THE OPENING OF THE SEALS
Posted on by Mark
AS extraordinary events unfold around the globe, it’s often “looking back” that we see most clearly. It’s very possible that a “word” put on my heart years ago is now unfolding in real time…
THE GREAT STORM
Over fifteen years ago, the words came to me as clear as the thunder storm that was rolling toward me on the horizon:
There is a Great Storm coming upon the earth like a hurricane.”
As I explained recently in Warp Speed, Shock and Awe, that word was followed shortly thereafter with another as I began to read the sixth chapter of the Book of Revelation:
This IS the Great Storm.
In other words, the “seals” that are broken open are a series of global events, allowed and even used by God, to rapidly bring the world to its knees. In light of recent events, I believe we may in fact be seeing the definitive opening of these seals in real time and in the most unexpected ways, as I’ll explain. St. Paul once wrote:
Our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect… For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. (1 Cor 13:9, 12)
Hindsight is sometimes the greatest teacher, as much as standing on a mountain and looking back gives the greatest perspective. With each passing day now, the veil seems to be lifting and the Book of Revelation taking on new meaning and perspective. The word Apocalypse, after all, means “unveiling”…
THE FIRST SEAL
I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories. (6:1-2)
This Rider, according to Pius XII, is the Lord Himself.
He is Jesus Christ. The inspired evangelist [St. John] not only saw the devastation brought about by sin, war, hunger and death; he also saw, in the first place, the victory of Christ.—POPE PIUS XII, Address, November 15, 1946; footnote of The Navarre Bible, “Revelation”, p.70
As I have explained at Countdown to the Kingdom on our Timeline and in a webcast, the “time of mercy” that Jesus granted us after the apparitions in Fatima appears to fulfill this seal. Piux XII’s insight is a beautiful interpretation because it suggests that the following, painful seals are permitted by Divine Providence in order to draw the maximum number of souls into God’s mercy. Sometimes it is only suffering that awakens the stubborn human heart to the presence of God and the greater reality of eternal life (see Mercy in Chaos). Hence, the arrows the Rider releases are the power of the Holy Spirit to awaken souls before it’s too late:
The first seal being opened, [St. John] says that he saw a white horse, and a crowned horseman having a bow… He sent the Holy Spirit, whose words the preachers sent forth as arrows reaching to the human heart, that they might overcome unbelief. —St. Victorinus, Commentary on the Apocalypse, Ch. 6:1-2
THE SECOND SEAL
When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword. (Revelation 6:3-4)
The allusion here is fairly obvious: a global war. But what is not obvious is exactly how this sword is unsheathed. Perhaps this is similar to the “flaming sword” that was revealed in a vision to the children at Fatima, Portugal.
The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), The Message of Fatima, vatican.va
But these inventions are no longer confined to missile silos. In fact, the world has awakened to a new kind of warfare that is biological. Over the past year, scientists around the globe, including a Nobel Prize winner, have stated that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a bioweapon that originated in a laboratory.  Now, a team of scientists are set to publish a paper claiming that “Chinese scientists created COVID-19 in a Wuhan lab, then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it look like it evolved naturally from bats.” Both scientists submitting the research are involved in the manufacturing of vaccines and so may have a conflict of interest. Nonetheless, their research only confirms what has been said from the very beginning.
While this seal does not exclude conventional warfare — in fact, nuclear war may eventually, God forbid, be its fallout — the second seal may in fact be initiated by the release of this virus into the global population. For what has followed over the past year is the beginning of what takes place in through next seals…
THE THIRD SEAL
When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and its rider had a balance in his hand; and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm oil and wine!” (Rev 6:5-6)
Simply put, this is hyperinflation. Due to global lockdowns, supply chains have been damaged with true consequences only starting to be felt in the West. Many supplies, parts and items are increasingly hard to find, driving availability and prices of goods upward in some places.
