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Brett Gillette maintains an insatiable appetite for discovering and learning about the powers of the universe. When he was a young man, a psychic reading revealed that he truly wanted to know everything about everything—even things no one else knew.
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The author, Brett W. Gillette, contacted me via email back in the Spring of 2016, asking me if I would review his book for him on amazon.com. I replied that I would be more than happy to, and his book arrived in the mail on May 2, 2016. I looked forward to reading it as it appeared to be the kind of book on esoteric Christianity that I enjoy. Because of personal, hectic, life circumstances, I did not get to finish reading the book until August 6 of 2016. While reading it, I took a total of seventy four notes for myself in order to help me write the review when the right time came. With books like this, I like to wait a while to let the subject matter really sink in so that I can seriously put my thoughts together in order to do the book justice.
In the meantime, the author contacted me, again via email, to ask me how I was enjoying the book, and we corresponded back and forth a number of times over the course of a couple of weeks back in the summer of 2016. Through these emails, I came to the conclusion that the author is very sincere as well as a serious scholar when it comes to the subject matter at hand. He really cares about the subject, he is diligent in his approach to writing about it, and the overall impression I got from communicating with him is that he is a good guy with a good heart and an open minded attitude when it comes to the subject matter at hand, specifically, as well as when it comes to life on the whole, generally. I thoroughly enjoyed my personal communications with him, and I consider him to be “one of the good guys” on this planet who appears to care more about peace, people, and the planet than about profits, geopolitical hegemony, and globalist multinational corporate control.
That being said, I must say that I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I thought that I would. Not that its not a good book, because it is; and not that it does not get its core messages across very well, because it does. I did not enjoy reading it as much as I thought that I would because it turned out to be something entirely different from what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be a book more along the lines of the book by Laurence Gardner that came out in 1996 called, Bloodline of the Holy Grail: The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed – a book which, in my humble opinion, inspired the DaVinci Code books. Though it touched upon this topic just a bit toward the very end of the book, this book is actually a lot more like The Bible Code book that came out circa 2000, and was all the craze on the new age book circuit. But unlike The Bible Code book, I found it to be a lot harder to get into and to follow. Unlike what is stated on the back cover of this book, I did not find it “shockingly easy to understand.” Now, I will tell you why.
Back in college at The University of Massachusetts at Lowelll, where I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology in the Spring of 1999, my college advisor, Dr. Levon Chorbajian, Ph.D., would often tell us to seriously look with open eyes at any non-fiction book that did not have an Index, References, Footnotes, and a Bibliography. The book did not necessarily need to be first-hand, field, qualitative, primary research, or to be peer-reviewed, or even to be published by an academic press or by a professional publishing company. But it needed to back up its assertions with valid references, and at least have an Index in the back of the book to make it easier to locate anything one was looking for that was of interest to the reader. This book has none of that. That caught my attention, immediately. Also, this book appears to be self-published and a true labor of love by the author. I am sure that he paid a pretty penny to produce enough copies of this work to at least try to break even, and he is to be commended for that. It shows true dedication to his pursuit to share his personal revelations with the rest of the world, but it will not get him the respect of serious scholars who also write books in this same area of interest.
Also, though the author, indeed, is quite earnest and sincere in his quest to get across the basic thrust of his core messages in the book, his writing style is not necessarily the most easy to read because of his own personal use of grammar as well as the way in which he constructs his sentences. It is quite clear that he is highly intelligent, very well read in certain areas, and that he knows what he is talking about. No doubt about it. But the way that he writes sometimes gets in the way of the things that he is trying to get across. This is a shame. If only he had had a professional editor and /or proofreader go over his book before he had it published, this problem would have been corrected from the get-go. So, its hard to follow his train of thought at times.
Another thing that concerns me is the fact that the author does not appear to have any scholarly degrees in the areas of philosophy, religion, comparative religion, or theology. This is of serious concern, especially when it comes to a book which makes such non-traditional claims and assertions as does this book about the life of Jesus Christ and his twelve apostles, closest disciples, and the lives of other intimate characters in the community of the early Christian church. This is a very serious matter, and not to be taken lightly. There is a reason why people go to college and study Classics, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, Philosophy, Logic, Comparative Religion, Mythology, and Theology. The reason is that it gives them a solid foundation in what they may end up writing about later in life when they are through going to school. Though I do not doubt the author’s sincerity for an instant, the fact that he, to my knowledge, most likely does not have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy – let alone a Doctor of Divinity from an established theological school like Harvard Divinity School – makes it that much harder to give serious credibility to the very radical assertions that he makes about the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the person who millions of Christians around the world consider to be their Lord and Savior! This, too, is not to be taken lightly.
