The Battle Cry – Marching Orders For February 10, ASH WEDNESDAY

A Word from the Lord Jesus for Ash Wednesday to His loyal foot soldiers and to those whom He is calling to join His Spiritual Army of Righteousness.

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After a time of deep silence and openness to the Lord I had said to him these words : “here I am Lord, I’ve come to do your will, speak Lord, your servant is listening.” And then I waited with no premeditated ideas. And then I begin to hear something in my soul which I think could be from him as I was very humble and docile in my heart and tried to empty myself totally to him in surrender.I heard these words:

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“Jesus is my name. It means ‘salvation.’ I am the savior of the world. No one comes to the father except by me. You need me. You are all sinners. There is no one without sin. Only my mother is holy. I have made her as an example to you. She is your model. She is without sin because I created her so. I made her for myself. In her virginal womb I took form. I became human and entered your world. I came that you may have light, light to see the truth.

I am truth and life. What are you waiting for? Come to the light. See the truth about yourselves. I am a mirror for your souls. Look into the face of God, the God who loves you and gives you life. Why do you wait? The time is short. I am coming soon to judge the world. In me is mercy. Enter into my mercy and you will not be judged. Your sins will be wiped away for I am merciful. I am the merciful Savior who gives you life. Take my gift now before it is too late.

I am coming soon. I love you. Remain in me and I will remain in you.”

After this I reread what he had spoken and almost like I wanted to be reassured and confirm that it was from him I open my Bible at random, yes in my heart hoping he would have a confirmation for me, and I was really astounded when I opened the Bible and the page it open to was Isaiah 9:1 –7 which is the passage that speaks about Jesus born of a virgin and being our eternal king. You’ll be amazed when you read these words. I couldn’t believe my eyes when this was the page that I had randomly opened Open for some confirmation. Coincidence?

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Isaiah 9:1-7

The Righteous Reign of the Coming King

“But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
   on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
   you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
   as with joy at the harvest,
   as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
   and the bar across their shoulders,
   the rod of their oppressor,
   you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors
   and all the garments rolled in blood
   shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us,
   a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
   and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
   and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
   He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
   from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

 

The Battle Cry – Marching Orders for January 30, 2016

I’ve returned to Israel for a two month “personal spiritual retreat” to make a new beginning with Jesus, – a fresh start for a new year – to permit Him to reorient my spiritual life which was suffering from some weariness and frustration caused all the intense events happening in the world and the busyness and distractions that arise from ordinary daily life with all its pressing duties and challenges which had resulted my not attending daily Holy mass as often and slacking off on other spiritual disciples, especially contemplative prayer.

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I felt sure that I had understood the Holy Spirit’s call to begin this new apostolate – “The Battle Cry” to be used to share His Messages (the Lord’s “marching orders”) that He would speak and inspire to me to further prepare and encourage His faithful troops as the Great Battle for hearts, minds and souls presses forward in these very difficult and dangerous times for the Church and the World. Then, why isn’t our Commander-in-Chief speaking more to me, I wondered? I was anxious to write His orders, His battle plans, and as a good soldier to serve Him dutifully and faithfully. I thought I was adequately waiting on Him for His “word”. I have come to understand that we may think we are waiting on God, but this is not so; rather, He is always waiting on us! I was too restless, too scattered, to enter deeply into the prayer of quiet. How can a simple foot soldier hear the General’s Voice if she does not spend time with the King of kings remaining still and patiently and attentively listening to Him?

I was not being obedient to our Lord Jesus’ initial basic commands, which He spoke so clearly to me in February 2014 when He instructed me:

“My child, write what I tell you. I am here with you, guiding you. You will hear My Voice, Listen! I am preparing you for a great work. You must remain still. I will lead you. Follow Me! You will soon see certain doors open. I will lead you through them. Be patient until that time. Keep doing what you are doing.

The Tempter will come against you. Do not listen to him. Pay attention and listen to My Voice. I will speak clearly. You must listen to Me. You are being prepared for a mission. Do not doubt. Be faithful to Me. We will go forward together. Take My hand. Do not look back. The road ahead will be hard, but together, I will bring you through. Have no fear. I will be with you. Dangerous times are coming for My Church. The shepherd will be struck and the sheep will be scattered. I am preparing an army for battle. You are a soldier in my army. Stand ready to serve Me. Be brave and do not falter. You will lead many to victory. I am the Commander-in-Chief of a mighty army. This is a battle for hearts and minds. I am training your hands for war – a righteous war – the war of My Spirit. My Spirit will cover the earth like a mist, and hearts will be turned to Me… The time is soon. Be on your guard. Spend time with me that I may prepare you for My righteous war. I will give you My own strength and wisdom for the holy fight and we will be victorious. Come follow Me!”

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At first I tried to ignore these feelings and busy myself with everything but contemplative prayer – the prayer of quiet. Finally, I accepted that I needed to start anew – to “Be still and know that (You) are God.” (Psalm 46:10) and so I came to Israel for a time of spiritual refreshment to “seek His Face”.

My heart says of You, “Seek His Face!” Your Face, Lord I will seek. (Psalm 27:8 NIV)

My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8 New Living Translation)

Not only was I allowing the Tempter to distract me with the busyness of everyday life, and the allure of the things of the world, from spending deep, quiet, quality time with Jesus, but as a result, Satan was effective in sowing seeds of doubt in my heart about the mission Jesus entrusted to me, “The Battle Cry” which is a call from the Lord to serve as one of His attentive watchmen of the “signs of the times” and to boldly blare out the “Bugle Call” – the CHARGE.
After arriving in Israel, my co-laborer in this apostolate, Marianne, and I arranged to meet with our spiritual director, Father Michael, a holy priest from Ireland, whom the Lord some years ago called to come to Jerusalem for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)

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Over a long and delightful luncheon in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, we shared in fellowship what the Lord is doing in each of our lives and discussed the challenging and dangerous conditions in the Church and in the world. I did not reveal to Father Michael that I was suffering from some doubt and hesitation about the Lord’s Will and His plan for my life. Jesus had clearly offered me an opportunity to share in His love, tender compassion and care for His children by participating in His work to prepare, build -up and equip His royal army of the end times to face “the final confrontation between Christ and the Anti-Christ.”*

*In an address given during the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia for the Bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later to become the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II) spoke these prophetic words:

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“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation the world has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circles of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the Antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously.”

Jesus had called and invited me to be His mouthpiece in “The Battle Cry.” Lack of intimate time spent with Jesus in prayer was being used by the Enemy to cause me to doubt my calling and to hesitate in taking further action in my mission. Jesus scolded and rebuked His disciples in Mark 8:17-19 as being dense and dull. Was I, like the apostles, also being blind and foolish not to clearly see it? Or is it arrogance on my part not to trust Him? Or am I lacking sufficient faith to fully surrender?

“Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember…..?” (Mark 8:17-19)
When I returned home from Jerusalem that evening, I prayed to the Lord asking that He would increase my faith.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).
…I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24).

