Divine Love Divine Truth
Celestial Heavens - In All God's Universe and Creation, of things material and Spiritual, the only one of His Creatures who can possibly have within them anything of a Divine Nature, is they who possess this Divine Love. The Bestowal of this Divine Love was intended, in its operation and effect, to Transform human from the merely Perfect Human, into the Divine Angel. Thus create a Kingdom of God in the Celestial Spheres where only that which is Divine can enter and find a habitation.
January 15th, 1915
I am here, Your Grandmother. (Ann Rollins)
The Kingdom of Jesus will be one, where only those who believe in his Teachings of Divine Truth, and have received the Holy Ghost (Divine Love)in their souls, will live. At sometime, known only to God, the entrance to this Kingdom will be closed. All, who have not qualified themselves, or rather who have not striven to heed and obey these Divine Truths, and have not received this Divine Love, will not be permitted to enter this Kingdom of God. Those who remain outside will have the Love and Care of God necessary to make them comparatively happy, but will not have that Supreme Love, which they can all now get if they will seek and believe.
That all spirits shall enjoy this Supreme Love, is not necessary to the Harmony of God's Universe. Why should He continue to hold open the entrance to this Kingdom of Supreme Love, when humans will not try to obtain it?
Well as to those who are born after the Kingdom is shut forever, He will not let enter, because they are not included in his Plan of Salvation to this Supreme and Celestial Heaven. They will have the other happiness that I speak of, but not that which those in Jesus Kingdom will enjoy.
March 10th, 1915
I am here, your Grandmother. (Ann Rollins)
Well, I am exceedingly happy and am glad that you are feeling so much improved.
You had quite a long letter from Helen. I hope a very satisfactory one. When she tries she can write a very good letter.
I am, as you know, in the same sphere with her and your mother. We are all very much together, though we live in different homes. Helen, of course, is not as far advanced as I am. Neither is your mother. Nevertheless, we are very congenial and Love one another very much. Soon though, I will leave them for a higher sphere. Then they will miss me I know, for they keep telling me so, and say that they will follow soon after. I believe that they will, for they are wonderful spirits in Divine Love and Faith. These two possessions, as you know, are the "open sesame" to things and spheres higher.
Well, my son, as Helen told you of her home, I want to tell you a little bit about the condition of the spirits in this sphere. No spirit, who has not received this Great Love of the Father, is here. better, all spirits who are here, have received and possess this Divine Love. Mere intellectual acquirements are not sufficient to fit a spirit for this sphere. If a spirit ever realizes that the gate is shut to them, it is because they have not this Divine Love. Then the Great Happiness that exists here could not be enjoyed by the mere mind. The mind is limited in its capacity for happiness. Only the soul can enjoy this Great Happiness.
I sometimes think that if mortals could be permitted, for one moment only, to realize what this Happiness is, they would never let their lives slip by without making the greatest efforts to fit themselves for this Great Life in the Celestial Spheres.
Our time here is occupied in helping one another to a greater realization of the Divine Truths of Our Father, and in helping spirits who live on lower planes than we do. I do not now, very often, come to the Earth Plane to help other spirits or mortals. Of course, in your case I am so bound by my affections and desires that I am with you quite often, more so with that darling little daughter of yours. As I have told you, I am her guardian angel. So long as she lives, I will be with her to help and guide.
We are engaged in the study of things that pertain more to the Spiritual Things of this Life, than to studying the things of the other Worlds of the Universe. These things, to us, are what might be called the material things. While knowledge of them would be very interesting, yet our thoughts are turned to the more important Divine Truths of God.
Yes, we all have our libraries and homes, as Helen has told you of. Of course, there is a great difference in these homes, depending upon the amount of Divine Love which the spirit has in their soul. I am now living in a home that is so beautiful, that I could not, in the short time that I will write tonight, describe it to you. Soon I will in detail, and then you can realize what a home it is.
Well, do not believe everything in the book you have been reading, because, it is said to be written by spirits. Even if it is so written, the information given depends upon the condition, knowledge, and belief of these spirits. Some may tell the exact Truth, as they conceive it to be, yet it may not be the Truth.
Well, the explanation is; that the spirits whose communications you read have never learned the Divine Truth taught by the Master. They only know what they have learned, from what they have read, or from what spirits, who have not this Great Knowledge, have told them. Any spirit who doesn't say that Jesus is the Greatest Spirit and Teacher, and the only one of the great teachers who have ever lived on Earth who shows the Only and True Way to the Father's Kingdom, has never learned this Way, or come under the influence of the Master. So as far as that is concerned, do not pay any attention to what they say, or let their communications influence you, for these communications will not help you Spiritually.
There are certain great assembly places in the Spirit World where the Higher Spirits meet and discuss the various plans that they think will benefit humankind, and also the lower spirits. I believe the Master has attended these meetings, and given his advice and encouragement. For you must remember that he is a teacher, not only of The Way to God's Kingdom, but also of the acquiring of those things that will help and benefit mortals and spirits who have not received this Great Love.
Part of his mission is to make human and spirits happy, even though they may never become inhabitants of the Celestial Spheres. God Loves All His Creatures. The Master, as His Greatest Instrument of Divine Love and Beneficence, is doing all that he can to make these humans and spirits happy. As some of these communications say, he has helped in many of these assemblies to do good for all. While this is so, yet he is the Father's Greatest Instrument in showing humans The Way to the Higher Life.
Well, that is a question that seems hard to answer. But, if these other great teachers will not believe the Master's Message, as to the only Way to the Kingdom, they alone know why, and will have to bear the consequences.
Not all spirits are able to see these Great Truths, any more than mortals are. The mere fact that they have so much greater opportunity to learn these Truths does not seem to persuade them to accept the same.
The Higher Spheres in which these ancient seers and wise humans live are not the Celestial Heavens, but spheres higher up in the Spirit World. No matter how high they may get in these spheres, they will never partake of that Divine Essence, or Nature of the Father, which we have told you of, unless they seek for and obtain the Divine Love, and qualify themselves to enter the Celestial Heavens. They will always be nothing more than spirits possessed of the Natural Love, which they had on Earth. Of course, more refined and free from sin. Yet it is merely Natural Love and nothing more.
Yes, I have met Paul, Peter, John and James, and several others of lesser development. Yes, they are all in the Celestial Spheres, and very happy, yet they go to the lower spheres to do the work set before them. No spirit, who has not received this New Birth, is ever permitted to enter the Celestial Spheres. Hence, the spirit that you speak of has never seen the home of John, and never will, until Redeemed by the Divine Love of the Father.
I do not think these mortals who claim that they left their bodies and entered the Celestial Spheres, ever did so. I have grave doubt that they ever entered the Spiritual Spheres above the Third. This is a subject that I will write you more fully about some other time.
I must stop now, and you must not write more tonight.
So, with all my Love, I am, your own Loving Grandmother, Ann Rollins.
April 13th, 1915
Well, my darling son, I am so happy to be with you and tell you that I am now in the Second Celestial Sphere, where everything is so beautiful. Happiness exists to a degree that I cannot portray to you. I am in my own home. What it is, I can scarcely describe, for you have no words, which are adequate to give you an idea of what I may mean in attempting to describe the glories of this sphere. My home is of a material that you have no faint counterpart of on Earth. It is furnished with everything that is suited to make me happy and more thankful to the Father for His Love and Kindness.
