Notes on Intimacy

I ran across this excerpt from the Kolbrin text and thought I would jot it down, since it brought out a lot of thoughts I’v had lately and reinforces some principles I would like to teach my daughters when they are mature enough.

I think for young woman beginning to discover boys, the following information might be of value…

SCL:31:2 Earth knows no greater joy than that of contented wedded love. Such love is a beaconlight to all mankind; it guides the caravan of its journeying with a pure and sacred flame. Sweet, hallowed love has a temple in the heart of every chaste maiden, and all men worship the mystery enshrined within. O resolute priestess and guardian, you are now worthy of the white crown of love.

The thought came to me of how a woman (as well as the feminine/receptive aspect of man) is the guardian of true love.This is the task and should be the training of womanhood. To teach a woman to judge between the true love and the emotional love (lust, desire, pity, etc) of a man. She should learn to open her heart and womb only to true love and turn away all others. As the priest in the temple, she lets only the truly worthy into the inner sanctuary on her heart.

For older individuals who are married the following more esoteric principles may be of value…

This ties into the sacred aspects and mystery of sexual union. As is pointed out in the LawOfOne material (and hinted at in Song of Solomon & Jewish mysticism), sex is more than just making babies, and even more than just a biochemical reaction that creates feelings of closeness and love. There is actually a sacred spiritual function behind orgasm.

87.23 Questioner: In addition, why is the ratio of male to female orgasms so heavily loaded on the side of the male?
Answer: We refer now to the physical body. At this level the distinction is unimportant. The male orgasm which motivates the sperm forward to meet its ovum is essential for the completion of the [carnal] desire to propagate the species. The female orgasm is unnecessary [temporally]. Again, as [indivisuals] begin to use the sexual energy transfer to learn, to serve, and to glorify the One Infinite Creator the function of the female orgasm becomes more clear.

87.24 Questioner: What was this ratio before the veil?
Answer: The ratio of male to female orgasms before the veil was closer to one-to-one by a great deal as the metaphysical value of the female orgasm was clear and without shadow.

So what is the metaphysical value of the female orgasm or of sexual union. Specifically the woman’s ability to truly open herself up on a deep level to a man, and a man’s ability to truly give sexually to a woman to the point where she feels she comes to completion.

Also interesting is…

84.9 Questioner: Going back to the previous session, you stated that each sexual activity was an [energy] transfer before the veil. Would you trace the flow of energy that is transferred and tell me if that was the planned activity or a planned transfer by [God]?

Response: The path of energy transfer before the veiling during the sexual intercourse was that of [the true love energy which each possessed]. The awareness of all as Creator is that which opens the green [heart or love] energy center. Thusly there was no possibility of blockage due to the sure knowledge of each by each that each was [one with God]. The transfers were weak due to the ease with which such transfers could take place between any two polarized entities during sexual intercourse.

84.10 Questioner: What I was getting at, precisely, was, for example, when we close an electrical circuit it is easy to trace the path of current. It goes along the conductor. I am trying to determine whether this transfer is between the green energy centers (the heart chakras). I am trying to trace the physical flow of the energy to try to get an idea of blockages after the veil. I may be off on the wrong track here, but if I am wrong we’ll just drop it. Can you tell me something about that?

Response: In such a drawing or schematic representation of the circuitry of two [individuals] in sexual or other energy transfer the circuit opens always at the red or base [chakra/energy center] and moves as possible through the intervening energy centers. If baffled it will stop at orange. If not, it shall proceed to yellow. If still unbaffled it shall proceed to green. It is well to remember [with some individuals] that the chakras or energy centers could well be functioning without crystallization.

84.11 Questioner: In other words, they would be functioning but it would be equivalent in an electrical circuitry to having a high resistance, shall we say, and although the circuit would be complete, red through green, the total quantity of energy transferred would be less. Is this correct?

Response: We might most closely associate your query with the concept of voltage. The uncrystallized, lower centers cannot deliver the higher voltage. The crystallized centers may become quite remarkable in the high voltage characteristics of the energy transfer as it reaches green ray and indeed as green ray is crystallized this also applies to the higher energy centers until such energy transfers become an honestation for the Creator.

84.12 Questioner: Would you please correct me on this statement. I am guessing that what happens is that when a transfer takes place the energy is that light energy that comes in through the feet of the entity and the voltage or potential difference is measured between the red energy center and, in the case of the green ray transfer, the green energy center and then must leap or flow from the green energy center of one entity to the green energy center of the other, and then something happens to it. Could you clarify my thinking on that?

Response: The energy transfer [climax] occurs in one releasing of the potential difference. This does not leap between green and green energy centers but is the sharing of the energies of each from red ray upwards. In this context it may be seen to be at its most efficient when both entities have orgasm simultaneously. However, it functions as transfer if either has the orgasm and indeed in the case of the physically expressed love between a mated pair which does not have the conclusion you call orgasm there is, nonetheless, a considerable amount of energy transferred due to the potential difference which has been raised as long as both entities are aware of this potential and release its strength to each other by desire of the will in a mental dedication. You may see this practice as being used to generate energy transfers in some of your practices of what you may call [non-] Christian religious systems of the Law of One.

84.14 Questioner: Could you give me an example of that last statement?
Response: We preface this example with the reminder that each system is quite distorted and its teachings always half-lost. However, one such system is that called the Tantric Yoga.

84.15 Questioner: Considering individual A and individual B, if individual A experiences the orgasm is the energy, then, transferred to individual B in a greater amount? Is that correct?

Response: Your query is incomplete. Please restate.

84.16 Questioner: I am trying to determine whether the direction of energy transfer is a function of orgasm. Which entity gets the transferred energy? I know it’s a dumb question, but I want to be sure that I have it cleared up.

Response: If both entities are well polarized and vibrating in green-ray love any orgasm shall offer equal energy to both.

84.17 Questioner: I see. Before the veil can you describe any other physical difference that we haven’t talked about yet with respect to the sexual energy transfers or relationships or anything prior to veiling?

Response: Perhaps the most critical difference of the veiling, before and after, was that before the mind, body, and spirit were veiled, entities were aware that each energy transfer and, indeed, very nearly all that proceeds from any intercourse, social or sexual, between two entities has its character and substance in [spiritual existence] rather than [material existence]. The energies transferred during the sexual activity are not, properly speaking, of [the material world]. There is a great component of what you may call metaphysical energy transferred. Indeed, the body complex as a whole is greatly misunderstood due to the post-veiling assumption that the physical manifestation called the body is subject only to physical stimuli. This is emphatically not so.

84.18 Questioner: After the veil, in our particular case now, we have, in the circuitry of which we were speaking, what you call blockages. Could you describe what occurs with the first blockage and what its effects are on each of the entities assuming that one blocks and the other does not or if both are blocked?

Response: This material has been covered previously. If both entities are blocked both will have an increased hunger for the same activity, seeking to unblock the baffled flow of energy. If one entity is blocked and the other vibrates in love, the entity baffled will hunger still but have a tendency to attempt to continue the procedure of sating the increasing hunger with the one vibrating green ray due to an impression that this entity might prove helpful in this endeavor. The green-ray [actively vibrating] individual shall polarize slightly in the direction of service to others but have only the energy with which it began.

32.2 The usual nature of sexual interaction, if one is yellow or orange in primary vibratory patterns, is one of blockage and then insatiable hunger due to the blockage

84.20 Questioner: With respect to the green, blue, and indigo transfers of energy (higher/giving energies), how would the mechanism for these transfers differ from the orange-ray mechanism in making them possible or setting the groundwork for them? I know this is very difficult to ask and I may not be making any sense, but what I am trying to do is gain an understanding of the foundation for the transfers in each of the rays and the preparations for the transfers or the fundamental requirements or biases and potentials for these transfers. Could you expand on that for me please? I am sorry for the poor question.

Response: We would take a moment to state in reply to a previous comment that we shall answer each query whether or not it has been previously covered for not to do so would be to baffle the flow of quite another transfer of energy.

To respond to your query we firstly wish to agree with your supposition that the subject you now query upon is a large one, for in it lies an entire system of opening the gateway to intelligent infinity. You may see that some information is necessarily shrouded in mystery by our desire to preserve the free will of the adept. The great key to blue, indigo, and finally, that great capital of the column of sexual energy transfer, violet energy transfers, is the metaphysical bond or distortion which has the name among your peoples of unconditional love. In the blue-ray energy transfer the quality of this love is refined in the fire of honest communication and clarity; this, shall we say, normally, meaning in general, takes a substantial portion of your [material existence] to accomplish although there are instances of matings so well refined in previous incarnations and so well remembered that the blue ray may be penetrated at once. This energy transfer is of great benefit to the seeker in that all communication from this seeker is, thereby, refined and the eyes of honesty and clarity look upon a new world. Such is the nature of blue-ray energy and such is one mechanism of potentiating and crystallizing it.

As we approach indigo-ray transfer we find ourselves in a shadowland where we cannot give you information straight out or plain, for this is seen by us to be an infringement. We cannot speak at all of violet-ray transfer as we do not, again, desire to break the Law of Confusion.

We may say that these jewels, though dearly bought, are beyond price for the seeker and might suggest that just as each awareness is arrived at through a process of analysis, synthesis, and inspiration, so should the seeker approach its mate and evaluate each experience, seeking the jewel.

84.21 Questioner: Is there any way to tell which ray the transfer was for an individual after the experience?

Response: There is only a subjective yardstick or measure of such. If the energies have flowed so that love is made whole, green-ray transfer has taken place. If, by the same entities’ exchange, greater ease in communication and greater sight has been experienced, the energy has been refined to the blue-ray energy center. If the polarized entities, by this same energy transfer experience, find that the faculties of will and faith have been stimulated, not for a brief while but for a great duration of what you call time, you may perceive the indigo-ray transfer. We may not speak of the violet-ray transfer except to note that it is an opening to the gateway of intelligent infinity. Indeed, the indigo-ray transfer is also this but, shall we say, the veil has not yet been lifted.

84.22 Questioner: Did [God] plan, before the veil, to create a system of random sexual activity or the specific pairing of entities for specific periods of time, or did they have an objective in this respect?

Response: This shall be the last full query of this working.

The harvest from the previous creation was that which included the male and female [individual]. It was the intention of the original [creation] that entities mate with one another in any fashion which caused a greater polarization (service to self or service to others). It was determined, after observation of the process of many [creations], that polarization increased many fold if the mating were not indiscriminate. Consequent [creations] thusly preserved a bias towards the mated relationship which is more characteristic of more disciplined personalities and of what you may call higher densities. The free will of each entity, however, was always paramount and a bias only could be offered.

26.38 Questioner: You speak of various types of energy blockages and transfers, positive and negative, that may take place due to participation in our sexual reproductive complex of actions. Could you please explain these blockages and energy transfers with emphasis upon what an individual who is seeking to be in accordance with the Law of One may positively do in this area? Is it possible for you to answer this question?
Response: It is partially possible, given the background we have laid. This is properly a more advanced question. Due to the specificity of the question we may give a general answer.

The first energy transfer is red ray. It is a random transfer having to do only with your [physical] reproductive system.

The orange- and the yellow-ray attempts, firstly, to have sexual intercourse create a blockage if only one entity vibrates in this area, thus causing the entity vibrating sexually in this area to have a never-ending appetite for this activity. What these vibratory levels are seeking is green-ray activity [unconditional love]. There is the possibility of orange- or yellow-ray energy transfer; this being polarizing towards the negative: one being seen as object rather than other-self; the other seeing itself as plunderer or master of the situation.

In green ray there are two possibilities. Firstly, if both vibrate in green ray there will be a mutually strengthening energy transfer, the negative or female, drawing the energy from the roots of the beingness up through the energy centers, thus being physically revitalized; the positive, or male polarity, finding in this energy transfer an inspiration which satisfies and feeds the spirit portion of individual, thus both being polarized (in unselfishness) and releasing the excess of that which each has in abundance by nature of intelligent energy, that is, negative/intuitive, positive/physical energies as you may call them; this energy transfer being blocked only if one or both entities have fear of possession or fear of being possessed, or desiring possession or desiring being possessed.

The other green-ray possibility is that of one entity offering green-ray energy, the other not offering energy of the universal love energy, this resulting in a blockage of energy for the one not green ray thus increasing frustration or appetite; the green-ray [individual] being polarizing slightly towards service to others.

The blue-ray energy transfer is somewhat rare among your people at this time but is of great aid due to energy transfers involved in becoming able to express the self without reservation or fear.

The indigo-ray transfer is extremely rare among your people. This is the sacramental portion of the body complex whereby contact may be made through the violet ray with intelligent infinity. No blockages may occur at these latter two levels due to the fact that if both entities are not ready for this energy it is not visible and neither transfer nor blockage may take place. It is as though the distributor were removed from a powerful engine.

The Chinese Language and the Bible/Adamic Language

I’ve been seeing a number of new web sites talking about the chinese language and the bible. They all seem to reference the same research done by C. H. Kang, Ethel Nelson in his book, The Discovery of Genesis : How the Truths of Genesis Were Found Hidden in the Chinese Language.

The arguments have been debated, and could be easily explained away except for that I keep seeing evidence for this in mystic writings. The best example is this section from Oahspe.

19/3.6. Behold the multiple (Yi ha) language of the tribes of Shem! Side by side with the tribes of Japheth I raised them. And, behold, the latter use the derivation of the Adamic language to this day.
19/3.7. For I gave to the tribes of these two different lands my ten commandments and ten invocations, not to be written, but to be spoken and taught from mouth to ear, to be sacred in the language given.
19/3.8. In which man shall perceive that the same stories of the egg, and of the origin of evil in the world, could not have been communicated by mortals.
19/3.9. For I locked up enough of the Adamic language in Japheth as a testimony to be discovered in future years; showing that, unlike Ham and Shem, a mighty nation could retain one language for thousands of years.
19/3.10. For I foresaw that philosophers would try to prove that languages were of mortal origin, and that they would change according to the growth of knowledge among men.
19/3.11. Behold, I gave scriptures to all my people, enjoining some to adhere to the text; and, so, I preserved the work of my hand.
19/3.12. The tribes of Ham were previously ordained with characteristics to make them love to emigrate westward; and the tribes of Japheth and Shem with characteristics to make them love to stay within their own countries. And the tribes of America were ordained with characteristics to make them love to go eastward. For I set a boundary to the tribes of America, that they would not reach the ocean on the east.

The more I ponder this, the cooler I think it is. It’s a shame we dont have access to the original text of the Kolbrin creation chapters, which are surprisingly similar to those of the Bible as well, but translated straight from Egyptian Hieratic (as well as hieroglyphic) . I’m sure they would shed a lot more light on this issue. And even more so, I’m sure when the Jaredite plates are revealed, we may well see the most ancient language of all, with bits of early writings dating to just after the tower. It will be interesting to see how these correlate with Chinese and whether it is true that chinese is indeed the oldest, least changed language existent.

Here is a well done flash animation to show some of the arguments. Push the “click here to play button” to start and then either click the arrows or press your space bar to advance.

Chinese language in the Bible

And here is a somewhat poorly done youtube video (there are many others like it), showing much of the same arguments.

Charity, Kindness, and the Divine Center

Charity, Kindness, and the Divine Center

Finding the hidden gate to exaltation has to do with maneuvering our way through the opposites and imbalances of life. In our present state of existence there are two primary spheres. One is mortality or the physical world in which we live. The other is immortality or the hidden spirit world where we go when we die. Neither is heaven, both are still lost and fallen. The goal is not the Spirit world, it is the resurrection. It is this true heaven found through the resurrection which should be the goal found only through the straights or narrow gate.

Consider the following quote attributed to Jesus from the Gnostic “Mystery of the Crucifixion”,

” there are three different entities, all of whom are called mankind. There are those who are trapped in physical existence. These eat and sleep. They drink wine and promiscuously engage in sexual intercourse. They act according to instinct, doing whatever pleases their bodies, and whatever does not please their bodies they abstain from doing. They are no different from any other kind of animal. Their bodies become their gods, governing their decisions and their deeds. These form the vast majority of mankind.
6. “Separate from these is a much smaller group which is trapped in mental existence. These have the capacity to be human, although they may never develop that capacity. They govern their choices by their mental processes. They are reasonable and logical, but they cannot rise above the limitations of mortal mind. They act according to rational thinking, doing whatever pleases their minds, and whatever does not please their minds they abstain from doing. Their minds become their gods, governing their decisions and their deeds. These are the servants of the demiurge, who maintain that their way of thinking is right and all others are wrong. They are so convinced of their self-righteousness that they cannot perceive the Sun of Righteousness when it shines right before them.
7. “The smallest group of all consists of those who live on a spiritual plane. These transcend the limitations of mortal existence. They join the angels and rise to dwell among the Eloheim while they are still in mortality. These are not trapped by their bodies or their minds, for they bring body and mind into subjection to the Light within them so that they are transformed into the Divine image. These put on the mind [heart] of Christ. They become the Father and the Son, the Son submitting to the Father in every situation.
8. “As long as you remain in mortality,’ he continued, ‘you will not be able to discern who is in what group, for they grow as tares among wheat…

It would seem to me that this second group that is trapped in mental existence are individuals living or trapped in the Spirit World or Astral Plane. You might say they are the type of folks who live in “their own little world”. They seem out of touch with the here and now of earth life. They are the philosophers. But just as those trapped in physical existence they are unbalanced. The true gateway is not through extremes; it is not through mastery of physical existence or mastery of mental existence, it is through a balance of the two on the narrow path. One might say physical existence is like faith, mental existence is like hope, and the narrow true path in the middle is Charity or love.

I think this same distinction is seen in the Hindu caste system. In the top two caste’s you have the priestly caste and the warrior caste. The Brahmans or priestly caste being individuals more expert in the mental plane and the Kshatriyas or warriors being more expert in physical existence. The bottom two caste also seeing this distinction. The Shudras or physical labor class and the more mentally active businessmen and salesmen of the Vaishyas caste. I also thing this same distinction is found in the Chakra system, with the energy centers below the heart being more controlling of physical existence and those above the heart controlling mental existence, with the divine sacred heart making the straight and narrow path between them.

I think I definitely have trouble finding this balance. For periods I will become trapped inside myself, over-activating my mental existence, philosophizing and studying the extents of God and reality to the point of losing charity by ignoring my family and loved ones. At other times I will get lost in my physical existence becoming obsessed or overly-concerned with money, remodeling, my job, or other purely physical or mortal activities that I once again drift from the narrow path of charity by ignoring the nurturing of my relationships and neglecting all selfless acts of kindness that express the charity within.

