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World Net Daily Pimps a ‘Scroll Found on Masada’ Which God ‘Hid There’: This Week’s Dilly Winner!

Richard Bartholomew (one of my favorite bloggers) writes

WND promotes a new product from Jonthan Cahn:

The newest, fast-paced, highly produced, one-hour teaching DVD from Jonathan Cahn and the WND Films team that brought you “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” is called “The Masada Mystery.”

For 2,000 years, God kept a scroll hidden on top of Masada in the Israeli wilderness waiting for the Jewish people to come back to the land and uncover it. Discover this awesome prophecy of God and what it has to do with you in Cahn’s “The Masada Mystery.”

Cahn is the author of The Harbinger, which, like The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment, claims that events on and after 9/11 parallel the Biblical account of God’s wrath against Israel’s faithlessness. The book is currently a top-selling Christian paperback in the USA. Cahn’s “Masada Mystery” seems to be a recycled effort from before he was famous – it’s also listed as a DVD and CV on his own website, although dated to 1998.

As far as I am aware, the only source to have published anything about ”a scroll hidden on top of Masada” is a certain Donovan Joyce, who wrote a crank paperback in the 1970s entitled The Jesus Scroll (subtitle: “a timebomb for Christianity?”). Joyce claimed to have been shown the scroll by a certain “Dr Grosset”, and that it contained Jesus’ own account of his life after surviving the crucifixion. Inevitably, Jesus had married Mary Magdalene and become a father, and he also described himself as the last Hasmonean king of Israel. Alas, however, Grosset then took the scroll to the Soviet Union and was never seen again, so we have to take Joyce’s word for it all.

Read the rest of Richard’s debunking of WND’s pimpings and dilettantisms.  But before you do, allow me to present WND its well deserved Dilly:

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  1. Joe Zias said, on December 3, 2012 at 16:31

    Joyce wrote the first version of this hoax having ‘seen’ the doc in the toilets of the Ben Gurion airport afraid the Mossad was on his tail. A few yrs. ago the hoax was rewritten by K. Reich in the style of the Da Vinci Code. Book is called Cross Bones and in the forward she gives credit to her colleague from UNC Tabor claiming it was his idea.


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