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Be Very Afraid Most people expected Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election. If she had won, the Deep State would have been assured of the following: -continuation of the international drug trade -continuation of a policy of perpetual war -confront Russia and China as enemies -US military adventures around the world would continue to be funded -2009-like bailouts would be readily available -central bankers would continue to print as much fiat currency as needed to fund military conflicts abroad -trade deals would remain in place despite their unfairness -globalists would be assured of open borders and an influx of illegal immigrants and refugees, which would weaken US sovereignty (see Killing the Deep State: the Fight to Save President Trump, by Jerome Corsi). Illuminati bankers financed intellectuals 50 years ago to come up with ways to weaken society. Timothy Mathews listed their suggestions: 1. continual change to create confusion 2. racial offences 3. teaching sex and homosexuality in schools 4. undermining the authority of teachers and schools 5. promotion of drinking 6. huge immigration to destroy identity 7. emptying of churches 8. unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime 9. dependency on state benefits 10. control and dumbing down of media 11. encouraging the breakdown of the family As you can see, these problems are rife in our society. There has also been some backlash. For example, people have turned to alternative media, the churches are not empty, teachers are treating students more respectfully (there really is a better classroom climate), and Americans are adjusting to their hectic lifestyles. There’s pushback. Freemasonry is another secret society, and it is very powerful. It goes back centuries. America’s founders were Freemasons. Masonic symbolism is all over Washington, DC and the dollar bill. Between 1941 and 1971 Masons controlled the Supreme Court. During that time, they removed God, prayer and the Bible from the public schools. They are dedicated to a new world religion-the religion of the ‘Great Light.’ The Nordics are to usher in the New World Order with its new Luciferian religion. Nordics can be northern Europeans or a race of aliens-with Satanists, it’s a toss-up which they mean. With other secret societies there is a deeply hidden cabal which worships Satan but which is also tied in into military and CIA black budget programs running the gamut from time travel and teleportation to secret space programs. In addition they are in touch with ETs. They are allowing ETs to cross breed with humans and send their dangerous hybrids into our midst. See Walking Among Us: The Alien Plan to Control Humanity, by David Jacobs. Jacobs says that “abduction evidence points to a single goal: global integration resulting in takeover.” And the takeover is in process currently. According to Lt. Col. Robert MCGinnis “some globalists like Bill Gates want to reduce the world’s population through force, such as forced vaccinations and eugenics.” A large intelligent middle class is a threat to the globalists, and they plan to destroy the middle class first. Ted Turner of CNN opines that the population should be lowered to 500 million. When David Rockefeller spoke at the Annual Ambassadors’ Dinner in 1994, he indicated his support for the UN’s covert population stabilization effort, including vaccinations, sterilizations, abortions, use of food as weapons and disease. Control by secret societies was addressed by President Kennedy on April 27, 1961, when he said, “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.” James Forrestal, the first Secretary of Defense, noted that government leaders were not acting in the best interests of the country. He may have paid with his life for speaking out because in 1949 he either fell, jumped or was pushed from a 16th floor window at Bethesda Naval Hospital. In 1973 Col. Fletcher Prouty, a Focal Point liaison officer, wrote about a ‘secret team’ that controls the US “as an inner sanctum of a new religious order answerable only to themselves.” James Paul Warburg told a Senate Committee in 1950 “We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” All of this information comes from The Illuminati: The Secret Society that Hijacked the World, by Jim Marrs. Henry Kissinger is a member of the Bilderberger group, CFR, Club of Rome, Trilateral Commission, and is an alleged 33rd degree Mason. He has been Secretary of State and adviser to the last 8 or 9 presidents, but he is a troublemaking man. He said, “We must speak more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.” Jacques Cousteau, in an interview with the UNESCO Courier in 1991 opined that “In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.” The above information comes from Rise of the New World Order: The Culling of Man, by J. Micha-el Thomas Hays. Hays goes on to say, noting how immoral society has become and subject to multinational corporations, “Welcome to the New World Order. You are currently living in its transitional phase from a planet of sovereign nations to a borderless one world government controlled by the wealthiest, most diabolically evil people in the world.” Hays refers to the New World Order as the Great Plan. David Rockefeller thanked the media for its 40 years of discretion in not reporting on the Great Plan. That is OVER! The Internet has spilled the beans. Everywhere you hear NWO jargon bandied about. The internet may have saved us or put our fate off a little further. New we know what they are up to, and the conspiracy buffs can hold their heads up in pride. But we are not done here-there are other heads on this monster. In fact here are some things the bankers were ready to force on us: 1. the abolishing of nations and borders 2. the abolishing of all private property 3. the abolishing of all inheritance 4. the abolishing of all patriotism 5. no religion except the cabal’s Satanism 6. no family or marriage 7. the culling of humanity to 500 million In the 70s the Carter administration appointed a task force to study the effects of mankind on the world. He intended to legislate the Great Plan into law. This resulted in the Global 2000 Report. This report concluded that “the resources of the planet were not sufficient enough to support the expected dramatic increase in the world’s population” (see Hays). Hays goes on to say “This report called for the population of the US to be culled to less than 100 million by the year 2050, THIS IN A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSIONED REPORT”(emphasis mine). He says FEMA concentration camps all over the US are ready for the time when the economy crashes and marshal law is declared. And I’ve heard that Congress has bought guillotines-ponder and be afraid.

