REVELATION – Part 1b

by MJSmith

REVELATION – INTRODUCTION – PART 1b

STRUCTURAL TRANSLATION OF SECTION III OF THE AUTHOR’S PREFACE

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John’s Vision of the Word and the Christ Revealing the Seven Golden Candlesticks [the Mountain Range Matrix]

MIND in the tone of CHRISTIANITY
            In Revelation 1:9 John opens by giving us the information that he is ‘in the isle that is called Patmos.”  “Patmos is fifteen miles off the coast of Asia Minor near Ephesus.  According to tradition the exiles became slaves made to work in the marble quarries.  Salt mines are also found on Patmos.”[1]  John, a Christian, is in exile because he preached the doctrine of the Christ, which was forbidden by Rome.  It is believed that this indicates this time period as being A.D. 90-96 when Domitian, the Roman Emperor, persecuted Christians, as they refused to worship him.
            “We see, therefore, that it was John’s loyalty and obedience to ‘the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus’ that was his first preparation for the reception of the vision.”[2]
Verse 9 – “Patmos” means “mortal.”  (See also S&H 476:11-13, 17-18.)  So the isle of Patmos would be the isolation from God that mortality brings to man as an illusion (Doorly).
Verse 9 cont. – “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ”— John tells us that this is the reason why he was placed in the isle of Patmos.  He is in the material universe in order to deliver the divine Revelation, which is from the Word and the Christ (Doorly).

SPIRIT in the tone of the CHRIST
            Revelation 1:10 has John saying, “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day.”  John is spiritually alert and so he receives whatever message might come to him.  “This is his second preparation for the work that he was about to perform.”[3]  He hears a great voice, like a trumpet.  This trumpet represents the Christ-Truth.

Verse 10 – “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day”— “that is, at the point of Life, that state of consciousness which knows only eternity.  The statement has nothing to do with time.  John was in Patmos for a while, but his message probably took about fifty years to develop.  He certainly couldn’t have written Revelation in a single brief period of exaltation and inspiration.”[4]  This is Doorly’s opinion about it.  He has no proof that it took John fifty years to write the book of Revelation.  However, he could be right as he may be using Mary Baker Eddy as a model in his estimation of time.  Why?  Well, even though it only took Mary Baker Eddy nine years to bring forth the little book open SCIENCE AND HEALTH it took another thirty-five years to get to its final stage (to the point of the Sabbath Day of Love) as SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.
            DAY.  The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love.
            “‘And the evening and the morning were the first day.’ (Genesis i. 5.)  The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding, and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.  This unfolding is God’s day, and ‘there shall be no night there.’” (S&H 584:1-8)  This definition is quite interesting, as in the first sentence, the first part seems to have to do with Jesus’ God-crowned mission, while the second part speaks of the second and third comings of Christ as Truth and Love – which would be as Mary Baker Eddy and Gabriel/Little Red Riding Hood/Dinah/Martha Jones-Smith/generic man.  And these two angels of Michael (Truth) and Gabriel (Love) are the two woman God-crowned missions.  These are the two angels depicted in the Fifth Illustration of Christ and Christmas – CHRISTMAS MORN.

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            Likewise, these two Woman God-crowned missions are depicted in the Tarot as THE HIGH PRIESTESS card and THE EMPRESS card.

THE HIGH PRIESTESSTHE EMPRESS            And this is why Mary Baker Eddy placed two women on the cover of her Sentinel periodical in 1906.  And this is also why there are two women in toga type clothes depicted in Christ and Christmas in the 9th and 10th Illustrations.

Sentinel Blind B

            “‘The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding,’—as long as you are regarding the days of creation as separate ascending periods, which you do up to the point of Life, you will never quite lose those ‘objects of time and sense,’—‘and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded.  This unfolding is God’s day, and ‘there shall be no night there’ (S&H 584:1-8).  That illustrates the standpoint of Life, and at the climax of her commentary on the days of creation in Genesis Mrs. Eddy makes this statement:  ‘The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time’—at the point of Life.”[5]  “These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus” (S&H 520:10-15).
            Doorly tells us that the Lord’s day is the Fifth Day of Life.  This is when Jesus demonstrated the Son of man and when John wrote Revelation.  Jesus “saw ‘the Lord’s day’ as ‘the irradiance of Life;’ the ‘objects of time and sense’ disappeared, and the days of creation were fulfilled.”[6]
Verse 10 cont. – “a great voice”—that voice is the voice of the son of man.  (See also Ret. 23:6-24; Mis. 24:2-18.)  This voice is as a trumpet, this trumpet is a symbol for Truth.

