REVELATION – Part 1a
REVELATION – INTRODUCTION – Part 1a
After writing the piece on Revelation, which covers what Edyth Armstrong Hoyt and W. Gordon Brown write about the last book in the Bible, I found John W. Doorly’s book that covers Revelation. His book is called The Works of John W. Doorly – Talks at the Oxford Summer School 1948 – Vol. II Matthew and Revelation. I will abbreviate his title as TWJD throughout this series. Doorly is English, and his books are transcripts of the classes he held with students. There are places where he writes, “have got to…” and other things where the grammar is incorrect. Instead of directly quoting him in these grammatical instances, I will correct the grammar. Example, as above I will write, “have to…”
So I have combined Doorly’s work with Hoyt’s work, while the last installation (last two posts) is based upon W. Gordon Brown’s work found in his book From Genesis to Revelation. You should read this portion on Brown’s work last, as it has to do with the Unity Matrix, while all of Hoyt and Doorly is based (somewhat) upon the Minor Pyramid Matrix or the Golden Candlestick Matrix. I feel that Hoyt is correct in her layout of Revelation, more so than Doorly, although both of them pretty well sink up. It is not until the end of Revelation that Doorly gets off with the Sixth and Seventh Visions. While Doorly has the tones down correctly, Hoyt does not explain the tones at all. I feel that Doorly gets off track because he does not understand the actual pattern matrix layout of Revelation. Because I found Doorly’s book, however, I have realized that I was wrong in my understanding of the tones throughout the book of Revelation. I use to think that each Vision followed the same exact tonal layout, that of the Science candlestick itself. Even though I still have candlestick layouts for each vision, the tones are different and they do not follow the same tones. I feel that I am correct in making changes to Doorly’s layout of the seven Visions because of what happens when we get to Vision VI. After working with this Vision and getting the tones down it came to me that this Vision was for the eagle and its wings (I had my own Vision about it). I found just the perfect picture of an eagle and I laid the candlestick over it, when you see it you will understand why I think I am correct upon this topic.
There was another thing that Doorly did, to some extent, that I liked. He related Mary Baker Eddy’s poem Christ and Christmas to the book of Revelation, so I ran with it, as anyone who has read my posts knows how much work I have done on Christ and Christmas! There is one other thing. However, I have not really dedicated this work to it, I feel that many Tarot cards (of the Rider Deck) are based upon BIBLE symbols and the book of Revelation itself. When I feel that it is appropriate I will mention these cards to you. I do not believe, as I have said in other posts, that Tarot cards were meant to tell people’s fortunes, but rather they were originally meant to tell people about BIBLE prophecy, such as found in the book of Revelation. And it is for this exact reason that the “Church” placed their taboo upon Tarot cards. They could not have their congregation understanding the BIBLE, now could they? Do you think I am wrong? Well, wait until you read onward and find out that mainstream Christianity forgot how to understand the book of Revelation!
Doorly’s section on Revelation begins with the topic The Scientific versus the Religious Outlook. He writes that the meetings would emphasize two things, “first, that Truth is always of the nature of Science, absolute Science, and second, that it is up to each individual to gain an understanding of Science for himself, because nobody else can do that for him.
“It is becoming very clear that any process which operates from a relative standpoint is an educational, or what might be termed a religious, process. Science itself must always operate at the point of absolute Truth. Now, the time has come when we must stop being mere religionists, and we must become Scientists.” After this he says that he has tried to impress upon his students the first question of “Recapitulation,” the fourteenth chapter of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES by Mary Baker Eddy. Her first question is “What is God?” He explains that the answer, which has the seven synonymous terms for God, helped him get a better sense of the seven days in Genesis 1-2:3 (this is the WORD order), and that developed to where he understood the Lord’s Prayer, the Commandments, and the Beatitudes. He says, “I began to see that the synonymous terms, in order to be understandable and demonstrable, in order to be forever available to inspired thought, must operate in a four-dimensional calculus, and I saw that this calculus is really subjective, although it seems to appear to us in an objective way.
“Now, any thinking which is from a relative standpoint isn’t really scientific thinking. Thinking which is truly scientific must start from the absolute, and it must be subjective. Mrs. Eddy says, ‘The divine Principle of the universe must interpret the universe’ (S&H 272:28-29), and when you and I learn to think from God, we shall be able to interpret all things scientifically, whether it be the days of creation, the ‘numerals of infinity,’ the synonymous terms, the analysis, uncovering, and annihilation of error, or any symbol whatever. When we are working our way up through the days of creation, we begin with Mind, but Mind is God, and so the beginning of everything is God. The ultimate of everything is Love, and Love is God, and so God is both the beginning and the ultimate [the alpha and omega]. Mrs. Eddy says, ‘God is at once the center and circumference of being’ (S&H 203:32-1). So we must learn to think scientifically, and it is only as we begin to think from God, — from divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love, — instead of up to God, that we really become scientific spiritual thinkers.”
“We know God only by reflection, by thinking from God.” “As we become Scientists, we don’t try to think our way up to God, but we think our way from God. We see the Word of God as God’s revelation of His own nature, God’s revelation of Himself. We see the Christ as God’s translation to Himself of His own nature. We see Christianity as God’s reflection of His own ideal to Himself. And we see Science as God’s interpretation to Himself of His own ideal. Those four divine processes come to us as seeking, finding, using, and being, but that is just our dim human sense of them. As long as we are thinking our way up to God, we are religionists, and we are bound to have a certain amount of dualism in thought, because we are working out of one thing into another. It is a relative sense which thinks of climbing out of the human, as it were, to find God; it is a good thing as far as it goes, but the trouble is that it doesn’t go far enough, and so it never has the authority of Science. It is often just faith.”
Over on page 120 he says, “If you want to be a Scientist, you have to learn to think from the absolute, as well as to think from the subjective. Remember that absolute and relative are not to be confused with subjective and objective. You may talk about the subjective sense of matter or the objective sense of matter, but matter is never absolute. When you talk about the absolute, it means [you talk about] the purely spiritual. If you talk about Christian Science, you mean the application of Truth to the human problem, but if you talk about absolute Christian Science, you mean Truth in its purity. In the same way, if you applied mathematics to the correction of mistakes, that would be analogous to Christian Science, whereas if you were thinking in the realm of pure mathematics, that would correspond to absolute Christian Science.” [My interpolation.]
