You don’t have to be a student of religion to recognize references from the Book of Revelation.
Elaine Pagels, one of the world’s leading biblical scholars, first read Revelation as a teenager. But people have clashed over the meaning of Revelation ever since it was virtually forced into the New Testament canon over the protests of some early church leaders, Pagels says. Anyone who has read the popular “Left Behind” novels or listened to pastors preaching about the “rapture” might see Revelation as a blow-by-blow preview of how the world will end. Pagels, however, says the writer of Revelation was actually describing the way his own world ended. She says the writer of Revelation may have been called John – the book is sometimes called “Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine” but he was not the disciple who accompanied Jesus.
For some of the earliest Jewish followers of Jesus, the destruction of Jerusalem was incomprehensible. The author of Revelation was trying to encourage the followers of Jesus at a time when their world seemed doomed.
Pagels, however, says the writer of Revelation didn’t really intend 666 as the devil’s digits.
The arrogant and demented Nero was particularly despised by the earliest followers of Jesus, including the writer of Revelation. But the author of Revelation couldn’t safely name Nero, so he used the Jewish numerology system to spell out Nero’s imperial name, Pagels says. Pagels says that John may have had in mind other meanings for the mark of the beast: the imperial stamp Romans used on official documents, tattoos authorizing people to engage in Roman business, or the images of Roman emperors on stamps and coins. Since Revelation’s author writes in “the language of dreams and nightmares,” Pagels says it’s easy for outsiders to misconstrue the book’s original meaning.
The author of Revelation hated Rome, but he also scorned another group – a group of people we would call Christians today, Pagels says.
There’s a common perception that there was a golden age of Christianity, when most Christians agreed on an uncontaminated version of the faith. This new message insisted that gentiles could become followers of Jesus without adopting the requirements of the Torah. John was defending a form of Christianity that would be eclipsed by the Christians he attacked, Pagels says.
The author of Revelation was a follower of Jesus, but he wasn’t what some people would call a Christian today, Pagels says. There’s no other book in the Bible quite like Revelation, but there are plenty of books like Revelation that didn’t make it into the Bible, Pagels says. Early church leaders suppressed an “astonishing” range of books that claimed to be revelations from apostles such as Peter and James. There was even another “Secret Revelation of John.” In this one, Jesus wasn’t a divine warrior, but someone who first appeared to the apostle Paul as a blazing light, then as a child, an old man and, some scholars say, a woman. Pagels traces that decision largely to Bishop Athanasius, a pugnacious church leader who championed Revelation about 360 years after the death of Jesus. Athanasius was so fiery that during his 46 years as bishop he was deposed and exiled five times. Rome was no longer the enemy; those who questioned church authority were the anti-Christs in Athanasius’s reading of Revelation, Pagels says.
The fact of the matter is these bogus theories were virtually unheard of prior to the 19th century when it became increasingly popular for self proclaimed Bible teachers to try to set dates for Christ's return.
There are alternative evangelical views emerging that are going to help the church get back to what it was meant to be rather than what doomsday enthusaists have made it into in the last century. In Pagels' s worldview the only idea that is truly beyond belief is that Jesus was the Son of God who came in human flesh to die for her sins and that the Bible is an accurate acount of His life. I believe everyone should research all beliefs in God and Jesus as well as other spiritual beliefs.
One would think the not-Christians would have been the ones horrified since Christians ARE the TEMPLE.

