Bible Prophecy Fulfilled (continued)
Bible Prophecy Fulfilled (continued)
Chapter 16 of Bliss Knapp’s book The Destiny of The Mother Church is titled “Prophecy”. It begins on page 236 with the picture seen below. In the top left hand corner, on the Side of Life, there is Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy (there are also other less defined figures in the clouds). Then with hands in prayer fashion and looking to heaven, more in the center, but near the Side of Light there is the man child.
Bliss Knapp begins his chapter stating, “Prophecy involves the genius of faith” (p. 237). He tells us that, “faith is the open door to every department of learning” (ibid). Faith is a quality found in the Second Degree (see S&H 115), for the human. On page 298 of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES Mary Baker Eddy tells us that spiritual realities “dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding.” Spiritual understanding belongs to the Third Degree (see S&H 116), the divine. “Consequently, faith is that element of intelligence where divinity reaches humanity. The book of Hebrews declares that ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’” (Destiny, p. 237-238)
Next he goes on to talk about Moses and how he had two signs of faith for the people. These were the rod that turns into a serpent and then back again into a rod when handled (comprehended as nothingness) and the sign of healing leprosy. These two signs would “convince the people that Moses was their God-appointed leader.” (Destiny, p. 238) Healing powers would also be what Jesus used to convince John the Baptist that Jesus was the Messiah (the First Coming of Christ). After Jesus resurrected he walked with disciples to Emmaus. They did not recognize him, and Jesus, in order to restore their faith had to talk to them about his place in Bible prophecy. Jesus, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). This Scriptural exegesis was necessary. “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31).
“Jesus foresaw that a simple faith in his ministry would not maintain the loyalty of his followers. He foresaw that his mighty works of healing, and even his raising of the dead, would be insufficient to guarantee their loyalty to his Messiahship unless that loyalty was based on prophetic vision. What seemed to be a lost cause could be rescued only to the degree that his followers were willing to see and acknowledge his place in Scriptural prophecy, in God’s plan of salvation. Above all, they must realize that his ministry stemmed directly from God, and must therefore have a place in creation as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis.” (Destiny, p. 240)
“And he [Jesus] said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45). Knapp explains that “an understanding of the Scriptures is conditional upon one’s ability to see, through faith, what is recorded in Bible prophecy, ‘For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you’ (Acts 3:22).” (Destiny, p. 241)
Jesus promised mankind “another Comforter.” This means that Jesus, the first Comforter, was not coming for a Second time, but that somebody else would help mankind, that there would be a second Comforter. This Comforter would bring comfort to mankind through works of healing. Jesus described this Comforter as the “Spirit of truth,” which “will guide you into all truth.” Ever since Jesus promised the second Comforter Christians have been looking forward to its coming, “just as the Jews had hitherto been looking for the coming of the promised Messiah. Then what would be the sign of its coming? Would it not be the historic sign of healing?” (Destiny, p. 242) Mary Baker Eddy is the promised Comforter for she gave us the healing practice of Christian Science. For, like Jesus, the works that she did, bear witness of her, that God sent her, so even if you do not believe Mary Baker Eddy, then believe the works that she did, and this will enable you to then believe Mary Baker Eddy’s writings.
“There may be [there are] some Christian Scientists who have seen in Mary Baker Eddy only another religious leader, and it may be difficult for them to believe that Mark Baker’s daughter could have a place in Bible prophecy. But that human estimate of her exposes one to the whisperings of desertion and disloyalty, which may explain why, according to Daniel’s dates, her title of Leader is the last to be generally acknowledged. However, when we today take the walk to Emmaus, and discover her place in Bible prophecy, the visible idea will have a new meaning for us. The Scriptures will be opened [unsealed] to us as we gain a comprehensive view of prophecy in its application to both Jesus and to the Woman. If such prophecies place them above their fellows, the Psalmist has already conceded that fact concerning Jesus by declaring that ‘God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows’ (Ps. 45:7).” (Destiny, p. 242-243) If Christian Scientists fail to comprehend and accept Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy then how can they begin to understand and demonstrate Christian Science healing? Is this why Christian Science is unknown today by many around the world and why it is not seen as a healing faith anymore? Is this why the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not even know that Revelation has been fulfilled and why they think that mankind is not allowed to heal anymore (since early Christian days)? They actually told me, those who came to my door, that we (men) do not heal others because God took this talent away from us when he took other gifts from us. But, the gift is returned, according to the prophecy of Revelation 10, when the “little book open” descends from heaven in the hands of the angel (God’s divine messenger of Truth). And the gift of the rod of divine measurement is given to us at the same time. Is this not the same two signs given to Moses? Yes, it is.
“Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Psalm 45:7)
“Since these two prophetic figures [Jesus and the Woman] occupy a position that is above their fellows, as the 45th Psalm plainly indicates, then we should be able to find them in the first chapter of Genesis, which is a record of spiritual creation. In this record of spiritual creation, light is used symbolically. Its first appearance comes as the immediate result of the divine command, ‘Let light be, and light was.’ Mrs. Eddy gives a metaphysical significance to this light that appeared on the first day of creation [First Day of Mind]. She explains that this light ‘is not from the sun nor from volcanic flames,’ but it is the spiritual revelation of divine Truth. David in the Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, and other prophets have joined with Moses in giving a metaphysical meaning to that light which was the first mandate of creative Mind. In a prophecy of Christ’s coming, Isaiah describes Christ’s office, and tells how God shall keep him ‘for a light of the Gentiles; to open their blind eyes’ (Isa. 42:1-7).
“When the parents of Jesus took the babe to Jerusalem, ‘to present him to the Lord,’ there was a devout Jew in the temple, Simeon by name, who had the promise from the Holy Ghost ‘that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.’ When Simeon saw the babe, Jesus, brought into the temple, he recognized the fulfillment of this promise. Taking the child in his arms, he thanked God that he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Referring to Isaiah’s prophecy, he said, ‘Mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel’ (Luke 2:25-32).” (Destiny, p. 243-244)
The Baptist also was a witness to this divine light, it was his mission “to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world’ (John 1:7-9). John saw that this Light was the promised Messiah and he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” So this Light is the Christ.
Jesus understood the prophecy spoken about him in Isaiah when he went into the synagogue on a Sabbath and read the passage to the congregation about Christ’s healing ministry. And to their amazement “he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:21). Jesus said at another time, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Those who followed Jesus were called “children of light.”
The light appeared on the First Day of Mind, but the two great lights appeared on the Fourth Day of Principle. Bliss explains that these two great lights “are separate acts of the divine will or command, and the two lights on the fourth day, together with the stars, also have a metaphysical meaning. The two great lights are described as ‘rulers.’ They introduce the idea of the heavenly kingdom. Mrs. Eddy says that their light is ‘not a vitalizing property of matter,’ but spiritual truth ‘whose seed is in itself’ (Science and Health pp. 510 and 511). She goes on to say that these lights are appointed to rule not over ‘material darkness and dawn,’ but over ‘the successive appearing of God’s ideas’ (ibid., p. 504). The idea of a heavenly kingdom with promised rulers in Israel must have been what the Jews were awaiting, for both Herod and Pilate feared the advent of a king of Israel [so did the Jewish priests].” (Destiny, p. 245)
In regards to the “stars” of the Fourth Day of Principle, Mary Baker Eddy writes, when describing Paul and Jesus, in Miscellaneous Writings (p. 360), “Philosophy never has produced, nor can it reproduce, these stars of the first magnitude—fixed stars in the heavens of Soul”. In Revelation Jesus refers to himself as “the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Rev. 22:16). Bliss says on page 246, “In this brief verse, Jesus records three important facts. How can he be simultaneously the root and the offspring of David? Here Jesus is referring to his dual nature of the unseen Christ [which is divine in nature] and the visible idea [which appeared as the human Jesus]. The third important fact in this statement verifies a precious tradition in Christian history, symbolized by the star of Bethlehem. It marks the dawn of Christianity. ‘Led by a solitary star amid the darkness,’ writes Mrs. Eddy, ‘the Magi of old foretold the Messiahship of Truth. Is the wise man of to-day believed, when he beholds the light which heralds Christ’s eternal dawn and describes its effulgence?’ (Science and Health, p. 95). The wise men of today follow the ‘daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony’ (ibid., Pref. vii).” The word “daystar” is another name for Venus, but it also refers to the sun.
