610000202A-Z, Subfile A10, “Joseph’s Letter”

Once used to wrap a bridal trousseau against the damp, the papers of the ancient manuscript, transcribed in Wales by a monk from Ireland--they had gone through many hands and vicissitudes, but this was the biggest leap through time they had ever made. Thanks to Ira Sulkowsky’s taking care to wrap his pictures as carefully as he could, the papers served the purpose well, and also transmitted two letters, one written by an Andersonville Death Camp Union POW’s mother, and the one composed by none other than the first Joseph of Arimathea. Ira had never taken the time to try to read the faint, time-faded scribbles, and so had no idea what he had pulled out of a trunk of family “heirlooms” that somehow found its way to his cabin after a death of a shirttail relative who had some Welsh blood on his father’s side of the family.

Once in the hand of the A-C’s and their computer system, it was discovered and transcribed once again. Passed along to the CCRP directors, it found its way to the bottom of the production list, and then it provoked a sensation when the scripts were read and the directors discovered what they had in their possession.

The second letter, the one by Joseph, addressed to the “Brytanni” of the “Far Isles” “where very valuable ores of tin and copper [equivalent to the uranium and iron of later time] are dug from deep pits”--namely the Cornwall and Britain--was the most provocative, speaking of the “Sent One”--the “God-Man” Yeshua who had been born in Bethlehem and who had gone on to suffer and die for all humanity. Composed by an eyewitness of the events of Yeshua’s last days on Earth, it was the most valuable document in their eyes. His incarnation and birth had been a cosmos-splitting event in itself, but this drama, portraying his trials in Jerusalem, put the frame round the first event that rendered everything all the more tragic and ultimately renewing. Birth, Life, Trials and Death--then, also witnessed by Joseph, Resurrection! This letter-drama brought all to their knees who witnessed it--for nothing in all A-C equalled the things described.

Being produced, a face had to be put on the writer and apostle, and the computer arrived at the face that would come to picture him in the eyes and hearts of millions of A-C's.

1. My sons and daughters of the once benighted Far Isles! Thou blest ones who inhabit the utter extremeties of the earth, who dig the precious tin and Rhodian ore out of the deep pits of the nether earth, who are called Brytanni in the annals of the Sidonians and Tyrians who long frequented your shores in their ships, establishing noble-girted Iktis as their entrepot and sentinel rock.

2. The goodness of the Lord, and His unfailing mercy be to thee!

3. A wise son runs into the fortress of the Lord, but he who does not heed the Lord’s safe place falls into disaster.

4. Hear my words, children of the Far Isles, for they bring God’s pity to thee; turn to Him and enter into His everlasting kingdom which I now announce to your souls.

5. For the Lord has sent a messenger to thee, and I bless you in the saving Name of His Anointed, Yeshua who is the Judge of all life.

6. Who is this saving One the Anointed set over all the earth, being both Judge and Savior? Hath thou heard His report already among the Far Isles? A dream came to me in this manner, I was asleep, but I saw a people, distressed and chained in darkness. They abode by the sea, and took from the sea and the land for their sustenance. They worshiped every rock and hill, and wind and fire, fashioning ignoble gods of these in idols of wood, and silver, and gold. Yet they remained in deep darkness, chained to the wormwood-heated Evil One, and they were all held fast, man, woman, child, high and low, rich and poor, king and chattel, all slaves to that wicked foe of righteousness and truth.

7. Glory to God, He is the Father’s Only Begotten Son, He is the one we call Messiah who rose from the dead on the third day.

8. He has assumed all authority in heaven and earth, and his power is over all the earth and the children of men.

9. In His Name only is there peace with God for the estranged and the sinner; in His Name only is there a safe place now and in the life to come.

10. It is written, the ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib, yet thou of the Far Isles do not know your Master, who is in heaven ruling the earth, neither do you know what makes for peace with God and salvation.

11. The gods of your hand, made of silver and gold, are to no avail to save; they are all a vanity, worthless, less than nothing--turn from them this day and be saved!

12. Do not be as senseless, dirty-snouted swine that trample the pearls of the Master; neither be as unruly dogs that tear and rend the servant who brings them food to live and not die!

13. The love of the Father in heaven sent His only Son to die for you, that you not perish in darkness with your gods! Turn in your hearts, my children, to the Sent of the Father, to Him alone who can deliver you into His marvelous light and liberty.

