THE SEVENTH TRUMPET

Jeffrey Bracken's E-Mail Newsletter

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"For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" - I Cor. 14:8

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THE WORDS OF A PROPHET ARE WRITTEN ON A SUBWAY WALL

Part 2

IN THIS ISSUE

ARE YOU READY FOR THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT??

A CULTIST BELIEVES IN THE BIBLE AND THE SECOND COMING !!!

RESEARCH REVEALS AMBIGUOUS RELIGIOUS INVOLVEMENT TRENDS

MASS EVANGELISM Vs INDIVIDUAL INITIATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHECY, MIRROR & TORCH, NEW NAME, WALKING THE LABYRINTH AND THE SACRED OATH

THE FAILURE OF PASTORS IN TIMES OF DISTRESS

CAN A BROKEN WING BE MENDED?

WHY ARE WOMEN SUPPRESSED IN THE CHURCH?

FEMALE MINISTERS

WHY IS THE BOOK OF JASHER NOT IN YOUR BIBLE ?

THE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT??

How many people do you know, who claim to believe that the anti-Christ and his mark of the beast, is right around the corner, BUT live their lives as though they are going to be ‘raptured’ any second, so, there is no need for them to make provision for their family, against food shortages.

Many of those I know, laugh when I suggest the need to establish small community groups NOW, while we still have freedom of movement and freedom of association.

I don’t think they REALLY believe that scripture which says, "and he causes all, both great and small, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark"
(Rev.13:4-5, 16-17)... or the passage, that tells us that he who receives the "mark" will go to Hell (Rev.14:9-11), otherwise, they would begin to do something about it.!

While these folks congregate on Sunday mornings, in their ‘mutual admiration societies’, the enemies of the church have already set up their Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring, and are about ready to begin flexing their muscles.

While many were asleep, these haters of Christ, were busy putting in place the machinery to exterminate all those, whom they have labeled as "cultists".

A CULTIST BELIEVES IN THE BIBLE AND THE SECOND COMING !!!

In 1994 the Justice Department announced its perpetrator profile of who it considers to be a religious cultist:

"A cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible and the Second coming of Christ;
who frequently attends Bible studies;
who has a high level of financial giving to a Christian cause;
who home schools their children;
who has accumulated survival foods and has a strong belief in the Second Amendment;
and who distrusts government.

Any of these may qualify but certainly more than one would cause us to look at this person as a threat, and his family as being in a risk situation that qualified for government intervention."

The Defense Department’s operations plan for Civil Disturbance Doctrine:

"If any civil disturbance by a resistance group, religious organization, or other persons considered to be non-conformist takes place, Appendix 3 to Annex B of Plan 55-2 hereby gives all Federal forces total power over the situation if/when local and state authorities cannot put down said dissent."

"POR:SGH:JCS Pub 6, Vol 5, AFR-60-5 hereby provides for America’s military and the National Guard State Partnership Program to join the United Nations personnel in said operations."

The Crime Control Act of 1993 definition of "intent to commit terrorist acts" includes any acts that: "appear to be intended – (1) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion."

This same Crime Control Act, Chapter 113B, Section 138 protects witnesses. You will not be able to find out who your accusers are, even though your 6th Amendment allows you to confront your accusers in court.

Hate Crime Laws prohibit you from speaking out against politically incorrect behaviors.

Try reading Leviticus 20:13 in public, and see how well the Bible is tolerated in public.

Your religious liberty will not be tolerated. You are a terrorist.

Here in the same nation that the Pilgrims founded to establish religious liberty. Here in the same nation where your Declaration of Independence says that governments are instituted among men to secure rights endowed by God.

In 1993 Clinton bragged about putting 100,000 new police on the streets. Perhaps you didn’t read the law. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993, section 5108:

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"the Attorney General ... shall report to Congress and the President on the efforts made, and success of such efforts, to recruit and hire former Royal Hong Kong Police officers into Federal law enforcement positions.

The report shall discuss any legal or administrative barriers preventing a program of adequate recruitment of former Royal Hong Kong Police officers."

The Anti-terrorism and Death Penalty Act of 1996 allows the government to determine who terrorists are. You will not be allowed to assert otherwise.

Section 219(8): "If a designation under this subsection has become effective under paragraph 1B, a defendant in a criminal action shall not be permitted to raise any question concerning the validity of the issuance of such designation as a defense or an objection at any trial or hearing."

