Posts Tagged ‘Maccabees’


Judas Maccabaeus LOGO 2013

April 5, 2013

Judas Maccabaeus LOGO 2013

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully. ‘What is the chaff to the wheat?’ saith the Lord. ‘Is not My word like as a fire?’ saith the Lord, ‘and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,’ saith the Lord, ‘that steal My words every one from his neighbor.’

– Jeremiah 23:28-30


The Maccabee – A Reggae Song called ‘Maccabee Version’

September 24, 2011

‘Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’

– Jeremiah 23:29

in 1807, A little more than 200 years ago, the Abolition of the Slave Trade became a law in Great Britain. This marked ‘the beginning of the end of the virulent capturing and transporting of African people to be the slaves of the white plantation owners in North and South America and the Caribbean.’ What remains little known is the the fact that a mere ‘6% of the slaves exported from Africa ended up in the United States.’ Far more of them ended up in the West Indies, also called the Caribbean. It is claimed that the treatment of the slaves who ended up there was ‘much more harsh and abusive than in the United States.’

For whatever reason, the descendants of these slaves, who are now free, had a habit of identifying, and indeed, preferring what is called the Maccabee Bible, over the King James Bible, which usually did not include the Book of the Maccabees I and II. The Maccabee Bible did include these two books. Here is the history of the situation in the Caribbean when it comes to Christianity and the reading of the Bible:

In 1827 the British and Foreign Bible Society decided never to print or circulate copies of the King James Version containing the Apocrypha. The reason was that among the books of the Apocrypha are the four books of the Maccabees. The Maccabees detail the glorious exploits of Judas Maccabaeus, a Jewish guerrilla leader, descended from a well-known priest, Mattathias….The slaves of the West Indies came to identify as deeply with Judas Maccabaeus of the books of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha as they did with Moses of the Exodus.

– Reggae reveals Church involvement in slavery, by Paul A Tidemann

Reverence for the Maccabees, whose two books must have been studied by at some black slaves centuries ago, lingers on today in the form of a Reggae song written by Max Romeo. Reggae is a form of music performed by what are known as Rastafarians, a Christian sect which ‘began in the 1930s and declares that Ethiopia’s late Emperor, Haile Selassie, was divine and a savior, that Ethiopia is Eden, and that Blacks will eventually be repatriated to Africa.’ Their music is, in many ways, directly descended from the original folk music that the original black slaves brought with them to Jamaica from Africa. The lyrics to this song, written in 1976, read as follows:

Yu gave I King James Version;

King James was a White Man.

Yu built I dang’rous weapon

To kill I all de Black Man.

Yu sold de land God gave I

And taught I to be covetous.

What other wicked deeds

Have yu got in mind?

Tell me, what are yu gonna do

To stop dese daily crimes?


Bring back Maccabee Version

Dat God gave to Black Man.

Give back King James Version

Dat belongs to de White Man.

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin’ yu foot

And give Black God de glory.

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin’ yu foot

And give Black God de glory.


Yu suffer I and yu rob I;

Yu starve I, den yu kill I.

But what are yu gonna do

Now dat yu sword have turned against yu?

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin’ yu foot

And give Black God de glory.

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin’ yu foot

And give Black God de glory.


Bring back Maccabee Version

Dat God gave to Black man.

Give back King James Version

Dat belongs to de White Man.

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin yu foot

And give Black God de glory.

Black Man get up, stan’ up

Fin’ yu foot

And give Black God de glory.

– Maccabee Version, by Max Romeo

The most puzzling aspect of these lyrics is when the singer claims that God gave ‘Maccabee Version’ of the Bible to the black man in Jamaica. Why does he sing this? One possibility is that the black slaves who knew about these two Books of the Maccabees must have identified with their description of a rebellion against the Greek occupiers and oppressors of the Jews. Thus, when the white Christian missionaries began to evangelize the black Jamaican slaves and their descendants with Bibles that did not include the Books of the Maccabees, this may have made them suspicious as to why this had been done. One sources has the following explanation:

The decision of the British mission society to prohibit the printing of these books in Bibles meant that in one way or another knowledge of them became part of the folk wisdom of the Black people and when these actual writings became known they were seen as uniquely “Black.” The reggae by Max Romeo, coming out of the strong Black-consciousness of Jamaican Rastafarianism, manifests such a theme.

– Reggae reveals Church involvement in slavery, by Paul A Tidemann

In short, the early cultural memories of the Books of the Maccabees, along with the rebellion that they describe, lived on long after they had been excluded from the Bibles typically used by the black Jamaicans. From slavery to freedom, the Caribbean blacks must have identified Bibles that excluded the Maccabees as being tools of continuing white oppression. Two centuries after black slavery was abolished in Jamaica, the ‘Maccabee Version’ became simply another Reggae song from 1976.

