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Revelation

Divine Revelation

"Among them is cultivated the practice of prophecy, and the prediction of future events" - Hippolytus 


Herod and Manahem The Essene


According the Josephus, Herod held the Essenes in such high honour because, of an Essene by the name of “Manahem.” Manahem conducted his life after an excellent manner but, had the foreknowledge of future events given him by ALHYM also. When he was a child and going to school, he saluted Herod and told Herod that he would be “king of the Jews.” He said:

“However, that be, thou wilt be king, and wilt begin to reign happily, for ALHYM finds thee worthy of it. And do thou remember the blows that Manahem hath given thee. As being a signal of the change of the fortune. And truly this will be the best reasoning for thee, that thou love justice towards men, and piety towards ALHYM, and elemency towards thy citizens; yet do I know how thy whole conduct will be, that thou wilt not be such a one, for thou wilt excel all men in happiness, and obtain an everlasting reputation, but wilt forget piety and righteousness; and these crimes will not be concealed from ALHYM, at the conclusion of they life, when thou wilt find that he will be mindful of them, and punish thee for them.” 


Many of the Essenes have by their excellent virtue been thought worthy of this knowledge of divine revelation. After Manahem had said these things, Herod did not at all attend to what Manahem had said to him. However, when Herod became King, he did remember Manahem and what he told him. - Antiquities of The Jews, Book 15, chap. 10, pg. 330



Archelaus Dream and Simon The Essene


Archelaus had a dream and he related the dream to his friends, that:

“He saw ears of corn, in number ten, full of wheat, perfectly ripe, which ears, as it seemed to him, were devoured by oxen.” 

And when he was awake and gotten up, because the vision appeared to be of great importance to him, he sent for the diviners, whose study was employed about dreams. And while some were of one opinion, and some of another (for all their interpretation did not agree), Simon, a man of the sect of Essenes, desired leave to speak his mind freely, and said that 

“the vision denoted a change in the affairs of Archelaus, and that not for the better; that oxen, because that animal takes uneasy pains in his labours, denoted afflictions, and indeed denoted further, a change of affairs; because that land which is ploughed by oxen cannot remain in its former state; and that the ears of corn being ten. Determined the like number of years, because an ear of corn grows in one year and that the time of Archelaus’ government was over.” Antiquities of The Jews, Book 17, chap. 13 pg. 374; The Jewish War, Book 2, chap. 7 pg. 735




Antigonus and Judas The Essene


And truly anyone would be surprised at Judas upon this occasion. He was of the sect of the Essens, and had never failed or deceived men in his predictions before. Now this man saw Antigonus as he was passing along by the temple, and cried out to his acquaintance, (they were not a few who attended upon him as his scholars,) "O strange!" said he, "it is good for me to die now, since truth is dead before me, and somewhat that I have foretold hath proved false; for this Antigonus is this day alive, who ought to hare died this day; and the place where he ought to be slain, according to that fatal decree, was Strato's Tower, which is at the distance of six hundred furlongs from this place; and yet four hours of this day are over already; which point of time renders the prediction impossible to be fill filled." And when the old man had said this, he was dejected in his mind, and so continued. But in a little time news came that Antigonus was slain in a subterraneous place, which was itself also called Strato's Tower, by the same name with that Cesarea which lay by the sea-side; and this ambiguity it was which caused the prophet's disorder. The Jewish War; Book 1, Chapter 3 pg. 674

Essenes

 The Essenes was a sect settled in Qumran, in the Judean desert. Who housed the Dead Sea scrolls, and became their own community.