THE WINTER OF OUR CHASTISEMENT
There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay…. (Today’s Gospel)
I heard a startling claim from a scientist nearly a decade ago. The world is not warming—it is about to enter a cooling period, even a “little ice age.” He based his theory on examining past ice ages, solar activity, and the natural cycles of the earth. Since then, he has been echoed by dozens of environmental scientists from around the world who posit the same conclusion based on one or more of the same factors. Surprised? Don’t be. It’s another “sign of the times” of the approaching multi-faceted winter of chastisement…
THE ECONOMIC WINTER
The assertion that the global climate is actually warming due to man-made “greenhouse gases” has led to strong measures being taken by governments to curb emissions. These include shutting down energy producing sources such as coal factories and spending billions on “renewable” technologies. Perhaps most alarming, though, is the imposition of “carbon taxes” on nations, or rather, individuals like you and me. Carbon taxes have nothing to do with curbing emissions but, in fact, reveal the whole scheme behind the increasingly unscientific theory of man-made global warming: the redistribution of wealth. The Chief Climate Change official of the United Nations, Christine Figueres, stated:
This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years—since the industrial revolution. —November 30th, 2015; unric.org
What we are speaking of is the implementation of global Communism. As Christine Stewart, then Canadian Minister of the Environment said in 1998: “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”Indeed, as an official on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) quite candidly admitted:
…one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth… —Ottmar Edenhofer, dailysignal.com, November 19th, 2011
This is the same climate panel that recently produced The Paris Agreement, which was recently signed onto by 174 nation states and the European Union. The Agreement has already begun the reorganization of the economy with a view to more “sustainable development” (ie. Communism). The United Nations Climate Change website reads:
The Paris Agreement requires all Parties to put forward their best efforts through “nationally determined contributions”… —unfccc.int
Of course, these “contributions” will come from the rich and poor alike through higher gas prices and taxes, and other more alarming interventions (to be discussed at another time).
But all this was signalled decades before. In 1996, former Soviet Union President, Mikhail Gorbachev, emphasized the importance of using climate alarmism to advance socialist Marxist objectives: “The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.” Speaking at the 2000 UN Conference on Climate Change in the Hague, former President Jacques Chirac of France explained that, “For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organization which France and the European Union would like to see established.”
This is all to say that the planned economic collapse and reconfiguration that is coming will take many by surprise like “a thief in the night.” And that’s what Communism is—a thief (cf. When Communism Returns).
THE SOCIAL WINTER
In order to accomplish the above, however, you have to win over the people—or, at least, lull them to sleep.
Leaders from the communist Soviet regime understood best how, as did Hitler: brainwash the youth. The communist strategy was to infiltrate the West, not with jackboots and machine guns, but immorality that would eventually create an ideological vacuum for Marxism.
There is another explanation for the rapid diffusion of the Communistic ideas now seeping into every nation, great and small, advanced and backward, so that no corner of the earth is free from them. This explanation is to be found in a propaganda so truly diabolical that the world has perhaps never witnessed its like before. It is directed from one common center. It is shrewdly adapted to the varying conditions of diverse peoples. It has at its disposal great financial resources, gigantic organizations, international congresses, and countless trained workers. It makes use of pamphlets and reviews, of cinema, theater and radio, of schools and even universities. Little by little it penetrates into all classes of the people and even reaches the better-minded groups of the community, with the result that few are aware of the poison which increasingly pervades their minds and hearts… Thus the Communist ideal wins over many of the better minded members of the community. These in turn become the apostles of the movement among the younger intelligentsia who are still too immature to recognize the intrinsic errors of the system. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 17, 15
It is remarkable to watch in real-time, now, as American students, screaming for “revolution,” begin to buy the grotesque lie that communistic principles will work… when they have repeatedly failed in history. It’s amazing—and tragic—how humans are apt to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
Case in point: At the U.N’s 2010 Mexico Climate conference, the late socialist dictator, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, was met with a “tumultuous standing ovation” after his speech. He said,
Our revolution seeks to help all people…Socialism, is the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that’s the way to save the planet; capitalism is the road to hell…Let’s fight against capitalism and make it obey us. —Forbes.com, January 22nd, 2013
Only eight years later, socialist Venezuela has descended into utter chaos as its infrastructure is collapsing, inflation is shooting through the roof, food has become scarce, and violence permeates the air. It is another real-time lesson of what happens when man tries to put himself in the place of God, which is ultimately what Communism does (see The New Beast Rising).
