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"FLATLANDERS"

First Published March 1971

The realm of the spirit and spirits, the spirit world, that mysterious dimension of eternal realities, the living world of forever rather than the dying world of now. It is the everlasting realm of eternity rather than the temporary space of time, fascinating dimension which is largely unseen by us in mortal flesh rather than this mundane plane which is so temporary. Wherefore, brethren, "set your affections on things above not on things on the earth, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Cor. 4:18) "For by faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter", he could have been the king of Egypt, "but choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasure in Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By faith, he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible." (Heb. 11:24-27)

All God's children of faith since the beginning of time have been looking for an unseen world, "a City which hath Foundations," eternal Foundations, "whose Builder and Maker is God. Not having received the promises but having seem them afar off, confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth that seek a country, a better country, that is, an Heavenly! Wherefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a City, (Heb. 11:10,13,14,16) the Heavenly City, which will come down from God out of Heaven and dwell with men. This is the hope of all ages: that now unseen Eternal World where we shall dwell with Him forever, the Heavenly City described in Revelation 21 and 22 and mentioned many other places. That is what we are all looking forward to, a new Heaven and a new earth with its Eternal City.

Even now, His invisible heavenly kingdom is already in operation and existence. It not only surrounds us, but is within us. As Jesus said, "The Kingdom of God is within you"..."for if My Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight; but My Kingdom is not of this world.” (Lk. 17:21 and John 18:36) In other words, not after the fashion of this world with its earthly, carnal, flesh and blood kingdoms of evil men and evil spirits, but a now invisible Kingdom of His Spirit which is already within us and which "now we see only through a glass darkly, then face to face. Now we only know in part but then we shall know even as also we are known;" (1 Cor 13:12) The amazing realm of the Spirit, the Kingdom of God, where everything is much clearer, more real and everlasting. For the fashion of this world passeth away, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. (1 Cor 7:31)

To make it very simple, perhaps we could take a very childlike, so-called scientific approach with our tiny little finite minds to attempt some comprehension of this almost incomprehensible realm, not the one of the Future, but the one in which we are now living; not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, the Fifth Dimension. Science tells us that there are four dimensions comprising the existence of matter; all material objects, in order to exist, must have length, breadth, (and) depth, which comprise space and time. Einstein's theories brought this out very clearly, that time and space are definitely related in his theory of relatively, that nothing can occupy material space without time. It must have time to exist.

I hold in my hand an amazing little postcard, a beautiful underwater scene of God's gorgeous and colourful Creation. Now the strange thing about this little postcard is that, as I look at it edge, on I can really only see about two dimensions, length and breadth, and I am in the land of the Flatlander who can only understand his own little world of distance in two directions with actually no thickness whatsoever. He can't see anything else. As I look at this card edge-on I can't see anything else either; and if I were a Flatlander I would insist that there was no other world beyond my two dimensions, because I can't see it.

We are now going to move in a new and strange direction unknown to the flatlander, the direction of height. We are going to go up into a new world of the Third Dimension! As we look down on this little postcard from above, we find that it is a very amazing world, indeed, because this little two-dimensional postcard of the Flatlanders is a very unusual postcard, known as a three-dimensional postcard, which, when looked at edge-on seems to have only two dimensions, length and breadth, but suddenly when looked at from above, from height, it seems to have an altogether new dimension known as depth. I actually seem to be able to see into the picture, some objects in front of others. A reed is growing in front of a lovely red coral, and fish are swimming in between, and the pebbled bottom fades away into the distance, even beyond my new three dimensional vision.

