They have thrown down thy altars – 3 Kings 19:11
Michael Westhead | The Daily Knight
A “great and strong wind before the Lord over throwing the mountains, and breaking the rocks in pieces: the Lord is not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake: the Lord is not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire: the Lord is not in the fire, and after the fire a whistling of a gentle air. And when Elias heard it, he covered his face with his mantle” (3 Kings 19:11-13)
As the Pope traveled to the Ziggurat in Ur, many cataclysmic natural events were transpiring that drew the attention of several Catholic commentators. In fact, the whole week was quite full of natural upheavals: volcanic eruptions, major flooding, large earthquakes, unusual tornadoes.6 However, one event has been largely passed over, a seemingly insignificant whisper in the religious whirlwind that is rooted in the divinely inspired Word of God.
It is the recent discovery of two new fragmentary scrolls, which like Elias, were dwelling hidden away in a desert cave.4 Just south of Jerusalem, the cave is known as the “Cave of Horrors” because of the forty skeletal remains it contained. Before revealing the scriptural contents, let us pause to consider the spiritual significance of their location among these forty human remains. Like Christ whose earthly life was literally hemmed in by caves, we Christians, baptized into the death of Christ, must also return to that cave of final horrors. Everyone, regardless of sanctity, still owes God one death.* Furthermore, the number forty is, “a number, as St. Jerome observes, which denotes punishment and affliction. (Ez. 29)”.1
*excepting of course Our Lady, who although not required, still chose to suffer a temporal death like her Son.
Dom Gueranger expands on this insight in The Liturgical Year addressing the season of lent; “a season so sacred,” and, “rich in mysteries”1:
“Let us remember the 40 days and 40 nights of the Deluge, (Gen 7:12) sent by God in His anger, when He repented that He had made man and destroyed the whole human race, with the exception of one family. Let us consider how the Hebrew people, in punishment for their ingratitude, wandered 40 years in the desert before they were permitted to enter the Promised Land. (Num 14: 33) Let us listen to our God commanding the Prophet Ezechiel to lie 40 days on his right side, as a figure of the siege which was to bring destruction on Jerusalem. (Ez 4:6)”
Thus, I am inclined to attach a certain intrinsic spiritual weight to these scrolls for being discovered within the sacred and mysterious forty days of lent and just after the feast of the 40 martyrs of Sebaste. Those who have ears to hear, ought to hear and God speaks to us most often through His established channels: the church, her liturgies, and His Holy inerrant Word.
Consider, then, the following Word that has been presented to us in this recent discovery. It is an old text, containing fragments from the minor prophets Nahum and Zacharias. The two verses recovered from Nahum are ones which foretell the just judgements of God and His fierce punishments:
“The mountains tremble at him, and the hills are made desolate: and the earth hath quaked at his presence, and the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before the face of his indignation? and who shall resist in the fierceness of his anger? his indignation is poured out like fire: and the rocks are melted by him.” (Nahum 1:5-6)
In its entirety, this chapter of Nahum is well worth a deep dive but only some immediately relevant aspects will be discussed. Firstly, the scriptural commentary of Rev. George Leo Haydock reveals that the phrase in verse 6 his indignation is poured out like fire is rendered His rage melts Kingdoms (αρχάς) in the Septuagint.
This destruction of kingdoms recalls the words of Our Lady at Kibeho, who in foretelling the Rwandan Genocide warned that such evils would spread throughout the world if men did not change while expressly mentioning a coming judgement and the end of the world.* This attracted the attention of world renowned theologian and expert Mariologist Fr. Rene Laurentin, who interviewed the seers of Kibeho and extracted more precise details on this apocalyptic scenario:
“In his interviews [Fr. Laurentin] asked: Might this be an announcement of the end of the world? The common response of the visionaries was no. It is rather the end of a world which men are constructing.”3
*A worldwide genocide on the order of cruelty such as that suffered in Rwanda is largely unthinkable by most in our day, however recent curricular developments in California which call for a “counter-genocide” against white Christians makes such words horrifically realistic. And this in the so-called enlightened West, much less the oh so socially aware west coast.8
Is it possible that God is foretelling the destruction of kingdoms or nations constructed by men? Kingdoms that for centuries Mary has warned would be orchestrated against God?
