Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Prophetic Defeat of Evil in this World

Now Jericho was close shut up and fenced, for fear of the children of Israel, and no man durst go out or come in.
And the Lord said to Josue: Behold I have given into thy hands Jericho, and the king thereof, and all the valiant men.
Go round about the city, all ye fighting men, once a day: so shall ye do for six days.
And on the seventh day the priests shall take the seven trumpets, which are used in the jubilee, and shall go before the ark of the covenant: and you shall go about the city seven times, and the priests shall sound the trumpets.
And when the voice of the trumpet shall give a longer and broken tune, and shall sound in your ears, all the people shall shout together with a very great shout, and the walls of the city shall fall to the ground, and they shall enter in every one at the place against which they shall stand.
Then Josue the son of Nun called the priests, and said to them: Take the ark of the covenant: and let seven other priests take the seven trumpets of the jubilee, and march before the ark of the Lord.
And he said to the people: Go, and compass the city, armed, marching before the ark of the Lord.
And when Josue had ended his words, and the seven priests blew the seven trumpets before the ark of the covenant of the Lord,
And all the armed men went before, the rest of the common people followed the ark, and the sound of the trumpets was heard on all sides.
But Josue had commanded the people, saying: You shall not shout, nor shall your voice be heard, nor any word go out of your mouth: until the day come wherein I shall say to you: Cry, and shout.
So the ark of the Lord went about the city once a day, and returning into the camp, abode there.
And Josue rising before day, the priests took the ark of the Lord,
And seven of them seven trumpets, which are used in the jubilee: and they went before the ark of the Lord walking and sounding the trumpets: and the armed men went before them, and the rest of the common people followed the ark, and they blew the trumpets.
And they went round about the city the second day once, and returned into the camp. So they did six days.
But the seventh day, rising up early, they went about the city, as it was ordered, seven times.
And when in the seventh going about the priests sounded with the trumpets, Josue said to all Israel: Shout: for the Lord hath delivered the city to you:
And let this city be an anathema, and all things that are in it, to the Lord. Let only Rahab the harlot live, with all that are with her in the house: for she hid the messengers whom we sent.
But beware ye lest you touch ought of those things that are forbidden, and you be guilty of transgression, and all the camp of Israel be under sin, and be troubled.
But whatsoever gold or silver there shall be, or vessels of brass and iron, let it be consecrated to the Lord, laid up in his treasures.
So all the people making a shout, and the trumpets sounding, when the voice and the sound thundered in the ears of the multitude, the walls forthwith fell down: and every man went up by the place that was over against him: and they took the city.
- Joshua 6:1-20

The Ark is a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. The children of Israel are a symbol of the Church. The Levitical Priesthood is a symbol of the Priesthood of Melchisidech, the Catholic Priesthood. The city of Jericho is symbolic of the entirety of the world, and the evil therein. Here we have laid out perfectly the Church Militant, and the war we wage. As we struggle to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, our Promised Land, "as through violence," as Our Lord said, let us remember this passage, and let us remember our duty and our hope in Our Lord. Let us remember that we don't war against people, or cities, or policies, but against the true enemy, the evil one's influence, and the darkened wills of men. As those brave souls took the Marian statue out into the world, they were fulfilling this prophetic type, carrying symbolically as they were the True Ark of the New Covenant in Christ's Blood into the world, and praying as they marched. As the Scriptures tell us in Joshua, on the Eighth Day of Eternity, the walls of this present evil age will fall, and they will fall by the sword of the Lord, who inhabits the praises of His People. The only ones that will be spared of justice in that Day, who dwell in the world, are those who have the Scarlet Thread of the Blood of the Lamb hanging from their window, as did Rahab, for they have been redeemed out of the world, and have joined the Hosts of Heaven, who march in assault on the city in the Name of their great God, Jesus Christ.

Remember, Catholics, when you pray the Rosary, you march around that City of Evil on your way to Heaven, bearing the Ark of the Lord, the Mother of our God. I can think of no better way to exercise the Priesthood of the Faithful than by carrying the litter of the Mother of God, as the Levites did carry the Ark, which you do spiritually when saying the Holy Rosary. Carry Her, and Her Divine Son within Her, out into the world wherever you go, and let yourself be assumed into the relationship shared between the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

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