You, however, have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 1 John 2:20.
You love righteousness, and hate wickedness: therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. Psalm 45:7.
The Essenes mysteriously called James (or Jacob, as he was also known) ‘the Rainmaker’. The reason why was because he was known to have assembled a kit of tools that formed the Throne of Christ (Etimasia in Greek). This extraordinary Throne is seen in Christian art portraying the Ascension and the Second Coming in which Christ rides upon a ‘cloud’. Now, clouds bring rain. Hence, as assembler of the Throne, I believe James became known as ‘the Rainmaker’.
I have collected numerous examples of art featuring this Throne. One of the most illuminating is Andrea Ritzos’ 15th century masterpiece.
The Ascension of Christ by Andrea Ritzos.
The illuminated Mary assures us.
Christ ascends upon a cloud. As I write these words I am in England on the path of the Tuatha de Danaan, or the Immortals of the Sheath, as I call them, because they possessed a cloak, fog, mist, or sheath that covered their body. These Shining Ones were believed to travel via this mist. Their bodies were said to be shining because of an oil. The connection here is that the Essenes called themselves the Children of Light. I will have much more to say about this soon.
Christ’s Throne is the fully assembled Ark of the Covenant, including the rod of Aaron, a cruse of anointing oil, and a flask of manna. It was housed in the Holy of Holies of Solomon’s Temple. James acquired and assembled it. Jesus uses it to ascend and descend. According to prophecy, it will be rediscovered and reassembled at the time of the Second Coming.
As the High Priest and leader of the Essene followers of Jesus, who regarded themselves as Jewish-Christians, James worshipped regularly in the Temple (the Second Temple of Solomon) in Jerusalem atop Mount Moriah, and continued to adhere to the old Jewish ascension practices and symbols, including the Messiah’s Throne, the Etimasia. Outsiders regarded Jesus’s followers as a new Jewish sect and called them Nazarenes, a name of uncertain origin that has to do with their duty as keepers and teachers of divine secrets.
THE HIGHER KNOWLEDGE
Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesarea from 313-339, wrote a detailed history of the early church called Ecclesiastical History. He not only believed that the twelve apostles elected James as the first bishop of the Church after his brother’s ascension, but that “James the Just, John, and Peter were entrusted by the Lord after his resurrection with the higher knowledge”.
The higher knowledge?
Delivered by Jesus after the Resurrection and Ascension?
Home. Sweet. Home.
This is certainly gnosis, the secret knowledge of Jesus that made James the leader of the first church of his brother.
Because of his higher knowledge James was elevated over the other apostles, including Peter.
What was this knowledge?
It was about the Throne.
Specifically, it was about the oil of that Throne.
ANOINTING WITH OIL
James 5:14 tells of his anointing of the sick with this oil:
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church (i.e. James and Mary Magdalene) to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Read that again.
This oil, infused with the name of the Lord (Christos), will make the sick well and will raise one to a pure state of being (free of sin). It may even raise one up, as in enabling one to ride upon/within Christ’s cloud.
Mark 6:13 references what could be this exact oil:
13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
Listing her among “some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities” (Luke 8:1–3), Mary Magdalene is one benefactor of this oil. I have no doubt that as Christ’s chief apostle, and a myrrophore (“mistress of the oils”), she knew the secret of this oil.
Mary is among five women who were called the Three Marys. They are the myrrbearers, the women disciples of Christ who had been with Jesus and James since the beginning of their mission (Mark 15:41). They not only watched these two grow up together, but were directly involved in the entombment of Christ. They were the Three Marys who came to the tomb of Resurrection to anoint his body with myrrh-oils, but discovered the tomb was empty (Luke 24:1-6). Christ had risen. They are eye witnesses to the Resurrection of the younger brother whom they loved and followed.
The Three Mary’s, the Myrrophores, meet the angel in the empty tomb. They know the secret of Resurrection.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene alone after his Resurrection, and instructs her to tell his disciples of his return (John 20:1-13). The oil is contained in her alabaster jar, seen in the foreground.
What happens once this oil works its way and we are no longer sick, but are healed?
In Acts 13:52 we read, “The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
There is more.
This oil is described by David in Psalm 104:15.
15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
This oil gladdens the heart (brings joy) and gives one a shining face. This was a recognized phenomenon.
Clearly, this is not ordinary joy. It is cosmic. Heavenly. Holy.
This aspect of James’s leadership gets my hair standing up.
We are all fundamentally ‘sick’ (missing pieces, incomplete). As long as we are in our physical, flesh and blood body, our soul is in a lower state and is in need of healing. To be free of sin means to a pure being… whole, holy and complete or perfect.
