On the Mysteries
DOCTRINE ON EMANATIONS,
And it shall come to pass in that Day, that the LORD shall punish the Host of the High Ones [Angels] on High and the Kings of earth upon Earth." - Isa. 24:21
Irenaeus, a 2nd Century Jew and formulator of the new Orthodox views, tells us that after his death and resurrection, Jesus lived to a ripe old age and appeared to his disciples on numerous occasions to teach them the Mysteries of the Kingdom. He wrote of Jesus, "He passed through every age: becoming an infant for infants . . . a child for
children, . . . a youth for youths, . . . So likewise, he was an old man for the old men, that he might be a perfect Master for all . . . sanctifying at the same time, the aged also, and becoming an example to them likewise. Then, at last, he came on to death itself . . . and on completing his thirtieth year, he suffered being in fact, still a young man who had by no means attained to advanced age.
"Now, that the first stage of early life embraces thirty years, and that this extends onward to the fortieth year, a man begins to decline toward old age; which our Lord even as the gospel and all the Elders testify; Those who were conversant in Asia, with John the disciple of the Lord,
[testify] that John conveyed to them that information. And he [John] remained among them up to the time of Trajan. some of them, moreover, saw not only John but the other apostles also and heard the same account from them and bear testimony to the statement."1
Most everyone has been led to believe by the defenders of ‘orthodoxy’ that shortly after Jesus’ resurrection, he ascended to Heaven and left his followers to fiend for themselves but there are numerous accounts that Jesus appeared to his disciples on various
occasions to teach them the ‘Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven’. Paul, himself said that he had received his doctrine directly from the Lord himself through revelation. Paul was a firm believer in the doctrine of ‘Emanations beginning with the Heavenly Mother Sophia and going
on down to the lesser Aeons. Now, an ‘Aeon’ is the Greek word for an angelic Power which governs a vast region of heaven. However, it is also sometimes used to speak of an Age. The attitude of the early Church reflected Jesus view of the Heavenly Mother Sophia. It is said that Jesus
even traveled to the East, where he taught the same teaching there as he had taught his Apostles. A Tibetan text reads as follows: "Listen then, to what I say unto you: Respect Woman, for she is the Mother of the Universe, and all the truth of divine creation lies in her.
11. She is the basis of all that is good and beautiful as she is also the germ of life and death. On her depends the whole existence of Man, for she is his natural and moral support.
12. "She gives birth to you in the midst of suffering. By the sweat of her brow, she rears you, and until her death you cause her the gravest anxieties. Bless her and worship her, for she is your one friend your one support on earth.
13. "Respect her, uphold her. In acting thus you will win her love and her heart. You will find favor in the sight of God and many sins shall be forgiven you.
14. "In the same way, love your wives and respect them; for they will be mothers of tomorrow, and each later on the ancestress of a race.
15. "Be lenient towards women. Her love ennobles man, softens his hardened heart, tames the brute in him and makes of him a lamb.
16. "The wife and the mother are the inappreciable treasures given unto you by God. They are the fairest ornaments in existence, and of them shall be born all the inhabitants of the world.
17. "Even as the God of armies separated the old, the light from the darkness and the land from the waters, woman possesses the divine faculty of separating in a man good intentions from evil thoughts.
18. "Wherefore, I say unto you after God your best thoughts should belong to the women and the wives, woman being for the temple wherein you will obtain the most easily perfect happiness.
19. Imbue yourselves in this temple with moral strength. Here you will forget your sorrows and your failures, and you will recover the lost energy necessary to enable you to help your neighbor.
20. "Do not expose her to humiliation. In acting thus you would humiliate yourselves and lose the sentiment of love, without which, nothing can exist here below.
