Jewstice spoke for many of us. “I would so much like to read the minds of my fallen former brothers as I am talking with them! I wonder if, then, I could be more helpful? But if not, I would just like to be able to face them without finding myself staring at such a senseless mystery!”
God responded, “Be patient. l will reveal every thought and deed of every soul, for the instruction of every soul. But not now. You must experience many more things before you will be able to understand what I reveal. For example, how will you understand what you read in another’s mind, before you can understand your own mind?
“For now, remember that I understand every thought of every heart, but even My perfect understanding doesn’t always unlock the doors of hearts.
“Your ignorance is actually beneficial to them. I cannot plead with them to tell me what they are thinking, so that I may understand, because they know I already know and understand their thoughts better than they do. But you can.
“And when you ask them to explain their thinking, that helps them, even when they do not answer you and pretend you have no right to ask because it ‘offends’ them, because it causes them to think about what they are thinking – or about the fact that they are not thinking.
“If they realize nothing else, they realize you really don’t understand their reasoning, which puzzles them because they think they are sensible. So it causes them to do a quick check of their own brains to see if they are still plugged in. It may not take them long, standing there staring at the pulled plug, to invent an excuse for blaming you for your inability to make sense of their irrationality, but just those few moments of staring at the pulled plug accomplish what I cannot accomplish without you.
“This benefits them, because, you see, most of their problem is not what they are thinking, but that they are not thinking. Instead of reasoning from evidence, they are imagining.”
VerseScout: Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. (Also Ge 6:5 De 29:19 31:21 1Ch 29:18 Jer 3:17 7:24 9:14 11:8 13:10 16:12 18:12 23:17 Lu 1:51)
I asked, “Do you mean You will actually show us all You know about each soul, so that we may better understand how You judge us? Have you recorded everything on Realograms?”
“I will do more than that”, God answered! “I will show everyone everything on Reveal-ograms, and then I will authorize you to judge with me!”
Astonishment, and trepidation at so great a responsibility, rumbled through the Angelic Host.
“I am not going to unilaterally impose My will on each and every soul for all eternity. You will review the evidence with Me, and we will not ‘close a case’ until each and every one of you is satisfied that My provision for each soul is the most beneficial possible under the circumstances.
“It is My Will that each soul understand the justice, appropriateness, and love of each provision for each soul, whether it be reward or punishment. This public review of all the evidence will not be conducted so that I may decide what should be done! I will do it for you.”
VerseScout: Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
VerseScout Relevance Report: Judgment By Consensus would be consistent with the principle of Mat 18:15-17, which says that a judgment of excommunication should not be a unilateral decision of clergy, nor even the majority vote of a congregation, but should be the consensus of all the members. (Continued in Appendix G, Judgment By Consensus)
“Yes, I know what judgment is just, fair, and merciful in each case. But at The Judgment, I will entertain objections. If anyone pleads for a more merciful sentence for someone than I suggest, I will consider it. We will all consider it, and discuss it until we all agree.”
VerseScout: Exodus 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, …14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
VerseScout Relevance Report: On Earth, God wants us to intercede for each other before Him. Why should we assume this precious characteristic of God will be forgotten on the official Judgment Day?
(Continued in Appendix H, Intercession on Judgment Day)
“But be sure of this: you will understand! Your tears will be wiped away! You will see that all things are perfect, after all!
“I, who have created all things, have also created a Happy Ending!”
Such pandemonium ensued such as I have not seen since Beelzebub, before his rebellion, sang his first hit! Not that we could imagine how such horror could turn out well, but we believed God.
VerseScout: Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing [no questions]. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
VerseScout Relevance Report: How can our tears be wiped away in Heaven, as we are eternally reminded of the fact that more people are eternally suffering the agonies of Hell, including our own loved ones, than are with us in Heaven?
(“Many” in Hell: Galatians 4:27, Matthew 7:13, 22, 22:14, 24:5, 11, Luke 13:24, 2 Corinthians 2:17, Philippians 3:18-19, Titus 1:10, 16, Revelation 12:9. “Few” in Heaven: Matthew 7:14, 22:14.)
Consider that shed tears for the lost are an entrance requirement of Heaven, Ezekiel 9:4-6. Abraham could hear the screams of the lost from Heaven, Luke 16:24-25. The thief on the cross is in Paradise partly because he was troubled by the other thief’s blasphemy.
Dear Diary: I was the last to leave. Some promises are so wonderful that they raise many questions. I walked home instead of flying, just to ponder them.
Our tears will be wiped away! God’s fires filled me at the very thought! I don’t doubt it will happen! In fact, something within me demands that it be true!
Of course, I can’t imagine how it will be possible. So now I will record my questions. But with no dread that this promise is wrong, but only anticipation to learn how it will become possible.
I can hear the screams of the lost from my mansion. I can see them in my memory. Will the barrier increase to block the sound? Will it wipe clean my memory?
That can’t be it because God has clearly indicated he wants us to care, and indeed to help reach them. Will God change?
God even said we will share judgment with Him. We will participate in the fate of the Lost as well as of ourselves. Will God give us such sensational experiences only to then wipe our memories clean? Will God make us forget all the Lost for whom I sacrificed my concentration, writing, resources, and prayers, so I won’t remember how terribly everything worked out?
Drunks pursue their amazing habits to forget all their troubles. Has God perfected that strategy?
God gives us whatever we ask, that our joy may be full.
Will this glorious condition be replaced with “pray for the lost, and when your prayers aren’t answered, God will make you forget what you prayed for, that your joy may be full”?
But what shall we ask, regarding the Lost? Shall we ask God to drag them back to God? To wipe their wills clean, which, as God explained, would snuff them out of existence?
God has wiped clean that solution from my wish list.
But how can I be happy while my former friends are miserable?
Will it become possible for us to become as happy that our sad brothers have exactly what they have chosen, as they are with their choices?
I felt a dark spot being burned away which I had not even noticed. What darkness has grown so large in me that I can feel its burning?
Of course! I had gotten so involved in nailing down every detail of what is going to happen later, that I had taken my mind off the tragic resistance to God before me, right here and now, which I have some opportunity to help overcome.
I wrote God’s Words in extra large glowing letters:
“Meditate on what is truly incomprehensible about the fate the lost have chosen. Not how long they will resist the Joy of My Presence; meditate on what could cause such resistance, even for a moment!
“Before you can comprehend how that can be for even a moment, it is meaningless to try to comprehend how that can be, for all eternity.”
Chapter EIght: The Book of Life!