WHAT CAN THE BIBLE TEACH US?

by MJSmith

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Understand What the BIBLE Really Says?
            How much do they know about BIBLE history and its writing?  Do they even know or care that there are two distinct creation accounts in Genesis?  One is called the Elohistic Document and it is about the spiritual creation done by Elohim-Shaddai, the second is called the Jehovistic Document and it is about an allegorical creation of a material world and man created by the Lord God Jehovah.  Jehovah is their main God, the one that is most important to the Witnesses.  These two documents were not even written down (into the Torah) until the Jews (not the Israelites) were taken into Babylonian captivity.  Any accounts of creation before this time, as well as stories about the Patriarchs, were handed down through verbal story telling.

            I ask the question, “Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Understand What the BIBLE Really Says” because I have to wonder if they really do understand the BIBLE, especially if they do not understand symbolism.  For example:  Jehovah’s Witnesses have written, not once but twice, in their magazines that Revelation 6’s white horseman is the SAME horsemen spoken of in Revelation 19.  This is not the case.  The two Greek words used to describe these two horsemen are two very distinct words.  The word for “white” in Revelation 6 means off-white, like the color of a maggot, while the word for “white” in Revelation 19 means pure white.  So, if the J. W.’s do not even understand this simple difference, then what else are they incorrect on in their books and door-to-door education?
            The following is from a Jehovah’s Witnesses book, What Can the Bible Teach Us?.  I will first quote a paragraph and then give the Bible verses that are recommended reading material for that paragraph.  I will put my comments in interpolation brackets.  The material is from pages 44-45.
            Before I begin with the book quotes, I would like to define the word “come”.  It means:  “a:  to move toward something:  approach  b: to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose  c (1):  to reach a particular station in a series  (2):  to arrive in due course  d (1):  to approach in kind or quality   (2):  to reach a condition  3 (1):  to advance toward accomplishment  (2):  to advance in a particular manner  (3):  to advance, rise, or improve in rank or condition  f:  to get along:  fare — often used with along  g:  extend  2  a (1):  to arrive at a particular place, end, result, or conclusion  (2):  amount  b (1):  to appear to the mind  (2) to appear on the scene:  make an appearance  d.  originate, arise  e:  to enter or assume a condition  f:  to tall within a field of view or a range of application…”[1] and it goes on further, but I think that this is a good beginning to understanding the word.  So another way to ask the question directly below (as title) is, “What is the origin (genesis) of Jesus?”  I am sure that the J. W. writer is thinking along the 2 a (1) definition.  I happen to like the 2 b (1) definition, but, I think the most appropriate definition is the 2 d definition because the BIBLE actually gives us the answer to the question below in Genesis 1:28-30.
            Also, we must remember when dealing with Jesus the words “the First Coming of Christ”.

“WHERE DID JESUS COME FROM?
            “The Bible teaches that Jesus lived in heaven [To me heaven is not a locality but a state of Mind – harmony and peace.] for a long time [time is a material concept and is really of no consequence in heaven] before he came [past tense of come] to earth.  Micah said that the Messiah was “from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)  Jesus himself said many times that he had lived in heaven before being born as a human.  (Read John 3:13; 6:38, 62; 17:4, 5.)  Even before coming to earth, Jesus had a special relationship with Jehovah.”

Micah 5:2
            But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.  [As you can see, this verse does not say “from ancient times” in it at all.  I suppose “of old” and “from everlasting” to the writer means “from ancient times.”]

John 3:13; 6:38, 62; 17:4, 5.
            And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
            For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
            What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
            I have glorified thee on the earth:  I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

            “Jesus is very precious to Jehovah.  Why?  Because God created him before everything and everyone else.  So Jesus is called “the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15)  Jesus is also precious to Jehovah because he is the “only-begotten Son.” (John 3:16)  Jesus is also the only one Jehovah used to create all other things. (Colossians 1:16)  And only Jesus is called “the Word,” because Jehovah used him to give messages and instructions to angels and humans. — John 1:14.”

Colossians 1:15
            Who [speaking of “his dear Son” from verse 13] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

John 3:16
            For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Colossians 1:16
            For [“recipient of a perception, desire, or activity”[2]] by [“through the medium of”[3]] him [the mind of Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven; and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:

John 1:14
            And the Word was made flesh; and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

