PART II OF BOOKLET:
"THE MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES"
By Vincent T. Bemowski
Copy of original back cover of Booklet
This back cover of the booklet reads as follows:
About the writer of this work... Born on February 5th, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. A twice baptized Christian who loves the Church and believes in Jesus Christ. The writer is not a Prophet, he is a simple man who was chosen by the Lord to be given the Gift of Wisdom in a very powerful way, to be used for the good of the Church.
The writer is married to Loretta - a gift from the Lord. They have three children - also gifts from the Lord. His religion is Roman Catholic.
The writer attributes this work to the Holy Spirit, as all good works come through His inspiration and teachings:
"So then, we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, as we explain spiritual truths to those who have the Spirit. Whoever does not have the Spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God's Spirit. Such a person really does not understand them; they are nonsense to him, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual basis"
(1 Corinthians 2:13-14).
Good shepherds and others who love the Church! Pray that the trials coming upon the Church, because of Satan, all end in giving glory to the Lord!'
A servant of the Lord, Vincent T. Bemowski
twentieth century was one of the most crucial in human history, with
its tragic and cruel events culminating in the assassination attempt on
the “sweet Christ on earth”. Now a veil is drawn back on a series of
events which make history and interpret it in depth, in a spiritual
perspective alien to present-day attitudes, often tainted with
"Around four o’clock in the afternoon on January 3rd 1944, in the convent chapel of Tuy, in front of the Tabernacle, Our Lady urged Sister Lucia to write the text of the Third Secret and Sister Lucia recounts: “I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard the point of a lance like a flame that is detached touch the axis of the earth and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers and clouds exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my heart racing and in my spirit a soft voice that said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic.
In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and
happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept
repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven!!"
"The sins of the world are very great." "If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives." "Men are lost because they do not think of the death of Our Lord and do not do penance." "Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord, and they are not of God." "The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh." "Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear. People who serve God should not follow fashions. The Church has no fashions. Our Lord is always the same."
"A new and great evil
has now come and settled and will be there for the duration. It was a
choice by man, including My people, who find deception in rancor and
rancor where was ordained love. Not for years will an interior light
return for those whose god is gold and whose love is cold.
Not since times in history deep ago have My children so been skewed in
what they perceive with eyes that distort and minds that form reality in
a way that has no true destiny. Flee to Saint Joseph, and the Blessed Mother of the holm oak who tells us that brightness can be found only by those who practice the diligence of prayer amid consternation. Those who framed the future in accordance with their own time tables now find disbelief in prophecies though they unfold around you."
"According to the owner of the Virgin who lives in our city. The images and videos of the Virgin immediately became viral. Local sources told atweston.com that La Virgen was taken to the Saint Katherine Drexel Church facility where it was exposed for a few hours and then moved to a safer place. This event has caused astonishment and surprise in the community."
THE MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES
1st MESSAGE: "Complacent And Lukewarm"
2nd MESSAGE: "Shepherds Do Not Know Their Sheep"
3rd MESSAGE: "Presumption Of God's Mercy"
4th MESSAGE: "If Thy Brother Sin Against Thee, Reprove Him"
5th MESSAGE: "That They All May Be One"
6th MESSAGE: "The Church Is Being Led By The World"
7th MESSAGE: "They Will Also Persecute You"
8th MESSAGE: "Because Thou Art Lukewarm"
9th MESSAGE: "I Know Whom I Have Chosen"
10th MESSAGE: "Purify Your Hearts"
11th MESSAGE: "You Shall Be Holy Because I Am Holy"
12th MESSAGE: "Extinguish Not The Spirit"
13th MESSAGE: "Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain"
14th MESSAGE: "The Sabbath Was Made For Man, And Not Man For The Sabbath"
FINAL WARNINGS & REASONS TO HAVE HOPE
* "HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH TO THE CHURCHES"
* SOME WILL IGNORE THE MESSAGES
* HAVE COURAGE, GOOD SHEPHERDS!
INTRODUCTION: "And Jesus answering, said to them: 'Take heed that no man seduce you; for many will come in my name saying "I am Christ" and they shall seduce many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places; now all these are the beginnings of sorrows'" (Matthew 24:4-8).
THE MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES AS REVEALED TO A SERVANT OF THE LORD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
"Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and sprinkle yourselves with ashes, ye leaders of the flock; for the days of your slaughter and your dispersion are accomplished, and you shall fall like precious vessels. And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the leaders of the flock to save themselves" (Jeremias 25:34-35).
Please note: Although these Messages are primarily intended for those of the Catholic Faith, they of course apply equally to shepherds & people of every Faith.
FIRST MESSAGE: "COMPLACENT AND LUKEWARM"
Today's Church has become complacent and lukewarm. An easy, "comfortable" faith is being preached to God's people. Many of the shepherds and the sheep entrusted to them have lost their fear of the Lord, and therefore lack spiritual wisdom:
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalm 110:10).
