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Week 3, Day 14 of 40…already?!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 4, 2017

WHAT TIME IS IT?!

Yes…ALREADY! The days have been shortened considerably, ask any geologist about the earthquake in Chili back in 2010!  and see what they have to say. And since then we’ve had many, many, MANY large earthquakes in usual spots but also in some unusual locations.  But from God’s perspective, He said while He was on earth that…

“And if those days had not been shortened no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” ~Mt 24:22 (a good expanded reading on this can be found here…)

Which again further restates what these Lenten posts have said from day one, NOW is the time to PREPARE for the coming Passion of Christ.   As St Paul tells us:

We beg you not to receive the GRACE of God in vain.  For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.”  NOW is the ACCEPTABLE TIME! NOW is the DAY OF SALVATION! ~2 Cor 6: 1-2, Evening Prayer 1, Second Sunday of Lent, Christian Prayer (emphasis added).

So during this “Acceptable Time” you have made a list of FIVE (5) things that you would like to change about yourself.  Habits that need weeding from your heart so that your service to God could be more complete in the LOVE that you truly have for Him…for if you didn’t you would not be here reading this blog…

In the first week, the emphasis was on OBEDIENCE, that same obedience that Jesus demonstrated in the desert during those first 40 days…

“And Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone.’ but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (cf. Deut 8:3c). ~Luke 1:4

Obedience came when you made the list and committed yourself to the asking the Lord to Bless [You] and Make [You] Holy. Every time you caught yourself either doing or maybe even before you did that ONE (1) thing, you OBEDIENTLY repeated that prayer.  Good job, btw! 😉

The second week we are asked to come before the Lord in all HUMILITY, again in imitation of  Jesus as He did during those first 40 days…

“It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” ~Luke 4:12

You acknowledged before God that [YOU] can do NOTHING without HIM. Removing PRIDE is very hard to do as it seems to be ingrained within our very being, so in practicing this a great feat was accomplished within your very being…well done! 🙂

Yes, we are reminded in our humility that, TRULY, we are totally dependent on God.  Everything that we do is because God has given us the ability.  Our very BREATH and the ability to draw that breath even comes from God as the book of Genesis reminds us, God…

“formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~Gen 2:7 (kind of makes ya think about Ash Wednesday, doesn’t it?)

This week is the practice of WISDOM which reminds us that we do not JUST Love and Worship God, but that we ALSO Let God BE GOD. (You can click  Week 2 for a review on the results of when these three they are practiced faithfully). How can this be done?  Good question… read on!

WEEK 3, DAY 14 of Lent:

Got your list in hand?  Okay!  Visit your THIRD (3rd) thing.  During this week you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice WISDOM by CHOOSING NOT TO DO that THIRD(3rd) thing but INSTEAD, letting God DO HIS THING!

When that thing presents itself and you find yourself FACE  to FACE WITH it or actually DOING the dreaded thing… STOP! … Repeat: LORD, NOT MY WILL, BUT YOURS BE DONE.  I can do NOTHING without YOU.  Please, Bless me and make me HOLY.

Psst…Do you see a pattern emerging?  If you hadn’t worked on calling out to God in OBEDIENCE during that first week, then you wouldn’t have had the GRACES to acquire the HUMILITY needed to act with WISDOM in asking that God’s Will be done and not yours. Pretty cool, huh? 😉

Speak with WORDs of LOVE: Lord Almighty, YOU know me better than myself.  YOU know my strengths and my weaknesses.  YOU know my shortcomings but also what I am capable of.  Help me during these 40 days to come before YOU in all humility, seeking the GRACES necessary to LOVE and SERVE YOU better as I travel through these 40 days as Your Son did before me.  LORD, YOUR WILL BE DONE, not mine.  I know I can do nothing without You.  Bless me, and make me Holy.  In the Savior’s name, Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen.

Now let us all with one accord, in fellowship with ages past, keep vigil with our heavenly Lord, in His temptation and His fast.  The covenant so long revealed, to faithful men in former time, Christ by His own example sealed, the Lord of love in love sublime.  This LOVE, O Lord, we sinful men have not returned, but falsified.  Author of Mercy, turn again, and see our sorrow for our PRIDE.  ~ St. Gregory the Great, 540-604 A.D.

PLEASE READ:

The Coming Refuges and Solitudestotally connects to what is written above

Need the skinny again on what Lent is all about?  Visit here and read on…

Further Recommended Reading:

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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Coming Soon Study, Chapter 9, Part III – The Dragon…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 10, 2013

Do not conform yourselves to this age...

Do not conform yourselves to this age…

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Monday Evening Prayer: READING: Romans 12: 1-2 (emphasis added)

Brothers [and sisters], I beg you through the mercy of God to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God, your spiritual worship. 

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s Will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: To you, O Lord, I make my prayer for MERCY!

Index of Terms

The Dragon: Rev 12: 3-4 (emphasis added)

StMichael&Satan

Revelation 12: 3 “And another [sign] appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth…

Boy is this passage jam-packed with meaning!  Let’s look at it first from the OBVIOUS and then delve a little deeper into its connection to the time of Christ and His birth to the connection with the Year 70, and then of course to our own day.  Yeah, lot’s to cover!