SOUL in the tone of the WORD
            In verse 11 the Christ-Truth gives John a fact and a command, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last [the one Being (Soul), which is without beginning or end]; and what thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia.”  The seven churches in Asia (the land of the dawning thought) are – Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.  In reality they are the one Church (one Christ body).  Today this would be like a message (the Word of God) being sent out to all Branch Churches, it would be the same message, but it would be sent out to all Christians, or the one body.

Verse 11 – “‘the first and the last’—before, in verse 8, we had the sense of Alpha and Omega as ‘the beginning and the ending,’ but that gives a very different sense.  When you talk about ‘the first and last’ of a thing, you mean its wholeness and completeness.”[7]  To me this means that God is Mind and Love – in both the Word order and Science order.  However, in the Science order Mind and Love are both foundation stones of the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle, and they are the outer-branch of Christianity on the Golden Candlestick Matrix.

Verse 11 cont. – “‘write in a book’—systematize it, recapitulate it.  (See also Ret. 76:2-8; Man. Art. VIII, Sect. 11; Mark 16:15.)  Doorly is telling us that this section has to do with copyright and the correctness in writing upon the topic of Christian Science.  St. John is suppose to write down what he sees, his seven Visions, and send them to the one Church (the seven churches of Asia).
            Doorly writes, “John chose seven churches which had particular difficulties, showing the counterfeit in human thought of the sevenfold aspect of God’s nature.”[8]

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PRINCIPLE in the tone of SCIENCE (verses 12-16)
            In verse 12 John turns to see who speaks to him, this is when he sees seven golden candlesticks.  Does this mean that he sees one candlestick with seven flames or seven candlesticks with forty-nine flames?  I think it means that he sees seven distinct golden candlesticks each having a total of seven flames.  This presents to John the Science matrix structure for the book he is commanded to write.  I call this the Mountain Range.  As far as I know I am the first one to see this Verse in this way.  Most Christians think of this Verse as describing only one Golden Candlestick with seven flames.  Yet, if there are a total of Seven Golden Candlesticks then each Golden Candlestick would represent one of the Seven Visions that John has.  Verse 12 does specify “seven golden candlesticks” instead of saying “a golden candlestick with seven candlestick flames.”

Verse 12 – “‘seven golden candlesticks’—the seven synonymous terms for God.”[9]  We must understand what the seven synonymous terms really mean.  And, although Doorly does not mention it, I know that these seven golden candlesticks are what I call the Mountain Range Matrix, it is the KEY to Revelation’s Scientific structure (as seen above, although somewhat simplified).
            These seven candlesticks typify the seven churches, as well as, the seven Visions of Revelation.  “John goes on to describe the numerals through Jesus’ demonstration of the Son of man.  He has already described Jesus’ mission as the fulfillment of the days of creation at the point of Life, but here he sees the Son of man as the subjective sense of the numerals as the outcome of the synonymous terms, and he proceeds to describe each term through its numeral.  (See also Ex. 3:3 [about the burning bush]; S&H 322:3-7, 26-30.)”[10]  These seven candlesticks also have their associated angel (Stargates) depicted as the Star-Flowers in the Big Dipper Keystone in Window of the Open Book.

The Big Dipper Keystone

            In verse 13, John sees “one like unto the Son of man” (man the Mind-man, or “Mind the Man”[11] which is the image and likeness of God; the man of Genesis 1) in the midst (middle) of the seven candlesticks.  This simply means that the center candlestick stands for LOVE (Church-Candlestick) reflecting the tone of PRINCIPLE (Angel-Star), the capstone of the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.  This verse is a KEY giving the reader the matrix structure for the upcoming prophecies (John’s seven visions) and how these seven visions are laid out.  Verses 13-16 give us a sevenfold description for this Son of man.

