54 This is basically shown on the front cover and it's pretty self-explanatory. The main difference is that the color gray corresponds to the circle itselfand, to the number 8 (n8:7-10). And, much as it signifies the color range on a black and white TV, it portrays the full spectrum. And, where white is the medium and is shown in the center (np:5-8), it follows that it proceed to gray, as the light begins to diminish. In so doing, it follows that gray proceed to black, in the absence of light: why black corresponds to the number 9 and is also shown in the center. Whereby white and black, in accord with the numbers 4 and 9 (n4:76-77,161; n8:28), are absolutes. Thus leaving the color brown, which I suggest corresponds to the number 10, and opposite of white in terms of earth colors or pigmentation. Compare the number 444, which corresponds to Joyce (10) and, the full spectrum. And so the sun in its objectivity shines forth (n4:95; n8:10-12), and the earth receives its warmth, which itself is brown. And being a color of fertility, the whole spectrum flourishes under the sun.
55 Additionally, when the sun rises from the east, one of the first colors to appear is red (1). As it continues, the sun takes on an orange hue (2), which soon turns to yellow (3). Whereby these three colors, red, orange and yellowor ROY (n107; n4:157)are colors of the sun: signified by the number 123. While at the peak of the day, the sun radiates down as white light (4): signified by the number 444 (np:5-8). As it warms the earth, the foliage sends its roots into the soil, which are white. While below the soil's surface, without any light, it becomes black. And through photosynthesis, the foliage puts out its green leaves (5), while standing under the deep blue sky (6). After the sun completes its arc in the sky and it approaches dusk, one of the last visible colors is violet (7). Whereby these three colors, green, blue and violet, correspond to the number 567. Just as the base of the Menorah suggests, 123 + 444 = 567 (np:7). And so it's evident God is at work here, through His seven Spirits: ". . . which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." Revelation 5:6 (np:8).
56 This symbol, as mentioned in Daphne (1), further illustrates the inherent symmetry of the Gerarai. Thus it's interesting how 1:00 o'clock corresponds to 15°, 2:00 o'clock corresponds to 30°, 3:00 o'clock corresponds to 45°, etc.i.e., 24 x 15 = 360°. Similarly: 1 x 14 + 1 = 15, 2 x 14 + 2 = 30, 3 x 14 + 3 = 45, etc. All of which exemplifies how one octave corresponds to 15 notes (n:3).
57 While it may give some insight into the 24 elders portrayed in Revelation 4, the first place where Revelation mentions it. While it's funny how I bring it up in chapter 4, for it only occurred to me later that I was opening the doorregarding Revelation 4through the fourteen Gerarai (n4:19).
58 This symbol coincides with the various states of mind and six churches in chapter 1 (n22), more so the fifth and sixth churches, which are Great Britain and the United States (n1:30-31) and, portrays the grafting of the two walnut trees. It also entails the six elements of marriage (n3:1) and the fourteen Gerarai (n4:1). And here, the smaller symbol details the four aspects of the cross, coming together as the fifth aspect: the crux of the matter or, in the center. The larger symbol details the same thing, except it doesn't clearly show the second aspect: which joins the fifth and sixth aspects at the sevenththeir marriage.
59 And here the number 272 is the key, which corresponds to Vanessa (6) and portrays the second aspect joined to the sixth: to become the extension of the sixth. While the number 62, which also corresponds to Vanessa, suggests the same thing! Thus when Revelation 3:12 refers to the Church of Philadelphia, it's called the pillar, which suggests an extension at the base or foundationof a cross.
60 As for the second aspect, in accord with the number 272, it's joined to the sixth aspect by means of the seventh. Whereby the number 22 corresponds to Justine (8) and signifies the operation, performed around the circumference or, circumcision. And so correlates with the eighth aspect. The number 272 also takes into account the numbers 56, 126, 1526 and 152726, which all correspond to Rachel (14) and signify true love, further illustrating the marriage.
61 It also seems fitting that the numbers 152 and 26 correspond to Judith (12), that the numbers 15 and 57 correspond to Daphne (1) and, that the numbers 156 and 16 correspond to Jennifer (2). Similarly, the ninth aspect, which corresponds to Diana (9) and signifies true intercoursethe two trees are grafted and the sap flowing from belowis portrayed by the number 65, as well as the numbers 625, 627251 and 51.
62 In addition to the cross, I should mention the five Roy's who had a major impact in my life, i.e., from a masculine standpoint, which suit the first five characteristics to a "t." The first Roy was my father, whose middle name was Roy, i.e., Theodore Roy Hamilton. Being my father, he portrayed the first aspect or, the man's intellect (n3:5). And, where Dionysus was reduced to effeminacy as a youth, in part because of Zeus' absence, this was how my father affected me. He played a small role in my growing up: i.e., I could only think about him (n1:23). He was still my father though.
