Premillennialism in Christian eschatology is the interpretation of chapter 20 of
the Book of Revelation in the Bible which sees Christ’s second coming as
occurring before or pre- his literal thousand year reign on earth which some
envision to be centred literally on King
David’s throne in Jerusalem. Premillennialism is distinct in that it usually
interprets these “thousand years” literally; other views often interpret this as
a figurative term for a long, undefined period of time (particularly,
amillennialists and many postmillennialists).
Premillennialism also holds this period of one thousand years is eschatological,
and has not yet begun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premillennialism

The concept that Jesus is going to reanimate in the Kenoma (material
environment), can only be justified if Jesus can what cannot be recovered from
matter, which is already resoved itself into matter. This would be like saying
Jesus was never a man, in the physical sense, and was never bound to the laws of
physics and nature. The another view of this same phenomena, is gleaned from
the term amillenialism.

Amillennialism [A, Latin meaning “in” (rather than the commoner “none”), and
Millennialism, referring to the binding of “the dragon, that old serpent, which
is the Devil, and Satan” for 1,000 years as described in Revelation chapter 20
verse 2] (also nunc-millennialism or positively realized millennialism) in
Christian eschatology is an interpretation of chapter 20 of the Book of
Revelation which sees the “1000-year reign” of Christ as having
already begun. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amillennialism

There is a third possibility. This is directly related to what the Gnostic
Gospels, and other Sethian works say about the nature of Jesus. Sethian
Christianity has only just begun to be explained, and any information you might
have, including opinion, is not going to change the facts about the Apostolic
lineage, of Sethian Christianity, the elements and processes that the Gospel of
Thomas Yahoo group, has collected. This is the first group since the Alexandrian
Church was forcibly closed by Orthodox rule, from Rome, that understand the
method of Enlightenment, kept secret for ages. Sethian can be explained….

Sethian: It is a name for a specific sect of Gnostics, but also a category
created by scholars to refer to a number of sects that are similar to
Valentinians. The Sethians as a group were known to Hippolytus who dedicated
Book Five in his work, ”The Refutation of All Hereseys,” to denouncing them.
(See Gaffney) Seth was a character of Gnosticism who represented a savior figure
and third son of Adam, founder of the Gnostic race. Generally Sethian works
include, “Pistis Sophia,” “Allogenes,” ”The Gospel of Mary,*” “Sentences of
Sextus,” “Marsanes,” “Gospel of The Egyptians,*” ”The Apocalypse of Adam,*”
“Origin of The World,” ”The Gospel of Thomas,*” ”The Gospel of Philip,”
“The Three Steles of Seth,” “Melchizidek,” ”The Apocryphon of John,” ”The
Gospel of Judas,” Trimorphic Protennoia,” the un-named text in the Bruce
Codex, and ”Zostrianos.” (Others) Some Sethian works suggest strong ties with
Jewish Gnosticism, as well as Platonic thought, as well as Zoroasterism. (They
maintained three principles; darkness below, light above, and spirit in-between,
according to work attributed to Dr. Roy Blizzard, University of Texas. See also;
”Sethian Gnosticism, A Literary History,” Turner) see also;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sethian
( * Indicates works from the Nag Hammadi Lib., that have other works by the same
name.)

Many of the references in these Sethian works are about the workings of the
Monad, which is a Pythagorean and Chaldeon principle studied world wide,
hundreds of years before Jesus. It parallels the study of the Tai Chi, in the
”Book of Changes.” It is essential to understanding the Sethian method of
thought in the process of Gnostic transcendence. Jesus plays a special role in
this methodology as his Word, is converted to the concept of the Monad or
Monogene…

Monogenes: The “Only begotten.” Probably means one thing, (one gene) that can
grow into more complex things in the context of the Monadology, like the term
Word, in the Sacred Tetrad. (See; Autogenes and Logos. See also; “A Valetinian
Expostition.”) May also resemble the idea of meme.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme Theodotus explains that Jesus is the
Paraclete in this process.

Paraclete; Parakleiton: (puraclete) “Comforter” or one who pleads a case for
another. This word is sometimes used for the Holy Spirit or for the Logos. (See
“1st Book of Jeu”) ”The followers of Valentinus say that Jesus is the
Paraclete, because he has come full of the Aeons, having come forth from the
whole. For Christ left behind Sophia, who had put him forth, and going into the
Pleroma, asked for help for Sophia, who was left outside; and Jesus was put
forth by the good will of the Aeons as a Paraclete for the Aeon which had
passed. In the type of the Paraclete, Paul became the Apostle of the
Resur­rection.” (Theodotus, source, Dr. Andrew Criddle.)

There are essentially four reliable authors on Sethian concepts. The first is
Clement of Alexandria, and his work ”Stromata.” There are two collections of
written fragments of Theodotus. Theodotus’ makes parallel references that are
unmistakable as explanations of Sethian concepts. There is a set of fragments of
about fifty paragraphs of the thoughts of Heracleon, who explains a lot of
”Gospel of John,” concepts about Summarians. Works thought to be written by
Valentinus, ”A Valentinian Exposition,” and others also serve to explain
Sethian concpets.

There is a reason why traditional Biblical Dictionaries, don’t contain many of
the words and concepts like Aeons, Pleroma, and Sophia, and about forty some
pages of other terms you need to define, before you can understand the Sethian
texts, with any hope of grasping the contents. However, make no mistake, what
these texts reveal is Jesus had a Secret set of teachings, and they can be
revealed, and to a great extent. Most of the Sethian works point to the workings
of the ”Gospel of Thomas,” as the actual Sophia, of the Sethian system, Jesus
left behind.

There are many anti-Gnostics in the social fabric of the Christian world, and
they have voiced the objections to the Secret teachings for thousands of years.
When you parallel their accusations to the actual historical and archeological
Sethian works, it becomes obvious fast that most of the minions of Christian
history lied, and lied badly, about the Apostolic lineage, and origins of these
works.

The Alexandrian Church, was started by Mark, on his way to Rome with Peter.
Pantaenus, was appointed by Peter to start the first Christian school there. The
Secret Christianity, was known and practiced by Basilides, Isidore, Barnabus,
Clement, Valentinus, Carpocrates, Origen, and others, I have mentioned, yet
modern Orthodox Christianity denys there is any lineage to the Sethian works.

The earth is not flat, and the Sethian works have the strongest Apostolic
lineage of any other Christian works. The Gnostic Gospels are as valid as the
New Testament Gospels, Heracleon’s fragments are proof positive, that they
should be all known to Christians.

I have the Glossary which explains the Sethian works, the history of the
Apostolic lineage, the terms used in the elements and processes of Sethian
Gnosis. There are a host of good rferences that support the lexicology the text
provides. I send it to who wants it, just E-mail me. tom@…
discussion at: GospelofThomas@yahoogroups.com

Tom Saunders

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