The Ark of Apocalypse

CHAPTER SIX

The Blood Line

Simon set down on the southern shores of France while his support choppers alighted on the two hills above him, flanking him on the east and on the west.  Once the loud whir of the blades subsided, the gentle waves of the Mediterranean could be heard in the background splashing the shore.

Merlin, with assistance, and Philip disembarked.  The Giant reached into the back seats and removed the crown and sword.  With a new sense of caution, imbued by the somber Papal coronation, Philip looked around.  On the east hill next to one of the choppers was an octagon shaped castle, very old but reasonably well preserved.  In the valley between the two hills was a small Church and rectory, also very old but still functional.  Behind the Church sat a large lake.  A quantity of men (Philip could not tell how many from that distance) were working on a large water pump and seemed to be trying to drain the entire lake with a 12 inch hose.  Philip disregarded the workers and followed Merlin towards the rectory.

Merlin opened the door and entered, followed by Philip and Simon.  No one was inside, but food and wine had been provided and arranged on the table. Philip sat down and leaned back in the chair.  He was wary, totally confused and exhausted.  Simon gazed out the window and then stood by the door, sword at his side.  He had set the crown on the table.

"You are very quiet," Merlin offered to the newly crowned King Philip, as he sat at the table.

Philip just looked at him with puzzled eyes and said nothing.

"I'm sure you have a lot of questions, but you haven’t spoken a word since we left Rome."  Merlin paused and looked deep into Philip's eyes.  "Do you know what has happened so far?  Are you all right?"

Philip stared at the monk for a long time.  Calmly and quietly he said, "I've been thinking and I think you are all crazy, or at least you take me for being crazy.  Strange men wearing insipid red crosses kidnap me and my family; a crazy old monk describes a centuries-old conspiracy that nobody else in power seems to have figured out before him and then he escorts me into the presence of the “Holy Father”, who is likely some nice fellow impersonating the pope; finally, this ersatz pope tells me that I’m the new Holy Roman Emperor.  I have behaved quite foolishly, and quite naively.  For a while, I actually believed all this nonsense!  Until now, I have been quite submissive, but still I have not determined what you are really up to.  I have no money, so it's not that.  My family is quite poor and could never pay a ransom.  I am not politically valuable to anyone, so it cannot be that.  I know nobody of significance, so I cannot have information you might want. So, Mr. Merlin, or Father Merlin, or whatever your real name is, what is this elaborate farce all about and what do you really want of me and my family?”  Philip subconsciously rubbed three fingers up and down his large nose as he glared at the old man.

"Oh, man of little faith."  Father Merlin said as he shook his head back and forth while pacing the floor. Then standing tall and trying hard to be slightly angry he said, "You have no idea who you are, do you?  You see the world is falling apart around you, but all you want is a nice quiet family life! You pray that God will end the madness, while you indolently sun yourself on the  shores of Madeira, sitting comfortably aside the distant, tragic opera playing itself out atop a colossal global stage built of human corpses oozing fresh blood! "

Eyes flashing in anger at last, Philip shouted despairingly, "What can I do?
The world has gone crazy. I'm only one person. I can write, but there are no newspapers, no publishers. I am not a fighter. I couldn't defeat a small boy in battle!"

Catching himself, Philip lowered his voice and looked down at the floor. "I've believed in peace my whole life. Peace? What a stupid word nowadays. There is no peace anywhere in the world." Philip looked up at Simon. "Now, that big monster over there, he could fight. Why are you not looking to him for whatever you need?" Philip waved an accusing hand at Simon, who smiled at the suggestion.

"Finally!" Merlin silently exulted. Ignoring Philip's words but encouraged by his passion, Merlin slowly rose from his chair. He placed both hands over his mouth and peered through his straining eyes with loving affection at Philip. With his hands still on his mouth, he drifted over to the window. He fixed his gaze skyward in several moments of obvious prayer, then raised his hands over his head.

