Remember two things as we progress in our analysis: (1) We will stay in the third dimension until we get so tired of it that we are willing to search for a way out of it, and (2) The keys to the door out of the third dimension are moral keys. Again, they are courage, love, humility, and trust. Whether you know it or not these qualities are being strengthened in you all the time you are engaged in what we call human life.
It should be clear to you by now, those of you who are brighter than automata or touring machines, that there are people far more brilliant than I who could deliver what I have to say in far more entertaining terms than I have at my disposal. Unfortunately, either they haven't yet seen what I am talking about, or, having seen it, they are not in a position to communicate it. Knowing, as I do, the talent lying around that could convey these ideas in metaphors that virtually harmonize with the music of the spheres, I did not seek this job. But, knowing what I do know, and in the absence of anyone else stepping forward, I will say what I know to be true, on pain of violating the spiritual law I know to be true. I will let nothing hinder my best possible effort to convey to you what I know to be true, not even my feeling of inadequacy with language.
What is true must be spoken.
The book of Revelation is all about the fourth dimension: I would like to say some things to you about this book, which really is the key to the Kingdom.
The fourth dimension has been around for a long, long time, available to anyone who was willing to hear. I think it is crucial to note here that the key, or understanding, of the reality of human life is in no way limited to those of intellectual accomplishment: in fact, if those four moral qualities I keep stressing really are the key to the door, as they most certainly are, intellectuals have a more difficult time than ordinary folks because of their educated taste for arrogance. But the important thing is that the door to human reality should be open to all; if you limit the grasp of reality to intellectuals, what is going on in life would be available to 1/2 of 1% of the people on this planet.
It is available to everyone, without exception. Anyone, within the circumference of his own life, is capable of demonstrating these four qualities.
Revelation, as I mentioned before, has been written in code. By far and away the best text that I have seen on the deciphering of this code is Edith Armstrong Hoyt's Studies in the Apocalypse of John of Patmos. I strongly recommend this book to you all, for your use either now or in the future, when you may be more receptive to what all of this is about.
I have taken most of what I have to say from her text.
John was writing from the island of Patmos, off the coast of Asia Minor. The Roman emperor Domitian had tried to kill him by having him boiled in oil, but apparently they couldn't succeed. So, they exhiled him to this island, where the revelation was given to him to write down. His job was to write it in code, so that its meaning would be clear to the early Christians and hidden from their enemies.
He used, predominately, the scriptures of that day for the symbols in the code; these are known to us today as the Old Testament. The frightful and bizarre images found in the Apocalypse were to them as common as TV, exploding guns, and space travel are to us. They come from the stories of that day that were passed around.
Because the Apocalypse was written in code it makes no sense at all if taken literally. Indeed, if you try to take the images literally they are all the more confusing, which was the point in writing it in this form in the first place. It was brilliantly conceived literature, in the apocalyptic form, which was common to that period, conveying the most priceless message, which had to remain a secret.
The message of the Apocalypse is the distilled essence of the Old and the New Testaments. It is a description of the changes that occur in thought when the fantastically good things that are to come to each of us are revealed to us as our thinking has been prepared to receive it. Our thinking has been prepared when the things mentioned in Revelation begin to make sense to us.
The Apocalypse was written, it should be remembered, for Christians, or people they were beginning to call Christians, at the peak of their persecution. Why Christians are persecuted I hope will become clear as your understanding of the fourth dimension grows. I mention this element of persecution to you because there is a genuine parallel occurring between that time and this. Fourth-dimensional thought is being gripped and strangled by third-dimensional thought in this period as it was in that period, although in a much subtler form. Whenever the effort is made to keep people's eyes on the sandbox and locked into the third-dimensional thought you are witnessing the work of the Red Dragon mentioned in the twelfth chapter of Revelation. Fortunately, just as the book declares, the Red Dragon has no power to stop a person who is ready to emerge from the third-dimensional thought to fourth, although that dragon will put up every conceivable fight to keep us locked into the hypnotic belief that such a process is impossible.
The book was written during a time of persecution as a source of hope and inspiration to those who were still trying.
One of the first things you will be struck by in this book is the use of the number "seven." Everything seems to be in sevens. There are seven visions. Each one of the seven visions comes in seven parts. This number expressed the notion of completeness in Hebrew literature of that time. It is used over and over again to reassure the reader that it is already done, that no matter what the dragon tries to do, in whatever form he assumes, the fact of the creation is already complete: it is good and it gives man dominion over every conceivable foe he encounters in human life. Each of the foes that man does encounter is what is described; and that his dominion over them is already certain and complete is what is outlined in the revelation.
Let me translate for you some of the specific imagery as it has finally come to us in this age (clearly when we need it most), with the help of modern archeology and the advanced developments in biblical scholarship, which, by the way, has itself become very much of a professional marble game. Keep in mind that there are over five hundred references in Revelation back to ideas familiar to people of the day in the Old Testament writings. Yet the ideas those images convey are universally understandable to every age.
I would like to provide you, now,
with a very loose, freeflowing summation of the substantive high points of the book of Revelation,
as presented by Edith Hoyt.
Keep in mind that there are seven visions, each of which is in seven parts. If you visually think of them as an arch, the first and the seventh form the foundation, and the fourth is the keystone. In keeping with the literature of the time, the fourth vision is talking about the central point of the story. In this case it is the part about the Red Dragon and it is talking about the nature of evil.
The first half of the first chapter is John's introduction, where he explains what the revelation is about and why he is selected to give it. Very quickly he moves into a description of who the revelation is about and for: the spiritual man, or, what is called here the "Son" of man. In any case, it is for the real man. (The one to which the pronoun "I" really does refer through this life experience.)
The Son of man, the spirit of man, or the identity of man is shown to be "clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle." ......(as it is in the King James Version). This means that he (we) are completely protected and ready for action. Today. Right now.
"His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;"...we already have purified intelligence and strength. "...and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"...our vision is pure. "And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;"...we possess reflected and purified understanding. "...and his voice as the sound of many waters."...spiritual man is the expression of all power. "And he had in his right hand seven stars:"...we carry all the authority of Life, Truth, Love, Power, Beauty, Wisdom, and Light. "...and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword:"...we are directed and protected in our declaration of truth. "...and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."...his face reflected illuminated dominion in his completeness.
Remember that John is talking here about you and me, and that the real business of life is mainly finding out that all this is true, (appearances to the contrary notwithstanding).
I have taken this little piece point by point to show you something of how the coding technique is to be used. The specific business of exhaustively researching the exact meaning of these expressions has been the work of biblical scholars, to whom we are in considerable debt. You can see that without their work this book would be babbling, incoherent, gibberish nonsense to us.
I think you should understand that what I am saying is controversial even among the world of biblical scholars. The resistance to the truth about man is as active in the ranks of those learned folk as anywhere else.
Nevertheless: John saw correctly; the code has been correctly broken; and I am reporting to you what is in that code correctly. I would not be reporting this to you if I knew it were in any way false or inaccurate.
I am going to skip over John's Prologue. He wrote this to the people (churches) of his day and would, I think, mean a lot more to them right now than to us.
Let us turn directly to the body of the revelation which begins with Chapter 4, the first vision.
As part of the foundation for the arch of the seven visions, this first one is about God. It is also about heaven, or spiritual understanding, and how we enter the holy land.
The throne mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 4, and the one sitting on it, is the beginning of a discussion about how we must begin to transform our thought. The reference to "one" is what is crucial here. To recognize that there is one sitting on the throne ultimately means to recognize that there is just one thing going on in this universe: it is infinite, perfect, and is called God. When we begin to see that, then we begin to see our spiritual identity, which is what has been created, and is a reflection of that one single evolving event. In fact, this has already happened, and the paths of our lives lead us, one way or another, into a recognition and acknowledgement of God's real identity.