Be careful, especially when all seems to be peaceful and calm. Russia may act in a surprise way, when you least expect it… [God’s] justice will begin in Venezuela. —The Bridge to Heaven: Interviews with Maria Esperanza of Betania, Michael H. Brown, p. 73, 171
Clearly, the “social winter” is already upon us—a necessary precursor to pave the way for the political/economic transformation the international powerbrokers are preparing. There is little tolerance left for the Christian ethos. Let’s not mince words: that which was once wrong is now right; good is now evil, and evil is good.
Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard, the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20). —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae “The Gospel of Life”, n. 58
THE REAL WINTER
So, if we are seeing an approaching “winter” in the economic/political/social order, then it is no surprise that the earth and cosmos would reflect that, as we hear in today’s Gospel (see above). For St. Paul ties the spiritual state of things to creation itself.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now… for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. (Rom 8:22, 19-20)
The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). —POPE FRANCIS, Laudato si’, n. 2
This violence is ultimately a violence against aulove. We can sum up the present spiritual state of affairs in Christ’s words:
…many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. (Matt 24:10-12)
At least Pius XI thought so…
And thus, even against our will, the thought rises in the mind that now those days draw near of which Our Lord prophesied: “And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). —POPE PIUS XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor, Encyclical on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, n. 17
In parallel, there is an alarming convergence taking place that is causing the climate to also grow colder—not only on earth, but in space as well. At present, sunspot activity in our nearest star has come to a rapid standstill, and this is impacting earth’s thermosphere. Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center stated:
High above Earth’s surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold. —spaceweather.com, September 27th, 2018
This, he said, could happen “in a matter of months.” While many media outlets were quick to presume that this data suggested we are heading into a “little ice age” within “months,” Mlynczak never said that.
But other scientists around the globe are indeed pointing to low solar activity, natural earth cycles, and oceanic patterns as key indicators that the earth is not warming, but beginning to cool. In fact, all three of these factors are now occurring at the same time—and that is not taking into account volcanic ash.
For instance, researchers studying the Atlantic Ocean have discovered that its circulation is now at its weakest in the last 1500 years. Something similar but less pronounced occurred during the Little Ice Age (a cold spell observed between about 1600 and 1850 AD) that led to catastrophic social upheaval through food scarcity, poverty, and disease. In fact, several scientists have pointed out that “global warming” is actually healthy for the planet as the additional C02 increases food production and crop yields. But that is not where we are headed according to Joe d’Aleo, Executive Director of Certified Consultant Meteorologists:
An active sun through direct and indirect factors leads to warming oceans and through them the land, and a quiet sun to cooling of oceans and land… Longer term the sun is behaving like it did in the last 1700s and early 1800s, leading many to believe we are likely to experience conditions more like the early 1800s (called the Dalton Minimum) in the next few decades. That was a time of cold and snow. It was the time of Charles Dickens and his novels with snow and cold in London. —intellicast.com
Swedish climate expert, Dr. Fred Goldberg states that we could enter an ice age “any time”:
If we go down to the last 4000 to 3500 years in the Bronze Age period, it was three degrees warmer than today on the northern hemisphere at least… we had a new peak in high temperature in 2002 after a solar activity maximum, now the temperature is going down again. So we are heading into a cooling period. —April 22nd, 2010; en.people.cn
German, Russian, Swedish, American, Australian and other scientists point toward cyclical changes in climate that are natural with far more impact than any anthropogenic (man-made) effect. So why are the media and Al Gore still talking about “global warming”? Because they have bought into the inaccurate, outdated, and sadly fraudulent data submitted as “science,” leading some to dub the flawed research as “Climate-Gate.”