Principled Mind

            Son of man is clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps (breasts) with a golden girdle.  It was a high priest who was clothed with a garment down to the foot, this is the only priest allowed to enter into the Most Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant (Principle as Life, Truth, and Love) rested.  Being clothed to the foot was a symbol that the high priest was completely protected.  The golden girdle means that he is ready for divine action, ready to enter and serve in the temple.  What is it that gives man complete protection?  Mind.  And when man listens to divine Mind he is ready for action.

The Son of Man Exemplifies the “Numerals of Infinity”

            What is important about Verse 13 is that the Son of man is not Jesus, for the words read, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man…”  This means that whoever it is John sees is only much like Jesus Christ.  Although he uses masculine pronouns this being could be feminine.  Edyth Armstrong Hoyt tells us, “And in the midst of the lampstand one stood in the likeness of the Mind man the Son of Man, or spiritual man.” (SAJP, p. 141)  Mary Baker Eddy defines the “son of man” in “Glossary” as “the offspring [“product, result” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary] of the flesh [an illusion that matter has sensation]” (S&H 594:17 [My interpolations.]).  The Son of man was a reference to Jesus, but this description only says that he is “one like unto the Son of man,” in other words, he reflects the Christ Mind that was reflected by Jesus.

“6.  And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.” (Church Manual, Church Tenet, p. 16)

Verse 13 – “clothed with a garment down to the foot” – means complete mental protection from error.  Doorly writes, “all you can ever really be clothed with, or empowered by, is idea, intelligence, the nature of Mind, and that garment is all-inclusive.  Mrs. Eddy writes, ‘Clothed, and in its right Mind, man’s individuality is sinless, deathless, harmonious, eternal’ (Mis. 104:14-15).  The sense of idea, of intelligence, of power, is beginning to appear as a numeral of spiritual thought.  Remember, it is the demonstration of the Son of man which John is describing, not the mission of the individual Jesus, ‘the faithful witness,’ because that illustrated the days of creation.  The days of creation have been fulfilled at the point of Life, and they have given place to numerals of consciousness.  When your thinking is at the point of Truth, you understand Jesus’ demonstration of the son of man through the ‘numerals of infinity.’ (See Mess. ’01, 10:30-3.)”

Principled Spirit

            Verse 14 – “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.”  The head symbolizes the seat of intelligence and hair is symbolic of strength (like with Samson).  White is symbolic of Principle to me, but it is also pure, as white as snow, what is purer than Spirit?  Nothing.  The symbol, being clothed with the sun, means that one is clothed in Spirit, so the white as wool (a Lamb’s clothing) is the spiritual ideal’s spiritual strength.  It has come to me, however, that Mary Baker Eddy’s hair was white as wool (in her later years).

Verse 14 – Spirit is true substance, baptism, and the separation of the chaff from the wheat.  “The robes of Spirit are ‘white and glistering,’ like the raiment of Christ.  Even in this world, therefore, ‘let thy garments be always white’” (S&H 267:25-28).  (See also S&H 586:13-14; Mis 124:32-4.)

Soul

            Verse 14 continued – “and his eyes were as a flame of fire”.  Fire is another type of purification, baptism by fire perhaps.  Yet, if the eye is like the sun, this fire upon the horizon illumines the sky.  Eyes, of course, are vision or spiritual perception.  Spiritual man expresses illuminated purified vision and perception.

Principled Soul

            Verse 15 – “And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace”.  Here is the climax point of the Son of man’s description.  “Dr. Moulton gives a good translation, likening the feet to burnished or polished brass, the result of refining in a furnace.  For their mirrors in ancient days the women used burnished or polished brass.  These mirrors made excellent reflectors.  Feet, in vision literature indicate understanding.  Therefore, Spiritual Man expresses reflected, purified understanding.”[12]  (Note:  I do not capitalize spiritual man, however, I will use BIBLE capitalization as it is written “Son of man”.  I feel that spiritual man capitalized is too close to making this man into God.
             In VISION III we will come to the angel of Revelation 10 who has two feet of fire (like brass), the right foot upon the sea and the left foot upon the earth – having dominion over hidden erroneous conditions and dominion over the visual outer projections of thought.

