By Steven Merten
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
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Christ's Church on earth is the 'Lampstand' upon which Jesus' 'Light to the Nations' shines out upon the world. The whole Book of Revelation, along with Old Testament apocalyptic Books, are prophesying about the Coming of Messianic Reign. Under Messianic Reign, Jesus will be crowned and King and it is He who will Rule the world. With Jesus Ruling the world, God's Kingdom has come. When Jesus 'Comes in His Glory', upon Messianic Reign, it is Jesus' Church, the Catholic Church, through which Jesus' Power and 'Light to the Nations' will shine out upon the earth. In the 'Third Secret of Fatima' it is Christ's Light mirroring off Catholic Clergy as they climb God's Holy Mountain of Zion. Jesus is the LAMP and His Church, the Catholic Church, is His lampstand.In REV 12, the woman represents Israel. Israel gives birth to Jesus. The dragon is man's evil pride in secular power, which is Satan, who stands ready to kill Jesus. The twelve hundred and sixty days (42 months), which the woman spends in the desert, is the time between the fall of Israel One, in 587 B.C., and the rise of Zion, which is Israel Two, under Messianic Reign, which happens at Armageddon. The time the Gentiles/Satan, who are Babylon and her successors, are given authority by God to rule the world, is represented in the bible as 42 months. The two witnesses that stand before the Lord during this 42 month period, are the Jewish and Catholic Churches.
NAB REV 22:16"It is I, Jesus, who have sent my angel to give you this testimony about the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Morning Star shining bright."
NAB2 JOH 8:12Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'
NAB3 LUK 15:8 The Parable of the Lost Coin.Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost. In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
NAB2 LUK 8:11But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance. 'No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care, then, how you hear. To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away.'
NAB2 ACT 26:17I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in me.
NAB2 MAT 5:13You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
A portion from the "Third Secret of Fatima".
And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark;
Quoted from: www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/third_secret/fatima.htm
NAB3 REV 1:9 The First Vision.I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island called Patmos because I proclaimed God�s word and gave testimony to Jesus. I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, which said, 'Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.' Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest. The hair of his head was as white as white wool or as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame. His feet were like polished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing water. In his right hand he held seven stars. 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, 'Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld. Write down, therefore, what you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards. 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.'
NAB3 REV 2:1 To Ephesus.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 says this: 'I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 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.
NAB3 2PET 1:16We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, 'This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.' We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
NAB3 LUK 12:35 Vigilant and Faithful Servants.'Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.'
Then Peter said, 'Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?' And the Lord replied, 'Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute [the] food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.
NAB3 MAT 6:22 The Light of the Body.The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.
NAB3 REV 2:26To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed, just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star. Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
When Jesus Comes in His Glory
The Jewish Church Torch will Go Out
Jesus will Shine Through His Church, The Catholic Church
NAB3 MAT 25:1 The Parable of the Ten Virgins.Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. a Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
NAB3 JOH 5:31 Witnesses to Jesus.If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony cannot be verified. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.
The '24 Elders' of REV 11:16, 'enthroned' when Jesus is enthroned, depicts the assimilation of Jewish authority (12 Tribes) into Catholic authority (12 Apostles), when Jesus' Reign is established on earth. The 'foolish' 'virgins' in MAT 25 are the Jewish church and the 'wise' virgins are the Catholic Church. Jesus has made it very clear that the Jewish Church, the sons of Aaron, will be shut down when His Reign on earth begins. Jesus will Rule with and through His Apostles. Please visit 'The Fall of the False Prophet' and 'POWER'.
