Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
« on: August 17, 2006, 05:53:19 PM »
King Solomon states in the Book of Proverbs that Seven Pillars were hewn by Holy Wisdom upon which sit the House of Wisdom.  The House of Wisdom is evidently the Cosmos.  Tangible matter including the entirety of the world is not eternal.  Saint Paul the Apostle wrote in his Epistle to the Hebrews that the things which are seen are made of things which are not seen.  The Seven Pillars of Wisdom are Seven Pillars upon which the world rests.  These seven pillars are invisible.

  The Cosmos was created 7514 years ago according to Septuagint chronology which all Arab, North African, and European countries used before adopting the Islamic and Gregorian calendars.  Therefore the year of the world in Anno Domini 2006 is Anno Mundi 7514.

  However, God created angels before he created the earth.  Both Angels (who dwell in a Celestial Hierarchy of Nine Echelons) and demons (fallen angels who inhabit this realm) are created beings which are all older than the earth itself.  

  The Apostle Paul states in his Epistle to the Hebrews that the Tabernacle of the Old Testament is the pattern of the Heavens, or cosmos.  This is indicative of the shape of the cosmos.  Cosmas Indicopleustes elaborates on the symbolism of those things in the Tabernacle such as the twelve loaves of bread and the months and seasons of the year.  Orthodox Christian Churches are also patterns and symbols of Heaven.  The shape of Churches as well as the fact that all Orthodox Churches point east, as did the ancient Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem, and that the dome of Orthodox Churches have an Ikon of God therein indicate that Heaven is the dwelling place of God.

  Jerusalem is at the centre of the earth.  More precisely, the exact centre of the earth is in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (which is a place marked on the floor in the centre of the Main Sanctuary) is the Navel of the Earth.  The earth consists of Asia, Africa, and Europe with Jerusalem at the centre of these three.  A great ocean surrounds this earth.  In ancient and medieval maps, India is often depicted as the country furthest to the east, and I believe this is its true orientation.

  To the best of my discernment, there exist four principle islands which also lie in the great ocean surrounding the earth towards the four winds of heaven:  east, west, north, and south.

I) To the east is "Australia" (which NOT its original name) located to the east of India.  Cosmas Indicopleustes had indicated Taprobane (modern Sri Lanka or Ceylon) as an island lying to the east of India, though it is obviously not the size of a continent like Australia.

II) Atlantis - To the west is Atlantis which others before me have identified as South America.  This is the western island that Hanno the Carthaginian navigator sailed to in circa 500 BC after sailing west for thirty days from the Pillars of Heracles.

III)  Hyperborea - To the north is Hyperborea (Greek for "Beyond the North") which I identify as North America.  According to Webster's Dictionary, hyperborea was a region known to the ancient Hellenes as a land inhabited by people who dwelt "beyond the North Wind in a region of eternal sunlight."  This identifies it with far northern areas such as Nunavut with a midnight sun in the summer and eternal darkness in the winter.  

IV)  Terra Australis - To the south is antarctica.  The existence of a large continent to the south was mentioned by Plato and others as indicated in Raymond Beazeley's 'Dawn of Modern Geography.'  Samuel Rowbotham is the first one I know of to assert its non-existence in modern times.  I concur with Rowbotham's contention that sixteenth century geographers invented a globular concept by taking a flat map and drawing the corners together to form a ball and naming the point where the edges converged as "antarctica."  However, this does not necessarily negate the possibility of antarctica's existence.  There are certainly regions of the world largely or totally unexplored and mostly unthought of due to the forced conformity of charting with the concept of a globe, but since some of the ancients evidently believed for some reason that a large island continent does exist to the south, I do not believe it wise to altogether discount the possibility that antarctica actually exists as a large island in the surrounding ocean to the south of the earth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Australis

  Therefore, the lay of lands in the Waters is that the Earth rests in and on the primordial Waters.  This is evidently surrounded by four large islands (continents) towards the four winds of Heaven (the four compass directions).  All these also lie within the Waters.  The extremities of the world where the Four Walls of the House of Wisdom meet the level of the middle world lie beyond.  The cosmos is in the shape of a three level rectangular House with its long sides facing north and south and the narrow sides facing east and west.  The floor of the middle earth level consists of a pool with a flat earth resting on the water with four islands lying about it in the four compass directions.  The floor of the Heaven would also consist of water as it were divided from the water below during the creation of the cosmos.