Verse 15 – “In this verse is presented the numeral of Soul — identity, the journey from sense to Soul, burning the chaff and gathering the wheat into the barn.”[13]  “The furnace separates the gold [divine nature] from the dross [material impurities] that the precious metal [Son of man] may be graven with the image of God” (S&H 66:31-67:1; [My interpolations.]).  (See also Mis. 151:6; My. 269:17-19.)  Doorly seems to miss the connection of this Son of man with the angel depicted in Revelation 10.  The angel’s feet which are “pillars of fire.”  The Son of man’s “feet are like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Rev. 1:15)

Principled Life

            Verse 15 continued – “and his voice as the sound of many waters.”  Ezekiel tells us in his great vision that he “heard the noise of their wings like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty.”  Psalm 93 is well known for its association of waters with the Almighty:  “The Lord is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.”  Psalm 29 also associates mighty waters with all power.  The voice expresses quality or tone; the voice can have different levels of pitch and volume.  It is a quality of omnipotence that this Son of man has.  Brass is used as a symbol of that which is unchanging.  The voice is that which identifies a person.
            “‘Many waters’ here indicate infinite identity.  (See also S&H 506:15-21 and 507:7-10.)”[14]
            I am not saying that Doorly is incorrect, but I feel that in other places in Revelation the “waters” are symbolic of spiritual teachings; that these waters are the living waters, the spiritual teachings spoken by the spiritual idea is mightier than preachers who invoke scholastic theology and dogma.  It is in the Fifth Day of Creation (Life) that God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and follow that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” (Genesis 1:20)

Principled Truth

            Verse 16 – “And he had in his right hand seven stars”.  These seven stars are the seven spirits before the throne (Rev. 1:14).  The right hand represents authority, that which gives ones signature.  Spiritually, however, the right hand symbolizes “spiritual power.”[15]  The right hand is the hand that most people use to sign their name on legal papers, in matters of law and government.  These seven spirits are actually the seven names for God (“the ‘numerals of infinity.’…Principle includes all other names for God.”[16]).  Mary Baker Eddy gave these seven names to man in the Sixth Day of Truth.  The seven spirits (angels) are the seven synonymous terms for God.  However, Hoyt has three different listings for these angels and I will put them in the Word order.  I will also place the appropriate synonyms in the first column.

Revelation A angels

 

            The seven stars (Star-Flowers) are the seven Star-Angels of the seven Branch-Church Candlesticks.  Are there seven prophets for each of the seven Days?  Who would be the first Star-Flower-Angel?  The feminine Woman-Mind of Motherhood, the Mother of all that is Spirit would not be Eve, but rather the seventh lineage of true womanhood, a man named Enoch.
            Who is the second Star-Flower-Angel?  The feminine Woman-Spirit commonly called Noah “knowledge of the nothingness of material things and of the immortality of all that is spiritual.” (S&H 592:22)
            Who is the third Star-Flower-Angel?  It would be the Hebrew Levite leader known as Moses, “moral courage; a type of moral law and the demonstration thereof; the proof that, without the gospel, — the union of justice and affection, — there is something spiritually lacking, since justice demands penalties under the law.” (S&H 592:11)
            Who is the fourth Star-Flower-Angel?  The fourth Star-Flower-Angel is the feminine Woman-Principle Queen Esther, for she is the Principled Queen of Christianity.
            Who is the fifth Star-Flower-Angel?  The fifth Star-Flower-Angel is the masculine representative of the Christ, the man known as Christ Jesus.  “Jesus.  The highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea, rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light man’s immortality.” (S&H 589:16)
            Who is the sixth Star-Flower-Angel?  She is the feminine Woman-Truth known as Mary Baker Eddy, for she gives birth to the little book open SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  This “comforter” is the “Holy Ghost.  Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 588:7)
            Who is the seventh Star-Flower-Angel?  She is the feminine Woman-Love known as generic man – Dinah-Martha Jones-Smith-Gabriel.  “New Jerusalem.  Divine Science; the spiritual facts and harmony of the universe; the kingdom of heaven, or reign of harmony.” (S&H 592:18)

