The Sacred Heart Prefigured in the Old Testament


Before we examine how the Apparitions of the
Sacred Heart were prefigured in the Old Testament by Isaias, I would like
to offer an idea.. The Old Testament contains the entire
history of the Israelites. The Israelites were the Old Testament people
of God. Their entire history, from their inception
until their ending is completely contained in the Books of the Old
Testament. Similarly,
the New Testament is the entire history of the new people of God,
the Catholic Church. The New Testament really contains our entire
history from start to finish. However, the difference is that for the
Israelites, their history is entirely recorded in the Bible. Our history
is still being lived out. We are still in the New Testament, even though
our history is not recorded entirely in the Bible. With that concept in mind, it becomes clear
why the Apparitions of the Sacred Heart would be prefigured in the pages of the Old
Testament. If
the Old prefigures the New, then events in the history of the Church
would be prefigured by the Old Testament. It’s not just people, places and events from
the pages of the Books of the New Testament, but the actual
history of Our Church that comprises the actual New Testament. Now, we are ready to look at how the Apparitions
of the Sacred Heart are prefigured in the Old Testament by the
Book of Isaiah. The prophet Isaiah lived during the Old Testament
period known as the divided kingdom. After the reign of King Solomon and the construction
of the Temple, a man named Jeroboam led the 10 northern
tribes into revolt against the Davidic King and the Law of Moses. These 10 northern tribes, known as the northern
kingdom, became apostates. The bottom tribes of Israel remained loyal
to the Davidic king in Jerusalem and also maintained
the Temple Sacrifice and the Mosaic Law. Led by the King, they were known as the southern
Kingdom. See our videos “Protestant Revolt” and
“Martin Luther” Prefigured in the Old Testament. Isaiah was a prophet in the Southern Kingdom
of Judah at a time when the northern kingdom was largely assimilated and lost to the Assyrian
Empire. Isaiah had a close relationship to
the King of Judah, king Hezekiah. In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah chapter
38, Isaiah prophesies to King Ezechias, who is sick and ready to die. Isaiah tells the king that his life will
be extended and he will be healed, and to prove this, the Lord will work a miracle for
the king to see. God made the sun retreat backwards in the
sky, as was evidenced by the sun dial retreating backwards 10 notches. Thus, God extended the life of
king Ezechias, who was a pious and good king, just as God extended the length of the
day with the miracle of the sun dial. Ezechais is like the sun to the southern kingdom,
as he shown the light of Truth on his kingdom by promoting God’s laws. Thus,
God metaphorically extended the reign of the “sun” over Israel just as He literally
extended the length of the day in His miracle to King Ezechias. We can say that
King Ezechias was in some way a “Sun King”. And Ezechias said: It is an easy matter for
the shadow to go forward ten lines: and I do not desire that this be done, but let
it return back ten degrees. And Isaias the prophet called upon the Lord,
and he brought the shadow ten degrees backwards by the lines, by which it
had already gone down in the dial of Achaz. Shortly after King Hezekiah had been healed,
and his life extended by God, the king of Babylon, hearing he was sick, sent gifts
through his son, the Babylonian prince. King Hezekiah
foolishly showed the Babylonians all of the treasures of the king of Israel. Following this, Isaiah prophesied to him about
the future end of the Judean kingdom and the destruction of Jerusalem. Behold the days shall come, that all that
is in thy house, and that thy fathers have laid up in store unto this
day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons also that shall issue from
thee, whom thou shalt beget, they shall take away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace
of the king of Babylon. In fact, approximately 100 years after the
prophecy of Isaiah, the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem, ended the rule of the Davidic
kings and destroyed the Temple. The Babylonians invaded Jerusalem in 597 BC
taking Jews into exile in Babylon. Then 10 years later, in 587 BC, the Babylonians
came back to Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. Isaiah is thought to have begun his public
ministry in approximately 740 BC and it thought to have prophesied for upto 64
years. Thus, the latest possible date
at which Isaiah might have lived would be approx. 676 BC Isaiah lived and prophesied approximately
100 years before the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem, the exile of the Jews and the
destruction of the Temple. In chapter 6 of Isaiah, presumably at the
beginning of this prophetic mission, he had a vision of heaven opening. He saw the Lord sitting on his heavenly throne
with the Seraphim angels near the Lord. Isaiah cried out lamenting
