At the time of Our Lord’s Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection, there were TWO High Priests in the Temple: Annas and Caiaphas. Luke Chapter 3…
Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of the district of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.
TWO High Priests? Seems… odd, no?
Do you know the details of this bizarre situation? Well, pull up a chair, because this is Deja Vu all over again, folks.
Annas was the legitimate High Priest, acknowledged as such by the Jews. The High Priesthood was a life office (sound familiar?). Annas, however, had been DEPOSED BY THE ROMAN DEEP STATE, specifically by Pontius Pilate’s predecessor as Procurator of Judea, Valerius Gratus. Despite having been “deposed” by the Roman Deep State, Annas REMAINED IN THE TEMPLE holding influence and being recognized by pious Jews as the true High Priest (sound familiar?) Gratus then illegitimately installed Annas’ son-in-law Caiaphas as … er… the “other High Priest”. Caiaphas was totally in bed with the Romans and was loyal to them and their agenda, and thus had a long tenure, being kept on as “fake High Priest” when Gratus was succeeded by Pontius Pilate.
Remember, it was Caiaphas who essentially threatened to have Pilate killed if he didn’t go along with Caiaphas’ wish to kill Jesus, the Christ. Pontius Pilate had been appointed Procurator of Judea not by Tiberius Caesar, but by Tiberius’ de facto co-ruler, Lucius Aelius Sejanus. When Tiberius turned on and then killed Sejanus, all of the men who had been in Sejanus’ circle of power, INCLUDING PONTIUS PILATE, were on thin ice with Tiberius as possibly disloyal. So when Caiaphas yelled out to Pilate “we have no king but Caesar,” and “If you release Him (Jesus), then you are no friend of Caesar’s!” what Caiaphas – who was in bed with and installed by the Roman Deep State – was doing was clearly threatening to denounce Pilate to Rome as disloyal to Tiberius and still loyal to the Sejanus power circle. This would have meant certain death to Pilate and his family.
So, in review, there was at the time of Our Lord’s Ministry, Passion, Death and Resurrection, a legitimate High Priest, still in the Temple, still recognized by the pious faithful as the real holder of the lifetime office of High Priest, who was deposed in a Roman Deep State plot to gain control of the Temple and leverage a usurped pseudo-authority over the Jews in the person of an illegitimate anti-High Priest, who was in bed with the Roman Deep State and ended up agitating for and extorting the Roman Deep State’s toady into committing Deicide.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but there is an obvious parallel here between Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger as Annas and Antipope Jorge Bergoglio as Caiaphas.
And oddly, this insane “two High Priests” nonsense was tolerated and gone-along-with by the Sanhedrin, just as the
Cesspool College of Bishops tolerate and go along with the Bergoglian antipapacy lo these nearly ten years now, as Pope Benedict, like Annas, still resides in the “Temple”, going along with the farce as well. What a mess.
Seeing stunning parallels within the mess like these I find to be deeply consoling and edifying. It shows that the Divine Providence is in charge, making sure that things are HIGHLY VISIBLE, especially in these days of Ecclesial Eclipse. Secondly, this implies that those of us living through this satanic Antipapacy while the True Pope yet lives in the Vatican, are probably close to seeing Christ in Glory, as the people in the days of the “two High Priests” – one legitimate, one illegitimate, were close to the Redemption of mankind and the opening of the gates of heaven by the Eternal Sacrifice of God to God.
He WILL come again in Glory, and His Kingdom will have no end.
Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.
I hope this helps.
St. John the Apostle, pray for us.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us, on Pope Benedict, and on Your Holy Catholic Church outside of which there is no salvation.
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…