Being a Scientist means that you recognize oneness, that there is only “one Being, one system, one infinite Christ, one man (the compound idea man), one infinite calculus, one infinite diversification, classification, and individualization.”
Doorly tells us that John speaks mainly in the tone of Christ this is because his revelation is from God. John gives “seven messages, to seven churches, and ‘seven’ [in Revelation] is a symbol of completeness and perfection. Mrs. Eddy says that Christ is ‘the divine message from God to men’ (S&H 332:10), and naturally that message, in order to be the complete and perfect message, must be sevenfold.” Church is “The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle” (S&H 583:12-13). God’s Church is inorganic; it is not a material organization. “Jesus said, ‘upon this rock I will build my church,’ and that rock is the divine infinite calculus, the Christ, which comes to mankind as what we call the compound idea man, the truth about all ideas compounded in one idea.”
In Doorly’s next section he quotes Extracts from “The Revelation of St. John” by an England clergyman named Martin Kiddle. What I found interesting about this section is that Kiddle said that in the early days, first century, from the point that John wrote Revelation that they “had the master key, which unlocked its mysteries.” Doorly explains that this master key was the divine system. I explain later on that this Key was given to the reader as the structure of the Seven Golden Candlesticks. Doorly, however, tells us that this divine system is “the ‘one’ of divinity; the ‘three’ of divine fatherhood, sonship, and motherhood; the ‘four’ of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science [the divine infinite calculus]; the ‘seven’ of the days of creation, the ‘numerals of infinity,’ or the synonymous terms for God; the ‘ten’ of their application to the human through analysis, uncovering, and annihilation; and the ‘twelve’ of demonstration of the essential nature of God as Life, Truth, and Love, through the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science [the Unity Matrix or the Stargate that Window of the Open Book is based upon].”
Kiddle also wrote that John knew the ancient prophets and used their words in Revelation. I would add, however, that he changed certain things, for instance the colors of the four horsemen.
One of Kiddle’s paragraphs was interesting (over on pages 123 and 124 of TWJD) “Now, John actually thought in pictures. It was not that he conceived an idea as an abstraction, and then sought a convenient and traditional symbol to render it more vivid. It was probably in the shape of a symbol that an idea came into his mind, and it was certainly in this way that he was able to communicate it to his fellows…We, for example, can contemplate power only in its result; but John in his symbols could contemplate power itself. His visionary mind moved about in regions where omnipotence was recognized in a throne, where omniscience was indicated by innumerable eyes, where the very impulse to worship and pray found emblems in harps and bowls of incense. We find such a manner of thinking and speaking magnificent but sometimes obscure. The obscurity is … the fault of Time.” I would also think that the obscurity was due to the material organized Church, remember the taboo on Tarot cards.
I also think in pictures. When I have conceived ideas I have been given (seen) symbol pictures. Often these pictures are Visions or in Vision dreams that I have. I live by the phrase, “One picture is worth a thousand words.” To be honest so many words often just confuse me, but if I can get a mental picture to go with those words then I can begin to understand what the text is trying to teach me!
Kiddle also informs his reader that John used “allusions to myth and legend which helped to determine its form…” and this is why the modern reader has trouble understanding Revelation. I also think that Doorly may have not picked up on this point. This I know to be true, because while working with Revelation for you, I can see how the Babylonish woman (harlot) was a reference to the ancient goddess-queen Semiramis. She was married to the man who built the Tower of Babel and she claimed to have an immaculate conception, that her son was the incarnation of her husband (who had died). I actually think that John patterned the woman God-crowned after Semiramis, however, the woman God-crowned was the spiritual translation of the material goddess. As seen below THE EMPRESS card from the Rider Deck depicts the Woman God-crowned. Notice the symbol of Venus on the pillow below – Venus, the planet, is the Morning Star (this is important to remember).
Doorly tells us that it “was a hard fight to get Revelation accepted into the canonical writings. It was thought to be nonsense, and was actually rejected by some of the early Christian authorities, but eventually it won its way, and as time goes on it will be recognized, more and more definitely as a wonderful exposition of the development of Christianity into Science.” An important point is that Doorly first used Revelation to explain the story of Science (beginning in 1945).
“We are going to see Revelation as one picture. It is essentially one story; it isn’t just a collection of unconnected symbols. It is John’s interpretation of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, but given from the point of view of the Word and of the Christ. …With the coming of Jesus, the world gained some sense of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, considered from the aspects of the Word, the Christ, and Christianity, and Mrs. Eddy’s chapter ‘Recapitulation’ gives the interpretation of that. I was reading only this morning the passage in which Mrs. Eddy states that ‘Christian Science and Christianity are one’ (S&H 372:17-18). Science, the only Science, is divine Science, but Christian Science is true Christianity. And so, when Jesus came, the world began to consider seeking, finding, using, and being like God, from a Christian point of view, from the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. To-day we are considering the divine system from its purely scientific aspect; which is subjective, so that which was objective to our thought has become subjectively objective.”
At this point I would like to speak about the eighth Illustration from Christ and Christmas – TREATING THE SICK.
This Illustration will be located on the base (the Trunk of Science) of our Golden Candlestick Matrix for Christ and Christmas. It is of importance to know that “treating” the sick with Science means that the Christian Science practitioner must handle the serpent, the red dragon (animal magnetism) in order to wake up the man (who believes himself to be sick) from the Adam dream (mesmerism, hypnotism, animal magnetism, etc.). And this is a most important point that I must make to you.
REVELATION’S FOUR AND SEVEN
From the beginning of Revelation 1:1, 2 we have the four of the divine infinite calculus. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” The following is how I see it: First off, we have the Word (Revelation) coming directly from God. This Word is given to Jesus, the Christ. The Revelation is shown to Jesus’ Christ’s servants of Christianity, he sent it by his angel (divine messenger, again Christianity) to his servant John (divine Science). So here, in the beginning of this book is presented the pattern of the divine infinite calculus – the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.
Doorly wants to show the student of Science how John begins with an illustration of the divine infinite calculus, and that he gives it in both a subjective and objective way.
