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Channeling Books from the Spiritual Dimension: Case No.13: Jacob Boehme

Jacob Boehme (1575- 1624)


Jacob had a shoemaker apprenticeship for 3 years from the age of 14 to 16. During this time, "a stranger, plain and mean of dress, but otherwise of good presence, came to the shop and asked to buy a pair of shoes. As the master shoemaker was absent, the uninitiated prentice-boy did not feel competent to sell the shoes, but the buyer would not be put off. Thereupon young Jacob set an enormous price upon them, hoping to stave off the trade. The man, however, without any demur paid the price, took the shoes, and went out.


Just outside the door the stranger stopped, and in a serious tone called out, "Jacob, come hither to me! " The man, with shining eyes looking him full in the face, took his hand and said, "Jacob, thou art little but thou shalt become great... a man very different from the common cast, so that thou shalt be a wonder to the world. Be a good lad, fear God and reverence His Word. " With a little more counsel, the stranger pressed his hand and went his way, leaving the boy amazed. " From Memoirs p. 6 quoted in Jacob Boehme: His Life and Spirit, Rufus M. Jones (http://biblehub.com)


So, who was the mystery man? We don't know. Did the prophecy come true? Yes.


Jacob became great, not in his lifetime but later, through his theological books, which are many.


Paul said that we must test everything to see if the source is from God (2 Cor. 11.3-4). How do we do this? We can look at what Jacob said about how he received his revelations for his books and also delve into the teachings that Jacob's books contain.


1. So what did Jacob say about the source of his revelations? We don't have much recorded about his. But we have enough to work with.


A. "Art has not wrote this, neither was there any time to consider how to set it punctually down, according to the right understanding of letters, but all was ordered according to the direction of the Spirit, which often went in haste, so that in many words letters may be wanting, and in some places a capital letter for a word....I could have wrote in a more accurate, fair, and plain manner, yet the reason I did not was this, that the burning fire often forced forward with speed, and the pen must hasten directly after it, for that fire comes and goes as a sudden shower. I can write nothing of myself but as a child which neither has ever been learnt... "(pp. 1-2, Confessions of Jacob Boehme, W. Scott Palmer, 1920, Methuen & Co., London)


B. "...for if the Spirit were withdrawn from me, then I could neither know nor understand my own writings. " (p. 5 Ibid)


C. "But for the sake of the violent fight, and for the sake of the earnestness which we have together, this revelation has been given me, and the vehement driving or impulse to bring it so to pass as to set all down on paper.


What the total sequel is, which may follow upon and after this, I do not fully know. Only sometimes future mysteries in the depth are shown to me." (p. 11 Ibid)


D. "I marvel that God should reveal himself thus fully to such a simple man, and that he thus impels him also to set it down in writing.. "(pp. 12- 13 Ibid)


E. "I take heaven to witness that I do here what I must. The Spirit drives me to it, so that I am wholly led captive thereby, and cannot be freed from it whatever may befal me hereafter, or ensue upon it." (p. 36 Ibid)


F. "...for the longing of the eternal nature-mother drives me on to write... "(p. 48 Ibid)


G. "What could I, simple layman, teach or write of their high art if it was not given to me by the Spirit of nature, in whom I live and am? Should I oppose the Spirit that he should not open where and in whom he pleases?" (p. 45 Ibid)


H. "Although I write and speak in high fashion thereof, yet the understanding is not my own, the spirit of the Mother speaketh out of her children what it will... "(p. 77 Ibid)


I. "I will so speak as for the use of many, and yet I think I write it but for myself: the fiery driving will have it so as if I did speak of and for many, and yet I know nothing of this while I write.


Therefore if it shall happen to be read, let none account it for a work of reason, for it hath proceeded from the inward hidden man, according to which hath written it without respect of any person." (pp. 79-80 Ibid)


Comments: From the above quotes it can clearly be seen that Jacob did not see himself as a scholar and that he believed his books were revealed revelations from God.


