A Personal Statement

 

This statement was part of a paper I wrote in the summer of 1993.

I titled the paper A Call to God's People.

It was addressed to Preston Thomas

 
These discussions bring unavoidable questions. Who is the servant? How can we identify him? I have opened these revelations; what role do I play? Am I the servant?

I have briefly mentioned the circumstances under which this work unfolds. It is a time of planetary desperation probably not witnessed in prior creative history in this universe. This leaves no room for vanity or personal claims. Pride and ego have no place in this unique destiny role.

I shall provide a brief personal history.

Between 1965 and 1967 I first paid serious attention to the reports of objects in our skies. During that period I also first paid attention to the reports of those individuals who claimed contact from the celestial realms. I was pushed into serious consideration when I read the prediction of the two Martian satellites by Jonathan Swift 150 years before their discovery by astronomers. This led me to a careful examination of the details he provided in his fictional account of Laputa, the Flying Island. I was astonished to find many close parallels with the details of reports coming from the modern contactees. (1)

All those who claimed contact spoke of coming catastrophes. Then, in the summer of 1967 I began to study the biblical prophets. They also spoke of planetary disasters, with a perspective beyond any possible provincial view of the citizens of ancient times. They were cosmic descriptions. As I stated to my wife, "I know what this book is talking about." This led me to an intensive study of ancient history, myth, folklore, the planetary geological record, ancient writers, paranormal phenomena, and other fields.

At that point in time I was convinced that our planet was being visited and that it was not some secular civilization from other worlds. It was related in some mysterious manner with the kingdom of Heaven.

In September or October of 1967 I first heard of The Urantia Book. I immediately called Chicago, had a copy within my hands in a few days, and was dumbfounded by what I read. Here was a portrayal of the heavenly realms and of celestial activities as I had never encountered. Descriptions of space vehicles called seraphic transports were given. Planetary and personal destiny were described. Planetary and personal judgments were described. But most importantly, the Paradise Sons of God and the Paradise Creator Sons were described. For the first time in my life I met information which presented God as a real, living being, one who was intimate with his creation, and one who had a personal hand in its administration as well as in its creation. (2)

This fact, along with a deep conviction of imminent planetary judgments, soon led to a most profound personal spiritual experience. I was totally converted from a godless and secular existence to a complete devotion to God. As I have said before, I felt as though God reached down and touched me. He put his spirit upon me. I often quote the Dead Sea Scrolls to illustrate this point.

For lo! Thou host taken a spirit distorted by sin, and purged of the taint of much transgression, and given it a place in the host of holy beings, and brought it into communion with the Sons of Heaven. (3)

In simple testimony, that is the way I felt. For months I felt as though I walked with the angels. I saw the world as they saw it, and I understood as they understood.

These discoveries, and this experience, impelled me to tell others. I had to write a book. I resigned my position as a Member of Staff at Comsat in November, 1968 to work on God, Man and the UFOs. (4)

I first became aware of a possible destiny role when I did my initial work on Jonathan Swift. I assembled correlations of his report, given in a satirical context, with details of other reports from Adamski, Fry, Betty and Barney Hill, and Villas-Boaz. Part of the satire surrounding Swift was information by a fictional character named Martinus Scriblerus. This is a formal Latin phrase rendered in common English as A Scribbler of Mars. I felt this was a direct reference to Swift's prediction of the two Martian satellites. I drew out the relationship of Swift to this fictional character in order to demonstrate that Swift was used as a vehicle of revelation, but buried through the centuries. In The Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus the following remark was made: (5)

Courteous stranger, whoever thou art, I embrace thee as my best friend; for either the Stars and my Art are deceitful or the destined time has come to manifest Martinus Scriblerus to the world, and thou the person chosen by Fate for this task.

Of course, this seemed like an indirect connection to destiny, at the most, but it held me by my intimate knowledge of Swift and of his role in unfolding events.

