REAPPEARANCE

he next day the chief priests came to Pilate and appealed to him that the sepulcher be made secure until the third day so that I would not arise as promised. Pilate agreed and sent guards to set a watch (Matthew 27:65-66). My father was very interested in the precautions taken to prove that I would not arise from the tomb, so he kept watch along with the soldiers. Because he feared the Jews as well as the Romans, he sought to conceal his identity from them by taking the name Joseph of Arimathea.


On the third day, I left the spirit realms in my spirit body and returned to the earth and entered the tomb. I dematerialized my battered body of flesh and blood into the surrounding atmosphere. I was able to accomplish this because I understood and was able to call into operation certain laws of nature. At the time, I did not realize that it would be the means of creating a fairly good representation of my countenance on the cloth that had wrapped my body.


No one at the time understood the power that I had over matter, and because of this the people believed that my body arose from the tomb, and hence, the churches teach that the bodies of mortals will also arise at the time of the Great Resurrection. This, however, is not the case, because the body that dies disintegrates into the elements and never again will these elements constitute that same body.


I then materialized a new body with the elements drawn from the universe. This body, to a degree, seemed like flesh and blood and closely resembled my own body. I accomplished this by the culling of the cosmic elements of the universe to create a body with the appearance of flesh. This process conforms to the building of organic molecules around a spirit body in a similar way in which ectoplasm is borrowed from a medium and used to enable a spirit to be visible to mortal eyes.


I left the tomb by passing through the rock that barred the entrance. The stones blocking the entrance to the cave were later rolled away by a bright spirit in the form of a young man who was sent by God for this purpose (Matthew 28:2). The strength he displayed in this task was obtained through the transmission of energy conveyed to him by the many spirits who were present at the time.


He used a guard, whom he put into a trance by suggestion, as the means by which he obtained the necessary ectoplasm to bring about his materialization. When the guards realized that my body had disappeared, they relayed what they had seen to the chief priests who, after consultation, decided they would bribe the guards to say to the people that my body had been stolen from the tomb by my disciples.


When I revealed myself to Mary, she did not recognize me, for my appearance was not the same as it was when my body was entombed. Although I did have the same countenance and eyes and voice of affection that were familiar to her, my physical appearance was different and she thought that I was the gardener (John 20:15).


It became impossible for my father to remain in Palestine after being revealed as the father of the crucified Jesus. He was afraid of the consequences, both political as well as religious, of my crucifixion. That afternoon, under a second concealed name Cleophas, he and my brother, Thomas, hastened to Emmaus (Luke 24:13) to escape what they thought was going to be certain arrest and crucifixion, as had happened to me. I went after them in order to bring them back to Jerusalem, so that all my disciples would be together when they saw me.


Thomas had begun to doubt and his attitude could have been disastrous to the entire plan of salvation, by bringing pessimism and skepticism into the minds of my followers. That is why I went to Emmaus and had Thomas and Cleophas recognize me, when I broke bread with them (Luke 24:30-31). At that time the divine love flowed into their souls, and they immediately regained faith and returned with me to Jerusalem to face whatever dangers might be there. On the next Friday, Thomas was there when he poked his fingers into my side, and what he experienced gave him faith (John 20:27) that I was the resurrected Christ.


The divine love culminated in a great abundance when it was conveyed to my followers fifty days after my death, at the time of the pentecostal showering upon their souls of God's precious essence. This love came into their souls with a great inflowing and burning of their hearts. After the Pentecost, my disciples had a clearer understanding of my mission. The inflowing of God's love gave them the faith and courage to set out into the world to preach and teach of my mission on earth.

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