August 30, 2018
The Blessed Virgin
This is a transcript of the video SW4 The Blessed Virgin chapter 1
Bishop William of St. Michael’s Monastery, member of the Autocephalous Orthodox Catholic Churches of the Americas here, St. Michael’s is the home of the New Warrior Ministries.
This is an outreach ministry seeking to bring all who have left the church back to Christ, back to Jesus, for whatever reason that you have left the church, God’s love will still be never ending. For all who are seeking the truth and do not yet know that Jesus is the truth, this is for you as well because Jesus is the truth.
This series is about spiritual warfare. We are currently filming video number 4 which is titled; SW4 The Blessed Virgin.
There is a link to the video at the bottom of this blog. Also, this particular video, The Blessed Virgin is going to take up either two or three parts. We’ll see how it goes according to the length of each video and how much talking that I do rather than sticking strictly to the facts.
Before I begin with that I am urged to speak on what is happening to the Roman Catholic Church today. My last blog was regarding this subject. Just to be quick, many are wagging their fingers and shaking their heads at Rome for this outrage. There are many who claim that Catholic is not Christian. There is so much for you to learn. Whatever is going on in Rome is going on throughout the whole entire secular world and not just the world but throughout the majority of Christianity. Those others just haven’t been busted yet.
Rome is being chastised by Almighty God.
Take a look at the Letter of 1 Peter Chapter 4 verses 16 -18; 1 Peter 4:16 But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? 18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
Also lets look at the Letter to the Hebrews chapter 12 verses 5-8; Hebrews 12: 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, or lose heart when He rebukes you. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.” 7 Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you do not experience discipline like everyone else, then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
Friends, Rome is being chastised, now it is through pride, prejudice, and hatred from others they are called non Christian and yet God chastises them as sons. Everyone needs to get rid of all the pride, prejudice, hatred, and arrogance. Rome is the biggest, and the most public Christian people on the planet and it gets the most bang for the buck so to speak when it comes to chastisement in terms of publicity. Smaller groups would not make as big of a splash and ripple effect. If God is chastising Rome then Rome is a child of God. Step down off of the podium and correctly discern the times. Rome is not being annihilated by God but chastised. Look to yourself in these times and take heed, think about it.
Now let’s get to the Blessed Virgin; Mary.
Spiritual warfare, that’s what we’re talking about here. This warfare started a long time ago and is prophesied to end at a future time. Let’s take a quick look at this spiritual warfare and end times prophesy that takes place at Almighty God’s chosen time. Man, in the beginning was created and placed into a garden paradise, newly formed and somewhat naïve but intelligent enough for Adam to have named all of the animals which will be a matter for another series.
Apocalypse/Revelation 12: 7 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: 8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduces the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
That great dragon who is called the devil and Satan reigns on earth. We see his continual influence everywhere, take a look in the book of Genesis, Genesis 3: 1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God made. And he said to the woman: Why has God commanded you that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? 2 And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God has commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. 4 And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. 5 For God does know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.
We can see that from the beginning that Satan’s plan works through lies and deception. He has no real power to force someone to believe him. He appeals to each of us through our own personal lusts and desires; he tells us what we deserve because we are alive on earth and deserve lots of pleasures and stuff. Man listens because man loves comforts and pleasures and lots of stuff.
In Genesis 3: 9 And the Lord God called Adam, and said to him: Where are you? 10 And he said: I heard your voice in paradise; and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. 11 And he said to him: And who has told you that you were naked, but that you have eaten of the tree whereof I commanded you that you should not eat? 12 And Adam said: The woman, whom you gave me to be my companion, gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the Lord God said to the woman: Why have you done this? And she answered: The serpent deceived me, and I did eat.
So we see right from the beginning man refuses to recognize his own sin but will point the finger immediately at another. Adam blamed Eve for his part in the eating of the fruit but Eve did not beat Adam into the ground and force him to eat. Eve of course blamed the serpent who again; did not beat her into the ground and force her to eat.
Verse 14: And the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this thing, you are cursed among all cattle, and the beasts of the earth: upon your breast shall you go, and earth shall you eat all the days of your life.
