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The Birth of John the Baptist
It was in the days of Herod, King of Judea that a priest known as Zacharias....And his wife Elizabeth were found by God to be righteous and pure....Thus keeping the Holy Law and its commandments to the letter. But they had no children, Elizabeth being barren and both well into the years of life....Zacharias' duty was to burn incense in the temple of the True God....And it was at this time that an angel of the Lord appeared unto him saying: "Have no fear, Zacharias, for thy prayer has been heard and answered, for surely thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, even John, shalt thou call his name. And thou shalt have much gladness and rejoicing; for many shall welcome his birth; for John shall be great in the eyes of the Lord, and he shall eat no animal flesh, nor drink strong drink at any time; he being filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his very beginning, from his mother's womb. And for a certainty, many of the children of Israel shall he turn back to the True God of Love; for he shall be sent by HIM in the same spirit and power of Elias....To make ready a holy people prepared for the Lord." ... And Zacharias said unto the archangel Gabriel...."I am an old man, and my wife is old also, tell me, how is this to take place?" And Gabriel, one of the seven glories of the True God Eternal, spake unto Zacharias, informing him of his son to come. And it came to pass, after a time, that Elizabeth conceived....Even a son as the angel foretold to be named John. ...Now John in his coming manhood would be educated in the Holy Law of God, he being the promised forerunner and announcer of the holy Christ.
And it was in the sixth month that the holy Gabriel was again sent by God unto a certain place of Galilee to a virgin named Mary, espoused to a man of the royal line of David, whose name was Joseph. Now Joseph was holy and pure minded, skilled in the trade of woodworking and stone masonry. And Mary was gentle and kind, with a discerning mind and humble spirit before the Lord. Both were pronounced good and holy before God; and of them was Yashaya, who is called later the Christ or Messiah.
Thus Gabriel came unto Mary and said, "Behold, Mary, thou art highly favored of God, for the Motherhood of God is surely with thee; blessed art thou among women, for blessed will be the fruit of thy womb." And when Mary beheld the glorious angel of God, she was confused at his saying, and wondered what manner of salutation this should mean for her. But Gabriel understanding her mind, spake unto her saying, "Fear not, Mary, and be not troubled with your thinking, for thou hast found favour with God. For behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a holy child of the Most High, and He shall be great and shall be called a Son of the Highest Order. For a certainty the All-Eternal One shall give unto Him alone the very throne of his father David. And he shall rule over all the house of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end, but it shall reign in peace eternal."
And Gabriel spake further unto her, "The Holy Spirit, even the Mother of Wisdom shall come upon Joseph, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, O Mary, therefore also is that holy, which shall be born of thee, even Christ, the Child of God, and his name on earth shall be called Yashaya, for it is he that shall save the people from bondage to sin, even all those repenting and obeying His Holy Laws.
"Therefore, O Mary, ye shall eat no animal flesh, nor drink strong drink, for the holy child shall be consecrated unto the All-Eternal from its mother's womb, and neither animal flesh nor strong drink shall he eat or drink in any form, nor shall ever a razor touch his head." And the angel Gabriel spake further: "And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her womb, even of old age will she bring forth, this being the sixth month with her, she who was called barren. For, I say unto you, with God no thing shall ever be impossible." At that, Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to thy holy words."
And in the same day, the angel Gabriel appeared unto Joseph while he was asleep, and said unto him: "Hail, Joseph, thou art highly favored by God, for the Fatherhood of God is with thee this day. Blessed art thou among men and blessed be the fruit of thy loins." Joseph, his mind confused, wondered at these words, but Gabriel said unto him: "Fear not, Joseph, thou son of David....For thou shalt beget a child, and thou shalt call his name Yashaya, for he alone shall save his people from bondage to sin."
Now for a certainty all this was said and done that it might be fulfilled which was written in the prophets saying, "Behold a Maiden shall conceive and be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, which means 'With us is God's Son."' Thus Joseph being raised from his sleep, did as Gabriel had told him, and went in unto Mary, his espoused bride, and she conceived in her womb the holy one of God.
Later, at the home of Elizabeth....Mary said unto God, "My soul doth rejoice greatly in God's Son, my Saviour. For thou hast regarded the humility of thy handmaiden; and, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For Thou that art mighty and powerful hast indeed done to me great things; for Holy is Thy Name and purpose, and Thy mercy is on them that respect Thee from generation to generation, even to eternity....Thou hast exalted the humble and the meek ,...And hast remembered Abraham and thy seed forever." And Mary lived on with Elizabeth for three months and then returned to her own home.
The Prophecy of Earth Being Transformed into an Edenic Paradise
And Joseph spake these words: "Blessed be the True God of our fathers and our mothers in Israel, for in the acceptable time Thou hast surely heard my voice and in the day of salvation hast Thou always helped me. For did not Thou saith, I will preserve thy holy seed and make with thee a covenant of the people to renew the face of the earth and return every thing back to its root; and to cause the desolate places to be rescued from the very hands of those doing the spoiling. For Thou hast promised to restore Eden over the face of the earth and give peace and joy unto all the creatures. That Thou mayest say to the captives, Go ye forth and be set free, even as ye were born free; and to them that live in darkness, because of fear, Thou sayest, Show yourselves in the light of day, and be ye not afraid any more; for they, one and all, shall again feed in the ways of pleasantness only. For Thy people at that time, shall no more hunt nor worry the creatures with fear of hungerness, for all shall be fed and satisfied, which I have made to rejoice before my eyes. Nay, nor shall any hunger or thirst any more; neither shall the heat of day smite them nor the cold of night destroy them, and none shall be weary or restless, for all shall be at peace with one another, under the Father-Mother God of Eternity....Therefore, Sing ye, Holy Angels in the heavens, and rejoice, thou earthly man; O ye deserts break forth with righteous song: for truly Thou, O God, dost comfort Thy people and all Thy creatures, and surely consoles them that have suffered wrong...."
