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Combat Angel

Shepherding the Nations With the 'Iron Rod' of Christ's Mouth

By Steven Merten

©Copyright 2008
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations

Through Christ's obedience to death on the cross, 'the blood of the Lamb', the Father gave Jesus the authority to sit at His right hand and rule (JOH 17:1-5)(MAT 28:18)(REV 11:15-17). Through the blood of the Son, our Savior, Jesus, God has the power to hold a man's sins loost so he can go to heaven. Through the power of God's Word, the commandments of God, God has the power to hold sins bound, damning a soul to hell (JOH 12:47-50). After Jesus was crucified, died, and rose again, 'the blood of the Lamb' the Father bestowed Jesus with the power to hold sins loost or hold sins bound (MAT 28:18). If Jesus holds a man bound to his sin, the man is damned to hell. If Jesus holds a man's sins loost, the man can go to heaven. Jesus desires to use His power of binding and loosting sins, also known as the 'keys to the Kingdom', to shepherd and rule the nations. (PSA 2:8)

Scripture describes Jesus as having a 'sword' or an 'iron rod' coming forth from His mouth. If Jesus proclaims with His lips that a man's sins are held bound, that man goes to hell. Jesus proclaiming a man bound to his sins is therefore a spiritually deadly weapon.

NAB REV 1:16

A sharp, two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest. When I caught sight of him I fell down at his feet as though dead, he touched me with his right hand and said: "There is nothing to fear. I am the First and the Last and the One who lives. Once I was dead but not I live-- forever and ever. I hold the keys of death and the nether world."

NAB ISA 11:4 The Rule of Immanuel.

He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.

NAB3 JOB 4:9

By the breath of God they perish, and by the blast of his wrath they are consumed.

Scripture tells us that Jesus will rule the nations with the iron rod of His mouth. The iron rod of Christ's mouth which is the power to bind and loost sin also known as the 'keys to the Kingdom'.

NAB REV 19:15 The King of kings.

Out of his mouth came a sharp sword for striking down the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron rod; it is he who will tread out in the winepress the blazing wrath of God the Almighty. A name was written on the part of the cloak that covered his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."

NAB PSA 2:8

Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possessions. You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish."

NAB REV 12:5

She gave birth to a son--a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod.

NAB REV 2:27

He shall rule them with a rod of iron and shatter them like crockery; and I will give him the morning star.

How does Jesus rule the nations with the iron rod of His mouth? The sword of Christ's mouth is wielded by spoken words binding men to their sins. Jesus tells us that upon His Second Coming it will be Judgement Day. St. Peter tells us that upon the coming of the Lord, "the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt away in a blaze." After Judgement Day the chosen are permanently separated out in heaven and the hellgoers are permanently separated out in hell. What effect could the sword of Christ's mouth, the power to bind and loost sins, have, in regard to ruling and shepherding, upon the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

NAB MAT 24:29 Coming of the Son of Man.

"Immediately after the stress of that period, 'the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed her light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the hosts of heaven will be shaken loose. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and 'all the clans of earth will strike their breasts' as they see 'the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven' with power and great glory. He will dispatch his angels 'with a mighty trumpet blast, and they will assemble his chosen from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.'

NAB MAT 24:37

The coming of the Son of Man will repeat what happened in Noah's time. In the days before the flood people were eating and drinking, marrying and being married right up to the day Noah entered the ark. They were totally unconcerned until the flood came and destroyed them. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal; one will be taken and on will be left. Stay awake, therefore! You cannot know the day your Lord is coming.

NAB 2PE 3:10

The day of the Lord will come like a thief, and on that day the heavens will vansih with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and all its deeds will be made manifest.

Since everything is to be destroyed in this way, what sort of men must you not be! How holy in your conduct and devotion, looking for the coming of the day of God and trying to hasten it! Because of it, the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt away in a blaze. What we await are new heavens and a new earth where, according to his promise, the justice of God will reside.

Upon the Second Coming of Christ, all the ruling and shepherding of the nations on earth will be over and done. After Judgment Day, the saints will forever be in heaven and the hell goers will forever be in hell. In Luke 16:19, Jesus tells the rich man that there is no loosting of sin of one of the damned existing in hell so he can go to heaven and their is no way for a saint in heaven to cross over into hell. After Judgement Day, which happens upon Christ's Second Coming, all the binding and loosting of sin will be over.

If Jesus is to rule the nations with the iron rod of His mouth, otherwise known as the 'Keys to the Kingdom' or the binding and loosting of sins, it will have to be before His Second Coming on Judgement Day. The sword of Christ's mouth is wielded by the spoken word. So how does Jesus fulfill scriptures, which tell us He will rule and shepherd the nations with the rod of His mouth? "a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod", "He shall rule them with a rod of iron", "You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish"

The Father bestowed Jesus with the power to hold sins bound or hold sins loost. Then Jesus empowered St. Peter and the other Apostles with the power to hold sins bound or hold sins loost. Jesus swears to the Apostles that anyone they hold bound to their sin on earth, Jesus will hold bound to their sin in heaven. Jesus does not go back on His Word. St. Peter, our succession of Popes, does not need any earthly king, dictator or president's help to enforce Jesus' law on earth. St. Peter, our Apostolic Successors, have Jesus backing them up from heaven with the deadliest weapon on earth or in heaven. It is through Jesus' chain of command that Jesus wills His Church and 'the nations' to be ruled and shepherded with the iron rod of His mouth. Jesus hands the iron rod of His mouth, which is the 'keys to the Kingdom', over to Apostolic Successors and wills them to use it to rule, shepherd and protect His Church on earth.

NAB MAT 16:13

Jesus replied, "Blest are you, Simon son of John! No mere man has revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. I for my part declare to you, you are 'Rock,' and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

NAB JOH 20:20

At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. "Peace be with you," he said again. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said: "Recieve the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound."

