Isma’ili’ Muslim Perspectives on the “End of the World”

Esoteric Apocalypse (Qiyamah):
Isma’ili’ Muslim Perspectives on the “End of the World” (Part 1).

“The Qiyāmah is true and will happen, but a full explanation of it, either in theory or in common doctrine, is not easy.”  Paul Walker, (Abu Yaqub al-Sijistani: Intellectual Missionary, 73)

“We, the Imāms in descent from Imām Husayn, are present until today and we shall remain until the Qiyāmah and even after the Qiyāmah.”  – Imām Shāh Āgā Shāh ‘Alī Shāh

In Islamic thought, the ideas and themes relating to the “end of the world” fall under the doctrine of qiyāmah (“rising”, “resurrection”). The Qur’an contains hundreds of references to qiyāmah under various names including: the Day of Resurrection, 2:85; the Day of Mutual Disillusion, 64:9; the Day of Mutual Calling, 40:32; the Day of Decision, 37:21; the Day they are raised up, 7:14; the Day of Judgement, 1:4; the Day of Gathering together, 50:44; the Day they come forth [from the tombs], 70:43; the Day of Imminence, 40:18; the Day when the Hour comes, 30:12; the Day of Reckoning, 14:41.

For the people of the exoteric (ahl al-ẓāhir), qiyāmah is when physical world comes to an end and all things return to God for the final judgment. They expect qiyāmah to be preceded by a series of natural disasters and physical events including earthquakes, disasters, wars, the opening of the heavens, and other such things. 

However, the esoteric (bāṭin) perspective views qiyāmah in an entirely different sense.  In this sense, Abū Ya‘qūb al-Sijistānī writes that the real meaning of qiyāmah is hidden from the masses and only available to the People of the True Realities:

“Among the greatest of matters in which the People of Realities (ahl al-ḥaqā’iq) take pride is the recognition of qiyāmah, its causes, and the tokens and signs that follow these, about which the people of the exoteric (ahl al-ẓāhir) are in the dark.”
– Abū Ya‘qūb al-Sijistānī, (Kitāb al-Iftikhār, 181)

Commentary: The “end of the world” is to take place in what the Bible refers to as “the end of days,” when a spiritual rising or resurrection is to take place. The prophet Daniel speaks of the “Day of Judgement” as being “a time of trouble such as never was,” a time of spiritual purification in those going through God’s spiritual judgment.  “The Day of Gathering together” is referenced in Genesis 49: “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.”  The Chapter reveals what one encounters throughout  “The Day of Judgement,” which takes place over a period of time.  ” And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Matthew 19:28. “The People of True Realties” are those that have experienced a spiritual resurrection in this spiritual [day of] judgment, which is to take place before the physical [day of] judgment, “the tokens and signs” of God’s spiritual judgment being a purified mind and heart. 

In the esoteric perspective, qiyāmah is not a physical event, but rather, it is a spiritual or soul-related event which has effects and manifestations in the physical world. This is because qiyāmah is related to creation (khalq). Imām Sultān Muhammad Shāh explains that “the creation according to Islam is not a unique act in a given time, but a perpetual and constant event” (Memoirs of the Aga Khan). Similarly, qiyāmah is an event that occurs in every moment and instant – although it is hidden and not perceived by most people.

Commentary: Qiyāmah (“rising”, “resurrection”) is “a spiritual or soul-related event” because the soul, by definition, is the vital principle in man credited to the faculty of thought and emotion, which are purified, healed though a spiritual resurrection.  It has “effects and manifestations in the physical world” because the external is the manifestation of the internal, which is why Jesus instructs us to “cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may become clean,” which is to say, purify the thoughts of the mind and the emotions of the heart, so the outside of them, the physical action, becomes pure.  Qiyāmah is related to creation (khalq)… a perpetual and constant event” in that it is a spiritual creation, that of “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart,” an ongoing event— a process that has been encoded in the book of Genesis, meaning creation.

Just as time is continuous, it can be felt, measured and aggregated in certain intervals – seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, decades, etc, in the same way, the qiyāmah which is ever-occurring can be experienced in intervals. When a being fulfills and actualizes the limit (hadd) of its own existence, this is the “metamorphosis of being which esoteric parlance designates as qiyāmah, resurrection.” (Henry Corbin, Temple and Contemplation). Thus, qiyāmah is a direct culmination and the recompense (i.e. reward, punishment) of the previous actions and events in the life of a particular being.  All human beings undergo qiyāmah as they ascend from one level of consciousness to the next – such as the progression through the mineral, vegetable, animal, and rational souls in earthly life.

Commentary: This spiritual creation, a spiritual birth, like the qiyāmah,” is “experienced in intervals,” a spontaneous occurrence that cannot be forced into a fixed period of time in that it is spiritual— a “resurrection” of truth, which takes place over time through a strong desire to be healed; to be saved  from the many false perceptions and beliefs we have accepted throughout our life because of the things we saw, heard, felt, and experienced— the previous actions and events in the life of a particular being.”  Eliminating them is a process; a metaphorical climb symbolized by Jacob’s ladder, (Genesis 28:12), which represents this spiritual ascension process.

Thus, we can speak of involuntary qiyāmah – when the human soul experiences the death of the physical body and is resurrected in the astral or imaginal body. There is also the voluntary qiyāmah – when the human soul undergoes the final death and attains union with God – such as the spiritual mi‘rāj of the Prophet Muhammad. A collective qiyāmah is something experienced by a group of human beings – such as a community, a nation, a civilization, or even humanity as a whole.

Commentary: The “voluntary qiyāmah in the Holy Bible is called “the second death;” a spiritual death that is to take place before our physical death.  Through it we experience “the end of the world.”

When qiyāmah is understood as “the end of the world” – it is referring to a collective qiyāmah. This qiyāmah is foremost a spiritual event which has consequences and effects in the physical world – as manifested in human history. However, the term “world” in this expression “the end of the world” cannot be understood as the planet Earth or the physical universe as a whole. A “world” (‘ālam) refers to the entire way of life, sets of conventional beliefs, paradigms of understanding, and discourses of knowledge (‘ilm) that subsist amongst human beings in a particular period of human history – called a cycle (dawr). The “end of the world” refers to the conclusion (“death”) of one such historical cycle (dawr) and the beginning (“birth”) of a new cycle. This transition – from one historical cycle (dawr) to the next cycle – is the qiyāmah or the “end of the world”.  The great Ismā‘īlī Muslim philosopher Sayyidnā Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī explains as follows:

“Amongst these [worlds] is the revolution that takes place when one cycle changes to another, when one prophetic tradition (sunnat) and custom changes to another, and one religion (millat) changes to another. Each one of these is a world, each of these is a separate world, and when each changes, one may say that such and such a cycle, a prophetic tradition and a religion, which did not exist and then came into existence, was a separate world which underwent non-existence and then existence… Thus, when one cycle, which is another world, begins, the founder (wādi‘) of the religion of that cycle is made manifest, and his appearance, form, language, dialect, speech, behavior, deeds and spiritual path, both in whole and part, are completely different [from the previous cycle].” – Nasir al-Din Tusi, (The Paradise of Submission, 68-69)

Commentary:  “The end of the world” takes place (to the individual) when the false perceptions and beliefs that formed his “first heaven and earth” pass away, giving birth of  “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart.”  The people who go through this spiritual creation process become “the People of the True Realities.”  Among the peoples of religion, “the people of True Realities” are those that have made the transition from serving God through the physical works of ritualistic practices to serving God through spiritual works.  “Amongst these [worlds] is the revolution that takes place when one cycle changes to another, when one prophetic tradition (sunnat) and custom changes to another… each one of these a world…”  One such “revolution” and “world”  occurred two thousand years ago when Jesus brought the spiritual teachings to those of religion. But it was rejected, the religion formed from the perversion of those teachings no different than the religion that rejected them in the first place, both religions assigning literal interpretations to what was intended to be spiritual.  Had they eaten of “the spiritual drink” and eaten of “the spiritual meat” that was offered to them two thousand years ago we would all be “drinking of the new wine,” thinking spiritually about the words written in the Book.

The Seventh Cycle, which follows the previous Six Prophetic Cycles, is the Special Cycle of the Great Qiyāmah because it happens only once in every several thousand years. This Cycle of Qiyāmah lasts for one thousand years and is marked by special conditions and events which are the culmination, fulfillment and apex of the previous Six Prophetic Cycles. When the Sixth Cycle – the Cycle of Prophet Muhammad – reaches its climax and conclusion, it is then that the Cycle of Qiyāmah begins:

“In the current cycle of human history, however, it was still expected, as with the earliest Isma‘ilis, that full qiyama, or the Great Resurrection (qiyamat-i qiyamat), would occur at the end of the final millennial era after Adam; that is, at the end of the sixth era initiated by the sixth law-announcing prophet, Muhammad. The Great Resurrection, towards which all the partial consummation of the preceding cycles in history of mankind had been tending, would inaugurate the final, seventh era – the culmination of the ages in the history of mankind.” – Farhad Daftary, (The Ismailis: Their History and Doctrines, II, p. 381)

Different historical periods or cycles are marked by the appearance of God’s Messengers and each cycle (or “world”) lasts anywhere between five hundred or fifteen hundred years. In the language of the Abrahamic scriptures, the cycles are referred to as the “Days of God” (Qur’ān 14:5) or the “Days of Creation” (Genesis): “Lo! Your Lord is God Who created the heavens and the earth in Six Days. Then He established the Throne.” – Holy Qur’ān 7:54

Commentary: There were “fifteen hundred years” between Moses and Jesus. There was one hundred and fifty years between the death of the esoteric teachings of Jesus (460AD) and the Prophet Muhammad (610AD), a tenth of a cycle, which is important because a 1 to 10 factor, when applied to certain times (i.e., days, years) serve to reveal time-lines for important historical events, such as the arrival of the next Messenger – the Prophet Muhammad.  There were also “fifteen hundred years” between the death of the spiritual truth brought by God’s Messenger – Jesus, in 460 and the foundation that was laid in 1960, which served to re-establish this truth through a 14-year revelation that exposed the error in the doctrines of the Christian religion, which was formed over a period of yet another “fifteen hundred years.” The “heavens” (plural) of the Holy Quran, as stated by the Author, pertain to consciousness, each heaven a “level of consciousness.”  The “heaven” (singular) of the Holy Bible symbolizes the mind, which acquires levels of understanding through the creation of  “a new heaven and new earth” symbolizing the “a new mind and new heart,” formed in the individual through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works.

According to the esoteric meaning (ta’wīl) of this verse, the six days in which God creates the heavens and the earth are six historical cycles of prophecy and religion. The “world” created in during these six cycles is the “World of Faith” (‘ālam al-dīn).

