Neville Goddard Lecture, Eternity Within

Eternity Within

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Tonight‘s subject is a mystery to be known only by revelation. It is a secret that has been kept hidden from the beginning of time. Where there is no mystery, where there is no end from the beginning there is no challenge, no place for imagination or any room for faith or hope. But when it pleased God, in the fullness of time, to make it known to his apostles, those whom he called and incorporated into his own Risen body, they are sent to tell the story of the gospel of God. The subject I have chosen for tonight is taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. I have so many commentaries on this book at home, so many written interpretations by our Biblical scholars and they are so widely separated in their opinions, yet without this, the most disputed verse in the entire book, that I have chosen tonight, everyone in this world should despair. The book starts with the statement, ―Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. There is nothing new under the sun.‖ Which, by the way, modern science has confirmed. They are now telling us that the entire space-time history of the world is laid out and we only become aware of increasing portions of it successively. ―Is there a thing of which it is said, ‗See, this is new‘ it has been already in ages past, but there is no remembrance of former things, nor shall there be any remembrance of things to come later among those who will come after.‖ Then he takes all of the opposites in the world saying ―There is a time to be born and a time to die; a time to laugh and a time to cry; a time to mourn and a time to dance.‖ He goes through all the opposites that you and I pass through, one after the other. A few of them are obvious.

Certainly we are born and we die, and what man hasn‘t laughed and what man hasn‘t cried, so we can see all these parts. But there is one little verse in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes that is the most disputed of the entire book. Here is the verse. ―He has made everything perfect in its time. He has put eternity into man‘s mind, yet so that man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.‖ The interpretation of this verse is determined by the meaning that the scholar gives to the word ―eternity‖. I haven‘t read one interpretation where they went deep enough. The word is translated ―eternity‖ in the Revised Standard Version, which I have quoted. It is translated as ―the world‖ in the King James Version, but if you go back to the root of the word ―olam‖ you will discover it means ―a lad; a young man, a stripling, a youth.‖ This makes no sense to the average person and the scholar would ignore it completely. You could come to the conclusion that all things are in the human imagination and that the imagination is capable of containing the imagining of space. Your dreams reveal that to you, for when you awake where did they happen? I have seen the stars, the moon and the sun in my dreams. The modern wise men would tell me it was just a dream and all in my imagination, but I have seen people just as clear as I am seeing you now and we converse all in my imagination, so I will go along with the modern wise men in that respect. But when I awake and things seem to be objective and independent of my imagination, was the other unreal? Not according to the book of Ecclesiastes.

It is telling you that everything is in your imagination, that your imagination is forever manifesting itself in the imaginations of men. This I do know. By simply assuming I am the man I would like to be and mentally acting in harmony with my assumption, I have aided the birth of my desires and brought them to pass. I have played the game of assumption time and time again and it has never failed me. When someone asks something of me I simply assume they have what they want, then whatever needs to take place in this world will take place and bring it to pass, but where did the desires‘ fulfillment originate but in my imagination? But if there is no escape from a world of recurrence, what would it matter if you could perform miracles, be worshiped by all and possess the world if, in the end you would say, ―Vanity of vanities, all is vanity‖. But Koheleth, the preacher, meant something far deeper than that. It is marvelous to know that the whole drama of life is taking place in your imagination. That you have the choice of life and death, good and evil, blessings and cursings; that you can by assumption have a rich and wonderful life where everything is a blessing. But, if in the end when you close your eyes for the last time you realize it was all vanity, would you not question what did it matter? That is what Koheleth is summing up. He is telling us that there is something greater and to wait for the fullness of time. When? No one knows, not even the Son, only the Father. But in the fullness of time that which was placed in the mind of man will be revealed. Now let me repeat it. ―He put eternity into man‘s mind yet so that man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.‖ That which God put into the mind of man is a lad, an eternal youth who is his only begotten Son. Now let me unfold it for you, for I speak from experience. I am not theorizing or speculating. I am telling you what I know from experience.

And the truth that one knows from experience, he knows more thoroughly than he knows anything else in this world, or that he can know that same truth in any other way. I share with you, this night, the truth that I know from experience. One day you will experience it, but tonight you will hear it through the secondary revelation of the ear, for I will tell you what I have experienced concerning this wonderful eleventh verse of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes. Here is the story. God has put his only begotten son into your mind, for it is God‘s purpose to give you himself. You will never know in eternity that God accomplished his purpose unless God‘s Son sees him and calls him Father. And when God‘s only begotten Son calls you Father there will be no uncertainty. The revelation is so altogether knowing, that when he appears there will be no doubt in your mind as to the relationship. Now let me go back and unravel this great mystery. I say God‘s Son is David. The word ―olam‖ first appears in the book of Samuel. A promise is made by the king that the father of anyone who destroys the enemy of Israel will be set free. Not the man, but his father. When David returned from the slaughter of the Philistines with the head of the giant in his hand, the king, remembering his promise, tried to find out who the father was. The king turned to his commander and said, ―Whose son is this youth?‖ When he didn‘t know the king said, ―Inquire whose son the stripling is.‖ No one knows, so the king turned to David and said, ―Whose son are you, young man?‖ Then David answered, ―I am the son of Jesse, the Bethlehemite

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