1. And I answered: How does mankind forget the wicked for whom such woe is reserved?
2. And why should we mourn for those righteous ones who now suffer and die, and dwell in sheol for a time, if they someday in the future will be given such blessings as You have described?
3. Let the weeping be reserved for that last day time, when the destruction of that time shall come.
4. Yet, allow me to further question.
5. What shall the righteous do now?
6. Shall the righteous rejoice in their present sufferings? Shall we stop looking for the fall of our enemies?
7. Shall we simply make ready our souls for that future time of resurrection and reward that You, O Lord, have described?
God is calling for a time of weeping. The Scriptures predicts this call for the last days.
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God."
"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil... Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly..."
"Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?"
Some may question, 'Why weep and lament?' In these last days, we should weep over the sins, the abominations of this sinful world. Sometimes we do not understand our God, and His ways. For instance, Jesus - after what we call the "triumphal entry" on Palm Sunday, went to a hillside near Jerusalem and wept. Others thought that the day had been triumphant, but Jesus knew what was about to happen. He wept for the hypocrisy, for the instability of mankind, for the soon-to-come deception, and for the betrayal by one of His disciples. We should heed God's advice that during the last days there is supposed to go out a call for the people to weep and lament. The book of Joel reveals a number of reasons for the last day saints to weep.
1. After I had said these things, I fell asleep, and saw a vision. Lo! a cloud was rising from a vast sea. I gazed at it, and lo! it was full of waters, both white and black, and many colors were in those waters. At its crest, great lightning could be seen.
2. That cloud advanced swiftly, and covered all the earth.
3. The cloud began to discharge its waters upon the earth.
4. The downpours were of different kinds.
5. First, they were very black for a time, and later the waters became bright, but quickly they became black, then again bright, and again black, and again bright.
6. This was done twelve times, but the black waters were always in greater measure than the bright.
7. The final black waters were darker than all that had come before, and fire was mingled with those last waters bringing ruin and waste.
8. And I saw after these things, the lightning I had seen on the crest of the cloud began to strike the earth.
9. The lightning shined greatly, in fact, it illuminated the whole earth, healing the regions that the black waters had ravaged.
10. The lightning took dominion over the whole earth.
11. I beheld, and lo! twelve rivers ascended from the sea, and began to surround the lightning, becoming subject to it.
12. The fear that this vision induced woke me.
Mankind has been created to be "eye-minded", i.e. mankind thinks, remembers, and imagines in terms of vision. God did this so that He might communicate with us through visions and dreams. Therefore, for the saint, visions and dreams should be common.
"Then thou spakest in vision to Thy Holy One."
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send famine... of hearing the Word of God... shall run to and fro to seek the Word of God, and shall not find it."
"I have also spoken by the prophets, I have multiplied visions."
Visions may come to mankind during waking moments.
"I, Daniel, alone saw the vision."
"The men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man."
"He saw a vision evidently about the ninth hour, an angel of God coming."
Visions are instruments of Divine communication, and usually happen during revival.
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."
Absence of visions, mark times of spiritual decline.
"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed."
"...her prophets find no vision from the Lord."
"Then shall they seek a vision of the prophets, but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients."
"Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision, and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine... for there is no answer from God."
The vision that Baruch sees now is of a cloud rising from the sea, and the cloud is full of black waters, and of white waters. There are six downpours of black waters, inter-mixed with six downpours of white waters, and then a final seventh of black, and of white waters.
The final black downpour is blacker than all preceding, bringing ruin and waste. The final white comes with lightning that illuminates the whole earth.
Following that there are 12 rivers which begin to flow, and become subject to the Lightning.