In Revelations chapter four we saw where John received an invitation to “come up hither,” or enter into higher consciousness. Revelations chapter five continues to show us how this process is accomplished. There are three important symbols we must breakdown in order to see this process: the Book of Life, the Strong Angel, and the slain lamb.
Let’s begin with Revelations 5:1:
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”
The Book of Life
This mysterious book has filled the imagination of preachers for thousands of years. What does it stand for? And why does it have seven seals? I have bolded important clues in the first verse of Revelations above. If mainstream Christians would look at these clues carefully, they’d have to accept an obvious truth—the Book of Life is us! More specifically, it is the temple of the human body. The four highlighted phrases in the above verse make this truth undeniable.
The backside of the book of life represents your spine. The seven seals are your seven chakras located on the spine. The book itself represents your bodies—including the etheric, emotional, and mental—manifested in the physical plane in order to spiritually evolve your soul to achieve enlightenment. The fact that the book is held by the right hand of the one on the throne is another firm clue; the right hand in scripture signifies the active, outgoing energy (kundalini), which is a spiritual evolutionary force for the soul. Whereas the right is outgoing (evolution), the left is incoming (involution). By the way, we can be sure that this “right hand” of force is undeniably speaking of kundalini based on the multiple statements throughout Revelations where 3 ½ is used. 3 ½ is a number designating dormant kundalini. You can see the article explaining this in more detail here.
The Strong Angel
The next verse discusses the strong angel. Revelations 5:2 states:
“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to lose the seven seals thereof?”
In another article on Spirit of the Scripture I have briefly discussed the meaning of angels. Angels are simply messengers of light—i.e., information, or cosmic light itself. The information provided always moves the soul into action in order to evolve. We can receive these angels, or burst of spiritual energy and information, in deep meditation. The strong angel designates a dynamo power (kundalini) rising in our bodies, up the spine and opening the chakras, or seals. Revelations speaks of them as seals because our chakras are literally somewhat sealed. When fully open, kundalini clears out the emotional baggage and subconscious blockages that hinder our spiritual growth.
Notice how the strong angel proclaims with a loud voice. The loud voice symbolizes the conscience in man, an innate driving force from the higher self, getting through to the mind. Sometimes this voice is weak. Sometimes it’s loud. It takes a loud voice, like the one shown here in Revelations, to move us into serious action.
Continuing with our post, Revelation 5:3 states:
“And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open and read the book, neither to look therein.”
This verse is really interesting to me. Heaven and earth are symbols for spirit and matter. It takes a combination of the two for a soul to evolve. The earth, or physical body, is the vehicle of manifestation for the soul to function, learn, and gain experience. I find it fascinating that John is telling us that no one in heaven or earth is worthy except he that has transcended the ego. This transcendence must take place in the physical realm. Ultimately I believe the author of Revelations is underlying the fact that if we never experienced the fall, our souls would not have the chance to evolve. And only those who experience the fall and then truly crucify the ego can be worthy to receive enlightenment.
In the New Testament, Jesus as the Son of God is the one who crucified his ego and made the lower and higher nature into ONE, achieving the divine union and enlightenment. He was worthy. But Jesus as the mortal man represents all of us who have clothed ourselves in matter in order to evolve. We all have a potential messiah that will one day transcend the ego.
Now what about the slain Lamb?
Revelations 5:6-7 states:
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat on the throne.”
The lamb has been a symbol of sacrifice for many thousands of years across many cultures. Even Confucius the ancient Chinese philosopher stated the lamb was an ancient world-symbol of sacrifice. Thus Jesus becomes the Lamb of God, a divine sacrifice wherein the logos principle in each of us limits / sacrifices itself to flesh in order to evolve the soul. Notice how the lamb of Revelations 5:6 has seven horns and seven eyes. Can you imagine if this was meant to be literal like some Christians want to believe today? What an ugly, demonic-looking lamb it would be!
Why seven horns, anyway? Horns symbolize higher thoughts and ideals.
“…the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up” (Psalms 75:10).
In some instances, horns on the head represent negative thoughts and emotions, and ultimately, the ego.
“All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off…” (Psalms 75:10).
It’s obvious that the Lamb’s horns of Revelations represent ideals of the lofty type. J
The seven eyes represent intuition and clairvoyance, both which should precede physical sight. The one who has reached enlightenment utilizes these gifts. The scripture states:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7).
The fact that the lamb has seven of each demonstrates the complete spiritualization process of the seven chakras.
The next verse in Revelations chapter 5 is also quite revealing of the process of enlightenment. 5:7 states:
“And when he (the lamb) had taken the book, the four beasts and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Here the beasts and twenty-four elders fall down and worship the Lamb. This is describing another process within the body of the enlightened. I have mentioned in former posts that the cranial nerves are for the purpose of making us aware of our environment. They help give us physical experience. During the spiritualization process of enlightenment, I believe the 12 cranial nerves serve a higher function as well. The twelve cranial nerves plus the twelve signs of the zodiac give us twenty-four, representing the twenty-four elders which bow to the lamb. Bill Donahue from hiddenmeanings.com believes that the cranial nerves receive information in the form of cosmic light from within the constellations of the zodiac. I believe he even goes so far as to metaphorically compare our twelve cranial nerve pairs to a plug that plugs into the twelve-pronged socket of the zodiac.
In the last verse of this chapter it states that that the beasts and the elders worship the Lamb “forever and ever.” This simply means that once the process of enlightenment is attained, there is a complete and permanent change within the individual.
I highlighted the words odors and prayers of the saints in the above scripture as well. Sweet odors symbolize bliss. Of course feelings of bliss are almost always reported from those who have experienced enlightenment. But in this scripture odors aren’t just referring to the blissful experience of enlightenment. These odors are also the prayers of the saints. Consider Gaskell’s definition for prayer here:
Prayer: The supplication of the lower for spiritual advancement.
Thus these prayers symbolize the humble spirit that is the fruit of enlightenment.
I have enjoyed doing this study on Revelations so far. It reminds me over and over again how far off the mark today’s religions have strayed from the original message conveyed in the Biblical books. But that’s okay. It seems more and more books and websites are popping up and sharing this information. Hopefully the next generation will really run with this message, even taking it to the next level.
I plan to continue with the rest of Revelations throughout the summer, but since I have already finished six posts dedicated entirely to Revelations recently, I may take a break for a while and post on something else before finishing up. I may not continue going chapter by chapter anymore either, but instead lump them together in a longer post. We’ll see how I feel when I get there. Things have finally calmed down for me so I’m posting more often. I’ve had a chance to get some much needed yard work in, some repairs on the deck, and even some late spring cleaning in the garage. It’s too hot to fish, but I am enjoying my four and six year-old at the lake, long walks in the evening with the family to the park, and some quite time to meditate in the mornings. The family and I will be heading to the beach for a week for our yearly family vacation with her side of the family. I look forward to it. I hope everyone is having a great summer! Blessings!