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Understanding the “Signs” of Today…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on February 11, 2018

BEGIN... PREPARE... SEEK HIS MERCY...

BEGIN… PREPARE… SEEK HIS MERCY…

First Published: March 8, 2011

Republished: Feb 11, 2018, with updated links and prophetic relevance to TODAY  

Lent is about to begin.  Feb 14th, is Ash Wednesday this year when ashes are placed on foreheads as a sacramental sign that we have come “from dust and to dust we shall return”.  I stress the importance of the word sacramental, this means:

Sacred signs which bear a certain resemblance to the sacraments, and by means of which spiritual effects are signified and obtained through the prayers of the Church. ~Glossary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Ed., 1994.

In other words, you don’t have to be Catholic to receive them and yet the importance of the reception remains the same – we are not God, we are dust.  Unfortunately, too many people think they are God and thus carry on as if it doesn’t matter what they do (start at 20min, and listen).  A good example are the Mardigras celebrations that take place in New Orleans.  The amount of pagan worship and licentiousness is enough to make anyone wonder, “Why Lord?”

This brings me to the reading from Morning Prayer.  It comes from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans [emphasis added]:

[Brothers and Sisters,] you know the time in which we are living.  It is now the hour FOR YOU TO WAKE FROM SLEEP, for our Salvation IS CLOSER THAN WEN WE FIRST ACCEPTED THE FAITH.  The night is far spent; the day draws near.  Let us CAST OFF DEEDS OF DARKNESS and PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT.  Let us LIVE HONORABLY as in daylight; NOT IN CAROUSING AND DRUNKENNESS, NOT IN SEXUAL EXCESS AND LUST, not in quarreling and jealousy.  Rather, PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and make no provision for the desires of the flesh. ~Romans 13: 11-14, Morning Prayer, Week I, Monday.

Our Hour of Judgment is NOW UPON US, “The night is far spent; the day draws near.” This is not the time to spend in false religions that cannot “know their god”, or embrace the practices of “Carousing and drunkenness…sexual excess and lust”.

This is the time to prepare!  Our world is about to change drastically (NOTE: this was in 2017); and will affect the good and bad (NOTE: this is now, in 2018) alike.  No one will be left unaffected, no one will not see the changes that will come upon a very sinful mankind.

When people say, “There is Peace and Security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. ~1Thess 5:3

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? ~Ps 11:3

This is what they can do!

If My people who are called by My Name [Christians] HUMBLE themselves, AND PRAY and seek My face, and TURN FROM their WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ~2Chron 7:14 (emphasis added)

My favorite writer has recently gone into depth on this topic and I encourage all who come here to also visit his writing on the 7 Seals of Revelation .  This is a must read especially for those who are still unconvinced that time is running short for mankind to repent of It’s grievous sins. I’ve also included a few other more recent writings for further edification at the bottom of this page.

I believe what is happening in China is but a microcosm for what is to come for the entire world. We should pay close attention and PRAY and FAST for our persecuted brethren who have begun this hour of judgment ahead of us. Pray for their strength to endure and stand firm in their FAITH. Let those who do be a GREAT EXAMPLE for us!

As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all way, so will be the coming of the Son of man. ~Mt 24:37-39, emphasis added

So for those who are striving for Holiness and are doing their best to give all Glory to God, these times are truly a time of testing, for as St James reminds us:

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~James 1: 2-4 (emphasis added)

As Moses also said in the book of Deuteronomy,

[GOD is] testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not. ~Deut 8:2c

And in St. Peter’s first letter:

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ… As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls. ~1Peter 1:6-7, 9 (emphasis added)

The word of the Lord…Thanks be to God!

IN CLOSING:

The more I re-read mom’s words to Miranja from Jan 2nd, the more I see that she was ALSO SPEAKING to her children in China, making them ready for what is NOW. Those who have the connections, pass along her message to them who NEED to KNOW, God has NOT abandoned them. He has sent them His Mother.

Dear children, When love is beginning to disappear on earth, when the way of salvation is not being found,…

I, the mother, am coming to help you to come to know true faith – living and profound – so as to help you to truly love.

As a mother, I am longing for your mutual love, goodness, and purity. My desire is that you be just and that you love each other.

My children, be joyful in your soul, be pure, be children.

