22 chapters in the biblical book of Revelations. 22 cards in the tarot major arcana.
Allow me the opportunity to set the records straight, secular spirituality is my ‘religion’ – based on the syncretism of mythology, narratology, linguistics, psychology, phenomenology and semiotics. Thus, is the foundation of my personal philosophy.
These are my words, my thoughts, my selfish self-centred version of the truth of divinity.
Chapter 7 – Intermission for part one of this trilogy of trials and tribulations.
Take a bathroom break as the chorus change their costumes and ready themselves for the apocalypse spectacular!
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
Apparently, the hosts in heaven are so gung-ho to decimate and obliterate the peoples of earth, they need a divine reminder to tell them to WAIT! The people need to be branded first in order to be able to tell who belongs to whom. Perhaps they had called dibs on particular ownership before we got to spy on these upper echelon beings.
Lambs and sheep and cattle and beef. Remember what it was like on earth? You are still physically part of the anima/animus farm. Your compliant supplicant should remember that it is a privilege to be eaten. Be consumed by your favourite entity, that’s how you will feel special and chosen – they picked you!
4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
A giant, mass commitment ceremony seems to be happening. Submission to a higher power pledging undeniable allegiance. Similar to the bindi in Hinduism, or maybe facial gang tattoos.
Anyway, back to the observation deck. Take a look at what’s happening in the audience crowd, now…
9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
Super fans waving palm branch fans because it’s hot. Also, standard bearers of war, and tributary fan posters or whatever. They are also still very excited that you opened your book.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Any blood that bleaches things white is disturbing and should be treated with wary care. Very special laundry instructions… hmm…
15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
They own you. You will not be able to sleep or rest. You are a slave to the system and must always be ready to spit and spout all their special scripture that they scribed upon the bones of your body. Utter subjugation. It must feel very liberating to shed your chains of unknown slavery and to awaken in the dawn of a new era with dignified purpose.
You work in the fields, and he’ll watch you work, might even install a sunshade over the area. Because there where you will serve (or THEY will serve), there is no source of light. He eclipses the light and you are in the dark. Serving in the dark.
The living water is healing, it will wash away all your pain and memory for what you might have been able to change is you could rechoose…