Living in the Two Hearts

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Coming Soon: Chapter 6, Part II: Six of the Seven Seals

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on January 22, 2013

Umm..yeah...sure...

Umm..yeah…sure…

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Wednesday, Morning Prayer: Psalm 36 (emphasis added with commentary)

Ant. 1 : O Lord, in Your Light we see light itself

Sin speaks to the sinner in the depths of his heart.  There is no fear of God before his eyes.  He so flatters himself in his mind that he knows not his guiltIn his mouth are mischief and deceit.  All wisdom is gone.He plots the defeat of goodness and he lies on his bed.  He has set his foot on evil ways, he clings to what is evil.

Your love, Lord, reaches to heaven; Your truth to the skies.  Your justices is like God’s mountain, Your judgments like the deep.  To both man and beast You give protection.  O Lord, how precious is Your love.  My God, the sons of men find refuge in the shelter of Your wings.

I TRUST completely in my God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He will protect His faithful servants – has He not already done so by removing us from the presence of evil?

I TRUST in Him to continue to provide for all my needs: Physical as well as Spiritual

They feast on the riches of your house; they drink from the stream of Your delight.  In You is the source of life and in Your Light we see light.

Keep on loving those you know You, doing justice for the upright hears.  Let the foot of the proud not crush me nor the hand of the wicked cast me out.  See how evil-doers fall!  Flung down, they shall never arise.

Lord God, You ARE IN CHARGE.  Nothing has happened that you did not permit.  Strengthen your faithful servants in time of doubt and distress.  Keep us every mindful of YOUR FAITHFULNESS, may we ALWAYS SEEK Your perfect and Holy Will.  In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, amen.

Ant. 1 : O Lord, in Your Light we see light itself.

Index of Terms

"Seven Seals means this is a Covenant Document." Michael Barber

“Seven Seals means this is a Covenant Document.”       ~Michael Barber

THE SEVEN SEALS

Revelation 5: 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2 and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

Did you know that the number seven – as well as meaning “completeness” and perfection” – is also used in covenant terms.  So when the scroll is “sealed with seven seals”, this would indicate that this scroll is a covenant document.  Barber reminds us that a Covenant is NOT THE SAME thing as a contract, and he reminds us of this for ONE VERY IMPORTANT REASON…

A CONTRACT = an exchange of goods and/or services between people

A COVENANT = the total giving of SELF, and in this case, the TOTAL GIVING of GOD to His people

A little Aside…

It’s this GIVING of SELF that makes the full understanding of Marriage so important.  When a MAN and a WOMAN stand before God to make a COVENANT with each other, they are in all reality GIVING of themselves TO ONE ANOTHER without holding anything back

This isn’t a means of “adult satisfaction”, as Bishop Thomas Paprocki said during a radio interview.  He continued to say that we are not here to just receive sexual and emotional satisfaction. 

“Marriage is meant to be an exclusive and permanent relationship between one man and one woman with the potential for life being present.” 

He also reminded us that Marriage is not man-made.  It is a matter of God’s Natural Law and therefore it not ours to change.

God in turn BLESSES this union with children and contentment that does not exist in the single state and CANNOT EXIST in a homosexual union.  The TOTAL GIVING which children can result is the EXACT GIVING that exists between the Three Persons of the Godhead – Procreative LOVE (Jn 1: 1-5).  Man with man and woman with woman can give nothing except sexual excess and unnatural relationships. PERIOD. 

