By Brannon S. Howse
New Agers believe the their eras of history run in cycles of approximately 2,000 years, and the implications of their thinking is fairly startling given where we are in history. Alice Bailey’s sixth ray represented the age of Pisces which, according to New Age reckoning, is coming to a close. And guess who they say was the so-called leader of the Age of Pisces? They believe it was Jesus Christ. Yes, this is part of the mushy, one-world, all-religions-are-equal co-opting of the “idea” of Jesus. New Agers believe Jesus left the spiritual realm, where He was a spirit or master guide, and visited earth. He had been a human being, just like us, and through good karma—i.e., living a good life—he evolved to become a spirit or master guide. Then he came back to earth as an avatar to teach us how to live a good New Age life. So now with Jesus Christ behind them, New Age devotees can move into the seventh age, of Aquarius—also known as “new beginnings.”
Alice Bailey explained in the mid-twentieth century that “we’re now entering the age of Aquarius, represented by the seventh ray,” and the New Age is looking for a new leader to arise for the age of Aquarius. In The Seventh Ray, Bailey describes the essence of the Aquarian age as a scientific religion of light. She also wrote that there would be a synthesis in business, religion, and politics. Does that sound familiar? The Aquarian age, she maintained, would be ruled by the seventh ray of order and organization, greatly influenced by the Masons.
Alice Bailey’s vision for the future foreshadowed the same world goals now espoused by a wide range of leaders. I’ve already mentioned Tony Blair and Mikhail Gorbachev, but others include pastor and author of The Purpose-Driven Life, one of the best-selling books of all time (more than 32 million sold), Rick Warren and internationally renowned business management guru Peter Drucker. Warren and Drucker promote one-worldism through what’s called the three-legged stool: big government, corporations, and the social sector (i.e., churches and religion). Warren even credits the late Drucker, a New Ager, with being his mentor.
Yet another connection to the seven rays was foreshadowed by Alice Bailey, in her book Spiritual Hierarchy. In it, Bailey, who died in 1949, believed that all of us “have a special contribution to make towards human progress in one of the seven major fields of world work: political, religious, educational, scientific, philosophical, psychological, or economic.”
Bailey’s seven-fold vision of these “streams” ties directly to another supposedly Christian movement called the New Apostolic Reformation. I provide a detailed explanation of NAR in my book Religious Trojan Horse, but in a nutshell, the New Apostolic Reformation is a theological cult of self-appointed apostles and prophets who believe they’re going to take dominion of the world using a seven-point plan they call the Seven Mountain Mandate. Through it, they plan to establish God’s kingdom on earth.
Alice Bailey actually had quite a lot to say about a second coming of Christ although it hardly resembles the biblical version of the event. She wrote The Reappearance of the Christ in which she envisions “that period which will surely come” when there will be “enlightened people.” She’s talking about people illuminated with a special sort of knowledge, but it’s an ancient heresy known as Gnosticism.
Gnosticism teaches that the natural, material world is evil and nothing really matters except the spiritual world. Our goal in this life should be to make the natural world dissolve, so we can enter the spiritual world. Part of Gnosticism is the idea that in reaching out to the spiritual realm, a person attains “higher knowledge” which is hidden from other, less spiritually astute people. It’s the same lie Satan threw at Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. He promised that they would be able to decide what is right and wrong and that they would have access to this knowledge that otherwise belongs only to God.
The New Age teaches various ways to enter the esoteric state required to gain this knowledge, including drugs, hypnosis, Kundalini yoga, and transcendental meditation. Because people who choose this path will be so superior to others, Bailey maintains that “These people will not tolerate authoritarianism in any church. They will not accept or permit the rule of any body of men who undertake to tell them what they must believe in order to be saved.” She couples this extreme individualism with a washed out understanding of Christ, who becomes, in her way of thinking, nothing more than a symbol of all that is “good”:
[quote] Many religions today expect the coming of an avatar or savior. The second coming of the Christ, as the world teacher for the age of Aquarius is presented in this book as an imminent event, logical and practical, in a continuity of divine revelation throughout the ages. The Christ belongs to all mankind. He can be known and understood as the same great identity in all the world religions. [end quote]
Bailey has laid out the ideal plan by which all the world’s religions can unite under the Mother of Harlots. But, of course, it’s not anything truly new. Paul warns Timothy about this very issue in 1 Timothy 6:20-21:
"O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith."
Here, Paul warns about Gnosticism and the worship of angels by entering this spiritual realm and dabbling in “higher knowledge” that is not of God. In Paul’s day, attaining this so-called knowledge was the primary work of pagan temples and their gods and goddesses, and the pursuit of a higher knowledge through sexual and occult metaphysical practices that promise liberty and freedom from any biblical restrains. This is a liberty that is really licentiousness, but America and the world is celebrating such liberty.
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