Watch out for those damned "Theocrats?"
Jay Kinney review:
And here is an excerpt from a review by Jay Kinney that was included in the Preface of the first printing of WiH in 1988. It originally appeared in Gnosis #6, and was written about the pre-publication edition of the book, which was circulated in 1987 under the title of Spiritual Revolution, but it describes War in Heaven equally well.
"This self-published book is among the most fascinating, and most troubling, books I've read in some time. It is fascinating because it consists of channeled (i.e. automatically written) material that is not only clear and pointed but also flies in the face almost all other channeled teachings. And it's troubling because to take Spiritual Revolution (SR) seriously entails entering into a topsy-turvy worldview that most of us would normally consider to be highly paranoid.
"Briefly put, the material in SR claims to emanate from a group of disembodied spirits informally called the 'Invisible College.' As one might guess from its name, this group says it was the force behind the development of groups such as the Freemasons and Rosicrucians. More surprising, however, is its claim to also have influenced the rise of the civil rights movement, the spread of LSD, the anti-war movement, and even rock'n'roll. So far so good: if this were all, one could peg the 'Invisible College' as the hippest bunch of inner plane guides around, whispering bright ideas in the ears of the unsuspecting. However, there's more.
"The group is apparently engaged in a ongoing struggle against another powerful conglomeration of inner plane spirits it calls 'the Theocrats'. These types are apparently the ones behind most world religions, and, in fact, hang around churches and other places of worship soaking up the psychic energy that devout believers beam their way in prayer. These fiends are fond of meeting the newly deceased as they reach 'the other side' and ushering them into an illusory Heaven where their souls are gobbled up by the top Theocrats. In other words, according to SR, spiritual traditions, which teach love of God, and ultimately, union with the divine, are really scams run by the inner plane Theocrats to rip off psychic energy and souls. SR spells all this out in far more detail than I have space for here.
"Considering that most channeled messages sound like their spirit authors have been cribbing from each others' notes, SR's revelations about a "War in Heaven" stand out as decidedly unique… Spiritual Revolution is a startling book that makes one re-examine all of one's spiritual assumptions… Considering that SR's thesis undercuts the spiritual moorings of world civilization, there ought to be some heated discussions to come.