Navel of the Earth
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006, 06:46:12 AM »
Navel of the Earth

The city of Jerusalem is located at the geographical centre of the Earth.  The city lies at the crossroads of Sem (Asia), Ham (Africa), and Japheth (Europe).  Biblical, Christian, and Hebrew tradition unanimously state that Jerusalem is the Navel of the Earth and place the city at the geographical centre of the Cosmos.  

  Strictly speaking, the geographical centre is located within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is outside the original city walls of Biblical Jerusalem.  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is within the current and more expansive Old City walls which were erected in the late Middle Ages.

  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is named after the Tomb of Jesus Christ from which He was also resurrected and which is located under a large dome at the western end of the Church.  The Navel of the Earth is a specific place on the pavement of the Katholikon (the central Main Church) only a few yards to the East of the Sepulchre.  There were reports during the 1990's that the location was a deep hole all the way to the Hell from which disconcerting and agonizing crying and moans were heard.  The current administration covered this spot with a stone marker of the Navel which effectively silenced the voices.

  A few yards to the south of the Navel (Omophoron) is the Chapel of Adam where the father of the human race was literally buried.  For this reason the place is named Golgotha, or Place of the Skull, as Adam's Skull and Bones were located there.  

  One level directly above this is the Chapel of Cavalry where Jesus the Christ was crucified and died.  At the conclusion of the Seven Words (Sayings) which He spake on the Cross, His Soul departed out of His Body and there was a Great Earthquake which opened the Earth past Hell all the way to its foundations.  Christ had five wounds, and from a wound made in His side with a spear by a Roman soldier, Blood and Water issued.  The Blood of Christ went into the Ground and onto the Skull of Adam thus cleansing mankind of their Sins.  Many traditional Christian Crosses depict a Skull and Bones underneath the Cross of Christ.  The Skull and Bones represent Adam.

  One floor above Calvary is located the Chapel of Abraham built on the same place where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac.

The Katholikon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Navel of the Earth:
http://www.holylight.gr/patria/english/ensepul.html

Golgotha and the Chapel of Adam
http://www.holylight.gr/photour/tour2.html

http://www.thematthewshouseproject.com/religion/americanslove.htm

Hyperborea
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006, 07:51:24 AM »
Hyperborea

  The ancient Hellenic writers speak of a land in the extreme north named Hyperborea.  Webster's dictionary defines hyperboreans as "inhabitants of a region of eternal sunlight beyond the north wind."  Hyperborea is North America, and the ancients Greeks knew this.  The inhabitants are the Inuit and the other First Nations to settle there.  Areas such as Nunavut and northern Greenland receive continual sunlight part of the year.  Cosmas Indicopleustes also mentions a land directly on the other side of the Celestial Mountain which corresponds to North America.  Hyperborea literally means "super North" or "betond the North."

 Cosmas Indicopleustes quoted a Hellenic mariner of 800 BC who sailed to the far north during the summer time of the midnight sun who noted that even at the height of summer (according to his observation in 800 BC) the sun dipped ever so briefly beneath the horizon thereby validating Moses who wrote about 700 years previously in Psalm 19 that the Sun emerges from his Chamber and moves according to his circuit.  This is also a validation of Solomon's statement in Ecclesiastes 1:5 that the Sun arises and goes down and hasteth back to the place from whence he arose (i.e. the Chamber of the Sun).

  The follwing links are to the book 'Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles' by Rene Guenon which contains a chapter concerning Atlantis and Hyperborea which states the sources of some of the traditions about these two places as well as an analysis of symbolism:
http://www.sophiaperennis.com/guenon_coscycles_toc.html
http://www.sophiaperennis.com/guenon_coscycles.html

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Saint Brendan the Navigator

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan

  Saint Brendan the Navigator sailed west from Ireland with several fellow monks during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century and returned nine years later.  He was contemporary of the Egyptian monk Cosmas Indicopleustes.  Besides visiting several islands in the western Ocean (Atlantic, Oceanus Occidentalis), Brendan wrote in his logbook the 'Navagatio' (the Voyage of Saint Brendan the Navigator) that he sailed past the World and into the lower regions of Hell and winessed the torments of Souls by the demons in the Underworld.
www.castletown.com/brendan.htm
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/nda/nda27.htm

Christian Symbols of Fifth Century Britain in Groton, Connecticut
www.gungywamp.com/stonewatch_winter_2003.html

Monastic Beehive Huts of Sixth Century West Ireland in Groton, Conneticut
www.gungywamp.com/stonewatch_2006.htm

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Vinland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinland
www.sacred-texts.com/neu/nda/nda29.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Ericson

