The Shekhinah is Coming offers a comprehensive, detailed, and mind-expanding study of ancient wisdom that includes sacred text to illuminate the teachings and a breakdown some of the religious boundaries that continue to separate mankind. It offers an opportunity to expand the thought process by blending the enshrouded mysteries of ancient wisdom with history, science, sacred geometry, myths, and legends.
Author Valjean Tchakirides demonstrates that the three major religions are more alike than different, illustrating their shared beginnings. We are all connected to God, as is revealed in the ancient texts of the Bible and the Qur'an. The life of Jesus is described as set in the constellations to be forever constant and seen without any religious oversight. It makes clear that the old laws no longer exist and only two laws remain to be followed. Those two laws are about one thing and only one thing-LOVE.
The Shekhinah is Coming presents a circular study of the divine plan that ends where it begins-in light. It also offers an explanation of the recent NASA discoveries and how they relate to 2012 and Jerusalem. Visually appealing, this text includes pictures that provide a visual aid to a understanding that will lead the seeker to empowerment and enlightenment.
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THE SHEKHINAH IS COMINGSECRETS OF THE DIVINE
By Valjean Tchakirides
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2011 Valjean Tchakirides
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Chapter OneTHE CHANGING BIBLE
The Bible is the most printed and sold book in the entire world. The etymology of the word "bible" can be traced to the Greek word, "biblion" originally meaning "paper" or "scroll", which to the ancients translated as "book". The Latin word for "bible" was "biblia" stemming from the Greek translation. The original scriptures had been transmitted orally and it wasn't until A.D. 70 that this information was committed to writing as Christianity was growing very rapidly and it became increasingly difficult to inform the masses.
There were three early Church Fathers called "Apostolic Fathers" as they are believed to have had personal contact with the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. These Apostolic Fathers include Pope Saint Clement of Rome (ca. 1st century–ca. 99), Saint Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35–ca. 108), and Saint Polycarp of Smyma (ca. 69–ca. 155).
According to Tertullian (ca. 160–220) who was known as the Latin Father of Christianity due to his prolific writings, Pope Clement (fl. 96) was appointed the successor of Saint Peter and is credited with two epistle writings called: 1 Clement and 2 Clement. Saint Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch after Saint Peter and is credited with writing seven letters related to the role of bishops and the sacraments. Saint Ignatius was also known as Theophorus, a Greek word meaning "God-bearer", because tradition states that he was one of the children Jesus took into His arms and blessed. The sole surviving work attributed to Saint Polycarp is his Letter to the Philippians which is a reference to the Greek Scriptures.
It was the writings of Saint Irenaeus (ca. 115–202), Bishop of Lyon, France that began to formulate the development of early Christian theology. Irenaeus claims to have met Polycarp and others claiming to have had direct contact with the Apostles. Irenaeus wrote a number of books with the most important one called On the Detection and Overthrow of the So-Called Gnosis. This is a five-volume book normally referred to by its Latin title Against Heresies. Its purpose was to refute the teachings of various Gnostic groups as Irenaeus considered the Gnostic teachings to be dangerous to Christian sentiments. Interestingly, it was Irenaeus who was the first to write about the number "666" which will be discussed in Chapter 2.
It was recognized that the Church could not be organized until there existed an official document. Deciding what writings would be included in the Bible was a monumental task and there were many changes along the way. The primary factor that influenced inclusion in the Bible was the antiquity of the writings.
The Roman Emperor Constantine (272–337) requested the first organization of the biblical text as he was attempting to maintain order and stabilize his vast kingdom which included Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Asia Minor, Egypt, and Palestine to name a few. Constantine wanted to unite the people in his recently acquired lands which practiced many so-called pagan beliefs, especially Mithraism. The word pagan comes from the Latin word "paganus" meaning "country dweller" or "rustic". A true pagan believed in the rhythm and forces of nature and that one should be living in harmony with them. This included a belief that since everything derived from God, plants could be used for healing. Their reverence for the natural led to polytheism practices prior to Christianity and monotheism becoming popular.
Constantine believed that he had been divinely directed when he invaded Italy in 312. He had a dream/vision in which he saw the Chi-Rho symbol and the words, "By this sign you will conquer".
The Chi-Rho symbol is a monogram of the first two Greek letters (X and P) that spell the word "Christ" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], or [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]). Constantine had this holy monogram painted on the shields of his soldiers and proceeded to win his battles. This symbol was also displayed on the "labarum" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) which was like a standard or a flag suspended from the horizontal crossbar of a cross. Believed to be an adaptation of the Egyptian ankh, today, this symbol can be seen on many religious vestments.
Since Constantine was a newly converted Christian, the future of Christianity rested on the debates of the ancient writings and the conflicting stories of Jesus. It is also recorded that Jesus spoke in his Aramaic native tongue and not Hebrew or Greek. This only added to the debates and the mistranslations of the ancient documents.