May the LORD GOd bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.



The Hammer of God, Part V. In Search of the Maccabee Tombs

January 15, 2011

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”

– Jeremiah 23:29

The Hammer of God

‘Maccabee’ is the word for Hammer in Hebrew

Part V. In Search of the Maccabee Tombs

Maccabee Tomb

Most Probable Site of the Maccabee Tombs

Jerusalem of the Second Temple period was surrounded by cemeteries and grave fields. Due to the sanctity of the city and the ritual impurity of the dead, burial was permitted only at reasonable distance from the city walls.

-Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Baba Bathra 2, 9

In general, the exact location of the original Maccabee tombs continues to remain a matter of dispute. A growing number of experts are becoming more confident that they are located just outside of the hometown of the Maccabees, called Modein. Even so, several sites that can be classified as Hasmonean tombs, including Jason’s Tomb, have been identified and can be seen as follows:

Hasmonean Tomb of Zachariah by hasmonean 

Zachariah’s Tomb, a Hasmonean Gravesite

The Maccabee Tomb of Jason by hasmonean

Jason’s Tomb, Rehavia, Jerusalem

Historically, the Maccabees are considered the founders of the Hasmonean dynasty which ruled ruled Judea and Israel until the days of Herod, an Edomite, who managed to murder all the remaining Hasmoneans directly related to the original five sons of Mattathias the Hasmonean, namely John Gaddis, Simon Thassi, Judas Maccabaeus, Eleazar Avaran, and Jonathan Apphus. Here is the original timeline of the beginning of the Hasmonean royal dynasty:

Leader(s) of the Maccabees Timeline
167 BC: Mattathias, the Hasmonean
166 – 161 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, the Hammer of the LORD
161 – 143 BC: Jonathan Apphus, the Wary
143 – 135 BC: Simon Thassi, the Zealous Guide

Although the Maccabees, and later their descendants, the Hasmoneans, managed to keep Israel free from foreign oppression for almost 150 years, this abruptly ended with King Herod who was not a Hasmonean at all. Wikipedia states the following:

The Hasmonean dynasty, which leaped onto the stage of history with such dramatic heroism, disappeared from that same stage with cruel suddenness. The despot Herod, whose régime was forced upon the unwilling Jewish populace by his Romans overlords, was fully aware that the aura of Hasmonean charisma would constitute a continual threat to his power, and hence he undertook to ruthlessly murder all the remaining descendants of that family, including his beloved wife Mariamne, granddaughter of the Hasmonean ruler Hyrcanus II. Herod executed her on trumped-up charges of disloyalty, as he did afterwards to the two sons she had borne him, Alexander and Aristobulus.

– Wikipedia

Thus, while many of the later Hasmonean tombs have been correctly identified, the Maccabee Tombs themselves have yet to completely verified and agreed upon by the various experts in history and archaeology. In general it is believed that the Tombs of the Maccabees are located west of Jerusalem in the Ben-Shemen Forest region right nearby the modern Israeli city of Modi’in, Israel. Historically, this is very close to where the original Maccabee rebellion first began against the Greek occupation. One source describes the site in the following manner:

Ancient cave-tombs riddle the area, but the Maccabee-country location of this cluster of limestone tombs, which appears to be that of one family, and their old Arabic name – “tombs of the Jews”- persuade many that the Maccabees were buried here. Hanukkah ceremonies honoring the ancient warriors have been held here for the past century.


Here are just a few pictures of the vicinity where the original Maccabees are believed to have been buried. Further research and scientific digs will most probably reveal additional information in the future. For the most part, the vast majority of professionals agree that this is the most probable location of the remains of Mattathias the Hasmonean along with his five sons, the Maccabee Brothers:

The Tombs of the Maccabees  

Tomb of the Maccabees


Site of the Maccabee Tombs

Maccabee Tombs 


Location of Maccabee Tombs

Maccabee Tomb Graphic

The Maccabee Tombs

searchresult_watermark.phptombmaccabee by hasmonean

General Location of the Maccabee Tombs

May the LORD GOd bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.


The Hammer of God, Part IV. The Righteous Maccabee Legacy called the Sicarii

January 13, 2011

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”

– Jeremiah 23:29

The Hammer of God

The Maccabee stands for Hammer in Hebrew

Part IV. The Righteous Maccabee Legacy called the Sicarii

The Oldest Secret Tradition in the World
The War of the Maccabees that was fought against the sexually perverted Greek occupiers of Israel resulted in the revival of a tradition that had lain dormant within Judaism for literally thousands of years. For the first time since the Hebrew slave rebellion led by Moses against Pharaoh and the Egyptians, an ultra-secret society was formed with the sole purpose of protecting both Judaism and the Jewish people from any external threats. Legend has it that their symbol was the all-seeing eye below the pyramid, much like the back-side of the Great Seal of the United States turned upside down. Others believe it was simply the Star of David, also known as the Seal of Solomon.