I am living all alone. I have many visitors. Divine Love is the ruling sentiment among all its inhabitants. No spirit, who is not filled with this Divine Love, of which I have so often told you, can possibly live in this sphere. The spirit who has all the most wonderful intellectual acquirements, and is without this Divine Love, cannot enter this sphere. Nor can the mere Natural Love of mortals, or of spirits, fit the spirit for inhabitancy here. Only the Divine Love of the Father can make a spirit so At-One with all the surroundings and atmosphere of Divine Love that here exists.
When I left the First Celestial Sphere I was taken in charge by a most beautiful and glorified spirit, and carried from my home in the First Celestial Sphere, up to the entrance of the Second Celestial Sphere where many other beautiful spirits were waiting to give me welcome. Such a welcome I never thought could be extended to a spirit who is progressing. I was received with all the Love, affection, and evidence of joy that the spirits of this sphere have for a spirit who has progressed from the lower one. Oh, I tell you that my happiness was certainly beyond any conception of what I had in the home of which I just left. I thought that the beauty and grandeur of the First Celestial Sphere could not possibly be surpassed. When I tell you that comparison cannot be made between the beauty of the two places, it is the best that I can do.
My home was all ready for me. I was carried by a whole host of spirits to it and told that it was for me. That God had prepared it for my happiness and joy. It certainly is beyond description. It would be useless for me to try to describe it.
The spirits here are so much more beautiful than those of any other sphere. They are more ethereal. Their garments are all shining and white. Not one little speck reminds one of the Earth, or the grosser spheres of the Spirit World. Here the music is entirely Divine, and of such a great variety. All telling of the Great Divine Love of God, and sung in His praise and adoration. I have not yet seen all the beauties of this sphere. I may later give you a fuller description of it.
Yes, I met some spirits whom I knew on Earth, but not many. Some of the Truly Christian men and women who lived, Loved, and worshipped God and passed over long before I did. My own dear mother and father have progressed to this sphere and were ready to receive me. How glad they were to welcome me and take me to their arms of Love.
Well, I must not write more tonight as you are not in condition for extended writing. So with all my Love, which is so much greater than when I last wrote you, I am your own True and Loving grandmother. (Ann Rollins)
June 5th, 1915
Well my dear grandson, I am here and desire to write awhile tonight about some things that are True, and show you the Workings of God's Love among humans and spirits.
I have had a great deal of experience, although I have not been in the Spirit World a very long time, as we count time, which we do not. I merely use the expression that you may understand what I mean.
I am, as I told you, in the Second Celestial Sphere, where your wife and mother also are. In this sphere, all the inhabitants are spirits who have been Redeemed by the Divine Love and Great Mercy of the Father, and by the Great Gift of Immortality, which Jesus wrote you about the other night.
I am now, so developed in my soul qualities, that I realize that I am a part of the Father's Divine Nature. That I have in me those Qualities of His Nature that make me Immortal, which Immortality can never more be taken from me. What I say applies to all the inhabitants of this sphere.
Of course, you will understand there is yet more Divine Love, which we may obtain, because our progress in the Divine Love never ceases, until we get into the Very Presence of the Father, and are able to see Him with our soul perceptions.
This phase you cannot possibly understand, as you are now. When you come to the place where I am, you will. It is even possible for you, in a way, to comprehend it while in the Mortal Life, but not to the extent that you will when you become a spirit and live in this sphere.
Your mother and wife now have this Quality of Soul Perception, but even among us, there is a difference of comprehension of this. I am told that as I progress higher and receive more of this Divine Love, this soul perception will become clearer and more satisfactory to me. So when you hear us say we are Redeemed and have as our possession a part of the Divine Essence of the Father, you must understand that it is a comparative thing; that we are not perfect. Even the Master is not Perfect, as God is Perfect, so he tells us. He is progressing in the acquisition of this Divine Love, and in the increased power of this soul perception.
Until we reach the First Celestial Sphere, we have not a sufficient quantity of this Divine Love to make us partakers of this Divine Nature of the Father, to the degree that all the Natural Loves are absorbed by the Divine Love. For all below that sphere have more or less of the mere Natural Love, which causes them to retain their worldly affections. I mean those things, which tend to retard their progress.
Of course, our Natural Love for our relatives or friends does not leave us even after we reach the Celestial Spheres, but when we become inhabitants of these spheres, we have no interest in the affairs of Earth, or its government.
The Seventh Sphere is the one that divides those spirits who have merely intellectual, or moral qualities, which are developed, as it were, to the highest degree, from those spirits, who in addition to mental and moral development, have their souls developed by the Divine Love of the Father.
No spirit who has not this Divine Love can become an inhabitant of the Seventh Sphere. So that, when you hear of any of your spirit friends, or acquaintances, or of any other spirits, being in the Seventh Sphere, you will know that these spirits have received the Divine Love, to an extent a little short of that which enables them to enter the First Celestial Sphere, and which makes them At-One with the Father, hence Immortal.
The Sixth Sphere is one where the mental and moral qualities are developed to their greatest extent. It is not necessary for the spirit to have this Soul Development, to any great extent, in order to become an inhabitant of this sphere. In other words, it is a sphere, which is given more especially to those spirits who have given more thought to the improvement of their minds and their moral qualities, than to the development of their souls by obtaining the Divine Love of the Father. This sphere is one of great happiness, for these spirits of mental and moral excellence. It is the highest that they can attain to in their progression in the Spirit World.
Of course, these spirits may also receive this Greater Soul Development, for the Divine Love is free and waiting for all of God's Children. My observation has been that when the spirits who find their happiness in purely mental pursuits, or in the development of their moral natures, get into this sphere, they seldom become dissatisfied enough with their condition of happiness to desire, or seek, for a greater one. In fact, the majority of them will not believe, that there is any greater happiness that they can attain to, hence, the deadening satisfaction which possesses them.
I know it may be a little difficult for you to understand this matter, as I have attempted to explain it, but what I have said is True. In the Day of Separation, these spirits will realize that fact. Then it will be too late to remedy their neglect, or want of the soul desire for the Soul Development, that comes only by the inflowing of the Divine Love into the soul in sufficient abundance, and which is necessary to permit them to become inhabitants of the Celestial Kingdom.
Well, when a spirit enters the Spirit World, its condition of mental, moral, or spiritual development determines where it shall first live. In the large majority of cases, the first home of the spirit is the Earth Plane. In that, there are a number of planes, respectively higher, or lower, than others. So when the spirit finds itself in the Earth Plane, it also finds that its condition is not much different from what it was on Earth. The same ideas of right and wrong, of beliefs, of affections, and of desires, obtain. Sometimes these conditions will last for many years, and again, the change can come comparatively soon. This change of condition depends frequently upon the friends or relatives, who try to help and instruct them when they come over.
If such spirit helpers are themselves developed in the line of intellectual pursuits, they will more naturally endeavor to direct the newly arrived spirit along the same line of thought and aspirations. So with the morally developed helpers, they will make the questions of morality the important ones for the new spirits to give attention to. And so with the Spiritual Helpers, or those who have received the Divine Love of the Father in their souls, and to whom, such Divine Love is the most important thing in all the Spirit World. Naturally, they will endeavor to instruct the spirit in matters pertaining to this Divine Love and the increased development of it. So you see, much depends upon the helpers which the new spirit finds waiting its advent into the Spirit World, and the instructions which such spirit helpers give it.
