There is a danger looming in the near future. There will be a roll-out of 5G around 2020, if the cell phone companies have their way. 5G stands for Fifth Generation cell phone technology. Right now we have Fourth Generation cell phone technology. 5G cell phone towers will use a broader bandwidth of microwave frequencies–from 30GHz to 300GHz, because the present bandwidth is becoming too crowded. These microwaves are more frequent, faster and more dangerous. Lloyd Burrell on his website Electric Sense enumerates 11 dangers of 5G: DNA double and single strand breaks**oxidative damage**disruption of cell metabolism** increased blood/brain permeability**melatonin reduction**disruption to blood/glucose metabolism**generation of stress proteins**radio-frequency radiation classified by WHO as a possible 2B carcinogen. To be sure, people complained about these things when the radio was invented, but nobody died of listening to the radio.******************** Burrell also discusses the reasons behind the shift to 5G. As mentioned previously, the 4G bandwidth has become saturated , forcing a change to other frequencies. 5G will connect us anywhere we are to any object in the world. If it corrects the dead zone in my apartment, I’ll be satisfied. Cars will drive themselves–look how that turned out. Fortune.com says that 5G will support 100 billion devices and will be 10 to 100 times faster than 4G. Do we really need faster than 4G if it means destroying the health of millions? To quote: 5G offers mind-blowing data capabilities, practically unrestricted call volumes and near infinite data broadcast. It does this by using the largely untapped bandwidth of the millimeter wave (MMW), which is between 30 and 300GHz. There are more disadvantages. They are going to need more cell towers because the wave can’t go through concrete. They’ll need a tower in every neighborhood, above every school, every place of business. They don’t need to be large, but they need to be ubiquitous. And that’s why the health problems will manifest. The towers give off pulsed EMF–electro-magnetic frequencies, which nobody has ever said are healthy for the human or other life forms. Being pulsed makes them worse. One person said they are focused like a directed energy weapon. Another person said 5G was a weapon system masquerading as a modern efficient technology. Sacha Stone said it was stealth technology in service of an extinction event. There was a White House Summit on 5G in 2018 and the speakers seemed to be unanimous that 5G was the best thing since sliced bread. One speaker said that we can’t allow barriers to stop us in implementing 5G. Nothing about health or the fact that the sperm count is dropping like a lead balloon. Nothing about autism or Alzheimers. But there is a higher view and Kerry Cassidy always reminds me of it. We are on a journey and we chose this life and likewise, this situation. We wanted to live at this time in this situation. I should say “I” because I can only speak for myself.

Urantia Book 31. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of Nebadon. Some of the 12 were fishing and mending their nets when Jesus called them together. The date was Sunday, January 12, AD 27, and Jesus was going to ordain the Apostles. “At last the long awaited hour had come! They were going apart with the Master to participate in some sort of solemn ceremony of personal consecration and collective dedication to the sacred work of representing their Master in the proclamation of the coming of his Father’s kingdom” (140.0.3). Before Jesus ordained the Apostles, he had them sit down around him and gave preliminary instructions about the kingdom: what it was and what it wasn’t. First, it will be everlasting–forever. The Father is not the Father of the Jews only; he is the creator and Father of all the world. His power will not be of armies; his power will be in the reborn sons of the kingdom. But, said Jesus, there is a severe test for those who would follow the Apostles into the kingdom. Faith will get one into the kingdom, but one must always do the will of the Father in heaven. That could be full of trials. Jesus told the Apostles what their message to the world would be: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and in finding these, all other things essential to eternal survival shall be secured therewith” (140.1.5). And Jesus made it plain to them that the kingdom was not one of outward power or demonstration. The kingdom is inside you, he told the 12. It is God within you. If you want to be great in the kingdom, Jesus told them, first be a minister to all. But when you actually achieve the kingdom, you will not be a servant, you will be a son, a son of the living God. Jesus predicted that the kingdom would grow and take over the earth. (Indeed, Christianity is growing in China, in Muslim countries, in Russia, in South America, in Africa. Christian apologists debate new atheists here and in Britain and do very well. Despite the intelligencia and their atheism, religion is very popular in the US, especially in the South.) Jesus said something that I do not understand. He said: “Even now is the kingdom at hand, and some of you will not die until you have seen the reign of God come in great power.” What did he mean? Why did he say it if he knew it wasn’t going to happen? Surely