THE OBVIOUS

The Red Dragon = Satan = the ancient Leviathan also mentioned by Isaiah…

In that day of the Lord with His hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan, the fleeing serpent, and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1, emphasis added)

**Something to REMEMBER – in the OT whenever the “sea” represents the
Gentile Nations while the “land” represents Israel **

Like Revelation 12, the Leviathan in Isaiah 27 is described as a ‘dragon’ (Is 27:1; Rev 12:3) and a ‘serpent’ (Is 27:1; Rev 12:9).  Although Isaiah does not mention the number of his heads, the Leviathan was commonly known in the Bible and ancient literature as having multiple heads (cf. Ps. 74:14).” (Barber, 156)

This dragon also had “seven diadems upon its head ”, indicating that he is the…

…chief fallen angel, since the diadems were understood as crowns of antiquity.” (Ibid.)

Because we know that “falling stars” represent fallen angels throughout John’s book, and that chief angel did sweep, “down a third of the stars of heaven”, we know then these “third of the stars” are those angels that followed Satan in his rebellion.  Not to mention a little later in this same chapter we hear of how Michael and his angels defeated the dragon with those afore mentioned angels…

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Rev 12:9, emphasis added)

A LITTLE DEEPER…CHRIST’S BIRTH

"And this will be a sign for you..."

“And this will be a sign for you…”

Revelation 12:4b “And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth.”

Okay, let’s break this down… FIRST, WHO is the “child”?

Jesus!

Then WHO is the woman?

Jesus’ mother, MARY…

At the time of Christ’s birth, who sought to destroy the child of Mary?

King Herod

"When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled... Mt 2:3a

“When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled… Mt 2:3a

**Remember, Sacred Scripture is the LIVING, BREATHING, and UNCHANGING WORD OF GOD and has MANY LAYERS to it that represents eternity and ALL that eternity contains.**

Now, King Herod was NOT A JEW.  Nope, he was an Edomite (cf. Gen 25: 25, 30), and the literal translation for Edom is RED.

We’ve already stated that the presence of the “seven diadems” speaks of royal authority, which Herod had by his appointment…

Herod’s kingship, then, is the antithesis, the very opposite, of Christ’s.  Herod gained his throne through murder, was not the rightful heir to the throne, and established an earthly temple… Herod represents everything that must be destroyed when the new creation is ushered in.” (Barber, 157)

he was a murder from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44, a description of Satan – a good parallel, no?)

And we know from Sacred Scripture that he sought the life of the Christ Child – that is Jesus…

Herod summoned the wise men secretly… and he sent them to Bethlehem saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you find him, bring me word so I too may worship him’ … When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men [two years later], was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and that region who were TWO YEARS OLD and UNDER…(Mt 2:7, 8, 16, emphasis added)

A little later in Revelation 12 we read…

And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.” (Rev 12: 13-14)

Before Herod could carry out his plot to kill all male children two and under, what happened in Nazareth?

The Angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream...

The Angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream…

“…behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the Child, to destroy Him.’  And he rose and took the Child and His mother by night and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod.” (Mt 2: 13-15, emphasis added)

Their time in Egypt is believed to be about three and a half years because Tradition tells us, with Sacred Scripture, that Herod killed boys 2yrs old and younger, and it was 1 ½ years later when Herod died and his son assumed the throne that God called Joseph and his family out of Egypt…

But when Herod died, behold an Angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph… saying, ‘Rise and take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” (Lk 2: 19, 20)

Barber points out one more historical connection with the flight of Israel out of Egypt…

Yet, it also recalls Israel, who fled into the desert to escape Pharaoh.  In fact, Psalm 74: 12-14 compares the defeat of Pharaoh at the parting of the Red Sea to the defeat of the Leviathan.

He further points out that these…

“…two interpretations are not exclusive of each other, since the events in the life of Jesus are presented as the true fulfillment of Old Testament accounts. Thus, just as Jesus escaped Herod, Israel escaped Pharaoh.” (Barber, 157, emphasis added)

THE YEAR 70AD

...there will not be left here one stone upon another... Mt 24:2

…there will not be left here one stone upon another… Mt 24:2

A couple of no-brainer connections here…

One: As the destruction of the city of Jerusalem began by the Roman soldiers, Christians fled into the wilderness to escape and seek refuge in the mountains…

Indeed, the Church fled into the wilderness and found refuge on Pella during the siege of Jerusalem.” (Barber, 158)

Two: God once again provided protection for His children, just as He did for the Hebrews in their 40 years in the desert after escaping from Egypt.  We also know from historical accounts that this particular war with Rome lasted three and a half years.

US TODAY???

Also a no brainer!  The increase of chaos and the unreasonable has occurred exponentially in just under a decade.  What was thought of as ‘unheard of’ is now acceptable.  What was once thought of as moral is now ‘intolerable’. 

