The Good Book

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As promised in my last entry, we will now look at the concept of a “book.”  Of course we know books as a collection of paper leaves, bound together in between two covers via a spine.  As Harold mentions, though, a book as we know it today did not exist in the ancient world, but rather was known as a roll – a scroll.  Psalm 40:7-8 says:

Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, Oh my God; your law is within my heart.

Notice the words in this prophecy: “I am,” “the book,” not a book, and “your law is within my heart.”  We have the name of God, the definitive article describing “book,” and the vital organ of the human body is described as the very dwelling place of God’s nature.  Where is this leading us?

Let’s skip ahead to the Book of Revelation.  In his masterful work, “The Apocalypse Unsealed,” James Morgan Pryse enlightens us as to the meaning of the “book,” or scroll.  We are directly confronted with this issue in Chapter 5…

1 Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2 and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” -Rev. 5:1-2Image

The scroll is a mysterious document which it has taken the God æons to write, a Bible which, when rightly read, discloses cosmic and divine mysteries. It is simply the human body, and its seals are the force-centres wherein radiates the formative force of the Logos.  These seals are the same as the seven Societies (Churches) and the lampstands.  The expression “written on the inside and on the back” refers to the cerebrospinal axis and the great sympathetic system.

So the human being itself is the book in which Messiah comes when a man’s consciousness is transformed from being grounded in his lower mind to his higher mind. Image This is done via the activation of the “force-centers,” or “seals” which run up the human spine. Isn’t it interesting that Pryse describes the human being as a “mysterious document – a Bible” which must be “rightly read to disclose cosmic and divine mysteries?”  Let’s remember what Harold says about the Bible itself…

The Bible, as Messiah, possesses glory, grace, and reality… In sum, it contains the expression of humanity: it is Homo sapiens’ complete picture of himself, from Genesis to Revelation.  Beginning with the advent of man’s realization of God-consciousness, symbolized in Adam, it reaches it’s climax in man’s realization of God incarnate in his being, symbolized in Jesus as Son of man, Lord, with which one’s consciousness may have but brief encounter – and then it bears witness to the transformation in consciousness this encounter evokes.

Notice that Harold understands a transformation of consciousness is of paramount importance here.  In the next post, I will explore this idea of transformation of consciousness as necessary if we are to correctly “open and read the book.”

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