Weighing the Grail Message: The World Teacher

Virtually every New Age/occult group is expectant of the emergence of a great world teacher who will physically manifest on earth to usher in what they call “the New Age,” the “New Order” or “the Age of Aquarius” (the terms vary but the concept is the same).

New Agers/occultists believe the forthcoming Age of Aquarius ruled by this “World Teacher” or “Lord Maitreya” will be characterized by love, harmony, peace, joy and abundance and will put an end to this current era/aeon which they term “the Age of Pisces.”

This “paradigm shift” has been predicted way back in the 18th century by Emmanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish mystic who received his messages from fallen angels.

New Agers today are taught not only to look forward to the new age but also to work with the Spiritual Hierarchy in bringing it forth on earth through rituals and dissemination of their messages (just as the Grail movement does).

When we integrate biblical understanding with these occult nuances, it’s clear that the ominous yet powerful world teacher that will be revealed is none other than the Antichrist.

In his lecture titled the World Teacher, Oskar Bernhardt, though resorting to semantic acrobatics and esoteric clichés, aligns himself with the Antichrist and his philosophy – one more proof of the diabolic source of the Grail message.

All quotes in this article are taken from volume 1 chapter 31 of In the Light of Truth by Abdrushin.

The World Teacher is the Son of Man. He is called World Teacher not because He is to teach the World, and will perhaps found a religion that unites the World … rather, He is called World Teacher because he explains the “World” and brings the teaching about the World. That which man really must know!

The anti-Christ will indeed be a world teacher since there’s an ascendancy created for him in the belief systems of various false religions.

Muslims are expectant of their Mahdi; Jews still await their messiah; Hindus believe Kalkin, the final avatar (incarnation) of the Hindu god, Vishnu, will appear in the future.

Buddhists are watching out for the Fifth Buddha (Maitreya) and New Agers await a “Christ” who now heads a hierarchy of spirits in the astral plane to manifest. The coming Antichrist will fulfill these roles.

Granted, Christians also look forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ, but His coming and its purpose stand in stark contrast to that of the Antichrist.

The Bible describes this Antichrist as “the Assyrian, the rod of [God’s] anger (Is. 10:5), “a Destroyer of nations” (Jer. 4:7), “the little horn” who will wage war against the saints (Dan. 7:20-21; Rev. 13:7) and “a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue” who will speak arrogant and blasphemous words (Dan. 8:23 cf. Dt. 28:50).

He is described as the “Man of sin,” “the son of perdition,” “the Wicked one” whose coming shall be “after the working of Satan with all power and lying signs and wonders” (2 Thess. 2:3, 9) and “the Beast” out of the sea of humanity who will look like the Lamb (Jesus) but speak like the dragon (Satan). He will also be given authority over every people, language and nation (Rev. 13:1-8).

Daniel 8:23 describes him as a man that will “understand dark sentences.” The Hebrew noun for dark sentences is used of Samson’s riddle (Judg. 14:12), the Queen of Sheba’s hard questions (1 Kgs. 10:1) and dark sayings of the wise (Prov. 1:6), which are too deep to be understood by the simple.

This implies that the anti-Christ will dazzle and deceive humanity with esoteric teachings, deep philosophy and self-exalting words. Fittingly, Abdrushin says the coming world teacher will bring teachings about the world.

Behind this World Teacher, visible to pure clairvoyants, stands radiantly the great Cross of Redemption, as once it did with Christ! It can also be said that “He bears the Cross!” Which, however, has nothing to do with suffering or martyrdom.

Grail adherents claim to have a mystical revelation of the divine figure Abdrushin actually embodies. Of course, they may not divulge this to outsiders. But from what Abdrushin taught, it’s clear that he also pointed to the coming of a future “Christ”.

Notice that Abdrushin says this world teacher is already visible to clairvoyants – those who see into the spirit realm.

New Agers generally believe that their coming “Christ” has been in the physical plane in one form or the other before. To them, every era has its own world teacher; thus, the Christ of Nazareth has passed, but “another Christ” will come as the world ruler.

The Hierarchy of spirits that their “Christ” heads in the Shamballa plane (the spirit realm) wields much influence over the world and individuals. But this Hierarchy is visible only to mortals who have received 5 levels of occult initiation or “overshadowing.”

While the “great world teacher” will administer the first two initiations on humanity, the other three will be administered by “the Great Hierophant,” a.k.a. Sanat Kumara or Solar Logos – Lucifer/Satan. Thus, a renowned New Age leader, David Spangler wrote:

Lucifer prepares man for the experience of Christhood. [He is] the great initiator … Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a New Age … each of us in some way is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiation … for it is an invitation into the New Age” (Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn, 1977, 44-45).

From the bible, we see that Satan is the power behind the coming great teacher and his kingdom:

“The dragon [Satan] gave the beast [Antichrist] his power and throne and great authority.”

This will culminate in an era of universal Satanism: “Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast” (Rev. 13:2, 4).

In fact, all those whose names have not been written in the book of life will worship and follow this “great teacher” and receive his diabolical mark on their hands and foreheads. The Grail message leads in that very direction.

The connection will immediately be understood as soon as the true meaning of the actual “Cross of Redemption” is known. The Cross of Redemption does not have the same meaning as Christ’s Cross of Suffering, through which mankind could indeed not be redeemed…

Here, we see a distinguishing feature of all false religions: a rejection of the cross and the redemption Christ obtained through it.