On December 10, 1998 Clinton signed Executive Order 13107, "Implementation of Human Rights Treaties" to implement within the federal government the treaties "to which the United States is now or may become a party in the future."

This includes treaties that the Senate has wisely refused to ratify. Examples: The UN Treaty on Genocide says that persuading a religious group, in whole or in part, into changing their religion, is the crime of Genocide.

The Office of Religious Persecution Monitoring has already been set up to oversee these hate crimes.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has been rejected for the past 50 years because it refuses to recognize the right of the individual to own property.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child allows children the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of conscience and religion. This means that prostitution, gangs, cults, and witchcraft are now protected rights.

Parental authority that seeks to direct a child in how he/she is raised will result in loss of the child to state protection.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been wisely rejected ever since 1948. Article 29 prohibits any rights that are contrary to the purposes of the Untied Nations.

You may not speak out against the UN. Speaking out makes you a terrorist who is opposed to basic human rights.

RESEARCH REVEALS AMBIGUOUS RELIGIOUS INVOLVEMENT TRENDS

A recent survey confirms what we have been saying for the past decade. The number of new Christians in America is not really growing.

What’s happening, is that, certain metropolitan churches are attracting disgruntled church goers away from other churches, by offering more exciting ‘activities’.

These new mega-churches are building giant facilities, at the same time their parishioners are growing older.

Take a peek at the following highlights of that Survey:

Barna Asks: Should Church Plan for Shrinkage? or Ready for Revival By Allie Martin and Jenni Parker
March 8, 2004

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(AgapePress) - A new study by the Barna Research Group (BRG) finds that, while there is a growth in religious activity among adults in the U.S., church involvement has remained flat over the past decade -- a fact with disturbing implications for the Church in America.

Barna feels that the revelations of the BRG survey should compel Christian leaders to ask some pertinent questions.

"Are people telling us that their lifestyles are now so different that the way that they're experiencing their faith and pursuing their faith also has to shift?" he wonders.

The founder of BRG says the study's results should concern pastors; and for all Christian leaders, it should raise questions about how the Church should respond to the trends.

For instance, Barna says, "We continue building so many more buildings.

In America right now there's more than three billion dollars of new building, new construction, taking place for churches.

So this may be one of those things that challenges the wisdom of doing that when we look down the road."

MASS EVANGELISM Vs INDIVIDUAL INITIATION

Our society is waking up to the fact that a whole generation has been robbed of their potential for vibrant health and it is doctors, who have done this by advising expectant mothers to give their new-born babies sugar/water instead of their ‘first milk’ or colostrum.

Colostrum is what Mother Nature provided to all mammals to protect their young from every disease that their mother has been exposed to and developed an immunity to.

To deprive a new born infant of it’s mother’s colostrum, is to expose it to a thousand and one illnesses.

Likewise, many newborn Christians are given ‘sugar/water’ to drink instead of strong teaching about the enemy of our souls and the tactics he uses to destroy a young believer for life.

Today, there are seminars on how to grow your church with all kinds of gimmicks.

Mass marketing ploys, mass evangelism, bus ministries, psychological practices, in addition to the standard - ‘raise your hand’, getting them to walk down the isle, sign a ‘decision card’ and make them into good tithers.

Permit me to point out one glaring difference between the training of a newly converted Christian in today’s church, and the rigorous teaching that the early Christians underwent. Even Old Testament saints were better prepared. Take Joseph, for instance, down in Egypt.

He had been sold into slavery by his own brothers and purchased by a high ranking minister in the government of Egypt, named Potiphar.

When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, she discovered that this young man was well armed against her wiles. He was probably not the first person she ever tried to seduce, but there was a difference.

Joseph’s father believed in a very ancient practice - prophesying over young believers. Non only did Joseph’ s mother teach him, on her lap, but his father, Jacob prophesied over him and his eleven brothers. (See Gen. 49.)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPHECY, MIRROR & TORCH, NEW NAME, WALKING THE LABYRINTH AND THE SACRED OATH

By the time I was forty years old, I had learned a lot about ‘churchanity' and the games people play and so, I made up my mind to begin using some of the ancient practices employed by the 1st Century teachers, especially the use of prophecy, at the time of initiation.

The more I used it, on young believers, the more convinced I became.

Consider the advice given to young Timothy - "Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands by the Elders.

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that your profiting may appear to all." (I Tim. 4:14, 15) The laying on of hands by those who possess the Divine Spirit is all important.