            My thoughts on this paragraph:  Jesus is being spoken of in Colossians’ 1:15 as being the “firstborn” which makes since to me, however, I ask why does it say “the firstborn of every creature”?  Does it simply mean that Jesus is the highest in rank of all God’s creatures or creations?  I am willing to agree that Jesus is the man spoken of in Genesis 1, the man created during the Sixth Day in the Elohistic Document.  This means that the man called Adam in Genesis 2 is not this man of Genesis 1 who has dominion over the earth (as most religions teach).  Adam is a man created out of material elements and is written about in the Jehovistic Document.  So, it is quite clear that the man of Genesis 1 is not the man of Genesis 2.  It is also quite clear that the man in Genesis 1 is Spirit not matter.  And it is just as clear that the man in Genesis 2 is matter not Spirit (this is why he falls from grace or falls asleep and never wakes up).  It must also be clear, then, that if Jesus is the man of Genesis 1 then who is the woman of Genesis 1?  She must be Mary Baker Eddy, the Lamb’s bride.  Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy were as one from the very beginning, they both had their own God-crowned missions given to them by God.  Jesus was to come during the Fifth Day of Life while Mary Baker Eddy was to come during the Sixth Day of Truth.  Jesus was to usher in Christianity while Mary Baker Eddy was to usher in Christian Science.  They are the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
            Yet, with this understanding of Jesus being the first man, in the same book on page 53, the Jehovah Witness writer states that Adam is the first man, the man of Genesis 1:28-30 and Genesis 2:16,17!  How can this be if Jesus is the first man as they state on page 44?  Is the writer saying that Jesus is not a man only God’s Son?  Is the writer saying that Jesus is an angel?  Adam and the man of Genesis 1 cannot, and are not, the same man.  These two men are found in two distinct Bible Documents – the Elohistic and the Jehovistic – both being written down during the time of the Jewish Babylonian captivity!  The Jehovistic record is an allegory.  One meaning of “allegorical” is “having hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of a sacred text”[4].  So, one cannot just read the story of Adam in a literal sense and comprehend what is really being presented.  It takes a deeper understanding of the text, an understanding of BIBLE symbols.
            A couple definitions of “allegory” are “the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths of generalizations about human existence; a symbolic representation”[5].  Mary Baker Eddy states in “The Apocalypse” that “spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.”  She does not say sometimes by symbols but ALWAYS by symbols!  Are the church instructors teaching their students (disciples) the symbols presented in the BIBLE or do they gloss over them because they do not know what they mean, because, they themselves, have never been taught what they mean?
            To say that Jesus is a creator makes me wonder and think.  I am not sure the Colossians 1:16 is telling us that Jesus is a creator, or the Son of God is a creator.  But I could be wrong; perhaps Jesus’ creation is different from God’s creation?  If God [divine Mind] is the creator then how can the Son also be the creator?  Is it possible then, that God’s (Elohim-Shaddai’s) creation is completely and totally Spirit or spiritual and that His Son, the Christ (as human called Jesus), mentally forms (creates) what is cognized by spiritual sense – the shadow of Spirit?  Is it possible that God as Elohim-Shaddai (Father-Mother) created the spiritual ideal (image and likeness) as subjective consciousness while the spiritual ideal (Christ Mind) created the spiritual image and likeness as spiritual shadow in the objective world?  And is it this objective spiritual shadow that is misidentified by the Lord God Jehovah (Adam himself, after eating the forbidden fruit of physical science) as matter being instead of spiritual Being?
            I now continue on with the J. W. book.

            “Some people believe that Jesus and God are the same person.  [Is this mist-take because Adam and the Lord God Jehovah are one person?]  But that’s not what the Bible teaches.  [I agree 100% with this statement.]  The Bible says that Jesus was created, which means that Jesus had a beginning.  But Jehovah, who created all things, had no beginning. (Psalm 90:2)  As God’s Son, Jesus never thought of trying to be God.  The Bible clearly teaches that the Father is greater than the Son. (Read John 14:28; I Corinthians 11:3.)  Only Jehovah is “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1)  [Genesis 17:1 does not confirm that Jehovah is “God Almighty”.  You cannot take license like this with Holy Scripture!].  He [God] is the greatest and most powerful person [I feel this should say “Being”] in the universe.”

Psalm 90:2
            Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

John 14:28
            Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you.  If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:  for my Father is greater than I.

I Corinthians 11:3
            But I would have you know, that the head [mind] of every man [God’s image] is Christ [the manifestation of God]; and the head [mind] of the woman [God’s likeness] is the man [God’s image]; and the head [mind] of Christ [the manifestation of God] is God [Mind].  [My interpolations help explain that this BIBLE verse in Corinthians has less to do with a pecking order of power within the Christian church and society and more to do with man/woman (of Genesis 1:28-30), as image and likeness, reflecting divine Mind as the manifestation of God which is the Christ.]

Genesis 17:1
            And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.[6]

            “Jehovah and his Son, Jesus, worked closely together for billions of years[7] before the heavens and the earth were created.  They must have loved each other very much!  (John 3:35; 14:31)  Jesus imitated [should read “reflected and manifested” not “imitated”[8]] his father’s qualities so well that the Bible calls him “the image of the invisible God.” — Colossians 1:15.”

John 3:35; 14:31
            The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
            But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.  Arise, let us go hence.

Colossians 1:15
            Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

            “Jehovah’s precious Son was willing to leave heaven and be born on earth as a human.  How was that possible?  Jehovah miraculously transferred his Son’s life from heaven to the womb of a virgin named Mary.  In this way, Jesus did not need to have a human father.  So Mary gave birth to a perfect son, and she called him Jesus. — Luke 1:30-35.”

