“They’re Ready!”

18 Jun

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 4 Lent 18 March 2012

“They’re Ready!”

On Wednesday evening, 14 March 2012, I overheard a conversation between Christ and God.  Christ said to Him, “They’re ready.”  Those of you who know my story, know that God has done special things on the 14th of certain months in my journey: My mystical marriage was on 14 May 2008; God asked me to release “Anchored In Christ” on 14 August 2010; The Jews start commemorating Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, the day the Spirit passed over them in Egypt (Ex 12:18).  The same is true today, even though it is not literally the first month in our calendar (and is the last in the Hebraic calendar, but then that is prophetic as well (Mt 20:16)).  The Spirit has passed over the clergy, the religious, and the Seven Churches.  They “knew” and did nothing.  Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world (Jn 3:18).  I follow my Husband’s lead and do not condemn the Church.  All I could do was just look at “They’re ready” without emotion.  I marveled at it.  The words were not spoken directly to me, but I was allowed to be privy to Christ and God’s conversation.  It wasn’t until later that I got the “Uh-oh” realization that hit me.  Every time I get a vision, there is “hell to pay,” because I’ve gotten a glimpse of heaven and the forces of darkness cannot tolerate that and they make my life absolutely miserable.  The “Hell to Pay Principle” is so predictable, that I have almost started dreading getting visions or having divine experiences, because the suffering is so brutal on this human end.  It’s just too painful on this side of the experiences.  No amount of God’s sweet kingdom, no matter how remarkable and glorious the “third heaven” (2 Cor 12:2) experiences are, can have a lasting stronghold within me without community to share them with, but the community has not been receptive.  (No fault, just is.) 

On Wednesday evening as I looked over my own timeline I realized that I have gone to the Seven Churches and reached out to the Twelve “Angels” the Seven Churches, and in the process Rev 12:14 was fulfilled:

Revelation 12:14The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

As I pondered the lectionary scripture lessons for this week, I thought about Moses and the bronze serpent which he put on a pole for the people to look at and live even though the snakes still bit them. (Nu 21:9)  I thought of how many things today bite our own ankles when we complain and confess against God. (Nu 21:7)  Throughout history since Jesus was lifted up (Jn 3:14) God has sent others with Christ’s Light and message of love to the world (Jn 3:16) when the world was revolting against the crush of evil.  Just to name a few, He sent:

The Desert Fathers and Mothers (3rd and 4th centuries) when Rome was “hell bent” on making martyrs (see Rev 6:1-2)

St Francis (1182) during the Crusades (Rev 6:3-4)

Dante (1308) with the Divine Comedy

A stream of faithful people during the myriad of formal Inquisitions which ran AD 1200-1800 (Rev 6:5-6)

Julian of Norwich (1342) during the Black Plague (Rev 6:7-8)

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491), St Teresa of Avila (1515), and St John of the Cross (1542) during the worst of the Spanish Inquisition

Martin Luther (1483) during the time when the Church was “hell bent” on idolizing her own indulgences (Rev 6:9-11)

The writers of parodies and fairytales (1697-1812) before, during, and after the time of the American and French Revolutions when democracy removed “mountains and islands” from their places (Rev 6:12-14)

L. Frank Baum and the Oz stories (1900) during the time of our own Industrial Revolution (Rev 6:15-17)

Overview Insert:

Shakespeare                                                d 1616            English

Paradise Lost                                    1667               English

Puss in Boots                                   1697               French Fairytale (The time of Louis the XIV and the French Revolution)

Snow White                                      1697               French

Cinderella                                         1697               French

Brothers Grimm                                1812               German Fairytales (The time of Napoleon)

Hans Christian Anderson              1835               Danish Fairytales

Alice In Wonderland                       1865               English (Also the time of the US Civil War)

Wizard of Oz                                     1900               American (Time of the Railroad Revolution)

Heroes of courage during the Holocaust (1933-45) (Rev 7-8)

Thomas Merton (1968) during the Cold War (Rev 9)

And during our own Social Network era where we are experiencing our own global cultural, economic, and political revolutions (Rev 11-12)

Each time one of the Seven Seals was opened or a Trumpet sounded, God sent messengers into the foray, to remind the people that God is the focus and not the revolution.  No revolution may be the idol. 

John 3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

Each individual Agent of Change in history has held up Moses’ “bronze serpent” in the dark Wilderness of their revolution and lifted up the Light of Christ, even though each has been “crucified” by their own gifts in one way or another.  God’s Word has gone forth because Truth prevails.  What is happening today on a global scale is no different than the other revolutions our world has already gone through in the past.[1] In this footnote-referenced 1951 article from the Journal of the History of Ideas, the author quotes Friedrich von Gentz (1790), and the social voice from back then sounds the same as today as Gentz grieved the very real possibility that the Revolution would not succeed.  Even the optimists of today are starting to quaver and say the same thing now.  The stress is too great.  It’s been going on for too long.  The stress has to break.  At some point paradise must be found, the glass slipper fits the real princess’ foot, Dorothy ends up awakening in Kansas, etc.  Even Napoleon and King Louis XIV get knocked off their high horses at some point. 

I looked at the stress thread that connected all this to my own heart space.  The former literary agents of change had a community of fellow believers, authors, and philosophers with whom to hash out ideas and to get their words into print.  I don’t have that luxury.  Because of my calling, I have to look at the world through the lens of the Book of Revelation, so I speak the language of bible-speak and this limits my circle of influence.  I must do this, because God told me to focus specifically on this.  I really don’t have a choice in this regard.  I do it whether I want to or not.  However, it creates a Catch-22 dilemma in my life in that the publishers and literary agents to whom I send my proposal are part of the archetypal Seven Churches, and they consistently remain silent in their responses to me just as the Seven Churches have remained silent precisely because they are part of the archetypal Seven Churches.

As I continued reflecting on today’s scriptures, I “saw” parallel passages in Revelation which tied in with the message of the silence.  I shall lay them out for you, so that you may “see:”

John 3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

Rev 16:15“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

And these scriptures parallel:

John 3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.

Revelation 14:13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
      “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

Prayer: Lord, as we soon head into Holy Week, may we remember what You have done for us and be emboldened by Your loving example and Truth.  Please help the Agents of Change not to make their cause or even change itself the idol, but to focus on glorifying You, Lord.  May we be ready for Your enLIGHTenment and be enRAPTUREd by Your great love for us, and may others see You by our fruits.  Amen.

 

4 Lent                         18 March 2012                                             Gospel: John 3:14-21

Numbers 21:4-9
21:4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way.

21:5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”

21:6 Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.

21:7 The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

21:8 And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”

21:9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
107:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble

107:3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

107:17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;

107:18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.

107:19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;

107:20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.

107:21 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

107:22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Ephesians 2:1-10
2:1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins

2:2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.

2:3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.

2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us

2:5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–

2:6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

2:7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God–

2:9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

2:10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

John 3:14-21
3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

3:17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

3:19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.

3:20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.

3:21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

 

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