But, more will depend upon the condition of the spirit itself. As I have said, when it comes into the Spirit World it brings with it all its beliefs, desires and affections. These respective qualities will, to a more or less extent, influence the directions of its progress. It is much easier to influence a spirit who has had, while on Earth, Awakened in them a Love of God, even to a small degree, to pursue the thoughts that will lead them into Spiritual Ways, than to persuade one who has never had that Awakening. And so with the spirit who, while on Earth, gave their studies and thoughts to mental pursuits, to the exclusion of thoughts relating to God, or to religious matters. Such spirits will naturally be attracted to those things which it considers a continuation of its Earthly thoughts, or which will enable it to pursue the development of those thoughts. Consequently, they are its "treasures", which necessarily have the most of its affections. From these affections will arise its desires, which will, unless something greater intervenes, cause it to follow the course of these desires. The same Principles can be applied to every condition of the spirit, mental, moral or spiritual.
Now to the point of your question.
Such spirit, following the natural inclination of its condition, as I have explained, will endeavor in its progress to get into that sphere where there are afforded the greatest opportunities for the development of the particular phase of its condition, which constitutes its chief motive force. This is in accordance with a Spiritual Law.
The spirit desiring, above all else, the development of its mental qualities, will naturally seek that sphere where these qualities have the greatest opportunity for such development. And so, with the moralist, and the spirit of religious (spiritual)thought.
Now, God, in His Great Wisdom and Goodness, has provided these several spheres, and made them suited for the purposes of their Creation. All the spirits have the choice as to which they will enter and seek to live in. Of course, not only one sphere of its kind is provided. There are several so provided, so that there may be progression on the part of spirits who have these several phases of desires and attractions.
The second, the fourth, and the sixth spheres are appropriated for those spirits who have more of the qualifications and desires for advancement in their mental and moral pursuits, or rather for the development of those qualities possessed by them, which pertain more to the mental and moral natures.
Of course, in their progress from the lowest to the respective higher spheres that I have mentioned, the spirit must pass through the intervening spheres. But, they do not linger in them, or seek to make them their homes, or stay in them for their development. Because in these intervening spheres, the qualities which these spirits are attempting to develop, are not given much attention. These spirits would not be much benefitted by remaining in these spheres. But, the fact of passing through these intervening spheres does not indicate that these spirits, in so passing, in any degree, receive any additional Love, or development of their soul qualities. So that a spirit in the Third Sphere, possessing the Divine Love, may have more Soul Development than one who lives in the Sixth Sphere who has not the Divine Love.
So in contrast to the Second, Fourth, and Sixth Spheres, that I have named, the Third, Fifth, and Seventh Spheres are the ones appropriated to, and specially prepared for, the spirits who are seeking the development of the Divine Love into their souls. In these spheres, Divine Love is the Great Thing that is sought for, and acquired. The spirits of these spheres may be just as highly developed in their mental and moral qualities as are those before described. Frequently, they are more so. For with the Soul Development in the Divine Love, strange as it may seem to you, comes mental and moral development. But, this development of the mind is not the chief thing for which these spirits seek. Every desire and aspiration with them is subordinated to their great efforts to obtain this Divine Love to the highest degree. Ever and ever are these spirits seeking for It. They have never become satisfied, in contrast to those who merely seek the mental and Natural Love development.
As I have said, beyond the Sixth Sphere, these merely mental or moral seekers cannot progress, unless they seek for the Divine Love. In this Sixth Sphere the mind's happiness is reached.
The Sixth Sphere is a more prolific one of probation, in the sense that many of these spirits are Awakened to the necessity of seeking this Soul Development, because, after some of these spirits have been there for a long time, they commence to realize this limitation to their mental happiness. Strange as it may seem to you, they frequently make their first start by calling up the recollections of their childhood days, when they were taught and believed that God Loved them, and that His Love was the Greatest Thing in all the World. So you see here illustrated, in a way you probably never have thought of, the saying of Jesus that, "Except ye become as little children ye can in no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven".
Many of these spirits have no childhood recollections of this kind. Then comes the work of the Higher Spirits who have been Redeemed by this Great Love of the Father.
In all this, you will see how God recognizes and respects the independent will of His Creature. He does not force them to seek His Divine Love, but waits until they, by their own experience, learn that what they once thought was all sufficient for their happiness, is not sufficient. Realizing this insufficiency, they become dissatisfied. With such dissatisfaction comes the wish to learn the Great Unknown of Desire, which, at last, causes them to feel their dependence upon a Source of Happiness not emanating from themselves.
Thus, my dear son, in my imperfect way, I have attempted to give you a description of the several Spheres, their character, and the object of their Creation.
You must believe what I have told you, for it is True. In believing, you will see the great advantage in striving to enter the Spheres of the Soul, or the Divine Heavens. For in doing so, you will not only gain your Soul's Development, but also the development of your mental qualities and your moral nature also.
Thus you will understand the great saying of the Bible: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
Well, I have written you a long letter and must stop. So with all the Love of a devoted grandmother, I will say, goodnight, Ann Rollins.
June 5th, 1915
I am here, Jesus.
I am with you tonight, as I heard you longing for me. I have come to comfort and bless you.
My dear brother, you have the Divine Love of the Father in your soul to a great extent this night. I see that you are very happy, and feel that the Father is very near you. I am so glad that your condition is such, for I want to tell you how much the Divine Love of the Father is waiting to Bless you, and make you At-One with Him. A True Child of His Affections.
I am now prepared to give you my next formal message. If you feel that you would like to take it tonight, I will do so.
Well then, I will write on the subject: Why human must receive this Divine Love in order to be admitted to the Kingdom of Heaven, or Celestial Kingdom.
In that Kingdom there are no spirits who have not received this Divine Love, so that their natures are of the Divine Essence of the Father. I do not mean that any spirit is perfect in this Divine Nature, but that the spirit has so much of this Divine Love in their soul, as to make them in Unison with the Divine Nature of the Father. There are different degrees of Perfection. Or rather; there are different degrees of possession of this Divine Love by the spirits. Their happiness and glory are dependent upon the amount of Divine Love possessed by them. No spirit though, who is an inhabitant of this Kingdom, is without this Divine Love. No spirit has, in its soul, any sin or error that may have been a part of it while in the Earth Life. All the spirits know that they are Immortal, just as the Father is Immortal. This Knowledge comes to them, only from the possession of this Divine Love, which is the Divine Essence that flowed into their souls from the Great Divine Nature of the Father. Should anything in the soul not be in Unison with the Soul of the Father, that spirit could not possibly enter into that Kingdom. As the soul of such spirit remains in such condition of inharmony, it can never be received into the Celestial Kingdom.
I know that among humans and spirits also, it is thought and asserted that the Father is All Merciful and All Good. That in His Great Plan for the Salvation of Humans, and for establishing the Harmony of His Universe, no human, or spirit, will be excluded from His Heavenly Kingdom. In this thought, mortals and spirits both are mistaken. I am sorry to say that many of them, will, when too late, realize this error. God has certain Principles which are fixed and which are necessary for humans to know and obey in order for them to become At-One with Him and partake of His Divine Nature. If they fail to obey the requirements of these Principles, they will forever be excluded from possessing that, in their souls, which will make them like the Father, and admit them to His Kingdom.
