‘THE CONFESSIONS OF A HERETIC’
Part 1, of a Series, ON THE MYSTERIES
The word Mysteries as used in the New Testament, according to Young's Analytical Concordance is "that which is known only to the initiated"********************************************************************************
You always thought it! Now, I’m here to tell you it’s true. Yes, I am a heretic. Here are some of my beliefs.
I BELIEVE IN THE MUSTARD SEED
"Another parable he put forth to them, saying: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of Mustard Seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which is indeed the least of all seeds. Yet when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs and becomes a tree, so that the Birds of the Air come and lodge in its branches."
- Matt. 13:31, 32
I’ll come back to who the Birds are in a minute.
There is a Coptic name which the early Christians employed to speak of the Mother and that is the name, ‘Barbelo’, which simply means ‘seed’. But this is no ordinary seed, because the entire universe exists only within her womb.
The unknown God's FIRST THOUGHT was a female being known as Barbelo: "It’s THOUGHT became active, and she who appeared in the presence of the Father in shining light came forth. She is the first power:
she preceded everything, and came forth from the Father's mind as the Forethought of all. She is the FIRST THOUGHT, the image of the Spirit.
She became the universal womb, for she precedes everything."
- (The Secret Book of John, from Marvin Meyer's The Secret Teachings Of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels, p. 59, pub. A.D. 1986)
The work of Count Nicholas Zinzendorf during the mid-1700s was an effort to revive the Secret Tradition. In Saxony in 1722 Count Zinzendorf gave sanctuary to a group of dissident Christians known as 'Moravian Brethren'.
Under his leadership they founded the village of Herrnhut ('Protection of the Lord') and restored many of the original Nazarene teachings.
Patterning their lives after the followers of Jesus the Christ, the Brethren lived communally and devoted much of their time to prayer and song, in a spirit of union and charity.
Following the example of the first Nazarenes, Count Zinzendorf taught the esoteric Mysteries of the Kingdom in a secret society known as the 'Order of the Grain of Mustard Seed'.
Zinzendorf's Order proclaimed its mystico/political purpose to be the extension of the Kingdom of God all over the world. Moravian missionaries had a decisive impact on John Wesley, the great evangelical preacher.
"For the Perfect One beholds itself in the light surrounding it. This is the spring of the water of life that gives forth all the worlds of every kind.
The Perfect One gazes upon its image, sees it in the spring of the spirit, and falls in love with the luminous water. This is the spring of pure, luminous water surrounding the Perfect One."
- The Secret Book of John, from Marvin Meyer's The Secret Teachings Of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels, pp. 58-59, pub. A.D. 1986
Barbelo is the source of existence itself. You can read the entire text about Barbelo in Chap.18: Vs 230- 315, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Edited by Jeffrey Brackeen, Koinonia Communications, 1994.
In that same section Jesus said to his disciples, "I am the Father; I am the Mother; and I am the Son."
Another name for the Mother is Wisdom, without whom, the Father did nothing. Now, "We preach the Wisdom of God in a Mystery, even the Hidden Wisdom which God ordained before the world unto his glory, which none of the Princes (Archons) of this world have known."
- I Cor. 2:7, 8
"In our everyday experience, far from the arcane realm of subatomic particles, nothingness is a pure vacuum - emptiness, the epitome of changelessness and inaction.
But in the world of quantum physics, a vacuum is something outside classical space and time as we know it. It is a miniature universe quietly bubbling with its own inherently unstable energy.
On a subatomic scale, vacuums are alive with entities called virtual particles, which come dancing into existence only to vanish back into the froth of the quantum vacuum an instant later.
This process, called quantum fluctuation, is so fundamental that physicists think it must occur everywhere, inside or outside our universe." - (Terence Dickinson, From the Big Bang to Planet X, p.25, pub. A.D. 1993)
The entire universe exists only within her womb: Together with the Hidden God, she sustains the dimensions we know, as well as the dimensions we don't know:
"...in the bizarre realm of quantum cosmology, no energy is stolen from the primordial vacuum; it is simply in a different form than it was before.
All the matter in our universe consists of positive energy, which is apparently balanced by the negative energy of gravity. The total energy of the universe, therefore, could be exactly zero.