Prices have risen sharply on everything from used cars and lumber to steel and food. The return of inflation is especially costly to low-income families, who are most likely to have been hit hardest by the pandemic. —May 27th, 2021, cnn.com
Inflationary pressures will develop very quickly. I don’t think there’s any shelter here. —Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics, March 7th, 2021, cnbc.com
Fuel prices are beginning to rise as higher oil prices sit at the highest level in two years. The price of lumber has tripled in North America, putting home-building projects on hold or canceled; and real estate markets, pets and horses, vehicles, and many other goods have increased exponentially. Perhaps most alarming is that food prices are beginning to climb all over the world with no sign of reprieve, impacting most especially developing nations. 
…neglecting inflation leaves global economies sitting on a time bomb. —David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank’s chief economist, June 7th, 2021; cnbc.com
The Third Seal is arguably a global economic collapse.
When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I saw, and behold, a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. (Rev 6:7-8)
The fruits of a global economic collapse are not hard to imagine, among them, civil unrest (the sword), food shortages (famine), and seemingly new outbreaks of disease (pestilence). If the coronavirus is a bioweapon that has already unleashed death on earth, the fourth seal appears to be its reprisal — but in a most unexpected way. “Hades”, writes Dr. Scott Hahn…
Personify the satanic forces that bring death and destruction into the world. —Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, New Testament footnote on 6:8, p. 500
The mainstream media has almost completely blacked out the fact that the COVID-19 “vaccines”, in Europe alone, have injured over 1.1 million and killed potentially over 12,100 according to recent statistics entered into the EudraVigilance database (while authorities deny any connection, of course). In the United States, 262,521 have been reported injured and over 5100 dead after receiving the injections. Studies have shown that these numbers reflect a fraction of the actual totals as most adverse reactions go under-reported. In fact, in this climate of fear-mongering and censorship with cult-like faith in vaccines, this Harvard study is no surprise:
Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. —“Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS)”, December 1st, 2007- September d30th, 2010
However, the warning from scientists around the globe, most who are being censored, is that the experimental injections themselves are going to cause a massive wave of deaths themselves due to “immune priming” in “vaccinated” individuals. Just one example of many experts, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, M.D., a renowned German microbiologist, has warned:
There is going to be an auto-attack… You are going to plant the seed of auto-immune reactions… The dear Lord did not want humans, not even [Dr.] Fauci, going around injecting foreign genes into the body… it’s horrifying, it’s horrifying. —The Highwire, December 17th, 2020
Here’s the point: they expect these deaths to occur, not immediately, but in the months or years ahead — as happened in animal trials of previous mRNA “vaccines” when they were exposed to a wild virus (or booster shots). Autoimmune brain diseases, neurodegenerative diseases at younger ages, hemorrhaging, blood clots, heart failure, lie on the horizon, according to many scientists who understand this experimental gene technology that is being called “vaccination”:
I mean, it’s just a nightmare. And I can see how it happens. I mean, basically the “vaccine” is so unbelievably unnatural and they have a single-minded goal, which is to get the body to produce those antibodies to the spike protein… they have done studies where they only expose the person to the spike protein, probably a rat — animal studies where they only expose them to the spike protein and they showed it was toxic in the brain and it was toxic in the blood vessels. So it’s causing immune reaction all by itself that is damaging to the tissues. —Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., senior research scientist at MIT; interview, mercola.com
Former Vice President and Chief Scientist for Allergy & Respiratory at Pfizer, who is decidedly “pro-vaccine” and describes himself as “not religious”, is likewise horrified by these “gene therapies” being injected into the global populace:
Biotechnology provides you with limitless ways, frankly, to injure or kill billions of people…. I’m very worried … that pathway will be used for mass depopulation, because I can’t think of any benign explanation… The eugenicists have got hold of the levers of power and this is a really artful way of getting you to line-up and receive some unspecified thing that will damage you. I have no idea what it will actually be, but it won’t be a vaccine because you don’t need one. And it won’t kill you on the end of the needle because you would spot that. It could be something that will produce normal pathology, it will be at various times between vaccination and the event, it will be plausibly deniable because there will be something else going on in the world at that time, in the context of which your demise, or that of your children will look normal… —interview, April 7th, 2021; lifesitenews.com
THE FIFTH SEAL
When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been (Rev 6:9-11)
The aforementioned seals are the permissive will of God allowing a global revolution to spread across the earth in which the partisans of evil, namely the Freemasons, seek, according to Pope Leo XIII, to “overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced.”
