Man of Miracles
If you have not read the first part of the Story of the Essenes - The Beginning, then I respectfully recommend that you do so before you continue to read this article. It is not crucial that you do so, but it will be of some help in understanding how we reached our starting point for this article. If you cannot locate the first article on the website where you currently are, then you can read it on my website at http://dousimp.mnsi.net.
After centuries of faithful planning and progress, a small group of especially devoted and Divinely gifted members of the Essenes became aware, through dreams, visions and voices, that the birth of the long-awaited Savior was like a faint light at the end of a long tunnel, but a light none-the-less. But first, the birth, not selection but birth, of a Heavenly gifted teacher for the Messiah, needed to occur two or three decades before the birth of this prophesied Savior. Here is Edgar Cayce's story of that Heavenly anointed teacher, the next leader of the Essenes, and the most important person in the life of Jesus who was not named in the Bible.
"3. Here we may give even portions of the records as scribed by the entity called Judy, as the teacher, as the healer, as the prophetess through that experience. 4. Some four and twenty years before the advent of that entity, that soul-entrance into material plane called Jesus, we find Phinehas and Elkatma making those activities among those of the depleted group of the prophets in Mt. Carmel; that begun by Samuel, Elisha, Elijah, Saul, and those during those early experiences. 5. Because of the divisions that had arisen among the peoples into sects, as the Pharisee, the Sadducee and their divisions, there had arisen the Essenes that had cherished not merely the conditions that had come as word of mouth but had kept the records of the periods when individuals had been visited with the supernatural or out of the ordinary experiences; whether in dreams, visions, voices, or what not that had been and were felt by these students of the customs, of the law, of the activities throughout the experiences of this peculiar people - the promises and the many ways these had been interpreted by those to whom the preservation of same had been committed.
“6. Hence we find Phinehas and the companion, both having received the experience similar to that received by Hannah and Elkanah [DS: See I Samuel 1:1 to 2:21.], had drawn aside from many of the other groups. 7. And then as in answer to that promise [DS: If blessed with a child, that child would be dedicated to the service of the Lord.] , the child - Judy - was born. 8. That the entity was a daughter, rather than being a male, brought some disturbance, some confusion in the minds of many. 9. Yet the life, the experiences of the parents had been such that still - fulfilling their promise - they brought the life of their child, Judy, and dedicated it to the study and the application of self to the study of those things that had been handed down as a part of the EXPERIENCES of those who had received visitations from the unseen, the unknown - or that worshiped as the Divine Spirit moving into the activities of man.
"10. Hence we find the entity Judy was brought up in that environment; not of disputations, not of argumentations, but rather as that of rote and writ - as was considered necessary for the development, the influences, the activities of the life, to induce or to bring about those experiences. 11. That much had been to that period as tradition [DS: word of mouth] rather than as record [DS: written], appeared - from the activity of the entity, Judy - to have made a great impression. 12. So there was the setting about to seek means and manners for the preservation, and for the making of records of that which had been handed down as word of mouth, as tradition. Such channels and ways were sought out. And eventually the manner was chosen in which records were being kept in Egypt rather than in Persia, from which much of the tradition arose - of course - because of the very indwelling of the peoples in that land.
“13. Hence not only the manners of the recording but also the traditions of Egypt, the traditions from India, the conditions and traditions from many of the Persian lands and from many of the borders about same, became a part of the studies and the seeking of the entity Judy early in the attempts to make, keep and preserve such records. 14. The manners of communication being adverse, owing to the political situations that gradually arose due to the Roman influence in the land, made more and more a recluse of the entity in its early periods; until there were those visitations by what ye call the Wise Men of the East - one from Persia, one from India, one from the Egyptian land. 15. These reasoned with the Brethren, but more was sought from the studies of the entity Judy at that experience." [DS: Edgar Cayce reading 1472-3]
"7. (Q) Tell of the work, the prophecies, the hopes of Phinehas and Elkatma, Judy's parents, at Carmel, as Essenes. (A) These were those activities that may be illustrated very well in the ministry of the parents of the strong man, - that a parallel may be drawn; as to how first there was the appearance to the mother, and then the father, as to what should be the ministry, the activity of the entity that was to lead that group, and aid in the early teaching of the prophecies of the life of the child Jesus, as well as of John [DS: the Baptist.] For, John was more the Essene than Jesus. For Jesus held rather to the spirit of the law, and John to the letter of same. 8. (Q) Was Judy immaculately conceived, as perhaps was Samuel? (A) Neither were immaculately conceived. 10. (Q) Why was Judy not a boy as expected? (A) That is from the powers on high, and gave the first demonstration of woman's place in the affairs and associations of man. For, as were the teachings of Jesus, that released woman from that bondage to which she had been held since the ideas of man conceived from the fall of Eve, or of her first acceptance of the opinions, - these were the first, and those activities that brought about, in the teachings materially, that as Jesus proclaimed. 12. (Q) Describe any outstanding points or unusual abilities Judy had. (A) Only as one brought into those activities - as it may be well described as the feminine of Samson.