"Now! Now is the time, my Lord!" The tone of his voice, and its sudden rendering of the silence, gave Philip a start. With still rising voice, Merlin continued his eager supplication. "Oh Lord, I have held these mysteries of yours for so long, so long. But now is the time! Thousands before me have died to keep these secrets, so that this moment could be. Now I am entrusted to deliver. Lord, make me worthy. Spirit of Truth, guide my words."

 Merlin tugged at his long beard, made the sign of the cross, and turned around to look squarely at Philip. The crown sat in front of him on the table. The red rubies sparkled from the light coming through the window. The gold cross on top obscured Philip's nose, separating his eyes. Simon was drawn to Merlin's side, for he too was waiting to hear the mysteries that he had guarded in ignorance all these years. He would be the first of his Order to hear the mystery that had been protected for two thousand years.

Merlin anxiously paced the room, still hunched over, but suddenly energized. "Philip, what you are about to hear has been one of the best kept secrets in the history of The Church. The first Apostles told each other, but never wrote it down in a way that the average Christian could understand, because it had to remain a mystery. No! It had to remain THE mystery."

"This mystery has three parts: the first part I will explain to you now, the second part you will discover for yourself very soon, and the third part you must receive from the Holy Spirit Himself"

"In the Bible, long genealogical lists continually appear, especially in Genesis, Numbers, 1st Book of Chronicles, Nehemiah, and Ezra, and, of course, in the New Testament in Matthew 1:17 and Luke 2:23. The importance attached to blood relationships has been argued back and forth by experts for years, especially the differences between Matthew and Luke.

"Now, Matthew begins his Gospel with the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. Even though he calls this the genealogy of Jesus Christ, he ends the chapter with proof that Joseph's blood was not in Christ in Matthew 1:18. 'Now the generation of Christ was in THIS WISE. When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph before they came together she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.' So you see, Matthew called it the genealogy of Jesus and then proved that it was not. However, one thing is not commonly known. Joseph's grandfather, Mathan, and Mary's great grandfather, Levi, both had the same wife. Mathan had two sons, Jacob and Joses. Jacob was the father of Joseph. When Mathan died, his widow married as her second husband Levi, (descended from David through Nathan) and by him had Matthat, the father of Heli, (also known as Joachim) the father of Mary, the Mother of God. So you see, Mary was of the same blood as Joseph because of the common wife of Levi and Mathan. And so, Matthew was not giving an untrue genealogy about the origin of Christ.

"However, in Luke 3:23 we see a different genealogy. In fact, Luke is very careful to let the reader know that the genealogy of Matthew was not the genealogy of Christ. He himself was not giving the genealogy of Joseph but that of Mary, since Heli, also called Joachim, was the father of Mary. So you can see that Luke and Matthew both deliberately confused the reader, without saying an untruth, since Joseph was considered the father of Christ, even if not by blood. And, in fact, the blood of his line, if not himself, was in Christ through Mathan.

"Now comes the question that needs to be asked, for too often readers of the Bible do not ask the right questions. Why are both genealogies important?
WHY WAS THE GENEALOGY OF JOSEPH IMPORTANT, SINCE HE DID NOT PRODUCE ANY CHILDREN?"

With that question, Merlin stopped, looked first at Philip and then at Simon. They were in rapt attention. Simon was clutching the cross of the sword with both hands and Philip was leaning forward with his arms folded on the table.

"Does all this have something to do with what's happening now?" Philip asked. "How can it possibly have anything to do with the billion deaths over the past two years?"

"Bear with me. I have rehearsed telling you this for fifty years, even before you were born." Merlin walked over to the window and watched the men working on the pump. An twelve-inch column of water belched out of the hose and ran down towards the sea, but the lake seemed hardly dented. It would be a long time yet. Without turning around, Merlin continued.

"For thousands of years before Christ, it was commonly known that the Savior, the Christ, would come from the first-born sons of Abraham. And so it was. Sometimes being first born was not a genetic thing, but rather something earned, as in the case of Adam, who replaced Cain and Abel with Seth, and so only Seth appears as important to genealogy. This is also true in the case of David, whose first born turned against him. But in general what is called first born produced David and then Christ. However, from David on, another genealogy appears --- that of SOLOMON. Why Solomon?

