THE GREAT DRAGON
THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
That Great Dragon, that Old Serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world...(Revelation 12:9).
Malachi 1:11, Malachi, chapter 4
The Great Dragon lies concealed until the fulness of times...(Psalm 74:12-16...KJV)
Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt (the World Ruler), and prophesy against him, AND AGAINST ALL EGYPT: (Deuteronomy 28:68; Genesis 15:12-16).
Speak and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, THE GREAT DRAGON THAT LIETH IN THE MIDST OF OF HIS RIVERS, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself...(Ezekiel 29:1-3).
And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, ACCORDING TO THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience...(Ephesians 2:1,2; Isaiah 14:12-16).
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a Falling Away first (see Hebrews 6:1--8), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God...
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
FOR THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY DOTH ALREADY WORK; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (this is the the Angel of Obstruction who is standing in front of Ba'laam, preventing him, until his appointed moment in history...Numbers 22 to 24)...
And then shall that Wicked be revealed whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming;
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...(2 Thessalonians 2:1-11).
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not of us...(1 John 2:18,19).
Who, or what, is the Dragon? The Great Serpent as it is? First of all it is the primal material of the earth itself, as Paul wrote: And the God of Peace shall bruise Satan under your Feet shortly, (Romans 16:20). All who can see him can overcome him:
(Job, chapter 41)
The Dragon is concealed, and is not called into action until justice requires him...The Kabbalah Unveiled, pp.50-52.
"...Whether we regard Satan as a powerful evil intelligence, or as a type name for the evils that befall us from the mass ignorance, folly, and sin of mankind." Salute to the Sufferer, by Leslie D. Weatherhead, p.14.
As God (the forces of Nature) took the earth in primal times and brought forth humankind, and then many thousands of years later created Adam, so the serpentine force lies at the base of every natural impulse, and governs every natural human instinct and every natural thought. If we are not at one with our emerging higher state of consciousness--the state of Christ Consciousness that has come into the world--we are still one with our own lower, or natural state, as it is written: When the ungodly curseth Satan, he curseth his own soul. (Ecclesiasticus 21:27). Which is also why the scripture says: And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast...(Revelation 13:4). The dragon represents the collective, lower, natural state of mind of the people themselves (fallen man worships himself, and his own intellectual abilities), and the beast in this verse symbolizes that nation, that age-ending political order, which has come up out of the sea in these last times (out of the sea of peoples, and multitudes, and nations and tongues...Revelation 17:15), to become the greatest, most powerful empire that has ever existed in the history of the Western world--the United States of America. It represents the nation as well as those who rule over it. Who is like unto the beast? who can make war with him? America is powerful because the people invest it with power, allowing the Beast to rule over them. The serpent, or the devil, governs the nature of this relationship, residing as it does in the heart and mind of man--and, as we can now see, Western man in particular. Why Western man? Because the Law and the Prophets are a Western institution, and where no law is, there is no transgression. (Romans 4:15). In other words only those who claim the Law can be charged with violating it. Only those who proclaim the Gospel can be charged with violating its precepts.
Those things that cometh out of the mouth come forth from the heart and defile the man.
For out of the heart proceedeth evil thoughts, murders, adultaries, fornications (spiritual and otherwise), thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies, all these things come from within...(Matthew 15:17-19; Mark 7:18-23).
I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, bringing me into captivity to the law of sin...(Romans 7:22-25).
For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthly tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things...(Wisdom of Solomon 9:15).
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways...(James 1:8).
Agree (therefore) with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary (one's own mind) deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, til thou hast paid the uttermost farthing...(Matthew 5:25,26).
Ah sinful nation (and this is a specific reference to the Judeo-Christian peoples in the midst of all the other nations of the world), a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers (see John 8:43,44), children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger (see Exodus 23:21), they are gone away backward.
Why should ye be stricken anymore? ye will revolt more and more: THE WHOLE HEAD IS SICK, and the whole heart faint...(Isaiah 1:4-9).
It is no mere coincidence that a psychodrama named Red Dragon is playing in American theaters right now. Those who are able will understand both the deeper significance and the timing. The great spiritual reality is that we are still in the process of being created. (Genesis 1:26). The mind of Adam is only now being brought to perfection--in the great furnace of human affliction if you will. God had to allow humankind, and particularly the mind of Adam in the earth, to descend to a state of total self-realization. And in the process, to a state of God-realization (and that is a Terrible thing) before it could ascend to its own higher place in the natural and spiritual order of things. Every disease, every disorder, every psychosis, every propensity, every latent impulse, every hidden motive, every transgression, every evil potentiality, every human and divine characteristic, as well as every secret thing, had to be brought out into the open, and into the Light of Day...
