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Virgin Mary Mystical City of God - Book 1 chapter 10 verses 120-132 Index

 Mystical City of God - Virgin Mary By Sor Marķa of Agreda

Virgin Mary Mystical City of God - Book 1 chapter 10 verses 120-132THE EXPLANATION OF THE TWELFTH CHAPTER OF THE APOCALYPSE IS CONCLUDED.

  INDEX            Book 1  Chapter  10    Verses:  120-132


120. "Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the
devil is come down to you, having great wrath, know
ing that he hath but a short time." Woe to the earth,
where so many sins and such wickedness shall be perpe
trated! Woe to the sea, which refused to pour forth its
floods and annihilate the transgressors at the sight of so
great offenses against its Creator, and to avenge the in
sults against its Maker and Lord! But more woe to the
profound and raging sea of those that follow the demon,
after he had descended in their midst in order to war
against them with great wrath and with such unheard
of cruelty ! It is the wrath of the most ferocious dragon,
and greater than that of the devouring lion (I Pet.
5, 8), who attempts to annihilate all creation and to
whom all the days of the world seem a short time to
execute his fury. Such is his hunger and thirst to do
damage to the mortals, that all the days of their life do
not satisfy him, for they come to an end, whereas he
desires eternal ages, if possible, in order to wage war
against the sons of God. But incomparably greater than
against all others is his rage against that most blessed
Woman, who was to crush his head (Gen. 3, 15).
Therefore the Evangelist says:
121. "And when the dragon saw that he was cast
unto the earth, he persecuted the Woman, who brought
forth the Man-child." When the ancient serpent saw
the most unhappy place and state to which he had fal
len, and that he was hurled from the empyrean heaven,
he broke out in so much the greater rage and envy,
like a wild beast tearing its own entrails. Against the
Mother of the Word incarnate he conceived such a furi
ous rage, as no human tongue or intelligence can ever
describe or understand. But to a certain extent this
anger can be surmised from that which followed im
mediately after that dragon found himself hurled with
his hosts to the infernal regions. I will describe this
event, as far as I can, and as far as it has been made
plain to my understanding.
122. During the whole first week of the creation of
the world and its contents Lucifer and the demons were
occupied in machinations and projects of wickedness
against the Word, who was to become incarnate, and
against the Woman of whom He was to be born and
made man. On the first day, which corresponds to Sun
day, were created the angels; laws and precepts were
given to them, for the guidance of their actions. The
bad ones disobeyed and transgressed the mandates of the
Lord. By divine providence and disposition then suc
ceeded all the other events, which have been recorded
above, up to the morning of the second day, correspond
ing to Monday, on which Lucifer and his hosts were
driven and hurled into hell. The duration of these days
corresponds to the small periods, or delays, which inter
vened between their creation, activity, contest and fall,
or glorification. As soon as Lucifer with his followers
entered hell, they assembled in general council, which
lasted to the morning of Thursday. During this time
Lucifer exerted all his astuteness and diabolical malice
in conferring with the demons and concocting plans to
offend God so much the more deeply, and to obtain re
venge for the chastisement, to which he had been sub
jected. They came to the conclusion and resolved that
the greatest vengeance and injury against God would
be to impede the effects of the love, which they knew
God bore toward mankind. This they hoped to attain
by deceiving men, and persuading them, or even, as far
as possible, compelling them to neglect the friendship of
God, to be ungrateful toward Him, and to rebel against
his will.
123. "This we must strive to do," said Lucifer, "to
ward this end we must apply all our forces, all our so
licitude and knowledge. We will subject the human
creatures to our influence and will, in order to destroy
them. We will persecute this race of men and will de
prive them of the reward promised to them. We will
exert all our vigilance, to prevent them from arriving
at the vision of God, which was denied us unjustly. I
will gain great triumphs over them ; I will destroy them
all and subject them to my designs. I will sow new
sects and errors, and set up laws contrary to those of
the Most High in all things. I will raise up from
among men false prophets and leaders, who will spread
these doctrines (Act 20, 30) and I will scatter this seed
through them and afterwards I will assign to them a
place in these profound torments. I will afflict the poor,
oppress the afflicted, and persecute the timid. I will sow
discord, excite wars, and stir up nations against each
other. I will raise up proud and haughty men to extend
the dominion of sin and after they shall have executed
my designs, I will bury them in this eternal fire, and in
so much the greater torments, the more faithfully they
followed me. This is my kingdom and this is the re
ward which I will give to those who follow me."