In every way but one, the French Revolution had come off as planned. There remained but one great hurdle for the Illuminati, that being the Church, for the Church — and there is only one True Church — formed the very foundation of Western civilization. —Stephen, Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head, MMR Publishing Company, p. 10
It is thus the Church that lies most especially in the crosshairs of the “Great Reset” whose architects see “COVID-19” and “climate change” as the catalysts for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”:
A great revolution is waiting for us. The crisis doesn’t only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to do so. —Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, September 14th, 2009; unnwo.org; cf. The Guardian
…after all we have been through it isn’t enough just to go back to normal… Because history teaches us that events of this magnitude—wars, famines, plagues; events that affect the vast bulk of humanity, as this virus has—they do not just come and go. They are more often than not the trigger for an acceleration of social and economic change… —Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Conservative Party speech, October 6th, 2020; conservatives.com
The reality is the world will never be the same after the coronavirus. To argue now about the past only makes it harder to do what has to be done… Addressing the necessities of the moment must ultimately be coupled with a global collaborative vision and program… We need to develop new techniques and technologies for infection control and commensurate vaccines across large populations [and] safeguard the principles of the liberal world order… The world’s democracies need to defend and sustain their Enlightenment values… —Freemason Sir Henry Kissinger The Washington Post, April 3rd, 2020
The conditions that precipitated the French Revolution roused not only an uprising against the ruling elite, but against what was perceived to be a corrupt Church.  Today, the conditions for an uprising against the Catholic Church have never been so ripe. Soiled through apostasy, the infiltration of sexual abusers, the mishandling of native populations (such as residential schools in Canada), and the perception that the Church is “intolerant” is already generating a strong and often vile revolt against her divine authority.
Even now, in every conceivable form, power threatens to trample down faith. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World—The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Time—An Interview with Peter Seewald, P. 166My children, now persecution is underway, but you do not have to be afraid if you are in Christ, because you will lack nothing. The arrival of famine will be felt, yet whoever is with Jesus should remain calm. My children, pray that the churches would not be closed and that the food of eternal life would not be taken away from you. Pray for my favored sons (priests) and for those whom I have called for humanity’s salvation: you will recognize them by their faces of love. —Our Lady to Gisella Cardia, June 3rd, 2021; countdowntothekingdom.comDifficult days will come and many will drink the bitter cup of pain. You will be persecuted for your faith, but do not retreat. I love you and will always be by your side. Onward in defense of the truth. —Our Lady to Pedro Regis, June 5th, 2021; cf. countdowntothekingdom.comIt is no coincidence that you are are seeing all of the above unfolding at the same time, for they are part of the same Global Revolution. And all of this is racing humanity toward the “Eye of the Storm”… THE SIXTH & SEVENTH SEAL
When the Sixth Seal is broken, a Great Shaking occurs as the heavens are peeled back, and the judgment of God is somehow perceived in everyone’s soul, whether kings or generals, rich or poor. What did they see that caused them to cry out to the mountains and rocks:
Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it? (Rev 6:15-17)
If you go back one chapter in the Book of Revelation, you’ll find St. John’s description of this Lamb:
I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain… (Rev 5:6)
That is, it is Christ crucified.
