“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of they wings will I make my refuge, until these calalmities be overpast.” Psalms 57:1

Some would argue that catastrophes are nothing new, that they have been going on since time began. Precisely. Time was the consequence of sin. The wages of sin is death.  Man’s sin is bringing more and more death.

“And God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually.”  Genesis 6:5. 

The wickedness of man is great in the earth because the evilness of man is great in what the earth symbolizes, which is the heart.  What followed was the flood, a story that with slight variations has been passed down in many cultures, making it all the more apparent that it is not about the physical flood, but about what the flood symbolizes, which is the spiritual evil in the heart of man, which is releasing a negative and destructive energy that is manifesting in the form of bigger and more powerful storms, in more powerful earthquakes, and in other mega catastrophic events.

“Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee… ” Jeremiah 2:19. 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  After the waters receded, God made a covenant with Noah, with his seed after him, and with every living creature that was with Noah. This covenant was made with Noah because he was righteous. It is man’s righteousness that will ensure his protection. God promised that he would not cut off flesh by the waters of a flood again, and that there would not be a flood to destroy the earth.  The definition of covenant is a binding agreement made by two or more parties. If one party breaks the covenant, the covenant becomes null and void.  Man has broken his covenant with God through unrighteousness.  Noah was saved by the works of building and entering the ark, as man, having entered the spiritual “era of Jacob” will be saved through the works of building a spiritual ark.  In performing these spiritual works, we are able to see our sin, and remove its negative and destructive energy, through which we enter an invisible ark of protection, while doing our part to decrease the negative and destructive energy being released in and upon the earth.  A culminative effort to put our sin in remission by removing our iniquities will lessen the intensity and frequency of these catastrophic events.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001
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Historian’s Article for February 2006 by Alan M. Robinson, P.M., Historian

“… In 1783, General Washington resigned his commission and returned to his 8000 acre plantation. To help ensure that our fledgling government would hold together, George presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. The Framers of the Constitution are said to have had Bro. George in mind when they created the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America. Not surprisingly, he was unanimously elected by the Electoral College to this high office. In Federal Hall, New York City, on April 30, 1789, with his left hand placed on the Altar Bible belonging to St. John’s Lodge No. 1, New York City (opened to the 49th Chapter of the Book of Genesis), Bro. George Washington was inaugurated as our first President. How about that?”

Sandra’s comment: “The United States of America is called the land of the free.  The 49th Chapter of Genesis contains the spiritual healing process through which we are made free in every aspect of our life.  How about that?”

Sandra L. Butler © 2006


OpenBible2The revelation of 1960 served to expose the error in the Christian religion, whose history is encoded in the stories of the Old Testament.  I believe there is a direct correlation between this revelation and what has become known as “The Third Secret of Fatima,” which was to be revealed by the Catholic Church in 1960.  But they kept the secret, later revealing an adulterated version of it.  What needed to be exposed regarding the Church was revealed though this fourteen year-long revelation that began in 1960, serving to tear down the false foundation that was laid two thousand years ago, re-establishing the true foundation.

Two foundations. The foundation of rock, laid through the spiritual teachings of Jesus.  And the foundation of sand, laid through the carnal teachings of Paul, the founder of the new religion we call Christianity, whose doctrine was being taught in the churches built in those days.  The church that Jesus spoke of was spiritual.  Paul taught the people to believe in Jesus the man, which is carnal, not spiritual.  Jesus was not concerned with whether or not we believe in him.  “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  John 10:37,38.   Jesus is instructing us to believe the works, the word believe meaning to obey or put action to.  Works require action.  Jesus is telling us to believe him if he does the works of his Father.  If we say we believe in Jesus, we are saying we believe he did the works of his Father. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he also do…” John 14:12.  Saying we believe in Jesus with our mouth, or in our mind, requires no works. Believing without works.  Faith without works, the teachings of Paul, who claims that Jesus did the works for us, which is a lie!  Jesus is our pattern-man.  We are to follow what Jesus said and did.  We are to do the works that he did. “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration…” Matthew 19:28.  To regenerate is to form, construct, or create anew.

