The 2 most prolific authors of the 1st century were the Apostle Paul and Flavius Josephus. One was a fearless, outspoken herald of the Truth of the Gospel, while the other was a master of the craft of dissimilation and disinformation!

Saul of Tarsus and the father of Joseph ben Matthias were contemporaries of the Messiah....By 37 AD, the Jewish Christians were a significant force in Old Jerusalem.

Saul of Tarsus and Joseph ben Matthias were child prodigies who astonshed their elders with their knowledge of Judaic law:

For ye have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the congregation of Elohim beyond measure and tried to destroy it.  And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers (Galatians 1:13-14).

Saul of Tarsus and Joseph ben Matthias were virtual twins in brainpower and quick comprehension:

I was myself brought up with Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I was quick in learning and appeared to have great memory and understanding (Flavius Josephus, New Complete Works, p. 17).

The Holy Bible teaches that all people are born BLIND spiritually . . . therefore no prodigious brainpower or human learning could open their spiritual eyes to the Truth of the Holy Trinity (I Saint John 5:7).

No original portrait or statue
of the great Saint Paul exists.

Saul of Tarsus and Joseph ben Matthias were Pharisees and fanatically opposed to Messiah Joshua ben David.

Only the divine visitation on the Damascus Road opened the eyes of Saul of Tarsus to the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ.

Joseph ben Matthias stumbled on in darkness, and he became as zealous for Satan as Saint Paul was for Christ.

The silence of Josephus is DEAFENING concerning Saint Paul and early Christianity.


Priest Joseph ben Matthias aka
Flavius Josephus (37– 100 AD).

The deceived Flavius Josephus had a "holy trinity" consisting of Emperor Vespasianus as the Father, Titus as the Son, and Domitianus as the Holy Spirit. His massive screed entitled War of the Jews (66 to 73 AD) was just a parody of the 4 Gospels.

In 57 AD, Saint Paul visited Old Jerusalem and his preaching there caused a major riot. So fierce was the opposition that a centurion named Julius rescued him from the mob. Only the fact that he was a Roman citizen saved his life. Saint Paul appealed to Caesar and he finally entered Roma as a prisoner in 59 AD. In 63 AD, Josephus was sent as an ambassador to Caesar in order to negotiate the release of certain Jewish prisoners:

But when I was twenty-six, it happened that I took a voyage to Rome, and this on the occasion that I shall now describe. At that time when Felix was procurator of Judea, there were certain priests of my acquaintance, and very excellent persons they were, whom on a small trifling occasion he had put into bonds and sent to Rome to plead their cause before Caesar. (Whiston, New Complete Works of Josephus, pp. 17-18).

The following year, while Josephus was still in Roma, Nero started the Great Fire and blamed it on the Christians. Again, nothing is mentioned of that conflagration and the torture and death of thousands of Christians!

The list of omissions by Josephus is legion. Without a doubt that Pharisee turned Roman defector was the greatest disinformation agent of the ancient world!

Saint Paul completely demolished the myth of reincarnation!!

Saint Paul completely demolished the MYTH of REINCARNATION. The Apostle was stoned to death at Iconium for preaching the Gospel of Christ. Like Elijah the Prophet, he was miraculously taken up to heaven alive, and never died again! Before that glorious event, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews, and dogmatically stated that you ONLY DIE ONCE:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after that the judgment,  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many
(Hebrews 9:27, Douay-Rheims Version).

The Messiah rose from the dead in the exact same body that died on the living tree on the Mount of Olives....Saint Paul returned from the dead in the exact same body that was stoned to death at Iconium!

Hinduism teaches that the soul returns in a different physical form or body after biological death. Upon death, the soul becomes transmigrated into a new infant (or animal) to live again. The term transmigration (sounds like transubstantiation) means passing of soul from one body to another after death!

That old Serpent the Devil and Satan is reaping a deadly harvest of souls for HADES (English HELL) by his false teaching of reincarnation or recycling (Apocalypse 12:9).

