4/18/2015

FAITH AND FORGIVENESS

 
It is no surprise to me when I find myself "in the right place, at the right time." But it never ceases to amaze me when I see how much God really is "in control." I just keep marching on... God directs my path -- and I discover many "divine appointments" along the way.

There are so many people in need of God's healing touch. And many of the healings I witness are actually deliverances! I pray for wounded people everywhere: on busy sidewalks, on buses, at the bus stop... in stores, at the laundramat... in hospitals, churches, private homes and public places... Whenever and wherever I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit, I approach people. And the first question I always ask is, "Are you a believer?"

A positive response to this question is all I need to proceed. (For) The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you." (Luke 17:6)

At Lystra there was a crippled man, lame from birth, who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking, who looked intently at him, saw that he had the faith to be healed, and called out in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet." He jumped up and began to walk about. (Acts 14:8-10)

Where there is no faith, there is no healing.

San Francisco, CA (1990) _ I met a man sitting on a sidewalk. As I passed by, he said something derogatory to me. I stopped and listened. The man was a disabled Viet Nam veteran full of anger, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness -- and despair. He was crippled, and blind in one eye.

I asked him if I could touch (and pray for) his blind eye. He gave his consent; I touched his blind eye; and, he immediately saw the brightness of the sun! (This was a miracle.) Then Jesus spoke to him (in his mind) and promised to complete the restoration of his sight after he returned home and was reconciled with his parents. And as we (two U.S. Army veterans) walked down the street together, he suddenly realized that he was no longer lame! Glory to God.

"Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Him on the way. (Mark 10:52)


Although your faith will save you, there are blocks to receiving healing from God. I have been laying hands on people and praying for healing for a long time. (Deliverance is part of God's healing ministry.) Whenever I feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit increase in my body and manifest in my hands, I know God wants to touch someone. Many are delivered and healed -- but not all.

Unforgiveness is the most common block that I encounter "among the faithful." Other common blocks are pride, anger, envy, bitterness and resentment... It is the Devil who wants you to hold on to anger, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness... He knows these sins will cut you off from God's grace.

Forgiveness is not an option: "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:37) ... "If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." (Matthew 6:14-15)

If you are unwilling to forgive others (as an act of the will) -- if you choose to hold on to anger, bitterness, resentment... and unforgiveness -- don't expect to receive healing from God!

Where there is no forgiveness, there is no healing.

You must forgive everyone (alive and dead) -- unconditionally! This is an act of the will -- not a feeling. Your feelings will change -- but you must forgive first. Your forgiveness will set you free, and God will heal the hurt, the pain, the trauma... When you are able to recall the damage done, and it doesn't hurt anymore, you will know your forgiveness is complete.

When I lay hands on someone, I usually ask what is happening... I need to know if the person is receiving the grace! When nothing happens, I know there is a block. Then, I usually ask Jesus to show the person who he/she needs to forgive. And immediately, names and faces come to the forefront of the person's mind. When the names and faces stop coming -- and the person has forgiven everyone -- I lay hands again, and the person usually experiences God's healing touch.

When you receive Holy Communion, ask Jesus to help you to remove the blocks in your life that prevent you from receiving His grace and blessing... "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

If you want to enjoy God's favor, live a holy life!

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3/26/2015

JUBILEE OF MERCY

There are many alleged prophets in the Church today. Mark Mallett is the only one I support.

THE GREAT LIBERATION

By Mark Mallett, a prophetic voice in the Catholic Church
Spiritual Food for Thought, March 24, 2015



MANY feel that Pope Francis’ announcement declaring a "Jubilee of Mercy" from Dec. 8th, 2015 to Nov. 20th, 2016 bears greater significance than may first appear. The reason being is that it is one of numerous signs converging all at once. That hit home for me this past weekend as I reflected on the Jubilee and a prophetic word I received at the end of 2008, seven years ago…


THE UNFOLDING…

I will repeat it here for those who have not read it. On the eve of the Feast of the Holy Mother of God (New Year’s Eve) of 2007, I sensed the presence of Our Lady in my room and heard in my heart the words:


This is the Year of The Unfolding...

Those words were followed in the spring of 2008 by these:

Very quickly now.

The sense was that events around the world were going to unfold very rapidly. I saw, as it were, three "orders" collapse, one upon the other like dominoes: The economy, then the social, then the political order.

