Lectionary Readings for Friday, January 8th, 2021
Book of Sethantes Chapters 3 and 4
1. And God appointed in heaven angel surveyors, to survey the earth and atmospherea;
and astronomers, to note the place of the stars; and enumerators, to number the
inhabitants of the earth and atmospherea, to grade them and apportion their places; and
nurses and physicians, to receive the es’yans and administer unto them; and builders of
heavenly mansions; and weavers of fabrics for covering the newborn, the es’yans; and
builders of heavenly ships for carrying the inhabitants from place to place. And God
appointed unto all of these, officers and teachers, according to grade appointed he them.
2. And when God had completed his appointments, the people were apportioned in
heaven every one to his place, to begin the work allotted to them. And God called the
asaphs, and he said unto them:
3. Go ye down to the earth, and bring to me the first fruit of the resurrection.
4. And the asaphs said: Thy will is our will, but what meanest thou by the first fruit of the
5. God said: The spirits of the dead. The asaphs said: The spirits of the dead. Who are
6. God said: When a corporean cometh forth out of his corporeal body, this shall be called
7. The asaphs said: Who then are the spirits of death? And God answered them, saying: O
ye that died in infancy, how can ye learn corporeal things! Go ye then to my Lord,
Wagga, and he will show you.
8. The asaphs departed and went down to the earth, and the Lord, through the ashars,
delivered unto the asaphs five hundred es’yans, and they brought them to Hored, before
the throne of God. And God said unto them: Who are these?
9. The asaphs said: These are the first fruit of the first resurrection. Behold, we know now
the beginning and the end of corporeality; the earth body of these es’yans was but a womb
from which they are now delivered.
10. God said: Well done. Take ye these es’yans and feed and clothe them, for this is your
11. The asaphs answered: Alas, we have tried them with all manner of food on which we
ourselves subsist, but they will not eat.
12. God said: Alas, O ye innocents! Ye feed on ethereal food; these es’yans must have
atmospherean food, even as corporeans subsist on corporeal food. Go, then, fulfill this
first resurrection; for as much as ye deliver them, so will ye be delivered in time to come.
13. The asaphs then departed, taking the es’yans with them. But in course of time they
returned again to God, saying:
14. Behold, O God, we have gathered of the atmosphere of trees of all kinds, and of seeds
and plants that grow on the earth, all most beautiful to our senses, and savory to the smell,
and we gave these to the es’yans, but lo, they will not eat. Being alarmed, we again
hastened to thee for information.
15. God said: O ye of little wisdom, knowing so much of heaven and so little of earth. Go
ye back to the place whence ye brought these es’yans, and learn what manner of food they
16. The asaphs went back with all haste to learn in reference to the food. And in due time
they came again before God, saluting, saying:
17. What shall we do, O God? Behold, these es’yans, whilst in the corporeal form feasted
on fish and worms. How can we bring them the atmospherean part of these things?
18. God said: Even the last time ye were present ye said ye had gathered of the
atmospherean part of trees, and seeds and plants growing out of the earth. Why, then,
cannot ye gather of the atmospherean part of fish and worms?
19. The asaphs said: Alas, this difference have we observed: The trees, and plants and
fruits emit delightful atmospheres, most nutritious to the spirit, but that which is emitted
from the living fish and living worm is foul-smelling, being but the sweat and dead
substance evaporating. What, then, shall we do?
20. God said: Go ye to the place where mortals kill fish and worms; and in the same time
that mortals tear these things with their teeth, snatch from their hands and mouths the
atmospherean parts of the food and give it to these es’yans. Remember, also, that little by
little ye shall teach them to live on other kinds of food.
21. And as ye do by these es’yans, do ye also in after time to others, remembering that
what men subsist on in corporeal life, is entailed on them in spirit for a space of time after
entering atmospherea; and of like substance shall they be fed spiritually. The asaphs then
22. On the third day thereafter, as above mentioned, the Voice of Jehovih came to God,
23. My Son, behold what the asaphs have done in thy name thoughtlessly! They came to
the fishery and did as thou badest, gathering food for the es’yans, and at their side stood
the es’yans, saying: Why gather ye food for us? Behold, we are now strong in spirit;
suffer us to gather for ourselves. And the asaphs said: It seemeth well; do as ye desire.
24. Thereupon, the es’yans went to the fishermen and fisherwomen, who were eating raw
flesh, and the es’yans laid hold of the atmospherean part, and ate thereof a sufficiency.
And then the asaphs said to them: Ye have feasted sufficiently; come ye away with us.
25. But lo, the es’yans engrafted themselves on the fishermen and fisherwomen, and
would not depart. The asaphs, not knowing what to do, called on My name. Send thou, O
God, quickly to them, those skilled in deliverance, that My es’yans be preserved unto
26. And God summoned those skilled in deliverance of engraftment, and dispatched them
hastily with messengers to the place of the fisheries.
27. Jehovih said: From the trees, the fruits, the flowers, the grains and seeds, and roots
that grow in the ground, have I created a ceaseless harvest going upward into the
atmosphere, which shall be the sustenance of the spirits of men newborn in heaven. But
whosoever feasteth on flesh on earth, shall not find spiritual food in heaven, but he
shall return to the butcheries and eating-houses where flesh is eaten, and he shall feast on
the atmospherean part thereof, before it is rotten. Be ye guarded of them, lest they
engraft themselves on mortals, feasting on their feasts, and so go down to destruction.
28. After many days the asaphs came before God, saying: The physicians severed such as
were bound, and we brought them away. Shall this be our labor day and night, to lead
these es’yans about, finding them clothes and food? This have we observed, the more we
do for them, the less they do for themselves.
