Methods of Revelation
Question: What are the methods used by the Brotherhood or Higher Lives to communicate with us?
As far as how the brotherhood can make contact – if we use the old standby, the Bible as an example, we have the following:
(1) Through Physical visitation.
Examples of this are the visitation of Jesus in the flesh to the apostles after the resurrection and God and his two associates who ate dinner with Abraham.
(2) Through visions.
Examples of this would be the visions of Daniel and John the Beloved.
(3) Through angels
(4) Through inspiration or revelation from higher intelligence, assumed to be God.
This is the principle upon which most of the Bible was written. Since none of the prophets tell exactly how this inner voice of God came to them we can only conjecture on the subject. When they said thus saith the Lord were they quoting an actual voice, an inner impression from the Holy Spirit, mental telepathy from a Master, or their own imagination?
Now fundamentalists believe that they all quoted the infallible voice of God, but they forget that these were merely fallible individuals just as we are today and in reality had varying degrees of contact with the divine.
Whether we read the Bible, the Koran, Ultimate Frontier, Alice A. Bailey or any other writings each individual must test the words against the Holy Spirit within. Each must do this even if his contact with the Spirit is far from perfect. Why? Because eventually it will be perfect and toward this goal all must proceed, even at the risk of making some mistakes in the process. All the pure in heart will reach the goal. We must thus learn to trust the verification from the inside more than the outside, yet use trusted outside authorities as guideposts when the inner is not yet perfected.
(5) In addition there are several controversial methods God used to communicate with man in the scriptures. Lying
(A) God used lying spirits to communicate:
In the days of Ahab, King of Israel, all the prophets were deceived except one. In that day there were 401 prophets. (See 2 Chron. 18:5-7. ) Ahab inquired of the 401 as to whether he should go to battle. The 400 knew the king would be angry if they prophesied anything but victory for the king, so their own hearts and fears greatly influenced the answer they received; however, one man, Micaiah, was not so influenced and he, being the last one called on for a prophecy, said, “As the Lord liveth, even what my God saith, that will I speak.” (2 Chron. 18:13) Then he proceeded to prophesy evil and disaster for the king which thing made the king angry. Then Micaiah explained why everyone was deceived except him:
“I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab, king of Israel, that he may go-up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another spake saying after that manner. Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: Go out, and do even so. Now therefore the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets.” (2 Chron. 18:18-22)
Isn’t it interesting that the Bible tells us that the Lord himself could and has sent a lying spirit to deceive Israel when their hearts desired the delusion? Will it happen again?
It not only will happen, but it has been prophesied: “They receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth.” (2 Thes. 2: 10-12)
I personally believe that references to God sending or causing deception is symbolic as the scriptures call God a God of truth. I believe the correct wording is that God allows us to be deceived according to our own desires. When one open to deception receives a deluded revelation it is generally around that which he wishes to receive, right or wrong. The 400 prophets all wanted a revelation that did not anger the king and that is what they received.
Read this chapter in reference and you will see that it deals with events just preceding the second coming. When has God sent (or allowed) strong delusion that people would believe a lie? If God allows the delusion, then it must be around the principle of revelation. This was the dialog amidst the 400 prophets of Ahab.
Could God allow strong delusion to the prophets, seers and revelators today? Why not?
(B) God spoke to Balaam through the mouth of a dumb animal, an ass. (See Numbers chapter 22)
What do these last two examples tell us? They tell us that God can use whatever means he sees fit to reveal truth or expose deception. This is why the final voice must be the Holy Spirit within for a true revelation may come through an unexpected source or person.
As I’ve said many times the Masters and the Holy Spirit transmit their teachings through impression or telepathy. The lesser entities use direct voice or the standard process of channeling as it is called today. There is some truth in channeled material, but none of it must be taken as a final authority for mediums often receive such material from astral entities or thoughtforms not as smart as the average member of this group. Some of them are deceptive and some sincere, but all must be checked against the soul.
In the quest for truth, here is my advice. Search among the books and people that seem good to your soul and then run by all you learn by your soul. Keep that which registers. Discard those teachings do not bring inner response. Then put on the shelf those that stimulate, yet do not yet make complete sense.
At the cusp of each age the Brotherhood has to reassess their approach to humanity. Each age demands a different one and since the coming age is particularly significant the approach is likely to be altered more than in the past.
Why is the coming age of such significance? Because we are not only entering a lesser Aquarian cycle of around 2160 years but also a greater Aquarian cycle of over 25,000 years. We are basically entering a rare cycle of double Aquarius influences. This is a rare occurrence and is the reason that so many changes are taking place, especially in the area of the mind, air and space which is governed by Aquarian energies.
Just as human scientists must experiment to find that which works and that which does not, even so, must the spiritual scientists in the Hierarchy experiment with humanity, especially in dealing with the changes of a new age. The higher lives are not perfect as many suppose, but their judgment and decisions are on a higher level than ours.
During the Piscean age certain approaches to humanity became dependable and the results predictable. But with the tremendous inflow of the of the Aquarian energies from both a greater and lesser cycle even the Masters of Wisdom are tested to the max in doing their part to step down the energies and light so it will be wisely used for the next couple hundred years as we adjust to the new cycle.
Along these lines it is of interest to note that the Piscean Age did not begin with the date given for the coming of Christ. At 4 BC the Piscean Age was already a couple hundred years old. There were several great teachers before the coming of Christ of which only a scant reference is made by history. Even so, the turning point of the Aquarian age was the end of the Great War in 1945 and it is most likely that we will have a trinity of significant teachers that will have been recognized within a couple hundred years from now. In addition there will be numerous supporting teachers.
The thing to register is that because the approach of the Brotherhood to humanity is unique to the times that it may take some time before the teachers are recognized by the mainstream for a different note and tone will be sounded by the various lights.
The Brotherhood, of course, have worked on more than two projects or endeavors, but a particular two that failed were mentioned in the Immortal book. Actually there is no such thing as failure to one who learns from mistakes and moves ahead and even the great lives must learn from that which does not work.
In the past all that was needed was a few miracles, a vision and some new teachings and the teacher was assured to draw a significant following who would listen to his every word.
But now at this juncture there are so many claiming miracles and revelation that the intelligent often ignore them. There are so many claiming visions and supernatural contact that one more seems meaningless to an Aquarian mind. Then there are so many claiming new teachings from the brotherhood or ascended masters or God himself that a true teacher may seem like one more crackpot and get lost in the shuffle.
Because of these changing times and energies several attempts by the Brotherhood received little recognition and got smothered in the multitude of competitive astral teachings that had more emotional appeal. Therefore, certain attempts had to be withdrawn and a fresh approach taken.
The Immortal is a part of this experimental new approach where the teachings are presented with a little enhanced entertainment to a world that demands much more than a black and white presentation. So far progress has been far from spectacular, but we have been successful in drawing some excellent seed disciples.
But timing is something that even the greatest lives have difficulty predicting so I will not set a time frame for success – except to say that it will happen. And if I should fail another will come.
And yes, there are numerous disciples with numerous missions, but each is unique and one does not compete with the other.
“How would I feel were my wish realized?” is the feeling which should monopolize and immobilize your attention as you relax into sleep.” Neville
Jan 17, 2004
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