Apoc. Ch. VIII V I-2 The Golden Altar Symbolizes the Assembly of The Chaste

Interpretation from:  The Book of Destiny  Father Bernard Kramer 

                                    The golden altar  typifies an institution in the Church which is admitted to most intimate association with God.  Methodius says of this altar:  “Moreover, it has been handed down that the unbloody altar of God signifies the assembly of the chaste:   thus virginity appears to be something great and glorious.”

John, in the Spirit, on the Lord’s Day:

V1.  “And when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, silence reigned in heaven for about half an hour.”

Who is this ‘Lamb’?

“He is the Root of David, the Head of the Church, the Master and Central Figure of History, the Ruler over the kings of the earth, the King of Kings and the Victor over all evil powers, and Who has been shaping the destiny of the world in His own Mysterious Manner since His Sacrificial Death on the Cross.”                             Rev Herman Bernard Kramer: Author of ‘The Book of Destiny’ from which this page was drawn.    Father Kramer has dedicated his book to ‘The Little Lamb’

AND SO FOLLOWS MORE FROM THE BOOK OF DESTINY – THE APOCALYPSE

“And when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, silence reigned in heaven for about half an hour”

During this half hour the progress of history is halted. John the Apostle waits.   It is the time before the Four Winds.  This pause betokens evolutions of wide importance.  No one offers John an explanation while he reviews and records the vision, for the significance is to remain veiled in mystery.  The silence calls for obedience to await in awe the time set by Providence to reveal His decrees.  The pause presages both good and evil.

V2.  “Then I beheld the seven angels that stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.  And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer in his hand, and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which is before the throne.

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The text does not reveal who these angels might be.  Some interpreters aver them to be great saints who shall appear at critical times in the history of the Church and defend her against the forces of evil.  In prophetical language, the prophets call themselves ‘trumpets’  (Jer. VI 17) when they announce the coming of judgments, wars and enemies.

During the half hour’s silence another scene comes into the field of vision:   A golden altar towards which an angel stepped with a golden censor.

This revealed the preparedness of the Church for the judgments that shall follow the trumpet blasts of the seven angels.  Under this figure another institution in the Church is shown.  It will have a vast influence in shaping her destiny.  This angel may be the protector of this institution.                                                                images 2.jpg     In the ancient Covenant, there were several altars in the Tabernacle and Temple.  At the entrance stood the altar of holocausts.  In the Tabernacle, this altar and the altar of incense were made of the precious setim wood.  In Solomon’s Temple it was made of cedar.  The second Temple was built behind the altar of holocausts, upon which were offered the sacrifices of the highest order, and which was overlaid with brass.

The altar of incense was overlaid with pure gold.  There may have been a practical reason for the brass covering of the former, but the gold covering of the latter was surely not meaningless.

The altar of incense stood next to the Ark of the Covenant separated from  the Holy of Holies by only a curtain  (Ex. XXX. 1-9)

The incense was to be burned upon it in the morning and evening, “an everlasting incense.”  And the fire upon this altar,  as also upon the altar of holocausts,  was never to be extinguished, though the sacrifices were not continuous.

The use of the golden altar in the old law according to St. Paul’s interpretation (Heb. IX. 1-10) would intimate something more than was known in ancient times.  St. Paul claims for it a close association with the presence of God.  In the Holy of Holies was the throne of God and the golden altar of incense was nearest to this throne (Ex.  XL. 5)

Only the High Priests had access to this place.  Particular manifestations of God’s will were made known here from time to time.  Here Zachary received the message of the Archangel Gabriel.  (Luke I. III).

images 8.jpgThe Golden Altar then typifies an institution in the Church which is admitted to most intimate association with God.  Methodius says of this altar:  “Moreover, it has been handed down that the unbloody altar of God signifies the assembly of the chaste.   Thus virginity appears to be something great and glorious.  (Banquet of the ten virgins VI)

The golden altar typifies a grand institution in the Church.  THE RELIGIOUS ORDERS,  especially the Contemplative life, the life of prayer, self denial and self sacrifice.

images 2.jpg     They appeared in the century between the end of the persecutions and the beginning of the barbarian invasions.  The Father of Monastic Life was St. Anthony who died in 356 AD.  St. Pachomius was the first to draw up a monastic rule.  St. Ammonius established monasteries in the Nitrian Desert.  The monastic life spread to Palestine, Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia and Asia Minor.  In Asia Minor, St. Basil’s rule became the basis for all other monastic institutions.  He may be the angel before the golden altar.