The rainbow mentioned here is a symbol of the promise by God to man of his spiritual identity and sonship to Him. The emerald is a symbol of life. God rules all the events of the universe with absolute power; He is Life; and the perfection promised is completely fulfilled.
The elders sitting around the throne express His authority. The seven lamps before the throne are the same seven as the seven stars held by spiritual man: they completely illuminate the unfolding of creation.
The reflection in the "glassy sea" of the "four beasts" is the expression of God in His creation. The lion is the expression of all-power. The calf is the expression of all-intelligence. The beast with the face like a man is the expression of all mind. And the flying eagle is the expression of all-activity. The oneness of the universe, which is the point of this vision, means that there is nothing else to express these qualities but God, (regardless of how things might look to human perception, or seem to look to human perception at the moment). Remember that in the Apocalypse we are dealing with changes in thought. Many things must be proven to man not to be true: for example, that there are other powers around that are opposed to God. This state of belief is what must be changed in man's consciousness.
For man to see clearly the nature of the creation and the role he plays in it he must accept the fact that there is only One Power, only One Intelligence, One Mind, and One Activity. This implies that, no matter how it seems in our (seemingly presently limited) perception of the universe, there are not powers, intelligences, minds, and actions that are opposed to God. There is one creation, as it says in the first chapter of Genesis, and it is good, and it is finished and complete. The other stuff is lies about this creation that need only to be shown for what they are to be destroyed.
We are being awakened to the reality at hand as the lies are destroyed for us in terms that each of us will understand and accept. One of the problems we have had to work with in the developing history of Christian thought is that a lot of people, not knowing what Genesis or Revelation was really about got hooked into believing a lot of lies about God and His Creation. One of those lies is about the fallen man.
The first complete chapter of Genesis is about the real creation--how it is good, finished, complete. Most of the rest of Genesis is about the lies that unawakened thought dreams up about that creation.
The notion that God creates His beloved child, man, then sets things up so that he gets tempted into betraying his Father, and then is unforgivingly punished by an impulsively wrathful God is pure, unadulterated deception. It is the lie that man gets tempted into believing. And he spends many a day filled with anguish until that lie about God and His creation is self-destroyed.
The fifth part of the first vision, the last part of Chapter 4, is that one creation is recognized. (Not another one, separate and evil, created by man.)
The sixth part of the vision is the
first part of Chapter 5. It is about Jesus, and how the vision is really his, as it is
presented to John. Jesus alone is found worthy to open the book.
Notice, here, that it is
not just the person Jesus being talked about but the qualities of thought and action that
he exemplified: these are the qualities that we need to follow to have its meaning
revealed to us.
The second vision, beginning in Chapter 5, vs. 11, is about our real identity, or true selfhood. The Lamb is simultaneously a reference to Jesus, the one who was found worthy to show us the way to find our true identity, and to the Christ, or spiritual idea, which is our identity, and which emerges in consciousness as material thinking yields to it. The seals on the book which the Lamb opens are so many kinds of false powers or thinking that are silenced as our true identity is revealed.
Our spiritual identity is something that is given birth to in throes of anguish brought about by material, or third-dimensional thought. When thought is ready to receive who we really are, the message comes to us in unexpected and completely individual ways. This is why Jesus kept saying: those who have ears, hear; those who have eyes, see. What he was saying and doing would stand out in especially striking ways to those who were present and ready for the birth.
The spiritual idea comes to every age in its own fashion to those who are "poor in spirit," i.e., those who are ready and eager to hear.
What the body of the revelation is about is what happens as thought is being prepared to receive the full vision of who and what it really is. Christ, or the Christ, is not the special identity of Jesus: it is the identity of each one of us. He (Jesus) was the man whose special mission it was to show each of us how to find it within ourselves. As it is found and lived we are freed from all the wrong thinking and limitations that bind us to the earth.
Having established and accepted the Oneness of the One, we are in a position to face the false suggestions that come to us from within the third dimension. These come to us symbolically as the breaking of seals on a book. When a seal is broken a false power is revealed with the invitation to believe in it, "Come and see." It is precisely the willingness to believe in these temptations as real powers that has obscured the meaning of the scriptures for so long.
The first form of false thinking comes in the form of the belief in lust--either as a power for good or for evil. This is represented by a man on a white horse with a bow (Greek Centaur). In the presence of the lion (all-Power), lust has no power to operate.
The second is a horse that is red, a symbol for war and destruction, which take peace from the earth. In the presence of the calf, (all-Intelligence), this kind of thinking cannot get anywhere.
The third beast is a black horse, a symbol for black marketeering and false commerce, or greed and covetousness. In the presence of the knowledge that commerce, like everything else, is really mental, the belief in the value of profiteering will disappear. In other words, in the presence of the beast with the "face of a man," (all-Mind), greed and covetousness, which hinge on a belief in the power of the material world, cannot operate.
The fourth beast, a pale horse, or the belief in death and all the things associated with death, which even more clearly hinges on the belief in the power of matter, is rendered powerless. Or, in the presence of the eagle, (all-Activity), death, hell, and all the things associated with these beliefs can have no activity or power.
In the fifth part of the second vision he is talking about martyred thought or self-pity. In the presence of genuine spiritual thought self-pity is not possible and is purified.
The earthquake symbolizes the turmoil that occurs as material laws are seen to have no power in the face of spiritual law. What is being exposed is that human will depends upon the belief in material laws in order to have power. As they are exposed as powerless so too is the depravity of human will. Human will wants to be on the throne, but cannot stand in the presence of the One on the throne. The wrath that is mentioned at the end of Chapter 6 is code for the love of God. This kind of willpower cannot operate in the presence of the love of God for man. The desire of human willpower simply has nothing left to it when the Christ within is recognized.
Chapter 7 is an interlude which declares that our spiritual identity remains forever protected, supplied, and guided through all that seems to be happening to us in our experiences. This is the "sealing of the servants," or the children of God.
The sealing implies that come what may, whatever winds or storms that may rage in life, the servants cannot be hurt. The number 144,000, a multiple of twelve, and a symbol of completeness and perfection, symbolizes that the servants are complete and infinite in number...
These are the "children of Israel," or those who emerge into the spiritual rebirth; it is they who recognize the spiritual identity of each of us. In other words, the servants are those who have accepted their divine birthright, have struggled to understand it, and have attained the spiritual victory, or triumph over the third dimension.
It is they who are in a position to express their happiness at having found reality. They understand the oneness of God and can express the freedom that comes with that understanding. They have grasped the true meaning of the word "atonement," which, metaphysically speaking, means at-one-ment with God. They have found their identity and are expressing their happiness and wonder at what manner of love this turned out to have been.
The meaning and seeming necessity of tribulation can best be understood at this point when those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb have understood the way of the cross. The cross is what we bear while every last belief in the power of the third dimension is eliminated from our thinking. The path to righteousness, or correct thinking, can be as long and as bloody as we want to make it, or as long as the misconceptions are deeply entrenched. The rooting out of false thinking, which is often let go of only at the end of intense suffering, strikes us as the wrath of an unmerciful God, when in every case it is simply a matter of giving up a false belief that we are ready to release. Our suffering is no more and no less than our resistance to the Truth, or the Christ within us, that would have us behold the spiritual reality that we are ready to give birth to. This is the source of all suffering.
Our reward for our spiritual victory is given at the end of Chapter 7. We are forever sustained, forever refreshed, forever sheltered, forever directed, forever guided, forever supplied, and forever comforted. It should be remembered that all of these things are happening up to the point of birth as well, although they aren't always recognized as such by human perception. The Christ within us is the Christ without: it is the two edged sword, directing and protecting us through all our human experience, governing every aspect of it.
The silence that comes at the beginning of Chapter 8 is the silence of false thinking. This is the beginning of the destruction of the third dimension or materialistic thought. Lust, war, greed, death, self-pity, and human will have no place in a spiritual universe. The seventh seal, or seventh part of the second vision, is the recognition and correct identification of true power. Our spiritual completeness and identity have been established by our recognition of one authority, i.e., by our willingness to obey the first commandment.
