By Steven Merten
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
Jesus is Coming to earth, in His Glory, in the clouds, for the entire world to see, 'three days' after the Battle of Armageddon. In Moses day, God came to the Israelites, in 'three days, in His Glory, in a cloud, for all the Israelites to see. The restoration of Israel will mirror the original formation of Israel. As God came to reside with Israel, in Jerusalem, in the Promised Land One, so also is Jesus Coming to reside in the New Jerusalem, in the Promised Land Two, under Messianic Reign.
As God set limits as to just who could come to Him on His Mountain at Sinai, so Does Jesus set limits as to who can be with Him in the post-Armageddon, Holy Mountain of Zion. The way that people will sanctify themselves to be on Jesus' Holy Mountain of post-Armageddon New Jerusalem will be through the gates of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Baptism. The limits set around post-Armageddon New Jerusalem are a wall of auto-anathemas set up by Jesus, through His Army of Angels/Apostles, at the Battle of Armageddon. As the angel of the Lord drove Adam and Eve off God's Holy Mountain, when they sinned, so also will apocalyptic angels drive sinners, those not properly clothed in the blood of the Lamb, out of the temple of God, in preparation for Jesus' Coming. Both the cherub in the Garden of Eden, and, Apocalyptic Angels, use the fiery sword to expel sinners. Only the pure of heart, absolved of their sins in the blood of the Lamb, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will stand with Jesus on God's Holy Mountain of Zion. Psalms 24 talks of the walls, and gates, of Zion going up so that Jesus can enter into His temple, on earth. Where God resided in a stone temple, Jesus will reside within the Body of His Church. Thus the walls of auto-anathemas going up, along with the gates of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Baptism which already exist, this prepares Christ's Temple, within the Body of His Church, on earth, for Him to enter in, in a new spiritual and spectacular way.
NAB3 REV 1:4John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever [and ever]. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”
NAB3 EXO 19:1Arrival at Sinai. In the third month after the Israelites’ departure from the land of Egypt, on the first day, they came to the wilderness of Sinai. After they made the journey from Rephidim and entered the wilderness of Sinai, they then pitched camp in the wilderness.
While Israel was encamped there in front of the mountain, Moses went up to the mountain of God. Then the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying: This is what you will say to the house of Jacob; tell the Israelites: You have seen how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore you up on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession among all peoples, though all the earth is mine. You will be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation. That is what you must tell the Israelites. So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people. When he set before them all that the LORD had ordered him to tell them, all the people answered together, “Everything the LORD has said, we will do.” Then Moses brought back to the LORD the response of the people.
The LORD said to Moses: I am coming to you now in a dense cloud, so that when the people hear me speaking with you, they will also remain faithful to you.
When Moses, then, had reported the response of the people to the LORD, the LORD said to Moses: Go to the people and have them sanctify themselves today and tomorrow. Have them wash their garments and be ready for the third day; for on the third day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Set limits for the people all around, saying: Take care not to go up the mountain, or even to touch its edge. All who touch the mountain must be put to death. No hand shall touch them, but they must be stoned to death or killed with arrows. Whether human being or beast, they must not be allowed to live. Only when the ram’s horn sounds may they go up on the mountain. Then Moses came down from the mountain to the people and had them sanctify themselves, and they washed their garments. He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not approach a woman.”
The Great Theophany. On the morning of the third day there were peals of thunder and lightning, and a heavy cloud over the mountain, and a very loud blast of the shofar, so that all the people in the camp trembled. But Moses led the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stationed themselves at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smoke, because the LORD had come down upon it in fire. The smoke rose from it as though from a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled violently. The blast of the shofar grew louder and louder, while Moses was speaking and God was answering him with thunder.
NAB3 MAT 24:29 The Coming of the Son of Man.“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
NAB3 REV 11:17“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. The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to recompense your servants, the prophets, and the holy ones and those who fear your name, the small and the great alike, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.When the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain, the LORD summoned Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. Then the LORD told Moses: Go down and warn the people not to break through to the LORD in order to see him; otherwise many of them will be struck down. For their part, the priests, who approach the LORD must sanctify themselves; else the LORD will break out in anger against them. But Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot go up to Mount Sinai, for you yourself warned us, saying: Set limits around the mountain to make it sacred.” So the LORD said to him: Go down and come up along with Aaron. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD; else he will break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
NAB3 JOH 2:18“What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?”
NAB MAT 26:61"This man has declared, 'I can destroy God's temple and rebuild it in three days'"... ...Soon you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.
NAB LUK 9:28 The Transfiguration of Jesus.About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
What Christ's Combat Angels/Cherubim/Seraphim of the Apocalypse are doing at the Battle of Armageddon, is preparing the earth for the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom on Mount Zion. People can choose to repent and clothe themselves in the Blood of the Lamb, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or face the coals of God's wrath, form bowls of anathemas thrown down on their heads at Armageddon. For Jesus to come and reside with us on earth, we have to prepare His Temple for Him first. The Armageddon scroll is a list of auto-anathemas, hurling the wicked into hell. The just will shine in Christ's Kingdom. The Portals indicated Psalms 24 is the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Baptism. Only the clean of heart will enter into, or remain inside, God's Holy City of Zion.
NAB2 PSA 24:1The earth is the LORD’S and all it holds, the world and those who live there. For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers. Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? “The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely. They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob.” Selah Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter. Who is this king of glory? The LORD, a mighty warrior, the LORD, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter. Who is this king of glory? The LORD of hosts is the king of glory. Selah
As God resided in a stone temple, in the midst of Israel One, Jesus will reside in the body of people of His Church, in the midst, of Israel Two, God's new born Holy City of Zion. What seems to be an instantaneous move, of the Temple of God, in Ezekiel 11, actually takes 2600 years in physical time. This move will be complete as we go into Messianic Reign. Jesus will come to Wed His Bride, the Church, and reside with her in new born Zion, in a new and spiritually spectacular way. As Isaiah was purified by embers from under God's throne, so also will the Church be purified by embers from under God's throne, to become a Temple, on earth, for Jesus to enter into.
