THE THIRD FIRE
THE DREAM AND TRUTH REVEALED
compiled by Dee Finney
|10-3-02 - DREAM - I was in a large house, getting ready for a
big event to occur.
Outside, there had been two large fires and I had to set the third fire myself before the work was done.
There was a door at the bottom of the room I was in with a screen on it. Outside the screen was a stylized black and white lion jumping up and down on its hind legs - full of anger and fury, indicating that it wanted us dead.
The second fire went out, so I went outside to set the third fire right in front of our own house.
Before the flame lit the dry tinder on the ground, the whole air flashed with flame first, like it was full of gas and it was like the whole earth caught fire at once - every little twig and blade of grass burst into flame at the same time. It was an amazing sight to see.
I went inside the house again to keep from being burned up myself and explained to a woman that was there with me that each fire took two hours for a total of 6 hours for the third fire.
The third fire had to die down before the big event could take place.
Meanwhile, the stylized black and white lion was still at the screened door, jumping up and down with his angry face, and shaking his head and mane at us, wishing us dead.
WHEN IS THE 6TH HOUR?
Jesus meets the women at the well during the 6th hour. The woman at the well starts to believe Jesus at the 6th hour. After two days her entire town has had a visitation of Jesus and is saved.
Understanding the culture of the time means that the 6th hour was not 6 a.m. but noon time.
One of the gospels says that Jesus was crucified in the 6th hour. Another gospel says that Jesus was crucified in the 3rd hour. This is why there is a difference.
The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) used a different method to number the hours of day than John. Matthew, Mark, and Luke used the traditional Hebrew system, in which the hours of the day were numbered from sunrise (approximately 6:00 AM), which places the crucifixion at about 9:00 AM, or the third hour by this system..
John, did not employ the Hebrew system, he used the Roman civil day. The Roman system defined a day from midnight to midnight, as we do today. Pliny the Elder (in Natural History 2.77) and Macrobius (Saturnalia 1.3) give us historical confirmation of this fact. Therefore, using the Roman system which was used by John, the trial of Jesus ended around the sixth hour (6:00 AM), which was the first hour of the Hebrew system used by Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
The regular hours of prayer, as we may infer from Psalms 55:17 and Daniel 6:10, were three in number. The first coincided with the morning sacrifice, at the 3rd hour of the morning, at 9 AM therefore (Acts 2:15). The second was at the 6th hour, or at noon, and may have coincided with the thanksgiving for the chief meal of the day, a religious custom apparently universally observed (Matthew 15:36; Acts 27:35). The 3rd hour of prayer coincided with the evening sacrifice, at the ninth hour (Acts 3:1; 10:30). Thus every day, as belonging to God, was religiously subdivided, and regular seasons of prayer were assigned to the devout believer.
"It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour (Noon). 'Here is your king,' Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, 'Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!' 'Shall I crucify your king?' Pilate asked. 'We have no king but Caesar,' the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others--one on each side and Jesus in the middle" -- John 19:14-18.
The New Testament states that when Jesus was hanging on the cross the sky became black from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. This was on Passover, which is always on a full moon. At least three Roman historians recorded for all mankind to read an episode of total mid-day darkness that occurred during the full moon during the reign of Caesar Tiberius!!! Two of them recognized the impossibility of this being a solar eclipse because it was at the time of a full moon! This correlates with the darkness that came over the land during the crucifixion of Jesus!!!!
"9 The next day as they were pursuing their journey and were approaching the city, Peter went up to the housetop about the 6th hour to pray. 10 But he became very hungry and wanted to eat. While they were preparing, he fell into a trance 11 and beheld heaven opened and some sort of vessel descending like a great linen sheet being let down by its 4 extremities upon the earth; 12 and in it there were all sorts of four-footed creatures and creeping things of the earth and birds of heaven. 13 And a voice came to him: Rise, Peter, slaughter and eat!" (Acts 10:9-12).
The Revelation of St. John the Divine
The Seventh Seal
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, Ex. 30.1 having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, Lev. 16.12 and cast it into the earth: Ezek. 10.2 and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. Rev. 11.19 ; 16.18
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire Ex. 9.23-25 mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, Is. 14.12 burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, Is. 13.10 · Ezek. 32.7 · Joel 2.10 and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
|Most everyone has heard the familiar story of God raining 'fire and
brimstone' on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah: But most have not seen the
significant evidence of an extreme astronomical event around 1400 BC. In
the 10th chapter of Joshua, verses 11-14:
"And it came about as they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, that the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died: there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.
Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and said in the sight of Israel, 'Oh sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon.'
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves on their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel."
Meteors from heaven destroyed an army with such force that it must have literally appeared to stop the earths rotation for several hours! It was confirmed by an astrophysicist at Princeton University that a collision between a meteor/comet could affect the rotational speed of a planet depending on the mass and trajectory at impact.
Notice that the beast (AntiChrist) in the book of Revelation is compared to a leopard, a bear and a lion. He will combine the ferocity and the characteristics of the three world powers that have proceeded him. The Greek empire struck like a leopard, the Media-Persian had the power of a bear, and the Babylonian Empire was known for its splendor. But all this power and authority is Given to him by the dragon, Satan, who will control his every move. Now when we compare this with the beast that Daniel saw in Daniel 7
1 The first was like a lion Verse 4
2 The second, like to a bear Verse 5
3 Like a leopard Verse 6
Compare what Daniel saw to what John saw - in order- first a leopard, then a bear, and finally a lion - just in the opposite order of what Daniel saw. Why is this? Daniel was looking ahead in time and John was looking back!
I find it interesting that I saw the bear first, two days ago and then the lion, though I've had many dreams about the lion over time and did a web page about it some times ago.