As I mentioned before, there are seven visions in the Apocalypse, visually imaginable in the form of an arch, with the fourth at the top, and the first and seventh at the left and right-hand bottoms. What is begun in the first is finished in the seventh; what is begun in the second is finished in the sixth; and what is begun in the third is completed in the fifth. This gives a literary structure to the message of the Apocalypse.
We can expect, then, that what is
begun in the first vision will be completed in the seventh. What is begun in the vision at
hand, Vision II, the destruction of false thinking and establishment of true selfhood,
will be completed in Vision VI, in preparation for the final vision of the Revelation.
The third vision begins at the second verse of the eighth chapter. The seven angels blowing the seven trumpets are the presence of Love, Light, Wisdom, Truth, Power, Beauty, and Life, and they function in consciousness to bring us into an awareness of reality. They function as declarations of Truth: they cannot be seen by material sense, and they serve to destroy our belief in the validity of that sense. The declarations of Truth start the self-destruction of all materialism.
Just before this begins there is a prayer of gratitude, which is what the incense refers to. This traces back to the function of incense in Moses' original Tent of Meeting. The expression of gratitude is always a protective thought in prayer, and with the upheaval in human thought that is about to occur such an expression is well needed. Remember that the servants are sealed, and, no matter what the warfare between the spiritual and the material, the spiritual cannot lose this struggle. To use the language I have introduced to describe this: once the fourth dimension has been glimpsed the third dimension simply crumbles before it. The power of third-dimensional thought is known to be false; and it is simply a matter of time before it is self-destroyed.
"The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burn." Chapter 8. vs. 7.
The first declaration of Truth starts the destruction of all deep-rooted (trees) wrong thinking, (to be finished up in the fifth vision). Things like pride, haughtiness, and human will cannot stand before the Christ, although they take longer to get rid of than other forms of uncleanness. The green grass represents the things that are easily taken care of (burned off) as our thinking shifts from a material base to the spiritual. The hail and fire mingled with blood represent the suffering we inflict upon ourselves as the requisite mental changes occur.
"And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed." Chapter 8. vs. 8,9.
The burning mountain cast into the sea is a reference to Mt. Horeb where Moses saw the burning bush. It was here that God said to Moses of Himself: I AM THAT I AM.
When this thought hits consciousness it has a chemicalizing effect, like fire being cast into the sea. You can well appreciate, I think, that if such a thing were physically to happen to a guy walking along a trail it would cause a certain pause to occur. Well, when that realization begins to dawn on our thoughts to whatever extent that it does, it causes a certain turmoil with our old material conceptions of things. The sea, here, is a symbol for the old erroneous conditions of thought.
"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Chapter 8. vs. 10,11.
Remember, here, that we are working our way up to the fourth part of the vision. It is the climax, or the keystone.
The Apocalypse is after hypnotic illusion, the source of all evil, i.e., taking an erroneous doctrine or point of view as if it were the real one, and hypnotically hanging onto it as if it were reality. That is where we each and every time get into trouble. Consequently, one of the central targets of the revelation is false teaching.
Wormwood is a reference to false teachings. It is a poison.
The rivers and fountains of waters are a symbol for true teachings.
The star is a pretension to be true teaching. Traditionally, in fact, the star is a reference to the Christ. But this star is burning "as it were" a lamp; in other words, deceptively.
The third declaration of truth, which is cast into true teaching, (rivers), which have been poisoned by false teachings, (wormwood), which have been pretending to be light and illumination, (star), all of this starts the self-destruction of the false teachings.
Two points should be noted in reference to the general meaning and purpose of the Apocalypse: (1) the images used here apply to every age, which means that they apply to what is currently being taught, and (2) they apply in particular to false teachings about the Christ.
"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." Chapter 8. vs. 12.
The point of the fourth section is that the worship of false gods casts a shadow or a cloud over one's perception and experience of reality.
The declaration of Truth, or exposure of hypnotic lies, starts their own self-destruction. At the time of John's writing the worshipping of the sun, moon, and stars were the most insidious forms of hypnotic deception.
The rest of the vision comes in the form of three woes, woes, that is, not to human life, but to the belief that human life exists on a material basis instead of a spiritual one. It should be clearly understood that people are never destroyed or really injured in these destructions. False belief is all that is ever lost. We are, one and all, the sealed servants. And while the appearance of pain, destruction, and death can assume the proportions of a pretty hideous nightmare, all that is really happening is the resistance to letting go of a false belief tightly held.
The servants remain both protected and directed. Whatever is happening to you in your experience is happening for a reason: you are being asked to see something new, something about the spiritual foundation of reality. The bad stuff will dissipate as quickly as the fear in a bad dream as soon as you recognize what is going on.
The three woes to materialism, mentioned at the end of Chapter 8, therefore, are actually three woes to the lies that come to us from false teachings. They are every part of a blessing to us in every way.
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of this smoke of the pit.
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given the power, as the scorpions of the earth have power." Chapter 9. vs. 1-3.
Locusts are a symbol in the Old Testament for confusion. It is that kind of thought, and what leads to it, that is being destroyed by the Christ, or the star that falls from heaven.
Farmers are pictured as being overcome by a sense of lack and destruction when they are attacked by locusts. This leads to indecision and eventually to confusion. This whole armada of delightful feelings is the inevitable result of believing in the power and laws of matter. Sooner or later we end up, like those farmers in the Old Testament in a state of bewilderment. Actually the times of greatest despair and peril are really thresholds for the opportunity to break through and see that the spiritual law is always operating, and, in fact, has led us to that point. Often we have to be brought to the point where we just have to "let everything go" and turn wholeheartedly to God. And then we can see what beautiful spiritual insight that we have been led to understand.
Such a process reveals the falsity of the material claim to power, and so begins the destruction of the belief in the material source of our well-being.
The confusion and despair last as long as the belief in the laws of matter is held, but the trumpet is the declaration that the Christ within us holds the key to the pit, i.e., the dominion over this kind of destructive belief and its aftermath.
The sixth trumpet is about gratitude. Gratitude, like all the other things going on in the Apocalypse, is an expression of the recognition of the Oneness and Allness of God. Gratitude is a way of actually feeling the power of that oneness. It is a statement, or declaration, of that oneness by knowing within that no matter what the claims to the contrary, there really is only one creation, one power, one mind, and, as promised in Genesis: it is good.
All the fire and brimstone mentioned after the sixth trumpet have to do with what happens to the type of thought which is prone to honor the power of other gods, and to set up a duality of power in the universe.
Such thought ends up as lust, war, greed, and death. It is these, and the propaganda which promote them, whose self-destruction is begun by the declaration (feeling) of gratitude.
At this point in the vision there is an interlude, where two gifts are presented just before the seventh and last part of the vision.
The first gift is a little book. This book is the revelation itself. It comes to all ages in forms appropriate to the age. The book is a record of the truth about God. This will come following the seventh angel, i.e., the fourth vision will be the revelation.
The angel instructs John as to the book. He says, "Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey." Chapter 10. vs. 9.
The message of the truth about God would be sweet to the taste, but its preciousness would take a long time to digest and assimilate.
The second gift is the presence of two witnesses and two candlesticks (sources of illumination). Prior to this time there had been only one source of spiritual illumination, represented by the one candlestick in Moses' Tent of Meeting. With the giving of the revelation there would now be two. The two witnesses are Moses and Elijah, the two who stood with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration: Moses and Elijah had the ability to prove their understanding of the truth. It is the qualities that these two prophets expressed, their dominion and ability to prove their understanding of truth, that comes to us as a gift.
The middle of Chapter 11 is a description of how alarming the appearance of failure and defeat can become before final triumph. The point here, once again, is to prove, so that no doubt whatsoever can be left, the absolute superiority of spiritual law over material appearance. In this passage the beast seems to have totally overcome the two witnesses, or the type of thought they represent, only to discover that they are completely protected and established as they are lifted up in ascension.