“Verse 1. ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him’—when spiritual facts come to our thought, we call that creation, but it is really revelation, the revelation or unfolding of God’s nature. Mrs. Eddy says of the record of creation in the first chapter of Genesis, ‘Was not this a revelation instead of a creation?’ (S&H 504:14-15).” God revealing Himself to Himself is Him forever saying to Himself, “I am the infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.” This comes to us as creation (revelation) – as “Let there be light [Mind], let there be development [Spirit], let there be definiteness [Soul], let there be system [Principle], let there be eternal multiplication [Life], let there be consciousness [Truth], let there be fulfillment [Love].”
Doorly tells us that Mary Baker Eddy shows in “Recapitulation” how “Christian Science melts into absolute Christian Science, which involves scientific metaphysics; she says of this chapter, ‘Absolute Christian Science pervades its statements, to elucidate scientific metaphysics’ (S&H 465:4-6).” This chapter is the actual climax of her book before entering into KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES with the last four chapters. “Genesis” follows “Recapitulation.” Mary Baker Eddy “elucidates Genesis and the Apocalypse from the absolute standpoint of her answer to the question ‘What is God?’ In order to be a Scientist, you must always look at the days of creation and the ‘city foursquare’ from that absolute point of view.”
When looking at the Unity Matrix for Window of the Open Book, we have the New Jerusalem artichoke surrounding the little book open (S&H). This sunflower has twenty-four petals and I think it represents the chapter “Recapitulation” with its twenty-four sections of questions and answers alternating between Christian Science and absolute Christian Science.
Below is the Matrix I based upon “Recapitulation” which I call the New Jerusalem artichoke Matrix.
Doorly tells us that John “begins with a symbol of that revelation which comes from God to each one of us as a process of creation; he sees it as the divine order operating subjectively and objectively.” Remember that absolute Christian Science is in the subjective while Christian Science is in the objective.
“The first thing that John tells us is that his book is the Revelation [the Word] of [God and then] Jesus Christ, or The Christ.” Hoyt explains that it is “especially significant” that John’s Apocalypse was chosen for the Bible, for the “Apocalypse of John is the Revelation of Jesus, the Christ, or in other words the ‘fullness of The Christ,’ to use the phrase in Ephesians.” This is an important clue, because, the fullness of the Christ means that there is a masculine representative of Christ and a feminine representative of Christ. These are the two comings of Christ. The first coming of Christ was Jesus while the second coming of Christ was Mary Baker Eddy. Jesus came in the Fifth Day of Life while Mary Baker Eddy came in the Sixth Day of Truth. Jesus’ mission had to do with God’s Fatherhood while Mary Baker Eddy’s mission had to do with God’s Motherhood. Likewise, Jesus was to bring forth the tone of Christianity and Mary Baker Eddy was to bring forth the tone of Science, specifically Christian Science.
The CHRIST reflecting the WORD
The words – “Which God gave unto him” is the Revelation given to Christ Jesus, thus it is the gift of God to him. (See John 3:31-35)
The words – “To shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass” point us to the tone of Christianity. For Christ is the servant, hence, servants are Christ’s followers or Christians. These servants are spoken of in Chapter 7. This Revelation (the Word of God) is a gift to the servants (the face of a man) through Christ Jesus, himself one who served.
Verse 1 cont. – “to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass”—Doorly states: “nothing is ever going to come to pass except divine Principle manifesting itself as Life, Truth, and Love. This is the tone of the Christ reflecting the Word. That is the only thing which is ever going to come to pass. Mrs. Eddy says, ‘God is what the Scriptures declare Him to be, — Life, Truth, Love’ (S&H 330:19-20), and the Christ illustrates that fact.”
“It is the keystone about which the rest of the structure is stabilized. ‘And he sent and signified by his angel unto his servant, John’.” Now, John means “God is gracious.” However, it has the same meaning as Jonah, hence, it means “dove” or “divine Science”. So the angel, with the face of an angel (Christianity) gives the gift (the Revelation of Christian Science [in the objective]) to John (divine Science [in the subjective]).
“The Revelator is, therefore, John [divine Science].” Does it really matter if this John is the same John that wrote the fourth Gospel? For sure, he is John of Patmos. What is of true importance is that John represents divine Science.
“From every indication, the vision came to John of Patmos spiritually. As the Revelator, he was confronted with the stupendous task of presenting a spiritual experience of great magnitude in such words that the people of his day could realize the fullness of the glory he had seen. In doing this, he has made use of the wide and varied material at his command, symbols and suggestions which he drew from literature, mythology, current events, and normal every-day activities of the men about him.”
Verse 1 cont. – “‘and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John,’— he translated it to John. There we have the sense of the Christ in its own aspect, which is translation, — Christ, Truth, fulfilled in Love, and translating itself through Soul into the language or order of Spirit. Mrs. Eddy says, ‘Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness’ (S&H 332:9:11). In these few words in Revelation, that translation is brought right down to the point of the identity and individuality of John as God’s idea. It is a perfect illustration of the ‘Scientific Translation of Immortal Mind,’ which Mrs. Eddy gives on page 115 of ‘Science and Health,’ (See also Mis. 22:10-11.)” It is on page 115 that Mary Baker Eddy gives the seven synonymous terms for God in their Christ order – “Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.”
“And so Jesus, when he received the revelation of God’s nature, was to show it to his servants, he was to become a messenger [angel] ‘to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;’ then it goes on, ‘and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John’—that is the ordered translation which Jesus as the identified idea of the Christ rendered to John. (See also Rev. 22:16; John 14:25, 26; S&H 332:19-22.)
“First of all, then, John illustrates the Word through the subjective and objective aspects of divine order, and then he illustrates, the Christ as manifestation and translation, — the Christ reflecting the Word, and the Christ in its own aspect.”
CHRISTIANITY reflecting the WORD, the CHRIST, and CHRISTIANITY
The words – “Who bear record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw (infuses added)” means that this REVELATION of SCIENCE is the Word of God (the Bride and the City) and the Testimony of the Christ (the Bridegroom and the Lamb).
Verse 2. – “‘Who bare record of the word of God’ — here we have the sense of Christianity reflecting the Word, which is true reflection.”
Verse 2 cont. – “and of the testimony of Jesus Christ” – “Christianity [angel bares record of the testimony] reflecting the Christ [that is Jesus] which is indicated in the Biblical record. Jesus’ names for God were Spirit, Life, and Truth, and they epitomize the Scriptural record as the ordered record of spiritual reality, revealing the fatherhood of God as Life and the sonship of God as Truth. Elsewhere John writes, ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.’”
