Archive for October, 2012

Revealing the Revelation of St. John

October 13, 2012

About thirty years ago, during an immersion in the writings of Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky and certain Bible prophets, I took a day from work to travel the seventy miles or so to New York City to do related research. As it happened, the rider who took the seat next to me on the bus from Poughkeepsie was a Catholic priest. I introduced myself as a local banker, and we found it amusing that whereas my trip involved research related to religion, his was to attend a conference on financial management related to real estate. 

During the ride to New York, I was reading my Bible and took the opportunity of close proximity and acquaintanceship to ask the priest about the Church’s position on the meaning of the Book of Revelation. I knew that some Protestant denominations saw it as a coded book foretelling future events and the “end times.” The priest informed me that he was not conversant on the subject because, he said, the Catholic Church sees the Revelation of Christ to St. John as prophecy fulfilled in the aftermath of the Crucifixion. 

The Book of Revelation, written down by the apostle John while he was in exile on the Isle of Patmos, is the last book of the canonical Bible, and, in 22:18 there is a warning to future people to not add anything to the book. If “book” means Holy Bible, then it would seem to condemn the Book of Mormon, presented to the world by Joseph Smith in the early 1800s. The purpose of my trip to New York, which I did not discuss, was to visit the Mormon Center, take the tour, ask questions, and purchase the book. 

Later, after further study, I concluded that there are, in effect, two prohibitions: one is the Book of Revelation’s warning against adding to that particular book, and the other is a doctrinal proscription against adding to the collection of canonical books. These are obviously unrelated issues, and yet they continue to be obfuscated, most often by those who seek to discredit the Book of Mormon and discourage consideration that it contains otherwise lost knowledge of the ancient Americas. But now I am getting off topic. 

Is the Book of Revelation a prophecy about the future, is it a prophecy already fulfilled, is it possibly a false prophecy, or is it something else? Certainly some Christians who take the so-called Mayan Prophecy to mean that the world is coming to an end this December 21st look also to the Book of Revelation to support their belief. In a real sense, they are adding their Mayan Calendar-based belief to the Revelation to St. John as if it were scripture. I find this problematic, but not because it violates any command… 

The Book of Revelation, from our NoetiTaoist™ perspective, which is supported by scientific application of our Noetitek™ system, is not an ordinary “prophecy”—it does not pertain to one particular people or to any particular time or place in the unfolding of Earth-wide events. And it does not elevate the widespread misinterpretation of the Mayan Calendar any more than it negates the Book of Mormon. Revelation is a coded text intended for guidance to attuned persons in their quest for greater Spirit connection. 

Is the Book of Revelation complete? No. But it is to be considered “as if” complete until that which has been revealed is understood and mastered. Various keys to unraveling the secrets of this book are supplied in the Old and New Testaments. Those who have presumed that it somehow foretells the eventual conquest of the world by any familiar form of Christianity buttressing a political empire are among those who are the furthest from grasping the power and purpose conveyed by its symbolism and sequencing.