I think of what Charity or love really is…

“45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But acharity is the pure blove of Christ, and it endureth cforever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.45 And acharity suffereth long, and is bkind, and cenvieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily dprovoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

When you think about Oahspe’s doctrine of exaltation, which is that the key to resurrection is the selfish working together of groups toward a goal of bettering humanity, I can see how Charity is the true way to do this. On one extreme you have the uselessness of religion and philosophy of constant preaching & teaching but very little doing in bettering the world. On the other you have the rogue individuals seeking only their own physical pleasures, but once again doing little to raise the state of humanity. In the middle you have those who truly love and this is shown by their constant service to humanity. Not just to their spouse or family or church but to humanity. And this is what brings the true inner piece of the ying and yang. The true exaltation of a Christian… but it is so hard to find.

So is there a secret? Perhaps a key could be to focus each day on performing selfless acts of kindness and service. Perhaps kindness in service is the key to manifesting true love.

The Power & Responsibility of Parenting

I have spoken before about how in heaven, our own attitudes and perceptions create our reality. This should not be hard to believe, since the same is essentially true in mortality. Two individuals may go through the same experience, and yet have completely different attitudes, memories, interpretations and such. Color blindness is only one example of how even our senses skew perceptions. One could say that it was two different experiences, because each perceives their own reality vastly different.

I recently read something which took this concept a step further. I have at times been quite confused as I read many ‘life after death’ or clairvoyant experiences in which the individual meets a historical figure such as Moses or Abraham or Buddha and the different experiences seem incompatible. One must then come to the conclusion that either the individuals are lying about their experience or they are just dreaming about their experience. I have since read much about the conclusion mentioned above that I believe is the correct view; that the Spirit World or life after death is a bit more dream-like, at least in the way our own perceptions deeply influence our reality (much as in the case in this life, only much greater).

The next step has to do with the specifics of how our view of others influences their behavior and our view of them. We’ve all heard the idiom “As a man thinketh, so he is”. But let us expand this to “As people think of a man, so he becomes”. In other words, the view of society, family and perhaps MOST importantly, parents highly influences that individuals behavior. If you view your child as a good kid, chances are they might grow into that ‘mold’ or projection you created for them. Likewise, if parents or families view someone as a criminal, history shows it may likely come true. Now, there are many nuances to the way in which this works because of laws of reciprocity, where our thoughts and projections on others actually cause them to become polarized in the opposite direction, but the point is that the behavior of others (especially children) is highly influenced by those closest to them.

I have often wondered why different children coming from the same parents and gene pool can turn out so differently. I certainly don’t buy the idea that it is predominately genetic chance (within limits), nor does the existing differences in the pre-mortal personality of the inhabiting spirit seem to account for all differences. Instead it seems logical that it is a combination of many factors, the most influential of which (at least for a less evolved spirit) being the image projected onto the child from the parents.

Read this excerpt from ____ by ____ and apply it to the way the same thing happens on earth.

In most instances observed on this level [the spirit world] the images of the loved ones are very far from perfect, and consequently the true egos or souls of the friends who are loved can express themselves but poorly through them ; though even at the worst that expression is much fuller and more satisfying than it ever was in physical life. In earth-life we see our friends so partially; we know only those parts of them which are congenial to us, and the other sides of their characters are practically non-existent for us. Our communion with them and our knowledge of them down here mean very much to us, and are often to us among the greatest things in life; yet in reality this communion and this knowledge must always be exceedingly defective, for even in the very rare cases where we can think that we know a man thoroughly and all through, body and soul, it is still only the part of him which is in manifestation on these lower planes while in incarnation that we can know, and there is far more behind in the real ego which we cannot reach at all. Indeed, if it were possible for us, with the direct and perfect vision of the mental plane, to see for the first time the whole of our friend when we met him after death, the probability is that he would be quite unrecognizable ; certainly he would not be at all the dear one whom we thought we had known before.

It must be understood that the keen affection which alone brings one man into the heaven-life of another is a very powerful force upon these higher planes — a force which reaches up to the soul of the man who is loved, and evokes a response from it. Naturally the vividness of that response, the amount of life and energy in it, depends on the development of the soul of the loved one, but there is no case in which the response is not a perfectly real one as far as it goes.

Of course the soul or ego can be fully reached only upon his own level — one of the arûpa subdivisions of this mental plane — but at least we are very much nearer to that in any stage of the heaven-world than we are here, and therefore under favourable conditions we could there know enormously more of our friend than would ever be possible here, while even under the most unfavourable of conditions we are at any rate far closer to the reality there than we have ever been before.

Two factors have to be taken into account in our consideration of this subject — the degree of development of each of the persons concerned. If the man in the heaven-life has strong affection and some development in spirituality he will form a clear and fairly perfect thought-image of his friend as he knew him — an image through which at that level the soul of the friend could express himself to a very considerable extent. But in order to take full advantage of that opportunity it is necessary that that soul should himself be very fairly advanced in evolution.

We see, therefore, that there are two reasons for which the manifestation may be imperfect. The image made by the dead man may be so vague and inefficient that the friend, even though well-evolved, may be able to make very little use of it; and on the other hand, even when a good image is made, there may not be sufficient development [page 47] on the friend’s part to enable him to take due advantage of it.

But in any and every case the soul of the friend is reached by the feeling of affection, and whatever may be its stage of development it at once responds by pouring itself forth into the image which has been made. The extent to which the true man can express himself through it depends on the two factors above mentioned — the kind of image which is made in the first place, and how much soul there is to express in the second; but even the feeblest image that can be made is at any rate on the mental plane, and, therefore, far easier for the ego to reach than is a physical body two-whole planes lower down.

If the friend who is loved is still alive he will of course be entirely unaware down here on the physical plane that his true self is enjoying this additional manifestation, but this in no way affects the fact that that manifestation is a more real one and contains a nearer approximation to his true self than this lower one, which is all that most of us can as yet see.

Relative Relationships, Fractals, Spiritual Centers/Chakras, and the endocrine system

I need to finish and expand upon this sometime.

Relative Relationships/Fractals

fractal.

Left: Fractal pattern of a tree. At right: The Mandelbrot set is a popular example of a computer generated fractal.

 

The eastern concept of chakras is largely based on he idea that the body follows a fractal relationship with the universe.

A fractal is a mathematical construct or set that typically displays self-similar patterns or a pattern that is exactly the same at every scale. This is why it is also called the Law of relative relationships, or a system which shows the same relationships at every scale. Plato elaborated on this observed phenomena and coined the words microcosm and macrocosm. A tree is a great example of a fractal pattern, in how the veins on a leaf look like a twig which looks like a branch which looks like a bigger branch and so forth. This system of relative relationships exists to some degree everywhere in the cosmos. An atom with its sub-atomic particles and electron cloud is very loosely like a Sun with its planets and Oort cloud, which is like a galaxy with its associated matter and energy clouds, which is like a super cluster, etc, etc.. Several eastern religious traditions and many modern mystics have used this idea to suggest that a man with his endocrine system and energy centers is a microcosm or fractal of the solar system, galaxy and other levels of the cosmic pattern.

Each unit of the fractal has

 

Spiritual Centers (chakras) and the Endocrine System
Although this “fractal” teaching system was developed in eastern religion, a framework for applying fractal thought exists in western and LDS scripture. In the book of Moses especially we see prophets who hear the earth speak and cry out (Moses 7:48–61). prophets such as Enoch (as many prophets today) had the ability to read the earth’s Book of Life or see the akashic record. Likewise we see in scripture that the earth has a spirit body (the spirit world) just as people do. The earth also has a progression cycle wherein it was born in water, baptized in water, cleansed by blood and will die and be resurrected in spirit. It also has holy places or spiritual centers which govern certain functions of its being (Jerusalem being key). We also see in the bible how those spiritual centers change through time (Israel’s & Christ’s sojourn from Israel to Egypt to Hebron to Babylon/Tebet to Jerusalem to the Gentiles). Likewise we see how God’s authority and mantle pass from people to people and are crystallized in certain dispensation heads during certain periods of time. (Jacob 5 gives a key or cipher to this).

The Eastern Idea behind Chakras is that the body can be conceptualized as a microcosm of the Earth/Spirit-World as well as the solar System, etc.. Most philosophies break the body into 7 somewhat arbitrary chakras, just as there are 7 major planets, 7 archangels, and 7 colors in the rainbow, etc.. Although the idea of Chakras is very ancient, modern scientist/spiritualist have found a great correlation between the ancient chakras and the modern understanding of the endocrine system in the body. Thus God has caused the body to develop as a microcosm of Himself and creation, creating 7 major gland systems which transmute light into usable energy or in biological terms, impulses in the nervous system to chemical hormones.

Following the rainbow parallel, Each Chakra corresponds to a quantum frequency of energy/light or color. Send visible light through raindrop or a prism and it is separates into the 7 colors of the rainbow (divisions are somewhat arbitrary, but we chose 7 for mathematical reasons). Likewise the section of the electromagnetic spectrum usable to man is quantized or separated into 7 types of energy by the body (same arbitrary concepts apply). And are transformed from energy impulses in the nervous system, to chemicals in the blood by the various endocrine glands. These nerve impulses & corresponding hormones range from coarse/low frequency energies which manifest in characteristics/ideals such as sex drive, self-preservation, and other desires for self to traits/ideas on the higher end of the spectrum like love, giving, understanding. Just as color is dictated by light frequency, and frequency is determined by wave polarization (distance between top & bottom of wave peaks/troughs), so also is the spectrum of human behavior/emotion determined by polarization. Endocrine functions in youth are highly polarized/bipolar, in comparison to most elderly/progressed individuals. In youth each function managed by the endocrine system’s hormones are erratic. An unbalanced youth from toddler to mid-age might love one day and hate the next, they revel in sexual activity one day and then wallow in depression when the relationship ends. The entire first half of life (especially youth) is characterized by extreme ups and downs. Those suffering from bipolar disorder may never overcome these extreme hormonal imbalances. But as one matures and progresses they learn to balance each individual gland and its hormonal responses, as well as each gland in its reaction to the hormones created by other glands.

The kundalini philosophy correlates each chakra/endocrine gland to a stage of life defined by psychology and behavioral development. Thus one “activates” and moves through each chakra in the same way a psychologist would define the way people “move through” phases of life. (For example Maslow’s hierarchy of needs). So just as the needs such as food, sex, security are at the bottom of Maslow’s triangle, so do these characteristics correlate with hormones secreted by endocrine glands in the bottom half of the body. (The sex organs at the bottom, the liver/pancreas above that, etc..) At the top of the body are glands which govern “higher” more progress/evolved characteristics like love, creativity, and bliss. The correlations can be seen as a youth has a lot more testosterone and estrogen flowing through their veins and thus one could say their lower chakras or pancreas/sex glands which create those hormones are “most” active during that stage of life. And so on as you move up the body to the penal and pituitary gland.

See The biology of Kundalini for an in depth look at the biology behind these spiritual principles.

Outline/ Still to explain
-I need to finish writing this….
-there is a reciprocal feed-back reaction between all these glands and the hormones they produce. They govern homeostasis or balance in the body, and work in unison to achieve it. They each have a specific feedback with their ‘opposite’ or balancing glands. (base to head, pancreas/adrenal to thyroid, extremes moving into center/heart).
-as the physical gland activates and comes to define a person physically, the spiritually opposite ‘chakra’ activates and comes to define a person spiritually. (as a person’s reproductive glands activate and come to govern a persons build and sexual characteristics during puberty, their opposite spiritual chakras (indigo/violet crown/third eye) are activated and define a person spirituality (but its far more complex because of the double feed-back mechanisms).
-the earth’s spiritual centers correlate with the human bodies chakras… as do dispensation heads/prophets.
-Noah/Abraham correlate physically with the base reproductive glands. They defined humanity/Israel physically, but at the same time when they died they became heads of the highest levels of the spirit world/body defining humanity spiritually in indigo/violet crown/third eye aspects of progression.
-In one type the 7 dispensation heads are Adam, Enoch, Melchezidek/Abraham, Elijah, Christ, _____, returning Christ. (1000 year periods)
-In another type the 7 heads are Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, John, _____, Joseph Smith (600-800 year periods)
-Use the law of relative relationships to see how the mission of each corresponds to the sojourning of Israel and activation of spiritual centers and that of the human body.
-Talk about how Indian Caste system is a distortion of these principles
-Talk about how Nebecanezzers dream/statue correlate with the castes/chakras law of relative relationships.

-The LDS temple anointings vaguely attempt to make reference to this same fractal system of the bodies spiritual centers

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See Wikipedia article on Chakras
See Wikipedia articles on Endocrine Glands

 

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The major endocrine glands: 1 Testes (male) /Ovary (female) 2 Pancreas 3 Adrenal gland 4 Thyroid gland 5 Thymus 6 Pituitary gland 7 Pineal gland The major chakra centers: 1 muladhara or root 2 svadhistana or sacral 3 manipura or solar plexus 4 anahata or heart 5 vishuddha or throat 6 ajna or third eye 7 sahasrara or crown

The major endocrine glands: 1 Testes (male) /Ovary (female) 2 Pancreas 3 Adrenal gland 4 Thyroid gland 5 Thymus 6 Pituitary gland 7 Pineal gland  The major chakra centers: 1 muladhara or root 2 svadhistana or sacral 3 manipura or solar plexus 4 anahata or heart 5 vishuddha or throat 6 ajna or third eye 7 sahasrara or crown

 

Correlating Chakra Symbolic Functions with Endocrine Glands; Their Hormones and Functions

The bottom three endocrine glands are polarizing glands, meaning that the create hormones which cause bi-polarity in the body. A “bipolar” individual is having trouble balancing these hormones.

1st- MULADHARA (root chakra), RED. Grounds the endocrine system to the rest of the body and the
Each center corresponds to a major gland and nerve complex, uniting the nerves with the blood and tissuesoutside environment. Center of the will to survive and function in the material world. Proper balance brings courage, stability, physical health, and stamina. Governs spinal column, adrenals, colon, anus, legs & bones. Element is Earth. Color: Red

Governs Carnal & Sexual Energies. The first balancing is of the Malkuth, or Earth, vibratory energy complex, called the red-ray complex. An understanding and acceptance of this energy is fundamental. (Manifest primarily in the characteristics of the physical body. Especially sexual aspects. Example is Christ’s first temptation of food when he was hungry.)

– SEX ORGANS (TESTES/OVARIES). Primary Hormones: androgens such as testosterone (male) and estrogen/progesterone (female). In charge of sexual traits and sexual processes/desires. Both hormones are steroids/action chemicals. estrogen/progesterone’s seem to control menstration and child bearing processes. Progesterone is stored in special fat tissue under the skin and in areas like the breasts. Levels decrease with aging. (causes aging?) Studies have shown increased levels aid in recovery from brain injury, as well as prevent premature birthing. Shown to affect memory. Estrogen is formed by the synthesis of androstenedione from cholesterol. The action of estrogen (and testosterone?) is dependent on the presence of estrogen receptors in the cells. Estrogen in males is important to the maturation of sperm. During maturation testosterone/estrogen hormones cause the masculine/feminine characteristics of the physical body. (size of body mass, breasts, body hair, jaw, etc…) The seat of desire. As testosterone/estrogen’s result in perceived pain and pleasure, imbalances are most obvious in those in drug and sex addictions.

smaller amounts of testosterone & estrogen are secreted in the adrenal glands.

2nd- SVADHISTANA (sacral chakra/loins).  Center of sexual desire, cravings, family life, harmony, tolerance. Governs reproductive organs, prostate and bladder. Color: Orange
Affects Material & Emotional Security. Manifests in The next energy complex, which may be blocked is the emotional, or personal complex, also known as the orange-ray complex. This blockage will often demonstrate itself as personal eccentricities or distortions with regard to self-conscious understanding or acceptance of self. (Manifests in one’s lifestyle. Their economic situation and material possessions. Example is Christ’s second temptation of a wife with a life of ease. The perfect marriage and house/estate are the best archetypes)

– ADRENAL GLANDS. Primary Hormones: epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine. Also control blood osmolarity. Adrenaline release is a crucial component of the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system. It controls the speed and volume at which other hormones can be passed throughout the body. These hormones affect perceived stress levels in the body by managing heart rate, breathing, blood flow, etc… With the pancreas it is responsible for hormones which largely govern the bodies short lived emotions. Fear/bravery, Emotional love/hate. Imbalances therefore manifest in extremes between fear anxieties or uninhibited fool-heartiness. Too much fear of people & situations or not enough fear of people & situations.

3rd- MANIPURA (solar plexus chakra/navel). Center of willpower, Self-respect, confidence, physical energy and self-control. Governs the adrenals, stomach, liver, muscles, nervous system, digestive system and Pancreas. Element is Fire. Color: Yellow

Affects Social Power & Influence. The third blockage resembles most closely that which you have called ego. It is the yellow-ray or solar plexus center. Blockages in this center will often manifest as distortions toward power manipulation and other social behaviors concerning those close and those associated with the mind/body/spirit complex. Those with blockages in these first three energy centers, or nexi, will have continuing difficulties in ability to further their seeking of the Law of One. (Manifests in social power & position such as a religious or political leader. Example is Christ’s third temptation of jumping off the temple pillar to have the angels catch him and prove before all people that he was the chosen one.)

– PANCREAS GLAND. Primary Hormones: insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide. Insulin lowers blood glucose/energy levels , and glucogon increases blood glucose levels. Mainly controls the bodies energy balance, and thus emotional distortions governed by energy. Feeling balanced, manic or depressant. Also somatostatin is an inhibitory hormone which stops the the release of the pituitary’s growth hormone (GH), as well as the thyroid’s stimulating hormone (TSH); so it balances the premature activation of higher glands (or simply passes on food poisons which unnaturally do so).

4th- ANAHATA (heart chakra). Center of compassion, altruism, forgiveness and acceptance. Governs the heart, circulatory system, arms, lungs, respiratory system & thymus gland. Color: Green

The center of heart, or green-ray, is the center from which third-density beings may springboard, shall we say, to infinite intelligence. Blockages in this area may manifest as difficulties in expressing what you may call universal love or compassion. Fear of possession, desire for possession, fear of being possessed, desire to be possessed: these are the distortions which will cause the deactivation of green ray energy transfer

– THYMUS GLAND. Primary gland of the Immune system. Primary Hormones: T-Cells (types of white blood cells which fight disease). Categorized into groups such as Helper, Cytotoxic, Memory, Regulatory, Natural killer T- Cells. All appear to be white blood cells with the functions of “understanding” what in the body is good or bad. They are collectively tasked with destroying cancerous cells, viruses, and other antigens in the body. They are the seat of judgement and differentiation for what is friend or foe in the body. Many illnesses are caused when these cells attack “friendly” cells, or when they don’t protect from “unfriendly” objects.