Verse 2 cont. – “and of all things that he saw” brings out the tone of Christianity in its own aspect of Christianity, “the divine reflection throughout all space. This is the ‘chain of scientific being reappearing in all ages’ (S&H 271:2-3).”
So in this second verse we have John giving us the tones of Christianity reflecting the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. “He is illustrating in his own idiom what Mrs. Eddy symbolizes in her ‘Glossary’ definition of God as ‘Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love’ (S&H 587:6-7).” This is the Christianity order for the seven synonymous terms for God. Today we see how “Principle forever includes all ideas within itself as Mind, maintains the identity of every idea with itself through Soul, and reflects all ideas through Spirit as the infinite relationship of Life, Truth, and Love. That is how we illustrate in the scientific age the process which John describes here in Bible language.”
Science is presented in the third verse through the four aspects of the Golden Candlestick – Life and Soul (the Inner Branch for the Word – THE WAY), Truth and Spirit (the Middle Branch for the Christ – TRUTH versus ERROR), Love and Mind (the Outer Branch for Christianity – CHRISTIAN UNITY), and Principle (the Trunk of Science – TREATING THE SICK). (Note: The Seven Churches follow the Christ order.) This Science order (I have used for the Illustrations) “reveals God as divine Principle whose essential nature is Life, Truth, and Love, and whose creative or existent nature is Soul, Spirit, and Mind.”
Revelation 1:3 speaks about this Revelation (the last book that is now in the BIBLE) as “this prophecy.” This is important.
“‘Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.’ John knew how easy it was to read something and let it go at that. He also knew that persons have a way of reading and hearing perhaps, and then forgetting. So he says that the blessing comes only as one reads and hears and keeps the message of this book. This is for us to remember.”
The WORD reflecting SCIENCE
Verse 3. – “Blessed is he that readeth”… The reader is “seeking.” “The Word seen in Science is Life identified through Soul, which gives you ‘numerals of infinity.’ Those ‘numerals of infinity’ instruct you, if you ‘read’ them.”
The CHRIST reflecting SCIENCE
Verse 3 cont. – “and they that hear the words of this prophecy”… Those who reflect the Christ-consciousness, “which comes to us through Truth and Spirit as the divine infinite calculus of God’s ideas” hear the words of Revelation (this prophecy). Although the divine infinite calculus was symbolized throughout the Bible, it was not classified as the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science until Mary Baker Eddy gave it to us during the Sixth Day of Truth.
CHRISTIANITY reflecting SCIENCE
Verse 3 cont. – “and keep those things which are written therein”… Those “who accept the universal operation of Christianity as the allness of Mind fulfilled in Love, those who use the Christ-idea in demonstration” obey the Law – what is “written therein.”
SCIENCE reflecting SCIENCE
Verse 3 cont. – “for the time is at hand”… The present (time is at hand) “epitomizes the omni-action of Principle in Science. Principle is always at hand. Being is. (See S&H 121:24-29, 285:3-6, vii:13, 55:15-26.)” In reality there is no past or future, there is only the present, the now.
Hoyt tells us that the time is now, the present in our individual experience. “It can also be a world experience in regenerated thinking.”
Revelation begins with the divine infinite calculus, “the same four order which Jesus illustrated in the Sermon on the Mount.” “He [John] begins with what is really a summary of that one statement, ‘God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love,’ because that answer to the question ‘What is God?’ is the Alpha and Omega of everything; it is the order of the Word [via the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth], and it also embodies the order of Science [via the Golden Candlestick]. If you consider the symbol of the candlestick described in Exodus 25, you will see that its central shaft and the three branches on either side viewed consecutively illustrate the Word order of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. But if you consider it from the point of view of the central shaft, on which hinge the six branches, then you see that Life, Truth, and Love on the one side are balanced or complemented by Soul, Spirit, and Mind on the other, thereby illustrating the scientific aspect of the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. You see also that the central shaft, Principle, illustrates Science itself. And so that one basic order of Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love really includes all four orders.” What Doorly missed out on with the Golden Candlestick, and his followers never mention, is the description given to it when Moses was told by God to create it for the Inner Court. There were “knobs” placed on the Branches and Trunk and the way it is described seems to correlate with the seven synonymous terms for God, as seen on a drawing I made in the 1990s (seen below).
Doorly basically tells us that even though John gives us the divine infinite calculus he only presents them to us in the tones of the Word and the Christ, “because at that time the Christ was uppermost in thought”. While in “Recapitulation” Mary Baker Eddy “gives a picture of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, but only from the point of view of the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. She does not elucidate the system from the standpoint of divine Science, which she only does in her chapter on the apocalypse, after leading up to it through ‘Genesis’ and the early part of her ‘Apocalypse.’ In ‘Recapitulation’ the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science are seen operating as the Word, as the Christ, and as Christianity. Those four are seen operating in three ways, both in absolute Christian Science and in Christian Science. The Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science are each stated three times in absolute Christian Science and three times in Christian Science, thereby constituting the twenty-four questions and answers. I tell you this because we are going to see how John gives his sense of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science from the focal point of the Word and the Christ. But in the development of Christianity and its climax in Mrs. Eddy’s discovery, this fourfold calculus was stated from the point of view of the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. To-day we are seeing the four-dimensional calculus in its full elaboration from all four aspects.”
What Doorly leaves out is that it is this same presentation of the three tones (W, C. CY) that make up the matrix structure for the first twelve chapters of SCIENCE AND HEALTH. And that these three tones make up the outer circle of Window of the Open Book (for the first twelve chapters of S&H), while the center sunflower represents the matrix structure for “Recapitulation” which is what I call – the New Jerusalem artichoke, thus the sunflower represents New Jerusalem spoken of later on in Revelation’s seventh Vision.