that he is a man of unclean lips, from a people with unclean lips, yet he is seeing
with his own eyes the Lord! Then, one of the Seraphim angels flew to Isaiah
with a hot coal from the altar in Heaven and pressed
it to the lips of Isaiah, to take away his inequities and to cleanse his sins. Then the voice of the Lord was heard
asking “who shall I send” and Isaiah said “I am here, send me!”. Thus, Isaiah was purified with Divine Fire
so the he could be sent by God on his prophetic mission. In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the
Lord sitting upon a throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple. Upon it stood the seraphims: the one had six
wings, and the other had six wings: with two they covered his face,
and with two they covered his feet, and with two they hew. And they cried one to another, and said: Holy,
holy, holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory. And the lintels of the doors were moved at
the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: Woe is me, because I have held
my peace; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of
a people that hath unclean lips, and I have seen with my eyes the King the Lord of
hosts. And one of the seraphims flew to me, and in
his hand was a live coal, which he had taken with the tongs off the
altar. And he touched my mouth, and said: Behold
this hath touched thy lips, and thy iniquities shall be taken away, and thy
sin shall be cleansed. And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
Whom shall I send? and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me. The angel that approached Isaiah with a burning
coal was a “Seraphim” angel. The
word “seraphim” means “the burning ones” as they are on fire due to their position
immediately next to the throne of God. Thus, Isaiah was approached by a flaming
angel caring a hot coal, burning Isaiah’s lips and purifying him with Divine Fire. Chapter 53 of the Book of Isaiah contains
the stunning prophecy of the suffering servant. These passages foretell the mission of Christ
to suffer and die for us for our redemption and salvation. Here are some of the key passages of chapter
53. Despised, and the most abject of men, a man
of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden
and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried
our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one
struck by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities, he
was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and
by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every
one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the
iniquity of us all. And as a final point concerning the Book of
Isaiah, is his prophecy about the Immaculate conception and the birth of Our
Lord. Isaiah prophesied about the
virgin birth of Christ. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you
a sign. Behold a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
was given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, by the apparitions of Our Lord to
her in 1673 and following. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was born in 1647
in Burgundy France. She entered the
convent in 1671 and died in 1690 AD. This period of Church history lies in between
the Protestant Revolt of the 1500’s, and the French Revolution and subsequent Napoleonic
Empire in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. In Western Europe, the Protestant Revolt divided
Christendom into the northern apostate Protestant kingdoms and the southern Catholic kingdoms. Thus, St. Margaret Mary lived in
the time of Divided Christendom. See our videos “Protestant Revolt” and
“Martin Luther” Prefigured in the Old Testament.
for the amazing parallels between the Protestant Revolt in Church history and the
revolt of the 10 northern Tribes in the Old Testament. Additionally, see the attached links for the
striking and abundant parallels between the French Revolution of 1789 ad, and the
invasion of Jerusalem by Babylon, and the subsequent exile of the Jews. (on Youtube, these links will
be in the video description section, and on Facebook, the links will be included
in the text of the post) St. Margaret Mary lived her whole life under
the monarchy of King Louis XIV of France. King Louis XIV is considered to have had the
most centralized power of any king of France, and is known as “the
sun king”. During his reign,
France was the richest and most powerful country in Europe. King Louis XIV considered his reign to be
willed by God, and that he had a divine rite to be the king. Thus, one of his other names was “Dieudonne”
which means “given by God”. Louis XIV Louis Dieudonné, known as
Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of
the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 14 May 1643 until his
death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the
longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European
history. In the age of
absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV’s France was a leader in the growing
centralization of power. It is commonly held among Catholics that St.
