REVELATION – Part 6a

by MJSmith

REVELATION – VISION IV – LOVE reflecting PRINCIPLE – Part 6a

            Before going on to VISION IV let us first review VISIONS I, II and III.  The first vision establishes the Oneness of God, a wholly spiritual creation (Christianity).  The second vision presents the establishment of true selfhood wherein we learn that all phases of false thinking are silenced in the presence of true qualities of thought (the Christ).  And finally in the third vision we see how the declarations of Truth, the Word of God, are the perfect method of disposing all phases of material thought.  When we recognize the danger of false teachings and malpractice and we adhere only to the true teachings of the Christ messengers, we have our dominion, atonement, and communion with God and the Christ.

            And now for the forth Branch-Church Candlestick of LOVE in the tone of our Star-Angel PRINCIPLED SCIENCE itself (Queen Esther, our Morning Star) for VISION IV (Rev. 11:19-ch. 14) nullifying religious ceremonies depicted in CHRISTMAS EVE (Christ and Christmas):

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**Note:  John uses the dragon to represent phases of resistance to the Christ.  Same type of thought expressed under various names in the Bible:
            Genesis 3:1 – serpent
            Daniel 7:23 – beast
            John 12:31 – prince of this world
            II Thessalonians 2:3, 4 – son of perdition
            Romans 8:7 – carnal mind, etc.
***See Daniel 12:1 and Jude 9.  Michael was the angel of His presence expressing power, in the Persian Cosmology.
****Bible definition of patience.

MARY BAKER EDDY’S PLACE IN BIBLE PROPHECY

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“Thus Christ, eternal and divine,
            To celebrate
As Truth demands, — this living Vine
            Ye demonstrate.

For heaven’s Christus, earthly Eves,
            By Adam bid,
Make merriment on Christmas eves,
            O’er babe and crib.

CHRISTMAS EVE must be nullified by SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
FOURTH VISION:  LOVE – The God-crowned woman and her child, the red dragon and its two beasts, the Lamb on mount Zion with the 144,000 redeemed, and the angel with the everlasting gospel.

The fourth Branch-Church Candlestick of LOVE (Thyatira) and the fourth Star-Angel of PRINCIPLE (Queen Esther – divine Mother Hood)
            The full Revelation and establishment of “the fullness of the Christ”[1] completely annihilate all phases of the resistance to Truth (the red dragon thought).[2]  Full salvation is revealed and established through SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy (her manchild).
            There are four distinct aspects in VISION IV – “Christianity reflecting the Word—Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit (the God-crowned woman and her child); Christianity reflecting the Christ—Spirit, Life, Truth (the exposure of the beast out of the sea, symbolizing material medica, and the beast out of the earth, symbolizing false theology); Christianity in its own aspect—Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love (the Lamb on mount Zion with the hundred and forty-four thousand redeemed); and Christianity reflecting Science—Life, Truth, Love (the angel with the everlasting gospel).  We see Christianity reflecting the Word in Chapter 12, Christianity reflecting the Christ in Chapter 13, Christianity in its own aspect in Chapter 14:1-5, and Christianity reflecting Science in Chapter 14:6-21.  The reason why we see the tones of Christianity so definitely in this fourth vision of Love is that woman is now taking on her motherhood, and Christianity is essentially divine motherhood.”[3]

INTRODUCTION TO VISION IV

Revelation 11:19 – “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:  and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”
            Hoyt explains the three and one half days (forty-two months) she says that Johns use of it is unusual.  “We might expect three days because that was the period of Jesus’ internment.  But when we find that Luke and James both use three and one half as the period of Elijah’s drouth [drought], we realize that this number has been accepted as a symbolic number of testing experience to the early Christians (although no Old Testament record bears this out).  Consequently, we can expect to find the most momentous declarations in this Vision.  [Of course, this goes against what Doorly says the three and one half means – Mind, Spirit, Soul, and half of Principle.]  In fact, in the first six verses of chapter twelve, the revelation of the ‘fullness of the Christ’ is given under the symbolism of the birth of full understanding.  We see a woman portrayed with illumination ‘arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.’”[4]  This is of importance, as this woman nullifies the goddess Semiramis (Nimrod’s wife).  Semiramis, a self-declared goddess, goes back to the time of the Tower of Babel.  (See my Post – Watter’s World on Easter.)
            The same paragraph of Hoyt’s continues:  “She is giving birth to a child, as has been previously explained.  For many centuries the Hebrew people had anticipated the complete understanding of the dominion of man as being inseparable from man’s full realization of his oneness with his God.  This anticipation had appeared under the term of the Messiah, with its Greek counterpart, the Christ.”[5]  The son of Semiramis (a.k.a. Ishtar) was the anti-Christ.  “We also know that the prophets conceived of the coming of this dominion as the ‘New Jerusalem.’  The second Isaiah presented the thought of the ‘Comforter’ (‘consolation,’ ‘comfort ye,’ etc).  Jesus, talking with the disciples in the upper room and realizing that they did not understand all that he had to give them, said, ‘And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.’  Paul’s sayings in the little letter called Ephesians, presents the thought of the dominion of man as ‘the fulness of Christ.’  In the Old Testament the concept of travail is used many times to indicate the struggle for, and birth of, right thinking.
            “But you have read that this birth was resisted by a great red dragon.  The dragon-thought or the resisting agent, at last coming to the climax of his warfare, appears throughout the Bible under various names.  [Today, this red dragon is called animal magnetism.]  The prophets of the Old Testament called it crocodile, Behemoth, Leviathan, and always pictured these horrible animals as coming up out of the sea, or hidden erroneous conditions of thought.  In Genesis it is a serpent at enmity with the woman [who is afterward misidentified by Adam brain and given the name of Eve].  In the New Testament the dragon-thought appears as a serpent, Satan, devil, son of perdition, anti-Christ, and carnal mind [or mortal mind], the last in the works of Paul.  This kind of thinking, therefore, the dragon thought, stands for resistance to the [spiritual] understanding of truth [should be Truth] under whatever guise it rears its [seven] head[s], for the dragon thought knows that if ‘the child’ gains sovereignty, his own regime is ended!”[6]