63 The second Roy was my brother, Theodore Roy Jr., who was named after my father. He went to live with my father and stepmother after our parents divorced, in part because my father favored him. In that sense he became the extension of my father, signifying the father's will, similar to the relationship between Zeus and Apollo, where Apollo signifies the truth (n14:5). And, although it doesn't quite signify the man's will on my part, it alludes to it. My brother was closer to me emotionally, and I was affected more by his anger or his will, especially towards our mother. And, despite the fact that he was scientifically minded and excelled intellectually, and I equate him with Apollo elsewhere (n4:41), this is what rubbed off on me the most. And, as it affected my relationship with my mother, which only exacerbated our problems, it correlates with the second aspect (n1:24) or, the man's will (n3:5). My brother and I spent several summers together.
64 The third Roy was my best friend in high school, and although it didn't sink in at the time, we looked similar in appearance. And I remember somebody once accused us of being twins. Remember Gemini, The Twins, the third sign of the Zodiac? (n4:40). And though we were best friends, he represented my corruption; it was a perverse relationship. This was at the height of my problems in school (n11:24), and it was a constant cat and mouse game: with him trying to undermine my self-confidence and ability to cope with people. At one point he nearly violated my younger sister Cindy, and out of jealousy (n11:15) I allowed his approach, she was without the conflict I had as a teenager, but she wasn't gullible and resisted, and he couldn't have his way. Whereby the third Roy pertains to Cindy (3) or, the third aspect (n1:25).
65 I met the fourth Roy the year after I graduated from high school in 1975, and I speak of him specifically in chapter 11 (n11:51). Being a salesman he was very persuasive and, intuitive, and so correlates to the fourth aspect (n1:26). This was also a low point in my life, and very critical, for I may not have survived if he wasn't there. The fifth Roy of course was Roy Masters, and I speak of him in chapter 11 too (n11:58). And while the first four aspects were developed prior to our introduction, I had no outlook or direction in my life. And so it all culminated with himand, corresponds to the understanding (n1:27).
66 As for the Seven David's and Four Wives of Dennis, these are discussed further in chapters 11 (n248) and 13 (n61). However, the first David or sixth aspect refers to myself. And, where the five Roy's were other people, and refer to the development of my understanding (n1:27), it's fitting that the sixth aspect correspond to myself: for the will (n1:29) works in conjunction with the understanding, and this is when I came into my own as a man. Plus I had been familiar with Roy Masters for a few years. I also refer to the second David or seventh aspect in chapter 13 (n61), who became my friend at work. While just before that, I felt our bosshis name was David toowas close to me personality-wise, and could have corresponded to the sixth. Yet he didn't have so much impact, so I've ascribed it to myself, although I later ascribed it to him.
67 As Swedenborg refers to the order of the tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:1-8, and how they relate to advent of the New Church or, Fifth Church (n1:27), I believe something similar is signified by the admission of each state into The Unionwhich, is the Sixth Church (n1:29). This is what gave me the idea, in Swedenborg's Apocalypse Revealed and, while I give examples elsewhere, this one symbol corroborates it. Which is why I refer the other states and their order of admission to this page here, because it's so unique. I developed it on my 34th birthday, January 10th, 1990, and it illustrates the relationship between Oregon and Idaho, the 33rd and 43rd states. Which as you'll see, is exemplified by Nyssa, Oregon. Nor can you deny the correlation to Kansas, the 34th state below (n75), which I also had in mind when developing it.
68 Here are the number coordinates based upon the fourteen Gerarai (n4:1), as plotted on the cross. Neither can you do this with anything except the base fourteen system. Also note its unique relation to the numbers 3 and 4:
14 x _3 + 1 = _43
14 x _3 + 2 = _44
14 x _0 + 3 = _3 (3) Oregon
14 x _0 + 4 = _4 (3) Idaho
14 x _2 + 5 = _33
14 x _2 + 6 = _34
14 x 24 + 7 = 343
69 While according to Swedenborg, the numbers 3 and 4 are indeed unique, and correspond to the New Church (n3:10): i.e., 3 signifies everything as to truth (n1:25), and 4 signifies everything as to good (n1:26) which, when multiplied, signifies everything as to The Church (12). And, as Nyssa lies directly on the border, and remains within Oregon, the 33rd statein accord with the number 5 or, crux of the matterit's suitably divided between east and west: why I inserted a 3 at the end of each segment. All of which is signified by the number "3(33)4": i.e., 34 becomes 43 when read from right to left (n8:13-17) or, in accord with Idaho (43), from east to west (n4:106). And so illustrates what Joseph Campbell and others call the Axis Mundi or, Swedenborg calls the Marriage of Heaven and Earth, regarding the Sixth Church which, is the United States. It truly is amazing!