Finally, before I get into the core of my review, I must say that it is my impression that the author – from what I gathered from him answering my personal questions about his book, via email correspondence – bases most, if not all, of his assertions on his reading of The King James Bible. Now, The King James Bible is a wonderful work of beauty and literature, as well as a paragon of virtue of the richness of the English language itself, but it in no way is it the first and the last word – or the most perfect translation – of the totality of what Christians in the western world refer to as “the word of God” or is it the complete and thorough understanding of what the traditional apostolic churches refer to as the importance of “holy tradition.”
From what I gather from reading this book, as well as what the author himself told me via his emails, he only used The King James version of the Bible to come to the conclusions that he came to that he passionately asserts in this book about Jesus. That’s it – just The King James version of The Bible! Now, it has always been my understanding that to come to any serious and worthy understanding of the true meaning of “God’s Word” in The Bible, one cannot only read The Bible. One cannot only read The King James Bible, either. One needs to read many different Bibles, especially the New International Version Study Bible – the one published with the footnotes at the bottom of every page, and the Bible Verse numbers in the central margins of the pages – that was printed up and published before 1987. The ones published a few years later, after 1987, were revised, under pressure, by certain religious groups to remove certain footnotes and references that they deemed to be “politically incorrect.” Do you catch my drift? … The New International Version Study Bible goes all the way back to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek – the three languages which Jesus and many of his disciples spoke – and many religious scholars consider it to be the most accurate and thorough translation of The Bible created so far.
Also, as far as I am concerned, it is not good enough to just read only one thirteenth of all of the Christian-related holy books, but all of the twelve other types of holy books as well. These thirteen Christian holy books are: 1. The Canonical Old Testament Books, 2. The Canonical New Testament Books – of which the Catholics have more than the Protestants, and of which the Orthodox and Armenian Apostolics have more than the Catholics, 3. The Apocryphal Old Testament Books, 4. The Apocryphal New Testament Books, 5. The Pseudepigraphal Old Testament Books, 6. The Pseudepigraphal New Testament Books, 7. The Gnostic Old Testament Books, 8. The Gnostic New Testament Books, 9. The Heretical Old Testament Books, 10. The Heretical New Testament Books, 11. The Old Testament Era Historical Books, 12. The New Testament Era Historical Books, and, finally, 13. The New Testament Era Books of Holy Tradition of the Church Holy Fathers, like the “Philokalia” Book of Prayers of the Desert Fathers and of Saint Gregory of Palamas of The Holy Mountain – Mount Athos – the monastic Christian community in Greece. … One must read all of these books in order to have a concise and thorough understanding of both holy scripture as well as holy tradition. Only by reading, at least, some of a bit of every one of these thirteen types of books will one gain a more thorough “DIKUW” (Data / Information / Knowledge / Understanding / Wisdom) of the word of God. Does one need to even read The Bible to be saved? … Of course not! … God works in mysterious and in wondrous ways if one only opens up one’s heart to God and to the healing and enlightening and liberating power of The Holy Spirit. Any moron can become enlightened, and it appears that God prefers the meek and the humble to the proud and the powerful to promote his word. But if you are going to write books like this one about the word of God, you better know what you’re talking about. I seriously question whether or not the author of this book has a deep and true understanding of even The King James Bible, let alone the other twelve types of books that illuminate Holy Scripture in its entirety.
So, I mean, there is a reason why people go to colleges and universities, to seminaries and monasteries, and to theology schools and divinity schools with extensive theological libraries where they can read and study all of these works. There is a reason why scholars devote years and decades of their lives totally dedicated to doing religious research and to deeply delving into the word of God in all of its manifestations. There is a reason why men and women of the cloth who hear “a calling from God” spend years and years of their lives learning to become ministers and priests in order to serve God with all of their hearts, and minds, and souls. There is a really good reason for all of these things – and that reason is to be accurate, to be certain, to be faithful to the true interpretation, meaning, and translation of the word of God. These are matters of life and death, of love and apathy, of truth and error, of light and darkness, of illusion and reality, and of purity and corruption. This is serious business.
