Esau, Russia and
the Holy Angels
ANGELS? Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.
Not holding the Head (Kether, the Mind of God), from which all the Body (the whole world), by joints and bands, having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God...(Colossians 2:18,19).
And there shall be signs, in the Sun, and the Moon, AND THE STARS, and upon earth distress of nations...(Luke 21:25).
ANGELS, THEIR REALITY
Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise Him in the heights.
Praise ye Him all His angels: praise ye him, all His hosts...(Psalm 148:1,2).
"We all view the world through colored glasses. Those glasses determine how we perceive reality and the structure of the world; they affect how we see people and events. The colored glasses are called our worldview. Not only does our worldview determine how we interpret our world, but also what we think is valuable. It determines our choices and direction in life.
A complete biblical worldview recognizes the reality of God, the Creator, an eternal and infinite personal spiritual being. It also holds that there are angels, good and evil, who are created and finite beings. The whole spirit world - God, good angels and evil angels (Satan and his demons) - interact among themselves and with human and natural life. Those who deny or minimize these realities have an incomplete worldview and are open to misinterpreting facts, events, and experience...
Evil angels include Satan, their chief, and demons. They oppose God and His servants, human and angelic. These two armies carry on a great battle that surpasses human thought and affect the life of individuals and nations."...Names of Angels, by C. Fred Dickason, pp.14,15.
"The physical world in which we live, the objectively observed universe around us, is only part of an inconceivably vast system of worlds. Most of these are spiritual in essence; they are of a different order from our known world, WHICH DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THEY EXIST SOMEWHERE ELSE, but that they exist in different dimensions of being. What is more, the various worlds interpenetrate and interact in such a way that they can be considered counterparts of one another, each reflecting or projecting itself on the one above or below it, with all the modifications, changes, and even distortions that are the result of such interactions." The Thirteen Petalled Rose, by Adin Steinsaltz.
He answered and said unto them, When it is evening (in the West) ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning (eastward), It will be foul weather to day, for the Sky is Red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?...(Matthew 16:1-3)
Who is this that cometh from Edom (from Russia), with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?
I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Wherefore are thou RED in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth the winefat?
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall I sprinkle upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of My redeemed has come... (Isaiah 63:1-4; Revelation 19:11-16).
The man walking the tightrope between the demands of Russia's ultranationalists and the desire to bring the country into a closer relationship with the West is Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, 43. In an interview with Time last week, he spoke about some of his concerns.
TIME: What do you expect to accomplish at this week's G-7 meeting in Naples?
KOZYREV: This is an important meeting, since we expect the G-7 to become the G-8 (with Russia's inclusion). There should be important discussions on world politics, the situation in Bosnia, Korea, nuclear nonproliferation, other regional issues. But this is just the political aspect. We'll also try to engage our partners in a more substantive discussion of Russian participation in the economic field, since we are becoming a more and more active factor in world markets.
TIME: Are you encountering resistance from the G-7 nations to your inclusion?
KOZYREV: Yes, of course. It's a particular situation on the one hand, the need to include Russia is understood (by the G-7 partners), because it is in the best interest of both Russia and the West. THE ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE AWFUL: THE ISOLATION OF RUSSIA AND CONFRONTATION WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD--SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS TO AVOID. Still we face considerable difficulties when it comes to practical matters. This is quite natural. Russia is a special case, SINCE IT IS A MAJOR COUNTRY WITH INTERESTS BOTH IN THE EAST AND THE WEST. Sometimes I wonder myself how we can balance these global interests...
TIME: How do you build new partnerships while convincing everyone that Russia does not have new imperial ambitions?
KOZYREV: There is internal strife in Russia. There is a party of war, new imperialists, even fascists...They called me a traitor for signing the Partnership for Peace (with NATO)...There is a total lack of political culture in the whole space of the former Soviet Union. The typical Soviet mentality was to take up your rifle and grab power. We were brought up with these ideas. One day Comrade Lenin did it, SO YOU TOO CAN SEIZE A GUN AND ESTABLISH A PARADISE ON EARTH. Now there is more than one Comrade Lenin in our areas of ethnic conflict. After they take up their rifles, they ask for Peacekeeping forces, which really means, "Be with us and help us defeat the other side--if you don't you're imperialists." That is why we ask--beg--for an international presence.
TIME: Have you made any progress in persuading your Western partners not to lecture you?
KOZYREV: It's difficult, but I don't think it's a lost cause. Sometimes, though, there is a real lack of sensitivity toward Russia, that strikes me as too much self-assurance, even arrogance, PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT THEY LEARNED IN COLD WAR TEXTBOOKS--THAT THERE WAS ONCE AN EVIL EMPIRE. YOU CAN'T EXPECT ANGELS AND PARADISE TO APPEAR OVERNIGHT...
TIME: Do you see any hope for Bosnia? Can Russia play a special role?
KOZYREV: I'm active out of despair. We simply cannot afford to lose any opportunity, since the alternative is clear: there will be growing confrontation and hostility, and not just in Bosnia itself. THERE IS A REALISTIC SCENARIO EMERGING THAT IS A REPETITION OF WHAT HAPPENED (IN THE BALKANS) AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY, WHEN MAJOR POWERS CAME INTO CONFLICT...THIS COULD PRODUCE A SITUATION WHERE THE U.S. MAY BE DRAWN INTO SUPPORTING ONE SIDE AND RUSSIA SUPPORTING THE OTHER. WE HAVE TO GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO THIS DOOMSDAY SCENARIO.
What were we to make, not only of the appearance of the Soviet order in 1917 but of its sudden dissolution? The world looked on in utter amazement as the very structure and apparatus upon which Soviet Power was built collapsed before our eyes. And not only that, but the antagonisms that existed between the two world orders--which brought the world to the brink of apocalypse on several occasions--seemed suddenly to have been resolved. Right at the time it appeared that God was ready to bare His Holy Arm in the sight of the Western powers He suddenly made it more possible for them to continue in their venturesome ways--to continue their quest to create a world order in their own image, and in their resolve to bring it to pass. Right at the time the world seemed in dire need of that paradigm shift, the kind that can come from heaven alone, the words in Marilyn Furguson's Aquarian Conspiracy came to mind instead:
"But suddenly the crowd becomes solemn and despondent. The streets empty quickly. Word comes from the frontier: 'The barbarians are not coming, there are no more barbarians.' 'And now without the barbarians,' asks the poet, 'what is to become of us? After all, they would have been a kind of solution.'"
The words, however, also sprang to mind which said: For God shall send them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. (2 Thess.2:11). Despite the sudden optimism, it seemed obvious to some that this lie was intricately bound to the sudden belief among the capitalist reformers in Russia and the leaders of the Western world that the future belonged to them now, and that even peace could, at last, be at hand.
The Fate of Europe
But what was really happening? Did Russia suddenly cease to be the "riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma" that Churchill described? Or could this really be a daring Russian, or Soviet trick as some thought, a plot hatched upon the world stage from somewhere deep inside the Kremlin walls, to draw the West into a state of complacency before the hammer--or rather, before the Sickle fell? (Understand Joel 3:9-16 and read such works as The Great Universal Embrace, by Kenneth Adelman, and The Perestroika Deception, by Anatoliy Golitsyn; nor should we fail to mention The Grand Chessboard by Zbigniew Brzezinski). Those who thought so were actually closer to the truth than others, but for reasons well beyond theirs' and everyone else's comprehension. For neither the Soviets (nor the Russians), had a hand in it--the plot that is. All such plotting emanates from above, as it is written: As the heavens are higher than the earth...saith the Lord. (Isaiah 55:7-11).
THE RUSSIAN IDEA
In The Russian Idea Berdyaev allows the reader to span seventy, and twice seventy, years and reach back into the living history of Russia's finest thinkers. In this book we can hear, as if rising from the depths, from under the rubble, the prophetic voice of the spirit of Russia as Berdyaev, in the mood of humility and pride characteristic of Christian mystical-philosophical-existentialism, proclaims it. This spirit--which IS the Russian idea--speaks of a vision of the world very different from our own and very different from the ways in which recent history has allowed us to imagine Russia. IT IS INTENSELY SPIRITUAL--APOCALYPTIC, ESCHATOLOGICAL--and yet at the same time deeply personal, overflowing with character and experience, speaking in a unique voice from one heart to another. This voice of Russia, as Berdyaev utters it, speaks of first, last, and present things but in a way we are not used to--holistically, integrally, cosmically, and with a special emphasis on the Sobornost or all-togetherness of human beings viewed not as material entities but as spiritual images of the divine. The Russian Idea, by Nikolai Berdyaev, p.10.
"I wrote in my book on Dostoyevsky that the Russians are apocalyptics or nihilists. The Russian is an apocalyptic revolt against antiquity (Spengler). This means that the Russian people, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR METAPHYSICAL NATURE AND VOCATION IN THE WORLD, ARE A PEOPLE OF THE END. Apocalypse has always played a great part both among the masses of our people and at the highest cultural level, among Russian writers and thinkers. IN OUR THOUGHTS THE ESCHATOLOGICAL PROBLEM TAKES AN IMMEASURABLY GREATER PLACE THAN IN THE THINKING OF THE WEST, AND THIS IS CONNECTED WITH THE VERY STRUCTURE OF RUSSIAN CONSCIOUSNESS...
Roman Catholic thought fears the eschatological interpretation of Christianity since it opens up possibilities of dangerous innovations. The spirit which strives TOWARDS THE WORLD WHICH IS TO COME, THE MESSIANIC EXPECTATION, is incompatible with the academic socially organized character of Roman Catholicism; it evokes fears that the possibility of the direction of souls might be weakened. In the same way bourgeois society, believing in nothing whatever, fears that eschatological thought might loosen the foundations of that bourgeois society...