I can only wonder if I'll see the Leopard next.
I also find it interesting that the Lion is seen as part of the Anti-christ AND as Christ:
Christ is the conquering Lion (Rev: 5:5), KI of KIs. Four horsemen = aggression, violence, famine, bloodshed. Apocalypse: from a Greek word meaning revelation, made to a seer by God or by an angel acting in his name.
I also find it interesting that the beast is seen in different ways - depending on who is interpreting, and there are so many interpretations of who the Anti-christ it's almost anyone's guess as to who it is. Even the Pope was concerned that it is He. When I read some of the clues as to who it is, the Pope fits very well.
The Consecutive View or Telescopic View of the book of Revelation sees the judgments as occurring one at a time throughout the Tribulation Period -- that is, 21 individual judgments from God in consecutive order. The Telescopic View understands the seventh seal to include all seven trumpets, and likewise that the seventh trumpet includes the seven bowls or vials.
Each individual judgment may end when the next begin, or each may continue until the end of the Tribulation and the return of Christ. The Telescopic view seems best, since the seventh seal simply introduces the seven trumpets:
(1) and the seventh trumpet covers the rest of the judgments. The seven bowls are called the seven last plagues.
(2) and will apparently occur in rapid succession at the end of the Tribulation.
(3) Mathematics also points to the Consecutive and Telescopic Views of judgments. In the seals a fourth of all things are taken, in the trumpets a third are taken and in the final judgments all are taken or one half of the original. If one fourth of the original things on earth were affected by the seals, three fourths were not, and in the trumpets, one third was affected, which also equates to one fourth of the original things. If God knows His fractions, then the consecutive view is correct.
The Book of Revelation builds heavily upon the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Many symbols introduced in Daniel are repeated and further clarified in Revelation. A full understanding of Revelation is impossible without an accurate understanding of the prophecy of Daniel. Although there are very few quotations, allusions to Old Testament images and prophecy appear throughout Revelation. Of the 404 verses in the book, 265 verses contain lines that allude to some 550 Old Testament references.
FROM TIM LAHAYE: http://www.schoolofprophecy.com/left_behind.html
While the desire for peace clings to the deepest crevice of the human heart, the prospects for global destruction are far greater than the prospects for global peace. Undoubtedly, men will continue to strive for peaceful solutions. But beyond the attempts at peace is the final holocaust. Those who are left behind after the Rapture will face a terrible future.
The Final Blast
The Bible predicts the final devastation in one hour (Revelation 18:10) of the prophetic Babylon, the symbolic name for the kingdom of the Antichrist. The Bible says, All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered (Revelation 18:14). Even the merchants and sailors will not come near this land, but will stand far off, terrified at her torment, and crying out, In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin (Revelation 18:15, 17).
The apostle Peter provides an even more vivid description of the final blast that shall devastate this planet when he warns, But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare (2 Peter 3:10).
The Seven Trumpets
Johns description of the trumpet judgments (Revelation 8:2-11:19) sounds very similar to a global holocaust. The entire planet will be affected by massive destruction, loss of life, and human suffering. The chaos that results will destabilize both the global economy and the world government predicted in chapter 13.
The seventh seal of the scroll is finally opened in Revelation 8:1. The imagery that follows, including the half hour of silence, follows the liturgy of the Jewish temple services. After the sacrificial lamb was slain, the altar of incense was prepared. Two of the priests would go into the holy place and take the burnt coals and ashes from the golden altar and relight the lamps of the golden candlestick. One priest filled the golden censer with incense, while the other placed burning coals from the altar into a golden bowl. Deep silence fell over the temple during this solemn ceremony.
The angel offers the prayers of the saints (believers) from the golden censer (8:3). Then he filled the censer with fire from the altar and cast it into the earth (8:5). This initiates the conflagration that is about to engulf the planet.
John the revelator paints a picture of global devastation. He sees the vegetation burned up, a mountain of fire falling into the sea, stars falling from heaven and the darkening of the sun by a thickened atmosphere. It is no wonder that he hears an angel flying through heaven shouting, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhibiters of the earth (8:13).
Trumpet 1: Hail and Fire
The results of this destruction are so vast that one-third of all the trees and all the grass on the planet burn up. John provides no explanation of how this will occur. One gets the impression that he watched this future destruction in utter amazement.
The fact that the Bible predicts a massive global conflagration at the end of human history, coupled with the fact that we live in a time when such a catastrophe is humanly possible, ought to be a wake-up call to everyone!
Trumpet 2: Ocean Fireball
Next, John describes a large fireball (mountain burning with fire) falling into the sea, polluting one-third of the oceans and destroying one-third of the ships. The reference to the ships seems to imply military targets, but no other details are given. The parallel second bowl judgment is also poured out on the sea but results in the destruction of all sea life (Revelation 16:3).
Again, a destruction of such massive proportions was unknown in the first century. The greatest devastation John could possibly have been familiar with was the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. It completely destroyed and buried the city of Pompeii with molten lava and even destroyed a few ships in the Gulf of Naples. But what the revelator describes here goes far beyond that and looks forward to a time of unprecedented catastrophe.
Trumpet 3: Polluted Water
The devastation of the seawaters is followed by the pollution of the fresh waters. The rivers and fountains (springs) of water are polluted by a falling star called Wormwood. Leon Morris notes that wormwood was a bitter substance, but was not poisonous. It is most likely that John merely uses this term to describe the bitter pollution of nuclear radioactive fallout.
It is obvious in the passages that describe the trumpet and bowl judgments that John struggles, even though inspired, to find first-century words to describe these future events-the likes of which he has never seen. Terms like mountain of fire and falling star certainly come close to a description of nuclear fireballs.