“The Cycle of every prophet is his ‘day’. The time in which we are now – I mean, the time after the Emissary, al-Mustafa, was sent forth up to the time of the Resurrection – is the ‘day’ of our Emissary. The days of Moses, Jesus, and the other prophets are past… God the Exalted created the lifetime of this world during the span of the prophethood of six prophets, each of whom had his cycle (dawr) and his summons (da‘wat) in his ‘day’ (rūz), and during his day the Emissary summoned people to God… If people were to examine this interpretation, each prophetic community would occupy the position which it indeed occupies: the Christians established on the fifth day, the Jews on the fourth day, the Mazdeans on the third day.” – Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw, (Between Reason and Revelation, tr. Eric Ormsby, 152-153)

Commentary: The “World of Faith” is the World of Religion, in which mankind worships God on a physical level, the number six pertaining to physical, the past six thousand years being six cycles, or six days, as “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.”  The Christian religion was established in “the fifth day” or fifth century (around 400AD).  Isaac was the first Jew, but the Jewish religion was not established until the time of Moses thirty-five hundred years ago— in the midst of “the third day” and “the forth day”.

In each cycle of prophecy, the Enunciating Prophet (Nātiq) reveals a Scripture and a religious Law (sharī‘ah). Accompanying the Nātiq and later succeeding him is the person of the Foundation (Asās) – who is the first hereditary Imām of the cycle. The Asās is succeeded by a lineage of Imāms until a qiyāmah – when the prophetic cycle comes to an end and the next Nātiq appears. The institution of Imāmah continues throughout these prophetic cycles – serving as an arc of guidance, continuity and permanence (Click Here to Read) our previous post on the continuity of the eternal Imāmat in history). An overview of these six cycles is as follows:

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When the Sixth Prophetic Cycle comes to an end, the Seventh Cycle begins. The Seventh Cycle, in the Qur’anic verse above, is referred to as the establishment of the Throne. This Seventh Cycle is the Cycle of the Great Qiyāmah. This is because a cycle of prophecy consists of the dominance of the religious Law (sharī‘ah) in which spiritual truths (ḥaqā’iq) are concealed in symbols and only available to the initiates. The Cycle of Qiyāmah is when the spiritual truths are unveiled to the public. The meaning of qiyāmah is literally “rising” and the meaning of the word “apocalypse” is “revelation”.  Therefore, the qiyāmah or apocalypse is not the end of the physical world, but rather, the revelation, rising or unveiling of spiritual truths to humanity.

Commentary : The world entered “the Seventh Cycle” or Seventh Day in the year 2000, entering the third and final “era of Jacob;” the era of Spirit, and of spiritual awakening. The number seven pertains to spiritual. The world has entered the time of transition; from one cycle to another— from worshipping God through mind and body (exoteric), instituted through “religious Law (sharī‘ah)” to worshiping God through the Heart (esoteric), which is “the establishment of the Throne” the Throne symbolizing the Heart. “The Cycle of Qiyāmah is when the spiritual truths are unveiled to the public.” The word “apocalypse” means “lifting of the veil,” the veil symbolizing the carnal mind, which cannot perceive of spiritual truth, symbolized by the veil over Moses’ face, illustrating the children of Israel’s inability to perceive of God’s spiritual law.  The removal of the physical veil will be the proof that the spiritual is finally taking place in the mind of man.

In the cycle of every Prophet, the period of the manifestation of the exoteric (zāhir) dimension of the religious law (sharī‘at) is called the cycle of concealment, and the cycle of every Qā’im, when the manifestation of the esoteric realities of the religious laws (haqā’iq-i sharī‘at) of the Prophets occur, is called the cycle of unveiling (dawr-i kashf).” – Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī, (The Paradise of Submission, 69)

Commentary: The Holy Bible speaks of  “the time of reformation” (Hebrews 9:10), when physical obedience to religious Law is to give way, through the unveiling of spiritual truth, to spiritual obedience to God’s spiritual Law. An opportunity for this transition came two thousand years ago, in the fifth day, but it was missed.  

The Seventh Cycle, which follows the previous Six Prophetic Cycles, is the Special Cycle of the Great Qiyāmah because it happens only once in every several thousand years. This Cycle of Qiyāmah lasts for one thousand years and is marked by special conditions and events which are the culmination, fulfillment and apex of the previous Six Prophetic Cycles. When the Sixth Cycle – the Cycle of Prophet Muhammad – reaches its climax and conclusion, it is then that the Cycle of Qiyāmah begins:

“In the current cycle of human history, however, it was still expected, as with the earliest Isma‘ilis, that full qiyama, or the Great Resurrection (qiyamat-i qiyamat), would occur at the end of the final millennial era after Adam; that is, at the end of the sixth era initiated by the sixth law-announcing prophet, Muhammad. The Great Resurrection, towards which all the partial consummation of the preceding cycles in history of mankind had been tending, would inaugurate the final, seventh era – the culmination of the ages in the history of mankind.” – Farhad Daftary, (The Ismailis: Their History and Doctrines, II, p. 381)

Commentary : Jesus brought the spiritual truth or instruction, which if obeyed, would have brought the religious peoples out from religious law, which they had been under for fifteen hundred years. But they rejected the freedom (internal and external) that would have been obtained through spiritual obedience. What followed was the arrival of the sixth law-announcing prophet, Muhammad.”  The spiritual truths contained in the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran have been concealed because man chose bondage over freedom; law over spirit.  “The Seventh Cycle” is the unveiling of that which has been concealed. This Cycle of Qiyāmah lasts for one thousand years.”  The Holy Bible refers to this “one thousand years” as “the reign of Christ,” not to be taken literally.  Those who enter it through spiritual obedience to God’s spiritual works are ruled by what constitutes “christ,” which is “love and truth.”  This is what Jesus meant when he said we are to worship God “in spirit and in truth.”  “The Great Resurrection” is the resurrection of Truth, symbolized by the resurrection of Jesus. 

The person who begins and initiates the Cycle of Qiyāmah is not a Prophet – since Muhammad is the Seal of the Prophets. Instead, the august personality who begins this Qiyāmah is called the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah (Lord of the Resurrection) and he is the Seventh Nātiq after the previous Six Messengers. Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw (d. 1088) describes this as follows:

“The interpretation of ‘establishing Himself upon the Throne’ is the execution of the command of God by the Qā’im al-Qiyāmat (‘Lord of the Resurrection’), which is the Throne of God and which will be manifest after his Six Days have passed… ‘Tomorrow’ is the cycle to come. That ‘tomorrow’ in which the wise take such delight is the day of True Resurrrection, when the shadows of ignorance will be lifted from humanity by the light of His knowledge, just as God says, ‘The earth will be illumined by the light of its Lord’.” – Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw, (Between Reason and Revelation, tr. Eric Ormsby, 153)

Commentary: “The Seventh Cycle of Qiyāmah” has begun, the world entering the Seventh Day with the new millennium.  It was to be a Day of Rest, but man has not been doing the spiritual works for the past six thousand years; during “The Six Cycles”.  Man has not been hearing the voice of the Prophets, but rather has been stoning them through his refusal to change.  “The person who begins and initiates the Cycle of Qiyāmah” is one or anyone who becomes ‘Lord of the Resurrection’ through the resurrection of truth in his Heart— “the Throne of God”— “the kingdom of God,” which symbolizes “the realm of the Heart.” ‘The earth will be illumined by the light of its Lord’.  The earth, like the throne, symbolizes the heart, which is illuminated by truth— spiritual light. 

It is true that within a single prophetic cycle, i.e. the Cycle of Prophet Muhammad, there are minor Qā’ims as well – approximately every seventh Imām in the chain of Imāmat is the Imām-Qā’im of the minor Cycle and brings a minor qiyāmah for the community of believers. Each minor Qā’im reveals new esoteric teachings to the community of believers relative to his own age. Some examples of the minor Imām-Qā’ims during the Cycle of Prophet Muhammad are Imām Muhammad ibn Ismā‘īl, Imām al-Mu‘īzz, Imām al-Hakim bi-amr Allāh, Imām Hasan ‘alā dhirkihi al-salām, Imām Shams al-Dīn Muhammad, and others. All of these minor Qā’ims serve as previews or foretastes of the actual Qā’im – the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah who is the Seventh Nātiq – while the minor qiyāmahs are foreshadowings of the Great Qiyāmah. Henry Corbin explains that:

“The name of Qā’im, resurrector, is reserved par excellence for “he who will rise up”, the Lord of the Resurrection, at the close of the final Period of our Cycle. Yet each partial Qā’im at the end of each Period of the Septenary, as well as each Imām and each member of the Order, is also, potentially, Lord of the Resurrection, a limb of his mystical body, an oratory in his Temple of Light.”  – Henry Corbin, (Temple and Contemplation, 162)

Thus, the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah (Lord of the Resurrection) is not merely one of the seven Imāms, but rather, he is the Qā’im of the entirety cyclical history and his qiyāmah is the Great Qiyāmah. Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw explains the difference between the Qā’im (Seventh Nāṭiq) and the previous Prophets as follows:

“The Jews respect Saturday and do not work on it because of this, i.e. God has rested on this day. But they do not know that when the Messengers told people this, they meant that the people should know that, by the command of God, there will come to this world Six Messengers who will instruct the people (to work). When the Seventh will come, he will not instruct, rather, he will give them the reward of their work. And they called it Saturday and said to respect it and that day is the day of the Lord of Resurrection (Qā’im-i Qiyāmat), may peace be upon him.” – Sayyedna Nasir-i Khusraw, (Wajh-i Din, Chapter VII, tr. Faquir Muhammad Hunzai, ‘Ilm Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 4/3, December 1987 / March 1988, p. 36)

Commentary: The Messengers and Prophets have brought man the instruction for the spiritual work (purification) that was to be completed prior to the Seventh Day. But man, having eyes that cannot see, and ears that cannot hear, has failed to follow the instruction over the past six thousand years, an instruction that is given to us in the book of Genesis, which means creation. Those that do complete their six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works will receive “the reward of their work,” which is “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart.”  We respect and keep God’s one-time Sabbath Day holy through the purification of our heart, as it is written in God’s Law: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”  

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A visual depiction of the Seven Prophetic Cycles of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, and the Qa’im. Each Cycle spans approximately 1,000 years.

Indeed, the very purpose of the previous Prophets, Messengers and Imāms and their missions was to prepare the way for the arrival of the Qā’im and the Cycle of Qiyāmah. The function of the Qā’im is to be the “lord of reckoning” instead of a “lord of sharī‘ah” like the Messengers of God before him.