Now, it came to pass, that Elizabeth's full time came....And she brought forth a son....And all rejoiced with her....And on the eighth day the child was consecrated according to the Holy Law....And a wondrous thing took place....for the child asked for a writing table and did write his own name, John....And they all marvelled, for his mouth was opened by the Lord, and he spake and praised God....And all they that heard about John were amazed and exclaimed: "What manner of child shall this be! Surely the hand of the Eternal One is upon him!" And the child's father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, "Blessed be thou, O True God of Israel; for Thou hast surely visited and reclaimed Thy people. For Thou hast raised up Thy horn of salvation for us in the midst of David's household. Even as Thou spakest by the mouth of Thy holy prophets, which have been with us since the world's beginning, even Adam Thy first prophet, and now my son John, which Thou hast given us. In that we should be saved from our enemies ...In order to perform the mercy promised to our ancestors, always thoughtful of Thy holy covenant of old....And because of all these things, O Lord, this child shall be called the Prophet of the Highest, the Prophet of the Eternal All; for he shall truly go before Thy face, O God, to prepare Thy ways for the people; to grant knowledge of salvation unto all nations by the remission of their sins. For it is through the tender mercy and justice of our God, even Thee our eternal Father whereby the very waters of truth from above hath visited us this day, to give true light to them that sit in darkness and in the very shadow of death itself; and to guide our feet as a lamp before us into the ways of peace and mercy."
And the child John grew and became strong in spirit and truth of the Holy Law, but his mission was hidden until the day of his appointed time to appear unto Israel. For it was this John that would one day baptize Yashaya and witness to the Christ in the form of a dove descending upon him, thus proclaiming Yashaya's identity to the world.
The Birth of Yashaya in a Cave
And Joseph and Mary went into Bethlehem, the city of David....And Mary, heavy with child ...brought forth her firstborn babe in a cave, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger within the cave, for there was no room to be found for them in the town. And behold, the cave was filled with bright light as of the sun, and it reflected the glory of many holy angels.
And there proved to be in the cave also, an ox, and a horse, and an ass, and a sheep, and beneath the manger was a cat with her little ones, and there were doves also overhead, and each had its mate after its kind, the male with the female. Thus it came to pass that Yashaya was born in the midst of the animals which, through the redemption of man from ignorance and sin, he came to redeem from their sufferings, by the manifestation of the sons and daughters of God, all those whosoever liveth according to the Holy Law....
And in the fields, shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks by night, and lo, the angel of God came upon them, and the glory of the Highest shone round about them, and they were much afraid. But the angel said unto them, "Fear not, kind shepherds, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy and peace....for unto you is born this day in Bethlehem, the city of David, a Saviour, which is Yashaya, the coming Christ and Holy One of God." And suddenly, there was heard great singing and rejoicing, yea even a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory be to God in the heights of the highest heaven, and on earth below, the seven-fold peace toward all men and women of good will." The Shepherds now said, "Let us go even unto David's city, and see the holiness which is come to pass, which our God hath made known unto us this hour." And they journeyed with haste, and found Mary and Joseph in the cave close to Bethlehem, and the Holy Child lying in a manger with many animals about ...And when the child Yashaya came to be eight days old, he was consecrated to the Lord according to the Holy Law, and named Yashaya even as was spoken by the angel Gabriel before he was conceived in Mary's womb....And it came to pass that certain wise men heard of this Yashaya being born in the cave, near Bethlehem of Judea. Being from far away, these wise men of the East had purified themselves and tasted not of flesh food nor of strong drink in order to find the Christ whom they sought....for they had seen his star in the heavens and the sign of his presence and had come to worship and honor him as the Holy Child of God, even as it was written beforehand by the holy prophets that gifts would be given unto him at his birth, and that out of Judah shall come forth a Teacher of Righteousness, who should renew the Holy Law unto all the nations of the earth.
And when the wise men saw the babe with Mary his mother, they fell upon their knees, and did obeisance unto him. And when they had opened their treasure chest, they presented unto the Holy Child gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, even as Adam was given such things from Eden, after he took residence in the cave of treasures....And after a time, the wise men being warned of God in a vision that they should not return to Herod, to report the whereabouts of the babe (for Herod sought after the babe to slay him), they departed into their own country with Herod not ever knowing again of them.
Later, behold, an angel of God appeared unto Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, and take the young child and the mother, and flee quickly into Egypt; and there remain safely until I bid thee to return, for wicked Herod seeks to destroy Yashaya."...And by night they departed into Egypt unto the safety of the holy brotherhood. With them, their brothers and sisters of the Holy Way, remained for seven years, until word came that Herod was dead. Thus was the prophecy fulfilled, which was spoken of God, saying, "Out of Egypt have I called my Son."
Elizabeth also, when she heard of Herod's insane plan, took her infant son John up into the mountains and hid him....And when Zacharias would not reveal the whereabouts of John or Yashaya, they slew him in the Temple, between the holy place and the altar....Then when Herod saw that he was fooled by the wise men who returneth not unto him, his anger was exceedingly great, and he sent forth a decree, whereby all the children in Bethlehem and in every nearby coastal town were slain with the sword, from two years old and under did he slay them....Then came to pass the words spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, "In Rama was there a voice heard, much lamentation, and loud weeping, for the mourning was great, Rachel weeping for her children, but would not be comforted, because they are slain."
But when Herod was dead, and all was safe in Israel, behold, an angel of God appeared unto Joseph in Egypt, saying: "Arise in safety, and return your household into the land of Israel, for the wicked are dead which sought after the young child's life." And Joseph arose, and with Mary and Yashaya they came into the land of Israel, leaving behind them the brothers and sisters in Egypt, of the Holy Way. And they did dwell in a territory later known as Nazareth, even as Yashaya was called the Nazarene.
Now it came to pass, that Joseph and Mary went up to Jerusalem every year to honor the feast of the Unfermented Cakes and Pure Oblation, and they observed the feast after the same manner of their true brethren, who abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink.
And on one occasion, when Yashaya was 12 years old, he went also to Jerusalem with his parents after the custom of the holy feast. When they had fulfilled the required days of the feast, Yashaya tarried behind, but his parents knew not of it....And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of many learned men, both hearing them speak, and asking them questions. And all there that heard Yashaya speak, were truly astonished at his understanding and wisdom....And when Mary and Joseph at last confronted him, Yashaya replied: "How is it that ye sought after me and could not find -- did ye not know that I must be in my Parent's House?" But they understood not the saying which Yashaya spake unto them.
