Pharisees Sadducees – who were they?

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Yahchanan the Immerser was another who knew the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Herodians were not keeping Yahweh’s Laws of Peace, which were read daily in the temple for all to hear.

Yahchanan Mark 6:18
For Yahchanan had said to Herod; It is not Lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.

Yahchanan Mark 6:16-18
16 But when Herod heard of this, he said; It is Yahchanan whom I beheaded; he has risen from the dead!
17 Because Herod himself had sent and arrested Yahchanan, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife, for he had married her.
18 For Yahchanan had said to Herod; It is not Lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.

• Men like Yahshua and Yahchanan kept the Pharisees’, Sadducees’, Essenes’, and Herodians’ sins exposed; so, they could not hide their iniquity–their evil of being like the Gods (Genesis 3:5).
• Therefore, they moved to Rome and had their roman army destroy the temple and move all of its wealth to Rome.
• By force, they stole property from The House of Yahweh.

What is the Arch of Titus?

The Victory Arch of Titus commemorates Titus’ victorious conquest of Judaea, leading the sacking of Jerusalem and ending the Jewish wars. The arch was constructed after Titus’s death in 81 c.e. after his becoming a God.

Where is the Arch of Titus?

The Arch of Titus is located on the highest point of the Via Sacra, a road leading to the Roman Forum. This is a single arch, 15.4m high, 13.5m wide, and 4.75m deep. The marble reliefs stand nearly 2.5m in height. On the Arch of Titus is a relief depicting the Romans’ triumphal procession, returning with spoils from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Especially prominent is the sacred Menorah, but we can also see the Table of the Shewbread, and the silver trumpets which called Jews to Rosh Hashanah.

Biblical Archaeology Review 30, no. 4 (2005)
The Temple Menorah—Where Is It?
By Steven Fine
The best known evidence for the Temple Menorah in Rome is, of course, the monumental victory arch of Titus. This arch, completed in 80 C.E. after Titus’s death, was just one of the many triumphal arches and monuments that once graced the center of Rome. While large, more than 50 feet tall, it was a rather average-sized memorial two thousand years ago.

The interior of the arch is carved with bas reliefs of Titus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on one side, the parading of the sacred vessels of the Jerusalem Temple into Rome on the other. These include the Table for Showbread, trumpets and, most prominently, the seven-branched Menorah of the Temple.

But the Arch of Titus isn’t the earliest reference to the Temple Menorah in Rome. The Jewish historian Josephus was in Rome and saw the triumphal celebration of Jerusalem’s defeat in Rome in 70 C.E.

In the Jewish War, Josephus describes how a certain Jewish priest named Phineas handed over to the Romans “some of the sacred treasures”:
Two menorot similar to those deposited in the sanctuary, along with tables, bowls, and platters, all of solid gold and very massive. He further delivered up veils, the high-priests’ vestments, including the precious stones, and many other articles of public worship and a mass of cinnamon and cassia and a multitude of other spices, which they mixed and burned daily as incense to God.

Josephus also describes the Temple trophies in his account of the triumphal procession on Titus’s return to Rome and from his successful campaign in Judea:
The spoils in general were borne in promiscuous heaps; but conspicuous above all stood those captured in the Temple at Jerusalem. These consisted of a golden table, many talents in weight, and a Menorah, likewise made of gold … After these, and last of all the spoils, was carried a copy of the Jewish Law. They followed a large party carrying images of victory, all made of ivory and gold. Behind them drove Vespasian [who initially led the Roman forces before he was proclaimed emperor in 69 C.E.], followed by Titus … while Domitian [his brother and future emperor] rode beside them, in magnificent apparel and mounted on a steed that was in itself a sight.

Josephus writes that the Temple trophies were displayed in Rome after the procession. According to him, they were exhibited in the magnificent Temple of Peace.

The history of the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Herodians reveal thievery and murder. You can learn more about this history including the actions and deceptions they wove, which continued down to this present generation.

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