In his seminal 1944 work, 'The Secret Destiny Of America', Manly Hall wrote; 'It was part of the ancient plan that has descended to us to build again the ideal university - the college of the six days work [i.e. of creation]. Here would be taught the same arts & sciences that we teach today, but from a different basic premise. Here men would learn that the sciences are as sacred as the theologies, & the philosophies are as practical as the crafts & trades. Those mystical extrasensory perceptions viewed with suspicion by the materialist would then be developed according to the disciplines of the sciences, & all learning would be consecrated to the supreme end that men become as gods, knowing good & evil.'
Ironically, perhaps more than any other work of art, the varying interpretations of these volumes of ancient Jewish & early Christian moral codes & practices known as 'The Bible', has for some reason resulted in untold human suffering & strife between peoples. As the above quote from Hr Hall will testify, certain groups read Scripture one way & others another. Whether groups consciously negate the aforementioned moral codes contained within Holy Writ for their own purposes is not the issue here, & will lead us nowhere in our quest for answers, the fact that the Bible is viewed by some as a work to be negated is the root of our problems & is where we need to begin to look for answers in my opinion.
I had some Jehovah's Witnesses round the other day & thought I'd raise with them the thorny issue of 'Who wrote the Bible'? The young man who tried to answer my question told me that the JW's had recently written their own Bible & showed me a list of dates they'd compiled next to the names said to have written the various books of the OT. As I've tried to show in my videos & on my blogs & as I tried to explain to my young friend, the consensus for the compiling of the OT is that it stems from the 3rd possibly 4th Cen BC Alexandria, Egypt, i.e. immediately following the invasion of Asia & North Africa by Alexander The Great. Alexander was taught by Aristotle, who in turn was a pupil of Plato, & Plato was one of the many Greeks who visited & was initiated into the ancient Egyptian Mysteries along with Pythagoras, Herodotus, Solon etc. The Greeks learned from the priests of Egypt & brought back to Greece new systems of learning including philosophy (love of wisdom), so the return of the Greeks under Alexander to Egypt late 4th Cen BC must be viewed in a different context to the one taught in academia, those Greeks were welcomed as liberators (from the Persians) by the Priests of Egypt & Alexander himself was initiated into the Mysteries at Siwa in the desert.
So? The return of the Greeks to Egypt coincided with the rise of Hermetic science, literature, arts & a plethora of mystic cults, most with their origins in the east (India, Persia etc, evidently brought back to the west by the Greek colonists), all of which were refined in the newly erected Mediterranean port of Alexandria. Alexandria became the biggest city in the ancient world, it became the seat of the newly installed Greek Pharaoh's (Ptolemy's) & housed the now legendary Alexandrian Library......the only place a book like the Bible could have been compiled. The Hermetic arts are the basis for what we call magic; 'Hermetic is an occult science attributed to legendary Egyptian philosopher Hermes Trimegistus. Hermetic philosophy forms an occult perspective on the inner workings of Nature, & it is in this that Hermetics connects with Wicca/Witchcraft.'
- Raven Grimassi 'Encyclopaedia Of Wicca & Witchcraft'.
Behind magic are the semi-familiar highly abstract practices known as the Tarot, Qabbala, the philosophy of Neo Platonism, the 'Mystic' Christianity of Gnosticism & even modern psychology......all of these practices in their present form may be traced back to ancient Alexandria. This was the religion of Manly Hall & is the basis of most of the arts, sciences & humanities we see around us today, especially if it's taught in university.
'THE TAROT & MAGICK
Magick is the science & art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will. In other words, it is Science, Pure & Applied. This thesis has been worked out at great length by Dr. Sir J. G. Frazer. But in common parlance the word Magic has been used to mean the kind of science which ordinary people do not understand.'
- Aleister Crowley 'The Book of Thoth' (1944)
'Seth, the reputed forefather of Israel, is only a Jewish travesty of Hermes, the God of Wisdom, called also Thoth, Tat, Seth, Set, & Satan.' - Madame Blavatsky.
