Sample Chapter From the Second Book - Ritual, by Stephen T. McClard
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead. ~Isaiah 26:19
They have the opportunity to live again, but they are not smart enough to take it. They are like a baby who is about to be born but won’t come out of its mother’s womb. ~Hosea 13:13
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
1) Jesus makes proclamation to imprisoned Spirits who were denied life after the flood of Noah. He then empties the abyss in the book of Revelation, letting the Locust out to devour the Earth. Today, we are those souls devouring the Earth. It is clear who we are.
2) Baptism is symbolism for the flood of Noah.
3) We rise to new life from these lower waters, symbolized by baptism, in the same manner as animals did emerging from the Ark. Who is in Heaven now? Only the Son of God. How do we know?
1. Christian view of Baptism – No rebirth in other bodies
2. Buddhist view of Baptism – We are born again
3. Jewish and Greek View – We are born again