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Chapter Fifteen 


 

About what happened to our intrepid philosopher

in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains

Mayayao, Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Ifugao Province

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On seeing the state of Hellmantle and D'Aqs, covered in debris and sporting a muddy countenance in general, the young woman smiled at the tall men and said all the rooms were vacant. When she was told they had ridden into town on their motorcycles she shook her head but admired them with her eyes. After providing them with peanuts and chips and beer and water, she took them to the rooms around the side of the building to three rooms under the main floor.

"This is where missionaries stay when they pass through," she said. D'Aqs shivered in his wet clothes. "That's why we named the rooms after the first three chapters in the Bible." She pointed above the doorway.

"Genesis, and this one is Exodus," said D'Aqs, feeling as if he had found an ancient secret among his own people called by God to bring the Gospel to those who were still in the dark. He had never seen this in Burma.

"And the third is Jeremiah," she said as she smiled and left them. D'Aqs stood squinting at the signs above the doorway.

"She said each room is named after the first three chapters of the Bible? Not quite. The first two books are Genesis and Exodus, but the Book of Jeremiah is in the middle of the Old Testament." The room cold but dry.

"Then why do you think they chose it?" The man from Normandy busy stuffing peanuts and beer down his throat.

"Couldn't say." The way D'Aqs removed his boots showed the pain he was in, particularly his clutch hand.

"If they chose the Book of Jeremiah purposely they probably know their stuff. It's one of my favorites."

"Why's that?" Hellmantle took a long swig of his beer. D'Aqs cracked open a beer and stared at the wall across from him where someone had painted a mural of a rice terrace.

"Among the greatest dates in history for me is not 1492 or 1066 or 1798, but 586BC," said Hellmantle in a lecturing tone. He paused to see if D'Aqs understood the importance of the date, which he didn't. "For me this date was a moment when history hung in the balance. Since then there have been no serious threats to the chosen family."

"I'm not getting it."

"No, it doesn't appear so. You never studied the family records and appreciated our historical significance in the Bible story." He sighed and shook his head for emphasis. "This was the date that the three daughters of the Royal House of Judah left with their scribe Baruch and traveled from Jerusalem via Spain to Northern Ireland. There, one of the three daughters married a Celtic King in a town that eventually got its name from the princess named Tara."

"The Hill of Tara. Sure, I know of that," D'Aqs chuffed he could show some degree of knowledge.

"Well then you know Irish Celts hold three sacred assemblies in Tara every year?"

"No."

"And ever since Princess Tara was crowned a Celtic Queen, all the kings of the United Kingdom have been crowned with the Stone of Destiny under the throne. The Stone of Destiny was brought over too, which is said to have been Jacob's Pillow."

"I've heard of the Stone of Destiny but never knew how it came to Britain. But how do you know this stuff?"

"Books my brother, books. You see I'm an archivist. I dig deeper mental archives for certain subjects, and the Book of Jeremiah happens to be one of them. It's all in the Book of Jeremiah. It's there to read. This sacred stone, this Stone of Scone was brought over when the entire royal family of the Royal House of Judah had been killed by the invading Assyrian army in 586BC. All the male heirs of the Royal House of David were killed including Zedekiah, the father of the three daughters who saved the bloodline from extinction and brought the line of chosen Judah to the green pastures of Ireland where they quickly married into the royalty of the Celts, their long lost cousins in the British Isles. They arrived with the royal lion on their shields and the chosen bloodline was introduced into the British Isles. This is where the lion comes from in the British lion and the unicorn coat-of-arms." D'Aqs grunted.

"Regardless of its historical impact, the Book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament is one of the great stories in our canon of historical literature. And it goes some way to explain the connection between northern Europe - particularly Ireland, Scotland and England - and the bloodline of the Royal House of David. It wasn't until I had put in many hours of research that I began to uncover what the connections are. To me this is the most important forgotten piece of history they don't teach at school." Hellmantle, flushed in the face.