Commentary: The beginning of the seventh day (year 7,000) began with the new millennium as “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years.” 2Peter 3:8.  One becomes the “lord of reckoning” instead of a “lord of sharī‘ah” when one chooses spiritual sacrifice over carnal sacrifice (Psalms 51:16,17; Isaiah 1:13), through which one fulfills the many carnal laws. This was the message of Jesus, which was rejected by the carnal mind.

“Through the Qā’im, God completes and fulfills his promise in the way of bestowing intellectual emanations upon all souls. The Qā’im is crucial to the completion of the cycle of revelation. He is intrinsically related to the cycle in its growth and harmony or its corruption and disunity. He negates all natural structures since the very event of the advent of the Qā’im symbolises the end of one order, the judgment, and the beginning of another order, different yet not discontinuous.”  – Boustan Hirji, (A Study of Risalah al-Bahira, PhD Thesis, McGill University, Montreal, October 1994, 155)

Many religions have described the coming of the Qā’im under different terms and symbols such as the Messiah, the Kalki Avatara, Matreyah, the Mahdi, and others.  According to the Ismā‘īlī gnosis, the Qā’im is not some random person who appears out of nowhere, but he comes from the lineage of the Imāms from the progeny of the Prophet Muhammad and Imām ‘Alī ibn Abi Tālib.  In the Holy Qur’ān, all the various names of qiyāmah such as the “Hour”, the “Last Day”, etc. are references and allusions to the holy personality of the Qā’im. The Prophet Muhammad once said: “I and the Hour were sent like these two forefingers.” That is to say, Muhammad is the final Prophet to appear before the coming of the Qā’im. The Prophet’s analogy of himself and “the Hour” as “two forefingers” means that they are both similar in the sense of being divinely-inspired human beings.

Commentary:  With regard to “the lineage.”  There is the physical lineage and there is the spiritual lineage, as “the advent of the Qā’im symbolises the end of one order, the judgment, and the beginning of another order, different yet not discontinuous.”  In the previous “era of Isaac” one could become “the seed of Abraham” through physical baptism.  “In Isaac shall the seed be called,” the word called referring to the physical name received through a physical baptism.  But we are now in the spiritual “era of Jacob” (coinciding with the Seventh day) in which we are to experience a spiritual immersion, through which we receive the spiritual name that grafts us into God’s spiritual lineage. 

In Ismā‘īlī gnosis, the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah is the most eminent human being in the entire Cosmos. His soul encompasses and integrates the virtues of all the Prophets, Imāms, sages, saints, and luminaries who preceded him. In this sense, Henry Corbin refers to the Qā’im as the “Perfect Child” because he is the most perfect soul to be created by the Universal Soul and it is through him that Universal Soul actualizes its own perfection.

“It is said, for example, that the Qā’im, the aim and goal of all the hudūd, the degrees or “horizons”, is the Grand Cycle of which the Imāms are the periods or partial cycles, just as each Imām is himself a cycle in relation to his hudūd. … It is also said that the Qā’im is the “coalescence” (majma), the corpus mysticum of all the hudūd; each of the Imāms has his own corpus mysticum, his Temple of Light, and all are gathered together and integrated in the Sublime Temple of the Resurrector. – Henry Corbin, (Cyclical Times and Ismaili Gnosis, 99)

Commentary: Jesus (the Truth incarnate) said we must “become as a little child,” which is to be pure in thought, emotion, and action— “the most perfect soul.”  Indeed, each individual who does the spiritual/internal works through which the soul is made perfect becomes “his own corpus mysticum, his Temple of Light,” his Temple symbolizing his Heart, which is made full of light; full of truth through God’s soul-purification process. ” The word “corpus” means  “the body of a person or animal, especially when dead,” the completion of our spiritual works resulting in “the second death,” which is a spiritual death (in the good sense).  “I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen (be strong about) the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God… Revelation 3:1,2. 

Over one thousand years ago, several Ismā‘īlī pīrs, hujjats, dā‘īs, and philosophers offered prophecies, descriptions, and explanations of the how the Great Qiyāmah would occur and what its signs and effects would be. It must be remembered that since Qiyāmah is a spiritual event, then all the verses and descriptions of it in the Qur’ān and other scriptures must be understood symbolically using the technique of ta’wīl (esoteric interpretation).

In a summary form, we now relate the major “Signs” of the Qiyāmah and the appearance of the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah as outlined in the books of the Ismā‘īlī da‘wah:

1) The Night of Power (laylat al-qadr)

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And verily, We revealed him in the Night of Power
And how can We convey to you what is the Night of Power?
The Night of Power is greater than a thousand months
The Angels and the Spirit descend in it upon all decrees by the permission of their Lord
Peace it is, until the rising of the Dawn.
– Holy Qur’ān 97:1-5

The beginning of the Cycle of Qiyāmah is the appearance of the Night of Power (laylat al-qadr). Exoterically and historically, the Night of Power was one of the last odd nights of the Month of Ramadān. But esoterically in light of the qiyāmah, the Night of Power, refers to an august personality in the World of Faith who begins the Cycle of Qiyāmah.

All Nātiqs were accompanied by their Asās – the first Imām of the new Cycle who served as the Hujjat (proof) and Bāb (gate) of the Nātiq – like Imām ‘Ali was for the Prophet Muhammad, or Imām Shith (Seth) was for Prophet Adam. Similarly, each Imām has a son who serves as his Hujjat/Bāb and later succeeds him – like Imām Ja‘far al-Sādiq was for Imām Muhammad al-Bāqir.

On the same lines, the Qā’im al-Qiyāmah is also accompanied by his own Hujjat or Bāb – except that whereas the Hujjat/Bāb/Asās of every Nātiq or Imām came after him, the Hujjat or Bāb of the Qā’im comes before him. That is to say, the Qā’im’s own father or the preceding Imām (instead of his son or the succeeding Imām) will serve as his Hujjat or Bāb.

“Before the advent of the seventh cycle, governed by the Qa’im, comes the Lahiq or Hujjat of the Qa’im. This is noteworthy, as the hujjat of an Imam is generally his contemporary. The Hujjat of the Qa’im, however, is the harbinger of the advent of the Sabbath.” – Shafique Virani, (The Days of Creation in the Thought of Nasir Khusraw, Institute of Ismaili Studies)

Commentary:  “It must be remembered that since Qiyāmah is a spiritual event, then all the verses and descriptions of it in the Qur’ān and other scriptures must be understood symbolically using the technique of ta’wīl (esoteric interpretation).” This is purpose of the revelation of the symbolic code of the Bible (1998-2005), which is to be used to extract the spiritual meaning from our Sacred Texts. “The Qā’im al-Qiyāmah (Lord of the Resurrection) is accompanied by his own Hujjat or Bāb” and each Imam has a Bāb (gate)” because the 12 Imams (like the 12 sons of Jacob or 12 tribes of Israel) represent the 12 symbolic or spiritual gates we are to pass through, resulting in a spiritual resurrection.  “Imām Shith (Seth) was [the Hujjat (proof) and Bāb (gate)] for Prophet Adam” because Seth (Adam’s son) was the proof of God’s re-appointed seed, the gate through which we enter back into God’s spiritual linage.  Seth was the re-instating of Abel, symbolizing the righteous seed or son, whom Cain slayed, illustrating the spiritual events that have, and are to take place within us. We could say that God’s physical creation serves as “the Hujjat (proof)” of the spiritual creation that is to take place within us.  The spiritual works that brings the spiritual creation into existence within us was Jesus’ message, which results in a spiritual resurrection, which is why Jesus said, “I am the resurrection,” and why the dead man that was thrown into the sepulchre of Elisha “revived, and stood upon his feet.” (Kings 13:21).  Elijah was the forerunner or “harbinger” of Elisha, as John was the forerunner of Jesus.  Elisha and Jesus, proof of “The Qā’im al-Qiyāmah (Lord of the Resurrection).     

The Qā’im, in the symbolic language of the Qur’ān, is called the “Last Day” (yawm al-ākhirah) or the Seventh Day (in the Bible).  And therefore, the “Last Day” is preceded by the greatest of all nights – in the language of the Qur’ān, this is called the Night of Power (laylat al-qadr).  According to the science of ta’wīl, the Night of Power stands for the great Imām who functions as the Ḥujjat or Bāb of the Qā’im and the entirety of Sūrat al-Qadr is a metaphor for the exalted personality of this Imām.

Commentary: “The Qā’im, in the symbolic language of the Qur’ān, is called the “Last Day” (yawm al-ākhirah) or the Seventh Day (in the Bible).”  We are in the Seventh Day— in the beginning of the 7th thousandth year since the spiritual decline of mankind, symbolized by the fall in the garden. We are in (what was revealed to me to be) the third and final era of Jacob.  “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days or end of days, as we are in the end of (the seven) days— in the Seventh Day. The Day of Gathering Together.”  What Jacob tells his twelve sons reveals the spiritual works through which one takes on “the exalted personality,”  becoming his own Hujjat or Bāb of the Qā’im” through the process by which he comes to know himself.  It is in knowing what is hidden in that internal or spiritual darkness called “Night” that one gains “Power” spiritual power.  “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,” the “lower waters” symbolizing the things that are still in darkness to us, which are brought to light (into our awareness) through the Spirit.  “But esoterically in light of the qiyāmah, the Night of Power, refers to an august personality…”

august: inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic.

Commentary: The twelve sons of Jacob, which are the twelve tribes of Israel, represent the steps in our spiritual journey; from spiritual darkness into spiritual light, through which one takes on “the august personality.” The Teacher of the first revelation said, We must travel from Reu to Ben; from Reuben to Benjamin,” through which one takes on the positive aspect of Reuben— “Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:” Genesis 49:3

“…the Hujjat of the Qā’im comes before him in the World of Faith and he is the Night of Power (laylat al-qadr).” – Sayyidna Nasir-i Khusraw, (Wajh-i Din, Discourse 33)

Commentary: It is important to understand that we are in “the Seventh Cycle” or Seventh Day, the number seven pertaining to spiritual.  It is no longer about a physical lineage or a person. It is about a spiritual lineage that any person can be grafted into by immersing themselves in the purification process, the instruction for which has been preserved for the “Last Day.”  Religion, “the World of Faith,” which has caused man to enter the night of spiritual darkness through its carnal interpretations, its ritualistic (exoteric) practices falling under what the Holy Bible calls “the beginning of faith.”  Those of this “world” do not perform the inner or spiritual (esoteric) works associated with “the end of faith,” through which one obtains salvation of the soul. 