The end of the third vision comes
with the declaration of Truth by the seventh angel. What has been established, prior to
the full revelation of the Christ in the fourth vision, is our complete dominion and power
in the recognition of the oneness of God. This declaration is simultaneously a realization
of the infinite power of God and, in human consciousness, the beginning of the destruction
of all material thinking.
The fourth vision is a description of what happens when the fullness of our freedom from the third dimension is completely realized. This is the dawning of the spiritual idea, or realization of our real identity, that comes to each of us in our own way and in our own time. Nothing can prevent the dawning of that idea when we are ready; the fourth vision is a description of the forces that seem to try.
The revelation itself is the realization that our realization of these facts is already complete: it is already done. This is given in the metaphor of a child being born to a woman. Both of them are fully protected through the experience.
As the birth of the full understanding that we are indeed the Christ unfolds, it is resisted by every last remaining force of third-dimensional thought. Until it is totally destroyed.
This message is the "Comforter" that Jesus promised. It is "the second coming of Christ," but it is something that comes to the consciousness of each individual, after his thought has been fully prepared to receive it. It is not the return of the man Jesus to earth.
This thought will be resisted by all the viciousness that crucified Jesus, both when it is spoken, and when it dawns in individual consciousness.
John, having prepared the way through the first three visions for us to see this in the fourth, also provides us in the fourth with the kinds of assaults that will be made by third-dimensional thought upon the idea. This helps us understand what is going on while it happens. The resistance to the knowledge of our identity as the children of God has many names in the Bible. It is the serpent, Satan, the devil, the son of perdition, the anti-Christ, and the "carnal mind," as Paul puts it.
It should be clear that the fourth vision is also a description of what may happen any time that a fourth-dimensional idea springs up out of the decaying rot of third-dimensional thought. It is not solely a description of the one time that we recognize the fourth-dimension and are reborn into it. Revelation is meant to apply to fourth-dimensional thinking whenever it arises in the presence of the hypnotic limitations and self-destruction of third-dimensional thought.
What is so powerful about this revelation is that it reveals our complete freedom to commune with God all the time. In the Old Testament the procedure for communion always involved another person and ritual. There was a veil between the worshipper and the "holy of holies," the place where only the priest could go. John is telling us that with the complete destruction of third-dimensional thought, symbolized by the death and resurrection of Jesus, that this is no longer necessary. The veil that was rent in the temple upon the death of Jesus is no longer there.
Our lives are totally free to be guided and protected by the presence of the Love of God. In fact, there is nothing else to the substance of our lives: that was what was created "in the beginning" in Genesis. Our part is simply not to acknowledge a lie about God and His Creation. That is the straight and narrow path.
The temptations that come at us to believe otherwise are exactly what we mean today by the word "hypnotism." There are very powerful hypnotic dreams going on that we are constantly being encouraged to accept as reality. The way to break them is simple: so simple that, as Jesus taught, we should become like little children to do it. All we have to know, or believe, or have faith in is that the Creation is good, that we are the children of God, and the He would never do anything to injure us. No matter what the hypnotic storms before us would like to have us believe.
That knowledge, or belief, gradually becomes understanding, as you see it quiet the waves in your life.
The fourth vision is about the lies that seek to destroy the birth of the child, and about the power of this simple knowledge to destroy those lies.
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." Chapter 12. vs. 1-6.
The rest of the fourth vision describes the work of the dragon, which is the work of hypnotic suggestion that we allow ourselves to fall into, the same thing that was operating in the Garden of Eden when there was the serpentine suggestion that there was a knowledge of good and evil to be had.
"And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him." Chapter 12. vs. 7-9.
Michael is the angel of power, and the prince of the children of Israel. In other words, when we identify with our spiritual nature we have ample power to recognize the serpent for what he is and overpower him. The spiritual children already have the protection and power to overcome any hypnotic lies (deceptions) that come their way. This is part of the authority and dominion that is their heritage.
In the third part of the fourth vision the dragon tries his next trick, lying having failed. He tries persecuting the woman.
"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." Chapter 12. vs. 13.
The dragon, hypnotized third-dimensional thought, will stoop to any measure to attack its destroyer. The dragon can sense that it is about to be destroyed and has literally nothing to lose by trying every trick it knows.
"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood." Chapter 12. vs. 15.
However, (and this is crucial), when you are engaged in a spiritual struggle to know the truth that will set you free everything comes to your aid. Even the earth, which is usually seen as a material foe of spirituality, comes to the rescue of the woman.
"And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth." Chapter 12. vs. 16.
This emphasizes the law that there really is no power apart from God, and the things that happen to us are there to turn our heads and make us recognize this fact. Until every last shred of doubt is washed away.
Persecution having failed, the dragon tries its number one trick, in the fourth part of the fourth vision. It pulls out the marble game of malpractice. This is the one they nailed Jesus for. His claim that he was the son of God was, in the context of the Jewish religion of that time, a form of malpractice, or blasphemy, as they called it then.
But in fact, obviously, it is the third-dimensional thought that blasphemes, if the spiritual perception of what is going on is correct. Yet third-dimensional thought would do everything in its power to have us believe that the spiritual thought is the malpractitioner.
This is the supreme effort of the dragon, or resistance to Truth, to exert its domination. It causes no end of grief in the form of self-doubt, self-recrimination, and finally, if allowed to persist, a sense of utterly helpless self-inadequacy. If we don't speak these things to ourselves at this point in the spiritual revelation, others will speak them for us. Until their utter fraudulence and worthlessness is proven.
This is what happened to Jesus just before they crucified him.
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority." Chapter 13. vs. 1,2.
The beast coming out of the sea (hidden erroneous conditions) is the symbol of domination and malpractice. He is like a leopard, with all the qualities that that brings to mind. And he has the feet of a bear. And he has the mouth of a lion.
This guy is pretty formidable.
But, as we all know, this kind of naked self-righteous rage, really has power only to destroy itself. The Truth cannot be injured, or, really, in any way affected. It can only prove its own validity in the face of subtle, cruel, viciousness.
The qualities that are required to handle this beast, in whatever form it appears in our lives, are the understanding of patience and faith.
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed by the sword. Here is the patience and faith of the saints." Chapter 13. vs. 10.
The trick of raising the specter of blasphemy having failed, the dragon digs deeper into his bag of lies. Now he sends a false prophet: a counterfeit of the true revelation.
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Chapter 13. vs. 11.
This guy is a complete fraud; yet he would claim to have all the power of the original revelation. The key to his persuasive use of power is the earmark of manipulation. At this stage the third-dimensional mind will do anything to manipulate our thought into the seductive view that it has the genuine claim to the spiritual view.
"And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." Chapter 13. vs. 12-14.
The mark of the beast is the number 666. This mark is significant only because it is a symbol of imperfection. It is not a multiple of one, three, four, seven, or twelve, the numbers signifying completeness and perfection in Hebrew literature; rather, it is a number signifying the effort to achieve the perfect number "7" three times and failing in every case.
This number, signifying the effort of fraud to manipulate our thought into thinking it is the real thing, is what marks the false prophet. Furthermore, this particular kind of lie would have us believe that unless we are a man "that had the mark," or are a member of the group that falsely claims the truth, we are
without hope, and for that reason are persecuted in a specially cunning way.
This is made clear by the contrast to the number mentioned at the beginning of the sixth vision, which refers to the complete and perfect spiritual children, who possess fourth-dimensional understanding. Remember that the spiritual child is the real identity of each of us; no one is left out. This ensures complete and total protection against persecution.
"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand having his Father's name written in their foreheads." Chapter 14. vs.1.
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.
"And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Chapter 14. vs. 4,5.
