THE Melchizedeks are widely known as emergency
Sons, for they engage in an amazing
range of activities on the worlds of a local universe. When any
extraordinary problem arises, or when something unusual is to be
attempted, it is quite often a Melchizedek who accepts the
assignment. The ability of the Melchizedek Sons to function in
emergencies and on widely divergent levels of the universe, even on
the physical level of personality manifestation, is peculiar to
their order. Only the Life Carriers share to any degree this
metamorphic range of personality function.
The Melchizedek order of universe sonship has been exceedingly
active on Urantia. A corps of twelve served in conjunction with the
Life Carriers. A later corps of twelve became receivers for your
world shortly after the Caligastia secession and continued in
authority until the time of Adam and Eve. These twelve Melchizedeks
returned to Urantia upon the default of Adam and Eve, and they
continued thereafter as planetary receivers on down to the day when
Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of Man, became the titular Planetary
Prince of Urantia.
Revealed truth was threatened with extinction during the millenniums
which followed the miscarriage of the Adamic mission on Urantia.
Though making progress intellectually, the human races were slowly
losing ground spiritually. About 3000 B.C. the concept of God had
grown very hazy in the minds of men.
The twelve Melchizedek receivers knew of Michael's impending
bestowal on their planet, but they did not know how soon it would
occur; therefore they convened in solemn council and petitioned the
Most Highs of Edentia that some provision be made for maintaining
the light of truth on Urantia. This plea was dismissed with the
mandate that "the conduct of affairs on 606 of Satania is fully in
the hands of the Melchizedek custodians." The receivers then
appealed to the Father Melchizedek for help but only received word
that they should continue to uphold truth in the manner of their own
election "until the arrival of a bestowal Son," who "would rescue
the planetary titles from forfeiture and uncertainty."
And it was in consequence of having been thrown so completely on
their own resources that Machiventa Melchizedek, one of the twelve
planetary receivers, volunteered to do that which had been done only
six times in all the history of Nebadon: to personalize on earth as
a temporary man of the realm, to bestow himself as an emergency Son
of world ministry. Permission was granted for this adventure by the
Salvington authorities, and the actual incarnation of Machiventa
Melchizedek was consummated near what was to become the city of
Salem, in Palestine. The entire transaction of the materialization
of this Melchizedek Son was completed by the planetary receivers
with the co-operation of the Life Carriers, certain of the Master
Physical Controllers, and other celestial personalities resident on
It was 1,973 years before the birth of Jesus that Machiventa was
bestowed upon the human races of Urantia. His coming was
unspectacular; his materialization was not witnessed by human eyes.
He was first observed by mortal man on that eventful day when he
entered the tent of Amdon, a Chaldean herder of Sumerian extraction.
And the proclamation of his mission was embodied in the simple
statement which he made to this shepherd, "I am Melchizedek, priest
of El Elyon, the Most High, the one and only God."
When the herder had recovered from his astonishment, and after he
had plied this stranger with many questions, he asked Melchizedek to
sup with him, and this was the first time in his long universe
career that Machiventa had partaken of material food, the
nourishment which was to sustain him throughout his ninety-four
years of life as a material being.
And that night, as they talked out under the stars, Melchizedek
began his mission of the revelation of the truth of the reality of
God when, with a sweep of his arm, he turned to Amdon, saying, "El
Elyon, the Most High, is the divine creator of the stars of the
firmament and even of this very earth on which we live, and he is
also the supreme God of heaven."
Within a few years Melchizedek had gathered around himself a group
of pupils, disciples, and believers who formed the nucleus of the
later community of Salem. He was soon known throughout Palestine as
the priest of El Elyon, the Most High, and as the sage of Salem.
Among some of the surrounding tribes he was often referred to as the
sheik, or king, of Salem. Salem was the site which after the
disappearance of Melchizedek became the city of Jebus, subsequently
being called Jerusalem.
In personal appearance, Melchizedek resembled the then blended
Nodite and Sumerian peoples, being almost six feet in height and
possessing a commanding presence. He spoke Chaldean and a half dozen
other languages. He dressed much as did the Canaanite priests except
that on his breast he wore an emblem of three concentric circles,
the Satania symbol of the Paradise Trinity. In the course of his
ministry this insignia of three concentric circles became regarded
as so sacred by his followers that they never dared to use it, and
it was soon forgotten with the passing of a few generations.
Though Machiventa lived after the manner of the men of the realm, he
never married, nor could he have left offspring on earth. His
physical body, while resembling that of the human male, was in
reality on the order of those especially constructed bodies used by
the one hundred materialized members of Prince Caligastia's staff
except that it did not carry the life plasm of any human race. Nor
was there available on Urantia the tree of life. Had Machiventa
remained for any long period on earth, his physical mechanism would
have gradually deteriorated; as it was, he terminated his bestowal
mission in ninety-four years long before his material body had begun
This incarnated Melchizedek received a Thought Adjuster, who indwelt
his superhuman personality as the monitor of time and the mentor of
the flesh, thus gaining that experience and practical introduction
to Urantian problems and to the technique of indwelling an
incarnated Son which enabled this spirit of the Father to function
so valiantly in the human mind of the later Son of God, Michael,
when he appeared on earth in the likeness of mortal flesh. And this
is the only Thought Adjuster who ever functioned in two minds on
Urantia, but both minds were divine as well as human.
During the incarnation in the flesh, Machiventa was in full contact
with his eleven fellows of the corps of planetary custodians, but he
could not communicate with other orders of celestial personalities.
Aside from the Melchizedek receivers, he had no more contact with
superhuman intelligences than a human being.
With the passing of a decade, Melchizedek organized his schools at
Salem, patterning them on the olden system which had been developed
by the early Sethite priests of the second Eden. Even the idea of a
tithing system, which was introduced by his later convert Abraham,
was also derived from the lingering traditions of the methods of the
Melchizedek taught the concept of one God, a universal Deity, but he
allowed the people to associate this teaching with the Constellation
Father of Norlatiadek, whom he termed El Elyon -- the Most High.
Melchizedek remained all but silent as to the status of Lucifer and
the state of affairs on Jerusem. Lanaforge, the System Sovereign,
had little to do with Urantia until after the completion of
Michael's bestowal. To a majority of the Salem students Edentia was
heaven and the Most High was God.
The symbol of the three concentric circles, which Melchizedek
adopted as the insignia of his bestowal, a majority of the people
interpreted as standing for the three kingdoms of men, angels, and
God. And they were allowed to continue in that belief; very few of
his followers ever knew that these three circles were emblematic of
the infinity, eternity, and universality of the Paradise Trinity of
divine maintenance and direction; even Abraham rather regarded this
symbol as standing for the three Most Highs of Edentia, as he had
been instructed that the three Most Highs functioned as one. To the
extent that Melchizedek taught the Trinity concept symbolized in his
insignia, he usually associated it with the three Vorondadek rulers
of the constellation of Norlatiadek.
To the rank and file of his followers he made no effort to present
teaching beyond the fact of the rulership of the Most Highs of
Edentia -- Gods of Urantia. But to some, Melchizedek taught advanced
truth, embracing the conduct and organization of the local universe,
while to his brilliant disciple Nordan the Kenite and his band of
earnest students he taught the truths of the superuniverse and even
The members of the family of Katro, with whom Melchizedek lived for
more than thirty years, knew many of these higher truths and long
perpetuated them in their family, even to the days of their
illustrious descendant Moses, who thus had a compelling tradition of
the days of Melchizedek handed down to him on this, his father's
side, as well as through other sources on his mother's side.
Melchizedek taught his followers all they had capacity to receive
and assimilate. Even many modern religious ideas about heaven and
earth, of man, God, and angels, are not far removed from these
teachings of Melchizedek. But this great teacher subordinated
everything to the doctrine of one God, a universe Deity, a heavenly
Creator, a divine Father. Emphasis was placed upon this teaching for
the purpose of appealing to man's adoration and of preparing the way
for the subsequent appearance of Michael as the Son of this same
Melchizedek taught that at some future time another Son of God would
come in the flesh as he had come, but that he would be born of a
woman; and that is why numerous later teachers held that Jesus was a
priest, or minister, "forever after the order of Melchizedek."
And thus did Melchizedek prepare the way and set the monotheistic
stage of world tendency for the bestowal of an actual Paradise Son
of the one God, whom he so vividly portrayed as the Father of all,
and whom he represented to Abraham as a God who would accept man on
the simple terms of personal faith. And Michael, when he appeared on
earth, confirmed all that Melchizedek had taught concerning the
The ceremonies of the Salem worship were very simple. Every person
who signed or marked the clay-tablet rolls of the Melchizedek church
committed to memory, and subscribed to, the following belief:
1. I believe in El Elyon, the Most High God, the only Universal
Father and Creator of all things.
2. I accept the Melchizedek covenant with the Most High, which
bestows the favor of God on my faith, not on sacrifices and burnt
3. I promise to obey the seven commandments of Melchizedek and to
tell the good news of this covenant with the Most High to all men.
And that was the whole of the creed of the Salem colony. But even
such a short and simple declaration of faith was altogether too much
and too advanced for the men of those days. They simply could not
grasp the idea of getting divine favor for nothing -- by faith. They
were too deeply confirmed in the belief that man was born under
forfeit to the gods. Too long and too earnestly had they sacrificed
and made gifts to the priests to be able to comprehend the good news
that salvation, divine favor, was a free gift to all who would
believe in the Melchizedek covenant. But Abraham did believe
halfheartedly, and even that was "counted for righteousness."
The seven commandments promulgated by Melchizedek were patterned
along the lines of the ancient Dalamatian supreme law and very much
resembled the seven commands taught in the first and second Edens.
These commands of the Salem religion were:
1. You shall not serve any God but the Most High Creator of heaven
2. You shall not doubt that faith is the only requirement for
3. You shall not bear false witness.
4. You shall not kill.
5. You shall not steal.
6. You shall not commit adultery.
7. You shall not show disrespect for your parents and elders.
While no sacrifices were permitted within the colony, Melchizedek
well knew how difficult it is to suddenly uproot long-established
customs and accordingly had wisely offered these people the
substitute of a sacrament of bread and wine for the older sacrifice
of flesh and blood. It is of record, "Melchizedek, king of Salem,
brought forth bread and wine." But even this cautious innovation was
not altogether successful; the various tribes all maintained
auxiliary centers on the outskirts of Salem where they offered
sacrifices and burnt offerings. Even Abraham resorted to this
barbarous practice after his victory over Chedorlaomer; he simply
did not feel quite at ease until he had offered a conventional
sacrifice. And Melchizedek never did succeed in fully eradicating
this proclivity to sacrifice from the religious practices of his
followers, even of Abraham.
Like Jesus, Melchizedek attended strictly to the fulfillment of the
mission of his bestowal. He did not attempt to reform the mores, to
change the habits of the world, nor to promulgate even advanced
sanitary practices or scientific truths. He came to achieve two
tasks: to keep alive on earth the truth of the one God and to
prepare the way for the subsequent mortal bestowal of a Paradise Son
of that Universal Father.
Melchizedek taught elementary revealed truth at Salem for
ninety-four years, and during this time Abraham attended the Salem
school three different times. He finally became a convert to the
Salem teachings, becoming one of Melchizedek's most brilliant pupils
and chief supporters.
Although it may be an error to speak of "chosen people," it is not a
mistake to refer to Abraham as a chosen individual. Melchizedek did
lay upon Abraham the responsibility of keeping alive the truth of
one God as distinguished from the prevailing belief in plural
The choice of Palestine as the site for Machiventa's activities was
in part predicated upon the desire to establish contact with some
human family embodying the potentials of leadership. At the time of
the incarnation of Melchizedek there were many families on earth
just as well prepared to receive the doctrine of Salem as was that
of Abraham. There were equally endowed families among the red men,
the yellow men, and the descendants of the Andites to the west and
north. But, again, none of these localities were so favorably
situated for Michael's subsequent appearance on earth as was the
eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The Melchizedek mission in
Palestine and the subsequent appearance of Michael among the Hebrew
people were in no small measure determined by geography, by the fact
that Palestine was centrally located with reference to the then
existent trade, travel, and civilization of the world.
For some time the Melchizedek receivers had been observing the
ancestors of Abraham, and they confidently expected offspring in a
certain generation who would be characterized by intelligence,
initiative, sagacity, and sincerity. The children of Terah, the
father of Abraham, in every way met these expectations. It was this
possibility of contact with these versatile children of Terah that
had considerable to do with the appearance of Machiventa at Salem,
rather than in Egypt, China, India, or among the northern tribes.
