Already for a long time the Darkness which men had made for themselves had been weighing heavily upon the earth. They were no longer able to open themselves to the luminous streams from On High, and had so entangled themselves in the nets of vanity and of liking to know better, cleverly cast abroad by Lucifer, that it was hardly possible for them to escape any more by their own strength.
And so the immeasurable Grace of God inclined towards the ever more deeply sinking humanity. A Ray of Divine Justice descended into Creation, also reaching the earth. The Darkness encircling the earth could be driven back.The people of Israel, who had inwardly matured through affliction and oppression in the Egyptian captivity, absorbed the vibration from the Divine Justice and opened themselves to the helping rays. Gradually there grew in them a divining of the existence of the One God.
Thus it could come to pass that the God of the Fathers of Israelmade a Covenant with the people of Israel. Already before that God had entered into a Covenant with Noah and with Abraham; the token of the Covenant with Noah was the rainbow. But now it was a whole people who were to belong to the Holy Covenant, that was intended as the foundation for God's Kingdom on earth.
Through His chosen servant, Moses, God proclaimed in a promise to the people of Israel: "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" (Exodus 19, 5-6).On Mount Sinai (Horeb) the people received the charter of this Covenant: the Ten Commandments. Guided by luminous hands, Moses engraved the words on tablets of stone.
After this great happening Moses received another task from God: "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them" (Exodus 25, 8).
And the Tabernacle was built, with the Holy of Holies separated by a curtain. In it was set the Ark of the Covenant containing the Tables of the Law. Above the
Ark was the Mercy-Seat with the two angels (cherubims). Here God "dwelt" and from here He declared to Moses all that he was to proclaim to the "children of Israel" (Exodus 25, 21 and 22).
But the "dwelling" is not to be taken literally, for God cannot come personally into Creation, upon the earth; it would perish in His direct Power. But He could anchor in the Holy of Holies a Radiation from His Power, through Which Moses was able in his purest serving to take up the connection with the Will of God, in order to receive every help for his people.
This radiation-connection must have been visible to human beings with a deeper insight. For the Jewish tradition speaks of a radiance, the so-called Shekinah-Light, which filled the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple of Solomon. Shekinah means the Light of the Divine Presence among men. Solomon also sensed that God could not dwell on earth in the Tabernacle. At the solemn consecration of the Temple he expressed it thus: "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house (Temple) which I have built!" (II Chronicles, 6, 18).
Thus the people of the Israelites were showered with blessings from the Love of God. The greatest Grace was given to them in the Ten Commandments, which contained all that they had to do in order to mature spiritually, and to complete their journey through the World in peace and harmony. Yet they were only Commandments, for they read "Thou shalt" and not "Thou must". Men were not forced to keep the Commandments. This they had to decide for themselves. For they possessed the free will peculiar to their spiritual nature.
But how often this free will of the spirit failed because it was darkened through the wrong volition of the earthbound intellect that worshipped the golden calf of earthly transience. How often the Covenant was broken one-sidedly by men, who ever again rebelled against the Will of God, against His Laws! It was just because of this that very soon after the making of the Covenant Moses shattered the stone Tables of Laws, and prayed to God to forgive the wanton behaviour of his people, so that God showed compassion, and Moses was allowed to write down the Commandments once more.
What pains the prophets took ever again to call the people to order, to the Divine order, although this had been given to them clearly enough in the Ten Commandments in the most simple way.
When even the prophets could no longer penetrate, God sent His inborn Son Jesus for their help and salvation.
People often ask themselves why it was just among the Jewish people that Jesus had to be born, why not among the Roman people, who were then at the height of their power, whereas the Jewish people were torn and unstable within, groaning under the power of the Roman occupation.
It was done for the sake of the few who had preserved for themselves the belief in God in a purity such as could be found nowhere else on earth. Thereby they offered the necessary earthly support for the Truth-Bringer from the Light. Thus the incarnation of Jesus on earth took place in order to bring the Light of Truth to the human beings who were going astray in the Darkness.
He wished neither to give a new dogma nor to found a new religion. He showed men the lost path to the Kingdom of Heaven in quite a simple way, by calling upon them to do the Will of His Father (Matthew 7, 21). But to do the Will means to observe and to obey the immutable Laws working in Creation.