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            Hoyt explains that the Revelation appears in Revelation 12:1-6, so she asks “why are there other sections in this vision?”[7]  She explains that it could be because “sometimes the Revelation is not sufficiently established to keep it clear and untouched!”  This is why there are six other points of development in the fourth vision.  This Revelation is established step by step throughout the whole VISION.  These establishments take the form “of the annihilation of various phases of the dragon-thought, as they appear one after another to tear down the Revelation.  The establishment consists of applying the Revelation in its power and activity and patience.”[8]
            What is important about this is that there are “six points”.  This correlates with a little pamphlet published by the Christian Science Publishing Society in 1943.  It is called Mrs. Eddy’s Place.  What place?  Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy as the woman God-crowned and as the second coming of the one Christ.  For she is the fulfillment of the Christ, because not only did the Christ need to be recognized in human consciousness as the masculine representative of the Christ, but there had to be established in human consciousness (as well) as the feminine representative of the Christ – Mary Baker Eddy.  (See my Post – Only One Christ.)
            In a dream I named GRANDMOTHER’S HIGHCHAIR (the highchair symbolized Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy and her place as world Leader) there was a boy sitting in my Grandmother’s highchair.  This was my seat of power not the boy’s seat of power.  There was a girl in a white dress with brown curly hair.  She stood before me.  The red dragon was dressed in a Roman Catholic priest robe as he approached me.  He had a human face and he began to try and use animal magnetism on me in order to get me to harm the girl.  When he used this power of animal magnetism his face turned into a devil face – red with horns.  He failed to mesmerize me into hurting the girl.  He then turned his power upon the boy.  This boy had a wooden reed (one of the gifts from VISION III?) in his hand, although it was only about six inches in length.  It was also oval in shape.  This reed was turned into a dagger (Iscariot, the name of Judas, means dagger).  The handle was ivory (tusk, tusk, tusk) and carved in the shape of a wolf (denoting hypocrisy and spiritual wickedness in high places).  The boy jumped down from the chair thanking his “Father” for the gift, and he attempted to kill the girl.  I stood between him and the girl.  (This is a long way around to coming into explaining what Hoyt writes next in this section of her book.)
            “A few years ago there was a popular little song about a big bad wolf, and the refrain said, “Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?” [From Walt Disney’s Three Little Pigs]  It is not far-fetched to think of the dragon thought as the big bad wolf with a bag of tricks upon his shoulder.  One by one he pulls out these tricks, these destructive suggestions, aimed at interfering with and destroying the Revelation of the truth [Truth].  He tries the trick of deception, or the lie about the Truth, and it doesn’t work because the Power of the Truth is put into operation.  He even tries the trick of domination and malpractice [ecclesiastical despotism in high places of the church], the modern terms for blasphemy [breaking of God’s Law], but it cannot work because the true understanding of patience, as applied to the Revelation is put into operation.  You can see, then, that when various phases of resistance to the Revelation are pulled out of the bag of the dragon-thought as tricks, it is essential that the Revelation be put into operation at once to silence them.”[9]
            A wolf symbolizes “hypocrisy” and the words “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” points to spiritual wickedness in high places (a highchair).  Was it not clear that my Grandmother’s highchair was my seat (for I am her successor) and that it is up to me to protect Mary Baker Eddy from The Mother Church’s hypocrisy, domination over the Field (Branch Churches), malpractice (using mental malpractice upon Church Members), and blasphemy (the breaking of God’s By-Laws in the Church Manual)?  Am I not the seventh angel – Gabriel – who comes in the Seventh Day of Love?

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            Remember the story of Little Red Riding Hood?  Is not the red riding hood divine Mind?  Is not Little Red Riding Hood really Mother Hood?  Is not Little Red Riding Hood the girl in “SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME”?  Is she called “Little” because she reads the “little book open”?  Is not it Little Red Riding Hood’s Grand Mother, Mary Baker Eddy, who the wolf (red dragon; hypocrisy, spiritual wickedness in high places) devours and then pretends to be?   I decided to look up the word “riding”.  I was surprised to read that one definition of it is “third.”  If we accept this definition of “riding,” then Little Red Riding Hood points us directly to the third coming of Christ.  She is the reader of the Little Book Open (SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES) Red (divine Mind) Riding Hood (the third coming of the one Christ-Mind).
            Little Red Riding Hood’s Mother (God) gives her a woven basket of goodies (treats) by her mother (Mother God) to deliver to the girl’s ill Grand Mother.  (By the way, there is a basket hanging on the Christmas tree behind the woman Eve in CHRISTMAS EVE.)  Inside the basket are leavened cake that Mother God baked the day before (during the Sixth Day of Truth) and a bottle of wine.  The cake and wine are symbols for the bread (body) and wine (blood) of Christ.  Mother God tells Little Red Riding Hood to stay upon the path (to go the Way of the Christ) not to go off of it; she is to go directly to her Grand Mother’s cottage (house or consciousness).   When she arrives she is to tell her Grand Mother “Good morning” and not peep into every corner.  This means that the girl is not to look at an embarrassing or difficult situation of illness, that her Grand Mother is supposed to be experiencing, as reality (Truth).  All that the girl is to see is God’s Day, God’s Spirit dawning in mankind’s consciousness.
            The big bad wolf of church hypocrisy meets Little Red Riding Hood on the path in the wilderness, where Grand Mother lives (for she was taken there by Science, the omni-active Eagle).  This wolf is not only interested in eating up Little Red Riding Hood but also eating the basket’s goodies (good treats).  He desires to possess it and devour it so that no others can benefit from it.
            What does the little woven basket of treats represent?  It represents Martha’s (Mother Hood’s) expounding upon Grand Mother Glover’s matrix system and the Truth about her and her Discovery.  This basket is me explaining the Truth about Mary Baker Eddy, my exposure of the hypocrisy in her Church, where I set forth (state) the Truth about her, where I defend my Forever Leader with spiritual argument, and where I explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail the Truth about Mary Baker Eddy and her Revelation – Christian Science.  The basket handle is symbolic of the Arch Covenant for the Spirit of the Law.  This Arch Covenant is grasped (spiritually understood) by Little Red Riding (divine Mind’s Christ) Hood’s hand.  While the basket hanging upon the Christmas tree branch closest to Eve, in CHRISTMAS EVE, probably has a negative symbolic meaning, when spiritually translated it must represent the Truth I have just told you, the basket belonging to Little Red Riding Hood, her basket of Christian Science treatments.

Christ. Eve basket
            Remember that a treatment is the handling of error, the handling of animal magnetism (the wolf in Grandma’s clothing, a.k.a., the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism).  They walk upon the same path for a while.  Our hero tells hypocrisy (the wolf) where she is headed – to Grand-Mother’s house (conscious thought).  Her cottage (house consciousness) is in the wilderness (the woman is taken to the wilderness in Revelation 12) where the three large oak trees are at and below them are nut trees.  I think the three oak trees are symbols for the three Christ advents of Life, Truth, and Love, while the nut trees are symbols of Scientific demonstration.
            The wolf says, “Why not look around (with your material senses?)  Hear the sweetly little birds singing.  Why do you walk along so gravely, while all in the woods is merry?”  So Little Red Riding Hood goes off the path to pick a nosegay (a small bunch of flowers) for her Grand Mother.  She winds up going deeper into the woods while the wolf heads off to Grand Mother’s cottage.
            The wolf arrives at the cottage and knocks on the door.  “Who’s there?” Grand Mother asks.
            “Little Red Riding Hood.  I am bringing you cake and wine; open the door.”
            “Lift the latch, I am too weak and cannot get up.  He enters the house and draws the curtains around Grand Mother’s bed.  He eats her up (devours Grand Mother’s essence).  Then he pretends to be Grand Mother Mary Baker Eddy by wearing a disguise.  This disguise is the Babylonian Harlot (The Mother Church in Boston, Massachusetts – a controlling head with five directors, the finite five senses) posing as Mary Baker Eddy (Mother’s Church of Christ Scientist – a Branch Church with four directors, the divine infinite calculus).

