UB 1014 …revealed
truth was then threatened with extinction…following the
miscarriage of the Adamic mission on Urantia (Earth)… The concept
of God had grown dim and hazy in the minds of men… Machiventa
Melchizedek, one of twelve planetary receivers, volunteered to do
that which had been done only six times in the history of all Nebadon;
to personalize on earth as a temporary man of the realm, to bestow
himself as an emergency Son of world ministry.
UB 1015 It was 1,973
years before the birth of Jesus that Machiventa Melchizedek
was bestowed… Like Jesus, Melchizedek attended strictly to the
fulfillment of the mission…. He came to achieve two tasks: to keep
alive…the truth of one God and to prepare the way for the subsequent
mortal bestowal of a Paradise Son of that Universal Father.
(Jesus, the Son of Man).
The correlation of the information in the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Prophets, and The Urantia Book is a very important observation that suggests a connection to a common source. That source can only be the source of all truth, the divine kingdom of heaven, from which God Himself is directing the revelation of truth to his evolving sons and daughters of the material world.
UB 2082 Do not
overlook the value of your spiritual heritage, the river
of truth running down through the ages . . .
Could this river of truth, at least in part, be the Judaic and Christian scriptural heritage? Have we overlooked anything? Perhaps the re-analysis of scripture, in the new light of Urantia Book information, could reveal new scriptural meanings not fully appreciated in times past.
UB 1061 And thus did the remnants of the missionaries
Mesopotamia maintain the light of truth during the period
of the disorganization of the Hebrew peoples (probably from
Abraham to Moses, approximately four hundred years) until
the appearance of that long line of teachers of Israel (Old
Testament prophets) . . .(my parentheses)
UB 1024 Melchizedek continued to collaborate
the succeeding nineteen centuries with the many prophets and
seers, thus endeavoring to keep alive the truth of until … Michael’s
(Christ’s) appearance on earth.
As always, then, we must work with truth and error side by side, and use the generously bestowed wisdom and information made available to us through The Urantia Book. Suffice it to say, for now, that the foundation of prophetic Old Testament scripture rests squarely on the shoulders of Melchizedek. He already knew the future of Israel and he collaborated with the psalmists, prophets, and servants of God to foretell, very accurately, the future history of Israel.
UB 155.6 did not cease to
minister words of truth to the world when
the prophets of old made an end of their utterances. And, we
ourselves should "aspire to become the living prophets of the
Most High and the spiritual heroes of the coming kingdom."
UB 1390 And, "Jesus had an unerring ability for the recognition of
truth, and truth he never hesitated to embrace, no matter from
what source it emanated.
UB 1390 While in the
synagogue library at Nazareth, among the
apocalyptic books, which he had been studying, the manuscript
called the "Book of Enoch" … proved very intriguing to him
(Jesus), and he read and re-read it many times. … No other
scripture was so near the truth as this story (about the son of
man) in this only partially accredited "Book of Enoch".
UB 1768 The
authority of truth is the very spirit that indwells . . .The
revelations of divine truth are not sealed except by human
ignorance, bigotry, and narrow minded intolerance.
Now lets move on to the accuracy of prophecy. Science always asks, what does the data say? What is the prior success record? As with all searches for truth, we must come to each question with an open mind, aware of the biases we inevitably have. This is particularly hard to do with prophecy because we have all been inculcated with the same unexamined "modern" suppositions and assumptions regarding reality. We are like fish swimming in a sea of suppositions, and fish are always the last to know about water, because it pervades their universe, and its absence is never experienced/realized. After all, is it really so hard to believe that our Father would want to warn, teach, and prepare His children regarding events to come? Most modern, "popular," scholars think something like this: "Miracles are not possible and so they can not exist. And miracles cannot exist because they are impossible. Now we have proved it." Notice anything funny? Perhaps, this is an example of how our "arrogance outruns our reason," as per the Urantia Book. Next, having "proved" the impossibility of prophecy, our most popular scholars must now invent any possible scheme they can to "prove" that the accurate prophecy was in fact written after the event had occurred. Thus the case is closed, irrefutable to anyone with a "modicum of sense." And if the evidence is too strong to refute, then the authorities of politically correct thought step in to downplay, ignore, or obfuscate such evidence. This club sees no evil, hears no evil, and does no evil.