70 While the Axis Mundi is often portrayed as a cross depicting the four directions via the center or cruxin heaven (5)which is then grounded at the base on earth (6) (n1:32). Which is expressly illustrated here. In fact it's uncanny! It's also typically portrayed as feminine, thus showing the relation to the fourteen Gerarai. The symbol of the Walnut Tree in chapter 1 (n30), The Marriage / 567 above (n58), the Tree of Life in chapter 14 (n15), and the Queen of Athens in chapter 20 (n1), are also good examples of the Axis Mundi, they just don't show the correlation to the numbers 3 and 4 and the fourteen Gerarai. So there you have it! "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth . . . And I saw another angel ascending from the east [Idaho?], having the seal of the living God [n1]: and he cried with a loud voice . . . Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." Revelation 7:1-2
71 As for Washington, the 42nd state, it's fitting that the number 42 signifies the end of an ageor churchas Swedenborg explains (n1:13; n4:151). For we're speaking of the development of something new, and this is what the number 43 signifies (n4:50). Whereby the number 42 becomes transitional, and signifies blasphemy (n4:151-153; n11:442).
72 One thing notable about Nyssa is that it's pronounced like Nysa which, is where Dionysus was from! He was brought up on Mt. Nysa. While it's equally unusual that Zeus, the god of thunder, was brought up on Mt. Ida! So perhaps it's no coincidence that Nyssa is the thunder egg capitol of the world, i.e., volcanic nodules with wonderful crystals inside and, that Dionysus, the only begotten son of Zeus, hatched from Zeus' thigh! Wow! There's also the town of Adrian twelve miles south of Nyssa, with its similarity to Ariadne, the wife of Dionysus (n4:13): ". . . and when the railroad line reached Adrian from Nyssa, it was celebrated at the twelve-mile post." It was also named after Adrian, Illinois, the 21st state, in accord with The Marriage (n3:6; n12:6). Therefore in accord with the United States, which is the Sixth Church, and its relation to the numbers 3 and 4 and, the New Church (12) (n4:108), which appears in the 43rd month following the prophecy of the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 (n3:9; n4:50), the symbol tells it all!
73 Although its residents aren't exactly sure how it got its name, a popular account suggests, New York Sheep Shipping Association, due to the railroad's shipment of sheep back east; hence, New York Stock Sales Association. And with sheep being a primary commodity of The Church, it seems appropriate. New York is also the 11th state (n67), and alludes to the Two Witnesses mentioned earlier (n22), which portray an inherent symmetry: i.e., 3 x 11 = 33.
74 I did get the chance to visit Nyssa, along with Boise, Idaho in 1992, after driving several hundred miles through the Eastern Oregon desert, to find a small farming community there: an oasis in the desert. Located in Malheur County, one of the state's top agricultural regions, due to the damming of the Owyhee River, it too tells the story. For the fifth aspect of the cross signifies the understanding (n1:27), or faith, as well as the color green (n55)or, agriculture (n12:18). An inviting little town, I noticed something unique when driving through the outlying areas. Upon approaching each field a sign would read: "The Nyssa Chamber [of Commerce] Presents," e.g., "sweet corn." It had almost a formal quality, suggesting the town was there for a specific reason, as I suspected. And being the only place I had ever seen this, it exemplifies what I'm saying here. Then again, Dionysus was the god of vegetation (n14:9).
75 As for the color green and vegetation, something similar is signified by Revelation 9:4: "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree . . ." According to Swedenborg, by "any green thing," signifies the principle of living faith, in accord with one's personal understanding. And it follows that any thing such as grass, trees or vegetation constitutes the articles of faith thereof. While Revelation 9:10 says, ". . . and their power was to hurt men five months," suggesting the number 5 shares the same significance. I refer to Revelation 9:4 in the letter I wrote to President Bush, The Great 9-11 Wake Up Call (n111), and Revelation 9:10 in the section about Roy Masters and Wasps below (n95).
76 Finally, there's my 34th birthday, and the parallel I drew to Kansas, the 34th state: the number 34 signifying the cross grounded at its baseor, being grounded in one's wisdom. And it brought to mind the movie, The Wizard of Oz, which was released prior to World War II and directed towards the American subconscious or, so I heard, and the whirlwind of hysteria brought on by the war. In effect it was saying, "Okay America, it's time to wake up and stand up for what you believe." And, as it occurred in Kansas, it appealed to the heartland of America.