Trumpet 4: Polluted Air
The fourth trumpet sounds and the air becomes polluted (perhaps with nuclear fallout). The sun, moon, and stars are darkened for one-third of the day. While this may refer to an eclipse, it seems more likely to refer to some cosmic destruction of the atmosphere.
In the judgment of the fourth bowl (16:8-9), the sun scorched people as a result of this pollution. The implication is that the ozone layer of the atmosphere has been severely damaged and people are suffering from radiation poisoning. However one interprets this event, it is obvious that it is life-threatening.
Trumpet 5: Demon Invasion
The plagues of locusts described in the Apocalypse represent a demonic invasion of earth. The creatures are depicted as having been imprisoned in the abyss. They are released by divine permission and torment unbelievers -- those who do not have the seal of God (9:4). Whether these demonic creatures inhabit human bodies is not fully clear. The reference to the shapes of the locusts (9:7) seems to indicate some kind of weaponry.
The locusts are personalized as a military-like force led by one called Abaddon (Hebrew, destroyer). To make sure his readers understand, John adds the Greek equivalent: Apollyon. Both names carry the same designation: one who destroys. He is symbolically depicted as the leader of fallen angels in the bottomless pit.
Trumpet 6: Deadly Attack
The voice instructs the angel with the sixth trumpet to release the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates (verse 14). Since they are bound, they must be fallen angels or demons. Their release is by divine permission only and is intended to allow them to function as agents of Gods wrath.
While some prefer to view this invading horde as demons, I believe they are an actual army. The battles that follow involve killing men, and the attackers are described as men (verses 16-18). The weapons with breastplates of fire could well be modern weapons. The breastplates of fire and the fire and smoke that shoot out of both ends of these vehicles certainly sound like tanks, airplanes or some modern weaponry.
If John really saw the future, including the great end-time wars, he would have witnessed things he could hardly understand, let alone describe. Tanks, guns, flamethrowers and laser beams all fit these possible designations. While the horde of demons is unleashed to torture and afflict men, the horde of soldiers is unleashed to attack them as well.
Trumpet 7: Final Victory
From this point on, everything follows in rapid succession. These five verses (15-19) are among the most dramatic verses in the Bible. There is no greater statement of triumph in all of Revelation, with the possible exception of 19:11-16, where Christ actually returns to earth to reign and rule.
The typical pattern of the Apocalypse is to show the big picture followed by snapshots. First the panorama, then the close-ups. I believe that is what we have in 11:15-19. We must take seriously the proclamation of final triumph in these verses. They look all the way down the canyon of eternity to the final victory at the end of the tribulation. At the same time, they give us the overview of what it will be like to be left behind.
HE THAT READETH, AND THEY
THAT HEAR THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, AND KEEP THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN
THEREIN: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND-Rev 1:3.
THOU HAST A FEW
NAMES EVEN IN SARDIS WHICH HAVE NOT DEFILED THEIR GARMENTS; AND THEY SHALL
WALK WITH ME IN WHITE: FOR THEY ARE WORTHY. HE THAT OVERCOMETH, THE SAME
SHALL BE CLOTHED IN WHITE RAIMENT-Rev 3:4,5.
JESUS IS WHAT ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION?
THE FAITHFUL WITNESS-Rev
A NEW NAME WRITTEN-Rev
THE LAST ITEMS IN THE BIBLE
Rev 22:17-gives Gods last invitation
in the Bible to COME...AND
TAKE THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.
The word "angel" is mentioned in the Revelation approximately 51 times. "Angel's" is mentioned twice. "Angels" (plural) are mentioned approximately 23 times.
WHO IS TEACHING DURING THE TRIBULATION?
REVELATION: CHAPTER 1
REVELATION: CHAPTERS 2 AND 3
REVELATION: CHAPTERS 4 ON TO THE
END. MORE PARTS COULD BE DESIGNATED.
THE END OF THE REVELATION
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|EYE OPENING WORDS
Christians should try to be like their Savior. The Savior is represented as a Lamb. (See, for instance, John 1:29) The description "like a lamb" would fit few countries in the history of this world. The U.S. has been the strongest professing Christian country in history. We talk about "manifest destiny" here, the strong Christianity of the Founders, the influence of Christianity on our laws and values, and the fact that from here more missionaries have and are being sent out than from any other nation. Plainly the U.S. has been a "Christian country." But the prophecy also says that this nation would "speak as a dragon." The dragon is a scriptural symbol of Satan. (See Rev. 12:9) A nation "speaks" through its actions. The lamblike horns and dragon voice of this symbolic beast point to a striking contradiction between its professions and practice. In contrast to America's record of helping the oppressed is an often shameful record of abuse, for example the enslavement of blacks and hypocritical persecution and treaty-breaking with the native Indians. But the prophecy is meant especially for our time. (A look at the history of religious liberty in previous American centuries is a good background for this study.)
The current antiChristian practices of the present administration are perhaps the beginning of an increasingly satanic policy mindset. If the religious right should gain power in reaction to the current leftist drift of the country's highest office, it will likely follow the pattern of all other fundamentalist regimes in history, whether Cromwellian, American Puritan, Catholic, or Islamic--it will develop a spirit of intolerance and persecution. This would be directly contrary to the principles of American government, the genius of its free institutions and the grand protections of the US Constitution. To show the fate of America--the purpose of this short article--a verse by verse commentary on the last half of Revelation 13 follows:
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
The US will be equal in power to the Papal-Third World-Communist conglomerate. The US will somehow be involved in an effort to "worship" the Papal beast, whose deadly wound--whether it be the shooting of John Paul II or the loss of power and prestige at the tim of the French Revolution--is now plainly healed, with the Pope the world's leading moral figure by the admission of American, Communist and Third World leaders.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
The US dropped fire out of the sky on Hiroshima and Nagasaki almost 50 years ago, and a new era of war and diplomacy was begun. The "fire" power of atomic weaponry was exhibited "in the sight of men" all around the earth. Laser weapons--not yet demonstrated but sure to be used soon against Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea or other terrorist centers--will also do "great wonders."