On that note, I return to God’s TOTAL GIVING…

God GAVE HIMSELF when He established the NEW Covenant with NOTHING LESS than His OWN BODY and BLOOD (cf. Lk 22: 19-20), by becoming man (cf. Jn 1: 1-3, 14), and taking on our sins (cf. 1Peter 2:24), so that He could bring us back to the Father (cf. Jn 14:6)

Covenants, therefore, involve the forging of a bond that is so strong that it forms FAMILY TIES [cf. Gal 3: 27-29; Rom 8:14-17], making sons and daughters, husbands and wives… In this we see that what God does reflects who God IS.” (Barber, 89, emphasis added)

And it is in Christ that these covenants are fulfilled: that is man’s original calling to DIVINE SONSHIP – Lk 3:38; 2Sam 7:14; and Adam’s calling to be A PRIEST-KING – Gen 2:15; Ps 1104.  Christ – the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Divine Godhead – in fulfilling these covenant callings opens wide the doors to the New Covenant:

The Davidic covenant is an earthly blueprint of how God planned to fulfill His promises of old, as the nations come to know Yahweh through the son of David.” (Ibid.)

God made a promise to Abraham and to his descendants – Gen 22:18; Ps 72:17; He called them to be a priestly-nationEx 4:22, 19:6; Ps 89:27, 110:4. (See Barber, 90)

Therefore only He can break open the Seven Seals (covenant bearing scroll; Rev 5:5), bringing God’s covenant design to completion and coming together in the sacrifice of the Cross…

...an offering of sinas a lamb that is lead to the slaughter. (Barber, 91; see Isaiah 53:10, 7)

Revelation 6: 1-8

Revelation 6: 1-8

THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SIX SEALS: THE FOUR HORSEMEN

Is it true that DISOBEDIENCE produces discontentment and trouble?  I think a resounding “YES” is the answer.  The breaking of the Seals are none other than a result of DISOBEDIENCE from the children of God who have BROKEN His commandments.  The BREAKING of the seals IS our DISOBEDIENCE.

Revelation 6: 1-8 speak of the first four seals, each accompanied by a horse and its rider.  Did you know, you can find its sister-passage in the Old Testament book of the Prophet Zechariah?  It’s true!  Zechariah 6: 1-8, gives an account of four horseman – ridden by God’s angles – ready to go out to the four corners of the earth.

These horsemen are sent out to enact God’s judgment and the…

“…havoc they wreak seems to summarize the curses that Moses warned Israel would be triggered if they broke the covenant and were unfaithful to the Lord God. (Barber, 93-94, see also Lev 26: 14-28; Deut 28: 15-68)

This returns us to chapter four – How John Sees the Son of Man.  Do you remember the prophecy that was contained within (Isaiah 11:4 & Lev 26:25)?  See how Leviticus reappears when talking about the consequences of DISOBEDIENCE against the commands of God.  They who turn away from God (America especially) WILL HAVE the covenant curses upon them!  What are they?

Plagues and starvation (Lv 26:16), slavery and terror (Lv 26: 16-17), crop failures (Lv 26:20), sudden terror from wild animals (Lv 26:22), desolation of population (Ibid.), war (Lv 26:25) and pestilence in the large cities (Ibid.), when food is available it will NOT satisfy (Lv 26:26). 

But these are not the worst of the judgment!  If unrepentance continues, the last and final curse will be so terrible it will seem surreal to those remaining!  Read and PAY ATTENTION, for this is the fulfillment of Rev 16, as the cups of God’s Wrath are poured out as the final means of chastisement for our wayward and stubborn hearts…

And if in spite of this you will not harken to Me, but walk contrary to Me, then I will walk contrary to you in FURY, and CHASTISE you myself SEVENFOLD for your sins.

You shall eat the flesh of your sonsand your daughters

And I WILL DESTROY your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and CAST YOUR DEAD BODIES upon the dead bodies of your idols; and My soul WILL ABHOR you. 

And I will LAY YOUR CITES WASTE, and will make your sanctuaries desolate,…

…and I will DEVASTATE THE LAND, so that your enemies who settle it shall be astonished at it. And I will scatter your among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be waste.

(Lev 26: 27-33, emphasis added)

If that suggests to you that the coming of these four horsemen are just a taste of the chastisement still to come, you would be right!  What we are going to see in Revelation 6 is only a shadow of what is to come if mankind does not repent of this PRESENT evil.