So who in the world caused this deception and how could he deceive anyone? Let’s look at the prophet Ezekiel chapter 28: 11 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre: 12 And say to him: Thus says the Lord God: you were the seal of resemblance, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in the pleasures of the paradise of God: every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, the topaz, and the jasper, the chrysolite, and the onyx, and the beryl, the sapphire, and the carbuncle, and the emerald: gold the work of your beauty: and your pendants and jewels were prepared in the day that you were created. 14 You a cherub stretched out, and protecting, and I set you in the holy mountain of God, you have walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day of your creation, until iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise, your inner parts were filled with iniquity, and you have sinned: and I cast you out from the mountain of God, and destroyed you, O covering cherub, out of the midst of the stones of fire. 17 And your heart was lifted up with your beauty: you have lost your wisdom in your beauty, I have cast you to the ground: I have set you before the face of kings, that they might behold you. 18 You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, and by the iniquity of your traffic: therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of you, to devour you, and I will make you as ashes upon the earth in the sight of all that see you. 19 All that shall see you among the nations, shall be astonished at you: you are brought to nothing, and you shall never be any more.
This prophecy is clearly not speaking of a mere human being of the male sex. There are many stories and theory’s on the Satan and the devil that are too extensive to get into in this series. We will call Satan and the serpent by the names that we have come to know them by through our New Testament. Take a look now at the second letter to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians chapter 11: 13 For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder: for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works.
In Luke chapter 10 verse 18 Jesus said: I saw Satan like lightening falling from heaven.
Deception, Satan; transformed into an angel of light, the battle in spirit is ongoing, subtle, mysterious and dangerous. What happens next in the saga of the Garden of Eden and man’s fall?
In Genesis 3: 15 Almighty God says; I will put enmities between you and the woman, and your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel.
In the prophet Isaiah 7: 13 And he said: Hear you therefore, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
In the Gospel of Luke 1: 26 And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. 29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. 31 Behold you shall conceive in your womb, and shall bring forth a son; and you shall call his name Jesus.
So tell me, all who show total disrespect to the Blessed Virgin, all who say; ‘her sins are scarlet and as dirty as a filthy rag’, she is no different or better than any other woman. I will not give her any more respect than is due any other woman. I have heard it said from the pulpits many times. So tell me, all of you deniers throughout the world; what are the commandments? Is not one of them to; honor your father and your mother so that you may be long lived on the land that the Lord your God shall give you. Tell me, is this a commandment or not?
What did Jesus say; did He say, Do not think that I have come to destroy the law and the prophets, I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. Did Jesus come and fulfill the law? What was the first miracle performed by Jesus that is recorded in the Bible? Was it not turning water into wine? Was this not at the request of His mother that He did this, in spite of His initial reaction to her request. So many non believers get caught up in the fact that He responded with the words; woman, what is this to do with you and me. Non believers also like to use the scripture in the twelfth chapter of St. Matthew when His mother and brothers came seeking Him and He said; 48 Who is my mother, and who are my brethren? 49 And stretching forth his hand towards his disciples, he said: Behold my mother and my brethren.
You teach that because he spoke these words that He showed no respect, you are deceivers in your own right. He was teaching the sinners with whom He sat a spiritual understanding. There was never a lack of respect from the Savior of mankind toward the woman who gave Him birth. To say that there was is to call Jesus a liar since He is also the lawgiver and the fulfillment of the Law, how could he deny the law by disrespecting His mother?
If we are to honor our own mother and father, should we not also honor the mother of the one that we call Lord? The Savior of mankind? The Son of God in the flesh? The word of God who is God? Think carefully.
End of Chapter 1
Be blessed and be a blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Continue to praise and worship Jesus the Christ and the Father through Him. Never cease to pray and live according to the gospel. Allow the Holy Ghost to guide you. Love God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength; love your neighbor as yourself. You never know whose life you will change because of this love of God in you.
The light has entered the world and the times; are changing. If one does not have love for the soul of mankind and the desire that all come to the truth than one does not have Christ in them fully.
Little children, love one another; because this is our Lord’s command and if you fulfill this, nothing else is needed. Through love and because of love we will follow all of the commandments that we have been given. They are written on our hearts by the hand of Almighty God. We simply need to see them within us and follow.
Remember; if we confess our sins and repent, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.
May the peace of our Lord Jesus the Christ be with you throughout this day and the rest of your life. May the Holy Spirit fill us all to overflowing so that everyone in whose path we cross may receive a blessing from our Lord Jesus the Christ.
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