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
It is a deception to think that because someone has more power than you--in this case the US with its atomic arsenal--that you should follow them. Yet this verse reveals to us that America will lead the way in erecting a governmental structure that will practically--in its ultimate effect--bring homage to the Papacy, the beast wounded and healed. Perhaps we are seeing the first steps of America's departure from its long history as a Protestant power, formed to be free of the ecclesiastical evils characterizing the Papacy's intrusions into European history, in the recent union between the religious right and leading Catholics. Prophecy predicts it, here, in verse 14.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The US will have the power to help the "image of the beast"--this governmental apparatus which in some as yet unidentified way gives homage to the Papacy--to have what political scientists call 'legitimacy"--it will "speak" and be followed, respected and obeyed, and it will provide that all who do not honor it will be killed, the ultimate coercion, the ultimate tool of Satan--"Do things my way or die." I would suggest that the reason that the US is here pictured as urging people to worship a government other than itself--probably the UN or a body that might replace the UN--is because it has at this point, after its "fire" power has been displayed as related in the last verse, been economically humbled as related in my exposition of Daniel 8. While the US will still be existing as a nation at this point, it will be operating on a momentum, as every great power that eventually decayed away, that will gradually reveal its vacuous power. In such a situation submission to a world government would be much more psychologically likely than at the present when we are still "number one."
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Here the "he", still the U.S., will be responsible for bringing in the government that will demand a mark to be placed on all inhabitants of planet earth. The Greek word from which our English word "mark" is derived means "sharpened to a point." This is interesting since the latest technology designed to help governments monitor their citizens is a lithium-based computer chip which can be injected into humans with a hypodermic needle. The chip can store volumes of information and can be programmed, unlike the former laser-tattoo technology.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
The day will come when remaining true to God will mean going underground from the superstructure's commercial system. Buying and selling in the economic system of the coming one-world government will be treason to the Kingdom of Heaven. The Bible says that whoever takes the mark will be separated from God. Read it in Revelation 14:9-10:
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
With a warning like this we do well to try to become intelligent in regards to the beast and his mark. Here is the last verse of Revelation 13:
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
The fabled number "666" properly understood, reveals the mystery of the antichrist. Proceed to this 666-link only in the spirit of a seeker, please.
|A definite date for the birth of Antichrist was communicated by the
American clairvoyant Jeanne Dixon in her book My Life and Prophecies. In
this book she refers to a vision she had of the birth of Antichrist at sunrise
on February 5 1962, at a place in the Middle East - a matter of hours after
a total eclipse of the Sun in the sidereal sign of Capricorn. There was indeed
a most spectacular alignment of planets in Capricorn at this time of birth
of Antichrist as indicated by Jeanne Dixon, with Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus,
the Sun, Mercury and the Moon aligned with the Moon's Node in Capricorn.
The last time such a grand conjunction of the seven visible planets occurred
was in 1524.
On February 5, 1962 the sun was also in total eclipse, and you could see the conjunction of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn all within 13 degrees of the eclipsed Sun!
When the Moon is in the Seventh House
This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius!
In her biography of Jeane Dixon, Ruth Montgomery explains that Jeane Dixon knew that an important vision was soon to come to her, because the light bulbs in the chandelier in her bedroom began crackling. This sound continued for three days. By that time, Jeane was certain that a vision of the highest consequence was about to be given to her. At times the light bulbs would increase and decrease in brightness as the crackling sounds within them continued unabated. On the third morning, she walked over to her bedroom windowand received her vision:
"Stepping out of the brightness of the sun's rays, hand in hand, were a Pharaoh and Queen Nefertiti. Cradled in the Queen's other arn was a baby, his ragged, soiled clothing in startling contrast to the gorgeously arrayed royal couple.
The eyes of this child were all-knowing,' Jeane says softly. 'They were full of wisdom and knowledge.'
"A little to one side of Queen Nefertiti, Jean could glimpse a pyramid. While she watched entranced, the couple advanced toward her and thrust forth the baby, as if offering it to the entire world. . Now, rays of light burst forth from the baby, blending with those of the sun and obliterating the Pharaoh from her sight..
"Jeane shifted her gaze back to the baby. He had by now grown to manhood, and a small cross, which formed above him, began to expand until it dripped over the earth in all directions. Simultaneously, people of every race, religion and color.. kneeling and lifting his arms in worshipful adoration, surrounded him. They were all as one .. Jeane remarked that she knew instinctively that this vision meant that she had come face to face with the beginning of wisdom.' "
A little to one side of Queen Nefertiti, Jeane could glimpse a pyramid. While she watched entranced, the couple advanced toward her and thrust forth the baby, as if offering it to the entire world. Within the ball of the sun, Jeane saw Joseph guiding the tableau like a puppeteer pulling strings. Now rays of light burst forth from the baby, blending with those of the sun and obliterating the Pharaoh from her sight. Off to the left, she observed that Queen Nefertiti was walking away, "thousands of miles into the past." The Queen paused beside a large brown water jug, and as she stooped and cupped her hands to drink she was stabbed in the back by a dagger. Jeane says that she "distinctly heard her death scream as she vanished."