It was at that time, that a certain prophet seeing Yashaya, said unto him, "Behold the Love and the Wisdom of God are one in Thee, therefore in the age to come shalt thou be called Yashaya, for by the anointed Christ shall God save mankind, which now is bitter as the salty sea -- it shall be turned into sweetness. But to this generation the Bride shall not be made ready, for it is yet to the age to come....
Yashaya Sets Free the Captive Birds
And on a certain day the child Yashaya came to a place where a trap was set for the capture of birds, and there were boys there awaiting their capture. And Yashaya seeing them, said unto them: "Who hath set this snare for the innocent creatures of God? Behold in a like manner shall they be caught without mercy or thoughtfulness. Lo, these God's gifts to man. And Yashaya beheld 12 sparrows, as it were dead, and he moved his hands over them, and said to them, "Go, fly away in freedom, and while ye live remember me." And the on-looking Jews, seeing this, were astonished, and went off and told it unto the priests.
And many wonders were beheld wherever the child journeyed, and flowers were seen to spring up beneath his very feet, from barren rocky soil of old. And those that looked on stood in awe of him, and were amazed, for never were such wonders seen. For it was as if God Himself were walking upon the earth and all of nature sought after him, so as to worship his very presence. And all the holy creations were moved and impressed by his glory and understanding....for all living things seemed to sense him as something holy and sacred. Yea, even wild animals were subdued at the mere sight of him or the sound of his voice, for no thing trembled nor was afraid of him. Even the most timid of creatures approached him without fear or hesitation, seeking the peace he alone seemed to offer and contain....
And it came to pass after many wondrous events in the course of years, that Yashaya had reached his 18th year of age and was espoused unto Miriam, a virgin of the tribe of Judah, and they lived according to the holy laws of a pure marriage, with all chastity, thus proving themselves undefiled and purified from all sin for seven years before the Eternal Father. But it was at this time that Miriam did see a fleshly death, for God took her, that Yashaya might fulfill all things, even that which was spoken of him from the prophets.
For Yashaya came unto the world that all things might return to their root. He came to release man from bondage to death and to set every creature free before God. Thus Yashaya would suffer a fleshly death for the sons and daughters of man, for upholding the purest motive of love. Fallen man had abused the Love of God, and forsook His holy law for the commands and false doctrines of men and devils. Great was the coming mission of the Christ, and few understand the wisdom of it. Yashaya was the perfect example of humane love on earth; as a man he would excel in all things before God, as the spiritual Christ. Yashaya knew and understood the wisdom of the Law and it was written of him: "he came to re-new the holy law and teach its true meaning among men and angels."
And it came to pass that Yashaya returned into Egypt to the holy brotherhood, and was further instructed in truth and wisdom, even as Moses was before him. And there did Yashaya meditate and fast in the desert sanctuary, praying and obtaining the miraculous power of the Holy Name, by which NAME he worked many wonders and taught much wisdom of holy things....And for seven years Yashaya, in the fleshly body of man, conversed with God the Eternal All, as if face to face, for while in the spirit Yashaya did know of all that is holy and pure, but now in the flesh, did he experience all natures, and the beauty of life and of the living creatures of God.
And Yashaya experienced the language of birds and of beasts and even the fishes of the sea, and the healing powers of trees, and of herbs and grass, and of flowers, and also the purifying power of water and the hidden secrets of precious stones in relation to all the creations of the earth. Small things even unto great things did Yashaya come to know and understand in a great way. Thus in Yashaya the man, were all things revealed by God, even as all things were revealed unto him before he came. For there remained no thing hidden unto him, whether it be times and seasons of the sun and the moon and the stars in their appointed times and places or the powers of the sacred letters and mysteries of the square and the circle and the transmutation of things, and of forms, and of numbers and of signs.
Yea, Yashaya did understand every law of nature both visible and invisible to man, even the very secrets of the aeons did he discern and know. So it was that there remained nothing hidden to his mind, for all the natural decrees of God were manifested in him and through him, making the silent to be heard and the darkness, light. For all the light of the holy law was in him, he being in God's rest from the very beginning of time, even unto his birth as a holy child unto the Christ. And Yashaya was perfect, he being the Law made flesh upon earth, to bear testimony to truth from above, that many would know of the Father's love and gentleness and true nature.
And in time, Yashaya ended his stay with his brothers and sisters of the holy way in Egypt and returned to Nazareth to visit his parents, and while there he was approved as Rabbi in Jerusalem, instructing many in the holy things of God, even in the temple, without interference.
Yashaya Teaches the Gentiles; Holy Law Given to All Nations
And it came to pass, that Yashaya went into many nations to teach the holy law of God, into Assyria and India and into Persia and into the land of the Chaldeans. And Yashaya did travel into many different nations and spake unto many peoples of the holy way of life, and he did visit their temples and spake unto their priests -- yea, instructing and reproving even their wise men for many years, according to the wisdom of the True God. And Yashaya was loved there among the people, and worked many wonders, and healed the sick and aided the weak and the ignorant, for Yashaya felt a great pity for the people, even as he was witness to their lawlessness and poverty and slavery and inhumanity. And it was for these reasons he experienced the tender mercy of a perfect human being, realizing the people's bondage to lawless morality and death. The Holy law proved to be within Yashaya, and he told unto them the great love and compassion of the True God, even that God is not partial to His creation, but is good to all and giveth them His Holy Law as light unto their feet in a world of gross darkness. For the true tribe of Israel is any man that keeps the holy law, even as the law was given unto all men under the sun.
And so did the people of the nations hearken unto his words and wanted much for Yashaya to live among them always teaching the holy way of spiritual and physical health reform. But Yashaya stayed not, but traveled into many nations, making disciples everywhere he taught.
All Creation Respects Yashaya -- Promise of Paradise Restored
And Yashaya proved to be the humane son of Holy Parents in that all the beasts of the field showed respect unto him, and all the birds of the heaven took no fear in him, and even the fishes of the sea rejoiceth at the presence of him. None were in 'fear of him, yea, the great wild beasts of the desert did indeed perceive the authority of God within him, and did him much service, bearing him from place to place with much gladness and readiness. For a certainty the Spirit of the Divine Holy Law was within him, as he was in the Great Rest of the Father. Being filled with the fruitage of the Holy Spirit, also filled all things around him and made all things subject unto him.