Solomon was in a different category, because he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower.

– Babylonian Talmud, Mo’ed IV, Megillah 11b

This secret society, whose members included both the Sadducees and the Pharisees, later became known as the Sicarii, the only group that had actual contact with the Jewish dead. They saw themselves as enforcers of the Law and were instrumental in forming a Jewish educational network that taught literally all Jews the fundamentals of their religion along with basic reading and writing skills, something that had never been done before. Indeed, the Jews were the first people in history to have almost an entirely literate population. The result of this universal religious schooling was a substantial increase in the number of Zealots, pious Jews who knew the Torah, as well as a huge surplus of devout and well-educated Jews who settled throughout the Greco-Roman Empire and excelled in business and commerce. During the rise of Pagan Rome, the overall population of Jews increased exponentially due to their preference for large families and their religious ban on abortions, infanticide, or birth control, something which the Pagans practiced quite frequently.

It could be claimed that the secret tradition of Jewish independence from Gentile rule or enslavement and the underground brotherhood that kept this unwritten tradition alive originated with Abraham and was passed down by word of mouth, from father to son, until it culminated in the Sicarii brotherhood many centuries later. The exact lineage can be seen in the following manner:

Abraham –> The Twelve Sons of Israel –> The Priests of Midian –> The Maccabees

The Sicarii, the Rebels of the Suprenatural
The Sicarii were basically hard-core descendants of the Maccabean tradition, some by blood, others by initiation. Rites of passage included learning how to stare directly at the sun without going blind, eating feces and drinking urine to open the mind’s eye, drinking salt-water to induce both diarrhea and vomiting thus clearing the bowels of any unwanted elements.

Every one is (morally) blind until his eyes are opened for him from above.

– Genesis Rabba 53

Further studies included the self-mastering of both dreams and visions- in other words, the conscious control of both the subconscious and unconscious world. This was followed by the teaching of more advanced skills such as remote viewing, detecting ghosts and other spirits, invisibility, telepathy between fellow members and their spouses, and even lycanthropy itself. Jesus and His apostles were also adept at these supernatural, miraculous talents that included healing and exorcisms of evil spirits. The following chart describes some of these supernatural gifts, what the later Church would refer to as gifts of the Holy Ghost, or Charisms:

Operation Biblical Passage
Rock Song
Staring at the Sun Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. (Matthew 13:43)
You’re not the only one staring at the sun afraid of what you’d find if you stepped back inside. – Staring at the Sun, by U2
Ingesting Feces and Urine To the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you. (Isaiah 36:12), And another one gone, and another one gone…Hey, I’m going get you too…Another one bites the dust.
– Another One Bite the Dust, by Queen
Drinking Salt Water
You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor…it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)
I’m stepping into the twilight zone…Place is a madhouse feels like being cloned…So you’ll come to know when the bullet hits the bone. – Till the Bullet hits the Bone, by Earrings Golden
Detecting Ghosts All manner of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven…but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven. (Matthew 12:31) All we are is dust in the wind… Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky. It slips away and all your money won’t another minute buy.   – Dust in the Wind, by Kansas
Remote Viewing
And the devil, taking Him up unto a high mountain, showed…Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (Luke 4:5) Sundown you better take care If I find you been creeping around my back stairs. She’s…looking like a queen in a sailor’s dream.  – Sundown, by Gordon Lightfoot
They took…up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:59)
He got early warning. He got muddy water…He say ‘One and one and one is three,’ got to be good-looking because he’s so hard to see. Come together. – Come Together, by The Beatles
Telepathy The LORD said…Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I…bear a child, when I am old? Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. He said, ‘Nay you did laugh.’ (Genesis18:13-15)
Tell me what you find when you read my mind…Put your back on me, put your back on me. The stars are blazing like rebel diamonds cut out of the sun when you read my mind. – Read my Mind, by The Killers
Lyncanthropy Who knows that the spirit of man goes upward, and that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth? (Ecclesiastes 3:21)
I hope we’re not too messianic or a trifle too satanic…I am just a monkey man…I’m glad you are a…monkey woman. I’m a monkey, I’m a monkey. – Monkey Man, by The Rolling Stones

