Jacob? A Theory

Thanks to reader and contributor DocH (minor editing from myself):

I told myself I wasn’t going to take a side on the Jacob question, but, after watching The Brig, I think I’ll jump into the fray here. I think Jacob is a real, tangible, touchable human-being of normal (vice supernatural) abilities. He’s not deceased or “of legend”. Jacob doesn’t have 4 toes, isn’t a true prophet, and doesn’t have any unique ‘healing’ abilities.

Ben is not Jacob. Ben knows Jacob. Jacob is real and Ben is part of his stable of confidants. Ben is not the General, Jacob is. Ben is a Colonel in Jacobs’ army, and takes his orders accordingly.

Jacob is a modern day cult leader like Jim Jones in Guayana, Rev Moon of Korea, Bagwan Rajneesh in Oregon or the plural marriage guy they just busted from Utah. Jacob knows the power and unique qualities the island possesses, how to use what the island offers, but mostly how to manipulate his followers and elevate him to the demagogue status he desires. Ben and a few Others know about the island’s magic too. Jacob commands Jacob-oriented religion and devout followers ensue – folks are compelled to “prove themselves” by committing heinous acts they would not otherwise perform. After looking at all of those doe-eyed cultists ogling Locke in camp – I’d say most of them have spent more than a few days in the “brainwash” room on Hydra Island.

Ben is the public face for Jacob. Look at the way Ben publicly humiliated Locke when Locke wouldn’t prove himself in front of Jacob’s cult. The cult abandoned Locke – remember how eager they were when they thought Locke was “special” – “the one”. It was all a Jacob manipulation to ensure Locke was cast out. Why? Locke is wise to the unique qualities of the island – his paralysis, his bitten hand, dragged by smokie to the vent, his face-to-face with good smokie where he “saw into the heart of the island”. All this threatens Jacobs’ rule. Ben is the man in front of the curtain – Jacob is “The Man Behind The Curtain”, pulling all of the strings, rarely if ever seen by his cult, seen as need be by his Colonels, Captains and Lieutenants.

I don’t think Juliet has ever knowingly seen Jacob, but I do think she knows that Jacob is a flesh and blood person, not a deity. She was guest help for the cult fertility issue, but you know how it is with cults, the door only goes one-way. Once you are in the compound, they will never willing open the door to let you out. That is why Juliet has been in the extreme measure mode lately; the Ben operation, the Danny shooting, her cult trial, deceiving Sun about her D.O.C., and the secret alliance with Jack in beach camp.

The island does not cure – the doctors cure. The island heals – rapidly and freely. The island may also alter the normal aging process. Jacob, Locke and Ben all know this about the island. All of our doctors (Juliet, Ethan, etc…) know this too (Jack is just learning it though).

Since Jacob is not the ‘face’ of the cult, Jacob does not have to spend all of his time on the island. He gets away frequently to manage the business of the island. The business – exploit the capabilities of the island (a place for all to go and heal – for a significant fee of course) – and ultimately for the “Religion of Jacob” to go worldwide as the one true faith. With so much at stake why not just kill the Losties? Reason – Jacob is years away from taking the island public because of little things like; infertility, these nagging little smoke creatures that like to hurt folks (not good for business) – so they need test subjects. Losties, Tailies, special kids, pregnant-types, whatever they can get will fit the bill. Why not just kill Locke? Locke is gullible, he’d be more of an asset than a threat, if they can “bring him into the fold” and he’d make one heck of a poster-child for what the island is capable of.

So if Ben isn’t Jacob, who is? I don’t think it is one of the many rich corporate types that hover just out of sight, like one might suspect. The guys hiding in the corporate shadows are after the island themselves, either for profit and/or are in fear of what Jacobs little project may do to their long term bottom line and the global culture. It isn’t likely that any of our distinguished scientists from decades past are Jacob either, though they may have given rise to the Jacob phenomena.

Not from the past, not just off camera. How about a Jacob that has been hiding in plain sight the entire time? There is an old-world trick, where a royal would travel or visit foreign courts as a royal underling and the royal underling would pose as the royal. The hidden royal could observe, decide and eventually act without ever having revealed him or herself or putting themselves in harms’ way. Ben is the Colonel, but who wears Jacobs’ shoes? One of Bens’ Captains or Lieutenants? I cast my vote for Richard Alpert – he is Jacob, he is the puppet master behind the curtain and he perfectly fits the criteria outlined above.

Look at how Alpert comes and goes from the island (recruiting Juliet, kidnapping Cooper). Look at how Alpert is always around when important things are ‘apparently’ being decided by Ben (get me TMFT). And recently, with “The Brig”, Ben threw Locke his best “bad cop” impersonation – kill your father or you are an outcast, while Alpert simply manipulated Locke with his best “good cop” act, getting Sawyer to kill Cooper with – “John – we’ve never formally met – I don’t like Ben either – here is Sawyers’ file – read on…”. Locke AGAIN has fallen for the long con. Locke said I can’t kill, but in effect he did when he conspired for, solicited, and abetted the murder of Cooper, via Sawyer. Jacob (Alpert) and Ben now officially own Locke’s soul.

Now read the first 5 paragraphs again, only insert the word Alpert where the word Jacob is…

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87 Responses to Jacob? A Theory

  1. Kate says:

    Excellent piece here…I really like the theory.
    If I may add to that, I had a theory for a couple of days that Jack is Jacob & just does not understand & realise this as yet. Perhaps a future Jack is Jacob like a kinda Back to the Future deal. I also thought this as it could be SO obvious that we all missed it – for example Jack is an odd abbreviation for Jacob. I dunno could happen.
    However from reading your excellent article above I feel that you could be right about Alpert BUT to look at your list of attributes I believe it could be Tom aka Mr.Friendly. What is his REAL purpose on the island? Everyone likes him & confides in him, he’s always right there for Ben but is it something deeper. We have all been lulled into this sense of him being such a great guy that we may have missed it. I just keep thinking back to how upset he was that Julie was trying to kill Ben. Plus Tom may have made Alpert the public face of the island/mittelos bioscience which would explain Alpert’s travels & Ben the face of the island as he has lived there all his life. Tom is made out to be older – just how old remains to be seen re: time & ageing being different on the island.
    Thanks for the piece & the site, I really enjoy being able to ponder out loud here!
    ps…one of my friends is convinced they are all in hell – i don’t believe this for a second & really hope it does not turn out this way…what are your thoughts?
    Kate.

  2. The Witches' Dorthy says:

    Wow – Great theory!!! At first I was thinking that Ben was Jacob ala the ‘Wizard’ in the “Wizard of Oz.” Which I still haven’t totally ruled out yet.

