Metaphysics of the Arrest and Trial of Jesus Christ

The trial of Jesus is the most documented  ever made. According to our beliefs  it remains as an intriguing historical episode or the major event which shaped world history.  In metaphysical terms it is a perfect demonstration of the Law of Cycles and the way in which energy manifests in accordance with individual and collective behaviour and beliefs, influenced by celestial coordinates which include both astronomical and astrological factors.  

Jesus attracted large crowds wherever he went, the Sanhedrin, a political religious hierarchy of the day,  jealously guarded its power. Perceiving  him to be a threat to their own authority they conspired to kill him. Caiaphas the High Priest negotiated with Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Jesus who betrayed him.

  • The arrest of Jesus occurred around 12 midnight in the garden of Gethsemane. This corresponds astrologically to the line of Capricorn relating to right use of power, in the negative aspect it manifests as power abuse.

There were six parts to Jesus’ trial, three in a religious Jewish court charged with blasphemy and three under Roman Civil Law, accused of Treason. The trial continued throughout the night manifesting the negative aspect of the astrological coordinates.

  • The 1 o clock line of Aquarius signifies Freedom, the message Jesus brought to free the masses.  In its negative application it relates to enslavement and control.
  • The 2 o clock line of Pisces denotes polarity of consciousness, spirit and matter, the physical and the spiritual aspects of mankind, Jesus is viewed as the Master or Saviour of the Piscean Age. In negative expression the energy manifests as duality and deceit.
  • The 3 o clock line of Libra manifests positively as balance and harmony and in its highest expression as Christ consciousness. In the negative, it represents anti Christ. 

As Palestine was under Roman occupation the Jewish religious Council of the Sanhedrin had no authority to sentence a man to death and were required to bring the most serious charges to the Roman Governor. Blasphemy did not incur the death penalty under Roman law and so an accusation of Treason was brought by the chief Priest.

  • The 4 o clock line of Taurus relates to obedience of spiritual law in its higher form and in the lower, to antipathy, rebellion, recalcitrance. 
  • The 5 o clock line of Gemini corresponds to clarity and truthful communication in its higher expression and to obfuscation, miscommunication, lies and deceit in the negative.
  • The 6 o clock line of Cancer relates to family and to clarity of spiritual perception as its higher expression and to deception, psychic manipulation and self delusion in the negative.

The religious trials were illegal according to strict Jewish law which stated:

  • No trial was to be held during feast time: This trial was held during the annual Feast of the Passover.
  • No trial was to be held at night: This trial was held before dawn.
  • The accused was to be given counsel or representation: Jesus had none.
  • The accused was not to be asked self incriminating questions: Jesus was asked if He was the Christ.
  • Each member of the court was to vote individually to convict or acquit: This did not occur as agreement could not be reached.
  • The Sanhedrin had no authority to call for execution: They called for the death penalty through the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.
  • If the death penalty was given, a night must pass before the sentence was carried out: Jesus was put to death within hours.

Jewish religious trials: Jesus is first taken to the house of Annas the ex High Priest for preliminary examination on trumped up charges of blasphemy. Jesus is then taken before Caiaphas the high priest, (son in law of Annas) and certain members of the Sanhedrin, for further questioning. He is accused of blasphemy… claiming to be the Messiah. Found Guilty by common consent of those present he is brought before the full Council of the Sanhedrin for a formal trial, found guilty and a sentence of death sought. The Sanhedrin could not authorise capital punishment and so sent him to the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. By 5am, the religious trials were complete and he had been brought before the Roman legislature by the Sanhedrin, falsely accused of Sedition (Treason)  trying to overthrow the government of Rome and inciting riot, a serious charge .

Roman Civil Trials: Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate at his official residence, accused of Treason which carries a sentence of death. The Roman Governor finds no fault in him and sends Jesus to Herod Antipas the Governor of Judaea, a puppet king of the Jews who is in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover festival. Herod is under the authority of Rome, he holds a mock trial in front of a mob; when Jesus refuses to speak to him he is returned to Pilate. In the early hours of the morning Jesus comes before Pilate for the second Roman civil trial. Pilate asks him ‘Who are you, are you a King?  Jesus answered:  “My kingdom is not of this world…I  have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” To which Pilate made his famous response ‘What is Truth?”  Pilate finds no fault with Jesus but bows to political pressure when he is unable to placate the Sanhedrin. Pilate has Jesus flogged with 39 lashes, the soldiers mock and humiliate him, placing a cloak around his shoulders and a reed in his hand as a sceptre of authority with a crown of plaited thorns upon his head. He is then returned to Pontius Pilate for sentencing.

