1.1 What is Inspiration?
From "Ulum Al-Quran" (Science of the Quran), by Ahmad von Denffer:
Guidance Through Revelation
We call a man to whom God in his own way communicates His guidance a prophet, or messenger. Prophets receive the word of God through revelation and then communicate it to their fellow human beings. The word "inspiration" in the above translation is derived from the Arabic root "wahy".
The Meaning of Wahy
The word "awha", from which "wahy" (revelation) is derived occurs in a number of shades of meaning in the Quran, each of them indicating the main underlying idea of inspiration directing of guiding someone. In each example below, the italicised words in the translation are forms of the root word wahy in the original text of the Quran:
- Guidance in natural intuition "So we sent this inspiration to the mother of Moses..."(28:7)
- Guidance in natural instinct: "and thy Lord taught the bee to build in cells in hills, on trees and in habitations"(16:68)
- Guidance by signs: "So Zakaria came out to his people from his chamber: he told them by signs to celebrate God's praises in the morning and in the evening. (19:11)
- Guidance from evil: "Likewise did we make for every messenger an enemy - evil ones among men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception...."(6:112)
Means of Revelation
- Guidance from God: "Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message)..."(8:12)
"Wahy" in the sense of Revelation is guidance from God for his creation, brought by the Prophets, who received the word from God through one of the means mentioned in the following Quranic verse:
Means of revelation are:
- Inspiration, e.g. in a dream (see 37:102 wherre it is related that Ibrahaim receives guidance in a vision, while asleep, to sacrifice his son)
- Speech hidden away (see 27:8, where it is related that God spoke to Musa from the fire)
"We have sent thee inspiration, as we sent it to Noah and the messengers after him: we sent inspiration to Abraham, Ishmail, Isaac, Jacob, and the tribes, to Jesus, Job, Jonah, Harun, and Solomon, and to David we gave the psalms. Of some apostles, we have already told the story, of others we have not - and to Moses God spoke direct - apostles who gave good news as well as warning, that mankind after (the coming) of the apostles should have no plea against God : for God is exalted in power and ways" (4:163-5)
- Words (speech) sent through a special messenger from God (see 2:97, where it is related that God sent Angel Gabriel as the messenger to Muhammad to reveal His message)
- "Ulum Al-Quran" (Science of the Quran), by Ahmad von Denffer1.2 The Revelation of John
So.. where the hell do they get it from.. It's easy. It's all from the same place. [later on, you'll see Nostradamus clues ya in. He keeps talking about "prophetic language"].
1/9 John, your brother and a sharer with you in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in company with Jesus, came to be in the isle that is called Patmos for speaking about God and bearing witness to Jesus. 10 By inspiration I came to be in the Lord's Day and I heard behind me a strong voice like that of a trumpet... 11 saying:"What you see write in a scroll..."
Okay. Here we have John describing "hidden speech". Voices in running waters (that's the one that plagues me worst), the wind, traffic, bird chatter. No one IT is talking. It makees the noise in which you can hear the voice.
12 And I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands 13 And in the middle was standing something like a son of Man, clothed in a garment that reached down to the feet, and girded at the breasts with a golden girdle.
So far, so good. We have hidden speech. We have an angellic messenger. Now, John just wasn't walking down the path and get jumped by an angel. He's a freaking mystic, like N. And a kabbalist. We soon learn that this angel is the one tht was Jesus on earth. He immediately identifies him as Jesus. It seems John sees what he expects to see. Not a bad thing, but that's just how these things work. It's important that you accept, see, and not fight it.
1/14 Moreover, his head and his hair were white as white wool, and his eyes as a fiery flame; 15 and his feet were like a fine copper when glowing in a furnace; and his voice was as the sound of many waters.16 And he had in his right hand seven stars, and out of his mouth a sharp, long two edged sword was protruding, and his countenance was at the sun when it shines in it's power.
More hidden speech.
3/3 Therefore, continue mindful of how you have received and how you heard, and go on keeping it, and repent "Certainly unless you wake up, I shall come as a thief and a you will not know at all what hour I shall come upon you."
Hmm.. The received, eh?
