WHOEVER WANTS TO FOLLOW ME MUST TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME


FIRST MESSAGE OF THE FIRST HOUR

DATE: 5TH APRIL, 2000

TIME: 3:00 PM

VENUE: DESERT OF MOUNT CARMEL, OLO


During this hour, I saw in a vision Our Lord Jesus Christ walking alone in the wilderness. Later He came near a certain city and sat down on a rock a few miles away from the city. He remained there and prayed for a long time. When He finished praying, He went inside the city and preached to the people the Good News about the Kingdom of Heaven.

In the end, only seven people followed Him. They came out of the city and went down to the valley of the mountain not far from the city.

In the valley, I saw that there were many crosses there, too many to be counted. Jesus said to them:

“These are the rejected crosses which your people failed to carry. Whoever wants to follow Me must carry his cross and follow Me. He will deny the world, deny self, carry his cross and follow Me. The way that leads to happiness is a narrow way. It is a desert way, very dry and hard to go. Whoever goes with Me will not walk in darkness. I will change your sorrow into happiness, your pains into joy. Those who love Me find that My cross is light and that My way is easy to go. Children, whoever wants to save his own life will lose it but whoever losses his life for Me will find it”

The seven men replied in one tone. “We have left everything and followed You. Show us Your way, we will carry our crosses and go after You”. Our Lord Looked at them for a while and informed them to go and tell their relatives and friends and come back. They all left at once leaving Jesus who sat down on a rock and bent down His Head in silence.

Later, they came back. The journey began. Jesus began to give them their crosses to carry. The first person complained of the weight of his cross. Our Lord ordered him to choose from the crosses. When He tried to choose, he found out that the rest of the crosses were heavier than his own. Unknowingly, He came back and picked that particular one our Lord gave him at first and said: Yes; this is my own. Our Lord gazed at him and calmly said; is it not the one I gave you? They all took their own crosses. The journey began.

They sang and prayed as they moved on carrying their crosses. Jesus took the lead. The journey was a serious one. No one cared to look back. They passed hills and low lands. They climbed mountains and went through the valleys. They suffered dryness of the hot desert. At a point, the faith of some of them began to fail.

The journey was slow and steady, but yet some couldn’t catch up. Some were five miles away from Jesus, some three, some two miles. At this point, they began to suffer temptation of free will. I saw two of the men cutting off their crosses at the base while the journey was still on. In the evening of the first day, they came to a great river. Our Lord Jesus Christ first reached there. He bent down and placed His own cross across the river and passed. The rest did the same, except the two weaker ones who had cut their crosses. They measured their crosses, but could not cross the river. They sat down wept and cried to Jesus but no one dared to listen and look at them. They were left there while others continued their journey. This happened on the first day as I saw in the vision.

On the second day, they continued the journey day and night. They passed the whole day in the desert and suffered more severely than on the first day. I saw that another two men thought that there would be no other river to cross, so they cut their crosses like the first group of people.

When the evening of the second day came they were abandoned like the former ones. The remaining three and Jesus Our Saviour continued. They passed the cold night and entered the third day.

On the third day, they arrived at a mountain. Our Lord stood there and pointed to them their last destination; a land of happiness and rest. But before they could reach there, there was a certain city they had to pass. Our Lord told them that the city is a sinful city. Nothing holy can be found there. He told them not to stop in that city, not to eat or drink anything there. Their sins have piled up as high as Heaven, waiting for God’s wrath and destruction.

Our Lord said: “I am leaving you to go and look for the lost sheep of Israel. But I will be there to welcome you in the end”. Immediately, He vanished from their sight.

The three men found themselves alone. But they took courage and moved on. Eventually they entered the city, the sinful city.

They saw its glory and its pleasures. They were tempted more with all the pleasures of that city. They were mocked at shamefully by the people of that city. At last two of them gave up and joined the people.

The remaining one, who was more highly tempted than the others persisted in his faith, carried his cross and entered the land of happiness and rest.

Instantly, cloud came down and covered the whole land. I saw our Lord Jesus Christ holding a golden crown brighter than the sun, and coming down from the cloud with the Angels, too many to be counted.

They came down to welcome the only survivor. Our Lord placed the crown on his head and made him see again the whole journey he underwent, and the sufferings of the earth and his fallen friends. Within a few minutes, he forgot the suffering of the long journey and the heavy cross. Instantly, the vision passed. The Holy Agonizing Face of Jesus Christ appeared and said to me:

“Son, you have seen. This is how those who followed Me ended up on the way. Only few struggled to the end. Struggle to enter the land of happiness. The way is hard, but he who endures till the end shall be saved.

This vision will be made known to My Apostles on their days of consecration and renewal of their consecration. I promise to give you the Spirit of Wisdom to open your heart for more understanding. The Spirit will throw light into the darkness of souls and renew their hearts.

I am the Agonizing Jesus Christ who loves you. Peace be with you. I bless you”.

Immediately, the vision passed. I woke up; it was exactly 6 pm. So it took me complete three hours to witness the vision; one hour, represented one day as I saw in the vision.

I came back to myself and recorded it.


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