Times of the Trumpets – Part III


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Artist Unknown

 

MORE letters continue to come in from reader’s whose Marian statues have a broken left hand. Some can explain why their statue broke, while others cannot. But perhaps that is not the point. I think what is significant is that it is always a hand. 

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The Present Time

 

YES, this is the time to truly wait and pray in The Bastion. The waiting is the hardest part, especially when it seems as though we are on the cusp of enormous change… But timing is everything. The temptations to rush God, to question His delay, to doubt His presence—will only intensify as we reach deeper into the days of change.  

The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard "delay," but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pt 3:9) 

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In the Name of Jesus – Part II

 

TWO things happened after Pentecost as the Apostles began to proclaim the Gospel in the name of Jesus Christ. Souls began to convert to Christianity by the thousands. The second is that the name of Jesus sparked a renewed persecution, this time of His mystical body.

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In The Name of Jesus


"IHS" — monogram of the name of Jesus

 

AFTER the first Pentecost, the Apostles were infused with a deeper understanding of who they were in Christ. From that moment on, they began to live, move, and have their being "in the name of Jesus." 

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The Coming Pentecost


Coptic icon of Pentecost

 

First published June 6th, 2007, the content of this writing comes back to me with a new sense of immediacy. Are we drawing nearer to this moment than we realize? (I have updated this writing, inserting recent comments from Pope Benedict.)

 

WHILE the meditations of late are somber and call us to deeper repentance and trust in God, they are not a message of doom. They are the herald of the end of a season, the “fall” of mankind, so to speak, when the purifying winds of Heaven will blow away the dead leaves of sin and rebellion. They speak of a winter in which those things of the flesh which are not of God will be brought to death, and those things which are rooted in Him will bloom in a glorious “new springtime” of joy and life! 

 

 

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The Time of the Two Witnesses

Elijah and Elisha by Michael D. O’Brien

As the prophet Elijah is taken up to heaven in a fiery chariot, he bestows his cloak on the prophet Elisha, his young disciple. Elisha in his boldness has asked for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit. (2 Kings 2:9-11). In our times, every disciple of Jesus is called to bear prophetic witness against the culture of death, be it a small piece of the cloak or a large one. —Artist Commentary

 

WE are on the verge, I believe, of a tremendous hour of evangelization.

 

THE STAGE IS SET

I wrote in The Great Deception series that the stage has been set for the "final confrontation." The world has been fed a steady diet of junk food by the Dragon, as the enemy tries to lure countless souls away from God with false "fruit and vegetables"—a false peace, false security, and false religion. But God, whose grace abounds where sin abounds, has also prepared a Banquet. And He is about to send invitations out into the byroads of the world to invite "the good and the bad", whoever will come (Matt 22:2-14).

It is Mary’s little army being prepared now in "the Bastion" who will be sent out to make the invitation.

 

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A Great Shaking

Christ Grieving by Michael D. O’Brien
 

Christ embraces the whole world, yet hearts have grown cold, faith is eroded, violence increases. The cosmos reels, the earth is in darkness. The farmlands, the wilderness, and the cities of man no longer reverence the Blood of the Lamb. Jesus grieves over the world. How will mankind awake? What will it take to shatter our indifference?Artist’s Commentary

 

HE is burning with love for you like a groom separated from his bride, longing to embrace her. He is like a mother bear, fiercely protective, running toward her cubs. He is like a king, mounting his steed and rushing his armies into the countryside to protect even the lowliest of his subjects.

Jesus is a jealous God!

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The Eucharist, and The Final Hour Mercy

 

FEAST OF ST. PATRICK

 

THOSE who have read and meditated upon the message of Mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina understand its significance for our times. 

You have to 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 wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy. —Virgin Mary speaking to St. Faustina, Diary of St. Faustina, n. 635

What I want to point out is that the Divine Mercy message is inextricably tied to the Eucharist. And the Eucharist, as I wrote in Meeting Face to Face, is the centerpiece of St. John’s Revelation, a book which intermingles Liturgy and apocalyptic imagery to prepare the Church, in part, for the Second Coming of Christ.Continue reading

The Battle Cry

 

I WROTE not long ago about Our Lady’s Battle, and the role that a “remnant” is being urgently prepared for. There is one other aspect to this Battle I wish to point out.

 

BATTLE CRY

In the battle of Gideon—a metaphor of Our Lady’s Battle—the soldiers are handed:

Horns and empty jars, and torches inside the jars. (Judges 7:17)

When it was time, the jars were broken and Gideon’s army sounded their horns. That is, the battle began with music.

 

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