We ARE in Lent: in more ways than one!

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(This post refers to our JtM Prayer group meetings on 28th Feb; and on the 7th March. This post is about our meeting and the actual messages read on 7th March, 2019.  (See  https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/2019/03/09/jtm-crusade-prayer-meeting-on-thurs-7th-march-2019/  for the exact words of the readings.)

The themes seemed to be a continuation from our last Thursday Meeting on 28 Feb. (Last week’s we had already discussed: See:   https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/2019/03/08/the-modern-day-king-herod-and-the-thorn-in-his-side-cardinal-pell/ )

It seems that Jesus had an interesting sequence of messages planned for us and He is drawing attention to the season. Not just the literal season but our ‘season’ in Biblical History. He is drawing our attention to the signs of the times as He warns us in the Gospels:

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near, so also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, right at the very gates.” (Matt. 24: 32-35)

Read all of Matthew Chapter 24 (see http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/24  ) and pray for understanding about the signs being provided.

So why do I say that Jesus was drawing attention to the parallel of the seasons? Between the Catholic Church, the world and His Word?

Several things are overlapping in the history of His Church, in her current season- which is one of mourning (for the extent of child abuse, for the killing and persecution of true brothers and sisters in Christ and for the abandonment of true Teaching focusing on God’s Word) as well as the literal season of Lent in the liturgical cycle; there are things happening to Christians everywhere, in the natural world as well as the political one which fulfill Biblical prophecy. In fact, as I write this on March 8th (the First Friday in Lent), we see the danger of the Abomination of Desolation being set up to be introduced into the Temple of God. More on that later.

This is how Our Lord is opening our eyes even further at our prayer group, through a sequence of readings on a particular day…

Firstly, last week’s reading was about John the Baptist. We used a different bible and a different person opened it- but again, this week, it was about John the Baptist; at the beginning of his ministry in the Gospel of Mark- just before the official start of Jesus’ public ministry.

The themes were fasting, turning from sin, evangelization… “Lent!” my mum observed, whose season started for us the day before (on Ash Wednesday).  In actual fact, we finished the reading in Mark with Jesus in the desert for 40 days rejecting temptation- which is the exact reason- a direct connection to why we practice self-denial, turning from sin and renewal of our baptismal promises in Lent- which lasts 40 days. Because of this desert experience of Jesus and the exhortations of St. John. Furthermore, what does John the Baptist do, except prepare a way for The Lord?

Is this not what he exhorts us to do also, in relation to Christ’s Second Coming? In preparation for the Great Tribulation? Would not God warn us again? Through His prophets or through one specific prophet; especially if we were entering the times immediately preceding His Second Coming? Like a modern day John the Baptist? This is exactly what He has done through the Book of Truth – prophesied in Daniel to be revealed in these times.

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The second and third readings at our Thursday prayer groups are always from this Book of Truth, which was given through one of God’s prophets: specifically to prepare His people (all of you) for His Second Coming and to lead us through the chastisements and Tribulation. God said He would send this (in Daniel); and that the Lamb of God (Jesus) would open the Seal and that He is the only One who can reveal the contents. So those of you who believe in the Second Coming, should have been expecting these prophecies to be revealed in these times.

Our second reading from the Book of Truth was about looking forward with hope – to a glorious future after all the terrible chastisements and the reign of the AC. It is like the hope of the Resurrection celebrated at Easter, at the end of Lent.  The second resurrection is that of the dead, and the fulfillment of God’s Promise on earth (as it is in heaven.) There is no Easter without the Passion and the Cross, as we are undergoing now. I made that connection because mum drew the parallel to Lent.

It seemed like a sequence of messages: two about John leading us to Jesus, and then pointing to the Resurrection.

 

The last reading was a prophecy which again, now, we see being fulfilled. The news that came in today was ringing of long prophesied future changes in the Mass. The Trojan – horse mechanism is that of the Youth Synod and the Plenary Council (in Australia), even Bishop Conferences in other countries. More about that in the next article – so the alarm can be sounded!

A final note:

If you have not read the Book of Truth, how do you expect to be prepared for Christ’s Second Coming? Do not reject God’s word through His prophets.

He has always sent them for a reason.