On earth, a doorman doesn’t have much status. Even not from the Hilton. Let alone a bouncer at a nightclub. But the one standing at Heaven’s Gate must be one of the top Angels.
A New Arrival
Last week, one afternoon, he sees a small, gray woman with a walking stick approaching. Welcome, he says generously.
The woman looks up and answers: One may feel somewhat discombobulated.
The Angel recognizes her immediately and shouts inside: Lizzy’s here!
We’ve been expecting you, your majesty.
That’s very kind of you, indeed.
Before anything else, G^d would like to meet with you.
She stops (dead) in her tracks and looks surprised. Now? No Heavenly Tribunal, no cleansing of Hell?
Hell can wait, the Head Angel says friendly.
One of her eyebrows goes up. Not a very reassuring remark, maybe.
Just like Pharaoh came to see Jacob as soon as the latter came down to Egypt, there is something to royals among each other.
Well, I hope He won’t ask like Pharaoh asked Jacob: “How old art thou?”
Yes, you know your Bible! Don’t worry about it.
But, I’m unprepared. I don’t know the protocol.
The Angel understands her concern but can reassure her. This is the King of emperors (kings of kings). He doesn’t need any protocol.
The queen now laughs. Yes, the silliness had to stop somewhere.
Before G^d’s Throne
Do sit down, G^d says friendly. You must be tired.
Thank you. She gratefully lowers herself into the comfy chair.
I need to compliment you on the successful part of your journey.
Thank you. It was quite a spectacle.
The eulogies all talk about how hard you worked. No one even mentions how humble you were. They must think that your quick wit came from lucky strikes. We know you’re sharp as a tack. You’ve done well.
You haven’t done much against the brutal British Empire or class system, but within the system, you have always worked against groups fighting each other. I love your latest Christmas broadcasts in which you showed the People in all its diversity. You honored a lot of my children.
And everyone in your family adores you. In such a diverse and divided bunch, that’s quite an achievement.
We know that you tried to be a force for goodness. You have certainly gratified and delighted many people, even on the Left.
Jesus Needs Redemption
Your Highness, may I ask you something before I leave? How strange for me to say: Your Highness.
That’s one reason we have you come here early. To let you grow accustomed to not being royalty anymore. What a relief, no?
It was a worthy job but I would like to retire now.
Granted. What is it that you wanted to ask?
Jesus, what’s with him?
Actually, I expected the Head of the Anglican Church to have asked me that earlier. I would have answered. But, I’ll tell you now. From the start, I liked him. He was a rebel, made people think and nervous, a typical Jewish boy. Yet, his students and their students abandoned his teachings. They stopped asking Jews of their time. While it says very clearly in My Torah …
“And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment.” – Deuteronomy 17:9.
You know your King James! The operative words are “in those days.” Most Christians (and Muslims) stopped learning from erudite Jews around them. They kept reciting what they heard via-via from Jesus (and Mohammad). That got so distorted. And then, they started oppressing, converting, and slaughtering Jews. Jesus never ordered this. But, it’s done in his name. You understand that weighs heavily on him. This must stop. Was this clear?
Yes, thank you. I hope you will allow Christians to set the record straight.
[The rest of the audience was not revealed to me.]
End of this week, my book Come Again, meant to become a movie, will be published. It shows the Satan at work and ideals of Jewish life and afterlife.