Man was originally made for Eden. And even though we fell from that position, we still long for the perfection of paradise. In fact, I contend that man’s intrinsic desire to return to an Eden-like existence is the primary motivation for our actions, (both good and evil), and the root source of the world’s miseries.
In Eden, man had perfect fellowship with God, perfect fellowship with each other, and authority over creation. That all ended with Original Sin and the fall. Man is now born spiritually dead, our relationships are broken, and creation will no longer yield to our rule. (All together now: “Thanks Adam!”)
The fall left us with a deep and abiding ache to get back what we lost.
God is not indifferent to our pain. He wants us to be back in paradise with Him, and He has a righteous plan to bring it about. But as a creature with free will, man can choose not to follow God’s plan and try to recreate Eden on his own. However in a world that will no longer obey him, the only way man can attempt to reclaim Eden is by force; forced fellowship with other men, and forced rulership over creation. We call these attempts “government”.
The Third Dispensation was man’s first and most successful organized effort to recreate Eden in his own image, under the rule of Nimrod and Semiramis. Instead of a connection to the true God, Semiramis elevated herself to godhood. And as we saw in the last post, her heirs, the Mystics of Spirit, have carried her legacy forward.
Nimrod, on the other hand, ruled the world and the people in it through his strength. He is the father of government, rulers, and politicians (for that alone he deserves a special place in Hell). Babel functioned during its time because the people were of one mind and united in their purpose. When God confused their languages, that unity was lost forever.
Flawed as it was, Babel was the closest to Eden that fallen man was (and could ever be) capable of achieving. Since then, man’s comparative goal has been to recreate Babel.
The Mystics of Force
Like the Mystics of Spirit, Nimrod’s philosophical heirs, the Mystics of Force, sought to rule over the new nations. But instead of using religion, they used the sword. Their goal was to recreate the unity of Babel by force. Their method was the physical conquest and subjugation of men through war, occupation, intimidation, confiscation, and control.
We’ve known them through history by their various terms of rulership, from singular emperors and dictators, to oligarchies, councils, congresses, guilds, and ruling families. The Bible simply refers to them as “kings”.
The reason that Nimrod’s heirs can be considered “mystics” is because their ultimate weapon is the same tool of control used by the Mystics of Spirit – fear! The Mystics of Spirit inspired fear of the spiritual, while the Mystics of Force relied on fear of the physical.
The Mystics of Spirit convinced people that disobedience to them would result in the wrath of the gods. The Mystics of Force ruled by the threat of tangible retribution: war, executions, confiscation of land, denial of food and resources, incarceration, taxation, deportation, or social rejection and isolation (like being labeled a traitor or an “intolerant Christian”).
The goals of both groups of mystics have always been the same; the subjugation of others in order to create their own personal Eden – with themselves in the role of “God”.
As the Mystic of Spirit wanted men to be dependent on them as the replacement for God’s knowledge, the Mystics of Force want men to be dependent on them (and their government) as a replacement for God’s’ power and provision. Governments seek to put men into a state of constant dependence on them, just as in Eden, Adam was in constant fellowship with God.
Because of their similar goals, the two groups of mystics have an adversarial, sycophantic, and symbiotic relationship with each other. The Mystics of Spirit use the Mystics of Force to add muscle and physical intimidation to their machinations, and the Mystics of Force use the Mystics of Spirit to reinforce their physical rule by adding the subjugation of the minds of men to their subjugation of men’s bodies.
This is why kings often have priests and mystic councilors at court, who elevate the king to a level of godhood or divine appointment. Or use religious retribution to discourage any challenge to the king’s edicts.
This is also evident in the rulers’ adoption of the clandestine and insular practices of the Mystics of Spirit, exemplified by “Royal Bloodlines”, political intrigue, and the various Secret Societies (both real and imagined), trumpeted by conspiracy theorists.
There have always been two hallmarks of the rule of the mystics throughout history:
- Comparative thinking that allows them to justify any means – no matter how evil or abhorrent – to their Edenistic ends
- Abject failure
Despite the best efforts of man, he can never overcome the curse of Adam. His every attempt to rule the world ultimately fails. Every empire, be it “holy” or secular, eventually collapses.
Kings can’t rule other kings
There is an intrinsic reason why kings and clerics can never successfully rule the masses: the desire to rule doesn’t just exist in the few who appoint themselves kings and priests. We ALL share Adam’s genetic predisposition. ALL men desire to rule! Thus men will only succumb to the subjugation of the mind or by the sword for only so long. Then our inherent desire to be the kings of our own world leads to rebellion against the rulers.
In response, the mystics increase their tyranny, but that only increases the desire of men to throw off their yoke. Eventually the masses rebel. Civil wars, revolutions, and invasions are the result. Then the one government is replaced by another, and the cycle of futility continues.
Man’s attempt to recreate Eden epitomizes the classic definition of insanity. In spite of his unbroken string of failure, man keeps trying over and over, expecting a different result. Such is the result of rampant brain damage.
If man was willing to be contrastive, he’d admit the glaringly obvious fact that he cannot govern himself perfectly, and only a perfect being could do so. That kind of contrastive thinking could actually lead to world peace. But such is not the case.
In the next post, we will conclude our examination of the Third Dispensation by looking at the defining characteristic of man’s nature that makes it impossible for us to be ruled by other men, but is intrinsic to our ability to be ruled by God – our individual uniqueness.
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