These are the children of the second birth, the birth of the realization of their spiritual identity. This most often happens in the midst of the decay and confusion of life "in the world." No matter what the appearance of sin and ugliness that was a part of our life in third-dimensional thought, when we are reborn into the recognition of our spiritual identity we are as clean as a baby. And we stay this way for the simple fact that the spiritual child is incapable of sin. We recognize our lives in the world, regardless of how difficult they may seem, as filled with experiences leading us to the point of spiritual breakthrough. And this we would not soil for anything, because what comes out of the ashes is so perfect and beautiful.
But, with the victorious breakthrough of some degree of spiritual understanding, the dragon reasserts itself with a new temptation. There is the suggestive thought that with the triumph the credit is yours. As if you had been responsible for the victory and the discovery, i.e., the same you that gets hooked into sensuality and fornication.
This is the last subtle effort of third-dimensional thought to reassert itself over the power of God. Each time we make a breakthrough, (the rebirth can be gradual or sudden), we are placed in a position of choice: whether to go with the spiritual intuition that leads us higher, and to give up our old idea of ourselves as sensual creatures, together with the extremely limited idea of "self" that this entails, or, to follow the way of Babylon, and the restriction of the belief that happiness is to be found in wine and sex. If we take the route of "virtue" (so-called) there often comes the notion that we are virtuous, rather than the correct notion that we have been freed from the limitations of vice.
This kind of self-righteousness is just the final gasping cough of an old and dying dragon. Although it can still do a lot of damage.
The end of the sixth part of the fourth vision is about how we are led out of the carnal mind, and into our natural state of freedom from sensuality. I think of it as the "hangover" blessing.
"And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wrath of her fornication.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." Chapter 14. vs. 8-11.
This applies to all forms of sensuality, and it is a great relief to be freed from the belief (hypnotic magnetism) that there is a good connection between that stuff that goes into your mouth and pleasurable consequences. Anyone who knows the inside of a hangover knows the wrath/ love of God.
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." Chapter 14. vs. 12,13.
Just before the seventh and last part of the fourth vision we have a definition of patience: the central quality that overcomes domination, manipulation, and malpractice. The quality has a clear definition (1) keep the commandments of God, (2) follow the teachings of Jesus, and (3) do the "works" left by Jesus for us to do.
It is by doing the works, or what are misleadingly known as "miracles," ("marvels" in the Greek) that we completely establish and prove our understanding of the illumination. Only then is the work complete. These are the "signs following" that demonstrate our complete untouchability from all the efforts of the dragon and all his claims to power.
This is a very unusual and telling definition of patience: it has to do with keeping one's eye on a guiding star through all the commotion of seeming life in the third dimension.
The seventh part of the fourth vision is about fruitage, or what we gather for our labors while working in the third dimension for our fellows. The commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves is given to us to find our own identity. In the process of struggling to live up to that spiritual height we eliminate all the false thinking that would drag us down and keep us in third-dimensional life. The only thing that is keeping us there anyway is hypnotism; so we really have nothing whatever to lose.
"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle and reap: for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." Chapter 14. vs. 14-20.
Fruitage means many, many things here. What it means to you in your life depends upon the thing you need to be freed from, and the good that is evident to do. Each of us has a world of opportunity.
The final phase of the resistance to the Truth by the dragon smells rich in victory. We feel that we are going to be overwhelmed by the power of the results of the fruitage, and it seems like a flooding stream sweeping away a horse that is trying to cross it. But, even this, is but the last limp trace of life of the lust, war, greed, and death, still trying to assert themselves in whatever form they can imagine.
The blood mentioned here is a reference to the suffering that preceded the spiritual results which was part of the process of eliminating material thinking.
Each phase of the resistance to the Christ has now been recognized, and the protection against it established.
Our recognition of our true
identity places us firmly in the fourth dimension, and we are ready for the complete
self-destruction of all remaining third-dimensional limitations.
Chapter 15 is a protective introduction to the fifth vision. It is another expression of gratitude. It is appropriately given here as a reflection of the Love that was shown in the Revelation, given in Vision IV. Now that the Revelation is given and established we are in a position to handle the full significance of the power of Love.
We shall begin the complete destruction of all third-dimensional modes of thought.
The same angels are at work who blew the trumpets back in Vision III: what was started in the third will be completed in the fifth vision. Now, instead of trumpets declaring Truth, we have them pouring out "vials of the wrath of God" upon materialism. "Wrath" here is a euphemism for the Love of God, which is the only cause of every effect. Right where the pain and suffering are worst, the Love of God has already prepared the way: it only has to be noticed. As our thought emerges into the fourth dimension it becomes clear that all we have to do is acknowledge that Love is the only cause of every event, and the mist of third dimensional thinking clears; the way out of our apparent dilemma has already been prepared. The way that our thought is lifted out of third-dimensional treachery into an appreciation of the fourth dimension is like the music of the spheres: and the way it unfolds is a revealing to us of the beauty and perfection of heaven.
Chapter 16 begins the fifth vision. The first angel pours his bowl of Love onto materialism, which brings to the surface a completely self-destroying plague to materialism, which is expressed as a festering sore.
The second angel pours his bowl of Love on the hidden erroneous conditions (the sea), and it brings to the surface a plague of self-destruction to resistance. This includes an annihilation of the erroneous phases of commerce and trade.
The third angel pours Love out into the false teachings of the day (the wormwood of Vision III). "For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets.... This sends a completely self-destructive plague to those teachings.
The fourth angel pours his vial of wrath upon the worst kind of false teachings--the subtle kinds of hypnotic worship of the day. These are the deep-rooted and traditional false teachings (trees in the third vision). This includes all forms of explicit mesmerism, hypnotism, black magic, and esoteric magic. These things are symbolically summarized in John's reference here to the destruction of sun worship. This destruction is characterized by scorching plagues of torment and malpractice, with human will bitterly resisting to the end.
The way is now prepared for the fifth angel, who pours his Love out on the throne, or the "seat of the beast," human will, "....and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain." Darkness is now in store for thinking that originates from human will, or the belief in human will as a power. Such beliefs always require a belief in matter, and in the ability of one mind to affect another, to get off the ground.
The sixth angel's bowl of Love is particularly interesting, in its destruction of some very deep-rooted trees.
"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Chapter 16. vs. 12-14.
The enemies here, (which might sneak across the great river Euphrates when it dries up), are our old friends the dragon, (resistance to the Truth), the beast, (domination), and the prophet of the beast (manipulation). The slimy perversions of Truth (plague of frogs) and devilish suggestions (spirits of devils working signs) are the suggestions to world leaders that war is inevitable, that war is just and based on real cause, and that all war is of God (whatever God they happen to have).
So it might seem to unawakened thought; and the Love that is poured into this kind of thinking brings with it all the suffering that this kind of thinking brings on itself until it is completely destroyed. This kind of suggestion, operating in the third dimension, is especially subtle and sinister. The way to destroy it is to destroy the materialistic hypnotic thought that breeds it.
But as long as the belief in the forces of the material world linger, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet will be with us.
We are free from them only as the Truth is accepted and firmly made our own.
The Truth is making its way to be accepted as the bowls of the Love of God are poured out in life experience.
The reference to Armageddon, just before the seventh and last part of the sixth vision, is a call to alertness. We shall see victory over "the three prophets of the east," the dragon thought, the beast thought, and the false prophet, only as we stand in the place of victorious thinking: squarely in our knowledge of the Love of God.
The bowl of Love poured out by the seventh angel reveals at once the greatness of the power of the Love of God and the greatness of the lie coming from third-dimensional thought to counter it.
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." Chapter 16. vs. 17-21.
This is the story of what happens when the Love of God is brought to bear on the greatest lie told by man about God.
The lie is the great harlot of Chapter 17.
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." Chapter 17. vs. 1-5.
The beginning of all evil, the beginning of all error, the beginning of the carnal mind originates with one lie--the separation of man from God.