Father Michael sent an email to Marianne and me the next day thanking us for the time we spent together over lunch. He attached several links to various spiritual sites for us to profit from. A few days later, I opened one of the sites called “Behold I Come” which is written by a visionary in the US who allegedly hears messages from the Lord by locution. Father Michael offered this site for our discernment.

I opened the first post on the site, entitled: “A Word to Those Being Called Out of All They Have Known.”*

I was amazed to read this Word which the locutionist said had been spoken to her by our Lord. When I read them, I heard the Lord speaking through the Holy Spirit directly to my heart and mind reassuring me, strengthening me, increasing my faith and confirming to me my calling and mission and removing my doubts and fears which Satan had been instigating! I clearly and unequivocally heard the Voice of the Lord Jesus speaking His wisdom and understanding to my heart, satisfying all those needs which I described to you above. He fulfilled His own promise which He spoke in His Message to me of 2/2014, ….I will give you My own strength and wisdom for the holy fight and we will be victorious.”

*A WORD TO THOSE BEING CALLED OUT OF ALL THEY HAVE KNOWN
Daughter, it is I the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world come here to testify of My great love for you and for all My people.
I would speak this day to My called out ones, to those who know I have placed a calling upon their lives, but have been waiting upon Me to confirm them to act. The time is now.

What is the greatest desire of your heart? For it is I, your Creator who has placed this within you. Situations and circumstances in your lives have changed, for some of you very drastically. Relationships have been severed, employment has changed or ceased altogether, even places of dwelling have been removed from you.

Does My Word not speak of this? Take no thought for your life- what you shall eat or drink, or where you shall lay your head. I am come to send fire upon the earth, and not peace in the end days, but division. There shall be five in one house divided- three against two, two against three- father and son, mother and daughter. Many will be divided.

If a man comes to Me and hates not his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, He cannot be My disciple. You must lose your own lives to save them.

Lay down all else. Come to Me in full surrender. Trust and obey that My calling on your lives is to be your priority. Forsake all else to follow Me, for this is My great design. Believe in Me for the outcome, and pray daily and fervently for the increased level of faith decreed to you.

In many cases, you will have to leap out in this faith, for once My Spirit has stirred that which is My desire in you, it will be in this great leap of obedience that I will meet you there to give you the next step.

Pursue Me with everything you possess. You cannot afford to wait any longer, as time is no longer on your side. Much is transpiring at incredibly rapid speeds.

Step out with all authority, courage and boldness. Your lives are in My hands. Allow Me to position you into all that was ordained for you from the beginning.

Take My hand, I will lead the way. Do not delay.

YAHUSHUA

I praised and thanked our gracious, patient and long-suffering Lord Jesus for His faithfulness to His servant – me! I am sure this Word is also for you! We must march together in unified ranks as loyal and courageous soldiers of His Kingdom!

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After reading this Word I clicked onto an earlier blog post of this same locutionist. When I saw the title my heart skipped a beat! It was headed: The Battle Cry of My People. Below, I reprint the Message in full.

** It can be NO coincidence that the words: “THIS IS YOUR BATTLE CRY!” and “THESE ARE YOUR MARCHING ORDERS!” are the exact same words that the Holy Spirit inspired to me for my (rather, Jesus’ ) mission and specifically for the name of this, His website: “The Battle Cry;” even more, the Lord’s inspiration to me to call each of His Messages, “Marching Orders”!

Surely, the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)
We are His watchmen, issuing the Lord’s bugle call, trumpeting His “Charge”, calling out in the wilderness to this broken, fallen, corrupt, immoral, violent and sinful world, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight paths for Him” (Mark 1:3, for surely, “you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night” (1stThessolonians 5:2).

Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back – whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn” (Mark13:35).

“What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!” (Mark:13-37). “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen and you will be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).

**BATTLE CRY OF MY PEOPLE

I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Aleph and the Tav. There is no god besides Me. I am the God of all gods. I alone am Supreme. I am Creator of all things.

When this earth and all that is in it passes away, I AM. I hold the universe in My hands. I created the sun, the moon and the stars to sing praises to My name. I have set the earth upon its foundation, and upon it My feet do rest. At the sound of My voice, the seas roar and the heavens thunder. I am all consuming fire.

Is there any among you who will question what I have done or what I am about to do, for I alone am Sovereign. I am established on My Throne as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. My Kingdom is eternal. I have the power to raise kingdoms and to subdue them. Watch and see this that I am doing now. Trust in Me, your Father and feed on My faithfulness. I will never leave you or forsake you, and I will be your help in this time of great trouble. I will deliver you and save you because you trust in Me.

I am Jehovah Jireh, all you need. I am Jehovah Tzidkenu, your righteousness. I am Jehovah M’Kaddesh, He who sanctifies you. I am Jehovah Olam, the Everlasting One. I am El Elyon, the most high God. I am Jehovah Kavod, the Lord of glory and El Shaddai, God Almighty. I am Jehovah Magen your shield, and I gather you under My wings. You need never fear the terrors of the night nor the arrows that fly by day, for I am your Defender, your Shield and your Protector. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

At the sound of My name,

EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, EVERY TONGUE CONFESS–

I AM THE GOD OF ALL GODS!

Let this be your victory song from this moment until forevermore. I who am in you am greater than he who is in this world. Arise My Beloveds; arise in My light and My love, My glory that transforms you, and let us dance the sweet harmony of hearts knit as one.

The manifestations of great evil in the physical will be powerful indeed, but nothing compares to the glory I am releasing in My chosen ones. All that is foretold to come about as in the days of Noah is upon you. Have I not said that mens’ hearts will fail them for fear of what they will see? Terrible creatures will be unleashed, twisted and grotesque beings who are the product of your adversary’s attempts to exalt himself above Me. I will use these beings who have come from the fallen ones to judge the wicked and the unrighteous.

My army stands ready for this final victory on the earth. Clothed in My robe, dipped in My blood, you are made holy and righteous, pure and undefiled, and you will lead many to Me, as the hordes of hell know their defeat.

The proclamation of who I am will be the cry from your lips, as all I have decreed is spoken forth by My called out ones. You will set the captives free from the tyranny of persecution and bondage that have ensnared My creation for so long. You will join voices with the redeemed of the earth and shout praises to My name as the King of Glory establishes dominion in this place. All the earth will be filled with My glory and you will not believe the wonders that you will behold, for their greatness will overshadow all things.

My Word is truth, and all I speak you will find in My Word, as I am the Word. Have I not told you that My Bride will see much? Do not doubt for a moment that I am coming for you, and that I am coming quickly. Keep your lamps filled always and your wicks trimmed diligently. The enemy would cause you to feel abandoned and alone, vulnerable and afraid, inefficient and unprepared. This has been his plan all along. Although no one knows the day or hour of My return, he knows that My army grows weary as this terrible darkness covers the lands. He has been watching and waiting for this time, as he fears the success of My people in this hour of victory and triumph, and he understands that his final hour is coming.