Few take seriously what God requires for those who are to be saved:
"Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence), with fear and trembling work out your salvation. For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will" (Philippians 2:12-13).
SECOND MESSAGE: "SHEPHERDS DO NOT KNOW THEIR SHEEP"
Many shepherds have become spiritually lazy and do not know their sheep. These shepherds make their presence known because they seek honor, but when their sheep become restless and go astray, they do not go out from themselves to find them. They are not good shepherds because they lack understanding of the souls of their sheep and do not make personal sacrifices for them. They disregard the example of Jesus:
"I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me. As the Father knoweth me and I know the Father; I lay down my life for my sheep" (John 10:14-15).
THIRD MESSAGE: "PRESUMPTION OF GOD'S MERCY"
Without reverence or fear of the Lord, the restless Sheep no longer recognize or accept the reality of grave sin. They form their own conscience and refuse the aid of the Holy Spirit. Many complacent shepherds allow these sheep to continue in their sin by wrongfully preaching presumption of God's Mercy. The disobedient sheep do not learn to fear punishment from the Hand of a Just God and fall into even deeper sin.
They then become lost sheep, but without a faithful shepherd to search for them. Those who live by God's Word know that the sins of these lost sheep will also fall upon those lazy shepherds who refused to look for them. These indifferent Shepherds and their disobedient sheep will share the lot of all those who continue in their sin and do not repent:
"And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity; and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty. A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold. For this I will trouble the heaven, and the earth shall be moved out her place, for the indignation of the Lord of hosts, and for the day of his fierce wrath" (Isaias 13:11-13).
FOURTH MESSAGE: "IF THY BROTHER SIN AGAINST THEE, REPROVE HIM"
Many Shepherds in today's Church no longer admonish their sheep, for Satan has worked hard to turn admonishment into being judgmental:
"Them that sin reprove before all, that the rest also may have fear" (1 Timothy 5:20).
The above verse is meant for bishops as a suggested means of dealing with priests whose hearts have hardened and publicly bring scandal to the Church. But sadly, this method is considered "too harsh" for many Leaders of the Flock to put into practice in today's Church. The churches have become spiritually "frozen," as the sheep also do not admonish their brothers and sisters who sin against them.
Ignoring God's Word, sin is "protected" and said to be personal - between the sinner and his imagined ideas of who God is. Now all who follow Christ must always possess a spirit of forgiveness, that is be ready to forgive. But if they "gave" that forgiveness to another Christian who denied his sin and refused to repent they would place no spiritual obligation on that person to repent. You are never obligated to "forgive" someone you know is not truly sorry for what he has done to you. It would accomplish nothing - he would only laugh at you and consider your gesture or offer of forgiveness "foolish." It is far better to allow the guilty time to reflect upon their sins, for as time passes they may come to be sincerely sorry for them. Non-believers must be forgiven for:
"They know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
In the above verse it must be remembered that our Savior was petitioning His Father or offering forgiveness, but it is obvious that only those who repented were actually forgiven. For as Our Lord also stated:
"You serpents, generation of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of hell?" (Matthew 23:33).
But believers know what they are doing and their sin is greater in the Lord's Eyes. For a good father of a family always corrects and admonishes his children and he does not give his disobedient children his forgiveness until they express sincere sorrow, both to him, and to the one they hurt. Those who live by God's Word know that He does not forgive those who do not repent with a sincere heart and do not ask the forgiveness of the brother or sister they sinned against.
Admonishment is a spiritual act of mercy, because it is done for the good of the soul of the one who falls into sin:
"If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him, and if he do penance, forgive him. And if he sin against thee seven times in a day (and) be converted unto thee, saying 'I repent,' forgive him" (Luke 17:3-4).
The above verses clearly show the conditions that must be present before we can pass on our forgiveness to our brothers and sisters who have sinned against us. We know this is true because when we go to Confession we also must be truly sorry for our sins or we will not be forgiven by our Lord.
(This does not mean we should not express our forgiveness to the Lord for those who have hurt us, even if we know we cannot pass on that forgiveness to the guilty because they refuse to say they are "sorry." This is part of what is means to "love our enemies" - it also brings us the Lord's peace).
It is also good to remember that when we spiritually correct others for the good of their soul, we must be firm in our admonishment and not weaken to the point of accepting their sins.
(Admonishment is also one of the "Spiritual Acts of Mercy" as taught by the Catholic Church).
The Lord will hold accountable those weak shepherds who not only refuse to admonish unbelievers who are evil, but also refuse to correct the good sheep who fall into grave sin:
"And many other things exhorting, did he (St. John the Baptist) preach to the people. But Herod the tetrarch.... was reproved (John) by him for Herodias, his brother's wife and for all the evils which Herod had done...He (Herod) added this also above all (all other admonishments - it affected Herod more than the other corrections) and shut up John in prison" (Luke 3:18-20).
