Mark Mallett

WHY NOW?

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Now more than ever it is crucial that you be “watchers of the dawn”,
the lookouts who announce the light of dawn and the new springtime of the Gospel
of which the buds can already be seen.

—POPE JOHN PAUL II, 18th World Youth Day, April 13th, 2003; vatican.va

A letter from a reader:

When you read through all the messages from visionaries, all of them have an urgency in them. Many are also saying that that there will be floods, earthquakes, etc. even back to 2008 and longer. These things have been happening for years. What makes those times different to now in terms of the Warning, etc.? We are told in the Bible that we don’t know the hour but to be prepared. Apart from a sense of urgency in my being, it seems the messages are no different than say 10 or 20 years ago. I know Fr Michel Rodrigue has made a comment that we “will see great things this Fall” but what if he is wrong? I realize we have to discern private revelation and hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I know people are getting “excited” about what is happening in the world in terms of eschatology. I am just querying it all as the messages have been saying similar things for many many years. Could we still be hearing these messages in 50 year’s time and still waiting? The disciples thought Christ was going to return not long after He ascended into heaven… We are still waiting.

These are great questions. Certainly, some of the messages we are hearing today go back several decades. But is this problematic? For me, I think of where I was at the turn of the millennium… and where I am today, and all I can say is thank God that He has given us more time! And hasn’t it flown by? Is a few decades, relative to salvation history, really that long? God is never late in speaking to His people nor in acting, but how hard of heart and slow we are to respond! WHY DOES GOD DELAY? The book of Amos says,The Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)But then the Lord doesn’t tell His prophets what He is going to do then immediately do it; He tells them precisely so that they will tell others. There has to be time, then, for that word to be spread, heard, and heeded. How much time? As much as needed. Also, the sense of urgency in these messages has a twofold purpose. One is to impel the prophet to speak; the second is to impel the listener toward conversion. God is patient with both. 

I can remember sitting around the table with my parents discussing the times we are now passing through. That was forty years ago. Those conversations formed and prepared me for my mission today. Likewise, I hear from people all over the world who say, “My grandmother told me about these times and I remember her saying that this was coming.” Those grandchildren are now pretty attentive as they see these things begin to unfold! In God’s mercy, He not only warns but gives us time to repent and prepare. We should consider this a grace, not a prophetic failure. That… and many people do not understand that we are not going through just another little speed bump in salvation history. We are at the end of an era and a coming purification of the world. As Jesus allegedly said to Pedro Regis recently:You are living in a time worse than the time of the Flood and the moment has come for your return. Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today. God is making haste. June 20th, 2020It’s a big deal what’s coming and so if God is delaying, it’s because the world will never be the same again—and many people who are here today will not be when this Great Storm has finally passed over the earth.[1]  WHY THIS GENERATION? 

You rightly note that the disciples expected Christ’s return not long after His Ascension… yet here we are two thousand years later. But then, Jesus also left specific signs and visions in the Gospels, with St. Paul and St. John, as to what would precede His coming—for example, a great falling away from the faith and the appearance of the “lawless one”,[2] the rise of a global dictatorship,[3] and then a period of peace after Antichrist’s death denoted by a “thousand years,”[4] etc. Hence, St. Peter began to quickly put it into perspective:Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come to scoff, living according to their own desires and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? From the time when our ancestors fell asleep, everything has remained as it was from the beginning of creation”… But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,” but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:3-90)The Early Church Fathers took Peter’s teaching and expanded it further, according to what was passed on to them through oral Tradition. They taught how the preceding fourth thousand years after the fall of Adam and the following two thousand years after Christ’s birth would be analogous to the six days of creation. And so…Scripture says: ‘And God rested upon the seventh day from all His works’… And in six days created things were completed; it is evident, therefore, that they will come to an end at the sixth thousand year… But when The Antichrist shall have devastated all things in this world, he will reign for three years and six months, and sit in the temple at Jerusalem; and then the Lord will come from Heaven in the clouds… sending this man and those who follow him into the lake of fire; but bringing in for the righteous the times of the kingdom, that is, the rest, the hallowed seventh day… These are to take place in the times of the kingdom, that is, upon the seventh day… the true Sabbath of the righteous.  —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, Irenaeus of Lyons, V.33.3.4, The Fathers of the Church, CIMA Publishing Co.; (St. Irenaeus was a student of St. Polycarp, who knew and learned from the Apostle John and was later consecrated bishop of Smyrna by John.)Irenaeus adds:Those who saw John, the Lord’s disciple, [tell us] that they heard from him how the Lord taught and spoke about these times… —Adversus Haereses, V.33.3.4, Ibid.

