The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
The challenge before this servant must be engaged, while this feeling of victory is
mine to grasp. But where to begin? How to begin?
Some of what I saw seemed to have something to do with the past. A small part of it
seemed to give me the feeling of a very ancient past, but it was hard to tell, my mind was
so full of everything.
Much had to do with the present, especially the letters to the churches. Some of it
seemed to prophesy about what was to happen soon, but underneath it all, was there a
vague hint of a more distant time to come? But why do I still feel the urgency in the
warning. -For the time is near! |
And then there was this odd feeling that seemed to stay with me, that still stays. It was
almost as if I had been told,
-Speak in the language of today, that the people within your time may
understand what you bear witness to. |
Well then, stop just talking to yourself, John, and settle down to think. Part of what
appeared to be ancient seemed to come out as Babylon but somehow, older than that. But
people would find it difficult to think of anything older than Babylon.
The story of Abraham had taken hold of my mind sometime during the vision or
visitation. But this would have come out of the mists of very ancient times when
storytelling would have been about the only way of preserving memories of a people‘s
But evil had seemed to surround everything about it, except Abraham and his
journey. My grasp of Jewish history on the other hand mark s Babylon as the earliest
capstone of all that was evil.
The two Diasporas came from there. The second one had destroyed the Temple, the
first destruction, that is.
So my primary way of thinking would always have been Babylon, -the land between
the rivers. | But now, even as then, I get the impression of an old, old, an unknowably old
story, about how cities came to be. It didn‘t seem important that I know the story itself;
just that it had been about -first things. | Either old or ancient, Babylon has always
seemed the focus of evil, until these latter-day Caesars.
-Tyrants all, each worse than what had come before. | Again! I‘m talking to myself
again! Well some things just need to be shouted out loud!
And now the whole Jewish nation has been virtually destroyed and there‘s been the
greatest dispersal of our people ever!
Again a twinge caught the thought in mid-stride.
Well, they used to be our people and they still count for something, don‘t they? Even
though they seem to have lost their way, what happened to them was horrible. And, will it
now be the Followers of the Way who will lose their way, our way, my way? And will we
deserve what‘s coming to us, in our turn? Or should there be mercy for more than just
But the vision seemed, to my understanding, to reveal that my God had already won
over evil, but I‘d had the feeling of other times, and other places. And then there was the
numerology of that mark, 666. What did it mean? Who or what was it supposed to point
toward, or warn me of?