“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” Rev 2:21
The seeker went overboard on patience and tolerance of all kinds of beliefs until the inner voice was heard explaining that some are so harmful that they need to be confronted and exposed. This does not mean he should make a pest of himself, but there are times that he must act with judgment.
The Christ within was patient as well with the seeker. It watched him be tolerant with all kinds of strange and opposing doctrines, and stirred not his soul to respond. The Master within waited until the seeker became aware that Jezebel and her students had plenty of time to reflect and move further into the light, but they did not. Something else besides waiting with patience was needed.
“Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” Rev 2:22
Here the voice is teaching the seeker what will be the natural fate of Jezebel and her followers according to the law of cause and effect.
Those who commit adultery are those who are unfaithful to the inner voice and have spiritual intercourse with outer voices, which are substitutes for the real God, or husband of the true self. These outer voices always lead to pain and great tribulation until the pilgrim awakes, repents and follows the true voice.
“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” Rev. 2:23
“I will kill her children with death” is a curious phrase. We’ve heard of killing with the sword, starvation, illness etc, but what does it mean to kill with death? Isn’t everyone who dies killed with death?
Not exactly. Death, as it is generally understood, is not a weapon that will kill; but death, as the prophets understood it, is another matter.
The world sees death as an extinction of some kind, but after the death of the body the spirit lives on, so the entity itself is still alive. Literally, then, death is not extinction or annihilation, but a separation. Physical death is a separation of the spirit and body, but this is not the only death. There are numerous deaths as there are numerous separations. The worst death that can happen to an aspiring disciple is to be separated from the inner Christ so contact becomes impossible.
This is the fate decreed for those who commit adultery against the God Within and focus on the outer voices. This outer focus separates them from the true God and they are killed with death, or die spiritually because of separation from the voice within.
“and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts…” Many fellow seekers (the churches) will be curious about Jezebel and her followers but in the end they will see that they are dead to the hearing of the inner voice and will find no peace or happiness, but great despair. They will be an example of what not to do.
“I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” This is a reiteration of the law of cause and effect. Those suffering from their own mistakes may see God as a vengeful being who is punishing them, but, instead, they are merely reaping what they have sown. The seeker is being taught the natural consequences of his spiritual actions.
“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.” Rev 2:24
The Master speaks to the seeker and his associates on the Path “who have not known the depths of Satan.”
What are the depths of Satan? Satan represents that which is adversarial to light and truth. The depths of Satan would be points of belief and action, represented by Jezebel, that are far removed from the inner voice. These depths are so steeped in illusion and distant from the soul that the inner voice cannot be heard or recognized.
The Master here speaks to those “in Thyatira” who have not known the depths; this tells us there are seekers who have gotten caught up in them. We are not told what percentage take this detour, but I would guess that over half of them get sidetracked for a period of time, and a lesser percentage get trapped for lifetimes.
To those who are wise and do not get caught in the depths of Satan through Jezebel and her followers, he will put upon them “none other burden.” In other words, those who follow the inner voice and expose Jezebel will escape the burdens of correction to be suffered by those who get caught in the trap of illusion. These will gain no additional karma in this stage of their progress.
“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” Rev. 2:25
Sometimes the seeker is so eager to find new truth that he forgets the old ones that he has already acquired. He must regularly reflect on that which he already knows so it stays in his consciousness. If he does not appreciate the value of that which he has received then he is in danger of being cut off from receiving more and then getting excited about the false teachings of a Jezebel.
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” Rev. 2:26
To receive power over the nations is a pretty huge reward to a big promise. Obviously the seeker will not have this power in his current life. To have power over the nations would imply he would come back in a future life when such power is a possibility.
We must ask what is implied in having power over the nations? To answer this we must realize that in John’s day the nations had power over the disciples, and to turn the tables would seem desirable indeed to that persecuted bunch. Today the persecution of spiritual people is more limited, but the nations still have power over them.
When the day comes that enlightened men and women achieve positions of power in the governments of the earth, and such governments are altered to guarantee maximum freedom to the individual, then the saints will have power over the nations. The seeker may not personally be a president or king, but those who see through the eyes of the soul, as he does, will have the reigns of control so the group of which he is a member will have the power of government.
“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” Rev. 2:27
The rod of iron merely represents pure truth. This is a far more powerful weapon than an iron weapon, and nothing can stand against it. All illusion is shattered like glass when exposed to it.
The governments of the earth today, as in John’s day, are often the last to see truth or reality as it is. Politicians are immersed in deceit and distortion. Then they pass laws to insure the illusion continues.
Eventually, the lights will gain power and take their rightful positions of power. Then they will speak eternal words of truth and teach correct principles of government. In that day pure truth spoken to the masses will be so powerful that the old ways will shatter and give way to the new.
“And I will give him the morning star.” Rev. 2:28
There are numerous interpretations that can be applied to the morning star, but we shall narrow it down to apply to the seeker at this stage of the path.
God said to Job:
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7
Morning stars are individuals who were with God when the foundations of the earth were laid. They participated in the morning of creation and assisted in the great creative process itself.
Venus is also called the morning star as it is the first star-like object visible at night and the last one to fade in the morning sunlight.
The seeker who is given the morning star will be given so much light and truth that he will stand out among many lesser lights as an ensign of truth. Later he will go on to higher spheres and participate in the creation of other earths and worlds as did the morning stars of the past, as noted by Job.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev 2:29
We shouldn’t have to be reminded to listen to the great promise of our destiny but humans are prone to have spiritual amnesia; the inner voice has to constantly strive to refresh our memories concerning our spiritual duties.
The Ray of Thyatira
At Stage Four in Thyatira the seeker is dominated by Ray One, The Ray of Will-Power-Purpose. This is a governing influence.
The aspirant here is promised power to govern which is an aspect of Ray One. Let us repeat the verses:
“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.” Rev 2:26-28
Jan 25, 2007
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