Make all things New

It is necessary that God must “make all things new(Apoc 21:5), as the Psalmist prophesied: “Thou shalt send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the Lord endure for ever, the Lord shall rejoice in His works” (Ps 103:30,31).

This renewal has already taken place as foretold by Daniel the prophet: “I beheld till thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days sat, His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like clean wool: His throne like flames of fire, the wheels of it like a burning fire…I beheld, therefore, in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the Ancient of Days, and they presented him before Him. And He gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away, and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed” (Dn 7:9,13,14).

This event has taken place withing the last thirty years. The ‘one like the Son of man’ is Eucharistic man, to whom “the Lord has sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek(Ps 109:4). When it says ‘they presented him’ it must be understood that the ‘they’ are Mary the Mother of Jesus, and Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. They reason these two presented him is because if either of them had said ‘no’ to the immaculate conception of Jesus, then Jesus could not have come to save us. If the ‘him’ whom they presented had not said ‘yes’ to the request of Christ Jesus to leave all behind and come follow Him, then this presentation could not have taken place.

When God gave him ‘power, and glory, and a kingdom…that shall not be taken away’ he (Eucharistic man) was instructed and given the very power and glory of God. In truth, these attributes have no human means of measurement, they are Divinely supernatural, and as such immeasurable! This Eucharistic man has achieved through the grace of God, that unity which Jesus prayed to the Father: “that they may be one, as We also are” (Jn 17:11). This oneness is the perfection of the Divine nature of God in the human nature, which we define as Eucharistic man. This power then is what Saint John wrote about: “I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true, and with justice does he judge and fight…And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Apoc 19:11,14). Jesus said: “I tell you of a truth: There are some standing here that shall not taste death till they see the Kingdom of God(Lk 9:27). Saint John did not see death until he saw the events of the Apocalypse take place.

With the arrival of the armies that are in heaven, begins the greatest evangelization in the history of the world. The heavenly bodies will look like ‘normal’ people. They will be everywhere and visible when it is necessary to be seen, either by friend or foe. Remember: “Hospitality do not forget, for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels(Hb 13:2).

The angels and saints in Heaven will be released upon the earth (some unto life everlasting), as all of hell (others unto reproach) as foretold by Daniel: “At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who stands for the children of thy people: and a time shall come, such as never was from the time that nations began, even until that time. And at that time shall thy people be saved, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake: some unto life everlasting, and others unto reproach, to see it always. But they that are learned, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament: and they that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity” (Dn 12:1-3).

You may ask as Daniel did of the angel who spoke to him: “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? When the scattering of the band of the holy people shall be accomplished, all these things shall be finished…Many shall be chosen, and made white, and shall be tried as fire: and the wicked shall deal wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the learned shall understand. And from the time when the continual sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred ninety days” (Dn 12:6,7,10,11).

If you wonder if ‘the time when the continual sacrifice shall be taken away’ has happened, then look at the Vatican II Mass, and you will see and understand.

God had to do a new thing.

God has already prepared the new thing.

“Behold, all things are made new, these words are most faithful and true” (Apoc 21:5).

 

The Mystical Incarnation

First let us look at the meaning of ‘mystical incarnation.’ The term ‘mystical’ signifies having a spiritual existence that transcends human understanding. It is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence. It is an individual direct communion with and/or in God.

The term ‘incarnation’ describes the union of the Divinity of God in human nature. In our Christian theology, the Incarnation is the embodiment of God the Son in human flesh in Jesus Christ. The Angel Gabriel said to Mary: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, and therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God(Lk 1:35).

Each person should strive for this individual mystical incarnation “which is Christ, in you the hope of glory(Col 1:27). We wrote in a previous article that this mystical incarnation already took place when God created ‘man’ in His Heart, in eternity: “The Lord (God the Father) said to my Lord (Jesus Christ) …from the womb (Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ) before the day star I begot Thee” (Ps 109:1,3). In this begetting, we were mystically conceived. This conception is further explained by Saint Peter when he describes it as ‘an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled’: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Grace unto you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: unto an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled and that cannot fade, reserved in Heaven for you, who, by the power of God, are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time” (1P 1:1-5).

Saint Peter goes on to explain this mystical incarnation as the unity of the Divine power and Divine nature of God in our human bodies. He insists that this gift and grace should be fulfilled in us providing that we have the faith and keep the Divine precepts: “Grace to you and peace be accomplished in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord. As all things of His Divine power which appertain to life and godliness are given us through the knowledge of Him Who has called us by His own proper glory and virtue, by Whom He has given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the Divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world. Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election, for doing these things, you shall not sin at any time. For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the ever-lasting Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2P 1:2-4,10,11).

It is in this accomplishment by the grace of God that we can live in His Divine promises “of power, and of love, and of sobriety” (1T 1:7).

Limbo

Limbo is a place or state of rest where souls go who have not been baptized, and who have died without the stain of mortal sin.

In the understanding of the ‘location’ of this place, it is best to consider it as one of the five places on earth. These places in order of descent are:
1. Heaven, where God, Holy Trinity dwells, along with the Archangels, angels, and saints who have died in the state of Grace – that is without mortal sins.
2. Earth, the surface on which we now live.
3. Limbo, and area under the surface where the un-baptized souls now dwell.
4. Purgatory, the place where souls who have died, and whose sins have been forgiven, dwell for a period of time while they make restitution for their offences against God.
5. Hell, where the souls of the dammed will remain for all eternity.