Urantia Book 44. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. On the same Sabbath day, while Jesus, the apostles and some believers were sitting around a fire at Bethany, Nathaniel asked Jesus a question he probably regretted: “Master, although you have taught us the positive version of the old rule of life, instructing us that we should do to others as we wish them to do to us, I do not fully discern how we can always abide by such an injunction. Let me illustrate my contention by citing the example of a lustful man who thus wickedly looks upon his intended consort in sin. How can we teach that this evil-intending man should do to others as he would they should do to him?” Jesus must have taken offense at the question because he stood up, pointed his finger at Nathaniel and sternly said: “Nathaniel! Nathaniel! What manner of thinking is going on in your heart?! Do you not receive my teachings as one who is born in the spirit? Do you not hear the truth as men of wisdom and spiritual understanding? (they’re all getting it now) When I admonished you to do to others as you would have them do to you, I spoke of men of high ideals, not to those who would be tempted to distort my teachings into a license for the encouragement of evil doing. I am disappointed that you all so often fail to put a genuinely spiritual interpretation upon my commonplace teachings…Now let me teach you concerning the differing levels of meaning attached to the interpretation of this rule of living, this admonition to “do to others that which you desire others to do to you.” (sounds like he calmed down) He enumerated the levels of spirituality attached to this rule: 1. The level of the flesh– this would be a selfish interpretation of the rule. 2. The level of the feelings–one level up; sympathy and pity would enhance the interpretation of the rule. 3. The level of mind–the rule would be interpreted in light of reason, intelligence, idealism and self-respect. 4. The level of brotherly love–a still higher level of unselfish devotion to the welfare of one’s fellows. Social service growing out of the consciousness of the Fatherhood of God underlays the interpretation of this rule. 5. The moral level–this is a philosophical level where one has learned the difference between right and wrong. One imagines an impartial third person applying this rule to your personal problems. (I don’t understand this unless he is talking about a certain Buddhist teaching) 6. The spiritual level–this is the level where we treat other people as we believe God would treat them; this is the universe ideal of human relationships.*** Nathaniel believed that Jesus had misunderstood his question, and nothing Jesus said to the apostles astonished them more than this speech (147.4.1-9).******** Simon, a Pharisee, was very impressed with Jesus, and he invited him and his three intimates to dinner. A woman who had run a brothel but who had been saved by Jesus was anointing his feet with oils and perfumes. She was also weeping and drying his feet with the long hair she was not allowed to tie up. Jesus compared Simon negatively to the woman because he did not provide water for Jesus to wash his feet, nor oil to anoint his head. Jesus said of the woman: “her many sins have been forgiven, and this has led her to love much…those who have received but little forgiveness sometimes love but little.”*********************************** That evening Jesus gave an address that the apostles remembered for a long time. It was about the relative value of status with God and progress in the eternal ascent to Paradise. Said Jesus: “My children, if there exists a true and living connection between the child and the Father, the child is sure to progress continuously toward the Father’s ideals. True, the child may at first make slow progress, but progress is nonetheless sure. The important thing is not the rapidity of your progress, but rather its certainty. Your actual achievement is not so important as the fact that the direction of you progress is Godward. What you are becoming day by day is of infinitely more importance than what you are today…Some of you may not stand high in actual levels of soul and spirit, but you are making daily progress on the living way opened up, through faith in God…But Jesus earnestly warned his apostles against the foolishness of the child of God who presumes upon the Father’s love. He declared that the heavenly Father is not a lax, loose or foolishly indulgent parent who is ever ready to condone sin and forgive recklessness. God will not be like a foolish parent who brings on the moral undoing of his thoughtless children and thereby directly contributing to the delinquency and demoralization of his offspring.” Jesus and his apostles attended many other private functions and brought many believers into the kingdom (147.5.1-10).******************** In the last week of April Jesus and the twelve left Bethany for Capernaum. Meanwhile, the religious leaders of the Jews held meetings to discuss what to do with Jesus. The Romans weren’t bothered by Jesus, so they looked for a Jewish law that Jesus may have violated. Thus, they sent out spies to infiltrate the group following Jesus and to catch him in violation of some law. The first accusation came on the Sabbath when a spy caught Andrew eating grain and rubbing it in his hands. When they accused Andrew of breaking the Sabbath, he blew them off, so they complained to Jesus. Jesus told them that the Sabbath was made for men, not men for the Sabbath and besides, “the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” The spies luckily did not know Jesus was speaking of himself. It was a dangerous thing to say. Jesus then said to the apostles: “Men, if you are enlightened by the truth and really know what you are doing, you are blessed; but if you know not the divine way, you are unfortunate and already breakers of the law”(147.6.1-6).********** Jesus and the twelve traveled to Capernaum by boat because they were trying to escape the crowd and the spies. But they were found the next day, May 4. On Tuesday evening one of the spies challenged Jesus to command his apostles to fast as John had bade his followers. Jesus answered that the groom’s friends don’t fast while the groom is with them. Also, fasting is not a requirement for entering the kingdom of heaven. Jesus predicted his death for the first time. In referring to himself, he said “when the bridegroom shall be taken away.” He used the example of putting new wine into old wineskins as a metaphor for forcing new ideas to conform to old doctrines. He said: “Fasting may be an appropriate part of the law of Moses, but in the coming kingdom, the people of God shall experience freedom from fear and joy in the divine spirit.” When they heard these words, John’s followers were comforted, while the spies were confounded. But that’s not to say that all old doctrines should be replaced by new teachings. Said Jesus: “That which is old and also true must abide” (147.7.1-3).************* That night Jesus gave a special lecture to his apostles only. He first quoted Isaiah on the futility of fasting. Isaiah is talking for God. God is saying: “Why have you fasted? For what reason do you afflict your souls while you continue to find pleasure in oppression and take delight in injustice?” (I am reading a book that says the prophets weren’t speaking to all the Jews; they were only speaking to the oppressive upper classes that exploited the poor.)”Will you dare to call this a fast and an acceptable day in the sight of the Lord? Is not THIS the fast I should choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the knots of heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share my bread with the hungry and bring those who are homeless and poor to my house? And when I see those who are naked I will clothe them…Then will you call upon the Lord, and he shall answer; you will call out and he shall say–Here am I. And all this he will do if you refrain from oppression, condemnation and vanity…Then shall the Lord guide you continually, satisfying your soul and renewing your strength.” Jesus continued in this vein, telling them it was their faith that made them secure in the kingdom, not affliction of soul or fasting of body.