In years of catastrophe the apocalyptic mentality has made its appearance in European society. Such was the case after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. At that time Jung-Stilling prophesied THE NEAR APPEARANCE OF ANTICHRIST...Nearer to the Russians were the prophesies of Joachim of Floris about a new era of the Holy Spirit, an era of love, friendship and freedom, although all this was too much associated with monarchism. The figure of St. Francis of Assisi has close affinities with the Russians, Saint Francis who redeemed many of the sins of historical Christianity. But the Christian civilization of the West was organized outside of eschatological expectation. I must explain what I understand by eschatology. I have in mind not the eschatological sections of theological Christianity which one can find in every course on theology, whether Catholic or Protestant; I have in mind the eschatological interpretation of Christianity as a whole, which must be opposed to the historical interpretation of Christianity. THE CHRISTIAN REVELATION IS AN ESCHATOLOGICAL REVELATION, A REVELATION OF THE END OF THE WORLD, A REVELATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. The whole of primitive Christianity was eschatological. It expected the second Advent of Christ and the coming of the Kingdom of God. Historical Christianity and the Church of history indicate failure in the sense that the Kingdom of God has not come; they indicate failure, owing to the accommodation of Christian revelation to the kingdom of this world. There remains, therefore, in Christianity the Messianic Hope, the eschatological expectation, and it is stronger in Russian Christianity than in the Christianity of the West. The Church is not the Kingdom of God; the Church has appeared in history and it has acted in history; it does not mean the transfiguration of the world, the appearance of a new heaven and a new earth. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE WORLD, NOT ONLY THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL MAN, BUT ALSO THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC; AND THAT IS THE END OF THE WORLD, OF THE WORLD OF WRONG AND UGLINESS, AND IT IS THE PRINCIPLE OF A NEW WORLD, A WORLD OF RIGHT AND BEAUTY...The Russian Idea, pp.208-210.
Thus Moses will say: Behold, I send an Angel (the whole history of Humankind) before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for MY NAME is in him...(Exodus 23:20,21).
And Paul, who was made to sit at the Right Hand of this great cosmic reality (Ephesians 2:1-7), said:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is...the exceeding greatness of His Power to us-ward who believe, according to the workings of His Mighty Power. (Understand 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9).
Which He wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at His own Right Hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world but in the world to come:
And hath put all things under his Feet, and gave him to be the Head of all things to the church,
Which is his Body, the Fulness of him that filleth all in all...(Ephesians 1:17-23).
The Eurasian peoples have always been subjects to the two--to the forces of heaven and earth; both mysterious, both harsh--in a way different than other peoples. For Russia it has always been the earth, the river, the forest, and the cold and frost of winter more than any other season, below. And above? Not the fully transforming presence of the Crucified One of the West, but the living and overshadowing, and always Terrible and Sovereign Presence of the Pantakrator, whose name is YHShVH. The "H" in the Divine Name (the number FIVE on the Tree of Life) symbolizes the figure of the angel Gabriel, and the Power and Might of the Dreadful Right Arm of the Lord...
He hath showed strength with His Arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts...(Luke 1:26-53).
For I lift up My Hand to heaven, and say, I live forever.
If I whet my glittering sword, and mine Hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh: and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy...(Deuteronomy 32:39-42; Daniel 12:7,8; Revelation 10:5-7).
As the Judge of all he sits upon His Terrible Throne, ruling, not only over the vast expanse of the Asian landscape, and not only over the very heart and mind of Russia itself, but at last (and by the sheer force of unfolding world events), he will rise over the mind of children of Light everywhere else on the earth...in the very same way as He rose over the mind of the early Church. And this will happen as the children of Light in our time attempt to liberate themselves from the Darkness of this age, from the wars that are passing over the earth, and as the words find their meaning which say: The Lord is my Rock, AND my Fortress (my Kremlin). (Psalm 18:2; Jeremiah, chapter 10).
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the Power of His Might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (against Russia, China or North Korea, or any other people on earth), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places...(Ephesians 6:10-12).
Russia's history is replete with tales of great internal struggle,
of social and spiritual upheaval, of valorous human sacrifice, all of it attended
by a corresponding and foreboding, national sense of despair and fateful resignation
(and torrents of Vodka to ease the uncertainty of life itself). The whole saga
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?...(Job 26:2).
And to make all men see what is the Fellowship of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God;
According to the eternal purposes which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord...
Of whom the whole family in heaven (the East) and earth (the West) is named... (Ephesians 3:9-15).
For there is no Power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God...(Romans 13:1).
The various kinds of bodies that humans inhabit are a biological metaphor for the various kinds of spirits that inhabit humanity. (Understand 1 Corinthians 15:35-49). The whole animal kingdom, in fact, was created not merely to facilitate the food chain and the earth's environment, but to cause man to take notice and discover the range of his own natural and spiritual instincts and behavior--from the most gentle and noble to the most fierce and savage:
There be spirits that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on strong strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of Him that made them.
Fire and hail, and famine and death, all these were created for vengeance;
Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents and the sword, punishing the wicked to destruction.
They shall rejoice in His commandment, and they shall be ready upon the earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress His word... (Ecclesiasticus 39:28-31).
Death and bloodshed, strife and the sword, calamities, famine, tribulation and the scourge.
These things are created for the wicked, and for their sakes came the Flood (the wars of Noah's time)...(Ecclesiasticus 40:9,10).
And behold another beast, a second, like unto a Bear, and it raised itself up on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said unto it, Arise, devour much flesh...(Daniel 7:5).
Just as Genesis 1:14-29 is not referring to literal stars in heaven or to the animal kingdom on earth, but rather to the Spirit's descent into the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical range of human existence, so each of these texts are referring to the various spirits that indwell humanity. Likewise, where we are prohibited by Moses from laying with a beast (see Leviticus 18:23-25; Deut.27:21), it is a prohibition against intercourse or marriage with other persons whose world-view is lower or less developed than our own, or whose beliefs (or non-beliefs) will cause confusion in the spiritual life of any children born to this union. Lacking a center the children will wander to and fro in the earth, and not finding it they will create new centers, as they did in the time of ancient Egypt, or Nineveh, Athens and Rome, London or Washington D.C., whose inhabitants must always, in their own continued self-interests, remain at war against the True Center of All Things which is God. And God is a God of War, that is His Name (Exodus 15:3; Revelation 15:1-3), This is the supreme reality of our time.
ADAM, NOT THE FIRST HUMAN BEINGS, BUT THE FIRST OF THE ANCIENT ANGELIC ORDER TO PERCEIVE AND UNDERSTAND THE UNITY OF ALL THINGS. ADAM WAS THE FIRST MONOTHEISTS IN THE EARTH.
When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel...(Deuteronomy 32:8).
All of this translates in the Scriptures into terms of the struggle that has been waged since the time of Adam, between the newly-created mind of Light in the world (afterwards symbolized by Abel, and then by Seth), which is able to perceive the Presence of God in all things, and in every other being, and the mind of Darkness (symbolized by Cain), which cannot. God ordained this struggle from the very beginning when They created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1), that is, when They set some things above or beyond human understanding, and some things below, or rather within our range of mental perceptions. Thus the words:
Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man...(John 1:51).
The struggle was activated tens of thousands of years before Cain and Abel when God placed in the very first human beings the first mixture of these two lights--the greater light to rule the Day, and the lesser light to rule the Night. (Genesis 1:14-18; 1 Thess.5). This means that God placed in those first human spirits a potential ability to distinguish a higher way from a lower--and in the primal human sense this involved a simple moral equation involving the means of distinguishing those ways that enhance life (which was good), from those that enhance death (which was evil). It was the first, basic level of discerning Light (life) from Darkness (death). It was primarily utilitarian in nature, not yet spiritual, yet served in time to balance the impulse for self preservation with a higher ethic, and with the possibilities of social conventions founded in the rule of law. In time--thousand and thousands of years later, as the human mind was slowly prepared for it, God finally appeared to that (archetypal) human couple we know as Adam. It was then that God placed in humanity an ability to transcend the common sense of life and death (those ideas associated with good and evil, light and darkness), and allowed man to see into the hidden order above. God gave Adam a glimpse of Their own invisible Presence as the Single Unifying Force in the universe, as the authors of both Day and Night, of both Life and Death. For a moment in time man realized that both Good and Evil flowed from the very same source. Adam--not the first human beings--was the first monotheists. They were also the first intentional pacifists in the earth, as it is written: Follow peace with all men, without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14). (Pacifism, it follows, must be the first-fruit of the Beautific Vision, the first result of one's ability to perceive the Presence of God in All things).
Adam was now set aside and distinguished from the rest of the primal human order. A new human order had been born. As such their minds were caught up into another dimension to the meaning of Life. They (Adam) realized that physical life was merely an image (an illusion if you will), or a reflection below of the higher reality that exists above--just beyond the range of normal human comprehension. God brought them into the Greater Light and placed them in the Garden of the Tree of Life--upon whose limbs all the mysteries of the Higher Realm are revealed and preserved. (And we reason that sometime prior to the events we associate with the Fall of man, and the subsequent collapse of the Atlantean age, the spirit of Adam also came across the sea to the land we now call America, enacting in their own lives the later history of the Nation-Church that would rise up in their name).
(We also reason that no one can tell what physical race Adam belonged to, or even that the first adepts of these mysteries were concerned about it, because the literary Adam of the Bible is an archetype, and their seed is not a physical seed but spiritual [understand John 1:12,13]. These mysteries went on to take hold in every continent, and among every race of humankind. And though these mysteries were first centered in Europe for what are now very obvious geo-metaphysical and historical reasons, we reason that the first adepts of this science, who were represented by every race together, understood why and agreed to it).
