144,000

OpenBible2We find this number in the book of Revelation; a revelation for mankind, which came from Jesus through John.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed; and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of Israel.” Revelation 7:4

The word sealed means to stamp (with a signet or private mark (for security or preservation), referring to a spiritual security or protection, which the wall symbolizes, the measure of this invisible wall of protection being 144.

” And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” Revelation 21:17. 

How does man reach this spiritual measure of 144?  By obeying Jesus’ instruction pertaining to the twelve tribes of Israel:

“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 word regeneration means anew; the process of forming again, referring to the forming of a new creation from within, “a new heaven and a new earth,” through which “the first heaven and the first earth” (formed in a darkness we mistook for light; through lies we mistook for truth) passing away through the process.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away.” Revelation 21:1

The twelve tribes of Israel are neither lost nor extinct, but existing within us in the form of positive and negative aspects.  We are to judge the negative aspects of the tribes, which is to overcome them. The number twelve represents judgment, as we see in our own judicial system.  Judging the 12 tribes of Israel formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144, “the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.”  An angel is a messenger. Those that hear, through obedience, the message of the angel of the first 6 churches in the book of Revelation, reach the spiritual measure of 144.  As God’s physical creation was formed through 6 days of works (not to be taken literally), our new spiritual creation is formed through 6 (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works.  A day is 24 hours, 6 days formulating to 6 x 24, which equals 144. These spiritual works are the works of the spiritual judgment that is to take place within us— the act of overcoming all of our false religious and personal beliefs.

Those that reach the spiritual measure of 144 by executing God’s spiritual judgment upon themselves enter the 1,000-year reign of Christ: 144 + 1,000 = 144,000.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…  and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years…” Revelation 20:7.  

The reign of Christ begins within the individual when that which constitutes christ, which is spirit and word; love and truth, rules their mind and heart.  These make up the 144,000 mentioned in Chapter Seven of the book of Revelation.  Notice that the tribe of Dan is not listed among the tribes.  That is because the word Dan means judge, and the 144,000 have already judged themselves

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2008

OLD AGE & NEW AGE BELIEFS

OpenBible2The following is a revelation I received in 2004. Having spent a considerable amount of time on Christian and Spiritual message boards for the past three and a half years, I began to see some parallels between those of old age or mainstream Christianity and those of new age Christianity.  Those of the old age were claiming to be born again and saved. Those of the new age were saying the same thing, but in a different language, claiming they were already spirit and perfect, they just had to remember it, and believe it.  While one group claimed to have the Holy Spirit, which is to say you have the Power of God, the other group claimed they were God.  And both groups showed little respect for the earth, the one waiting to be whisked away in what they call the rapture, escaping the evil literally, the other calling the earth an illusion, escaping its evil through the power of their mind, denying that evil even exists, calling anything negative and destructive, such as disease, an illusion.  After seeing these parallels, I asked before going to sleep one night, “Lord, Why the parallels between these two groups of people?”  I awoke to the words: “It’s the two gold calves the king of Israel set up in Dan and Bethel.  It’s the same image; an old religious belief in a new age wrapping.” 

Wow! I understood the symbolism in the biblical story immediately.  And as time went by, I began to fully understand why it had come about.  For over fifteen hundred years now, the children of God have been humiliated and browbeaten by religion, stripped of their self-worth and self-esteem, stripped of their authentic power, controlled by fear.  Many of these children of God left the religious system in a very down-trodden emotional state, which made them overly susceptible to a belief that would make them feel good about themselves, their hearts eager to take on a belief that would tell them they were okay, that they we were not sinners bound for hell.  It was the perfect time for the arrival of a new belief, one that would tell them what they so desperately wanted, and needed to hear.  This belief helped them change the way they thought about themselves, gently patting them on the back, telling them they were perfect just the way they were.  This belief would also teach them that there was no such thing as evil, and that the world that had hurt them so badly was just an illusion, a dream, so they could set their mind at rest; they could be at peace in their mind.  This childish belief, while serving in part to help the children regain their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth, was causing the children of God to push the boundaries, as children do.  They were taking it too far, impatiently proclaiming a spiritual state that can only be reached through spiritual works that change the heart.

