There is an inclination on the part of many to complain that they don't really understand what the true way of life is—everything is so confusing—just as if no provision had ever been made to make abundantly clear why human beings find themselves in the state which they do, and how they may easily move out of it. The Bible has within its covers an accurate picture of what happened and why, and an accurate portrayal of how any human being anywhere may once again experience the truth. It would seem reasonable to recognize that the Lord has found it difficult to understand how human beings have been so successful in continuing in the pattern of failure. From any rational view, it's utterly amazing! It has taken, indeed, a great deal of effort, much sweat of the face, to keep out of the Way, but the Way of the Lord is simple.
Our Master Himself said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Good Christians certainly don't have that attitude, do they? “Tough, that's what it is!” If it seems that way, then the individual is moving in the wrong direction and it has nothing to do with what our Master offered. When He was on earth He brought it all so beautifully to focus once again, provided the clear understanding, sounded the True Tone. But what have people made out of that? Something that is very obscure. Anyone who has studied what is called theology could certainly testify to that—darkness upon darkness, obscurity upon obscurity. In spite of all the mental gymnastics through which human beings have gone, life continues to operate. Life seems to take very little notice of what human beings do. If they become too obstreperous, which occurs from time to time, then they are simply swept to one side.
However, the beautiful clarity of provision that has been made, relative to what we call the Bible, is not only in what has come down to us from the Master's life on earth but goes way back before that. The outline of the very beginnings of things paints a clear picture, even though those who have read it immediately begin to make obscurity out of it. I was thinking, particularly, of the events described to make obvious the nature of man's failure. This has been called the fall. There are those who object to the idea of a fall. The theory of evolution is one of the ways by which it was thought to set at naught the idea of a fall: man has simply been rising up out of the slimy depths all the way, so that this is the supreme pinnacle of his experience now. And each generation was able to imagine that it was better than the last; it had evolved some more. How nice! How satisfying to the human ego! But how untrue!
It is said of man, when he was first created, that the Lord God put him in the Garden, which had been created eastward in Eden. This has been called the Garden of Eden. Eden is a word for the earth, and the Garden of Eden is the heaven aspect for the earth. The creation included heaven and earth; a two-phase creation, two aspects, but just one creation. And man was placed in the Garden, in the heaven aspect. This relates to what we have been referring to as spiritual Man, the spiritual aspect of Man, where his true identity centers.
Man was placed in the Garden to dress it and keep it. Using this method of describing that circumstance, there is obviously a state outlined which is presently beyond the comprehension of human beings. Abel, spiritual Man, was subsequently slain by Cain; and Cain, material man, remained. This is the same story, but we may recognize that there have been a number of what one might well call descending events relative to the fall—it didn't happen completely, all at once. When you go down stairs it's possible to jump from the top to the bottom, but then your neck might be broken and there would be no more you, in the material sense at least. The fall of man did not mean that he jumped from the top to the bottom all at once. He went down step-by-step, hopeful that when he got to the bottom he would find something better than he thought he had found at the top. But he landed up in a murky basement, an airless cellar, where he has been existing now for a long time. He became accustomed to this state of affairs, and considers it the normal course of events—to live at the foot of the stairs.
But when the first step was taken, by reason of what was described as the eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, immediately it was made apparent to him that a mistake had been made, and that therefore repentance or a change of attitude was needful if what had occurred was to be rectified. We know that, regardless of this opportunity, human beings chose not to let the mistake be rectified. They preferred to go on down the stairs. This was adventure, I suppose, after a fashion; it was pioneering. Certainly no one had ever gone down the stairs before, so what marvels might be found at the foot!
So he trudged on down, and when he reached the bottom he had forgotten what was at the top. There was a faint memory of something, recorded through myths for instance, mythology, fairy tales, and what have you—an awareness that there was something other than the basement state. But by then he had forgotten pretty well that there was anything really at the top of the stairs where he belonged, and so, in latter days at least, he has decided that man's fate was to live at the bottom of the stairs until he finally disintegrated there; then, by some magic means, he was to be wafted to the top of the stairs. The one thing that human beings apparently didn't lose when they fell to the bottom of the stairs was a vivid imagination!
This first opportunity, after the immediate step of the fall had been taken, is described in the Book of Genesis—an opportunity that was rejected, of course. We recognize that the fall was consequent upon eating that fruit which had been forbidden, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the idea being that if one could gain enough knowledge about things, one would be able to establish a good state, a good life no doubt, and be sufficiently wise to avoid the evil. Human beings have the idea, to this very hour, that all they need to do is to gain knowledge and this knowledge will be all that is needed to establish a state of bliss, happiness, on earth. This has been the idea collectively speaking, but it has also been the idea individually speaking. It is the usual human effort to gain whatever knowledge he considers to be expedient to enable him to succeed in setting up a particular life pattern which will be satisfying, which will bring happiness, presumably all done by knowledge. Human beings have eaten of this fruit and are still gorging themselves on it. They have become addicted.
