A Catholic Jew Pontificates

I love opinionated non-PC people. This blog is to vent my opinions on life, the universe and everything. Which is 42 which in gematria is "My Heart" (LBY) according to Rabbi Abulafia. The Divine Heart is the centre of everything.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Two Great Monarchs: Another Mighty Angel in Apocalypse 5 and 10


Some Catholic commentators of the Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) wrote that the "another mighty angel" of Revelation 10 represents the prophesied Great Catholic Monarch. However it is the Greek text that has the "another mighty angel" or "another warrior messenger" (αλλον αγγελον ισχυρον ) but the Crawford Peshitta text has only "another Angel" and the word for mighty is missing. However the Crawford Aramaic Peshitta text refers to the angel or messenger in Rev 5:2 as "another mighty angel" (אחרנא מלאכא חילתנא ). Thus it would seem that there are two "another mighty angels" who represent two warrior Messiahs or anointed ones during this period.

There are those that argue with alot of examples that the Crawford Peshitta of the Aramaic New Testament is not a translation of the Greek and then there are those who believe that it is a translation of the Greek. However we see in this example that the Greek translation preserves the "another mighty angel" in Rev10:1 and the Peshitta in Rev 5:2. thus I would propose that in fact the Greek and the Aramaic are both translations of the original Hebrew New Testament or at least the Book of the Apocalypse which used the phrase "another mighty angel" using the word Chayil for mighty in Rev 5:2 and Rev 10:1.(האַחֵר המַלְאָךְ החָיִל) 
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The Jewish traditions speak of two warrior messiahs in which the first one is killed who is known as the warrior Messiah of Ephraim. This Messiah has become confused with the suffering Messiah son of Joseph. Thus we have two Great Monarchs in the 28 year Tribulation period. The first one in the first half of the 28 years tribulation period dies in battle at Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives around Passover of 2033 and a second Great Catholic Monarch who succeeds him battles from 2033 until 2045, when he defeats the Third Antichrist who is the Beast like a Leopard.

I think that a true reconstruction of the original text of the New Testament in Hebrew could use both the Crawford Peshitta text and the Greek texts of the New Testament which were both translations of the Hebrew. Of course the discovery of an ancient version of the Hebrew New Testament would be even better.

Some older commentators also believe that the Rider on the White Horse in Revelation 6 refers to this first Great Monarch rather than the opinion of some more recent commentators that this figure may be Donald Trump. If Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex  then his establishment of the Invictus (Unconquerable) Games in 2014 is significant. It is also interesting that Frederick the Crown Prince of Denmark was at the opening of the Invictus Games in 2014 and this year 2018 Prince Frederick may attend the games again.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Era of Peace, the Great Monarch and the Blue Moon in 2045: A New Understanding


I wrote this on September 21 2018: After reading Revelation and praying today in Adoration I received the impression that the first seal was opened in 2017 (5777 in the Jewish Calendar) but the first Trumpet will not be blown until Rosh ha Shanah of 2020. The 777 represents the Seal of God and the 5 represents the Hamsa or Hand of Miriam as well as the 5th period of the Church of Sardis. In this first period the Warning would occur in 2022 and the Miracle on April 13 2023. The second trump would then be blown on Passover of 2024 and ending a year of peace and calm in the world. The third trumpet Rosh ha Shanah of 2027. The fourth trump on Passover of 2031 and the fifth trump on Rosh ha Shanah of 2034. Thus the final seven years of the tribulation or Jacob's Trouble will begin on Passover in 2038 with the blowing of the sixth trump and the seventh trump on Rosh ha Shanah of 2041 for second half of the tribulation. The tribulation would conclude around Passover of 2045 and by the Blue Moon of May 2045 the Era of Peace would be underway. When I write Passover I mean here the start of the Passover month of Nisan the start of the religious New Year and the day when the Shekhinah is honoured.

 The warning could come on the 18th of Tishri in 2022 which is 13 October 2022 in the Gregorian Calendar. This is in the middle of Sukkot also called the Festival of Tabernacles.We know from the prophecy of St John Bosco that the era of peace will start in a year in which a Blue Moon is in the Month of Flowers (May) and the ones that occur in May in the 21st century are in 2026, 2045, 2064, 2072 and 2083. Thus in this scenario the Battle of Armageddon would occur sometime between Passover 2043 till Passover 2044. It is also at this time that the Intermediate Coming of Jesus like a Thief  may occur. Will this occur through a heavenly apparition of the Crucified Child (see Zechariah 12:10)? Will this occur in Sukkot of 2043 and lead to the Jewish people's repentance and ingrafting which will cause the Beast or Third Antichrist to turn on them and Jerusalem which causes the Battle of Armageddon? Will this be the period that the Great Catholic Monarch will defend Jerusalem? Or does this mean when the Battle of Armageddon occurs one should start to watch out for the coming of the Messiah as a thief in the night. This intermediate coming as a thief is mentioned in the message to the Church of Sardis and again here in Revelations 16 in the midst of the account that mentions Armageddon (Meggido in the Aramaic Peshitta) at the time of the pouring of the sixth bowl of wrath. That this is the time of the apparition of the crucified Christ-Child that leads the Jewish people into deep repentance is confirmed in the mention of Megiddo (Armageddon) in Zechariah 12:11.