The Church told them they had sin, but in the wrong spirit, and with no truthful word of instruction on how to purify themselves.  When one walks away from a religious belief it is important to understand that the same emotional energy that gave power to the old belief is carried over, transferred to the new belief, which in this case was no different than the old belief, just spoken in a different language.  In both cases, the spiritual works that transform the negative and destructive energy of the heart into positive and constructive or creative energy are not being performed.  These two beliefs are one and the same, one existing at each end of a linear line. Bringing the two ends together through their parallels reveals that they are at the same point or place; in the same state of mind— deluded, their erroneous beliefs powered by what the Bible calls the energy of delusion, providing the mind with a false peace that acts as a wall, separating the follower of such a belief from his own heart, which symbolized by the temple, is where we offer up the spiritual sacrifices that purify our heart.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2004

THE TEN VIRGINS

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“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.”  Matthew 25:1

The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind. It is likened unto ten virgins because the number ten is associated with the mind, which enters a virgin state through its purification.  The quieting of the mind is an eastern practice that aids in the purification of the mind, which is encoded in both the Old and New Testament.  Moses instructs the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, to stand still (Exodus 14:13), the word still meaning be silent, quiet self.  In the book of Revelation, we learn that the seventh seal is opened through silence in heaven, which symbolizes the mind. Through silence in the mind the seventh chakra is opened, connecting us to the divine power of the heart.  When we quiet our mind, following Moses’ instruction, we give power to what Moses symbolizes, which is the holy Spirit.  And as the Spirit of God moved upon the waters in the Creation, and upon the waters of the Red Sea, the holy spirit, if not resisted, will move upon the spiritual waters, symbolizing the thoughts of the mind, influencing the thoughts of our mind, causing us to think differently, the deeper spiritual meaning of the word, repentance.  John baptized unto repentance; a baptism that illustrated the purification of the mind, which the ten virgins symbolize.  Jesus gives the instruction through his cleaning of the cup and platter parable, the cup symbolizing the mind.

Israel, like heaven, symbolizes the Mind, which consisted of ten tribes, descending from the first ten sons of Jacob; those born of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage. It is through the judging of these ten tribes that are mind is made pure, preparing the way for the coming of the Lord, as the ten virgins were prepared to meet the bridegroom, and as Esther was prepared to meet the king through a purification process “…for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, to wit, six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours…” Esther 2:12.  The oil symbolizes the anointing; the spiritual anointing through which the mind and the heart are made pure.  The word myrrh means distillation, the purification of water, which like the sea, symbolizes the thoughts of our mind.   “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” Matthew 25:1.  The kingdom of heaven symbolizes the realm of the mind.  The lamps symbolize the hearts of those that have purified their minds and those that think they have purified their minds. “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:” Matthew 25:2,3.  This is where we see what separates the wise virgins from the foolish virgins.  The five wise had oil in their lamps, symbolizing the anointing that is within their hearts.  The five foolish virgins represent those that think they have been made pure, but having no oil, being without the anointing, have been deceived.  “But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:4.  The five wise are those that have not been deceived by a false doctrine, which would be any doctrine or belief that teaches purification of the mind through any other way than what Jesus taught, which is through the heart by way of the spiritual oil or anointing of the heart.  The mind does not have the power to bring us into the pure spiritual state symbolized by the virgin.  We are not made pure by thinking positive thoughts, or by repeating some mantra.  We can only be made pure through the spiritual anointing or christ power of the heart, the oil that the five foolish are lacking.

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept… (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day…” Matthew 25:5.  The bridegroom, symbolizing spiritual truth, has been delayed for more than fifteen hundred years due to religious iniquity; the spiritual veil that has rendered the spiritual mind unconscious, possessed by the spirit of slumber.  “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt… And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”   Daniel 12:2,3.   The dust of the earth symbolizes the spiritual inactivity of the heart; the spiritual power of the heart still lying dormant.  But some will awaken out of this dormant state and begin their heart-purification process.  They are the wise, having oil in their lamps.  “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: … but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.”  Matthew 25:6-9.  Midnight. The twelfth hour, the number twelve representing judgment. Those who are purifying themselves through God’s spiritual judgment (Matthew 19:28) have entered the bedchamber, where the spiritual seed of spiritual truth is being sown.  “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”  Matthew 25:10.  Marriage is intercourse; a spiritual intercourse through which the holy seed or word of truth is sown in our heart.  The door of the bedchamber is open to those that are believing, obeying, or putting action to the spiritual works outlined in the churches in the book of Revelation, and closed to those that are not.  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door…”   Revelation 3:7,8.  The door is open to those who are purifying themselves through the spiritual works of God’s Word.  “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”  Matthew 25:11.  These, believing the iniquity they have been taught through the church, think they have purified themselves, but they have climbed up some other way.  The word “know,” or “knew,” is intercourseAdam knew Eve and she conceived.  God’s holy seed cannot and will not pass through the veil of religious iniquity.  “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:23.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2008

