His Strength is in the Clouds

This is a edited repost of an article from that other sci-fi blog. rooted in a reinterpretation of the Korean drama Sky Castle. Most (but not all) of the sci-fi content was snipped off for this repost.

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 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

Psalm 68:34, King James Version

Ascribe power to God,
    whose majesty is over Israel,
    and whose power is in the skies

Psalm 68:34, English Standard Version

Some sky castles are more important than others.

The [sci-fi] Imperial Palace is an armoured military fortress floating 500 meters above the Imperial Park (the most prestigious address in Charted Space): a genuine Sky Castle.

But the Divine residence is never depicted as a sky castle: there are no defensive fortifications there.

There is an armed security force, though.

In the palaces and sky castles of men, there is plenty of jockeying for power and status. And power and status does matter in Heaven as well, but no jockeying or strife: God decides.2 He does take into account the pleas and arguments of His family though, the many adopted children and the One begotten.3

The social status good in Heaven is holiness, righteousness, mercy, and obedience to the law.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:19, King James Version

Not much mentioned in the Bible are the fundamental status goods of the Imperial Courts: money, armed men, naval units, media dominance, corporate authority, oaths of fealty, family and clan allegiance, cultural/racial supremacy, and intelligence networks.

Or the Confucian love of great education and bureaucratic credentials, for that matter.

Instead, the Bible places a great emphasis on law and justice, atonement and restitution. Just, impartial, lawful rule is the core focus of the Court of God.


2Well, there was a War in Heaven, where Satan – and a third of the angels – fell from heaven. Not much planet-smashing, as far as I know. Instead, Satan has his access to God cut off. I suggest that the elimination of a poisoned information stream is vastly more important than any amount of military force or financial wealth.

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3The [fictional sci-fi] Imperial Houses would be bemused regarding the billions and trillions adopted into that family. “Lots and lots of heirs, for a king that will never die. And the inheritance per heir must be tiny!”

The closest analogue would be the Han dynasty of China, who encouraged the Chinese people to take their family name: and was rewarded with having the largest tribe on earth being named after him.

As for the inheritance? Christ did die, and rose: and His people are heirs and rulers with him, as Maker and Owner and Judge over Heaven ad Earth. In the meantime, Christ rules at the right hand of the Father.

It is not the meek before evil that will inherit the earth. It is the meek before God who will be victorious, who inherit the earth in Christ’s name. And not in the name of Adam, who handed his inheritance over to Satan in return of promises of equality with God.

Noble: “Inheriting the earth? Trillions fighting over scraps of land, from a single world.”

Commoner: “The surface of Earth is 510 million square kilometers. About 29.2% of that is land, or 148,920,000 sq km. Divide that among five trillion – a guesstimate on the number of saved humanity – and that’s 0.000029784 sq km. That’s 29.784 square meters per person, according to my calculations.”

Noble: “As I said, trillions fighting over scraps of land.”

Commoner: “Perhaps multistory buildings and archologies have not been invented on your world yet. There is a reason why the New Earth is described as a city, a New Jerusalem. Not a royal hunting field or a wilderness.”

Noble: “ONE world.”

Commoner: “One living world is worth more than a trillion trillion dead ones. Or a trillion trillion fictional worlds, living or dead.”

Noble: “Interesting, your mention of the world ‘fiction’.”

Commoner: “Ask a modern scientist or secularist philosopher about the existence of objective reality. Or the fixed rules of mathematics or biology, for that matter. See what you get.”

Commoner: “Christ is described as being the Maker and Owner of Heaven and Earth. Lots of real estate and unexploited powerplants to put to work up there, if He so chooses. We’ll find out more as the decades and centuries roll by.”

Noble: “When He stops hiding out in His sky castle.”

Commoner: “After all the nations have been taught to obey Him, after His enemies have been made His footstool, and after He has broken in their teeth with His rod of iron. Then He comes to take possession of His inheritance.

Earth won’t be storming Heaven. Heaven is storming Earth. Slowly, slowly, then all at once.”

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