The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric: A Collection of Lectures on the Second Coming of Christ
“Since the coming of Gautama Buddha, Eastern mystics have spoken especially about a future condition when earth will be bathed in a moral etheric atmosphere. Ever since the time of the ancient rishis, they had hoped that this moral impulse would come to earth from Vishva Karman (or from Ahura Mazda, as Zarathustra proclaimed). Eastern mysticism foresaw that this moral atmosphere would come to earth from the being we call the Christ. Eastern mystics had set their hopes on the being of Christ.” — Rudolf Steiner (p. 125)
The first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles describes Christ’s Ascension: “and a cloud received him out of their sight.” As the disciples were looking up, two angels appeared and said, “the same Jesus, taken up from you into heaven, shall come again in the same way as you have seen him go.”
Starting in 1910, Rudolf Steiner initiated a series of lectures announcing the advent of Christ’s appearance in the sphere of the earth’s etheric or life body. This he said would begin between 1930 and 1940, but at first, only a few people would be aware of it. In time, more and more people—regardless of their religious affiliation—would be infused by Christ’s living presence. Such “Damascus experiences,” bespeaking a new natural clairvoyance, Steiner said, would become increasingly common.
The Christ will become a living comforter. Though it may seem strange now, it is nevertheless true that even large numbers of people sitting together and wondering what to do will see the etheric Christ. He will be there and confer with them; he will cast his word into their gathering. We are approaching these times when this positive, constructive element will take hold of human evolution.” — Rudolf Steiner (p. 122)
The lectures collected here on the second coming of Christ also contain significant related issues, such as spiritual science and etheric vision, the etheric vision of the future, the Sermon on the Mount and the land of Shambhala, the etherization of the blood, the mysteries of comets and the moon, Buddhism and Pauline Christianity, and the three realms between death and rebirth.
C O N T E N T S:
Introduction by Stephen E. Usher
1. The Appearance of Christ in the Etheric
2. Spiritual Science and Etheric Vision
3. Buddhism and Pauline Christianity
4. Mysteries of the Universe: Comets and the Moon
5. The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric
6. The Sermon on the Mount and the Land of Shambhala
7. The Return of Christ
8. The Etheric Vision of the Future
9. The Etherization of the Blood
10. Spirit Beings and the Ground of the World–1
11. Spirit Beings and the Ground of the World–2
12. Spirit Beings and the Ground of the World–3
13. The Three Realms of Life between Death and Rebirth
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.