“The Night of Power (laylat al-qadr) is a symbol (mathal) of his Bāb (gate) and Hujjat (proof) who is going to come before him. And thus the Bāb of the Qā’im is the lord of universal explanation (sahib al-bayan al-kulli) and the true unveiling (kashf al-haqiqi).”– Sayyidna al-Mu’ayyad fi’l-Dīn al-Shirāzī, (al-Majalis al-Mu’ayyadiyyah, Volume II, 612)

“The Night of Power” is a spiritual event, the proof of the spiritual being the physical darkness that took place when Jesus, called “the light of the world,” was snuffed out— “and there was darkness over all the earth.” Luke 2:44, symbolizing the spiritual event that has taken place within us, proof of “the true unveiling” being the physical renting of the veil in the temple, symbolizing the spiritual event that is to take place within us— the removal of the spiritual veil of religious iniquity demonstrated through carnal ritualistic practices (Isaiah 1:11-13) .  

The Night of Power is greater than a thousand months.  The inner meaning of this is that the Hujjat of the Qā’im shall be greater than a thousand Imāms.  This is because the Hujjat of the Qā’im will be “the lord of universal explanation and the true unveiling” – meaning, his teachings will reveal spiritual truths and insights in clear, succinct and unprecedented manner.  Indeed, the Qā’im’s Hujjat will be the greatest Imām of all the Cycles of Prophecy going back to Adam:

“His saying, ‘Laylat al-Qadr is better than one thousand months’, alludes to the Bāb of the Qā’im, peace be on his mention, [who is] greater than all of what is established by the manifestation of the grades of the intellects, from the legatees of the possessors of the religious laws and their most radiant degree.” – Sayyidna al-Mu’ayyad fi’l-Dīn al-Shirāzī, (Majālis al-Mu’ayyadiyyah, Volume III, 8)

“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.”  That is, the Hujjat of the Qā’im is superior in knowledge to a thousand Imams, although collectively their ranks are one.” – Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw,
(Wajh-i Din, Discourse 33)

Commentary: The Night of Power is greater than a thousand months” because it is through the spiritual “Night of Power” that the spiritual power of the Heart is restored. Out of all the many biblical figures (like the many Imams) only two speak of the condition and purification of the Heart. David and Jesus, which why Jesus is referred to as “son of  David,”  Jesus serving as the Qā’im,” who carried out the mission of his Hujjat David, which was to provide instruction for the purification of the Heart.  “Is this not David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands?” Saul is associated with the Mind, and with intellectual knowledge.  David is associated with the Heart, and  with emotional knowledge; intuition and revelation, which can only come through the power of the Heart, which is why the  kingdom was rent from Saul and given unto David, “a man after mine own heart” said the Lord God.   

The meaning of al-Qadr is the Qā’im of the Progeny of Muhammad (qā’im-i āl-i Muhammad) and the meaning of Laylat al-Qadr is the Hujjat or Bāb of the Qā’im.  The Qur’ān explicitly states: “We revealed him in the Night of Power”, i.e. “We revealed the Qā’im in the personality of his Hujjat.”  This means that the Qā’im will carry out his mission, reveal his knowledge and display his glory in the physical world through the person of his Hujjat.

This Hujjah or Asās of the Qā’im will be the most publicly known and renowned Imām in the entire world – the people of the zāhir and the bātin – just as the Prophet Muhammad was manifest to both groups of people.  Sayyidnā Abū Hātim al-Rāzī and Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw explain this as follows:

“…the da‘wah is established in the name of the Asās in secret and will become manifest in public in the presence of the Last Completer [the Qā’im].” – Sayyidnā Abū Hātim al-Rāzī(Shin Nomoto, Early Ismaili Thought on Prophecy, PhD Thesis, 307)

“…the status of the Asās will be manifest at the time of the advent of the Seventh Rank (hadd), namely, the Qā’im, to the people of the exoteric (zāhir) and the esoteric (bātin), as the rank of the Nātiq has become completely manifest to the people of the exoteric and the esoteric prior to the [advent of] the Seventh Rank (the Qā’im).
– Sayyidna Nasir-i Khusraw, (Wajh-i Din, Chapter 19, Section 7)

Commentary: The word “seven” (shibah) comes from the root (shaba), which means “to be complete.”  We are in the Seventh Day.  It is the day or time in which man is to be complete, made whole through the completion of the spiritual works.

The Cycle of Qiyāmah is thus inaugurated in by not one, but two figures – the Hujjat of the Qā’im and the Qā’imal-Qiyāmah.  This idea of two messianic figures is also paralleled in the Abrahamic traditions.  The Sunni and Twelver Shī‘ī Muslims await the second coming of the Prophet Jesus and the Mahdī of the progeny of Prophet Muhammad.  The Jews await Messiah and the second coming of the Prophet Elijah – who functions as the “interpreter” of the Messiah.  These are all symbolic designations for the manifestation of the Hujjat of the Qā’im and the Qā’imal-Qiyāmah at the beginning Seventh Cycle – the Cycle of Qiyāmah.

Commentary:  Jews await what has already come, as do Christians. The Bible does not speak of a physical return of Jesus, called the Christ.  It speaks of a spiritual return, which is found right in the plain text, yet the carnal-minded  Christian (veiled with religious iniquity) is unable to see it.  Jesus said, “if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not” (Mark 13:21).  Why not believe him? Because the coming in The Cycle of Qiyāmah” is spiritualThe first coming of Jesus was his birth. The second coming took place when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. The third coming, coinciding with the third and final era of Jacob or era of Spirit, is spiritual.  It can only be counted as the second coming in type. The first type being physical. The second type being spiritual.  The second coming of Elijah took place when the spirit of Elijah rested upon John the Baptist.  The “two messianic figures” are spiritual. Referred to as the “two witnesses” in the Holy Bible they symbolize the two divine attributes; the epithet of Messiah, which are to be resurrected in the heart of the individual —“the Hujjat of the Qā’im,” who becomes “the Qā’imal-Qiyāmah (Lord of the Resurrection).”

 2) The Sun and the Moon are united

Lunar-Eclipse-Gemini (1)

A visual depiction of a lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse is a symbol of the union of the offices of Imamah and Piratan during the Cycle of Qiyamah.

“And when the Moon is eclipsed, and the Sun and Moon are united,”
– Holy Qur’ān 75:8-9

According to various Ismā‘īlī texts (i.e. Kitab al-‘Ālim wa’l-Ghulām – Ja‘far ibn Manṣūr al-Yaman; Tasawwurāt – Naṣīr al-Dīn al-tūsī), the Sun (shams) stands for the Imām and the Moon (qamar) stands for the Pīr or Supreme Hujjat (Bāb).  The Imām is the spiritual father of the believers and the Pīr or Supreme Hujjat (Bāb) is their spiritual mother.  Metaphysically, the Imām is the locus of manifestation of the Universal Intellect and the Pīr is the locus of manifestation of the Universal Soul.

The union of the Sun and the Moon at the time of Qiyāmah means that the institutions of Imāmah and Piratan will be united in the person of the Imām during the Cycle of Qiyāmah.

3) When the Stars darken

When the Sun is shining, the Moon and the Stars are present but not visible.  This symbolizes the state of the Imam and the Ranks of Faith in the Cycle of Qiyamah.

When the Sun is shining, the Moon and the Stars are present but not visible. This symbolizes the manifestation of the Imam and the concealment of the Ranks of Faith (hudud al-din) in the Cycle of Qiyamah.

“And when the stars darken”
– Holy Qur’ān 81:2

“And when the stars are obliterated.”
– Holy Qur’ān 77:8

In all the cycles of prophetic history, the Imāms delivered their ta‘līm and ta‘wīl through a hierarchy of representatives and teachers – the bābs, the hujjats, the dā‘īs, and ma’dhūns.  This hierarchy makes up the “World of Faith” (‘ālam al-dīn) and is known as the “Ranks of Faith” (hudūd al-dīn). In the World of Nature, the Imām is symbolized by the Sun, his Bābs by the Moon, and the rest of the hudūd by the Stars.  This is related to the vision of the Prophet Joseph (Yusūf) when he saw “the Sun, the Moon, and eleven Stars” (see Sūrat Yusūf) prostrating before him.

Commentary: The symbolic or ta’wīl (esoteric interpretation)” of the sun, moon, and stars in Joseph’s (Yusūf’s) dream: “Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me… and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? Genesis 37:9,10. The sun symbolizes our father. The moon symbolizes our mother. The stars symbolize our siblings, or anyone else that influenced our perceptions throughout our life. The sun, moon, and stars are the lights of heaven, symbolizing the perceptions of the mind.  The darkening of the sun, moon, and stars is a spiritual event; when the false perceptions we received through these sources are eclipsed by the light of truth.  “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. Joel 3:15.  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven…” Matthew 24:29.  This is “The Night of Power.”  The Resurrection of Truth.  The Rising of the Sun.

When the Cycle of Qiyāmah begins and the Qā’im appears in the physical world, the Ranks of Faith (i.e. “the Stars”) will cease their formal functions and the Imām himself will take over their roles.  This is the meaning of the Qur’ānic verse:

“The Day We shall summon every people with their Imām.”
– Holy Qur’ān 17:71

This is because the Imām, as the Sun of Faith (shams al-dīn) will be manifest to the world and the Moon and the Stars of Faith will no longer be visible. When the Sun is shining in its full glory, the light of the Moon and the Stars cannot be observed, despite their continuous presence. It is also related in a prophetic hadīth:

“Goodness is knotted up in the forelocks of horses till the Day of Qiyāmah.” – Prophet Muhammad, (Sunān Abū Dawūd, Book 21, Number 21.19.44)

“Nasir Khusraw explains that the ta’wil of this is that the da‘wat, the summoning of humankind, will not be severed from the hujjats, symbolised by the horses, and the da‘is, symbolised by their forelocks, till the time of the Qā’im’smanifestation.” – Shafique Virani, (The Days of Creation in the Thought of Nasir Khusraw, Click Here to Read

The Ismā‘īlī da‘wah – the formal and practical da‘wah that actively summons people to the recognition of the Imām – will be abolished along with the functions of the Ranks of Faith (also confirmed by Hamīd al-Dīn al-Kirmānī in his Kitāb al-Riyād).

4)The Heavens are rolled up

heavens scroll

A visual depiction of the heavens being rolled up into a scroll. The imagery of a scroll serves to symbolize the “scroll of the shari’ah” which is abrogated in the Cycle of Qiyamah.