"13. (Q) Where did Judy receive her education, in what subjects, and who were her teachers? (A) The Holy Spirit, and the mother and father; not from other sources, though there were those activities from all of the teachings of the East, through those early periods before there were those acceptances of Judy as the leader of the Essenes at Carmel at that period. 14. (Q) During the lifetime of Jesus where did Judy live and with whom? (A) In Carmel; with the companion [DS: husband] and the mother. 15. (Q) Please describe Judy's personal appearance, her dress, her personality, her faith. (A) Draw upon the imagination for these. As would be the dress of Samson, making it feminine. 16. (Q) Tell of Judy's marriage, the name of her husband, his work - names of children and their accomplishments. (A) His work had to do with the records that were translated for the various groups. The activities of Judy through these experiences were much as might be termed those of Hannah, during those periods when there were those seekings for that from the Lord that might give a recompense for those doubts brought out by others. 18. (Q) What were the "fears" that wrecked Judy's son who is now  and why was Judy, the healer, unable to heal him? (A) It was not disease, other than that within self. Why were Samuel's sons sinners? These may only be answered within the individual or from the seeking of the individual himself.
"19. (Q) Tell about the angels appearing to Judy, when, where, and what they said. (A) Which period? These were many and oft. 20. (Q) Please describe Judy's home life as well as her Essene activities. (A) That as might be the description of an individual who had set self aside as a channel for such activities. These are very hard to be understood from the material mind, or from the material understanding or concept, especially in this period of consciousness. For, then man walked close with God. When there were those preparations - it is possible in the present, but not ACCEPTABLE. Consequently, to describe the home life as to say they sat in the sun, ate three square meals a day and wore little or nothing, or that they dressed in the best - it must be that as from the spirit. May best be described as given by Luke, in his description of those things that disturbed Mary. "She kept these things and pondered them in her heart." She [DS: Judy] kept those experiences, those teachings, - she pondered them in her heart. This did not prevent her from being, then, a material person, nor one with the faculties and desires for material associations - as indicated in the lack of celibacy. Is this indicated in any condition in the book, or man's relationship to God? Nowhere is this indicated!
"21. (Q) Tell about Judy teaching Jesus, where and what subjects she taught him, and what subjects she planned to have him study abroad. (A) The prophecies! Where? In her home. When? During those periods from his twelfth to his fifteenth-sixteenth year, when he went to Persia and then India. In Persia, when his father died. In India when John first went to Egypt - where [DS: Jesus] joined him and both became the initiates in the pyramid or temple there. 22. (Q) What subjects did Judy plan to have him study abroad? (A) What you would today call astrology. 23. (Q) At what major events in Jesus' life was Judy present, - such as casting out of demons, healing, feeding 5,000, etc.? (A) At his teaching - for a period of some five years.
“24. (Q) Was she present at any of the healings or the feeding of the multitudes? (A) Those where she chose to, but she was very old then. She lived to be sufficiently old to know, of course, of the feeding of the first five thousand. She was present, but rather as one that brought the crowds together, than as contributing to the activities at the time. For, there the divisions arose, to be sure. 25. (Q) Was Judy present at the Crucifixion or the Resurrection? (A) No. In spirit, - that is, in mind, - present. For, remember, Judy's experience at that time was such that she might be present in many places without the physical body being there!" [2067-11] Did that last sentence sink in, really sink in?
I hope you found these two Edgar Cayce readings as heartwarming and inspirational as I did. They clearly reveal Judy's Heavenly guidance and her role as the teacher of Jesus while He resided in the Judean lands. Judy was also effectively responsible for twice preserving the life of the infant Jesus from the clutches of Herod the Great. Many of you will be reasonably familiar with the story of the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem, but that birth in a manger was no accident resulting from the Inn being full. The events that took place on that historical day were all a carefully crafted and fairly secretive Essene undertaking. The Innkeeper of the establishment that Mary and Joseph were "turned away" from, along with his family, were long-time members of the Essenes, and Mary and Joseph were astutely detoured away from the busy Inn to the pre-prepared and waiting "the den, the cave, the stable" [1152-3], which apparently had been used in the past for the stabling of animals but no longer served that purpose, and was used for lodging on occasions when the Inn was truly full. The manger had not been removed. Herod the Great had heard the stories of the impending birth of "The King of the Jews", and had his henchmen out looking for the imminent birth of this new King. The cave accommodations kept everyone away, from the Holy Family, who were not a party to the secret arrangements. This story will be revealed in much greater detail in an upcoming article on the birth of Jesus.
Remember the wise men who were supposed to return, after the birth of the new King, to reveal his location to Herod the Great, but did not do so, causing Herod to later proclaim that all male infants in the Bethlehem area be put to death? [Matthew 2:13-16.] Judy and the Essenes were also responsible for smuggling The Holy Family, in a caravan of pilgrims out of Judea, under the cover of darkness, on their journey to Egypt. This story will also be revealed in much greater detail in an upcoming article on Jesus' early years.
And now you know why Judy, of the Essenes, was the most important person in the life of Jesus who was not mentioned by name in the Bible.
Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Booklocker. It was reissued in October of 2012 by 5 Prince Publishing as Soul Awakening, Book I of the Dacque Chronicles. For further details visit them at http://5princebooks.com/.
It is available in print and eBook format through most bookstores around the world. Soul Rescue, Book II of the Dacque Chronicles will be published in November of 2012. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website at http://dousimp.mnsi.net.
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