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The Second Coming of Christ
Conversations about the spiritual in a new age
by Lars Michael Naess
Christ’s return in the cloud
The book tells that Christ has returned in a way no one so far has been able to imagine..
For two thousand years, people have wondered what Jesus meant by what he said about his return. These are enigmatic words, for on the one hand his time as a human being among us was fulfilled by his death on the cross, on the other hand he said he would return to earth. This evokes thoughts of the riddle in the tale of the king’s son who only wanted the girl if she could come to him not riding and not walking, not naked and not dressed. The book solves the mystery of the Bible, something that has not been possible until today. *
Wherever Christianity comes up as a topic of conversation, the question of faith is immediately raised. Do you believe or do you not believe? And if so, how do you justify the belief or the non-belief? Forgotten is that Christianity is a doctrine of wisdom and ethics that has occupied many of the greatest thinkers in history. It also seems to have been forgotten that the values that Christianity has produced constitute a large part of the value base of our society. Very many accept these values even if they do not have a belief. Nevertheless, it is widely believed that Christianity is incompatible with reason and sense and has no more to enlighten enlightened people. In academia, there is talk of post-Christianity, the time after Christianity, as a term for the time we now live in.
Christians themselves are partly to blame for this development. Both Jesus and Paul warn in clear words against judging others. Nevertheless, widespread judgment has prevailed among Christians. This has led to a lot of suffering. In addition, the judgment disease has undermined free exchange of opinions. Many people see it as most important to live with a simple faith and are happy with it. I do not see anything wrong with this. But the further development of Christianity depends on enough people being willing to take new paths. We need to be able to think freely. For just as science and art need freedom to unfold, religious life also needs freedom for people to find individual paths to the help, love, and wisdom of the sacred.
The book is an invitation to look at Christianity with new eyes. Not because I want to convince the reader, but to provide new and exciting perspectives and arouse wonder. I want to shed light on burning questions regarding our existence now, at the beginning of a time of great trials for mankind. Changing times require new realization. Could it be that Christianity can give us this?
* I’m not a theologian. The book is based on my own experiences of spiritual contexts and how these correspond to the Bible as I read it. The realizations that have come to me feel “many numbers too big”. Even though I experience certainty, I am still open to making mistakes. Therefore, I hope readers do not take anything for granted, but try what I write.
Lars Michael Naess: The Second Coming of Christ – Conversations about the Spiritual in a New Age
TWO PEOPLE MEET FOR CONVERSATIONS, the main character Lasse Tornquist and the 13 years older Hans Emil Brochmann. Hans has cancer and knows he has little time left to live. The setting for the conversations is a large, old villa, where Hans has his apartment. Here was previously a maternity clinic where Lasse was born. Lasse is interested in talking about what he has experienced of the spiritual in our time, while Hans is concerned with lived life and being a fellow wanderer for Lasse. The dynamics that arise between them sheds light on many important questions. Freedom, which the people of our time are so concerned about, does not consist in getting as free as possible from discomfort and suffering. The deepest experience of freedom consists in being able to find freedom in the middle of a life where pain, suffering, injustice and trials are inevitable. An experience of freedom that in itself has healing effects.
THE BACKGROUND IS DYSTOPIC: Crises, wars and upheavals will come. It can end up with a system of government where all power is gathered in a few hands, with a total monitoring of the citizens as a result. These things are not described in detail, only suggested as a possibility.
The question is how to survive. To shed light on this, it is told from Lasse’s life. He has faced forces he has experienced as overpowering. He has recovered from great stress and has suffered a lot of injustice. In a miraculous way, help came to him from the perimeter. In this way he gained knowledge of what he could do to gain a secure foothold, and get free from the imminent danger of perishing. As the book says: We live in the “time of perimeter.” In connection with biblical predictions, the book tells of the return of Christ in the cloud , which heralds a new age.
An important point is that what is happening in our time is anticipated and prepared from centuries ago. The myth of the Norse god Vidar and two Norwegian folk tales are interpreted as examples of God’s providence and a Christianity that has lived and worked in secret.