So, what kind of oil can heal the body, fill one with joy, and raise one up to a state of purity or perfection?
If by ‘raise’ one means not just riding upon Christ’s cloud, but also to resurrect — remember, when Christ resurrected his earthly body (which is physiologically identical to our own) it was transmuted into a shining, gleaming, glowing, radiant and luminous state of being — I would have to say that, in my experience, the Lord’s Oil is the Oil of Resurrection or Christos, as it was called.
Is a resurrected being of light the state this Christos, the oil of joy, raises us to?
I think so.
An oil can do that?
According to early Judeo-Christian belief (which I trace to Egypt), the answer is yes.
PASS THE OLIVE OIL
What kind of oil can raise one’s frequency to that of Christ’s joy and render one’s face shining and luminescent?
The holy anointing oil described in Exodus 30:22-25 was created from pure myrrh, sweet cinnamon, “fragrant cane” (qaneh-bosem, sometimes translated as cannabis), cassia, and olive oil.
It is certainly true that if one rubs olive oil on their face it will shine momentarily. You will momentarily look iridescent. You may even be happier for doing so.
But are we really just talking about ordinary or material olive oil here?
I don’t believe it.
I mean, one can rub olive oil all over their body all day, but will it have the spiritual effect of eliciting cosmic joy and raising one to a state of purity beyond human?
Will olive oil raise/resurrect one’s frequency from low to high, or change one’s skin from matte to shining?
Good luck with that one.
In the Bible, olive oil is placed besides water, wine, and bread as a major esoteric Christian symbol.
It is considered to be a material symbol or a physical manifestation of an inner, positive state of the person, especially the priest, that is accentuated by olive oil. If one is happy and joyful on the inside, adding olive oil would only make one appear happier. Right?
Olive oil was also considered a harbinger of divine light and knowledge. It illuminates the path before us.
The olive oil is clearly a symbol for a mystical experience produced by some other substance within the oil.
For example, this could be “after-glow” of a nice psilocybin trip, leaving one with a halo elevated joy and a sustained boost for days. Sacred mushrooms were very much a part of the daily bread of the apostles…and will, soon, be part of the daily bread of believers once again.
Then there is another possibility.
James is a miracle worker. Like his brother, he can transubstantiate one thing (bread) into another (body of Christ). Did James anoint with common olive oil? Or, by his miraculous touch and transmission of the Holy Spirit, did he make the ordinary oil holy?
Answering this question has been my decade-long quest.
In order to answer it we must venture deep into James’s sanctuary.
INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES
Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place. Hebrews 9:3
The most intriguing reference to the secret of James the Just is found in St. Jerome’s De Viris Illustribus, which quotes from the fifth book of Hegesippus’ lost Commentaries:
After the apostles, James the brother of the Lord surnamed the Just was made head of the Church at Jerusalem. Many indeed are called James. This one was holy from his mother’s womb. He drank neither wine nor strong drink, ate no flesh, never shaved or anointed himself with ointment or bathed. He alone had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, since indeed he did not use woolen vestments but linen and went alone into the temple and prayed in behalf of the people, insomuch that his knees were reputed to have acquired the hardness of camels’ knees.
Although some parts of this passage may not be accurate or exaggerated, it does confirm the idea that James was called the Just because of his righteousness and ascetic lifestyle.
More importantly, he alone had the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy Place) of the Temple of Solomon.
This secret room was a perfect cube. Its walls were covered with pure gold (2 Chron.3.8) and vividly decorated with scenes from the Garden of Eden, which it represented. In mystical Christianity, Eden is beyond time and is located in the third heaven. It is accessed via a gateway that has been closed to humanity since the Fall of Adam and Eve.
Like Eden, the Holy of Holies was also beyond time. To enter was to enter eternity. Philo says that the veil that separated the rest of the Temple from the golden cube-shaped sanctuary ‘separated the changeable parts of the world…from the heavenly region which is without transient events and is unchanging’.
This means the Holy of Holies was considered to be an intersection or conduit between the earthly and heavenly. It was a portal or gateway where Heaven and Earth merged. We call such a place a stargate.
Before James entered it he put on the robe of righteousness and the crown with the holy diadem with the Name of the Lord etched upon it.
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. Job 29:14
THE LORD APPEARS ON A CLOUD
Entering the Holy of Holies was a divine experience, because the Lord appeared to the High Priest ‘on a cloud upon the kapporet’, the Mercy Seat of the Ark/Throne of God. The Lord is even described leaving the Holy of Holies and walking out to the portico of the Temple(!).
Before meeting the Lord, the High Priest, including James the Just, took incense into the Holy of Holies.