Jeane shifted her gaze back to the baby. He had by now grown to manhood, and a small cross which formed above him began to expand until it "dripped over the earth in all directions. Simultaneously, peoples of every race, religion, and color (black, yellow, red, brown and white), each kneeling and lifting his arms in worshipful adoration, surrounded him. They were all as one," Unlike previous visions, which had gradually faded away from Jeane, this one moved ever nearer until she seemed to be in the very midst of the action, joining int he adoring worship. "I felt a tiny seed ready to sprout and grow," she says, "But I was only one of millions of similar seeds. I knew within my heart. "here is the beginning of wisdom" The room was becoming dark again, and though she was still caught up in the spell of the vision, Jeane glanced automatically at her bedside clock. The time was 7:17 a.m.
-Ruth .Montgomery, Gift of Prophecy, pages 179-181.
Here was the explanation of the prophecy, as given to Jeane Dixon:
"A child, born somewhere in the Middle East shortly after 7 A.M. (EST) on February 5, 1962, will revolutionize the world, Before the close of the century he will bring together all mankind in one all-embracing faith. This will be the foundation of a new Christianity, with every sect and creed united through this man who will walk among the people to spread the wisdom of the Almighty Power.".
Jeane Dixon has declared that her visions come directly from God Himself. What is the test that verifies that the vision is genuine? :A crackling sound within light bulbs. Where does the future "messiah" come, from? from ancient paganism. Nefertiti (Nefretete) was the wife of Akhenaton (Ikhnaton), a pharaoh, or king, of ancient Egypt (c. 1377-1361 B.C.) who, during his reign, temporarily substituted another form of heathenism, sun worship, in the place of the regular deities of the Egyptians (frogs, crocodiles, bulls, etc.). In the vision, Dixon saw a pyramid beside "the holy couple" and their child. A number of non-Christian religious systems unite in attributing divine qualities to the pyramids of Egypt. We have here that which is supposed to be a great message from God to mankind, predicting a child born of ancient paganism that is to bring to mankind its greatest blessing. Then, seven years later, someone is supposed to have changed his mind: The message now is that the promised child of blessingis the antichrist!
To understand her vision, we should consider the Christian mythology of the Antichrist. The last chapter of the Christian Bible, Revelation, describes a series of catastrophic events occurring on earth during a time period called the End Times. The End Time events include natural disasters, earthquakes, diseases, wars, famine, and the rise to power of a world dictator known as the Antichrist. The Antichrist and his ally the False Prophet dominate the world for 3 1/2 years, bringing world peace, and creating a unifying world religion. This world dictatorship ends at the Battle of Armageddon, when the returned Christ defeats their armies. This begins a thousand year Millenium period of peace and prosperity on earth.
The interesting thing about her prophecy is the vision of a cross above the earth. In the Southern Cross concept, the 1987 Supernova in the Southern Hemisphere began a positive force in the Southern hemisphere by igniting a nearby constellation, the Southern Cross. Similarly, a 1993 supernova in the Great Bear constellation ignited a nearby constellation, Draco the Dragon, creating problems in the Northern Hemisphere, since the dragon is Satan in Biblical imagery. Seeming, from that pattern, in the last years since the Southern Cross appeared, positive change occurred in the Southern hemisphere, with democracy coming to South America, and positive change in South Africa, while the Northern Hemisphere has had its problems. So, this Southern Cross idea fits the Jean Dixon idea of a cross forming above the earth.
The Antichrist is said to come as an "Angel of Light", like the comet, and is represented as a "star that falls from heaven". Comet Hyakutake crossed through Draco the Dragon, the constellation which has a Satanic connection, since Satan is the Dragon in Revelation. Also, Comet Hyakutake's closest approach to earth was on March 25, which is the Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Catholic Calendar, which commemorates the day when the Archangel Gabriel informed Mary that she was to be the Mother of Christ. And on April 3, this comet was visible during a lunar eclipse, which interestingly occurs between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. This lunar eclipse gives a "dark side" association to the 1996 Easter period, which again could be connected with the Antichrist.
Considering Chiron, Chiron's Feb. 14, 1996, perihelion agrees with this concept: both Christ and the Antichrist would be healers, like Chiron. Also, Chiron is a Centaur, and the Southern Cross used to be a part of the Centaur constellation.
Concerning events in 1997, Comet Hale-Bopp passed into the Southern Hemisphere in June 1997, so this comet, although becoming dimmer, may increase the positive affect of the Southern Cross on the Southern Hemisphere as it heads toward the South Pole. The "Southern Cross" effect of positive change in the Southern Hemisphere is occurring, as the Northern Hemisphere increasingly sees problems, to continue for the rest of this decade.
1962 to 1997 is 35 years. Would 35 be similar enough to 3 1/2 years mentioned in the book of Revelation?
WHAT WILL THE ANTICHRIST DO AND ACCOMPLISH?
The Bible gives a detailed account of the career of this man whom Satan raises up and supernaturally energizes. He will have a four phase meteoric rise to power.
It is important to note that the first phase of his existence, will begin PRIOR to the start of the Tribulation period. Many believe we are close to this coming time, so close that they believe Jeane Dixon's idea that the antichrist is alive in this world right now, and being readied for world introduction when Satan feels the time is right, is a viable prediction. Regardless, it is reasonable to believe that prior to the Rapture of the Church, the antichrist will begin his political career and arise as a leader of a powerful nation. This can be any nation of say the European Common Market, including the United States itself. However, the coalition of nations the bible speaks about, that he will first lead, will come forth from this federation of nations (literally a restored Roman empire).
Now what will bring this man to prominent power and the final stage of human history? The answer only can be some catastrophic world event that will call the peoples of the world to seek unification and world leadership. The event will close the Dispensation called "the Church Age," and give God a time to again deal with the Jews and rebellious humanity. Indeed, when thousands of millions of people disappear suddenly, the world will plunge into a frightening chaos. And at that point, Satan will bring forth this godless wicked one, the image of himself, to the forefront to lead the world in the quest for peace, stability and protection against the forces of lawlessness that will burst forth all across the world.
