The story of Joshua Christianson is a fictional story based on an alternative view of history. It assumes that the lives of THREE historical persons ended sooner than they really did in the actual history of the world within the last two thousand years.
FIRST: That Jesus, born two millennia ago, was murdered by King Herod the Great in 2 AD. As a result the Zealots and Essenes formed an alliance and united the Hebrew people against their oppressors, defeating the Roman legions and driving them out of Judah by 66 AD.
SECOND: That George Washington died of influenza the first winter that the American Revolutionary Army camped at Morristown. The revolution failed as a result and the American Colony never expanded further than the original thirteen provinces.
THIRD: That Adolph Hitler was assassinated in 1942 by his own generals and Germany was not defeated as a result of new and better leadership.
The Messiah is born in 1930 on the Mediterranean coast of North America and begins his teachings in the early 1960s. The inevitable incarnation of the Son of God, takes place as predicted in the Talmud, but with the exception that his birth and his teachings occur in the twentieth century. How different will the everyday details of his life be and will he be accepted any differently in this time period?
It is a historical fact that most early Christians considered themselves to be part of the Jewish faith. Several variations on the Jewish religion emerge out of Israel. One of these religions becomes the equivalent of what we think of as the Catholic church today. A new Sanhedrin is established at Rome in 313 AD when the Emperor Constantine is converted to the new form of Judaism (Christianity).
Because the American Revolution failed and the Confederate States became a separate country in 1865, the United States never emerged as a world power. Most of the new world continues to be governed by the European colonial powers. The French rule the area in central North America known as Louisiana which stretched north to Canada. The Spanish control most of the North American continent south and west of Texas. Texas successfully becomes an independent country in 1836, but remains neutral during both World Wars.
The German armies defeat Spain in 1942. Great Britain and France sued for peace in 1944. There was no American superpower to intervene and prevent their defeat. At the armistice ending World War II, many of the new world possessions of Great Britain, France and Spain were negotiated away.
The western region of North America, known as California, comes under the jurisdiction of a Nazi Governor (Pontius Pilate), a former Luftwaffe pilot and war hero. California is jointly governed by the Nazi provincial governor out of Berlin and by a bishop who sets in authority over a local council that represents the new Sanhedrin in Rome.
The prophet, Mica, predicted that the birth of the Messiah would take place in Bethlehem. In Hebrew, Bethlehem is derived from the word for "bread" and means "The House of Bread." The word for bread is interchangeable with the word "lahma" which literally translates as "divine" or "the living one who sees you." The place name Galilee is derived from the word Hebrew word "galil" meaning "District" or "Province."
The name Joshua is an older version of the Hebrew name Jesus. Both names translate as "Yah (God) Saves." The name John come from the older form of Johanan or Johohanan meaning "Yah has shown favor". Baptist means "he who immerses"
In the year 1 AD, there was an astronomical convergence of the planets (Latin for wanderers) Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. It was this convergence that marked the beginning of the modern calendar. In 1929, the Lowell Observatory predicted that the same planetary convergence would occur the following year.
Joshua Christianson (Jesus Christ) is born in the town of Bread (Bethlehem), California. His second cousin John Merser (John the Baptist) is born earlier that year. Joshua travels to Mexico (Egypt) with his parents as a young child where he learns many things from the descendents of the ancient pyramid builders. Just after World War II, Joshua and his family returned to Province (Galilee), California. A nearby large city, New Salem (Jerusalem), is renamed Los Angeles.
Parts of the story of Joshua Christianson are taken from the
apocrypha (lost books) and from the Levi gospels. For the most part,
however, the story parallels the Gospels of the New Testament except
that all things occur as they would in modern times. (i.e., the curing
of aids instead of leprosy, a motorcycle replaces a donkey, an
automatic rifle replaces a spear, a bullet proof vest replaces a
shield, an armored car replaces a chariot, the Romans are the Nazis,
and the Emperor is the Kaiser.)
MUSIC: The musical score will be made up of contemporary Christian
songs in the new wave genre. Some of of the music will have an
African (calypso and/or gospel) beat. Other music will have a 60's
(rock or R&B) genre to it.
Disclaimer: The birth and life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
without a doubt, took place at exactly the time deemed necessary by
God. At a time of the emergence of learning and cultural development
throughout the world. However, for the sake of the telling of this
story, the coming of the Messiah has been moved nineteen centuries
into the future in order to pose the question, what if The Christ had
been born into modern times, would he be accepted?
UNCHANGED: In the year 2 AD, King Herod the Great... put to death a son born to Joseph, a carpenter and his betrothed wife, Mary.
RESULT: By modern times there were four major religions... Orthodox Jews... Moslem... a religion founded by John the Baptizers... and a religion founded by Saul of Tarsuso on the writings of Matthew the Zealot, and a fisherman Simon Peter (the rock) the first Pontiff of the Judeo-Catholicism order and its seat of authority was moved to Rome in 313 AD, where it is known today as the New Sanhedrin. The Orthodox Jewish and the Moslem religions remained dominant throughout the Middle East. The new Catholicism spread rapidly into Europe and the new world as did the Baptizers religion. A common thread between three of these religions is the prophecy of a yet unborn Messiah.
NOT USED: Failure of revolution of the American colonies in
1776... death of General George... confederate states of America
successfully becoming independence in 1860.
NOT USED: The French territory known as Louisiana remaining a French protectorate... Republic of Texas successfully remaining independent after 1846.
NOT USED: British and France suing Germany for peace in 1944 along with Russia... Japanese Empire extending east and south in the Pacific to include Hawaii and the Philippines.
NOT USED: Adolph Hitler being assassinated by his own generals in 1941... General Goring, the new Kaiser, who stopped the Holocaust... Rommel becoming the new Kaiser (emperor).
NOT USED: General Pontius, a former Luffwathe pilot, becoming Governor of California... Germany retaining the territory of California as a war prize and California being part of the greater German Empire.
In modern America, the threat of Communist subversion still
existed into the late 1950s. Those opposed to Joshua's ministry
accuse him of planning the overthrow the U.S. Government. Hate groups
similar to the KKK call for his execution along with the priests of
the New Sanhedrin. The Pontius character in this scenario is the
governor of California and the prosecuting authorities are the FBI and
the ATF. Remember, the apostle Peter carried a sword. It is,
therefore, possible that in modern times he may have carried a gun.
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