The Apocalypse received
by John ... when properly understood, expands our conception of
Christianity to cosmic proportions again. It reveals in images —
in a kind of picture language — the deepest secrets of earthly
and human evolution. John was instructed to pass on these images to
humanity so that, through knowledge, we can be better equipped to
evolve spiritually and meet the unfolding power of the adversaries.
These images contain the power of the Word, the Logos. ... Taken into
the soul, they transform; over time they can initiate. This is the
connection between the Apocalypse and the work of Rudolf Steiner, who
said that simply hearing and reading the results of anthroposophical
research can gradually transform the human soul and awakin in us the
ability to perceive the spirit. — from the Introduction
AS WE APPROACH THE END OF
THE CENTURY — and the end of the millennium — we find
ourselves overwhelmed by powerful pictures of the world situation in
which we live. These pictures reflect the mighty spiritual events
taking place in our time. Our task as human beings is to learn to read
these pictures. Reading the Pictures of the Apocalypse offers a
practice or inner schooling in reading “the signs of the
times,” so that we can meet the world situation responsibly and
in full consciousness.
Reading the Pictures
of the Apocalypse consists of listener's notes to lectures given by
Rudolf Steiner in 107 and 1909. The notes present Rudolf Steiner's
masterful account of the meaning of the most esoteric book in the
In brief, forceful
sections, Steiner surveys and penetrates the sweep of world history on
a cosmic scale. His powerful, authoritative interpretation, based on
his own spiritual-scientific research, shows how the human soul as
presently constituted will evolve and change through the great
conflagrations that await humanity in the near and distant future.
Themes include: the
nature of the third millennium, Sorat and the significance of the
number 666; the War of All against All; the Second Coming of Christ;
and above all, the true nature of the I and the possible futures open
to it — futures that depend upon our actions now.
The illustration of
the cover is taken from the lectures. It represents the occult sign for
the Intelligence of the Son, the Christ.