It is possible for human beings to recognize the nature of their addiction to the forbidden fruit and face the fact that no amount of consumption of this narcotic will produce a state of happiness. What it does produce is death. It may be that there are those who realize, finally, that the continued consumption of the forbidden fruit is not going to bring happiness, is not going to bring heaven on earth—it is going to kill. And it does. Now isn't that clearly set out here in the beginning of the Bible? It's been there all along; good Christians have been reading it—Jewish people too, and others, have looked into it. There are similar stories in other scriptures in different parts of the world, outlining the same principles, clear and obvious.
This addiction produces irrational behavior on the part of people. Shame was one of the first experiences of those who began to walk down the stairs. When they had taken that first step, nothing too much had really happened yet as a result of their action, so it didn't seem that, immediately, there was anything wrong with what they were doing; everything was going along all right still. So, evidently people weren't ready at that point to admit any failure and turn around to take that first step up. If that had been done, well, we wouldn't be sitting here in this fix now. It is said, here in the story, “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” Walking in the Garden. The Garden is the heaven aspect of this true duality—heaven and earth. Man, at this point, had taken the first step out of the heaven aspect, where his true identity is, and where he carried the responsibility of dressing and keeping the Garden.
The realm of spiritual substance, in this dimensional world in which we live, is the Garden, where the seeds are planted, where the essences of what is to take form are established. Of course, in the true state there is no veil between the Garden and Eden. They were one—heaven and earth were experienced as being one by spiritual man in material expression. There was no distinction between spiritual and material man; they were one; there was no veil between. Man was at the top of the stairs and his material facilities were with him. But he started down the stairs by imagining that he could substitute knowledge, as the controlling factor in his living, for God. Now we can say “for God” at this present time and know scarcely anything of what we are speaking, because to know God one must be at the top of the stairs, and as human beings went down to the bottom they lost God. God became a figment of fancy to them; at best all one could do is believe, but apparently never to know. If it is necessary to believe in God it is evident that one doesn't know God. Do you believe in the sun? You don't have to have any belief, do you?
Now, man had started to leave his spiritual identity and he was falling into a material identity, and in this process he was having some new experiences on the way down. These, by their very novelty, were apparently desirable, but he had not yet come to the point of recognizing what the results would be—what it would mean to be a dying soul. He could not have these changed experiences, which he thought he enjoyed for the moment, without the results of his own actions, and the results had not shown up yet. So, as with many human beings even today, he thought he was getting away with it. But the results show up somewhere along the line and nobody ever gets away with anything, in fact. We recognize these principles as being operative in our own experience. While it was something that happened in a peculiar way, a particular way, long ago at the point of the initiation of the fall, it is not something of which human beings have no present experience. It has been true in every generation. And it isn't until the individual calms down, so to speak, and is not gorginghimself on the forbidden fruit quite so extensively, that there is sufficient stillness in the heart to discern what is moving in the Garden, in the spiritual substance of being. The voice of the Lord God walking in the Garden in the cool of the day. When it's not quite so hot in one's feeling realm anymore, then there may be some discernment of the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden, where man belongs.
And here it says: “And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?” Obviously, that question indicates that he was not where he belonged. Where he belonged was in the Garden; not hiding behind the trees—in the midst of the Garden, assuming his responsibility to dress it and to keep it. He was ignoring that responsibility and gathering knowledge so that he might direct his own course of life as he saw fit. When he quietened down a little, then he heard the voice of the Lord God—he hadn't gone so very far away yet; he hadn't entirely left the Garden yet—and so he heard and realized that he wasn't where he belonged. This is always looked upon as though there were a number of people around, the Lord God somewhere, and Adam, Eve, and the serpent, but here was something happening inside the person—you, for instance. And you have sensed that you were not really where you belonged.
Most human beings do sense this; there's something wrong. The question is, what are you going to do about it? Well, Adam was on the way down at that point. We find ourselves down by now, at the foot of the stairs, but most human beings still imagine that what brought them to the foot of the stairs is going to save them: the knowledge of good and evil, sufficient knowledge to establish a good state. Isn't this what all the sweat has been about on earth, to establish a good life, whether that is an individual undertaking or a collective undertaking? Human beings want to do that by reason of the knowledge that they gain, and knowledge has certainly been increased in these days. Oh, how much knowledge everybody has, how many experts, how much technological know-how! Surely with all this knowledge we have it made at last! Is that the way it looks? Surely not to anyone who is in the leastbit honest. Utter confusion, chaos, disintegration!
The diet of narcotics, which human beings have been eating with such relish, has brought them into this state, and yet they are so irrational that they imagine that eating more of them is going to get them out. Isn't that irrational behavior? Isn't that plain stupidity? And yet, the human intellect claims so much for itself—so wise, knows so much. The forbidden fruit is indeed a narcotic, which brings human beings into a state of stupidity; they behave irrationally.
We have seen these things more or less plainly, but perhaps tonight it can be brought more specifically home, so to speak, and we perhaps heard that word, “Where art thou? What are you doing in this state?” Recognizing the truth of the matter, having heard that question, “Where art thou?” we presumably decided to kick the habit. We become more and more convinced that where we were was certainly where we didn't belong, and we become increasingly conscious of the reality of the Garden, the place where we belong and the place where our true identity is. This evening we perhaps may hear that question a little more clearly—“Where art thou?”—not merely because it is spoken externally but because of our own experience within ourselves. There must be resurrection into the experience of spiritual identity, where we again assume responsibility for the Garden and we are no longer hung up in Eden.