FAITH: beginning and end

OpenBible2“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In the definition of faith, is the beginning of faith (things hoped for, things not seen) and the end of faith (the substance, the evidence).  The beginning of faith is an analogy to the beginning of Creation.  God created heaven and earth in His mind, but there was no substance or evidence of His creation, no actualization, the earth was yet without form.  For God’s thought or idea of creation to become substance or matter would take God’s word, the works that brought His creation into existence.  Faith, like creation, requires works. There are works associated with the beginning of faith and there are works associated with the end of faith. We are given a number of examples of the works associated with the beginning of faith in the book of Hebrews, each one having to do with external salvation, which started with a thought. Noah, believing in his mind that a flood was coming began the works of building an ark.  Just believing something in our mind does not make it a reality.  Christians believe in the Son, which is the beginning of faith. And many still believe Jesus will return, which also falls under the beginning of faith, as there no evidence to support this belief.  They have been taught to have faith in Jesus Christ, and to accept him into their heart as their personal savior, a level of faith that, by itself, has no power, as was spoken by James, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2:26.  As there could be no creation without works, there can be no salvation without works, the two allegorical. As it took works to bring God’s physical creation into existence, it takes works to bring our spiritual creation into existence, through which we receive internal salvation, which is the end of faith, as was spoken by Peter, “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

The carnal works of the law, a figure or type-and-shadow of the spiritual works, could not perfect them that did the service, as we see in Hebrews 9:9,10, but which were to be kept until the spiritual works could be completed, until  “the time of reformation,” when we form a new heaven and earth, through which our “first heaven and earth” passes away (Revelation 21:1). “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled,” Matthew 5:18, referring to this new spiritual heaven and earth.  Jesus said he came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it, but it is not Jesus the person that fulfils or completes the law, but what Jesus personified, which is the word; the works of creation.  “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  John 1:3.   All things are made by a seed, and the seed is the word of God (Luke 8:11); the works through which the creation was made, which is the end of faith as our works have been completed, made perfect.  To bring our new creation into existence is going to take works, which is synonymous with the son, as is written in the book of John, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am the Son of God?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works…”  The works of the Father are the works of creation, which is why Jesus, the seed or word of God, was with God in the beginning, through which the physical creation was made. Our spiritual works of creation are found in the beginning and end of the book of Genesis, which means creation. The beginning of Genesis gives us an overview of the creation process, the end of Genesis, where Jacob tells his twelve sons what will befall them in the end of days, providing the details of this creation or salvation process.

Jesus does not care if we believe in him, which falls under the beginning of faith.  He wants us to believe the works, the word believe meaning to obey or put action to. These are the works that perfect our faith, completing it, which is the end of faith. Salvation, like creation, requires works. It took God’s Spirit and word to bring His creation into existence.  It takes faith and works to make our salvation a reality. As there were six days of works in the physical creation of heaven and earth (not to be taken literally), there are six metaphorical days of spiritual works in the creation of our spiritual heaven and earth, through which we receive true salvation.  These works are found in the first six churches in the book of Revelation. The message of the seventh church is for those that have skipped over these six days of works.  What they think they are in their mind is not what they are in their heart, says Jesus.  They are lukewarm, not on fire for God, which they would demonstrate by doing these spiritual works. They have been taught to think that Jesus did the works for them by dying on the cross. They have been taught to think that they have received salvation by believing in Jesus, which is only the beginning of faith.  To reach the end of faith will require them to do the works, which Jesus instructs them to do through the message of the seventh church, saying, “I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyeslave, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”  Revelation 3:18,19.  The word repent means to think differently.  Changing the way they have been taught to think about salvation is the beginning of the spiritual works through which they will receive true salvation… “Receiving the end of your faitheven the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:9.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

