The Joseph Code ~ The Hidden Genealogy of Jesus
There are those who have postulated the theory that Jesus never existed, claiming he was the sole product of a first-century imagination. They are only half right. The virgin-born and literal Son of God Jesus of the New Testament didn’t exist. The character portrayed therein, along with some rather extraordinary thematic accouterments, was primarily the creation of the Apostle Paul and some of his educated and literate Gentile followers.
Jesus, the Essene Nazirite did exist, as did his brother James and his cousin John the Baptist. We know this apart from the New Testament because the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, a real man and not a fictional character, wrote about all three of them. The Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus also wrote about a man called Christ who was executed in Tiberius’ reign by the governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate. Roman historian Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus complained about a group called Christians who were spreading a new and evil superstition. They had been expelled from Rome by the Emperor Claudius who ruled from 41 to 54 C.E. The first gospel accounts didn’t appear until after 70 CE and the earliest writings of the Apostle Paul have been dated to around 50 CE. It would seem then that the Christian movement had started and was growing without the help of early written material.
When I first stumbled on what I later began to call "The Joseph Code", I wasn't sure what to make of it. I didn't know if it was an aberration in the text or something more. The code appears in the genealogy of Jesus recorded in the gospel of Luke (Luke 3:23-38). It is most obvious in the King James version. It can also be detected in other versions with slight variances in the spelling of the names.
The arrangement of names on the left represents 3 columns of 14 names in the genealogy of Luke, starting with Joseph's father Heli, extending back to David's father Jesse. I arranged the names in this fashion when doing a comparative study with the names listed in the genealogies found in the gospels of Matthew (Matthew 1:1-17) and Luke (Luke 3:23-38). The gospel of Matthew mentions a 14 generation chronology in its narrative: "So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations." (Matthew 1:17)
Since Matthew's genealogy has fewer names and only goes from Abraham to Jesus (Luke's genealogy goes back to Adam), I thought limiting my comparison to the names between David's father Jesse and Joseph's father would be the best way to examine the differences between the two genealogies. When I arranged the names in Luke's genealogy in columns of 14, a distinct pattern of names became evident.
The name Joseph is intriguing for sure. It forms a triangle. But this had only come to light because of the way I decided to arrange the names. Did Luke have a document arranged in the same fashion? If he did, did he see the same pattern? Why were Joseph and Judah linked twice in opposite order? What was to be made of the position of Levi and Matthat? Why was there a Melchi (meaning king) inside the Joseph triangle and one outside the Joseph triangle?
After researching the pattern of names I discovered that the "code" was comprised of repeated names that held a numerological value. Names bracketed by repeated names also had a value. The code also utilizes sacred geometry.
It wouldn’t be until much later that I would discover that whoever composed the code was using a system developed by the famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras. In approximately 530 BCE Pythagoras founded a school in which initiates were sworn to secrecy. Like the later Essenes, the Pythagoreans lived an ascetic and communal lifestyle. In the process of pursuing his philosophy, Pythagoras developed his numerological system. As part of his system, Pythagoras assigned numerical values to letters. The system also employed triangles that would be formed using rows of fours, threes, or twos. The rows would then be assigned numbers that could be added to create a singular prime number. The triangle was used to compute numerical equations that would be interpreted as telling a story. The code contains three triangles, one upright and symbolic of masculine energy, and two inverted triangles symbolic of feminine energy.
It also appears that the Joseph triangle is situated within a grid of 42 names reflecting a hebdomadal system based on the number 7. In this scenario, multiple values could conceivably be applied to a single name. The first value would be the position it occupies in a given row of names. The second value would be based on its location within the hebdomadal grid that forms the columns and rows the names are placed in. Each column contains 14 names so the maximum value of a name in a column would be 14. The hebdomadal value of a name could range from 1 to 42.
When researching the names in the code, I found that the names Joseph, Judah and Levi were all linked to Jewish Messianic tradition. It would seem that the code is suggesting a link between all three of these bloodlines. This is a much different picture of Jesus' lineage than what we find in the New Testament.
The birth stories found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke (Matthew 2:1-23 , Luke 2:1- 39) both portray Jesus' mother Mary as having miraculously conceived as a virgin. According to the traditional Jewish view, the messiah would be a human being. He would not be a god, demi-god or another supernatural being. Furthermore, they never envisioned a messiah being born of a virgin impregnated by God. The earliest Jewish-Christian groups we have record of did not subscribe to the idea of a miraculous virgin birth either. However, the so-called "pagan" world was rife with such stories, so it isn’t hard to see how the idea of a savior-god born of a virgin would have appealed to a Gentile (pagan) audience.
The New Testament attempts to portray Jesus as the Messiah of David, but in Jewish lore the Messiah of David was never viewed as a suffering servant. That role was more indicative of the Messiah of Joseph, who would be killed in a struggle with his enemies. It was believed that the Messiah of David would come and raise the Messiah of Joseph from the dead. Jewish tradition also recognized a Messiah of Levi.
