In the true student-teacher relationship authority is only recognized because it is an earned authority. Let’s say you want to learn Spanish and two teachers surface who say they can teach you. They both seem equally convincing, but the truth is that one of them knows the language well and the other one does not. If you accept either as an authority just because he or someone else tells you to, then you have a 50-50 chance of getting a bad teacher.
What do you do? You test the teacher. Have him actually speak some Spanish. Give him several paragraphs from English and see if he can translate and then check out the translation for correctness. Finally, you will establish in your mind that one of them can truly teach you. Once you have tested your teacher then you do not have to check up on him in every little detail; but when you have learned the basics and want to go to advanced Spanish, you do need to check again to see if he has anything more to teach you or if you need to move on to another teacher. Or become a teacher yourself.
Thus positive authority is that which has been earned. Such an authority is ready willing and able to prove his or her credibility at any given moment. He does not fear a challenge because he is secure in his ability.
Unfortunately there are not very many positive authorities in the world today. Even those who have studied, apprenticed and worked hard at their skill are often the worst authorities to rely on. Take medical doctors for instance. The average doctor dies at around the age of 55 while the rest of us live to 76. Why do we set up those with the lowest life expectancy to be authorities telling us how to be healthy? Wouldn’t it make more sense to seek out those who are likely to live to be a hundred?
We go to psychologists for authority on mental health and happiness, yet as a profession they have among the highest suicide rate in the world. Thus again we have authorities telling us to be happy when they have not discovered the key themselves. The average person on the street obviously has a greater concept of what makes life worthwhile.
We send criminals to the prison authorities to go to a correctional facility yet when he is released the authorities have turned him in to a more dangerous person than he was when he began his sentence. We hire politicians as authorities in making laws and spending money and they make laws that the average person realizes make no sense and they spend our money with the intelligence of a ten year old kid who just found a hundred bucks.
We set up ministers, priests and evangelists as authorities in scripture and over our spiritual life, yet many of them do not even believe the scriptures and many little old ladies have a better knowledge than they do. Then there are many ministers who have never had a true spiritual experience or have never found God yet are telling others with the voice of authority how to lead the spiritual life.
We could go on and on. How many lawyers do not have a true sense of the just use of the legal system? How many bosses got their position because of who they know, not because of what they know? Such people often hurt the company and cause much grief to subordinates.
Many of these people have worked for a lot of years to earn their position of authority, but they lack just one thing. They have never demonstrated in the real world that which they claim to be able to teach.
Just because a doctor has memorized massive amounts of data and procedures does not mean he can heal. Just because a person goes to law school does not give him a just appreciation of the law. Just because a minister gets a church does not mean he is a spiritual man.
Even though these people are often no better authorities in their profession than the common sense of the average person most of them have at least gone through some learning process. There are still other authorities that have even bypassed normal learning channels.
Thus the false authority is he who cannot demonstrate the truth of that which he claims to teach or practice. One of the main causes of false authority is the use of the power of appointment by another false authority.
The power of election (decision) is given to us so we can find our true authorities and place them where they can be useful dispensers of their wisdom and talents. Our elected officials are not perfect but they are much better than appointed ones. The IRS, for instance, consists exclusively of appointed officials and fortunately our elected officials worked this last year to undue some of the problems they created.
So let us apply this to the beast. The beast is a thoughtform under the control of the dragon (the Dark Brothers). This thoughtform covers the entire planet. He causes ALL to “receive the mark” (verse 16). This is why Satan (the adversary of light) is called “the god of this world” in the scriptures. Over 95% of the religious world think the beast has not yet surfaced yet ironically they are under the control of the false authorities (beast) themselves.
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The Immortal is the story of an average truth seeker who stumbles across a fascinating teacher, only to discover that the man is John, the Beloved, the Revelator, an Apostle of Jesus, perhaps the most mysterious man in history, comes alive in this book. Legend has it that John never died and still roams the earth as a teacher. John finds JJ Dewey, the main character, to teach him the Twelve Keys of Knowledge to prepare the world for the new age of peace. The first question addressed in Book I is WHO OR WHAT AM I? The student gives all the standard answers…and they are all wrong. The lead character then realizes he is under the tutorage of no ordinary teacher and must apply himself in a quest for knowledge.
"The Beast" on this, and following pages, is taken from the initial writings by J.J. Dewey to the Keys of Knowledge discussion forum on the Internet. Eventually this became a chapter in The Unveiling which is an indepth, and totally unique explanation of the symbols and meaning of the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible and the New Testament. From Amazon:After almost 2000 years the key to understanding The Book of Revelation is finally manifest and it is not what you have been taught.First, it is important to understand common interpretations that are revealed to not be true. Among them are:
- The Beast is not a powerful Hitler type worldwide dictator.
- The mark of the beast has nothing to do with bar codes or a chip implanted in your hand or head.
- The letters to the seven churches have little to do with the seven churches.
- The two witnesses are not two prophets who will magically appear.
- When John said that the things in it will “shortly come to pass” he did not mean it would take 2000 years but he meant a short time just as we interpret the phrase.
The real meaning of the book is nothing like students have been taught but contains teachings in symbolic code disguised as an end of the world scenario to insure it would be included in the canon as we now have it. These teachings, previously hidden from view, tell the aspiring disciple how to tread the path that the Master has outlined. This is why the book was called the “Unveiling of Jesus Christ,” commonly mistranslated as "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" - or in short "The Book of Revelation."
Joseph J. Dewey
Joseph J. (JJ) Dewey, born Feb 1945, has been a student of philosophy, metaphysics and the spiritual path most of his life and has taught numerous classes and seminars on a variety of avant-garde subjects.
In his trilogy of books in the Immortal series, the author draws from many true-life experiences to create novels that present unique and mystical teachings in a way that captivates the imagination. What is true and what is fiction? That is for the reader to determine. The trilogy consists of The Immortal, Books I & II in one volume, The Lost Key of the Buddha and Eternal Words.
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