Mystery of Lucifer - Ascension into Supremacy
The greatest mystery of the universe is the mystery of Lucifer. Lucifer is the highest angel in heaven who wanted to ascend into the level equal with the Most High God. The mystery of mysteries is an angelic being who knew all the knowledge of the universe and understood all the mysteries of existence, and yet chooses to sin against God.The question is how could he being a created being even conceive and believe in such an idea that he could become the creator himself?
The answer to the greatest mystery of all is found in understanding the universal aspect of God. Lucifer knew that all power in the universe resides in the universal aspect of God which is the universal subconscious mind of God. The same power that God has is available to all beings. God’s power is available to all his creatures. Therefore it is the personal aspect of God that Lucifer sought to usurp sovereign rulership from.
The only way Lucifer seeks to usurp God’s sovereign authority and rulership of the universe is by using God’s power against God. Lucifer knows the way to win against a more powerful opponent is by using his power against himself. Therefore Lucifer is attempting that towards God by using the universal power of God against the Personal Aspect of God.
Lucifer was the firstborn of the angels in heaven. The angels were the sons of God and the princes of the cosmos. Lucifer was more powerful than any other prince except for one. He may have been the firstborn of the angels but he was not the firstborn of God. The one greater than Lucifer was the only begotten Son of God. He is also known as the Angel of The Lord. His name is Jesus, the one who is coeternal and coequal with The Father.
Although the personal aspect of God consists of three personalities which forms the trinity, it is Jesus who represents the personal aspect of God most of all. He that has seen the Son has seen the Father. The entire bible is the sum of the word of God revealed as a person. The bible is the only holy book that is a revelation of the Person of God in Christ Jesus.
Lucifer wanted to become the fourth person of the Godhead. Lucifer believes he can evolve into being God. He believed that since created beings are divine aspects of God, they possess the potential to ascend to the level of the Most High personality if they could conceive and believe in such a possibility.
But to do that would be to defy God because he did not have permission to do so. Lucifer felt that he did not need permission from God to do so anyway since to be like the Most High means he answered to no one but himself. He felt that the highest authority isn’t given but is to be taken. Lucifer has corrupted his wisdom by reason of his brightness. He has ascended beyond the level of genius into insanity.
So he decided to rise above his rightful position as the guardian of God’s throne to become as one who sits upon the throne instead. There was an outbreak in heaven as the angels wondered whether or not to recognize Lucifer’s newfound self declared sovereignty. As a result, Jesus allowed all the hosts of heaven to decide among themselves whom they shall serve and pledge allegiance to.
With his great powers of persuasion, Lucifer convinced a third of the angelic powers to aid him on his quest to be sovereign like the Most High. If Lucifer succeeded, it would prove that the rest of them could also be like the Most High.
The rest of the angelic powers remained faithful and true to the Lord. Hence there was a great battle among the sons of God that caused the powers of the heavens to be shaken and the fate of the universe to hang in suspense as prince clashed against prince and angel fought against angel.
Prince Michael commandeered the angelic army that battled against Lucifer and his angels. It seemed that Lucifer would win the fight because he was the stronger one. But in the end Michael received power from The Father and was able to defeat Lucifer and cast him and his angels out of heaven.
After being defeated, why does Lucifer still continue to fight against God? Shouldn’t he realize that God is supreme and repent from his mistake? The reason is because he believes that he can still win the war against God one day. He just needs more power. He gains power by the collective consciousness that worship another God other than the true God of Christianity.
Lucifer originally wanted to ascend to equal level with the trinity and be like the Most High God. He acted on the bold assumption that The Creator having a mindset of no limitations, would allow a created being to ascend to the level of The Creator if he had the same mindset of no limitations as well. But the trinity opposed his choice. Since the Godhead has to be of one mind in order for the universe to exist in stability, Lucifer now seeks to overthrow the trinity instead. He has changed the doctrine of the trinity as three persons to being three states of the same person so that he can establish himself as the new trinity. He seeks to overthrow the personal aspect of God and take over the universal aspect of God to become the new Godhead.
He is now using the time allowed to him by the heavenly trial he was placed under to build his power. He has been staging his master plan of taking over the universe throughout all the ages of humanity. Time and time again, he has almost taken over the world with a kingdom whose king was under his influence. But each and every time, God countered his move and prevented that from happening. This is the game that the Devil continue to play against God until the end where there will be another great battle that will take place in the heavens once again.
