Meeting the true Second Coming
- the tale of a modern heresy -
Joel A. Wendt
written in the Season of Pentecost,
Say or write the words “Second Coming” and many practicing
Christians will leap to all manner of assumptions. The
first might be that you are a jerk or a fool, and the second
that you are a member of some kind of fundamentalist cult,
fascinated with an End Times eschatology.
My problem is that I know, from direct experience, that this
is true: The Second Coming in Clouds of Glory is
happening. Right now. Today. Yet, how do I
take such a treasure, share it, and not turn the whole thing
into a horribly weird tale. Certainly there is no need
to hold a press conference. That should never
happen. No pearls before swine.
Everyone, including practicing Christians,, needs to approach
such a theme/event with some sanity, more than a little
rationality, and well spiced with a reasonable amount of
skepticism. Lets try that here.
A good first step, to my thinking, is to consider this dry,
somewhat alone assertion above, as a theory. Borrow
something from natural science’s methods, and just suggest
people consider the possibility it might be true. Then
we get to ask, seek and find evidence, some even
empirical. Don’t demand such an idea be taken on Faith,
but rather the opposite.
Now a theory needs to be defined, in a way. The bald
statement above (The Second Coming in Clouds of Glory is
happening) is okay for openers, but there needs to be more ...
a lot more. For some, there is even uncertainty whether
or not the Second Coming can only come on a road where the
next event will be the Day of Judgment. Many believe It
can’t come now as a separate event. That It must mean we
are in the End Times.
Also for many, to talk of the Second Coming we have to quote
the Bible. The Bible is the principle “authority” for
all things Christian, is it not? Let me deal first, in a
heretical way, with the “authority” of the Bible.
We all know the Bible is a rather inconsistent book. It
tells tales that to our modern ears and sensibilities are not
justified. For example, this book suggests slavery is
okay, as well as stoning, and much else besides. Someone
who doesn’t know or admit these inconsistencies has a
problem. Biblical literalism doesn’t work because it
basically comes down to hypocritically cherry picking matters
contradicted elsewhere in the same text.
When we assert the Bible is the Word of God, in every possible
way, we are actually working against the Holy Spirit, by
trying to confine or imprison God into a book, which Book we
know for a fact human beings wrote, and today other human
beings insist on the right to interpret. This is not a
good practice, and gives a justified reason for too many of
our thoughtful young to mistrust all things “biblical”.
By confining God/Christ to a book, we basically assert: He
can’t ever say anything new, and especially anything really
useful for our time. I don’t accept that we
get to set any limits on what Christ does or does not
Notice please that Christ told us there is more, when He said
this in the Gospel of John: 16: 12-15: “I still have many
things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When
the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the
truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but
whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you
the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will
take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father
has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine
and declare it to you.”
What is “the Spirit of truth”? Let us suppose that this
spirit of the truth is the Holy Spirit. Again, we are
just being theoretical in a way - telling a tale as it
were. Not trying to force a conclusion, or demand
something as an article of Faith. Approaching the
2000 years ago, for the Incarnation, we had the Good News
stories of the coming of the Anointed One: Christ. The
people of today are not like what people were like then, in
those ancient times. Our consciousness is different, and
the modern world has natural science all over it - top to
bottom. We need to be cautious. Nobody is going to
just believe the Second Coming is happening, and if they did
that, it would be a mistake. Since He loves us without
limit, He takes account of all of that. Even in this
little story, I’m not meant here to convince, or settle
the situation for all time. This is a kind of
romance. The Divine is our lover, and we get to be just
as skittish and careful as is required of any intimate
relationship in its first stages.
For example, all my encounters with Him left me even more free
than before. They were personal, and intimate. I
was known and seen. If I needed healing, that is what I
received. The pathway to these experiences I more or
less initiated, for in various Ways I opened the narrow gate
myself. I asked, sought and knocked, and just as
promised He was there.
I also understood that no one was just to believe me when I
wrote or spoke of this modern Good News. Following Him,
I too must be a lover. Gentle, kind, careful of all the
hearts that the message is to touch. Moreover, He isn’t
asking me to do this. He is not commanding me.
Rather, as part of my practice, I get to choose how to love my
neighbor in the same way I love Him and myself. Properly
understood His teachings in the Gospels are the equal of
natural science. Empirical, exact, and even
practical. They work. We just have to
practice them. Not just believe them, but practice them.
In a complicated world, it is a complicated tale. Let me
narrow the extensive field of possible questions to just a few
(keeping in mind that not all that is written below will even
begin to answer all the quite justifiable questions in all the
many hearts and minds that read this).
In our time, many in natural science try to tell us that we
have no souls. That there is no empirical evidence of
souls or spirits. Consciousness and mind are artifacts
of a purely material organ called: the brain. Even the
common shared idea we have of a “self” is asserted to be
probably an illusion manufactured by a godless big bang,
followed by billions of years of evolution that created, by
accident, all that there is today. There is, according
to the supposed incredible brain of Stephen Hawking, in his
book “The Grand Design”, no need in physics for a God. or
oddly enough, even for philosophy.
