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The Hardest Thing

I dreamed that I was taken into Heaven. The Gate, the Golden Throne, the animals with wings, the whole caboodle. I was allowed to ask one question… and so I asked, in all my innocence:

“What’s the hardest thing about being God?”

God then took me out to a great expanse of land, where a multitude of people were assembling. I never thought that so many people could be driven into action: All those who had been silent, all those who had believed that there was nothing they could do, all those who had felt helpless, hopeless, and forlorn; they were all here now, in full color, every creed and every voice, waving their arms in the air and chanting. And they were numberless. They gathered on three hills, and on each hill there was a leader.

The first leader raised a hand for silence, and then read these words aloud in Hebrew:

“Ben Adam, sim paneicha el Gog Eretz HaMagog…”

“Son of Man,” he was saying. “Set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tuval, and prophesy against him…. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”

The second leader read as well, in Latin:

“Et cum consummati fuerint mille anni…”

He was saying: “When the thousand years have passed, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison; and go forth to seduce the nations of the earth, Gog and Magog; and shall gather them together for battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea… And fire shall come down from the Lord of Heaven, and devour them.”

And the third leader read in Arabic:

“Hattaaa izaa futihat Ya'jooju wa Ma'jooju wa hum min kulli hadabiny yansiloon…”

So saying: “…Until the people of Gog and Magog are released from their barrier, and they swiftly swarm from every hill… Then behold: The eyes of those Unbelievers will stare in horror… And We shall present Hell that day for the Unbelievers to see… That is their reward.”

And as I watched, the people stormed down from the hillsides. They swarmed as they believed the words, they sang in the name of Light against Darkness, they poured themselves into the field and killed, and killed, and killed each other - until not one of them was left alive by nightfall.

And God turned to me and said:

“The hardest thing about being God

Is to watch your children… whom you love… whom you cherish…

Destroy themselves.”

If anyone is curious, here are my sources:

Hebrew Bible, Ezekiel 38

New Testament, Book of Revelations 20

Quran, suras 21 and 18

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