21. "Protect your wife, in order that she may protect you and all your family. All that you do for your wife, your mother, for a widow or another woman in distress you will have done to your God."2
THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRST FALL OF GOD’S ANGELS
"There appeared another wonder in heaven, and behold, a great Red Dragon which had Seven Heads and Ten Horns and seven crowns upon his heads. And with his tail, he drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth and the Dragon stood before the Woman which was about to give birth, so as to devour the child as soon as it was born." 3
Dear and blessed friends, if you look up into the night sky with a good telescope, you will see both of these Constellations. The dragon is called ‘the Dragon while the woman is called the Virgin. In one hand, she holds a wheat stem (Spica) and in her other arm rests a child.
This was the first fall of the Angels. Their numbers were in the multiplied millions for there are still uncounted millions of angels in the Heavens who did not fall. Now, as I have shown in other articles in this column, the Great God, who loved his angels did not wish for them to
fall any lower and so designed fleshly bodies for them to be incarnated in, so that they might learn to be good and repent toward their God. And it is we who wear these earthly bodies, who were those angels. If we listen to the Divine Voice and remember who we are, we can return
home. The Labyrinth is a divine symbol to teach us the difficulty of returning to our Source. I understand that there is a beautiful one in the floor of the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Jesus got into trouble for calling himself a ‘Son of God’ (the Old Testament term for an Angel). " Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus said to them, Many good works have I shown you from my Father, for which of those works do you stone me? The Jews
answered him, saying, For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, because you being a man make yourself [out to be] a god."4 Then Jesus quoted King David’s psalm to them, "I have said, You are Gods and all of you are children of the Most High, but you shall die as men and fall like one of the Princes." 5
THE SECOND FALL OF THE ANGELS
In the books of Enoch and Daniel, we learn about Prince-Angels who are set over nation groups to assist them. Sometimes they war among themselves. Daniel records Gabriel as saying, "Then he said to me, Fear not Daniel: for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to chasten yourself [by fasting] before God, your words were heard and I am come because of your words. But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty one days; but lo, Michael, one of the chief Princes came to help me and I remained there with the kings of Persia."6
Furthermore, we learn from the clay tablets which were discovered at Ninevah that before the great Flood, there were certain angels sent down from the heavens to teach men the arts of civilization. They taught the people of Babylon how to read and write, how to irrigate the land with canals, how to build three story houses and much much more. But some of them disobeyed a prime directive: they intermarried with the daughters of men! We can read a short account of this in the book of Genesis.
"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them, that the ‘Sons of God’ saw that the daughters of men were beautiful. And they took them wives of all which they chose. . . . [Consequently,] there were giants (Hebrew is ‘Nephilm’, meaning ‘fallen ones’) born in the earth in those days and also after the Sons of God came in to the daughters of men and sired children by them. These became the mighty men which were of old, men of fame."7
According to the Book of Jasher, it was due to the wickedness of six hundred angels, who followed their leader Satanel in this act of rebellion that these angels fell. Their children became giants, who began to kill and eat animals. Before this men had eaten grains and fruits. They taught men the arts of warfare and caused mankind to become wicked. Then God sent the Flood to destroy them.
Jude tells us "The angels which kept not their original estate but left their habitation [to marry the daughters of men] have been reserved in everlasting chains of darkness, by God, until the great day of judgement."8 These are now Demons.
The Essenes believed that these six hundred fallen angels are with us here on earth and are the Tares in the Wheat! They believed that a great war was about to envelope the world as the Sons of Light battled the Sons of Darkness.9 They were not wrong in their beliefs
about this war. What they did not realize, was that the Redeemer would come and postpone this great battle, by his plan of Redemption. This does not mean that it has been avoided. It is now taking place on this planet. Indeed, "For we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but
against Principalities, (‘arcas), against Powers (eoxnsias), against the Rulers (kosmokrateras) of the Darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens."10 It was these rulers of darkness who seduced and enslaved the lesser Sophia (Wisdom) and put chains on her.