The Western Syndicate
Hannibal Lecter...who does he portray? Every twisted psychopathic impulse that we can think of to be sure. But in the world of spiritual matters this Lecter reflects a much darker, more subtle, demonic side of man, that men who make war and kill in the name of Christ cannot fathom, neither in themselves or in those of their ilk--their spiritual cellmates as it were. As the mind thinks the body acts. As those in authority think, the people below behave. There is psychoses, crime and violence in the streets, and among the common people, because those in authority are psychotic killers, and violent criminals themselves. They think they are normal but they are not. They believe that they are the sane ones, but they are the insane ones--they are spiritually insane. Thus it follows, that there is injustice, violence, warfare and murder throughout the world, and it is practiced among the other nations of the earth, because those who have been charged with keeping God's commandments, and with the work of healing the nations, are complicit in murder, theft and injustices themselves. It is a great and spiritually complex thing that has come to pass in history, a great psychological journey into the Mind of the Universe: into the relationship between the Mind of God and the mind of man, Light upon light, Darkness upon darkness, as it is also written: Now be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds. (Romans 12).
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places...(Ephesians 6:10-17).
Deliver us O Lord, from the evil men, which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered for war.
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips, Se'lah...
As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them...
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him...(Psalm 140:1-4, 9-13).
The wicked are estranged from the womb. They go astray as soon as they are born...speaking lies, their poison is like the poison of a serpent...(Psalm 58:1-6).
I would to God that you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached (a capitalist Jesus; an "American" Jesus; a Jesus who seeks the praise of men, and who seeks to elevate himself to places of authority in the midst of men; a Jesus who rules the earth from Washington), or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received (from us), or another gospel (Ephesians 6:15), which ye have not (previously) accepted, ye might well bear with him...(2 Corinthians 11:1-4).
2 Corinthians 12:1-14 (KJV)
What, is there no king in thee?...Micah 4:9,10; Zechariah 4.
"Standing in the flesh, we were gazing by the Spirit upon the Tree of Life--feeding our minds upon the fruit of its branches (the beatitudes...These words they are spirit, and they are life). Our focus is on Messiah as the express image of the invisible Presence of Elohim. (2 Corinthians 4:4).
But our upward momentum toward that focus is slowed, as is demonstrated by the creation metaphor of gravity. As we approach the height of our ascent, we begin to examine the vision not purely in terms of itself, but also for its relevance to our conditions in the world in the flesh. As we begin to define our perceptions in terms of the needs and desires of the flesh we place a limit on the infinite according to our own finite capacities...
As we looked intently upwards the serpentine spirit traveled upwards with our intelligence to meet and join with our thoughts in the righteousness of Elohim. Our focus shifts from the Tree of Life to the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and we begin to fall.
It is one Tree, the difference between them is in the orientation of our thoughts. When our understanding of the Living Reality of Elohim are clouded by the perspectives of the flesh, we partake of the lower Tree. As we eat from this Tree our faculties can only serve strange elohim--only the idols formed by our misunderstanding and deceptions--our approximations upon the righteousness of Elohim and our assumptions about their application in our lives." Robert Finton.
In the Zohar too it is implied that the evil in the universe originated from the leftovers of worlds that were destroyed (that is, from the unperfected notions left over from Adam's old nature, notions which entered in and took up residence with his new perceptions, and overcame them)...
The power of evil is compared to the outer bark of the Tree of Emanation (or outer meanings, while the inner meanings remained hiddenl, except to those who have ventured the inner path). The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge were bound together in perfect harmony until Adam came and separated them, thereby giving substance to evil, which had been contained within the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and was now materialized in the evil instinct. It was Adam therefore who activated the potential concealed within the Tree of Knowledge by separating the two Trees and also by separating the Knowledge from its fruit, which was now detached from its source. This event is called metaphorically 'the cutting of the shoots' and is the archetype of all the great sins mentioned in the Bible, whose common denominator was the introduction of division into the divine unity.
The essence of Adam's sin was that it introduced 'separation above and below' into what should have been united, a separation of which every sin is fundamentally a repetition...apart, that is, from sins involving magic and scorcery, which (attempt to) join together what should have remained separate. The Kabbalah, by Gershom Scholem, p.124.
All of reality flows from the same source: from God. (Genesis 1:1). Daytime and Nighttime came into existence with creation, thus Light and Darkness (Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Thessalonians,chapter 5), and, therefore, both Good and Evil. One set of perceptions flows from the other. (Genesis 1:14-16; Amos 5:18; Zephania 1:12... Please see the subchapter entitled Good and Evil in the Addendum to this work). All things emanate from God, as it is written: The way of the wicked is Darkness. They know not at what they stumble. (Proverbs 4:19). Think of both Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush, and then the words: God hath formed all things for Himself, even the wicked for the day of evil (Proverbs 16:4). In the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly. (Jeremiah 23:20).