Constantine believed in religious tolerance and eliminated the religious persecutions of Diocletian, his predecessor. He also allowed the continued reverence of the "Sol Invictus" which helped in uniting the various groups. Shortly before his death, Constantine was baptized in Rome by Pope Sylvester. He was succeeded by his son, Galerius.
The Sun god, Sol Invictus, whose symbol was the "cross of light" was very important to the Romans and became the official emblem of Christianity. It was further incorporated to represent Sunday, the Christian Sabbath.
In recent years, the "cross of light" has been seen by many people. The documentation for this interesting phenomenon can be found at: http://www.shareinternational.org/background/miracles/MI_crosses. htm.
Sol means "Sun" and "Invictus" is an epithet meaning "unconquered". The Sun God was often depicted as a man with rays of Sun bursting from his head and appeared on ancient coinage. These sunbursts were borrowed from the ancient Egyptian practice of Sun worship.
In some pictures, the image looks much like the Statue of Liberty in New York with her seven rays emanating from her head. As Christianity formed, these sun burst became the halos or nimbus that were the glowing disk seen behind the heads of saints or as a radiant light to signify divinity, glory, or majesty.
Along with the Sun worship, the pagans celebrated the winter and summer solstices with great festivals. So, it was important to design a system that could be embraced by all which became the foundation of the new movement. This included using certain pagan rituals and dates, but cloaking them with a Christian influence. It was all an attempt to bring order to the founding of Christianity.
It is important to remember that history belongs to the conquerors. They have the power to destroy the culture conquered, suppress the knowledge of the culture, and enforce their own beliefs. They can then write their "truth" about history as we have seen happen with many culture's rise and fall throughout time. The word "history" actually comes from the Greek work "historia" meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation". Regarding history, the great English critic and novelist Aldous Huxley once said, "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" (Huxley 1929, 15).
It is no secret that the ancient churches were built upon the foundations of the ancient pagan teaching temples that were either closed or razed to the ground. Many of these sites were related to nature or natural phenomenon like hot springs or huge holes in the Earth. These churches are usually aligned towards the rising Sun on the morning of the Saint's birth date for which the church is dedicated. Some even believe that the Vatican's chair of Saint Peter, used by the Pope, once belonged to the pagans and used during pagan rituals.
There were different ideas and versions as to who Jesus was, what he said, and his works. Only the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John were allowed in the Bible with all other gospel versions banned. The word "gospel" comes from a German root meaning "good" and the Old English "god-spell" meaning "good tidings". The Greeks used the word "euangelion" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) meaning "eu—good" and "angelion—message".
This was another influence by Saint Irenaeus as he was insistent that there be only four gospels as he writes in Against Heresies:
"The Gospels could not possibly be either more or less in number than they are. Since there are four zones of the world in which we live, and four principal winds, while the Church is spread over all the Earth, and the pillar and foundation of the Church is the gospel, and the Spirit of life, it fittingly has four pillars, everywhere breathing out incorruption and revivifying men. From this it is clear that the Word, the artificer of all things, being manifested to men gave us the gospel, fourfold in form but held together by one Spirit" (3.11.8).
Irenaeus based this on the analogy of the four corners of the Earth and the four winds. This was taken from Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelation 4:6–10 related to the description of God's throne and the four creatures with four faces. The four living creatures are cherubims or angelic beings with each one having the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right side and on the left side, the face of an ox and the face of an eagle. They were also winged and appeared as a flash of lightening.
The Church Fathers identified the four creatures with the four gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but not all of them agreed on the same identification as shown in this table:
SAINT MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN
Irenaeus Human Eagle Ox Lion Augustine Lion Human Ox Eagle Jerome Human Lion Ox Eagle
Collectively, these four creatures are referred to as Tetramorphs and universally represent the four elements. The eagle represents the element air, the lion the element fire, the bull the element Earth, and man representing the element water. In Babylonian times, the four cardinal points and their respective zodiac signs were represented by these four creatures. The eagle represents the zodiac sign Scorpio, the lion the zodiac sign Leo, the bull the zodiac sign Taurus, and the man representing the zodiac sign Aquarius. The four creatures have also been found in prehistoric cave paintings around the world. We will discuss these four creatures again in Chapter 5, but you can begin to see how the various beliefs were combined to establish order.
According to Flavius Philostratus (ca. 170–245), a Greek writer, Pythagorean philosopher, and teacher, writes in his book Life of Apollonius of Tyana "... in certain traditions the cosmos is composed of four elements: fire, air, water, and earth. To these, some have added a fifth—ether of which the gods are made; for, they say, just as mortal creatures inhale air, so do deities inhale the ether. The elements came into being simultaneously, and not one by one, just as living creatures are born complete and not bit by bit" (Philostratus 200, 3.34.34).
Unfortunately, through this process to define one book, the Bible, many ancient texts were left out or destroyed. It was a select group who decided what writings were inspired by God and which ones were not.