Isaiah, chapters 27 to 20; Matthew, chapter 24; Luke 21...(KJV)
Adam went from being able to distinguish good from bad, in its earthly, physical sense, to being able to distinguish the two from the One invisible Force that inhabits all things, the good and the evil alike, as Paul would say in time: All things are working to the good for those that love God, and who are called according to God's purposes (even those things that appear to be evil). The Unity of things-above was discovered to be an integral part, and the central reality of the duality of things-below. Adam learned that there are two kinds of Darkness: the Darkness wherein God hides (Psalm 18:11), and the darkness which keeps the mind of man from realizing that God is hiding in the Darkness. It is the latter form of darkness that we must fight against--and this battle must be waged against the "self," not against other human beings, for to fight against other human beings in the Name of God is to be fighting against God Himself. They learned that there are two kinds of Death: that which no human soul can avoid, the eventual death of the body, and the kind that brings about the death of the lower nature and the lower intellect, bringing the mind onto the plains of higher consciousness. This is the death that Paul speaks of when he says: Know ye not that ye who are baptized into Christ are baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3)...
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the Right Hand of God.
Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is did with Christ in God...(Colossians 3:1-3).
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being Rooted and Grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the Breadth, and Length, and Depth, and HEIGHT;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God...(Ephesians 3:17-19).
Such a death leads the mind upwards, into the higher heavens. Paul spoke of being caught up (or raptured), to the Third Heaven where he saw visions of Paradise and discovered the cosmic as well as the historic dimensions of the Tree of Life. And in the books of Enoch we read of that angel's ascent to the Seventh and Tenth heavens, there being a heaven corresponding to each of the Ten sefirot of the Tree of Life, thus to each of the heavenly spheres that divide the earth, the Sun and Moon, the planets, and the stars from one another, and therefore the various states of mind of which humankind is possessed from one another as well. We all dwell on the same physical planet, but we are not all of the same cosmic state of mind as it is written:
Hast thou with Him spread out the sky, which is strong, AND AS A MOLTEN LOOKING GLASS?...(Job 37:18):
Principalities and Powers, Thrones and Dominions
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the Stars, how high they are...(Job 22:12).
The sky is a mirror, which reflects back to earth, back through the prism of our own eyes, and across the spiritual landscape of our own individual minds, the hidden dimensions of reality--all the collective, interconnecting and overlapping levels of human consciousness. It is as Paul wrote:
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our lord...(Romans 8:38).
"In order to elevate our thoughts to a contemplation of the transcendent problems towards which the minds of the gnostics were carried...from the world of men, our earth, we must pass in thought through the sublunary spaces, visible and invisible, thence we must pass the Moon firmament, the heavens, into the ethereal spaces--the Star worlds, and their infinite inhabitants, spaces and regions, orders and hierarchies--bounded at the utmost limit of space and time, by the Great Firmament, The Ring 'Pass-Not' which marks off the phenomenal universe from the Universe of reality out of time and space. It is a boundary everywhere and nowhere." Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, by G.R.S. Mead.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers...(Colossians 1:16).
We will discover here how necessary it was for God to have the Sun and all the other planetary bodies moving around the earth in ancient times--before the Spirit finally instructed Nicholas Copernicus to put things back in their rightful place in the 16th century. The Earth-centered system taught man (Adam) how to sense his own central place in the cosmic scheme of things, and to realize that he was, indeed, the Temple of the Living God, and the repository of the Living Oracles. His own limbs were an extension of his own mind, and could project his thoughts into the Four quarters of the starry heavens and back. These seers (these ancient adepts of the hidden science) also discovered that if humanity was, indeed, created in the image of God (and if the Heaven and Earth were somehow what God looked like), then the heavenly bodies which moved about the earth, from East to West, each in their own spheres, were a sure sign of the various operations of God's Hands--not merely in the heavens above, but in the heavenly affairs of the whole human family. As above, so below was the watchword.
When I consider the heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?...(Psalm 8:3,4).
Thou hast ordered all things in measure, in number, in weight.
For thou canst shew forth Thy Great Strength at all times when Thou wilt, and who may withstand the Power of Thine Arm?...(Wisdom of Solomon 11:20,21).
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth...(Genesis 6:11-17; Matthew 24:36-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28).
We described the Ark in the fourth chapter of this work. We reconstructed its dimensions from the description of them at Genesis 6:14-16, but also from our understanding of the first chapter of Genesis. We said the first line is a record of the vast time that passed between the Creation of the universe (the Great Emanation), and the time six cosmic days later, when God appeared to the mind the Adam. (Genesis 1:1-27). The second line is also, according to the Scriptures, divided into six days of one thousand years each. It reflects the period of time that has transpired between God's revelation to Adam, six thousand years ago, and our own time. Together these lines create the dimensions of the Ark which is 300 cubits long and 50 cubits wide, or Six times longer than it is wide. Then into this vessel we layed the structure of the Tree of Life itself...
Making proper use of the Oracle then, which has been preserved for us since those ancient times, and without entering into all the meanings of God's creative acts, day by day, we will agree with Origen where he wrote:
"What man of sense will agree with the statement that the first, second, and third days, in which evening is named and the morning, were without sun, moon, and stars, and the first day without a heaven?"
Agreeing with Origen that the material sun, moon, and stars came forth on the first day of creation, we ask, then what do the Scriptures mean when they say?...
And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the Day from the Night , and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and for years (please read 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5 again):
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights, the Greater light to rule the Day, and the Lesser light to rule the Night: HE MADE THE STARS ALSO...
And there was evening and morning ON THE FOURTH DAY...(Genesis 1:14-19).
Genesis 1:14-19 speaks of the higher, spacial regions of the universe. Genesis 1:20-23 speaks of the middle, or the fluid regions, the sea and the air. And Genesis 1:24,25 speaks of the earth, or the solid region of matter. And the three are compared to events that took place on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth days of creation. But just as the text is not referring to the formation of the material sun and the moon, or the stars in space, so neither is it referring to the creation of literal birds and fish, or four-footed beasts in the earth. It refers rather to the Three-storied creation and development of the human life-force--of God's descent from the higher regions of His/Her own Spiritual domain, into the planet Earth, the creation of the human life-force on the Fourth day, and His rising up in time (His own awakening if you will), in the mind of Adam....
Even every one that is called by My Name: for I have Created him for my glory, I have Formed him; yea, I have Made him. (Isaiah 43:7).
The verses speak of the formation of the Higher Spirit in man; of the Soul of man (the middle region where spirit and form meet); and of the Body, or the lower material form of man itself. These verses speak of the spiritual domain, apart from the lower animal world that man inhabits; and then his intellectual and emotional qualities (the center of the Soul); and his sensual and physical qualities (the Body or the Flesh). It speaks of the Descent of God into human form, from the highest state of reality to the lowest--into the very primal (angelic) state of human consciousness itself, from which God has been elevating the mind of humanity since the time of Adam. They speak of the fact that the Tree of Life provided the model for the very first totem, which reflected the symbiotic relationship that existed between the soul of man and the soul of animals. They speak of the realization that when God first inspired and formed the mind of Adam in the earth, thousands upon thousands of years after the first humans were created, that Adam was able to look back across the world in which they lived and was able to look within and discern the nature of the various spirits that inhabited and motivated the rest of human kind. Some of their fellow human beings, like some of the other animal creatures around them, were violent and cruel. Others were gentle and kind. Some had the characteristics of the Fowls of the air (understand Genesis 15:11 and Jeremiah 7:33), all were like the fish of the sea. All of them functioning naturally and instinctively, even as God still gives them direction. (Every one on earth, except Adam, is obeying God. Only Adam has the power to disobey as it is written: For where no Torah is, there is no transgression...Romans 4:15). And while the entire human family is angelic in nature some in the human family were set aside to do the work of warring angels--fiery angels.
And another glory of the Stars, for one star differeth from another star in glory...(1 Corinthians 15:41).
Where then is the creation of the literal animal kingdom on earth referred to in Genesis? In the words: Let the earth bring forth grass (Gen.1:11), as it is also written: All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. (Isaiah 40: 6,7). Life on earth, however, first appeared with the words: Let there be light. (Gen.1:3). For in the language of the Scriptures Life and Light are equal to one another. Also, as we follow the second, or lower line in the structure of the Ark, from the Fourth day to the present, we notice two things: First, that God began to shape the physical and intellectual dimensions of humanity at the same time on the upper line as They (the Divine Mother and Father) appeared to the world in Christ on the second line--when the words began to take effect which say:
For God, who commanded the light (Life) to shine out of darkness, hath shined into our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ. (the Great Spiritual Sun)...(2 Corinthians 4:6).
We conclude then that the events of the Fourth day refer to that time in the way distant past when God--who had already created the visible heavens, and whose own Great Invisible Presence already filled the heavens and the earth--rose up in the Earth to create and indwell the first truly human species, as it is written: When the morning Stars sang together. (Job 38:7). Thus we reason that these lights are not only broken up now into the sparks that kindle the conscious soul of every living being (for every single human being is descended from the very same elements that were created in the center of great fiery, distant stars), but are the same that burn continuously from generation to generation in the Living Temple of God itself. This Temple is maintained by Adam, that is, by the mind of Christ.
Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16).
These lights--placed in the firmament of human understanding, hidden as they were from the mind of Darkness--were to be tended by Aaron and his seed (Exodus 27:20,21; 30:8-10), to give light upon the earth, and to deliver the children of the Day from the children of the Night in the last day, as Paul says:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a Woman with Child; and they shall not escape.
But ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of the Light, and the children of the Day: we are not of the Night, nor of Darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober...(1 Thess. 5).
Hear Enoch, and take in these my words, for not to my angels have I told my secret, and I have not told them their rise, nor of my endless realm, nor have they understood my creating which I tell thee today...(The Secrets of Enoch xxiv).
Thus these Stars, among the first and most ancient order(s) of humanity, as it is written: For one star differeth from another star in glory (1 Corinth. 15:39-41), are (again) the same that Paul refers to when he says::
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility (in a voluntary submission to other people's fallen world-view), and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen; vainly puffed up in his fleshly mind.