NAB MAT 5:22

What I say to you is: everyone who grows angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement; any man who uses abusive language toward his brother shall be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and if he holds him in contempt he risks the fires of Gehenna.
Jesus goes into great detail on how He wills the 'iron rod' of His mouth to be used by the Church. Jesus wills that even individual victimized Christians, in individual injustices, if unresolved through repentance of the perpetrator, have the right to be protected by having their case backed up, through the Church, by the "iron rod" of His mouth.

NAB MAT 18:15 Fraternal Correction.

"If your brother should commit some wrong against you, go and point out his fault, but keep it between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. If he does not listen, summon another, so that every case may stand on the word of two or three witnesses. If he ignores them, refer it to the church . If he ignores even the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. I assure you, whatever you declare bound on earth shall be held bound in heaven, and whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be held loosed in heaven."

Jesus has given His sworn oath, an oath that He cannot go back on, that He will not forgive anyone bound to sin by Apostolic Successors. Even if St. Peter, and Apostolic Successors, themselves are not standing at the pearly gates, their binding and loosting of sins on earth, the 'the keys to the Kingdom', will be at the pearly gates allowing in or locking out.

In Revelations 2, Jesus warns the early Christian church that if the evil doers among them do not repent, He will fight them with the sword of His mouth. Satan's home and Satan's throne are mentioned giving the sense that Jesus would be fighting Satan with the sword of His mouth.

NAB REV 2:12

To Pergamum. "To the presiding spirit of the church in Pergamum, write this: "'The One with the sharp, two-edged sword has this to say: I know you live in the very place where Satan's throne is erected; and I know you hold fast to my name and have not denied the faith you have in me, not even at the time when Antipas, my faithful witness, was martyred in your city where Satan has his home. Nevertheless I hold a few matters against you: there are some among you who follow the teaching of Balaam, who instruct Balak to throw a stumbling block in the way of the Israelites by tempting them to eat food sacrificed to idols and to practice fornication. Yes, you too have those among you who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent! If you do not, I will come to you soon and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Jesus, as Commander and Chief of His Church, has His army, the Apostles and their Successors, on earth and He has armed them with, and authorized them to use, the sword of His mouth. If Jesus decides to deploy the weapon of His mouth and engage Satan in battle at Pergamum, He does not have to appear at Pergamum in the Second Coming. Jesus simply has to send the Holy Spirit to guide His army, the Apostles and their Successors, who are already on earth and armed with the sword of His mouth, to engage Satan in battle at Pergamum. Apostolic Successors are fully armed, authorized and commanded by Christ to use the sword of His mouth to protect and guide the Church on earth.

Because of Jesus sworn oath to Apostolic Successors, that He will bind in heaven what ever sin they bind on earth, any Apostle, or Successor, wielding the sword of Christ's mouth is equally as spiritually deadly as if Christ were physically standing there wielding the sword of His mouth Himself. Jesus does not go back on His sworn oaths. Apostolic Successors calling upon Jesus to bind the fornicators and idol worshipers of Pergamum to their sins, will in deed 'shatter them like an earthen dish' and then some. Protecting the Church of Pergamum from idol worship and fornication by 'cutting off' violators with the sword of Christ's mouth is a text book application as to why Jesus armed the Apostles with the power to hold sins bound in the first place. The sword of Jesus' mouth, is His power to hold sins bound, which takes the form of Anathema , on earth. Jesus wills the shepherds of His Church on earth to cut off and throw into hell evildoers and those who lead others into apostasy. Jesus does this to protect the whole body of His Church from being tempted into sins like fornication and the worship of false gods. Please visit Throwing Stones which takes a look at Christ's instructions to the Apostles on the use of the sword of His mouth.

The beauty of the sword of Christ's mouth is that, when wielded on earth, it is totally reversible. On earth, any sinner struck down by an Apostolic Successor's use of the sword of Christ mouth, holding sins bound, still has the option to repent and go to Apostolic Successors to receive healing from an Apostolic Successor binding. Apostolic Successors have the Christ given power to hold sins loost, the Church Sacrament of Reconciliation, which heals those who repent of their sins.

By the Power of Jesus sworn oath, Jesus commissioned His Church shepherds with the power to bind and loost sins equal to His own power to do so. In this way Jesus shepherds His Flock with the 'iron rod' of His mouth through His priests on earth. No doubt it will also be through Apostolic Successors that Jesus will fulfill the scriptures, and His 'destiny', which tell us He will, in the future apocalypse, 'shepherd all the nations with an iron rod'.

NAB REV 12:5

She gave birth to a son--a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod.

NAB LUK 22:29

He said to them, I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father has conferred one on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

NAB2 PSA 47:6

God mounts the throne amid shouts of joy; the LORD, amid trumpet blasts. Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our king, sing praise. God is king over all the earth; sing hymns of praise. God rules over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne. The princes of the peoples assemble with the people of the God of Abraham. For the rulers of the earth belong to God, who is enthroned on high.

REV 20:4 Thousand Year Reign.

Then I saw some thrones. Those who were sitting on them were empowered to pass judgement. I also saw the spirits of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and the word of God, those who had never worshiped the beast or its image nor accepted its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The others who were dead did not come to life till the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection; happy and holy are they who share in the first resurrection! The second death will have no claim on them; they shall serve God and Christ as priests, and shall reign with him for a thousand years.

NAB PSA 2:8

Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possessions. You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish."

Archangel Michael is the Church's great guardian and protector. Scripture tells us that Archangel Michael defeats Satan by the power of the 'blood of the Lamb' and Satan looses his place in heaven (REV 12). We know that Archangel Michael, on his own, without the power of the 'blood of the Lamb', does not have the power to cast anyone out of heaven. It is Archangel Michael's weapon that does have the power to take away someone's place in heaven. We know that it is through Christ's death on the cross, 'the blood of the Lamb' that He receives the power to rule heaven and earth through 'holding sins bound' or 'holding sins loost'. We know that beings loose their place in heaven when bound to their sins by Jesus. We know that Jesus transfers to others His power to bind sin in heaven and on earth. We can safely hypothesis that there is not another weapon in heaven or earth like or even close to the power of the sword of Christ's mouth which displaces beings from heaven. No doubt the weapon that Archangel Michael, the great guardian and protector of the Church, uses to displace Satan from heaven is the sword of Christ's mouth, the power to hold sins bound.

