1 Teacher, 2 Books, 4 Men, 4 Women - 1244
1 teacher, 1book, 1 book, 8 people - 1118
1 teacher, 4 men, 4 women, 2 books - 1442
1 teacher, 4 men, 4 women - 144
A TOTAL OF 9 PERSONS
The number nine when multiplied by itself, or any other number, gives a result whose final sum total adds up to nine. Also, this sum is always divisible by nine. I would imagine that there were originally only 81 plates of images to the 'Lost Book' that was found. I believe the two pages of quatrains shown in #1 were added to the book 100 to 150 years after the images were completed to make it appear that Nostradamus, who predicted futurist events, had done the book perhaps to trick people into looking forward instead of historically. It is said that the first group of Templars were 9 in number.
The image above could represent the number 144 if we only count the persons. Or, year 1244, or even 1424; OR the year 1118 CE. All years were significant in history - see listed possibilities below. If we consider the standing teacher as '1000' and the 4 kneeling men and 4 kneeling women as 44, we have the number/year 1044. Moreover, every possibility or number could have meaning of which the artist wished to convey his/her message.
Below see these various years events:
CONSIDERING YEAR 144 = The man, Marcion, ca. 85-160, was an Early Christian theologian who was excommunicated by the Roman church as a heretic. His canon consisted of eleven books: his own version of the Gospel of Luke and ten of Paul's epistles. Some believe that the Epistles of Paul may have originated from this man Marcion. All other epistles and gospels of the New Testament were rejected by Marcion. His teachings were influential during the 2nd century and a few centuries afterward, rivaling that of the Church of Rome. Marcion taught an alternative theology to the Canonical, Proto-orthodox, Trinitarian and Christological views of the Roman Church. The early Church fathers denounced him sharply.
Furthermore, Marcionism is the dualist belief system that originates in the teachings of Marcion around the year 144. Marcion affirmed Jesus Christ as the Saviour sent by God and Paul as his chief apostle. Marcion declared that Christianity was distinct from, and in opposition to, Judaism. He rejected the entire Hebrew Bible. When conflicts with the bishops of Rome arose, Marcion began to organize his followers into a separate community. He was excommunicated by the Church of Rome around 144 and had a large donation of 200,000 sesterces returned. After his excommunication he returned to Asia Minor where he continued to spread his message. He created a strong ecclesiastical organization resembling the Church of Rome and put himself as bishop. Marcion was quite a problem for the church of Rome at the time. If 144 is indicated in the image on plate 3, the 2 books = 11, representing the eleven books of Marcion's 'bible'. Ten Epistles of Paul and one of Luke.
CONSIDERING YEAR 1118 = The year that the Knights Templar was first [officially] formed with Grand Master, Hugues de Payens of Champagne, France. Nevertheless, I believe the Templars operated much, much, earlier than this year, but 1118 is the year the church officially employed the group as the Knights Templar to provide protection for the Church. More on this later.
CONSIDERING YEAR 1244 =.In the year 1244 CE, Jerusalem was sacked by Tartars and Khwarezmians [Chorasmians], again resulting in the recapture of the city from the Christians, to whom it had been returned by treaty. The Tartars were Turks, the Khwarezmians were of Iranian stock from the area of the Aral Sea, from the same stock as the Turkish-Iranian Khazars who, around 750 - 1000 CE, adopted the religion of Judaism and claimed to be descendants of the ancient Israelites.
See article on Esau
THE LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS
PLATE # 3
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This is the first picture image in the"Lost Book".Plate #3 shows an elderly [seemingly] Oriental man pointing out something in two books to a group of 8 people, four men and four women. They seem to be quite interested in what the Sage is showing or telling them and it appears that they hold this man in high regard for they are kneeling before him. He may be teaching them or the books themselves represent something sacred to the people so they kneel in reverence.
I do not believe the 'teaching' man is Jesus as this is not the typical representation of Jesus from any time period, and the artist makes it a point to indicate that the man is older than what Jesus would have been when teaching.
This man is meant to represent a SEER, a SAGE, a WISEMAN, or a RESPECTED MASTER of some type. Possibly the TEACHER is portrayed as an Eastern man to indicate a 'SEER' or 'WISE MAN', per biblical implication that the 'Magi came from the East' - Magi meaning wiseman, seer, or prophet.
This teacher wishes to tell men and women alike something about a BOOK or two BOOKS. The two books might represent the BIBLE, both Old and New Testaments, OR, they could represent the bible of early Marcion and the Catholic bible, or, they could represent two accounts of history - the correct version and the incorrect version. Much of the implication gathered from this 'Lost Book' seems to concentrate on Medieval history, particularly history of the Roman Church at both France and Rome. Note too that women are being taught alongside men, whereas the Church didn't find it appropriate during medieval times for women to learn along with men, if at all.
At any rate, the teacher wishes to convey a message to both - men and women. Either something pertaining to what is written in these books, or the significance of the books themselves.
If the artist is Nostradamus, he lived from 1503-1566, and if the books represent 'The Great Bible', it was prepared for reading around 1538 during Nostradamus' lifetime. The King James Version of the Bible was printed in English in 1611, by King James VI of Great Britain. But remember, these books may not represent the bible - as obvious implication leads us to believe, but rather, these books may represent two versions of history - one wrong and one correct. The bible is not really the subject of these plate images - history is.