Margaret Mary, at the end of her life, met with King Louis XIV at the palace of Versailles
in 1689. On June 17th 1689,
Our Lord made it known to St. Margaret Mary that He commanded the king of
France to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart. St. Margaret Mary sent word through the Jesuits
to the king, who ignored the message. Later that year, St. Margaret Mary went to
Versailles to request the king in person, however he refused St. Margaret
Mary. For 100 years, the kings of France neglected
to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart, and then on June 17th, 1789 (exactly
100 years from Our Lord’s initial request), the French Revolution deposed the
king and later beheaded him. Here are the words of Our Lord to St. Margaret
Mary concerning Our Lord’s command for the King of France to consecrate
France to His Sacred Heart. The words were recorded by St. Margaret Mary
in a letter from her to her religious superior Mother de Saumaise, and
it appears in a book written in by Monsignor Emile Bougard, bishop of Laval,
entitled “Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque”. The relevant text comes from pages 268 and
269 of that book. ‘Make known to the eldest son of My Heart,’
speaking of our king, ‘that as his temporal birth was obtained
through devotion to the merits of my holy childhood,
in the same manner he will obtain his birth of grace
and eternal glory by the consecration that he
will make of himself to My Adorable Heart, which
wishes to triumph over those of the great ones of the
world. It wishes to
reign in his palace, to be painted on his standards and
engraven on his arms, in order to render him victorious
over all his enemies.’ St. Margaret Mary saw and conversed with Our
Lord in her childhood. When she
entered the convent, Our Lord continued to appear to her, and made known to her
His Sacred Heart. Here are the words from the autobiography
of St. Margaret Mary: “He made me repose for a long time upon
His Sacred Breast, where He disclosed to me the marvels of His love and the inexplicable
secrets of His Sacred Heart, …..” “ ‘My Divine Heart’ He said ‘is so
inflamed with love for men, and for thee in particular that, being unable any longer to
contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, It must needs spread them
abroad….’ “. “After this He asked for my heart, which
I begged Him to take. He did so and placed
it in His own Adorable Heart where He showed it to me as a little atom which
was being consumed in this great furnace, and withdrawing it thence as a burning
flame in the form of a heart, He restored it to the place whence He had taken it saying
to me ‘See, My well-beloved, I give thee a precious token of My love, having
enclosed within thy side a little spark of its glowing flames…’ “.
“ ‘If hitherto, thou hast taken only the name of My slave, I now give thee that of
the beloved disciple of My Sacred Heart’ “. “The Sacred Heart was represented to me
as a resplendent sun, the burning rays of which fell vertically upon my heart, which
was inflamed with a fire so fervid that it seemed as if it would reduce me to
ashes…”. “On my representing to Him my inability,
He replied: ‘Behold, this will supply for all that is wanting to thee’. And at the same time His Divine heart being
opened , there issued from It a flame so ardent that
I thought I should be consumed, for I was wholly penetrated with it, and being no
longer able to bear it, I besought Him to have pity on my weakness”. St. Margaret Mary also received apparitions
of the Seraphim angels, who wished to make an association with her. They would adore Our Lord in the Blessed
Sacrament when St. Margaret Mary was unable to be in the chapel. In return, they
would share in the sufferings of St. Margaret Mary made in honor of the Sacred
Heart. “…The Adorable Heart of my Jesus appeared
to me brighter than the sun. It was
surrounded by the flames of Its pure love, and encircled by Seraphim…” “They reproved me, telling me they had come
in order to form an association with me…”. Our Lord’s apparitions and messages to St.
Margaret Mary were greatly focused on the Love of Our Lord for man and of His
sufferings He endured for our redemption and salvation. Our Lord deeply lamented about the ingratitude,
coldness and indifference of the vast majority of mankind
concerning His burning love and His suffering and Sacrifice. Our Lord also gives St. Margaret Mary great
sufferings, so that she may share in the sufferings of Christ for the salvation
of others. In this way, St. Margaret was
also made into a suffering servant, just like the Lord. “I said: How happy should I be, O my dear
Saviour, if Thous wouldst imprint on me the likeness of Thy sufferings!. To which He replied ‘This is what I intend
to do, provided that thous dost not resist Me
and that thou on thy side dost dost contribute thereto.’ “…and showed me to what an excess He had
loved men, from whom He received only ingratitude and contempt. ‘I feel this more’ He said, ‘than all
that I suffered during My passion. If only they would make Me some return for
My love, I should think but little of all I have done
for them and would wish, were it possible, to suffer still more.’ “ Finally, in the many words in which Our Lord
spoke to St. Margaret Mary, He brought up His conception in the womb of