This brief expose will also demolish the MYTH that Saint Peter was in Roma and that he established a "Church" there!

I Corinthians Chapter 15 is called the great Resurrection chapter in the Holy Bible. In 58 verses the Apostle expounds on the glorious theme of the physical resurrection from the dead of the believers in Christ:

But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep: for by a man came death, and by a man the resurrection of the dead. And as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive (I Corinthians 15:20-22, Douay-Rheims Version).

Before he was beheaded by order of Emperor Nero, Saint Paul was assumed up into heaven and began reigning with the Messiah he served so diligently. In his glorified body Saint Paul was very busy in heaven because he appeared to the Apostle John at the end of the Apocalypse (Apocalypse 22:9).

The last chapters of the Book of Acts are missing in order to hide the fantastic fact that Saint Paul was assumed up into heaven in the very city of Caesar Nero:

Then Paul lived two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of Elohim and teaching the things which concern the Lord Joshua Christ with all confidence, no one preventing him (Acts 28:30-31).

Beginning with Emperor Jesus Constantine the ax was put to the final chapters of the Book of Acts. That abomination finally morphed in the corrupt Latin Vulgate Version of Jerome. All Bibles today follow that pernicious version, and Christians are ignorant of the glorious assumption into heaven of the greatest Christian that ever lived!

The conversion of Saul of Tarsus from a zealous persecutor of the Messiah to his most ardent disciple was spectacular, and unlike any other in the entire history of the Congregation:

Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of JEHOSHUA of NazarethThis I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.  And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads." So I said, "Who are you, Adonai?" And he said, "I am JEH-HO-SHUA of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting" (Acts 26:9-15). 

The Hebrew name JEH-HO-SHUA is transliterated into Greek and then into English as JOSHUA. Saint Luke—the biographer of Saint Paul—saw no need to give the Greek transliteration because it was a very common Jewish name and the Greek equivalent was known for centuries from the marvelous translation called the Septuagint.

Satan was furious when the recently converted Saint Paul began preaching the Gospel to his enslaved pagans at Lystra and Derbe. He stirred up the unbelieving Jews at Iconium, who actually stoned Paul and left him for dead:

Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe (Acts 14:19-20).

A horrible stoning like that would have ended the life of any missionary . . . except the Apostle Paul . . . who came back from the dead....14 years later he related what happened when he actually died and went to heaven:

It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of JEHOVAH. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: Elohim knoweth) such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: Elohim knoweth). How he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (II Corinthians 12:1-4).

Like the Messiah, Saint Paul returned from the dead in the exact same body that had been stoned to death at Iconium....The indefatigable Christian missionary never experienced death again because he was assumed up into heaven alive!

Julia Agrippina (15 AD–59 AD).
Misruled from 54 AD to 59 AD.

Julia Agrippina was the mother of the monster Nero; a virtual Jezebel on steroids, and a type of the Apocalyptic Whore of Babylon!

Insanely ambitious, she poisoned her husband Emperor Claudius and placed her 16-year-old son on the throne.

She misruled the vast Empire with her son as her puppet until he murdered her in 59 AD.



Statue of Julia Agrippina crowning
her son Nero in 54 AD.

Nero was equally ambitious and would not tolerate a rival. He poisoned his step-brother Britannicus, and he ordered his marines to murder his mother Agrippina.

According to the Book of Acts, Saint Paul arrived in Roma as a prisoner. No date is given but it was around the time that Nero murdered his mother. As a Roman citizen he had the privilege of defending himself before the Emperor.

Caesar Nero (37–
68 AD).
Emperor from Oct. 54 to June 68 AD.

Nero was puppet Emperor from Oct. 54 AD to the murder of his mother in March 59.

Saint Paul arrived in Roma as a prisoner around 59 AD and he spent 2 years under house arrest.

After 2 years he appeared before Emperor Nero and was released because the only charge against him was preaching the Resurrection of Christ: "the hope of Isreal" (Acts 28:20).

