St Stephen: A Saint for Our Times

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Matthew 23: 34 – 39 (Gospel Reading for Feast of St Stephen on 26th December.

34 Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town,

35 so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth, from the righteous blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

36 Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

The Lament over Jerusalem.

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling

38 Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate.

39  I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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Thoughts on St Stephen:

He was a deacon, to help the apostles with work helping the poor and the widows, etc. He was chosen because of his virtue. He spoke of Christ and His teachings. He was therefore, a threat to the Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees .

He was a threat to them and to their influence on the Jewish people. They hunted him down and stoned him to death. The murderers laid their cloaks at the feet of Saul – an ardent Jew.

The parallels to Christianity today are evident.

True Prophets who speak God’s Word are persecuted: this includes faithful priests and Bishops, who are persecuted, accused falsely and imprisoned; and also the faithful who dare to speak up and challenge the Church Hierarchy on issues of blasphemy and heresy; who dare to ask for Churches to be opened; who dare to ask for Holy Communion on the tongue. Some priests are in hiding, and the faithful are arrested for the crime of doing what Christians do – following their Faith.

Christians are a threat to the elite, and the masonic cults. Christians speak God’s Word and so challenge the power- hold off – the elite.

But we must forgive, as St Stephen did – even as Jesus forgave his persecutors, and pray for them – even as St Stephen did. Our Christian Faith then, may one day convert our persecutors, even as St Paul (Saul) was converted. Some of our enemies may one day, through our example and prayers, become one of Christ’s great disciples ( like Saul -St Paul- did.)

St Matthew’s Gospel and the Pharisees of today

Indeed, Jesus’ Words in St Matthew’s Gospel today (on the feast of St Stephen), “ , I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town…

In fact, the most outspoken Archbishop is in hiding, but he still dares to speak out!

As a result Jesus laments over what will now happen: “ … Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to youyour house will be abandoned, desolate.  (Matt. 23: 37)

The ‘stoning’ of true prophets is done in various ways, – ridicule, lies, false testimony, priests being sent for “re-education”, faithful priests dismissed from their parishes for daring to obey Church Teachings and promote it, for daring to defend Truth and Morals.

And we can see this happening – bit by bit, Christ’s true Teachings are being altered and abandoned. We have seen many examples since 2013. So too, will the Christian churches be empty of Divine content and true teachings. As a result Jesus laments over what will now happen: “ … Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you your house will be abandoned, desolate.” 

Only one thing is certain: God’s Mercy and Justice will prevail.!

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Excerpt from Book of Truth Message  1075 (16 March 2014 @ 6:00pm)   :

“…The Book of Truth was foretold to Daniel and then given in parts to John the Evangelist. Much of what is contained in the Book of Revelation is still to unfold….”

“..l.Just as the world was prepared for My First Coming, so also is it now being prepared for My Second Coming. To those who oppose Me, in My Efforts to save souls and who embrace My enemies, know this. You will never defeat the Power of God. You will never destroy the Word. You will never desecrate My Body and be allowed to stay standing.

When the prophecies, which are contained in the Book of Revelation, unfold, you must never despair, for be assured that the Love of God for His children means that He will deal with His enemies harshly and strive to bring all of His children, who recognise Me, His only Son, into His Divine Haven of Peace. And while the enemies of God will steal the souls of many, through a veneer of charm and deceit, many people will pour scorn on the True Word of God.

For those who are blessed with vision, fear not My enemies, but the Wrath of God, as it descends on those who try to steal the souls of those who are none the wiser as to what is taking place.

God’s Love is Almighty and His Allegiance to the survival of every person is infinite. But His Punishment upon His enemies is as fierce as it is final.

Your Jesus”

https://missionofsalvation.com/message-1075/  

Excerpt of Message from God the Father about listening to the prophets ( 26 May 2013 @ 2:45pm)  :

…I send My prophets to remind you of My Infinite Love for every one of My precious children. I also send them to warn you of the obstacles, which will be placed before you by the evil one to take you away from Me. When I reveal these things, it is not to upset you, but to save you and to keep you from harm.

The Truth given to you in My Holy Book, the Bible, is there for you to see. Do not take it and create your own version, for it is not My Desire that you twist the Truth. I promised the world the Book of Truth and I never go back on My Holy WordThis I give you now, so that I can gather My children from the four corners of the Earth. My enemies will try to stop the spread of the contents in the Book of Truth. Do not allow them to distract you, as when this happens souls will be lost to Me.

Be thankful that I, your beloved Father, give you this great Gift, as you will need My Direction, especially now, as the antichrist will now be presented for the world to see. You will, through the Book of Truth, be shown how to protect your souls from the contamination he has planned to inflict upon the world. Every protection is being given to you to help save, not only your own souls, but the souls of billions. …”

See https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0804/    to read the complete message.

 

JtM Crusade Prayer Meeting Thurs. 14th March, 2019

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Prayer Theme:  Discipleship

Prayers are Groups A & E: (See https://remnantdisciplesjtm.com/crusade-prayer-group-format/ for details).