he knew the future. He made a similar claim in the Bible. Why would he disappoint so many people? I’ve heard that he has come back, but with no fanfare. For example, I heard that he attended a formal dinner in NYC. The truth is that he can come back anytime he wants in any form he wants. He’s in my church every time I go to church. I don’t believe he attended any event because the crowds would have gone crazy and the media would have picked it up. But it is a fact that Christianity was made the state religion in a remarkably short time. To continue: Jesus had the 12 kneel in a circle, putting his hands on each of their heads, he blessed each one and prayed: “My Father, I now bring to you these men, my messengers. From among our children on earth, I have chosen these twelve to go forth to represent you. Love them and be with them as you have loved and been with me. And now, Father, give these men wisdom as I place all the affairs of the coming kingdom in their hands. And I would, if it is your will, tarry on earth a time to help them in their labors for the kingdom. And again, my Father, I thank you for these men, and I commit them to your keeping while I go on to finish the work you have given me to do” (140.2.2). When Jesus finished, there was dead silence. Nobody dared to say a word or ask a question. After Jesus ordained the Apostles, he delivered a sermon. He said: “Now that you are ambassadors of my Father’s kingdom, you have thereby become a class of men separate and distinct from all other men on earth…Of the teacher more is expected than of the pupil; of the master more is exacted than of the servant. Of the citizens of the heavenly kingdom more is required than of the citizens of the earthly rule. Some of the things I am about to say to you may seem hard, but you have elected to represent me in the world…I send you forth to proclaim liberty to the spiritual captives, joy to those in bondage to fear, and to heal the sick in accordance with the will of my Father in heaven. When you find my children in distress, speak encouragingly to them, saying: “Happy are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…Happy are the humble and poor in spirit…Happy are those who mourn…Happy are the merciful…Happy are the peacemakers…Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…” Jesus told the Apostles that they were the ‘light of the world’ and to let men see their good work so the Father may be glorified. They must put their trust in the Father whose kingdom they represent. They are not to put trust in physical strength. Jesus gave them advice that is also in the New Testament, like turn the other cheek, which isn’t good advice for women in some situations. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. Be merciful, even as God is merciful, and in the eternal future of the kingdom, you shall be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect… You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them. Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother’s eye when there is a telephone pole in your own eye. I warn you against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing while on the inside they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. In the great day of the kingdom judgment, many will say to me: “Did we not prophesy in your name? And by your name do many wonderful works?” But I will be compelled to say to them: “I never knew you. Depart from me, you false teachers!” But everyone who sincerely executes his commission to represent me before men shall find an abundant entrance into my service and into the kingdom of the Father. The Apostles had never heard Jesus speak to them this way because he suddenly spoke with supreme authority–the authority of a king. They didn’t say a thing as they walked back down the mountain(140.3.1-21).

This post is a clarification of the previous post sent in yesterday. I spoke about Deborah Tavares’s documents which alleged that bridges and dams were being allowed to crumble and fall apart. I reflected about that and realized that I’ve seen a lot of bridges being repaired in my travels. And I know of one reservoir that was repaired some time after it was built. It’s an earthen dam, which is very rare, and is one of five dams that supply water to New York City. The other topic that doesn’t sound right is the Black Pope being at the top of the human food chain, answering to the Reptilians. I’ve always read that men with vast wealth and power were the controllers, not some priest. I think some of Deborah’s information was disinformation, which somebody put out to see where it would go. I hear a lot of stuff on YouTube and I never know whether to believe it or not. I usually run it past my therapist and if it sounds silly coming out of my mouth I forget I heard it. I never actually believe anything, but I like bouncing crazy new information around in my mind. I’ve heard enough and read enough to know at least that there’s a separate civilization living off the trillions spent by the defense department in black budget programs, and which includes the secret space program, secret new weapons, satellites used for nefarious purposes, bases on the moon, Mars, space flight out of the Solar System, possible use of clone drones and other things like super soldiers we can’t even imagine.

