Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.....Therefore his sisters sent unto Him saying, "Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick." When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When He had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. (John 11:1-6)
We have read the story since we were children of this mighty miracle performed by Jesus in the New Testament. But we never knew that this story is another teaching concerning the Winter Solstice and the rebirth of the "dead Sun" who was slain by the darkness of Winter and who remained in the grave of darkness for 3 days until raised in newness of life on the 4th day. Of course this 4th day we all know to be December 25th; the famous day for the birth of all the sungods. As we begin I make mention to notice with me the peculiar reference to "light" in the verses that follow the account of the Lazarus.
John 11:9-17 9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. 11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. 13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. 16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. 17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: Did the above passages refer to a man walking in daylight who does not stumble in darkness because he is aided by the "light of the world" which is the Sun? It sure does but we don't pay attention to that and just move on but we must not; we must come to terms with the Ancients and their understanding that the Sun was called "the light of the world".
Before we go on it is important that we do a quick review in order to make the necessary connections to the information that follows.
Answer for yourself: Have you read and thoroughly familiarized yourself with the solar concepts connected with the Winter Solstice in the previous articles which teach how the Sun was viewed by the Ancients as having died for 3 days and was raised to life on the 4th day, that day being December 25th? Well if you have you should be struck at the parallel in the above account of Lazarus being dead and raised presumably on the 4th day. Don't you think it rather "telling" that at one moment we are discussing the resurrection of a dead man and the next we are speaking in an allegory of light, darkness, sleep, death, and next the "light of the world" which to the Ancients was always the Sun? Notice the nimbus or the solar halo around the head of this early artist's depiction of Jesus from early church history. The connection is obvious.
John 8:12 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)
The language of the Bible has a way of leading unsuspecting readers into thinking it was recording human historical events when, in reality, it was referring to the patterns of the stars. A general overview serves to explain how the Bibles allegorical language reflects a superstitious fear of darkness. Well we need to look into this for sure.
You should be struck by the somewhat strange comments following in the Gospel of John, verses 9-17, regarding "12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness" as well as the reference to Lazarus being "dead for 4 days" especially in light of the prior understanding when studying the Winter Solstice that it is on the 4th day, December 25th, following three days where the Sun remained "asleep" or "dead" as it sunk and remained at the same spot on the southwestern horizon as the Sun set for 3 days in a row. Remember for just a second what we learned; namely, that the Sun was "reborn from the dead" on the 4th day which just happened to be December 25th.
Ancients were correct in seeing the sun and its light as indispensable to life, but to the point where they worried that as daylight hours got shorter, the sun was endangered of dying a permanent death. When sunlight hours began to increase again after the Winter Solstice men rejoiced for the Sun had risen from the dead. Thus darkness was personified as evil, because to them, darkness was the suns enemy. This tension between good and evil ebbed and escalated every year as seen in the picture of the Zodiac and its "cross". Notice in the picture that the Zodiac has four quadrants that represent the four seasons of the year. Starting at the bottom of the picture, in the mindsets of the Ancients, when the Sun kept setting lower in the horizon and as the days of light and warmed diminished consecutively the Ancients feared in increasing darkness which to them meant the bitter cold of Winter along with the diminishing to their food stores which could mean a sure death to them and their families. Then came a period of 3 days when the Sun in its travels across the sky reached a point when setting in the horizon that it no longer made a southwestwardly trek but remained fixed at the same point of the horizon for 3 days and the Ancients, in their mythos, reasoned the Sun was dead . This fixed position of the Sun lasted for 3 days and these very important days are from December 22 to 24. But on midnight of December 24th the Sun miraculously began a northward movement as it began to ascend again in the Sky and this brought hope for warmth, protection, and an abundant harvest in the Spring. The Sun had come back to life. It was reasoned that the Sun was was resurrected on December 25 when daylight hours start to increase. Evil was in power during the dark winter months, but it was also a time, as daylight hours were increasing, when the sun was winning its way back to glory. At the spring equinox, when daylight and nighttime hours are equal, the sun has nullified the dark forces. As the days get progressively longer, the sun is on its righteous path back to full strength. It is the only season of the year when there is no dissension and there is peace on earth. At the summer solstice, when the sun is at its zenith, it is on its throne at full power. As the sun starts to descend, the dark forces are starting to edge their way back. As the days get progressively shorter, the sun is still strong, but its strength is being sapped by all this constant tribulation. At the fall equinox, things begin to look bleak. There is not much more that can be accomplished before the sun is betrayed and killed. This is the mythos behind the story of Lazarus as we shall now see to hold on as the myth of the resurrection of Lazarus is exposed as nothing more than a sun myth retold.
