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Emergence from the imprisoning 
cave of materialism
by Rev. Howard Ray Carey

It has been repeatedly emphasized in the Bible that the Christ's coming brings great joy to the world. It has been reiterated in great Christmas carols like ''Joy to the World the Lord is Come.''  And in His own Messages the Christ himself repeatedly returns to this element of joy. To quote just briefly: ''My Message at this time of joyous celebration is this: awaken anew the Love in the hearts of your brothers and teach them to share.'' (Message No. 92)

Again, in Message No. 100 He states: ''I am with you and in you. I am the Heart of your life... I bring Joy.''

Best of all, many of us can gladly testify to the joy which we already find surging through our hearts and minds because of this transpiring 'event of events'.

Some esotericists, because of the rigid thought-form that the reappearance was not to take place until the 21st century, seem unable to accept that it is happening now. Jews of the orthodox persuasion seem to expect that the Messiah will come at some still future date, while many in the more liberal branches of Judaism hint or affirm that the witness of Judaism itself constitutes a group Messiah.

Adherents of the Christian churches also fall into differing categories regarding this matter. At least some fundamentalists believe strongly that the second coming of Christ must be preceded by a superhuman, satanic anti-Christ, and greater cataclysms of destruction than those that have now taken place. Is it any wonder that some of them blindly mistake him for the anti-Christ?

On the other hand, many so called liberal Christians, such as those I have encountered in churches I have worked in, believe that He already has come the second time ---- either at Pentecost, in biblical times, or through the development of Christ consciousness in human hearts. (This latter is, of course, one of three important aspects of His coming.) But in spite of all the skepticism and the hindering thought-forms, the great longing and massed insistence of a suffering humanity have succeeded in bringing Him forth. Remember that it had been prophesied that His coming would be 'like a thief in the night'.

Long ago Jesus described such cleavage as a situation wherein, ''a man is against his father, a daughter against her mother...'' Quoting from chapter 2, ''The Joy of Christ's Coming'' (p. 10): ''There is much misunderstanding about this. What it says to me is that, if we are to be disciples, the cause of Christ must take precedence over personal loyalties and considerations. The cleavage is caused by the fact that while some are ready to do this, others are not. It worked that way before. Bitter division arose between those who followed Him and those who rejected Him. And sometimes the division was between father and son, or mother and daughter.''

Unfortunately, the same situation continues today. As the Christ has pointed out in His Messages: ''My coming brings peace.  Likewise, My Presence brings cleavage.  My Sword, that Love which I am, will separate all men, will show the true from the false, will clear the way for the new Light which I bring.  May it be that you can withstand this change and accept My Light.'' (Message No. 74)

On reflection, since the cleavage 'clears the way for the New Light', perhaps it is fortunate, rather than the opposite. So perhaps we can look beyond the misunderstandings and obstacles set up by some religionists and others, and rejoice with him even now in the coming victory of His Plan.

Time and again through His Messages He has assured us of this victory: ''My hope is ---- nay, My brothers, My knowledge is ---- that mankind will respond to My Call.  I know this to be so.  I know that within men sits a Divine Being, Whose Plan is that Love and Justice should triumph.  This being so, the end is assured.'' (Message No. 77)

And continuing in Message No. 78: ''My friends, I know beforehand your answer and choice.  Through your love ---- the love in your heart for your brothers ---- have no will choose correctly.   This love will radiate throughout the world and on this you may count.  My Presence guarantees that this shall be so.  Already, the changes are occurring in such magnitude that victory is assured.''

One of the first important changes to take place, through His leadership and our help, is a new system of international ex-change and sharing. This will have priority in order to bring about an end to the rampant starvation and deprivation existing today among multiplied millions of our sisters and brothers, both in Africa and in many other parts of the world.

As rapidly as possible a new and wondrously efficient system of international co-operation ---- based on goodwill and right human relations ---- will take place in political, economic, cultural and other fields of human endeavor. Also, working through men, in the process of time, He will establish colleges for teaching the Ageless Wisdom, re-establish the Ancient Mysteries, and make the first two of the major initiations available right here on the physical plane. As rapidly as we can follow He will lead us out of our religious divisiveness into one New World Religion (which is to include freedom for different approaches to divinity). A new system of education will be evolved, preparing people for all aspects of the creative life, in contrast to the narrow emphasis of today.

Through Alice Bailey, the Master DK has summarized all this as: ''...the true resurrection ---- the emergence of mankind from the imprisoning cave of materialism.'' (The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 101)

Note how the writer of the New Testament's final book, Revelation, foresaw what is beginning to happen now: ''I saw a new heaven and a new earth... And I saw the holy city coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband... Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.''

This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation.  Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated. 

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005