I am pausing the blog to present new information that comes from research into what those who hold the fate of seven and one-half billion people in their hands are planning for us. I watched a round-table discussion on Kerry Cassidy’s Project Camelot You Tube channel and Deborah Taveras brought new information to the discussion. I’ll start with the less controversial. Many countries are pooling their resources to build space platforms for space based weapons. These weapons are to defend against alien attack. We now have the same kind of weapons that aliens do; we have scalar weapons that operate and get their energy from space. Also, aliens are at war with each other just above our cloud cover. Why are they fighting? They didn’t say, but I would guess that one species is trying to defend humans against a hostile force. And we are blithely unaware of all this.************** The command and control structure in this world has a pyramid shape. At the very top are the Reptilians, an alien species that has lived underground for thousands of years. They consider this planet their home. The next level down is the cabal. They answer to the Reptilians. The cabal includes the “Illuminati,” parts of the Deep State, the top bankers, the Rothschilds, some in the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR), the Bilderberg Group, those in the 1%, or those in a position to make life and death decisions for millions of people. This group contains dark magicians and blood-drinking Satanists. At the top of this group is supposedly the Black Pope, the Superior General of the Jesuits. It is said that the new SG is working toward global socialism. The real pope is also being smeared and it is said that he drinks blood. This is simply a misunderstanding of the Eucharist. ****************************************** The supercollider at Cern in Switzerland is a place where portals are opening up, enabling Reptilians to bring heavy machinery though from their other reality.**********************************The next bit of information is sickening. You have heard about our crumbling infrastructure. Every president promises to fix it but never does. Deborah revealed documents that expose the reason why these things never get done. The powers that be don’t intend to fix crumbling dams, bridges, tunnels, etc. They are going to let them fall apart. Sound crazy?Not if you are out to destroy the country. The engineers who inspect them give them a passing grade even if there are obvious weaknesses. When they collapse, that will further the goal of reduced population and decay of society and culture. For example, there’s a dam near San Francisco that caused an earthquake. Dams and reservoirs cause earthquakes. This in turn weakens the fabric of the dam.THINK: fake lakes cause quakes. I didn’t understand why this happens, but the dam near SF is on a fault line. The dam is weak and they aren’t going to fix it. That means it will break, flooding San Francisco, Los Angeles, tributary rivers, agriculture, farms, houses, millions of people and making the land unlivable for who knows how long. It will also wash people out to sea, where they will have a slim chance of surviving. All this comes from documents Deborah Tevaras found in her researches.********************** You know the trade war with China has been in the news. But its not about what the media is telling us. It’s about some kind of chip that China wants to sell in the West because when its installed China can spy on whatever country buys the chip. Britain bought the chip and it’s going to take 2 years to integrate its streetlights with China’s technology. I’m wondering about its traffic cams-London has an obscene number of them. Trump doesn’t want any of China’s technology, no matter what it is.******************** And the last bit of news is that California is being blitzed with nanomachines from jet exhaust and ending up in peoples’ bodies. The good news is that the Father is still in charge and Jesus is more popular than ever. The Good will find a way.

Urantia Book 30. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. James and Judas Alpheus, twin fishermen, were the ninth and tenth apostles chosen, and chosen by James and John Zebedee. They were 26 years old and married with children. The UB says there is not much to say about these commonplace fishermen. They didn’t understand the philosophical discussions or theological debates of the other apostles. But they loved being among such mighty men. They were identical in appearance and in spiritual perception, so what is said about one can be said about the other (139.9-10.2). Their assignment by Andrew was to police the multitudes. They were the ushers while Jesus or the apostles were preaching, and they had to recruit more ushers if the crowds were large. They were general gofers at other times; they helped Philip with the supplies; they carried money to the families for Nathaniel and were always ready to help the other apostles. The multitudes of common people were encouraged to see two like themselves serving high in the kingdom. By their acceptance as apostles, they were the means of bringing a host of fainthearted believers into the kingdom. Such hesitant doubters took more kindly to being directed and managed by such common folk. James and Judas had neither strong points nor weak points. The nickname given to them by the other apostles was “the least of all the apostles,” which they accepted cheerfully. James Alpheus loved Jesus for his simplicity. They couldn’t comprehend the mind of Jesus, but they could grasp the sympathetic bond between themselves and the heart of the Master. They were intellectually challenged, but they had real spiritual experience; they believed in Jesus; they were sons of God and fellows of the kingdom. Judas Alpheus was drawn to Jesus because of his humility. Jesus never wanted people to know about his miracles. The twins, along with John, were the first to believe in the Resurrection. After the Ascension, they went back to fishing, not realizing there was more to be accomplished.