Besides Jesus being the Light, he was also to “bear witness unto the truth” (John 18:37). So Jesus’ teaching was to establish his kingdom. “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make your free” (John 8:31, 32). Jesus’ “form of government was based on the very nature of truth. Being the essence of freedom, or liberation from bondage, its seed is within itself. It is a spiritual form of government or rulership, with Jesus as its witness, as he acknowledged to Pilate.” (Destiny, p. 247)
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come froth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2) This verse prophesies the place of Jesus’ God-crowned mission. “The prophecy points unerringly to Jesus, the visible idea. So the ‘child’ was born in Bethlehem, but the ‘ruler of Israel’ was from everlasting.
“This Bethlehem babe must continue to rule, according to the prophet Micah, ‘until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth’ (Micah 5:3). So the second great light that is to be ruler in Israel is described as a ‘woman in travail.’” (Destiny, p. 247-248) This is a correlation to Revelation 12, a woman in travail, the God-crowned woman. She brings forth a man child and this man child is to rule all nations with a rod of iron, and her child is caught up unto God in heaven, and to his throne. “So the governing power of this child is under the immediate direction of God.” (Destiny, p. 248)
Jesus said in John 16:7-11 that he had to leave (go away) in order for the Comforter to come. Jesus said that “when he [the Comforter] is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” Mary Baker Eddy says of this Comforter that she understands it to be Divine Science (See S&H 55:27-29). “Consequently, both Jesus and Mrs. Eddy understood their prophetic mission, and that they were complementary to each other.” (Destiny, p. 249)
The complete statement of divine Science is contained in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES. Daniel is required to seal this little book (spoken of in Revelation 10) until the end time. Daniel also sees how the two witnesses are complementary, for he “saw them standing on the banks of a river, ‘the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river’ (Dan. 12:5). We learn why he used the symbolism of a river, because Euphrates and Hiddekel, which are rivers of Eden, are defined by Mrs. Eddy as symbolic of divine Science. Above the river of divine Science, Daniel saw a ‘man clothed in linen.’ Then one of the two witnesses appealed to this ‘man clothed in linen’ for information about the time when ‘the little book’ would be unsealed. This ‘man,’ which we recognize as the Christ, made no appeal, but ‘sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half’ (Dan. 12:7). ‘Him that liveth for ever’ is God, as is fully explained in the book of Revelation (Rev. 10:6). So we have the relative position of each figure, placed in the same relative position which they occupy in the first chapter of Genesis. Over all is God, who ‘liveth for ever:’ then comes the Christ, who exercises his prerogative that ‘no man cometh unto the Father, but by’ that Christ light, and conveys God’s answer to the witness on the riverbank. Then we see the two great lights, or witnesses, whose prerogative is to rule all nations and peoples with divine Science, as Mrs. Eddy states in ‘the little book.’ (Science and Health, p. 565). Moreover Daniel said, ‘The vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true’ (Dan. 8:26).” (Destiny, p. 249-250) Is it possible that the book spoken of in Daniel is SCIENCE AND HEALTH (the book of Revelation 10) while the book spoken of in Revelation 5 is the BIBLE and in particular Revelation?