    But you have a great point about the charisma cult leaders seem to have. Alpert was able to convince Juliette in seconds to drink the tranquilizer for her ride to the island – very cultish. He was somewhat responsible for Juliette’s ex dying. And I believe HE was the one to actually produce TMFT. He seems to be in the right place at the right time.

    Is the “box” analogy that Ben uses for the island similar to the Wizard’s black bag? Only instead of pulling out diplomas and clock hearts he can pull out anything his mind can conjure up????

    There are still many, many unanswered questions – but I think you are on to something.

    BTW – I love this blog. I read it often. I don’t think I’ve ever posted, but I really enjoy reading everyone’s insight. I’m a big “Wizard of Oz” fan – so I can’t wait to see who Lost’s ‘man behind the curtain’ is. Thank you!

  3. Ross says:

    Although I am skeptical that the end-game will be able to tie all the loose ends together while providing an explanation that will not make me want a refund for all the hours I have invested in this series, an intriguing thought came to me a while back. What if LOST was followed by another series called FOUND which told the same story, but from the point of view of the true powers-that-be that are seemingly in control of the island and the lives of all that are on it. QSRP Neil suggested that FOUND could overlap the last season or two of LOST. I find it fun to think that maybe they are actually filming some FOUND episodes now concurrently with the present LOST episodes so that when one is watching a FOUND episode in the future, one would see bits and pieces of current LOST episodes and think, ‘Aha…so that’s what was going on behind-the-scenes.’

  4. FMGreenSteve says:

    That was nicely written, and well thought-out, but I don’t agree with this theory.

    With 3 seasons left, there is plenty of time to introduce a brand new character who is the real Jacob. If it’s possible that Jacob is someone we’ve already met/seen, I’d lean more towards Brother Campbell (the monk) than anyone else.

  5. lost chicka says:

    whoa, tom. tom is jacob. THAT would be AWESOME. really make everybody step back & go “WHOA! y didn’t i think of that?” i don’t think tom is a good guy, i just wanna know y he hasn’t had his own episode yet (him & danielle & alex too). cause he’s jacob. it’s allf itting together now.

    but richard is a good one too. i like that one a lot too. everybody is convinced that he’s just one of the many others who wanna take over ben’s postion when he in reality (well, lost reality) just wants to fire ben. he’s not bug eyed ugly, he’s a sweet talker, & a con artist. perfect!

  6. DocH says:

    Thanks for the feedback all – Will particularly. I am not convinced that I am correct, I just want to start looking in an unexplored direction – hidden right under our nose, like a rattlesnake in the mailbox. I haven’t ruled anybody – Ben, Locke, Jacke are still strong contenders, but KATE – Tom is at the top of the list too. We haven’t seen him off island like Alpert, but… we did see him grab Walt, capture/defend the pearl hatch, etc… and he is as well hidden in plain sight as Alpert. Witch-Dot, not as big a WoOz fan as you, but the cult angle has been bugging me for awhile… done my share of deprogramming (done my share of programming as well). Ross, I want a FOUND series too. Be it prequel or postquel, 48 more eps after this season will almost seem like being diagnosed with a fatal disease (you’ve got 3 years to live) – so we have to live them to the fullest. But we know it is going to end in May ’10. Like life you can never get enough, so if they want to reincarnate LOST in ’11, let me grab the first place in the FOUND fan line. FMGSteve, I hear ya’ but my guess is that we will see and partially understand Jacob tomorrow noche! Cheers and thanx!

  7. Scott says:

    [quote comment=”56702″]That was nicely written, and well thought-out, but I don’t agree with this theory.

    With 3 seasons left, there is plenty of time to introduce a brand new character who is the real Jacob. If it’s possible that Jacob is someone we’ve already met/seen, I’d lean more towards Brother Campbell (the monk) than anyone else.[/quote]
    No way is Tom Jacob.

  8. kyle says:

    i agree with the guess about jacob’s identity; after seeing the brig, i definitely think richard will turn out to be jacob.

  9. Martijn says:

    Nice theory, I just don’t really buy it… I definitly don’t think Tom would be Jacob, neither Jack, sawyer, locke or anyone else. Alpert could be, but I don’t think so. I think there will be a new character introduced, someone just like penny’s father.

  10. nev says:

    I agreed with the whole article up until the Alpert part. Sorry, but no way is he going to be Jacob. Just not enough of a con. Too obvious. Oh, and he already has a namesake (Timothy Leary drug guru’s right hand man). Just doesn’t fit.

    It just wouldn’t be a lost plotline if he was.

  11. JOhn Boy says:

    What was with the whole Purgatory theme they were going with on the brig? did anyone else catch that are the writers tryng to throw us off?

  12. Mark Jensen says:

    Well thought out theory.. Great job

    But I don’t believe we are given all the pieces of the puzzle yet.

    In pure “naming,” which we know is important in Lost, I name another candidate: Christian Shepard. Think of his name, “The Christian Shepard” or “The Christian Leader” — That’s what Jacob is (as far as I’m informed on religion. Honestly, I don’t know that much about it)

    And I know people say he is dead, but last I checked he was not in his bloody coffin.

  13. Hammer says:

    The only thing I can think of that would contradict this is when Locke had Ben hostage and Ben demanded that Alpert go get TMFT. Alpert seemed to be servant to Ben.
    Other than that…brilliant observation.

  14. Tanner says:

    Alpert = Jacob . He also looks like Rod Serling, which adds a nice mysterious touch.

  15. adriennez says:

    I like the Alpert theory…him as Jacob…that good cop bad cop thing with Locke last week changed how I looked at him! I have a little theory that we will see Walt find the bird that Claire and Charlie left a message on, before the end of the season.

  16. Jocco says:

    I think that anyone who has referred to Jacob as “a great man” can be ruled out. It’s always said with such reverence that Jacob is probably like a cross between Jesus, Santa Clause, and Genghis Khan. I don’t know who it is, but I think that Ben, “the Sheriff”, Tom, and Alpert may be the only ones who know.

  17. Tina says:

    Kudos for a great reading theory, though I remain unconvinced that Jacob is “real” i.e. flesh an blood. I’m probably wrong, but until I see some more evidence I’m stalwart. I think maybe he was real at some point in time, but died or something else and now Ben and his A-team carry on using his image and name to instill fear, awe and respect among their recruits. (I have the same theory about Fidel Castro, I mean when was the last time he was actually SEEN in real life?)

    Furthermore, without anyone actually meeting Jacob for whatever reason, Ben acting on his behalf becomes more plausible. But now that Locke has entered the picture, he and his
    “powers” threatens to upset the delicate balance Ben has created on the island.

    I do however love the idea that if Jacob is a real person, he is hidden in plain sight.

    Keep up the theorizing!

  18. Eric says:

    Nice theory. Plausible. However, I still think Locke is Jacob, and just doesn’t know it. Similar to Kate’s assertion that Jack is Jacob.