77 I also thought of Dorothy and her similarity to Vanessaa woman in fantasy (n4:66). While the only Dorothy I knew was a friend of the family, who I considered sending my manuscript to but, I thought my rationale too flimsy. Soon afterwards though, within a couple of weeks, she wrote to me. For the first time ever! I believe it was prompted by the experience in chapter 9 (n11-13), two years earlier, although she didn't say specifically. And, as I was intent on writing to her, it too was a first! And so prompted me to send the manuscript. And, when she wrote back, a week or two later, when I received the letter, the timing couldn't have been more auspicious. It was on the 50th anniversary showing of The Wizard of Oz! something I found out that day, on February 20th.
78 The timing also concurs with my experience in chapter 12 (n55), regarding Medford, Oregon, and being grounded in my wisdom: what this woman signified to me. And I later had a dream, where I was standing on the yellow brick road and peering at a huge fir tree off in the distance, walking towards me! And with each step the ground shook, making an awful crashing noise! I surmised it had something to do with Roy Masters.
79 For the sake of including the
fourteen Gerarai (n4:1), I've extended the number scheme
above (n67). While the table to the right shows how any seven of the numbers 1-9 corresponds to itself:
e.g., 1111111 = 1. Or, if you do the math you get, 14 x 79365 + 1 = 1111111. Also, to insure everyone's
on the same page regarding the fourteen Gerarai, you can do the math below:
14 x _3 + 1 = _43|
14 x _3 + 2 = _44
14 x _0 + 3 = __3
14 x _0 + 4 = __4
14 x _2 + 5 = _33
14 x _2 + 6 = _34
14 x 24 + 7 = 343
14 x 24 + _8 = 344|
14 x 31 + _9 = 443
14 x 31 + 10 = 444
14 x 23 + 11 = 333
14 x 23 + 12 = 334
14 x 30 + 13 = 433
14 x 30 + 14 = 434
80 Above is a series of equilateral triangles, basically the Greek letter delta, meaning the 4th, that show the relationship between the apex of the triangle and its base. The first triangle to the left, in relation to the number 123, shows the descent, from top to base (1-2), the base, from left to right (2-3), and the ascent, from base to top (3-1). The second triangle, in relation to the number 312and the shiftshows the complete or substantiated triangle (n1:24), where the third leg joins the first, at its apex (31). Whereby both numbers 3 and 31, in accord with Cindy (3), signify its apex or, the height.
81 The third triangle is the example we're looking for, which shows the height of the triangle (3) in relation to the base (2), which is the plane (second leg) on which the triangle rests. This is why the number 32 is located in the center. It also shares the same significanceas does the number 312as the number 4 in the first two triangles, which is the fourth component and signifies the area within. While here, the number 3, in relation to the triangle itself, suggests everything as to truth (n68; n3:10), and the number 4, in relation to the area within the triangle, suggests everything as to good (n68; n3:10), for good doesn't exist, except within context of the truth .
82 While in terms of Gerarai (n4:1), the numbers 32 and 312 correspond to the number 4: i.e., 14 x 2 + 4 = 32, and 14 x 22 + 4 = 312. As do the numbers 3112, 31112, 311112, etc. In other words there appears to be a unique relationship that extends itself all the way out to infinity. While the whole thing seems contingent upon the third leg of the triangle joining the first, at its apex, in accord with the number 31. Indeed, the numbers 31, 311, 3111, 31111, etc., all correspond to the number 3. It seems to suggest that once the triangle is complete or, substantiated, it's not to be undone.
83 As for the last triangle, it becomes the inversion of the third, which is required in order to create a hexagram or six-sided star: showing the inherent symmetry between top and bottom, left and right, etc. And, in terms of Gerarai, the number 32 corresponds to 4, and the number 23 corresponds to 9 which, when plotted according to the color chart (n54), the number 4 corresponds to white, and the number 9 corresponds to black, suggesting the two are set in contrast with each other. While according to the Seal of Solomon (np:3), which is basically described below, the upright triangle signifies the masculine (32), and the inverted triangle signifies the feminine (23) which, are the two reciprocals of the holy marriage (7) (n85; n3:23; n4:80,162).
84 The first hexagram to the left is borrowed from chapter 8 (n12). Where I mention the Key of David, in relation to the number 479 and the name Dennis (n8:25). Which is also the Church of Philadelphia: "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David . . ." Revelation 3:7. And, although the number 479 is fairly well delineated in the Three Centers diagram (n8:7), it doesn't clearly show up here. It does show up in the middle hexagram, however, if you do the math. The hexagram to the right shows the conversion to the fourteen Gerarai (n4:1).
