Seeking the beams and specks
Next, we will analyse the sets and their complements. There are two new signs used: 1) ≡ means that two facts are in congruence and 2) ≠ means that two facts form contradiction. Throughout the analysis we should remember the conjecture: John the Baptist is Jesus.
b ∩ f ≠ ∩ s
This means that congruence exists between the facts that John the Baptist is ascetic and Jesus is ascetic. Similarly, an incongruence exists, when John the Baptist does not eat and drink among people when compared to Jesus who eats and drinks among people. We can explain the incongruence because Jesus is actually John the Baptist, who behaves differently than how he behaves as Jesus.
e ∩ c ≠ u ∩ v ≠ j
Another incongruence is the result of the fact that John the Baptist is Elijah and is not Elijah at the same time. Logically the same features cannot exist in A and its complement at the same time. Of course, if we expand our thinking such that John the Baptist was also another person with a different name at one point, and then he was himself, John the Baptist, at another point in time - then John the Baptist can and cannot be Elijah. This also makes our conjecture possible: if John the Baptist is and is not Elijah, it is also possible that John the Baptist is Jesus at one point and is not Jesus at another.
e ≡ j ≡ i ≠ t ≠ u ≠ v ≠ p
As stated above, when we consider John the Baptist to be Jesus, there are some facts in congruence and some not in congruence. Because of these contradictions, it seems difficult to suggest a logical pattern to explain the differences. However, let us once again consider for a moment John the Baptist as Jesus as two different phases of one person’s continuum.
d ≡ m ≡ n ≡ h, and b ≡ f ≡ l, and e ≡ p ≡ k ≡ h, and even b ∩ f ≡ l ∩ s, and g ≡ i ≡ j
We know that John the Baptist is born of woman and Jesus is born of the Holy Spirit. If we assume that John the Baptist later becomes Jesus, we can then understand the passage from Quran where it is described how Jesus could already speak as a newborn baby.
As said, Jesus and John the Baptist can both be ascetic, if they are the same person. Thus they can also eat and drink and not eat and drink with the people. Also the most obvious proof, the exact words of Herod, are now in congruence: Jesus is John the Baptist.
We still need to remember that when John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, he said “I am not Christ, Elijah or even a prophet, but only a voice of one calling in the desert”. These words are in reality and also symbolically speaking about denying oneself. As we pointed out earlier, there is nothing written inside the Great Pyramid of Giza and there is no name for Mona Lisa which was given by Leonardo himself. This same context explains why John the Baptist is nothing and thus has no name. He prepares for transformation. The human ego must die before the actual rebirth can take place.
The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)
Jesus receives the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and thus he becomes enlightened. This event takes place in the mountain, where three disciples (Peter, Jacob and John) witness it. On the mountain they are accompanied by two more people: Moses and Elijah. If John the Baptist is not Jesus and he was Elijah to come, then there should have been Moses and John the Baptist on the mountain that day. After all, only a couple of chapters earlier John is said to be killed and before that he was said to be Elijah himself, or at least “the one who is called the messenger of God who will prepare the Way” (Malachi 3:1).
Who is the Son of Man? (Matthew 16:13)
Jesus asks his disciples who the people say the Son of Man is, and they answer: “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asks for the opinion of the disciples themselves, and Peter answers “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” At that moment, Peter receives the Baptism of Water and thus Jesus tells him: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but my Father in heaven.” Jesus also baptizes Simon as Peter, which means the rock – the truthful foundation.108 At that moment Simon receives a new name, Peter, and thus Simon is no more. This clearly shows us how the Baptism of Water works. The old identity makes room for the new one.
108 In Egyptian terms, Peter is the Horus-name of Simon.
Jesus in Egypt
It is said in Matthew 2:15 that Jesus was in Egypt for as long as Herod was alive. This makes one wonder, how it is possible that Jesus is also baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan? (Mark 1:9) This is impossible because Herod is the one who imprisons John the Baptist (Mark 1:14; Matthew 14:3). Herod knew John the Baptist very well and he was afraid of his teachings (Matthew 14:3-5). However, the Bible also says: “At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him”” (Matthew 14:1-2).
In this context, ‘Egypt’ does not refer the land of Egypt. After all, why would it say in the Book of Revelations 11:8: “Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.” ‘Egypt’ is figurative, just like the names Jacob, Israel and Bethlehem. When learning Scripture, we must remember that everything must appear first in the mental world, before it can be take place also in the physical one 109. This means that the events described in the Bible and the Quran must be first understood, in consciousness, mentally, before reflecting the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth. The rule is: First is the Thought and then comes the Word to describe the Thought. This is the divine order – there can be no Son before Father.
109 This idea is also easy to prove in practice. Your task is to create a table. If you can create it without thinking of a table before it already exists, then you can have the physical result before mental thought. See also Appendix 1: The principle of mentalism.
The imprisoned John the Baptist is a metaphor for the Du’at. The soul is imprisoned in the mental world just like the body is imprisoned in the physical. The old identity of the newly born Messiah has to die. After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus begins his works of miracles. Now, the identity received in the Baptism of Water is gone and the new identity comes through as a result of the Baptisms of Fire and of the Holy Spirit.110
110 Of Muhammad, see e.g. (Hämeen-Anttila, 2006) “A nation will not be destroyed when I am at their beginning, and Jesus, the son of Mary, is at its end and Al Mahdi is in the middle”, where “beginning” is the Baptism of Water, “middle” is the Baptism of Fire and the “end” is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.