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On the Mysteries

  1. In Search of an Unknown God
  2. Lost Wisdom of the Ancient Teachers
  3. Exoteric Interpretation of Genesis Chapter One
  4. Emanations, and Unfallen Angels
  5. Sophia
  6. The Woman Who Hid Yeast
  7. Why all the Secrecy?
  8. The Powers of the Pneumatic Man
  9. The Paulicans

THE POWERS OF THE PNEUMATIC MAN

"AND HE SAID TO HIM, TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, HEREAFTER, YOU WILL SEE HEAVEN OPEN AND THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING UPON THE SON OF MAN." - John 1:51

Dear Jerome,

In this article, I hope to touch on some things which may seem incredible to some of my readers but the powers of the man who has become a King within the Mysteries are truly great. In past writings, I have shown the distinction made by the early Christians between the

‘hylic man’, the ‘charismatic man’ and the ‘pneumatic man’, so I shall not repeat myself here. I will just mention in passing that the word ‘pneumatic’ is generally translated ‘spiritual’ in the New Testament.

When Nathaniel came to Jesus and was informed by him that Jesus had seen him praying under a tree, Nathaniel was very impressed and began to realize that he was in the presence of a real Prophet of God. That is when Jesus advised him that he was the ‘ladder’ to the Heavens

and that Nathaniel would see angels ascending and descending upon that ladder. Jacob had seen Angels ascending and descending on a ladder in a dream but Nathaniel would see the real thing. Sometime later, Jesus declared, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to

the Father except through me."1 Then a few verses later, he advised them, "Truly, Truly, I tell you, He that believes in me - the works which I do, he shall do also and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father."2

Very few would dispute that certain men are given protective Angels to guard them,3 but what we are dealing with here is a far greater Mystery. It is the Mystery which Paul spoke of to the Ephesians, saying;

"That in the dispensation of the fullness of time, He might gather together in one [family] all things in Christ, [both] which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in Him.4 The implications of this passage are truly staggering.

We read in the Gospel of Philip, "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One cannot receive truth in any other manner. There is a rebirth and there is an image of rebirth. It is necessary therefore, to be born again through the Image.

What is the Resurrection except an Image rising through its Image. The being and the Image must enter through the Image into the truth and this becomes the Restoration. One receives this in the aromatic Anointing and this power is called the ‘right’ and the ‘left’. That person is no longer a disciple but a King."

Then the Gospel of Thomas records, "Jesus added, The Images are manifest to man but the light in them remains concealed in the Image of the light of the Father. He will become manifest, but his Image will

remain concealed by his light. When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see you Images which came into being before you and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear " 5.

THE RESURRECTION MUST BE ATTAINED IN THIS LIFETIME

There is a Resurrection which must be attained in this life time that Jesus speaks of in various places. One of the clearest passages says, "Truly, Truly, I tell you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone, but if it dies, it bring forth much fruit. He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal."6 This implies a death and resurrection which must be accomplished during this life time.

Paul comments on this saying, "Oh fool, that which you sow is not quickened (made alive) except it die. . . . So also is the Resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in Glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in

Power. It sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual [pneumatic] body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual [pneumatic] body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. However, that which is spiritual was

not first but that which is natural; afterwards that which is spiritual [pneumatic]. The first man is of the earth [therefore] earthly; the second man is the Lord from Heaven."7

Now certainly there is to be a Resurrection of the dead at the Second Coming but Paul and Jesus refer to a great Mystery here - the formation of Christ within us. "Even the Mystery which has been hid from ages and from generation, but now is made manifest to his saints;

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this Mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory."8 And this is not in the sweet by and by but right now, while we live."My little children, whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you." 9

Now, let us return to the Gospel of Philip, where Jesus is telling his disciples about the evil spirits that many encounter upon coming out of their bodies at death. He tells them how to escape their clutches. "On that day, he said to them, Those who have joined the Perfect and have

the Light with the Holy Spirit will unite the the Angels and the Images. One receives them from the mirrored Bridal chamber. When a wanton female [spirit] sees a man sitting alone, she leaps down upon him and plays with him so as to defile him. The same is true of the lewd male

[spirit] who sees a beautiful woman sitting alone; he seeks to persuade her into defilement and compels her. However, if they see a husband and wife sitting together, the female cannot come into the man nor can the male [spirit] come in to the woman. Therefore, if the Image and the

Angel are united with one another, none will venture to go into that man or that woman. Upon coming out of this world, he cannot be detained, because while in the world he was above desire or fear. He is even master over nature and is superior to envy."10 This union must be accomplished during this life time however and it was attained in a ritual practiced by the early Christians, called the Bridal Chamber.

