Dead Sea Scroll 4QMessAr
A Horoscope for Young Jesus of Qumran
"I ...of his hand: two .......a birthmark. And the hair will be red. And there
will be lentils on ........and small birthmarks on his thigh. [And after t]wo
years he will know (how to distinguish) one thing from another. In his
youth, he will be like ....[like a m]an who knows nothing until the time
when he knows the three Books.
........And then he will acquire wisdom and learn und[erstanding]....
vision to come to him on his knees. And with his father and his ancestors...
life and old age. Counsel and prudence will be with him, and he will know
the secrets of man. His wisdom will reach all the peoples, and he will know
the secrets of all the living. And all their designs against him will come to
nothing, and (his) rule over all the living will be great. His designs [will
succeed] for he is the Elect of God. His birth and the breath of his spirit...
and his designs shall be forever ...."
Parallel Scriptural Passages
Matthew 1:20, 21 "But while he thought on these things, behold, the
angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou
son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which
is conceived of her is of the Holy Ghost....And she shall bring forth a
son, and thou shat call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people
from their sins."
Luke 2:7 "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him
in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no
room for them in the inn."
......21 "And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising
of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the
angel before he was conceived in the womb."
......34 "And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother,
Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel;
and for a sign which shall be spoken against;...(Yea, a sword shall
pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts
may be revealed."
"If indeed Simeon was the one to write this HOROSCOPE, he had every
opportunity to...the Essenes had a large quarter adjacent to the temple area,
they are known to be excellent prophets, they kept very good records, and
some of their Horoscopes are recorded and were preserved in Cave 4 at
Qumran...Simeon took the child Jesus in his arms [verse 28] and would be
likely to examine him if he was about to make a prophecy..to note the color
of his hair, any birthmarks, and note whether or not he seemed to be a happy
and healthy baby....The other Essene Horoscopes were often made on the
basis of a person's appearance, as well as their date of birth and Zodiac "sign"...
4QMessAr mentions ultimate success, so does Simeon's prophecy [verses 30-32]..
They both see this success as extending beyond Israel, to "all peoples"........
4QMessAr talks of people having "designs against him" which shall "come to
nothing"...Luke in Simeon's prophecy seems to hint at crucifixion (the sword in
Mary's heart) and trouble brought to Israel by this baby, but that, of course, may
have been "edited in" later....It is reasonable to assume that Simeon the ESSENE
was the one who wrote part or all of 4QMessAr, after carefully examining the
baby in his arms, and that baby was Jesus of Nazareth.
Luke 2: 46,47 [Jesus is now supposedly 12 years old, doing his
Bar Mitzveh] "And it came to pass, that after three days they found
him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing
them, and asking them questions....And all that heard him were
astonished at his understanding and answers."
"This passage, like many others, is coded, and presenting a lot of other
information it doesn't seem to be presenting....however, what is here is also
supporting the prophecy of the 4QMessAr Horoscope...the Horoscope credits
him with being a bright child with knowledge of the "Three Books" when
he was supposed to have learned them....It is reasonable to assume that he
is here, in Luke 2:46, and 47 being quizzed by the temple "doctors" on the
contents of the three books.....Now for the PESHER MEANING....Jesus's
father Joseph was a freedom fighter, a guerilla or Zealot, and he wanted his
firstborn son to follow him, and begin military training....Jesus was not here
12, but about 20....Jesus "astonished all who heard him" by deciding to join
the peaceful High Priests of the House of Annas instead...to his father Joseph's
great disappointment...thus the confrontation at the end of Luke chapter 2.
Luke 2:49 "And he said unto them, [Joseph and Mary] How is it
that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's
business?" The peaceful business of "Father" Annas the High Priest, not
the bloody Zealot business of Joseph...who had to wait for James to reach the
age of Jesus before he now had a son to follow in his own footsteps.
4QMessAr first achieved widespread attention by being
in Geza Vermes "The Dead Sea Scrolls in English" .
It was not in the 1962 nor 1966 printings, [which I have]. It may have been in the
1975 edition [which I don't have]. It was definately in the 1987 edition, The Third,
Revised and Augmented Edition, which I have quoted here.
We shall here see how the "mislabelling concept" serves to cover up the obvious
Jesus "connection"...remember now, Geza Vermes is a Jew, and on very good terms
with a "concensus" group who has for years tried to distance Jesus and his disciples
from Qumran and the Essenes every possible way they can!
On page 305, referring to 4QMessAr, Vermes comments ...."The Aramaic
'horoscope' is, according to its editor J. Starky, that of the final Prince
of the Congregation, or Royal Messiah....It is just as likely, however,
that the text alludes to the miraculous birth of Noah (cf. pp. 252-3 above)."
When we turn to pages 252-3, as Geza Vermes suggests, we find nothing in the "Noah"
text that relates to QMessAr...in fact 4QMessAr mentions the baby's father and ancestors,
while the "Noah" text is involved with Noah's father doubting that he was indeed the father
of that baby, and accusing his wife of "messing around" with one of the divine beings of
those former times....the reason for Lamech's concern is not apparent from the text quoted,
but Geza Vermes knows full well what that reason was....in other scraps of the same story,
Noah was born with white hair fully able to talk to those around him!....Again there is no
match with 4QMessAr....This baby was born with RED HAIR and it took him two years
to learn much of anything, never mind how to talk!
