A famous renaissance painting; a Catholic cover-up; shadowy secrets about royal bloodlines: These are the threads that weave a great mystery.
Throughout history, the world has been ruled by descendants of so-called royal blood. Bloodlines also play a vital role in the scriptures. The Torah, the Bible, and the Quran all indicate that the sequence of Prophets and Messengers throughout time is a chain, bound by holy blood.
Consider the Book of Genesis, which states the order of the early prophets, all descendants, one after the other, tracing all the way back to Adam. Other stories follow the same pattern. Prophet Solomon was the son of David. Joseph was the son of Jacob, who was the son of Isaac. John the Baptist was the son of Zechariah.
This matches what the Quran says,
Meaning that all of God’s messengers from the time of Adam until the present day are from a single lineage of holy blood, including Jesus Christ.
But how can that be? According to history, Jesus wasn’t even married. And he certainly wasn’t a father. Or was he?
Is it possible that Jesus did have a child?
A Secret Bloodline?
Some say legend is used to tell a tale when the truth is too dangerous — to preserve secrets throughout the ages… and few legends have proven more captivating, throughout history, than that of the Holy Grail.
It’s a story, which has inspired blockbuster movies, such as Monty Python, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as well as best-selling novels. But what, exactly, is it? The word, itself, “grail,” comes from the Old French word “graal” or “greal” which means bowl, vessel, or cup. By most accounts it is the cup, which Jesus and his disciples drank from during the Last supper. And there are many so-called relics, throughout the world, claiming to be the sacred cup or vessel itself.
THE LEGEND OF THE HOLY GRAIL
This is the question at the heart of a story, which ignited people’s imaginations and controversy when it was released in 2003. It’s a fictional novel called “The DaVinci Code”, authored by Dan Brown. According to Brown, much of the story is based on reality.
“The DaVinci Code” offered a brand new take on an age-old legend: The search for the mysterious Holy Grail. “The DaVinci Code” also asked readers to consider an alternate reality that would shake the very foundation of Catholicism; a reality, in which Jesus was married, fathered a child and had a secret bloodline. The Catholic Church not only knew about it but covered it up for centuries.
That’s no small claim. And it’s a story, which just might provide the long-lost missing link between Christianity and Islam.
There are many objects believed to be the Holy Grail: The Holy Chalice of Valencia; The Grail of León’s basilica of Saint Isidore; the Hawkstone Grail. Could one of them be a genuine article? Or is it all the greatest hoax in history? Perhaps, we first need to find out how this story got started in the first place.
It all traces back to the South of France. Back in the Middle Ages, in the late 12th century, French writer Chrétion de Troyes penned one of the first novels ever written. It was called the Conte du Graal, the story of the Holy Grail, and it is the Grail’s first appearance in writing anywhere in the world.
According to this story, the cup, which Jesus and his disciples drank from at the last supper was believed to have been endowed with the miraculous ability to give eternal life to whoever drank from it. The characters of this story are searching for the Holy Grail. Purcivall, one of the knights of the round table, finds himself in a mysterious castle, where he witnesses a grand procession. A beautiful maiden appears carrying a golden bowl, encrusted with jewels, the Holy Grail. But when Percivall wakes up the next morning, every trace of the procession is gone. So he sets off on a quest with King Arthur to discover the secrets of the Holy Grail.
What happens next? Nobody knows. That is where the story ends. The author, Chrétien, mysteriously died before he could reveal the rest of the tale. So began a persistent fascination that has lasted for centuries: the mystery of the Holy Grail. Was the grail really a bowl or a cup? Or was this story encoded with symbolic secrets? Maybe the answer is tied to the religious beliefs of its author.
According to historians, Chrétien de Troyes was likely part of a secretive sect of Christianity, known as the Cathars. A group, which the Roman Catholic Church vowed to destroy.
The Cathar Conspiracy
In a tiny mountain village in Southern France, in the early Middle Ages, lived the Cathars, a community of believers in Christ. But they weren’t just any Christian group. Unlike most Christians in the Middle Ages, they didn’t believe that Jesus was the last prophet to walk the earth.