The book is now being translated into English, and will be published as an ebook in late autumn 2010. I hope to find a publisher for the book as both an ebook and a paper book
This afterword was written after the original paper book was published. It is included in the English edition
Afterword – The Bible about the return of Christ
Additions and elaboration of Bible passages in the book
“When he had said this, he was lifted up while they were watching, and a cloud hid him from their sight. As they stood staring up at the sky and looking for him as he pulled away, suddenly two men in white robes stood in front of them and said, “Galileans, why are you looking up at the sky? This Jesus who was taken up to heaven from you, he will come again in the same way as you have seen him go up to heaven.” Acts 1: 9-11
“While he was yet speaking, behold, a bright cloud and shadow over them, and a voice from the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!” When the disciples heard it, they fell on their face to the ground, seized with great fear. But Jesus went and touched them, saying, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. Matt 17,5-8
These two Bible passages tell of the breakthrough of a heavenly reality. The transitions are unclear. The story of the ascension can be misunderstood as if it is a purely physical sensory event that the disciples see. But the fact that two men in white clothes suddenly stand in front of them, breaks with this, and marks that what they see into a spiritual reality. Jesus’ resurrection body is both a physical and a spiritual body. The disciples saw in a vision that Jesus was lifted up and wrapped in a cloud. The Gospel of John uses another term for the same thing. Here we are talking about exaltation. There Christ says of himself: “When I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32. But the disciples are not allowed to see the whole exaltation of Jesus to the Father. He disappears into the cloud. Here the cloud is a picture of an area between heaven and earth. Jesus was exalted to the Father. The last ascent from the cloud to the Father no one saw. But we are promised that Christ will return from the Father to this intermediate area. This is the return of Christ in the cloud. With this he has come much closer to us. A popular expression reflects this: “There is more between heaven and earth” is said when faced with something that is difficult to explain and that one wonders about.
In the book, I describe the cloud as an imagination.The light flows out of the sun as the center. It hits the cloud, breaks innumerable times inside the cloud, and becomes a light that surrounds us on all sides. The center becomes the perimeter. We are used to seeing the sacred express itself as a center of worship. Jesus was in the center, the disciples represented the center, the same can be said of all the preachers who followed. Churches, monasteries and holy places are the centers of God’s presence. Now the sacred seems stronger in the perimeter. The perimeter is no longer a world of “shadows” as Plato puts it in the “Cave Parable”. The perimeter, that which surrounds us, is full of life. Christ will help us and guide us through even everyday things in our environment.
Throughout the ages, Christians have asked themselves: When will Christ come again? Is there any time for Christ’s return? Yes, it exists! At the end of the Gospel of John it is told: “Jesus said to Peter, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved (ie, John) followed. It was he who had leaned over to Jesus at the meal and asked, “Lord, who is it that will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what will happen to him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to live until I come, what does that matter to you? Follow me! »». Here Jesus marks a separation between Peter and John that will last until he comes. Elsewhere he says: “I also have other sheep, which do not belong to this flock. I must lead them too. They will hear my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. ” John 10, 16. The separation between Peter and John was thus to be abolished at Christ’s return. Until then, Peter would not know anything about John’s way.
Peter stands for the church and the exoteric (exoteric = external) Christianity. A Christianity open and accessible to all. John’s way is, as Jesus himself suggests, a way the church should know nothing about. An esoteric (esoteric = inner) Christianity in who lived in secret. In addition to the open Christianity that the church administers, there has been a Christianity that has lived in secret since the time of Jesus. Christian fraternities that has given important impulses in cultural development. The church has mostly not known about this. These were secret Christian communities that managed a secret insight into the gospels, and were not corrupted by the power relations in the society that surrounded them. An important question to ask then becomes this: How is the situation today, is there such a Christianity in secret?
It is my experience that this distinction has been abolished in our time. There is an inner path that a human being can walk in silence. This is still very important. But the very doctrine of esoteric Christianity is now openly available to all who seek it. Rudolf Steiner, among others, has through books and lectures explained the content of esoteric Christianity. Secret societies as stewards of esoteric wisdom have therefore lost all legitimacy. Such companies, which still exist, have become strongholds of evil forces. We live in a time where Peter and John are open to each other. Christianity gathers into one flock, and well it is. (Read more about this in 13. Conversation – The Way of John).
In The Second Coming of Christ, I tell of a reality that is at once close to us, and at the same time distant and incomprehensible to most people. As we live in our modern times, there seems to be no room for this reality. It is just as if we are trapped in a rationality where everything must be understood and explained in a certain way. And if something does not fit in, there is a strong tendency to simply ignore, turn away and push the inexplicable out of consciousness.
This is sad, because everything has a cause and is in a context that is possible to acknowledge. We sometimes need to let go of the word understand and replace it with the word cognition. Understanding is only part of the realization. Other elements are just as important, often more important. In ancient times, when people sought wisdom, spiritual life and the pursuit of cognition were seen as the highest form of human activity. Then one thought of cognition as threefold and consisted of art, science and religion. The science that we place at the forefront, is a path to reliable knowledge of all that is physical and sensory. We often cannot do without science to determine what is true and what is not true. Therefore, it is easy to fall into a belief that science can give us the whole truth. But it is not so. It will always give us knowledge in the form of a partial truth. What we learn through scientific research will always be incomplete. Therefore, many say that everything is relative and that there is no absolute truth. This form of relativism has tragic consequences for society and especially for the rising generation.
