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Reading the Pictures of the Apocalypse
GA 104a

We are daily overwhelmed by pictures of the world situation which reflect mighty spiritual events in our time. Our task is to learn to rightly read these pictures and make judgments about them. This book offers rich opportunities for such practice, or inner schooling, so that we can meet the world situation in full wakefulness.

These lectures, consisting of listener's notes, present Steiner's account of the meaning of the most esoteric book in the Bible.

Themes include: the nature of the third millennium; Sorat and the significance of the number 666; the War of All against All; the Second Coming of Christ; and the true nature of the I and the possible futures open to it — futures that depend upon our actions now.

The illustration on the cover is drawn from these lectures. It represents the occult sign for the Intelligence of the Sun, the Christ, the adversary of Sorat, the Demon of the Sun. Translated by James H. Hindes. Preface by Virginia Sease.

Part I: Munich Lectures
Lecture I April 22, 1907
Lecture II May 01, 1907
Lecture III May 08, 1907
Lecture IV May 15, 1907
Part II: Kristiania Lectures
Lecture I May 09, 1909
Lecture II May 10, 1909
Lecture III May 11, 1909
Lecture IV May 13, 1909
Lecture V May 14, 1909
Lecture VI May 15, 1909
Lecture VII May 16, 1909
Lecture VIII May 17, 1909
Lecture IX May 18, 1909
Lecture X May 19, 1909
Lecture XI May 20, 1909
Lecture XII May 21, 1909
Appendix: Cosmogony (Paris) June 6, 1906