As the story goes, not long after Jesus, another prophet appeared in the land of Babylonia. He called himself the “Apostle of Jesus.” His name was Mani, and he considered himself to be the successor of Jesus Christ. And somehow, generations later, the Cathars of Southern France became his followers.
So who was this mysterious prophet? What did he believe? Mani preached the importance of successorship. He saw himself as one link in an unbroken chain of men guided by God, including Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Zoroaster, Buddha, Plato, and Jesus.
Mani once said:
“Apostles of God have constantly brought wisdom and deeds in successive times. In one era they were brought by the apostle Buddha to the land of India, in another era by Zoroaster to Persia, and in another era by Jesus to the West. Now this revelation has descended and this prophecy is promulgated during this final era by me, Mani, the apostle of the God of truth to Babylonia.”
Mani sought to spread the message of Jesus throughout his homeland and beyond. But his version of Christ’s message was quite different from that of the Roman Catholic Church. Mani taught about three different Jesuses – Jesus the Luminous, Jesus the Messiah, and the Suffering Jesus. Jesus the Luminous is like the soul of Jesus, his essence. Jesus the Messiah is Jesus the messenger, his physical body from the moment of his baptism, onward. So that covers both body and soul, and yet, Mani taught of a third Jesus – the Suffering Jesus; the one who endured the crucifixion. And this Jesus, according to Mani, was an illusion.
Mani, the apostle of Jesus, taught something, which threatened to rock the very foundation of Christianity – that the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus were only in appearance; that humanity was not redeemed for all time by the crucifixion. Mani has branded a heretic and those in power tried to silence him but they couldn’t stop his message from spreading.
Centuries later, the Cathars of southern France adopted this controversial belief. They rejected the Catholic priesthood and the authority of the Pope, calling it “unworthy and corrupted.” They followed another successor instead, who they believed was the true successor of Jesus: Prophet Mani.
In contrast to the opulent wealth of medieval Catholic bishops, Cathar priests lived simply and had no possessions. They regarded men and women as equals. They believed in some things, which many early Christians believed, but the Roman Catholic Church had chosen to reject like reincarnation and a belief that the world is governed by a clash between two distinct forces – good and evil, beliefs that trace back to the teachings of Prophet Mani.
What else did Mani pass on to his followers? According to local legends, the Cathars of Southern France were the guardians of a very important secret about Jesus. Perhaps, this is why the Catholic Church officials branded the Cathars as a heretical sect and decided to snuff them out.
In 1208, Pope Innocent III ordered the complete extermination of the Cathars of southern France. An army of 40,000 men descended on the south of France with a mandate to destroy everything. For 20 years, crusaders waged a brutal, bloody war against the Cathars.
It all culminated in a standoff between the crusaders and the Cathars, at the Castle of Montsegur. Both sides knew the end was near. The Cathars stayed put for 14 days, then celebrated Easter and walked out of the castle in surrender. A solemn line of men, women and children were led into the flames.
Why did the inquisition go to such great lengths to eradicate this group?
In the end, thousands of Cathars were killed, apparently martyrs for their beliefs – a fact of history. But some believe they marched to their deaths to guard a secret – a secret so dangerous it could threaten the very foundations of the church. A secret that stayed under wraps for hundreds of years. Up until the 20th century, when the legend suddenly came back to life.
In recent decades, novels have brought the Holy Grail Legend to the forefront of public imagination once again. In 1982, a non-fiction book entitled “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” was released. And it changed everything. Why? It overturned the 800-year-old theory that the Holy Grail was a cup, containing the blood of Christ, and offered a radically different image of Jesus Christ.
“The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” claimed, like the old French legend, that the Grail was held by a woman — Mary Magdalene. But it wasn’t a cup, it was a baby.
According to the book, Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child, resulting in a secret bloodline of Jesus Christ, from the line of David. The book suggests that the Cathars were not only in on this dangerous secret, but protecting and preserving this knowledge was a core principle of their religion.
This was the secret that the Catholic Church wanted, so badly, to destroy through the inquisition. And in the present day, it was a story they still wanted to suppress. “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” was denounced by the Catholic church as heresy, and banned in several Catholic Countries.
