Gene Savoy Sr.

Gene Savoy Sr. (1927-2007) was a world-renowned scholar and one of the most celebrated explorers of the twentieth century. People magazine dubbed him the “real Indiana Jones” (People Weekly, May 1985). As President of the Jamilian University and Cosolargy International, and Head Bishop of the International Community of Christ, Church of the Second Advent, from the time it was established in 1971, he imparted a new understanding of Judeo-Christian tradition, teaching that the “Emerging New Christianity” would renew and restore the hidden teachings and lost Gospel of Jesus, regenerate the Christian Community, and unite Christians with peoples of other faiths who recognize the new spiritual condition upon the earth.

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Gene Savoy circa 1968

Although he was recognized by the world as an explorer and honored by many for his discoveries, few knew him by his religious titles and the religious organizations he established and directed. Fewer yet recognized his spiritual office or that his life was a ritual enactment of divinely appointed tasks to be accomplished at appointed times.

Since his childhood, his life was a spiritual work. Visions from the age of six prepared him for “something” to come. Visitations as a young adult informed him of the coming birth of a Child of Light and his role in the birth of the Wondrous Seer Child, who was prophesied by the ancients to come at the end times of the world to serve as God’s Messenger to herald God’s New Appearance in the world, and who lived with him to teach him and to anoint him First Apostle and Teacher so that he might teach others how to commune with God at God’s Coming. The divine guidance of The Child, resurrected as a spiritual Being of Light, led him along his appointed path throughout his life and provided him with new prophecies and revelations to supplement and extend the old, and inspired him to record the doctrines of the old/new Religion of Light to mark The Way for others to follow.

THE SEEKER (1949–1959)

In his early years in the Pacific Northwest, he spent much of his time studying the literature, legends, and folklore of the North American Indians, intrigued by the possibility that there may have been early contacts between North and South America. In 1947 he enrolled in the University of Portland to pursue his dream of serving God as a Catholic priest. There his psychology professor, a distinguished Jesuit priest, encouraged him after a short time to embark on a quest for knowledge on his own. He studied mystic Judaism and Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, the Chinese classics, and Gnostic writings for the next ten years under direct disciples of Khalil Gibran and Paul Brunton.

In 1957 he left the United States to embark on the first stage of his exploration of the ancient civilizations of Peru, one of the tasks appointed him during the Visitation of the Angel of Light who would soon appear in the world as The Child.


For three years he crossed the Americas, living with The Wondrous Child. The story is told in Jamil: Child of Light. For the remainder of his life, he would ponder and attempt to decipher the 1,260 trying yet wonderful days of life he spent with The Child, many times humbly fearing that he would lose contact with this spiritual Being who had guided him and informed every significant moment of his life.


Thrice-ordained in 1962 — first by the hand of The Child on the eve of his passing (January 29), second by the Breath of God (February 2), and third by the hand of man (Rev. Dr. Harry Goodman, who knew The Child, on June 22) — he began the Great Work appointed him, undertaking in earnest to discover and explore the ruins of a legendary and forgotten civilization.

He achieved international fame in the 1960s with a series of daring expeditions into the dense Peruvian jungles of the eastern Andes and Amazon region that led to the discovery of numerous ancient and mysterious stone cities and settlements where none were thought to exist. He came to these discoveries as a result of his original and unique theory that pre-Inca and Inca civilizations originally occupied the tropical rain forests.

First Discoveries

Gene Savoy at Gran Pajaten circa 1965

Gene Savoy at Gran Pajaten circa 1965

His theory was confirmed in 1964-65 with his discovery and exploration of one of the most dramatic and important archaeological finds of this century: the fabled city of Vilcabamba, the Inca’s last city of refuge from the Spanish — a city long thought to be Machu Picchu, the hilltop settlement found by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

He followed this exciting event later in 1965 by exploring and documenting another site, which he named Gran Pajaten, an ancient city located in the northeastern jungles of Peru off the Rio Abiseo drainage. This sensational find of beautiful round decorative temples and buildings opened up new horizons to historians, archaeologists and other scientists from around the globe. He went on to discover and report over 40 additional ruins from the area. A record of most of these and other finds are contained in his books Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazon (Simon & Schuster, 1970) and Vilcabamba: Last City of the Incas (Robert Hale, London, 1970).