In the book, this is an important topic. The development has reached a point where something new has emerged. Something that was not there before, and which builds a bridge over the opposition between spirit and matter, inner and outer reality, and the subjective and the objective. I call this Christ in the cloud. But it is not possible to give a simple and satisfactory explanation of what I mean by this. In the philosophy and religions of the East, there is a tradition that everything that is spiritually significant takes a long time to acquire. Often years of study and exercises. For me, it has been a contemplative life for decades. Nevertheless, there is something that is immediately understandable, and that is what I am talking about here.
The widespread relativism in Western culture and social life shakes the confidence that absolute truth somehow exists. Young people are taught that there is nothing that is fixed and that can provide a secure anchorage for their lives. Particularly serious are the consequences for the moral of life. This makes it difficult to maintain the truth, which drives decadence in cultural development. It is one thing to know what is true, it is another thing to maintain the truth truth under pressure. Experiments on peer pressure show how many people fail to maintain even obvious truths, only the peer pressure becomes strong enough. The development is now going in a direction where confidence in the news dissemination is also being broken down. We live in a culture in operation away from the anchoring that Christianity has previously given us.
Against this development I set a single person’s path through life. The main character in the book, Lasse, is a very committed person. He takes on major tasks in relation to young people with behavioral problems, drug abuse, and crime. The strong commitment means that the blows of fate he encounters hit him with full force. It becomes a question of being or not-being. To perish with degraded mental and physical health, or find a new foundation to stand on and a source of new life. What saved him was a revelation of the essence of truth (the Stable Experience). He experienced that the truth is living, the truth is life. This aroused a love for the truth and that the help on the painful path he had to go was not to be mistaken. He was given full certainty when he needed it most. He walked with thoughts, tumbled with the impressions of what he had read and learned, and envisioned different courses of action. The surprising thing was that just as this inner life gathered into one thought, something happened in the outer reality. It could be events out there, something people said, something he happened to read, or it could be something in nature around him – that matched what he was thinking, in such a way that he became sure of how to act.
We are used to dividing reality in two. First, we have the subjective reality, that is, what we experience from our own point of view. It is colored by our views and opinions, what we have experienced before, what we want and what motives we have. Opposite to this is the objective reality. Everyone can see it. Things can be measured and weighed. There we can see necessary connections of cause and effect. Or can we?
The philosophers Georg Berkeley and David Hume lived in the 18th century. As an example of cause and effect, they addressed a simple phenomenon such as a billiard ball A colliding with another billiard ball B, causing it to roll. But they insisted; what we experience is only that A first rolls, that A hits B and that B then starts rolling. That is all we see. We see no necessary connection or an impression of necessity in addition to this. Our notion that ball A causes ball B to roll, that is, B necessarily follows A, therefore has no objective validity. We only see that B follows A repeatedly, and expect that the same thing will happen the next time A meets B. This way of thinking, which also applies to the laws of nature, is today generally accepted.
This is important, because material reality provides space for something else to happen, namely the miracle. Or to put it another way: the miracle does not break with the objective reality but belongs to it.
An acquaintance of mine who had a well-thought-out atheistic outlook on life, told this story: One evening in the spring, many children were out playing, and the adults were tending their gardens. Several saw what happened. His son cycled at full speed down a small hill and out onto a busy road. Too late the boy discovered the truck coming from the left. The front wheel ran over both of the boy’s legs before stopping. Terrified neighbors arrived, and an ambulance was called. It was feared that the boy had been seriously injured. After recovering from the shock, the boy got up. Aside from a few small scratches behind the knees, the boy was just as nice! There are many similar stories.
Now we come to my point: The spiritual is not a separate reality on the side of the material reality. In material reality there is always room for the spiritual to act as part of it. In other words, what we call reality has both a material and a spiritual side.
During the time that Jesus Christ walked among men, he performed many miracles and he went deep into human existence. He called himself the Son of Man. What did he mean by that? As I have experienced it, the Son of Man expresses that God in the highest has come down to us. He has been a human being among human beings, and has fully lived through what it means to be a human being on earth. This makes him the good shepherd. Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. I know mine, and mine know me.” John 10:14. Whatever we experience of difficulties, pains, and sufferings, he takes the lead, because he knows our existence as human beings in every way.