Luke 1:30-35
            And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:  for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:  and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:  therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
            Yet, I do not feel that this book really explains how Jesus was conceived.  It was Mary’s spiritual consciousness that enabled her to conceive of God as man’s Father.  Let us go back to the Garden of Eden to find our allegorical symbols as to why the Virgin Mary could give birth to Jesus.
            The woman, Adam’s true divine nature, was never really surgically removed from him.  In other words, it was hypnotism (a deep sleep) that was behind Adam’s belief that he had been separated from God, his divine womanhood.  It was all electricity (surgical) and this mesmeric state of mind was like a dream – the Adam dream.  The allegory never has Adam waking up from this dream.
            This wife, or woman, is not Eve, not yet anyway.  Since Adam had never really been separated from his divine womanhood they were one in the Garden when the serpent, Adam’s nervous system, temps the woman to eat the forbidden fruit.  The woman sees only good results from eating this fruit so she takes a bite.  Adam was right there, because Adam is the woman.  Now, the woman gives the fruit to Adam, and he partakes of it (all being part of this Adam dream).
            The woman is more awake then Adam and she realizes that she is to blame for her consumption of the fruit.  Adam, on the other hand, blames not only his womanhood, but the Lord God Jehovah.  It is because Adam puts the blame on Jehovah and his womanhood that he is cursed to till the ground.  The serpent is cursed also to wallow in the dust of the earth for all time.  “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman [not Adam], and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)  But, the woman is blessed, even though it is called a curse.  The woman is to give birth to the spiritual seed – God’s spiritual ideal.  “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow [feeling penitence; being patient] and thy [mental] conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children [“The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 582:28-29)]; and thy desire shall be to thy husband [which is really the Christ], and he shall rule over thee.” (Gen 3:16)
            And to Adam, comes his curse, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life…for dust [matter] thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Gen. 3:17; curse continues to verse 19)
            It is then, in verse 20 that Adam misidentifies his womanhood and defines her as Eve “the mother of all living.”
            So, it was spiritual prophecy that the woman (not Eve) was to give birth to the spiritual ideal eventually known as Jesus.  And then this mission continued to where Mary Baker Eddy was also to give birth to God’s spiritual ideal known as Christian Science – and this child took form as a book – SCIENCE AND HEALTH.

 

[1] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[5] Ibid

[6] Exodus 6:3:  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.  I only mention this because Jehovah’s Witnesses make such a big deal that God’s true name is Jehovah!  But Jehovah is a tribal name given to God, and if it is all that important then why did God tell Abraham he was God Almighty instead of Jehovah?

[7] I’m not sure how they came up with “billions of years” but if it means “eternity” then I can go along with it.  I just am not sure the idea of time in billions of years really is a good way to put it.

[8] Jesus is not an imitation of God, Jesus is God’s spiritual ideal.

 

WHAT CAN THE BIBLE TEACH US?

            As mentioned above, there are the two distinct documents in Genesis called the Elohistic Document and the Jehovistic Document.  The Elohistic Document records the spiritual creation while the Jehovistic Document records the material creation of the Garden of Eden (which is really a false type of paradise) and the red clay Adam man.

The two records
            “The Science of the first record proves the falsity of the second.  If one is true, the other is false, for they are antagonistic.  The first record assigns all might and government to God, and endows man out of God’s perfection and power.  The second record chronicles man as mutable and mortal—as having broken away from Deity and as revolving in an orbit of his own.  Existence, separate from divinity, Science explains as impossible.
            “This second record unmistakably gives the history of error in its externalized forms, called life and intelligence in matter.  It records pantheism, opposed to the supremacy of divine Spirit; but this state of things is declared to be temporary and this man to be mortal, — dust returning to dust.

Erroneous representation
            “In this erroneous theory, matter takes the place of Spirit.  Matter is represented as the life-giving principle of the earth.  Spirit is represented as entering matter in order to create man.  God’s glowing denunciations of man when not found in His image, the likeness of Spirit, convince reason and coincide with revelation in declaring this material creation false.

Hypothetical reversal
            “This latter part of the second chapter of Genesis, which portrays Spirit as supposedly cooperating with matter in constructing the universe, is based on some hypothesis of error, for the Scripture just preceding declares God’s work to be finished.  Does Life, Truth, and Love produce death, error and hatred?  Does the creator condemn His own creation?  Does the unerring Principle of divine law change or repent?  It cannot be so.  Yet one might so judge from an unintelligent perusal of the Scriptural account now under comment.

Mist, or false claim
            “Because of its false basis, the mist of obscurity evolved by error deepens the false claim, and finally declares that God knows error and that error can improve His creation.  Although presenting the exact opposite of Truth, the lie claims to be truth.  The creations of matter arise from a mist or false claim, or from mystification, and not from the firmament, or understanding, which God erects between the true and false.  In error everything comes from beneath, not from above.  All is material myth, instead of the reflection of Spirit.

Distinct documents
            “It may be worth while here to remark that, according to the best scholars, there are clear evidences of two distinct documents in the early part of the book of Genesis.  One is called the Elohistic, because the Supreme Being is therein called Elohim.  The other document is called the Jehovistic, because the Deity therein is always called, Jehovah, — or Lord God, as our common version translates it.