The gates of the New Jerusalem, which is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, have stood for over 2000 years. Once the walls of the New Jerusalem go up, at Armageddon, Jesus will be here, on earth, in His Glory, in 'three days'. As God came to reside with Israel One in Moses Day, Jesus will come to reside with Israel Two, 'three days' after the Battle of Armageddon. Many people will See Jesus' Glory, as the Israelites recognized God's presence at Sinai, and they will sanctify themselves through the gates of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Baptism to live with Jesus on His Holy Mountain of Zion.
NAB3 EXO 15:13In your love you led the people you redeemed; in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling. The peoples heard and quaked; anguish gripped the dwellers in Philistia. Then were the chieftains of Edom dismayed, the nobles of Moab seized by trembling; All the inhabitants of Canaan melted away; terror and dread fell upon them. By the might of your arm they became silent like stone, while your people, LORD, passed over, while the people whom you created passed over. You brought them in, you planted them on the mountain that is your own— The place you made the base of your throne, LORD, the sanctuary, LORD, your hands established. May the LORD reign forever and ever!
NAB2 EZE 10:1 God's Glory leaves JerusalemI saw there the glory of the God of Israel, like the vision I had seen in the plain. The cherubim were stationed to the right of the temple; these were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar, whom I now recognized to be cherubim.//...
...//I looked and saw in the firmament above the cherubim what appeared to be sapphire stone; something like a throne could be seen upon it. He said to the man dressed in linen: Go within the wheelwork under the cherubim; fill both your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim, then scatter them over the city.
NAB REV 8:1When he broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw that the seven angels who stood before God were given seven trumpets. Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne. The smoke of the incense along with the prayers of the holy ones went up before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with burning coals from the altar, and hurled it down to the earth. There were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
NAB3 ISA 6:6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, holding an ember which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged.”
NAB3 EZE 11:17Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, I will gather you from the nations and collect you from the lands through which you were scattered, so I can give you the land of Israel. They will enter it and remove all its atrocities and abominations. And I will give them another heart and a new spirit I will put within them. From their bodies I will remove the hearts of stone, and give them hearts of flesh, so that they walk according to my statutes, taking care to keep my ordinances. Thus they will be my people, and I will be their God. But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their atrocities and abominations, I will bring their conduct down upon their heads—oracle of the Lord GOD.
Then the cherubim lifted their wings and the wheels alongside them, with the glory of the God of Israel above them. The glory of the LORD rose up from the middle of the city and came to rest on the mountain east of the city.
As God resided with Israel One in a stone temple, Jesus will reside in Israel Two of Zion, spiritually, with the people of Zion. Christ's Kingdom Come of Zion is built of spiritual anathemas walls and spiritual Sacrament of Reconciliation Gates. Those people, residing anywhere on earth, with their souls in good condition, are living in Zion with Jesus. Those with anathematized sin on their souls live in the darkness outside Zion's walls.
Jesus tells us that when the stone walls of God's temple in Jerusalem are torn down, in 'three days', He will build up another temple not built of stone. The Roman Empire tore down the stone walls of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, of Jesus day; this is not the day that Jesus is talking about. Scriptures tell us that the False Prophet falls at the Battle of Armageddon. The Jewish hierarchy, who are the care takers of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, where God resided, which the Jewish temple of God is made of stone, will fall at the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus Church, the Catholic Church, will take over as care takers of God's temple, of the New Jerusalem, that Jesus will build up, 'three days' after Armageddon. Jesus will Come to the world, in His Glory, 'three days' after the Battle of Armageddon, and He will reside in His Temple, which will be the post-Armageddon Catholic Church. The Catholic Church will be the post-Armageddon, 'New Jerusalem'. The Jewish Church is totally abandon and dismantled, by Jesus and His angels, at Armageddon. The following Luke 21 verse, when deciphered, is Jesus telling the Jewish leadership, to their face, that they are going down. The Jewish heirarchy, falls at the Battle of Armageddon. Luke 21:6 "The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down"
The Fall of the False Prophet
Jesus saves mankind from sin so saints can go to heaven. Jesus is also the Savior and Messiah of the Nation Israel and Jerusalem which is the Temple of God. Jesus brings 'salvation', rebirth, resurrection and restoration to the Temple of Israel, upon victory at Armageddon. It is upon Armageddon that Jesus destroys the Old Temple. Then The New Jerusalem of Zion is born again and resurrects 'three days' after the battle of Armageddon. Once Apocalypse Angels erect the walls of the New Jerusalem and purge sin and wickedness from the temple of God, Jesus will be there, in His Temple, Ruling the world, three days later. Christ's enthronement as King of the world, residing in His Holy City of Zion, is when scriptures indicate that God's plan of Salvation through Jesus is complete.
NAB2 JOH 2:18At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, "This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his body.
NAB3 MAR 13:1 The Destruction of the Temple Foretold.As he was making his way out of the temple area one of his disciples said to him, “Look, teacher, what stones and what buildings!” Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be one stone left upon another that will not be thrown down.”
NAB2 MAR 14:58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and within three days I will build another not made with hands.’
NAB2 LUK 19:38They proclaimed: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
NAB3 LUK 20:14But when the tenant farmers saw him they said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him that the inheritance may become ours. So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and put those tenant farmers to death and turn over the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they exclaimed, “Let it not be so!” But he looked at them and asked, “What then does this scripture passage mean: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’ Everyone who falls on that stone will be dashed to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” The scribes and chief priests sought to lay their hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people, for they knew that he had addressed this parable to them.
NAB2 ISA 9:13So the LORD severs from Israel head and tail, palm branch and reed in one day. (The elder and the noble are the head, the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.) The leaders of this people mislead them and those to be led are engulfed.
NAB3 ACT 6:14For we have heard him claim that this Jesus the Nazorean will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses handed down to us.”
The Fall of the False Prophet
LUK 19 Continued:Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
NAB3 LUK 21:5While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, he said, "All that you see here--the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and 'The time has come.' Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. "Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives. "When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand." He taught them a lesson. "Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
NAB2 HOS 6:1In their affliction, they shall look for me: “Come, let us return to the LORD, For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us; he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence.