InJD…

Jesus warns His disciples ahead of time as to what would occur, and it matches up exactly with what John witnessed in Heaven, which then further match up with the warning from Leviticus:

Mt 24 & Rev 6:

Wars (Mt 24:6; Rev 6:1-2); International Strife (Mt 24:7a; Rev 6:2-4); Famine (Mt 24:7b; Rev 6:5-6); Persecutions (Mt 24:9-13; Rev 6:9-11), and Earthquakes & de-creation (Mt 24:7c, 15-31; Rev 6:12-17).

These same passages are found in Mark’s and Luke’s gospels thus making the similarities beyond coincidence. (See Barber, 95; see also footnote 24)

InOD

To say that the same is NOT occurring in our day would be plain ignorant!  History is known for its repetitiveness and especially when mankind is so foolish as to make the same mistakes.  So as we read, knowing that these things occurred in John’s Day, so too will they repeat themselves – in some form or another – in our day.  Nothing can be more certain of that!

Deceit

FIRST SEAL: DECEIT!

Revelation 6:1-2 The appearance of the first horse and rider: “And I saw…a white horse, and its rider had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

An interesting thought concerning this passage, Barber brings it up in his book as well.  We know from the Catechism passage that all of this chaos will proceed the lawless one… Do you remember this passage from the Catechism?

“The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquityin the form of a religious deception…” (Excerpt, CCC§675, emphasis added)

Notice how similar verse 2 sounds to Rev 19:11…

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”

I said similar because in Rev 19:11, we are TOLD this is the Son of God, Jesus, who IS Faithful and True.  But the rider in Rev 6:2, had no such description attached to him. Leading us to conclude that he’s certainly not the same person, but MADE TO LOOK like the same person.  And for those who cannot tell the difference, they will probably follow along blindly thinking he is the Christ…

Then if anyone says to you, ‘Lo, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.  For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible even the elect.” (Mt 24: 23-24)

“offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truthby which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh.” (Excerpt, CCC§675, emphasis added)

There is nothing remarkable about him. He is simply one of the four. Therefore, this should probably be understood in terms of a ‘false Messiah’, who comes before Christ and leads people astray.” (Barber, 96)

War

SECOND SEAL – WAR!

He rides out to conquer… which means then the second horseman will…

And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword.” (Rev 6:4)

Do you feel like a second Civil War/Revolution is coming, both for the United States and for the world at large?  If you haven’t already read Mark’s post on the subject, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT…

InJD…

Revolution and Civil unrest was almost the norm and caused concern in more than one quarter…

Josephus recounts how civil unrest abounded at this time in Palestine, as Romans, Jews, Syrians, and others broke out in violence against each other.  Likewise, Roman historians report that civil unrest in Rome was so great, it was thought that Rome itself would collapse and be conquered.(Barber, 96; sound familiar – Gaza strip, 2014?)

Famine

THIRD SEALFAMINE!

Revelation 6:5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!’

This passage is chock-full of meaning!  First, the “balance in his hand”, is a common reference from the Old Testament in that it was the instrument of choice for measuring out food purchased in the market places.  AND, it is also a symbol for famine.  As Barber explains…

since it is then that food needs to be carefully weighed and measured out, as the price of it skyrockets” (Barber, 97)

Sound familiar?  Notice how high food prices are today for the basic commodities?  And this is only the beginning!

‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius’, represents this kind of superinflation. These prices translate to mean that a whole day’s work would only earn enough bread to last one man for one day.” (Ibid.)

Anyone remember their history?  This was the EXACT SAME situation in Germany just before the NAZI party took over… 

The year 1923 was one of crisis for the republic. In January French and Belgian troops occupied the highly industrialized Ruhr area because of German defaults on reparations payments. The Weimar government responded by calling upon the Ruhr population to stop all industrial activity.

