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Anathema

The Sword of Christ's Mouth on Earth

By Steven Merten

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All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations

NAB2 PSA 119:21

With a curse you rebuke the proud who stray from your commands.

NAB REV 19:11 The King of Kings.

The heavens were opened, and as I looked on, a white horse appeared; its rider was called "The Faithful and True." Justice is his standard in passing judgment and in waging war. His eyes blazed like fire, and on his head were many diadems. Inscribed on his person was a name known to no one but himself. He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was the Word of God. The armies of heaven were behind him riding white horses and dressed in fine linen, pure and white. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword for striking down the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron rod; it is he who will tread out in the winepress the blazing wrath of God the Almighty. A name was written on the part of the cloak that covered his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."...

NAB2 ZEC 5:1

Then I raised my eyes again and saw a scroll flying. “What do you see?” he asked me. I answered, “I see a scroll flying; it is twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.” Then he said to me: “This is the curse which is to go forth over the whole earth; in accordance with it shall every thief be swept away, and in accordance with it shall every perjurer be expelled from here. I will send it forth, says the LORD of hosts, and it shall come into the house of the thief, or into the house of him who perjures himself with my name; it shall lodge within his house, consuming it, timber and stones.” Then the angel who spoke with me came forward and said to me, “Raise your eyes and see what this is that comes forth.” “What is it?” I asked. And he answered, “This is a bushel container coming. This is their guilt in all the land.” Then a leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting inside the bushel. “This is Wickedness,” he said; and he thrust her inside the bushel, pushing the leaden cover into the opening. Then I raised my eyes and saw two women coming forth with a wind ruffling their wings, for they had wings like the wings of a stork. As they lifted up the bushel into the air, I said to the angel who spoke with me, “Where are they taking the bushel?” He replied, “To build a temple for it in the land of Shinar; when the temple is ready, they will deposit it there in its place.”

NAB2 GEN 10:10

The chief cities of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar.

At Armageddon, Babylon, 'Babylon' is symbolic for Satan, is relocated in hell. The term 'Shinar' is referring to Babylon which symbolically means hell. This symbolic use of the term 'Babylon' has nothing to do with any physical place, nation or race of people, on present day earth. Please visit: Fallen Angel

NAB2 MAL 3:16

Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; And a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them, as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked; Between him who serves God, and him who does not serve him. For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays; And you will gambol like calves out of the stall and tread down the wicked; They will become ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day I take action, says the LORD of hosts. Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I enjoined him on Horeb, The statutes and ordinances for all Israel.

NAB2 MIC 2:12

I will gather you, O Jacob, each and every one, I will assemble all the remnant of Israel; I will group them like a flock in the fold, like a herd in the midst of its corral; they shall not be thrown into panic by men. With a leader to break the path they shall burst open the gate and go out through it; Their king shall go through before them, and the LORD at their head.

NAB2 ISA 24:3

The earth is utterly laid waste, utterly stripped, for the LORD has decreed this thing. The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish. The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, who have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth turn pale, and few men are left.

NAB2 JER 15:19

Thus the LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; And I will make you toward this people a solid wall of brass. Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.
The 'sword of Christ's mouth', also known as one of the 'Keys to the Kingdom', is Christ's authority to hold sins bound. Anyone held bound to sin by Jesus, dies in spiritual death. Jesus authorizes, and commands His Church leaders to use, the sword of His mouth to guard, guide and protect His Church on earth, in His place. Provided Anathema has not been sabotaged with some 'clause' or disarmed from the Church Christ given power to hold sins bound, then Church Anathema is the sword of Christ's mouth on earth.

Zechariah, Malachi and Micah, quoted above, indicate that it is this weapon, anathema, which Jesus will use to usher in His Messianic reign and His enthronement over the world in our future era of the apocalypse. Please visit Satan, code-name Babylon, Falls at The Battle of Armageddon

The driving force which makes the spiritual weapon of Anathema the deadliest weapon on earth, or in heaven, is Christ's sworn oath to Apostolic Successors that He will not forgive anyone that Apostolic Successors call upon Him to bind to sin. Jesus cannot go back on His Word. Thus, anyone struck down by an Apostolic Successors use of the sword of Christ's mouth must get the binding to sin loost by Apostolic Successors in order to go to heaven. Any Apostolic Successor wielding the sword of Christ's mouth is equally just as spiritually deadly as if Christ were physically standing there wielding the sword of His mouth Himself.