God's Plan of Salvation is not Complete Until
Jesus Comes as King to Save, Resurrect and Restore God's Kingdom Come of the New Jerusalem.Jesus, our King and 'Light to the nations', will be the magnet which pulls his prodigal brothers and sisters of Israel, and the world, to repentance and home to God. Satan, which Satan is man's evil pride, and wickedness, will have to remain outside the walls of Zion, living in spiritual death. Those entering Zion will have to discard their evil human pride and sin to enter Zion through the portal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is the way Jesus brings His brothers and sisters of Israel, and the world, home to God, to live in Christ's Kingdom Come, of the New Jerusalem aka Zion.
NAB2 REV 12:10“Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.
NAB2 REV 10:7At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets.”
NAB2 LUK 2:25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
NAB2 PSA 96:1Sing to the LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation, day after day. Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds. For great is the LORD and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods. For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place. Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might; give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts and enter his courts; bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness. Tremble before God, all the earth; say among the nations: The LORD is king. The world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. God rules the peoples with fairness. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.
NAB2 ISA 52:5My people have been taken away without redress; their rulers make a boast of it, says the LORD; all the day my name is constantly reviled. Therefore on that day my people shall know my renown, that it is I who have foretold it. Here I am! How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!” Hark! Your watchmen raise a cry, together they shout for joy, For they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion. Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.
NAB2 ISA 51:3Yes, the LORD shall comfort Zion and have pity on all her ruins; Her deserts he shall make like Eden, her wasteland like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness shall be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of song. Be attentive to me, my people; my folk, give ear to me. For law shall go forth from my presence, and my judgment, as the light of the peoples. I will make my justice come speedily; my salvation shall go forth (and my arm shall judge the nations); In me shall the coastlands hope, and my arm they shall await. Raise your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth below; Though the heavens grow thin like smoke, the earth wears out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies, My salvation shall remain forever and my justice shall never be dismayed. Hear me, you who know justice, you people who have my teaching at heart: Fear not the reproach of men, be not dismayed at their revilings. They shall be like a garment eaten by moths, like wool consumed by grubs; But my justice shall remain forever and my salvation, for all generations. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD! Awake as in the days of old, in ages long ago! Was it not you who crushed Rahab, you who pierced the dragon? Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, Who made the depths of the sea into a way for the redeemed to pass over? Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy;
NAB2 ISA 49:5That Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Thus says the LORD, the redeemer and the Holy One of Israel, To the one despised, whom the nations abhor, the slave of rulers: When kings see you, they shall stand up, and princes shall prostrate themselves Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you. Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you, To restore the land and allot the desolate heritages, Saying to the prisoners: Come out! To those in darkness: Show yourselves!
NAB2 ISA 46:9I am God, there is no other; I am God, there is none like me. At the beginning I foretell the outcome; in advance, things not yet done. I say that my plan shall stand, I accomplish my every purpose. I call from the east a bird of prey, from a distant land, one to carry out my plan. Yes, I have spoken, I will accomplish it; I have planned it, and I will do it. Listen to me, you fainthearted, you who seem far from the victory of justice: I am bringing on my justice, it is not far off, my salvation shall not tarry; I will put salvation within Zion, and give to Israel my glory.
NAB2 PSA 9:8The LORD rules forever, has set up a throne for judgment. It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the peoples with fairness. The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, stronghold in times of trouble. Those who honor your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, LORD. Sing hymns to the LORD enthroned on Zion; proclaim God’s deeds among the nations! For the avenger of bloodshed remembers, does not forget the cry of the afflicted. Have mercy on me, LORD; see how my foes afflict me! You alone can raise me from the gates of death. Then I will declare all your praises, sing joyously of your salvation in the gates of daughter Zion. The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught. The LORD is revealed in this divine rule: by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped. Higgaion. Selah
NAB2 PSA 24:3Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? “The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely. They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob.” Selah
NAB2 PSA 28:8LORD, you are the strength of your people, the saving refuge of your anointed king. Save your people, bless your inheritance; feed and sustain them forever!
NAB2 PSA 67:2May God be gracious to us and bless us; may God’s face shine upon us. Selah So shall your rule be known upon the earth, your saving power among all the nations. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you! May the nations be glad and shout for joy; for you govern the peoples justly, you guide the nations upon the earth. Selah May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still; that the ends of the earth may revere our God.
To obey God is to love God. To sin is to hate God. Those who love God through obedience are described by God as precious stones. Hatred for God through sin is horrible garbage to God. Free-will given to man, which gives man the capability to choose to love God, is also the path through which all hatred, sin and damnation flows. Sin is man choosing not to love God but hate God instead. To end the hatred of sin, man's capability to choose to love God, through free will, would also have to be ended. Satan is man's evil pride in thinking that he can hate God through sin and God 'loves' him so much that he, though sinful, still goes to heaven. Man's evil pride in society pulls the whole body of society into hell. God has tried to intervene from heaven with the flood, the destruction of Sodom, and the like, but this has all failed to put mankind on the path to heaven. God wishes to reside with man on earth and have a mutual love for one another relationship. How does God resolve all this? Zion aka the New Jerusalem, built by the power of the blood of the Lamb, is the answer. Zion, which is a 'Holy City' where God resides with man, on free-willed earth, produces a bountiful harvest of love for God for tens of thousands of years. The Bride of God, Zion, in return, reaps blessings on earth beyond comprehension.
What makes Zion so spectacular, and even better than being in heaven, is that in Zion we are with God and we still possess the capacity to love God. In heaven free will is ended and there is no further opportunity to love God. Saints in heaven have love for God from when they possessed free will, but they cannot love God because they no longer have free will. To selfish man, Zion being better than heaven does not seem logical. However, to God's faithful who desire to love God with all their hearts, to be on God's Holy Mountain and still possess the capacity to love Him through free will, it does not get any better than that.
