1 In a flash of lightning, every animal is revealed in its true form. So too, illuminated by God’s light, human beings have regained the sanctity they once possessed. Oh, that the corrupt world of the past has at last toppled over into the filthy water and, sinking below the surface, dissolved into mud! Oh, that all the humanity God created has at last come back to life again in the light, found the foundation for existence, and ceased to struggle in the mud! Oh, the myriad things of creation in God’s hands! How can they not, through God’s words, be renewed? How can they not, in the light, give play to their functions? Earth is no longer still and silent, heaven no longer desolate and sad. Heaven and earth, no longer separated by a void, are united as one, never to be sundered again.
2 On this jubilant occasion, at this moment of exultation, God’s righteousness and God’s holiness have gone abroad throughout the universe, and all mankind extols them without surcease. The cities of heaven are laughing with joy, and the kingdoms of earth are dancing with joy. Who at this moment is not rejoicing? And who at this moment is not weeping? Earth in its primordial state belongs to heaven, and heaven is united with earth. Man is the cord uniting heaven and earth, and thanks to his sanctity, thanks to his renewal, heaven is no longer concealed from earth, and earth is no longer silent toward heaven. The faces of humanity are wreathed in smiles of gratification, and secreted in their hearts is a sweetness that knows no bounds. Man does not quarrel with man, nor do men come to blows with one another. Are there any who, in God’s light, do not live peacefully with others? Are there any who, in the day of God, disgrace His name?
3 All human beings direct their reverential gaze toward God, and in their hearts they secretly cry out to Him. God has searched humanity’s every action: Among the human beings who have been cleansed, there are none that are disobedient to God, none that pass judgment on Him. All humanity is suffused with God’s disposition. Everyone is coming to know God, is drawing closer to Him, and is adoring Him. God stands fast in the spirit of man, is exalted to the highest pinnacle in man’s eyes, and flows through the blood in his veins. The joyous exaltation in men’s hearts fills every place on the face of the earth, the air is brisk and fresh, dense fogs no longer blanket the ground, and the sun shines resplendent.
Adapted from “Chapter 18” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe
in The Word Appears in the Flesh