Terah and his whole family were halfhearted converts to the Salem
religion, which had been preached in Chaldea; they learned of
Melchizedek through the preaching of Ovid, a Phoenician teacher who
proclaimed the Salem doctrines in Ur. They left Ur intending to go
directly through to Salem, but Nahor, Abraham's brother, not having
seen Melchizedek, was lukewarm and persuaded them to tarry at Haran.
And it was a long time after they arrived in Palestine before they
were willing to destroy all of the household gods they had
brought with them; they were slow to give up the many gods of
Mesopotamia for the one God of Salem.
A few weeks after the death of Abraham's father, Terah, Melchizedek
sent one of his students, Jaram the Hittite, to extend this
invitation to both Abraham and Nahor: "Come to Salem, where you
shall hear our teachings of the truth of the eternal Creator, and in
the enlightened offspring of you two brothers shall all the world be
blessed." Now Nahor had not wholly accepted the Melchizedek gospel;
he remained behind and built up a strong city-state which bore his
name; but Lot, Abraham's nephew, decided to go with his uncle to
Upon arriving at Salem, Abraham and Lot chose a hilly fastness near
the city where they could defend themselves against the many
surprise attacks of northern raiders. At this time the Hittites,
Assyrians, Philistines, and other groups were constantly raiding the
tribes of central and southern Palestine. From their stronghold in
the hills Abraham and Lot made frequent pilgrimages to Salem.
Not long after they had established themselves near Salem, Abraham
and Lot journeyed to the valley of the Nile to obtain food supplies
as there was then a drought in Palestine. During his brief sojourn
in Egypt Abraham found a distant relative on the Egyptian throne,
and he served as the commander of two very successful military
expeditions for this king. During the latter part of his sojourn on
the Nile he and his wife, Sarah, lived at court, and when leaving
Egypt, he was given a share of the spoils of his military campaigns.
It required great determination for Abraham to forego the honors of
the Egyptian court and return to the more spiritual work sponsored
by Machiventa. But Melchizedek was revered even in Egypt, and when
the full story was laid before Pharaoh, he strongly urged Abraham to
return to the execution of his vows to the cause of Salem.
Abraham had kingly ambitions, and on the way back from Egypt he laid
before Lot his plan to subdue all Canaan and bring its people under
the rule of Salem. Lot was more bent on business; so, after a later
disagreement, he went to Sodom to engage in trade and animal
husbandry. Lot liked neither a military nor a herder's life.
Upon returning with his family to Salem, Abraham began to mature his
military projects. He was soon recognized as the civil ruler of the
Salem territory and had confederated under his leadership seven
near-by tribes. Indeed, it was with great difficulty that
Melchizedek restrained Abraham, who was fired with a zeal to go
forth and round up the neighboring tribes with the sword that they
might thus more quickly be brought to a knowledge of the Salem
Melchizedek maintained peaceful relations with all the surrounding
tribes; he was not militaristic and was never attacked by any of the
armies as they moved back and forth. He was entirely willing that
Abraham should formulate a defensive policy for Salem such as was
subsequently put into effect, but he would not approve of his
pupil's ambitious schemes for conquest; so there occurred a friendly
severance of relationship, Abraham going over to Hebron to establish
his military capital.
Abraham, because of his close connection with the illustrious
Melchizedek, possessed great advantage over the surrounding petty
kings; they all revered Melchizedek and unduly feared Abraham.
Abraham knew of this fear and only awaited an opportune occasion to
attack his neighbors, and this excuse came when some of these rulers
presumed to raid the property of his nephew Lot, who dwelt in Sodom.
Upon hearing of this, Abraham, at the head of his seven confederated
tribes, moved on the enemy. His own bodyguard of 318 officered the
army, numbering more than 4,000, which struck at this time.
When Melchizedek heard of Abraham's declaration of war, he went
forth to dissuade him but only caught up with his former disciple as
he returned victorious from the battle. Abraham insisted that the
God of Salem had given him victory over his enemies and persisted in
giving a tenth of his spoils to the Salem treasury. The other ninety
per cent he removed to his capital at Hebron.
After this battle of Siddim, Abraham became leader of a second
confederation of eleven tribes and not only paid tithes to
Melchizedek but saw to it that all others in that vicinity did the
same. His diplomatic dealings with the king of Sodom, together with
the fear in which he was so generally held, resulted in the king of
Sodom and others joining the Hebron military confederation; Abraham
was really well on the way to establishing a powerful state in
COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM
Abraham envisaged the conquest of all Canaan. His determination was
only weakened by the fact that Melchizedek would not sanction the
undertaking. But Abraham had about decided to embark upon the
enterprise when the thought that he had no son to succeed him as
ruler of this proposed kingdom began to worry him. He arranged
another conference with Melchizedek; and it was in the course of
this interview that the priest of Salem, the visible Son of God,
persuaded Abraham to abandon his scheme of material conquest and
temporal rule in favor of the spiritual concept of the kingdom of
Melchizedek explained to Abraham the futility of contending with the
Amorite confederation but made it equally clear that these backward
clans were certainly committing suicide by their foolish practices
so that in a few generations they would be so weakened that the
descendants of Abraham, meanwhile greatly increased, could easily
And Melchizedek made a formal covenant with Abraham at Salem. Said
he to Abraham: "Look now up to the heavens and number the stars if
you are able; so numerous shall your seed be." And Abraham believed
Melchizedek, "and it was counted to him for righteousness." And then
Melchizedek told Abraham the story of the future occupation of
Canaan by his offspring after their sojourn in Egypt.
This covenant of Melchizedek with Abraham represents the great
Urantian agreement between divinity and humanity whereby God agrees
to do everything; man only agrees to believe God's
promises and follow his instructions. Heretofore it had been
believed that salvation could be secured only by works -- sacrifices
and offerings; now, Melchizedek again brought to Urantia the good
news that salvation, favor with God, is to be had by faith.
But this gospel of simple faith in God was too advanced; the Semitic
tribesmen subsequently preferred to go back to the older sacrifices
and atonement for sin by the shedding of blood.
It was not long after the establishment of this covenant that Isaac,
the son of Abraham, was born in accordance with the promise of
Melchizedek. After the birth of Isaac, Abraham took a very solemn
attitude toward his covenant with Melchizedek, going over to Salem
to have it stated in writing. It was at this public and formal
acceptance of the covenant that he changed his name from Abram to
Most of the Salem believers had practiced circumcision, though it
had never been made obligatory by Melchizedek. Now Abraham had
always so opposed circumcision that on this occasion he decided to
solemnize the event by formally accepting this rite in token of the
ratification of the Salem covenant.
It was following this real and public surrender of his personal
ambitions in behalf of the larger plans of Melchizedek that the
three celestial beings appeared to him on the plains of Mamre. This
was an appearance of fact, notwithstanding its association with the
subsequently fabricated narratives relating to the natural
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And these legends of the
happenings of those days indicate how retarded were the morals and
ethics of even so recent a time.
Upon the consummation of the solemn covenant, the reconciliation
between Abraham and Melchizedek was complete. Abraham again assumed
the civil and military leadership of the Salem colony, which at its
height carried over one hundred thousand regular tithe payers on the
rolls of the Melchizedek brotherhood. Abraham greatly improved the
Salem temple and provided new tents for the entire school. He not
only extended the tithing system but also instituted many improved
methods of conducting the business of the school, besides
contributing greatly to the better handling of the department of
missionary propaganda. He also did much to effect improvement of the
herds and the reorganization of the Salem dairying projects. Abraham
was a shrewd and efficient business man, a wealthy man for his day;
he was not overly pious, but he was thoroughly sincere, and he did
believe in Machiventa Melchizedek.
Melchizedek continued for some years to instruct his students and to
train the Salem missionaries, who penetrated to all the surrounding
tribes, especially to Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Asia Minor. And as the
decades passed, these teachers journeyed farther and farther from
Salem, carrying with them Machiventa's gospel of belief and faith in
The descendants of Adamson, clustered about the shores of the lake
of Van, were willing listeners to the Hittite teachers of the Salem
cult. From this onetime Andite center, teachers were dispatched to
the remote regions of both Europe and Asia. Salem missionaries
penetrated all Europe, even to the British Isles. One group went by
way of the Faroes to the Andonites of Iceland, while another
traversed China and reached the Japanese of the eastern islands. The
lives and experiences of the men and women who ventured forth from
Salem, Mesopotamia, and Lake Van to enlighten the tribes of the
Eastern Hemisphere present a heroic chapter in the annals of the
But the task was so great and the tribes were so backward that the
results were vague and indefinite. From one generation to another
the Salem gospel found lodgment here and there, but except in
Palestine, never was the idea of one God able to claim the continued
allegiance of a whole tribe or race. Long before the coming of Jesus
the teachings of the early Salem missionaries had become generally
submerged in the older and more universal superstitions and beliefs.
The original Melchizedek gospel had been almost wholly absorbed in
the beliefs in the Great Mother, the Sun, and other ancient cults.
You who today enjoy the advantages of the art of printing little
understand how difficult it was to perpetuate truth during these
earlier times; how easy it was to lose sight of a new doctrine from
one generation to another. There was always a tendency for the new
doctrine to become absorbed into the older body of religious
teaching and magical practice. A new revelation is always
contaminated by the older evolutionary beliefs.
It was shortly after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah that
Machiventa decided to end his emergency bestowal on Urantia.
Melchizedek's decision to terminate his sojourn in the flesh was
influenced by numerous conditions, chief of which was the growing
tendency of the surrounding tribes, and even of his immediate
associates, to regard him as a demigod, to look upon him as a
supernatural being, which indeed he was; but they were beginning to
reverence him unduly and with a highly superstitious fear. In
addition to these reasons, Melchizedek wanted to leave the scene of
his earthly activities a sufficient length of time before Abraham's
death to insure that the truth of the one and only God would become
strongly established in the minds of his followers. Accordingly
Machiventa retired one night to his tent at Salem, having said good
night to his human companions, and when they went to call him in the
morning, he was not there, for his fellows had taken him.
It was a great trial for Abraham when Melchizedek so suddenly
disappeared. Although he had fully warned his followers that he must
sometime go as he had come, they were not reconciled to the loss of
their wonderful leader. The great organization built up at Salem
nearly disappeared, though the traditions of these days were what
Moses built upon when he led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt.
The loss of Melchizedek produced a sadness in the heart of Abraham
that he never fully overcame. Hebron he had abandoned when he gave
up the ambition of building a material kingdom; and now, upon the
loss of his associate in the building of the spiritual kingdom, he
departed from Salem, going south to live near his interests at Gerar.
Abraham became fearful and timid immediately after the disappearance
of Melchizedek. He withheld his identity upon arrival at Gerar, so
that Abimelech appropriated his wife. (Shortly after his marriage to
Sarah, Abraham one night had overheard a plot to murder him in order
to get his brilliant wife. This dread became a terror to the
otherwise brave and daring leader; all his life he feared that
someone would kill him secretly in order to get Sarah. And this
explains why, on three separate occasions, this brave man exhibited
But Abraham was not long to be deterred in his mission as the
successor of Melchizedek. Soon he made converts among the
Philistines and of Abimelech's people, made a treaty with them, and,
in turn, became contaminated with many of their superstitions,
particularly with their practice of sacrificing first-born sons.
Thus did Abraham again become a great leader in Palestine. He was
held in reverence by all groups and honored by all kings. He was the
spiritual leader of all the surrounding tribes, and his influence
continued for some time after his death. During the closing years of
his life he once more returned to Hebron, the scene of his earlier
activities and the place where he had worked in association with
Melchizedek. Abraham's last act was to send trusty servants to the
city of his brother, Nahor, on the border of Mesopotamia, to secure
a woman of his own people as a wife for his son Isaac. It had long
been the custom of Abraham's people to marry their cousins. And
Abraham died confident in that faith in God which he had learned
from Melchizedek in the vanished schools of Salem.
It was hard for the next generation to comprehend the story of
Melchizedek; within five hundred years many regarded the whole
narrative as a myth. Isaac held fairly well to the teachings of his
father and nourished the gospel of the Salem colony, but it was
harder for Jacob to grasp the significance of these traditions.
Joseph was a firm believer in Melchizedek and was, largely because
of this, regarded by his brothers as a dreamer. Joseph's honor in
Egypt was chiefly due to the memory of his great-grandfather
Abraham. Joseph was offered military command of the Egyptian armies,
but being such a firm believer in the traditions of Melchizedek and
the later teachings of Abraham and Isaac, he elected to serve as a
civil administrator, believing that he could thus better labor for
the advancement of the kingdom of heaven.
The teaching of Melchizedek was full and replete, but the records of
these days seemed impossible and fantastic to the later Hebrew
priests, although many had some understanding of these transactions,
at least up to the times of the en masse editing of the Old
Testament records in Babylon.
