Ezekiel 7:9
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The End Has Come
[b]1[/b]The word of the Lord came to me: [b]2[/b]“Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says to the land of Israel:
“ ‘The end! The end has come
upon the four corners of the land!
[b]3[/b]The end is now upon you,
and I will unleash my anger against you.
I will judge you according to your conduct
and repay you for all your detestable practices.
[b]4[/b]I will not look on you with pity;
I will not spare you.
I will surely repay you for your conduct
and for the detestable practices among you.
“ ‘Then you will know that I am the Lord.’
[b]5[/b]“This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“ ‘Disaster! Unheard-ofa disaster!
See, it comes!
[b]6[/b]The end has come!
The end has come!
It has roused itself against you.
See, it comes!
[b]7[/b]Doom has come upon you,
upon you who dwell in the land.
The time has come! The day is near!
There is panic, not joy, on the mountains.
[b]8[/b]I am about to pour out my wrath on you
and spend my anger against you.
I will judge you according to your conduct
and repay you for all your detestable practices.
[b]9[/b]I will not look on you with pity;
I will not spare you.
I will repay you for your conduct
and for the detestable practices among you.
“ ‘Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes you.
[b]10[/b]“ ‘See, the day!
See, it comes!
Doom has burst forth,
the rod has budded,
arrogance has blossomed!
[b]11[/b]Violence has arisen,b
a rod to punish the wicked.
None of the people will be left,
none of that crowd—
none of their wealth,
nothing of value.
[b]12[/b]The time has come!
The day has arrived!
Let not the buyer rejoice
nor the seller grieve,
for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
[b]13[/b]The seller will not recover
the property that was sold—
as long as both buyer and seller live.
For the vision concerning the whole crowd
will not be reversed.
Because of their sins, not one of them
will preserve their life.
[b]14[/b]“ ‘They have blown the trumpet,
they have made all things ready,
but no one will go into battle,
for my wrath is on the whole crowd.
[b]15[/b]Outside is the sword;
inside are plague and famine.
Those in the country
will die by the sword;
those in the city
will be devoured by famine and plague.


Sounds like God will show no mercy at the end, is there a catholic interpretation for this? if you read on it talks about people have marked on their forehead/ this echos revelations, any catholic teaching on this???
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The literal meaning of this passage is a prophecy regarding the Babylonian Captivity, particularly the siege of Jerusalem in 587 B.C., not the Second Coming.

Certain aspects of it could be spiritually applied to the Second Coming and end of the world, but this is an application, not the literal meaning of the text.

In order to assert anything, you must first look at commentaries from the Fathers, etc., and not come up with an interpretation and see if that fits. You have it backwards.
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God will show mercy to those who accept the true Faith, repent of their sins, and die in the state of grace.  That about sums it up.

I would counsel against using protestant bibles like the NIV.
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, o Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Saviour and the Redeemer of our souls!

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