“The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail” went on to inspire “The DaVinci Code”, another book, which took the world by storm in the new Millenium. The church spoke out against “The DaVinci Code”. From inside the Vatican, Cardinal Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone pleaded with Catholics not to read the book. What were they so afraid of?
THE LAST SUPPER
“The Last Supper” by Leonardo DaVinci is the picture at the heart of the Da Vinci Code’s conspiracy mystery. The book uses the picture as an illustration of its central theme, that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ chief disciple. That she was married to Christ and was the bearer of his holy bloodline.
If you take a look at Leonardo’s painting, the last supper, based on the story as told in the gospels – according to the biblical narrative, Jesus announces that one of his companions would betray him, an act that would lead to his death. Seated on the table were loaves of bread and a cup of wine.
“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them.”
– Holy Bible: Mark 14:22-24
If you take a look at this painting, you will find Jesus and his disciples breaking bread. But one thing is conspicuously missing: The cup.
What does history tell us about Mary Magdalene? The western world has regarded her as a prostitute, a slander thrust upon her by Pope Gregory in the 6th century. The Papacy later admitted its mistake and retracted the statement in 1969. But what do the scriptures tell us about Mary Magdalene?
The gospels make it clear that she was likely a woman of high social status and wealth. After all, the Gospel of Luke declares that she provided for Jesus and his disciples from her personal resources.
She was one of the only disciples to witness the crucifixion. She prepared the body of the crucified one for burial… and days later, she was the first person to witness Jesus alive. The last time Mary is referenced in the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus gives her a mission.
“Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
– Holy Bible: John 20:17
She did exactly that. For this reason, she is called the “apostle to the apostles.”
Mary Magdalene played an important role throughout the events of the crucifixion. It stands to reason that after the crucifixion when Jesus told his disciples to
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 28:19
Mary would have been on the front lines, as she had always been throughout his ministry. However, according to history, Mary Magdalene mysteriously disappeared. She doesn’t appear in any of the letters of the apostles. Nothing is known for certain about what happened to her.
And, perhaps, we never would have known… had it not been for a secret that was unearthed from a cave, 70 years ago. A secret, which radically changed our understanding of both Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ.
The Lost Gospels
In December 1945, a peasant farmer called Muhammad Ali al Sammad made a discovery which changed the history of Christianity. Muhammad was digging in an Egyptian desert near a place called Nag Hammadi when he happened upon a tall, earthenware jar. When he split open the jar, he found 13 papyrus books, covered in leather, containing 52 manuscripts. Muhammad Ali had discovered what are now known as the gnostic gospels. Filled with secrets, which were buried and hidden for centuries.
The Gospel of Thomas begins with this intriguing line:
“These were the secret sayings, which the living Jesus spoke…”
– The Gospel of Thomas
In this gospel, like many others, Mary Magdalene is no longer a side character, she has a starring role. She is portrayed as Jesus’ closest disciple, and much more… In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus gave Mary Magdalene unique praise.
“Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of life. Jesus said: Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male, in order that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself male shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
– The Gospel of Thomas, Saying 114
In the Gospel of Mary, she claims to have teachings that were not given to the others. His close disciple, to whom he entrusted his deeper teaching. The Gospel of Philip uses a word to describe Mary, which can be translated to mean partner or companion.
“There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, who was called his companion. His sister, his mother and his companion were each a Mary…”
– The Gospel of Philip
This statement, alone, is telling – because at that point in history, the word ‘companion” meant spouse. But the Gospel of Philip goes even further, revealing:
“Mary Magdalene. […] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth.”
– The Gospel of Phillip.
The rest of the Disciples were jealous of Mary’s closeness to Jesus.
“There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.”
– The Gospel of Philip
If it hadn’t been for that chance discovery in an Egyptian desert, we never would have known the truth about Mary Magdalene. Her story was suppressed. But why? It all goes back to the Roman Catholic Church. The fate of these gospels was sealed when the Catholic Church got mixed up with the power of the Roman Empire and went from being the resistance to supporting the political establishment.
The Council of Corruption
Christianity has been around for centuries, now. It’s hard to imagine it any other way. But if you could travel back to the first centuries after Jesus, the religion looked very different.