85 And here, there are six 3's outside the circle, on the last two hexagrams, which indicate the apex of each triangle (n80). While on the middle hexagram, the numbers 32 and 23 are at the top and bottom, as well as to the left and right. Which, when added, by means of the circle in the center32 (+) 23you get 343. Whereby the number 4 in the center (040) is derived by adding the base (2) of the opposing triangles (not shown). The number 343 is also a given, no matter where the hexagram is plotted inside the circle in fact and, corresponds to the center of the hexagram. It's also 7 x 7 x 7 and signifies the holy marriage (7) (n3:11,23), while the numbers 32 and 23 are its two reciprocals (n4:80).
86 Thus in accord with the fourteen Gerarai (n4:1), as shown on the hexagram to the right, the numbers 32, 343 and 23 correspond to the number 479! Where the number 32, upper and left triangles, corresponds to 4: 14 x 2 + 4 = 32; the number 343, center of hexagram, corresponds to 7: 14 x 24 + 7 = 343; and the number 23, lower and right triangles, corresponds to 9: 14 x 1 + 9 = 23. By which we have a corroboration or, second witnessing to the Key of David! Thus where the circle is circumscribed around the original in chapter 8 (n7-10), Justine (8) does indeed shed the bearskin of ignorance! (n4:85; n9:30; n11:371).
87 I first mentioned the pendulum in Prudence (5) (n4:56) and refer to it in chapter 12 (n51). As I say, Karen (7) is the pivotal point or, Heart of the Matter (n4:85). And, where I portray the second triangle in chapter 8 (n7-8), the number 7 is in the center, with an eighth aspect circumscribed around the radius: in accord with Justine (8) and, circumcision. And so it's integral that the three points of the triangle correspond to the number 456 which, is what I'm portraying here. For they both correspond to Justine and, share the same radius. And, as the pendulum swings back, from the 6th point to the 4th, it corresponds to the number 64, which is also of Justine (8). Plus, 8 x 8 = 64.
88 The movement itself, however, corresponds to the number 5 which, if it stood still, rests in the center (as shown). This is the state I've ascribed to a prude (n4:56). Neither is the pendulum unlike a river, which is of the understanding (n2:5) and always flowing. Except if it were to go dryor, freeze up, hence the correlation to being frigid (n4:65).
89 This is a cross of opposites that portrays the difference between tyranny and freedom and, is similar to what I sent Roy Masters in Easter of 1983 (n11:138). And, although I can't verify it for sure, Roy started exorcising people with the cross soon after I sent it. I recall how significant it was for me at the time, however.
90 Having worked extensively with the book of Revelation, Swedenborg's work signified its fulfillment (n1:10). And, as it speaks of the progression of The Church (n1:7), I deemed it suitable for me to work with it as well. Opting to work with it day by day, I substituted each chapter for a month, and each verse for a day. One thing that clued me in was Revelation 12:7: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon: and the dragon fought and his angels." Having already been familiar with this chapter, and more familiar with Swedenborg's Apocalypse Revealed, it was easy to draw the correlation to December 7thPearl Harbor Day! (n101; n16:18). While I'm reminded of the prophet Ezekiel, when he was commanded to lay on his side 430 days and account for the number of years Israel and Judah had transgressed: "Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquities of the house of Israel upon it . . . I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of days . . . I have appointed thee each day for a year." Ezekiel 4:4-6
91 Thus as Swedenborg portrays the book of Revelation in terms of universals, I surmised there was probably a pattern here. While the Gerarai (n4:1) were developed by now, in the spring of 1988 and, feeling they too were universal, I was looking for the opportunity to work with both, and began to do so simultaneously. And here I would examine the events of each day, compare it with verse and chapter, together with the events of the previous day or, dreams I had the night before. Then, relating it to Swedenborg's explanation, I would find a common link and portray it in my minddynamically. Which I continued to do for the next three-and-a-half years. All the while I received little clues.
92 As for the days left over, typically there aren't 30-31 verses in each chapter, the most is 29 in chapter 2, I used this time to reflect on the next chapter. And, since there are only 12 months in the year, not 22 like the book of Revelation, I opted to view it over a 24 month period, and chose to work with chapters 12 through 22: the number 12 signifying the external aspect of the house (n4:119), and corresponds to what's readily apparent, as opposed to what's concealed within: i.e., the first 11 chapters. So after the first year I began repeating the pattern, and began with the 12th month instead of the 24th. As for the 23rd month, or November, it fits in well with my number 23 theory in chapter 2 (n5); and, similar to above, signifies a month of reflection.