“And we are shocked when we hear about copy-cat school and random shootings? When we hear about soldiers taking innocent lives? When we see more and more young parents committing infanticide? Are we really that stupid—are we this naive? Yes, because people are generally more interested in watching mindless television than falling to their knees and asking God to fill the gnawing vacuum in their hearts. Perhaps the reason they don’t is because the Western Church has fallen mostly silent, not only on the disturbing moral issues of our day, thereby providing almost no guiding moral light in the darkness, but on the need to “repent and believe the Good News.” There is a Great Vacuum indeed, and it is being filled with the spirit of the world.” (Mark Mallett, Wisdom and the Convergence of Chaos)

We live in a time of confusion when man has deluded himself to believe that he is God and there is no right or wrong, no absolute truth. Hmmm, sound familiar???

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers

The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquityin the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.

The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh. ~CCC§675 (emphasis added)

Why all of this?  How is it that we can be so easily deceived? 

But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Rev 12:12b)

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders…

and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Thess 2: 9-12, emphasis added)

We have sinned and are in bondage to our sin...

We have sinned and are in bondage to our sin…

Judgment, plain and simple.  We [mankind] have sinned – killing of the unborn, the weak, the aged; gay marriage and promoting homosexuality as normal (I think Sodom did the same thing to, did it not?); taking God from our schools, public squares, churches, and homes and putting man in His place – and we [mankind] have not repented of our evil ways.

So him who hates man because he hates anything God created works diligently to destroy man by all kinds of lies and falsehoods.  Beginning in Genesis, Satan works hard to convince God’s most beloved creation that God in fact does not care for us.  That He despises us and wishes us dead. 

If these were not the lies Satan tells why would we kill our young, or old, our unborn, ourselves?

Satan has waged war with the Woman (Eve, and Mary – the New Eve), since the dawn of time when he was cast out of heaven by St. Michael and his angels for trying to replace God (Rev 12: 7-9, 13, 17); he has waged war with God and with His creation.  Like a spoiled child throwing a temper-tantrum, he thinks he will get his way in the end.

Just as in the days of old – God has sent His Son, the Word made flesh, to lead us OUT of darkness and into the LIGHT of His LOVE.  He has given us a holy Mother who will protect her children in the years of trial – just as she herself was protected with the Child Jesus (cf. Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23).  Come to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of His mother and be safe.

The dragon, the ancient serpent, continues to wage war against those professing FAITH in CHRIST.  Yet even if they should perish for His name, their victory is Heaven’s victory (cf. Rev 12:11), for they reside with Him in His holy temple (Rev 7: 9-17).

When the time comes, they will accompany Him on His return to earth to establish the New Earth and the New Heavens with the New Jerusalem (cf. Mt 24:30; Rev 21)

If YOU want to be a part of this then acknowledge YOUR sin and REPENT with your WHOLE HEART and then make REPARATION!

YOU are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that YOU may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1Peter 2:9, emphasis added)

Come Holy Spirit and Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful...

Come Holy Spirit and Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful…

Therefore, seek after holiness!  Run from this corrupt existence and enter into eternal life with the Son…

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence

…by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature. 

For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 

For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. (2Peter 1: 3-9, emphasis added)

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

 All that John witnessed, that would apply to the fall of Jerusalem as to our own time, holds true with deep meaning as humanity approaches quickly the time when God will purify the earth, and it will be too late for those have either turned from God and His commandments OR “rode the fence” thinking they had “all the time in the world” to choose their side.

As the “signs of the times” continue to unfold, those who are following the warnings of Christ and are “watching and praying” (Mt 26:41; 24:42; Mk 14:38; 13:33, 35; Lk 22:40; 1Thess 5: 4-6, 8-11; Col 4:2; Eph 6:18; and 1Peter 5:8), will not be caught off guard when the “thief breaks into our house” (cf. Mt 24:43), or asleep when “the Bridegroom comes” (cf. Mt 25: 10-12).

Will this be YOU?  Can you say that you are included in this?  Or will you be like many others who take the easy path and wake up one day eternally separated from the LOVE that is God as they find themselves in eternal torment in Hell.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Evening Prayer I: READING: 2Cor 6: 1-4a (emphasis added)

[Brothers and Sisters,] we beg you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you; on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God

RESPONSORY: God Himself will set me free from the hunter’s snare.

UpNext

Up Next…

War in Heaven … The REAL Truth behind Satan’s hatred of mankind…

Recommended Reading:

The Sign of the Cross

What Does it Mean to be Reconciled?Need Forgiveness?  This is the place to start!

Recommended Readings from Mark Mallett

Three Days of Darkness

Turing Away From Sin

The Heart of a New Revolution

The Pope: Thermometer of Apostasy

A Black Pope?A MUST READ!

Possible or Not? – a compliment to the above writing…

The Hour of the Laity 

Living the Dream  – A MUST READ!

Two Pillars and the New HelmsmanAbout Pope Francis – A Good Read!

Book Study

Chapter 9, Part I, Part II

Chapter 8, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

Chapter 7

Chapter 6 Part I and Part II

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

Coming Soon: An Introduction

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