Monday, November 28, 2011

Uriel, the 'forgotten' archangel

The story of Uriel, the 'forgotten' archangel

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November 27, 2011. ( Michael, Raphael and Gabriel are the archangels of the Latin Catholic tradition. But according to Coptic Christians of Eritrea and the Jewish tradition, there is yet another one: archangel Uriel.

Marcello Stanzione
Angel Expert (Rome)

“The fact is that the Coptic Christians of Ethiopia and Eritrea venerate archangel Uriel. Also, Anglicans. July 11 is his feast day. Uriel is an archangel, even if he's not recognized in our Catholics texts.”

According to apocryphal Gospels, Uriel helped save St. John the Baptist, from the slaughter ordered by Herod. According to another tradition, Uriel led John the Baptist, and his mother St. Elizabeth to Egypt.

This reportedly inspired Leonardo da Vinci to paint his famous piece titled “The Virgin of the Rocks.”
Priest Marcello Stanzione has collected all the documents that make reference to Uriel. He even wrote a book titled “Inchiesta su Uriele.
L'arcangelo scomparso,” meaning “An investigaion of Uriel, the lost archangel.

Marcello Stanzione
Angel Expert (Rome)

“In Rome, archangel Uriel appeared before the Sicilian priest Antonio Lo Duca and told him to build a church in the Termini area. That church is the famous church of the angels and the martyrs, located at the Exedra Plaza.”

According to Stanzione, the Sicilian priest then told pope Pius VI about the apparition. The pope then asked Michelangelo to design the church.

But despite all this, for many Catholics archangel Uriel is an unknown figure.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Ark of the Covenant and The Ark of Salvation « End Times Revelations

The Ark of the Covenant disappeared off of the pages of history by the time of the Babylonian Captivity. Nothing in the Bible is said about the Ark in the Old Testament after the return from Babylon. Thus, the Holy of Holies in the Second Temple was an empty chamber, without the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was so important in Israel from the time of Moses through the Judges and the First Temple era, that it seems remarkable that nothing is said of it in the Bible after the Babylonian Captivity, until the Letter to the Hebrews and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In Hebrews it is described as it was in the original Tabernacle made by Moses; and in Revelation, the Ark is seen by John in heaven. In neither case is the Ark mentioned as something that remains on the earth now.

There persists a legend that the Ark does exist on earth, but is hidden. A view that has predominated in rabbinic circles is that the Ark was hidden in a cave beneath the Temple Mount in the very heart of Israel. The theory goes that the priests hid the Ark beneath the Temple Mount, perhaps as early as during the time of King Josiah, since the coming prophesied invasion by the Babylonians was only a matter of time. By hiding the Ark and other Temple treasures, the priests felt that the priceless sacred articles could be protected from desecration by the pagan invaders. (Source)


Temple Mount in Jerusalem

The Ark of the Covenant is no longer on earth. Seraiah, the Second-in-Command to Archangel Michael, took the Ark of the Covenant from beneath the Temple Mount at Jerusalem in Israel and delivered it to Mount Zion, just as it was moved to Yahweh’s inner Sanctuay in olden times on earth, and now in the recent past.

1 Kings 6:19 “He prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple to put the ark of the LORD’s covenant there.”

The Ark of the Covenant: One example of Yahweh’s technological know-how

Can you see the Ark of the LORD’s covenant in the Sanctuary? Wrapped in the 8 of infinity. Drenched in the Sacred blood of Christ Jesus who paid the Ransom Sacrifice.

Yahweh and Christ are waiting

But it is returning minus the mercy seat and it is bearing the LAWS of YAHWEH.

Deuteronomy 31:26 “Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, so that it may remain there as a witness against you.

The Mercy Seat represents the mercy of Yahweh sparing His wrath because of the Ransom Sacrifice by Christ Jesus that typified the sacrifices offered under the Law of Moses. It is without the mercy seat because of Yahweh’s Covenant with Christ Jesus whom is settled into his kingship under Mother Israel, to establish His Righteous Kingdom on earth by crushing all those who oppose to His Reign. Yahweh is a God of LAWS. The Ark will be present for the WRATH to be administered because the evil people of this planet and those rebels in the spirt realm remain under LAW.

The kingdoms of this planet will be crushed

Revelation 11:19 “God’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His sanctuary. There were lightnings, rumblings, thunders, an earthquake, and severe hail.”

That first portion of the prophecy has now been fulfilled. The Sanctuary is now opened up to permit entrance of the sheep at the on-going first Rapture as Yahweh opens Mount Zion – the Sanctuary to receive those safely aboard the Rapture Vessel.