Atlantis
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2006, 07:56:08 AM »
Atlantis - The Island of Atlas

www.crystalinks.com/atlantistheories.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact#Isolationist_view

  As ancient lore is based upon historical figures, Atlas was an ancient king of Atlantis (South America) from whom the island derives its name.  The large island Atlantis in the western Ocean that Timaeus described to Socrates in Plato's famous book of cosmology is the continent known as South America.  The Atlantis that the ancient Hellenes knew as described in 'Timaeus' was an immense island in the Western Ocean past the Pillars of Heracles (Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Gibraltar in Spain).  Cosmas Indicopleustes quoted Plato's record of this island in an appendix (Book 12) of his treatise 'The Christian Topography.'  This flat Earth cosmographer knew about and attested to the existence of South America a thousand years before Columbus's voyages.  The same can be said for Timaeus and Plato who lived almost two thousand years before Columbus.  Following is the text of Timaeus's Discourse to Socrates concerning Atlantis:
www.hermetic.com/texts/plato/timaeus.html

  The Byzantine Cosmographer of Sinai Cosmas Indicopleustes writes the following of Atlantis in Book Twelve of his 'Christian Topography':
  "In like manner the philosopher Timaeus also describes this Earth as surrounded by the Ocean, and the Ocean as surrounded by the more remote earth. For he supposes that there is to westward an island, Atlantis, lying out in the Ocean, in the direction of Gadeira (Cadiz), of an enormous magnitude, and relates that the ten kings having procured mercenaries from the nations in this island came from the earth far away, and conquered Europe and Asia, but were afterwards conquered by the Athenians, while that island itself was submerged by God under the sea. Both Plato and Aristotle praise this philosopher, and Proclus has written a commentary on him. He himself expresses views similar to our own with some modifications, transferring the scene of the events from the east to the west.  Moreover he mentions those ten generations as well as that earth which lies beyond the Ocean.  And in a word it is evident that all of them borrow from Moses, and publish his statements as their own."
www.tertullian.org/fathers/cosmas_12_book12.htm

  Hanno the Carthaginian Navigator lived circa 500 BC (about 300 years before his country's empire fell to Rome during the Punic Wars).  A logbook of his voyages in Greek entitled the 'Periplus of Hanno' describes a western voyage ion which he sailed past the Pillars of Heracles for thirty days and came to a large island too big for him to circumnavigate.  This is the Atlantis which Plato wrote about.
www.isidore-of-seville.com/small/3.html
www.rsnz.org/directory/yearbooks/ybook96/8.html

  Many persons who do not believe the World is flat yet believe that Atlantis and South America the same island:
http://store.adventuresunlimitedpress.com/store.lasso?sub=detail&sid=A9C95E555D249D&item=1408

  Plato's book mentions a flood which covered the entire island of Atlantis.  This is confirmation from an historical source from ancient Europe that the Biblical Flood of Noe also covered all of South America and therefore was indeed worldwide.

  The First people to dwell in Central America call it by the name Aztlan.  This is obviously the same word that Timaeus used.  Moreover, the fact that the two words are one and the same is a confirmation that the lands of South and Central America are exactly what Timaeus was referring to in his dialogue concerning the large island of Atlantis situated in the Western Ocean:
www.aztlan.net/quest_for_aztlan.htm

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Fusang

  Fusang is a land visited in the fifth century AD by the Buddhist missionary Hui-shan who took a group of Buddhist monks from Afghanistan with him to this place which is widely reguarded as the west coast of ancient Atlantis or Aztlan, or possibly Hyperborea.  He subsequently returned and reported to the Chinese Emperor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusang

  A translation of the relevant texts was made into English in the nineteenth century which provides translations of Native First Nation texts from Mexico which mention foreign visitors from that time.

Terra Australis
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2006, 12:38:12 PM »

Four Rivers of Paradise
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2006, 12:39:35 PM »
Four Rivers of Paradise

  The Book of Genesis indicates that a River flows west from the Garden of Eden, which is itself located in the East (beyond the ocean).  This River of Paradise diverges into four rivers which are described in the Book of Genesis as actual rivers in this world.  

  These four rivers are actual rivers in this world.  Cosmas Indicopleustes stated that these rivers flow from the Garden of Eden westward underground and resurface as four rivers in this world.  Streams formed from melted mountain snow and other sources like rain add water to the flow of all these rivers after their entrance into the visible world, but the ultimate source is the River of the Garden of Eden described in the Book of Genesis.