Urantia Book 43. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. Before going to Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus was called to heal the servant of a Roman centurion. When Jesus approached the house of the centurion, servants were sent out to say: “Lord, trouble not yourself to enter my house, for I am not worthy that you should come under my roof.” These words are in the Catholic Eucharist just before communion. “But only speak the word and my soul shall be healed” is similar to the centurion’s words: “But I know that you can speak the word where you stand and my servant will be healed.” Jesus marveled at the belief of the gentile and healed his servant from where he was standing in front of the house. The creatures dictating the UB admitted they did not know how the healing took place. They said: “But we never knew just what happened on this occasion” (147.1.4).**** Jesus and the apostolic party reached Jerusalem on Friday, April 2 and made Bethany their headquarters. Judas was carrying a surplus of money, so he deposited it in the bank of a friend. The trip had been uneventful, but on arrival, they were swamped with crowds seeking healing, comfort and salvation. Thus, Jesus was busy and had no time for rest. They were forced to flee to Gethsemane and pitch tents to avoid the crowds. Jesus told the apostles to do no public preaching, only private teaching and personal work. They celebrated Passover at Bethany with Lazarus and his sisters. John’s apostles did not celebrate Passover with them; they celebrated with Abner and old friends and disciples of John. John’s apostles also did not return to Galilee with Jesus and the twelve; they stayed in Jerusalem and quietly worked at expanding the kingdom of heaven.*** The episode at the Pool of Bethesda gives us a fascinating insight into Jesus’ thinking. On the second Sabbath as they were about to participate in Temple services, John said to Jesus: “Come with me. I would show you something.” They went to a pool of water called Bethesda. Gas from caverns under the ground made water bubble up at irregular intervals, and superstition said that the first person into the water after it bubbled up would be healed of their affliction. So afflicted people were always seen around this hot spring. John believed that if Jesus saw all the sufferers around this pool, he would be moved to heal them, astounding people and advancing the kingdom. John said to Jesus: “Master, see all these suffering ones; is there nothing we can do with them?” And Jesus replied: “John, why would you tempt me to turn aside from the way I have chosen? Why do you go on desiring to substitute the working of wonders and the healing of the sick for the proclamation of the gospel of eternal truth? My son, I may not do that which you desire, but gather together these sick and afflicted that I may speak words of good cheer and eternal comfort to them.” Turning to those assembled, Jesus said: “Many of you are here, sick and afflicted, because of your many years of wrong living. Some suffer from the accidents of time, others as a result of the mistakes of their forebears, while some of you struggle under the handicaps of the imperfect conditions of your temporal existence. But my Father works, and I would work, to improve your earthly state, but more especially to insure your eternal estate. None of us can do much to change the difficulties of life unless we discover the Father in heaven so wills. After all, we are all beholden to do the will of the Eternal. If you could all be healed of your physical afflictions, you would indeed marvel, but it is even greater that you should be cleansed of all spiritual disease and find yourselves healed of all moral infirmities. You are all God’s children; you are the sons and daughters of the heavenly Father. The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you. You shall find, not only justice, but an abundance of mercy. Verily, verily, I say to you: He who hears the gospel of the kingdom and believes in this teaching of sonship with God, has eternal life; already are such believers passing from judgment and death to light and life. And the hour is coming in which even those who are in the tombs shall hear the voice of resurrection” (147.3.1-3). One mentally ill man responded by realizing that no one could help him but himself. He stood up and walked home. All the people with psychosomatic diseases were “cured” and went home. All were inspired by Jesus’ words and went home to meditate about them. ********************************** This is not the picture of Jesus we get in the New Testament, where Jesus preaches in simple parables and absolutely no philosophy. Here he is giving them a taste of Eastern teaching. He’s telling these afflicted people to accept their situation; it may in fact be God’s will. The UB says that sin and evil are a condition of being out of step with reality. Lucifer, being confined to this universe, never saw the Universal Father, so he denied that the Father existed. Evil came from that denial. God’s will is another word for reality. Several years ago I asked Jesus to show me reality. He reminded me of all the books I had read on quantum physics. I had read these books because I needed to know why and how something psychic was victimizing me. I found the solution and wrote 2 books about it. But Jesus was telling me that QM is the best description of reality that we have at the present time. I continue to look for updates on quantum mechanics. Right now I’m listening to two audio books on the subject. I like the saying among physicists that if you think you understand quantum physics, you probably don’t. That about covers it for my level of knowledge.

