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Blood Royal

Copyright © 2015 by Evan Ansot. All rights reserved.

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Fiction / Religious

15.08.21

The Genealogy

God begat Adam who begat Seth who begat Enos who begat

Cainan who begat Mahalaleel who begat Jared who begat

Enoch who begat Methuselah who begat Lamech who begat

Noah who begat Shem who begat Arphaxad who begat Cainan

who begat Shelah who begat Eber who begat Peleg.

Peleg begat Reu who begat Serug who begat Nahor

who begat Terah who begat Abraham who begat Isaac who

begat Jacob who begat Judah who begat Perez who begat

Hezron who begat Aram who begat Amminadab who

begat Nahshon who begat Salmon who begat Boaz who

begat Obed.

Obed begat Jesse who begat David who begat Solomon

who begat Rehoboam who begat Abijah who begat As,

who begat Jehoshaphat who begat Joram who begat Uzziah

who begat Jotham who begat Ahaz who begat Hezekiah

who begat Manasseh who begat Amos who begat Josiah

who begat Jechoniah.

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Jechoniah begat Shealetiel who begat Zerubbabel who

begat Abiud who begat Eliakim who begat Azor who

begat Zadok who begat Achim who begat Eliud who begat

Eleazor who begat Matthan who begat Jacob who begat

Joseph who begat Jesus who begat Joseph who begat Bron

who begat Alain.

Who begat Joseu who begat Aminadab who begat

Catheloys who begat Manael who begat Titurel who begat

Frimutel who begat Boaz who begat Marcomer who begat

Faramund who begat Chlodio who begat Merovech who

begat Childeric who begat Clovis who begat Clotaire who

begat Chilperic who begat Clotaire.

Clotaire begat Dagobert who begat Clovis who begat

Theodoric who begat Bertrada who begat Claribert who

begat Bertrade who begat Charlemagne who begat Pepin

who begat Bernard who begat Pepin who begat Herbert

who begat Beatrix who begat Hugh Magnus who begat

Hugh Capet who begat Robert II who begat Henry I.

Henry I begat Hugh Crepi Magnus who begat Countess

Elizabeth de Vermandois who begat Countess Gundred

de Warren who begat Waleran de Newburgh who begat

Alice de Newburgh who begat Isabel Maudit who begat

Sir Walter de Beauchamp who begat Giles de Beauchamp

who begat John de Beauchamp who begat Sir Walter de

Beauchamp who begat Elizabeth de Beauchamp who begat

Sir Robert Dudley who begat Sir Edward Dudley who

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begat Sir Henry Dudley who begat Sir Edward Dudley

who begat Sir Walter Dudley.

Walter Dudley begat Sir John Dudley who begat Sir

Nicholas Dudley who begat Sir Edward Dudley who begat

John Dudley who begat Robert Dudley who begat Wayne

Dudley who begat Thomas Dudley who begat Charles

Dudley who begat Thomas Dudley who begat Edward

Dudley who begat Rodger Dudley who begat Wayne

Dudley who begat Ronald Dudley who begat Alfred

Dudley who begat Edward Dudley.

There are 128 generations from God to Edward Dudley,

born November 21, 1963, in Manistee, Michigan.

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Ur, the Land of the Chaldeans

1800–2000 bc

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy

country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,

unto a land that I will shew thee. And I will make of thee

a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name

great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them

that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee

shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1–3,

kjv).“And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was

separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from

the place where thou art northward, and southward, and

eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest,

to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. And I will

make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man

can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also

be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length

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of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee”

(Genesis 13:14–17, kjv).

“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram,

saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river

of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis

15:18, kjv).

“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make

nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee” (Genesis

17:6, kjv).

“And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou

shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the

north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 28:14, kjv).

God made an agreement with Abraham a long time ago.

God promised Abraham these three things:

1. The promise of land. God called Abraham from Ur

of the Chaldeans to a land that He would give him.

2. The promise of descendants. God promised

Abraham that He would make nations out of him.