  Underground distributaries of these underground rivers flow to the sources of other great rivers of the world such as the Amazon in the Andes Mountains of south america, and the Lena, Yennesey, and Ob Rivers of Siberia, and the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers of Cathay (China), and the Danube of Europe, and Mississippi of North America.

As to the principle four rivers:

  Most Church Fathers believe that the four rivers are the Tigris (or Hiddekel) , the Euphrates, the Nile, and the Ganges.
  The Tigris and Euphrates begin in eastern Asia Minor and flow through Iraq into the Arabian Sea in the Indian Ocean.
  The Blue Nile begins in Ethiopia (Abyssinia) and the White Nile begins in Lake Victoria in eastern Africa.  The Blue Nile and White Nile join to form one river in Khartoum, the capitol of Sudan and flow through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.
  The Ganges is located in India.  It flows from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean.

Pyson
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2006, 12:41:33 PM »
Pyson

The Ganges River is located in India.  In hindu tradition, the Ganges is the most important of the four sacred rivers of India.  It has tributary rivers such as the Yamuna flowing into it, but the Ganges itself begins at a place in the Himalayan Mountains in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal.   Most Church Fathers indicate that the Pison River which flows from Eden is the Ganges of India.

  The Himalayan cave from which the Ganges begins is known in India as Gaumukh (Hindi for the 'Cow's Mouth').  From its source at Gaumukh to a town in Uttaranchal called Deoprayag, the River is called the Bagarathi River.  From Deoprayag all the way to the Bay of Bengal near Calcutta, the River is called the Ganges.  The remote Himalayan village of Gangotri is the beginning point of a twenty kilometre journey to Gaumukh which can only be reahed on foot or donkey.  Gangotri is a two day trip fro Delhi (including a twelve hour bus ride from either Haridwar (located in Uttaranchal at the point where Ganges flows from the Himalayas to the plains of India) or Rishikesh.  Gangotri is very close to Tibet, and the Himalayan Mountain scene of the Ganges River Gorge containing the Ganges River (ice cold enough to kill a swimmer even in Summer) flowing at the bottom thousands of metres below the perrenially snow topped Mountains immediately adjacent to it is as stupendous as one can imagine.  

  The River literally flows with great force out of a large Cave (Gaumukh) at the base of a mountain glacier which extends back forty kilometres behind the Cave.  This evidence dramatically confirms the contention of Cosmas Indicopleustes that the Four Rivers of Paradise flow westward underground from the Garden of Eden and resurface in this world as actual rivers which thence flow down eventually to the sea.  

  The following web link contains a photograph taken by Indian (hindu) pilgrims to the Gaumukh Cave in the Himalayas where the Ganges River emerges from its underground flow as a visible river in this World:

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/58655/photo12.html?photosize=large

Ghion
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2006, 12:43:30 PM »
Ghion

  Although the White Nile is longer, the Blue Nile (Ghion) which "compasseth all of Ethiopia" accounts for 86% of the volume that enters Khartoum, Sudan where the two rivers unite (according to Ethiopian author Kinfe Abraham's two books on the Nile and its associated politics in modern Africa).  The Blue Nile of Ethiopia is also the Ghion River referred to in the Book of Genesis as it is described therein as that river which compasseth Ethiopia in addition to the fact that businesses all along the river are named ghion after the river itself.

  The Blue Nile flowing out of the southeastern edge of Lake Tana in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) is known as the Tis Abay River in Ethiopia.  The famous Blue Nile Falls are just down river from this point.  Very significantly, there is a smaller river known as the Gilgel Abay flowing into Lake Tana from its southwest side.  The Gilgel Abay is Lake Tana's chief tributary and therefore the origin and source of the Nile River.  The Ethiopian Mapping Authority in Addis Ababa sells maps of Lake Tana.  Over a hundred kilometres south of Lake Tana is the exact location where the Gilgel Abay River begins which is adjacent to an Ethiopian Monastery by the name of Tish Abay Mikael (after Saint Michael the Archangel).  This geographical point is principle source of the Nile River, or Ghion as it is called in Genesis as the River which compasseth the land of Ethiopia and which begins in the Garden of Eden according to the Book of Genesis.  