What are the works of the Father?  Creation. We do the works of the Father by doing the spiritual works that result in a new creation. To form this spiritual creation within ourselves requires the spiritual Jesus, the spiritual seed or word of God.  “The parable is this: the seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11.  God’s physical creation came into existence when He spoke His word, the sowing of God’s seed. Our spiritual creation comes into existence when the spiritual seed or word of God (truth) is sowed in our heart.  “All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3, referring to Jesus, the spiritual seed of God made flesh, which is why Jesus is called the Son of God.  John 1:1 is a mistranslation.  The original translation is as follows: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and a god was the word.”  A god was the word has been changed to the Word was God.  Jesus is not God!   “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods. If he called them gods unto whom the word of God came…” John 10:34,35.  If the word of God comes to us through the conception of truth in our heart, we become a god (diminutive), not God.  If a man sows his seed in a woman, and she conceives, that seed brings forth a son or a daughter, not the father that sowed it.

God’s physical creation was made by His word, the word being synonymous with the works of creation. Through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works we form “a new heaven and a new earth” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart,” our “first heaven and first earth” (formed through false perceptions and beliefs) passing away through the process.  Revelation 21:1. The Bible is written in a symbolic language, the reason we have been given the second revelation. Though an understanding of God’s spiritual language we are able to decode the message of instruction through which we are healed on a soul-level.   Salvation of the soul, which comes not through Jesus, but through what Jesus symbolizes, which is Truth!

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2023


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The Holy Bible teaches us that the Son is synonymous with the Word.  Abraham, referred to as Father, had two sons: Ishmael and Isaac.  Ishmael was father to the nation of Islam, and Isaac father to the nation of Israel. The Holy Bible and the Holy Quran—  the Word of God.

The Bible teaches that Ishmael was the son of the bondwoman and Isaac was the son of the freewoman, which are referred to as the two covenants, revealing the two states of the soul— bondage and free.

Two thousand years ago, the world made its transition from the “era of Abraham” to the “era of Isaac,” at which time the people found themselves at a crossroads, taxed to make a choice between the physical path they were on, or the spiritual path that Moses had encouraged their ancestors to take 1500 years earlier.  As their ancestors before them, they chose the physical path, rejecting the spiritual teachings that would put them back on the spiritual path.  Jesus taught on a spiritual kingdom that was to be restored from within.  But the Jews wanted the physical kingdom of Israel to be restored from without.  As their ancestors before them, they chose the bondage of the carnal law, rejecting the spiritual truth, which if obeyed, would have brought them freedom within and without.  In the year 2000, we entered the third and final “era of Jacob,” where we stand at the final crossroads, taxed to make a choice— continue to view the content of our Sacred Texts through the lens of the carnal mind, and remain in bondage.  Or begin to view them with a spiritual mind, following the  instruction through which we are made free.

The Torah of the Tanakh shows us two paths: The book of Genesis gives us an overview of the spiritual path, the book of Exodus detailing the children of Israel’s journey through the wilderness and up the mount, symbolizing man’s spiritual journey and ascension.  But the children of Israel never ascended the mount, leaving the spiritual path in favor of the physical path, choosing the bondage of the carnal law, which was to end at the passing of Moses, which brings us to the end of Deuteronomy, and to the end of the Torah.

The Nevi’im of the Tanakh shows us two paths: It begins with the book of Joshua. With the Passover at Jordan, where the children pass over into the promised land, eating no more of the manna, but of the old corn, symbolizing their transition from carnal law to spiritual truth. Their labor was to battle against the seven inhabitants of the promised land, symbolizing the spiritual battle by which we take possession of a spiritual promised land. But they soon reverted to the physical path by making marriages with the inhabitants of the land, which God had commanded them not to do, reverting to the bondage of the carnal law.  By driving out the spiritual enemies symbolized by the seven nations, we are made free of our spiritual bondage. The book of Judges sets forth the spiritual judgment that would have brought them spiritual freedom.  But they would not hearken to their judges, rejecting the voice of God, which spoke through His anointed one, Samuel.  They chose instead to have a physical king rule over them, becoming like the very nations they were to remain separate from. The Old Testament’s “Kings” and “Chronicles” names these kings and chronicles their acts.  It was King David, anointed by Samuel, that came to turn the heart of the children back to God, putting them back on the spiritual path that their patriarchal fathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, followed.  But the power and influence of these righteous kings was soon usurped by kings that “walked not in the footsteps of David.”  A king symbolizes a spirit, revealing the righteous and unrighteous spirits working through the mind and heart of man.  Yet God’s hand was outstretched still, sending His Prophets, who prophesied of the destruction that would come if they continued in their spiritual disobedience.  But they would not hearken to their Prophets, stoning them by their refusal to change, refusing to take the spiritual path by keeping the spiritual law or word of God.