It is a problem that the image world of the Bible is lost to the people of our time. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to experience what the Bible means by the good shepherd. I was on vacation on one of the Greek islands. One evening at sunset I sat on a rock by the shore and played the flute. Close by I saw a shepherd with a flock of sheep coming out on a headland. The sheep spread and grazed all over the headland. After a while I saw the shepherd lift his staff and call on the sheep. They immediately came to him. Then he went out of the head while all the sheep followed him. It was a beautiful sight. From experience I know how difficult it is to move sheep. What a relationship of trust this shepherd had with his sheep!
Jesus told the disciples a parable that they should always pray and not lose heart: “In a city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not take into account any man’s box. In the same city a widow came to him again and again and said, ‘Help me against my adversary, that I may have my right.’ For a long time, he did not want to, but in the end he said to himself: ‘Even though I do not fear God and do not take into account any human being, I must help this widow to her right, since she torments me like this, otherwise she will end up flies right in sight of me.’
And the Lord said, “Hear what this dishonest judge is saying! Should not God help his chosen ones to their right, those who cry out to him day and night? Is he late to help them? I tell you, he will make sure they get their due soon. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18, 2-8
Here several interpretations are possible with regard to the phrase “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” One interpretation is concrete, that he comes again in a physical form. In that case, this does not correspond well with what the Gospel of John tells us. Christ’s work as a human being among men was accomplished on the cross: “Jesus now knew that all things were accomplished, and that the scripture might be fulfilled, which he said, I thirst. There was a tub there with vinegar. They filled a sponge with it, put the sponge on a hyssop stalk and held it up to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ” John 19, 28-30
But there are several possibilities: We can imagine that Jesus’ return means that we can see him in spiritual form as a vision or see him as the disciples saw him after the resurrection. A strange statement contradicts this:
In John 16:10, Jesus says, “Righteousness is that I go to the Father, and you see me no more.” It is easy to understand, after all that Jesus experienced from human evil, that the righteousness was that he went to the Father. Justice is his exalted position with Father. The Bible says that there will come a day when everyone sees this. Jesus says: “Then shall the sign of the Son of man appear in heaven; and all the peoples of the earth shall cry out with lamentation, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. When the trumpet sounds, he shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather his chosen ones from the four corners of the world, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt 24.
This is not about help, but that all people should see his power and glory. But what does the phrase “and you see me no more” have to do with justice?
Being visible means that we can directly experience the goodness and love of Jesus, but it also opens up for injustice in the form of debasement and humiliation, as we have seen from his earthly life. The justice is that it is no longer possible to expose him to such things.
The Bible thus tells of two recurrences. One is that we will see his power and glory on the last day. He gathers his elect. Then the old earth and sky perish, and a new earth and sky arise. The second recurrence that is the subject of the book, is different. This is about help. Jesus assures his chosen ones that he will always hear their prayers and will help. But when the Son of Man expresses himself in earthly reality, will his chosen ones believe in him then? He assures us that he will come and help, but he will come in a way that requires faith, that is, enough faith to receive him. For he will not come in a way where he is open to negativity from the people. The justice is that he is exalted to the Father. But neither can he, to help men, appear with great power and glory. In that case it would be a sight so overwhelming, the origin of all goodness would prove so strong that all evil would have to give way to it. The freedom to choose between good and evil would then not be possible.
Therefore, the Son of Man comes in silence, imperceptibly like a thief in the night, as Lasse experienced it. Man knows him in his inner life and the help he confirms in the outer objective reality. The Son of man turns out to be the good shepherd. He leads the way and shows the way in earthly life. It is not about seeing the figure of Jesus, but about hearing him. As in the aforementioned quote: “While he was still speaking, a bright cloud came and overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear him!”
This help gives certainty, as Lasse got certainty. He received warnings of dangers, such as the “red moped”. He learned how to survive oppression and humiliation, as in the “military service.” And how to act powerfully such as the “cannon salute”. What is mentioned in the book are just a few of many such incidents. The premise is a belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, can appear in this way on earth. Lasse experienced the truth, first in his heart, but this was associated with uncertainty and doubt. When the truth was also confirmed outwardly, he was assured.
But it is all about love first and foremost. Love of the truth, love of our fellow human beings and love of life. Love for Him who says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” John 14: 6
Lars Michael Naess
Here are two articles as examples of what I mean by esoteric Christianity, also called the Way of St. John. Since the time of Jesus, it has lived in secret through the administration of secret fraternities. (See John 21-20:23). This is how true Christianity has been safeguarded and protected. Throughout history, Christianity has constantly been linked to power dynamics in society, and has often been distorted and misinterpreted. We now live in a time where this previously hidden Christianity can be opened as a “book in the book”.
Lars Michael Naess:
Numerology in the Bible. The number 7.