I have speculated that Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex could be a potential Great Catholic Monarch but a younger candidate who was born in 2005 is Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark the son of Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Or could they both be future Great Catholic Monarch's who assist the Pope in different periods of the Tribulation? There are two other possible Great Monarch's of the name Henry who are sons of Prince Joachim of Denmark- Prince Felix Hendrik Valdemar Christian born in 2002 and Prince Hendrik Carl Joachim Alain born in 2009.

Could Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark be the 2nd Great Monarch and the future Vladimir III the Tsar of all the Russias?

The Cataclysmic events that cause Australia to become an archipelago of Islands as prophesied by St John Bosco many occur during the time of third Trumpet 2027-2031. Wormwood may crash into the north Atlantic Ocean in 2028 which will cause these events. 
 
I wrote this 23 September 2018: Each seal represents a seven year period. The first seal with the rider on the white horse begins in 2017 and lasts till 2024. This may represent Donald Trump. The second seal is opened at the time of the first Trump and is a seven year period in which a Russian Communist leader (the rider on a red horse) holds power from 2020-2027. The third seal and the rider on the Black horse who is a Muslim leader reigns from 2024-2031. The fourth seal and the rider on the Pale horse who is the false prophet of death reigns from 2027-2034. The fifth seal is a time in which believers are martyred in great numbers from 2031-2038. The sixth seal is a time of a great earthquake and cataclysmic events from 2034-2041. The seventh seal is seven years of final chastisement under the power of the third Antichrist or Beast like a Leopard from 2038-2045.

The first Great Catholic Monarch who will be the first New Holy Roman Emperor may be Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex who will restore order to France, England and Ireland as well as other European nations from 2020-2033. He may die in battle around Passover of 2033 against a forerunner of the Third Antichrist and be killed on the Mount of Olives. His protege (possibly Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John of Denmark) who he may have made the new Tsar of Russia as Vladimir III may be crowned and anointed as the Second Great Monarch and Second New Holy Roman Emperor. This heir to the Danish throne may be offered the throne of Russia around 2028 due to his own country no longer existing due to the cataclysmic changes and because he is a descendant of Nicholas I Romanov through Frederick IX of Denmark. Frederick IX was the father of the present Queen of Denmark and his grandmother was Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia a granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I. Russian prophecies say that the future Czar will be the third ruler who takes a name beginning with V. Vladimir is the Russian version of the Danish name Valdemar. This second Great Monarch may be the one who reigns for 56 years.


Thus the three 7's of the seals, trumps (shofarim) and bowls of wrath represents the Seal of God 777. This period begins in the Jewish year of 5777 (2017). The Warning may happen on 18 Tishri 5783 (13 October 2022) and the Miracle on April 13 2023 (22 Nisan 5783 the last day of Diaspora Passover) thus in the Gregorian Calendar they are on different years but in the same Jewish year.

There may be seven periods of seven years of purification corresponding to the seven seals. During the first seal 2017-2024 may be the purification of Latin America, during the second seal 2020-2027 may be the purification of Europe, during the third seal 2024-2031 may be the purification of North America, during the fourth seal 2027-2034 may be the purification of Oceania, during the fifth seal 2031-2038 may be the purification of Africa, during the sixth seal 2034-2041 may be the purification of Asia and during the seventh seal 2038-2045 may be the purification of the Middle East. Then may come the three days of darkness which will purify the whole earth and its population.

After the three days of darkness the year may return to 364 days and the calendar will be 13 months of 28 days as it was before Noah's Flood. The eastern and western Easters will occur on the same day at the same time as the Jewish Passover. The new calendar may date from Thursday June 1 2045 which may become Sivan 1 in the new Jewish calendar which is actually a restoration of the Essene Calendar used in the Book of Jubilees. II Adar may receive a new name such as Shoshana as the 13th month. Thus the first Seder night of Passover will always occur on a Wednesday evening on the 14th of April-Nisan during Holy Week. Of course it is actually Nisan 15 as in Jewish reckoning the eve is the night before rather than the evening after the day. Even today the Catholic Sunday begins on Saturday evening as the first Jewish apostles gathered at the beginning of the first day of the week to celebrate the Eucharist which meant Saturday evening not Sunday morning as became the custom later. Sunday was a work day.