"Moreover, if the just man shall turn away from his justice and shall commit iniquity, I will lay a stumbling block before him; he shall die because thou hast not given him warning; he shall die in his sin, and his justices which he hath done, shall not be remembered; but I will require his blood at thy hand. But if thou warn the just man, that the just may not sin and he doth not sin; living he shall live, because thou hast warned him and thou hast delivered thy soul" (Ezechiel 3:20-21).
FIFTH MESSAGE: "THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE"
Many within the churches do not accept the doctrine of the Cross. The truth as taught by the Church is altered, and personal opinions which feed the unholy voices of scandal and division replace vows of obedience. The Church of today can be compared to Adam who placed the wishes of Eve above obedience to his Creator. For the Prince of Darkness reaching deep within the Churches has seduced even those who gave their word to serve only Christ and His Church!:
"And calling the multitude together with his disciples, he said to them: 'If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it, and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel, shall save it'" (Mark 8:34-35).
The proud Shepherds who initiate scandal and do not use their authority to admonish others within the Church who practice this evil, should hear again the Lord's Word for their souls:
"But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals. For it must needs be that scandals come, but nevertheless woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh" (Matthew 18:6-7).
And for those who seek to divide the Church, let them learn again from Paul who was also called to be an apostle and therefore a bishop in the Church. For Paul followed the Holy Spirit and not the selfish opinions of others when he sought unity with his brothers, and not division:
"And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas (Peter) and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go unto the Gentiles..." (Galatians 2:9).
And Peter would also call Paul a "brother" and defend his writings against those who would use them to justify false teachings:
"And account the long suffering of our Lord; salvation - as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, take heed, lest being led aside by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness" (2 Peter 3:15-17).
For Paul and the other apostles recognized that the Church must strive for peace and unity as all are part of the Body of Christ:
"Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all" (Ephesians 4:3-6).
The Churches remain separated because of sin, but the time will come when the whole truth will be made known to all:
"And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (John 17:20-21).
Sixth Message: "The Church Is Being Led By The World"
Worldly issues, pursued, developed and supported by prideful, vengeful individuals who follow Satan are "presented" to the churches as "moral issues." The Church is placed on the defensive and expected to act upon these "manufactured causes" which are designed to serve those loved by the world. Further confusing the already restless Sheep are the misguided Shepherds who give their support to "morality" as defined by the world.
The Word of God is no longer recognized as the Highest Authority - the will of the manipulated majority is given first place. The result is, much of the Church is being led by the world through Satan, instead of being led by Jesus through the Holy Spirit:
"Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? (Satan) Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?"
(1 Corthinthians 6:14-15).
"Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God" (James 4:4).
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world is seated in wickedness" (1 John 5:19).
These times call for wisdom and discernment. People must open their eyes rather than blindly follow those who will lead them to a disastrous end. For even among those who claim "authority" within the Church, there are false teachers who distort the Scriptures, accept the teachings of the world, and therefore follow Satan:
"Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you; to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. For certain men are secretly entered in (who were written of long ago unto this judgment), ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God into riotousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ" (Jude 3-4).
We must always be aware of false teachers who claim to be believers:
"But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off the occasion, that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder; for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing (would not be unusual) if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works"
(2 Corinthians 11:12-15).
The truly good Shepherds remain obedient to the Church and continue to seek seek knowledge of the Way, so that they may learn the Truth, and obtain Life. They seek Jesus:
"Jesus saith to him: 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Seventh Message: "They Will Also Persecute You"
In this time of great evil, many Shepherds are not hated by the world and suffer no real persecution. For they, like their Sheep, have learned to love the world. The anxiety they experience does not result from a concern for souls like the apostles, but from their own self will and the distractions they choose to pursue:
"And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse; erring, and driving (others) into error" (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
"If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word, that I said to you: 'The servant is not greater than his master.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you, if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also" (John 15:18-20).
We must be on watch, for the time of persecution has come for those who love the Church. No longer will we be shielded by the cover a nation that calls itself "Christian." We must not forget the Lord, and we will be strengthened, for it is He whom the evil reject:
"He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me" (John 10:16).
Eighth Message: "Because Thou Art Lukewarm"
The lukewarm Shepherds and their lukewarm Sheep have forgotten that this earth is a place of penance. Many Shepherds do not teach their Sheep the spiritual value of suffering for the Lord and His Church. They do not teach their Sheep to humble themselves before the Lord. They accept the sinful ways of their Sheep that give glory to the world and not to their Creator. These Shepherds have forgotten the punishment God gave Adam and Eve because of their sin - the sin that all mankind inherits:
"To the woman also he said: 'I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions; in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee.' And to Adam he said: 'Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life'" (Genesis 3:16-17).
