"1. Before we boarded the ship, one of My disciples came to Me asking for My permission to bury, before we left, his father who had died so suddenly the previous night [Mt. 8:21]. I, however said to him, ‘You better follow Me and let the dead bury their dead.’ [Mt. 8:22]. And the disciple immediately refrained from his request and followed me into the ship, for he understood that it is better to be concerned with life than with death - a futile concern - indeed, best suited for the dead, for all those who make much of funeral pomp are more or less dead. They pay their respect to death and the honour of death is most important to them.
2. Man’s true death is selfishness and its spirit is pride which above all craves for glory. Thus, the pompous funeral of a deceased is nothing else but the last display of pride of a person who has been spiritually dead for a long time.
3. When the disciple had grasped the full depth of the truth I spoke to him, he followed Me into the ship without misgivings, as already remarked and we quickly sailed off with a good wind, escaping the growing onrush of the crowd." (GGJ I, chap. 103)
Revelation, John Chapter 13, 15-18
Text: And he was permitted also to impart the breath of life into the beast's image so that the statue of the beast could actually talk, and to cause to be put to death those who would not bow down and worship the image of the beast. (Dan. 3:5.) Also he compels all (alike), both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave to be marked with an inscription (stamped) on their right hands or on their foreheads. So that no one will have power to buy or sell unless he bears the stamp (mark, inscription), that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is (room for) discernment - a call for the wisdom (of interpretation); let anyone who has intelligence (penetration and insight enough) calculate the number of the beast, for it is a human number - the number of a certain man; his number is six hundred and sixty six.
Received by Jakob Lorber on May 7, 1841
“In My name go ahead and write, I know what you are lacking; your prolonged eyes do not suffice for reaching far-distant things in order to see them; in case of semi-distant objects you only see the one-sided bark; but of the very near ones you do not see anything, as they are too close and therefore offer less interest. These verses of the Revelation are however within easy reach, yet you cannot grasp them: Indeed, the simpler a thing, the more stupid you behave; next time ask for that which seems easiest to understand. Verily, then you certainly will become more humble than by these super-easily understandable four verses, - therefore hearken:
In the beginning this chapter speaks of three beasts: Firstly the principal dragon, secondly the beast that arises from the sea with seven ten-horned heads, and thirdly a lamblike animal with two horns on its head.
You already know who the principal dragon is after I have told you so often and especially in the "Twelve Hours" of My arch-enemy:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation, 13)
[The Lord]: "I will give you a measure by which you and everyone else may know where he should stand with his self-love, with his love for his fellowman, and with his love of God.
Take the number 666 which in its good or bad sense - depicts either a perfected human being or a perfected devil.
Divide man's love evenly into 666 parts. Of these give to God 600, to the fellowman 60, and to yourself 6, then you have the right proportions of a perfected human being. But if you choose to be a perfected devil, then give God 6, your fellowman 60, and yourself 600!" (THE GREAT GOSPEL OF JOHN vol. 2, chap. 77)
N.B: of June 25, 1841: "Here 126 years do not denote the age, but only point to a state wherein man has not yet attained the proper ratio which is hundred for God, ten for the brother and fellowman and one for himself.
If you know your arithmetic, work it out and you will know when a man is ready to be reborn. Lamech has not yet known a woman because in his spirit he has not as yet reached the stage set as a foundation of eternal order. Ans. W.H. (Anselm W. Huttenbrenner. The Publ.) is only one hundred and thirty-seven years old; there from the seven and the three some things have still to come off. This says I, your Father. Amen. Amen. Amen." - Methuselah was at that time two hundred and seventy-three years old and Lamech forty-six. (Household of God, 1, chap. 38)
 (The Lord:) “You have heard of the hereditary evil – at least the Jews! What is it and how is it made up? See and hear!
 It is the old self-love as the father of the lie and all evil out of it; but the lie is the old, sinful matter, which is in fact nothing else than a loose and sinful appearance of self-love, selfishness, haughtiness and imperiousness.
 All this originated out of the necessary stimulus, which I had to place into the spirits for the sake of recognition of the own free will; although the stimulus was necessary, the sinful coming into existence of the material world was absolutely no necessity. It was only allowed out of My order, as an unfortunate necessary consequence of the so many spirits which did not wanted to resist the stimulus, although they were able to – just like six times as many primordial created spirits were able to, of whom only one is standing here to serve us and carries the name Raphael.
 The enemy who always strewed the weed under the pure wheat, and still strews, and will be strewing for a long time to come, is therefore the old self-love, and the consequence as known to you is the weed, and in the furthermost sense the perfect example of all kind of matter, lies, Satan and devil.
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