Well some might say that this is pure coincidence. Well you won't for long as you read what comes next.
There are clear parallels between the "Jesus raising Lazarus" story and the Egyptian "Horus raising "El-Azar-Us" or "El-Osiris" story, and given that there is a gnostic sarcophagus or maybe two that depicts Jesus as beardless man with a wand raising Lazarus who is wrapped like a mummy, that would suggest that we are speaking here of the mythic mystery over the literal historical interpretation of the raising of Lazarus or "El-Azar-Us" (the Egyptian word we recognize today as Osiris). In that case, the story of the raising of Lazarus should be considered in its pagan mythical mystery layer, as opposed to first viewing the story as if it is reflection of a historical account that involved a historical Jesus as well as one poor dead Soul. It seems we are right back to where we have been since the beginning; namely are we to interpret the stories in our New Testament as "literal occurrences" or "allegories" that expressed Divine Truths which were later "literalized. Well the facts will help us decide.
There is at least one ancient picture of a Jesus-like figure with a wand raising a mummy-wrapped figure in the early history of the Christian Church. A wand would indicate divine magic power to raise the dead. The canonical Jesus figure is portrayed as a channel of some sort of transcendent, supernatural power to raise the dead. In fact this picture is the earliest picture we have of Jesus raising Lazarus and it is dated from 400 A.D.
Answer for yourself: Was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from among the dead intended to be primarily read as a mythic description of the raising of the Sun from the dead at the Winter Solstice or was it intended to be understood as a historical report of a unique incident through a literalist interpretation of a physical miracle performed upon a man named Lazarus? Was the raising of Lazarus actual history or a personified myth regarding the path of the Sun at it rose into the norther sky following the Winter Solstice?
Today's audience already knows full well the literalist interpretive framework that is offered as the fully predominant one in today's church and in today's conservative and liberal historical-Jesus scholarship. The interpretive framework which is not obvious today is the pagan mystic mythic mysterious view of Jesus' raising of Lazarus which finds its origin in the myths of Egypt and primarily with Osiris and his death (Osiris personified Sun).
Answer for yourself: What is the opposite of the interpretive framework of modern historical-Jesus scholarship? What have they eliminated or failed to relate to the Christian? Did the ancients mean for the story of Jesus' raising of Lazarus to be read first of all as a literal report, through the interpretive framework of literal historical events or did they understand it as an allegory for the death and rebirth of the Sun at the Winter Solstice?
The Lazarus story has a connection with Egypt and we find parallels to it in the "Pyramid Texts". The Pyramid Texts are inscribed on the walls on ten pyramids which are all situated at the necropolis of Saqqara. These pyramids date to the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Dynasties of the Old Kingdom (2705-2213 BC). The main part of this enormous collection of texts is inscribed in the pyramids of the kings of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties: Unas, the last King of the Fifth Dynasty, his successor Teti, who was the first king of the Sixth Dynasty and his successors Pepi I, Merenre and Pepi II. Let us look at some very interesting things found written on the walls of the Pyramids of Egypt for 2700 B.C.E.
It is in these "Pyramid Texts" that we first find a unique play on words when we look at the word Bethany.
Answer for yourself: Where did Lazarus supposedly live? He is mentioned at living at Bethany.
Answer for yourself: Are you aware that the word "Bethany, when translated back into the Egyptian language is "Beth-anu" and it means the House of the Sun?
Answer for yourself: Are you aware than many of the details of that story of the raising of Osiris have analogs in the story of Lazarus? Helms' book Who Wrote The Gospels has a section on Lazarus. On pages 121 - 126 Helms talks about the Lazarus myth in relation to the "Pyramid Texts". He uses R.O. Faulkner as his primary reference.
