Friday, December 12, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again
Where have we seen this before?

My co-conspirator, Former Altar Boy, passed an interesting observation on to me. We thought everyone just might find it as interesting as we do.

Here are two different passages that sound amazingly the same. I'll post the sources at the end of this post. You just might be amazed. (Emphasis mine) But let no one protest, let no one complain; with you is my grievance, O priests! You shall stumble in the day, and the prophets shall stumble with you at night; I will destroy your mother.

My people perish for want of knowledge! Since you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from my priesthood; Since you have ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your sons. One and all they sin against me, exchanging their glory for shame. They feed on the sin of my people, and are greedy for their guilt.

The priests shall fare no better than the people: I will punish them for their ways, and repay them for their deeds. They shall eat but not be satisfied, they shall play the harlot but not increase, Because they have abandoned the LORD to practice harlotry.

Old wine and new deprive my people of understanding. They consult their piece of wood, and their wand makes pronouncements for them, For the spirit of harlotry has led them astray; they commit harlotry, forsaking their God. On the mountaintops they offer sacrifice and on the hills they burn incense, Beneath oak and poplar and terebinth, because of their pleasant shade. That is why your daughters play the harlot, and your daughters-in-law are adulteresses. Am I then to punish your daughters for their harlotry, your daughters-in-law for their adultery? You yourselves consort with harlots, and with prostitutes (here, the Douay-Rheims Bible uses the word "effeminate". The Latin Vulgate uses "effeminatis". The Hebrew words used in this passage are "zonaot" and "kadesh", and in this context, "male temple prostitute".) you offer sacrifice! So must a people without understanding come to ruin.
Then there's this; "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be sacked. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord."

"The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them."
The first is a warning God The Father sent to His prophet to give to His people. Hosea 4: 4-14 (6th century BC)

The second is the warning that God The Son sent His mother to give us at Akita, Japan (1973)


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