124. "I will wage fierce war against the incarnate
Word, for although He is God, He is also man, and
therefore of a lower nature than mine. I will exalt my
throne and my dignity above his; I will conquer Him
and will humble Him by my power and astuteness. The
Woman who is to be his Mother shall perish at my
hands. What is one Woman against my power and
greatness? And you, ye demons, who were injured to
gether with me, follow me and obey me in the pursuit
of this vengeance, as you have followed me in disobe
dience ! Pretend to love men, in order to destroy them ;
serve them, in order to ruin them and deceive them ; help
them, in order to pervert them and draw them into these
my hellish regions." No human tongue can explain the
malice and fury of this first council of Lucifer and his
hosts against the human race, which although not yet in
existence, was to be created. In it were concocted all
the vices and sins of the world, thence proceeded lies,
sects and errors ; all iniquity had its origin in that chaos
and in that abominable gathering, and all those that do
evil are in the service of the prince of this assembly.
125. Having closed this meeting, Lucifer sought per
mission to speak with God, and his Majesty, for his own
exalted ends, gave him permission. This was allowed in,
the same manner in which satan spoke to God when he
asked permission to persecute Job (Job 1, 6), and it
happened on the day which corresponds to our Thurs
day. He addressed the Most High in the following
words : "Lord, since Thou hast laid thy hand so heavily
upon me in chastising- me with so great cruelty, and
since Thou hast predetermined all that Thou desirest todo
for the men whom Thou art to create; and since
Thou wishest to exalt and elevate so high the incarnate
Word and enrich the Woman, who is to be his Mother,
with all thy predestined gifts, be now equitable and just ;
as Thou hast given me permission to persecute the rest
of men, give me also permission to tempt and make war
against Christ, the Man-God and the Woman, who is to
be his Mother; give me freedom to exert all my powers
against Them." Other things Lucifer said on that occa
sion, and, in spite of the great violence occasioned to his
pride by the humiliation, he humbled himself neverthe
less in order to ask for this permission. His wrathful
anxiety to obtain what he desired was so great that he
was willing to subdue even his arrogance, thus forcing
one iniquity to yield to another. He knew too well that
without the permission of the omnipotent Lord he could
attempt nothing. In order to be able to tempt Christ
our Lord, and his most holy Mother in particular, he
was willing to humiliate himself a thousand times, for
he feared the threat, which had been made, that She
should crush his head.
126. The Lord answered: "Thou must not, satan,
ask such a permission as due to thee in justice, for the
incarnate Word is God and Lord most high and omnip
otent, though He is at the same time true man, and
thou art his creature. Even if the other men sin and
subject themselves to thy will, this will not be possible
in my Onlybegotten made man. Though thou mayest
succeed in making men slaves of sin, Christ will be
holy and just, segregated from sinners. He will redeem
them, if they fall. And this Woman against whom
thou hast such wrath, although She is to be a mere
creature and a true daughter of man, is to be preserved
by my decree from sin. She is to be altogether mine
forever and on no account or title shall any one else be
allowed to have part in Her."
127. To this satan replied: "But what wonder that
this Woman should be holy, since no one on this earth
will be allowed to draw Her to the contrary, or perse
cute Her and incite Her to sin ? This cannot be equity,
nor just judgment, nor can this be proper and praise
worthy." Lucifer added yet other blasphemies in his
arrogance. But the Most High, who disposes all things
with wisdom, answered him: "I will give thee permis
sion to tempt Christ, so that He will be an example and
a teacher in this to all the rest of men. I also give thee
permission to persecute the Woman, but thou must not
touch Her in regard to the life of her body. It is my
will, that Christ and his Mother be not exempt from
temptation, and that They be tempted by thee like the
rest of men." This permission was more pleasing to
the dragon than that of being free to persecute all the
rest of the human race. In this he resolved to use more
care than in the pursuit of any other project, as after
wards really happened. To no one else than himself
was he resolved to confide its execution. Therefore the
Evangelist proceeds to say:
128. "He persecuted the Woman, who brought forth
the man-child." For with the permission of the Lord,
he waged unheard of war and persecution against Her,
whom he thought to be the Mother of God incarnate.