Much of the science is promoted by the IPCC—but they don’t do climate research. Dr. Frederick Seitz, a world-famous physicist and former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, commented on a 1996 IPCC report that used selective data and doctored graphs: “I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer review process than events that led to this IPCC report,” he lamented. In 2007, the IPCC had to correct a report that exaggerated the pace of melt of the Himalayan glaciers, which wrongly said they could all vanish by 2035. The IPCC was caught exaggerating global warming data again recently in a report rushed through in order to influence The Paris Agreement. That report fudged data in order to show that there was no ‘pause‘ in global warming in the 2000s, while other reliable science says the opposite is true. Yet another study published in a peer-reviewed journal found climate models exaggerated the global warming from CO2 emissions by as much as 45%. And those poor polar bears? Populations are stable or actually increasing.
In a surprising and blunt assessment of all this from no less than the co-founder of the environmental group Greenpeace, Dr. Peter Moore summarized:
We do not have any scientific proof that we are the cause of the global warming that has occurred in the last 200 years…The alarmism is driving us through scare tactics to adopt energy policies that are going to create a huge amount of energy poverty among the poor people. It’s not good for people and it’s not good for the environment…In a warmer world we can produce more food. —Fox Business News with Stewart Varney, January 2011; Forbes.com
…the Left sees climate change as a perfect means to redistribute wealth from industrial countries to the developing world and the UN bureaucracy. —Dr. Peter Moore, P.h.d., co-founder of Greenpeace; “Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic”, March 20th, 2015; new.hearttland.org
Here we are, back to Communism again.
And so, after listening to another news story this week about the possibility of another coming “ice age”, I said to the Lord, “This sounds pretty big. This must be somewhere in private revelation?” Immediately I felt a prodding to search the prophetic messages given to a woman named Jennifer…
THE WINTER OF CHASTISEMENT
Jennifer is a young American mother and housewife (her last name is withheld at her spiritual director’s request in order to respect the privacy of her husband and family.) Her messages allegedly come directly from Jesus who began to speak to her audibly after she received the Holy Eucharist at Mass. As is typical, Heaven chose a simple, childlike soul. At the time, she thought “Sodom and Gomorrah” were two people, and that “the beatitudes” were the name of a rock band.
If the messages to St. Faustina focus on “the door of mercy”, the ones to Jennifer emphasize the “door of justice”… a sign, perhaps, of the imminence of judgment.
Time, my brothers and sisters, seems to be running out; we are not yet tearing one another apart, but we are tearing apart our common home… The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished. —POPE FRANCIS, address to The Second World Meeting of Popular Movements, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, July 10th, 2015; vatican.va
One day, the Lord instructed Jennifer to present her messages to Pope John Paul II. Fr. Seraphim Michaelenko, vice-postulator of St. Faustina’s canonization, translated her messages into Polish. She booked a ticket to Rome and, against all odds, found herself and her companions in the inner corridors of the Vatican. She met with Monsignor Pawel Ptasznik, a close friend and collaborator of the Pope and the Polish Secretariat of State for the Vatican. The messages were passed to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II’s personal secretary. In a follow-up meeting, Msgr. Pawel said she was to “spread the messages to the world any way you can.” On the present subject, this is what I found:
Too many are seeking comfort in a way that is leading them to sin and their souls are not prepared to meet Me… As the winter winds blow forth the snow will come and cities and towns will not be seen as a great cold will come that has not plagued mankind before and will not cease for a great period of time. China will push forward making a greater presence upon America as the change of power and currency begins to come forth. —8/18/11 1:50 PM; wordsfromjesus.com
As I read these messages now, I understand why I felt led to begin this article with the coming “economic winter.”