NAB MAT 16:13

Jesus replied, "Blest are you, Simon son of John! No mere man has revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. I for my part declare to you, you are 'Rock,' and on this rock I will build my church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it. I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Then he strictly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

NAB REV 1:16

A sharp, two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest. When I caught sight of him I fell down at his feet as though dead, he touched me with his right hand and said: "There is nothing to fear. I am the First and the Last and the One who lives. Once I was dead but now I live-- forever and ever. I hold the keys of death and the nether world."

NAB ISA 11:1

The Rule of Immanuel
But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, 4 But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.

NAB JOH 20:20

At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. "Peace be with you," he said again. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said: "Recieve the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound."

St. Peter, our succession of Popes, does not need any earthly king, dictator or president's help to enforce Jesus' law on earth. St. Peter, our Apostolic Successors, have Jesus backing them up from heaven with the deadliest weapon on earth or in heaven. It is through Jesus' chain of command that Jesus wills His Church to be ruled and shepherded with the iron rod of His mouth. Upon Armageddon, which initiates Messianic Reign, Jesus will rule the world through His Apostolic Successors. The 'mighty angel', who delivers the seven thunders at Armageddon, will be an Apostle of the Lamb. The seven thunders are Church anathemas.

NAB2 REV 10:1

Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire. In his hand he held a small scroll that had been opened. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices, too. When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write it down; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, but do not write it down.” Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them, “There shall be no more delay. At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets.”
Jesus commands His Church that if Her hand is her undoing, She is to "cut it off" and hurl it into Gehenna (hell). Church leaders are commanded by Jesus to not let the individual limbs of the body of the Church pull the whole body of the Church into hell. Church Anathema is the weapon Jesus armed His Church with to 'cut off' and hurl into hell that portion of Her body, which threatens to pull the whole body of the Church into damnation. God's terminology to 'cut off', as in to cut off a portion of the body of people, means to put to death. Jesus terminology to 'cut off' and 'throw into Gehenna (hell)', that portion of the body of people, which lead people to apostasy, means to put a portion of the body of people to spiritual death. Anathema is the weapon of Christ's mouth, which Jesus armed Apostolic Successors with to guard and protect His Church on earth. Apostolic Successors are commanded by Jesus to use anathema, the Sword of Christ's mouth, to protect Christ's Bride, the Church, from being pulled into hell by Satan. At Armageddon, Archangel Michael, who is no doubt an Apostolic Successor, will use the sword of Christ's mouth to pull Christ's Church, Israel, and the world, back to safty, from the edge of the abyss.

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Throwing Stones

NAB LEV 20 Penalties for Various Sins.

The LORD said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites: Anyone, whether an Israelite or an alien residing in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech shall be put to death. Let his fellow citizens stone him. I myself will turn against such a man and cut him off from the body of his people: for in giving his offspring to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name."

NAB MAT 18:5

"Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. On the other hand, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little ones who believes in me, to be drown by a millstone around his neck, in the depths of the sea. What terrible things will come on the world through scandal! It is inevitable that scandal should occur. Nonetheless, woe to that man through whom scandal comes! If your hand or foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it from you! Better to enter life maimed or crippled than be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire. If your eye is your downfall, gouge it out and cast it from you! Better to enter life with one eye than be thrown with both into fiery Gehenna.

Jesus has given His sworn oath, an oath that He cannot go back on, that He will not forgive anyone bound to sin by Apostolic Successors. Even if St. Peter, and Apostolic Successors, themselves are not standing at the pearly gates, their binding and loosting of sins on earth, the 'the keys to the Kingdom', will be at the pearly gates allowing in or locking out.

Anathema

..."To understand the word anathema", says Vigouroux, "we should first go back to the real meaning of herem of which it is the equivalent. Herem comes from the word haram, to cut off, to separate, to curse, and indicates that which is cursed and condemned to be cut off or exterminated, whether a person or a thing, and in consequence, that which man is forbidden to make use of."...

...but anathematized, and that he may be stricken by the sword of Heaven"....

..."Know that Engeltrude is not only under the ban of excommunication, which separates her from the society of the brethren, but under the anathema, which separates from the body of Christ, which is the Church."...