The weapon that Archangel Michael, the great protector and guardian of the Church, uses to displace Satan from heaven seems to be the same weapon that Jesus gave to Peter, His succession of Popes, and the other eleven, to guard and protect His Church with. Interesting!

NAB REV 12:5

She gave birth to a son--a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and to his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God; there she was taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days...

...Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God. They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you! His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."

Why would Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, need Archangel Michael to combat Satan in 'heaven'? It would seem to me that Jesus Himself would be fully capable of the total annihilation of Satan in any battle fought in heaven, if such a battle could even occur in heaven. Before the 'blood of the lamb', in physical time, Jesus teaches us to pray, "Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". If evildoer Satan is in heaven awaiting the 'blood of the lamb', and his war with Archangel Michael, at the time Jesus gives us the Lord's Prayer, then this would put a whole different light on what Jesus meant by 'as it is in heaven' (Mathew 6:9).

Jesus assures us that no one can enter the Kingdom of God, which we Christians understand as 'heaven', unless they are begotten of God (JOH 3:3). Saints born into eternal life as a part of God's eternal Kingdom cannot be harmed by the second death (REV 2:11)(REV 20:6). Satan dies in the 'second death' (REV 20). Satan 'lost his place' from 'heaven' by the power of the 'blood of the Lamb' (REV 12:7-12). Satan could never have actually been in 'The Kingdom of God', which we Christians know as 'heaven'.

It is by Archangel Michael's 'words' that Satan is 'cast out' of heaven. The only 'words' Powerful enough to 'cast out' Satan from 'heaven' is the sword of Christ's mouth the Power to 'hold sins bound' which Christ empowered to Apostolic Successors and, it seems, Angels. It is the sword of Christ's mouth, Christ's Authority to bind and loost sin, deployed by Archangel Michael, which displaces Satan from 'heaven'.

The Old Testament book of Daniel tells us that, the great guardian and protector of the Church, Archangel Michael, will come to earth at the end of time.

NAB DAN 12:1

"At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; Some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, And those who lead the many to Justice shall be like the stars forever.

"As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase."

The Biblical book of Revelations talks about an angel coming to earth to chain the dragon, Satan, up in hell so he will not 'lead the nations astray'. It is no doubt the sword of Christ's mouth, the 'keys to the Kingdom', which the angel uses to hurl the dragon into hell and chain the dragon up in hell. No doubt this angel is the great Archangel Michael. Jesus empowered and commanded Apostolic Successors to 'cut off' and hurl into hell the evil portion of the body of the Church that leads the body of the Church astray. Please visit Throwing Stones. If a dragon shows up on earth, and he has a sin, which the dragon, who is Satan, has many sins, then Apostolic Successors have the Christ given power, to hurl the dragon into hell, chain the dragon up in hell, and even release the dragon from hell.

The power and capabilities of the angels of Revelation are similar if not identical to the power and capabilities of our present human Apostolic Successors here on earth today. When The Son of God came to earth to ransom God's people, He came in the form of man. When Saint Michael, the Archangel, comes to earth at the Apocalypse, the most logical way for him to take hold of his weapon, the key to the abyss, the sword of Christ's mouth, is for him to be a human Apostolic Successor.

NAB REV 20:1

Thousand Year Reign. Then I saw an angel come down from heaven, holding the key to the abyss and a huge chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil or Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. The angel hurled him into the abyss, which he closed and sealed over him. He did this so that the dragon might not lead the nations astray until the thousand years are over. After this, the dragon is to be released for a short time.

NAB ISA 27:1

On that day, The LORD will punish with his sword that is cruel, great, and strong, Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the coiled serpent; and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea. On that day—The pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the LORD, am its keeper, I water it every moment; Lest anyone harm it, night and day I guard it. I am not angry, but if I were to find briers and thorns, In battle I should march against them; I should burn them all. Expunging and expelling, I should strive against them, carrying them off with my cruel wind in time of storm. In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall sprout and blossom, covering all the world with fruit. Is he to be smitten as his smiter was smitten? or slain as his slayer was slain? Or shall he cling to me for refuge? He must make peace with me; peace shall he make with me!

NAB MAT 13:36

The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned (up) with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear."

St. Michael the Archangel

...In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed with helmet, sword, and shield (often the shield bears the Latin inscription: Quis ut Deus), standing over the dragon, whom he sometimes pierces with a lance. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed (cf. Rock, "The Church of Our Fathers", III, 160), or the book of life, to show that he takes part in the judgment...

Quoted from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10275b.htm

Daniel 12:1 tells us that Archangel Michael is on earth in the era of the apocalypse. Archangel Michael is on earth when the Beast (Satan) is defeated and hurled into hell at Armageddon (REV 19:11). Archangel Michael is on earth, when the dragon (Satan) is hurled into hell and chained up in hell (REV 20:1). It is on free willed earth where Jesus and His 'armies of heaven' must do combat against Christ's enemy Satan and Satan's forces of evil. We know that Michael defeats Satan at Armageddon to usher in Messianic Reign. It is highly likely, if not indisputable, that all three of these angelic events are describing the same prophetic event. All three angelic events are describing the angel who prepares the earth for Jesus' Messianic Reign. In all these events, it is the sword of Christ's mouth, the 'Keys to the Kingdom', which is the weapon used to defeat Satan. All three events are surrounded by statements of Jesus ruling or shepherding the nations with the rod of His mouth. We know that Jesus left the sword of His mouth, the keys to the Kingdom, on earth to be used by others to shepherd His Flock in His place. Messianic Reign is all about shepherding the nations with the ‘iron rod’ of Jesus’ mouth.

Wherever Christ's troops, Angelic or Apostolic, deploy the weapon of Christ's mouth, Jesus will be there with them, backing them up from heaven. The sword of Christ's mouth, the keys to the Kingdom, wielded on earth, by the 'armies of heaven', has repercussions in heaven. "Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Mathew 16:19). No doubt it will be from earth, at Armageddon, that Satan, man's evil pride on earth, will be cast down from heaven.