There are many, many well-documented examples of detailed prophecies that have come true to the exact details. We must realize that mans simplistic notions of time, space, and causality have already been destroyed by a new and enlarged perspective largely forced on us by the evidences of quantum theory, chaos theory, Bell’s theorem, and Godel’s incompleteness proof. There is already a sound human basis for a philosophy that embraces both reason and intuition, matter and spirit, logic and faith.
The materialistic, reductionistic, mechanistic universe paradigm has been forever shattered. Yet the majority of conventional scientists cling to their old ideas of certainty and predictability. This is because there is a religion about science that scientists are not willing to admit to, just as stubbornly as any other religionist has, from time to time been. This religion is unexamined and lurks in the darkness of unrecognized assumptions, prejudices, and biases about the world and the way we want it to be rather than the way it really is. If we want to be "top dog" and in control of everything then we cannot also allow ourselves to believe in God. A belief in God would logically bring our self-sovereignty into question. Since we are too weak and prideful to allow for the existence of spiritual realities we must find the Universe to be strictly materialistic, strictly mechanistic, and strictly under our control. But then these religious beliefs of our conventional scientists, and many others, are masqueraded as proved scientific certainties to the untrained eye. Let it be known that a logical, rational, and intelligent person can examine phenomena outside of our present paradigm and make logical judgments regarding the unknown. The belief in God is neither irrational or unfounded. In fact we will see that a belief in a purposeful God is far more rational than a belief in an unending series of infinitely improbable "accidents." The scientific method is a good approach to all types of questions and always asks what does the evidence show. Even if there is only one well-documented case of a detailed and accurate prophecy, our assumptions about reality must be adjusted to allow for this. Instead, what happens is that uncomfortable facts are quickly swept under the rug to keep up appearances. Most people, including scientists, do not love truth. Therefore, the truth is crucified and sacrificed day after day in the halls of cowardice, laziness, and self-centeredness.
The Urantia Book tells us that Melchizedek’s name is removed from scripture, here we see it being put back in by the Teacher of Righteousness of the Dead Sea Scrolls sect. This remarkable document (11Q13) tells us several things. First, that the Qumran sect interpreted scripture as we are doing right now. They substituted Melchizedek’s name for "the Lord" designation used in the original scripture. This sect must have still retained at least some of the truth about Melchizedek and his role in the history of Israel. Second, this document confirms the statements in the Urantia Book pertaining to the Lord/Melchizedek confusion, i.e., "Lord" is erroneously used instead of "Melchizedek." The Dead Sea Scrolls reverse the process and puts Melchizedek back in place of the ‘Lord’ designation in scripture. This correspondence between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Urantia Book mutually validates both sources, as neither source could have had access to the other. (Urantia Book published in 1955 before 11Q13 had been made public.) Lastly, the document, by its truth, indicates that the Qumran group is an heir to the "river of truth running down through the ages" in the form of sacred scripture. The amazing thing that I have found is the high degree of consistency that is present within such a diverse body of scriptural sources. This consistency is also a feature of the Urantia Book’s "ring of truth."
UB Israel had repudiated the Son
of the God (Melchizedek) who had made a
covenant with Abraham, and the plan to make the children of
Abraham the light-bearers of truth to the world had been
shattered. The divine covenant had been abrogated, and the
end of the Hebrew nation drew on apace.
Zechariah 8: Speak truth to one another
Render true and perfect justice in your gates…
Love honesty and integrity
Meanwhile justice has gone out from the land and truth out from our hearts. Our leaders are misleaders; their only interest is self-interest. Gone are the statesmen. Gone are the noblemen. Gone are the wise men. There is no one home. Our shepherds (leaders) are wolves feeding off the flock. Entrusted with much, these misleaders will be answerable for much. The consequences of this blind leadership will shortly rear their ugly heads. And then the cry: "if only we knew." But we close our eyes, and cover our ears, and bury our heads – co-conspirators against truth and justice. "We hear no evil, speak no evil, and see no evil. And we love it to have it so."
Show them that you are their
leaders…Rejoice, children of
integrity, in the truth.
Rejoice indeed. It would appear that through some remarkable books, a certain group or groups of people will be brought into a whole knowledge of "every upright path." These people become leaders in teaching other people, the "children of the earth," the ways of truth.
UB 820 The pouring out of the
Spirit of Truth provides the Spiritual
Foundation for the realization of great achievements…
The collapse of this nation is heralded by its near total disrespect and disregard for the truth. Jesus says, "I have come into this world, to bear witness to the Truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears and listens to My voice." We, like Pilate, respond "Truth? What is truth?"