You, My remnant, are his greatest fear. He is terrified that you are raising My standard and shouting My victorious and glorious reign in this place, while he already hears the sound of the shofars blaring, declaring victory was won, not only at My cross, but from before the foundation of time.

So, I command you this day children- FEAR NOT- for behold I come in chariots of fire and on the winds of judgment. My angels stand poised at the four corners of the earth, as those who have suffered in the giving of their lives cry from beneath My altar, “How much longer Elohim until you avenge our blood?”

I tell you this, the time is ever short My people. Do not become weak now at this late hour. You can see the finish line on the horizon and it draws closer every moment.

Raise My banner and shout My proclamations from on high! Cry to all who have ears to hear and hearts wide open that the Lamb of God was slain to redeem all made in His image, and He now comes as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to overturn all that is not holy as He is holy.

THIS IS YOUR BATTLE CRY!

THESE ARE YOUR MARCHING ORDERS!

Out of your bellies I am causing rivers of living water to flow, and all who drink will never again be thirsty, and all who come will know life everlasting forever and unto eternity. Proclaim to them! They will eat of My manna as I am the Bread of Life. They will be taught from the Tree of Life and they will be My people and I will be their God.

Your transformation comes, of this I assure you. I am using you now before this occurs, and I will use you even more powerfully once you have received your full infusion. It matters not the moment this occurs, as you are already seated with Me in Heavenly places. You wear My robe now. You have drunk the full dregs of My cup and My Heart has taken the place of yours. I have given you the keys to My Kingdom and you wear My Signet ring. You are cherished and you are loved; you are treasured.

You are Mine, and I am yours…

I wish for these My words through My daughter to fill you with a peace and a comfort that only I can give. Treasure them, these words, this wisdom, and this counsel. Write them upon the tablets of your hearts. Read them often, for My words speak truth and My words speak life. Hearken to the sound of My voice through this one, and I will lead you home.
THE HOLY ONE WHO IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING

JEHOVAH KADOSH

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for December 25, 2015

The Holy Spirit moved me to share this message with you today on Christmas Day. For today, on Christmas Day, we celebrate the miraculous holy birth of our Lord and Savior as He appeared in His First Advent. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis beautifully and graciously prayed on December 18, 2015 in St Peter’s Square while in front of the Holy Crib and Christmas Tree:

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“Lord Jesus, You did not come to earth (in Your First Advent) simply to make an appearance, but to share our existence, to fulfill our desires. You wanted, and You still want, to live with us and for us. You love our world, this world that You entered at Christmas. Your manger reminds us of this. In Your great mercy, You have come among us to remain with us forever. Let us pause in front of the manger, where the mercy of God became flesh, where the tenderness of God still speaks to us, where He will soften our eyes, and, above all, stir our hearts.

About two thousand years have passed since the “Word was made flesh and made His dwelling among amongst us (and His glory was seen), the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14). Jesus promised that He would return again in His Second Advent.

Jesus told us,

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3).

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“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:13)”No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36.) You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.” (Luke 12:40)

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’”

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But where is He? When is He coming? Why is Jesus taking so long? The world seems to be spinning out of control. It seems that things have never been so bad as they are today.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)

Previous generations, considering the evil, immorality, and violence of their day, and hearing of wars and rumors of wars, and experiencing catastrophic upheavals of nature, thought that Jesus Christ would return in their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong for the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this time of our generation – until our modern era. Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus gave His major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His disciples: “When will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3).

Jesus responded with a description of events that would lead up to His second coming. Moreover, He said that when these signs became evident, His return would occur within one generation (Matthew 24:34). Could ours be that generation?

Below I have excerpted some major sections from UCG and GraceThruFaith Websites which list some of the conditions that would need to be fulfilled before Jesus’s Second Advent. Some of these events have already taken place in our modern era and some are showing rapid signs of development in our times:

1. Mankind would have the ability to exterminate itself…Matthew 24:22

Describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that “if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of God’s chosen it will be cut short”.

We have an assurance that Jesus Christ will intervene to save mankind from annihilation. This prophecy could not be fulfilled until man had the potential for self-extinction through weapons of mass destruction. Again, only in the last several decades has this become possible. Even Pope Francis stated recently that the world is now experiencing a “piecemeal World War III”.

2. Israel Will Be In The Land … Ezekiel 36:8-12, 37:21

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This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.

A Jewish homeland would have to be reestablished in the Middle East. One hundred years ago this scenario was hard to imagine for the simple reason that no independent Jewish political entity existed in the Middle East.

3. Jerusalem Will Be In Jewish Hands… Luke 21:24

They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Jesus prophesied that the reunification of Jerusalem as a Jewish City would be a sign that Gentile influence over the Promised Land was coming to an end (Luke 21:24). Fulfillment of this prophecy began in 1967, when Jerusalem became an undivided Jewish city again, and scholars saw it as another major sign that the End of the Age had begun. The Bible tells us Jerusalem won’t really be free of Gentile “trampling” until the Lord returns. Daniel’s prophecy that Gentile Dominion will not end until the Lord establishes His kingdom (Daniel 2:36-45), Zechariah’s prophecy of half the city’s inhabitants going into exile just before the Lord’s return (Zech. 14:2), and John’s observation in Rev. 11:1-2 of the Gentiles trampling the outer court of the Temple during the Great Tribulation all confirm this. But even so, the fact that Jerusalem is back in Jewish hands is another evident sign.

4. The Ancient Roman Empire Will Re-Emerge As A Political Force… Rev 17:9-10

“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while.

5. The Gospel Will Be Preached In All The World…Matthew 24:14

“When this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come”

The Gospel message is the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ and the coming Kingdom of God. This message could not be preached around the world without the Bible and freedom of religion. Both came gradually with the ascendancy of the English-speaking peoples from the 16th century until the present day. However, it was only with the technological advances of television and radio and other means of mass communication that it became possible to reach hundreds of millions with the message of the Bible. The gospel of the Kingdom of God will continue to be preached to all nations even though, as of yet, it has not been possible to reach all countries.

The former communist nations did not allow freedom of religion. China, with one quarter of the world’s people, still does not. Other nations suppress the preaching and publication of the Gospel. Many Islamic nations do not allow religious freedom. In some countries people risk the death penalty for conversion to Christ. The Internet is changing everything. It is much harder for governments to control. The Gospel message of the coming Kingdom of God is still going out to the world. It will finish when God has decided that His work is completed and the time is right for the final end-time events to take place.

6. Instant Worldwide Communications and God’s Final Witnesses…Revelation 11

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Another end-time Bible prophecy could not be fulfilled until this modern era of instant worldwide communications due to technological advancements. In His major end-time prophecy of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, Jesus gave an outline of disasters that would occur on the world scene with increasing frequency and magnitude to the point where people would be shaken with fear (Luke 21:26).

Discerning an increase in the scale of these events and reacting to them requires knowing about them. At the time this prophecy was given, it could be many months or years before people heard about various disasters—and many they would never hear about at all, much less be able to put together the fact that catastrophes were on some kind of global increase. Only with the proliferation of high technology and mass communications did this become possible. The level of awareness and consequent fear in many that Christ speaks of requires availability of information made possible only since the development of today’s rapid electronic communications.