Church Anathema is the sword or 'iron rod' of Christ's mouth on earth. Scrolls carry words. In Zechariah 5 the scroll is sent out to and consume and destroys perjures and thieves through out the world. The scroll that the great angel reads, to deliver the seven woes of Revelations, certainly could be describing Church anathema. Whether it is Church anathema or an angelic weapon identical to Church anathema, anathema is the weapon of Christ's great combat angels of the apocalypse.

NAB2 ZEC 5:1

Then I raised my eyes again and saw a scroll flying. "What do you see?" he asked me. I answered, "I see a scroll flying; it is twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide." Then he said to me: "This is the curse which is to go forth over the whole earth; in accordance with it shall every thief be swept away, and in accordance with it shall every perjurer be expelled from here. I will send it forth, says the LORD of hosts, and it shall come into the house of the thief, or into the house of him who perjures himself with my name; it shall lodge within his house, consuming it, timber and stones."

NAB2 REV 10

Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire. In his hand he held a small scroll that had been opened. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices, too. When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write it down; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, but do not write it down."

NAB REV 9:1

Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. It was given the key for the passage to the abyss. It opened the passage to the abyss, and smoke came up out of the passage like smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the passage.
It is interesting to note that, in the book of Revelation, Jesus refers to the Bishops of the seven churches as 'angels'. Jesus reveals a relationship between Apostolic Successors and angels. It is even more interesting is that it is the seven angels/Bishops, whom Jesus is 'writing to' who dish out the seven woes of God's wrath at Armageddon in the Book of Revelations. 'Seven' no doubt symbolically meaning the 'complete' number, or all of, the Bishops.

NAB2 REV 15:5

After this I had another vision. The temple that is the heavenly tent of testimony opened, and the seven angels with the seven plagues came out of the temple. They were dressed in clean white linen, with a gold sash around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the fury of God, who lives forever and ever. Then the temple became so filled with the smoke from God’s glory and might that no one could enter it until the seven plagues of the seven angels had been accomplished.

Chapter 16

I heard a loud voice speaking from the temple to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s fury upon the earth."

NAB2 REV 1:20

This is the secret meaning of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Chapter 2

"To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this: "'The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands...

NAB2 REV 2:8

"To the angel of the church in Smyrna, write this:... "

NAB2 REV 2:18

"To the angel of the church in Thyatira, write this:... ”

NAB2 REV 5:6

Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes; these are the (seven) spirits of God sent out into the whole world. He came and received the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones. They sang a new hymn: "Worthy are you to receive the scroll and to break open its seals, for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on earth."
It is interesting to note that when Jesus wields His sickle from heaven it is actually an angel who wields Christ's sickle on earth. Scripture tells us that it is Jesus who treads out the winepress of God's wrath at Armageddon. It is also clear from scriptures that it is an angel who carries out Christ's order to operate the wine press of God's wrath. Apocalyptic scriptures tell us that God musters an army for war. We get the picture that it is Jesus who operates the winepress of God's wrath from heaven by commanding His warrior angels on earth to carry out His will. It is from heaven that Jesus will shepherd the nations with the iron rod of His mouth through His Commands to His army on earth. It is Christ's army, Archangel Michael and his angels, who wield Christ's sickle on earth and hurl Satan and the beast into hell at Armageddon. They do so under the command of their King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ.

NAB REV 19:11 The King of kings.

The heavens were opened, and as I looked on, a white horse appeared; its rider was called "The Faithful and True." Justice is his standard in passing judgment and in waging war. His eyes blazed like fire, and on his head were many diadems. Inscribed on his person was a name known to no one but himself. He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was the Word of God. The armies of heaven were behind him riding white horses and dressed in fine linen, pure and white. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword for striking down the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron rod; it is he who will tread out in the winepress the blazing wrath of God the Almighty. A name was written on the part of the cloak that covered his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."...

...REV 19:19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and the armies they had mustered to do battle with the One riding the horse, and with his army. The beast was captured along with the false prophet who preformed in its presence the prodigies that led men astray, making them accept the mark of the beast and worship its image. Both were hurled down alive into the fiery pool of burning sulphur. The rest were slain by the sword of the One who rode the horse and all the birds gorged themselves on the flesh of the slain.

NAB REV 14:12

Here is what sustains the holy ones who keep God’s commandments and their faith in Jesus.

I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," said the Spirit, "let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them."

Then I looked and there was a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man, with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Another angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, "Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe." So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven who also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel (came) from the altar, (who) was in charge of the fire, and cried out in a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, "Use your sharp sickle and cut the clusters from the earth’s vines, for its grapes are ripe." So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth’s vintage. He threw it into the great wine press of God’s fury. The wine press was trodden outside the city and blood poured out of the wine press to the height of a horse’s bridle for two hundred miles.

NAB JOE 4:9

Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, "I am a warrior!"

Hasten and come, all you neighboring peoples, assemble there!(Bring down, O Lord, your warriors!) Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit in judgment upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for great is their malice.

Just exactly who, where and how the great battle of Armageddon, Archangel Michael's battle with Satan where he displaces Satan from 'heaven', or the Apocalypse Angel chaining Satan in hell, transpires, is not yet fully understood. What is known is that it is the sword of Christ's mouth, the 'Keys to the Kingdom' which is the weapon used to defeat Satan in these conflicts of the book of Revelations. What is known is that human Apostolic Successors here on earth today are armed with the sword of Christ's mouth, the 'Keys to the Kingdom', and therefore fully capable of fighting these types of Spiritual battles. What is known is that Jesus binding sin (the sword of Christ's mouth) or Apostolic Successors calling upon Jesus to fulfill His sworn oath to them and bind sin (the sword of Christ's mouth), the receiver of the binding is equally just as spiritually dead in either case. What is known is that Apostolic Successors are fully armed by Christ to carry out any of His commands. What is known is that Jesus armed, authorized and commanded His Apostolic Successors to use the sword of His mouth to combat the forces of Satan on earth who lead people into sin.