The Bible tells us that during the first half of this seven-year period called the Tribulation, a man will arise and begin taking over nations. We read in,
Dan 7:8 ""While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.
Dan 7:20 "and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its associates."
The antichrist will conquer three major western nations and possibly subdues seven others in what may be one single event. With this powerful 10-nation federation of western powers, the antichrist offers to protect Israel from its marauding neighbors and predators seeking the wealth of oil and gold there. So the Antichrist makes a peace pact with Israel. The nation sees this Gentile leader as one who cares for them, so they accept him and his terms.
This brings us to the second phase of the antichrist's career. This takes place during the first three and half years of the last period of Gentile world history, the Tribulation Period. During this time of rising to power, three other kingdoms will align and gather. There will be a southern kingdom, a kingdom from the east and a Northern Kingdom will arise out of the old Russia. All these world powers will seek to control the Middle East seeking its wealth, power and spiritual prestige. Now the Antichrist, as head of the western coalition of nations, will gain more and more control until he reaches the point of absolute power. How will he do this? The Bible says Satan will supernaturally empower this man. He will be a stunning and marvelous orator, manifesting rhetorical eloquence and superior intelligence (Rev. 13:5). In the past men like Adolph Hitler, and Winston Churchill could miraculously move and motivate millions. They are nothing compared to Satan's man of the hour. He will rise to absolute power by his intrinsic charisma!
Now we need to know some things about this Antichrist. As Satan's man, he will first come as a promoter of morality and religion. He will respect all faiths left on the earth, and will pretend to honor them especially the faith of the Jews. This is why he is so readily accepted. His minion that Satan raises up will be one called, "the False Prophet," a religious leader who will support the antichrist and issue the call for all people to follow him spiritually as well.
Now just when things look good for the antichrist, the Bible reveals, that his enemies assassinate him! Yes that's right, he is killed! But to the world's astonishment, the antichrist is raised from the dead!
Rev 13:3 "I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;"
Rev 13:12 "He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed."
Rev 13:14 "And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life."
Here we have the scenario. With new power and might in resurrected form, Satan performs his great lying miracle which cause the world to bow at his feet. This worldwide adulation launches the third phase of the antichrist's career. We read in,
Rev 13:5-7 "Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do what he wanted for forty-two months. 6 And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and all who live in heaven, who are his temple. 7 And the beast was allowed to wage war against God's holy people and to overcome them. And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation."
Now the antichrist has arisen to as yet unchallenged world power. Ruling the greatest nations on the earth, he becomes the dictator he has long waited to be. In order to consolidate his reign, he sets up a false religious system and demands that the Jews now worship him! In the restored and rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, the antichrist places an image of himself to be worshipped. All the Jews who refuse, are hunted down and killed. However, God in His mercy, hides a multitude of Jews in the wilderness, preserving them for the promised millennial kingdom coming.
At this point though, the wrath of Satan against God is poured out against all who have been saved during the Tribulation period. While the antichrist is building his kingdom, so has God been doing the same. The Tribulation Period has a two-fold purpose. First, (1) to judge the wicked unbelieving nations of people for their sinful rejection of Christ, His Church and His Word. The creature will be held accountable to the Creator for disobeying God's laws and precepts. These judgments are revealed to us in the Book of Revelation as the "Seal and Bowl Judgments," which God Himself pours out progressively upon the sinful world. Then secondly, another reason for the Tribulation Period is simply (2) to save humanity; Particularly, the ancient people of Abraham, the Jews. We read in,
Rev 5:9-10 "And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.""
Here we see that the Tribulation Period will also be a time of God's continued movement of grace to fulfill God's promise to Abraham to love and save his children, and God's promise to Adam and Eve, to save their children represented by the entire human race. Indeed, hundreds of millions will be saved and believe in Christ as their Savior during the Tribulation Period, and the entire Church is absent. Now the price for many Gentiles to believe in the Tribulation period, will be martyrdom. Yet, God will raise them up on the last day to enter into His eternal joy.
So, we can see the last half of the Tribulation period will unleash all the powers of Hell and sinful man, against all that stands for God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Now unless God intervenes in this massive assault by Satan, and His judgments cease - the whole world would be destroyed. Therefore, this period lasts only seven years, at which end , God calls it to a close by sending His Son to fulfill His promised triumphant return to rule and reign forevermore.
Now, the last final and fourth phase of the antichrist's career is seen in,
Rev 19:11-16 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Rev 19:20 "And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone."
Here we find the armies of the earth insanely gather to do battle with God. Upon Christ's return, He slays them all with but the breath of His mouth. He simply speaks and they all die Rev. 19:21). Defeated by Christ, The antichrist becomes the first occupant of the Lake of Fire, for all eternity.
Yes, all these things I've told you are not a story or myth, but prophetic realities. Now whether Jeane Dixon is right that the antichrist was born in 1962 in the Middle East or not, I do not know. Of course, Jeane Dixon was no spokesperson for God. God has no predictive prophets, nor any who have personal revelation from Him in these last days. Our knowledge of all things must come only from what is written in the word of God. And, all that I've told you can be confirmed in Scripture. So today while it is still day, and the Church has not yet been raptured, there is only one thing God wants from you and me today. He wants us to yield our hearts and lives to Him and His purposes in the age of grace.
