Ramchal then hearkens back to what was to have been -- but almost wasn't.
"At first", he reports, "a great gate was opened upon the Holy Land ...
from which all blessings and peace were to go forth" through the world.
But once the Holy Temple was destroyed and we were exiled that gate was
closed, and narrower passageways were opened in the heavens in their
place. The point is, though, that once the redemption starts the original
gate will open up again, and grow wider and wider, which will allow for a
great deal of illumination.
The narrow passageways will begin to disappear by then, "but in stages".
Ramchal adds a daunting thought. He says that once the narrow passageways
were opened for the meanwhile "they were ordered and assigned to stay open
throughout the exile and to not close up for even a moment", for if they
did close "the world would be destroyed". That implies of course that we
need to be grateful for the narrow passageways, to be sure, no matter how
relatively minor they are by comparison. But it also has us wonder just
how powerful the fuller light will be, considering the fact that
everything we know of now owes its continued existence to those lesser
Nonetheless, the eventual slow closing of the narrow passageways will
bring on a period of great darkness here below for a time, until the
original gate would have begun to reopen. And "a lot of courage ... will
be needed then, since the times will be so terribly bleak and
troublesome", as the forces of evil will have "hardened their hearts" even
more so than earlier on, in the process.
That's to say that there there'll be a stretch of time in which the great
light would have to wait in the wings before it could reappear. And in the
course of that stretch of time, evil will edge its way through before it
couldn't appear any longer (much the way a flu grows more and more
virulent until the antibodies take hold and squelch it).
Having touched on the presence of evil once again, Ramchal then begins to
explicate more about the enmity between good and evil. He starts off
rather enticingly by offering that he's about to solve some great
mysteries which will enable us "to see how things are connected to each
other" in the process. We'll turn to that next, and follow it with a
discussion of a number of esoteric ideas to the end of the book.