As quantum cosmologist Alan Guth, one of the developers of this concept, once remarked: "Our universe seems to be the ultimate free lunch." - (ibid. , p.26, pub. A.D. 1993)
I BELIEVE IN THE LIGHT AND THE DARKNESS
"In the Beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God. The same was in the Beginning with God.
All things were made by him and without Him was not any thing made that is made. In Him was LIFE and the LIFE was the LIGHT of men."
- John 1:1-4
"In the Beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth and the Earth was without Form and Void and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the Waters and God SAID Let there be LIGHT, and there was LIGHT. And God saw the LIGHT, that it was good and God separated the LIGHT from the DARKNESS And God called the LIGHT day and the DARKNESS, he call night.
And the evening and the morning were the first day." - Genesis 1: 1-5 Really now! How can you have a ‘day’ and a ‘night’ unless the Earth can make a revolution on its axis at least once.?
It seems to me that the ‘literalists' have a bit of problem here because the Sun and the Moon weren’t even brought into existence till the fourth Day!! (Gen. 1:14-19)
Therefore, since the Sun and Moon didn’t exist, we have to look for another meaning here.
Time, has now entered God’s Universe. And it seems to me that with the term ‘day’, we are speaking of periods of time that cover vast distances.
I BELIEVE IN THE SEPARATION OF THE WATERS ABOVE
FROM THE WATERS BELOW
"And God (Elohim) said, Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters and let it separate the waters from the waters.
And God (Elohim) made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the Waters which are above the firmament and it was so. And God (Elohim) called the firmament heaven, and the evening and the morning were the Second Day."
- Gen. 1:6-8.
These waters are the eithers of Space, so what we are talking about here, is the division of the waters of Space. Why did the MOST HIGH make a division between the Upper Waters and the Lower Waters?
This dear friend is a great Mystery. It was in the Upper Heaven that Paradise and the Pleroma exists because it is pure LIGHT. However the Lower Heaven was patterned after the 1st Heaven and they are also good and beautiful.
Heresy-hunter Irenaeus invoked Basilides in a diatribe intended to refute the Gnostic idea that there is another heaven above heaven, and another god above "God";
if this is the case, asks Irenaeus, where, then, does it stop? If the Gnostic scheme of intermediate deities and heavens between the source and creation is intended to show how far the creator god is from the true god, what assurance do we have that this chain of emanation does not stretch on forever?
Irenaeus asks, "...by that very process of reasoning on which they depend for teaching that there is a certain Pleroma or God above the Creator of heaven and earth, any one who chooses to employ it may maintain that there is another Pleroma above the Pleroma, above that again another...and thus, their doctrine flowing out into immensity.... after worlds without limits, and gods that cannot be numbered."
Irenaeus really would like to ignore Genesis 1, where we see the Upper Waters and the Lower Waters.
I BELIEVE THAT A GOOD TREE CANNOT BRING FORTH EVIL FRUIT
Neither can a bad tree bring forth good fruit. When Jesus spoke these words, the real, hidden meaning went right over the heads of most of those who heard them, but others, did understand their meaning;
"For a Good Tree does not bring forth corrupt fruit, neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit, for every tree is known by it‘s own fruit. From the thorn [bush] men do not gather figs, neither do they gather grapes from the bramble bush."
- Luke 6:43, 44
The question we are dealing with here is did God create evil. If God is omniscient, he would have foreseen the fall of Adam and Eve and tried to prevent it, so that men would not perish.
If He is altogether Good, why would he let men perish? Yet, the scripture says, "I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil; I the LORD do all these things."
- Isa. 45:7
Which God is this speaking here? The simple truth is folks, there are many who do not "rightly divide the Scriptures". They go out of their way to literalize things that are meant to be understood spiritually and they spiritualize thing that are clearly meant to be literal.
Now, if you will bear with me, we are going to look at some very interesting things. First, I want to tell you that Sin did not originate with Adam;
it originated long before Adam with the rebellion of the highest Arch-angel of the 2nd Heaven. And from other sources, we know that rebellion was based on his foreknowledge (to a limited degree) of the FUTURE.
He intuited that the MOST HIGH had a plan to place Adam, who wasn’t even created, above him and his angels.
So, let me ask you, what else happened on that ‘Second Day’? When did the Fall of Lucifer occur?
