Proof that the Messiah and Apostles were Essenes

Here is a brief overview of the proof, derived from the New Testament and the New Testament apocrypha, that the Messiah and the Apostles were Essenes:

1.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes condemned all polygamy and niece marriages. the Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

2.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes condemned swearing oaths in the name of things. the Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

3.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught strictly about divorce. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

4.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught mandatory communism for all people. The Pharisees and the Sauddcees did not.

5.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught private property is sinful. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not; they were both anti rich, the Pharisees and Sadducees were not.

6.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught sex is only for procreation, and not for recreation. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

7.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught baptism for the remission of sins. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

8.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that if one wants to be saved, they must enter the New Covenant. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

9.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught three years are required for conversion to the community of Yeuweh. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

10.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes considered the apocrypha and socalled “pseudepigrapha” as holy divine scripture on an equal level of authority with the tanakh. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

11.Messiah and the apostles explicitly list every other jewish group as a heresy, but every time they mention a list of heretical jewish groups, they always omit the Essenes from the condemnation, not mentioning them at all.

12.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that the priesthood and temple of Jerusalem was corrupt. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

13.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes practiced their own priesthood, and did their own sacrifices. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

14.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes both taught the rite of monasteries and monks; both taught the Theraputae order as part of their own religion. The pharisees and Sadducees did not.

15.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that celibacy and virginity was superior to marriage. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

16.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught a holy meal of bread and wine involving the Messiah. the Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

17.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught the resurrection of the wicked dead into eternal bodies. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

18.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes used the Hebrew original of the Septuagint. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

19.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught it is better to die than to break a single commandment of the Law. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

20.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes condemned slavery. The Pharisees and the Sadducees did not.

21.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes used the pesher method of interpretation of Scripture, and used peshers as messianic proof texts and as eschatological proof texts. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

22.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that the arrival of the Teacher of Righteousness as the Messiah happened in the 1st century. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

23.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught Gentiles can become part of the covenant without becoming part of Israel. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

24.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes kept multiple pentecosts other than Shavuot as holy appointed times every year. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

25.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes explicitly taught eternal punishment in hell. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

26.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes observed the Solar calendar of 360 days. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

27.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that in order for the Messiah to be king, he must have 12 israelites who followed him everywhere, and 72 chiefs of sanhedrin to rule with him. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not

28.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes considered the phase “Son of Man” and “Son of God” authentic messianic titles. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

29.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes applied to the Messiah characteristics and titles the Tanakh only applies to Yeuweh and to no other.

30.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes were apocalyptic. The Pharisees and Sadducees were not.

31.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes explicitly condemned the Pharisees very often.

32.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught the rite of community bishops. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

33.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught Gentiles are to be given the same love Israelites are, and that they are equal in value to Israelites. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

34.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught the last days would last a very long time. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

35.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught that the establishment of killing the Teacher of Righteousness (Messiah) would result in the entire nation of Israel being cursed forty years later, and for all those involved in Messiah’s death being decimated in war.The Pharisees and Sadducees did not teach this.

36.Messiah and the apostles and the Essenes taught two comings of the Messiah; the first as a priestly Messiah, the second as a royal Messiah. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

37.The apostles and the Essenes taught their community prepared the way for the Messiah. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

38.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes, taught that the Teacher of Righteousness (Messiah) had the authority to give a new Law. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

39.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes condemned the traditions of the oral Law. The PHarisees did not.

40.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes believed and taught many similar halakhic teachings that the Sadducees also taught. The Pharisees did not.

41.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes honored martyrdom as very holy. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

42.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes had the gift of prophecy during the “silent years”. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

43.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes that when the righteous die, they ascend into heaven (Paradise) before the judgment day. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

44.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught the wicked go to Sheol when they die. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

45.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes designated their own group as “the Way”. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

46.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes used dualistic light/dark terminology for true believers versus nonbelievers, righteous versus wicked, faithful versus unfaithful. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not

47.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught that the Messiah’s name was to be Joshua/Yeshua (or however you want to pronounce it). The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

48.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes accepted apocryphal texts as Scripture which prophesied that the Messiah would be a citizen of Nazareth and that he would have a virgin birth. The Pharisees and Sadducees rejected the doctrine of the virgin birth and a messianic nazarene

49.The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes considered the Messiah as Melchizedek. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

50. The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes were an extremely messianic group.

51.The Apostles first called themselves “Jessenes” according to the early church father Epiphanius.

52.The Apostles were originally identical with the Essenes, according to many of the early church fathers.

53.John the baptist was an Essene, and Messiah and the Apostles considered John the baptist as their own, and John the baptist, being an Essene, endorsed the Messiah and ergo he considered Messiah’s teachings in agreement with the Essene faith; the Pharisees and Sadducees opposed John the baptist, and considered his teachings contrary to their religion and incompatible with their own faith.

54.Josephus and Philo, two Pharisees, considered the Essenes and John the baptist very righteous and virtuous. Messiah, the apostles. and the Essenes did not consider any Pharisees righteous or virtuous.

55.Messiah, the apostles, and the essenes taught that perfect works and perfect faith are required for salvation from sins. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.

56.Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught bishops are to be ordained between the ages of 30 and 50.

57.Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught that Yeuweh has predestined every single thing, including every choice we make.  The Pharisees and Sadducees disagreed.

58.Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught that the temple tax is only to be paid once in one’s entire life.  The Pharisees and Sadducees disagreed.

59.Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes called the Pharisees “white washed” rock.

There are many other points of connection between the Messiah and Apostles and the Essenes.  But this list is sufficient proof.

