Gnostic Doctrine

Monday, 21 June 2021

We Are the Aeons of God

We are the Aeons of God 







2enoch 65:3 And the Lord broke up the age for the sake of man ... and divided into times, and from the times he established years, and from the years he set months, and from the months days. And he set the seven days, and in them he set hours, and minutely measured the hours so that a person might think about time, and so that he might count the years and the months and the days and the hours and the perturbations and the beginnings and the endings, and that he might keep count of his own life from the beginning unto death

Just as the present aeon, though a unity, is divided by units of time and units of time are divided into years and years are divided into seasons and seasons into months, and months into days, and days into hours, and hours into moments, so too the aeon of the Truth, since it is a unity and multiplicity, receives honor in the small and the great names according to the power of each to grasp it - by way of analogy - like a spring which is what it is, yet flows into streams and lakes and canals and branches, or like a root spread out beneath trees and branches with its fruit, or like a human body, which is partitioned in an indivisible way into members of members, primary members and secondary, great and small. (The Tripartite Tractate)

So what's being said here is there is the definition of time and time is not a measure of numbers but rather time is a measure of individuality and having those individual experiences is what passes time by way of analogy like a spring which is what it is it flows into streams and lakes and canals and branches so it's the passing of a stream of experience that is time

Noting that Aeons are the materialization of motion; being time.

Time
What is time? Time is the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in relationship to one another.

Psalm 104:19 He has made the moon for appointed times. The sun itself knows well where it sets

The planetary luminaries of the Sun and the moon define years and months. The earth itself defines 'days', although it is the rotation with respect to the Sun that we actually see. So a day is one time of the earth around itself. A month is one time of the moon around the earth. A year is one time of the earth around the Sun. All three are ‘times’ of revolution, cycles. These are God’s celestial time pieces. In scientific terms a 'time' is a 'cycle'.

So in the bible a 'Time' can stand literally or symbolically for a day, a month or a year (occasionally also for an hour).
Spiritual Time
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so ... in blessing I will bless thee and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the (1) stars of heaven and (2) as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies," (Genesis 1:14-15, Genesis 22:17).

God Himself is the Great Light which the earthly sun symbolizes. Mother Wisdom is symbolized by the moon, and the stars are human beings. And in that regard, the figure of a man is shaped like the familiar 5-pointed star. Our numbers and our "work" constitute "days, seasons, and years". In our world men use clocks, watches, sun dials, and hourglasses to mark "TIME".

Spiritually speaking each son and daughter (sun/moon) pair as one day of spiritual "TIME" is the equivalent of 1000 earthly years. No man has made it alive down here for a full "day". Adam and Methuselah came closest, but their time was cut short because of the introduction of "sin". One looks at a "watch" in order to tell the time. Heavenly "Watchers" look at men below to observe our motions (works). 

Because all men are "watched" by the Heavenly Hosts, we are all "human watches" designating time. Watches "tick" and so do fleshy watches. Our hearts beat daily as time goes by. When our hearts stop beating, the watch stops and time is up h. An hourglass is filled with sand which trickles downward as the hour passes. When all the sand is in the lower part of the glass, one hour has expired. Man's body is the "sands of time". When a certain number of human bodies have been lowered in their graves, one spiritual hour has passed. And in regard to this time analogy, when Jesus warned us in parable "not to build a house on sinking sand", he was teaching us not to build our doctrines and place our confidence in the teachings, traditions, and opinions of men, because man's mind and thinking is also under the influence and regulation of sin, (Proverbs 16:25; Daniel 7:4; Revelation 13:4-7)

Deserts are full of sand, and hot, dry deserts support very little life. Sand also serves as barriers on banks of large rivers, and shores and beaches of large bodies of water. So sand can and does block water, and water is also an analogy for the WORD of God! "Sinking sand" can be a problem for the "would-be" student seeking to learn of God, and "quicksand" can kill a man.
We Are Signs and Seasons
Men are also for signs and seasons. First let us discuss men as "signs". Signs are given for a reason. And who is to view these signs? There are two kingdoms in this place, one visible and the other invisible. Men are spiritually blind. God uses them to be signs to the kingdoms of this world and as markers for the watching Hosts above. Noah was born as a famous sign. His name and his work were very significant. Abraham was made into a "sign" by God to symbolize His glory. Moses was made into a very important sign to Pharaoh and later generations. The most famous sign was Jesus himself. Everything he did or said has very great importance and impact for humanity and the revelation of the judgment.

There are four major seasons in the temperate zones on earth. These are spring, summer, fall, and winter. The affect of the preaching of the four major Archangels determines what season prevails among God's human trees on earth. ALL MEN are "sea-sons", Revelation 17:15. The most significant sea-son to consider at this TIME is the one described in II Esdras 13. This man works the "judgment" and destruction of the world in the end and is the focal point of the resurrection. Do not think of this as a "one man show". This MAN is a collection of men as a single body similar to and much in the same way as all men were symbolized as cell-members of Jesus' body. You may think of this as a work by the Father through His second BODY. In this way you can see how this BODY came from the sea of mankind on earth and then rose up to Heaven. Indeed the "GOOD NEWS" is not the work of one man. "John" takes dictations from "many crowns", the angels who share their light with him, Proverbs 4:7-9; Isaiah 28:5, 62:3; Revelation 19:11-13. "John" is the POINT of this man's finger.