Having given the first example above, I'll give a few more below, while others are given throughout the book:
93 CHAPTER 16, VERSE 18: ". . . and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great." This is another significant verse, as it corroborates what I'm saying here. Being chapter 16, it correlates with April 18th. And I was at work that day, in 1989, and told my boss there would be an earthquake or something related to it, and explained what I was doing. Well I was listening to the radio and a few hours later it was announced: "Today is the 83rd anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake in San Francisco!" It was the first time I was specifically aware of the date. While the same thing happened a year later after I moved back to Santa Rosa and told my mother's neighbor there would be an earthquake that day. And there was! And, while earthquakes are frequent to the area, it happened in San Francisco, it was the first time I recall one occurring on this day. These were also the only two times I mentioned the idea to anybody!
94 CHAPTER 12, VERSE 14: "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place . . ." Here I'm referring to what occurred on December 14th, 1991, possibly 1992? This was the day the United States airlifted some desperately needed medical supplies and food to Russia. It was the first time the United States had done this and, by the largest cargo plane built by the United States: thus correlating with the great eagle, our national bird. While the Russians scheduled an airlift on a Soviet built cargo plane a day or two later which, was the largest one built by anyone. And, as I said in chapter 10 (n23), the bald eagle was the national bird of Czarist Russia.
95 CHAPTER 13, VERSE 18: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six." This verse refers to the false prophet and his number, which is 666. Indeed I had a very unusual experience the morning of January 18, 1990. I was lying in bed and had just fallen back asleep, when I was startled and roused awake. A red swastika, within an orange circle, was staring me in the face! And although I didn't sense anything sinister about it, it was bold and remained a few seconds before dissipating.
96 Although equated with the Nazis, the swastika was originally a Greek cross, with four equal sides. At the time I equated it with the Church of Smyrna, the second church or church of false doctrine, and equated it with Roy Masters (n11:83; 12:10; n13:1). And so illustrates how the Church of Smyrna is not grounded in its wisdom: as all sides are equal, no side is grounded, yet an extension is to be made, so all receive the same extension, forming a swastika. This is contrasted with the Church of Philadelphia, and the earlier version of the cross and the number 34 (n67).
97 The swastika isn't necessarily bad, for to the Greeks it was a good luck symbol. Perhaps it corresponds to a man's will (2) (n3:5), before he's engaged to be married (6) (n4:66), and so alludes to my experience in chapter 12 (n31), which occurred shortly after my 34th birthday. But certainly this wasn't the case with the Nazis! ". . .where no one could buy or sell, except he who had the mark of the beast." Revelation 13:17 I give a more significant example of this verse in chapter 13 (n5).
98 CHAPTER 9, VERSE 11: This is an unusual verse, for I hadn't been working with chapters 1 through 11 (n84). I had wondered about it for some time, but the previous scheme seemed substantial enough. Anyway it was September 11th, 1991, and I was on the assembly line at work. And I had the most unusual conversation with the person who sat next to me, with his interest in psychology, sociology, Greek mythology, etc. The conversation lasted throughout the day, but pertained mostly to the idea of knowledge versus wisdom: he was very intellectual and, overpowering, which is why I kept steering it back to this.
99 And here we spoke of the similarities between Apollo and Adam, as well as Dionysus and Jesus. He was misinformed about Dionysus though, who he portrayed as wild and demonic; and referred to the movie, The Doors, which portrayed Jim Morrison as Dionysus and made a similar connection. It's a common misconception, for although he's portrayed as the god of wine, it gets perverted when he's equated with Bacchus, the god of drunkenness. I adress this further in chapter 14 (n22).
100 Having all this knowledge, it was difficult to get a word in edgewise. And when we spoke of Apollo, who he greatly esteemed, I said he should be careful about taking pride in intellectual pursuits, saying knowledge is not wisdom, and reminded him Apollyon was the ruler over the bottomless pit. We spent the whole day engaged in our little tug-of-war, while he tried to seduce me with his nobility. I opted to stay grounded in myself and not give in.
101 Anyway I had a dream that night, about a yellow-jacket or wasp, drowning in the toilet. And I tried to help, but it only scorned me and tried to overpower me. We struggled for a moment or two, before I kicked it back into the toilet and left it to its own devices. I surmised it had something to do with this person at work. Having worked with these yellow jackets before, regarding Roy Masters below (n102), for they reminded me of the locusts in Revelation 9, I realized it pertained to Apollyon. Sure enough, when I looked it up the next day, there it was in verse 11: "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit . . . his name Apollyon."