..."If, after having been deposed from office, he is incorrigible, he should first be excommunicted; but if he perseveres in his contumacy he should be stricken with the sword of anathema; but if plunging to the depths of the abyss, he reaches the point where he despises these penalties, he should be given over to the secular arm."...

...In passing this sentence, the pontiff is vested in amice, stole, and a violet cope, wearing his mitre, and assisted by twelve priests clad in their surplices and holding lighted candles. He takes his seat in front of the altar or in some other suitable place, amid pronounces the formula of anathema which ends with these words: Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of the Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and of all the saints, in virtue of the power which has been given us of binding and loosing in Heaven and on earth, we deprive N-- himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of our Lord, we separate him from the society of all Christians, we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth, we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate , so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment."

He who dares to despise our decision, let him be stricken with anathema maranatha, i.e. may he be damned at the coming of the Lord, may he have his place with Judas Iscariot, he and his companions.

Quoted from: New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia - Anathema
Note: All emphasis in bolding and underlining has been added. Follow New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia link for full text.

APA citation. Gignac, J. (1907). Anathema. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved January 12, 2010 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01455e.htm

So why would Jesus empower His Church leaders with the great weapon of His mouth, the power to bind men to sin, which is a spiritual death weapon? Why do good men bear physical weapons? To protect those they love. Jesus armed His Church with His own sword to be used to protect His Bride the Church whom He loves. Rather than let the actions of evil doers temp the whole body of His people into sin and damnation, Jesus instructs His Church leaders to use the sword of His mouth to 'cut off' and throw into hell those who lead the body of His people into apostasy and damnation.

The beauty of the sword of Christ's mouth is that, when wielded on earth, it is totally reversible. On earth, any sinner struck down by an Apostolic Successor's use of the sword of Christ mouth, holding sins bound, still has the option to repent and go to Apostolic Successors to receive healing from Apostolic Successor's bindings. Apostolic Successors have the Christ given power to hold sins loost, the Church Sacrament of Reconciliation, which heals those who repent of their sins. By the Power of Jesus sworn oath, Jesus commissioned His Church shepherds with the power to bind and loost sins equal to His own power to do so. In this way Jesus shepherds His Flock with the 'iron rod' of His mouth through His Priests on earth.

Jesus tells us that all will be destroyed upon His Second Coming (LUK 17:23). Armageddon could be Christ's Second Coming, in which case everything on earth will be over and done. However, Revelations 20 goes on to talk about an era after Armageddon where Jesus will rule the earth, with the iron rod of His mouth, for another 'thousand years', without the 'beast' 'leading the nations astray'. If there is no free willed chance of repentance and love for God after Armageddon, then it is, no doubt, Jesus who will wield the sword of His mouth at Armageddon. If there is a free will era after Armageddon then we have to contemplate just who is wielding the sword of Christ's mouth at the great battle of Armageddon and for the 'thousand years' after Armageddon. If Armageddon is not the end of the world then it is not Christ wielding the sword of His mouth at Armageddon. Jesus clearly tells us His Second Coming will be at the end of the world.

Whenever Christ's troops, Angelic or Apostolic, deploy the weapon of Christ's mouth, Jesus is there fighting with them, binding sin in heaven and on earth. Jesus, Angels and Apostolic Successors all possess Christ's authority to wield the sword of Christ's mouth. If there is free willed life on earth after the Battle of Armageddon, then Anathema, is the most likely form in which the sword of Christ's mouth will be deployed at the battle of Armageddon. Church Anathema is most likely the weapon used to defeat the beast at Armageddon and most likely the weapon, which will be used to protect the Church from Satan for another 'thousand years'.

Archangel Michael will do combat with Satan at the future battle of Armageddon. It is only logical to assume that Archangel Michael will be an Apostolic Successor. Why look at Apostolic Successors when studying works of Christ's great Apocalyptic Angels of Armageddon? Because it is the sword of Christ's mouth which defeats Satan at Armageddon. Anathema is the sword of Christ's mouth on earth. It takes an Apostolic Successor to wield the sword of Christ's mouth, anathema. We see the weapon that defeats Satan at Armageddon, now all we need is the combat angel of the apocalypse, Michael. Dear Lord Jesus, Send us Your great Combat Angel Michael the Archangel.