    The writers are fond of fiction, and horror–King’s books are everywhere. If they’ve read King they’ve certainly read Clive Barker too. Barker’s epic work Imajica centered on a character that had no idea he was a “savior” and “great man” as Jacob has been described.

    Ben has become polluted, and wants to seize power from Jacob/Locke. That’s why he had to try to convince everyone Locke was not “who we thought he was.” Maybe they had a picture of Jacob, maybe some of the others had seen him before. Ben needed to publicly humiliate Locke. Maybe Locke will have a rush of memories and be thankful that he is on a new path, his “own path” because he is appalled by the memories of the path he was once on, or could be on in some infinite future universe scenario.

  19. MKS says:

    I am rather leaning toward Locke being Jacob. As was already mentioned, I think Ben realized that, but is power-hungry and wants to prevent Locke from fullfilling his destiny. Remember it was Locke’s mother who claimed he was born under misterious circumstances/ by immaculate conception.

  20. avalanche says:

    since brother campbell’s first appearance i’ve bet (and submitted to this blog) that he is jacob. he had the forsight to encourage desmond to do something else–something important. he had the picture with the creepy ass time travel lady that also hovered around desmond. his winery was named after the mountain that abraham was supposed to make his sacrifice–mirror’s (distortedly) locke and cooper. also, an association with the widmores. how did penny know where to look? this is typed quickly because i’m late for work–sorry.

  21. THE LOST KING says:

    Mybe there is NO jacob, maybe Ben is pretending to answer to Jacob but in fact is pretending that he is, and there is NO jacob. wow, that COULD be treue

  22. lost chicka says:

    Just scribblin down some thoughts.

    no jacob: woul be a good twist. would be a GREAT way to manipulate people as no 1 would q. god (or the person with the gun pointed at them).

    richard is jacob: i cann see that happening. jacob is definitely gonna b some1 we already know but thought was unimportant/not very imp. richard makes sense in a lot of ways, but i’ll spare u the readin.

    tom is jacob: i REALLY like that idea. idk why, it just makes sense 2 me.

    locke/jack/cristian/other lostie: i just don’t get how they could be unconsiously bossin ben, controlling the island & the others. just don’t see that 1 happening.

  23. Sivan Cotel says:

    [quote comment=”56760″]I agreed with the whole article up until the Alpert part. Sorry, but no way is he going to be Jacob. Just not enough of a con. Too obvious. Oh, and he already has a namesake (Timothy Leary drug guru’s right hand man). Just doesn’t fit.
    [/quote]

    A quick response to this, and to potentially support the idea that Alpert is Jacob: The real-world Alpert, Timothy Leary’s right-hand man, eventually changed his name to Ram Das and became a spiritual leader in his own right. That could be an interesting parallel if LOST Alpert is actually the spiritual leader Jacob.

  24. Toeknee says:

    My guess is Jacob is a person that we haven’t seen before. I can’t see him being Locke or Ben or any of the other possiblities people have suggested. And I agree with Hammer in that Alpert seemed to be subservient to Ben, so I don’t see how Alpert could be Jacob. I could be wrong, but that’s my take.

  25. Lesley says:

    DocH that was awesome, great analysis and plausible. We know that TPTB are always trying to con us, so I would not be shocked to find that Jacob is someone we already know. Your reasoning behind choosing Alpert makes perfect sense as well, but….. It seems that lately there is a lot of double-crossing going on. I have thought for a while that Jacob is the island and I am not ready to give up the ghost on that one yet. The island is powerful and as far as we know has so many magical things to offer and it is unforgiving. Or maybe Jack was not on Jacob’s list because he is Jacob and they cannot meet…or…… I am also afraid that tonight we will not find out quite as much as ABC would have us believe…and that is okay with me too since there will be more time to do this! Count me in on the FOUND episodes. We are all going to have to find a 12 step program in 2010.

  26. Jocco says:

    I think that Found should be a trilogy of big-budget movies. Kind of like LOTR, three hours each, starting with pre-four toes history, up to the present.

  27. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”56856″]I think that Found should be a trilogy of big-budget movies. Kind of like LOTR, three hours each, starting with pre-four toes history, up to the present.[/quote]
    Awesome idea. I would love to see what the total history of the island is.

  28. DocH says:

    Sivan @ Comment 23: Yes. The Ram Dass connection was always a big influence… I left it out of the original argument because I always thought of it as a given. Lots of eastern religion links to DASS/ALPERT in addition to the LSD link to LEARY.
    I’ll go for the three mega-trilogy movies re: LOST/FOUND too, in a second.
    A “no Jacob” scenario is still definitely in play.
    Some: The (apparent) Alpert subservience to BEN is the act, the con. Alpert & Ben are together alone when Alpert decides what he wants to do. They march Locke into the room and Ben says “Get me the man from Tallahassee”. Locke thinks Ben is the boss, when Alpert is the head honcho making the calls. Alpert in charge of the con on Juliet too with regards to the Sat Link footage to her sister Rachel & her 2 yr old on the playground.

  29. J-Rad says:

    Hey, great site! I’ve been reading for a while, but never posted until now…. I hate to compare the 2, but has anyone ever seen Star Wars episode 1? The queen is actually disguised as a maid who serves and is “ordered” around by the fake queen to protect her identity. I think it makes perfect sense for Alpert to be seemingly ordered around if he is Jacob, especially if only Ben and a few others know who he is. If he was always seen ordering Ben around, I it would give it away to the rest of the “others.”

  30. Toeknee says:

    [quote comment=”56866″]
    Some: The (apparent) Alpert subservience to BEN is the act, the con. Alpert & Ben are together alone when Alpert decides what he wants to do. They march Locke into the room and Ben says “Get me the man from Tallahassee”. Locke thinks Ben is the boss, when Alpert is the head honcho making the calls. Alpert in charge of the con on Juliet too with regards to the Sat Link footage to her sister Rachel & her 2 yr old on the playground.[/quote]
    That could very well be the case. I won’t rule out Jacob=Alpert. I think if it’s anyone we’ve already seen, he’s the most likely candidate.

    But…..that scene where Ben asks Alpert to bring him TMFT, Locke had just appeared moments earlier, surprising Ben, so it’s not like Ben and Alpert planned how to act at that moment. Also, as far as Alpert knew, Ben and Alpert are alone in the room (Tom had already left), so if Alpert is really in charge, he would have been more taken aback by Ben giving him an order like that in that particular situation. Again, just my take; I could be wrong.

  31. Eric says:

    Ok, last time I’ll discuss my Locke = Jacob theory. Couple of good points from Wiki:

    -He is feared by the Others.
    My take, Mikhail says “thank you” to Locke when he seemingly kills him. He uses explosives, manipulates Sawyer to kill TMFT. The others and 815 captives/converts stand in awe awaiting the execution of TMFT. He is someone who deserves to be feared.