Only with the technological advances of the last few years has it become possible for the events in Revelation 11 to occur—for people around the world to see the fate of God’s final two witnesses. These two witnesses, reminiscent of other biblical prophets like Elijah and Elisha, will carry God’s final warning to the world in the final years leading up to Christ’s return.

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days . . . When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified…. “Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 11:3, Revelation 11:7-10).

People around the globe will be able to see these witnesses’ dead bodies as they remain exposed in the streets of Jerusalem. This was not possible before satellite television, portable communications devices and the Internet. Again, only in the last few years has it become possible for this prophecy to be fulfilled. While it still lies in the future, only now it is clearly possible for this to take place.

7. The World Will Embrace A Single Religion… Rev 13:8

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All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

.8. The World Will Accept A Single Government… Rev 13:3

The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.

When you look at the deteriorating shape of the world today, we can easily imagine conditions getting to a point where people will cry out for a leader who can bring order out of chaos. Whether the issue is increasing natural disasters, climate change, terrorism, the collapse of economies, war in the Middle East, or global revolutions developing into a Third World War, one solution many leaders agree on is the need for some form of coordinated world government. As fear and anxiety increase as stability is threatened and worsens by the day, people easily become convinced that their problems cannot be solved by human means alone so they look to the supernatural for answers. In this regard, Paul wrote:

The coming of the lawless one (Anti-Christ) will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing (2 Thessalonians 2 :9-10).

These are some, but not all, of the key prophesies Biblical scholars identify as those whose fulfillment will precede Christ’s Second Advent.

When I ponder whether we are that generation about whom Jesus speaks who will witness His second coming, I remain humble and call to mind those sublime words of the poet -theologian St Ephrem the Syrian (ca.306-373),

“(The Lord) has kept those things hidden so that we may keep watch, each of us thinking that He will come in our own day. If He had revealed the time of His coming, His coming would have lost its savor: it would no longer be an object of yearning for the nations and the age in which it will be revealed. He promised that He would come but did not say when He would come, and so all generations and ages await Him eagerly.”

Then, let us be like the humble and watchful shepherds of Bethlehem at Christ’s First Advent, ready to recognize and receive our glorious King when He comes again!

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Maranatha! O Lord, come! The whole of Your creation groans in anticipation of that Day!

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”…”Surely I am coming quickly.” …. “Amen! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Maranatha! ( Rev. 22)

The Battle Cry – Marching Orders for December 20, 2015

Recently, I have experienced a unique manifestation of the presence of the Holy Spirit as I pray the Our Father during Holy Mass. The power of His Presence is palpable and I experience His touch physically as well as spiritually. While praying The Lord’s Prayer during the Sacred Liturgy the Holy Spirit makes Himself felt in my body as a kind of inner tingling sensation and bodily weightiness whereby I feel as if the Divine Hand has been placed upon me. At these times, I experience great emotional joy knowing that the Lord is with me and in me.

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During these moments the Holy Spirit blesses me with a great grace to spiritually comprehend and even, if it can be said, to “feel” the unity of the Body of Christ as we, the Church militant on earth pray the Lord’s Prayer together with the Church suffering, – the Holy Souls in Purgatory – and with the Church Victorious – all the Saints in Glory in Heaven. The Lord Jesus has been heightening my awareness of the petition He taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” He gave me to understand that during the Our Father prayed during Holy Mass all of His Church, on earth, in purgatory and in heaven are crying out in unison to the Lord that He answer this prayer and bring it speedily to fulfillment so that Christ’s entire Body may live continuously in the Divine Will with its Head.

In these intimate spiritual moments with Jesus, as the congregation prays together, “Thy Kingdom come..” it is as if I “hear” the Lord emphasizing how imminent this Day is, and how our ardent and incessant prayers will hasten its glorious arrival! Just last night I received a confirmation from the Lord to share this urgent message with you, as I heard these seemingly random words spoken during a TV program: “Increase the battle tempo”! Instantaneously the Holy Spirit quickened in my spirit that I must understand these words as a “Word” from the Lord and that I should relate to you His desire that you pray even more fervently and unceasingly for the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which is “near, at the very gates.”

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“Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.…

(Matthew 24: 32-34)

The Battle Cry – Marching Orders for November 15, 2015

“We Have Entered A New Era” – Pope Francis

Yesterday I attended the Saturday Vigil Mass of the 33rd Sunday in ordinary time. As I listened to the scripture readings of Daniel 12: 1–3, and the Gospel of Mark 13:24-32 both of which speak about the end times with all its apocalyptic aspects of war, famine, distress, tribulation, natural disasters, moral decay and cosmic upheavals, I reflected on the awful and tragic events that occurred in Paris – the City of Light – just the day before.

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I had watched the television news stations reporting hour by hour on Friday evening the horrific scenes of barbarous carnage perpetrated by terrorists who worship death and evil. For our Lord taught us:

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:16-20)

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Pope Francis condemned their acts as an “affront to human dignity” stating “such barbarity leaves us shocked and makes us wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the entire world.”

As I was meditating on today’s scripture readings the Holy Spirit answered this question and gave me further insight as to the intense spiritual battle now taking place. In today’s Sunday Mass readings from the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells us that, in the end times, “the powers in the heavens will be shaken”.

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These words resonated within me as I considered these latest terror attacks in Paris and all of ISIS’s evil actions over the past two years. The Holy Spirit confirmed this revelation, when I was led this evening to an article which quotes the well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabrielle Amorth who stated that the Islamic state ” ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realm, then they are made concrete on this earth…there are only two spiritual realms: the Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit.” The 90-year-old exorcist said that the demonic enters “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil.… Explaining that Satan “keeps saying that the world is in his power, and what he says is true. Biblically speaking we are in the last days, and the beast is working furiously.”

During these past two days since the horrific events in Paris on Friday night, I sought the Lord’s wisdom and I sensed the Holy Spirit revealing that we have reached an important turning point in these end times. The “inhuman” terrorist attacks, in the words of Pope Francis, are the latest in what the Holy Fathers has said – that the world is now experiencing a “piecemeal World War III”.

Tonight, the Lord drew me back again to holy mass for the last celebration of the 33rd Sunday in ordinary time at 6 PM where I heard the same Scriptures read for a second time. The Holy Spirit confirmed in my spirit Pope Francis’ remarkable prophetic words, “we have entered a new era”.

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When I returned home from mass this evening I opened my computer and found a brief posting from another Catholic blogger, Charlie Johnston, and I was astounded to read his message which confirmed what the Holy Spirit had given me earlier. I would like to share a Charlie’s important and insightful message with you:

https://charliej373.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/grieving-for-france/

The Battle Cry: Marching Orders for November 7, 2015.