THE SIGN ABOVE JESUS’ CROSS

"And Pilate wrote a title and placed it on the cross. and the writing said, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS."11 Many Christian artists, when painting the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion show this sign with four letters on it - INRI. Now, these letters have a very esoteric meaning for the advanced student. They stand for the four elements.

I is Water (Ian)

N is Fire (Nour)

R is Air (Rouach)

I is Earth (Iabeshah)

Water represents baptism but it also represents something else - the Well of Life. Many of Gods saints have come here to drink. After Moses was expelled from Egypt, he wandered in the desert until he came to the well in Midian. "Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters and they came and drew water. . ."12 It is said that water

baptism was supposed to ‘illuminate’ the Initiate. If we reflect that these seven sisters represent the seven Pillars of Wisdom, then we will truly begin to understand the Well of Life.13 Jesus came to a well in Samara and was met by a woman who received true illumination. These seven Pillars of Wisdom are also seen in the heavenly constellation Pleides.

If a man truly becomes ‘pneumatic’ he will have power over the element of water. Perhaps he will, like Moses, turn it to blood,14 or perhaps he will cause iron to float on water15 or perhaps, he will simply walk on water.

THE INITIATION BY FIRE

There is a Baptism of Fire, which many of our Pentecostal friends mistakenly believe to be the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. But they are not the same. Moses had a vision of God in the burning bush.16 Isaiah had a vision of God and an angel placed a burning ember from the heavenly Altar on his lips to purify his speech.17

There is a passage in the Gospel of Philip which reads, "The soul and the spirit came into being from water and fire. And it is through water and fire that everything is purified - the visible by visible elements, the invisible by the invisible elements. There are things hidden by the

visible things. There is a water within water and there is a fire in the Anointing. . . . No one is able to see himself either in water or in a mirror without light. Not is it possible to see into the Light without water or a mirror. For this reason, I baptize in water and in the Light, which is the Anointing."18

THE AIR INITIATION

In the third month, Moses went up into the Mountain of Sinai to meet the LORD and receive his message, that on the third day, the LORD would speak to the people. This was the same mountain that Moses

went up into and fasted for forty days and nights.19 Jesus was tempted on a mountain after fasting forty days and nights. All those who joined the ranks of the Perfect either fasted forty days or if they were too old or ill they went through an eighteen month modified fast.

There is a Prince of the Air, who controls television and other means of influencing and testing the minds of men. "In times past, we walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince (Archon) of the power of the Air, the Spirit that now works in the children of

disobedience."20 But blessed be God, that "you being dead in sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses . . . And having spoiled Principalities and Powers, he made a display of them openly, triumphing over them. . ."21 The ‘Pneumatic’ man may command the winds and waves to "be

still". He also has the ability to read the hearts and minds of lesser developed men. I personally have known two men who had this ability.

THE EARTH INITIATION

In my last issue, I touched upon the ritual death experience which many of the early Church fathers experienced, so I shall not take up space to cover it again. If you wish to read a more recent account, look up Count Saint German's experience in one of the caves of Langadoc. The Perfected individual will have arrived at a place in his life which is

motivated by love and self-sacrifice such as Moses exhibited, when the LORD had determined to destroy the nation of Israel. "And Moses returned unto the LORD and said, Oh, this people has sinned a great sin by making themselves gods of gold. Yet, now, if you will forgive their sin - or if not, blot me out of your book, which you have written, I pray ."22

God did almost kill Moses shortly after he commissioned him to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. He had forgotten to circumcise his sons, so God met him in the way and almost killed him. His wife had to perform the circumcision.23 God almost killed Jacob, causing him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life.

I can testify with the young man Elihu, that "God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not - in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, in slumber upon their bed. Then He opens the ears of men and seals their instruction, that He might withdraw man

from his purpose and hide pride from man. He keeps back his soul from the pit and his life from perishing by the sword. He also chastens with pain upon his bed and the multitude of his bones with strong pain. . . ."24 I am satisfied that what saved me from Cancer not so long ago, was the prayers of so many people offered up on my behalf.

THE CHARIOT VISION

In the first and tenth chapters of Ezekiel, we find a description of the four Living Creatures (the Cherubim or Zoa) which Ezekiel saw in his vision of God. What is not so well known, is that several other Jewish mystics had the same vision but they did not come to this experience

easily. They were generally trained by prophets or rabbis over several years. This experience was called the Merkabal (Chariot) Vision. Moreover, Jesus taught his inner circle how to have this same vision. On one occasion, which my reader can find in my book, the Complete

Gospel of Jesus Christ, he even led them into the heavens himself and gave them a great revelation. Their bodies were still on earth but they were in the heaven with their Lord. He also gave them special pass words, which they were to use as they ascended into the higher heavens, after their death.