For thus shall yet be fulfilled through him the words of the prophet: "The lion shall lie down with the calf, and the leopard with the kid, and the wolf with the lamb, and the bear with the ass, and the owl with the dove, And a child of God shall lead them. And it shall come to pass, that none shall hurt or destroy in my holy mountain, for my earth, my sanctuary, shall be full of the knowledge of the HOLY ONE, even as the waters cover the bed of the sea. And it shall come to pass, in that day that I will make again and renew a covenant with the beasts of the earth, and the fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea, and with all created things. For all shall know me, and I will break the bow and the arrow of the hunter, and the sword of the slaughterer, and all the instruments of bloodshed will I banish from the earth, even forever. And I will surely make all of them, my creatures, to lie down in safety and in peace, and to live without fear or outcry; for neither shall they hunger nor thirst any more, but be fed and cherished. For even as the sun does rise and set each new day, so shall it be in the land blessed by God, wherein all dwell securely. And I will take unto myself all those elect and deliver unto them eternal righteousness, and in lasting peace and in loving kindness, they will know thy True God, and all His Love and Glory. And the earth shall bring forth in abundance the good corn and the fresh juice of the grape and the oil of every seed, and at that time I will certainly say unto them, which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say unto Me, Thou art our God alone. For in that day the whole of the earth shall be taught the knowledge of the Holy Law, and the Love of God shall fill the hearts of many, as they rejoice in the fruits of their labor. Thus shall my words stand and come to pass, and all those putting their faith in my words shall never come to disappointment, but be satisfied. Let all who have ears, hear, and all who have eyes, behold, for the day draws near when such things shall surely come to pass....
And Yashaya continued in his mercies toward the people, and many were amazed and astonished at his words and works of charity, for wherever Yashaya journeyed and what ever thing he did, all goodness and much beauty resulted, for the Spirit of the Eternal All rested upon him, even as myriads of angels ministered unto him.
Yashaya Rescues a Lion
And on a certain day, as Yashaya was passing by a high mountain range nigh unto the desert, He came upon a lion, pursued by many hunters, seeking to slay him with stones and javelins. Seeing this, Yashaya rebuked them, saying, Why hunt ye these beautiful creatures of God, which are more noble than the most of mankind? For a certainty by the cruelties of many generations, these poor beasts were made the enemies of man. For had man been the caretaker and keeper of these poor beasts, even as he was thus appointed by God as such in the beginning, he would hunt not.
For I tell ye this day, if the power of God is shown in these creatures, so also is magnified His long-suffering and compassion. Cease, forever, ye, to persecute these good creatures who desireth not to harm you; for see ye not how he fleeth from you, and is terrified by thy weapons and violence? Know ye not that the hunters shall become the hunted in this world? Even as every man shall sow, so shall he reap, even all just rewards and punishments. And at that moment, the lion came down from the mountain's edge and did lay at the feet of Yashaya, and did show love unto him. For the animal sensed the seven-fold peace of Yashaya, and feared him not. And the hunters were astonished at this and exclaimed, "Lo, this man surely loveth all creatures and hath the power to subdue and command even the greatest of all beasts of the desert in that they obey his words! Never have we witnessed such as this before!" And the hunters left off from pursuing the lion and marvelled at the words of Yashaya in wonderment, as to who this man was....
John the Baptist, Forerunner of Yashaya
And it soon came to pass that the time had arrived for Yashaya's cousin, John, to make ready a holy people for Yashaya's name. For the Holy Word of God came unto John in the wilderness brotherhood of the elect, and John set out to complete the special calling, even preaching the baptism of repentance from the remission of sins. For it was written in the prophets concerning him: "Prepare ye the holy way of the Chosen One, make straight the pathway of the Anointed. For every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth. For all flesh shall see the salvation of God at work among the people and every eye shall behold the glory of his way."
And the same John, known as the Baptist, appeared in simple dress and humility, and his food was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey, even as the Angel Gabriel had spoken of....And John spake unto the multitude, all those seeking baptism, and said: "O generation of disobedient ones, heed ye my words....Begin this day to bring fruits worthy of repentance, righteous works that save....For I tell thee, every tree which bringeth not good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire, and so shall it be with thee if ye not keep the Holy Law and live it."...And some wealthier people spoke out and asked John, "What shall we do, then? How are we to be saved?" And John answered and said unto them, "He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath abundant food, let him do as the first. And he that hath riches, let him give his gold to the brotherhood where all shareth in love and care of the poor, the orphans, the widows, those of long years, those with illness, yea, give unto the general fund wherein all those of the Lord resideth in true peace and love."
Also, there came unto him certain tax collectors to be baptized, and asked of him, "Master, what shall we do?" And John said unto them, "Exact no more than that which is due you, and be ever merciful as to thy authority."
And then came soldiers unto John, and asked, "And what shall we do, tell us, please." And John said unto them, "Do violence to no man, nor any creature, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with thy wages, which prove enough, accepting no bribe or favor."
And John spake unto them all, saying: "Listen and hear well, all you who have ears. Keep yourselves from bloodshed, and all manner of blood, from anything strangled, and from dead bodies of birds and beasts, and fish eat ye not. And from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten of wrong, yea, contrary to natural laws of good and humane love. For, do ye think the blood of beasts and birds will wash sin? I tell ye, Nay, therefore ye must all speak the truth, and be just. Ye must be merciful to one another and to all creatures that live, thereby walking humbly with thy God, Who loveth the Pure Oblation only."
And the people were in strictest attendance of John's words, and many wondered in their hearts, whether he be the Christ; and still others asked unto him if he were. But John answered, saying unto them all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but the Holy One, mightier than I, yet cometh, the latchet of whose very shoes I am not worthy to unloose. For He shall also baptize you with water and with fire, for a fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the true wheat into his storehouse; but the chaff he will burn with destructive fire. For his fan airs the judgment of the wicked, who will be as if they were never born at all; but they of righteous heart, will inherit the fountain of living waters, wherein eternal springs of truth impart life everlasting."