Not holding the Head (Kether--the Mind of God) from the Body (the whole world), which by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God...(Colossians 2:18,19).
This means that it should be increasingly clear to those who say they believe God created the heavens and the earth, that He was even more able, and capable of commanding the events of the 20th century, as Paul also says:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath (already) shewn it unto them.
For the invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (such as the fiery stars in the heavens above, thus), even His eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse...(Romans 1:18-20).
Malachi, chapter 4; Revelation, chapter 7 (KJV).
"The Bearers of the Throne mentioned in Sura 40.7, these are the Four angels in the form of an Eagle, a Bull, a Lion, and a Man; They are also called 'Those brought nigh.' (Sura 4.172). According to Ibn Abbas God will add four more to their number on the Day of Resurrection; hence the Qu'ran says: 'On that day the terror shall come to pass and heaven shall be split asunder. (See John 1:51). The angels shall stand upon its borders, and on that day Eight (all those who are situated around the Messiahs at the emanation named Majesty...see above) shall carry above them the Throne of the Lord. (Sura 69.15-17)." Islamic Spirituality, pp.327, 333.
"Israfil (the Metatron...the Angel of the Lord's Presence on the Tree of Life)...delivers commands, places spirits within bodies, and will blow the trumpet on the last day. With one of his Four wings he fills the West, with the second he fills the East, with the third he descends from heaven to earth, and with the fourth he keeps himself veiled. His two Feet are below the Seventh earth (understand the imagery), and his Head reaches the pillars of the Throne. When God wants something to happen in creation, He causes the pen to write upon the tablet (see Habakkuk 2:1-3), which is situated between Israfel's eyes (the mind of God), and then Israfel relays the commands to Michael." p.327.
"Men are forms manifesting the properties of the totality of the human-divine reality (elsewhere called the Perfect Man--Adam Kadmon) in respect to that reality's outward manifestation. The angels with all their various degrees are forms that manifest the properties of its inward states and faculties. Thus the supreme angels and the Bearers of the Throne are (all) related (to the image of the Perfect Divine Being on the Tree of Life) as the major organs are related to the faculties deposited in each of the limbs of the human body." p.333.
"When the sun has risen (as it did in the time of Christ), all that multitude of stars that were visible (to the early Church, and to the first adepts in these celestial mysteries) but is now not merely dimmed but becomes actually invisible through the pouring forth of (the Sun's) light. And upon its setting (here in the West) they begin all of them (once again) to shine out in their own true characters.
The purpose of their existence is, as the Lord Himself pronounced, not only to send forth light upon the earth (to divide the children of Light from the children of Darkness...see Gen.1:18), but also to give timely signs of coming events...Indeed it has happened that, by conjecture based on the movements of heavenly bodies, men have notified in advance a disturbance and shaking of the earth, and countless other unusual occurrences, proving the complete truth of the words, 'the stars were made for signs.'" Philo, On the Creation, 57-60.
For upon the day when they see the angels, there shall be no joy on that day for the guilty...
And on the day when the heaven shall burst asunder with the clouds, and the angels shall be sent down descending in ranks.
The kingdom on that day shall rightly belong to the Beneficent God, and a hard day shall it be for the unbelievers...(Sura 25.21-26).
(An excellent and timely work on this subject is Omens of Millennium, The Gnosis of Angels... by Harold Bloom. And concerning this Messianic (angelic) impulse that drives Russian consciousness one might read The Russian Idea, by Nikolai Berdyaev, published by the Lindisfarne Press).
Thus some members of the human family seemed to be "fixed" in place, just like the stars. They appear inflexible and somehow differently disciplined than others. According to the Divine Law of Correspondances we have been likening some of the families of Asia, China, the Koreas and Japan, and especially the Soviet spirit to these heavenly bodies. It is like staring up at the Seven Stars of the Great Bear Constellation, and realizing as the ancients did, that "it alone has no part in the baths of Ocean." Which means that it has no rising and setting. The minds that governed the old Soviet political and military order (and we speak of it as if it still exists), have not been called up into the fulness of the (Solar) mysteries of Christ, and cannot, therefore, fall from its precepts, disobey its commandments, or resist its transformative influences--as those "fallen angels" who boast of their exalted place in the spiritual order of things here in the West. Others have called this constellation the Mariner's Escort, because it sits alone in the heavens (always in the North), guiding the direction (the fate) of those who "go down to the sea in ships." (See Psalm 107)...
Thus other members of the human family have taken journeys, not only from one end of the earth to the other, but from one state of mind--through a whole range of spiritual, intellectual and emotional transformations--to another. Chief among these bodies are the Sun and the Moon. The ancient adepts, as they studied how the Sun gives its light to the Moon, and how she receives it, began to associate these two with the two side of the oracles of Life, the Male side and the Female side. Later the prophets also associated them with the two tribes, Levi and Judah (Christianity and Judaism), as it is written: And he hath made us priests and kings unto God. (Revelation 1:6). "As above so below," was the maxim, and by use of it the prophets were not only able to divine the mysteries of the human spirit but the future direction of historical events...
The Sun and Moon moved according to mind of the ancients within a set of spheres that were vastly interior to the fixed Stars. But the Planets, these too moved along lines removed from the Stars. They accompanied the Sun and Moon along their circuits. Unlike the two, however, who moved according to established and observable ordinances, the Planets gave the impression of being an unruly group who could not agree on any set course. Because they were always in such a state of disagreement the prophets saw in them the figures of those Gentiles (who appear heavenly), who would accompany the Nation-church to the ends of the Earth, and who are all presently mingled in the same Western sky with her:
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the Grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord YHShWH.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of the winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, Twice Dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out of their own shame; WANDERING STARS, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever...(Jude 4:12,13).
1982 (a pivotal year in the general nature of the times, when the great American Prophet, Ronald Reagan, was in power), opened with a sign from heaven which was variously perceived by those who possess a spiritual sense of the times, and variously scoffed at by those who lack a sense of God's awesome Presence in the affairs of the world. One headline read: "Jupiter Effect Fails to Bring Doom; No Increased Solar Activity Bombarded the Earth Yesterday...the Day of the So-Called Jupiter Effect." Another read:
EFFECT, Not End of the World, Just Unusual Sight...The planets cluster around the Sun in a 98.3 arc every 179 years...but in addition this time, an 11-year sun spot maximum cycle and a Full Moon occurred Thursday night. This marked the first time the three events occurred simultaneously since 949 A.D.
The February 14, 1982 New York Times reported: "March Doomsday? Don't Plan On It...Will the world come to an end on March 10, or at least suffer earthquakes, because the planets are lined up in a devastating configuration?...Religious tracts have notified millions around the world of this idea by relating it to biblical prophecy and the current fashion to predict the imminent end of the world." Had these reporters access to the ancient maxims (As above, so below), they might have wondered if there was any correlation between these celestial events and the historic fact that while the peoples of the West are assembled on the same side of the heavens as the Sun and the Moon (at the places numbered Seven and Eight on the Tree of Life), they have forsaken the ordinances of Levi and Judah, as well as the words:
Measure thou the time diligently in itself; and when thou seest part of the signs past which I told you before...Then thou shalt understand that it is the very same time wherein the Most High will begin to visit the world which He made.
Therefore when there shall be earthquakes, AND UPROARS OF PEOPLES IN THE WORLD, then shalt thou well understand that the Most High spake of these things from the beginning.
For as like all that is made in the world hath a beginning and an end, and the end is manifest: even so the times of the Highest have plain beginnings in wonders and powerful works, and endings in effects and signs...(2 Esdras 9:1-6).
The significance of March 10 of that year was not in the planets' alignment, but in their disalignment. God set the cycles of the planets and other heavenly bodies in motion long ago so that they would come together in this particular disarrangement on the very day that they did...Wherefore they call these days Purim. (Esther 9:24-32). March 9, and 10 fell on 15 Adar, the day of Purim. Doomsday? Not for the children of Israel.
Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983 The Year of the Bible; John-Paul named it The Holy Year of Redemption. Perhaps they had witnessed the Seventh and final eclipse of 1982 (December 29). It was a spectacular affair. On this morning the Sun and the Moon could be seen rising together...
The Sun was ascending in the East, and the Moon, which was eclipsed by the earth, was suspended near the Western horizon. Then, as the Sun rose and the first rays of light struck the Moon, the two appeared to ascend together. If one was caught up in the majesty of it all they could have reached out with one hand toward the Sun and the other toward the Moon. With heart and mind elevated toward God, the Creator of All, they could proclaim: Let my prayers, and my praise, O Lord, be set forth before Thee as incense: and the lifting up of my hands as the Evening Sacrifice...(Psalm 141).
As Above, So Below...A Hidden Center, A Dragon and a Great Bear Constellation
The mystery of the Seven stars which thou sawest in my Right Hand, and the Seven golden candlesticks. The Seven stars are the angels of the Seven churches: and the Seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the Seven churches...(Revelation 1:20).
"As to the relation between the mystique (of the number Seven) and the Moon, Philo has a passage...'Seven,' he says, 'affects even the periodical changes of the moon.' In other words, while he accepts the seven-day phases, he says that the moon behaves as it does because of the number's prior power. Seven belongs to the archetypal divine realm...His metaphysics may be less than persuasive, but in substance he is right...
Ursa Major (the Great bear) is direct and clear cut. It is neither inferred nor constructed. It is simply there, taken in visually. One of its main stars is fainter than the rest, but they are easily seen as Seven on a clear night. Throughout most of the Northern hemisphere...it is visible at all times of the night and all times of the year...
