12: Judgement Day
In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Nothing on Earth is for ever, nothing will prevail for an eternity. An end is set to all, an end both locally and temporally. Eternity is a concept physical life cannot deal with; physical life is restricted to the confines our reality provides for us; we are by this reduced to certain options and are lacking others. The awareness of these limitaions might lead to a broader understanding about how this world works: We might not understand it entirely, and I for sure do not claim to understand it any better than every one else, but that is the nature of things. And anything which is trying to exaggerate its own importance is being reduced to normal; nothing is unknown, nothing forgotten. Justice doesn't know preoccupation with power and might and glamour; those superfluous attributes will fall even quicker than anything else.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
With all the greatness assigned to human intellect and understanding and insight and inspiration; with all these masks of deception nothing shall be gained. All greatness is superficial; at the very core of our selves, at the very heart the deconstructed human being still remains rather small; we reach out to the stars and may try and eventually even succeed; but we will succeed not because of our arrogance but inspite of it. Powers define themselves, borders rule themselve, restrictions and confinements are fed by their very existence, the world is often constructed against community and against mankind, the constructors of that injustice seeing themselves as invincible. But they are wrong: They will die, their efforts will fail. Sooner or later the artificiality and blindness of their constructions will be revealed and eventually overcome. Reigns fall, walls are trampled down, borders cease to exist. Nothing on Earth is made for ever.
My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Behold, he travaleth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
The time is now, the place is here. No hiding, no retreat, no second glance, no looking back, no looking forth, no explanations, no justifications, no senseless babble, no arrogance, no lies, no deception; none of that because none of that would be possible. No hiding place, neverwhere and neverwhen, no other time, no distant judgement, no abstract judge, no strange setting, no talk of any of that right then. No more masks, just the plain truth, judgement time not being somewhere comfortably away, leaving us the option now to do something we know is wrong and then later retreating to regrets. Conscience cannot be betrayed, we cannot betray ourselves, we might lull our consciousness, not our conscience. Deep down, uncanny, the truth will stay and remind us everytime of what we have done. Judgement is not imposed upon us by some angry God, it is something we ourselves will be doing, are doing all the time.
They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
No more double-talk, no more pretensions, no more rationalizations and no more hiding behind traditions, behind human law, behind customs, behind the so called reason, behind what is laughingly denoted as common sense. The conformity of the masses gone, the pressure of time and space and matter relieved we will be able to take a glance at our own life, we will be able to judge ourselves - we will evaluate what we have done; no one can do that for us. In link with the Divine, our conscience will tell, and we will understand. We will learn, and salvation will come. God is not an abstract judge, standing above us like Zeus playing with thunder and lightning. There is a reason for God being called Heavenly Father in the Christian tradition; for He is just.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
Vanity is what will be left from our material doings, from our material existence. Our graves also will be empty, not lacking a body but a soul - resurrection means homecoming; a coming home to where we came from and to where we are linked to during all our lives. "The near explains the far. The drop is a small ocean. A man is related to all nature" - or, as put in DS9 episode 6.04, "The ocean becomes a drop - the drop becomes an ocean". But not in vain will be what we bring back into the ocean, what we will be bring back from our lives and experiences and confrontations. Back at that level, there will be no more division, no more separation, dark matters won't matter any more.
December 6th, 1998