THE REDEMPTION OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN DISOBEDIENT
What we are about to look at, was not the redemption of the six hundred fallen angles but of the millions of angels that fell with Lucifer. "For Christ has also suffered once for sins - the Just for the unjust - that he might bring us to God being put to death in the flesh but
quickened by the Spirit; by which he went and preached unto the spirits in Prison, who were sometimes disobedient, while the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved through the waters."11
Those who lived before the Flood were delivered from the realm of Hades where they were captive. This does not mean that they have gone to heaven ahead of us. No, No. They will have to be reincarnated again with the hope that they will find the Savior and learn the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. But, they were redeemed or purchased from the Demiurge.
Paul tells us something very important: "Unto each of us grace is given, according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he said When he ascended on High, he lead captivity captive and gave Gifts unto men. (Now that he has ascended what is it but that he also
descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all the heavens, so that he might fill all things). He gave some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors, and some Teachers for the Perfecting of the
Saints to do the work of the ministry - for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come into the unity of the Faith and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a Perfect Man, even unto the measure of the Stature of the fullness of Christ."12
Forgive me now, as I turn aside for a moment to deal with a burning question of the day, which has to do with women’s role in the church.
FEMALE APOSTLES, PROPHETS & PRIESTS
Friends, I can honestly say that the man who wrote, "Let the women learn in silence with all subjection, For I suffer not a woman to teach or to usurp authority over men, but to be in silence,"13 was not the Apostle Paul. Indeed, it was written by someone quite awhile after Paul was dead.
But he did write (or at least have his scribe write), "Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the Apostles, who also were in Christ before me!"13 These two women were Apostles as is attested to by other early writers. How did they get to be Apostles? Christ must have made them, I would imagine.
Just a few verses before this, Paul says, "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus."14 Funny that Paul should mention the wife before the husband here. But how were they his fellow ‘helpers’? It was Priscilla and Aquila who took the great teacher Apollos aside and instructed him in the Knowledge of the Lord.16 Paul had described himself as "one born out of season"17 (or premature). What Paul is hinting at here, is that there were to be other Apostles, born at a later time.
In the private revelation given to John, he tells us; "The Holy Spirit said to me, This Voice which you heard signifies the coming of your brethren, the Apostles and the Holy powers which are yet to be."18 Not only are we promised additional Apostles, we are also promised that
before the end of the Age, the Mysteries of the Kingdom will again be taught. When Mary Magdalene questioned Jesus, "Will all matter be destroyed then or not? The Savior answered, Every nature, every formation and every creature which exists, one with another, will be resolved again into their original roots. The nature of matter [for
instance] will be resolved again into its nature alone. . . . This is why I said to you, Be encouraged by the presence of different forms of nature. Let him who has ears to hear, listen. However, before I do that, the Faith and the Mysteries will be even more fully revealed. And just as you mentioned, many souls will be coming back, by means of the
circuits into different bodies and some of them will be people who heard my teachings during this present lifetime. They will discover to their dismay that the number of Perfect souls is completed . . . and that I have shut the Gates of Light and that no one can enter in or go out."19
In my book ‘Forbidden Truths Revealed’, I documented the fact that there were many female priestesses in the various churches but as the church of Rome gained ascendancy, many were killed or run off. So, to say that we cannot have female priests today is ludicrous.
THE NAME OF OUR ORDER
When John the Beloved wrote, "He has made us to be Kings and Priests"20, he was not saying that every believer is a priest or a king. Far from it. But we do have those who have been called ‘king’ after passing through certain mystery rites. It was even said of John that he wore a priestly mitre, all his adult life, so he was a priest but not the High Priest.
Barnabus writes, "For every High Priest taken from among men is ordained for men, in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: . . . And no man takes this honor unto himself, but he that is called by God . . . So, Christ glorified not himself
by making himself a High Priest ; but He that said unto him, ‘You are my Son. Today have I begotten you’ and He said in another place, ‘You are a Priest forever after the Order of Melchisedec’. . . . And being made Perfect, he became the author of Eternal Salvation unto all those
that Obey him: Called by God an High Priest after the Order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered seeing that you have become dull of hearing."