Now, I am not saying that the author is some artsy-fartsy, hippie-dippie, new-age charlatan out to deceive the masses of mankind into an improper interpretation of the word of God. I do not know him that well, and I do not know what motivations germinate in his heart. I am not here to judge the true intent of the author in his writing off this book. But I do know this: I firmly believe in the truthfulness and wisdom of the long-held and faithful saying that “the devil can quote scripture,” and that by mixing-in a bit of truth into a porridge of lies, it can give that porridge an air of credibility. Though it may not be the intent of the author to deceive anyone into believing unsubstantiated claims as the ones made in this book, the very fact that he is making these claims lends one to believe that he indirectly is trying to convince people or sway them into believing assertions that are not true and have no valid basis in historical or theological fact. It is a form of deception – and what did Jesus himself advise us to do in the reciting of his holy prayer, the “Our Father”? … He wisely advised us to trust in God so that we would not be led “into temptation” but, instead, be delivered from the crafty deceptions of the “evil deceivers.”
A major problem that I have with this book is its instruction to use a magnifying glass as a tool to hover over certain words in certain passages of The Bible in order to decipher the encrypted code, put there intentionally by God, or by his holy scribes over the centuries, so that in doing so, in using this skillful method of holding the magnifying glass just so over certain words that the true meaning of these biblical passages will come to light, and / or that certain revelations will be discovered and unraveled in the process of using this method of holding the magnifying glass over the words just so in the right way.
Okay? … But why is it that this method of using the magnifying glass must only be used with The King James Bible? Why is it only to be used with a Bible written in the English language? Does this magnifying glass method of deciphering the code not also work with Bibles written in other languages other than English – specifically, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek? …
Also, I have a problem with the use of the confusing juxtaposition, constantly throughout the book, of comparing what the author calls the “Backward Timeline” and the “Forward Timeline.” There seems to be this metaphysical wormhole of time that the author constantly refers to time and time again to drive home his assertions that certain important persons in the New Testament are actually the reincarnations of the souls of certain important persons in the Old Testament. Though this is an interesting metaphysical possibility, from an objective point of view – especially if one were writing a book of fiction or of science fiction – to make the serious assertion and the constant affirmation that this is, indeed, the truth and the way historical, biblical personalities actually manifested into historical time is quite a stretch of the imagination. Quite frankly, I’m not buying it.
But the most troubling statements of all are the ones that the author first slowly hints at, then later more assertively makes known, and finally adamantly tries to make clear concerning his personal belief that Jesus Christ and many, if not all, of his closest apostles, were homosexuals and that Christianity is nothing but an early Middle Eastern cult of homosexuality. When I read that, I was totally convinced that this book is way off the mark.
First of all, how could the author in one place in the book claim that Jesus was a homosexual, and then in another place in the book claim that Jesus was actually married to Mary Magdalene? Which one was it? … Or is the author actually claiming that Jesus was a bisexual? Which one is it – a homosexual or a bisexual married to Mary Magdalene? It can’t be both!
There are many other far-fetched claims made in this book, some of which I found quite intriguing and amusing, especially toward the end of the book. In fact, I enjoyed the end of the book more than I did the bulk of the body of the book. I thought the whole book was going to be more like the end of the book. Unfortunately, it is not.
On the other hand, the author does know his Bible, and there are certain passages that I found to be quite enlightening and which I myself actually think have metaphysical merit to them. If its one thing this book will make you do, it will definitely make you run over to your bookshelf time and time again, take down your Bible, and look up the passages that the author is quoting from in order to be sure that he is at least accurately quoting the Bible even if he may not be accurately interpreting the Bible. In doing so, one gets to at least do some serious Bible study in the process and, in this way, one gets to further one’s own understanding of the word of God. Fore this, I must say, I am very grateful to the author for inspiring such hermeneutical research.
One thing that really intrigues me about this book is its cover. It features a painting of two very attractive young women with blonde hair on the front cover. It shows them standing before a clock with an image of a red rooster behind the timetable of the clock. They themselves are standing behind two brightly glowing wax candles. The younger woman on the left is wearing a gold, Christian cross around her neck. The older and taller woman on the right is clearly quite pleasantly endowed, and her feminine beauty is revealed through her low-cut dress. She is wearing a cut stone of some type around her neck. … Here is my question: why depict two attractive and sexy blondes on the cover of your book when your book is all about how Jesus and his disciples were a coterie of homosexuals?