How does Zion, aka the New Jerusalem, work? God has His servants who are His Angels/Apostles of the Apocalypse, who are Catholic Clergy; build a wall of anathemas which hurl all the wicked into hell. Those absolved of their sins, who love God, reside within the walls of Zion, with God. If they choose to sin, auto-anathemas hurl them into the darkness outside Zion's walls. If one of those physically alive, but spiritually dead, living outside Zion's walls, desires to repent, to be with Jesus in Zion, they enter through the gates of Zion, which is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God resides with His precious Zion, who loves Him and is faithful to Him, on earth. Zion is bestowed gifts from God beyond our imagination. Many pagans, from around the world, seeing Jesus, in His Glory residing within Zion, and the massive blessings upon the people of Zion, come to repentance and conversion to be with Jesus in Zion. The only thing holding the wicked, in the chains of eternal damnation, outside Zion’s gates, is their evil wicked, unrepentant, human pride, which is Satan. Zion works splendidly for tens of thousands of years until her guardians and long time protectors, servants, and care takers, Christ's Angels/Apostles of the apocalypse, fall to the temptation of Satan.
The walls surrounding Zion on earth are auto-anathemas set up and manned by Jesus Apostles. The 'twelve' courses of stones, of the walls of Zion, represent the Twelve Apostles. The Twelve gates of the New Jerusalem, is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the hands of Christ's Twelve Apostles. The twelve Gates of Zion, allowing the repentant into the New Jerusalem, have already stood for 2000 years in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the Sacrament of Reconciliation, flowing from Jesus, through His Twelve Apostles, which is the tree of life 'healing' the nations of their sins, as they repent and enter the gates of Zion to be with Jesus. Jesus, our Light to the Nations, brings His brothers and sisters Israel, home to our Father God, in Zion, through the repentance in theirs hearts and absolution at the gates of Zion. The precious stones that Zion is built of is the repentance to obedient love for God, of the people of Zion. 'A Kingdom of Priests' indicates that all the people of Zion reside within the temple with Jesus, not just priests as it was with the original temple of Jerusalem.
The wall around the New Jerusalem is the apocalyptic scroll of auto-anathemas enacted and put into enforcement at The Battle of Armageddon. As Psalm 24', quoted below, indicates, Our King cannot enter His throne on earth until the walls of the New Jerusalem have been erected. The 'medicine for the nations', in REV 22 is Christ's blood, poured out for the forgiveness of sins, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Construct Zion's walls, absolve Zion's people of their sins, purge the wicked, and three days later, Jesus will be here on earth, in His glory, in His temple, which is the New Jerusalem. Jesus will rebuild Jerusalem by attracting the repentant, and converts, through her gates. This is the Resurrection, Restoration, Rebuilding and Salvation of Jerusalem which is the temple of God.
This is the Glorious, Holy City of Zion aka the New Jerusalem which God establishes on earth upon Armageddon.GEN 3 "he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the Tree of life." This is a picture of God's Kingdom of Zion on earth. A cherubim is an angel. This cherubim represents Christ's Angels of the Apocalypse. The fiery sword is anathema. The tree of life is Christ's blood. The Garden of Eden was and is a place on earth. The Garden of Eden, on earth, is a spiritual place rather than a physical place. The Garden of Eden is a spiritual place where free willed man, washed of sin, may live in the presence of God as pre-fallen Adam and Eve once did. Satan, man's evil pride on earth, and wickedness is locked out of God's holy mountain of Eden by the sword in the angel’s hand which is auto-anathemas, or the fiery wall around the New Jerusalem. Only the repentant of clean heart, washed in the blood of Jesus through the sacrament of Reconciliation may ascend God's Holy Mountain of Zion.
NAB3 ZEC 2:8People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst. But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst."
NAB3 MIC 7:7But as for me, I will look to the LORD, I will put my trust in God my savior; my God will hear me! Rejoice not over me, O my enemy! though I have fallen, I will arise; though I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light. The wrath of the LORD I will endure because I have sinned against him, Until he takes up my cause, and establishes my right. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see his justice. When my enemy sees this, shame shall cover her: She who said to me, "Where is the LORD, thy God?" My eyes shall see her downfall; now shall she be trampled underfoot, like the mire in the streets. It is the day for building your walls; on that day the boundary shall be taken away. It is the day; and they shall come to you from Assyria and from Egypt, From Tyre even to the River, from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain; And the land shall be a waste because of its citizens, as a result of their deeds. Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, That dwells apart in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old; As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs. The nations shall behold and be put to shame, in spite of all their strength; They shall put their hands over their mouths; their ears shall become deaf. They shall lick the dust like the serpent, like reptiles on the ground; They shall come quaking from their fastnesses, trembling in fear of you (the LORD, our God). Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, And will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; You will show faithfulness to Jacob, and grace to Abraham, As you have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
NAB3 AMO 9:8The eyes of the Lord GOD are on this sinful kingdom; I will destroy it from off the face of the earth. But I will not destroy the house of Jacob completely, says the LORD. For see, I have given the command to sift the house of Israel among all the nations, As one sifts with a sieve, letting no pebble fall to the ground. By the sword shall all sinners among my people die, those who say, "Evil will not reach or overtake us." On that day I will raise up the fallen hut of David; I will wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old, That they may conquer what is left of Edom and all the nations that shall bear my name, say I, the LORD, who will do this. Yes, days are coming, says the LORD, When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the vintager, him who sows the seed; The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains, and all the hills shall run with it. I will bring about the restoration of my people Israel; they shall rebuild and inhabit their ruined cities, Plant vineyards and drink the wine, set out gardens and eat the fruits. I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked From the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.
NAB3 PSA 24A psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S and all it holds, the world and those who live there. For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers. Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? "The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely. They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob." Selah Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter. Who is this king of glory? The LORD, a mighty warrior, the LORD, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter. Who is this king of glory? The LORD of hosts is the king of glory. Selah
NAB3 ISA 58:6Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke? Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: “Here I am!” If you remove the yoke from among you, the accusing finger, and malicious speech; If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom shall become like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and satisfy your thirst in parched places, will give strength to your bones And you shall be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never fail. Your people shall rebuild the ancient ruins; the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; “Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you, “Restorer of ruined dwellings.” If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the sabbath a delight, the LORD’s holy day glorious; If you glorify it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs— Then you shall delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
NAB3 REV 22:1Then 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.