It doesn't take a genius to work out from here that both our concepts of God & Satan were seemingly formed in the same place at the same time. Why the references to Plato & the other Greeks you ask? It must be remembered that both the OT & NT were originally written in Greek. Moreover, many of the more familiar stories in the OT have correspondences in other more ancient traditions, the Flood, the Exodus to name a couple but both of those have correlation in Plato's account of Atlantis, which it said he learned from a descendent of Solon who learned it from the priests of Egypt. Atlantis has other Biblical similarities, it represents the story of the fall of man & subsequent punishment of the gods, one of the progenitors of the Atlantean race Plato calls 'Evenor' & so on, in other words, these names & traditions could not have been unknown to the compilers of the Jewish Bible. If not evidence of outright plagiarism by someone, it could be evidence of the same stories being passed down by different peoples.....Incidentally, whilst the Greeks were going about 'Hellenising' the known world, they referred (in particular to the Persians) as 'Barbarians', when I was studying Classical Greece, the term Barb-Arian meant simply, 'non-Greek'. Today the origin of the name as a people is applied specifically to the Persians, 'Arianism' in Christianity relates to the (considered heretical) doctrines of 4th Cen AD Christian leader Arius, who's questions on the divine nature of Jesus led to the intervention of the Roman Emperor Constantine & ultimately the creation of the Catholic Church. Arius was from Alexandria, Egypt.
Where did the stories of Moses, Samson, Elijah etc come from? As stated on numerous occasions in my blogs, there exists to my knowledge no evidence of a Jewish people prior to the 1st Cen BC. We have tantalising glimpses from the ancient Levant of wandering peoples of similar sounding names, like the 'Habiru' & the 'Shepard Kings' of ancient Egypt who came from the north (Greece/Atlantis?) to briefly rule the Egyptians & were eventually exiled via the Red Sea direction, but these people were of an entirely different religion to that of the Jews of the Bible. There's also the monotheism of Pharaoh Akhenaten (14th Cen BC) who some writers have equated with Moses, himself said to have been an Egyptian Prince in the Bible, however there the comparisons cease, for Akhenaten was one of the most renown of all the Pharaoh's & thus could not be equated seriously with any other supposed historical entity. It is the case though that Akhenaten features heavily wherever archeology & modern historians are found, spuriously concocting a history of the Jews, especially if they're British & were around before Britains invasion of Palestine during WW1, exactly 900yrs after the formation of the Knights Templar (of Solomon).....sorry I digress.
'Seek & you shall find' said Jesus, well I looked & looked & found there still isn't any historical evidence for the Jewish Prophets other than in Judaic sources, i.e. post 1st Cen BC. The Bible itself does on occasion mention historical figures however, including Cyrus, Darius, Alexander & Nebuchadnezzar II, in whose reign the legendary 'Babylonian Captivity' is said to have occurred, yet, if one looks into the chronicles of the reigns of these Kings, we find not a single mention of the Jews. For example, what (looks to me like) we have is, another attempt by British Intelligence to make the world believe there was a Babylonian Captivity by presenting tablets supposedly found in Mesopotamia; 'Most chronicles are preserved on clay tablets retrieved from Iraqi soil during illicit diggings at the end of the nineteenth century. In the corpus presented by Gray-son, only three chronicles (in most of their copies) are provenanced, but these texts are atypical & their attribution to the chronicle genre is disputed.' - Caroline Waerzeggers.
To make matters worse, no one knows for sure who the four evangelists were, no one. On the other hand, the authenticity of the (extant) Epistles (letters) of Peter, James, Paul etc are universally accepted as being primary source material, & as such, confirm the existence of Jesus, if any such validation were necessary.
What we're left with in essence is, Epistles aside, a series of religious writings that have become the moral codes of two of the three most influential religions in history & the inspiration of the third (Islam)..........without a single verifiable author. Not one of the books of the OT or the four synoptic gospels can be attributed with any surety to an historical being, yet the impact of this book is without equal in the world of literature, how can this be? There must be something rather special within the pages of the Bible that sets it apart from other works for it to be so regarded, even the staunchest of Atheists must admit that, but what?
'It came to pass, when Jesus had risen from the dead, that he passed 11 years discoursing with his disciples, & instructing them... - 'The Gnostic Bible'.
As stated at the beginning, there has been one specific group down through history who've approached the Bible in a peculiar manner, compared say to the devotional approach generally associated with Orthodox Jews & Christians, & that is Paganism (nature, sun worship etc). Like the Beast of the Book of Revelations, Paganism has many strands, it is not a single entity but a highly elaborate network of separate, though interdependent bodies said by themselves to be controlled at the top by a semi-ethereal 'Heirarchy', 'god-like' individuals if you will. One Order or arm of Paganism as we know is Freemasonry. Freemasonry provides the friendly face of the religion of Paganism, it raises funds for charity, supplies hospitals with money to build new wards & so on. It prides itself on improving the conduct of it's members who, if presumed worthy & willing, are guided through a series of many degrees, steps or rituals to the (ostensibly) highest Degrees of Freemasonry's various bodies.