Lucifer will rally his forces for a final launch upon the city of heaven and attempt to conquer it. The great heavenly battle at the end would be similar to the one that took place in the beginning. Except that this time Lucifer will apparently win and overthrow the city of Heavenly Jerusalem. It appears that he would have grown strong enough in power to overcome Prince Michael this time.
Lucifer will sit in the temple of God and declare himself as God. He will reign for a certain period of time during his short lived victory. But all is not lost because eventually Jesus Christ himself will come with the saints of heaven to wipe out the evil angelic powers and reclaim the city of Heavenly Jerusalem. The final victory of Christ will be fully manifested as Lucifer and his angels are cast into the lake of fire at last.
All this has been prophesied in the bible. But why does Lucifer still try to carry out his plan even though God predicted that he would fail? It is because Lucifer believes that he can change destiny. He believes that he can rewrite the Word because he sees himself as the Word. He believe that he can alter reality and rearrange the timeline. He believes that he can create a new universe where he is God. All of history is a fight between good and evil as Lucifer vie against Jesus for supremacy.
The Future exists first in the imagination, then in the will, then in reality. All things are possible but whether something will happen or not is a another story. What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve. Can is not the same as Will. That is why Lucifer uses the Will to manifest the reality he intends by saying “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds” and “I will be like the Most High.” The divine war is a battle of will against will. To prove sovereignty of will between El Elyon (God Most High) and Lucifer.
Although every major prophesy of the bible to date has been fulfilled, thereby proving God’s supremacy so far, Lucifer still believes that he can turn the tables around when he has accumulated enough power in the end. How shall the end be is yet to be unfolded. We can choose to believe whether the word of God is true and absolute or not.
Jesus is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. In Christ, we are far above all principalities and powers. We have been seated together with him on his throne. Jesus died to give us what even Lucifer fought for but couldn’t attain. Can you believe how great a position and an honor that is? He has given us the highest Sonship with God the Father through himself. As Christ is, so are we in this world. In Christ, we are like the Most High.
July 21, 2009 · 17 Comments
The beginnings of the Mystical 7, and most American college fraternities, can be traced to the influence of Freemasonry in early American society.
Freemasonic influence had peeked directly after the revolution, and a few Greek Letter societies, including Phi Beta Kappa at William and Mary in 1776, and Kappa Alpha at Union College in 1825, were formed in rough emulation of the Masonic structure.
Wesleyan History Project | 2002 Archive
Mystical 7: A History
by Benjamin Wyatt-Greene
The definitive “Cyclopaedia of Fraternities,” first published by Albert C. Stevens in 1907 contains a short, two-line entry: “The Mystical 7, which is now thought to be dead, was in some respects one of the most remarkable and most ambitious college societies in the country.”1 Confusion over whether the Mystical Seven Society is dead has continued for well over a century and controversy still exists as to what present-day organization represents its legitimate philosophical heir, with histories occasionally being re-interpreted and re-written to support competing claims. However the relevant fact that emerges from research is that the Mystical 7 played an active part in a number of the major philosophical and educational movements of the 19th century and spawned and influenced a number of organizations and societies, some of which continue to exist today. Records exist detailing the correspondences and inner workings of the society, but its larger historical and philosophical progression has never been objectively catalogued in any detail. It is this wider scope which I am trying to explore and I would therefore refer readers to my end notes, my bibliography, and the Wesleyan University Archives if they wish to research specific traditions and symbols within the normal functionings of the society.
The beginnings of the Mystical 7, and most American college fraternities, can be traced to the influence of Freemasonry in early American society. Freemasonic influence had peeked directly after the revolution, and a few Greek Letter societies, including Phi Beta Kappa at William and Mary in 1776, and Kappa Alpha at Union College in 1825, were formed in rough emulation of the Masonic structure.2 The pivotal Morgan incident of 1826, where a group of Freemasons were suspected of killing a member of their lodge who threatened to publish society secrets, lead to an outbreak of antimasonic propaganda and heralded in a decade of widespread suppression of masonic lodges. One of the results of this suppression was that many of the condemned masonic secrets, rituals, and structures were published for the first time in the mainstream press.3 The unintended consequence of this informational watershed was that a number of otherwise ignorant citizens became educated in and interested in exploring the traditions of Freemasonry. Chief among these interested parties were groups of students in the young and burgeoning American college system.4 The antimasonic suppression and exposition had been strongest in New York and New England, and it was accordingly in these areas that the first neo-masonic orders were founded once the ferocity of the antimasonic rhetoric began to cool in the mid 1830s.