After coming into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2004, the Lord led me to a remarkable blog, that of the Catholic evangelist Mark Mallett, of Canada. For years, I read his postings and was edified and inspired by his anointed writings. The Holy Spirit gave me a profound trust in his writings that they are guided by the Lord’s wisdom and understanding. The Lord has chosen Mark to the important and urgent apostolate of serving as a watchman for the Church in these prophetic times in which we are now living. Mark’s many years of writings, inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit, serve to edify and help prepare the Church in this critical moment of salvation history.

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When I moved to Israel, I met, by the Lord’s providence, Marianne, in Jerusalem, who by His will, became my co-laborer in this writing ministry of “Walking with Jesus.” I discovered that Marianne also had been led by Jesus to Mark’s writings and consistently read his articles being convicted by the Holy Spirit that they were trustworthy, reliable and inspired by the Lord.

Together, during these seven years of working together on our blog, we discovered the Holy Spirit very often would be speaking the same message to us as He was speaking to Mark. Marianne and I believe this to be a confirmation from the Holy Spirit that we are indeed “hearing” our Lord’s Voice clearly, as Jesus commands: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches ( Revelation 2:29) Certainly, many of the Lord’s devoted servants and attentive watchmen are hearing the Good Shepherds’ Voice in these prophetic times.

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Take for example the recent message the Lord gave me and which I posted as the first “Marching Orders for Saturday, October 17, 2015.” Jesus, our great Commander-in-Chief , called His dutiful “soldiers” to pray unceasingly for the “peace of Jerusalem” and made it known that “praying for the peace of Jerusalem” means that we are to be praying fervently for the Prince of Peace to come, for the Second Pentecost – for His Spirit to cause hearts to turn to Him and thus bring about the conversion of the Jews so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled: “I do not want you to be unaware of this Mystery, brothers, so that you will not become wise in your own estimation: a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “the Deliverer will come out of Zion, He will turn away godlessness from Jacob; and this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25–27),
“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of mercy and supplication, so that when they look up on Him whom they have pierced, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and they will grieve for Him as one grieves over a firstborn son.” (Zechariah 12:10 )

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“Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come in awe to the LORD and to his goodness in the last days.”(Hosea 3:5)

“Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus, whom Heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.”( Acts 3: 19–21)

“But now in Christ Jesus, you who formally were far off, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity…so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace” (Ephesians 2:13–15).

So I lead you now to Mark’s most recent post, “The Conversion of the Jews”. This powerful and prophetic article will both edify you, and God willing, fire you up to pray unceasingly for the Lord’s will to be done!

http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-return-of-the-jews/

The Return of the Jews

 

WE are on the very cusp of some astounding events in the Church and the world. And among them, the return of the Jews to the fold of Christ.

 

THE RETURN OF THE JEWS

There is a keen awareness among some Christians today of the importance of the Jews in prophecy. Unfortunately, however, it is often exaggerated or altogether misunderstood.

The Jewish people still have a role to play in salvation history, as summarized by St. Paul:

I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers, so that you will not become wise in your own estimation: a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come out of Zion, he will turn away godlessness from Jacob; and this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Rom 11:25-27)

That is to say that the Old Testament covenants with the Israelites are fulfilled in the New Covenant, in and through Jesus, who takes “away their sins” through the shedding of His Precious Blood. As St. John Chrysostom taught, their reception into the New Covenant comes…

Not when they are circumcised… but when they attain to the forgiveness of sins. If then this hath been promised, but has never yet happened in their case, nor have they ever enjoyed the remission of sins by baptism, certainly it will come to pass. —Homily XIX on Rom. 11:27

However, as St. Paul teaches, God has permitted a “hardness of heart” to come upon Israel in order that God’s plan of universal salvation may come to fruition, so that the “rest” of the world may have the opportunity to be reconciled with God the Father. For the Lord “wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” [1]

This hardness that has come upon Israel is not a cause for Christians to judge Jews; on the contrary, it is an opportunity to anticipate the coming unity of the entire People of God that is part of the dramatic events that comprise the “end times.”

So do not become haughty, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, [perhaps] he will not spare you either. (Rom 11:20-21)

The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by “all Israel”, for “a hardening has come upon part of Israel” in their “unbelief” toward Jesus… The “full inclusion” of the Jews in the Messiah’s salvation, in the wake of “the full number of the Gentiles”, will enable the People of God to achieve “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”, in which “God may be all in all.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 674

 

NO TO TWO-COVENANT DUALISM

There is a certain dualism arising in these times, however, that tends to place the Jewish people on a different path of salvation, as if they have their covenants, and Christians have theirs. With respect to the Jews and God’s promises to them, they are not forgotten:

For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. (Rom 11:29)

However, the Old Testament covenants cannot be separated from Jesus Christ who is the fulfillment of them, and of all religious desire, and the only means by which mankind shall be saved. In the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, the Vatican states on its website:

“In virtue of her divine mission, the Church” which is to be “the all-embracing means of salvation” in which alone “the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained”; “must of her nature proclaim Jesus Christ to the world”. Indeed we believe that is through him that we go to the Father (cf. Jn. 14:6) “and this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent” (Jn 17:33). —Commission for Religious Relation with the Jews, “On the correct way to present the Jews and Judaism”; n. 7; vatican.va

As Rosalind Moss, a contemporary Jewish-Catholic evangelist put it: becoming Catholic is ‘the most Jewish thing a person can do.’ [2] Jewish-Catholic convert, Roy Schoeman, testifies:

Almost every Jew who enters the Catholic Church feels deeply the sense of “return” that St. Paul captures in his image of the olive branch being grafted back on to its original, natural root—that they are in no way leaving Judaism but rather coming into its fullness.Salvation is From the Jews, Roy H. Schoeman, p. 323

 

SHADOWS AND IMAGES

The key to understanding the Old Testament is to read it as a typology of Christianity, a symbolic foreshadowing of the New Covenant. Only in this light—the light of the world, who is Jesus—can the Old Testament’s relation to the New be understood and cherished and the words of the prophets and patriarchs be fully grasped. Furthermore, most all religions can be understood ultimately as a search for God, who is the common destiny of all peoples.

The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 843

The long history of man, once shattered by original sin, has drawn together in a single path toward the Father so as to become “all in all.” That path is Jesus, “the way and the truth and the life.” This does not mean that everyone will be saved, but only those who comply with God’s commandments in faith, for as Jesus said: “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love…” (John 15:10). [3]

Jesus affirms that “there shall be one flock and one shepherd”. Church and Judaism cannot then be seen as two parallel ways of salvation, and the Church must witness to Christ as the Redeemer for all, “while maintaining the strictest respect for religious liberty in line with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council (Declaration Dignitaries Humanae).” —Commission for Religious Relation with the Jews, “On the correct way to present the Jews and Judaism”; n. 7; vatican.va

 

UNITY: THE GREAT RESTORATION

The unity that Jesus prayed for is not a unity of religions, but of peoples. Furthermore, this unity will be in Christ, that is, His mystical Body, which is the Church. All that is built on sand will be washed away in this present and coming Storm.[4] Only that which is built on rock (because Christ has been building it) will remain. [5] And thus, the Magisterium teaches:

The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925; cf. Matt 24:14

“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy for transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

In the typology of the Old Testament, the Church Fathers saw “Zion” as a type of the Church.

