a prophetic novel by Michael H Brown
A coming sign? Events by a sinister personage? Disaster? In his first work of
fiction, Brown pens the driving, suspenseful, and deeply spiritual story of
a mysterious government property that harbors secrets relevant not only to a
young cop who tries to investigate strange goings-on, but also to an equally
mysterious and incredibly powerful old priest who joins forces with him to solve
the mystery -- and try to prevent an end-times-like disaster!
MUSLIMS MUST ATONE BEFORE MOSQUE IS BUILT AT WTC, WHERE MIRACLES WERE THOSE OF JESUS
It is one thing to respect religious freedom and to nurture relations between all God's people and everyone, but it is also wrong to forget that two huge buildings fell in New York due to religious extremism built on hatred.
That extremism came not from Christians or Hindus or Buddhists, but from militant Muslims, and before any Muslim center is built in the shadows of "Ground Zero," Muslims need to atone for what occurred nine years ago next month.
However much most Muslims disdain the actions of radicals (and most do), it is a simple fact that a great tragedy costing innocent lives and untold psychological trauma was done in the name of Islam. The center is planned at the site of a building that in fact sustained damage during the attacks (when the landing gear assembly of one plane fell onto it).
The Cordoba House, as it would be known, "was supposed to be a monument to religious tolerance, an homage to the city in Spain where Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together centuries ago in the midst of religious foment," says The New York Times.
This is laudable. It is essential. There should be no knee-jerk reactions to that aspect. Do they have a legal right? They do.
But meanwhile, New York City authorities have dragged their feet in approving a Christian building, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church -- which was destroyed on 9/11 by the collapse of the Twin Towers. It has spent nine long years trying to get building permits.
How about a Christian center?
For it was Jesus Who was witnessed -- His intervention -- by many of those who miraculously survived the disaster.
He was even seen (allegedly) by one surviving broker as a apparition.
Other Christians heard voices that guided them to safety. And before September 11 were a good number of Catholics who had premonitions or were miraculously kept away that fateful morning (or prepared for it).
On September 11, a man named Ron DiFrancesco who worked for Euro Brokers in the south tower at the World Trade Center found himself in a horrifying struggle to find his way down and away from the searing flames that would soon collapse the structure after the terrorists' plane struck just below Euro's offices.
Blocked from descending by a collapsed wall, a number of others were stretched face-down on the floor, crying and gasping for air, but something remarkable had occurred to DiFrancesco. "Someone told me to get up," he says. Someone "called" him. The voice was male and insistent but belonged to no human. "Get up!" it said.
DiFrancesco did, with the sensation that someone or something was helping him up ("Hey! You can do this," he swears he heard), and this terrified man was led to the stairs -- where he saw a point of light, followed it, fought his way through drywall and other debris, and was directed through flames that normally would have stopped him.
DiFrancesco descended to safety moments before the skyscraper fell, one of just four people who survived from the 84th floor or above.
These and other accounts are in a book called The Third Man Factor (by John Geiger with Vincent Lam).
Afterwards, debris fell into the shape of a Cross (those two famous beams, a sign if ever there are signs), and clouds or lights shaped like crosses were also spotted in association with the towers.
Considering how many worked in those two buildings and surrounding structures, it's a miracle many more did not die. But seldom is there talk of a monument to the Lord's intervention -- nor assurance that those two beams will be permanently allowed there.
There was also a mysterious trumpet player spotted in the days after the tragedy, which many felt was the Archangel Gabriel.
If so, we can find common ground here -- with Gabriel -- with Muslims. We should always do that. We are called to love Muslims. It is crucial to do this -- critical. They too believe in the archangels. They honor the Blessed Mother. Jesus loves them. There is no place for hatred.
But to always cow-tow to other religions while ignoring Christianity is beyond unfair and inches toward the realm of persecution. Would a president have okayed a Catholic center at Ground Zero if Catholics had engineered the destruction? Would Mayor Bloomberg?
At the least, those behind the Muslim center should lead in the public atonement.
[resources: The Best of Spirit Daily, Michael Brown retreat, Wisconsin: your mission in life, how God will see you, and Retreat in Connecticut]
[See also: the angel at Ground Zero and Mr. President: what about other faiths?]
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