In last weeks newsletter we looked at the myths and reality of the Bible in order to establish the fact the Bible is not about theology, but is rather a book of Spiritual Growth and Metaphysics, a book of Initiation containing, many important lessons and Principles, as well as, as we will see today, warnings.
One important question associated with the Bible, and therefore of the person known as "Jesus", is why did he come to Earth on his mission at all?
Theologians would immediately say "to save mankind from its sins" whatever that is supposed to mean. The truth of the matter is there is no such thing as a "sin", anymore than there is "bad" or "evil" - these are simply human concepts. Ultimately there is only "experience" at all levels - the very reason we are here on Earth.
I believe it is likely that Jesus was working to a far longer timescale than people believe, and relative to the end of the age that will soon be upon us as we will see later.
One thing is certain - the outcome of the transition of the ages that we are currently experiencing will be decided by one fundamental factor - the consciousness and therefore thoughts and expectations of Mankind over the next few years. So if mankind is focussed upon selfishness, the Ego and materialism, and believes that 2012 will bring catastrophe or other adverse outome, then that will be the reality.
Now Jesus would have known this, and also the fact that the world consisted of more than a very small part of the middle east where he chose to incarnate for the starting point of his mission. His place of birth was therefore simply his chosen starting point for his mission, being quite central to the populated world as it was then, and which was to have set into action a chain of events lasting several hundred years until finally all mankind was prepared for what he knew was to come at the end of the age.
He therefore chose a group of people - the disciples or "apostles" to teach, who would then, after Jesus was gone, would teach further teachers and those who would understand, and so it would be down through the ages as more and more people became "awakened" to the true nature of Life, the Universe and Destiny of Mankind, until finally, by the time the transition of the age was upon us, all mankind would be ready for the next glorious evolution of human being.
The alternative would be another dark age which remains a serious possibility with the way humanity has chosen to live today, and under the control of the various factions who seek to control the Minds and bodies of people.
In this sense therfore Jesus did indeed come to Earth to "save" people from their "sins", their thoughts, atttitudes, selfishness, Ego, materialism and all other negative attributes of mankind, but certainly not in the biblical sense where "sins" is simply a word that no one has evert really defined or even fully understands.
So what proof have we that Jesus came to Earth to "save" humanity from the less desirable outcome of the transition of the ages that we are now approaching?
To answer this question, let us look at some of Jesus teachings to his disciples before a more detailed look at one of them in
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age".
Note that the King James and other versions of the Bible incorrectly uses the word "world" instead of "age". This is due to another creative mistranslation of the original Ancient Greek word "Aeon" which literally translated actually means "Age".
"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the age to come. -- Matthew 12:32
Here Jesus is saying that mere words spoken against mortal man will have no significance, but if your thoughts influence Universal Mind in the wrong way, then the consequences could be catastrophic.
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels." Matthew 13:39
Here Jesus is advising that the agency that "sowed" the consequences are dark thoughts, i.e. "the devil", and when the "harvest" comes at the end of the age the "reapers" will be the Beings of Light where only those who are ready can go.
"Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the age to come life everlasting." -- Luke 18:30
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but the bad they cast away. So shall it be in the end of the age: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the righteous, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. -- Matthew 13:49 - 51
Here Jesus is saying quite clearly and unambiguously that those who are Spiritually prepared will move onwards and inwards to greater things within the Universe, Universal Mind of God, whereas those who are not ready will be very upset about missing the opportunity, and will have to be cast back in to the furnace of learning in the physical Universe in readiness for the next opportunity. And hence those who are ready will be separated from those who are not.
All these references are very clear, but there is one passage in the Bible in particular in which Jesus makes the implications of the end of the age very clear indeed. Now this is quite long, but needs to be reproduced in full in order to understand it in its fullest context.
"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him privately and said, "Tell us, when will this happen? What will be the sign that you are coming again, and when will the age come to an end? Jesus answered them, "Be careful not to let anyone deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the age to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 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, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. -- Matthew 24:3 - 31
So this is a long but very telling verse from the Bible.
The disciples are asking Jesus what will happen at the end of the age.
Jesus warns that many wars will be fought in his name causing For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes. These of course have come to pass down through the centuries, particularly with the "holy wars" and since, including the dark ages, mostly precipitated by one particular faction of the Christian church, who, as Jesus predicted, would be acting in his name.
At this time we really are seeing "Nation shall rise against nation" in many parts of the World, including the US and UK against Iraq, with the threat of Iran who are supported by Russia.
We are seeing the famines and the pestilences. We are seeing increasing earthquakes and extreme weather conditions.
Jesus goes on to say that later, there would be many "false prophets" claiming to represent him, for example with those who purport to "communicate" with Jesus through the process known as channeling. He also implies that we should beware of those purporting to represent his name and interests on Earth, for example the religions who purport to act as "go-betweens" between the people, Jesus and God.
He also warns of "false prophets" who will, over the centuries make all manner of "prophecies", which will influence the Mind and therefore potentially the course of humanity.
Jesus then goes on to describe what would then take place, the graphic details which speaks for itself.
He finally tells us:
"And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other".
Here Jesus is saying, metaphorically, that those who are Spiritually prepared, i.e. "the elect" will move on to greater things within the Inner "heaven" or Universe, in order to fulfil the next stage of their glorious destiny on the Divine path back to The Source, The First Cause, God, from Whence we came in the beginning.
These are dire warnings indeed.
Jesus is saying that if the World continues to listen to the wrong people, , think the wrong thoughts and do the wrong things, there will be wars, famines and pestilence, and ultimately, as we approach the end of the age, a cataclysm.
These are likely what Jesus actully came here to "save" us from.
Religion interprets this as the the need to follow their doctrines in order to be assured of a "ticket to heaven", the alternative being "purgatory". But ironically this is one of what Jesus was warning against, and came here to deter, while detailing the consequences.
This newsletter, in accordance with my discussions of last week is not about religion, or who Jesus really was, but rather what he said, and which, in and of itself proved not only that he existed, whatever his name and life, but who he really was.
Everyone can be "saved", but not by following the doctrines of the church, but rather the Principles of Spiritual growth, one of the fundamental reasons I was inspired to write my book, Our Ultimate Reality.
But unlike the doctrines of a faction of the Christian church who threaten that those who are not saved must burn in purgatory for eternity, everyone will, for eternity always have the ability to fulfil their destiny on Earth and move inwards to greater things. Every so often a greater opportunity arises, as we are facing now as we progress towards the end of this age, and as many people as possible should make the most of it, in accordance with Jesus mission and wishes for us all as fellow Sons and Daughters of God.