In the autumn of 2008, as we all know, the financial "bubble" burst, and economies built on illusions began to crumble, and continue to. All the talk in the mainstream media of "recovery" is nothing but sheer nonsense, if not propaganda. The only reason that the world’s economy has not completely cratered is that nations are printing money out of thin air.


 
"We are in a world that is dangerously unanchored," said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD’s Review Committee… He said the global elastic has been stretched even further than it was in 2008 on the eve of the Great Recession. The excesses have reached almost every corner of the globe… "We are holding a tiger by the tail." _ "Central bank prophet fears QE warfare pushing world financial system out of control", January 20th, 2015 [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11358316/Central-bank-prophet-fears-QE-warfare-pushing-world-financial-system-out-of-control.html]

That is to say that what began in 2008 continues to unfold.


THE SHEMITAH JUBILEE

There are only a handful of books that my spiritual director has asked me to read over the years and The Harbinger was one of them. It’s author, Jonathan Cahn, makes a compelling case that the attacks of 9/11, the collapse of 2008 and the pattern of biblical "jubilees," which occur every seven years, are providing a warning to this generation of impending judgment in the absence of repentance. Cahn draws from several Scriptures that show a pattern leading up to judgment that remarkably follows a pattern unfolding today, particularly in the United States.


I find confirmation in Cahn’s work for two reasons in particular: one is the significance of the United States in these times that I wrote about in Mystery Babylon [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/mystery-babylon/] and The Fall of Mystery Babylon [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-fall-of-mystery-babylon/]. The second is that it is now seven years since I heard Our Lady speak of 2008 as the Year of the Unfolding. And Cahn believes that this coming jubilee, or "shemitah" as the Jews call it, is significant.

The reason, he says, is that these seven year cycles have, in the past, been connected to major events ‘including the rise of America to superpower status, World Wars I and II, the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, the Six-Day War, etc… He also noted a pattern of judgments at seven-year intervals in September 2001 and 2008 marked by the greatest crashes in Wall Street history, up to that time. The first occurred on Sept. 17, 2001, just a few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the second occurred on Sept. 29, 2008. Both occurred on the biblical day of Elul 29, the very day appointed to wipe out the financial accounts of a nation. The next one occurs on Sept. 13, 2015.’ 

In that regard, Cahn has issued a warning without gluing himself to dates.

Whether it comes in this time parameter of the Shemitah or the year following or not, I believe a great shaking is going to come to this land and to the world that will involve the collapsing of the American economy … and the removal of its blessings and prosperity… The shaking doesn’t have to take place in the Shemitah (year), but I believe we need to be ready._ "The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring", March 10th, 2015 [http://www.charismanews.com/world/48667-the-shemitah-unraveled-what-2015-2016-could-bring]

But one doesn’t have to be a prophet to recognize that the world is beset by serious instability at this time, most especially economically [see 2014 and the Rising Beast (http://www.markmallett.com/blog/2014-and-the-rising-beast/).


FRANCIS AND THE SHEMITAH

On top of all this, Pope Francis declared an "extraordinary" Jubilee year starting this December. [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/opening-wide-the-doors-of-mercy/] In the Old Testament, the jubilee (and it’s debated whether it occurred in the seventh year, or following it) was intended to be a time when debts were released, slaves were set free, and the land would rest. It was essentially a time of mercy.

As the world creaks under the weight of its sins, Francis’ declaration of a Year of Mercy at this hour has not been lost on those who are aware of St. Faustina’s writings where Jesus declares:


…before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice… I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]... _ Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina, #1146, 1160

Pope Francis acknowledged that we are indeed living at this moment in a time of mercy.

…hear the voice of the Spirit speaking to the whole Church of our time, which is the time of mercy. I am sure of this. _ POPE FRANCIS, Vatican City, March 6th, 2014

There are several other writings of mine converging at this moment as well. I wish to draw them together as simply as possible because they all point to a divine "jubilee," as I’ll explain. I am not suggesting that they are going to occur in the aforementioned time frame, but nonetheless, perhaps all of this is preparation for these coming events that seem to point toward a great liberation of souls…


THE GREAT LIBERATION

I have written about a coming "Illumination of Conscience" or "warning" or "mini-judgment" or "great shaking." They all mean essentially the same thing, as confirmed by several mystics and saints in the Church:


I pronounced a great day… wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics. _ St. Edmund Campion, Cobett’s Complete Collection of State Trials, Vol. I, p. 1063.