In spite of all the appearances to the contrary, in spite of all the claims that man is a sinner, God is All, all the substance to our thought and our lives. It is a logical contradiction in the ultimate meaning of the words to say that man, by any power whatsoever, can be separated from the Love of God: for man is the Love of God.
God fashions every event in our lives and every thought in our minds: there is only One Mind. And man cannot be separated from that no matter what he says or tries to do.
It is false humility to deny that we are the children of God. It is genuine humility to see and seek to understand this fact, and to bring the power of good that comes with such recognition into force in human life.
Imagine that. The greatest lie ever told (or taught) is the one about the separation of man from God. This is the mother of whores.
And the third-dimensional evidence to believe it is stupendous. This is because for the greatest Truth there must be the greatest third-dimensional lie to tempt us away from seeing it.
This lie is what the seventh angel has come to destroy, and this is what all the commotion is about. Naturally there will be a strong last effort to resist this ultimate expression of Truth which turns out to be the complete Love of God for His Creation, i.e., Man.
When we argue to the contrary, that man is separate from the Love of God, we implicitly set up a little power (human will) apart from God, operating against His Love. This violates the First Commandment, and begins the hypnotic belief that there is a carnal mind, a belief which brings its own reward until it is thoroughly demolished.
The woman mentioned in this passage is the counterfeit of the true woman of the fourth vision. The harlot is the symbol for confusion. A whore represents the pinnacle of sensual indulgence, and the problem with sensuality is that it inevitably leads to confusion. The belief in the separation of ourselves from God begins the hypnotic workings of the carnal mind, which, likewise, inevitably leads to confusion.
That is one of the central meanings of the word "purity." Impurities that are burned out of us by the furnace of Truth, or the Love of God, ultimately trace down to the impurities of fear. Exactly the fear of the separation of man from God. This fear creates the false desire for sensual pleasure, arising from the sense that there is something (good) there that I am being deprived of that I need to get. This belief, together with all the others like it that stem from the fear of separation, are punished for as along as they last. And from this fear springs the powerless myth of the carnal mind.
The rest of the vision, through
Chapter 18, is about the destruction of the carnal mind.
The sixth vision is about the Word of God and how It is established.
This is reminiscent of the beginning of the Book of John, where he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
There has long been a puzzle about just what the "Word" was, and now, at long last, we know, and in a very scientific way. "The Word" is simply the expression, "I AM ALL," which first appears in the Old Testament in Genesis 17. vs. 1. where the Lord appears to Abram, (before he became Abraham), and says, "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect."
This is the law of God that is unfolding and establishing itself in the consciousness of men.
Whether we know it or not the things that are happening to us in daily life are, one and all, leading us to a full and complete understanding of this simple little expression.
All of the works of Jesus were performed out from his grasp of and identification with the implications of what this law means.
If God is All, then there is no room for sickness, or sin, or death. And we can perform the same so-called miracles that Jesus and the Apostles demonstrated in proportion to our understanding or conviction that this law is true. All we do in demonstrating the truth of this law in human life is demonstrate the superiority of spiritual law over so-called material law by knowing it has to be true. Any child can do this.
If God is All there is, and His Creation is Good, there sure as hell isn't any room for disease, genetic defects, war, and death. Consequently, these things have to be the bad dream; God is not the dream; and one or the other has to go.
The Word of God comes to be established in human life as we come to know this law, and reflect the power of God in establishing its Truth. Faith without works is dead, and the way we prove our faith is through our works. Any so-called "Faith" in Christianity that cannot prove its faith (its theology) by the works of Jesus is failing to follow the Master's injunction to his followers to heal the sick and raise the dead. Those who insist on the truth of their theology in the face of their patent inability to prove it are the same hypocrites that Jesus found among the Pharisees.
The whole question of truth, forever pursued by philosophers and theologians, really does come down to "proof" after all. We are all from Missouri; we all need to be shown in terms that we can understand that the fourth dimension is here. But this can only come from those who understand the fourth dimension, i.e., those who can prove its existence by performing the "miracles" to human experience, which are, after all, nothing more than the proof of the supremacy of spiritual law over material law.
Only in this way can the truth of theological assertion about the meaning of the Bible be proven. Only in this way is the Word of God established.
Vision six begins with Chapter 19.
The first two verses are a protective introduction of special importance. There is a great expression of gratitude ("Alleluia") over the death of the great whore, carnal mind. Because now, with the (first) death of the material sense of self out of the way, the mist has been cleared so that we may feel our true spiritual identity as the reflection of God. This is what Jesus referred to when he said, "I and my Father are one." In the sixth vision the final encumbrances to this vision of our true identity are being removed, whereafter each of us directly experiences what Jesus meant by that expression; each of us, having put off the "old man," will be able to feel the omnipotent power of the universe reflected through his life.
Small wonder for saying "Alleluia."
The work that we do here is preparation for that event.
"And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down And worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him both sma11 and great.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Chapter 19. vs. 1-6.
What should be as clear as the voice of those many waters by now is that Jesus Christ is not the Lord God Almighty. Time and time again he said that it was not him, but the Father within him that did the works. But it is the temptation of third-dimensional mind to personalize activity, to give it identity in space and time and matter, because that is all it understands.
Jesus was not and is not God. Neither was he the Holy Ghost. The "Holy Ghost" was language they used at the time of this writing to describe Spirit, the unseen presence (to third-dimensional sense) that is the cause of every effect.
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Chapter 19. vs. 7-10.
Even though the Revelation is being given to John by Jesus, God alone is to be worshipped.
The marriage that is referred to here in the protective introduction is the marriage between the teachings of Jesus, the Lamb, or his presentation of the Christ that is within each one of us, and the Revelation that occurred in Vision IV, where the birth or the recognition of the Word of God, or Christ within us, breaks through the mist of the Adam man formed of dust.
The reference here to the cleanliness and whiteness of the Bride, the spiritual idea, is a reference to purity. Purity means a great many things in the Bible: most especially it refers to the need for the purity of teachings, i.e., that they be unadulterated by human hypotheses. The rebirth depends upon clarity of understanding.
But it also means something equally important in this context. Purity is a willingness to search honestly for truth, no matter where it takes us. The concern of most so-called Christianity with visible sin is utterly tangential to the importance of this search. People who are preoccupied with the appearance of sin, or dirt upon the dishes, are exactly those (whose ideas) Jesus condemned as being concerned with the whiteness of the sepulcher. A sepulcher is a grave filled with dead bodies.
This is the real meaning of the beatitude given in the Sermon on the Mount, "Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God."
This is immediately picked up again with the first part of the sixth vision.
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war." Chapter 19. vs. 11.
The horse here is the Word of God, Truth. This is the horseman that defeats all the horsemen of the second vision. Remember, here, that the "Word" is a metaphor for all of God's self-revealing activity within His Creation. All impurities in the teachings will be cleansed, by the baptism of fire if need be. This is the spirit of truth as it is felt in human life; no putative material force can resist it. The pull of truth in human consciousness is actually the Word of God viewed from a human point of view.
"His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING of KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Chapter 19. vs. 12-16.
God alone is King of Kings, and the way to find Him is to follow truth in your own life. I should mention that the voice of Truth can be very, very quiet, very very strange, and you have to listen very, very intently to see if it has the sound of Love, or the sound of human will and the world coming out of the deep genetic crinkles of your brain.
I strongly recommend to you the first two chapters of First Corinthians, where, better than anywhere else, Paul explains that the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God. And that the wisdom of God is foolishness in the eyes of the world. If you keep your pursuit of truth as your guiding star through all your experiences in this life you will find your path has been (literally) prepared for you, and you will recognize how to go at all the turns. In the process you will develop a capability for talking with the Power that has prepared that path.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great." Chapter 19. vs. 17-18.
The second part of the sixth vision is a metaphor for the all-activity of spiritual thinking consuming all materiality, human will, self-will, ruthless selfishness. This is the second triumph of Truth, or the Word of God.
