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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Garabandal, 2017, Rav Kaduri and Pope Francis: The coming Tsunami

Three years ago (August 18 2012) I wrote about my speculations about the Warning and Miracle of Garabandal in 2016-2017 and the prophecies of Rav Kaduri that there would be some kind of Messianic manifestation to the Jews some time soon after the death of Ariel Sharon.

"...Rav Kaduri also spoke of a manifestation or revelation of the Messiah after the death of Ariel Sharon (who is still in a Coma). It is said that Rav Kaduri whispered to some before he died the date of Av 5772 in regards to the Messiah which many believed meant that there would be some kind of public manifestation of the Messiah. However I believe he meant that after Av 5772 and after the death of Ariel Sharon there will be some kind of apparition or spiritual manifestation of the Messiah to many Jewish people in Israel. Rav Kaduri seemed to be saying that these Manifestations of the Messiah will be more readily accepted by the secular Israelis and that the more religious Jews will have great difficulty in accepting them at first. Besides the spiritual manifestation of the Heavenly Messiah Yehoshua to the Jewish people an earthly Davidic Messiah or Anointed King (Mashiach Ephraim) will also arise to leadership in the world guided by the heavenly Messiah. Rav Kaduri seems to confuse the two or at least those who report his words have confused what he said.

We already see the suffering of the Messiah in the poor people of Syria. Both Jewish and Christian websites are quoting Isaiah 17 in regards to the present situation in Syria. One might also refer to Zechariah 9 and Jeremiah 49..."
The Jewish year 5772 (2012) and Ariel Sharon's death on January 11, 2014 is now past and since then events in the world have sped up. Israel has realised how vulnerable it now is in the world since the US has under Obama virtually abandoned them. We have seen the terrible plight of the Syrian and Iraqi people and refugees and the rise of ISIS almost out of nowhere. My comments back in 2012 about Syria are even more apt now. These events are happening in a dizzying speed as the world rolls from one crisis to another. 

In 2013 we also saw the incredible events of the rise to the papacy of Pope Francis as a prophetic voice crying out in the wilderness of our times (which is the period known as the end of times before the great Era of Peace) challenging the entrenched powers in Church and State.  He has just begun his visit to the US as I type this. Many Catholics and other Christians are watching these events. One anonymous Catholic prophet or locutionist has predicted a major economic collapse to begin as a warning during the Pope's visit to the US. 

Prophecies can be rather tricky things. Does this mean his present visit or a future visit to the US? Is the great French or Frankish Pope of many older Catholic prophecies actually referring to a Francis Pope rather than a French Pope as the name Francis or Francisco means Frenchman? Or does this refer to a future Francis II as Pope or is it indeed actually a French born Pope or a Frankist (Jewish Catholic) Pope that will rise to power alongside the Great Monarch of Catholic prophecy? Is that Great Monarch Prince Harry (Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales) or King Phillipe of Spain or some other as yet unknown member of the European Royal families?

The locutionist states that this economic collapse will be the final warning given before the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart by the Pope after Francis. He (or She) also mentions a Pope who will die for and in Israel. Is this Pope Francis or a future Pope?  There is also the older Catholic prophecies of a Pope who flees Rome who many believe will be called Pius XIII? Some believe the times of special mercy to the Gentiles ended with Pope John Paul II and that Pope Benedict XVI was the first of the Popes of the period called the ''end of times'' (but not the end of the world) which will culminate in a Pope who will be the last Roman based Pope as the true papacy will be transferred back to Jerusalem. As prophecy is usually conditional on our response, the timing of events and personalities involved can be changed. A warning is meant as a wake up call and if the whole world woke up tomorrow and turned back to goodness and truth then we could enter the period of peace and the kingdom without going through all these chastisements. 

It seems significant to many that Pope Francis has called for a special Year of Mercy beginning on the feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) in 2015 and ending on the feast of Christ the King (November 20 2016). This will prepare us for the hundred year anniversary in 2017 of the Fatima apparitions. Our Lady at Fatima gave a message about Russia on July 13 1917. Many think that the consecration of Russia will also occur on a July 13. Could this occur in 2016 or 2017? It will occur when Russia is of great threat to Western Europe and recent events in Russia in regard to Putin makes this seem more likely than it seemed to many a few years ago when it seemed that Russia and the West were allied after the fall of communism. The Garabandal messages spoke of communism returning in a new form and that France would be in the midst of a communist inspired civil war at the time of the events prophesied for Garabandal according to some commentators. These events are also connected to the visit by a Pope to Russia.