THE BIRTH OF JESUS

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

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

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

For the spiritually-minded, the birth of Jesus is not about a literal day, but about a spiritual event– the birth of truth from within the heart.  When seed is planted in the earth, symbolizing the heart, the life in the seed (John 1:4) is regenerated through its conception, which through the process of time brings forth.  Maybe our time would be better spent thinking about the conception and birth or resurrection of God’s spiritual seed from within our heart instead of on the birth of the physical body that housed the spiritual seed, which is why Jesus would not have been born on December 25th, a date that fits the sowing of physical seed, rather than the conception of spiritual seed, which Jesus was.  https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/biblical-evidence-shows-jesus-christ-wasnt-born-on-dec-25

The word resurrection comes from the word an-as-tas-is, meaning, a moral recovery of spiritual truth.  This is the only birth of Jesus that truly matters. It is the Christian religion that is responsible for the way so many people think about the birth of Jesus.  And religious Christmas songs like, “Come let us adore him…” doesn’t help, taking our mind off of the spiritual and putting it on the physical.  Christians say they believe in Jesus, which is to believe at a mind level. They adore the physical aspect of God’s holy seed.  But adoration for the spiritual aspect of Jesus requires us to believe on a heart level through spiritual works; works that have nothing to do with proclaiming we love Jesus with our mouth, or from within our mind.  Let us think about the birth of Jesus in the context of what his birth symbolizes.  There is not enough information to determine exactly when Jesus was born in the flesh.  But there is enough information to determine how the spiritual seed of God is conceived in our own flesh.

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

Casleu/Chislev/Kislev: Jewish month; (ninth in ecclesiastic year), December 25th, the day the heathen profaned the temple.  The word profane means lacking due respect. Understanding that the temple symbolizes the heart is giving it its due respect, the temple cleansed through the removal of its impurities or abominations (Matthew 15:19; Proverbs 26:25).  The birth of truth (Jesus) requires a pure heart (virgin), something to consider every year on the “five and twentieth day” of December.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2015

EAST & WEST

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The Holy Bible contains all the spiritual knowledge we need for the salvation or healing of our soul, combining ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west.

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…”  Exodus 14:13

The word still means quiet self, be silent, keep (put to) silence.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  Revelation 8:1

Silence in heaven is the key to opening the seventh seal. Heaven symbolizes the mind. The seventh seal is the seventh chakra.

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”  Revelation 1:7

If this were about the physical eyes, it would be plural, not singular. This is about “the third eye,” the spiritual eye, through which we gain insight pertaining to the things we cannot see.

The verse is clearly about Jesus, symbolizing truth, which “cometh with clouds;” coming with or through the thoughts of that spiritual heaven called the mind. Truth comes to us through our mind by way of the Spirit.  East and west, Spirit and word.  The Spirit is the power that delivers the word of truth, first to our mind, and then to our heart if we don’t resist it.

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:27

The “lightening” and the “Son of man” share the same symbolic meaning, which is truth.  Jesus was called the Son of man, the son symbolizing the seed or word of truth through which man is spiritually healed. There is mind-level healing and there is heart-level healing.  The two are not the same.  The former is accomplished through the power of the mind, the latter through the power of the heart, which is christ.

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God. But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the holy spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression drugs. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose deepest purpose is to bring us into the truth regarding the source of this anxiety and depression.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51.

In the eastern practice of yoga, one is often led to put his hands to the third or inner eye, which is associated with higher consciousness or spiritual sight—the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki, performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands for the treatment of physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease.

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  When meditation is performed following the ancient instruction of the Holy Bible, the 7th chakra is opened, through which the deepest level of the soul is healed.  The Spirit, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul.  To heal the heart requires us to follow the ancient instruction of the Sacred Text of the west.  The Spirit, in conjunction with the works of the Word, has the power to heal us mentally, emotionally, and physically, which is salvation of the soul.  Moses, in conjunction with Aaron, led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, symbolizing the addiction of The World.  Physical bondage or addiction is of the mind and body.  But the source that drives it is the spiritual bondage of the heart.  To be delivered of our spiritual bondage requires what Jesus calls the regeneration.

“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 word regeneration means the act or process of re-forming. As Spirit and word formed the physical heaven and earth, spirit and word are needed to form our new spiritual heaven and earth.  The word is the works of creation, which Jesus instructs us to believe, which means to obey or put action to.  Those that are in the process of the regeneration are metaphorically sitting upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, which are the works that brings of their new creation into existence.