"And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Chapter 19. vs. 19-20.
Lord help those who are taking this stuff literally.
This refers to the type of belief that comes from the temptation to dominate other people (beast) and the temptation to manipulate other people (prophet of the beast): both of these dispositions are totally consumed now in their struggle with the Word of God. This is the third triumph of Truth.
The fourth, or climax section, is especially important to the final triumph of the Word of God.
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." Chapter 20. vs. 1-3.
This is about death, the greatest of all terrors, and the subtlest phase of the resistance of the dragon to Truth. This fellow needs special care in the final establishment of the Word of God.
The claim of death upon man is the ultimate claim of third-dimensional thought upon the mind of man. To break the hold of this special phase of the hypnotic spell of materiality, the belief that you can die, we read in the fourth section that the dragon is shut in the pit "for a thousand years." This is a (biblically) complete period of time, so that the next part of the vision, the recognition that you cannot die, has time to occur and establish itself.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." Chapter 20. vs. 4-6.
The claim of death (mort-ality) is the special and strongest claim of third-dimensional thought. Remember that the Word of God, the Christ within us, the truth that shall set us free, is operating here precisely to destroy the claims and limitations of the third dimension, when man is ready, and present him with the fourth.
The fourth dimension reveals to us an explosively powerful thing to shoot for in this life: we cannot die because we were never born. Our business here is to recognize this fact, i.e., to go through whatever we have to go through here which will lead us to a full and complete comprehension of how and why this is true.
Along with the destruction of the power of the claim of death, (the claim of matter), the limitations of space and time will be removed from us as well.
Those who see and understand this are those who are reborn, i.e., those "on such the second death hath no power." When you live in the power of the spirit the second death, the physical stopping of your body, has no power over you whatsoever.
The "thousand years" are needed here to symbolically establish the advent of the rebirth. With this firmly entrenched the onslaught of what occurs in the sixth part of the vision holds no power.
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Chapter 20. vs. 7-10.
Gog and Magog are symbols for perversions of truth, which are numberless. We have got to realize that the hypnotic hold on our thought by the third dimension, the belief that matter is real, is incredibly powerful--inexhaustingly tormenting--if we let it be. But, if we recognize that the torment comes from false belief, and all we have to do is find and get rid of the belief that is causing the torture, we can free ourselves from any tormenting third-dimensional situation. All we have to know, which is always right at hand, is the spiritual corrective. This is a matter of science: we simply view the third-dimensional predicament (claim of mistaken mortal belief) from the fourth dimension, and what appears to be a healing of the third-dimensional problem is instantaneous.
But when we know the fourth dimension, when we are one with it, the claims of the third dimension can be as perverse and as numberless as they like. We can conquer them all.
This was the reason for the necessity of the agony of the cross, the death and resurrection of Jesus. As our teacher he had to show us "the way," which means the triumph over every third-dimensional claim to power, including those of the worst of pain, torture, and death.
The devil that is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone is the belief in death. For as long as we have it we "shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Until we are brought to a point of suffering by the belief that we relinquish our hold on it, and let it go.
The seventh part of the sixth vision silences all the claims begun in Vision II: lust, war, greed, hell, the belief in death, self-pity, and human will. These, along with domination and manipulation, have been consumed in the lake of fire and brimstone. Indeed, everything associated with thought that rests on a belief in matter has been destroyed in the lake of fire (torment). So that the preparation for the emergence of heaven will be complete and purified.
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Chapter 20. vs. 11-15.
The "whosoever" mentioned here is the "old man," the third-dimensional view of things, mentioned by Paul, which we are to cast off for "new man," or spiritual understanding of who we really are.
The thought which has been awakened from the awful deception of the belief in material life, has been established: its name has been written in the "book of life."
The physical dawning of the new day
is nothing more and nothing less than a metaphor for those of us hiking for the spiritual
Hiking for the summit is worth the effort.
What we are seeking to identify with is the spiritual source of the universe, together with all the heritage that our embrace of the Power implies.
The hike can be a very rough one; but it is comforting to know that each step has been laid out for us to take, and that no one else can make our hike for us, or enjoy the rewards for the effort.
The nature of the hike, as should be clear by now, is a matter of accepting into one's thought certain spiritual truths, truths about the nature of man and God that utterly collide with the accepted material conception of life in the universe. Each step has a wake of implications for our old way of looking at things: each step has its rewards that reassure us that it was ultimately worth taking.
Even the final steps to the summit may require us to break with traditions that we know and love, for we recognize them now as clouds that are best put behind us. Such is the case with a certain amount of orthodox Catholic and Protestant dogma, dogma that was perhaps needed at one time, but now obscures the light of pure, unadulterated, primitive Christianity.
In about the third century AD the Church lost the power to heal. Why? Why, until now, has it not been regained?
The reason can best be expressed theologically: they fell for the third-dimensional dream that man was formed of matter, and, springing from that as all error does, that man fell from grace and is a fallen sinner.
This is not only false, it is not possible.
What happens is that the spiritual ascent gets turned upside down, and looks like a descent into sin, death, and despair. The steps placed in front of us are never steps downward; but they look that way to material sense, as we seem to lose our grip and spiral into fear, frustration, and the oblivion of life.
None of that is possible, or even conceivable, in a perfectly formed spiritual universe. All you have to do is stop looking at it materially and start looking at it spiritually to see that this is true.
The allegory of the matter-made Adam, and the serpent (baby dragon) in the Garden of Eden, is there for a purpose: to warn man not to fall for them. To third-dimensional vision it may look like 90% of the human life of this planet is trash that deserves to be incinerated by hydrogen bombs. Fear not: the furnace to destroy error has already been provided. Only the pure gold of each human heart will emerge from the fire of life in the third dimension.
The real man, whose identity was created by God, is incapable of sin: our proper business here is to find that out and live it, myths about the man made of dust, and all of his loathsome attachments, notwithstanding. The man that God made "in the beginning" is already a reflection of Himself. The hike is simply a matter of discovering that this is true, and putting all the dreams that argue to the contrary behind you as you stroll up the mountain.
The first chapter of Genesis has it all. And this is what it says about man: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." The mist that goes up in the second chapter is the lie about man. And as long as we believe it we will be punished by it until, like our belief in death, we let it go. And realize that all the ugliness presented to us by our neighbor is nothing more than the spiritual mountain he is climbing, whether he knows it or not. This is the meaning of charity. And his mountain is bound to become our mountain if we don't recognize this fact. A burden which we are welcome to assume if we don't think we have enough to work with already.
Man is created in God's image. What we are doing is trying to find out what on earth that could possibly mean.
As we turn to the seventh vision, the vision that balances Vision I, and completes what happened in the fourth, it would be good to keep in mind that what we are studying falls at the very end of the New Testament, and sums up what this book is about.
You may recall that "testament" means agreement, or covenant, between God and man. The first commandment is God's part of the agreement: there shall be, there aren't, any other gods (powers) before Me (other than Mine). The second commandment (of the Mosaic Decalogue) is man's promise to God: I will not recognize (worship) any other power but Yours, (whatever graven image that power might assume). These two assertions are spiritual law: looked at one way they are commandments; looked at another they are promises. No matter how they are looked at they are the substance of the law of the universe.
Notice that this relationship represents a complete destruction of any need for ritual, physical structure called "church," or a third person hierarchy that would help one communicate with God. The relationship is utter, constant, and complete all the time. This marks a real departure, or growth beyond, the elaborate system of ritual, worship, and law of the Old Testament, which had been designed for really pretty primitive peoples who needed a lot of external structure to help them understand.
The New Testament is personal and private: it has to do with one's own relationship to the living God, who wants nothing more than the love and understanding of His children. And Who, in fact, has already created that love and understanding in their hearts, as will become clear to them as their search unfolds.
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things anew. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Chapter 21. vs. 1-8.
The seventh vision of Revelation is the story of the fruits of that search.