Urantia Book 42. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. At Ramah Jesus encountered a Greek philosopher who taught that science and philosophy were sufficient to meet the needs of human experience. Jesus listened patiently to the old philosopher’s ideas. When he was finished, Jesus said: “Where you leave off, we begin. Religion is a revelation to the human soul dealing with spiritualities which the mind alone could never discover or fully fathom. Intellectual striving may reveal the facts of life, but the gospel of the kingdom unfolds the truths of being.” For more than an hour, Jesus taught the Greek the truths of the kingdom of heaven, and since the old philosopher was susceptible to Jesus’ mode of approach and open-minded, he became a believer in the gospel of salvation (146.3.1).********************** On the second evening at Ramah, Thomas asked Jesus an important question: “Master, how can a new believer in your teaching really know, really be certain, about the truth of this gospel of the kingdom?” And Jesus answered Thomas: “Your assurance that you have entered into the kingdom family of the Father, and that you will eternally survive with the children of the kingdom, is wholly a matter of personal experience–faith in the word of truth. Spiritual assurance is the equivalent of your personal religious experience in the eternal realities of divine truth and is otherwise equal to your intelligent understanding of truth realities plus your spiritual faith and minus your honest doubts. A practical way of determining the degree to which you ceded control of your soul to the Father is in the degree of your love for other people. The Spirit of Truth will be poured out on you after I return to my Father, and it will lead you. Since the old Jewish teachings were confusing on the survival of the righteous, the apostles were greatly cheered by these blessed words (146.3.3-8). Jesus started pairing John’s apostles with his own apostles. Andrew and Abner were paired, etc. They both preached and went door to door, healing the sick and comforting the downcast. ****************************** The next town of note was Iron. Jesus worked at mining while he taught the miners. He also took the morning sermon at the synagogue. This was before Jesus was banned from all preaching in all synagogues in Judea. At Iron Jesus performed his first intentional miracle. He cured a man of leprosy and told the man to tell no one. But the man told everyone he saw, and Jesus was overwhelmed by sick and disabled people clamoring for a cure. So Jesus moved out of town and taught the miners from another location. They did not win many souls for the kingdom there or at their next town, Madan. It was the apostles’ opinion that they weren’t winning souls because Jesus wouldn’t heal people or let them refer to him as a healer. The apostles thought that he should manifest his power and heal people.*************** They went to Cana and were doing quite well in reaping souls when a nobleman from Capernaum hastened toward them saying his son was critically ill. When the nobleman importuned Jesus to heal his son, Jesus said: “How long shall I bear with you?” But the man was not to be deterred: “My Lord, I believe, but come before my child perishes!” Jesus bowed his head in thought, and then told the man to go home, his son would live. Titus, the nobleman, determined that his son was cured at the exact time that Jesus said he would live. It was not a miracle, however; it was more like a sixth sense on Jesus’ part. Titus and his whole household entered the kingdom. But Jesus and company fled town and headed for Nain (146.5.1-3).********************** On their way to Nain, Jesus and the apostles were followed by people with nervous disorders who thought that Jesus had cured them with miracles. Of course, this wasn’t the case, because they had psychosomatic disorders. Also those following were looking for signs and wonders. Jesus and the apostles couldn’t get rid of them. And they were met by a funeral procession near Nain. The mother of the dead boy recognized Jesus and besought him to bring her son back to life. Jesus put aside the covering of the bier and looked at the boy, discovering that he was not really dead. He told the mother: “Weep not; your son is not dead; he sleeps. He will be restored to you.” And Jesus took the boy by the hand and told him to wake up. He did and Jesus sent them home. Jesus tried to explain to the crowd that the boy wasn’t really dead, but they weren’t buying it. The crowd and the townspeople were aroused to the highest peak of emotional frenzy. Fear or panic seized some, while others fell into prayer and wailing over their sins. They had seen a miracle! Jesus was too modest! The news traveled fast and far, and people who heard it, believed it. Even the apostles had a hard time understanding why it was not a miracle. It was suppressed, and only Luke recorded it in his Gospel, and he made it seem like the episode was related or told to him. And again Jesus was so importuned to be a physician instead of a Messiah that he left early the next morning for Endor (146.6.1-4).************************************** At Endor Jesus “went in quest of physical healing.” I sense that he is experiencing a lot of stress due to his ambivalence about healing people. I wish the UB had given more information on this juicy item. They didn’t do much, if any, religious work in Endor. Jesus told the apostles about King Saul and the witch of Endor. He also told them about the rebellious midwayers who had impersonated the spirits of the dead and that they would be brought under control. Again he told his apostles that after the Spirit of Truth was poured out, unclean spirits could no longer possess the feeble and evil-minded mortals. (And I ask again why we still have this phenomenon.) Jesus also told his followers that the spirits of departed humans do not come back and visit their relatives. After this stop, they went to Capernaum for a few days’ rest.********* Jesus and the apostles arrived in Capernaum on Wednesday, March 17, and spent two weeks at the headquarters before going to Jerusalem. During this time Jesus and the Zebedee twins made two secret trips to Tiberius, where they met with believers and instructed them in the kingdom. These believers were relatives or in the household of Herod, and they had explained to him that the “kingdom” Jesus proclaimed was spiritual in nature, not political. So Herod was tolerant of Jesus. But the real danger to Jesus was the Jerusalem religious leaders, who had an irrational hostility toward him.

