See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, June 26, 2009

Princes shall come from Ethiopia.

Arise O Lord, and let your enemies be scattered.
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The Patriarch of Ethiopia has said the Ark of the Covenant shall be unveiled today. I know Ethiopians and I find it credible that the Ark of the Covenant has indeed been preserved in Ethiopia - I'm no expert of course. Perhaps the unveiling can only be accepted on faith, but the significance of the event could have great impact upon the world.
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The event calls to mind Psalm 67 (68), verse 31, which in some translations reads: "Princes shall come from Ethiopia" although the Grail reads, "Princes will make their way from Egypt; Ethiopia will stretch out her hands to God." Early interpretations have associated this verse with monks - the desert fathers - who came forth from Egypt and Ethiopia. Although the psalm itself is most mysterious and usually associated with the Ascension of the Lord, the opening verse is considered to be an exorcism prayer from ancient Israel: "Arise O Lord and let your enemies be scattered and let those who hate you flee from before your holy face."
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If only the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant could be the event John Paul II foretold that will free the world from evil... (Wednesday Audience)
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"As smoke is blown away so will they be blown away;
like wax that melts before the fire,
so the wicked shall perish at the presence of God.
But the just shall rejoice at the presence of God,
they shall exult and dance for joy.
O sing to the Lord, make music to his name;
make a highway for him who rides on thee clouds.
rejoice in the Lord, exult at his presence." - Ps. 67: 4-5
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(The verses of Psalm 67 are said to have been taken from a hymn the Israelites used when they broke camp and continued their pilgrimage to the Promised Land: "And when the ark was lifted up, Moses said: Arise, O Lord, and let thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate thee, flee from before thy face." - Numbers 10: 35)
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UPDATE: 6/26/09
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The Ark of the Covenant Story was false. Story here.
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Unreliable internet sources! I fell for it! Thomnus was right once again:
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The original World Net Daily story was the result of bad translation and not even looking at datelines. The story got legs, Bartholomew reported in previous posts, because of Christian Zionists eager to hasten the Second Coming. I would also note that WND was hawking a two DVD set on the ark along with the story. - Source
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I would like to beat someone up when stuff like this happens.

17 comments:

  1. I would be very, very careful with this. And I would need it from more than one source.

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  2. This Ark business has me intrigued. I thought it was in a US government warehouse out in Nevada...who knew?

    In recognition of your blog, Terry, I have an award waiting for you at AoftheA. You've earned it!

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  3. Interesting, Terry. And I was praying this psalm just yesterday....

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  4. How did we lose the Ark of the Covenant in the first place? Was it when Babylon took over Israel? Just wondering. I mean, it was pretty darn important...not something that you just misplace. I would definitely love it if it were found though...we could use something to bring people back to God.

    I remember several years ago I heard about a tribe down deep in Africa somewhere who followed all the traditions of the Levites and had something they described as looking like the Ark...it turned out not to be it, but it was amazing that they had such a wonderfully exact replica of Jewish religion out in the middle of nowhere like that. Definitely a God-thing.

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  5. Thom - just wishful thinking on my part - nothing more.

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  6. Oh, I didn't mean you. ;-)

    But there are "Zionist Christians" who will jump all over this, because they think that the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem will usher in the 2nd coming.

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  7. You are right - I wonder what they think about this? I checked news feeds and nothing is online about the unveiling.

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  8. Perhaps they're much too busy trying to breed a spotless red heifer!

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  9. Mary is our Ark of the Covenant, and because or despite that, I can't help wondering if there could ever be a greater finding than the Shroud of Turin. The Holy Face is full empathy in our limited human condition, full love in the power that burst the Image upon a mere cloth for us to behold Love rising. I am, thus, rather ambivalent about this material ark, even moreso than about the "Isaiah2" scroll found not long ago. I might just be dull! Either way, I'll keep a good thought for it all.

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  10. I suppose I should be excited about this, but, I really not. Maybe that makes me a poor Christian? I dunno. I'd rather go see Jesus at Adoration, that means more to me but then, I don't know much and less and less the longer I am Catholic.

    No comments on the MJ post so I'll leave my link to my take on it via a drawing here

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  11. we are doomed! get thee to the fall out bunker....

    what thom said.

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  12. Owen - I opened comments on the Michael post - I just didn't want anyone to say anything mean about him.

    I like your drawing - I just wasn't able to comment.

    As for the Ark - no one even has to pay the least bit attention to it - it doesn't make anyone a bad Christian.

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  13. Terry, may you receive no mean comments on MJ.

    Glad you liked the sketch - you were unable to comment meaning there was something wrong with my site or you just had nothing to contribute? The former I should attend to, the latter is fine.

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  14. Owen - I had to sign in and didn't take the time - I'm going offline right now so I'll comment later.

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  15. Enjoy your time offline.

    My art site doesn't employ any need to sign in so I am not sure what's up on your end. Comments are open to all and unmoderated. Weird.

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  16. Who cares about a fake ‘Ark of the Covenant.’ Stephan Huller has an academic article coming up which proves that this:

    http://therealmessiahbook.blogspot.com/

    is the original Episcopal throne of Alexandria, mentioned in the Acts of Peter the Patriarch, Origen, Clement and other sources and dated to the first century.

    I read the book. I loved it but I want to know what everyone else thinks? I think its very important but I am not an expert.

    His blog with additional information is

    http://www.stephanhuller.blogspot.com.

    Maybe you can tell me if this for real.

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  17. what a hoot! LOL

    Now I gotta read about the "false" story ... hmmm ... is there a movie coming out for the summer months on the Lost Ark ... what was the purpose of the false story?

    "... The story got legs, Bartholomew reported in previous posts, because of Christian Zionists eager to hasten the Second Coming..."

    —http://catholickey.blogspot.com/2009/06/ark-of-covenant-story-was-bad.html

    possibly ...
    curious indeed ...

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