Judgment is symbolized in scripture by fire.

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”  Revelation 3:18

Perhaps you have heard new age teachers talking about the “violet flame,” their understanding of which will be limited to the source through which they received it, through the Spirit, which makes it an incomplete truth. To receive complete truth on these spiritual matters will require us to incorporate the Word. The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the purity that comes through the judgment.  A “flame” is part of the fire. The seven colors associated with the twelve tribes of Israel or twelve sons of Jacob are the seven colors of the rainbow. And what do we find at the end of the rainbow; upon the conclusion of our spiritual judgment?  Gold, symbolizing purity. The color “violet” is associated with Naphtali, a son of Rachel’s bondmaid, symbolizing bondage.  This is where we make the transition from seeing the bondage of our mind to seeing the bondage of our heart. This is where we make the transition from the kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind to the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart- the throne of that healing power called christ.

It is time to incorporate the Word, which provides us with the ancient instruction through which we are made holy.  It is time to bring a deeper meaning to the many religious ceremonies and celebrations through the Word.  Let’s look at the eastern festival called Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” the “Festival of Colors,” or the “Festival of Spring.”  It celebrates the eternal and divine love of Krishna, and signifies the triumph of good over the evil.

The east is associated with the Spirit of God, which is Love. However, it is through the spiritual works encoded in the Sacred Text of the west, which the colors represent, that we reach Love, which is why Jesus said, you can’t come unto the Father except by me, which is to say, you can’t come to Love except through truth, which being the word of God, is the spiritual works or instruction through which we are made holy, triumphing over evil. East and West.  Spirit and Word.  Love and Truth.  Christ. The spiritual anointing through which we are healed on a soul-level.

Christianity, the religion of the west, is not the source for the Word of God.

Paul the Liar

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001

THE GODHEAD

 

Father Son Holy SpiritThe Principles of Creation. The Foundation of Spiritual Truth.

Principle: a basic truth, which applies to both the physical and the spiritual.

Foundation: the basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.

“In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” Genesis 1:1. To create is to have the idea or concept of something.  Nothing has been made yet. And the earth was without form… ”  To bring heaven and earth into existence would take two things. Spirit and word: And the Spirit of God moved… “And God said…” Genesis 1:2,3.  The Spirit of God is the Energy of God.  The word of God is the seed of God.  “And the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11. The two divine attributes of the Creator and Creation are symbolized in scripture by the “two witnesses,” and the “two olive trees” or “two olive branches,” which Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Elijah and Elisha, and John and Jesus, personified. 

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:26,27.  We were physically made after this likeness when our father, sowed his seed, by his energy (male) into our mother (female), as God, sowed His word, by His Spirit (male) into mother earth (female).  We are spiritually made in the image of God when the holy spirit sows the seed or word of truth into our heart.  We see the image of God in the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  ELOHIM, the Hebrew name for God, also reveals God’s image:  EL = God the Father. OH = the Son. IM = the Holy Spirit; the I AM, revealing the Godhead. Some Christians claim there are three persons in the Godhead, others say there is one, proclaiming Jesus is God.  They are both wrong. The truth is, the three are of one, as God, spoke His word, through His Spirit.  And as man, sows his seed, through his energy.   

“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and a god was the word.”  John 1:1 (Original Greek translation)
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God.”  John 1:1 (King James translation)

“A god was the word” has been changed to “the Word was God,” an error in translation that has Christians calling Jesus God, through which they are unwittingly denying the Son. “The same was in the beginning with God.” John 1:2.  Jesus was with God in the beginning, being the seed through which the physical creation was made.  “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  John 1:3.  All things are made by a seed. When seed is sowed in the earth, as truth is sowed in the heart, it does not produce its fruit instantaneously. “Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once?” The words of the Prophet Isaiah, which admonish the teachings that we are saved or born again the moment we accept Jesus into our heart.  This is not the sowing of God’s seed or word into that spiritual earth called the heart.  “Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods. If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came… [why] say ye of him, Thou blasphemest because I said, I am the Son of God.?  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not… thou you believe not me, believe the works…”  John 10:34-38.  Here, Jesus is teaching us that the works are synonymous with the son. The way we bring fruit unto God, becoming a god or son, is through works. Christians who follow the teachings of Paul are unwittingly rejecting the Son by omitting the spiritual works, which the Son finished, and instructed us to finish, saying, believe the worksthe word believe meaning to obey or put action to.  These are the works of a spiritual creation, which as gods, being made in the image of the God, we have the power to bring into existence. 