St. Faustina experienced this "illumination" herself:

Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy-God! _ St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary of St. Faustina

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837), known and respected by popes for her astoundingly accurate visions, also spoke of such an event.

She indicated that this illumination of conscience would result in the saving of many souls because many would repent as a result of this "warning"… this miracle of "self-illumination." _ Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi in Antichrist and the End Times, P. 36

In the approved messages to Elizabeth Kindelmann, Our Lady says:


It will be the Great Miracle of light blinding Satan… The torrential flood of blessings about to jolt the world must begin with the small number of the most humble souls. _ Our Lady to Elizabeth, www.theflameoflove.org

And more recently, Servant of God Maria Esperanza (1928-2004) said,

The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may "put their house in order"… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind. _ Ibid, P. 37 (Volumne 15-n.2, Featured Article from www.sign.org)

As I wrote in The Seven Seals of Revolution [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-seven-seals-of-revolution/] regarding the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation, following the collapse of world peace (second seal) and the economy (third seal), etc. there comes what sounds very much like a "great shaking" of consciences in the sixth seal after a "great earthquake":

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 6:12-17)

Now, here is where a "jubilee" and the Illumination begin to come together. In Revelation 12, we read of an event where St. Michael the Archangel casts out of the "heavens" the dragon. (Rev 12:7-9) It is an exorcism of Satan. [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/exorcism-of-the-dragon/] But St. John’s vision is not referring to the ancient expulsion of Lucifer from Heaven, for the context is clearly with regard to the age of those who "bear witness to Jesus" (Rev 12:17). Rather, "heaven" likely refers to a spiritual realm over the earth -- the firmament or heavens (cf. Gen 1:1):

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. (Eph 6:12)

Here, St. John seems to be speaking of an incredible breaking of Satan’s power over the world. For if we are speaking of an "illumination" of consciences, what does light do when it comes? It scatters the darkness. I believe we are going to see incredible healings, powerful deliverances, huge awakenings, and profound repentance as an ocean of mercy washes over the world -- as the door of mercy is opened wide. In other words, what Matthew wrote in his Gospel:

"…the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen." From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt 4:16-17)

The culture of death will see a great light, the light of truth, and from that time on there will be a great evangelization resulting in a great liberation of many, many souls. Indeed, next St. John sees the marking of foreheads with the "seal of the living God." It’s as though this great shaking is the last opportunity to choose sides, which is why, perhaps, we read that the seventh seal is a kind of divine pause [Rev 8:1] -- the "eye of the Storm" passing over the world before the last half of divine judgment.



BEING PREPARED


This rescue, this "jubilee of mercy," is what I believe you, dear reader, are being prepared for -- whenever it comes. I want to repeat a powerful word that came to me five years ago while I was with my spiritual director: [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/hope-is-dawning/] 

Little ones, do not think that because you, the remnant, are small in number means that you are special. Rather, you are chosen. You are chosen to bring the Good News to the world at the appointed hour. This is the Triumph for which my Heart awaits with great anticipation. All is set now. All is in motion. The hand of my Son is ready to move in the most sovereign way. Pay careful attention to my voice. I am preparing you, my little ones, for this Great Hour of Mercy. Jesus is coming, coming as Light, to awaken souls steeped in darkness. For the darkness is great, but the Light is far greater. When Jesus comes, much will come to light, and the darkness will be scattered. It is then that you will be sent, like the Apostles of old, to gather souls into my Motherly garments. Wait. All is ready. Watch and pray. Never lose hope, for God loves everyone.

Think too of those words given at Rome in the presence of Paul VI in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Monday of May, 1975: [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-prophecy-at-rome/

A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. _ given by Ralph Martin

Is this why, after the exorcism of the dragon, St. John hears a loud voice in Heaven cry out…

Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night… (Rev 12:10) 

But as you read on in that chapter, you’ll see that, while Satan’s power is broken, it is not chained -- yet. [The chaining of Satan for an era of peace occurs in Rev 20:1-3 after the death of "the beast."] Instead, it is concentrated in "the beast." This is why it is perhaps very appropriate to say that the coming Illumination is a "warning" -- the Storm is not over.