The older Catholic prophecies make it clear that the threat of the Muslims especially those of North Africa, Turkey and Iran (Persia); civil wars in France, England and Italy; Russia and Prussia as a threat to Europe; are all part of the scenario which will lead to the rise of the Great Pope and Great Monarch who will lead the world into an era of peace.  These prophecies also speak of sad events from England and of the assassination of the English king. Many Catholics have also taken note of Father Amorth's message to Father Gruner ( written about in his last letter before he died) that if the consecration of Russia had not happened by October 2015 then great events connected with the predictions of Fatima would begin soon after.

Many Australians are now worried that now that our third sitting Prime Minister in their first term has been treacherously been removed by their party colleagues in the last five years, has now made Australia weaker. There is a strong push for homosexual marriages and to open the floodgates to refugees which many Australians fear are hidden ISIS and other fundamentalist Muslims who wish to disrupt Australia like they have in many other places around the world. Australians are happy to take genuine refugees from the Christian and other persecuted minorities such as the Yezidis in Syria and the middle east but they are worried about Muslim ones, especially the single young men. Two nights ago I had a dream of two Tsunami waves hitting Sydney. Is this a prophetic warning? Are the Tsunamis literal or are they more symbolic for something else of a spiritual nature? As Padre Pio said, "Pray, Hope and Don't Worry", pray your Rosary and try to discern the sign of the times as advocated by Pope Paul VI.

The Three 7's and the Great Tribulation: A Hebrew Catholic Speculation

Added on 25 September 2015: I today saw this article published yesterday.

Nobody Likes a Stock Market Crash, but This Is Why We Need One

 Added 26 September 2015: No obvious crash of the New York stockmarket on Friday and the Pope leaves America on Sunday evening so it would seem at this stage that the locutions mentioned above may turn out to be mistaken.
Added on 29 September: It would seem the locutions mentioned above (Locutions to the World) are indeed not true locutions. The locutionist and the spiritual director while probably sincere have mistaken prayer thoughts, imaginings and meditations for authentic locutions. The website seems to have been removed. God can speak through charismatic words of knowledge and wisdom and prophecy but these are more open to human and demonic input and twists. Locutions are a higher level in which an interior voice speaks in the heart and genuine ones are without error. Apparitions is an even higher form in which Heaven in some form appears to the visionary and the visionary hears and sees them with their exterior senses as well as perceiving them interiorly.  However no matter how true the message the visionary and others often misinterpret the meaning of such messages. Time and the fulfillment of them is often different to people's expectations.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mark Kinzer, Kedushah and Our Lady: A Hebrew Catholic Reflection

Messianic Rabbi Mark Kinzer in his new book "Searching her own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish People and the Identity of the Church" in his eighth chapter entitled "Jewish Life as Sacrament" writes of what he calls Judaism's Five Fundamental Sacramental Signs. He associates the Catholic term sacramental with the Jewish "kedushah"(holiness or sanctity). Here I will use his categories in a Marian interpretation.

This whole concept  of kedushah has a Marian dimension as Our Lady is known to Hebrew Catholics as Miriam ha Kedoshah (Holy Mary). This feminine word kedushah is associated with the feminine terms Shekhinah (Dwelling Presence) and kavodah (glory) in Jewish mystical thought. Catholic faith teaches us that the Church herself is the Universal Sacrament of Salvation which contains the seven sacraments. Pope Paul VI declared during Vatican II that Our Lady was the Mother of the Church. In the "Our Father" the Church longs for the Kingdom of the Divine Will which Judaism also calls the Kingdom of Holiness (Malchut Kedushah). Kinzer lists these five "kedushot" or sacramental signs as 1)Israel the holy people or gathering 2) Sabbath as holy time 3) Israel and Jerusalem as holy place 4) Torah as holy word and 5) the mitzvot (commandments) as holy deeds. And I would add two more 6) Tabernacle and Temple as holy sign 7) Priesthood as holy service. 