What I find disturbing is that if the author’s assertions are correct and if, indeed, Jesus and his disciples were all homosexuals who used the acts of engaging in homosexual sexuality as a means of entering into discovering the keys to the kingdom of heaven – which I do not, of course, believe for a second – then why would Jesus ever need to be crucified and rise from the dead in order to save mankind from sin if all people had to do to get to heaven was become homosexuals? … It’s total nonsense! … It is highly significant that Jesus of Nazareth was born in a manger inside of a cave – symbolic of a woman’s womb – and that Jesus the Christ was born-again in a cave, in the crypt of Joseph of Arimathea – also symbolic of a woman’s womb. Both of these caves were types of earth-wombs, symbolic of his holy mother Mary’s virginal womb. If anything, women are to be revered by the Christian religion, not despised as unworthy of the kingdom of heaven because they cannot engage in the acts of male homosexuality!
If this is true, that Jesus was a homosexual, then everything written in the Old Testament condemning homosexuality is turned on its head. If this is true, that Jesus was a homosexual, then everything written in the New Testament condemning homosexuality is turned on its head. How can this be? How can the whole Bible, both before and after Jesus lived, condemn homosexuality so ardently as a sinful type of lifestyle that is accursed to God if Jesus Christ himself was a homosexual? It makes a no sense! It was Jesus himself who said to lost sinners after he healed them to “go, and sin no more!” He did not condemn the sinners like an Old Testament prophet might, but this does not mean that he condoned their acts. The difference between Israelite Monotheism and Christianity is the value and importance of love and forgiveness over judgement and retribution. Jesus was all about love and forgiveness.
Also, simple common sense dictates that if the only way to get to heaven is by becoming a homosexual and engaging in homosexual acts, then where does that leave all women of the world who make up more than half of the human race? Where does that leave most men of the world, who are certainly predominantly heterosexual? Where does that leave lesbians? Where does that leave bisexuals, transgenders, transexuals, transvestites, and all of the other forms of fender-bender transgender types of personalities? Where does that leave the unborn who die in their mothers’ wombs? Where does that leave young children who have not yet reached puberty and know nothing of real sexuality? Where does that leave all of the people who died before Jesus was even born? Where does that leave all of the people alive today, or who already died after Jesus was born, who live or lived in parts of the world where they never had a chance to even hear about Jesus or the holy gospel? Where does that leave the aged, the sick, the wounded, the bed-bound, the imprisoned in solitary confinement, the lost at sea, et al? What about all of those people? Are they all condemned to go to hell, or to miss out on going to heaven, because they do not engage exclusively in male homosexual acts of mutual masturbation, mutual oral sex, and sodomy? … I mean, come on! I’m not buying it – at all. Where is the need for redemption? Where is the power of faith, and the helpfulness of good works? Where is the self sacrifice, the self remembering, the conscious labors, the intentional suffering, and the beatific grace of God?
Finally, what about “the sealed” spoken of in the Book of Revelation? What about them? … They are the 144 Thousand Virgin Male Israelites over the ages who have never had sex! They are supposed to be the purest of the pure of all mankind when it comes to spiritual purity, equivalent to the ancient vestal virgins who were young women priestesses who never had sex. What happens to the 144 thousand “Sealed” virgins if only homosexuals can go to heaven? Is God supposed to kick them all out of heaven because Jesus, supposedly, may say that they are unworthy of staying in heaven because they are not living a gay lifestyle? … Really? … Are you serious? … Give me a break!
Now, there is one passage in the very beginning of this book that quotes from The Bible that I must say I think holds a lot of weight, and that is on pages 86 and 87. Unfortunately for me, except for a few exceptions later on, it’s all downhill from there:
“It’s important to note: Jacob said it was “God” that he had seen face to face, and his life preserved. This gives us one of many examples, that the God of the Old Testament is different from the New Testament God of Christ. As Jacob, being one of many of the Old Testament biblical characters, who had seen God face to face; while no one has ever seen the New Testament God, with the exception of Christ, who had declared him. As it tells us in, John 1:18 and I John 4:12: “No man hath seen God at any time.” As the ownership of God, would’ve had to change, for the statement to have been put in, as a matter of truth: As we’re dealing with two separate spirits or entities. As Jesus tells us, in John 4:24: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” … Truer words have not been spoken! … I find it irritating that the author likes to start sentences throughout the book with the word, “as,” but the fact that the God of Jesus is a holy SPIRIT to be worshipped in SPIRIT and in TRUTH is as righteous as it gets! The author is to be commended for pointing this very important thing out and making this distinction very clear. Brahvoh!
