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GOD'S DOMINION OVER HUMAN EVENTS

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
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Please pray for the Holy Father and his intentions and please say a prayer for my daughter and I and those in our lives. Time is a gift from God please use it well and pray and prepare. May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and all in your life and may Mary, the Mother of God, keep you all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace.
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!
Ed
(Because of the size of this posting please click the read more link for the full posting. I have also posted the 11th and 12th chapters of St. John's Revelations as a referance to the Holy Father's statement. A link to the website for the Holy See is provided above.)

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GENERAL AUDIENCE: GOD'S DOMINION OVER HUMAN EVENTS

VATICAN CITY, JAN 12, 2005 (VIS) - In today's general audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope resumed his reflections on the Liturgy of Evening Prayer speaking about the Canticle from the Book of Revelation (11, 17-18; 12, 10-12) on "the judgment of God".

John Paul II affirmed how this hymn expresses the "judgment of God over human events. ... God and the Lamb, in other words Christ, surrounded by the divine court, judge the history of the world according to good and evil, showing it the ultimate goal of salvation and glory."

"The Lord God, omnipotent and eternal, has taken His 'great power, and begun to reign'. His entrance into history has the aim not only of blocking the violent reactions of rebels, but above all of exalting and rewarding the virtuous."

The second part of the Canticle express the joy induced by the fact that "Satan, the old adversary, ... has been 'cast down' from heaven and no longer has so much power". Moreover, the Pope went on, "the Risen Christ, whose blood is the basis of salvation, ... has received from the Father a royal power over the entire universe. In Him, 'the salvation, the strength and the reign of our God' are accomplished."

The Holy Father concluded by indicating that Christian martyrs are associated with Christ's victory. They "chose the way of the cross, not giving in to evil and its virulence, but committing themselves to the Father and uniting themselves to the death of Christ with a testimony of devotion and courage that brought them to 'love not their lives even unto death'."
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Revelation
Chapter 11


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1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and I was told, "Come and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who are worshiping in it.
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But exclude the outer court 2 of the temple; do not measure it, for it has been handed over to the Gentiles, who will trample the holy city for forty-two months.
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I will commission my two witnesses 3 to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth."
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These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands 4 that stand before the Lord of the earth.
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5 If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.
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They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.
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When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss 6 will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.
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Their corpses will lie in the main street of the great city, 7 which has the symbolic names "Sodom" and "Egypt," where indeed their Lord was crucified.
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8 Those from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation will gaze on their corpses for three and a half days, and they will not allow their corpses to be buried.
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The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and be glad and exchange gifts because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.
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But after the three and a half days, a breath of life from God entered them. When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them.
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Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, "Come up here." So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.
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At that moment there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell in ruins. Seven thousand people 9 were killed during the earthquake; the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
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The second woe has passed, but the third is coming soon.
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10 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever."
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The twenty-four elders who sat on their thrones before God prostrated themselves and worshiped God
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and said: "We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, who are and who were. For you have assumed your great power and have established your reign.
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The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to recompense your servants, the prophets, and the holy ones and those who fear your name, the small and the great alike, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."
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Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.

Revelation
Chapter 12


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1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman 2 clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
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She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. 3
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Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, 4 with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.
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Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth.
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She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. 5 Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
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The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days. 6
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7 Then war broke out in heaven; Michael 8 and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back,
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but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
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The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, 9 who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
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Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser 10 of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night.
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They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death.
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Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time."
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When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
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But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, 11 so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year.
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The serpent, 12 however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current.
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But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth.
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Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus. 13 (18) It took its position 14 on the sand of the sea.
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