14. Because I am anxious to go to you with this testimony, I will send these few words on ahead by my man-servant, a fellow in the Lord much loved by me for his love and service.

15. Lest the great Serpent, the Adversary and Deceiver of all men, the Satan who afflicts the sons of light come against me and I not reach you, you would remain in utter darkness, not knowing the truth and things that have been done here in Jerusalem, things that will bring you light, yea, the Light of the World.

16. But precious is the blood of His servants to God; upon their blood new life springs up to life eternal!

17. If it is His divine agency and will to let the Adversary impede my coming, or to allow me safe passage to thy bosom, my children,

18. If the ship should founder in a storm and go beneath the wave of the sea, or if the arrow by day should reach my heart even as I step upon your far shore,

19. neither will I fear for my life nor my soul, nor count it loss that this is written to thee,

20. for the Ancient of days, the everlasting Lord of all is my witness, He will commit my tears for you to His bottle and count them (for I saw you all chained in a dream!),

21. knowing I bear great love in my heart for you all who sit crying in darkness, my tears and prayers going forth day and night for thee, that you may be saved and brought to the Light.

22. Now though I was not able to stand in the council for him, I am by grace and forgiveness of the Lord become one of a great company, which grows day by day by hundreds and thousands, the many priests of the temple coming into the fold, followers and witnesses of that great Light of the world, the Anointed named to you, even Yeshua born in Nazareth of my land, a city of Galilee.

23. The Lord’s disciples in Jerusalem, the chief seat of my holy people and my sect, they know of me, and they heed the Lord’s word not to hinder me nor my words on His behalf.

24. These eleven men--for the twelfth, the son of perdition, wickedly betrayed the Lord-- know I buried the Lord most precious in my own tomb newly dug from the rock outside the city’s wall; with another, who sat with me in the chief council of the Jews, we anointed His body, wrapped it, and laid it in the tomb after we carried his spices and burial linens throught the streets.

25. For the Lord was crucified by our Roman governor, after my own people and those who are the chief priests, turned him over wrongly to him to crucify, though He had done nothing worthy of death, and He was the innocent one sent from heaven to save us all from our sins.

26. This one we proclaim to you, who was buried by my hand and Nicodemus my friend, He was the perfect sacrifice for us provided by the Father from before the foundation of the world,

27. by His blood alone are we washed clean of our foul sins and rebellion and the taint of idols, neither is there salvation in any other lamb or beast slain for sin and the washing away of sin. Living he could teach us but not save us; by death for us he saved us! So it was the plan of His Father in heaven, He who is Father of all living things.

28. How can thou know this truth and be saved unless the good news be sent thee? How can you be saved unless you repent and turn from your idols and call upon His Name?

29. Now I was not His follower in sincerity. I followed from afar, fearing for my life and household.

30. I was greatly afraid because of the leaders of the Jews, among whom I sit in the chief council; they are wicked men, hating the truth and the Light which came to them daily, as He preached daily in the temple and did many miracles there and everywhere.

31. His works and His words, they testified that He was the Sent One, the Messiah, our Savior; his miracles and deliverances from every foul spirit and sickness, they testified that He was the true Son sent from the Father in heaven to save us.

32. For He was the One promised to our fathers, even to those first parents who birthed us in sin and darkness, the parents who fell in the Garden to Satan’s temptation; for He was the One the Father foreordained as the supreme Sacrifice for our sins and guilt, whose Blood washes away all the dividing wall between us and the Holy God in heaven.

33. Fearing the man, the one Yeshua, that they might lose their high place and riches if they honor and follow Him, the high priest of the temple and the head of the Great Council, who is the son-in-law of the one called Annas by our rulers from Roma, sought means to put Him to death.

34. He betrayed his own office and his holy oaths, but He sought to pervert the ways of truth to slay the Truth who had come to us; he too and his father of wickedness would put me to death if he knew these words of mine were going to you.

35. Nevertheless, the Spirit has emboldened me to stand for Truth and Light; He it is who has given me a burden for you who inhabit the Far Isles beyond Roma,

36. for I must obey God, not man; I must share this Light with those in darkness, and this Light will be thy eternal refuge and mercy.

