Remains of the Ancient Temple of Jerusalem, 1839
Today, I want to talk to you about the New Jerusalem. What did St John mean when he spoke of ‘the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God?’ It is true that it will come down from heaven, but great upheavals and transformations must take place before this can come about. You yourselves will witness all this, for it will happen in our times.
St John speaks of a ‘New Jerusalem’ because there was another Jerusalem, which was destroyed. Why was the first Jerusalem given a name similar to Salem, the city of which Melchizedek was king? Because those who named it knew about Melchizedek. They had been initiated by Moses, who had himself received initiation from Jethro, his father-in-law.
Melchizedek gave Moses his mission to the world
When Moses fled from Egypt he took refuge in the land of Midian, where he married Zipporah, the daughter of the high priest of the land. For years, Moses studied under the guidance of Jethro his father-in-law. It was he who put Moses in touch with Melchizedek, and it was Melchizedek who gave Moses the mission to take to the world that great and terrible religion of the one true God, and to impose it by force.
In Genesis, Moses tells the story of Abraham, and it is in this context that he mentions Melchizedek. He does not say very much about him, but later, when he gave the key to his five books to the seventy Ancients of Israel, he revealed the existence of that initiatic centre that controls everything from the unknown place that represents the lost paradise, or Pardes, as it is called.
Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon all knew initiatic science
This great science, in which Abraham and Jacob had been initiated before Moses, was also known to David and Solomon, whose name in Hebrew, Shlomo, has the same root as shalom, peace—which is also found in Yerushalaim, the Hebrew name for Jerusalem.
Solomon was told to build the temple of Jerusalem, the dimensions and architectural design of which, as well as all the objects it contained, corresponded to a science handed down by tradition. But this first temple was destroyed by the armies of Titus in order to punish the Jews for breaking the law.
The New Jerusalem must be created to replace the old Jerusalem which was destroyed
The temple was destroyed and the Jewish people scattered to the ends of the earth, because at that time the Jews had abandoned the spirit of their religion and refused to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. The old Jerusalem was the initiatic centre that contained the seed of the humanity of the future, but this centre failed in its mission.
This is why a new one must now be created to take its place. The New Jerusalem will be built on the pattern of Salem, the city in which Melchizedek dwells surrounded by all those extraordinary beings of history and legend who are still alive and who, it is said, will one day return to the world. Many cabbalists and alchemists dwell there. Even Nicolas Flamel, the famous alchemist who never died, is there in the kingdom of the initiates, the kingdom of Melchizedek.
To be continued…
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Sèvres, January 4, 1959
Complete Works Volume 26, A New Dawn, Society and Politics in the Light of Initiatic Science
Chapter 6, The New Jerusalem
Image: Remains of the Ancient Temple of Jerusalem, 1839, lithograph by David Roberts