To carry on with such nonsense, we must assume that some Essene author went to the
trouble to "invent" birthmarks for Noah, a partly ficticious figure based on a Sumarian
named Utnapishtim, at least 2500 years after "Noah" was dead and buried....and in the
process changed the usual color of his hair from that of similar stories....But I am glad
to report that other, more recent authors have returned to Father Starky's original
conclusion, and connected other scroll scraps with this Horoscope that provide the
birth-weight of the infant described [not "Noah" but the "Final Royal Messiah of the
Essenes"] which the Gospel Pesher shows to be either Jesus or his brother James.
Since James was never much trouble to the Jews as a whole, we are left with Jesus as
the one who fulfills both Simeon's prophecy and 4QMessAr, treated as one and the
4QMessAr, now numbered 4Q534, is now
joined by 4Q435 and 4Q536 and assigned
another "identity", that of a "priestly Messiah" who
never appeared, or at least nobody wants to identify!
This from "The Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation" Michael Wise,
Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook...HarperSanFrancisco, Paperback,
Copyright 1996, published 1999.
4Q534 [Identical with 4QMessAr as given and commented on above]
4Q535 "[....] is born and they are exalted together [....] [....] is born
...........at night and comes out who[le ...] [...at a] weight of three
...........hundred and fi[fty] shekels ... [....in the ni]ght he sleeps until
...........half his days are done and [....] [....] in the daytime until two
...........years are over [....] [....] shall be moved from him; and after
...........[ x ] ye[ars...]"
4Q536 "[....] will be [....] he will call to mind the holy angels [....][....]
...........the lig[hts] will be revealed to him [....] all of his teaching,
...........spl[endor ...] [.... wi]sdom of humanity and every wise man
...........[....] in mortality; and he will be great [....] humanity will be
...........troubled [....] he will reveal secrets like the Most High [....]
...........and with the perception of the mysteries of [....] " -E.M.C.
...........Note that if we substitute "Bible Codes" for "mysteries of" and take
..............the usual Jewish view that the Most High revealed these CODES to
..............Moses on Mount Sinai, we can identify an Essene Messiah as the one
..............in their day preserving these CODES at the Essene "Scrollery"!
............. Which Essene Messiah? The one descrtibed in 4Q534, 4Q535, and
..............4Q536! Fortunately I have no reason to keep quiet, so I will say...
Now for the comments of those who must try to make everyone happy
"The Dead Sea Scrolls, A New Translation" pg. 427
"That all things happen according to the divine plan is a characteristic theme of the Dead
Sea Scrolls. If someone belonged to the Qumran sect, that was not simply good fortune,
but the outcome of a divine decision, and the Qumran sect sometimes referred to itself
as "the chosen of God" 9e.g., text 4, A Commentary on Habakkuk 10:13; text 8,
War Scroll 12:5). This text, however, speaks of a particular person as the "chosen
one" -- chosen, it is clear, to be a Revealer of God's secrets to others.....When the first
part of the text was published, scholars surmized that the "chosen one" was the messiah;
later, following a suggestion of A. J. Fitzmyer's, scholars began to attribute to text to a
lost Book of Noah and to understand "the chosen one" as Noah.
........In fact, there is no very good reason to assign the text to a Book of Noah, although
Noah's birth was taken to be miraculous (see text 2, Tales of the Patriarchs). With the
full release of all the unpublished scrolls, it is clear that the initial impulse was correct: the
"chosen one" is a messiah, if not the messiah. ..Particularly striking are the parallels to the
scroll 4Q541, the latter part of The Words of Levi (text 34). ..There a prophecy is given
of a mighty priest who will arise and "reveal hidden mysteries" and whose "teaching is like
the will of God" -- much like the "chosen one" of this text who "will reveal secrets like the
Most High" (4Q536 1.8) and whose "wisdom shall come to all peoples" (4Q534 col.1,1.8).
........The coming priest of The Words of Levi, then, may well be "the chosen one" of this
text, that is, the priestly messiah, who, with the "Leader of the Nation," the royal messiah,
shall rule Israel in the Last Days. The Birth of the Chosen One relates some of the
distinguishing physical characteristics of the priest, and describes the greatness and success
of his ministry."
Thus, once again, these mighty scholars have avoided the
"thin ice"....a royal messiah might be Jesus, now the one
described must be a "priestly messiah"...However, the "Gospel
Pesher", for which these Scholars have nothing but derision, because it is not their "work",
or even their type of "work". show that Jesus was sometimes seen as a High Priest on a
temporary basis by the Essenes as a whole, and was later seen as the ONE and ONLY
"High Priest" by the Christian offshoot of the Essenes [as presented in the Book of Hebrews
in the New Testament].....And so, we are supposed to believe now, in 1999, over 50
years after these Scrolls were uncovered, that some anonymous Essene author has not
only "invented" birthmarks that must appear on a person who was never born, and we are
still waiting for, but exactly how much he must weigh, to the nearest shekel, that he must
be born at night, how much of the day he will sleep during his first two years, and that
his hair must be red!.....How much easier it would be if these people could only believe
that such a child was born at Qumran, was examined by Simeon as recorded in Luke, or
someone like him, found to have all these distinguishing features, which were then recorded
as a record not a "prophecy" and a prophecy then made because of ongoing factors then
known about by all involved.....However, if anyone in the "concensus group" were to admit
this outright, their whole "house of cards" would come crashing down overnight, and the
poor honest fool that made this admission would be to blame!