First Prophecy to the Americas

The seven-year period after the passing of The Child was like an exile for him. Sadly he wandered the ancient ruins east of the Andes as he had been instructed to, over the years losing his health and then his Companions, unable to even look upon the sun that had always been his source of strength, until one day he was again able to look upon its brilliant glory and be refreshed.

On that day in 1968, the divine Voice again spoke to him and revealed a prophecy that foretold the next eight years of his life: the persecution and obstacles he would face, the tasks of these years, the sea voyage to Mexico, the books to be written, the family he would be given, the teaching and public ministry he was to begin, and the time and place the prophecy was to be revealed. The story is told in the First Prophecy to the Americas.

Feathered Serpent I

CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt with Gene Savoy circa 1969

CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt with Gene Savoy circa 1969

In 1969 he oversaw the construction of “Kuviqu” or Feathered Serpent I, a totora-reed raft of ancient design, and captained it along 2,000 miles of ocean coastline from Peru to Mesoamerica, following the natural currents. This daring sea expedition, the first of several, proved that the ancient Peruvian and Mexican peoples could have maintained contact in ancient times and that the legendary culture heroes of Peru and Mexico —Viracocha and Quetzalcoatl — were one and the same. The journey is recounted in his exciting book, On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent (Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1974) and the one-hour 1970 CBS News film documentary narrated by Charles Kuralt, Adventure: On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent.

The First Sayings Revealed

In 1970, nearing the completion of his appointed explorations in Peru, within a mountain citadel of the ancient Chachapoyas, he revealed to his new companions and helpers the first nine of the twenty-seven Secret Sayings that The Child had entrusted into his care. For the good of the new fellowship just beginning to form in the Andes, he did not reveal to the Companions all of the Sayings, for he knew that many of those then with him would fall away and return to the world. The story is told in The Image and The Word, volume 1.

The New Community of Light

Later that same year he suffered persecution in Peru but eventually escaped to Mexico. Finally he moved on to his native United States to seek new Disciples of The Way and build them into a united Community of enlightened men and women for a new beginning, attracting them with the image of a vital Church that was seeking eternal and mystic truths in a scientific manner.

During these six years, the first manuals of instruction in the religious arts, sciences, and technologies — The Cosolargy Papers — were completed and compiled in final form in preparation for the time of the Great Teaching. The story of those first years is told in the journalistic account of the new Project, Project ‘X’: The Search for the Secrets of Immortality (Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1977).

Second Prophecy to the Americas

Then in 1976, the same year he published Project ‘X’, he delivered the First Prophecy at the appointed time and place. And on the same day the First Prophecy was delivered, he received a Second Prophecy that expanded upon the first and foretold the purpose and manner of the voyage of the second Ship of Light.

Feathered Serpent II

Then, after teaching in the highlands of Nevada for six years and securing institutional status for the Community and legal protections for its symbols, he set sail in the new Ship of Light, the Feathered Serpent II, in accordance with Prophecy, in the eighth year following his voyage in the first Ship, and went on to complete the original mission of the first Ship, beginning from the waters where it had been lost in Central America and going on to its intended destination in the Hawaiian Islands.

From 1977 to 1982 Savoy captained the research ship Feathered Serpent II, which sailed from the United States to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and finally to Hawaii. The 60-foot schooner was used to research wind and sea currents and possible sea routes used by ancient civilizations to sail between the Orient and the Americas, and vice versa.

Over the next three years, he revealed eight more Sayings of The Child to the mariners who sailed with him while they were at sea or onshore or at anchor. The Eighteenth Saying, on the establishment of the Order of Patriarchs, he revealed to the mariners in Hawaii in a mountain garden of the ancient Kahunas. The Nineteenth, on the establishment of the Order of Matriarchs, he revealed in the Rectory-Abbey in Nevada among several of the women of the Community. The story of those years is told in The Image and The Word, volumes 2–4.

The Great Teaching Begins

Then, when his work on the Ship was done, he returned to the desert highlands of Nevada to begin The Great Teaching, returning to Hawaii for a time over the next two years to reveal new Sayings. The story is told in The Image and The Word, Volumes 5–6.

