In the twilight of time God appeared within our hearts
During twilight we see a diminishing of the sunlight and if lucky watch the golden colors of daylight disappear beyond our view. Lucky because with the loss of the sun’s rays will come a new day when the sun appears and gives us hope of a new day, filled with another blessing that God already has prepared for our enjoyment.
That is just what we feel as our final day on earth, in our handing over our soul, will become as the angels will guide us beyond the setting sun of human life and the appearance of a heavenly view we cannot describe. To describe the visions of some from scripture we should draw on the following excerpts what these individuals saw:
Jacob’s dream at Bethel. “Then he had a dream; a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s messengers were going up and down on it. And there was the Lord standing beside him and saying; I, the Lord, am the God of your forefather Abraham and the God of Issac; the land on which you are standing I will give to your descendants.” (Gn 28: 12 - 13).
From Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians: “I know someone in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this person (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter.” (2 Cor 12: 2 - 4).
“Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth? If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built.” Regarding the temple Solomon built and his prayer to God. (1 Kgs 8: 27).
These excerpts relating to heaven should remind us that when the sun sets and rises so will our lives, soul first, then at the resurrection our bodies. It is no mystery, as Paul describes, even though the vision is not revealed, there is awaiting our arrival the Holy Trinity, Holy Mary the Mother of God, and all those who have gone before us to welcome each one home.
Of all the Sacred Scriptures that speak of God, the Passion of Jesus, and his Resurrection, it is our resurrection that all of Salvation History is about. First came creation, infiltrated with sin, followed by the Passion to the Ascension of Christ, to our being called home at the end of human existence. Here is where the appearance of God becomes real, a total influx and uniting of God and us occurs.
Ralph B. Hathaway