In regard to Archangel Michael's appearance on earth, God tells Daniel to 'keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time'. If we are now in 'end time', relatively speaking, now may be a good time to pray to God and ask Him to have the seal broken and reveal to us the correct understanding of His symbolic mysteries of the books of Daniel and Revelations. Especially in regard to our great protector Archangel Michael who, it seems, will be on a combat mission, sent by Jesus, to rescue and protect His Church from Satan and Satan's rule at the end of time.

Today, the Church, billions of Christians, is in the grip of the devil likely more so than any other time in our Christian Church's history. Massive numbers of Christians are having abortions, fornicating, divorcing, adulterous, failing to tithe to keep the poor from death, failing to keep holy the Sabbath, and the list goes on to a great multitude of sin. Let us pray to Jesus and ask Him to send us His great soldier Archangel Michael to earth in our time. Let us pray that Archangel Michael comes to us, to draw Christ's sword, which is already here on earth, to protect the Church from the grasp of the devil. Protect us Archangel Michael! Protect Christ's Church in our war with the devil on earth. We alone are loosing the battle. Help us Lord Jesus! Lord Jesus, send us your great guardian and Protector, Michael, and the 'armies of heaven', to earth, to protect We, Your Church, in our time of great evil!

Revelations 20 talks of an angel hurling Satan from earth and into hell. Revelations 20 says that the angel will chain Satan up in hell so that he will no longer 'lead the nations astray'. Revelations 20 tells us we will have a 'thousand year' reprieve from the devil. What ever a 'thousand years' without the devil 'leading the nations astray' symbolically means, it sounds good to me.

Upon the end of time, maybe we will see an angel come to earth and chain a dragon or a red tailed demon up in hell. Taking into regard the symbolic nature of the book of Revelations, I believe we will more likely see an angel, in the human form of an Apostolic Successor, rise to do battle with Satan upon the end of time. I do not think we will see a white winged being doing combat with a red tailed, horned demon at the end of time. Instead I think we will see an Apostolic Successor, with the spirit of Christ's great combat angel Michael, draw Christ's sword and protect Christ's Flock from the forces of Satan on earth. Remember that God's Son Jesus came to us in the form of man. How much less significant would it be if Jesus sent His great combat angel Michael the Archangel in the form of man. No doubt, it is the weapon of Christ's mouth, which, in either case, will be used to combat Satan on earth at the end of time. Both Apostolic Successors, present here on earth today, and the angel of the Apocalypse, hold the 'key to the abyss' with which to lock up the dragon who is Satan (Revelation 20:1).

Who is Satan anyway? Has anyone seen the red tailed demon with his pitchfork in hand? We see Satan's work of 'leading the nations astray' all around us. We see Satan's destruction and temptation, however, has anyone seen the horned red demon? If someone has the GPS coordinates of Satan, America can dispatch a squadron of F-15 fighter jets and slay him to hell with a barrage of hellfire missiles. If America can target Satan, a red tailed demon, why bother the Pope, Bishops or Apocalypse Angels to draw the sword of Christ's mouth, the 'Keys to the Kingdom', to do combat Satan? Satan is a bit more elusive than what America can target her weapons on. Satan performs his destruction and temptation through the evil, immoral actions of free willed humans on earth. It is the evil actions of people in society which do the work of Satan in tempting others into hell and 'leading the nations astray'.

NAB2 REV 2:7

I know your tribulation and poverty, but you are rich. I know the slander of those who claim to be Jews and are not, but rather are members of the assembly of Satan.

NAB MAT 16:21

From then on Jesus (the Messiah) started to indicate to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly there at the hands of the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and to be put to death, and raised up on the third day. At this Peter took him aside and began to remonstrate with him. "May you be spared, Master! God forbid that any such thing ever happen to you!" "Jesus turned on Peter and said, "Get out of my sight, you Satan! you are trying to make me trip and fall.

NAB JOH 6:70

Jesus replied, "Did I not choose the Twelve of you myself? Yet one of you is a devil. " (He was talking about Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, who, though on of the Twelve, was going to hand Jesus over.)
Judas does the work of the devil and Jesus holds Judas' sins bound. Jesus washes the feet of the Apostles and loosts the sins of eleven of them. Jesus holds Judas Iscariot, who does the work of the devil, bound to his sins.

NAB JOH 13:2

The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to hand him over; and so, during the supper, Jesus --fully aware that he had come from God and was going to God, the Father who had handed everything over to him-- rose from the meal and took off his cloak. He picked up a towel and tied it around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet and dry them with the towel he had around him.../break/...MAT 13:10 "The man who has bathed has no need to wash (except for his feet); he is entirely cleansed, just as you are; though not all." (The reason he said, "Not all are washed clean," was that he knew his betrayer.)

NAB JOH 8:44

The father you spring from is the devil, and willingly you carry out his wishes. He brought death to man from the beginning, and has never based himself on truth; the truth is not in him.

NAB ACT 13:8

But Elymas-"the magician," for that is what his name means--opposed them and sought to turn the govenor away from the faith. Saul(also known as Paul) was filled with the Holy Spirit; he stared at him and exclaimed: "You are an imposter and thoroughgoing fraud, you son of Satan and enemy of all that is right! Will you never stop trying to make crooked the straight paths of the Lord!"

NAB MAT 13:38

The weeds are the followers of the evil one and the enemy who sowed them them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, while the harvesters are the angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned, so will it be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will dispatch his angels to collect from his kingdom all who draw others to apostasy, and all evildoers. The angels will hurl them into the fiery furnace where they will wail and grind their teeth. Then the saints will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom.
Fallen Angel

Jesus commands His Church that if Her hand, foot or eye is Her undoing, She is to cut it off and throw it into Gehenna (hell). Jesus commands His Church that She is not to allow the scandalous conduct of the individual limbs of Her body to pull Her whole body into damnation. The reason Jesus left Apostolic Successors with the sword of His mouth was to empower His Church to 'cut off' and throw into hell those limbs of Her body which pull the whole body of the Church into hell. As Jesus commands His Angels of the Apocalypse to hurl into hell those who 'draw others to apostacy' (MAT 13:38, quoted above) so does Jesus command His Church leaders to hurl into hell those who draw others to apostacy (MAT 18:5 quoted below).