102 Mind you it was the first time I mentioned Apollyon to anyone! while speaking of my ideas in depth. And, as it was towards the end of my period of working with the book of Revelation, it corroborates my idea about chapters 1-11. While in Swedenborg's account, he says these locusts pertain to the Church of the Reformed, otherwise known as, White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestantsor WASPS! a correlation I drew much later.
103 In addition to this, I had an experience relating to Roy Masters and yellow jackets. I was living in Grants Pass, Oregon, in late 1989 (n11:484), and decided it was time to severe my ties with Roy once and for all by burning his books, the six or seven I had. I had no great animosity towards Roy, yet there was nothing substantial there either. So I took and burned the books in my roommate's stove, inserted in the fireplace, and took the ashes and poured them out in back of the house, where my roommate poured out his.
104 Having equated Roy Masters and the FHU with these wasps for some time now, six months? I was amazed to later discover a yellow jacket's nest there! It was a regular runway, with yellow jackets taxiing in and out, two or three per second. Thus when I told my roommate about it, with his two small children, he promptly got out the bug spray and ceased their operation. ". . . and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke . . . And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power . . . And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months." Revelation 9:2-3, 10
105 To continue with the Revelation 9:11 idea, the following is a copy of the e-mail I sent to President Bush the day after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. And although I'm not referring to the Church of the Reformed here, the idea seems to apply to religious fundamentalism in general, where extreme views are held up in the name of religion, accompanied by feelings of bigotry and hatred towards those who might disagree. In this case I'm referring to certain Moslem Fundmentalist groups. While I later sent a copy to Roy Masters and the Foundation of Human Understanding, prefaced by the following:
I thought you might appreciate a copy of the e-mail I sent to President Bush. But first, regarding my referrence to the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11, I see a connection to Roy Masters and Joseph Campbell, the two most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century (n4:157-62). Are you familiar with Joseph Campbell? While I see it as no coincidence that Roy Masters' first name used to be Reuben, before he changed it which, happened to be the name of Leah's firstborn, the firstborn son of Israel (Jacob).
107 While Joseph, which means, He shall add, was the firstborn of Rachel, Israel's second wife and, the 11th son. Thus when looking at the number "10," as read in English, i.e., from left to right, when read in Hebrew, from right to left, it reads "01." And there you have it, Reuben (10) + Joseph (01), which equals 11. Which I view as the two sides of the human brain (n8:13): the left side which is rational or common sense based, Roy Masters; and the right side which is intuitive or romantically based, Joseph Campbell. Hence the Two Witnesses.
108 One thing I neglected to say is the acronym, ROY, corresponds to the colors Red-Orange-Yellow (n55) and, to the number 123, as shown on the front cover. And so shows the ascent of the man's father (1), to the woman's father (3)from 1 to 2 to 3which, is the celestial husband (32) (n4:51). While Joseph Campbell is renowned for his work with the number 432, which he describes as the rhythm of the universe (n4:157; n17:49). And so shows the descent of the woman's mother (4), to the man's mother (2)from 4 to 3 to 2which, is the celestial bride (23) (n4:80). A woman clothed with the sun in Revelation 12? (n4:147). When added, 3/2 + 2/3 (320 + 023), you get 343 which, is 7 x 7 x 7, hence the celestial marriage (7) (n4:80).
109 The letter to President Bush begins as follows:
"And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power." Revelation 9:1-3
110 "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon." Revelation 9:11 See the connection here to September 11th? Wow!
111 This isn't the only unusual connection found in the book of Revelation. "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon: and the dragon fought and his angels." Are you familiar with this verse? It's Revelation 12:7. And what day might that represent? December 7thwhich, is Pearl Harbor Day! Yet another "Great Wake Up Call," the day we were forced to take a stand against the imperialistic dragon of Japan. While who might Michael be? Well we just recently discovered the name on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery: Michael Joseph "Blassie" . . . i.e., he who protects over blasphemy? Suggesting this is The Spirit, the archangel Michael, that watches over our country.
112 While in accord with Joseph, this was Israel's (Jacob's) favorite or, 11th son, whose brothers cast him into the pit and sold him into slavery in Egypt, where he later became governor. Genesis 37-50 While in Revelation 11, it refers to the Two Witnesses, which are the two olive trees and two candlesticks that stand before God. Revelation 11:3-4 Any coincidence why two candlesticks should look like the number 11?
113 "And when they shall have finished their testimony [the Two Witnesses], the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." Revelation 11:7-8 The angel of the bottomless pit? Joseph sold into slavery in Egypt? Our Lord crucified (spiritually) in Egypt?
114 And what of the Two Witnesses? Could it be they correspond to the two towers of the World Trade Center? Did you know that New York was the 11th state of the union? And, that the height of the World Trade Center towers, at 110 stories each, corresponds to the age Joseph died110 years? Revelation 50:26 Wow! Just another coincidence?