NAB3 ISA 44:1Hear then, Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen. Thus says the LORD who made you, your help, who formed you from the womb: Do not fear, Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground, streams upon the dry land; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, my blessing upon your descendants. They shall spring forth amid grass like poplars beside flowing waters. One shall say, “I am the LORD’s,” another shall be named after Jacob, And this one shall write on his hand, “The LORD’s,” and receive the name Israel. Thus says the LORD, Israel’s king, its redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first, I am the last; there is no God but me....
...(ISA 44:26) I confirm the words of my servant, carry out the plan my messengers announce. I say to Jerusalem, Be inhabited! To the cities of Judah, Be rebuilt! I will raise up their ruins. I say to the deep, Be dry! I will dry up your rivers. I say of Cyrus, My shepherd! He carries out my every wish, Saying of Jerusalem, “Let it be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Lay its foundations.”
NAB3 REV 22:14Blessed 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.
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.REV 21 Continued: 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.
The one who spoke to me held a rod of gold for measuring the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is perfectly square, its length and its width being the same. He measured the city with the rod and found it twelve thousand furlongs in length, in width, and in height. Its wall measured a hundred and forty-four cubits in height by the unit of measurement the angel used. The wall was constructed of jasper; the city was of pure gold, crystal clear. The foundation of the city wall was ornate with precious stones of every sort: the first course of stones was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each made of a single pearl; and the streets of the city were of pure gold, transparent as glass.
NAB3 EZE 28:6thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have thought yourself to have the mind of a god, Therefore I will bring against you foreigners, the most barbarous of nations. They shall draw their swords against your beauteous wisdom, they shall run them through your splendid apparel. They shall thrust you down to the pit, there to die a bloodied corpse, in the heart of the sea. Will you then say, "I am a god!" when you face your murderers? No, you are a man, not a god, handed over to those who will slay you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners, for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD.
Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, utter a lament over the king of Tyre, saying to him: Thus says the Lord GOD: You were stamped with the seal of perfection, of complete wisdom and perfect beauty. In Eden, the garden of God, you were, and every precious stone was your covering (carnelian, topaz, and beryl, chrysolite, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, garnet, and emerald); Of gold your pendants and jewels were made, on the day you were created. With the Cherub I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God, walking among the fiery stones. Blameless you were in your conduct from the day you were created, Until evil was found in you, the result of your far-flung trade; violence was your business, and you sinned. Then I banned you from the mountain of God; the Cherub drove you from among the fiery stones. You became haughty of heart because of your beauty; for the sake of splendor you debased your wisdom. I cast you to the earth, so great was your guilt; I made you a spectacle in the sight of kings. Because of your guilt, your sinful trade, I have profaned your sanctuaries, And I have brought out fire from your midst which will devour you. I have reduced you to dust on the earth in the sight of all who should see you. Among the peoples, all who knew you stand aghast at you; You have become a horror, you shall be no more.
NAB3 GEN 3:22Then the Lord God said: “See! The man has become like one of us, knowing what is good and what is bad! Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life also, and thus eat of it and live forever.” The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. When he expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
NAB3 EZE 36:24I will take you away from among the nations, gather you from all the lands, and bring you back to your own soil. I will sprinkle clean water over you to make you clean; from all your impurities and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you so that you walk in my statutes, observe my ordinances, and keep them. You will live in the land I gave to your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
The 'precious stones' of Zion's walls and in EZE 28 indicate man's obedience to God. Obedience to God, which is love for God, is what is precious to our God. The treasures of the nations is mankind's obedience to God from around the world. Through the blood of Jesus, through the sacrament of Reconciliation, people who repent to love God with all their hearts, through obedience to God, ascend God' Holy Mountain of the New Jerusalem. The unrepentant wicked are held out of the New Jerusalem by the angel with the firery sword of anathema. The cherubim, with a fiery sword in his hand, standing between the tree of life, who is Jesus, and the unrepentant, on God's Holy Mountain, is a good description of the New Jerusalem.
Where Adam and Eve, along with Satan, Satan is man's evil pride, were cast out of Eden, Jesus takes the citizens of Zion, back up God's holy mountain, to be with God again in a pre-fallen state, in the New Jerusalem; In other words, salvation of the Temple of God.
Jesus is Wisdom. It is Jesus who will water God's Garden of Zion. Jesus is the care-taker of Zion who will make it grow and become overwhealmingly productive with love for God. Jesus is the river of life flowing down from heaven, through the garden of Zion, which makes her prosper.
NAB3 SIR 24:9Saying, ‘In Jacob make your dwelling, in Israel your inheritance.’ Before all ages, in the beginning, he created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be. In the holy tent I ministered before him, and in Zion I fixed my abode. Thus in the chosen city he has given me rest, in Jerusalem is my domain. I have struck root among the glorious people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage. “Like a cedar on Lebanon I am raised aloft, like a cypress on Mount Hermon, Like a palm tree in Engedi, like a rosebush in Jericho, Like a fair olive tree in the field, like a plane tree growing beside the water. Like cinnamon, or fragrant balm, or precious myrrh, I give forth perfume; Like galbanum and onycha and sweet spices, like the odor of incense in the holy place. I spread out my branches like a terebinth, my branches so bright and so graceful. I bud forth delights like the vine, my blossoms become fruit fair and rich. Come to me, all you that yearn for me, and be filled with my fruits; You will remember me as sweeter than honey, better to have than the honeycomb. He who eats of me will hunger still, he who drinks of me will thirst for more; He who obeys me will not be put to shame, he who serves me will never fail.” All this is true of the book of the Most High’s covenant, the law which Moses commanded us as an inheritance for the community of Jacob. It overflows, like the Pishon, with wisdom— like the Tigris in the days of the new fruits. It runs over, like the Euphrates, with understanding, like the Jordan at harvest time. It sparkles like the Nile with knowledge, like the Gihon at vintage time. The first man never finished comprehending wisdom, nor will the last succeed in fathoming her. For deeper than the sea are her thoughts; her counsels, than the great abyss. Now I, like a rivulet from her stream, channeling the waters into a garden, Said to myself, “I will water my plants, my flower bed I will drench”; And suddenly this rivulet of mine became a river, then this stream of mine, a sea. Thus do I send my teachings forth shining like the dawn, to become known afar off. Thus do I pour out instruction like prophecy and bestow it on generations to come.