The earth is lacking heaven because man has failed in his responsibilities, in his responsibilities of caring for the Garden. That's where our responsibilities belong; they do not belong in the material realm. Our responsibilities do not require manipulation of material things. Material things will reflect the Garden when man is in place in the Garden, taking care of it. But he's not going to take care of it if he's all involved in material things, and if he imagines that nothing will work successfully in the material realm except he himself is on hand with his knowledge to see that it works successfully. That is the human view. He supposes that nothing would work rightly if he, material man with his knowledge, were not on hand to direct it, and that unless he keeps his hot little hands onto all these things, that everything would disintegrate. Well, that is probably so insofar as his endeavor is concerned to maintain a material state unrelated to the Garden. But it is supposed that if human beings were not doing this, were not giving all their energies into these things, there would be nothing. If this is the view, it is quite obvious that the person that has that view is completely lost to any awareness of the reality of the Garden.
The affairs of men may fall apart if human beings do not put all their lifeblood into them, but would it be such a loss if they did? The universe seems to get along all right as it is without human beings applying their self-centeredness to see that it keeps going. Why not what is right here? It's part of the universe. If the universe keeps going as it should, it is because there is a correct operation from the standpoint of the Garden of the Universe, from the standpoint of the heaven of the universe. That is being cared for by those who have responsibility in the matter, but insofar as this little corner of the universe is concerned, where man supposedly has the responsibility, there is a mess, because there has been failure to assume that responsibility.
So, having heard the voice that reminds us of these things, let us not hide from that voice; let us not insist upon being merely human anymore. The first thing that Adam said in reply to that question was that he was afraid; and this is the state of man. Remember how it was with Cain? He was afraid, too. “Everybody that finds me will kill me.” In other words, he had the attitude that everything was hostile to him. And this is a human attitude, this is the attitude of someone who is merely human: he sees everything as being hostile, and he develops all kinds of defense mechanisms to defend himself from the enemy. He's surrounded by the enemy on every hand, the hostile universe—nature is hostile; we have to tame it. Do we really? No.
Man is hostile. Man, having lost himself, feels that everything's against him. Have you ever felt that way? Everything's against you. The idea of fate developed out of this. The bogeyman is going to get you in the end and he does!—because of man's insistence upon being somewhere that he doesn't belong, in this dank cellar at the foot of the stairs. He has made a bit of artificial light down there and he calls that daylight, but it isn't. He doesn't belong there but in the Garden, to dress it and to keep it, to become aware again that all his responsibilities are in the Garden. When he assumes his responsibilities in the Garden, Eden will take care of itself, and there will once again be the Garden of Eden, in other words heaven and earth, the two phases in oneness, no veil in between, because man is back where he belongs.
We have touched something of the reality of the spiritual substance of Eden, and have become aware, and are becoming aware increasingly, of what it means to dress and to keep that substance. When we dress and keep the substance of the Garden, then we find that Eden is dressed and kept, too. But if we try to dress and keep Eden according to our view of the way it should be dressed and kept, it disintegrates.
We need to come back to where we belong, spiritual Man, true identity, a state that was represented by our Master after the resurrection. One must accept the responsibility of spiritual man and then the material will share it, and that sharing does certainly involve a different state of material experience. It is a different state at the top of the stairs to what it is down in the basement, and human beings find that they are different people. Man is at the top of the stairs. I don't know what's at the bottom—sub-man! So we have the opportunity of returning to the state of spiritual experience in identity, that what had been known before in the material sense may be invited to share that spiritual state. And that's restoration!
World Service — one aspect of this has come particularly to my attention of late, over the past few years, and that is the evidence in the world body as a whole that they are hearing the Word. They haven’t heard us out there speaking it particularly but they are certainly getting a message. Of course everything that’s happening on the face of the earth, whether we like it or not, whether it’s good or bad or anything else, is a result of the World Service in which we participate — the Word and its influence.
But I am thinking of it specifically with regard to some books that have come out. And one must be very careful in this because you would like to know what books, and read them, and so on. It isn’t necessary. But what is revealed is a growing recognition that what has been included, for instance in the Bible, has been distorted — not an innocent accident but deliberately. I am thinking of the gathering together and arranging of the Bible as we know it — the Gospels — that much has been put in there. Well, for all of our Story of Man classes we have known that. We have said the virgin birth is an inclusion of a paganistic concept, and that Jesus did not die on the cross, and so on — but it’s really getting through in many places. And what I find interesting is that it doesn’t matter a hoot how it was put together, the Word came through. The Word is in the Bible. It is in the Gospels.