Readings

Bible: Matt. 12: 22-37

Book of Truth: 5 Sept, 2014

Book of Truth: 21 March 2011

Bible Reading

Matthew 12: 22-37

Jesus and Beelzebul. 22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute. He cured the mute person so that he could speak and see. 23 All the crowd was astounded, and said, “Could this perhaps be the Son of David?” 24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “This man drives out demons only by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons.” 25 But he knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. 26 And if Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; how, then, will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 How can anyone enter a strong man’s house and steal his property, unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. 30 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

A Tree and Its Fruits. 33Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. 37 By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Readings from the Book of Truth

Do not cut yourself off from Me. If you do, there will be great weeping

September 5, 2014 @ 8:45pm

My dearly beloved daughter, let it be known that death has no power over those of Mine, whose faith has sustained them right up to their last breath. These souls have no fear of physical death because they know that Eternal Life begins at that time.  I await such souls with open arms and they run like little children towards the Light of My Love. I embrace them and take them into My Kingdom, awaiting each and every such soul in the presence of the Hierarchy of Angels and all the saints – then great rejoicing takes place.

I reunite them with their families and there is much joy, love and excitement. No more tears. No memories of the sufferings, which they endured on earth, remain. All worries, sadness and despair are wiped away and forgotten, in an instant. Death opens the door for those who die in a state of Grace as new life begins.For every soul who is welcomed into My Kingdom, there are different levels, and each one is accorded their reward, based on the Glory, which they have given to God.

For souls who die in a state of sin, know that I Am All Merciful and, after their purification, they will be welcomed into My Kingdom. Always pray for such souls because they cannot pray for themselves at that stage.  Your prayers will be heard and I will await these souls with open and loving arms. It is important for every child of God to understand one important thing about life after death. You must ask Me, Your Jesus, to forgive you; your failings; your weaknesses and your iniquities, before you die, for it is then that My Mercy is at its greatestIf you do not believe in God, you reject Eternal Life. Without love for God, love cannot be yours after death.  I Am Love and without Me, you will feel nothing but pain. Separation from God is to be feared. If you feel confused about My Existence, then you must simply ask Me to show you a sign of My Love, and I will respond.

Do not cut yourself off from Me. If you do, there will be great weeping and you can never be consoled, for I will be unable to help you.My Kingdom will give you Eternal Life but you must ask Me for My Help by reciting this prayer.

Crusade Prayer (165) For the Gift of Eternal Life

Jesus help me to believe in Your Existence. Give me a sign so that my heart can respond to You. Fill my empty soul with the Grace that I need to open my mind and my heart to Your Love. Have Mercy on me, and cleanse my soul from every wrongdoing, that I have committed in my life. Forgive me for rejecting You, but please fill me with the love that I need, to be made worthy of Eternal Life. Help me to know You, to see Your Presence in other people and fill me with the Grace to recognise the Sign of God in every beautiful Gift which You have given the human race. Help me to understand Your Ways and save me from the separation and the pain of darkness that I feel in my soul. Amen.

Do not allow human pride, intellectual analysis or opinion to sway you from the Truth.  As a child of God you are very precious to Me. Do not let Me lose you.Come. I Am Here. I Am Real. Let Me fill your soul with My Presence.  Once that happens you will find it difficult to ignore Me.

I love you all. I bless you. I await your response.

Your Jesus

After this reading, (which was chosen by another prayer group member, but was read by Crusader D) she went to close the book, but for some reason, D’s thumb suddenly stopped it from closing.  It was not an accident but a decisive movement and she doesn’t know why she did it. She looked down and her eyes fell immediately where her thumb was placed: to the heading of the article on that page, “My most esteemed bishop …”. We were all feeling pretty sad for Cardinal Pell, and just before the meeting had been discussing recent events and the prayers /Masses we were saying and offering up for him. We were talking about how there was a strong air of hate in society and priests were afraid to go out in public.

Everything was taken from Him – his Rosary beads etc, and he was not allowed to even say a private Mass in his gaol cell (according to Victorian law). Jesus was reminding us that He was with us in our sadness, and that He was also with our beloved Cardinal. We know that this hate is just a foretaste of what is to come in the future. We didn’t read the reading because we had looked at it many times in the past few weeks. We went on to the next Crusader who had chosen a reading (randomly, as always) and the heading also seemed also to be speaking to us re: the Cardinal Pell situation.

Pray for those who cause you pain

21 March 2011 @ 11:00pm

Tonight, My beloved daughter, you feel a peace, which you have not felt for such a long time. You, My daughter, have been tortured by the deceiver and now, through the graces that I have bestowed no longer feel the effects of such attacks.

I have sent you a clean soul, full of love, to help guide you. He will hold your hand and lead you towards Me and the Truth. You, My beloved daughter, now understand what it is like to suffer in My Name. You know what it is like to be mocked in public, ridiculed behind your back, accused of wrongdoing, of which you are not guilty, and all, in My Name.

Rejoice, My daughter, for this means that you have now become closer in union with Me. Prayer, as you now finally understand, will keep you in a state of grace and peace.

My daughter, do not judge those who cause you pain. Pray for them. Forgive them. But you have already done that haven’t you? Now you understand the Truth of My Teachings. I will make you stronger and stronger, My daughter. Never fear. As I have told you before, the deceiver will never steal your soul. I hold you close in My Arms and vow that should you stray I will always draw you back to Me.

You must now gain the strength and courage to communicate My Divine Messages to mankind. They are urgent. You know what to do. Call Me into your heart every minute of the day.

I love you, My brave, precious daughter. I Am proud of you in the way you calmly defended the Truth and did not deny these Sacred Messages, because you now know the Truth.

Your loving Saviour, Jesus Christ.