    -Often referred as He or Him, Ben describes Jacob as “a great man, a brilliant man, but not a forgiving man.”
    My take, as in Imajica, this “great man” is Lost to himself. Even his mother alludes to his greatness and immaculate conception. He has three facets to his life, the one we see before the island, his transformation once on the island, and the one we’ve yet to see, the period of “greatness” that the others have experienced in some “time.”

    -“God loves you as he loved Jacob”
    My take, see the immaculate conception nugget. Replace Jacob with “son” born in a similar way. TMFT was not his biological father. An immaculate conception, probably born on the island to his mother in early Dharma days.

    -The list.
    My take. In the weak Locke persona, he was wronged over and over. A list of “sinners and saints.” If a great man such as Jacob had access to many possible pasts and futures, would he not know who on this island fit in those categories? Ben does not want Locke to remember who he is. Ben knows what list he’s on, and knows Locke would in fact kill him.

    Only other possibility, Locke is son of Jacob, thus explaining his powers, and at some point, he’ll have to choose to align with Jacob, and oppose him. And all the crap he went through with TMFT will prepare him for that decision.

  32. Tex says:

    I like the Alpert theory. It makes some sense in terms of Jacob being a string-puller and someone who can come and go as he choses.

    But Perhaps Jacob was Ben’s father (thus the purpuse of showing his childhood tonight). Ben inherited the role of leader under the assumption of another “special” leader coming along later, at which time Ben would give up the role. Ben is clearly trying to do everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen, i.e. discrediting Locke for not killing his father, demonizing the Losties, controlling Juliet and quashing her rebellion. Maybe Locke is the upsurper; Ben certainly thinks he could be. But just maybe it’s an unlikely hero… like Sawyer.

    Alpert may not be Jacob, but may be determined to find Jacob’s replacement, which brings him at-odds with Ben.

    With rumors of massive bodycounts at the close of the season, it will be interesting speculating as to Ben’s continued presence on the island. I’m starting to think that the story will stall if he’s not removed, and that this Ben-centric episode is a sign of that outcome (as characters usually get thier own ep before being eliminated). We could get our Ben questions answered and then realize we haven’t even imagined the real threat that will emerge with his demise!

    This comment was sort of all over the place, so sorry for that!

  33. lost chicka says:

    tex i think u’re right on about ben.

  34. maize says:

    I think the biggest question we should be asking is how charlie,locke could escape such big explosion and how charlie acted so strange after that..could he be the clone?

  35. Lesley says:

    Another Jacob possibility could be Patchy. Remember when Ben and Jules were approaching the Flame. Ben seemed a bit scared that Mikhail might shoot them. He even complained that Mikhail does not wear the walkie. In addition, he speaks many languages (how many???) and even appears different than the rest of the others. The eye, the weird teeth, his medical background and he was stationed at the communications hub. Wouldn’t the communications station really be the center of power? Maybe he even had the ability to create the whispers and other such special effects on the island, as well as spy on everyone everywhere(even those in Othersville).

  36. Hammer says:

    [quote comment=”56929″]Another Jacob possibility could be Patchy. Remember when Ben and Jules were approaching the Flame. Ben seemed a bit scared that Mikhail might shoot them. He even complained that Mikhail does not wear the walkie. In addition, he speaks many languages (how many???) and even appears different than the rest of the others. The eye, the weird teeth, his medical background and he was stationed at the communications hub. Wouldn’t the communications station really be the center of power? Maybe he even had the ability to create the whispers and other such special effects on the island, as well as spy on everyone everywhere(even those in Othersville).[/quote]
    Apparently you can’t kill him either.

  37. Kate says:

    WOW! Sorry to be mushy but I love you guys…pats on the back for all. Great theories, even the one discrediting my thoughts on tom = jacob ;0)
    But by far the best theory that has been listed here is Comment 12 by Mark Jensen…Christian Shepard I think is spot on, Jacks pappa has so many fingers in various pies that I won’t be surprised if he comes back up in other losties back stories. Umm you know like Ana Lucia’s he had an amazing hold on her for no real reason in the bar in Sydney hmm hmm hmm? Plus why does Claire’s Aunt obviously HATE Christian so much? Is it perhaps because she has left the island & knows who he really is. Claire’s Mum certainly couldn’t shed any light on the subject now could she??

    Christian’s son & daughter (Jack & Claire of course) are now on the island to take over. Giving further weight to Jack = Jacob. Sorry to not have the exact script but doesn’t Jack have something similar to
    “He walks among us but is not one of us” tattooed on his arm! Jack does not know he is Jacob & is learning this now from Juliet, Ben & Tom.
    At the end of the day I don’t really care Who or What Jacob is (as I really liked the idea of Mikhail & the Island also being Jacob contenders) I just adore this show, it kicks Xfiles’s arse. Super glad that an end date has been decided on too even though 2010 will be a sucky year once it’s over!

  38. Steve says:

    Did anyone see the image of Alpert in the shack when Locke lite the flashlight and things were going haywire? There was a montage there with cameras bouncing and all but there was a frame where Alpert (Good Cop to Ben’s Bad Cop) was standing in the same clothes with the same long hair he had when Ben first met him as a boy.
    With the end date set I am a bit hopeful for the series “pay off”. Alias had plenty of suspense but the build ups set at season enders were never addressed the following season. I think Jacob as a character is a way of allowing the writters to put bring some control to the storyline.
    I watch intently.

  39. joey says:

    great idea steve but when i looked again at jacob’s image i saw locke….maybe locke is jacob…just a guess though and he sent himself or someone like him to the island to save the people on the island from their doom i think jacob made the plane crash and is the island

  40. Sonny says:

    Good, idea, but it seems as if you were wrong. Not to be offensive or anything.

    I really don’t think Jack, Locke, or Jack’s father, or anyone else on Flight 815 is Jacob. Logically, it really wouldn’t make sense, even in the crazed logic of the show.

  41. pstone says:

    if you play the barn scene where locke and ben are in slo-mo, than you can see the face of a guy in a chair. he has long hair, its amazing

  42. Michael says:

    Just throwing my 2 cents in. Names are huge in the show as we all know. Alperts first name is Richard which means Powerful Ruler, Hardy, Strong and Ben means Son of My Right Hand. Jacob means Supplanter, Representative . Guess who elses name means the same as Jacob …. That would be James as in Sawyer. Also Jack and John both mean God is Gracious. Take what you want from all of that, the name meaning can change based on where you look.

  43. VIola says:

    I haven’t seen the Jacob aka Ben episode yet, probably this evening. I just think they are in some other after life hanging between heaven and hell. If they finish their business, they go to heaven. That’s also why women cannot give birth. That’s just my theory.