The Templar Knights were officially recognized in 1118 CE by Hugues de Payens, but more than likely were in existence long before this time. The church made them an official Order of the Church in the year 1118 CE, answerable to the pope. They should have never formed a contract with the church, but it probably sounded like a good idea at the time.
For over 200 years the Templars provided a group of knights on horseback who guarded, guided and assisted travelers to and from Jerusalem. I always wondered, if Jerusalem was such a Holy City, why wasn't the 'one and only church' located there. Why was the Lord's church located in Rome, at the mercy of Italian popes and cardinals, when the 'lost sheep', who were the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and other western peoples were located in Great Britain and western Europe. The Avignan popes of France were as bad as the Italian popes in my opinion and are the immediate subject of these 81 plates.
By the 'Bull Vox in Excelso' of 1312 the Knights of Templar were disbanded by the pope, and forbidden to function as a group. Many were unmercifully tortured and killed, but some did escape to the British Isles and were thought to be the ones who formed the Freemasons. Some Templars may have ventured across the sea to North America in the 14th century as well. Another question as long as it came up - if Jerusalem was the 'holy city', then why did the Templars>Masons honor Egypt in nearly all their degrees? It has always been my suspicion that King Solomon's temple was located in Egypt - not Jerusalem, however the second temple was located in Jerusalem.
The last acting Grand Master of the Templars [a total of 23 from 1118-1314], was Jacques de Molay, who was born in 1244. Jacques was murdered on March 18, 1314.
Plate #3 wants us to know the story of Jacques de Molay and the Templar Order. Notice how the head, beard and face of Jacques resemble the 'wiseman' in Plate #3 above.You may also notice a halo around the head of Hugues [right] - it was not originally there - the head of the painting was quite dark so I lightened this area to better see his face. I did not add the halo if that is what you are thinking.
Note: The French name 'Jacques' is a form of the biblical name Jacob. The name James also comes from the name Jacob. The Templars had a divine purpose, which was kept secret from the common people. At any rate, 'This Lost Book' initially deals with France during the Middle Ages and tells of wrongs that the church did to the Templars, and wrongs done to the multitudes of people; and most importantly - to Jesus himself. The Christian religion was based on the life of Jesus but the church thought to only give you three years out of Jesus' 33 years of life. Besides, they have withheld altogether the most important events of Jesus' life.
The last Grand Master of the Templar Knights, Jacques de Molay, was born in the year 1244. Before his death he was tortured for seven years, beginning in 1307. He was burned to death in 1314, by order of King Philip of France and Pope Clement V - more on them later. Jacques was 70 years old at the time of his death.
Jacques was the final legitimate Grand Master of the Knights Templar and there you have the importance of the year 1244. Jacques was probably the most well known and respected of all the Grand Masters of the Knights Templar - murdered on March 18, 1314. Be sure and check out the Templar Timeline from the middle-ages.org website.
First Roman Christain Crusade (1095-1099) Notice that this date is prior to the date of 1118. As the story goes, a group of knights led by Hugues (Hugh) de Payens, first Grand Master of the Templar Knights, offered themselves to the Patriarch of Jerusalem to serve as a military force to safe guard a group of travelers to Jerusalem. This group - often said to be nine in number - thereafter received the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims who were enroute to the Holy Land to visit the shrines that were sacred to their faith, or so the story goes.
1044: Gothelo [or Gozelo] the Great, (c. 967 – 19 April 1044), was the duke of Lower Lorraine [France] from 1023 CE, and of Upper Lorraine from 1033 CE. He was also the margrave of Antwerp from 1005 CE (or 1008), and the count of Verdun. Gothelo was the youngest son of Godfrey I, Count of Verdun, and Matilda Billung, daughter of Herman, Duke of Saxony. Gothelo died on 19 April 1044 and is buried in the Abbey Church of Bilsen. His son Godfrey succeeded in Upper Lorraine, but the Emperor Henry III refused to give him the duchy of Lower Lorraine as well. When Godfrey showed disagreement with the imperial decision, Henry III threatened to pass the duchy to Godfrey's incompetent brother Gothelo. This caused a long rebellion in Lotharingia between the allies of Godfrey (the counts of Flanders and Leuven) and imperial forces (1044-1056). There may be more to the death of Gothelo in 1044 than meets the eye, but I do not believe that 1044 is the year that we are looking for.
YEAR 1442 = Invention of Printing. In the year, 1444, Johannes Gutenberg of Mainz, Germany sets up the first printing press and shop. German inventor Johannes Gutenberg invented a printing press process that, with refinements and increased mechanization, remained the principal means of printing until the late 20th century. The inventor's method of printing from movable type, including the use of metal molds and alloys, a special press, and oil-based inks, allowed for the first time the mass production of printed books.
From another source:
"The Invention of Printing, which has been well called "a new gift of tongues - if only it had been always turned to worth uses", The ebech assigned to that great event is the year 1442, when John Faust of dramatic legend, established his Press at Mainz, and the first work printed from metal types [cut, not yet cast] was the Latin Bible, completed at the same place by Johannes Gutenberg in the same year that Nicolas V died. Nicolas V was an imperialist and an Antepope to 1329." Source: "The History of the Christian Church During the Middle Ages with a Summary of the Reformation, Centuries XI to XVI.: With a Summary of the Reformation, Centuries XI to XVI." By Philip Smith, Published by Harper & bros., 1885