The word of God is the seed of God.  Having the seed of God makes one a god, not God.  In like manner, if the seed of man is conceived in the womb of the woman, that seed becomes a son or daughter, not the father that sowed it.  Jesus is not God.  Blasphemy is to make oneself equal with God, or God’s power, which Jesus never did.  Jesus never said he was God.  There are two verses used to proclaim that Jesus is God. The first a mistranslation. The second, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30, a misunderstanding.  Jesus was not saying he was God.  He was saying he and his Father are one with respect to the works of creation, as God’s physical creation is the pattern or instruction for the spiritual creation formed in us through spiritual works. 

“ No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”  John 1:18.  But Jesus was seen, being the seed or word of God made flesh.  Jesus said he proceeded and came from God.  The seed proceeded from the the Father, sown into the womb of Mary.  “…neither came I of myself, but he sent me” John 8:42.  The seed does not sow itself.  Energy or Spirit is needed to sow the seed, whether it be in the earth, or in the heart.  There are two fathers, two seeds, two energies, and two creations.  The good seed, sowed through holy spirit, is attributed to christ. The evil seed, sowed through unholy spirit, is attributed to antichrist.  “… He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” 1 John 2:22.  One denies the Father and the Son literally by saying Jesus is God.  One denies the Father and the Son spiritually by omitting the spiritual works that are synonymous with the Son.  Christ is not Jesus’ surname. It’s the spiritual power through which we perform these spiritual or internal works.  If you have not been doing the works because you have been taught that Jesus finished them for you, you are antichrist; against the spiritual power that is needed for your new spiritual creation to come into existence.  “ Ye are of your father the devil… When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  John 8:44.  Each of us acts as a spiritual father, having sowed spiritual seed through spiritual energy into our spiritual mother.  We have all eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sowing good and evil seed in that spiritual earth called the heart.  In the process of time, the evil seeds choked out the good seed, as we learn from Jesus’ parables.  The unholy creation that has been formed in us is called “the first heaven and earth,” which passes away upon the formation of our new holy creation through six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works.  “ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and earth were passed away…”  Revelation 21:1.  

The Godhead reveals the principles of creation, the foundation upon which all spiritual truth is built.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

 


 

SACRED TEXTS SYMBOLISM

download (3)When the ambiguity that exists in the literal interpretations of our Sacred Texts is removed, we are left with ONE spiritual TRUTH.

“It is He who has revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are precise in meaning- they are the foundation of the Book- and others ambiguous. Those whose hearts are infected with disbelief follow the ambiguous part, so as to create dissension by seeking to explain it.” – The Holy Qur’an. 

The word ambiguous means susceptible to multiple interpretations. The dissension and discord among Christians and Muslims is due to their literal interpretations.  They follow the ambiguous part, not building upon the true spiritual foundation, resisting the holy spirit, through which they would receive a spiritual interpretation of the Book.

“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the holy spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” – The Holy Bible. 

In resisting the holy spirit of their heart, their spiritual eyes and ears are shut, preventing a spiritual understanding of the Word or Book, which would bring unity instead of division.  If the holy spirit does reveal a literal interpretation, it is ultimately for the purpose of seeking its deeper spiritual meaning, which carries the blessings of life and peace through its application.

“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 garment; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessings, even life for evermore.”  – The Holy Bible. 

Aaron symbolizes the Word of God, which is why he spoke for Moses, who was “slow of speech.”  Aaron’s beard symbolizes the wisdom of the Word.  It is not our knowledge or understanding of the written Word that makes us wise.  Or our physical obedience to literal interpretations over millennia.  It is the action we apply to the spiritual instruction found in the Word or Book, revealed through the Spirit of God, which Moses symbolizes.   Spirit and Word— the precious spiritual ointment or anointing.  The ambiguous parts of the Quran are those parts that have been assigned multiple literal interpretations, which continue to be discussed, debated, and followed by “those whose hearts are infected with disbelief,” wasting precious time, and adding to the negative and destructive energy in the earth.  Disbelief is not something that takes place in the mind.  Disbelief is something that takes place in the heart.  Disbelief is spiritual disobedience— failing to obey the spiritual works encoded in the verses of the Book.  The word ambiguous means doubtful, uncertain, to wander about.  When we seek literal interpretation over spiritual interpretation, choose mind-body disciplines over a heart-discipline, offer carnal sacrifices instead of spiritual sacrifices, we become as Cain, wandering about, getting nowhere spiritually, our world becoming uncertain, which the children of Israel illustrated for us by wandering about in the wilderness, choosing carnal service through their obedience to the carnal law, which could not make them perfect.