All T cells originate from haematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow. Read Development in the thymus for very insightful details of the progression of T-Cells from double negative to positive. This is a parallel of our own progress of learning to love.

5th- VISHUDDHA (throat chakra/neck). Center of communication, speech, effect of the spoken word on truth, expansion of consciousness. Governs thyroid, throat and mouth. Colors: Blue & Aqua

The blue-ray center of energy streaming is the center which, for the first time, is outgoing as well as inpouring. Those blocked in this area may have difficulty in grasping the spirit/mind complexes of its own entity and further difficulty in expressing such understandings of self. Entities blocked in this area may have difficulties in accepting communication from other mind/body/spirit complexes.

-THYROID GLAND. Primary Hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (Synthesized from both iodine and tyrosine). One the largest glands in body. It is a balancing gland controlling how quickly the body uses energy, and makes proteins (which control growth & development) by controlling how sensitive the body is to other hormones. Also plays a role in calcium homeostasis. Gets its name from the Greek word for “shield” (named more for its function or shape?). Works with the pituitary. Thyroid hormones play a particularly crucial role in brain maturation during fetal development, involved in protein development which allows T3 & T4 to cross the blood/brain barrier.

Metaphysically it is the expression center. Governs the ability to communicates one’s light/wisdom or love/being-ness. If the hormone balances of the lower glands define much of who a person is, it is the thyroid gland’s job to communicate (giving and receiving) this to the brain through the blood/brain barrier. So in both speech and song, those who have not balanced this gland with the rest of the body find difficulty sharing themselves

6th- AJNA (third eye chakra/head). Center of intuition, insight, devotion to spiritual knowledge, wisdom and psychic abilities. Governs pituitary, nose, ears & eyes. Color: Indigo

The next center is the pineal or [violet]/indigo-ray center. Those blocked in this center may experience a lessening of the influx of intelligent energy due to manifestations which appear as unworthiness. This is that of which you spoke. As you can see, this is but one of many distortions due to the several points of energy influx into the mind/body/spirit complex. The indigo-ray balancing is quite central to the type of work which revolves about the spirit complex, which has its influx then into the transformation or transmutation of third density to fourth density, it being the energy center receiving the least distorted outpourings of love/light from intelligent energy and also the potential for the key to the gateway of intelligent infinity. [pride]

-PINEAL GLAND. Primary Hormones: serotonin a derivative of melatonin. A hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal/sexual functions. Also a powerful anti-oxidant and aids in protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. Synthetic melatonin is used to help insomnia. The pineal gland connects the two hemispheres of the brain. The production of melatonin by the pineal gland is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light. High levels of melatonin are thought to inhibit sexual activity/development. Damage or depressed pineal activity is shown to correlate with accelerated development of the sexual organs and the skeleton. (Metaphysically, ‘spiritual’ growth is also stimulated by pain and spiritual darkness, physical growth & activity would be stimulated by pleasure and physical “light”). The gland has been found to govern many aspects of chronobiology, which studies the link between organisms and solar/lunar cycles.

darkness = high melatonin = low libido & sexual development = high anti-oxidant = slow aging = sleepy
light = low melatonin = high libido & sexual development = fast aging

Calcification of the pineal gland is typical in adults, and has been observed in children as young as 2. Calcification rates vary widely by country and tend to increase by age, with calcification occurring in an estimated 40% of Americans by their 17th year. Spiritualist often correlate this with decreased spiritual abilities and manifestations.

7th- SAHASRARA (crown chakra) Highest Center associated with merging of human with the divine, spiritual Unity and final Liberation from the karmic wheel and earth plane. Governs the Cerebral Cortex, central nervous system, and pineal gland. Colors: Violet,Clear,Opal,White, & Gold.

The remaining center of energy influx is simply the total expression of the entity’s vibratory complex of mind, body, and spirit. It is as it will be, “balanced” or “imbalanced” has no meaning at this energy level, for it gives and takes in its own balance. Whatever the distortion may be, it cannot be manipulated as can the others and, therefore, has no particular importance in viewing the balancing of an entity.

-PITUITARY GLAND. The pituitary gland secretes nine hormones that regulate homeostasis. It appears to be the ultimate balancing gland, with the ability and task of regulating many of the functions of the others.

Hormones secreted from the pituitary gland help control the following body processes:
-Growth (Excess of HGH can lead to gigantism and acromegaly.)
-Blood pressure
-Some aspects of pregnancy and childbirth including stimulation of uterine contractions during childbirth
-Breast milk production
-Sex organ functions in both males and females
-Thyroid gland function
-The conversion of food into energy (metabolism)
-Water and osmolarity regulation in the body
-Water balance via the control of reabsorption of water by the kidneys
-Temperature regulation
-Pain relief

—GO THROUGH EACH ENDOCRINE GLAND AND DISCUSS THE HORMONES THEY PRODUCE IN RELATION TO THEIR SPIRITUAL CHARACTERISTICS…

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Also Note: Navel/Root- In and out of earthly food. Mind/Heart- In and out of spiritual food/knowledge. Lower three have to do with earthly/Temporal things, upper three have to do with spiritual things. One crown to rule them all. Temporal being closer to earth, spiritual three upright closer to heaven.

Navel is intake and digestion of food passed to root where it is expelled, Mind is intake of spiritual food passed on to heart where it is expelled or given back to the creator as love. Both have a type of reversed functioning as well(?).

 

 

 

 

Other Insights

The base chakra or sexual response (either desire/lust or fear/disgust) is the first great mediating power for energy. Much like the mouth is the greatest regulator of food, being able to open or close, chew & store, the base chakra is able to take ingested energies and pass them up the spine to the head, or it can store or eject the energy before it comes far into the system. One with a poorly developed energy pathway will find that even the slightest increase in incoming energy is felt as sexual heat where the body seeks to eject this energy. (ie. in or digestive system parallel, it is like someone over-eating and throwing up because their digestive track is too small for the ingested energy.) A well developed pathway will allow large amounts of energy without creating heat, but instead the energy is effectively placed in the spinal fluid and carried up the spine into the brain, and then down from the brain into the nervous system and on to the other glands.

 

Fractal Relationships with Atomic Orbital Shells & Planetary Electromagnetic Fields

There is also a fractal relationship between the chakras or human energy centers and those found in atoms and planetary bodies. The seven orbital shells or electron valence shells are fairly well understood by science.  They are essentially electromagnetic fields surrounding an atom holding discrete or quantized amounts of polarized energy which our culture visualizes as electrons. Studying the relationships between the nucleus (an atom’s core vibration) and the energy shells can teach you a lot about the body and how the “spiritual bodies” or energy centers work. The following is a bit of a refresher.

-The number of valence shells an atom has or can hold has to do with the mass (or proton charge) of an atom’s nucleus. As one goes down on the periodic table (the rows), the mass number grows as well as the number of energy shells.

-The amount of energy in a valence shell (number of electrons) becomes greater as one moves to the right (the columns) on the periodic table.  The number of electrons (amount of energy) an atom can hold stably is also dependant upon the mass/number of protons (or the nuclear core vibration).

-Atoms are most stable if the number of electrons or energy in the shells matches the mass or core energy charge of the nucleus. If there are less electrons than protons, we call the atom a negative ion. If it’s the other way around, we call it a positive ion. Isotopes have to do with having a greater mass number from excess neutrons in the nucleus and are more complicated, so we will not address them now.  There are many ions which stay relatively balanced despite the imbalance in their charge, but in general atoms cannot exist unless they maintain a balance, to within a few electrons.

 

periodic table of the elements showing the electron shells of each element.

periodic table of the elements showing the electron shells of each element.

Planetary bodies follow essentially the same rules as atoms.  Unless they are dead (which many are), they also have energy shells which we call electromagnetic fields.  Our current science doesn’t see a lot of the correlations between the micro world (atoms) and the macro world (planets), but there is a lot of ancient religious (especially Hindu & Chinese) and modern channeled material explaining these relationships.   The amount of energy a planet’s electromagnetic field holds is also dependent upon its mass and core vibration.  The interactions between our Sun and Jupiter are one of the best examples of how these relationships work. Jupiter (which is roughly 1/10th the size of the sun) acts as a binary pair to our Sun. The center of gravity of the two, lays just outside the circumference of the Sun.

As with all binary orbits, as these two bodies approach perigee (closest orbital distance), they accelerate which induces a charge in both. (Remember that accelerating a charge through an oscillating magnetic field induces a current. see my physics article for details.)  This increased Charge increases until it overcomes the surface tension of the sphere (which can be accelerated by an object coming through its mag field) and like a Van de Graaff Generator it then releases bits of the excess charge in plasma ejections which we call Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s) in the case of the Sun.  The Sun and Jupiter reach perigee once every 11 years during Solar Max.  So as they approach the Sun becomes more energized and increases the frequency of CME’s until it ejects enough energy or tangles with Jupiter [rework this] causing its electromagnetic shields to drop. Which then realign in the opposite direction for reasons not fully understood (see my physics article).

Exaggerated illustration of the binary nature of the Sun and Jupiter. Thier true center of gravity lies just outside the circumference of the Sun. This relationship creates an orbital resonance which in turn interacts with the galactic field

Exaggerated illustration of the binary nature of the Sun and Jupiter. Thier true center of gravity lies just outside the circumference of the Sun. This relationship creates an orbital resonance which in turn interacts with the galactic field

The parallels between these phenomena and human biology are quite obvious.  People also have very weak energy shells which are created by internal dynamos within our bodies (the electrochemical endocrine organs, nervous system & iron in the circulating blood).  These organs create the electrochemical charges which function our energetic systems (sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems).  Much as with planets, our movement and relation to currents and electromagnetic fields influences these partially shielded systems.  As with the Sun and Jupiter, when two human become a binary system in resonance, a potential is created which causes both to energize on approach and can cause energy exchange during sexual energy transfer (which is not the same as biological sex).  In similar ways this energy is most often transferred through both the auras (weak human electromagnetic fields), and in the biological/chemical system also through the plasma (seminal fluids).

 

Questions & Answers. Things Still to Write About

-The greater one’s spiritual mass, the more energy one can hold both internally (nucleus) and externally (fields/auras). What dictates a person’s spiritual mass?  Is it related to physical weight?  How do you change this? (internally by movement and diet, externally by thought)  Is the internal energy all you can control, or can work on the aura or electromag shell actually change the gland’s energetics? (yes)

-Activating and strengthening sequential chakras must be analogous to activating and strengthening valence shells. (Activating the shell is done by awakening the electrochemical reactions in that endocrine gland, such as with puberty. And strengthening is to increase the energy flow to it or add electrons or energy to it).  Best practices?

-How do you know where you are in this process?  How do you stay in balance?

There are two balances we must maintain. One is the balance between protons and electrons or core mass/charge and valence/aural charge. The other is a balance between the chakras and corresponding valence shells themselves. They stack on eachother so they must maintain their proper energy density (strength), shape, etc..  In the body the electrochemical reactions of the endocrine glands must be kept in balance. (which can be worked on internally or externally)

-What effect does sex have on the endocrine system? Why does it sometimes seem to energize and other times seem to deenergize and destabilize. How is it that external energy transfer through the fields seems to work at a distance? (because fields are connected through the next higher field, remember the toroflux analog on connected strings.) How can it be mutually strengthening? (because if in balance, the energy transferred through the plasma is passed back to the giver through the aural fields. This is where harmonics comes in, you must be in rhythm with matching harmonic frequencies. The effectiveness of the energy transfer has to do with this. There is a lot riding on the function of endocrine glands with this.)

-Sex without love is energy transfer with no feedback mechanism. There is no conservation of energy. This is the danger of indiscriminate sex, pornography or self-sex, it empties and can obliterate one’s power (desire/energy balance).

-What determines negative or positive polarity in a person? (Their selfishness or unselfishness). Is an Ion or an isotope the analog? (Its an isotope, ions are temporary imbalance between the chakras. Core vibrations determine the kind of polarity you are thinking about.)

-How does religious practice (especially in regards to Mormonism) relate to all this. What function to ordinances play in bonding groups and exchanging spiritual energies, both within the mortal group and into the spiritual dimensions?

Chakra / Spiritual Center Outline

CONDENSED OUTLINE OF CHAKRAS (words used in bible to refer to chakra regions. Also note that the seven are condensed to five by combining the top two and bottom two into one. The LDS temple anointings are a simplified western analog to the more detailed (an ancient) eastern chakra system.

-brain = mind
-throat = throat, (as in raising one’s voice)
-heart = heart
-kidneys = bowels (also navel and reins)
-reproductive = loins

INSIDE TO OUT. (The Hebrew Bible & Kabbalah also applies the same relative relationship to body systems moving from inside to outside.)

-marrow (spiritual strength)
-bones (physical strength)
-sinews (balanced center)
-muscle (physical strength)
-skin (spiritual strength/worthiness. As in unworthiness of one with leprosy)

glands in respect to progression
-first (base) = the cycle of awareness;
-second (sacral/loins, reproductive glands) = the cycle of growth/division;
-third (solar plexus/navel, Adrenal & Pancreas) = the cycle of self-awareness/self-ishness;
-fourth (heart, Thymus) the cycle of love or understanding; (polarity reversal begins, expanding characteristics begin to contract)
-fifth (throat/neck, Thyroid) = the cycle of light or wisdom; (share-able knowledge or love)
-sixth (third eye/head, Pineal & Pituitary) = the cycle of light/love, love/light, or unity (of the heart & mind, faith & works, higher balance)
-seventh (crown) = the gateway cycle; (ascension to higher consciousness and next realm begins)

Judas, The Sons of Perdition and Service to Self

“During the Transformation the Service-to-Others find each other and take up abiding with each other, to the exclusion of abiding with those who are still spiritually undecided. Of course, as these individuals are usually a mainstay for others, the spiritually undecided clamor for their time and attention, but are increasingly given self help instructions and sent on their way. In fact, the spiritually undecided find the environment provided in a Service-to-Other community to be a drag, dull. No confrontations, everyone dedicated and preoccupied, just not lively enough. The Service-to-Self are generally driven from the ranks of both the Service-to-Other and the spiritually undecided as they are today. At times it takes awhile for them to show their colors, but this is quite inevitable.”

Wow. this is relevant. Who in the church or our family has truly chosen God with his liberation and forgiveness, and who in our church or family has chosen Lucifer, with his power hungry control structure. I have been wispered to by that serpent on ocasion as most have, “give me your power and I’ll make everyone follow the plan”. Put me in a position of power and I’ll “make” them all fit into my concept of righteousness. I’ll convince them to behave “rightly” with my eloquence and logic and power, now only if I was a Bishop or the Prophet, or could do miracles, then I could do some “good”.

Do we see the fallacies here? Do we try and control others to make ourselves feel like “righteous servents”? Or do we see how God cares so much about our freedom of choice that he builds into his true religion (all true religion) a structure where both the selfish “service-to self” and the unselfish “service to others” can succeed in thier chosen path. He sets up a tightly governed control structure that the selfish can use to manipulate others into thier world view… thier image of God. At the same time, the church is also a vessel which can be use by the non-selfish, “service to others” individual to better love and help each-other achieve thier own self determination.

As John explains, “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 all of us” (1 John 2:19, also see GOHT 75:1). Judas chose service to self. By the end of his life, he became sufficiently selfish as to achieve resurrection or harvestability in that orientation. Jesus knew it. He knew Judas, the levite (a close childhood friend) had slowly drifted to that orientation from thier youth. He knew he was minupulative and thieving. But out of love and respect for his friend he kept him as an apostle. With time Christ even realized he would be murdered at Judas betraying hand. And yet “as a sheep openeth not his mouth”, he quietly let things play out knowing the outcome was thier destiny, but hoping all the while that his friend would change. That he would turn from his self-destructive path of selfishness and go to the light. In fact, in Christ’s death, and his treatment of Judas he sowed the seeds of his eventual salvation… (in a future cycle anyway).

It makes me wonder who in history has been as Judas? Judas thought he was “doing God a favor”. He was a true nationalist and believed Jesus would save Israel so it could fulfill its destiny of ruling all nations. He was deeply orthodox. He believed that by getting Jesus arrested he would use his miracles to finally show the rulers he was God, and that the people would set him up as the ruler (GOHT 76:29-30). He did not understand that Christ’s mission was one of submission and sacrifice, not control. He did not understand “what spirit he was of” (ref). He did not understand the needed ballance between obedience and sacrifice, between control and submission. The ballance of serving ones self in order to serve others instead of serving others in order to serve one’s self. I cant help but think that the ratio of one in twelve is an accurate ratio of truly service to self vs. truly service to others in this world. I cant help but think that perhaps there have been a handful of LDS apostles (and certainly dozens of Catholic Popes) that have been harvestable service to self individuals, radically adicted to control and dogma. But that is the plan, and always has been. It is the whole reason the father set up the garden drama in the first place. It is given to us to choose for ourselve, and it is the purpose of mortality to force us to make that choice. To choose Christ or Satan. Force or Liberty. It is somewhat of a shame that the “preacher” was taken out of the temple drama. Im guessing that there were good intentions in doing it, but it’s inclusion was God’s, Joseph’s and Brigham’s way of teaching us these very important lessons about the dual nature of both government and religion.

LDS Eternal Progression

Eternal Progression, Degrees of Glory, and the Resurrection: A Comparative Cosmology

LDS Eternal Progression

Introduction
This article seeks to present a new and comprehensive cosmology as seen from an LDS viewpoint, but using the best of non-LDS sources for greater understanding. Cosmology is defined as “the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe”, but in religious terms it is more properly an understanding of how man, god and religion fit into the origin, purpose and destiny of the human soul within the universe. LDS people call this “Eternal Progression” within The Plan of Salvation. Joseph Smith’s view of eternal progression added a lot to the existing cosmology of Catholicism and Medieval Christianity, but the many works cited in this paper add immensely to the general LDS view, and may clear up some contradictions in the prevailing LDS view of the afterworld.