After this short preface we are introduced to the number seven with the Seven Blessings. These are the seven beatitudes of Revelation. These seven blessings are:
REVELATION 1:4 – MIND
1 – grace and peace in your own realization of the infinite one Mind operating in the universe, and from your realization of the angels of His presence. (Rev 1:4)
There are seven churches, which are in Asia (The word “Asia” has a very interesting derivation. It originated with the Greeks. They called all the land to the east of them “Asia” because that word means ‘the land of the dawn.”). In reality there is only one Church. This means that the One Church in Asia is the land (consciousness) of the dawning (awakening) thought. It could also be a reference to the Christ-Mind, because (in the divine infinite calculus) the East is the cardinal point for the Christ. “Grace be given unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before His throne.” These seven spirits are the seven synonymous terms for God – Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. “They figure throughout the Apocalypse. They are the seven angels who blow the trumpets of the third vision. They are the ones who pour out the bowls of the fifth vision. [Vision III and Vision V are on the same level of the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.] They are the angels of the churches and therefore synonymous with the seven stars ‘in his right hand’ (Rev. 1:16 and 20). [These seven Star-Angels follow the Word order.] They carry on much of the action throughout the Apocalypse, for they are the Angels of His Presence.”
There is another interesting point I must bring up. In the Boston Edifice there are seven Star-Flowers in the twelfth Keystone in WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK. I feel that these seven Star-Flowers (of the Star of Bethlehem) represent the Seven Days of Genesis 1-2:3, with the Christ-Link generations through the woman, and this is why they are Star-Flowers – to symbolize the femininity of the Prophet-Stars. This does not, however, mean that each Star-Flower is a woman, but that the Star-Flower is the highest representative of womanhood and motherhood during that Day. And that Star-Flower can be found to be a man (like Noah for the Second Day of Spirit). One other thing, the Star-Flower Prophet-Angels follow the Word order while the seven Candlestick-Churches follow the Christ order. So for Vision I (for example) we have the tone of PRINCIPLE (the First Branch Church) reflecting the tone of MIND (the First Star-Angel Enoch).
John Announces the Source of his Message
Verse 4. – “John to the seven churches which are in Asia”— this portion of the verse, according to Doorly, “might be rendered, ‘John to inspired thought [the land of the dawn], wherever it is.’” The seven churches happen to be where spiritual illumination is dawning upon conscious thought. Doorly continues with a quote from Mary Baker Eddy, “You partake of the nature of church in so far as you are ‘found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.’ (S&H 583:15-19).”
Next John tackles the seven churches meaning the perfect sense of church. Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “He [John] goes on to portray seven churches, the full number of days named in the creation, which signifies a complete time or number of whatever is spoken of in the Scriptures” (Message 1900 14:6-8; [Doorly’s interpolation.]). He says, “when you are studying the days of creation as an ordered sense of unfoldment through successive periods, — through the first day, the second day, and so on, — they are to you seven distinct stages of progress. But when you begin to see how they blend, ‘seven’ becomes a symbol of completeness and perfection, just as in arithmetic the sense of ten digits gives way to a sense of the wholeness of arithmetic as it operates through the infinite combinations of the numbers.”
Verse 4 cont. – “him which is, and which was, and which is to come” equals the infinite One.
Verse 4 cont. – “‘the seven Spirits’ is a symbol of the seven days of creation.
“John announces the source of his message—the infinite One and the seven Spirits, or the seven days of creation regarded subjectively. He has already given a sense of that infinite One by illustrating the four orders. The basis of all spiritual thinking must be ‘incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love,’ and we must learn to think from that standpoint. We learn to think up to our Principle [The Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle] only in order that we may think out from it.”
The Mission of Jesus as the Fulfillment of the Days of Creation
REVELATION 1:5 – Mind continued
2 – Love and Freedom since Jesus has proved that there is no death, that life is eternally SPIRIT (Rev. 1:5)
John goes on to inform the reader that his message is also from Jesus Christ. Doorly tells us that Jesus fulfilled the days of creation from the subjective standpoint. “He now describes Jesus’ demonstration of the days of creation, and his description corresponds exactly to the third degree in Mrs. Eddy’s ‘Scientific Translation of Mortal Mind’ on page 116 of ‘Science and Health.’ It is very clear that John is translating the mission of Jesus out of the human sense of it into some sense of reality, and he does it through the sequence of ‘Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness’ (S&H 116:2-3).”
Verse 5 – “‘and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness’—Mrs. Eddy says, ‘God, without the image and likeness of Himself, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or proof of His own nature’ (S&H 303:25-28). That witnessing illustrates the first day. It has the tone of Mind of wisdom. A witness is one who knows. Jesus had the wisdom to choose the good, and therefore he was a witness to Mind. (See also No. 17:13-14; Mis. 82:28-4.)”
Verse 5 cont. – “‘and the first begotten of the dead’ — Moffatt translates this as ‘the first-born from the dead.’ Mrs. Eddy writes, ‘With the spiritual birth, man’s primitive, sinless, spiritual existence dawns on human thought—through the travail of mortal mind, hope deferred, the perishing pleasure and accumulating pains of sense—by which one loses himself as matter, and gain a truer sense of Spirit and spiritual man’ (Mis. 17:27-32). Did anyone do that better than Jesus?” I would have to say that Mary Baker Eddy did it just as well as Jesus. Jesus, Doorly tells us, “lost the sense of himself as a mortal, and developed, gave birth to, a sense of himself as God’s idea. He had the purity to separate himself from all that was unlike Spirit, and thereby established the divine order. (See also S&H 325:24-26, 283:1-3, 337:14-19.)” Mary Baker Eddy did the same, but many Christian Scientists are afraid to recognize this fact, even Mr. Doorly. She may not have resurrected her body like Jesus did, but this does not mean that she failed to resurrect in a different manner.
Verse 5 cont. – “‘and the prince of the kings of the earth’ — that illustrates the rule of Soul, of spiritual understanding. Jesus made good definite, he brought out the rule of Soul. Mrs. Eddy writes of this sense of Soul, in connection with Jacob’s struggle, ‘The result of Jacob’s struggle thus appeared. He had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, — a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight’ (S&H 309:7-12).” It was through spiritual understanding (the Third Degree) that Jesus made the rule of divine order definite. He was the prince of the kings of the earth. (See also S&H 9:17-24; Man. Art. VIII, Sect. 4; S&H 395:6-10.)
Verse 5 cont. – “‘Unto him that love us’ – elsewhere John writes, ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us.’ (I John 4:10). That has the tone of Principle. Mrs. Eddy writes, ‘There is but one I, or Us, but one divine Principle, or Mind, governing all existence; man and woman unchanged forever in their individual characters, even as numbers which never blend with each other, though they are governed by one Principle’ (S&H 588:11-15). (See also S&H 332:4-8; Mis. 18:19-21.) …the fourth statement of the Commandments is, ‘and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.’ Jesus demonstrated unity with Principle, and in his love for mankind he illustrated the harmony, the true relationship, the spiritual power of Principle. He saw the unity of all ideas with Principle, and he based everything on Principle.”