Monk Abel the Prophet (died 1831) in a conversation with Tsar Paul I (died 1801), after prophesying the destinies of all the Tsars from Paul I to Nicholas II:

“What is impossible for man is possible for God. God delays with His help, but it is said that He will give it soon and will raise the horn of Russian salvation. And there will arise a great prince from your race in exile, who stands for the sons of his people. He will be a chosen one of God, and on his head will be blessing. He will be the only one comprehensible to all, the very heart of Russia will sense him. His appearance will be sovereign and radiant, and nobody will say: ‘The Tsar is here or there’, but all will say: ‘That's him’. The will of the people will submit to the mercy of God, and he himself will confirm his calling. His name has occurred three times in Russian history. Two of the same name have already been on the throne, but not on the Tsar’s throne. But he will sit on the Tsar’s throne as the third. In him will be the salvation and happiness of the Russian realm.”

“Russian hopes will be realized upon [the cathedral of Hagia] Sophia in Tsargrad [Constantinople]; the Orthodox Cross will gleam again; Holy Rus will be filled with the smoke of incense and prayer, and will blossom like a heavenly lily.”

 Both Prince Harry Duke of Sussex and Prince Christian of Denmark descend from Tsar Nicholas I son of Tsar Paul I of Russia. The Russian prophecies say that the new Tsar will come from a branch of the Romanov family on the maternal line. Greek prophecies also speak of a King Constantine and Queen Sophia who will reign once more over Constantinople (Istanbul). Could this King Constantine be Prince Constantine-Alexios b.1998 the grandson of Constantine II of Greece? Could his future Queen Sophia be Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda of Denmark b.2011 [his second cousin] or the Infanta Sophia of Spain b.2007 [his second cousin] or Archduchess Sophia Maria Tatiana Monica Elisabeth Catherine of Austria and Hungary b.2001? Archduchess Sophia's brother is Archduke Karl-Konstantin (Charles Constantine) Michael Stephan Maria b.2004 who is third in line to the throne of Austro-Hungary. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Is Armageddon in 2034? A Hebrew Catholic View


Last week a close relative of mine who is a Jehovah's Witness informed me that Armageddon would occur on 21 May 2034. Of course his idea of Armageddon is rather different than mine. Apparently the JW's get this date from adding 120 years to 1914 when they believe that Jesus returned in an invisible manner at the start of World War One. They took the 120 years from the time God warned Noah before the flood actually came. I was rather struck by this as I have recently been thinking about the seven trumpets of the Book of Revelation and that the fifth trumpet would be blown around Rosh ha Shanah of 2034. However it is after the sixth trumpet is blown that the 200,000,000 army from the East is firstly mention as a killing force (Rev 9). This force is mentioned again in Rev 16 led by kings from the East surrounding Israel and the Battle of Armageddon occurs. This would seem to occur in the sixth year of the final seven years of Jacob's Trouble.

However I had come to this date of 2034 from a totally different methodology.  My methodology started with 1917 as the date when Our Lady appeared at Fatima. My methodology uses the Jewish calendar linking the first blowing of the trumpet with Rosh ha Shanah which is also called the Festival of Trumpets. So I perceived that Rosh ha Shanah of 5781 (2020) as the blowing of this first trumpet which would begin 7 periods of three and a half years. The Jewish year of 5777 began in the October of 2016 and ran to the September of 2017 when we had the alignment of the woman with the sun as explained in another article last year. This I have come to understand was the time of the breaking of the first seal.

The seven trumpets may not correspond to the seven years of Jacob's Trouble. It would seem that it is also possible to interpret it as the final seven years of Jacob's Trouble only begins after the sixth Trumpet is blown and that this ushers in the first 3 and a half years and then with the seventh Trumpet the second 3 and a half years. If each Trumpet represents a three and a half year period then it is possible that the first Trumpet or Shofar may be blown around Rosh ha Shanah of 2020 (5781). Is Donald Trump the Rider on the White Horse of this period? The second Trumpet may be blown on Passover of 2024 (5784). Is this the period when the Rider on the Red Horse is the Russian leader or the rise of Communism in Europe? Will we see the bloody revolutions break out in Europe and the assassination of the English King and the royal family going into Exile? The third trumpet may be blown on Rosh ha Shanah in 2027 (5788). Will this be the time of the rise of the Muslim Mahdi as the Rider of the Black Horse and a huge Economic collapse? Will we see the Russian Ruler and the Muslim Mahdi attack Europe in this period and be defeated by the Great Monarch who will be a Duke then? The fourth trumpet may be blown on Passover 2031 (5791). Is the Rider of the Pale Horse the forerunner of the Antichrist? The fifth trumpet may be blown on the Rosh ha Shanah of 2034 (5795). This may be a time of severe persecution of Christians in much of the world. Thus the sixth trumpet and the first three and a half years of Jacob's Trouble may begin on Passover of 2038 (5798) in which the Antichrist is reigning in a Hidden manner. A great Earthquake may occur in this period and the sealing of the Israelite evangelists. The seventh trumpet may then be blown on Rosh ha Shanah of 2041 (5802) and may usher in the open three and a half years of the reign of Antichrist until Passover of 2045 (5805). The Third Antichrist may have been conceived in 1998 and born on Tisha B'Av in 1999. This is of course just another possibility of how the prophesied events will play out and there are many other scenarios.If this scenario is correct then the time of literal and metaphorical fires, blood and hail of the first trumpet period will begin in about another two years around Rosh ha Shanah of 2020.