 

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1. Our Solar System has an orbit within our galaxy much like our planet orbits our sun. This orbit brings us through many varying energy densities which essentially control the progression or evolution of our planet and its inhabitants. The progression of mankind and people individually cannot be fully understood outside of the context of of physical cosmology–because they are synchronous.
2. The fractal (micro/macrocosm) or law of relative relationships is the key to understanding ourselves, our earth/ solar system, galaxy and the universe. The majority of ancient and esoteric cosmologies seek to use symbols to typify the fractal patterns of our galaxy–patterns existing in the respective levels of; the atom, the human body, the planet (body), the solar (body) and the galaxy. The patterns are often summarized in the religious use of the numbers 1,2,3,7, & 12 and their corresponding shapes (sacred geometry). The religious use of these numbers & symbols loosely summarizes very complicated concepts of physics which govern the major divisions of our earth & galaxy. Thier use also serves as a pattern or outline to understanding cosmology.
3. The number one. One symbolizes the Father; the universal natural law or the infinite & intelligent unifying field which unites all matter and intelligence in our galaxy and the universe. This all encompassing principle which Hebrew religion called “The Most-High God” & His Power/Spirit. Many high beings seek to mimic and speak in the name of this highest principle. Differing religious systems use different words and concepts to explain this symbol of first cause… but agree that it is the all-highest, eternal or first created principle of intelligence in the universe.
4. The number two. Two symbolizes the fundamental duality of the aforementioned unity (or “The Father”). Relative relationships of this duality include corporality & spirit, seen & unseen, positive & negative, masculine & feminine, father & son. Every atom and inhabited body (planet, sun, etc) in our galaxy contain this duality; which we will call physical and spiritual dimensions– a visible, particle-like core and an invisible, wave-like energy shell. In the case of bodies large enough to house consciousness these are the planetary body, and its electromagnetic field wherein non-incarnate intelligence dwells.
5. The number three. The Trinity/Godhead, symbolized by the Father-Mother-Son or Father-Son-Spirit or three realms of glory, etc. Each of two aforementioned dimensions naturally tend to separate into three divisions each, which we will classify as quantum levels, “kingdoms”, “realms” or “glories”. A few physical examples of these divisions are the three states of matter and the three electron orbitals (not counting ground state). Most modern Christian descriptions of heaven use this pattern to divide the heavenly regions of the earth. The LDS three degrees of glory spoken of in D&C 76 dualistically speaks of these divisions. Although classifications vary greatly, each earth and each heaven or spirit word contain these divisions.
6. The number seven. The seven archangels, dispensations or Elohim. On a much greater scale, the galaxy contains seven divisions of energy/light which we will term as densities, “glories” or progression levels. Every sphere in the Galaxy (planet or sun) progresses up and down through these levels sequentially. The seven periods or energy levels of the atom are a fractal of these states. Density boundaries are equivalent to the Hebrew and Christian “harvest” seasons and described in greater detail by Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Also symbolized by the Elohim, Archangels and creative periods. Some uses of LDS Telestial, Terrestrial and Celestial glories seek to represent levels three, four and five of these seven divisions.
As an example of how these divisions pertain to earth and mankind, we could summarize by stating the earth has two dimensions; the material world we live in and the spirit world which houses our consciousness when we die. Each of these dimensions tends to divide into three somewhat arbitrary divisions or glories. As the earth and its heavens orbit the galactic core (along with all their inhabitants) they progress through the seven energy densities, evolving/progressing from a state of lower/fragmented intelligence into what are often classified as gods, higher beings or unified planetary consciousness/intelligences. The various terms such as ‘heaven’, ‘resurrection’, ‘god’, ‘celestial’, ‘angel/archangel’ used by mystics and religion to explain these divisions and processes can be very confusing and misleading for reasons we will explain.


Is Religious Cosmology Man-made or Revealed?
The advocacy group “Survival International” suggests that as of the year 2010, there are at least 100 uncontacted indigenous tribal peoples living world-wide. The pictures below were taken by airplane in 2010 of a tribe living near the Peruvian / Brazilian border which officials in the civilized world have known about and monitored since at least 1910. Groups such as Survival International fight for these group’s right of self-determination and try to uphold policy enforcing no-fly zones and no travel zones which leave the groups in peace until they purposefully seek contact with the outside world for themselves. It is obvious from pictures such as these and other encounters that these tribes are frightened and negatively affected by encounters from the outside world. (Even marginal contact often introduces disease which decimates these types of tribal populations) It is a bit amazing to think that there are dozens of these isolated unevolved groups living in the midst of such a connected, advanced, technological world. (consider this YouTube video for instance)

The implications of this on the idea that man is alone in the universe should be obvious. Could mankind really be the only advanced life in the multiverse? Does anyone really believe there are not sophisticated civilizations which exist in the heavens or other dimensions, watching over, protecting, and studying us on our evolutionary journey of self determination and progression? Isn’t it probable that advanced life in our galaxy looks at earth’s inhabitants with the same pity, compassion and respect for self determination, as our technologically advanced world looks on these aboriginal tribal groups?

Uncontacted primitive tribe living in Brazilian rain forest photographed in 2010

Uncontacted primitive tribe living in Brazilian rain forest photographed in 2010 (red & black is body paint). Many such groups exists which are totally unaware of the advanced world around them.

In the following article I suggest that most of the world’s religious and scientific advancement is very likely result of inspiration passed to man from advanced extra-dimensional groups in the heavens. These groups seem to have carefully and subtly worked within our superstitions and religious traditions to telepathically pass information which might help us individually and as a planet to one day join the galactic community–without frightening us or violating our right to self-determination. However, because of the contradictory aspects of channeled/revealed literature and near-death experiences, it also seems evident that any such interaction happens in a subjective metaphysical realm where the cultural beliefs and expectations of the individual are strangely meshed with completely unique and new information which seems to be passed to them. Such ideas might seem a bit crazy… but then again you might think about what the aboriginal people in the above pictures thought when they tried to tell their friends about their unbelievable encounter with a low-flying helicopter.

 

Law of witnesses
LDS people like to talk about the law of witnesses spoken of in 2 Cor. 13:1 which says that “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established”. I believe this common-sense concept applies to all truths revealed to man by higher dimensional groups. The highly organized, and strictly governed groups in the heavens, which religion’s typically associate with “God”, subtly reveal truths through the subconscious of witnesses to each respective class of people on earth according to their existing traditions and ability to receive offered information. So not only have heavenly truths been shown to multiple witnesses within Israel or the earth’s major religions but those heavenly truths are also revealed through multiple separate secular witnesses and thus on to the world at large. In Mormonism we call the religious witnesses, prophets, seers or revelators; although the generally accepted term in most of Western society for a religious witness is a “clairvoyant”, “channel” or “mystic“.  As I have combed the world’s revealed texts for cosmological information, I have found a handful of works which have been especially helpful in piecing together a cohesive view which expands and makes sense of the piecemeal and often ambiguous descriptions of cosmology found in LDS scripture.

Most Mormon’s see Joseph Smith (1805 to 1844) as the ultimate modern witness to heavenly beings, and the only true modern revelator of religious cosmology. However, this article will seek to prove that there are many more modern cosmological witnesses outside of Mormonism than in it. For instance, John Ballou Newbrough’s work (1828-1891) claimed to receive a book of scripture from light-beings which is larger than Joseph’s Book of Mormon & D&C and contains far more detailed cosmological information. He was followed by another in the seer and mystic John Sebastian Ward (1885-1949) whose channeled works on the Spirit world correspond closely to Joseph Smith’s revelation of heaven found in D&C 76. Yet an earlier forerunner was Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) whose exhaustive works likely influenced Joseph’s theology. There are many more skilled adepts and scientists in each major division of the world who were parts of the inspired religious reformation movements, religious great awakenings and industrial/technological revolutions. A few of the most popular of the Second Great Awakening were Siyyid Shírází (Founder of Bahá’í Faith; 8 million adherents), Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad (Aḥmadiyya Muslims; 20 million adherents), Hong Xiuquan (prophetic icon of Chinese millennialism)

In the last few decades it seems most modern individuals producing ‘revealed’ works have considered themselves part of the “new age movement”. One quite modern example was Don Elkins, whose strangely original works pioneered much of new age cosmology and like the Newbrough, Blavatsky and the Theosphical Society, did a fantastic job of harmonizing the worldviews of ancient eastern and western prophetic or mystic works. All of these individuals taught controversial cosmological concepts which are in many cases validated by modern consensus oriented scientific inquiry. All of these prophet/seers (called mystics in modern terms), claim to have been taught by light-beings or angels (or “Jesus” if this was their religious tradition), as well as seeing “heaven” and channeling large literary works. Works which give strikingly similar accounts of eternal progression, the constitution of heaven and a new theology—greatly advancing the prevailing ideas taught in Catholicism and medieval Christianity. Each of these individuals work’s mirrored larger cultural changes in social and industrial thought and development. By piecing together the evidence given by all their accounts, I’ll attempt to construct picture of the afterlife which seems to harmonize the views of many major earthly religions with each other as well as with scientific findings. And I believe that future consensus oriented scientific inquiry will eventually iron out the misconceptions and distortions of the world’s religious views and bring the world into a general unity of belief and understanding concerning the metaphysical realms and the ways in which higher dimensional being communicate in those realms.

The plan of salvation

standard simplistic LDS view of eternal progression

Identifying misunderstanding
Like most large religious sects, the LDS church is typically a little narrow minded as to what revelations or prophets it accepts or believes. Because of this, LDS theology has not advanced much past the cosmological ideas of Joseph Smith and the early nineteenth century. In teaching our view of cosmology, LDS missionaries commonly use the above diagram, which although somewhat corresponding to the accounts of other modern mystics in a simplistic sense– ends up distorting the available picture of revealed Christian cosmology. It suggests that the degrees of glory seen in Smith’s D&C 76 revelation, are different spheres or planets of sorts, completely separate from earth or the spirit world to which men pass after corporeal resurrection. A careful reading of Joseph Smith’s revelations, in comparison to other given revelations shows this is not quite the case (we will cover this misunderstanding in detail much later). The illustration and prevailing view also ignores Smith’s view of earth’s future status as a “terrestrial kingdom” during the millennium, or the earth’s future status as a “celestial kingdom” (LDS Terms to be described later). The illustration also perpetuates distorted views concerning the ‘Spirit World’ being a two-divisioned, disembodied realm where the majority of people on earth wait for an extended period of time until the “resurrection”, which will occur at the beginning and end of the millennium (which again is a gross oversimplification.) I have attempted to create some diagrams of my own to better show the complexity of available revealed Christian cosmology. However, I have been met with frustration realizing that they will also inevitably introduce confusion and misunderstanding in people’s minds. It is simply too difficult to properly depict the complexity of the modern mystic accounts of dimensional divisions in pictures so I will try to draw on as many examples in physics as possible. Hopefully they will help people get at least one step closer to the picture of reality as described by the many witnesses.

A less simplified view of LDS cosmology based on LDS theology. Events like the “fall, flood and second coming” are archetypes based on Judeo-christian worldviews which use partially mythological events to teach important symbolic truths.

 

Cosmology
The first step to understanding modern channeled Christian cosmology or “eternal progression” is to have at least a general understanding of the earth’s progression or orbit within the galaxy. Since man’s progression is said to follow that of the earth’s evolution, an understanding of cosmology gives a framework for us to better understand earth’s origins and destiny. Many LDS scriptures show this is supposedly often the first step taken by higher beings in educating mystics/prophets, and was among the first concepts shown to Moses (Moses 1:4,33–38), Abraham (Abr 3:2–21), Enoch (Moses 7), the Brother of Jared (Ether 3:25) and others. Joseph Smith purports to have introduced a very basic version of this cosmology in the Pearl of Great Price (see facsimile 2). In his channeled works (footnote: it is important to note that Joseph’s works were channeled, not translated), Joseph Smith suggests that there is a physical and spiritual hierarchical order to the universe where stars/planets gravitationally and energetically rule over the evolution of other stars/planets and the higher dimensional rulers of those systems rule over the inhabitants of the governed bodies as well. Abraham states in Smith’s Pearl of Great Price that he,

2 …saw the stars, that they were very great, and that one of them was nearest unto the throne of God; and there were many great ones which were near unto it;
3 And the Lord said unto me: These are the governing ones; and the name of the great one is Kolob, because it is near unto me, for I am the Lord thy God: I have set this one to govern all those which belong to the same order as that upon which thou standest.

In the notes written by Joseph Smith for the hypocephalus (facsimile 2) we get more detail stating that “Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God.” Is “first in government, the last pertaining the the measurement of time”. Abraham is further taught that Kolob has a binary or sister sphere of sorts called Oliblish by the Egyptians that “stands next to Kolob”, being “the next grand governing creation near the celestial or the place where God resides. …which is equal with Kolob in its revolution and in its measuring of time”. The account suggests these bodies are either governing masses in the center of our Milky Way galaxy, or a binary system composing one of the “twelve fixed stars” described below. The power and gravitational influence of these bodies is then traced down through two more “stars” called Kli-flos-is-es, or Hah-ko-kau-beam which then pass their power onto Kae-e-vanrash which in turn “governs fifteen other fixed planets or stars, [including]… the Moon, the Earth and the Sun in their annual revolutions.” In Joseph Smiths personal notes to the hypocephalus and “Alphabet of the Egyptian Language”, he goes into a bit more detail naming the “twelve fixed stars” (of which Kolob belongs) and “fifteen moving planets”, as well as giving what seems to be a slightly different explanation of some of the aforementioned spheres…

“Oliblish, Enish-go-on-dosh, and Kaii-ven-rash, are the three grand central powers that govern all the other creations, which have been sought out by the most aged of all the fathers, since the beginning of the creation, by means of the Urim and Thummim: The names of the other twelve of the fixed stars are: Kolob, Limdi, Zip, Vusel, Venisti, Waine, Wayoh-ox-oan, oansli, Shible, Shineflis, flis, os. The Egyptian names of the fifteen moving planets are: Oanisis, Flosisis, floese, Abbesels, Eleash, Subble, Slundlo, Carroam, Crashmakraw, obblesisim, Izinsbah, missel.

“Kli flosisis signifies Kolob in its motion, which is swifter than the rest of the twelve fixed stars; going before, being first in motion, being delegated to have power over others to regulate others in their time” (J.S. Alphabet of the Egyptian Language)

Comparison of Earth\’s nearly circular orbit around the Sun to Our Solar System’s more elliptical orbit around the Galactic Core in our Milky Way Galaxy. In reality the orbital path more resembles a serpent as it helically spirals or zig-zags above and below the galactic equatorial plane.

Comparing this to what we currently know of our Galaxy, its not easily understood what Joseph Smith was getting at (or if this is a feasible astronomical model at all). But although this cosmological model may at first seem a bit far-fetched, it in fact has more witnesses to its general validity in both John Newbrough’s work and in Hindu and eastern cosmology. Just a few decades after Joseph Smith, Newbrough independently wrote a cohesive and highly illustrated cosmology consisting of our solar system orbiting through our Milky Way galaxy in a circuit, in his book Oahspe, A Sacred History of the Higher and Lower Heavens on the Earth.

1. First, the earth plieth in a circuit around the sun, which circuit is divided into four arcs called spring, summer, autumn and winter.
2. Second, the sun, with his family, plieth in a large circuit [around the center of the galaxy], which is divided into one thousand five hundred arcs, the distance of which for each arc is about three thousand years or one [harvest] cycle.
3. During a cycle, the earth and her heavens fall in the spiritual regions of hundreds of etherean worlds, where dwell Jehovah’s high-raised angels, whose Chiefs have to do with the management of worlds.
4. During the time of a cycle, the earth is therefore under the control and management of such of Jehovah’s angels for the resurrection of man of the earth. (Oahspe 9/1.1)

Like Joseph Smith’s work, Newbrough’s work suggests that as our Solar System orbits the Galactic core, we pass by higher dimensional “etherean” worlds or “governing” systems which are inhabited by higher dimensional beings who subtly govern the inhabitants of world who pass within their domains. Newbrough’s works contain hundreds of pages which detail the histories, philosophies and tactics of these extra-dimensional beings. And the picture they paint is surprisingly similar to Joseph Smith’s and many ancient religious myths which integrate religion into the movement of our solar system’s as it orbits around the milky-way galaxy. Just as a single rotation around the sun can be separated into 4 seasons, 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days; so also did the ancients try to give names to the corresponding orbital periods of the solar system moving in the Galaxy. An example is given below

The differing worlds of dimensions of ancient Norse Cosmology.

1. And thou [speaking to an officer of the current governing “god” of earth] shalt dwell in thy kingdom seven years and sixty days, and the time shall be called the first dawn of dan, and the next succeeding shall be called the second dawn of dan, and so on, as long as the earth bringeth forth.
2. And the time from one dawn of dan to another shall be called one dan’ha; and four dan’ha shall be called one square, because this is the sum of one density, which is twelve thousand of the earth’s years. And twelve squares shall be called one cube, which is the first dividend of the third space, in which there is no variation in the vortex of the earth. And four cubes shall be called one sum, because the magnitude thereof embraceth one equal of the Great Serpent. (Oahspe 07/2.6)

 

The Zodiac, Precession of the Equinoxes & their Effect on Earth
Both Newbrough’s and Smith’s works suggest that in ancient times, higher beings came to earth and taught men a general understanding of astronomy & astrophysics and their relationship to galactic rule. The idea of a “great celestial serpent” is found in many ancient cultures and generally seems to describe the Galactic Orbit of our Solar System following a sinusoidal or possibly helical pattern as it dips above and below the galactic equatorial plane. These motions relate to Earth’s precession of the equinoxes as well as the precession or axial wobbling of our sun. (The sun wobbles and travels in a slight helical pattern because of the gravitational effects of Jupiter and the other large planets; seen from the side this orbital path would look like a stretched spring or partially coiled flying serpent.) What makes Oahspe, the Law of One and Joseph Smith’s mystic works unique is the picture they paint of how these well understood astronomical phenomena affects the earth and its inhabitants. Their works agree, first in suggesting that just as the earth experience’s periodic “conjunctions” with other larger planets in its orbit around the sun, our solar system also experiences conjunctions with far larger star clusters as it orbits the galactic core. These star clusters not only subtly affect our solar system gravitationally and electromagnetically, they also rule us spiritually as they contain “gods”, archangels or unified planetary consciousnesses who “have to do with the management of worlds” (Oahspe 9/1.3). This gives a bit more insight to Joseph Smiths hypocephalus where “god”, who is associated with a celestial body (throne) is said to rule earth from/by the fixed star known in a certain Egyptian dialect transliterated as ‘Kolob’. This idea of course, is not limited to Mormonism, Star Wars and other science fiction but exists in some form in the astrology of many ancient cultures. The following is another excerpt from Oahspe which gives a more detailed account of earth’s galactic orbit and how it relates to “heavenly” government.

