4 January 2022

Yesterday afternoon I sat down and listed what has to happen this month. Four pages later I gave up. We have had time in the mountains with Kea’s mother, but we have returned to the city.

Time to get on with it. I’d rather sit in a corner with a pile of books on my e reader and music going. I’d rather watch the cool of the morning, and walk the dogs early.

But we have to move down the path we are on.

Haggai 1:1-15

1 In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, 2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘This people says, “The time has not come, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.” ’ ” 3 Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?” 5 Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! 6 You have sown much, but harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but no one is warm enough; and he who earns, earns wages to put into a purse with holes.”

7 Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the Lord. 9 “You look for much, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of hosts, “Because of My house which lies desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on men, on cattle, and on all the labor of your hands.”
12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him. And the people showed reverence for the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke by the commission of the Lord to the people saying, “ ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month in the second year of Darius the king.

Revelation 2:18-29

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:
19 ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of One early ms reads theirher deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

From this, I take two things.

Firstly, that we need to support the church. No argument there, but my question is what is the church right now. I’m aware that for the dissident Catholics, the answer is fairly easy — though tithing to an underground church is a challenge. On both sides of the Tiber the official branches of the church have folded to the governmental demands that we use passports “for our health” like a cheap umbrella. I smell a pinch of incense burned to Caesar.

Locally, there is limited refuge for my papist brothers: one Latin Mass in my town, none other in my province. On my side of the Tiber there are churches that will let us worship, there are churches that will not discriminate, but these are finding that their pastors are being hunted down.

We are walking slowly, seeking discernment. We are also not funding those who have fallen into convergence with the false, evil worldly system.

Secondly, we need to seek holiness. Holiness is not spirituality: wise women are very suspicious of any of their sex who put themselves forward as perfect or as spiritual teachers. There is a pride in spiritual progression that is damning. All men know how easy it is to justify sin in their life while judging it in others. John is writing as the Gnostics were beginning to make the gospel esoteric. We are not to do this.

A child can understand the gospel, but no one understands the gnostics, from the ancient times or from ours. In my experience, spirituality is cheap and praised by this world, but holiness costs, and the world fears it.

For Christ was holy. The world feared him, for they knew that he will retunr to judge them, alive or dead.

Again, seek discernment. You will not find it in the teaching of this world.