The story of a character named Apollos (taken from the biblical Apollos) follows the allegorical quest with a consort named Sophia ("wisdom") in search of the historical Apollonius of Tyana to various lands: Greece, Italy, Egypt, Turkey and India. The story of a character named Joshua (allegorical Yeshua/Jesus) follows the search for the nature of the Higher Self in the Holy Land, accompanied by an angelic guide Binah ("understanding"), who helps Joshua understand his true nature as the higher mind ("Christ-consciousness"). The story of the character Saul/Paul is based on the biblical adventure of Paul in Arabia, where he goes through a process of initiation into the mysteries of the Essenes.
The three stories are intertwined with an overarching theme of initiation into the mysteries of the Human Being as revealed through the numerological 333 (sensuality), 444 (serpent-coil), 555 (desire), 666 (lower mind), 777 (cross), 888 (higher mind), 999 (intuitively wise), and 1000 (conqueror) of Pryse's Apocalypse Unsealed.
After the story has been told, the reader is invited to look into the mysteries of man's spiritual evolution as revealed by "Key to the Initiated" -- an esoteric version of the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation).
The book is dedicated to an adept named Maestro Salvatore D'Aura, who recently passed away at the age of 100. He introduced me to the concept that Apollonius of Tyana was the St. Paul of the first century, and that the story of Jesus was intertwined with the story of Apollonius. Naturally, I include my encounter with the adept in the book.
The book is an original story, providing new insights into ancient stories and religious traditions. I wrote the story in the form of an allegorical romance in order to make the story readable to a wide audience. I believe that people from many religious backgrounds will be interested in the book, especially people interested in a new way of thinking about Apollonius/Paul/Jesus and their contribution to man's unfolding of higher consciousness.
BACKGROUND TO THE BOOK:
Almost thirty years ago I had an opportunity to visit the A.R.E. headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There I discovered a book about Apollonius of Tyana by Daniel Tredwell. The Wheel of Destiny opened up a new world to me about a world teacher that was the Apostle Paul of the Bible. Everything after that moment seemed to unfold like a predestined chart of the path that would eventually lead me to write about Apollonius/Paul.
The book covers the significant past lives of Yeshua/Jesus, a concept that I gleaned from the writings of Edgar Cayce. The character Joshua (the middle section of each chapter) represents the journey of the soul through an encounter of those significant past lives. About 35% of the book (or better) is devoted to Joshua/Yeshua, and an additional section at the end of the book covers the "Key to the Initiated" – an esoteric version of the Apocalypse (based in part on Edgar Cayce’s work, Yogananda’s teachings, and in part on Pryse’s Apocalypse Unsealed, and other sources).
I believe my book is unique because it reveals the connection between Apollonius of Tyana and Paul of the Bible, it takes an esoteric look at the life of Saul of Tarsus, and it unveils the past lives of the Master Teacher(Yeshua/Jesus). The "Key to the Initiated" alone, as a verse by verse expository revelation of the soul’s initiation into its inner mysteries, is worthy of consideration as a treasure of wisdom.
The market for this book would definitely include the initiates of all religions who are interested in the spiritual odyssey of the soul into the ancient Mystery Temple. Bible students would be curious to know about the Apollonius of Tyana/Paul of Tarsus connection. New Age adherents would relish the Yeshua story as it unfolds through the past lives of a master. Visionary fiction or historical fiction readers would be curious to know about an alternative history of the first century AD. Comparative religion students would be enthused to know that a Greek philosopher named Apollonius of Tyana traveled to India and Egypt (and other places) to obtain the wisdom of the ages. Students of Christian studies would be amazed to learn that a new paradigm of the Book of Revelations exists, allowing them to see the sacred scripture as a repository of wisdom teachings in contrast to the "End Times" teachings.