"If Perfection had come by the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the Law) what further need would there be for another priest to arise after the Order of Melchisedec and not be called by the order of Aaron? For the Priesthood being changed there is also a change
of the Law."21 Beloved, those who have been called to serve as Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors and Priests today belong to the Order of Melchisedec, if they have Christ, the Lord as their High Priest. God bless you. Jeffrey Brackeen
1. Irenaeus Against Heresies 2, 22, 5 & Vol. 1, The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, pp. 391,392.
2. Chap. 12, Vs 10-21, Pp 215, Unknown Life of Jesus Christ, N. Notovitch.
3. Rev. 12:3, 4
4. John 10:31-33
5. Psl. 82:6,7
6. Dan. 10:12, 13
7. Gen. 6:1-4
8. Jude 6
9. See the War Scroll of the Essenes
10. Eph. 6:12
11. I Pet. 3:18-20
12. Eph. 4:7-13
13. I Tim. 2:11, 12
14. Rom. 16:7
15. Rom. 16:3
16. Acts 18:24-26
17. I Cor. 15:8
18. Chap. 26, Ver. 46, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Jeffrey Brackeen
19. Chap. 23, Verses 593, 594, 602-603 Ibid
20. Rev. 1:6; 20:6
21. Heb. 5:1, 4- 6, 9, 10; 7:11, 12
THE UNFALLEN ANGELS, Part B
"Do you not know that the saints shall manage the Cosmos? . . . Know ye not that we shall judge angels? Then how much more things that pertain to this life." - I Cor. 6: 2, 3
Beloved, there has been and there still is a war going on in the heavens. "Having spoiled Principalities and Powers, [Christ] made a spectacle of them openly, triumphing over them in it."1 In our last article, we saw that these ‘principalities and powers’ were not earthly rulers but invisible powers in the heavens. So, what is the ‘it’ to which Paul refers here. He is speaking of those parts of Moses’ law that were against us. (See preceding verse)
Paul believed that the Law of Moses was actually given to Israel by angels. He wrote in another place, "It was ordained by angels through the hand of a mediator (Moses)."2 Stephen, as he was being stoned to death, pointed out that the Jews had received the Law through angels: "who
received the Law by the disposition of angels."3 King David said that it was angels on Mt. Sinai, who gave Moses the Law: "The chariots of God are twenty thousand and thousands of angels: The LORD is among them as he was at Sinai"4
There is an economy in the heavens, controlled by ‘Principalities and Powers’. In the Old Testament, these angelic powers are generally called ‘Sons of God’ from the Hebrew word ‘Elohim’. If we can believe the Book of Genesis, it was the Elohim who did most of the work of renovating the
Earth before Man was created. But it was Yahweh who made Man. I find it interesting that the first Chapter of Genesis, beginning at verse 1 and going through verse 6, shows the ‘Elohim’ creating the heavens and the earth and renovating the Earth. But beginning with verses 7, 8, 9, and 14, the Hebrew uses the name Yahweh, the God of Israel.
THE REGENERATION OF EARTH AND THE COSMOS
When Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, Truly, I say to you, That you who have followed me in the Regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on his throne of Glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel and every one who has forsaken houses or brothers
or sisters, or father or mother, or wife or children or lands for my Name’s sake, shall receive one-hundred-fold and shall inherit everlasting Life. But many who are first (Angelic powers) shall be last and the last (Sons of Adam) shall be first."5
We must pay attention to the word ‘regeneration’. Christ did not merely descend to save mankind, he also came to restore the cosmos, which had been plunged into chaos by the fall of Lucifer and those angels who followed him.