"And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken" (Genesis 3:23).
However, we know the Spirit is aware of these lukewarm Shepherds and their lukewarm Sheep:
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I would thou wert cold, or hot. Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest: 'I am rich, and made wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Apocalypse 3:15-17).
"Such as I love, I rebuke and chastise. Be zealous therefore, and do penance" (Apocalypse 3:19).
Ninth Message: "I Know Whom I Have Chosen"
In today's churches there are those who wickedly seek power. Rather than obediently allowing Almighty God to choose whom He Wills to serve Him in the place He sets for them, those who lust for power seek to please man and not God:
"However, many of the rulers also believed in him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him (publicly acknowledge Him) that they might not be cast out of the synagogue. For they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God" (John 12:42-43).
Without consulting the Holy Spirit, these workers of evil decide for themselves what places certain individuals should occupy within the Church. They use fancy words and practice deceit so that they may influence others to join them in their protest against the authority of the Church and the Gospels:
"Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent" (Romans 16:17-18).
In their minds, because sin has taken hold of them, some imagine "a call to serve." But because they are not obedient to the Lord concerning the place He has set for them, their opinions are not to be trusted, for it is the human self they wish to serve, and not Jesus and His Church:
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, so as to obey the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of iniquity unto sin, but present yourselves to God as those that are alive from the dead and your members as instruments of justice unto God" (Romans 6:12-13).
Many wicked souls, encouraged by others within the Churches, even seek to change the language of the Scriptures. What was written down from the Commands of Almighty God and from the example of His Son Jesus and through the inspirations of the Spirit of Truth, would, in today's Churches, be rewritten to suit those who would weaken and (if it were possible) destroy the Church. For through Satan these evil doers would build a different Church, a Church that would teach "justice" as defined by the world, a Church directly opposed to the Word of God as expressed by Our Lord Jesus Himself:
"The scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
Lacking a true knowledge of the Scriptures and unfamiliar with the power of the Lord, these builders of a false Church refuse to recognize the error of their sin:
" And Jesus answering, saith to them: 'Do ye not therefore err, because you know not the scriptures, nor the power of God?'" (Mark 12:24).
These proud souls even try to stir-up speculation that if Jesus were to choose again in today's world, He would do so differently. Those who love by God's Word know that Jesus did not come to serve the world, but to save the world:
"You cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).
"I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" ((John 12:47).
"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not" (John 1:10).
"I speak not of you all; I know whom I have chosen" (John 13:18).
For those who are prejudiced against the Church, a great judgment awaits them:
"If he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven" (Matthew 18:17-18).
Tenth Message: "Purify Your Hearts"
The Shepherds and their Sheep do not pray for the gift of true repentance. In today's Church, there is a denial of sin. Many excuse their sins and the sins of others, saying:
"We are all sinners." But the Lord, our God, rebukes them: "Be you therefore perfect as also your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48).
For a time sin was impressed upon the hearts of the faithful, but many did not have knowledge of God's love for them. Today, the spoiled Sheep no longer recognize their own sins. Being judgmental, they see clearly the offenses of others, but lacking spiritual wisdom, they are left ignorant as to the purity of their own hearts. But the Lord sees their sins and calls upon them to repent. For His Word for those who desire to please Him does not change with the times:
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols. For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief. In which you also walked some time, when you lived in them. But now put you also all away; anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth. Lie not one to another; stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds. And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge according to the image of him that created him. Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. But Christ is all, and in all" (Colossians 3:5-11).
Many Sheep, because they lack knowledge of their true enemy, are left defenseless and are easy prey for the Lion of Iniquity:
"Be sober and watch because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist ye, strong in faith; knowing that the same affliction befalls your brethren who are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you, and confirm you, and establish you" (2 Peter 5:8-10).
Many lax Shepherds have become fearful of disturbing the conscience of their sinful Sheep. They concern themselves with the appearance of the worship service and with the numbers who attend. But they do not concern themselves as to whether the souls of their Sheep are prepared to worthily receive their precious and Great King Jesus. These weak Shepherds no longer trust in the power of Almighty God:
"For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20).
Shepherds must teach their Sheep how to prepare their souls to worthily receive their precious Savior, Jesus Christ:
"Be subject therefore to God, but resist the devil and he will fly from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into sorrow. Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you" (James 4:7-10).
Eleventh Message: "You Shall Be Holy, Because I Am Holy"
The Shepherds and their Sheep must strive to become holy before the Lord:
"You shall be holy, because I am holy" (Leviticus 11:46).