“The Day that We roll up the Heavens like a scroll rolled up for books (completed),- even as We produced the first creation, so shall We produce a new one: a promise We have undertaken: truly shall We fulfil it. Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the message (given to Moses): ‘My servants, the righteous, should inherit the Earth.”  – Holy Qur’ān 21:104

Commentary:  The Holy Bible speaks of the heaven (singular), the host of which is the sun, moon, and stars. “And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all the host shall fall down…” Isaiah 34:4. The heavens (plural) is the culmination of the sun, moon, and stars, all of which have influenced the heaven, symbolizing the mind. The scroll symbolizes our life, rolled up upon completion of the process through which we discover what has been written on the pages of the book that is our life, symbolized by “the little book,” which is open “in the hand of the seventh angel which standeth upon the sea and the earth,” the hand symbolizing the power of the seventh angel, symbolizing the spiritual messenger through which our life is opened up to us. Standing upon “the sea” and “the earth” symbolizes the connection we make between the thoughts of our mind and the emotions/beliefs of our heart as our life is opened up to us through the power of  “the holy spirit,” which brings messages from our heart to our mind and back again, illustrated for us through Jacob’s dream of the ladder, which was set up on earth, symbolizing the heart, and reached into heaven, symbolizing the mind, the angels ascending and descending (Genesis 28:12).  All the “host of heaven” is “dissolved” when the false perceptions we received from “the sun, the moon, and the stars,” which formed the false beliefs of our heart, no longer have power over us.  They are associated with “the first heaven and earth,” which passes away upon the formation of  “a new heaven and new earth,” symbolizing a new mind and a new heart.  “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Revelation 21:1

The various terms in the Qur’ān – “heaven”, “earth”, “mountains”, “seas”, “rivers”, etc. all contain an esoteric or ta’wīlī meaning because they refer not to the physical world (dunyā) but to the World of Faith (‘ālam al-dīn).  Therefore, the real meaning of “heavens” is the exoteric (zāhir) and the sharī‘ah, and the inner meaning of “earth” is the esoteric (bātin) and the tarīqah.  Just as the physical heavens surround and protect the physical earth, the zāhir protects and envelopes the bātin.  The “rolling up” of the “heavens” means that the sharī‘ah will be abolished when the Cycle of Qiyāmah begins and the quaking of the “earth” means that the esoteric sciences will become revealed in a sudden way – in the manner of earthquakes – even though people may not be prepared for it.

Commentary: The “heaven” symbolizes the mind. The “earth” symbolizes the heart.  The “seas” symbolize the thoughts and memories hidden deep within us, which carry negative and destructive energy.  The “mountains” symbolize the things we think are insurmountable.  The “quaking of the earth” occurs when we are shaken up on a deep emotional level, as the earth, symbolizing the heart, is the seat of the emotions. 

“Al-Sijistānī explains that ta’wīl is necessary for two categories of Qur’ānic verses: one, verses with physical objects such as heaven, earth, and mountains, and two, the allegorical verses. In chapter 12 of Kitāb al-Iftikhār (“The Book of Pride”), al-Sijistānī gives some examples such as Q 21:105: “Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the message (given to Moses): ‘My servants, the righteous, should inherit the earth’.” This, he suggests, should not be interpreted in the literal sense since it is always the tyrants who take the land. The earth on which vegetation grows is a source of nourishment for all creatures; therefore its inner meaning is the nourishment of the soul (i.e. spiritual knowledge). In another passage, Q 21:104, “The day that We roll up the heaven like a scroll rolled up with the writings,” the “heaven” signifies the sharī‘a which will be abrogated on the judgment day.” – Diana Steigerwald, (“Ismā‘īlī Ta’wīl”, The Blackwell Companion to the Qur’ān, ed. Andrew Rippin, 391)

Commentary: It is written in the book of Psalms, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (7:11). The meek are those that are humble; those that have gotten themselves down to an allegorical  “Jordan,” meaning “a descender, to go downward,” illustrating their humble posture, stepping on twelve metaphorical stones, symbolizing the spiritual judgment through which they “inherit the earth,” obtaining true peace within the heart, as is written in the book of Psalms, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within they palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say,  Peace be within thee.  Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good” (122).

Commentary: ‘My servants, the righteous, should inherit the earth.’  We inherit the earth by driving the seven abominations (Proverbs 26:25) or impurities (Matthew 15:19) out of our heart, as the seven inhabitants were to be driven out of the promised land (Joshua 3:10).  It is through this purification process that we become righteous.  The sharī‘a” is “abrogated” (abolished) as the physical, ritualistic mind-body disciplines of the law give way to a spiritual, spontaneous heart-discipline, through which the spirit is revitalized from within the heart of man.  All that took place physically in the previous “era of Isaac(prayers, baptisms, anointings, fastings, healings, casting out devils, etc.) are now, in what is the third and final era of Jacob or era of Spirit, to take place spiritually.  Any physical demonstrations of these are associated with the negative meaning of Isaac, which is mockery.

With respect to the abrogation of the sharī ‘ah at the time of Qiyāmah, Sayyidnā Nāsir-i Khusraw (as per Khwān al-Ikhwān) explains that the sharī‘ah of Prophet Muhammad has two dimensions – the specified (wad‘īsharī‘ah and the intellectual (‘aqlīsharī‘ah.  The specificed sharī‘ah refers to specific formal or ritual practices as Salāh (ritual prayer), Sawm (ritual fasting), Wudū (ablution), Hajj (pilgrimage), etc. in their exoteric form – without which mankind can still survive and function.  The intellectual sharī‘ah refers to moral and ethical laws such as the laws against murder, stealing, and unethical behavior – without which humanity would plunge into chaos.

Commentary: Jesus said, For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:These are spiritual acts that are taking place in the heart of man, daily, which is why Jesus said, Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”  The Pharisee would represent one that is still under the law (sharī‘ah).  The cup is what we drink from; to drink meaning to think (in the mind). The platter is what we eat from; to eat meaning to accept (in the heart).  If we purify the thoughts of our mind and the emotions of our heart, the outside of them, our actions/behaviors, will become clean, righteousness becoming a law unto itself, which is ” the abrogation of the sharī ‘ah at the time of Qiyāmah.”  The word aborgation means to abolish, to do away with. The carnal law was to end with the death of Moses, the lawgiver.

“While Nāṣir emphasizes that in the physical world action is necessary for the development and perfection of the human soul, he makes a distinction in the two types of practices of sharīa. He divides the sharīa into intellectual (‘aqlī) and positional or statutory (wad‘ī). The intellectual  sharīa  is always necessary to maintain the order and discipline of society. Meanwhile the statutory sharīʿa is a temporary measure that conceals certain realities (haqā’iq) that cannot be openly revealed due to the unfavourable time. When the time becomes favourable, these devices are no longer necessary.”  – Faquir Muhammad Hunzai, (Nasir-i Khusraw’s Ethical Philosophy, 15)

Commentary: Internal/spiritual works are necessary for “development and perfection of the human soul.”  The “intellectual (‘aqlī) sharīa” for the children of Israel was the carnal (Mosaic) Law, as it forced upon them a physical discipline that kept them in a physical state of righteousness until they reached a spiritual state of righteousness through a spiritual discipline, at which time the “intellectual (‘aqlī) sharīa” is no longer necessary.  The “positional or statutory (wad‘ī) sharīa, is a temporary measure that conceals certain realities (haqā’iq) that cannot be openly revealed due to the unfavourable time.”  This also defines the carnal law, which was only meant to be a temporary measure. It conceals certain realities because obeying the physical works of the carnal law does not reveal the reality (condition) of the heart. The carnal law was a pattern or figure for God’s spiritual law, which one obeys through spiritual works, which is what Jesus was referring to when he said, “believe the works,” the word “believe” meaning “to obey, put action to.”  Jeus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it.  The physical works of the carnal law could be fufilled through the spiritual works that Jesus spoke of and demonstrated while he was on earth, but unfortunately the time for revealing this higher level of Torah observance was unfavorable.      

It may be wondered as to why the abrogation of the sharī ‘ah must occur in the first place.  This is because all sharī ‘ahs were compiled and composed by a Nātiq in accordance with the culture and needs of his time.  Furthermore, each sharī‘ah has an outer form and an inner meaning which is like a spirit that inhabits a body.  Over time, it is natural that a sharī‘ah becomes worn out and ineffective due to the progression of history and human life – as Sayyidnā Abū Ya ‘qūb al-Sijistānī explains:

“After a long time, the sharī‘ah becomes empty of the ‘spirit of the second age’, particularly, after the advancement of Man with the expansion of the knowledge, his intelligence and his mental faculities.”
– Sayyidnā Abū Ya‘qūb al-Sijistānī, (Ithbāt al-Nabuwwat, 343)

When this happens – usually after more or less a thousand years – a new sharī ‘ah is established and a new prophetic cycle begins and the new Nātiq abrogates the old sharī ‘ah and compiles a new one.  However, after the Prophet Muhammad, there are no more Prophets. Therefore, the Qā’im will abrogate the specified sharī‘ah while revealing its inner meaning (ta’wīl) and simultaneously, spiritualize and transform the sharī‘ah into a higher mode of ritual practice.  The intellectual sharī‘ah – as a set of ethics and moral guidelines – always remains in force and becomes more prominent in the Cycle of Qiyāmah.

Commentary: Religious laws and ritualistic practices serve to keep the mind and body of the outward believer in a physical state of obedience until he becomes an inward believer by performing the spiritual works through which he enters a spiritual state of obedience, in which righteousness becomes a law unto itself.   

5) The Intellectual Da‘wah and the Epoch of Knowledge (Dawr al-’Ilm)

era of knowledge

An image depicting how knowledge comes to light. The Cycle of Qiyamah is the Epoch of Knowledge (dawr al-’ilm) and the Qur’anic description of “being raised from the graves” refers to the manifestation of once hidden or concealed knowledge out in the open.

“Our Qā’im will begin a New Summons (du‘ā’an jadīdan).”
– Imām Ja‘far al-Sādiq,
(Amir-Moezzi, The Divine Guide in Early Shiism, 119)

The Qā’im al-Qiyāmah will inaugurate a new intellectual and gnostic da‘wah (da‘wat al-jadīdah al-‘ilmiyyah). This is the difference between the Summons of the Qā’im and the Summons of the previous Six Prophetic Messengers.  The Summons of the Prophets was an exoteric (zāhirī) and physical (‘amalī) Summons whereas the Summons of the Qā’im is intellectual (‘aqlīyyah) and gnostic (‘ilmīyyah):

“Sijistānī specifies that the summons of [Prophet] Muhammad, when likened to the Hour, are ritualistic whereas the summons of the Qā’im is intellectual. The reason the Qā’im is absent at the time of the prophet is that his summons are different from that of the prophet… Since the Qā’im’s call is intellectual (da‘wah is ‘ilmiīyah) the Qā’im’s knowledge is not visible; whereas the Prophet’s (raūl) call (da‘wah) is ‘amalīyah.  Therefore, while hypocrites may enter the dawah of a prophet, only the sincere can enter the dawah of the Qā’im; and their souls will be recompensed according to that effort of sincerity.  Sijistānī holds that God has ordained the da‘wah of the Qā’im as intellectual, not ritualistic.  It is intellectual because it cannot be operative through force since force would make its followers hypocrites, not true believers. Therefore, the believer must possess knowledge (‘ilm), and the sāhib al-‘ilm is he who deals with those who profess a belief without the use of force, i.e. without an externally motivating factor. Therefore, a believer is defined as the one who is intellectually convinced of the truth of revelation and accepts this as an intellectual conviction and not as a mere acceptance and observance of the law.” – Boustan Hirji, (A Study of Risalah al-Bahira, PhD Thesis, McGill University, Montreal, October 1994, 155)

Commentary: Jesus said, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”  The “true believers” are those that believe (obey, put action to) the spiritual works that have been revealed through spiritual knowledge, through which the heart is made clean. These spiritual works are not rote, they are not repetitive, they are not forced upon the believer through the power of his mind. They are spontaneous, performed once, the process activated through the power of the heart; through ones strong and sincere desire to be healed on a soul-level.  God has ordained the da‘wah of the Qā’im as intellectual.” If this is true, then the intellect of the believer is of his heart, and not of the mind.  