"For we know that the whole Creation groans and travails in pain, together until now. . . . For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the Sons of God, because the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly but because of Him who subjected it in hope."6
"For when the time is completed, I will set fire to the world, so that the Aeons and the Veils and Firmaments (of the Heavens) and the whole world with all its matter and all mankind which exists at that time, may be Purified."7
Mary Magdalene said to him, ". . . For you are the Key which opens the door of the Universe and shuts the door of the Universe."8
"None of the things I’ve told you about are on the point of happening. Indeed, the things which I’ve just told you about will not transpire until the Consummation of the Age, at which time the Universe will dissolve and ascend along with the complete number of Perfect Souls, to their inheritance in the Light."9
"The dissolution of the Universe will come after the number of Perfect Souls is completed. Then, I will spend a thousand years, according to the years of Light reigning over all the Emanations of the Light and over the complete number of Perfect Souls, who have received all the Mysteries."10
THE TWO LEVELS OF FORGIVENESS
After his resurrection and ascension to heaven, Jesus came back to his disciples and explained many Mysteries to them. One of the passages he explained, was one written by King David, the prophet, which reads, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is covered."
"Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD will not impute iniquity and in whose spirit, there is no guile."11
Now, Mary Magdalene understood what Jesus was saying and answered him:
"My Lord, I have seized upon the words which you just spoke concerning the Mysteries belonging to the Three Spaces. and it came to me that this is what the Prophet David spoke about when he wrote, ‘Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven and whose iniquities are covered’. When you said that the Mysteries pertaining to the First Mystery and the Mysteries
of the Ineffable not only forgive the sins which that soul has committed from the beginning up to the present, but from that hour on into eternity, nothing can be imputed to it, you were referring to what David said, when he wrote, ‘Blessed are those to whom the Lord God will
not impute sins.’ He foresaw those who would receive the Mysteries of the First Mystery and the Mysteries of the Ineffable. When Mary had finished speaking, Jesus said to her, Mary, you have spoken well. You are full of Light and truly Spiritual because what you have spoken is the solution."12
In the first case, a man’s sins are only covered up till the time he has been ‘regenerated’ by the waters of regeneration. "Not by works of righteousness, which we have done but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit."13
In the second case, no sin can ever be imparted to the man for ever. In that same chapter, Jesus explains that the highest Mystery of the Ineffable is the Sound of his name and he taught them how to make the Sound. But before one advances to the Mysteries of the Supreme Ineffable, there is another ritual which has been practiced by countless thousands of Christian initiates through the centuries and that is:
THE RITUAL DEATH
Here, I can do no better than to quote the gifted and knowledgeable lady, Annie Besant. Her description of it reads as follows: "He [the initiate] was brought into the chamber of Initiation and was stretched on the ground with his arms extended, sometimes on a cross of wood, sometimes merely
on the stone floor, in the posture of a crucified man. He was then touched with the Thyrsus on the heart - the "spear of the crucifixion - and leaving the body, he passed into the worlds beyond, the body falling into a deep trance, the death of the crucified. The body was placed in a sarcophagus of stone, and there left carefully guarded. Meanwhile the man himself was treading
first the strange obscure regions called ‘the heart of the earth’, and thereafter the heavenly mountain, where he put on the Perfected bliss body . . . In that he returned to the body of flesh, to reanimate it. The cross bearing that body, or the entranced and rigid body, if no cross had been used was lifted out of the sarcophagus and placed on a sloping surface, facing the
east, ready for the rising of the sun on the third day. At the moment that the rays of the sun touched the face, the Christ, the perfected Initiate or Master, re-entered the body, glorifying it by the bliss body he was wearing, changing the body of flesh by the contact with the body of bliss, giving it new
properties, new powers, new capacities, transmuting it into His own likeness. That was the Resurrection of the Christ, and thereafter the body of flesh itself was changed, and took on a new nature."13
This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said that "flesh and blood" cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. "Now I say this, Brethren, flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I am showing you a Mystery; We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump; for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed, because this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality . . . then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’"14
I realize that most people apply this passage to the Second Coming of Christ but it seems to me that they do not understand what Paul is saying. Just this week, I saw a book in a book-store entitled, ‘Left Behind’, supposedly written for the benefit of the ‘unbelievers’ who will be left
behind after the Christians are ‘raptured’. What I have been attempting to share with my readers, is that there is a ‘final coming’ of Christ at the end of this world but there be no second chance for anyone after that day for the goats will be separated from the sheep and never again will they be mingled.