What the Old Testament records describe as conversations between
Abraham and God were in reality conferences between Abraham and
Melchizedek. Later scribes regarded the term Melchizedek as
synonymous with God. The record of so many contacts of Abraham and
Sarah with "the angel of the Lord" refers to their numerous visits
The Hebrew narratives of Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are far more
reliable than those about Abraham, although they also contain many
diversions from the facts, alterations made intentionally and
unintentionally at the time of the compilation of these records by
the Hebrew priests during the Babylonian captivity. Keturah was not
a wife of Abraham; like Hagar, she was merely a concubine. All of
Abraham's property went to Isaac, the son of Sarah, the status wife.
Abraham was not so old as the records indicate, and his wife was
much younger. These ages were deliberately altered in order to
provide for the subsequent alleged miraculous birth of Isaac.
The national ego of the Jews was tremendously depressed by the
Babylonian captivity. In their reaction against national inferiority
they swung to the other extreme of national and racial egotism, in
which they distorted and perverted their traditions with the view of
exalting themselves above all races as the chosen people of God; and
hence they carefully edited all their records for the purpose of
raising Abraham and their other national leaders high up above all
other persons, not excepting Melchizedek himself. The Hebrew scribes
therefore destroyed every record of these momentous times which they
could find, preserving only the narrative of the meeting of Abraham
and Melchizedek after the battle of Siddim, which they deemed
reflected great honor upon Abraham.
And thus, in losing sight of Melchizedek, they also lost sight of
the teaching of this emergency Son regarding the spiritual mission
of the promised bestowal Son; lost sight of the nature of this
mission so fully and completely that very few of their progeny were
able or willing to recognize and receive Michael when he appeared on
earth and in the flesh as Machiventa had foretold.
But one of the writers of the Book of Hebrews understood the mission
of Melchizedek, for it is written: "This Melchizedek, priest of the
Most High, was also king of peace; without father, without mother,
without pedigree, having neither beginning of days nor end of life
but made like a Son of God, he abides a priest continually." This
writer designated Melchizedek as a type of the later bestowal of
Michael, affirming that Jesus was "a minister forever on the order
of Melchizedek." While this comparison was not altogether fortunate,
it was literally true that Christ did receive provisional title to
Urantia "upon the orders of the twelve Melchizedek receivers" on
duty at the time of his world bestowal.
STATUS OF MACHIVENTA MELCHIZEDEK
During the years of Machiventa's incarnation the Urantia Melchizedek
receivers functioned as eleven. When Machiventa considered that his
mission as an emergency Son was finished, he signalized this fact to
his eleven associates, and they immediately made ready the technique
whereby he was to be released from the flesh and safely restored to
his original Melchizedek status. And on the third day after his
disappearance from Salem he appeared among his eleven fellows of the
Urantia assignment and resumed his interrupted career as one of the
planetary receivers of 606 of Satania.
Machiventa terminated his bestowal as a creature of flesh and blood
just as suddenly and unceremoniously as he had begun it. Neither his
appearance nor departure were accompanied by any unusual
announcement or demonstration; neither resurrection roll call nor
ending of planetary dispensation marked his appearance on Urantia;
his was an emergency bestowal. But Machiventa did not end his
sojourn in the flesh of human beings until he had been duly released
by the Father Melchizedek and had been informed that his emergency
bestowal had received the approval of the chief executive of Nebadon,
Gabriel of Salvington.
Machiventa Melchizedek continued to take a great interest in the
affairs of the descendants of those men who had believed in his
teachings when he was in the flesh. But the progeny of Abraham
through Isaac as intermarried with the Kenites were the only line
which long continued to nourish any clear concept of the Salem
This same Melchizedek continued to collaborate throughout the
nineteen succeeding centuries with the many prophets and seers, thus
endeavoring to keep alive the truths of Salem until the fullness of
the time for Michael's appearance on earth.
Machiventa continued as a planetary receiver up to the times of the
triumph of Michael on Urantia. Subsequently, he was attached to the
Urantia service on Jerusem as one of the four and twenty directors,
only just recently having been elevated to the position of personal
ambassador on Jerusem of the Creator Son, bearing the title
Vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia. It is our belief that, as
long as Urantia remains an inhabited planet, Machiventa Melchizedek
will not be fully returned to the duties of his order of sonship but
will remain, speaking in the terms of time, forever a planetary
minister representing Christ Michael.
As his was an emergency bestowal on Urantia, it does not appear from
the records what Machiventa's future may be. It may develop that the
Melchizedek corps of Nebadon have sustained the permanent loss of
one of their number. Recent rulings handed down from the Most Highs
of Edentia, and later confirmed by the Ancients of Days of Uversa,
strongly suggest that this bestowal Melchizedek is destined to take
the place of the fallen Planetary Prince, Caligastia. If our
conjectures in this respect are correct, it is altogether possible
that Machiventa Melchizedek may again appear in person on Urantia
and in some modified manner resume the role of the dethroned
Planetary Prince, or else appear on earth to function as vicegerent
Planetary Prince representing Christ Michael, who now actually holds
the title of Planetary Prince of Urantia. While it is far from clear
to us as to what Machiventa's destiny may be, nevertheless, events
which have so recently taken place strongly suggest that the
foregoing conjectures are probably not far from the truth.
We well understand how, by his triumph on Urantia, Michael became
the successor of both Caligastia and Adam; how he became the
planetary Prince of Peace and the second Adam. And now we behold the
conferring upon this Melchizedek of the title Vicegerent Planetary
Prince of Urantia. Will he also be constituted Vicegerent Material
Son of Urantia? Or is there a possibility that an unexpected and
unprecedented event is to take place, the sometime return to the
planet of Adam and Eve or certain of their progeny as
representatives of Michael with the titles vicegerents of the second
Adam of Urantia?
And all these speculations associated with the certainty of future
appearances of both Magisterial and Trinity Teacher Sons, in
conjunction with the explicit promise of the Creator Son to return
sometime, make Urantia a planet of future uncertainty and render it
one of the most interesting and intriguing spheres in all the
universe of Nebadon. It is altogether possible that, in some future
age when Urantia is approaching the era of light and life, after the
affairs of the Lucifer rebellion and the Caligastia secession have
been finally adjudicated, we may witness the presence on Urantia,
simultaneously, of Machiventa, Adam, Eve, and Christ Michael, as
well as either a Magisterial Son or even Trinity Teacher Sons.
It has long been the opinion of our order that Machiventa's presence
on the Jerusem corps of Urantia directors, the four and twenty
counselors, is sufficient evidence to warrant the belief that he is
destined to follow the mortals of Urantia on through the universe
scheme of progression and ascension even to the Paradise Corps of
the Finality. We know that Adam and Eve are thus destined to
accompany their earth fellows on the Paradise adventure when Urantia
has become settled in light and life.
Less than a thousand years ago this same Machiventa Melchizedek, the
onetime sage of Salem, was invisibly present on Urantia for a period
of one hundred years, acting as resident governor general of the
planet; and if the present system of directing planetary affairs
should continue, he will be due to return in the same capacity in a
little over one thousand years.
This is the story of Machiventa Melchizedek, one of the most unique
of all characters ever to become connected with the history of
Urantia and a personality who may be destined to play an important
role in the future experience of your irregular and unusual world.
Presented by a Melchizedek of Nebadon.
information on Machiventa Melchizedek
Your world has been visited by four orders of sonship: Caligastia,
the Planetary Prince; Adam and Eve of the Material Sons of God;
Machiventa Melchizedek, the "sage of Salem" in the days of Abraham;
and Christ Michael, who came as the Paradise bestowal Son. How much
more effective and beautiful it would have been had Michael, the
supreme ruler of the universe of Nebadon, been welcomed to your
world by a loyal and efficient Planetary Prince and a devoted and
successful Material Son, both of whom could have done so much to
enhance the lifework and mission of the bestowal Son! But not all
worlds have been so unfortunate as Urantia, neither has the mission
of the Planetary Adams always been so difficult or so hazardous.
When they are successful, they contribute to the development of a
great people, continuing as the visible heads of planetary affairs
even far into the age when such a world is settled in light and
Machiventa Melchizedek ministered in semimaterial form on Urantia,
he paid respectful homage to the Most High observer then on duty, as
it is written, "And Melchizedek, king of Salem, was the priest of
the Most High." Melchizedek revealed the relations of this Most High
observer to Abraham when he said, "And blessed be the Most High, who
has delivered your enemies into your hand."
14. Machiventa Melchizedek, the only Son of this order to
bestow himself upon the Urantia races. While still numbered as a
Melchizedek, he has become "forever a minister of the Most Highs,"
eternally assuming the assignment of service as a mortal ascender,
having sojourned on Urantia in the likeness of mortal flesh at Salem
in the days of Abraham. This Melchizedek has latterly been
proclaimed vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia with headquarters
on Jerusem and authority to act in behalf of Michael, who is
actually the Planetary Prince of the world whereon he experienced
his terminal bestowal in human form. Notwithstanding this, Urantia
is still supervised by successive resident governors general,
members of the four and twenty counselors.
Satan could come to Urantia because you had no Son of standing in
residence -- neither Planetary Prince nor Material Son. Machiventa
Melchizedek has since been proclaimed vicegerent Planetary Prince of
Urantia, and the opening of the case of Gabriel vs. Lucifer has
signalized the inauguration of temporary planetary regimes on all
the isolated worlds. It is true that Satan did periodically visit
Caligastia and others of the fallen princes right up to the time of
the presentation of these revelations, when there occurred the first
hearing of Gabriel's plea for the annihilation of the archrebels.
Satan is now unqualifiedly detained on the Jerusem prison worlds.
When such an era is attained on your world, no doubt Machiventa
Melchizedek, now the vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia, will
occupy the seat of the Planetary Sovereign; and it has long been
conjectured on Jerusem that he will be accompanied by a son and
daughter of the Urantia Adam and Eve who are now held on Edentia as
wards of the Most Highs of Norlatiadek. These children of Adam might
so serve on Urantia in association with the Melchizedek-Sovereign
since they were deprived of procreative powers almost 37,000 years
ago at the time they gave up their material bodies on Urantia in
preparation for transit to Edentia.
The supermaterial government of Urantia, under the direction of the
Melchizedeks, continued, but direct physical contact with the
evolutionary races had been severed. From the distant days of the
arrival of the corporeal staff of the Planetary Prince, down through
the times of Van and Amadon to the arrival of Adam and Eve, physical
representatives of the universe government had been stationed on the
planet. But with the Adamic default this regime, extending over a
period of more than four hundred and fifty thousand years, came to
an end. In the spiritual spheres, angelic helpers continued to
struggle in conjunction with the Thought Adjusters, both working
heroically for the salvage of the individual; but no comprehensive
plan for far-reaching world welfare was promulgated to the mortals
of earth until the arrival of Machiventa Melchizedek, in the times
of Abraham, who, with the power, patience, and authority of a Son of
God, did lay the foundations for the further uplift
2. Era of the Melchizedek missionaries. Urantia religion was
in no small measure regenerated by the efforts of those teachers who
were commissioned by Machiventa Melchizedek when he lived and taught
at Salem almost two thousand years before Christ. These missionaries
proclaimed faith as the price of favor with God, and their
teachings, though unproductive of any immediately appearing
religions, nevertheless formed the foundations on which later
teachers of truth were to build the religions of Urantia.
GOD is unity. Deity is universally co-ordinated. The universe of
universes is one vast integrated mechanism which is absolutely
controlled by one infinite mind. The physical, intellectual, and
spiritual domains of universal creation are divinely correlated. The
perfect and imperfect are truly interrelated, and therefore may the
finite evolutionary creature ascend to Paradise in obedience to the
Universal Father's mandate: "Be you perfect, even as I am perfect."
The diverse levels of creation are all unified in the plans and
administration of the Architects of the Master Universe. To the
circumscribed minds of time-space mortals the universe may present
many problems and situations which apparently portray disharmony and
indicate absence of effective co-ordination; but those of us who are
able to observe wider stretches of universal phenomena, and who are
more experienced in this art of detecting the basic unity which
underlies creative diversity and of discovering the divine oneness
which overspreads all this functioning of plurality, better perceive
the divine and single purpose exhibited in all these manifold
manifestations of universal creative energy.
The physical or material creation is not infinite, but it is
perfectly co-ordinated. There are force, energy, and power, but they
are all one in origin. The seven superuniverses are seemingly dual;
the central universe, triune; but Paradise is of single
constitution. And Paradise is the actual source of all material
universes -- past, present, and future. But this cosmic derivation
is an eternity event; at no time -- past, present, or
future -- does either space or the material cosmos come forth from
the nuclear Isle of Light. As the cosmic source, Paradise functions
prior to space and before time; hence would its derivations seem to
be orphaned in time and space did they not emerge through the
Unqualified Absolute, their ultimate repository in space and their
revealer and regulator in time.
