Revelations

 

UB 1555 When in temporary exile on Patmos, John wrote the Book of Revelation which you now have in greatly abridged and distorted form. This Book of Revelation contains the surviving fragments of a great revelation, large portions of which were lost, other portions removed, subsequent to John’s writing.

 

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened,

And behold a white horse;

And he that sat on him

Was called Faithful and True;

And in righteousness he doth judge and make war

Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth,

And their armies, gathered together to make

War on him that sat on the horse and

Against his army.

 

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse;

And he that sat on him had a bow;

And a crown was given unto him;

And he went forth conquering and to conquer.

 

White symbolizes cleanliness, righteousness, and holiness. A horse is symbolic of a warrior. The crown symbolizes sovereignty. The one on horseback is Melchizedek, the Faithful and True, Son of God, who rapidly subdues the world’s leaders (kings) that are bringing war to the peoples. Also, remember that Joseph, the chosen (elect) son of Jacob, wore a crown and was a strong archer with a bow. Melchizedek is God’s chosen Son, and just as Joseph, he is given a crown and a bow, as well as sovereignty of our world. This is why 1Enoch calls Melchizedek the Elect One. The crown follows the elect; those who stand up and elect God’s will.

 

Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet,…

And loud voices in heaven, were saying "The

Kingdom of the World has become the Kingdom

Of our Lord (God) and his Christ (Messiah Melchizedek)

 

Notice carefully that this kingdom is of the world and is not the inner spiritual kingdom of heaven spoken of by Jesus, for he said on many occasions, "my kingdom is not of this world."

 

The Book of Revelation is stated in the Urantia Book to be a much deleted and edited version of John’s original vision, which is stated to have been a profound and far reaching prophecy. It should be noted however that the Urantia Book freely quotes many passages of Revelation and explains their true meanings. Therefore, I use Revelation sparingly and carefully in situations where it adds to or expands the meaning of Old Testament prophesy, already previously developed. Scripture is an organic whole, like a growing tree with many branchings off the main trunk. Here are a few samples of Urantia Book quotes regarding Revelation.

 

UB 599 It was at the conclusion of the terminal mission of the Teacher Sons (at least that would be the chronology on a normal world) that John wrote: "I saw a new heaven, a new earth and the new Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a princess adorned for the prince."

 

The comment in the Urantia Book regarding this new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem leaves open the possibility of this event occurring on our world at any time, even the upcoming time of our presently ending age as our world is out of the usual order. Consider:

 

UB 599 The Trinity Teacher Sons may return many times to the same world. But sooner or later, in connection with the termination of one of their missions, the Planetary Prince is elevated to the position of Planetary Sovereign, and the System Sovereign appears to proclaim the entrance of such a world upon the era of light and life.

 

Do we dare speculate that since Melchizedek is described in scripture as receiving sovereignty (crown) as our Planetary Prince that our world may also enter the era of light and life at the end of this age, when Melchizedek is elevated to the position of Planetary Sovereign. One more example of the use of Revelation in the Urantia Book:

 

UB 538 John the Revelator saw a vision of the arrival of a class of advancing mortals from the seventh mansion world to their first heaven, the glories of Jerusem. He recorded; "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire; and those who gained the victory over the beast that was originally in them, and over the image that persisted through the mansion worlds and finally over the last mark and trace, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God, and singing the song of deliverance from mortal fear and death."

 

UB 538 …on the seventh mansion world. Here you will be purged of all the remnants of unfortunate heredity, unwholesome environment, and unspiritual planetary tendencies. The last remnants of the ‘mark of the beast’ are here eradicated.

 

Notice, that the Urantia Book adds quite a bit of information to the actual passage in scripture:

 

Revelation 15:2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had conquered the beast in its image and the number of his name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

 

In the Urantia Book passage the "mark of the Beast" refers to the animalistic, biologic, and environmentally induced imperfections within man as opposed to the external "mark of the beast" suggested by the actual text of "Revelation". There are over a hundred places in the Urantia Book where imagery from Revelation is discussed, as listed in Duane Faw’s Paramony of the Urantia Book and the Bible. Perhaps some of the original meanings of John’s vision could be reconstructed by using the information provided in the Urantia Book.

 

The Book of Revelation contains a vision of the apostle John where John is instructed to write messages to the seven churches. The seven churches are the various types or groups of Christians living at the end of the age right before Messiah Melchizedek arrives. These messages contain a divine assessment of the pluses and minuses of each group or personality type existing at the end of the age upon us now. All of the seven churches have considerable portions of negative criticism except for one –the Church of Philadelphia:

 

Revelation 3:7 And to the church of Philadelphia write: "This is the message from the one who is holy and true. He (Jesus) has the key that belonged to David, and when he opens a door, No one can close, and when he closes a door, No one can open it.