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            When Little Red Riding Hood arrives at the house the door is open and the wolf is in bed wearing a gown, a cap.  The wolf is in bed pretending to be sick or ill, perhaps on the deathbed.  This bed, in regards to Mary Baker Eddy, is a firm foundation.  In regards to the wolf-man it is “a place of marital sex relations.”  A man who chases after women is sometimes called a wolf.  The wolf desires the basket because he believes it is a sexual thing to devour with the five physical senses.
            She enters the cottage, “Good morning.”
            She thinks, “Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today, and at other times I like being with Grand Mother so much.”  She draws back the curtains around the bed and sees the cap over a strange looking face.  The wolf believes that he can hide his true identity and mortal nature from divine Mind, but she sees right through him.  She says to him, “My what big ears you have!”
            “The better to hear you with, my child.”
            “My what big eyes you have.”
            “The better to see you with, my dear.”
            “My what big hands you have.”
            “The better to hug (grab) you with!”
            “My what a big mouth you have!”
            “The better to eat (taste) you with!”  The five senses are for sure at play in this story!  This wolf is a rapist, “The better to seize and take away Grand Mother’s estate with force!”  He causes outrageous violations of the woman’s By-Laws found within the Church Manual.  In one quick bound he gobbles up Little Red Riding Hood then being satisfied falls asleep and begins to snore (drone, chatter) loudly.  A drone is a parasite.  But to drone means to pass, proceed, or act in a dull, drowsy, or indifferent manner.  Chatter is idle small talk.
            But the huntsman (a Seeker of Truth) passes by the cottage and hears the loud snoring.  He enters the cottage to check upon Grand Mother.  The huntsman sees the wolf sleeping and takes a pair of scissors and begins to cut the wolf’s stomach open.  He makes two snips and sees the Red Hood, then he makes two more snips and Little Red Riding Hood comes out from the belly of the beast.  “Ah how frightened I have been.  How dark it was inside the wolf.”
            Then Grand Mother comes out but she can hardly breathe, she is near death.
            They fill the wolf’s stomach with great rocks (the divine infinite calculus of Christly thoughts).  The wolf wakes up and tries to flee, but there are so many rocks in his belly that he cannot move and he dies.  Hypocrisy cannot live when Truth is understood.
            In another version the man is a woodsman (generic man, friend of the woman [wood – tree of life]) who appears upon the scene and cuts open the wolf’s stomach with an ax (a cutting tool).  Both the scissors and the ax symbolize Spirit, the separation between Truth and error.
            The huntsman skins the wolf and takes the hide with him when he goes, will he become a sheep in wolf’s clothing?
            After Grand Mother exists the wolf’s stomach (the belly of the beast), she is fed the Christ Cake and the Christ Wine and she revives, she is made whole and complete (healthy).  Spirit separated the Grand Mother Church from the Babylonian Harlot Church.  Spirit severed all belief that Mary Baker Eddy is just a little old gray-haired woman who died on December 3, 1910.
            Little Red Riding Hood says, “As long as I live, I will never leave the path (the Way) by myself to run into the woods, when my Mother God has forbidden me to do so.”
            “This vision with which we are about to work, is the vision of complete Revelation.  No wonder there followed lightning and voices and thunders and earthquake and great hail.  The resistance to the Revelation and to its understanding is sometimes most tremendous, or at least, tries to be.  And so we see that this whole Fourth Vision becomes the presentation of the Revelation which John has symbolized as the ‘child born of the woman’ plus the establishment of that Revelation, which in Paul’s phrase is called ‘the Fullness of the Christ.’  In other words the Fourth Vision becomes one point of Revelation and six points of establishment.  This indicates the importance John places upon establishment.”[10]
            The following is the “one point of Revelation”:  “The position of The Mother Church as to Mary Baker Eddy’s place in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is clearly set forth in the following paragraphs [of the little pamphlet].  These conclusions are not new; they are confirmed by our Leader’s writings, and the steadily unfolding fruitage of Christian Science bears witness to their truth.” (Mrs. Eddy’s Place; as published in the Christian Science Sentinel, June 5, 1943; [My interpolation.])  If what I am telling you is really correct, and I think that it is, then you must begin to understand why it is of such great importance to accept and spiritually understand Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy!  And it is also easy to see that the red dragon’s resistance to this Truth, about the second coming of Christ being the feminine representative manifested as Mary Baker Eddy, is destroyed when she is recognized and accepted as God’s chosen One for the Sixth Day of Truth.
            Vision IV is Salvation (Science and Health) Revealed and its Establishment of the full recognition of the Christ as both masculine and feminine.  This is the New Jerusalem, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and here symbolized by the woman’s bringing forth her child.  After the important Revelation is given, it is followed by six points of establishment to support and prove it. These six points completely annihilate all phases of the red dragon consciousness, the phases of resistance to Truth.  The red dragon’s lies try to tear down the Revelation with many different tricks.
            We are still on the topic of John’s introduction (chapter 11:19) for VISION IV – “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:  and there were lightenings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”  There is no veil between God and man when the Key of David is given to his chosen Star-Angle Mary Baker Eddy.
            “When Moses gave the tabernacle to his people in the wilderness there was a veil which separated the Holy room from the Holy of Holies.  Under the old covenant only the priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year, on the Day of Atonement, to consummate the communion of the whole people with their God.  At the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, the veil of the temple was rent.  This was symbolic indication that under the new covenant, which Jesus came to bring, there is no separation between the individual and his God.  Man can go straight through to his own communion with his God.  However, the veil, even though torn, was there.”[11]
            What happened that man was unable to commune with God and atone (be at one) with God?  Is it not true that Roman Catholicism took over the Christian Church with the red dragon’s bag of tricks?  These tricks take the form of ecclesiastical despotism, scholastic theology, and dogma.  So because this happened and the priests (even the priests of the Protestant churches) became mediums between God and man, then something else had to take place – and that something else would take place through the Comforter of Christian Science via the second coming of Christ.  God was in charge, not man, so in the Sixth Day of Truth, the “ark of his covenant” was to be seen in the temple of God.  No longer was there to be any separation between God and man with the complete Revelation of Science.
            Verse 12:1 is the beginning of VISION IV, where a great wonder in heaven appears as a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon is under her feet.  She wears a crown of twelve stars.  These stars represent the twelve nations of Israel (twelve being a symbol of completeness).  The sun is a symbol of Spirit and she has dominion over matter (the moon).

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1 – CHRISTIANITY REFLECTING THE WORD

Revelation 12:1-12:6
            “In this chapter the Christianity sequence of Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, and Love appears very clearly.  Mrs. Eddy says, ‘The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse typifies the divine method of warfare in Science, and the glorious results of this warfare.  The following chapters depict the fatal effects of trying to meet error with error’ (S&H 568:5-8).  The divine method of warfare through the womanhood of God is the process by which Principle says, ‘Because I am Mind, all ideas are my ideas; because I am Soul, all ideas are identified with me, and are therefore safe; because I am Spirit, all ideas are diversified, classified, and individualized; and because I am Life, Truth, and Love, all ideas reflect me in the infinite relationship of fatherhood, sonship, and motherhood.’”[12]
            This, of course, fits right in step with our Star-Angel of Principle – Queen Esther (our Morning Star of the Fourth Day).  The book of Esther follows the seven synonyms’ order of Christianity.  The false image of Christianity, along with motherhood, is depicted in CHRISTMAS EVE.  Here we see the Christ congregation of Christians (Christianity) celebrating the birth of a mortal baby called Jesus.  Along with this celebration are many false religious creeds.  Even the idea of a Christmas tree is opposed to Christianity as it is taken from the pagan celebration held during the winter.  A Christmas tree is dead.  To believe that a woman gives birth to a corporeal child has nothing to do with spiritual birth, instead it makes the corporeal parents believe that they are creators.  They, however, are creators of something God would never create – a material organization.  The woman in Genesis 3 is given a God-crowned mission (many believe it is her curse), she is given the mission to give birth (not in a physical manner via sex) to the spiritual idea – the CHRIST.  In this instance, I believe that “birth” simply means that the woman “brings forth” the spiritual idea; this is her God-crowned mission.  This mission is finally completed when the Virgin Mary spiritually conceives and gives birth to Jesus, the Christ.  After this, it is the God-crowned mission of Mary Baker Eddy to spiritually conceive and give birth to (bring forth) the incorporeal babe known as SCIENCE AND HEALTH.