Entrance to ruins of Nero's first palace called Domus
Transitoria where Saint Paul appeared before Nero.

Emperor Nero loved acting and roleplaying. He frequently starred in Greek plays and pantomimes. The Greek word for ACTOR is HYPOCRITE—as in scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites (Saint Matthew 23:13).

An artistic depiction of Nero fiddling
while Roma burned!

As sole Emperor, Nero was completely possessed by Satan.

In 64 AD, he started the Great Fire of Roma and then blamed it on the Christians.

Saint Paul was arrested again and returned to Roma in chains.

Nero's suicide and cremation in June 68 meant that the monster was Caesar for 13 years and 9 months.


Ruins of Domus Aurea where Saint Paul
appeared before Nero a second time.

Nero sentenced Saint Paul to death, but he escaped the second death by the miracle of his assumption into heaven! The miraculous assumption of Saint Paul was more proof to the numerous Christians that time was running out!

Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
marks the very spot where St. Paul
was assumed up into heaven!

When Roman soldiers were about to behead Saint Paul, Elijah's chariot swooped down, and he was assumed up into heaven!

He did not need a rocket to take him to the third heaven!

There are no bones or relics of Saint Paul because he did not leave any part of his mortal remains behind!

There are no relics of Saint Paul in the basilica
of Saint Paul Outside the Walls!

Miraculously, Servius Sulpicius Galba, a provincial Roman governor from Hispania (Spain) ended Emperor Nero's reign of terror. When Nero heard that the armies of Galba were converging on Roma he committed suicide and his body was cremated....It was payback for persecuting the Christians and ordering the death of the Apostle Paul. Nero was the fifth and last Emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty:

 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time (Apocalypse 17:10).

When Saint John wrote the Apocalypse, Emperor Domition, younger brother of Emperor Titus, was misruling the Empire and persecuting the Christians!

69 AD was the chaotic Year of the Four Emperors!!

As the fateful year 70 AD approached, all the Christians believed that the Temple would be destroyed within a generation of the Resurrection of Christ in 30 AD.

And Joshua said to them, “do you not see all these things? verily, I say unto you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down" (Saint Matthew 24:2).

The Christians were not left to doubt or surmise when that cataclysmic event would take place as they knew that a Biblical generation is 40 years (Psalm 95:10):

Amen I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Saint Matthew 24:34, Saint Luke 21:32, Douay-Rheims Version).

However, Satan was absolutely determined to nullify that amazing prediction by prolonging the existence of the Temple beyond 70 AD. Servius Sulpicius Galba—a regional governor from Hispania (Spain)—succeeded Nero as Emperor.

Servius Sulpicius Galba (3 BC – 69 AD).
Emperor from June 68 to January 69.

Servius Sulpicius Galba delivered Roma from the tyrant Nero. The 73-year old bald Galba was a strange choice for Caesar because Caesar means hairy.

On January 15, Galba was assassinated by order of Marcus Otho.

Emperor Marcus Otho reigned from January 15 to April 16, 69.

Nero lusted after his beautiful wife Poppaea Sabina and banished him to Lusitania (modern Portugal) in order to marry her.


Marcus Otho (32 69 AD).
Emperor from January to April 69.

As governor of Lusitania, Otho was a close "friend" of Galba, and he accompanied him back to Roma. Then he began conspiring against Galba when the elderly, heirless Caesar refused to adopt him as his successor!

The very brief reign of that usurper ended when he committed suicide after losing a battle to the next usurper named Aulus Vitellius.

Aulus Vitellius (15 AD – 69 AD).
Emperor from Sept. to Dec. 69.

Emperor Otho committed suicide after losing a battle to the next usurper named Aulus Vitellius.

He reigned from April 19 to December 20, 69.

Fierce fighting raged in the streets of Roma between the legions of Vitellius and the new Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasian.

Vitellius was slain and his extremely corpulent body was thrown into the Tiber!