To become truly holy requires constant prayer, times of self-denial, and periods of fasting:
"Always rejoice. Pray without ceasing. In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all" (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
"The hand of our God is upon all them that seek him in goodness, and his power and strength. And wrath upon all them that forsake him. And we fasted and besought our God for this, and it fell out prosperously unto us" (1 Esdras 8:22-23).
But prayer will not bear fruit if the garden of the soul is not kept free from "weeds" that choke off the growth of holiness. These weeds must be pulled out and burned, for they originate from soil within the soul that is tainted by worldly attractions, entertainments, shows, amusements and sources of evil.
To remain attached to these things and to rely on "news" as offered by the world, is to be used by Satan. For these things will lead you into sin and destroy your spiritual life:
"And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee. It is better for thee having one eye to enter into life, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire" (Matthew 18:9).
The Shepherds and their Sheep must seek the Good News of the Gospels and Holy Scriptures for their spiritual food and to give strength to their souls:
"All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice. That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In the above verses we should note the approval the Lord gives to using the Scriptures for the good of the souls of your brothers and sisters. Many Shepherds today do not obtain holiness because they do not truly know Jesus. They do not see Him in the poor, the lame, and those who suffer. They preach the Word of God with false emotion and their eyes are not upon the Lord. They are preoccupied with their own security and concern themselves with the opinions of men, rather than seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When the "poor in spirit" cry out for help, these Shepherds refuse to come to their aid because they place the "business" of the Church first. In their foolishness, they know not where to find Christ:
"Then he shall answer them, saying: 'Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me" (Matthew 25:45).
These Shepherds know God's Will but do not act upon it, and to them will come a greater punishment:
"And that servant who knew the will of his lord and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required; and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more" (Luke 12:47-48).
To grow in holiness requires that you pray with your whole being; that is, to pray from your heart. Many falsely believe that the numbers of prayers they say will move the Lord to answer their petitions. But one prayer, if said with humility and sincerity, is more powerful before God than dozens of prayers said with pretense or to achieve a personal "goal."
You do not impress the Lord with the movements of your lips, but with the movement of your heart. Should the Spirit prompt you to pray for long periods of time, pray with simplicity and open yourself up to the Lord. Listen for the quiet Voice of the Lord and allow Him to touch your soul and heal you. For the human soul is in need of constant healing and this can only be done by Jesus. Remember to first prepare your soul for prayer by setting aside your daily cares and worries (as much as you are able) and then go into your prayers. But always with your whole being; your whole heart.
When you experience peace to the degree that temptations and personal sufferings allow, you will know your prayer has borne fruit. At times, this peace of soul will come at a later time or the Lord may test your faithfulness with periods of spiritual dryness, but be strong and persevere. For all solutions to our problems, even the ones that seem impossible, come through prayer. Do not waver in the work you do for the Lord and do not think that you accomplish so little in comparision to others:
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast and unmoveable; always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
When you begin to feel weak and have lost the courage to continue to do the work the Lord has called you to, remember the courage of Esther, who risked her own life to plead for the Jews as a plot was underway to kill all the Jews in the Persian Empire. For to see the King without being summoned was to be killed, unless you were able to win his favor upon your appearance before him. But because Esther had faith and trusted in the Lord, the Jews were saved from certain death and were given the power to destroy their enemies - all this from the courage of one woman:
"Go, and gather together all the Jews whom thou shalt find in Susan, and pray ye for me. Neither eat nor drink for three days and three nights and I with my handmaids will fast in like manner, and then I will go in to the king, against the law, not being called, and expose myself to death and to danger"
The good Shepherds know many of their Sheep are attached to things of the world. And they plead for them before the Lord Jesus, who is their King. They know they must plead for them or their Sheep will certainly die in their sins through the work of Satan, the Enemy of the Church.
Twelfth Message: "Extinguish Not The Spirit"
Faith, hope and love make up the foundation of true spirituality, and we know that love is the greatest of these things. But there are many in today's Church who say they love God and their brothers and sisters, but their words are empty, for they do not truly love the Lord's Church. There are many smug Shepherds who give their Sheep poor example by telling Almighty God that they do not need His Gifts.
These Shepherds say: "We are good as we are," and they laugh at or regard with suspicion those whom the Holy Spirit has given Gifts to be used for the good of the Church. Thus, these Shepherds place themselves above the Lord, who gives these gifts to build up the Church. These proud Shepherds stifle the Holy Spirit and yet consider themselves worthy to represent the Church:
"Follow after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts"
(1 Corinthians 14:1).
"So you also, for as much as you are zealous of spirits, seek to abound unto the edifying of the church" (1 Corinthians 14:12).
"Extinguish not the spirit. Despise not prophecies" (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20).
"John answered, saying unto all: 'I indeed baptize you with water, but there shall come one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to loose; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire'" (Luke 3:16).
"And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire and it sat upon everyone of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they began to speak with divers (various) tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak" (Acts 2:1-4).