NAB MAT 18:5

"Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. On the other hand, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little ones who believes in me, to be drown by a millstone around his neck, in the depths of the sea. What terrible things will come on the world through scandal! It is inevitable that scandal should occur. Nonetheless, woe to that man through whom scandal comes! If your hand or foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it from you! Better to enter life maimed or crippled than be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire. If your eye is your downfall, gouge it out and cast it from you! Better to enter life with one eye than be thrown with both into fiery Gehenna.

Throwing Stones

If we see the whole body of the Church being pulled into hell by Her scandalous limbs and we do not hear the big gun, the sword of Christ's mouth, going off, through the spoken word of a Successor, in defense of the Church, then we have to consider the consequence of the whole body of the Church being pulled into damnation by Her limbs.

Consider the scenario where a shepherd shows up before Jesus without Christ's flock behind him. Jesus will say, "Hello Pope so and so, where is My flock which I left in your care?" The Pope will no doubt say, "Lord I told Mr. Obama, Stalin, Hitler, and all the dictators, presidents and kings of the earth to enforce Your laws on earth but they did not do it." Jesus will likely say, "When I was on earth I did not even talk to Herod when he wanted to see Me (Luke 23:8), nor did I talk to Caesar. I left world leaders with no instructions on how to rule, shepherd, and enforce My laws on earth. I left you, Peter, my Apostolic Successors, with all the Power, Authority and Shepherding Responsibility, all wrapped up in the sword of My mouth, to enforce My laws on earth and to protect My Bride, the Church. I gave you, Peter, not Caesar, My Authority to shepherd My Flock in My place. So Peter, My Apostolic Successors, the shepherds of My flock, Where Is My Flock!"

Mr. Obama has let us know that he will not be enforcing Jesus will on earth in regard to abortion. Many Christians are very upset about this. My question is, "What is the man with the big gun going to do about abortion?" Will Pope Benedict XVI, or other Apostolic Successors such as the Bishops, step up and use the sword of Christ's mouth to allow Jesus Himself to enforce His law on abortion in America and the world? Scripture indicates that Jesus, at some point in time, will rule the nations with the iron rod of His mouth. It seems to me that abortion in our time is a good enough time for Apostolic Successors to draw Christ's sword and wield it upon the foe, Satan. It is a good time for Apostolic Successors to stand and defend the unborn and Christ's Bride, the Church, on earth. Let Jesus rule the world with the iron rod of His mouth, through the spoken words of the Pope, binding, in heaven and on earth, those procuring abortion to their sin.

Revelations Battle at Armageddon, Archangel Michael's battle with Satan, and the angel coming to earth to hurl the dragon into hell, are all very similar. They could all be prophesizing the same future event. All three use the sword of Christ's mouth, which is the 'keys to the Kingdom', to hurl Satan into hell. In all three Christ and His troops are victorious. All three seem to indicate there is time on earth after these conflicts meaning these battles are not the Second Coming of Christ, doomsday, or, in other words, the end of the world.

Jesus tells us that all will be destroyed upon His Second Coming. Armageddon, Revelations 19, could be Christ's Second Coming, in which case everything on earth will be over and done. However, Revelations 20 goes on to talk about an era after Armageddon where Jesus will rule the earth, with the iron rod of His mouth, for another 'thousand years', without the 'beast' 'leading the nations astray'. If there is no free willed chance of repentance and love for God after Armageddon, then it is, no doubt, Jesus who will wield the sword of His mouth at Armageddon. If there is a free will era on earth, without Satan leading the nations astray, after Armageddon, then we have to contemplate just who is wielding the sword of Christ's mouth at the great battle of Armageddon. If Armageddon is not the end of the world then it is not Christ wielding the sword of His mouth at Armageddon. Jesus clearly tells us His Second Coming will be at the end of the world. Whenever Christ's troops, Angelic or Apostolic, deploy the weapon of Christ's mouth, Jesus is there fighting with them, binding sin in heaven and on earth.

Jesus, Angels and Apostolic Successors all possess Christ's authority to wield the sword of Christ's mouth. If there is free willed life on earth after the Battle of Armageddon, then Anathema is the most likely form in which the sword of Christ's mouth will be deployed at the battle of Armageddon. Church Anathema is most likely the weapon used to defeat the beast at Armageddon and most likely the weapon, which will be used to protect the Church from Satan for another 'thousand years'. By the Power of Christ's sworn oath to Apostolic Successors that He will bind in heaven any sin they bind on earth, Anathema, is the sword of Christ's mouth on earth.

Revelations 19 tells us that Christ's priests will reign with Him for a 'thousand years' after Christ's victory at Armageddon. Certainly Anathema, used in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the two keys to the Kingdom, will be the tools which Christ's priests will use to rule on earth, with Christ, for the 'thousand years' after Armageddon. This is, of course, provided that Armageddon is not doomsday and the end of world.

REV 20:4 Thousand Year Reign.

Then I saw some thrones. Those who were sitting on them were empowered to pass judgement. I also saw the spirits of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and the word of God, those who had never worshiped the beast or its image nor accepted its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The others who were dead did not come to life till the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection; happy and holy are they who share in the first resurrection! The second death will have no claim on them; they shall serve God and Christ as priests, and shall reign with him for a thousand years.
So why would Jesus empower His Church leaders, and angels of the apocalypse, with the great weapon of His mouth, the power to bind men to sin, which is a spiritual death weapon? The weapon of Christ's mouth is the deadliest weapon in heaven or on earth. Why do good men bear physical weapons? To protect those they love. Excommunication is a peashooter compared to the weapon of Christ's mouth, Anathema. If the Church's Husband only left Her protectors with the peashooter excommunication, one would have to wonder if He truly did love Her. Jesus armed His Church protectors with His own weapon and commanded His Church protectors to wield His weapon upon His foe, Satan, to protect His Bride the Church whom He loves. Rather than let the whole body of His Church be pulled into hell by the apostasy of evildoers (Satan), Jesus orders His Church leaders to use the sword of His mouth to 'cut off' evildoers to protect His Church. Jesus does what He does because He loves us.