In addition to this, several of the most exceptional members of the Sicarii, some living some dead, could also use mind reading, thought control, clairvoyance, levitation, teleportation, and were capable of spiritually possessing other people. They weren’t magicians or sorcerers in any manner and Simon Magus was certainly not one of them. For the most part, they viewed their ‘magic’ abilities as deriving from the LORD God and were wary of the Biblical prohibitions against witchcraft and sorcery. They practiced their arts with extreme caution and humility, always fearing they might offend God by accident. An explanatory chart of their more advanced abilities is as follows:

Operation Pertinent Biblical Passage
Mind Reading
Thus says the LORD God of Israel…Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be thy wife. (II Samuel 12:7-9)
Thought Control
The LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go. (Exodus 10:20)
When you…see the abomination of desolation…standing where it should not, (let him that reads this understand) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains. (Mark 13:14)
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled…and they cried out for fear. (Matthew 14:25-26)
If you have faith, and doubt not…you shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (Matthew 21:21)
Spiritual Possession
Then Satan entered into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. (Luke 22:3)

With gratitude, the Sicarii looked upon their own personal talents as spiritual gifts bestowed upon them directly by the LORD God. This was quite different from the Pagans’ perception that miraculous abilities came from themselves personally rather than from an external, divine source such as the Hebrew God. For the most part, the Sicarii used their ‘magical’ skills in a precise manner, much like a doctor uses a scalpel for surgery.

The Righteous Knives of the Sicarii
In time, and because of their rage over the Jews who betrayed them and allied themselves with Rome and their sodomite gods, the Sicarii sometimes resorted to political violence and assassination. Wikipedia writes the following:

The Sicarii resorted to terror to obtain their objective. Under their cloaks they concealed sicae, or small daggers, from which they received their name. At popular assemblies, particularly during the pilgrimage to the Temple Mount, they stabbed their enemies (Romans or Roman sympathizers, Herodians, and wealthy Jews comfortable with Roman rule), lamenting ostentatiously after the deed to blend into the crowd to escape detection. Literally, Sicarii meant “dagger-men”.

In truth, the Sicarii were far more than a terrorist sect seeking political independence from Rome. They were folk-heroes, much like Robin Hood, and would have heartily agreed with the sentiment to ‘steal from the rich to give to the poor.’ When they could, the Sicarii would purchase back poor Jews who had been sold into slavery, help young Jewish women leave the life of prostitution, and protect Jewish property from being vandalized or stolen. Many times, their members would work as bodyguards for rich Jews guarding plantations, mansions, and traveling caravans. Not all of them were strictly law-abiding, however. The ancient tradition of defecating and leaving a fresh pile of feces in the homes of the rich after burglarizing them and stealing their possessions was originally a Sicarii tradition that has survived up to the present day.

Not all the Sicarii were thieves and the ones that were would tend to burglarize non-Jewish homes such as tax-collectors, slave-traders or Pagan government officials. Theft was still considered a wicked, greedy sin by the upper echelons of the Sicarii hierarchy. If they ever did steal from their fellow Jews, it was from those rich Jews who no longer practiced Judaism and, instead, affiliated with their Roman oppressors even going so far as to worship the Pagan gods.

Little known to most modern historians, it was the Sicarii who kept the Jewish districts safe and clean throughout the entire Roman Empire. Unlike their Pagan neighbors, who would leave their own elderly and unwanted infants outside the city’s gates to be killed and eaten by wild, scavenger dogs, the Sicarii helped to care for all Jews, including the poor, orphans and widows. They did not allow raw sewage, or garbage, to build up in Jewish neighborhoods.

Outside the camp you shall have a place set aside to be used as a toilet. You shall also keep a shovel in your equipment and with it, when you go outside to ease nature, you shall first dig a hole and afterward cover up your excrement. For the LORD thy God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you…therefore shall your camp be holy: that he sees no unclean thing…and turn away from you.

– Deuteronomy 23:13-15

Contrary to those who dislike them, the Sicarii also showed pity upon as many deserving Gentiles as they could and would often sympathize with those outsiders who made an effort to worship the God of Israel and abide by Jewish law. They were not near as ‘racist,’ tribalistic, or ethnocentric as some critics might contend. Indeed, many were born and raised far away from their homeland. More than a few Sicarii were from humble origins and had mixed blood. As the Babylonian Talmud states:

We support the poor of the heathen along with the poor of Israel, and visit the sick of the heathen along with the sick of Israel, and bury the poor of the heathen along with the dead of Israel in the interests of peace.