It is good that this recognition come, the conviction that the Master did not die. And it’s interesting because there are different manipulations as to why He didn’t, what the circumstance was — which doesn’t matter, again — but the conviction is there and that’s great. And of course what we see a lot of these days is, or I have, is Biblical scholars — the ecclesiastia, if you please, of the church — doubting many things. A very recent one is a man who has been associated with the church for many many years, who realizes the things that have been included such as the virgin birth, and other things, put Jesus in a class by Himself, and contradict His words that “you can do it, and greater works than these.” Why are they greater? Because more people are doing it. So these are some of the things which, to me, are strong indications of our World Service having effect.
In a very different vein perhaps, another Book has come to my attention. Not recently written — it is one of the oldest on the face of the earth — but has been given form recently and has come to my attention. It is called, The Book of Enoch the Prophet, and that goes back pretty far. You know where Enoch came in the Bible? Before the flood. Right? And he is spoken of as one who “walked with God.” He was with God, and he was not because God took him — not up into the sky somewhere. That’s an interesting fact in this book, because he was around. So this prophecy — I would bring it to focus because it is exactly the same as anything we hear from this place today. The truth is true and it doesn’t change. But it’s interesting to see something that was said that long ago — before the flood is what I am talking about. He was the great Grandfather of Noah. So I am going to read a little bit about this:
“In the year 1773, after a period of almost total obscurity lasting 1500 years, a Scottish explorer, James Bruce, discovered in what is now Ethiopia, The Book of Enoch.” Many of these things were unearthed in the land around Egypt. He writes: “Amongst the articles I consigned to the library at Paris was a very beautiful and magnificent copy of the prophecies of Enoch. Another is amongst the books of scripture that I brought home, standing immediately before The Book of Job, which is its proper place in the Abyssinian canon.” I find that interesting. It had its place just before Job. And Job, which is included in the Bible, is in this same category. This is acknowledged as the most ancient document — without date. They don’t know when it was written. And here again you have something that occurred before the story of man as we know it, the history of man, which we take from, well in the Bible, Abraham.
And he says it rested there forgotten until 1821 when Richard Lawrence issued his first translation — and that is the book I am talking about. Interesting that in the Epistle of Jude, and one of the Epistles of Peter, you find the Book of Enoch quoted, perhaps emphasizing the authenticity of this document. Jude has always seemed to be a very strange book in there. It didn’t seem to fit. Well that is really quoting from Enoch. This ancient book now rediscovered was used by different ones up until 400 A.D. And 400 A.D. is when the Bible, as used by particularly the Catholic Church — but that’s Christianity as far as the Bible goes — was put together. And that is when these paganistic aspects got in there and it’s when certain things were left out including the Book of Enoch. It was in the Bible as late as 200 A.D. and then removed. It actually contains much from which so-called mystic passages come, such as in Revelation. “When primitive Christianity had freely appropriated the visions of Enoch as the materials of constructive dogmas, this remarkable book gradually sank into oblivion, disappeared out of western Christendom, and was eventually forgotten by a church which unconsciously perpetuated its teaching as the miraculous revelations of Christianity.” He says that this translation places the book within the reach of all English readers. “Catholics may disregard its contents as it is not found in the sacred canon of their infallible church, but Protestants who adhere to the principles of the reformation, etc, must inevitably enrol among the prophets.”
Now with regard to the contents of this book there is the term, “watchers,” which is used synonymously with “fallen angels.” The following is quoted from the Mesopotamian flood story, the old Babylonian myth. There are — I’ve forgotten how many — over forty or fifty stories of the flood throughout the world. The ancient cultures of practically all people include a version of the flood with a little different name for Noah. It’s the same story, but some of them have more detail, which is quite interesting. For instance this one says the gods’ motive for the flood, after being asked why, is: “A cosmic imbalance between the human world and the divine world. The human world is overpopulated with humans.” This was written before the flood: “And the gods cannot sleep because of the noise.” They probably couldn’t eat at suppertime either! Hence the flood which destroyed much of the population.
In this myth also it is set forth also that there had not been death before the sons of God mated with daughters of men. And this cosmic imbalance of overpopulation had to be corrected. Thus death became the result, in this story, of overpopulation. The story of Adam and Eve tells the same story essentially, when human beings wished to be as gods. Now I suppose if you look at the story in Genesis 6 where the sons of God wanted the daughters of men, that could be the other way too. Couldn’t it? Humans wished to be as gods; but it’s the same thing. The fall simply was that this resulting being would have control which should be in the hands of the Lord. Not all beings fell — a certain number of them; that’s why they are called fallen angels — but not all participated in this. It probably would have been the end of everything if that had happened. The result of this — the offspring — was giants, not just larger beings, but distortions which covered the face of the earth.
There is another little quote from another story of the flood which simply emphasizes the reason for the destruction: “the people multiplied.” Now the only brief reference in the Bible to overpopulation is that they multiplied. Biblical scholars are embarrassed by that story? They don’t like it. They really don’t like that insertion. Along the way in the history of the writing of the Bible they have tried to eliminate it, so they changed it a little bit, this story of the sons of God uniting with the daughters of men. This was not pleasing to man’s mind. And the giants — one aspect of the giants, I suspect, along the way, was simply dinosaurs — but here again an aspect of giants, of distortion. And this other little record from another story of the flood: “The people multiplied. The land was bellowing like a bull. At their uproar the God became angry; He heard their noise. He addressed the great Gods: ‘The noise of mankind had become oppressive to me; because of their uproar I am deprived of sleep.’”