They, in such condition, or want of the qualifications, even though they were admitted to the Kingdom, would not be happy, for their condition would wholly fail to respond to those things in the Kingdom, which give happiness to the True Children of the Father. They, of necessity, would be most unhappy. Heaven would not be a heaven to them. So you see, all spirits, in order to inhabit this Kingdom, must have the prescribed requirements of Soul Love and Soul Development.
As I said when on Earth, "He that enters into the sheepfold, in any other way than through the gate, is a thief and a robber". No thief, or robber, is fitted for this Kingdom of Divine Love. Let human know, that no Mercy, or Love, of the Father will be given them to enable them to enter this Kingdom, unless that human seeks this Divine Love and this Mercy, in The Way the Father has ordained that they shall be sought for. No special providence will be extended to any human. If they come to the marriage feast without their wedding garment, they will be cast out and not be permitted to enjoy the feast.
Humans may reason, to the extent of all their reasoning powers to prove, that the Father, being a Loving and Merciful Father, will not cast them out, or keep them from entering this Kingdom, because they are All His Children and the Objects of His Love and favor. That one is as dear to Him as the other. That He is no respecter of persons, therefore, will treat all alike.
I tell them that they are mistaken. If they wait until the Great Day, when the sheep shall be separated from the goats, they will realize to their everlasting exclusion from this Kingdom, and that what I say is True.
Of course, every spirit, ever born, is the object of the Father's Care. He makes no distinction between the spirits and mortals that He has Created. Wants every one of them to inhabit His Kingdom and partake of those things which He has provided for them. Which are beyond their conception in the greatness of the grandeur and beauty of these things. He calls to all His Creatures to come and partake of these Great Provisions that He has made for them. No Creature (human soul) is refused the Gift of these things, or heard to ask and not be answered with their bestowal. Yet, when that human, or spirit, who has this Great Boon, and The Way shown by which they can receive these gifts, refuses, or neglects, to follow that Way, or to receive these gifts, in the Way ordained by the Father, then all these Great Gifts are withdrawn from them. Never, after the Great Day of Separation, will they have the privilege of receiving them.
Humans cannot say that the Father is unjust, or unmerciful, or unloving, because He forever, thereafter, shuts the door to these privileges, or the opportunity of receiving them. Humans have rejected His Gift and neglected to search His Plans for their Great Happiness. Consequently, they will have no right to complain, when they, like the foolish virgins, find the door shut against them.
So I say, humans must realize the necessity of putting on the wedding garments and of filling their lamps with oil, in order to be admitted into the Kingdom.
I will not herein tell The Way in which humans must prepare themselves for an entrance into this Kingdom of the Father. It would take too long. I will in a future message explain this fully. I will say, before closing, that if humans will pray to the Father for the inflowing into their souls of His Divine Love, and have Faith, they will find themselves on the True Way to become inhabitants of His Kingdom.
As it is late, I must stop writing, and with all my Love and blessings, and the Blessings of the Father, will say goodnight, Your friend and brother, Jesus.
August 17th, 1915
I am here, Samuel, the Prophet.
I am the prophet who came to you before and wrote. Tonight I want to tell you of the wonderful things, which God has prepared for His Redeemed Children in the Celestial Spheres, where only those who have received the New Birth can enter.
In these spheres are homes made of the most beautiful materials that can be imagined, which are of a real and permanent character, and not subject to decay or deterioration of any kind, and which are made without hands, but by the soul's development, and the Divine Love, which each spirit possesses.
These homes are furnished with everything that is suited to make the inhabitants happy and contented. Not one element of inharmony has any abiding place therein. Every home has its library, the most beautiful furniture, paintings and wall coverings. Also rooms that are devoted to the various uses that a spirit may need them for. The music is sublime, beyond conception. There are all kinds of musical instruments, which the spirits know how to play. As you may not suppose, every spirit has the ability to sing. There are no voices that are out of tune with the surroundings, and with the other voices. Every spirit has music in their soul. Every spirit has the vocal qualities to express that music.
Couches for repose are provided. Running fountains, beautiful flowers of every hue and variety, lawns the most beautiful and green. Trees are in abundance and are planted in the most artistic manner, so that they are in harmony with the surrounding landscape.
The light that comes to our homes is of such a kind that I cannot describe it, and can only say that with it, and in it, are the most soothing and wonderful influences that spirits can conceive of.
All these things and many more are provided by our Loving Father for the happiness of His Children. Above all is this, the wonderful Divine Love of the Father, which is always with us, and which fills our souls to overflowing, and keeps us in one continuous state of happiness, peace and joy.
All these things are freely given to us. With them, the knowledge that we are a part of the Father's Divine Being, and have beyond the possibility of losing it, the Immortality, which Jesus brought to Light when he came to Earth.
I have been in these heavens many years, and know whereof I speak. When I tell you of these things, I do so that you and all humankind may know that these delights may be yours and theirs, if you will only let the Divine Love of the Father enter your souls, and take complete possession of it.
Well, as to our social enjoyments, we are so Loving, one to the other, that nothing arises, as on Earth, to cause one the slightest jar in our wonderful harmony. We visit one another and give our experiences of the Love Life that we lead, and have music, interchange thoughts about our continuous progress, and our work in the Spirit World. Every spirit in our sphere may visit every other spirit, and know that the door is always open and a warm welcome awaiting them.
I cannot tell you of all these wonders because there are no words that will convey our meanings. Your capacity to understand is limited by your mental boundaries. Hence, I am at a disadvantage. This I can tell you, and that is; that some day, if you get the Divine Love in your soul in sufficient abundance, you will see and understand for yourselves what God has in store for you. It was truly said, "That no eye has seen, or mind conceived, the wonderful things that await the True Child of the Father."
No, there are no streets of gold, walls of jasper, or any of these material things that John made use of in his apocalypse to describe the City of God. They were merely used as symbols. They did not express the wonders of our homes.
I will not write more tonight, but will come again sometime and tell you of things that are of more importance than a description of our homes.
With all my Love, I am Your brother in Christ, Samuel.
September 21st, 1916
I am here, Lazarus.
I merely want to say that I am the real Lazarus of the Bible story, and that I am an inhabitant of the Father's Kingdom, and in the Truth that exists in that Kingdom and in its inhabitants.
I declare to you that the spirits who have written you the Truths of Celestial and Spiritual Things, are actually those whom they represent themselves to be. Jesus, especially, is with you very often and communicates to you Truths from His great storehouse of Knowledge of the Truth.
He is so much interested in the work to be done and the revelations to be made, that he is with you very often, for the purpose of not only revealing these Truths, but of preparing you to receive them. He is enveloping you in his Love, and giving to you a development of your soul faculties that will make you qualified to receive these High Truths as no other mortal has ever been qualified. For he knows that you are his best qualified instrument now on Earth to do his work and the work of the Father.
From what I say, you must not suppose that you are the best, or the human having the greatest amount of the Divine Love in the soul, for that is not True. Nor are you chosen because of any merits of your own, or superior mental endowments, but you have those conditions of attunement with him that enables him and the other spirits to use you in performing this work.
I am not of such exalted position, or soul development, as are many of the spirits who write you, yet I know the plans of the Master. What I say to you is True.
I was a Jew, and an orthodox one, until the Master came to me and developed my soul so that I could understand his teachings, and become susceptible to the inflowing of the Divine Love.
I will not write more now, but in closing repeat that you must believe what I have said. Try to do the Will of the Father, and the work that you have been selected to do.