4/2 After these things I immediately came to be in spirit: and look! a throne was in its position in heaven, and there is one seated upon the throne.
4/5 and out of the throne there are proceeding lightnings and voices and thunders and seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, and these mean the seven spirits of god.
Man.. those poor seven spirits.. 7 circles.. that create those 6 wings of the winged creatures.. You might call it the flower of life. These spirits are talked about in the book of Enoch, as well.
10/3 and he cried out with a loud voice just as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, the seven thunders uttered their own voices. 4 Now when the 7 thunders spoke, I was at the point of writing; but I heard a voice out of heaven say:"Seal up the things the 7 thunders spoke, and do not write them down"
Oh gee, I guess we can rule out any sorta code in Rev.
10/11 and they say to me"You must again prophesy with regard to peoples and nations and tongues and many kings"
So, in other words, use that universal language, symbol.
14/2 And I heard a sound out of heaven as the sound of many waters and as the sound of loud thunder; and the sound I heard was as of singers who accompany who accompany themselves on their harps.
The universe is singing to him. Each soul has it's own song, btw.
Okay. The next and last bit is the biggest freaking clue.
19/6 And I heard what was a voice of a great crowd and as a sound of many waters and as a sound of heaven's thunders. They said "Praise Jah, you people, because Yahweh our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king. 7 Let us rejoice and be overjoyed and let us give him the glory because the marriage of the Lamb has arrived and his wife has prepared herself. 8 Yes, it has been granted to her to be arrayed in bright, clean, fine linen, for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of god's people.
Now listen. In Kabbalah:
The Sefirot Tiferet- Beauty, compassion, Heaven, Sun, Harmony, King. Tiferet mediates between the God Head of the One Source, and the material universe. e.g Christ, Osiris, Buddha, The Son, and Sun, Christ Consciousness, the Great work. The Blessed Holy One.
Yesod - Foundation, experience is the vision of the machinery of the universe, Moon, Righteous One, Covenant, Phallus, cosmic pillar (nexus)
Skekhinah - Presence, Kingdom, Communion of Israel, Earth, Moon, Queen, Rainbow, Physical manifestation, "the secret of the possible", "receiving of the emanation from above", Bride of Tiferet.
"The union of Shekhinah and Tiferet constitutes the focus of religious life. Human righteous action stimulates Yesod, the righteous one, and brings about the union of the divine couple."
"According to Kabbalah, every human action here on earth affects the divine realm, either promoting or hindering the union of Shekhinah and her parnter, the holy one, blessed be he.
So, There ya have it. It's the Epiphany, and it's the appearance of the white horse, Faithful and True, the Messiah.
"Shortly before he reached the age of 40, Muhammad began to immerse himself more frequently in solitary meditation. Retiring to the cave of Hira, he would give himself up to Divine contemplation for days. In the meanwhile he received many visions, which came to fulfillment to the very letter."
"While thus absorbed in divine worship in the Hira, the angel Gabriel appeared before him one night, in the month of Ramadan - it was the 609th year of the Christian ear" "The Holy Prophet Muhammad was charged with the regeneration of the whole of mankind, sunk into the lowest depths of degradation. Yet his strong heart did not give way for a single moment to the slightest wavering.."
"...Divine inspiration is an extraordinary phenomenon and beyond average human experience. It necessitates absolute detachment from one's enviroment. At the time of this experience, the entire corporeal frame of the recipient is possessed with divine power."
