Episode 17

Published on:

4th Mar 2021

Revelation -- 17

The Book of Revelation #17

The four riders have been sent, and now Christ opens the fifth seal. Souls from under the altar raise their voices in prayer. What are they doing under the altar? What is the meaning of their prayer?

Furthermore, they are told to wait a little while until the number of their brethren is complete. How long? Is this about the end of the world?

Once more, the four senses of scripture and the Covenant come to our aid, and when combined with the prophets and the Liturgy, we can form a sound understanding of this text that applies to us today and enrich our lives and our faith.


  • What is the meaning of the rainbow that appears behind the throne of God?
  • Why are the souls under the altar given white robes?
  • Do souls in heaven have a body to cover with a white robe?

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The Book of Revelation
Understanding the Apocalypse
Is the Book of Revelation obscure because we do not understand it or because we misunderstand it? This study will walk you step-by-step through the last book of Scripture. In uncertain times such as ours, Revelation anchors us in the hope of Christ and gives us abiding peace and joy.


The Catholic Foundation Library is a definite prerequisite to a sound understanding of the Book of Revelation. It serves as a basis for grasping the way Scripture functions and since the Book of Revelation assumes a solid familiarity with the rest of the Bible, it makes sense to start with a subscription to the Catholic Foundation Library and then progressing to the Book of Revelation next.
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The Book of Revelation is one of the most difficult books in all of Scripture.

The 47 talks that make up this library cover the 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation. Each of these talks is at least one hour long, some even longer (excluding questions and answers which are also included). On average, we spend about 2.5 hours per chapter and nearly all these chapters are short. This gives you an indication of the depth and level of details of these talks.

By listening to this podcast, you will once and for all be rooted in the Tradition of the Catholic Church since we follow in the footsteps of the Father and, more often than not, arrive at similar conclusions. Interestingly, we did not do that because the Fathers told us so; we did it simply because the coherence of the whole of Scripture led us in this direction and confirmed the wisdom and great knowledge kept safe for us by the Catholic Church.

These talks are the fruits of 10 years of study and they are laid out in a specific order to help you integrate the different parts of Scripture into a cohesive whole. While not covering all of Scripture this library of talks will enable you to understand why Scripture is one book and not a collection of writings.

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Michael Mouawad

Michael Joseph Mouawad, aka Naji Mouawad, is a Lebanese-born Maronite. The Maronite Rite is one of the eastern rites of the Catholic Church under the authority of the Pope. The Maronites go back to Antioch and are disciples of Saint Maron--hence the name.

Michael is a husband and a father of seven children. He taught scripture at several churches in the San Diego Area. Predominantly, he taught the bible at Saint Ephrem Maronite Church, and at Saint Margaret in Ocean Side. He chose to teach Scripture for Catholics who wanted to deepen their understanding of the Word of God and who were willing to dive deep into the text. While these studies are not a verse-by-verse examination of the pages, they dive deep into the original meaning. The singular goal of this study is to help every Catholic to live a more biblically-centered life and to understand our present times in light of the Scriptures.

Qorbono--notice no u!--is a Syriac word that means the Mass and the Eucharist. This was the site that Michael maintained for years to share these bible studies with the world and now he is happy to make them available via podcasts for easier access and availability.

Michael is also the author of a high-fantasy epic--The Epic of Ahiram. He has already published five books of that epic and is working on publishing the remaining four. The Epic is evangelization via story-telling. It introduces essential Catholic concepts, including angels, demons, and transubstantiation to a generation of readers who may have grown up never hearing of or understanding these notions.

Michael is a professional Lead Software architect with over twenty years of experience in this field and loves writing code for his own use.