The end of the sixth thousandth year, then, is approximately the year 2000. Here we are. I think it is no coincidence that St. John Paul II celebrated the Great Jubilee in that year with great expectations. He stated that humanity…

has now entered its final phase, making a qualitative leap, so to speak. The horizon of a new relationship with God is unfolding for humanity, marked by the great offer of salvation in Christ. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, April 22nd, 1998

And we hear today the groaning as no one has ever heard it before… Pope [John Paul II] does indeed cherish a great expectation that the millennium of divisions will be followed by a millennium of unifications. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), Salt of the Earth (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997), translated by Adrian Walker

I explain this to give you a sense of how the Early Church viewed the Timeline of things and why that’s obviously very relevant to us.  WHY INTERPRET THE SIGNS FOR OUR GENERATION? But perhaps you object saying that the Lord said we will not know the day or hour. Yes, but the hour of what? In both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, Jesus says:Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. (Matt 24:35-36)In other words, we will not know the hour of Christ’s return for the Final Judgment and end of human history—the literal last day of the world.The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory. Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he determines the moment of its coming. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1040

Since Jesus explicitly explains the events that precede the advent of the Antichrist and what precedes the Era of Peace (cf. Matt 24), we would be fools not to “watch and pray” regarding these events and to use them as a gauge to know the nearness of these things.When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:54-56)Still, you ask, could we be saying all this 50 years from now? Yes, we certainly could. But is that likely? In the video series Daniel O’Connor and I did on the Seven Seals of Revelation, everything we said about the “labor pains” was backed up by news headlines as well as prophetic messages from around the world indicating these events are already or about to unfold. Ah, but hasn’t this happened in every generation? The answer, plainly, is no—not even close. Yes, we’ve always had wars, but never weapons of mass destruction. We’ve always had impurity and lust, but never worldwide pornography and sex-trafficking of minors. We’ve always had natural disasters, but never so much devastation. We’ve always had unfaithfulness in the Church, but never the kind of apostasy we are witnessing. We’ve always had dictators and conquering powers, but never a rising global dictatorship. We’ve always had brands and markings, numbering and armbands, but not the possibility of a global system that will force men to “buy and sell” through a biometric ID. We’ve always had Our Lady’s presence with us, but not the explosion of apparitions around the world. We’ve always had private revelation, but none approved that say those messages are preparing us for the final coming of Christ.You will prepare the world for My final coming. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 429Finally, when have we had five popes in the same century say that the times of the Antichrist may be upon us?Who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is—apostasy from God… When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903 

…we see that all rights both human and Divine are confounded. Churches are thrown down and overturned, religious men and sacred virgins are torn from their homes and are afflicted with abuse, with barbarities, with hunger and imprisonment; bands of boys and girls are snatched from the bosom of their mother the Church, and are induced to renounce Christ, to blaspheme and to attempt the worst crimes of lust; the whole Christian people, sadly disheartened and disrupted, are continually in danger of falling away from the faith, or of suffering the most cruel death. These things in truth are so sad that you might say that such events foreshadow and portend the “beginning of sorrows,” that is to say of those that shall be brought by the man of sin, “who is lifted up above all that is called God or is worshipped” (2 Thessalonians ii, 4). —POPE PIUS XI, Miserentissimus Redemptor, Encyclical Letter on Reparation to the Sacred Heart, May 8th, 1928; www.vatican.vaWe are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA for the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; some citations of this passage include the words “Christ and the antichrist” as above. Deacon Keith Fournier, an attendee, reports it as above; cf. Catholic Online; August 13, 1976Modern society is in the middle of formulating an anti-Christian creed, and if one opposes it, one is being punished by society with excommunication… The fear of this spiritual power of the Anti-Christ is then only more than natural, and it really needs the help of prayers on the part of an entire diocese and of the Universal Church in order to resist it. —Benedict XVI The Biography: Volume One, by Peter Seewald Still today, the spirit of worldliness leads us to progressivism, to this uniformity of thought … Negotiating one’s fidelity to God is like negotiating one’s identity… Pope Francis then made reference to the 20th-century novel Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson, son of the Archbishop of Canterbury Edward White Benson, in which the author speaks of the spirit of the world that leads to apostasy almost as though it were a prophecy, as though he envisioned what would happen.” —Homily, November 18, 2013; catholicculture.orgHereSo no, our generation is not like every other generation.

