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70. The Kingdom of God and rebirth
There are many who say: “There is nothing wrong with searching for the kingdom of God; but if only it were easier to find, and if only there were a church or a Christian congregation somewhere through which the proper path to God’s kingdom could be found.” Rome proclaims: I alone am the right path!” And all the other churches make the same claim. Should you travel one or the other of these paths that is supposed to lead to the kingdom of God, you will probably find everything else, but you will not find the promised kingdom of God. What I have to say in regard to this is as follows: When one has to search too long for even the most precious object, one will in time discontinue one’s search. But whose fault is it? That of he seeker himself, if he looks for the kingdom of God where it cannot be found rather than where it can. It is clearly written that the kingdom of God does not come with external splendor, but rather it is within a human being. Its cornerstone is Christ, the one and only God and Lord of Heaven and Earth, temporary and eternally in space as in infinity, in Whom the heart must believe, and above all Whom the heart must love, and love its fellow man like itself. When a human being has entirely fulfilled this simple demand in his heart, the kingdom of God has already been found. Having reached this level, you do not have to worry any more about what you require, because it will be given. Whosoever is in need of wisdom, it will be given when and where he is in need of it. Should such a person require any external aids to maintain his earthly life, it will be given to him at the right time in proper measure. Should he require special powers on certain occasions, they will be given. He will not be without counsel and comfort. Should he require a foreign tongue on special occasions, then that will be given. And if he wishes to help an ailing person, he will require nothing but My name and his own hands.
No one, while in the flesh, will have all of these advantages at his disposal at all times, even if he has been born again; they will only be available to him when, in all seriousness, they are really required. Even a born-again human being has to come to Me, just like anyone else, if he requires something, just as I Myself, when I walked in the flesh upon Earth, could not and was not allowed to do as I pleased, but did whatsoever the Father Who sent Me wanted.
The Father was of course in Me, as I am in Him. He, however, was the Spirit of God as the Father of Eternity. And I was and am His soul. This soul, however, possesses Her own cognition and capabilities as the highest and most perfect Soul of all souls. In spite of this, this soul was not allowed to do and did not do what She wanted to do, but only that which the One wanted from Whom She originated. Even though this soul wanted to set aside the last bitter chalice, the One that was in Me did not want Me to do so. That is why My soul did whatever the One Who was within Me wanted.
Therefore you should not envision a born-again human being as a constant miracle-worker in all things. Nor should you think of him as someone with a so-called halo surrounding his head, as many saints are depicted in paintings
. After the physical death of a born-again human being, no such signs of miracles will be discovered as the miraculous signs of holiness that are extolled, especially in the Roman legends of the saints. Neither is there any mummified imputrescibility of the departed body. Any reasonable person should ask himself what purpose that would serve. What would the blessed spirit of a born-again human being gain if, on Earth, he were bestowed with such wonderful but nonsensical distinctions? Human beings who have found the kingdom of God have none of these characteristics. However, My grace will be revealed through them whenever it is necessary.
Neither envision the born-again human being of My kingdom as some kind of monk, who is, as far as the world be concerned, completely (materialistically) dead, and who is occupied only with the rosary, the mass, and the litany, fasting, condemning sinners, and as one who views his impending burial site and coffin with amusement. Those are not the signs of rebirth; on the contrary, they are signs of darkness. The light of the born-again human being does not know the night-sides of life, because the light of day is everywhere within him.
The grave and coffin are not the symbols of a born-again who has found the kingdom of God, because there are neither graves nor coffins in the kingdom of God; for there are no dead. There you will find only resurrection and eternal life. The born-again being lives continuously in his spirit, and he reflects on the loss of his body no more than he does upon his death, just as a person would not consider his body to be dead simply because he takes off his coat in the evening. This is the reason why death no longer exists for a born-again human being. This is certainly a wonderful sign of rebirth, but it is only present within a human being, and it is not displayed externally and publicly. All the other signs of rebirth are only on the inside, and are only recognizable when there is a need. He who has the gift of prophecy will receive it when he is in need, and he will ask Me beforehand, because no one but Me can prophesy. Whenever I place the words into the heart and upon the tongue of a born-again being, then will he prophesy; otherwise, he will speak like any other person. And that applies to any other gift as well.
