The Testaments condemn all unstudied priests and ministers who within a lifetime of opportunity have failed, or done little, to find the golden thread woven by the ancient scribes – to open the book. Such lackadaisical research has meant that the truth of scripture has been grossly contorted, controlled by fathers of misinformation. Luther made a slight step forward. But the purely faith brigade has turned it into a meek and mild reformation. This denies the truth of scripture’s infamous written words. Little light shines in such stark, darkest ignorance. But today, today, there is no excuse. Luther like all others emanations failed to fully appreciate accumulation, generation after generation of the locomotion of superimposition, steadfastly written in word stories, myths of the texts. Myths incorrectly perceived obliterate ethics and morality, the great human endeavour, to a base level, denying the original masterwork. We all want to have higher elevation, reside with the angels, but few reach that pinnacle. The scribes established types, male and female aspects, which become antitypes and eventually archetypical in a final worldwide accomplishment. It is time for the angels from the heavenly altar to descend. Bigger things grow from small beginnings – local, state, national and finally consummated internationally in. Gabriel is here waiting to tell us of the final marriage ceremony, where all will be squared, with beautiful burnished stones. It will be a new marriage, the old giving way to the new, schism (religious and non-religious) discarded for the holy, set apart, with our god’s transcending all limits and ranges of perception and beliefs. The process is evolutionary, constructive; temple contents being crafted into objective lessons, teachings are learnt.
So without ado let’s outline the golden schema and dedicate it to all the Luthers of today:
- The scribes proffered that mankind had evolved – consciousness enabled oral language, phonetics, and the written word resulted. They started to record. Their subject was not astrology but what unencumbered mankind could become, what mankind could achieve, a likeness.
- Mankind – male and female – were intrinsic in symbolic Adam. From structure (community) emerged a likewise creative continuance – Eve (meaning creative in Hebrew), an offering of steadfastness, a faithfulness in endeavour – the creativity within. Light would always outshine Darkness, though the two were always present.
- Mankind became possessive (“my” and “mine”) – Cain. Counterpoised there was always the philanthropic nature, the minder, the carer, the shepherd – Abel.
- The scribes would create objective word pictures, a likeness to eternal Creativeness. They of course wanted their world to be triumphantly in harmony with the infinite cosmological eternity and not aberrant to it. They had to awake to the eastern Light at day’s commencement.
- Division of firmaments in society and between societies inevitably arose – patriarchy came to dominate societal structure – huge men roamed the land – Nimrods. Possessiveness, masculinity consumed femininity (community balance). Objective societal structure – governance and social security – were always central to the scribes whole thinking – steadfastness (a making worthy process) was the only way forward – it was never meek and mild faith but faithfulness in doing. The creative soul within would be elevated. Society did not have to have belligerence at its foundation. Danger lurked everywhere at every nook and cranny. So the scribes set about diligently writing a story of their society, their governance that had to protect their very existence which was daily at peril.
- The scribes believed that societal governance had to reflect the cosmological order that appeared serene, orderly and at one. The ark was symbolically a fresh start from Mt. Ararat (a new creation). The Written Word enabled that new creation. The scribes began writing the perennial story of life – the toing and froing, going forward and going backwards, but always progressing to higher elevation, through experience.
- The scribes set out to tell a story – using objects (governance, societal structure) to portray the subjective mythical (the wanting soul) and what could be (the abstractive). All descriptive lessons had to use known objects (i.e. the Temple, oral history recollection) to illustrate the inner temple, the construction of the Temple’s contents (ten commands to construct, to make) to illustrate the opportunity each person had in three score and ten years, 7 days representing completeness.
In Ceremonial times (the years reign of kings in pre-Chronological times) would accordingly be recorded as a base object lesson impressed by Daniel’s 483 years of 490 (70 weeks X 7) years – and broken into 3 time periods reflecting the mythology of associated with their Temple – 49 years from David’s decree, hypothetically 1021 BC, to the plunder by Shishak of Egypt in 972 BC, then 434 years to 538 BC (freeing by Cyrus, the anointed, but not for himself, from Babylonian captivity) – i.e. 483 pre-exilic years out of 490 years. The final week 7 years (completion i.e. 360 X 7 = 2520 days) was added skilfully by Gabriel for Daniel’s fantastic completion of superimposed mythology. The final week was drawn from the post-exilic era – 2300 days “in the midst of the week” of plunder, 10 days of intense persecution – mourning and finally, 210 days of burying the dead – reconstitution. The books of Daniel, 1 Maccabees and Ezekiel all consistently combined the records of the scribes’ underlying message of eternal hope.