Verse 5 cont. – “‘and washed us from our sins in his own blood’ – Jesus said, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ Jesus had that love which enabled him to lay down the mortal concept. (See also Mis. 358:15-19; No. 33:13, 22-3.).
“The first things to note in this section are the three qualifying statements made above in regard to the Christ.
“And the second point to note is that washing frees a garment from soil. Washing frees a garment from soil – it is purification, a separation between good and evil proving that only good exists.
“Thus, the second blessing is a blessing of Love and Freedom in the recognition of the Christ.”
REVELATION 1:6 – SOUL
3 – complete spiritual dominion as the Fisher-Kings (priests and kings) is ours when we spiritually understand that God (Soul) is our Father (omnipotence operating in the universe) that brings about a firmer understanding of the brotherhood of man (Rev. 1:6)
“The realization of the kingship and the true priesthood of spiritual understanding blesses with power and dominion. The full significance of these terms needs explanation. This explanation starts with Genesis 14. There we have the story of Abraham, returning from a battle with the five kings [five material senses]. He brought a part of the spoil as a gift for his friend Melchizedek, who was ‘king of Salem [Peace] and priest of the Most High God.’ Here we have one whom Abraham respected and recognized as superior to himself. …Forever after, the association of king and priest had a special meaning, referring to the spiritual priesthood and spiritual kingship. When, in the days of the wilderness, priests were chosen, they were anointed with oil upon the head. When Samuel chose the first king, Saul, he anointed him with oil upon his head. Only kings and priests were ever anointed, and that ceremony indicated spiritual choice and guidance.
“And so a phrase came to be used in connection with this event: the king or priest so chosen became ‘the Anointed One.’ Later when the hope of a Deliverer or Saviour grew, the Hebrew people called him The Anointed One, or The Messiah.”
They are also referred to as Fisher-Kings. “The basic definition of a priest is one who is a spiritual leader. Priesthood is the organization of priests, but when priesthood is perverted, it becomes priestcraft. The phrase ‘king and priest’ is associated only with the basic meaning of spiritual dominion.”
It is also of importance that Melchizedek is reported as having no material father, and no material mother – in other words, the true Priest, or Fisher-King, is the Christ who has no material parents, because the Christ is the Son of God (Spirit). This is our true identity, the reality of our Being.
Verse 6 – “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father”. Doorly says that this “summarizes the sixth day of manhood. “For this Principle there is no dynasty, no ecclesiastical monopoly. Its only crowned head is immortal sovereignty. Its only priest is the spiritualized man. The Bible declares that all believers are made ‘kings and priests unto God’” (S&H 141:17-21). These kings and priests are the fisher-kings. “True manhood is what we call health, or wholeness, — health in business, in the home, in morals, in everything. Jesus fully demonstrated that manhood, or true health. (See also S&H 312:31-8, 517:31-4)”
This is true, but Mary Baker Eddy also fully demonstrated that manhood, or true health. What Doorly asks us to look up is Science and Health 312:31-313:8. This portion of the Text calls Jesus God-crowned. So if there is a man God-crowned there must be a woman God-crowned. When we arrive at Revelation 12 we read about this God-crowned woman. Who is this woman? She must be Mary Baker Eddy, even though Doorly and his followers call her “generic man.” Christ Jesus is the man God-crowned in the Fifth Day of Life while Mary Baker Eddy is the woman God-crowned in the Sixth Day of Truth, and generic man is the woman God-crowned in the Seventh Day of Love. These are the three advents of Christ, the three comings of the one Christ.
Verse 6 cont. – “to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Even so, Amen.” Now we come to Love, the Sabbath. “Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts! Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of human hope and faith, and through the revelation and demonstration of life in God, hath elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.” (S&H 45:16-21). “Jesus demonstrated holiness, — complete salvation; he fulfilled all things. (See also S&H 323:6-12; Mis. 78:1-6.)”
First John presents to us the divine infinite calculus. Then he shows how the infinite One manifests itself through the seven days of creation (seven Spirits). These days operated in Jesus’ God-crowned mission in order to fulfill the scientific translation of mortal mind as the Third Degree of “Understanding.” “Wisdom is illustrated by ‘the faithful witness,’ purity by ‘the first begotten of the dead,’ spiritual understanding by ‘the prince of the kings of the earth,’ spiritual power by ‘Unto him that loved us,’ love by ‘washed us from our sins in his own blood,’ health by ‘hath made us kings and priests unto god and his Father,’ and holiness by ‘to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.”
“RECAPITULATION” and “THE APOCALYPSE”
Page 137 is where Doorly’s second talk on Revelation begins, covering Chapters 1:7-3:22. He begins trying to make it a little clearer about what he said on “Recapitulation.” He explains that we are always looking at the fourfold picture of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.
“That fourfold picture can be presented from the point of view of the Word, or it can be presented from the point of view of the Christ, or Christianity, or Science. In John’s Revelation it is presented from two points of view, — the Word and the Christ. In ‘Recapitulation’ Mrs. Eddy presents it from three points of view, — the Word, the Christ, and Christianity. She elucidates each aspect of the fourfold picture in three ways, which makes twelve aspects, but she does so both subjectively and objectively (in absolute Christian Science and Christian Science), and so there are twenty-four aspects, each aspect to be found corresponding to each of the twenty-four questions and answers. Even ‘Recapitulation’ doesn’t embody the whole system, because it doesn’t include the purely scientific aspect of the picture, in which the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science are viewed from Science itself. It is absolute, but it is still progressional. ‘Recapitulation’ presents the Word reflecting the Word, the Christ, and Christianity; the Christ reflecting the Christ, Christianity, and the Word; Christianity reflecting Christianity, the Christ, and the Word; and Science reflecting the Word, the Christ, and Christianity….Mrs. Eddy presents [the fourfold picture in “The Apocalypse”] at the point of the ‘city foursquare,’ which symbolizes divine Science, she presents the fourfold picture from the infinite One itself. The ‘city foursquare’ has four equal sides, and so in ‘The Apocalypse’ the fourfold picture is elucidated from sixteen—instead of twelve—aspects.”