The author is also to be commended for quoting from John 8:44 on page 110:
“Jesus is telling them, that God is not their father. But he who sent him is God. As Jesus told them that they understand not his speech. Jesus then told them, in verse 44; “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do, He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
The author, like many of us who share his opinion in the matter, obviously also believes in the existence of UFO’s. On page 120, he writes this:
“For the second time, the voice is heard in the clouds from the UFO spaceship. The first time was after the baptism of Christ; this time coming after the transfiguring of Jesus. As the voice said; “This is my beloved Son. Hear him.” The voice coming from the UFO spaceship was the father or source of Christ (Michael); as it was Michael who did the transfiguring of Jesus on the high mountain top.
Now, The Bible says that God is the God of the unpronounceable name. If the author believes that the the God of Jesus has the name of Michael, I will not argue with him on that. Neither will I argue with him about the existence of UFO’s, as I myself have now seen them three times in my life, and on three different locations.
On page 128, the author, in my opinion, gets things reversed when he talks about the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. As far as I am concerned, Jesus and eleven of his disciples were all from the original united kingdom, from the remnant of the pure Israelites who came back from Babylon after the Persians conquered the Babylonians and set the Israelites free. Most of the ones who came back, spoken of in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, had intermarried with the Babylonians, and these are the people who today we refer to as the Jews. But a remnant of ten percent of them were pure Israelites who had never intermarried with the Babylonians, and Jesus’s family belonged to this remnant. … The author writes:
“As Jehovah cut apart his other staff, Bands (Elijah), that Jehovah should break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. Bethany is Judah, representing the brotherhood of Jesus, Elijah, Moses, the the disciples and the newly founded Christian religion. Jerusalem is Israel, representing the brotherhood of the chief priests and elders and the Jewish people of the old or Aries Cycle.” … It is actually the exact opposite – ethno-biologically and genetically.
On page 165, the author speaks about Jesus on the cross, and of the last words that he spoke:
“As it tells us in Luke 23:46; “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said this, he gave up the ghost.” … I find it very interesting that the very last word that Christ spoke was the word, “spirit.” I also find it interesting that Jesus did not use either the word “Yaweh” or the word “Adonai” for his Father, but the word “Eloi” for “Elohim.”
On page 179, the author makes his first reference to homosexuality in relation to the apostles of Jesus:
“Kinsman is defined as a “male relative.” As Malchus is James Zebedee the soul mate of John. James Zebedee the soul mate of John is the kinsman (male relative) of the high priest Cajaphas. As Cajaphas is John the soul mate of James Zebedee. Cajaphas is the kinsman or male relative to his lover and soul mate James Zebedee. James's Zebedee (Malchus) being the biological son of Philip (Annas). … If you can make sense of all of that, you are a better man than me!
On page 182, the author, again, equates the Kingdom of Judah with the Kingdom of Israel:
“John the Baptist, in the New Testament – FORWARD TIMELINE (Pisces), was the son of Zacharias. As Elijah, in the Old Testament – BACKWARD TIMELINE (Aries), was the son of Philip.
As Philip is Anna's: The high priest of the Aries Timeline. Judah is Israel. Judah = Israel.” … Judah and Israel are not one and the same. Sorry!
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Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:39 AM, Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Capricorn
Belvidere, Wamesit, Lowell, Massachusetts
By the 1950s, Catholic scholars had begun to align with the Protestants. I was fortunate to study Scripture under such a scholar, a Passionist priest named Barnabas Ahern, C.P. Besides being a Scripture scholar, who'd studied in Jerusalem, he was also a preacher of retreats to nuns—that's what priests of the Passionist Order do. When I met him at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, he was an old man and was somewhat chagrined, I believe, about the consequences of his dual roles. He had taught the nuns all over America in the 1950s that the events in the Bible hadn't really happened—they were "wisdom stories" and parables. There'd really never been any Magi, any Annunciation by an angel, any Visitation, any finding of the boy Jesus in the Temple. Barnabas Ahern was in great part, if indirectly, responsible for the nuns' rebellions in the 1960s. Those women understood the implications of what he'd taught them. Using a term I learned from C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell—and which Fr. Barnabas would NOT have used—those stories were all myths. They meant something—but it wasn't "history," it was "mystical vision."