37. Know that the Lord’s father on earth was called by that name I bear, though he was not, indeed, the Lord’s father, being told by the angel Gabriel that the Holy Spirit of God would overshadow the mother and conceive in her that holy thing.

38. That holy one in her was the Son of God and the man Yeshua, who is become our Lord and Savior! Blessed be His Name!

39. I am not a native of the holy city, and abide in the city, Arimathea, where my fathers dwelt a long time and became rich among the idol-worshiping Arameans and the Greeks.

40. Being of a godly line, and having dealings of business, as well as faithfully attending the sacred feasts, as well as giving goodly gifts to the Temple, my family became well-known here in Jerusalem.

41. Being a member of the Council of Arimathea, my father was enjoined to sit in the Great Council here in the holy city governing all the land.

42. He was ill and old, so he waited until I was grown, and then he put me here in his place. I live in the house my father built for me, not far from the house of Kaiphas the chief priest.

44. This one was leader of the Great Council that tried Yeshua wrongfully, against our holy laws, and they too committed him to the hand of the Romans to have him put to death.

45. Long before these things, careful to continue in the faith my father instilled in me his eldest son, I performed all my duties to God and the temple all my days here.

46. After I was married according to the custom and laws of our people, and when I had sons, I was careful to train them in the same strict and holy way.

48. Coming to closely regard the holy law of the the God of Israel, I was grieved to see the arrogance and greed of the chief priests.

49. As I walked in the streets, or in the temple courts, I saw many deeds of wickedness; daily I saw the hand of the priests, even the chief among us, in the evil done by the people, profaning God’s holiness and His holy law.

50. For our priests and leaders have become very rich and powerful men, and the poor are sorely oppressed by the Temple and the Romans who rule over us all.

51. I was born of a rich and a good man, zealous in piety toward God, and righteous in his ways; I heard the cries that reached my ears, and my heart too was grieved daily within me because of what my eyes beheld. 52. I was very much saddened in my spirit for a long time, and gave to the poor to comfort them.

53. In this evil time that vexed my soul greatly, just as Kaiphas took the seat of the chief of the Great Council for a great sum paid the Roman governor, then came a rabbi from Galilee, preaching as Johannes the prophet had preached lately beside the river of Israel.

54. Now Johannes was not the Light, neither was he the Messiah promised to my people and to Adam and Eve from the first days in the garden; but he was a true witness of that Light, and a prophet telling of the Lamb of God whom God would send to save us.

55. Preaching righteousness and repentance, with baptism meet for repentance, he admonished the Herod, Antipas the son of the wicked king called Herod the Great who was then dead.

56. For taking his brother’s wife and marrying her, Johannes strictly upbraided him;

57. Then King Antipas reached out his hand and arrested Johannes, who was a true prophet of God preaching righteousness and calling us to turn from our wicked ways.

58. He would have turned us back to the right paths, to make our ways straight before our holy God, yet Herod took and slew him by beheading him for his wife’s daughter’s pleasure. It came to pass when they were all reveling in the palace of Antipas and Herodias, the wife, sought a way to destroy the prophet. He had offended her so greatly, saying she was t aken in adultery, being the wife of the brother of Antipas and unlawful for Antipas to take.

59. Now the rabbi named Yeshua arose in Galilee at this time from and preached mightily like Johannes, and, verily, was a cousin to him.

60. The chief sects of my people and the leaders also hated the Galilean , Yeshua of Nazareth, for his words and deeds of mercy, just as Antipas and the wife of his brother, whom he took to his bed, hatred Johannes the righteous preacher.

61. They too sought to arrest and kill Yeshua many times, but they could not capture him, for it was not His Father’s time to give up his life for the people’s sins.

62. After Johannes was slain by the king’s order, Yeshua came up to the holy city, this Jerusalem holding our chief council and the temple, to preach and heal many afflicted by demons and diverse sicknesses.

63. Yeshua stopped the money-changers of the chief priests from doing business by upsetting their tables, charging they had turned the Temple into a den of thieves, when it ought to be a house of prayer. He also drove out those who sold bruised and spotted lambs for the sacrifices, which was unlawful in the law of God for them to do, being an abomination to God.

64. This enraged the chief priests, so that they determined to kill him at the first opportunity. Yet he was daily in the Temple preaching, with many people pressed in upon him, so that the chief priests did not dare attack him so openly,

65. Being afraid of the many people, chiefly the poor and oppressed, who favored this rabbi and he was the Anointed sent from God, they conspired to take him secretly if possible.