04/7.2. And Jehovah caused the earth, and the family of the sun to travel in an orbit, the circuit of which requires of them four million seven hundred thousand years. And He placed in the line of the orbit, at distances of [approximately] three thousand years, etherean [celestial] lights, at which places, as the earth passes through, angels from the second heaven come into its corporeal presence. As ambassadors they come, in companies of hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands, and these are called the etherean [celestial] hosts of the Most High.
04/7.3. They come not as single individuals; nor do they come for a single individual mortal.
04/7.4. And Jehovah gave this sign to man on earth; which is to say: In the beginning of the light of dan’ha, the spirits of the newly dead shall have power to take upon themselves the semblance of corporeal bodies, and appear and talk face to face with mortals. Every three thousand years Jehovah gave this sign on earth, so that those, who learned the powers and capacities of such familiar spirits, could bear testimony regarding the origin of man on earth. || Jehovah said: And when it shall come to pass in any of the times of dan’ha that these signs manifest, man shall know that the hosts of the Most High come soon after. Let him who will become wise, enumerate the great lights of My serpent, for in such times I set aside things that are old, and establish My chosen anew. ||
04/7.5. In the time of the earth, when man was brought forth from mortal to immortal life, the earth passed beyond se’mu [interstellar organic debris]. The angels of heaven remained with corporeal man, but not in the semblance of mortals, but as spirits; and by virtue of their presence, strove to make man wise and upright before Jehovah. Upon the earth the number of such angels was millions. To these angels Jehovah spoke:
04/7.6. Behold the work you have taken in hand! It was commanded to you all, to partake of all the fruits of the earth except of the fruit of the tree of life, which is of the knowledge of the earth and heaven, lest you lose your inheritance in etherea.
04/7.7. Behold, you now have sons and daughters on the earth; by your love to them you have become bound spirits of the lower heaven. Until you redeem them in wisdom and power even to the sixth generation, you shall not rise again and inherit My emancipated heavens.
04/7.8. To which end you shall be co workers with one another in system and order. In My name you shall become an organic body and known as the heaven of the earth, or lower heaven, which shall travel with the earth.
04/7.9. And I will allot to you a Chief, who is wise in experience in founding heavenly kingdoms; and he shall appoint from among you, officers, messengers, ashars, asaphs, and es’enaurs [angel leadership positions], and you shall be numbered and apportioned to your labor and places, like in My other lower heavens on other worlds.
04/7.10. He who is Chief shall be called God of this heaven and the earth, which are now bestowed to his making.
04/7.11. And God shall have a Council and throne within his heavenly city; and the place shall be called Hored, because it is the first kingdom of God in this firmament.
04/7.12. And God shall rule on his throne, for it is his; and his Council shall rule with him; in My name they shall have dominion over angels and mortals belonging to the earth.
04/7.13. And God shall appoint Chiefs under him who shall go down and dwell on the earth with mortals; and the labor of these Chiefs shall be with mortals for their resurrection. And these Chiefs shall be called Lords, for they are Gods of land, which is the lowest rank of My commissioned Gods.
04/7.14. And God and his Lords shall have dominion from two hundred years to a thousand or more years; but never more than three thousand years [a Dan]. According to the regions of dan (light) into which I bring the earth, so shall the terms be for the office of My Gods and My Lords.
04/7.15. And God and his Lords shall raise up officers to be their successors; these officers shall be appointed and crowned in My name by God and his Lords.
04/7.16. At the termination of the dominion of My God and his Lords, they shall in these, My bound heavens, gather together all those angels who have been prepared in wisdom and strength for resurrection to My etherean [celestial] kingdoms. And these angels shall be called Brides and Bridegrooms to Jehovah, for they are Mine and in My service.
04/7.17. And in the time of dan I will send down ships from etherea to God, his Lords and the Brides and Bridegrooms; by My etherean [celestial] Gods and Goddesses, these ships shall descend to these heavens to receive God, his Lords and the Brides and Bridegrooms, and carry them up to the exalted regions I have prepared for them.
04/7.18. All those who ascend shall be called a Harvest to Me, through My God and Lords. And the time of My Harvests shall be according to each dan, which is two hundred years, four hundred years, six hundred years, and five hundred years; and these shall be called My lesser cycles, because they are the times of the tables of prophecy which I give to My servants.
04/7.19. But at no other times, nor in any other way, shall My Harvests ascend to My emancipated worlds in etherea. For each and every dan’ha I have created seven dans, and to each dan given six generations of mortals.

Oaspe as well as other channeled texts also detail the spacecraft and dimension shifting technology which these higher beings use in covertly guiding and governing the affairs of earth. The Law of One, a more modern cosmological work channeled by Don Elkin, goes into great detail to explain the rules of non-intervention these beings are bound by, in order to preserve man’s rights to self-determination. These texts also explain the way in which communication and travel between the various dimensions is bound by laws of physics relating to the earth’s 11 year solar cycle and the position of our solar system within its Galactic orbit.

Illustration comparing the divisions of earth’s Gregorian Solar Calendar with the divisions outlined in Oahspe and ancient mythologies of the Galactic Calendar. These divisions are the ‘Times and Seasons’ mentioned in the Bible and the LDS D&C. Just as the earth’s seasons are caused by our planets position in the solar system combined with our earth’s axial tilt, so also are solar seasons dependent upon our solar system’s position in the galaxy combined with our Sun’s ‘axial tilt’ and position in the galactic plane.

 

<!– add another illustration that is a closeup of a square made on the above illustration. so in a small portion of the universe orbit we zoom in on the earth going from one of these “fixed” star systems to another. make its orbit a sinusoidal wave like oahspe shows, and explain that it is spiraling and show how it moves through the dimension, and perhaps even how it splits or activates new dimensions… –>

Additionally, Oahspe and the Law of One suggest that as the earth travels through the Galaxy, it passes through regions with differing energy density, which actually affect the consciousness and intelligence of mankind in general. This concept linking energy or light in the galaxy with intelligence and consciousness of mankind is also taught in Mormonism in the Doctrine and Covenants.

7 Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made….
11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;
12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—
13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things. (D&C 88:11–13)

Oahspe and the Law of One go into far more detail on the specifics of how the intensity of interstellar cosmic energy reaching the earth affects human consciousness and behavior. It suggests that most ages of enlightenment as well as ages of apostasy and intellectual darkness are caused by the amount of intergalactic energy reaching our solar system.

38/7.6. The prophets of old divided time into cycles of three thousand years, with slight variations. And they found that at the beginning of these periods of time, a certain impulse came upon the people, causing them to try to be better and wiser—even as the same feeling is manifesting itself this day in many nations.
38/7.7. The scale then rises for four hundred years, more or less; and, after that, wars and epidemics come upon the people. They then begin to decline, especially in virtue and peace, but the general intelligence suffers little for about another six or seven hundred years. After which time, they destroy their libraries and records, and reduce themselves to ignorance and vice. Then a darkness follows of one thousand or more years, with slight intermissions. And after that, for six hundred years the corporeal senses [intellect] begin to ascend. Self conceit comes upon them; they think they are the beginning of wisdom on earth. Then comes another cycle of light. Angels descend from the unseen worlds. New revelations crop up in every quarter. Inspiration comes upon mortals, and they go to the opposite extreme, becoming superstitious and obedient to unseen influences.
38/7.8. Such, then, is the general character and behavior of man during a cycle (dan’ha cycle). And he rises and falls in all these particulars as regularly as the tides of the ocean.
38/7.9. These revelations are chiefly made so that man can begin to comprehend these things, and learn to classify them so as to rise in wisdom and virtue, and thus overcome these epidemic seasons of cycles.
38/7.10. As previously shown, there are positive and negative forces continually going to and escaping from the earth. Without these no creature could live on the earth. The negative imparts to man his corporeal growth, as well as his corporeal desires, passions, and so on.
38/7.11. According to the quantity and quality of the corpor solutions in the firmament and their precipitations to the earth, so will man be affected and inclined to manifest. These influences are easily discernible by some persons. As one is depressed by a dull day; another inclined to drunkenness and fighting. A bright day inspires man with energy… (Oahspe 38/7.6-11, Cosmogony)

[add a law of one quote here illustrating the same point. That the “logos” (law of one terminology for a governing celestial body) dictates progression of consciousness on earth ]

The following illustrations visually depict the theorized “arcs” or regions of reinforcing or cancelling galactic energy patterns described in the preceding verses.

The Oahspe text contains many supposed ancient illustrations (channeled in 1882) of astronomic regions though which the earth passed in its galactic orbit which purportedly affected human behavior and consciousness, the pattern in this illustration (left) is surprisingly similar to the reinforced wave patterns of toroidal energy flow (right); a theoretical field pattern existing in the galaxy. The blue equatorial circle could very roughly symbolize our solar system’s orbit around the galactic core. Line nodes would represent reinforcing waves which create areas of high energy density.

Much of the Christian idea of “harvest” (Rev 14:15) comes from this same concept of Galactic “Times & Seasons”. Suggesting that higher beings in our galaxy seek to help people on earth progress in the same way that a gardener tends his garden. There are cosmically induced “winters” where the earth travels through un-energetic or thick nebulous regions of galactic dust which inhibit earth from receiving much of the higher wavelengths of energy on the electromagnetic spectrum (God’s spirit in religious terms), which mankind’s body and spirit rely on for intelligence and connectivity with each other and the rest of creation. These beings plant the “seeds” of civilization in the autumn (such as Moses to Christ), clear the weeds during winter (such as the dark ages), pour down inspiration during spring (such as the renaissance to present) and gather the fruit during summer (coming millennium). The higher off-planet beings who aid the earth transmit most orally communicated information first to the upper realms of earth’s spirit world where it filters down through multiple realms of that dimension before passing on to our dimension in the material world (see D&C 76:86–88).

18/6.21. Is a summer on the earth not half a time? And the winter half a time? And the two, one full time? So also I created for atmospherea [the spirit dimension] a dan (cycle) of four hundred years, and a half time of two hundred years. And in seven times and one half time I created one dan’ha.
18/6.22. For thousands of years I sent My Gods to teach these things, so that My angels could know the times of My resurrections. Does a farmer not have knowledge of the resurrection of spring, when I cover the earth over with new growing things, which I raise up out of the earth? How much more knowledge should My angels have of My spring times, in atmospherea [earth’s spirit world], when My archangels come to gather in My harvests of emancipated souls?

There are several other cosmic influence dictated by our position in the galaxy, explained in Oahspe’s cosmology which we don’t have time to cover in this article. These include the 11 year solar cycle affecting the ability to travel and communicate through space. There are many activities which can occur only with the collapse of the sun’s magnetic field during solar max (references coming soon). These cycles as well as regions of nebula and gas clouds also affect man’s ability in the spirit world to raise or be resurrected between realms or kingdoms (references coming soon). The realms or kingdoms of the spirit world are also raised or lowered depending on these galactic conditions (references coming soon).

[Add a few paragraphs here showing how the highly fragmented Hindu, Buddhist and Mayan cosmological belief systems and calendars each sought to literally or figuratively describe the “arcs” or discs of the solar system’s orbit through the galaxy. Name specifically a few of the most popular. End with a chart showing how they fit with Christian Harvest cycles, Mormon cosmology ideas and how Oahspe contains the most detailed and believable framework for tying them all together with modern scientific/astronomical observations.]

 

Parallels between the Creation Drama, Israel’s History and Personal Progression

The Garden of Eden is dualistically a type of pre-mortal life in nearly all types.

Adam/Abel-Seth/Noah/Abraham – The covenant is first established in the Garden of Eden/Holy Land/Temple Mount/Etc, promised made to Adam/Abram’s posterity for obedience (first Aaronic Covenent), Abram pays tithes/Adam makes sacrifice, Abel & Noah also, a sign given in return (rainbow, promise of seed, appearance of God), Abram/Isaac & Adam/Abel put on the alter by father, Noah & Moses put in an Arc (corresponding to the law being put in the Arc of the covenant, covered with a Kapora/mercy covering). Animal skin/12 fig leaves sown to cover Adam & Eves nakedness, promise of 12 seed given to Abraham and Sara (each given a gem & color matching the colors of the rainbow, ex 28:21,rev 21:19,ezek 28:13), etc, etc.

Moses/Christ- The covenant is established/renewed (second Aaronic Covenant) Moses takes off his shoes, Israel given the law of the gospel/preparatory Aaronic law. Each covenant has two parts an Elias and Elijah, a preparer and a renewer, each is multi-dimensional and multi-applicable. Once people’s Elias is anther’s Elijah (Christ was an Elias to the Gentiles but Elijah to the house of Israel in one respect, and in another John was the Elias and Christ the Elijah, in another the First man Adam the Elias, and the Second Man Adam the Elijah (cor 15), etc, etc..)

Elijah/Christ – New testament/covenant established, Israel taught to stop whoring after false Gods (law of chastity) in conjunction with the Higher law/priesthood (first Melchizedek Covenant). Israel (Christ’s bride) meets in person its betrothed spouse. In one respect they are married in another they are betrothed Old law becomes dead, new law brings life, puts Israel/Christ on the right hand of God (as his robes of righteousness). Symbolized by crucifixion, Christ overcomes the tests and crushes the serpents head, he is dismissed from amidst the true saints. End of the cycle brings world into new era/chamber. The “true character” of the Priesthood and its officiators is revealed, after man (Judas) is tempted to sell Christ for money. World meets and recognizes Peter, James and John, and are told by “last man Adam” that they are true messengers of God. (major dualism here, as these things occur before receiving the second Aaron law renewal, they reoccur with each new dispensation and dispensational head, but are especially seen historically at the time of Christ)

Christ/Second Coming Christ – Renewal of the covenant, which is “made sure” symbolized by sure placed nail, Christ’s bride/betrothed bride covenants and finally learns the final steps to family translation into the celestial kingdom (the law of consecration as taught by Joseph smith). Once Adam and Eve gather their righteous posterity into Zion, being one heart and one mind with no poor or ill feelings among them and pray with one voice and one song to the father displaying their mastery in obedience & sacrifice of all laws of the priesthood the veil is lifted and saints are caught up into the Celestial kingdom with Enoch & Melchizedek to be true brides and grooms of the One high God.

The more I am studying Hindu, Buddhist and New Age mysticism the more I see that all truth truly is circumscribed into one whole, and the temple touches lightly on just about all the major aspects of symbology and mysticism as revealed by not only the dispensational heads of Israel, but all with the gifts of prophesy and revelation. But as the temple teaches, its best to not get caught up or talk about such things much, so take all this with a grain of salt.

Our lives must parallel the same periods on our personal roads to the celestial kingdom, but as to the highest of the three degrees of the celestial kingdom, not only can no one enter who has not established an eternal marriage, but they cannot enter until they have also married themselves to a faith or “brotherhood”. That is a place of collective consciousness where people are connected with a oneness that is hard for us on earth to fully understand and achieve. But as the temple teaches we must be baptized by water (born on earth/etc) and spirit (born into the spirit world/etc), be washed clean of the blood and sins of our generation with water (absolve bad karma), have our body and its various parts anointed with oil (this dives into things that the Kabbalah tries to teach with the tree of life and eastern religions try to teach with chakras but will be better understood during the millennium, but lets just say we must discover and awaken our gifts of the Body & Spirit). We then learn the powers and significance of names and stones as we go through the creation of ourselves and in doing so co-create with God the destiny of this earth (in a manner symbolized by the seven periods of creation. In my opinion these days, earthly times/ numeric symbols are types of heavenly dimensions [there is no time in eternity]. So the seven periods of creation and seven thousand years of earth’s temporal existence typify seven eternal dimensions or densities or levels or kingdoms or states of progression/creation or whatever you want to call it. Many also try to extend this type to the seven chakras or spiritual gifts which we need to sequentially awaken or learn the use of as well as seven periods of seven years in our lives which are spent focusing on specific spiritual truths we need to learn/awaken. In the church this is taught by the differing offices of the priesthood which correspond to stages of life and are designed to lead us through differing aspects of temporal and spiritual power. ) Our ability to create physically and spiritually depends upon our “purity” and selflessness so if we wish to be more powerful creators we go through the process of putting on robes of righteousness through our pre-mortal, mortal and post-mortal cycles until we attain unto a celestial resurrection. The Gospel offers us a fast track to the higher heavens if we use it to serve others, but most will first gain a terrestrial resurrection at the beginning of the millennium and just as Adam reigned for 1000 years with his posterity, preparing them for their translation into the celestial kingdom with Enoch, so too will Christ reign over many of us, preparing his “posterity” to go through the veil and become brides and grooms, co-creators with God.

Being born of water and of the spirit, in one respect, has to do with the fact that part of our progression is earthly and part of it is spiritual. Likewise part of it must be accomplished in mortality and part in the spirit world. Part taught by earthly teachers and part by spirit teachers. The history of Israel shows this dualistic symbolism by its “apostasy”. It existed on earth from Abraham to Christ, being taught the Aaronic or temporal law by prophets here on earth. At the time of Christ, the night came and Israel, just like the body of Jesus before the resurrection, laid in the tomb for parts of three days or a cycle/time in order to “rest” from its earthly mission and begin its spiritual mission of progressing in the spirit world. Thus just as Christ did not “rest” but instead went and organized missionary work in the spirit world so also Israel was sent to work in the spirit bringing life to the gentiles by their spirit work. The church being driven into the “wilderness” or spirit-world to do the necessary spiritual part of its progression. Thus being born of the waters of mortality with Noah, Abraham and Moses and being born/initiated in the spirit with Enoch, Melchizedek and Christ.

In one respect Adam and Eve are a symbols of Christ and his Bride (the church), the sinless Christ having to partake of mortality to save her, because the father had bound them together.. (The woman thou gavest me, and commandest that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat- Moses 4:18). In other words, the bride that thou gavest me (the church/Israel) and commanded that I stay with her (we become bound to those we teach, lead and love by laws decreed by the Father), she partook of the fruit (she took the law which is the knowledge of good and evil, and in doing so became knowledgeable of her own guilt/nakedness which now prevents her from re-entering God’s presence by her own self-condemnation), she gave it to me and I ate because I saw that it was the only way we could obey the command to stay together and become co-creators with the Father. But being part of God’s plan, “the Last man Adam” came to free us from the deathly effects of the law and raise us unto salvation by faith in his name.

In another respect, Adam and Eve are actually symbolic of our higher and lower selves. Our fallen/mortal/veiled self and our true spirit’s consciousness which has a full knowledge of God’s plan and a full memory of all our pre-existent states. As Paul taught “now we see through a glass darkly… for we shall be like him” (or we shall see that we were/are just like him).

