History of the Coptic Fellowship
The Coptic fellowship is a modern metaphysical organization, but its message and teachings are certainly not new. The lineage of the Coptic Fellowship goes back thousands of years into unrecorded history. Through the ages the wisdom teachings of the ancient masters have been kept and guarded by secret organizations of the chosen few. The secret order called the White Brotherhood was formed in ancient Egypt to preserve the record of Truth. It was called the White Brotherhood because members wore pure white garments symbolic of the purity of their teachings, and met at the time of the full moon which is white in color. The Master Moses was an initiate of the White Brotherhood, and when the time approached for him to leave his physical body, he called together a chosen few to whom he entrusted the guardianship of the Truth. He gave them secret knowledge that was to be kept pure. Thus arose the secret order known as the Essenes, or the Essaioli. It was their duty to preserve the teaching of Moses through the centuries of turmoil and tempestuous times, and to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah of the Piscean Age, Jesus.
The Essenes near the time of Jesus numbered about four thousand and were divided into two sects. One sect was the contemplative Essenes, who lived outside of towns in isolated communities. These allowed only men in their ranks and were stern monkish type ascetics. The other sect was the practical Essenes, who lived in the same towns and areas as the regular Hebrews and the whole family, father, mother, and children were considered to be Essenes. It was much like people today who belong to the same church in a town. They still live and work with other townspeople who don't belong to their church. The Essenes were considered strange by their non-Essene neighbors. They would rise every morning before dawn for silent meditation and prayer. They all wore plain white tunics and robes. They ate no meat and were very careful what food they ate in combination. They blessed every bit of food and drink before they took it into their bodies. They refused to work with or make any arrows, swords, helmets, shields or any device of war or killing. They shared all their material goods with each other and with strangers. They preferred to work in their community gardens and grow their own simple food . They live very peaceful, disciplined and pious lives. These were very strange practices for the customs of the times. The Essenes had found something priceless, the sanctity of all life, which they respected and revered in all of its forms.
It was by this order that Mary was prepared from the age of three to be the mother of Jesus. Jesus himself, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist and many of Jesus' disciples were Essenes. When Herod learned of the birth of a great king and sought to destroy him, it was the Essenes that saw to it that the child was safely hidden in Egypt until Herod's death. Jesus, or Jeshua Ben Joseph, as he was actually called, was trained and educated by the Essene Order. At the age of Twelve he was initiated into the Essene order and given the name of Issa, meaning Master of all Masters. At seventeen, Jesus and his cousin, John the Baptist, both went to Egypt for further training and initiation. They studied at Heliopolis, which was close to the Great Pyramid. In the Pyramid, Jesus took the highest of the Brotherhood degrees, and true life mission was revealed to him.
Following this, Jesus, as Issa, traveled throughout the countries of the known world, studying the ways of humanity and current philosophy and religion. His purpose in his extensive travels was to evaluate the consciousness of the masses and how best to reach them. The name Issa, or Saint Issa, is many times recorded in ancient scriptures. It is found in the Koran, Hindu, Brahman, and Tibetan Buddhist writings. Jesus traveled as Issa to Ethiopia, India, Tibet, China, Japan and Persia.
At age thirty, Jesus returned to his homeland and was baptized by John in the River Jordan. At that moment the full Light of the Holy Spirit descended upon his consciousness. Then followed the wilderness experience and the three years of his public ministry, which are so familiar to those in the Christian world. His public ministry ended with the crucifixion. However, during the crucifixion, the so-called silver cord attaching the soul of Jesus to his body was never severed. In the tomb, Jesus' divine consciousness rebuilt and healed the flesh of his physical body. It was a true resurrection of his physical body. After this, Jesus went to his disciples and continued to teach then for forty days.
Jesus knew that people were concentrating on him as a personality instead of seeking the Christ within themselves, so he decided after forty day to go into a secret retreat in Egypt and train a few chosen Masters in his Truth. These Masters would preserve the purity of his teachings and take charge of its further teaching to humanity. St. Mark the Elder (who was different from the apostle, Mark) and the apostle, Thomas, accompanied Jesus into Egypt.
Jesus lived another 214 years in Egypt. At the time of his transition at the age of 247 years, his soul was ushered into the celestial realms by a last great initiation in the Great Pyramid, called the Ascension Ceremony. Jesus was the last Master to go through this initiation. After this, his body was preserved in a special process by the Masters and placed in a secret chamber in the Pyramid called the Archive Chamber. Also to be found in this chamber is the body of the Master Moses, perfectly preserved in the same way. This chamber will be discovered within the next few years, and this will prove that Jesus did not bodily ascent into heaven after the crucifixion.
To preserve the pure philosophy and to help prepare the way for the Aquarian Age Messiah, Jesus founded the Coptic Order in Egypt. Under his guidance and direction, St. Mark the Elder and Thomas established the Coptic Templar Order in 40 A.D.. in Cairo. The members were called Copts. To make the teachings available to the outer world, at least to those who were ready for it, St. Mark and Thomas established an outer temple in 70 A.D. in Alexandria, Egypt. This outer temple is what gradually developed into the Coptic Orthodox Church. In 1117 A.D. a Coptic Orthodox Church was established in Cairo.
There is a big difference between the Coptic Templar Order, from which the Coptic Fellowship came, and the Coptic Orthodox Church. The Templar Order is an esoteric organization, which is necessary because throughout their history they have been constantly persecuted. Their temples and places of training are very much hidden from all but the initiated. The oldest temple used by the order, called the Temple of Divine Wisdom, is over nine-thousand years old, and was established by the White Brotherhood. Jesus spent much time in this temple.
In the year 451 A.D., the Ecumenical Church Council of Chalcedon declared that henceforth it would be unalterable Doctrine that Jesus was the only Son of God and that he died for our sins, resurrected, and ascended bodily into Heaven. This Doctrine is known as the Nicene Creed, and was originally formulated at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. Upon acceptance of this Creed, the Coptic Orthodox Church became very much like the Eastern Orthodox Church. At the Fifth Ecumenical Church Council at Constantinople in 553 A.D., under the reign of the Emperor Justinian, several books, including those on reincarnation, were removed from the Bible and many other changes in the text were made. Resisting these distortions, the Coptic Templar Order continued to preserve the pure teachings and records of the life of Jesus through the centuries.
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