THE WORLD TO COME.
Shall We Know Each Other There?
What is the future of the redeemed? and how are they to pass the days and years of forever? Is there no clue to the mystery? Has God indeed left us in darkness, with only a vague undefined hope? No other subject has so deeply interested mankind in all ages, as this of the future life. Both language and song have been exhausted in describing its imaginary joys:—
"We speak of the realms of the blest;
Of that country so bright and so fair;
And oft are its glories confest:
But what must it be to be there"?
The Indian loves to meditate of the happy hunting ground, where the boundless woodland and broad prairies shall teem with deer and bison. The Mohammedan, of a paradise of love and sensual delight. The Buddhist, of perfect rest; a heaven where he will be absorbed into Deity, and remain passionless, inactive, and inexpressibly happy. But the Christian world is divided; one part believe they are to bask in the immediate presence of God, where "there is fulness of joy;" but have no definite idea of their occupation; hence their heaven approximates somewhat nearly to that of the Buddhist: perfect, but undefined happiness.
The other part of christendom, including Pre-millennialists, Age-to-come believers, and all classes of Adventists, believe in an agricultural [Ed: reconstruction] heaven, where "the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever." And the desert blossom as the rose; and instead of the thistle shall come up the myrtle; and instead of the thorn, shall come up the fir tree and box tree, to beautify the place of his sanctuary. They also expect to build houses, and inhabit them; plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them, and long enjoy the works of their hands (Isa. 65: 17-25).
These approximate in principle more nearly to the red man's heaven. Who, being a race of hunters, believe in a heaven where all the difficulties and dangers of the chase will be forever banished. The Christian, being, in the main, an agricultural race, look for a heaven where thorns and thistles and drought and all the effects of the curse will be removed, and every man permited "to sit under his own vine and fig tree, with nothing to hurt or destroy."
Thus we find the religions of the world divided into two distinct classes; the one teaching a spiritual, the other a temporal,
or material heaven. And there is much in the Bible which favors both. The prophets clearly foretell a material heaven, and a high state of agriculture for mankind in the millennial age. There is to be "a restitution of all things" (Acts 3: 19). And "As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order." And in the restitution, all nations will enjoy to some extent, their own ideas of heaven. To illustrate: There is a distinct promise for the Sodomites, every one of whom were destroyed, that they shall be restored to "their former estate," and given to Judah for daughters by another covenant. (See Ezek. 16:51-61). But in the restitution, the "curse" being removed, the evil of their former estate will not be. Hence they will enjoy, as "daughters of Judah," the highest degree of happiness they are capable of appreciating. So in the restitution of all things, the Indian will be restored to his former condition, without the evil; and thus enjoy to some extent, his expected happy hunting grounds. Presented in just this way, this may seem like a strange doctrine; but a restitution of all things is clearly promised, and is accepted by fully one half of the Protestant church.
As "there is no knowledge in the grave whither thou goest;" "and that very day, his thoughts perish;" all nations will come up in the restitution, with the same ideas they had in this life; and at first, know nothing more than they knew at the moment they fell asleep. Hence, they will commence with all the habits, good and bad, with which they left this life; and will require to be ruled "with a rod of iron," until they shall "all know the Lord, from the least to the greatest;" for God has sworn, "As I live, saith the Lord, Every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue confess to God." Hence, from the Jewish nation, who are promised a restitution to Palestine, down to the lowest Hotentot, they will, in the restitution, each and all realize to some extent, their highest ideas of happiness and heaven.
But there is a kingdom of heaven, and a "little flock" who are to inherit it, and become "as the angels of God, neither can they die any more." And although "we trust in the living God who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (1 Tim. 4: 10); yet this special salvation to immortality was not understood, or taught, under the Jewish economy; "but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1: 10) These are they of whom it is written, "And hast made us unto our God kings
and priests, and we shall reign on the earth" (Rev. 5: 10). For the kingdom and dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; and all peoples, and nations, and languages, shall serve and obey (Dan. 7). It is to this class in the world to come, and not the nations in the flesh, to which our question refers. Shall we know each other there?