The second portion refers to the Bowls of Anger and the Great Earthquake that follows for the cup of Wrath to be administered at the time of Armageddon. All of the above involving the Wrath occurs after her Children are out of harms way. As with Lot, Father can do nothing to destroy those on this planet in final Judgment until those of Her flock are taken to safety. This judgment leaves no one standing but those that met out Her anger.

Revelation 19:11-21 “The Rider on a White HorseIt is no accident that these two Scriptural quotes have the same numbers in the Scriptures – but rearranged: 11:19-21 * 19:11-21.

The Cup of Wrath
The Bowls of Wrath (Revelation 16)

How does the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant correspond to the Ark Noah and his family found REFUGE and MERCY within?

Genesis 6:18 “But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives. A Covenant, an Ark. Offering Safety and the possibility of Salvation for eternal life.

1 Chronicles 17:1 “[ The LORD's Covenant with David ] When David had settled into his palace, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a cedar house while the ark of the LORD’s covenant is under tent curtains.”

The curtain was for a reason, It is the VEIL, which will be lifted away and all eyes shall see! Heaven opened to reveal that two realms will become visible to one another; at that time the veil of separation will be lifted. Christ is faithful and true to his Father; he is righteous in that he judges mankind – some to life, some to death; those he judges to eternal death he makes war with.

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When Did Yahweh Seal the Ark’s Door?

Some people debate when Noah, his family and the prescribed animals entered the Ark. Some believe it was prior to the 7 days before the Great Deluge came, with Yahweh sealing shut the door to Salvation; in effect, sealing off Salvation to the rest of Mankind. Others believe that Noah, his family, and the animals did not enter the Ark until that of the 7th day. It is important to understand which way it really was, because it reflects the door of salvation in our day and time. If Yahweh sealed it 7 days prior to the Flood, then the door of Salvation closes early; but if He sealed it on the 7th day, then that would mean the door remained open to those up to the last few hours of their lives.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'State must deal with Ethiopian housing ... JPost - National News

The High Court of Justice told two Ethiopian petitioners on Monday that the court could not intervene in state measures for dealing with immigrants’ housing problems.Ethiopian immigrants

Petitioners Mangasha Lama and Sisai Bakla, both Ethiopian immigrants whose families face eviction from the Mevaseret Zion absorption center (a temporary accommodation facility for new immigrants), petitioned the High Court over what they said was the Absorption Ministry’s failure to give them appropriate housing assistance.

They asked the court to issue an injunction forcing the Absorption Ministry to provide them with a housing solution.

However, the panel of three justices, Miriam Naor, Esther Hayut and Uzi Vogelman, said in Monday’s hearing that the court was not the venue to decide such an issue, and that it was the state’s responsibility to deal with the Ethiopian olim.

“We don’t tell the state how much money to give, and for what reason,” said Naor.

Attorney Oz Eldad, representing Lama and Bakla, claimed that the two Ethiopian immigrants had nowhere else to go if the Jewish Agency evicted them from the Mevaseret Zion center.

Opened in 1999 to house Ethiopian olim, the center provides housing at minimal cost for around 1,300 new immigrants, but for a limited period of two years. However, several hundred olim have remained at the center for far longer than this limited period because they claim they cannot find suitable housing elsewhere.

In the petition, filed in March, Eldad had slammed the state for what he dubbed “a lack of any government obligation towards immigrants from Ethiopia, whose difficulties adjusting to life in Israel, together with the failure to understand the language, customs, people and daily reality in Israel... renders them powerless against the failures of [the] state and brings them to a situation where they are likely to be thrown into the street with their families.”

However, in Monday’s hearing, Naor suggested both sides agree to delete the petition after the Absorption Ministry told the court it would pay the petitioners NIS 1,500 towards housing costs.

That sum is part of a five-year rental assistance grant for Ethiopian olim created by the government in August. Attorney Daniel Marks, for the state, also said that Ethiopian women who make aliya to Israel under the Law of Return are also now entitled to state housing assistance.

While he agreed to delete the petition, after the hearing Eldad criticized the state’s approach to dealing with what he said is a serious housing problem for Ethiopian olim and said that the NIS 1,500 housing grant would not help the issue.

Eldad said that around 500 Ethiopians face eviction from their temporary housing in the Mevaseret Zion absorption center because they have exceeded their two-year stay, and the NIS 1,500 monthly payment will not address the deeper problem that led to their reliance on the absorption center.

“OK, so now they can find a place to rent for five years, but this is just a temporary solution,” Eldad said. “But the state needs to solve the long-term housing problem... the government [needs to] sit down and talk with a representative from the Ethiopian community in order to look for a long-term solution.”