Freemasonry has been into the book industry in a big way down the centuries, some Masonic libraries are amongst the best to be found anywhere. There have also been 1000's of books written by Masons including lexicons & encyclopaedias, my favourite being; 'Mackey's Encyclopaedia Of Freemasonry' written by American Albert G Mackey in 1873. I have used this famous book extensively on this website, in an effort to show the 'profane' (non-members) the true nature of the Craft. Here is an example of the writings of Albert G Mackey; 'Of the varieties of this sacred name [Jehovah] used among the different nations of the earth, three particularly merit the attention of Royal Arch Masons; 1. Jah...... 2. Bel or Baal.... It has been supposed that the first Baal was the Chaldean Nimrod..... 3. On.... I have made these remarks on the three different names of God in Syriac, Chaldaic & Egyptian, Jah, Bel & On, in the expectation that my Royal Arch companions will readily recognise them in a corrupted form, & thus be able to understand a mystery which, I confess, was to me, at first unintelligible..... JABULUM A corrupted word used in two of the degrees of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, the Thirteenth & Seventeenth. The word & it's meaning, however, are disclosed to the initiate.......NIMROD The legend of the Craft in the Old Constitutions refers to Nimrod as one of the founders of Freemasonry.'
What the hell was that? Why did he have to convolute it so? Nimrod is a Babylonian king from Genesis who rebelled against the God of the Bible & Baal was a Babylonian god to whom the Israelites often turned to in one of their many relapses into idolatry. So what Mackey is saying here is Freemasons claim as one of their progenitors, the antithesis of the God of the Bible....Baal. Furthermore, Jewish, Christian & Freemasonic tradition ascribes the building of the Tower of Babel to Nimrod, in the Masonic 'York Manuscript' (17th Cen) we read: 'At ye makeing of ye Toure of Babell there was Masonrie first much esteemed of, & the King of Babilon yt was called Nimrod was A Mason himself & loved well Masons'. The Tower of Babel was built by a united humanity to reach heaven in the Bible & as we've seen,
Masons aspire to 'godhood'.
'According to Manly Hall, 'Izudbar was Nimrod, thus he was a giant, or Nephilim (anakim), a descendent of the Fallen Angels....'
Who is history's most notorious Fallen Angel? 'You see, just as Lucifer is known as the morning star, Jesus also calls himself 'the bright morning star' & as I stated above, Manly P. Hall had said, "Lucifer, in the form of Venus, is the morning star spoken of in Revelation, which is to be given to those who overcome the world." Hence, rest assured that Jesus & Lucifer are one & the same which will become clearly evident to those with an eye to see the true light amongst the darkness
in which we live.' - gnosticwarrior.com
Here I have to disagree the Gnostic Warrior, you see, according to Manly Hall, the Book of Revelations 'is almost entirely a Gnostic writing', we don't know who wrote that book either although at a guess, Hall says his money would be on a 1st Cen AD Gnostic called 'Cerinthus'. (See Hall's, 'The Apocalypse of St John')
'When Frank Harris wrote to ask for a return on his five hundred francs, [Aleister] Crowley wrote him a long letter explaining why repayment was impossible, & then put before him, [with] 'the deepest conviction of his soul', that rotten as he as was in a thousand ways, he had nevertheless been chosen by the gods to inaugurate the new post-Christian era on earth.'
- Colin Wilson The Nature Of The Beast (1987).
From their inceptions, both the Old & New Testaments have been firmly in the control of the Pagan Mystery Schools. From the 'Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World' entry for Philo Judeaus we read; 'Philo operated within the Greek philosophical tradition & deployed an elaborate Greek literary language. At the same time, he was at home with the Greek Bible [OT] on which his commentaries were based. The sole authority on the Mosaic Law was fundamental to him.....His ontology was markedly Platonic: to provide the medium for the operation of a perfect God upon an imperfect world, he introduced a range of mediating powers.'
Philo, a native of Alexandria, who's only recorded act was to go as an old man as an emissary of the Jews to Rome in AD 39/40, was essentially a Greek philosopher of Jewish stock who harmonised Jewish scripture with Greek philosophy. Small wonder then that portions of the Bible resemble Greek legends......
