The Hidden Christ
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Rev 1:7
“Clouds”, as indicated in the scriptures, represent a veil between the carnal person and the spirit, or the higher and the lower. (More details will be given later in this book on this subject.) When Christ comes he will be veiled or hidden from those in the lower nature so they will not recognize him. This is true collectively and individually.
When the seeker first feels the glimmer of the still small voice of the Christ consciousness he will dismiss it. There is a veil as a cloud of resistant energy between him and his soul, which causes him to not recognize the Christ within for some time after the first quiet contact.
The same will be true when the Master comes again and walks among us. He will eventually capture the attention of the public and every eye will see him on television (“in the air”) but the cloud of unbelief will cause the vast majority to not recognize him with their souls, even though their physical eyes see and their ears will hear his words.
It is interesting that it tells us even those who pierced him will see him. Those who pierced him died almost 2000 years ago, so how could they see the Christ at his Second Coming which is still in the future?
One way this could happen is through reincarnation. It is fitting indeed that those who crucified the Christ (for whom he prayed to the Father to forgive) would be here a second time to confront him. They did not recognize him last time. Will they this time? Perhaps some will and obtain peace to their souls and others will stubbornly not see the glory of God obscured through clouds.
What does this scripture mean in relation to the individual and the Christ within? The answer is obvious when seen. In his past, before he accepted the inner Christ as well as the outer, the seeker had a cloud between him and his soul. This caused him to reject the spiritual message in favor of the deceptive temptations of the lower self. When centered in the lower nature the pilgrim becomes an enemy to Christ and seeks to destroy anything associated with Him. In one life he may have just fought against the truth, but in another he may have assisted in putting holy and just men and women to death to get them out of the way. In this way the individual has, in the past, pierced the Christ, for “whatsoever we do unto the least of the brethren we do to Christ.”
The verse ends with “and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
This has a number of interpretations that can apply, but in relation to the outer and inner Christ it means that all of us in our past (either in this or previous lives), even “all kindreds of the earth,” have rejected truth spoken by inner and outer voices. These voices spoke the truth as clearly as Jesus would if he were standing in front of us. After eons of rejection, a day finally comes when the seeker will listen to the inner voice. When this day arrives he will “wail” within himself and realize what a fool he has been in his past. The fortunate thing, however, is that the wailing is not the end. Soon the seeker finds the joys of the spirit and is “born again” into a higher life and consciousness wherein joy awaits.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Rev 1:8
When the life of God is contacted, the seeker is born again into a new beginning (Alpha), but it is also the end of the dominion of his lower nature (Omega). “The Almighty” (mentioned in the verse) created all these things for us: the good and the bad, the beginnings and the endings.
The Joint Participants
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev 1:9
It is interesting that John identifies himself with the reader as a “brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” The word “companion” comes from the Greek SUGKOINONOS, which is more accurately translated as “joint participant.”
This statement makes little sense when going by the orthodox interpretation because few who read the Book of Revelation could really describe themselves as a “joint participant” in the tribulations and patience that John and the early apostles had to endure.
It makes more sense when we recall who John addressed in the first part of the Book. He said he was writing to those who were “servants” and would “hear” and “keep” the words of the book in their very being. He was writing to those joint participants who would be “blessed” by the book.
In other words, the joint participants with John are not those who just read the Book, and have the dickens scared out of them by the literal language, but those who read, understand and follow its precepts. These are they who are at first seekers, then disciples, and eventually sons of God as is the Christ himself. These are they who are joint participants with him in the “kingdom” as presented by Christ.
The verse ends telling us that he “was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Patmos was an island of rock surrounded by water. A rock is a symbol of Christ and the foundation of eternal truth that comes through the soul. Water symbolizes the emotional nature.
This symbolizes the first major step taken by the seeker in that he must rise above emotional influence and solidify his standing upon truth as it is witnessed by the inner voice of the soul or the Christ within.
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” Rev 1:10
The “Lord’s day” is a topic of great dispute among the literalists. Some say it is the Jewish Sabbath, or Saturday, but most say it is Sunday because this is said to be the day of the resurrection.
A third alternative few have considered is that it could be the day that Christ comes in the future. After all, John was “in the Spirit” and saw the future.
Actually, for those who seek the inner meaning it is no specific day of the week, for they are all days of the Lord. The true Lord’s day is that day that the seeker becomes a disciple and dedicates his time, talents and means to the will of God. This he does “in the Spirit”; and it is the first day of his existence that belongs to God and not the lower self of carnal man. All his days from that point on are the Lord’s days.
On his first Lord’s Day he heard “behind” him “a great voice, as of a trumpet.”
On this day that he is born to the Spirit, his first major discovery is that he has been looking for truth in the wrong direction. The true voice of God is not in front of him or the direction he has been looking, but “behind” him – in the opposite direction. When he turns his attention forward he hears a “great voice” that wakes him up as “a trumpet” would wake one who is heavy with sleep. He “repents,” which means to change direction, and commences on the path of discipleship.
Dec 5, 2006
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