66. “Blessed are the poor in spirit...the meek...the persecuted...” these things he said to them in comfort and cheer, and the people grew in numbers all the time he preached in the Temple.

67. He also healed as many as he touched of every manner of infirmity, and cast out many unclean spirits.

68. He went away in journeys, preaching to many crowds, feeding thousands with miracles of bread and fish, and doing all manner of things that proclaimed him the true Messiah of the Jews.

69. Always the chief priests sent their spies to catch him speaking unadvisedly in his words if they could, and report them to the chief priests, so that they might try him on his return to the holy city, with speaking blasphemy against the holy temple or the law, they might charge him in the chief council.

70. Yet Yeshua was protected by His Heavenly Father and only spoke the Father’s pure words, for they never could slay him outside the city, nor could they catch him ever speaking unadvisedly, for he spoke only with probity.

71. Herod Antipas the cruel king of Edomite lineage who had slain the Prophet Johannes could not catch him either, fearing the great crowds who followed the Nazarene throughout his territories round about Galilee as well as beyond the Jordan.

72. He too feared, for if he should upset the people who loved this rabbi, then they might riot and the Roman would find cause to take his throne away, and even kill him for disturbing the peace so greatly.

73. Things continued thusly for three years, since Yeshua first began to speak openly of his Father’s Kingdom to the people, proclaiming repentance and righteousness and also healing as many as came to him.

74. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” he said to them all. “No man comes to the Father except by Me.”

75. “I am the True Bread come down from heaven,” he said, meaning He would be their bread of life, to eat unto salvation.

76. People wondered at his teachings, for they said no man spoke as He spoke, for He spoke truly and with authority as the Messiah would speak.

77. All charges brought against him were false, brought by liars who could not agree in their testimonies; the spies hired by the Great Council could not report anything that the council could use.

78. He was not found lying with women as many of the priests and Pharisees did, nor was he a drunkard though he attended feasts and weddings.

79. He stole nothing from the people, rather healing them, and feeding them all along the ways, having compassion on them.

80. He did not swear foul things, nor boast, nor puff himself up as a man with many followers would do.

81. Being a carpenter’s son, he was of lowly and servant-manner, and so he continued though he gained fame throughout the nation, refusing the many pleasures of the land,

82. choosing to take the part of the poor instead and abiding in no house of his own,

83. where wine and fine meats could have been brought to him, or his life made easy by the love of his followers.

84. Only the thing they knew was true, that He was truly the Son of God and the Messiah of the Jews long awaited by our people since our fathers first walked the earth.

85. This they believed but hated, and so they would not stop trying to arrest and bring him to trial.

86. Fearing the chief priests, several times I journeyed out to the places where he was preaching the Kingdom of heaven,

87. and my heart burned within me when his words pierced me.

88. I knew he spoke the truth of God, which is able to enlighten darkness and break the shackles of the Deceiver and deliver the soul of man from out of sin and death.

89. When I returned to the holy city, the chief priest asked me what I heard, and I told him. He was made all the more angry.

90. I feared to give him give him my true testimony, so much so that I thought he might slay me too if he thought me a follower of Yeshua.

91. After that I continued to follow the words and teachings of Yeshua, but I did not say so to the chief priests openly, lest he send a sword against me.

92. It came to pass that the whole city was talking about Yeshua, and the chief priests were all the more angry, seeking in councils to arrest him, yet they could not, for he had done nothing they could charge against him in order to put him to death.

93. Finally, there came news of the raising of Yeshua’s friend Lazarus in Bethany, a village close by Jerusalem,

94. thereto the Lord often retired to solace himself among those who loved him, being Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha who believed on him.

95. His disciples went with him too, being welcome there in that good house.

96. When this news that Yeshua was seen raising Lazarus, who had died and lain three days in the tomb and so rotted so that his flesh stank, the chief priests vowed to slay the Lord who robbed the grave.

97. Because they knew they would lose their positions and their temple monies, they took action to arrest and slay him.

98. They did this knowing who he was, the true King of the Jews and God’s Anointed.

99. We all knew who he was, for a friend Nicodemus, who sat with me in the chief council, also shared in the knowledge and teachings.