This was essentially the substance of God's revelation to Adam six thousand years ago. It was the spirit of Satan in Adam (the leftover exertions of his own lower nature--uncertainty, confusion, disbelief, ignorance, fear, latent violence, pride and vainglory, things that he did not kill in himself), that convinced him, or rather his seed after him, that this was not so, that somehow there were two forces operating in the universe, one good and the other evil. Those who followed this line of reasoning--the children of Cain--thinking themselves to be the good force became, in essence, the evil force in the earth, and from that point on the (Western) world was divided into two camps: the children of Light and the children of Darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5...KJV). George Bush (one of the great sons of Darkness in the earth), has termed Iraq and Iran, North Korea, and China, his axis of evil. He believes that the Darkness dwells in them, while the Light dwells in him and is watching over his America. (These are the doctrines of antichrist, the doctrines of Ba'al if you will). He cannot begin to comprehend how God (in His most Terrible Form) dwells in all of these other nations of the earth (Romans 13), while evil dwells in him because of his inability to see it. Oh that we were wise, that we understood this...(Deuteronomy 32:29, 39-42; Daniel 12:6,7; Revelation 10:5-7). Even though the Mystery of Christ is coming to perfection in America (and could come to perfection in no other place on earth than America), any attempt by America's political and religious leaders to reconcile the doctrines of the American nation with the precepts of Christ, amounts to witchcraft and sorcery.
For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is (true) liberty (This is America)...(2 Corinthians 3:17).
Have no fellowship (therefore) with the unfruitful works of Darkness, but rather reprove them (This too is America)...(Ephesians 5:11).
The Mystery of Iniquity began in the garden of Eden, when Eve (the Church of that time, Religion herself) gave birth to her firstborn, a son named Cain--a son that was marked because of his murderous ways, because of his violence to his brother Abel. (Genesis 4). The script of that ancient Hebrew drama, the mystery-stageplay which we call The Book of Job, speaks lamentably of that time:
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months...(Job 3:1-6..)
Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
In thought from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men.
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face, the hair of my flesh stood up:
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an Image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice saying:
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?...(Job 4:8-21)...
(Read the play, consider the roles, hear the narratives, imagine the scenes, concentrate on the lines. It is all about the 20th century and, now, the morning of the 21st).
The spirit of Cain gave rise in time to the spirit of Nimrod, as it is written: He began to be a mighty one in the earth...wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. (Genesis 10:8,9). As God began to set the Mystery of Iniquity upon its political, military, economic, religious and historical base, the spirit of Nimrod, the son of Cush, gave rise to the spirit of Pharaoh. God connected the Mysteries of the Pharaohs to the Mysteries of the True King (Psalm 48:1-3), and set them both on a course back to the Western ends of the earth, and to the fulness of these times, to the place where Cain (the first antichrist) first murdered his brother Abel. (Open the Book of 1 John, KJV).
The Greater Egypt, Where also our Lord was crucified...(Revelation 11:8; Revelation 17:9-15).
The spirit of Pharaoh passed into the spirit of the kings of Assyria. The spirit of the Assyrian kings passed into the spirit of the kings of Babylon, prompting Nebuchadnezzar's vision of a Great Tree in the midst of the earth. (Daniel 4). The spirit of these kings passed into the Persians (into the figure of Haman in particular; and this for other prophetic reasons); and from them into the spirit of Alexander the Great and the rulers of Grecia. Thus the words in the Zadokite Document of the Dead Sea Scrolls:
"The day on which God will carry out the punishment will be that to which the prophet alluded when he said: 'The princes of Judah have become like them that remove landmarks; I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.' (Hosea 5:10). They shall hope for healing, but the blemish shall cling to them. They are all of them apostates in that they have not turned from the way of the treacherous but have sullied themselves with wantonness and with wicked lucre and with nursing of grudges against their fellows and with hatred of their neighbors...
Concerning them God has said: 'Their wine shall prove the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps' (Deut.32:33). THE 'WINE' IN QUESTION IS THEIR CONDUCT; THE 'SERPENTS' ARE THE KINGS OF THE NATIONS; AND THE 'VENOM OF ASPS' IS THE CHIEF OF THE GRECIAN KINGS WHO WILL COME TO WREAK VENGEANCE UPON THEM." The Zadokite Document, The Dead Sea Scriptures, by Theodor H. Gaster, p.76.
And though the Grecian kings may be Alexander and his generals at the beginning of the prophetic narratives, they are the American kings (from the time of Woodrow Wilson to the present time) at the conclusion of them. (Daniel 8:21-27). The Four kingdoms spoken of at Daniel 8:22 are, Alexander's kingdom; the Roman empire that followed that; the Holy Roman empire that followed that, and finally the American empire that rose up in the earth after that, the most powerful of all, as it is written:
Here is the mind which hath wisdom. The Seven heads (of the great World Serpent) are Seven mountains (Seven political empires) on which the woman (world religion) sitteth.
