87. THE LORD CALLS THE 3 ARCHANGELS MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL
 EARLY in the morning, that was very pure, we stood up from our good resting chairs and went outside, more precisely to the nearby shore of the lake. Kisjona, Philopold and also the 4 Indo-Jews were with us. Mary remained still in the house to rest, and, accompanied by Joel, she came only when the sun had almost risen.
 On such occasion I said: “Since I will physically not walk on this place anymore at this time of My earthly life, you will see with your eyes being fulfilled what is written about Me: ‘And you will see angels ascending and descending between Heaven and Earth, and they will serve Him.’
 My disciples have seen this already often, but here I most of all let it happen for the sake of the 4 Indo-Jews.
 First I called in the spirit Michael, who as a clear lightning descended out of the visible Heaven to the Earth, so that they all were very frightened. Michael stood before Me in all his majesty, shining stronger than the sun, and nobody except Me could bear the glow of his light.
 I said to him: “John, cover yourself with a shadow, so that My friends can see you, recognize and speak to you.”
 Then he covered himself with a shadow, and full of love and respect he stood before Me and said (Michael): “Look, brothers, this is the Lamb who takes away from you the sin of the world, and prepares for you the way to eternal life. Believe in Him and love Him above all, for He is the very Eternal Beginning and the very Eternal End, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, besides Him there is no God.”
 Raphael says: “You see, and I have so much irresponsible power and strength that I quite alone could destroy and quite annihilate in the fastest instant this whole Earth, the moon, the sun and all the stars that are visible to your eye which are sheer enormous great space bodies, with everything that they carry; and yet I have always such a patience with the unchanging people of this Earth through my own free will!
 But all that would be nothing, and would be an evil that is easy to bear; but consider now the continuing very most willful behavior of Satanas and her angels, who, as very powerful spiritual beings, constantly go around with the ‘laudable’ plan to destroy not only us, but God as well and to take away all His power!
 Such a thing can never happen, of course! But enough, the indestructible evil plan is there and they do not stop trying to carry it out, constantly suffer the greatest pain and agony for it, which they cause themselves through their most evil desire; but that nevertheless never totally puts them off their evil forever.
 You see, we see all this and have the power not only to tame them in the most sensitive way but also to destroy them completely forever, and that all without responsibility before the Lord God!
 And nonetheless we treat them as our fallen brothers with all patience and consideration and direct things strictly so that their free will is never limited by us in any way, but is and remains always free, only we always prevent with all care the effect of such things. (GGJ Book 7, chap. 16)
 Only now during the day did Nicodemus notice the blinding beauty of Raphael and could not turn his eyes away from him. After a while of inner, deep amazement he said to Me: “But Lord and Master, where does this beautiful celestial youth come from? What is his name? No, never have I seen such heavenly beautiful youth! Not far from him stands a girl who is also very lovely but how earthly is she compared to this already beyond heavenly beautiful youth! His golden locks, how beautiful they flow over his ethereal soft nape, which is nearly as white as snow! Which indescribable charm in his face! How soft, full and tender and light are his arms and feet! Everything of him is so ordered and selected, nevertheless very simple, that I as an elder of the temple have never, not even in a dream, seen anything similar. Verily, this youth cannot be a child of this earth! If he had wings according to the pattern of the cherubs, who guard the ark in the sanctum of the temple, he would be a perfect angel of God!”
 I said: “Do you think that the angels of God must have wings to be angels? There you are still very much mistaken! Did the three men who visited Abraham have wings?! Or did the
youths who saved Lot, or the angel who led young Tobias? It is not known to Me, that wings were mentioned in the scriptures. Also the angel, who appeared to Abraham, when he should
sacrifice his only son Isaac, and prevented him from doing so, did not, according to the scriptures, have any wings.
 Only the two brass cherubs had to be symbolically depicted with wings by Moses, to show to the, for that time very sensuous, Jews that the pure spirits from the heavens of God move in everything very fast – in thinking, deciding, acting and accomplishing. The natural person on earth does not know any quicker movement than the flight of birds in the air by means of a pair of wings, and thus did Moses, on instructions from God, give the cherubs a pair of wings to indicate to the people the speed of the spirit. But in reality no angel of God ever had a pair of wings.