And John, known as the Baptist, continued in many exhortations, and many people did listen and longed to hear more and know of the One greater than he, the Holy One to come in the name of the Holy Law of God. Thus John prepared the way, even as Yashaya's forerunner of holy truths. And the Pharisees and the Sadducees got to hear of this message and were greatly angered with him, for they were not looking unto the Christ, as John was announcing in all of Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about the Jordan River, even as he was baptizing all those confessing their sins. Yea, John did baptize many in the River Jordan.
The Holy Christ Descends on Yashaya
And it came to pass, that the time was right for Yashaya to come unto John, and it was in the midst of the summer, in the tenth month that Yashaya from Galilee came unto John, to be baptized of him. But John hesitated, saying, "I surely have need to be baptized of thee -- why comest thou to me?"
And Yashaya answering, said unto him: "Permit it to be so now, John, for thus it becometh us both to fulfil all that is righteous before the Holy Father-Mother, in Heaven."
Then John listened and did as Yashaya had spoken. And Yashaya, when he was baptized, went directly out of the water, and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and from the cloud, twelve Rays of Light appeared, and there in the form of a Dove, the Holy Christ descended with brilliant lighting upon him. And lo, a voice from heaven was heard, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; this day have I begotten thee. Listen to him and obey his Holy Law."... And John bore testimony of him, saying, "This is he of whom I spake. He that cometh after me is preferred before me, for he was before me. And of his fulness, have we all received, even grace for grace, for grace and truth are the Holy Law whereby Yashaya Christ is the fulness thereof."... And John continued, saying: "I baptize with water; but there standeth One among you, whom ye know not, He shall baptize with water and with fire, for in him are the life and the judgment of the Holy Law....And all these things took place in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
And it was at this time that Yashaya did begin his ministry in Israel, he being after the flesh, and indeed the holy son of Mary and Joseph; but also after the Spirit of the Holy Christ, the Son of God, the Father and Mother Eternal....
Yashaya -- Interpreter of the Holy Law
Being anointed thus with the Holy Spirit and commissioned by the Eternal All as grand prophet and interpreter of the Holy Law, Yashaya Christ would now with full authority from above reveal unto earthly man his mission of mercy. Fulfilling many prophecies of old, the Christ would keep his promise to Adam made some 5500 years previously, that he come to earth like a God and redeem Adam and all his righteous seed, from the bondage of death. Thus would the Son of Man deliver from death to eternal life all those worthy of the calling. Yea, even the tests and trials of Adam would the Christ experience and suffer, ever proving the superiority of the Holy Law over the falsehoods of Satan, for Yashaya Christ would restore all things to their root. For Adam was cheated by Satan and brought into a world of bondage to evil, but Yashaya would give back what Adam had due, thus restoring him to his true identity and revealing unto the world the ignorance of Satan who claimed he was God alone, and beside him there remained no other God. For Satan said unto Adam and Eve, "I am a jealous God, and ye must have no other Gods before my face. For I curse the hundredth generation, who worship me not, but bless all who hear my laws and hearken unto them; for I am God, I the only God over all."
Thus Yashaya came unto the earth to expose the lies of the devil and tell unto the sons of man the truth of their origin and root. Yea, even unto many angels that seeketh repentance, but remained in bondage to Satan against their will, did Yashaya come to release and shew unto them the Holy Way again. Great was the mission of the Holy Christ, but few were the people who knew of it, or understood its way. For only to the Elect of God did Yashaya reveal such mysteries and teach to them the unknown wisdom of the Eternal All.
Yashaya Tempted by Satan
Thus preparing himself further for the mission set before him, Yashaya retreated into the wilderness to contemplate his role of the promised Redeemer and Saviour of the righteous seed of man. For there was strength in the wilderness which possessed every nature of God, and Yashaya looked unto the holy creations of his Father and did receive enlightenment and spirit.
And Yashaya, while there in the desert, was tempted by Satan. And the wild animals of the desert were everywhere about him, but all became subject unto him, for all sensed him the Holy Christ of the True God. And there among the wild beasts, his only companions, Yashaya fasted and prayed unto his Heavenly Father. And it came to pass that afterwards he was hungry and exhausted, and it was at this time and place that the tempter came unto him and said, "If thou be the true Son of God, command that these stones be made bread, so that thou may eat and be filled, for is it not written concerning thee, that thou will feed on the finest of wheat and honey, and out of the rock with pure waters ye shall be satisfied?"
But Yashaya answered the tempter and said: "Yea, but it is also written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every law that proceedeth out of the mouth the True God, even The Eternal All." And the devil was silent for a time and said not a word unto Yashaya. But later he appeared again unto Yashaya with a woman of overwhelming beauty and comeliness ...and said unto him, "Do take her as thine own, for her desire is upon thee, and thou shalt have love and happiness and much joy all thy life, and even see thy children's children, for yea, is it not written, 'It is not good for man that he should be alone."'
And Yashaya, with voice raised, said unto the devil, "Get thee behind me Satan, for it is also written, Be not led away by the mere beauty of a woman, for all flesh is as grass and the flower of the field; the grass withereth and the flower fadeth away, but the Law of the Eternal One endureth forever. For I tell you what you already know of me, that I come to heal the spiritual ills of man, for he that is truly born of God, keepeth the seed within, for he knoweth the good from the evil and the light from the darkness. I restoreth all things to their original root, that all things may know that the True God is above the evil of the world, for by thy ignorance, mankind suffereth much and the entire creation sighs and cries and awaits freedom from bondage, yea even from the slavery of sin that ye have imprisoned them."
And again Satan was silent for a time, but re-appeared the third time saying: "Come, let us go up into the holy city, where I shall set you on the very pinnacle of the Temple, for surely here in thy God's House, if thou be the Son of God and cast thyself downward, all that is written will take place; for it says: 'He shall give his holy angels charge concerning thee; and in their hand they shall bear thee up lest at any time thou dash they foot against a stone."'