Jehovah or Elohim
            “Throughout the first chapter of Genesis and in three verses of the second, — in what we understand to be the spiritually scientific account of creation, — it is Elohim (God) who creates.  From the fourth verse of chapter two to chapter five, the creator is called Jehovah, or the Lord.  The different accounts become more and more closely intertwined to the end of chapter twelve, after which the distinction is not definitely traceable.  In the historic parts of the Old Testament, it is usually Jehovah, peculiarly the divine sovereign of the Hebrew People, who is referred to.” (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 522:3-523:32)
            Over on page 524 of the Christian Science Textbook Mary Baker Eddy tells us that Jehovah is a tribal deity.  “They called the Supreme Being by the national name of Jehovah.  In that name of Jehovah, the true idea of God seems almost lost.  God becomes ‘a man of war,’ a tribal god to be worshipped, rather than Love, the divine Principle to be lived and loved.” (S&H 524:7-12)

            Lord God.  Jehovah.
            “This double term is not used in the first chapter of Genesis, the record of spiritual creation.  It is introduced in the second and following chapters, when the spiritual sense of God and of infinity is disappearing from the recorder’s thought, — when the true scientific statements of the Scriptures become clouded through a physical sense of God as finite and corporeal.  From this follow idolatry and mythology, — belief in many gods, or material intelligences, as the opposite of the one Spirit, or intelligence, named Elohim, or God.” (S&H 590:20-521:4)

            In order to explain Genesis 2:15 Mary Baker Eddy writes in S&H on page 526 about the Garden of Eden.
            “The name Eden, according to Cruden, means pleasure, delight.  In this text Eden stands for the mortal, material body.  God could not put Mind into matter nor infinite Spirit into finite form to dress it and keep it, — to make it beautiful or to cause it to live and grow.  Man is God’s reflection, needing no cultivation, but ever beautiful and complete.”
            This means that the Garden of Eden is really Adam’s physical body.  This being said then would not the tree in the center (middle) of the body be a symbolic representation of Adam’s spinal column?  And the red serpent would be the nervous system entwined around the backbone of Adam; is it not the nervous system that sends electrical signals of pleasure and pain (good and evil) to the Adam brain?
            Adam puts himself into a self-hypnotic trance, a deep sleep, which he never wakes up from.  While he is asleep he believes he undergoes a surgical operation where one of his ribs is taken out in order to clone a female wife.  This woman represents Adam’s divine nature – the belief that man can become separated from God (divine man’s nature) is an erroneous concept.  This allegory is also confusing, unless there is a symbolic meaning behind it, as to why the creation of the woman would be through a rib instead of more mud, water, lightning, etc., like how Adam was created.  Why would Jehovah simply not just create the woman in the same way the Adam was made?  Does the rib symbolize the Ark of the Covenant that God makes with Noah in the Second Day of Spirit – when the bow is seen within the cloud?  Is it not the woman who is given the promise of prophecy – to fulfill the birth of the spiritual ideal?  Is not the strong angel from Revelation 10, who is clothed with a cloud and has a rainbow upon his (her) brow, another symbol of the fulfillment of God’s covenant with generic man?  Furthermore, was this covenant once more kept in 1996 when Martha Jones-Smith had her vision dream about the Archer Cloud?  This Archer represents the Word of God, when Sagittarius (the white horseman of Revelation 6) is translated back to God.  When there is no more lust for material pleasures in Eden.   This vision dream was also prophetic as the book The Da Vinci Code would not be published for another 7-8 years.  The Archer Cloud was supposed to have been based on one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings and the triangle (pyramid) shape was of importance.  In the book the triangle shape is brought out over and over, and is of significance with The Last Supper.

Hypnotic surgery
            “Here [Genesis 2:21,22] falsity, error, credits Truth, God, with inducing a sleep or hypnotic state in Adam in order to perform a surgical operation on him and thereby create woman.  This is the first record of magnetism.  Beginning creation with darkness instead of light, — materially rather than spiritually, — error now simulates the work of Truth, mocking Love and declaring what great things error has done.  Beholding the creations of his own dream and calling them real and God-given, Adam — alias error — gives them names.  Afterwards he is supposed to become the basis of the creation of woman and of his own kind, calling them mankind, — that is, a kind of man.

Mental midwifery
            “But according to this narrative, surgery was first performed mentally and without instruments; and this may be a useful hint to the medical faculty.  Later in human history, when the forbidden fruit was bringing forth fruit of its own kind, there came a suggestion of change in the modus operandi, — that man should be born of woman, not woman again taken from man.  It came about, also, that instruments were needed to assist the birth of mortals.  The first system of suggestive obstetrics has changed.  Another change will come as to the nature and origin of man, and this revelation will destroy the dream of existence, reinstate reality, usher in Science and the glorious fact of creation, that both man and woman proceed from God and are His eternal children, belonging to no lesser parent.” (S&H 528:15-529:12)

What Is God’s Kingdom?
            In chapter eight the Jehovah’s Witness book (What Can the Bible Teach Us?) tries to tell the reader what God’s Kingdom is.  The author first goes to the Lord’s Prayer for the answer.  But I feel the chapter falls short in explanation, for I think they believe that God’s Kingdom is a place instead of a state of consciousness.
            Jesus said point blank, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”  Jesus did not mean that God’s Kingdom is in a physical body, but rather is within one’s conscious thought – one that is in a state of harmony and perfection.  Mary Baker Eddy defines heaven as:  “Heaven.  Harmony; the reign of Spirit; government by divine Principle; spirituality; bliss; the atmosphere of Soul.” (S&H 587:25)
            Kingdom of Heaven.  The reign of harmony is divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.” (S&H 590:1)
            Now that this is explained I think we can move on to the Lord’s Prayer itself and what Mary Baker Eddy gave to us in conjunction with Jesus.

            “Here let me give what I understand to be the spiritual sense of the Lord’s Prayer:

“Our Father which art in heaven,
            Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,

Hallowed be Thy name.
            Adorable One.

