The High Priest is depicted tearing his robe in grief at Jesus' perceived blasphemy. Was this a calculated move to stop secrets from being revealed? Fresco, Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337).

The Fatal Secret Jesus took to Jerusalem


Arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus made an extraordinary accusation that infuriated the priests and scribes of the holy city: “Every secret you’ve kept will become known. What you have whispered in hidden places will be shouted from the housetops.”  What was Jesus talking about? And how did he come to possess knowledge that threatened these influential men?

Jesus and the high priest Joseph Caiaphas (left). Painting circa 1630.

Jesus and the high priest Joseph Caiaphas (left). Painting circa 1630. Public Domain

In the second century the Greek philosopher, Celsus, wrote an invaluable book about Christianity based on a variety of older, now lost, sources. A Christian writer, Origen, ( fl. 247 AD) wrote a reply to Celsus’ book, quoting from it extensively. Of special interest is the revealing statement that poverty forced Jesus to travel to Egypt where the son of a carpenter might find work. It was there that he learned: “…certain arts for which the Egyptians are famous. Afterwards, returning from thence, he thought so highly of himself, on account of the possession of these arts, as to proclaim himself to be a God.” In the same passage Celsus provides an early description of the Egyptians’ gift for the art of puppetry. “These magicians also represent animals as moving, which are not in reality animals, but merely appear to the imagination to be such.”


Like the Egyptian-trained magicians, Jesus became famous for his ability to cast out demons and cure the mentally ill. It was his skill wielding the power of suggestion that enabled him to perform these impressive exorcisms; a hypnotic skill most likely imparted by his Egyptian mentors. (Notably, Jesus was unable to perform such miracles in his hometown where the people were not in awe of his reputation. An example of the hypnotist’s power of suggestion voided by familiarity.)

A priestess performing a ceremony. 'The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat' by John Reinhard Weguelin.

A priestess performing a ceremony. ‘The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat’ by John Reinhard Weguelin. Wikimedia Commons

Jesus would be aware that the ancient Egyptian art of puppetry had long been used for political ends. Together, hypnotism and puppetry were important keys to unlocking a secret story which the priests and scribes of Jerusalem wished to conceal.

Jesus timed his entry into Jerusalem to coincide with the Passover; the sacred day set aside by the Jews to commemorate their history-changing flight from Egypt led by Moses. As he rode into town the people, keen to believe the Messiah had finally arrived, tossed palm leafs across the road before Jesus. The tumultuous gathering soon drew the attention of the “chief priests and scribes” who were not amused by this display of adulation.

The Book of Exodus: “Departure of the Israelites”, by David Roberts, 1829.

The Book of Exodus: “Departure of the Israelites”, by David Roberts, 1829. Wikipedia Commons

At the time that Jesus entered Jerusalem to such acclaim Rome controlled the known world. Normally, they found it pragmatic to use local princes or kings as proxies to rule on their behalf. But on that fateful day the Roman Procurator, Pontius Pilate, (ruled 26-36 AD) was in charge. Pilate was one of three key characters who figure in the plot to kill Jesus. The others were Joseph Caiaphas, the Levite high priest of Jerusalem and Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee. Jesus called him “that fox.” Herod Antipas (20 BC to 39 AD) was considered only a ‘half Jew’ because his ancestors were from Edom, rather than Israel. Herod’s father (Herod the Great) had been responsible for the fabulous construction of the Temple in Jerusalem; the outer buildings of which were still being built when Jesus arrived.

Herod Anitpas. Painting circa 1886.

Herod Anitpas . Painting circa 1886. Public Domain

We suggest that Jesus was specifically calling out Joseph Caiaphas and Herod Antipas as hypocrites because they “… build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepuchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.”

The tomb he was confronting them about was the Jerusalem Temple which had been built to house the Ark of the Covenant, a holy relic constructed by Moses. Jesus’ words suggest that it was the blood of the prophet Moses which dripped from the ancestors of Caiaphas and Antipas. Joseph Caiaphas was descended from Israel’s third son, Levi. Herod Antipas’s ancestors came from Edom, where Reuel, Moses’s father-in-law, was born. In KILLING MOSES, we put forward the case that Moses had been murdered by Reuel and Levi at the Mountain of God. Reuel, also an Egyptian-trained magician, used hypnotism and puppetry to manipulate the children of Israel to secure the power he’d sought his entire adult life. Levi and his descendants, the Levite scribes, covered-up the homicide by their careful, and relentless, editing of the early parts of Bible.


Jesus’ unique education licensed him to identify significant evidence of Egyptian magic within the officially sanctioned story of Moses. Stories like the suspicious and sudden revival of Moses, aided by Hur and Aaron supporting his magical staff, as the battle with the Amalekites raged below.

The probability of this impressive feat being an illusion perpetuated by the use of puppetry would have not been overlooked by Jesus.’  He would have been familiar with the critical role played by masks amongst Egyptian magicians, leading him to suspect that the masked Moses who returned to the tribe was not the same man who climbed the mountain of God to receive the Ten Commandments. His less sophisticated tribe believed these stories to be true accounts of miracles. But a man trained in the arts of magic would be more discerning. He only needed to pull one or two threads from the fictional garment that covered the Levite story of Moses before the entire legend unravelled. He had identified the flaws in that carefully woven fabric of lies.

