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Apocalypse, the Transformation of Earth

An Esoteric Mineralogy

Friedrich Benesch Translated by Joseph Bailey Foreword by Robert Sardello

474 pp.  
6" x 9"
Illustrations: 48 in color



Published:  December 2015


Then I saw “a new Heaven and a new Earth,” for the first heaven and the first Earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:1-4)

In the Revelation of St. John, spiritual worlds and spiritual entities appear both in images of the sensory world and in images of the mineral realm. This book disusses these two sides of world manifestation.

It is often argued that the images of St. John's Revelations are intended in a purely symbolic way. If this is so, the mineral appears as a symbol for something of a soul-like and spiritual nature. The Revelator however, did not see symbols, but rather realities; even a symbol can be genuine only if something of the reality for which it stands shines through. It must, in a real way, be inwardly identical with what it intends, the essence from which it stems. Thus it must arise from the same reality; otherwise it contains no meaning.

The images of the minerals in the Apocalypse are just as much reality as the minerals are on Earth. Neither is essential; both are simply manifestations of something essential. Hence, both are truly apocalyptic—the mineral we hold in our hand and the image we hold in our mind. They reveal themselves mutually.

This book juxtaposes the objects of sensory appearance and natural-scientific research with sayings from the Revelation of St. John to express the joint background of the appearances. When we connect one with the other, it can lead to an encounter with the essence. This is an “esoteric mineralogy.”

Friedrich Benesch enables a renewed encounter between the human being and mineral being, from which essence and future can then shine out. Anyone wanting to look more deeply into the Book of Revelations should read this beautifully illustrated, unique work on its meaning and its significance for both today and the future of humankind and the Earth.

Image above: Sardonyx as almond agate cross-section; black onyx, whitish chalcedony, reddish-brown sarder, with sardonyx (Brazil)
Image below: A Diamond on kimberlite, octahedron crystal formation layer; part of crystals on the surface right oriented structure


Foreword, "The Mineral World as a Spiritual Path," by Robert Sardello
Part 1: The Apocalypse and Its Images
  1. The Question
  2. Its Fundamental Structure
  3. The Series of the Source Images
  4. The Seven Images of God the Son
  5. The Cosmic Source Images
  6. The Mediator Entities Transit Images
  7. The Series of Estuary (Mouth) Images
  8. The Final Image of the Revelation

Part 2: Spirit in the Mineral Realm
  1. Mineral and the Father-God
  2. Mineral Manifestations as Soul Experience
  3. The Esoteric Tradition
  4. The Mineral and Natural Science
  5. The Mineral as Entity
  6. Origin of the Mineral Realm
  7. Future of the Mineral Realm
  8. Minerals and the Fixed Stars

Part 3: Heavenly Jerusalem and the Mineral World
  1. Formulating the Question
  2. Mineral Epoch and Humanity
  3. Inner Life and Earth’s Future
  4. Minerals and Human Corporeality
  5. Cultic Action
  6. Four Questions from One
  7. The Human Being
  8. The Mineral
  9. Earth and Macrocosm
  10. Evil and the Mineral World
  11. Summary

Part 4: Building Elements of Heavenly Jerusalem
  1. Water
  2. Crystal
  3. The Jasper Problem
  4. The Jasper Experience
  5. The Twelve Precious Stones
  6. Gold
  7. Pearl
  8. Wood
  9. Conclusion
  10. Retrospect and Outlook

Selected Bibliography
About the Author

Apocalypse, the Transformation of Earth: An Esoteric Mineralogy was originally published in German as Apokalypse: Die Verwandlung der Erde – eine okkulte Mineralogie (Verlag Urachhaus, Stuttgart, 1994).

Cover image: The Fourth Angel Sounds His Trumpet (Rev. 8) Beatus escorial, c. 950
(Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain).

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  • The Book of Revelation
  • The Apocalypse in Rudolf Steiner's Lecture Series

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