Monday, May 15, 2006

The Father on a throne

Silvana saw the Father, seated on a throne, under a dark blue cross. The throne upon which He sat was gold, and there were billowing clouds all around. (like the Clouds of Witnesses) - there were stone steps leading up to the throne.

Last night Silvana and I watched a tv show we had taped that is called WAR DETECTIVES, which talked about two nuns in Rwanda who participated in the genocide in 1994. Thousands of people gathered at their Catholic Church for protection, but the Mother Superior turned them over to the interahamwe, the militia that was killing people. Two weeks after she had the militia come, and they slaughtered many people, the Mother Superior called on the police for help in getting rid of others who came to her for sanctuary. This time she gave them some gasoline and they burned a shed with 700 people locked inside. Everyone who tried to escape was killed by machete. Those who did not try to escape were burned to death. Later, they were brought to trial and convicted in Belgium.

As we watched the show, we both saw the Father with His arms open wide. He had His arms around every person in that building, and is still holding them. I saw the word "Jesus" as though it were a painful wound to them. As they screamed in pain and terror, how could they cry out to Jesus, since this was happening to them in His name, by nuns wearing a cross. I saw the Father holding them tight, as you would hold your children if you gathered them all in your arms. Silvana saw the stone (granite - it is stone with crystal in it) steps and those murdered were going up the steps to the Father's presence.

How grievous are the sights of murder that come before the eyes of the Father! This is why He destroyed the earth in Noah's day. One reason that the Father brought out the movie, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, is to prepare mankind for what He sees every day. He sees torture and bloodshed. He sees cruelty and injustice. He sees every horror that happens, and He weeps. How long until man takes the burden of mankind onto ourselves, and shares in the weeping, and shares in the seeing, and shares in the caring? His Son was murdered for our sakes. What more will it take? The last days of this battle between the one who was a murderer from the beginning, and the One who created and gave eternal life, will be more and more intense. As we looked at the piles of corpses, and the rows upon rows of skulls (most with slashes in them from machetes) that were shown in the tv show, Silvana talked about Satan's desire to have a whole earth filled with corpses: then, Jesus can return, Satan says. He wishes to present Jesus with a world of graves and bodies and suffering survivors.

We don't think we could bear to watch the horrors that have happened in Rwanda, if we did not have the free pictures of Jesus to give out to those who have survived. To see what the Father sees comes at a price, the price of grief and suffering. With each picture of Jesus that we give, comes healing, and love, and their eternal Creator, who is their Father who loves them, who has a place prepared for them, where they will be reunited forever with those they love, who have gone before.