Daniels 70 week prophecy and the war of Gog and Magog: The Book of Ben Kathryn’s cipher to biblical prophecy

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Introduction

There is an “end time” conflict in the works according to a very interesting and unique new Jewish prophesy. Likely escalating in the next two decades—it is said to be the prophesied epic biblical war of “Gog and Magog”. But the new Jewish prophetic text suggests it will not occur like most people think. It will not begin or end with the evangelical “rapture” or the Second Coming as many people imagine it. Nor has it anything to do with any kind of end of the world apocalypse or nuclear holocaust.  In fact, as the events unfold exactly as Ezekiel and other biblical and Islamic prophets foretold, and instead of Christ’s coming or a rapture— Jerusalem & Israel get attacked and ‘conquered’ by a short-lived radical Islamic Caliphate (a shadow of Christ’s crucifixion 2000 years earlier), hundreds of millions will slowly lose misplaced faith in western Christian and Islamic ideologies—paving the way for a major religious reformation and a new global religious movement. The following article will detail the prophesies of the Old Testament concerning the prophesied battle of Gog and Magog, and walk through the detailed additional information given in the 1996 modern Jewish revelation, The Book of Ben Kathryn (see Introduction to the Book of Ben Kathryn).

In summary, the prophecy seems to predict a coming drawn-out conflict that is said to begin by an Israeli (& American?) preemptive attack/war on biblical “ancient Assyrian” territory (ancient Assyria was headquartered in modern Mosul, Iraq and encompassed parts of modern Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey). Alough this attack/war may have been fulfilled in the 2003 American Iraqi invasion (see this documentary video for details), is still to be fulfilled by a particular Israeli strike on Iraq, Iran, Syria or the emerging Islamic State (largely headquartered in Mosul). This foolish pre-emptive conflict will then set in motion a series of Middle-Eastern wars which involve the heart of the Arab World, Russia and the United States. Although the U.S. is said to only play a minimal role in the apex of the coming war, the conflict will heavily involve Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt the U.N. and likely Iran, Russia & North Korea. Possibly an analog to WWII centered on the Middle East instead of Europe. But just as the period between the Napoleonic wars and the World-Wars politically transformed Europe— by the time the smoke clears, a new Middle Eastern coalition will emerge to destroy American & European global hegemony and transform the major players in the global political dynamic.

This war is said to be the Biblical sign of a 40 year “probation” and prophesied New Age—the sign that the End of the Times of the Gentiles has come and the beginning of Judah’s part in the Restoration of Israel & final age of the major cycle. As detailed in D&C 45, Matthew 25 (JST-M), Ezekiel 38-39, Daniel and the Book of Revelation, the Koran and many channeled texts, the year of roughly 2033 marks the coming of The Third Day (or final biblical period or dispensation two thousand years from Christ’s death, see Hosea 6:1–2) . The third day is said to mark the end of the Times of the Gentiles (~34 AD – 2034? AD) in which divinity has smiled upon the Gentile nations of Europe—and a beginning of a switch or return of that favor and power to the Semitic nations of the Middle East. And the age (often translated “time” in the Bible) is said to end the same way it started–with the martyrdom of God’s archetypal lamb (symbolized by Christ and the Nation of Israel as a portrayal of the world’s pacifists) by the false lamb or beast (violent, false fascist religion). The end of the age will mark a change in the seat of global military and monetary power, a change in the seat of western religion and culture and a major change in Christianity and Islamic thinking. As well as a change in the climate and a change in mankind’s spiritual proclivities. And a return to a period of of prophets, miracles and increased interaction between earth’s physical and spiritual dimensions.

Much like WWI & WWII catalyzed the collapse of colonial European monarchies, imperialism & Catholic domination–the coming period of destructive Middle Eastern war will catalyze the collapse of today’s Arab monarchies & Islamic ideological domination. And just as the radical, violent factions of Marxism and Nazism were crucial tools in dethroning the deeply ingrained, corrupted systems of the past–so too will the radical, violent factions of Jihadist Islam (Wahhabism, Al Qaeda, ISIL/ISIS) prove a horrible yet effective tool to breakup the deeply ingrained systems of the Middle East, and test the faltering western religious and political systems in order to pave the way for a new and upcoming global religious & political movement.

12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.  13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.  14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that… I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds… Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands. (3 Ne 21:12–14 quoting Micah 5:8–15, see also 3 Ne 20:16; Mormon 5:24; Ben Kathryn 66:2)

Who Is Gog & Magog and Why is it Important?

Gog and Magog are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments, eight times in Ezekiel 38-39 and once in Revelation 20:18. It is also alluded to in the LDS Doctrine and Covenants and is referenced twice in the Book of Ben Kathryn.  Many have speculated about the identity of Gog and Magog, but the Book of Ben Kathryn adds an interesting modern prophetic perspective to the biblical term.

It is important to realize the the reference to “Gog and Magog in Rev 20:18, just as the reference to “Armageddon” in Rev 16:16 are allusions, and do not refer to the same battle as Ezekiel prophesied about.  The LDS Bible Dictionary gets this right when it says of Magog,

“In the Bible, a land and people near the Black Sea. Their king, Gog, shall lead the armies of Magog in a last great battle before the second coming of Christ (Ezek. 38:2; 39:6). The scriptures speak of another great battle of Gog and Magog at the end of the Millennium between the forces of God and the forces of evil (Rev. 20:7–9; D&C 88:111–116).”

The scriptures never actually call these prophesied wars, “the battle of Gog & Magog”–that apocalyptic label is a modern one, and a misunderstood one at that. The description of the post-Millennial “battle of the Great God in D&C 88 is important, because it helped Mormon theologians clear up the misunderstanding of many Christian dispensationalist–that is that the allusion to “Gog & Magog” in John’s book of Revelation is in fact just a dualistic allusion–and not the same event as Ezekiel prophesied in the destruction of Israel by “Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal”. A careful reading of the reference in Rev. 20:7–9 should make this clear on its own–but some modern Christian tribulationist have somehow influenced popular opinion to the point that even many LDS people believe in some type of apocalyptic pre-millennial “Battle of Magog” (the same goes for the battle of Megiddo or Armageddon).

The Bible implies that Israel was to be made an archetype or symbol of how heaven leads mankind (1 Cor 10: 11. Ex 25:40, Heb 8:5). The Book of Ben Kathryn (BOBK) adds to this perspective suggesting that Israel, Judaism and Christianity were created to shape western culture and the world political dynamic. God was to do this by creating these organizations and then loosely leading them through a selected number of cosmic cycles or “times” (BOBK 38:15-19; 13:3). Three and a half millennia ago, Moses was given a prophetic or spiritual calendar meant to symbolize the events of the coming 3,000-4,000 year cycle (Lev 23Deut 28:63–67; Lev 26:23–24). Early prophets like Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel used this calendar to prophesy that after the return from their Babylonian captivity, Israel would be destroyed more permanently and scattered among the ‘Nations’ or gentiles (Dan 9:24). This final age of latter-day captivity would last two “times”, cycles or dispensational ages (Hosea 6:1–2, Deut 4:27–31; Deut 28:49–52; Lev 26:18–28; Ezek 22:14–15; Romans 11:25). But on the third day (age/cycle), Israel’s dead body was to be revived by the spring rains to rise again and be resurrected for a final summer harvest. The grand sign of this coming national resurrection given by Ezekiel, was the war of Gog and Magog.

The references to this war in Ezekiel 38 & 39 come directly after Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones symbolizing the resurrection of the political nations of Judah & Israel and the reunification of the sticks of Judah and Joseph. In the following sections we’ll walk through the scriptures covering Gog and Magog and see how modern events may already be fulfilling this prophesy.

First off, the battle spoken of here, is most definitely an event still in the future. Starting in Ezekiel 38 the Lord says,

“2 …Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him.
3 Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord…
8 … A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel.
9 You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud…

The reason why this is such an important event is not because it will involve all the nations of the world or become some type of end-time “battle of Armageddon”, but instead it is because this is the sign the the Lord has given as a global signal for the end of the Times of the Gentiles (and Daniel’s 70 weeks of Jerusalem being trodden down of the Nations) and the beginning of final restoration of Israel (Judah). As he says in Ezek 38:18–23 & Ezek 39:22–29,

“18 …When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over!
19 In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day.
20 All living things—the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth.
21 I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other.
22 I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur!
23 In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

“22 And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God.
23 The nations will then know why Israel was sent away to exile—it was punishment for sin, for they were unfaithful to their God. Therefore, I turned away from them and let their enemies destroy them.
24 I turned my face away and punished them because of their defilement and their sins.
25 So now, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation!
26 They will accept responsibility for their past shame and unfaithfulness after they come home to live in peace in their own land, with no one to bother them.
27 When I bring them home from the lands of their enemies, I will display my holiness among them for all the nations to see.
28 Then my people will know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them away to exile and brought them home again. I will leave none of my people behind.
29 And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel”.

Daniel gets even more specific in prophesying about the restoration and destruction of Israel. While captive in Babylon around 540 BC, Daniel gave a timeline for when Israel would be restored as a nation, as well as their eventual annihilation and scattering, and regathering after a long period. Many have offered interpretations for how these symbolic “70 weeks” or 490 years fit into biblical prophecy, but as we’ll see in a moment, the Book of Ben Kathryn suggests that heaven is about to reveal the answer.

24 “Seventy weeks [hebdomads] are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.” (Daniel 9:24–27 NAS)

9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand. 11 And from the time that the regular burnt offering is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is he who waits and arrives at the 1,335 days. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.” (Daniel 12:9–13 NAS)

Paul in Romans, alludes to these Old Testament prophecies of God’s rejection of Judah for a biblical dispensation or “time” (as an archetype of all Middle Eastern peoples) . He does this by comparing Israel to an olive tree whose natural branches were to be broken off because of their wickedness, and wild branches symbolizing the Gentiles grafted in until the fullness (or full number of Daniel’s 70 week prophecy) be come in. In simpler terms, Paul predicts (like Ezekiel & Daniel before him) that Israel would destroyed and scattered for an entire biblical epoch called “the times of the Gentiles or Nations”. During that period of roughly 2000 years, Israel and the Middle East would cease to be Major world players and Europe/Rome would come to rule. But after the “fulness or end of the times of the Gentiles”, favor would be returned to the Semitic or Abrahamic people of the Middle East.

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. (NIV Romans 11:25)

When Might These Things Happen?

The “Times” given in Biblical prophesy are poor translations of an ancient concept preserved in the Hindu Yuga, and the Mayan Baktun and even ancient Israeli religious calendar systems. To many ancient cultures the world was divided into cycles of time wherein the events of earth were governed by cosmic phenomena revolving around the procession of the equinoxes. The Biblical week, Sabbatical year and Jubilee fit into these mystical cosmic systems. The “weeks” or Hebdomads of Daniel’s famous “seventy week prophecy” found in Dan. 9 added up to make a complete “time” or age (see this article for an overview of Daniel’s seventy weeks prophecy). Ancient biblical prophesy predicted the end of the times or “age” of Israel for a period of roughly 2000 years and it’s subsequent renewal. (see my article on Comparative Cosmology for details, or this site for many insights on how Israeli, Hindu, Maya, Egyptian and Babylonian cosmology fit into biblical dates and the ancient cosmological worldview)

The Book of Ben Kathryn gives a lot of detail helpful in unraveling when the ancients predicted the ‘Times of the Gentiles’ and the war of Gog and Magog might happen, as well as who will be involved. In the modern Book of Ben Kathryn chapter 22, directly after speaking of Daniel’s 70th week of the Gentiles and the withdrawal of God’s spirit from them, we are given these verses (with allusions to Micah 5 we will discuss in a minute) where we are told that Israel is to be returned to 70 last years of captivity and whilst the land “trembleth even by reason of [military] boots” the “congregations of the nations [gentiles] shall be broken by the staff of Jacob.” Read carefully,

THUS saith the LORD thy God, in the year of the 70th hebdomad [week] of the Gentiles set thy face … and prophecy thou against them: Your times come to the full. The LORD God setteth ye a time to repent. (ie. the ‘fulness of the Gentiles’ has arrived)
2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying: Set thee now a goodly vase before thee. Fill it with fine flowers, with delphiniums, roses, marigolds, wild flowers, and every beauteous flower thou canst find.
3 Prophecy unto the nations: For so is the LORD’s fulfillment. I set my ways and my laws to the purpose to which they were intended, and it nourisheth and causeth all beautiful things to grow and to sustain.
4 Empty now, my prophet, the vase of the goodly flowers. Prophecy unto the nations, unto my Bride, for so she fancieth herself: This is what ye call fulfillment; then smash it against a wall so that it shattereth.
5 Therefore thus saith the LORD God, so I do with thy fulfillment before me. So I make of thy fulfillment, and this shall be the end of thy fulfillment before me.
6 In the year of their 70th hebdomad, so set thy face against them and thus prophecy thou: In your probation ye shall traverse 40 miles. Your watchmen shall fall to the side of the road, the might of their camels collapse…
7 But as for the vase, this is mine oracle against it, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD: When thy probation shall be ended I shall smash thee against the wall, for empty thou shalt be, and a vase be of no value unless it is set to the purpose to which it is intended.
8 Bend now a little; give me some time of your minds. I set thee now a sign and a riddle: Ezra riseth of the nations [Gentiles], from a cold and inhospitable place, and again with nails my laws, my ways, and my fulfillment are raised up unto all nations, and my laws go forth.
9 Upon the outer door they be, proclaiming not what is within but what is not. So understand ye the prophecy of the 70 hebdomads of the Gentiles, for they who calleth themselves my watchmen have been of heavy ears, heavy eyes all these hebdomads since. (BOBK 21:1)

Here we have some fantastic assertions concerning Daniel’s 70 week prophecy. First we are told that at the beginning of Daniel’s 70’th week, God will send a prophet alive today, John Ben Kathryn, to prophesy against the Gentiles/Nations. Seemingly suggesting that he is one of the archetypal “two witnesses” mentioned in Revelation 11 that will work miracles in the eyes of the Nations. (We learn in chapters 1 & 3 that this prophecy was preemptively given 2006. But Ben Kathryn and his companion prophets are told not begin their ministry to “turn Israel” until around 2036. which will include incredible miracles like healing and even raising the dead.) We also see that the end of the Times of the Gentiles are marked by apostasy, where the Church has lost its efficacy in leading Western Culture to peace, justice and goodness (2 Thess 3:x). God will give the Gentiles a period of probation (likely 40 years alluded in v.6) after which war or some type of desolation shall be poured out (war of Gog & Magog).

Perhaps more importantly, we are given a riddle where Ezra is unmistakably made a parallel to Luther and the Christian Reformation. This “riddle” is monumental as it confirms the concept of dualism or parallelism in Daniel’s revelation. Elsewhere in the Book of Ben Kathryn, Christian eschatologist are chided for dispensationalist interpretations which suggest a 2000 year “gap” or silence in Biblical prophecy (see BK 23:5-6). Instead we see here that the dispensation of the Gentile Church is dualistically included in Daniel’s prophecy. We also see that Ezra’s decree to rebuild or “reform” Israel is the correct start of Daniel’s 70 weeks, NOT Cyrus/Darius decree to rebuild Jerusalem. This is a major theme in Ben Kathryn— the idea that Israel or the church is God’s focus in his prophesy and covenants, but Israel always focuses on the temporal aspect of things, namely the land. Jerusalem is a symbol of the people of Israel and the temple is a symbol of the religion. Thus daniel’s reference to “the streets and wall” is a dual references to both Ezra’s rebuilding the righteousness of Israel as well as Luther’s rebuilding the righteousness of Christianity in the reformation!

So Daniel’s 70 weeks spreads from Ezra’s reforms in Jerusalem in 454 BC to Christ’s entry into Jerusalem in 30 AD ALSO, dualistically represents Luther’s Christian Reformation of the mid 1500 spanning 490 years to around 2030.

Timeline summarizing the historical correlations or types between the times of Israel and the times of the Gentiles. Redraw this to show correlations better.

Timeline summarizing the historical correlations or types between the times of Israel and the times of the Gentiles. Redraw this to show how Daniel’s seventy week prophecy fits in.

[coming soon: revise this Diagram with info below…

Cyrus decree to Ezra Reforms (528 BC to 454 BC = 80 Years)
Ezra’s Reforms (of not intermingling with surrounding people) to Messiah Cut off (457 BC to 33 AD = 490 years)
Luther’s decree to rebuild church to Calvin’s reformation? or some key date (1517 to 1524)
major reforms to Israel’s Demise (1520-1550? to 2016? = 490 years)  ]

Gog & Magog as a transformative war

The Book of Ben Kathryn suggests that this coming war of Gog and Magog, which will signal the ‘end of the times of the Nations or Gentiles’ will transform the global political dynamic. Sometime coinciding with the war, God will call leaders to restore Israel as an archetype of his raising of world leaders in the Middle East to lead global politics.

IN that day I shall set to me eight princes of my people. And upon them and my prophets shall my spirit come, to direct the ways again, and for a sign and a pillar unto Israel. They shall raise up my standard as aforetime, and my people shall look up and be healed.
2 Fear not, thou trembling land; for a great thing have I done in all the land. For, lo, I am returning this second time the captivity of my people Israel. Whilst the land trembleth, even by reason of boots, do I swell your borders and enlarge your house. My laws do go forth, amidst the up-cry they are heard in Judah and Jerusalem. Laud ye the LORD in his land! And tell ye the nations to repent at his doings.
3 And it shall be a hissing to the nations in that day, a source of offense, and as a shout of rejoicing is to him that seeketh solace. I shall gather the congregations against the house of Israel as one that gathereth an army to battle, and as one pulleth the bit in the foamy mouth. But I shall be jealous again for my people, Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day that the congregations of the nations shall be broken by the staff of Jacob. I have made it a double staff and a quartershaft, and Jacob shall vanquish his enemies; on the right and on the left shall the staff strike as unto the sting of behemoth’s tail; and in that day Israel shall know that it is I, the LORD, who is their righteousness, and that I have not changed from my purpose, for my purpose is spoken before the world was, and it shall be lauded after the world passeth away. (Book of Ben Kathryn/BK 22:1-3)

1 If any of the elders of Israel come before thee to prove thee if thou hast spoken in my name, or to say outright thou hast not spoken in my name, sit before them and say….
5 Because ye sought the land to take comfort in it, and because the heathen proclaimed to you that land was the jewel of my covenant, hear ye this word from the LORD: I appoint you to 70 years of captivity again, captivity and desolation in your own land, captivity which ye expounders of false laws could not extract because of your hard hearts, and because ye sought land and not the LORD. Because ye sought a god of your creation I have given you no place to call upon. (Book of Ben Kathryn/BOBK 63:5)

These verses reveal a few very important details concerning the attack of Gog and Magog and its timing. After referencing Both Daniel’s 70 week prophecy and Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog (v.3 ), it says the Lord is appointing Israel 70 more years (captivity again) in its own land.  A major theme of the Book of Ben Kathryn is that Israel has been a captive puppet to the West since its founding. In chapter 65  we get the following statement, “Thou waitest like a fat child to be served of the nations, and they have only robbed thee, and now they hate thee. The same that delivereth thee from bondage art thou then in bondage to“. Israel has been in bondage for nearly 70 years since its founding in may 1948 (1948 + 70 =2018), and in relation to the coming battle which will place Israel in 70 more years of bondage in its own land to a foreign power.

