The Gospel of the Holy Twelve, also known as the Gospel of the Nazarenes, is believed by some to be the Gospel described by many commentators of the early Church as the original teachings of the Nazarene called Christ. Others point to several sections that are found, word-for-word, in the King James Version of the Bible, which they say proves it to be a fraud.
In an early twentieth century edition published in London, an "Explanatory Preface" precedes the text. Rev. Ouseley's name does not appear on it, and the Preface is signed,
"The Editors of the Gospel of the Holy Twelve." A similar explanation was published in an earlier English-language version with Rev. Ouseley's name at the bottom.
The Preface, in part, notes:
"Their 'Gospel of the Holy Twelve' was communicated to the Editors, in numerous fragments at different times, by Emmanuel Swedenborg, Anna Kingsford, Edward Maitland, and a priest of the former century, giving his name as Placidus, of the Franciscan Order, afterwards a Carmelite. By them it was translated from the original, and given to the Editors in the flesh,
to be supplemented in their proper places, where indicated, from the 'Four Gospels' (A.V.) revised where necessary by the same.
"To this explanation, the Editors cannot add, nor from it take away. By the Divine Spirit was the Gospel communicated to the four above mentioned, and by them translated, and given to the writers; not in seance rooms (where too often resort the idle, the frivolous and the curious, attracting spirits similar to themselves, rather than the good), but 'in dreams and visions of the night,' and by direct guidance, has God instructed them by chosen instruments; and now they give it to the world, that some may be wiser unto Salvation, while those who reject it, remain in their blindness, until they will to see."
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve is offered here in spite of this controversy. "Inspired writing" comes in a variety of forms from a variety of sources.
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve was an inspiration and moral compass for he who labored many years
to create this web site and make it available free of charge to all students of biblical history.
It is our goal to build on his magnificent creation while leaving in place all the fruits of his labor of love. Pax Amo Lux, Nazannia 11/1/2009.
The Comments of the Editors
Transcribed and Compiled by
Rev. Mark Wilcox, D.D.
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Index of Lections 1 Thru 96
(1) The Parentage and Conception of John the Baptist.
(2) The Immaculate Conception of Jesus the Christ.
(3) Nativity of John the Baptist.
(4) Nativity of Jesus the Christ.
(5) Manifestation of Jesus to the Magi
(6) Childhood and Youth of Jesus the Christ. He delivereth a lion from hunters.
(7) The Preaching of John the Baptist.
(8) The Baptism of Jesus-Maria the Christ.
(9) The Four Temptations.
(10) Joseph and Mary make a feast unto Iesus. Andrew and Peter find Jesus.
(11) The Anointing by Mary Magdalene.
(12) The Marriage in Cana. The Healing of the Nobleman's Son.
(13) The First Sermon in the Synagogue of Nazareth.
(14) The Calling of Andrew and Peter. The Teaching of Cruelty in Animals.
(15) The Healing of the Leper and the Palsied. The Deaf man who denied that others could Hear.
(16) Calling of Matthew. Parable of the New Wine in Old Bottles.
(17) Jesus Sendeth Forth the Twelve and their Fellows.
(18) Jesus Sendeth Forth the Two and Seventy.
(19) Jesus Teacheth how to Pray - Error even in Prophets.
(20) The Return of the Two and Seventy.
(21) Jesus Rebuketh Cruelty to a Horse. Condemneth the Service of Mammon.
(22) The Restoration of Iairus' Daughter.
(23) Jesus and the Samaritan Woman.
(24) Jesus Denounces Cruelty. Healeth the Sick.
(25) The Sermon on the Mount (part I)
(26) The Sermon on the Mount (part II)
(27) The Sermon on the Mount (part III)
(28) Jesus Releaseth the Rabbits and Pigeons.
(29) He Feedeth Five Thousand with Six Loaves and Seven Cluster of Grapes.
(30) The Bread of Life and the Living Vine.
