“The Revelation of
Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show
His servants — things which must shortly take place. And He
sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John”
We are living in a time of massive change. It seems almost impossible
now, particularly for the younger generation, but 30 years ago we had
no personal computers, no cellphones, no DVD or BluRay players, no
smartphones and no Internet. These few items have changed our lives as
much as all the inventions from the dawn of time until 1980.
The era when the biblical author wrote the book of Revelation also
witnessed a significant change in technology. The turn of the first
Christian century witnessed a transition from scrolls to the codex
style of book making. A scroll consisted of a single long sheet of
paper, made from animal skins or papyrus reeds, rolled up on a stick.
Constructing a codex involved gluing or sticking many pieces of paper
together at one end, much like the books you have had in your hands.
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This article discusses the Bible, the Book of Revelation, technology, and how technology affects
revelation. And this should be of great interest to Urantia Book readers, in that
of God to mankind have been in
the form of
personages: Caligastia, Adam and Eve, Melchizedek, and Jesus; The
is an epochal revelation on an equal par with these
previous four revelations, but in the form of a book.
It was not until about 600 years ago that the printing press was
invented; and it is only in the past 50 years or so that the miracle of
the internet began to make its presence known as a disseminator of
information to the world. I feel sure that the revelators well knew of
this coming development when The
was given to our world,
back in the early days of the twentieth century.
What scrolls and papyrus were in Biblical times, the internet is to us
in our modern age.; And, what the Book of Revelation was to its times,
is to our times.
The revelation of The Urantia
is a modern-day example of God's
continuing communication with us. In it, we learn:
Only two influences can modify and uplift the dogmas of natural
religion: the pressure of the slowly advancing mores and the periodic
illumination of epochal revelation. And it is not strange that progress
was slow; in ancient days, to be progressive or inventive meant to be
killed as a sorcerer...Evolutionary belief in ghosts laid the
foundation for a philosophy of revealed religion which will eventually
destroy the superstition of its origin.
Revelation as an epochal phenomenon is periodic; as a personal
human experience it is continuous.
As natural religious experience continues
to progress, periodic revelations of truth punctuate the otherwise
slow-moving course of planetary evolution.
As helpful as the Bible has been - as inspired as those books may be -
one can't help but realize that the world is in sore need of new ways
to apply spiritual principles to modern problems; expecting that the
Bible is God's last word to us mortals can only hold the world back.
When we realize that God has never stopped trying to talk to us through
periodic revelations, and DOES talk to each of us continuously in our
human experience," it
becomes more and more
reasonable to look into this revelation that is The
In this revelation, all the gaps in our knowledge are filled in -
knowledge about the universe, its composition and its purpose and what
all those blazing stars and galaxies are for - knowledge about the
earth's history and its formation and destiny - knowledge about the
evolution of life on earth and the purposes of evolution - and
knowledge about Jesus, who he was, why he came here, and where he is
now. And that's only a partial list of the information we can find in
Revelation in the Bible, and revelation in The
though presented over 2000 years apart from each other, each has the
potential to inspire, but The
has the additional potential to
EXPLAIN the Book of Revelation and put it into correct context. And it carries us through and forward
to an even greater revelation of God's goodness and love to his
children on earth.
The title of this article: "Revelation tells us about Jesus," was the first thing that caught my
eye, though. I was of course, thinking about the
of Jesus found in The
Book; of course, the
author of the article is speaking about the Book of Revelation found in
has several references to this very important book of
the Bible, including its authorship and its content. I hope you find these passages interesting and informative:
When in temporary exile on Patmos, John wrote the Book of
Revelation, which you now have in greatly abridged and distorted form.
This Book of Revelation contains the surviving fragments of a great
revelation, large portions of which were lost, other portions of which
were removed, subsequent to John’s writing. It is preserved
in only fragmentary and adulterated form.
At the center of the seven
angelic residential circles on
Jerusem is located the headquarters of the Urantia advisory council,
the four and twenty counselors. John the Revelator called them the four
and twenty elders: “And round about the throne were four and
twenty seats, and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
clothed in white raiment.” The throne in the center of this
group is the judgment seat of the presiding archangel, the throne of
the resurrection roll call of mercy and justice for all Satania. This
judgment seat has always been on Jerusem, but the twenty-four
surrounding seats were placed in position no more than nineteen hundred
years ago, soon after Christ Michael was elevated to the full
sovereignty of Nebadon. These four and twenty counselors are his
personal agents on Jerusem, and they have authority to represent the
Master Son in all matters concerning the roll calls of Satania and in
many other phases of the scheme of mortal ascension on the isolated
worlds of the system. They are the designated agents for executing the
special requests of Gabriel and the unusual mandates of Michael.
John the Revelator saw a vision of the arrival of a class of
advancing mortals from the seventh mansion world to their first heaven,
the glories of Jerusem. He recorded: “And I saw as it were a
sea of glass mingled with fire; and those who had gained the victory
over the beast that was originally in them and over the image that
persisted through the mansion worlds and finally over the last mark and
trace, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God, and
singing the song of deliverance from mortal fear and death.”
(Perfected space communication is to be had on all these worlds; and
your anywhere reception of such communications is made possible by
carrying the “harp of God,” a morontia contrivance
compensating for the inability to directly adjust the immature morontia
sensory mechanism to the reception of space communications.)