 

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5 Responses to Proof that the Messiah and Apostles were Essenes

  1. If you impute onto Yeshua the Essene religion, then it follows that Yeshua would have the same disagreements they may have had with the Pharisees. But of course, then it all depends on whether he really taught the Essene religion, which is an unserious and fantastical proposition.

    As serious research reveals, the early followers of Yeshua were basically Pharisees. In fact it makes a lot of sense then why the gospel would spend so much time on the Pharisees: since we can assume Yeshua and the Pharisees agree when not otherwise stated, only their disagreements need be mentioned, and their agreement still outweighs their disagreement.

    • onieu says:

      If the apocrypha claiming to be written by the apostles is truly written by the apostles, then it is absolutely certain and proven without a shadow of a doubt that they were Essenes and that Messiah was an Essene. if however, the apocrypha is not valid, then the NT alone perhaps is not compelling enough to 100% prove the connection. The apocrypha of the apostles makes it clear however unambiguously that it could be anything other than the Essenes.

      It makes just as much sense for the Messiah, being an Essene, not to preach to the Essenes (because they were already of the true faith) and instead to focus primarily o nthe Pharisees, especially since the Pharisees were in control of the majority of the populace of Israel. Josephus says that the majority of the populace of Israel identified with the pharisees. so it makes sense that Messiah went to the majority populace to convert them to the truth.

      “since we can assume Yeshua and the Pharisees agree when not otherwise stated, only their disagreements need be mentioned, and their agreement still outweighs their disagreement.” I do not agree that we can make that assumption. Any and all agreements Messiah had with the Pharisees, the Essenes also had. keep in mind,t he Essenes and Pharisees while very different, were also very similar in many ways.

      As to serious study, i believe serious study leads one to conclude the exact opposite you believe it leads one to conclude. But perhaps if you did a write up on your website or something showing the evidence that links him very close with the pharisees.

      By the way, i hope you are doing well. thanks for taking an interest in my website, even though its from a critical/opposition perspective. at least you are reading it. maybe we can start talking again in emails soon who knows.

      • steve says:

        can u gimme scripture on number 38 where Yahushua has authority to give a new law, and not fail the false prophet test of Deuteronomy 13 and the do not add or take away commandment? thanks

      • onieu says:

        2 chronicles 29:25 is one of many passages which say that prophets can and have added commandments not in the Law of moses. deuteronomy 13 does not say new commandments cannot be added. it says HUMANS are not allowed to add new commandments. it does not say “YHWH, you are not allowed to add new commandments!” it would actually be quite ridiculous to believe Yeuweh cannot add new commandments when He wants to. When YHWH commanded Ezekiel to cook his food over cow poop, do you think Ezekiel said “where is it yHwh in torah that i have to do that?” No! Yeuweh can command any of us to do WHATEVER he wants us to do so long as it does not break his eternal promises. the passage only forbids us from altering His torahs/commandments. it does NOT forbid Him from making new torahs/commandments.

  2. Quote: “Josephus and Philo, two Pharisees, considered the Essenes and John the baptist very righteous and virtuous. Messiah, the apostles. and the Essenes did not consider any Pharisees righteous or virtuous.”

    Was Paul (Acts 23:6) not righteous ?
    Or Nicodemus ?

    Quote: “The Messiah, the apostles, and the Essenes taught the wicked go to Sheol when they die. The Pharisees and Sadducees did not.”

    Do you have any idea – at all – of what Jews believe or historically have believed ?

    I just want to reiterate that all the things you impute onto Yeshua are – or may – only be applicable to him if you already assume he was an Essene. Hence your list only illustrates differences – or potential differences – between Essenes and Pharisees, while having nothing to do with Yeshua and his movement. Of course, it must be said that your interpretation of the Essenes is already a unique and unhistorical one, so even the worth of the list relative to enumerating differences between Essenes and Pharisees is called into question.

    Since you ask, I can refer you to this article that – to an objective person – may demonstrate the connection between Yeshua and the Pharisees.
    http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Pharisees-Sadducees

    HOWEVER I know no theory will convince you. We must deal with reality, not the realm of theory. We must live in Olam Aseeah. Only confrontation with reality can convinc you, and hence you cannot grow until you take a step out from the virtual, insular, solipsistic world of the mind to the real, actual, world of creation.

    King Solomon gave us the CONCLUSION: keep the Torah, focus on your lifestyle and do Mitzvot (Eccl. 12:13), and leave the secret, the invisible or theoretical things to the secret realm, invisible realm or realm of theory (Deut. 29:29).

    Speculation and individualism leads to chaos. Tradition and conforming leads to order and perpetuation. Tradition adresses the invisible realm, and must trump our personal speculation on the matters of the invisible realm (to the extent they are adressed); yet more importantly, tradition adresses the visible realm, which is more immediate and important to us. Knowing how to keep Shabbat is better than to know the hierarchies of the angels and mysteries of heaven. Much freedom is nevertheless granted on the matters of the invisible, inasmuch as it does not affect halaka and mitzvot.

    Things which are not material, real, actual, things which do not actually affect your daily walk and lifestyle are less important than those which do, and are often completely unimportant. But many invisible and immaterial things can indeed be very interesting and precious, and much of the Traditions are concerned with purely theoreticaly things – this is true. But the theoretical things have their place, and their place is lesser than that of physical, real, things. When it comes to doctrine, the correct answer is provided by Tradition, but even if you happen to disagree with the Traditional doctrine (regarding some invisible issue), it does not matter, for your disagreement only enters the realm of reality (עולם עשיה) if it starts to affect praxis, halaka, lifestyle.

    I hope it is all going well with you, and would like to communicate with you in emails too.

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