"What history?" The beer was already making D'Aqs sleepy as he casually picked at the cut on his hand.

"The Red Hand in the Northern Ireland flag was said to come from some legend from a battle between the north and the south, but it actually comes from the Book of Genesis. When the royal heir was born there were twins and the rightful heir Zarah went back into the womb and was not given the honor of being the first born. A red string was tied around Zarah's finger before going back into the womb. The string was to recognize the inheritance of the rightful line. It was this line of Royal David that was saved from extinction when Jeremiah and the three daughters came over to Northern Ireland. This bloodline is still carried by the British Royal Family today - at least in diluted form. The Northern Irish flag is actually a red hand mounted on the Star of David under the royal crown. You have to ask yourself why these symbols are used? The red hand and the red string: how plain could it be especially placed in front of the Star of David?"

"This bloodline of the chosen line came from Ireland?" D'Aqs, very doubtful and fearful his cousin was living in a world of illusions and selective religious history, thought he would let him get it off his chest. After all it had been quite a day.

"Ah! Well, the mother of the three daughters was named Scota, so when Princess Tara from the House of Judah married the Celtic king Fergus the Great on the Hill of Tara in Ireland, they became known as the Scots. These Scots from Ireland went to Scotland and conquered the Picts, and settled what is modern-day Scotland. This royal bloodline eventually made it to the British throne through James the Sixth of Scotland, who became James the First of Great Britain, which fulfilled the prophecy in Genesis. King James was a Stewart, a name that means to serve. And it was this James who commissioned the King James Bible." D'Aqs was speechless for a moment.

"So then that's why Scotland has the red lion rampant as their emblem?" As any man of the cloth would know, the lion of Judah was the famous symbol from the Bible but how it ever got into Britain had alwys been a mystery.

"Yeah. And it's red because of the red thread on the finger of their forefather Zarah, who was the twin of Perez." D'Aqs had to concede Hellmantle's reference to the Book of Genesis.

"I do know that in the Book of Genesis it describes when one of the twins' fingers is tied with a red piece of string symbolizing the true inheritor of earthly power."

"This is what the red hand symbolizes: that the three sisters landed in Northern Ireland from Palestine way back in 586BC. This is the hidden history of the British Isles." It was clear his mind was racing with unsaid facts and information from the countless pages he had read over the years as an expatriate that was coming to life from all the betel nut he had chewed. To encourage him D'Aqs took out his Good Book and, since he knew the Book of Genesis much better than the Book of Jeremiah, he found the passage Hellmantle was talking about in Genesis, He read it aloud:

Genesis 38:28 When the time came for her to give birth, it was discovered that she was going to have twins. While she was in labor, one of them put out an arm; the midwife caught it, tied a red thread around it, and said, "this one was born first." But he pulled his arm back, and then his brother was born first. Then the midwife said, "So this is how you break your way out!" So he was named Perez. Then his brother was born with the red thread on his arm, and he was named Zarah."

  "Yes, that's it. The name Zarah means ‘scarlet.' And actually, while we're on names, James is the English form of the Hebrew Jacob. That's where the word Jacobite comes from when referring to the Stewart line, Bonny Prince Charlie and his failed putsch to regain the throne."

"Saint James in Spanish is Santiago."

"You know what ‘Britain' means?"

"Yes. It means ‘people of the covenant,' in Hebrew." D'Aqs enjoying the sparring.

"What about the first name ‘Brian?'"

        "No."

        "It's a variation of the word Britain, like Bri'an. It means person of the covenant - covenant as you know meaning agreement between the Israelites and God."

"And my first name?"

"I can't entertain the notion that you don't know," said Hellmantle, stunned.

"All I know is that it's French and comes from my mother." Hellmantle chose not to ridicule his cousin's ignorance.

"It means from Acquitaine. And Acquitaine was one of the primary areas where the descendants of Jesus chose to locate."

        "Ah. That's because some of my family line on my mother's side came from Acquitaine. Interesting." Hellmantle pondered for a moment with the Bible in his hand.

