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‘A Child Who Is to Rule … ’
“And She brought forth a man Child,
who was to rule all nations with an iron rod … .”
“And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found Him in the Temple,
sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions.
And all that heard Him were astonished at His Wisdom and His answers.”
|We have a tendency — and as we love to point out, especially since the world of Christianity is so infected with the heresy of protest-ant-ism — that the Infancy Narratives of Luke have no other meaning than that for the Advent season.
How wrong those who believe so are!
We have a tendency — based on so many “scholars” interpretations — that the Book of Apocalypse is unrelated to the Infancy Narratives.
How wrong those who believe so are!
There is, in reality, not one jot or tittle of the Scriptures that is not related nor intertwined with another.
Remember, the most critical thing to understand about Jesus is that He IS the Word of God. And as such, He — and He alone — knows the full extent and meaning of each jot and tittle.
Another critical factor is that our Lord LOVES to be a God of mystery.
A God of Faith.
As such, He loves to reveal “secrets” to those who follow a certain pathway. And He mapped out that pathway for us: He told us specifically that “unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”
In this, He has shown us the focus He desires — to be “as little children.”
In this, He has shown us the focus of His desires — “a man Child … to rule all nations with an iron rod.”
In this, He has shown us the focus of the Holy Child’s desires — “ … the Child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not. … And He said to them: ‘How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?’ ”
About His “Father’s business” — the totality of the Holy Child’s desires.
His Father’s business can be quintessentially summed up in the Rosary.
The Joyful Mysteries — to reunite the Eternal Father with His Creation through the Advent of the Holy Child’s Incarnation as the male Child.
The Sorrowful Mysteries — to redeem mankind to the Eternal Father through the Passion of the male Child as the Incarnate Word.
The Glorious Mysteries — to rule over the Eternal Father’s Creation through the Kingship of His Son, the Holy Child.
It is proverbially obvious with God as always — the Alpha and the Omega.
The beginning and the end.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God — and the Word was God!
It truly is simple, IF one becomes as a little child.
And so we focus as believers on the Advent — the coming of the male Child.
We, as believers, reiterate the formula, reminding us of the Sorrowful Mysteries accompanied by a Rosarium of the accomplished and yet-to-be Glorious Mysteries: “Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again!”
God never does anything, as anyone who truly believes knows, by accident.
He did not come to us as a Babe in the Manger for an undetermined reason.
He came to experience everything as true God and true Man.
In this, He has told us that He will inherit the Throne of David for ever and ever.
He has told us that through His Mother’s royal blood and His foster father’s legal bloodline, He is the “Son of David,” as well as the only begotten Son of the Eternal Father!
This is the critical point.
For David is anointed the King of Israel BEFORE his “bar mitzvah” (son of Commandment in Hebrew! I Kings 16:13). We know this because this anointing by the prophet Samuel in the Name of the Lord occurs before David’s first marriage to King Saul’s daughter, Michol (I Kings 18:27).
This is extremely important symbolically because in the tradition of the Israelites, no one was allowed to marry until their 13th birthday — the threshold signifying when one would “come of age” — their transition into manhood.
In this regard, we can relate this to the Infancy Narratives regarding the Holy Child, who is to inherit the Throne of David for ever and ever!
How old was Jesus when He allowed Himself to be “lost” in the Temple of His Father?
“ … He was 12 years old … ”! (Luke 2:42).
The last year before the Lord would become, according to Jewish tradition, a Man!
Yet, from the Scriptures, we, as human beings, have been given a different picture of the return of our Lord.
From our Lord’s own Words we are told: “And then shall appear the Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: and then shall all tribes of the Earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with much power and majesty”
“And while they were beholding Him going up to Heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: ‘Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to Heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come, as you have seen Him going into Heaven’ ” Acts of the Apostles 1:10-11.
“Behold, He cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also that pierced Him.” Apocalypse 1:7.
And so it would seem clear that the Lord Jesus Crucified is the One who will return and Reign.
But is that so?
If God came to us first as a Child, why do we believe He will return as an Adult?
Are these verses ironclad in that regard?
Or do they —as our God loves to do — only deepen the mystery of His Second Coming?
Remember, immediately after His Resurrection, Jesus’ followers had trouble distinguishing and recognizing Him!
“And after that He appeared in another shape to two of them walking as they were going into the country” Mark 16:12.
“And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with themselves, Jesus Himself also drawing near, went with them. But their eyes were held, that they should not know Him” Luke 24:15:16.
“When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus. … She, thinking that it was the gardener … ” John 20:14-15.
There was a Woman who preceded all of this regarding the First Coming of Christ.
Her name is Mary.
She, too, was not recognized by the world during Her time on Earth.
Now we are near the Second Coming of Her Son.
Again, She appears “in another shape”; but for many, their eyes are held and they do not know Her.
When She appears, She does not speak of a Eucharist Reign of Her Son as so many of today’s prominent Catholic “scholars” do. For Mary knows the Eucharist Reign of Her Son as King of the Tabernacles has already occurred. It is called Church history.
Mary knows as She has spoken of so boldly that the time of Her Son’s imminent return as King of All Nations is soon.
Mary knows that this time Her Son will not lay passively in a Manger.
Mary knows that this time Her Son will not take upon His Head a Crown of Thorns.
Mary knows that this time, Her Son means business.
His “Father’s business.”
And there is only one business left undone for His Father in the temporal realm.
It is not more of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Altar where — as we were taught in the Angel’s prayer during his third apparition to the children of Fatima — our Lord can endure more “outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended” by not only so-called Catholic “faithful” but by His own bishops and priests!