Just as the 70 year Babylonian captivity, and the 70 year Roman oppression were based on the seventy sabbatical years that Israel failed to observe (forming the backdrop of Ezek 4:5), modern Israel is about to get one last seventy year captivity for the same reason. And it is prophesied and biblically foreshadowed, all for the express purpose of proving to mankind that unified higher dimensional beings (God) are guiding human evolution by creating highly symbolic geopolitical divisions which expose our weaknesses and self-righteousness, and then healing those division as we learn what true love and harmony are.

Notice the allusions to Ezekiel used in the above chapters of the Book of Ben Kathryn. At the end of the Times of the Gentiles (Daniel’s 70th week/hebdomad), the nations will be gathered to battle “as one pulleth the bit in the foamy mouth”. Exactly as Ezekiel said, he “will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army” (Ezek 38:4). Notice also the references to Micah 5.

“5 When the Assyrians invade our land and break through our defenses,
we will appoint seven [shepherds] to watch over us, eight princes to lead us.
6 They will rule Assyria with drawn swords and enter the gates of the land of Nimrod.
He will rescue us from the Assyrians when they pour over the borders to invade our land.” (Micah 5:5–6. NLT Translation: King James translation is very poor here)

These “eight principal men” (Micah) or “eight princes” were mentioned in Ben Kathryn 22:1. The shepherds are also mentioned by Ben Kathryn three chapters earlier in 19:6. (In a minute we’ll get to the modern interpretations and how these seven prophets come to rule Assyria and the Gentiles with the sword of the Word of the Lord). Notice they are called on the scene at the time when the Assyrian (ISIS) shall be led as an animal with the armies of the Nations to attack Israel. The Lord through Ben Kathryn links this Assyrian attack with Gog as he further explains the returned “captivity of my people” spoken of in the aforementioned verses. He speaks to Israel in chapter 66,

” 2 Ye turn aside your faces from the merchandise of Gog, and the affliction of the maidens of Magog (fn-2), in that they are caused to be made harlots. Therefore I have turned my face away from thine indenturing to America, and thou shalt be indentured for a season as the harlots of Magog, the merchandise of Gog and Damascus. But thy bed shall not cause thee to earn thy redemption. I, the LORD, shall redeem thee. I shall redeem thee from the indenture wherewith the maidens of Magog have been indentured, for thou lovest thy whoredoms and seekest not to be free of them. I shall smite Damascus in battle, for it is the head of a serpent that doth coil through Tyre and Zidon, Berytus, and unto Aleppo. Its tongue dangleth out, and the venom on its tip is Amman.” (Book of Ben Kathryn 66:2)

So modern Israel is told that in the same way that they are currently “merchandise” or puppets to the United States government, after the coming war they will be indentured or captive to some extent to “Gog and Damascus” (ISIS? or a Russian/Syrian coalition?). The “serpent” mentioned here is a coalition made up of Arabs overtaking Syria (sounding a lot like the Jihadist Islamic militant groups Hezbollah or ISIS, but possibly a more benign group of simple Sunni Arab states), the group is said to contain strong factions in at least Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Ezekiel 38:2 suggests that Gog is the leader of Magog which is a land encompassing the nations of Meshech and Tubal who are in turn trading partners with Tyre (Ezek 27:13). Each of these ancient locations is archetypal, with the Book of Ben Kathryn comparing the ancient Phoenician trading hubs of Tyre & Sidon to Modern America (BK 26) and Gog & Magog to the Middle East & possibly Russia. The true ancient location of Magog is hotly debated, but most believe it to be an allusion to the modern nations which occupy the southern shores of the Caspian & Black Seas. This would include the Modern Nations of Iran, Turkey or possibly Russia. However, the key to the fulfillment of the prophecy does not hinge on properly identifying Gog as much as knowing he is but the leader of a confederacy who will attack and captivate Israel, which is in league with factions from, “Damascus, Egypt, Persia (Iran), Lydia (Turkey), and Libya (North Africa)” (Ezekiel 30:5).

Given all the evidence it seems likely that all these prophecies are suggesting that a Modern Gog (likely based in Syria), the leader of a group is going to be caused by Israel’s God (per Ezek 38:2–8) to attack, maim and occupy Israel (see BK 44:8-9, 20:15-16). The attack will come unexpectedly in the middle of a greater conflict occurring elsewhere (BK 63:4-5). The effects of this conflict, which WILL NOT bring about the rapture or end-time tribulation or second coming of Christ (as so many Millennialists suppose), but will instead indirectly lead to the gradual fall of the West’s global hegemony and the advent of restored Israel (Judah) as described by the Bible and book of Ben Kathryn and detailed in my article “Prophesy in the book of Ben Kathryn“.  The importance of this prophecy lies in it being a prophetic signal a monumental shift in global religious and political power.

  THUS saith the LORD God; And it shall come to pass in the days after the fullness of the nations [fullness of the Gentiles] hath come in, that they will no more say: “Last days;” and no more shall it be heard.
11 Tribulation, great tribulation— my soul is in tribulation at the bleat of their words. I cannot bear them. Last days, last days are a mockery. I don’t wish to hear them. Your days have been long. Full of days hast thou been, O Heshbon. Ammon still remaineth, and Moab’s wastes are still not arid. Have ye been removed except by judgment so that another may take your place in an arid time to come? So shall thy preaching foretell thine own removal. Thy days have been as full as the former days, prosperous Heshbon. Whose last days do thy seers see? Say no more “last day,” but come unto the LORD, the Great God, the God of the horn of Judah, the Redeemer of Jacob. Behold how Jacob was a trickle ye flicked with your toe, and now he is a torrent.
12 Tribulation shall vanish with your days and the bleat of your ignorance; but Judah shall be set aright…
15 What use is there in speaking to man? His ways are set. His path leadeth to destruction. Upon a horse, with a switchback, doth he set the gallop to his end. Take ye heed, O ye of Samaria, and hearken unto this oracle: ye shall not go down to Megiddo. Nor shall the LORD overturn you with a mighty battle. You set the tempo to your end, and it cometh as a snare in an unexpected place, without honour and without chance to draw the sword.
16 Look off to the north, ye caravaneers of Heshbon. Set up camp. Raise your pulpit and set it to the north. The Assyrian watcheth from the heights as a predator. The Palestinian lurketh in the clefts. Judgment cometh from behind you and not from the desolate realm. They have passed Jordan before you, because your eyes were laggard on the camp of your neighbour, upon the desolate places. They are within your camp, and ye are cut off first.
17 (The oracle for an end of time) Thus saith the LORD unto the nations: An end, an end cometh. The time hath returned. Now hath the time of your hebdomads [weeks] come to fruition before me. Say not, From whence cometh destruction?— ye are within the seething pot. Your congregations saw false visions in the desert sand, and your house is laid desolate. Your retreat is also stalked. I set ye now to the time of your probation. Hear ye the word of the LORD: My mercy setteth ye a time. Shout it aloud, and from the rooftops let this message go forth! Get ye to repentance! Cast off your ways, O foolish people, and harden not your hearts. Put aside your uncleanness, your vanities, and your cold self-seeking hearts, and I shall lead you yonder Jordan where dwelleth Sharon’s fertile plain and Jezreel’s cultivated fields.
20 The end of the oracle: For when the Israelite shall smite the Assyrian, ye shall know your watchmen looked amiss and led you astray. The LORD shall cause an end of time upon the nations, upon their congregations; and their watchmen shall be no more.(BK 20:1,)

In fact, apart from destruction in Jerusalem and partial loss of sovereignty, it appears that this invasion will actually be a good thing for Israel, and will mostly affect the surrounding nations. Its religious nature will serve to break down religious fundamentalism. And after being stripped of it’s self-righteous leadership, Israel is told it will prosper in this captivity! During the surrounding tumult, “whilst the land trembleth, even by reason of boots, do I swell your borders and enlarge your house. My laws do go forth, amidst the up-cry…”  As “swords fall.. and borders are redrawn in blood” (BK 22:1-3), Israel will be enlightened as prophets  and Islamic social reformers start a new movement which will culminate in the rebuilding of the Temple and the eventual unification of Ephraim and Judah— archetypes and foreshadows of Christianity and Islam and the Middle East and Europe.

A Spiritual Awakening

The “seven shepherds and eight princes of men” already mentioned, are discussed further in the book of Ben Kathryn chapter 19 & 22. Here the Lord compares his people to sheep whom he led to seasonal pastures (the Gentile Nations of Europe & the Middle East), and how the Lord will fire his hired seasonal shepherds & princes (Gentile Christianity/Islam & Western politicians) and raise up new prophets/leaders (a Restorational Judaism/Islam & powerful Middle East) to lead them back to their original pastures and patch up their sheepcotes…

5 …Doth not a shepherd take his sheep to seasonal grass, and when the season turneth yet again doth he not take them to the old pastures and the old cotes to graze? Behold as the sheep graze he mendeth the cotes and then leadeth them into safety. Or seeing a fire come to the seasonal grass, will he not hasten, especially when seeing that the old grass groweth ready?
6 Therefore thus prophecy thou unto thy brethren, the children of Israel, So am I a shepherd unto Israel, saith the LORD, and so shall I do. Follow my paths and come to my sheepcote, for my shepherds have gathered speckled sheep. But I will not mix ye, saith the LORD. I shall sack my shepherds and scatter their speckled beasts. And from my pure sheep I shall raise me up seven shepherds. For from sheep born of another pasture, of the seasonal grounds, shall I speak unto this people and lead my people back, counsel them, govern them, and restore them to the old cotes. (Book of Ben Kathryn 19:5-6. See allusions to Micah 5:5 & Zechariah 11-13))

IN that day I shall set to me eight princes of my people. And upon them and my prophets shall my spirit come, to direct the ways again, and for a sign and a pillar unto Israel. They shall raise up my standard as aforetime, and my people shall look up and be healed. (BK 22:1)

Where Christ called twelve apostles himself, and “seven stars” through Paul (see Rev 1:20) who were commissioned to work miracles and begin the Christian Movement—The Jewish prophet Ben Kathryn is instructed in his personal notes to call “seven prophets” and “eight mighty men” who will be given power in their old age to do miracles in the eyes of the nations in order to begin the coming Messianic Movement. (Note this act is meant to be an archetype for a greater group of shepherds and princes or religious and political leaders who will lead Israel out of Assyrian captivity. Also, LDS people might be interested in the symbolic relationship to the mission of the 7 presidents of the 70 from D&C 107:95–96.)

The seven shepherds and eight princes or mighty men of Micah 5:5 and Ben Kathryn 19 & 22 stand in contrast to the Antichrist in the prophecies of Daniel, Revelation and elsewhere in the New Testament. As explained in my article on confusion surrounding the LDS view of Apostasy, and Parallels between the Times of Israel and the Times of the Gentiles the antichrist is also a title or archetype. Identifying an individual associated with this prophesied figure is virtually meaningless, because the title is meant to point people’s minds to the degenerate anti-Christian condition of the ruling “Christian” Western World (their inability to turn the other cheek and actually practice the Christian heritage they profess). When the anti-Christian mindset defiles the temple and sits on the throne (in other words it takes over the church and becomes the predominant political policy), it will lead to the west’s downfall and the end of western global power. This is the meaning of the “abomination of desolation” mentioned throughout scripture.

THUS saith the LORD thy God, in the year of the 70th hebdomad [week] of the Gentiles…
2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying: Set thee now a goodly vase before thee. Fill it with fine flowers, with delphiniums, roses, marigolds, wild flowers, and every beauteous flower thou canst find.
3 Prophecy unto the nations: For so is the LORD’s fulfillment. I set my ways and my laws to the purpose to which they were intended, and it nourisheth and causeth all beautiful things to grow and to sustain.
4 Empty now, my prophet, the vase of the goodly flowers. Prophecy unto the nations, unto my Bride, for so she fancieth herself: This is what ye call fulfillment; then smash it against a wall so that it shattereth.
5 Therefore thus saith the LORD God, so I do with thy fulfillment before me. So I make of thy fulfillment, and this shall be the end of thy fulfillment before me.
6 In the year of their 70th hebdomad, so set thy face against them and thus prophecy thou: In your probation ye shall traverse 40 miles. Your watchmen shall fall to the side of the road, the might of their camels collapse, the burden of their loads dropped aside; and ye shall leave their parched bones… (BK 21:1-6)

5 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, That day I shall make it a day of rebuke. I shall cause the Gentiles to know their abominations, for their prophets speak but what the congregations want to hear. As a dart that whistleth forth shall always find a target, so a mouth that speaketh deceitfully shall always find an ear that delighteth in deceit.

After this lengthy conflict of Gog and Magog (involving much of the Middle East), the 70 year captivity (within the Caliphate this war temporarily creates- perhaps led by Turkey) and the restoration of the nation of Israel (under a new Messianic Religious movement largely founded by John Ben Kathryn & the “seven shepherds”), the world will know that the biblical prophecies of the final battles of the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. As Ezekiel says in Ezek 38:17, the world will be asking when the archetypal attack on Jerusalem takes place “Are you the one I was talking about long ago, when I announced through Israel’s prophets that in the future I would bring you against my people?” (Ezek 38:17). And when Israel is not rescued by the second coming as so many Gentile Christians believe, and the miracle-working prophets prophesy against western christianity, western Christians will realize that they “prophesied amiss”. Instead the war will affect the western world far more than anticipated and the modern nation of Israel will be miraculously saved from regional destruction as they are absorbed into a new empire for “70 years more captivity” (BOBK 63:5). But after this captivity, the nation will be restored, the Aaronic jewish temple will eventually be rebuilt, a proper sacrifice made (D&C 13:1, 84:31-33) and the people of Israel will take the place of Rome and the Christian faith/Catholic Church as the social and religious mecca of the Eurasian world (BK 46:11; D&C 133:13; 109:62-67). At that point the world will realize that the reference in the Book of Revelation to “Armageddon” was a type or allusion to a battle occurring in Megiddo long ago (see Ben Kathryn 20:15, as well as many articles like this one). Likewise the world will see that Ezekiel’s prophecy of “Gog and Magog” was fulfilled with amazing detail over 2600 years after it was given.  And as Daniel dualistically prophesied, the war marked the Full end of the Times or Dispensation of the Gentiles and the beginning of the restored “age of Israel” and their final dispensation of symbolic history. D&C 45 also expands on this prophecy, specifying that the gathering of Israel to Jerusalem will not occur until after the Time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

24 And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations;
25 But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
26 And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them…
27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.
29 …and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.
30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land. (D&C 45:24–31)

Christ made clear that part of his “coming” would be metaphorical (He being a living symbol of Israel) when he said “destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again” (John 2:19), which was of course an allusion to Hosea 6:2; “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.” When Israel is restored; their temple cleansed and the Word of God issues forth from it to heal the Nations (Isa 2:3, Micah 4:2, Ezek 47:8), most of the scriptures which modern Christians interpret as “Christ’s end-time second coming” will have been fulfilled, and the fear of “end-times” eschatology will fade away for a season. The final dispensation of the Fulness of Times will be begun for both Ephraim & Judah (ancient symbols of Modern Christian and Islamic nations).

“THUS saith the LORD God; And it shall come to pass in the days after the fullness of the nation’s hath come in, that they will no more say: “Last days;” and no more shall it be heard. But they who walk in my paths shall be gird with a pap of iron, and my words shall be written thereon. Upon my word shall they engrave “sandal,” and they shall say of my name: “Mine identify and mine honour.” (Book of Ben Kathryn 20:1)

Higher beings saw long ago that mankind was nearing the age of industrialization and globalization.  In preparation, Israel was created and destined to give birth the the world’s most powerful and influential religions and cultures. Israel was created as a symbol of mankind for mankind. From this fledgling runt of a nation would spring Christianity, Islam and the cultures destined to take over the world. From the struggle caused by Israel’s dualities, the western world would become strong and powerful. Hidden within its scripture and history is the wisdom and love of the Gods. In the final age, when man is brought into brotherhood with the Higher Beings that guide us, God will heal the divisions and dualities He has caused, and show us our error and the wisdom gained from hard fought experience.

7 See, I have given thee these things, which thou dost not wish to hear, both symbol and meaning, that it may be a blessing and a weight upon thee. But thou shalt bear it. I shall give ye that house again, and it shall be a memorial to your ways and a light unto my ways that ye depart not from my ways again, to abominate before me.
8 Behold why I have made such symbols: that at thy corrupting of them, thy heart may be revealed, and the evil known for what it is, made manifest to all mankind.
LO and behold, I create a new day. I mend the rend between thee and the nations. I heal the injured and I broadcast wheat in the charred soil. (BOBK 60:7-8, 61:1)

Fear Not

It is easy to be frightened of the political unrest in the world today–especially the unrest caused by radical Islam. But the promises of the Bible, Book of Mormon and the prophesies in the Book of Ben Kathryn paint a hopeful picture!  All this unrest serves only to encourage human political and religious progression. Just as the future seemed dim for the “northern barbarians” of Rome’s time (Germanic Tribes) before their mass conversion to Christianity and the rule of Law during the first five centuries after Christ, it may seem dim when looking at the barbaric practices of many Islamic countries.  But there are groups which have been watching over and guiding western culture since the days of Abraham–and they have set up the Judeo-Islamic-Christian Faith’s for the sole purpose of letting us know that we are not alone in the world. We all have a right to self-determination, but God is distantly guiding the evolution and progression of human history.  Both Islam and Christianity are about to be slowly transitioned into a more peaceful, intelligent, unified global religious movement. A movement which will eventually absorb Hindu and Buddhist religions — and finally unify with the divinely instituted Chinese and Shamanistic traditions as well.