Ideas about how to understand the Old and New Testaments that form the Bible have changed over time. The Bible has been taken for absolute truth, word for word. It's also been taken as a source of inspiration for the Holy Spirit to communicate—indirectly—with the devout reader. Remember, the major tenet of the Protestant Reformation was "Private Interpretation of Scripture," i.e., what the Bible means is what it means to YOU. The truth isn't in the words; it's in the consciousness of God you experience when you are reading and understanding the words.
The Bible has also been taken as code; secret meanings are embedded within it which can only be understood by figuring out the clues. Medieval Jewish Kabbalah imagined that the Hebrew letters were alive and that the text was filled with secret meanings that could be understood by rearranging and meditating on the letters.
In the 1990s, the notion of the "Bible Code" was popularized. There are various ways of deciphering the code. One way was to skip to every 50th letter; others were to highlight "equidistant letters" in the Hebrew scrolls. It turned out such methods sometimes resulted in meaningful sentences, and actually held prophecies and predictions for real events that have happened throughout history. Skeptics noted that you could do the same thing with any book or text and get surprisingly meaningful results. When applied to the U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty, for instance, you get such phrases as: "Hear all the law of the sea" and "safe UN ocean convention to enclose tuna"—they are meaningful, but out of nowhere. Nobody wrote the Treaty with the intention of encoding secret messages. But they are there!
Brett Gillette's remarkable and mind-bending book of Biblical meaning, Jesus in Salome's Lot, similarly presents hidden meanings or, at least, new ways to understand the Biblical stories. It seems to me his process is somewhere in between the exegetes', the Kabbalists', the Bible Code's, and Barnabas Ahern's. Whether the secret meanings are encoded intentionally by the writers or by God's intervention, whether they are really there or not, matters less than what you can ferret out and use to amplify your own interpretation. Here's the Protestant principle of interpretation applied at the level of the letters and words of the text—and taken to the extreme.
A important way that Gillette's amplification of the meaning of the Scriptures is different from those others is that he applies his method to the English translation, not to the original Hebrew or Aramaic. The exegetes and the Kabbalists deal with the original text, using documents as old as possible. At least in the old days, God spoke in Hebrew, and Jesus spoke Aramaic and Greek. If you are looking for the meaning in the words as they were originally intended to mean, you probably should use the words in their original language. But if you're looking for a more mystical, esoteric meaning, then it's probably quite legitimate to use your own language, because it is within your consciousness that you are discovering the amplified meanings. And, at any rate, Christians, especially Biblical Fundamentalists, have always held that God oversaw the translations, so they maintain the Divine Inspiration. And, indeed, applying the Protestant principle, God would also be overseeing your own private process of reinterpreting the words.
In some ways, I think this is the most salient point about Brett W. Gillette's presentation: that he can do this is evidence of some sort of "inspiration" function within human consciousness. The meaning you are finding in the text comes from the eyes with which you are doing the looking. Because it is "Sacred" Scripture, a text like the Bible can function for scrying, like a crystal ball, bringing deep intuitions into consciousness, so that God or Higher Consciousness speaks through the text but beyond the actual words of the text.
And, indeed, this is literally true in Jesus in Salome's Lot, for one of the processes of interpretation Gillette uses is looking at the Biblical text with a magnifying glass and observing how the distortions in the lens as you move it away from the page seem to rearrange the letters.
Gillette writes that he applied five methods to decode the Christian Bible:
1. Identify the Characters. Using sound-a-likes (e.g., Cajaphas for Cleophus, Zebedee for Zeus), numbered sets (like the 7 Mary's, the 7 Portholes, the 12 J's, the 4 Swords) and interior clues that Gillette has figured out, the various characters in the Gospels are discovered to be ciphers for one another. The young man wrapped in a sheet who is mentioned at the time of Jesus's arrest will be identified as the disciple whom Jesus loved, the old prophet Bartimaeus, Simon the Leper, Lazarus and the author of the Books of Mark and John. The same people—because they act as conveyors of meaning—are called by different names in different contexts and different sequences.
