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The Lost Disciples to Britain #4

The Gallic Testimony


by George Jowett (1961)


     THE religious spirit of the Gaul diminished with the coming
of the Franks but the fire never flickered in Britain. It flamed
like a volcano, fiery in its evangelism and bursting forth
fiercely at foreign interference. Even when resting, its
complacency was deceptive as the Nazis found out in World War II.
To strike at her Christian institutions and sacred edifices is to
pierce her heart, causing her people to fight back with that
invincible fury that has ever astonished the world, as it finally
shattered her enemies.
     Long before the arrival of the Bethany castaways at
Marseilles, Guizot informs us that the south of France was known
as the Provence Viennoise, populated by Gauls, Phoenicians and
Greeks, 'with the Gauls most populous everywhere'. The
significance of this is quite important. The Phoenicians and the
Greeks had a long association with the south of France,
particularly the Phoenicians, who were the leading mariners
before the Grecian seafaring ascendancy. The ancient port of
Marseilles was the chief port of call for both in the comings and
goings in the transportation of tin and lead from Britain. Over
the centuries a common friendship had developed between them and
the Gauls; consequently it is understandable how Phoenician and
Grecian colonies came to be founded in Gaul. Marseilles is
reputed to be the oldest city in France and its oldest seaport.
     It was a port long before either settled there but it was
the Greeks who developed the port to its peak of prominence and
gave it the name it bears. However, we should never lose sight of
the fact that the port had its first association with the
biblical ships of Tarshish, commanded by the Danites, of the
tribe of Dan. They were the first great sea power in history and
the first to know intimately the inhabitants of Britain, and to
trade with them. The Phoenicians and Greeks were very largely