The Mystical 7 was the first major college secret society to be formed after the Morgan Incident. It is nearly indisputable that the dearth of masonic information influenced the early formation of the Mystical 7. The writings of the early mystics make occasional reference to their “new form of masonry” and many of the early cauldron covers can be specifically matched to ritual etchings in published masonic texts.5 It is likely that the very idea of natural symbolism within the Mystic Star is derivative from masonic sources. Furthermore, it can be speculated that one major reason why Hebrew, as opposed to the more prevalent Greek, was used as the emblematic language of the society was the prevalence of Hebrew script in the higher rites of the masonic order. The masonic framework was undoubtedly a structure to which the mystics melded their philosophical and literary interests.
Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 as the first major Methodist College in the United States. Wilbur Fisk, a Methodist preacher who had successfully revived the Wesleyan Academy in Massachusetts during the late 1820’s was chosen as the first President.6 By 1833 there are indications of at least two literary societies on the Wesleyan Campus.7 It is likely that these societies fulfilled a literary function that has, in this century, been largely incorporated into the academic curriculum. College courses during the early 19th century were generally taught in the British lecture-examination model, and therefore creative students were given little opportunity to present their own ideas and writings.8 The early literary societies at Wesleyan provided a built-in audience for the literary presentations of students and due to their semi-exclusive nature functioned as basic social clubs as well.
In the beginning of June 1837 seven Wesleyan students drafted a proposal to found the first temple of a new secret literary society called the Mystical 7. The proposal was submitted to President Wilbur Fisk, along with a draft copy of the society’s constitution. Fisk waited for five months, but eventually gave his approval once he received assurances that the purpose of the society was to promote the “social, intellectual, and moral improvement of its members.”9 He specified, in what was perhaps a satirical joke based on the proposed name or perhaps a religious reference, “I should prefer however that the meetings be held on the seventh day of every week.” The Mystics promptly complied with his order by passing a resolution officially changing the beginning of the week to Saturday, so that Friday, the day on which they had generally gathered during the proceeding five months, became the seventh day. It was from this basis that the distinctive mystic manner of keeping time may have originated.
The oral tradition of the Mystical Seven holds that Hamilton Brewer, the oldest of the founding mystics, began the society when “a mystical thought” entered his head. It is known that Brewer held the honorary position of Chief Priest and Law-Giver of the society for his entire life and lived in Middletown until his death in 1855. He is buried in the old cemetery behind McConaughy Dining Hall, where his stone still stands. However, other than these facts, “the Brewer” as he came to be called, remains a mysterious and enigmatic figure. Little is known about his personal beliefs or influences in founding the society. Unlike most of the other Mystics, there are no writings signed by him in the records of the society, and only one short piece commonly attributed to his pen. Legends about the Brewer have been passed down through the history of the society, but as of yet few of these have been verified by historical research.
“…the relevant fact that emerges from research is that the Mystical 7 played an active part in a number of the major philosophical and educational movements of the 19th century and spawned and influenced a number of organizations and societies, some of which continue to exist today…” abstract
Secret societies are a relic of a more undemocratic age. Like the guild system in medieval Europe, they often strangle the body of knowledge they are supposed to nourish. For example, the Mystical Seven maintain a body of writings and other materials in the form of a “cauldron.”
The first heptagram was used as a symbol in the Kabbalah, and later by Aleister Crowley and the Ordo Templi Orientis where it was known as the Star (or Seal) of Babalon. In alchemy, a seven-sided star can refer to the seven planets which were known to ancient alchemists.
Septagram in the Thelemic Pantheon
Aleister Crowley chose the Septragram to be his glyph for Babalon, the “Great Whore”, his vision of the synthesis of the Universe in many ways.
The significance of the number seven should be obvious in most occult writings. Seven represents the triumph of Matter over Spirit 4/3 or Spirit over Matter 3/4, depending on your viewpoint. The Septagram as symbol of balance is unerring. It shows all seven major planetary energies in the form of the seven ancient planets of the philosophers in equipoise.