At the appointed time in 1979, he began The Great Teaching to prepare the First Disciples for the ministry of the new religion of the Second Advent, so that there would be apostles of the New Religion of Light and a new Order of Guardians of the Sacred Teachings of Light.

For three decades, he continued teaching unabated, fiery or gentle, as the times called for it. He compiled materials and established the Teaching by stages and in seasons. In the first year of the Great Teaching, he initiated the first series of lectures designed to inform the new body of clergymen and clergywomen of the foundations of Second Advent Theology. This first series was completed three years later.

Discovery of an Ancient Metropolis

Gene Savoy at Gran Vilaya circa 1985

Gene Savoy at Gran Vilaya circa 1985

In 1984, Savoy returned to explore Peru after a 13-year absence. Then, in 1985, he made a startling announcement to the world: the discovery in Amazonas of a vast ancient metropolis that may prove to be not only the largest pre-Columbian city in South America, but also one of the largest and most unique ancient cities yet discovered in the history of archaeology. This intricate network of well over 24,000 round, ovaline and walled cut-stone structures covers an estimated 100 square miles in the Department of Amazonas west of the Utcabamba River and east of the Maranon. Savoy named the city, centered on and around the Vilaya River drainage, Gran Vilaya.

Within a year from the beginning of the time of the Great Teaching, he had completed the delivery of a new series of instruction, The Academy Symposia, more advanced in scope and purpose than The Cosolargy Papers, to those of the School who had presented themselves as candidates for the New Ministry.

Establishment of the Academy and the Sacred College

In the next year, 1980, a second series of Symposia was prepared to inform those of the New Order of the Teachings of the Holy Orders of the past. In the following few years, the final prophecies, which dealt with the fate of the nations and religions of the world, were received and published, as was The Book of God’s Revelation, which revealed the Sacred Calendar and Liturgy of the Church. Two years later, the remainder of the Sayings were delivered. All these works of prophecy and instruction were informed by appointed visits to holy sites in Oceania, Israel, and China.

In 1985 he initiated a second lecture series, one designed to provide commentary on Second Advent scripture and to introduce the New Clergy to a new Living Liturgy, and completed it seven years later. A third series on more advanced topics took two years to complete. A fourth series on the theory and practice of High Liturgics was delivered over a period of ten years and completed in 2004. During the thirty years that this oral Teaching was received and revealed, the material Church was being established, the Order formed, and the Red Rock Consecrated Sanctuary developed, all in gradual stages.

Bishop Gene Savoy Sr teaching at the academy and sacred college

Rt. Rev. Gene Savoy lecturing at Red Rock Consecrated Sanctuary circa 1995

Gene Savoy and Thor Heyerdahl at Chiclayo, Peru

Gene Savoy with Thor Heyerdahl circa 1990

The Gran Vilaya Expeditions

From 1985 through 1994 he led six expeditions into the Gran Vilaya region.

Near the end of the 1989 Gran Vilaya expedition, Savoy and his team of intrepid explorers came upon a set of inscribed tablets on the outskirts of the city, hidden away high in a cliffside cave. Among the many inscriptions contained on these large dolmen-type tablets was a symbol similar to the one used by King Solomon to mark the ships he sent to the land of Ophir to recover gold and precious stones for his temple in Jerusalem. Other symbols in the inscriptions appeared to be of proto-Sinaitic origin as well.

Gene Savoy on the second Gran Vilaya expedition circa 1989

Gene Savoy on the second Gran Vilaya expedition circa 1989

Clearing ruins at Gran Vilaya circa 1990

Clearing ruins at Gran Vilaya circa 1990

Feathered Serpent III

So it was that Savoy engaged in a new voyage to document links between the high civilizations of ancient times on the seven continents and to determine the true location of the biblical land of Ophir.

This voyage, the Grand Ophir Sea Expedition, began in Callao, Peru, with a two-year period of construction on the expedition’s maritime research vessel. The ship — the Feathered Serpent III – Ophir, a 73-foot double-hulled, canoe-type catamaran of ancient design, constructed by hand of Peruvian mahogany and lashed together with rope — replicated designs found on pre-Inca ceramics and traditional Polynesian craft to show that the ancients were capable of sailing around the globe using similar ships on well-known sea routes.