The Greek mathematician Pythagoras (ca. 570 – 495 BC) is considered to be the founder of numerology. His most famous statement is: Everything is numbers! By that, he meant that everything in the creation is built around numbers and qualities related to the numbers. The numbers affect us whether we understand them or not. Numerology has gained new relevance in our time due to the dominance of information technology. Everything that is displayed on screens when using IT is made up of numbers. Philosophical materialism, with its emphasis on things and physical reality, is no longer the leading way of thinking. It has been replaced by objectivism. That is, a way of thinking that seeks to objectify reality by quantifying and calculating it. Numerology is important because the spiritual side of reality and the spiritual that tell who we are, cannot be quantified in this way.
The Jews had their numerology, Gematria. They gave each letter a number, and the sum of the numbers tell which properties were associated with a name. It is probable that Jesus and the disciples knew about numerology and that Jesus used it as described here.
Most people will accept that the numbers in the Bible are not random, but are numbers that have a special meaning. The number seven is a number for the sacred and the perfect. One may ask: Does everything that has to do with the number seven have meaning right down to the details? Peter asks Jesus: “How many times will my brother be able to sin against me and I still forgive him? As many as seven?”. “Not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but I say to you, seventy times seven!” Why does Jesus not answer that we must forgive so many times that we cannot count them? And if we take him literally, should we stop forgiving after 70 × 7 = 490 times? This does not make sense. What makes sense, however, is that Jesus mentions the number 7 three times (in numerology, we remove the zeros, they are not real numbers, for 0 = nothing). In numerology, 777 is the number for step-by-step spiritual development, for divine consummation, and the Day of Judgment.* The obvious meaning is: Do not set a limit to how many times you will forgive your brother! In addition to this, there is a hidden meaning: Let forgiveness be part of spiritual development and purification that brings the sacred into your life, and you can answer for yourself on the Day of Judgment..
Jesus and Peter hereby refer to the secrets of the number seven. When Peter mentions seven, he puts the question in the context of the sacred. He implicitly asks: What does the sacred require of us when it comes to forgiveness? The fact that Jesus’ answer makes sense when we remove the zero in 70, shows that Jesus knew the laws associated with numerology. And he puts the numbers into a perfect context, for the sacred is also perfect.
It is therefore important to note that the usual interpretation of the Bible passage is not complete. Mentioning a ratio 70 × 7 = 490, which we will then disregard, is an imperfect way of expressing oneself.
The number seven is mentioned several hundred times in the Bible, which makes it very important to understand what the number symbolizes. It has many different meanings. Here I will especially regard the number seven as the number for the sacred, for a passage of time and a period of spiritual development. God created the earth in six days; on the seventh day, he rested. The number seven indicates here that days are the same as developmental periods. We know the number from the story of Pharaoh’s dream of the seven lean and the seven fat cows and Joseph’s interpretation of the dream. Many other places in the Bible tell the number seven about the passage of time. The number three indicates a step-by-step development up to a higher level. This is especially expressed in folk tales. After passing the first test, the hero meets a second test, and then the third test, where the princess is finally won. Based on this, the three seven numbers symbolize that forgiveness is something that runs through three levels.
Jesus shows us that forgiveness is not something we can easily decide on, but is an ability we must acquire through spiritual development.
The first stage of development is about acquiring an attitude that forgiveness is necessary and that we want to forgive.
If our neighbor has seriously hurt us, wronged us, damaged us, or hurt us financially, it is often not possible to forgive. Then we must be willing to process the pain, the injustice, the loss, to be able to forgive. This is the second stage of development.
Once this has been worked out, and an understanding of the necessity of forgiveness has matured, the highest step remains concerning the relationship with God and the world order he has created. Why have I suffered injustice? What have I done to make terrible things happen to me? This third stage of development can only be hinted at. It touches on the mystery of Christianity. It is seeking to find a meaning in what is happening. Acquire our reverence for the wisdom of the events. See that we can all fall for evil. Be willing to see the abyss we carry within us. The fruit of the third stage of development is a secure foundation of trust, forgiveness and reconciliation in our lives, so that we do not lose our footing no matter what may happen.
* By the day of judgment is meant judgment at the end of the earth. Then the old earth and heaven pass away, and a new heaven and new earth arise. 777 can be seen as a counterpart to the Beast’s number, which is 666 and stands for triple perfection and final victory.