He thereby opposed the religious leaders, whom He reproached with: "But woe unto you! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men" (Matthew 23, 13). They could not bear the Light of Truth that Jesus brought, and only a few years after the beginning of His mission on earth they had Him crucified as a troublesome Truth-Bringer. Thus the prophecy that He clothed in the parable of the wicked husbandmen was fulfilled: "And they caught him (the Son of God), and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him" (Matthew 21, 39).
This terrible deed filled all the Creations with the deepest suffering. Thousands upon thousands of angel voices lamented at the Throne of God: "The Lamb that was slain!" (Revelation 5, 12).
Even Nature was outraged. Darkness came over Golgotha, and the earth quaked.
The Old Covenant was finally broken, the separation from God completed. In token of this the veil in the Temple before the Holy of Holies was rent in twain by luminous hands. Thereby the Ark of the Covenant was also exposed to the glances of all, because it no longer fulfilled its original meaning and purpose as the place of anchorage for the connection with God. Decades later this Temple, which was to be an abode of God, was demolished, just as men in their blind hatred had destroyed the Covenant with God.
Ever since the happening on Golgotha the World Judgment for the whole of
humanity has taken its course, and is now nearing its climax and its end.
In the course of His Mission on earth, Jesus recognised more and more clearly that due to human failure the Old Covenant could no longer be upheld, and that one day a New Covenant would have to be made in order to give yet a last opportunity to those who were prepared to draw nearer to God in true humility.
It was out of this knowledge that shortly before His physical death He spoke these words: "For this is my blood of the new testament ("covenant" in the German translation), which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26, 28). With His blood which He shed on the Cross He confirmed the Truth of the Word He had brought. Only following His Word brings the possibility of redemption from all sins and thereby forgiveness for many.
Thus for over two thousand years He prepared for men with His Word the way to the New Covenant, of which man as a creature dependent on his Creator stands in need; without which there is no longer any connection with God, after it had been disrupted through the crucifixion.
The New Covenant, however, is made by the Son of Man, Whom Jesus Himself proclaimed. He called Him also the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.
What Jesus, looking ahead, then said about the Son of Man is now being fulfilled in our time.
Even as God revealed Himself in the Old Testament as the God of Justice, in the New Testament as the God of Love, so His last Message from the Grail swings in Justice, Love and Purity. For Justice, Love and Purity are one, because in them lies Divine Perfection!
In the clear, severe Light of Divine Purity, the great purification of the whole Creation, including the earth, from all the dirt and evil heaped up by mankind over thousands of years, is being carried out in the World Judgment. Every day we experience more and more clearly that a Creation-Purification planned on so vast a scale does not proceed quietly and gently. The purifying rays that are penetrating Creation grip everything, without exception. Everything must show its true face, even if it has hitherto known how to hide for hundreds and thousands of years: it will come to light in order to perish if it has been wrong, or it will be strengthened if it has been active in the right way.
The individual human being is also subject to this purification, and must free himself from all the dross of impure volition. Purity is also the condition for the New Covenant with God, which requires of men pure loyalty. For out of Purity in the Divine grows loyalty in the human spiritual. What is done in genuine loyalty is pure! It places man in the position to recognise the Will of God in the Words and Works revealed by Him, and by a free decision to adapt the human volition to this Will.
Only then can man belong to God, and serve Him in humility with his entire being. But with this he has also brought about the condition necessary for acceptance in the New Covenant. In the radiance of his loyalty he will finally be allowed to enter the long and ardently desired Heavenly Paradise, which will be opened to him through the New Covenant.
At a time of deepest psychic Darkness, when countless human beings will have nothing more to do with God, when even numberless Christians say that God is dead, that God withdraws from humanity; when paradoxically there is already talk of a Christian atheism, God reveals Himself more powerfully than ever through His Word. That this Word is contained in a Message from the Grail is the great New that is approaching humanity, of which they have hitherto heard only in myths and legends. This new knowledge is part of the New Covenant with God, after the dissolution of the Old Covenant through the happening on Golgotha.
Israel, the once-chosen people, who at one time were to become "the heart of the nations", no longer exists as such.
As Jesus then foresaw, so has it come to pass: "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matthew 21, 43). The seeds of these fruits are now planted. A new chosen people is growing up, which will consist of individual human beings chosen by God.
Through their deeds these Chosen ones are to be an example to the nations of a real life in the New Covenant with God, which the Son of Man blesses with the Power from the Holy Grail, Which really exists at the highest point in the Primordial Spiritual Realm. For the Grail too is a Creation of God.
Copyright 1985 by Herbert Vollmann, Vomperberg, Tyrol. All rights reserved.