|The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church
Lost to the Jewish people since 135 CE
Buried for millennia by the Church!
|Resurrected after nearly 2,000 years of silence, from
an ancient grotto adjacent to the very first Christian
Church on Mount Zion!
Scribed and drawn on ceremonial artifacts most likely
used by James the Just, the brother of Jesus and the
The ancient three part symbol: Menorah, Star of David
and Fish, once again proclaims to the world the
pervasive Jewishness of Jesus Christ and the
decidedly Jewish foundation and roots of the Church
founded in His name.
The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church strikes at the
very roots of anti-Semitism while proclaiming a compelling
message that breaks down barriers and restores unity: Jew
with Jew, and Jew with Gentile.
The Messianic Seal of the Jerusalem Church
Reuven Efraim Schmalz and Raymond Robert Fischer
This is a must read for all Christians!
|The Most Ancient Symbol of Christianity "For the Oil of the Spirit"
By Reuven E. Schmalz
FOUND: The First Century baptismal grotto of James the Just and the Apostles on Mount
Zion, Jerusalem. James, the brother of Jesus, was the leader of the first Nazarene
(Messianic) church located in the Upper Room on Mount Zion.
Our story begins in 1963, when a small ceremonial silver lamina (a thin plate) was found in
the Judean Desert near Jerusalem, dating back to the first Century. A Catholic priest and
archaeologist named Emanuel Testa deciphered the Aramaic text of this artifact, the first
line of which reads: “For the Oil of the Spirit.” Testa was amazed to find that the text was
nearly identical to James 5:14-16. This tiny lamina (3"x1") is a sort of pass card or
certificate of belief in Jesus, used in early Jewish-Christian baptism to confirm the
forgiveness of sins and “right of passage” into the Kingdom of Heaven.
This text from the Book of James clearly indicates that the earliest Jewish Christians
anointed believers with oil. What has not been clearly understood until now is how this
anointing was connected with baptism and the entry into the faith. This is no longer a
|In 1990, Ludwig Schneider, editor in chief of the magazine Israel Update, struck up a friendship
with an old Greek Orthodox monk who lived as a hermit in the Old City of Jerusalem. On one
occasion, the monk showed Schneider a cache of artifacts that he had secretly excavated on
Mount Zion before the Six Day War in 1967. Scheneider was taken aback. Many of these pottery
shards, oil lamps and stone pieces were engraved with an unknown symbol. The symbol
consisted of a menorah on top, a Star of David in the centre and a fish at the bottom.
Schneider was immediately convinced that this must have been a symbol of the first Jewish-
Christian church (assembly).
The monk then led Schneider to a cavity in the rock adjacent to the Tomb of David and the
Upper Room on Mount Zion, and told him that this is where he found the artifacts. Today, the
cave is dark and musty and sealed off with iron bars. As legend has it, some great secrets are
hidden there. Some say that according to the Dead Sea Scrolls, it is a cache of Second Temple
treasures. The most popular legend is that deep within this cave lies the long lost Ark of the
As it turns out, this is the sacred baptismal grotto of the first Nazarene (Messianic)
church, and the treasure hidden there was the First and Second Century artifacts (about
60 in all) found by the monk. Among these artifacts is a brick-shaped piece of local
marble inscribed with the Messianic Seal and the words in ancient Aramaic: “For the Oil
of the Spirit.” This seems to have been the base for a vial of anointing oil. A small
pottery flask with a Messianic Seal found nearby supports this theory.
|In my opinion, this piece of marble came into use in the earliest Nazarene times at this
baptismal site, below the church in the Upper Room established by James the Just and the
Apostles. This was, of course, a perfect place for the first church, because the Upper Room is
where the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples at Pentecost. The church was located in the heart
of the Essene (a strict, contemplative Jewish sect) Quarter, and was probably a Qumran-like
Essene community. According to the Book of Acts, there was strict discipline and a hierarchy.
It stands to reason that this group would have immediately established Nazarene ritual,
including a ceremonial healing and baptismal centre where conversions were sealed by
immersion in water and anointing with oil. Judging from the inscription “For the Oil of the
Spirit,” the anointing was symbolic of baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts records 3,000
conversions here on the day of Pentecost alone.
I believe that James and the Apostles administered the “Oil of the Spirit” from this very stone
base. That would make this piece, if my suspicions are correct, the earliest known Christian
artifact. I believe that the previously discovered lamina with the same inscription was also
used in this congregation.
But ten years after its discovery, this historic, amazing find remains a well-kept secret. Ludwig
Schneider approached the Israel Museum with the artifacts, and was promised that they would
be put on display. But it never happened. It seems that the Israeli authorities do not want the
mystery of the Messianic Seal to come to light.