The Holy Qur’an shows us two paths: It establishes quite clearly the error of the children of Israel.  Yet the Qur’an takes its followers down the same physical path, the laws of the Qur’an no different than the laws of the Old Testament.  Muhammad, 570-632, founder of Islam, was said to have experienced a vision of the archangel Gabriel in a cave outside Mecca, whose Arabic meaning reveals its symbolism.  Muhammed pondered questions raised in his mind as he listened to Jews and Christians expound on their religious beliefs in the marketplace.  Proclaimed a prophet by the archangel Gabriel, he continued to receive revelations.  If of a spiritual nature, they would have stood in opposition to the beliefs held by Jews, and by Christians, whose religious beliefs in 610 were far removed from the spiritual doctrine of Jesus, which was buried by 460.  Any spiritual teachings given to Muhammad gave way to physical laws due to the civil unrest that comes with spiritual disobedience; due to what the Qur’an calls “hearts infected with disbelief.”  The Muslim religion, like every religion before it, would follow the physical path.

The children of Israel chose Saul over Samuel, who spoke for God. The Jews chose the carnal law over the spiritual truth that Jesus, who spoke for God, brought them. Christianity was founded upon the carnal-minded doctrine of Paul, which teaches that salvation comes by believing in Jesus, which is contrary to the spiritual teachings of Jesus, which teaches salvation by believing (obeying) the spiritual works that Jesus spoke of and demonstrated. Paul taught that salvation is obtained by accepting the Son.  Believe in Jesus and you’re saved, the doctrine being taught to Christians at the time of Muhammed, whose revelation served as a backlash against the belief that God has a partner with whom He shares His divine attributes.  Jews, Muslims, and Christians, all lack a spiritual understanding of the Son, without which there can be no creation, and therefore, no salvation.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000


abortionThe Holy Bible speaks of spontaneous abortion, but not of induced abortion. Let’s start by defining abortion and pregnancy according to medical science. Abortion is the removal of pregnancy tissue, products of conception or the fetus and placenta from the uterus.  Pregnancy is a process that consists of a series of biochemical changes that take place in a woman’s organs and tissues as a result of a developing fetus, connected by the umbilical cord to the placenta, the organ that develops and implants in the mother’s uterus during pregnancy. Through the blood vessels in the umbilical cord, the fetus receives all the necessary nutrition, oxygen, and life support from the mother through the placenta.  Heart sounds are created from blood flowing through the heart chambers as the cardiac valves open and close during the cardiac cycle. Vibrations of these structures from the blood flow create audible sounds.  

According to science, life begins at conception, which most Christians would agree with. However, the growing fetus does not have its own life.  All that it needs to sustain its existence, comes from the mother.  It gets its life from its mother.  So in truth, the life of the unborn child does not begin at conception.  It begins when the child takes its first breath— the breath of life. And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7.  The soul is the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought, emotion, and action.  When it comes to abortion, the soul should be taken into consideration.  Our we, as parents, spiritually (mentally and emotionally) prepared to bring a child into this world?  If we are not, we will end up bringing harm to the soul of our child through our mental and emotional deficiencies. “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.”  Isaiah 54:1.  “For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many  more children than she which hath an husband.”  Galatians 4:27.  I’m sure it makes people feel good to say that they are pro-life.  After all, they are standing up for life!  But what if the life the child is forced to enter into (having no choice of his own) is not a good one?  The prophet Isaiah tells us that the desolate have more children than the wife that is married.  How can the desolate have more children than the one that has a husband?  When it doesn’t seem to make sense literally, it should be taken spiritually.  We call the ground desolate when it is without seed. The spiritually desolate are those that lack what both the seed and the husband symbolize, which is truth, through which we are healed mentally and emotionally.  If pro-choice no longer becomes an option, Isaiah’s prophecy will continue to unfold, as more and more children, born of the spiritually desolate, are brought into this world, carrying on the spiritual legacy of their caretakers, contributing to the growing spiritual decline of mankind.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2022