It is the business of ruling “all nations with an iron rod.”
That can only be accomplished through the promised return of our Lord Jesus Christ in His Second Advent (Latin for “arrival”).
And Mary knows that will be accomplished by Her Son — not in His manifestation (or “shape”) of a Crucified Messiah.
But in the royal personification of Christ the King.
A right that Jesus received when He turned from the age of 12 to 13.
Has anyone every contemplated the Holy Child in His royal robes as the Infant of Prague?
Yes, when He begins His return we will see the “Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven” — the Cross from which our Savior redeemed us.
And yes, He shall “cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also that pierced Him.”
But “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet,” not only “we shall be changed” (I Corinthians 15:52), but so shall He.
For another extraordinary event will take place.
It occurs when “the seventh Angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in Heaven, saying: ‘The kingdom of this world is become our Lord’s and His Christ’s, and He shall reign for ever and ever. Amen” Apocalypse 11:15.
A verse which leads us to Apocalypse 12:5: “And She brought forth a man Child who was to rule all nations with an iron rod.”
An event Mary — as the Woman Clothed With the Sun — has been preparing us for quite some time.
As Mary and Joseph found the Holy Child on the third day in the Temple being about His “Father’s business,” so shall the world on this third day — the 3rd Millennium — find the Holy Child conducting His Father’s business on Earth.
There is no amount of emphasis we can give here regarding this critical biblical account as those who know Jewish tradition understand, in reality, the day that Mary and Joseph found Jesus was not the third day of the Pascal week, but the sixth day! For Mary and Joseph, by Mosaic Law, could not even leave Jerusalem during this sacred time until the third day of the Pascal week. When one looks at a Hebrew calculation of time and remembers the formula that a day is but a thousand years and a thousand years but a day to God, we are now in that sixth day — the time for the Holy Child to, once again, be found!
There is a special note we must all take account of concerning that “business” that the Lord Jesus will conduct when He returns as the Son of David to rule.
It is a litmus test He spoke clearly of in the 20th Century to the sole surviving seer of Fatima. A nun whom Church leaders now have the audacity to relegate to a forgotten era in favor of a council whose legacy has gone awry.
The first indication came in a vision to Sister Lucy on December 10, 1925. Jesus appearing to be “about 12 years in age” manifested Himself to the cloistered nun of Fatima standing on a cloud. With Him was His Mother, Her Heart encircled with thorns. The Holy Child said, “Behold the Heart of your Mother surrounded with thorns which ungrateful men put there at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude!”
After this Advent message, the Holy Child again appeared to Sister Lucy, this time alone on February 15, 1926. As a child is known to do, Jesus had been playing a game with the nun. He had appeared to her earlier as an average-looking Child whom she had encouraged to pray. Now, when she challenged Him, Jesus changed His “shape,” allowing the nun who had seen Him before in her Fatima visions, to recognize Him. But it was not Sister Lucy’s turn to be the challenger. It was the Holy Child’s!
“And what are you doing to promote devotion to My Mother’s Immaculate Heart?” He demanded of her!
The excuses came forth.
It was 1926 — and the Church in its cumbersome bureaucracy had not yet approved the devotions to Mary requested by our Lord and His Mother during the miraculous visions and messages of 1917.
Mother Superior said she could do nothing, Sister Lucy implored; Father, she lamented, said he, too, was unable to assist.
The trio were committing sins of omission and all three were rebuked by the Holy Child Himself!
Five years later, after the approval of the Fatima messages as miraculous in nature and worthy of belief, Jesus would return in another “shape”: this time as the Just Judge. In August 1931 as the Church failed to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Jesus told Sister Lucy, “Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the king of France in delaying the execution of My command, like him, they will follow him into misfortune.”
As the history of the Church mirrors the misfortune of France, is there any doubt that the Lord’s Judgment has been executed?
We have had three days as His creation to prepare ourselves for the same questioning Mary and Joseph were subjected to by the Holy Child. We have had the Joyful Mysteries of the 1st Millennium and the Sorrowful Mysteries of the second.
For two days — since Ascending to His Father to sit at His Right Hand — the Holy Child, the Son of God and the Son of Mary, the King has been patient.
As He was Resurrected on the third day, Mary and Joseph found the Holy Child in the Temple of His Father after three days.
It is a simple enough equation then to understand.
We are passing the threshold of the third day in which, once again, God will be found; or rather mankind will find He has not forgotten the world, the One who is “worthy to open the book … the root of David” Apocalypse 5:2, 5.
In that simple equation in the coming Advent of Christ the King we will be asked two questions by the Holy Child when He, as the “root of David,” returns to Reign this third day.
The first will be: “How is it that you sought Me?”
Hopefully, one will be able to respond positively that we sought Him at all.
The second will be: “And what are you doing to promote devotion to My Mother’s Immaculate Heart?”
Prayerfully, may all be able to respond with their Rosary beads in hand.
Those who cannot account for these two questions will then be handed over to the Crucified Jesus in the shape of the Just Judge for sentencing.
For when Jesus returns, He will have come of age as the Son of David, a 13-year-old King who will rule with an iron rod from God’s earthly Temple as He goes about His “Father’s business.” A Child who is now of age to formally take up His bride, the Church. A bride, who like the nations, is out of control and needs to be ruled, not by a vicar, but with an “iron rod.”
But whether one is in the Church or just a citizen in the world, the “Father’s business” does not change.
For it is a business that revolves around only two questions.
And both are the totality of the Holy Child’s desires.
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