PRINCIPLE
Verse 1 – “Here we have the tone of Principle, — divine interpretation.  The woman symbolizes the highest aspect of God’s idea, and remember that this story of the woman applies to the womanhood in each one of us and its conception of the Christ-idea.”[13]  “The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes [illustrates] generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea.  The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun.” (S&H 561:22-26; [My interpolation.])  After finishing up VISION IV, I got to thinking about this portion of Doorly’s book.  We could write the sentence as, “Mary Baker Eddy, the woman in the Apocalypse, illustrates generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle and divine idea.”  Notice in the following sentence she switches over to “The Revelator [which is John] symbolizes Spirit by the sun.”  This means something people!  Why would she not have written, “The Revelator symbolizes generic man as the spiritual idea of God”?  She wrote it as she did, because she is the woman of the Apocalypse.
            So, before we continue on I would like to comment a little upon the word “illustrates.”  According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary the word means:  “to purify, make bright – luster, enlighten, to light up; to make illustrious, to make clear:  clarify; to make clear by giving or by serving as an example or instance; to provide with visual features intended to explain or decorate (illustrate a book), demonstrate, to give an example or instance.”  Mary Baker Eddy illustrated her poem in the book Christ and Christmas.  Did not Mary Baker Eddy make Science clear by serving as an example or instance of the Christ?  Did she not demonstrate Christian Science by healing people and raising the dead and casting out sin?  The word “illustrious” means, “notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions, eminent, shining brightly with light, clearly evident, famous – excellent, first rate.” (WNCD)  Mary Baker Eddy was illustrious!
            Now, after writing all of this down in a journal, so that I could give it to you, I saw a vision of a white bottle cap.  This reminded me of the woman’s crown; for the crown is like the cap, or capstone representing Principle, divine Science.  The woman’s crown is important and in CHRISTMAS EVE the Christmas tree has no cap or crown to it, the edge of the Illustration decapitates the big giant Christmas tree, just as David used Goliath’s own sword to cut off the big giant’s head.  Material organized church has no cap or crown.  If Christian Scientists cut off Mother’s Room (conscious thought) by denying her as the woman God-crowned and the second coming of Christ then they have no Church head or Leader.
            While the woman God-crowned is possibly a symbol for generic man, I do not believe that is what Mary Baker Eddy was telling us in the above quote.  I think she was telling us that she is the woman who is God-crowned and she is the spiritual ideal example that we, as generic man, must follow after, or hold as our model to emulate.  We must follow her as our Forever Leader, not out of deification, but through spiritual understanding.  It is one of the red dragon’s tricks to get us to believe that Revelation 12 is not speaking specifically about Mary Baker Eddy!  And Christian Scientists must not fall for the red dragon’s most dangerous trick.

Verse 1 cont. – “The sun symbolizes Principle as Spirit—divine order.  The moon symbolizes the universe as the reflection of Principle.  The twelve stars [of the woman’s crown] symbolize the operation of the divine infinite calculus in absolute Christian Science.
            “See also S&H 560:6-562:21, 591:21-22, 587:25-27, 592:16-17, 256:7-8; Mis. 186:13-21.”[14]
            I think that Doorly only covers part of what the twelve stars symbolize.  I see the twelve stars (for the twelve tribes of Israel) as having to do with divine Science, the city foursquare, while the city’s twelve foundation stones (for the twelve apostles) would have to do with absolute Christian Science, the city of our God.
            I must give you what Mary Baker Eddy writes about the woman in “The Apocalypse.”
To-day’s lesson [notice she says it is “To-day’s lesson” – a lesson for the Sixth Day of Truth]
            “The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, or Revelation of St. John, has a special suggestiveness in connection with the nineteenth century.  In the opening of the sixth seal, typical of six thousand years since Adam, the distinctive feature has reference to the present age.” (S&H 559:32-560:5; [My interpolation.])  This present age takes place during the woman’s God-crowned mission during the Sixth Day of Truth.  This also means that the opening of the seventh seal is typical of seven thousand years since Adam, the distinctive feature has reference to our present age in the 21st Century.
            Remember the sixth seal was opened during the second vision with TRUTH reflecting SPIRIT (Chapter 6:12).  Mary Baker Eddy is telling us that this section of Vision II relates to Revelation 12, and the nineteenth century, when she as the second coming of Christ is sent to earth by God.  The Sixth Day of Truth ended on June 5, 1996 and the Seventh Day of Love began on June 6, 1996 (exactly twenty years ago today when I am writing this).  She now continues (S&H 560:6) with the capstone vision.

            Revelation xii. 1.  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

True estimate of God’s messenger [She is not only speaking about all prophets, like Jesus, but particularly she is speaking of herself as “the highest idea.”]
            “Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony.  The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.  This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.  Again, without a correct sense of its highest [the woman] visible idea [in the nineteenth century] we can never understand the divine Principle.  The botanist must know the genus and species of a plant in order to classify it correctly.  As it is with things, so it is with persons [like Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy].
Persecution harmful
            “Abuse of the motives and religion of St. Paul hid from view the apostle’s character, which made him equal to his great mission.  Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors.  Why?  Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented.  To misunderstand Paul, was to be ignorant to the divine idea he taught.  Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea — ignorance of Truth and Love.  The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea [the woman].
Espousals supernal
            “Agassiz, through his microscope, saw the sun in an egg at a point of so-called embryonic life.  Because of his more spiritual vision, St. John saw an ‘angel standing in the sun.’  The Revelator beheld the spiritual idea from the mount of vision.  Purity was the symbol of Life and Love.  The Revelator saw also the spiritual idea as a woman clothed in light [the sun, like the angel above], a bride coming down from heaven, wedded to the Lamb of Love.  To John, ‘the bride’ and ‘the Lamb’ represented the correlation of divine Principle [the bride] and spiritual idea [the Lamb], God and His Christ, bringing harmony to earth.  [Notice Mary Baker Eddy states that the woman God-crowned is an angel (God’s divine messenger) and is the bride of the Lamb of Love.  Spiritually interpreted, however, the bride is divine Principle while the Lamb is God’s Christ.  To me this means that there are two ways of interpreting the bride and the Lamb, interpreting their human forms and interpreting their divine reality.]
Divinity and humanity [of the masculine representative of Christ – “the human and divine coincidence”]
            “John saw the human and divine coincidence, shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, — reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God.  In divine revelation, material and corporeal selfhood disappear, and the spiritual idea is understood.
Spiritual sunlight [of the feminine representative of Christ – “the coincidence of (divine) God and (hu) man”]
            “The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God; she illustrates the coincidence of God and man as the divine Principle [the bride] and divine idea [the Lamb].  The Revelator symbolizes Spirit by the sun.  The spiritual idea [the feminine Christ-Lamb] is clad with the radiance of spiritual Truth, and matter is put under her feet.  The light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is ‘the light of men.’  In the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel it is written, ‘There was a [generic] man sent from God…to bear witness of that [Christ] Light.’
Spiritual idea revealed [first as the masculine representative of Christ and secondly as the feminine representative of Christ]
            “John the Baptist prophesied the coming of the immaculate Jesus, and John [who baptized with water – spiritual teachings of Christian Science] saw in those days the spiritual idea as the Messiah, who would baptize with the Holy Ghost, — divine Science.  As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God’s motherhood [which Mary Baker Eddy afterwards manifested].  The moon is under her feet.  This idea reveals the universe as secondary and tributary to Spirit, from which the universe borrows its reflected light, substance, life, and intelligence.
Spiritual idea [as the feminine representative of Christ] crowned
            “The spiritual idea is crowned with twelve stars.  The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals, — separated by belief from man’s divine origin and the true idea [generic man], — will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of men in the harmony of Science.  These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing.  They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines ‘unto the perfect day’ as the night of materialism wanes.” (S&H 560:6-562:21; [My interpolations.])
            This woman is complete (twelve stars).  As “Abraham had made his covenant in the realization of the fatherhood and motherhood of Deity (El Shaddai of Gen. 17), and as Jesus had repeatedly recognized the fatherhood, so it was fitting that the quality of motherhood should be realized in this presentation of the long anticipated ‘fullness of The Christ,” the ‘pleroma’ of Paul.”[15]