2. Search for the Timeline Clues. Gillette calculates a 76 day period for Jesus's public life and the stories in the Gospels. He arranges events so they fit into a timeline running forward and a timeline running backwards (actually, there are multiple times lines involving different characters). This allows him to merge the narratives of the four Gospels and place events in meaningful sequences.
3. Convert the Actual Dates. Using references in the text to historical events, like the death of Julius Caesar and the shift in High Priests from Annas to Cajaphas, Gillette lines up the dates and times in the Bible stories.
4. Research the Historian References. Again using clues within the text, Gillette can compare Jesus's Timeline to Roman and Greek accounts of history.
5. Connect the Past Lives of Jesus, John the Baptist, the Disciples, the Favored Women and the Old Testament Prophecies to the New Testament life of Jesus. Gillette, of course, is mixing Far Eastern notions of reincarnation with Middle Eastern religion—which probably didn't have any afterlife at all originally. But once he makes the assumption of reincarnation, he's able to find correlations between Old Testament and New Testament characters. And, for the sake of uncovering the Code, it doesn't really matter whether there is reincarnation or not, the writers intended to suggest these links—here's midrash again. John the Baptist is Elijah the Prophet. Yes, John fulfills the expectation of the return of Elijah, and the religious authorities actually questioned him if he were the return of Elijah.
The Timelines—Forward and Backward—are one of the most interesting concepts in this book. Though a little difficult to understand, these offer their own story of what is going on. Gillette shifts the history from the daily life of Jesus and the Apostles to the great movements of the Earth in space and the mythic drama within the procession of the Zodiac. Indeed, the procession of the Ages—caused by the precession of the Earth on its axis (the wobble)—runs in the opposite direction from that of the Astrological signs throughout the year, to wit, February is followed by March, the signs of Aries to Pisces. But as Earth's pole slowly rotates through a "Great Year" of 25,920 years, the Ages turn backward from Aries to Pisces. And that is the secret of Jesus and the change in the Age. At roughly the year zero and with the birth of Jesus, the Age changed from Aries the Ram, the lawgiver Jehovah, to Pisces, the two chasing fish in the 69, yin-yang circle of equals, whose God is Jesus and whose law is Love.
To put it in Gillette's whimsical way, Jehovah was fired and Jesus took over the job of being God.
In the year two-thousand, we all recently experienced another change in Age, referred to as the Turn of the Millennium, Y2K. From Pisces, we moved into Aquarius—the Age of Aquarius and a new consciousness. Perhaps Brett W. Gillette's insights into how to "decode" the Bible are a manifestation of this change. Women's Liberation, Gay Liberation, Racial Justice, Civil Rights, the Equality of Human Beings—these are the accomplishments of the Aquarian Age. And decoding the New Testament shows these as among the main teachings of the Gospels. So the change in the Age is a recovery of the real message of Jesus. Gillette calculates that the end of the Great Year of the Pisces Cycle and beginning of the Aquarius Cycle actually occurs on June 21, 2017. He hypothesizes the possibility of a polar shift sometime in the year leading up to that.
Jesus in Salome's Lot is itself written in an idiosyncratic English. The text (though not always the complex ideas) is relatively easy to read, but the punctuation seems to follow rules all its own. The sentences are more like idea-fragments than syntactical units with subject, verb, object, period. Periods—and especially semi-colons—appear in unexpected places. The most peculiar quirk of the language is the word "as." Gillette's writing uses "as" as a conjunction, like "and," as an adverb of time, like "at the same moment as," as a pronoun, like "who" or "which," as in Joanna as Tamar, and maybe even as a preposition, like "in the role of," since that's the first of the methods of decoding: to identify the characters. The constant use of "as"—often effectively as the subject of the sentence—gives the book a sense of immediacy and flow. Past and present, backward and forward seem kind of simultaneous. As a professional copyeditor, I was baffled by the punctuation, but had no problem reading and following the text. The editor part of me thinks this book could have been titled "Nothing Is As It Seems." And there's that "As."