In the same century, all the deserts from Lybia to the Caspian Sea were peopled by monks.  St. Pachomius founded eight monasteries in Egypt.

The golden altar, the fire upon it, the incense and the golden censor are all symbols of the religious life, the life of prayer.  The gold is the symbol of unselfish and complete immolation to God. It is free from earthly alloy, free from the hope of earthly rewards or glory.  The fire is the symbol of both love or hatred.  Here it is pure love for God in which the incense, the whole of the religious life with all of its prayers and good works is consumed as a perfect offering to God.  These prayers and good works ascent to God like the perfumed smoke of the incense.   Not any part of their life is rubbish, for all is entirely consecrated by obedience.  They pray for all the world and by their life of self denial make the prayers of the faithful acceptable to God.”   download 2.jpgThe Book of Destiny  Fr. Bernard Kramer 1953

 

A Star That Fell to Earth: Martin Luther: He is The Fallen Star of the Apocalypse

Douay Rheims:   Haydock Commentary  

“I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.”  Revelation  Chapter XI V.1

Haydock Commentary                                                                                                                  “This again may be to represent the confusion of all things in antichrist’s time, or it may signify the fall and apostasy of great and learned men from the Christian faith.  Boussuet applies it to the fall of Theodotus, of Byzantium, towards the end of the second age:  but certainly no great stress can be laid on such arbitrary applications, which it is no hard matter to invent, as may be seen by the different fancies we may meet with about the locusts, and etc (Witham)

Here is a description of the rise and progress of the reformation.  This trumpet begins with announcing to us the fall of a star from heaven;  a very just emblem of the apostacy of Luther, who in quality of a priest and religious man is styled a star, but renouncing the faith and vows, may truly be said to have fallen from heaven upon the earth  (Pastonini,)  To him (ie: to the Angel, not to the fallen star) was given the key of the bottomless pit, which properly signifies hell.   (Witham

Verse 2  “And the smoke …etc.”  Luther and his followers propagated and defended their new doctrines with such heat and violence, as to occasion everywhere sedtions and insurrectiions, which they seemed to glory in

Luther openly boasted of it.  “You complain” said he, “that by our gospel the world is become more tumultuous;  I answer, God be thanked for it.  These things I would have so to be, and woe to me if such things were not.”

The sun was darkened.  The light of faith, which is the word of God, may well be represented by the sun, according to that of the Psalm cxviii105.  “Thy word, O Lord, is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths.  “And as the air is the spring of man’s respiration and life, it may be a just type of morality, which gives spiritual life and worth to all human actions.  By the sun, therefore, and air being darkened. we are to understand faith and morality obscured and perverted by the novel doctrines of the reformers.  (Pastorini)                                                                                     Haydock Commenary by Renton405                                                    https://forums.catholic.com/the-fallen-star-from-heaven-martin-luther/78108

 

Luther’s Statue Enthroned at the Vatican  http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos?A700-Luther.htm

On October 13, 2016, Pope Francis did not offer one single word in public to honor Our Lady of Fatima.

Instead he chose to receive 1,000 Lutherans in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

For the event he ordered that a statue of Martin Luther be erected on the stage in a place of preeminence so that it could preside over the meeting.

 

Next he received from the Lutherans a bound copy of the 95 theseses with which the heresiarch started his revolt.

During the meeting he wore two scarves on his neck, one yellow symbolizing the papacy, and one light blue, representing Lutheranism.  The two were tied together to signify the union between the Conciliar Church and the Lutherans.
download 2.jpg         Roman Catholics stand shocked and dismayed at this treachery of our ‘sweet Christ’ who occupies the throne of the Pope of Rome!  We must hold tightly to the truth that is in our Sacraments, our Mass of the Ages, our Rosaries and our Sacrifices.  We must read our Bibles …. although tears dim the words on the pages …

An Arch Heretic is presented to us to venerate.  The Pope venerates his statue! Our Church is being shattered!

Someday God will tell us the answer to these questions:

Who is Pope Francis and how dare he ask us to venerate a statue of Martin Luther?

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Apoc. Chap. IX V1-2 Heresies and Religious Wars Leading To The Reign of antichrist

Interpreted by Father Sylvester Berry in ‘The Apocalypse of St. John’  1920

The fallen star is a symbol of the Priest, Martin Luther, who fell from heaven (Church)

 

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By Reverend Sylvester Berry  1920

“The vision described in chapter IX is one of the most important of the whole Apocalypse.  It foretells the first woe announced by the flying eagle – the conditions and events destined to usher in the reign of Antichrist.”  Father B

  1. “And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven  (heaven refers to the Church)  upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.
  2. And he opened the bottomless pit; and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace:  and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.”