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2).
This seems at first to shut out all inquiry, "it doth not yet appear what we shall be;" but there is another part of this text, "we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him." Hence, all that is revealed of him, is just so much revealed of our future.
"Supposing him to be the gardener, she said unto him, Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him and I will take him away. Jesus said unto her, Mary. " She turned herself and said unto him, Rabboni."
Did Jesus know Mary, and Peter, and John? Then we shall know our Marys, and our brother John. For we shall be like him; "and know as we are known."
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Cor. 2: 9). Does this make the case doubtful? Read on, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit, which searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God, . . that we might know the things that are freely given us of God" (verses 10, 12). Here is a certainty that what we wish to know is reveaed; "and those things which are revealed, belong unto us and to our children forever."
Now comes the question, How shall we find it? for truth is hid, and must be found by searching "as for silver." The next verse answers: "Which things also we speak [the things which are freely given us of God], not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth, comparing spiritua- things with spiritua." Here is the rule; and we are about to apply it; that is, to compare what is revealed of Christ and the angels, with the risen saint; of whom it is written, "Sown a natural body; raised a spiritual body." But let me say, if the reader has traditions so sacred to him that he is already determined to oppose every new idea suggested; and is alarmed lest our course should lead to spiritualism, or some dreadful thing he has not
heretofore believed, he had better lay this aside and read no more. For we shall not only accept all the Bible teaches directly, but all that can be fairly deduced from the movements and manifestations of both good and evil spiritual beings; notwithstanding it may carry us so far as to put to shame all present spiritual manifestations, and develop facts of the future life of the saints, unparalleled by the golden dreams of Eastern genii and fairy lands — Things beyond what the eye hath seen, the ear heard, or the heart of man conceived.
Did the genii of the lamp supply the table at Bagdad with the choices wines? So Christ supplied the table at Cana of Galilee. Was Alladden transported by invisible hands to the palace of the king? So Paul was caught away to the third heaven. Did the genii enable Alladden to bind the prince of Persia with cords of hemp? So Christ says, "He that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations;" and Ps. 149: 8, adds, "To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; this honor hath all his saints." All that Christ or the angles have done on earth, are but foot-prints in a shining pathway in which the glorified will walk. "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father."
Very little is known of the nature of a spiritual body, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be." But we know many things they have done, and which, by comparing spiritual things with spiritual, we know the saints will do. Spiritual beings can appear as a flame of fire, "Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire," (Ps, 104 : 4; Heb. 1:7). "And the angel of the Lord appeard unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush," (Exo. 3:2), Christ also is to be revealed to the world, in flaming fire. "And it came to pass, as they still went on and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof, (2 Kings 2: 12).
They can be as the lightning; "His countenance was as lightning," (Matt. 28: 3). See also Dan. 10: 6. "For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven shineth to the other part under heaven, so shall also the Son of man be in his day, or days." This word [heemera] day, is the same in ver. 26, "As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the heemera [day, days, or time] of the Son of man." Hence, notwithstanding Christ is to be "as the lightning," in his day, or days;
yet it is to be "as it was in the days of Noe," when they planted, and builded, and knew not.