Also consider these quotes about truth.
Mark 4:22 Nothing is hidden that
UB1682 be made manifest (Jesus)
UB 1713A You cannot compel men to love the truth
UB 43C All truth is both beautiful and good
UB ll25A All truth takes origin in God
UB 1745B There is no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall
wholeheartedly in love with truth.
UB 2078A The pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness leads to God.
UB 42D Truth is valuable because it can be acted out, it can be lived
UB 1459C Truth can never be man’s…
Without the exercise of faith.
UB 1731A "fail not to discern the words of truth that come not through the
traditional oracles of supposed inspiration" (Jesus)
UB 1466B "the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with
himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his
mind were not open to receive light for the soul…You cannot
reveal God to those who do not seek for Him." (Jesus)
UB 1796C "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." (Jesus)
UB 247D (The Urantia Book) is assigned to enlarge truth.
UB 1008B The Urantia Book is the most recent presentation of truth.
But truth, if too bright, can blind as well as illuminate, therefore –
Emily Tell all the Truth but
tell it slant –
Dickinson Success in Circuit lies
#1129 Too bright for our infirm delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As lightening to the children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind –
It is more certain than a law of physics that –
Jeremiah warns Israel in the days before the Babylonians in 600 B.C. They would not listen. They could not see. They believed what they wanted to believe. They did not love truth.
Jeremiah 9:14 One man cheats another
They will not speak the truth…
Lo, I shall smelt and assay them – …
And I will make the towns of Judah
A desolation without inhabitants.
I thought, "I will not mention Him,
No more will I speak His Name" –
But (His Word) was like a raging fire in my heart,
Shut up in my bones;
I could not hold it in, I was helpless…
All my supposed friends are waiting for me to stumble…
Accursed be the day
That I was born!
God’s will is God’s Way. God’s Way is the Way of truth, beauty, and goodness. It is the Way of Love.
And so we can readily compare the evolutionary religion of man with the revealed religion of God. Man’s religion (Baalism) centers around self-interest and self-gratification while God’s religion is the selfless pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Is it any wonder why the former is the more popular and the latter is "the road less traveled?" Isn’t Baalism without Baal still the most prevalent ‘religion’ today? Also, notice how well the Urantia Book illuminates known history. It puts history into a higher perspective that explains historical events in a much wider context. This organic flavor of the Urantia Book is the flavor of truth. Disconnected human history is a cross section of a higher dimensional reality, the reality of eternity. If one takes successive horizontal cross sectional views of a vertical tree and its branches, you will first see one large circle (trunk) and then several smaller circles (main branches) and then finally a great multitude of still smaller circles and ovals of variable size and separation (small branches). If you give these cross sectional views to someone who has no idea of how it was formed, he will not see a tree – but rather various patterns of circles with no particular connection to one another (similar to looking at a wood ceiling with its "knots"). He will write about these circles in descriptive language of the individual circles and ovals with no idea of the relationship of one circle to another or one cross section to another. If you then tell this person about the higher dimensional reality of the tree and how the circles were formed through its cross-section, a "light bulb in the mind" turns on and his understanding is radically transformed and simplified. Reality doesn’t change but our perception of it does. The higher dimensional object, the tree, contains in itself all of the lower dimensional cross sections. In this same fashion Einstein’s higher dimensional theory of general relativity contains within it Newton’s laws, a lower dimensional cross section. Higher levels of truth take up into themselves the lower level cross sections below – just as standing on a mountain puts new perspective into a familiar landscape below. Paradox also disappears at the higher level. Therefore, one way to recognize the presence of a higher dimensional truth is the recognition of this powerful, explanatory, and simplifying character. The Urantia Book has this character, as does all higher dimensional truth. This transforming illumination by higher order truth is reflected in the passage:
Stated differently, this means that when a person "finds God," or "enters the Kingdom of heaven" the realization within consciousness that God is truly within us, with us, and over us is the realization of the higher dimensional reality that pervades and indwells our very being. This is the equivalent of realizing that "the little voice within" that guides us in what we should do, is in truth, the "indwelling spirit of God," referred to in scripture as the "Guide" within and the "Kingdom of heaven" within. The goal of life then, becomes to find and to listen to this inner guide, despite self-sacrifice, and through obedience become transformed in our journey toward "becoming perfect, even as God is perfect."