When compared to the story of Osiris that predated the Lazarus account by thousands of years we find that the resurrection of Lazarus is nothing more than another version of the story of the solar year. Robert Taylor, a Christian minister, gave a sermon about this very thing in 1830 which you can find in his famous work that got him imprisoned in the colonies which is entitled The Devil's Pulpit. He shows us that the resurrection of Lazarus is a plagiarized story taken from the Ausarian Resurrection (Osiris) of over 12,000 years ago, which was also based on the Sun and its resurrection from the dead at the Winter Solstice.
Answer for yourself: Do you know the Osiris story? I believe that all Christians and followers of all world religion must understand this story for it is from this story that all religions emanate in some degree. It is in this story that the God Ausar (Osiris as the personified Sun) was killed by his brother, Set (personified darkness from which we later get the concept of the adversary of the Sun whom we call Satan).
Answer for yourself: Do we find in the Osiris story the cosmic dualism of light fighting the darkness for mastery? It is in the study of these equinoxes and solstices that one sees the tension between darkness and his mastery over the light as well as the resurrection of the light and his ultimate mastery over the darkness? We sure do. The story of the resurrection of Osiris (Sun) back to life is the ultimate triumph of the struggle of light versus darkness and this triumph is accomplished at the Winter Solstice but not fully realized until the Vernal or Spring Equinox with the bursting forth of Spring and Mother Nature which at that time responds to the victory achieved previously at the Winter Solstice. To complicate things more over time the Sun was personified as the "Son". Thus the Sun and the Son are basically the same in that they tell the same story over and over. The son (Sun) of Ausar (Osiris), named Heru (Horus in Greek) avenged his father's death by fighting with Set (the darkness). Heru (Horus) triumphs over Set (darkness) which we see in the Universal Laws of the Cosmos and then Horus' father Osiris is then was resurrected from death of darkness. This is the ultimate Dualism that we find expressed in so many ways in all world religions. In ancient Egypt a dualistic tendency appears, on the one hand, in the religion of the sun-god Re (light), the principle of life and truth, who has a perpetual adversary, Apophis, the gigantic serpent of darkness; on the other hand, a similar tendency appears in the later legend of Osiris, in which Set is the adversary who kills Osiris and constantly opposes Isis and Horus. However, Re (or another good god) might be represented as the universal creator. As for Set, who had been the principal god in certain provinces, he was for a long time regarded as capable of doing good in certain respects; only in a later epoch did he become the personification of evil. Moreover, he was regarded as the brother of Osiris, which means they had a common origin.
Whether or not you believe in battles between the forces of light and darkness, this idea nevertheless occupies an important place in a substratum of collective belief in Western culture. The idea of light-and-darkness is as old as the hills. The alternation of night/day and winter/summer has been a fundamental human experience throughout time. The interaction of light and dark created life. To the Ancients all creation was seen to result from infinite variations of these two polarities which together make one. As prehistory unfolded, people became increasingly habituated to hurting and harming one another. A shock to human values and sensibilities, this brought up the 'problem of evil'. What made people do this? Was there an evil force causing people to act anti-socially or to go against the Laws of Creation? Thus arose the idea of a universal battle, not merely an interaction, between the forces of light and darkness. This is generally known as dualism. In this scenario, light became 'good' and darkness 'evil'. This Cosmic principle was preserved by the Ancients through the aid of myths and legends that captured for all time this Eternal Principle and we find it expressed through the agents of Osiris, Horus, and Set to begin with but others would follow in every nation under the Sun (forgive the pun).
This contest between good (life) and bad (death) and light and darkness is played out in many legends the world over; only the names change. The New Testament account of Lazarus is but one of many of these myths. The original story of such a tension between good and evil and light versus darkness goes all the way back to Egypt and the legend of the triumph of life and light over darkness and death begins with Osiris. Thus the stories of being raised from the dead goes back to Egypt. It relates to one of the best known and most powerful myths, the raising of Osiris, the god of the dead.
Answer for yourself: Are you aware that the European plagiarizers changed El-Ausar (Osiris) of Egypt to Lazarus? Are you aware that similarly Heru or Horus was changed into Jesus, the son (Sun) of God? This original story (prototype for Constantine's bible) is published in detail in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Answer for yourself: Are you also aware that the word Lazarus when translated into the Egyptian language means "El- Azur or El-Osiris" which means "God Helps"? We find these similarities with Judeo-Christianity due to the influence of the Alexandrian influence of Hellenistic Judaism. I have a book in my library written by Randel Helm's entitled Gospel Fictions and it this book it relates that the "Pyramid Texts" describe a story of Osiris being raised from the dead by Horus. Now what follows next is very important to our understanding of the Lazarus story in the gospel of John.