Armageddon is associated with the 200,000,000 army from the East.The first mention of this Asiatic or Eastern killing force that was situated in the three and a half year period after the blowing of the sixth trumpet of Nisan or Passover 5798 (2038). Thus this three and a half year period is from April 2038 until September 2041 (5792). It is interesting that 2037 will be 120 years after the Fatima apparitions of 1917. The significance of 2038 is mentioned in a number of Catholic prophecies including one about the Pope fleeing over the sea. St Bridget also said that the world will cry "Woe" in 2038 which is 5798 (from 10 September 2037 until 30 September 2038) in the Jewish calendar. In my scenario this would be the first year of the open reign of the Third (but not Final) antichrist. Thus the era of Peace promised at Fatima would begin after Passover of 2045 (5805). 

Thus it would seem that the Battle of Armageddon may occur in the period between Passover of 2043 until the Passover of 2044. Jerusalem will be rescued from this huge army that has allied with the Beast (Third Antichrist) and the False Prophet (anti-Pope) by the a Great Catholic Monarch who is under the direction of the true Pope. However I believe the Warning and the Miracle will occur in the period of the first trumpet between Rosh ha Shanah of 2020 (5781) until Passover of 2024 with the Miracle occurring on April 13 2023 and the Warning in 2022. This is the period when the exiled Duke who will become the Great Monarch or New Holy Roman Emperor will become more prominent and defeat the Russian army who will be allied with the North African Muslims in attacking Europe. In the third period (Passover 2024-Passover 2031) after the economic collapse and the possible destruction of New York the Muslims may rise to power under the Mahdi. 

The Rider on the Pale Horse of the fourth period from Passover 2027-Passover of 2034 may be the false prophet (anti-Pope) who is preparing for the Third Antichrist. Europe during the seven years from Rosh ha Shanah 2020 until Rosh ha Shanah 2027 will be in upheaval while the Saxon Duke restores order to Western Europe and Catholic rule and devotion with the support of the true Pope who will crown him as the New Holy Roman Emperor. Rome and southern Italy at this time may be under Muslim rule allied with the anti-Pope while the true Pope will reign in, the now restored to Catholic rule, France. 

Some old medieval prophecies speak of a German antipope who appoints an evil German Emperor called Frederick at the time of the Great Monarch and French Pope. The good Great Monarch of this period is referred to by the names of Henry and Charles. Some prophecies speak of two or three antipopes one who is German, one Italian and another Greek. Other prophecies mention that Prussia will ally with Russia against Southern Germany and the Great Monarch. Frederick will most likely be a Prussian. The present heir to the Prussian Royal House is Prince George Frederick of Prussia who is 42 year old and his heir is Prince Carl Frederick who is 5 years old. Some prophecies mention that the Great Monarch as a Duke in exile is associated with a Southern German (Catholic) Emperor- this could be the heir of the Bavarian Royal House Prince Luitpold (who is 67) or his eldest son Prince Louis Henry (Ludwig Heinrich) who is 36. 

The emblem of the Great Monarch is the Lion and the emblem of the false Monarch is the Black Eagle (Aquila). Many of the Prussians are descendants of the Royal Assyrians of I y-dna. The Great Monarch is also called an Eagle in some prophecies but this is the White or Golden Eagle. It is interesting that a White Eagle is the emblem of Poland and the Double headed golden Eagle is an emblem of Russia. The majority of the Polish and Russian Slavic peoples are from the Tribe of Ephraim of R1a Z283 y-dna.



 The Black Eagle of the Kingdom of Prussia

It is possible that there will be two major schisms from the Catholic Church- one on the left by the Modernists and one on the right by those who think of themselves as orthodox or traditionalist with their own Popes or rather anti-Popes. Those who remain loyal to the true Pope will be persecuted by the other two. St John Bosco spoke of the era of peace being already underway in the month of flowers (May) that has a blue moon (an extra moon in one month). The next two blue moons in the month of May will be in 2026 and 2045. However if the earth is shifted off its axis at the time of the three days of darkness then we may see a change in the calendar and when that prophesied blue moon will occur.