  44. notwithout says:

    great theories guys….up until now have any of them actually been bang on though? Think outside of the box – maybe it’s a true story…

  45. Phil says:

    Something off topic:

    So, is the van that Hurley found (with the dead body in it), the van that Ben gassed his father in? That meaning the dead body is/was Ben´s father?!

  46. Tarik says:

    Reember that, shortly after Ben was born, his mother died. Now, The same problem exists on the Island. Women die as a result of being pregnant. I believe that Ben has willed this to happen. Ben always suffered, from the time he was a young boy, from distorted emotional issues. Ben also killed his father and instructed Locke to do the same, saying that he had to prove himself by doing so to set himself free.

    It seems to me that Ben is carrying out his own will and agenda. I don’t know much about Jacob. Another Biblical referance. The biblical Jacob had a famous dream, he also fathered Joseph who was tricked by his brothers, kidnapped into slavery but later became king.

    We are only at the end of season 3 and we now know that there are 3 more sasons to go. To assume, at this point that, that will be any kind of closure to the riddles of the island is unrealistic.

  47. J-Man says:

    I think this whole business with Jacob is all smoke and mirrors. Ben made locke lose the flashlight in order to maintain darkness, for his magic show. With all of their technology and contacts the “others” could easily put on a stage act. Then again, there are miracles and smoke monsters on this island.

  48. J-Man says:

    P.S. Are we ever going to see Michael and Walt again??

  49. Kitdaluka says:

    To think outside the box a little, what about Desmond’s ex, Priscilla’s father?

  50. Locke6 says:

    Well I think that so far all of the ideas/theories have been great because there are many possibilites of who Jacob is. My favorite one so far has been Christian Shephard. Ever since Jack found his empty coffin back in Season 1, I have been thinking and have a feeling that Christian is on the island somewhere. If you think about it, he has been in more of the character’s flashbacks then anyone else and he seems to be an important figure in the past lives of these charactes. Plus being the father of the leader of the Losties puts him in a unique and special position. I believe it is possible that the island could have somehow brought him back to life maybe? I really believe that he could be Jacob, but if he is not then I still believe that he is out there somewhere.

    Now for my own idea. I am saying this just because I can’t believe no one else has mentioned this person yet-Desmond. I know he does not really seem to fit the mold of Jacob and I’m not quite sure what his name means, but he can see the future but only in flashes because he cannot control his ability fully yet. Maybe Jacob is Desmond once he fully learns how to control his powers. That’s my thoughts on the subject.

  51. dawubee says:

    Doesn’t anyone else wonder why this “general’s” name is Jacob? When I was watching, I was considering a reference to Jacob’s Ladder – he extends the doorway into Heaven for those who are deserving. This Island has to be something akin to the River Styx in Greek Mythology. It separates the living from the dead, and it is the only place where the two cross paths. It is near impossible for the living to find this river (like the island), and, if they do, it is difficult to find the way back. This is why babies can’t be born there if they were conceived on the island – death cannot make life. But babies that were conceived off the island can be born, because they died. Which is why children are such a hot commodity. They actually grow, unlike anyone else on the island. They never age because they are dead. The Dharma initiative was messing with this portal, this place where life and death meet. Does this make sense to anyone else, or does anyone have similar feelings? So it’s kind of purgatory, but kind of not.

  52. dawubee says:

    “According to some versions, Styx had miraculous powers and could make someone immortal. Achilles may have been dipped in it in his childhood, acquiring invulnerability.”
    “This river Styx served as a crossroads where the world of the living met the world of the dead, and the world of the mortal met the world of the immortal.Greek Mythology Gods, mortals, and great heroes and villains made their way across the river Styx. Some crossed the river many times, but for most, it was a one way trip.”

  53. Michael says:

    I think the island is The Garden of Eden, a gateway between heaven and hell if you will. Just a thought.

  54. Marci Jill says:

    I also noticed something strange during “The Man Behind The Curtain”. I don’t get the feeling that most people can see or hear Jacob, but somehow Locke did. Locke heard him say, “Help me.” Ben was taken back when he realized that Locke heard him. Later when Ben shot Locke and Locke told him what Jacob had said, Ben looked a bit miffed. What if Jacob is not actually a person, rather the spirit of the island itself or a spirit in general? Remember when Ben (in one of his flashbacks) saw the spirit of his mother and Richard was shocked. One can assume that not everyone can see the spirits on the island, but Ben and Locke can. Perhaps Ben and Locke are more in touch with the spirit realm. Maybe the smokies are malevolent spirits. Could the island be a gateway between Earth and the Astral Planes?

  55. DocH says:

    [quote comment=”57498″]… I don’t get the feeling that most people can see or hear Jacob, but somehow Locke did. Locke heard him say, “Help me.”
    [/quote]
    YEP! I do not think that Ben can hear him either. I think Ben was totally caught off-guard when Locke said that jacob said “Help Me”. I think that Ben is a “false idol” (a playah hata'”. he just knows how to roll into the game… he doesn’t know how to play it. All “i hate the dharma gang”, but no “i know how to rule the roost”. Alpert has the big clue and has BenLi on the short leash.

  56. Leslie says:

    We all just assume that Jacob is a man because of the name, but what if Jacob is a woman? Maybe the french lady? I couldn’t see the face of the person in the chair when Locke turned on his flashlight, but they did have long dark hair. Just a thought.

  57. Aliens says:

    Simple answer to answer all questions.
    The island is a alien ship, aliens are observing/testing human abilities.
    Lost is combination of Dark City+The Forgotten. ie
    the island is large space ship (hence no one can find it),And people on the islands are lap rats for aliens to do experiment on them.

    Questions and Answers
    who can heal cancer? Aliens
    Who can bring people to the island in an instant? Aliens
    Who can make the smoke monster? Aliens
    Who can make cover up of the plane crash with people in them? Aliens

    Who am i ? Im an Alien

  58. DAVE says:

    After watching the last episode I am really lost. I had to watch the episode again on abc.go.com because i thought that i had caught a gimpse of Jacob. After ben says “thats enough” and he is thrown locke sees jacob if only for a second. I really cant wait until the 16th to see what new comes.

  59. nomad says:

    I like the ‘Jacob’s ladder’ angle. Historic artwork depicts demons attempting to keep souls from ascending the ladder to heaven.

    As for who Jacob is, I’m not focusing on that. I’m following the facts: Jacob requested John Locke to ‘help me’. This means Locke will return in some form and eventually provide the assistance.

    Locke is a big reason I tune-in, but then again, so was Mr. E and they scratched him just as his role was really developing.

