What was hidden for almost two thousand years is finally revealed. Everyone has heard of symbols from the Revelation or Apocalypse of John, such as the Antichrist, the number 666, Armageddon, the end of days, the Rapture, the Second Coming, the four horsemen, and more. For centuries, Revelation has remained the most mysterious and interesting scripture of Christianity, filled with haunting imagery, powerful dramatic events, and frightening warnings for humanity, yet its true meanings were never permitted to be be revealed. John, an initiate of secret, esoteric Christianity, placed these cryptic symbols in Revelation as a "time capsule" to be opened on a future day, and in spite of countless theories and beliefs, the secrets of Revelation have been preserved behind their arcane language, awaiting the moment when they are most needed by humanity. That day has arrived. For the first time, the hidden secrets of Revelation are made clear and accessible to anyone. In The Aquarian Message, Samael Aun Weor shows how everything in Revelation and Christianity is based on Kabbalah (of which Jesus was a master), esoteric Christianity, alchemy, Tarot, and other ancient sciences. In this book you will discover that every symbol in Revelation is about you, your spiritual state, and the future it is taking you towards. You will discover how through deep personal change you can escape suffering and the approaching cataclysms, and instead enter into a superior level of experience. What John hid in Revelation was not something to believe, but something to experience for oneself. Now, with the practical teachings given in The Aquarian Message, you can. "We have studied the verses of the book of Revelation (Apocalypse) in the Superior Worlds. We give the result of our investigations in this book. Much has been said and written about the Apocalypse. However, only intellectual speculations have been made and the words of various authorities have been repeated. The present work is the result of tremendous esoteric investigations that were patiently performed by us in the Superior Worlds. We have found the Apocalypse to be divided into three parts: the first we have entitled The Son of Man, the second The Sealed Book and the third The New Jerusalem. The first part teaches the Path of the Razor s Edge. The second is related with the times of the end. The third tells us of the future earth. This is a book of practical christification. This is a book of transcendental esotericism and it is absolutely practical." Samael Aun Weor"
The collective belief in Armageddon has become more powerful and widespread in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Edward Edinger looks at the chaos predicted by the Book of Revelation and relates it to current trends including global violence, AIDS, and apocalyptic cults.
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding, broken, and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death.
As they await their fate, with only a glimmer of hope they might be rescued, we discover the stories of their lives.
A provocative new philosophical thriller from the author of "Genesis."
A New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Financial Times, Southern Living, The Guardian, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. That's what it felt like for Keats in 1819. How about Autumn 2016? Daniel is a century old. Elisabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. Ali Smith's new novel is a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, on what harvest means. It is the first installment of her Seasonal quartet--four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as the seasons are)--and it casts an eye over our own time. Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art: the centuries cast their eyes over our own history making. Here's where we're living. Here's time at its most contemporaneous and its most cyclic. From the imagination of the peerless Ali Smith comes a shape-shifting series, wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, a story about aging and time and love and stories themselves.
Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize
One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Dwight Garner/The New York Times, Martha Kearney/The Guardian, Slate, Chicago Tribune, Southern Living, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The Morning News, Kirkus Reviews Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends--Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984--look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever. A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith's Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d'esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love--and stories themselves.
For decades, American were vaguely aware that Islamist barbarians were in the deserts of the Middle East and in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, executing "infidels" and raiding villages with unrecognizable names. The Muslim world seemed far away, remote, and irrelevant to our daily lives.
Then came the terrorist attack of 9/11, followed by attacks at Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernandino, Orlando, and more. Now terrorists seem to be emerging everywhere, unleashing senseless death and destruction on our nation. They are here, and their goal is nothing less than global conquest. Motivated by ancient prophecies, they are flooding into Western countries, determined to conquer us and establish a global Muslim caliphate.
In The Barbarians Are Here, Dr. Michael Youssef provides clear insight into the motives and mission of the Islamist barbarians -- and he offers practical steps we can take right now to begin a New Reformation that will restore the hope of Western civilization. We are not doomed to destruction, even though the barbarians are already here. It's not too late. But we haven't a moment to lose.
O Magazine's Top 20 Books to Read - Summer 2017
"Best known for his acclaimed Haitian trilogy--All Souls' Rising, Master of the Crossroads and The Stone That the Builder Refused--Bell draws on his own experiences with voodoo possession to re-create his characters' descent into a sinister otherworld. The novel toys with perspective--women shape-shifting into rocks or animals; the same life-or-death scene played repeatedly, with myriad outcomes--in a kind of primal storytelling that crackles with dread and desire."--O Magazine
When Julie skips school and sets off with her best friend and some local boys for a camping trip in the desert, she finds herself the target of unwanted, drug-fueled sexual attention. Running away in fear, she takes a dangerous fall down the shaft of a vast underground cave, and it takes two days for her to be rescued. Lying unconscious in her hospital bed, Julie hovers between life and death as she travels in a seductive parallel universe inspired by remarkable cave paintings left behind by prehistoric humans.
Marko, her attacker, tries to cover his tracks, menacing those who know what happened in the desert that night. Jamal, the youngest son in a family of Iraqi refugees living in Julie's small town, is one of his prime targets. He defies Marko, keeping him away from Julie's bedside and refusing to fall prey to his threats of violence.