The Patriarchs were called Fathers of the Age." or the The Leader of the Age (or, World), "the days of the Fathers of the Age (or, World}."

Philo speaks of "aeon" as being in the life of God what "time" is in the life of Man. Time is measured by material motion, but aeon by immaterial or spiritual motion. Spiritual motion can only be conceived of, by us men, as "Thought". It is God's Thought. God's Thought as is reiterated throughout the Odes is a Thought, Plan, or Design, of Redemption for Man. This Thought was revealed by God's Word or Son moving and expressing Himself in the sons of Man, more especially in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These three Philo calls "measures of aeon," that is to say, phases of God s Thought of Redemption as it was developed through Faith, Joy, and Righteousness

For him the heroes of Israel are incarnate thoughts of God. His series of illustrations is a picture-book of the progressive phases of God's foreordained redemptive Purpose expressed in human beings. It represents spiritual lives (which are, as Philo says, "measures of aeon 1"],

Philo says (i. 277) that "time," xpuvos, being measured by the motions of the material Cosmos, may be called son of Cosmos, but only the grandson (not the son) of God, who is the Father of Cosmos. Aeon, he says, is the archetype of Time. We might be disposed to say that it must be measured by the motions of God's Thought; but he thinks of God's Thought as never past or future but always present: (id.) "In aeon, nothing has passed away, nothing is future, but everything simply subsists." The Hebrew view is that God combines past, present, and future, in a motion that is also rest. Elsewhere Philo says that the race of Wisdom produced (i. 455) "the threefold fruits of him that seeth, [namely], Israel." These are "Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," and he calls these three "measures of aeon" i.e. apparently of divine Time. According to Philo (i. 342), "aeonian" does not mean "infinite in time" but "He that is graciously giving (6 x n P l C"f Ji(l "^--- always and continuously...," in other words, "infinite in His scope of graciousness," so that no limit of space, time, or thought, can be attached to it.

The Jews believed that all through the generations, from Adam to Abraham, God was waiting for the latter that He might begin to build His Habitation. Before Abraham, all was swamp. When he came, the rock rose to the surface, and building became possible. In effect, the Building was begun when Abraham "believed."

When Abraham "believed." Nothing outward and visible took place then. But inwardly and invisibly a new spiritual period began, the period, or age (aeon), of "belief." Such an age is not measured by days or years or by "time" at all. For time depends on material, acoti on spiritual, motion

With Abraham began the aeon of Faith.

Then after the aeon of Joy typified by Isaac, and the aeon of Hopeful Endurance typified by Jacob, and after the silent aeons of the Egyptian oppression during which the patriarchal seed was being prepared to grow up into the tree of national life came Moses
This Aeon
However believers should be careful that the aeon their mind and heart is dwelling on is not the present aeon of this order of things: 

2Cor 4:4  In whom, the god of this age, hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, to the end they may not discern the radiance of the glad-message of the glory of the Christ--who is the image of God.

Our mind can easily become corrupted. The joys and goals of this age can distract us or even replace our God-given hope

Rom 12:2  and be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving what [is] the will of God — the good, and acceptable, and perfect.

 What is meant by being “conformed to this age”? To be “conformed to this age” is to attach greater importance to the joys and goals of this life rather than to spiritual matters. Things of the Spirit should always come first in our life.

"be not fashioned or shaped in harmony with this present age, either in your thinking or your way of life".


"This age" — Gr. aion, the age. Paul refers to the present times in which the works of the flesh predominate in the ways of mankind, which are antagonistic to the ways of the Spirit (Jn. 7:7), and from which believers had separated in order to serve the Truth (Gal. 1:4). Paul told the Ephesians that "in time past ye walked according to the course (aion) of this world (kosmos), according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2). It was the "princes of this world (aion)" that "crucified the Lord of glory" in their ignorance of the divine purpose (1Cor. 2:8), for the wisdom of this aion is deceptive (1cor 3:18), and it blinds "the minds of them which believe not" (2Cor. 4:4). Therefore, believers should not seek identification with the aims and objects of an "age" that is destined to pass away in ignominy. By not conforming to this age, we must concentrate our spiritual gaze upon the age to come, which will replace this sorrowing, sinful present existence (Eph. 2:7).

CONCLUSION

We are the Aeon of God. Each man is his own hourglass, and every time a man dies a "human watch" ceases. We are God's stars and we roll up as a scroll rolled together as fast as we die. We are TIME stuck together by PASSING OVER to that "general assembly of the church of the firstborn" that Paul talked about. Each "star" rises when the Father calls his spiritual name which He alone knows. 

So let us rejoice in the goodness of the Most High as revealed in this Judgment Hour! "There is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven", Ecclesiastes 3:1. This is YOUR TIME TO LAUGH!

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