"While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word. And the faithful of the circumcision who came with Peter were astonished, for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles (others) also. For they heard them speaking with tongues and magnifying God. Then Peter answered: 'Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?' And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 10:44-48).
Many in today's Church put aside the Gifts of the Spirit and are especially fearful of the Gift of tongues, for they lack understanding concerning Paul's teaching on the misuse of this Gift:
"I thank my God I speak with all your tongues. But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue" (1 Corinthinans 14:18-19).
Those who live by God's Word know that those who with full knowledge refuse the Baptism of the Spirit of God and do not desire His Gifts, do not truly love the Church and therefore do not truly love God.
Thirteenth Message: "Thou Shalt Not Take The Name Of The Lord Thy God In Vain"
There are many forms of evil in today's churches, but two great evils especially arouse the anger of Almighty God. The first of these great evils is using the Name of the Lord in vain. For those who truly love the Lord would never, during idle talk or in a fit of anger, take His Holy Name in vain, for they would not wish to offend the One that they love above all else. But many of the Sheep, even in the presence of their own children, use God's Holy Name for evil purposes. And because many lax Shepherds who do not know their Sheep, remain silent to this great evil, even the very young follow the example of their elders and show no respect for the Name of their Creator. The Lord does not ask us, he Commands us not to misuse His Holy Name:
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for he shall not be unpunished that taketh his name upon a vain thing" (Deuteronomy 5:11).
But there are others within the Churches who also use the Name of Jesus for evil purposes and they are the modern day Scribes and Pharisees. Their "knowledge" of Scripture is not taught to them by the Spirit of God and they find pleasure in using the Church to satisfy their own worldly ambitions. Filled with pride, they claim obedience to the Church, but recognize no authority but their own sense of "justice."
These hypocrites offer prayers and make their petitions known, but in the sight of others. For they love to be recognized and to be considered "righteous." But the Lord sees their evil intentions:
"Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchers, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones and of all filthiness. So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity" (Matthew 23:27-28).
Those who live by God's Word know that there are many pretenders in today's Churches and they are not admonished or corrected by many weak Shepherds who love the approval of men. But when the Lord's punishment comes upon them, these unfaithful Shepherds will regret their sins - but for some it will be too late:
"'I (Judas) have sinned in betraying innocent blood.' But they said: 'What is that to us? Look thou to it.' And casting down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed, and went and hanged himself with an halter" (Matthew 27:4-5).
Still others in today's Church follow another "Jesus," one who differs from the true Jesus found in the Gospels and Holy Scripture. And they also misuse God's Holy Name, but again, the Lord knows the intentions of the heart:
"Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day: 'Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?' And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, you that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23).
Those who misuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit and attempt to gain advantage over others or puff themselves up, shall face a great judgment. And those arrogant souls who love to be honored will even lose the respect of those they sought to impress:
"Before destruction the heart of a man is exalted and before he be glorified, it is humbled"
"That which the wicked feareth shall come upon him; to the just their desire shall be given" (Proverbs 10:24).
I hope the good Shepherds, and others who love the Church will especially study and act upon this "Message." For many in today's churches who call themselves "Christians" disgrace the Lord's Holy Name and commit all sorts of evil. And because these false Christians give poor example to others by their sinful behavior, and because they refuse to repent and turn again to the Lord, they have angered the Lord, and are promised a severe judgment:
"They profaned my holy name by the abominations which they committed; for which reason I consumed them in my wrath"
And for the nations who call themselves "Christian," do not think they will be spared God's punishment without prayer and repentance that is sincere in the eyes of the Lord:
"They have sought me that before asked not for me, they have found me that sought me not. I said: 'Behold me, behold me, to a nation that did not call upon my name. I have spread forth my hands (the Lord has given many blessings to His people) all the day to an unbelieving people, who walk in a way that is not good after their own thoughts. A people that continually provoke me to anger before my face'" (Isaias 65:1-3).
Fourteenth Message: "The Sabbath Was Made For Man, And Not Man For The Sabbath"
The second of the great evils in today's Churches which especially arouses the anger of Almighty God is that the Christian Sabbath is no longer kept holy. For many who call themselves "Christian" follow the path of unbelievers who use Sundays to indulge in selfish pleasure that pulls them away from the "spiritual rest" their Creator would give to them. They have forgotten God's Word for the Sabbath:
"There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, the same also hath rested from his works, as God did from his. Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest lest any man fall into the same example of unbelief" (Hebrews 4:9-11).
The "unbelief" mentioned here refers to those who came out of Egypt under Moses, who because of their sins fell down dead in the desert, and because of their lack of faith did not enter into God's rest. For they heard the Messages, that is, God's Word, but It did them no good, because when they heard It they did not accept It with faith. And turning away from the Living God, they invited His wrath:
"Forty years long was I offended with that generation and I said: 'These always err in heart.' And these men have not known my ways, so I swore in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest" (Psalm 94:10-11).