MIND

            Revelation xii. 2.  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Travail and joy
            “Also [ask yourself why she uses this word “also”] the spiritual idea is typified by a woman in travail, waiting to be delivered of her sweet promise, but remembering no more her sorrow for joy that the birth goes on; for great is the idea, and the travail portentous [the pain foreshadows the coming event of a prodigy].” (S&H 562:22-28; [My interpolations.])  One must ask, “Who or what is this manchild prodigy?”

Verse 2 – Now follows the tone of Mind, — the parent Mind, which bears the child.”[16]
            “In the year 1866, I [Mary Baker Eddy] discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.  God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.” (S&H 107:1-6; [My interpolation.])  I find her second sentence above as an important message to her followers, or at least those who claim to be Christian Scientists.  She is telling her followers (the Christians) that God chose her to be the one to present Christian Science to the world.  Yet, many in The Mother Church deny this Truth.  They lie and say, “Anyone could have written SCIENCE AND HEALTH, it is just that Mrs. Eddy got to the top of the hill first!”  Do not be fooled by the red dragon’s tricks!  God graciously prepared Mary Baker Eddy “during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.”
            Mary Baker Eddy “had been carrying the idea for many years before it was born to her.”[17]  Mary Baker Eddy’s healing of 1866 was the beginning of her conception.  This healing is depicted in CHRIST HEALING.  Nine years (instead of nine months) later, in 1875 her babe-book was born.

 

Second Edition

Second Edition

            While I accept the above as being what Verses 1 and 2 are really about, I feel that there is another way of looking at it.  I feel that what is written above, that the manchild is the TEXTBOOK, is meant for the Sixth Day of Truth, the Sixth Seal being open, yet what about when the Seventh Day of Love is upon us and the Seventh Seal is opened?
            This is what came to me on May 10, 2016.  The manchild could also stand for Mary Baker Eddy’s successor (born in 1957).  When a Jewish boy reaches the age of 13 he becomes a man, even though he still appears to be a child.  In this way they fit the description of being a manchild.  They sing, “Today, I am a man.”
            Moses placed Levi around all four sides of the Holy Tabernacle Tent of Meeting.  Yet there were twelve tribes still surrounding Levi.  Moses took Joseph’s two sons and made both of them a tribe, thus, there were once more twelve tribes for the circumference of the wheel.  Jacob had thirteen children.  Leah’s seventh child is Jacob’s only daughter, and we are speaking in the tone of Principle, Love in VISION IV, so we must place, not the third son Levi in the center hub (as Moses did), but Jacob’s seventh child (babe) must be placed in the center of the wheel.  This seventh child is Dinah.  Dinah means, “vindicated.”  Vindicate means: “to set free:  deliver” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary).  Does this not mean that Dinah is freeborn, that she is in the lineage of Sarah (Principle-Love) and not the bondwoman Hagar?  So the woman God-crowned gives birth (not materially but spiritually via her writings) to her feminine successor, and this babe is depicted in Illustration 7 of Christ and Christmas as the girl in the chair foursquare.  Thus, she too is the city, or the Bride City, she too is a woman God-crowned.
            So let us now take a look at Dinah’s eleventh and thirteenth years of life.  Dinah was eleven in July 16-20, 1969.  This is when the first moon landing of Apollo 11 took place.  It seems strange that Apollo 11 is the name of the space rocket that launched on Mary Baker Eddy’s birthday that year, especially when Dinah is 11 years old (although she was almost 12).  The landing of Apollo 11 is most symbolic of the woman God-crowned.  During all seven missions there were a total of twelve astronauts (12 men) that had their feet upon the moon.  These twelve men are much like the twelve Stars in the woman’s crown.  The Mother Ship was named Columbia, The name Columba means: “Dove.  A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith.” (S&H 584:26)  Even the Eagle was symbolic of Science itself, for it is the fourth living creature.  And the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility.  The name of this dusty sea is much like the “Peaceful Sea of Harmony.” (S&H 576:1)  Even Armstrong’s first line as his feet landed upon the surface of the moon point us to generic man, “One small step for mankind, one giant leap for [a] man.”  For some reason the “a” did not get broadcast even though Armstrong said it.
            It was 1970 when Dinah became a manchild (when she reached the age of thirteen).  On April 11th, 1970, Apollo 13 launched, it never landed on the moon, but it did make it back to Earth and landed safely seven days later on the 17th.  It was as if mankind needed a lesson from God saying, “I am wherever man is – for I am that I am.”  On Dinah’s 13th birthday, which was after Apollo 13‘s mission took place, she received a pair of earrings as a gift.  She was wearing them that same night while running around in a neighbor’s yard.  One of the earrings fell off her ear, it was dark and she could not see it.  She was worried about it, and her mother told her that she needed to turn to God and look for it in the morning.  That next morning Martha turned to God for help.  She knew that divine Mind knew all, and knew where that earring was at, thus she knew too.  And she found the earring without any problem at all.  This was a most important demonstration to her.  But, even though she had found the earring, she was not destined to keep the earrings.  Unknown to her at the time, the girl who gave the earrings to her had taken them from her mother without asking, so she had to return the earrings to their rightful owner.  She was grateful that she had been able to find the earring for the woman who owned the earrings.