Thy kingdom come.
            Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
            Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Give us this day our daily bread;
            Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
            And Love is reflected in love;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
            And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
            For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.” (SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 16:24-17:10)

            Mary Baker Eddy explains that, “Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spiritual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord’s Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.” (S&H 16:20)

            The Seven Visions of Revelation are laid out in a pyramid (or Golden Candlestick) pattern in order.  This pattern helps us to understand how Vision 1 (with God’s circular thrown) and Vision 7 (with the circular city of our God) correlate with each other.  They are on the lowest level of the pyramid.  Vision 2 (7 seals) and Vision 6 (7 triumphs of Truth), one step higher, correlate with each other, and Vision 3 (7 trumpets of Truth) and Vision 5 (7 bowls or vials of Love) correlate with each other.  Finally, Vision 4 (the woman God-crowned, the manchild, the red dragon) is the main focal point – the capstone point of Revelation.
            The J. W. eighth chapter delves, somewhat, into the book of Revelation.  So, I take this opportunity to help explain the book of Revelation and what it really is all about.  First off, there are seven visions total, with Vision 4 being the capstone vision, the most important vision of Revelation.  It has within it Revelation 12, with the woman God-crowned.  While the J. W. book speaks of Revelation 12 it tends to ignore the woman God-crowned.  Many Christians, I assume, believe the woman God-crowned to be either Mary Magdalene (a wife of Jesus?) or the Virgin Mary (the mother of Jesus), and that the manchild is either Jesus’ child or Jesus himself.  But this is not so.  Why?  Because Revelation is about visions or prophecy, about what is to come in the future.  So, who exactly is the woman God-crowned?  She is the strong angel of Revelation 10, she is the second witness of Revelation 11, she is the wilderness woman, and she is the Lamb’s wife.  She is also what the story of The Da Vinci Code was really about.
            So let us understand that Vision 3 (Revelation 8:2-11:18), which is about the seven trumpets of Truth, with its seven angels, presents a special order of prophecy – after the sixth angel of Truth (Truth in the tone of Truth) blows its trumpet sound a new angel (a “strong angel”) descends from heaven (brings to mortal consciousness the Truth of God’s Science) with the “little book open” which happens to be SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  Mary Baker Eddy is this strong angel.  Her God-crowned mission takes place during the Sixth Day of Truth.  She is also the second witness while Jesus is the first witness (Revelation 11).  She is maligned and mistreated just as much as Jesus was during his God-crowned mission during the Fifth Day of Life.  However, it was not part of her mission to be literally crucified, it was not even her destiny to prove resurrection of a physical body, however, she did live as Spirit.
            The Interlude of Vision 3 covers Revelation 10-11:14, and it is in Revelation 10 that the strong angel descends from heaven with his little book open.  St. John spoke of the rainbow upon his head.  This was a symbolic code message to the readers that this angel was like Isis, the goddess of the rainbow.  Even though John referred to the angel with masculine pronouns, the symbol of the rainbow told us the angel was actually feminine.  However, the rainbow was also symbolic in the fact that Mary Baker Eddy would give the rainbow colored names for the Word order of God as Mind (red), Spirit (orange), Soul (yellow), Principle (green), Life (blue), Truth (indigo), and Love (violet).  This angelic woman came to earth in order to fulfill the Covenant that God made with Noah during the Second Day of Spirit – the bow within the cloud.  For the strong angel is clothed with a cloud.  So, like the Vision pyramid above, the Second Day of Spirit and the Sixth Day of Truth scientifically correlate with each other.
            The three woes to materialism take place during the three comings of Christ; the third woe to materialism would not take place until after the second coming of Christ (via Mary Baker Eddy) ended.  The third coming of Christ would take place at the end of the Sixth Day of Truth; however, generic man’s God-crowned mission would not really begin until the Seventh Day of Love, which began on June 22, 1996.[1]
            The following takes place after the first four trumpets have been blown.  Revelation 8:13:  “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying [true translation of the Greek word is not an angel flying but is a flying eagle – which means this verse is speaking about God’s Science] through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”  This verse is specifically speaking of the three comings of Christ as Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy, and generic man.
            So, let us take a look at the three comings of Christ with its declaration of Truth.  The declaration of Truth during the Fifth Day of Life, namely, the Christ dominion over lack, desolation and evil, starts the self-destruction of indecision, confusion, lack, etc. (the locust thought) and their tormenting suggestions.  Christ Jesus healed with Science, however this understanding or knowledge of Science was lost so eventually Christians forgot how to heal, or were unable to heal.