The Unqualified Absolute upholds the physical universe, while the
Deity Absolute motivates the exquisite overcontrol of all material
reality; and both Absolutes are functionally unified by the
Universal Absolute. This cohesive correlation of the material
universe is best understood by all personalities -- material,
morontia, absonite, or spiritual -- by the observation of the
gravity response of all bona fide material reality to the gravity
centering on nether Paradise.
Gravity unification is universal and unvarying; pure-energy response
is likewise universal and inescapable. Pure energy (primordial
force) and pure spirit are wholly preresponsive to gravity. These
primal forces, inhering in the Absolutes, are personally controlled
by the Universal Father; hence does all gravity center in the
personal presence of the Paradise Father of pure energy and pure
spirit and in his supermaterial abode.
Pure energy is the ancestor of all relative, nonspirit functional
realities, while pure spirit is the potential of the divine and
directive overcontrol of all basic energy systems. And these
realities, so diverse as manifested throughout space and as observed
in the motions of time, are both centered in the person of the
Paradise Father. In him they are one -- must be unified -- because
God is one. The Father's personality is absolutely unified.
In the infinite nature of God the Father there could not possibly
exist duality of reality, such as physical and spiritual; but the
instant we look aside from the infinite levels and absolute reality
of the personal values of the Paradise Father, we observe the
existence of these two realities and recognize that they are fully
responsive to his personal presence; in him all things consist.
The moment you depart from the unqualified concept of the infinite
personality of the Paradise Father, you must postulate MIND as the
inevitable technique of unifying the ever-widening divergence of
these dual universe manifestations of the original monothetic
Creator personality, the First Source and Center -- the I AM.
The Thought-Father realizes spirit expression in the Word-Son and
attains reality expansion through Paradise in the far-flung material
universes. The spiritual expressions of the Eternal Son are
correlated with the material levels of creation by the functions of
the Infinite Spirit, by whose spirit-responsive ministry of mind,
and in whose physical-directive acts of mind, the spiritual
realities of Deity and the material repercussions of Deity are
correlated the one with the other.
Mind is the functional endowment of the Infinite Spirit, therefore
infinite in potential and universal in bestowal. The primal thought
of the Universal Father eternalizes in dual expression: the Isle of
Paradise and his Deity equal, the spiritual and Eternal Son. Such
duality of eternal reality renders the mind God, the Infinite
Spirit, inevitable. Mind is the indispensable channel of
communication between spiritual and material realities. The material
evolutionary creature can conceive and comprehend the indwelling
spirit only by the ministry of mind.
This infinite and universal mind is ministered in the universes of
time and space as the cosmic mind; and though extending from the
primitive ministry of the adjutant spirits up to the magnificent
mind of the chief executive of a universe, even this cosmic mind is
adequately unified in the supervision of the Seven Master Spirits,
who are in turn co-ordinated with the Supreme Mind of time and space
and perfectly correlated with the all-embracing mind of the Infinite
As the universal mind gravity is centered in the Paradise personal
presence of the Infinite Spirit, so does the universal spirit
gravity center in the Paradise personal presence of the Eternal Son.
The Universal Father is one, but to time-space he is revealed in the
dual phenomena of pure energy and pure spirit.
Paradise spirit realities are likewise one, but in all time-space
situations and relations this single spirit is revealed in the dual
phenomena of the spirit personalities and emanations of the Eternal
Son and the spirit personalities and influences of the Infinite
Spirit and associated creations; and there is yet a third --
pure-spirit fragmentations -- the Father's bestowal of the Thought
Adjusters and other spirit entities which are prepersonal.
No matter on what level of universe activities you may encounter
spiritual phenomena or contact with spirit beings, you may know that
they are all derived from the God who is spirit by the ministry of
the Spirit Son and the Infinite Mind Spirit. And this far-flung
spirit functions as a phenomenon on the evolutionary worlds of time
as it is directed from the headquarters of the local universes. From
these capitals of the Creator Sons come the Holy Spirit and the
Spirit of Truth, together with the ministry of the adjutant
mind-spirits, to the lower and evolving levels of material minds.
While mind is more unified on the level of the Master Spirits in
association with the Supreme Being and as the cosmic mind in
subordination to the Absolute Mind, the spirit ministry to the
evolving worlds is more directly unified in the personalities
resident on the headquarters of the local universes and in the
persons of the presiding Divine Ministers, who are in turn well-nigh
perfectly correlated with the Paradise gravity circuit of the
Eternal Son, wherein occurs final unification of all time-space
Perfected creature existence can be attained, sustained, and
eternalized by the fusion of self-conscious mind with a fragment of
the pre-Trinity spirit endowment of some one of the persons of the
Paradise Trinity. The mortal mind is the creation of the Sons and
Daughters of the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit and, when fused
with the Thought Adjuster from the Father, partakes of the threefold
spirit endowment of the evolutionary realms. But these three spirit
expressions become perfectly unified in the finaliters, even as they
were in eternity so unified in the Universal I AM ere he ever became
the Universal Father of the Eternal Son and the Infinite Spirit.
Spirit must always and ultimately become threefold in expression and
Trinity-unified in final realization. Spirit originates from one
source through a threefold expression; and in finality it must and
does attain its full realization in that divine unification which is
experienced in finding God -- oneness with divinity -- in eternity,
and by means of the ministry of the cosmic mind of the infinite
expression of the eternal word of the Father's universal thought.
The Universal Father is a divinely unified personality; hence will
all his ascendant children who are carried to Paradise by the
rebound momentum of the Thought Adjusters, who went forth from
Paradise to indwell material mortals in obedience to the Father's
mandate, likewise be fully unified personalities ere they reach
Personality inherently reaches out to unify all constituent
realities. The infinite personality of the First Source and Center,
the Universal Father, unifies all seven constituent Absolutes of
Infinity; and the personality of mortal man, being an exclusive and
direct bestowal of the Universal Father, likewise possesses the
potential of unifying the constituent factors of the mortal
creature. Such unifying creativity of all creature personality is a
birthmark of its high and exclusive source and is further evidential
of its unbroken contact with this same source through the
personality circuit, by means of which the personality of the
creature maintains direct and sustaining contact with the Father of
all personality on Paradise.
Notwithstanding that God is manifest from the domains of the
Sevenfold up through supremacy and ultimacy to God the Absolute, the
personality circuit, centering on Paradise and in the person of God
the Father, provides for the complete and perfect unification of all
these diverse expressions of divine personality so far as concerns
all creature personalities on all levels of intelligent existence
and in all the realms of the perfect, perfected, and perfecting
While God is to and in the universes all that we have portrayed,
nevertheless, to you and to all other God-knowing creatures he is
one, your Father and their Father. To personality God cannot be
plural. God is Father to each of his creatures, and it is literally
impossible for any child to have more than one father.
Philosophically, cosmically, and with reference to differential
levels and locations of manifestation, you may and perforce must
conceive of the functioning of plural Deities and postulate the
existence of plural Trinities; but in the worshipful experience of
the personal contact of every worshiping personality throughout the
master universe, God is one; and that unified and personal Deity is
our Paradise parent, God the Father, the bestower, conservator, and
Father of all personalities from mortal man on the inhabited worlds
to the Eternal Son on the central Isle of Light.
5. DEITY UNITY
The oneness, the indivisibility, of Paradise Deity is existential
and absolute. There are three eternal personalizations of Deity --
the Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit --
but in the Paradise Trinity they are actually one Deity,
undivided and indivisible.
From the original Paradise-Havona level of existential reality, two
subabsolute levels have differentiated, and thereon have the Father,
Son, and Spirit engaged in the creation of numerous personal
associates and subordinates. And while it is inappropriate in this
connection to undertake the consideration of absonite deity
unification on transcendental levels of ultimacy, it is feasible to
look at some features of the unifying function of the various Deity
personalizations in whom divinity is functionally manifest to the
diverse sectors of creation and to the different orders of
The present functioning of divinity in the superuniverses is
actively manifest in the operations of the Supreme Creators -- the
local universe Creator Sons and Spirits, the superuniverse Ancients
of Days, and the Seven Master Spirits of Paradise. These beings
constitute the first three levels of God the Sevenfold leading
inward to the Universal Father, and this entire domain of God the
Sevenfold is co-ordinating on the first level of experiential deity
in the evolving Supreme Being.
On Paradise and in the central universe, Deity unity is a fact of
existence. Throughout the evolving universes of time and space,
Deity unity is an achievement.
6. UNIFICATION OF
When the three eternal persons of Deity function as undivided Deity
in the Paradise Trinity, they achieve perfect unity; likewise, when
they create, either associatively or severally, their Paradise
progeny exhibit the characteristic unity of divinity. And this
divinity of purpose manifested by the Supreme Creators and Rulers of
the time-space domains eventuates in the unifying power potential of
the sovereignty of experiential supremacy which, in the presence of
the impersonal energy unity of the universe, constitutes a reality
tension that can be resolved only through adequate unification with
the experiential personality realities of experiential Deity.
The personality realities of the Supreme Being come forth from the
Paradise Deities and on the pilot world of the outer Havona circuit
unify with the power prerogatives of the Almighty Supreme coming up
from the Creator divinities of the grand universe. God the Supreme
as a person existed in Havona before the creation of the seven
superuniverses, but he functioned only on spiritual levels. The
evolution of the Almighty power of Supremacy by diverse divinity
synthesis in the evolving universes eventuated in a new power
presence of Deity which co-ordinated with the spiritual person of
the Supreme in Havona by means of the Supreme Mind, which
concomitantly translated from the potential resident in the infinite
mind of the Infinite Spirit to the active functional mind of the
The material-minded creatures of the evolutionary worlds of the
seven superuniverses can comprehend Deity unity only as it is
evolving in this power-personality synthesis of the Supreme Being.
On any level of existence God cannot exceed the conceptual capacity
of the beings who live on such a level. Mortal man must, through the
recognition of truth, the appreciation of beauty, and the worship of
goodness, evolve the recognition of a God of love and then progress
through ascending deity levels to the comprehension of the Supreme.
Deity, having been thus grasped as unified in power, can then be
personalized in spirit to creature understanding and attainment.
While ascending mortals achieve power comprehension of the Almighty
on the capitals of the superuniverses and personality comprehension
of the Supreme on the outer circuits of Havona, they do not actually
find the Supreme Being as they are destined to find the Paradise
Deities. Even the finaliters, sixth-stage spirits, have not found
the Supreme Being, nor are they likely to until they have achieved
seventh-stage-spirit status, and until the Supreme has become
actually functional in the activities of the future outer universes.
But when ascenders find the Universal Father as the seventh level of
God the Sevenfold, they have attained the personality of the First
Person of all deity levels of personal relationships with
The steady progress of evolution in the time-space universes is
accompanied by ever-enlarging revelations of Deity to all
intelligent creatures. The attainment of the height of evolutionary
progress on a world, in a system, constellation, universe,
superuniverse, or in the grand universe signalizes corresponding
enlargements of deity function to and in these progressive units of
creation. And every such local enhancement of divinity realization
is accompanied by certain well-defined repercussions of enlarged
deity manifestation to all other sectors of creation. Extending
outward from Paradise, each new domain of realized and attained
evolution constitutes a new and enlarged revelation of experiential
Deity to the universe of universes.
As the components of a local universe are progressively settled in
light and life, God the Sevenfold is increasingly made manifest.
Time-space evolution begins on a planet with the first expression of
God the Sevenfold -- the Creator Son-Creative Spirit association --
in control. With the settling of a system in light, this Son-Spirit
liaison attains the fullness of function; and when an entire
constellation is thus settled, the second phase of God the Sevenfold
becomes more active throughout such a realm. The completed
administrative evolution of a local universe is attended by new and
more direct ministrations of the superuniverse Master Spirits; and
at this point there also begins that ever-expanding revelation and
realization of God the Supreme which culminates in the ascender's
comprehension of the Supreme Being while passing through the worlds
of the sixth Havona circuit.
The Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit are
existential deity manifestations to intelligent creatures and are
not, therefore, similarly expanded in personality relations with the
mind and spirit creatures of all creation.
It should be noted that ascending mortals may experience the
impersonal presence of successive levels of Deity long before they
become sufficiently spiritual and adequately educated to attain
experiential personal recognition of, and contact with, these
Deities as personal beings.
Each new evolutionary attainment within a sector of creation, as
well as every new invasion of space by divinity manifestations, is
attended by simultaneous expansions of Deity functional-revelation
within the then existing and previously organized units of all
creation. This new invasion of the administrative work of the
universes and their component units may not always appear to be
executed exactly in accordance with the technique herewith outlined
because it is the practice to send forth advance groups of
administrators to prepare the way for the subsequent and successive
eras of new administrative overcontrol. Even God the Ultimate
foreshadows his transcendental overcontrol of the universes during
the later stages of a local universe settled in light and life.
