APOCALYPSE OF JOHN AND THE GREAT MYSTERIESWho can understand the Apocalypse of John, after having passed through the four Gospels, studied and lived, following a certain esoteric order, glimpses the ‘great Mysteries’. According to the Christian esoteric Tradition, the way of access to the terrestrial Paradise and then to the Celestial Paradise, is gained with the scriptural keys: LUKE, symbolized by the Bull, suited for the Man n° 1. MARK, portrayed with a winged Lion, related to the Man n° 2. MATTHEW, indicated with a Man, addressed to the Man n° 3. JOHN, represented with an Eagle, reserved for the Man n° 4. Archeosophy judges the man under different aspects, and therefore catalogs him as follows: Man 1, 2, 3, considered exterior, in contrast to the type 4, 5, 6 or 7, who is part of the interior Man, of the new Man. For the Tradition, the Gospel is a book closed with seven seals. By this, we mean to say that it must be studied in seven consecutive stages, resuming it each time from the beginning to the end, with a new key. The above symbols are the first keys. With the Gospel corresponding to his own type, the Christian discovers, at each new reading, the key to open the door which will let him enter into the successive stage. Naturally, the first Christian communities could have produced only one Gospel, but four were made, called synoptic, artfully conceived to correspond to the different types and evolutive conditions of the man. The first three Gospels have been written for the exterior man (and naturally, for the woman), that is, for the 1, the 2 and the 3. The Gospel according to John is suitable for the Man 4, being more evolved, more open to the divine. The Apocalypse is indicated for the type of humanity 5, that is, a step further advanced. The Apocalypse is the message, the revelation-limit, expressible with words. It is revealed in symbols and images in the most suitable way, to be perceived by the superior emotive center, but it is obvious that being the perceptions of the superior intellectual center of a transcendental order, the human language cannot understand the messages of this plane of the consciousness. The Apocalypse can be read with profit when the reader passes from the evolutive state of the Man 4 to that of the Man 5. To want to understand the Apocalypse of St. John with the centers of the Personality is a vain enterprise.
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