Urantia Book 41. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. After sundown on the Sabbath, a multitude of the sick and disabled showed up at Zebedee’s house to be cured of their afflictions. It was not Jesus’ intention to perform miracles and heal them. But there was a vast retinue of seraphim, physical controllers, Life Carriers and midwayers all invisibly attending Jesus and who made themselves ready to heal these people if only Jesus said the word. Jesus felt pressure and sought refuge in his Father’s will. He looked down at the afflicted throng and said: “I have come into the world to reveal the Father and establish his kingdom. If it should be his will, I would desire to see my children made whole and—“Apparently it was the will of his Father because those supernatural operatives descended into the midst of the crowd and healed everyone. They healed 683 people in a moment of time. Jesus was more surprised than anyone else. Jesus’ Adjuster ruled that the healing, an act of creative energy, would not be against the Father’s will. Since Jesus expressed a healing desire, the healing act was created. “What a Creator Son desires and his Father wills IS.” That was the only case of mass healing in Jesus’ career. But I’m sure it brought him notoriety he wasn’t looking for. The healing didn’t win many souls to the kingdom, either. And after that, Jesus became as much a physician as a preacher. He did most of the healing while his followers did most of the preaching. The news of the healing, though, traveled far and wide, so that Herod heard of it and became nervous. The apostles and those healed partied far into the night. But where was Jesus? The people wanted to thank him for healing them. Most of them finally went home disappointed. After that Jesus arrived and refused the adoration of those waiting for him. He said: “Rejoice not that my Father is powerful to heal the body, but rather that he is mighty to save the soul. Let us go to our rest, for tomorrow we must be about the Father’s business” (145.4.2). And the disappointed apostles went to bed. Except for the twins, they didn’t get much sleep that night. They just could not understand Jesus. He would build up their enthusiasm, only to crush it. Jesus didn’t sleep and arose before dawn to walk into the wilderness to pray. Peter couldn’t sleep, so he roused James and John, and they went to find Jesus. After they found him, Jesus spent four hours explaining why the kingdom could not be built on wonder-working and physical healing. Meanwhile, crowds came to the Zebedee house and Andrew, feeling overwhelmed, came looking for Jesus. He asked Jesus to return with him to deal with the crowds. But Jesus refused. He said the crowds were just curiosity-seekers and just looking for signs and wonders. Instead, Jesus told Andrew to get ready to leave. So, on the afternoon of Sunday, January 18, AD 28, Jesus and the apostles started out on the first really public and open preaching tour of the cities of Galilee (145.5.1-9).**** Jesus for the first time allowed the apostles to preach without putting any restraints on them. So they enthusiastically put themselves into it. From January 18 to March 17 they went around to cities like Rimmon, Zebulun and Cana, preaching and baptizing, assisted by the former apostles of John. Rimmon had been dedicated to the god of the air, Ramman, and it was difficult to explain the difference between this religion and the gospel of the kingdom. The people converted to the gospel, but some later lapsed into their old ways. Many of the Persian ideas of light and dark, good and evil, time and eternity were later incorporated into Christianity. This inclusion made Christian teaching more acceptable to the people of the Near East. Also, Plato’s ideas of invisible patterns of all things visible and material, as later adopted by Philo to Hebrew theology, made Paul’s Christian teachings more acceptable to the western Greeks (146.1.1-3).*********************** At Jotapata Nathaniel confessed confusion about prayer, gratitude and worship, so in the evening Jesus discoursed on these topics. He emphasized the following points: 1. God hears the petitions of his children, but when the human heart deliberately and persistently harbors the concepts of iniquity, there gradually ensues the loss of personal communion between his earth child and the heavenly Father. 2. That prayer which is inconsistent with the known and established laws of God is an abomination to the Paradise Deities. 3. The Father in heaven has forgiven you even before you thought to ask him, but such forgiveness is not available in your personal religious experience until such a time as you forgive your fellow person. 4. There is a basic law of justice in the universe which mercy is powerless to circumvent. The glories of Paradise are not available to the thoroughly selfish. Even God’s infinite love cannot save a mortal who does not choose to survive. 5. They who would receive mercy must show mercy. 6. What the true son desires and the infinite Father wills IS. Such a prayer cannot remain unanswered. 7. The cry of the righteous is the faith act of the child of God which opens the door of the Father’s storehouse of goodness, truth and mercy. 8. A thoroughly selfish person cannot pray in the true sense of the word. “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” 9. Avoid praying much for yourself; pray more for the spiritual progress of your brethren. 10. Pray for the welfare of your families, but especially pray for those who curse you, and make loving petitions for those who persecute you. 11. Don’t pray only when you are in trouble. Pray privately. The best prayer is “Nevertheless, your will be done.” 12. Pray for the extension of the kingdom of heaven. Be discrete in what comes out of your mouth. 13. The most important prayer after prayer for knowledge of God’s will is prayer for divine guidance. It really means a prayer for divine wisdom. 14. Jesus warned against ornate repetitions, eloquent phraseology, fasting, penance and sacrificing animals. 15. Jesus reminded them not to worry about where their next meal was coming from, but to proceed with an attitude of gratitude. 16. Jesus told them to remain in meditation after they prayed in order to receive messages that might be directed to them. He told them much more which wasn’t recorded (146.2.1-18).