- Myths began well before Daniel’s time and they were critical for understanding governance and the world around. The greatest myths concerned the time from recollected history – the embellished time of Saul, David and Solomon and the breaking of the nation into Israel and Judah. Daniel recalled the backsliding in graphic terms of the greatest kings of Israel:
- Saul – in description depicted as a lion with “eagle wings” – “riches certainly make themselves wings” – Prov. 23:4-5. “The wings thereof were plucked” meaning peeled, polished, confident, elegant, and skilled. 1 Sam. 9:1-2 said there was not “a goodlier person than he”. The lion was said to be “Lifted up from the earth” and “stand upon the feet as a man” and a “man’s heart was given to it.” Saul is the only character in the testaments to be given a new heart. Saul was the Lion.
- David – described as a bear and being “raised up on one side” – David’s insignia bore the establishment of a great dominion – very raised up. It was said “three ribs were in its mouth” – the Moabites, Syrians and Edomites became David’s servants. It was also said of the bear that it “devoured much flesh”. In David conquest of Philistia many peoples were consumed. David was the Bear.
- Solomon – described as the leopard – having “four heads” and “four wings”. We are told that King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and wisdom – “all sought Solomon to hear his wisdom”. He certainly had four heads! He was designated 666 – “Solomon in one year accumulated “six hundred threescore and six talents of gold” – 1 Kings 10:14. So Solomon had “fours heads” and “four wings”. Solomon was the Leopard.
- Myth continued with the Diverse Beast – Daniel 7:7-8 “a forth beast, dreadful and terrible” that was “diverse from all the beasts” having “ten horns … and behold, there came up another little horn” before whom “were three of the first horns plucked up”. Now Luther had no idea of the golden thread which today is easily found in the texts. There is only one descriptive instance of such a beast in the texts absolutely matching all these characteristics.
It is only sensible that Daniel recalled the ten tribes of Israel as the ten horns – Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Issachar, Ephraim, Asher, Manasseh, and Zebuluon. It is noteworthy that the last three were “plucked up” and moved permanently to Jerusalem. Three kings (Asher, Zebuluon, and Manasseh) were “plucked up” at the time of Hezekiah and were subdued by the next seven kings of Judah (seven kings of Judah are the “little horn” that reigned prior to Babylonian captivity. Daniel knew the oral, embellished history and superbly captured the myth. Unfortunately Luther’s study and more so Christianity’s secondary follow-up never showed thyself such testamentary knowledge.
- Daniel’s with the help from Gabriel knew the books of King’s and Chronicles inside out – and his myth of 70 weeks or 490 years has been blind-sighted by all denominational dogma. One should study to find the truth but here is an executive summary of the years of reign of the kings as recorded in the texts. This has never been properly documented by Christian apologists:
|Combined 2 Witnesses: 70 weeks = 70 years
(Dan. 9:24-27) Hebrew Reflective
|I||Dan. 9:24||7 weeks = 49 years||1021 BC – 49 = 972 BC||1st witness of Plunder David’s decree to Shishak (1 Kings 14: 21, 25).|
|Dan. 9:25||62 weeks = 434 years||972 BC – 434 = 538 BC||Shishak to end of Babylonian Captivity – Apostasy by Israel and Judah – Mourning.|
|69 weeks = 483 years||1021 BC – 483 = 538 BC||End of Babylonian Captivity — then Reconstitution under Zerubbabel.|
|II||Dan. 9:27||1 week = 7 years = 2,520 days = 2,300 + 10 + 210||Zerubbabel to Judas Maccabees. 2nd witness of Plunder, Mourning and Reconstitution.|