Curious term in that title, however. Hawking wants
to fight against the idea of intelligent “design”, with the
idea of a Grand Design, seen and known by a special group, who
know better than the rest of us. No hubris there, no
Natural Science, presently, is an art lacking religion, or so
it seems. If you study it, which I have, it has made a
lot of mistakes and denies the existence of most of
them. Just consider: In that famous Bible, there is a
“Book of John”, three in fact. A main idea in the first
two books is that there is an anti-Christ spirit, and we know
that spirit by the fact that it denies the Father and the
Son. So the science that denies it makes mistakes, also
denies the Father and the Son. This anti-Christ spirit
dominates many thinking intelligences of the whole
world. What better time then for Him to come again, when
people of Faith really could use His help.
What about science’s mistakes? Among the literature
created, as a consequence of the Second Coming, are many books
and essays helping explain these so very human mistakes.
New books: on physics, Man or Matter, by Ernst Lehrs; on
chemistry, The Nature of Substance, by Rudolf Hauschka; on a
more living mathematics/geometry, Physical and Ethereal
Spaces, by George Adams; and then this little jewel by Ron
Brady, about the failures of Darwinian evolutionary theory to
be testable: Dogma and Doubt. Or look up this website:
The Nature Institute.
Meanwhile Christ has not come like a giant power flashing rays
of death from His eyes, as some would have it. Rather
gently -- as a lover. So where then do we find
Exactly and precisely where He said, in Luke: The Kingdom of
Heaven is inside you. Not out there, but inside
us. In the invisible places, the quiet places, the
places only we can see because they are so intimate.
Picture then the modern world. Billions of human beings,
all to be loved, for there will be under Christ no lost or
forgotten sheep, however far they stray.
So, the science of today, that makes mistakes it denies, and
has the hubris to believe it can know everything, tells us we
have no self, and that the material brain is the source of an
illusion. We have no freedom, and no inside worth
noting. Should we believe them - these priests that deny
the Father and the Son?
How about we get to decide for ourselves. Would that not
be a most wonderful gift from Him, that we get to look inside,
find the kingdom of heaven right there, and don’t have to
believe what science wants us to believe. Or believe the
preachers of hell and damnation, either. And not just
that, but we can make our religious journey scientific.
That’s right. The journey through the narrow gate is a
precise, exact, and empirical Way. The equal of natural
science in all regards.
On this journey, which we each get to take individually - no
tradition or system of beliefs is to tell us anything, whether
it is scientific or religious. So He helps first a
few, then a many, find their Way. He loves them and they
love Him. And from the kingdom of heaven, inside of us
all, in Clouds of Glory, He comes again. No need for Him
to appear in a physical body. No need for us to wander
the world to seek Him out. He is simply right there,
intimately with us and within us, just as He promised.
What are “Clouds of Glory” in the sense of the mind? The
consciously evoked imagination might be one way to conceive of
this. The ethereal or thought world, might be
another. Not something physical, however.
Something spiritual - something through the narrow gate and in
the yet unseen world. How do we make this journey
in a modern Way?
We look within, in that place natural science declares makes
illusions. We explore our own mind (spirit), and our own
consciousness (soul). We do, as Emerson learned: “In
self trust all virtues are comprehended”. Emerson - who
also said: “Nature is a thought incarnate, and turns to
thought again as ice becomes water and then gas. The
world is mind precipitated and the volatile essence is forever
escaping into the state of free thought”.
2000 years ago there were forerunners. We called them
Apostles or Disciples then, and think of them today, perhaps
unrealistically, as Saints. Factually, they were
just ordinarily human beings, touched/called to be fishers of
men - in reality: story tellers. I am one of many
tellers of stories for the Second Coming. I’ve been
there, - in the kingdom of heaven that lives in my
consciousness - and I’ve seen. In the ethereal world,
the world of thoughts. The world of the imagination,
entered by the Way of prayer and trust. Einstein had the
sense of it: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there
ever will be to know and understand.”
Quite a few of us already know this, instinctively. Those who
have the time to devote themselves to a life of prayer meet
Him. Its just that it is also possible these days to be
religious and not deny a true Way of science. I will
show the way to many such “stories” of the world, in which
Religion, Science, and Art are united.
This is just an introduction. A gift of roses for
others. New kinds of roses, though. Never seen
before. Take your time. There is no hurry.
One matter that He teaches these days, is that given that the
kingdom is here, now, each moment of consciousness is
precious. Each individual biography a grace. And,
if you want to know more there are many tellers of the Good
News of the Second Coming. I’m just one.
Saying hello. Nothing more.
Some of my books, and a fun essay: “The Art of God: an actual
theory of Everything”; “The Mystery of Evil in the Light of
the Sermon on the Mount”; “the Way of the Fool”; “Sacramental
Thinking”; “New Wine”; and, the essay: “I am not my brain -
the map is not the territory”. Via the Internet, go
Our Faith is being rewarded even now. The confusion of
natural science, that all is matter and that there is no
spirit, has been overcome. There exists a
counter-Copernican revolution, today. Right now.
The Romantics. The Transcendentalists.
Anthroposophists. Many others. One last story.
I meet, around 1984, a young woman, half white, half
Cherokee. She told me that when she was old enough to be
admitted to the deeper ceremonies of her People, she heard the
shaman/priest use the word Christ, a few times,
sprinkled among the Cherokee. After one ceremony she
asked him why this was so. His response: “We’ve
always known there was a Spirit of the Earth. Now we
know His Name.”
All that said, the proof is in the pudding, which is why this
text is accompanied by five books, from my own hand. Of
course, you have to eat the pudding to know whether it is
nourishing or not, don’t you.
Joel A. Wendt, age 74, 6 Monticello Dr. Paxton, MA, 01612