*********** Simon the Zealot, the eleventh apostle, was chosen by Simon Peter. He was an able man of good background; he was 28 and lived with his family. He was also a fiery, nationalist, agitating revolutionist. Before he joined the apostolic corps, his whole attention had been on the nationalist organization of the Zealots. He often spoke without thinking. Andrew assigned him to the Wednesday recreation and relaxation program, and he was quite efficient at this assignment. “His strength was his inspirational loyalty. When the apostles found a man or woman who floundered in indecision about entering the kingdom, they would send for Simon. It usually required only about 15 minutes for this enthusiastic advocate of salvation through faith in God to settle all doubts and remove all indecision, to see a new soul born into the liberty of faith and the joy of salvation” (139.11.3). Simon’s great weakness was materialism. Jesus was patient with him, because changing from a materialist patriot to a spiritual internationalist was a great leap. He never quite made it. Simon admired Jesus for his inexplicable composure. Simon gradually went from being a rabid revolutionist to a powerful and effective preacher of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill Among Men.” Simon loved to argue, so when it came to dealing with legalistic Jews or the intellectual quiblings of Greeks, the task was always assigned to Simon. He was a rebel by nature and an iconoclast by training, but Jesus won him over for the higher concepts of the kingdom of heaven. Simon was a loyal and devoted person to any cause he adopted, and he profoundly loved Jesus. “Jesus had many talks with Simon and told him it was proper to want to see the social, economical and political areas improved.” But, Jesus would say, “That is not the business of the kingdom of heaven. We must be dedicated to the doing of the Father’s will. Our business is to be ambassadors of a spiritual government on high, and we must not immediately concern ourselves with aught but the representation of the will and character of the divine Father who stands at the head of the government whose credentials we bear” (139.11.9). During the Jerusalem persecutions, Simon went into retirement for a few years. But later he rallied and went to Alexandria, where he preached and baptized. He went up the Nile River and into the heart of Africa, preaching and baptizing. He died an old man in Africa.** Judas Iscariot, the twelfth apostle, was born in a small town in southern Judea. He grew up working in his father’s various businesses. He joined John the Baptist, which caused his parents to disown him. He was 30 years old and unmarried when he joined the apostolic corps. Judas was a good thinker, but not always honest with himself. Andrew assigned him to be treasurer, a position he was well fitted to hold. Up to the betrayal he carried out his duties honestly, faithfully and most efficiently (139.12.2). Jesus didn’t have a trait that Judas admired above all others, except in general the Master’s exquisitely charming personality. Judas, a Judean, was never able to overcome his prejudice against all the Galilean apostles. He even criticized Jesus in his mind. He thought Jesus was timid and afraid to assert his power and authority. But “Judas was a good business man. It required tact, ability and patience, as well as painstaking devotion, to manage the financial affairs of such an idealist as Jesus, to say nothing of wrestling with the helter-skelter business methods of some of the apostles. Judas was a great executive, a far-seeing and and able financier. And he was a stickler for organization. None of the apostles ever criticized Judas” (139.12.5). Money, says the UB, could never have been the motive for his betrayal of the Master. To Jesus, Judas was a faith adventure. From the beginning, Jesus understood the weaknesses of Judas and the dangers of admitting him to intimacy. “But it is the nature of the Sons of God to give every created being a full and equal chance for salvation and survival…The door of eternal life is open to all; there are no restrictions or qualifications save the faith of the one who comes” (139.12.7-8). Jesus let Judas go to the end, doing everything possible to save “the weak and confused apostle.” Judas grew intellectually but not spiritually. Judas became a brooder over disappointments, which led to resentments. He became suspicious of his fellow apostles, even the Master. Next, he became obsessed with the idea of getting even, and even betraying his Master. All of these thoughts were in the form of a smog in Judas’ mind until a woman put an expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. Judas spoke up that the money should be used for the poor. Jesus put him down with a crowd looking on, spiking Judas’ anger, and his anger focused on the most innocent person in the crowd: Jesus. As far as the UB is concerned, Judas has never been forgiven. It doesn’t say how he died.