– Babylonian Talmud, Nashim IV, Gittin 61a

Throughout the vast Jewish diaspora that existed within the Empire, the Sicarii provided an impenetrable defense against Pagan criminal predators of all varieties. They would walk the streets of Jewish neighborhoods throughout the night keeping the Jewish masses safe in their homes until the break of day. Because of the sexually perverted practices of many Pagan Greco-Romans, which included pedophilia, incest and homosexuality, the Sicarii were always careful to ensure the chastity of all young Jewish children. Although it probably seldom ever occurred, a standard practice of the Sicarii was to hunt down and castrate any Pagan who was guilty of raping a Jewish child, or adult, for that matter. They allowed the rapist to live only to show the other Gentiles what would happen to them if they dared touch any Jew in a sexually aggressive manner. As the Bible states:

Dinah, the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land…Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and raped her…And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel for my wife…And Jacob heard that he had raped Dinah his daughter…And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had wrought folly in Israel in raping Jacob’s daughter; a thing which should never be done….And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife…And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised…Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers…came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males…And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went out…The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had raped their sister.

– Genesis 34:1-27

Any Pagans, including Roman centurions, who repeatedly mistreated, harassed, or violently threatened the Empire’s Jewish citizens to any great extent would often find themselves dead with their throats cut in some back alley after they refused to leave the Jews alone. Long before the Mafia, there was the Sicarri who did not indulge in gambling, extortion, or prostitution. Indeed, they were instrumental in helping fellow Jews steer clear of these wicked practices. However, they would, in fact, smoke hashish quite frequently and drink large amounts of beer and wine when they were available. There is substantial historical evidence that the ancient Jews grew and smoked marijuana, even using it as medicine. To the upper-class Greco-Romans, the Sicarii were considered a criminal nuisance that posed a potential threat to their establishment. To the pious Rabbis, they were a dirty, sinful bunch of odd-fellows that helped protect vulnerable Jews from the dangerous Gentile hordes- a necessary evil that provided safety for the Jewish lower classes. For many ordinary Jews, however, they were revered as heroes, protectors, and guardians of the Law. In modern times, Jewish Bolsheviks and socialist revolutionaries often thought of themselves in the same manner, seeing themselves as 20th century Maccabees. Beautiful Jewish maidens from rich and/or devout families would swoon at the sight of these handsome, wild outlaws only to be scolded by their parents that they were not meant to ever marry a mere Sicarri, who were mostly lower class Jewish commoners. The answer was no, absolutely not, before their daughters could even ask the question.

More than a few Sicarii never married and would satisfy their lusts with suitable partners behind closed doors. These included Pagan widows, demonic Gentile prostitutes, and lonely noble Greco-Roman ladies whose husbands preferred other males. Any offspring they produced were given to suitable Jewish families or were allowed to be brought up in wealthy Pagan households just as Moses had been thousands of years before. Sometimes, their Sicarii fathers would actually return to reclaim them when they had grown older and would then teach them the ancient Jewish traditions of the forefathers, especially male circumcision. Being somewhat ecumenical, the Sicarii would sometimes even recruit sincere Gentiles to join them. During the eighth day of initiation, the standard practice was to give the newcomer a sharp dagger and have them slice off their own foreskins and throw it into the fire rather than having an actual Rabbi perform the procedure. This ritual made them a fellow Hebrew and spiritual son of Abraham.

The Sicarii brotherhood was the primary factor behind the Jewish revolt against Rome which ended in disaster and the destruction of both Jerusalem and the Second Temple. Legend has it that giant sodomites came down from Mount Olympus and tore the Jewish Temple to pieces. When direct violence against the enemy gods proved to be a failure, some of them took to the new movement of Christianity. Much like second or third-generation mafia mobsters, they decided to go legitimate and the Christian religion ended up thriving due to their subtle influence and the generous protection they provided. Having seen more than a few ghosts in their time, many of the Sicarii probably had no problem with the belief that Jesus rose from the dead.

Some modern scholars, almost all Protestant, have attempted to link the Apostle Judas Iscariot to the Sicarii due to the similarity in spelling. One historian writes: ‘A second theory is that “Iscariot” identifies Judas as a member of the Sicarii. These were a cadre of assassins among Jewish rebels intent on driving the Romans out of Judea.’ The fact of the matter is that Judas Maccabeus and his legacy known as the Sicarii had absolutely nothing to do with Judas Iscariot and the betrayal of Jesus Christ. Anything else is Protestant ignorance, hostility and deliberate defamation of the heroic Maccabee brothers, especially of St. Judas Maccabeus.