NAB3 REV 22:14Blessed 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.
NAB3 MAT 26:26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.” Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
NAB3 LEV 17:11Since the life of a living body is in its blood, I have made you put it on the altar, so that atonement may thereby be made for your own lives, because it is the blood, as the seat of life, that makes atonement.
NAB3 LUK 22:19And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you."
NAB3 MAT 20:28Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
NAB3 DAN 7:9As I watched, Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened. I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up. The other beasts, which also lost their dominion, were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season. As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
NAB3 ISA 41:1Keep silence before me, O coastlands; you peoples, wait for my words! Let them draw near and speak; let us come together for judgment. Who has stirred up from the East the champion of justice, and summoned him to be his attendant? To him he delivers the nations and subdues the kings; With his sword he reduces them to dust, with his bow, to driven straw. He pursues them, passing on without loss, by a path his feet do not even tread. Who has performed these deeds? He who has called forth the generations since the beginning. I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last I will also be. The coastlands see, and fear; the ends of the earth tremble: these things are near, they come to pass. But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham my friend-- You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth and summoned from its far-off places, You whom I have called my servant, whom I have chosen and will not cast off-- Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice. Yes, all shall be put to shame and disgrace who vent their anger against you; Those shall perish and come to nought who offer resistance. You shall seek out, but shall not find, those who strive against you; They shall be as nothing at all who do battle with you. For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you." Fear not, O worm Jacob, O maggot Israel; I will help you, says the LORD; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and double-edged, To thresh the mountains and crush them, to make the hills like chaff. When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them off and the storm shall scatter them. But you shall rejoice in the LORD, and glory in the Holy One of Israel. The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open up rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the broad valleys; I will turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water. I will plant in the desert the cedar, acacia, myrtle, and olive; I will set in the wasteland the cypress, together with the plane tree and the pine, That all may see and know, observe and understand, That the hand of the LORD has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it. Present your case, says the LORD; bring forward your reasons, says the King of Jacob. Let them come near and foretell to us what it is that shall happen! What are the things of long ago? Tell us, that we may reflect on them And know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come! Foretell the things that shall come afterward, that we may know that you are gods! Do something, good or evil, that will put us in awe and in fear. Why, you are nothing and your work is nought! To choose you is an abomination. I have stirred up one from the north, and he comes; from the east I summon him by name; He shall trample the rulers down like red earth, as the potter treads the clay. Who announced this from the beginning, that we might know; beforehand, that we might say it is true? Not one of you foretold it, not one spoke; no one heard you say, "The first news for Zion: they are coming now," or, "For Jerusalem I will pick out a bearer of the glad tidings." When I look, there is not one, no one of them to give counsel, to make an answer when I question them. Ah, all of them are nothing, their works are nought, their idols are empty wind!
Three Days of Darkness
Here is a time frame for the "glad tidings". Christ's Angels/Apostles engage Satan, in Combat at Armageddon. The battle takes about an hour. Satan is dethroned and defeated at Armageddon. The beast, the False Prophet, and the Harlot of Babylon, all loose the positions of power and authority that God had given them. Jesus is crowned as King and Ruler of the world, at Armageddon. Between Armageddon and Christ's Coming, the world is put through 'three days' of hell on earth. This will be three days of God getting His point across to the world. The three days of hell that the world goes through, between Armageddon and the resurrection of Jerusalem, is related to Christ's three days in hell between His death and Resurrection. Many scriptures use the image of darkness right before Christ's coming to Rule the world. This image of three days of darkness is Jesus dishing out death and destruction to the unrepentant strong and prideful. This is Jesus leveling the mountains and building up the valleys, which the valleys are the faithful poor and meek and humble.
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Surviving The Battle of Armageddon
On the 'third day', Jesus Comes in His glory. Jerusalem will mirror Christ's death and resurrection in her death and resurrection. The 'New Jerusalem' resurrects three days after Christ's enthronement on earth at Armageddon. As for when Armageddon will happen, ask Pope Francis. Through her servant St. Lucia, The Blessed Mother of Fatima indicates the time for the Restoration and Salvation of Jerusalem is near.
Jesus compares 'three days' after the battle of Armageddon, to His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Three days after the battle of Armageddon, Jesus, the Light to the nations, is switched on Full Power. There is only One God, the God of Abraham. The whole world is going to know this at the resurrection of the Temple of Israel. No doubt, Christ's priests of Zion, who are the Angels of the Apocalypse, who are presently Catholic Priests, are going to be handing out the good stuff, three days after the battle of Armageddon. Absolution of sins is one of the things Catholic Priests will be handing out. However, the driving force bringing Israel home, as God has promised, is going to be an overwhelming amount of miracles from the hands of the priests of Zion. Catholic Priests, Christ's Apostles, replace Jewish priests and transform into the Priests of Zion, at Armageddon. After the Battle of Armageddon, under Messianic Reign, people are going to firmly understand that God exists and that the true God is the God of Abraham. As the world recognized Jesus through His miracles when He walked the earth, so will the world recognize Jesus and His Church through miracles, at their hands, upon the Resurrection and Restoration of Israel. The non-practicing Christians, Israel and the world is going to clearly recognize the way home to God, upon the Restoration of Israel.
If you want God's physical protection over the three days of hell on earth, and if you wish to be a part of the Lamb's 'Wedding Day' at the resurrection of Jerusalem , sanctify yourself through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or receive Baptism at your local Catholic Church. To find a Catholic Church near you, please visit: www.masstimes.org God will protect His precious Zion/New Jerusalem, and He is going to raise her up on high over all the world. Strong Advice! Due to the nature of Armageddon, it is highly recommended that all peoples seek out conversion, repentance and absolution through Christ's priests before the battle of Armageddon. Pre-Armageddon absolution from sin by Christ's Angels of the Church is represented in Revelations 7. There are going to be tremendously long lines at the confessional, after the 'Light to the nations', Jesus, is switched to on. The sacrament of Reconciliation is the twelve gates, and the only way into, Christ's New Jerusalem of the post Armageddon era. The switch from Satan/Babylon ruling the world to Jesus ruling the world under Messianic Reign, is going to happen like "lighting" (Luke 10:16). The scriptures resound the massive stampede of repentant souls in the exodus out of Babylon and into Zion. Plan ahead. Join the Bride of the Lamb at the great Wedding Day! Repent Now! "Penance, Penance, Penance!"