Urantia Book 40. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. John had appointed 12 of the leaders of his disciples to be apostles. Jesus’ apostles and John’s apostles went into conference for three weeks. They solved many problems. Jesus wouldn’t help them because he only worked with individuals, not groups. And he went away the last two weeks. The apostles were in session three times a day for six days each week. The first week Jesus did consent to talk to them between sessions; he talked on sympathy, co-operation and tolerance. Andrew and Abner alternated in presiding over the joint meetings of the two apostolic groups. Jesus pledged approval of their conclusions. The first item the group agreed on was adoption of the prayer that Jesus had recently taught them (the Our Father). They would teach this prayer to new believers. Their next decision was that, as long as John was alive, the two groups would continue working and have joint meetings every three months at an agreed upon location. Baptism was a problem because Jesus hadn’t given his apostles permission to baptize. So they decided that only John’s apostles would baptize and only Jesus’ apostles would instruct the new disciples. Also, two of John’s apostles would accompany Jesus’ apostles in order to baptize believers. The joint council had unanimously voted that baptism would become the initial step in a believer’s faith journey. It was also agreed that, if John died, his apostles would present themselves to Jesus and await directions. Also, they would not baptize unless Jesus authorized it. Also, in the case of John’s death, Jesus’ apostles would begin to baptize with water as a symbol of baptism of the Holy Spirit. John’s apostles would preach “Repent and be baptized” and Jesus’ apostles would preach “Believe and be baptized.” “And this is the story of the first attempt of Jesus’ followers to co-ordinate divergent efforts, compose differences of opinion, organize group undertakings, legislate on outward observances and socialize personal religious practices” (144.6.2-9). Jesus returned on the last day, listened to their decisions, and promised to help the apostles carry them out. The Gilboa camp was broken up on November 2, AD 27.**** During November and December the group of 25 worked in the Decapolis cities of Scythopolis, Gerasa, Abila and Gadara. The UB remarks that Jesus’ new revelation paid the price of compromise with John’s preceding religion; but there were items in the old religion which the new religion tried to salvage. Baptism was the price the new religion paid, but John’s followers gave up everything except water baptism. Jesus did little public preaching during this time. John’s followers, during their special sessions with Jesus, gradually became more understanding of the reasons Jesus didn’t try to get John out of prison. But they didn’t understand why he did no miracles. They believed he was divine, both because John told them so and because their contact with Jesus led them to belief. But they wondered why he gave no outward indication of his status. During these two months, Jesus sent out one of his apostles with one of John’s apostles. They won many souls among the gentiles and fallen Jews. Abner, the chief of John’s apostles, became a devout believer in Jesus, and was later made head of a group of seventy teachers who were commissioned by Jesus to preach the gospel.****************************** In late December Jesus and his followers moved to Pella, near the Jordan. Jews and gentiles came to this camp to hear the gospel. While Jesus was preaching one day, a messenger arrived from John. John wanted to know: “Are you truly the Deliverer or should we look for another?”(144.8.1-2). Jesus answered the messenger: “Go back and tell John that he is not forgotten. Tell him what you have seen and heard, that the poor have good tidings preached to them.” Jesus then turned and addressed the crowd: “Do not think that John doubts the gospel of the kingdom. He makes inquiry only to assure his apostles who are also my apostles. John is no weakling. What did you behold in John–a reed shaken in the wind? A man of changeable moods and clothed in soft raiment? But what did you see when you beheld John? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet! Of John it was written: “Behold, I send my messenger before your face;he shall prepare the way before you.”” (144.8.3). Many that day were baptized by John’s followers, and John’s apostles were firmly attached to Jesus after that day. When the messenger brought Jesus’ words back to John, he was greatly comforted and his faith was strengthened. Jesus finished his preaching by saying : “Come, therefore, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and you shall find rest for your souls. Take upon you the divine yoke, and you will experience the peace of God, which passes all understanding”(144.8.8). John the Baptist was executed by Herod Antipas on the evening of January 10, AD 28. John’s followers went to Herod and took possession of John’s body, which they buried at Sebaste, Abner’s home. On January 12 they went back to the camp near Pella. When the burial group arrived, Jesus immediately dismissed the crowd and said: “Go into joint council and arrange your affairs accordingly. There shall be delay no longer. The hour has come to proclaim the kingdom openly and with power. Tomorrow we go into Galilee” (144.9.10). So, on Tuesday, January 13, Jesus, the apostles and 25 disciples headed for Capernaum and the house of Zebedee. They arrived the same evening and Jesus spent the next three days preparing his apostles for their first preaching tour. On Friday evening Jesus had a visit from his baby sister Ruth. She was the only family member to believe in his divinity, and she was his chief comfort during his trial, rejection and crucifixion. Also on Friday morning, Jesus was preaching by the sea and was in danger of being pushed in the water by the crowds. He was rescued by David Zebedee in a boat that Jesus had made himself. After Jesus had disbursed the crowd, David told him that they had caught no fish. Jesus, to thank them for rescuing him, told them where they could catch fish. They put their nets down at that location and caught so many fish that their nets were in danger of breaking. The fishermen thought it was a miracle, but it wasn’t. Jesus just knew the lake and where the fish were at any given time. But all the men in the boat were so impressed that they stopped fishing and followed Jesus.* The following Sabbath Jesus preached at the afternoon service on the subject “The Will of the Father in Heaven.” The first reading was from Exodus: “And you shall serve the Lord, your God, and He shall bless your bread and your water, and all sickness shall be taken away from you.” The second reading was from Isaiah: “Arise and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you…Even the gentiles shall come to this light.” Jesus was stressing that religion is a personal experience. He told his listeners that they no longer had to approach God as a group, the nation of Israel. Now they could approach God as a child approaches a Father, as an individual son or daughter. Jesus also said this was not a new idea. He quoted passages in the Hebrew scriptures to show that this was not a new idea. For example, the prophet Jeremiah, speaking for God, said: “I shall be their God and they shall be my people. In that day, they shall not say, one man to his neighbor:’Do you know the Lord?’ Nay! For they shall know me personally, from the least to the greatest!” The apostles were inspired by this message and realized anew that the gospel of the kingdom is a message directed to the individual, not the nation. As Jesus finished a young man agitated by Jesus’ sermon had an epileptic attack. The young man believed he was possessed by a demon, but Jesus knew he wasn’t. The young man, pretending to be possessed, said: “You are the holy one of God; have you come to destroy us?” Jesus said to the “demon”: “Come out of it.” And the man woke up. The UB says that cases of demon possession didn’t occur after Pentecost. So why do cases of possession still occur? Why are the Church’s exorcists still busy? That is a question to ponder, but not at night and alone in a house.