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So much of what is about to happen has been prophesied for thousands of years. There are literally hundreds of references in the Old Testament referring to the naturalistic events described in this article and sensationalized by dispensationalists as the “final battle”. (The only thing that is “final” is that this is the beginning of the “final dispensation” or period of God’s work with telestial/3rd density man.  In addition to Ezekiel, Zechariah prophesied of the coming war when he said,

“2 I am going to make Jerusalem a cup [caldron] that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.
3 In that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves…
6 On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot [cauldron] in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.”

compare this to the verse in Ben Kathryn,

“6 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Behold now in the dusk vision, a great caldron set upon broken desert ground. What doeth it? And I said, “It pitcheth round, as on a whirligig, and doth not steady, but the water slosheth at every point of the brim.”
7 So bring I upon the Earth at every quarter, convulsion and upheaval, dismay, a setting on edge, fumes and smoke and a steamy vapour. As the water feedeth the desert from tumult, so shall old seed sprout from upheaval. Publish it abroad. Fear not, for I shall put the fear of thee on mine enemies, and at the time appointed I shall give thee the heart not of a rabbit but of a lion. At my word they shall have confusion of face, for lo, I have not spoken by prophet since days of old.” (BOBK 1:6-7, compare also Jer 1:13)

“8 And the LORD instructed me, Go place a caldron at Damascus Gate, for out of the north I will bring tumult on this land and on this city Jerusalem. It shall be a river. The American shall pass through this gate to Joppa way, as a river also, and he shall no more return. For I make Jerusalem a caldron and the Syrian as the boiling water seeking its stony hearth.
9 For they have provoked me in all that they have provoked, saying, The American will deliver us. I am angry with Jerusalem and discontent with Tel Aviv. I shall make Jerusalem as the handle of the caldron, and Tel Aviv a morsel in the seething therein. I moreover shall make your walls as the potsherd and Tel Aviv as the shards of its residue.” (BOBK 44:8)

Also explore the similarities of Zechariah 12-14 with BOBK chapter 45.

12 And this shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from Jehovah shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the nations round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in those camps, as that plague. (Zech 14:12–14)

12 Flee unto the multitude of cities, but a flood shall overtake you all. Flee unto the sea, but upheavals shall upset you. Flee not and stand haughtily in your place, but the green fire of heaven shall descend upon you, and ye shall lose your hard eyes. Thus saith the LORD, seethe your meat in the caldron, and draw the flesh upon a seething fork, that ye may know the LORD’s intention upon you in that day. For thus saith the LORD of hosts, I shall cause great fear to come upon all the northlands ; and bodies shall make their homes their tomb. The American shall walk on foot. I shall bring up they from the south for fear of what shall befall. The seething shall take them; it shall consume their tongues first; their eyes shall be consumed, beast and man, great and small. Yet for all this I shall not speak peace upon the earth, nor stay mine hand until I make an utter end from the Old Gate westward, and a wind to cleanse upon the East Gate to the islands afar off, until the houses of their god’s are bare and their gold an abomination.
13 …See your stars crash down, they which ye have placed in orbit. Who can turn the moon, and who is he that bringeth the heavens upon us? Who can change man’s speech by waves ye know nought of? It is I, the LORD. Glory is my going forth. Justice is my burning fire about me. (BOBK 45:12-13)

This seems pretty similar to the Ezekiel verses already quoted about the invasion of Gog and Magog. Read again, and wonder will these possible geologic/cosmic destruction occur at the same time as the invasion? What parts are symbolic and what parts literal?

“18 …When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over!
19 In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day.
20 All living things—the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth.
21 I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other.
22 I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur!
23 In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Note that the above Zechariah verses are directly after the well known verses of the second coming,

2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the mount of Olives shall be cleft in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azel…
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that there shall not be light; the bright ones shall withdraw themselves:
7 but it shall be one day which is known unto Jehovah; not day, and not night; but it shall come to pass, that at evening time there shall be light.
8 And it shall come to pass in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. (Zechariah 14:2–8)

Elsewhere on my site I talk about how many of the “cataclysmic” events in these scriptures seem to point toward a large solar flare, or somewhat destructive Solarmax ejecting a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) bigger than the historic Carrington Event on 1859. Both Oahspe and The Law of One which I mention in my “revelatory texts” section give a bit more insight on how “harvest” events have occurred in the past, what causes them, and how they affect the earth.

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Conclusion

In conclusion I will try and summarize my interpretation of all of these scriptures in a timeline of what will go down over the next 70-200 years.

-The world will not end, nor will 1/3 of it die, or any other overblown apocalyptic end-world type interpretation of the book of Revelation. The Book is highly symbolic and full of dualisms (things that are designed to be broad & symbolic enough to have multiple major fulfillments while teaching the same moral lesson).
-All events will have had roughly historic analogs (solar flares/solar max, polar wandering, WWI/WWII, etc… life goes on).
-The United States will continue to pressure the nation of Israel into disarmament (65:3), with the underlying pledge that we will protect them from Arab aggression (66:19).
-America will continue to bankrupt itself in the process of trying to police the world & support retiring baby boomers. (65:9)
-Afterwards, America / Israel will follow the new precedence of “pre-emptive war” by striking neighboring Syria, Iraq (Mosul) or Iran? [text says Assyria, which could be Syria, Iraq Turkey or Iran] (20:20)
-Syria or a group associated with it (IS) will have been plotting with neighboring Arab groups to attack Israel. Israel’s attack will give them the impetus and regional Arab support to carry out their plans of mass destruction against Israel. (12:4 44:8, 66:1-3)
-The destruction in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv (Damascus, Syria, Iraq and many other parts of the Middle East as well) will lead many of apostate Christianity to believe Armageddon is here and Christ is coming. When their preconceived notions of the Second Coming are not met, many will lose faith in western Christianity and Christian scripture (16:1-3, 16:9-10,12).  There is very little detail given to suggest the length of this war. It could be large and short like WWI, or it could be punctuated and drawn out much like the wars of the last few decades.
-The war will destabilize the entire region, leading eventually to the necessity of Turkey and Egypt militarizing to both fight and make peace (redrawing borders and creating some kind of regional political power), and eventually take the place of the United States, Russia and the E.U as the regional hegemon (66:4-5)
-At some point during the 70 year period of conflict an Islamic State/Arab empire geographically similar to the Ottoman Caliphate will emerge to challenge the European Union as a regional power. (66:4-5)  Likely a radical group like ISIS early on in the conflict, and probably not lasting too long–evolving into something more politically responsible like an Arab State Union.
-Much like the LDS Church within the U.S., Israel is to be brought into captivity one last time (by this new Islamic or Arab Empire). During this 70 year captivity God will begin the Gathering of His People to Israel. (63:1,5; 64:5-6)  [All of this being symbolic of events occurring in the earth’s spiritual realms, and archetypal of larger social and political movements occurring apart from religion or sectarianism].
-During this 70 year captivity, God will raise up scores of prophets to Israel, eventually causing a massive conversion of tens of millions of Jews & Arabs to this new Messianic movement. (22:2-3).
-It’s also important to note that the text hints that ‘Israel’ is/will be a type of what happens to the West in general. So just as ‘Israel’ is to become ‘captive one last time. So to will the West be ‘captive’ during this period to its own increasingly socialist governments (ie. Just like the Russians were ruled by the Soviet Socialists for almost exactly 70 years, and just like Israel was a puppet to the west for 70 years)
-At the end of this 70 year captivity, Israel will again become an independent nation, the Temple will be rebuilt, and Jerusalem will become the new “Rome” in the ensuing wholesale cultural conversion of the region. This regional religious transformation will exceed even the cultural conversion of the Roman Empire regions of the first four centuries to Christianity. It may follow a similar growth time frame. (5:4-5, 46:11, etc.)

However, there are also many questions these scenario poses, which I don’t care to speculate on. Such as, are all these wars the same event? Is the attack by Syria the same as Gog/Magog and will they be coincident with this possible solar flare/solar max? Is the latter & former rain mentioned in both TBOBK and the Bible an allusion to two events roughly 40 years apart (as typified by other biblical dates & prophesies). How does it relate to the plague mentioned in D&C 45, Zechariah & TBOBK? Is the D&C plague the same as the “bug” mentioned in BOBK? Will the Middle Eastern Conflict be one large short lived war like WWI, or will it be many separate more spread out conflicts such as the recent middle eastern conflicts.

My hunch is that all these events will not be one short, dramatic event as most end-time predictions, but will be a significant, drawn-out conflict somewhat like the wars of the last few decades, which shapes the global religious and political power structures to an extent as great as the European renaissance and colonialism.

Daniel's 70 week prophesy

lots of great o.t. refs to final battle.
http://ldolphin.org/kingdom/ch13.html

add notes about these sites..
http://www.answering-christianity.com/gog_magog_bible_quran.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking#Russia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Russia
http://nlt.scripturetext.com/ezekiel/27.htm

https://www.biblefortoday.org/PDF/armageddon.pdf

The Priesthood and the Power of Oneness

A Philosophical Foundation
Each world cycle is composed of two parts. A dividing era, and a unifying era. A fall/division and a redemption/at-one-ment. Our source and our destination is oneness. Before this world was, we were one with God (in a sense), and all who take part in the redemption are seeking to bring all intelligence back into that oneness. So how is this accomplished?

I think the best way to see it is to take a lesson from nature… A snowflake, as well as most minerals, need a “seed”, or nucleus around which to grow. Most scientists believe that particles of dust provide this nucleus for snow. Once water coalesces around the dust particle, it freezes and begins to grow in a fractal (see Wikipedia) pattern. The formation is a chain-reaction which pulls water from the air to grow the snow flake. It is somewhat of a miracle that somehow each part of the flake knows how to grow perfectly symmetrically. The same is true for a diamond. Once a nucleus forms, the mineral continues to grow bigger and bigger in a perfectly symmetrical crystal lattice. And somehow every atom that is incorporated into that diamond follows the same form and habit (shape) of the nucleus.

The point of all this is that Christ is our nucleus and the priesthood is the magical power that makes the mineral and the snowflake grow, and do so in perfect symmetry, harmony and purity. It might be said that it is the power “to officiate in Gods name”, but this is trivial. The temporal ordinances of the Gospel have only one purpose, and that is to bring us to Christ (or in other words to bring us into a unity of the faith with Christ). Every temporal aspect of the gospel, or “Aaronic” aspect of the priesthood has the purpose of pulling chaotic intelligence from the earth and giving it a “like-mind” with our nucleus so that we can be assimilated into his body. Just as we eat food that we might assimilate it into our bodies, and we symbolically eat Christ’s flesh and blood that we might be one with his Spirit, the purpose of all the sacraments is to make us like Christ so at some point we might be fit food, that Christ may eat us and we may be one with his body. He is the vine and we are the fruit. His goal is to draw intelligence to himself to be connected totally and equally in mind and spirit and even to a lesser extent in body.

If you picture the Solar system, and Christ is in the center of the sun and is a mineral composed of pure energized hydrogen. We could then compare the planets to dispensational heads. The Sun constantly exerts two forces on all matter in the solar system. One is a gentle gravitational pull toward itself. The other is a constant solar wind blowing non-massive (unfit) material out toward the Oort cloud. We could then compare “the devil” to an oppositely polarized comet that spends most of its time out in the darkness of the universe. When the comet comes far enough into the solar system, its opposing polarity causes both the planets and the sun to “eject” masses of matter which are too strongly polarized to stay “at one” with the bodies they come from. They may separate and become planets of their own, or they may fly out of the solar body (system) completely to become comets or chaotic masses of stellar dust. In this example, lets call the seemingly opposing forces of gravity and the solar wind the priesthood. The priesthood of the sun governs what matter is attracted to the sun and what matter is repulsed. The priesthood of the planets does likewise for themselves, at the same time being controlled and even powered by the sun in a way a bit too complicated to explain here. (In essence a charged particle traveling through an alternating magnetic field creates its own alternating magnetic field, etc). So just as with the mineral and the snow flake, this mystical “priesthood” power is the force that allows these stellar bodies to attract “like-minded” aspects of stellar matter unto themselves to continue their own growth.

So in summery, I think the best definition of the priesthood is that found in D&C 84:19. It is the power holding “the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God”. Or perhaps better put, “the key of the intelligence of God”. It is the power to make your mind & spirit (intelligence) like and one with God’s mind and spirit (intelligence). And when that occurs, your body will follow suite and become like God’s as well, which is exaltation and eternal life. This is the Heavenly City or Zion spoken of in the scriptures where all men are one, and there are no rich or poor among them.

There are other more trivial aspect of the priesthood such as the organizational characteristics of the ‘Government of God’ (see John Taylor’s book with the same name for some good material on this). Additionally there are many who refer to the Power of God as manifest in the Gifts of the Spirit as the “power” of the priesthood (see this article for more on this distinction).

The Divisions of the Priesthood
Now a second point to make in reference to “the priesthood of all believers”. Remember there are two main divisions of the priesthood in the Church (even though as Joseph Smith said, “all priesthood is Melchizedek” or all priesthood is just a different manifestation of the same power). One is Temporal or Aaronic and one is the Spiritual or Melchizedek. I believe this distinction is an earthly shadow of a heavenly principle; being that there are two main divisions of the priesthood as seen from the perspective of a “king and priest” in heaven. There is an earthly priesthood and a heavenly priesthood. The lower is held and administered by the church on earth, the other is held and administered by the church in heaven. The lower earthly priesthood, of course, is governed by the higher heavenly priesthood. Just as the local or central high council (twelve) give bishops a large degree of autonomy, so also does the heavenly priesthood give the earthly one, while at the same time just as the general authorities are really the ones who have any control in which direction the church goes as a whole, so also is only the heavenly priesthood really in control of which direction human history goes.

And here is the big point I wanted to make in the previous article… the priesthood in heaven governs more than the Mormon Church. It governs the secular and religious affairs of the whole earth. The higher one gets in the heavens (third degree of celestial kingdom for instance), the more power the priesthood (both male and female) has to govern the affairs of beings below them (including the earth), BUT the less likely they are to do so in trivial ways. The higher a being is, the more power to influence they have, but the more respect they have for agency and self determination and so the less they exert that power on others.

Priesthood Apostacy
Now in regard to the quote of “the 1,400 years of priesthood privation and absence of divine authority”. This is a difficult thing to discuss. I believe on my mission my view of things was fairly dogmatic, following pretty closely with what I read in McKonkie’s Mormon Doctrine. I believed the “truth” was taken off the earth within the first four hundred years or so after Christ and that the Catholic Church was devoid of all authority and was perhaps even the “church of the devil” mentioned in Nephi’s vision. However, the more I read about the apostasy and then prayed for understanding, the more it seemed that there was so much more to it. I believe a first big step toward understanding is seeing and studying the parallel between the Times of Israel and the Times of the Gentiles (see my article here on it). A statement such as “the priesthood was taken from the earth for X years” is true, but only in the context it is usually trying to convey, which is that a certain level of the portion of the priesthood given to Both Abraham and Peter was taken from the general assembly of both Israel and the Christian/Catholic Church at the time of Moses (~1500 BC) and Justinian (~500 AD) respectively. We might simplistically generalize that the “Melchizedek” priesthood was taken from Israel at the time of Moses as also it was taken from the Christian Church at the corresponding time of Justinian. Although true as a simplified statement, a closer look at even that statement begs the question, “Do you mean that Elijah, who held the binding power to seal on earth and heaven, and was translated to heaven without tasting death only had the lower or Aaronic Priesthood? I would dare say not. I would say that many prophets such as Elijah, Daniel, Lehi and others held a form of the higher priesthood comparable to what we call today the “Melchizedek” Priesthood, even though it was not available to Israel at large because of thier wickedness and apostasy.

So also I ask, “where did they get it?” Most of those individuals were not descendants of Aaron and so should not have even had right to the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood. But they were a member of the house of faith and chosen seed, and thus by their purity they were given great power by God and might I suggest that like John they were “ordained by [an] angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power” (D&C 84:28). Is this an example of the “priesthood for all believers”? Well, to argue for or against that you have to dive into definitions and semantics which always lead one in circles. The Catholic Church has been debating the protestants for years on this issue (see here.. and here ) and the truth is that the doctrine like all dogmas approximates the truth, but the truth is what it is and can only be fully known when it is revealed by the spirit. God respects his lower earthly priesthood. But there also is a higher heavenly priesthood organization with the authority to give power to whom they will. But God’s house is a house of order even through to some mortal’s eyes it may seem like giving people like Elijah or Lehi or Joseph Smith a higher priesthood was out of order, at some point we will see how it all followed the proper order after all.

As I mentioned in another article.. Jesus submitted to John’s priesthood, even though “being without” priesthood (from the Jews perspective), he was greater than John’s priesthood. This is the lesson that the author of Hebrews is trying to get across when in Heb 7:14 he says, “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood”. In fact, this is likely a reason why many of the Jews accepted John the Baptist and not Christ. John was the son of a/the High Priest. He was a direct descendant of Aaron and a legitimate heir to the priesthood. The orthodox Jews were waiting for a great “prophet” and just as Catholics believe any great reformer must be part of the Catholic Priesthood and many Mormons believe that any prophet must be part of our high priesthood, so also many Jews undoubtedly believed the promised “Prophet” and great High Priest must be a Levite. So when Christ came along, who was not only not a descendant of Aaron or Levi or even Ephraim, but instead was a descendant of David through his unholy fornication with Bathsheba you can imagine the self-righteous repulsion from among the orthodoxy. I believe there is a great truth being taught here. Jesus submitted to the lower priesthood, but the heads of the lower priesthood rejected him. This is repeated throughout biblical history. The ones who think they have the birth right & priesthood are rejected by God, and an unexpected one gets it instead. The first are made last and the last are made first. When the orthodoxy gets weighed down in their own dogma, God sends a reformer from the unorthodox.

So what lessons might we as Mormons take away from this? I think we would do well to remember that we should all humbly submit to the priesthood, even as Jesus did to John, Caiaphas and Pilot. But at the same time, we would be well to remember that “God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Luke 3:8). He can make any Son of God the Chosen Seed and he can give anyone His Priesthood. He follows a particular order, but we should not be so arrogant as to think we fully understand it. We should never think we know who is or isn’t God’s chosen. We should submit to earthly religion but realize that it is a schoolmaster pointing us to the higher heavenly religion (Gal. 3:24, 2 Ne. 25:25). We should heed the council spoken to us over the pulpit and written on our earthy tablets in our buildings made by hands, but we should thirst for the council whispered to us over the unhewn alter and put into the fleshy tablets of our hearts. There is a reason that the teachings of the Temple are to remain unwritten, and there is a reason why the highest teachings are to remain unspoken.

As for another in depth discussion on priesthood, see these two articles which elaborate a bit more on these principles…

see The Difference Between the Priesthood & Prophets https://mormonuniversalism.com/326/the-difference-between-the-priesthood-prophets/

Also this artilce I found written by an anonymous individual in
https://mormonuniversalism.com/54/the-doctrine-of-the-priesthood/

Also an article on the lower, temporal, Aaronic priesthood https://mormonuniversalism.com/57/the-lower-priesthood-of-aaron/