The government also began printing money at such a rate that it soon became virtually worthless; by the fall of 1923, wheelbarrows were needed to carry enough currency for simple purchases as inflation reached rates beyond comprehension.

In 1914 US$1 had equaled 4 marks. By mid-1920, US$1 was worth 40 marks, by early 1922 about 200 marks, a year later 18,000 marks, and by November 1923 — 4.2 trillion marks. In addition, the country was racked by strikes, paramilitary street violence, and rumors of planned uprisings by both the left and the right. In August, in the midst of this chaos, President Ebert asked Gustav Stresemann, head of the DVP, to form a new government to resolve the crisis.”

(Germanculture.com; found 1/15/13, scroll to end of page)

Now, if my readers here in America do not see that this is happening RIGHT NOW in our country, all I can say is, WAKE UP!!!

Back to scripture and its layers of meaning…

Because Oil and wine are “not to be harmed”, the reader can understand that there is a time limit on this famine.  Specifically, wheat is traditionally “harvested during Pentecost ” in John’s day, “during the spring harvest ”.  While oil and wine were usually harvested much later during “the Feast of Booths”.  Thus we can determine that, “the famine is severe but does not last the whole year.” (Barber, 97, emphasis added)

Barber also points out the significance of oil and wine not affected as these are the elements used in the sacramental life of the church.  Thus the Sacraments will remain untouched…for now.  Remember the warning in Leviticus:

And I will LAY YOUR CITES WASTE, and will make your sanctuaries desolate,…

And this very truth will appear later in John’s Revelation, chapter 16…

Death

THE FOURTH SEAL …DEATH

 Revelation 6: 8 “And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Barber shares some extra insight here…

The color of this horse, usually translated ‘pale’, is chloros in Greek… It is better translated ‘green’ and should probably be understood in terms of a sickly color.” (Barber, 97)

Okay, so with the rider known as “Death and Hades”, and since it’s given power to “kill with the sword and famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts” a fourth of the earth… Hey!  Is any of this sounding familiar?

Plagues and starvation (Lv 26:16), slavery and terror (Lv 26: 16-17), crop failures (Lv 26:20), sudden terror from wild animals (Lv 26:22), desolation in population (Ibid.), war (Lv 26:25) and pestilence in the large cities (Ibid.), when food is available it will NOT satisfy (Lv 26:26).”

We can clearly say that this rider brings DEATH without a doubt.  I read recently where there is a show titled, 1000 Ways to Die, and though I have no intention of watching it, I think right here we have more than one way that DEATH will visit the wayward children of God – believers and unbelievers alike.  The righteous and unrighteous… for ALL will experience these in one way or another.  Not to mention the chaos and civil unrest that comes with it.

Mt 24:21

Mt 24:21

InJD…

Jewish historian Josephus wrote about Jerusalem during this time, just before the Roman’s sacked the city…

The madness of the seditious did also increase with their famine, and both those miseries were every day inflamed more and more; for there was no corn … robbers came running into and searched men’s private houses… a table was nowhere laid for a distinct meal, but they snatched the bread out of the fire, half-baked, and ate it very hastily.” (Barber, 98)

Not a pretty picture.  Things were becoming worse for these people and insanity seemed to be the run of the day.  Death was released upon the stubborn people, and intrinsic evil seemed to rule the day.  How much like TODAY this is and will continue to BECOME…

Communion of Saints...

Communion of Saints…

FIFTH SEAL: SAINTS AND THEIR BLOOD

Revelation 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne

Question: Besides including the thousands of Christians who have laid down their lives for Christ in the past decades, and those Christians who TODAY are doing the same in Syria, Egypt, and throughout the Middle East; could not this also apply to those UNBORN CHILDREN who also have NO SAY in their death.  Who have been brutally MURDERED while in their mother’s womb by burning (saline) or drawn and quartered (they do pull off the limbs and suck them out one at a time).  Could not their blood be added to this cry?

