Have you ever had a time in your life when something so disturbing just keeps eating away at you and you struggle with the notion of whether or not to say it for fear of being labeled a nut? Well, dear friends, I'm at that crossroads right now. But, for one reason or another, I truly believe that God is telling me to do a post on this, and when He speaks, I listen. If the subject of religion bothers you, please stop here. I won't hold it against you.
My dear friend, Bungalow Bill, did a post on the upcoming G20 being held in a few days here in my beloved city of Pittsburgh. It concerns the issue of whether this G20 gathering could produce a New World Order. I'm not going into the details because he did an excellent job of making a sound argument in support of the possibility.
The idea of a NWO, to be perfectly candid, scares the ever-loving daylights right out of me. Not so much for myself, but for my children. Do I want to see a world where there is only one government and one currency? No. Do I want to see a world where people can't make transactions without first being microchipped (Mark of the Beast, in my opinion)? No. Do I really want to see the rise of the most evil being to ever walk the face of the earth? No. But I believe that this is the world that will be coming soon because it has been foretold by St. John in the book of Revelation.
The Catholic Church and I differ on a few issues. One of them is the Rapture. I believe that there will be a Rapture of God's children before the dark period known as the Tribulation. I went to my priest after Mass one day and told him about a nightmare I had that had awakened me in a full-blown panic attack. The nightmare was that my kids came home one sunny day and showed me the "tattoos" they had received in school. Realizing that these were "The Mark," I felt such agony that I couldn't control myself. My priest immediately told me, "There is no such thing as the Rapture. Just the Second Coming." I think not.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thess, 4:16-18).
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality" (1 Cor. 15:51-53).This is where my hope lies. I can't wait to meet all of the wonderful people God has sent into my life through the blogosphere. I believe you were sent into my life for a purpose, and rest assured that I am ever grateful to Him.
I'm going to leave you with this video. It's one of my favorite hymns and always seems to move me to the bottom of my soul.
Thank you for reading this post that seems somewhat out of character for me. I truly am blessed.