Unconditional love: affection without any limitations, or love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism or complete love. Each area of expertise has a certain way of describing unconditional love, but most will agree that it is that type of love which has no bounds and is unchanging.  Wikipedia

God is Love. While it is true that God, which is Spirit, has no limitations. Is it true that God, which is Love, has no conditions?  God has spiritual laws set in place, and being made in the image of God, man is subject to these laws. If he breaks these spiritual laws, he suffers the consequences. The law is the condition. God set up His Law out of Love, to keep us in the borders of obedience, within a wall of protection.   “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee… Exodus 15:26.  There are conditions that must be met in order to escape the diseases that plague us. Clearly, man is not been in compliance with the conditions that God has laid down for us, to protect us, because he loves us. 

God is Love, which also has a condition:  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:16—  which is to say, no man comes to Love, except through truth.  “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me…” John 16:27.  God loves those who love truth, therefore, God’s love is conditional!  So where did this “feel-good” expression come from?  A search reveals that the term, “unconditional love,” was first used by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in 1934.  So, it is a precept of man, not of God. The term is sometimes associated with complete love,” the biblical term for which is, perfect love.”  “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God… God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: … There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear… We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:15-21. 

The word confess means to assent; i.e. covenant, which is to express agreement or acceptance of something.  Those that agree or accept that Jesus is the Son of God, dwell in love.  Therefore, those that accept that Jesus is God, do not dwell in love.  Why?  Because, in removing the Son we remove the word of God (truth), the very essence of God’s spirit— “the spirit of truth.”  So we can conclude that if we remove truth from the equation, our love can never be made perfect.  We can never reach “perfect love” from within our heart. The “day of judgment” is the period of time in which we judge (overcome) our false perceptions and beliefs. If we achieve it in this life, we will have boldness on the day of judgment in the afterlife.  Love, by itself, has no power until it is directed toward someone or something. God directed His Love toward us by giving us Jesus, the manifestation of God’s seed or word of truth.  How do we love ourselves?  By giving ourselves the truth.  Only then, can we truly say we love God.  Only then can we truly love our brother.  Fear opposes love.  A lie opposes truth.  Fear is the spirit or energy of the lie.  Love is the spirit or energy of truth.  How many of us have (knowingly or unknowingly) enabled our brother’s bad behavior as a result of accepting the “unconditional love” lie?  That is not loving our brother.  Love has a condition, which is truth.  Yet we fear telling our brother the truth, which would be a demonstration of our love towards them. 

Fromm’s concept of “unconditional love” could very well have been an unconscious back-lash against the fear instilled in him through religion, having come from an Orthodox Jewish family, a religion he turned away from in 1926.  If we did our due diligence by looking into the history of those that come up with these man-made concepts, we would most likely understand the psychology behind it. This obsession with love is an attempt to counteract the fear buried so deep within the psyche, that most of us are still unaware of its existence, a fear that can be overcome by replacing all of these lies, with truth.  In truth, there is no such thing as “unconditional love.”

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021


Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen,Christmas Tree and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”   Jeremiah 10:2-4 

The word heathen means Gentile.  It was 300 years after Christ before the Roman church kept Christmas, and not until the fifth century that it was mandated to be kept throughout the empire as an official festival honoring “Christ.”  However, it is not Christ that is being honored through this tradition, but Paul, upon whose teachings the Roman church was built, which is why Paul is called Apostle to the Gentiles


Birth of JesusThere is quite a lot of speculation as to when Jesus was born.  The Christian religion teaches that Jesus was born on December 25th. Messianic Jews favor a date that ties in with one of the fall Feasts, such as the Feast of Trumpets or Feast of Tabernacles.  There are also a few spring predictions out there.