By tracing the Shamanic myths of the constellation (we learn of ) the adoption of its stars by Indo Europeans as the Seven Rishis (the Seven wise ones, and), as sources of cosmic harmony and perennial wisdom...The possibility that Ursa accounts for the whole northern Seven mystique already had arisen. ...We need to ask (however) what status Ursa Major had in the Middle East and whether it was conspicuous enough to promote the mystique derived from it. We also need to ask whether the mystique took shape there independently or came as an import...It appears that the Seven Rishis might have entered Mesopotamia as the Seven Sages (and later as the Bishops of the Seven Churches)...
If the Seven mystique in the Middle East was a product of Ursa Major the Sumerians were not responsible. Nor were the settled 'Semitic' peoples, the Canaanites, for instance. Though the Canaanite's Phoenician descendants were great sea-farers, they steered by Ursa Minor. (?) Yet Semites had the same mystique as the Sumerians. An outside influence is needed...That is what we already have in the Indo-Aryan context (the original Shemites). Santillana and von Dechend hit on it in the passage quoted; where they say that 'the cosmic ordering is mythically dictated by the Seven sages,' as they are often cryptically mentioned in India and elsewhere. '...They are the Seven Rishis or Seven Seers of the Indo-Aryans,' identified with the stars, whom we have glimpsed apparently passing into Mesopotamia as the Seven Sages, the Sebettu, founders of Seven cities...In Mesopotamia, Ursa Major had a place in a sort of preastrology before the listing of the planets...Ursa Major itself was MAR-GID-DA, the Waggon of the Heavens...Mar-GiD-Da--(Me-GiD-Don...Zechariah 12:11). The Dawn Behind the Dawn, by Geoffrey Ashe, pp.80-86.
__________And he gathered them together into a place in the Hebrew tongue called (AR)M(A)G(E)DD(ON) ...(Revelation 16:16).
WEAL AND WOE: AN EXORTATION..."And there will be no strength to withstand it, neither any hope for (the guilty). Who will be able to withstand God's angels, for like a blazing fire they will execute judgment, and His spirits will wreak vengeance. Mere mortals that ye be, how will ye escape? For behold, man is like grass that sprouts from its ground, and his glory blossoms like a fire; when once God's breath has blown upon it, its roots wither, and the wind carries off its flower, so that it has no continuence...Wherefore my people, now hearken unto me, and ye fools give mind to me, and grow wise through awareness of God's Power. Recall the wonders which He wrought in Egypt, and His portents in the land of Ham, and so let your hearts take fright at the terror He wields." The Dead Sea Scriptures, by Theodore Gaster, p.430.
"An evident sign that thou mayest understand when the end of all things is coming on earth. When swords in the star-lit heaven appear by light toward dusk (America) and toward dawn (Russia and the East). This is the consummation of war, which God whose dwelling is in heaven is bringing to pass." The Sibylline Oracle III.796.
Mine Hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My Right Hand hath spanned the heavens, when I call unto them they stand up together...(Isaiah 48:6-14).
THE SONS OF GOD AND THE DAUGHTERS OF MEN
Then the Lord answered Job...
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof...or who hath stretched a line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the Morning Stars sang together, and all the Sons of God shouted for joy...(Job 38:1-7).
And it came to pass, when men (the race of Adam) began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
That the sons of God (the first order of humankind, with all of its natural warring ways), saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and took them wives of all which they chose...(Genesis 6:1,2).
So when we read of how the children of Seth went down in ancient times to cohabit with the darker spirits, it was not their natural genes that were getting lost (there is absolutely no prohibition in the Law of God against intermarriage between the natural races of human kind), but it was the instructions and the teachings of their parents--the spiritual adepts who lived at that time--that were being confused. The teachings of Adam/Manu were new in the earth, for in Adam God was creating an entirely new order of humankind--a new angelic order, the order of Man. These teachings involved the precepts of the Oneness of God's Presence in the sum of all things--in the ways of peace as well as in the ways of war, in the evil as well as the good. (This was a very radical departure from the common view of reality, and still is). And as a result these teachings carried with them an absolute requirement and dedication to the principles of pacifism (giving birth to the spirit of Abel), without which the whole idea of the Oneness of God, and of a truly New Order of humanity collapses, and is rendered meaningless. The precepts, of course, were forsaken.
Thus the Lord said: My spirit shall not always strive with man (with Adam), for that he is also flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
And there were Giants in the earth in those days; and also after that (even in our own times), when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men (unto the children of Adam), and they bare children unto them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually...(Genesis 6:3-5).
And Giants were born unto them. This means that as the confusion that was engendered between the union of the one state of mind and the other took hold (one pacifistic and Christ-like, and the other natural and war-like), it increased and grew up to govern the thinking of "large" amounts of people. The Roman Church is one such giant (it is none other than Goliath himself), as are the Russian, the European, and American empires in our times (not to fail to mention the giant corportions that are presently treading roghshod over the earth). So, as the teachings, and those emerging Atlantean and Indo-European tribes who subscribed to them, grew in power and stature among the ancient peoples of the earth, giants appeared and the cult of Nimrod was born. (And therefore the hiding and the allegorization of the mysteries by the true spiritual adepts of those times. The sons of Darkness--the spirit of Cain and Nimrod--were getting hold of the ideas and were perverting them, just as they are at this very time in history)...
Unable to rise up to the higher meanings of things, the sons of Darkness (Cain and his ilk), conscripted the teachings and brought them down, forcing upon them their own reasonings and interpretations in order to make them conform to their own fallen world view. And so it says that It repented God that He had made man in the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. (Genesis 6:6-13). But how, we ask, could God be grieved to have happening in the earth exactly what They ordained to happen? Had They no foresight? Was there a force lurking in the cosmos that was equal, or more powerful than They, something that could upset the creative design? Did God not let Truth fall, so that the mind of humanity could witness the effects of it all? And did They not follow it up with Truth again and again in the form of revelation, and send it out into the world again and again, in order to overturn the works of Darkness and gather all things together in the Mystery of Christ in the last day? If these things are so, then we must rise above the written word in order to interpret it. It says that it "repented" God, not because God was confused, or because God discovered that They had somehow made a terrible mistake in creating man, but because the written word came into the earth to produce certain effects in the heart and mind of man. It requires us to question it, to look within it in order to discover its fullest meanings. And at last it drives the God-within-us to repentance as we discover our own part in this drama, and as we survey the worldwide effects of our own fallen state.
We may extend the same logic to the words: For, behold, the Lord will come with Fire, and with His chariots, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. (Isaiah 66:15). For how can God be angry at the things They themselves have created? Especially at a people that has no more of a higher mind in them than God was willing to impart. The meaning is not that God is "angry" but that the forces of Divine Justice that God has created will render their anger (if we can perceive it is as such), or their righteous indignation, upon the forces of Darkness that God also created. But humanity first had to experience this face of Darkness, this spirit of disobedience and violence, oppression, and injustice, that has come into the world in the Name of God. We had to experience it so that we could also see for ourselves what God absolutely will not tolerate in the age to come. God is demonstrating it by rising up against the wickedness in humanity in the collective form of humanity itself. How will future generations know when God is risen? When that which is Darker than darkness has risen, and when that which is more Deadly than death itself is abroad in the earth. (Deut.32:39-42; Daniel 12:7; Rev.10:5,6):
There is none holy as the Lord (as the whole of Reality itself): for there is none beside Thee; neither is there any Rock like our God.
Talk no more so exceedingly proudly; let not arrogance come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed...
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up...
He will keep the Feet of His saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall He thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and He shall give strength unto His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed...(1 Samuel 2:1-10).
Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven (out of the East) with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his Power...(2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Isaiah 66:15,16).
Though thou exalt thyself as the Eagle (in the West), and though thou set thy nest among the Stars (in the East), thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.
If thieves came to thee (from the West), if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?
How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up...(Obadiah 4-6).
I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, wherein hast Thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord, yet I loved Jacob.
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, the border of wickedness, and, the people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever...(Malachi 1:2-5).
What are the "borders of wickedness?" They are the extent of understanding, or the limits to which the children of this world (Esau) will travel within their own narrow, cultural, religious, and nationalistic points of view (but no further), in pursuit of the knowledge of God. As soon as one transcends their own limited world-view, and enters the domain of correct interpretation and right action, they have come upon the borders of the Promised Land--the Land of Israel.
There are those in the Black Revisionist movement who contend that Esau is the "white man" pure and simple, and that God hates him pure and simple. While European man definitely bears the burden of the word spoken against Esau, the belief itself is childish and not very well thought out. First of all it is unscientific, and holds that Esau (the White race) and Jacob (the Black race) were literally (not figuratively) born from the same womb, at the same time, one hated and one loved. (Genesis 25:23). Like others who espouse such ideas, it leaves us with a God who is cold and emotionless, responsive only to the physical struggles of some of Their children (Their Black children for instance), but not to the psychological and spiritual, thus not to the inner, as well as epic struggles and supplications of Their other children. The doctrine itself falls apart when subject to the rigorous disciplines of higher thought, nor does it take into account the import of the words which say: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13). Besides, no one can tell what "color" a person actually is until they find out what frequency that soul is resonating at. The outer man is just a shell or a garment containing the spiritual essence of the individual--the soul, and must ultimately be set aside, and all attachments to it broken, as the soul enters the spiritual realm. Esau rather, like his brother Jacob, is another literary archetype, a figure of the Hebrew genius. He never actually existed. He is ultimately the figure of every one, regardless of race and nationality, who hates his brother, and who over the long process of history has learned to express this hatred through the use of the sword and other forms of violence. Esau is another figure of the "natural man," one who lacks an understanding of spiritual matters, and of the process of spiritual maturation in others:
And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O father.
And he said, thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
And he said, Is he not rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times (see Hebrews 12:14-17): he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given unto him for servants; and with the corn and wine (the fruit of the harvest) have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee my son?
And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the Dew of heaven from above. (See Deuteronomy 32).
And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will slay my brother Jacob...(Genesis 27:32-41).