"Solomon was not a first born, Natham was. In fact, Solomon was the second son of David's adultery with Bathsheba. Why then did David make him king instead of Natham? Why is Solomon's genealogy suddenly important, if it does not produce Christ? The answer comes at the death of both David and Solomon. When David was dying, he said to Solomon in 3 Kings 2:4, 'There shall not be taken away from thee a man on the throne of Israel.' Then 3 Kings 11:36 says, 'And to his son (Solomon's son, Rehoboam), I will give one tribe, that there may remain a lamp for my servant David BEFORE ME ALWAYS IN JERUSALEM the city which I have chosen, so that my name might always be there.

"From that day on, every son of Solomon was King of Jerusalem, and every first-born son of Natham was to eventually produce Christ, who produced The Church.

"These two are the two swords mentioned by The Holy Father. Natham, who was also called a prophet, helped Solomon become king, so that Solomon and all his successors could protect the blood line of Natham to Christ and never let it die out. That is why God said, 'So that My Name might always be there. And so it was. Though not always in the eyes of men, nevertheless always in the eyes of God, Solomon and his children will always be KING OF JERUSALEM. Although Solomon, himself, was not a good man at the end of his life, he continued to protect the people of the Church (though not its faith).

"They still are charged with protecting His Church and His Blood. At first it was the blood line, now it is the blood of Christ in the Mass. First it was Natham, now it is his successors, the popes of the Church. But as David was the servant of Samuel, and, in fact, received his Kingship from Samuel; and as Solomon was servant of Natham, so too have all the kings of Jerusalem been servants of the Popes throughout the centuries.

"Joseph, because he was of Solomon's blood, was charged with protecting the FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, THE HOLY FAMILY. But Joseph had an older brother named Zodac. Zodac was converted at mount Calvary. He was a soldier in the Roman army, although a Jew, just like Joseph of Armethia, whose sword Simon is holding. When Christ was stripped of His clothes at Calvary and was standing stark naked, His Mother made a prayer: 'Where, Oh, Lord, is the protector now?' Where is our Joseph? Where is the King of Jerusalem?'

"At that moment, the Holy Spirit came upon Zodac. He dropped his sword, ran through the crowds towards Christ. As he ran, he grabbed a veil off the head of one of the holy women, and when he reached Christ, he wrapped it around Christ's waist. Christ spoke to Zodac's mind. 'You shall now take over where Joseph left off. You shall protect My Church.'

"After Christ's death and burial, Joseph of Armethia, Mary Magdalene, John the Less, some of Mary's relations, and Zodac left Jerusalem and went to the south of France. They took with them the holiest of Christ's relics and the body of Joseph. They placed Joseph in a stone tomb and marked it 'LES
BERGERS D'ARCADIE'. The relics and the tomb they guarded from that day to this.

"Zodac formed a small army of knights to protect the relics of Christ and the holy women. After his death, his son became the King of Jerusalem, and the knights followed his every command. As the Church spread throughout Europe, the Kings appointed other kings over other knights, to protect the Church in all the different regions.

"King Arthur and his knights of the round table was one of these appointed kings, though that was not his real name. They had no country, no real kingship over people, no land other than the castles they built themselves.
They had only one job, to protect the Church. The real king of the blood of Solomon and Joseph became known as the 'FISHER KING', because he was the protector of the fisherman, Peter, and the protector of the Church.

"Percival, Gawain, Lancelot, and Robin Hood: these were all coded stories of the knights who served the King of Jerusalem, the Fisher King, the Protector of the Church, the spirit of Joseph, and that is the sanctity of Joseph.  Even their names are coded so that they remain secrets except to those who know the codes. This is therefore a true history, but in code! Have you ever heard of a book called 'THE TRUE STORY OF THE HOLY GRAIL?'

Philip thought for a moment. "Yes! I have heard of it but never read it."