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. The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; The house of Esau shall be stubble, and they shall set them ablaze and devour them; Then none shall survive of the house of Esau, for the LORD has spoken. They shall occupy the Negeb, the mount of Esau, and the foothills of the Philistines; And they shall occupy the lands of Ephraim and the lands of Samaria, and Benjamin shall occupy Gilead. The captives of the host of the children of Israel shall occupy the Canaanite land as far as Zarephath, And the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall occupy the cities of the Negeb. And saviors shall ascend Mount Zion to rule the mount of Esau, and the kingship shall be the LORD'S.
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; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
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NAB3 MAL 3Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; And suddenly there will come to the temple the LORD whom you seek, And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like the refiner's fire, or like the fuller's lye. He will sit refining and purifying (silver), and he will purify the sons of Levi, Refining them like gold or like silver that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD. Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem will please the LORD, as in days of old, as in years gone by. I will draw near to you for judgment, and I will be swift to bear witness Against the sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, those who defraud the hired man of his wages, Against those who defraud widows and orphans; those who turn aside the stranger, and those who do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.
Surely I, the LORD, do not change, nor do you cease to be sons of Jacob. Since the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.
NAB3 ZEP 3:8Therefore, wait for me, says the LORD, against the day when I arise as accuser; For it is my decision to gather together the nations, to assemble the kingdoms, In order to pour out upon them my wrath, all my blazing anger; For in the fire of my jealousy shall all the earth be consumed. For then I will change and purify the lips of the peoples, That they all may call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one accord; From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia and as far as the recesses of the North, they shall bring me offerings. On that day You need not be ashamed of all your deeds, your rebellious actions against me; For then will I remove from your midst the proud braggarts, And you shall no longer exalt yourself on my holy mountain. But I will leave as a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, Who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD; the remnant of Israel. They shall do no wrong and speak no lies; Nor shall there be found in their mouths a deceitful tongue; They shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them. Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. I will remove disaster from among you, so that none may recount your disgrace. Yes, at that time I will deal with all who oppress you; I will save the lame, and assemble the outcasts; I will give them praise and renown in all the earth, when I bring about their restoration. At that time I will bring you home, and at that time I will gather you; For I will give you renown and praise, among all the peoples of the earth, When I bring about your restoration before your very eyes, says the LORD.
NAB3 JOH 14:10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, "Master, (then) what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. "I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name--he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, 'I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.
NAB3 JOH 12:13"Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, (even) the king of Israel." Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written: "Fear no more, O daughter Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass's colt."...
..."The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me. "I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again." The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder; but others said, "An angel has spoken to him." Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come for my sake but for yours. Now is the time of judgment on this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself."
NAB3 PSA 24A psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S and all it holds, the world and those who live there. For God founded it on the seas, established it over the rivers. Who may go up the mountain of the LORD? Who can stand in his holy place? "The clean of hand and pure of heart, who are not devoted to idols, who have not sworn falsely. They will receive blessings from the LORD, and justice from their saving God. Such are the people that love the LORD, that seek the face of the God of Jacob." Selah
NAB2 LUK 19:38They proclaimed: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”
NAB2 MAR 11:9Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!”
NAB2 REV 12:1A 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. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed."
NAB2 HOS 6:1In their affliction, they shall look for me: “Come, let us return to the LORD, For it is he who has rent, but he will heal us; he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence.
NAB2 JOH 2:18At this the Jews answered and said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”HOS 6 Continued: Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines forth like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.” What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away. For this reason I smote them through the prophets, I slew them by the words of my mouth; For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than holocausts.
NAB2 DAN 12:1At 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.”
NAB2 ISA 37:30This shall be a sign for you: this year you shall eat the aftergrowth, next year, what grows of itself; But in the third year, sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit! The remaining survivors of the house of Judah shall again strike root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant, and from Mount Zion, survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
NAB2 JER 7:1The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD: Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD, and there proclaim this message: Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD! Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Reform your ways and your deeds, so that I may remain with you in this place. Put not your trust in the deceitful words: “This is the temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!” Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place, or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place, in the land which I gave your fathers long ago and forever. But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss! Are you to steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, go after strange gods that you know not, and yet come to stand before me in this house which bears my name, and say: “We are safe; we can commit all these abominations again”? Has this house which bears my name become in your eyes a den of thieves?
NAB2 LUK 19:38“If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’”JER 7 Continued: You may go to Shiloh, which I made the dwelling place of my name in the beginning. See what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. And now, because you have committed all these misdeeds, says the LORD, because you did not listen, though I spoke to you untiringly; because you did not answer, though I called you, I will do to this house named after me, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, just as I did to Shiloh. I will cast you away from me, as I cast away all your brethren, all the offspring of Ephraim.
NAB2 DAN 9:21I was still occupied with this prayer, when Gabriel, the one whom I had seen before in vision, came to me in rapid flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me in these words: “Daniel, I have now come to give you understanding. When you began your petition, an answer was given which I have come to announce, because you are beloved. Therefore, mark the answer and understand the vision. “Seventy weeks are decreed for your people and for your holy city: Then transgression will stop and sin will end, guilt will be expiated, Everlasting justice will be introduced, vision and prophecy ratified, and a most holy will be anointed. Know and understand this: From the utterance of the word that Jerusalem was to be rebuilt Until one who is anointed and a leader, there shall be seven weeks. During sixty-two weeks it shall be rebuilt, With streets and trenches, in time of affliction.