I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds, alive to the honor of God and the needs of man, are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own. At all times the enemy of souls assaults with fury the Church which is their true Mother, and at least threatens and frightens when he fails in doing mischief. And all times have their special trials which others have not… Doubtless, but still admitting this, still I think… ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it. The special peril of the time before us is the spread of that plague of infidelity, that the Apostles and our Lord Himself have predicted as the worst calamity of the last times of the Church. And at least a shadow, a typical image of the last times is coming over the world. —St. John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890 A.D.), sermon at opening of St. Bernard’s Seminary, October 2, 1873, The Infidelity of the Future

WHY THIS AUTUMN?

In all the years of watching and praying, I have never seen such a convergence of specificity in private revelation as we are now. Seers from around the world who do not know each other, who speak different languages, who have different callings and backgrounds… are now saying virtually the same thing all at once: time is over (by this is meant the “time of grace” Our Lady has referred to in her apparitions, not the end of time as we know it). The world is going to change and will never be the same again. 

Moreover, all of the recent messages from Heaven seem to be converging upon this Fall. So, either these prophets from around the world are deceived en masse—or we are about to see serious events unfold shortly over the next few months. Brothers, sisters and children, this time must be one of great reflection: many continue not to listen to the messages that come from heaven through Me and my Most Holy Mother. From autumn onwards, other viruses will appear. Look at what is happening in my Church; the behavior of my priests is under the indifferent gaze of those who say that they have faith… —Jesus to Gisella Cardia, June 30th, 2020Tell everyone that God is making haste, that this is the right time for your great return. Do not leave for tomorrow what you have to do. You are heading towards a future of great trials. —Pedro Regis, September 22nd, 2020Life will never be the same again! Humanity has obeyed the directives of the global elite and the latter will continue constantly scourging humanity, only giving you brief moments of respite… The moment of purification is coming; the disease will change course and will reappear on the skin. Humanity will fall over and over again, being scourged by misused science together with the new world order, which is determined to render inert whatever spirituality may exist within humanity. St. Michael the Archangel to Luz de Maria, Sept. 1st, 2020

Pray that the suffering would be lessened, as the light in their hearts has now gone out. My dearly beloved children, gloom and darkness are about to descend on the world; I ask you to help me even if everything must be fulfilled—God’s justice is about to strike…. You have presented good as evil and evil as good… Everything is over, yet you still do not understand. Why do you not listen to my Mother, who still gives you the grace of being near to you? Jesus to Gisella Cardia, Sept. 22nd,  Sept. 26th, 2020
My dear people of God, we are now passing a test. The great events of purification will begin this fall. Be ready with the Rosary to disarm Satan and to protect our people. Make sure that you are in the state of grace by having made your general confession to a Catholic priest. The spiritual battle will begin. 
—Fr. Michel Rodrigue in a letter to supporters, March 26th, 2020My child, I can no longer hold back the hand of justice for a world that is seeking a correction because mankind has lost his consciencousness of sin. —Jesus to Jennifer, August 24th, 2020Jennifer added in personal comments to me:We have entered into the time that we have been warned about for some time: “The Church versus the anti-church, the Gospel versus the anti-gospel.”And while I was preparing this writing, a reader from Ontario, Canada wrote saying:A seer in our area, who has received locutions all her life from the Blessed Mother (a dear family friend as well… not an ounce of inauthenticity!) came up to me after Mass this morning and told me that for the first time in her locutions, and for the first time, she was visited by the Heavenly Father Himself who told her that time was extremely short and what is to come will be worse than anyone is anticipating.
 IT COMES DOWN TO IT, NOW… So, in answer to your question, what if [these seers] are wrong? Then we have three options to consider: 1. God has continued to delay for the sake of sinners;2. The seers each heard and deciphered the locutions/visions/apparitions incorrectly; or3. The seers are deceived. 

And so, we continue to watch and pray. That said, as lockdowns begin to ripple across the world for the so-called “second wave”, it is arguable that the warnings from Heaven are already unfolding: lockdowns started just days after the first day of Fall. For my part, as a watchmen of these times trying to be a servant to the “now word,” I sensed the Lord say the other day as churches began closing again: “This is the descent into darkness” with the clear sense that this darkness we have entered will not reach its completion until Our Lord purifies the earth.[5] Indeed, after the first church closures last winter, I clearly sensed the Lord saying that the world is now past The Point of No Return. What does your heart tell you about the hour we are in? I suspect it is the same as the reader above: “a sense of urgency in my being.” Pay attention to that. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you have to do today. Remain in a state of grace. Reject fear. Hold fast to Our Lady’s hand and stay near the loving Heart of Jesus. He will never, ever leave us. That was His promise.[6] So do not be afraid. But do not fall asleep. Not now. 