When the Apostles were sent out to the various countries to teach the Mysteries of Kingdom of Heaven, they were equipped with special words of power, which they could use to raise the dead or do other spectacular miracles. I realize that most preachers probably feel that all the Apostles had to do was pronounce the name of Jesus over a dead person and he would be revived. But this was not the case.

In Philip’s Books of the Savior, we find Jesus instructing his disciples, "Give the lower Mysteries to those who are worthy and give the Higher Mysteries to those who are worthy and do not hide them. But the Mystery for raising the dead and healing the sick, do not give to

anyone or give instruction in it, because everything which pertains to it, especially its pronunciations, belongs to the Rulers (Archons)."25

Again sometime later, Jesus is conversing with his disciples. "When Jesus had finished speaking, Mary (Magdalene) came forward and kissed his feet and asked him, My Lord, have you brought Mysteries into this world that pertain to [giving] poverty and riches, or weakness

and strength or sickness and health? For when we go into other lands, they will have no faith in us and will not listen to our words, but if we can perform such a Mystery, they will know that we preach the truth about the God of the Universe. The Savior answered Mary, who was

seated among the disciples, saying, Concerning the Mystery which you are asking about, I have given it to you in the past but will repeat the words for you [ omitted . . . .]. Now, therefore, Mary, if you or one of your brethren perform this Mystery, for the raising of the dead or for

relief from demons or for the healing of sickness, or for the curing of the blind, the lame, the halt, the deaf and dumb, it shall be accomplished for you. If you ask for poverty or riches or weakness or strength or health or for bringing back the dead to life and work this Mystery, which I have just told you, it will quickly come to pass."26

We can see the secrecy which surrounded the use of this Mystery, in raising to life of the young girl in Mark’s Gospel. He first drives all the people out of the house except for the mother and father and his disciples. Then he uses Aramaic, calling out "Talitha cumi, which is

being interpreted, Damsel arise."27 The same thing happened when Peter raised a woman named Dorcus to life but the translators botched the translation. "But Peter put them all out and kneeled down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said ‘Tabitha arise’ and she opened her

eyes . . ."28 If we drop the ‘b’ and put an ‘l’ there, we have the same utterance as Jesus. We should not imagine that the woman’s name was Tabitha when we were told that her name was Dorcus. Verse 36 is intended to be a blind for the non-initiated.

Mark records another interesting account for us, of Jesus healing a deaf man, who had a speech impediment. "He took him aside from the multitude and put his fingers into his ears and he spit and touched his tongue. and looking up to heaven he sighed and said to him

‘Ephphatha’ that is ‘Be opened’"29 This kind of language sounds barbarous to us but the Aramaic language was considered to be almost as holy as the Hebrew. But the interesting thing is that Jesus takes him away from the crowd so that they will not hear what he says to the man.

We started this study talking about the assistance of Angels to the Saints of God. I will finish with another quotation from Jesus. When Peter was asking Jesus about the final resurrection of the body, Jesus said to him, "Beware, Peter that you do not become a Sadducee; for the

Sadducees say that the flesh will not be resurrected and that there are no angels; Therefore, their bodies and their souls shall be denied entry into Paradise and they will be deprived of the ministry of all the angels in this world. . . ."30

May God bless you, Jeffrey Brackeen

NOTES

1. John 14:6
2. John 14:12
3.Psl. 91:11
4. Eph. 1:10
5. The Gospel of Philip as found in the Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Chap. 8:156-165. Edited by Jeffrey Brackeen
6. John 12:24, 25
7. I Cor. 15:36, 42-47
8. Col. 1:26-28
9. Gal. 4:19
10. Ibid, Chap. 7:218-225
11. John 19:19
12. Exod. 2:16
13. Prov. 9:1
14. EX. 7:19
15. II Kin. 6:6
16. Ex. 3:2
17. Isa. 6:6, 7
18. Ibid, Chap. 8:25-33,
19. Ex. 19:1-3, 11; 24:18
20. Eph. 2:2
21. Col. 2:13,15
22. Ex. 32:31, 32
23. Ex. 4:24, 25
24. Job 33:15-19
25. Books of the Savior, as recorded in the Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Chap. 22:4-6,
26. Ibid, Chap. 23:98-102
27. Mark 5:41
28. Acts 9:40
29. Mark 7:33,34
30. Gospel of Barnabas as recorded in the Complete Gospel


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