DSC This (Psalm 6:1-4) refers to
the Last Days, about (the righteous,
pg. 234 when) Belial (devil) planned to destroy them in his fury, so that
Wise none would remain of…God will not allow Belial…But the Angel of God’s truth
will help keep the Children of Light from the power of Belial. But the righteous are
always beloved, and the Great power of God is with them, (Wise, Abegg, & Cook)
(… represent missing original text)
Why Belial is so angry at this group is not explicit, but is presumably due to the promulgation of truth, which discloses and sets up resistance to Belial’s activities. The divine protection of the elect and righteous, during the messianic period, is described over and over in scripture across many different sources. It has a very high probability of happening. This is similar to the protection afforded the ancient Israelites by "the Lord" as his servant Moses led them out of Egypt. The end is very much like the beginning in sacred history. From Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes, we continue on the subject of the elect:
4Q4l8 And you, elect of truth
Fr. 69 and pursuers of righteousness and justice
… guardians of all knowledge,
How will you say:
We labour for understanding
And keep awake to pursue knowledge.
15Q96 To speak the truth they
will have closed mouths.
Millennium Those who really desire to understand,
Prophecy Who are looking to find that which is eternal,
Without beginning and without end,
Will walk together in great intensity,
Will be a danger to everything that is unessential,
To unrealities, to shadows.
And they will concentrate, they will become the Flame,
Because they understand.
J. Krishnamurti ( l929)
Those who "keep awake to pursue knowledge" and "labour for understanding" are "the massive barrier breakers of the world." Like Jesus, they "will have closed mouths to speak the truth" and they will "walk together in great intensity."
The prophets have said "our people are stupid." We only see what we want to see. Where is the thirst for truth? Prophets pull no punches; they live and die for the truth and only truth
Most people do not love truth and so they sacrifice it to maintain their view of the way they want their universe to be, so we sweep away any inconvenient facts to the contrary. Even the majority of our scientists, who are supposed to be most objective, do this on a regular basis to maintain their vested interests in a certain worldview. And so, despite many inconvenient facts, scientists continue to espouse a big bang cosmology and refuse to recognize cold fusion and other newenergy devices that are already working and producing energy. These very same scientists use ridicule and power to silence any new ideas or viewpoints. Again, our future comes through the "marginal" groups; individuals that continue to search for truth despite the conventional powers to be.
Prophecy is real! It has much evidence in favor of its validity. Prophecy still concerns us and our future. Truth is being revealed in a strategic way to bring information to people at the right time. God’s plan is unfolding under our feet and beneath our awareness. There is much truth just beneath the surface of our false assumptions, waiting to be rediscovered. There will be a great thirst for the proper understanding of prophecy near the end of the messianic age, and that God’s purposes will be progressively revealed through "greater understanding of His prophets of old." Many will be confused in their search for God’s truth. The Qumran community, of the Dead Sea Scrolls, foretell a final prophet called "the interpreter of the law" who reveals God’s truth through an inspired interpretation of the Olden Prophets. This demonstration of God’s omniscience through His prophets is one of the major events to unfold during the end and completion of this age.
The Urantia Book is an Epochal Revelation given early to teach and prepare a generation of believers who will be able to demonstrate, live, and teach this Kingdom of Heaven at the end of the age, when great trials come and people will become receptive to new and expanded truth.
The Lord tells us:
Zechariah 8:16 You must love honesty
Speak the truth to one another…
Render true and perfect justice in your gates…
The Dead Sea Scroll, 11Q13 establishes Melchizedek as a "Lord" in the Old Testament. The other "Lord" in the Old Testament is God of course. With one sentence this document establishes: Melchizedek as Lord of the Old Testament and coming Messiah, confirms the truth and validity of The Urantia Book, and validates the Teacher of Righteousness as a true prophet of God.
" It may be necessary for those who follow God’s will, to separate themselves from the opinions, people, and possessions of our present culture to follow the truth on an isolated, lonely, and perhaps dangerous road.
Hymn 2 I will bow down and
implore Thy mercy
Thanksgiving on my sins and wicked deeds,
Hymns For I have wallowed in uncleanness
and have turned aside from the council of Thy truth…
Preserve Thy servant, O God, lest he sin against Thee,
or stagger aside from any word of Thy will.