I will read a few passages from The Book of Enoch and then we will take a look at a few of the highlights in the Bible, which gives a continuous story. You may find excerpts here and there of the truth written in other places or other books or whatever, but it isn’t a continuous thing. I have always found it stopped, but here we have something that follows all the way through — a continuous thing. Consistency. We heard about of the appearance on earth of, what shall we say, unfallen Angels in the fallen state. This is just a bit from this book: “The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous who were to exist in the time of trouble, rejecting all the wicked and ungodly.” And again I emphasize that these words could be said of today. It is very timely.
“Enoch, a righteous man who was with God, answered and spoke while his eyes were open and while he saw a holy vision in the heavens. This the angels showed me. From them I heard all things and understood what I saw: that which will not take place in this generation, but in a generation which is to succeed at a distant period on account of the elect. Upon their account I spoke and conversed with Him who will go forth from His habitation, the holy and mighty One, the God of the world, who will hereafter tread upon Mount Sinai, appear with His hosts, and be manifested in the strength of His power from heaven. And all shall be afraid, and the watchers be terrified. The earth shall be emerged and all things which are in it perish while judgment shall come upon all, even upon all the righteous. But to them shall He give peace. He shall preserve the elect and toward them exercise clemency. Then shall all belong to God, be happy and blessed. And the splendor of the godhead shall illuminate them.
“Then the most high, the great and holy One spoke and sent ____” [some angel’s name here, very long] “to the son of Lamech. Who is he? Noah! “saying, ‘say to him in my name: conceal thyself’— or function secretly —“then explained to him the consummation which is about to take place. For all the earth shall perish. The waters of a deluge shall come over the whole earth and all things which are in it shall be destroyed. And now teach him how he may escape and how his seed may remain in all the earth.”
“There I beheld the ancient of days whose head was like white wool,” and we see this very clearly in other passages in the Bible — Daniel. “And with him another the ancient of days, another whose countenance resembled that of man.” We have Jehovah. “His countenance was full of grace like that of one of the holy angels. Then I enquired of one of the angels who went with me and who showed me every secret thing concerning this Son of Man, who he was, whence he was, and why he accompanied the ancient of days. And he said: This is the Son of Man to whom righteousness belongs, all before the Lord of spirits.” Here we have a constant reference in this ancient book to the Lord of Spirits, I think an interesting term. Constantly this is the reference to the Highest Point. “This Son of Man whom thou beholdest shall raise up kings and the mighty from their couches, shall loosen the bridles of the powerful,” and so on. “In that hour,” speaking of the hour when all of this would be consummated, “was this Son of Man invoked before the Lord of spirits, andHisname in the presence of the ancient of days. Before the sun and the signs were created, before the stars of heaven were formed, His name was invoked in the presence of the Lord of spirits.” It gives me a feeling of the One who focalizes the body of mankind; we have known His name to be Jesus — Jehovah. “All who dwell on earth shall fall down and worship before Him, shall bless and glorify Him, and sing praises to the name of the Lord of spirits.”
Now we have a little section in here by Noah. I think it would be nice to hear something of what Noah said. “In those days Noah saw that the earth became inclined” — we hear that the axis was tilted — “and that destruction approached. Then he lifted up his feet and went to the ends of the earth, to the dwelling of his great-grandfather Enoch.” When he needed some help he found Enoch. “And Noah cried with a bitter voice: ‘Hear me, hear me, hear me’” — three times — “and he said, ‘Tell me what is transacting upon the earth, for the earth labours and is violently shaken.’ After this there was a great perturbation on earth and a voice was heard from heaven. I fell down on my face when my great-grandfather Enoch came and stood by me. He said, ‘Why hast thou cried out to me? A commandment has gone forth from the Lord against those who dwell on the earth that they may be destroyed. For they know everything, every oppressive and secret power of the devils.’”
And that’s an interesting observation because other ideas or concepts have come through as to what occurred before the destruction called the flood. The distortions, on the physical level for instance, of the power that was still in man as he was then. Because of this combination — divine and human — he is often spoken of as a semi-divine being. He wasn’t created to be semi—divine. He was Divine. And this fall is not just some little airy-fairy thing that took place. And you say, “How could it happen?!” It was a mixture with a level beneath himself, and it produced so-called giants — monstrosities!
And after the flood this power was removed from him in that sense, but he still produced monstrosities all over the face of the earth. But whatever he can produce on the physical level, he can produce monstrosities, no matter how limited he is — we see that today. It is just a different kind of a giant. But there is a giant! However, there was a destruction of the actual union between man and animal levels. So that was destroyed. And we need to keep in mind that overpopulation was the reason then, just as it is today, and this was a result of that mingling of the so-called sons of God with the daughters of man in a level where he did not belong.