“The Holy Spirit thus signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” – The Holy Bible. 

The way into the holiest place of all, symbolizing the heart, is not made known to us as long as the first tabernacle, symbolizing the carnal mind, still stands, which continues to assign literal interpretations to the words of the Book.  The carnal acts that took place in the previous “era of Isaac” (animal sacrifice, baptisms, ritualistic baths, anointing, fasting, healing, speaking in tongues, casting out devils, etc.) are now, in what is the third and final “era of Jacob,” to take place spiritually.  Any physical demonstrations of these are now considered mockery, the negative meaning of the word, Isaac. These carnal acts have no power to purify the mind, and stand in the way of us entering into the holiest of all, where we offer up the spiritual sacrifices that purify our heart.  The time of spiritual reformation is now!

“… if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather than, when he saith, Wash, and be clean? And then he went down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” – The Holy Bible.  

The number seven pertains to the spiritual, to the spiritual process through which we are made spiritually clean. So the children of Israel, refusing to obey the spiritual instruction, which would have purified their hearts, remained in bondage to the carnal law for 1500 years, after which time they were to fulfil the carnal law by obeying the spiritual instruction for salvation that the Messiah brought them, of which the carnal law is a figure or pattern.  But they rebelled once again, unable to grasp the spiritual concept, which would have made them free.  Not only of their physical bondage to the carnal law, but of their spiritual bondage to the seven spiritual impurities of their heart.

“Do you not yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man”  – The Holy Bible. 

Physical things do not defile the man. Neither can they purify him.  Putting ourselves under the law of controlling our mind and body may stop the external acts, but it does not put a stop to the internal acts. Thinking we have taken care of the problem, we relax, entering a state of false peace.  We find this in the story of the man that swept his house clean, unaware of the seven unholy spirits or impurities within his heart.

“When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.” – The Holy Bible. 

These seven abominations, symbolized by the seven nations the children of Israel were to drive out of the promised land, are the spiritual enemies residing in our spiritual temple or mosque!

“Drive them out of the places from where they drove you.  Idolatry is more grievous than bloodshed.  But do not fight them within the precincts of the Holy Mosque unless they attack you there; if they attack you put them to the sword.  Fight against them until the idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme.” – The Holy Qur’an. 

 We are to drive these spiritual enemies out of the places that they have driven us. And they have driven us to some very painful and destructive places in our life.  And yet, it will be the enemies that work in these dark places, through the havoc they wreak in our life, that will drive many back to their heart as they begin to question the circumstances of their life.  These spiritual enemies have attacked us within the precincts of the Holy Mosque, which like the Holy Temple, symbolizes the Heart.  We are to put them to the sword, which is to hold them up against what the sword symbolizes, which is truth.  And what did Abraham ultimately sacrifice with his sword?  The ram, symbolizing idolatry—the worshipping of idols or images. Spiritual idolatry is the worshipping of false beliefs.  We are to fight against these until TRUTH reigns supreme in the spiritual temple or mosque called the heart.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000

TWO SACRED TEXTS

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

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

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

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

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

The children of Israel chose Saul over Samuel, who spoke for God. The Jews chose the carnal law over the spiritual truth that Jesus, who spoke for God, brought to earth.  Christians have chosen the carnal-minded teachings of Paul, whose doctrine teaches them to “believe” in the man Jesus in order to be saved, which is contrary to the spiritual teachings of Jesus, who teaches us to “believe the works;” obeying the spiritual works through which we obtain true salvation. Paul taught that salvation is obtained by accepting the Son. Believe in Jesus and you’re saved, the doctrine being taught to Christians at the time of Muhammed, whose revelation served as a backlash against the belief that God has a partner with whom He shares His divine attributes.  Jews, Muslims, and Christians all lack a spiritual understanding of the son, without which there can be no creation, and therefore no salvation.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2000