SOUL
Verse 3 – “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”
            “Here we have the tone of Soul in an illustration of how the false sense of life, substance, and intelligence claims to kill the spiritual idea.”[18]  I would say it not only “claims to kill” but it also “attempts to kill the spiritual idea.”
            “The great red dragon symbolizes animal magnetism [and ecclesiastical despotism as the governing head of Church affairs which break God’s Law], its seven heads symbolize the opposite of the seven synonymous terms for God, and its ten horns symbolize the counterfeit of the Commandments.”[19]
            “The great red dragon symbolizes a lie—the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.  This dragon stands for the sum total of human error.  The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.” (S&H 563:8-14)  This breaking of the God’s Law is blasphemy.
            See also S&H 102:1-8, 103:18-22, 562:29-563:22, and 593:7-8.
            “The dragon was waiting to devour the woman’s child as soon as it was born, but the spiritual idea can never be destroyed, because in the divine order of Christianity it is always identified with Principle through Soul before it is brought forth in Spirit, and so it cannot be touched.  In the Christianity order, Principle says, ‘All ideas are my ideas, because I am Mind,’ and then it goes on to say, ‘All ideas are identified with me, because I am Soul,’ and not till then does it say, ‘All ideas are reflected or brought to birth, because I am Spirit.’  Mrs. Eddy writes, ‘Envy, the great red dragon of this hour, would obscure the light of Science, take away a third part of the stars from the spiritual heavens, and cast them to the earth.  This is not Science.  Per contra, it is the mortal mind sense—mental healing on a material basis—hurling its so-called healing at random, filling with hate its deluded victims, or resting in silly peace upon the laurels of headlong human will.’  The way to kill a spiritual idea is to organize it on a material basis.  Scientific healing takes place only when we understand the nature of God scientifically and can demonstrate the idea that will irresistibly and thoroughly correct a particular error.  Mrs. Eddy goes on, ‘“What shall, therefore, the Lord of the vineyard do?  He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others”’ (Mis. 254:18-28).  This ‘vineyard’ of the Science of Mind-healing will be given to those who are willing to go beyond the Science of Mind-healing and to demonstrate the Science of divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.  (See also S&H 563:23-565:5; Hea. 10:1-8; My 213:1-14, 233:16-27.)”[20]
The dragon [resistance to Truth] as a type
            “Human sense may well marvel at discord, while, to a diviner sense, harmony is the real and discord the unreal.  We may well be astonished at sin, sickness, and death.  We may well be perplexed at human fear; and still more astounded at hatred, which lifts its hydra head, showing its horns in the many inventions of evil.  But why should we stand aghast at nothingness?  The great red dragon symbolizes a lie, — the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material.  This dragon stands for the sum total of human error.  The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.
The sting of the serpent
            “The Revelator lifts the veil from this embodiment of all evil, and beholds its awful character; but he also sees the nothingness of evil and the allness of God.  The Revelator sees the old serpent, whose name is devil or evil [the beast, the anti-Christ, animal magnetism], holding untiring watch, that he may bite the heel of truth and seemingly impede the offspring of the spiritual idea, which is prolific in health, holiness, and immortality.” (S&H 563:1-22; [My interpolation.])
            This means that this “old serpent” is the same serpent mentioned in Genesis 3:15.  “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
            Hoyt tells us that the seven heads was a reference to the Roman Empire, at the time of Domitian (A.D. 95), that was composed of seven nations.  There were ten emperors before Domitian, were these the ten horns?  A footnote on page 73 of SAJP reads:  “Some scholars have thought that the ten horns might be an allusion to an attempt to overthrow the Ten Commandments. (Dan. 7:7.) …  The seven heads are sometimes called the seven hills of Rome in later writings of the medieval period.  The ten horns, as the expression of evil intent to destroy the law of God could also be the allusion to the emperors of Rome who tried to destroy God’s law by persecuting the Christians who followed it.”  I tend to go along with Mary Baker Eddy on the explanation, but despotism would be a part of the red dragon, Roman Empire, Roman Catholic Church, and today the Boston Mother Church.

The red dragon’s first trick: – the red dragon resists Truth with the lie that Mary Baker Eddy is not the chosen one, “by destroying the angels of His presence, the stars of heaven, but the attempt is doomed to utter failure and darkness like that of the stars of Jude (1:13).”[21]
            Revelation xii. 4.  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven [Is it possible that one third of the twelve stars of the woman’s crown would be four stars from the crown?  Would these four stars be a disobedient board of directors?], and did cast them to the earth:  and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered [error thinks it is the Christ mediator, but it is not], for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Animal tendency
            “The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good.  Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers to ‘spiritual wickedness in high places [wolves].’  It is the animal instinct in mortals, which would impel them to devour each other and cast out devils through Beelzebub.
            “As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea [the Lamb] with error’s own nature and methods.  This malicious animal instinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime.  This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a star.  [Into a night without a prophet.]
Malicious barbarity
            “The author [Mary Baker Eddy] is convinced that the accusations against Jesus of Nazareth and even his crucifixion were instigated by the criminal instinct here described.  The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence.  Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in every form.  The brutal barbarity of his foes could emanate from no source except the highest degree of human depravity [We can be grateful that the highest degree of human depravity is the First Degree, and it goes no higher!].  Jesus ‘opened not his mouth.’  Until the majesty of Truth should be demonstrated in divine Science, the spiritual idea was arraigned before the tribunal of so-called mortal mind, which was unloosed in order that the false claim of mind in matter might uncover its own crime of defying immortal Mind.
Doom of the dragon
            “From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, — all evil, — are typified by a serpent or animal subtlety.  Jesus said, quoting a line from the Psalms, ‘They hated me without a cause.’  The serpent is perpetually close upon the heel of harmony.  From the beginning to the end, the serpent pursues with hatred the spiritual idea.  In Genesis, this allegorical, talking serpent typifies mortal mind [Adam brain], ‘more subtle than any beast of the field.’  In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality, and ripe for destruction.  It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.”  (S&H 563:23-565:5; [My interpolations.])

SPIRIT
            We are now about to answer the question about the manchild.  The manchild is God’s Revelation of Himself (Isaiah 9:6) that will rule all mankind with a rod of iron (divine Science), a symbol of protection and strength, and this child, the fullness of the Christ, is completely protected.  Is not God’s Revelation of Himself revealed in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES?  “The phrase ‘science—of health’ is taken from the Wickliffe translation of 1384 a.d.  Wickliffe translates Luke 1:77 ‘he shall bring science of helthe to his puple [might be pupil or people],’ instead of ‘knowledge [science] of salvation [health]’ as the K. J. renders the passage.” (Footnote is on page 177 of SAJP; [My interpolations.].)
            Revelation 12:5 – And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:  and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.

Verse 5 – “In the tone of Spirit we see symbolized spiritual birth.  The ‘man child’ typifies generic man, who is to ‘rule all nations’ with Science and system.”[22]
            “The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is clad in white garments.  Its beginning will be meek, its growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying.  When this new birth takes place the Christian Science infant is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering.  By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.” (S&H 463:14-20)
            Even though Mary Baker Eddy gives birth to the “little book open” (God’s Revelation of Himself) I can see why there is also the idea that the manchild typifies generic man.  Is it possible, since this new idea is conceived and born of Truth and Love, that this could mean that there are two woman God-crowned missions, one during the Sixth Day of Truth, the other during the Seventh Day of Love?
            “What remains to lead on the centuries and reveal my successor, is man in the image and likeness of the Father-Mother God, man the generic term for mankind.” (My 347:2-5)  Mary Baker Eddy’s successor (Dinah-Martha-Little Red Riding Hood) was born in the 1950s, near the end of the Sixth Day of Truth; hence her successor is the man spoken of in Genesis 1, man in the image and likeness of the Father-Mother God, even though her God-crowned mission does not begin until the Seventh Day of Love (June 6, 1996).
            See also S&H 565:5-28; Mis 17:27-32, 165:7-16, 166:10-15 and 22-28, and 167:1-168:2.