Human beings with so-called second sight should not be considered to be born-again because of this ability alone, as this ability is only a consequence of their excitable nerves, through which the soul, by means of the nerve spirit, easily transfers visions of their soul-kingdom into the organism of their bodies. Strong nerves are not capable of that, and so human beings with strong nerves rarely have the so-called second sight. This should be considered as something neither good nor bad. It is more an ailment of the body, with which human beings usually become afflicted by all kinds of adverse incidents during the course of their earthly lives. Great sadness, long lasting fear, great shock, and the like are usually the cause, and sometimes artificial means such as magnetism, inebriation, and narcotization through narcotic herbs. Second sight is, therefore, absolutely not a sign of rebirth. That may be gathered from the fact that these visionary people can only view utterly incoherent pictures without any orderly content.
The reason for this is that their spirits and souls are not yet connected with each other. In their visions there is no basis or connection, and that may be easily understood by everyone, whereas a born-again’s representation of spiritual matters, even if it be only partial, will give proof of the proper spiritual reason and connection. Accordingly, such is also a sign of actual rebirth, and a significant difference to a person who has a mere vision. Therefore you must not expect childish miracles as a consequence of rebirth, but the natural fruits of a healthy spirit, and a soul that became healthy through this spirit.
The born-again knows that you cannot perform legerdemain with the gifts of the Holy Ghost. That is why he uses them only when absolutely necessary, usually in secret.
But whosoever may wish to be reborn in order to obtain such miraculous powers may rest assured that such grace will never be bestowed upon him. Love for Me, great kind-heartedness, love for all human beings – all of these together comprise the proper signs of rebirth. But wherever these are missing, and whenever humility is not strong enough for every setback, a halo or cowl or spirit vision is of very little benefit. Such people are often farther from the kingdom of God than many of those who appear to have a very worldly view, because the kingdom of God never comes from external pomp, but from within, in all tranquility, in the human heart. Imprint this as deeply as you can into your mind; then you will find the kingdom of God much easier than you thought.
The visions of a born-again are the only true visions. All other visions will receive the proper interpretation when they are explained by a born-again spirit. Everyone should reject the follies of worldly people; you should believe the word of a truly born-again being, since such a person will not speak of anything other than what he receives. The others, however, will speak only of what they themselves believe they know.
When such a person tells you that he speaks in the Name of the Lord, do not believe him; he speaks only in the interest of his own honor, and for his own advantage. But whoso may say, without self-interest and ambition, “That is what the Lord said!” – believe him, especially when he pays no attention to the reputation of a particular person, because only a born-again human being knows the reputation of the Lord. (Earth andMoon, chap. 70)
71. True and false prophets
Someone might raise the questions, “Can you, at all times, absolutely believe a born-again being in regard to predicting the future? Or should you doubt his predictions?” This is My answer to these questions: “When the born-again human
being says, “Do that,’ then do it. When he says, “This or that will happen!’ and he does not mention the word “if,’ then do not believe him, because a truly born-again being will never neglect to mention the conditional “if.’ Whatever will occur will occur conditionally. That is why a prediction of a future event will never take place with certainty. If something were determined in advance, the world would be in the severest of judgments and all freedom would be lost. A genuine born-again being knows this very well, and therefore he would have to prophesy contrary to his knowledge if he were to predict something with certainty.