"There is this great silence about all this knowledge that it boggles the mind. Why aren't these truths taught? H.G. Wells was right when he wrote the religious life of Western countries is ‘going on in a house of history built upon sand.' As I see it, at this point in history it's about learning the history of the migration and location of ‘peoples of the covenant.' My point is that religion today is more to do with the Book of Jeremiah and what it tells us about our family history rather than trying to figure out how one can be born from a virgin mother. So few people know a very important truth about the Bible: that the Europeans have an Israelite origin. Ancestors of Jacob landed in Europe and her satellites. For example, direct descendents of Jacob's son Zebulon are one tribe that still exist today as one people in Europe: The Netherlands. They were known as sailors and experts at sea and their symbol on their shields was a ship. These are the modern-day Dutch."

"Are you serious?"

"I told you I'm always serial when discussing this. I'm actually surprised you've never been exposed to all this. You know Britain means people of the covenant but you don't know about the British Israelites. So many symbols of Great Britain are from the Bible."

"So where did they land?"

"I don't know them all but I remember the tribe of Dan settled Denmark, and named the Dan River and the Danube River. The Danes were considered the strongest of the three Viking tribes, the Norse being excellent seafarers and the Swedes going down the Volga River and taking over Russia."

"No."

        "The Rus were a Viking tribe from Sweden. They ruled Russia for centuries." Surprised at D'Aqs lack of historical knowledge, he added: "And you know how people say the Vikings were barbarians who plundered booty and whatnot, well they were world-class traders had settlements in many places."

        "They went to Canada a thousand years ago didn't they?"

        "They did, to Lanse-de-Meadow in Newfoundland. They were there for a few years and buggered off. Called it Vinland. And they had a settlement in Sicily and modern-day Chechnya, and Dublin."

"Ireland?"

"Dublin was a Viking fort. And the Irish surname Higgins comes from O'Higgins and the Gaelic O'huiGin means Viking. Vikings also settled Iceland, the Hebrides north of Scotland and any town along the east coast of England that ends with the letters ‘by, like Digby.'"

"Why? Because it means ‘town?'"

"Exactly. From Danelaw when the long heads, as the Vikings were called, kept attacking the east coast of England. The Vikings were basically the policemen of the Silk Road to China."

"That's hard to believe."

"Doubt all you want Thomas but they're still finding Vikings buried along the Silk Road. Look it up."

        "And us? As Normans?" Sleep was descending on his eyelids like bricks.

        "We're are descendents of the tribe of Benjamin."

        "And the Swiss?"

        "The tribe of Gad. They grabbed the best land in Switzerland. I believe the symbol on their shield was a leader of troops, and as a fact Switzerland has the oldest army in Europe known as the Swiss Guard. They protect the Pope. They wear the rather loud regalia with the stripes and whatnot." D'Aqs' doubt was gaining force with this matter-of-fact delivery of this dubious piece of knowledge about the Netherlands.

"I'm sure you don't mind me asking but how can you be sure of this?"

"Scholars have been researching the Lost Tribes recently and have tracked the tribes by language and symbols, but mainly by genetics. There's a map that exists that tracks the movement of the tribes with the majority going to Northern Europe, but also a strain going to modern-day Afghanistan. I believe it is the R2 gene that is the marker for the Afghan piece."

        "But. But they're Muslim."

        "That's true but they became Muslim after Mohammed penned the Koran around 700AD. God dictated it to Him because the previous message had been tampered with by Rome. It says that in the Koran. At one point it states: ‘It is not suited for Almighty God that He should father a son.' And ‘They say, "God had fathered a son!' - Glory to be to Him!' No reason do you have for this lie about God.' "Verily, those who make up a lie against God will never succeed!'[i]" D'Aqs closed his eyes and ruminated the data and heard Hellmantle mutter virgin birth under his breath. "And coincidently, I have a friend from university who is the grandson of the Shah - or king - of Afghanistan who told me once that during the war Hitler asked his grandfather to join the Axis powers, which he declined. After he had sent his letter refusing his offer he received a Mercedes Benz from Germany." D'Aqs fell asleep thinking about Jeremiah and the hidden history of the family story of the Bible.

