Apocalypse Revealed (Whitehead) n. 120
That this signifies that to those who conquer in temptations will be given the delight of heavenly love from the Divine Human of the Lord is evident from the signification of him that overcometh, as being those who conquer in temptations.
It good but not enough to believe, and it is good but not enough to love alone; these need to be done together, and then especially done in action. Hidden manna is the Lord because we complete the circuit of doing his will when His will is in our will and we act on it. It comes upon us, and we feel it, but we usually don’t know it till after. This why it is hidden manna; in this life we have all kinds of temptation, selfish desires, bad dreams, strange thought, feelings of lust that inundate us in the world. The world wants us to identify with this, evil wants us to think we are the evil it persuades us with, but we are not these. Just as all good comes from God, and it is for us to acknowledge this, evil comes from the devil and we are not the evil and we are not to identify as it but to ward it off. The hidden manna is to do the Lord’s will in this life, in little or big actions, and in doing this we are inherently rejecting and putting off evil. In doing this we gain great ground and know ourself and know the Lord. There is always more work to be done, faithful to the end, but we can rejoice in the hidden manna manifested.
120. I will give to eat of the hidden manna, signifies wisdom, and at the same time the appropriation of the good of celestial love in works, and thus conjunction of the Lord with those who work. By “the hidden manna,” which they will have who are in good works, and who at the same time adjoin the truths of doctrine to works, is meant hidden wisdom of a quality like that which they have who are in the third heaven. For these, because they were in good works, and at the same time in truths of doctrine in the world, are in wisdom above other angels, but in hidden wisdom, for it is written in their life and not so much on their memory; therefore they are of such a nature that they do not talk of the truths of doctrine, but do them, and they do them because they know them, and also see them when others speak them. That the good of love is appropriated to them, and the Lord conjoins Himself with those who adjoin truths of doctrine to good works, and thus gives them wisdom in their good, and that this is “giving to eat of the hidden manna,” may appear from these words of the Lord:
The hidden manna is the same as the bread of God described in the Word: ‘The bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. I am the bread of life; your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that he who eateth thereof may not die. I am the living bread, that came down from heaven; if anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever (John 6:31-51).
From which it is evident, that the Lord Himself is “the hidden manna”. In a spiritual way the hidden manna refers fruitful works when we approach Him alone, that is when we do with a heart for Jesus and acknowledge the good comes from Him alone. Whether we call hidden manna “the Lord” or “the good of celestial love,” or “the wisdom of that love,” it is the same. But this matter is a secret which enters with difficulty into the natural idea of anyone, so long as it is veiled over with a cloud from worldly things; but it does enter when the mind is serene and in the sunshine of love to the Lord.
Someone asked about this verse (as has been asked many times, and will be asked many times again): “But wilt thou know, O vain men, that faith without work is dead?” – James 2:20
My question is, IF FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD, THEN HOW CAN WE WORK IIN FAITH AS CHILDREN OF GOD?
From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, there emerges in the language of the gospels a stark contrast between dark and light in many ways. In reference to our subject here, this contrast is especially seen in the great new view of the cosmos that Jesus introduced that was so different from Jewish tradition. In ancient Jewish thought, the heavens are viewed as hard shells above the earth the “firmament” is literally firm and watertight in Hebrew. It is a ‘raqia’, a hammered-out metallic shell. It protects the earth, which was seen by the ancient Hebrews as a fragile, disc-shaped bubble surrounded on all sides by an infinite sea, as when the windows of heaven were opened at the time of Noah, and the great flood poured down through the firmament and engulfed the earth. Ancient Judaism taught that at any time the bubble could not only be crushed but burst by the forces around it. Ancient Judaism also gradually grew in the belief that there was a terrible hoard of demons and angels behind the firmament.
