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Jakob Lorber (July 22, 1800-1864) considered himself "God's scribe". Over a period of 24 years, he wrote manuscripts equivalent to 10,000 pages in print, expecting and receiving no financial reward. On March 15, 1840, he heard a voice from the region of his heart, and began to write. Lorber himself was unable to understand many of the things he was told by the Inner Voice, and yet wrote illuminating insights on the nature of atoms, elementary particles, electricity, the tremendous energy potential of small matter, and so forth, long before such material was discovered by science.
A brief biography by his friend von Leitner reveals that Lorber was an uncomplicated, harmless person. He was born in a small village named Kanischa , in Austria. He was trained as a village teacher, and had some musical talent, even taking lessons from the virtuoso violinist Paganini, and once giving a concert as a violinist at the La Scala Opera House in Milan. Lorber was offered the position of assistant musical director by the theater in Trieste in 1840, but declined and chose a life of solitude upon hearing direction from the Inner Voice. Lorber wrote that the Inner Voice spoke freely with authority as the voice of Jesus Christ, who was God.
The Great Gospel of John is about 2,000 pages of remarkably detailed first-person narrative of Jesus's three-year ministry, the structure of which is based on the Gospel of John. This narrative results in a description of Jesus that clarifies how he is God, Creator of the universe, and gives insights that the books of John and Matthew were written while the events occurred; for instance, Lorber writes that Jesus specifically told Matthew to take notes during the Sermon on the Mount. Such revelations go contrary to the popular historical record, which typically place the authorship of Matthew a couple dozen years after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lorber writes such facts in an unpretentious manner, woven into a deep revealment of freedom, love, and mercy. This makes a work whose effect is quite compelling, and he is regarded as one of the great mystics, whose writing can be compared to Emmanuel Swedenborg and Jakob Boehme.
Lorber was open and friendly regarding his labor of transcribing revelations from God, and found himself involved in small intrigues designed to prove that he was a fake. The wife of one of his friends was certain that Lorber had studied books and was pretending to write by the Inner Voice, but never could find the scientific books which he supposedly was hiding. She did find one book when she searched - the Bible.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, Lorber wrote of the age of technology, when men would invent wireless communication and fly across the oceans, produce machines like living, thinking men that could perform all human tasks -- "and thereby many human hands will become idle and the stomachs of the poor and jobless will go hungry." He wrote of the iron wagons and roads on which they would be travelling faster than an arrow, the burning of fossil fuels, air pollution, deforestation and the drastic consequences thereof. He wrote of nuclear devastation, and described the earth's outer atmosphere having a "bluish shimmer", and wrote that the surface of the moon is not solid, but very loose "like congealed foam of the ocean" which approximates evidence gathered by the astronauts. At one point, Lorber describes the humble fly in intimate detail, with information about its role in metabolizing subatomic-sized particles emanating from the sun. He foretold the asteroid belt, which he said was the broken pieces of a burst planet, Mallona . The Milky Way he described as a cosmic unity and in its total form as lens-shaped, which was unknown to astronomy at the time. Even though only a few pages of his manuscript were published during his lifetime, he accurately predicted that it would all be published, and studied throughout the world, as it is today.
Lorber's emphasis on spiritual reality being more important than physical, and simple position that the wisdom of God is far greater than any modern science, can be used to excuse his assertion that the Sun is inhabited, or that the planet Saturn is inhabited. Both of these could be considered to be true in the spirit world with little "material evidence". In this manner, Lorber's writing is a work which requests faith or belief in the reader on many points, yet it always circles around love, salvation, and freedom as its central message.
The Great Gospel of John clarifies the importance of our free will and our activities motivated by love for continued spiritual progress. According to this book, Heaven and Hell are already within us as conditions, depending on whether we live in harmony or contrary to the divine order.
Lorber's work is divided into several books, and in aggregate is called The New Revelation.
- New Revelation
- Jakob Lorber: Schreibknecht des Herrn (German)
- Jakob Lorber Foundation, New Zealand
- Publisher of Lorber books
- Jakob Lorber predicts coming catastrophes
- Lorber on suicide
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