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The Book of Revelations, a gnostic gospel

The book of Revelation is the last book in the Bible. The book speaks of apocalyptic and dark times. It is a curious book unlike any other account in the Bible. This is because it is one of the only Gnostic gospels that actually made it into the Bible. Over time the Bible has been edited and passages and books have been stricken from the collective Christian book.

Revelations is the source for the popularity of 666 and the four horseman of the apocalypse (War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death). Other curious things of note in the Bible, are the seven-headed ten-horned red dragon as well as the seven headed beast. The book tells of plagues, a meteor named wormwood, famines, and pestilence. What can all of this mean though? Surely it can’t be literal.

As a matter of fact the book of revelation deals quite a bit with our own internal battles as well as wars. The Christ depicted in Revelations is far different than the meek Savior who died upon the cross.

“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

This depiction of Christ is one that is going to bring about change. He is the focus and driving concern of many contemporary sects of Christianity. He is war like masculine and according to these same people unstoppable. What else can this image represent to us? This Christ can also be interpreted as our higher Consciousness come to fruition. When we have attained this level of Christ conscious we are able to overcome our own internal demons.

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

Continuing along these lines we can analyze the four horsemen in much a similar manner. The four horsemen no longer herald doom and gloom but the four stages of life. The Child, Youth, Adult, and Death; each of these paths in our lives we are able to gain insight and growth. The final lesson is death, as is often said all of life is merely preparation for death. It is one thing that is guaranteed to all living things; with life comes death.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is…

…And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.”

If we briefly analyze the whore of Babylon it can be surmised best as; all of mankind has fed off of and been driven by the provider or the earth. To call the Earth a whore then means that it was viewed as solely a means in itself; there was no psychological attachment or respect for it. The seven headed beast thus consumes the whore; the beast representing with its seven heads: you guessed it the seven deadly sins.

With all of the book of revelations fantastic imagery it is easy to get wrapped up in the surreal elements of it. Consider the time in which it was created to teach these lessons, of self and self awareness would be heresy. What better way to hide from the church than under its own guise; for under the advise of Christ himself was this gnostic gospel able to “slip through”.

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

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  1. Travis says

    There were no seven deadly sins at the time when Revelation was written. It seems particularly odd that someone attempting to portray the book as Gnostic would not recognize that the seven kings are the seven kings into which Gnosticism divides the Creator, unless you are lying. 666 is produced by adding together all the Roman Numerals that existed at the time, with the number being written out as each of the six characters in order from greatest to least (DCLXVI).

    Furthermore, the beast with seven heads would obviously be Jupiter in the form of Iao, described as having a head comprised of seven snakes, and the beast with the horns like a lamb/ram would be Jupiter Ammon, depicted as Zeus with ram horns.

    Even as of two millennia ago, the Roman Numeral for 500, the highest unit at the time, resembled the Latin letter D.

    This gives a clue as to whose name it is the number of.

    I will quote the Jewish Virtual Library as independent attestation to the nature and motivations of the Gnostic psychopaths:

    “From their negative attitude toward the world of natural existence and moral law which is meant to regulate man’s behavior in this world, the gnostics came to a view of the God of Israel, the creator of the universe, as the god of evil, or an inferior god, and they strongly rejected his Law and its commandments. They interpreted the stories in the Bible in a way opposite to their meaning and intention: thus, for example, the original serpent is often seen by them as the bearer of the true “knowledge,” of which God intends to deprive man; and Cain becomes a positive figure persecuted by God, etc.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/gnosticism

    Now, given that point of view, it should be apparent that the Gnostics would not have regarded the promise of the Hebrew Bible that David would return in the end times to rule as a positive thing.

    They would also not be fond of the concept of the reappearance of Elijah, who is described in the Hebrew Bible on two separate occasions as having called down fire from heaven.

    Given that the Gnostics considered the God of Abraham a “false god”, does it not stand to reason that they would consider and label his end times prophet a “false prophet” as does the book of Revelation?

    Revelation portrays the one who accuses men of their sins before God as being cast down for their benefit, which is perfectly in line with the mindset indicated in the description of Gnostic beliefs in regard to accountability to moral law stated in the quote from the Jewish Virtual Library.

    Of course, Gnosticism describes the God of Abraham as Satan, devil, serpent, dragon, and as being cast down from heaven as “Satan” is portrayed in Revelation.

    Furthermore, Revelation continues in its implications of psychopathic humanism by portraying heaven as a place where God exists forever in the middle of a city serving as a piece of furniture and self edification for the “glorified” saints therein.

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