It is a fact that, as the creations of time and space are
progressively settled in evolutionary status, there is observed a
new and fuller functioning of God the Supreme concomitant with a
corresponding withdrawing of the first three manifestations of God
the Sevenfold. If and when the grand universe becomes settled in
light and life, what then will be the future function of the
Creator-Creative manifestations of God the Sevenfold if God the
Supreme assumes direct control of these creations of time and space?
Are these organizers and pioneers of the time-space universes to be
liberated for similar activities in outer space? We do not know, but
we speculate much concerning these and related matters.
As the frontiers of experiential Deity are extended out into the
domains of the Unqualified Absolute, we envision the activity of God
the Sevenfold during the earlier evolutionary epochs of these
creations of the future. We are not all in agreement respecting the
future status of the Ancients of Days and the superuniverse Master
Spirits. Neither do we know whether or not the Supreme Being will
therein function as in the seven superuniverses. But we all
conjecture that the Michaels, the Creator Sons, are destined to
function in these outer universes. Some hold that the future ages
will witness some closer form of union between the associated
Creator Sons and Divine Ministers; it is even possible that such a
creator union might eventuate in some new expression of
associate-creator identity of an ultimate nature. But we really know
nothing about these possibilities of the unrevealed future.
We do know, however, that in the universes of time and space, God
the Sevenfold provides a progressive approach to the Universal
Father, and that this evolutionary approach is experientially
unified in God the Supreme. We might conjecture that such a plan
must prevail in the outer universes; on the other hand the new
orders of beings that may sometime inhabit these universes may be
able to approach Deity on ultimate levels and by absonite
techniques. In short, we have not the slightest concept of what
technique of deity approach may become operative in the future
universes of outer space.
Nevertheless, we deem that the perfected superuniverses will in some
way become a part of the Paradise-ascension careers of those beings
who may inhabit these outer creations. It is quite possible that in
that future age we may witness outer-spacers approaching Havona
through the seven superuniverses, administered by God the Supreme
with or without the collaboration of the Seven Master Spirits.
8. THE SUPREME
The Supreme Being has a threefold function in the experience of
mortal man: First, he is the unifier of time-space divinity, God the
Sevenfold; second, he is the maximum of Deity which finite creatures
can actually comprehend; third, he is mortal man's only avenue of
approach to the transcendental experience of consorting with
absonite mind, eternal spirit, and Paradise personality.
Ascendant finaliters, having been born in the local universes,
nurtured in the superuniverses, and trained in the central universe,
embrace in their personal experiences the full potential of the
comprehension of the time-space divinity of God the Sevenfold
unifying in the Supreme. Finaliters serve successively in
superuniverses other than those of nativity, thereby superimposing
experience upon experience until the fullness of the sevenfold
diversity of possible creature experience has been encompassed.
Through the ministry of the indwelling Adjusters the finaliters are
enabled to find the Universal Father, but it is by these
techniques of experience that such finaliters come really to know
the Supreme Being, and they are destined to the service and the
revelation of this Supreme Deity in and to the future universes
of outer space.
Bear in mind, all that God the Father and his Paradise Sons do for
us, we in turn and in spirit have the opportunity to do for and in
the emerging Supreme Being. The experience of love, joy, and service
in the universe is mutual. God the Father does not need that his
sons should return to him all that he bestows upon them, but they do
(or may) in turn bestow all of this upon their fellows and upon the
evolving Supreme Being.
All creational phenomena are reflective of antecedent creator-spirit
activities. Said Jesus, and it is literally true, "The Son does only
those things which he sees the Father do." In time you mortals may
begin the revelation of the Supreme to your fellows, and
increasingly may you augment this revelation as you ascend
Paradiseward. In eternity you may be permitted to make increasing
revelations of this God of evolutionary creatures on supreme levels
-- even ultimate -- as seventh-stage finaliters.
The Unqualified Absolute and the Deity Absolute are unified in the
Universal Absolute. The Absolutes are co-ordinated in the Ultimate,
conditioned in the Supreme, and time-space modified in God the
Sevenfold. On subinfinite levels there are three Absolutes,
but in infinity they appear to be one. On Paradise there are
three personalizations of Deity, but in the Trinity they are
The major philosophic proposition of the master universe is this:
Did the Absolute (the three Absolutes as one in infinity) exist
before the Trinity? and is the Absolute ancestral to the Trinity? or
is the Trinity antecedent to the Absolute?
Is the Unqualified Absolute a force presence independent of the
Trinity? Does the presence of the Deity Absolute connote the
unlimited function of the Trinity? and is the Universal Absolute the
final function of the Trinity, even a Trinity of Trinities?
On first thought, a concept of the Absolute as ancestor to all
things -- even the Trinity -- seems to afford transitory
satisfaction of consistency gratification and philosophic
unification, but any such conclusion is invalidated by the actuality
of the eternity of the Paradise Trinity. We are taught, and we
believe, that the Universal Father and his Trinity associates are
eternal in nature and existence. There is, then, but one consistent
philosophic conclusion, and that is: The Absolute is, to all
universe intelligences, the impersonal and co-ordinate reaction of
the Trinity (of Trinities) to all basic and primary space
situations, intrauniversal and extrauniversal. To all personality
intelligences of the grand universe the Paradise Trinity forever
stands in finality, eternity, supremacy, and ultimacy and, for all
practical purposes of personal comprehension and creature
realization, as absolute.
As creature minds may view this problem, they are led to the final
postulate of the Universal I AM as the primal cause and the
unqualified source of both the Trinity and the Absolute. When,
therefore, we crave to entertain a personal concept of the Absolute,
we revert to our ideas and ideals of the Paradise Father. When we
desire to facilitate comprehension or to augment consciousness of
this otherwise impersonal Absolute, we revert to the fact that the
Universal Father is the existential Father of absolute personality;
the Eternal Son is the Absolute Person, though not, in the
experiential sense, the personalization of the Absolute. And then we
go on to envisage the experiential Trinities as culminating in the
experiential personalization of the Deity Absolute, while conceiving
the Universal Absolute as constituting the universe and the
extrauniverse phenomena of the manifest presence of the impersonal
activities of the unified and co-ordinated Deity associations of
supremacy, ultimacy, and infinity -- the Trinity of Trinities.
God the Father is discernible on all levels from the finite to the
infinite, and though his creatures from Paradise to the evolutionary
worlds have variously perceived him, only the Eternal Son and the
Infinite Spirit know him as an infinity.
Spiritual personality is absolute only on Paradise, and the concept
of the Absolute is unqualified only in infinity. Deity presence is
absolute only on Paradise, and the revelation of God must always be
partial, relative, and progressive until his power becomes
experientially infinite in the space potency of the Unqualified
Absolute, while his personality manifestation becomes experientially
infinite in the manifest presence of the Deity Absolute, and while
these two potentials of infinity become reality-unified in the
But beyond subinfinite levels the three Absolutes are one, and
thereby is infinity Deity-realized regardless of whether any other
order of existence ever self-realizes consciousness of infinity.
Existential status in eternity implies existential
self-consciousness of infinity, even though another eternity may be
required to experience self-realization of the experiential
potentialities inherent in an infinity eternity -- an eternal
And God the Father is the personal source of all manifestations of
Deity and reality to all intelligent creatures and spirit beings
throughout all the universe of universes. As personalities, now or
in the successive universe experiences of the eternal future, no
matter if you achieve the attainment of God the Sevenfold,
comprehend God the Supreme, find God the Ultimate, or attempt to
grasp the concept of God the Absolute, you will discover to your
eternal satisfaction that in the consummation of each adventure you
have, on new experiential levels, rediscovered the eternal God --
the Paradise Father of all universe personalities.
The Universal Father is the explanation of universal unity as it
must be supremely, even ultimately, realized in the postultimate
unity of absolute values and meanings -- unqualified Reality.
The Master Force Organizers go out into space and mobilize its
energies to become gravity responsive to the Paradise pull of the
Universal Father; and subsequently there come the Creator Sons, who
organize these gravity-responding forces into inhabited universes
and therein evolve intelligent creatures who receive unto themselves
the spirit of the Paradise Father and subsequently ascend to the
Father to become like him in all possible divinity attributes.
The ceaseless and expanding march of the Paradise creative forces
through space seems to presage the ever-extending domain of the
gravity grasp of the Universal Father and the never-ending
multiplication of varied types of intelligent creatures who are able
to love God and be loved by him, and who, by thus becoming
God-knowing, may choose to be like him, may elect to attain Paradise
and find God.
The universe of universes is altogether unified. God is one in power
and personality. There is co-ordination of all levels of energy and
all phases of personality. Philosophically and experientially, in
concept and in reality, all things and beings center in the Paradise
Father. God is all and in all, and no things or beings exist without
BEAUTY, AND GOODNESS
As the worlds settled in life and light progress from the initial
stage to the seventh epoch, they successively grasp for the
realization of the reality of God the Sevenfold, ranging from the
adoration of the Creator Son to the worship of his Paradise Father.
Throughout the continuing seventh stage of such a world's history
the ever-progressing mortals grow in the knowledge of God the
Supreme, while they vaguely discern the reality of the overshadowing
ministry of God the Ultimate.
Throughout this glorious age the chief pursuit of the ever-advancing
mortals is the quest for a better understanding and a fuller
realization of the comprehensible elements of Deity -- truth,
beauty, and goodness. This represents man's effort to discern God in
mind, matter, and spirit. And as the mortal pursues this quest, he
finds himself increasingly absorbed in the experiential study of
philosophy, cosmology, and divinity.
Philosophy you somewhat grasp, and divinity you comprehend in
worship, social service, and personal spiritual experience, but the
pursuit of beauty -- cosmology -- you all too often limit to the
study of man's crude artistic endeavors. Beauty, art, is largely a
matter of the unification of contrasts. Variety is essential to the
concept of beauty. The supreme beauty, the height of finite art, is
the drama of the unification of the vastness of the cosmic extremes
of Creator and creature. Man finding God and God finding man -- the
creature becoming perfect as is the Creator -- that is the supernal
achievement of the supremely beautiful, the attainment of the apex
of cosmic art.
Hence materialism, atheism, is the maximation of ugliness, the
climax of the finite antithesis of the beautiful. Highest beauty
consists in the panorama of the unification of the variations which
have been born of pre-existent harmonious reality.
The attainment of cosmologic levels of thought includes:
1. Curiosity. Hunger for harmony and thirst for beauty.
Persistent attempts to discover new levels of harmonious cosmic
2. Aesthetic appreciation. Love of the beautiful and
ever-advancing appreciation of the artistic touch of all creative
manifestations on all levels of reality.
3. Ethic sensitivity. Through the realization of truth the
appreciation of beauty leads to the sense of the eternal fitness of
those things which impinge upon the recognition of divine goodness
in Deity relations with all beings; and thus even cosmology leads to
the pursuit of divine reality values -- to God-consciousness.
The worlds settled in light and life are so fully concerned with the
comprehension of truth, beauty, and goodness because these quality
values embrace the revelation of Deity to the realms of time and
space. The meanings of eternal truth make a combined appeal to the
intellectual and spiritual natures of mortal man. Universal beauty
embraces the harmonious relations and rhythms of the cosmic
creation; this is more distinctly the intellectual appeal and leads
towards unified and synchronous comprehension of the material
universe. Divine goodness represents the revelation of infinite
values to the finite mind, therein to be perceived and elevated to
the very threshold of the spiritual level of human comprehension.
Truth is the basis of science and philosophy, presenting the
intellectual foundation of religion. Beauty sponsors art, music, and
the meaningful rhythms of all human experience. Goodness embraces
the sense of ethics, morality, and religion -- experiential
The existence of beauty implies the presence of appreciative
creature mind just as certainly as the fact of progressive evolution
indicates the dominance of the Supreme Mind. Beauty is the
intellectual recognition of the harmonious time-space synthesis of
the far-flung diversification of phenomenal reality, all of which
stems from pre-existent and eternal oneness.
Goodness is the mental recognition of the relative values of the
diverse levels of divine perfection. The recognition of goodness
implies a mind of moral status, a personal mind with ability to
discriminate between good and evil. But the possession of goodness,
greatness, is the measure of real divinity attainment.
The recognition of true relations implies a mind competent to
discriminate between truth and error. The bestowal Spirit of Truth
which invests the human minds of Urantia is unerringly responsive to
truth -- the living spirit relationship of all things and all beings
as they are co-ordinated in the eternal ascent Godward.
Every impulse of every electron, thought, or spirit is an acting
unit in the whole universe. Only sin is isolated and evil gravity
resisting on the mental and spiritual levels. The universe is a
whole; no thing or being exists or lives in isolation.
