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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Revelation 4 A Vision of the Pleroma Revelation 4 and the Pleroma

A Vision of the Pleroma

Revelation 4 and the Pleroma

First of all the Pleroma did not always exist it was produced and formed by the Eternal Spirit this we call the emanation.
(He created the holy Pleroma in this way The Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex)

The word Pleroma means "fullness". It refers to all existence beyond visible universe. In other words it is the world of the Aeons, the heavens or spiritual universe. Bythos is the spiritual source of everything which emanates the pleroma,

The Pleroma is both the abode of and the essential nature of the True Ultimate Deity or Bythos.

The Pleroma as well as being the dwellings place of the Aeons is also a a state of consciousness

4:1 After these things I looked (when we are spiritually attuned), and behold, a door (a level of heightened awareness. It is only as the Lord, who holds the key, opens the door to the understanding of Heavenly things, that we are able to comprehend them. — Matt. 3:16; Ezek. 1:1; Rev. 19:11. ) standing open in heaven (an opening in the Firmament a way to the Pleroma). And the first voice (the still small voice) which I heard was like a trumpet (which is the seat of our deep intuitive knowing) speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, (raising into our awarneness to the super-conscious heaven that is the Pleroma. the Pleroma is has two different meanings the first
 the dwellings place of the Aeons the abode of and the essential nature of the True Ultimate Deity or Bythos. the second an elevated state of consciousness) and I will show you things which must take place after this.” (john did not go to heaven he was merely given a vision of Heavenly things. (Rev. 11:12.) "The seer now obtains a higher spiritual standpoint." What the Apostle beheld taking place in heaven has to do with those in covenant with God, those who are even now “in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”)

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit (experience our transcendental state); and behold, a throne set in heaven, and the One (the Allness) sat on the throne (Of the Universe the ruler of this Universe and the Pleroma). 

As soon as John heard this invitation, he entered another visionary state (cf. 1:10). His body remained on the earth, but he saw a throne and someone sitting on it in heaven (cf. Ezek. 11:1, 5).

3 And He who sat there was like a jasper (Sophia) and a sardius (Logos) stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne (Justice is "the habitation of Thy Throne." [Psa. 89:14.] ), in appearance like an emerald ( Green, the predominant colour of life. the Divine Being on the throne is described as "like a jasper and a sardine stone to look upon." A phrase like this meets the reader in Revelation 2:11, where the light of the holy Jerusalem is described as "like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal." 

"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper." (Rev. 21:18, 19.)

4 Around the throne (Encompassing it on all sides — always in mind — never out of sight.) were twenty-four thrones (moving away from the center where the One set on the throne we see twenty-four thrones in a circale ), and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, (2 united Israels, 2 sets of 12 apostles) clothed in white robes (purified); and they had crowns of gold on their heads. (fully enlightened perspective)

5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. The 24 elders and the seven spirits of God are the emanation of the 30 aeons 

6 Before the throne there was a sea (the waters above the heavens or the Pleroma) of glass (the Firmament), like crystal (the Universe or outerspace "As the body of heaven in its clearness" (Exo 24:10; Psa 113:6). And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 

To be "before the throne" means to be in a high state of good judgment. When we are using good judgment, there extends into our future an unlimited area of pure potentialities of good. This is the symbolism of the sea of glass and crystal. The sea stands for unlimited possibilities. Glass and crystal stand for purity.

"Eyes in front and behind" refers to the powers of foresight and hindsight. These are possessed by the four beasts mentioned.

7 The first living creature was like a lion (man’s physical nature), the second living creature like a calf (man’s subjective or emotional nature), the third living creature had a face like a man ( man’s mentality;), and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle (standing for our inspirations and our intuition).

The four beasts in Rev. 4:7 represent the four main aspects of human nature. They are:

"like a lion"--physicality, the physical aspect of man, the physical body.
"like an ox"--subjective and emotional nature of man, the emotional or heart.
"With the face of a man"--mental or intellectual nature of man, mental or soul.
"like a flying eagle"--inspirational and intuitive nature of man, spiritual or spirit.

We have these four parts of our human nature, and all four are valuable to us, and yet none of them is of the highest. The highest, of course, is spiritual, our spiritual nature. These four beasts do not mean our spiritual nature, but our lower levels of human nature, except for the fourth, which means our inspirations and our intuitions leading us higher into the spiritual. 

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy,[f] holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, [g]O Lord,
To receive glory and honour and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they [h]exist and were created.”

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