"Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold , the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!...And he was afraid , and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate to heaven...." ( Genesis 28:10-22 )
This is the dream of Jacob, whose name by God has been changed to Israel, and the promise of eternal salvation has been offered to all of the children of Israel. The questions to be asked and answered are; has this dream and the promise been fulfilled or is it awaiting? This is the question for all Jews, Christians, and Muslims throughout salvation history to ponder and proclaim. This dream and promise has caused more confusion and misunderstanding than any other incident in history so we may want to make sure we have the correct answer. After all, if you ask a Jew they believe their promise is truth. If we ask a Muslim they will also proclaim the they have the truth. And if you ask a Christian they also will profess they have the faith of truth. So, which faith has the Fullness of Truth, what and where is Jacob's Ladder?
Truth, what is it? Pontius Pilate asked Jesus the same question; "What is Truth?" (Gospel of St John 18:38 ) The Truth is a person and his name is Jesus Christ! Pontius Pilate had the answer to the entire world's confusion right before his eyes and he allowed Truth to pass him by. In Jesus' own words he gave the world the answer to Jacob's Dream. He tells us in the Gospel of St John 1:51;
"Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
Jesus and his Church are the fulfillment of the dream and therefore the gateway to heaven. All of those who are baptized in the Holy Trinity become the children of Israel. It is not a piece of land that so many confused Christians, Jews, and Muslims tend to believe because the Kingdom of heaven dwells in the heart and souls of the baptized into Jesus Christ and his Church is our Mother. Listen to the Spirit in the words of St Paul;
"Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.
Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to present day Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.....
Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now. But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the slave and her son; for the son of the slave shall not inherit with the son of the free women." So, brethren, we are not children of the slave but of the free women."
( Galatians 4:21-31 )
This is a challenging piece of scripture from St Paul but he can not be any more clear to what he is saying; we who have been baptized are the children of the promise and the fulfillment of Jacob's Dream, the Ladder of Christ, his Church, and the New Israel!