Thus these seven "kedushot" can be linked to the seven "Razin" or "Sodot" (mysteries/ sacraments) of the New Covenant. They could be listed as 1) Baptism as holy people or gathering 2) Confession as holy time 3) Eucharist as holy place 4) Confirmation as holy deeds 5) Anointing of the sick or Healing as holy word 6) Marriage as holy sign and 7) priesthood as holy service. 

The first mention of kedushah in the Bible is in Genesis 2 in regards to the Sabbath. This alludes to the Sabbath Queen and Shekhinah who is Our Lady in Eternity manifesting in time. As the Lecha Dodi song that greets the Sabbath Bride and Queen proclaims: "She is last in act, first in thought". Our Lady can also been seen as Kneset Yisrael (Gathering of Israel) which is mystically linked to the gathering of waters on Day 3 in Genesis 1. She is the Mother of the Church or people of God.  She is also the Holy Daughter of Zion, Israel and Jerusalem linking her to the concept of holy place as the dwelling place of God in the flesh in her womb. She is also the concept of the oral Torah or voice (Bat Kol) which is linked to the concept of the hands and heart actions of the mother which is linked to the concept of keeping or doing the commandments. The arm tefillin that points to the heart represents this female heart/action dimension. 

As Holy Temple and Holy Ark she is a sign as the Great Sign in Heaven as the heavenly Ark of the Covenant (Aron ha Brit) and the Woman in labour in Revelations 11 and 12. Judaism links the priesthood to being servants of the Shekhinah and her mysteries of the heart who is the Son. If the priest is not united in mystical nuptial union with Shekhinah when he offers he will be destroyed like the sons of Aaron who kindled strange fire. Our Lady is also called Mother of the Priests in Catholic devotion who are called Our Lady's beloved sons. 

Through the power of her Son's resurrection (which is the mystery of "on the third day") Our Lady the human Ark of the covenant, Sovereign of the whole world, was assumed into Heaven and it was from Eternity united in synergy with the Holy Spirit that she manifested as the Shekhinah and Matronita throughout salvation history. She is the Bat Reshit (the First Daughter or Daughter of the Beginning). Her synergy with the Spirit proclaimed in Genesis 1 as the  Spirit of God hovering over the "face upon the Waters" on the first day. These divinised, fruitful and creative waters are the tears she shed throughout her life and at the foot of the Cross as the Mother of Sorrows-Miriam (Bitter Sea) united to the waters that flowed from the pierced side of her Son- the "face upon the deep" enveloped. These waters are mystical, metaphorical and conceptual and are also the sanctified waters of her womb. These are her seas of mercy, love, purity, wisdom, understanding etc. this is the Well of Miriam that is hidden in the text between the twilight of the first and second day.

On the third day of the "gathering of waters" (kneset maya in Aramaic) there is a burst of fruitfulness as a type of the first springtime. This alludes to the third Messianic millennium as a new spiritual springtime and resurrection for the Church with its new and divine holiness (kedushah) as taught by St. Pope John Paul II. This spiritual resurrection will lead to the gathering or ingrafting of the Jewish people or Kneset Yisrael. This is also called by Catholics the Triumph of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus when the Glories of Joseph will be fully revealed (the mystical "rakia"). This new and divine holiness (kedushah) is the Marian grace and gift of living or dwelling in Divine Will. This ushers in the Kingdom of Divine Will (Malchut Ratzon) and the Kingdom of Holiness (Malchut Kedushah) that is the "World that is Coming" (Olam haba) within time. A world in which the fulfillment of the "Our Father" (Avinu) has come with the Divine Will reigning on earth as it is in Heaven.