His virgin Mother. The conception of the Lord is the fulfillment
of the prophecy of Isaiah that the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and
His name shall be Emmanuel. Here are the words he spoke to St. Margaret
Mary: “At last peace is restored, and My Sanctity
of justice is satisfied by the sacrifice you have made in honor of that which
I made at the moment of My Incarnation in the womb of My
Mother….” Isaiah prophesied during the period of the
Divided Kingdom. This was the
time after the 10 northern tribes of Israel revolted and changed their religion. Approx. 100 years after Isaiah, the southern Kingdom
of Judah was overtaken by Babylon. The king was deposed and the Jews were taken
into exile. St. Margaret Mary lived in the time after
the Protestant Revolt. Northern Europe
followed Martin Luther into apostasy, and abandoned the Catholic Faith and religion. 100 years after Our Lord told the kings of
France to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart, the French Revolution started. The French monarchy was deposed, and
Catholics were forced to live in a new land of secular laws, many hostile to the Faith. Isaiah lived through the reign of King Ezechais,
who ruled righteously over Judah as the sun shines rays on the Earth. To highlight this, and to reward Ezechias,
God performed a miracle in which the prolongation
of the king’s life was represented by a miracle in which the sun retreated backwards
across the sky, thus prolonging the day. St. Margaret Mary lived her whole life under
the monarchy of King Louis XIV of France, known as the “sun king”. His reign was marked by great wealth and
temporal power. However, to St. Margaret Mary, the Sacred
Heart was often represented to her as a resplendent sun, shining
with its rays. The true light for
mankind is the Sacred Heart. Isaiah started his prophetical career with
a vision of the throne of God. Such a vision
was unique in the Old Testament, and Isaiah was given an incredible privilege to
see God in Heaven. A seraphim angel descended to Isaiah and purified
his lips with a burning coal from the altar in Heaven. Isaiah was so purified for his mission. Our Lord appeared to St. Margaret Mary throughout
her life, particularly after she entered the convent. Such intimate, frequent and profound apparitions
of Our Lord are almost completely unique in Christian
history. Our Lord showed St. Margaret His Sacred Heart
which burned like a furnace. Her heart was placed in the flaming Sacred
Heart and was purified, and made ready for her mission
of being the disciple of the Sacred Heart to the world. St. Margaret also had apparitions of the Seraphim
angels who made a special association with her to adore the Sacred Heart. Isaiah lamented that he was not worthy to
be in the presence of God, saying that he had unclean lips and was from a people
of unclean lips. The burning coal
purified him for His mission St. Margaret Mary lamented that she was not
worthy nor capable of performing the tasks that were asked of her by Our Lord. Our Lord replied by supplying for her
inadequacies, purifying her with the burning flames of His Sacred Heart. Isaiah prophesied to King Ezechias that the
David Kingdom would end, and the kings of Judah would be eunuchs at the court
of Babylon. His prophecy came true
About 100 years after his death when Babylon invaded and deposed the Judean Kings. Our Lord told the Kings of France, through
St. Margaret Mary, to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart. The Kings of France did not comply, until
it was too late. Exactly 100 years to the day in which Our
Lord related this message to St. Margaret Mary, the french king Louis XVI was deposed
on June 17th, 1789, thus ending the sovereign reign of the French monarchy, and
beginning the French republic of the revolution. Chapter 53 of the Book of Isaiah is known
as the suffering servant, because of the stunning prophecy of the sufferings and death
of Christ for the salvation of souls. The passage describes the disdain that the
Messiah would undergo, even as He was suffering for the redemption of mankind,
the very people torturing Him and deriding Him. Our Blessed Lord deeply lamented to St. Margaret
Mary, the coldness and ingratitude of Christians, and
the whole world to His sufferings and Sacrifice of the Cross. Our Lord gave St. Margaret Mary sufferings
specifically to atone for the sins of others, and to bring them graces without which,
those souls would still be on the road to Hell. St. Margaret Mary continually asked the Lord
for more sufferings and penances, so she could share in the sufferings
of Christ, and also be a suffering servant. Isaiah famously prophesies about the conception
of the Lord. He says
that a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be Emanuel. In the apparitions of Our Lord to St. Margaret,
Our Lord references His conception in the womb of His Mother.

Comments 2

  • Thank you for this video. I'm curious about any possible prefigurations in book of Judith.

  • Seems like the Battle of Lepanto 1571 was like another Siege of Bethulia (Book of Judith). The timing is about right between 1517 and 1789. Don't know if Pope Pius V can be described as another Judith but the head of that snake certainly was cut off, again.

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