At the heart of the problem, Eldad says, are the difficulties that Ethiopian olim like Lama experience integrating into Israeli society, which he believes the government has failed to adequately address.

One of the petitioners, Mangasha Lama, made aliya from Ethiopia in 2001, and 18 months later moved into the Mevaseret Zion absorption center.

Lama was assigned a tiny two-by-three meter studio apartment in the center, after signing a two-year tenancy agreement in Hebrew that he says he couldn’t read or understand. He also claims staff told him that if his family circumstances changed he would be offered a larger living space, or given mortgage assistance.

In 2007, Lama’s wife, who is not Jewish and therefore not entitled to the same benefits as olim, came to Israel and moved into the studio apartment with her husband. Since then, the couple have had children, who also share the tiny apartment with them.

However, because Lama’s wife is not classed as a new immigrant she is not entitled to live in the absorption center, therefore in June 2010 Lama received an eviction notice saying that he violated his tenancy agreement.

The Jerusalem Post learned on Monday that the Jewish Agency moved to serve theeviction notice because it believed Lama was using the accommodation inappropriately as a housing solution for his family, and also because Lama had lived in the absorption center for far longer than the permitted two years.

Both the petitioners’ attorney and Ethiopian immigrants’ rights activists slammed the absorption center’s two-year policy, saying that it does not give enough time for Ethiopian olim to integrate into mainstream society.

“We’re talking about people who don’t understand daily life in Israel. These are people who are frightened, and for them their home in the absorption center is the only thing in their lives that they know and understand,” attorney Eldad told the Post after Monday’s hearing.

Speaking to the Post on Monday, Ziva Mekonen-Dagu, executive director of the Israel Association of Ethiopian Jews, slammed the NIS 1,500 rental assistance offered to Ethiopians as a “poor, temporary solution” that did little to address the real issue.

The reason so many Ethiopian olim stay on in Mevaseret Zion is because there is no reasonable alternative, she said.

Although since the 1990s the government has offered mortgage assistance to Ethiopian olim, according to Mekonen- Degu, the housing offered them is in peripheral, low socioeconomic areas with few employment opportunities. As a result, Ethiopian olim preferred to stay in Mevaseret Zion, which is close to Jerusalem, where it is easier to find work.

“The rental assistance offered to olim doesn’t help them, it’s not logical,” said Mekonen- Degu.

The IAEJ instead has proposed helping Ethiopian olim purchase homes in better areas, where they will have a chance to create a life for themselves.

Mekonen-Degu also accused the state of offering the housing grants as a way to clear out long-term residents from the absorption centers to house thousands of new Ethiopian immigrants, following the government’s decision at the end of 2010 to bring the remainder of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ethiopian Muslims pilgrimage to local shrine | PRI.ORG

Sheikh Nur Hussein was a 12th century holy man credited with spreading Islam in eastern Ethiopia. His burial place, pictured, has been a shrine for many Ethiopian Muslims during the Hajj. (Photo by Bonnie Allen.)
The Sheikh Nur Hussein Shrine in Eastern Ethiopia has been a site of pilgrimages for years, but it's coming under increased criticism by conservative Muslims, endangering the pilgrims.

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Millions of Muslims are in Saudi Arabia right now, participating in the annual pilgrimage known as the Hajj.
The main destination for the Hajj is the holy city of Mecca. But some Muslims believe there are other locations that fulfill the Koran’s requirements. There's a remote shrine in eastern Ethiopia where pilgrims who can’t afford the trip to Mecca have gathered to worship.
Sheikh Nur Hussein Shrine is the final resting place of a twelfth century holy man. In recent years more conservative Muslims have destroyed similar tombs in the area. But this shrine, located on the edge of the massive Bale mountain range, got a face lift with the help of the US government.
But the shrine remains controversial for some Muslims.
Set on the edge of a dusty plain two days drive from the capitol, the shrine’s white-washed compound feels like it sits at the end of the earth. A tinny recording of prayer music greets visitors as they enter the main compound.
Inside, guide Kadir Haji Ahmed points out an Arabic inscription above the door to the holy man’s tomb.
“This writing, when translated, reads ‘Sheikh Nur Hussein, rich to anyone who calls on your name,’” he said, adding includes Muslims, Christians and foreigners.
That’s the controversial thing about this shrine. Traditional Ethiopian Muslims follow the Sufi-style belief that the spirits of holy men can grant blessings to anyone who prays to them. Over the past two decades, teachers from the Saudi peninsula have swayed many here to a more fundamentalist reading of the Koran, one which holds that only god, Allah, answers prayers, and only from the faithful.
Kadir said those believers are trying to suppress the worship of saints — sometimes violently.
“Around the Bale area alone the fundamentalists destroyed nearly 33 graves of holy people,” he said in Amharic, the local language. “And when people came for their pilgrimage on the holidays, they were beaten up, sometimes kidnapped."
Conservative Muslims deny they’ve attacked pilgrims. They say worship at the shrine is decreasing because people are giving up backward beliefs.
In the courtyard of a mosque down the road from Sheikh Hussein, Burka Jigiru Tadessa said Ethiopian Muslims have allowed cultural practices to pollute their worship.
Burka Jigiru said he used to make sacrifices and hold ceremonies at his father’s grave, before he learned such practices aren’t in the Koran. He said young people especially are giving up the old ways.
"They are willing to die to defend the true religion, because they understand it now," he said.
This remote conflict is starting to draw attention from far away. The Ethiopian government has stepped up protection for pilgrims traveling to the shrine. And the United States embassy recently bankrolled a major preservation project. Shrine guide Kadir Haji Ahmed said those moves have inspired locals who have held onto traditional Ethiopian Islam.
“Now the government is cracking down,” he said. "People see that and they’re more willing to stand up to the fundamentalists.”
The kind of conflict happening here at the shrine between different interpretations of Islam is playing out all over Ethiopia.
Conservative Muslims complain officials are picking sides in a religious dispute.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Israel cuts number of Ethiopian immigrants citing overpopulated absorption centers - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