Unfortunately, in a way, it is unavoidably written entirely from the point of view of the spiritual dimension. It was written by the beloved disciple John, and, while he still had one foot on our plane of consciousness, and used metaphors from the material world to help us understand what he was being shown, it is hard to even glimpse the kind of freedom that he is talking about from the third dimension of material thought.
Vision VII begins with the 21st chapter. John talks of seeing a new heaven and a new earth: this is the spiritual reality that is the essence of the universe. The marriage scene is symbolic of our union with this spiritual reality. The child born of the woman back in Vision IV was the Comforter, the birth of the spiritual idea to human consciousness, or, what is misleadingly called "the second coming of Christ."
The dawning of these facts of spiritual existence to human consciousness is the second coming or divine Comforter that Jesus promised. It occurs in a way peculiar to every age as the age is suited to receive it. The age in which we find ourselves today is particularly well-suited to receive the Comforter in its clearest form.
Nothing less than man's identity, or "sonship," as it is called in the New Testament, is what we are about to behold. This is a reference to our identity as spiritual man, i.e., as the reflection of the qualities of God identified in the first chapters Love, Light, Wisdom, Truth, Power, Beauty, and Life. These are names for the Spiritual reality that is God, and we reflect them exactly insofar as we clear our thought from the mist of third dimensional belief.
The Lamb is the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The marriage is the scene of the unification of the teachings and our own apprehension of the spiritual reality that we have been seeking to understand. It is the view of oneness and completeness that was begun in the first vision.
Notice that the bride is "adorned." This means that she has been prepared, which has been the work of putting out all phases of the dragon in earlier visions, proving that the Power of the Revelation in Vision IV has been established. The sea is gone: no more unrest, separation, fear, uncertainty, or hidden erroneous conditions to be met. This is a new and refreshing scene.
The "new" Jerusalem means that the new tabernacle is not located in space or time, but is forever present in consciousness. This realization makes all things new.
Who and what we are is presented to John in terms of our citizenship in a city. If we are the children of God then we are "joint heirs with Christ," as Paul puts it. What this heritage consists of is what the citizenship is all about.
"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Having the glory of God:" Chapter 21. vs. 9-11.
Remember, that the bride, here being described as the city, is the child born to the woman in Vision IV. It is the fullness of the Revelation, given to the spiritually victorious at the summit of their efforts. It is the fullness of the Christ idea, dwelling with all men, made explicit to each of them as it is sought.
"and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;" Chapter 21. vs. 11.
The first thing we get, as honest and earnest seekers of truth, is our reward: complete illumination. Jasper: clear as crystal. The complete illumination of reality and the utterly inconceivably fantastic role we play in it. Once its preciousness and perfection are seen giving it up would be unthinkable.
"And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates." Chapter 21. vs. 12-13.
The walls, great and high, signify complete protection. The Revelation itself is already completely protected as it is given.
On every wall there are three gates. The city parallels the ancient Tent of Meeting, surrounded by the twelve tribes of Israel, but having only one entrance. This city is open to all the children of Israel (spiritual children of God who seek their Father): all who strive to enter may do so. All.
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, saphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasis; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." Chapter 21. vs. 14-21.
The foundations of the city are the teachings of the twelve apostles. The apostles are signified (named) by the different stones mentioned. Their teachings are summarized in the four qualities: love, trust, humility, and courage. These foundational qualities are expressed most perfectly in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew: Chapters 5, 6, and 7. The dimensions of the city are given to us by a "reed," which is a reference to the spiritual man outlined in Chapter 1. That the city "lieth foursquare" is a symbol of perfection, as are its dimensions, which are all multiples of twelve. This symbol refers to our perfection as spiritual.
It should be made clear that heaven is here and now, and that this is a symbol for the way our life on earth (in the third dimension) is an unfolding or revealing of our perfection and harmony in a way which itself is perfectly and harmoniously suited to our human need. The events unfolding in our life right now are there to help us see the spiritual reality that is our reality: and they are perfectly suited to this end whether we know it or not. As such they are a part of the ever-unfolding Kingdom of "heaven on earth."
The jewels, finally, reflect the breastplate which was worn into the Holy of Holies in the Tent of Meeting. In the "new" Jerusalem anyone can wear the breastplate: which expresses constant, perfect, and complete communion with God all the time.
"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Chapter 21. vs. 22-27.
The high point of the Revelation, as if that had not already been reached, is the discovery of what that little pronoun "I" refers to.
It is the city.
It is God being aware of His Creation.
It is the Word revealing Itself in human life.
Let me put it in more general terms. Do you remember that the first vision was about the One? And the second vision was about true selfhood. And the fourth vision about the birth of the spiritual idea which unified these two. And the seventh vision is about the completeness and fullness of what all this means, (after the work of all the other visions is completed).
The net result of all of this is something unimaginable, inconceivable, and impossible to human sense. Yet it is true nevertheless.
Do you remember the seven qualities of spiritual man: Love, Light, Wisdom, Truth, Power, Beauty, and Life? These qualities are synonyms for the One on the throne (God). Our sonship to God is meant to reiterate what was said in Genesis 1. vs. 27, that we were made in His Image.
The net result of this, to be revealed to each of us when we are ready, is that there is One Love, the Love that we reflect. There is One Light, the illumination that we give to Life: your light, my light. There is One Wisdom. There is One Mind in the universe: your Mind. Claim it; let it be yours. Get rid of the material misconceptions and the false sense of self and "let that Mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus."
There is One Truth: the One that is freeing you from the shackles of third-dimensional thought. It is within, and is your Truth. There is One Power in the universe; it is the Power of Spirit expressing itself, unfolding itself, revealing itself within its Creation, i.e., within you. That Power is expressed in all aspects of human life: that Power is our power when we quiet ourselves and let it be.
There is One Beauty in the universe; and the beauty we recognize in ourselves, others, and the world we live in is a reflection of that Beauty. Exactly as the glimmer of sunlight reflects the Power, Beauty, (and Laws) of the sun.
There is One Life, my life, our life. Wherever you see life you see God, unfolding His nature in the awareness of His Children.
This is far, far too big a metaphysical lump for most of us to accept right now, or at one time. But it is a star for us to gaze at as we wander through the charade of material existence, with its carnival of hypnotic games that are set up to amuse us, and its con men that will sell anything to get us to believe in the despair of life.
Chief among the con artists are the false preachers of so-called Christianity that have bound us for 1900 years with their doctrines of the reality of the material world, the reality of the devil, the substantiality of evil, and the doctrine of the fallen man. These perversions of truth have been responsible for the infamous history of the Christian Church, which has single-handedly been responsible for more human misery than any other institution in the history of western civilization. These lies about God and His Creation must be abandoned before we can behold the Love of God for man, and come to understand the spiritual reality which Jesus understood so clearly. And which he tried so hard to teach us about.
He was trying to tell us that the enemy is not people: it is hypnotic dream that gets fashioned into doctrine.
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curses but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." Chapter 22. vs. 1-5.
The "river of life, clear as crystal" refers here to the necessity for the purity of the teachings of Jesus, i.e., that they be unadulterated by human intervention.
The "tree of life" bears constant and complete fruit. What is the nature of the fruitage? Healing. Exactly the kind of healing that was done by Jesus. This was what he pointed to as our work, when he said, "and greater works than these shall you do." Notice here that "the leaves of the trees were for the healing of nations."
This work is important because, without it, there is no proof of the absolute supremacy of the spiritual over the material. The "miracles" are the light that gets the attention of thought that is caught in the despair of the massive world conviction that the third dimension is what is real.
What better thing is there to do while we are here than to show that the claims that man is capable of sickness, and that man is a fallen sinner, and that he dies, are all false. And prove that these claims, together with all the other claims of the third dimension that would limit man, are all part of a hypnotic dream from which we are free for the asking.
"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." Chapter 22. vs. 6-7.
What is it that comes quickly?
And where does it come?