OKAY, I’m just going to say it.
You have no idea how hard it is to write all there is to say in such a little space! I’m trying my best not to overwhelm you while at the same time trying to be faithful to the words burning on my heart. For the majority, you understand how important these times are. You do not open these writings and sigh, “How much do I have to read now?” (Still, I really do try my best to keep everything succinct.) My spiritual director said recently, “Your readers trust you, Mark. But you need to trust them.” That was a pivotal moment for me because I’ve long felt this incredible tension between having to write you, but not wanting to overwhelm. In other words, I hope you can keep up! (Now that you are likely in isolation, you have more time than ever, right?)
FIRST, SOME CONFIRMATIONS…
Before publishing Part II of Our Lady: Prepare, I want to let you read what’s coming into my inbox (I can barely keep up now). All over the world, Christians are hearing the same message I gave in Part I:
A priest left me a text message saying that, in January, he heard clearly in his heart, “It is beginning now, it is beginning.” Another person heard a voice say, “IT IS TIME.” A man in Louisiana with mystical gifts said Our Lady told him last week, “This Era is coming to an end.” Another woman had a dream last night where they found themselves on a one lane road: “A high cliff on the right and a sheer drop-off on the left. Within minutes,” she recounts, “we realized we have to keep going—THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.” These are all ways that Jesus is calling His Bride once again to “Come out of Babylon!”
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues, for her sins are piled up to the sky…” (Revelation 18:4-5)
But not “come out” so as to “go into” our flesh, into self-preservation mode: fear, compulsion, control. No, such a disposition is like having one foot still in Babylon—which didn’t go well for Lot’s wife as they left Sodom and Gomorrah:
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she (a disbelieving soul) was turned into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26; cf. Wis 10:7)
Another priest shared a homily he wrote for the Third Sunday of Lent… but he never had the chance to preach it with Mass cancellations. Four months ago, he and his prayer team received a word to “Prepare.” His written homily continues:
We took it to mean a need to spiritually prepare, to prepare our hearts. And be open to the ways that the Lord wants to prepare each of our ministries for the people He promised would come… We didn’t even think about it again—at least not until the Lord reminded us again this week in prayer. Then, about three weeks ago, I had the image of dominoes falling in a line. And I heard in my heart from the Lord: “Things will happen quickly now… one thing quickly following another.”
That should sound familiar to readers here. He continues:
But the important part was the ‘pace’ at which they fell… the rate of their falling is constant. It’s set by gravity. It’s set by the Lord who created this world. And I understood clearly that what we might perceive to be rapidly accelerating events that may seem to be out of control, is really just the Lord’s plan for our salvation being carefully, meticulously put into action. He’s saving us one step at a time. So focus on Him, and not the rapid acceleration of events, and we will be just fine.
But let’s pause for a moment. What are all these dominoes really about?
THE COMING PRODIGAL HOUR
I have written several times over the years about the coming Prodigal Hour, a Coming Lord of the Flies Moment when the entire world, seemingly spinning out of control, will suddenly stop in the blink of an eye.
Before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of Divine Mercy, n. 83; (Note: “the last day”, that is, not the literal last day on earth, but the “Day of the Lord”. See Faustina, and the Day of the Lord)
Canadian mystic, Fr. Michel Rodrigue (who has given us permission to publish his words) has seen this coming “illumination of conscience” or “warning”:
From the wounds in Jesus’ hands, feet, and side, bright rays of love and mercy will fall onto the entire Earth, and everything will stop. If you are in an airplane, it will stop. If you are riding in a car, don’t worry—the car will stop… Everything will be fixed in time, and the flame of the Holy Spirit will enlighten every conscience on Earth. The shining rays from Jesus’ wounds will pierce every heart, like tongues of fire, and we will see ourselves as if in a mirror in front of us. We will see our souls, how precious they are to the Father, and the evil within each person will be revealed to us. It will be one of the greatest signs given to the world since the Resurrection of Jesus Christ… The illumination will last about fifteen minutes, and in this merciful pre-judgment, all will see immediately where they would go if they were to die right then: heaven, purgatory, or hell. But more than seeing, they will feel pain of their sin. Those who would go to purgatory will see and feel the pains of their sin and purification. They will recognize their faults and know what they must correct within themselves. For those who are very close to Jesus, they will see what they must change in order to live in complete union with Him. —The Tribulation, the Crucifixion of the Church, and the Warning, countdowntothekingdom.com
What will that feel like? This is how St. Faustina experienced it:
Once I was summoned to the judgment [seat] of God. I stood alone before the Lord. Jesus appeared such as we know Him during His Passion. After a moment, His wounds disappeared except for five, those in His hands, His feet and His side. Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy God! Jesus asked me, “Who are you?” —St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 36
Yes, this is the question God will soon ask every person on earth: “Who are you?” It is the very same question the prodigal son was faced with after he had rebelled and left home; after he spent his father’s inheritance; after he went completely broke; after famine hit the land… but not until he was up to his knees in pig slop. Then, only then, was the boy shaken enough to have an illumination of conscience, to realize that he was a son and should never have abandoned his father.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers. (Luke 15:18-19)
The rest of the story is beautiful. The father, seeing that his child had lost his innocence, spent his fortune, and destroyed his dignity… runs to him, kisses, and embraces him. This parable, this story of Jesus, is also a prophecy for our times. It is the “template” for what is now unfolding. Having taken our inheritance, that is the gift of our intellect, memory, and will, this generation has blown it in short order. We have filled our bellies, satiated our passions, bowed to idols, played with our DNA, covered our hands in blood and cast restraint to the wind. And now, we are about to go broke. Literally. The economy, my dear friends, is on a ventilator, gasping, about to expire. The collapse that is coming will bring hyperinflation; the cost of a loaf of bread will go through the roof. It will lead the nations to the pig pen where people will fight for the scraps. Ah! Why is the human heart so stubborn? Why must we come to this point? As Our Lady said in a message to the Italian seer Simona:
My children, all that is taking place is not a punishment from God, but is due to human wickedness. —March 26th, 2020, countdowntothekingdom.com
…let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible. –Sr. Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries, in a letter to the Holy Father, May 12th, 1982; vatican.va
THE LOVING FATHER
The purpose of all this is not to focus on the “dominoes” but how God the Father will use them: to remind us one last time who we are. We are His creation, everyone of us—from the brutal dictator to the most holy saint. We are all made in His image and thus Jesus died for all. For those who are asking God to let his justice fall on this “wicked and perverse generation,” they need to know that this is not the Father’s heart at all. Oh yes, the purification of the unrepentant from the face of the earth is coming—the angels tremble before that Day and we are now in its vigil hour. But first, the Day of Mercy must run its course. As Jesus said to St. Faustina:
I have eternity for punishing [these], and so I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of [sinners]. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1160
No, the Heavenly Father is watching, longing, yearning to see his prodigal children crest the hill of repentance that He may run to them…
While [the prodigal] was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)
So, do you want to know what all these words to people around the world mean that are saying, “It is time to prepare?” It is to prepare, yes, for the labor pains and the coming Passion of the Church; but most especially for the coming prodigal moment when the sickle will swing, and the angels will harvest the earth of the wheat before the mowing of the weeds. The short window we have before us right now is to pray for the conversion of those weeds—not to act like the elder brother in that parable who is bitter toward his prodigal brother and would prefer justice. No, let us fast and pray that the lost will be found and the blind may see again!
I don’t know why I am moved to say this, but I have such a love right now for Hollywood actors and music entertainers. I want them to know, if any are reading this, that you are loved. That God the Father wants to wrap you in His enormous tender arms. Soon, the masks and facades will fall and God is going to ask not who you were, but who you are.
This is the heart of the Father: a burning love to see not a single soul perish. I’ll close with this word given to Fr. Michel from the Heavenly Father on April 6th, 2018:
I do not want death and damnation for anyone of you. So much suffering, so much violence, so many sins now occur on the Earth that I created. I now hear the cries of all the babies and children who are murdered by the sin of My children who live under the dominion of Satan. YOU SHALL NOT KILL. (“These words were so strong,” said Fr. Michel.) Pray and be confident, I do not want you to be like the ones who have no faith and who will tremble during the manifestation of the Son of Man. On the contrary, pray and rejoice and receive the peace given by My Son, Jesus. I know about you, your children, your family. I also hear the demands of your heart. Pray for this Day of My merciful tenderness, which will be poured out through the manifestation of My Son, Jesus. What sorrow when I must respect free will and come to the point of giving a Warning that is also part of My mercy. Be ready and vigilant for the hour of My mercy. I bless you, My children. —countdowntothekingdom.com
As hospitals across Canada begin cancelling and postponing surgeries to contend with the spread of COVID-19, provinces and territories have deemed abortions an essential service… they’ve confirmed to CTVNews.ca that regular abortion access will continue. —March 26th, 2020; ctvnews.ca
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