OUR LESSONS CONTINUE EVEN AFTER THIS EARTH LIFE
MB: Now I’ve always thought that those scriptures pertained to the unsaved (Matthew 25, See yesterday’s post), but lately I’ve been adjusting that thought to the possibility that it is actually talking about the saved servants who have turned their backs on Jesus. These ones obviously refused to learn the lessons God had for them whilst on Earth. So when do the catch-up classes begin? No one graduates on Earth without passing through the different levels and classes in school, unless they cheat, but we know from scripture if you try to cheat your way into the Heavenly City or Marriage Feast, you will be spotted and asked to leave.
Matthew 22:2-14 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son :3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come :4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage :5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise :6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them :7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city :8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy :9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage :10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests :11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment :12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless :13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth :14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
MB: That parable is kind of like being a graduate at a graduation ceremony without having one of those silly hats they all wear. I looked up the word “everlasting” because Jesus used that word in the parable in Matthew 25 where it says “everlasting punishment.” Here is what I found in the MO letter “Hell’s End” #1465.
NOW HERE WHERE IT USES THE WORD “EVERLASTING” : “Shall be cast into everlasting fire” (Mt.18:8), the literal translation from the Greek is “Age-lasting” fire, or fire lasting only for an Age! “Depart, ye cursed, into Age-lasting fire”! (Mt.25:41) “These shall go away into age-lasting punishment”. (Mt.25:46) “To be punished with age-lasting destruction”. (2Th.1:9)
THESE ARE THE ONLY REFERENCES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT GREEK to what is translated in our Bible in English as everlasting punishment, punishment forever, punishment forever & ever, or forever. These are the only references, & every single one of them either literally says “Age-lasting“, meaning “for an Age”, or “unto the Age of the Ages”, until the Age of all Ages, the Golden Age, you might say the Final Age, which is the New Heaven & the New Earth!–As far as we now know. (Hell’s End! [#1465])
MB: So it seems there is a period of learning. I mean Dad said once that earthly prison is for the purpose of learning, and so why would Hell’s prison not be for the same purpose? Being more enlightened than many, we now know that in the center of the earth there is a prison.
1Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit :19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison :20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
MB: That word “disobedient” stood out when reading those scriptures. Backsliders are the disobedient servants, but remember we are not talking about prodigal sons here. The prodigal son repented of his deeds and was then welcomed back into the Father’s house. Yet still he never got to wear the ring that the older son wore. Now I want to back-track a little to the words Jesus used in both parables in this article, “outer darkness”. Where could that darkness be? Certainly not in the Heavenly City, and I’m sure they won’t be assigned to outer space where they will be left floating in an endless state of suspension. The only other place that comes to mind is Gragau. That is certainly a dark place, yet within that place is a reserve for the those that have some unlearned lessons that must be grasped before true graduation is granted. This following excerpt is from a book called “Journey to Gragau”.
We were galloping into a wall of sand in the middle of a barren wasteland in the heart of Hell.
There was no sign of this wonderful place called Sanctuary or Paradise, that Elatia had said was not far away. The sandstorm stood like a great silicon barrier blocking our sight as well as our way. The torrent of driven sand, traveling with such a force that the swirling grains stung my skin, filled my lungs until I began to cough violently. It was impossible to breathe in this blinding vortex of misery. I coughed violently and felt Elatia, dismount and draw her sword as she led the horse still deeper into the storm cloud. She seemed to cut away at the swirling sand until a patch of open ground was cleared, and I could see what appeared to be a bridge leading to an entrance just the other side of this very wide and very deep chasm. Across this gulf I could see beautiful hills and white houses surrounded by lovely trees and gardens.
“That is the Sanctuary! It is a safe place for travelers such as us to rest and pray and prepare for our difficult journey ahead. It is also a place where searching and penitent spirits can learn more about God. Of course, they first need the faith to get through the sandstorm. Many such secure havens are set aside by God as spiritual reserves. The truth is that this sacred zone has existed ever since the very beginning when the Lord created the Earth. This zone was originally much larger and acted as a base where angels could come and rest, and relax a bit. Since the time of the Fall and the slaying of Abel, it has served many different purposes. For a long time it became the resting place of the good spirits of people who died before Jesus came. Those souls from the predeluvian world who were found worthy all waited here for the Promised One to appear and establish the Kingdom of God. Some had to wait hundreds of earth years. It became a great school for learning patience and wisdom, as they were able to see the fruit their lives bore on the Earth.” This revelation only increased my curiosity and although we both were eager to cross over the bridge, I had questions I wanted to ask. Elatia was ever patient and understanding of this novice’s insistence on quizzing her about everything and disrupting her mission of rescuing people out of Hell. “You mean to tell me that this place was like a reservation for the spirits of just people?” I asked. “Yes, some of them came here, but some were taken up higher in the spirit to the place we call the mountain of God. Jesus had not finished building New Jerusalem yet. Building a special city for them was only the beginning of His great plan for bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth. But first He had to finish His mission on Earth.” ”Getting back to understanding Heaven, Saint Paul says that he was caught up to the third Heaven. Are there different levels of Heaven?” I asked, eager to understand more. “Yes, there are different levels in Heaven, but getting to go to a higher level works the opposite from getting a promotion on Earth. In God’s Kingdom those who go higher are humble souls who were the servants of all. “Jesus commissioned the building of New Jerusalem5 so that those who His Father had given Him could be with Him to behold the glory which His loving Father had given Him before the world began. There were a lot of angels and saints at work helping Him to build it, along with His Father as well. But His city was not the only dwelling place for those righteous men and women who died before He came to Earth. Each person was judged according to his works, and taken to a place or position in the spirit world fitting his station, the role he played on Earth. Different saints went to different levels in the city of the living God. Remember that Jesus and the angels, and presumably certain saints, lived in a very nice Heaven even before the world was created. I asked, ”Can you give me an example of anyone who went to Paradise, Heaven or Hell?”