The appearing as fire, lightning, &c. seems to be their own peculiar glory, as they actually are; and as we shall see them when we are made like them; but as the world will never see them. A full description of this glorified, or spiritual body, is given in Dan.10: 5, 6; and Rev. 1; 12-15; "Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: his body was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. And there remained no strength in me; for my comliness was turned in me into corruption, A similar description is given of Christ's glorious body, in Rev. 1: and when this corruption shall put on incorruption, we shall see him as he is, "for we shall be like him." But the spiritual body, though shining "above the brightness of the firmament," cannot be seen by mortals without a special revelation; as is proven by numerous instances where they have been present: "And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw; and, behold, the mountain was full of horses of fire, and chariots of fire roundabout Elisha,"(2 Kings 6: 17). "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them that shall be heirs of salvation," [Heb. 1: 7)? [O what lack of faith in the church!] "Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth"? Also in the case of Daniel, the men that were with him "saw not the vision." And although. Jesus appeard in his present glorious body to Saul, it hurt the eyes of no one else; for "the men that journeyed with me saw no man." And Christ is to be, not as he was in the flesh, but "as the lightning that shineth, &c. so shall the Son of man be in his day, or days, "(Luke 17: 24). And men are to continue to eat, drink, and marry, and know not, even as they did in the days of Noah, and Lot. "As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also, in the days of the Son of man," And although there is overwhealming proof from the Bible, and given in these pages, that we are now in the ' harvest,' or end of the world; and that Christ has actually come in person, but will not be manifested until the harvest is passed; yet so strong are old thelogical ideas, that the nominal church, and especially those who have thought the most of these things, and are, therefore, thoroughly indoctrinated into the false idea that his parousia, [presence], begins with the open manifestations, instead of thus ending, are sure to stumble and be snared.
Spiritual beings can appear as common men with fleshly bodies, as did Christ, after his resurrection; and as angels have always done when, instead of appearing in their actual glory, they have appeared as common men. Compare Dan. 9: 21, and 10: 6.
They will, when appearing under a vail of flesh, eat and drink the food of men: — "And while they yet believed not for joy, and wonder, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And He took it, and did eat before them," (Luke 24; 42). "And so it was with the
Lord, and the two angels: — And Sarah hasted and set before them butter, and milk, and the dressed calf and the cakes; and they did eat and talked with Abraham, (Gen. 19: 3).
They will be able to transport themselves from place to place independent of physical laws: —"The same day, at evening, when the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in their midst " (John 20:19). "And after eight days, again his disciples were within, then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in their midst, and said, Peace be unto you" (verse 26). "And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight" (Luke 24: 31).
Such language was never applied to the movements of Jesus before his crucifixion, and is used only in speaking of spiritual beings. When the Lord and the angels appeared to Abraham: He lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him." He did not see them coming, but, apparently, it was just there, at his side, they took on a visible form.
We also learn in other places, that shut doors, or prison walls, are no barrier to spiritual beings. When the angel appeared to Peter, nothing is said of the prison being opened; but as Peter came out, "The iron gate that leadeth unto the city opened to them of its own accord" (Acts 12: 10), Hence, even if doors had to be opened for them, and can be made to open and shut of their own accord, they could not obstruct their movements.
What is contrary to physical law, is called miraculous; but these very miracles may be in strict accordance with the laws of spiritual life. At least Christ and the angels exercised such power before his ascension to "My Father, and your Father; my God, and your God." And "the works that I do shall ye do also; and greater works than these shall ye do, because I go to my Father."
I suppose the reader begins to think this is spiritualism; and so it is, real Bible spiritualism; a glimps at the inner life of what is in reserve for the glorified saint when this mortal shall have put on immortality; which God has revealed by his Spirit; not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, not by prophecy. nor by expining unfulfilled prophecy, but by comparing spiritual thing with spiritual.
Then you may ask, How does Bible spiritualism differ from the popular spiritualism of the day?
Modern spiritualism, like modern theology, teaches that all men become spiritual beings at death. While the Bible teaches that one must be born of the Spirit, in order to become a spirit-
ual being: — "That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit; is spirit".(John 3: 6). If the soul of the natural man is born of the flesh, it has no claim to a spiritual life.. If it is born of the Spirit, it will "inherit the kingdom of God;" for there are but the two kinds of births. Hence, unless a man is born again, he can never become a spiritual being. And it is only spiritual beings who can materialize themselves; since all others are already materialized.
