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Will You Help Us Research?

Overwhelming! That is a word that describes how we feel about the Old Testament being a complete prefigurement of Catholic Church history. Overwhelming, because there is so much to discover and document. Overwhelming because the responsibility that accompanies such a great gift is very large. Overwhelming because every mistake, shortcut or deficiency in wording or presentation might be the cause for someone to reject these amazing parallels.

We are overwhelmed, but at the same time we are completely satisfied and excited to be working on such a momentous project… however inadequate and unequal we are to the task at hand. Discovering the breathtaking way that the whole history of the Catholic Church is prefigured by the whole history of Israel in the Old Testament has become the mission of our lives.

We first became aware of the parallels between the Old Testament and the History of the Catholic Church around February 11th, 2016. Since then, we have devoted our time and attention to discovering just how much of the History of the Catholic Church was actually prefigured in by the Old Testament. We are amazed to discover that all of it was prefigured!

Since the History of the Catholic Church is not a short or simple history, and since the Old Testament is likewise very rich in detail… then there is a lot of work to do. This is why we need your help! Will you help us research and discover the parallels between the Old Testament and Church History?

We can promise that this is the endeavor of a lifetime! If you are interested, please email us at ‘Maccabeanuprising@gmail.com’. Let us know if you have any specific areas of interest OR, we can give you the areas of history that have the least amount of parallels discovered. We’ll also give you some tips and pointers that have helped us so far, along with any other relevant information. We can brainstorm together via email… and we can piece together more and more, the details of this amazing act of God.

We really do need your help. We are not historians, nor Biblical scholars. We are very limited by the amount and type of our education. In more capable hands, these parallels could reach a new height of glory given to God! Please consider helping us research.

Maccabeanuprising@gmail.com

Porta Coeli

Hello Faithful Catholics!

It’s not my intention to use this blog spot as a place to tell personal stories.  However, this one is relevant.

Today, it seems that Catholics who love the Church are in ‘a bit’ of a trap.  Today, the Vatican is doing things that it’s not supposed to do, and a lot of Catholics are wondering how to make sense of it.  This blog spot, and this website in general are dedicated to demonstrating the way that the Old Testament parallels the history of the Catholic Church, even in chronological order.  It is our hope that this website, through the use of this amazing parallel, will show how our current Church crisis is vividly prefigured in the Books of the Maccabees.. and also, what that implies for us today.

But, the demonstration of the complete parallels between Church history and the Old Testament aren’t sufficient in themselves.  Our Lady is the real key, the real solution and our real hope.  Here is a story, a true story, about my honeymoon in Rome.  Our Lady taught me a lesson.  She taught me that she is the door to Heaven, and the way out of Satan’s trap!

Roman Honeymoon

My wife and I were married on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  At Lourdes, the year before, Our Lady turned us around and pointed us back towards God and His Church.  We went to Rome for our honeymoon, and while we were there, we took in the history of our Church.  We were young, and wanted to walk everywhere, so as not to miss anything of the Eternal City.  We weren’t prepared for just how far of a walk the Catacombs were from our hotel.  My wife was a good sport, but her limits were being pushed (a pattern that would continue throughout our marriage).

The golden Roman sun was warming us as we walked for hours to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian.  I had a map, (this was before the days of cell phones and GPS), and was trying to take the most direct route possible.  We entered a narrow road, and were treated by new scenery.  We were walking down a very long and beautiful Italian garden, with landscaped trees and bushes, statues of Saints and the thought that we were almost to our destination.  We were giddy to be in Rome, and to be newly married.  Despite our giddiness, my wife was getting tired, and her feet hurt… not to mention that she had to use the restroom.  But, I consoled her that we were almost there.

As we walked down the long and narrow road to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, we both noticed that a fence appeared to our left and to our right.  My instincts took notice, because I realized that the fence didn’t have any way through.  We were forced to either continue on straight ahead, or go back.  But, I wasn’t alarmed, because we were almost there… and the Catacombs should be straight ahead.

The Honeymoon is Over

My wife’s problems were approaching a critical point, and she needed some facilities, and a place to rest her tired feet.  The walk to the Catacombs was longer than I expected.  We finally reached the end.  Little did we know that it wasn’t just the end, but it was a dead end!  The fences that accompanied us on our left and on our right came together in front of us.  We were trapped!  Upon realizing this, my wife understandably became upset, and I didn’t have a plan.  The only solution that I could think of was to go back the long way, and get around the fence.  However, I wasn’t brave enough to suggest this.  At this dead end, however, there was one thing that gave us hope.

Enclosed in a corner of our little trap, was a most beautiful grotto for Our Blessed Mother.  I suggested to my wife that we should kneel down and pray a rosary, for no other reason than just to present ourselves to Our Lady.  I didn’t know what to expect, because, like I said, I had no plan.  We both calmed down and prayed the rosary.  Immediately after we finished, a car pulled up to the gate (that we didn’t even realize was there) at the dead end of the fence.  A driver got out, went over to a keypad and opened the gate.   We ran over and waved our arms at the driver, who immediately understood, and let us through the gate.