Another aspect of Brett Gillette's decoding is calling supernatural events in the Bible after their more common pop names today, i.e., UFOs. The Cherubim with the flaming sword at the gate of Eden, Elijah's chariot, the star of Bethlehem, the Voice that comes from above during Jesus's Baptism and His Transfiguration—lights in the sky—are interpreted as UFOs. The Nephilim, the "giants in the Earth" in Genesis, are interpreted as the Serpian Race of extraterrestrials who had visited our planet in the past.
Gillette's decoding finds homosexual secrets within the story of Jesus. Judas's kiss with which he betrays Jesus by identifying him to the Roman soldiers was an act of gay entrapment. Jesus comments that he had been preaching in public every day and they had not arrested him; they needed a real "crime"—and that was the homosexual kiss. Jesus's injunction to eat his flesh and drink his blood means to give oral copulation. And the "secret of the Kingdom of Heaven" which Jesus was said to teach certain disciples in a nighttime ceremony called Naked Baptism was some sort of sex act. What the Jesus of history was arrested and executed for was homosexuality. And that is a real possibility. (This idea is also propounded in Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low which I have also reviewed.)
A word about the cover is in order. The two women in front of a grandfather clock are not intended to look like Biblical characters, because, of course, they do not: they're blondes, and there weren't clocks in Jesus's time. But, according to a blog entry on jesusinsalomeslot.com, they do represent the "twin sisters" of Magdalene, but, astronomically/astrologically, with as Salome (Pisces) as the approaching Age and Joanna (Aries) as the receding Age. These are among the women who stood at the Cross of Jesus, and they are more than just themselves in the larger story. This Joanna is called Mary, as the sister of Lazarus, and Tamar, as the great grandmother of David. Gillette's decoding of Scripture collapses names, personalities, archetypal meanings—so that Salome, the alluring step-daughter of Herod, becomes also Martha, the sister of Lazarus, and John the Baptist becomes Elijah. In the decoding, the women of history seem to become female principles in the great scheme of the universe. "Salome's lot," that is, her fate, her winnings, her "lot in life," then, is to be the female principle in the cycle of Pisces.
The punch line of the book is that the dawning of the New Great Year of the Aquarius Cycle predicted between December 21, 2016 and December 21, 2017 may result in a shift of the magnetic poles of the planet, including a three-day period during which one side of the Earth will face the Sun and the other the darkness continuously as the planet stops rotating, then reverses rotational direction, so that literally day becomes night and night day. This will be truly a new beginning.
Perhaps such an astronomical event proves the decoding is correct—or maybe not. I think Bible scholars, like my old teacher Barnabas Ahern, would think Gillette's analysis ridiculous; they are looking for the real history. Mystics and visionaries, on the other hand, are not necessarily concerned with the "real" at all. And they might not be concerned that the prediction of a pole shift did or didn't happen. The real meaning is the personal secrets they can decode for themselves, the gnosis, the hidden knowledge.
As a student of comparative religion myself, I'm inclined to think the "coded message" is less in the text of the Bible than in the mystical vision of the student of the esoteric. The "meaning" isn't in the text; it is in the consciousness that is studying the text. The decoding process generates the code. Seek and ye shall find.
Fans of conspiracy theories and students of esoterica and fringe phenomena—from apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to alien abductions to UFOs in the night sky—are likely to find this book fascinating and deeply engaging. Whether Gillette is right about a hidden meaning encoded in the Bible or not, I think he is certainly right that sacred scriptures and ancient monuments and unexplained phenomena all point to a greater reality than the everyday world of scientific materialism. This is a book about the layers of consciousness.
Reviewed by Toby Johnson, author of The Myth of the Great Secret: An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell, Gay Spirituality, Getting Life in Perspective and other novels and books
Unmistakable in all that it reads, needed for all of life, to not only exist, but to thrive.
While reading this book, I began to be led on a journey of not only mans interpretation of Gods words, but my own. A road of self discovery. Questions I have often asked and now through reading this book, I have a clearer understanding.
The author is extremely knowledgable and seems to understand the bible in ways that, although can be controversial, challenges the reader to explore ones own beliefs through their religious upbringing
and current values of morality. As well as their ,"immortality."
In a society that has taken the bible and conformed it to fit their own individual religions.
Is all that we have known to be true or not?
This book will take you on a journey far from what you ever thought was real, true and/or events that may or may not have happened....
You be the judge...