This is one of those topics, like all of my other articles, where you need to be the judge and the jury. I will present the evidence and you will decide if the interpretation makes any sense. If it does, then great. If it doesn’t, you can fully discard it. But if you are still reading, then maybe we can look at Judas in a new light that will reveal much that has been overlooked by the church and most people in general when reading and interpreting the Bible.
For those of you that don’t know, Judas is known as the one that was responsible for the betrayal of Jesus that ultimately lead to his crucifixion. But if you take a close look at the passages from the Bible concerning this portion of the Gospel narrative, a different picture is revealed that can cause an eyebrow or two to be raised in surprise and possibly a new-found appreciation or at least an acceptance of the role of this so-called “bad guy.”
If you look at an ancient find entitled the “Gospel of Judas,” which has many gnostic threads and definitely portrays Judas in a much different light, we get a sense of the profoundly deep and personal relationship Judas and Jesus shared. If you would like to read the Gospel in its entirety you can do that here.
The first name Judas is a Hellenized (Greek) form of the name Judah, which means “to praise.” But if you look at Webster’s Dictionary you get the definition “Traitor.” That’s pretty unfortunate when your very name is associated with being a traitor or one who betrays.
Luke 6-16 calls him “Judas Iscariot, the traitor.” And Matthew 10-4 calls him “Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.” So if we look at that literally or from a surface-interpretation it’s obvious what kind of person he appears to be.
The last name Iscariot means “man of the cities” or “man of Kerioth.” The name of the city Kerioth comes from a deeper meaning which means a “city made from love.” That is huge when looking at the mystical meaning of city, which is consciousness. Consciousness made from love. “To praise (Judas) consciousness made from love (Iscariot)” would be an appropriate translation for his name. I like Judas better already.
We’re going to look at Judas the man, which is interesting, but more importantly, we’ll look at the Judas, which is a part of you. Everybody has to have a Judas in them because unless you have a Judas within you, you will not be able to be “saved,” not in the fundamental, literal sense but from a spiritual, gnostic perspective. It’s very important to have the betrayer within you as we will soon find out.
All of these names and all of these characters, most of which are myths, that you read about in the Bible are actually symbolic words that describe parts of your personality. The whole Bible’s about symbolic words that describe parts of your personality and Judas is a word that describes a part of your personality. That is very important for you to have if you are to be quote-unquote saved in the true terminology of the words.
But in the Bible, this guy is definitely the villain. In plays, he’s a guy that comes in with the black hat and the black cloak on and even in the plays about the Passion he is a shady-looking guy. But keep in mind that without him in you, you will not escape from that which is the bondage of your own mind so that you can rise up to the Christ within you.
Why do the Biblical writers have to set this guy up? I mean, is there a god somewhere that picked this poor schmuck to set up to be the betrayer of the world forever? I mean, what a rotten deal this is. What choice did he have?
The interesting thing about this guy is that he was given the most trustworthy position of all the disciples. This guy was the treasurer. He controlled the money, which means that Jesus and the other disciples thought he was the most trustworthy person and could be depended on more than anybody else in the group, and I’m sure with Jesus being the head-honcho he approved and selected Judas as the most trustworthy person who would do what was in the interest of the group and in the interest of Jesus.
John 13; 21-27
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
What’s interesting about that exchange is that after Jesus gave Judas the sop, Satan entered into him. Interesting, not before but after, and that’s very important. In other words, he didn’t have this idea before, he had no thought of doing this until Jesus gave him the sop. It wasn’t even a remote thought in his mind before that moment. Jesus set the whole thing up and Judas just happens to be the fall guy.
When you say “Satan entered into him” it means confusion. All of a sudden the ideas start entering into the lower mind of what needs to happen next. Jesus instigates this by giving him this sop and when he gives him the sop, all of a sudden Judas gets this idea of what he’s supposed to do now.
Jesus then says: “What you’re gonna do, do quickly.” So here are your instructions: I want it done and I want it done now. Get out of here and go do it. So I’ll give the sop to the one that I trust to follow these very important instructions. Now let’s take a look at verse 28.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
How dense can the disciples be? These are the great saints of Christendom that form the very foundation of Christianity, and they are dumb as a box of rocks. These are the guys that supposedly wrote the book that you are following. Jesus just told them what and how it was going to happen and they have no idea what he is talking about. Why didn’t anyone try to stop Judas from leaving?
It’s the same as when Jesus stood at the shore and told the disciples that he would make them fishers of men if they followed him and they all dropped everything they were doing, left their families and their lives behind without a second thought. It happens again, and again, and again in the Bible. This is when you have to make the leap that this is all allegory (fictitious story and fictitious characters used to convey a greater, hidden, spiritual truth) and not meant to be taken literally.
The early gnostics were very aware of the spiritual nature of these texts and how they were supposed to be interpreted but were quickly “silenced” by the up and coming Roman Catholic Church. They didn’t stand a chance of winning. That’s why they hid their texts in various places so that the Church wouldn’t find and burn them in their attempts to silence actual history during the Dark Ages, a very appropriate name for the time period.
In John chapter 13 and Verse 26 Jesus references “dipping the sop” and then giving it to the one that will betray him. You know when you have a little gravy on the plate and you dip the bread in the gravy and roll it around to soak it all up. Once the bread has soaked up the gravy or liquid, it is called “sop.”