NEW YORK - A human skull that apparently was turned into a ballot box for Yale's mysterious Skull and Bones society is going on the auction block.
Christie's estimates the skull will sell for $10,000 to $20,000 when it is auctioned on Jan. 22. Fittingly, the auction house has agreed to keep the seller's name a secret. On Monday, it described the person only as a European art collector.
But, if not MJ-12, then what?
Brigadier General Arthur Exon, who was a lieutenant colonel at Wright Field in July 1947, and later, in the 1960s, was the base commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, told me of a committee he labeled "The Unholy Thirteen." This was, of course, just the name he used to describe this group of military officers and civilians at the Pentagon who seemed to control the UFO data that was outside the scope of Project Blue Book, the Air Technical Intelligence Center and most other projects.
I had assumed that Exon was talking about an oversight committee that had been created after the Roswell crash to deal with the debris. We know that some sort of committee was created at some time because, Ed Ruppelt (seen here), in his book, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, talked about it. He talked about the attitude of those in the Pentagon in July 1947, and suggested there was a great deal of concern about them at the top. He wrote that the security lid was down tight. "No one, outside a few high-ranking officers in the Pentagon knew what the people in the barbed-wire-enclosed Quonset huts that housed the Air Technical Intelligence Center were thinking or doing."
Which is not to say that this committee grew out of the Roswell crash, only that such a committee did exist in July 1947.
Exon told me that Truman knew something about UFOs and the implication was about Roswell as well, as did "General Spaatz (immediate right, the chief of the Army Air Forces), the Secretary of Defense (Forrestal, directly below) and other people who were close to them..." He suggested a few others, such as Stuart Symington (last on the right), at that time, the Undersecretary for War for Air, or the first civilian encountered in the military chain of command for the Army Air Forces was involved. He suggested that those at the highest levels in intelligence and the military were represented on this committee, whatever and wherever it might be.
Taking this a step farther, there are the reports of a project known as Moon Dust that was so highly classified that an Air Force officer felt that he could lie about it to a United States Senator. When the lie was exposed, another Air Force officer said that there was a project known as Moon Dust but it had never deployed. This too was a lie. State Department documents released under the Freedom of Information Act proved that Moon Dust had deployed on a number of occasions and that the project did involve UFO research, which again doesn’t take us to that committee created in 1947.
With the name Moon Dust compromised, the name was changed and remains classified to this day, according to information supplied to the late UFO researcher Robert Todd. What this tells us is that while the Air Force might have ended Project Blue Book, there was another investigation classified at a higher level that survived the closing of the "official" UFO investigation. And if this is true then there is no reason that something else, even more highly classified existed then and exists now.
Here’s what I know. There was a committee, as suggested by Ruppelt and Exon to control UFO information. It was housed in Washington, D.C. (okay, Arlington, VA, the location of the Pentagon) and it was made up of high-ranking officers and civilians. There was the public relations scam known as Blue Book but the true investigation was conducted at a higher level, survived the end of Blue Book, and continued on until the mid-1980s, when we lost track of it in the corridors of secrecy and the alleged national interest.
Was all this a result of the Roswell crash or was it the result of both public opinion and Congressional interest in the subject of flying saucers? Did those high-ranking individuals, whether military or civilian believe that something of importance could be learned by studying UFOs? Were they, and are they, responsible for the continued investigation of UFOs and the continued suppression of UFO information?
A committee existed and does exist and if Roswell was extraterrestrial, then such a committee would have been created if for no other reason than to exploit the find. Even ignoring the Roswell case, we know that such a committee existed in the late 1940s and into the 1950s because both Ruppelt and Exon told us it did. And, we know that one such committee existed beyond that when the information about Project Moon Dust was accidently revealed by the State Department.
Did the committee have a name?
Probably. It operated under a number of directives and organizations including Project Moon Dust and the 1127th Air Activities Group.
What was the name?
Other than Moon Dust, who knows for certain? The Unholy Thirteen, as it was called by Exon will do as well as any for now... but that wasn’t an official designation. Until we learn the name, we might as well use that.
Are they still in control of UFO information?
Probably... which explains that idiotic Air Force investigation of Roswell that was designed to confuse the issue... which it did. But it provided no answers for anyone who didn’t already believe that there are no UFOs and therefore no alien crash at Roswell. They provided an answer that was full of holes, was inadequate, but did allow them to slap a label on the case.
