The Deadliness of Caligastia
The Coming Tribulation
Within our historic record, and within the Urantia Papers, are warnings from Jesus about a coming tribulation. He told us that we would see unparalleled terror and affliction. His remarks show that this circumstance has no historic precedence. It was to come at the end of the age.
This is how it is remembered in our historic record:
John 16:1-4 -- All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, a time is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you these things so that when their hour comes you will remember that I warned you.
The same warning is contained within the Urantia Papers.
|P1951:2, 180:6.1 After Peter, James, John, and Matthew had asked the Master numerous questions, he continued his farewell discourse by saying: "And I am telling you about all this before I leave you in order that you may be so prepared for what is coming upon you that you will not stumble into serious error. The authorities will not be content with merely putting you out of the synagogues; I warn you the hour draws near when they who kill you will think they are doing a service to God. And all of these things they will do to you and to those whom you lead into the kingdom of heaven because they do not know the Father. They have refused to know the Father by refusing to receive me; and they refuse to receive me when they reject you, provided you have kept my new commandment that you love one another even as I have loved you. I am telling you in advance about these things so that, when your hour comes, as mine now has, you may be strengthened in the knowledge that all was known to me, and that my spirit shall be with you in all your sufferings for my sake and the gospel's. It was for this purpose that I have been talking so plainly to you from the very beginning. I have even warned you that a man's foes may be those of his own household. Although this gospel of the kingdom never fails to bring great peace to the soul of the individual believer, it will not bring peace on earth until man is willing to believe my teaching wholeheartedly and to establish the practice of doing the Father's will as the chief purpose in living the mortal life.|
This paragraph is styled in such a manner that one may confuse the vital content. As Jesus said:
". . . in order that you may be so prepared for what is coming upon you that you will not stumble into serious error."
"I warn you the hour draws near when they who kill you will think they are doing a service to God. "
"I am telling you in advance about these things so that, when your hour comes, as mine now has, you may be strengthened in the knowledge that all was known to me, and that my spirit shall be with you in all your sufferings for my sake and the gospel's."
"I have even warned you that a man's foes may be those of his own household."
When Jesus used the phrases "the hour draws near" and "when your hour comes" he was directing his remarks to the generation living today, our generation, not the generation of his personal apostles. These passages were directed to us. A great tribulation is imminently coming down upon us.
How many people today, especially Urantians, are truly prepared? How many recognize what is coming upon us so that we do not stumble into serious error? Are we ready for that day, shortly upon us, when our fellow human beings will kill us? Even our families? Will we understand that they think they are performing their murderous acts as a service to their "God?"
This is another way it is remembered in the historic record.
Matt 10:21, Mark 13:12 -- Brother will deliver brother to death, and
the father his child, and children will rise against parents and put them to
Luke 21:16 You will be betrayed by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
Matt 24:9 Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.
The context of Matthew 24 and Luke 21 is the end of the age. (The remark from Matt 10 was dislocated by an early Christian editor.)
This warning is contained within the Last Discourse Jesus gave his apostles. It occurs at the end of the Last Supper before he offered his final prayer, and before the group departed for the Garden of Gethsemane.
Importantly, this hatred will come because of our claim on the name of Jesus. We recognize him as our Lord and our God. The godless people of the world will hate and detest us for this. But more dire is the hatred and despise the spiritists will show toward those of us who profess our faith in him.
The critical question centers on "service to God." If these people kill (murder) us, and believe their direction comes from God, who is this God?
The remark shows religious persecution, not secular oppression. The source of the persecution comes from those who believe they are doing a service for God, not service to political, social, or ideological concerns. More importantly, the supposed service is to God, and not to pagan gods. This condition removes any possibility of Roman gods, for example, providing the persecution, as in early Christianity. This also removes the pagan gods of the older civilizations, such as Buddhism, or Shintoism. It removes any thought that Jewish people would bring the persecution, because the source of the tribulation is not their "Lord" (Yahweh). Another possibility is Allah of Islam. While we may conceive of Allah ordering murder for anyone opposed to Islam, as it is specified in the Koran, the warning does not seem to fit such context. The "God" in this case is a western deity, one arising out of the conceptual framework of western society. This is the context in which Jesus gave us the remark. This conclusion does not mean that the persecution will not extend to the rest of the world, but is especially directed toward Christianity. Jesus was warning those of us who come from that tradition.
