On the Mysteries
IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN GOD
Greetings from the land of the Cathars. So far, on this trip, I have toured six countries and been well received everywhere. But I have found the people of Belgium and France to be especially friendly. In the picture above, I am standing between the first wall of defense (on my right) and the second wall (on my left) in the ancient medieval city of Carcassonne.
Many of my readers are no doubt aware of the cruel war which was conducted in the south of France several centuries ago against the Cathars or as some like to call them, the Albigenses (so called because of the town of Albi, where a trial was conducted to condemn their teaching and manner of life.
Today, most of the damage done to these walls by Simon de Montfort has been repaired. Indeed, when one enters the town now, he will see beautiful shops and restaurants and the many tourists who make pilgrimages here each year. But when the Cathar perfecti and perfectoe walked the streets of Carcassonne, the entire region of what is now
southern France was the most prosperous region in Europe. Langadoc and Provence were known for their centers of learning, medicine, architecture and banking. Their neighbors, mostly Catholic, looked upon them with admiration because of their hard work and saintly lives. Those who belonged to the cresents (common believers) married, had
children and conducted every day business. Those more advanced, belonged to the Order la companbia (the very name given by Ignatius Loyola to his men in the Society of Jesus.) This Order was in turn divided into Majors and Minors (which Ignatius also copied).
After the war of extermination conducted against the Cathari leadership by Pope Innocent III, the Inquisition was established to ferret out those in hiding and those who had befriended the Perfecti Apostles, who had gone forth two by two into Italy, Germany, France and what is now Belgium, to teach the people the ‘pure Gospel’. Upon being questioned about their beliefs the Cathari made no secret of the fact that the God they worship was not the same God worshiped by the Jews.
WHO WAS THE GOD OF JESUS & PAUL?
The question we are confronted with, as we look back to Paul’s preaching on Mars Hill is which God was Paul preaching about? Was it the God of Jews Yahweh or some other higher God? If we stop for a moment and remember a little history, it will become quite obvious that Paul (and Jesus) spoke of a much higher God than the one the Jews worshiped.
In the first place, the Greeks were well acquainted with Yahweh, as he had synagogues in most of the major cities of Greece. The Greeks even had possession of a copy of Hebrew scriptures translated into their own tongue known as the Septuagint. It is said that Paul even "disputed with the Jews in the synagogue and with the devout persons in the market daily. . ." "Certain philosophers, belonging to the
Epicureans and the Stoics encountered him and some of them said, ‘What does this babbler have to say?’ Others answered, "He seems to be a setter forth of strange Gods because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection."1 We should notice here that the people understood him to be speaking of gods PLURAL. Certainly Paul
preached to them about Jesus but he also spoke them about his FATHER, who made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is the Lord of Heaven and earth and does not dwell in temples made with
hands."2 He certainly was not referring to Yahweh, because the Temple of Yahweh was still standing in Jerusalem as they talked. And I suspect that if anyone were to tell a Jew in that day, that their God did not dwell in his temple in Jerusalem, they would have been offended.
Jesus was just as clear in his teaching, when he told the Jews in Jerusalem, that their Father was not his Father. He said to them, "Why do you not understand what I am saying? Simply, because you cannot. You are descended from your father, the devil and the desires of your father, you will perform."3
Now, Jesus was not referring to Satan here or even Lucifer but to Yahweh, the giver of Moses’ Law. That law called for "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" but the message Jesus brought from the Most High said, "Resist not evil, but whoever smites you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also."4
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YAHWEH AND THE MOST HIGH
The Jews had been taught, "A feast is made for laughter and wine makes [one] merry, but MONEY answers everything."5 To the Christian, who is a family man, we warn, "The love of MONEY is the root of all evil."6 To the Christian, who would follow Jesus in all things, we say, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other: You cannot serve God and MONEY."7 We know the story of the man, who came to Jesus and said, "Lord, I will follow you wherever you go and Jesus answered him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man doesn’t even have a place to lay his head.’" 8
Finally, let me just add that when Jesus prayed to his Father, saying, "I have manifested your Name to the men which you gave me from the world"9 he was not referring to Yahweh, for that name was known to many of the Jewish people. Indeed, some of them even named their sons after him. For example: Netanyaho.
THE WISDOM OF THE CATHARS
The Cathars were wise to recognize three distinct levels of service in the cause of Christ. The cresents were ‘good men’ who married, owned properties, and contributed of their substance to the Majors, while the Minors were men and women who had joined the Order of the Perfect.
They were studious hard working folks who supported the Majors to a greater degree than the Cresents. So, we have the 30 per centers, the 60 per centers and lastly the 100 per centers, who gave up everything to follow Christ. "He said to them, ‘All men cannot receive this saying, except those to whom it is given. There are eunuch who were born
that way from their mother’s womb. and there are some who were made eunuchs by men and then there are those who have made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to receive this saying, let him do so." . . ."And everyone who has forsaken houses, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother or wife or children or lands for my names’ sake, shall receive an hundredfold and inherit everlasting life."10
THE WAR UPON AMERICA
Brethren just as the Cathars were the objects of a cruel and pitiless war several centuries ago, so even now are there men perpetuating a cruel war upon the families of America. In former articles I have written about the various forms this war is taking, from the use of the air waves and cinema (television) education, music and the economy.
There is a reason behind the explanations given to us as to why thousands of our young people are serving as ‘peace-keepers’ in one hundred and thirty-five countries around the world. I am satisfied that at the right moment our enemies intend to make an onslaught against our troops, tying them down, so that they will not be able to do what they were trained to do - protect the United States of America from armed invasion.
BLACK HELICOPTERS OVER AMERICA
Many of our citizens have complained to various levels of government about the sudden appearance of black helicopters in training maneuvers over some of our cities. For instance on Feb. 18, 1999 a contingent of Special Forces from Fort Bragg descended on Corpus
Christi, Texas and captured an old court house. Several Blackhawk helicopters appeared out of the night sky without lights, dropping soldiers dressed in black. During this exercise, they used guns, bombs and grenades to accomplish their objective, frightening many people in the process.
On March 19, 1999, at about 2:30 AM the same scenario played out again in Beaver County when twelve black helicopters hovered above homes causing them to shake and rattle. The terrified citizens called 911 but no one could give them accurate answers as to whom these troops belonged.
In an article earlier this year, I warned my readers that an attempt will be made to disarm the American people and this is what I believe will transpire. I envision special forces made up of U. N. peace keepers closing off first one region of the country then another as they begin their
efforts to seize firearms belonging to our people. When they close off a region, no one will be allowed in or out. All communications to that part of the country will be suspended. President Bill Clinton’s Executive Order 12919 calls for the seizure of all food supplies, transportation and
energy by the National Security Council and F.E.M.A. We need to get ready for Y2K in more ways than one. Pray for our people and for your friend. With Love I remain Jeffrey Brackeen
1. Acts 17:17,
2. Ibib, verse 24
3. Jn. 8:43, 44
4. Matt. 5:38, 39
5. Lev. 10:19
6. I Tim. 6:10
7. Lu. 16:13
8. Lu. 9:57, 58
9. Jn. 17:6
10. Matt. 19:11, 12, 29