- To save time here are the exact recording of the of the years of reign of the kings working backwards from the freeing from Babylonian captivity:
|Ceremonial Years and Dates of Kings of Judah from KJV|
|Pre–exilic: First Testament of Old Testament
69 Weeks = 483 years (Day/Year Principle)
|Back – dating Year||Kings of Judah||Ceremonial Years||KJV Reference||Key KJV Event|
|1021||David’s command to restore and build Jerusalem||49 years (D/Y principle) 7 years = 49 days 1021 BC to 972 BC. David’s command to build temple|
|Rehoboam (Shishak, King of Egypt, against Jeroboam of Israel in 972, in fifth year of Rehoboam)||17||1 Kings 14:21,
1 Kings 14:25
Shishak pillages Temple
|959||Abijah||3||2 Chron. 13:2||War with Jeroboam|
|956||Asa||41||2 Chron. 16:13||Reproved, diseased|
|915||Jehoshaphat||25||2 Chron. 20:31||Good|
|889||Jehoram||8||2 Chron. 21:5||Evil|
|885||Ahaziah||1||2 Chron. 22:2||Wicked|
|883||Athaliah||6||2 Kings 11:3||Slain|
|877||Joash||40||2 Kings 12:1||Punished — idolatry|
|838||Amaziah||29||2 Kings 14:2||Good beginning|
|808||Uzziah||52||2 Kings 15:33||Leprosy|
|756||Jotham||16||2 Kings 15:33||Good|
|742||Ahaz||16||2 Chron. 27:8||Wicked|
|726||Hezekiah||29||2 Chron. 29:1||Did right|
|697||Manasseh||55||2 Chron. 33:1||Wicked — to Babylon|
|642||Amon||2||2 Chron. 33:21||Evil|
|640||Josiah||31||2 Chron. 34:1||Josiah’s good reforms, 625 BC|
|609||Jehoahaz||1/4||2 Chron. 36:2||To Egypt|
|609||Jehoiakim||11||2 Chron. 36:5||Evil|
|599||Jehoiachin||1/4||2 Chron. 36:9||Evil|
|599||Zedekiah||11||2 Chron. 36:11||Blinded|
|588||Captivity, completed by 585 BC||Starting point to work backward with dating of kings’ reigns|
|538||Jews commence return under Zerubbabel||434 (62 X 7) years – 62 weeks = 434 days, 972 BC to 538 BC|
|538||Darius took the kingdom (Dan. 5:31)||483 (69 X 7) years – 69 weeks = 483 days (D/Y principle) 1021 BC – 538 BC|
|Cyrus’s (the anointed) decree (Ezra 1:1)|
- Now it is time for a little bit of history. There are seven (completion) points to verify that Daniel fully understood what Gabriel had shown him. These are seven confirmatory texts, searching to find, unknown by all our greatest Christian reformers – no wonder pseudo Christianity has died:
12:1 The first 69 weeks (483 years) are of a 70-week (490 years) period of pre-exilic times. The final 1 week (7 years) is of the post-exilic era.
12:2 The first 7 weeks (49 years) and the second 62 weeks (434 years) together total 483 years, or 69 weeks. There are definite reasons for this split recorded in the texts.
12:3 The 390 (Ezek. 4:5-6) years commence in 975 BC and stretch from 975 BC to 585 BC, defining the start of full captivity. The year 975 BC must mark a key event recorded in the texts. Rehoboam reign commenced in 976 BC according to Kings and Chronicles and it was in his fifth year that Shishak from Egypt plundered the land – 972 BC.
12:4 The 40-year (Ezek. 4:6) period extends from 625 BC to 585 BC. This marks another key event recorded in the text. This is descriptive writing of pre-chronical times. It is highly symbolic of embellished oral teaching – Josiah’s good reforms are said to be in 625 BC – but were largely unsuccessful.
12:5 Furthermore, 483 years should commence in 1021 BC and fit perfectly the times of kings’ reigns recorded in Kings and Chronicles. The 483-year periods should continue through to the end of Babylonian captivity (1021 BC – 483 BC = 538 BC). Note these are non-chronological years, hypothetically constructed to build a model for exposition.
12.6 There must be a very significant event of 972 BC, 49 years after 1021 BC, breaking up the 483 years period into two distinct parts. It must be a major significant incident. The significant event was the plunder of the Temple by Shishak of Egypt (5th year of Rehoboam’s reign)
12:7 The final symbolic type of 1 week (7 years) will then need to be detailed and found in the second temple era.