Again: — The Bible teaches that after death, man "sleeps" until the resurrection; and that such as are to become spiritual beings, are "sown a natural body; raised a spiritual body" (1 Cor. 15: 44). Hence, it is only after the "redemption of the body," the "manifestation of these sons of God" is due (Rom. 8: 19-23). And in the resurrection, these become "as the angels of God" (Matt. 22: 30). Therefore only angels, or those who, in the resurrection, are made like them, exist as spiritual beings. Modern spiritual manifestation is therefore the work of angels. But as they claim it to be the work of deceased humanity, they are lying, or fallen, angels; and are, therefore, counterfeits, and bear the same relation to Bible spiritualism that Jannes and Jambres did to Moses, "but they shall procede no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, even as theirs also was" (2 Tim. 3: 9). For when the counterfeit is compared with what is revealed of the genuine, its false character can be made apparent to all.
"And the angels that kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting [age lasting] chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day" (Jude 6). "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to [tartaroo] hell; — literally, the lower atmosphere; hence the Devil is called "the prince of the power of the air;" — and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment" (2 Peter 2: 4).
Angels, or spiritual beings, have the power to appear in different forms, as has been shown. Hence, these fallen angels can appear in the form and character of any person they choose to represent, as easily as Christ could appear as a gardener, stranger, or with pierced hands and side.
That these spirits who claim to represent deceased humanity, are "reserved under chains of darkness," they themselves admit. Darkness is the first and foremost condition of all their manifestations, nor can they endure the full glare of a tallow candle, even though placed in the further corner of the room. God has placed them under this one restriction of darkness.
It is useless to deny their wonderful developments. And that they do now materialize themselves, and appear in the actual likeness of the person they choose to represent, is placed beyond all reasonable doubt by the testimony of numerous and creditable eye witnesses. And that they will yet do still more wonderful things, as claimed by their votaries, we cannot doubt. That they may yet eat and drink, and thus actually consume food of man, is not at all improbable. Angels of light have so done in former dispensations; and after the resurrection, the saints will thus manifest themselves. Hence, there is one and only one absolute test by which to determine their true character.
That they are spirits, all admit; and some of them claim to be good spirits; but, "by their fruits ye shall know them." Ask a fish if it is a creature of the air, or of the water. And if it had the gift of language, and should claim to be a bird of paradise; you have only to take it out of its element, to discover the fraud. "Try the spirits"! Throw back the shutters, open the doors; let in the clear light of day; and if they are spirits of light, your seance will not be disturbed. The angels of light appeared to Abraham "as he sat in the door of his tent, in the heat of the day." But if they are the spirits God has reserved under chains of darkness, they will be compelled to retreat from the light, even as vermin slink into holes under similar circumstances.
No rational human being, except their deeds are evil, can desire the fellowship of spirits of darkness. They are obliged to have some light by which moving objects can be discerned, as a necessity to the spectators, we know; and so is a fish obliged to have some air; but the line of demarcation between their element, and the light, is clearly defined; and no one need any longer be deceived, unless they love to be led captive by spirits of darkness; for just in proportion to the amount of light, their power of materialization is diminished.
To say you do not believe these are fallen angels, does not help the matter; you know they are of the darkness; and that darkness is twin to evil; and that all the foul spirits of earth seek its cover. And that no respectable person likes to be found in these dens of darkness; or with the literature that comes from such a fountain.
As it is a God-given rule to compare what is known of angels and spiritual things, in order to know what he has in store for the saints, we gather, from all of the above, first; that in filling the office of "kings and priests, and reigning on the earth;" the saints will be and appear on all ordinary occasions, just like human beings in the flesh. That they will eat, drink, and sleep.
At least they will rest, even as God rested: "Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honor hath all his saints. Praise ye the Lord" (Ps. 149: 5-9).