Considered alongside the expanded context of this chapter of Nahum a clearer prophetical message emerges that is richly meaningful, pregnant with language directed at our day. In doing so we see shades of what is generally known concerning subversive church influences, our struggles within the hierarchy, and the goals of international freemasonry. Here it is, abridged:
“For as thorns embrace one another: so while they are feasting and drinking together, they shall be consumed as stubble that is fully dry... Out of thee shall come forth one that imagineth evil against the Lord, contriving treachery in his mind... And now I will break in pieces his rod with which he struck thy back, and I will burst thy bonds asunder... I will destroy the graven and molten thing out of the house of thy God, I will make it thy grave, for thou art disgraced... O Juda, keep thy festivals, and pay thy vows: for Belial (the Wicked one) shall no more pass through thee again, he is utterly cut off.” (Nahum 1:10-15)
This foretells the destruction of earthly men, given to much feasting and drinking, perhaps caught unawares by their false sense of control. Worse yet, these men are carousing within the ranks of God’s people. As indicated by the word ‘treason’, since treason by definition comes from within, this one who imagineth evil against the Lord is cut from our cloth. A wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Additionally, the use of a rod to afflict the people may be a textual clue indicating the hierarchical stature of this traitor. Symbolically speaking, the rod and staff are unambiguous biblical images of the shepherd, parlayed into the spiritual images of those leaders chosen to guide God’s people. Moses, Aaron, and no less than God himself are described as wielding both of these common tools of herdsmanship. Likewise, today’s Bishops are visually distinguished in part by their ceremonial crozier, or shepherds staff. However, there is one bishop that does not have a crozier. Contrary to all other bishops, the Pope technically does not carry a crozier but a papal ferula, which name derives from the latin word ferula, meaning rod. This rod, among other things signifies the, “the power to mete out punishment” according to Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.2
Consequently, the crime of this traitor seems to be an act of overt idolatry by which God proclaims, “I will destroy the graven and molten thing out of the house of thy God, I will make it thy grave, for thou art disgraced”. Therefore, if we were to seek a reference or meaning for this recently surfaced text in our own times, we should be on guard for a man from within our ranks, wielding a rod which he uses to afflict the people, contriving evil against the Lord, who has seized power and uses it to introduce idolatry.
In an eerily similar vein to those now infamous words of Pope Paul VI decrying the “smoke of Satan” within the church, we read that these destructions shall culminate in the destruction of Belial (the Wicked one), who is the ultimate source of the chaos and who shall no more pass through theeagain.
All of this is by way of the unstoppable will of God. Absolutely nothing escapes His divine decrees nor spurns His celestial arrangements. No discovery of science, no mote of dust, no life lived or lost is beyond His scrutiny. Just as Christ willed His death on the cross to communicate His unfathomable mercy without respect of persons nor interference in freewill, so we must understand that the passion of His body as it is experienced today is being positively willed by God. He who established and fine-tuned the universe in such minute detail as to exhaust the human mind, has revealed these things to us in our day. Understand that this is completely consistent with the redemption of man through the glory of the cross being foretold from the dawn of mankind and His attempts to dissuade his betrayers to the last.
Likewise, no political movement or action is without His consent, for as He himself has said, “Thou shouldst not have any power against me, unless it were given thee from above.” (John 19:11) Pontius Pilate, a man who claimed ignorance of truth would go on to scribe the absolutely true and prophetic words “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” in the three sacred languages, to the service of untold numbers of Christians. No matter how tumultuous things get, remember that there is no authority on earth which does not come from God. Thus, not only can an evil man act in accord with God’s will, but can properly prophecy when it fits His purposes, too.
Consider, for instance, the words of Caiaphas whose statement that Jesus should die for the sake of their nation is attributed to his office. As Saint John explains, “And this he spoke not of himself: but being the high priest of that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation”. (John 11:51) Thus it is on account of his office as God’s anointed, even he who conceived Christ’s death, gave a true prediction.
Keep all of this in mind while considering one final quote, taken from similarly high ranking Catholic:
“At this place where one hundred years ago you showed all the designs of our God's mercy, I look upon your robe of light and, as bishop dressed in white”.7 – The Sovereign Pontiff and Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis, Fatima, Portugal 13 May 2017.
We need to pray.
1. The Liturgical Year. The Mystery of the 40 days. Dom Gueranger
2. "The Office of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff: The Staff". Holy See Press Office.https://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/details/ns_lit_doc_20091117_ferula_en.html.Retrieved 23 May 2013.
5. Eulogy on the Martyrs of Sebaste. Saint Basil the Great.
6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVv_a9x8dC8 (natural disasters 2/28/21-3/6/21)