- Once perceiving that Daniel looked back to past events to gain an insight into the future you will see that the scribes had a complete coverage of their history. They constructed the final week – 2,520 days. 2,300 days was hypothetical period, using their much used phase “in the midst”, to enable with 10 days and 210 days the matching and completion of the 70 weeks ensample, typology of the circular evolution encompassing good and bad aspects. A wonderful irrefutable pedagogical model. Three books covering the post-exilic era disclose the consistency of the scribes audacity and oneness:
|Post-exilic — Second Testament of Old Testament
1 Week =7 Days = 7 Years (Day/Year Principle) = 2,520
|1.||2,300 days — “in the midst of the week” — plunder (Dan. 8:14)|
|2.||10 days — of intense persecution — mourning (1 Macc. 1:54–64)|
|3.||210 days — of burying dead — reconstitution (Ezek. 39:12)|
|Total||2,520 days (2,300 + 10 +210)|
- Again, blind-sighted by the dogma of sin Luther never saw the real Ten Commandments of the book of Exodus. Just as consciousness came out of natural being the real Ten Commandments end in Atonement. The scribes reached for Atonement in their written words and set about making an example for eternity. Content construction was the main weapon against the ever present warrior class. They used mathematics to portray insight, raising their theology, to a higher elevation:
|The Ten Commandments|
— “make an ark of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:10–22)
— “make a mercy seat of pure gold” (Exod. 25:17–22)
— “make a table of shittim wood” (Exod. 25:23–30)
— “make a candlestick of pure gold” (Exod. 25:31–40)
— “make ten curtains of fine twined linen for walls” (Exod. 26:1–6) “and curtains of goat’s hair for covering” (Exod. 26:7–13)
— “And thou shall make a covering for the tent of ram’s skins dyed red and a covering above of badgers’ skins” (Exod. 26:1)
— “make boards for the tabernacle of shittim wood standing up” (Exod. 26:15) “and make bars of shittim wood” (Exod. 26:26)
— “make a vail.… Hang up the vail under the taches.… Bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.… And thou shalt set the table without the vail, and the candlestick” (Exod. 26:31–37)
— “make an altar of shittim wood” (Exod. 27:1–8). In archetype the court and its trimmings are “without the temple, leave out, measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles” (Rev. 11:2)
— “make an atonement” (Exod. 30:6–8, 10)
Jerusalem was always the “virgin” in the Old Testament. This has significant ramifications for the New:
- 15:1 “The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath spoken concerning him. The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee” — Sennacherib king of Assyria, (2 Kings 19:21; Isa. 37:22)
- 15:2 “O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne … O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.” (Isa. 47:1)
- 15:3 “for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.” (Jer. 14:17)
- 15:4 “The virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.” (Jer. 18:13)
- 15:5 “Again … thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel; thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.” (Jer. 31:4)
- The was two types of “virgins” in all Jewish history:
16:1 Virgin – Alma – without God. This alienation was said to be “unmarried” (almah) from God as documented in the early chapters of Isaiah. To save readers from needing to refer to Isaiah, here are the disturbing signs of the times:
- “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity” (Isa. 1:4)
- “a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters … forsaken the Lord” (Isa. 1:4)
- “gone away backward” (Isa. 1:4)
- “bruises, putrefying sores” (Isa. 1:6)
- “Your country is desolate” (Isa. 1:7)
- “as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers” (Isa. 1:8)
- “a besieged city” (Isa. 1:8)
- “vain obligation; incense is an abomination unto me” (Isa. 1:13)
- “Your new moons, your appointed feasts … I am weary to bear
them” (Isa. 1:14)
- “Land shall be utterly desolate” (Isa. 6:11)
- “Hear ye indeed but understand not; and see ye indeed but perceive not” (Isa. 6:9)
- “Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant” (Isa. 6:11)
In this context, the use of the word virgin from almah means “young, unmarried woman”. It refers to the new feminine side of their nation.
16:2 Virgin – Bethulah – with God. After Hezekiah’s reconstruction, virgin was sourced from bethulah (instead of almah) meaning with God. Hezekiah had restored the structure of their emerging nation with the reconstruction of the Temple. It was a great object lesson for the spiritual well-being and moral of their nation.