He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd his flock… Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings… there shall be one shepherd for them all… My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:10, 12; Ezekiel 37:24, 27)

This long foretold unity of Jews and Gentiles, purchased through the blood of Jesus, was noted by St. John in his Gospel:

Caiaphas… prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. (John 11:51-52)

According to Sacred Scripture and the Church Fathers, the conversion of the Jews happens just prior to the “day of the Lord”, that “thousand year” era of peace.

Behold, the Day of the Lord shall be a thousand years. —Letter of Barnabas, The Fathers of the Church, Ch. 15

According to the prophet Malachi, the Lord promises a dramatic reversal; the doors of mercy will be flung wide open before the doors of justice:

Now I am sending to you Elijah the prophet, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and terrible day; He will turn the heart of fathers to their sons, and the heart of sons to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with utter destruction. (Mal 3:23-24

Many of the Church Fathers understood this to mean that the “two witnesses”, Enoch and Elijah—elijah-and-enoch-seventeenth-century-icon-historic-museum-in-sanok-poland-croppedwho did not die, but were assumed into paradise—would return to preach the Gospel in order to restore the Jews to the fullness of faith—the “fathers to their sons”.

I will commission my two witnesses to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth. (Rev 11:3)

Enoch and Elias the Thesbite shall be sent and shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, that is, the synagogue to our Lord Jesus Christ and the preaching of the apostles… —St. John Damascene, “Concerning the Antichrist”, De Fide Orthodoxa, IV, 26

…the Jews would believe, when the great Elijah would come to them and bring them the doctrine of the faith.  The Lord himself said as much: ‘Elijah will come and will restore all things.” —Theodoret of Cyr, Church Father, “Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans”, Romans, by Gerald L. Bray, Thomas C. Oden; p. 287

The conversion of the Jews to Christianity will leave no little impact upon a Church that has faltered through apostasy, worldliness, and laxity, according to St. Thomas Aquinas:

What, I say, will such an acceptance mean but that it will make the Gentiles rise to life? For Gentiles are the believers who will grow lukewarm: “Because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grown cold” (Mt 24:12), or will fall away entirely, being deceived by Antichrist. These will be restored to their primitive fervor after the conversion of the Jews. —St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Rom Ch.11, n. 890; cf. Aquinas Study Bible

As I explain below, it would seem that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart is precisely the “birthing” of this unity so as to strengthen the Body of Christ against the deceptions of Antichrist that will follow the Illumination of Conscience. In the words of the 10th century French Abbot Adso:

Lest the Antichrist come suddenly and without warning and deceive and destroy the whole human race by his error, before his arrival the two great prophets Enoch and Elijah will be sent into the world. They will defend God’s faithful against the attack of the Antichrist with divine arms and will instruct, comfort, and prepare the elect for battle with three and a half years of teaching and preaching. These two very great prophets and teachers will convert the sons of Israel who will live in that time to the faith, and they will make their belief unconquerable among the elect in the face of the affliction of so great a storm. —Abbot Adso of Montier-En-Der, Letter on the Origin and Time of Antichrist ; (c. 950); pbs.org

936full-virgen-de-guadalupe.pngIn the vision of the “woman clothed in the sun”, she gives birth to a “male son”, that is, the whole Body of Christ. Then St. John sees that…

…the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half. (Rev 12:14)

Is another possible interpretation of the “two wings” that of the graces of Enoch and Elijah, the two witnesses of Revelation who strengthen the Body of Christ such that “they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings”? [6]

…the coming of Enoch and Elias, who live even now and shall live until they come to oppose Antichrist himself, and to preserve the elect in the faith of Christ, and in the end shall convert the Jews, and it is certain that this is not yet fulfilled. —St. Robert Bellarmine, De Summo Pontifice, I, 3

 

JOHN PAUL II, AND OUR LADY’S UNIFICATION

Either Medjugorje—which is still under investigation by the Vatican—is going to play an enormous role in these times (and it already has with tens of thousands of conversions and vocations), or it will simply fizzle out as its detractors suggest.[7] However, it is interesting that the apparitions began on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, whom Jesus likened to coming in the spirit of Elijah. [8]

In the presence of the Indian Ocean Regional Episcopal Conference, during their ad limina meeting with then, Pope John Paul II, he answered their question regarding the central prophetic message of Medjugorje, which he called an “extension of Fatima”: [9]

As Urs von Balthasar put it, Mary is the Mother who warns her children. Many people have a problem with Medjugorje, with the fact that the apparitions last too long. They do not understand. But the message is given in a specific context, it corresponds to the situation of the country. The message insists on peace, on the relations between Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims. There, you find the key to the comprehension of what is happening in the world and of its future.Revised Medjugorje: the 90’s, The Triumph of the Heart; Sr. Emmanuel; pg. 196

This is not a syncretistic view of religion, as if all religions are equal. In fact, in an alleged apparition of Our Lady of Medjugorje, that has often been confused and misinterpreted, she is asked a
question whether all religions are the same? The response is a proper theology of how to see non-Christians, including Jews:

Members of all faiths are equal before God. God rules over each faith just like a sovereign over his kingdom. In the world, all religions are not the same because all people have not complied with the commandments of God. They reject and disparage them. —October 1st, 1981; The Medjugorje Messages, 1981-20131; p. 11

People are equal before God’s eyes—not religions. “Truly I understand,” said St. Peter, “that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” [10]

Indeed, Pope Benedict affirmed that St. John Paul II cherished…

…a great expectation that the millennium of divisions will be followed by a millennium of unifications… that all the catastrophes of our century, all its tears, as the Pope says, will be caught up at the end and turned into a new beginning. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Salt of the Earth, An Interview With Peter Seewald, p. 237

 

THE TRIUMPH OF UNITY

As I wrote in The Triumphs in Scripture, the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart is the birthing of a unified people that seems to come to fruition, at least in its early stages, during the “eye of the Storm”. Again, this birthing appears to include at least some Jews at a precipitous time.

The time is coming when princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope. Some countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided. Church property will be secularized. Priests will be persecuted. After the birth of Antichrist heretics will preach their false doctrines undisturbed, resulting in Christians having doubts about their holy Catholic faith. —St. Hildegard (c. 1179), spiritdaily.net

There is needed a “great shaking”, an “illumination of conscience”, which St. John seems to describe in the sixth seal when everyone on earth sees in the heavens “a Lamb that seemed to have been slain.”[11]

They cried out to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come and who can withstand it?” (Rev 6:16-17)

As I noted in The Triumphs in Scripture, this would appear to be the same event as when St. Michael the Archangel and his cohort breaks much of Satan’s power resulting, naturally, in a powerful period of evangelization. [12]

Because of Michael’s help, Gods faithful children will march under his protection. They will decimate their foes and achieve victory through God’s power… As a result of this a large number of heathens will join Christians in true faith and they will say, “The God of the Christians is true God because such wondrous works have been accomplished among the Christians”. —St. Hildegard (c. 1179), spiritdaily.net

The fruit of this grace and “final warning” before the coming of the “lawless one”—who becomes God’s instrument of justice—would apparently include the Jews. Compare St. Faustina’s vision of the “warning” to that of the prophet Zechariah regarding the Israelites:

Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 83; note the “last day” here does not necessarily mean the last 24 hour period, but more likely the “day of the Lord”. See Faustina, and the Day of the Lord

I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of mercy and supplication, so that when they look on him whom they have thrust through, they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and they will grieve for him as one grieves over a firstborn. (Zech 12:10)

After the sixth seal is opened, St. John sees a special marking that takes place before the chastisement, which includes the Antichrist or “beast”.

Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites… (Rev 7:3-4)

As the Navarre Bible commentary notes, “The most plausible interpretation is that the 144, 000 stand for the Jews converted to Christianity.” [13] Theologian Dr. Scott Hahn notes that this seal is…

…giving protection to the believing remnant of Israel, who will pass through the tribulation. This may refer to a grace of spiritual perseverance rather than a guarantee of physical survival. In the broader context of Revelation, there is a contrast between the seal of God stamped on the foreheads of the righteous and the mark of the beast inscribed on the brows of the wicked.Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, New Testament, p. 501, footnote 7:3

Again, this is foreshadowed in Revelation 12 when the “woman clothed in the sun”, who was “in labor”, gives birth to a “male son” before the last battle with the beast, and she herself is given refuge in “the desert”. Her crown of twelves stars represents both the twelve tribes of Israel and the Twelve Apostles, that is, all the People of God. The Twelve Apostles, notes Dr. Hahn, “signify the messianic restoration of Israel.” [14] Indeed, St. John’s vision also includes those “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues” who will go through a great tribulation before the “thousand year” era. [15] Thus, the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church will be a battle between the united Body of Christ vs. the uniform mystical body of Satan.

 

JERUSALEM, THE CENTER OF THE WORLD

Jerusalem’s role in salvation history sets it apart from any other city on earth. It is, in fact, a type of the heavenly New Jerusalem, that Eternal City where all the saints will dwell in perpetual Light.

Jerusalem played a large role in Our Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection, and figures into prophecy in the early Church with the destruction of the temple. However, the Early Church Fathers also foresaw that Jerusalem would once again become the center of the world—for better and worse—before the “sabbath rest” or “era of peace”.

But when The Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from Heaven in the clouds… sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day… These are to take place in the times of the kingdom, that is, upon the seventh day… the true Sabbath of the righteous. —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.

St. Paul says something quite interesting about the eventual conversion of Israel to Jesus Christ.

For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15)

St. Paul ties the inclusion of the Jews to the resurrection of the Church. Indeed, after the death of Antichrist, St. John foresees those who have refused the “mark of the beast” participating in what he calls a “first resurrection.” [16]

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. (Revelation 20:5)

The essential affirmation is of an intermediate stage in which the risen saints are still on earth and have not yet entered their final stage, for this is one of the aspects of the mystery of the last days which has yet to be revealed. —Cardinal Jean Daniélou, S.J., theologian, A History of Early Christian Doctrine Before the Council of Nicea, 1964, p. 377

The Church Fathers saw that Jerusalem would become the center of Christianity after the most likely destruction of Rome.

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence; inasmuch as it will be after the resurrection for a thousand years in the divinely-built city of Jerusalem… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

Remember, of course, that the Jews were scattered from Jerusalem and all of Israel as a chastisement for their unfaithfulness to God’s covenant—what is called the diaspora. However, the Scriptures foretell that they will someday return… an event we are now watching in real time as Jews from around the world continue to migrate to Israel.

Look! I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the earth, the blind and the lame in their midst, pregnant women, together with those in labor—an immense throng—they shall return… See, I am gathering them from all the lands to which I drove them in my rising fury and great anger; I will bring them back to this place and settle them here in safety… With them I will make an everlasting covenant, never to cease doing good to them; I will put fear of me in their hearts so that they never turn away from me. (Jeremiah 31:8; 32:37-40)

They are called back to their land “in labor”… like the woman clothed in the sun, both persecuted and preparing for that unity for which Christ prayed, and which is accomplished through Our Blessed Mother, “the Mother of all peoples.” Hence, we might better understand the unparalleled attack upon the Jewish people throughout centuries of anti-Semitism, the holocaust of Nazism, and now, once again, a dramatic spike in violence against Jews, particularly in the Middle East and Europe. [17] It is as though Satan is attempting to extinguish the Jewish people and somehow thwart God’s plan, for to them also “belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ.” [18]

…because salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:22)

That is, to them, also, belong what St. Peter calls a time of reprieve, what the Church Fathers understood to be the “thousand years” and true “sabbath” after the death of the Antichrist, but before the end of time.

Let us pray, then, for the hastening of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the coming of the Kingdom of God, when Jews and Gentiles alike will adore Christ, the Lamb, in the Holy Eucharist as they prepare for His return in glory at the end of time.

Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old. (Acts 3:19-21)

I and every other orthodox Christian feel certain that there will be a resurrection of the flesh followed by a thousand years in a rebuilt, embellished, and enlarged city of Jerusalem, as was announced by the Prophets Ezekiel, Isaias and others… A man among us named John, one of Christ’s Apostles, received and foretold that the followers of Christ would dwell in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and that afterwards the universal and, in short, everlasting resurrection and judgment would take place. —St. Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Ch. 81, The Fathers of the Church, Christian Heritage

Ephesians 6

In the summer of 2010 my daughters and I came home for 7 week visit to the USA. My own family had been living in Israel for a couple of years by then, and we missed America. So we travelled back to my childhood home in New Jersey where my parents were still living.

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We had a wonderful summer hanging around with my mother and father, sharing the simple pleasures of life: conversations over meals, coffee on the deck, shopping for food, and making small outings together. In September we returned so the girls could start a new academic year at their international school.

After a little while, as I was busy with my usual daily routines in Israel, I began to notice powerful sensations welling up in my heart that I came to realize were the deepest sentiments of love that I had ever felt for my parents during all of my life.

In all my fifty years I had never experienced such overwhelming emotions of love for my mother and father as I felt for them at that time. I became aware that this exceptional passionate love was not of my own making, but arose in my heart from an “extra”ordinary outpouring of grace by the Holy Spirit. As I came to realize this as a profound supernatural grace at work within my heart, I was deeply moved to thank and praise the Lord for this ordinary gift He was bestowing on me.

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The light and love that the Holy Spirit was pouring into me drove me into deep prayer and I cried out to the Lord that He not take my mother and father from me as I loved them so much and needed them too. I was rather confounded in my intellect about these supplications – that the Lord must not take my parents away from me – as to my reasonable mind they seemed a rather odd response to such deep, positive, fiery emotions of love. I didn’t really know why I was praying such things.

During one of my telephone calls to my parents I opened my heart and told my parents of these strange new feelings – that a marvelous, mysterious wave of love had washed over my heart – and that I felt I now loved them more than I had ever loved them before, and I wanted them to know it. Not long after this telephone conversation, my father called me and stunned me with the remarkable and unexpected news that my mother had been just diagnosed with a late stage, incurable ovarian cancer.