Bliss Knapp correlates Daniel’s vision to Revelation 22:1: “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” “So the ‘man’ above the river is divine Science in Daniel’s vision, is none other than the Lamb, or Christ. Moreover the river of divine Science, in both accounts, emanates from God and the Lamb. That places the Lamb, or Christ, at-one with God, and the remaining seven days of creation, including divine Science and the two witnesses, stem from God and His Christ, or from Principle and its idea. That explains Mrs. Eddy’s statement that ‘Principle and its idea is one’ (Science and Health, p. 465), the idea referred to being the Christ.
“That divine Science should operate like a river is very significant. If a dam [Adam man] or obstruction is placed in the course of a river, the water backs up and spreads out, until it rises in strength to overpower all obstruction and to overflow the dam. The river of divine Science is likewise irresistible. Its nature is to express life and healing, and its healing of the nations is irresistible. [Mary Baker Eddy defines river in “Glossary”. “River. Channel of thought.
“When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth; but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error.” Adam’s is the obstruction, and he is made of red mud. There are four rivers spoken of in Genesis (Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, Euphrates) and these four rivers come from the same mother source. I feel that these four rivers are symbols of the four periodicals of Christian Science – for The Journal, the Sentinel, Der Herald, and The Christian Science Monitor.]
“Zechariah’s vision of the two olive trees and of the two candlesticks brings out an added meaning. Instead of a river, Zechariah saw a bowl of ‘golden oil,’ supported by a golden candlestick (Zech. 4). This bowl had seven lamps and seven pipes. Seven expresses completeness, and Mrs. Eddy defines ‘oil’ as consecration and heavenly inspiration. So the oil of gladness and consecration, which stems from God, is complete in its illumination and expression. According to ‘the pattern in the mount,’ the gold used in this description is a reference to Deity, and the golden lamps and pipes are the divine modes of expressing the spiritual nature of divine Science.” (Destiny, p. 250-251) This same symbol of the candlestick is used in Revelation 1:12.
Now, I want to mention the phrase “the pattern in the mount”. What does this mean? I believe that it means the pattern seen in the shape of a mountain, a pyramid shape, which the Golden Candlestick certainly has. I also feel that the number seven points us to the Seven Day order of the Word – Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love. But this same order is seen for Science, in the Candlestick itself. However, Bliss Knapp tells us that this pattern in the mount refers to the Holy Tabernacle (which also has seven main symbols to it), which I will show you later on.
“What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof…which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? … These are the two anointed ones [two Christ Comings], that stand by the Lord of the whole earth” (Zech. 4:11-14). In BIBLE times persons of royalty were anointed with oil.
Going back to the first part of this post a large tree is spoken of, it is cut down and it is supposed to be King Nebuchadnezzar. While he represented a king in human form, the two olive trees are divine in nature. I feel that gold is always symbolic of the divine, or divinity, so the golden oil is heavenly inspiration. There is also something that I feel is important. While there was a Golden Candlestick inside the Inner Chamber of the Temple of Jerusalem, there were two Candlesticks in the Woman’s Court. I believe that these two Candlesticks prefigure the two woman Sentinels that Mary Baker Eddy placed on the cover of her Sentinel in 1906. Are these two Sentinels not found in Illustrations 9 and 10 of Christ and Christmas? Would these two women Sentinels represent Mary and Martha – the two names given by Mary Baker Eddy for the Second and Third Comings of Christ?
Christ and Christmas was first published in 1893 because the Field had to have a clear understanding of their Leader’s place in Bible prophecy before The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston could be built. Although the two Sentinel women, seen in the Illustrations of the poem book, are Mary Baker Eddy I feel that the second version of Illustration 10 (with the woman knocking on the door) happens to be Martha. I think that the Sentinel seen in the original version of the Illustration, directly below, is Mary Baker Eddy. The reason why I say this is because she is knocking on the door of Mortal Mind which has six squares – for the Six Days. The door for the second Illustration 10 has three branches of grapes and the name plate, even though it is hard to make out, I believe is the inverted word “mind”. I believe that the three branches of grapes represent the three Comings of Christ (the one on top is almost not seen, I think this is because most people do not even know that there are three Comings of Christ.).