To me this explains why she placed a sunflower with twenty-four petals around the little book open in Window of the Open Book. This sunflower is what I based my New Jerusalem artichoke Matrix on. Is this not what Revelation’s New Jerusalem is really all about?
Equal can mean, “like in quality, nature, or status” and “capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task”. So, the four sides of the city foursquare, do not necessarily have to be the same measurement in length, but the four sides do need to be alike in quality, nature, or status, being capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or task. Could not the four sides of the divine infinite calculus presented to us in the little book open (Revelation 10) – SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES – be God’s city foursquare, found within the New Jerusalem artichoke?
Doorly and his students saw the city foursquare as the Network (Square or Rectangular) Matrix, yet I see it as the four square-cycles that compose the Unity (Circular) Matrix. There is a square for the Word composed of four chords. These four chords connect the four Major Stars together. The second group of chords for the Christ squared-cycle connect four Minor Stars together (as a square), and the third group of chords for Christianity’s squared-cycle connect the other four Minor Stars together (as a square), while the fourth square is the “little book open” in the center hub of the Window.
Doorly brings up another point. “In saying that the standpoint of thought must always be absolute, I don’t mean that when you begin to explain Science to a beginner you must not start with the days of creation. You are as bound to start with those days as you are to start with the ten digits in teaching mathematics. We must all begin with the days of creation, but today we have learned to recognize that they are not in themselves origin—they are only an effect of the one infinite origin. We are seeing that what we have to impress upon mankind is the fact of that one infinite origin, and we ourselves must recognize that everything is the outcome of that, whether it be the days of creation, the numerals, the synonymous terms for God, or anything else. Everything starts from God, abides in God, and never leaves God. If someone came to me tomorrow to ask about Science, I would certainly begin with the days of creation in order to show him the fact of divine order, but sooner or later I would tell him that the days are just the effect of one infinite cause, an indication of the infinite original, which is God.”
The Modus Operandi of Translation
“In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and man as God’s image appears” (S&H 116:4-5). After John symbolizes this third degree of the Scientific translation of mortal mind, he goes on to give a clear illustration of the way in which translation operates.
REVELATION 1:7 – PRINCIPLE
4 – The blessing of universal recognition of thought is uplifted when we comprehend the fullness of the Christ Principle, which has been obscured. It must be recognized as being both masculine and feminine (represented in the first and second comings of Christ as Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy). (Rev. 1:7)
Verse 7 speaks of Jesus as coming with clouds; in other words, he is God’s divine messenger (angel). Of course, coming with clouds could mean that Jesus’ coming (the first coming of Christ) has been obscured by ecclesiastical despotism. The second coming of Christ has been obscured by the red dragon’s tricks located in Vision IV. The “realization of the Revelation will be universal (every eye shall see him).” This is because the woman shall explain Christ Jesus to the world through Science. “Universal realization of the Christ, indeed, will bring universal blessing.”
Although the woman’s mission has been obscured by the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism. For sure, she is clothed with a cloud in Revelation 10 (even though John used masculine pronouns for this angel, he is a she) thus she fulfills the Arch of the Covenant (the Spirit of the Law) between God and Noah during the Second Day of Spirit.
REVELATION 1:7 continued – LIFE
5 – Hoyt tells us that when both Life comings of Christ is recognized, it will bless and rouse even the ignorant, unawakened and indifferent thought. Now, I am not sure what she means here, with “both Life comings of Christ”. Is it possible that Hoyt means the coming of the Christ as baby Jesus and the coming of Christ as the resurrected man called Jesus? I believe that she was a Christian Scientist, and perhaps she was hiding (in a cloud) the fact that she understood Mary Baker Eddy to be the second coming of Christ. Certainly, to me, what she wrote means the first coming as the masculine representative of the Christ (Jesus) and the second coming as the feminine representative of the Christ (Mary Baker Eddy) being alive in the objective world while being one with God (subjectively). This is called the human and divine coincidence.
“And they also which pierced him…” – Who is it that pierced Jesus? It was a Roman soldier. He symbolizes blind obedience to Rome, ecclesiastical despotism. The soldier did not pierce Jesus because he was personally antagonistic to Jesus, but because it was part of his duty, and his unenlightened thought, the ignorant thought, the thought that knew nothing of Jesus’ claim to the Christ dominion, is what blindly obeyed Roman orders.
The WORD – the divine calculus of ideas has to be explained in human language
Verse 7 – “Behold, he cometh with clouds” – clouds can mean either obscuration, or they can be symbols of a divine messenger, or both meanings can be utilized. For sure, when a divine messenger comes to mortal men their vision is obscured, for they fail to see God’s divine angelic messenger for who he, or she, is! Mary Baker Eddy says, “Apart from the usual opposition to everything new, the one great obstacle to the reception of that spirituality, through which the understanding of Mind-science comes, is the inadequacy of material terms for metaphysical statements, and the consequent difficulty of so expressing metaphysical ideas as to make them comprehensible to any reader, who has not personally demonstrated Christian Science as brought forth in my discovery.” Doorly states that he does not believe that anyone can understand Christian Science until he has proved it (demonstrated it) for himself. “You can use only what you understand, and you only understand what you have demonstrated. And so it is imperative that every one of us should demonstrate ‘practical, operative Christian Science’ (Mis 207:5-6)… ‘Job says: “The ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.” The great difficulty is to give the right impression, when translating material terms back into the original spiritual tongue’ (S&H 114:32-115:11). ‘Clouds’ in this statement of John’s symbolize the obscurity which always accompanies the explanation of spiritual ideas through material terms.” I might agree with him if the Verse had not said “Behold, he cometh”. While it is true that spiritual “things are always obscure to and obscured by mortal mind” it is of importance that a pronoun was utilized in John’s sentence. He finished his paragraph with, “A human symbol is always a cloud—not always a very dark one, but always a cloud—because material symbols are not spiritual language. Deep spiritual consciousness is always the consciousness of idea alone.”