ON THE FALL OF LUCIFER
Concerning Lucifer, the Great Dragon, it is written, "And there appeared another Wonder in heaven; behold a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns were on his head.
And with his tail, he drew a third part of the stars of heaven and did cast down to Earth."
- Rev. 12:3, 4
To this is added the footnote: "And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon and the dragon fought and his angels but prevailed not; Neither was there found any more place in Heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world;
he was cast out into the Earth and his angels were cast out with him. . ."
- Rev. 12:7-9
One third of the Angels cast down with his tail ? ? That would have amounted to millions of Angels. Now, this all happened long before there were men on the Earth. There is an interesting comment in Gen. 2:5 ". . .
For the LORD (JHVH) God had not caused it to rain on the Earth, neither was there a man to till the ground."
And we do not see any man working the ground, mining, planting, plowing etc, until after Adam is expelled from the Garden of Eden. "Therefore, the LORD (JHVH) God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken."
- Gen. 3:23
Remember, according to Genesis 1:2, "The Earth was without form and void". In other words, it really was unsuitable for habitation. Therefore, Lucifer will have to do with what he has to do with.
They will renovate Earth and make it productive. Therefore, we can say that there is now a ‘third’ heaven, which consists of the atmosphere around the Earth, clear out to the Moon and beyound.
In 1989 Zachary Sitchin's radical hypothesis was taken a major step further with the publication of the book The Gods of Eden, appropriately subtitled:
The chilling truth about extra-terrestrial infiltration - and the conspiracy to keep humankind in chains. The author, a Californian lawyer going by the nom de plume "William Bramley" brought together all the major themes found in earlier ‘ancient astronaut’ research and merged them with a unique ‘conspiracy view of history.’
Bramley’s thesis, shocking and confronting to nearly all established popular beliefs, is:
Human beings appear to be a slave race breeding on an isolated planet in a small galaxy.
As such, the human race was once a source of labor for an extraterrestrial civilization and still remains a possession today.
To keep control over its possession and to maintain Earth as something of a prison, that other civilization has bred a never-ending conflict between human beings, has promoted spiritual decay, and has erected on Earth conditions of unremitting physical hardship.
This situation has existed for thousands of years and it continues today.
- The Gods of Eden
The conception of the earth as just one world tucked away in a corner of one among many universes, visited by beings from other star systems, with vast strata of quasi-bureaucracies reaching up to the most rarefied levels of consciousness, harks back at least to the second decade of the twentieth century, when the material later published as The Urantia Book began to be compiled.
As Martin Gardner concludes in his fascinating book-length investigation of this tome’s origins, a member of the famous Kellogg cereal family apparently dictated much of The Urantia Book in a sleeping trance starting around 1912.
The Kelloggs were well-known followers (and later apostates) of Seventh-Day Adventism, and Gardner convincingly demonstrates that certain parts of Seventh-Day Adventist doctrine are mirrored in the cosmology of the Urantia papers.
One of the things I
remember about The Urantia Book was its hypothesis that criminals from other planets were being sent to Earth and cast into human bodies.
The Gnostics, based on their thorough study of the Book of Genesis, exposed Jehovah as Satanael the Demurrage, the creative Power of this fallen material world, who is hostile to the Supreme Being.
One Gnostic teacher told how the Unknown Father made the angels, the archangels, powers and dominions. The world, however, and everything in it, was made by seven particular angels, and man too, is a work of the angels.
These angels he described as rebellious feeble artisans.
Saturninus (90-150), who established an important Gnostic community in Syria, taught that the One True God, the Heavenly Father revealed by Jesus, dwells in the highest Realm of LIGHT.
Between this transcendent Realm of LIGHT and our finite world exist vast intermediate hierarchies of archangels, angels and spiritual powers; the builders of the universe and the fashioners of man.
In foolishness and vanity Satanael rebelled against the Realm of Light, leading astray a company of angelic beings. Satanael and his minions contrived to trap spiritual beings in physical bodies.
Here’s another thought.
It seems to me that all of these angels, both holy and the fallen ones, are the birds that have taken up lodging in the branches of the Mustard Tree, that Jesus spoke about.
Saturninus told how Satanael’s creator angels endeavored to create physical human bodies, in the image of spiritual beings. This way they planned to keep spiritual beings permanently attached to physical bodies.