            The declaration of Truth during the Sixth Day of Truth, namely the recognition of gratitude starts the self-destruction of lust, war, greed, death (the four horsemen), with all their consuming, choking, smothering, and plagues of torment.  The four living creatures of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, nullify the four horsemen.  Also, the white horseman of Revelation 6 (in Vision 2) IS NOT the same white horseman of Revelation 19 – I know this as fact, because the two Greek words for white are two different words.  The Greek word for white in Revelation 6 denotes off-white, like the color of a maggot; while the Greek word for white in Revelation 19 (of Vision 6) denotes purity.  Also, Revelation 6’s white horseman is a bowman or archer, thus he symbolizes Sagittarius.  The lion (first living creature of the Word of God) translates Leo (a fire [electricity] symbol) back to God and nullifies the lust of Sagittarius.  Thus, it is quite plausible that the Archer Cloud symbolizes the white horseman of Revelation 19.  (It is also of importance that the Bride is also a representation of the Word.)
            And the declaration of Truth during the Seventh Day of Love, namely, the recognition of the dominion of One Power (One Mind – God), starts the self-destruction of all materialism.
            It is of most important significance that the seventh trumpet does not sound until after the strong angel descends from heaven (harmony) with “a little book open” and after the two witnesses rise up from being dead to world belief (resurrected in mankind’s consciousness).  What this means to me, is that the Truth is realized and completely understood and explained about Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy and their places in Bible prophecy.
            The woman God-crowned is Mary Baker Eddy, but the woman is also generic man.  This means that the woman God-crowned is found in both the Second Coming of Christ and the Third Coming of Christ.  This is symbolized by the fact that Venus transited the sun (being clothed with the sun) two times during Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crowned mission in the Sixth Day of Truth and twice during generic man’s God-crowned mission in the Seventh Day of Love.  It is also significant that The Da Vinci Code book came out before the first transit and the movie was released after the first transit (June 8, 2004).
            After Vision 3 comes to a close we come to the most important vision of Revelation, Vision 4 – which is about the woman herself.  Now, it is of importance that this woman has a crown of twelve stars, for these twelve stars represent the twelve tribes of Jacob (Israel).  The Truth about the twelve Son-Stars (as I call them) spiritually translates the astrological animal zodiac back to God.  In Revelation 7, however, the fourth son, Dan (animal magnetism – the red serpent) is not spoken of.  Dan is replaced, or nullified, with Joseph’s firstborn son Manasses (Rev. 7:6).  These twelve Son-Stars are sealed upon their foreheads, for they are the servants of our God (see verse 3).  Each tribe has the number “twelve thousand” as being sealed.  It is the twelve thousand of each tribe times the twelve tribes itself that adds up to the special number of 144,000.  The number 144,000 is a limiting number when thought of as a material measurement.  However, what the number really signifies is the completeness of the spiritual children of God, who are infinite in number (non-ending).  (The twelve[2] Son-Stars are given to the reader during the Interlude of Vision 2 in Revelation 7.)
            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 [which is what Christian Scientists are supposed to do]; Christ’s off-spring.” (S&H 583:5)
            What is also of importance is that verse 1 (chapter 7) speaks of the four winds of the earth – this represents the divine infinite calculus of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, also known as the four living creatures (the lion, the ox or bull, the face of a man, and the flying eagle).  Chapter one of Ezekiel presents Ezekiel’s Wheel, the same four living creatures.  Ezekiel was translating the material science called astrology back to God’s Science with its divine infinite calculus.  He did this by presenting the four living creatures as the lion of Leo, the ox of Taurus, the face of a man of Aquarius, and the flying eagle of Scorpio.  It would not be until the Second Coming of Christ that Mary Baker Eddy would present the four living creatures to be the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.
            In Revelation, chapter 7, the twelve tribes are divided up into four groups of three – thus these twelve tribes (Son-Stars) represent the divine infinite calculus.  So we have Juda, Reuben, and Gad as the Word as the Word, the Christ as the Word, and Christianity as the Word; Aser (Asher), Nepthalim (Naphtali), and Manasses (Manasseh) as the Word as the Christ, the Christ as the Christ, and Christianity as the Christ; Simeon, Levi, and Issachar as Christianity as the Word, Christianity as the Christ, and Christianity as Christianity; and Zabulon (Zebulon), Joseph, and Benjamin as  the Word as Science, the Christ as Science, and Christianity as Science.  And this is the pattern that makes up the woman’s crown of twelve stars.  However, the twelve are only complete in the outer circle of Ezekiel’s Wheel.  The complete matrix structure must have sixteen tones to be complete, thus the hub of the Wheel (its foursquare capstone) is based upon the four tones of Science itself (Science as the Word, Science as the Christ, Science as Christianity, and Science as Science) – which is the head (consciousness) of the woman God-crowned.
            This same wheel pattern is found in the book of Numbers when Moses divides the twelve Son-Stars into four groups with three tribes.  However, Moses takes the tribe of Levi from the circumference of the wheel.  He replaces Levi and Joseph with Joseph’s two sons.  Then he divides Levi (the priests) into four groups and places them around the Holy Tabernacle Tent of Meeting, which is in the center hub of the wheel – thus Moses completed the pattern with the number sixteen.  It is also of most important significance that the main body of Mary Baker Eddy’s Textbook consists of sixteen chapters.  Mary Baker Eddy did not stop there in trying to get her students to comprehend the divine infinite calculus with its matrix wheel structure, for she depicted the wheel in the little Boston edifice in the painted window called WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK (the open book being SCIENCE AND HEALTH – located in the center hub of the window’s wheel).  The window is also known as THE DIRECTOR’S WINDOW – the true director being the divine infinite calculus instead of the board of directors.