‘Put the incense on the fire before the Lord that the cloud of incense may cover the kapporet which is upon the testimony, lest he die’ (Lev 16:13).
“There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the Ark of the Testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 25:22)
Isaiah saw the Lord enthroned in the temple, between the six-winged seraphim, and the house was filled with smoke (Isaiah 6:1-4).
Daniel saw a human figure ‘one like the son of man’ coming with the clouds of heaven to the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:3).
Luminous. Humanoid. Radiating rainbow light. The Lord spoke from within the cloud, which seems to have been a conduit between the high priest and the Lord.
The cloud of incense in the Holy of Holies in the temple is the origin of all visions of a human figure entering heaven upon a cloud or of the Lord appearing in a cloud upon the throne. If this incense isn’t made (identified) the Lord is not seen on the Ark/Throne.
When Luke described the Ascension, he said that Jesus was ‘lifted up, and a cloud took him’ (Acts 1:9). Jesus was passing beyond the veil, beyond the constraints of time and place. The men in white said he would return the same way.
‘He is coming with the clouds’, says Revelation 10:1.
Again, clouds bring rain.
This cloud is produced by an incense, dipped with oil, that is part of a kit of tools used by the Messiah and his brother, James, the Rainmaker.
THE PERFECT OIL OF THE HOLY OF HOLIES
The Holy of Holies is the bridal chamber, says the Gospel of Philip.
The incense used in the Holy of Holies was a special blend that had been known since the time of Moses. Like the room in which it was used, it was deemed ‘most holy’, which means it could make something holy, whole, pure or perfect on contact. Mystical luminosity is associated with perfection.
Again, I believe this incense is blended with Christos.
Think about this. We are talking about substances (oils, incense) that accelerate the ultimate transformation or transmutation of physical matter from unholy (sick) to holy (pure) to most holy (beyond human).
No wonder it was only used in the golden cube.
Exodus (30:29) affirms that the primary purpose of this oil was to sanctify, to set a person or object apart as holy. Anyone who used that blend outside the Holy of Holies was ‘cut off from his people’ (Exodus 30:34-38). Again, the reason why was because the incense transformed one from an impure state to a pure or perfect human who had to be separated from ‘impure’ humans (but who could make them beyond pure on contact).
In the 2nd century Bishop Iraneus told us perfection is what happened in that room, “some of them prepare a ‘bridal chamber’ and perform a mystagogy with certain invocations, for those who are being perfected, and they claim that what they are offering is a ‘spiritual marriage’”.
Perfecting is the process of transmuting our flesh and blood bodies into light like those of the angels, who are the men in white who were participants in the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ.
Perfection was/is the final rite of the mystagogue, a teacher or leader who initiates others in mystic beliefs, especially the spiritual marriage between one’s earthly self and our higher heavenly self.
In the case of Jesus, he told his followers that this teachings were to the end “that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
Another way of reading this is “my light, luminosity, radiance may be in you, and that your joy may be complete (whole, holy).”
Big inhale and exhale.
Jesus is teaching that attaining a state of perfect Christ-like joy is possible and that it completes us as humans.
And, he is telling us how to attain it.
“The Lord did all things by means of a mystery: baptism, oil (Christos), eucharist, redemption, and bridal chamber,” says Philip.
And he encourages us to seek His perfection:
11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. John 14:11-12
Jesus is teaching the symmetrical ideal that we are fractals or holograms of our Creator. Remembering that we are fractals of our Creator is the key to our ascension (and to manifesting the oil).
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I have been doing.
This is describing a transference or entanglement and a transformation through the power of belief.
THE MOSES CONNECTION
Ultimately, a shiny face would have evoked images of Moses.
This takes us to the real meaning and nature of the Oil of Joy.
The burning bush. Mount Horeb. Sometime around 1400 B.C.
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)
After his experience with the bush, and its inhabitant, God, Moses’s face was shining (Exodus 34:30). The Israelites were so terrified by his radiance that Moses had to put a veil on his face to conceal the light of God’s glory (Exodus 34:32-35).
Let this sink in.
When Moses returned to the Israelites after his trip up Mount Sinai and his encounter with YHWH in the burning bush, his face was so luminous, and he radiated the glory of YHWH so much, he had to be covered with a veil.
Moses was either really happy or something else is going on here.
That something else is what James and Jesus were all about.
By creating a remembrance of Moses on the face of the sick, James just might be encouraging the followers of Jesus to spiritually seek an intimate encounter with God through prayer that parallels Moses’ encounter with Yahweh.
However, our study says this could have been a biological transformation.
This opens up a breathtaking possibility (or probability).
James the Just possessed an actual oil that gave one a glowing face and transmuted the body into light (a plasma state).
