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Long Live the King? -- Is That Really in the Cards?

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The recent death of the "king of pop" got me to thinking about how the title of "king" is used loosely and in different ways to glorify and exalt the most famous "celebrities" in the public eye, and to label one as king of his field.

But, that's really not the main problem. It only reminded me of the main problem.

The main problem is the idea of a King of the World.

That idea is promoted mainly by certain leaders of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), because some of their prophecies have been interpreted to mean there will be a King of the World. Some Jewish Zionists believe it will be a Mashiach King. Some Christians believe it will be a Messiah King Jesus (having "come again"). Some Muslims believe it will be Mahdi King, while some other Muslims believe a Christian Messiah and a Muslim Mahdi will be two different kings, ruling the world jointly.

I believe they are all wrong and misunderstand prophecy. I believe that the concept of a coming King of the World will become obsolete, and to explain why I will borrow from the pages of Joseph J. Adamson.

Joseph explains why it is written that the "stone" of truth will "shatter the image of the king, and the stone will become as a great mountain that fulls the earth," as the prophet Daniel envisioned.

Joseph explains why it is also written in the Hebrew scriptures that the people ignore and reject God when they want a king, and that the soul of the ancient King David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.

In fact, both Judaic and Christian scriptures actually foretell that the "kingdom" to come will governed by the people, and that God will reign in spirit only - along with the Ancient One who is with God in heaven, who was "before Abraham" and is the Alpha and Omega who was, is, and shall always be (the Oversoul, by any other name).

It is even written in Judaic scriptures that we should be wise and consider the ways of the ants, which have no overseer or ruler but still provide food in the summer and gather in the harvest.

But that idea is not unique to Judaism or Christianity. It is similar to what is written in Lao Tsu's Book of Tao, in which it is written that when the best leader's work is accomplished, the people will say, "We did it ourselves!"

In other words, the best leader is one who shows the way for the benefit of his people, from behind, rather than lead a charge or assume a position of power for himself. He liberates and empowers everyone, and shows how we may govern ourselves.

It all makes sense, when you really think about it, and it all leads to the conclusion that our destiny is to have government that is truly of, by, and for the people, without any king, and even without any head of state of any kind. We shall share the "throne" of political power, and even the presidential form of monarchy will become obsolete.

One of Joseph's pages uses a picture to illustrate that point. It depicts a fallen king with his crown laying on the ground, apparently slain by a pale horse rider in black armor. And those figures are only part of the symbolism contained in the picture.

The particular picture was painted in 1910, but there are ancient versions and more recent versions of it that depict a skeleton "reaper with a scythe" rather than a rider on a pale horse. But the horseman is a specific reference to the symbolic figure in Revelation 6:8, in the last book of the New Testament of the Christian Bible. And Joseph explains how and why this version is a symbolic prophecy of the time to come, following the terrible tribulation we've been in, when the idea of a "king" is finally dead, and when all forms of monarchy will thereafter be obsolete.

If you read Joseph's article, you may recognize that picture as a "Tarot Card," and part of a "fortune telling deck." But, it's much more than that. In fact, it's a kind of key, one of 22 that have been hidden in a deck of 78 "playing" cards. And the original and true purpose of the keys is not for "fortune telling." It's for self-realization and spiritual unfoldment.

Key 13, Death, the picture I'm referring to, is one of 22 keys in what is called the Major Arcana of the Tarot deck of cards, and it is part of an ancient spiritual teaching system incorporated first into the Jewish Kabbalah and then into the Christian Qabalah. Among its other practitioners have been Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Theosophists, and many other spiritual teaching orders. The rest of the deck is the Minor Arcana consisting of four suits of wands, cups, swords and pentacles. And Joseph explains the truth about the Major Arcana, and why it was hidden.

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