The 'two witnesses', who will be the 'twenty four' Catholic Elders 'called up to heaven' REV 11:12, as Satan is 'cast down from heaven' REV 12:9, indicates the transfer of power on earth from Satan to Jesus and His Church, the Catholic Church. According to the Blessed Mother of Fatima, in the third secret of Fatima, Messianic Reign is coming soon. So the 42 months, which is the period of time that the Gentiles/Babylon/Satan rule the world, would then represent about 2600 years. Satan/Babylon/Gentiles, aka the dragon, falls from power at the Battle of Armageddon, when Jesus takes over as King, Ruler and Morning Star, of the world. Forever!Jesus is the 'corner stone' and 'cap stone' of the temple of God. It is Christ's hands, through His Church, who lay the foundation of Zion and the final cap stone of Zion. If Zerubbabel is not a reference to Christ, then Zerubbabel is a reference to Christ's Church. It is Christ's Church which is the post-Armageddon, Temple of God, and Holy City of Zion. Jesus is the 'favored' One. Jesus is the precious corner stone upon which the Temple of God is built. Jesus our Lamp is the One to Resurrect, Restore and Rebuild the Temple of God in Zion. Jesus will do so through His lampstands, which are the Catholic Church. Jesus, the Son of God, with God for all eternity, is no doubt the One who laid the foundation of the original Jewish temple of Solomon's days. Jesus is the One who intercedes for us when, Old Testament and/or New Testament people, stand before God our Father, in the Temple of God. Though the Jewish leadership did not acknowledge their boss, Jesus, and they even murdered Him when He came to earth, Jesus is still their Boss and King. Jesus is the foundation of both Catholic and Jewish lampstands. Jesus is the Olive oil that flows down from heaven to make the light of His Church shine on earth.
NAB3 REV 12:1. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be 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.
NAB3 REV 11 The Two WitnessesThen I was given a measuring rod like a staff and I was told, 'Come and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who are worshiping in it. But exclude the outer court of the temple; do not measure it, for it has been handed over to the Gentiles, who will trample the holy city for forty-two months. I will commission my two witnesses to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain. They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish. When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them...
...But after the three and a half days, a breath of life from God entered them. When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, 'Come up here.' So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on...
...Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever.' The twenty-four elders who sat on their thrones before God prostrated themselves and worshiped God and said: 'We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, who are and who were. For you have assumed your great power and have established your reign'...
NAB3 REV 3:7 To Philadelphia'To the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write this: 'The holy one, the true, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one shall close, who closes and no one shall open, says this:
'I know your works (behold, I have left an open door before you, which no one can close). You have limited strength, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Behold, I will make those of the assembly of Satan who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying, behold I will make them come and fall prostrate at your feet, and they will realize that I love you.
NAB ACT 1 The Promise of the Spirit.In the first book,a Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.
When they had gathered together they asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He answered them, 'It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.' When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
NAB3 LUK 24:44He said to them, 'These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.' Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, 'Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And [behold] I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.'
NAB3 ZEC 4:1 Fourth Vision: The Lampstand and the Two Olive Trees.Then the angel who spoke with me returned and aroused me, like one awakened from sleep. He said to me, 'What do you see?' I replied, 'I see a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on top of it. There are seven lamps on it, with seven spouts on each of the lamps that are on top of it. And beside it are two olive trees, one on the right of the bowl and one to its left.' Then I said to the angel who spoke with me, 'What are these things, my lord?' And the angel who spoke with me replied, 'Do you not know what these things are?' I said, 'No, my lord.'
An Oracle. Then he said to me: 'This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, and not by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you become a plain. He will bring forth the first stone amid shouts of 'Favor, favor be upon it!''
MAB MAT 3:16After Jesus was baptised, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly the sky opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and hover over him. With that, a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son. My favor rests on him."
NAB3 ISA 28:16Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, A precious cornerstone as a sure foundation; whoever puts faith in it will not waver.
NAB3 PSA 118:19Open the gates of righteousness; I will enter and thank the LORD. This is the LORD's own gate, through it the righteous enter. I thank you for you answered me; you have been my savior. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. LORD, grant salvation.
NAB3 MAT 21:42Jesus said to them, 'Did you never read in the scriptures:ZEC 4 Continued : Then the word of the LORD came to me: The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house, and his hands will finish it. Thus you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. For whoever has scorned such a day of small things will rejoice to see the capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel.
'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?'
Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. [ The one who falls on this stone will be dashed to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.] When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
Resumption of the Vision: Explanation of Lamps and Trees. 'These seven are the eyes of the LORD that range over the whole earth.' I then asked him, 'What are these two olive trees, on the right of the lampstand and on its left?' A second time I asked, 'What are the two streams from the olive trees that pour out golden oil through two taps of gold?' He said to me, 'Do you not know what these are?' I answered, 'No, my lord.' Then he said, 'These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.'