Now, for those who do not lose faith in Christ, there is a spiritual rest He gives to all who seek Him:
"Come to me, all you that labor and are burdened and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you and learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light"
(Matthew 11: 28-30).
Many Shepherds in today's Church refuse to answer the call of Jesus and receive His rest, because they are preoccupied with their own ambitions and activities which they place ahead of the time they should spend with the Savior of the World. Therefore, because they do not give Christ first place in their daily lives, they are not able to fully enter into His rest on that special Day of grace the Lord has set for those who seek Him.
These unfaithful Shepherds do not dedicate the entire Christian Sabbath to the Lord; nor do they ask it of their Sheep. For those of their Sheep who conduct business and do unnecessary work on Sunday, receive no admonishment from these weak Shepherds. These Shepherds do not fear Almighty God because they disobey what He Commands them to do.
Many Shepherds even set the times for community worship, praise, and thanksgiving, for their own convenience, and to suit those of their Sheep who profane the Lord's Day by their participation in, and their viewing of, worldly amusements and games. The things designed by Satan to entertain and distract the Sheep and thus prevent them from receiving the spiritual rest that God would give to them. For Christians, Sunday is not to be a day of "rest" as provided by the things of the world, but Sunday is to be a day of rest as provided by the Things of the Spirit:
"I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet"
And no other day of the week should be used as a substitute in place of that special day of grace, the time the Lord has set for Christians to receive the "Sabbath" rest. For as the Sabbath rest prepares God's people for eternal rest, the time prior to Sunday worship must be used to prepare your soul, so that you may receive the spiritual rest the Lord would give to you on His Day:
"The Lord said to him: 'Lo, now will I come to thee in the darkness of a cloud that the people may hear me speaking to thee and may believe thee for ever.' And Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. And he said to him: 'Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments. And let them be ready against the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai" (Exodus 19:9-11).
"And when evening was now come, (because it was the Parasceve, that is the day before the sabbath). Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and begged (for) the body of Jesus" (Mark 15:42-43).
The above verses show the reverence Jewish believers had for the Sabbath, for even the work of preparing the Body of Jesus for burial was done the day before and not on that Holy Day. In addition, the eve of Passover and the Sabbath was called by Grecian Jews the "Parasceve" ("the preparation"). And to the Temple on the eve of Passover and Day of Atonement, came Jews to confess their sins to priests - they were also days of fasting, and prayer.
For Christians, preparation for the Lord's Day follows that "tradition" and is of grave importance for those who seek spiritual growth and seek to deepen their relationship with the Lord.
See pages 318-324 of the book: "How Christ Said The First Mass," by Father James L. Meagher, D.D., published by Tan Books And Publishers, Inc. - Rockford, Illinois 61105.
"It is the part of man to prepare the soul, and of the Lord to govern the tongue" (Proverbs 16:1).
As previously mentioned, in today's Church there are those, because they are misguided or have lost faith in Christ, who would build a different Church - a Church built to please man. And this "new structure" would replace the Church built upon the Cross of Christ. This strange structure, which is even now being built to serve those who are of the world, has many "workers" and they come from all parts of the Church:
"As we said before, so now I say again: 'If any one preach to you a gospel besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.' For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:9-10).
Strong words from the Apostle Paul, a man who in the Church of today would be considered "judgmental" by many weak Shepherds. For many unfaithful Shepherds already preach a different gospel. These Shepherds do not live like loyal soldiers for Christ, but rather, they live soft, comfortable lives in the manner of a betrayer:
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus. And the things which thou hast heard of me by many witnesses, the same commend to faithful men who shall be fit to teach others also. Labor as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No man, being a soldier to God, entangleth himself with secular businesses; that he may please him (Almighty God) to whom he hath engaged himself" (2 Timothy 2:1-4).
The Shepherds and their Sheep who practice disobedience should learn again Almighty God's Commandment for the Sabbath:
"Observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee. Six days shalt thou labor and shalt do all thy works. The seventh is the day of the sabbath, that is, the rest of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not do any work therein, thou, nor thy son nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy ox, nor thy ass, nor any of thy beasts, nor the stranger that is within thy gates; that thy man servant and thy maid servant may rest, even as thyself" (Deuteronomy 5:12-14).
And for the many Shepherds who preach a "comfortable" faith made convenient for their own purposes and for the convenience of the Sheep entrusted to them, and those Shepherds who by their silence give approval for the Sheep to use the Lord's Day to conduct business and do unnecessary work or to participate in selfish pleasure, let them read again these Words of Jesus:
"And he said to them: 'The sabbath was made for man (to rest) and not man for the sabbath'" (to misuse It).