29. Jehovih spake through God, saying: A nurse I provided for the newborn, but when he
is grown I command him to provide for himself that he may be a glory in My kingdoms.
By charity alone ye cannot raise man up; but be diligent to teach him to try continually to
raise himself, for herein lieth the glory of manhood.
30. The asaphs said: If we leave the es’yans alone, they will return again to the fisheries
and fasten themselves upon mortals, doing nothing but eating.
31. God said: Near the fisheries, but in atmospherea, go ye and fashion a colony, and it
shall be your colony in heaven. Thither take these es’yans, not showing them the way of
the fisheries. In the colony put ye them to work, weaving and making clothes and
otherwise producing; but go ye for the food at the fisheries, and bring sufficient
every day, giving only to them who labor, or to invalids and helpless ones. By this ye
shall inspire them to labor, which is the foundation of the growth of the spirit; and in
course of time they will not only care for themselves, but join ye in helping others, which
is the beginning of the second resurrection.
32. Behold, this lesson have ye learned: that according to the diet and the habit of mortals
on earth, so must ye provide their spirits when first entered in heaven.
33. Choose ye, therefore, of your own people a sufficient number to make all things
required in a delightful colony, whether it be food and clothing, or nurseries, or hospitals,
or place of worship, or place of dancing, and receive ye as many es’yans as may be
delivered from the earth, raising them up in industry, virtue, wisdom, mirth, love,
benevolence and adoration, and this shall be a new heaven unto you all.
34. Ye are My chosen, and an example colony of all the kingdoms I shall build in My
heaven. The time cometh when the whole atmosphere around about the earth shall be
filled with countless millions of angels born out of the earth.
35. Be swift in your labor; the people spring up from the earth rapidly into heaven, and
every colony ye now found shall, in time to come, be a great kingdom, requiring
experienced workmen. Whosoever laboreth most efficiently for Jehovih, him will I
promote to wider fields.
36. Ye are as one of the corner-stones of Seffas, and his house shall embrace atmospherea
and the whole earth. Words are already taking root in the mouths of mortals; and
for tens of thousands of years will war reign; might against might; darkness against
darkness. Hundreds of millions will be slain in wars on the earth, and their souls
be thrown into chaos. Even as ye beheld these spirits fastening on to mortals for food,
so will spirits in chaos, millions of them, fasten themselves on the battlefields,
still battling; or fasten themselves on mortals, obsessing them to madness and death.
1. So God established colonies in heaven for the reception of the spirits of mortals; and
the colonies embraced the arts of healing, education, industry, drapery, manufactories, the
building of ships, and all things required for the spirit, even as corporeal things are
required by mortals.
2. And great labor came upon the hosts of God who founded these things, toiling day and
night, receiving the es’yans and providing for them food and clothing. And many of
the hosts of God lamented that they had come to the corporeal earth, and they
framed songs and anthems of lamentation, and these they chanted even whilst at labor.
3. God was troubled that they should thus lament in the presence of the es’yans, and he
called together the proper officers that he might rebuke them; but lo and behold, the light
of Jehovih spake from the throne saying:
4. Rebuke them not, O My son. Did I not command them, saying: Behold I have created a
new world; come ye and enjoy it, even the earth. And when they had come, said I not to
them: Enjoy ye all the fruits of the earth, save the fruit of the tree of life, lest ye die. But
corpor spake to them and they believed in corpor. Wherefore then shall they not lament?
Do they not remember their former homes in etherea, and thus aspire to regain them?
5. But seek thou, O my Son, to make their lamentations a glory in the souls of the es’yans,
that they may also aspire to a higher heaven.
6. The voice departed, and God perceiving the wisdom of Jehovih, commanded certain
officers to collect many of the anthems and deposit them in the library of Hored, in
heaven, and it was so done.
7. This, then, is after the manner of their lamentations, to wit:
8. Where is my home, O Jehovih! When I was happy and my feet wandered.
9. I dwelt with Thy hosts, afar! afar! Thy glory shining.
10. O the songs in Thy upraised kingdoms! when shall I rejoice in the music of my own
11. O those sparkling, running waters? O the pastimes and feasts of love!
12. Where is it, O Jehovih? It was my home in high heaven!
13. I fell, I fell in darkness! Wandering soul within me, that ledest me forth.
14. The gardens of Jehovih stood on every hand. O senseless feet to take me onward!
15. Into the darkness was I lured; sweet perfumes rose amidst the darkness.
16. Intricate in Thy glory, O Jehovih! I lost the way. I was lost!
17. The music of Thy spheres was shut out. I was environed in darkness!
18. Where is my home, O Jehovih? Why have I forsaken it?
19. Crystals, and high arches on every hand. Full, standing out, shining.
20. And the songs of my sweet loves! Such was my home and place of revelry!
21. I bartered them all away, wandering forth. Buried me in the opaque, in the dark!
22. O for my home in high heaven! Mirth, song, rest, and love, clear shining.
23. Thou, O Jehovih, hast given me sons and daughters. Out of this darkness my gems
24. O I will polish them up. Kin of my kin, I will raise them up!
25. Thy Goddesses in heaven above will come. In ships of fire descending!
26. My jewels shall enter and rise with me. We shall search for my home; the haven of
27. I see Thee, O Jehovih, afar off. Higher than the highest of heavens!
28. O hasten, my home, and my rest! O ripen these, my precious diadems!
29. O take us to ethereal worlds.
30. But no one could repeat their numerous lamentations, for there were hundreds of
thousands of them. And as the ethereans sang them, the es’yans, the new born, the
atmosphereans, listened, longing listened, and looked upward.