We will recall in the previous chapters that we applied the words at Hebrews 12:14-17 (which are an allusion to the king of Babylon's vision in Daniel, chapter 4), to the likes of Thomas Woodrow Wilson who rose up to brandish the sword of Christian righteousness during the First World War, and the description of Esau to those who followed him and all the presidents after him right into the events of our time. We applied the words concerning Esau to all those in the West who would continue to sacrifice their birthright to the kingdom of God for one extra measure of material comfort or physical well-being--while their more spiritual brothers and sisters are offering the kind of spiritual sacrifices, and experiencing the kind of hardships and persecutions that come with attempting to live a true spiritual witness in America...
Then answered I and said, What shall be the parting asunder of the times? or when shall be the end of the first, and the beginning of it that followeth?
And he said unto me, From Abraham unto Isaac, when Jacob and Esau was born of him, Jacob's hand first held the Heel of Esau.
For Esau is the end of the world, and Jacob is the beginning of it that followeth.
The hand of man is betwixt the Heel and the Hand: other questions, Esdras, ask not...(2 Esdras 6:7-10).
And as we worked our way into the twists and turns of the Hebrew oracles we said that just as Jacob was never a literal, individual person, but rather a Hebrew archetype (a figure of humanity itself), so likewise, Esau is also a Hebrew "type." The two are another in a series of "brother" or "twin" figures that speak to the common elements of light and darkness that dwell in every individual. We also reasoned that Jacob has his own dark side, his own mirror image in the world below, a beguiling one who appears in the garments of light, a subtle one who comes with the name of James (Jacob). We said: Be not as Esau, who gave up his birthright to the world above.
The figure of Esau, however, like all spiritual phenomena, is also subject to the Law of Correspondences which states: "As above so below," and by further reasoning "As in the West so in the East." Just as we can trace the warrior spirit of America (the modern Chaldeans) across Germanic Europe, back to the Scythes who descended out of the steppes of Russia in the 6th century B.C. (the original forces of Gog and Magog), so we can trace the path of the figurative Esau into the steppes and plains of ancient Russia as well. This spirit of Esau ventured into the East from the center of the Oracles thousands of years before it came across the times to the West in the mystery of Christ...
Jacob was commanded to go on a journey, away from the spiritual center of the Hebrew mysteries, in order to discover the meanings of life itself. It is the path every truly spiritual individual takes away from the moment of its own conception, or away from the times of its own innocence, or from its first moment of spiritual inspiration. It is the path of spiritual maturation. And along the way he was commanded to take a wife, not from among the Canaanites but from among his own kinsmen--the Syrians. This, because in the allegorical meanings of the Hebrew Scriptures Syria is a symbol of Israel's own lower nature, his own peculiar wanderings--just as the Canaanites and their kinsmen are a symbol of the lower nature of the Gentiles...
And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage..(Deuteronomy 26:1-10)..
And where it says: When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, interpret it to mean: When thou art come into the State of Mind which the Lord thy God giveth thee. The Syrian ready to perish in this text is each person's own former self). The journey is one of human experience, and the women Jacob will encounter along the way, and marry, is Divine Wisdom. It is She who reveals Herself in the depths and in the fulness of human experience itself--She is present everywhere, and is the author Herself of the entire Human story. This is why Jacob marries Four wives because Divine Wisdom has apportioned Herself throughout all Four directions of the earth. Jacob is a figure of the spiritual aspirant (the spiritual nation) who, preordained in his or her own lifetime, will eventually attain to this Wisdom, wrestle with their own angel, overcome themself and the world, and finally return to the center. Esau however:
Was Forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beer'i the Hittite and Bash-e-math the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah...(Genesis 26:34,35).
And when Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Pa-Dan-Aram, to take a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
And Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Pa-Dan-Aram.
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;
Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Ma-ha-lath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Ne-ba-joth, to be his wife...(Genesis 28:6-9).
Now these are the generations of Esau, who is EDOM.
Esau took wives (thus the ideas and the philosophies, and the natural impulses) of the daughters of Canaan; ADAH the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and AHOLIBAMAH the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
And BASHEMATH Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nabajoth.
And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reu-el;
And Aholibamah bare Je-ush, and Ja-a-lam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him IN THE LAND OF CANAAN.
And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land of Canaan, and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob...
And Esau dwelt in mount Seir: ESAU IS EDOM...(Genesis 36:1-8).
The wives of Esau bare FIVE sons in the land of Canaan, and all of them went away (Eastward) from the face of Jacob to dwell in the land of Edom, which is mount Seir...
The Hebrew adepts appeared in the center of Europe in the time of Abraham; they came up again under the name of Dan at the time of Moses and Jehoshua; and they came back up into the center of these Hebrew mysteries in the time of Christ. But in the Fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites (the people of the West) is not yet full...(Genesis 15:16).
Not realizing how these types, as well as these corresponding place-names, were used by the Biblical authors, the translators and map makers of the middle ages (and right on up to our own time) will place this Edom in the Middle East, on the other side of the Jordan River in land of Palestine. We, instead, will follow the lines that lead Eastward from the center of the Oracle and arrive in ancient Russia, as it is written of Esau: Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle (in the West), AND THOUGH THOU SET THY NEST AMONG THE STARS (in the East)...(Obadiah 4-6). And we will say that these FIVE sons are the same the Gospels refer to when they say:
Suppose ye that I am come to bring peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
From henceforth there shall be FIVE in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against the daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law....(Luke 12:51-56).
These Five, or rather their spiritual descendants, did not only rise up against each other during the early days of the Russian Revolution, reds against whites, and whites against reds, but they are opposed to each other still, capitalist reformers against communists, against Slavophiles and other nationalists, against all others. God has sustained all of the ancient archetypal divisions among men into our own times, and has also brought all the conditions that held just prior to the First World War to bear upon the world again. It is all to demonstrate to the world itself how humanity is absolutely incapable of bringing peace to the world in the existing paradigm--for if peace could be achieved by any of the world's present rulers, in their unspiritual, deeply divided and conflicted states of mind, the world would suppose that true Justice had arrived as well, and that God approves of all the wickedness that is presently being accomplished in the earth in Their Name. Mercy and Truth are met together; Righteousness and Peace have kissed each other (Psalm 85:10)
That the spirit of Esau is coming to fruition in both America and Russia at this present time--in the political and economic aspirations of those who are attempting to bring the evils of Capitalism and the Western market economy to Russia, as well as to the rest of the world--is reflected in the words:
The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the Rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Though thou exalt thyself as an Eagle (in the West), and though thou set thy nest among the Stars (in the East), thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.
If thieves come to thee, if robbers by night...would they not have stolen until they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? (But the market economists from the West, and the market "reformers" in the East, would leave Russia stripped and clean bare if God would allow them).
How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his his hidden things sought up!...
(Also) for thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever...(Obadiah 4-6, 10).
The remainder of the short book of Obadiah may be interpreted as an indictment against the brutal Slavic spirit, and against the Russian Orthodox Church that has inflamed and inspired it over the centuries, for the great sins it has committed against others in the name of Christ, and in the name of Holy Russia, and for the sins it has committed against the Jews over the course of history--for all the violence it has committed against its brother Jacob.
TSAR NICHOLAS II MADE A SAINT BY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Honouring Tyrant Who Provoked Revolution
MOSCOW__In a move certain to heighten Jewish feelings of isolation in the new Russia, leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church have voted to canonize the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II.
Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their four children were killed by their Bolshevik guards in July 1918, a year after the monarch was deposed in the Russian Revolution of February 1917. They and 850 others were canonized in an August 14 vote by the Jubilee Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The tsar is remembered in Jewish history as the last of a ruthless dynasty that brutally persecuted Russian Jews, then the world's largest Jewish community, for more than a century. Tsarist persecutions prompted a mass Jewish flight from Russia, the largest migration in Jewish history, which in turn laid the foundation of modern American Jewry and modern Israel.
Under Soviet rule, however, the tsar became the focus of a durable folk mythology, which holds in some versions, that the royals were killed by Jews in a ritual murder. The charge has at times been repeated by individual members of the Russian Orthodox clergy, and it occasionally appears in books and other publications...
"In the last Orthodox monarch of Russia and in the members of his Family we see people who sincerely sought to live by the commandments of the Gospel," the church said in a written statement on the canonization. "In the suffering endured in captivity by the Imperial Family with humbleness, patience and meekness, in their martyr's death during the night of 17 July 1918, the evil-defeating light of the faith of Christ was revealed." Forward, Aug. 25, 2000.
That the spirit of Esau has made its dwelling in the East among the Stars (among pre-Adamic angelic powers--warrior spirits that could never be converted to the ultimate perfection of Christianity for the very reason that it is not their calling in the earth), and that these powers will rise up in the cause of human redemption (carrying the violent and nationalistic spirit of Esau along with them), is reflected in the words:
And he said, the Lord came from Sinai (from the height of human comprehension), and rose up FROM SEIR unto them: He shined forth from mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of saints; from His Right Hand went a fiery law for them...(Deuteronomy 33:2).
PARAN...Breaking Forth...from "pa-ar," to gleam, embellish, also to explain (i.e., make clear) oneself.
From "pu-rah,"...ornamentation, i.e., foliage, the limbs, as bright green, bough, branch...To shake a tree--beautify, boast, go over the boughs, glorify self. Strong's Concordance.
O Lord, I have heard Thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.
And His brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of His Hand; and there was a hiding of His Power...(Habakkuk 3:2-4).
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also the heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things which are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we receive a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE...(Hebrews 12:26-29).