The Qā’im begins a new phase of human history known as the Epoch of Knowledge (dawr al ‘ilm).  In the periods before the Qā’im, humanity lives in the Epoch of Practice – where both religion and worldly life are oriented around actions (‘amal) and physical resources.  After the coming of the Qā’im and the beginning of the Cycle of Qiyāmah¸ humanity enters into the Epoch of Knowledgle (dawr al-‘ilm) in which there is an abundance of knowledge (‘ilm) available in a way that humankind has never seen before.

Commentary: The book of Daniel speaks of this abundance of knowledge: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (12:1).  The “Epoch of Knowledge” is the time of spiritual knowledge, coinciding with the Seventh Cycle, “the time of the end.”  Knowledge that is  lacking in those that claim to be God’s people, as was written by the prophet Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (4:6). The destruction is spiritual, taking place on a soul-level.  

“The final epoch before the advent of the Qā’im is defined as the epoch of practice (dawr al-‘amāl), and is one in which religious practices are obligatory on the part of the individual practitioner.  With the establishment of the Qā’im and the commencement of the epoch of knowledge (dawr al-ilm), even the practice of obedience (ta‘ah) to the hudud al-din is no longer required… Therein arises another set of distinctions: between the epoch of practice (dawr al-‘amal) and the epoch of knowledge (dawr al-‘ilm).  The dawr al-‘ilm (Epoch of Knowledge) is the time of the Qa’im, and associated with this is tayid, purity, and more significantly, “pure knowledge” (al-‘ilm al-mahd)…. Because the Qa’im is established at the end of the dawr al-‘amāl, the epoch of the Qa’im is the epoch of purity (safa), tayid and ‘ilm, without religious obligation in terms of practice (taklif).  – Elizabeth R. Alexandrin, (The Sphere of Walayah: Ismalii Ta’wīl in Practice according to al-Mu’ayyad, PhD Thesis, McGillUniversity, 2006, 322-334)

As a result of the beginning of the Epoch of Knowledge, the esoteric meaning – ta’wīl – of all previous religions and revelations is unveiled to humankind.  The Qur’ān foretells this in the verse:

“Do they not wait (hal yanzurūna) for its ta’wīl? The Day when its ta’wīl arrives, those who had forgotten it from before will say: ‘Verily, the Messengers of our Lord came with the Truth.”
– Holy Qur’ān 7:53

Commentary:  Before the spiritual knowledge of the Holy Bible could be unveiled in it entirety, the foundation upon which the Christian religion was built had to be exposed for its error. This took place through a 14-year-long revelation (1960-1974), received by a man of no religion, and very little knowledge of the Bible.  I became a student of these teachings in 1975; a 19-year-long study that included the painstaking task of taking nearly every word of the Old Testament back to its Hebrew root where the life is— the scholarly aspect of the teachings. Prior to his death in 1994, the teacher had one request, which was for his students to “tread out the understanding” of the teachings. This took place through a 7-year-long revelation (1998-2005), which further spiritualized the former teachings. What I received was revelation of the symbolic code of the Holy Bible, through which we are able to unveil the spiritual knowledge or truths encoded in our Sacred Text in “the time of the Qa’im”— “in the Cycle of Qiyāmah.

The Qa’im will unveil the ta’wil (esoteric meaning) of all scriptures and revealed religions during the Epoch of Knowledge.  It is through this ta’wil that people will be able to recognize the truth (haqq) in the messages and revelations of the Prophets. This means that the esoteric, philosophical and theological materials of all religions – formerly concealed and guarded except from a select few – will be accessible in the Cycle of Qiyāmah.  In most periods of history, the believers could not freely share such material and had to maintain the veil of taqīyya and secrecy.  However, the Cycle of Qiyāmah will allow such knowledge and wisdom to be shared freely and in abundance:

“In fact, other Shi’ite factions likewise maintain that, with the coming of the ‘messianic figure’, the obligation of taqiyya and kitman will be anulled and the believers will be permitted to divulge their secrets.  In Isma‘ili thought, the secrets revealed at the end of time are the truths (haqa’iq) or the inner aspect of religion (batin) – in effect, the philosophical, theological and esoteric knowledge of every kind.  Consequently, in Isma‘ili tradition, acquiring this knowledge and transmitting it to others entails a messianic sentiment – for the disclosure of this knowledge is a clear sign of the end of time… These sciences are entrusted to the Imams, the descendents of ‘Ali, and to their followers (such as Jabir); with the appearance of the ‘messianic figure’, the external aspect of religion (zahir) wil lose its primacy and will be replaced by the inner aspect, namely, the philosophical and esoteric sciences… In this era, ‘the tables will be turned’: the hitherto concealed Isma‘ili knowledge will be revealed to all, judgment day will commence and human history will reach its final end.”

Commentary: We are in “a new phase,” a new era, in which “the ‘messianic figure'” can be anyone in whom the anointing dwells, the word Messiah meaning anointed; from the root word, mashach, meaning to rub with oil. What be these two branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? … Knowest thou not what these be?… These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. Zechariah 4:12-14.  The two Messengers of the Holy Bible that symbolize the anointing are as follows: Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Elijah and Elisha, and John and Jesus.  Moses symbolizes the Spirit of God and Aaron symbolizes the Word of God, which is why Aaron spoke for Moses, who was “slow of speech.” Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” John 16:13.  Jesus was not speaking of himself here, but of the spiritual anointing through which one takes on the epithet of the Messiah, a term used to characterize the nature of a person or thing. The spiritual nature of Messiah is love and truth, which has the power to bring unity between the brethren!  

“BEHOLD, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments: As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descendeth upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” Psalms 133

Commentary written by Sandra L. Butler © 2014

The Hopi Tribe

HOPI CHIEF Dan Evehema’s
“MESSAGE TO ALL MANKIND”

“We Hopi believe that the human race has passed through three different worlds and life ways since the beginning.  At the end of each prior world, human life has been purified or punished by the Great Spirit Massauu due mainly to corruption, greed, and turning away from the Great Spirit’s teachings. The last great destruction was the flood which destroyed all but a few faithful ones who received permission from the Great Spirit to live with Him in this new land. The Great Spirit said, “It is up to you, if you are willing to live my poor, humble, and simple life way.  It is hard but, if you agree to live according to my teachings and instructions, if you never lose faith in the life I shall give you, you may come and live with me.”

Commentary: The physical “flood” rising upon the earth symbolizes the spiritual flood of evilness rising upon the heart of Mankind. This evil, in biblical terms, is man’s iniquity, which is ever increasing.  The “new land” is called “the promised land,” this new land symbolizing the new life that comes with having a new heart.  To live “poor” in the spiritual sense, one must offer up the spiritual sacrifices of God, which is a broken spirit and a transformed heart.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” referring to man’s unholy spirit.  To live a “humble” life in the spiritual sense one must make his way down to a spiritual Jordan, the word Jordan meaning descender, to go downwards, describing this humble posture, stepping on the twelve metaphorical stones, symbolizing the spiritual works through which one perfects his “faith,” restoring his spiritual “life.”  It is through this purification process that our new spiritual creation comes into existence; our “first heaven and earth” passing away, giving life to “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart.”  Of these it is written, “and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 21:3.  These are they that receive “permission from the Great Spirit to live with Him in this new land.”

“The Hopi and all who were saved from the great flood made a sacred covenant with the Great Spirit at that time. To the Hopi the Great Spirit is all powerful. He appeared to the first people as a man and talked with them in the beginning of the creation of this world. He taught us how to live, to worship, where to go and what food to carry, gave us seeds to plant and harvest. He gave us a set of sacred stone tablets into which he breathed all teachings. In these stone tablets were made instructions and prophecies and warnings. This was done with the help of Spider Woman. Before the Great Spirit went into hiding, He and Spider Woman put before the leaders of the different groups of people many colors and sizes of corn for them to choose. The Hopi was the last to pick and then chose the smallest ear of corn. Then Massauu said, You have shown me you are wise and humble. For this reason you will be called Hopi (people of peace).”

Commentary: The “sacred covenant” is the promise of protection that comes with this new creation.  If Mankind had followed the ancient instruction given to us in the beginning of that ancient sacred text called the Holy Bible, he would know how to live, and how to worship. The “sacred stone tablets” given to Moses contain the spiritual laws; instructions for how man was to live.  The “corn” symbolizes the spiritual word of God.  Joseph was in possession of the corn, wearing “a coat of many colors,” which like the “many colors” of Hopi corn, symbolize degrees of spiritual growth.  Hopi, last to pick of the corn, picked “the smallest,” represented by Benjamin, the last of the sons of Jacob, who received the smallest inheritance with regard to the measure of land, but the richest inheritance with regard to the spiritual measure of that spiritual land called the heart, which is rich in God’s inheritance of spirit and word; love and truth. “Hopi (people of peace).”  Joseph and Benjamin, like the “two brothers,” symbolize the two divine attributes that, if not resisted, will bring authentic peace to Mankind.

“It was to Spider Woman’s two grandsons the sacred stone tablets were given. These two brothers were instructed to carry them to a place the Great Spirit had instructed them. The older brother was to go immediately to the east, to the rising sun and upon reaching his destination was instructed to immediately start to look for his younger brother who shall remain in the land of the Great Spirit.  The older brother’s mission when he returned was to help his younger brother (Hopi) bring about peace, brotherhood and everlasting life. Hopi, the younger brother, was instructed to cover all land and mark it well with footprints and sacred markings to claim this land for the Creator and peace on earth. We established our ceremonials and sacred shrines to hold this world in balance in accordance with our first promise to the Creator. This is how our migration story goes, until we met the Creator at Old Oraibi (place that solidifies) over 1000 years ago. It was at that meeting when he gave to us these prophecies to give to you now at this closing of the Fourth World of destruction and the beginning of the Fifth World of peace. He gave us many prophecies to pass on to you, and all have come to pass. This is how we know the timing is now to reveal the last warnings and instructions to mankind.”