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THE DESCENT INTO DARKNESS

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WHEN churches began closing last winter, this apostolate virtually tripled in readership overnight. People were looking for answers as many sensed that “something” was wrong on a deep, existential level. They were, and are right. But something changed for me too. The interior “now word” that the Lord would give, perhaps a few times a week, suddenly became a “now stream.” The words were constant, and more surprisingly, were confirmed usually within minutes by someone else in the Body of Christ—either an email, a text, a phone call, etc. I was overwhelmed… I tried my best in those weeks to relay to you what the Lord was showing me, things I had never seen or thought of before. For example…

  • the connection between Big Pharma and the Nazi scientists from World War II (eg. The Pandemic of ControlOur 1942)
  • the connection between the major bankers and philanthropists and their common control over food, health, and agriculture (eg. The Pandemic of Control)
  • the possibility that our ability to “buy and sell” may soon be tied to a biometric ID (cf. The Labor Pains are Real)
  • new insights into the events and revelations that have come to me since my early childhood (cf. Our Lady: Prepare – Part III)
  • deeper insights on things I have already written, and have yet to share with you…

Now that the so-called “second wave” of the coronavirus has begun and countries are beginning to announce new lockdowns and heavier measures, that prophetic “stream” has started again. And so, I want to share with you a summary of what I’ve written since early this year and some new “words” that have come to me in the last few days. 

A THIEF IN THE NIGHT

St. Paul wrote “that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” [1] Virtually no one, including me, was prepared for what happened this past winter through this coronavirus: the sudden lockdowns, church closures, draconian restrictions and the destruction of local economies. I reread again yesterday what I published from my private diary back in February, 2020 in It Rapidly Comes Now:

August 31st, 2010 (Mary): But now the time has come for the words of the prophets to be fulfilled, and all things brought beneath the heel of my Son. Do not delay in your personal conversion. Listen intently to the voice of my Spouse, the Holy Spirit. Remain in my Immaculate Heart, and you will find refuge in the Storm. Justice now falls. Heaven now weeps… and the sons of men will know sorrow upon sorrow.  But I will be with you. I promise to hold you, and like a good mother, protect you beneath the shelter of my wings. All is not lost, but all is gained only through the Cross of my Son [ie. the Church’s own Passion]. Love my Jesus who loves all of you with a burning love. 

October 4th, 2010: Time is short, I tell you. In your lifetime Mark, the Sorrows of sorrows will come. Do not be afraid but be prepared, for you do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man will come as the just Judge.

October 14th, 2010: Now is the time! Now is the time for the nets to be filled and drawn into the barque of My Church.

October 20th, 2010: So little time is left… so little time. Even you will not be ready, for the Day will come like a thief. But continue to fill your lamp, and you will see in the coming darkness (see Matt 25:1-13, and how all the virgins were caught off guard, even those who were “prepared”).

November 3rd, 2010: There is so little time left. Great changes are coming over the face of the earth. People are unprepared. They have not heeded My warnings. Many will die. Pray and intercede for them that they will die in My grace. The powers of evil are marching ahead. They will throw your world into chaos. Fix your heart and eyes firmly on Me, and no harm shall come to you and your household. These are days of darkness, great darkness such as has not been since I laid the foundations of the earth. My Son is coming as light. Who is ready for the revelation of His majesty? Who is ready even among My people to see themselves in the light of Truth?

November 13th, 2010: My son, the sorrow in your heart is but a drop of the sorrow in your Father’s heart. That after so many gifts and attempts to draw men back to Me, they have stubbornly refused My grace. All of Heaven is prepared now. All the angels stand ready for the great battle of your times. Write about it (Rev 12-13). You are on its threshold, mere moments away. Stay awake then. Live soberly, do not fall asleep in sin, for you may never wake up. Be attentive to My word, which I will speak through you, My little mouthpiece. Make haste. Waste no time, for time is something you do not have.

June 16th, 2011: My child, My child, how little time there is left! How little opportunity there is for My people to get their house in order. When I come, it will be like a blazing fire, and people will have no time to do that which they have put off. The hour is coming, as this hour of preparation comes to a close. Weep, My people, for the Lord your God is deeply offended and wounded by your negligence. Like a thief in the night I will come, and will I find all My children asleep? Wake up! Wake up, I tell you, for you do not realize how near is the time of your trial. I am with you and always will be.  Are you with Me?