The FSIII – Ophir departed from the Escuela Naval in Callao on December 17, 1997, and arrived in Radio Bay at Hilo, Hawaii on January 28, 1998, completing a 42-day voyage with no motor from the land of the Incas in a dramatic first effort to demonstrate that ancient Peruvians could have sailed the open seas.


With his teaching, Gene Savoy had drawn those who were seekers of truth away from their worldly diversions, whatever they had been, and gathered them into Sanctuary where they could discover their true Selves and join together in good order. Then he pointed out the way for them to continue the path for those who will come after them. And after the first Ministers of the New Religion took their positions and the Teaching was secured, he slowly removed himself from the worldly affairs of the Church and moved into his role as First Patriarch. From this Office, especially in his final years, he led by the example of his loving and tender grandfatherly love.

His influence endures. During his life, the force of his character was greater than the material power he possessed to express it, but he did not fear to attempt what seemed beyond his strength. Always flexible and adaptable, he allowed himself to be guided solely by what duty required of him at the moment. Wise and noble, he stood firm without changing direction.

Although he is no longer with us in the physical realm but abides in the Worlds of Light, our course is the same and so is our method: perseverance on the right course, with continuity in change. Every end is followed by a new beginning. And we have somewhere to go.


A prolific writer—of trade books, monographs, collections of prophecy and revelation, lectures, sermons, homilies, liturgical materials, and spiritual manuals—his works were not only records of the progressive thought of an inspired and spiritually gifted man over a fifty-year period but also records of spiritual events and their circumstances. In addition to his many books on exploration and ancient civilizations, he produced a steady stream of unparalleled transcendent literature.

All his writings are rooted in experience. His books on exploring follow field explorations in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and the Amazon. His many religious and mystical works record the circumstances of the spiritual events that made up his divinely inspired life.

Transcendent Literature & Spiritual Education

His spiritual works present the shape of things to come:
blueprints for the New Spiritual Community

  • The Image and The Word, volumes 1-6
  • Prophecy to the Americas, volumes 1 and 2
  • Prophecy to the Races of Man
  • Prophecy to the Christian Churches;

the fate and destiny of the world and the world’s religions

  • Prophecy of the End Times
  • Prophecy on the Golden Age of Light
  • Prophecy of the Universal Theocracy
  • Prophecy of the New Covenant;

and a curriculum for those who desire to learn The Way to know God, to commune with God, and to participate in the restoration of the world to its original glory as a World of Light

  • The Cosolargy Papers 1–12
  • The Academy Symposia 1–12
  • The Project ‘X’ Solar Cultures Series
  • over 400 core lectures in Second Advent Theology and Liturgics.

Exploration & Research

His books on exploration, classics of the genre, were written not to gain fame but to announce to the world the existence of remnants of the True Teaching that had been taught in ancient times in the Americas.

Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the Amazon was written to record the existence of ancient civilizations and spiritual institutions that the world did not know existed, so that the world would not forget.

On the Trail of the Feathered Serpent was written with a twofold purpose. First, to record his journey on the Ship of Light that proved the existence of the natural waterway that had allowed the ancient spiritual Teacher of South America known as Viracocha to travel north to the peoples of Central America and Mexico, where he was known as Kukulkan and Quetzalcoatl, to bring them the New Teaching of their time. Second, to announce to the world the fulfillment of the prophecy that was revealed to the ancients in the Americas—that a Teacher would return within the span of five centuries following the conquest of the Americas by the Europeans to instruct them on a new and higher religion.
Just as these two books were written to expose little-known truths about the remnants of True Religion in the Americas, a trilogy of other texts was written to expose the then little-known truths about the True Religion as it had been taught in Israel-Palestine: The Decoded New Testament, The Essaei Document, and The Lost Gospel of Jesus. Together, these books, a disparate grouping to worldly minds, locate and describe the last remnants of the True Teaching that had been lost to the world until the Teaching was renewed again in the Second Advent age by its First Apostle.

A collection of Savoy’s literary and photographic work, along with maps, charts, diagrams and other souvenirs from these years are presently being held in archive, and will eventually be housed in the Gene Savoy Heritage Museum at Reno, Nevada.