Apart from being one of, if not the first authority on the OT known to history, Philo Judeaus is thought of by many as the founder of
Neo Platonism, both St John of the Apocalypse & St Paul are believed by many to have been Gnostics, most of the early Church Fathers were either Neo Platonists or Gnostics & the Rabbinical schools (who wrote the Talmud) of the period were steeped in the mysticism of the Qabbala, the Mystery Schools were all over the early Church & the Jewish faith & there are admittedly, many correspondences within the Bible with the old Pagan religions, this cannot be refuted. For example;
'In the worship of Bacchus there was a representative of the god, & he was chosen for his quality as a young & virile, but effeminate man. In the course of the centuries, the worship naturally became degraded; other ideas joined themselves to the original form; &, partly because of the orgiastic character of the ritual, the idea of the Fool took definite shape. Hence, he came to be represented with a Fool's cap, evidently phallic, & clad in motley [i.e. Harlequin], which again recalls the coat of many colours worn by Jesus, & by Joseph. This symbolism is not only Mercurial, but Zodiacal; Joseph & Jesus, with twelve brothers or twelve disciples, equally represent the sun in the midst of the twelve signs. It was only very much later that any alchemical significance was attributed to this, & that at a time when the Renaissance scholars made rather a point of finding something serious & important in symbols which were, in reality, quite frivolous.'
- Aleister Crowley 'The Book of Thoth'.
Then there was the issue of what went into the Bible & what was omitted. In fairness to the Catholic Church, it tried to preserve as much as it could of the original Scriptures by ensuring they remained in Latin (after it'd translated it from the Greek), they were the sole custodians of Holy Writ until the great upheavals of the late Middle Ages & thought of themselves as Gods emissaries in that sense, much to the intense fury of their opponents (the Mystery Schools) who demanded these books be translated into the native languages of the peoples......as long as they were in charge of the process, & so it was, the process only began after the Templars were driven underground however, & it coincided with the scaling down of the great castle & cathedral building programme of the secret societies. As of today, the Holy Bible, OT & NT has been translated into no less than 670 languages, much has been re-written & God knows what has been lost. Suffice to say, there have been armies of etymologists, ontologists, theologians & statisticians working on the Bible for millennia.......Why?
Prophecy say some. '.. [Isaac Newton] looked on the whole universe & all that is in it as a riddle, as a secret which could be read by applying pure thought to certain evidence, certain mystic clues which God had laid about the world to allow a sort of philosopher’s treasure hunt to the esoteric brotherhood. He believed that these clues were to be found partly in the evidence of the heavens & in the constitution of elements (& that is what gives the false suggestion of his being an experimental natural philosopher), but also partly in certain papers & traditions handed down by the brethren in an unbroken chain back to the original cryptic revelation in Babylonia. He regarded the universe as a cryptogram set by the Almighty—just as he himself wrapt the discovery of the calculus in a cryptogram when he communicated with Leibnitz. By pure thought, by concentration of mind, the riddle, he believed, would be revealed to the initiate.' - John Maynard Keynes.
Here's evidence at least that the 'esoteric brotherhood' as Keynes put it saw the Bible as a kind of cryptogram to be deciphered mystically so as to render from it certain secrets whereas the rest of us would just read it normally. Lets see what Mackey's Encyclopaedia says about the Bible; 'The Bible is used among Masons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed. &, therefore, whatever to any people expresses that will may be used as a substitute for the Bible in a Masonic Lodge.....The history of the Masonic symbolism in the Bible is interesting.'
Interestingly, Manly Hall (1928) once again provides us with some clues;
'Solomon, the Spirit of Universal Illumination--mental, spiritual, moral, & physical--is personified in the king of an earthly nation. While a great ruler by that name may have built a temple, he who considers the story solely from its historical angle will never clear away the rubbish that covers the secret vaults. The rubbish is interpolated matter in the form of superficial symbols, allegories, & degrees which have no legitimate part in the original Freemasonic Mysteries..According to the ancient Rabbins [Qabbalists in this instance, not Jews], Solomon was an initiate of the Mystery schools & the temple which he built was actually a house of initiation containing a mass of pagan philosophic & phallic emblems'.
To suggest these men are merely taking liberties with with ancient writings cannot be substantiated, clearly there is an agenda at work here besides the usual blaming the Jews for everything, who these men hide behind, although, in fairness to Manly,
he left us with the keys to unlock that deception in his lectures also; https://youtu.be/4IMV40a3y5k
Moreover, '[Johan] Alemanno also maintained that the Temple of Jerusalem was a gigantic talisman constructed in order to induce the presence of God to descend upon it. & he argued, too, that if Hermes Trismegistus could be equated with Enoch, both Moses & Solomon were adepts & magicians.'
- Baigent & Leigh 'Elixir & The Stone' (2005).
