All Things New
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” Rev 21:1
After those who have not manifested the God within have been removed from the earth and no longer incarnate on it, a new heaven (consciousness) and new earth (government & organizational structures) manifests. In this new way of life, truth no longer has to be compromised to deal with those of lower consciousness, but is now geared to a much higher level than with the old earth.
One of the main differences in the new earth is that there is “no more sea.” The sea stands for the lower emotional-astral-desire nature. The inhabitants of this new world are governed by higher spiritual feelings, intuition and higher mind. Lower desire and lower emotion no longer have any dominant sway and are non-existent as far as having any major influence – hence no more sea.
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Rev 21:2
Just as there is a new heaven and earth, there is also a new city – a new Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a city where the faithful Jews lived in the days of John. Even so, it was far from perfect and was subject to war, pain and much conflict. The New Jerusalem symbolizes the life of the people in our future world where peace and brotherhood is firmly established.
The next two verses explain how life in the New Jerusalem will be different from the old.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Rev 21:3
This is not telling us that some being will come sit on a throne as God and live with us, but a much higher presence will be common to humanity than it is today. All people will have soul contact and many will have direct contact with the monad, their true source, and share a oneness with God. In some measure, each inhabitant will sense the presence of God within and without and seek to follow its direction.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev 21:4
The new focus of humanity will cause all the pain and suffering that now exists in the world to cease. No longer will there be physical war where man seeks to destroy his brother. No longer will we live in extreme selfishness where man seeks to benefit himself even if others suffer and die. No longer will lower emotion dominate and cause sorrow and painful tears.
Technology and spiritual power both will greatly increase, which will heal all diseases and allow people to live in radiant health for as long as they want to stay in physical incarnation.
“there shall be no more death…”
True death is a separation from the Spirit of God. No longer will any be separated from God, and without this separation there is no death and physical life will be extended. Some will live thousands of years, but all will eventually leave the physical and go to the higher worlds. This will not be seen as death, but will be seen as a journey from which they can return if desired.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” Rev 21:5
We shall live in a new heaven, a new earth and a new city, but this is just the beginning. Everything will be new, improved and different when compared with today. These words are “true and faithful,” meaning we can depend on them coming to pass.
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Rev 21:6
In this new world, all the good things that bring joy and happiness will be abundant and readily available. Money will no longer be necessary, for all the needs of humanity will be readily available and any necessary services will be provided by volunteers.
“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Rev 21:7
If we overcome all things concerning the lower nature, we can qualify to live in this new heaven and new earth.
The Seven Obstacles
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Rev 21:8
This provides an interesting list of qualities that will hold us back from obtaining the New Jerusalem. Let us list the:.
Fear is rarely thought of as a sin, but it is definitely a negative emotion that energizes all the other lower emotions. One can never live in a new earth with “no more sea” if he lives with fear, which energizes the sea of lower emotions.
(2) The Unbelieving
To obtain the New Jerusalem, we have to have a believing spirit. This is much different from a gullible spirit. The gullible spirit has no filters, discrimination or judgment. The believing spirit does not ignore the real, but discerns the possibility that there is nothing too good to be true and all things are possible. He is not blind to the obstacles that may appear upon the path or be in his way as is the gullible one. The believing spirit sees these things, but believes they can be overcome with sustained effort.
(3) The Abominable
This religious-sounding word isn’t used much by the average person today. Some define it as merely something repulsive to God, or one’s version of God, but is this the intended meaning? It comes from the Greek BDELUSSO, which basically means “one who gives off a repulsive stench.”
This is not a physical repulsion but a spiritual one. In any group there are always a few who the main body have extreme difficulty in accepting, not because they are advanced but because of personality problems. There are various reasons for this. They may be obnoxious, overly critical, unsupportive, fearful, doubting, non-conforming, complaining, superior acting, irritating, etc. We’ve all met these people, people that just cannot get along with any group.
The New Jerusalem has group consciousness, so to be accepted the seeker must join in with that consciousness through the soul.
This does not mean he will lose his independence, for, in actuality he will be more independent than ever due to many limitations being removed. Instead, it means he has an attitude of seeking oneness through the soul with his brothers.
Fortunately, these rejected ones have many lifetimes to improve themselves… but there is a time limit.
This word comes from the Greek PORNOS, which is a male prostitute. Male energy is sending and radiant, while female energy is receiving and magnetic. Whereas the female prostitute sells her beauty and charms, the male symbolically sells his labor and the works of his hands.
How is labor prostituted?
To understand, we must ask what are we to labor for? The answer is we are supposed to labor for that which has real value – that which provides a useful service for humanity and is produced through honest and harmless means.
The true whoremonger prostitutes his labor and is neither concerned about the fruits of his labors nor who gets hurts in the process. Ambulance-chasing attorneys, corrupt politicians, and misleading salespeople are just a few of these. Others are companies that exploit their workers or use slave labor for the production of their products. Employers who shortchange their employees are also in this category, as well as those who make inferior or harmful products. Lastly, in this category are those who are literal prostitutes and especially those who hire or encourage them.
Right livelihood from Buddha’s eightfold path is the keynote here.
I’ll repeat what I have previously written about sorcerers:
The word “comes from the Greek PHARMAEIA. The modern words ‘pharmacy’ and ‘pharmaceutical’ come from the same Greek root as this word. In fact, one of the definitions of PHARMAEIA is “the use of administering drugs.” Some of these ancient drugs that were used by the doctors of the time were so powerful that they were seen as supernatural in effect and the druggist was seen as a sorcerer.
These, then, would be the drug dealers in our day, not only the illegal ones, but the legal ones who blindly prescribe and cause innumerable addictions. They probably do even more harm overall than illegal drug dealers.
An idolater is one who worships a false god, or substitutes the true God within for a false god without. This is one who is subject to the power of the Beast and will believe that the outward authority of the Beast and his minions is to be trusted above the voice within. An idolater is also one who worships and values money more than he values his own soul, and will sell that which is sacred for mammon.
(7) All Liars
Notice the verse does not say some liars, but “all liars.” This is because the most important lesson a disciple can learn is the value of the truth and telling the truth to the best of his ability.
Knowingly telling a lie places a cloud between the seeker and his soul. All have had difficulty in telling the truth at one time or another in life, but when the seeker learns the value of total honesty he will change his course and do all in his power to make sure all of his words are accurate.
This does not mean the seeker must tell all he knows, but he will make sure that what he does reveal will be true.
The scripture ends saying that these “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
People in these categories who have not learned the basic lessons of the path of Spirit will be forced to remain behind and enter other worlds where death and pain are the dominate means of learning.
Sept 30, 2006
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