Let’s start with what Jesus is. The seed of God (Luke 8:11).  God is called the husbandman,  which means gardener.  A gardener plants his seed in early spring.  Let’s assume God planted His spiritual seed into the physical womb of Mary the first day of spring, the March equinox beginning on March 20th.  The flesh that would house this spiritual seed takes forty weeks to form, putting the birth on precisely December 25th.  

A December 25th date puts Jesus among the many other gods believed to be born on this day: Buddha, Krishna (eastern gods), Mithras (Roman god), Quetzalcoatl (Aztec god), Hercules (Greek god), Tammuz (Sumerian god), Horus and Osiris (Egyptian gods). This is where we need to look at the customs and practices of the people that worship these gods. The custom of the Egyptians was to be buried with their most valued earthly possessions, which they believed would go with them into the afterlife.  Certainly, not a concept of Jesus, who taught us not to put value on earthly possessionsThe reason we should not group Jesus with the eastern gods, is because the practices of the east are mind-body disciplines. Jesus advocated for a heart discipline, which brings us to the Aztecs, who sacrificed human hearts to their gods.  Clearly, not a concept of Jesus, who taught on the spiritual sacrificing of the impurities of the heart.

For the spiritually-minded, the birth of Jesus is not about a literal day, but about a spiritual or internal experience. When seed is planted in the earth, symbolizing the heart, the life in the seed (John 1:4) is regenerated through its conception, which through the process of time, brings forth.  Maybe our time would be better spent thinking about the birth of God’s spiritual seed in our heart instead of the birth of the physical body that housed the spiritual seed, which is why Jesus would not have been born on December 25th, a date that fits the physical conception of physical seed, rather than the spiritual conception of spiritual seed, which Jesus was.

Maybe we will never know the truth when it comes to the day that Jesus was born because it is the spiritual birth that matters. The birth of truth can not be given a day. It takes place within the individual, over an indeterminate period of time.

It is the Christian religion that is responsible for the way many think about the birth of Jesus.  And religious Christmas songs like, “Come let us adore him…” doesn’t help, taking our mind off of the spiritual, and putting it on the physical.  Christians say they believe in Jesus, which is to believe at a mind level. They adore the physical aspect of God’s holy seed.  But adoration for the spiritual aspect of Jesus requires us to believe on a heart level through spiritual or internal works, which has nothing to do with proclaiming we love Jesus with our mouth, or in our mind.

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:”  Isaiah 29:13

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”  Matthew 15:8

It is through these spiritual or internal works that we regenerate truth in that spiritual womb called the heart, giving birth to truth, through which we demonstrate our love for the spiritual Jesus.  Let us think about the birth of Jesus in the context of what his birth symbolizes.  There is not enough information to determine exactly when Jesus was born in the flesh. But there is enough information to determine how we give birth to truth in our flesh.

“Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city: But the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the chapels, they pulled down. And having cleansed the temple they made another altar, and striking stones they took fire out of them, and offered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth incense, and lights, and shewbread.  When that was done, they fell flat down, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations.  Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Casleu. And they kept the eight days with gladness.” 2 Maccabees, Chapter 10, verses 1-6. 

December 25th, the day the heathen profaned the temple. The word profane means lacking due respect. We profane the temple through our false religious and personal images or beliefs, which we have set up in that spiritual temple called the heart. We cleanse the temple by overcoming these false beliefs through the birth of the spiritual Jesus from within our heart. In doing this, we are no longer counted among the heathen, the unbelievers, who only celebrate the birth of Jesus literally, perpetually, one day out of the year.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015


Reincarnation: the doctrine that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form. Rebirth of the soul in a new body. This is the general understanding of reincarnation today, which came from the east.  A different understanding comes from The Holy Bible— the Sacred Text of the west.  The soul, by definition, is the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought, emotion, and action. The soul is unique to each individual because none of us have the same exact experiences in life, which determine how we think and feel; thought and emotion.  The eastern concept of reincarnation teaches that the soul of an individual can return again and again for the purpose of reaching total enlightenment.  Here, the body experiences a physical death, followed by a physical birth as the soul is transferred to a new body.

