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Messages 2001

Divorce, and the twelve Apostles, and the twelve tribes of Israel.

September 29th, 2001

Received by H.

Cuenca, Ecuador

 

Hello, my dear brother. I am Judas, yes, I know that you have not been sure who would communicate with you. The reason is that I am not alone here, some of my companions are with us, and obviously you have received a series of impressions, which confounded you.

I wish to deal today with several questions.

The first question I intend to deal with is on divorce. You know very well that Jesus delivered a detailed message on divorce to Dr. Samuels, explaining what Matthew wrote on the subject. Practically, this message says all that may be said, that is, that divorce is always a symptom of inharmony, reflecting a lack of purification of the natural love and, what is very important to keep in mind, that the only justification for the existence or continuation of marriage is love between the spouses.

I wish to add that marriage is a human institution, establishing certain rules and securities in society, and that it is not a Divine institution. With that I mean that the simple living together of two people without a marriage certificate also constitutes a marriage before God’s Eyes, because it supposedly serves the same purpose and should bear the same obligations, and that the marriage certificate is an empty paper, if the behavior of the spouses doesn’t reflect the commitment of love, into which they have entered when promising fidelity and living together in good and bad times until their death.

But there is an additional question, regarding the situation where a couple is undergoing divorce proceedings and no longer live together, and where one or both of the spouses live with another person. Well, as a matter of fact, looking at the situation of this marriage in dissolution, a common base no longer exists, both spouses have agreed to separate, and in fact, that marriage no longer exists. Regarding spiritual laws, a divorce certificate doesn’t have any importance. Marriage is a commitment with or without papers, and its dissolution, with all its sad consequences, is also done with or without papers. That new living together of two people, where one or both are in a state of divorce, which in fact has already been completed, but whose legal steps have not yet concluded, doesn’t constitute a sin, real sin has already been committed previously, by failing the Law of Love. And it is that sin of which people have to render an account and to suffer, and frequently that happens already on earth, where the sequels of divorce can be terrible. You already know that the atonement of sin doesn’t necessarily happen in the spirit world, and that many hardships and pains are already suffered on earth.

I repeat, marriage is a commitment between two people, with or without legalization by the authorities, and its dissolution is also a decision through action and will. When the harmony in this relationship is missing to such an extent that makes it impossible to maintain a reasonable relationship, divorce may offer a solution, a painful solution, that much is clear. What is really tragic is that when the people involved don’t change their attitude, then there is always the great danger that their own lack of harmony might be also imposed upon their future new relationship, and destine it to fail.

Sometimes people seem to believe that divorce is like a cure, but in fact it is the unpleasant outcome of a inharmonious situation, where lack of harmony doesn’t disappear through this decision, but where that lack of harmony persists in people, and divorce is only a measure to suppress symptoms, such as matrimonial fights and frictions, but the disease, which lies in people, continues existing. Tragically, the attitude that leads marriage to divorce may leave its negativity in other people, in children, and it is there where it is not only a problem of one’s own lack of harmony, but where it also pushes others into negativity. And that is very serious.

But when the damage is already done, at least take advantage of that occasion by meditating and exploring the condition of your natural love. You will surely find a lot to work on, although you may feel that you are the innocent part in that divorce. Don’t analyze the other one’s blame, analyze your own contribution to the problem, and determine where you really stand in your spirituality. The purification of the soul requires working, it requires activation. And only so you may avoid the next preprogrammed failure. Pray. No matter what has happened, never stop loving. When you lose love, you lose everything.

But changing topic, when I read about Geoff's idea of an apostle's gallery, I smiled.

Dear Geoff, there were never twelve apostles. You know, the apostles were simply Jesus’ most intimate disciples, but we cannot fix their number. I advise you to read the pertinent parts of the four gospels, where really twelve apostles are mentioned, but you will find that the name listing doesn’t coincide.

There were some disciples of Jesus who were very serious people in their faith, but who didn’t follow him physically, as it were, they stayed with their families, but they always welcomed him and followed his advice and teachings. For example, his intimate friend Lazarus belonged to this group. Others abandoned their families temporarily and followed him, but they didn’t do this all the time, others abandoned their families and followed him until the end. For example Peter and Andrew, James and John, etc. I also followed him permanently, until my betrayal. But many more did this, without their names ever being mentioned.

The number twelve is a mythical number, expressing perfection. An extensive part of the gospels reflects certain liturgy, full of symbolisms, and not so much of Jesus’ true life. In the future I will deal with this topic that is of supreme importance. You can find the number twelve in the months of the year, in the tribes of Israel, etc. And here I would like to tell you something, which perhaps may be interesting to you. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 7, the twelve tribes of Israel are mentioned, and all the tribes are called by their name.

The book states:

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Twelve times twelve are a hundred and forty four, this is more than perfect, it is perfection magnified. The gentile scribe who formulated this text was happy when he revised the tribes of Israel once again: 1. Juda, 2. Reuben, 3. Gad, 4. Aser, 5. Nepthalim, 6. Manasses, 7. Simeon, 8. Levi, 9. Issachar, 10. Zabulon, 11. Joseph, 12. Benjamin. All perfect!

But the poor guy had committed two serious errors. First, the tribe of Joseph never existed, but Joseph’s two sons, Manasses and Ephraim, formed two separate tribes. And second, having two tribes from one of the twelve sons of Israel, in fact, there were thirteen tribes. The tribe of Dan is missing. Now there are many people wondering desperately, what kind of misdeeds the sons of the tribe of Dan had done, because they don’t appear among the saints. In fact, the gentile knew that there were twelve tribes, and his recount gave him twelve names, and therefore, everything was OK. He simply had forgotten a name. But what mattered for liturgical or symbolic ends, was the number twelve.

And so, my dear Geoff, prepare a very large page, because I will impress on H___ many more faces, not just twelve. We will also include portraits of Paul, of Barnabas, of Steven, of James, Jesus’ brother, of Lazarus and of Nicodemus, of Joseph of Arimathaea, of Cornelius, and of many more, they didn’t all figure among those “twelve apostles.” And for all of them, I will also reveal some personal data, a short biography.

My dear H___, you have been so fascinated by today’s message, that you have almost fallen asleep! [Judas laughs]

No, I understand very well that you are sleepy, and I will leave the balance of what I wanted to convey for another occasion.

Sleep and think that I am with you.

With my love, your brother,

Judas.

 

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