100. We believed the Lord’s words in secret.

101. He went to Yeshua secretly at night, being afraid of the chief priests.

102. Nicodemus said to him, “Master, we know your teachings are true, and you are the Messiah. What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

103. And the Lord said, “You must be born again.”

104. Nicodemus cried, “How can a man be born again? Can he enter into his mother’s womb a second time?”

105. And the Lord marveled , saying, “And you are one who is spiritual among the people, and you do not understand my words, that you must be born again?

106. Look, the wind... no one knows where it goes or comes from, and in the same way the Spirit, you do not know where it come or goes, but everyone who is born again is born of the Spirit and water.”

107. All this great Light, being this Son of God sent to be a man among us, being the Living Water. And His Father who sent him, together with the Spirit who imparts to our souls whatsoever the Son hath given him, this God I have shown thee. Hear these words and be pricked in your hearts, and be delivered from your chains, for the word is able and powerful to set you free, for by the working of the Spirit the Light breaks the chains of darkness, and the Living Water springs up, with everlasting life, in your souls.

108. Now the trials of the Anointed Yeshua were held in this fashion, which all being against God’s law I witnessed with my own eyes.

109. One disciple named Judas (not the Lord's brother, Judas, but the Iscariot) met with the priests of the temple, and offered his Lord up to them for a price, thirty pieces of silver. Immediately, the priests went to the Romans, and asked soldiers to accompany them in the arrest of an insurrectionist, whom they would reveal to them.

110. This disciple, entered into by Satan because of his thefts and other things, betrayed the Lord to the priests and Pharisees and judges of the Council, when they sought him in the Garden of Gethsemane outside the city wall where he had retired to pray.

111. Revealed with a kiss, the Roman soldiers could see him with torches, though it was at night, and went to seize him, and they took him bound first to the house of the former chief priest known to the Roman as Annas, otherwise known as Hananiah to the Jews, the aged father-in-law of the chief priest Kaiphas. Now it was against our law for the judges of the Council to go and arrest the accused. It was also against our holy law for the accused to be taken at night. The arrest was unlawful also in that the accused was betrayed by an accomplice to the priests, and for a sum of money paid by the priests of the Temple.

112. Knowing that the court had hired the betrayer, Annas tried the accused, asking unlawfully things that the law required be asked of the accused man’s disciples. “How many disciples do you have?” he asked, after dismissing the Roman soldiers belonging to the governor, for he wished the governor to know only what he told him. “How widespread is your movement?” For he feared the people, while desiring Yeshua’s death, for it was through his son-in-law he ruled the Council and all Israel and had gained much wealth and power all his days.

113. Yeshua replied to the chief priest, “Why do you ask me?” For it was unlawful for a man to testify against himself in our holy law. And he also said: “Call your witnesses, whether they be friend or foe, and let them testify, because they know exactly what I taught.”

114. Then one of the officers struck Yeshua, which was unlawful in our courts. To him Yeshua said, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if not, why do you smite me?”

115. Now Annas did not censure the officer for the violence done the accused in court, and his servants and officers witnessed this grave wrong done by the former chief priest who was condemned by his own action.

116. Annas then sent Yeshua bound to Kaiphas for trial, for he himself could get no witnesses whose testimonies would agree to secure the death of Yeshua. Some said he was a drunkard, but none could say he had been caught drunken; others said he was a thief, but none could say he had been caught in a theft; others said he was an adulterer, but none could say he ever was caught in sin; others said he was a rebel against Roma, but others said he charged the people to worship obey God in the things of God and their rulers in the things of man. Others even said he was a blasphemer, but the charges would not stand; they all conflicted and fell.

117. Now the second unjust trial took place in this wise. But, O dear ones, it is time, the ship is drawing anchor that will bear this poor letter and my fellow worker in the Lord’s vineyard. I will tell you more of the trials, and of the crucifixion, and the great Resurrection of the Lord when I come--these things I promise you in the Lord!

118. I will tell you how I came myself to see what others were saying, that the tomb was opened despite the Roman guards standing guard, and that Yeshua was gone, risen from the dead! Yes, I saw the tomb, and spoke with the priests and the guards, hearing their testimony. Then among a great company I saw the Lord himself, and he spoke to us many good things, charging us to go and tell all nations of Him.

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