The Rise of Moloch Sneak Peek #2

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Cassy closed her eyes in slumber, but it wasn’t long before the dream came again. She could see a vivid statue of Baal Hammon standing in the distance. Cassy had seen it before. The immense bronze structure had the head of a bull and the body of a man, and inside the hollow statue was a large fire that made Baal Hammon glow red.

Cassy watched powerlessly as infant after infant was ceremoniously placed on the hand of the statue and slid down screaming into the flames below. The eyes of the bull glowed green from counterfeit bloodstones as the body glowed red with fire and burnt offerings. With each infant sent into the flames of Baal Hammon, the glow of the bull’s green eyes shined brighter and brighter. Fumes of green gas escaped from the bull’s eyes and circled around its head into the air.

Cassy stood and peered at the bull’s green glowing eyes with a hatred intensified by fear. The wind was picking up and the green fumes were turning to mounds of smoke so thick, she could barely make out the image of the bull’s head. It was as if a giant green cloud hung in the air with two intense rays of green light submerged within. The wind was blowing so hard now, Cassy felt her hair whipping around as she squinted her eyes to see.

The people around the statue began to scream and moan. The painted priests who placed the infants on the sacrificial hands of Baal Hammon knelt in the wind and bowed down before their false god. They uttered loud incantations in a language Cassy could not understand. Those who beat drums during the sacrifices beat them louder and louder. The mixture of incantations, screaming, drums, high winds, and green fumes became too much for Cassy as she covered her ears to mute the sound.

Suddenly, the winds and fumes dissipated, and Cassy glimpsed a man floating above the bull’s head. The man’s arms were extended out to either side and his head hung down in sleep as he seemed to float on air. Cassy could see the man through the green mist. He was tall and handsome with long black hair. The man was naked and it appeared as if he had been created or born through the power of the sacrifice of innocents and the counterfeit bloodstones.

Cassy knew that this man was Moloch in human form. When Moloch’s body descended to the ground, he opened his eyes and smiled devilishly. His eyes glowed bright green as he gazed lustfully at the beautiful woman with long black hair who moved toward him. She wore a long sheer black dress that blew behind her in the wind.

The woman stood before Moloch completely motionless in surrender. He took her in his arms so passionately it seemed he would devour her like an animal. The woman leaned backward and allowed Moloch to seduce her as he held her in his arms. She bent down to lift her dress and her long black hair fell forward onto Moloch’s legs. When her dress came up, the woman did not have feminine legs at all. She had grotesque, hairy legs like a mule. Her legs and feet were like those of a dragon, and she possessed a long tail that moved at will as if it, too, had a mind of its own. Cassy’s stomach revolted as she watched the beastly woman remove her dress.

“Lilith!” Cassy cried out in her sleep. “Mother of Demons, Wife of Satan!” Cassy was throwing her arms about so wildly, Drew had to restrain her from punching him.

“Cassy, wake up! Cassy, darling, wake up!” Drew’s worried face was close to hers as he leaned over her to wake her.

When Cassy opened her eyes, it took her several seconds to realize that Moloch and Lilith were just part of a dream and not real. She blinked and her vision cleared enough to make out the handsome face of her beloved husband. “Oh, Drew!” Cassy cried as she pulled Drew close to her and hugged him. “I saw Lilith in my dream! She’s hidden Debbie in her cave…and now she’s coming to steal our baby!”

Will Meriam Become the Next Contemporary Christian Martyr?

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After spending the past four months shackled to the floor in a disease-ridden Sudanese jail with her 20-month-old son, Martin, Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian wife and mother, gave birth to daughter, Maya, five days early.

Meriam, 27, was sentenced to death by hanging after being found guilty of converting from Islam to Christianity and marrying a Christian man, U.S. citizen Daniel Wani, who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Before the birth, Meriam made the defiant claim that she would rather die than give up her faith. According to the Daily Mail, “If they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I’m not going to change my faith,” she told Daniel.

An Islamic Sharia judge said that Meriam could be spared the death penalty if she publicly renounced her faith and became a Muslim once more, but Meriam insists she has always been a Christian and told her husband she could not “pretend to be a Muslim” just to spare her life. “I am not giving up Christianity just so that I can live. I know I could stay alive by becoming a Muslim and I would be able to look after our family, but I need to be true to myself.”

In 1998, Daniel escaped war-ravaged Sudan and traveled to America where he became a U.S. citizen. The biochemist, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, returned to Sudan to marry Meriam at a Christian service in 2011. Daniel traveled to Khartoum to arrange for Meriam and their 20-month-old son Martin to live with him in the U.S., but Meriam, who was pregnant with their second child, was arrested for adultery and apostasy and sentenced to be whipped and then hanged.

Meriam, a graduate of Sudan University’s school of medicine, told the court she was the daughter of a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Christian mother, but was raised as a Christian after her father left the family when she was six. Meriam produced a marriage certificate identifying her as a Christian, but the judge determined that because her father was a Muslim, she was a Muslim who had broken the law by leaving Islam. Meriam told the judge that her deceased Ethiopian mother had been born to Christian parents and had chosen to raise her in the same religion. Witnesses who were willing to give evidence on her behalf were barred from testifying because they were Christian.