Well, both Mary and Martha are in the Celestial Heavens. You would naturally suppose that Mary has made the greater progress in her soul development but that is not True, as they both live in the same sphere, and have similar development.
As you know, they have been in the Spirit World for a very long time. Whatever spiritual superiority Mary may have appeared to have over Martha does not exist, for they both have this Divine Love to a degree that has caused all sin and thoughts for the material to have become eradicated long years ago.
Your brother in Christ, Lazarus.
September 25th, 1915
I am here, St. John.
I come tonight to write a short time about; The Truths of the Celestial Spheres in which I live, and enjoy the Happiness, which my Father gives me.
As you may know, these Celestial Spheres are above the Spiritual Spheres. Are inhabited only by spirits who have received the New Birth, and who believe in the Divine Truths as taught by Jesus. No other spirits are permitted to enter these spheres. No other spirits could possibly find any happiness in them. For in them, Divine Love is so developed in the souls of the spirits who live there, that any spirit not having that Divine Love would find that they are in an atmosphere that is entirely foreign to their qualifications. They would be most unhappy. As I say, no spirit who has not that Divine Love, which we tell you about, can possibly enter into these spheres. The walls of demarcation are just as solid and forbidding, as are walls of demarcation in your prisons on Earth from the outside world.
I live in a city that is most wonderful in its beauty and magnificence. Is filled with structures that surpass anything that you possibly conceive of. This city is inhabited by spirits who have a wonderful Soul Development, and are capable of understanding the Deep Divine Truths of God, which are not given to mortals, or spirits, in the Spiritual Spheres.
This may seem a little strange to you, but it is True. For it would be utterly impossible for the spirits of these lower spheres, or for mortals, to understand these Higher Truths. They cannot be comprehended, with what you call the intellectual faculties, or the mind, but can be only understood by the soul's perceptions, developed to such a degree that nothing that partakes of the purely material can have an abiding place in that soul.
The mind must stop in its progress at the Sixth Sphere. After that, only the soul can progress. This does not mean that the spirit who makes such progress in the Celestial Heavens does not increase in Knowledge and Understanding, for they do, to a greater extent than it could be possible for the mere mind to progress. This progress of a spirit in Knowledge and Understanding is a progress of the soul perceptions of which I speak. The faculties of the soul are as far superior to, and above, the faculties, of what you call the mind, as are the Heavens above the Earth.
So you see the soul does not merely embrace the Affections and Love of a spirit, but also qualities which enables it to understand and develop the Qualities of Knowledge, at a place where the progress of the mind ceases. It is hard to explain this to you, or for you to comprehend its meaning. This you will understand, that as the soul progresses in its development of its perceptions, Knowledge and Understanding of all things pertaining to the Celestial World increases. When you properly consider this, you will find that it is a wonderful provision of the Father's Divine Love and Grace.
What an important thing to both mortal and spirit is the soul. It can be starved on Earth, also in the Spirit World. On the other hand, it can be developed on Earth, as well as in the Spirit World. If mortals would only understand, that as regards Eternity, the soul is the Great Thing which they possess, and should be given more care and development than any, and all, other parts of Human's Being.
I may come again soon and go fuller into a statement concerning the soul and its functions and importance.
Tonight I will not write more. With my Love and blessings, I am, your brother in Christ, John.
November 7th, 1915
I am here, Gregory.
I was the great pope of Rome who did so much to establish the Romish Church on a firm basis, and to extend its powers and influence throughout the World.
It has been many years since that time. I have had many experiences in the Spirit World. I first suffered and lived in darkness. Then got into the Light of the Spheres where the mind is supreme, and progressed in those spheres, until, I found that the happiness which came to me from my associations and pursuits there was not sufficient to satisfy the cravings of my soul. For I had learned in Life, that there was a God of Love. Although, I had never found that God, yet these recollections, of what I had, in an intellectual way learned, came to me. I was not satisfied with the happiness of the intellectual spheres. As a consequence, I sought the spirits, who I knew were possessed of the Divine Love of God, and besought them to teach me The Way to that Divine Love. After a long time, I became the possessor of that Divine Love, and started on my road of progression to the Celestial spheres, where I now live.
If I had only known on Earth what Soul Religion meant, and not given all my thoughts to the politics of the church and to extending its powers and jurisdiction, I would have avoided many long years of suffering and darkness.
So you see, there is only One Way to the Heavenly Home and the Happiness which belongs to the Father's Kingdom, which the Master is working so hard to establish, that through the teachings of the Master. Which if understood and followed, ensures the seeker of that Divine Love which makes all spirits inhabitants of the Heavenly Kingdom and gives them a Celestial Happiness.
I don't find that the church has improved much since my time. Many popes and priests are now going through experiences similar to the ones that I passed through. Many believers in the dogmas of the catholic church find that these beliefs are not helping them, but rather retarding them in their souls' progression.
I could write a long letter on this subject, but have not time tonight. I thank you for receiving my message and would like to come again, if agreeable.
Your friend and brother in Christ, Gregory the Pope.
January 5th, 1916
I am your friend in Christ and desire to write a few lines. It will not be about religious matters, for I heard what the Master said, and he knows what is best.
Well, I am in the Seventh Sphere and am very happy. Enjoy all the delights of a Soul Redeemed. I am in The Way of progress to the Higher Spheres where some of your band lives. How beautiful must be their homes, because, when they come to the lower spheres, they have such beauty and are so filled with the Father's Divine Love that I know they must live in homes of transcendent beauty where Happiness is Supreme.
I am not one who knows all that there is in the Heavens provided by the Father. I know enough to say, "That no eye of human has seen, and neither has their heart conceived, of the Wonderful Things that The Father has prepared for those who Love Him and do His Will." In our sphere, the glory of our habitations and surroundings that we have are beyond all conceptions of mortals, and beyond all the powers which we have to describe. Your language is poor indeed when we attempt to use it, to describe our homes and our happiness.
Never a sigh, nor a thought tainted with the slightest flavor of unhappiness or discontent. All our wishes are gratified. Love Reigns Eternally and without stint. Never, when on Earth, did I conceive that one human could Love another, as one spirit here Loves their fellow spirit. The mine and thine are Truly, ours. No spirit is so happy, as when they are doing something to make another spirit happier. Then, Love between the opposite sexes is so pure and glorified.
My home is not in any of the cities, but is in the country, among beautiful fields and woods, where the purest waters flow in silver streams of Living Light. The birds of paradise in all their glorious plumage sing and make merry the echoes of the hills and rocks. For we have hills and rocks, as well as plains and beautiful meadows,placid lakes and shining waterfalls, all praising God for His Goodness.
So why will not every mortal try to attain to this Heavenly Condition of Love and Happiness, when it is so easy for them to do so? The Divine Love is waiting for all, needs only the seeking and the believing in order to make the mortal an heir to all the Glories of this Heavenly Place. But the mind of human, in its superimposed importance, and in the conceit of the wonderful powers of their reasoning faculties, keeps the simple childlike Faith from making them a Child of the Kingdom.
Oh, I tell you if mortals only knew what is here ready for them to obtain and make their own, they would not let the supposed greatness of their minds, or the cares, ambitions and desires for Earthly possessions, keep them from seeking this Great and Glorious Inheritance. Which is theirs by merely claiming it, in The Way made known by the Master.
