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Comment 1. Unbelief

 

Just about the first thing I did when working on this website was the drawing up of the list of books by Bertha Dudde, Bertha Dudde Books, and while doing this the details went through my fingers and among them was the fact that the row of books is not complete. This was already known to me, but to let the exact book numbers follow each other and also the dates, I again became aware of it and my thought went to the reasons why this might have happened. And the first thing that came to mind was the history of Bertha Dudde and with it also the history of her time and especially that of Germany. Bertha Dudde was born in Liegnitz and probably lived there also before and during the war. When one wants to find Liegnitz on the map today then it is advisable to look for Legnica. Legnica is the name of the town which it bears today in Poland. Liegnitz is about 60 km west of Breslau (Wroclaw) and this fact that today two names are in use for places in this area, is already part of history. When Bertha Dudde lived there, in Liegnitz, this town was in Silesia, and Silesia was a province of Prussia, and Prussia was a part of Germany. The Silesia city of Breslau was the capital of Silesia. Bertha Dudde died on 18th of September 1965 in Leverkusen. Leverkusen is in Germany and then belonged to West Germany. Leverkusen is situated at the Rhine River, on the eastern side of the river, just north of Cologne. It can be assumed that Bertha Dudde lived there in Leverkusen all the time after the war and that she shared the fate of most Germans from Silesia, and came as a refugee to western Germany. She therefore probably fled from Silesia and that again caused that the circumstances of this flight might probably have very much contributed to her not being able to take along all books. One detail for example was that at least in some areas of Germany, where Germans fled, the fleeing before the permitted date was on penalty of death. The idea behind this was that no square metre of German soil was to be given up, also not by the civilian population. Only when the permission or order to flee had been given, one could or had to leave home. This went so far that also preparation work for a flight was an offence. A situation is known to me where the administrator of a big farming business in eastern Germany gave instruction to the employees and workers of the business to make preparations for the flight. This consisted of mainly getting horse-drawn wagons ready so that they could serve as flight vehicles, which could transport people and some belongings and also horse’s feed, and which most of the time could also be used as accommodation during night, and so often had some sort of roofing. This work was now carried out at the prompting of this administrator and the events got known and he was ordered to the district administration and there he was told that he had to cancel all preparations, and in case he would not do this he would be sentenced to death. This administrator then returned to the farming estate after that, but did not let the preparation work get interrupted and therefore risked his life. What he however did, was, that he only let the trek start after the order from the authorities had come. Had he started the flight a day before this date then the flight would have taken a much easier course and all the many people would not have been cut off by the enemy. Now the way to the west was cut off and they had to flee over the sea and could do this only after days of frost started and a layer of ice formed on the water which was able to carry them, and as they were crossing the sea they also lost lives. The people who no longer managed to escape experienced an extreme cruel treatment through the hostile military and for many death was less terrible than to fall into the hands of the attacking forces and to get maltreated and partially had to spend many years in slavery. The circumstances of that time, that one hardly could make any proper preparations contributed that much got lost. So men were pressed hard by their own authorities and when they did not manage to escape, exactly because their own people tyrannized them, then they were very much worse off under the new lords, which not only did not control their people but even directly instigated these to atrocities.

So Bertha Dudde was probably not in a situation where she could properly pack her stuff and leave with it in time, for the west, long before the chaos started. As everyone started at once, and that under disastrous conditions, traffic possibilities were limited or no longer available. Trains stopped to go and the roads were congested with military and refugees. Family members often got separated and much what people owned got lost. When frost started and snowfall made it impossible to use wagons, they had to reload onto sleighs, and in the rush and through the loading bay limitations involved much had to be left behind. Alone the procurement of sleighs was obviously a problem.

It could easily be that Bertha Dudde lost books during the flight.

But many people also believed the propaganda of their own regime at that time, that the enemy would be driven back and hoped therefore, to not have to flee and therefore also did not prepare themselves for it. Another circumstance was that many of the same people who had to flee now in World War II had already fled in World War I, and that at that time the enemy was actually beaten off and they could return home after a couple of days.