There were no denominations. No Catholics or Protestants. There wasn’t even a definitive holy book – only a variety of books written by the apostles to the apostles of Jesus were in circulation. But these books did not agree on everything. Nor did the believers in Christ. The Bible as we know it was presided over by one man. He was not a Christian, but a Pagan: The Roman emperor Constantine.
During his reign, a growing religious turmoil was ripping Rome apart. Throughout time, Romans had worshipped their cast of deities. Then a man by the name of Jesus had come along preaching a single God. His followers received extreme persecution at the hands of the Roman Empire, but eventually the tables turned.
A couple of centuries later, Christianity was on the rise. And Christ’s followers had started a religious war against the Pagans. The conflict grew to such a point that it threatened to tear the Roman Empire apart… but Constantine had a plan.
In the year 325, he decided to unify Rome under a single religion: Catholicism. But there was a problem. The faith, itself, was divided by many important issues; perhaps, the most important being the divinity of Jesus.
Today, Christ’s divinity goes unquestioned… but in the gospels, Jesus never once refers to himself as “God.” And up until the 4th century, he wasn’t regarded as one-third of a Holy Trinity. Early Christians differed over how to understand his divine nature.
Some believers held that Jesus was a mortal prophet of God.
“The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.””
– Holy Bible: Matthew 21:11
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.”
– Holy Bible: Luke 24:19
Jesus taught monotheism, the worship of one Almighty God.
“Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 4:10
“I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.”
– Holy Bible: John 8:50
““Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”
– Holy Bible: Mark 10:18
Others held that Jesus was divine and called him God. A belief, flavoured by Roman politics in the first centuries after Christ. At the same time, Romans began calling their emperor “God,” some Christians also started calling Jesus “God.” With the Council of Nicea, Constantine sought to put an end to this debate and establish Christ’s divinity once and for all.
Doing so would unify the power of both so-called Gods: The church of Christ and the emperor. To do that, the books of the Bible had to agree.
Today, the standard line that the church puts forth is that the gnostic gospels are somehow less reliable than the biblical gospels, but that’s simply not true. The New Testament is filled with epistles, classified as “pseudepigrapha”, meaning they were not authored by Peter or Paul, as they claim. Not only that but some Epistles may have been written after the gnostic texts, as late as the 2nd century. Whereas the gnostic Gospel of Thomas was written as early as 60 AD. In other words, the New Testament you are holding contains scriptures that are no more reliable than Nag Hammadi texts like the Gospels of Thomas, Philip or Mary.
So if the books were not chosen based on apostolic origin, why did they include certain books and exclude others?
Establishing Christ’s divinity was critical to the further unification of the empire and the Pope’s new power base in Rome. And for Christ to be divine rather than mortal, he had to be seen a certain way. He had to be seen as celibate — something which the so-called gnostic gospels called into question. Not only were these books excluded from the canon of the Bible, but the Catholic Church also tried to erase them from the pages of history, as if they never existed at all.
Censorship is a dangerous thing, usually reserved for fictional dystopian stories; cautionary tales about the dangers of brainwashing and the corruption of power. But the undeniable truth is that censorship played a very real part in shaping Christianity, as we know it today.
In the 4th century, the Roman Catholic Church waged a massive campaign to eradicate the gnostic gospels.
In the year 367, the Archbishop of Alexandria, Athanasius, sent an Easter letter to far-flung churches, demanding that they “get rid of those illegitimate, secret books.” The church proceeded to burn entire libraries, to destroy all books except those found in the New Testament today. But it seems somebody from the monastery took them from the
library, sealed them in an ancient jar, and hid them out on the cliff, to preserve them. There, they remained hidden and forgotten for some 1600 years.
Roman Catholic Empire
The discovery of the Nag Hammadi library gave us back a piece of history lost. These gospels showed us that there was an alternative version of Christianity, a version that the church tried to erase forever.
The version of Christianity we have today was carefully curated by the Roman Catholic Church. So what are its fruits? Is this a religion that authentically reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ? Do they practice what they preach?
Jesus demanded that his followers give up their worldly treasures and said:
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 19:21
So, why does the Pope, who claims to be Jesus’ successor, reside in a palace? Why is he dripping in jewels… adorned with robes and rings of gold? Why does he stroll, golden sceptre in hand (papal ferula)? Or ride upon a golden throne (sedia gestatoria)?
