True story, or an intricately woven hoax?
Jehan de Vézelay, also known as John of Jerusalem (1042-1119), is, according to a book published in 1994 by Mr. Galvieski(?), a Templar who participated in the liberation of Jerusalem in 1099, conquered twenty years earlier by the Arabs.
He was also supposedly one of the founders of the order. Johannes of Jerusalem claimed, after the first crusade, that he had discovered a great secret at the temple mountain of Jerusalem, which made him a prophet. He describes in his prophecies the time after 2000 in a dark but astonishingly realistic way.
The Knights Templar
Since their very beginning, the Templars have been surrounded by an aura of mystery that lasts to this day.
Thousands of conspiracy theories have circulated about them, their history, their end, and their riches.
But now, a relatively unknown figure in its history has emerged to add even more mysteries to the legend: John of Jerusalem, one of the knights who founded the order in 1118.
John of Jerusalem, an early Nostradamus?
It is said that John of Jerusalem was a doctor and advanced astrologer, a kind of saint who “knew how to read and hear heaven,” who used to retire to the desert to pray and meditate, and who was on the border between earth and heaven.
John of Jerusalem supposedly could foresee and read the future leaving behind a series of prophecies in a secret book of which seven copies were supposedly made.
These copies were delivered to the Grand Master of the Order, who sent them to Bernard of Clairvaux, a French abbot and a major leader in the reform of Benedictine monasticism that caused the formation of the Cistercian Order.
One of the books was taken to Rome and is still in the Vatican archives. It is assumed that another came to the hands of Nostradamus, eventually influencing his work and thinking.
During the Second World War, it is believed that the SS found a few copies in a synagogue in Poland.
With the entry of the Russians in Berlin, they disappeared again until they were rediscovered in the secret archives of the KGB by M. Galvieski. (Do I smell a conspiracy?) Another story is that the prophecies were discovered at the Zargorsk Monastery in Russia at the Holy Trinity St. Sergius Monastery – near Moscow by Mr. Galvieski.
The first edition of John of Jerusalem’s alleged prophecies was printed in France in 1994 by Editions Jean-Claude Lattes.
Those who believe in the accuracy of said prophecies argue they speak of the future in great detail, referring to immigration, drugs, pollution, technology, and the role that media plays in the world.
The problem is that no original text of the prophecy has been photographed or exposed to date, even though there were seven supposedly penned down by John of Jerusalem, three of which were given to Bernard of Clairvaux, and four other copies, which were supposedly sent to four unknown recipients.
Problems with the source
But we hit a dead end when trying to get to the source of the alleged prophecies and read the books behind them.
Since it is nearly impossible to read anything other than a few Wiki pages mentioning (in French) John of Jerusalem, it can only be said that the supposed prophecies are a fake, a new-age-inspired hoax dated 1994.
The alleged “prophecy” can only be traced back to a single source: M. Galvieski, a supposed ‘Professor’ of something, who holds a Russian passport. Who Galvieski actually is, remains a profound enigma.
Encyclopedia of the Paranormal
The only thing we know about him is that he took the ‘original’ text of the prophecies, translated and the ‘book’ eventually printed in France. The hoax behind the story is perhaps best explained by the website “Encyclopedia of the Paranormal,” which tells us that:
” … There is no historical trace of these prophecies, any more than there is John of Jerusalem / Mareuil / Vezelay. He is not one of the historic founders of the Order of the Temple, contrary to what is stated in the books.”
“Conversely, the prophecies seem to play on the confusion between John of Jerusalem and other real historical figures like Johannes of Jerusalem, doctor of Robert II, Duke of Burgundy ( xiii th century); or Pierre-Gerard de Martigues, founder of the Hospitaller Sovereign Military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (which will later become the order of Malta).”
“Proponents of the authenticity of the prophecy suggested that “John of Jerusalem” was perhaps only the nickname of Peter Gerard of Martigues or another knight crusader; however, the few details of the life of John of Jerusalem given in the preface to the books do not correspond to the biography of any known historical personality.”