Pilate attempts to bargain with the crowd, offering to release a prisoner for the Feast of Passover; they call for Barrabas to be released and for Jesus to be crucified. Pilate condemns him to death under the Roman law, symbolically washing his hands, saying “I find no fault in this man.” Jesus spends the rest of the night in the Antonia Fortress, the Roman Garrison, awaiting his crucifixion.

It is stated that Jesus  spent 6 hours on the cross  Seeming contradictions are given in the gospels as to the timing of the crucifixion due to two different systems of timekeeping,Jewish and Roman. The biblical account of the crucifixion is that Jesus  was placed on the cross ‘at the third hour’ according to Jewish time, which equates to 9am Roman time.  The death of Jesus occurs ‘at the 9th hour’ Jewish time ie  3pm Roman time.

‘when darkness covered the whole land‘ (Matthew 27:45,Mark 15:33Luke 23:44–45) all record the three-hours of darkness during Christ’s crucifixion between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm when he took his last breath. Matthew was one of Jesus’ apostles and an eyewitness to the event. Mark was a close companion of Peter, and  also travelled with Paul, Luke, and many of the earliest Christians.  Luke was a Greek physician and historian who carefully investigated the events of Christ’s life. Luke is considered to be one of the most reliable historians of all time, his historical investigation is  based on direct and indirect eyewitness accounts

QUANTUM HOLOGRAM – Explaining the Resurrection

Examination of the Shroud of Turin using the latest technology continues, photogrammetric restitution has revealed previously unknown phenomena which opens up new horizons for science. The geometrical data was obtained by enlarging very small sections of photographic negatives using high resolution scanning. Restitution geometry determines shape, size and position of an object in space. The shroud images showed flawless contours produced by radiation ‘while the body adopted different positions indicating it was moving.

The phenomenon of the Shroud is similar to stroboscopic photography which captures a rapid series of images of a moving object on a single frame, using a flash that emits multiple quick bursts of light. Multiple images superimposed on the Shroud during the short bursts of energy transmission create a blurring effect, due to movement of the body.

The marks on the shroud correlate with  the traditional account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Crucifixion cuts the radial nerve (the major nerve running through the arm to the wrist and the palm) causing the thumb to flex inwards to the palm. A series of Restitution images show movement of the thumb from the palm to between the fingers. Continue reading

MIRACLES – ‘Do this in memory of me’

The definition of a miracle is ‘an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency‘.  Religion is a mystery yet science continues to establish evidence of miraculous events.  In a cynical world where religious ritual is widely dismissed and a belief in divinity is viewed incredulously, how then can we explain the laboratory experiments which leave scientists bewildered by their own results? While respect for all religious traditions is paramount, the Catholic belief in ‘Transubstantiation’ is perhaps one of the most difficult to accept, with many even among the faithful interpreting this sacrament as symbolic rather than literal.  Holy Communion is the foundation of the Christian church, a sacrament honouring the request of Jesus Christ  to his disciples at the meal he shared with them prior to his death which became known as ‘The Last Supper’. The gospels refer to this event: ‘And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’  Luke 22:19……..  ‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’ John:6:50. ……“This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you”; “drink ye all of it”; “this do ye…in remembrance of me”; “and they all drank of it” (Luke 22:20, Matt. Continue reading

FORENSIC SCIENCE AND FAITH Shroud of Turin and Sudarium of Oviedo – A Forensic Match

SCIENCE AND FAITH ARE NOT INCOMPATIBLE

The  human blood on the Shroud of Turin traditionally believed to be the cloth which wrapped the body of Jesus in the tomb has repeatedly been confirmed by DNA testing as blood group AB. Even more surprisingly, blood on the ‘Sudarium’ the cloth  which is believed by many to have covered the face of Jesus,  has also tested AB.

Jewish funerary tradition demands that if the face of a dead person was in any way disfigured, it should be covered with a cloth out of respect for the deceased. According to the biblical account Jesus was afforded a Jewish burial,  highly unusual as crucifixion victims were normally left on the cross for days with the body later deposited in lime pits. The biblical account of the disciples entering the empty tomb describes the shroud and the cloth lying separately.  ‘Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,and the napkin that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes but wrapped together in a place by itself”. (John 20:7)  

Skeptics understandably dismiss such biblical accounts, however, when Nasa scientists placed the image of the Sudarium and the shroud over each other they  matched  perfectly.  New research establishes some 20 points of correlation between the Sudarium and the Shroud of Turin.  The standard of proof used by most judicial systems around the world to confirm correlation between items requires only a match of 8 to 10.