Jesus was a mystic according to the Adept tradition;
'SATAN has ever existed. Homogeneity is one & indivisible. But if the homogeneous One & Absolute is no mere figure of speech, & if heterogeneity in its dualistic aspect, is its offspring -- its bifurcous shadow or reflection -- then even that divine Homogeneity must contain in itself the essence of both good & evil. If "God" is Absolute, Infinite, & the Universal Root of all & everything in Nature & its universe, whence comes Evil or D'Evil if not from the same "Golden Womb" of the absolute? Thus we are forced either to accept the emanation of good & evil, of Agathodaemon & Kakodaemon as offshoots from the same trunk of the Tree of Being, or to resign ourselves to the absurdity of believing in two eternal Absolutes!'
- Madame Blavatsky.
(I agree with Bill Cooper who suggests the answer to this philosophical question of Blavatsky's lies in the concept of 'free will', given to man by God in the metaphorical story of the Garden of Eden)
We could dismiss most of the above as the mere speculations of a religious group with an axe to grind against other religions, were it not for the fact that Paganism traces it's history much further back in time. However, I do not believe Judaism began in 2nd/3rd Cen Egypt under the auspices of the Greeks nor do I think the Mystery Schools believe this. It's obvious to me at least that there was a monotheistic sect prevalent in the Levant prior to the advent of the establishment of the Hermetic Schools of Alexandria circa 4th/3rd Cen BC who, for whatever reason resettled in great numbers in Alexandria (See Philo) but traced their origins to Palestine & previously........Babylonia, as in the stories of Lot, Abraham, Noah etc. Yes the stories of their ancestors were embellished (who's aren't?) & I don't believe there was ever a 'United Kingdom of Israel' set up in Palestine circa 1000BC in Palestine by a King David or Solomon as the Egyptians were firmly in control of the area at that time & for at least another two centuries prior to the encroachment of the Assyrians, then the Persians & finally Alexander. These Kings could have been Egyptian governors of the province (as the name David suggests) & even Manly alludes to the possibility that there could have been an historical king Solomon in some capacity somewhere along the line which is significant to me, suggesting he's reluctant to dismiss it outright.
What we have in the Bible are a unique selection of writings unlike anything else in history, in it we witness God making a covenant with His people '& I will make thee exceeding fruitful, & I will make nations of thee, & kings shall come out of thee. & I will establish my covenant between me & thee & thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, & to thy seed after thee. & I will give unto thee, & to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; & I will be their God.' - Genesis: 17.
Yet Abraham is a prophet of Christianity & Islam, not just Judaism, & if you search for a 'Land of Canaan' in history, you'll come across this type of information; 'Canaan was the name of a large & prosperous ancient country (at times independent, at others a tributary to Egypt) located in present-day Lebanon, Syria, Jordan & Israel & was also known as Phoenicia. The origin of the name `Canaan’ for the land comes from various ancient texts (among them the Hebrew Bible) & there is no scholarly consensus on precisely where the name originated nor what it was intended to convey about the land.'
Many Jews stake no claim to the Holy Land, most Zionists aren't Jews either. Zion is an ancient name for Jerusalem this is true, the Arabs during & prior to the time of the Crusades referred to it as 'Sihun' (See Moshe Gil). The Crusades were not a Christian enterprise, both the Crusades & Zionism are/were the work of Pagans as the butchery of Jew, Christian & Muslim alike by these people when they landed on Holy Land soil will testify. The 'Salem' of Jerusalem meant 'Evening Star' to the ancients & the Evening star is identified as Satan in the Mysteries. Salem's brother, 'Shahar' was the Morning Star or Lucifer to the Pagans (See Isaiah:14), this may go some to explaining why they reverence Jerusalem so much, they see it as the ancient seat of Bel or Baal - Lucifer & Satan.
Jesus didn't seem to look upon it so favourably though;
'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets & stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, & you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!'
Most of the ancient Levantine cultures had an equivalent of the morning/evening star system of worship inclining Egypt & Babylonia, hence we get the Egyptian Osiris/Set relationship, remember the above quote by Madame Blavatsky; 'Seth, the reputed forefather of Israel, is only a Jewish travesty of Hermes, the God of Wisdom, called also Thoth, Tat, Seth, Set, & Satan.' Lucifer means 'bearer of the light' in Latin
& 'light' in the Mysteries represents 'wisdom'.
'The topographic map shows that Mount Moriah is not a single peak, but an elongated ridge which commences to rise at its Southern end at the junction of the Kidron & Hinnom Valleys, at the original City of David, (elevation approximately 600 meters). The ridge then climbs in elevation to a maximum of 777 meters just Northeast of the present Damascus Gate of the Old City. The Temple Mount, prominent in most photos of Jerusalem occupies an area of about 45 acres. However the elevation of the bedrock outcropping on the Temple Mount within the Dome of the Rock Moslem shrine is only 741 meters.'
