The reign of the Church was made possible by a treaty of peace structured between God and this world -- a treaty sealed in the blood of Christ.
When Jesus went to the cross in our name, his action initiated a formal treaty of peace between the world (the king of Babylon) and God -- a treaty designed to give life to the world by holding back the wrath long enough for those who want to escape, to do so in safety.
The treaty does two things. First, it offers eternal life to anyone who desires it, and second, it holds back the vengeance of the last days. In both of these actions the treaty has lengthened the term of life. Delaying the wrath, it has offered the world a short period of reprieve from disaster -- a reprieve which has given each of us time to escape the catastrophe of the Law's decree.
Just as the life of the world is tied up in this agreement, so is its death. This is why the liturgical elements of the treaty (especially the perpetual sacrifice) play such an important role in Daniel's prophecies about the last days.
The offering of communion is a legal (liturgical) recapitulation of God's sacrifice, perpetuating the treaty between Babylon and God on earth. As long as it is offered, the treaty remains in effect. If it is ever attacked and rejected the treaty will be terminated, and it's offer will be withdrawn -- an event Daniel darkly foresees for our future.
God is holding back the Wrath in the same way that He held back the waters of the Red Sea so that the Israelites could leave Egypt and travel to the Promised Land. When pharaoh changed his mind about letting the Israelites go into the desert to have the feast that God had prepared for them, and instead, attacked their rearguard, God withdrew His power allowing the walls of water to crash back together, drowning pharaoh and his entire army.
It is the same with the Wrath. When the treaty is broken (See Is.24:5-6), God will withdraw the power He has used to keep it at bay, and it will come crashing down on the world, bringing the fiery End that Jesus has predicted for it.
By examining the liturgical elements of Christ's offer of peace to the world the hidden meaning behind Daniel's description's of what is to come can be better understood. The symbol of Christ's treaty is the cross, and while our liturgical acceptance of the cross is baptism, the sacrifice that makes it all possible is perpetuated by holy communion. Because it perpetuates the offer of the cross to the world, communion perpetuates the treaty.
That is why it is evident in Daniel's words that when the Rebel of the last days decides to attack the altar of the communion sacrifice, he will at the same time terminate God's offer of peace to the world. Pulling down the cross, he will erect in its place above the altar something that has power only to bring death.
A fundamental purpose of God's treaty is to hold back the tribulations of the last days. These terrors constitute the wrath of the Law -- a wrath which is described throughout the scriptures and which when it comes will put an end to the world we know. Essentially, this wrath is a precursor to Armageddon and all the events which are associated with it.
Jesus confirmed the condemnation of this world by the Law because of sin, but with his death on the cross, he was able to hold back the execution of that sentence for a time and thus offer a moratorium to the decree in order to give the people a way to escape its sentence. This moratorium constitutes a stay of execution -- a stay Jesus had to die on the cross in order to initiate.
The world continues to live today only because it is in place. "Creation is maintained by your rulings." (Ps. 119:91). As long as the terms of the treaty are maintained, human life can continue on earth. If the treaty is transgressed, the stay of execution will be reversed and the earth will come to an end in the blaze of fire decreed. This correlates with the words of Daniel which stipulate that the final end will come as a result of the 'abomination of desolation' erected by the beast in the name of the world and placed in the cathedral of God in place of the treaty of peace -- an abomination which cancels the offer of Christ's treaty and voids it's protective shield.
Return to the 'Clock of God', Chapter 27.
(For more on communion and its relationship to the wrath, see 'The Clock of God', Chapter 10, "The Peace Treaty")
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