Energy is either transferred or transformed. The east teaches transference of the soul-energy.  Here’s the problem with this incomplete concept.  Our soul, through the painful things we saw, heard, felt, and experienced throughout our life, took on negative and destructive energy.  If our soul-energy is not transformed during our time here on earth, our unhealed mental and emotional energy will be transferred, passing over into the spiritual realm—“in heaven as it is on earth.” If we are to accept the eastern concept of reincarnation, we must accept that the infant comes into this world in an unhealed mental and emotional state.  Otherwise, what would be the purpose of the soul’s return, which according to the east, is to reach enlightenment.  So now, the poor soul that has taken on a new body, not only has the burden of the negative and destructive energy of the previous life, but the burden of the negative and destructive energy his soul will carry through the painful experiences of this life.  To have a complete understanding of reincarnation we must incorporate what the Sacred Text of the west has to teach us on the subject:

The Holy Bible teaches spiritual reincarnation through a spiritual death and rebirth that takes place while we are in the physical body.  To reach enlightenment does not require the soul to experience many past lives through many bodies. But rather, to experience the past of this life in this one body.  Jesus said we must “become as little children,” which takes place through the transformation of our mental and emotional or soul energy, through which we return to the state we lived in as little children; pure in thought and emotion.  Jesus provides the instruction for returning to this pure state through his cup and platter parable. The inside of the cup” symbolizes the thoughts of the mind.  The inside of the platter” symbolizes the emotions of the heart.  We are transformed through the purification of our mind and heart.  Transformation is an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed. The process through which we become a new creation, our “first heaven and earth,” formed through false perceptions and beliefs, which carry negative and destructive mental and emotional energy, passing away (Revelation 21:1).  This is the spiritual death that precedes the spiritual birth of a new creation; “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart,” which being formed through the spiritual light of truth, carries positive and constructive mental and emotional energy, the soul reaching enlightenment in one lifetime. The soul consists of mental and emotional energy. The transformation of this energy is the rebirth of our soul in our body.  This is the teaching of the Sacred Text of the west on the subject of reincarnation.

“The last Adam was made a quickening spirit…”  The spirit is the power or energy that works through the mind and heart— through the soul.  The word quickening means to (re-)vitalize, make alive, give life. Through this transformation process, the holy spirit is revitalized.  And with the revitalization of our portion of God’s holy spirit, comes the regeneration of God’s word (Matthew 19:28), which forms our new heaven and earth, the word regeneration meaning the act or process of creating anew.  As man enters the third day, he is given one last opportunity to revitalize his holy spirit through the conception of truth in his heart, returning his soul to the pure state in which it was received.  A new mind and a new heart equates to a new soul, in which dwells a new spirit (Psalms 51:10).  A new soul formed inside of this old body, as opposed to the eastern belief of an old soul entering a new body.  Jesus asks, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? …  Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias (Elijah) and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Matthew 16:13,14.  But I say unto you, “Elias is come already.”  Matthew 17:12.  Jesus’ response was for the benefit of the Jewish scribes, who understood that Elijah must come before Messiah.  But Jesus is also teaching us a very important spiritual truth.  It is not the soul, which is unique to each person, that returns.  It was not the soul of Elijah that returned.  It was the spirit of Elijah, which rested upon John the Baptist, while Jesus possessed the spirit of Elisha:  “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”  2 Kings 2:9.  “And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood upon his feet.” 2 Kings 13:21.  Jesus said, I am the resurrection.”  

So now, through the Word of God, we understand that it is not the soul that takes on a new body.  But a body that takes on the spirit of one that has come before.  During a past-life regression, my sister saw herself as Queen Sheba. She took it to mean literally.  When in truth, it was the spirit or idiomatic expression of Queen Sheba that she took on in this life.  Any knowledge of a past life should be used to understand the past of this life.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015