Revelation makes it clear that the two witnesses (Jesus and Mary) receive God’s power, “and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” (Rev. 11:3, 4). So the number 1260 comes up again, when doubled it becomes 2,520. This time period was discussed in the first part of this post. And even though it is not explained why or how, we come to the fact that Mary Baker Eddy accepted this prophecy to point to the year of 1866 or 1867. It was in February 1866 that Mary Baker Eddy discovered Christian Science. And this month, even though the Farmer’s Almanac had forecast one, had no full moon, symbolic of the woman standing upon the moon. It is also a fact that after her discovery of Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy no longer had a blood cycle.
Jesus declared before Pilate that he was one of the two witnesses. So there had to be a second witness. Why cannot this second witness be Mary Baker Eddy?
It was in April of 1938 that the Christian Science board of directors appointed a committee of editors and former editors of the Christian Science periodicals to investigate and look into what Mary Baker Eddy believed herself to be in respect to Bible prophecy. This committee consisted of six people and was given access to Mary Baker Eddy’s private correspondence and her published writings. “After prayerfully and carefully studying the evidence, this committee made a report to the Board of Directors of fifty-seven pages of typewritten evidence that Mrs. Eddy regarded herself as having fulfilled Bible prophecy. This extended report was summarized in a brief report which the Directors published in the Christian Science Sentinel for June 5, 1943, and also in The Christian Science Journal for July, 1943.” (Destiny, p. 253) So, this investigation period ran from 1938, remember the year 1941 was of importance in prophecy and that is was in 1943 that the little pamphlet Mrs. Eddy’s Place was published.
“If the fact-finding committee appointed by the Board of Directors has succeeded in satisfying the reader’s thought concerning Mrs. Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy, then he will be prepared to accept certain conclusions from the opening verse in the book of Revelation. The verse reads as follows: ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.’ Many people think of this prophetic book as the revelation of the Apostle John; but the book declares itself to be the revelation of Jesus Christ, and not of John. Being the revelation of Jesus Christ, its vocabulary is that of Jesus, whereas John is but the recorder.” (Destiny, p. 255)
It was God (the Word of God) given to the Christ known as Jesus. God told Jesus about the future via symbolic symbols. Jesus then had his angels (divine thoughts) of Christianity relay it to John (divine Science) who recorded the Word of God – so with this we have the divine infinite calculus of the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science.
It was God that revealed the woman God-crowned to Jesus. “Was God in this instance portraying woman in general, or did He describe a specific woman? The text reads ‘a woman,’ a specific identity and individuality, not woman in general. This Woman was definitely known to God, and His detailed description of her reveals an identity and individuality as unchanging as God from whom she proceeds. This Woman wears a crown, which identifies her with the heavenly kingdom, signifying that she is a ruler in Israel. This makes her mission an act of God. Moreover, the crown identifies her with the two great lights of the fourth day of creation, since these lights were created to rule.
“How is this divine symbolism to be made practical in human experience? The only way by which Moses could convince the people that he was God’s appointed messenger was by the sign of the rod and by the healing of leprosy. To convince the people of his time that he too was God’s messenger, Jesus was proclaimed by John the Baptist; but Jesus insisted that a greater witness than that of John was his own healing ministry. A third proof of his divine mission was his explanation to his disciples of his place in Bible prophecy. That is to say, the visible idea, Jesus of Nazareth, claimed to be the fulfillment of prophecy. These three steps were required to convince an incredulous people of the divine origin of Jesus.
“This same Jesus foretold the coming of the Comforter, which Mrs. Eddy declares is ‘Divine Science.’ Moreover, this divine Science as recorded in Science and Health has repeated Jesus’ healing ministry. The last chapter in the book entitled ‘Fruitage,’ gives evidence that the reading of Science and Health begets the fruitage of Christian healing, which proves its divine origin. But before we could have the divine fruitage of healing, there must appear a messenger or visible idea whom God described to Jesus as a woman in travail. Her child, whom Mrs. Eddy calls divine Science, is also identified with God and His throne.