But when John baptizes Jesus, the scripture reads: “Behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove” (John 1:32). How greatly this contrasts with the people’s traditional view of the cosmos! When the ‘heavens opened,’ instead of a flood inundating them ,or demons plaguing them, a gentle and innocent dove comes down along with the immensely powerful, comforting, and authoritative voice of God. And again, similarly, when Stephen was stoned to death, he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). Again, this is a great restorative vision of the heavens, a vision of love and protection par excellence for the weary and numb psyche of the people. Imagine the relief, comfort, and sense of liberation for those who witnessed it, or the many who heard the stories.
In Acts, Peter also sees a vision of the heavens opening: “And I saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth” (Acts 10:11). This prophetic vision transforms his prejudice, as well as the prejudice of his Jewish followers, towards the Gentiles. The vision is repeated to him three times, and he repeats the vision three times to his listeners in order to penetrate the people’s external habit of being. To be able to see the opening of the heavens represents the opening of spiritual sight, which is the essence of Jesus’ mission. At the end, Peter says, “I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, John indeed baptized with water, but you shall baptize with the Holy spirit” (Acts 11:16). This remembering is a deep and transformative opening of the soul to the internal teaching of Jesus. In these verses, the light and the dark are in their primeval moments of clash and transformation, and the battle ground is the hearts and minds of the people.
Jesus – “The meek shall inherit the earth”.
The meek, or the gentle self, is the internal self. It values its core more than anything for the core self is resourced, it loves and cares. It is resourced because it is connected and obedient to God, and thus receives abundantly. It has no desire to harm or hurt anyone or anything, so it is free. It is good with God, and on solid ground. The gentle self sees; it feels the anger and machinations of evil, but keeps these on the perimeter where they can be felt in a sort of rich field around the core self, a sort of interim place between the internal and external self. Here these feelings can be discerned and thus articulated by the mind. Affections and feelings are felt, read, and understood.
The gentle self knows that all of hells power is derivative, that hell has no source of its own. It knows that the falsity of hell only has power over falsity. The moon has no source of its own light. Hells power is all deception, fear, and undermining of the sense of self and faith. The derivative forces of hell can do profound damage, but it has no power over good itself whatsoever. The gentle self knows all good comes from God, and that there is no greater power in the universe than divine truth.
The gentle self does not have to be perfect. It gets angry at evil and rejects evil. If evil gets under its skin it is very painful, and the core self brings all its attention to it and slowly but surely works it out, learning and growing stronger from its loss. The offensive burr is worked out to the perimeter, and now the core self has grown stronger and more experienced. There is no end to the growth; but there is peace, there is trust and fulfillment that are more satisfying than any outer experience.
One of the greatest difficulties is that there are many people who love to get under your skin and cause agitation, pain and humiliation. As these kind of issues are worked out from the past it helps our interactions in the present; and as we grow more skillful in the present the past losses is its grip on our emotions. Now, as you work this out, you see that people who cause pain, people who play undermining games, or who refuse to step out of the external formula of life – you see that they do so because they are in pain, and they don’t want to deal with it. Their pain is thoroughly protected against change. They have made it as if dead, but it is not dead. And this will, no doubt, take place with people close to you, and with some of that we love, and we dearly do not want it to be so. This is very painful to see for oneself. But it must be faced; our love for them is their ‘in’, but we can no longer ignore and take on their pain, and the dysfunction that comes with it. This is not only helping ourself but the only chance of helping them. It is, in truth, not love to take on their pain; though it feels like it (but this is only because it is old and familiar). It doesn’t matter how smart and wonderful they are in some ways, or how good and talented they are at some things, it is a matter of will, and some have purposely ensconced their pain and their life on the matter.
If it has to do with legal, moral, or safety matters one can force the change of their behavior, which is good to do, but that doesn’t necessarily change their will, though it may, hopefully, in some measure. God himself doesn’t force a person to change their will. He no doubt could, but he doesn’t, because to do so is to extinguish the very ruling principle of their life and freedom. If God cannot, or will not do it, how much less can we.