Why is the Vatican sitting on top of billions of dollars in assets, its bank embroiled in scandals of corruption, while the ordinary people around the world are homeless, starving, and suffering? If St. Peter, who is supposedly buried in the centre of Vatican city, could see what is going on there today, what would he say?
What would Jesus say about the tidal wave of child abuse cases, which happened under the guardianship of the Pope? Records show that pontiffs, dating back at least as far back as John Paul 2nd, not only knew about it but also helped to hide it behind a veil of “pontifical secret”, a rule of confidentiality that protects information related to the governance of the church.
Has the Roman Catholic Church become like the religious authorities in Jesus’ time? About whom, he warned:
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 23:2-3
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 23:27-28
Why does the church betray Jesus’ words? And why do they never talk about Christ’s second coming? Jesus said to be prepared for his return: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” So why does the church downplay the imminence of Jesus’ second coming?
Despite the appearance of signs that Jesus mentioned, why did Pope Benedict, just a few years ago, say this:
“…Jesus does not describe the end of the world and when he uses apocalyptic images, he does not conduct himself like a “visionary.” On the contrary, he wants to take away the curiosity of his disciples in every age about dates and predictions and wishes instead to give them a key to a deep, essential reading, and above all to indicate the right path to take, today and tomorrow, to enter into eternal life.”
–Pope Benedict XVI, 11/18/2012, St. Peter’s Square
But Jesus did address the very thing the pope says he did not. Among other things he said:
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 24:6-8
So why is the church downplaying the return of Jesus Christ? Maybe they aren’t awaiting him at all. Maybe they have stolen his call. And maybe Jesus warned us all along when he said:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”
– Holy Bible: Matthew 23:13-14
The Roman Catholic Church is not alone in its silent stance. The non-working scholars of other religions have also stayed quiet. Like the Christians, Muslims believe that Jesus will have a second coming. According to the prophecies, he will return alongside Imam Al-Mahdi, the promised saviour, in the End Times. But the so-called Muslim scholars are ignoring all the signs and becoming obstacles in the way of the awaited saviour. All of this is a fulfilment of prophecy.
It’s a story, which has been repeated time and again. Whenever a messenger from God appears, the religious authorities – the same people who claim to await him – instead, reject him and cling to their power. Just like the Jewish scholars denied Jesus, it is foretold that the Muslim scholars will deny Imam Al-Mahdi. Prophet Muhammad (pbuhahf) warned that the scholars of the End Times will hijack the religion.
“…they claim that they follow my religion, my Sunnah, my way, my laws but they have nothing to do with me, neither do I have anything to do with them.”
– Ilzam Al-Nasib fi Ithbat Al-Hujjah Al-Gha’eb, Ali Al-Ha’eri, v.2, p.129
The non-working scholars may be misleading. But God would not leave this world, without guidance, without a guide. So the question remains: where is he? Maybe the answer to that question is hiding in a word.
In the Arthurian legend of the Holy Grail, the knights are looking for a vessel, which contains the blood of Jesus. Something, with the power to give them eternal life. Doesn’t this sound like the words of Jesus? Many times in the Bible, Jesus said that he, as God’s representative on earth, was the key to attaining eternal life.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
– Holy Bible: John 5:24
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
– Holy Bible: John 10:27-28
So following the right shepherd; In other words, God’s chosen representative on earth is the key to eternal life.
He also said this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– Holy Bible: John 3:16
What if that son was not Jesus, but the son of Jesus? Has the true religion of Jesus Christ survived through an unknown heir? Is there a true king, a true successor from the lineage of Jesus, somewhere in the world, today? The blood of Christ?
As Jesus said,
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
– Holy Bible: Luke 8:17
And Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan (fhip) and his son, Aba Al-Sadiq (fhip), the Second Mahdi, have revealed, with these affirming pieces of evidence mentioned, that Jesus (pbuh) does indeed have a bloodline. So who was the family of Jesus (pbuh)? And what connection does all this have to the Holy Grail? Read more about it in the next article on The Bloodline Of Jesus (pbuh).