 



[i] Sura 10.68-69 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                             
          The Family of the Bible
FIRST PART
1.       Concerning the famous Hellmantle's position, character and way of life
2.       Concerning the ingenious man's visit with his uncle Jack Grosseteste
3.       Which relates to how Hellmantle is given his first adventure
4.       About what happened to our adventurer when he goes to the Philippines
5.       In which the story of our crusader's journey begins in earnest
6.       About Hellmantle's time in the city of sin on Christmas Eve
7.       About the brave Hellmantle's success on his adventure to Baguio City worthy of happy memory
 
SECOND PART
8.       In which the courageous Hellmantle of Normandy journeys north into the Cordillera Mountain Range
9.       About what happened to Hellmantle in the mission in the mountains and the crucifixion of Jesus
10.     Concerning Hellmantle of Normandy in the land of the headhunters
11.     About the required riding techniques to reach the destination of Sagada and the church organist
12.     In which the German artist is tracked to the Shamrock Café and dangers of the northeast of Luzon Island
13.     In which Catharine is tracked to the Shamrock Café and an eery coincidence of a reoccurring dream
14.     About Hellmantle reaching the rice terraces and finding a way to the northwest
15.     About what happened to our intrepid philosopher in the middle of the Sierra Madre Mountains
16.     In which a record is given about the brave Hellmantle through uncharted territory on his trusted dirt bike
17.     Which relates to Hellmantle of Normandy reaching the northern coast and the rubble of Aparri
18.     About the final day of the motorcycle journey and discussing the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in Vigan
19.     About the sermon in Agoo Basilica and what they find at the church with the rouge bell tower
20.     Concerning the Dutch Padre and what he knows about the hidden map
21.     About the return to Manila and the coup that causes the Great Man from Normandy grief
 
THIRD PART
22.     Which brings Hellmantle of Normandy back to Hong Kong to re-evaluate the next step in his quest for truth
23.     In which their journey is related to Jack Grosseteste and a new task is set before the Man from Normandy
24.     Concerning the journey to northern Vietnam to track down the map hidden at a French prison
25.     About how Hellmantle and D'Aqs compare notes on their task at hand in Hanoi
26.     In which an account is given of the beginning of the journey of Hellmantle in Vietnam
27.     About how Hellmantle and his brave squire ride north to the place where the four rivers meet
28.     Concerning the French prison and what Hellmantle finds there
29.     Concerning the discovery of the bottle and what lies inside of it
30.     Concerning the journey to Dien Bien Phu in honor of their grandfather the Great Dane Hellmantle
31.     About what the motorcyclists see on the fields in Dien Bien Phu
32.     Concerning the motorcycling required to reach Hanoi via the other side of the Da River Valley
33.     Which tells of the final stage back to Hanoi and the discussion after their most beautiful ride
 
FOURTH PART
34.     Concerning the visit with the knowledgeable Jack Grosseteste and the sally to India
35.     Concerning the arrival and journey to Kashmir Valley
36.     In which the journey begins in earnest through the checkpoints to the foot of the Moghul Fort
37.     In which Srinagar is reached and how the houseboat was as it was hundred years ago
38.     In which Hellmantle reach their houseboat on the lake below the fort and beside the mosque
39.     In which Hellmantle sets out for the Tomb of Thome and his brother Joshua beside him
40.     Which relates to the agreeable history of the journey north to the monastery on horseback
41.     In which Hellmantle returns to Srinagar and finds the first translations of the black stones
42.     Which concerns the deciphering of the discovery at the monastery and the need to go to the Ganges River
43.     About Hellmantle of Normandy's meeting with the holy man after taking a dip in the Ganges River
44.     About Hellmantle's meeting at Jack Grossetests's place with D'Aqs and Catharine the artist from Sagada
 
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