'Lucifer is represented by the number 741.'
- Manly Hall;
'The Secret Teachings of all Ages' (1928).
(See also; '777 & Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley')
(Knight Templar worshipping at the foot of Mount Moriah, Jerusalem,
where Jesus was crucified, resurrected & ascended)
At least two streams of Bible learning have descended to us, one exoteric, the other esoteric. The Mysteries refer to the Dogma of the Abrahamic religions as 'superstition', 'theological literalism' etc, so if you're unfortunate enough to suffer from a psychological ailment or the like, the Mysteries put the blame squarely in the lap of the Church, for stifling mans evolutional progress, despite the Catholic Church being the creation of members of the Mysteries, albeit in union with an imperial system (Rome) who's laws they still admire & upon the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Qabbalists have always interpreted the Bible mystically, for e.g. 'In the brain of man, between the wings of the kneeling cherubim, is the mercy seat, & there man speaks with his God as the priest of the tabernacle spoke to the spirit of the Lord hovering between the wings of the Angels. Man is again the Ark, & within him are the three principles, the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit—the tablets of the law, the pot of manna, & the rod that budded....Solomon's temple, or the perfected temple of the human body, the perfected temple of the universe & the perfected temple of the soul, finally forms the perfect shrine for the living Ark.' - Manly Hall 'Initiates of the Flame'.
However there was an Ark of the Covenant previous to the one placed in Solomons Temple, '&, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; & every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; & thou shalt come into the ark, thou, & thy sons, & thy wife, & thy sons' wives with thee.' - Genesis 6.
To summarise then what we've learned about the Bible;
: We don't know where it comes from.
: We don't know for sure when it was compiled or by whom.
: We think it was compiled in Greek in 3rd or 4th Cen BC
: We do not have a history of a Jewish people prior to 1st Cen BC outside of Jewish sources.
: It is believed by the Abrahamic religions & the Mystery Schools to contain 'Divine Wisdom' & books of 'Prophecy'.
: It contains books written by the Mystery Schools according to the Mystery Schools.
: The Mystery Schools interpret the OT mystically & are responsible for it's 100's of translations down the centuries.
: The Mystery Schools believe the God of the OT is a cruel & vindictive God so think of themselves (philosophically speaking) as followers of the opposer of that God, Satan.
: There are various ways in which Satan & Lucifer are depicted in the OT, who cannot be wholly reconciled with entities mentioned
in the NT.
: The Mysteries embellish the stories of the Bible, as in the legend of Hiram Abiff.
: We do not know who wrote the Synoptic Gospels.
: It is believed by Christianity & the Mystery Schools to contain
'Divine Wisdom' & books of 'Prophecy'.
: It contains books written by the Mystery Schools according to the Mystery Schools.
: The Mystery Schools interpret the NT mystically.
: The Mystery Schools believe that Lucifer of the OT & Jesus are the same entity, using a book they claim was written by
one of their own as evidence.
: The events depicted in the Book of Revelations are being carried out by the Mystery Schools as we speak.
It must be remembered that the Mystery Schools do not believe in any rebellious angels as such, they are symbols usually used for abstract psychological/anatomical processes/principles. In truth, Satan or Lucifer hardly feature in the OT;
'Jewish sources on the whole don’t dwell as much on the satanic, but the concept is nonetheless explored in numerous texts.
Satan appears in the Bible, was discussed by the rabbis of the Talmud & is explored in detail in Jewish mysticism, or Kabbalah.'
I haven't heard the claim as yet but I'd surprised if the Mysteries do not consider themselves authors of the entire Bible. This I'd contest on the the grounds of, firstly;
They've been strenuously trying to destroy it for centuries, primarily by translation, re-editing & incredulous interpretation (See; 'The Da Vinci Code' & countless other Hollywood Biblical 'Epics'). I've just received a couple of books entitled, 'The Bible Code I & II' by Michael Drosnin. In them he claims an Israeli mathematician has found a code in Genesis that predicts future events. The first book was written in 1997 & the second in 2002. Drosnin, an American journalist, upon hearing of the code went straight to his friends at the Pentagon & they verified it, thus the first book was published. Skimming through the second, I read; 'The warning of the greatest terrorist attack in the world, of the first foreign attack on mainland America in modern times, had been encoded in the Bible for 3000 years. But we missed it, until it was too late.' Supposedly the words, 'the Twins' & 'Terrorist' (in Hebrew) were crossed by using this mathematical Bible Code. Damn it! If we only knew, we could have been spared Alex Jones. The book suggests an impending Armageddon, so I'll post whatever I need to when I'm done, because this looks like another one of their scams in operation.
