The Passion that Devours

The Passion that Devours

Let us continue to examine Revelation Chapter 12.

“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3

John looks again into heaven, or higher consciousness, and sees a “red dragon.” Red comes from PURRHOS which literally means “the color of fire.” This fiery dragon represents that part of the disciple and his fellow workers, which has a fiery passion to achieve and to see his work achieve its place in history. Externally, history is represented by the seven heads, which are seven ages of time through which seven kingdoms pass. The ten horns represent ten political divisions of the world and the crowns represent the world religions.

Internally the seven heads represent the seven centers the disciple has mastered and now has access to their divine powers.

The ten horns with crowns represent the ten petals of the solar plexus. This center is the seat of desire and represents the fiery red passion to aspire and succeed in the eyes of the world.

But one may reason that a disciple who has progressed this far would be beyond the need for recognition of the world. He is in the normal sense. He has no conscious desire for personal recognition, for wealth or comfort. He has dedicated his all to the service of humanity. Even so, his solar plexus energies are alive and well and his fiery passion has to go somewhere so he, as well as his followers, direct this desire energy toward his baby or creation. All the workers are passionate about seeing that his work secures a place in history and is recognized by the kingdoms of the world. The workers tell themselves they desire this for the glory of God, but a portion of the ego still remains and an unrecognized part of them wants some recognition from the world also.

“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Revelation 12:4

The stars stand for the fixed beliefs and established faith the disciple and his associates have had over a long period of time. The fiery desire to see the birth of the work causes part of that which they saw securely in heaven to be cast to the earth. In other words, the disciple sees that he must synthesize heaven and earth, God and mammon, the spiritual and the worldly and the ideal and the practical to secure the birth of the child.

One third of the workers’ beliefs are altered or seemingly compromised and cast down, to be incorporated in the world of men. In this attempt to beat the devil at his own game he finds that his course of action brings the creative female energies before the altar of the dragon of worldly wisdom “to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

He sees that if the spiritual creation is incorporated into the wisdom of the world it will be devoured and no longer exist.

“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” Revelation 12:5

As the disciple precariously attempts to bring heaven and earth as well as spirit and worldly wisdom together the creation manifests. At the birth powerful desire manifests, especially in the workers associated with the disciple. The workers quarrel among themselves and fight about how the creation is to be incorporated into the world.

The disciple sees that if the creation is to eventually rule in all nations, and be accepted in purity, that it must be lifted up above the desire nature of the solar plexus passions “unto God, and to his throne.”

He thus teaches about the creation from the vantage point of the soul, divorced from lower desire. He knows he will lose many workers at first, but to save the child he must elevate the work to the level of spiritual vibration or catch it “up unto God, and to his throne.”

Spiritually, the throne of God is the center between the eyebrows. Concentrating focus here brings the spirit of revelation and intuitive knowledge. Feeding the child with such spiritual food will protect it from being devoured by the dragon of passion and desire.

“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Revelation 12:6

The mothering instinct of the disciple realizes the work cannot survive if all the builders are full of desire, discord, aspiration and passion to blend with the world. He seeks to flee from those who destroy the creation with their misled desires and take with him those with soul contact who have risen above the lower self to initiate this phrase of the work.

These are fed by the soul, or God, for 1260 days or three and a half years, or periods of time. Again, we see that time period of three and a half.

Next we read:

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:7-9


  • What caused the war in heaven?
  • What was the war in heaven?
  • What’s the meaning behind Michael?
  • What cast the dragon out of heaven?

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. John Viscount Morley

Jan 10, 2006

Copyright by J J Dewey

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