In these manifestations if they take on a real body of flesh, eating and drinking is either a necessity, or a pleasure. For in those cases where Christ or angels have thus materialized themselves, and so remained for a considerable time, they have eat and drank; otherwise they have not. Witness the case of Gabriel's appearing to Daniel, to Zacharias, and to Mary. Also that of Manoah: — "And the angel of the Lord said, Though thou detain me I will not eat of thy bread. . . . And the angel did wondrously. For it came to pass, when the flame went up from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar" (Judges 13:16-20). Hence, there is no reason why resting on their beds may not be either a necessity, or pleasure. The above text clearly places the saint in glory, and at the time he is prepared to execute judgment on the nations, when he is called upon to "sing aloud upon his bed." Hence, it appears their life and enjoyments, are in many respects, to be similar to those in the mortal state. All this, including their power to take on, or put off a body of flesh, is no more wonderful than is the change itself from mortality to immortality, which occurs "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump." And as angels can materialize themselves, or pass off in a flame of fire; we know the saints will do these things; for in the resurrection, they are to be "as the angels of God."
The execution of "vengeance," [chastisement] upon the heathen, and judgment upon the people &c. is explained by the apostle, and also by Christ. "The saints shall judge the world" (1 Cor. 6:2). "He that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers; even as I have received of my Father" (Rev. 2: 26).
With the myriads of ignorant, and barbarous heathen, who have gone down to the grave with life-long habits of fierce passion and deep degradation, all of whom are coming up just as they fell asleep, for "there is no knowledge in the grave whither thou goest:" they will require to be "ruled with a rod of iron"
until they learn to know the Lord, Also, in the "restitution of all things," the nations will have to be reorganized; and present governments and nationalities will be dashed in pieces; — "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces as a potter's vessel" (Ps. 2:). "And in the days of those kings [the divided Roman empire] shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, and it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms" (Dan. 2: 44).
The saints, who are to be kings and priests, and reign on the earth, will not be ghosts or phantoms, but when they choose to appear under a "vail" of flesh, will walk the earth in the light of day, appearing like mortals, but with a mysterious power, that could hurl destruction on an opposing host, even as the angel of the Lord overthrew an hundred and four-score thousand Syrians, as they lay encamped by deep Galilee. This will indeed be having "power over the nations; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron."
The "manifestation of the sons of God." and the judgment on the nations, is not till the resurrection; "For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. . . And not only they, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body," (Rom, 8:). The creature [ktisis], is the same as in Mark 10: 10, "Preach the gospel to every creature;" and means man in the flesh, not cattle, as some ex-plain it. It is then, in the age, or world to come, that the creature will come to the saving knowledge of the truth: — "Because the creature [ktisis] itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God, (verse 21).
How shall they be clothed? "And entering into the sepulchre they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment." And of the angel who rolled a way the stone, it is said, "His raiment was white as snow." Daniel saw one "clothed in linen, and his loins girded with fine gold of Uphaz." Christ also, was seen by John, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt with a golden girdle. And on the mount of transfiguration his raiment became shining, exceedingly; white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. Then the saints will not only require food, but raiment; how are they to be supplied ? How did Christ get the gardener's suit in which he appeard to Mary? He left those in which his earthly body had been wraped, carefully folded up in the sepulchre — "Take no thought what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; or wherewithal ye shall be clothed. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." When Christ wanted wine, he could say, Let there be wine. When he wanted a fire, and coals, and fish laid thereon, and bread; he spake, and it was done. "And without him was nothing made that was made," "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do."
Some have supposed, from Isa. 65: 21, that the saints; those who, having received Christ, with him become heirs of all things, and kings and priests of the Most High; are to "build houses, plant vineyards, and long enjoy the work of their hands." Even the genii of the wonderful lamp was better than that. Alladden could have wine without "panting vineyards;" and the choicest viands for his table; and even a richly furnished palace, built by unseen hands, in a single night. And think you the heart of man has conceived better things than what God has laid up for them that love him? Think of Gabriel, with saw and chisel, framing a house; Michael, setting out grape vines; and, [be it spoken with reverence], "our Elder Brother" doing the heavier spading.