     At the time of our story the port of Marseilles was familiar
with the ships of Joseph. To the Gallic populace his name was
well known as are the names of Carnegie, Schwab and Bethlehem
Steel to us today. Therefore, it can be well assumed that Joseph
had many influential friends at Marseilles, who would gladly
welcome him amongst them.
     Among the Gauls there existed a deep receptivity for the
persecuted followers of 'The Way'. Between the Gauls and the
Judean advocates of Christ there was mutual sympathy. The Gauls
were Druidic, and their faith held sway over all Gaul, which
explains more than anything else why the land was a safe haven
for Joseph and the Bethany family, as well as the many other
converts who had previously found refuge there, after a safe
escape from Judea in the ships of Joseph.
     Those who have been indoctrinated by the false stories
describing the Druidic religion may pause in consternation. The
malevolent infamy heaped upon the Druidic priesthood, their
religion, with the practice of human sacrifice, is just as
untruthful, vicious and vile as the other distortions
stigmatizing the ancient Britons. On close examination it will be
found that those who uttered the vindictive maledictions stand
out in Roman history as the dictators of the Roman Triumvirate.
     Their bestial hatred for everything that was British and
Christian deliberately promoted the insidious propaganda to
defame the people they could neither coerce nor subdue. In our
own time, among others, none other than the eminent archaeologist
Sir Flinders Petrie, on examination of the ground around and
under the altar at Stonehenge, completely exploded the infamous
accusations. He found only the fossilized bones of sheep and
goats which more firmly established the affinity with the
patriarchal faith of the East. In each case the sacrificial burnt
offerings were as stated in the biblical record.
     The influence Druidism had upon the rest of the ancient
world, and its peaceful and ready reception of the Christian
faith, proves its noble structure. Hume, the high-ranking British
historian acknowledged for his impartiality and the lack of bias
in his reporting, wrote: 'No religion has ever swayed the minds
of men like the Druidic.'
     It prepared the way for Christianity by its solid acceptance
of 'The Way'. But for Druidism Christianity might never have
flourished. It drove the first nails into the Christian platform
that held it fast through all its early stresses, giving it the
vigour to endure for all posterity.
     The Roman persecutors, despising Druidic opposition,
intensified their malignancy with the British conversion to
Christianity. The Emperors Augustus, Tiberius and the Claudian
and Diocletian decrees made acceptance of Druidic and Christian
faith a capital offence, punishable by death. Some have claimed
that this persecution by Rome drove both the religions together
to form the solid phalanx of Christianity. This is far from being
the case. It has been already pointed out how the ancient Kymry
were bonded in the ancient patriarchal faith even before they
arrived in Britain. Organized by Hu Gadarn (Hugh the Mighty) the
faith took on the name of Druid, a word some claim derived from
the Keltic word 'Dreus', meaning 'an oak', arising out of the
custom of worshipping in the open within the famous oak groves of
the island. A more likely derivation is from 'Druthin' - a
'Servant of Truth'. The motto of the Druids was 'The Truth
against the World.' A casual study of the Triads emphasized the
old Hebrew faith with positive clarification. The British Mother
Druidic Church continued to teach the immortality of the soul,
the omniscience of One God and the coming of the Messiah. They
were aware of the prophesied vicarious atonement and,
extraordinary as it may seem, the actual name of Jesus was
familiar to them long before the advent of Christ. They were the
only people to know it and say it, a fact that has astounded
students of theology. From this it can clearly be seen that there
existed a mutual understanding between the Druid and the
converted Judean on religious principles that readily opened the
door to general acceptance of 'The Way'. From this we can believe
it was no accident whereby the refugee followers of 'The Way'
found a natural haven in Gaul, and their apostolic leaders a
safer sanctuary in Britain. At that period in history Britain was
the only free country in the world. Gaul had received its baptism
of Roman persecution long before the Caesars turned their
attention upon the British. It was the constant aid given the
Gaulish brethren by the warriors of Britain which brought about
the invasion of the Isles. The first attack, led by Julius
Caesar, 55 B.C., was purely a punitive expedition against the
Britons for thwarting his arms in Gaul. Contrary to general
opinion that Caesar's attack was a conquest, it was a dismal
failure. Within two weeks his forces were routed and pulled back
into Gaul. On his return to Rome Caesar was openly ridiculed by
Pompey's Party in the Triumvirate. His famous legend, 'Veni,
Vidi, Vici' ('I came, I saw, I conquered') was satirized by the
pens of the Roman ilite. They wrote in rebuke, 'I came, I saw,
but failed to stay.' Over the ten years that followed, to 43
B.C., the mightiest armed forces of Rome, led by its ablest
generals, fought to establish a foothold in Britain. In this
Caesar failed to penetrate farther than a few miles inland.
     It was not until the reign of Hadrian, A.D. 120, that
Britain was incorporated (by treaty-not conquest) within the
Roman dominions, as described by Spartians in "Vita Hadriani." By
this treaty the Britons retained their kings, lands, laws and
rights, accepting a Roman nucleus of the army for the defence of
the realm.
     Surely no one can misconstrue this conquest or support the
belief that naked barbarians could defy and defeat the Roman
legions, during those ten years led by its Emperors and greatest
     The invasions were repelled by the famed British Pendragon,
Caswallen, who reigned for seven years after the invasion.
     For Gaul it was not to last. They lacked the security of the
seas which protected the British Isles. Unhappily Gaul, later to
be known as France, was destined to be the world crossroads of
continental invasion, and on its soil, up to our own time, some
of the bloodiest battles in all history have been fought. Until
the coming of the Franks, the Visigoths, Ostrogoths and Vandals,
the Gauls for centuries were to carry on the great evangelizing
work of Christianity, laying the foundation of the Church by the
great leaders who stemmed from Britain, with carefully formed
plans. It was to be immortalized with the presence and great work
of Philip, Lazarus, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, each of
whom left an enduring mark in the name of their Saviour. As the
story of Joseph of Arimathea is brought forth to the light of
day, so are those others, who laboured under his instruction,
lifted out of the obscure darkness of the past to thrill us with
their devotion and sacrifice.
     The record shows that Joseph frequently journeyed to Gaul to
confer with the disciples, particularly with Philip, who had
arrived at Marseilles ahead of Joseph, and was awaiting him and
the Bethany family.
     It must not be forgotten that Joseph, by his tin mining
interests in Cornwall and Devon, had a long association with the
British. Consequently the comings and goings of his ships most
certainly would have kept the British up to date with world
happenings, and also with Gaul.
     Long before Joseph arrived in Britain, the scandal of the
cross was known to them and had become a cause of grave concern
to the Druidic Church. By similarity of patriarchal faith and
knowledge of prophecy, the Druidic prelates recognized in the
death of Christ the fulfilment of prophecy. The swiftness with
which the Druidic delegates journeyed to Gaul to meet Joseph
shows how concerned they were to obtain first-hand information.
     Contrary to the fallacious story of later historians, there
was no argument, civil or religious, no bloodshed. It was an open
acceptance that elected Joseph of Arimathea to the head of the
Christ-converted British Church.
     From then on the Druidic name and the old religion in
Britain and Gaul began to be superseded by the Christian name,
which the British created to identify the accepted Christ faith,
formerly known as 'The Way'.

     The miraculous safe arrival of Joseph and his companions at
Marseilles, and thence to Britain, surely was the Will of God
working out His inscrutable purpose gradually to fulfil the
prophetic words of Jesus, to come to the lost sheep of Israel.
     From that time commenced the organization of the Christian
clan, the marshalling of their forces into determined action.
     Thus began the epochal drama that was to change imperial
destiny and lead the peoples of the world to a better way of
life. Yet, before this was to be fully achieved, millions were to
wade their way through unbelievable tragedy, defying tyranny in
its basest and most terrifying form, wholesale massacre and
fiendish torture, suffering the brutalities of the Colosseum, the
horrors of the fetid prison of the Mamertine, and the dreadful
scourging wars in which the British were to make the most
colossal sacrifice in blood and life known to history.




Keith Hunt

To be continued with "St. Philip Consectrates Joseph of Arimathea
in France."  

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