But as a warning, for a short time they were terrorized, though they had a sign of salvation, to remind them of the precept of your law. For the one who turned toward it was saved… (Wis 16:6-7)

As an important sidenote, if Medjugorje [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/on-medjugorje/] is authentic -- and the Vatican continues to discern it -- the "secrets" of the alleged seers seems related to the above as well. I quote again here the interview of American attorney Jan Connell with alleged seer, Mirjana:

Concerning this century, is it true that the Blessed Mother related a dialogue to you between God and the devil? In it… God allowed the devil one century in which to exercise extended power, and the devil chose these very times.
The visionary answered "Yes", citing as proof the great divisions we see particularly among families today. Connell asks:

J: Will the fulfillment of the secrets of Medjugorje break the power of Satan?

M: Yes.
J: How?
M: That is part of the secrets.
J: Can you tell us anything [regarding the secrets]?
M: There will be events on the earth as warning to the world before the visible sign is given to humanity.
J: Will these happen in your lifetime?
M: Yes, I will be a witness to them.
_ p. 23, 21; Queen of the Cosmos (Paraclete Press, 2005, Revised Edition)

The Hour of Medjugorje when the secrets are revealed, then, may also be drawing nearer.


THE CONVERGENCE COMES

Brothers and sisters, as I wrote this morning in the Now Word [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/gods-timing/] the essential thing is to live in the present moment, faithfully and attentively, so that God can do in us everything He wants to. My intention above is not to speculate on a time-frame, but to simply underscore the convergence of many prophetic words [see also Opening Wide the Doors of Mercy (http://www.markmallett.com/blog/opening-wide-the-doors-of-mercy/) to read how Fatima and Pope Leo XIII’s vision are converging at this hour also]. All these things could simply mean that we are entering a period of time whose limits are known to God alone. You know, I used to panic for the first five years of this writing apostolate, terrified that I would mislead my readers, terrified that the words coming to me were delusional. Then one day my spiritual director said to me, "Look, you’re already a fool for Christ. If you’re wrong, then you’ll be a fool for Christ with egg on your face." I can live with that. I can’t live with being silent when the Lord has asked me to speak.

Certainly, one could say that another "sign of the times" is the exponentially increasing sense among the faithful (and even unbelievers) that we are headed toward great upheaval. The coming Jubilee may very well come and go like any other year. However, economists, war strategists, those following infectious diseases, the rise of ISIS, the power shift to China, the military muscle of Russia, and the war against freedom in the Western world… seem to paint a picture that looks an awful lot like the breaking open of the seals of Revelation. [http://www.markmallett.com/blog/the-seven-seals-of-revolution/]

And the sixth seal has to be opened at some point…
 
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3/16/2015

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3/01/2015

A LENTEN MEDITATION

"The Christ of the University Brotherhood of Cordoba"

The result of the work of a team of scientists who are researchers of the Shroud of Turin. It is the only Shroud-based Crucifix in the world. In it, the wounds of Jesus Christ are reproduced exactly.

Shroud-Based Art of Juan Manuel Miñarro Lopez
 
O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.
 
In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding,
Forever would I rest;
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.
  

2/03/2015

ON THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY


Holy Father,

In view of the Synod on the family to be held in October 2015, we filially address Your Holiness to express our fears and hopes regarding the future of the family.

Our fears arise from witnessing a decades-long sexual revolution promoted by an alliance of powerful organizations, political forces and the mass media that consistently work against the very existence of the family as the basic unit of society. Ever since the so-called May 1968 Sorbonne Revolution, a morality opposed to both Divine and natural law has been gradually and systematically imposed on us so implacably as to make it possible, for example, to teach the abhorrent "gender theory" to young children in many countries.

Catholic teaching on the Sixth Commandment of the Law of God shines like a beacon in face of this ominous ideological objective. This beacon attracts many people -- overwhelmed by this hedonistic propaganda -- to the chaste and fecund family model taught by the Gospel and in accordance with natural law.

Your Holiness, in light of information published on the last Synod, we note with anguish that, for millions of faithful Catholics, the beacon seems to have dimmed in face of the onslaught of lifestyles spread by anti-Christian lobbies. In fact we see widespread confusion arising from the possibility that a breach has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery -- by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion -- and would virtually accept even homosexual unions when such practices are categorically condemned as being contrary to Divine and natural law.