There is an interesting passage in the Secret Book of James, which tells of Jesus’ return to the disciples 550 days after his resurrection. He said to James, "This is why I say to you be sober and do not be deceived! Many times, I’ve told all of you to be saved and also to you alone, James. I
commanded you (singular) to follow me and I taught you what to say before the Archons (Powers). You will observe how I descended and taught and endured Tribulation. Yet, I carried off my crown after saving all of you. I came down to dwell with you so that you in turn might dwell with
me. When I found your houses without ceilings, I made my abode in houses that could receive me at the time of my descent. . . ."15
No doubt some will want to interpret this passage literally and go out and cut a hole in the roof of their houses. There is something we need to remember.
THE COMING OF CHRIST IS HIS PRESENCE
Just before he was crucified, Jesus told his disciples that he would come back to them and manifest himself to them. Now, this is something which he has done many many times to numerous persons. He was not referring to the end of the world but to a private
appearing. Listen to what he said to them: "He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves me; and he that loves me shall be loved by my Father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him. Judas (not the Iscarot) asked him, Lord, how
is that you will [be able] to manifest yourself to us but not to the world? Jesus answered him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him."16
This was the glorious ‘second coming’ that Paul sought for. "Looking for that blessed Hope and the Glorious Appearing of the great God [the Father] and our Savior Jesus Christ."17
"I have suffered the loss of all things and look upon them as dung, so that I might win Christ . . . If by any means I might attain unto the Resurrection of the dead."18 This is why, in a figurative sense, we need to have open ceilings in our homes. Here, I must end with a quotation from my book ‘Forbidden Truths Revealed
"Millions today are looking for the return of someone, who will deliver them from their troubles and anxieties, right all wrongs, restore them to power and plenty. The Hopi Indians look expectantly for the return of the Great White Brother. Moslems look for the Twelfth Iman, Christians yearn for the second coming of Christ. The Hindus look expectantly for
the return of Brahma or the Tenth Avatar. The Zoroastrians look for the great Soshans. The Buddhists tell us that Maitreya will return and the Tibetans look westward for Lord Shambala to appear, while the Jews still await the appearing the Messiah. (He failed to appear to them after the passage of five ‘great days’, which came in the 18th Century).
"The Aztecs were expecting the ‘second coming’ of Quetzalcoatl. Their sages had prophesied that he would return in the year 1519. Sure enough on November 18, 1519, Hernando Cortez arrived at Montezuma’s court and destroyed their civilization.
"According to Mayan legends, their white god Kulkulcan left a prophecy of his return which was to take place in the year of Katun 13 Ahau. Sure enough in 1527, Montejo landed on the east coast of the Yucatan and slaughtered the Indians."
- With Love, I remain, Jeffrey Brackeen
1. Col. 2:15
2. Gal. 3:19
3. Acts. 7:53
4. Psl. 68:17
5. Matt. 19:28-30
6. Rom. 8:22, 19, 20
7. Chap. 23, Verse 592, The Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, Compiled and Edited by Jeffrey
8. Chap. 23, Verse 334, Ibid
9. Chap. 22, Verse 201, Ibid
10. Chap. 24, Verse 240, Ibid
11. Psl. 32:1, 2
12. Chap. 23, Vs 247-252, Ibid
13. Pp. 169-179, Esoteric Christianity, Annie Besant
14. I Cor. 15:50-55
15.The Secret Book of James, as found in the Complete Gospel of Jesus Christ, P. 480
16. John 14:21-23
17. Tit. 2:13
18. Phil. 3:8, 11