I mentioned Job as being in the same category as The Book of Enoch. So we could take just a brief look at Job here — a record again. Of course Job starts out with an account of creation and then the fall, which includes in that record the involvement of other planets — which was absolutely true. It was not just something which happened in the earth itself. Here was the involvement of the family to which this earth belongs. How could everything else be unaffected? So in the restoration, or turning back of the heart of man, we will find much, surely, that is restored in the whole body. I like the words in another record of the flood, of the cosmic imbalance caused, the relation between cosmic and human balance drastically disturbed — and so we only need to look at our solar system to see planets that have been greatly harmed, destruction there, and so on. We won’t go into that, but it’s evident.
And the wonderful record of Job where he meets everything that came to him through these first three so-called friends, and then the one who brought all those three to focus, and couldn’t stop talking! As it was put, “I am full of matter, I have got to talk or I’ll explode.” If anybody ever says that you’d better get out of the way. “I’ve just got to get it out of my system.” I have always been impressed by the very modern nature of these arguments. Oh my, they are so modern! And they are just talk about double-talk. You can’t find the meaning in them; not that you should read them, it’s a waste of time, but some of them however, without having a centering, can seem to make sense. “Who does he think he is? He thinks he is God.” This was their argument, the basic one — and that’s exactly what they said to Jesus. He was accused of blasphemy because he said, “I am.” And that’s just what they said to Job, and Job provided that victory back there in a magnificent way. And some of his answers deal with the workings of the earth. Very beautiful, this wonderful awareness of the tiniest bit on this level. Then he switches to Orion and Arcturus. A cosmic balance in Job, and that is what is necessary. The same principles work in what we call out there as in this self, and this is what we find in Job, the magnificence of it — which also is evident in the Enoch book.
And these wonderful words: “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind,” after he met all this stupid nonsense that the mind could produce. This was his mind. He met all of this in himself. It wouldn’t do any good to meet it somewhere else. It’s always what we meet in ourselves that has any meaning whatsoever. The Lord answered Job and said, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof: When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for Joy?” That’s a picture of the way this planet was created — the solar system and man — the morning stars sang together. The morning is a wonderful way of depicting a new creation. So whatever or whenever this solar system came into being the morning stars sang together, there was cosmic harmony planet-wise, and through man. The sons of God shouted for joy. That wonderful picture.
And I bring some of these ancient things to focus because of the timelessness, the feeling that time is erased. We hear of time being no more. Well what does that mean — that we throw away our clocks and watches? I suppose that would save a lot of time too. But it erases the barriers. What was on earth, back there we say, “before the flood,” is exactly the same today. And what is depicted in Revelation — none of it is strange, none of it is somewhere else. It all happened right here on this very same earth. And so the restoration happens right here on this earth. And it’s real. So the picture in Job is that he participated. He was in the world exactly as it was. He had physical miseries and he moved through it perfectly. And the end was victory, not a personal victory only, which it never is, but world service. Going back in the story, I read from Enoch about the time of the flood, and I should read the story from Genesis, Chapter 6:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth.” I read this because these little references got in, but they tell a lot more than what is in that little sentence. And scholars would eliminate it altogether if they could, because they are embarrassed by this — “… began to multiply” and “… the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” There was a deliberate action here. “And the Lord said? My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” That’s not very much considering that he could live forever when he was first created — maybe not be here forever, but a different way of living altogether. But let’s not see it as different from what we are today, because we are here to let this transmutation be an absolute reality. It depends on consistency, and it works. It is working. It’s happening.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that.” Interesting, because there were a few instances of giants that were taken care of at the time of the children of Israel, and this is an old remnant evident there. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD and He said, I will destroy everything.” And we found that in Enoch as well. It was all going to be destroyed. And then came Noah. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” And always there must be that focus if anything is going to be continued. Noah was that One. And of course, Enoch was that One. It is said that Enoch ascended, so we have that precedent.
And now we’ll go to Abraham who brings the same spirit. We come to history as it is set down and as it is acknowledged — after the depiction of the state that the world was in. In the story of creation it was said that all the provision for man’s perfect health and unending life on earth was there; and there is a characteristic that’s mentioned with regard to all this provision: the seed was in itself upon the earth. That applies to food, but to anything — the seed is always here, for anything. The seed is always here, within itself, in ourselves. However, immediately after this destruction, the flood, cataclysmic occurrences, the state that we recognize as a cave-man state was in evidence for thousands of years. It doesn’t say that everyone on the face of the earth was going around killing animals with clubs, any more than today everyone is on the same level. So I bring that point out because there would not have been anything if that were not true. But the imbalance was very much in evidence, and it pictures man eating animals, as he does now. It is said that the fear of man came upon beasts. Why? Because it’s all there was to eat. The earth had been almost physically destroyed, and this was the way of survival. But something else did enter the picture here.
When we see the state of the world today, the way things survive, all the kingdoms, we can see the result of something — not the way it was created but the way it has become. It’s the way it is, and the beauty that has persisted no matter what, certainly says that the law of God, the Word of God is present no matter where you look, and it is not subject to anything man can do, and we need to remember that.