“In her own explanation of Revelation 12:1, Mrs. Eddy makes five distinctive observations concerning the God-crowned woman. Beginning with the marginal heading to the opening paragraph, we read, ‘True estimate of God’s messenger.’ In that same paragraph, she speaks about ‘one whom God has appointed to voice His Word,’ as the ‘highest visible idea.’ So the ‘highest visible idea,’ appointed by God ‘to voice His Word,’ involves a ‘true estimate of God’s messenger.’” (Destiny, p. 256-258)
Mary Baker Eddy is this “highest visible idea” she is God’s messenger for the Sixth Day of Truth.
“Continuing her explanation of Revelation 12:1, we read, ‘The Revelator saw also the spiritual ideal as a woman clothed in light,’ etc. But ‘the light portrayed is really neither solar nor lunar, but spiritual Life, which is “the light of men”.’ The third step in this explanation is that ‘the woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man, the spiritual idea of God.’ In her concluding paragraph, with the marginal heading ‘Spiritual idea crowned,’ she refers to the twelve stars in the crown as ‘the twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals,’ which identifies her with the collective idea or generic man. Since the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are in the twelve gates of the Holy City, and the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are in the twelve foundations of the Holy City, that makes Jesus ruler over the foundations, and Mrs. Eddy ruler over the gates, by which we enter the Holy City. A further explanation is that this Woman typifies ‘the spiritual idea of God’s motherhood,’ even as Jesus typified or expressed the fatherhood of God.” (Destiny, p. 258) Symbolically I believe that the twelve stars of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK are the gates – Stargates. And the twelve Keystones of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK are the foundations stones, thus WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK is symbolic of the Holy City.
Do you now understand why I call, in part, this website “Mother’s Hood”? It is because it speaks Truth about Mary Baker Eddy’s place as “the spiritual idea of God’s motherhood” – or the Love (Mother) Mind (Hood) expressed and manifested by Mary Baker Eddy. I have come to refer to the twelve gates of the Holy City as Stargates, because WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK has twelve stars and these twelve stars (each with seven points of light) are the twelve stars of the woman’s crown. A crown being circular, just as the Rose Window is circular.
Mary Baker Eddy tells us about Revelation 12:2, “the spiritual idea is typified by a woman in travail [depicted in one of the Keystones],” (etc.). Knapp says, “This prophecy fulfills what Micah says about the two rulers in Israel, ‘whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting’ (Micah 5:2, 3). ‘From everlasting’ points directly to the two great lights in Genesis, who were created to be rulers in Israel (Gen. 1:16).” (Destiny, p. 259)
I also believe that these two great lights are not fully understood until the Seventh Day of Love; and I feel that they represent the man and woman created during the Sixth Day of Truth. Mary Baker Eddy tells us, “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 560:2) Does this not mean that the seventh, and final, seal is not broken until the Seventh Day of Love – as depicted in SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME [CHRIST]?
“Mrs. Eddy says, ‘The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, or Revelation of St. John, has a special suggestiveness in connection with the nineteenth century…the distinctive feature has reference to the present age.’ Thus the visible idea could say, ‘ This prophecy which God gave to Christ Jesus is fulfilled in your ears in the nineteenth century.’ Only the visible idea could make such a statement.
“It was the visible idea who provoked the wrath of the [red] dragon. Is it conceivable that the dragon would be annoyed by a mere type or symbol of womanhood or feminine thought? Science and Health says, ‘This dragon stands for the sum total of human error’ (p. 563). [Remember that Adam is made of the red clay. The red serpent in the Garden of Eden represents Adam’s nervous system coiled around his backbone. This red serpent grows into a big red dragon in Revelation.] This dragon sought to destroy the child of the visible idea as soon as it was born. When God protected the Woman from the wrath of the dragon by providing a way of escape [into the wilderness for 1,260 days], then the dragon began to make war upon her seed. The Woman’s seed must be those Christian Scientists who keep the Commandments of God and accept the leadership of Mary Baker Eddy, the visible idea.