The history of the Sudarium cloth is well documented, it was originally brought from Jerusalem and has resided in the Cathedral of Oviedo  in Spain since the eighth century.

  • The markings show distinct matching facial geometry; the length of the nose through which the pleural oedema fluid came onto the sudarium has been calculated at eight centimetres, just over three inches, exactly the same length as the nose on the image of the shroud; there is also an exact correlation with the beard.
  • Two bloodstains caused by the ‘crown of thorns’ on the forehead of the man in the shroud  show a correspondence with the bloodstains of the Sudarium, the thorn wounds on the nape of the neck also coincide perfectly.
  • Botanical researchers Professor Danin and Uri Baruch confirm that of 141 pollens and spores found on the Sudarium which was brought to Spain, 99% are from the Mediterranean region including Jerusalem but not from Spain.
  • The research group of the  University of Murcia which is studying samples of the Shroud of Oviedo, has discovered a grain of pollen from one plant that, according to the pollen expert Marzia Boi, is compatible with the botanical species of  ‘Helicrysum’ This plant, used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes in the Middle East; also was used in Jewish burials during the first century of the Christian era.

Small bunches or bouquets of flowers were placed alongside the body of the man of the shroud, leaving the imprints and pollen grains on both cloths. Professor Danin identified two pollen grains of the species Gundelia tournefortii as native to the Gaza Strip Israel. They are seen near the image of the man’s shoulder on the shroud and also found on  the Sudarium,  The pollen is adhered to the blood; this means that the pollen arrived on the shroud at the same time as the blood, not at some later point.  This fact is significant because it makes it possible to disprove the claims that the Sodarium of Oviedo is a Medieval fake since pollen grains are only visible through a microscope and were unknown in medieval times.

Juan Manuel Miñarro authored a study sponsored by the Spanish Center of Sindonology, (shroud investigation) and recently concluded: We have come to a point where it seems absurd to suggest that ‘by happenstance’ all of the wounds, lesions and swelling coincides on both cloths,” Jorge-Manuel Rodríguez, centre’s president stated: “Logic requires that we conclude that we are speaking of the same person.”

 

THE TURIN SHROUD – Evidence for Crucifixion

EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE FOR CRUCIFIXION AND THE SHROUD OF TURIN 

The image on the Shroud is of a man 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, about 175 pounds, estimated to be between 30 and 35 years old. The body is covered with scourge wounds and blood stains on the shroud match the wounds described in the biblical account of the crucifixion. The blood grouping is now confirmed as AB, the rarest group shared by only 3% of people worldwide.  Scientists investigating the shroud have now shown a match between pathology, anatomical details of the wounds sustained and the manner of death.

Numerous surgeons and pathologists (including Dr. Frederick Zugibe (Medical Examiner – Rockland, New York), Dr. Herman Moedder (Germany), the late Dr. Pierre Barbet (France), and Dr. David Willis (England)) have studied the pathology. They all agree that the wounds as depicted on the Shroud clearly match the biblical account  of the crucifixion  and that the wounds are consistent with the weapons used by ancient Roman soldiers in Crucifixion. Dr R Bucklin, Forensic Pathologist from Los Angeles County states:  “The evidence of a scourged man who was crucified and died of suffocation is clear cut. The markings on his body are so clear and so medically accurate that they are in my opinion beyond dispute”

The 120 scourge marks on the front and back, and legs of the man of the shroud match the flagrum or flagellum, a Roman whip which has three leather thongs, each having two lead or bone pellets (plumbatae) on the ends, designed to cut into the flesh. The direction of the lash marks indicate two soldiers were striking him, one on each side. Continue reading

SCIENCE and DIVINITY – Evidence for The Shroud of Turin

TEXTILES, BOTANY, THERMOGRAPHY, HAEMATOLOGY, COINAGE

ATOMIC RESOLUTION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY, CRYSTALLOGRAPHY,

The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the piece of cloth which wrapped the body of Jesus in the tomb, debate has continued for centuries as to its authenticity.  Science continues to build a composite picture of the man in the shroud and has determined beyond doubt that this cloth  uniquely woven, wrapped the body of a male of Jewish ethnicity, blood group AB, who died as a result of severe trauma. Minerals found in the area around the walls of Jerusalem are also found on the shroud. The subject was buried in accordance with 1st century Jewish funerary rites with coins of the era covering his eyes, the body prepared using aromatic oils and floral tributes associated uniquely with the area of Jerusalem. 

