Summary: Japhia was the wife of Methuselah and a citizen of the holy city of Zion.
Prior to the deliverance of Zion, it was determined by the Heavenly Mother, Sher-el,
that Japhia remain on the earth so as to keep the Matriarchal Priesthood intact.
In addition, it was deemed important and appropriate for Japhia to stay with her
husband, who had also been appointed to remain (B:17:31-41).
Having received this instruction from Heavenly Mother, the High Priestess Bashia,
along with her counselors, brought Japhia to the gates of Zion where the armies of
Sumer prepared to lay siege to the city. Bashia petitioned Yasher-Baal, the king
of Sumer, that Japhia be allowed safe passage through the army encampment and spared
from the coming onslaught, that she might serve as a remembrance of Zion and properly
grieve for the inhabitants of the city of peace (B:18:1-46). Yasher-Baal granted
Bashia’s request, yet would come to regret his decision. For three days later, the
armies of Sumer entered Zion to discover all the inhabitants of the city had mysteriously
vanished. After days of searching, the exasperated king sent troops to retrieve Japhia,
hoping she had information regarding the whereabouts of Zion. Japhia was never found
by Yasher-Baal’s men (B:19:70-73).
But consider even now, my daughters, how that Methuselah is alone upon the land,
for the wife whom God gave that she might be as a wife unto him is made to dwell
Is it good that she should flee away, that Methuselah might dwell alone upon the
earth? Shall I be made to rejoice, seeing that the priesthood of the great Mother
is no longer among the daughters of men.
Therefore, go forth unto Japhia and speak to her the words which the Spirit of God
shall cause to come upon you. For I desire that the priesthood of the Heavenly Mother
continue upon the earth.
And I shall give unto her this promise, that I shall cause her to be fruitful and
she shall be blessed of many for I shall give her great understanding in the ways
of men, and I shall grant her a fullness of heavenly powers, that she might offer
unto God, all the hopes, prayers, and longings of the daughters of men.
And whomsoever the sons of her womb shall take to wife, even unto these shall she
teach the ways of godliness, that she might ordain them unto this priesthood forever.
Thus shall the priesthood of God remain among the children of men, that they might
find unto themselves every good thing which God desires to give.
And Bashia answered, saying: “My lord, for myself I plead not, neither for Hypatia
nor Adora’s sake do I beseech you, only that you will assure safe passage for the
woman Japhia, for we desire that the remembrance of Zion be not blotted out from
before the children of men.
Wherefore, O king, let her pass safely through the midst of your armies unhindered,
that she might go throughout the lands round about, and weep for the city of peace.
For if you slay all the inhabitants of the city, who shall there be to lament our
So Yasher-Baal consented unto Bashia, and he commanded that a company of soldiers
attend Japhia that no harm should come to her, for it was his desire that Japhia
be taken beyond the lands of Sumer in safety.