HOME, SWEET HEAVEN INSTALLMENT #32

Chapter Thirty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pope, having been informed of Israel’s selection of Simon ben Gideon as the world’s messiah, was apoplectic. After all the effort he’d put into placing the Catholic Church at the forefront of the world’s religions through ecumenization, this action on the part of the hated Israel had just cut him off at the knees. What rankled the most was that they’d done it behind his back. It was not that a new Jewish messiah would compete with the Catholic Jesus for the title and the religion. The Pope didn’t know whether this usurper was or wasn’t the actual messiah spoken of by the prophets. Nor did he care. Regarding the bottom line, however, he cared with a rabid intensity that took him over the edge into insanity. That bottom line, as he perceived it, was that the religious leadership of the world was slipping out of his grasp. And by a filthy, rotten Jew, no less! He had a terrifying image that the loyalty he’d won of many of the world’s movers and shakers through back-door bribes of money and prostitutes was wasted effort and that he was about to be consigned to history’s trash bin. Jerusalem would have been mine! he thought, horrified by the probability that he and his theology were on the verge of simply being shoved aside to make room for the Israeli messiah.

 

Insane or not, the Pope was correct in his dark assessment of his future. After GLOW’s meeting with him, the world leader had started asking questions. In very short order GLOW was fully apprised by the most trusted member of his personal staff of the Vatican’s rapidly-diminishing stature within the community of Regions. His ecumenism went too far, GLOW realized. The compromises left nothing of substance for committment to any one of the world’s religions, let alone them all. At any rate, one set of religious bandidos is quite enough, GLOW thought to himself, and I already have this new “messiah” in my pocket. GLOW correspondingly had directed staffer Abe Wilson to set in motion the elimination of the Pope and a media blitz intended to fully and irrevocably discredit the Vatican and its resident personnel.

It was not necessary to personally assassinate the Pope. The entire Vatican was torched to the ground in the dark hours of a cold, windy morning. Diabolically clever methods were employed to ensure that nobody escaped, so that the Pope went down in flames along with the entire Vatican organization. Given the increasingly open corruption of the Catholic leadership, the lamentation over their passing was minimal. With this removal of the central authority of the Catholic Church, each diocese was put adrift to survive individually the best it was capable of. Very soon thereafter, having bought into the necessity of a central leader and having accepted a theology so watered-down as to be meaningless, most of these Catholic representations closed their doors due to the profound loss of worshipers. A large number of elegantly purple-robed bishops and scarlet-robed cardinals found themselves without constituencies.

Good riddance! thought Wisdom as She observed the debacle, being perfectly aware that the real Church, consisting of widely-scattered individual Christians in diverse races, ethnicities and walks of life, had always existed apart from the man-centered and bureaucratic monstrosities controlled by self-serving leaders. They all were forewarned. Had they bothered to read and digest Scripture, they never would have put up with that mess. Well, Jesus through John told them, and He told them well.

The Scripture to which Wisdom referred in particular was Revelation 17:

“And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, and talked with me, saying unto me [John], Come here; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters; with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness and I saw a woman sit on a scarlet-colored beast, full of the names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of her fornications. And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder.

 

          “And the angel said unto me, Why didst thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is, not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet, but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For god hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman whom thou sawest that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”  

 

As in the earlier declaration of Simon ben Gideon as Israel’s messiah, Jerusalem was again crowded with excited Israelis for the dedication of the newly-completed Third Temple. Another stage had been erected for the event, which held the most prominent of the orthodox priesthood. Messiah ben Gideon, who had willingly allowed himself to be placed above the Chief Rabbi, stood at the podium, ready to introduce the majestic GLOW, now seated behind the messiah and waiting to be formally introduced to the adoring crowd. Before the introduction, the rabbi gave a short dedication speech, quoting the first several verses of Haggai Chapter 2:

“’In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in its first glory? And how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison with it as nothing?’

 

“Well, that was what our new temple looked like a few short years ago,” the rabbi continued. “Nothing. But now . . . well, I’ll continue with Haggai:

“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work; for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts. According to the word that I had covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you; fear not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts. Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come; and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of hosts; and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.’

 

“Ladies and gentlemen,” intoned the rabbi, “this day this house shall indeed be filled with glory, for I present to you now our savior, Simon ben Gideon!”

Messiah ben Gideon pointed to the temple. “A marvel of construction,” he said to the crowd. “Utterly magnificent, a miracle, really. And so from this day forward, Israel has its temple, its messiah, and,” turning to the man seated behind him, “its God. God of Gods, very God of very God, majestic in stature, all-knowing, all-seeing, all Being. Ladies and gentlement, I present to you his majesty, GLOW.”

When the handclapping and cheering died down, GLOW began to talk, so quietly that the crowd had to strain to hear. Silence prevailed, intruded upon only by GLOW’s words. “People of Israel – hear me when I tell you that no longer are you to be forgotten and stepped on. You are my chosen people, chosen from before the Great Exodus from Egypt. I now announce a new covenant, the passing away of the nation of Israel. From henceforth, this shall be the home of your god, my home, and I shall name it after me. It shall be called Glowland, for I, GLOW, inhabit it as god with you. I call upon your messiah, Simon ben Gideon, to perform the prayer of dedication as I ascend the steps and enter my new home.

Ben Gideon stood before the steps as GLOW ascended them, spreading his hands to heaven as did King Solomon centuries before at the dedication of the First Temple. His prayer, in fact, attempted to parrot the words of this early king, a much wiser and God-fearing man.

“Lord god of Glowland,” Gideon began, “there is no god like thee, in heaven above, or in earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants who walk before thee with all their heart; who hast kept his covenant and fulfilled it at this day. Therefore, now, lord god of Glowland, keep that which thou hast promised thy people, and dwell everlastingly with them. But will god indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that has been built in your honor!

“Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my god, and to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee today; that thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there; that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place. And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people of Glowland and beyond to the whole Earth, when they shall pray toward this place, and hear thou in this dwelling place.

“We come before you in most humble thanksgiving for your condescension to dwell among us.”

At the completion of this dedication Gideon looked upward toward the sky above, which was empty of clouds except for one round, puffy cloudlet directly above them. Extending his arms yet further, he pointed both index fingers to that cloud. In response, a laser-bright beam of red light emanated from the cloud and rested on the new Holy of Holies, within which GLOW now entered, hidden from the crowd by the building itself.

Awestruck, the masses knelt before the temple, their hands in positions of supplication. Occupied as they were in worship to GLOW, the crowd failed to notice the Messianic Jews among them depart in haste. They had come out of curiosity; now, they were obeying the command of Jesus in Matthew 24 to run for their lives, their destination the other side of the Jordan River into the hills of Jordan:

“When ye, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whosoever readeth, let him understand), then let them who are in Judea flee into the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house; neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto those who are with child, and to those who give suck in those days! But pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day; for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elects’ sake those days shall be shortened.”

The Great Tribulation had arrived on earth.

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