The word "Lazarus" is a thinly disguised depiction of "L-ASURAS". "Ausar" is the real name of Osiris in Egyptian. 'L' just means "the", and functions as a definite article in English. This means that "L-Asuras" or Osiris is just another name for Lazarus and it was this Osiris who was raised from the dead following 3 days in the tomb. It is interesting to note that in Hindi the Sun is called Asurya or Surya or Sri. This is where we get our Sire or Sir, when referring to a man of status and education.
The story of Ausar (Osiris) is one of Egypt's most ancient myths. So old, it's origins have been lost in time. It was an important story to the Egyptians because of Ausar's (Osiris) role as the king of Egypt who is resurrected as the "King of the dead". The god Ausar was the central deity in ancient Egyptian mortuary rituals. In Egyptian mythology he is ruler of the Underworld and associated with resurrection. Ausar is also associated with agricultural renewal and the resurrection of Mother Nature as well. He is often depicted with a green face and likewise is depicted as a man wrapped in white mummy bandages and holding the crook and the flail, both symbols of kingship. Osiris, Ausar, is the god of the dead, and the god of the resurrection into eternal life; ruler, protector, and judge of the deceased, and his prototype (the deceased was in historical times usually referred to as "the Osiris" [L-Ausar/Lazarus..see above the word play]). His cult originated in Abydos, where his actual tomb was said to be located.
Osiris is the husband of Isis. In that after thousands of years all female goddesses became merged as an aspect of Isis, she too is central to Egyptian symbolism. Most scholars know of the tragic story of the death of Osiris. Osiris was murdered by his evil brother Set (personified darkness). Darkness overpowers and kills the light following the Autumn solstice. The days and the length of the darkness per day get progressively longer and does so right up to the Winter Solstice. Set, darkness and the adversary, is equated with Typhon-Apophis of the Greeks and our Satan today. Satan is based on the personage of Set. According to Egyptian mythology, Ausar was murdered by his brother Seth then brought back to life by the love of his sister and wife, Auset (Isis). This myth describes the forces of destruction that initiated the process of mummification. The love of Auset is symbolic of regeneration and the promise of eternal life. The cycle of destruction, death and rebirth was repeated each year in the annual flooding of the Nile, the river that provided the essential ingredients needed to sustain life, giving birth to one of the first civilizations.
But Set, the Evil One as personified darkness, the brother of Osiris and Isis, envied Osiris and hated Isis. The more the people loved and praised Osiris (the Sun was the Savior of mankind), the more Set hated him; and the more good he did and the happier mankind became, the stronger grew Set's desire to kill his brother and rule in his place. And when Osiris returned from his travels (the Sun is constantly moving in the Heavens) Set was among the first to welcome him back and kneel in reverence before "the good god Pharaoh Osiris" (darkness yields to the light of the Sun for 6 months of the year). Set, the darkness), with the help of of seventy-two of his wicked friends planned the death of Osiris (the Sun). Osiris was murdered by his brother, Set, who then chopped the body into smaller pieces. Isis and Nepthys, her sister, found the pieces (except his penis) and gave wax models of them to the priests to worship. With the aid of the god Thoth Isis reassembled Osiris but you know what its like, you open the box and theres an important part missing; so Thoth helped her to fashion a magic phallus (said to be from gold), Isis turned it on and became pregnant. Ra sent Anubis and Thoth to mummify Osiris and Isis brought life back into his body. Afterwards, Osiris had to stay in the underworld and judge the Souls of the dead and was called Neb-er-tcher ("lord of the outermost limit"). Meanwhile Isis gave birth to a son, Horus the son of God, the son of the Sun, at Khemis on the west bank marshes of the Nile Delta. Later with the assistance of the magical Thoth, Horus defeated Set (the Sun defeated the darkness at the Winter Solstice) in a mighty battle that cost Horus his eye and Set his testicles. The gods intervened and sat in judgement. Horus was granted a magical eye and was reinstated as King. Immediately that Horus was crowned he legged it to the underworld to find his fathers body. Whereupon he rendered the magic eye" to Osiris causing his resurrection (res-erection). Osiris then became God of the Underworld and Judge of the Dead.