 The wings therefore only indicate the high degree of wisdom and strength of everything purely spiritual, but not that a pure spirit on God’s instructions must descend like a bird from heaven to earth and back again. By the way, there never ever existed any angel in the true heaven, who was not previously a person on any earth. That which you very mistakenly imagine as angels created as pure spirits, are nothing else other than the active forces and powers of God, by which the omnipresence of God, is in all infinity actively expressed, which no person should try to imagine in a form of a picture, because the infinity out of God is in truth unimaginable for every limited being, what hopefully is not too difficult to understand.
 But because each person’s soul is called to become a true angel of the heavens of God, can this beautiful and most chaste youth just as well be on this earth without wings, just as I have
been now in the flesh as the only Lord of heaven and earth with you, and teach you Myself but at the same time maintain the whole of infinity. By the way it is written: “At the same time you will see the angels of God descend to serve the Lord!” And thus this youth can very much be an angel. – What is your opinion about that?” (GGJ Book 16, ch)
 Agricola said to Raphael: “Dearest servant of our God, Lord and Master! As a pure spirit what is your body made of here? Is this also as with me, made up of flesh and blood?”
 Raphael said: “Touch me and convince yourself!”
 The Roman examined the hands and feet of the angel and found that it was made from flesh and blood as with any other human, and he said: “Yes, there is nothing spiritual to feel. Nevertheless, you are supposed to be a pure spirit, and as such nearly as old as mankind on this earth?”
 The angel said: “Examine me once more, and we shall see, how you will judge afterwards!”
 Here the Roman examined the angel again; but now he no longer felt a body, and wherever he touched the angel, his fingers moved through as easily as through the air.
 After he made this second experience, he said, highly amazed: “Ah, this can make even the most intelligent person to doubt himself! First everything was solid and now everything is air and therefore as good as absolutely nothing! Yes, but tell me – if you as such an airy phenomenon still can speak, where have you put your former, quite tangible body?”
 The angel said: “Nowhere, I still have it precisely as before! That you felt it earlier as a solid body was my free will; and that you didn’t felt it the second time, was also my will. Since what we perfected spirits want, happens as we want it to happen, by our freedom and wisdom, either within a moment or in time according to a certain wise order.
 Because through our love for God we are also completely in His for us endurable and recognizable wisdom and power, and as such God’s love is also our love. His wisdom our wisdom, His will our will and His power also our power. Nevertheless, there still exist unfathomable depths in God, which no created spirit can ever fathom; and if he were able to do this, he would not be blessed, because then he could not expect any increasing bliss from God. – Do you Romans understand this?”
 Said some of the Romans: “Well, friend, even if you are a spirit, to understand and comprehend this properly, more is required than our Roman mind! Everything will be as you said it; but the actual how will have to wait until we ourselves have become more developed in our souls.”
 The angel said: “Listen, I speak now only with Agricola and not with all of you; since I know it already that you others do not have the same comprehension. Therefore everybody should listen and be attentive to what I have to say to the one among you most able to understand, and what I’m going to show him! And as such you can speak, Agricola, but only you!”
 Agricola said: “Yes, yes, my pure spiritual friend, basically I have more or less understood what you actually wanted to tell me: but just as the others, I have not understood it completely,
but will also wait according to the promise of the Lord for better times! But this I want to know from you – subject to the condition to fully waive certain other issues, how can you rid yourself of your body through your will and still be present as before with your very tangible body? This is for me the most incomprehensible! In one moment you are actually something, but immediately afterwards you are, according to feeling, absolutely nothing, but the nothing is, nevertheless, very much the same perfected something. Yes, how can this be possible?”
 The angel said: “This is something quite clear! We spirits in our for you imponderable pure spiritual sphere, are the actual, only real and most original something. Everything else in all material world is a produced appearance by our will, so that for your souls a persistent medium exists, as a means so that you can just like us obtain the fullest and most true freedom of life.
 But to show you this even more clearly, Agricola, pick up a stone from the ground and hold it in your hand! – Good, now you have a very hard natural rock in your hand! You will say now: ‘See, this rock, as it is, is a most basic reality!’ Because you feel in your hand its weight and for you indestructible hardness and say by yourself: ‘This is really something!’ But I say to you, that with this your real something it is the same as with my body of flesh and thereafter with this my still spiritual body. Because the hardness and weight of the rock, which you are still holding in your hand, depends solely on the perseverance of our will. For as long as we want to keep it as a hard and heavy rock it will stay what it is.
