Monday, January 2, 2017

The Story Of Two Mothers And Why Their Offsprings Are At War Even Today

From a passage that is widely loved but studied so little, contained within are prophetic oracles concerning two mothers whose offsprings are engaged in spiritual warfare that continues to this day.  Solomon had two mothers who were before him, arguing over a child since one mother lost her child due to smothering overnight, and in order for Solomon to wisely render his judgement, he ordered for a sword.

The sword was brought forth and the order was issued for the only living child to be cut in two, and the mother of the child, wrought with grief, chose to surrender her son instead of seeing her son lose his life while the other mocked and said that neither one would have a son.

In Solomon's wisdom, gifted by God, he was able to exposed the real mother from the fraud.  It is from this passage that today the offspring of two mothers are spiritually at war with one another.

Then two women who were harlots came to the king and stood before him. The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house; and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. It happened on the third day after I gave birth, that this woman also gave birth to a child, and we were together. There was no stranger with us in the house, only the two of us in the house. This woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on it.  So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from beside me while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead son in my bosom.  When I rose in the morning to nurse my son, behold, he was dead; but when I looked at him carefully in the morning, behold, he was not my son, whom I had borne.” Then the other woman said, “No! For the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” But the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” Thus they spoke before the king.
 Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son who is living, and your son is the dead one’; and the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’”  The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king.  The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.” Then the woman whose child was the living one spoke to the king, for she was deeply stirred over her son and said, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him!”  Then the king said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him. She is his mother.” When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had handed down, they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.  1 Kings 3:16-28
This passage is beloved as an example to all of us on how to wisely use judgement in order to render the correct decision; yet, dig deeper, it reveals a surprising oracle that shows how descendants of two mothers are at war.

First, the loving mother who would rather surrender her son, in this case, would be the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is by no mean a harlot for she chose to accept her calling to bear in her Blessed Womb the very God of God, the Word Incarnated, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ and the other woman is none other than mother of all abominations.

The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality,  and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."  Revelation 17:5,6
It is this mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth that will be focused on here briefly.  It is crucial that this mother is revealed in order to understand why the offspring of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the Church and those who holds to the testimony of hers, are locked in a spiritual warfare against the wicked offspring of the mysterious women.

Actually, the Scriptures surprisingly revealed who she was through St. Paul the Apostle:

 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.  But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.  Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.  Galatians 4:22-26
Hagar is the mystery mother here.  It is from Hagar's womb, Ishmael, that produced the multiple of deities and religious that sought to undermine Isaac, the seed of promise according to St. Paul's interpretation of Genesis 17 which God revealed that it was Isaac who was the promised child, not Ishmael, a bone of contention that Muslim today contend is erroneous:

And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!”  But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.  As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.”  Genesis 17:18-21

Furthermore, the Genesis account revealed that Hagar was an Egyptian which is another important clue, "Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar," (Genesis 16:1).

The story from Genesis revealed a cruel jealousy from Sarah as she judged that God prevented Sarah from conceiving, and when she gave Hagar to Abraham to be his other wife, and Hagar conceived, it only made Sarah all the more jealous.  The wrestling of two women became a rivalry between Ishmael's and Isaac's offspring which continues to this day.  Sarah tried to manipulate God and it backfired on her.  However, God made a promise to Abraham that he and Sarah will conceive and give birth to a son who is the promised child, not Ishmael, a child of a slave.

Hagar being sent away

When Isaac was finally born, Ishmael already older as he was circumcised at the age of 13 (see Genesis 17:25), and his jealousy caused Sarah to demand that Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael packing.  Fast forward a bit, we see later that Hagar found for Ishmael a wife who was also an Egyptian, "[...] his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt," (Genesis 21:21).

The Egyptian Connection

So few pay attentions to the repetitious pattern of the Scriptures, and so few even caught on the fact of how Egypt was key to the whole story.  It was from Egypt Israel were delivered with Moses leading the way.  It was from Egypt that Christ's family fled to, escaping Herod's wrath, and from there God fulfill a prophecy that He called His Son from Egypt (Hosea 11:1), and it was too from Egypt that one of the greatest defenders of Christ's divinity, St. Athanasius, wrote Four Discourse Against The Arians to combat the Arian heresy that denied Christ's divinity, and helped invoke the all important First Nicene Council.

It is too from Egypt came the pathogen of mythological system which is alarmingly creeping its way into the world, whether it is through a host of conspiracy laden theories of those who have too much time on their hands, for it is often said, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop," or from those who take their fascination with mythology too far to say it is a true religion as much as Christian religion is true.

When St. Paul the Apostle cited Hagar as the mother of bondage and corresponds it to Arabia as well as Jerusalem, it should be a signal to all that it is not Rome but Arabia that holds so much sway.

