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Two letters written by Pilate and Caiaphas. One was found in the Vatican's library and the other one in Constantinople. Both of them are explaining what happened the night of the resurrection

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In the book "New light upon old tradition" by Lucille De Merschaman De Vorss & Co. Publishers, Los Angeles California. we read this:

We must realize that the time of Jesus was not a time of ignorance and illiteracy. The golden age of Greece with its intellectualism and highly developed scientific and philosophical knowledge was already past. Jerusalem had been conquered by Greece some three hundred years before, and under Grecian rule had certainly been exposed to their culture. The Romans too, had shown remarkable capabilities of organization and government following their military conquest.

It is safe to presume that Pilate was a well educated man. He was the representative of the great Roman empire and was held accountable to the reigning Caesar, Tiberius, for all that took place in Jerusalem and in the Jewish state.

No doubt, he sent reports back to Tiberius which became part of the governmental records. Did he report the events of that Passover day and the Sunday following?

There is a book called THE ARCHKO VOLUME, published by the Archko Press,231 Jefferson street, Grand Rapids, Michigan, which would provide most interesting reading for the serious student. In this book is the account of how a minister, Rev. W.D. Mahan, discovered that such records existed and spared no time nor money in investigating their authenticity.

The facts are all very well documented with signed and notarized affidavits.

It was more than one hundred years ago that the Rev. Mahan learned of the existence of these Romans records in the great library of the Vatican which contains thousands of old volumes, archives, and records, many of which have lain undisturbed for centuries. When the record of Pilate's reports to Tiberius was brought to light and translated, it revealed a letter from Pilate which was a first hand report of the crucifixion and his (Pilate's) reluctant part of it.

Rev. Mahan also journed to the east and searched the Jewish records which are to be found in the mosque of St. Sophia in what was then called Costantinople. Here his party of scholars discovered a scroll written by Caiaphas, the high priest, first justifying his position as defender of the temple and the Jewish faith against an impostor, then later, in the scroll, acknowledging his guilt and remorse after the undeniable facts of the resurrection. The scroll is both a confession and a resignation from his high office. Caiaphas writes that at one time, in the presence of his wife and his father Annas, he looked up from the scriptures and saw Jesus standing before him.

"My breath stopped, my blood ran cold, and I was in the act of falling, when He spoke and said:"Be not afraid, it is I. You condemned me that you might go free. This is the work of my Father. Your only wrong is, you have a wicked heart; this you must repent of. This last lamb you have slain is the one that was appointed before the foundation; this sacrifice is made for all men. Your other lambs were for those who offered them, this is for all, this is the last; it is for you if you will accept it. I died that you and all mankind might be saved."
At this he looked at me with such melting tenderness that it seemed to me I was nothing but tears, and my strength was all gone. I fell on my face at His feet as one that was dead. When Annas lifted me up Jesus was gone, and the door still locked. No one could tell when or where he went.

Why hasn't this material been available before?

It could very well be that the time has come to bring forth these records because of the skepticism and cynicism which seems to be the result of the secular, pragmatic, and empirical thinking of our modern world.

What report do we find in the ARCHKO VOLUME concerning the events of that first Easter Sunday? Pilate reports in his letter that the Roman guard, Isham, told of seeing a soft light over the sepulcher while it was still dark otherwise. At the same time he was aware of hearing the most beautiful music he had ever heard and that the earth seemed to tremble beneath him as the light increased until the whole place was lighted up before it was yet day. He said that priests had offered him money to say that the disciples had stolen away the body of Jesus. Pilates conclude his letter by saying:"I am almost ready to say as did Manlius at the cross, truly this was the son of God."

In the report of Caiaphas, he tells of the investigation which he had made concerning the reported events of that morning. He, too, names Isham as the Roman guard on duty who told of the awe-inspiring scene which the soldiers had witnessed. Caiaphas then summoned Peter and John whom he questioned at length and was fully convinced that the man whose execution he had ordered had truly been resurrected and was living. He also interviewed the women who had been at the tomb and was convinced of their sincerity and honesty as evidenced by their radiant joy and ecstasy. The scroll then records the text of his letter of resignation from the office of high priest. In this letter he writes that the influence of Jesus would spread wider and wider until the whole earth would be full of His glory.

Be aware of this anyway The Fraudulent Archko Volume" 1974 15:1:43   it seems that it was a fake.

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