Titus Flavius Vespasian (9 AD – 79 AD).
Emperor from 69 AD to 79 AD.

Titus Flavius Vespasian was successfully prosecuting the Jewish revolt when he was proclaimed Emperor. He deputed his son Titus to finish the insurrection by capturing Jerusalem.

Emperor Titus (39 81 AD).
Emperor from 79 to 81.

Titus was not as experienced a general as his father Vespasian.

Taking advantage of the civil war in Italia, and chaos in Roma, the rebellious, suicidal Jews fought furiously against the legions!

The Temple was captured on July 30, 70 AD, and completely demolished soon after!

It was payback for rejecting their Messiah, and persecuting the Apostle Paul.

Artistic depiction of the Romans
destroying the Temple in 70 AD.

All the genealogical records were kept in the great Temple so nobody could prove descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob after the records were destroyed!

Additionally, the scribes in the Temple were altering and deleting verses in the Old Covenant....Changing the eternal Word of JEHOVAH did not begin with Emperor Jesus Constantine. It began right after Saint Matthew published his Gospel around 37 AD.

The Jews committed mass suicide one more time when they revolted against the Roman Empire during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. They were finally gone with the wind like the Moabites and Ammonites, and replaced by their bitter rivals the Edomites!

Saint Paul even predicted that Christians who were alive when Christ returned at the end of the world would be taken up to heaven alive:

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (I Corinthians 15: 51-54).

Saint Paul's progress from Jerusalem to Roma mirrors the Christian Congregation's pilgrimage from Jerusalem to her final battle with Antichrist at Armageddon!

Despite the deletion of the last chapters in the Book of Acts by Emperor Jesus Constantine, the counterfeit Assumption of Mary (Maria) dogma was not officially proclaimed until 1950.

Assumption of Mary (Maria) by
Dutch artist Peter Paul Rubens.

In August 1950, Pope Pius XII officially proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of Mary (Maria) into heaven.

Despite signing a Concordat with the Third Reich, and proclaiming the Assumption dogma, he is still in "Purgatory."

Pius means devoted to the Roman gods Jupiter (Zeus) and Minerva! August 15 was the Roman feast day of Minerva!

Minerva was called Athena in Greece, and that warrior goddess was known as the "Spear-Shaker" (Shake-speare).


Pope Pius XII proclaiming the
Assumption of Mary (Maria) dogma,
August 15, 1950.

A statue of Minerva dominates the U.S. Capitol building in the 10 miles squared Infernal Zone called Washington City . . . all she lacks is her spear!

Here is a quote from the official Assumption of Mary (Maria) dogma that was promulgated in November 1950:

By the authority of our Lord Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. (Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, November 1, 1950).

Only 5 men have glorified bodies in heaven: Enoch, Moses, Elijah, Paul, and the Apostle John....The Scriptures mention nothing about the death of Miriam—the real virgin mother of the Messiah.

The very last verses in the Holy Bible are a warning not to make any changes whatsoever....Even the corrupt Latin Vulgate Version has not deleted that dire warning:

For I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (Apocalypse 22:18-19, Douay-Rheims Version).

That prophecy was fulfilled to the letter in Europe culminating in the Black Death during the reign of the 7 Avignon Popes!

Vital links


Asiedu, F.B.A. Josephus, Paul, and the Fate of Early Christianity. Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, Langham, Maryland, 2019.

Barrett, Anthony. Agrippina: Sex, Power and Politics in the Early Empire. Routledge, London, 2005.

Morgan Gwyn. 69 A.D. The Year of the Four Emperors. Oxford University Press, New York, 2006.

Suetonius, Gaius Tranquillus. The Twelve Caesars. Translated by J.C. Rolfe. Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2014.

Wellesley, Kenneth. The Long Year: 69 A.D., Bristol Classical Press, Bedminster, Bristol, U.K., 1989.

Whiston, William. New Complete Works of Josephus. Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1999.

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