NAB3 LEV 24:1 The Sanctuary Light.The LORD said to Moses: Order the Israelites to bring you clear oil of crushed olives for the light, so that you may keep the lamp burning regularly. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that hangs in front of the covenant, Aaron shall set up the lamp to burn before the LORD regularly, from evening till morning, by a perpetual statute throughout your generations. He shall set up the lamps on the pure gold menorah to burn regularly before the LORD.
NAB3 REV 21:22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and to it the kings of the earth will bring their treasure. During the day its gates will never be shut, and there will be no night there. The treasure and wealth of the nations will be brought there, but nothing unclean will enter it, nor any[one] who does abominable things or tells lies. Only those will enter whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
NAB2 TOB 13:9O Jerusalem, holy city, he scourged you for the works of your hands, but will again pity the children of the righteous. Praise the Lord for his goodness, and bless the King of the ages, so that his tent may be rebuilt in you with joy. May he gladden within you all who were captives; all who were ravaged may he cherish within you for all generations to come. A bright light will shine to all parts of the earth; many nations shall come to you from afar, And the inhabitants of all the limits of the earth, drawn to you by the name of the Lord God, Bearing in their hands their gifts for the King of heaven.
Jesus' first miracle on earth, during His life on earth, mirrors His first miracle on earth, in Zion, under Messianic Reign, three days after Armageddon. Jesus, coming in His Power and Glory, three days after the Battle of Armageddon, is the 'Wedding Feast' of the Lamb. Jesus our 'Light to the Nations', will shine on earth, from Zion, through miracles.
In 'Thy Kingdom Come', Jesus Will Shine Through Miracles.
Christ's Light to the Nations Will Shine through His Church.In Revelations, Church leaders are described as 'lamp stands'. This is because Christ's Church is the lamp stand upon which our 'Light to the Nations', which is Jesus Christ, will shine out to the whole world. Our 'Light to the Nations' will draw Israel and the world home to God through the gates of His Church. The gates of Christ's Church are the sacraments, primarily the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Baptism. Our 'Light to the Nations', who is Jesus, will mirror His Light, from His Church, the Catholic Church, from atop Mount Zion. In other words, Christ's Apostles are going to walk on water. The way we knew Jesus was God, when He walked the earth, was through the massive amount of miracles He preformed. The way the world will know that Jesus is with His Angel/Bishops of Zion, is through the massive amount of miracles they will perform. Zion is the post-Armageddon Catholic Church. Miracles, to the repentant faithful citizens of Zion, will flow like water at the great wedding celebration of Christ's enthronement over the earth, upon Armageddon. Like the Apostles of Acts, Christ's modern day Apostles, three days after Armageddon, are going to amaze and dazzle the world with all the miracles Jesus will perform through them. With all the cameras rolling, the world is going to see just who their Lord, God and King, Jesus Christ, is, through Jesus' massive number of miracles, around the world, that He will display through the hands and voices of His Lampstands, who are Catholic Clergy.
NAB3 JOH 2:1 The Wedding at Cana.On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.' [And] Jesus said to her, 'Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.' His mother said to the servers, 'Do whatever he tells you.' Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, 'Fill the jars with water.' So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, 'Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.' So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, 'Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.' Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
NAB3 JOH 9:30The man answered and said to them, 'This is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is devout and does his will, he listens to him. It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.'
NAB3 JOH 12:37 Unbelief and Belief among the Jews.After he had said this, Jesus left and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs in their presence they did not believe in him, in order that the word which Isaiah the prophet spoke might be fulfilled: 'Lord, who has believed our preaching, to whom has the might of the Lord been revealed?' For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said: 'He blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they might not see with their eyes and understand with their heart and be converted, and I would heal them.' Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him. Nevertheless, many, even among the authorities, believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not acknowledge it openly in order not to be expelled from the synagogue. For they preferred human praise to the glory of God.
Jesus cried out and said, 'Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.'
NAB3 JOH 11:39Jeus said, 'Take away the stone.' Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, 'Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.' Jesus said to her, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?' So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, 'Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.' And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out!' The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, 'Untie him and let him go.'
NAB3 LUK 7:14He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, 'Young man, I tell you, arise!' The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, 'A great prophet has arisen in our midst,' and 'God has visited his people.' This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.
NAB3 JOH 4:39Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of the woman who testified, 'He told me everything I have done.' When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, 'We no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.'
NAB3 JOH 2:23While he was in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.