God has for centuries held back his time of the end, so that many could be saved. Many could enter into His grace and forgiveness, and not suffer His wrath that is coming upon a Christ rejecting world. I think there is no greater Scripture that speaks to this than what King David wrote by divine inspiration long ago. We read in,
Psa 2 "Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, 3 "Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!" 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6 "But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain." 7 "I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9 'You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'" 10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship the LORD with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!"
Through all this Christian prophecy, we must keep in mind that Islamic are expecting an anti-Christ in the form of the Great Imam, while Jews are still waiting for the messiah to show up. In all cases the prophets agree on certain criteria, this person will be a great miracle worker, peacemaker, or political leader. If such a great charismatic person does emerge on the political horizon of the future, he will be met by political and social confusion and possibly chaos, because of the different polarized expectations that these groups have.
One of the signs of the arrival or birth of the anti-Christ is believed to be a widespread increase in an evil propensities, such as deceit, lying, criminal activity, immodesty, lack of genuine love, hatred, lack of morality. One of the prophets predicts that at one point "everyone will possess something that was stolen from someone else".
THE SEVEN FIRES
The People of the Seventh Fire
More than 1,000 years ago my people, the Anishinabeg, lived along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. There were so many and they were so powerful that it is said that one could stand at the top of the highest mountain, look in all directions, and not see to the ends of the nation. They traveled the waterways by canoe and in winter they traveled with dog sled. Their life was full of abundance and beauty. The Anishinabeg developed their natural heritage of wisdom and power through dreams and the way of the circle. They followed the path of the spirit, walking in balance, in harmony with all beings. They communicated with the animals and fish that provided them with food. Trees and plants told them of their medicines. They knew the magic and mystery of the spirals. Using this knowledge, some of them traveled great distances with ease. Even today, some of the Hopi people of the Southwest desert in the USA still remember the stories of my people appearing in their underground chambers. They would speak with the Hopi people, do ceremony with them, and then disappear through the walls of the kiva.
My people had no need for police, laws, courts, judges, or prisons. It is the way of the circle to help each other and for each to contribute their talents and skills for the well-being of the community. The best hunters and fishers would share the hunt. The women gathered food together and shared it with everyone. They lived by the Original Instructions to love, honor, and respect all beings in the circle of life. This was given to all people at the beginning of the Creation. It's written in our hearts.
The Prophecy of the Seven Fires
Then seven prophets appeared to the people. The First Prophet told the people that in the time of the First Fire they would leave their homes by the sea and follow the sign of the megis. They were to journey west into strange lands in search of a island in the shape of a turtle. This island will be linked to the purification of the earth. Such an island was to be found at the beginning and at the end of their journey. Along the way they would find a river connecting two large sweet water seas. This river would be narrow and deep as though a knife had cut through the land. They would stop seven times to create villages but they would know that their journey was complete when they found food growing on the water. If they did not leave, there would be much suffering and they would be destroyed. And they would be pursued and attacked by other nations along the way so they must be strong and ready to defend themselves.
The Second Prophet told them they could recognize the Second Fire because while they were camped by a sweet water sea they would lose their direction and that the dreams of a little boy would point the way back to the true path, the stepping stones to their future.
The Third Prophet said that in the Third Fire the Anishinabe would find the path to the lands prepared for them and they would continue their journey west to the place where food grows upon the water.
The Fourth Prophet was two who came as one. The first told them to expect a race of people who had light skin. The future of the Anishinabeg would be known by the face the light-skinned people would wear. If they come in brotherhood there would be a time of wonderful change. New knowledge would be joined with the old knowledge and the two peoples would join to make a mighty nation. Two other nations would join to make four and they would become the mightiest nation of all. If they brought only their knowledge and their good-will they would be like brothers.
The second being of the Fourth Prophet warned the light-skinned race might wear the face of death that would almost look the same as the face of brotherhood. "If they come carrying a weapon and if they seem to be suffering, beware. Behind this face is greed. You shall recognize the face of death if the rivers are poisoned and the fish are unfit to eat."
The Fifth Prophet said that in the time of the Fifth Fire there will be a struggle between the way of the mind of the light-skinned people and the natural path of spirit of the many nations of natural people. "As this fire loses its heat there will come among the people those who promise great joy and salvation. If the people accept this promise and abandon the old ways, the struggle will continue for many generations. This promise is false and it will nearly destroy those who accept it."
The Sixth Prophet told them that in the time of Sixth Fire it would be clear that the promise accepted during the Fifth Fire was false. "Those who were deceived by this promise will take their children away from the teachings of the elders. The elders will lose their purpose in life and many will become sick and die. Many people will be out of balance and the cup of life will become the cup of grief."
The Seventh Prophet was younger than the others who had come and there was a glowing light from his eyes. He said that there would come a time when the waters had been so poisoned that the animals and plants that lived there would fall sick and begin to die. Much of the forests and prairies would be gone so the air would begin to lose the power of life. The way of the mind brought to the red, black, and yellow nation by the white nation would bring danger to the whole earth. In this time there will be a new people who will emerge from the clouds of illusion. They will retrace their steps to find the treasures that had been left by the trail. The stories that had been lost will be returned to them. They will remember the Original Instructions and find strength in the way of the circle. Their search will take them to the elders and the new people will ask for guidance. But many of the elders will have walked the Path of the Souls to the Star Web. Many elders will have forgotten their wisdom and they will not be able to help. Some of the elders will point in the wrong direction and others will remain silent because of their fear. Some of the elders will be silent because no one has asked them for their wisdom.
If the New People will find trust in the way of all things, in the circle, they will no longer need the selfish voice of the ego and they can begin to trust their inner voice. Wisdom will be once again be found in dreams of the night and of the day. The sacred fire will once again be lit. The Light-skinned People will be given a choice between two paths. If they choose the right path the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth Fire and final fire of brotherhood and sisterhood. If they choose the wrong path, remaining on the path of the mind, then the destruction they brought with them will come back to destroy them. The people of the earth will experience much suffering and death.