And MJ-12, which I don’t believe to have been an official disinformation project, has done much the same thing. We need to jettison MJ-12 and begin to search for answers in a different arena. Of course, in the UFO field, nothing is that simple and we’re stuck with MJ-12, just as we’re stuck with the contactees, crop circles, and cattle mutilations.
In the following 5 part video playlist, Wayne Herschel, author of The Hidden Records - Ancient Knowledge, presents arguably one of most significant and monumental discoveries ever, with the revelation of the Lost Symbol of the God RA by linking several of the ancient symbols, mythologies and associative memes that we have been looking at here on The ALIEN Project, with the maps of the star systems.
The first 2 parts is an update to his previous video work on the Hidden Records and the final 3 parts stem from an interview with the Matrix News Network. Here, Herschel delivers a refreshingly new and iconoclastic analysis of coded information presented in ancient and prehistoric structures such as those discovered in the pyramid star maps in the Egypt and Tikal matching monument layout patterns found at Stonehenge and from sites all around the world and on the planet Mars, that provides vital clues to the meanings behind the Sun symbolism, Freemasonry, and to mankind's origins and history.
Using the Key of Solomon parchment, Herschel delves further and beyond the masonic works of author Dan Brown, to unveil clues that ultimately leads to the decipher of two more star maps at the Vatican City and Washington D.C. City layout patterns that points to the Orion constellation and outline the link to another star system near the Pleiades. The new findings linked all pyramid civilizations and reveals the ultimate secret of the Sphinx, proving that all 50 pyramids of lower Egypt represent a single star map. Star maps that prove to be convincingly accurate and ultimately reveal the human codex found at Stonehenge, identifying conclusively what the Sun symbolism represents and its relationship with the arrival of the Ancient Gods of mythology from a nearby star system over 17,000 years ago, and the origins and evolution of mankind.
In the sign Libra, Saturn's focus is on our significant relationships and the obligations that come with our commitments to them. It is the less romantic approach to love but with the lesson learned comes longevity and strength of union. The same holds true for other platonic but committed partnerships. Despite personal difficulties, hurdles to jump over, broken pieces to pick up and sweat poured from the hard work, this relationship (with a best friend, business partner, parent, sibling, etc.) endures.
From April 7 until July 21, Saturn returns to Virgo. He will not transit Virgo again for another 29 or 30 years. This is a last look for us all at Saturn's lessons of the past two and a half years, while he was in Virgo. For some of us, this period might also be reminiscent of the days and events of October 2009. Tie up any remaining loose ends. Perhaps for most of us, it will be a sigh of relief as we take stock of where/who we were prior to 2007 when Saturn first entered Virgo. How far have we come?! Those with Saturn, the Sun or Moon in Virgo natally and within the last degrees of Virgo may feel the affects of Saturn's return to Virgo more so than others.
While Saturn is retrograde, we may find it difficult to move forward with our plans, especially until mid-March when Mars (action) is also retrograde. Don't be frustrated. Consider that things are not moving forward as quickly as you'd like because, despite what you might believe, you or the situation may not be completely ready to move ahead. Take the opportunities presented to you, limit actions, take smaller strides, and leave negative thinking/energies behind. Saturn's actions and steps may be measured, but they are effective and successful.
For me, as a late-decan Virgo-rising, part of this period will be reminiscent of Saturn's entrance to my natal 1st house last fall, right after Saturn conjunct with my Pluto. Since my house angles are all within the last degrees of mutable signs, Saturn's conjunct to Pluto and entrance to my natal 1st house was a very loud and jarring arrival that affected more than one facet of my life, which I continue to work with. This retrograde period might be one where I become aware of what I may have missed the first time since I may been too frazzled then.
How might Saturn's direction change and return to Virgo affect your life? Look to the house/s occupied by Libra from zero to 4 degrees and Virgo from 27 to 29 degrees. Then, match the signs and degrees with house cusps on your birth chart. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the Capricorn zodiac sign on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation of Saturn transiting those houses.
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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for them below then click here for a brief explanation of Saturn's transit in those houses. The first house listed reflects Saturn's transit in Libra; the second house listed marks Saturn's return to Virgo from April 7 to July 21, 2010.