So the preparation for the escape was already a risky business and people who were considered to not be friendly towards the regime, and Bertha Dudde could quite certainly be counted to these, were especially observed. Many passages of her messages from the years of the National Socialist regime could have exposed her to danger when they would have reached people who supported this system. And something like this was not avoidable as the messages themselves called on readers to spread them. Therefore quite an amount of courage was required to write down some of those things, which occurred in the writings, and to pass them on to others.

It will have been an important matter at that time to duplicate the messages and pass them on. And that was hardly be done by Bertha Dudde alone. One can assume that people helped her. And this again would have made it necessary that Bertha Dudde had to part with her documents and that is why she therefore will not have been in possession of all of her books all the time, also not at the time of the escape. Already alone through this books could have been lost.

Many of these thoughts went through my head as I put together the list of her books.

But then I also had to think about other circumstances and that were mainly things like unbelief. What reactions would passages in the messages have caused, which had to sound quite alarming to many or were simply unthinkable, that they simply could not imagine such events and facts, which were reported there? How would many people act, who got hold of these writings, transcribed them, duplicated them, passed them on to other people, when they suddenly read something, which they could not accept, which went above their ability to believe it? How did they handle such unbelief? Was there perhaps a strong temptation to keep such a book from other people in which an apparently unacceptable passage was, perhaps even born out of the pious awareness to do something good, and to prevent that through such an “unbelievable” expression the whole work of Bertha Dudde would be put in the wrong light?

How many passages in the Bible are quite embarrassing to many Christians and they have problems accepting them and to even defend them? How many things in the Bible are silently not dealt with, especially by those who pass themselves off as representatives of Holy Scripture?

We want to have a look where so called believers are in fact true unbelievers and these examples should remain in our memory when we come across things with which we have problems to cope.

Our first example is the highest representative of the children of God at that time, from whom one should expect to be a true believer. One could roughly divide the history of the Jews into three periods of time, the time which is known to us from the Bible and the time after the Bible and finally the time since the reestablishment of Israel in 1948. At the time of the Bible the last head of state was the king of Judah, Zedekiah. Israel already no longer existed then, only Judah had remained. Zedekiah reigned from 597 to 586 before Christ and the year 586 was also the year in which Judah stopped to exist. Already 136 years before that Israel had stopped to exist. Two contemporaries of Zedekiah were two persons who are quite more famous than he is. It was Jeremiah, who at that time already had been known as prophet for 40 years and had been appointed prophet in the year 627 before Christ and died about 580 before Christ and he therefore warned his people for about half a century about the end, and it was Ezekiel, who was led into Babylonian captivity in the year 597 before Christ was appointed prophet 5 years later and held this office for 30 years. Ezekiel had the gift that decisive events, which occurred at the far home, were revealed to him by the Lord the same day. This is recorded in Ezekiel 24:1-2: “Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.” The people in Babylon could therefore hear through him what happened in Jerusalem the same day. He was like Elisha, the prophet in Israel, who told the king of Israel the words that the king of Syria spoke in his bedchamber (2 Kings 6:11-12). And he was like Emanuel Swendenborg who was in Göteborg and saw what happened in the far away Stockholm. As a banished man Ezekiel experienced all events in the far away Jerusalem. One can easily study the unbelief of Zedekiah in the Bible, for example Jeremiah 32:5 and 34:3 and Ezekiel 12:13 and 17:20; but I want to bring here that what Flavius Josephus in “Antiquities of the Jews” reports. Josephus writes that Zedekiah was of gentle and righteous disposition, and that sounds as if one would call him today a nice Christian, and that Zedekiah had sent to call Jeremiah privately, after he had rescued him out of the pit full of mire, and inquired what he could say to him from God, which might be suitable to his present circumstances, and desired him to inform him of it. People read Bertha Dudde and want to know if she could say to them from God, which might be suitable to their present circumstances, and desire her to inform them of it.

Jeremiah replied, that he had somewhat to say; but he said withal, he should not be believed. How many people read the prophecies, but do they believe?