(31) The Bread of Life and the Living Vine. Jesus Teacheth the Thoughtless Driver.
(32) God the Food and Drink of All.
(33) By the Shedding of Blood of Others Is No Remission of Sins.
(34) Love of Jesus for All Creatures. His Care for a Cat.
(35) The Good Law. The Good Samaritan. Mary and Martha. On Divine Wisdom.
(36) The Woman Taken in Adultery. The Pharisee and the Publican.
(37) The Regeneration of the Soul.
(38) Jesus Condemneth the Ill Treatment of Animals.
(39) The Kingdom of Heaven (Seven Parables)
(40) Jesus Expoundeth the Inner Teaching to the Twelve.
(41) Jesus setteth free the Caged Birds. The Bind Man who denied that Others Saw.
(42) Jesus Teaches Concerning Marriage. The Blessing of Children.
(43) Jesus Teaches Concerning the Riches of this World and the Washing of Hands and Unclean Meats.
(44) The Confession of the Twelve. Christ the True Rock.
(45) Seeking for Signs. The Unclean Spirit.
(46) The Transfiguration on the Mount, and the Giving of the Law.
(47) The Spirit Giveth Life. The Rich Man and the Beggar.
(48) Jesus Feedeth One Thousand with Five Melons. Healeth the withered Hand on the Sabbath Day. Rebuketh Hypocrisy.
(49) The True Temple of God.
(50) Christ the Light of the World.
(51) The Truth Maketh Free.
(52) The Pre-existence of Christ.
(53) Jesus Healeth the Blind on the Sabbath. Jesus at the Pool of Siloam.
(54) The Examination of the Blind Man - A Living Type of the House of God.
(55) Christ the Good Shepherd.
(56) The Raising of Lazarus from his Sleep in the Tomb.
(57) Concerning Little Children. Forgiveness of Others. Parable of the Fishes.
(58) Divine Love to the Repentant.
(59) Jesus Forewarneth His Disciples. Glad Tidings to Zacchaeus.
(60) Jesus Rebuketh Hypocrisy.
(61) Jesus Foretelleth the End.
(62) Parable of the Ten Virgins.
(63) Parable of the Talents.
(64) Jesus Teacheth in the Palm Circle. The Divine Life and Substance.
(65) The Last Anointing by Mary Magdalene. Neglect not the Present time.
(66) Jesus again Teacheth his Disciples concerning the Nature of God. The Kingdom of God. The Two in One.
(67) The Last Entry into Jerusalem. The Sheep and the Goats.
(68) The Householder and the Husbandmen. Order out of Disorder.
(69) The Christ within the Soul. The Resurrection and the Life. Salome's Question.
(70) Jesus Rebuketh Peter's Haste.
(71) The Cleansing of the Temple.
(72) The Many Mansions in the One House.
(73) Christ The True Vine.
(74) Jesus Foretelleth Persecutions.
(75) The Last Paschal Supper.
(76) Washing of the Feet, The Eucharistic Oblation.
(77) The Agony in Gethsemane.
(78) The Betrayal.
(79) The Hebrew Trial before Caiaphas.
(80) The Sorrow and Penance of Iudas.
(81) The Roman Trial before Pilate.
(82) The Crucifixion.
(83) The Burial of Jesus.
(84) The Resurrection of Jesus.
(85) Jesus appeareth to Two at Emmaus.
(86) Jesus appeareth in the Temple. Blood Sacrifices Cease.
(87) Jesus appeareth to the Twelve.
(88) The Eighth Day after the Resurrection.
(89) Jesus appeareth at the Sea of Galilee.
(90) What is Truth?
(91) The Order of the Kingdom (part I.)
(92) The Order of the Kingdom (part II.)
(93) The Order of the Kingdom (part III.)
(94) The Order of the Kingdom (part IV.)
(95) The Ascension of Christ.
(96) The Pouring out of the Spirit. The taking of Mary and Joseph.