 

The one who is holy and true, with the key of David, is Jesus Christ who holds the keys to the spiritual kingdom of heaven within. He says to the church of Philadelphia:

 

Revelation 3:8 I know your works. Behold, I have set an open door before you, which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power; and that you have kept my word (or have been faithful to my message:  Phillips translation) and have not denied my Name (Jesus).

 

This is a group that Jesus gives wholehearted approval (an open door), living at the end of The Age, who are true to the message of Jesus, the gospel of the kingdom of heaven. Consider the "door" which Jesus speaks of:

 

Revelations 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock,’ if anyone hears my voice and opens his door, I will come in to dine and eat with him and he with Me "The kingdom of heaven is the will of God enthroned in the heart of man." (UB 1487) And so, the door of the kingdom of heaven is always open to the members of the church of Philadelphia because they already know God and seek to do His Will, i.e. they already understand the kingdom of heaven. Now we need to know more about this church of Philadelphia:

 

Philadelphia, not a very large city, was a busy commercial center. It was the meeting point of roads from Sardis, from the coast and from regions in the Northeast and Southeast. (Handbook on Revelation to John –United Bible Societies) The final letter to the church of Philadelphia takes us to the ultimate evolutionary stage –full knowledge of consciousness, a state beyond duality… (Revelation, Peter Lorie, Simon & Schuster) From the very beginning Philadelphia was seen as a monument to the possibility of divinity within mankind. The Greek word "philadelphiers" means one who loves his brother"… Founded in around l50 B.C., it was situated on high ground and formed a perfect geographical position for trade. It was known as a gateway to the East…We can suppose that for John, Philadelphia would have epitomized the ideal of a city which had balance, good will, and good judgment. This gives us a good allegory for the final stage of human spiritual evolution –that of enlightenment, the ultimate consciousness, a state that brings perfect balance. At this stage according to all Eastern and Western traditions, there is no duality, but a oneness with life and all existence. The other six letters of Revelation can be exemplified by the opposites of the Zodiac signs –Leo and Aquarius, Gemini and Sagittarius, for example. Here we have characteristics that are in opposition to one another, whereas in the final stage of human development (as symbolized by Philadelphia) we become one with existence –enlightened. (Peter Lorie, Revelation).

 

Now, lets look at the missing links contained in the Urantia Book regarding Philadelphia:

 

UB 1869 Within a short time after the destruction of Jerusalem, Antioch became the headquarters of Pauline Christianity; while Philadelphia remained the center of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven. From Antioch the Pauline version of the Teachings of Jesus and the teaching about Jesus spread to all the Western World; from Philadelphia the missionaries of the Abnerian Kingdom of heaven spread throughout Mesopotamia and Arabia until the later times when these uncompromising emissaries of the teachings of Jesus were overwhelmed by the sudden rise of Islam.

 

UB 1832 …the believers at Philadelphia held more strictly to the religion of Jesus, as he lived and taught, than any other group on earth.

 

Now prophecy is true both in the context of the time of its writing and in the time of its prophetic future fulfillment. And so, the church of Philadelphia spoken of in Revelation as existing in the latter days (now) would have characteristics like the church of Philadelphia existing at the time of John’s vision and writing. One might then expect this congregation or church of the latter days Philadelphia to be a group, like Abner’s, true to the message of Jesus (the gospel of the kingdom of heaven), and to be concerned with issues of brotherly love such as the brotherhood of man predicated on the Fatherhood of God. This is exactly the effect of the Urantia Book, ie; to explain and inspire the living of the kingdom of heaven within; the true way, the true gospel of Jesus that the apostles did not understand. The Urantia Book actually brings into being this latter day church of Philadelphia. The Urantia Book teaches the doing of God's Will. The elect are those who choose (elect) God's Will. Now if we integrate these concepts from Revelation about the Church of Philadelphia with the concepts of Enoch, one could envision a group in the latter days that:

 

1. is blessed with book(s) of joy and great wisdom

2. that give them knowledge of the way of God which they practice and point out to others; (the choosing of God's Will)

3. that know the true message of Jesus and are faithful to it, (the choosing of God's Will)

4. and have reached the enlightenment stage of brotherly love.

5. live in the latter days, the time of tribulation, in a distant generation from Enoch.

6. have but little worldly power, probably a small group.

7. Are found among ‘gentile’ Christians.

 

These descriptions from Enoch and Revelation seem to mesh very well. The "elect" congregation is one and the same as the "church of Philadelphia." Also, consider this line of scripture addressed to the church of Philadelphia:

 

Revelations 3:11    I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

 

Above quotes are from the book, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand", by Edmund J. Roache.

 

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