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, Diary, n. 83
The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may “put their house in order”… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind. —Servant of God Maria Esperanza, Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, P. 37
Our Father’s intention is to save all His children from the mocking and ridicule of the pharisees of these apocalyptic times. —Our Lady to Maria, The Bridge to Heaven: Interviews with Maria Esperanza of Betania, Michael H. Brown, p. 43
Everyone feels as if they have entered the final Judgment. But it’s not — not yet. It’s a Warning at the threshold of the Day of the Lord… it’s the Eye of the Storm — a pause in the chaos; a cease of the destructive winds, and a flood of light in the midst of great darkness. It is an opportunity for individual souls to either choose God and follow His commandments—or to reject Him. Hence, after the Seventh Seal is broken, there is a reprieve:
…there was silence in heaven for about half an hour… (Rev 8:1)
But as God the Father revealed to American seer, Barbara Rose Centilli (whose messages are under diocesan evaluation), this Warning is not the end of the Storm, but the separation of the weeds from the wheat:
To overcome the tremendous effects of generations of sin, I must send the power to break through and transform the world. But this surge of power will be uncomfortable, even painful for some. This will cause the contrast between darkness and light to become even greater. —from the four volumes Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, November 15th, 1996; as quoted in The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p. 53
In recent months on Countdown to the Kingdom, we have heard Heaven repeatedly telling us that we should not put off to tomorrow what needs to be done today; that our conversion needs to happen now; that we need to take our spiritual lives seriously now… for we are hurtling toward the Eye of the Storm. I hear this as both a gift and a warning. We have entered The Time of Times, as I wrote some 12 years ago. Back then, when I penned those words, it was with the sense that the seals of Revelation were on the cusp of being broken. I ended that brief meditation with this Scripture:
Thus the word of the LOrd came to me: Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel: “The days drag on, and no vision ever comes to anything”? Say to them therefore: Thus says the Lord God: I will put an end to this proverb; they shall never quote it again in Israel. Rather, say to them: The days are at hand, and also the fulfillment of every vision. Whatever I speak is final, and it shall be done without further delay. In your days, rebellious house, whatever I speak I will bring about, says the Lord God… Son of man, listen to the house of Israel saying, “The vision he sees is a long way off; he prophesies of the distant future!” Say to them therefore: Thus says the Lord God: None of my words shall be delayed any longer; whatever I speak is final, and it shall be done, says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 12:21-28)
Maranatha… Come Lord Jesus, the Rider upon the White Horse!
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|↑1||cf. here, here, here, and here|
|↑2||A paper from South China’s University of Technology claims ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.'(Feb. 16th, 2020; dailymail.co.uk) In early February 2020, Dr. Francis Boyle, who drafted the U.S. “Biological Weapons Act”, gave a detailed statement admitting that the 2019 Wuhan Coronavirus is an offensive Biological Warfare Weapon and that the World Health Organization (WHO) already knows about it.(cf. zerohedge.com) An Israeli biological warfare analyst said much the same.(Jan. 26th, 2020; washingtontimes.com) Dr. Peter Chumakov of the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology and Russian Academy of Sciences claims that “while the Wuhan scientists’ goal in creating the coronavirus was not malicious—instead, they were trying to study the pathogenicity of the virus… They did absolutely crazy things… For example, inserts in the genome, which gave the virus the ability to infect human cells.”(zerohedge.com) Professor Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine and the man who discovered the HIV virus in 1983, claims that SARS-CoV-2 is a manipulated virus that was accidentally released from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.(cf. mercola.com) A new documentary, quoting several scientists, points toward COVID-19 as an engineered virus.(mercola.com) A team of Australian scientists has produced new evidence the novel coronavirus shows signs “of human intervention.”(lifesitenews.com; washingtontimes.com) Former head of the British intelligence agency M16, Sir Richard Dearlove, said he believes the COVID-19 virus was created in a lab and spread accidentally.(jpost.com) A joint British-Norwegian study alleges that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is a “chimera” constructed in a Chinese lab.(Taiwannews.com) Professor Giuseppe Tritto, an internationally known expert in biotechnology and nanotechnology and president of the World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT) says that “It was genetically engineered in the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s P4 (high-containment) lab in a program supervised by the Chinese military.”(lifesitnews.com) Respected Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who fled Hong Kong after exposing Bejing’s knowledge of the coronavirus well before reports of it emerged, stated that “the meat market in Wuhan is a smoke screen and this virus is not from nature… It comes from the lab in Wuhan.”(dailymail.co.uk ) And former CDC Director Robert Redfield also says COVID-19 ‘most likely’ came from Wuhan lab.(washingtonexaminer.com)|
|↑3||cf. May 28th, 2021, dailymail.co.uk|
|↑6||eg. here, here, and here|
|↑9||Humanum Genus, Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, April 20th, 1884|
|↑10||cf. The Great Reset|
|↑11||Revolution… in Real Time|