Of course all this is personal speculation and one possible scenario and could be totally wrong. After all the false prophetic dates proposed by the JW's, maybe they might get this one right or close to right. No doubt when the huge possibly Chinese and Muslim army starts killing a third of the world's population in 2038-2041 it will seem like Armageddon is around the corner.

Note: Since I wrote this I have had further insights into the period of the seals and trumpets. see

Era of Peace, the Great Monarch and the Blue Moon in 2045: A New Understanding

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

The Roles of the Theologian as Poet and Storyteller: A Hebrew Catholic Reflection



The roles of a theologian as a poet and storyteller are the ones that most resonate with me. My ancestor Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s stories were introduced to the academic world by Martin Buber.[1] Rebbe Nachman was famous for his fairy stories such as “The Lost Princess” and “The Master of Prayer”.[2] Rebbe Nachman spoke of the power of a story to awaken the sleeping souls.[3] These Hasidic stories have a therapeutic value that brings healing to the troubled soul.[4]
  
The concepts of theological poetry and storytelling are connected to the concept of literary iconology rather than just limited to a literal poem or story.[5] The ancient Greeks associated the term deep poetry with the creative arts such as dance, movement, music, dance, song, lyrics, tune, melody and storytelling.[6] Rebbe Nachman taught that music, melody, dance and song could turn depression and sadness into joy.[7] The Eastern Church fathers stressed the therapeutic dimension of Christian faith and they also spoke of verbal or literary icons.[8] Thus this deep poetry has therapeutic power that leads to divinisation or theosis.[9] Theosis or divnisation means becoming God-like or becoming whole by living in God’s will perfectly.


I rather like Terry Veilings’ understanding of the role of poetry in the theological endeavour which has this therapeutic dimension.[10] Such an approach allows for freedom and creativity with a diversity in unity that delves into the fullness of the faith but doesn’t limit with totalities so hated by Levinas.[11]


[1] see Martin Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, New York: Schocken Books, 1947 and Martin Buber, Tales of Rabbi Nachman, New Jersey: Humanities Press International, 1988.
[2] Aryeh Kaplan, The Lost Princess and Other Kabbalistic Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, (Jerusalem/New York: Breslov Research Institute, 2005), xvii.
[3]  Kaplan, The Lost Princess and Other Kabbalistic Tales of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, xxi.
[4] Paul Bernier, Eucharist: Celebrating Its Rhythms in Our Lives (Notre Dame, Indiana; Ave Maria Press,1993), 61.
[5] Elena Volkova, “Literature as Icon: Introduction”, Literature & Theology, Vol. 20 #1 (UK: Oxford University Press, 2006), 1-6.
[6] James Hall, “Nine Muses” in Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. London: J. Murray, 1979.
[7] Yehuda Liebes, Studies in Jewish Myth and Jewish Messianism, (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993) 138.
[8] Valerii Lepakhin, “Basic types of Correlation Between Text and Icon, between Verbal and Visual Icons” Literature & Theology, Vol. 20 #1 (UK: Oxford University Press, 2006), 20.
[9] See Norman Russell. Fellow Workers with God: Orthodox Thinking on Theosis. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2009.
[10] Roach and Dominguez, Expressing Theology: A Guide to Writing Theology that Readers Want to Read, 23.
[11] See Emmanuel Levinas, "Totality and Infinity (A. Lingis, trans.). Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press,1969.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The First Trumpet and Jacob's Trouble: 2018 or 2019? A Hebrew Catholic Speculation


Note: My understanding of the period of Tribulation has changed since I wrote this. I now believe that the period of Tribulation lasts 28 years with Jacob's Trouble or the Chastisement being the last 7 years of that period from 2038-2045. See

Era of Peace, the Great Monarch and the Blue Moon in 2045: A New Understanding


 In recent months there have been so many fires burning around the world and other weather disasters that some people may be wondering if  this Jewish year of 5778 (2017-2018) has been the first year of the tribulation that is associated with a third of the earth being destroyed in fires. Rosh ha Shanah 5779 begins on September 9th 2018. Is this the time of the Second Trumpet that ushers in the second year of Jacob's Trouble or is the start of the first year with the First Trumpet and we will see the fires continue over the next 12 months? While it is tempting to see 5778 as the first year I think that it is probably 5779 which will be the time of the First Trumpet and the first year of the Tribulation known as Jacob's Trouble.