Urantia Book 29. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. He has many other titles, Prince of Peace and Word of God being only two of them. Philip was the fifth apostle to be chosen, called when Jesus and the first four were on their way to Cana. Philip had been aware of Jesus, but he didn’t know that Jesus was a great man until Jesus looked at him and said, “Follow me.” He was influenced by the fact that the others had become apostles and had accepted Jesus as the Deliverer. Philip was 27 years old when he became an apostle and had recently married. The other apostles gave him a nickname that meant ‘curiosity’ because he had to be shown everything. This lack of imagination was the great weakness of his character. He was a commonplace and matter-of-fact individual (139.5.1-2). Philip was appointed steward; it was his duty to make sure they had enough provisions. He had methodical thoroughness, the strongest part of his character, and he was both mathematical and systematical. Philip came from a family of 3 boys and 4 girls. After the resurrection, he baptized his whole family. Nothing big could be expected from Philip, but he did small things in big ways. Even emergencies did not find him unprepared. People like Philip found comfort from observing that one like themselves had found a high place in the kingdom. Philip was almost without discerning vision; he was without the ability to grasp the dramatic possibilities in a situation. He would not hesitate to loudly interrupt Jesus during a profound discourse, but Jesus never reprimanded him. Jesus knew it would kill Philip’s urge to ask questions. Jesus knew there were other philips all over the Universe and he did not want to discourage them. Philip was a successful worker, not easily discouraged, and tenacious in anything he undertook. When Philip’s first convert, Nathaniel, wanted to argue the merits of Jesus and Nazareth, Philip’s effective reply was “Come and see.” Philip went through the terrible time of the trial and crucifixion, participated in the reorganization of the 12 and was the first of the 12 to win souls who were not Jews, being most successful in Sumaria. Philip’s wife was an efficient member of the women’s corps, and after they fled the persecutions in Jerusalem, she evangelized with Philip. When Philip was crucified, she stood at the foot of the cross encouraging him. After his death, irate Jews stoned her to death. Their daughter, Leah, continued their work and became known as the prophetess of Hierapolis, where Philip is buried.****** Nathaniel was the sixth and last apostle to be chosen be Jesus himself. He was brought to Jesus by his friend, Philip. They were both on their way to see John the Baptist when they encountered Jesus. Nathaniel, at 25, was the youngest of a family of 7, and was the sole support of aged and infirm parents. He and Judas Iscariot were the best educated of the apostles. Nathaniel’s great virtue was his honesty. He was truly sincere, without guile. His weakness was his pride: he was proud of his family, his city, his reputation and his nation, which is fine if not taken too far. But Philip went to extremes. He would prejudge people according to his opinions about their backgrounds, religion, or social class. His question: “Can any good come out of Nazareth?” is a perfect example of this. But he wasn’t stubborn; he quickly reversed himself when he looked into Jesus’ face. Nathaniel was the genius of the corps; he was the philosopher and dreamer, but he was a very practical dreamer. He alternated between periods of profound philosophy and periods of humor. Jesus much enjoyed hearing Nathaniel discourse on things both serious and frivolous. Nathaniel progressively took Jesus and the kingdom more seriously, but he never took himself seriously after meeting Jesus. Judas Iscariot once secretly complained to Jesus that Nathaniel did not take his apostleship sufficiently seriously. Jesus replied: “Judas, watch carefully your steps; do not over magnify your office. Who of us is competent to judge his brother? It is not the Father’s will that his children should partake only of the serious things of life. Let me repeat: I have come that my brethren in the flesh may have joy, gladness and life more abundantly. Go, then, Judas, and do well that which has been intrusted to you, but leave Nathaniel, your brother, to give account of himself to God” (139.6.5). These words lodged, along with other imagined rebukes, in Judas’s mind, festering. Nathaniel’s assignment was to maintain the families of the apostles, so he was often absent from the apostolic councils. If he received a report of a sick child, he was off immediately to the home of the child. The apostles felt secure in the knowledge that Nathaniel was taking care of their families.