The Dark Sicarii Roots of Christianity
In time, the Sicarii and the Maccabees faded into obscurity and became simply one of the many traditions of the Roman Catholic Church which became less and less Jewish over time. Because of their influence, however, the early Church fathers and other Christians also learned the secret arts of the Holy Ghost, both black ‘magic’ and white ‘magic’, and began displaying the same exceptional abilities that the Sicarii had previously kept completely hidden from public view. In stark contrast to the Sicarii tendency to cover up the supernatural, the Christians openly flaunted their miraculous talents, causing many of the overly superstitious Pagan Gentiles to convert to this new religion. In some respects, the Sicarii brotherhood was the original, enchanted cornerstone of the early Church. Official Christian investigators later developed procedures to record and document genuine miracles of God, long after the legendary Menorah candle that stayed lit for eight days. As it now stands today, Judaism still insists that the last miracle of God occurred during Hanukkah around 2,150 years ago. The Roman Catholic Church believes that supernatural miracles are still occurring even today and will continue to occur until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus, the Hammer of God.


The Hammer of God, Part II. The Maccabee Laws of God

January 12, 2011

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

– Jeremiah 23:29

The Hammer of God

The Maccabee stands for Hammer in Hebrew

Part II. The Maccabee Laws of God

The Maccabees Enforce the Laws of God
The tradition of the Maccabees within the Church, both in the West and in the East, has always been a tradition of what modern society would call law enforcement. Since the beginning of Christianity, they have actively promoted the rule of law, most especially the moral and ethical laws found in the Old Testament. Sometimes their law enforcement policies have been quite brutal. It is no coincidence that the word Maccabee is Hebrew for the word hammer, while the main text on witchcraft called Malleus Maleficarum is better known as ‘The Hammer of the Witches’.

Today, the Maccabees are playing a leading role in trying to heal the Schism between Eastern and Western Christianity. They are also a highly influential element of the Office of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, commonly known as the Inquisition.

The Maccabees & The United States Military
The five brothers of the Maccabees basically assisted in writing the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Read carefully, this code seems very Old Testament in its outlook. Literally all forms of sexual perversion are prohibited outright. Rape, adultery, sodomy, and fornication are not only grounds for demotion and possible dishonorable discharge, but can also result in criminal punishment, including prison time depending upon the severity of the offense. Even using vulgar language with sexual connotations is considered punishable. The U.S. Code of Military Justice carries some of the harshest penalties for sex crimes in the known world. A partial list of these sex offenses and their penalties are as follows:

Criminal Sex Act (USCMJ): Criminal Sentence (USCMJ)
Rape and Rape of a Child: Death Penalty/Life Imprisonment
Aggravated Sexual Assault: 30 Years Imprisonment
Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child: 20 Years Imprisonment
Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child: 20 Years Imprisonment
Aggravated Sexual Contact: 20 Years Imprisonment
Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child: 20 Years Imprisonment
Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child: 15 Years Imprisonment
Indecent Liberty with a Child: 15 Years Imprisonment
Abusive Sexual Contact: 7 Years Imprisonment
Indecent Act: 5 Years Imprisonment
Forcible Pandering: 5 Years Imprisonment
Wrongful Sexual Contact: 1 Year Imprisonment
Indecent Exposure: 1 Year Imprisonment

Far more than anyone else, it has been the Maccabees, especially St. Judas Maccabeus, that have insisted upon keeping the unique tradition of an ‘officer and a gentleman’ alive and well within the United States Military. Unfortunately, this tradition has broken down in recent years and many potential problems have simply been ignored. In the past, religious Chaplains actively serving in the military were required to be ordained Roman Catholic Priests, Jewish Rabbis or Protestant Ministers. In other words, the U.S. Military only provided religious services for Jews and Christians and no one else. These days, those who practice witchcraft and even outright Pagans have also gained the ‘right’ to have their own respective denominations represented among U.S. Military Chaplains. It is only a matter of time before avowed Satanists also assert their ‘rights.’ Imagine that, a Satanic Priest serving as a chaplain in tomorrow’s military and being paid a salary using tax-payer dollars! By any standard, the Maccabees would consider this an outrage.

The United States army has recognized white witchcraft as a
religion and has appointed chaplains to oversee pagan ceremonies
on at least five bases. A Pentagon spokesman said yesterday that
there were believed to be at least 100 witches attending covens at
Fort Hood, Texas, the army’s largest base with more than 42,000
troops. So respectful has the army become of the pagan rites that
security was increased at Fort Hood’s Boy Scout camp, where
covens are held. The move is to deter members of Christian groups
from intimidating the group. The pagans, called Wiccans, are
accorded the same privileges as practitioners of Christianity,
Judaism andIslam. They are encouraged to have their religious
preference stamped on the metal dog-tags each soldier wears.