As well as a more literal reading of a third of the earth burnt up with fires, it may also mean that a third of the earth will be on fire with revolutionary political and social fires. The mention of blood and fire would lead to an understanding of the fires connected with bloody or violent civil fires or unrest. Some older Catholic commentators have associated the Rider of the White Horse with the rise or coming of a Great Monarch as well as the Angel or Messenger of Apocalypse 10. Could 2019 be the year this young Duke has a conversion to the Catholic Faith through the intercession of Our Lady and St Joseph? 

The "Scroll of the Secret" alludes to this Great Monarch entering into the mystical marriage with Our Lady Shekhinah in a year connected to the number 12 (11 + 1= 12). Rebbe Nachman refers to this in the "Scroll of Secrets" to reveal that it is in the Jewish year 5779 that is 2018-2019. 2+0+1+8=11 and 2+0+1+9=12 and thus the year 11 refers to 2018 and the year 12 refers to 2019. Year 13 is 2020 as 1+3=4 and 2+0+2+0=4. The Scroll starts the rise of this Great Monarch or Messiah in the year 10 which was 2017 (5777) as 2+0+1+7=10 so his fourth year is 2020. 2020 also is associated with the Jewish year 5780 which is 5+7+8+0=20. It will be in his eighth year 2024 (2+0+2+4=8) that the Great Monarch may start to fight the third Antichrist (the Assyrian) in the year he turns 40 and thus finally defeat him in 2025 (2+0+2+5=9) in his 9th year. 

In the Year 6 (2022) on June 6 the Third Antichrist may receive full Satanic Power and begin his open reign. He may begin his hidden reign in December 2018-January 2019. His reign may end in December 2025 with the three days of darkness. Of course this is just my personal speculation in trying to read the signs of the times in accord with the request of Blessed Pope Paul VI.

Of course the seven trumpets may not correspond to the seven years of Jacob's Trouble. It would seem that it is also possible to interpret it as the final seven years of Jacob's Trouble only begins after the sixth Trumpet is blown and that this ushers in the first 3 and a half years and then with the seventh Trumpet the second 3 and a half years. If each Trumpet represents a three and a half year period then it is possible that the first Trumpet or Shofar was blown around Rosh ha Shanah of 2016 (5777). Is Donald Trump the Rider on the White Horse of this period? The second Trumpet may be blown on Passover of 2020 (5780). Is this the period when the Rider on the Red Horse is the Russian leader or the rise of Communism in Europe? Will we see the bloody revolutions break out in Europe and the assassination of the English King and the royal family going into Exile? The third trumpet may be blown on Rosh ha Shanah in 2023 (5783). Will this be the time of the rise of the Muslim Mahdi as the Rider of the Black Horse and a huge Economic collapse? Will we see the Russian Ruler and the Muslim Mahdi attack Europe in this period and be defeated by the Great Monarch who will be a Duke then? The fourth trumpet may be blown on Passover 2027 (5787). Is the Rider of the Pale Horse the forerunner of the Antichrist? The fifth trumpet may be blown on the Rosh ha Shanah of 2030 (5791). This may be a time of severe persecution of Christians in much of the world. Thus the sixth trumpet and the first three and a half years of Jacob's Trouble may begin on Passover of 2034 (5794) in which the Antichrist is reigning in a Hidden manner. A great Earthquake may occur in this period and the sealing of the Israelite evangelists. The seventh trumpet may then be blown on Rosh ha Shanah of 2037 (5798) and may usher in the open three and a half years of the reign of Antichrist until Passover of 2041 (5801). The Third Antichrist may have been conceived in 1998 and born on Tisha B'Av in 1999. this is of course just another possibility of how the prophesied events will play out and there are many other scenarios.If this scenario is correct then the time of literal and metaphorical fires, blood and hail includes the last two years and will conclude in about another year and a half around Passover of 2020.



Friday, July 27, 2018

Bulgakov and the Jews

Bulgakov was the leading Russian Orthodox theologian of the 20th century.

"When Bulgakov talks of a revived Judeo-Christianity which will be the new heart of an eschatological Christianity, what does he have in mind? ... The question which arises then is the following: if Jews accept Christ, should they abandon their Jewishness? Bulgakov’s answer to this is clearly: no. For, as we have just seen, he yearns to see a Judeo-Christianity “as it existed in the apostolic church, because this latter was just that,” a type of Christianity which would resemble the early Jerusalem church, whose disappearance he mourns. But has Bulgakov thought about what this would mean? After all, the members of the Jerusalem church visited the Temple, were circumcised, and observed the Law.That is, like Christ, they were Torah-observant members of the Jewish people.