  60. Kellen says:

    So i didnt read past the first 5 comments, but i wanted to share a theory my friend and i came up with.
    just to share…

    we think jacob is real right? but is it possible that he is like the black smoke? far fetched? were talking about lost. So that means he can obviously assume the shape of anything, including Jacks father…Hurley’s crazy friend who appears. Shannon “sees” Walt when he is really with the others. Eko sees his brother, and his brother asks “did you really think i was your brother?” dude! its the black smoke. jacob. Bens “mother” and all the other “dead” people who appear on the island…

    what do you think?

  61. donald says:

    Ever think that jacob is actually Ben’s father? The stuff surrounding the shack is actually something to keep him locked in there? The 2 seconds you see him it looks like him, with hair grown out..For me i think it is him…That is why Ben was so upset that he said help me and lock actually heard him with made the situation worse on Ben.

  62. jay says:

    Jacob can’t be Ben’s father, Hurley found Ben’s father’s rotting body still in a VW Bus full of Dharma Beer and wearing his Roger Work Man jumpsuit.

  63. Jesse says:

    A couple more things regarding biblical references (all taken from wikipedia for what its worth)

    .Jacob was a gentle man who “dwelled in tents,”
    ..Jacob tricked his father into giving him his older brother’s birthright

    It seems that regardless of who Jacob actually is the writers are most likely using the character from the bible to beef up the mystery of this invisible man.

  64. paulodecinco says:

    all of you smart folks need to try this out – quotes or nicknames – nobody gets more than 80%.

    http://www.losthatch.com/quizzes.aspx

  65. Christy says:

    Before the episode with Jacob, I thought that Jacob would be Jack’s father. After watching it slowed down, I guess it still could be. He has been involved in so many of the character’s lives. Just a guess.

  66. beniscrueltobunnys says:

    Two things:
    1). I’m sorry, but Richard Alpert cannot be Jacob in this theory. There is just no way that he coud be rich enough to fund the cult and STILL have enough money to buy all that eyeliner that he uses. Sorry to punch a hole in that theory.
    2). if he’s in charge, why would ben have yelled at him at the begaining of TMBTC?

  67. William says:

    [quote comment=”57674″]So i didnt read past the first 5 comments, but i wanted to share a theory my friend and i came up with.
    just to share…

    we think jacob is real right? but is it possible that he is like the black smoke? far fetched? were talking about lost. So that means he can obviously assume the shape of anything, including Jacks father…Hurley’s crazy friend who appears. Shannon “sees” Walt when he is really with the others. Eko sees his brother, and his brother asks “did you really think i was your brother?” dude! its the black smoke. jacob. Bens “mother” and all the other “dead” people who appear on the island…

    what do you think?[/quote]

    I have always thought your theory to be correct and ‘fitting’. If you read Michael Crighton’s book ‘Prey’, you’ll find that the creature in the book is a black smoke and capable of assuming any form that it touches. The book is based on nano-technology or nanobytes (which are real and funded by our own government); however, this theory was supposedly ‘shot down’ by the producers and creators of the show. Then again, maybe WE are getting ‘conned’!! I wouldn’t rule out anything tho.

  68. John says:

    I’ve read the theories and all are pretty logical. But i’ve got my own. One of the original ideas about the show is that they are all dead and are in purgatory, and this idea has been referenced lately by the arrival of the rescue woman. Now, some parapsychologists believe that ghosts are spirits that are in the memory of too many people to pass over to the other side, right?. Well, Is it possible that Jacob is someone dead and that is why he asked Locke to help him? To pass over? Anyway, this is my idea.

  69. DocH says:

    I’ve been holding back (lots) on this topic, because I wanted to see how the conversation developed. Whatever is said, I think I have to rely on the title of this last epsiode to guide my opinion. The Man Behind The Curtain – Behold the Great “Wizard of Oz” – pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. The cabin, Jacob, the ‘anomalies’ all appear to be an elaborate theater designed to convince of something that doesn’t exist. Locke is Dorothy for this viewing of the play – he was as skeptical as she. The moral behind the Wiz o’ Oz is “that it was in you the entire time” – the ability to go home, the courage (Lion) longed for, the brains (scarecrow) wanted, the heart (tin man) desired – you had it the whole time. Ben doesn’t have it, never did, never will. He just knows how to manage the production. He has never seen nor heard Jacob, he just hits his marks the way Alpert taught him to, as he takes newbies thru the haunted house. Ben was simply only Dharmite, but a valuable turncoat and worth cultivation. Now Locke – he has native/ancient blood in him, sees what the island is and does, and worthy of a future leadership role, either at Alperts’ side, or in his stead. Ben anticipates his relative lack of worth compared to Locke, hence the murder (attempt?) of Locke, furthering his role in the grand scheme, regardless of his shortcomings.

    I think the circle of gravel around the hut is a ploy intended to provide an air of “legitmacy” to the “sacred” place, part of the theater. Some of the gravel was small pea/bean sized, and nothing like gunpowder/cordite. Besides, any rain at all and it would be worthless as an explosive.

    As far as: the ability to go home = [All Losties want it], the courage (Lion) longed for [Charlie longs for – to rehab and fight], the brains (scarecrow) wanted [Hurley on a daily basis], the heart (tin man) desired [Sawyer persona-fide] – you had it the whole time.

    Richard Alpert is still our chief culprit. He lured young Ben with the apparition of his mother, he led the gas attack/purge of the Dharmites, he brought Juliet/Cooper to the island, he put Locke/Sawyer on the job against Cooper, he hasn’t aged a day in 30 years, he is always there when key decisions are made. I bet Alpert goes ballistic when he finds out the atrocity Ben levied on Locke. Alpert wants fresh native blood/genetics on the island so the native race (his) does not die out.

    There may be no Jacob. Jacob is an idea. Alpert pushes that idea to the extent he can.

  70. Jocco says:

    I got a 90% on my first try with the quote quiz. I think there are lots of people that could beat that score.

  71. DocH says:

    More pic analysis –
    This close-up of the apparition in Jacob Playhouse http://bp3.blogger.com/_RrObyQ3XzcY/RkKWtpsh6XI/AAAAAAAAFRE/CHJIyPT10d4/s400/Image13.jpg is the best look at what we think might be one our legendary island natives. This pic is http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3f/Stargate_Halling.jpg is of famous actor Chris Heyerdahl, most know him from early SG Atlantis fame. Is he the now famous ghost in the islands haunted house? Everything lines-up in the pics; hair color, hairline, facial hair (less trim on LOST), forehead + wrinkles, eye shape size, mouth, nose shape/size, etc… Now here is the kicker. Actor Heyerdahl is related to legendary Norwegian pacific ocean explorer Thor Heyerdahl, and speaks Norwegian too.
    (Is your LOST Alarm wailing now?)