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Shepherding the Nations With The 'Iron Rod' of Christ's Mouth

NAB REV 19:11 The King of Kings.

The heavens were opened, and as I looked on, a white horse appeared; its rider was called "The Faithful and True." Justice is his standard in passing judgment and in waging war. His eyes blazed like fire, and on his head were many diadems. Inscribed on his person was a name known to no one but himself. He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was the Word of God. The armies of heaven were behind him riding white horses and dressed in fine linen, pure and white. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword for striking down the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron rod; it is he who will tread out in the winepress the blazing wrath of God the Almighty. A name was written on the part of the cloak that covered his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."...

...REV 19:19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and the armies they had mustered to do battle with the One riding the horse, and with his army. The beast was captured along with the false prophet who preformed in its presence the prodigies that led men astray, making them accept the mark of the beast and worship its image. Both were hurled down alive into the fiery pool of burning sulphur. The rest were slain by the sword of the One who rode the horse and all the birds gorged themselves on the flesh of the slain.

NAB REV 14:12

Here is what sustains the holy ones who keep God’s commandments and their faith in Jesus.

I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” said the Spirit, “let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them.”

Then I looked and there was a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man, with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. Another angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.” So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven who also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel (came) from the altar, (who) was in charge of the fire, and cried out in a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and cut the clusters from the earth’s vines, for its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and cut the earth’s vintage. He threw it into the great wine press of God’s fury. The wine press was trodden outside the city and blood poured out of the wine press to the height of a horse’s bridle for two hundred miles.

NAB JOE 4:9

Declare this among the nations: proclaim a war, rouse the warriors to arms! Let all the soldiers report and march! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak man say, “I am a warrior!”

Hasten and come, all you neighboring peoples, assemble there!(Bring down, O Lord, your warriors!) Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit in judgment upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for great is their malice.

NAB REV 20:1

Thousand Year Reign. Then I saw an angel come down from heaven, holding the key to the abyss and a huge chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil or Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. The angel hurled him into the abyss, which he closed and sealed over him. He did this so that the dragon might not lead the nations astray until the thousand years are over. After this, the dragon is to be released for a short time.

NAB REV 12:5

She gave birth to a son--a boy destined to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and to his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert, where a special place had been prepared for her by God; there she was taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days...

...Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God. They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you! His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short."

When Jesus, from heaven, gives the order for war against Satan on earth, what gives the angels, whom are very likely Apostolic Successors, the strength to carry out His command. Satan is defeated, Babylon Falls, Israel is reestablished, the beast, harlot and false prophet are all hurled into hell at the great battle of Armageddon. What on earth would give a small group of Bishops and a Pope the strength to accomplish all this? Apocalyptic scriptures tell us that Christ's soldiers will run on mountain tops, scale tall walls, and there will be no hiding from Christ's warriors. What gives Christ's warriors these super hero capabilities? Anathema! Anathema is the weapon of Jesus’ mouth. When deployed there is no hiding from anathema and there is no stopping it. When struck by the sword of Jesus’ Mouth, anathema, a person only has two options; Surrender to Christ through repentance and absolution from the Church or die to spiritual death.

Yes! When Jesus Commands His angels to unleash hell (REV 9:1, REV 20:1) at the Battle of Armageddon, it is not going to be hugs and kisses from Jesus. It will be the Sword of Christ's mouth, the key to eternal damnation, which does Christ's bidding. God has His plan to build His Kingdom of love for God through human free willed obedience to His command on earth. Satan, man's evil pride, has lead man to the brink of doomsday. It is going to take some heavy firepower to turn the world around to the point where free willed life once again becomes a beautiful garden producing abundant free willed gifts of love for God once again. Anathema, in the hands of Christ's great combat warriors, is that firepower which scriptures indicate will bring about this change. If, not, it will be doomsday.

From scriptures, we know Armageddon is coming. From scriptures, we know that it is Christ who is giving the command to unleash the sword of His mouth upon the unrepentant on earth. Let us adjust our thinking to this reality. Let us brace for impact. If Apostolic Successors refuse Christ, He will still find a way to let God's will be done. If Apostolic Successors do refuse Christ, we will see how well that works out for them; not likely very well. There will be no stopping Christ, and His warriors, at the Battle of Armageddon.

NAB JOE 2

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations. Before them a fire devours, and after them a flame enkindles; Like the garden of Eden is the land before them, and after them a desert waste; from them there is no escape.