Those Shepherds who fail to tell their Sheep of the punishment that awaits those who make the Christian Sabbath unholy have also forgotten the lesson our Lord gave Israel:
"And I rebuked the chief men of Juda, and said to them: 'What is this evil thing that you are doing, profaning the sabbath day? Did not our fathers do these things and our God brought all this evil upon us and upon this city? And you bring more wrath upon Israel by violating the sabbath'" (2 Esdras 13:17-18).
Good Shepherds and others who love the Church! Christians must give Sunday back to the Lord!
FINAL WARNINGS& REASONS TO HAVE HOPE
"HE THAT HATH AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH TO THE CHURCHES"
For the many proud Shepherds who glory in their "wisdom" and work to establish their own "kingdoms" and to those who place themselves above God's Word for their own souls, let them learn humility from Mary, the Mother of Jesus:
"Because he that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generations unto generations to them that fear him. He hath showed might in his arm, he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble" (Luke 1:49-52).
Let all who profess to love the Church take seriously the grave warning given to each of the seven churches in Chapter Three of the Apocalypse, for this same warning is given to today's churches:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches."
Praise be to the Most Holy Trinity! An obedient servant of the Lord,
Vincent T. Bemowski
SOME WILL IGNORE THE MESSAGES
We know there are those who will not act upon these Messages because they lack faith. They will continue to waste time at the expense of the souls of the Sheep entrusted to them. And they will debate the authenticity of the truths revealed through these Messages because they place restrictions on the Lord's power. You will know them by their compromising words, as they rely on human knowledge and opinions and not the Highest Authority - the Word of God, as given through the Sacred Scriptures.
Even when they do search the Scriptures, because they do not know the Lord, these complacent Shepherds misuse and confuse God's Word. Lacking in spirituality, but not in pride, they consider their own interpretations of these times to be superior to Almighty God's Word as revealed through a servant of "low position" in the Church. Because their hearts have been hardened by the deceitfulness of sin, they have become stubborn and no longer recognize the Voice of the Lord and therefore ignore this warning:
"Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7).
"Behold I will bring in upon this city and upon all the cities thereof, all the evils that I have spoken against it because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words" (Jeremias 19:15).
HAVE COURAGE GOOD SHEPHERDS!
"And one of the ancients answered, and said to me: 'These that are clothed in white robes, who are they? And whence came they?' And I said to him: 'My Lord, thou knowest.' And he said to me: 'These are they who are come out of great tribulation and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb'" (Apocalypse 7:13-14).
"And they shall see his face and his name shall be on their foreheads. And, behold I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book" (Apocalypse 22:4,7).
The good Shepherds and others who love the Church know and recognize the Voice of the Lord. For that Voice is heard by all who seek His Wisdom. It comes to them through those they see and meet each day, for they place no restrictions on the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. They know of the peace that quietly comes upon their soul when they are touched by the Spirit of God who is the Spirit of Truth, and for them the joy of serving the Lord represents true happiness.
Have courage good Shepherds. For although the punishment coming from the hand of the Lord (who is Just) will take place: "For it shall surely come" (see Habacuc 2:3), because of the great evil that exists in the world today, and because of the sin that exists within the Churches, the Lord will help you and give you strength to change His Church. In the place the Lord has set for you, begin now to change the hearts of the Sheep entrusted to you. Be firm, have faith, and rely upon the Lord, and he will fill you with His power to do the work that must be done to lessen the degree of the chastisement that is slowly coming upon mankind:
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us who believe according to the operation of the might of his power. Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead and setting him on his right hand in the heavenly places. Above all principality and power, and virtue and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. And he hath subjected all things under his feet and hath made him head over all the church. Which is his body and the fullness of him who is filled all in all"
Good Shepherds and others who love the Church. Do not be afraid, for He, who is the one True God, will give you courage and His power will crush those who make themselves gods upon this earth and they will not succeed in their plans:
"I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God. Who is like to me? Let him call and declare and let him set before me the order, since I appointed the ancient people and the things to come and that shall be hereafter, let them show unto them. Fear ye not, neither be ye troubled, from that time I have made thee to hear and have declared; you are my witnesses. Is there a God besides me, a maker, whom I have not known?" (Isaias 44:6-8).
FINAL PAGE OF THE BOOKLET
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven, and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with much power and majesty. And He shall send His angels with a trumpet and a great voice, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the Heavens to the utmost bounds of them" (Matthew 24:30-31).
Please note: This booklet is no longer in print, not only because of the lack of additional funds available to this writer, but also because it may no longer be necessary since it is now published on this website. I consider it is a blessing to have the opportunity to release my booklet's contents on this website where it's Messages can be shared with many people in various parts of the world, and be of benefit to many souls this writer would not otherwise have been able to reach.
Thank you for taking the time to read and study these Messages.
God bless you,
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