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Thursday, November 20, 2008
Many Catholic prophets mention the coming of a comet. Some state that it will appear twice. One such prophecy comes from St. Hildegarde of Bingen. "Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies. After the great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed. All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God. A powerful wind will rise in the North, carrying heavy fog and the densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear."
Here is an interesting comment by Rabbi Isaac Ginzburg about a comet associated with the coming of the Messiah.
"In the final chapter of Tractate Brachot (54a), we learn that when viewing zikin in the heavens one should recite the blessing: "Blessed are You, HaShem, our G-d, King of the Universe, for His strength and His power fill the universe." The Talmud (58b) clarifies: "What is zikin? A comet." (In the Aramaic: kochava d'shavit). This expression--kochava d'shavit--alludes clearly to the verse we have been discussing: "A star [kochav] shall go forth from Jacob and a staff [shevet] shall arise in Israel." Similarly, Rav Hai Gaon explains (brought by the Aruch in his first interpretation of zik) that the comet is called kochava d'shavit because "it stands as straight as a staff," just as the verse states, "a star shall go forth from Jacob and a staff shall arise in Israel."
It is thus suggested that the kochava d'shavit symbolizes the "comet" (depicting the soul-root) of the King Mashiach that appears in the heavens in the month of Shevat (a month known for the frequent appearance of comets and shooting stars by means of which we see the revelation that, "His strength and His power fill the universe").
According to this explanation, we have a unification of seeming opposites: of the comet appearing above and the staff that arises from below--representing "in its appointed time" and "I will hasten it." Similarly, the cloud upon which Mashiach rides when descending from above (anan in Hebrew) is revealed, as is the poor man (ani in Hebrew), in the secret of the prophet Elijah (the harbinger of the ultimate redemption) who prays, (I Kings 18:37), "Answer me [aneini], O G-d, answer me [aneini]" (aneini is cognate both to anan ["cloud"] and to ani ["poor man"]). Towards the end of the Book of Isaiah, (Isaiah 63:17), the prophet prays that G-d will bring forth the redemption, "for Your servants' sake, the tribes (in Hebrew shivtei from shevet--staff) of Your inheritance"--"there (to Jerusalem) the tribes used to go up, the tribes of G-d" (Psalm 122:4)--from "below to above," complimenting the revelation "from above" of the kochava d'shavit.
As is well known, a comet has a "tail" that trails it (the Rambam asserts this fact in his laws of blessings). This is the secret of "the footsteps of the Mashiach"--the "traces" that are left by the King Mashiach on his way to redeem us. During the month of Shevat, the "footprints" of the Mashiach are enclothed in our consciousness, awakening within us the desire to search for him. We seek to connect with the essential quality of the King Mashiach, with the awareness that we are bound to him as Chava was to Adam before they were, as it were, sawn apart. In the month of Shevat, in which we celebrate "the New Year of the trees," it is important to rectify the blemish of the "severing of the sprouts" of faith, to join and re-unite the quality of Kingship (the congregation of Israel, the aspect of Chava) with the Tzadik, foundation of the world" (reflecting Adam, a contraction of Adam, David, Mashiach)--the King Mashiach."
Some Catholics believe that the fire from heaven mentioned in the Akita prophecy and the flaming sword in the Third secret of Fatima refer to the Comet. The Third Secret of Fatima states:"After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."
The Akita prophecy (October 13 1973) states: "As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them."
Posted by Catholic Jew at 8:06 am