Revelation 6: 10they cried out with a loud voice, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before Thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?’ 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

I ask this question because they are “under the altar”. The altar of ??? you might ask.

Well, in the Temple the altar is where the sacrifice of animals took place for the sins of the people (Lev 9:8), so it stands to reason these souls who have been slain – that is have in essence “offered their lives in sacrifice to God”  – would be under His mighty altar. 

This IS MY BODY...

This IS MY BODY…

THE SAME ALTAR where the Lamb who was slain re-presents Himself over and over to the Father for us, His children…

But here’s the really important part…  If the number of those slain for the love of Christ needs to reach a certain number – and the 50+million murdered babies isn’t enough to suffice – how much MORE will the severity of God’s wrath be when the numbers ARE COMPLETE?! 

John learns that these saints must wait until ‘the full number’ of martyrs is killed, illustrating that God is holding back His judgment, which will eventually be poured out all at once [coming later in the bowls of Rev 16] .” (Barber, 99, emphasis added)

Revelation 6:17 says…

“…for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it?

speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a Just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day!  Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrathThe angels tremble before it” (St. Faustina Diary, excerpt No. 635)

"Adoration of the Lamb" By Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

“Adoration of the Lamb” By Jan van Eyck (1390-1441)

THE SIXTH SEAL: THE WRATH OF THE LAMB

Revelation 6:12 When He opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale; 14 the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

And not one soul will be able to hide from this judgment…

Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the generals and the rich and the strong, and every one, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb’” (Rev 6:15-16)

InJD…

If you remember the story in Luke of the Magi searching for the Babe (Mt 2: 1-12) they were paying attention to what was going on in God’s Heavens.  The ancients were avid watchers of the heavens, and why not?  They didn’t have any modern lighting – as we do now – to block their view. 

Besides, what else would they be looking at as they lay on their roofs during the hot nights of summer and fall?  The heavens and all the stars within were part of their world.

So to have the heavens shaken, “sun became black” and the “full moon became like blood”, while the “stars of the sky fell”, and the “sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up”, is just as good as saying “you’re time is up!”  (see Barber 99, 100; Is 34:4)

Another Aside…

Did you know there was a blood moon after Christ’s crucifixion (See Lk 23:44-45, NAB), because there was a solar eclipse at that sixth hour?  Whenever there’s a solar eclipse the moon rising will always be “blood red”.  So you can bet, whenever that happened, ancient people took that as a BAD OMEN.

Back to business…

Withevery mountain and island…removed from its placeJohn tells us what I said above and what Barber says below…

 “…there will be no place left to hide… ‘Mountains’ and ‘islands’ were places of refuge during troubled times…Therefore those who ‘hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains’ will also be judged.” (Barber, 100)

While there is still a little time left:

Get to Confession!  Participate in the celebration of the Holy Mass with your whole heart, free from sin, and eager to receive Christ in the Eucharist! 

Because the Holy Mass…

this WORSHIP is powerful AND effective…Ultimately, the Mass IS the ANSWER to all the world’s problems – not politics, not government programs, NOT social action.  In the Mass, we truly go to battle.  As we reverse the sin of Adam and offer ourselves in the life-giving LOVE with the Lamb who was slain, we DEFEAT the devil, who seeks to enslave us through the selfishness of sin.” (Barber, 101, emphasis added)

And boy, hasn’t Satan done a good job of that?!  Get to Confession and REPENT!!!  Please heed the warning… Our TIME is SHORT!!!

UpNext

Coming up Next…

Chapter 7, Ransom Captive Israel

Recommended Reading:

Chapter 6 Part I

Chapter 5 Part I and Part II

Chapter 4: Part I: Revealing the Son of Man
Chapter 4: Part II: Coming on the Clouds

Chapter 3: Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass

Chapter 2: 4 Senses of Sacred Scripture

From Mark Mallett:

Images Moving Hearts
The Hard Truth Part V
A WARNING from the Past

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