This is the kind of paradox the gentle-core-self must grow in – in the face of very hard things it grows softer, yet stronger; harmless, yet powerful; open, yet sovereign. To the degree we face the pains and the truths of life – Jesus takes us deeper, makes us more aware, and infills us with love. By claiming our sovereignty in this way we become an agent of God to change things around us. He is always with us from beginning to end, seeking to prepare us for, and give us free gratis, His kingdom.
“Jesus answered, ‘You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.’”
Jesus Christ governs both heaven and hell. Satan governs nothing. It is very important to understand that Hell only has power over falsity by the use of falsity; it has to deceive the good to have any control. So in itself evil has no power over good except by deception.
The Lord is the source of life and of all power and goodness. The life and power of hell is only derivative! Does the moon have any source of light of its own? Hell uses principles of truth and correspondences like magic to influence, deceive and control, but it has no direct power over the good. This is very important to understand because people give hell too much ‘supernatural power’ over themselves that it doesn’t have. Of course this is the trick of evil.
Human freedom is sacred, otherwise man would have no true sovereign life at all. God is never the cause of evil but he allows evil because of freedom. It is the evil who freely chose to be evil. In hell the Lord governs them by constrictions and punishments, and does not allow the evil to have undue influence over people, that is, the evil cannot compel people to its side. By its deceptions evil is capable of destroying people, but the Lord doesn’t allow this for it would violate freedom.
In the spiritual world the presence of good can completely suffocate and repel demons, even at a slightest glance from an angel. This is so because the very atmosphere of the spiritual world is a quality of affection. This is hard for people to understand because we are so used to the material world, but in the spiritual world love and wisdom are spiritual substance that compose innumerable qualities of affection. To be in one of the innumerable societies of heaven one must have a kindred quality of love in their soul to that place so they can breath there. So the evil, who are in the opposite love from heaven, have the affection of hate, and cannot even breath in heaven. The spiritual substance of good and evil abhor each other like the same ends of a magnet repel and cannot be put in the same space.
Jesus Christ is divine love and divine truth itself and there is no greater power in the universe.
I just finished your book “spiritual perversion” and felt compelled to write to you.
I find it quite miraculous that a human being could ever find the strength to provide a testimony of such depths of honesty. You are my hero.
I’ve spent the last weeks crying and suffering with you as I went along the pages. Your experience echoed my own past of being bullied at school and other un-speakable soul aches.
It’s been about 20 years since the book was written. At the end of the book, you’re freshly married, expecting another child, you’re a successful businessman and have restored your relationship with your daughter… But how has the story turned out since then ?
I’m sorry to ask but I feel so attached to your journey of redemption. I loved reading about your childhood and wondered how the “older” Steve had fared with life after surviving this nightmare.
Hopefully, you’ve been blessed with success and happiness for even if I never met you personally, I KNOW that you are a good man.
The parts of the book that I looked the least forward to read ended up being my favorites and the ones that affected me the most : your life before the cult. It brought me back to those seemingly unimportant moments in one’s childhood, that may even go unnoticed by everyone else, but that create such a powerful wound in our souls that we end up living in reaction to the hurt for the rest of our days. Your book made me realize that this “wound of life” might be more universally shared than it appears on the surface. While your life circumstances were different than mine, I can’t thank you enough for giving a voice to some of my own most intimate and unacknowledged feelings. Different lives, different circumstances, and yet the same inner feelings arose. Wow. I can’t even tell you how many times I went “damn, maybe this sense of alienation from life/the world/people is more common than I thought”.
I know it’s a weird thing to say but by humanizing yourself, you’ve humanized all of us. This book is just an incredible gift.
The only question I really have is HOW, how did you find the courage to be so candid and transparent in the public eye ? Frankly, I couldn’t do it in a million years. I mean there are “levels” to “nakedness”, but this tops them all ! Lol. It’s like you’re revealing your most inner secret thoughts. It’s truly admirable. Personally, I’d never have the courage to do it. I’d be too scared that people could turn it against me and use it to affect my reputation, professional life, business, etc. That’s why I said you are a hero. And you really are. By daring to speak out like you did, you helped me embrace my own humanity.