CONCERNING THE KINGS OF EDOM
The Scriptures speak of The kings that reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the children of Israel (Genesis 36:31-36; 1 Chronicles 1:43-50). To the Kabbalist these rulers of Edom represent the "Unbalanced State of Mind." They represent every form of government, as well as every pattern of individual human thought, that is out of balance, out of harmony, or out of alignment with the hidden, universal dimensions of the Tree of Life. They represent every mind unwilling, or incapable of comprehending, not only the perfectly balanced principles of creation--the same that are unfolding and revealing themselves to the mind of Man--but the universal intentions of the Mind of Nature itself as they are also unfolding and revealing themselves everywhere in the world around us. Thus the kings of Edom come to power at the end of every age when the Darkness, and the resistance to the Light is at its greatest intensity, as it is written: Beware of the leaven of Herod. (Mark 8:15). Herod too was an Edomite king, and all the things we believe to have happened in his time actually represent things that will finally come to pass in our time. The Edomite kings represent the state of mind that existed in the world just prior to the words: And let there be light. (Genesis 1:2; Jeremiah 4:23):
"This we have learned in the Book of Concealed Mystery: that the Ancient of the Ancient Ones before he prepared His conformations (in the equilibrium of balance) formed certain kings, collected certain kings, and gave due proportion unto certain kings; but they only subsisted for a time until He could expel them; and in that time He hath concealed them.
This is intimated in the words, Gen.36:31: 'And these are the kings which have reigned in Edom. In the land of Edom;' that is, in the place where all judgments exist.
But all these subsisted not until the Head (Kether) of the Ancient of the Ancient Ones was disposed. (This means, not until, or not before God revealed Their own Presence to Adam in the higher dimensions of Reality, as it is written: Where there is no law there is no transgression...Where there is no Balance, or Unity, there cannot be Imbalance or Disunity...Where there is no Order there cannot be Disorder...Romans 4:15). When this was conformed, He disposed all the inferior conformations, and all the superior and inferior forms were thus arranged.
Thus we learn that unless the Head (or ruling power, or government) of a nation...be first properly constituted, that nation cannot be properly ruled. For if the Head be first disposed aright, then all things can be ordained; but if that be not first disposed aright, neither can the nation be governed aright.
The ordering of all things is from the Ancient of Days. For before that He was disposed in His conformation, nothing (further) could be ordained." The Greater Holy Assembly, The Kabbalah Unveiled, pp.174, 75.
"The 'prior world' of Kabbalism, that is, the emanation of the Seven Edomite Kings, is termed the world of 'Nepesh,' and it was destroyed with the souls belonging to it because evil prevailed therein. The actual world is that of 'Ruah,' in which good and evil are confused, but good comes out of the evil and at last all shall be good. Then a new world shall succeed, being that of 'Neshamah,' and this will be the Sabbath of Grace. It follows therefore that the present order must pass away, and this is symbolized by the Eighth Edomite King, as recorded in 1 Chronicles 1:43-50 (see also Revelation 17:11). In the day of this destruction the spirits of impurity, namely the shells, shall be burnt up entirely. God will establish a new creation and will bring forth His glorious Light, the mystery of the Neshamah of His Great Name. The dominion of the Neshamah is the King who shall rule over Israel, and in that day the Lord shall be One, and Their Name shall be One." The Holy Kabbalah, p.421.
That they might be called Trees of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that They might be glorified...(Isaiah 61:3).
"As it acts in the world, the Tao is like the bending of a bow. The top is bent downward; the bottom is bent up. It adjusts excess and deficiency so that there is perfect balance. It takes from what is too much and gives to what isn't enough.
Those who try to control, who use force to protect their power, go against the direction of the Tao. They take from those who don't have enough and give to those who have far too much.
The Master can keep giving because there is no end to her wealth. She acts without expectation, succeeds without taking credit, and doesn't think she is better than anyone else." The Tao Te Ching, saying 77. A New English Version by Stephan Mitchell.
Use the Force, Luke.
"The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds.
It is always present with you. You can use it any way you want." (Be careful!). Saying 6.
And be not ashamed to confess thy sins; AND FORCE NOT THE COURSE OF THE RIVER...(Ecclesiasticus 4:26).
"If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to follow the Tao. Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous the people will be. (The prohibitions in the Torah are in keeping with the higher reality of the Tao. They shall all be abrogated under the dominion of the Tree of Life). The more weapons you have, the less secure the people will be. The more subsidies you have, the less self-reliant the people will be. (Do not eliminate subsidies, see that there is no need for them).
Therefore the Master says: I let go of the Law, and the people become honest. (Because the law is now written in their own hearts). I let go of economics, and the people become prosperous. (Because they are now serving each other, and the welfare of the Planet itself). I let go of religion (because Love is the True Religion) and the people become serene. I let go of all desire for the common good (not as an Adam Smith or an Ayn Rand but as Christ and the Buddha, knowing that all things flow from the One, and that all is working together to the good), and the good becomes common as grass." Saying 57.
"Whoever is planted in the Tao will not be rooted up. Whoever embraces the Tao will not slip away. Her Name will be held in honor from generation to generation.
Let the Tao be present in your life and you will become genuine. Let it be present in your family and your family will flourish. Let it be present in your country and your country will be an example to all countries in the world. Let it be present in the universe and the universe will sing.
How do I know this is true? By looking inside myself." Saying 54.
"When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea (or a Lake...understand Revelation 20:14), all streams run downwards into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive.
A great nation is like a great man: when he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts.
If a nation is centered in the Tao, if it nourishes its own people and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others, it will be a light to all nations in the world." Saying 61.
The Winter Solstice, 1991...The Soviet Union has collapsed. The mind of Darkness now rules from one side of the earth to the other.
And the Sun and the Moon shall be darkened (neither Christianity nor Judaism will shed their true light, and the world shall tremble out of balance), and the Stars shall withdraw their shining...(Joel 3:15).
And they (the people) worshipped the dragon (the Great Self, the collective lower nature in man) which gave power unto the Beast: and they worshipped the Beast (the prevailing power in the earth), saying, Who is like unto the Beast? who is able to make war with him?...(Revelation 13:4).
President Jacques Chirac of France called the accord the elimination "of the last remnants of the cold war." President Boris N. Yeltsin of Russia said "We are determining the face of the future European environment." And Mr. Clinton said, "We look toward a new century with a new Russia and a new NATO working in a new Europe of unlimited possibility."...
The idea of expanding NATO is not new for Mr. Clinton. He took his first steps in 1994 at a NATO summit meeting in Brussels, where he helped begin the Partnership For Peace program, which granted the new Eastern European Democracies a relationship with NATO...
But the program was overshadowed by finger pointing among the NATO Allies over the war in Bosnia. Neither the United States nor any Western European country seemed willing to take decisive action to stop the carnage...By the summer of 1995, as Bosnian Serb troops overran so-called safe areas of the United Nations, NATO's very future seemed at stake. "We and our allies were on the verge of losing faith in the very institutions we had created."
With humiliation in Europe looming and a reelection campaign before him, Mr. Clinton acted with a decisiveness he had not shown before. The United States rallied its allies to carry out air strikes against the Bosnian Serbs, and undertook the diplomacy in Dayton, Ohio, that brought about a peace agreement...
"The last time Europe was this peaceful is when the Roman Empire existed," said Dan Plesch, director of the British American Security Information Council, a research organization on military issues. "How do you consolidate that? You do it by economic development and much more ambitious arms control."...
For Mr. Clinton the course is clear. "NATO will provide greater stability in all of Europe, including Russia," he said confidently today. The New York Times.
CLINTON: BEWARE HISTORY'S TURN OF WHEEL
by James P. Pinkerton
To build support for his Kosovo policy, President Bill Clinton has played seemingly every historical-rhetorical card: World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam--even the struggle against hate crimes and discrimination against gays and lesbians. But Clinton's orgy of analogy only proves, as Alexander Pope wrote nearly three centuries ago, "a little learning is a dangerous thing"--and so drink deep, the poet advised, or drink not at all from the spring of wisdom.
Clinton's arguments show that he has learned the contradictory lessons of the last century of statecraft and that he agrees with all of them. The most poignant of these historical references is World War I, which was triggered by an assassination in the Balkan city of Sarajevo, just 100 miles from Kosovo.
ONE BY ONE IN THE SUMMER OF 1914, THE GREAT POWERS OF EUROPE WERE PPULLED BY THEIR ALLIANCES INTO THECAULDRON OF CONFLICT...
Serbia is no strategic threat to America. But that doesn't mean that Milosovic is completely without retaliatory capacity; it was Serb terror that precipitated World War I and, since enemies tend to have long memories, an act of vengeance (For vengeance is Mine, saith the Lord...Deut.32:35-42; Heb.10:30,31) could come in a year, a decade, or a century.
Americans have gotten used to push-button conflicts in which we suffer virtually no casualties. But our power, however well-intentioned and well-aimed, feels far different to those who have been on the receiving end of a cruise missile or who think they may be next. IF CLINTON UNDERSTOOD HISTORY AS WELL AS HE CLAIMS TO, HE WOULD BE MORE COGNIZANT OF THE COST TO A PROUD POWER WHEN THE HISTORICAL WHEEL TURNS. AS IT SURELY WILL.
While the collapse of the Soviet Order seemed to diminish any means God was employing to keep His Power intact in that region of the world (China and the other Asian nations notwithstanding), many other conditions conducive to the birth of both right thought and the coming age were satisfied. By shaking that limb of the World Tree God has brought about the necessary state of chaos and confusion in the world (by calling up all of the demons of division if you will), all of which is leading to the formation of True Spiritual Order in the earth--the government of Messiah. But first, the prophecies must be fulfilled which speak against the Mind of Darkness in the earth. Thus the words:
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the Stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North.
I will ascend above the heights of the Clouds: I will be like the Most High...(Isaiah 14:13,14).
In all of these events God is also shaking all the children of Light out from among the children of Esau. In Russia this means that God has created a spiritual climate, an opening of the mind, and a way of escape for those unwilling conscripts of the Soviet, and now the Russian state. These, like their brothers and sisters in the West, will refuse to fight for the state, as the two states, America and Russia, rise up to meet each other in the final battle...
