Who was he?

The famed biblical seer Saul of Cyrene was believed to have been a close follower of Jesus Christ having followed him and his disciples around Galilee.

Very little is known of his early days and he was not mentioned directly in any biblical text in the bible as we know it. But the holy book itself has been heavily edited and so references to Saul may have been excluded for obvious reasons as many of his writings conflict with the “approved” bible script.

Some scholars believe Saul (born 37BC, died 47AD) may have been a scribe from one of the temples around Jerusalem but left to follow the Christ and record his teachings.

There is speculation that Saul of Cyrene was actually Simon the man who is claimed in the bible to have helped carry the cross of Christ (Mark 15:21). Also in Acts 2:10 where Jews from Cyrene heard the disciples speaking in their own language in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, Simon (or Saul) is thought to have been in that group.

Saul spent his later days in the remote hills of Cyrene in present-day Shahhat, Libya as a reclusive seer and wrote extensively about his experience. Perhaps there he acquired the name Saul of Cyrene years later hence there was no biblical mention of this name in the earlier texts.

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Saul was said to have spent his last years living in solitude in a report area of Cyrene in Libya where he spent much of his time devoted to his writings Many of his journals and his obscure predictions have been lost in time but in 1887 near the village of Shahhat, some of his writings were found in a cave sealed in clay jars.

There were purportedly transferred to the Vatican several years later where they were to remain locked away for years in the Secret Archives. However in 1992 a few of the documents purportedly belonging to Saul of Cyrene were leaked to the world by Vatican scholars.

It is not immediately knows the extent of his writings that have been recovered. Only several pages have been leaked to the outside world. Israeli archaeologists believe that that several volumes of his texts still exist but they have been deemed too ‘unsettling’ to be publicly disclosed.

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Duty or Betrayal

One of the more intriguing versus written by Saul of Cyrene apparently discusses the Apostle Judas Iscariot and his biblical betrayal of Jesus to the Romans.

The Word had to be
so a servant most dear
was chosen to obey
betrayal most foul

Weeping bitterly
neither silver nor gold
would wash the stain
of a promise fulfilled

ImageThe Gospel of Judas which was excluded from the Bible of today consists of conversations between the disciple Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ.

It asserts that the other disciples were not privy to their private conversations and thus failed to understand that the betrayal of Christ was a necessary part in fulfilling the promises made in the bible and establishing a new Christian church on earth.

Saul of Cyrene seems to imply that Judas was carrying out a command directly from Jesus and had in reality, little choice in the matter. The betrayal had to occur just as Christ needed to die only be resurrected three days later in glory.

It would seem that Judas was torn by the magnitude of the task which lay before him. The other disciples would not understand or perhaps he had been told to keep the secret. Either way it was a cross he was duty-bound to bear alone.

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The End of Days

One of the most well known verses from Saul of Cyrene concerns the End of Days.

A second star, angry and red, from the east will rise.
Trembling in fear, the tribes witness a temple reborn.
Men will fall, seduced by the false denarius
As the advent of the horsemen draw near.

While much has been written about the Book of Revelation and the murky predictions about the end of the world, Saul of Cyrene’s take differs somewhat in that he describes the advent of the End of Days at a star rising in the East.

Scholars believe that this is the second star after the Star of Bethlehem which led the wise men to the birth of the baby Jesus.

The temple reborn could possibly refer to the rebuilding of the Third Temple of Solomon and the tribes of Israel. Money as always would be the downfall of man he is seduced by the “false denarius”.

Denarius was the Roman currency of the time. Those who have studied his predictions are divided over the term “false”. Some believe it could be the manipulation of global financial systems by a flood of counterfeit currency. These could be the ‘Super dollars’ which some South American drug cartels are reputed to have perfected.

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And as in the Book of Revelation, Saul of Cyrene also makes reference to the coming of the Four Horsemen who are thought to arrive before the Anti-Christ and pave the way for his Coming.

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Prophesy of terror

Saul’s writings obscure though they are, do apparently make reference to the terrorists’ atrocities of our present world including the recent events of 9-11.

On wings of fire
a terror sweeps through
Faith of man is tested
as the city recoils in fear

This verse is remarkably more direct to the 9-11 attack than the garbled prophesy attributed to the famed seer Nostradamus which has over the years been misquoted to such an extent that it bears little resemblance to his original French text which states:

Volcanic fire from the center of the earth
will cause trembling around the new city:
Two great rocks will make war for a long time.
Then Arethusa will redden a new river.

ImageIt is interesting that Saul used the term terror to encapsulate the aftermath of the attack.

While inscribed some 2000 years ago, his description ‘On wings of fire’ has proven to be chillingly accurate to describe the airplanes that slammed into the World Trade Towers those months ago.

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Breaking down the Berlin Wall

A city divided by the sword,
Allemagne – a family scorned
(Word missing from parchment) the dust (Word missing from parchment) writings fall
No longer must she wait

This verse is often cited to refer to the Berlin wall which divided Germany (Allemange) for decades following the Second World War.

While Saul did not mention the wall specifically, biblical scholars believe that his meaning is clear in that he alludes to a barrier dividing the country and its people.

The dust could possibly refer to the physical destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989. “Writings fall” is a rather apt description of the graffiti-laden walls which came crashing down.

 

 

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