– Ben Fenton

What is even more outrageous is the sexual misconduct that has become rampant in today’s United States Military. Because of the unisexual, co-ed practices that are now prevalent, fornication and even adultery have become commonplace, even in places such as Iraq, an active war-zone. Allowing men and women to mingle freely may have helped the case for women’s equality, but it has also caused an almost complete break-down in the sexual morality of U.S. troops, especially among the enlisted. Even the top military academies have not escaped unscathed. There have been numerous reports of lecherous male cadets dropping their pants in front of female cadets in full anticipation of receiving oral sex. Apparently, this was what was expected of them! Grown males, with some of the highest educational achievements in the nation, were exposing themselves to female Naval, Air Force, Army and Marine cadets, with similar academic credentials, as a standard hazing practice.

They covered…the mark of their circumcision and abandoned
the holy covenant; they allied themselves with the Gentiles and
sold themselves to wrongdoing.

– I Maccabees 1:15

This is a far cry from the U.S. Military traditions of yesteryear in which well-dressed, unmarried young men and women would attend dances, balls, and celebrations in their finest attire and would dance and sing eloquently to the approval of the older married men and women with families. It is to be hoped that the age-old tradition of an ‘officer and a gentleman’ that originates from the devout, chaste behavior of numerous Israelite warriors throughout history will someday return.

The Five Brothers of the Maccabees & Their Legacy
More than two thousand years ago, the victorious Maccabees and their followers lit a candle that miraculously lasted for eight days before burning out. That candle continues to survive within the Roman Catholic Church and within Orthodox Judaism. To a lesser extent, it also resides in the modern Evangelical Protestant Church and still flickers within the United States Military. It can be seen in nature itself as when crows, pigeons and other birds will forcibly bob their heads and peck at the ground as if they were living hammers pounding on the dirt, or concrete, in tribute and remembrance of St. Judas Maccabeus, the hammer, and his brothers. Many traditional religious believers will insist that this is no mere coincidence. The actual names of the five brothers of the Maccabees, the sons of Matthias, are as follows:

St. John Gaddi- John, the Treasure
St. Simon Thassi- Simon, the Zealous Guide
St. Judas Maccabeus- Judas, the Hammer
St. Eleazar Avaran- Eleazar, the Piercer
St. Jonathan Apphus- Jonathan, the Wary

As mentioned previously, these five brothers were, in fact, the very first Saints of the Christian Church before it split into different sects. Even though they were never Christian in their own life-times, they were instrumental in organizing and carrying out the rebellion and subsequent war against the pagan Greco-Roman gods of old. They willingly followed Rabbi Jesus and His rebellion against Zeus and Apollo after His death on the cross when ‘He descended into Hell.’ Wikipedia states the following:

The Roman Catholic Church regarded the Holy Maccabees as
martyrs in their Calendar of Saints, although this feast was
suppressed in 1969. The Eastern Orthodox Church continues to
celebrate the Holy Maccabean Martyrs on August 1, the first
day of the Dormition Fast.

As Christian Saints they are considered by the Church to reside in the Kingdom of Heaven. Their status among the Jews remains less clear, but even the non-Christian Jerusalem Talmud states on numerous occasions, ‘Blessed be the Angels and the Saints.’ Because of the sharp influx of Gentiles into the early Church, there was a slight hesitation among some early Christians in accepting mere Jews equally with the true Saints of the Church such as the Apostles. In the end, these God-fearing Gentiles had no problem in accepting the Jewish Saints known as the Maccabees as part of the overall Canon. Arnaldo Momigliano writes, ‘The Fathers of the Church persuaded their flock…that the seven “Maccabean” brothers deserved to be treated as Christian saints.’

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus, the Hammer of God.


The Maccabee Introduction

January 12, 2011

The Maccabee

The Maccabee is the official Website of the Eternal Order of St. Judas Maccabaeus, a Judeo-Christian Research Foundation



Greetings, Blessings, and Welcome to The Maccabee, the official Website of the Eternal Order of St. Judas Maccabaeus, a Judeo-Christian Research Foundation. The Order of St. Judas was founded in 2010 by members of the Holy Roman/Ukrainian Catholic Church in order to protect and preserve the Judeo-Christian tradition of the Maccabees, who were a group of devout Jewish rebels who went to war against the Greek Empire, and the Pagan ‘gods’ of Mt. Olympus, in the year 167 B.C. Within three years after the Rebellion of the Maccabees had begun, the forces of traditional, Orthodox Temple Judaism led by St. Judas Maccabaeus, the Hammer, had re-taken Jerusalem and cleansed the Temple of Jerusalem of any Pagan contamination by hammering the Abomination of Desolation into pieces and forever removing it from the Temple. This earth-shaking, internationally famous occurrence is still celebrated today by Jews from around the world during the 8 day winter festival called Hanukkah, which means Dedication in Hebrew.