"I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure." - I Tim. 5: 21, 22 The candidate was required to confess his sins , renounce them and Satan and swear with an oath to obey Christ. (This was called exorcism in ancient times.)

Proper timing. These things were not done in a vacuume. Rather, after getting to know the person, and analyzing his weaknesses and strengths, prophecy was pronounced over that person at the same time the he beheld himself in a mirror and he held a burning torch (or candle, as the case may be), in his hand.

Some of those, I taught only after I had rebaptized them.

If they had been baptized as infants and were incapable of understanding its significance at the that time, I usually took them out, into Lake Michigan and re-baptized them, so that they would better understand it’s importance.

Even today, when I meet one of my ‘old friends’, we still greet each other by the ‘new names’ which were given in initiation.

And, while we did not have access to a labyrinth to use, we did make use of the torch and mirror.

"Remember the former things of old, For I am God , and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country.

Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass . I have purposed it; I will also do it."
- Isaiah 46:9-

The good news, is that many spiritual minded souls are discovering the wonder of "walking the labyrinth." It is being popularized by the Presbyterians, United Methodists, and various others.

The labyrinth is a circular maze that one walks through discalced or

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barefoot, until one reaches the center, where he or she is illuminated. The labyrinth serves as a symbol of the soul’s quest for reunion and oneness with God.

The following is a word-for-word description of the labyrinth as given by a Presbyterian minister, "Rev. Vicky Curtiss":

"The ancient labyrinth design was created with sacred geometry. . ..there is a mystery about it; we don’t know why it works. It just works."
- The Tribune, Dec. 31, 2003, by Beth Anderson, Des Moines, IA.

When it comes to prophesying over female believers, I always use a different avenue of approach, from that which I use for men, in that I write out their prophecy, in great detail, for a shorter period of time, usually seven years.

There are a few, for whom I prophesied the entire remainder of their life; however, most, I limit to seven years. Even now, I still receive letters of thanksgiving , from ladies, telling me how accurate those predictions have been.

One lady, who was somewhat skeptical, asked me to also go backwards and tell her (prophecy) about her life, from the time she was born. So, I complied and much to her astonishment, God showed me an automobile accident, that she was involved in at age two and the death of a relative.

Bear with me, when I speak of prophecy, I am not talking about the kind of prophecy, that one sometimes encounters in ‘Pentecostal’ church services, where someone jumps up, right in the middle of a meeting and starts talking in ‘tongues’, followed by someone else, who, gets up and starts interpreting what the other person just said.

It has been my observation, that if you listen to the interpretations given over a period of time, they all seem to come out about the same:
"The Lord wants us to give glory to him." "pray harder" etc. etc.

Today’s gibber-gibberish called ‘prophesying’ is nothing but a garden-variety of pseudo, mumbo jumbo, and is a poor substitute for real prophecy.

First off, Prophecy is not just the foretelling of the future. Prophecy is the careful explanation of the mind and purpose of God’s will, for the present moment.

Secondly, prophecy serves to warn, to exhort, and to edify the hearer, against future events. In looking back, over the ones, I’ve tried to counsel, I discover, that those who fell by the way-side, were the ones I did not prophecy over.

THE FAILURE OF PASTORS IN TIMES OF DISTRESS

Some where I read an article about the great earthquake and subsequent fire which destroyed San Francisco.

The author of that article seemed amused that the fear, that griped the gold miners and workers caused them to line up, for blocks, at the ‘red light’ houses.

To me that is a comment, on a side of our human nature that most of us don’t understand. But anyone, who would aspire to teach others, must not only know his own self but also the propensities of those, whom, he would teach.

It is necessary, for those who profess to serve God, to get to know personally and intimately, those who come to them for

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direction and help.

One of the areas where Pastors and Ministers, sometimes fail, is in the arena of integrity, especially sexual affairs.

And I am not necessarily referring to Catholic priests here, but to married Pastors. Most people, who seek to rank sin by degrees, have a tendency to give sexual sin the highest ranking, but in actuality, there are worse sins in God’s eyes.

But yes, in terms of destroyed trust and harm done to others, especially family life, fornication and adultery are right up there at the top of the list.

It seems to me that one of the greatest sins that we mortals are susceptible to is PRIDE and as I recall, it was that sin which brought about the fall of Prince of Angels, Lucifer.

Pride overtakes us in ways, we are unaware of. In the early centuries of the Church, Christianity was famous for its works of charity, in lifting up the homeless and the outcasts.