Their appearance is that of horses; like steeds they run. As with the rumble of chariots they leap on the mountaintops; As with the crackling of a fiery flame devouring stubble; Like a mighty people arrayed for battle. Before them peoples are in torment, every face blanches.

Like warriors they run, like soldiers they scale the wall; They advance, each in his own lane, without swerving from their paths. No one crowds another, each advances in his own track; Though they fall into the ditches, they are not checked. They assault the city, they run upon the wall, they climb into the houses; In at the windows they come like thieves. Before them the earth trembles, the heavens shake; The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness.

The LORD raises his voice at the head of his army; For immense indeed is his camp, yes, mighty, and it does his bidding. For great is the day of the LORD, and exceedingly terrible; who can bear it? Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.

NAB MAT 13:38

The weeds are the followers of the evil one and the enemy who sowed them them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, while the harvesters are the angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned, so will it be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will dispatch his angels to collect from his kingdom all who draw others to apostasy, and all evildoers. The angels will hurl them into the fiery furnace where they will wail and grind their teeth. Then the saints will shine like the sun in their Father's kingdom.

NAB2 MAL 3:16

Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; And a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and trust in his name. And they shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my own special possession, on the day I take action. And I will have compassion on them,For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays; And you will gambol like calves out of the stall and tread down the wicked; They will become ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day I take action, says the LORD of hosts. Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I enjoined him on Horeb, The statutes and ordinances for all Israel.

NAB2 MIC 2:12

I will gather you, O Jacob, each and every one, I will assemble all the remnant of Israel; I will group them like a flock in the fold, like a herd in the midst of its corral; they shall not be thrown into panic by men. With a leader to break the path they shall burst open the gate and go out through it; Their king shall go through before them, and the LORD at their head.

NAB2 PSA 119:21

With a curse you rebuke the proud who stray from your commands.

NAB2 ZEC 5:1

Then I raised my eyes again and saw a scroll flying. “What do you see?” he asked me. I answered, “I see a scroll flying; it is twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.” Then he said to me: “This is the curse which is to go forth over the whole earth; in accordance with it shall every thief be swept away, and in accordance with it shall every perjurer be expelled from here. I will send it forth, says the LORD of hosts, and it shall come into the house of the thief, or into the house of him who perjures himself with my name; it shall lodge within his house, consuming it, timber and stones.” Then the angel who spoke with me came forward and said to me, “Raise your eyes and see what this is that comes forth.” “What is it?” I asked. And he answered, “This is a bushel container coming. This is their guilt in all the land.” Then a leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting inside the bushel. “This is Wickedness,” he said; and he thrust her inside the bushel, pushing the leaden cover into the opening. Then I raised my eyes and saw two women coming forth with a wind ruffling their wings, for they had wings like the wings of a stork. As they lifted up the bushel into the air, I said to the angel who spoke with me, “Where are they taking the bushel?” He replied, “To build a temple for it in the land of Shinar; when the temple is ready, they will deposit it there in its place.”

At Armageddon, Babylon ('Babylon' is symbolic for Satan), is relocated in hell. The term 'Shinar' is referring to Babylon which means hell.)

NAB2 GEN 10:10

The chief cities of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar.

NAB2 REV 18:1

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth became illumined by his splendor. He cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, (a cage for every unclean) and disgusting (beast). For all the nations have drunk; the wine of her licentious passion. The kings of the earth had intercourse with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her drive for luxury.” Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues, for her sins are piled up to the sky, and God remembers her crimes. Pay her back as she has paid others. Pay her back double for her deeds. Into her cup pour double what she poured.

NAB REV 19:15 The King of Kings.

Out of his mouth came a sharp sword for striking down the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron rod; it is he who will tread out in the winepress the blazing wrath of God the Almighty. A name was written on the part of the cloak that covered his thigh: "King of kings and Lord of lords."

NAB ISA 13

An oracle concerning Babylon; a vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz. Upon the bare mountains set up a signal; cry out to them, Wave for them to enter the gates of the volunteers.

I have commanded my dedicated soldiers, I have summoned my warriors, eager and bold to carry out my anger.