“The Woman whom God described to Christ Jesus was given a pattern as detailed as the pattern of the tabernacle which God gave to Moses in the mount.” (Destiny, p. 259-260) Now, I would like to go into this tabernacle pattern in more detail. As I mentioned earlier on it has seven main symbols to it, but there are also three main sections to the tabernacle.
This Holy Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, follows the order of Christianity for the Seven Synonymous Terms for God, when we begin in the Most Holy of Holies. We begin with the Ark – with divine Principle (which also has the symbols for Life, Truth, and Love. Then move on to the center section, the Inner Court, with the Golden Candlestick of Life, then move forward to the Table of Shew Bread (for Truth), then angle backwards towards the Alter of Incense (for Love). From there we move to the Outer Court to the Laver Sea (for Soul), then the Burnt Offerings and Sacrifice (Spirit), and finally to the entrance (wide enough for only one person at a time) for the tone of Mind. But what is most significant is that in the book of Numbers Moses places the Holy Tabernacle in the center hub of activity, just like SCIENCE AND HEALTH is located in the center hub of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK. Around the tabernacle Moses placed the tribe of Levi (divided into four groups), then around Levi, on the outer wheel are the twelve tribes (Joseph’s two sons took there place on the wheel – replacing the names of Joseph and Levi).
Knapp warns Christian Scientists not to deify “this visible idea”, which would be Mary Baker Eddy. He says they will not do so as long as they follow her teachings. “Follow your Leader, only so far as she follows Christ” (1902, Message, p. 4). “She also says that her followers will know her best, not through her biographers, but through her writings. When Mrs. Eddy wrote her autobiography, Retrospection and Introspection she had to complete the portrayal of herself by quotations from Science and Health. Thus we must become acquainted with the visible idea by reading Science and Health, by understanding her divine modes of thought as God dictated them to her.
“That Mary Baker Eddy recognized herself to be the ‘God-appointed’ and ‘God-anointed’ messenger to this age is clearly shown by the following excerpts from her letters. To Ira Knapp she wrote: ‘I am carrying on a great reform in our ranks through my letters.’ To Edward A. Kimball, Mrs. Eddy wrote: ‘For the world to understand me in my true light, and life, would do more for our Cause than all else could. This I learn from the fact that the enemy tries harder to hide these two things from the world than to win any other points. Also Jesus’ life and character in their first appearing were treated in like manner.’” (Destiny, p. 261) Think about what Mary Baker Eddy wrote to her student Bliss Knapp “I am carrying on a great reform in our ranks through my letters.” Yet, John W. Doorly went against keeping these letters or collecting them! He lacked vision, he did not comprehend their importance. Think about that. I do think that Doorly’s work was important, but I do not think that he was loyal to Mary Baker Eddy one hundred percent. I am not sure he even accepted her as the woman God-crowned (I could be wrong).
Mary Baker Eddy wrote the following to Judge Septimus J. Hanna: “I can do you most good by pointing the path — showing the scenes behind the curtain. The united plan of the evildoers is to cause the beginners either in lecturing or teaching or in our periodicals to keep Mrs. Eddy as she is (what God knows of her and revealed to Christ Jesus) out of sight, and to keep her as she is not (just another white-haired old lady) constantly before the public. This kills two birds with one stone. It darkens the spiritual sense of students and misguides the public. Why? because it misstates the idea of the divine Principle that you are trying to demonstrate and hides it from the sense of the people. … The Truth in regard to your Leader heals the sick and saves the sinner.”
The final paragraph in Knapp’s chapter is as follows (on page 262): “Such statements from our Leader emphasize the importance of the following By-law in our Church Manual entitled, ‘Alertness to Duty’: ‘It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged, — and justified or condemned’ (Manual, p. 42).”