The Book of Revelations is no end-of-the-world scenario. Jesus Christ is not coming back with a tattoo, riding a horse, and swinging a sword to declare war on the unjust and herald the end of everything. Pastors who teach and preach this are reading into things too literally or regurgitating Biblical commentaries.
It’s a little uncanny how often literal scripture reading conveys the very opposite meaning than what was intended. While most people assume Revelations is about the future, it’s really about the eternal NOW. Jesus Christ declares that he is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, throughout this book of spiritual revelation. These phrases are indicative of the eternal NOW. The past, present, and future are of no concern to the higher self. The soul should not be something that is thought about being liberated at some future date. All thoughts concerned with being “saved” at a later date miss the entire truth of the soul’s purpose for experience, which should be focused on moment to moment. Every one of these precious moments is the soul’s journey back to God.
In the bigger picture time has no meaning to the higher self. The soul will experience forever. It cannot end. It cannot die. Therefore it really has no beginning. Our lives are simply about self-limitations being unveiled to the greatness and goodness of God on higher and higher conscious grades. It’s pure bliss to discover divinity all over again. Sure, we humans make mistakes and get stuck in traps of the ego sometimes. These traps become our literal hells. But in the bigger picture of eternity, what does it really matter? What should matter to you is the moment you are in right NOW. What’s your conscious experience, and how can you change your perspective to make it better? The Book of Revelations has the ability to help us see this truth within our own experiences and bodies.
What’s all that scary imagery in Revelations about?
Religious leaders thinking the Book of Revelations is about the end of the world isn’t the only tragedy. All that war, doom, and gloom imagery we read about has really scared a lot of people, especially churched children. Although these symbols can seem scary when interpreted literally, they are really about the great strides that are being made within the soul as it journeys back to God. Each trumpet blast and each vial of judgment poured out from the angels symbolize cleansings and openings within our spiritual gateways called chakras. This is the process of unveiling higher consciousness as the Holy Spirit rises within us. It isn’t about devastation, destruction, and the end. It’s about new birth and life in the conscious experience. It’s about the purging of lower thoughts and emotions in order to awaken to our higher natures. The stigma that has come with the Book of Revelations needs to be lifted.
The incompatibility between the egoic lower self and nature of our higher self is very real, albeit a very natural one. It is this divine tension that enables life as we know it to unfold. We should embrace it. It allows for the development of our thoughts and emotions. We should not fear the process, for in the end:
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” (Rom. 8:28).
The Return of Christ in Revelations
What’s really been the point for making all the war, doom, and gloom imagery in Revelations about an end-of-the-world scenario and the return of someone who’s going to make everything glorious? Hasn’t history taught us, over and over, that the only time humans make things right is when we except responsibility for our own actions, whether they have caused pain and suffering or joy and contentment? The return of Christ and the higher mind in many individuals has taught us this in all the great religious texts of the world.
We punish ourselves. We uplift ourselves. The results are the choices, conscious or unconscious, that we make each and every moment. Ever thought, emotion, and action we engage in are causing ripple effects to the eternal NOW.
We don’t need another interpretation of a religious text telling us what’s coming down the road. We need an interpretation that shows us what is happening within the mystery of consciousness now.
The New Jerusalem
Revelations closes with the new heaven and new earth, in which the new, heavenly Jerusalem descends from above. Again, nothing literal here. The New Jerusalem represents the abode of higher consciousness, centered in the causal body in the upper mental plane. It isn’t a place we go to live, it’s a state of being that we become. There is no need for the sun or the moon there because there is no longer the great division between our individuality and our personality, the lower and the higher self, represented by the sun and the moon respectively. In the New Jerusalem we are ONE with Christ and with God. (More on this in future posts).There are no more tears, death, and pain in this conscious state because there is no lower self or ego to war with anymore.
Revelations, then, is now so much about what’s going to happen as it is about the unveiling of who we are, where we’re headed (consciously), and what happens as we approach.
In the next post we’ll delve into Revelations chapter one and two, picking out the most important points. Revelations is an enormous book with more spiritual information than what’s already contained in this blog, but I’ll try to fit it in concise posts. As I write the post, I will probably learn as much if not more than I will be sharing. It should be a promising journey for both of us! J