THE SPIRITUAL THIRD FIRE
Jesus Christ is called Mikael the Lion.
The third fire deals with:
a. The evolution of spirit.
Practically nothing can at this stage be communicated anent this evolution. The development of spirit can be only expressed as yet in terms of the evolution of matter, and only through the adequacy of the vehicle, and through the suitability of the sheath, the body or form, can the point of spiritual development reached in any way be appraised. A word of warning should here be interpolated:
Just as it is not possible upon the physical plane for the physical vehicle fully to express the total point of development of the Ego or higher self, so it is not possible even for the Ego fully to sense and express the quality of spirit. Hence the utter impossibility for human consciousness justly to appraise the life of the spirit or Monad.
b. The working of the flame divine under the Law of Synthesisa generic term which will be seen eventually to include the other two laws as subdivisions.
c. The subsequent result of forward progressive motiona motion which is rotary, cyclic and progressive.
The whole matter dealt with in this Treatise concerns the subjective essence of the solar system, not primarily either the objective or spiritual aspect. It concerns the Entities who indwell the form, who demonstrate as animating factors through the medium of matter, and primarily through etheric matter; who are evolving a second faculty, the fire of mind, and who are essentially themselves points of fire, cast off through cosmic friction, produced by the turning of the cosmic wheel, swept into temporary limited manifestation and due eventually to return to their central cosmic centre. They will return plus the results of evolutionary growth, and through assimilation they will have intensified their fundamental nature, and be spiritual fire plus the fire manasic.
From Bethlehem to Calvary - Chapter Four - The Third Initiation - The Transfiguration
The life of the indwelling Christ produces the transformation of the physical body, but deeper still, that life operates upon the emotional-feeling nature, and through the process of transmutation converts the desires and feelings, the pains and the pleasures, into their higher correspondences. Transmutation has been defined as "the passage across from one state of being to another, through the agency of fire." (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 476.) It is appropriate in this connection to remember that the threefold lower man, with whom we have been dealing so often in these pages, is a dim reflection of  Deity Itself. The physical body is related to the third aspect of divinity, the Holy Ghost aspect, and the truth of this can be realized if we study the Christian concept of the Virgin Mary over-shadowed by the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is that aspect of divinity which is the active principle in matter, and of this the physical body is a correspondence. The emotional, sentient nature is a dim and distorted reflection of the love-nature of God which the cosmic Christ, the second Person in the Trinity, is engaged in revealing; and this aspect (transmuted through the agency of fire, the will or spirit of God) produces the transformation of the physical body. The mind in its turn is therefore the reflection of the highest aspect of deity, the Father, or Spirit, of Whom it is said that our "God is a consuming fire." (Deut., IV, 24.) The releasing activity of this form of God's spirit eventually produces that radiance (as a result of transformation and transmutation) which was the distinguishing characteristic of the Transfiguration initiation. "Radiation is transmutation in process of accomplishment." Transmutation being the liberation of the essence in order that it may seek a new center, the process may be recognized as 'radio activity' as far as humanity is concerned." (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 478.)
It was these processes, carried on in the form nature, which led eventually to the revelation to the Apostles of the essential nature of the Master they loved and followed, and it is this aspect of Christ - the inner radiant reality - to which the mystics of all times bear testimony, not only in connection with Christ, but in lesser degree in connection with each other also. Once the world of the senses has been transcended, and the higher correspondences have become active, revealing the inner world of beauty and truth, there will come to the mystic a realization of a subjective world whose characteristics are light, radiance, beauty and indescribable wonder. All the mystical writings are attempts to describe this world to which the mystics seem to have access, with  its forms varying according to the period, race and point of development of the seer. We know only that the divine stands revealed, while the outer form which has veiled and hidden it dissolves, or is so transformed that only the inner reality is registered. The temperament and tendencies of the mystic - his own innate quality - have also much to do with his description of what he sees. However, all are agreed on the essentially transcendent nature of the experience, and convinced of the divine nature of the person concerned.
Great indeed was the power and mystery of divinity which Christ revealed to the astonished gaze of His three friends upon the Mount of Transfiguration. In one of the ancient scriptures of India, quoted by Dr. Otto, there is an attempt to express or reveal that divine essential Spirit manifested at the Transfiguration:
"Finer than the fine yet am I greatest,
I am the All in its complete fullness,
I, the most ancient, the spirit, the Lord God.
The golden-gleaming am I, of form divine.
Without hand and foot, rich in unthinkable might,
Sight without eyes, hearing without ears,
Free from all form, I know. But me
None knows. For I am Spirit, am Being."
- Kaivalya, II, 9. Quoted in Mysticism, East and West, by Rudolph Otto, 98, 99.
The mass of literature that has been written in an attempt to portray the wonder of the transfiguration and the vision of God, is an outstanding phenomenon of the religious life, and one of the strongest testimonies to the fact of the revelations.
The very simplicity of the story as related in the Gospels has a majesty and a convincing power of its own. The Apostles saw a vision and they participated in an experience wherein Christ Jesus stood before them as perfected Man, because fully divine. They had shared with Him His service; they had left their various vocations in order to be with Him; they had gone with Him from place to place and  helped Him in His work, and now, as a reward for faithfulness and recognition, they were permitted to see the Transfiguration. "When the mind," says St. Augustine, "hath been imbued with the beginning of faith which worketh by love, it goes on by living well to arrive at sight also, wherein is unspeakable beauty known to high and holy hearts, the full vision of which is the highest happiness."
- Psychology and God, by L. W. Grensted, p. 75.