******************** Matthew, the seventh apostle, was chosen by Andrew. He was a customs collector in Capernaum. He was 31, married, with 4 children. He had moderate wealth, was a good businessman, an easy social mixer and made friends easily. Andrew appointed him the financial representative of the apostles; he was the fiscal agent and publicity spokesman for the 12. It sounds like he was the money collector. He was a keen judge of human nature, an efficient propagandist and an earnest disciple. He had an increasing belief in the mission of Jesus and in the certainty of the kingdom. Since it was his duty to keep the treasury replenished, he was absent frequently and missed important training sessions. Matthew always appreciated the Master’s forgiving disposition. He liked to say that faith only was necessary in the business of finding God. Matthew made extensive notes on the sayings and doings of Jesus, which became the basis of the Gospel according to Matthew. He was very devoted to the task of making sure the messengers of the kingdom were adequately financed. Matthew kept the doors of the kingdom wide open for hosts of downhearted and outcast souls, despairing men and women who were never turned away. Matthew never solicited funds from the multitudes; he quietly raised most of the funds from the more wealthy class of believers. And he gave most of his fortune to Jesus and the apostles. He was dead broke after the Resurrection. The apostles disdained Matthew because of his background, and they never knew where their food came from. They never knew of Matthew’s generosity except Jesus. After the persecutions started in Jerusalem, Matthew went to Syria and Thrace. There, Jews conspired with Roman soldiers to bring about his death.*************************************Thomas was the eighth apostle, and he was chosen by Philip. He has come to be known as ‘doubting Thomas,’ but the other apostles didn’t look on him as a doubter. He had a logical, skeptical mind, but he was also courageous and loyal. Thomas, when he joined the corps, was 29 and married, with 4 children. He had recently switched from carpentry to fishing. Thomas had the one truly analytic mind of the 12, and he was the real scientist of the group. Due to family conflicts, Thomas grew up having a disagreeable personality, which was reflected in his marriage. His wife was happy to see him join the apostles and be away for long stretches of time. Thomas also had a streak of suspicion, which made it difficult to get along with him. But as time passed, the others began to see his good qualities and liked him more. Thomas was honest and loyal, but he was a pessimist. He was losing faith in mankind when he met Jesus. The contact with Jesus began at once to transform his whole disposition and to effect great changes in his mental reactions to other people. Thomas’s great strength was his superb analytical mind coupled with his unflinching courage–when he had once made up his mind. His weakness was his suspicious doubting, which he never fully overcame. Thomas’s assignment was to arrange and manage the itinerary, and this he did with great skill. Although a good executive and a great businessman, his mood swings made him a different man every day. But contact with Jesus largely cured him of morbid introspection. Thomas attracted many like him, those with doubts and depression. If he was voted down in a council meeting, he fearlessly led the way in the execution of the plan decided upon. He was a good loser. “Thomas is a great example of a human being who has doubts, faces them and wins. He had a great mind; he was no carping critic. He was a logical thinker. He was the acid test for Jesus and the other apostles. If Jesus and his work had not been genuine, it could not have held a man like Thomas from the start to the finish. He had a keen and sure sense of fact. At the first appearance of fraud or deception, Thomas would have forsaken them all…There lived and worked with the Master and his human associates a man whose mind was that of a true scientist–Thomas Didymus–and he believed in Jesus of Nazareth” (139.8.12). When persecution scattered the believers in Jerusalem, Thomas went to Cyprus, Crete, North Africa, Sicily, ending up in Malta, where he was put to death by the Romans. He had begun writing about the life and sayings of Jesus.

