In the Empyrean Moses and the Son discuss possibilities surrounding the transition to Phase 2 of Father’s plan of salvation.
MOSES: You have convinced me, Sire, that you can be a man in full and still live in obedience to Father’s ‘No dynasties’ rule – his prohibition of your leaving any progeny.
THE SON: You say ‘his prohibition,’ Moses, but in fact my Father has left the ultimate decision, in this and in all matters, to my own free choice.
MOSES: Oh yeah. As if…
THE SON: Nay, hear me out – for example the ‘No thrones’ rule. Do you think I will not have power on Earth to take a throne if I willed it, and to have dominion over all the kingdoms of the world – and the glory of them too?
MOSES: That’s a devil of a question, Sire. But a Messianic kingdom after the second-temple ideal? I just don’t see it.
THE SON: I am only speaking of the sovereign power to make it so, Moses.
MOSES: OK, if you want Israel’s acceptance badly enough you might be tempted in that regard. But it is my understanding, Sire, that your sovereignty waits upon a day of Father’s own choosing.
THE SON: Yes, he has appointed a day in which he will make known to me in full his satisfaction with my conduct of life in the flesh.
MOSES: A day that’s on nobody’s calendars except his. Some of the saints hold that this ‘day of sovereignty’ won’t come until you have been obedient unto death.
THE SON: We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, Moses …
MOSES: Well most of us, Sire, believe Father may reveal his first sign as early as the transition to Phase 2 of his plan – as a judgment of your successful completion of Phase 1.
THE SON: It’s controversial, but the end of Phase 1 makes sense to me also, if Father truly esteems the early walk with God in any man’s life.
MOSES: In any case Father has made it clear that at some point, in some manner, he will have it known in no uncertain terms that he is well-pleased with his Son.
THE SON: I understand it won’t be generally broadcast.
MOSES: If Father has to repeat himself, it won’t be for your benefit. But it won’t be a complete secret. He has indicated he wants the Forerunner present for it.
THE SON: Yes, John will be witness to our fulfillment of all righteousness.
MOSES: All righteousness in so far as that can be reasonably manifest in a man’s life. But the full requirement of the Incarnation is not met until you have also died a man’s death.
THE SON: To return to my original point, Moses. Once I have this sign from Father, I can’t imagine I will not recognize therein a confirmation of my own divine identity.
MOSES: I see where you’re going with this.
THE SON: Self-conscious recognition of my divinity will entail both a realization of sovereign power and absolute freedom of action.
MOSES: Sire, whether you attain command of 12 legions of angels early or late doesn’t change the need to do the divine kenosis right – especially if you have not yet been tested unto the shedding of blood.
THE SON: Let’s keep this about the transition to Phase 2.
MOSES: Right. Before Phase 2 gets underway, you will have some monumental choices to make in regard to your conduct of affairs in the business of bringing Father’s message to Israel. Especially if Father has already vouched for your identity.
THE SON: I hope I can get away for a few weeks.
(to be continued)