3. The promise of blessings to all families of the Earth

through His offspring.

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30 ad

Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Judea

“And, being assembled together with them, commanded

them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait

for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard

of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall

be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of

him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the

kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, it is not for you

to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath

put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that

the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses

unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had

spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up;

and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they

looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two

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men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye

men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This

same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall

so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”

(Acts 1:4–11, kjv).

After Jesus had risen up with the clouds, the apostles

Philip and Bartholomew, along with Joseph of Arimathea,

escorted the pregnant Mary Magdalene back to Bethany to

the house of their friend Lazarus. With them was her two-

year-old son Joseph.

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June 42 ad

Caesarea, Samaria

It seemed to Philip that ever since the day when Jesus

ascended to the Father from the Mount of Olives, the

church of Jesus Christ began to divide among itself. The

leaders of the twelve apostles began to disagree as to the

doctrine of their Lord and how they perceived him. Without

a shepherd to guide them, the sheep disagreed about their

perceptions of the way of the Lord. Passionate arguments

took place that led to apostles departing from each other

creating widespread division amongst the faithful.

There was a faction that was at first led by Peter but

a few years later, led by James, the brother of our Lord,

who believed that all the Jewish rituals and observances

should be held, just as Jesus had done while He was in

the flesh. This group believed that new converts should be

circumcised, just as had been Jewish tradition begun by

the covenant between God and Abraham and carried on

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to the present day. That the Sabbath and all holidays be

observed, including the Passover. They argued with reason

that since the Master practiced Judaism so should all his

followers. Philip partially agreed with this doctrine, but

unlike James, Matthew, Simon the Zealot, Jude, and the

Church of Jerusalem, he felt that it should be voluntary and

not mandatory.

Too many rituals for the newly converted gentiles to take

in, Philip thought. Judaism is a family belief system and a way of life that can take generations for those who wish

to master its practices. The pagans of Europe would have a

difficult time holding up to the Judaist form of Christianity.

Simplicity is the key to gaining newfound believers, and

Judaism was anything but. “We must not make this too

difficult for them,” argued Philip to the church of Jerusalem.

“This is a gift from God, not something to be worked

toward, not something to be earned, the price has been

paid.” Philip felt that rules would only choke the spirit and

remove the blessings given to the church from the Father.

On the other hand, the newly converted Paul had

changed everything. He, along with now Peter, Andrew,

John Mark, Luke, and several other disciples, believed that

the only requirement was belief that Jesus was the Messiah

and you would be saved by faith in the belief of that. This

opened up the way to all the gentiles of the world.

Paul had been traveling to Greece and Asia Minor,

preaching the word to the masses and proving that he was

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firmly committed to the message, but Philip wondered if

Paul actually knew Jesus. Peter had vouched for Paul to

Philip, but he was still unconvinced. Paul wasn’t there for

three years as the others had, and Philip figured that Paul’s

knowledge had to be limited to secondhand information.

Whom is he receiving all his knowledge about Jesus from? Is he divinely inspired or is there a political agenda? he thought.

Philip had questioned Paul about all this, and afterward he

still wasn’t quite sure.

Paul had talked of a miracle on his way to Damascus

that had changed him. Considering all the miracles that

Philip had seen so far in his life, he believed that the former Pharisee had told the truth. His only concern was that Paul

was getting knowledge from the apostles about the life of

Jesus whose views were different than his own. Then again,

Philip was a bit more mystical than the rest as the Master

had told him from time to time. But what it really came

down to was that Philip didn’t trust Paul. There just wasn’t

that much to like about the legalistic Pharisees.

Apostles were teaching that Jesus was the son of God,

which is the truth, but what they weren’t teaching is that

the Lord is also the son of Man. He ate, fished, drank wine,

laughed, joked, prayed, and shed tears with them.

Philip remembered back to the time when Jesus heard

of the news that John had been murdered. Never in Philip’s

life had he seen a person grieve so much. Jesus had wept all

night long and the following day, refusing to be comforted.

