Many believe that this communal society departed from the wayward trends of the Priesthood and of ancient Jerusalem and departed to keep a more pure and faithful obedience to The Word of God. Some scholars believe that John the Baptist was of this sect, John was the “Preparer of The Way” for the coming of The Lord.
It is speculated that The Essenes lost their influence by departing Jerusalem rather than keeping their light (witness) in that place, I am grateful they departed and left for antiquity the document record of Truth and validation of scripture.
2Corintians 6: 14-18
What fellowship, harmony, commonality, agreement; Paul is asking does a follower of Christ Jesus (“Son of God” , a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven), have with any of those that are of the kingdom of darkness, death, hell , and the grave?
7:1 Since WE have these promises, dear friends, let US Purify ourselves from EVERYTHING that contaminates body and spirit, Perfecting Holiness out of Reverence for GOD.
Two Kingdoms, totally opposite in quality and character are on a collision course. There MUST come a time, and we are in that time, when A complete identification with one or the other is declared.