It is recorded that Jesus ascended in a cloud. It is also true that the angels who were with Jesus told those who were watching (his disciples) that the Christ would return in the same manner. Jesus was the first coming of Christ, God’s messenger to the Fifth Day of Life. Thus, the Sixth Day of Truth would experience the coming of the Christ too. It is in Revelation 10 that we have the prophecy being depicted to us – it is the angel (even though given a masculine pronoun by John; John also depicted this angel as being feminine do to the fact that he utilized the symbol of the rainbow – he did not just use the word “bow” as found in the Noah account – Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow.) who is “clothed with a cloud” and descends from heaven with “a little book open”. If, as all Christian Scientists agree, this open book is the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TEXTBOOK, then who is the angel? God’s messenger must be Mary Baker Eddy, the one who penned the book with the second gift (the rod) spoken of in VISION III.
The TEMPERANCE Tarot Card depicts the angel Michael (by the symbol upon the angel’s forehead). This angel Michael, Mary Baker Eddy tells us, stands for Truth (the Sixth Day of Truth). I see the water, being poured from one cup to the other, as being the spiritual teachings found within SCIENCE AND HEALTH. Notice the “Iris” flowers. Also, the path leading to the crown of God is similar to the second Illustration of THE WAY.
The CHRIST – every one of us must have the Mind of Christ
Verse 7 cont. – “and every eye shall see him”. — Doorly says this is a perfect illustration of the SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND.
“GOD: Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind. [This is the Christ order.]
“MAN: God’s spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal.
“IDEA: An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding. — Webster” (S&H 115:13-18).
Mary Baker Eddy “translates God, divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love, not only to the point of Mind and idea, but also down to the point of understanding. And so it is true that ‘every eye shall see him;’ every one of us is bound to have the Mind of Christ.”
CHRISTIANITY – the physical and the moral have to be translated out of themselves
Verse 7 cont. – “‘and they also which pierced him’ that is, even those who hate Truth. All mortal thought hates Truth. Mrs. Eddy follows her ‘SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND’ with the ‘SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND,’ and it is interesting to see how correlative these words of John’s are with the first and second degrees of that translation: —
“First Degree: Depravity.
“PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.
“Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.
“MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance. (S&H 115:19-27).
[Those who pierced Jesus were both the physical and the humanly moral. Mary Baker Eddy instructs us to include “moral as well as physical belief in your efforts to destroy error” (S&H 418:26-27).] Morality regarded merely a step above the physical is often very cruel; it is just the outcome of custom or habit, and it has failed to save mankind. Honesty, for instance, turns under pressure to dishonesty, and affection on a merely human basis can sometimes be a vicious thing. But when morality is looked at from the point of view of Science, then its real meaning as the human evidence of the spiritual appears.”
SCIENCE – the disappearance of mortality before the Christ-idea causes all mortality to “wail”
REVELATION 1:7 continued – TRUTH
6 – as well as, awakening the remorseful followers of strictly materialistic thinking. Even so, I assure you this is the Truth. (Rev. 1:7)
“And all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him.” Wailing comes at the time of death, it expresses remorse for the loss of a loved one. The Jews have the wailing wall (I am not sure if it should be capitalized or not). It is the last remaining portion of the wall of Old Jerusalem.
Hoyt explains that the word “earth” has to do with three aspects of earth – heaven, earth, and sea. Spiritually translated heaven would be a condition of completeness or wholeness. Mary Baker Eddy defines heaven as, “Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (S&H 587)
“Earth, in code usage, a condition of earthliness, dust, or materialistic thinking; Isaiah used the word ‘earthy.’”
Sea represents or symbolizes hidden erroneous conditions that come to the surface in order to be destroyed, as the waves break into nothingness upon the shore. We must also, since this is the tone of Truth, compare this section of the three aspects of earth with the angel spoken of in Revelation 10. For this angel descends from “heaven” in a cloud (as a spiritual divine messenger from God), and the angel’s left foot is upon the earth and the right foot is upon the sea. In other words, the angel has dominion over mortal mind, that which is objectified, and dominion over hidden erroneous conditions, that which is subjective.
Verse 7 – “‘and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him’—all materiality shall ‘wail,’ because Christ is the ‘divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error’ (S&H 583:10-11). That destruction of error, which will make all mortality ‘wail,’ is the fulfillment of the translation of mortal mind…”
“Third Degree: Understanding.
“SPIRITUAL. Wisdom [Mind], purity [Spirit], spiritual understanding [Soul], spiritual power [Principle], love [Life], health [Truth], [and] holiness [Love].
“In the third degree mortal mind disappears, and man as God’s image appears” (S&H 116:1-5; [My interpolations.]).
REVELATION 1:8 – LOVE
7 – the greatest blessing is the assurance of the daily operation of spiritual power (Love) as we realize more fully the infinite oneness of Being, the Alpha (Mind) and Omega (Love), the all inclusive one Power. (Rev. 1:8)
“The seventh point as always is a foundation point.” This is because it is on the same level as Mind (Alpha) on the Minor Pyramid Matrix (a.k.a. the Golden Candlestick Matrix). The realization of the infinite one Deity, omnipotence, operating in the universe as the infinite divine calculus, is indeed a blessing of omnipotence and might.
The Days of Creation as the Alpha and Omega
Verse 8 – “Alpha and Omega” — Mary Baker Eddy utilizes this phrase in two ways. She says, “let us remember that God is not the Alpha and Omega of man and the universe; He is supreme, infinite, the great forever, the eternal Mind that hath no beginning and no end, no Alpha and no Omega” (My. 267:8-12). Yet, she writes in Unity of Good 10:17-20, speaking of the universe and man, “they are eternally perfect, because He is perfect, and governs them in the Truth of divine Science, whereof God is the Alpha and Omega, the centre and circumference.” “First of all, she says that from the point of view of beginning and end He ‘is not the Alpha and Omega,’ and then that as ‘the centre and circumference’ He is the Alpha and Omega. Here John’s viewpoint is that of ‘the beginning and the ending,’ and we shall see the other viewpoint in verse 11.”
If God is not the Alpha and Omega in the first instance we must ask why? Is not the first instance speaking about material man and the material universe while the second instance is speaking of God as the center (subjective thought) and circumference (subjective thought being objected as spiritual idea)? John speaks in Verse 8 as God being the present, the past, and the future. It is only in the material that we have the belief of present, past, and future – with the belief of time.
“This Revelation is a blessing of grace and peace, of love and freedom and of spiritual dominion. When it is universally recognized, it will be a blessing even to the ignorant, unenlightened thought and to the remorseful children of materialism. This Revelation is a blessing of all power [omnipotence].”
(To be continued…)
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