Urantia Book 39. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Just as Jesus told Nalda that he was the Messiah, something that he hadn’t admitted to anyone before this: “It was the first direct, positive and undisguised pronouncement of his divine nature and sonship which Jesus had made on earth; and it was made to a woman, a Samaritan woman, and a woman of questionable character in the eyes of men up to this moment, but a women whom the divine eye beheld as having been more sinned against than as sinning of her own desire and now being a human soul who desired salvation, desired it sincerely and wholeheartedly, and that was enough” (143.5.8). Just as Nalda was about to express the real longing of her heart, the apostles came up to them and were very astonished to see Jesus in intimate conversation with a woman. They made their disapproval obvious, but they did not dare to reprove Jesus. They instead went about setting up camp. Jesus said to Nalda: “Woman, go your way; God has forgiven you. Henceforth, you will lead a new life. You have received the living water, and a new joy will spring up within your soul, and you shall become a daughter of the Most High. (Why did Jesus call the Father a Most High? The Most High ruled the Constellation Norlatiadek) The woman fled, sensing the disapproval of the apostles. She ran into the city and told everyone to go out to the well and meet the man “who had told her everything she had ever done.” The apostles couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea that women had souls and were equal to men. They were shocked that Jesus would treat women as equals, even those of questionable morals. The crowd arrived before the apostles had a chance to eat, and they begged Jesus to let them eat before dealing with the crowd. But it was getting late, so Jesus wanted to minister to the crowd before eating. He informed Andrew that “I have meat to eat that you do not know about.” He clarified this statement by saying: “My meat is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.” They preached 2 days and then set up camp on top of Mount Gerizim. Jesus did not rebuke the apostles for their attitudes toward women. Instead, he gave a memorable talk on ‘The realities which are central in the kingdom of God.’ The theme of his talk on Mount Gerizim was that he wants humans to see God as a father-friend and he, Jesus, as a brother-friend. He returned to the idea again that love is the greatest relationship. The group spent the days in the cities preaching and the nights at the camp. Their preaching brought many souls into the kingdom. It paved the way for Phillip’s work after Jesus went home. Jesus held conferences in the evenings at the camp. He put the emphasis on the following: 1. True religion is an act of an individual soul in its self-conscious relations with its Creator; organized religion is man’s attempt to socialize the worship of individual religionists. 2. Worship-contemplation of the spiritual-must alternate with service. 3. Prayer is designed to make humans less thinking but more realizing; it is not designed to increase knowledge but to expand insight. 4. Worship is intended to anticipate the better life ahead and to then reflect these new spiritual significances back on to the life that is; Worship is divinely creative. 5. Worship is the technique of looking to the One for the inspiration for the service to the many. Worship is the yardstick which measures the extent of the soul’s detachment from the material universe and its secure attachment to the spiritualities of all creation. 6. Prayer is self-reminding–sublime thinking; worship is self-forgetting–superthinking. Worship is effortless attention, true and ideal soul rest, a form of restful spiritual exertion. The apostles did not grasp every idea in this talk, but that was typical**** (144.3.1-5). Jesus and his apostles spent September and October in seclusion at a camp on Mt. Gilboa. Jesus gave them more instruction in the truths of the kingdom. There were reasons for this seclusion. The Jerusalem religious rulers were very hostile towards them; Herod Antipas still held John in prison and was suspicious that John and Jesus were associated; thus it was unwise to do aggressive preaching in Judea or Galilee. Also, the tension between the leaders of John’s disciples and the apostles was getting worse as new believers increased. Jesus therefore decided to do some quiet work in the Decapolis while he prepared his apostles for the end and waited for the final verdict on John. Jesus made plain to his apostles the three reasons they were in retirement: 1. To confirm their understanding of, and faith in, the gospel of the kingdom. 2. To allow opposition to their work in Judea and Galilee to quiet down. 3. To await the fate of John the Baptist. The apostles sensed that a final proclamation on the gospel was coming, but they had no idea what it meant. Thomas asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. The Master did not like set and formal prayers, as John taught his disciples. The apostles longed to know what form of petition Jesus would approve. Jesus knew the common people needed a form of petition, so he consented to discourse on prayer. Jesus said: “Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of the soul toward the spirit…The ideal prayer is a form of spiritual communion which leads to intelligent worship… Prayer is the breath of the soul and should lead you to be persistent in your attempt to ascertain the Father’s will… Persist in praying… Your persistence, however, is not to win favor with God but to change your earth attitude and to enlarge your soul’s capacity for spirit receptivity (144.2.1-5).******************* But the apostles were not satisfied; they wanted a model prayer they could teach to the new believers. James told Jesus that new believers always ask for the proper prayers. Jesus finally taught them the “Our Father.” Jesus taught that, to be effective, prayer must be: 1. Unselfish-not always for oneself 2. Believing-according to faith 3. Sincere-honest of heart 4. Intelligent-according to light 5. Trustful-in submission to the Father’s will. For many days the apostles continued to ask Jesus about prayer and worship, and since they were resting, he continued to discourse on the subject. He said: The earnest and longing repetition of a petition, when sincere and uttered in faith, never fails to expand the soul’s capacity for spiritual receptivity. In all praying, remember that the status of a son or daughter of God is a gift. Faith is a gift. The child of God comes into the new life of the spirit by the will of the Father in heaven, the First Source and Center… The soul’s spiritual capacity for receptivity determines the quantity of heavenly blessings which can be personally appropriated and consciously realized as an answer to prayer… Prayer is an antidote for harmful introspection. Praying for one’s fellows is beneficial to one’s spirit, Jesus said. Worship is salvation for this generation of pleasure- seeking mortals. Prayer can be likened to recharging the spiritual batteries of the soul. Jesus also said that prayer is a psychological process of exchanging the human will for the divine will…(144.4.1-5). Jesus taught them 6 long prayers, one of which began “Glorious Father and Mother, in one parent combined,” (144.5.6)