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There was a special kinship between Jesus and John that

only those two could share in. That time period was shared

by the apostle as well due to Philip spending two years of

his life with the Baptist himself. Many tears were shared

that Sabbath day between the two. Philip was able to see

the human side of Jesus better than others due to the time

each spent with the Baptist.

Jesus was indeed the son of God, but he was definitely

the son of Man as well. There was a human side to him

that wasn’t being taught to the masses. This human side

of Jesus needed to be shared to the newly converted, and

Philip would see that it would be done. Yet this doctrine

seemed to be getting stifled by those with an agenda that

put Jesus as a God and not a man-God.

Jesus had also loved a woman, the Magdalene, and no

one was talking about that. The Lord was every bit a man

as the rest was. Even more so in Philip’s mind as he saw

Jesus being the definition of a man’s man. After all, he

learned of being a builder from his father Joseph and was

used to working with his hands. He also helped the others

bring in nets of fish in Bethsaida and Capernaum; this was

something men did and was not a job for the weak. This

was not being taught among the churches, and it concerned

Philip and his eternal sidekick Bartholomew. They had

spent long nights talking extensively on this subject, and

the direction of the early church was different then what

they envisioned. Philip wondered what power was behind

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this movement to make Jesus someone he wasn’t. Why are

they hiding facts about Jesus’s life? Who is behind all of this?

What concerned Philip the most was that a good

majority of Jesus’s teaching was being left out. Bartholomew

agreed with him that the main focus of Jesus’s message

was that the kingdom of Heaven lied within us. That the

primary mission was to show what we are all capable of.

Paul and others were putting the savior on a pedestal that

Jesus shied away from. In Philip’s mind, Jesus wanted to lift

all the apostles up to his level and not put himself above

the rest. Jesus had considered them all brothers and, not

servants nor he their master. They were all elevating Jesus

to a level Philip thought that the apostle had not witnessed

in his three years with the teacher.

Jesus’s message was for everyone to join Jesus at that

level. That the Lord was the firstborn Son of God but not

the only one. In Greece, Philip had intense arguments with

Paul over this issue but for naught. Paul and his band of

followers were bound and determined to create a church

that had a false doctrine. Paul was deifying a friend of his,

and Philip took great exception to this.

He remembered an argument in Ephesus where Philip

and Paul went nose to nose.

“Pharisee, who do you think you are? You act like you

traveled with him for three years like I have,” said Philip

with much volume to his voice.

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“My name is not Pharisee. It’s now Paul. Jesus himself

gave me that name,” said Paul.

“I don’t care what name he gave you. Stop teaching a

false doctrine,” said an angry Philip.

“All my teachings are divinely inspired by Jesus. And I

will continue to do the Lord’s bidding,” said Paul; his face

a beet red.

“He’s the son of God, but he’s also the son of Man,

and don’t you forget that, Saul of Tarsus,” said Philip as

he walked away from the man. Before leaving he looked

back at Paul and his followers, pointed his finger toward

them, and shouted out, “Remember that he had a family. A

wife, a child, and another on the way! Don’t be making my

friend into someone that he isn’t!” He hadn’t talked to Paul

since that encounter nor did he care to. Yet Paul’s form of

Christianity was becoming quite popular while the truth

was sadly being thrown to the wayside.

In India and to the east where Thomas and Matthias was

and in Egypt and Ethiopia, where Philip and Bartholomew

had been, they were being taught that we are all one and

that the kingdom of Heaven lay within us. This was also the

gospel being taught here at Caesarea by Philip as well. The

people here welcomed the gospel that we are all one, sons

and daughters of the living God. No one apostle or disciple

being above anyone else. Asking whatever you wish for in

Jesus’s name and it will be done through the power of the

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Holy Spirit that lies within each of those who choose the

way of the Nazarene.