And there are Seven kings: five are fallen, and one is (this is Caesar and the Roman empire that was ruling the earth when the Book of Revelation was written), and the other is yet not come; and when he cometh he must continue a short space (this was Napoleon who marched across the Seventh world empire, destroying armies in his path and imposing his will wherever he would).
And the beast that was (referring back to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, who, of course, is also Pharaoh king of Egypt, the World Ruler), and is not (at that time), even he is the Eighth, and goeth into perdition...(Revelation 17:9-11).
The United States of America is the Eighth world empire to rise up in the Western world to seize upon the oracles of God, and to bring the people of God into captivity--not into physical captivity as we understand such things, but into spiritual captivity. It is the mind of the people that is in chains. (There is no form of slavery more severe than when a captive does not even know he is captive). The American state of mind is, in fact, all that stands between the people and the birth of the True Righteous Nation, and the manifestation of the true Messiahs in our time.
The Revelation speaks of the Ten horns and Ten kings which accompany the Beast in its final hour:
And the Ten horns which thou sawest are Ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the Beast.
These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the Beast.
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful...(Revelation 17:12-14).
It was supposed by many that these Ten kings represented ten members of the European Common Market, until that number grew to 12, and then fifteen. And though there are Ten remaining monarchs, left over from the old ruling order of Europe--England, Belgium, Denmark. Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden--the text in Revelation contains a deeper significance. As there are Ten sefirot on the Tree of Life, and each one a Crown as Paul said: A crown shall he give me in that day, so there are Ten dark sefirot, each of them an image of the sefirot above, and each of them weighing on the complex structure of the mind of Darkness:
"There is no tabulated account of the hierarchy of the blessed angels in the Zohar, but we hear generically of great hosts and cohorts, battalions, and guardians, usually for purposes of honour--as when angels accompany Shekinah on some of her missions. It is specified that Metatron is the leader of the invisible host (John 1:51; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Isaiah 66:15,16) and that his place is directly below the Throne of God. (Daniel 7:10). As regards the infernal hierarchy there are various categories consisting of angels who kept not their first estate and of demons generated in many ways.
THEY ARE SPECIFIED AS COMPRISING TEN DEGREES, OR TEN CROWNS BELOW...separated in appearance yet communicating one with another, being ramifications of a single Tree. (See Matthew 3:10-12). There is even an infernal Triad in correspondence as such with the sacred Triad (see Revelation 16:3), and the observances of the Paschal Lamb was instituted to break its bonds. These are the Averse Seraphim in the form of serpents, emanating from the evil Serpent. There are finally Seven averse palaces corresponding on the one hand, to the Palaces (the states of Mind that emanate from above), and on the other to the Seven names which which are attributed to the tempting spirit: Satan, Impure, Enemy, Stumbling Block, the Uncircumcised, Wicked and Crafty.
When the Middle Pillar manifested the Perfect Unity of God, the good legions renounced the struggle (against God) and submitted, but those which were evil persisted." The Holy Kabbalah, by AE Waite, pp.271.
"According to the Kabbalah, before the complete form of the heavenly man (the Ten Sephiroth) was produced, there were certain primordial worlds created, but these could not subsist, as the equilibrium of balance was not yet perfect, and they were convulsed by the unbalanced force and destroyed. These primordial worlds are called the 'kings of ancient time,' and the 'kings of Edom who reigned before the monarchs of Israel.' (See Hebrews 12:11-29). Edom is the world of unbalanced force, and Israel is the balanced Sephiroth (Genesis 36:31). This important fact, that worlds were created and destroyed prior to the present creation, is again and again reiterated in the Zohar...
The Demons are the grossest and most deficient of all forms. Their Ten degrees answer to the decad of the Sephiroth, but in inverse ratio, as darkness and impurity increase with the descent of each degree. The first two are nothing but absence of visible form and organization. The third is the abode of darkness. Next follow Seven Hells occupied by those demons which represent incarnate human vices, and torture those who have given themselves up to such vices in earth-life. Their prince is Samael, SMAL, the angel of poison and of death. His wife is the harlot (Revelation 17 and Ezekiel 16), or woman of whoredom...and united they are called Beast...Thus the infernal trinity is completed, which is, so to speak, , the averse and caricature of the supernal Creative One. Samael is considered to be identical with Satan. The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, pp.28-30.
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice (their sons and daughters), they sacrifice to Devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and the table of devils.
Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than He?...(1 Corinthians 10:20-22).
Thou believest that there in one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble...(James 2:19).
We have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid from them that are lost.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, should shine unto them...(2 Corinthians 4:4).
And everyone who heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
And the rain descended, and the floods (the wars) came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it...(Matthew 7:15-27).
Come out of her my people...Revelation 18.
Cain and Nimrod
The Number of the Beast
The Great Serpent