Every Old Testament Story Is About Jesus

We all know that the New Testament treats solely of the Lord while He lived on earth. We also know that the Lord’s Advent is foretold early in Genesis (after the “Fall”) and by the Old Testament Prophets, and, His return was seen in a fantastic vision by the apostle John and recorded in Revelation.

What is less known among theologians, the clergy, biblical students and laypeople alike, is that the Old Testament also treats solely of the Lord (the Son) even though its stories only mention the name “Jehovah” (the Father). What goes here? This odd situation needs doctrinal clarification.

Traditional Christian doctrine supports the idea that the Holy Word refers to God the Son.  Furthermore, when the Lord came into the world He made the Word “flesh.” Therefore, the Lord must have made the Old Testament “flesh” because it was the only Word at the time of the Advent.

This was the special message that Jesus shared with His disciples (and not with the multitudes). This presented cognitive problems for the disciples, but they were coaxed into elevating their minds. For instance, when the Lord took several of His disciples up a mountain where they would see Him transfigured and talking with Moses and Elijah, it signified something even more profound. This event represented a new understanding of the disciples towards the Lord and a flash of insight to His intimate relationship with the Old Testament. On the road to Emmaus, the Lord again shared deeper secrets with several disciples concerning how stories of Moses and the Prophets referred exclusively to Himself.

Why secrets? How can biblical characters transcend their biblical descriptions?

Since the Word is God and Infinitely Holy, no finite humans could be worthy of mention, unless they were used to symbolically represent some deeper story concerning the details and divine order of God’s great works and how salvation takes place.

According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, the literal meaning of the stories in Scripture, including the Old Testament, describe the innermost drama that played itself out as the Lord took on a physical human body and entered into history. Jesus made the Word flesh by making His physical body a perfect conduit for His Divine Heavenly Spirit. This is why Jesus seemed to be in communication with His “Father” as a separate Person, when actually it was His physical reality communicating with His heavenly reality. Jesus and Jehovah were the same Person—just as the human body and its soul make up one person in each of us. The big difference is that the Lord made his physical human completely divine and perfect (and left an empty tomb).

Since He had gained a human body from His terrestrial mother, the Lord had to bring all its worldly attachments, vanities and imperfections into complete submission to His heavenly essence. The Lord overcame the final challenge on the cross, where He endured physical pain, ultimate humility and resisted the human temptation to fight back with a show of force, hatred and desire for domination. Rather, He prevailed by conquering all human inclinations. With each victory, the Lord had made His human more divine, that is, His heavenly spirit descended more and more into His human life and its manifestations.

Swedenborg claimed that the Old Testament story of Abraham and his descendents (Isaac and Jacob) were spiritual allegories of this sacred process by which the Lord’s heavenly essence begot new reasoning powers and noble affections within His evolving biological self. Since the Lord had entered into the human gene pool and was victorious over ALL hereditary evil, we too can be saved from our worldly and negative inclinations if we approach the Lord with sincere humility and ask for His help. We cannot do this alone!

This is just a taste of a great new paradigm shift that is now taking place in theology!

If these ideas about deeper levels of meaning within Holy Scripture interest you, visit the Swedenborg Foundation at http://www.swedenborg.com or my own website http://www.provinggod.com


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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2 Responses to Every Old Testament Story Is About Jesus

  1. The forces of darkness have corrupted the link to the Swedenborg Foundation (swedenborg.com sends actually to swedeborg.com, which is a search tool, fortunately not apparently satanic). 🙂

    In the rest, the idea that the Old Testament is totally subordinate to the New Testament is a nice reflection of Christian preference (and I can imagine the Jewish reaction 🙂 ). I have only two questions to the Almighty: (1) why not making this Advent trick more often (without which the cherished humanity still seems to fail shamefully its predetermined destiny)? and (2) why making it in such a special and almost perverted way (with all that terrible suffering, actual permission for practically any sin without punishment for “adherents”, etc.)? Indeed, according to his profession, the Almighty could attain the same purpose in a less esoteric (though maybe less spectacular) way. A dark suspicion is that it is that particularly “attractive” narrative about Jesus sacrifice, forgiveness for everybody, etc. that permitted it to win and last for such a long time. Does God also love good novels (“the Word”)?!

    Sorry for talking simply about complex things. As I am not sure to get the Answers directly from Above, maybe you could provide a plausible version?

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Andrei,

    Try an internet search for the Swedenborg Society in the UK.

    You certainly are asking complex questions. And, it is much easier to ask complex questions than to answer them. Not because answers are laking but you are asking me for a “brain dump.” I have studied Swedenborg’s science and theology for 35 years. This information has not been exhausted by two centuries of scholars.

    I myself have written two books and over 300 blog posts to cover this information in unique new ways.

    But your questions deserve at least a quick response for now. While the world we live in seems totally corrupt of morals I can assure you that individuals exist among us who have transcended their biological selves!

    Beyond this, answering your serious and well-thought out inquiries to your full satisfaction requires lots and lots of setup.

    For instance, the “Word” is a heavenly document which has reached the material brains of human authors through inspired visions. They simply recorded their fantastic visions within the constraints of their terrestrial language. But since this transfer of knowledge comes from the non-material realm of the spiritual world it contains rarefied meanings abstracted from their involvement with time and space. In other words, the narratives in Scripture can be interpreted into their higher psycho-spiritual equivalents (correspondence principle).

    Basically, the Holy Word contains three distinct levels of meaning, all of which are correspondences and similitudes of each other. The lowest level is the literal (terrestrial) interpretation of its words. Above this, all the stories present us with a symbolic language portraying the qualities of the human heart and mind and the challenges of spiritual evolution. At the highest level, these very same stories depict the Lord’s personal story to save humankind. If this were not the case Scripture would not be sacred. Yes, the Jewish reaction to this would be disbelief in such a thing and would require grasping that Jesus was actually Jehovah in the flesh. In fact, traditional Christianity would also find this to be a threat to their irrational Trinitarian doctrine of God as three “Persons.”

    My new book looks at all this from a scientifically plausible (rational) theory and totally rejects blind faith. For instance. I also show how the multi-leveled architecture of the Bible’s narratives portray the dynamics and provide the causal links required for top-down processes between non-physical and non-temporal first principles and their descent into spacetime constraints.

    I wrote my book to give plausible answers to questions like yours. Answers are like wine – they need to age and mature in one’s mind. Naked data, like raw materials, cannot offer quick satisfaction. The reason why much of humanity acts in such a perverted way, in spite of God’s eternal purpose, even includes a study of the topic of hypnotism and human suggestibility (my book spends an entire chapter on this subject of humanity’s diminished and disjointed cognitive state).

    God indeed forgives everyone, yet, people continue to head straight for hell. Why? Forgiveness of sins does not prevent people from committing new transgressions. Forgiving sins has no affect on the human heart. It doesn’t change a person’s essential nature. It is like dismissing a traffic ticket while the violator continues to drive over the speed limit. People, even religious people, must “clean house” (this is God’s message – not simply praying for good things to happen) Thus, in spite of God’s Infinite Mercy, not all souls will take heed and be saved.

    In the spiritual world, those who continue their transgressions cannot live among those who have stopped. This is the difference between hell and heaven.

    Perhaps you can be more singular with your next questions. I appreciate the sincerity by which you are trying to make sense of things.

    Spiritually yours,

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