My Son used to say that He loves to be among pure hearts, because pure hearts are always young and joyful.

My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. 

Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love.

Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, PRAY, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His spirit.

I am among you and am speaking about little and great things.

I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son – the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me.

As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you [PRAY for our shepherds!]. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you. ” Message to Mirjana, Jan 2, 2018, emphasis added.

Recommended Reading:

The Storm of Temptation

The Storm of Division

The Storm of Confusion

Come Away With Me!

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Unhappy Saints are Lost From the Beginning…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 14, 2017

Do not make My Father’s House a den of thieves!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“Two years before, Jesus had shaken  up the whole city [of Jerusalem] at the beginning of His public ministry, when He drove out the money changers from the Temple…with that dramatic opening to His work, echoing the words of Jeremiah, everyone was wondering what this Prophet from Nazareth would do now that He was back in Jerusalem.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, 4th Sunday of Lent.

It’s just too bad that those in Jesus’ time, much like our present time, were looking only for the DIRECT results.  It would be those results that might measure the success of Him who was preaching.  Why?  Because they could not see with the Eyes of God, their human eyes and pride kept them, as they do us, closed to how God works. Today’s reading is a good example of this.  In fact, if we read it through the eyes of the WORLD we might see it as total failure.

Ever notice how the WORLD tells us that in order to be successful, your actions MUST produce the desired results soon after they are enacted.  Now, “try this one on for size”,

“Sometimes those who labor for God have to face complete failure, and there is often a mystery of Divine Providence at work.  Jesus was an apparent failure and from a human point of view, on the afternoon of Good Friday, it was all over and that was certainly what even His Apostles thought.” ~Fr. Clifford Stevens, Lenten Homilies, Tuesday of Week 4.

What?!  A “complete failure” ?  Stay with me here, and just listen with the ears of the World to today’s Gospel: John 5: 1-16 (excerpts, emphasis added)

 

Now…a pool, in Hebrew called Bethzatha…[where] lay a multitude of invalids…One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him…He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”  The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled…”  Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.”  And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walkedNow that day was the sabbath. 

So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.”  But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘ Take up your pallet and walk.’ “…Now the man who had been healed did not know who [had healed him], for Jesus had withdrawn… Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well!  Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you.”

The man went away and told everybody that it was Jesus who had healed him. 

The result?

More people sought out Jesus?

Yes, but the Jewish leaders weren’t pleased and they began an active persecution of Jesus because He healed on the sabbath.

Let’s review the underlined passages and see where things didn’t turnout the way the WORLD, and maybe even us as well, think they should have.

First, Jesus greets a man sick for 30 years.  The man does not recognize Jesus.  Now, how is that possible?

The Passover…was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple He found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.  And making a whip of cords, He drove them all…out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables…”Take these things way; you shall not make My Father’s House a house of trade!”… The Jews then said to Him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?”  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” ~cf Jn 2: 13-16

Strong words and strong actions…caught the attention of the Jewish authorities of the Temple… definitely caught the attention of those who were selling and of those who were buying.  I think it might even be safe to suggest that it caught the attention of those outside the Temple gates who suddenly saw a large crowd of people AND live-stalk streaming out onto the street!  Wouldn’t you?

The whole city was stirred up by this…We don’t know the exact context in which these words were spoken, but they could have harked back to the words of Jeremiah as well, when he stood at the door of the Temple and shouted: “Don’t just say: This is the Temple of the Lord!  This is the Temple of the Lord!  THIS IS THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD!  Amend your ways, then you will be truly worthy of this place where the Lord dwells.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, 3rd Sunday of Lent.

 

With the words of Jeremiah coming from this Prophet from Galilee, and the whole city of Jerusalem a buzz about what had happened, surely this man would have heard something?  Even a blind man in Jericho (cf Mk 10: 46-52),  had cried out to Jesus, proclaiming Him to be the Son of David – a Messianic proclamation – at that was at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry before just before He visited Jerusalem for that fateful event.

By the WORLD’S standard: You preached and people called out to you, but this man did not know who you were.  You have not succeeded in making yourself known!  People are bound to reject one such as you.