The conflict with purity
            “Led on by grossest element of mortal mind, Herod decreed the death of every male child in order that the man Jesus, the masculine representative of the spiritual idea [this means that there is a feminine representative of the spiritual idea], might never hold sway and deprive Herod of his crown.  The impersonation of the spiritual idea had a brief history in the earthly life of our Master; but ‘of his kingdom there shall be no end,’ for Christ, God’s idea, will eventually rule all nations and peoples — imperatively, absolutely, finally — with divine Science.  This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman [whom I, Mary Baker Eddy, am], will baptize with fire [the Holy Ghost]; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character.  After the stars sang together and all was primeval harmony, the material lie made war upon the spiritual idea; but this only impelled the idea to rise to the zenith of demonstration, destroying sin, sickness, and death, and to be caught up unto God, — to be found in its divine Principle.” (S&H 565:9-28; [My interpolations.])

S&H Trademark

            Mary Baker Eddy placed her picture in front of the Textbook for copyright and trademark purposes (for protection of her Revelation).  She lifted her own self up to a place of preparation, via the flying eagle or the omni-activity of Science, for something greater, for as long as it was necessary for her protection and her book’s protection.  Yet after her mission was over her un-loyal church members deleted her portrait and placed their own trademark on the front of the Textbook – the Cross and Crown Seal.

Today's Trademark seal of error.

Today’s Trademark seal of error (the seventh seal?).

LIFE
            Revelation 12:6 – “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God.”
            “The meaning of the word ‘wilderness’ is interesting in this connection.  The children of Israel went into the wilderness to be prepared by means of an educational background and spiritual understanding, for their promised land.  Thus, a wilderness experience is a preparation for greater opportunity.  In this case the child is caught up to God and the Woman is lifted up into an experience of preparation for something better.  Therefore, in this first section we have the revelation of the ‘fullness of the Christ,’ the understanding of the completeness, presented as the child born of the Woman, and both fully protected.”[23]
            The positive definition of wilderness, that Mary Baker Eddy gave to us, is:  “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence.” (S&H 597:16)  There are vestibules in churches.  The little Edifice in Boston has the following symbols:  on the North are the twin panels for the manchild, who is in a wilderness (this is the Side of Life in the tone of Principle), on the South is the Woman of Samaria (which actually has two women depicted in it) and the Angel with the Little Open Book (this is the Side of Light in the tone of Science).  On the ceiling is the seven pointed Star of Divine Science.

A Little Child Shall Lead ThemWoman of Samaria WindowAngel Rev. 10 Win

Verse 6 – “Now we have the tone of Life, — the individuality and safety of the idea.  It is the divine fatherhood which provides and sustains.  The woman flees into the wilderness for “a thousand two hundred and threescore days”.  Doorly says that this is “an understanding of the ‘three-and-a-half’ of divine Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.”[24]  Hoyt says of this verse, “the Woman was lifted up to a place of preparation for something greater, for as long as it was necessary for her protection.” (SAJP, page177)
            Mary Baker Eddy “often had to ‘flee into the wilderness’ in establishing her Cause.  (See My. 246:11-18 and Ret. 44:17-24.)  She writes, “The Church, more than any other institution, at present is the cement of society, and it should be the bulwark of civil and religious liberty.  But the time cometh when the religious element, or Church of Christ, shall exist alone in the affections, and need no organization to express it’ (Mis 144:32-145:5).  Absolute Science needs no organization to express it.  Science is inorganic; you cannot organize ideas.  The passing away of organized religion is inevitable, and clinging to it when it is outgrown is a mistake.
            “See also S&H 565:29-566:24, 597:16-19; Mis. 81:10-82:3, 82:9-12.”[25]
Spiritual guidance
            “As the children of Israel were guided triumphantly through the Red Sea, the dark ebbing and flowing tides of human fear, — as they were led through the wilderness, walking wearily through the great desert of human hopes, and anticipating the promised joy, — so shall the spiritual idea guide all right desires in their passage from sense to Soul, from a material sense of existence to the spiritual, up to the glory prepared for them who love God.  Stately Science pauses not, but moves before them, a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, leading to divine heights.
            “If we remember the beautiful description which Sir Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess in the story of Ivanhoe, —

“When Israel, of the Lord beloved,
            Out of the land of bondage came,
Her fathers’ God before her moved,
            An awful guide, in smoke and flame, —

“We may also offer the prayer which concludes the same hymn, —

“And oh, when stoops on Judah’s path
            In shade and storm the frequent night,
Be Thou, longsuffering, slow to wrath,
            A burning and a shining light!”  (S&H 566:1-24)

Two Candlesticks

            Notice the two flames of the Lamp Stands in the window are different.  Does this reflect the two pillars one by day (in smoke and flame) and one by night (A burning and a shining light)?  Notice also, the same symbolic idea in the Tarot cards.

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

THE CHARIOT

            The dark and light of the pillars and the sphinx represent the same idea on the Pillar of Severity with the Sphere of Binah and the Pillar of Mercy with the Sphere of Chockmah to the Kabalah Tree of Life.

Tree of Life 11
            “As you already know, the other six points of Vision IV deal with the phases of resistance to the Truth (which the dragon thought pulls out of its bag as tricks to tear down, the Revelation.)”[26]  The resistance to the Truth about Mary Baker Eddy is what we are really concerned with.  So to counteract this first trick we must recognize and accept the first point in Mrs. Eddy’s Place.
            “Mrs. Eddy, as the Discoverer and Founder [and Leader] of Christian Science, understood herself to be the one chosen of God to bring the promised Comforter to the world, and, therefore, [she is] the revelator [the second coming] of Christ, Truth, in this age.”  [My interpolations.]

2CHRISTIANITY REFLECTING THE WORD

Revelation 12:7-12
            “In the book of Daniel we read of Michael, the angel of Power [Mind], as the prince of the Children of Israel.  We have already translated the Children of Israel as the spiritual children, in other words, those who are victorious in a spiritual experience.  How do we know they are the spiritual children here operating with Michael, and representing the power of the Revelation?  Because we read that his angels are with him, and because he is the prince of the Children of Israel.  His angels, or his army according to Daniel, is composed of the Children of Israel [Christian Scientists], in other words, the Children of Spiritual Victory.”[27]
            Children of Israel.  The representatives of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin, and sense, are governed by divine Science; some of the ideas of God beheld as men, casting out error and healing the sick; Christ’s offspring.” (S&H 583:5)
            “Thus we see that the victorious ones, applying the power of the Revelation and its authority and dominion, overcome the lie (the dragon trick).  Let the understanding of the Revelation be established in its power, and the dragon thought can no longer appear to operate, openly or secretly, according to John.”[28]

Ark and Mercy Lid

            Hoyt has a picture of the Ark on page 74, above is a picture of a toy model of the ark from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  These two angels are not unlike the two women sentinels that Mary Baker Eddy had placed upon the cover of her Sentinel.  I feel that they represent the two missions of womanhood as Michael (Truth) and Gabriel (Love).

