The Signs Of His Coming
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WHITE FOR THE
All the signs that Our Lord has given us in relation to this event, if you were to look them up are, as you will see, all taking place in the Spring Time. With this in mind, let's go over these signs and parables.
The first sign is in Matthew (xxiv.32): "Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When the branch is now tender, and the leaves break forth, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door." Now some thought Christ was referring to Israel here, who would bear fruit again in the end times. But we can take it as Spring Time as well. Next, as a second sign, (not necessarily taken in the same order as they appear in Scripture) is found reference to the harvesting of souls (John iv.35; Matt, xii.30); Jesus talks about when the "wheat is white for the harvest".
The wheat is harvested in the Middle East in the Spring Time. This parallels with the Church's color for the Easter Season: white. Whitsunday, or Pentecost, "is so-called" by the Catholic Encyclopedia (The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. xiv, article "Whitsunday."), "from the white garments which were worn by those who were baptized during the vigil." The two Sundays that God came back take place in the Spring Time. On the Sunday that Our Lord Jesus Christ conies back in the Apocalypse (xi.14), He has a sickle in His hand, which is used for the harvesting of the wheat. This, too, would indicate Spring Time.
HEBREW HARVEST HOME FESTIVAL
One other time when God the Father came down from heaven in the Spring Time was in giving us the Ten Commandments.
In the Acts of the Apostles (i. 11), the Angel talking about the Ascension of Our Lord states, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up to heaven? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, shall come in the same way as you have seen him going to heaven." In this case, it can be taken in the same sense, in the Spring Time.
It may now be surmised that Our Lord will come back on Sunday in the Spring Time. But which Sunday? Apocalypse (xiv.14) says, "Put forth thy sickle and reap, for the hour to reap is come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe." This parallels Deuteronomy (xvi.9), "You shall count off seven weeks, computing them from the day when the sickle is first put to the standing grain"; and Leviticus (xxiii.15 and 16), "You shall count therefore from the morrow after the Sabbath, wherein you offered the sheaf of the first fruits, seven full weeks. Even unto the morrow after the seventh week be expired, that is to say, fifty days..." This more commonly became known as Pentecost, encompassing the Easter Season (Paschal Time).
When are Christians more ripe for the harvest if not during the Easter Season? (Church obligations). This all points to which Sunday in the Easter season is the Day of General Judgment.
In the close of the Jewish Pentecost you have the Hebrew Harvest Home Festival, when they would take an inventory of the grain and the first fruits stored in the Temple as they are celebrating the giving of the Ten Commandments. In the Christian Church it commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, creating a great harvest of souls for the Early Church, commonly referred to as the Church's birthday. So you have the First Person of the Blessed Trinity coming down from heaven in the same season the Third Person comes down from heaven. And the evidence indicates that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity is going to do likewise. In the Apocalypse (xiv. 14) Jesus has a sickle in his hand for the harvest.
What other Sunday should be chosen but the one that celebrates the birthday of the New Church (new law/testament) and at the same time is celebrated the birthday of the old church (old law/testament)? What other than Pentecost Sunday!
The Hebrew Pentecost starts from the Passover Full Moon. The Old Church and the New Church go by the Moon Calendar. The Passover Full Moon that Our Lord celebrated at the Last Supper was also the Spring Full Moon. The Church adopted the Spring Full Moon for our Passover, but the Jews keep theirs in April. That is why some years we both have the same Passover Full Moon. The Spring Full Moon is the first full moon after March 21. Hence, the following Sunday after this full moon is Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. This is why the Sundays of the Church calendar fall on different dates from year to year: the moon fluctuates from year to year. This throws light on the difficulty of picking a fixed date for the General Judgment. To illustrate an example, if I said to you: "I'm going out of town and will be back ten years from now, Christmas Day", you would not have a problem figuring out what date that is: 1997 plus 10 years is 2007, or December 25, 2007. On the other hand, there is no way you could figure out what the date Pentecost Sunday would be ten years from now without knowing where the Easter full moon would be. All you could do would be to assume that it would be between May and June in the year 2007. That may be one of the reasons Our Lord said only the Father knows (because of the difficulty and complexity of the question, let alone that Sunday worship had not as yet been instituted).
"His posterity shall continue forever, and his throne shall be like the sun before me. Like the moon, which remains forever a faithful witness in the sky" (Psalm lxxxviii.37).
PASSOVER FULL MOON
SPRING FULL MOON
Does the General Judgment take place in one day? NO! Although, as certain as we can be about Pentecost Sunday, trying to explain why the General Judgment takes a week is a lot more difficult to explain. Besides, having Tradition that the creation took a week, the Church doesn't state what kind of time was used for each day of creation. Obviously once we go into a spiritual state we will experience two different time modes: spiritual and temporal (earthly). There is one passage in the Apocalypse that makes reference to this, although it is not very clear. In chapter 17, verse 11, this passage seems to allude to the seven weeks and one day of the eighth week of Pentecost. Pentecost means fifty. This seems to indicate the time period when the Beast is destroyed at the end of the Easter season, starting on Pentecost Sunday. The New Age One World Religion represents the Beast of the Apocalypse.
Let's reflect on what takes place during the General Judgment. The first thing that happens is that all living humans start to become transformed—that means we begin to go into a spiritualized state. All the souls in heaven and hell must return and be reunited with their bodies. God will inform us all before we leave what the state of every human being will be as each one will have their Second Judgment. Although I am not sure about those who come back from heaven, perhaps it's just to be a witness to each other before we go to our final destiny. In this way, everyone will again know the results of each others judgment. This will take some time (in human terms) and a week seems logical for the time involved for this be accomplished. Purgatory wilt not be available to us once the General Judgment takes place, but will cease to exist (Council of Trent).
WITHOUT THE EXACT YEAR WE DO NOT HAVE AN EXACT DATE
Does God give us an approximate time to which this event will take place? Yes He does. Jesus Christ will return when the Great Apostasy runs its course (2 Thess. U.3), predicted to be about 40 years (Apoc. xvii.12; xviii. 10-20; II Peter iii.8). (Rev. Dr. P. Huchede, History of the Antichrist, p. 59, indicates 45 years.)
As I pointed out earlier, the Church obligates us to our Easter Commitment. In reflecting on this, would not Lent now be more meaningful since it is used for the preparation for the End of the World? And how coincidental that the Lenten rules have been relaxed since Vatican Council II in a time when we have the TRUE signs of Our Lord's Coming!
One other major event which takes place during the Easter Season, but doesn't take place on Sunday, is the opening of Heaven on Ascension Thursday (Catechism of the Council of Trent). Nevertheless, when is the last time you heard (if ever) from the pulpit that at last, finally, after four thousand years, heaven is finally open. Alleluia. If confidence is lacking in expressing a known Church teaching, where is the courage going to come from for the exposure of the DAY OF THE GENERAL JUDGMENT.
THE CHURCH SUBCONSCIOUSLY
PREPARES US FOR THE GENERAL JUDGEMENT
Christians, it is time to break down the barriers once and for all and get the word out NOW! As Saint Peter proclaimed on Pentecost Sunday:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says the Lord, that in those days I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh and your sons and daughters shall prophesy" (Acts ii.17).
My friends, prophesying what??? What else but the obvious: Christ is coming back on Pentecost Sunday. What are we waiting for?
Let us give the world this free gift of forgiveness, charity, and wisdom with which God is blessing us. Shouting joyfully:
Thy will be done, O Lord! Thy will be done!!!
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