Okay, after all this the first great one we find referred-to is Abraham, and he has been labeled the pioneer, and I would say that certainly applies. In that dark time, here was one who knew the Lord, knew why he came on earth, maybe not always consciously, but this absolute compulsion of the spirit, the Lord of spirits, was there in him. And the one thing I must refer-to in Abraham is, of course, the fact that he had the compulsion that made him leave his father’s house — leave his whole environ which was in ancient Babylon, and which had all of the human nature of course, as it appeared then, not maybe exactly as it appears today but in essence exactly the same thing. It was a great civilization, it worshipped death, which is the same thing today. And the highest form of worship was to sacrifice that which was closest to you to an angry god. Remember they were close to this time of the cataclysm, and there was fear that god would strike again and they must appease this god. And so sacrificing the most precious was a custom, and Abraham undertook to do this. His only son, for whom he had waited many, many years, was taken to a mountain to worship, it is said.
But remember that this is what’s happening today, exactly! The only son — each one has that expression within himself and herself, and this is what is sacrificed. And just as he was to kill his son the Angel of the Lord spoke. That’s the essential thing. We hear the words and we answer, “Here am I.” And the Angel said, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him.” And I emphasize that word, because believe it or not, Bible scholars, including Scoffield, have taken that verse to say that it was prophesying the death of Jesus. That’s what they say right here in the footnotes. But the Lord said, “Don’t do it. Don’t touch Him, that precious One. That doesn’t make any sense at all.” And this is looking to the day when there needs to be the recognition that God is not subject to anything man can do, and we need to remember that in this day. It looks like the world has passed redemption. Well, there is a cosmic balance, and that is what we are about — that balance must be in us in whatever is required! But to say that God can be killed, and much of this world worships an idol which is a dead body hanging on a cross, which is supposed to be the Lord. That makes God pretty ineffectual, I would say. But, of course, He was resurrected after He was dead. And that is what the world says, “After you die you’ll go to heaven but you can’t have it here.” So this whole book deals with that lie and letting it be dissolved.
We have then a Body appearing on earth called the Children of Israel. Jacob was responsible for that. After all, they were all his sons — twelve of them. And that was no mean feat. There were four women involved with a contest going on as to which could produce more, and Jacob weathered it and the sons were produced. However, I would emphasize that two women, regardless of anything, when the crisis came, they were right there in agreement. When he needed to move out of his father-in-law’s house they said, “Whatever is right we do with you.” I mention that because the provision has been there; and I mention Jacob, but the real factor in letting the twelve sons become a body was Joseph. And this is not recognized.
We have the wonderful story of his dreams and all the rest, and how he fed the world with his cleverness in storing the grain in time of famine. The primary purpose was that his brothers came down into Egypt, seemingly for some food, but he put them through some tests, every single one of them, to see whether they had changed, whether they would sell their youngest brother — which was Joseph’s true brother; they had the same mother — the way they had sold him. And he tested them, put them in jail, all sorts of things. They did not know Joseph was their brother. And they came through, they had changed absolutely, and they would not do it. They offered themselves instead of their brother, because it would kill their father. All of this story is a very valuable one, completely overlooked, as far as I can see, by biblical scholars. But that’s what did it. And there was the Focus for the Body. But they had to be right. And so Joseph in my book takes great credit for the Body of the Son of God appearing on earth. That was the first evidence or manifestation of a Body.
And, of course, we go on to Moses who really brought that Body into form, coming from the twelve sons to the Twelve Tribes. And there was the opportunity to let it all happen. Moses, of course, wasa Mighty One. These are all points who allowed it to come to focus, to survive, actually. And you have many along the way. You have the kings, and wonderful Samuel. It was at his point where the people demanded the separation of church and state — we would call it that today. They wanted a king like all the nations. The priest Samuel, priest in the true sense of the word, was also the head of the nation, the government — true government. And the people demanded the separation. “We want a king like everybody else.” Here was the insistence, and there was no way that this could not happen. So, after Samuel, who did everything he could, you have the first king — Saul, and then David, and then Solomon. At the time of Solomon there was a great kingdom of Israel in the sense of a kingdom we would think of today, an earthly kingdom, very wealthy, in supremacy as far as other nations were concerned. And in that part of the world it was a Focus for the Whole World. Solomon was very wise, we hear; but he certainly lost his wisdom along the way, and his failure was the end of the First Sacred School — it could have been the magnet, but actually it was the failure of it.
And when we come to the story of Jesus and the temptations, you remember the third temptation was “all of the kingdoms can be yours.” And they were His. Here was a temptation if He could ever be swayed. “You can have all the power and glory on earth, the earthly kingdom, if you do what I say” — the mind could manipulate this. Well of course it could. A great, wealthy, earthly kingdom — and it is pictured of Solomon having a thousand women, seven hundred wives, three hundred concubines. Remember they wouldn’t all live in a the same house, or anything. These were heads of other countries, princesses of different countries were included in this, and this was very political. And he let them build idols to their own gods. In other words, let’s just be nice to everybody and they’ll love me as their ruler. It doesn’t work that way. They waited their opportunity and rose up and turned against him. That is not the way to go, any more than it is in ourselves, when we let these little things pass. Absolute obedience is the answer. And Solomon completely failed in that regard. And the Master met that — at the beginning of the Second Sacred School He met the failure of the First Sacred School. And when the word was “Look what all you can have,” He said, “Get thee hence, Satan.” That is the word for us today, and it is the only world service there actually is. After that failure there was the division of Israel into two kingdoms, Judaea and Israel. The first Great One after that was Elijah, a great pioneer who came in that very low and miserable state and followed through — in spite of Jezebel who was a lot worse than Ahab, her husband. Here was a great victory again.
