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RANDOM NOTES: FROM KENNEDY AND DEALEY PLAZA TO RUMBLINGS AND SIGNS OF OUR TIME
We had an excellent retreat in Dallas last weekend that raised a number of issues, the first of which had to do with the late U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. Visiting the precise place he died and praying there as well as up on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository -- at the spot from which the assassin, L. Harvey Oswald, unleashed his rifle -- was an experience that left a feeling of marked eerie spiritual heaviness. There remains the residue of sinister mystery: was there really a lone gunman who killed the nation's first and only Catholic president, and if so, why did he do it (and have we actually come to terms with the "grassy knoll")? There seems to be too much speculation on both sides. A mystery it will remain, for our lifetimes. Years ago, we broke a story about the many rumors that whatever his transgressions, JFK had his Confession heard and attended a private Mass just before his assassination (the article is here). Afterward a number of seemingly credible people e-mailed us from various places especially D.C. claiming that it was true; some had what seemed like first-hand knowledge. We do know that JFK's mother was an extremely devout Catholic and that from what Archbishop Philip Hannan, a Kennedy friend, told us, John maintained Catholic practices when he could, at least as far as the sacraments, and quietly planned to visit the shrine of Guadalupe (with Archbishop Hannan's help); brother Bobby died with a rosary in his hands.
In Dallas are some interesting buildings. One large, lavish structure belongs to a Masonic lodge. Another, ironically, is a replica of the White House. This I was actually inside back in 1994, when -- as unlikely as it seems -- I was invited to appear on TBN (for "Trinity Broadcasting," the largest Christian network on earth) to speak about The Final Hour -- a book to do with the Blessed Mother's apparitions! I was taken there from my hotel in a limo and sat next to a firebrand Protestant preacher named John Hagee who was also appearing and with whom I had a friendly but fairly intense debate (to do with the Blessed Mother) on the way over. I have never seen such an ornate building, complete with exotic lush rugs, antique furniture, and a room exactly like the Oval Office (it certainly raised questions about how ministries spend their money), and the most sophisticated television studio I have ever seen, not only beyond anything else in religious broadcasting but also even larger and newer than what I have seen in ABC or NBC studios in New York (including Rockefeller Center). Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, it also has studio facilities located in Hendersonville, Tennessee; Gadsden, Alabama; Decatur, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Orlando, Florida; and New York City! However much we disagree on certain things, I gave them credit for letting me speak about Mary.
At the retreat, during the prophetic aspect, the discussion was about "rumblings." In the "1990 prophecy" that we have often mentioned, there is the enigmatic line, "In the period [of chastisement] also will be a warning that involves not fire from the sky but fear of fire from the sky, and strange loud rumblings." If worthy of discernment, the question becomes: is this prophecy, this part of a "locution," referring to unknown sounds or actual tremors and quakes like what was just experienced in beleaguered Japan (where, we suppose, the radiation might be interpreted as akin to "fire"; there certainly is fear of it)? Strange, unexplained rumblings were heard just two weeks ago along the north-central coast of Florida and have been reported around the world and across the U.S. in recent years: from California to Maryland, from Maine to Michigan. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, WANE-TV had a story headlined "Mysterious boom has returned" a couple years back and quoted a woman who said, "You can't describe it. You think you're in a war." In Baltimore one was accompanied by a flash of unknown light (it apparently was not lightning). Officials often try to explain the sounds as sonic booms, meteorites, or faulty sewer lines (since there are no seismic readings). Are they signs? "For the last two nights of heavy rain in Atlanta there has been constant rumble and low roar punctuated by heavier booms of thunder," wrote Katie Sloan Jurado of Duluth, Georgia, just recently. "It's like being at a railroad crossing of a never ending heavy trailer loads with periodic crashes and splashes of lightning. It is non-stop. One friend described it as coming from the bowels of the earth not from the sky." We note the number of times that rumblings are mentioned in Revelation (see chapters four, eight, and eleven) or how in Job (37:1-3] it says that God speaks with a rumbling [send us your accounts and ask those in your online social network to do the same, please]. A scientist at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Observatory says that one of the great crustal plates is cracking in two just south of the Indian Ocean. What does that portend? We must say, two great tsunamis plus massive quakes in Haiti, Chile, and New Zealand in just a few years should grant us pause. It was mystic Maria Esperanza who once said that the earth's core is "not in balance."
Our mailbag has been fairly
brimming with those who attempt to place current events -- especially the Mideast and Japan -- in the context of the prophetic, and
we believe they do belong
there, perhaps as precursors ("forewarnings"). Many wonder if
the sun will have a major role in events. Is solar
activity responsible for more than meteorological and geophysical activity [see
here]? It's blog fare. "As the flares increase and the sun
becomes more violent, expect greater violence on earth as some go mad,"
says one. "
The pattern is unmistakable. At key points during the solar
cycle -- from minimum to maximum activity -- the geomagnetic field begins
to intensify as it comes under bombardment. The triggers are when the
activity is accelerating towards the peak, or dropping down towards the
minimum. Much research during the following 70 years has shown that the
magnetic field interaction with human's electrochemically driven brains
also effects deep-rooted psychological mechanisms including creating
anomalous hormonal swings and even significantly mutated brainwave
activity. The magnetic monster initiates a general mass hysteria and a
degree of uncontrollable psychosis. In other words, the world goes mad."
March -- magnetic -- madness? We have to be careful with all the theories
floating out there, and the way we all can employ statistical
correlations. Suffice it to say there are many mysteries in our time, and
that they will expand. It is also interesting to note that those who dare
mention that disasters may be a sign from God are immediately forced to
apologize, as happened when the governor of Tokyo said precisely this
(calling it "Divine punishment," or tembatsu) or when such also
occurred when the same was proclaimed (by the mayor of New Orleans, and a
Mississippi politician) in the wake of "Katrina" (which means
"purification"; the previous great quake in Japan, in 1995, was
at Kobe, which means "doorway to God"). Also somewhat frustrating: the many who lump anything
prophetic in with end-of-the-world prophecies (when, as an example, the
1990 prophecy said the world will not end but change).
We are asked about a seer in Brazil who specifically mentioned "Akita" (the Japanese apparition site) a month before the devastating quake (saying there would be sorrow there, and indeed it was a statue at Akita that shed tears 101 times; the tears there were specifically explained as being due to sin). Although this seer is prone to mentioning many, many places, it was interesting that he would cite Akita by name, as he also did Chile and a Portuguese island (Madeira) before destructive events there. Despise not prophecy, but neither become too immersed in the words of any such. Take what is good; leave the rest. It is usually the underlying sense -- not the specificity -- that plays out in real time. And the sense is of tumult -- in society as well as nature. We see it all around us. It is a time of "illumination": we are seeing evil exposed; what is rotten will fall. It has happened within religions and will expand through society at large.
End notes. What we mainly need to concern ourselves with is our own purification -- and protection. In this spirit, we will be releasing this week a booklet we compiled here at Spirit Daily on healing the "family tree."
-- Michael H. Brown
[resources: Secrets of the Eucharist, Tower of Light and The Last Secret]
[Note: audio of retreat will be available soon]
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