After Jesus heals the man, does he give thanks to God or proclaim Jesus as the Son of God or even as a prophet or Holy man?  NO.  Instead, he picks up his pallet and goes on his way.

out of 10, only one came back…

On the way to Jerusalem [Jesus] was passing along between Samaria and Galilee…He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance…and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”

When [Jesus] saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  Then, one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks! ~ cf Luke 17: 11-16, emphasis added


By the WORLD’S standard: This man who had been sick for 30 years should have recognized You, so have given thanks to God for the healing he received from You.  Because he failed to do so, You have failed Your God! (Any of you ever get this from the WORLD?  How about from friends and family?)

When Jesus approached the man later in the Temple, and told him to sin no more, did the man rejoice in the miracle he was given?  Did he request to follow after Jesus like so many others who had been healed pleaded to do?  No, instead he went directly to those who had reprimanded him for carrying his pallet, aka Pharisees and told them who had healed him. 

Do you want to be healed?


Did the Pharisees give thanks to God for such a miracle to be present in their sight and the Temple of the Lord?  No, instead they persecuted Jesus further because He had done this miracle on the Sabbath.

By the WORLD’S standard: You came to preach the Good News and transform men’s  hearts.  These men were NOT transformed AND they berated You and sought to kill You.  What success have You in bringing about the transforming of hearts and the preaching of the Good News?  We say, NONE!

You see, “By the World’s Standard”, Jesus ministry was a complete failure.  His actions did not produce immediate results, so He must have been a failure. HOWEVER, it is the World’s eyesight that HAS FAILED because it cannot see with the Eyes of God.

“[The] secret of Who He really is, is hidden from their minds until the glorious morning of the Resurrection, when they [the Apostles and Disciples] realized that they had been walking and talking with the Creator of the Universe, the Jahwe Ineffabilis, the Immortal King of the Ages, and they would carry that earth-shaking realization with them to the end of their lives.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, Homily, Thursday, First Week of Lent.

 

 

THIS is the SUCCESS OF GOD!  The SALVATION of His People, Jews and Gentiles alike!

 

So when the WORLD tells you that YOU are not changing fast enough… That the Light of God is not quite visible in YOU… Your progress is TOO SLOW… SMILE AND SAY, get behind me satan, for the LOVE OF GOD reigns here, go in His PEACE!

Got YOUR LIST?

Week 4, Day 28 of 40 days of Lent:

It’s the FOURTH (4th) item on your list.  The FIRST (1st) had you concentrate on Obedience, the SECOND (2nd) on Humility, and the THIRD (3rd) on Wisdom.  The FOURTH (4th) will concentrate of the LOVE OF GOD.  When that FOURTH (4th) thing presents itself to you, and you have cried out,

God Bless Me and Make Me Holy!”

…but the thing persists, REMEMBER, GOD IS LOVE (1 Jn 4:8b).  Yet that thing persists, so you cry out again,

I can do NOTHING without YOU!”

Remember, “In this is LOVE, not that we loved God BUT that HE LOVED US and SENT HIS SON to be EXPIATION FOR OUR SINS (cf. 1 Jn 4:10)…cry out all the more!

Yet it persists even harder because we are nearing the end of Lent, and it is a TRUE time of TESTING… So you cry out again,

Lord, not my will, BUT YOURS BE DONE!  YOU ARE LOVE.”

“Trying to maintain one’s peace of soul is never so demanding as during times of distress and dejection.  It is not a question of battling enemies from the outside but against the shadows within the depths of one’s own heart.” ~Archbishop Jean Honore of  Tours, France.

Thus we MUST PLACE GOD AT THE CENTER of our HEARTS so that HE WHO IS LOVE can conquer ALL EVIL!

Speak with WORDs of LOVE: My most Loving Father, who will always run to greet your wayward child (cf. Lk 15:20), reside in my frail heart.  Let YOUR LOVE take up all the room so that the enemy cannot sow seeds of hate, resentment, self-loathing, discouragement, or despair.  It is YOUR HEART I desire in mine, TRANSFORM ME.  BLESS ME.  Make me Holy.  With YOU all things are POSSIBLE.  Create in ME a PURE HEART, one that desires ONLY YOUR WILL be done.  ONE THAT LOVES YOU fully and completely, all of my days, because YOU ARE LOVE.  In the Savior’s Loving Name, Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen!

Recommend Reading: The Great Gift

Amazing Love! How can it be, that my King would die for me?

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