Paradoxically, our hope stems from this confusion.

Truly, in these circumstances, a word from Your Holiness is the only way to clarify the growing confusion amongst the faithful. It would prevent the very teaching of Jesus Christ from being watered-down and would dispel the darkness looming over our children’s future should that beacon no longer light their way.

Holy Father, we implore You to say this word. We do so with a heart devoted to all that You are and represent. We do so with the certainty that Your word will never disassociate pastoral practice from the teaching bequeathed by Jesus Christ and his vicars -- as this would only add to the confusion. Indeed Jesus taught us very clearly that there must be coherence between life and truth (cf. John 14:6-7); and He also warned us that the only way not to fall is to practice His doctrine. (cf. Matt. 7:24-27)

Asking for Your apostolic blessing, we assure You of our prayers to the Holy Family -- Jesus, Mary and Joseph -- to enlighten Your Holiness in these crucially important circumstances.


You can support this urgent Filial Appeal to Pope Francis by completing the petition signature box at: http://www.filialappeal.org/.

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2/01/2015

GOD OF MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND JEWS

Before Islam existed, the name “Allah” was used by Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews to refer to the One True God. The names “Allah” and “God” are used interchangeably in the Middle East.

Arabic-speaking Muslims who convert to Christianity often refer to the One True God as “Allah” -- despite the fact that they recognize the differences between the nature and revelation of God as described in the Bible and the nature and revelation of God as described in the Qu’ran. [For example, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:19.)]


 
NOSTRA AETATE,
“Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions”

#3. _ The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems (Muslims). They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems (Muslims), this sacred synod (sancta synodus)* urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom. _ Pope Paul VI (October 28, 1965).

*[When the Bishops of the whole world are congregated under the presidency of the Pope, the synod (council) is denominated ecumenical or general. It is only to such an assembly that it is lawful to apply the term “sancta synodus” (sacred synod) _ New Advent, The Catholic Encyclopedia ]

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“Unless they (people of other faiths) specifically and consciously worship a demon through Satanism or particular forms of paganism, we (Catholics) say they are worshipping the one, true God. The further away they are from the fullness of the Catholic faith, the more their understanding of God will be defective and at times some people with a severely defective understanding of God may cross over into the worship of idols and demons.

Therefore, we assume that most non-Catholics worship the one true God but they do so with a defective, partial and distorted understanding of him. The more they reject Jesus Christ the fullness of the revelation of God, the more defective their relationship with God will be.

That is why the Catholic Church recognizes the goodness, truth and beauty in other religions and recognizes the search for truth in other religions, but because they are partial, defective and distorted we are called to engage in sympathetic, pro-active and compassionate missionary activity.” _ Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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Muhammad, the founder of Islam, believed Jesus had come “only as a prophet,” to begin the work which he (Muhammad) was destined to complete -- that is, the restoration of the monotheistic faith of Abraham to its original purity, a design he believed to be corrupted by “People of the Book” (that is, Jews and Christians).

THE DICTATION OF THE QUR’AN

600 years after The Annunciation, the Archangel Gabriel was allegedly sent by God to the prophet Muhammad to dictate the Qur’an -- The Final Testament of Restored Truth. But this alleged revelation of the One True God denies the Divinity of Jesus Christ -- the second Person of the Holy Trinity, sent into the world by the Father to become man and save us from our sins.

THE ANNUNCIATION

After appearing to the Blessed Virgin Mary to announce that she would give birth to the Son of God (Luke 1:26-38), could the Archangel Gabriel later deny the Divinity of Jesus Christ? Of course not.

The defective revelation of the One True God as described in the Qu’ran gives one a partial and distorted understanding of Him. And the further away Muslims are from the fullness of the revelation of God found in the Catholic Church, the more defective their relationship with the One True God will be.

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Was it truly an angel that appeared to Muhammad? Was Muhammad an egomaniac... a liar? Was Muhammad mentally ill? Was he hearing voices? Or could this have been a diabolical locution (a form of private revelation, similar to an apparition, that is received internally)?

[In the Diocese of Arlington, VA (October 2010) I ministered to a devout Catholic woman believed to be a “locutionist.” The locutions (private revelations) were convincing -- but diabolical. The woman was possessed... and the locutions were eventually burned.]

So... There is no god but Allah. (“Allah” is the Arabic word for “God.”) But, Muhammad is a false prophet!