  72. Elise says:

    I got 9 out of 10 right – 90% baby! I guess I am nobody. 😉

    [quote comment=”57827″]all of you smart folks need to try this out – quotes or nicknames – nobody gets more than 80%.

    http://www.losthatch.com/quizzes.aspx%5B/quote%5D

  73. Mamato6 says:

    [quote comment=”56827″]since brother campbell’s first appearance i’ve bet (and submitted to this blog) that he is jacob. he had the forsight to encourage desmond to do something else–something important. he had the picture with the creepy ass time travel lady that also hovered around desmond. his winery was named after the mountain that abraham was supposed to make his sacrifice–mirror’s (distortedly) locke and cooper. also, an association with the widmores. how did penny know where to look? this is typed quickly because i’m late for work–sorry.[/quote]

    I agree there is more to Brother Campbell. I am inclined to speculate that he didn’t know Desmond was “the one” to go to the island until he found someone vulnerable enough to puppet.

    With regard to Jacob – I couldn’t help but think of “Jacob’s Ladder” which is the biblical reference to a ladder reaching from Heaven to earth where angels “ascended and descended” God promised Jacob a land for his people during a dream – he envisioned this ladder during that dream. What if the island is the place where the ladder exists and this is truly Jacob’s land, but Ben has figured a way to manipulate him? I can’t understand why he would tell Locke”help me” if Ben wasn’t doing something to him. If he is the original “jacob” then he is as old as sin. (thus the aversion to technology)

    What if Ben is an demonic figure and tries to manipulate souls to hell? Alpert could be a demonic source as well and they are in an ultimate battle of good v evil. The island is the place where the free will of man is still fought out and judgements and justice carried out. The balance of how things occur supports this. Echo was one of the most spiritual on the island and he redeemed himself then faced death. Charlie has cleaned up his act and taken responsibility with Claire and Aaron and now he faces possible death. Sawyer got to get his man and Locke avenged his suffering by the death of Anthony Cooper etc etc. I think the black smoke is the angel of death. It will take you once you are ready.

  74. DocH says:

    [quote comment=”59287″]
    I agree there is more to Brother Campbell. I am inclined to speculate that he didn’t know Desmond was “the one” to go to the island until he found someone vulnerable enough to puppet.

    With regard to Jacob – I couldn’t help but think of “Jacob’s Ladder” which is the biblical reference to a ladder reaching from Heaven to earth where angels “ascended and descended” God promised Jacob a land for his people during a dream – he envisioned this ladder during that dream. What if the island is the place where the ladder exists and this is truly Jacob’s land, but Ben has figured a way to manipulate him? I can’t understand why he would tell Locke”help me” if Ben wasn’t doing something to him. If he is the original “jacob” then he is as old as sin. (thus the aversion to technology)

    What if Ben is an demonic figure and tries to manipulate souls to hell? Alpert could be a demonic source as well and they are in an ultimate battle of good v evil. The island is the place where the free will of man is still fought out and judgements and justice carried out. The balance of how things occur supports this. Echo was one of the most spiritual on the island and he redeemed himself then faced death. Charlie has cleaned up his act and taken responsibility with Claire and Aaron and now he faces possible death. Sawyer got to get his man and Locke avenged his suffering by the death of Anthony Cooper etc etc. I think the black smoke is the angel of death. It will take you once you are ready.
    [/quote]
    Excellent read! You are on top of the game here. Eko was spiritual but had succumbed early in his life to evil. You can’t go back once you have committed a heinous, evil murder – on impulse. Charlie hasn’t killed except once when he schwacked the nefarious Ethan Rom. I think Charlie will survive into next season and beyond. Now Locke, I know most adore him but, the actor recently sold his house in Oahu while D Monaghan threw down his roots and bought his house in Oahu with Evie. I don’t see Alpert as evil as I see Ben as true evil. I think Alpert is a man of the native peoples, while ben is simply a false prophet. – a wanna-be. He doesn’t hear or see Jacob – he just wants to… an awful lot. Ben did a triple back flip off of the high board – while the pool was empty – in recent episodes. He can not redeem himself ever – he can only offer platitudes for his recent indiscretions. Des worries me the most – all revere his “abilities”, yet he is rarely accurate – I see him as the “anti-lostie” in the end – three years from now, of course!

  75. SJane says:

    I’ve never posted, but can’t help myself after reading this stuff!

    Who is Jacob? Hm…Richard Alpert makes sense. Locke is a key player, but I don’t think he is Jacob.

    Reading above, I really liked the Alpert as Jacob theory–hiding in plain sight–of course! However, I thought that although Ben is Jacob’s puppet, he doesn’t necessarily know who Jacob is or what he looks like (he was suprised and a bit jealous of Locke’s ‘connection’ with the invisible Jacob). This would cover the argument that Ben wouldn’t have ordered Alpert to do anything. Ben doesn’t know that Alpert is Jacob…

    But here’s why I don’t think Alpert is Jacob:

    The biblical Jacob, son of Isaac, had an older brother, Esau. Jacob was quiet and liked to stay home, while Esau was a skillful hunter; a man of the field. Jacob lied to their father, posing as Esau to steal Esau’s blessing (he earlier conned Esau out of his birthright). Esau vowed to kill Jacob for what he’d done, and Jacob fled. (Now remember, Jacob says “help me..” to Locke) The biblical Esau was “a hairy man”–not sure if that matters. Years later, Jacob thought Esau would have forgiven him and sent for him. He rec’d word that Esau was coming with an army. He was terrified and he divided his household into 2 camps.

    Jacob had 12 sons, the youngest of whom was benjamin, whose mother died in childbirth–He was his father’s favorite (he came along after Joseph was sold into slavery and presumed dead by Jacob).

    Here’s my far-fetched theory-in-progress:

    The underlying theme of LOST seems to be redmeption, so…

    Jacob–we may or may not know him. I’ve had it in the back of my mind that Penny’s father is the man behind the curtain (I love the Wizard of Oz analogy above, by the way). Whoever he is…he has a past we don’t yet know. He’s got a brother–Alpert, great man of the field/a hunter who is holding a grudge. Benjamin could be his (Jacob’s) son. I have no idea how all of it ties in with the island–like I said, it’s just the beginning of a theory.

    Off topic–Charlie is my favorite character–if he dies I will be greatly distressed. He represents hope. Charlie is in all of us (our own little “inner-junkie” if you will). We’ve all done Something at some point that we regret (however large or small)–tried to make the right decision, but screwed up, just the same. We WANT him to succeed, because he represents the promise of redmeption. His heart is in the right place, no matter how much he manages to screw it up. Charlie needs to live–and in the end, win the day. Desmond struggles with this–he knows Charlie should, by all accounts, die; but he also knows that Charlie needs to be the one to save them all. Save the junkie…save the world.

