Pilates Epitaph

“Luke 23:1-2 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

Pilate washed his hands of the whole situation in the presence of all the people and turned Jesus over to his soldiers for crucifixion. He ordered a sign made for the cross. The sign on the vertical beam of the cross read in Greek, Latin and Hebrew: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The Sanhedrin were outraged and the chief priests came to Pilate and said:

John 19:21-23 “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ‘ “Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

King                           Nazarene                            Jesus

ūmeleḵ         Ha Nazarei        Yeshua

ישוע הנצרי ומלך





Haw  Waw  Haw  Yod

י ה ו ה

Encoded in the sign is the name of God the Father…

The Jews came to regard this name as too sacred to pronounce.

There is a similar occurrence in the Book of Leviticus. After the first count seven letters, and you find a count seven more letters and you find a then seven more and you find another again spelling the YHWH, the Name of God.

Did Pilate know the extent of the epitaph for the cross and the encoded message it contained?

Pilate in Stone

Most scholars questioned the actual existence of a Roman Governor with the name Pontius Pilate, the procurator who ordered Jesus’ crucifixion. Similarly they questioned the historical reliability of the Gospels. However in June 1961, Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Antonio Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheater near Caesarea-on-the-Sea (Maritima). They uncovered a limestone block. On the face is an engraved inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that it was from “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea.” This was a significant development in the quest for the historical Jesus, as scholars have confirmed the inscription to be authentic.

Did Pilate know the extent of the epitaph for the cross and the encoded message it contained?

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