"After the first revelation in the cave Gabriel did not visit the Holy Prophet for some time. This is known as the period of "Fatrat Al-wahy", the cessation of revelation. There is a great divergence in opinion as to it's duration"
"As a matter of fact, the cessation of revelation was based on Divine providence. The pressure attendant upon it had already told upon the Prophet's physique. His body might not stand a rapid repetition. The interval, therefore, was necessarily for the sake of his physical health. Even after a lapse of time, which could in no case exceed 6 months, the revelation was accompanied with the same feeling, though not in thesame intensity"
"Sometimes they would call the Holy Prophet an idle visionary, given to poetic fancies, destined to come to naught as a matter of course. There was something wrong with his brain, they would say."How Revelation Came to Muhammad:
"It is not fitting for a man that God should speak to him except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by the sending of a messenger to reveal, with God's permission, what God wills: for He is Most High, Most Wise." (42:51)
"Narrated Aisha, the mother of the faithful believers: Al-Harith bin Hisham asked Allah's apostle: 'O Allah's apostle. How is the divine inspiration revealed to you?' Allah's apostle replied, 'Sometimes it is "revealed" like the ringing of a bell, this form of inspiration is the hardest of all and then this state passes off after I have grasped what is inspired. Sometimes the Angel comes in the form of a man and talks to me and I grasp whatever he says'." [Bukhari, I, No. 2.]
Here is Nostradamus, talking about his knowledge of the one true God, and Revelations in his letter to his Son:
"There are grounds to consider that events of human origin are uncertain, but all is regulated and governed by the inestimable power of God, inspiring us not by drunken ecstacy, nor by the spirit of a deep melancholic process, but by the evident influence of the stars: Only those divinely inspired can predict particular things in a prophetic spirit" "Also consider wht the true Savior said : Give not that which is holy unto dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample under their feet and turn and rend you"
"[There I wrote] in dark and cryptic sentences the events of the future evolution of human kind, especially the most urgent ones, and the ones I perceived without scandalizing and upsetting fragile sentiments by clouding my writing in obscure but, above all, PROPHETIC language, inasmuch as : thou has hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, that is, from the powerful and kings, and hast revealed them to the small and weak." and also to the prophets, by means of the Immortal God, and his good angels, they receive the spirit of prophecy, by which they behold distant things."
"it comes to us like rays of the sun casting influences"
"a certain power and voluntary faculty came over them like a flame, inspiring them to judge human and divine inspirations alike."
"For the divine works, which are totally absolute, God accomplishes; those which are median, the angels, and the third kind, by evil"
"as for the hidden prophecies which come to one by the subtle spirit of fire, sometimes through the judgement being disturbed in contemplating the remotest of stars, while remaining alert and watchful, the pronouncements , we surprisingly take them down in writing and pronounce them"
"Because all things proceeded from the divine power of the great Eternal God, from whom all goodness proceeds"
(The Ein Sof of the Kabbalah?)
"is one who sees things remote from the natural perception of all creatures and men. And for instance it can happen that the prophet, by means of the perfect light of the prophecy manifestly appearing before him, can see things which are divine as well as human, which he can not yet understand."
"For the incomprehensible mysteries of God and their effective power belong to a dimension very remote from natural knowledge, taking immediate origin from the free will"
"For human understanding, being intellectual, cannot see hidden things unless aided by a voice coming from limbo by means ofthe slender flame showing..."
"through this, the cycles of time - the past, present, and future - become incorporated into one eternity"
(alpha and omega?)
"A hidden thing divinely manifested to the prophet by two principal means, which are contained in the understanding of the inspired one who prophesies. One comes with infusion, which clarifies the supernatural light in him who predicts by the doctrine of the stars; the other comes by means of an authentic participation with the divine eternity, by which means a prophet can judge what is given to him from his own divine spirit through God, the Creator and a natural instilling; so that what is predicted is true, and has an ethereal origin. This light and the slender flame are altogether effacacious, and of exalted origin no less than the clarity and the natural light that renders philosophers so sure of themselves which by means of the principals of the first cause they have attained to the innermost cores of the most exalted doctrines"
"How many ambiguous opinions beyond all genuine reason through Muslim dreams and also even sometimes by God the Creator, by means of fiery missives brought by his angels of fire, there come before our exterior senses, even our eyes, the events of future prediction, and that which is significant to future circumstances"
"All is predicted through divine inspiration, and by means of the angelic spirit inspiring the man who is prophecizing, rendering him anointed with prophecies, illuminating him moving him before his fantasy through divine nocturnal apparitions"
"When the time comes for the removal of ignorance, the situation will be cleared up still more.
From the epistle:
"And emptying my soul, mind and heart of all care, solicitude, and vexation, through a state of tranquility and stillness of mind and spirit.