I just read a book called The Second Exodus: Reviving the Dead Knowledge of Jesus of Nazareth.
Christianity and particularly the teachings of Christ is no more than an allegory of parenting and growing children with some morals. Have you ever thought about the big picture of life regarding origins, conflicts, and destiny? To the Skeptic: The honest doubter can see how the Bible has logical and reasonable answers to the problems in our world. To the Truth Seeker: You may be looking at all the different religions of the world with their isolated and disconnected ideas that promote contradictions. To the Believer: It gives a foundation for our belief, connecting the facts between the origins of Genesis 1 to the destiny of Revelation 22.
To the Spiritual Leader: It encourages and challenges us with truth, exposing the Deceivers’ strategy.
The back photo (narrowed to fit the space) was viewed by NASA’s Hubble telescope on December 17, 2010.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING I believe God has called me to offer the many truths illustrated in the book “Revelation Illumination” at every opportunity.
According to the Bible -- we are a Soul (person) -- we have a Nature (species) -- we live in a Body (temple).
These things are clearly seen in the Bible yet most of the world is confused or blinded to them by religions, human philosophy and satanic deceptions. I believe that we could see the greatest revival this world has ever known (John 4:35-36), but it starts with us being in harmony with God’s word in order to see God’s extraordinary power manifested. He was a devout Jew and mystic exiled on the island of Patmos, off the coast of  present-day Greece. They had expected Jesus to return “with power” and conquer Rome before inaugurating a new age.
Think of the Winston Churchill radio broadcasts delivered to the British during the darkest days of World War II.
It may have scared some theologians, too, who began encountering people whose view of Revelation comes from a Hollywood movie.
Most people think 666 stands for an anti-Christ-like figure that will deceive humanity and trigger a final battle between good and evil.
She won the National Book Award for “The Gnostic Gospels,” a 1979 book that examined a cache of newly discovered “secret” gospels of Jesus. Many of these books were read and treasured by Christians throughout the Roman Empire, she says. He was primarily responsible for shaping the New Testament while excluding books he labeled as hearsay, Pagels says. Because she repudiates the possibility of Christ's first coming being true, it should come as no surprise that she scoffs at His second coming.
Critical analysis requires a knowledge of the subject for which the author has demonstrated very little in regards to what I did read.
The only way to understand anything about Christ you have to study the Gnostic scriptures as well as the Hebrew and Greek versions. It argues that the Old Testament biblical texts are veiled, containing a hidden message that only the doctrine of Jesus could decipher. It was the human nature which the Bible often calls the “Old Man.” It will never be redeemed or regenerated. Proverbs 8 For instance when we see the word spirit in the Bible (or anywhere else) the best definition is an UNSEEN MOTIVATOR. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the SPIRIT OF WISDOM and revelation in the knowledge of Him. People who don’t even follow religion are nonetheless familiar with figures and images from Revelation.

The book, along with other work from Pagels, argues that there were other accounts of Jesus’ life that were suppressed by early church leaders because it didn’t fit with their agenda.
But he didn’t like the message that the apostle Paul and other followers of Jesus were preaching. At first it sounded corny, but after reading it, it makes a very strong argument that there is a whole lot more going on in the Bible than anyone can currently see. Quite frankly there is nothing Christian in the books presentation of Christ as a vengeful angry blood shedding god.
We have an opportunity to become a new species, children of God by receiving the Divine Nature of Jesus Christ (the Holy Spirit). The spirit of wisdom is like a light that dispels the blinding darkness of false assumptions. At the center of this final battle between good and evil is an action-hero-like Jesus, who is in no mood to turn the other cheek. When I find assertions being made that have no sound source or rational argument, I dismiss the source as hearsay. It is essentially claiming that all of mankind is obliviously living under the prince of the world (deception) because we can’t see why the Bible is truly divine.
Also the mention of anonymous elders sitting by God's throne whose only job is to kow tow to God is just plain hideous.
Can we truly understand the historical treasure map found in Genesis 1 through Revelation 22?
These two galaxies are in the Andromeda constellation which is about 300 million light-years away from us.
Therefore to properly understand what the Unseen Motivator (spirit) is, we must know the subject discussed. Wondering if anyone has read it, and if so, if they have any insight if what that book is claiming is actually correct? This book brings into harmony the practical truths and Biblical truths in order to dispel dangerous deceptions and distortions.
I have to take the Alpha and Beta risk associated with my methodology in searching for knowledge. The only reason Christianity is in power now is because of politics and they have taken that power and the name of their god to control the human race.
By connecting the dots of truth and pulling back the veil of mystery and confusion in this extraordinary puzzle we call life, the portrait of reality is revealed.
According to the Bible, at this time the Capital City of God is located in the Third Heaven. We will not see it without God, but with God we will not only see it, we will enjoy spend endless time going in and out of it. Revealed are opportunities to realize and apply transforming information essential to making wise decisions.
If any Christians have been aware of the recent findings in archeology and science then you would be well aware that a lot of the stories in the bible are not accurate at all. I think you will find this book enlightening, thought provoking, and well documented in the authority of scripture.
Finding there were no common or consistent answers to them, I went to my Creator, the source of truth.
In God’s word, I have found many amazing and consistent insights that have stood the test of time.
Over the years, I have found these answers and insights have not only given me peace of mind, but have also enabled me to see many miraculous things. I believe the information contained in this book will be interesting, relevant, and useful to at least four types of people.

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