And once again Yashaya said unto Satan: "It is also written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God nor put His Holy Law to the test. For ye well know the All Power of the Father and yea, the Holiness of His Laws, but because ye imagined the impossible dream, ye so set up a kingdom over the Most High, and ye fooled many angels and most of mankind. Thus ye also realize, thy time is limited; for thy evil and wrongdoing shall bring unto ye, thy seed, but also my seed unto God. Do what ye must do, Satan, and do quickly, for thy judgment is at hand, and ye shall no way escape thy punishment which thou hast prepared for thyself and all those who love your lie."
And again Satan remained silent and went away angry, but after a time, did return for the fourth time and offered Yashaya all the power and glory of his world, for yea, the power and authority was his to grant to any he chose. And he said unto Yashaya, "Come hither, for I have much to show unto you, and much to grant." And he took Yashaya up into an exceedingly high mountain range, wherein all the earth and its valleys could be seen in the vast distance. And it was upon this mountain, that Satan viewed 12 cities and their peoples, yea the kingdoms of the world and every material desire in them, all in a moment of time. And boasting in his great power, the Arch prince of evil said unto Yashaya, "All this power and all this authority, yea and all the glory therein as found in my world as you see yet to come, I will give unto thee freely, for ye well know that all ye see is delivered unto me for a time, and lo, to whosoever I will, I give it freely. For is it not written, 'Thou shalt have dominion from sea to sea, so thou shalt judge thy people with righteousness and the poor with mercy, and make a full end of oppression.' If thou therefore wilt worship me, Yashaya, all shall be thine.'
And Yashaya looked at Satan, the father of every lie and false god of every evil and lust, and said: "Again I say unto you, ignorant one, ye know scripture well, even as ye hath written much and corrupted the sacred truths. But hide not behind thy twisted interpretation of holy things, for thou art in darkness and seeth not the light as holy men see and know. Because of thy deviation, the Holy Law fleeth from thee, for what is holy and pure hath no fellowship with evil and sin. For there is no light in darkness and no truth in a lie, and ye hath taught the lie as truth and saith unto thy angels, thou alone art God, and there is no one else, but Holy Wisdom spake unto you and said, You lie, Satanail, for the Eternal All is above the Rest. For thou knowest it is written, 'Thou shalt worship the Eternal All and Him alone shalt thou serve in all purity of heart.' For ye knoweth well, ye have the authority over this world for a time, but the age cometh when all things shall enter into the Rest, and thy power and authority shall cease, yea even as every evil work shall cease and be no more. For in the beginning ye did offer Adam all things also, but when he chose the good over the evil, which ye thought not he would, ye sought after to destroy him and his seed, yea even causing a flood to ruin all things of the holy creation. But I spake unto Adam and Adam unto his sons, and Noah prepared an ark with mine angels and did save a holy remnant of the creation, and mankind did flourish after the flood. But the time draweth nigh when the righteous shall inherit the earth, and those of humane love will prosper in all things, and ye shall be no more over them, nor have power to corrupt the creation."
Satan at hearing these things spoken by Yashaya, remained silent for a short time, then decided to end the temptations, and thus departed from Yashaya, knowing for a certainty this was the Son of God, knowing good from evil, and light from darkness .
. . . And behold, many Holy Angels of God came and ministered unto Yashaya with many songs and prayers to the glory of all that is sacred and pure, in that Yashaya warded off the temptations of Satan and yielded not to wicked authority . . . .
And after a time, Yashaya returned from the wilderness, and his parents happy to see him, made him a feast, and they gave unto him the gifts which the wise men had presented to him as a babe in the manger. And Mary spake, saying: "These things have we kept for thee, Yashaya, even to this day." And she gave unto him the frankincense, and the myrrh, and the gold. And Yashaya took of the frankincense; of the myrrh he gave unto Mary Magdalene; but of the gold he gave unto his parents to distribute among the combines of the brothers and sisters, those of the holy way. And much happiness and joy did they experience at the feast, for the spirit of peace was with them in all they did and spoke. And they did eat the produce of the earth and drank the juice of the ripened fruits, even as the Holy Law commandeth.
Yashaya, the Lamb of God, Holy and Humane
The next day, John the Baptist saw Yashaya coming unto him, and said to the people standing nearby, "Behold, the Lamb of God, which by his righteousness taketh away the sin of the world, the sin being, many of the people abusing and forgetting true love . . ." And John continued to bear testimony, saying: "Yea, I saw the Holy Christ descending from heaven like a Dove, and it rested upon him . . . And I saw and bear public record that this was and is the Son of God, even Yashaya Christ, the Holy One of God, that restoreth all things to their root . . ."
Yashaya Appoints Apostles after His Name
And the time had arrived for Yashaya to start gathering disciples, that they might learn of His Law and Truth, for the living law was in the flesh and walked among men, teaching, healing, and ever interpreting the Holy Law unto all that would hear and know the holy way . . . From every tribe of Israel he so appointed an apostle unto Israel, that they like all nations of the earth, should hear testimony of his truths. In due course Yashaya would assemble many learners of the Holy Law to teach and instruct the nations the way to eternal salvation.
Peter and Andrew, brothers, were among the first to become disciples. Andrew said unto Peter: "We have found the Christ, our Messiah, let us follow his ways to salvation . . ." Going into Galilee, Yashaya came unto Philip and said, "Follow me." And Philip approached Nathanael, and said unto him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law and the Prophets did foretell, this Yashaya of Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary." And Yashaya said unto Nathanael, "Behold an Israelite in whom is no guile or defilement of the Holy Law! Come! Follow me also with Philip."
And Yashaya continued to make disciples everywhere he spake the word of the Eternal. Yea, even among young men and old men, wise men and unlearned men, young women and widows, wealthy and poor, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. Many were they that heard the holy voice and hearkened to truth, and many were blessed with understanding and wisdom....
And some Pharisees looked on in all wonderment, but most looked on in envy and hate, but Yashaya without letup continued to make disciples of all those yearning for truth and salvation.
Yashaya and Mary of Magdala
And it came to pass that one certain Pharisee named Simon, asked of Yashaya that he would dine with him, and Yashaya did sit down and eat with Simon. And behold a woman of Magdala, Mary, reputed a sinner, was also in the city and sought after Yashaya to present him with a gift, an alabaster box of ointment.
Finding Yashaya in the house of the Pharisee, she stood at Yashaya's feet behind him, weeping, and washed His feet with her tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and then she kissed his feet, and anointed them with ointment . . .