“I Myself was certainly the highest Prophet on Earth. But who can prove to Me that, apart from My Resurrection, I predicted anything else with certainty? I did say, however, that I should die and that I should rise again on the third day, but I did not predict to anyone the time or the hour. I also predicted My Advent, but, mind you, with the remark: The time and the hour is known to no one but Me alone, and to those to whom I will reveal it! However, I have already revealed My Advent, but not the time or the hour. Through the proclamation of the signs, My impending Advent may be recognized.” All prophets, too, predicted the future conditionally, so that no one would be judged by these predictions, but instead keep the freedom to do what was called for in order to elude the threatening judgment. Jeremiah prophesied and sometimes waited in vain for years, bitterly lamenting the lack of fulfillment of his predictions. What he had prophesied to occur on the next day occurred many years afterwards. It took twenty-three years until his prediction of the seventy-year long imprisonment of the Jewish nation by the Babylonians was fulfilled. Jonah waited in vain for the fall of Nineveh, so that even in the end he angrily reproached Me because of My grace.
When human beings, threatened with court proceedings, consequently change, then the proceedings will be stopped, even if only a few of them change. When, among a hundred thousand people, only ten be righteous, then I will, because of those ten, spare the hundred thousand from judgment. And when I find a hundred righteous among a million, then I will not, because of the hundred, take the million to court, as I had threatened to do. Should the number of the righteous be higher, then the court will be cancelled for certain. Instead of a general court, there will only be a special court for the most obstinate. However, should there be, as indicated above, fewer righteous human beings, there will then be, after a few more admonitions, the trial that I threatened, and unless there be a change in them it will not be cancelled. This should make it very clear that everyone must be very careful with prophecies – with the ones which are called, as well as those which are not. I will not let anyone attain rebirth because of a prophecy, but solely for the sake of eternal life. When I call upon someone to prophesy, he should not add or delete anything on his own initiative. If he does that, he will not fare very well in the future. Therefore it is not easy to be a prophet. A very harmful human being is he who prophesies out of his own might and assumes a divine judgeship. Whoso does this shall be in the same court as that which he had intended for his brethren. Whoso condemns shall be condemned; whoso damns shall be damned. Whoso judges with Hell shall find his judgment in Hell. Whoso judges with death will himself find death; whoso judges with the sword shall be executed with the sword. And whoso judges with darkness shall be cast into the outer darkness. But whoso would not be judged should not judge.
If anyone tells you that he has the power from Me to judge, he is a liar in eternity. Only I gave My born-again Apostles and Disciples the power of the highest love for their neighbors, and I gave this love equal standing for love unto Me. And the highest degree of love for a neighbor is My spirit in the heart of every born-again being, as well as in the hearts of those who believe in Me, and love Me and their brothers for My sake. My spirit in a human being is the power of this love, and it is therefore everyone’s duty to forgive their enemies with their whole hearts. And as often as a human being has forgiven his enemies through My spirit, that is how often such a sinner shall be forgiven in all the heavens. Should you, however, be dealing with an evil enemy, where all forgiveness bears no fruit, then you should say, “May the Lord reward you in accordance with your deeds.” This is a remonstration of the sin only.
Do these full powers signify that I have bestowed a judgeship? Oh no, they are only full powers in regard to the highest of love for one’s neighbor, or a love that is equal to My divine love. But never a judgeship! This position I have given Myself, and therefore I will not bestow this upon a human being. I gave to human beings the highest, fullest power of love for one reason: that they may easier become brothers among one another, truly in My name. Who would mistake a delegation of full powers for a judgeship?
And when I said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” it meant as much and still does as: “Receive the highest of power of My divine love. Whatsoever shall be loosed on Earth shall remain loosed. It requires no further sacrifices nor any more high priests. Whatsoever you bind to your heart, and whatsoever you shall hind on Earth, shall be bound in Heaven.” Neither understand by “loose” and “bind,” forgiveness or remonstration, since loosening is an extrication, and binding is an acceptance. If, for example, a human being be indebted to another, the creditor may forgive the debtor his debt. Or when a heathen converts to Christianity, then a Christian may admit him immediately into the congregation and bind him in his heart with the omnipotence of divine love. Every Christian who believes in Me, loves Me, and is baptized in My name has this right. . (Earth andMoon, chap. 71)
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