 Father B:  “In the fallen star, ancient commentators saw a figure of Arius and other early heretics.  As a matter of fact, any Bishop or Priest of the Church who becomes the leader of heresy may be compared to a star fallen from heaven. 

But in this case the star refers to some particular person whose revolt from the Church shall lead directly to the reign of Antichrist.

  This vision marks a new period of exceptional gravity for the Church.  We hold, with Cornelius a Lapide and many others, that it refers to the pretended Reformation with the star as a symbol of Luther.  In that case the fifth angel may be taken as a figure of the defenders of Catholic faith in those days.

The Arian heresy and the Greek schism had deplorable results for the Church, but they cannot be compared to those of the religious upheaval of the sixteenth century.  Most of the evils that afflict the Church and society in general can be traced directly to the so-called Reformation.  To it must be ascribed the apostasy of nations, the weakening of faith, and the rapidly increasing impiety and unbelief of the present day. As a result of these evils great social disturbances appear on every side, and society is tottering to its very foundations.

The reign of Antichrist, which must be relatively near, will mark the culmination of evil.  “Instead of the “keys of heaven”, this apostate priest received the “key of the bottomless pit.”  He did in very truth open the pit by turning loose against the Church all the fury of hell. 

By tongue and pen, he instilled into the hearts of individuals and nations a diabolic hatred of the Church which still manifests itself in calumny, misrepresentation and opposition to the Church.  The dense smoke arising from the pit obscures the heavens. 

This signifies that the heresy shall succeed for a time.  True Catholic doctrine is obscured and even lost to many peoples.”

3.  “And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth.  And power was          given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”

 Father B:  “From the smoke of the pit comes forth a swarm of locusts.  Unlike ordinary locusts they attack men instead of growing plants. In this respect they have the power or nature of scorpions.  These locusts are a fitting image of demons, heretics, and apostates who swarm over the earth spreading spiritual destruction far and wide.”

    4.  “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor                  any green thing, nor any tree;  But only the men who have not the sign of God on                    their foreheads.”

5.  “And it was given unto them that they should not kill them  but that they should                      torment them five months:  And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion                      when he striketh a man.”

Father B:  “These verses make it clear that there is no question of real locusts such as those that ravaged Egypt in the days of Moses.  They are purely symbolic, and their ravages are chiefly spiritual.  Their sting burns and poisons the soul with false doctrines.

The sting has no power to injure those who remain faithful to the graces received in Baptism and Confirmation.  For a short time these locusts are permitted to harass and persecute without killing, but they cannot destroy the Church. ”                                       

6.  “And in those days men shall seek death, and shall not find it:  and they shall desire               to die, and death shall fly from them.”                                       

7.  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on                     their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold and their faces were as the faces of men

Father B:  “In those days, men seek death and find it not.  The good would welcome death as an escape from the evils and miseries that surround them.

  Many who have been led astray by false doctrines would likewise welcome death as a relief from their doubts and remorse of conscience.”

The locusts resemble horses accoutered for war.  Heresy and schism are ever fruitful sources of religious wars and persecutions.  The crowns indicate that rulers – emperors, kings and princes will be arrayed against the Church as actually happened at the Reformation in the sixteenth century.  The crowns merely resembled gold because there was but a mere semblance of real Christian charity in those days.

The human faces prove that these locusts symbolize real persons.”

8.  ”  And they had hair as the hair of women;  and their teeth were as lions:

9.  ”  And they had breast plates as breast plates of iron, and the noise of their wings                      was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.”

10. ”  And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails, and their                   power was to hurt men five months.

Father B:  “The hair of a woman probably signifies vanity and immorality;  the teeth of a lion strength and cruelty.  The breastplates of iron show preparedness for defense as well as for attack.  The sound of their innumerable wings resembles the thunder of chariots rushing to battle.  This indicates their great numbers and impetuosity.  The scorpion like sting is a symbol of heresy that stings and poisons the soul.  Its location in the tail signifies deceit and hypocrisy.”   

     11.  “And they had over them a king, the angel of the bottomless pit;  whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek Apollyon;  in Latin Exterminans.”

  Father B:   ”  The king of these symbolic locusts is called the Destroyer  (Exterminans). 

He is Lucifer, the angel of the abyss, the leader of the rebel angels.  His minions on earth are the leaders of heresy, schism, and persecution.”                                 

 

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