Secondly, their interpretations are frequently trumped by the teachings of the Bible itself. Whether you believe in the words of the Bible or not is not the issue here, what we have tried to show is that a religious group down the ages has purposefully set itself up against the Bible & it's attendant religions, negated its commandments & distorted it's scriptures whilst simultaneously claiming ownership of much of it's contents. To me this is clear evidence of infiltration & usurpation for the purpose of ultimate destruction, a method peculiar to these people (the Mystery Schools) since the inception of both Judaism & Christianity (See my 'Catholic Church' & 'Jews' blogs). Why? A threat would be one answer, a threat that became reality when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th Cen AD
& scattered the Mystery Schools to the four winds.....for a while.
There's something powerful within the pages of the Bible that acts as a great comforter to people during times of adversity (which is most of our days nowadays) & it's that force, energy or power that I believe the Mysteries wish to harness & I believe negation of the Bible's teachings is a way of neutralising this power or/& harnessing it for themselves. Millions down the centuries have preferred to die than relinquish their faith in the Prophets, which is evidence of a belief in a transcendence of materiality, a hope of a better existence beyond the mundane so to speak but of course it's much, much more than that. However, it seems this can no longer be permissible if we ourselves are to aspire to apotheosis in the New Aeon;
'all learning would be consecrated to the supreme end that men become as gods, knowing good & evil' Thus sayeth Manly Hall.
(Even Jesus didn't go that far)
'Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, & shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, & know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed,
& behold it together.
Behold, ye are of nothing, & your work of nought: an abomination
is he that chooseth you.'
- Isaiah (41).
Sayeth the Lord of Hosts.......of the Bible.
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'& the LORD God took the man, & put him into the garden of Eden to dress it & to keep it. & the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good & evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.' How many parents take their child to a public place & say, 'you can play with that, & you can go there or if you touch that you're dead meat?' If it's a poisonous substance in a market or a busy road outside it's simple wise council no? If we take Genesis 2 literally, the man did eat & became ashamed, i.e. began to suffer....but he did not die that day; 'cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life' Therefore the passage doesn't have to be taken literally, in any case, whats the big deal?
In the same passage the question of immortality raises it's head but that also can be construed in various ways, I think it's just a metaphor meant to illustrate the need to obey Gods commandments. What is interesting is, when Adan & Eve sinned against God, they made themselves......'aprons'; 'Genesis 3:7 states that Adam & Eve made aprons of fig leaves to hide that which they were most ashamed of, the genital area of the body. This came about because of their enlightenment, discovering the difference between good & evil. It just goes to show you...The more you know...The more you should grow. However, Adam & Eve went contrary to the ways of God, & consequently, the wages of their sin would be the death of not only them, but all of mankind. Knowledge by itself is useless, unless it is crowned with understanding with Wisdom in the middle. This is the one ingredient that Satan, with his inviting promises to Eve, could not give.'
It's interesting also to note the difference in space given to the character in the Bible called 'Satan' between the Catholics/Jews & the Mysteries/Protestants. In both the Catholic (1987) & Jewish (1961) Encyclopaedias, Satan only has a minor entry; '....he does not possess independent power, but appears only as a servant of God, whose permission he must seek for his schemes of evil-doing.' (Jewish Encyclopaedia). I've been to hundreds of Catholic services in my life & do not recall the names Satan or Lucifer being mentioned once. Compare that to the fire & brimstone sermons of the Protestant denominations. The Mysteries are obsessed or perhaps possessed by the Devil, from Dante's Inferno to Goethe's Mephistopheles, a case could be made for Satan being the best-selling anti-hero in western literature, if it wasn't for the fact the Mysteries clearly don't see him as a villain.
I don't get the big deal of the Fall of Man either, how can people equate with surety the Devil of the NT to the serpent in the Garden of Eden? One is the 'Prince of the power of the air', who offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth, whilst the other is, '....cursed above all cattle, & above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, & dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life' (KJV). As far as I can gather, the religion who gave us this character of the Devil does not equate the serpent of Eden with the Prince of Darkness either;
There are only 14 (7-7) verses dealing with the serpent of Genesis in the KJV, similar in length as the above paragraph say, yet it's been embedded in the human psyche like no other passage of literature in history. The Jews themselves afford little significance to it, nor did the Catholic Church when it ruled the roost.
So someone somewhere must have been hard at work for the longest time to make this so.....& it wasn't Islam.