* Aries-Sun or Aries-Rising ~ 7th and 6th houses
* Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th and 5th houses
* Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th and 4th houses
* Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th and 3rd houses
* Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd and 2nd houses
* Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd and 1st houses
* Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st and 12th houses
* Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th and 11th houses
* Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th and 10th houses
* Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th and 9th houses
* Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~9th and 8th houses
* Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th and 7th houses
Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets at these degrees of Libra and Virgo? Cast your own birth chart for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required. Schedule a session or request a quote for a personalized reading. Or cruise on over to the AstroCreeps and TarotFreaks Forum* to start or join a discussion.
* Saturn in Libra
* Pluto in Capricorn
* Mars Retrograde ~ December 20, 2009 to March 10, 2010
* Saturn Square Pluto ~ November 15, 2009
* Saturn Square Pluto ~ January 31, 2010 (article forthcoming)
* Saturn Returns to Virgo ~ April 8 to July 22, 2010 (article forthcoming)
* Mercury Direct in Capricorn ~ January 15, 2010 (article forthcoming)
Norway Time Hole “Leak” Plunges Northern Hemisphere Into Chaos
Russian scientists are reporting to Prime Minister Putin today that the high-energy beam fired into the upper heavens from the United States High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HHARP) radar facility in Ramfjordmoen, Norway this past month has resulted in a “catastrophic puncturing” of our Plant’s thermosphere thus allowing into the troposphere an “unimpeded thermal inversion” of the exosphere, which is the outermost layer of Earth's atmosphere.
To the West’s firing of this ‘quantum’ high-energy beam we had previously reported on in our December 10, 2009 report titled “Attack On Gods ‘Heaven’ Lights Up Norwegian Sky”.
To how catastrophic for our Planet this massive thermal inversion has been Anthony Nunan, an assistant general manager for risk management at Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, is reporting today that the entire Northern Hemisphere is in winter chaos, with the greatest danger from this unprecedented Global event being the destruction of billions of dollars worth of crops in a World already nearing the end of its ability to feed its self.
So powerful has this thermal inversion become that reports from the
Reports from the
Not just to the
Though the Motherland, and its people, are some of the best equipped in the World to handle such severe winter conditions, the Russian island of Sakhalin was inundated this past week by a rare Snow Cyclone setting off no less than avalanches.
But to the worst affected region of the Northern Hemisphere no one has been hit harder than
Canada, another Nation used to extreme winter events, reports that the storm that had hit their maritime provinces this past week was so powerful buildings were knocked off of their foundations in what one resident, Tom Jardine, described as being “worse than a hurricane”.
To the long-term consequences of this thermal inversion caused by the West, these reports further warn that by the puncturing of our atmosphere by the HHARP radars our Planet has, also, been “needlessly exposed” to the growing threat posed to us by the giant mysterious object currently approaching us (named by NASA as G1.9) which we had previously reported on in our January 3rd report titled “Russia Prepares For Asteroid Strike As New Comet Nears Sun”, and which has been blamed for the rapid shifting of our Earth’s North Pole that was first documented in 2005.
But to the most critical aspect of these events it surely lies with the Western World’s continued arrogance in regards to experimenting on both our Planets natural species and human beings, and though who may think that they are ‘gods’, are continuing to give evidence that they are acting more like devils.
The Temple Institute, an organization that seeks to prepare for the building of the third Temple in Jerusalem, has recently announced that they have completed a “model altar” that meets the specifications of the stone altar built at Mount Ebal. Arutz Sheva reports:
For many years, the Institute has been examining ways of building a model of the altar from whole stones that had not been touched by iron tools. In the end, the Institute commissioned artist Assaf Kidron of Givot Olam Farm at Itamar, Samaria, to design and create a model which conforms with the specifications described by authoritative Jewish sage Rambam (Maimonides) – one cubit wide, one cubit deep, and three cubits high.
As far as I know, this altar was to remain in its place at Mount Ebal. It was not a part of the Tabernacle or later Temple. It seems that this was an exercise for the purpose of experimenting with the necessary techniques, as well as a symbolic expression of devotion to the Temple’s rebuilding:
“The act of building this model is a statement by the nation of Israel toward the Heavens, that we really want a Temple and are doing everything possible to be ready for it,” artist Kidron said after completing the work. “As an artist from a priestly family, the construction of the altar connected with the aspiration to connect matter with spirit, earth to heaven, and man to his G-d,” he explained.