Since this "God" is inimical to God's people where would we find the source of that hostility? This "God" is opposed to Jesus and those who love Jesus. We know that Caligastia is opposed to Jesus. Does the killing come from those who have given themselves to Caligastia?
Importantly, the statements by Jesus show that the actions are on the human level, one human being killing another human being. The actions are not on the celestial level, not Jesus directly against Caligastia. Thus it would seem that Jesus and Caligastia have both developed their own human groups, those devoted to Jesus, and those devoted to this "God."
A widespread activity known as channeling has developed a cadre of people devoted to the "spirits." They are found everywhere and infest our society at all levels. They truly believe they are in communication with these "spirits" and have developed a mass of books and written materials which outline this "spirit" contact. Urantian examples may be found at http://www.tmarchives.com/. Thousands upon thousands of other books and manuscripts may be perused which came through from other "spirits." Visit any occult book store. For a more formal exposition see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediumship, which is not wholly accurate.
Are these thousands of "spirits" a single or dual entity (Caligastia and Daligastia) pretending to be other celestial personalities to their many minions. How would they turn into a "God?"
We can get a further clue from remarks made in the Urantia Papers.
P.610 - §1 Caligastia was recognized by the Son of Man as the technical Prince of Urantia up to near the time of his death. Said Jesus: "Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast down." And then still nearer the completion of his lifework he announced, "The prince of this world is judged." And it is this same dethroned and discredited Prince who was once termed "God of Urantia."
Caligastia is trying to recapture his position as "God of Urantia." Since he is so discredited in normal social views, he must use some technique that does not socially stigmatize him but that brings power back to him. To deceive his minions he displays himself by thousands of different names. He always displays himself as a paternal being since to do otherwise would drive his minions away. He always takes control in his many manifestations. The dictates of his nefarious messages are always as a noble spirit being, as a "God." Unfortunately, his minions do not recognize that they obey him and his wishes as though he were a "God."
In some of these manifestations he performs seeming miraculous effects in the minds of those who worship him.
Refer to my paper http://www.world-destiny.org/upcalibeinglight.htm where I discuss the experience of Allen Wolf.
See also http://www.world-destiny.org/bbg/spirit/17stormF.pdf
But for now he is not fully released. We should consider that when he is fully released by Michael, he will bring these miraculous effects into full display to his minions.
In order to show the imminence of events coming down upon us consider how the word "hour" is used in the New Testament, and by John.
Matt 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows . . ."
Matt 24:44 "Therefore, you must also be ready; the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
Luke 12:46 - ". . . the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know . . ."
John 16:1 ". . . the hour is coming when whoever kills you . . ."
We can see that the context is an hour that is totally unexpected. Jesus will return to this world. No one expects it. At the same time Caligastia will be fully released.
P.1915 - §2 "But the times of the reappearing of the Son of Man are known only in the councils of Paradise; not even the angels of heaven know when this will occur. However, you should understand that, when this gospel of the kingdom shall have been proclaimed to all the world for the salvation of all peoples, and when the fullness of the age has come to pass, the Father will send you another dispensational bestowal, or else the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age.
Jesus is returning to adjudge the age. Jesus is coming back as our Judge and our God. While only the councils of Paradise know precisely the day or hour when Jesus will return, we can see that it is imminent.
Then the judgment will come. It will come as a Great Persecution, when brother and father and children shall kill one another.
John 14:30 I no longer will speak many things with you: for the Prince of this world is coming. And he has nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father has commanded me, so do I.
In other words Jesus is permitting this episode because it is the Father's will that he do so. The Prince of this world is coming, but the Prince has nothing in Jesus. Jesus is permitting this horror in order to bring righteous judgment upon mankind. Jesus is separating the wheat from the chaff. Only through extreme tribulation will the hearts of men be tested.
To be continued.
Paper 6 of a series.