St. John of Damascus, in the eighth century and eyewitness of the rise of Islam expounds:

There is also the superstition of the Ishmaelites which to this day prevails and keeps people in error, being a forerunner of the Antichrist. They are descended from Ishmael, [who] was born to Abraham of Agar, and for this reason they are called both Agarenes and Ishmaelites. They are also called Saracens, which is derived from Sarras kenoi, or destitute of Sara, because of what Agar said to the angel: ‘Sara hath sent me away destitute.’  These used to be idolaters and worshiped the morning star and Aphrodite, whom in their own language they called Khabár, which means great.  And so down to the time of Heraclius they were very great idolaters. From that time to the present a false prophet named Mohammed has appeared in their midst. This man, after having chanced upon the Old and New Testaments and likewise, it seems, having conversed with an Arian monk, devised his own heresy. Then, having insinuated himself into the good graces of the people by a show of seeming piety, he gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his and he gave it to them as an object of veneration.  St. John of Damascus' Critique of Islam via Orthodox Christian Information Center.
It is in Arabia that a city of great importance to Islam holds sway over million of adherents, Mecca.  Ironically, Mecca is also being used as a noun to describe "a place to which many people are attracted" (Cambridge Dictionary).

St. John of Damascus showed in the passage above that the descendants of Ishmael were idolatrous and worshiped a great many deities.  Dr. Anis Shorrosh, author of a 1988 book, Islam Revealed, wrote of how Muhammad have ordered the destruction of idols in Mecca, "He ordered the destruction of the 360 idols within the temple, and he personally destroyed a wooden pigeon suspended from the roof which was regarded as one of the deities of the Quraish [the tribe which Muhammad belonged]," (pg. 69),  furthermore, he had his troops sent out to neighboring tribes and had their idols destroyed as well.

In the place of the vacancy of idols stood the black stone to which all Muslim to this day continue to bow toward in act of devotion and veneration.

It is Hagar who should be regarded as the mother of abominations and having her offspring who drink the cup overflowing with the blood of saints.  Since the time of Islam arrival, countless Christians, along with Jews and other Muslim suspected of apostatizing  have been murdered in the name of religious duties and piety.

Continuing with the Egyptian connection, another nefarious religious group, known as Sufi claims to pre-dates Islam, saying, "There is another view, however, that traces the pre-Islamic roots of Sufism back through the early Christian mystics of Syria and Egypt, to the Essenes, the ancient Pythagorean orders, and the mystery schools of the Egyptians and Zoroastrians, among others," (The Origins of Sufism).

The problem with Sufism is multiple as they claim that all religion are equal and that wisdom is the glue that holds all together.  Indeed, the Book of Proverbs revealed that wisdom was founded by God before the world was made (see Proverbs 8:22), however it remains that the only way to eternal life is found through Jesus Christ, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me," (John 14:6), so for Sufis to claim to allow more than one path toward heaven are in grave error as well as Christians who believe in similar foolishness.

The Jerusalem Connection

Jerusalem holds a special place in the world.  Hotly contested since the conquest and annexation of the city by King David after God revealed to him He has chosen Jerusalem to be where He will place His name (2 Chronicles 6:6) to the destruction of the Jewish temple and exile of the Jews into captivity because of spiritual rebellious and to the return of the Jews by the order of Cyrus the Great, and to Christ's crucifixion in Jerusalem, there is no other place on earth that have changed ownership repeatedly, wars were fought over, and controversy continues to rage there.

It is Jerusalem that St. Paul says is in bondage, "Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children."  And through the Apocalypse, John wrote of Jerusalem, " And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified," (Revelation 11:8).  Today, perusing the headlines of Jerusalem, it is not too difficult to see why John would describe Jerusalem as spiritually Sodom and Egypt, enslaved and devastated by sins.

It will be Jerusalem that will become the site of the final, epic battle between the forces of good and evil and where Christ, returning in all of His glory and with the Church Triumphant, will enter into judgment of all the nations who arrayed themselves against Christ and the Church over Jerusalem.

Mary, the Woman Clothed With the Sun

It is the most enigmatic mystery of the Apocalypse that showed a dramatic vision in heaven, a woman who is clothed with the sun, having crowns of twelve stars, with the moon under her feet, and was in labor pain, giving birth.  There is no doubt that this is Mary because she gave birth to the Child that is promised to rule the nations with a rod of iron, fulfilling Psalm 2 in Revelation 12, and it is her children the devil is at war because they "keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus," (Revelation 12:17).

Like the loving mother in the story of two mother fighting over the only living child, Mary was willing to sacrifice her only Son, Jesus Christ, in order for all Scriptures and prophecies of Christ to be fulfilled.  Hagar, on the other hand having suffered from harshness of Sarah, would not blink twice if any of the Christians were destroyed.

The good news remain this, there is still hope for Hagar's offspring because God's invitation to convert to His salvation plan remains open and as such, the penalty for leaving one's faith means a death sentence, but as the Apocalypse showed, "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death," (Revelation 12:11).

The bad news is this, the devil, being cast out and defeated at the Cross, knows his time is short and will turn all the guns of his wrath toward those who hold fast to the testimony of Jesus Christ, and things will continue to get worse as Hagar's offspring, believing they are doing God a service, becomes tools of the devil in his vain attempt to destroy all he can before Christ's final victory where even death itself will be defeated at His second coming.