Verse 16 – Principle, as the fourth numeral, is illustrated in how its oneness is demonstrated in the divine system and government with its “right hand” of spiritual power and the “seven stars.”  “(See My. 225:29-30.)”[17]

Verse 16 cont. – “and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:  and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”  The mouth is used as a means of declaration.  “In Genesis we are told that cherubims were placed at the garden of Eden with ‘a flaming sword which turned every way,’ in other words a two-edged sword.  The purpose of this sword was to protect the garden and direct those leaving the garden.”[18]
            This verse explains “and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword [a sword of Truth – directing and protecting]”.  These cherubims are placed in the east of the garden; this means the angelic thought is found in the cardinal position of the Christ.

Summary: (Rev. 1:16—the last third of the verse).
Principled Love
            “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”  His countenance is like the sun [Spirit] shining in his strength.  The countenance refers to the face or the complete expression of eyes, mouth, hair, head, etc.  The sun is a symbol of illuminated dominion.  Spiritual man expresses illuminated dominion in his completeness.  This is the man spoken of in the Six Day of Truth (Genesis 1).

Verse 16 cont. – “his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength”.  We have the sun as a symbol, the sun is the center of our solar system; without it the planets would have no orbit.  In a way the sun is Principle governing our solar system (our Scientific System is also governed by Principle).  Yet, the sun is used later on in Revelation to reference the angel of Revelation 10 (which leads us up to the Candlestick of LOVE) and the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12 (Vision IV – LOVE reflecting the tone of PRINCIPLE).  “The sun is the central stillness, so far as our solar system is concerned, and the earth revolves about the sun once a year, besides turning daily on its own axis.  As thus indicated, astronomical order imitates the action of divine Principle; and the universe, the reflection of God, is thus brought nearer the spiritual fact, and is allied to divine Science as displayed in the everlasting government of the universe” (S&H 121:24-32). (See also My. 226:5-14.)

LIFE

            Next John’s “reaction to the comprehension of Spiritual Man was his realization of eternal life.”[19]  John comprehends that God is Life.

Verse 17 – In this Verse we have the tone of Life, the fifth numeral—eternity, individuality, multiplication, infinite progression.  John sees the Son of man and falls at his feet as if dead.  Material life never has been or ever will be alive, and it falls at the sight of the spiritual idea.
            When John sees (comprehends) the Son of man, he falls at his feet “as dead” and the Son of man places his right hand (of authority) upon John and says, “Fear not.” (verse 17)  John must overcome all fear, just like Moses returned to the serpent and picked it up by the tail.  Love of Life conquers death.  “And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not”.  Doorly says, “remember that the Son of man was holding the seven stars, or ‘numerals of infinity,’ in his right hand.”  Doorly does not explain what this means.  Would it not mean that since the Son of man’s right hand holds the key, the seven stars in his right hand, is he now bestowing this same understanding upon John when he touches him?

Verse 17 cont. – “the first and the last”—“Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent.  Life is the everlasting I am, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase” (S&H 289:32-290:2).  (See also S&H 27:10-16 and 258:25-30.)

TRUTH

            The final point to prepare John to receive the Revelation (the Truth) comes when he realizes his dominion over death.  The Son of man says to him, “I have the keys of hell and of death.” (verse 18)  “John realized that the recognition of Spiritual Man does more than give dominion over death.  It gives dominion over all conceptions or beliefs associated with death.”[20]  This Truth comes to man in the Sixth Day of Truth with Christian Science.