Commentary: The “two brothers” took on bodily form in Moses and Aaron, symbolizing the “two divine attributes” of the Creator, which carry “the sacred stone tablets” containing the spiritual laws “to a place the Great Spirit had instructed them,” which spiritually, is the Heart.  The “older brother” was to go to “the east” and look for his “younger brother,” symbolizing “the word” being re-united with “the spirit,” bringing on the resurrection of spiritual truth, which the “rising sun” symbolizes.  When these two brothers or “two witnesses” of spirit and truth come together in the heart of man, there will be “peace, brotherhood, and everlasting life.”  Hopi, the younger brother, was instructed to “cover all land and mark it well with footprints and sacred markings to claim this land for the Creator and peace on earth.”  The spiritual land is our heart, which we claim for the Creator through the imprinting and inscribing of truth.  The “ceremonials and sacred shrines,” performed and erected physically in the previous “era of Isaac,” are now, in what is the spiritual “era of Jacob,” to be performed and erected spiritually, bringing balance and peace to the heart, and subsequently to the earth.  “Old Orabibi (place that solidifies).”  It is in this spiritual land called the heart that we, through the power of the holy spirit, conceive of the holy seed or word of truth through the spiritual works of a spiritual creation.  It is the seed or word of the Creator that solidifies, as all things are made by a seed, God’s physical creation brought into existence through His word.  “All things were made by him… And the word was made flesh,” referring to Jesus, the seed or son of God, who came in “the Fifth”; in the beginning of the fifth thousandth year, bringing mankind the ancient spiritual “instructions” for the new spiritual creation that is to take place within us, which is the only way mankind will enter “the Fifth World of peace.”

“We were told to settle permanently here in Hopiland where we met the Great Spirit and to wait for Older Brother, who went east, to return to us. When he returns to this land he will place his stone tablets side by side to show all the world that they are our true brothers — when the road in the sky has been fulfilled and when the inventing of something, in Hopi means, gourd of ashes, a gourd that, when it drops upon the earth will boil everything within a large space and nothing will grow for a very long time. We were told that three helpers who were commissioned by the Great Spirit to help Hopi bring about the peaceful life on earth would appear to help us and that we should not change our homes, our ceremonials, our hair, because the true helpers might not recognize us as the true Hopi.  So we have been waiting all these years.  It is known that our True White Brother, when he comes, will be all powerful and will wear a red cap or red cloak. He will be large in population and belong to no religion but his very own. He will bring with him the sacred stone tablets. With him there will be two great ones, both very wise and powerful.”

Commentary: “Hopiland” is synonymous with Jerusalem, symbolizing the Heart, where we meet “the Great Spirit;” being introduced to God through the holy spirit of our Heart, once we stop resisting it.  The Hopi were to wait in Hopiland for “Older Brother,” as the Apostles were to wait in Jerusalem for “Jesus,” who went to the Father; to the Spirit, which the “east” symbolizes.  The “road in the sky” has been fulfilled, as we can no longer reach God/the Great Spirit through the power of our mind, the sky, the heaven, symbolizing the mind.  The only way now is through the power of our heart. The Hopi prophecies are interpreted as physical events, manifestations of spiritual events, which can now be interpreted through an understanding of the symbolic code of the Bible, through which we receive the  spiritual message of instruction that will enable us to avert the dismal prophecies predicted for our future.  The Hopi interprets the “gourd of ashes” as the atomic bomb.  The words “atomic holocaust” and “2006” were discovered using the mathematical code of the Bible.  But having not taken place in the physical suggests a spiritual meaning, “the gourd” of the Bible  symbolizing “the false peace” that has settled over the people, which was taken away (briefly) when the Twin Towers were reduced to a pile “of ashes” on September 11th, 2001.  The “three helpers commissioned by the Great Spirit” symbolize the mind, the heart, and the body, serving as the faculties for thought, emotion, and action, the purification of which will “bring about the peaceful life on earth.”  The “True White Brother” will “wear a red cap or red cloak,” but not in the literal sense.  He will wear it in the spiritual sense, his mind and heart influenced solely by the holy spirit, represented by the color red.  He will have a spiritual mind, not a religious one.  The “two great ones” with the True White Brother symbolize the “two witnesses” of spirit and truth, the source of power and wisdom.  

“One will have a symbol or sign of the swastika, which represents purity and is Female, a producer of life. The third one or the second one of the two helpers to our True White Brother will have a sign of a symbol of the sun. He, too, will be many people and very wise and powerful. One will have the symbol of the moja, or cross. We have in our sacred Kachina ceremonies a gourd rattle which is still in use today with these symbols of these powerful helpers of our True Brother. It is also prophesied that, if these three fail to fulfill their mission, then the one from the west will come like a big storm. He will be many in numbers and unmerciful. When he comes he will cover the land like the red ants and overtake this land in one day. If the three helpers chosen by the Creator fulfill their sacred mission, and even if there are only one, two, or three of the true Hopi who remain holding fast to the last ancient teaching and instructions the Great Spirit, Massauu will appear before all, and our world will be saved. The three will lay a new life plan which leads to everlasting life and peace. The earth will become new as it was from the beginning. Flowers will bloom again, wild game will return to barren lands, and there will be abundance of food for all. Those who are saved will share everything equally and they all will recognize Great Spirit and speak one language.”

Commentary: “One will have a symbol or sign of the swastika, which represents purity and is Female, a producer of life.”  For many “the swastika” is associated with an evil that is hard to comprehend, yet there is a profound connection.  Hitler (whose symbol was the swastika) was given “forty and two months” to execute his judgment, which came in the form of a human holocaust; a physical baptism of fire intended to produce a pure Aryan race.  Through a spiritual judgment or baptism of fire we are spiritually purified, experiencing a spiritual death and rebirth, the sign or symbol of the “cross.”  The Heart “is Female”—the spiritual womb, “a producer of life,” spiritual life, the heart made pure through the conception of truth. “The third one or the second one of the two helpers to our True White Brother will have a sign of a symbol of the sun.”  The sun is synonymous with the son; the holy seed or word of God, which is Male, as it is the male that sows his seed into the female, as God’s seed of truth is to be sowed into the heart of man.  “He, too, will be many people…”  ” I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore…” Genesis 22:17.   “It is also prophesied that, if these three fail to fulfill their mission, then the one from the west will come like a big storm.”  Our spiritual mission is the purification of our mind, heart, and body; thought, emotion, and action, which is salvation of the soul, the word salvation meaning help.  If man does not get on with this important spiritual work there will be a “big storm,” symbolizing an evil and destructive force, the likes of which has never been seen before— the “time of trouble” Daniel prophesied of.  It is coming “from the west” because the west symbolizes the word.  The storm is coming from (being the consequence of) “man’s word” which the prophet Jeremiah tells us “shall be his burden.”  Man’s word is his false religious and personal beliefs, which according to the “ancient teaching and instruction” of the Holy Bible, are to be destroyed.  It is through our obedience to this ancient instruction that we obtain “everlasting life and peace. The earth will become new as it was from the beginning.”  This is only possible through the creation of a new earth, symbolizing a new heart, which has been saved from false beliefs through the process, restoring it to the pure spiritual state in which it existed from the beginning— from birth. “Those who are saved will share everything equally and they all will recognize Great Spirit and speak one language.”  They will have all things common in the spiritual sense, being of one mind and of one heart, speaking one spiritual language!

“We are now faced with great problems, not only here but throughout the land. Ancient cultures are being annihilated. Our people’s lands are being taken from them. Why is this happening? It is happening because many have given up or manipulated their original spiritual teachings. The way of life which the Great Spirit has given to all people of the world, whatever your original instructions, are not being honored. It is because of this great sickness called greed, which infects every land and country. Now we are at the very end of our trail. Many people no longer recognize the true path of the Great Spirit. They have, in fact, no respect for the Great Spirit or for our precious Mother Earth, who gives us all life. We were told that someone would try to go up to the moon, that they would bring something back from the moon, and that after that nature would show signs of losing its balance. Now we see that coming about. All over the world, there are now many signs that nature is no longer in balance. Floods, drought, earthquakes, and great storms are occurring constantly and causing much suffering.”

Commentary: The physical revealing the spiritual, as our spiritual lands (our hearts) are being destroyed, made desolate of spiritual truth through the man-made doctrines of religion, which have manipulated God’s Word for their own gain— “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.” Jeremiah 12:10“It is because the great sickness of the heart called greed, which infects every land and country.”  This goes beyond monetary greed and into spiritual greed.  “And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels… My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart… destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled…” Jeremiah 4:18-20.  “Many people no longer recognize the true path of the Great Spirit.”  That is because the “true path” has been covered over with religious iniquity, the leaders of these religions driven by spiritual greed— a lust for spiritual power.  “They have, in fact, no respect for the Great Spirit or for our precious Mother Earth, who gives us all life.”  That is because there is “no respect” for the holy spirit that works through that precious spiritual Mother Earth called the Heart. Our spiritual Jerusalem, “the mother of us all,” through which we obtain spiritual life.  “We were told that someone would try to go up to the moon, that they would bring something back from the moon, and that after that nature would show signs of losing its balance.”  In spiritual terms, this has to do with what we discover following a spiritual trip to what “the moon” symbolizes, which is the emotions; discovering the painful emotions we have suppressed, causing us to be spiritually (mentally and emotionally) out of balance.  “Floods, drought, earthquakes, and great storms are occurring constantly and causing much suffering.”  Physical manifestations of a spiritual imbalance, caused by the negative and destructive energy bottled up in the heart, causing much physical and spiritual suffering.

“Now we must look upon each other as brothers and sisters. There is no more time for divisions among people. Today I call upon all of us, from right here at home, Hotevilla, where we too are guilty of gossiping and causing divisions even among our own families; out to the entire world where thievery, war, and lying go on every day. These divisions will not be our salvation.  Wars only bring more wars, never peace. Only by joining together in a Spiritual Peace with love in our hearts for one another, love in our hearts for the Great Spirit and Mother Earth, shall we be saved from the terrible Purification Day which is just ahead. There are many of you in this world who are honest people. We pray for balance on earth to live in peace and leave a beautiful world to the children yet to come. We know you have good hearts, but good hearts are not enough to help us with these great problems. We want the people of the world to know the truth of our situation. This land which people call the Land of the Freedom celebrates many days reminding people of the world of these things. Yet in well over 200 years, the original Americans have not seen a free day. We are suffering the final insult. Our people are now losing the one thing which gives life and meaning to life — our ceremonial land, which is being taken away from us. Hotevilla is the last holy consecrated, undisturbed traditional Native American sacred shrine to the Creator. As the prophecy says, this sacred shrine must keep its spiritual pathways open. This village is the spiritual vortex for the Hopi to guide the many awakening Native Americans and other true hearts home to their own unique culture. Where is the freedom which you all fight for and sacrifice your children for?”

