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Aug 10, 2009

Explains the meaning of chapter four of the Book of Revelation.

"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes before and behind. And the first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature like a calf, and the third living creature had a face as a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." - Revelation 4

Quoted from the lecture:

"This chapter, being the fourth, builds upon the themes set forward in the first three chapters. In the first, we were introduced to a certain level of symbols: John, as the writer of this book, symbolizes the Initiate, or the person who is working to advance on the Path of the Self-Realization of the Being. We were also introduced to the character of the Son of Man, who is the Intimate Christ. The fundamental relationship between them provides the basis upon which the entire book must be understood. John, as the Initiate, represents what in Gnosis is called the Human Soul, and the Human Soul is our essential Human Consciousness, which in us, in our current state, is undeveloped. But by applying the sciences of Kabbalah and Alchemy, the Essence of that Human Soul can be developed towards its full potential. John is a symbol of that."

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Course Description:

This free online course reveals how you can discover the true meaning of the Revelation or Apoclaypse of St. John, which is a cryptic and mystical scripture at the very end of the Christian Bible.

Over the centuries, hundreds of books have been written in an effort to explain the elusive symbolism of this mysterious text, but none have succeeded. As a document written by initiates of the secret doctrine and for initiates of the secret doctrine, Revelation is an esoteric treatise of Kabbalah and Alchemy, and can only be understood in light of those ancient sciences and in combination with meditation. Now the doors have been opened so that humanity can see for themselves what is hidden in this beautiful scripture.

"Much has been said and written about the Apocalypse (The Revelation of St. John). However, only intellectual speculations have been made and the words of various authorities have been repeated. The present work is the result of tremendous esoteric investigations that were patiently performed by us in the Superior Worlds." - Samael Aun Weor, The Aquarian Message