One last word on the subject. There is a passage in Genesis used by the Brotherhood as evidence for their theory that G/god is androgynous; 'In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male & female created he them; & blessed them' (KJV). They read it as God made man both male & female, i.e. double sexed,
an hermaphrodite. The word 'hermaphrodite' is made up of the gods 'Hermes' & 'Aphrodite'. Amongst other attributes, these gods are associated with the opposing elements of 'Fire', & 'Water';
'For it was Hermes who first invented fire-sticks & fire.'
'Aphrodite was, in fact, widely worshipped as a goddess of the sea & of seafaring'
It is the goal of the Mysteries to unite these elements in what is called the 'Hermetic Marriage',
'There is proof that the dynamics of the union of two opposites is at the basis of all creation. It can be seen in Alchemical Treaties from numerous sources"The Union of Irreconcilables", marriage of fire & water. The two figures each have four hands to symbolize their many different capabilities. Symbol of the Art as union of fire & water taken from Eleazar, Uraltes chemisches Werk (1760).'
The process is described symbolically in the 3rd volume of the Rosicrucian Manifesto's called; 'The Chemical Nuptials Of Christian Rosenkruz'. The participants of an allegorical wedding are guided through the proceedings by 'Virgo Lucifera', the soul counterpart of Lucifer in the Mysteries;
'In the morning Virgo Lucifera announced that each of the wedding guests had become a "Knight of the Golden Stone.'
It is the process whereby 'man can become as god', just like in Genesis 3:22; '& the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good & evil' (KJV). However, I've always understood the phrase 'Male & female created he them' simply to mean God made
a male & a female, Adam & Eve in his likeness, not God made two androgynous beings. When God made Adam it never said he'd created a double-sexed person, it said he'd created a 'living soul'. I've never heard it from one of the Christian factions who I presume have always read the passage the way I did. The Rabbi's tell us the androgynous theory derives from the Babylonian Talmud (Midrash) circa 3-500AD, & seeing as the Talmud was written by Qabalists (not Jews), then there should be no surprise to learn that one of Adams two wives, not one
……..was a demon.
'& God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness'
Genesis - 1:26 (KJV).
'Among many ancient peoples God was considered as being androgynous, & referred to as the Great Father-Mother. When the Creator was represented by an image, various subtle devices were employed to indicate its hermaphroditic nature.'
- Manly Hall.
Whereas certain ancient peoples may have considered God as being the Great Father-Mother, the Jews & Christians never have.
Nor did Jesus;
'The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered & said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, & whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, & whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. & yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I & the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, & the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also'
'Here is appended, for its historical interest, the description of this card [Tarot Trump 'The Lovers'] in its primitive form from Liber 418.
"There is an Assyrian legend of a woman with a fish, & also there is a legend of Eve & the Serpent, for Cain was the child of Eve & the Serpent, & not of Eve & Adam; & therefore when he had slain his brother, who was the first murderer, having sacrificed living things to his demon, had Cain the mark upon his brow, which is the mark of the Beast spoken of in the Apocalypse, & is the sign of Initiation.
"The shedding of blood is necessary, for God did not hear the children of Eve until blood was shed. & that is external religion; but Cain spake not with God, nor had the mark of initiation upon his brow, so that he was shunned of all men, until he had shed blood.
& this blood was the blood of his brother. This is a mystery of the sixth key of the Tarot, which ought not to be called The Lovers, but The Brothers.
"In the middle of the card stands Cain; in his right hand is the Hammer of Thor with which he hath slain his brother, & it is all wet with his blood. & his left hand he holdeth open as a sign of innocence. On his right hand is his mother Eve, around whom the serpent is entwined with his hood spread behind her head; & on his left hand is a figure somewhat like the Hindoo Kali, but much more seductive. Yet I know it to be Lilith. & above him is the Great Sigil of the Arrow, downward, but it is struck through the heart of the child. This child also is Abel. & the meaning of this part of the card is obscure, but that is the correct drawing of the Tarot card; & that is the correct magical fable from which the Hebrew scribes, who were not complete Initiates, stole their legend of the Fall & the subsequent events."
It is very significant that almost every sentence in this passage seems to reverse the meaning of the previous one. This is because reaction is always equal & opposite to action. This equation is, or should be, simultaneous in the intellectual world, where there is no great time ..[unreadable].. the formulation of any idea creates its contradictory at almost the same moment. The contradictory of any proposition is implicit in itself. This is necessary to preserve the equilibrium of the Universe.'
From Aleister Crowley's
(a.k.a. 'The Great Beast 666)
'Book of Thoth' (1944)