Now my question is simply, why didn’t Jesus simply say that Judas is the one that will betray me? Why did he need to go all the way through it with dipping the bread in the gravy and then giving it to Judas? Why did he have to go through theatrics in order to identify somebody? Maybe he didn’t like wasting food. No, that’s not it. It’s meant to challenge your common sense and force you to look deeper into the hidden meaning.
Definition of “Sop”
2: a conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture
Conciliatory means “to win over.” Propitiatory means “to gain favor.” And we all know that a “bribe” is “money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.” Because Judas was in a position of trust being the Treasurer and all, this definition of “sop” makes more sense now.
“Dip the sop” is in the Bible because you’re supposed to find out why he did it, and all of your Bible scholars and all of your evangelists have never explained to you why he did it. Never once did they ever point out for you why he did it. I’m telling you now why he did it. And if you want to confirm it, you don’t have to go to a holy book, you don’t have to go to a church. All you have to do is get on the internet and you look up the definition of “sop” yourself.
Judas Iscariot’s behavior to betray Jesus was designed and influenced by Jesus because he would not have done it otherwise.
As you start to follow this drama, you’ll follow along till you begin to understand what the Jesus aspect in you will do to bribe and influence the Judas aspect in you to betray you so that you will be finally set free from the flesh or physical to rise up into that which is the holy place, which is the upper realms of consciousness, the Christ within. This whole drama takes place in your head.
If the death of Jesus was the salvation of mankind, you now have to view Judas in a new realm of understanding. Talk about a guy getting a bad rap. Do you know that it was Judas Iscariot who was entrusted by Jesus with the act of saving mankind and saving Jesus from his own flesh? Judas was asked for a favor. It was Judas who was entrusted by Jesus to perform one of the greatest dramas ever acted out in the history of mankind, and what have we understood about it?
It’s the same thing that we did with Santa Claus, which has nothing to do with a fat man in a red suit coming down our chimneys. It actually comes from something the ancients called the “Sacred Secretion,” which involves a process of healing in the body that begins in an area of the brain called the “Claustrum,” which is where we get the Claus in Santa Claus from.
Kids come to see Santa Claus, people line up for four hours and they finally get their little kid on his lap yet and this little kid is the only one that has any sense because he screams at this monster. But we force them to do it saying “well, maybe he is not ready this year,” we have to brainwash him for another year see if we can really warp his little god-given mind and by next year he’ll appreciate the monstrosity that we have made and he’ll become just like us. Next year he will be thoroughly conditioned and he won’t scream anymore, he’ll just accept it and move on. Just like the church has done to the masses. And that’s what we have to deal with today, and thus begins the reconditioning of the human mind to understand its own inherent divinity and to step away from anything and everything that is an obstacle to that, especially, first and foremost, religion.
You are probably aware that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, right? Those thirty pieces of silver are the total, when combined, of each of the ten degrees of the Decans of the constellation Scorpio, the Scorpion, of which Judas is identified with. The back-biter, the betrayer. This is all cosmology. Silver also is a representation of the Moon, as gold is associated with the Sun. But one thing that is important to understand is that in ancient Chaldea they worshipped the Moon Goddess, whose name was “Sin.” Yep, Judas betrayed Jesus because of sin and because his associated zodiac sign is a back-biter or betrayer. The biblical writers, who were Greek and loved mythology, symbology and allegory, used this information to craft the story. The event never happened, it’s astrological, mystical, esoteric in nature. Thirty (3 Decans of Scorpio) pieces of silver (Sin).
In Matthew 27:5 you’ll find that Judas came back, took the thirty pieces of silver, threw it back and hung himself. That hardly sounded like a guy who was a traitor. I mean this guy was really broken by the mere thought of what he had done. He didn’t know that, according to the divine plan acting out in this myth, that he was the principal mover of universal salvation. He figured he was a traitor, and of course, Christianity has taught and treated this guy like a traitor, which of course he wasn’t at all. And it certainly doesn’t sound like a traitor would kill himself because, if you read scripture, he really only wanted Jesus to set up a physical kingdom on earth, and that’s what he believed he was setting in motion in this spiritual drama.
What’s being told here symbolically, and always look at this mystically or spiritually, is that the desire nature, the ego nature, that which is totally absorbed with the material life, has to be destroyed. There is no God that’s going to intervene and break your will or anybody else’s will. It must destroy itself. That’s why the sacrifice of Judas to commit suicide. The self-destruction must take place before the soul can move into eternal life. In other words, you must “dip the sop,” you must bribe the flesh. Betray me and I will die and then both of us will leave eternally. You do that by taking yourself into a position of separation from the flesh, allowing the flesh then to turn on you so that you die. In other words, you and the flesh will no longer be acting in harmony. You die to the flesh and when that betrayal, that sacrifice takes place, you’re then prepared to raise yourself up to the higher realms. When Jesus, the flesh, was crucified, Judas, the ego, killed itself and both were set free.
So try to understand the Judas in yourself. See how important the Judas nature is in you. Give it permission to betray you, give it the sop, just as Jesus did. Say “go and do what you do quickly” so the system will kill you, from them, and as soon as you move on bringing yourself together with that inner realm, as soon as you move to sacrifice your ego in meditation, the system will accommodate you. They’ll crucify you because they’ll call you an unbeliever, they’ll call you a heretic, they’ll call you all kinds of words and they’ll kick you out from amongst their precious, sanctified few and you’ll be set free to raise yourself up to the realms of higher consciousness where the Christ within truly dwells.