The essence of Osiris left to establish a kingdom in the constellation of Orion, while his body went to the underworld. The worship of Osiris, like that of the sun god Ra, was one of the great cults of ancient Egypt. It gradually spread throughout the Mediterranean world and, with that of Isis and Horus, was especially vital during the time of the Roman Empire and it would be Rome again who gives us the New Testament. Identified variously with the waters of the Nile, the grain of the earth, the moon, and the Sun, Osiris was the great symbol of the creative forces of nature and the imperishability of life (the triumph of life over death and light over darkness as seen in the path of the Sun through the Heavens).
Osiris died and the Sun stood still on the horizon for 3 days and men feared the Sun had died. Through the power of Birth (Isis) under the authority and skill of Thoth (The Higher Genius) Osiris arose on the physical plane as the great avenging god Horus, his son. On the Spiritual plane Osiris became the great god of the underworld. Like Christ he became the god that the Egyptians needed to become in order to be saved. What this means is that unless the initiate allows for the complete transformation of the self under the direct guidance of the Higher, no true and lasting power can be obtained.
Gal 4:19 19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ (Osiris-Ausar) be formed in you, (KJV)
Osiris is called "The Bornless One."
John 1:1-5 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (KJV)
To the Egyptians one must become Osiris. In that no one can or could deliver the forty-two negative confessions in the hall of truth, because no one is perfect in earthly life.
Rom 3:23 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (KJV)
By identification with Osiris the candidate who stands in the Hall of Truth can indeed deliver the negative confession (the "Negative Confession" or the "Declaration of Innocence" comes from the 'Book of Going Forth By Day' commonly called the 'Book of the Dead'. This declaration of innocence had to be said by the deceased in the Hall of Two Truths, in order to be purified and to be allowed Rebirth). The reason is clear, it is not him, but him in Osiris that is delivering the 42 negative confession that the Egyptian believer made at his death. This was the ultimate statement of one's righteousness in life.
Osiris, being the first living thing to die, subsequently became lord of the dead. His death was avenged by his son Horus, who defeated Set and cast him out into the desert to the West of Egypt (the Sahara). Prayers and spells were addressed to Osiris throughout Egyptian history, in hopes of securing his blessing and entering the afterlife which he ruled; but his popularity steadily increased through the Middle Kingdom. By Dynasty XVIII he was probably the most widely worshipped god in Egypt. It is in this 18th dynasty that emerges the Pharaoh Moses who overturns this worship of the godman and refocuses worship of Egypt upon the invisible Creator of the Universe. We need another Moses today to refocus our worship from the false godman of Nicea, Jesus of Constantine's doing, back to the invisible Creator God.
So we have now seen that Lazarus, or L-Asuras or Osiris is raised from the dead. Asur, is the real name of Osiris in Egyptian. But this again goes back to Egypt. It relates to one of the best known and most powerful myths, the raising of Osiris, the god of the dead which is nothing more than the personified story of the rebirth of the Sun from the dead following the Winter Solstice.
Let us now remember the ancient quote from Thomas Payne:
The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.
Fortunately, centuries of Christian book burning (like the burning of the Alexandrian library and its 700,000 volumes by Rome in the 4th century) cannot erase the stars. By looking at the Gospels through the eyes of an astronomer and astrologer, we can understand why the Gospels follow the same story outline. The tale of Jesus takes place within one Zodiac year. By breaking down the Gospels according to each of the twelve Zodiac constellations, we can track Jesus as the sun through references to each motif that the constellations correspond to. This was hard for me to believe until I understood such a laborious study and was thoroughly convinced by what I uncovered.......I had believe a lie and was an ordained pastor of a false religion. In repentance I have devoted my life to correcting my past false teachings in hopes that when I meet the Creator my penitence is enough.
A Christian's religious belief system, when tested and exposed to contradictory facts from Archeology, Biblical languages, Biblical history, Biblical culture, Comparative religion, Astronomy and Astrology must in the Spirit of Truth and Repentance, be flexible enough to change.
Answer for yourself: What are we to make of this Astrotheology behind this event as found in the "Jesus Story?
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