When Jesus, from heaven, gives the "signal" for war against Satan on earth, what gives the apocalypse angels, whom are very likely Apostolic Successors, the strength to carry out His command? Satan is defeated, Babylon Falls, Israel is reestablished, the beast, harlot and false prophet are all hurled into hell at the great battle of Armageddon by apocalyptic angels. What on earth would give a small group of Bishops and a Pope the strength to accomplish all this? Apocalyptic scriptures tell us that Christ's soldiers will run on mountain tops, scale tall walls, and there will be no hiding from Christ's warriors. What gives Christ's warriors these super hero capabilities? Anathema! Church Anathema is the Sword of Christ's Mouth on earth. If it is not Anathema then it is an angelic weapon equivalent to Church Anathema. When deployed there is no hiding from anathema and there is no stopping anathema because anathema is the sword of Christ's mouth on earth. When struck by the sword of Christ’s Mouth, anathema, a person only has two options; Surrender to Christ through repentance and absolution from the Church or pridefully remain in spiritual death.

NAB JOE 2

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations. Before them a fire devours, and after them a flame enkindles; Like the garden of Eden is the land before them, and after them a desert waste; from them there is no escape.

Their appearance is that of horses; like steeds they run. As with the rumble of chariots they leap on the mountaintops; As with the crackling of a fiery flame devouring stubble; Like a mighty people arrayed for battle. Before them peoples are in torment, every face blanches.

Like warriors they run, like soldiers they scale the wall; They advance, each in his own lane, without swerving from their paths. No one crowds another, each advances in his own track; Though they fall into the ditches, they are not checked. They assault the city, they run upon the wall, they climb into the houses; In at the windows they come like thieves. Before them the earth trembles, the heavens shake; The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness.

The LORD raises his voice at the head of his army; For immense indeed is his camp, yes, mighty, and it does his bidding. For great is the day of the LORD, and exceedingly terrible; who can bear it? Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.

NAB MAT 13:38

The weeds are the followers of the evil one and the enemy who sowed them them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, while the harvesters are the angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned, so will it be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will dispatch his angels to collect from his kingdom all who draw others to apostasy, and all evildoers. The angels will hurl them into the fiery furnace where they will wail and grind their teeth. Then the saints will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom.

NAB ISA 13

An oracle concerning Babylon; a vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz. Upon the bare mountains set up a signal; cry out to them, Wave for them to enter the gates of the volunteers.

I have commanded my dedicated soldiers, I have summoned my warriors, eager and bold to carry out my anger.

Listen! the rumble on the mountains: that of an immense throng!Listen! the noise of kingdoms, nations assembled! The LORD of hosts is mustering an army for battle. They come from a far-off country, and from the end of the heavens, The LORD and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy all the land.

Howl, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it comes. Therefore all hands fall helpless, the bows of the young men fall from their hands.Every man’s heart melts in terror. Pangs and sorrows take hold of them, like a woman in labor they writhe; They look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.

Lo, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and burning anger; To lay waste the land and destroy the sinners within it! The stars and constellations of the heavens end forth no light; The sun is dark when it rises, and the light of the moon does not shine. Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their guilt. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, the insolence of tyrants I will humble. I will make mortals more rare than pure gold, men, than gold of Ophir. For this I will make the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken from its place, At the wrath of the LORD of hosts on the day of his burning anger.

The Third Secret of Fatima. The Virgin Mother Mary seems to have shown Sister Lucia, of Fatima, Christ’s great combat angel Michael the Archangel armed and awaiting his orders to light the world on fire with his weapon. In the Third Secret of Fatima, there is an angel holding the ‘fiery sword’. It is a 'fiery sword', in the hand of a combat cherubim, that God left guarding the way to the 'tree of life' in the Garden of Eden. In the end there will be only two kinds of people; those who eat from the tree of life, with their sins held loost, and those who do not eat from the tree of life, because their sins are held bound by the fiery sword of Christ's mouth. It is actually a good sign that it is a combat angel and not Christ who appeared holding the 'fiery sword' in the vision from Mary. If it were Christ holding His 'fiery sword' in the vision then we would be looking at doomsday. An angel wielding the 'fiery sword' of Christ's mouth only indicates Armageddon.

NAB GEN 3:24

…he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.

NAB REV 2:5

Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
But you have this in your favor: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.
The Father's punishment for our sins, which Sister Lucia speaks of, is the sword of Christ's mouth in the hand of the combat angel. Let us consider three options that the sword of Christ's mouth, in the hand of the combat angel, might represent. Option one: The sword of Christ's mouth is wielded by man, in the form of an all out nuclear war, at Armageddon. In this scenario innocent and guilty, repentant and non-repentant, all indiscriminately suffer mass death. Also in this scenario, the wicked have no time to repent. This option sounds more like doomsday. Option two: The sword of Christ's mouth, at Armageddon, is wielded by white winged beings who will fly down from heaven and cast all the non-repentant evil doers into hell. This option is better than option one because the innocent and repentant are carefully not harmed. Still this option leaves the wicked with no time to repent. God wants people to repent and turn their hearts back to love and service. Option three: The sword of Christ's mouth, at Armageddon, is deployed through anathema by Apostolic Successors who are Christ's combat angels of the apocalypse. In this scenario the weapon of Christ's mouth only destroys Christ's enemies, the prideful, non-repentant, wicked, we know as Satan, who's evil actions tempt the whole body of Christ Church toward hell. In this third option all the innocent and repentant are carefully left unharmed. The greatest advantage to this last option is that now even the wicked, though struck down in spiritual death by anathema, they still have the option to repent, reject Satan, seek absolution from the Church, and rise back to life to love and serve God. Repentance to love and serve God is the goal in the first place. It only seems logical that the best possible option for God's punishments from Christ's fiery sword in the hand of His combat angel is for that punishment to come through Church anathema. In this way the 'iron rod' of Christ's mouth will truly be used to 'shepherd all the nations'. "Penance! Penance! Penance!"

