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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus papam - The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John, the Beloved Disciple by Helga Hickman

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Well, one cannot seem to view anything that does not include lengthy details of expectant Rome, the rest of the world to also be on pins and needles, it seems, awaiting the announcement of the new pope elected in view of the "white" smoke coming out of the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel!

And, finally, the suspense is over: Habemus Papam, is told us, and soon enough, amidst all the pomp and circumstance, the curtains are drawn aside and there emerges this figure on the ornate balcony who, to me, looked a bit baffled, and not all that thrilled to be where he was.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, a Jesuit, from Argentina, is known for his humility, having shunned luxurious living quarters, made use of public transportation, and cooked his own meals, back in Buenos Aires!

On Tuesday we are to view the incredible pageantry of his inauguration, the kind we have seen in decades past!  Is there any wonder, then, as Revelation 17 notes, that John, while exiled in the Island of Patmos, upon seeing the vivid colors and the immense riches in this most incredible vision, is filled with wonder?!  We have seen it so many times, and we are still filled with awe!  Certainly this poor fisherman had never seen such before! 

"Peter, the alleged first pope, didn’t have an army, a palace, a throne, a crown, a chapel painted by Michelangelo, or a bank,... 
but he did have a wife."

Do the popes not read the Bible?  The Book of Revelation?  
See they not themselves here; their church?

"Buona notte e buon riposo"



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