Sentinel Cover B
TRUTH
            Revelation 12:7-9 – “And there was war in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought, and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Verses 7-9 – “give the sense of Truth, — the victory of the spiritual idea.”[29]  “That false claim—that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men—is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless.” (S&H 567:18-23)
            Mary Baker Eddy tells us that Michael is Truth and Gabriel is Love.  Remember, these are the same two synonyms used in describing the woman God-crowned.
            See also S&H 268:6-23, 380:4-7, 566:25-568:12; and Mess ‘02 5:23-25.
            “We have seen how the fatherhood of God feeds its idea, even in the wilderness; here we see how the sonship of God is that which has true moral courage, that which exposes and casts out error in any situation.  Mrs. Eddy gives an idea of that sonship when she says, ‘The Christ is speaking for himself and for his mother’ (My. 257:12).”[30]

Angelic offices
            “The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine messages, different offices.  Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength.  He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars.  Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love [The Ark’s Mercy Seat (the lid placed upon the Ark) was known as the Seat of Loving Kindness].  These angels deliver us from the depths.  Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God.  The Gabriel of His presence has no contests.  To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.  Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle.  Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them.  Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.” (S&H 566:29-567:13; [My interpolation.])
              Michael’s angels are the spiritual Children of God, Christian Scientists who accept and understand the two comings of Christ.  When we know the Truth about Jesus Christ and Mary Baker Eddy we have Love for them and for God, and the red dragon with all its erroneous angel-thoughts cannot prevail or stand up to Truth and Love.  Is it possible that Michael (Truth) represents Christian Science while Gabriel (Love) represents divine Science?  Thinking back to the angel of Revelation 10, is Michael the angel’s left foot upon the earth while Gabriel is the angel’s right foot upon the sea?
Dragon cast down to earth
            “That false claim—that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelligence in matter either to benefit or to injure men—is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless.  The words ‘cast unto the earth’ show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning.  His angels, or messages, are cast out with their author.  The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy.  These wolves in sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the Lamb of Love [Gabriel, Dinah, Martha, Little Red Riding Hood – Mother Hood].
Warfare with error
            “Divine Science shows how the Lamb slays the wolf.  Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error.  Ever since the foundation of the world, ever since error would establish material belief, evil has tried to slay the Lamb; but Science is able to destroy this lie, called evil.  The twelfth chapter of the apocalypse typifies the divine method of warfare in Science, and the glorious results of this warfare.  The following chapters depict the fatal effects of trying to meet error with error.  The narrative follows the order used in Genesis.  In Genesis, first the true method of creation is set forth and then the false.  Here, also, the Revelator first exhibits the true warfare and then the false.” (S&H 567:14-568:12; [My interpolation.])
            The wolf is the hypocrisy found within the church hierarchy.  But it is the Lamb who points out their erroneous ways.

LOVE – Verses 10-17
Verse 10 – “Finally, in this Christianity sequence, we have the tone of Love. — the glory of the spiritual idea.”[31]

            “Now is come salvation” in other words, “Now is the second coming of Christ with SCIENCE AND HEALTH, the angel of Revelation 10.”
            “For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify the Lord of Hosts.  What shall we say of the mighty conquest over all sin?  A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain.” (S&H 568:24-30).

Verse 11 – “states that overcoming is accomplished through laying down the mortal concept, or resurrection (“the blood of the Lamb”), and through a firm spiritual foundation and basis (“the word of their testimony”).”[32]

Verse 12 – “”Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you…”  “There will be greater mental opposition to the spiritual, scientific meaning of the Scriptures than there has ever been since the Christian era began.  The serpent, material sense, will bite the heel of the woman, — will struggle to destroy the spiritual idea of Love; and the woman, this idea, will bruise the head of lust.  The spiritual idea has given the understanding a foothold in Christian Science.” (S&H 534:24-535:1)

            “Revelation 12:10-12 – And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come [the knowledge – Science of] salvation [Health], and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.  Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Paean of jubilee
            “For victory over a single sin, we give thanks and magnify the Lord of Hosts.  What shall we say of the mighty conquest over all sin?  A louder song, sweeter than has ever before reached high heaven, now rises clearer and nearer to the great heart of Christ; for the accuser is not there, and Love sends forth her primal and everlasting strain.  Self-abnegation, by which we lay down all for Truth, or Christ, in our warfare against error, is a rule in Christian Science.  This rule clearly interprets God as divine Principle, — as Life, represented by the Father; as Truth, represented by the Son; as Love, represented by the Mother.  Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.
The robe of Science
            “The Scriptures, ‘Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many,’ is literally fulfilled, when we are conscious of the supremacy of Truth, by which the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness.  He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.  Alas for those who break faith with divine Science and fail to strangle the serpent of sin as well as of sickness!  They are dwellers still in the deep darkness of belief.  They are in the surging sea of error, not struggling to lift their heads above the drowning wave.
Expiation by suffering
            “What must the end be?  They must eventually expiate their sin through suffering.  The sin, which one has made his bosom companion, comes back to him at last with accelerated force, for the devil knoweth his time is short.  Here the Scriptures declare that evil is temporal, not eternal.  The dragon is at least stung to death by his own malice; but how many periods of torture it may take to remove all sin, must depend upon sin’s obduracy.” (S&H 568:13-569:23; [My interpolations.])
            Mary Baker Eddy, as the Discoverer, Founder and Leader of Christian Science, understood herself to be the one chosen by God to bring the promised Comforter, Christian Science, to the world, and therefore, the revelator of Christ, Truth, in this age (the Sixth Day of Truth) as the second coming of Christ.  (This is my rephrasing of the first point written in the pamphlet Mrs. Eddy’s Place by the Christian Science Publishing Society.)  Understanding this point nullifies the red dragon’s first trick.

[1] Ephesians 4:13, the Pleroma

[2] Note:  John uses the dragon to represent phases of resistance to the second coming of Christ.  It is the same type of thought expressed under various names in the Bible:
            Genesis 3:1  serpent
            Daniel 7:23  beast
            John 12:31 prince of this world
            II Thessalonians 2:3, 4   son of perdition
            Romans 8:7  carnal mind, etc.

[3]The Works of John W. Doorly – Talks at Oxford Summer School 1942 – Vol. II, p. 208  (To be abbreviated as TWJD.)

[4] Studies in the Apocalypse of John of Patmos, Edyth Armstrong Hoyt, p. 69; [My interpolations.]  (From this point I will abbreviate this book as SAJP.)

[5] SAJP, p. 69

[6] SAJP, pages 69 and 70; [My interpolations.]

[7] SAJP, p. 70

[8] SAJP, p. 70

[9] SAJP, p. 70 [My interpolations.]

[10] SAJP, p. 70

[11] SAJP, p. 73

[12] TWJD, p. 208

[13] TWJD, p. 208; [My interpolation.]

[14] TWJD, p. 208; [My interpolation.]

[15] SAJP, p. 177

[16] TWJD, p. 209

[17] TWJD, p. 209

[18] TWJD, p. 209

[19] TWJD, p. 209; [My interpolation.]

[20] TWJD, pages 209 & 210

[21] SAJP, p. 177

[22] TWJD, p. 210

[23] SAJP, p. 177

[24] TWJD, pages 210 & 211

[25] TWJD, p. 211

[26] SAJP, p. 74

[27] SAJP, p. 74; [My interpolations.]

[28] SAJP, p. 74

[29] TWJD, p. 211

[30] TWJD, p. 211

[31] TWJD, p. 211

[32] TWJD, pages 211 & 212

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