He, what can I say of him, the most glorious, beautiful and Loving of all the spirits in God's Universe. When on Earth, I looked upon him and worshiped him as God. Sitting on the right hand of the Father, way up in the High Heavens, a way off, waiting for the coming of the great judgment day, when he would separate the sheep from the goats, and send each to their eternal place of habitation, whether to hell, or heaven. Only he knew, I did not, and could not, until the great judgment should be pronounced.
Now, when I see him, as he is. I know that he is my friend and elder brother, a spirit, such as I am, with only Love for his younger brethren, be they saints or sinners, and a great longing that all may come and partake of the Feast which the Father has prepared. I feel that the Loving brother and friend is more to me. My happiness is greater, than when I looked upon him as the god of judgment, having his habitation away off beyond my vision or reach. He is so Loving, so pure, and so humble. Why his very humility makes us all Love him almost to adoration. If you could only see him, you would not be surprised that we Love him so much.
Well, my friend, I have written a little more than I intended, but I am so filled with Love, and so happy in having such a friend as the Master, that I can hardly restrain myself. I will come again sometime and write you upon some Spiritual Truth, which I so much want you to know.
When on Earth I was not an orthodox, to the full extent. My early belief that Jesus was a part of the Godhead, I did not succeed in getting rid of, although, my mind often rebelled at the thought. But the early teachings of my mother lingered with me. Maturer thoughts and development of mind could never entirely eradicate this belief in Jesus as being part of God. Some have said, and thought, that I was almost an infidel. This is untrue, for I always believed firmly in The Father. And, as I have told you, in Jesus.
I was also to some extent a Spiritualist. That is, I believed in the communications of spirits with mortals, as on numerous occasions, I have had such communications, and have acted on advice that I received through them. I never learned, from any of these communications, any of the Higher Truths, which I now know, and which are so important for mortals to know, which, if humans only knew and taught, would make their religion a live, virile, all pervading and satisfying religion. We are all interested in your work, and are co-workers with you in revealing these Great Truths.
May God Bless and prosper you, and cause you to see the Realities of the Great Divine Love, is the prayer of your brother in Christ, A. Lincoln.
May 28th, 1916
I am here, Your Grandmother (Ann Rollins).
I will tell you tonight of a Truth that may be of interest to you. I know that it is of importance to all who may long for happiness in the Future Life.
As you know, I am now in the Celestial Spheres, in a place higher than the Third Celestial Sphere, where are no special lines of demarcation separating it from what you may call, The Higher Planes.
In my plane, the inhabitants are those who have received the Divine Love in their souls, to an extent that makes them know that they are of a Nature that is Divine, and in At-Onement with that of the Father. Of course, those who have entered the First Celestial Sphere have the knowledge of having partaken of the Divine Nature, but they are not so filled with this Divine Love, as we are who live in the sphere that I am in.
It is not possible for me to tell you of the extent of our happiness, because you have no words in your language that can possibly convey a faint conception of this happiness. I will not attempt to describe it. If you will combine all the emotions of joy and happiness, which you have received, or experienced, in all the years of your Life, you would not be able to realize the meaning of our Happiness in the faintest degree.
I merely recite this Truth to show to you, and all humankind, what is possible for you, and them, to obtain, if you will only pursue the course that the Father has provided, and the Master has pointed out in his messages to you.
The great instrument that causes this Great Happiness is Love. By this, I mean the Divine Love, of which we have so often written. Without which it is impossible for a soul to obtain this condition, or to become a dweller in the Celestial Heavens.
Human, as you have been instructed, was not Created with this Divine Love. Could only obtain it by their own longings and aspirations, being exercised in The Way that the Father had provided. In no other way could these desires for this Divine Love be realized.
The great pity is that the First of the Human Race declined, or rather refused to pursue this Way, and thought that they were wise enough to know a better way. In attempting to pursue this way brought about their fall, and the loss of the privilege of obtaining this Divine Love. In all the long years, until the coming of Jesus, no human, after the First Created, had the privilege. Hence, it was not possible for them to find any greater happiness than that which might come from their Natural Love.
At the coming of Jesus, humans again had Bestowed upon them (by God) this Great Privilege. A possibility of the Knowledge of The Way in which the privilege could be exercised. This was not declared to all humans, for the territory in which Jesus taught and proclaimed this Important Truth was very limited. The great majority of humans died without knowing that this Gift had been Rebestowed. But, God in His Goodness and Love, did not restrict the Bestowal of this Divine Love to those who might be fortunate enough to learn of it from Jesus and his apostles. But sent His Holy Spirit to implant it in the souls of all humans, who might be in such condition of soul aspiration and longing, as to permit this Divine Love to enter their souls.
When spirits became possessed of this Knowledge, they commenced the work of trying to influence humans, in such a way, that there arose in them a longing for a closer Unity (Union)with God, and an opening up of the soul perceptions. As a result, many humans, in various parts of the World, received this Divine Love in their souls, without knowing that it was this Divine Love. But it was. When these humans, in their spirit forms entered the Spirit World, they soon found, that to some extent, they were possessed of this Divine Love. It was not difficult for them to listen to the explanations and teachings of those spirits who had received it, as to the Truth of its existence.
Now, all this may not appear to be of much importance to present human, and hardly worth attention. My great object in writing in this manner is to show that God had no special, or particular, people. That it was not even necessary that all peoples should learn from Jesus the fact of this gift. For in such a case, the great majority of humankind could not possibly have heard of this Divine Love while they were yet mortals. No, this was not a necessity. But the Knowledge which came to mortals through Jesus, enabled them, who possessed it and believed, to the more readily pursue The Way to obtaining this Divine Love.
Many spirits had received the benefit of the Rebestowal of this Divine Love, or rather the privilege of seeking for and obtaining it, before Jesus came to the Spirit World. Yet they understood that the greater extent of the possession of this Divine Love was in Jesus. No spirit now possesses It to the degree that he does.
Whether the souls of mortals, or spirits, received the Knowledge of this Truth from Jesus, or from the workings of the Holy Spirit in its Ministrations, they all know that the seeking for and getting this Divine Love are the only means by which the soul may become an inhabitant of the Celestial Heavens.
I realize that what I have written conflicts with the orthodox belief, that it is only through the death and blood of Jesus that humans can be saved from their sins and become Children of God and At-One with Him. If this belief were True, then by Jesus' sacrifice all humans would be saved, irrespective of their obtaining this Divine Love. Or, only those would be saved who had heard of Jesus and accepted him as their savior. Neither of these propositions is True. For without this Divine Love entering into the soul of a human, it would be impossible for them to partake of the Divine Nature of the Father, and become fitted to occupy a home in the Celestial Spheres. This Divine Love in the soul, whether it is a result of the workings of God's ministering spirits, causing a real soul longing, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, makes the human of a Nature Divine, and a Redeemed Child of God.
Now from what I have said, it must not be inferred that the mission of Jesus and his work on Earth, and in the Spirit World, are not the great things connected with Human's Redemption, for they are. It was not until Jesus' coming that this Great Gift was Rebestowed. It was not until his declaring this fact, and teaching the Great Truth of the New Birth, could either mortals, or spirits, receive this privilege. The ministering spirits could not influence the souls of humans to seek for the inflowing of this Divine Love, until they had first received it themselves, and understood its existence.
Here let me declare a fact, that when Jesus preached to mortals on Earth the necessity for the Second Birth (New Birth), myriads of spirit beings heard these teachings and became possessed of this Knowledge.