Urantia Book 28. The life of Jesus of Nazareth, Joshua ben Joseph, Christ Michael, Sovereign God of the Universe of Nebadon. The men Jesus chose to be his apostles all had their own characters, strengths and backgrounds. Andrew, the first chosen, and his brother, Simon Peter, were partners in the fishing business with James and John Zebedee. Andrew was the ablest man of the 12, and they all referred to him as “Chief.” He was a good organizer and administrator. Andrew was 33 years of age and Peter was 30, but Peter was the better speaker. Andrew was not at all jealous of Peter for this. The brothers got along very well together, although they were very different in character and temperament. Andrew was the best judge of men among the 12, and he knew there was something brewing with Judas Iscariot long before others suspected. Later, when Jesus had many disciples, Andrew advised Peter, James and John concerning which missionaries to be sent out to proclaim the gospel. In this role Andrew was of great service to the kingdom. He also had a gift for discovering the hidden resources and latent talents of young people. After the Ascension, Andrew started a personal record of the acts and sayings of Jesus. It was added to and became quite substantial, but it was destroyed in a fire in Alexandria about 100 years after it was written. Andrew was a man of clear insight, logical thought, and firm decision whose great strength of character consisted in his superb stability. Persecutions eventually scattered the apostles from Jerusalem. Andrew went through Armenia to Macedonia and, after bringing thousands into the kingdom, was arrested and crucified in Patrae in Achaia. He suffered on the cross for two days, preaching the gospel while hanging there.************** Simon Peter was 30 when he joined the apostolic corps. Peter was well known for being impulsive and erratic. He had a habit of speaking without thinking, which always created problems for those around him. He even received a mild rebuke from Jesus. But he was smart enough to talk his ideas over with Andrew before he acted on them. Peter was a fluent speaker, eloquent and dramatic. He was also a natural and inspirational leader of men. While the other apostles were expressing astonishment to see the resurrected Jesus on the shore, Peter was swimming to him and half-way to shore. Peter never forgot Jesus’ supernal tenderness. Peter truly loved Jesus. Peter was the first to comprehend that Jesus was both man and God, and was brave enough to announce it. Peter was the one man–besides Paul–to establish the kingdom, and to send its messengers to the far corners of the earth in one generation after the Resurrection. Peter visited churches from Babylon to Corinth and all of Paul’s churches. “But Peter persisted in making the mistake of trying to convince the Jews that Jesus was after all really the Jewish Messiah. Right up to the day of his death, Peter continued to suffer confusion in his mind between the concepts of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, Christ as the world’s redeemer and the Son of Man as the revelation of God, the loving Father of all mankind” (139.2.1-12). Peter was pleased when told he would be executed like his Master-on a cross. He was crucified in Rome–some say up-side down.*********** James was the older apostle son of Zebedee, whom Jesus nicknamed “sons of thunder.” He was married and had four children. With his brother John, he was a fisherman in partnership with Andrew and Simon Peter. James and John Zebedee had the advantage of knowing Jesus much longer than the other apostles. James had a temper which he tried to pass off as righteous indignation. Otherwise his personality was much like that of Andrew, except that James was a better public speaker. James would be taciturn and reclusive one day and telling stories the next day, but he always talked to Jesus. James had an outstanding ability to see all sides of a proposition. Of all the 12, James came the closest to understanding the importance and significance of Jesus’ teaching. Slow to ‘get it’ at first, James, by the time their training was complete, had acquired a superior concept of Jesus’ message. He was also able to understand a wide range of human nature. James was totally impressed by Jesus; he admired the Master’s sympathetic affection, and his interest in both the small and the great, the rich and the poor. James Zebedee was a well-balanced thinker and planner. Along with Andrew, he was one of the more level-headed of the apostolic group. He was modest and undramatic, a daily server, an unpretentious worker, seeking no special reward when he once grasped something of the real meaning of the kingdom. James was the first of the 12 to experience martyrdom, dying by the sword of Herod Agrippa. Herod feared James above all the other apostles. James bore himself with such grace and dignity that his accuser/informer became a Christian (139.3.1-9).********************* John was the youngest apostle at 24 years old. He was a fisherman with his brother James and in partnership with Andrew and Peter. John was the baby of the family and of the apostles. The UB says he was “conceited” and “it cannot be truthfully said that he was ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.'” John lived to be 103, and he wrote the gospel when he was around 99 or 100, so who knows what he remembers. Andrew assigned Peter, James and John as personal aides to Jesus only because they had entered the group in that order. John’s strongest trait was dependability. John most appreciated the Master’s love and unselfishness. John’s whole life became dominated by love; he talked about love and wrote about love. When he was Bishop of Ephesus, he was so old that he had to be carried to church in a chair. When asked to say a few words, he would only say: “My little children, love one another.” John was deeply sympathetic with Jesus because his family had deserted him, and he saw Jesus obeying the Father even as far as the cross. This changed John forever. John had more courage than any other apostle. He stayed with Jesus during his so-called trial, and he stood at the foot of the cross. All others, except the women, stayed away in fear. Just a word about the Book of Revelation. The UB maintains that it is highly distorted and missing a great deal of its text.