Strengthen the loins of Thy servant…
that he may walk in all that Thou lovest…
Hymn 5 Thou hast favored me, Thy
Thanksgiving with a spirit of knowledge,
Hymns that I may choose truth and goodness
and I have loved Thee freely
and with all my heart…
Hymn 22 For Thou hast made known
to me the counsel of Thy truth
and has taught me Thy marvelous mysteries…
and by the spirit which Thou hast given me…
Thou hast opened knowledge to me…
and Thou hast shed Thy Holy Spirit over dust…
to bring him into the company of the ‘gods’
and unite them (dust and ashes) with the Sons of Heaven.
Like all other prophets of God, the Teacher of Righteousness experienced ridicule, persecution, and wrath from the hand of man for telling them the truth about themselves and their world.
1QH Clay and dust that I am.
what can I devise unless Thou wish it,
and what contrive unless Thou desire it?
What strength shall I have
unless Thou keep me upright
and how shall I understand
unless by the spirit which Thou hast shaped for me?
I lean on Thy grace
and the multitude of Thy mercies…
For the source of His righteousness
is my justification…
Thou hast upheld me with certain truth…
(Teacher of Righteousness)
1QS For without Thee no way is
perfect and without Thy Will nothing is done.
Community (Teacher of Righteousness)
This is essentially the religion of Jesus himself, one hundred years before his birth. Jesus
stated this truth in a slightly different way using seven words in complete perfection:
Thy Kingdom come, thy
Will be done. (Lord's Prayer)
Liberty is the knowledge that we are expected to be and have been created imperfect. Mistakes are expected and actually are necessary for learning. Learning is our real reason for being. Learning, growing and changing into an ever more beautiful expression of God’s (and our own) truth, beauty and goodness.
Jerusalem and much of modern Israel are primarily secular in their outlook at this point in time. They have drifted away from God for "want of knowledge" and the truth of God. The majority of these people of modern Israel will suffer drought, famine, and military disaster as a result. Only a small faithful remnant of Judah which is comprised of some who stay in Jerusalem during war and some who are gathered from exile when Melchizedek arrives in Bozrah (located in Southern Jordan).
Uncertainty is part of every venture for truth.
The Book of Enoch was an
inspiration to Jesus.(UB 1390) The title "Son
of Man" was taken from the Book of Enoch. (UB 1390) Of all scripture
the Book of Enoch "was nearest to the truth" regarding Jesus’ identity and
mission as assessed by Jesus himself. (UB 1390).
1Enoch 90:5 Approach not
integrity with a double heart; nor be associated
with double-minded men; but walk, my children, in righteousness,
which will conduct you in good paths; and truth be your
companion (James. 1:8).
UB 194.3 We are equipped to overcome evil
with good, vanquish hate
love, to destroy fear with a courageous and living faith in truth.
The Father’s Will is the Father’s Way. The Way of truth, beauty, goodness, and love.
1Enoch 104A: 1-2 In those days, he (Enoch) says:
105:1-2 "The Lord will be patient and cause the children of the earth
to hear. Reveal it to them with your wisdom, for you are their
guides; and you are a reward upon the whole earth. Until I
and my Son are united with them in the upright paths in their
lifetime, and there shall be peace unto you, rejoice you children of
In order to be the bearers of truth, one must be able to bear ridicule, slander, and contempt.
Ephesians. 6:14 Girt your loins about
with truth, and have
on the breast plate of righteousness…
II Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the
knowledge of the truth.
II Timothy 4:4 They shall turn their ears away,
truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
First hand spiritual experience is what we lack and what we need most of all. It is only as far away as was Kansas in the Wizard of Oz; just as far as our hearts desire. "Ask and you shall receive." "Search and you shall find." "Behold, all things are becoming new." The spirit fragment or Thought Adjuster acts as a guide showing us "the way" if we only so desire. The mind which chooses becomes progressively attuned to God’s will or way, which is the way of truth, the way of beauty, and the way of goodness: each in all and all in each – fused in the triune experience of living joy. Our minds are adjusted, by right of our desire, to connect the dots between what we are and what God would have us to become. And our Father encourages our spiritual striving; saying, "Become perfect, even as I Am perfect."
This way is the true way and is the entire sum of God’s religion; the message of Jesus, the Kingdom of heaven within. Man’s religions are best evaluated by the extent that they connect the real person to the real God: the God of truth, the God of beauty, the God of goodness, and the God of love.
The gospel of the kingdom is: the fact of the fatherhood of God, coupled with the resultant truth of the sonship-brotherhood of men.
The above excerpts are from the book, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand” written by Edmund J. Roache, MD.