The War in Heaven : The Victorious, The Conquerors
- On the work of the ARCHANGEL MICHAEL
by Ita Wegman, M. D. (Zurich)
`We have in an Indian document the earthly reflection, the mirrored
picture of that great battle in Heaven which Michael fought with his
adversaries. This document is the Bhagavad-Gita, and it forms the
subject of two lecture-courses delivered by Rudolf Steiner. This
battle in Heaven is the mythological representation of an event which
actually took place. Rudolf Steiner explains the existence of those
starry fragments known to modern astronomy as the planetoids
revolving within the sphere of Mars, by saying that they are the
cosmic witnesses of this mighty combat. They are in very truth
connected with that battle between the heavenly hosts which was known
to the ancients by the most diverse names, and the medieval
designations of which are bound up with a tradition attributed to
Dionysos the Areopagite'.
`And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not;
neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and
his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying
in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of
our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren
is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And
they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death'.
Rudolf Steiner The Book of Revelation Lecture Five GA346
`..How when the fourth seal is opened, the one corresponding to the
fourth post-Atlantean age, a pale horse appears, and now the talk is
of death entering into the world. (Rev. 6,8) With this we are
touching on one of the most important secrets of the Book of
Revelation in so far as our own age is concerned. In the fourth post-
Atlantean age death really does in a sense enter into humanity. You
must be very clear about this. You get to know human nature very well
when you consider death'.
Thyatira the fourth post-Atlantean age Greco/Latin.
The Book of Revelation
Lecture Four GA346
`The sun teachings of Ephesus differentiated between the five planets
on the one handSaturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercuryand the sun
with the moon on the other. Nowadays we call the sun a fixed star in
contrast to the planets, but then, especially in Ephesus, the sun was
distinguished by being separated off from the planets and worshipped
as the star of the daytime because from the moment it rose to the
moment it set it was seen as the life-giving principle.
This was not the situation in the earlier days of Sardis. Here the
daytime sun was nothing special, and its light was accepted as a
matter of course. In the town of Sardis the daytime sun was nothing
special, but the night-time sun, which the ancient Mysteries termed
the `midnight sun', was seen as being of the same degree of
importance as the planets. The moon was not distinguished from the
rest of the planets, and the sun was seen as being really of the same
degree of importance as the planets.
The sequence in Sardis was: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury,
But not in Ephesus. Here they enumerated: Saturn, Jupiter, Venus,
Mercury on the one side, and on the other the gods of day and night,
Sun and Moon, who were close to the life on earth.
This is the great difference, and it was to this that all the
ceremonial at Sardis was related'.
-(To Note: No Mars in Ephesus)
Ephesus the first post-Atlantean age the basic structure even
before Old India.
Lecture Four: The congregation of Ephesus
The congregation of Ephesus that long ago brought forth the immensely
great Mysteries of Ephesus which, as was quite common in olden times,
had pointed to the future appearance of Christ. The cultus at Ephesus
was intended to unite the celebrants in Ephesus, as well as those
witnessing the celebration, with the divine, spiritual powers and
also with the coming Christ. With its prophecy of the coming
Christianity and with its pagan cultus, the ancient pagan
congregation at Ephesus was per¬haps the one that was particularly
close to Christianity.
That is why the letter to the Angel of the congregation at Ephesus
spoke of the seven candlesticks. The candlesticks are the
congregations, as the Book of Revelation expressly states.
The letter to the congregation at Ephesus, in parti¬cular, must be
taken in its actual form just as it stands. It is clearly indicated
that this congregation at Ephesus was the one that took up
Christianity most intensely, devoting its first love to Christianity.
`It is not the Christ we lack, my dear friends, but the knowledge and
wisdom of the Christ, the Sophia of the Christ, the Isis of the