Lars Michael Naess:
Numerology in the Bible and the Number 153
In addition to the open Christianity that the church administers, Christianity has existed in secret since the time of Jesus. The Christian fraternities has provided important impetus to cultural development. The church has mostly not known about this. These were secret Christian communities that managed a secret insight into the gospels, and were not corrupted by the power dynamics in the society that surrounded them. This doctrine has been called esoteric (esoteric = inner) as opposed to the exoteric (exoteric = outer), which is the church and a Christianity open to all. The Bible is full of numerical statements. Theologians believe in understanding all but one number; the number 153 in the last chapter of the Gospel of John.
The Gospel of John says:
It’s morning by Lake Tiberias. Simon Peter, John and some of the other disciples have been out all night fishing without catching anything. Then they see Jesus standing on the beach. “I guess you have no fish,” he tells them. “No,” they answer. “Throw the net out on the right side of the boat and you will get fish.” They threw the net out, and now they could not pull it up; they had caught so much fish. Simon Peter pulled the yarn ashore. The net was full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three in all.
Throughout the church’s 2000-year history, no one has received broad support for a symbolic explanation of the number of 153 fish in the Gospel of John. The theologian DA Carson discusses some theories and suggests that “If the evangelist has a certain symbolism in mind related to the number 153, he has hidden it well.”
The secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven were not given to all
John concludes his gospel by saying: “It is this disciple who testifies of all this and who has written this, and we know that his testimony is true. But Jesus has also done much else. If it were written down, every single thing, I do not think the whole world would hold all the books that then had to be written.” John shows here that he knows much more than what he has written..
John was an initiate. If one sticks to the Bible, it is a fact that the secrets of the kingdom of heaven were not given to all.
The disciples received extensive instruction. This is shown in the parable of the sower. An important parable that Jesus told the crowd that gathered around him: The sower sows the grain. Some fell on rocky ground where there was little soil, some fell among thorn bushes, and some fell in good soil. Afterwards, “The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” (Matthew 13:11). Then he explains the parable to them.
Now available to everyone
We live in a time when this distinction is no longer valid. The secret doctrine is available to all who seek it, regardless of the secret fraternities that previously administered it. Secret societies as stewards of esoteric wisdom have therefore lost all legitimacy. That numerology belongs in the former secret doctrine is expressed in the number 153.
Numerology has thus partly belonged to the occult (occult means hidden) but is now an open doctrine that anyone can relate to freely. Numerology is about spiritual laws that can serve both good and evil purposes.
Mathematical properties of the number 153
153 = 17 x 9
Transverse: 1 + 5 + 3 = 9
Sum divisors: 1 + 3 + 9 + 17 + 51 + 153 = 234. Sum of the digits: 9
The square of 153: 153 x 153 = 23409. Sum of the digits: 9
The cube of 153: 153 x 153 x 153 = 3581577. Transverse: 9
The sum of the numbers up to 17: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 = 153
We see here that the numbers 9 and 17 are important numbers related to the number 153.
The measurements of the fish: Here, 153 are inserted as width. Then the height will be 265, 2 + 6 + 5 = 13/4,
which is the number for the letter M and Mary’s number.
Numerologically, 153 is a particularly potent number!
Look at the picture above. In sacred geometry, the number 1 is represented by a circle. 1 + 1 = 2, and the symbol with two circles connected where a 3rd room is created in the center is called Vesica Piscis. The space in the middle is called Mandorla, or the measurements of the fish, and represents the number 153.
The fish was the symbol of the first Christians; therefore, the pope’s ring is called the “Fisherman’s Ring”. They saw the cross as a cruel instrument of torture.
Sum of the digits: 1 + 5 + 3 = 9. The number 9 is associated with idealism, initiative, action, breakthrough, truth and courage. 9 is the number for universal love and charity, but also humanism, brotherhood, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. Helping others and improving the world. The number 9 possesses all the qualities of other numbers. The creative power in the number 3 has tripled (3 + 3 + 3 = 9). As the last number in the series, the number 9 is for endings, but also new beginnings. 9 is the number of the Holy Ghost, its power, its gifts, and its work. There are nine fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
17 is the number for victory!
The most marked feature of the number 153 is that it is 17 repeated 9 times. Or put another way; 17 is repeated throughout the series up to 9. This makes 153 an extra potent number in terms of what the number 17 expresses.
The Jews during the days of Jesus were concerned with numbers and the qualities of numbers. They numbered the 22 letters in their alphabet, giving each letter a special meaning. For them, the number 17 was special because it represented significant elements in their religion and history. Genesis tells how Noah overcame the great flood. ” and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” Most important here, however, is the Feast of Firstfruits, which began on the 17th day of the spring month of Nisan (the first month of the Jewish calendar).