This third day of the Messianic era is the seventh Day of Creation. This is a day of Sabbath Rest and the Sabbath Bride and Queen. The third Messianic millennium is the seventh Millennium of  mankind. The three days of the Messianic Resurrection is linked to the seven days of Creation. The  creative light of Genesis is the light of the Resurrection of the Messiah-who fresh from the exile (galut) enters Eternity and creates the universe as part of the blast or big bang of his Resurrection power. This resurrection blast is the blast of the mystical shofar (trumpet). This sound or music of the shofar accompanies the Song of Creation of  primordial Rosh haShanah that echoes forth in resurrection power "on the third day" of Exodus 19 with the giving of the Torah on Sinai and culminates in intensity with the spiritual resurrection and gathering of the Jewish people in the third Messianic millennium. "He will revive us after two days: on the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. We shall know, and we shall follow on, that we may know the Lord. His going forth is prepared as the morning light, and he will come to us as the early and the latter rain to the earth." (Hosea 6:3 in the Douai Rheims Bible)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Mark Kinzer and Nostra Aetate: A Hebrew Catholic Viewpoint

I am presently reading Mark Kinzer's new book on Nostra Aetate 4. Kinzer is a leading American Messianic Jewish Rabbi and theologian. I think the book is important for all those interested in the Hebrew Catholic and Messianic Jewish movements. His analysis of Lumen Gentium and Nostra Aetate 4 is very insightful and how they connect and don't connect is an important area of further theological exploration and speculation. We have only started on the theological journey of understanding the role of Jewish believers in the Body of Christ, which is the Church, in the light of the development of doctrine on the role of the Jews in  recent magisterial teaching. 

I think Kinzer makes a very important and valid point about Jewish identity and Torah observance of Jewish believers in Jesus. Lumen Gentium 9 speaks about  the Church being the people make up of Jews and Gentiles, united in one in the Spirit through the blood of the Messiah. Kinzer then draws our attention that this renewed messianic people of God are to be made up of Jews and Gentiles.  Kinzer then refers us to the writings and teachings of Cardinal Lustiger who speaks of the full Catholicity of the original Church containing both Jews as the church from the circumcision and Gentiles as the church from the nations, as two corporate environments in the one Body of the Messiah. Kinzer states: 

"If the Body of Christ is an eschatogically renewed and expanded form of genealogical-Israel, rather than a separate entity created by God ex nihilo and only prefigured by the Israel of the old covenant, then one would expect that the presence of Jews in her midst would be an essential component of her identity. Along with Mary the daughter of Zion, and the apostles, these Jews would serve as an extension of the Jewish identity of the risen Jesus in the heart of the Church...The Jewish members of the Church are a prophetic sign of the church's historical continuity with " the people of the Old Covenant, never revoked by God"....The "people of God" will not reach their destined fullness till the Jewish people- as a corporate reality- and the ecclesia come together as one flock with one shepherd...The presence of the gentiles in this people is essential to its universal vocation: however, the presence of Jews is just as essential..."

Rabbi Mark Kinzer then challenges us with these questions:

"...Is it sufficient for these Jewish members of the Church to be hidden like leaven in her universally expanding dough? Should their identity as Jews not be treasured, celebrated, and visibly expressed? And is it sufficient for these Jewish members of the Church to live dispersed among their gentile brothers and sisters, isolated from one another and without any distinctive corporate identity among themselves? Is the ecclesia ex circumcisione an invisible community of unrelated individuals, or is it called to be a manifest social reality, like the universal ecclesia of which it is part?..."

These concerns of Rabbi Kinzer is one of the main reasons it would seem that he has not formally entered the Catholic Church. Father Elias Friedman the founder of the Association of Hebrew Catholics was also concerned with this idea of the Jews in the Church having a judicially approved corporate identity in the Church. This was why Friedman opposed any forms of active evangelisation that targeted Jewish people at this stage of salvation history. It is a point of great frustration for many Catholic Jews that it is very difficult at present to live out fully their Jewish vocation or election in the Church. The best we can manage is to, in a limited way, become more observant of some of our Jewish traditions and customs as a form of private devotion. This is a great first step but the communal aspect of our election and calling as Israelites can never be fully satisfied in a gentile dominated environment of faith.

I look forward to reading the rest of Rabbi Kinzer's insightful book "Searching Her Own Mystery: Nostra Aetate, the Jewish people, and the identity of the Church". This is a book every Catholic theologian should read and contemplate. Cardinal Schonborn of Austria writes the foreword to this book and also asks the Catholic reader: "Will we hear the essential question he [Kinzer] raises, he and the movement of Messianic Jews in whose name he speaks?"