Many of you have probably heard about all the catastrophic events that were supposed to happen on the earth sometime in September 2015. John Hagee, declared a prophet by many mainstream Christians, gave some the idea that the conclusion of the fourth and final Blood Moon from 2014-2015 would usher in a major change on the earth, a change so grand it would affect all our lives in a measurable way as it relates to the mainstream Christian idea of God and a divine plan. Other, less notable preachers, stated the Second Coming of Christ would be at hand by September’s end. Of course none of these things have so far materialized. And they won’t—at least not according to mainstream evangelistic Christian view. The second coming of Christ is not a literal event. As most here know, it’s about something measurable within the individual, not without. In fact the entire Bible was written as a psychological evaluation and guidebook of the human soul. It’s brilliant. It’s poignant. It’s honest. But it’s NOT literal. Exact dates predicted to usher in the Second Coming or the end of the world will never materialize because all these events signify the natural process whereby salvation takes place within us. And that is the true Second Coming, the true seat of Christ. Besides, the concept of the Rapture would be in direct violation of an Old Testament scripture that states:
“Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever” (Eccl. 1:4).
The above author understood that the earth was the symbol for matter, the vehicle that will forever carry and help evolve the soul. The Rapture could not do that because it could never impart the complex experience needed to evict true change within the individual. The Rapture concept only embraces a brief scare tactic that could never invoke a genuine incorporation of the truth gained through the process the ancients called gnosis (knowledge gained through direct experience).
That being said, I want to briefly address a scripture this evening that used to perplex me. It states,
“Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves…As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father; so he that eateth me, he also shall live because of me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven” (John 6: 53, 57, 58).
The above would be a very strange scripture if it were taken literally, correct? The same can be said for all scriptures used to prove a literal Rapture or Second Coming, but history and culture has veiled that pretty well for us. However that last scripture isn’t so easy to mask, or to unveil. The language seems archaic, ambiguous, and cryptic, even to mainstream Christians. So what does it mean?
Before we continue, consider the fact that the Egyptians used to use the metaphor of “eating their god” quite often. It’s an apt one, because before it is necessary to even try and understand the esoteric language, all we have to do is consider the natural one to decode it. Didn’t Paul state something to the effect of, first in the natural and then in the spiritual?
We instinctively understand that “eating” requires an ingestion and an assimilation of something into the body. When we assimilate food, we digest it, which in turn means we break down the nutrients in a way that the body is able to utilize for the purpose of energy and growth. Without this first breaking down and subsequent assimilation process, the body would die. It is the same for spiritual growth.
Flesh has always been a symbol of the lower nature in esoteric circles. But what about the flesh of Jesus?
The flesh of Jesus, which is the same as the manna of heaven in the Old Testament, is a symbol of truth. The life of Jesus as told in the New Testament bears witness to this concept. His life, as it unfolds in full dramatized detail, is the story of the universal human soul and the process it must go through in order to transcend the mortal experience and birth the spiritual Christ within. Therefore eating the flesh of Christ simply means to partake of the natural process whereby experience eventually leads the soul and the lower nature to conform to the higher nature. As Gaskell has stated,
“Except the qualities assimilate the outer Truth-nature of the Son of God born of mind, and partake of his divine life, they are of the lower nature, dead, transitory.”
Since the mind is often a symbol of the higher self, the Son of God being born to the mind is simply the acquisition of truth in which the lower nature conforms to the higher.
Jesus did nothing more than make a very simple spiritual statement, as did the Egyptian priest before Him. That is, without the assimilation of truth, our lower natures remain dead, and our life experiences remain transitory because everything we have experienced, as it remains outside of the assimilation of truth, will fade with the ego, and the human soul can only experience the Old Testament writer’s thought: “one generation passes away and another arises.” Devoid of truth, of the eating of Christ’s flesh, this statement seems only transitory.
I truly understand all the modern so-called prophet’s efforts to bring about salvation and God’s message on earth. I was once a mainstream evangelical Christian. At heart, most are good people simply trying to help save the world. But salvation is not so trivial!
As these times that we are in progress, let us remember that no one can predict an exact date for the Second Coming. As Jesus stated, no man knows the hour. In essence, that means the day as well. Why? Because true salvation is much more grandeur. The scale is much more encompassing.