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I will give you, and have there reaped the harvest, then ye shall go unto the priest with the firstfruits of the corn which ye have cut. He will swing it before the Lord so that you may gain favor. The day after the Sabbath, the priest will swing the ribbon. In the day that ye shall wave the oblation ye shall offer a lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering unto the LORD, and for the meat offering thereof…This shall be an everlasting ordinance for you throughout all generations, wherever you dwell.” (Leviticus 23:9-14)
Victory over death is the greatest of all victories!
Although there is some disagreement about the timing of Jesus’ resurrection, there is good reason to believe that Jesus rose from the dead on the 17th of Nisan, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. His resurrection was like a swing-offering shown to the Father as the first fruits of autumn at the end of time. * The apostle Paul puts it this way:
“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam, all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)
The Hebrew word Pesach means to pass, to exempt or to spare. During the Passover, which began with the slaughter of the Passover lamb on the 14th of Nisan, the people of Israel celebrated their deliverance from slavery under the pharaohs and their dramatic emigration from Egypt. In the New Testament, the sacrificial lamb and the blood of the lamb are central symbols of Jesus’ sacrificial work on the cross. Just as the destroyer “passed” every home that is protected by the blood of the lamb, so God will “pass”, not execute judgment on all believers who are protected by the blood of the lamb. This is called salvation.
The Jews counted the day from sunset to sunset. The Bible tells us that Jesus rose on the third day. On day 14th Nisan, Maundy Thursday, the Easter lamb was slaughtered. After sunset, 15th Nisan, still Maundy Thursday, the Passover meal was eaten. Good Friday the 15th is the first day. Good Friday the 16th after sunset is the second, and Saturday after sunset is the third. The 17th of Nisan thus began after sunset on Saturday when the feast Sabbath was over and lasted until sunset on Sunday. The disciples found the tomb empty on Sunday morning, which was still the 17th of Nisan. The disciples, therefore, knew that the resurrection was related to the number 17!
153 fish – the message in the number
Jesus has previously told his disciples that he would make them fishers of men. This is actualized in the last fellowship with Jesus. They have been fishing all night without getting any fish. Jesus asks them to cast the net on the right side of the boat. When they did, they got this big catch. The right side of the boat is starboard. Jesus thus shows that the guiding principle for the spread of Christianity is attraction. The fish was already there, attracted to the boat!
153 is, as shown, not a randomly chosen number, but a number with special mathematical and numerological properties. The number gives power and direction for the spread of Christianity. For the initiates, Jesus showed with this number that despite great hardships, persecutions and defeats, the day of victory would come. They were equipped to endure everything and lead Christianity to victory.
History has shown that this is what happened. The persecution was cruel. The Roman exercise of power was particularly violent. Many suffered martyrdom, but despite this, the Christians prevailed. But did a victory day come?
By this sign, you must win!
Emperor Constantine the Great (272-337) finally put an end to this persecution and introduced Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. In the year 303, he witnessed the “great persecution” by Emperor Diocletian, the most serious and cruel persecution of Christians in Roman history. On the way to the entire imperial power, Constantine introduced religious freedom into the territories of the Roman Empire he ruled. Due to power rivalry, a civil war broke out between Constantine and his former co-emperor, Maxentius, who continued the persecution of Christians.
In 312, the decisive battle took place outside Rome. Maxentius’ organized forces were twice as large as Constantine’s and were in long lines facing the battlefield, with their backs to the river Tiber. Constantine’s army arrived in the field with unknown symbols on its flags and soldiers’ shields. Eusebius of Caesarea, the bishop who wrote the history of the early Christian churches – described how Constantine at noon in the day “saw with his own eyes a trophy in the sky where the cross rose from the light of the sun and carried the message Τούτῳ Νίκα! Translated from Greek: By this sign, you shall prevail! Not only Constantine, but the whole army saw the miracle. In Eusebius’ account, Constantine had a dream the following night, in which Jesus Christ came to him with the same celestial sign, asking him to make a banner for his army with this sign:
Eusebius described the sign as the letter Khi (Χ) placed across the letter Rho (Ρ) as a symbol that represented the first two letters of the Greek spelling of the word Christos or Christ. These, understood as symbols, can be seen as a cross supporting a standing sword. A standing sword is a symbol of victory and conquest.
Khi is the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, and Rho is the 17th. In numerology, 22 is a master number and the number for the visionary and active. It is the number for building and consolidating something of a spiritual nature in the material reality. 22/4 is a higher fluctation of 4, the number to build and to create. This is the number for vision and action that makes dreams come true. And 17 is, as shown, the number for victory!
Constantine’s victory by this mark spread like wildfire throughout the Roman Empire. The persecution of Christians came to an end, and a great heyday for Christianity followed.