NAB3 LUK 19:33And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, 'Why are you untying this colt?' They answered, 'The Master has need of it.' So they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the colt, and helped Jesus to mount. As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed:
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.The Blessed Mother's 'Third Secret of Fatima' has announced the coming of Messianic Reign. The children seers of Fatima have already received a portion of Christ's 'light to the nations' which will shine from atop Mount Zion under Messianic Reign.
NAB3 ACT 5:12 Signs and Wonders of the Apostles.Many signs and wonders were done among the people at the hands of the apostles. They were all together in Solomon's portico. None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them. Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
NAB3 LUK 9:1 The Mission of the Twelve.He summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal [the sick]...//.. Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere.
The Apparitions of Fatima."As she pronounced these last words "...the grace of God will be your comfort", Our Lady opened her hands for the first time, communicating to us a light so intense that, as it streamed from her hands, its rays penetrated our hearts and the innermost depths of our souls, making us see ourselves in God, Who was that light, more clearly than we see ourselves in the best of mirrors. Then moved by an interior impulse that was also communicated to us, we fell on our knees, repeating in our hearts: "O most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament!"
From: Fatima in Lucia's own words Execucao Grafica Grafica Almondina Deposito Legal n. 336 416/11 ISBN: 978-972-8524-20-3As God healed many that the Fatima Seers requested of the Blessed Mother, the seers became the light of Christ to the nations. In the seers of Fatima, we get a glimps of 'Thy Kingdom Come', of the New Jerusalem, to come.
NAB3 EZE 37:14I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD. I have spoken; I will do it�oracle of the LORD.
NAB3 JER 31:31 The New Covenant.See, days are coming, oracle of the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors the day I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke my covenant, though I was their master, oracle of the LORD. But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, oracle of the LORD. I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. They will no longer teach their friends and relatives, 'Know the LORD!' Everyone, from least to greatest, shall know me, oracle of the LORD, for I will forgive their iniquity and no longer remember their sin.
Fatima in Lucia's own words: Continued: The 13th of September, 1917. "As the hour approached, I set out with Jacinta and Francisco, but owing to the crowds around us we could only advance with difficulty. The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us. There was no human respect whatsoever. Simple folk, and even ladies and gentlemen, struggled to break through the crowd that pressed around us. No sooner had they reached us than they threw themselves on their knees before us, begging us to place their petitions before Our Lady. Others who could not get close to us shouted from a distance:
"For the love of God, ask Our Lady to cure my son who is a cripple!" Yet another cried out: "And to cure mine who is blind!... To cure mine who is deaf!... To bring back my husband, my son, who has gone to war!... To convert a sinner!... To give me back my health as I have tuberculosis!" and so on.
All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there. Some climbed up to the tops of trees and walls to see us go by, and shouted down to us. Saying yes to some, giving a hand to others and helping them up from the dusty ground, we managed to move forward, thanks to some gentlemen who went ahead and opened a passage for us through the multitude.
From: Fatima in Lucia's own words Execucao Grafica Grafica Almondina Deposito Legal n. 336 416/11 ISBN: 978-972-8524-20-3
A Portion of 'The Third Secret of Fatima'....And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark...
NAB REV 21:9 The New Jerusalem.One of the seven angels who held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the woman who is the bride of the Lamb." He carried me away in spirit to the top of a very high mountain and showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. The city had the radiance of a precious jewel that sparkled like a diamond. Its wall, massive and high, had twelve gates at which twelve angles were stationed. Twelve names were written on the gates, the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb...
...I saw no temple in the city, The Lord God the Almighty, is its temple he and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb. The nations shall walk by its light; to it the kings of the earth shall bring their treasures. During the day its gates shall never be shut, and there shall be no night. The treasures and wealth of the nations shall be brought there, but nothing profane shall enter it, nor anyone who is a liar or has done a detestable act. Only those shall enter whose names are inscribed in the book of the living kept by the Lamb.