The Sharia court has postponed her sentence to give her time to recover from childbirth and to wean the new baby. Her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa Elnour, a Muslim, has received death threats for defending her, but he has already lodged an appeal. If he does not succeed at the Appeals Court, he will take the case to Sudan’s Supreme Court.

Governments, the UN and human rights groups have called on the Sudanese government to release Meriam and overturn both her death sentence and the sentence of 100 lashes. A petition calling for her release has reached more than 650,000.

St. Joan of Arc-May 30

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St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France, and her Feast Day is celebrated on May 30.

Joan was born on January 6, 1412 in the village of Domremy near the province of Lorraine to pious parents of the French peasant class. At a very early age, Joan heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

In May 1428, the voices of the three saints told Joan to go to the King of France to help him reconquer his kingdom. At only 17 years old, Joan was given a small army with which she raised the siege of Orleans on May 8, 1429. Joan enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes, and Charles was crowned King Charles VII of France in Reims Cathedral with Joan at his side.

In May 1430, Joan was captured by the Burgundians as she was attempting to relieve Compiegne. When King Charles and the French did nothing to save her, she was handed over to the English. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, the Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would aid him in becoming an archbishop.

Joan was tricked into making a few damaging statements because of her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology. When she refused to retract the assertion that the saints of God had commanded her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress. Joan was 19 years old when she was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431.

Thirty years later, Joan was exonerated of all guilt. She was ultimately canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.

St. Catherine of Siena-April 29

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St. Catherine of Siena was born Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa on March 25, 1347. At only six years of age, she began having mystical experiences and could see guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. St. Catherine became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. She was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. In 1377, during the Great Western Schism of the Catholic Church, St. Catherine persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon. In 1375, she was given the Stigmata, which was visible only after her death. St. Catherine’s letters and a treatise called the Dialogue are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430. In 1461, she was canonized, and in 1970, St. Catherine was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

“Then that soul, restless in her great longing, rose up like one drunk from the union she had experienced with God and from what she had heard and tasted of the gentle first Truth. She was anxiously grieving over the foolishness of creatures who do not recognize their benefactor or God’s loving charity. Still, she was glad in the hope of the promise God’s Truth had given her when he had taught her how she and God’s other servants must behave if they wished him to be merciful to the world. So she raised her mind’s eye to the gentle Truth about the spiritual stages God had described to her. She saw that the soul passes through these stages with tears, so she wanted Truth to show her the difference among the kinds of tears, what was their source, how they came to be, what fruit was to be had from such weeping, and what different reasons there were for it. And since the truth could be known only from Truth himself, she addressed the question to him. Now nothing can be known in Truth unless the mind’s eye can see it. So one who wishes to know must rise up with a desire to know by the light of faith and in Truth, and must open the mind’s eye by opening its pupil, which is faith, onto the object of truth” (Dialogue).

St. Bernadette-April 16

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Bernadette Soubirous was born on January 7, 1844 in Lourdes, France. Her family lived in extreme poverty, and Bernadette was a sickly child who contracted cholera as a toddler and suffered severe asthma for the rest of her life. She attended day school at the Sisters of Charity and Christian Instruction from Nevers.

On February 11, 1858 at 14, Bernadette was out gathering firewood with her sister Marie and a friend near the grotto of Massabielle when she had her first vision. As she recounted later, while the other girls crossed the little stream in front of the grotto and walked on, Bernadette stayed behind looking for a place to cross where she wouldn’t get her stockings wet. When she sat down in the grotto to take her shoes and stockings off in order to cross the water, she heard the sound of rushing wind, but nothing moved except a wild rose that grew in the grotto. From the dark alcove behind the rose “came a dazzling light, and a white figure.” This was the first of 18 visions which became known as la Quinzaine sacrée or “the holy fortnight.” Bernadette explained that the vision told her “to drink of the water of the spring, to wash in it and to eat the herb that grew there,” as an act of penance. The next day the grotto was no longer muddy but a place where clear water flowed. Bernadette asked the woman for her name and the lady responded, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

At 22, Bernadette joined the Sisters at their motherhouse at Nevers and spent the rest of her life working as an assistant in the infirmary and later as a sacristan where she created beautiful embroidery for altar cloths and vestments. She later contracted tuberculosis of the bone in her right knee. She had followed the development of Lourdes as a pilgrimage shrine while she still lived at Lourdes, but was not present for the consecration of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception there in 1876. She eventually died of her long-term illness at the age of 35 on April 16, 1879. Her body was laid to rest in the Saint Gildard Convent.

In the 150 years since Bernadette dug up the spring, 67 cures have been verified by the Lourdes Medical Bureau as “inexplicable.” The Lourdes Commission that examined Bernadette after the visions also ran an intensive analysis on the water and found that, while it had a high mineral content, it contained nothing out of the ordinary that would account for the cures attributed to it. Bernadette said that it was faith and prayer that cured the sick.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is now one of the major Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. One of the churches built at the site, the Basilica of St. Pius X, can itself accommodate 25,000 people and was dedicated by the future Pope John XXIII when he was the Papal Nuncio to France. Bernadette Soubirous was officially canonized a Saint by Pope Pius XI on December 8, 1933, and the year 2009 was declared “The Year of Bernadette.”