 But for example, if only I want, that this rock becomes – concerning the body – the same as I am, you will be able to reach through it, in the same way you have reached through my body. And if this is the case, only then has the matter of the rock, which is a product of our spirit will, reached its initial reality, whereas without it by the perseverance of my own will, it appears to you as a hard and heavy rock. So that you can understand this even better, check the rock once more very thoroughly, if it is still the same rock!”
 Agricola said: “It is still what it was!”
 The angel said: “How is it now?”
 Agricola said: “Ah, I can still see it as a small cloud in my hand, but its hardness and weight is like nothing! No, this extremely strange! I could have imagined anything else, but that this could be possible! How was it possible for you to do this?” (GGJ Book 16, chap. 87)
 The angel said: “I already have told you, that this only occurs through the perseverance of our will, and that all matter is nothing other than the perseverance of the will of the Spirit of God, no matter how diverse it may appear to you; because the various materials of matter including the elements, from which it seems it has originated and consists of, are our thoughts. Their forms and colors are our ideas which have been formed from our thoughts. Their usefulness are our concepts developed from our ideas, and the reaching of a higher spiritual goal for everything that is called matter is our intention, from which forall matter a happy destination will emerge.
 Therefore a true and real existence can only be with us everlasting immortal spirits, and the being of matter is purely caused by us and is every moment dependent on us, as you have seen this very clearly with the rock. But you still have the small cloud on your hand, and see, and I will fill it with the full perseverance of my will, and you will have the former rock
back in your hand!”
 The angel did this, and the former, old, hard and heavy rock was back in the hand of the Roman.
 This made an even greater impression on the Roman, and he said to the angel: “This rock I will keep as a treasure in memory of what so miraculously has happened here! But now one more question! See, there also lives a soul within me and according to your teaching, a spirit equal spirit to yours! Why can’t I through such my spirit perform what you as a spirit are able to achieve?”
 The angel said: “Because your soul is not yet mature for that and your inner spirit has not yet fully merged with your soul! But there is something which is caused by the perseverance of the will of your spirit – which at this stage is completely unknown to your soul – and this is the construction and the temporary preservation of your body. But your soul cannot notice this, just as it cannot notice how its body is built, because its inner building master from the pure beyond cannot reveal and show this to it, since it, as already said, is not yet mature enough for it.
 The inner spirit works incessantly towards the aim, to mature the soul as soon as possible and to make it completely free, but the spirit is not allowed to force the slightest compulsion on the soul, because then the soul would become even more material and bound, as it could ever have become through any outside influences. Therefore the soul was given its own will and mind, to be brought to the point, through outside lessons of self-determination, to increasingly rid itself by means of its own will from all worldliness and by going inside itself to walk on to the increasingly purer and purer spiritual road.
 To the extent the soul actively walks the increasingly purer spiritual ways, to the same degree its inner, purer spirit from beyond unifies with it. And once it has rid itself from all the world completely through her increasingly purer mind and through her increasingly freer will, she has become equal and one with her spirit, the unification of which we can call the spiritual rebirth, and as one with her spirit, even though still in the body, she will be capable of what I am capable of with my spirit combined with my soul.” (GGJ Book 16, chap. 88)
 (Raphael) – “When I as a person lived in a body for many years, I became aware of this inner path of life through the mercy of the Lord and followed it with increasing perseverance. Thereby it happened during the later days of my life, that my spirit and my soul became one, and I also became full power over my earthly body, so that I was able to dissolve it as suddenly as this rock and earlier my for you tangible body, and kept only this much of it, that you can see me with your eyes of the flesh.
 If I again want a body like yours, I only have to want, and the body will be back again. See, I want it, and you can examine me again, and you will find that I’m firm again as I was
 The Roman did that, and found that Raphael was a complete person like before.
 He (Agricola) then asked the angel and said: “When you were a perfected person on earth and dissolved your body, could you also recreate it back?”
 Raphael said: “For sure, just like now; but I didn’t want to, because a pure spiritual being free of a body is endlessly more complete than in a body – even though bound by ones own will. (GGJ Book 16, chap. 89)
(Angel Raphael) "God is in Himself eternal and infinite. Endless space is solely filled with Him. He, as the most sublime, purest and greatest thought and the forever most perfect idea in-and out of - Himself can, being all this from eternity, do nothing but incessantly produce thoughts, in His whole infinity, which is full of the same; we, the 'primordial angels', however, being His to you people since uninimaginable times mature and now independent living ideas full of light, wisdom, cognition and willpower, have also an infinite number of servants under us who, as it were, constitute our arms and who recognize and promptly fulfill our will.