The shroud is said to have been brought to Europe by the Templars.The firstjesus-0172 images of the face on the shroud were taken when an amateur photographer developed the photographs he had taken in the cathedral; the negative image clearly showed an image of a face. No trace of forgery or scientific explanation has been found.  In 1988 the Catholic church gave permission for radio carbon dating, the findings, later shown to be flawed, stated that the cloth was a medieval forgery, testing the faith of many believers.  A new examination, the results  of 15 years of research, dates the shroud to between 300 BC and 400 AD, which would put it in the era of Christ. Giulio Fanti, a professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at Padua University, and Saverio Gaeta, a journalis, used infra-red light and spectroscopy (the measurement of radiation intensity through wavelengths) in the test. Continue reading

Metaphysics of the Shroud of Turin- Message in the Flowers

 Message in the Flowers The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the piece of cloth which wrapped the body of Jesus in the tomb. Debate has continued for centuries as to its authenticity. It is known to have travelled widely through Europe and beyond and said to have been brought to Europe by the Templars. The firstjesus-0172 images of the face on the shroud were taken when an amateur photographer developed the photographs he had taken in the cathedral; the negative image clearly showed an image of a face. No trace of forgery or scientific explanation was found. In 1998 the Catholic church gave permission for radio carbon dating to take place and the faith of many was rocked when this was given as 1325. The dating however was later discredited  as the sample of cloth dated was contaminated through handling through the centuries. Continue reading

Metaphysics of the Arrest and Trial of Jesus Christ

jesus-before-pilate-bible-video-bg-2The trial of Jesus is the most documented account ever made. Whatever our beliefs may be it remains an intriguing historical episode or the major event which shaped world history.

The enemies of Jesus were the Sanhedrin, a political religious hierarchy of the day which jealously guarded its power. Their concerns grew as they watched the increasing influence Jesus had over the crowds he attracted  wherever he went;  perceiving  him to be a threat to their own authority they conspired to kill him.  Caiphas the High Priest negotiated with Judas Iscariot,  well aware of his impending  betrayal  Jesus was arrested while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. His ordeal and the mockery of a trial began as he was taken before the Jewish Council and Caiphas the High Priest. Continue reading

Metaphysical understanding of the Cross

In esoteric wisdom the long arm of the cross symbolises
the descent of the soul into matter, the two cross bars symbolise East and West.
 True alchemy refers to the spiritualization of the lower nature of mankind, as practiced ankh7by the ancient esoteric priesthoods of Egypt, predating monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The ankh was the symbol of  sacred power invested in the Egyptian priesthoods and transferred through pharaohs, a cross with a looped top  signifying the eternal nature of the soul and its journey.

The devotional rituals which had sustained mankind for thousands of years were later seen as pagan by what would become the mainstream religions of the next Age. The cross in its many forms symbolizes the link between spirit and matter and has been adopted and adapted by sacred traditions through thousands of years. An understanding of the sacred geometry which underpins it helps to dispel  the erroneous belief that the symbol has been hijacked by Christianity. Rather it is a metamorphosis of adapting to changing belief systems from ancient Eygpt, pagan rituals, through Celtic and Roman Christianity to the present day. Continue reading

Epiphany: An Astrological Interpretation

Who Were the The Magi?

‘We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star

A favourite carol tells of the three wise men who came to worship the child Jesus in the stable, a story retold for two thousand years.  There are many interpretations of who these visitors might have been. They are variously described as Kings of the East and Astrologers, and are commonly referred to as the Magi.  The word Magi means ‘wise ones’ and relates to those who had a deep knowledge of the divine sciences including astronomy, astrology, numerology and the study of the celestial heavens and the ancient star maps.  Today’s term ‘magic’ is derived from it and is used to describe something supernatural or beyond the ordinary.  Many intriguing questions arise.  If the story is true and the Magi did indeed come to pay homage to Jesus how did they know of his birth?  We are told they were guided by a star arising in the East which ‘went before them’ and finally ‘came to rest’ over the place where Jesus lay.  When did this visit occur?  Today Christians celebrate The Adoration of the Magi and the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th in remembrance of this event.  Epiphany means ‘great light’ or ‘illumination’, referring in this instance to Jesus as the Light of the World. Continue reading