Now we have entered a new world, beyond the scope of the poor Flatlander, who can only see two directions, if he could exist at all, and we are looking in a new direction, which gives height and depth, and a whole new, beautiful world to explore. We have become like a god to the Flatlander, a being entirely beyond his comprehension. Since we are now above his lowly plane of only two dimensions, we have passed completely out of his sight, because he can neither look up nor down, and unless we condescend to stoop to his lowly level he cannot see us at all, much less understand our new dimension. To reach his level at all we have to get on an exact plane with him, completely in tune with his two dimensions in an extremely limited area, for him to even be able to see us, if this were possible. But the moment we vary the slightest fraction out of his limited orbit, we are out of his sight. Our three dimensional world becomes one of almost unlimited space, so much larger and greater than his, so vast, so deep, and so high that he could not possibly begin to understand it or us. It is simply out of his sphere, out of his depth, of which he has none, and beyond his tiny plane. A whole new world, marvellous and magnificent, that he does not even know exists, simply because he cannot see it, and in which we live and have our being, because of the Fourth Dimension, Time. And although the Flatlander cannot see us unless we stoop momentarily to his narrow plane, into his very limited line of vision, we can nearly always see him, from almost any direction, in or out of his dimension from above, beneath, or on his own level.

His little flat brain has never seen anything else but his own dimension, and since our dimension is completely beyond his realm of Flatland science, he doesn't understand it, knows nothing about it, has never seen it much less ever been there, and he simply brushes such nonsense all aside and says that we and our dimension just don't exist. Even if it were possible to show it to him, it would be beyond his two dimension understanding. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit for they are foolishness unto him!" ((1 Cor. 2:14) There just isn’t any such thing because he never saw it before.

The fact of the matter is that our dear little Flatlander, in his pride, since he personally can only operate on one plane, hates to admit that there's anything beyond his level where he hasn't been, and in fact where he cannot go, unless he is given third-dimensional wings and time to explore it. How limited his vision, how narrow his realm, how restricted his scope of operation. Since he can't go anywhere else, he just hates to admit that there is anywhere else. He is particularly furious with any other Flatlander who claims that at sometime or other he has been lifted up into that other world by some third-dimensional creature to give him a glimpse of what is beyond his own little domain. Since he never saw it, it doesn't exist! He refuses to acknowledge anything that does not exist, or that he cannot see on his own little plane, in his two little directions. He's strictly a plane geometrist, and cubic measurements just don't exist for him. Just because he doesn't believe in it doesn't make it not so.

So it is with many a "four-dimensional" natural cubic man. He refuses to believe that anything else exists such as a Fifth Dimension, a Spirit World, simply because he's never seen it or been there, and he is furious at anyone who claims they have, because this really puts him down below their level, their Fifth Dimension, the Spirit World, the Heavenly, which he says doesn't exist, simply because he hasn't seen it or been there.

This is just as outlandish as if you were to say, "I don't believe that New York or London exists, because I’ve never seen them or been there. And though you travellers in time and space claim that New York and London do exist, because you say you've been out of my realm and visited these cities and seen them with your own eyes, I flatly refuse to believe you, because I've never seen them or been there myself!" How ridiculous can you get? This is just as silly as the natural man who refuses to acknowledge the realm of the Spirit. You can even read him stories about it in God's Word. You can tell him personal experiences of your own visits there and what you have seen in the land of the Fifth Dimension, the world of the wonders of the Spirit, but he will refuse to believe you because he hates to admit you have a vision and a dimension that he hasn't got, a spiritual perception which he lacks, the Dimension of Eternity, which his tiny, temporal mind cannot grasp, and does not want to grasp, because it puts him down on a lower level, and he hates to admit there's anything beyond him. Poor narrow-minded Flatlander, he just can't face it.

I want to tell you something. I’ve not only heard about it, read about it, seen pictures of it in vision, but I’ve been there, so I know it exists whether anyone believes it or not! If you you would like to have it too, humbly ask for the truth, confess your limitations, and ask the spiritual men to help you find a whole new world, or you will never know the joys, the beautiful scenes, the gorgeous sounds, and the ecstatic feelings of that marvellous and Heavenly realm. God in His mercy may even give you personally a glimpse of it through the window of the Spirit.>

Just read your Bible and you will find evidence, stories, and positive declarations of the existence of this Fifth Dimensional Spirit World throughout the whole Book! Some of its immortal characters having passed on into it through the glorious gate of Death even came back to tell us about it. Others were lifted up into the realm of the spirit to get a brief glimpse or vision of it, and many received messages from it, and some of us have been there! It is out of this world! You will love it! Why not try it?

(REV.21:9-10) “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,”

David Berg

Edited by Almondtree Productions