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Never in your long ascendancy will you lose the power to recognize your associates of former existences. Always, as you ascend inward in the scale of life, will you retain the ability to recognize and fraternize with the fellow beings of your previous and lower levels of experience. Each new translation or resurrection will add one more group of spirit beings to your vision range without in the least depriving you of the ability to recognize your friends and fellows of former estates.
Princess Bride 1987 Wallace Shawn (Vizzini) and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya)
Vizzini: HE DIDN'T FALL? INCONCEIVABLE.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
And here is mystery: The more closely man approaches God through love, the greater the reality -- actuality -- of that man. The more man withdraws from God, the more nearly he approaches nonreality -- cessation of existence. When man consecrates his will to the doing of the Father's will, when man gives God all that he has, then does God make that man more than he is.
"And do you not remember that I said to you once before that, if you had your spiritual eyes anointed, you would then see the heavens opened and behold the angels of God ascending and descending? It is by the ministry of the angels that one world may be kept in touch with other worlds, for have I not repeatedly told you that I have other sheep not of this fold?"
But we know that there dwells within the human mind a fragment of God, and that there sojourns with the human soul the Spirit of Truth; and we further know that these spirit forces conspire to enable material man to grasp the reality of spiritual values and to comprehend the philosophy of universe meanings. But even more certainly we know that these spirits of the Divine Presence are able to assist man in the spiritual appropriation of all truth contributory to the enhancement of the ever-progressing reality of personal religious experience—God-consciousness.
When you are through down here, when your course has been run in temporary form on earth, when your trial trip in the flesh is finished, when the dust that composes the mortal tabernacle "returns to the earth whence it came"; then, it is revealed, the indwelling "Spirit shall return to God who gave it." There sojourns within each moral being of this planet a fragment of God, a part and parcel of divinity. It is not yet yours by right of possession, but it is designedly intended to be one with you if you survive the mortal existence.
And the greatest of all the unfathomable mysteries of God is the phenomenon of the divine indwelling of mortal minds. The manner in which the Universal Father sojourns with the creatures of time is the most profound of all universe mysteries; the divine presence in the mind of man is the mystery of mysteries.
To every spirit being and to every mortal creature in every sphere and on every world of the universe of universes, the Universal Father reveals all of his gracious and divine self that can be discerned or comprehended by such spirit beings and by such mortal creatures. God is no respecter of persons, either spiritual or material. The divine presence which any child of the universe enjoys at any given moment is limited only by the capacity of such a creature to receive and to discern the spirit actualities of the supermaterial world.
Paradise is the eternal center of the universe of universes and the abiding place of the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, the Infinite Spirit, and their divine co-ordinates and associates. This central Isle is the most gigantic organized body of cosmic reality in all the master universe. Paradise is a material sphere as well as a spiritual abode. All of the intelligent creation of the Universal Father is domiciled on material abodes; hence must the absolute controlling center also be material, literal. And again it should be reiterated that spirit things and spiritual beings are real.
Culture presupposes quality of mind; culture cannot be enhanced unless mind is elevated. Superior intellect will seek a noble culture and find some way to attain such a goal. Inferior minds will spurn the highest culture even when presented to them ready-made.
True liberty is the associate of genuine self-respect; false liberty is the consort of self-admiration. True liberty is the fruit of self-control; false liberty, the assumption of self-assertion. Self-control leads to altruistic service; self-admiration tends towards the exploitation of others for the selfish aggrandizement of such a mistaken individual as is willing to sacrifice righteous attainment for the sake of possessing unjust power over his fellow beings.
How dare the self-willed creature encroach upon the rights of his fellows in the name of personal liberty when the Supreme Rulers of the universe stand back in merciful respect for these prerogatives of will and potentials of personality! No being, in the exercise of his supposed personal liberty, has a right to deprive any other being of those privileges of existence conferred by the Creators and duly respected by all their loyal associates, subordinates, and subjects.
There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness.