The Holy Anointing Oil

The Holy Anointing oil, or the Shemen Ha’Mishchah (שמן המשחה), formed an integral part of the Old Testament ritual in the ordination of the priesthood as well as in the consecration of the articles of the Tabernacle. The primary purpose of anointing with the holy anointing oil was to cause the anointed persons or objects to become ha’kodesh – most holy.[1]

Originally the oil was used exclusively for the priesthood and the Tabernacle articles but was later extended to include prophets and kings. It was forbidden to be used on an outsider[2] or to be used as an emollient on the body of any common persons [3] and the children of Israel were forbidden to duplicate any like it for themselves.[4]

The Holy anointing oil described in Exodus 30:22-25 was created from:[5][6]

  • Pure Myrrh, מר דרור mar deror, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)
  • Sweet Cinnamon, קנמן בשם kinnemon besem, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)
  • Sweet Calamus, or Sweet cane, קנה בשם keneh bosem, 250 shekels (about 3 kg)
  • Cassia, קדה kiddah, 500 shekels (about 6 kg)
  • Olive oil, שמן זית shemen sayith, one hin (about 5 quarts according to Adam Clarke; about 4 L according toShiurei Torah, 7 L according to the Chazon Ish)

The oil was used to anoint the vessels of the Tabernacle[7] and the High Priest. It is traditionally regarded as the oil used by prophets to anoint Saul, David, and other kings of ancient Israel as well as to anoint the prophets themselves.


In modern western societies odors such as the stench of dead bodies, feces, and sweat are largely eradicated. The olfactory organ is much less depended on for survival than are those of sight and hearing. [8] The Old Testament Israelite way of life came from a cultural environment in which the sense of smell was highly depended on for survival and was highly esteemed. It contributed to the ability of man to orientate himself and to find his way in a world where life and death were permanently struggling. Where stench arose, he diagnosed the presence of disease, decay, rotting processes and death (Ex vii, 18)[9] and where pleasant aromas existed were places biologically clean and conducive to habitation and/or food production and harvesting. Spices and oils were chosen which assisted man in orientating himself and in creating a sense of safety as well as as a sense of elevation above the physical world of decay. The sense of smell was also considered highly esteemed by deity. In Deut. iv 28 and Psalms cxv 5-6 the sense of smell is included in connection with the polemics against idols. An anthropomorphic Old Testament conception of Yahweh takes pleasure in inhaling the soothing odor (reah hannihoah) of offerings (Gen. viii 21; Ex. xxix 18; 1 Sam. xxvi 19; Lev. xxvi 31; Amos verse 21). [10] The ancient Egyptians used scented anointing oils when coronating the Pharaohs. They usually used fats from animals depicting strength and courage. To the ancient Israelite there was no oil or fat with more symbolic meaning than olive oil. It was used as an emollient, a fuel for keeping their lamps lit, as a food, and for many other purposes. The first mention of the olive tree in the Torah appeared in the book of Genesis after the global flood when the dove carries an olive branch in its beak announcing that the destruction of the sinful world was complete and that the new world had emerged. It was scented olive oil which was chosen to represent a holy anointing oil for the Israelites. The symbolism of the components in the holy anointing oil are no longer completely known but, as the other articles in the mishkan, had great meaning to the early Israelites. It is believed that the Ha’Mishchah has spiritual connections with the Ha’Ketoret.[11]

The Continuity Factor

Some believe in the continuity factor relative to the Holy Anointing Oil.

Customs utilizing the continuity factor is found in many of the world’s religions. Early Jewish rabbi’s stressed the importance of the succession of classical semikhah . The Catholic Church emphasized the importance of Apostolic succession, the continuity of laying on of hands for ordination, in an unbroken chain.

One Jewish tradition teaches that the ashes of the last red heifer sacrificed were always mixed with the ashes of each new red heifer [12] The Temple Institute states, “Some opinions maintain that the newer ashes were always mixed together with a combination of the previous ashes. One way of understanding this, is to the view this mixture of old and new ashes as being yet another precautionary measure . . . Additionally, mixing in the newer ashes we have produced now with those from olden times is a way of connecting through time with the original heifer that was slaughtered and prepared by Moses. As such, in a sense, it is a way of connecting with the level of Moses himself.”[13] [14] Since the last succession of ashes [15] of the red heifer were either hidden or lost after70 AD [16] certain groups today are searching for the original ashes by following the map on the Copper Scroll that purports to tell the location, so that the old ashes can be added to the new, thus continuing the continuity factor.[17]

Some Jewish people remove a small piece of the sourdough challah and give it away to someone else as a challah starter. In one Jewish custom a portion of the challah is set aside (refrigerated) until the making of new challah when the old is added to the new (however this is not the piece of challah which according to traditional Jewish law, may not be eaten, and must thus be destroyed in a dignified manner).[18]  The Churches of the East keep back a portion of their liturgical bread, called the Holy Malka, and when new bread is made the old is added to the new. It is claimed this continuity reaches back to the original loaf used by Christ and his disciples at the last supper.[19] They also add a portion of the old anointing oil to the newly made anointing oil to establish a continuity of the oil, believed to reach back to the early disciples (see section below).

It is recorded in Exodus 30:31 “And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.” [20] Commenting on this verse Rashi quotes a teaching of the Sages [Horiyos 11b] that the original Shemen HaMishcha that Moses made, to anoint the priesthood and the tabernacle furnishings, would remain intact in its entirety into the distant future (l’asid lavoh). When the Temple was to be rebuilt they would then need that very same Holy Anointing Oil to anoint the priests prior to their service in the Third Temple as well as to anoint the furnishings of the mishkin.[21] It is obvious that such a small quantity of oil (around a gallon) would not last that long. It is claimed that one juglet of oil lasted over 800 years.[22] To explain this discrepancy it is claimed that one of two things occurred: Either the container of Holy Anointing Oil miraculously multiplied when supply became low (as did the cruise of oil mentioned in the story of Elijah and the widow woman as well as the miracle at the time of the Chanukah story of the oil that lasted for eight days without being consumed) or, following the custom of the continuity factor, new oil was added to the old, thus continuing the original oil for all time. The question arises if the original Holy Anointing oil, or it’s descendent substance, is no longer available then how will the priesthood and the tabernacle be sanctified holy? The answer would be to locate some of the original Holy Anointing Oil or it’s descendant substance.

The search for this oil has led some to follow the map of the copper scroll (see section below). Olive oil residues may last countless centuries. A glass flask from before or during the life of Christ was unearthed in Israel and it still bears the residue of the olive oil it once contained. The residue is still easily identifiable. The residue from an olive press in Karanis, Egypt was determined by scientific analysis to be olive oil residue. For many years, this olive residue was thought to be bread, until scientific analysis determined its true nature.[23] A combined gas chromatography-electron ionization , atmospheric pressure chemical ionization, mass spectrometry and MS/MS approach has been used for characterizing organic residues of ceramic vessels from a vault in a 13th century church in Sant’Antimo in Piombino. The data showed organic markers of vegetable residues. [24] Cream of tartar, a byproduct of wine-making, was found as a residue in ancient jugs found in Iran indicating that wine has been existent for c 7,000 years. [25] In 2005 a Greek and American interdisciplinary team investigated two shipwrecks off the coast of Chios dating to the 4th-century B.C. The project pioneered archaeological methods of precision acoustic, digital imaging, and chemical analysis. Chemical and molecular biological analysis of two amphoras from the 4th-century wreck revealed ancient DNA of olive oil which was part of a cargo, among other substances, outbound from Chios. [26] A team from Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum is studying the residue of a perfume belonging to the ancient Egyptian Queen, Pharaoh Hatshepsut. The team is trying to recreate the scent worn by the Pharaoh, who ruled Egypt in the 15th century B.C., by using the dried-out remnants of a scented oil found in a metal jar in her tomb.[27] The modern scientific achievements in discovering such ancient residues which have survived the ravages of time presents the possibility that a portion of the HaMishchah may have survived in some manner. Some believe it can be found and have searched for it. One search for the Holy Anointing Oil, and the treasures of the copper scroll, purportedly led to the archaeological discovery of the Juglet of Qumran.

Alleged discoveries of the ancient Holy Anointing Oil

The Juglet of Qumran

The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in Qumran in 1947. Over 900 ancient documents written on parchment and papyrus were carefully preserved and buried in sealed vessels. Written between 150 BC and 70 AD the discovered treasures included the oldest known surviving copies of Biblical and extra-Biblical documents, making it one of the most sensational archeological discoveries in centuries.[28] Whether written by the priesthood of the Essenes, the Zadokite priests in Jerusalem, or some other ancient Jewish sect has not been determined with certainty.

Among the scrolls discovered was a most intriguing scroll made of thin sheets of copper found in cave number three. Translations of the ancient Hebrew text revealed the copper scroll was a treasure map revealing where valuable treasure was buried.[29] The treasure of the copper scrolls has been assumed to be the treasure of the Jewish Temple, presumably the Second Temple, among other options. One theory says that the treasures could be that of the First Temple, built by King Solomon and later destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in 586 BC, with the scrolls having been left in a cave during the Babylonian Exile, possibly with a small community of caretakers who were precursors of the Dead Sea Scrolls community. There is mention in the scroll of the “House of Hakkoz”, with the family of Hakkoz being treasurers of the rebuilt Temple, following the return from Babylon, as listed in the Biblical Books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Following the map inscribed on the ancient copper scroll an archaeological team began excavation in the Qumran area. In April of 1988 a small juglet was discovered containing a very thick liquid believed to be the Holy Anointing Oil of the Temple. Intensive testing by the Pharmaceutical Department of Hebrew University, financed by the Vendyl Jones Research Institute, allegedly verified that the substance inside the small juglet was indeed the ancient Holy Anointing Oil. On February 15, 1989, the New York Times newspaper broke the news of the discovery to the public.[30] During the ensuing few weeks, major networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, carried the story on national and international television. In October, 1989, National Geographic Magazine featured the find, followed by Omni Magazine in December of the same year. Countless other news sources carried the story. The VJRI stated, “The finding of the oil was important for two reasons. It is the first item to be found from the First Temple period and is one of the items listed among the treasures in the Copper Scroll.” They added that“the oil was used as the fragrance on the oblation for a sweet smelling savor on the sacrifices. It was also used as the Holy Anointing Oil for the priest, prophets and kings.” It has been variously referred to as the Holy Anointing Oil, Shemen Afarshimon, or Shemen HaMishchah. Jones wrote that “the Holy Anointing Oil was made by Moses himself and was for all generations to come. Moses made 24 juglets of the Holy Anointing Oil . . . this twenty-second juglet was used for 844 years . . . less than a third of the juglet was used. This is the juglet of the Holy Anointing Oil that our team found in 1988. Since that juglet was made by Moses himself, it is the item of earliest antiquity in Israel.”[31]

The Jerusalem Juglet

An ancient glass anointing juglet was discovered in Israel, found in excavations of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem in the early part of the century.[32] The glass juglet was a hand blown piece believed to have been crafted by a Judean artisan. It appeared to be created in the typical style of the Roman Empire, but could easily fit anywhere within the period of 37 BC to 100 AD. Authenticated by scholars and archeologists, as well as groups such as the IAA and members of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria and the Numismatic Association of America, it eventually ended up being transported from a gallery in Jerusalem, Israel to a gallery in Australia.[33] It was advertised as “Ancient Roman glass anointing juglet discovered in the Holy Land.” The olive colored bottle was intact with a very small loss on the pouring spout. A second angled dispensing spout projected from the body. Vessels of this type were used for dispensing oils and other liquids in small controlled quantities – in religious, priestly functions – sacrificing, anointing, purifying, etc. It measured 104mm (H) x 72mm (W). What seemed to be mineral deposits lined the inside of the glass juglet. Subsequent tests allegedly revealed that the deposits within the juglet were indeed the aged remains of the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus 30. The juglet remains in the gallery in Australia.

Other Alleged Finds

“The Messianic Holy Anointing Oil vial” was discovered by an elderly monk living as a hermit in the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1960s, excavating inside an ancient grotto located in the immediate vicinity of the Upper Room on Mount Zion.[34] Fischer says that at least two of the objects were obvious ceremonial pieces which may have been used by James the Just, the brother of Jesus.[35] A stone that is believed to be the base for the vial is a brick-sized block of well-worn local marble. This block bears an ancient Aramaic inscription that reads “La Shemen Ruehon” or “For the Oil of the Spirit.”[36] [37] The ancient vial is believed to contain residues of the Holy Anointing Oil but these residues have not been allowed for testing. Another find, “The Juglet of Hebron,” an ancient black anointing oil juglet, was discovered in an archeological excavation in the ancient city of Hebron in the early part of the century.[38] It was dated between 1000 to 800 BC. Authenticated by archeologists as well as members of the Archaeological Institute of America, the juglet was sold from Israel to a private collector in the United States. A faint but detectable image of a Hebrew letter etched on the outside of the juglet reportedly authenticates it’s ritual use. The tested residues in the juglet are allegedly residues of the Holy Anointing Oil. Another juglet from Israel was discovered in an archeological excavation and purportedly contained residues of the Holy Anointing Oil but as yet results are not conclusive. Muslim excavations on the Temple Mount resulted in the discovery by archaeologists of artifacts from the 10th century (the reigns of King David and King Solomon) as well as from the Hasmonean, Herodian, and the Second Temple period. [39]The base of a juglet used as a container for olive oil was discovered.[40] A cave discovered in Kibbutz, Israel, outside of Jerusalem, is believed by some to be the place used by John the Baptist for baptismal purposes.[41] Around 250,000 pottery shards, remnants believed for ritual use, were discovered in the cave. A stone inside had a small depression which is said to have contained anointing oil for ritual cleansing. In another discovery an ivory pomegranate, believed to be from Solomon’s Temple, bears the inscription; “[Belonging] to the Temple of [Yahwe]h, consecrated to the priests.” Although the pomegranate itself is admittedly genuine, Professor Yuval Goren of Tel Aviv University believed that the inscription was a forgery because three critical letters adjacent to an ancient break seemed to stop too conveniently before reaching the break. Professor Yitzhak Roman of the Hebrew University examined the artifact under a scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and concluded the inscription was authentic. His examination showed that the three critical letters, contrary to Goren’s finding, did in fact go into the ancient break. This was the same conclusion reached by an examination at the Israeli Museum sponsored by the Biblical Archaeological Society May 3, 2007 ; “The three letters clearly go into the break.” In addition Professor Roman examined the patina of the surviving letters of the inscription and concluded they were genuine. [42] The inscription “Belonging to the Temple of Yahweh, consecrated to the priests” seems to indicate this was an anointing artifact. To date it has not been tested for residue of the Holy Anointing Oil.

The Continuity of the Holy Anointing Oil in the Eastern Churches

The Armenian Church

The Holy Anointing Oil of the Armenian Church is called the Holy Muron. The church holds a special reverence for the continuity factor of the oil. According to tradition, a portion of the Holy Anointing Oil of Exodus 30, which Moses and Aaron had blessed, still remained in Jesus’ time. Jesus Christ blessed this oil and then gave some of it to Thaddeus, who took the holy oil to Armenia and healed King Abkar of a terrible skin disease by anointing him with the holy oil. Saint Thaddeus is said to have buried a bottle of the Holy Anointing Oil in Daron under an evergreen tree. Saint Gregory the Illuminator discovered the hidden treasure and mixed it with muron that he had blessed. It is said that “To this day, whenever a new batch of muron is prepared and blessed, a few drops of the old one go into it, so that the Armenian muron always contains a small amount of the original oil blessed by Moses, Jesus Christ, and Gregory the Illuminator.”[43][44] The Holy Muron is composed of olive oil and forty-eight aromas and flowers. The remaining portion of the previous blessed holy oil is poured into the newly prepared oil during the blessing ceremony and passes the blessing from generation to generation. It is said that this very procedure has been followed for nearly 1700 years. The Catholicos of all Armenians in Etchmiadzin combines a new mixture of Holy Muron in the cauldron every seven years using a portion of the holy muron from the previous blend. This sweet-scented holy oil is stirred with what is said to be the tip of the lance driven through Jesus’ side and a fragment of the true cross.[44a]  This is distributed to all of the Armenian churches throughout the world. Before Christianity, Muron was reserved solely for the enthroning of royalty and for very special events. In later years, it was used with extreme unction and to heal the sick, and to anoint ordained clergy. [45]

The Assyrian Church of the East

It is said by the Assryian Church that the Holy Anointing Oil “was given and handed down to us by our holy fathers Mar Addai and Mar Mari and Mar Tuma.” The Holy Anointing Oil of the Assyrian Church is variously referred to as the Oil of the Holy Horn, the Oil of the Qarna, or the Oil of Unction. This holy oil is an apostolical tradition, believed to have originated from the oil consecrated by the Apostles themselves, and which by succession has been handed down in the Church to this day. [46] The original oil which the deciples blessed began to run low and more oil was added to it. This has alledgedly continued to this very day with new oil being added as the oil level lowers. This succession of holy oil is believed to be a continuity of the blessings placed upon the oil from the beginning.

Both the Oil of Unction and the Holy Leaven are referred to as “leaven” although there is no actual leavening agent, so the nomenclature Holy Leaven seems to be a bit misleading. Yohanan bar Abgareh referred to it in 905 as did Shlemon d-Basra in the 13th Century. Yohanan bar Zo’bee in the 14thCentury integrated the Holy Oil of unction with baptism and other rites. Isaaq Eshbadhnaya in the 15thCentury wrote the Scholion which is a commentary on specific theological topics. It tells us that that John the Baptist gave John the Evangelist a baptismal vessel of water from Christ’s baptism, which was collected by John the Baptist from water dripping from Christ after his baptism in Jordan River. Jesus gave each disciple a “loaf,” at the Last Supper, but the Scholion informs us that to John he gave two with the instructions to eat only one and to save the other. At the crucifixion John collected the water from the Lord’s side in the vessel and the blood he collected on the loaf from the Last Supper. After the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost the disciples took the vessel and mixed it with oil and each took a horn of it. The loaf they ground up and added flour and salt to it. Each took a portion of the holy oil and the holy bread which were distributed in every land by the hand of those who missionized there. [47][48]

The Assyrian Church has two types of holy oils; the one is ordinary olive oil, blessed or not blessed, the other is the oil of the Holy Horn which is believed to have been handed down from the Apostles. The Holy Horn is constantly renewed by the addition of oil blessed by a bishop on Maundy Thursday. While most anyone can by tradition be anointed with the regular oil, the oil of the Holy Horn is restricted for ordination and sanctification purposes.

The Coptic Church

The Holy Anointing oil of the Coptic Church is referred to as the Holy Myron.

The laying of hands for the dwelling of the Holy Spirit is believed to have been a specific rite of the Apostles and their successors the Bishops, and as the regions of mission increased, consequently numbers of Christian believers and converts increased. It was not possible for the Apostles to wander through all the countries and cities to lay hands on all of those baptized, so they established anointment by the Holy Myron as an alternative, it is believed, for the laying on of the hands for the Holy Spirit’s indwelling.

The first who made the Myron were the Apostles who had kept the fragrant oils which were on the body of Jesus Christ during his burial, and they added the spices which were brought by those women who prepared them to anoint Christ, but had discovered he had resurrected. They melted all these spices in pure olive oil, prayed on it in the Upper Room in Zion and made it a Holy Anointing Oil. Today the Coptic Church uses it for ordination, in the Sanctification of Baptismal water, ordination of Churches, and church altars and vessels. They decided that their successors the Bishops, must renew the making of the Myron whenever it is close to dimishing, by incorporating the original oil with the new.

It is said that when St. Mark went to Alexandria, he took with him some of the Holy Myron oil made by the Apostles and that he used it in the Sacrament of Chrism, as well as the Patriarchs who succeeded him. This continued until the era of Athanasius the Apostolic – the 20th Patriarch, who then decided to remake the Myron in Alexandria. Hence, it is reported, he prepared all of the needed perfumes and spices, with pure olive oil, from which God ordered Moses to make the Holy Anointing Oil as specified in the recipe in the thirtieth chapter of the book of Exodus. Then the sanctification of the Holy Myron was fulfilled in Alexandria, and Athanasius was entrusted with the holy oil (leaven), which contained spices which touched the Lord’s body whilst in the tomb, as well as the original oil which had been prepared by the Apostles and brought to Egypt by St. Mark. He distributed the oil to the churches abroad : to the See of Rome, Antioch and Constantinople, together with a document of its authenticity, and all of the patriarchs are said to have rejoiced in receiving it.[49] The Coptic Church informs that he Fathers of the Church and scholars like St. Justin Martyr, Tertullian, St. Hippolytus, Origen, St. Ambrose, and St. Cyril of Jerusalem, spoke about the Holy Myron and how they received its use in anointing by tradition. For example, St. Hippolytus in his Apostolic Tradition, speaks of the holy oil “according to ancient custom” [50] Origen writes about the holy oil “according to the tradition of the church” [51] St. Cyril of Jerusalem goes into further detail in speaking about the grace of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Myron: “this oil is not just any oil after the epiclesis of the Spirit, it becomes charism of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit through the presence of the deity” [52]

The early fathers and scholars mention the use of the Holy Myron, as well as a documentation by Abu l-Barakat Ibn Kabar, a 14th century Coptic priest and scholar, in his book Misbah az-Zulmah fi idah al-khidmah (The Lamp of Darkness in Clarifying the Service). According to his account, the holy apostles took from the spices that were used to anoint the body of our Lord Jesus Christ when he was buried [53], added pure olive oil to it, and prayed over it in Upper Zion, the first church where the Holy Spirit fell in the upper room.

This holy oil was then distributed amongst all of the apostles so that wherever they preached, new converts would be anointed with it as a seal. They also commanded that whenever a new batch of Holy Myron was made, that they add to it the old Holy Myron to keep the first Holy Myron continually with all that would ever be made afterwards.

According to the available resources, the Holy Myron in the Church of Egypt has been made 34 times. [54][55] [56] [57][58]

The Saint Thomas Christians

The general consensus of opinion among scholars is that St. Thomas laid the original foundation for Christianity in India. It is reported that Jewish communities which were already present in India were the contributing factors which enticed Thomas on his missionary journey there. It is said that he brought the Holy Anointing Oil with him and that the St. Thomas Christians still have this oil to this day.[59]

Patriarch Ya`qub, of the Syrian Malabar Narani Church, is fondly remembered for his spiritually uplifting celebration of the liturgy and his humble encouragement to accept the simple way of life. After he consecrated sacred myron in the Mor Gabriel monastery in 1964, holy myron reportedly flowed from the glass container the following day and many people were said to have been healed by it.


Ramban, the Septuagint, Nachmanides, Saadya Gaon and Ibn Janach all identify the calamus of the Old Testament as sweet calamus, Acorus calamus.[60] Most biblical authorities and commentaters also identify the keneh bosem as the cane balsam [61] of the plant variously referred to as sweet cane, sweet flag, or calamus.

By Dr. Curtis D. Ward


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WARNING: The Holy Anointing oil should be used ON CHRISTIANS ONLY. According to Exodus 30 the Holy Anointing Oil is not to be used on the common person, but it was only to be used on God’s chosen people, specifically the priestly lineage. In the New Testament it speaks of God’s Church saying, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” I Peter 2:9. As a royal priesthood and as a holy nation, Christians may be anointed by the Holy Anointing Oil. It is Biblically  prohibited to be used on or by the unregenerated.

Holy Anointing Oil made by a Rabbi of Cohanim descent (lineage of Aaron and Moses) may be purchased here:


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  2. This is a most excellent article, and very scholarly and accurate. The holy anointing oil of Sh’mot carries many spiritual applications and each ingredient is indicative of an attribute that YHWH’s final prophet will possess. I like how this article showed that this particular concoction could be used for prophets, priests, and princes (kings).

    This triple anointing will be fulfilled in the prince of the scarlet thread, that is, the holy and royal seed of Zerah who will be Yeshua’s vice regent in the olam habah. In Ezekiel 17, the wicked prince of Israel(antichrist) gives the crown(high priest’s mitre) to him that is low. (the coming Shiloh)

    The triple anointing of the hidden servant

    Deut. 18:15- “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a PROPHET from the MIDST of thee, of thy brethern, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.” This is the third Elijah.

    1 Samuel 2:35- “And I will raise me up a faithful PRIEST,that shall do according to that which is mine heart and mind:and I will build him a sure house;and he shall walk before mine anointed(Messiah Yeshua) forever. This is the Melchizedek.

    Ezekiel 34:23- “And I will set (raise) up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed (teach them), and he shall be their shepherd.” This is the teacher of righteousness.

    • @Steve Tomori,
      perhaps you would like to know there is a phenomenal church in Indonesia using olive oil to heal very sick people,almost dead people,etc miraculously.
      the pastor taught directly by Jesus Christ .to build powerful church like in the time of apostles.
      Hallelujah !

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  4. Regarding: “The Messianic Holy Anointing Oil vial” was discovered by an elderly monk living as a hermit in the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1960s, excavating inside an ancient grotto located in the immediate vicinity of the Upper Room on Mount Zion.[34] Fischer says that at least two of the objects were obvious ceremonial pieces which may have been used by James the Just, the brother of Jesus.[35] A stone that is believed to be the base for the vial is a brick-sized block of well-worn local marble. This block bears an ancient Aramaic inscription that reads “La Shemen Ruehon” or “For the Oil of the Spirit.”[36] [37] ”

    I have looked at the photographs of these artifacts, and would like to point out that the Magen David, or Star of David etched into these items between a menorah and a fish, was not used until the third or fourth century ad. The earliest example of the Star of David was part of an carved decoration on a synagogue in Galiliee. The next example is from an 11th century manuscript. These articles found by the Orthodox monk are quite likely forgeries. Archeaological forgeries are rampant in the Holyland.

    It is most likely that this is the reason these artifacts have not been displayed. The museum’s credibility would be completely discredited by the display of artifacts that are so obviously forged with a symbol that did not come into existance for another two to three hundred years.

    As an Orthodox Christian, there is nothing more that I would love to teach others that an Orthodox monk has found St.James’ ancient liturgical vessels for the rite known as ‘Chrismation’ or ‘sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit’ that occurred following an exorcism, immersion in water, and laying on of hands during the rite of baptism. But, the evidence is not credible that these vessels are authentic.

  5. very interesting stuff. , what i find of interest… the 4th tree of the nervious system the g protien/cannabinoid tree. 5 trees in all. these pass through all other receptors. I seem to remember.. that the oil has three symbols makeing up its mark as found on some early vials of holy oil. a fish whos tail is bound to the star of david,which in turn is bound to the menora’s base…. however i ndont thiink they are representive of what we think. instead i think they are receptor paths. the fish represents the 5 trees the star of davis reresents the 6 trpv’s your pain receptors which share apathway to the cannabinoid receptors. which als match the descrption of the lamb of god 7 spriraling horns. the trpv is also a 6 membrane receptor. kaneh bose/qnah is active at these points in the human body taking away pain and suffering.

    psalm 23… surely mercy and kindness shall follow….

    • interresting john,
      the two witnesses will bring back the anointing oil, dressed in hemp cloths! represented as two olive branches that drips oil into a bowl on top of the lamp stand and from this bowl seven feeder tubes go out to the seven lamps to feed them oil! this isn’t just the two witnesses giving the holy spirit here as a christian would straight away presume. what the israelites failed miserably at was seeing the spiritual representative of the physical representative! what a lot of christians fail to do is see the physical representative of the spiritual! the two are sometimes important and tied together- what you bind here on earth will be bound in heaven. and sometimes while eating pigs won’t kill you spiritually but will probably give you a heart attack latter and kill you physically! and so god provides both for the body and the soul! he cares for both, but spiritual death is the more serious! and those whom destroy the earth will be held accountable in revelation! also note that if one is to make the anointing oil they must not anoint themselves with it or anyone else, also never anoint non Christians themselves.
      we could make about 150 litres of fuel per acre of land out of cannabis!
      with it or anyone else, also never anoint non christians

  6. Interesting article, currently, way over my head. I appreciate the information and look forward to spending more time with it. My question is simple, can I – being a born again/new creation Christian – mix this holy anointing oil, bless it, and anoint my head (and other Christians) when I fast and pray??

    If yes, any list of links or recommendations for acquiring and preparing the oil properly?

    Thank you! God Bless. Be Blessed.

    • cangell7, Please forgive me, but somehow I missed your post previously.

      Yes, you may use the Holy Anointing Oil. But remember, the Holy Anointing Oil may be used, but by BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS ONLY!

      Please read my article “Who is Allowed to Use the Holy Anointing Oil” found here:

      The Holy Anointing Oil was poured on the flesh of Aaron and his sons, and it ran down to the beard.

      God instructed the priesthood to USE this oil to anoint the priests and the items in the tabernacle. However, God forbid the common children of Israel to make or to use the oil.

      But who are the priests today which have the right to use this oil?

      The Bible says, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2: 5 ).

      It is very clear that born again Christians are a royal priesthood and may use and receive the Holy Anointing Oil. But it must NEVER be used by or on someone who is not born again.

      Many blessings!

    • no you must not anoint yourself, like the scriptures say, the person whom makes it must not anoint themselves! I believe the anointing oil contained cannabis (Kanna-bosem) =strongs 7070, greek 6583. may even be cannabis seed that feed the israelites in the arabia. blowing down from mountains after night dews. amazing food. was originally tree of knowledge its resin (delium) settling downstream in the land of halivah. queen hatsepshut was probally moses step-mother, with king tutmoses being the step father. interestingly the godess sheshat has dope leaf over her head with two upside down cow horns! and her job was measuring temples with hemp rope! the two witnesses will wear hemp, but in the form of fine linen (white priestly undergarments) used outside gods temple. they have hoods and held with a sash. the 144,000 will latter wear these too! the 10 virgins is a warning to of not keeping the oil! the samaritan whom had dressed with oil the injured man while the priest walked by ignoring the injured man! these and others all seem to point to the anointing oil! careful with the cassia it is a blood thinner and can be harsh on kidneys by memory! i believe that it must be made from raw ingredients on concentrated oils to start with. but haven’t tested on myself. only used cannabis leaf with olive oil so far, with great success. only that without the cinnamon, cassia and myrrh it goes rancid after a while, even in the fridge. because the cinnamon preserves it! hope this is helpful.

      • David,

        Yes, the Holy Anointing Oil may be used, but by BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS ONLY!

        Please read my article “Who is Allowed to Use the Holy Anointing Oil” found here:

        The Holy Anointing Oil was poured on the flesh of the priesthood, such as Aaron and his sons, on whose head it was poured and ran down to the beard. God instructed the priesthood to USE this oil.

        However, God forbid the common children of Israel to make or use the oil.

        But who are the priests today which have the right to use this oil?

        Today we live under a new covenant. The Word says,

        “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2: 5 ).

        Born again Christians are a royal priesthood and may use and receive the Holy Anointing Oil. But it must NEVER be used by or on someone who is not born again.

        As for your comment about cassia being bad for the body . . . first of all we ANOINT with the holy oil, we do NOT drink it. Secondly, almost all of the cinnamon sold in the USA today is actually cassia. When you eat cinnamon toast or cinnamon cereal, you are most likely eating cassia. The FDA approves it and laboratory tests indicate it can prevent Alzheimer disease.

        As for the calamus ingredient in the Holy Anointing Oil being cannabis . . . this is so wrong and in error that space doesn’t permit me to properly address it in this post. Sula Benet in Early Diffusion and Folk Uses of Hemp (1967), identified it as cannabis. Her theory was received with interest by the hippies and mind expanders of the psychedelic 1960s. To quote a paragraph I wrote in the Wikipedia article “Most lexicographers, botanists, and biblical commentators translate keneh bosem as “cane balsam”. The Aramaic Targum Onkelos renders the Hebrew kaneh bosem in Aramaic as q’nei busma. Ancient translations and sources identify this with the plant variously referred to as sweet cane, or sweet flag (nl. the Septuagint, the Rambam on Kerithoth 1:1, Saadia Gaon and Jonah ibn Janah). This plant is known to botanists as acorus calamus. According to Aryeh Kaplan in The Living Torah, “It appears that a similar species grew in the Holy Land, in the Hula region in ancient times (Theophrastus, History of Plants 9:7).”

        At any rate, even if cannabis were used, the small amount prescribed to be in the Holy Anointing Oil recipe and that fact that one ANOINTS with it and DOES NOT DRINK IT, one would never get a buzz from it.

        I hope this helps clear up this issue for you.

        Many blessings.

      • Hi curtisdward, thanks for your reply! Firstly Cheyenne cinnamon is used for food here in Australia, the use of Cassia was banned in things like big red chewing gum, ect. However you can still get Chinese cinnamon (Cassia) in Chinese markets, it is the thick bark scrolls, usually wound once! Cheyenne Cinnamon is thin bark like paper, wrapped many times tightly into a scroll. These are pictured on packets like Cinnamon tea, ect. You can use Cassia in foods , but my personal research suggests no more than 3/4 of a teaspoon a day. How much is absorbed through the skin is anyone’s guess, I know Cannabis infused with a carrier oil like olive oil works extremely well. Going against scientists that suggested it can’t penetrate the Derma ! As far as trusting scholars and scientists, scholars don’t even know that the last supper is unleavened bread! Not leavened, celebrated by most Protestant churches today! That is a total error, the Lamb of God was without blemish! It is obvious by Jesus sending forth the disciples to ask a man to borrow his upper room to celebrate Pass-over, which in the next verses the last supper story continues! And Egyptologist’s can’t explain the cannabis leaf over Seshat’s head with also two upside down cow horns- That’s anointing! And they think it might represent the star Ishtar, error! Even the burning bush of Moses might represent a bush burnt today medicinally by those self medicating, The Cannabis plant is a mountain plant adapted to tolerate high levels of uv radiation at those heights, giving it its anti cancer properties. It is not the tree of life that cannabis Christians think but the tree of knowledge of good and evil! It was angels food descibed by king David, and its seed is the manna from heaven (figuratively), Jesus corrected this by saying it was not true manna from heaven because they died, that he is the true manna from heaven! Scholars have misinterpreted Bdellium to mean white in the manna was white like coriander seed, coriander seed is similar color and size to cannabis seed. The word Bdellium means aromatic resin, not white! As for trusting scientists, they work for the governments of this world whom in revelation “destroy the earth”. All the while being into bed with Big Bussiness,- Big Pharma, Big oil and Big alcohol! But they must not hurt the oil or wine!
        The oil and wine of the good Samaritan was what always was used in the bible to treat wounds, and was stored up before battles! It knowledge was known for thousands of years by the Chinese! The linen of the bible could mean hemp, as the Egyptians had sail cloth made of linen, according to old testament. Now no-one would use flax or cotton for sail cloth because the salt rots it, where as canvas m(hemp) is more superior! Curious is the man in linen cloth whom keeps appearing in the bible, whom is holding the measuring line! This height of the measuring line is the same height of an hemp plant! I believe this is not flax (too small) or a water read! Cotton is far inferior to hemp for clothing, and actually absorbs 90% of pesticides it is grown with! Hemp also breaths well (priestly garments) is both cooler in summer an also warm in winter. Kana-bosem is mis translation of Cannabis, through the Greek equivalent Calamos- which should mean Reed or cane not Calamus (toxic plant). Canabis in some other languages-
        Romanian = Canepa
        Italian = Canepa
        Spanish = Canamo
        Portuguese = Canhamo
        This is all but a summary of my own personal research and its mystery has bought more questions than answers! Could it be that the governments know the two witnesses will be anointed in the oil and are trying to prevent this by destroying its knowledge! Why not, after all the king of the day tried to kill all the babies in Jerusalem to stop Jesus’s coming!
        Hope this explains my view better curtisdward.

  7. Slight correction concerning Challah. The piece that is separated is NOT saved and reincorporated into the next or another batch of dough. The piece that is separated is burned completely on the burner because it is symbolic of the amount of dough that was to be separated and given to the Kohanim when the Beit HaMikdash stood. Since there is no Temple now and no priests officiating, we still separate the “challah” and then destroy because at the moment of separation it is no longer ours, we should not benefit from it. It is burned in remembrance of the Temple sacrifices.

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  9. curtisdward, calamus is toxic, infact, so much so they restricted it to using the root only, It’s also carcingenic. and yes it does absorb through the derma barrier, the carrier oil achieves this. plus if one was to be anointed with it -that person must have another make it, in the case of exodus it was those skilled in perfume making. please this is serious stuff and one must check everything out thoroughly because your messing with chemicals and something of god that is holly to him. so both the body and the soul could be endangered if done wrongly! thought i would write this in case people don’t study to find themselves approved by god, and are destroyed because of there lack of wisdom! and that goes for me also!

    • Below is a section I wrote on Wikipedia. It explains that there are TWO types of calamus—one safe and the other unsafe for ingestion:

      A. calamus and products derived from A. calamus (such as its oil) were banned from use as human food or as a food additive in 1968 by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The FDA ban was the result of lab studies that involved supplementing the diets of lab animals over a prolonged period of time with massive doses of isolated chemicals (β-asarone) from the Indian Jammu strain of calamus. The animals developed tumors, and the plant was labeled procarcinogenic. Wichtl says “It is not clear whether the observed carcinogenic effects in rats are relevant to the human organism.” However, most sources advise caution in ingesting strains other than the diploid strain.

      The diploid strains of A. calamus in parts of Mongolia, in parts of the western Himalayas and C Siberia, and the Acorus americanus does not contain the procarcinogenic β-asarone.

      In reality β-asarone is neither hepatotoxic nor directly hepatocarcinogenic. It must first undergo metabolic l’-hydroxylation in the liver before achieving toxicity. Cytochrome P450 in the hepatocytes is responsible for secreting the hydrolyzing enzymes that convert β-asarone into genotoxic epoxide structure. Even with the activation of these metabolites, the carcinogenic potency is very low because of the rapid breakdown of epoxide residues with hydrolase which leaves these compounds inert. Additionally, the major metabolite of β-asarone is 2,4,5-trimethoxycinnamic acid, a derivative which is not a carcinogen

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