The Real Meaning of the Tithe

by Joshua Tilghman on July 21, 2015

Thank_offering_unto_the_LordA few years ago I wrote an article entitled, The Spirit of the Tithe: It Was Never About Money. Today we’ll further discuss the real meaning behind the Old Testament Tithe. I would recommend you read the article above first if you still believe that tithing had anything to do with money. In that article I give good reasons as to why it could not. I have learned a few things since that last article years ago, so naturally I couldn’t give all the answers to tithing back then. But the original article still contains some good information and serves the purpose of freeing those who might feel guilty for not giving ten percent of their income to a pastor at a church. This article, however, will get to the real meaning of the tithe, from an esoteric viewpoint, which is the most important one. :) [click to continue…]

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Jesus and the Meaning of the Carpenter

by Joshua Tilghman on July 17, 2015

jesus the carpenterThe Jesus of the New Testament has come down through the ages as a carpenter. The Gospel of Mark, chapter six verse three, clearly identifies him as such:

“Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?

It is interesting that the Son of God would be a carpenter. [click to continue…]

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SOS Update

July 16, 2015

  I have finally relocated. I’m in my new home with my own office space and I’m excited to get down to some new writing. It may be a little bit before I really get settled in, so I may not start writing seriously again for another few weeks or maybe even a month. I […]

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Natural Happiness through a Peace-filled mind

July 13, 2015
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Retaining natural happiness can seem unattainable at first, particularly when unhappiness can leave us feeling helpless to do anything other than endure. But, with a commitment to dealing with this ongoing debilitating state once and for all, our life can change dramatically for the good.

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Jesus said to Watch for the Thief

July 8, 2015
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Matthew 24:42-44 is an interesting scripture. In it Jesus tells us to watch for the Son of Man. He follows that command by telling us that if the good man of his own house had watched, he would have been ready for the thief who comes to break up the house. Therefore, watch, for none […]

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The Lord’s Supper and Psalm 23 Translation

June 14, 2015
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As beautiful as the Lord’s Supper ritual is, apart from a few ceremonial words and bowing of heads at Mass, there isn’t a non-ceremonial equivalent of this life-changing event at the everyday practical level. The application of Psalm 23, I feel, is the nearest opportunity to participate in something as a means of growing Christ […]

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The Dark Night of the Soul

May 27, 2015

The term “Dark Night of the Soul” is the title of a poem by Saint John of the Cross, a 16th century friar of the monastic order of Carmelites in Spain. He was a leading Spanish poet and religious reformer in his time. The Dark Night of the Soul is a message about travail and […]

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The Four Living Creatures and The Gospels

May 20, 2015

The passages in Ezekiel describing The Four Living Creatures are mysterious and phantasmagorical. They are open to interpretations of all varieties, exoteric and esoteric. The Books of Daniel and Revelation also contain surreal images, but most of them are not as complex and elusive, and the symbolism is usually more obvious. For instance, Daniel’s vision […]

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gematria

April 30, 2015
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Although it is not too clear from the title whether this guide was written by or for The Complete Idiot, I will be honest; my credentials for writing this post are dismal. I am a techie type who discovered my intuitive side only months ago, and right after that I tried to analyze everything I […]

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“Who do you say that I am?” Part 11

April 21, 2015
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Jesus said: “To him who overcomes (the ego-world), I will give a New Nature.”–Rev 2:17 “Revelation”, as we know, dramatically covers the seven seals — chakraic awakening leading to Ascension into Christ consciousness. So what is this New Nature and what are the white stones mentioned in “Revelation?”

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“Who Do You Say That I am?” — Matthew 16: 13-17 –Part I

April 9, 2015
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Is this The most profound Question in the Bible? By examining this question, the answers will reveal how we can identify who we really are and how we can embrace it wholeheartedly. For now, let us relax and explore together this most wonderful of questions: “Who do you say that I am?”

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part IV

April 3, 2015

“The scepter shall not depart from Judah… until Shiloh come.” Genesis 49:8-10 This prophetic statement was included in a blessing given by Jacob, just before he died, to his third son Judah. The blessing began “Judah, thou art he whom they brothers shall praise”, and continued the bestowal of the Messianic lineage by divine selection […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part III

March 26, 2015
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In this series we will continue to perform a temporary “about face” in our quest to discover wisdom. By reassessing the historical and literal validity of selected parts of the bible, we shall try to answer four questions. (1) Is the Messiah of the Gospels merely of allegorical importance, as one sect of the first […]

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An esoteric interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus

March 17, 2015
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At the moment we live in the period leading up to Passion Week again, and therefore I would like to give an explanation of some of the names and words that figure prominently in the Passion story, interpreted from the hidden meaning of the Hebrew translation of these words, as they already explain what this […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part II

March 9, 2015
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The Jewish people have always had a longing for Messiah. In Part I of this series we learned that the Hebrew prophets spoke of two archetype Messiahs – the Suffering Servant, one who would save them from the war against human sin within, and the Triumphant King, one who would save them from the political […]

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Understanding the Messianic Prophecies, Part I

February 28, 2015
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By the time Jesus is said to have appeared in Jerusalem, the rabbis knew that the scriptures described two archetypes of Messiah – a humiliated Messiah, known as the Suffering Servant, who in the tradition of the prophets would be scorned by his peers while attempting to touch men’s hearts regarding the issues of sin; […]

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Are There Really Codes in the Bible?

February 18, 2015
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Joshua touches on this subject in his recent article The Bible Code Controversy. Personally I believe there are, but of course it is of the utmost importance to carefully examine whatever you find in order to preclude the possibility of errors or coincidences. Why would there have to be codes in the Bible to begin […]

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Krishna’s 16,000 Wives?

February 13, 2015
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When I was younger, the average Westerner knew very little about the religions of Southeast Asia. One day, baldheaded devotees in strange clothing appeared in our airports chanting “Hare Krishna”. Then came the meditation instructors and yoga teachers. One Westerner made a fortune publishing the Kama Sutra. And in those days, Gandhi inspired us all. […]

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The Bible Code Controversy

February 8, 2015
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Many readers of SOS may remember a book called The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin. It was first published in 1997 and remained on the New York Times best seller list for months. I was recently sent a copy of this book by a friend, and we had a brief discussion on its relevance to […]

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Clearing The Way to Christ-Consciousness

February 4, 2015
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“The Apostles got into the Boat and went to the other side.”  —Matthew 14:22 Keep this scripture in mind as we weave our way through this article. We shall return to it later. For centuries, like beavers, man has been building dams, blocking his or her divine nature. Consequently, so many people in the world […]

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