My child, the cold air is coming. As the winter winds usher forth you will see a freeze in the markets across the world. The truth will be seen by each and every soul of the greed that has filtered into man’s way of living. I will be the means by which true simplification will come forth and the only way in which hearts can be restored is by turning to My mercy for I am Jesus. —9/20/11
Here, Jesus seems to affirm what scientists have been saying about natural climate cycles:
My child, I am coming! I am coming! It will be an era upon mankind in which every corner of the earth will know of My existence. I tell you My child that great change is coming for the cycle of the earth will announce itself upon mankind and will catch many off guard. Ice will come and following that a great cold that has never fallen upon mankind since the beginning of creation.—12/28/10 7:35 PM
Of note, there is also a precedent in the Book of Revelation for some kind of “ice age” effect that forms part of the chastisements of those days:
Large hailstones like huge weights came down from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because this plague was so severe. (Rev 16:21)
And then, a dire message to an unrepentant people that echoes the message of Our Lady of Akita:
My child, I ask My children where is your refuge? Is your refuge in worldly pleasures or in My Most Sacred Heart? I spoke to My children of the cold that is going to come forth, but I tell you now about the wind that will come forth and followed will be fire. The winds will come across the plains of America and in the heart of this nation will be an earthquake that will divide this country in a greater way. China will send forth its army and Russia will join its enemy to seek to rule over this nation of freedom. In the East where this statue of freedom dwells the cities will be blackened… The seven continents of the world will be at war as the financial collapse will one by one bring nation upon nation to its knees. Following this cold will be a heat at a time when the world should be sleeping in winter’s covering. —1/1/11 8:10 PM
I’ve said nothing to this point of volcanic activity, which by itself can dramatically alter the earth’s climate. Jennifer’s messages predicted an increase in active volcanoes too, which we are beginning to see. A “perfect storm” of global cooling seems in the making….
FINAL WORD ON FRANCIS
I’ve quoted Pope Francis above several times because he is speaking truth. However, we also know that Pope Francis has been advised that man-made global warming poses an imminent threat to humanity. In his Encyclical Letter Laudato si’, it says:
…a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity… The same mindset which stands in the way of making radical decisions to reverse the trend of global warming also stands in the way of achieving the goal of eliminating poverty. —Laudato si’, n. 23, 175
In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this November, he highlighted…
…the immense and ongoing crisis ofclimate change and the nuclear menace. —November 12th, 2018;vatican.va
We must give the Holy Father the benefit of the doubt that his intentions are good. But it appears the science he has been fed is one-sided. In my opinion, global warming is not only a ruse for communistic aims but a distraction from the real problem: The Great Poisoning of the planet and its inhabitants. While I have vigorously defended Pope Francis when justice demands it, I am admittedly at a loss for words at the Vatican’s unreserved embrace of “global warming,” given the notorious skewing of data and outright fraudulence among some climate models… or his agreement to allow Communist China to appoint bishops (while it tears down shrines and churches)… or other alliances the Vatican has made with proponents of an agenda often adversarial to the Gospel and human life.
While some Catholics have gone overboard in declaring Francis an “anti-pope”, some, including cardinals, have simply said he is “naïve.” In a blunt editorial, Fr. George Rutler criticized the Vatican’s strange diplomatic efforts, perhaps summarizing the growing sense of alarm if not betrayal that many Catholics are feeling at this time from the hierarchy:
Of the twelve apostles, only one was a diplomat, and he is the only one of them who was not a saint, having drunk a toxic cocktail of arrogance and naïveté. This recipe is still fatal. —Crisis Magazine, Nov. 27th, 2018
All this, too, is part of the winter of purification that is now upon us. On the issue of climate change, there is no sin in disagreeing with the Pope, so long as it is done respectfully. For as Cardinal Pell pointed out:
…the Church has no particular expertise in science… the Church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters. We believe in the autonomy of science. —Religious News Service, July 17th, 2015; relgionnews.com
Pray for the Pope. Pray for the world. May Christ shorten this winter and hasten the coming of a new springtime…
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