We were both elated!  We made it out of the dead end, out of the trap.  We walked through the gate, and immediately after we got through, we could see the entrance to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian.  My wife had access to a restroom and a place to rest her tired feet.

The Lesson We Learned

We were on our way to the Catacombs, which is where the Saints and Martyrs reside.  We genuinley wanted to reach the Catacombs, but we were seduced by what looked like a short cut.  However, it turned out to be a dead end, and it demoralized us when we realized we had no way out.  Our Lady opened to door (that we didn’t even know was there), and upon walking through the door, we were greeted by the Saints and Martyrs in the catacombs, and rest for our weary bodies.

Our Lady taught me that She can open the door to Heaven for us… for Heaven is where the Saints and Martyrs reside.  Satan has laid a trap for us, and we walked right into it.  It might look hopeless now, but go to Our Lady, pray Her rosary daily, wear Her scapular and have the most tender affection for Our Blessed Mother.  She will open the gate of Heaven for Her children.  She will show us the way out of this trap, this dead end.  Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us!

-DC

Catacomb of Saint Sebastian

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Gate at the Ingresso Catacombe di S. Callisto (near the entrance of the Catacomb of St. Sebastian)

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Why “The Golden Sword”?

Hello Faithful Catholics!

The tagline for this website it taken from 1 Maccabees 2:20, I and my sons, and my brethren will obey the law of our fathers.  These words were spoken by the old priest, Mathathias, who was the only one to stand up against the evil that was being forced on the faithful Jews in Jerusalem, and in the surrounding area.  The Greeks were in charge in Judea, after Alexander the Great conquered the entire ancient world.  The ancient world was being Hellenized (adopting Greek customs and beliefs), and a large portion of Jews didn’t want to fall behind the times.  The showdown would come a bit later when Antiochus, the Greek king, sought to impose modern Greek customs and religion on all the Jews.  Antiochus was almost successful in his attempt, but God would not allow His people to be completely wiped out.

Where is the Golden Sword in the Old Testament

So, why the name “The Golden Sword”?  This whole website and the whole endeavor of the Maccabean Uprising project, is to demonstrate the astonishing parallels between the Old Testament and the actual history of the Catholic Church.  The name ‘Maccabean Uprising’ is taken from the very end of the historical books of the Old Testament.  The Books of 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees tell the same story of what happened to the Jews in the last Biblically recorded events before the First Coming of Christ.  It is in those Books that the story is told of the evil Antiochus IV Epiphances and the Maccabees, the faithful Jews who resisted him.  This is the story of how the Jews had their Temple taken over from the inside, and fought hard to bring the true Jewish religion back to the people.

The leader of the Jewish rebellion was Judas Maccabeus.  After his father Mathathias died, Judas became leader of the Maccabees.  Judas fought back against Antiochus, and his successors.  The Maccabees kept the Jewish religion alive in Judea, even if it was only a small remnant at first.

Before a very important battle, the Prophet Jeremiah appeared to Judas Maccabeus in a dream, and gave him a golden sword.  In 2 Maccabees 15:16, Jeremiah the prophet said “Take this holy sword a gift from God, wherewith thou shalt overthrow the adversaries of my people Israel.”

What Does it Mean in the New Testament

Like everything else in the Old Testament, the reference to the Golden Sword of Judas Maccabeus has a parallel in the history of the Catholic Church.  However, I AM NOT CLAIMING THAT THIS BLOG IS THAT PARALLEL.  I am not yet aware of any parallel between the Old Testament Golden Sword and the history of the Catholic Church, but that is only because God hasn’t demonstrated it yet, and that is most likely because we haven’t had time to look into it yet.

But, none the less, the fact that the whole history of Israel in the Old Testament is one big prefigurement for the actual history of the Catholic Church, this in itself is a Golden Sword!  For, even though this entire historical prefigurement is jaw dropping, its application is somewhat limited,  unless it is applied to our current times, and then the rubber hits the road.  As Faithful Catholics know deep down in their guts…. the Catholic Church is the middle of a great crisis right now.  How do we make sense of what is going on?   Just last year, I was not able to see what was going on. There are so many differing opinions out there.  Who do you listen to?  My answer came when I was made aware of the parallels between the Old Testament and Church history.  We are in the same kind of crisis now that the Maccabees were, at the end of the Old Testament.  And, just to underscore this point.. the rest of the Old Testament parallels the rest of the Church history…  and they both lead up to the same period, the Takeover of Our Temple’.

Although this blog post is small one, it is a set up for what is to come.  God willing, this website will be like a Golden Sword.  Please stay tuned, and put your seat belts on, because there is a lot of information that is coming.  I don’t want to rush it, and do it wrong.  So, piece by piece, this site will put the ‘bricks of prefigurement’ in place, until the complete picture is constructed.  I warn you now, that it won’t be easy for some of us to accept.  But, I can promise you that we only strive to be in line with the teachings of the Holy, Roman, Catholic Church.  May Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, guide this endeavor and keep us from error.  And, may She protect us from Satan, and bring us all to Heaven.

-DC