That such is the heaven for the glorified saints, is believed by the half of Christendom. A heaven no better than is promised the Jew in the flesh. "The earth was made for man" and the meek shall inherit it; but the saints, the Eloheem seed, although they possess the kingdom under the whole heaven, look for an "inheritance incorruptible, undefiled; reserved in heaven; ready to be revealed in the last time."
"If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say to this mountain, Be thou removed, and cast into the sea; and it should be done," even now in this life. "Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added." Christ has prepared them: — "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you; I go to prepare a place for you." These, are among "the things which are freely given us of God."
Shall we retain our human feelings, so as to mingle, to all appearance as one of themselves, with the sons and daughters of earth; who are thus to be led to a holier and higher destiny?
When Mary arrived at the sepulchre the two angels say unto her, "Woman, Why weepest thou? She said unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And turning herself, she saw Jesus standing by her; and knew not that it was Jesus. And he saith unto her, Woman, Why weepest thou"? as though he knew not the slightest cause for her tears. But Mary, too full to answer, and yet strong in her love and grief, felt that no task was too hard for her, burst out with, "Sir, if thou hast borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away."
Again; with the two on their way to Emmaus, Christ acts the stranger: — "What manner of communications are these that ye have one with another as ye walk, and are sad"? So they explain all about one Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet, mighty
indeed before God and man; and how the Jews had put him to death; and that this was the third day since these things occurred. Jesus all the while gravely listening, to learn the particulars. "And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went, and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us; for the day is far spent: and he went in to tarry with them" (Luke 24: 28).
Why was this, unless for our instruction? The deep things of God, taught by the Spirit; are often found revealed, not in words, which men's wisdom teacheth; but which the Spirit teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Even as Christ passed from this to another world, and angels have come and gone; so too the saints shall traverse space, and pass with lightning speed from star to star; or walk the earth as mortals: — "They shall mount up as eagles; they shall run and not weary; they shall walk and not faint."
These few facts drawn from the many spiritual things revealed, are enough for us to gather a general idea of what our future is to be. "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth." Hence, if you are one of "the called, and chosen, and faithful;" it will be your work, not only to rule the nations, and enforce obedience to divine law, as kings; but to exercise the gentler office of "priests of the Most High God." But in your ministration to mankind, whether as judge — "The saints shall judge the world" — or as friend, companion, and guide: — even as God was the friend of Abraham — your actions will no more be clogged with the imperfections of mortality. If you now possessed such power it would make you miserable; you would be continually fearful least you might err in judgment; "but then you will know, as you are known;" and like the Saviour, "need not that any one should tell you what is in man;" hence, you will act with decision and judgment.
You can be visible as an ordinary mortal; or you can be present, and remain invisible. You can transport yourself from place to place independent of physical obstructions. Thus all secrets will be laid open to your personal investigation. You can enjoy social intercourse with friends, parents, or the children you have left; with power not only to comfort, but to protect. And in this time of trouble, now coming on the earth; "though pestilence walketh in darkness, and destruction wasteth at noonday;" "no plague shall come nigh thy dwelling; only with thine eyes shall thou behold, and see the reward of the wocked." You shall drink (Matt. 26: 29) of the fruit of the vine, and yet plant no
vineyards. You shall have mansions on the banks of a river margined by fruits of gold, and whispering myrtles. And walk in the light of skies as cloudless, save with here and there a roseate hue, as, through the years of forever, shall be the tablet of your own heart' (Rev. 22: Isa. 66: 13). You shall but call, "Nay before they call, I will answer," and every desire shall be satisfied. You can speak, and it will be done; command, and it will stand fast. "This honor have all his saints; Praise ye the Lord."
These are the things; and this a glimps of what is in store for the body of Christ; the Ecclesia, who inherit the kingdom.