Lastly, what bothered Philip the most was that women

as a whole were being left out of the discussion. Jesus had

confided much knowledge to his companion, Mary of

Magdalene, and she was being shut out of the equation

from the early church. She spoke in such mystical terms

that had been shared to her by her mate, and because of

jealousy of the other apostles, they were ostracizing her for

it. This feeling of jealousy seemed to be getting worse as

each year passed by since the crucifixion. Peter had all but

told Mary that her opinion didn’t matter, that she was a

woman who needed to be silent, that he and not her was the

“apostle to the apostles.” That had led to another argument

between Philip and a fellow apostle. This time, it was Peter

who received the wrath of Philip.

The Jewish followers of the way in Jerusalem were used

to having women in the outer courts and men in the inner,

and old habits had died hard. But that wasn’t how Jesus

treated them. There were many women who followed the

Lord during those days, and now they were being treated

as second class.

The church was split in at least three different directions:

Mary Magdalene with Philip, Thomas, and Bartholomew

in her corner; Paul with Peter, Andrew, John Mark, and

Luke in his corner; and James with Matthew, Simon, and

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Jude in his. Schisms abounded as to the early doctrine of

the way.

John, being the youngest, was caught in the middle of

this madness and refused to take sides. He tried to play the

part of peacemaker, but because of his youth during those

days of walking with the Lord, not many listened to him.

Philip and John had expressed concerns to each other as to

the direction of the church and agreed that the division was

not what the Lord had in mind when he taught the twelve

apostles. They agreed while working together in Asia Minor

that what was happening was truly a house divided.

Tears of sadness followed by years of prayer had changed

nothing. Something had to give. It would, but it wasn’t the

result Philip prayed for.

Many nights Philip would be knelt down praying, “Lord

here my prayer.

“I give thanks to you for your many gifts given me this

and every day. The fields are bountiful for the harvest, but

the laborers are not united. We argue, Lord, over your

message. Is this the way you intended it? Are we to be a

house divided, and if this is so, then why would you make it

that way? I cannot go to their side, for I know it is false, yet they won’t come to me.

“Please unite your house, wash away our sins, and clothe

us in white. I await your return, amen.”

Deep down, Philip felt that the Lord’s church was being

hijacked by some unseen force. It was a house divided, and

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if it continued on its present path, it wouldn’t stand. He

was going to teach what he knew the truth of Jesus, and if

it conflicted with the others, well then, let things fall where they may.

Maybe it was the Lord’s will that this was done. Philip

didn’t know, but in 42 ad he was a deeply concerned apostle

over the church of the Lord. Something had to give.

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Caesarea, Samaria

Philip was in the middle of addressing the church of about

twenty followers who had assembled at his house when he

saw his lifelong friend and fellow apostle, Bartholomew,

open the door. He stopped for a moment and continued on

with his teaching.

“They said to him, ‘Why do you love her more than all

of us?’ The Savior answered and said to them, ‘Why do I

not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees

are both together in darkness, they are no different from

one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will

see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.’”

He paused at the sight of his brother in Christ.

Bartholomew had a troubled look on his face and was

motioning in an urgent manner with his hand that said

he needed to talk now. Philip finished his sentence then

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excused himself from the faithful and moved toward the

entryway of his house to greet the formidable, burly man.

“What is it, my friend?”

“We’ve got trouble,” answered Bartholomew.

Philip turned toward the congregation and instructed

another to finish with the services. He then told his wife,

Deborah, that he’d be stepping outside to talk to his fellow

companion in the way.

Bartholomew looked anxious and worried, pacing back

and forth. Something was definitely troubling him. He

pulled Philip by the cloak, took him outside, and said, “I

just received a message from Lazarus. His whole household,

with Mary Magdalene and her children, are on their way

here from Bethany.”

“The whole household?” asked Philip.

“Yes, his wife and children, his sisters Mary and Martha,

as well as Joseph of Arimithea, Sidonius, and others.”

“Joseph too?”

“Yes, it seems as though they’ve run into trouble, and

they had to leave immediately.”

Bartholomew was generally an extremely calm, stable

presence. It took a lot to make him get this excited. Philip

wondered