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Apocalypse of St. John, The

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In this early cycle of lectures, Steiner unlocks with spiritual fire and insight the profound mysteries in the Book of Revelation.

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Twelve Lectures, Nuremberg, June 17-30, 1908

These talks by Rudolf Steiner unveil the mysteries of John's vision and show it to be a profound description of Christian initiation. As he says, "The deepest truths of Christianity may be considered quite naturally in connection with this document, for it contains a great part of the mysteries of Christianity—that is, the profoundest part of what may be described as esoteric Christianity."

Steiner shows that the messages to the seven churches and the unsealing of the seven seals must be understood as an initiation text. Based on his initiation and on spiritual science, Steiner interprets John's insights into cosmic and human history. In this way, the spiritual images of John's writing—the twenty-four elders, the sea of glass, the woman clothed with the sun, the vials of wrath, the lamb and the dragon, the new heaven and the new earth, and the number of the beast —all take on new meaning.

"This particular lecture series from 1908 finds Steiner in rare form. His usual obscurity is much less evident here as he masterfully explicates St. John's most enigmatic text to reveal the upward path, the initiation process that will lead some of us to the supraliminal Kingdom. Others, the majority who cannot receive the Christ impulse that evolves the etheric body, will experience the 'second death' when they are left stranded on an 'irredeemable moon', the lake of fire.

There are times, however, when Steiner's Akashic readings get a bit opaque. For example, when he declares that St. John was actually Lazarus reborn is downright ludicrous. Especially when we find Gospel verification of the resurrected Lazarus sitting at the dinner table with the twelve, while his sister, Martha serves. Use your own judgment here—take Rudolf with a grain of salt as his electrifying exegesis takes us all the way to the Last Judgment and freedom for the Elect."     ~Mandala Books

"On the other hand there are those who have not received the Christ-principle. These do not possess this harmony. They too must lose the physical body, for there is no such thing in the spiritual earth. Everything physical must first be dissolved. It remains as desires for the physical, as the unpurified spiritual, as the spiritual hardened in matter. An etheric body remains which the Christ has not helped to be adapted to the astral body, but which is suited to the physical body. They are the souls who will feel hot fires of desire for physical sensuality; in the etheric body they will feel unappeasable, burning desire by reason of what they have had in the physical life and which they must now do without. Thus, in the next period, after the physical has melted away, we have men who live in an etheric body which harmonizes with the astral body, and we have others whose etheric body lives in discord because they desire what has fallen away with the physical body.

Then in the further stage of evolution there comes a condition where the spiritualizing of the earth has proceeded so far that there can no longer be even an etheric body. Those whose etheric body completely harmonizes with the astral body lay aside this etheric body without pain, for they remain in their astral body which is filled with the Christ-Being. They feel the laying aside of the etheric body as a necessity in evolution, for they feel within them the capacity to build it up again for themselves because they have received Christ. Those, however, who in this etheric body desire what belongs to the past cannot retain this etheric body, when all becomes astral. It will be taken from them, it will be torn out of them, and they now perceive this as a second dying, as the second death."

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena.

His multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education (Waldorf schools), special education (the Camphill movement), economics, agriculture (biodynamics), science, architecture, and the arts (drama, speech and eurythmy). In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.

Author Steiner, Rudolf
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 240 pp.
Publisher Anthroposophic Press 1993
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