- Hezekiah – the rebuilder of the Temple – called Immanuel
Hezekiah was the forerunner of Emmanuel in the NT. Hezekiah is renowned for rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Hezekiah’s governance turned Judah back towards God providing a perfect significant event following the pillage of Solomon’s Temple by Shishak – 972 BC. The Temple was the pivotal construction, a symbol to the scribes of the soul temple within. The nation turned back from the backsliding of Israel and Judah (the diverse beast). There was never a more significant event. Unfortunately “reformers” of the 16th century could never see the true story. Hezekiah was described in most emphatic terms:
The characteristics of Hezekiah are as follows:
- Hezekiah was called Immanuel (“God with us”) when he rebuilt the temple. He was called man of sorrows, suffering servant, Wonderful, Counsellor, and noble. “For unto us a child is born … unto us is a son given; and the governance … his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6)
- “Behold, a virgin (bethulah) shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14)
- “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse” (Isa. 11:1)
- “stand for an ensign of the people; to it (i.e. ‘the branch’) shall the Gentiles seek” (Isa. 11:10)
- “Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes” (2 Kings 19:1)
- “The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee (Sennacherib)” (2 Kings 19:21)
- “And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly” (2 Chron. 29:36)
- “He took counsel with his princes” (2 Chron. 32:3)
The scribes had also firmly established in their mythology the characters of Mary and Joseph and all these were to be drawn upon in the NT recollection after the writing of the book of Revelation revealing a Christ for the apocalyptic age.
17.1 Mary – Mary, from Marah (Exod. 15:23), means “bitterness” in Hebrew – “bitterness” as the people had no water to drink, as there was no sustenance, no life in bondage. Ruth 1:20 declares that Mâr’-ă means “bitter.” Returning to Bethlehem, Naomi, who had lost her husband and two sons in Moab, said, “Call me not Naomi, call me Mâr’-ă (bitter): for the Almighty hath dwelt very bitterly with me. I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty” (Ruth 1:20–21). Emptiness brings bitterness.
The book of Ruth concerns the mythical times prior to David. Ruth bared a son to Obed father of Jesse, father of David. The bitterness of Mary to Ruth (friendship) is very illustrative of the ying and yang perpetual struggle. Young’s lexicon dates these times around 1312 BC.
In the New Testament the Pharisees and Sadducees inflicted bitterness likewise on their nation and graphically told in the Gospels.
17.2 Joseph – From the ancient OT, Hebrew Joseph meant “increaser.” In Judea, under the Hasmoneans and under the Pharisees and Sadducees, the subjects endured an increase (Joseph) in bitterness (Mara). They had again moved from bethulah (one with God under Judas Maccabees) to almah (unmarried, concealed from God). Always, Joseph, a great leader, meant “increaser.” There was a voracious call, across this unmarried nation, from the embittered virgin Mary. As bitterness increased, birth was given to a man-child, Hezekiah.
In New Testament the increase in bitterness gave birth to a zealous oneness.
17.3 Joshua (Jah saves) – led Israel over Jordan and conquered most of the land and gave inheritance in it to the tribes of Israel. If Jesus (saviour) had been written in Hebrew the nomenclature would have been Joshua. It is easy to see how the NT story borrowed the ancient scribe’s encyclical to describe the events at the turn of the millennium.
- Daniel 9
Daniel writing after the time of Judas Maccabees glorious victory gave us the vision of 70 weeks – three score and ten – an ensample of our life time of opportunity. But Daniel set out to show the chance that their nation had from the time of the appointment of their first king Saul. The nation regressed over and over. Saul was described as a lion, David a bear and Solomon as a leopard and Israel and Judah a ten horned beast (Israel) and Judah (seven heads) – seven kings of decline after Hezekiah. The decline lasted until Babylonian captivity.
The sixty-nine-week pre-exilic period of Daniel 25 commences from the command to restore and build Jerusalem by David and terminates when the Messiah Cyrus is “cutoff, but not for himself,” (Dan. 9:26). It commences with an initial seven weeks period and a following sixty-two weeks period. There is an important reason for this segmentation. Like the identification of Saul, David, Solomon, and the Diverse Beast, these illustrations must be flawlessly identified from the scriptural sacred-year ceremonial dates only. There is absolutely no need to turn to outside sources or speculate with church doctrine. The reigns are clearly enunciated in the books of Kings and Chronicles, right before our eyes.
The writers used the well accepted principle of a “day-for-a-year” (see Ezek. 4:5-6 — “forty days: I have appointed each day for a year”). So completely contrary to all those that only see their Christ as the projection of Daniel.