  The best explanation of how the River travels from the Garden of Eden to Gish Abay Mikael Ethiopian Church is given by Cosmas Indicopleustes who stated that as the River flows west from the Garden of Eden it becomes a subterranean River and reemerges in Ethiopia.  A explanation  in the Bradt Guide to Ethiopia (the best of the guide books to this country), corroborates that the Gilgel Abay is chief tributary of Lake Tana.  The fact that Gish Abay Mikael Church marks the origin of the Nile River is the belief of the Ethiopian Church and people.  The scottish explorer James Bruce in the 1760's (and the Jesuit Pero Pais in the 1630's) wrongly claimed to have discovered the source of the Nile as they believed it was simply Lake Tana.  However, one must go to the source of Lake Tana which would be the beginning point of the Gilgel Abay that flows into Lake Tana.  

  The point at which the Nile River emerges from underground is located downhill from Saint Michael the Archangel Church (Gish Abay Mikael) which is about three kilometres southwest of the village of Sekela and thirty-three kilometres east northeast of Tilili.  And the small town of Tilili is approximately twenty-five kilometres north of the city of Bure.  The region is due south of Bahar-Dar and Lake Tana (being closer to Lake Tana than it is to Addis Ababa.)  A church building was erected over the well from which the Abay flows.  This building is enclosed by a fence with a locked gate.  Inside the structure built over the origin of the Nile River is a stone slab foundation with a hatch at its eastern end.  Below the hatch is a wellspring fed by an underground River.

  As to Lake Tana, its contains the most ancient and important Monastery in Ethiopia - the Monastery of Tana Cherkos.  Tana Cherkos Monastery is located at the tip of a peninsula on the eastern edge of Lake Tana.  According to Ethiopian tradition in the Book 'Kebra Nagast,' King Soloman's son (with Queen Makeda of Sheba) Menelik I and the Isaelite High Priest's son brought the Ark of the Covenant to this place where it resided for 1300 years until Ethiopia became Christian about AD 330 at which time it was removed to the capitol at Axum.  The monastery open to men only via a boat from Bahar Dar.  It contains a bronze receptacle which was used for sacrifices when the monastery was Hebrew before becoming Christian according to Ethiopian tradition.  Ethiopian Christian Tradition also indicates that Tana Cherkos became Christian in the first century AD well before the rest of the country which did not become Christian until King Ezana's time (A.D. 330) as Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, and Joseph visited this particular place during the time they sojourned in Egypt.  (The Holy Family travelled through Lower and Upper Egypt according to Coptic tradition which therefore does not contradict the Ethiopian tradition that They journeyed further sout as well.  Tana Cherkos was a stronghold of Ethiopian Christians that followed Queen Candace's eunuch who had been baptized by the Apostle Philip.  

  The Tana Cherkos Monastery also contains the cassock and Crosses of Bishop Frumentios, known as Abba Salama (or Abuna Salama - Father of Peace), the converter of Ethiopia to Christ in the fourth century AD and patron of King Ezana.  Frumentios was consecrated the first Bishop of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) by Patriarch Athanasios of Alexandria who exposed the errors of the Arians at the First Ecumenical Synod of Nicea.  The Tana Cherkos monastery also contains the stone ink holder that Frumentios used to translate the Bible from Hellenic to Geez, the ancient language of Abyssinia.

Hiddekel
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2006, 12:45:47 PM »
Hiddekel

  Beginning in the Garden of Eden, the Hiddekel (Tigris River) flows underground until it surfaces near the town Bitlis southwest of Lake Van in Easern Asia Minor.  There are many ancient inscriptions at the place of its entrance into this World.

Euphrates
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2006, 12:46:21 PM »
Euphrates River

Beginning in the Garden of Eden, the Euphrates River flows underground until it surfaces at the foot of Mount Ararat in Eastern Asia Minor.

Celestial Hierarchy
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2006, 12:47:12 PM »
Dionysios the Areopagite

  Saint Dionysios the Areopagite who met Saint Paul the Apostle when he preached of the Unknown God on Mars Hill in Athens as described in Acts 17 wrote a treatise on the Angelic Heavenly Host entitled 'The Celestial Hierarchy.'  According to the Celestial Hierarchy, the Angels of Heaven consist of Nine Ranks.  The treatise is cosmologically significant as it describes the Angelic Host of Heaven and the various purposes which each of the nine orders serve in detail:
http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/areopagite_13_heavenly_hierarchy.htm

  The following description does not do justice to the Saint, but the reader will have information superior to the Wikipedia's article:
http://www.oca.org/FSLivesAllSaints.asp?SID=4&M=10&D=3
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Saint John the Baptist Versus Lucifer

Aerial Toll Houses
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2006, 12:48:03 PM »
The Aerial Toll Houses

  The Nine Ranks of Angels form a Holy Hierarchy which is a major aspect of the Heaven above.  The realm of Middle Earth, however, is the dwelling place of a race of fallen angels.

