(Continued from Part 1.)
Many, many sources have discussed the New Age in the Twentieth-Century, I offer only a selection here. Missing are David Spengler, Terence McKenna, and numerous others. The discussion could go on for pages and pages, but I think the selection offered here is enough to make the point that we were given much advanced notice of Ascension and the Golden Age.
In the second decade of the Twentieth Century, Julia Ames told William Stead of the coming of a “great spiritual awakening among the nations:”
“What they tell me on all sides, and especially my dear guides, is that the time is come when there is to be a great spiritual awakening among the nations and that the agency which is to bring this about is the sudden and conclusive demonstration, in every individual case which seeks for it, of the reality of the spirit, of the permanence of the soul, and the immanence of the Divine.” (17)
Around the same time, John Heslop was telling his wife, from the Christ Sphere, that “a new heaven and a new earth” were coming:
“Angelic beings assist at the birth and development of these new worlds. They build up the conditions necessary for the ultimate production of life, though this process may take millions of years. At first the lowest forms only are produced. Gradually they rise in capacity till the world is ready for the highest intelligences.
“It was so in your world and the angels are still working, as they have been since its inception. Recently they have begun a further and higher work. As a race you will rise, till in very truth it will become for you a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (18)
On another occasion, Heslop returned to the topic:
“My Beloved, I want to tell you that I am busy with some new work for God. It is not very easy to explain, but it is all connected with the opening of reservoirs of Spiritual Power, which will ultimately flood your world as the waters now cover the channels of the deep.
“Many are associated with me in this work and I can best describe it as a gathering up of the pure Essence of Prayer and Love, ever rising heavenward from your earth and these spheres and forging them into bands of ‘Divine Energy.’ Then we direct them as rays of illumination into the prepared hearts of mankind.
“Already the effect of our work is becoming evident in the awakening of the people to perceive Spiritual truth. This is, however, only the first … of the outpouring that is to follow. …
“But do not be afraid of the present conditions of evil and unrest, the Christ is coming, and then everything will fall into its rightful place. The Christ is coming! Let all the earth keep silence before Him!
“To those who have attained the Spiritual vision he is already visible and from every part of the world will they greet Him and evil and evil-doers will flee away from the Light of His Presence. Then will He reign upon the earth in Righteousness and Truth. Pray continually that the day of His Coming may be hastened for we here are also working to this end. The joy and glory of that Reign of Peace will far exceed anything you can dimly imagine.
“But I cannot tell you how heavy our work is just now; there are so many evil forces around your world, which must be counteracted or transmuted. It is a transition period of vital moment to all those who dwell on earth and to the many planes and spheres which impinge upon it. Legions of Angels are employed to uplift and purify so that the Christ may come and reign in your midst. Keep you faith strong in the Second Coming of the Christ.” (19)
The medium’s mother stopped by and gave a similar message:
“You must try not to get too depressed about the difficulties that still exist; they will pass away in God’s good time for the Christ’s Reign of Peace is at hand.” (20)
Her friend “Stella” also dropped in to predict the “end of time.”
“My special work on earth just now is in helping to prepare the way for the Coming again of the Christ and His Reign of Peace and Love, for He is coming and you are all helping to make the conditions necessary for His reception.
“He is never far from the soul that loves Him and to such He frequently shows Himself. But what you are longing for is – His Visibility to all – so that everyone must see and acknowledge Him. When the time is ripe, that is coming too, for never did the earth so need Him as it does now. This is the ‘end of the time’ spoken of in the New Testament, so pray and pray that these days may be shortened, as we too pray for you here.” (21)
Finally another friend also reported the Second Coming of the Christ Force.
“Not only is the Christ coming, but He is actually now in your midst, and here and there are those who see and feel Him and thus know that this is true. Now, those to whom this certainty is given will also be permitted the joy of welcoming the Christ, when His Presence becomes more fully known upon the earth.” (22)
“What an honour to assist in preparing the way for His Feet! Rise to this Noble Mission, be worthy of this Great Honour, and, as you dwell upon it, the darkness will flee away and the sunshine from these brighter spheres will flood your soul.” (23)
A few years later, Claude Kelway-Bember suggests an opening of the door between spirit and matter:
“There is a wedge now being driven in to open the door between the two worlds of matter and spirit, and I love to feel that I may be a tiny splinter of that wedge.” (24)
In 1922, medium Charlotte Dresser began publishing spirit communications from spirit control Mary Bosworth which also announced the new world coming:
“The time is coming, and coming fast, when there will be a reconstruction of the religion of the churches. Creeds will largely go, and love and service take their place.” (25)
Here an unnamed communicator predicts the New World through Dresser:
“We are a band of workers and wish to add our knowledge. We wait not only in hope, but in certainty; for we go far and near and see all sides of the work among many people and many nationalities. There is a slow dawning of a great day. It is coming, coming surely; and we can watch it from afar.” (26)
On another occasion, another unnamed communicator gave the same message to Dresser:
“Do you understand how different life would be there if all would try to give as well as to receive; if all would learn to serve unselfishly the world in which they live, and learn the higher happiness of spiritual thought and life? The coming of the new age is not for one or for two to bring in, but rather the mighty influence from here moving through the spiritually discerning ones there.” (27)
(Continued in Part 3.)