The Pharisee Simon was surprised at what he saw, for he felt in his heart, if Yashaya were a prophet, he would not have such a sinner touch him . . .
But Yashaya, perceiving Simon's bewilderment, said unto him: "There was a creditor which had two debtors. The one owed 500 pence and the other 50. And when they had nothing to pay, the creditor freely forgave both. Tell me, Simon, which of the debtors will love him most?" And Simon answered: "I suppose that he to whom he forgave the most." And Yashaya said unto him, "Thou hast rightly judged." And he said unto Simon, "Now seest thou this woman in question. Did I not enter into thine house, but thou gavest me no water for my feet, did thou? But she who hath no water, washed my feet with many tears, and so wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou also gavest me no kiss, but this woman since the very time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet, even as thou hast beheld. Also my head with oil thou didst not anoint, but this woman hath anointed even my feet with ointment. Wherefore, Simon, I say unto thee, by God's Grace, her sins, which are indeed many, are forgiven, for although ye have not known this woman to be humane, but know her only by her sins, I tell ye truly, she has loved and cared much, not only for the needy, but also every beast and the birds of the air, yea, even the fishes of the sea. For I say unto ye, to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."
And Simon remained silent, but listened to every word. And then Yashaya said unto the woman, "Truly, thy sins are forgiven thee, all peace be unto thee." And they who sat at the table began to say within themselves, for a certainty, "who is this one that even forgives sins?" For Yashaya had not said unto the woman, "I forgive thee," but "Thy sins are forgiven thee." For Yashaya discerned in her heart, true faith and penitence. Yea, for Yashaya needed not the outside testimony of any man, for he himself knew what was in every man and woman before him, knowing the good from the evil, the right from the wrong.
. . . And Yashaya continued to awaken the people to mercy and love because of his great wisdom and knowledge of the inner meanings of the Holy Law. The Spirit of Truth was upon him and everywhere he spake, the people received his words in gladness and peace . . . And Mary Magdalene also became a disciple of Yashaya and sin never came unto her again, for she was purified and yearned only to do good and forget the evil. And Mary at times did travel with Yashaya and the disciples, and did herself speak unto many, the keeping of the Holy Law, and many women listened unto her words and became disciples of the holy way, yea, even bearing testimony to their families and neighbors of the salvation and light of Yashaya. And some of the Pharisees did listen to Yashaya's words also, and did leave off from their evil ways and followed him. And there was great excitement among the priests who wished not to hear of Yashaya nor his truths.
Yashaya, the Light, Exposes the Evil of Darkness
And one day certain ones of the Pharisees questioned Yashaya, and said unto him, "How sayest thou that God will condemn the world?" And Yashaya answered them, saying, "The Eternal One so loveth the righteous seed in the world, and the only begotten Son cometh into the world, that whosoever believeth in him may not perish, but inherit everlasting life. God, therefore, sendeth not the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him may be saved from bondage to death and sin. For I tell ye, truly, they who believe on him sent are not condemned; but they that believe not, condemn themselves, because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten of God.
"Thereby, this is the condemnation, that the light is come into the world, but men love darkness rather than light, because light exposes the darkness whereby all evil deeds are made manifest for every eye to see. For all they who do evil hate the light, for the light is good, neither come they to the light, lest their evil deeds be exposed and condemned by the Holy Law. But they who work righteousness come to the light, for they are drawn to it out of love for all that is pure and holy, that their deeds may be made manifest and be approved by God. Thus will they shine forth with the light and conquer the evil with the good."
And the Pharisees were silent at his words of wisdom, and dared not question Yashaya further at that time, for indeed their own evil deeds had condemned them as workers of lawlessness, and they feared greater exposure, as many were the people who heard Yashaya's words.
Yashaya Teaches Physical Health Reform:
The Natural Cures of Nature
And Yashaya continued to travel with many disciples to various regions of Israel, where he did amass believers of the Holy Law, for many listened unto him and were astonished and did believe truly in their hearts that he was the Son of God, the promised deliverer of the enslaved earthly race of man . . . And Yashaya did heal every ailment and disease among the sick, even teaching the people the art of true health reform according to the natural laws of nature. Yea, for he taught the people healing properties of plants, even every herb and grass of the field, and the power hidden in stones, and the cleansing miracle of pure water. And many were amazed and did believe and were healed.
And because of his great wisdom and understanding Yashaya amazed entire households and helped many unto the holy way of life. And Yashaya did teach the clean diet of man and beast, and taught even the Holy Law on health that all may know and learn true salvation. And he named every fruit that God had given unto man as food and every vegetable that God had given unto the beasts and birds of the earth, yea even of the fishes did Yashaya spake of and told every household with ears sacred truths of the holy way. And many were the listeners who obeyed his words from that time on.
And on hearing these things, a certain Sadducee who believed not in the holy things of God, asked Yashaya, "Tell me, please, why sayest thou, do not eat the flesh of animals. Were not the beasts given unto man as food, even as the fruits and herbs ye spake of?" And Yashaya answered him and said, "Behold this melon, the fruit of the earth." And Yashaya broke open a watermelon and said unto the Sadducee, "See thou with thine own eyes the good fruit of the soil, the meat of man, and see thou the seeds within, count ye them, for one melon maketh a hundred fold and even more. If thou sow this seed, ye do eat from the True God, for no blood was spilled, nay, no pain nor outcry did ye hear with thy ears or see with thine eyes. The true food of man is from the Mother of the earth, for She brings forth perfect gifts unto the humble of the land. But ye seek what Satan giveth, the anguish, the death, and the blood of living souls taken by the sword. Know ye not, those who live by the sword, die by the same death? Go ye thine way, and plant the seeds of the good fruit of life, and leave ye off from hurting the innocent creatures of God. For I tell ye, man needeth male and female beasts for the food he so lusteth after, but every plant and tree, God so giveth, beareth its own free seed for food. Depend ye not on the things unnecessary to your soul. Plant ye the good seeds of the melon, wherein ye saveth from season to season and waiteth for the soil like sleeping man awaiteth the sunrise; for the seed was made for the morrow's meal, but the animals for the joy and pleasure of God and man.