I reflected that the Lord went before me and that through His signal grace of flooding my heart with torrents of His merciful love for my parents, He had prepared me for this challenging trial. Filled to overflowing with the Lord’s own divine love, I immediately booked a flight home to be at the hospital bedside of my mother who would undergo a massive surgery and then need chemotherapy for the rest of her life.

I remained with them for more than five weeks in America to attend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both of my elderly parents.

My husband, daughters and I moved home to America in June 2011. We would now be near to my parents to support them. My father’s mental and emotional state began to deteriorate rapidly upon learning of my mother’s cancer. His depression worsened, his anxiety increased astronomically, and his behavior became erratic and highly agitated, with frequent uncontrolled outbursts of anger and violence. His memory was failing him. He was confused and was unable to process what was going on around him. The situation of my mother and father became quite chaotic and dangerous as my father’s dementia increased. The problems and difficulties were further exacerbated by the fact that my middle aged sister was living with them in a state of chronic alcoholism. The troubles and needs of my parents and sister had become monumental.

I loved them all so much and desired with all my heart to help each one of them, and being the oldest daughter and closest to them, I felt responsible and considered it my loving duty to handle everything. I plunged head long into the role of caregiver to the three of them with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I worked, strived, managed, scrambled, and wore myself to the bone trying to do it all. The Lord had placed in me a huge reservoir of His divine love, and during that trip back home in 2010 I had drawn deeply from that well.

But as the demands increased and challenges mounted during the subsequent years of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 I found myself sinking under their weight and falling into despair. I couldn’t handle it anymore. I was burnt out, stressed to the uttermost, at my wits end, desperately wanting the persons I loved to be free of their torments, as I suffered in my heart to see them suffering so, trapped in their own unique incurable conditions: mom with terminal cancer, dad with Alzheimer’s and my 52 year old sister with late stage liver disease, with no hope for a liver transplant, as she was still drinking and would surely die soon without one.

My mind and heart were warring with each other, as temptation after temptation assailed me, at one moment my heart was yearning to find still another possible way to save them and make them well, and the next moment my thoughts were replete with despair (or was it the Evil One’s suggestion?) thinking that it would be better if they died – if the Lord would take them to Himself and end their misery, and free me from this agony of caring and responsibility. I could not find rest or peace in the Serenity Prayer, although I knew it was true.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference

One afternoon before Easter 2014 I went to the chapel in a state of utter desperation. I cried out to the Lord with all my strength of agony and pitiful misery that I had come to the end of myself. There was nothing left in me. I was empty as a dry well. I was exhausted from the trials. I had no more to give and I was falling into bitterness and anger. I pleaded for Him to save me from myself, to lift me up from the quick sand that I was sinking in, from the slippery slope of the abyss that loomed before me. I was afraid. I felt my humanness, my misery, my wretchedness, my utter helplessness, and I cried to the Lord of Mercy to have mercy on me. Went I was totally spent in prayer, I sat in complete silence before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament like a baby being held exhausted and limp in her mother’s arms after a furious crying spell and I fell asleep.

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When I awoke from this sweet sleep about an hour later I recalled my agonizing prayer. I serenely asked the Lord for wisdom to help me go on. Just then I heard an interior Voice say to me, “Ephesians 6.” A little distance from me on the pew was a paperback Bible. At first I was hesitant to reach for it to open it to the book and chapter spoken to me. I was afraid that my faith would be stumbled. The thought came to me that if I should open the book and read Ephesians 6 and it not have any meaning for me, that I would then know that I was deluded – that I was imagining the Lord had spoken to me, and what utter vanity and pride this would be. I overcame this fear and reached for the book, and opening it to the New Testament Epistle of Ephesians, chapter 6, I looked down at the first verse and was immensely astonished. The words were Living and True – the words were Jesus Christ the Lord Who was speaking

“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise,

“that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth” ( Ephesians 6: 1).

My heart was racing with joy and amazement as I continued reading Ephesians 6.

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power…

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate,

and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace.
In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…

…With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit… (Ephesians 6)

I knew that Jesus had just answered me and given me His Divine Wisdom. I knew this beyond any shadow of doubt, because I could not deceive or lie to myself, as I knew for certain that I DID NOT KNOW what was written in Ephesians 6. I could not have said this to myself. With this substantial Word from the Lord, I received not only wisdom from Jesus, but His grace, power and strength to do what His Word commanded! The good Lord raised me up in an instant and empowered me to carry on doing His perfect Will:

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Over the months to come my dear sister continued to decline and she passed to the Lord on October 2, 2014, dying in the state of grace, having been blessed with every spiritual gift before she crossed into eternity. I was able to arrange the spiritual support she needed, caring Christian hospice and a Catholic funeral Mass and burial. She is in Peace now with Jesus. My father is now being cared for in an Alzheimer’s facility which I was able to arrange for him. I am looking after my mother who continues to live with stage four cancer but my heart is full of joyful confidence in the Lord Who:

“The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.” (Psalm 145:14)

”Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.”(Psalm 54:4)

“Uphold me that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.”(Psalm 119:117)

The David L. Gray Show – The Conversion of Ann Ammar

http://www.davidlgray.info/blog/2013/06/dlgs-ammar/

Gift of Life

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I awake this day and I thank You for Your gift of Life

for the joy of hearing the sounds of the morning
a wondrous cacophony of Your creation
the chirping crickets
the roisterous tweeting, crackling, squawking of the birds
the sweet cooing of the mourning doves
the melodious chimes on my neighbor’s porch tinging in the gentle breeze
the distant rumbling of a jet passing overhead
the wooshing of cars both near and far
popping of staple guns from the construction site
tapping of pipes in this old house
the creaking of doors and floors
the grumbling of my tummy telling me it’s time for breakfast.

But lo! I am hungry for You
for Your heavenly food
Your Body and Your Blood
which gives me the strength to run the race of this day
and complete its course,
until dusk comes and
then I will thank Your for the living of this day
and the pleasant repose of this night.

I shall listen to the sounds of the evening
as all of creation
settles down into quiet and silence
and I can hear Your still small voice speaking to my heart,
“Goodnight, sweet child, until the morrow,
rest now in My arms of Peace”

Copyright©, Ann Ammar 9-8-2014

 

Poem for James Wright Foley

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James, did you say a prayer
or were you silent as you listened to angels’ wings
brushing against your hair?
Your face so fair
kneeling there.

You held yourself with great courage and marvelous dignity
The nation grieves
Good people weep
You’ll surely exchange your prisoner’s orange gown
with a holy robe of liberty.

James, did you see your Lover’s eyes
looking into yours
as you gazed across the horizon of Eternity?
His Face so fair
waiting there.

You witnessed to the sanctity of life against their brutality
The Heavens heave
With sighs of mercy
You’ll surely receive the Victor’s golden crown
God’s prize for love and humility.

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