“Yes. The thief on the cross who repented was told by Jesus ‘Today, shalt thou be with me in paradise.’ Jesus also told the story of the rich man who went to Hell and saw Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham. In that example we see a man punished in Hell and we see Abraham and Lazarus up in Heaven. But remember the story of the witch in 1 Samuel who called up Samuel at Saul’s request. Samuel’s spirit was at rest in the Earth. Where do you think Samuel went when he died? Up to Heaven to be with Abraham and Lazarus, or down to the Paradise in Hades in order to reflect a bit more on his life?” ”It seems that he went down to reflect a bit on his life on Earth. Maybe because Samuel, like his mentor Eli, had raised some problematic sons.” “That seems possible,’ she said, then continued her explanation. “Jesus went to Hell when He died, but the Devil had no hold on Him, and He took the keys of death and Hell from Satan. He then went to Paradise and spoke to all the saints of old waiting for Him there. On the third day He began a triumphal march right through Hell with all of His saints, and began to witness to all the spirits in Hell. And He commanded that a bridge be set across the gap. Many of the deceased saints then appeared in Jerusalem as witnesses to the people. This was the first resurrection. Those were incredible times, full of marvelous triumphs and terrible atrocities. Tomorrow is the anniversary of His victorious march through Hell.” “Well, it sounds like a very great event that we know little about! Satan has kept the accounts of Jesus’ conquest as quiet as possible. These people had lived good lives, believing that someday a Savior would come. From what you are saying I am seeing that you don’t have to be a church-going Christian to get into Heaven, but you do need to believe that God is love.
Elatia finished my thoughts by adding, “Jesus is the Savior of the world, but few realize that even if you didn’t know about Him personally in this life, you can still learn about Him and accept Him even after you are dead. Jesus said, ‘The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live’.” Surprised by this revelation, I said, “This whole concept is not like anything I’ve ever heard about in all my life on earth. None of these early saints of God were Christians per se or even Hebrews, so I presume they became believers through personally seeing and hearing the Good News of salvation from Jesus Himself.”
1 Samuel 28:8,13-15 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee. And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?
“You are getting it! I myself was never a Christian, or a Jew; such categories have no meaning here. There are just two groups that people fit into: simply put, they are either a sheep or a goat. And there are just two rules in life and they are: firstly, to love God with your whole heart and secondly, to love your neighbor as yourself. The Holy Spirit strives to teach all of mankind the truth of love.” “Is there any hope for those who didn’t make it into New Jerusalem the first time around to eventually be accepted in?” I asked. “That will be our job for millenniums to come, to lead and feed others not in the city yet with the healing fruit from the tree of life that grows in the city.” 16 “Wow! This is really expanding my concept of what the spirit world has to offer.” “Well I hope that your understanding of Hell is expanding so you can share your experiences. Not many have been here and lived to report about it.”
“Just what is the material that the soul is made from?” I asked. “It was created from the very breath of God, from Whom comes all life and being. Having that origin, we are like God Himself, immortal until God withdraws His breath.” “That is pretty heady stuff. It gives me a much greater appreciation of humans than I had before.” Elatia explained, “If you think of the mass of humanity as sharing in and being descendant from one original body in Adam, and since Jesus came and became part of that same body, and died for us and then rose again, we also have hope that through Him Who conquered death, we too might rise again in Him.” “Is there any hope for those who go down, or does their punishment go on forever?”
“Mercy and grace are given by God, and He gives it even in Hell. God is love, and His Spirit is love. And where iniquity abounds, His love much more abounds. A verse that I am claiming on this mission is Isaiah 49:9: ‘That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.’”
We had at last reached the entrance to the bridge. It was a walking bridge, built of sturdy construction and able to take heavy traffic. It provided a way over the very large and very deep crevasse which seemed to form a natural border around this Paradise, thus separating this region from Hell itself.
Commenting on the bridge, Elatia said, “This is the bridge of Hope Eternal. Those who have faith in the Lamb may cross it, the crevasse surrounds Paradise and prevents all access to this island-like retreat, other than by the bridge. Presently it is guarded by a cherub and a pair of guerlions. Don’t be afraid. They look frightening but they will not hurt you. Come, let us cross.”
To be continued tomorrow
More Thots on the 10 Kings
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Rehab Before Heaven?
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Here is a reading of the MO letter “Snowman” #195, with a few surprises and perhaps a new revelation or two about who, at least initially, may not make it into the Heavenly City. David is still with us of course, directing his own writings, dreams and visions. So listen up because many of his dreams are only now reaching their final fulfillment. Snowman (September 09)
“Call on the keys to light the path of your child who has gone astray, and then trust that it will be done. The keys are more powerful than the darkness of this world.”