Self-realization is potentially evil if it is antisocial. It is
literally true: "No man lives by himself." Cosmic socialization
constitutes the highest form of personality unification. Said Jesus:
"He who would be greatest among you, let him become server of all."
Even truth, beauty, and goodness -- man's intellectual approach to
the universe of mind, matter, and spirit -- must be combined into
one unified concept of a divine and supreme ideal. As mortal
personality unifies the human experience with matter, mind, and
spirit, so does this divine and supreme ideal become power-unified
in Supremacy and then personalized as a God of fatherly love.
All insight into the relations of the parts to any given whole
requires an understanding grasp of the relation of all parts to that
whole; and in the universe this means the relation of created parts
to the Creative Whole. Deity thus becomes the transcendental, even
the infinite, goal of universal and eternal attainment.
Universal beauty is the recognition of the reflection of the Isle of
Paradise in the material creation, while eternal truth is the
special ministry of the Paradise Sons who not only bestow themselves
upon the mortal races but even pour out their Spirit of Truth upon
all peoples. Divine goodness is more fully shown forth in the loving
ministry of the manifold personalities of the Infinite Spirit. But
love, the sum total of these three qualities, is man's perception of
God as his spirit Father.
Physical matter is the time-space shadow of the Paradise
energy-shining of the absolute Deities. Truth meanings are the
mortal-intellect repercussions of the eternal word of Deity -- the
time-space comprehension of supreme concepts. The goodness values of
divinity are the merciful ministries of the spirit personalities of
the Universal, the Eternal, and the Infinite to the time-space
finite creatures of the evolutionary spheres.
These meaningful reality values of divinity are blended in the
Father's relation with each personal creature as divine love. They
are co-ordinated in the Son and his Sons as divine mercy. They
manifest their qualities through the Spirit and his spirit children
as divine ministry, the portrayal of loving mercy to the children of
time. These three divinities are primarily manifested by the Supreme
Being as power-personality synthesis. They are variously shown forth
by God the Sevenfold in seven differing associations of divine
meanings and values on seven ascending levels.
To finite man truth, beauty, and goodness embrace the full
revelation of divinity reality. As this love-comprehension of Deity
finds spiritual expression in the lives of God-knowing mortals,
there are yielded the fruits of divinity: intellectual peace, social
progress, moral satisfaction, spiritual joy, and cosmic wisdom. The
advanced mortals on a world in the seventh stage of light and life
have learned that love is the greatest thing in the universe -- and
they know that God is love.
Love is the desire to do good to others.
Presented by a Mighty
Messenger visiting on Urantia, by request of the Nebadon Revelatory
Corps and in collaboration with a certain Melchizedek, the
vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia
The Seven Stages of Light & Life
There are seven stages in the unfoldment of the era of light
and life on an evolutionary world, and in this connection it
should be noted that the worlds of the Spirit-fused mortals
evolve along lines identical with those of the
Adjuster-fusion series. These seven stages of light and life
first or planetary stage.
second or system stage.
third or constellation stage.
fourth or local universe stage.
fifth or minor sector stage.
sixth or major sector stage.
seventh or superuniverse stage.
At the conclusion of this narrative these stages of
advancing development are described as they relate to the
universe organization, but the planetary values of any stage
may be attained by any world quite independent of the
development of other worlds or of the superplanetary levels
of universe administration.
During this age of light and life the world increasingly
prospers under the fatherly rule of the Planetary Sovereign.
By this time the worlds are progressing under the momentum
of one language, one religion, and, on normal spheres, one
race. But this age is not perfect. These worlds still have
well-appointed hospitals, homes for the care of the sick.
There still remain the problems of caring for accidental
injuries and the inescapable infirmities attendant upon the
decrepitude of old age and the disorders of senility.
Disease has not been entirely vanquished, neither have the
earth animals been subdued in perfection; but such worlds
are like Paradise in comparison with the early times of
primitive man during the pre-Planetary Prince age. You would
instinctively describe such a realm -- could you be suddenly
transported to a planet in this stage of development -- as
heaven on earth.
Human government in the conduct of material affairs
continues to function throughout this age of relative
progress and perfection. The public activities of a world in
the first stage of light and life which I recently visited
were financed by the tithing technique. Every adult worker
-- and all able-bodied citizens worked at something -- paid
ten per cent of his income or increase to the public
treasury, and it was disbursed as follows:
1. Three per cent was expended in the promotion of truth --
science, education, and philosophy.
2. Three per cent was devoted to beauty -- play, social
leisure, and art.
3. Three per cent was dedicated to goodness -- social
service, altruism, and religion.
4. One per cent was assigned to the insurance reserves
against the risk of incapacity for labor resultant from
accident, disease, old age, or unpreventable disasters.
The natural resources of this planet were administered as
social possessions, community property.
On this world the highest honor conferred upon a citizen was
the order of "supreme service," being the only degree of
recognition ever to be granted in the morontia temple. This
recognition was bestowed upon those who had long
distinguished themselves in some phase of supermaterial
discovery or planetary social service.
The majority of social and administrative posts were held
jointly by men and women. Most of the teaching was also done
jointly; likewise all judicial trusts were discharged by
similar associated couples.
On these superb worlds the childbearing period is not
greatly prolonged. It is not best for too many years to
intervene between the ages of a family of children. When
close together in age, children are able to contribute much
more to their mutual training. And on these worlds they are
magnificently trained by the competitive systems of keen
striving in the advanced domains and divisions of diverse
achievement in the mastery of truth, beauty, and goodness.
Never fear but that even such glorified spheres present
plenty of evil, real and potential, which is stimulative of
the choosing between truth and error, good and evil, sin and
Nevertheless, there is a certain, inevitable penalty
attaching to mortal existence on such advanced evolutionary
planets. When a settled world progresses beyond the third
stage of light and life, all ascenders are destined, before
attaining the minor sector, to receive some sort of
transient assignment on a planet passing through the earlier
stages of evolution.
Each of these successive ages represents advancing
achievements in all phases of planetary attainment. In the
initial age of light the revelation of truth was enlarged to
embrace the workings of the universe of universes, while the
Deity study of the second age is the attempt to master the
protean concept of the nature, mission, ministry,
associations, origin, and destiny of the Creator Sons, the
first level of God the Sevenfold.
A planet the size of Urantia, when fairly well settled,
would have about one hundred subadministrative centers.
These subordinate centers would be presided over by one of
the following groups of qualified administrators:
Material Sons and Daughters brought from the system
headquarters to act as assistants to the ruling Adam and
progeny of the semimortal staff of the Planetary Prince who
were procreated on certain worlds for this and other similar
direct planetary progeny of Adam and Eve.
Materialized and humanized midway creatures.
of Adjuster-fusion status who, upon their own petition, are
temporarily exempted from translation by the order of the
Personalized Adjuster of universe chieftainship in order
that they may continue on the planet in certain important
Specially trained mortals of the planetary schools of
administration who have also received the order of supreme
service of the morontia temple.
elective commissions of three properly qualified citizens
who are sometimes chosen by the citizenry by direction of
the Planetary Sovereign in accordance with their special
ability to accomplish some definite task which is needful in
that particular planetary sector.
The great handicap confronting Urantia in the matter of
attaining the high planetary destiny of light and life is
embraced in the problems of disease, degeneracy, war,
multicolored races, and multilingualism.
No evolutionary world can hope to progress beyond the first
stage of settledness in light until it has achieved one
language, one religion, and one philosophy. Being of one
race greatly facilitates such achievement, but the many
peoples of Urantia do not preclude the attainment of higher
In the successive stages of settled existence the inhabited
worlds make marvelous progress under the wise and
sympathetic administration of the volunteer Corps of the
Finality, ascenders of Paradise attainment who have come
back to minister to their brethren in the flesh. These
finaliters are active in co-operation with the Trinity
Teacher Sons, but they do not begin their real participation
in world affairs until the morontia temple appears on earth.
Upon the formal inauguration of the planetary ministry of
the Corps of the Finality, the majority of the celestial
hosts withdraw. But the seraphic guardians of destiny
continue their personal ministry to the progressing mortals
in light; indeed such angels come in ever-increasing numbers
throughout the settled ages since larger and larger groups
of human beings reach the third cosmic circle of co-ordinate
mortal attainment during the planetary life span.
This is merely the first of the successive administrative
adjustments which attend the unfolding of the successive
ages of increasingly brilliant attainment on the inhabited
worlds as they pass from the first to the seventh stage of
1. The first stage of light and life. A world in this
initial settled stage is being administered by three rulers:
Planetary Sovereign, presently to be advised by a counseling
Trinity Teacher Son, in all probability the chief of the
terminal corps of such Sons to function on the planet.
chief of the planetary corps of finaliters.
and Eve, who function jointly as the unifiers of the dual
leadership of the Prince-Sovereign and the chief of
Acting as interpreters for the seraphic guardians and the
finaliters are the exalted and liberated midway creatures.
One of the last acts of the Trinity Teacher Sons on their
terminal mission is to liberate the midwayers of the realm
and to promote (or restore) them to advanced planetary
status, assigning them to responsible places in the new
administration of the settled sphere. Such changes have
already been made in the range of human vision as enable
mortals to recognize these heretofore invisible cousins of
the early Adamic regime. This is made possible by the final
discoveries of physical science in liaison with the enlarged
planetary functions of the Master Physical Controllers.
The System Sovereign has authority to release midway
creatures any time after the first settled stage so that
they may humanize in the morontia by the aid of the Life
Carriers and the physical controllers and, after receiving
Thought Adjusters, start out on their Paradise ascension.
In the third and subsequent stages, some of the midwayers
are still functioning, chiefly as contact personalities for
the finaliters, but as each stage of light and life is
entered, new orders of liaison ministers largely replace the
midwayers; very few of them ever remain beyond the fourth
stage of light. The seventh stage will witness the coming of
the first absonite ministers from Paradise to serve in the
places of certain universe creatures.
2. The second stage of light and life. This epoch is
signalized on the worlds by the arrival of a Life Carrier
who becomes the volunteer adviser of the planetary rulers
regarding the further efforts to purify and stabilize the
mortal race. Thus do the Life Carriers actively participate
in the further evolution of the human race -- physically,
socially, and economically. And then they extend their
supervision to the further purification of the mortal stock
by the drastic elimination of the retarded and persisting
remnants of inferior potential of an intellectual,
philosophic, cosmic, and spiritual nature. Those who design
and plant life on an inhabited world are fully competent to
advise the Material Sons and Daughters, who have full and
unquestioned authority to purge the evolving race of all
From the second stage on throughout the career of a settled
planet the Teacher Sons serve as counselors to the
finaliters. During such missions they serve as volunteers
and not by assignment; and they serve exclusively with the
finaliter corps except that, upon the consent of the System
Sovereign, they may be had as advisers to the Planetary Adam
3. The third stage of light and life. During this
epoch the inhabited worlds arrive at a new appreciation of
the Ancients of Days, the second phase of God the Sevenfold,
and the representatives of these superuniverse rulers enter
into new relationships with the planetary administration.
In each succeeding age of settled existence the finaliters
function in ever-increasing capacities. There exists a close
working connection between the finaliters, the Evening Stars
(the superangels), and the Trinity Teacher Sons.
During this or the following age a Teacher Son, assisted by
the ministering-spirit quartette, becomes attached to the
elective mortal chief executive, who now becomes associated
with the Planetary Sovereign as joint administrator of world
affairs. These mortal chief executives serve for twenty-five
years of planetary time, and it is this new development that
makes it easy for the Planetary Adam and Eve to secure
release from their world of long-time assignment during the
The ministering-spirit quartettes consist of: the seraphic
chief of the sphere, the superuniverse secoraphic counselor,
the archangel of translations, and the omniaphim who
functions as the personal representative of the Assigned
Sentinel stationed on the system headquarters. But these
advisers never proffer counsel unless it is asked for.
4. The fourth stage of light and life. On the worlds
the Trinity Teacher Sons appear in new roles. Assisted by
the creature-trinitized sons so long associated with their
order, they now come to the worlds as volunteer counselors
and advisers to the Planetary Sovereign and his associates.
Such couples -- Paradise-Havona-trinitized sons and
ascender-trinitized sons -- represent differing universe
viewpoints and diverse personal experiences which are highly
serviceable to the planetary rulers.
At any time after this age the Planetary Adam and Eve can
petition the Sovereign Creator Son for release from
planetary duties in order to begin their Paradise ascent; or
they can remain on the planet as directors of the newly
appearing order of increasingly spiritual society composed
of advanced mortals striving to comprehend the philosophic
teachings of the finaliters portrayed by the Brilliant
Evening Stars, who are now assigned to these worlds to
collaborate in pairs with the seconaphim from the
headquarters of the superuniverse.