But wouldn’t you know, by the time of Origen, much of the funds used for this purpose were held by bishop.

You can almost hear the sadness in his heart, as Origen confessed that the Pride of some of the bishops had grown to great proportions and it was most apparent when poor and needy souls came to a bishop seeking help.

To him it was a scandal, the way the bishops conducted themselves toward the poor.

Today, the Church has for the mot part gotten out of the ‘welfare business’ and they leave that to the various levels of government. And unfortunately, what I see in our country, is the seeming need among certain pastors to appear to be successful, in the eyes of their fellow denominational leaders.

This can be manifested by how many warm bodies they can muster on Sunday morning to fill up the pews, or how many acres and the size of the buildings on their church campus.

And if they find it needful to seek employment in some other church, they find it helpful, if their resume can point to the number of buses in their bus ministry or the new church building they led their congregation into debt for.

How many pastors have moved on to other pastures and left behind a modest size congregation, with a staggering debt? This is Pride

Because THE SEVENTH TRUMPET Newsletter has so many pastors on our mailing list, many of our articles are written and published, with a view to helping they, if we can.

Over the years, I have worked with pastors, to help them build up their congregation in my small way.

One thing, I have observed in the area of church growth, is the way we organize the teaching ministry of the local church.

If the pastor is interested in developing a ‘personality cult’, that is what will happen.

If he is interested in training strong leaders, then that is going to require a lot of hard work but it will be immensely rewarding.

It seems to me that one of the most successful models for church growth, is the small cell or ‘house group church. Following this method, the whole church is split up into groups of ten to twelve adult members, which meet and work together, through out the week.

As the small groups begin to grow, new cells are created and new leaders emerge. However, this type of church structure cannot prevail when a church has a pastor who wants to control everything.

Those pastors who are afraid someone will ‘steal their sheep’ by proselytizing, will never accept this model and in all likelihood, will remain pastor of a small churches..

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You will understand why I promoted the Jethro Model (as it has come to be called) before the International Conference of Intentional Comminutes held at the Evergreen State University in Olympia, Washington.

(a conference made up of delegates from all kinds of Communities - religious and non-religious.)

This working model is now being utilized by various groups all over the country and is laid out in greater detail, in my book FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED.

But when I first proposed it, back in the 70’s I was working with Dr Clarence Martin, who was the candidate for President of the United States, on the Constitutional Party’s ticket.

The way, I came to believe in the system of 10, (other than seeing it in actual operation) was from my study of Jesus’ ministry. It is true that he had 12 Apostles at the top, to whom he delegated authority, but when he fed the crowd of 5,000, he had them sit down in group of 10s, 50s, and 100s. And remember there were two different crowds one of 5,000 and one of 4,000.

To see what those two figures symbolize in the purpose of God’s Kingdom, see the book FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED.

The Jethro system is based on the advice about delegating leadership given to Moses by his father in law Jethro.

This is structured around groups of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 headed by the leader, and allocating descending ranks to district pastors, zone pastors, apprentices and cell members.

The system is used by both meta-church and pure-cell systems.

The Jethro Model shown at: http://www.banner.org.uk/apostasy/Jethro.htm

is very close to the greater system developed more fully on pages Pastor Harold F. Weitsz has done a superb job in delineating the differences between what has come to be called the Jethro Model and the G12 Method.

See: http://www.cellchurchonline.com/jethrog12.cfm

WHY ARE WOMEN SUPPRESSED IN THE CHURCH?

When I was younger, the churches that my wife and I fellowshipped with, believed that women had their ‘proper place’ in church and that is where they should stay.

Now, that allow them some latitude to exercise their ‘gifts’, but not a lot.

And I confess, I was right there, in the company of Augustine, Tertullian and a few others, who expected women to be quiet in the church.

Did not Paul write? "Let the woman learn in silence, with all subjection. But I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, was in the transgression"
- 1 Tim. 2:11-14

And, even if you believe as I do now, that Paul never wrote the epistles to Timothy, you still have the writing of Paul to the Corinthians, which states: ""Let your women keep silence in the churches:

for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law.

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are

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the commandments of the Lord"
- 1 Cor. 14:34-37

Well, as I grew older and began to consider the fact that Paul had female assistants, who not only ministered to his needs but also taught, I had to begin making notes on the back of napkins.