Today humans are attended by hosts of spirits of all kinds. The sayings and teachings of humans are heard by more spirits than humans. The influence of such teachings has its effect upon spirits, as upon humans. For the spirits of humans, which are existing in the Earth Planes, are the same spirits, substantially, that they were when on Earth. An Earthly friend frequently has more influence upon them than do other spirits, no matter how high their condition may be.
I am so happy to be able to write you again, and let you know that I have not forsaken you. I am with you quite often and am trying to help you. Pray more to the Father, and exercise more Faith, and you will grow in soul development and happiness.
I will not write more now. So with all my Love and blessings, I am, your Grandmother Ann Rollins.
15th May 1917
I am here, Jesus.
I come tonight and desire to finish my message, and hope that you may be able to receive it. Well, to continue.
I have described The Way to the Kingdom of God on Earth and in the Spirit World. Now I will describe; The Only Way to the Kingdom of God in the Celestial Heavens.
As I have written before when humans were Created, in addition to having bestowed upon them those things that made them the Perfect Human and in Harmony with the Laws and Will of the Father, they also bestowed upon them the Potentiality, or privilege, of receiving the Divine Love, provided they should seek for it, in the Only Way that God had planned for its attainment. Instead of embracing this Great Privilege, human became disobedient and sought to exercise their own will. Did so in that manner that lead, not only to their fall from the condition of the Perfect Humanhood in which God had Created them, but also to the loss of the Great Privilege of receiving this Divine Love. Which Privilege was never rebestowed upon them until my coming and teaching that Rebestowal and the True Way to obtain this Divine Love.
Now, here it had better be understood what this Divine Love was, and is. For it is the same today that it was when human was Created in the image of God. This Divine Love differs from the Natural Love of human, with which they were endowed when Created, and which belongs to all humans, which they all possess in a more or less perfect condition, in this; that the Divine Love, is that Love which belongs to, or is a part of, God, possessing His Divine Nature and composed of His Substance. Which, when possessed by human, to a sufficient degree, makes them Divine and of the Divine Nature of God. This Great Love, God intended should be received and possessed by all humans, who should desire to receive it and who would make the effort to obtain it.
It is the Love that contains in Itself the Divine, which the Natural Love does not. Many, I know, write and believe that all humans, irrespective of the kind of Love they have in their souls, possess what they call "the divine spark", which needs only the proper development to make all humans Divine. But this conception, of the state of human in their natural condition is all wrong. For human, has not in them, any part of the Divine, and never can have, unless they receive, and have developed in them, this Divine Love.
In All God's Universe and Creation, of things material and Spiritual, the only one of His Creatures who can possibly have within them anything of a Divine Nature, is they who possess this Divine Love. The bestowal of this Divine Love was intended, in its operation and effect, to Transform human, from the merely Perfect Human, into the Divine Angel. Thus create a Kingdom of God in the Celestial Spheres where only that which is Divine can enter and find a habitation. You must understand that as it depends very largely upon human themselves, to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth, or in the Spiritual World. So it also depends largely on human to establish the Kingdom in the Celestial Heavens. God will not, and does not, by any power that He may have, establish this Divine Kingdom. If human had never received this Divine Love into their soul, there never would have been any such Kingdom brought into existence.
There is now a Kingdom in the Celestial Spheres, but not a finished one. It is still open, and in the process of formation, and is open to the entry of all spirits. Humans must seek for it, in the Only Way that the Father has provided. No human, or spirit, will be excluded from it, who, with all the longings of their soul (for Divine Love), will aspire to enter that Kingdom.
I must also state; that the time will come when this Celestial Kingdom will be completed. Thereafter neither spirit, nor human, will be able to enter therein. For this Divine Love of the Father will again be withdrawn from human, as it was from the First Parents. The only kingdom that will then be accessible to human will be the kingdom that will exist on Earth, or that, which now exists in the Spirit World.
Then what is The Way that leads to this Celestial Kingdom? The Only Way, for there is but One!
The observance of the Moral Precepts and the cleansing of humans souls from sin by following these Precepts, will not lead to this Kingdom. For as it can be readily seen, the stream can rise no higher than its source. The source of the souls of humans, in a merely purified state, is the condition of the Perfect Human, that condition in which they were before their fall. Hence, the results of the observance, and living, of the merely Moral Precepts, and the exercise of the Natural Love in its pure state, is, that human will be restored to the condition of the Perfect Human, the Created Human, in whom there is nothing of the Divine. This restored condition of human will be so Perfect and so in Harmony with God's Will and His Laws governing the Highest and Most Perfect of His Creatures, that human will be very happy. Yet, they will continue to be only the Created Being, having nothing more than the image of their Maker.
So, I say, living in a Harmony with the Moral Laws and the exercise of this Natural Love in its highest and purest state towards God, and towards their fellow human, will not lead into The Way to the Celestial Kingdom, but the greatest height of their attainment will be the kingdom on Earth, or that in the Spirit Heavens.
The distinct and differing nature of these kingdoms from that of the Celestial Heavens, will enable humankind to understand the difference between the missions of the great teachers and reformers who preceded me in their work among humans, and the Mission which I was selected to perform on Earth. The former could not possibly have taught the way to the Celestial Kingdom, for until my coming, this Divine Love, of which I write, was not possible for human to obtain. The Privilege was not, before that time, in existence, after the First Parents lost it. There was no Celestial Kingdom in which humans could find their Eternal Home.
So I repeat, all the moral teachings of the World's History could not show The Way to the Celestial Kingdom of God, and cannot now. For morality, as understood and taught by humankind, and by the spirits and angels, cannot give to human, that, which is absolutely necessary in order to Transform their soul into that state or condition that fits them for an entrance into this Truly Divine Kingdom of the Father.
The Way thereto is simple, and single. Humans were taught that Way by me when I was on Earth, and could have been taught that Way during all the centuries since I left the Human Life. I must say that some have been so taught, and have found that Way, but comparatively few. For the mortals, whose ostensible and claimed mission and privilege were to teach that Way, I mean the priests, preachers, and churches, have neglected to teach the same. Rather though in earnestness, and realizing their allegiance to God, and their obligations to humankind, have taught merely the way, which the observance of the Moral Precepts would lead humans into.
All this notwithstanding, that in the Bible, which most of those professing to be christians believe contains my sayings and teachings, is set forth this Way to the Celestial Kingdom. The words are few and the Way is plain. No mystery prevents humans from comprehending the meaning thereof. When I said, "Except a human be born again, they cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.", I disclosed the Only and True Way to this Kingdom. During my time on Earth, there were some who understood this Great Truth. Since that time, there have been some, who not only understood this Truth, but found The Way, and followed it, until they reached the goal and are now inhabitants of this Celestial Kingdom. But the vast majority of humans; priests, teachers, and people, have never understood, and have never sought to find The Way. This Great Truth, to their Spiritual senses, has been, as it were, a hidden thing. As they read, or even recite, the same to their hearers, it has no special significance, but is merely as one of the Moral Precepts, such as "Love your neighbor as yourself", and, with not as much importance attached to it, as to some of these moral instructions.
So, all down the ages since the Great Kingdom has been waiting for humans, they, though in all sincerity and in Love towards God, have sought for, and to a greater or lesser extent, found, only the Kingdom of the Perfect Human, and have neglected to seek for and missed the Kingdom of the Divine Angel.