The finaliters are chiefly engaged in initiating the new and
supermaterial activities of society -- social, cultural,
philosophic, cosmic, and spiritual. As far as we can
discern, they will continue this ministry far into the
seventh epoch of evolutionary stability, when, possibly,
they may go forth to minister in outer space; whereupon we
conjecture their places may be taken by absonite beings from
5. The fifth stage of light and life. The
readjustments of this stage of settled existence pertain
almost entirely to the physical domains and are of primary
concern to the Master Physical Controllers.
6. The sixth stage of light and life witnesses the
development of new functions of the mind circuits of the
realm. Cosmic wisdom seems to become constitutive in the
universe ministry of mind.
7. The seventh stage of light and life. Early in the
seventh epoch the Trinity Teacher counselor of the Planetary
Sovereign is joined by a volunteer adviser sent by the
Ancients of Days, and later on they will be augmented by a
third counselor coming from the superuniverse Supreme
During this epoch, if not before, Adam and Eve are always
relieved of planetary duties. If there is a Material Son in
the finaliter corps, he may become associated with the
mortal chief executive, and sometimes it is a Melchizedek
who volunteers to function in this capacity. If a midwayer
is among the finaliters, all of that order remaining on the
planet are immediately released.
Upon obtaining release from their agelong assignment, a
Planetary Adam and Eve may select careers as follows:
1. They can secure planetary release and from the universe
headquarters start out immediately on the Paradise career,
receiving Thought Adjusters at the conclusion of the
2. Very often a Planetary Adam and Eve will receive
Adjusters while yet serving on a world settled in light
concomitant with the receiving of Adjusters by some of their
imported pure-line children who have volunteered for a term
of planetary service. Subsequently they may all go to
universe headquarters and there begin the Paradise career.
3. A Planetary Adam and Eve may elect -- as do Material Sons
and Daughters from the system capital -- to go direct to the
midsonite world for a brief sojourn, there to receive their
4. They may decide to return to the system headquarters,
there for a time to occupy seats on the supreme court, after
which service they will receive Adjusters and begin the
5. They may choose to go from their administrative duties
back to their native world to serve as teachers for a season
and to become Adjuster indwelt at the time of transfer to
the universe headquarters.
Throughout all of these epochs the imported assisting
Material Sons and Daughters exert a tremendous influence on
the progressing social and economic orders. They are
potentially immortal, at least until such time as they elect
to humanize, receive Adjusters, and start for Paradise.
On the evolutionary worlds a being must humanize to receive
a Thought Adjuster. All ascendant members of the Mortal
Corps of Finaliters have been Adjuster indwelt and fused
except seraphim, and they are Father indwelt by another type
of spirit at the time of being mustered into this corps.
ACME OF MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
Mortal creatures living on a sin-stricken, evil-dominated,
self-seeking, isolated world, such as Urantia, can hardly
conceive of the physical perfection, the intellectual
attainment, and the spiritual development which characterize
these advanced epochs of evolution on a sinless sphere.
The advanced stages of a world settled in light and life
represent the acme of evolutionary material development. On
these cultured worlds, gone are the idleness and friction of
the earlier primitive ages. Poverty and social inequality
have all but vanished, degeneracy has disappeared, and
delinquency is rarely observed. Insanity has practically
ceased to exist, and feeble-mindedness is a rarity.
The economic, social, and administrative status of these
worlds is of a high and perfected order. Science, art, and
industry flourish, and society is a smoothly working
mechanism of high material, intellectual, and cultural
achievement. Industry has been largely diverted to serving
the higher aims of such a superb civilization. The economic
life of such a world has become ethical.
War has become a matter of history, and there are no more
armies or police forces. Government is gradually
disappearing. Self-control is slowly rendering laws of human
enactment obsolete. The extent of civil government and
statutory regulation, in an intermediate state of advancing
civilization, is in inverse proportion to the morality and
spirituality of the citizenship.
Schools are vastly improved and are devoted to the training
of mind and the expansion of soul. The art centers are
exquisite and the musical organizations superb. The temples
of worship with their associated schools of philosophy and
experiential religion are creations of beauty and grandeur.
The open-air arenas of worship assembly are equally sublime
in the simplicity of their artistic appointment.
The provisions for competitive play, humor, and other phases
of personal and group achievement are ample and appropriate.
A special feature of the competitive activities on such a
highly cultured world concerns the efforts of individuals
and groups to excel in the sciences and philosophies of
cosmology. Literature and oratory flourish, and language is
so improved as to be symbolic of concepts as well as to be
expressive of ideas. Life is refreshingly simple; man has at
last co-ordinated a high state of mechanical development
with an inspiring intellectual attainment and has
overshadowed both with an exquisite spiritual achievement.
The pursuit of happiness is an experience of joy and
As worlds advance in the settled status of light and life,
society becomes increasingly peaceful. The individual, while
no less independent and devoted to his family, has become
more altruistic and fraternal.
On Urantia, and as you are, you can have little appreciation
of the advanced status and progressive nature of the
enlightened races of these perfected worlds. These people
are the flowering of the evolutionary races. But such beings
are still mortal; they continue to breathe, eat, sleep, and
drink. This great evolution is not heaven, but it is a
sublime foreshadowing of the divine worlds of the Paradise
On a normal world the biologic fitness of the mortal race
was long since brought up to a high level during the post-Adamic
epochs; and now, from age to age throughout the settled eras
the physical evolution of man continues. Both vision and
hearing are extended. By now the population has become
stationary in numbers. Reproduction is regulated in
accordance with planetary requirements and innate hereditary
endowments: The mortals on a planet during this age are
divided into from five to ten groups, and the lower groups
are permitted to produce only one half as many children as
the higher. The continued improvement of such a magnificent
race throughout the era of light and life is largely a
matter of the selective reproduction of those racial strains
which exhibit superior qualities of a social, philosophic,
cosmic, and spiritual nature.
The Adjusters continue to come as in former evolutionary
eras, and as the epochs pass, these mortals are increasingly
able to commune with the indwelling Father fragment. During
the embryonic and prespiritual stages of development the
adjutant mind-spirits are still functioning. The Holy Spirit
and the ministry of angels are even more effective as the
successive epochs of settled life are experienced. In the
fourth stage of light and life the advanced mortals seem to
experience considerable conscious contact with the spirit
presence of the Master Spirit of superuniverse jurisdiction,
while the philosophy of such a world is focused upon the
attempt to comprehend the new revelations of God the
Supreme. More than one half of the human inhabitants on
planets of this advanced status experience translation to
the morontia state from among the living. Even so, "old
things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming
We conceive that physical evolution will have attained its
full development by the end of the fifth epoch of the
light-and-life era. We observe that the upper limits of
spiritual development associated with evolving human mind
are determined by the Adjuster-fusion level of conjoint
morontia values and cosmic meanings. But concerning wisdom:
While we do not really know, we conjecture that there can
never be a limit to intellectual evolution and the
attainment of wisdom. On a seventh-stage world, wisdom can
exhaust the material potentials, enter upon mota insight,
and eventually even taste of absonite grandeur.
We observe that on these highly evolved and long
seventh-stage worlds human beings fully learn the local
universe language before they are translated; and I have
visited a few very old planets where abandonters were
teaching the older mortals the tongue of the superuniverse.
And on these worlds I have observed the technique whereby
the absonite personalities reveal the presence of the
finaliters in the morontia temple.
This is the story of the magnificent goal of mortal striving
on the evolutionary worlds; and it all takes place even
before human beings enter upon their morontia careers; all
of this splendid development is attainable by material
mortals on the inhabited worlds, the very first stage of
that endless and incomprehensible career of Paradise
ascension and divinity attainment.
But can you possibly imagine what sort of evolutionary
mortals are now coming up from worlds long existing in the
seventh epoch of settled light and life? It is such as these
who go on to the morontia worlds of the local universe
capital to begin their ascension careers.
If the mortals of distraught Urantia could only view one of
these more advanced worlds long settled in light and life,
they would nevermore question the wisdom of the evolutionary
scheme of creation. Were there no future of eternal creature
progression, still the superb evolutionary attainments of
the mortal races on such settled worlds of perfected
achievement would amply justify man's creation on the worlds
of time and space.
We often ponder: If the grand universe should be settled in
light and life, would the ascending exquisite mortals still
be destined to the Corps of the Finality? But we do not
THE FIRST OR
This epoch extends from the appearance of the morontia
temple at the new planetary headquarters to the time of the
settling of the entire system in light and life. This age is
inaugurated by the Trinity Teacher Sons at the close of
their successive world missions when the Planetary Prince is
elevated to the status of Planetary Sovereign by the mandate
and personal presence of the Paradise bestowal Son of that
sphere. Concomitant therewith the finaliters inaugurate
their active participation in planetary affairs.
To outward and visible appearances the actual rulers, or
directors, of such a world settled in light and life are the
Material Son and Daughter, the Planetary Adam and Eve. The
finaliters are invisible, as also is the Prince-Sovereign
except when in the morontia temple. The actual and literal
heads of the planetary regime are therefore the Material Son
and Daughter. It is the knowledge of these arrangements that
has given prestige to the idea of kings and queens
throughout the universe realms. And kings and queens are a
great success under these ideal circumstances, when a world
can command such high personalities to act in behalf of
still higher but invisible rulers.
When such an era is attained on your world, no doubt
Machiventa Melchizedek, now the vicegerent Planetary Prince
of Urantia, will occupy the seat of the Planetary Sovereign;
and it has long been conjectured on Jerusem that he will be
accompanied by a son and daughter of the Urantia Adam and
Eve who are now held on Edentia as wards of the Most Highs
of Norlatiadek. These children of Adam might so serve on
Urantia in association with the Melchizedek-Sovereign since
they were deprived of procreative powers almost 37,000 years
ago at the time they gave up their material bodies on
Urantia in preparation for transit to Edentia.
This settled age continues on and on until every inhabited
planet in the system attains the era of stabilization; and
then, when the youngest world -- the last to achieve light
and life -- has experienced such settledness for one
millennium of system time, the entire system enters the
stabilized status, and the individual worlds are ushered
into the system epoch of the era of light and life.
THE SECOND OR SYSTEM STAGE
When an entire system becomes settled in life, a new order
of government is inaugurated. The Planetary Sovereigns
become members of the system conclave, and this new
administrative body, subject to the veto of the
Constellation Fathers, is supreme in authority. Such a
system of inhabited worlds becomes virtually self-governing.
The system legislative assembly is constituted on the
headquarters world, and each planet sends its ten
representatives thereto. Courts are now established on the
system capitals, and only appeals are taken to the universe
With the settling of the system the Assigned Sentinel,
representative of the superuniverse Supreme Executive,
becomes the volunteer adviser to the system supreme court
and actual presiding officer of the new legislative
After the settling of an entire system in light and life the
System Sovereigns will no more come and go. Such a sovereign
remains perpetually at the head of his system. The assistant
sovereigns continue to change as in former ages.
During this epoch of stabilization, for the first time
midsoniters come from the universe headquarters worlds of
their sojourn to act as counselors to the legislative
assemblies and advisers to the adjudicational tribunals.
These midsoniters also carry on certain efforts to inculcate
new mota meanings of supreme value into the teaching
enterprises which they sponsor jointly with the finaliters.
What the Material Sons did for the mortal races
biologically, the midsonite creatures now do for these
unified and glorified humans in the ever-advancing realms of
philosophy and spiritualized thinking.
On the inhabited worlds the Teacher Sons become voluntary
collaborators with the finaliters, and these same Teacher
Sons also accompany the finaliters to the mansion worlds
when those spheres are no longer to be utilized as
differential receiving worlds after an entire system is
settled in light and life; at least this is true by the time
the entire constellation has thus evolved. But there are no
groups that far advanced in Nebadon.
We are not permitted to reveal the nature of the work of the
finaliters who will supervise such rededicated mansion
worlds. You have, however, been informed that there are
throughout the universes various types of intelligent
creatures who have not been portrayed in these narratives.