Urantia Book 38. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. At the end of June, AD 27, Jesus and his apostles left Jerusalem for Samaria and the Decapolis (10 cities). The religious rulers were after them with very bad intentions. Two cities, Phasaelis and Archelais, became their headquarters. This was their first experience preaching exclusively to gentiles–Greeks, Romans and Syrians. They met with new difficulties in trying to win souls to the Father. The apostles complained to Jesus that these gentiles did not take the gospel seriously and said the gospel was only for weaklings and slaves. And these gentiles assert that heathen religions are superior to the gospel because they inspire a strong, robust and aggressive character. Moreover, the gentiles say the gospel turns men into enfeebled specimens of passive non-resisters (143.1.1-2). When Jesus heard their complaints, he went on a long lecture. He pointed out that none of them were weaklings and that he, Jesus, was not dominated by fear. He also informed them that the Paradise ascent is the rugged achievement of eternity. And he asserted that armies will never display more courage than those who are martyred for the sake of the gospel. In fact, this was one of the most impassioned addresses Jesus ever delivered to the twelve. He must have really made an impression because the effect was immediate: ” their message took on a new note of courageous dominance…they continued to acquire the spirit of positive aggression in the preaching of the new gospel of the kingdom…and they did not occupy themselves so much with the preaching of negative virtues or passive injunctions in their Master’s teachings (143.1.5-9).**** At one of the evening conferences, Andrew asked the following question: “Wherein does your teaching differ from that of John’s?” Jesus answered: “John taught the religion of self-examination and self-denial. But I come with a new message of self-forgetfulness and self-control. I show to you the way of life as revealed to me by my Father in heaven. Verily, I say to you, one who rules one’s self is greater than one who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of a person’s moral nature and the indicator of the person’s spiritual development. By your faith and the spirit’s transformation you become in reality the temples of God, and his Spirit actually dwells within you (143.2.2-4).******************************* I’ve noticed that most people believe in the devil–Satan or Lucifer. People don’t know that they don’t exist since they were put on trial on Uversa, found guilty and took the option of annihilating themselves. So many people blame the devil for the evil things they do, but it’s really their own human wickedness. It is rarely possession by a demon. If I can blame a demon for my sins, then I don’t have to take responsibility for them. And I’m glad to know Jesus agrees with me. He said: “Many times, when you have done evil, you have thought to charge up your acts to the influence of the evil one when in reality you have been led astray by your own natural tendencies…how easy for you to become self-deceived and thereby fall into foolish fears, divers lust, enslaving pleasures, malice, envy and even vengeful hatred!” (143.2.5). Also, you must have faith, but even faith must come from God as a gift. “It is the very goodness of God that leads people into true and genuine repentance. Your secret of the mastery of self is bound up with your faith in the indwelling Spirit, which ever works by love. Even this saving faith you have not of yourself; it also is the gift of God” (143.2.7).************************ Tension and irritability between the apostles and John’s disciples were so bad that a complete breakdown threatened. Andrew was beside himself, not knowing what to do about the situation. He finally had to bother the Master about the problem. When Jesus had listened to Andrew, he said: “I cannot do what you ask of me–I will not participate in these personal social difficulties–but I will join in the enjoyment of a 3 day period of rest and relaxation. Go to each individual apostle and privately tell him that we are to go up Mount Sartaba, where I desire to rest for a day or two. No mention will be made of our difficulties during the trip.” This was obviously a secret kept from John’s disciples. Jesus didn’t make the mistake of taking them up the mountain. Jesus had no control over the disciples’ attitudes, feelings, or sorrow. They were probably angry at Jesus for not saving John and Jesus had no control over that, either. But he could do something with his own apostles, and it worked. When they reached the top of the mountain, Jesus told them that after a period of rest and relaxation, they would be able to attack their problems with a clearer head and a steadier hand. The whole day was devoted to reminiscences and matters not related to their religious work. They had been exceedingly perplexed about how to get along with John’s disciples, but all that disappeared when they came back down the mountain. A great change had come over them. They made the discovery that many human perplexities are in reality non-existent. A period ensued of greatly improved relations with John’s followers.******************** They hadn’t made many converts among the gentiles, so Jesus decided to go to Samaria, the location of the city of Sychar, near Jacob’s well. The apostles were not happy about preaching to the Samaritans because the Jews had a history with them. When the Jews returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian Captivity, the Samaritans tried to hinder the rebuilding of the city. They also built a temple on Mount Gerizim in which they worshiped Yahweh and pagan gods as well. Their animal sacrifices were similar to those in the temple at Jerusalem. This was all anathema to the Jews. So going to Samaria was a great test of loyalty to Jesus for these apostles. They reached Jacob’s well and Jesus sent the 12 into the city for food. A woman came along just as Jesus was feeling thirsty. He asked her for a drink because he didn’t have any cup to reach the water. The woman’s name was Nalda and she was surprised to be addressed by a man and a Jew. Jesus said: “I have indeed asked you for a drink, but if you could only understand, you would ask me for a drink of the living water.” Nalda wanted to know where Jesus was hiding this living water. Jesus told her that “anyone who drinks this water of the living spirit will never thirst.” It shall “become a well of refreshment springing up even to eternal life.” And Nalda immediately asked Jesus to give her this water so she didn’t have to trek to the well all the time. She also started to flirt with Jesus. Jesus responded by becoming stern and telling her to go and bring her husband to him. Then she sobered up and admitted she had no husband. Jesus knew that in her soul she really wanted to know a better way of life. He told her that Jews worship One God, and people one day will worship God in spirit and in truth. Nalda was still trying to avoid the subject of her personal life, but she said: “I know, Sir, that John has preached about the coming of the Converter, he who will be called the Deliverer, and that when he shall come–“and Jesus, interrupting Nalda, said with startling assurance, “I who speak to you am he.”