here are currently more than 4,500 Falashmura that have registered to immigrate to Israel and are waiting in a refugee camp in Ethiopia's Gondar province.

By Revital BlumenfeldTags: Aliyah

Although the cabinet decided a year ago to bring the last of the Falashmura from Ethiopia to Israel at a rate of 200 a month, an interministerial committee with responsibility for the operation has decided to reduce the rate to 110 a month.

There are currently more than 4,500 Falashmura - descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity - who have registered to immigrate to Israel and are waiting in a refugee camp in Ethiopia's Gondar province. According to a report by a parliamentary delegation from Israel that visited the camp in September, conditions for the prospective immigrants are harsh.

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A family of immigrants from Ethiopia in Mevasseret Zion, outside Jerusalem, this week.

Photo by: Michal Fattal

"The delegation met with thousands whose immigration applications have been approved and who are waiting to immigrate to Israel, visited their homes and found that these are people who live in the most difficult housing conditions, [and suffer from] hunger, poverty and a shortage of food, water, clothing and severe health problems. The children in the compound suffer from malnutrition, weak immune systems, and other illness due to their extended stay waiting for aliyah after leaving their homes and villages," the report, which has not been made public previously, states.

The initial cabinet decision provided for 200 immigrants a month, but also allowed the interministerial committee to reduce the pace of immigration to a minimum of 110, if such a step was deemed essential. The committee contends that immigrant absorption centers where the Falashmura would be received are full, and ordered the pace of immigration of the Ethiopians to be reduced starting within a week.

Haaretz has learned, however, that the Jewish Agency, which operates the absorption centers in Israel, currently has available space for about 800 immigrants. Several absorption centers are closed completely. The Finance Ministry, for its part, said the committee decision to curtail the immigration was unanimous and that incentives have been provided to help Falashmura currently in absorption centers to find permanent housing and thereby free space in the absorption centers.

The Immigrant Absorption Ministry said the reduced pace of immigration is consistent with the budget available. "Following organizational changes instituted at the absorption centers that were closed, it is not possible to reopen them at this time," the ministry added.

Members of the Falashmura community who are already living in Israel expressed anger at the reduced pace. "I have been waiting for four years for my older children to immigrate from Gondar and now I will have to wait another year?" complained Yasir Ingida, 39, who lives with his second wife and their three children at an immigrant absorption center in Mevasseret Zion. "Living apart from your family is like living in the dark. We're very worried and don't know what to do. I talk to [the children in Ethiopia] almost every day. Their life there is very difficult and they are living on the money that we earn here. Instead of saving for a mortgage, I am sending the money to Gondar," he stated.

The decision by an interministerial committee also angered donors in the United States, who have provided funding to run the refugee camp in Gondar and to help support the immigrant services for the Falashmura in Israel. "We are conducting a special campaign to raise $7.5 million to fund the operations in Gondar," the Jewish Agency's Josh Schwartz told the Knesset's Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs last week, "and our donors have expectations that the operation will be concluded based on the original timetable in the cabinet decision, meaning by March of 2014.

Schwartz also said that the Jewish Agency is prepared to bring up to 200 immigrants a month from Ethiopia next year, too. Therefore, he said, if the government decides to revert to the original pace of the operation, the Jewish Agency can meet the demand.