"Well!" said Merlin, "Although it calls itself a true story, it is obvious in the first chapter that it is not a true story. Instead of numbered chapters, it says 'BLOOD LINE ONE, TWO, ETC.' It is in this book that you hear about Merlin, the Mystic. But in truth there never was any person called Merlin. His name and mine are secret codes used to teach the Order the mysteries without allowing others to know them. All those who have been called 'Merlin' are just the keepers of the secrets, and the Fisher King is just a code for the protector of the Fisherman, the Pope.

"One of these Fisher Kings was Godfroi de Bouillon, who captured the city of Jerusalem during the Christian Crusades. He was from the blood of Solomon and the rightful King of Jerusalem,. He openly claimed this title and stopped using the secret name, 'Fisher'. But he also had the blood of the
Emperor of Rome, since one of the children of Zodac was the Empress, St. Helena. As you know, she was the mother of Constantine the Great, who discovered and retrieved the True Cross of Christ. So you see, Godfroi de Bouillon was not only of the blood and therefore the true heir of Solomon, but also of the blood and heir to Rome. Down through history, great men such as Pepin, Constantine, and Charlemagne all came from the same bloodline as Joseph, the earthly spouse of Mary, through his brother, Zodac.

"There lives to this day a Fisher King, a King of Jerusalem, a man who is of the blood of Joseph. There exists to this day an army of knights who are charged with protecting this Fisher King and protecting the proof of his blood line. These knights were once called 'The Knights Templar" but are now called the Sovereign Order of Military Nights of St. John of Jerusalem, a branch of the Order of Hospitallers."

Merlin pointed at Simon and his robe with the Eight Pointed Cross. Philip swung around in his chair and looked up at Simon. "So that is why you wear that white stole and the Cross?"

"It's a scapular, not a stole; the Scapular of Joseph." Simon corrected.

Philip turned back to Merlin with a big question, the answer to which he already knew. "What does that have to do with me?" He closed his eyes as he waited for the answer, hoping he was wrong.

"Yes! You know. You are the Fisher King. You are the King of Jerusalem. You are Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. You are of the bloodline of Joseph and Solomon."

Philip sat down silently with his eyes shut. He thought about his father. He realized that his father knew. Otto von Habsburg had signed his name many times with the title, 'King of Jerusalem'. Philip had thought he was just being pert because of his grandfather. But Philip's grandfather knew also. Charles von Habsburg was the earthly King of Austria, but also claimed the title of Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Jerusalem. He must have known that he was the Fisher King.

"What about these Templars? I thought they were dismantled and condemned by the Pope back in the Fourteenth Century for being Masons or something like that?"

"Yes and no! It is a popular misconception. King Philip had read prophesies about the GREAT MONARCH OF THE FUTURE, who would be of the blood of Joseph. It was given to him by the false mystic, Ramon Lull. King Philip knew that he was of that same bloodline, and because of his sinful pride, decided that it must be he about whom the prophesy spoke. He went to the Templar Knights and offered to give up his crown and kingdom to become one of the knights. They turned him down. This made him so angry that he devised false charges against them, and ordered them all arrested on the night of October 13, 1303.

"You must understand that the Knights were the strongest army in the world at that time. No king could have defeated them in battle; however, the knights took an oath to protect the Church, the Pope, and the bloodline. They could not fight against a man who had the blood of Joseph.

"When Philip came to arrest them, they went without fighting because they could not fight against him, and they thought that the Church would come to their aid. So on October 13, 1303, they were all put into irons. Do you recognize that date? It is the same date as the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima in 1917, 614 years later. But the Pope at that time was a weak man, and he did not come to their aid.

"Jacques de Moley, the Grand Master of the Knights, and many of his Templars were tied to stakes on an island in the Seine River in Paris. Coals were piled around them so that they would burn to death without dying from lack of oxygen as is usually that case when someone is burned at the stake.
Philip watched all night from a small boat, waiting for Jacques de Moley or one of his knights to cry out in pain. But none did, and Moley just stared at King Philip without even blinking. Finally just before his death, Moley shouted out to Philip his prediction that Philip and the Pope would soon die and that none of his children would sit on the throne of France. Thirty-three days later, Philip, the Pope, and all his children were dead.