            The woman God-crowned is clothed with the sun (Spirit), and the moon (material laws and the dust of Adam) is under her feet, in other words, like the man/woman of Genesis 1 she has dominion over the earth, as well as, the moon.  And this is why twelve astronauts, as generic man, were able to walk upon the surface of the moon from July 1969 into the 1970’s when the final seventh Apollo (Apollo 11 to Apollo 17) mission was completed.[3]  It is also of symbolic importance that Apollo 11 launched on Mary Baker Eddy’s birthday – July 16th.  Is it not also symbolic that it was the Eagle that landed in the Sea of Tranquility (the peaceful sea of harmony)?
            The prophecy, spoken in the allegory about Adam, tells us that the woman and her seed would be bitten upon the heel (in order to impede generic man’s spiritual progression) and the woman’s seed would step upon the head of the red serpent (dragon); in other words, the earth would help the woman.  So, in Revelation 12 the red dragon (which now has seven heads) is after the manchild, but when the manchild is protected and caught up unto heaven, the red dragon pursues the woman.  So, she is carried into the wilderness with the wings of a flying eagle (Science), the fourth living creature.

            Wilderness. … 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)

            Before the woman is carried into the wilderness, the war in heaven begins with Michael and his angels.  Michael represents the Truth that is Science.  The Truth about error destroys sin, sickness, disease, and death.  “The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine messages, different offices.  Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength [What angel has strength?  It is the angel of Revelation 10.].  [S]He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars.” (S&H 566:29-567:1)
            It is actually the woman (the one who gave birth to the manchild of SCIENCE AND HEALTH) that the dragon persecutes.  This red dragon spits out a flood of lies and false innuendos about the woman God-crowned in order to kill her, in order to try and dilute (with wormwood) the woman’s spiritual teachings of Truth.
            But the earth helps the woman, for she swallowed up the flood (retracts the red dragon’s lies and false innuendos about Mary Baker Eddy).  She uses her own mouth to retract the red dragon’s false accusations and lies which say that Mary Baker Eddy is just a little old grey-haired woman who died and was nothing special and was not the woman God-crowned, or the second coming of Christ, or the angel with the little book, or the second witness, or the Lamb’s bride.
            “Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink.  Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.  What if the old dragon should send forth a new flood to drown the Christ-idea?  He can neither drown your voice with its roar, nor again sink the world into the deep waters of chaos and old night.  In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood.  Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.  The waters will be pacified, and Christ will command the wave.
            “When God heals the sick or the sinning, they should know the great benefit which Mind has wrought.  They should also know the great delusion of mortal mind, when it makes them sick or sinful.  Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity.
            “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good.  Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.  Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.  The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.
            “Through trope and metaphor, the Revelator, immortal scribe of Spirit and of a true idealism furnishes the mirror in which mortals may see their own image.  In significant figures he depicts the thoughts which he beholds in mortal mind.  Thus he rebukes the conceit of sin, and foreshadows its doom.  With his spiritual strength, he has opened wide the gates of glory, and illumined the night of paganism with the sublime grandeur of divine Science, outshining sin, sorcery, lust, and hypocrisy.  He takes away mitre and sceptre.  He enthrones pure and undefiled religion, and lifts on high only those who have washed their robes white in obedience and suffering.” (S&H 570:13-572:2)
            Armageddon suggests that you get to a place of protection, a fruitful place of victory (Megiddo).  Armageddon was the fortified hill city of Megiddo.  It symbolizes a strategic (mental) position that gives one spiritual victory giving you spiritual supply and establishes the Truth.  To me a fruitful place of victory would be where spiritual healing takes place.
            While the BIBLE may have told us that the gifts of God would disappear after the apostles and their students were no longer on earth in material form, it does not mean that such gifts would not return with the second coming of Christ.  As prophecy tells us, God would present us with two new gifts spoken of in Revelation’s Vision 3.  These two gifts are the measuring (the Holy Grail) rod (of divine Science) and the little book open (SCIENCE AND HEALTH – Christian Science).  It was Mary Baker Eddy who brought back the knowledge (one of the gifts that Paul said was to be taken away) of healing (the Science of healing via Christian Science).  It is through the Christian Science Textbook – SCIENCE AND HEALTH – that Scientific healing (fruitage) can continue to go on.  I am sorry that the Jehovah’s Witnesses women that I have spoken to have seen no signs of healing!  Being a Christian Scientist I have experienced such healings my whole life.  Mary Baker Eddy showed us how Jesus healed, she explained it to us; evidently, the world was not ready for this “knowledge” and so the world had to wait.  Today, after the red dragon’s war against Truth (Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy), most people do not know who Mary Baker Eddy is.  They may get Christian Science completely mixed up with Scientology (and the two have nothing in common whatsoever), or people may have never even heard of Christian Science.  Many Christians, if they do know of Christian Science and Mary Baker Eddy, express hatred for both.  They do not understand what Christian Science even is – they prejudge it.  Perhaps some people that hate Christian Science have turned against it because they did not get out of it what they expected or maybe they thought it to be too difficult to demonstrate?  Many Christians believe the lies they have been told about Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science by their church leaders.  They do not care to even investigate Christian Science or read SCIENCE AND HEALTH.  I believe that when someone refuses to read a book it is because they are afraid to do so.  They may think that it is the devil’s work, when the opposite is true, that it is God’s work.  Or they are afraid it may change their outlook on material life as their reality, and they cannot abide with that!
            When Mary Baker Eddy would give lectures the people who were present, who were crippled or had physical ailments, were often healed just by listening to her speak.  Mary Baker Eddy healed blindness, the crippled, the lame, those who were sick, she healed cancer, she restored a man’s eye, and she even raised the dead.  She wrote that death is an illusion.  Think of that!  Death is an illusion!  Do you believe it?  Why not?  Who told you that death is real?  Jesus told us that death is the last enemy – meaning that you should not succumb to it.  Why do you believe the lies of the red dragon over the Truth of God?  Do you really trust in God if you take medicine to make you feel physically better, or to try and heal you?  No, you do not trust in God if you take medicine.  But you are not to be ridiculed or judged because you do turn to medicine.  Christian Scientists are thought to be weird because they do not rely on medicine for healing, at least they are not supposed to rely on medicine to be healed.  Some Christian Scientists that have been forced to rely on medicine are judged by other Christian Scientists who are members of the church.  Yet, the Christian Scientists turning to the medicine may have no other choice, perhaps they cannot find a practitioner to give them support, or perhaps they have had Christian Science treatment with no manifested results taking place, or perhaps they themselves feel that they lack spiritual understanding?  Are they to be blamed?  No, yet, they are blamed – just as Adam blamed his own womanhood/divine nature for the forbidden fruit.
            Some politicians and some of the press hated Mary Baker Eddy during her God-crowned mission on earth.  They went to war to try and take her fortune and church away from her.  She did more for women than any feminist during her time or since!  Yet, you do not know who she is, or if you do know who she is you probably think she is of the devil.  But she is not.  God chose her to be the Second Coming of Christ.  Today her own church disobeys her and denies her place in Bible prophecy!
            The Jehovah Witnesses are playing the waiting game – they believe that God is going to finally decide that the Gospel has been shared around the earth enough so the end of the material world can come (by fire – spiritual baptism is really what this fire is – remember fire is for Leo, the lion or the first living creature).  It is almost time for His Kingdom to come on earth.  They keep waiting for something to happen!  But it has already happened over 100 years ago!  Christian Science happened, there is no doubt about that, and that is what the book of Revelation is really all about – the Second Coming of Christ.  The only way that the material world ends is when you wake up from the Adam dream, when you stop believing that the material body is real, that you are fallen into sin via material birth through sin (666 – the sex, sex, sex of the Adam allegory).  The Greek word “Sojo” means Salvation or “freedom or health”.  Knowledge means “science” so is not the gift of knowledge, which Paul said was taken away, not given back through Sojo?  Is not the little book open (one of the two gifts in Vision 3) this Science of Salvation – SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES – by the strong angel Michael – Truth – Mary Baker Eddy?  You cannot just wait on God for your entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven – remember Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within you – your conscious thought!  It is up to you to wake up from the belief that you are fallen asleep into a material dream that life exists in matter and that this material body holds captive a soul and spirit!  You as God’s image and likeness have no spirit or soul!  To believe that you do have a soul and spirit held captive inside a material body is spiritualism.  But rejoice, for you, as God’s image and likeness, reflect God, you reflect Spirit, and you reflect Soul!  Not only that, you also reflect divine Mind, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.
            Revelation means to uncover error, to reveal error as nothingness.  Mortal creation, material life, mortal ego – it all is nothing; it all is erroneous.  What is real and what is true – or Truth – is Spirit not matter.  “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter.  All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation [the Christ], for God is All-in-all.  Spirit is immortal Truth; matter is mortal error.  Spirit is the real and eternal; matter is the unreal and temporal.  Spirit is God, and man is His image and likeness.  Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.” (S&H 468:9; [My interpolation.])  When you accept this scientific statement of being as reality, as being correct and right then, you will stop becoming sick.  Does your church tell you such Truth?  If they do not you must ask yourself why they do not?  If they do not know such Truth as reality then perhaps they are not God’s true Church?
            Jesus made it clear that the Kingdom of God is within you, within your consciousness.  Do you accept this fact as Truth?  Or are you playing the waiting game thinking that you are a sinner (a fallen man) and that there is no hope for you, that there is nothing that you can do to overcome the sin.  But all you need to do is wake up from the Adam dream that life is material instead of spiritual.  You were never really born into a corporeal body, it may seem like you were, but you just need to wake up.
            What is God?
            God.  The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love;[4] all substance; intelligence.” (S&H 587:5) God operates as the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.  There are four levels of Science – Science itself, divine Science, absolute Christian Science, and Christian Science.
            Revelation 12:10 tells us “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ”.  If this be true, then NOW is come salvation (Soho, freedom and/or Science) then why do you need to wait?  You do not need to wait at all; it is yours’ right here and right NOW!

Paean of jubilee
            “For the 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, is 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.  {Such powers would be material governments (church and state), diseases, and materia medica.}

The robe of Science
            “The Scripture, ‘Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over man,’ 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 last 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 568:24-569:28)
            Suffering means “to permit” – so if you suffer from sin it is because you allow sin to be present within your conscious thought – you are not allowing the Kingdom of God into your conscious thought.  Ask yourself why you want to even do this?  What is sin’s obduracy within you?

 

[1] I am basing this on the BIBLE verse that tells us “one day with the Lord is like a thousand years” and calculating from Jesus’ birth year (4 b.c.) two thousand years.  I am basing the month and day on two dream visions that I had at that time.

[2] Twelve is symbolic of completion.

[3] Apollo 13 did not ever land on the moon’s surface.

[4] This is the Christianity order of the seven synonymous terms for God.