Of course, this is an old chestnut. Two thousand years later, is it appropriate for Jewish converts to observe the Torah in the way the Jamesian church did? Entering into the question is an interpretation of Paul: was he polemically arguing against Law-observance only for gentiles, while leaving it open for Jewish Christians to be Torah-observant, or was he in principle against Torah-observance by Jewish Christians too? Leaving those complex questions aside, if we focus simply on the spirit of Bulgakov’s approach we sense a new contribution to the debate. If we take him more seriously than he took his own suggestions about Judeo-Christianity, we should read what he writes very closely: “Israel even in its backsliding has not ceased to be the Chosen People, the relation of Christ and his Most Pure Mother, and this blood relation is not interrupted and does not stop even after the birth of Christ....this is a fact which one needs to ponder and grasp with all one’s strength, in its dogmatic meaning as it applies to the fate of Israel.” ..." ("Holy Russia, Sacred Israel: Jewish-Christian Encounters in Russian Religious Thought" Dominic Rubin p.134-136)

"...We have thus come to the end of our examination of Bulgakov’s “Judeology.”Though only a fraction of his output was devoted to exclusively Jewish questions, these writings mirror much in Bulgakov’s evolution from a young Solovievan philosopher of neo-Christianity to a mature theologian of Sophia, whose work continues to inspire many. While, of course, one of the great undecided questions in the study of Bulgakov is the place of Sophia in Orthodox theology, from the narrower perspective of this chapter, another controversial issue which Bulgakov left to his spiritual heirs was the – for him – closely related question of how Christianity should relate to a crying absence in her very heart. For if the divine-human Church should embrace all of humanity, where is that foundation-stone of humanity, Jewry? Bulgakov’s proposal that there must be a new Judeo-Christianity was, of course, not entirely novel – Soloviev had wrestled with the same question in his essay on Rabinowich, and Alexander I founded a society for Israelite Christians that he thought would be the kernel of a mass influx of Jews into the Church. Nonetheless, Bulgakov’s own grappling with this issue is profounder than Soloviev’s, even though it is enmeshed in contradictions, some of them inherent in the issue itself, which goes to the very heart of the mystery of Christ – as Bulgakov makes clear..." ("Holy Russia, Sacred Israel: Jewish-Christian Encounters in Russian Religious Thought" Dominic Rubin p.147-148).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mosaic Covenant in the Light of the New Covenant



The story of Moses is packed with encounters with the Divine Presence - the burning bush, the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire and the Divine Glory descending on the Tent of Meeting. The whole Torah is a means to purify the people of Israel so that they can enter into a deep relationship with the Divine Presence. The Torah and its sacrificial system are centred and rooted in the understanding that encounter with the Divine Presence is the reason for living.

Moses in the Wilderness pitched his Tent of Meeting in which he placed the holy Ark of the Covenant over which the Divine Presence dwelt. Exodus 33 reveals that Moses would commune with the Divine Glory as with a friend. Joshua ben Nun however remained in the Tent in Perpetual Adoration when Moses went back to the camp. This Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting was a chapel of Adoration of the Shekhinah.

Later we see in the time of Samuel that Samuel and Eli also practiced all night adoration of the Shekhinah lying prostrate before the Ark of the Covenant. The Israelite mystics, prophets and adorers lay prostrate before the Divine Presence. In the Temple there were rooms set aside near the Holy of Holies for this intense adoration of the Divine Presence manifesting above the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Jeremiah (see 2 Maccabees 2) later hid the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain where God saw God’s inheritance (Mt Sinai) in a cave. Jeremiah prophesied that in the future when the Jews would receive God's mercy then a divine manifestation would occur on this mountain and the Tent and the Ark would be rediscovered. St Thomas Aquinas along with other Catholics speak of the Catholic tradition that Elijah and Enoch will appear and take the Ark of the Covenant from its hiding place and place Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on the Mercy Seat and proclaim to the Jews that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Messiah and the Divine Presence of God.

The manifestations of the Shekhinah in the Old Testament times were awe inspiring events and Moses (Exodus 3:6),Elijah (1 Kings 19:13) and even the Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2) cover their faces in His Divine Presence. In the New Covenant the Shekhinah takes on flesh, and at the Last Supper He humbles himself and hides both His humanity and Divinity under the form of bread and wine. In the Eucharistic Presence one can gaze on the Divinity with unveiled face and approach Jesus without fear of death or disaster.

Joshua as mentioned above spent time in adoration of the Shekinah and the Torah states that he was full of the Spirit and thus selected by God to be Moses' successor. Joshua was given the name Joshua as a sign of the coming of God's salvation (Yeshuah). Joshua's original name was Hosea. Due to his many hours of adoration he is now named for God's Salvation (Yehoshuah) as a sign of the coming Messiah who is Salvation (Yeshuah) incarnate. Joshua a son (descendant) of Joseph of the tribe of Ephraim is the son of Nun - Joshua ben Nun. Nun is a fish or fishhook so Joshua is called the son of a fish or fishhook. Joshua enters the earthly Tent or Tabernacle and intercedes for Israel. The High Priest Yeshua (Jesus or Joshua) in the Book of Zechariah enters the Heavenly Tabernacle in a mystic vision. Both Joshua ben Nun and the High Priest Yeshua are signs of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) who is the great High Priest of our Faith who enters the Heavenly Tabernacle to intercede for all mankind as recorded in the Epistle to the Hebrews.