Under the “day-for-a-year” principle, 69 weeks equates to 483 years (69 X 7) in total and would be expected to end in 538 BC (the year in which Babylonian captivity ended), if the story replicates the freeing from “Egyptian” captivity. This would mean that the period began in 1021 BC, as 1021 less 483 years comes to 538 BC. The 483 years is subdivided into 49 years (7 X 7 = 49 days = 49 years, or 7 weeks) and a second 434 years (62 X 7 = 434 days = 434 years, or 62 weeks). So the hypothesis, at the moment, involves a period from 1021 BC to 972 BC and a second period from 972 BC to 538 BC. This is 483 years in total, divided into an initial 49 years and a second period of 434 years. The final week referenced related to the experience of the race under the Grecian rule of Alexander and Antiochus Epiphanes and Judas Maccabees’ victorious leadership, the Rock of salvation, restoring the peaceful singing in the streets of the inner temple. One does not have to be an academic or master of theology to see the consistency of the ancient scribes.
- Daniel 2
With Daniel 9’s 69 weeks being the oral recollection of the pre-exilic age and the final week a record of the post-exilic age Daniel 2 cannot possible be Rome. Rome was not even on the horizon, not within Daniel’s sight. Daniel 2 also looked back to the events from Babylonian captivity and the statute is clearly as follows:
- Head (gold) — Nebuchadnezzar
- Chest and arms (silver) — Media-Persia
- Belly and thighs (brass) — Greece
- Legs (iron) — Ptolemaic rule
- Feet (iron and clay) — Antiochus Epiphanes
- Rock — Judas Maccabees
One wonders why Luther was not able to highlight the truths within Scripture. We certainly live in a mythical world of vanities upon vanities. All is vain once you perceive this golden thread — our sure foundation. From here we can build.
- Revelation – of the Marriage of Two – Masculine and Feminine
John in writing Revelation realised that that resurrection would need to await a universal age. The book would be closed and Christ would not be resurrected or known. The Pharisees and Sadducees had brought great hardship upon their race. Enslavement resulted in great building works of cities and ports. The people had been displaced and impoverished. Many forms of zealotry appeared claiming to be the Christ. By 33 AD persecution reached its peak and the oneness of the diverse people was crucified. The rule of the Pharisees and Sadducees was triumphant and continued in the rule of James and Peter. Great compromises in the 4th decade were made to the Romans with alternating procurators appointed by Rome.
John could see the perilous state of the nation and began to write up the story projecting it forward to eventual victory in a universal age. John set out in his first words to “reveal Christ” Christ being the intrinsic hope, the Light of Genesis, the ever present oneness of everything – we are what we breathe, the wind in the sail.
John perceived that schism in society was due to the fractured masculine and feminine traits, between structure and newness. One needs the other as much as the other needs the one. But Adam was mankind – male and female. Eve was the creative side of mankind, drawn from mankind, ever changing the vestments. Eve could be male or female. And both could be good or bad. Ongoing life emerged from such duality. Consciousness had many forms, ever surprising, ever changing. Consciousness transcended to phonetics and then to the “Written Word”. Myths of life became object lessons, ensamples. Precepts were built on precepts. Words on words. Stories superimposed. Mankind began to make and remake. And by possessiveness, patriarchy and giants roamed the land. The masculine and feminine roles were split asunder.
John writing well before the Gospels pictured a great marriage in a far distant apocalyptic age. Except for the elite of society the nation was illiterate. John pictured the great marriage of the Bride and Bridegroom, the marriage of the feminine and masculine as one in the Apocalypse – a restoration similar in quality to the pristine condition before vanity jarred the pillars of social being.
In this apocalyptic people in heaven shout “Alleluia; Salvation”, “Amen” “for the marriage of the Lamb is come” – Rev. 19:1. This revered marriage is the revelation of a new Christ – a white horse. The rider is called “Faithful and True” again riding to Jerusalem. Not sitting on an ass but a white horse this person is called “The Word of God”. His vesture is dipped in blood. The call goes out “Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God”. Masculinity and femininity are remarried. Newness dominates. The grapes of wrath are ended. Those who have created the great division, the beasts and all the false prophets are tormented “day and night for ever and ever.” And only with this marriage, of two, the book of life is opened. And then comes “a new heaven and a new earth” with all the old literal traditions swept aside as the “tabernacle of God is with men”.
We can then see the bride the Lamb’s wife. The new Jerusalem has “no temple therein” for all is restored with the “Lord God Almighty” providing the “tree of life” with the “leaves of the tree” for healing the wounds of the past. New air for a new generation. And so mankind, male and female together “shall reign for ever and ever. So seal not the saying of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand”.
Ministers and priests, are you prepared to follow “the root and the offering spring of David”? Surely renewal comes quickly with the end of patriarchal society, that John foresaw, and we have denied.