Yashaya Fulfills the Scroll of Isaiah
And once again Yashaya visited the territory of his parents, known by some as Nazareth, and as his custom was, went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up so that he might read from Isaiah's scroll. And there in the small meeting place was the scroll of the prophet Isaiah (Esaias) given unto him.
And when Yashaya had unrolled the scroll, he found the place where it was written and prophesied of him saying: "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the holy way to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty and freedom all that are bound. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
And Yashaya rolled up the scroll, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And he began saying unto them, "This day is this scripture fulfilled, yea even as ye heard with ears of flesh. For I say unto ye all, I am the Christ who Isaiah spake of and did know.
And the poor of the land are they of humble heart and spirit who listen to my voice, even as I heal the brokenhearted who know not the root from whence they came, but do know I come to heal them with truth and mercy. Yea, I preach deliverance to the captives, even all of mankind enslaved to Satan's unmerciful laws and of angels imprisoned in darkness. And to the blind, I restore unto them light, my holy law, that they may know truth and see, both spiritual and physical marvels of God. And to those bound, yea even every beast of the field and every flying creature of the heaven, I set free, for I come also to put an end to every form of sacrifice in my Father's Holy Name; for at no time did my Father-Mother God in Heaven ask such cruelty, but wanted only of man the Pure Oblation. Yea, I am come to fulfill all spoken of me, and so shall all be fulfilled through my presence."
And those in the synagogue began to question among themselves just who this man could really be, and then some of them brought unto Yashaya a blind man to test his power. And they said unto Yashaya: "Heal this man now, even as thou hast healed Gentiles in faraway lands, yea even India and Egypt. For we have heard of your travels to many lands and the marvels thou worketh among the peoples."
And Yashaya, looking upon the blind man, perceived his unbelief and also the unbelief of those that brought him, and he perceived their evil desire to ensnare him. And on this account, Yashaya could do no mighty work in their behalf. Their unbelief and unworthiness of the Holy Spirit was manifest in their conduct. And Yashaya said unto them: "Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own territory, for ye believe me not to be the promised Holy One, but know ye, neither doth a physician work cures upon them that know him." And Yashaya went on to relate the examples of Elias and Eliseus as further testimony unto them.
But when they heard these things, they were filled with wrath and wanted to do harm unto Yashaya ... But Yashaya passing through the midst of them, went his way and escaped their evil intentions. And thus did Yashaya shew unto them his rejection as Grand Prophet in a time to come by Israel. And that the Gentiles would go forth and venture ahead of Israel in upholding all that is holy and pure and spread the word of truth unto many men and nations. But they understood not the meaning of Yashaya's words, for their hearts were evil and hard.
Yashaya Continues to Make Disciples
And Yashaya went out of the territory of his parents, and many of his disciples followed him. discoursing among themselves along the roadway as to the wonders of nature and her many laws...And Yashaya began to preach and to say unto many, "Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is nigh and even in your midst." And as Yashaya was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon called Peter and Andrew his brother, for they were yet fishermen. And he saith unto them, "Come, now, follow me, and I will make ye fishers of men; leave ye off from disturbance of God's creatures and learn ye to give life, not taking life from any living thing under the Sun." And hearing these words of Yashaya, they immediately forsook their nets, and followed him on his way, wondering at the meaning of his words, for they were not of the Holy Way of the Brotherhood and understood not the reverence toward all life.
The Holy Ones were named Essene by outsiders, meaning, the Holy Saints of God, they who taketh not a life of any creature, but known by their keeping the law of humane love amongst themselves. And not long after this, Yashaya came unto two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother. And he called them ... And they also followed Yashaya and became apostles unto the Lord. And Yashaya moved about all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Holy Way of life, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And the knowledge of his good works went throughout all Syria, and many were brought unto him ill with every kind of disease and torment, those possessed, those with palsy, and many other ailments did Yashaya heal.
And word spread among the cities and towns like wildfire, and there followed Yashaya great masses of believers from Galilee, and from Decapolis and from Jerusalem and Judea, and even from beyond Jordan. For the fame of Yashaya's works and sayings were widely known, and many did tell their neighbors and their neighbors' neighbors, so that the whole of the territory knew of Yashaya and his God-sent mission. And the disciples of Yashaya listened attentively to every word, and were astonished by his great wisdom and ability to know all things. For not a single soul asked a question or matter that Yashaya did not answer to satisfaction, some glad, some wrought. For many sought after Yashaya for unrighteous gain, but Yashaya knew their heart and understood every mind.
Yashaya Condemns the Hunter of Animals
And as Yashaya was walking along with some of his disciples, they met up with a certain man who trained dogs to hunt other weaker creatures. And seeing this, Yashaya said to the man, "Why doest thou this foul thing?" And the man answered and said, "By this, I earn my living; for what purpose do these creatures profit anything? Yea, these creatures are weak, and deserve death, but the dogs, they are strong."
And Yashaya looked upon the man with a sad countenance and said, "Thou truly lacketh wisdom and love from above, for lo, every creature which God hath made, hath its own end and purpose in the kingdom of life, and who can say what good is there in it? Or what profit to thyself, or mankind? For it is not thy part to judge the weak as inferior to the strong, for the weak were not delivered unto man as food or for sport. But as for man's living, I tell ye, behold the fields yielding their daily increase, and the fruit-bearing trees, and the herbs; what needest thou more than these which honest work of thy own hands will not give to thee? For I say unto ye this day, before men and angels, Woe to the strong who misuse their strength! Woe to the crafty who hurt and destroy the creatures of God! Yea, woe to the hunters, for they will be hunted, and with what mercy they shew unto their innocent prey, the same will they receive at the hands of unworthy men! Leave off from this foul work of evil men, work what is good in the eyes of the Lord and be blessed, lest ye be cursed on thy own account."
And it came to pass that the man did learn of the holy way and became Yashaya's disciple, never again doing harm to any of the creatures of God....And the days passed quickly into weeks and months, but many were the righteous works and sayings of Yashaya. And his disciples followed him everywhere, in and out of small villages and towns. Wherever a large crowd was gathered around, Yashaya was in their midst, teaching the holy way of life, better known among the people as the followers of the Essene way.