 The pure thoughts of God are the stuff out of which everything that is contained in infinity has to come into being: We originally and solely through the will of the supreme and almighty Spirit of God, - but all these things and beings hereafter through us, who were and are the first and most suitable receptacles for the from God forthcoming thoughts and ideas, which from now on we shall remain forever in a more potentized and ever more perfected form.
 We (the 'primordial angels' ) unite the from God forthcoming living thoughts which appear to you as fiery long-tongues and which incessantly form, according to God's order in us, forms and beings. And if you are asked from where God or we, His, as it were, eternal servants and messengers, took the material stuff for the creation of the beings, - behold, there you have it before you! These serpent-like, fiery long-tongues are the spiritual building blocks from which all the material-essential contained in the whole of infinity has been made.
 The Lord has previously shown you very clearly what this making is all about. But all this you will only understand and wholly comprehend in its fullness and clarity when you will yourselves as perfected beings stand before the Lord God in spirit and no longer in the heavy flesh." (GGJ IV, chap. 119)
Angels as God's servants
" Raphael said: “The Lord does not need our services, but we nevertheless serve Him in all love by serving you people according to His will, and by protecting you against the too strong persecutions of Hell.
 The more we have to do in the name of the Lord, on this Earth as well as the still numberless other earths in the endless space of creation, the happier and blissful we are. Do likewise, then you will become what I am and able to do what I can do.”
 On this, the captain said: “I already know what you are, but I still do not know what you can do.”
 The angel said: “What the Lord can do Himself, I can do. Although, out of myself I can do as little as you can do, but from the will of the Lord, which fills and forms my whole being, also I can do everything. Make you also the will of the Lord completely your own, then you also will be able to do what I can do.” (GGJ Book 23, 98)
Cherubim and Seraphim
received through Jakob Lorber on August 25th, 1844
Oh Lord! What possible distinction is there between Cherubim and Seraphim?
– The meaning and being of the Cherubim is the eternal outflow of the divine love and the seraphim is the outflow of the divine wisdom; that is the difference. For that reason one said before altars: He is glowing with love like a cherub and is wise like a seraph.
– Therefore, through the Cherubim the divine love and through the Seraphim the divine wisdom in their total fundamental heavenly causing is to be understood. (Heavenly Gifts, vol. 3)
“Says the Angel (Raphael):  Do not think at all that it is I who acts and does this. It’s the Lord’s Spirit that acts, works and does all this and actually is – and fills – my innermost being; for fundamentally we angels are nothing but emanation points of the divine spirit. We are, as it were, the personified, mightily working will of God. Our word is the speech of His mouth and our beauty a tiny image of His endless glory and unfathomable majesty.
 But although God is infinite in His wisdom and powerful majesty, He is nevertheless in the love of the Father as a finite man here amongst you. And the very same love that presents Him as a man before you, also presents us angels as men before you, otherwise we are only light and fire, flashing out into endless space as great, creative ideas, filled with word, might and will from eternity to eternity.
"By spirit life I actually mean the life of all those spirits or natural forces that affects the continuity of the entire material universe, or the existence and permanency of all metals, rocks and earths.
These spirits, which in everything constitute the actual carriers of all forms, all products and all living beings, except for the inhabitants of the world globes who resemble Me, are, although purely divine sparks, on different levels in keeping with their intelligence and are placed by Me into everything that exists. Thus they imply the existence of the things and their perfecting by also rising from one level to the next. However, they have no personality as yet, but are only intelligent in so far as they act on the matter imprisoning them for the sake of its stability, gaining more intelligence on each higher level of existence. First appearing as an urge, later as an animal soul, they gradually pass into a spirit being with self-awareness.
In the great spiritual realm, these spirits correspond in the boy to the dormant urges and passions and to the embryos buried under the snow, the first beginnings dormant in the plant seeds and the animal germs waiting for the first impulse to begin their life and activity to work their way up from the lowest levels until they reach the age of youth, when they as souls have more self-awareness while still being led by the guiding rope of the universal great nature spirit. Waiting through all the worlds and spaces, it urges on every created being to fulfill its purpose and is known to you as instinct.
The soul life begins in an already more limited, defined form; it already possesses the quality of reproduction through sperm or procreation, and higher up in the animal life also more or less free movement.
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