For instance, Paul had female co-workers such as Phebe (Phil. 4:3). Another one of his trusted and loved co-workers, was Priscilla (Rom. 16:1-2), who with her husband, Aquila are commended for their work in the ministry - Rom. 16:3

But imagine my chagrin, when one of my lady friends pointed out to me, that there were female Apostles, who served in Rome, quite awhile before Paul ever got around to visiting the church there.

"Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the Apostles, and they were in Christ before I was."
- Rom. 16:1,2

Not surprisingly, Paul says nothing about Mary Magdalene, who has been called the ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ because, it was she, who was sent by Christ to inform the other Apostles, that he had arisen from those that ‘sleep’.
- John 20: 11-17

Now, try to imagine my amazement, when I was doing research to write FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED, to discover that for about four centuries, there existed female priests and nuns in England, Scotland, Ireland and France.

The church of Rome, put an end to their service for Christ, by having them put to death.

Up till that time, the rapid spread of Christianity, through the nations, was due in large measure to the female followers of the Lamb, beginning with the woman, at the well in Samaria.

FEMALE MINISTERS

Not only did I dedicate that book to ‘all the Marys’ I’ve known but I devoted considerable space to the lives and labors of ladies such as Ann Lee, who founder the Shakers and Ellen White, the prophetess, who started the church of Seventh-day Adventism.

Theosophy was founded by Madam Helena Blavatsky. Christian Science, which is neither Christian nor scientific was founded by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Four Square Gospel Movement was started by Aimee Semple McPherson who lived a questionable moral life and died a tragic death.

If you would like to learn what really happened to the Christian female teachers in the early centuries of the Christian church, you will want to order my book, FORBIDDEN TRUTHS REVEALED, published in 1994 and available through Koinonia Communications.

See our website:
http//www.koinoniacommunications.com

or

http//www.theseventhtrumpet.com

Today, there are almost 4,000 licensed and ordained women in the Assemblies of God.

The Fall 1997 edition of Folio, the newsletter of Baptist Women in Ministry, reported that there are 1,225 ordained Southern Baptist women. !!! The United Methodist Church has ordained women since 1956 and today has 4,743 women "clergy.

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The United Church of Christ has 1,803 female leaders. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has 1,358 ordained women.

"U.S. women ordained to full-time ministry in 1986 increased to 20,730 from 10,470 in 1977, and represented 7.9% of all U.S. clergy, according to a recent study by the National Council of Churches. ...

The survey showed that 84 of 166 denominations ordain women to full ministry...— (National & International Religion Report, March 13, 1989)

WHY IS THE BOOK OF JASHER NOT IN YOUR BIBLE ?

But the fact is, this particular attitude towards women did not originate with church fathers. It goes back much further in time.

According to the Bible that most of us use, when the children of Israel departed Egypt, Moses’ sister Miriam, was a spiritual leader (especially of the women) right next to Aaron and Moses.

"And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances."
- Exod. 15:20

But the last picture, we have of Miriam in our Bibles is that she contracted leprosy and had to be ‘quarantined’ for seven days, because she had spoken against Moses’ black wife.
- (Num. 12;)

However, the book of Jasher, which at one time, was considered to be sacred scripture, tells quite a different story.

(Who was Jasher? Well, it so happens, that he was the ‘staff bearer’ for Moses)

According to his account, Miriam was so popular with the people that Moses began to be treated inferior to her.

In this instance, it appears that history, even the scriptures, have been rewritten to ‘keep women in their place’.

Her influence over the people was so great that Moses had her imprisoned.!!

Why isn’t this in your Bible?

Because the priests did not want it to be remembered.

The sad fact of the matter is, the first book of the Bible, or perhaps I should say, the way it is interpreted, determines our view of women’s place in the home and in society.

WHY WAS THE GNOSTIC INTERPRETATION OF GENESIS LEFT OUT OF BILL MOYERS’ RECENT TELEVISION SERIES "A LIVING CONVERSATION" ??

Beginning in Autumn of 1996 a revival of interest in the book of Genesis, exploded with Bill Moyer’s mini-T.V. series, entitled "A Living Conversation".

Moyers's panelists included Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, a Hindu, a Buddhist, and several agnostics. Not included, however, were persons who could represent Gnostic

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Christianity, one of the most ancient and at the same time most timely and creative approaches to the interpretation of the Bible. Nor was there any appreciable mention of Gnostic views in the cover story of Time magazine (October 28,1996), which followed upon the television series, or in several books published in the ensuing months.!!

Do you think that maybe this was just an oversight? Or perhaps, they just could not find a knowledgeable spokesperson? Or perhaps, it’s the same old censorship, we’ve seen through out history.