  Dwelling in the upper reaches of this realm beneath the Waters Above and the Nine Angelic Orders exist fallen angels who are subjects of the prince of the powers of the air.  In the skies of this world are existing vast  hordes of demons arranged in a remarkable order.  In the writings of the Fathers of the Church these powers of the air are called the Toll Houses.  They are arranged in divisions as in a military.  Each division, or Toll House, has chae of a specific kind of sin.  They bring with them lists of every sin a man ever committed during the entirety of his life of which they keep meticulous records and make accusations against a soul as it ascends to Heaven in order that they may gain posession of the soul and bear it away to the Underworld.  

   An expose by John Maximovitch which describes this in more detail and which is followed by explanations given by Church Fathersand quotes of Scripture as well as a list of Saints whose lives contain reference to the Toll Houses:

http://www.orthodox.net/articles/life-after-death-john-maximovitch.html

  A book on the subject written relatively recently which also describes the difference between Orthodox Christian views of demonology and the occult including actual out of body experiences (where the soul temporarily leaves the body but returns before death sets in like in critical hospital situations, astral travelling, et cetera) and contrasts these with those of other religions like hinduism, buddhism, protestantism, and certain secular philosophies and demonstrates those characteristics which unite all these latter.  But like a lightning rod, the overriding theme is the toll houses and the subject of the salvation of the soul:

http://www.sainthermanpress.com/catalog/chapter_one/sad_book.htm

One of the appendices of the book has the epistle of Saint Mark of Ephesus repudiating papism at the Council of Florence demonstrating the difference between the toll houses and purgatory; but what caught my mind about reading that appendice was that similarity that catholic thought of the 1400's bore to Lutheranism when compared with Orthodoxy.

  One of the most striking things about the Toll Houses is that after one understands that the Orthodox teaching about them is real, the philosophy of many fundamentalist protestants that "once saved-always saved" is obliterated.  
 
  There is no other way to Heaven for anyone than to pass through the Toll Houses.  This is the day of battle in a man's life (immediately following his physical death) that the Apostle Paul was speaking of in Ephesians 6 when he said to put on the Armor of God for the day of battle.  A Final Judgment for every man from all world history at the end of the age which is separate from the Particular Judgment which occurs shortly after the death of each and every individual man.  The Toll Houses are the Particular Judgment of each man's soul shortly after the end of his earthly life to determine the place of his abode until the Final Judgment.

  A quote particularly appropriate for those who would mock the Toll Houses:
 
"No matter how much modern men may scoff at the Toll Houses, they will not escape having to go through them"
  - Theophan the Recluse

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Re: Sun
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2006, 01:17:33 PM »
Quote from: "LordByron"
The notion that the Sun sets in the West is not in the Christian Bible.


However, through zetetic method we can synthetically deduce through observation that it "sets" (or rather recedes) into the West, indicating a clockwise rotation.
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Hyperborea
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2010, 08:49:22 PM »
Hyperborea - To the north is Hyperborea (Greek for "Beyond the North") which I identify as North America. ...  This identifies it with far northern areas such as Nunavut with a midnight sun in the summer and eternal darkness in the winter.

This identification which I made some time ago of hyperborea with north america or the islands in the extreme northern Canadian arctic is wrong.  Although, the Canadian arctic islands are obviously closer to the actual islands of hyperborea than continental "north america."  The midnight sun of areas such as Nunavut is an indication of their proximity to hyperborea (which literally means the place which is more north than the north - super borea).  In spite of the fact that it was included in the older atlases, hyperborea itself is now deleted and uncharted in most modern atlases.

According to Webster's Dictionary, hyperborea is a region known to the ancient Greeks as a land inhabited by people who dwelt "beyond the North Wind in a region of eternal sunlight."

This hyperborea actually exists.  All cartographers consistently testified to its existence for millenia.  Even Gerhard Mercator and other cartographers of the sixteenth century and the Russian scientist Lomonosov in the eighteenth century testified to its existence in the north.  This region exists to the north of the so-called "north pole."  In spite of his flawed thesis of a hollow earth, Marshall Gardner's 'Journey To the Earth's Interior' which was first published in 1913 and revised and expanded in 1920 did outstanding work in his detailed analysis of the baseless claims of many explorers such as Frederick Cook and Robert Peary to have reached the ultimate north.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/earth/jei/jei12.htm