Jerusalem means "new Peace," from the Hebrew root words "Jeru," meaning "new" and "Salem," meaning "peace." Salem was the kingdom ruled by Melchisedek, the "King of Peace" and the "Prince of the Most High" in Genesis 14:18, and further elaborated in Hebrews 7: 6-7. Jesus was "a Priest in the Order of Melchisedek." (Hebrews 5: 6; 10 and 6:20, Psalms 110: 4)
I suppose the Masters established the pattern for world peace and harmony during the time of Jesus, 2000 years ago. But the pattern was muddled and lost to the majority who were zealous for the “truths” of their respective religions and therefore became divisive. Nonetheless, the basic doctrines were passed on in secret societies and masked in the Revelation and other biblical verses. The tenets were summarized here, with biblical references interjected along with other mythologies, scientific discoveries and works of modern “esoteric” writers.
The apocalyptic beasts (13:1-4; 11-12) were also similar to the Greek mythical giant monster sons of Gaea (Earth) that sprung from the blood and entrails of the mutilated Uranus (Sky God). The monsters attacked Olympus, with Zeus and the Olympians unable to defeat them. Fulfilling an oracle that they will succumb only to a mortal, Heracles (Roman Hercules) defeated them, aided by Athene, (Roman Minerva), warrior-goddess of wisdom. The oracle symbolized that humans, through wisdom, were destined to be like the gods.
The gap or point when the serpent mouth touched its tail was the passage to the “eternal.” The Revelation pointed to and explained the beginning, i.e., Genesis.
(Note: Apparently, organized religion, particularly, the Roman Catholic Church, prevented the truth of the Revelation from coming out because it would render a kingdom on earth as unnecessary. It would prevent the earthly Empire from expanding in the name of religion. In J. Viau, “Egyptian Mythology,” [Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, pp. 22], the word Harseisis is the Greek for the Egyptian Hor-sa-iset, i.e., “Horus, the son of Isis.” Heresy came from the word Harseises. The ideas of the Gnostics and Cabalists were considered as heresy.)