This is evidenced by Luke’s account of the Transfiguration of Jesus in which he morphs into light.
The gospels all reference the Transfiguration of Jesus where his face or body shined: Matthew (17:1-13), Mark (9:2-9), and Luke (9:28-36). But only Matthew and Luke refer to Jesus’ face changing (Matt 17: 2 and Lk 9:29).
What is significant about Matthew’s account is that Jesus’ face: “shone like the sun”. Furthermore, the book of Revelation portrays Jesus as having a shining face like the sun in full strength (Rev 1:16). The sun is plasma. So is 99.9% of the universe.
In Luke’s account (9:29) Jesus’s face changes first, then the rest of his body.
The purpose of the Transfiguration was to prove to Peter, James and John that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus himself describes the event as “the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom” (Matthew 21:28). The Transfiguration is, therefore, a coronation. When Moses entered the burning bush he experienced a coronation.
Both coronations involve anointing with oil.
James, the brother of Jesus, knew the secret of this oil. The oil transferred divinity to a human. It made humans holy on contact.
THE HOLY SHIVER
The joy of which Jesus speaks is beyond any happiness we can ever experience on earth. It comes from God. It has a healing power that transforms and regenerates us.
Jesus taught that this joy/frequency is transmissible. His joy can be transferred to you that your joy may be complete via an oil.
When Jesus shares/transmits his cosmic joy frequency with his followers the “holy shiver” he sends through the body heals the soul and leads to a state of wholeness, holiness, completion and perfection like that of Christ.
As in the example of the Transfiguration, when we are perfected we radiate light. We shine. We are in cosmic joy.
We are also no longer just human. We are just humans made perfect who have been raised to the heavenly throne, as described in Hebrews 12:22.
Hebrews 1:9, You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
With this ecstatic frequency running through our bodies we are set apart from ordinary humans.
“Everyone who enters the bridal chamber will kindle the light…If anyone becomes a son of the bridal chamber, he will receive the light,” says Philip.
This is why the lighted candle was the earliest symbol of Christianity.
What this means is that these brothers, Jesus and James, knew the inner most mysteries of this secret room and they knew the secrets of oil of joy and perfection (the Light of God) that transformed average people into a shining or radiant being … a light being.
One would have to imagine that mystagogues or magi with the capability of performing such a secret rite and elevating ordinary people to the level of the gods and angels would be a very powerful.
They might even be the enemy of the state that lacked this true, spiritual power.
Indeed, James the Just was exactly that person.
Like his brother, he died at the hands of the authorities.
THE OIL AND THE ROBE
My/our merging of the oil and the body of light is made by Isaiah (61:3) who connects the oil of joy to a garment:
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
A moment before, in Isaiah 61:1, we are told, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me.”
Again, the oil is the conduit.
Isaiah 61:10 says this joy leads to a state of rejoicing and righteousness and is worn like a robe.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
To repeat, this joy is activated by an oil and is worn like a garment.
The garment is the body of light, the Resurrection Body. It is rainbow colored and is called the glory body.
The Essenes, the tribe of mystagogues out of which emerged John the Baptist, and likely his cousin, Jesus, tie this together for us.
In their Community Rule the Essenes tell us they were a most holy community, who walk in perfection. Most holy, we recall, means they could convey holiness.
Calling themselves the “Perfect Ones”, the Essenes were preparing for a visitation by a high heavenly being who would reveal the Mysteries of Eternal Being…concealed from humankind. At that time the righteous will be rewarded with “healing, great peace in a long life, and fruitfulness, together with every everlasting blessing and eternal joy in life without end, a crown of glory and a garment of majesty in unending light (Community Rule 4:2-13). This garment of majesty in unending light is composed of perfect “celestial flesh” as opposed to earthly or human flesh.
The high celestial being who brings eternal joy (along with a garment of majesty in unending light )the Essenes called in was Jesus (who sent his brother James as his interpreter).
We could go gyroscopic with the realization before us.
For now, let’s focus on the understanding that the eternal joy is transferrable via Christos. Once this oil anoints our body, and the Holy Spirit descends upon us, we wear it like a garment…a shining, radiant cloak of rainbow colored light.
This mystery, especially the anointing with oil, culminated with the transfiguration of the initiate into light of the Kingdom of God. They became Shining Ones. Luminous Ones. Perfect Light Humans, as the Essenes described them. Clothed in garments of light and crowned with glory.
This is the garment Jesus wears in his Resurrection.
Where is this oil now?
Will it return in our time, as prophesied?
Join Clare and me in Nashville for “HALO 2.0: Quest for the Christos” as we reveal our findings and seek the goal of Psalms 30:10 -11 10. “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” 11. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”