Book of Revelation
18 lectures by
been subjected to countless interpretations by theologians
over the years, mostly based on theory and speculation. In
contrast, Rudolf Steiner spoke from his own direct experience
and knowledge of the spiritual truths contained in St John’s
Although he had
previously presented his insights into the Book of Revelation a
number of times, in 1924 Steiner ventured to give a completely
in response to a
request by priests of The Christian Community
by relating the
subject closely to the work of the modern priest. ‘These priests
felt the need to achieve a closer relationship with the Book of
Revelation’, he wrote later. ‘I believed I would be able to
contribute to such a closer relationship. The spiritual paths I
follow had enabled me to trace the apocalyptist’s footsteps. So
I felt that with this course of lectures I would be able to
achieve a depiction that would convey this priestly book in its
true sense as a spiritual guide for the priest.’
eight colour plates of blackboard drawings.
Trans: J. Collis (18 lectures + conversations, Dornach Sept
1924, GA346); 282pp
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Summary of Contents:
Dornach, 5 September 1924
The Act of Consecration of Man and the Book of Revelation.
Meaning of the word ‘apocalypse'. The four ages of the Mysteries
and of the Transubstantiation. The Cabeiri in the third age.
Dornach, 6 September 1924
Changes in experiencing the Transubstantiation in the different
Dornach, 7 September 1924
Future experiences of the Transubstantiation will be in the
‘I'-organization. The validity of anthroposophical truths. Alpha
and Omega. Earlier and future conditions of consciousness. First
words of the Book of Revelation.
Dornach, 8 September 1924
The letters to the Angels of the congregations at Ephesus and
Sardis. Understanding the numbers in the Book of Revelation:
twelve, seven, twenty-four.
Dornach, 9 September 1924
During the fifth post-Atlantean age human beings will
increasingly develop an awareness of death as a companion. To
read the Book of Revelation one must apply one's will.
Dornach, 10 September 1924
Number secrets in the Book of Revelation. Humanity formerly
encompassed by the cosmic number secrets; in today's stage of
the earth's evolution humanity is extricating itself from the
laws of number.
Dornach, 11 September 1924
The year 333. The apocalyptist's prophetic vision of a possible
departure from the Christ Principle and return to the Father
Principle. Mohammedan teachings. 666 - the number of the Beast.
Transubstantiation and karma.
Dornach, 12 September 1924
Christ's connection with the sun. The Genius and the Demon of
the Sun. Sorat and the number 666. The necessity to strive for
spirituality. Michael mystery, Christ mystery, Sorat mystery.
Dornach, 13 September 1924 122
The Book of Revelation as a prophetic picture showing the
development of Christianity after the Mystery of Golgotha. The
essential difference between Christianity and other religious
creeds. Building the Old and the New Jerusalem.
Dornach, 14 September 1924
Various pictures from the nineteenth chapter of the Book of
Revelation. The work of the priest today.
Dornach, 15 September 1924
The three stages in the fall of the powers opposing the
Christ-Impulse: the fall of Babylon, the fall of the Beast and
the False Prophet, the fall of the divine adversaries (Satan).
Dornach, 16 September 1924
Transition from the fourth to the fifth post-Atlantean age.
Coming age in which human beings will have conscious visions.
The woman clothed with the sun.
Dornach, 17 September 1924
The principle of numbers. The age of the trumpets. Human beings
with no `I'. The evolution of races and development of
Questions, 18 September 1924
Dornach,18 September 1924
Threefold human being and threefold humanity: cloud people,
rainbow people and people with fiery feet. Humanity split into
races and nations. Examples: Russia (Bolshevism), Czechs and
Dornach, 19 September 1924 Events in nature and history. The sea
of glass. Love and light. Pouring out of the phials of wrath.
Answers to participants' questions.
Talk, 20 September 1924
Dornach, 20 September 1924
The unity of starry world and earthly world. Fixed stars,
planets, comets. The seven-headed and the two-horned beast. The
nature of comets; Biela's comet.
Dornach, 21 September 1924
The Book of Revelation as a book of initiation. The letters,
seals, trumpets, divine love and divine wrath in their relation
to physical world, soul world and spirit land. Perceiving the
hierarchies and how they work. Religion and knowledge.
Dornach, 22 September 1924
The development of the consciousness soul. Intellectuality and
Satan. The danger of forming new group souls: Gog and Magog.
Impulses from the Book of Revelation in the work of the priest.
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