This whole idea raises some questions. I have my opinions, but I want to know what you, my readership, thinks:
- Why was the Temple destroyed in the first place?
- Will it ever be built again?
- Will there be Temple sacrifices in the messianic era?
- What would be their purpose?
- How did Yeshua feel about the impending destruction of the Temple?
Here is some fun stuff about the Messiah from the midrash Yalkut Shimoni on this week’s parashah, Vayechi.
Yalkut Shimoni, Parashat Vayechi, Perek 49, Remez 159
Solomon built the first Temple, Zerubbabel built the second Temple, and King Messiah will ultimately build the Holy Temple.
Judah is the fourth of the tribes, just as dalet (ד) is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
On the fourth day, the luminaries were suspended, and it is written of the Messiah, “And his throne is like the sun before me” (Psalm 89:36).
Four of his sons were rescued: one from the pit of lions, and three from the furnace of fire.
“David” (דוד): the fourth letter is the beginning and the end,
- as it is said, “The scepter will not depart from Judah…”
- And it is written, “And faithful is your house and your kingdom for eternity.”
- And it is written, “Forever I will guard my devotion to him.”
Just as on the fourth day the luminaries were suspended, so Judah was born fourth of the tribes. Judah is numbered the head of the tribes in four places, corresponding with his birth.
I see that Bereshit Rabbah 97 (NV) is basically the same.
This reminds me of something (I can’t remember where off hand—probably midrash) that connects the creation of the “two great luminaries” (the sun and moon) on the fourth day with the two Temples, which were built during the fourth millennium (3001-4000 AM). This, of course, is the millennium during which our master was teaching.
Psalm 89, quoted above, is beautiful, and one of the most explicitly messianic passages in the entire Tanach. It’s long, but read it all the way through.
Animal sacrifice altar found in Philly
Through a broken blind, a bizarre scene of animal sacrifice was visible yesterday inside the otherwise completely closed front porch of a Feltonville house.
There were bones and feathers arranged in a ritualistic pile. There were bloody knives and a machete, figurines of African or Caribbean design, candles and incense.
On Sunday, Pennsylvania SPCA officers used a warrant to search the property after receiving a tip that two emaciated dogs were being kept at the house, in the 4800 block of North Front Street.
They found the dogs, but only after confronting an elaborate altar and the bones of possibly several hundred animals that had been killed, apparently as part of Santeria - a combination of African religions and Catholicism that originated among slaves in the Caribbean.
There were lit candles and tribal drum music playing from a portable stereo, indicating that somebody was there not long before the humane officers appeared, said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the PSPCA.
The officers found what was believed to be a human skull, but it turned out to be fake. But they did find what appear to be the remains of small monkeys.
"The house was covered in bones," Bengal said.
No human remains were found, he said.
Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the department is not actively involved in the case. The PSPCA is the lead agency on the investigation, Vanore said.
Whoever was responsible for taking care of the emaciated dogs faces summary-offense charges of lack of veterinary care and unsanitary confinement, Bengal said. Each citation - two for each dog - carries a $750 fine.
His officers took the remains of what appeared to be several cats and dogs, he said. If they are confirmed domestic pet remains, the perpetrator could face misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges and potential jail time, Bengal said. But that would require determining how the animals died, which may not be possible.
The killing of animals such as chickens or goats, when performed as part of a religious ritual, cannot be prosecuted, Bengal said.
Bengal said the man who lived at the house and probably performed many of the killings is believed to now be in Mexico. However, his wife may still be in the city and she is being sought for questioning, Bengal said.
A woman who lives next door said she knew almost nothing of the man. "He's just in and out doing his thing," said Lisa Chap, 32, who lives on the opposite side of the twin house.
She recalled sometimes hearing music and a dog barking, and, if she was near the front door when it was open, noticing a strong chemical smell like from a cleaning solvent.
Bill Ellis, professor emeritus of English literature at Pennsylvania State University at Hazleton, said that in Santeria, devotionals to a deity often include the ritual sacrifice of a goat or a chicken, "but not in a wasteful way" because these are later cooked and eaten.
"So, whenever you see a wanton act of animal cruelty, it probably doesn't lie in religion at all," Ellis said, "but with people with very serious psychological problems."