But since these persecutions and battles will be de
scribed later (No. 692-697, Part II 340-71; III 451-
528), I will only say here, that they were beyond all
conception of man. Equally admirable, was her glorious
resistance and victory over them. Therefore in order
to describe the manner in which She defended Herself,
he says : "There were given to her two wings of a great
eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place,
where she is nourished for a time and times." These
two wings were given to the most holy Virgin before
She entered upon the combat, for She was prepared by
special gifts and favors. The one wing was an infused
science, which revealed anew to Her vast mysteries and
sacraments; the other was a new and sublime humility,
as will be explained in its place (Part II 335-339, Part
III 448-450). With these two wings She took her
flight to the Lord, her proper habitation, for in Him
alone She lived and in Him was centered all her at
tention. She flew like the royal eagle, without ever di
recting her flight towards the enemy, being alone in
her flight and living in seclusion from all earthly things,
solely in communion with her last End, which is the
Divinity. In this solitude She "was nourished for a
time and times," for though this nourishment lasted all
her life, yet it was more abundant in the times of her
great battles with satan. In those times She received
favors more proportioned to the greatness of the con
flict. By "time and times" is also understood the fe
licity, by which her victories were rewarded and
crowned.
129. "And half a time from the face of the serpent."
This half a time was that, in which the most holy Virgin
was free from the persecution of the dragon and far
from his sight during this life; for, having conquered
him in her battles, She was, by divine providence and
as Victress, freed from them. This freedom was con
ceded to Her in order that She might enjoy the peace
and quiet, which She had merited after having con
quered the enemy, as I will describe farther on (Part
III, 526). Concerning the time of the combat the Evan
gelist says:
130. "And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the
woman, water, as it were, a river, that he might cause
her to be carried away ; and the earth helped the woman
and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the
river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth." All
his malice and all his forces Lucifer exerted and directed
against the Mistress; for all those, who were ever
tempted by him, seemed to him of less importance than
most holy Mary. With the same force as the current
of a great swift river, so the malice, and the lies, and
the temptations flowed from the mouth of that dragon
against Her. But the earth helped Her; for the earth
of her body and of her inclinations was not cursed, nor
did the sentence and punishment, which God hurled
against Adam and Eve, touch Her in any way. For in
it our earth is cursed and produces thorns instead of
fruit. It is wounded in its very nature by its inclina
tion to sin "fomes Peccati" (Gen. 3, 17), which con
tinues to assault us and causes opposition. The devil
avails himself of these inclinations for the ruin of men,
for he finds within us arms for his offensive warfare;
and catering to our evil inclinations by his false repre
sentations and apparent sweetness and delight, he draws
us toward sensible and earthly things.
131. But the most blessed Mary, the holy and sancti
fied earth without touch of bad inclinations or evil dis
positions, was free from all danger of corruption arising
from the earth. On the contrary, since all her inclina
tions were most orderly, composed and obedient to
grace, the earth of her body was in perfect harmony
with her soul. Thus this earth opened its mouth and
swallowed up the stream of temptations which the
dragon raised up for Her in vain; for he found that
material indisposed and unfomented for sin, unlike the
other offspring of Adam. Their terrestrial and disor
derly passions are more adapted to produce the floods of
temptation, than to absorb them, since our passions and
our corrupt nature are always in opposition to virtue.
On account of the futility of his efforts against this
mysterious Woman, Scripture says:
132. "And the dragon was angry against the
Woman : and he went to make war with the rest of her
seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ/ The dragon, having
been gloriously overcome in all things by the Queen of
all creation and dreading the furious torments of his
own confusion and the ruin of all hell power, fled from
Her, determined to make cruel war against the other
souls belonging to the generation and race of the most
blessed Mother. These are the faithful, who are marked
with the testimony and the blood of Christ in Baptism
as keepers of his commands and constant witnesses. For
all the wrath of the demon turned so much the more to
ward the holy Church and its members, when he saw,
that he would be unable to gain any advantage over
Christ and his most holy Mother. Especially does he
war against the virgins of Christ, and with a more par
ticular hatred does he seek to destroy the virtue of vir
ginity or chastity, this being the seed and the inheritance
of the most chaste Virgin and Mother of the Lamb.
On account of all this the Evangelist says :
133. "And he stood upon the sands of the sea." This
is the contemptible vanity of the world, on which the
dragon feeds and which he eats like hay. All this
passed in heaven and many mysteries were made mani
fest to the angels in the decrees of the divine Will re
garding the privileges reserved for the Mother of the
Incarnate Word." I have been short in describing what
I saw; for the multitude of the mysteries has made me
poor and halting in the words needful for their manifes
tation.
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