Read for example the following prophecy: “My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.” Such an expression contradicts already itself and is therefore already untrustworthy because how can someone be brought to Babylon, yet shall not see it? For the unbeliever there will always quickly be inconsistencies. He has a good eye for such things because he actually does not really want that God’s word becomes true, because he actually lives in the world and also does not want to stop that, and God’s aim is virtually the exact opposite than his and that alone is enough a reason to seek and find errors in the prophecies and God has formulated his forecasts so that they sometimes directly invite to be recognized as absurd – by him who is actually not of good will.

Let Josephus report:

“And when Nebuchadnezzar had used these words to Zedekiah, he commanded his sons and his friends to be slain, while Zedekiah and the rest of the captains looked on; after which he put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him, and carried him to Babylon. And these things happened to him, as Jeremiah and Ezekiel had foretold him, that he should be caught, and brought before the king of Babylon, and should speak to him face to face, and see his eyes with his own eyes; and thus far did Jeremiah prophesy. But he was also made blind, and brought to Babylon, but did not see it, according to the prediction of Ezekiel.

We have said thus much, because it was sufficient to shew the nature of God to such as are ignorant of it, that it is various, and acts many different ways, and that all events happen after a regular manner, in their proper season, and that it foretells what must come to pass. It is also sufficient to shew the ignorance and incredulity of men, whereby they are not permitted to foresee anything that is future, and are, without any guard, exposed to calamities, so that it is impossible for them to avoid the experience of those calamities.”

So that is therefore what Josephus has to say, to Zedekiah and to the unbelievers.

Jeremiah and Ezekiel belong to the well-known prophets, even to the four great prophets of the Old Testament, and I now want to report about an unknown prophet.

In 1914, an unidentified Frenchman was captured by German forces. During questioning, the man made a number of quite extraordinary prophecies. Andreas Rill, a carpenter from Untermühlhausen on active service in Alsace, wrote two letters to his family in Bavaria, Germany, in August 1914. In these letters, he told how he and another soldier had captured a Frenchman who proved to be a somewhat unusual prisoner. After the man had been taken prisoner, he was questioned all through the night; and during the questioning, he began to speak about the future of the war. In his first letter, Rill wrote that the Frenchman was a “strange holy man who said incredible things. If we knew what would happen during the years to come, we would throw away our weapons today.” Then the carpenter reported what their unusual prisoner told them: that the war was going to last for five years and Germany was going to lose it; after which there would be a revolution. Everyone would become a millionaire; and there would be so much money that it would be thrown out of windows; but no one would bother to pick it up. Here, the author of the letter remarked: “Ridiculous!”

The Frenchman then also foretold the rule of the National Socialists, the next war, the collapse, that things would become known that are simply inhuman, that everyone would be very poor, and Germany would be torn apart. “When there is a 4 and a 5 in the year (1945), Germany will be pressed from all sides and totally plundered and destroyed.” Foreign powers would then occupy Germany. But, by virtue of its resourcefulness, Germany would recover. In the first letter, Andreas Rill noted further that “Italy will be against us in this war within a year and will be on our side in the second war.”

A typical word for unbelievers is “Ridiculous!”

God says that no thing is impossible to him and they call it “Ridiculous!”

Who would have thought during World War II that Israel would exist again as a country, but three years after the war there was again the land Israel. God had predicted it and despite the fact that people called it ridiculous, it came to pass.

Who would have thought during the seventies of last century that the Soviet Union would no longer exist at the end of the century?

Who believes now that the prophecies will become true?

And with prophecies it is often a question of material things, of things in time and space. They are supposed to point, when they come true, to the wisdom and power of God. Their fulfilment are to pass man on: to spiritual things.

Man is supposed to start to believe. And then he is supposed to do the next step, to turn to the spiritual world.

When men have already problems to believe worldly predictions how much more will they have a hard time with spiritual questions?

What is the remedy for unbelief? What should we do when we find ourselves in situations where we have problems believing that certain situations could occur? It is a remembering of where we come from and where we are again going to. It is a remembering that we have been powerful light beings and that we again will reach that stage and will have again the capability for comprehensive consciousness and awareness and knowledge and that the stage in time and space is just a stage in matter and therefore temporary.

 

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