There were many types of councils that took place throughout the ages with the most significant one being the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, at present day Izeka, Turkey. Constantine ordered the theologians to gather and through this Council, the canons of the Old and New Testaments were established.
There is a story that relates to Emperor Constantine putting the early Christian father's in a room in which a large table contained all the ancient teachings. These men were not allowed to leave the room until they were ready to present to the Constantine their agreed upon text.
Upon Constantine's acceptance of the Bible, he seeks approval from Jesus. This is another image from the same Greek Manuscript.
Out of this council came the Nicene Creed which was modified in A.D. 381. The Creed was a profession of the faith and basically the standard of the "correct belief". The Creed explicitly affirmed the divinity of Jesus, referring to him as God. The Nicene Creed established the "trinity" of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the Creed became the "symbol of faith". For the first time, the terminology of the "divinity of Jesus" and the "trinity" were used. Appendix A contains a table comparing the original and the modified Nicene Creeds.
The concept of the "trinity" is a major difference between the Bible and the Qur'an, because the Muslims believe in only One God. To Muslims, the idea of the "trinity" is a form of polytheism not monotheism.
Those who say that God is the third of the Three, have, in fact, turned to disbelief. There is no Lord but God, the only One Lord. Qur'an 2:87
However, the Qur'an is very clear in honoring the great prophets of Christianity as this verse continues:
We gave the Book to Moses and made the Messengers follow in his path. To Jesus, the son of Mary, We gave the miracles and supported him by the Holy Spirit. Why do you arrogantly belie some Messengers and murder others whenever they have brought you messages that you dislike? Qur'an 2:87
It is clear that the Qur'an honors Jesus as a great prophet glorified by God, but states:
When God asked Jesus, son of Mary "Did you tell men to consider you and your mother as their gods besides God?" Jesus replied, "Glory be to you! How could I say what I have no right to say? Qur'an 5:116
I believe that the establishment of the "trinity" stems from a more ancient source and the information left by Enoch. As we will discuss in Chapter 4, Enoch introduced the sacred symbol called the "Delta of Enoch", an equilateral triangle where all three sides of the triangle are equal. While the Church fathers did not include the book of Enoch in the Bible, it was important to include this sacred symbol which became the "trinity" of the Godhead.
The success of Emperor Constantine in establishing one core religion created the city of Constantinople, Greece as the capital and center of the Christian movement in A.D. 330. The city was built on the ancient site of Byzantium, known as "The City", that was settled by the Greeks around 671–662 B.C.
Constantine had succeeded in restoring the unity of the Roman Empire and the consolidation of the Christian Church. At one time, the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople held the Temple treasures of Jerusalem originally looted by the Romans in A.D. 70. In 1453, the Turkish Ottomans demolished the Church of the Holy Apostles and replaced it with the Fatih Mosque. In 1930, Constantinople, meaning the "City of Constantine", was renamed to Istanbul, Turkey and is the largest city in Turkey today. It is a thriving city where East meets West and the only city on Earth that borders both Asia and Europe.
The Greek version of the Hebrew Bible was called the Septuagint or simply "LXX". It was translated between the third and first centuries B.C. in Alexandria, Egypt. From the Greek Septuagint, the Bible was translated into Latin by Saint Jerome around A.D. 400 and called the Vulgate. During this translation, Saint Jerome found that many books contained in the Septuagint were not included in the Hebrew Bible. These so called extra texts were named the Apocrypha by Saint Jerome meaning the "hidden" or "secret books" and believed to be the sacred knowledge of the mysteries and disclosed only to the initiated student. Appendix B lists the titles to the thirteen books of the Apocrypha.
Another source of debate during the translation of the Bible from Hebrew to Greek was the Divine name of God. Throughout the Old Testament, the name of God is said to be:
El—Mighty One Elohim—Gods El Elyon—God Most High Adonai—Lord (Master) El Shaddai—God Almighty El Olam—God Everlasting El Gibbor—God of Strength Kadosh—Holy One The Eternal One YHVH—"ha Shem"—The Name
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Table of Contents
ContentsWHAT IF WE STEPPED OUTSIDE THE BOX?....................13
CHAPTER 1: THE CHANGING BIBLE....................29
CHAPTER 2: THE BIBLE CODES....................59
CHAPTER 3: SACRED GEOMETRY AND NUMBERS....................81
CHAPTER 4: WHO IS ENOCH, THE PROPHET?....................125
CHAPTER 5: UNDERSTANDING COSMOLOGY: THE DIVINE SCIENCE....................145
CHAPTER 6: THE CONSTELLATIONS & THE STARS....................179
CHAPTER 7: AN OVERVIEW OF OUR STORY....................195
CHAPTER 8: THE STARS: HIS LIFE IN LIGHTS....................213
CHAPTER 9: THE CITY OF GOD....................335
CHAPTER 10: WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US?....................369
CHAPTER 11: WHAT IF AND THE FUTURE?....................393
ABOUT THE AUTHOR....................431
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