The phenomenon has been echoed in the release of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the subsequent cultural debate. My conclusions, as much as I now hate to admit it, were similar to those of Oklahoma City fundamentalist J.R. Church in his book, "Guardians of the Grail... and the men who plan to rule the world!" There, Church breathlessly concludes: "When the true Free Credit Card Knife antichrist finally does emerge to establish a one-world government, he just might be of the Merovingian bloodline, claiming descent from the lineage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ." # The lipstick on my prophetic pig, however, was that my pig was dressed up in the more sophisticated clothing of the monarchist political theory of Dante's De Monarchia and correspondence with modern monarchist activists.
In the mid 1990s a "church quake" took place in the Worldwide Church of God when "Pastor General" Joseph Tkach Sr. admitted that certain doctrinal teachings of the church were flawed. The church dropped its emphasis on "end time" prophecy and its British-Israelism theory by which the U.S. and Britain were said to be Ephraim and Manasseh of the so-called Lost Tribes of Israel. The church lost about two-thirds of its membership as splinter-groups adhering to Armstrong's teachings coalesced and the remaining core of the WCG adopted more mainstream Protestant style teachings. While many from the Worldwide Church of God parted their ways towards church doctrines more to their liking, I dug deeper into the esoteric teachings of Europe's "underground."
Through contact with the "underground stream" of the Western Mystery Traditions, my view of Christianity changed radically with exposure to such writers as Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Gerald Massey, James Morgan Pryse, H. Spencer Lewis, G.R.S. Mead, among others. I was exposed to works such as the "Crata Repoa" in Richard Dawkins' Arcadia and the Arcadian Academy. Dawkins intimates that the "gospel stories" of the Bible may have their origins in ancient Egyptian mystery teachings -- a notion echoed ad nauseum by writers such as Kuhn and Massey.
Simultaneously my notions of "Bible prophecy" were singularly exploded by the work of James Morgan Pryse in his 1910 Apocalypse Unsealed, which re-translates the book of Revelation in light of Greek mystery teachings. There the opening of the "seven seals" was akin to the opening of the seven "chakras" of Hindu and Tibetan occult teaching. As the Egyptian magi had done centuries before, the "Illuminati" of early Christianity used the astrological symbolism of the stars to illustrate phases in the unfolding of hidden alchemical aspects of the psyche. Pryse retold in great detail how the "12 gated city" of the New Jerusalem was the human body and the arrival of the soma heliakon (golden spiritual body) of Greek pneumatology.