All non-Christians do not believe in Limbo or Purgatory. The majority of Protestants also do not believe, while some of the Episcopal and Anglicans sects do believe. The Orthodox and Coptic Christians believe in Limbo and Purgatory.

The word ‘Limbo’ comes from the Latin ‘limbus,’ meaning the edge or boundary. While this ‘edge’ is often considered as referring to the ‘edge’ of Hell by the early fathers of the Church, I would prefer to consider it as to the ‘edge’ of the earth. The light in Limbo is not full daylight nor night, but as sort of dawn or dusk type of twilight.

Is Limbo an eternal state? I answer with a definite: ‘No.’ Why do I say this? Jesus said: “In My Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you, because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you also may be” (Jn 14:2,3). This house of ‘many mansions’ includes Heaven, earth where His Kingdom shall come, Limbo where He will come and take them to Himself, and Purgatory where He will take them to Himself after they have fulfilled ‘all justice,’ as Jesus said to John the Baptist: “For so it becomes us to fulfil all justice” (Mt 3:15).

It is true that the majority of souls who go to Limbo are the un-baptized children. Are they there forever and denied the beatific vision of God? Of course not. Jesus said: “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to Me, for the Kingdom of Heaven is for such” (Mt 19:14). What is the meaning of ‘forbid them not’? I will deal with this shortly as part of the next category of souls.

In Limbo are hundreds of millions of un-baptized souls who never heard of Jesus and His Gospel, as well as so many good people who never committed mortal sin, who looked after his fellow man, and was of no religion whatsoever, or one of the non-Christian religions. He did good in his life, was charitable in word and in deed, and cared for his family. Does he go to Hell for all eternity? Of course not! All the souls there are given a full mature ‘body’ so that the helpless infant and the aged person have a likeness in thought and activity. They are neither senile or infantile.

Before the advent of the soon to happen ‘Battle of the Ages,’ Christ will descend into Limbo as He did after His death and before His visible resurrection (1P 3:19), and will preach to the those souls, instructing them on the full history of creation, His coming as man through the immaculate womb of the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary, His life, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. He will give His offer of Salvation to them, and tell them of the events to happen on the earth until the end of time when the Devil, Antichrist and False Prophet will be sent into the eternal flames of Hell.

Since God has given to His creature ‘man’ the choice of free-will, so too these souls in Limbo will be given the choice of joining in the ‘Battle’ with the side of their choice, thus fulfilling what Jesus said. ‘forbid them not to come to Me.’ They will be baptized and Limbo will be emptied and then closed forever. It is then that the Battle of all Ages will be fought and concluded.

As a side-note, when the souls in Purgatory are released from the time of suffering their restitution, they too will be released to join in the battle on earth, and will see the defeat of all evil, and the final victory of Good. By the end of the Great Tribulation, Purgatory like Limbo, will have been emptied of all the souls, and will be closed forever, leaving only the two eternal places, Heaven and Hell. No one living creature will have been rewarded or condemned without having been given and made a free-will choice and all justice will have been fulfilled.

The Second Resurrection

With regards to the two resurrections, this is not so difficult as some people make it out to be.

The first resurrection. “The rest of the dead lived not, till the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection” (Apoc 20:5). The ‘rest of the dead’ who ‘lived’ in their soul in Heaven, did not receive their glorified body until after the Great Tribulation. At death, our soul separates from the body and goes to Heaven, most often through Purgatory, (those who are called there), while our body decays and dies. Because of the victory of Christ over death by His birth, life, passion, death, and resurrection, we who believe in Him, ‘rise in Him,’ and receive our new body, which is now the ‘new man,’ the ‘new creature,’ Eucharistic man. “I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the last day I shall rise out of the earth” (Jb 19:25). When the end of the tribulation comes, and those souls who are in Heaven return to earth for the final battle, it is at that time they receive their glorified bodies, and join Eucharistic man to inflict the final defeat on Satan. “All these, being approved by the testimony of faith, received not the promise, God providing some better thing for us, that they should not be perfected without us” (Hb 11:39,40).

The second death. “Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection. In these the second death has no power. But they shall be priests of God, and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Apoc 20:6). The saints in Heaven above, joining Eucharistic man in heaven on earth (Mt 6:10), in the Eternal Virgin Eucharistic Church, now walk in newness of life, in the likeness of His resurrection (Rm 6:4,5), which is the ‘first resurrection.’ The joining of body and soul after death is confirmed by Jesus: “Fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear Him that can destroy both soul and body in Hell(Mt 10:28). Jesus gives us our new glorified Eucharistic body, as was shown on Mount Tabor (Mk 9:1). This ‘first resurrection’ is the glorious entrance into the mystical union in Christ Jesus, and since they have been already judged and found worthy, the second death is being sent to Hell for all eternity, and for the victorious in Christ, the second death has no part. This is the ninth time the name of Christ is mentioned in the Apocalypse, and nine in spiritual numbers is judgement, here it is for the victorious in Him.

The ‘second resurrection’ is when the saints come forward to the General Judgement, for it is here that they shall hear those beautiful words: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Mt 25:34).