The A quote above suggests that Jacob was hearing rapid dictation and that he struggled to keep up. Are there any other primary sources that actually use the word "dictation"? Yes. I found one. This will be quote J below.


J. "I have not dared to write otherwise than that was given and indited to me. I have continually written as the Spirit dictated and have not given place to reason." (from a 1620 letter to a friend mentioned by Rufus M. Jones in Jacob Boehme: His Life and Spirit)


Comments: "indited" is an obsolete word and is translated online as meaning "write" or "compose". However, in sentence context, it seems to mean "told". The word "dictated" can sometimes mean "told" too and is not always literally actual dictation. That is why in this case, all the above quotes about Jacob's written work are important. Taken together, and especially referring to the A quote, it can be safely inferred that it was actual verbal dictation that Jacob was writing down.


Now, this leads on to Paul's test again.


2. Let's Check the Theology of Jacob's revelations to see if they are consistent with the theology of the Bible.


A. The F quote above mentions a "nature-mother".


B. The H quote mentions the "spirit of the mother".


Comments: The Bible uses male terminology to describe God in the Bible, though we know he is not actually a male. However, Jesus is. It is a radical departure from the Bible to refer to God in feminine terms. I have to ask, did Jacob hear a female voice in his dictation seasons?


C. "Heaven and Hell are present everywhere...."(Confessions of Jacob Boehme p. xxxii)


D. "Heaven is nothing but a manifestation of the Eternal One... "(Ibid p. xxiii)


E. "God dwells in all things... "(Ibid p. xxiii)


F. "Wherein then I found, in all things, evil and good, love and anger, in the inanimate creatures, in wood, stones, earth and the elements, as also in men and beasts."(Ibid p. 16)


G. "...neither am I a heathen, but I have the true knowledge of the one only great God who is All." (Ibid p. 46)


H. "Thus (the soul) goeth out from the Spirit of God and is often bemired in the dirt of the world, if the Virgin of Divine Wisdom doth not call it back again to repent and return to its first love." (Ibid p. 143)


I. "The soul is in its first being a magical fire-source from God's nature." (Ibid p. 140)


J. "So then, the soul, being of itself a hungry magical fire-spirit, desireth spiritual virtue in order to sustain and preserve thereby its fire-life and allay the hunger of its source." (Ibid p. 141)


K. The scholar Theophorus says to his student, Junius, while discussing the afterlife, "The soul has Heaven and Hell within itself..."(from the section called Heaven and Hell in The Supersensual Life, 1624)


Obviously, some of Jacob's theology is consistent with the Bible or the Christians who read it, wouldn't. But you can't have ideas like the quotes above and claim it came from the mouth of God, the God of the Bible.


So, combining the theology with the source, who was the man who came to prophesy to Jacob, when he was working in the shoe shop, and who was the owner of the voice that said it was God?


Let's look at the theological quotes above, again. The quotes sound consistent with Animism and New Age beliefs. Who is behind these religious systems?


So, why is it dangerous to allow yourself to be a channel for dictation from the spiritual world? Because the Bible is a closed canon. God does not send any books outside of the Biblical canon as they are not needed.


Well, what if we say that God wants to share some new revelations in our time? So, let's argue this through. For argument's sake, let's say that God allows and wants to reveal Christian books today... then what are the implications of this if He does? The Bible itself is not a revealed book but an inspired book... inspired by the Holy Spirit. If God decided to give us Christian books today via dictation or in already written form, then these books would have to be seen as equal to the Bible or even as more important, as these books would be the actual 100 percent exact words of God.


It seems that quite a few Christians have received books from God. I, personally, don't believe they were from the God of the Bible. For further information read my Facebook page about St. Catherine of Siena, who also received a dictated Christian book. And I have a Facebook page on Channeling Books From the Spiritual Realm.


God bless. 🙂

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