Listen! the rumble on the mountains: that of an immense throng!Listen! the noise of kingdoms, nations assembled! The LORD of hosts is mustering an army for battle. They come from a far-off country, and from the end of the heavens, The LORD and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy all the land.

Howl, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it comes. Therefore all hands fall helpless, the bows of the young men fall from their hands. Every man’s heart melts in terror. Pangs and sorrows take hold of them, like a woman in labor they writhe; They look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.

Lo, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and burning anger; To lay waste the land and destroy the sinners within it! The stars and constellations of the heavens end forth no light; The sun is dark when it rises, and the light of the moon does not shine. Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their guilt. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, the insolence of tyrants I will humble. I will make mortals more rare than pure gold, men, than gold of Ophir. For this I will make the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken from its place, At the wrath of the LORD of hosts on the day of his burning anger.

The following is a statement from the Second Secret of Fatima.
A Portion of the Second Secret of Fatima

“J.M.J. The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine. After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!'... .

...When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.

“Tuy-3-1-1944”

Quoted from http: www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/third_secret/fatima.htm
Copyright: The Cathedral Foundation L'Osservatore Romano English Edition 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201

Revelations 19 tells us that Christ's priests will reign with Him for a 'thousand years' after Christ's victory at Armageddon. Certainly Anathema, used in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the two keys to the Kingdom, will be the tools which Christ's priests will use to rule on earth, with Christ, for the 'thousand years' after Armageddon. This is, of course, provided that Armageddon is not doomsday and the end of world.

REV 20:4 Thousand Year Reign.

Then I saw some thrones. Those who were sitting on them were empowered to pass judgement. I also saw the spirits of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and the word of God, those who had never worshiped the beast or its image nor accepted its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The others who were dead did not come to life till the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection; happy and holy are they who share in the first resurrection! The second death will have no claim on them; they shall serve God and Christ as priests, and shall reign with him for a thousand years.
The book of Revelations seems to leave room for free will choices. The shepherd child David had to have faith in God that God would be there fighting with him when he step out on to the battlefield, with nothing but a sling shot, to face the fierce Philistine warrior Goliath. It is a choice for Bishops and a Pope to step out on to the battlefield at Armageddon to face the beast Satan in combat. One has to have faith in Christ's words that He will be there backing them up from heaven. We are talking about humans taking hold of the great weapon of the renowned Combat Angel Michael and his army of angels. Revelations leaves open what seem to be two options. Jesus can cut down the fruitless fig tree at Armageddon, like the great Flood or Sodom, or others can wield His weapon against Satan and the world will go on another 'thousand years'. Angelic or Apostolic if a being has the free will capacity to love God then they have the free will capacity to choose not to love God.

Free will also presents the problem of the possibility of Church abuse of the deadliest weapon on earth, Anathema. It was God's authorized Church leaders who instigated Christ's death. Jesus and John the Baptist were both murdered because of their use of speech; Speech which was unflattering to Church leaders and secular leaders. Let us hope that in our age, beyond the monarchial thinking, which the Church grew up in, the Church, will allow us freedom of speech in regard to their actions. Especially when they wield anathema. As any free world citizen knows, freedom of speech is the ultimate equalizer when dealing with free willed world power.

Church Anathema can be set up to make our new free willed world power Apostolic Successor's souls transparent to us. Jesus put no limits on who could be held bound to sins by Apostolic Successors. A system of two directional anathema would contain the immense power of anathema. Whenever an anathema targets a sin or sinner, the Church could mandate a clause in the anathema, which binds Apostolic Successors themselves to any potential sin, and therefore eternal damnation, if there is any evil doing or deception on their part enforcing an anathema. Then, of course, a clause to mandate that they cannot secretly loost the self targeting portion of the anathema without informing the whole world as to just what they are doing. By Apostolic Successors binding themselves to eternal death if there is any foul play in an anathema, this would protect the world from any sort of evil doing by Apostolic Successors. Any Apostolic Successor ruling over Zion who cannot enforce and assure the transparency of justice in their actions, through self targeting anathamas, must step down and let those who can, take their place. Crushing evil human pride must start at St. Peter's chair and work down from there. Only the humblest of the humble servants should ascend to shepherd over the nations from Zion.