NAB ACT 1:6When they had gathered together they asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He answered them, 'It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'
NAB LUK 10:16The seventy (-two) returned rejoicing, and said, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.' Jesus said, 'I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
Jesus is the Light of the world. The light of Jesus will radiate from God's Holy City of Zion, on earth. Under Messianic Reign, Christ's Church, the Catholic Church, will be God's post-Armageddon, Holy City, of Zion. As God's presence was seen on earth at Mt. Sinai and in God's Holy City of Jerusalem in the Promised Land One, Jesus' presence will be clearly seen in the Promised Land Two of Mount Zion. Jesus Coming in His Glory to reside in His Holy City of Mount Zion will duplicate or exceed the Glory of God Coming down to reside on His Holy Mountain, with Israel, in the day of Moses. Christ,s Church, the Catholic Church, which is the seven spirits before Jesus' throne, which is the clergy of the whole Church, will be the lamp stand upon which Christ's 'Light to the Nations' will shine, from atop His Holy Mountain of Zion.
NAB3 OBA 1:17 Judah Shall Be Restored.But on Mount Zion there shall be a portion saved; the mountain shall be holy, And the house of Jacob shall take possession of those that dispossessed them...
...And deliverers shall ascend Mount Zion to rule the mount of Esau, and the kingship shall be the LORD'S.
"This is how you are to pray: 'Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven ...//...
Subject us not to trial but deliver us from the evil one.'
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
NAB2 PSA 43:3Send your light and fidelity, that they may be my guide And bring me to your holy mountain, to the place of your dwelling, That I may come to the altar of God, to God, my joy, my delight.
NAB3 PSA 132:11The LORD swore an oath to David in truth, he will never turn back from it: Your own offspringe I will set upon your throne. If your sons observe my covenant, and my decrees I shall teach them, Their sons, in turn, shall sit forever on your throne. Yes, the LORD has chosen Zion, desired it for a dwelling: This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I desire it. I will bless Zion with provisions; its poor I will fill with bread. I will clothe its priests with salvation; its devout shall shout for joy. There I will make a horn sprout for David; I will set a lamp for my anointed. His foes I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown shall shine.
NAB3 REV 22Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever.REV 22 Continued: VII. Epilogue
NAB3 JOH 7:37 Rivers of Living Water.On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, 'Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: 'Rivers of living water will flow from within him.
NAB3 EZE 47:1 The Wonderful Stream.Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and there! I saw water flowing out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east. The water flowed out toward the right side of the temple to the south of the altar. He brought me by way of the north gate and around the outside to the outer gate facing east; there I saw water trickling from the southern side. When he continued eastward with a measuring cord in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and once more had me wade through the water; it was up to the knees. He measured another thousand cubits and had me wade through the water; it was up to my waist. Once more he measured off a thousand cubits. Now it was a river I could not wade across. The water had risen so high, I would have to swim a river that was impassable. Then he asked me, 'Do you see this, son of man?' He brought me to the bank of the river and had me sit down. As I was returning, I saw along the bank of the river a great many trees on each side. He said to me, 'This water flows out into the eastern district, runs down into the Arabah and empties into the polluted waters of the sea to freshen them. Wherever it flows, the river teems with every kind of living creature; fish will abound. Where these waters flow they refresh; everything lives where the river goes. Fishermen will stand along its shore from En-gedi to En-eglaim; it will become a place for drying nets, and it will abound with as many kinds of fish as the Great Sea. Its marshes and swamps shall not be made fresh, but will be left for salt. Along each bank of the river every kind of fruit tree will grow; their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fresh fruit because the waters of the river flow out from the sanctuary. Their fruit is used for food, and their leaves for healing.
And he said to me, 'These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.' 'Behold, I am coming soon.' Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.
It is I, John, who heard and saw these things, and when I heard and saw them I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said to me, 'Don't! I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers the prophets and of those who keep the message of this book. Worship God.'
Then he said to me, 'Do not seal up the prophetic words of this book, for the appointed time is near. Let the wicked still act wickedly, and the filthy still be filthy. The righteous must still do right, and the holy still be holy.'
NAB3 MAT 13:36Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, 'Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.' He said in reply, 'He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. 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.REV 22 Continued :'Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.' Blessed are they who wash their robes so as to have the right to the tree of life and enter the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit. 'I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.' The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come.' Let the hearer say, 'Come.' Let the one who thirsts come forward, and the one who wants it receive the gift of life-giving water. I warn everyone who hears the prophetic words in this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words in this prophetic book, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city described in this book. The one who gives this testimony says, 'Yes, I am coming soon.' Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.