I went on to publish my book through Carlton Press, a vanity house, in 1970. Shortly after release I was reading Isaiah in my study one day when I came across a curious little passage.

Isaiah 48:14-16

Assemble, all of you, and listen!

Who among them has declared these things? Yahweh loves him: he will perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.

I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him,

and he will prosper in his way.

Draw near to me, hear this! From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it came to be, I was there.

And now the Lord GOD sends me and his Spirit.

The difficulty I faced was this:

I had just published a book in which I spoke about the Babylon portrayed in Jeremiah 50 and 51, and in John's Apocalypse. I did not make a specific identification, but I gave sufficient evidence that a perceptive and inquiring reader could make the identification.

I was shaken by this statement in Isaiah. It came too close to home. I truly felt that God had placed his spirit upon me. I was attempting to warn my fellow men of the impending doom on "Babylon." I fell down on my knees, imploring God to help me. It was too incredible that a statement from the prophetic past should have such a deep personal meaning.

I gradually grew accustomed to the possibility that God could be talking over time to individual human mortals. At the same time I began to explore the Dead Sea Scrolls with greater care. I then began to wonder about Gaster's statements of a new prophet and teacher to appear at the end of the age, and what all this was leading to.

Then the statements in The Urantia Book about another and greater John the Baptist began to haunt me, but still, I could not accept that someone with my personal limitations and weaknesses would be chosen by God for such a supreme service.

Repeatedly, over the years, I resigned secular employment to devote myself to God's work. Each time I was left hanging; I was rebuffed. I certainly fulfilled the portraiture of the wasted toil and a frustrating time of waiting described in the Isaiah Servant Songs.

I also became aware that my understanding was increasing with the passing years. I certainly did not have perfect and complete insights into God's plans or his unfolding destiny context. I also became aware that my linguistic abilities and analytical perspectives were improving with continued exercise. Another passage in Isaiah then came to my attention.

Isaiah 42:19-20

Who is blind, but my servant, or deaf, as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of Yahweh? He sees many things; but does not observe them. His ears are open but he does not hear.

This I could well attest to, in all honesty and sincerity. Again, it is evident that we should not elevate weak human mortals. We all live under these constraints.

I then saw the possibilities in the Isaiah Servant Songs. But, still, I was unwilling to make a total commitment to those revelations. However, I was sufficiently concerned that I made a personal visit to Joe Pope in September, 1988 to determine where he stood and his possible role. (Editorial note: Joe had been teaching that he was the Another and Greater John the Baptist, and was soliciting money to build Temples around the far western United States.)

And then, with the writing of this letter, I saw the full implications of this service call.

I am now willing to openly and freely admit my servitude to God, as best I understand it. Until the past few weeks I saw only the mechanics of the service which must be performed. But now, with the unfolding of the exposition in this letter, I comprehend its full depth. Now I see into the dimensions of this call which comes to me, to you, and to all those who are willing to give themselves to this Service.

Now God sends me. He also sends you. He sends all who would serve him.

You may recall an earlier statement by Jesus, in which he offers his support in these valiant efforts.

Some of you will be put to death, and before you establish the kingdom on earth, you will be hated by many peoples because of this gospel. But fear not. I will be with you. My spirit shall go before you into all the world.

Now God sends his Spirit before all of us. May he and his Spirit, indeed, be with us!

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(1) Gulliver's Travels, London, 1726, originally entitled Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World, republished many times.

(2) The Urantia Book, the Urantia Foundation, 533 Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614, 1955.

(3) The Dead Sea Scriptures, Theodore H. Gaster, Anchor Books, Doubleday, Garden City, NY, 1976.

Gaster provided a translation that held to the devout tone of the original writing. Modern secular translation sadly lack this dedication. See Dead Sea Scrolls, Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., Edward Cook, Harper, San Francisco, 1996.

(4) God, Man and the UFOs, Ernest Moyer, Carlton Press, New York, 1970.

(5) The Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus, Charles Kerby-Miller, Ed., Russell & Russell, New York, 1966.