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--1 Corinthians 2:10b Mo Letters from David Berg and the Children of God / The Family

"The Drugstore"

By David Brandt Berg, Sept. 4, 1973
First typed 8/25/69: Dream given to David in the Summer of '68, during early days of the Light Club, Huntington Beach, Calif., the beginning of the Jesus Revolution."

I dreamed that it was very dark--a frightening sort of darkness and I was alone. There was an awesome dreadfulness about the darkness, as through it was a time of great trouble or just before some impending doom. It reminded me of the Scripture in Jeremiah 25:10-11 :

"Moreover I Will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years."

Also as in Ecclesiastes 12:3-6 : "In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

When they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail because man goeth to his long home and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain or the wheel broken at the cistern."

Everywhere there is a terrible silence, and I'm in this city and the streets are dark. There is nobody on the streets, and I'm so terrified I want to run down the streets to where I see a rather dim light, and it turns out to be a drugstore or chemist's shop. So I decide I want to go inside to buy a newspaper to see what has happened.

The drugstore is rather dimly lighted and a few people are standing around inside, but all are either asleep or hypnotised, unconscious, or dazed--totally unaware of what is going on outside. Suddenly my Mother appeared (this was not long after her death), and she said, "Son, come this way and you'll understand what's happening."

Suddenly we were underneath the drugstore in a labyrinth of beautiful brilliantly lighted underground catacombs crowded with young people--nearly all hippies with beards, long hair, and all stark naked! So we walked through these corridors, and the deeper we went the lighter it got and the more people there were and the more activity there was.

Everybody was busy and happy and stark naked, but didn't even seem to notice it or weren't conscious of being naked. So I asked Mother, "Why is this?" It seemed as though she communicated to me the meaning by mental telepathy, for immediately I could understand that they were mostly young and hippies because this was part of the youthful underground church.--But why do they have to be naked? She said to me,

"This is a sign that they have been stripped of all hypocrisy and all sham and the cover-ups and fashions of the world."--And I woke just like that! As I lay there trying to figure it out I knew it was symbolic. It was strong and vividly clear in my mind, and I knew it was from the Lord. Then He explained it to me as I lay there in prayer.

It came to me clearly that this was in the last dark hours of this world in the days of terror ahead, and even now the darkened streets symbolised the blinded world, and the drugstore was the (Establishment) church--the visible but drugged organised church. Though there was a little light there, it was very dim! As Lenin said, "Religion is the opiate of the people!"

So they all seemed drugged in the drugstore, the Church! But down underneath the surface in this happy hippie underground beehive of activity was the true revolutionary Church, all stripped of the appearances of this world, and yet brilliantly lighted and enlightened!--Very active and happy and busy, but underground and naked!

The whole dream then was to give the contrast between the Churchy System and its buildings with their dim spiritual light and dazed drugged people, and the happy hippie underground Church below, which was very wide awake and busy and stripped of the things and hypocrisy of this world! I know it was symbolic, but who knows?--Maybe we're really going too live like that someday!--Underground, busy, happy and nearly naked!

I had the feeling it was the Lord's view of the Jesus Revolution in the spirit--maybe the spirit world, or the spiritual heavens or heavenly places! If so, it would appear to be Heaven's lowest level!--But God's way up is down!--And who knows where the heavenly dimensions really are?--The spirit world is all around us, up, down and all around--and even in us! Hallelujah!

If Heaven or the heavenlies are anything like what I saw in this dream, I don't think the churchy Systemites would like it very well!--Just like they didn't like Jesus and His disciples and His ideas of a spiritual Kingdom while He was here!--If fact, they crucified Him for even suggesting such a thing!--And they didn't like His opinion of them either!--"Liars!--Hypocrites!--Ye are of your father the Devil!"

So maybe they'd fit the other place better?--I sure didn't see any of 'em in that Hippie Heaven down below, undermining the churchy drugstore and all its opiated religious zombies!--Ha!--I'll take that underground Hippie Heaven any day!--It was so free and bright and busy and happy and beautiful--and naked and unashamed!

You know, Adam and Eve only became ashamed of nudity after they fell and had sin in their hearts--the wrong sinful view of things!--Before that, with pure sinless hearts and a heavenly outlook, they weren't even conscious of being naked!--They'd never been anything else!

Only sinful man had to be clothed!--only sin brought the need to hide reality! Salvation from sin brings freedom and openness, with no longer any need to hide!--Will it also bring freedom from clothing?--In a totally free and sinless heavenly society created by God in the spirit world, what is there to hide?--Why hide His own most beautiful creation of all?--The human body!--It would certainly eliminate pride and keep us humble!

To say the least, it would surely hinder hypocrisy if there were no cover-ups in a happy hippie heaven of completely unclothed realities and naked truth and honesty!

Which would you prefer!--The deceitful lies of this world, or God's open, honest beautiful creation?

Copyright (c) 1998 by The Family International

Tess and James Arendt
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