Behold, a noise of tumult, with thunder and with earthquake, and uproar in the land.
And, behold, Two Great Dragons came forth ready to fight, and their cry was great.
And at their cry all nations were prepared to fight that they might fight against the righteous people...
(But) having passed through all doors (the gates of spiritual understanding), Esther stood before the king, who sat upon his Royal Throne, and with all his robes of Majesty...and he was very dreadful.
Then lifting up his countenance that shone like Majesty, he looked very fiercely upon her...
Then God changed the spirit of the king into mildness...
She said unto him, I saw thee my lord as an Angel of God, and my heart was troubled for fear of Thy Majesty...(Apocalypse of Esther 14:5-11; 15:6-16).
For no sadder spectacle could be witnessed in heaven than the sight of those who consider themselves to be children of God in one part of the world rising up against the children of God from another part of the world, for the purpose of killing, murdering, and destroying each other from off the face of the earth. The children of God are absolutely forbidden to serve the nations of this world, or to fight in their wars. (Study the law concerning the Nations, and those concerning the Giving Unto Caesar):
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him...
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked...(1 John 2:4, 6).
This "not walking as Christ walked" is the sin of Christianity in the West. It is the sin of Esau's church--the Russian and other Orthodox Churches--in the East. This attachment to violence, and to the rulers of these violent nations (to their caesars and tsars, and now presidents), to their visions of nationalistic grandeur, and to their historic inability--despite the beauty and the majesty of their rituals, and the loftiness of their words--to discern the Presence of God in the affairs of this age, has brought the spirit of Esau to the day of judgment--a day wherein every man's works will be manifest, and tried, as Paul said, by the Fire of God's Divine Presence (1 Corinthians 3:13).
Thus every present event, from the fall of the Soviet order until now, have all been a prelude to the final judgment wars that shall sweep the earth as it is written:
Prepare ye among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. (Notice the words spoken against those who have turned the precepts of Christ upside down at Isaiah 5:11-30).
Assemble yourselves, and come all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: Thither cause Thy mighty ones to come down O Lord.
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat (understand 2 Chronicles 20:1-20), for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
PUT YE IN THE SICKLE, FOR THE HARVEST IS RIPE: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION: for the Day of the Lord is near in the valley of Decision...(Joel 3:9-14).
Do we fear God, and believe the prophets? Or do we fear men, and believe what the worldly ones have to say about these great and terrible matters? I set before thee this day Life and Death, choose Life that thou mayest live. The wicked ones are finally caught in their own snares, and when they realize that their time is short will resort to any means--threats, arrests, broad suspensions of civil rights and constitutional guarantees, mass imprisonments, and the executions and murder of the sons and daughters of Light (the Evening Sacrifice)--to see that the Word of Life, and the Gospel of Christ is cut off from the people. These are the fiery trials of the faith that we have been commanded to endure:
Hear now these things, and understand them, ye servants of the Lord.
Behold, the word of the Lord, receive it: believe not the gods of whom the Lord spake.
Behold, the plagues draw nigh, and are not slack.
As when a woman with child in the ninth month bringeth forth her babe, within two or three hours of her birth great pains compass her womb, which pains, when the child cometh forth, they slack not a moment:
Even so shall not the plagues be slack to come upon the earth, and the world shall mourn, and sorrows shall come upon it on every side.
Hear my word: and make ye ready to the battle, and in those evils be even as pilgrims upon the earth...
For there shall be in every place, and in the next cities, a great insurrection upon those that fear the Lord.
They shall be like mad men, sparing none, but still spoiling and destroying those that fear the Lord.
For they shall waste and take away all their goods, and cast them out of their houses.
Then shall be known, who are the chosen; and they shall be tried as gold in the fire.
Hear my beloved, saith the Lord: the days of trouble are at hand, but I will deliver you from them.
Be ye not afraid, neither doubt, for God is your guide...(2 Esdras 16:35-40, 70-75, KJV).
Mikhail Gorbachev presided over the collapse of Communism as an economic philosophy in the West. It was to pave the way for the birth of the true Communal Order--the Kingdom of God. It was also to fulfill the words:
An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord FOR EVER...(Deuteronomy 23:3).
Who are these who may not enter the congregation of the Lord "for ever?" They are those who shall come out of the caves (the recesses of their own thoughts) trying to induce future generations to return to the political and economic ways of this present age. It is understood in the story of Lot's escape from Sodom. (Genesis 19:24-38), which prefigures the Nation-Church's escape from the consumption of this age as it is written: As it was in the days of Lot... When Lot escaped, he, along with his two daughters, entered a cave. The cave speaks of the place where things are hidden, just as the more worldly members of the congregation will conceal their affection for the things and the ways of this age, even after being delivered into the next. The daughters represent these worldly attachments, and all of those who will attempt to make Lot drink from the cup again. (See 1 Thessalonians 5). They will say:
Our father is old and there is not a man to come into us AFTER THE MANNER OF ALL THE EARTH, come let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve the seed (of our old ways).
The daughters gave birth to two sons named Moab and Ammi. And when they came out of the cave these sons gave birth to two great peoples, the Moabites and the Ammonites. These two represent the "ways of men" After the manner of all the earth. Because Moses led the mind of Israel to edge of Moab before it passed into the Promise (Deut.34; Numbers 22 to 24), we reason that the Moabites ultimately refer to the peoples of the West, and therefore the Ammonites to the people of the East. The two represent every thought-form and earth-born philosophy that are in opposition and contention with each other--which in turn serve to pull the mind of Israel from its historic center. In the 20th century these are the two great world-systems of State Capitalism and State Communism (and all their attendant forms). True spiritual thought is the intended Synthesis in this great Dialectical struggle. Neither philosophy, however, nor any of their adherents, may enter the realm of the kingdom of God...for ever.
By Eva Busza
WASHINGTON__The Russian military's attempt to shape the Kosovo peace settlement through its move into Pristina should not have come as a shock to Western diplomats. It is only the most recent example of a disturbing and pervading trend in Russia: the civilian leadership's inability to control and govern its increasingly fragmented and frustrated military.
This action took the West by surprise because policy-makers have grown to expect passivity from the Russian military. The Russian military did not resist the dogmatic political changes in their country, they seemed resigned to huge budget cuts, they did not question the decline in the fighting ability of their divisions, and they accepted the loss of their organization's status. As a result a consensus emerged here and abroad that the Russian army would not pose an immediate political threat to the Yeltsin regime or be an important player in the international arena.
What most people failed to realize is that while an internally fragmented and increasingly weak Russian military is unlikely to launch a coup and impose military rule in Russia, it can still undermine the ability of Russian state leaders to carry out state policy, raising questions for us about the viability of Russia's international commitments.
Last month, when negotiations over the prospective relationship between Russian peacekeeping forces and NATO command failed to make much headway, Colonel General Ivashov, the head of the Defense Ministry's International Cooperation Department, hinted that Russia might force the hand of the NATO military alliance by negotiating directly with the Serbs and laying claim to their own control sector in Kosovo. The arrival in Pristina of a Russian brigade previously stationed in Bosnia...is clearly a move by the frustrated Russian military that, in the absence of clear signals from leaders in Moscow, it is trying to influence the terms of the peacekeeping agreement, and bolster its country's rapidly diminishing great-power status...
The Russian military initiative in Kosovo is just the most recent example of how the failure of civilians to provide the military with clear political leadership has led soldiers to undermine the formulation of an integrated foreign policy. Earlier examples can be found in Russian negotiations with former Soviet Republics over various "hot spots" Abkhazia, Georgia, Tadjikistan, and Moldova. In these instances, Russian military leaders played a key independent role in negotiating cease fires and peace-keeping operations. According to a report in Izvestia...Foreign Minister Kozyrev publicly complained, "wholesale transfer of arms are taking place in Transcaucus and Moldova...Under what agreement is this effected, I would like to ask...? Why are the military deciding the most important issues?"...
The events in Kosovo should act as an early warning signal that civilian leaders in Russia and the West can no longer put Russian military reform on the back burner. It is time that policy-makers in the West review their assumptions about the Russian military and realize that this limping, disintegrating organization has the potential to pose a serious threat both to its own civilian leadership and to the international community. POWER is based on organized force; but when the organized structures of power begin to disintegrate, NEW AND UNEXPECTED FORCES ARE RELEASED WHICH CAN BE EVEN`MORE DANGEROUS BECAUSE OF THEIR SHEER UNPREDICTABILITY.
PUTIN VISITS CHINA IN HOPE OF STRENGTHENING
A STRATEGIC AXIS
By Craig S. Smith
HONG KONG, July 17__President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia arrived in Beijing tonight on the first stop of an Asian tour intended to revive his country's faded diplomatic role in the region and build what could become a Chinese-Russian axis to counter American influence.
Mr. Putin is expected to sign at least six accords with Chinese leaders on Tuesday, including a joint statement with with President Jiang Zemin condemning American proposals for missile defense systems over North America and Asia. Opposition to the American plan has accelerated a relationship that Russia and China describe as a "strategic partnership" intended to counter American power.
"The partnership is an effort to oppose hegemony and supremacy, and one single country dominating the world," said Zhao Huasheng, director of the Russian Studies department at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies...
While it is not yet clear how warmly Mr. Putin will embrace the Chinese worldview, Western analysts say the rapproachement between the countries is taking on an increasingly anti-American cast.
"On one level, this is classic real-politik balance of power, but on another it has the appearance of a united front against the United States," said David Shambaugh, a China specialist at George Washington University and the Brookings Institute in Washington. The New York Times.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the Presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His Power;
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed in that day)...(2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Isaiah 66:15-18).
Russia and Central Europe
Market Reforms in Russia
The Russian Mind
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