In Sister Lucia's vision from Mary, the angel is about to set the world on fire with his 'fiery sword'. The angel states: “Penance, Penance, Penance!” We then see the Pope and Bishops walking through the carnage on the battlefield. This is probably mostly spiritual death carnage, which there would be a tremendous amount of spiritual death carnage in the wake of a strike from the sword of Christ’s mouth (REV 19:15). At the end of the Third Secret, it seems the martyr’s blood is used to assist those making their way to heaven. There is no doubt that Satan, man's evil, unrepentant, pride, is going to be furious when he realizes he has lost his place in heaven. There will be martyrs. Living out eternal life as a veteran, combat, apocalyptic, angel, who died on the battlefield of Armageddon, faithfully fighting under the Command of their Lord and King Jesus Christ, to rescue Christ's Bride, the Church, from Satan, is an honor (REV 12:11).

NAB REV 12:5

She gave birth to a son--a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and to his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God; there she was taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days...

...Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God. They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you! His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."

If you hear the 'fiery sword' of Christ's mouth being wielded upon you and your sins, remember the only antidote to go to heaven for a sinner with his sins held bound by the 'fiery sword' of Christ's mouth, is repentance and absolution. Michael the Archangel will engage Satan in combat on the Battlefield of Armageddon. Michael the Archangel will light the world on fire with the sword of Christ's mouth, to prepare the way for Messianic Reign. The angel that we see in the Third Secret of Fatima is Michael the Archangel preparing for combat with Satan on the apocalyptic battlefield of Armageddon.

“J.M.J. The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

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 splendour 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!' .

“Tuy-3-1-1944”

Quoted from http: www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/third_secret/fatima.htm
Copyright: The Cathedral Foundation L'Osservatore Romano English Edition 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201

In the second secret of Fatima, Sister Lucia tells us that the signal for, what seems to be Armageddon, will be a great light. In the Book of Revelations we are told that a sign of Armageddon will be a great light when God’s angel arrives. We should watch for this light. I would not count on the Virgin Mother Mary's sign being physical light in physical darkness. It was Jesus' Wisdom which lighted up a darkend world when He walked the earth. King Solomon prayed for Wisdom. If you read the Book of Wisdom you can see that it is Christ's Wisdom which King Solomon recieved. It will no doubt be, similiar to King Solomon, Christ's Wisdom which will shine forth from the angel of the apocalypse to light up a darkend world at the onset of Armageddon. The great light will no doubt be the revelation of the Biblical Book of Revelations. 'Apocalypse' means to bring to light or understanding.

The following is a statement from the Second Secret of Fatima.

A Portion of the Second Secret of Fatima

When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.

Quoted from: www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/third_secret/fatima.htm
Copyright: The Cathedral Foundation L'Osservatore Romano English Edition 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201

NAB2 REV 18:1

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.

NAB MAT 4:16

the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.
Yes! When Jesus Commands His angels of the Apocalypse to unleash hell (REV 9:1, REV 20:1) at the Battle of Armageddon, it is not going to be hugs and kisses from Jesus. It will be the Sword of Christ's mouth, the key to eternal damnation, which does Christ's bidding. God has His plan to build His Kingdom of love for God through human free willed obedience to His command on earth. Satan, man's evil pride, has lead man to the brink of doomsday. It is going to take some heavy fire power to turn the world around to the point where free willed life once again becomes a beautiful garden producing abundant free willed gifts of love for God. The sword of Christ's mouth, in the hands of Christ's great combat warriors, under the leadership of Jesus from heaven, is that firepower which scriptures indicate will bring about this change. If, not, it will be doomsday.

Jesus tells us that upon His Second Coming the world will be destroyed as it was in the day of Noah and like Sodom. Jesus teaches us that, like the barren fig tree, if there is no fruit being produced on free willed earth then, "Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground?" Before Jesus cuts down the barren fig tree, by destroying the world upon His Second Coming, possibly Archangel Michael can come to hoe the garden of free will and make it abundant with the fruit of obedient love for God once again. If human free willed life on earth still does not produce the fruit of love for God, then, as you will it Lord, cut it down Lord, "Why should it clutter up the earth?"

"Dear Lord Jesus, send us Your great combat angel Michael. Lord Jesus, send to earth Your great protector and the guardian of Your Church to protect us in our time of great evil. We hope and pray that Daniel is speaking in a relative time of the 'end of time' and not at a time when there is no hope for Archangel Michael to change the course of Your Church on earth. We pray to You Lord Jesus, send us Your great combat Angel Michael! May he protect us in our battle with Satan here on earth today. Amen!"

NAB LUK 13:6 The Barren Fig Tree.

Jesus spoke this parable: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he came out looking for fruit on it but did not find any. He said to the vinedresser, Look here! For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground? In answer, the man said, Sir, leave it another year, while I hoe around it another year and manure it; then perhaps it will bear fruit. If not, it shall be cut down."

NAB LUK 17:23

As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They ate and drank, they took husbands and wives, right up to the day Noah entered the ark--and when the flood came, it destroyed them all. It was much the same in the days of Lot: they ate and drank, they bought and sold, they built and planted. But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed.


Revelations tells us that Satan, with his power to lead the nations astray, will be defeated at the Battle of Armageddon. Revelations indicates that there is an era, a 'thousand years', without the devil leading men astray after Armageddon. Revelations tells us that Jesus will be enthroned to Rule the world upon victory at Armageddon. It is Archangel Michael, with Christ leading the fight from heaven, and Michael’s fellow combat angels who brings Babylon, the symbol of man’s evil, wicked, pride, Satan, to destruction on the battlefield of Armageddon in the age of the Apocalypse. If the third secret of Fatima is the "signal" to Armageddon, and Satan falls at Armageddon, then this is a good thing. Christ’s enthronement on earth at Armageddon is a good thing for those who are prepared and a good thing for those souls of the present and future who will be protected from the snares of the devil by the outcome of this war. At Armageddon Jesus takes over leadership of the world and this is a great and glorious event.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, send us Your great combat angel, Michael the Archangel. Amen!

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