In Saturninus’ account of creation, Satanael’s creator angels could only form a primitive humanoid.
It was necessary to animate it with a spirit being from the upper realms.
Satanael therefore lured down into his soulless universe a light-spark from the heavenly realms and trapped it within the material body of Adam.
According to Apelles, another early Gnostic teacher, spirit beings were enticed from their place in the heavenly realms by the opportunity of physical experience, through the machinations of Jehovah, after which he bound them in bodies of flesh.
Generation succeeded generation, as the light-sparks took embodiment in human forms.
Soon these spiritual beings became so engrossed in the material world that they lost all awareness of their origin in the Realm of Light.
They found themselves captured in the world of the Demurrage Satanael. Indeed, they became slaves to the malevolent creator angels and the things of their world.
I BELIEVE IN THE DIVISION OF ADAM INTO TWO ENTITIES
When we read the account of the first human beings on earth, we tend to think of them as having been created in two species: male and female but that is not what it says in Gene-
It says, "So God created man in his image; in the image of God created he male/female, so created he them." = One body which is both male & female at once.
This text actually leads me to believe that there were already men on Earth before Adam and Eve were created. (Adam wasn’t created until the 3rd Chapter.)
Adam was intended to rule over every creature on Earth. And Adam & Eve had bodies of Light but were cast into 'garments of skin’. - Gen. 3:1
A Gnostic work uncovered at Nag Hammadi called The Apocalypse of Adam, is an enlightening account of the creation of Adam and Eve.
This book, dating from the first century, may be an attempt to reconstruct the original Genesis. Adam is said to declare:
"When god had created me out of the earth along with Eve your mother, I went about with her in a glory which she had seen in the aeon from which we had come forth. She taught me a word of Knowledge of the eternal God.
And we resembled the great eternal angels, for we were higher than the God who had created us and the Powers with him, whom we did not know.
"Then God [the Demurrage/Satanael], the Ruler of the aeons and the Powers, divided us in wrath. Then we became two aeons. And the glory in our heart(s) left us….
After those days the eternal Knowledge of the God of Truth [Heavenly Father] withdrew from me and your mother Eve. Since this time we learned about dead things, like men.
Then we recognized the God [Demurrage] who had created us. For we were not strangers to his powers. And we served him in fear and slavery."
I BELIEVE IN THE PEARL OF GREAT WORTH FOUND IN AN OYSTER
"Again, the Kingdom of the Father is like a merchant who took in a consignment of merchandise and discovered a pearl in it.
The merchant was shrewd, he sold the merchandise and bought the pearl for himself.
You too, should seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes in to devour and no worm destroys."
- Gospel of Thomas, (Chap. 8, vs 52-54, The COMPLETE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, edited by Jeffrey Brackeen, Koinonia Communications, 1994)
One of the things that amazed me, was when I discovered that fishermen reuse oyster shells. While visiting the coast of Washington once, I saw a mound of oyster shells by a bay.
When I asked why the fishermen were saving them, they informed me that they threw them back into the oyster beds, so that new organisms (oysters) will have a place to grow. To me this speaks powerfully of the doctrine of reincarnation.
If you believe that the soul journeys from one body to another over many years, you will understand the oyster.
Well what about the pearl. Again I discovered something interesting about how pearls are cultivated. They do not form in every oyster.
Fishermen often insert a grain of sand
into an oyster, where the oyster, in order to protect itself from irritation, will coat the grain with layer upon layer of protection, thus forming the pearl.
Within every soul (oyster) is a pearl (a part of the Divine). These next comments are not mine but they speak very powerfully, what I want to say here.
THE DEIFICATION OF MAN
Comments by Rick Wade on one of the forgotten Teachings of the Orthodox Church. Rick Wade graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.A. in Communications (radio broadcasting) in 1986.
"One of the oddest teachings of Orthodoxy to evangelicals is that of the deification of man or theosis. The central message of Christianity is the message of redemption in Christ.
Orthodox take quite literally the apostle Paul's teachings on sharing in the message of redemption.
"Christ shared our poverty that we might share the riches of His divinity; 'Our Lord Jesus Christ, though He was rich, yet for your sake became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich, . . .