Meanwhile, Marissa, who gave Julie up for adoption fifteen years earlier when she became pregnant as an adolescent, is following an instinct that leads her back to the daughter she once abandoned. With the aid of Jamal and a local Native American hitman/shaman, she attempts to draw Julie back to consciousness.
Madison Smartt Bell is best known for his trilogy of novels about Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, including All Souls' Rising, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.
Praise for Behind the Moon
"Madison Smartt Bell writes with the urgency of someone who just received a dire prognosis. And Behind the Moon will remind you that you are alive."--Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Here I Am
"Between fever dreams and stone hard reality, Madison Smartt Bell has crafted a powerful examination of what is and what might be. It is simply wonderful."--Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard out of Carolina
"I love these characters. I love the writing. Behind the Moon is a brilliant work." --Percival Everett, author of Half an Inch of Water
"Bell gives us this fast-paced, spiritually inspired dream-story, full of heart and hope and danger. It's adventure at its finest: a spiked drink, a desert cave, a gunshot, a mother looking for her child. Buckle in: you are headed for a terrific ride."--Deb Olin Unferth, author of Wait Till You See Me Dance
"Behind The Moon is a visceral, full body primal experience; terrifying, seductive, Madison Smart Bell at his best."--A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven
"Behind the Moon is a thrilling and uncannily powerful story by one of the best living American fiction writers. I couldn't put it down."--John McManus, author of Fox Tooth Heart
"Madison Smartt Bell is one of the great american masters. This book has a pre-religous power, read it and be inspired."--Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair: A Novel
"With spare but lyrical prose, Madison Smartt Bell tells a harrowing story with propulsive drama. A haunting and hypnotic read."--Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
"Mr. Bell writes like a scrimshaw's angel, as he's been doing, luckily for us, nigh four decades."--George Singleton, author of Calloustown
"In his latest work, Madison Smartt Bell secures his position as one of the country's most innovative, inventive and accomplished writers. From the heart-racing opening to the eye-opening end, you won't be able to put this book down."--Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie
"This cinematic novel is a rare combination of smart literary novel and compelling page-turner, at once menacing and sweeping, dark and transportive, eloquent and hallucinatory."--Michael Kimball, author of Big Ray
"Madison Smartt Bell's new novel renders the many ways in which longing can take form, with both disastrous and redemptive consequences."--Chantel Acevedo, author of The Distant Marvels
"This latest from National Book Award finalist Bell (after Zig Zag Wanderer) is the story of an illicit teenage camping trip gone awry. . . . Multiple versions and perspectives are pervasive and illustrate the dream space and the story, culminating in a perfect matchup of beginning and ending."--Starred review, Library Journal
"Bell, bewitching and incandescently imaginative, masterfully parallels Marissa and Jamal's heart-pounding encounters with mayhem and mystery . . . a] mind-twisting drama . . ."--Donna Seaman, Booklist
"In Bell's latest novel, a girl named Julie, fleeing from a violent sexual encounter in the desert, tumbles into a cave and falls into a fever dream inspired by ancient drawings on the cave walls. . . . A ] powerful, mind-bending work."--Publishers Weekly
"From Bell (The Color of Night, 2011, etc.), a novel about a young woman finding her way back aboveground both literally and metaphorically after a misadventure beneath the surface of things. . . . lyrical, ambitious, and well worth reading."--Kirkus Review
"Behind the Moon is an astounding achievement, to be read with an equally astounding freedom. . . . through and through a magical encounter and a novel of mystery, but then what
Sixty years ago, most biblical scholars maintained that Israel's religion was unique--that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors. Nowadays, it is widely argued that Israel's religion mirrors that of other West Semitic societies. What accounts for this radical change, and what are its implications for our understanding of the Old Testament?Dr. John N. Oswalt says the root of this new attitude lies in Western society's hostility to the idea of revelation, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, asserting the existence of a realm humans cannot control.While not advocating a "the Bible says it, and I believe it, and that settles it" point of view, Oswalt asserts convincingly that while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points.The Bible Among the Myths supplies a necessary corrective to those who reject the Old Testament's testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.
Writing from the perspective that the coming of God's kingdom is both present and future, Hoekema covers the full range of eschatological topics in this comprehensive biblical exposition. The two major sections of the book deal with inaugurated eschatology (the "already") and future eschatology (the "not yet"). Detailed appendix, bibliography, and indexes.
0n September 1, 1994, I flew to Israel and met in Jerusalem with a close friend of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the poet Chaim Guri. I gave him a letter which he immediately gave to the Prime Minister.An Israeli mathematician has discovered a hidden code in the Bible that appears to reveal the details of events that took place thousands of years after the Bible was written, my letter to Rabin stated. The reason I'm telling you about this is that the only time your full name Yitzhak Rabin is encoded in the Bible, the words 'assassin that will assassinate' cross your name. On November 4, 1995, came the awful confirmation, a shot in the back from a man who believed he was on a mission from God, the murder that was encoded in the Bible three thousand years ago.