NAB2 ISA 44:26It is I who confirm the words of my servants, I carry out the plan announced by my messengers; I say to Jerusalem: Be inhabited; to the cities of Judah: Be rebuilt; I will raise up their ruins. It is I who said to the deep: Be dry; I will dry up your wellsprings. I say of Cyrus: My shepherd, who fulfills my every wish; He shall say of Jerusalem, “Let her be rebuilt,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”
NAB2 JER 31:36If ever these natural laws give way in spite of me, says the LORD, Then shall the race of Israel cease as a nation before me forever. Thus says the LORD: If the heavens on high can be measured, or the foundations below the earth be sounded, Then will I cast off the whole race of Israel because of all they have done, says the LORD. The days are coming, says the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt as the LORD’S, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. The measuring line shall be stretched from there straight to the hill Gareb and then turn to Goah. The whole valley of corpses and ashes, all the slopes toward the Kidron Valley, as far as the corner of the Horse Gate at the east, shall be holy to the LORD. Never again shall the city be rooted up or thrown down.
NAB2 TOB 14:3Son, take your children and flee into Media, for I believe God’s word which was spoken by Nahum against Nineveh. It shall all happen, and shall overtake Assyria and Nineveh; indeed, whatever was said by Israel’s prophets, whom God commissioned, shall occur. Not one of all the oracles shall remain unfulfilled, but everything shall take place in the time appointed for it. So it will be safer in Media than in Assyria or Babylon. For I know and believe that whatever God has spoken will be accomplished. It shall happen, and not a single word of the prophecies shall prove false. “As for our kinsmen who dwell in Israel, they shall all be scattered and led away into exile from the Good Land. The entire country of Israel shall become desolate; even Samaria and Jerusalem shall become desolate! God’s temple there shall be burnt to the ground and shall be desolate for a while. But God will again have mercy on them and bring them back to the land of Israel. They shall rebuild the temple, but it will not be like the first one, until the era when the appointed times shall be completed.
NAB2 MAR 14:58“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and within three days I will build another not made with hands.’TOB 14 Continued: Afterward all of them shall return from their exile, and they shall rebuild Jerusalem with splendor. In her the temple of God shall also be rebuilt; yes, it will be rebuilt for all generations to come, just as the prophets of Israel said of her. All the nations of the world shall be converted and shall offer God true worship; all shall abandon their idols which have deceitfully led them into error, and shall bless the God of the ages in righteousness. Because all the Israelites who are to be saved in those days will truly be mindful of God, they shall be gathered together and go to Jerusalem; in security shall they dwell forever in the land of Abraham, which will be given over to them. Those who sincerely love God shall rejoice, but those who become guilty of sin shall completely disappear from the land. “Now, children, I give you this command: serve God faithfully and do what is right before him; you must tell your children to do what is upright and to give alms, to be mindful of God and at all times to bless his name sincerely and with all their strength.
NAB2 REV 10:1Then 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.” Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them, “There shall be no more delay. At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets.”
NAB ISA 12:1On that day, you will say: I give you thanks, O LORD; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me. God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation, and say on that day: Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name. Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth. Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!
NAB2 BAR 4:24As Zion’s neighbors lately saw you taken captive, so shall they soon see God’s salvation come to you, with great glory and the splendor of the Eternal God. “My children, bear patiently the anger that has come from God upon you; Your enemies have persecuted you, and you will soon see their destruction and trample upon their necks. My pampered children have trodden rough roads, carried off by their enemies like sheep in a raid. Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.” Fear not, Jerusalem! He who gave you your name is your encouragement. Fearful are those who harmed you, who rejoiced at your downfall; Fearful are the cities where your children were enslaved, fearful the city that took your sons. As that city rejoiced at your collapse, and made merry at your downfall, so shall she grieve over her own desolation. I will take from her the joyous throngs, and her exultation shall be turned to mourning: For fire shall come upon her from the Eternal God, for a long time, and demons shall dwell in her from that time on. Look to the east, Jerusalem! behold the joy that comes to you from God. Here come your sons whom you once let go, gathered in from the east and from the west By the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God.
NAB2 PSA 85:2You once favored, LORD, your land, restored the good fortune of Jacob. You forgave the guilt of your people, pardoned all their sins. Selah You withdrew all your wrath, turned back your burning anger. Restore us once more, God our savior; abandon your wrath against us. Will you be angry with us forever, drag out your anger for all generations? Please give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you. Show us, LORD, your love; grant us your salvation. I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace To his people, to the faithful, to those who trust in him. Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land. Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven. The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase. Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.
NAB2 PSA 80:2Shepherd of Israel, listen, guide of the flock of Joseph! From your throne upon the cherubim reveal yourself to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Stir up your power, come to save us. O LORD of hosts, restore us; Let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. LORD of hosts, how long will you burn with anger while your people pray? You have fed them the bread of tears, made them drink tears in abundance. You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors; our enemies deride us. O LORD of hosts, restore us; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove away the nations and planted it. You cleared the ground; it took root and filled the land. The mountains were covered by its shadow, the cedars of God by its branches. It sent out boughs as far as the sea, shoots as far as the river. Why have you broken down the walls, so that all who pass by pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest strips the vine; the beast of the field feeds upon it. Turn again, LORD of hosts; look down from heaven and see; Attend to this vine, the shoot your right hand has planted. Those who would burn or cut it down— may they perish at your rebuke. May your help be with the man at your right hand, with the one whom you once made strong. Then we will not withdraw from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. LORD of hosts, restore us; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
NAB2 JER 23:3I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the LORD. Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; As king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: “The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD, when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt”; but rather, “As the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land of the north”—and from all the lands to which I banished them; they shall again live on their own land.
NAB2 OBI 15:17But 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.
NAB2 HAB 3:11At the light of your flying arrows, at the gleam of your flashing spear. In wrath you bestride the earth, in fury you trample the nations. You come forth to save your people, to save your anointed one. You crush the heads of the wicked, you lay bare their bases at the neck.
NAB2 PSA 91:10No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the asp and the viper, trample the lion and the dragon. Whoever clings to me I will deliver; whoever knows my name I will set on high. All who call upon me I will answer; I will be with them in distress; I will deliver them and give them honor. With length of days I will satisfy them and show them my saving power.
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