The Pisonian Conspiracy

It is more than coincidence that Jesus of Nazareth lay dead for over 35 years and not one single word was written either about his life, his teachings or his crucifixion, that is, of course, until members of the powerful Roman Piso family concocted a plot to create a new Jewish like religion to compete with that of the Messianic Jews. After this it took less than 5 years for the very first gospel pertaining to Jesus of Nazareth to be written.

The "Tathbit" tells us of a group of disgruntled Nazoreans who seek the aid of a Roman officer in an attempt to improve their lot amongst the Pharisee in the Temple. When the Romans ask them to bring their book they go back to the elders who tell them that they have done bad. The elders hide the book. The Romans hunt down the elders and slay them, but are never able to find their holy book. The rebels try to recreate the teachings of the Master which may have been the Gospel of Thomas. The conspirators then agree to write stories much like those in the Old Testament about their Master, which probably served as the source for much of the Apochrypha. So, here you have Roman conspirators conspiring to create a new Judaism for the Empire, the Essene trying to convert the Romans to Judaism and a group of disgruntled Nazoreans seeking the cooperation of the Romans. In his testimony in "Antiquity Unveiled" the Roman Emperor Vespasian corroborates the Roman attempts at acquiring the Jewish scriptures. He states that he was unable to obtain even one. Both of these documents verify that the Romans were intent on carrying out the Piso plan. All the elements were in place. The Romans were now aware of the Essene script, pertaining to the second coming of the 'Teacher of Righteousness.'
Nero Claudius Caesar Emperor of Rome 54-68 AD
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By the middle of the first century CE, Roman aristocrats were confronted with a growing problem, that being the viral growth of Judaism in the empire. There were more than 8 million Jews in the empire which made up more than 20% of the population living east of Rome. Of these more than half lived outside of Palestine. Jewish ethics and morality, in particular those of the growing Pharisaic sect, were not compatible with the Roman institution of slavery off of which the aristocracy fed and ruled. Fearing that Judaism would become the dominant religion in the empire, Roman author, Annaeus Seneca, tutor and confidant of Emperor Nero, suggested in a letter to his friend Lucius Piso that lighting candles on Sabbaths be prohibited. St. Augustine in his "City of God" claimed that "the conquered have given laws to the conqueror."

"In 65 A.D. some senators concocted the Pisonian Conspiracy to murder Nero in the Circus Maximus, while the games were going on, and then place Caius Calpurnius Piso in Nero’s position. They were found out and Nero went on a rampage to root out any opposition and there were daily executions. In fact all together there were nineteen executions and suicides. Among the ones killed were Faenius Rufus, Seneca, Lucan and Poppaea. Corbulo commited suicide. In 66 A.D. a second wave of executions took place and some of the important men who perished were Caius Petronius, Paetus Thrasea the Stoic, and Barea Soranus. Almost everyone who was suspected of treason was executed including many senators and prefects.

This all took place in 66 AD, the same time when the horrible Jewish revolt broke out."
–Tacitus, "Annals"

Even though Nero had discovered the Pisonian plot, the wheels had already been set in motion by the Roman followers of Lucius Piso. Gaius Calpurnius Piso had already composed the first draft of the Gospel of Mark known as Ur Marcus. According to the testimony of Damis in 'Antiquity Unveiled,' Josephus, Apollonius and himself (Damis) were all initiated into a secret order called the 'Sons of Sun.' The other members of the order were the Emperors Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. Strangely the Emperor Claudius was also a member which means that the plot to create a new Jewish like religion was already in place before Nero became emperor of Rome. A key provision of the order was that members would not show any outward signs of a relationship between themselves and other members. This explains why Josephus fails to mention Apollonius in his writings.

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