The Judgment and the Second Death Explained

There is no Judgment Day – thank heavens!

Please allow me to go over a couple of terms used recently that readers have either commented on or asked questions about. They were used in a recent article. (1) I recall the Divine Mother saying back in May 2012 that, if we use spiritually-technical terms, we should be sure to explain them. (2)

But before I do, can I make sure that we agree on one feature of language? Language consists of symbols upon which we freely and arbitrarily bestow meaning. People will make words mean anything they want and use them any way they want.

We may want people to be consistent in their use of language, but there is no method known to us to enforce consistency. The French Academy tried and I’m not sure how successful they were.

That point is important when we consider two terms that are used on the spirit planes to describe discrete events. The first is the “Judgment” and the second is the “Second Death.” I’ve been asked to explain the two.

We’re all familiar with the Biblical notion of the Judgment Day. There’s no such event known to people who transition to the other side. But there is an event upon which some people have bestowed the name of the “Judgment.” (3)

That event happens after we transition. It’s one of two full-life reviews. The first life-review usually happens when we are about to transition or immediately after we do. It consists of a rapid-fire review of our life’s events, which helps us to understand the flow of our lives and allows us a measure of completion with its events.

The second full-life review, the one referred to as the “Judgment,” happens much later, after we’re well-adapted to life on the spirit planes. It consists of a lengthy examination of our life’s actual events, gleaned from the Akashic records, as compared to our life’s blueprint, soul contract, or lifeplan. We look at the events of our lives and see where we achieved our goals and where we didn’t and we usually do so with a guide or counsellor assisting us.

At times, the Judgment can be painful but it’s always educational and helps us to complete with our most recent life. After it, we may choose to do some work on the other side to repair some of the mistakes we made. But once we’ve carried out the review and repair work, we usually move on from our connection with our last life.

For many people, the Judgment takes place in the First Subplane of the Mental Plane. We know the Mental Plane as the Fifth Dimension. For a very few, it takes place on the Astral Plane, which we know as the Fourth Dimension.

Following the Judgment, we pass through what many spirit communicators call the “Second Death,” (4) the second term I wanted to explain. And here we see the arbitrary use of language. Many readers will associate the “second death” with Jesus’s statement: “He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (5)

This use of the term is not equivalent to spirit’s use of the term and there’s no stopping a person from using the same term to refer to either event or both events.

Jesus’s use can be explained as follows. If a person overcomes and transcends (“kills”) the ego, they won’t be hurt by the death of the body. The first death is the ego death; the second death is the death of the body. He who transcends the ego will be enlightened and leave the body consciously (and thus “not hurt”).

But the Second Death on the spirit side of life involves the shedding of the astral body, leaving us in the mental body. I’ll get to our Ascension in a minute, which is a totally-new development in the ascension process. But up until this time in cosmic history, an ascension involved leaving one body behind and finding oneself in a higher or more refined body.

It also usually involved leaving one plane and entering another.

The Second Death happens after the Judgement and actually sees the traveller move from the first subplane of the Mental Plane to the second. But in actuality it completes the leaving of the Astral, the first subplane of the Mental Plane being much like a vestibule. (6)

Having said that, when we ascend on or before Dec. 21 (according to the sudden school), our Ascension is an entirely novel development in creation because for the first time we’ll be ascending and we won’t be shedding a body. We’ll transform our physical bodies from carbon based to crystalline based. This has never been done before.

Moreover, our Ascension, I’m led to believe, won’t involve a Judgment, as with the transition from the Fourth to the Fifth Dimensions on the spirit side of life.

Underneath all of this is the realization – and for me this is a deep and subtle realization – that God created life and the world and can do with life and the world anything that He/She/It pleases.

By God’s command, new processes are birthed and this Ascension that we’ll go through is one of those new processes, established by Divine Dictate, Divine Will, and Divine Plan.

If you’re like me, when you really see that God simply thinks and life changes, it brings home how illusory this all is. Life conforms to whatever God wishes it to conform to.

We are all dream characters in God’s own Dream. And when He/She/It decides to make a change in the Dream, much like when the Red Queen wanted to make a change in Wonderland, presto, holy figures on universal councils make that change. And all that is irresistible.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m just impressionable, but the whole thing utterly astounds me. This reality is malleable and God is the worker of the clay. I obey His/Her/Its dictates and, in the end, there’s no choice involved. I’m a mere puppet with God pulling the strings, playing all the parts and speaking all the lines.

I find this knowledge humbling until I realize that I too am God. Then I’m completely overwhelmed and fill with bliss.


(1) “The Reality of Ascension on the Spirit Planes,” Sept. 26, 2012, at For an earlier article, see “What is Ascension Like on the Spirit Side of Life?” at

(2) Steve Beckow: When you use the word “the Father,” are you referring to the conditioned Brahman? And if you are, could you tell us about your aspect as the transcendental Absolute?

Divine Mother: Many who listen do not understand this or these terms.

SB: Yes, I realize that.

DM: And part of my desire is to make very clear, that people do understand. So, ensure, beloved, that you do make these terms very clear for your readers and listeners.

SB: I will. But if you would just confirm for me that you are speaking about the conditioned Brahman rather than the Transcendental Absolute, I can do the rest.

DM: Yes, that is exactly what I am speaking of. (“Transcript of the Divine Mother on An Hour with an Angel, May 7, 2012,” at

(3) See “The Judgment” at

(4) See “The Second Death” at

(5) Revelation 2:11. The saying is similar to an Eastern one: “Die before you die.” Die to the ego before the body dies and you will be enlightened. The ego does not actually die but the masters used the metaphor of death to indicate transcendence over the ego.

(6) The first subplane of the Mental Plane is regarded as not the Mental Plane proper, but more of a vestibule. The second subplane is regarded as the Mental Plane proper.

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