The Judeo-Christian Menorah

The Maccabees are also celebrated and revered as Christian Saints by the many Churches of Maccabee Christianity including the Holy Roman Catholic, Orthodox Catholic, Eastern Orthodox,  Coptic and Ethiopian Churches. By tradition, this means that these Churches openly proclaim and declare that the Maccabees are already in the Kingdom of Heaven with God even though the Second Coming of Joshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and the Resurrection of the Dead have yet to take place. There are approximately 15 Maccabee Saints. They include the following:

The Maccabee Cornerstone


999 – The Five Maccabee Brothers – 999
I. St. John ‘the Treasure’ Gaddis
II. Simon ‘the Zealous Guide’ Thassi
III. Judas ‘the Hammer’ Maccabeus
IV. Eleazar ‘the Piercer’ Avaran
V. Jonathan ‘the Wary’ Apphus

The Father: St. Mattathias the Hasmonean

777 – The Seven Holy Maccabee Martyrs – 777
I. St. Abim,
II. St. Antonius,
III. St. Guriah, Gurias
IV. St. Eleazar
V. St. Eusebon, Eusebonus
VI. St. Alim, Alimus
VII. St. Marcellus

The Mother: St. Solomonia (Hannah, Mirriam)
The Teacher: St. Eleazar


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Sasha Cohen, Queen of the North, the Maccabee Princess of Ice and Snow

November 12, 2010

Sasha Cohen, the Maccabee Princess of Ice

Born: October 26, 1984
Birthplace: Westwood, Calif.
Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
Training Town: Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
Skating Club: Orange County FSC
Coaches: John Nicks and Rafael Arutunian
Choreographers :Lori Nichol and Nikoli Morozov

Sasha’s Favorites
Sports figure: Lance Armstrong
City: Barcelona, Spain
Season: Summer
Author: John Steinbeck
Magazine: People
Movies: My Fair Lady, Baraka and Bridges of Madison County
TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl and Sex and the City
Gadget: iPod
Drink: Coffee
Quote “Life’s tough, get a helmet.”

Sasha’s Three Things
– (Three things that) People would be surprised to find out about me… I’m always at the library, I love to run errands, and I’m interested in almost everything.
– Three people I’d like to have dinner with… Lance Armstrong, Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey
– Three things I hate doing… Waiting, getting up early and scheduling things way in advance
– Three things I love doing… Cooking/baking with friends and family, seeing theater and sleeping
– Three celebrity crushes… Clive Owen, Gerard Butler and Denzel Washington
– Three things I must have when I leave the house… Phone, iPod and wallet

Sasha’s Favorite Organizations
– Figure Skating in Harlem
– American Heart Association
– Boys & Girls Clubs of America
– Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
– Girls Inc.
– Make a Wish Foundation
– The Shaka Franklin Foundation
– PS Arts
– Public Libraries Literacy Programs
– Ronald McDonald House Charities
– Soldiers’ Angels
– Special Olympics

SASHA COHEN’s star quality shines brighter today than when she won a silver medal for the United States with a gutsy performance at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

She is an icon of her sport but also holds worldwide influence in other realms including fashion and nutrition, leading the way in promoting a healthy physical and mental daily regimen that stretches across all demographics.

“I concentrate on living in the now,” said Sasha, who was born Alexandra Pauline Cohen. It is the same philosophy that has molded Sasha’s life since taking a hiatus from competitive skating following her impressive win at the U.S. Championships and medal wins at the Olympics and the 2006 World Championships.

And it is a philosophy that continued to motivate Sasha as she looked toward competing at the 2010 U.S. Championship. Needing the challenge that competitive skating provides, Sasha took a break from touring and her other professional demands — her credits including commercials, movies and prime time television — to return to to competition in the 2009-10 season. She was fourth at nationals.

Sasha studied a semester at the intensive The New York Film Academy at Harvard University during her break from competitive skating. She has also taken speech classes and a variety of other acting classes, many from Hollywood’s top coaches. She is routinely given scripts to peruse.

Sasha is as much an ambassador for her charities, including the Figure Skating in Harlem organization, where she serves on the board, as she is for her sport. Recognizing that young people are influenced by what they see in public, Sasha thrives on being a positive role model.

Her autobiography “Fire On Ice,” published by HarperCollins after her thrilling appearance in Torino, is a testament to Sasha’s disciplined lifestyle.  The book sold out of its hardback printing while soft cover was in high demand well before its release date.

Good things don’t fall into Sasha’s lap but she makes good things happen. Sasha is living the moment but is in complete control of her life — she wouldn’t have it any other way.

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus

– Sasha,

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