The term “redemption” is from the Greek word agorazo and it means “to purchase in the marketplace.” The word is used to describe the believer being purchased out of the slave market of sin and set free from sin’s bondage by death of Christ (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23; Rev. 5:9; 14:3).

It’s also from the word lutroo, which means “to obtain release by the payment of a price.”

Believers have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ to be a special possession for God (1 Pet. 1:18; Tit. 2:4).

But the Grail message, typical of New Age spirituality, rejects the reality of sin, the Fall of man, the redemption by Christ’s blood, His vicarious death on the cross and substitutionary atonement, so they reject these biblical terms. They don’t go with their grand plan.

The Cross was already known before Christ’s time on earth. It is the sign of Divine Truth! Not merely the symbol, but the living form for It … The Cross of Rays, or the radiating Cross, is therefore the Truth in its original-inherent form. And since man can ascend only through the Truth, and in no other way, the human spirit finds redemption only in recognition or knowledge of Divine Truth!

Here, the true meaning and purpose of the cross has been distorted and given an esoteric meaning.

Of course, the “truth” Abdrushin preached is not by any means new: it largely consists of Hindu, Kabbalistic, Gnostic and medieval occult myths and concepts which he fine-tuned a bit and laced with distorted biblical terms.

The idea of being redeemed by secret knowledge is the warp and woof of Gnosticism. Such occult philosophies do not take people to any ascent but plunge them into the depth of Satan’s delusions.

From the book of Revelation, we see that the Antichrist which will emerge as the world teacher will be used by a demonic prototype that ascends from the abyss where demons and some fallen angels are confined (Rev. 11:7-8, 17:11 cf. Lk. 8:31; Rev. 9:1-21, 11:7).

He “was, is and is to come” i.e. he had existed on earth before John’s day, was not on earth in John’s day, but will ascend from the abyss in the future and ultimately go into destruction.

Again, the Bible shows that the kingdom of the Antichrist which will be revived when he comes will be an amalgam of previous 4 world empires: Babylon (lion), Medes-Persia (bear), Greece (leopard) and the fourth beast (Rome), which was the “most terrifying and frightening and very powerful” (see Dan. 7:3-7 cf.  Rev. 13:2).

Therefore, if Abdrushin’s “cross of rays” has been in existence before the time of Christ, then it’s a code term for the anti-Christ’s philosophy.

And since the Son of God and the Son of Man who is now coming are the sole Bringers of the undimmed Truth, bearing it within Themselves. They must both naturally also bear the Cross inseparably within and upon Themselves; that is, They must be Bearers of the Radiant Cross, Bearers of Truth…

This is where Grail adherents derived their dubious “cross bearers” moniker. They have appropriated a term into which a baggage of ideas has been read by their guru.

They are not bearers of the cross of Jesus Christ, however, but the “cross” of the antichrist which is no cross at all but occult mysticism.

The same will also be seen on the Son of Man! The Dove above Him, the Cross of Redemption behind Him … They are the unmistakable signs of His genuine Mission to fulfill the prophecies. They are the signs that cannot be imitated. They are indestructible, warning, and, despite the terrible gravity, they are at the same time promising! Before these alone all darkness must retreat!

The “Son of Man” being referred to here is what New Agers also call Lord Maitreya , the head of the Hierarchy, subordinate to Lucifer. The biblical prophecies of Jesus’ first coming do not apply to His second coming.

On the other hand, the New Spirituality teaches that the hierarchy of fallen angels needs to be ‘externalised’ on the physical plane; on earth, when the human race has fully evolved into homo universalis.

Thus, at the dawn of the New Age, people on earth will have one universal identity, goal and religion (a sort of spiritual totalitarianism).

Occultists are taught to work in bringing the astral plane where the hierarchy lives to the physical plane and vice versa through demonic interactions. This is what they sum up as, “As above, so below.”

From the Bible, we see that the “sweet light” of the Antichrist’s kingdom is only to get the human race to take its diabolic mark; all those who worship the beast and receive its mark are doomed for eternal judgement (Rev.14:9-11).

But now is the day of salvation where the true God calls to those following the Grail message and other forms of New Age spirituality to believe the Gospel taught by the Bible and renounce the philosophies of the Antichrist. The only escape is now.

Look upwards! As soon as the inexorable harbingers of His coming have appeared, clearing the way for Him of the obstacles that human conceit heaps upon it, the bandage will fall from the eyes of many who are granted the grace to recognize Him thus! Then, forced by the power of the Light, they will have to bear witness openly. Watch for that hour, it will be nearer than all men think.

Granted, the harbingers of the coming Antichrist have appeared and have been clearing the way for him.

Aleister Crowley predicted in his “sacred” Book of the Law that the 1980s will cower before a great warlord who would be an incarnation of the Egyptian god Ra-Hoor-Khuit. It never happened.

New Age leader, Benjamin Crème predicted that “Lord Maitreya,” the so-called “Christ” of the New Age, would manifest to the entire world in 1987. He never showed up and Crème died in 2016.

David Spangler also predicted the emergence of a savior, an avatar, father-figure which will be for the race what the ancient-priest kings were in ancient history.

Many years ago, he organized series of people to meditate and send out “spiritual transmissions” to bring forth the new age.

The Bible speaks of “the spirit of the anti christ” and “the mystery of iniquity” which have already been in operation. The spirit possesses certain people – at varying degrees – in each generation to imitate, replace or oppose the Jesus Christ of the Bible.