NAB2 JOH 3:19

And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
When Jesus, Archangel Michael and Apostolic Successors start the winnowing process at Armageddon, there is no doubt in my mind that clergy abuse should be the first to have a bowl of God's wrath poured out upon it. We are not talking about those shepherds who have made their unlawful actions transparent to the world and already have mournfully repented. Any Priest, Bishop, Cardinal or Pope who has not yet put before secular courts any and all knowledge of sexual predator priest abuse against children should be the first to receive anathema upon them. This is the transparency of Apostolic Successors souls, which will cure the clergy abuse scandal.

NAB MAT 18:5

"Whoever welcomes one such child for my sake welcomes me. On the other hand, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little ones who believes in me, to be drown by a millstone around his neck, in the depths of the sea. What terrible things will come on the world through scandal! It is inevitable that scandal should occur. Nonetheless, woe to that man through whom scandal comes! If your hand or foot is your undoing, cut it off and throw it from you! Better to enter life maimed or crippled than be thrown with two hands or feet into endless fire. If your eye is your downfall, gouge it out and cast it from you! Better to enter life with one eye than be thrown with both into fiery Gehenna.

Apostolic Successors, in possession of the big gun, Church Anathema, do not need to deceive themselves into thinking that their personal worldly glorification, through hiding personal wrong doing, is needed in any way, to do their job. Shepherding Christ's flock is the Christ commanded job of Apostolic Successors. Any personal desire for worldly glorification of Apostolic Successor, world power leaders over Zion, comes from the evil one. Only the humblest of the humble must Rule over Zion and the world. Apostolic Successor world leaders over Zion must bear their souls in transparency to us. Sworn oaths to God, without secret loosting of sworn oaths, and self-targeting anathema are the perfect avenue for Apostolic Successors to lead through transparency to the world.

Simply being a Pope, Bishop or Priest does not protect one from the temptation of the devil. If a future Pope, in leadership over Zion, were to put his human pride, which is Satan, ahead of Christ's will, this will bring about doomsday quickly. Even free willed Jesus was put to the test by Satan. Free willed Popes are no different. Popes, put into leadership over the world at Armageddon, by Jesus, are to serve Jesus and serve the world. They are not to obey their personal pride. Popes, Bishops and Priests, are to serve Christ's will and not their own will. When tremendous Power and Authority is delegated, tremendous humility and obedience is demanded.

NAB2 MAT 4:8

Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written: ‘The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.’”
Jesus tells us that when St. Peter is young, he goes about as he wills. Jesus tells us that when St. Peter is old someone will handcuff him. The reason someone handcuffs another is to insure that he will not use his weapon against him or her. It appears that Jesus is prophesying about the old St. Peter of our time. It seems that Satan has handcuffed St. Peter to the image of pacifism in our time. Satan does so, so that Satan can go about the earth reeking havoc on Christ's Flock without having to worry about St. Peter fighting him with the sword of Christ's mouth. Let us pray that our old St. Peter has the strength to take off the handcuffs and now stand and defend Christ's Flock as Jesus wills him to. Revelations seems to indicate that St. Peter, along with the other eleven Disciples, will do so on the battlefield of Armageddon.

NAB JOH 21:16 Peter the Shepherd.

"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." At which Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

A second time he put his question, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Lord," Peter said, "you know that I love you." Jesus replied, "Tend my sheep."

A third time Jesus asked him, "Do you love me?" "Lord, you know everything. You know well that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep."

"I tell you solemnly: as a young man you fastened your belt and went about as you pleased; but when you are older you will stretch out your hands, and another will tie you fast and carry you off against your will."...

...//"Follow me."

NAB2 ISA 40:3

A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all mankind shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. A voice says, “Cry out!” I answer, “What shall I cry out?” “All mankind is grass, and all their glory like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower wilts, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it. (So then, the people is the grass.) Though the grass withers and the flower wilts,

NAB ISA 11:4 The Rule of Immanuel

He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.

NAB JOE 2

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all who dwell in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom, a day of clouds and somberness! Like dawn spreading over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty! Their like has not been from of old, nor will it be after them, even to the years of distant generations. Before them a fire devours, and after them a flame enkindles; Like the garden of Eden is the land before them, and after them a desert waste; from them there is no escape.
ISA 40 Continued: the word of our God stands forever.” Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; Here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.

NAB2 LUK 3:4

He went throughout (the) whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’

He said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce good fruits as evidence of your repentance; and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones. Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”...//...

...//LUK 3:15 Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.

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