The battle itself was short-lived. Maxentius’ troops were broken up in the first attack under the power of Constantine’s cavalry. They broke the ranks and fled to the river. Maxentius fled with them and tried to cross the bridge, but was pushed by the many fleeing soldiers into the river, where he drowned.
The victory numbers in Norway’s history
Few countries in the world can show a stronger and happier celebration of the national day than Norway on 17th of May. We celebrate that peace and freedom have triumphed. Across the country children parade led by janissary corps. It is thought evoking that these parades are a transformation of warlike forms of expression. The Janissaries were Turkish elite soldiers who marched to their own corps music. And the happy Hurrah! hurrah! as the children shout, is a transformation of the Turkish battle cry Hurrraaah !!!
It is also thought evoking that Norway became a Christian nation at the battle of Stiklestad on July 29, 1030. King Olav was killed in the battle, but the cause he stood for won. Several miracles happened afterwards. That is why he was canonized and called Saint Olav. Victory arose from a defeat! This victory is an undercurrent in Norway’s history. As the national anthem says: All that the fathers have fought, the mothers have wept, the Lord has quietly eased, so we won, we won our right.
As mentioned, the victory sign Emperor Constantine received consisted of the letter Khi, which is the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet and Rho which is the 17th letter. The numbers for the battle of Stiklestad are; the month July = 7, the day 29 = 11 and the year 1030 = 4. This will be: 11 + 7 + 4 = 22/4. And 22/4 is as we remember, the number to build and fortify something spiritual in the material reality.
The numbers that are mathematically related to the number 153 are as shown, 17 and 9. The Constitution Day for Norway is May 17th 1814. The numerological number for the day, the Destiny Number, is: 5 + 17/8 + 1814/5 = 5 + 8 + 5 = 18 which gives the transverse sum 9. And 9 is the number for universal love, humanism and brotherhood. Helping others and improving the world.
The seed was laid for Norway as a nation of peace and can be seen in connection with the fact that every year Norway are responsible for the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The significance of numerology
The tetrahedron, the pyramid with ten points, was Phythagoras’ most important symbol.
Why is it that numbers are set in such contexts as I have shown here? The Greek and mathematician Pythagoras (ca. 570 – 495 BC) is considered the founder of numerology. His most famous statement is: Everything is numbers! With this, he suggested that in a dimension of reality, everything is numbers. For numbers to have a special power, they must be connected with spiritual forces. In traditional Christianity, it is not uncommon to associate numerology with black occultism. Evil humans indeed use numerology in their rituals to gain power over people and situations. But it is wrong to think that numerology in itself is evil. The power of numbers can serve purposes that are good and evil.
In this article, I have explained that God showed his providence with the 153 fish. In the last meeting Jesus had with the disciples, he prepares them for a future ministry. With this number, he showed them that despite the persecutions and hardships they had in store, the day of victory would come one day.
* Here’s another fascinating detail. On the day Jesus was resurrected at the Feast of the Firstfruits, Mary Magdalene wept at the empty tomb. She heard and recognized Jesus’ voice and turned to him. But Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”(John 20:17)
Why was Mary Magdalene not allowed to touch Jesus?
The Jewish historian Josephus, who lived in the first century, revealed that during the Feast of Firstfruits, the Jews were not even allowed to touch the grain until the firstfruits had been presented to God in the temple. (Josephus: The Jewish Antiquity 3.10.15) Jesus had to present himself to the Father before he came into physical contact with people.
I was born in Oslo in 1947 (in Oscarsgate 52, as mentioned in the book).
Life has provided me with very versatile life experiences. I grew up near the Ruselokka school in central Oslo, with busy city streets, the park of the Royal Palace and the piers as play areas from the age of 6.
I started a university education and completed the basic course in psychology before I was called up for civilian service, which I served in a clinic for drug addicts. There I met the first wave of young drug addicts who gathered in the park of the Royal Palace in Oslo. This led to a commitment to alternative treatment and a pioneering effort to establish collectives for young people with substance abuse problems, behavioral difficulties and criminal records. I have lived and worked for 16 years in such collectives. During this time, I also got significant practice in farming and animal husbandry, forestry and timber logging.
Later I gained more education and worked as a teacher at a Waldorf school but had to quit after a few years due to illness. In the last part of my professional life, I have worked as an archivist at two cultural institutions.
Many people process difficult life experiences by writing a book. That was not the case with me. Almost everything I have written about was processed long before I started writing. Everything autobiographical is used to illuminate the themes in the book. It is personal experiences that elevate and concretize the universally human and the spiritual in a new age.
The contemplative, pondering things in silence, has always been important to me. The book is the result of decades of contemplative work.