Commentary: The divisions among us are due to our spiritual state.  The external wars are manifestations of the internal wars that have yet to be fought from within the heart of man. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” James 4:1. Our spiritual members are our mind and heart.  “Spiritual Peace” is of the Heart, which one obtains through the purification of his Heart.  If we love our spiritual Mother Earth we will take part in a spiritual “Purification Day.”  And what purifies our Heart is Truth, the essence of Love, which is the Great Spirit.  In giving ourselves truth, we demonstrate our love for self, as it is written, “love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Only then can we truly love our brother.  Many of us may be honest with respect to our outward actions. But there is a deeper level of honesty that exists at the heart-level. Many of us would never consider stealing from our brother, yet we continually rob God by offering carnal sacrifices instead of spiritual sacrifices.  And it is only by offering up the spiritual sacrifices of God that the negative and destructive energy causing  “these great problems” is transformed, bringing balance to that spiritual earth called the heart. “Yet in well over 200 years, the original Americans have not seen a free day.”  Just as mankind has been rejecting the spiritual teachings and instruction for well over 2000 years, through which he would become spiritually free.  “Our people are now losing the one thing which gives life and meaning to life — our ceremonial land, which is being taken away from us.”  The Native American or Red man embodies the Spirit, the holy spirit being caretaker of that spiritual land called the Heart.  But the holy spirit, like the Red man, has suffered “the final insult,” loosing possession of the Heart due to an unholy spirit.  “Hotevilla is the last holy consecrated…sacred shrine to the Creator. As the prophecy says, this sacred shrine must keep its spiritual pathways open.”  The spiritual shrine or temple is the Heart, the spiritual pathways of which are not open to the holy spirit, as it is written, “you do always resist the holy spirit: as your fathers did, so do you.”  Only through the work of the holy spirit, which brings truth to the heart, are we made free, as it is written, “the truth shall make you free.”

“Is it only the Indian people who have lost, or are all Americans losing the very thing which you originally came here to find? We don’t share the freedom of the press because what gets into the papers is what the government wants people to believe, not what is really happening. We have no freedom of speech, because we are persecuted by our own people for speaking our beliefs. We are at the final stages now, and there is a last force that is about to take away our remaining homeland. We are still being denied many things including the right to be Hopis and to make our living in accordance with our religious teachings. The Hopi leaders have warned leaders in the White House and the leaders in the Glass House [the United Nations] but they do not listen. So as our prophecy says then it must be up to the people with good pure hearts that will not be afraid to help us to fulfill our destiny in peace for this world. We now stand at a crossroad whether to lead ourselves in everlasting life or total destruction. So many people have come to Hopiland to meet with us. Many times people have asked how they can help us. Now I hope and pray that your help will come. If you have a way to spread the truth, through the newspapers, radio, books, through meeting with powerful people, tell the truth!  Tell them what you know to be true.  Tell them what you have seen here, what you have heard us say; what you have seen with your own eyes. We, the Hopi, hold the sacred stone tablets and now await the coming of our True White Brother and others seriously ready to work for the Creator’s peace on earth. We are not so different in the Creator’s eyes. The same great Father Sun shines his love on each of us daily just as Mother Earth prepares the substance for our table, do they not? We are one after all.” 

Chief Dan Evehema from Hotevilla, Arizona, Hopi Sovereign Nation
Spiritual leader, Eldest Elder Greasewood/Roadrunner Clan

Commentary: The White Man came to America in search of freedom, including freedom of religion, which should have been freedom from religion, as it is the teachings of religion that have caused man to lose [out on] his spiritual freedom.  “We have no freedom of speech, because we are persecuted by our own people for speaking our beliefs.”  Even if one does not possess freedom of speech in the literal sense, he possesses freedom of speech in the spiritual sense by speaking words of truth in his heart, which has more power to effect change than all the words spoken through the media. If our beliefs are in line with the Creator’s, there will always be persecution from those who oppose it, as it is written, “ye shall be hated for my name’s sake,” referring to the spiritual name, which is truth.  “We are at the final stages now, and there is a last force that is about to take away our remaining homeland.”  We have entered into what is the third and final “era of Jacob,” in which man is given the final opportunity to purity his Heart, which in time would bring purity to the Earth, returning it to its former state. This will bring peace to the Heart, which will bring peace to the Earth.  If even a few of us complete this transformation process it will start a ripple effect, and Mankind will then do the right thing with respect to the Native American peoples.  “The Hopi leaders have warned leaders in the White House and the leaders in the Glass House [the United Nations] but they do not listen. So as our prophecy says then it must be up to the people with good pure hearts that will not be afraid to help us to fulfill our destiny in peace for this world.”  The White House and Glass House represent the Heart and Mind of man, neither of which is hearing the voice of the Red Man, symbolizing the voice of the Spirit.  “We now stand at a crossroad whether to lead ourselves in everlasting life or total destruction.”  We lead ourselves in everlasting life through the purification of our hearts, total destruction being the consequence of man’s evil impure heart.  I have devoted the past 28 years of my life in pursuit of restoring the spiritual teachings contained in the Holy Bible, which have been brilliantly preserved through the symbolism of the Sacred Text.  Ancient spiritual knowledge that I have compiled into two books, through which we hear God’s message of instruction to all Mankind in what is “the end of days,” which if followed will activate the holy spirit that has lain dormant in the heart of man for thousands of years.  In honoring the holy spirit that we have been gifted with we honor the Great Spirit, along with the Red Man, who was chosen to embody it.  “We, the Hopi, hold the sacred stone tablets and now await the coming of our True White Brother and others seriously ready to work for the Creator’s peace on earth.”  The True Red and White Brother will hold [to] the same spiritual stone tablets, symbolizing the spiritual laws of the Creator, which are written upon the heart through spiritual obedience.  

Commentary written by Sandra L. Butler © 2003

Native American Indian

The Native American Indian or Red man was assigned by The Creator to be the caretakers of Mother Earth. The Red man possessed the Spirit of God, connecting with the Spirit that lives in all things, while the White man possessed the Word of God in the form of The Holy Bible.  But there was great error in the White Man with respect to God’s Word, the Spirit of which had all but been destroyed by the middle of the 5th century, spiritual truth giving way to conjured doctrines of men.  The White man that entered the North American continent toward the end of the 15th century was not what the Hopi Indians refer to as “The True White Brother.”  If He were, He would have co-existed with the Red Man, living in peace and harmony.  What does the union between the White man and the Red man symbolize, as it is through an understanding of the symbolism that we gain spiritual knowledge?  It is teaching us the importance of bringing the literal Word of God to the Spirit through an understanding of its symbolism, a language in which the Red man is well-versed.  Through it we gain an understanding of the spiritual meaning of God’s Word.  The error in the White man can be seen in His government.  “The government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” revealing what is governing the people.  And what is governing the White man that entered the North American continent was not God’s Word, not in letter or in spirit.  It was a man-made image of God’s Word, too often wielded in the spirit of self-righteous arrogance.  The government of the White man broke nearly every treaty it made with the Red man. The WORD governing the White man was LIES.  And in an arrogant display of self-righteousness and entitlement, the government of the White man nearly wiped out the Red man, just as the man-made dogmas governing the self-righteous religious peoples had all but wiped out the Spirit of the God’s Word.  The Spirit of God has been working through the Red man, warning us of the imbalance in Mother Earth.  And what does the Red man tell us is causing this imbalance?  GREED.  The root of evil that is bringing death and destruction to Mother Earth.

“the love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10.  The love of money is GREED, a negative emotion born out of fear and a lust for control— two unholy spirits created in the absence of God’s Holy Spirit, dwelling in the Heart of man; in our spiritual Mother Earth.  Greed is a rapacious desire for more than one needs or deserves.  Spiritual greed is a lust for spiritual power, having the same evil root that is contributing to the death and destruction on earth, the negative and destructive energy of spiritual greed added to the negative and destructive energy of monetary greed.  This lust for spiritual power, which is of the heart, is now at work in the spiritual kingdom of heaven— in the realm of the mind; a power that has not been earned through spiritual works, but taken by force.  “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12.  When the true image, formed by the reality of what is taking place in the world, fails to match the false religious image these spiritual robbers have in their mind, they will enter a spiritual famine, hungering for the spiritual corn that is in Egypt, symbolizing the spiritual truth that is in the World.  “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye will say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  God’s answer?  IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS.” Malachi 3:8.  Man robs God when he fails to offer up the spiritual sacrifices of God, through which man would obtain authentic spiritual power, removing his lust for this spurious power driven by spiritual and monetary greed; generated by an unholy spirit that works through a heart that has yet to be transformed.  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart.” Psalms 51:17.   Many self-proclaimed Christians (mainstream and new age) are robbing themselves of this authentic spiritual power by impatiently proclaiming themselves to be “born again and saved” or “spirit and perfected” before they have performed the spiritual works that would bring them into this ascended state of being, one that can only be obtained through the purification of ones heart.  In purifying the HEART we do our part to purify the EARTH.

We will never be able to give this land called Earth back to the Native American peoples.  But we can help to balance the spiritual scales of justice by giving our spiritual land called the Heart back to the Spirit of God.  In this we not only honor the Red man, but what He symbolizes, which is the Spirit of God.

The Red man, Egypt, and the East all symbolize the Spirit, and those things pertaining to the spirit.  The color associated with the spirit is red.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

The Refounding Christianity Project – Part 7

The Resurrection of Truth

 

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.

The Refounding of Christianity – Part 6

The De-construction of Religious Christianity

 

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.

The Refounding Christianity Project – Part 5

The Two Foundations of Christianity

 

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.

The Refounding Christianity Project – Part 4

The Far Left & Far Right of Religious Christianity

 

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.

The Refounding Christianity Project – Part 3

Government and Religion: the iron and the clay

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.

The Refounding Christianity Video Series – Part 2

The Symbolic Code

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Matthew 24:1,2

Jesus is speaking of the buildings of the temple that were brought down in 70AD, exposing the foundation. But he is also speaking of the destruction of the doctrines of the church, whose foundation of false teachings is being exposed in what is the 7th day.