(2 Corinthians viii, 9)
"The Greek Fathers took these and similar texts in their literal sense, and dared to speak of humanity's 'deification' (in Greek, theosis)." We are "called to become by grace, what God is by nature."
For this to happen, of course, Christ had to be fully man as well as fully God. "A bridge is formed between God and humanity by the Incarnate Christ who is divine and human at once." Thus, "For Orthodoxy, our salvation and redemption mean our deification."
"Underlying the idea of deification or divinization is the fact of our being made in "the image and likeness of God the Holy Trinity. . . .
Just as the three persons of the Trinity 'dwell' in one another in an unceasing movement of love, so we humans, made in the image of the Trinity, are called to 'dwell' in the Trinitarian God.
Christ prays that we may share in the life of the Trinity, in the movement of love which passes between the divine persons; He prays that we may be taken up into the Godhead."
"Jesus prayed "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you." (Jn. 17:21) As Peter wrote:
"Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine Nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." (2 Pet 1:4)
"As the image of God, we are icons of God. There is a reflection of God in us by nature. "However, we grow in the likeness of God, or "the assimilation to God through virtue."
If we make proper use of our ability to have communion with God, "then we will become 'like' God, we will acquire the divine likeness. . . .
To acquire the likeness is to be deified, it is to become a 'second god', a 'god by grace'." This is a goal we only acquire by degrees.
"However sinful we may be, we never lose the image; but the likeness depends upon our moral choice, upon our 'virtue', and so it is destroyed by sin."
"But will we be fully like God ourselves?
To understand this doctrine, we must understand
the difference between God's essence and His energies. God's essence is the core of His being. His energies are those characteristics by which we experience Him.
"They are God Himself in His action and revelation to the world." Through these "God enters into a direct and immediate relationship with humankind." We cannot know His essence, but we can know His energies.
Our deification consists in our "union with the divine energies, not the divine essence: the Orthodox Church, while speaking of deification and union, rejects all forms of pantheism."
We do not become one being with God. Nor do we become separate gods in our very essence. "We remain creatures while becoming god by grace, as Christ remained God when becoming man by the Incarnation." We are thus created gods."- End Comments
It seems to me that Christ did what the other saviors in other religions could not do. They spoke about a salvation in the ‘here after’, at ‘another time and place’, he brought the Kingdom into the here and now and invited people off the street to dine at the table of God.
Therefore, we should be "Giving thanks unto the Father, who has made us worthy to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in LIGHT;
who has delivered us from the Power (living entity) of DARKNESS and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, . . . who is the Image of the Invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation, because by him were all things created that are in Heaven and that are in Earth, Visible and Invisible, whether they are Thrones or Dominions or Principalities or Powers; all things were created by him and for him."
- Col. 1:12, 13, 16
This explains why Paul said that "we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against Powers, against the Rulers of the DARKNESS of this world and against Spiritual Wickedness in heavenly places."
- Eph. 6:12
When it is said that the Redeemer passed down through the Principalities and Powers without their knowing it, this is true.
"And the LIGHT shined in the DARKNESS but the DARKNESS comprehended it not." John 1:5 I tell you that had the Powers of DARKNESS known whom they were dealing with, they would not have crucified Christ.
"When I was with you daily, in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against me, but this is your hour and the Power of DARKNESS."
- Lu. 22:53
I BELIEVE WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD
On various occasions, Jesus told his disciples,"Ye are not of this world." - Jn. 15:19 OK, if we not from this world where did we come from?
'Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return.' - Gospel of Thomas
"You are the same substance as the angels and archangels." - Philip’s Books of the Savior, vs 270, Chap. 24, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ.
"Blessed is he who exited before he came into being." - Gospel of Philip, Chap 7, vs 196, ibid.
After his resurrection, Jesus came back to visit with the disciples. He taught his followers, that at the time of death, they would be met by the Rulers along the path back home, saying:
"If they [the Rulers] ask you where did you come from, say to them, ‘We came from the LIGHT, the place where the LIGHT came into existence, on its own accord and established itself by becoming manifest through their image." - Gospel of Thomas, Chap. 7, Vs 204, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the next few issues of theis Series ON THE MYSTERIES, I hope to share with our readers some unbelievable facts about former civilizations that have existed on Earth.
Until next time, God bless. Jeffrey Brackeen
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