Evidenced of the tradition of a messiah of Levi can be found in the Damascus document, the Testament of Simeon and the Testament of Judah from the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls. If the Joseph Code is viewed as a portrait of the mixing of bloodlines rather than an exact genealogical record, it becomes clear that whoever composed it saw Jesus as the product of a mixing of all three messianic bloodlines, with the Joseph bloodline being predominant.
It also seems that the composer of the code deliberately inserted two names that do not belong if this was an accurate physical genealogy. The genealogy of Matthew is on the left and according to the Biblical record is correct in placing Josias and Jechonias as the forefathers of Salathiel. The genealogy found in the gospel of Luke substitutes the names Josias and Jechonias with Melchi and Neri.
Notwithstanding the fact that the names Melchi and Neri do not belong here in terms of an actual genealogy, it seems the codes creator had a specific reason for placing them here. The name Melchi means "King" and Neri means "My lamp". Furthermore, in regard to the name Melchi, the number 22 appears in its connection to the hebdomadal grid.
In esoteric numerology the number 22 is regarded as a master number and is very important as it's meaning reflects the concept that Melchi is the Master Builder, the architect. The question before us is who is represented by the name Melchi in the middle and left column and why does the name fall both inside and outside the Joseph Triangle? Furthermore, do the numbers eight and four that reflect its position in the left and center column have a symbolic connection to him? In the book I examine the evidence that the name Melchi is a veiled reference to Melchizedek, the priest-king who greeted and blessed Abram (Abraham) in the book of Genesis. The Melchizedek tradition is also mentioned in the Psalms and the New Testament book of Hebrews:
The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110:4)
As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec... Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec... Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 5:6, 5:10, 6:20)
The name Neri occupies the 21st position in the hebdomadal grid. 21 is a multiple of seven and signifies an added measure of perfection. As stated earlier, Neri means "My lamp", and its position in the seventh row in the middle column reminds one of the seven branched lamp stand that stood in the Holy Place in the Jerusalem temple. The names Melchi and Neri also serve as the apex for the inverted triangles whose base is formed with the names Levi and Matthat.
The Joseph Code contains a powerful message using sacred geometry and esoteric numerology. The master numbers it contains point to a spiritually gifted leader in possession of extraordinary talents and abilities. It also represents a portal to higher dimensions that can be opened by those who understand its meaning.
The positions of the repeated names in the code consistently reveal a powerful sequence of numbers that reveal a message. The master number 11 is prevalent. The number 11 is the first master number and is regarded as the most spiritual vibration in numerology. Individuals associated with this number display a keen intuition and insight that appears to others as clairvoyant or psychic ability. This not only applies to the Joseph of the book of Genesis, but it also applies to Jesus as well.
The number 22 is a powerful master number considered to be symbolic of the Master Builder and is associated with the name Melchi. The master number 33 is regarded as a rare vibration in numerology. It also is symbolic of a master teacher and a religious or spiritual trailblazer, and is associated with the name Judah.
The positions occupied by the name Joseph in the Joseph Code hebdomadal grid equal 55, symbolizing the Divine will and a dynamic leader who brings new thinking and reform. The master number 66 is symbolic of deep faith and carries the energies of compassion and justice. It is associated with the positions of Levi and Matthat in the hebdomadal grid that holds the structure of the code.
The Joseph Code also covers the following:
Who composed the code and why was it hidden in plain site?
What evidence in the New Testament identifies Jesus and John the Baptist as Essene Nazarites?
Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? What was Nazareth like in Jesus time?
Why was the involvement of Jesus' family in his ministry downgraded in the gospel accounts?
If Jesus' brother James wasn't a disciple, how did he become the head of the early church?
What evidence exists to show that many of the quotes attributed to Jesus in the gospel accounts did not originate with him?
What evidence exists to show that Herod Antipas, aided by a small band of politically motivated Pharisees, played a major role in Jesus' arrest and crucifixion?
What evidence exists to show that the timing of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion were altered by as much as four days in the gospel accounts?
What evidence exists to show that Jesus' trial before the Jewish court as portrayed in the gospel accounts never happened?
What evidence exists to show that Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate could not have happened as the gospels describe?
What evidence exists to show that a small group of Jesus' followers tried to save him from dying on the cross?
Why does the original ending of the Gospel of Mark depict the women who witnessed the resurrection as 'trembling and bewildered' and telling no one what they had seen?
What evidence exists to show that the accounts depicting Jesus' resurrection were changed to deflect attention away from the women who witnessed it?
What evidence exists to show that the accounts depicting Jesus' ascension into heaven was not an event that all the disciples had witnessed?
If the majority of the Pharisees hated Jesus as the gospels suggest, why did so many join the early church?
What evidence exists to show that the same group of Pharisees Paul had joined with when persecuting the early church had also seen to it that Jesus was crucified?
Why did the Apostle Paul contradict the account of his conversion as found in the book of Acts?
How could Paul claim that "the gospel which was preached of me is not after man... but by the revelation of Jesus Christ", and then get into a doctrinal dispute with Jesus' own brother?
What evidence exists to suggest that the birth stories of Jesus and the promise of a second coming were created by Paul or by the followers of Paul to support the idea that Jesus was the messiah of David?