Herod Antipas and Joseph Caiaphas couldn’t afford to let Jesus expose the dark secret of their ancestors. At the very least they would be deposed if the people believed their ancestors had murdered Moses. But it was too dangerous to respond directly to the explosive accusations and bring attention to the very thing they were trying to hide. It was even more dangerous to let the rabble-rouser continue to ignite dissent. It was decided. Jesus must be arrested. The trial would be held in secret.

Looking for a reason to justify execution Joseph Caiaphas demanded that Jesus answer to whether or not he was the Son of God?  When Jesus confirmed his claim Caiaphas shocked his peers by seizing his clothes and tearing them from his body. Since Moses’ time, it had been strictly forbidden for a high priest to “rent his clothes.” Short of setting himself on fire Caiaphas could not have emphasized more the magnitude of the crime Jesus was committing by claiming to be the Son of God. The High Levite Priest of Jerusalem shouted, “…now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye?” It was a rhetorical question. The priests clamoured for a sentence of capital punishment. Joseph Caiaphas had his way. Jesus would be silenced; ostensibly because of blasphemy.

Jesus’ legend was built on the foundation created by Moses. To be crucified during Passover linked him forever with the immortal liberator of the Jews. We suggest that Jesus blamed the Edomites and Levites for the death of Moses. He knew exactly which buttons to push to incite them to overreact to his taunts and accusations. Even knowing the torturous fate that awaited him he was willing to assume the role of the sacrificial son whose slow death could redeem the murder of the quintessential father figure, Moses.

This article is excerpted from Rand & Rose Flem-Ath’s book, KILLING MOSES .

Featured image: The High Priest is depicted tearing his robe in grief at Jesus' perceived blasphemy. Was this a calculated move to stop secrets from being revealed? Fresco, Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337). Public Domain


Rand and Rose Flem-Ath, Killing Moses . 2014.

Mark Powelson & Ray Riegert (Editors and translations), The Lost Gospel Q : the Original Sayings of Jesus . 1996, 79.

Origen The Arguments of Celsus against the Christians, (translated by Thomas Taylor), 1830.

Rose Flem-Ath, Magic and superstition in ancient Egypt ,

Rand Flem-Ath, Moses and the Magician Reuel , Available at:

Flavius Josephus, Antiquity of the Jews , 14:15.2.

By Rand Flem-Ath and Rose Flem-Ath


Peti Miklos's picture

You really need to do more research into the subject before saying “every other Rabbi knows…." because that simply is not the truth. True, there was plenty of “mud slinging” going on for many a year after Christianity became a religion which denegrated the Jews, but this was not always the case. And most of these attempts to tear down the “Image” of this Christian Jesus by the Rabbis did not even begin to occur until the mid 100’s of the common era. You will not find a one from the time of Yeshua’s brother Ya’akov until then.

Now, how do I know he was a Prophet ? simple, he prophesied several different things which would occur, and they occured. Also, “Prophet and Servant of God” are the terms which were applied to him by his brothers Ya’akov and Yudah, and the Disciples. I accept their word and views on this subject. 

What kind of service did the Lord God Yehovah need 2000 years ago ? .. the same service he needed during the time of Moses, to free his people from bondage (albit of a different nature); and to lead them back to Him, back to His Torah, and away from the Talmud with it’s detremental effects,and interpretations by the Pharisee’s; and away from a corrupt Priesthood. Yeshua came to clarify,make straight the path, and instruct the sheep that had been lead astray. To know anything more as to Adonai Elohim Yehovah’s “kind of service needed” you would have to ask him. 

As to “Christian theology and promise”, all of that came from Gentiles (starting with Saul/Paul who didn’t care one iota about the life or teachings of Yeshua) who could have cared less about the Israelite religion of Yeshua, and which Yeshua would have found both perveted and blasphemous …  

Peti Miklos

How come you know he was a Jewish prophet while every other Rabbi knows he was a deranged bastard son of Maria? And what kind of service did Jehovah need 2000 years ago? Christian theology at least holds a lot of beauty and promise, promise that has never been fulfilled of course

Peti Miklos's picture

The word Tekton or Tecton basically meant "a builder", somewhat in the same sense as "a construction worker", and it covered a wide range of activity including work with mud brick, stone, and wood. Most recent research points to Yeshua working most likely and most often with stone or brick, so this is why I prefer to say he was a stone mason. Yes he would have been familiar with woodworking to, and most likely did some of it.

One must take into account where he grew up (Nazareth), and the type of work most generally in need at that time and in his area. Woodwork was mainly but not exclusively done for the wealthy which Nazareth wasn't especially known to have. It was a relatively small village occupied by the poorer classes of people. For those who wroked with stone and brick, Nazareth was  in an excellent location as it was only a short distance from Sephoris (which could actually be seen from Nazareth being that it sat on a hill directly to the north), and Sephoris was an ongoing work in progress during Yeshua's later tenage years and during his 20's. It was the Galillean capital of Herod Antipas, later to be replaced by Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee. Both cities required huge amounts of construction done in stone and brick, wood not so much. 

I hope that this clarifies my use of "stone mason" for you. 

Peti Miklos

Why do you say that Jesus was a stone mason?

From the base of G5098; an artificer (as producer of fabrics), that is, (specifically) a craftsman in wood: - carpenter.

Peti Miklos's picture

I am often asked “what one thing do you wish could be done away with in the world ?”, my answer s always the same, “Ignorance.” .. well after reading your comment in reply to what I wrote, I’m sorry to say that Ignorance is still with us !!

Peti Miklos


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