I really have no point with this thread. I started with the poem below and went where it led.
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre (Conic Helix of History)
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The good want power, but to weep barren tears.
The powerful goodness want: worse need for them.
The wise want love, and those who love want wisdom;
And all best things are thus confused to ill. - Prometheus Unbound
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi (Spirit of the World)
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man (Sphinx),
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Yates had the idea here that each 2000 years of mankind represents a cycle of growth and renewal. The beast becomes a man from the tribulation
1 Corinthians 13
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind
me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Riddle of the Sphinx
"Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?"
Man - Goes on all fours at birth. Two during his life. With a cane at old age.
An age for mankind is 2000 years. I find this passage in The Epistle of Barnabas interesting and related.
Of the Sabbath He speaketh in the beginning of the creation; And
God made the works of His hands in six days, and He ended on the
seventh day, and rested on it, and He hallowed it.
Give heed, children, what this meaneth; He ended in six days. He
meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all
things to an end; for the day with Him signifyeth a thousand years;
and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; Behold, the day of
the Lord shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six
days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end.
By the Biblical calendar of history, we should be entering into 1000 years of rest when Christ rules the world. Christ represents love for others.
Being in Christ is living His character of giving to others with no expectation of return.
Adam to Noah 2000
Noah to Jesus 2000
Jesus to Today 2000
Day of rest 1000
edit on 12-10-2011 by SuperiorEd because: (no reason given)