The orthodox view of Adam & Eve based on a literal interoperation of the Bible, particularly Genesis, reduces this tale, to " history with a moral"..

Adam and Eve were to become historical figures, the literal ancestors of our species. From the story of their transgression, orthodox teachers deduced specific moral consequences, chiefly the "fall" of the human race due to original sin.

Another consequence was the lowly and morally ambivalent status of women, who were regarded as Eve's co-conspirators in the fateful deed of disobedience in paradise.

Tertullian, a sworn enemy of the Gnostics, wrote to the female members of the Christian community thusly: .

"you are the devil's gateway. . . you are she who persuaded him whom the devil did not dare at tack. . . . Do you not know that you are each an Eve?

The sentence of God on your sex lives on in this age; the guilt, necessarily, lives on too."

The Gnostic Christians who authored the Nag Hammadi scriptures did not read Genesis as history with a moral, but as a myth with a meaning.

To them, Adam and Eve were not actual historical figures, but representatives of two intrasychic principles within every human being. Adam was the dramatic embodiment of psyche, or soul, while Eve stood for the pneuma, or spirit. Soul, to the Gnostics, meant the embodiment of the emotional and thinking functions of the personality, while spirit represented the human capacity for spiritual consciousness.

The former was the lesser self (the ego of depth psychology), the latter the transcendental function, or the "higher self," his inferior as implied by orthodoxy.

Nowhere is Eve's superiority and numinous power more evident than in her role as Adam's awakener.

Adam is in a deep sleep, from which Eve's liberating call arouses him. While the orthodox version has Eve physically emerge from Adam's body, the Gnostic rendering has the spiritual principle known as Eve emerging from the unconscious depths of the somnolent Adam.

Before she thus emerges into liberating consciousness, Eve calls forth to the sleeping Adam in the following manner, as stated by the Gnostic Apocryphon of John:

"I entered into the midst of the dungeon which is the prison of the body. And I spoke thus:

"He who hears, let him arise from the deep sleep." And then he (Adam) wept and shed tears.

After he wiped away his bitter tears he spoke, asking: "Who is it that calls my name, and whence has this hope come unto me, while I am in the chains of this prison?"

And I spoke thus: "I am the Pronoia of the pure light; I am the thought of the undefiled spirit. . . . Arise and remember . . . and follow your root, which is I . . . and beware of the deep sleep."

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THE RE-ENACTMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES

The early Christian churches used a kind of pageant to instruct new converts.

Even thought there was a lot of secrecy surrounding these ‘Mystery plays’, there were a few, who did choose to share with posterity what happened in those pageants.

One of the actors had the body of a great serpent and the head of a lion.

Who do you think that one represented?

Then, there were the Archons who seized souls, after death and delivered them to be punished.

This was accompanied with dire warnings and quotes from the Scriptures.

Remember, according to the great teacher, Origen, the early Christians were required to memorized the names of the various demons along with their assigned duties, strategies, tricks, etc.

To imagine what some of these creatures looked like, just take the various participants and the scenes enacted in the Book of Revelation.

(The script is already there) To get some idea of what each of these looked like, take a peek at the following article entitled, ‘The Seven Levels of Consciousness & The Seven Elohim’, written by myself, at the following address:. .

http://www.theseventhtrumpet.com/key/12foundations/12part10.php

One of the unfulfilled dreams, I’ve had over the years, has been to find a place, in a beautiful, tranquil setting, such as Sedona, Arizona and there create a theatre, where the early Christian pageants might be reproduced once again and enjoyed at certain times of the year.

This would, of course, entail finding people, more talented than myself, who can organize and train the actors.

(hopefully, persons who live peaceful and pure lifestyles), and design the appropriate costumes for each of the characters. etc, etc.

Every winter, there are thousands of ‘snow-birds’ who come to Arizona, to escape the frigid weather, up north.

I’ve met many beautiful people, whom I believe could help us in this endeavor.

Needless to say, I gave up on using Sedona for such a sacred project, because it has become too commercial and because of some of the ‘New Age’ fantasies, associated with that place.

(As you know, I do not reject an idea or a practice, simply because some preacher labels it, ‘new age’.)

If you believe that you have a special talent or ability, please consider this an Open Invitation to join with me, in this educational endeavor.

I am satisfied, that if God wishes for this great undertaking to take place, He will provide all that is needed.

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"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to come together (and work together) in unity!"
Psl.. 133:1

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