And now, as the systems one by one become settled in light
by virtue of the progress of their component worlds, the
time comes when the last system in a given constellation
attains stabilization, and the universe administrators --
the Master Son, the Union of Days, and the Bright and
Morning Star -- arrive on the capital of the constellation
to proclaim the Most Highs the unqualified rulers of the
newly perfected family of one hundred settled systems of
THIRD OR CONSTELLATION STAGE
The unification of a whole constellation of settled systems
is attended by new distributions of executive authority and
additional readjustments of universe administration. This
epoch witnesses advanced attainment on every inhabited world
but is particularly characterized by readjustments on the
constellation headquarters, with marked modification of
relationships with both the system supervision and the local
universe government. During this age many constellation and
universe activities are transferred to the system capitals,
and the representatives of the superuniverse assume new and
more intimate relations with the planetary, system, and
universe rulers. Concomitant with these new associations,
certain superuniverse administrators establish themselves on
the constellation capitals as volunteer advisers to the Most
When a constellation is thus settled in light, the
legislative function ceases, and the house of System
Sovereigns, presided over by the Most Highs, functions
instead. Now, for the first time, such administrative groups
deal directly with the superuniverse government in matters
pertaining to Havona and Paradise relationships. Otherwise
the constellation remains related to the local universe as
before. From stage to stage in the settled life the
univitatia continue to administer the constellation morontia
As the ages pass, the Constellation Fathers take over more
and more of the detailed administrative or supervising
functions which were formerly centered on the universe
headquarters. By the attainment of the sixth stage of
stabilization these unified constellations will have reached
the position of well-nigh complete autonomy. Entrance upon
the seventh stage of settledness will no doubt witness the
exaltation of these rulers to the true dignity signified by
their names, the Most Highs. To all intents and purposes the
constellations will then deal directly with the
superuniverse rulers, while the local universe government
will expand to grasp the responsibilities of new grand
THE FOURTH OR LOCAL UNIVERSE STAGE
When a universe becomes settled in light and life, it soon
swings into the established superuniverse circuits, and the
Ancients of Days proclaim the establishment of the
supreme council of unlimited authority. This new
governing body consists of the one hundred Faithfuls of
Days, presided over by the Union of Days, and the first act
of this supreme council is to acknowledge the continued
sovereignty of the Master Creator Son.
The universe administration, as far as concerns Gabriel and
the Father Melchizedek, is quite unchanged. This council of
unlimited authority is chiefly concerned with the new
problems and the new conditions arising out of the advanced
status of light and life.
The Associate Inspector now mobilizes all Assigned Sentinels
to constitute the stabilization corps of the local
universe and asks the Father Melchizedek to share its
supervision with him. And now, for the first time, a corps
of the Inspired Trinity Spirits are assigned to the service
of the Union of Days.
The settling of an entire local universe in light and life
inaugurates profound readjustments in the entire scheme of
administration, from the individual inhabited worlds to the
universe headquarters. New relationships extend down to the
constellations and systems. The local universe Mother Spirit
experiences new liaison relations with the Master Spirit of
the superuniverse, and Gabriel establishes direct contact
with the Ancients of Days to be effective when and as the
Master Son may be absent from the headquarters world.
During this and subsequent ages the Magisterial Sons
continue to function as dispensational adjudicators, while
one hundred of these Avonal Sons of Paradise constitute the
new high council of the Bright and Morning Star on the
universe capital. Later on, and as requested by the System
Sovereigns, one of these Magisterial Sons will become the
supreme counselor stationed on the headquarters world of
each local system until the seventh stage of unity is
During this epoch the Trinity Teacher Sons are volunteer
advisers, not only to the Planetary Sovereigns, but in
groups of three they similarly serve the Constellation
Fathers. And at last these Sons find their place in the
local universe, for at this time they are removed from the
jurisdiction of the local creation and are assigned to the
service of the supreme council of unlimited authority.
The finaliter corps now, for the first time, acknowledges
the jurisdiction of an extra-Paradise authority, the supreme
council. Heretofore the finaliters have recognized no
supervision this side of Paradise.
The Creator Sons of such settled universes spend much of
their time on Paradise and its associated worlds and in
counseling the numerous finaliter groups serving throughout
the local creation. In this way the man of Michael will find
a fuller fraternity of association with the glorified
Speculation concerning the function of these Creator Sons in
connection with the outer universes now in process of
preliminary assembly is wholly futile. But we all engage in
such postulations from time to time. On attaining this
fourth stage of development the Creator Son becomes
administratively free; the Divine Minister is progressively
blending her ministry with that of the superuniverse Master
Spirit and the Infinite Spirit. There seems to be evolving a
new and sublime relationship between the Creator Son, the
Creative Spirit, the Evening Stars, the Teacher Sons, and
the ever-increasing finaliter corps.
If Michael should ever leave Nebadon, Gabriel would
undoubtedly become chief administrator with the Father
Melchizedek as his associate. At the same time new status
would be imparted to all orders of permanent citizenship,
such as Material Sons, univitatia, midsoniters, susatia, and
Spirit-fused mortals. But as long as evolution continues,
the seraphim and the archangels will be required in universe
We are, however, satisfied regarding two features of our
speculations: If the Creator Sons are destined to the outer
universes, the Divine Ministers will undoubtedly accompany
them. We are equally sure that the Melchizedeks are to
remain with the universes of their origin. We hold that the
Melchizedeks are destined to play ever-increasingly
responsible parts in local universe government and
THE MINOR AND MAJOR SECTOR STAGES
Minor and major sectors of the superuniverse do not figure
directly in the plan of being settled in light and life.
Such an evolutionary progression pertains primarily to the
local universe as a unit and concerns only the components of
a local universe. A superuniverse is settled in light and
life when all of its component local universes are thus
perfected. But not one of the seven superuniverses has
attained a level of progression even approaching this.
The minor sector age. As far as observations can
penetrate, the fifth or minor sector stage of stabilization
has exclusively to do with physical status and with the
co-ordinate settling of the one hundred associated local
universes in the established circuits of the superuniverse.
Apparently none but the power centers and their associates
are concerned in these realignments of the material
The major sector age. Concerning the sixth stage, or
major sector stabilization, we can only conjecture since
none of us have witnessed such an event. Nevertheless, we
can postulate much concerning the administrative and other
readjustments which would probably accompany such an
advanced status of inhabited worlds and their universe
Since the minor sector status has to do with co-ordinate
physical equilibrium, we infer that major sector unification
will be concerned with certain new intellectual levels of
attainment, possibly some advanced achievements in the
supreme realization of cosmic wisdom.
We arrive at conclusions regarding the readjustments which
would probably attend the realization of hitherto unattained
levels of evolutionary progress by observing the results of
such achievements on the individual worlds and in the
experiences of individual mortals living on these older and
highly developed spheres.
Let it be made clear that the administrative mechanisms and
governmental techniques of a universe or a superuniverse
cannot in any manner limit or retard the evolutionary
development or spiritual progress of an individual inhabited
planet or of any individual mortal on such a sphere.
In some of the older universes we find worlds settled in the
fifth and the sixth stages of light and life -- even far
extended into the seventh epoch -- whose local systems are
not yet settled in light. Younger planets may delay system
unification, but this does not in the least handicap the
progress of an older and advanced world. Neither can
environmental limitations, even on an isolated world, thwart
the personal attainment of the individual mortal; Jesus of
Nazareth, as a man among men, personally achieved the status
of light and life over nineteen hundred years ago on
It is by observing what takes place on long-settled worlds
that we arrive at fairly reliable conclusions as to what
will happen when a whole superuniverse is settled in light,
even if we cannot safely postulate the event of the
stabilization of the seven superuniverses.
THE SEVENTH OR SUPERUNIVERSE
We cannot positively forecast what would occur when a
superuniverse became settled in light because such an event
has never factualized. From the teachings of the
Melchizedeks, which have never been contradicted, we infer
that sweeping changes would be made in the entire
organization and administration of every unit of the
creations of time and space extending from the inhabited
worlds to the superuniverse headquarters.
It is generally believed that large numbers of the otherwise
unattached creature-trinitized sons are to be assembled on
the headquarters and divisional capitals of the settled
superuniverses. This may be in anticipation of the sometime
arrival of outer-spacers on their way in to Havona and
Paradise; but we really do not know.
If and when a superuniverse should be settled in light and
life, we believe that the now advisory Unqualified
Supervisors of the Supreme would become the high
administrative body on the headquarters world of the
superuniverse. These are the personalities who are able to
contact directly with the absonite administrators, who will
forthwith become active in the settled superuniverse.
Although these Unqualified Supervisors have long functioned
as advisers and counselors in advanced evolutionary units of
creation, they do not assume administrative responsibilities
until the authority of the Supreme Being becomes sovereign.
The Unqualified Supervisors of the Supreme, who function
more extensively during this epoch, are not finite, absonite,
ultimate, or infinite; they are supremacy and only represent
God the Supreme. They are the personalization of time-space
supremacy and therefore do not function in Havona. They
function only as supreme unifiers. They may possibly be
involved in the technique of universe reflectivity, but we
are not certain.
None of us entertain a satisfactory concept of what will
happen when the grand universe (the seven superuniverses as
dependent on Havona) becomes entirely settled in light and
life. That event will undoubtedly be the most profound
occurrence in the annals of eternity since the appearance of
the central universe. There are those who hold that the
Supreme Being himself will emerge from the Havona mystery
enshrouding his spirit person and will become residential on
the headquarters of the seventh superuniverse as the
almighty and experiential sovereign of the perfected
creations of time and space. But we really do not know.
Presented by a Mighty Messenger temporarily assigned to the
Archangel Council on Urantia.
tell you that the
children of yesteryear are walking in the funeral of the era
which they created for themselves. They are pulling a rotting
rope that may break soon and cause them to drop into a forgotten
abyss. I say that they are living in homes with weak
foundations. As the storm blows - and it is about to blow -
their homes will fall upon their heads and thus become their
tombs. I say that all their thoughts, their sayings, their
quarrels, their compositions, their books and all their works
are nothing but chains dragging them because they are too weak
to pull the load.
But the children of
tomorrow are the ones called by life, and they follow it with
steady steps and heads high. They are the dawn of the new
frontiers; no smoke will veil their eyes and no jingle of chains
will drown out their voices. They are few in number but the
difference is as between a grain of wheat and a stack of hay. No
one knows them but they know each other. They are like the
summits, which can see and hear each other - not like caves,
which cannot hear or see. They are the seed dropped by the hand
of God in the field, breaking through its pod and waving its
sapling leaves before the face of the sun. It shall grow into a
mighty tree; its roots in the heart of the Earth and its
branches high in the sky.
Son of Man - Son of GOD
REVELATIONS OF GOD
There have been many events
of religious revelation but only five of epochal significance.
These were as follows:
500,000 years ago
The Dalamatian teachings. The true concept of the First
Source and Center was first promulgated on Urantia (Earth)
by the one hundred corporeal members of Prince Caligastia's
staff. This expanding revelation of Deity went on for more than
three hundred thousand years until it was suddenly terminated by
the planetary secession and the disruption of the teaching
regime. Except for the work of Van, the influence of the
Dalamatian revelation was practically lost to the whole world.
Even the Nodites had forgotten this truth by the time of Adam's
arrival. Of all who received the teachings of the one hundred,
the red men held them longest, but the idea of the Great Spirit
was but a hazy concept in Amerindian religion when contact with
Christianity greatly clarified and strengthened it.
37,000 years ago
2. The Edenic teachings.
Adam and Eve again portrayed the concept of the Father of
all to the evolutionary peoples. The disruption of the first
Eden halted the course of the Adamic revelation before it had
ever fully started. But the aborted teachings of Adam were
carried on by the Sethite priests, and some of these truths have
never been entirely lost to the world. The entire trend of
Levantine religious evolution was modified by the teachings of
the Sethites. But by 2500 B.C. mankind had largely lost sight of
the revelation sponsored in the days of Eden.
1,973 Years before Christ
Melchizedek of Salem. This
emergency Son of Nebadon inaugurated the third revelation of
truth on Urantia (Earth). The cardinal precepts of his
teachings were trust and faith. He taught trust in
the omnipotent beneficence of God and proclaimed that faith was
the act by which men earned God's favor. His teachings gradually
commingled with the beliefs and practices of various
evolutionary religions and finally developed into those
theologic systems present on Urantia at the opening of the first
millennium after Christ.
August 21 7 B.C.
Jesus of Nazareth. Christ Michael presented for the
fourth time to Urantia (Earth) the concept of God as the
Universal Father, and this teaching has generally persisted ever
since. The essence of his teaching was love and
service, the loving worship which a creature son voluntarily
gives in recognition of, and response to, the loving ministry of
God his Father; the freewill service which such creature sons
bestow upon their brethren in the joyous realization that in
this service they are likewise serving God the Father.
1937 - 1939 first printing 1955
The Urantia Papers. The papers, of which this is
one, constitute the most recent presentation of truth to
the mortals of Urantia (Earth). These papers differ from
all previous revelations, for they are not the work of a single
universe personality but a composite presentation by many
beings. But no revelation short of the attainment of the
Universal Father can ever be complete. All other celestial
ministrations are no more than partial, transient, and
practically adapted to local conditions in time and space. While
such admissions as this may possibly detract from the immediate
force and authority of all revelations, the time has arrived on
Urantia when it is advisable to make such frank statements, even
at the risk of weakening the future influence and authority of
this, the most recent of the revelations of truth to the mortal
races of Urantia.