  76. Haddie says:

    Does anyone realize that Richard Alpert was the name of a very, very real man – who is now known as Baba Ram Dass? He is still alive and kicking – and years ago hung out with Timothy Leary, experienced LSD,and wrote a very popular book called “Be Here Now”. Just thought I’d mention it…

  77. clabberking says:

    Who knows who Jacob is? But one thing’s clear: Jacob’s dog = the smoke monster.

  78. Kevbot says:

    Another theory on Jacob and the whole island:

    It was Ben in the casket. Jack is willing to kill himself because he thought Ben was his best way to find out how to get back to the island and without the island his life becomes pointless. Jack has discovered since returning that the island is important in the overall salvation of mankind (creating a utopian society alluded to by all the philosopher names) and that Ben was acting to protect the island. We find out that to Ben, the ends justified the means: killing so many people was necessary to achieve the goals that the experiments and mysteries of the island will make possible. Ben and the people that Richard represents believed that the Dharma Initiative people were too idealistic about achieving the goals via peaceful means and that greater expediency was necessary to advance the potential of the island. Jack doesn’t agree with Ben’s means but believes that he (Jack) can be the one to help humanity by tapping into the island’s potential without sacrificing morality. Jack ultimately gets back to the island and it is ultimately revealed that the island is a conduit through which human survivors of some great apocalyptic event in the future are trying to influence past events. These future humans cannot travel back themselves but use their advanced technology (including smokey and messages through “Jacob”) to try to change history. Some people (Group X) in the present have discovered this and have been trying to exploit the island for profit or at least personal glory & power. Ben has worked with Group X to exploit them for their resources but has also kept them at bay because he better understands the island then they do. Because of Jack’s phonecall, they’re able to remove Ben as the middleman and in the time that they’ve removed Ben and the 815 survivors they have been working to exploit the island further. They have not been successful which is why they bring Jack and some of the other survivors back but Locke has been hiding out and he joins with the survivors and Penelope & Desmond (who were supporters of Dharma) to thwart the evil profiteers and bring about the changes that the future humans need to save humanity and build the utopian vision that the island was meant to fufill.

    One other side theory: the plane was not supposed to crash. It was supposed to land safely on the island and many of the people on board were steered there by Group X. Many just happened to book tickets (Sawyer, Kate, Ana Lucia) while others were steered (Jack, Claire, Walt). But then Desmond flipped the switch . . .

    Ok that’s it for me until next season. Can’t wait to see how wrong I am!

  79. katie says:

    “in the bible, he was the original bad twin. his name means deceiver and he was a con man who tricked his twin brother.”-i just read this from another viewer’s thoughts and oh my god this all makes sense. Jacob looks a lot like John Locke. The Bad Twin was a book that Hurley and Sawyer were reading. I think that in some weird magical island way, Jacob is John Locke’s twin.

  80. jon says:

    Yeah…see the thing is…Jacob isnt manipulating Ben, Ben has harnessed Jacob somehow and keeps him there with some powder (perimeter, on chair). Jacob asked Locke for help…you dont ask for help if you’re a powerful force like that…you ask for someone to ‘join you’ or ‘do your bidding’ not “help” you.

    as for richard, yeah, i think he’s behind a lot more than we think. ben has never really put him down.

  81. john says:

    my theorie is that jacop ”was” a man of great power and authority.”was” a great man.ben is using locke.ben cannot communicate normally with jacop.but locke can.i believe that by some means benjamin linus has trapped jacop.ben wanted complete authority over the others and jacops cult so he trapped him and made up his own orders and commands.”help me” said by jacop in the episode ”the brig”.he needs help to escape ben and stop him so he communicates with locke.ben can only see jacop.when the dharma initiative first arrived they tried to manipulate the islands properties.the island would only heal or cure the people who belonged on the island.the dharma tried to change this.that was the ”incident”.by manipulating the island they released the magentic energy and caused the infection.the button was created to stop this.ben usedsome method of ignoring jacop.jacop is the man who controls the properties of the island.he is in locke,he is in alpert he is in everything.he is the island.he can only be seen and heard by those who really want to and those who deserve it.jacop cured those who deserved to be of the cure.danielle deserved to bbe saved from the infection.and so were the losties.the infection had a strange affect on ben.it caused his tumor.at that point he did not believe in jacop because of the infertility caused by the infection.he then like the initiative tried to control the properties,jacop and the island itself.

  82. Izikavazo says:

    I think I know who Jacob is, I doubt it’s Richard. I think it’s Horace Goodspeed. Here’s why: http://ncjl.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/jacob-horace-goodspeed/

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  84. rayy says:

    I think Jacob is a disembodied soul–maybe an alien or an Atlantean. Though after seeing the Horace Goodspeed theory, I like that too.

    I don’t think Jacob has absolute control over Ben, but Ben was using the group partly for his own aims.

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  86. Logan says:

    I think that Faraday is Jacob because he know everything about the island and he has time traveled to the island a long time ago. In the last episode they said that he was gone and I think he died and his spirit is now Jacob. I bet he is Jacob.

  87. Nacho (From Argentina) says:

    My theory, is that Jacob is an arcangel named Azrrael. Is an arcangel from the muslim Coran. It is said, that god gave Azrrael the Job of guarding the entrance to hell, preventing the devil and demons escaping from hell, and the job of rescueing good souls that have been sentenced to hell unfairly. It was dificult rescueing good souls from hell, so he had to track them before they went to hell. So this can explain why Jacob touches every passanger of flight 815 before they die in the real world.

    It is also said, that Azrrael, gave this souls the oportunity to proove that they shouldn’t go to hell. This can explain what are the “Candidates”. The candidates are the souls that Azrrael thinks that they are good souls and that they should be in heaven, but before they have to proove themself they are good.

    Because they are in Azrrael kingdom, the devil cannot kill them, he can only persuade them to sin or to join him. This is what I think happened to Sayid and Claire, they are not anymore candidates, so there soul belongs to the devil, that’s why they are at his orders. Also the devil during the serie, takes various forms, to persuade souls, like for instance “Eko’s brother”, actually “John Locke”.

    Also it is said that Azrrael had an Army of angels to find the good souls he wanted to rescue, and had a list, to write the names of these souls. This can explain who where “The Others” and who is “Richard”.

    So my theory is that the island is the entrance to hell, the kingdom of Azrrael. All the passangers of flight 815 are dead souls between the real world, heaven and hell. The man in black or “black smoke”, or “the nemesis” is the devil. Finally Jacob is the angel of death Azrrael.

    A little more, Azrrael has been named also as Izrael which in hebrew means “Jacob”.

    There are theories that the cat in the cartoons “The Smurfs” has been named after this angel.

    My theory is that Jacob represents the angel of death Azrrael which is mentioned in the muslim coran. 🙂

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