"Before the death of Jacques de Moley, Philip pressured the Pope into investigating his charges against the Knights. Clement V ordered the investigation that we now call "The Council of Vienna".

"So much pressure was put on the poor Cardinals of the Council by Philip that at the last moment, the Pope rode all night by horseback from Rome to Vienna and arrived without notice at the Council. He took away from the Cardinals the power of judicial sentence and ordered the suppression of the Order by an administrative act of the Pope.

"The property (very important) of the Templars was turned over to their sister order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (the Hospitallers). This frustrated King Philip who had wanted an order of his making, allowing him to take over these possessions.

"In reality, the action of the Pope was arranged by the Templars as a way of compromising with Philip and saving the Pope and the property of the Templars. The Templars went underground under the name of the Military Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.

"Without their open support, though, the Popes immediately lost possession of Rome for the next ninety years, and security has never come back since. The Templars did not cease to exist, only the name and habit ended. They simply went into hiding and changed their name.

"King Philip had insisted that candidates to the knighthood were denouncing Christ and spiting on the cross in initiation ceremonies. This was not true but it was the prime charge against them.  Then, a few years later when the Masons appropriated the title of 'Templars', they adopted that very initiation ritual as a way of snubbing their nose at the Pope. Although it was never proven that the real Templars performed any demonic acts, the Masonic order of the Templars did so, and continued to do so right up to this very day.

Philip was confused: “I thought the Templars were condemned by the Church?”

“No! In fact the Church wrote a document absolving them of all accusations. Soon after the death of Jacques de Moley, the Shroud of Turin, as it is now known, was found in his home. Having lost the Shroud, the Templars decided to become secret to protect the remaining holy relics in their possession.

"What other relics?" Sitting up quickly, Philip's interest was suddenly
intensified.

Merlin looked out at the lake that was being drained by the large pump. "Many! You will see in time, for you are now the head of the Templar Knights, just as the Fisher King was. You will see the true cross upon which hung our dear Savior, as well as many other things. You will see how we have watched over your bloodline by creating a chain of gold coins with the name of every child of Solomon inscribed on them. You will see how you are related to St. Joseph and why that is important, especially now, since all
this careful work for these thousands of years comes down to you and it stops here.

"You are the MONARCH that has been prophesied for five thousand years by numerous prophets throughout the Bible and their mystical 'descendants' since the Bible. You are the reason why the Jews did not believe in Christ. The prophecy of your coming and the prophecy of Christ's coming were confused into one person by the Jews.

"Christ was not the earthly king for whom they waited for so long and so they did not accept him as the savior. They thought that the God-Savior and the earthly king was one and the same person. They were wrong. Christ is God, and you are only a man, an instrument of Christ, an earthly king sent by God to save the Church.

"When Natham said. 'I will preserve the offspring of your body and make his sovereignty secure.' (2 Kings 7:12), Natham was speaking of Philip von Habsburg. In Psalm 90 (91) God is speaking of you, Philip. You shall read it often."

Philip thought for a moment. "People have told me that there is a heresy about the bloodline of Christ, related to this very place in France, but I am not sure what it is."

"Yes! Many stupid people take some of our codes for the truth. We do what the American CIA does, we spread falsehoods and sprinkle deceptive hints to keep people from knowing the truth. The CIA used this strategy when they spread the rumors of Flying Saucers to hide the building of secret aircraft. The strategy works well, so we do the same." That was as far as Merlin was willing to go with this.

"Why me? I don't want to be a king? I am not a leader. When I was young, people made fun of me because of my grandfather, but I was never brave enough to defend him. A king should be holy, and brave. I am neither."

"Yes, I know. We have been watching you all these years. We, too, thought that it could not be you. But God is the architect of history, and He chooses whomsoever He wants. This is not something that can be earned or bought by deeds. This was ordained by God before the earth was created, and neither you nor I can change that." Merlin looked up at the giant.

"And now, Simon, if you will help me, we can prepare this table for Mass, and then get some sleep. We will need it for tomorrow," he calmly said as he looked over at Philip, "and tomorrow, we will learn the second mystery."