Verse 18 – “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen.”  “The Revelator represents the Son of man as saying (Revelation i. 17, 18):  ‘I am the first and the last:  I am he that liveth, and was dead [not understood]; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, [Science has explained me]’” (S&H 334:24-28; [Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.]).  (See also S&H 45:6-10, 13-15, and 150:4-10.)  “Here we have the sixth numeral, the numeral of Truth—consciousness, health, manhood.”[21]

LOVE

Verse 18 cont. – “and have the keys of hell and of death.”  I figure that the “keys of hell and of death” basically means that spiritual man has the keys over hell (being born into matter) and of death (the death of matter, Spirit can never die).  Doorly writes that, “John fulfils the sequence with the tone of Love.  Mrs. Eddy writes, quoting the twenty-third Psalm:  ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:  for [LOVE] is with me; [LOVE’S] rod and [LOVE’S] staff they comfort me’ (S&H 578:10-12 [Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolations.  The words of love are supposed to be in small caps, but this program does not allow for that, if it does I have not figured out how to make that change.]).  Salvation and fulfillment always ‘have the keys of hell and of death.’  (See also S&H 17:10-11, 171:4-8 to the word “free”.)”[22]
            In Verse 19 John is told to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” he is to write about these Visions and their prophecies.

Verse 19 – “the things which thou hast seen”—happens to be Mind, Spirit, and Soul, the process by which we find God.  This is the left side of the Golden Candlestick, or the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.

Verse 19 cont. – “the things which are”—happens to be Principle, which includes all other terms for God. This is the trunk’s light for the Golden Candlestick, or the capstone to the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.

Verse 19 cont. – “the things which shall be hereafter”—happens to be the demonstration of Life, Truth, and Love.  This is the right side of the Golden Candlestick, or the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.
            “The ancient prophets gained their foresight from a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking fact for fiction [“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”], — predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and human belief.  When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the truth of being, men become seers and prophets, involuntarily, controlled not by demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit.  It is the prerogative of the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.
            “Acquaintance with the Science of Being enables us to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, — yea, to teach the range of fetterless Mind.” (S&H 84:3-18.)
            Verse 20 gives the explanation for the seven stars seen in his right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.  He explains that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and that the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.  These seven angels are also “the ‘angels of His presence,’ being the ‘Spirits before the throne.’”[23]  It is the mission of the seven churches to “send forth the light of blessing, joy, and truth to all men, with its spiritual illumination.”[24]
            It is a fact that most people read the Bible from front to back.  And this is the way that most people read Revelation.  They do not stop to consider that there is another way to read it.  Hoyt says, “You will find as you work with this structure that one and seven always balance, as previously stated.  Two balances six, and three balances five.  Let us read across then, making a sentence.**  When John was loyal and obedient to the Word and testimony (1), he realized dominion over death (7).  When John was spiritually alert (2), he recognized infinite life (6).  Being willing to write and send (3), he overcame fear (5).  This can be done with all the structural designs.  It is helpful in all your study of the Apocalypse to have your Bible open before you.  Thus, you may continually refer to the passages with which you are working.”[25]
**Refer to REVELATION A diagram.

Verse 20 – The seven stars or seven angels (divine messengers – “The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine messages, different offices” [S&H 566:29-30].) are symbols of the numerals of infinity (the Seven Days of Genesis 1-2:3) giving God’s messages to man throughout time (what seems to come to 7,000 years of human history).  However, the “numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of [material] time.  These days will appear [be recognized] as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus [true Christ reckoning].”  (S&H 520:10; [My interpolations.])
(To be continued…)

[1] Studies in the Apocalypse of John of Patmos, by Edyth Armstrong Hoyt, p. 27  (From here on this book will be abbreviated as SAJP.)

[2] SAJP, p. 27

[3] SAJP, p. 27

[4] The Works of John W. Doorly – Talks at the Oxford Summer School 1948 – Vol. II, p. 141 (From this point onward this book will be abbreviated as TWJD.)

[5] TWJD, pages 141 & 142

[6] TWJD, p. 142

[7] TWJD, p. 142

[8] TWJD, p. 142

[9] TWJD, p. 142

[10] TWJD, p. 143

[11] Dr. Moulton’s Class Notes state that some Greek manuscripts have been found with this alternate Greek phrase.

[12] SAJP, p. 29

[13] TWJD, p. 144

[14] TWJD, p. 144

[15] TWJD, p. 144

[16] TWJD, p. 144

[17] TWJD, p. 144

[18] SAJP, p. 29

[19] SAJP, p. 30

[20] SAJP, p. 30

[21] TWJD, p. 145

[22] TWJD, p. 145

[23] SAJP, p. 141

[24] SAJP, p. 141

[25] SAJP, p. 141

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