115 And what of the fifth angel that sounds, with the key to the bottomless pit? By slamming a jet airplane into the Pentagonpenta meaning fivecouldn't this be construed as opening that which shouldn't be opened: i.e., the gates of hell, where evil and falsity reside? Where the Pentagon normally protects us over such blasphemies?
116 And what of Apollyon and Abaddon? In Greece, Apollo was the god of light and truth. And yet similar to Adam, Apollo disobeys his father (Zeus) and has to serve the mortal King Admetus for eight years as a shepherd. Why does Admetus sound so much like Adam? Anyway, Adam fell for having eaten of the tree of knowledge, meaning he had all this knowledgeof Godbut without the practical experience to back it up, and he couldn't help but fail! Knowledge is not is wisdom! In fact here it destroys, and so conjures up the angel over the bottomless pit. So what do they mean by Babel? Or Babylon? And why does it sound so much like babble when they stand in their towers and pray? And what of the Moslem Fundamentalists?
117 While you might be interested to know the battle of truth against falsity and good against evil didn't originate with Christianity, but with the Zoroastrians of Persia. Where the great creator Ahura Mazda gives rise to his sons Spenta Mainyu, the holy spirit, and Angra Mainyu, the devil, who do battle over the world and the souls of men. And to those who think and live justly are given eternal bliss; and to those who think and do what is evil are given eternal suffering. Sound familiar? While it was Cyrus the Great of Persia, Spenta Mainyu? who freed the Jews from Babylon, Angra Mainyu? and allowed them to return to their homeland.
118 Anyway, I thought you might appreciate a biblical perspective on who might have done these bombings and, if anyone cares to bring up the idea of a holy war, and the great emergency wake up call on 9-11, you can site this verse, saying, this is the devil that was evoked from the Middle East, called Angra Mainyu.
119 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of god in their foreheads." (Revelation 9:4) Now this is unusual, for I just planted a lawn recently and was tending it over the past two months, and mowed it the first time on Monday night, September 10th. In fact I had been thinking about this particular chapter over the past month, about the grass, the locusts and Apollyon, and all of this happened the next day! . . .
120 In relation to the chapter for a month idea, certain centuries also stand out in my mind about the book of Revelation. To begin with, the first three chapters concern the development of the church in Asia Minor: just as the early church became established in the first three centuries, during which time the Christians were persecuted. Soon afterwards, the Roman emperor Constantine decreed Christianity the official religion of the state, and moved the seat of power to Constantinople, in 331to Asia Minor in the fourth century.
121 While the Crusades to the Holy Land began in the eleventh century, with its similarity to the testimony of the Two Witnesses in chapter 11. Or, the procurement of the grounds, as I mention in Leah (13) (n4:119). Whereby Jerusalem became a Christian kingdom early in the twelfth century: in accord with the New Church in chapter 12. Fortified and ruled by the Knights Templars or, Knights of the Temple of Solomon, with its ties to modern Masonry, The Templars were first decreed by the Roman Catholics, but varied greatly in their Christian views, and were later persecuted and ousted in the thirteenth century. Similar to chapter 13?
122 Beyond this, chapters 16, 17 and 18 speak of the fall of Babylon. Swedenborg equates this with the Roman Catholic religion, saying it signifies the love of dominion, a self-love, over the articles of faith and the church, hence the souls of men, even God Himself. Remember the Tower of Babel? And in chapter 16 it says, ". . . and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." (verse 19). Indeed, The Reformation, which brought to the forefront the iniquities of the Roman Catholic religion, began in the 16th century! While it continued into the 17th and 18th centuries, and these two chapters speak of the fall of Babylon, specifically chapter 18. And so the Last Judgment was performed in 1757, the 18th century, and dealt with both the Church of the Reformedand, Babylon. What Swedenborg details in his work, The Last Judgment and Babylon Destroyed, as well as, The Apocalypse Revealed (n1:10).
123 Then there's chapter 20: "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened . . . and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books . . ." (verse 12). While many things are said (hidden) in the book of Revelation, and I'm not asking you to take me literally, I see how this applies to the 20th centuryThe Age of Information (n2:4). Indeed, more books have been written in this century, about so many things, that I wonder if anything is left to write about, except perhaps to refine what we already know. And, as they're available to most everyone, it reflects one's personal choice, and so takes into account this verse.
124 Finally there's chapter 21, which speaks of The Marriage: "And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (verse 2). And, as I've already said, the seventh and final church will be instituted in the 21st century, in 2010, in accord with The Marriage (n1:36).