“Thorn Bushes and Thistles”: The Rise of Prophecy, and the Fall of Man
The Bible tells us that all of humanity’s problems can be traced to the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden—but what exactly is this “Fall of Man”? Evidence from the Bible shows that what it actually symbolizes is humanity’s acceptance of religious “prophesying”; and so we can return to our divinely intended condition only by rejecting all “prophetical discourse” in authoritative religious writings. More
According to the Bible, all of the problems plaguing humanity can be traced to the original “Fall of Man” in the Garden of Eden. But what is this “Fall of Man”? It certainly could not have been the result of a choice by Adam and Eve to eat literal fruit from a literal tree. So what does the “fruit” symbolize, and what does the “tree” symbolize, and what does the “eating” symbolize—and what does the “Fall of Man” really symbolize?
The “Fall of Man” is a myth, and was obviously meant to be understood as such by the authors of the Bible; but the true meaning of that myth is anything but obvious. To discover the true symbolic significance of the “Fall of Man” requires undertaking a close examination of Bible text found beyond only those chapters of the Book of Genesis that explicitly describe the Garden of Eden and the “Fall of Man.” In this book, by carefully cross-referencing various passages found in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, Eric Heubeck demonstrates that the “Fall of Man” was very likely meant by the authors of the Bible to be understood as symbolizing mankind’s collective and continuing choice to accept and approve of the practice of “religious esotericism”—or, what the Bible calls “prophecy” and “prophesying.”
If that conclusion is correct, then the only way in which mankind could possibly reenter the symbolic “Garden of Eden,” and return to its original condition as intended by God, would be by finally choosing to reject all “prophetical discourse” in authoritative religious writings—and, more primarily, by finally choosing to reject the Lie in whatever form it might take. Once we understand what the mythical “Fall of Man” was actually meant to signify, we will be in a much better position to decide if we as human beings wish to perpetuate it (as we are now doing); or if we wish to reverse it and thereby find our collective salvation as a species.
Chapter 1: Why all prophets are really “false prophets”
~How all “prophesying” is actually deceptive and misleading
~“Relatively truthful prophets” and “relatively untruthful prophets”
Chapter 2: The Fall of Man seen as the mythical birth of the desire to “prophesy” and to listen to the deceptive and misleading words of “prophecy”
~“Thorn-bushes,” “thistles,” “false prophets,” and “the cursing of the earth”
~New Testament authors on the association between the symbolic “serpent” and “false teachers” (and “false apostles”)
Chapter 3: More on “thorn-bushes,” “bramble-bushes,” and “thistles”
~The acceptance of “prophesying” seen as the refusal to “drink” from the “rains” of the Holy Spirit
~Moses and the “burning bush”
Chapter 4: The pre-Crucifixion Jesus Christ seen as the “tree of knowledge of good and evil”; and the ascended Jesus Christ seen as the “tree of life”
~Jesus as the “vine” consisting of both “good branches” and “worthless branches”
~The Messiah as the “new plant” that replaces the “former plants”
~The “crown of thorns” worn by the crucified “King of the Jews”
~What does it mean to “recrucify the Son of God in oneself”?
Chapter 5: “Farmers” and “shepherds”: Cain and Abel
~Two different types of “offerings”
~What does it mean for Cain to “rule over” sin?
~What is the “voice” of Abel’s “blood”?
~The “sign of Cain”
~Cain, builder of the world’s first “city”
Chapter 6: How the prophet Zechariah links the “Fall of Man,” and Cain and Abel, with the “Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ”
~Proof that “shepherds” signify “prophets”
~What Zechariah says about Cain and Abel
~The symbols of the “thirty pieces of silver” and the “Field of Blood”
~Jesus, Judas, and Zechariah
~The “Field of the Potter” and the “Field of Blood”
Chapter 7: The death of the “good shepherd”; and the final redemption of Cain through the workings of the “Son of God”
~Zechariah chapters 11-13; and the “good shepherd” archetype
~The initial contrast between Cain and Jesus
~The new, “Christ-like” Cain
~The final outcome of the death of the “good shepherd”