But we come to Daniel, a Mighty Prophet, who found himself in enemy country — Persia, the land of the captivity. And what Daniel did was magnificent. Here we have the one evidence of function under four kings, where they turned their hearts to the One God. These were all polytheistic religions, many gods worshipped, and the idols. And Daniel’s influence was so great that these countries turned, and actually changed their religion under him, which certainly had an influence worldwide — vibrationally at least. And then we have the return of a remnant to Jerusalem — a very heroic time, because that land was peopled with the enemy, so-called. Daniel did not return, but we have others coming back. Most of those in captivity had no idea or concept or wish to go back there — they were happy in Babylon; they were well treated. They weren’t in captivity — they didn’t think they were. They were given fine conditions, they went along with their gods. It’s exactly the same thing today. How many are willing to do that, to just leave it all for very primitive conditions, in fact very dangerous conditions? Many of them did not survive. Here it was, and it is just the same today. But those who came back provided something into which the Master could come, and He came — it was there that the Master was born. And, of course, His life and His Word is the basis for all that has happened since.
I would suggest that following what is in the Bible from Acts until Revelation it is not worth your time, truly. What Paul did — the church wouldn’t like to hear this — well, it is a lot of manipulation, a lot of it lies. Again, so much put in here in the record, but it doesn’t mean anything. It’s the beginnings of the church as we know it today; that’s the point. But as Uranda used to say, the Catholics have Peter and the Protestants have Paul, but nobody has Jesus Christ. I visited the Vatican last year, and forget it! But the wonderful nature of the Master, this beautiful presence and expression — not the way He is pictured on stained glass windows with a crown on His head; He wouldn’t recognize Himself — but this beautiful persistent, consistent expression of the Lord of Spirits on earth.
And we read His magnificent words, certainly the fifteenth Chapter of John: “I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman.” Here is the restoration of cosmic balance, the absolute oneness of heaven and earth right here — and it is the only thing that will release this imbalance, this distortion. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” Something to remember when the purging’s going on. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” “I am the vine? ye are the branches.” That One who focuses this body of mankind. His victory is the victory of the Body, and the Body is simply asked to participate in that.
I think we could finish our time with a look at the last book in the Bible —Revelation — written in so-called mystic language, symbolic. We’re talking about analogies all the way through here, not about something that did happen before the flood, after the flood, but how it applies now in everything we do, in every day. And again, we see the consistency.
In the eighteenth Chapter, speaking of these days, there is the attitude portrayed of two different sets, you might say, of beings — something being separated here. “The kings of the earth, Who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her” — Babylon, a female, symbol of this world, of this material level separated from the spiritual level — “shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.” This is called Babylon. “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying? Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is judgment come.”
“And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more.” That’s what it amounts to. And certainly on the face of the earth there is this focus, and as it is put elsewhere in the Book of Revelation, certain things would happen because of the merchants, the great men of the earth. In other words, this level of money, greed, the whole thing, individually and collectively, is the reason for what must happen — and is happening. And then there is this other word: “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for god hath avenged you on her.”
“And a mighty angel took up a stone," and so on. But, “Rejoice over her.” On the one hand there is the sharing of the torment of all that is happening; on the other hand, rejoice! It’s happening! And that’s the wonderful part of it — it’s happening. And we’re here to make it happen. I almost said, “See it happen.” But we’re here for the one reason that nothing has been able to eliminate the creation of the Lord on this planet. And it takes the angels of the Lord to do it, those who have their focus in the Lords of Lords and King of Kings. And the physical, the material, the absolute expression of it through ourselves, and the focus that we find on earth which allows it to be so — that is a marvel. We read about it being in Jesus. We have in our history the presence of Uranda, we have Martin. This is a marvel. It’s a magical thing. This focus of the Word in One, that the whole Body may participate. “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” There is no separation. It is what we need to see in every moment.
And I saw a heaven opened. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” Isn’t that what we’ve been talking about? A cosmic imbalance — old heaven and old earth. But the new heaven and the new earth — here is cosmic balance, if we want to call it that. The working of the Creative Process. The joy is in being a part of it happening, and recognizing it happening, not thinking it needs to be any other way but just the way it is.
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” The last words in the book: “I come quickly.” And it doesn’t need to be dragged out any longer. This has been a look atthe timelessness of the Word. It is the same. The very first words in Revelation were regarding that which is, and which was, and which is to come. And I like the order of that. It doesn’t say, “Was and is and is to come.” It says what is, and was, and is to come, because what was and which is to come is all in that which is — right now, here.