Joshua's name of fishhook is connected with the letter 'vav' of the Hebrew Alphabet which is also called fishhook. The 'vav' in the Jewish mystical tradition is the third letter of the Divine name YHVH. The 'vav' represents the manifestation of the Divine Presence in the spiritual realm (Yetzirah) called there Ben (Son) or Zer Anpin. In this Jewish mystical tradition the name Y-H-V-H is especially associated with the Divine Presence as Ben (Son). This is the Divine Son of Man mentioned by Daniel and also found in the Books of Enoch.

The concept of the fish and fishhook also leads us to Jesus' comments about His followers (talmidim) becoming fishers of men and the sign of Jesus was to be the sign of the Fish in the Early Church. In the 'Zohar' the Holy Child is associated with the sign of the Fish as a son of Joseph. The descendants (sons) of Joseph of Arimathea are also called the Fisher Kings. The concept of Fisher Kings can also be found in the writings of the Ancient Sumerians - which speak of Shepherd and Fisher Kings in the time before the Flood. The Patriarch Enoch was one of these Fisher Kings who was later deified by the Sumerians as the God Anu. Stories of magical fish are told in regards to King David's son King Solomon as well as in regards to David and Solomon's descendants the Fisher Kings of the Holy Grail.

In early Christian art fish, bread (loaves) and grapes are used as Eucharistic symbols. The multiplication miracle of the loaves and the fish are seen as a sign of the Eucharist (see John 6). Moses who is to be the Shepherd of Israel is fished out of the waters of the Nile by Pharaoh's daughter in his small reed ark. There is a deep Eucharistic connection between the three arks mentioned in the Torah. The ark of Noah, the ark of the baby Moses and the Ark of the Covenant.

In the New Covenant these three arks are all seen as signs of Mary the New Ark of the New Covenant. Mary is the Heavenly Ark of the Covenant revealed in Apocalypse 11-12 and in Luke 1 which describes the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Her maternal womb was the ark that contained her baby son Yeshua (Jesus) and her Immaculate Heart is the ark of refuge in the times of peril in the New Covenant. Jewish traditions further reveal that as babies both Noah and Moses shone with a supernatural light and later the adult Moses, after his encounters with the Divine Presence, shone so brightly that he had to veil his face. This light is the light of the Messiah who is the Divine Presence that was reflected by Noah and Moses and the other Adorers of the Shekhinah. 


Our Lady's Immaculate and burning heart manifests out of eternity as the fire of the Burning Bush from which the voice of her Son the God of Israel speaks to Moses. This fire of the Mother's Heart is also present at the Giving of the Torah and is the pillar of fire that leads Israel by Night for she is the one the walks in beauty in the night. She is Night and Dark Light as the Black Madonna and the Bride of the Song of Songs for she has no light except that of her Son who is the Divine Sun of the Will of God.

In popular imagination the knights of King Arthur and the Knights of the Grail are seen as wearing brilliant shining armour. In reality the Knights of the Grail shine with the Eucharistic Glory and their shining armour are the Divine Attributes of God that they become cloaked in as a fruit of their hours of Eucharistic Adoration.

Moses was chosen by God because he was the most humble man on the face of the earth in his day. It is only the humble (anavim) that can comprehend the hidden mysteries of the Divine Presence through lowering themselves in adoration before the Divine King. These are the Anavim of Y-H-V-H we meet in the New Testament. The Messiah Himself was to be the Aniv (humble one) riding on a donkey. The whole sacrificial system of offerings of flesh, wheaten cakes (i.e. bread), oil and wine in the connection with the shedding of blood into silver chalices, is rich in Eucharistic allusions and signs. The 12 loaves of shewbread on the Altar, the incorrupt portion of Manna preserved in the Ark of the Covenant and the Passover Seder meal with the Passover lamb are all deeply significant for an understanding of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. To fully draw out the Eucharistic significances in the Mosaic Covenant would take a library of books. 


The whole cult of the New Covenant priesthood and Sacrifice of the Divine Liturgy is not a novelty but a renewal at the deepest levels of the Sacrificial cult given to Israel in First Testament times. As Pope Benedict XVI taught that "the New Covenant as ratified at the Last Supper... was a prolongation of the Covenant of Sinai, which was not abrogated but renewed".