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Father Zakaria Botros

From an interview with the Coptic Orthodox Priest with a 60 million dollar bounty on his head from al Qaeda.

Question: "In your view, who was Muhammad?"

Fr. Botros: "Well, I have received the answer from Islam's own books. Ironically, Ibn Taymiyya, who happens to be the hero of the modern mujahid movement, explained the prerequisites of prophet-hood very well. One of the things he stressed is that, in order to know if a prophet is in fact from God, we must study his sira, or his biography, much like the Christ's statement that 'You shall know them from their fruits.' So, taking Ibn Taymiyya's advice, I recently devoted a number of (teachings) analyzing the biography of Muhammad, which unequivocally proves that he was not a prophet, that his only fruits were death, destruction, and lust. Indeed, he himself confessed and believed that he was being visited and tormented by a jinn, or basically a demon, until his wife Khadija convinced him that it was the angel Gabriel which, of course is ironic, since Muhammad himself later went on to say that the testimony of a woman is half that of a man. Maybe over time he realized she was wrong, and that his first assumption was right."

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1/14/2015

THE THREE HEAVENS

THREE ORDERS OF REALITY

There are three orders of reality. There is the divine existence. Just below that is the preternatural world, the world of spirits. Then there’s the natural world, where we live. But human beings also participate in the preternatural. Some people are more attuned to the preternatural world. “They kind of sense things better. Things like demons.” _ Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

FIRST HEAVEN _ The Earth (and Atmosphere)

For then the anger of the LORD will flare up against you and he will close up the heavens, so that no rain will fall, and the soil will not yield its crops, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. (Deuteronomy 11:17)

First heaven is the natural world -- where human beings live, and also participate in the preternatural world.

Sword And Spirit - Spiritual Warfare
 
First heaven is where we fight against “the world rulers of this present darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). This is where we fight against the Devil and the fallen angels (demons) that were “thrown down to earth” (Revelation 12:9).


SECOND HEAVEN _ Between Earth (Natural World) and Paradise (Divine Existence)

Second heaven is the preternatural world -- the world of spirits (angels and demons).

“Daniel, beloved,” he (Archangel Gabriel) said to me, “understand the words which I am speaking to you; stand up, for my mission now is to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

Archangel Gabriel Visits Daniel

“Do not fear, Daniel,” he continued; “from the first day you made up your mind to acquire understanding and humble yourself before God, your prayer was heard. Because of it I started out (from third heaven, God's dwelling place), but (while passing through second heaven) the (angelic) prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for twenty-one days, until finally (Archangel) Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia, and came (to first heaven, man's dwelling place) to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the last days; for there is yet a vision concerning those days.”

... Soon (returning to third heaven) I must fight the (angelic) prince of Persia again (while passing through second heaven). When I leave, the (angelic) prince of Greece will come... No one supports me (in my battles) against these (angelic princes of Persia and Greece) except Michael, your prince (guardian angel of Israel; and, guardian and defender of the Church of Jesus Christ). (Daniel 10:11-14;20-21)

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First, St. Michael and his angels cast Archangel Lucifer and the rebellious angels out of third heaven (Paradise).

Lucifer is Cast Out of Paradise

God did not spare the angels when they sinned (against Him), but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus (the infernal regions) and handed them over to be kept for judgment. (2 Peter 2:4)

Then, St. Michael and his angels cast Satan (Fallen Lucifer) and the fallen angels (demons) out of second heaven.

Satan is Thrown Down to Earth

Then war broke out in (second) heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth (first heaven), and its angels were thrown down with it. (Revelation 12:7-9)

Revelation 12 does not refer to “the fall of the angels” before the creation of man (when these created spirits radically and irrevocably rejected God and His reign). We are now living the 12th chapter of Revelation.

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)


THIRD HEAVEN _ Paradise (Highest Heaven)

Third heaven is the divine existence -- God's dwelling place (the highest heaven, the place of God's enthronement).

The Throne of God

Listen to the petition of your servant and of your people Israel which they offer toward this place. Listen, from the place of your enthronement, heaven, listen and forgive. (1 Kings 8:30)

Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all you his angels; give praise, all you his hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all shining stars. Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens. (Psalm 148:1-4)

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)

I know someone in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this person (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable things, which no one may utter. (2 Corinthians 2-4)

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