with French esoteric organizations, Rosicrucians, Freemasons and centered around the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris. Here for example is a letter sent by Louis Fouquet to his brother after a meeting in Rome with the mysterious painter Poussin.

‘He and I discussed certain things, which I shall with ease be able to explain to you in detail; things which will give you advantages which even kings would have great pains to draw from him, and which, according to him, it is possible that nobody else will ever rediscover in the centuries to come.’

Clearly in the Church of St. Sulpice there must have been some documentation in the past that contained the monumental secret, but now this real life detective story searching links between the history of Rome and the latest Biblical research, finally reveals the extraordinary and truly monumental secret that Fouquet thought ‘nobody would ever rediscover in the centuries to come.’

As ‘WHO KILLED JESUS?’ appears to be an open and shut case, since everybody knows it was the Roman Governor, Pilate, who had Jesus crucified; the starting point for the book has to be, to prove that Pontius Pilate was not the guilty party. This already is such an outrageous idea that we are forced to confront your natural skepticism by presenting four pages from the book’s Introduction, that proves, without doubt, that Pontius Pilate was not, and could not have been involved in any way in the killing of Jesus Christ. Read and contemplate the full, astonishing implications of the irrefutable evidence that…




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