Then, as I have said, this Divine Love of the Father, when possessed by the soul of human, makes them in their Substance and Essence, Divine; like unto the Divinity of the Father. Only such souls constitute and inhabit the Celestial, or Divine Kingdom, of God. This being so, it must be readily seen that the Only Way to the Celestial Kingdom is that which leads to the obtaining of this Divine Love, which means the New Birth, which New Birth is brought about by the flowing into the souls of humans this Divine Love. Whereby, the Very Divine Nature and Substance of the Father, and wherefrom, humans cease to be the merely Created Beings, but become the souls of humans born into the Divine Reality of God.
Then the Only Way to the Celestial Kingdom being by the New Birth, and that New Birth being brought to humans only by the inflowing and working of this Divine Love. Whether, or not, a human shall experience this New Birth depending in its initiative on the human themselves. The question arises; how, or in what Way, can a human obtain this Divine Love, this New Birth, and the Celestial Kingdom.
Because The Way is so easy and simple, it may be that humans will doubt the Truth of my explanation, and continue to believe and place all their hopes upon the orthodox doctrines of the vicarious atonement, the washing of the blood, my sufferings on the cross, bearing all the sins of the world, and my resurrection from the dead. Doctrines as harmful to the Salvation of Humankind, as they are without Truth, or foundation, in fact or effect.
The Only Way then is simply this: That human shall believe with all the sincerity of their minds and souls that this Great Love of the Father is waiting to be bestowed upon each and all of them, and that when they come to the Father in Faith and earnest aspirations, this Divine Love will not be withholden from them. In addition to this belief, pray with all the earnestness and longings of their souls that He open up their souls to the inflowing of this Divine Love, and that then may come to them the Holy Spirit to bring this Divine Love into their souls in such abundance that their souls may be transformed into the Very Essence of the Father's Divine Love.
The human who will thus believe and pray will never be disappointed. The Way to the Kingdom will be theirs, as certainly as that the sun shines day by day upon the just and the unjust alike.
No mediator is needed. Nor are the prayers, or ceremonies of priests, or preachers. God comes to human, Himself, hears their prayers, and responds thereto, by sending the Comforter, which is the Father's Messenger for conveying into the souls of humans this Great Divine Love.
I have thus explained the Only Way to the Celestial Kingdom of God, and to the Divine Nature in Divine Love. There is no other way, whereby it is possible to reach this Kingdom and the certain Knowledge of Immortality.
So, I implore humans to meditate on these Great Truths. In meditating, believe. When believing, pray to the Father for the inflowing into their souls of this Divine Love. In doing so, they will experience belief, Faith, and the possession and ownership of that, which can never be taken from them, no, not in All Eternity.
So it is with human to choose and fix their destiny. Will that destiny be the Perfect Human, or the Divine Angel?
I have finished, and feel that you have received my message as I intended. I am pleased.
I will not write more now. With my Love and blessings will say goodnight, your brother and friend, Jesus.
February 27th, 1920
Let me write a short time tonight as I see that you are anxious to hear from some of your friends in the Spirit World.
I have not written for a long time, though I have been desirous to do so. Tonight will say only a few words in reference to my progress and happiness in my condition as a Celestial Spirit, for I am now in the Celestial Heavens, and know the Truth of many things that have been written you.
It is a little difficult for me to recite to you the wonders of these Heavens and the Perfect Happiness that is enjoyed by those spirits that have found their home and abiding place in the many mansions that Jesus spoke of while in the flesh.
You must know that Heaven is a place, as well as a condition. Notwithstanding the fact that so many of the Spiritualists teach, that it is only a condition or state of the soul. No, this is not all of the Truth, but is a great part of the Truth, for the condition of the soul determines just what Heaven it shall occupy, and find its harmony and happiness in. The All Loving Father has Provided, that the soul shall have a place, corresponding to its condition, in which it may live and progress. If Heaven were only a state of the soul, then it would not be a Real Existing Thing with the Substance and Reality, that the soul, even in its state of bliss, must have as a necessary accompaniment to the enjoyment of what the Father has Provided for its True condition of living.
Heaven, as a place, is Real. Independent of the state of the soul, though it is necessary for the soul to be in a corresponding state in order that it may enter into this Heaven and fully realize that it is a home suitable for its condition and enjoyment.
If it, I mean Heaven, were not a Real objective and perceptible place, then the soul would be limited by its own condition. That would be very narrow, as I may say, confined to the limits of its own state, separated from the states of other souls, and without the social intercourse that makes Heaven a place of such happiness and contentment. Every soul would then be in the condition of the ascetic in human Life. Introspection and contemplation would be the source and only means of possible bliss. Knowledge of those things that are spoken of as beyond the heart of human to conceive of. Which are truly and certainly provided by the Father's Love for the continuous and never ending progress of the soul towards higher and greater enjoyment, would have no Real, conscious existence in that soul.
As human in their Earth Life, in which condition of the soul determines their heaven, is provided with those surroundings and material things that are intended to make them happy, or miserable, so in the Heavens, things material are provided to enable the soul of human to better enjoy its own condition. The things of Heaven are not all Spiritual, as conceived by so many humans, but are partly composed of the Material of the Universe. Are so constituted and formed as to supply the desires and wishes of the soul with that which will satisfy the soul's longings for Beauty, Harmony, and Perfect Enjoyment. In the several Heavens are homes, Real and Substantial, suited to the states of the souls, and differing as those states differ in their requirements. These material things are not subjective as so many mortals teach, but are objective as are things of Earth. Are the objects of sight, touch and of the other Spiritual Senses.
When I desire to go into a city and indulge my desires, I find a city with streets, avenues, houses and other things that belong to a city, just as do you mortals of Earth when you visit your cities. So, when I desire to go into the country and enjoy the fields, hills, streams and gardens, they are all here, Real and Existing, not the subjects of mere thoughts, or state of my soul. When I am absent from city or country, that city or country continues to exist in all its Beauty and Magnificence, just as Truly as when I am present. Humans must know that the soul, in its Heavenly Life, requires these material things, and has them, just as a soul when enveloped in a body of flesh, requires the material things of Earth.
While the condition of the soul determined its place of living, yet that place is also Existing, Real, and awaits the coming of that soul in a condition of Harmony. In these Heavens, there is nothing nebulous, or impalpable, or only a reflection, or image of the soul's condition. Everything is Real, Substantial, and lasting as the Eternal Hills. When the soul finds a habitation, it is not the effect of its own condition, but a place already prepared for the habitation of that soul, and in accord with its True Condition. Otherwise, Heaven would be a place of confusion, of appearances and disappearances, with no stability, or abiding qualities. The many mansions, spoken of by Jesus as Existing in his Father's House, would have no Real, Permanent Being, but depending for their creation and existence upon the mere state of the soul. The mansions are there, and change not. Whether or not they shall have occupants depends upon the Harmony of souls in their correspondence with the Harmony of God's Laws Creating these mansions.
I have written you this short description of the heavens, as based upon my Knowledge and experience, devoid of speculation, or metaphysical musings.
I am glad that I could write you again. I am very happy, and know that the Divine Love of the Father is a Thing Real and Transforming. The All Sufficient Thing, to create in the souls of humans, and of spirits, that state which will enable them to have and enjoy the Mansions of the Father in the Highest Heavens.
I will not write more now. Goodnight, your friend and brother in Christ, A. G. Riddle.