John at Patmos

Once upon a time the Apostle John found himself on the island of Patmos. Geographically, this island could be said to be located in the middle of two great civilizations—east and west.

But John also found himself in an unusual but similar mental place as well. He was meditating equally with both hemispheres of his brain. He needed all his brainpower to make sense out of the things he had personally witnessed and was told by his Lord Jesus Christ.

He was aware that as one of the Lord’s twelve disciples and closest followers he had received special teachings, teachings that were not given to the multitudes. Because of this intimate relationship, He was given deeper insights into the Lord’s parables. He had witnessed the Lord’s transfiguration at the top of a mountain. He saw the Lord perform miracles. He had personally witnessed the empty tomb. He also traveled with the Lord on the four-hour journey to Emmaus—after the crucifixion.

But even these amazing things were not the full reason for his amazement.

In each case the Lord had taken his brain to places where human feet could not go. It was as though the Lord was concerned with opening the minds of his disciples to new revelations. These revelations challenged the worldly belief that the Scriptures referred to mere physical events. John had experienced rarified moments where his mind caught glimpses of the Lord as the Word Incarnate, and not simply as a combative Messiah sent to squash Roman oppression. The stories contained in the books of Moses and the Prophets miraculously conveyed special details of the Lord’s life and His more important divine combat over the spiritual oppression that was taking place within the souls of men and women.

At these special meditative times, John no longer felt that he was in his physical body. He experienced this wonderful elevation of his mind when he walked up the steps to the second floor of the room in which the Lord had His Last Supper. It was as though the Lord was cleverly using the physical world to convey symbolic and spiritual meaning! He marveled that humankind was not ready for such a deep and unexpected teaching. And he himself, like the other disciples, did not fully grasp the full significance of all this. Many of the Lord’s teachings about the Holy Word and the heavenly kingdom were still obscure and remote to his normal way of thinking.

John now turned his attention and meditative power to the Lord’s words that some of his disciples would see the Kingdom of Heaven before their deaths. John wondered about this. Suddenly he felt his mind elevated from the physical world and was now in his spirit. In this state of heart and mind the obscure ideas he had about Holy Scripture became like clouds forming above his spirit. These were the same clouds that appeared to him after he, Peter and James saw Jesus transfigured atop a mountain.

Suddenly, with the eyes of his spirit, John saw Jesus appearing out of the clouds of his mental obscurity. He had witnessed the first coming of the Lord with his physical eyes. Now he was witnessing the Lord’s Second Coming with his spiritual eyes. The Lord now was about to give John an inside look at the deepest heavenly secrets contained within Scripture. This deeper look was the real revelation behind what John had witnessed and was told to write on a scroll.

Now let us fast-forward two thousand years.

Today, Jesus is also returning to clear up the clouds of mental obscurity for all those individuals who are willing, like John, to be taught new things. But such an earth shaking (paradigm changing) “event” will require humility, sincerity and an openness of the human spirit to learn from and experience the truly miraculous.

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2 Responses to John at Patmos

  1. joseph daniel says:

    IN relation to the the letter posted last time i do know a little about metaphysics and i theorise than when the alignment of the stars happens in 2012 the 21st day of DEC 1212 it will catalyse a sequence of effects each one running through each other co-current to next?if will catalyse a period were-of the holdin a nuetral frequency!we will all be unable to alter reality or even think that as our own thought!we will be all held in neutrality our frontal lobe is responsible for our day to day conscious realitys so we will all be interlinked through our temperal lobes conjuctions will each align and ignite co-current to eachover o phoenomonal experiance like none other a seqeunce of energys all flowing through our conscious realitys maybe you will get a warping or a loophole i dont think !that day humans will ceast to exsist but through a strangequantum physical experiance our collect awarenes will be harnesed by the angel that is responsible for holding the neutral frequency! who is anchored with a material donor ,human and our awareness or awe will overflow at the knowing of the truth!we will get a glimpse oh heaven a concious reality shift?plz let me now you personally think of that day or perhaps know what may happen as that my threory ALL WILL DEPEND ON THE CORRECTone true force ,love and the more we forgive show compassion be true to Godly ways of life it all goes into a subcuncious pot and the more love we get in the more charged our experianced wilol be as love is TRE ONLY PUREST FORCE AVAILABLE!BUT THE SUBCONSTIOUS POT CAN WORK AGAINST US BY IT ETING OUR CHARGE OF LOVE THIS IS MADE BY US MAKING THE WRONG MORAL AND EITHICALL PERSONALLY I FINISED MY REPENTENCE I,VE BEEN MAKING AS MUCH PRODUCTIVE LOVE DAYS EVEN IF ITS SOMETHING AS SIMPLY AS ACKNOLEDGING YOU ARE GODS PERFECT CHILD TRING YOURHARDEST TO BE JOUR BEST HELPS

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear joseph,

    Only spiritual love for God and the neighbor is important. This can happen on any day or date we please.

    Thanks for sharing tour ideas with my readers!

    Spiritually ypurs,

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