March 15th, 2011: My child, brace your soul for the events which must take place. Do not be afraid, for fear is a sign of a weak faith and impure love. Rather, trust wholeheartedly in all that I will accomplish upon the face of the earth. Only then, in the “fullness of night,” will My people be able to recognize the light… (cf. 1 John 4:18)

Since then, seers all over the world (and published on Countdown to the Kingdom) are saying that time has essentially run out.

THE VIGIL OF THE DAY OF THE LORD

In March 2020, I wrote The Vigil of Sorrows. For just as we celebrate the “day of the Lord” on Sunday beginning with the vigil Mass on Saturday evening, so too, the Day of the Lord that the world is now entering has begun in darkness. Two nights ago, as I was reading about the lockdowns taking place in England and Australia, the words dropped into my heart so clearly:

This is the descent into darkness.

It was the sense that this darkness we have entered will not reach its completion until Our Lord purifies the earth. The Labor Pains are Real… we have entered The Great TransitionBut the end is not the tomb but the resurrection of the Church. That’s why my sister website is called Countdown to the Kingdom—not countdown to doomsday.

When I awoke yesterday morning, I went before the Blessed Sacrament with a heavy heart to pray. I meditated on the 20th “round” in Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta’s diary—prayers of reparation and preparation for the coming of the Kingdom of Christ “on earth as it is in heaven.” This particular round was a meditation on the Agony in the Garden. Yes, that is what I wrote in March as well, that we have entered Our GethsemaneIn this 20th round, Luisa pleads with the Lord:

My agonizing Jesus, my poor heart cannot bear to see You prostrate on the ground and bathed in your own Blood. For the sake of your bitter agony, I entreat You to establish on earth the Kingdom of your Divine Will. With the weapons of your Divine Will, vanquish the weapons of the human will so that is may undergo the agony of defeat and your Divine Will may be justly vindicated of the agony it has been forced to endure for many long centuries. In this way, the human will shall no longer have a life of its own, but will implore the life of your Divine Will to reign in every heart. 

There are two things that must happen now at the end of this era. The human will must exhaust itself in evil so that the “Divine Will may be justly vindicated.” The “labor pains” Our Lord spoke of in Matthew 24 are really just that: man reaping what he has sown through the assertion of the human will. That, ultimately, is personified in the Antichrist. 

…the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thess 2:3-4)

The beast that rises up is the epitome of evil and falsehood, so that the full force of apostasy which it embodies can be cast into the fiery furnace.  —St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses, 5, 29

Then, through the miracle of Divine Mercy, the most incredible resurrection will come: the restoration of the Divine Will in the Church as the final stage of her sanctification before the end of the world (see The Resurrection of the Church). What Jesus, our Head, accomplished in doing His Father’s Will, must now be accomplished in Christ’s mystical Body; what was lost in Eden—the grace of Living in the Divine Will—is to be restored in order to complete the work of Sanctification.

My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. (John 4:34)

For the mysteries of Jesus are not yet completely perfected and fulfilled. They are complete, indeed, in the person of Jesus, but not in us, who are his members, nor in the Church, which is his mystical body. —St. John Eudes, treatise “On the Kingdom of Jesus”, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol IV, p 559

Then suddenly during morning prayer, a very strong desire came over me that I need to meet with other brothers in Christ to pray…

CONFIRMATIONS

When I returned to my office, I checked in on what our team was doing on Countdown to the Kingdom. My colleague Daniel had just posted two new messages. The first was drawn from Luisa’s writings. I quote it here:

Ah! my daughter, grave things are to happen. In order to reorder a kingdom, a house, a general uproar happens first, and many things perish-some lose, others gain. In sum, there is chaos, a greater struggling, and many things are suffered in order to reorder, renew and give a new shape to the kingdom, or the house. There is more suffering and more work to do if one must destroy in order to rebuild, than if one only had to build. The same will happen in order to rebuild the Kingdom of My Will. How many innovations need to be made. It is necessary to turn everything upside down, to knock down and destroy human beings, to upset the earth, the sea, the air, the wind, the water, the fire, so that all may put themselves at work in order to renew the face of the earth, so as to bring the order of the new Kingdom of My Divine Will into the midst of creatures. Therefore, many grave things will happen, and in seeing this, if I look at the chaos, I feel afflicted; but if I look beyond, in seeing the order and My new Kingdom rebuilt, I go from a deep sadness to a joy so great that you cannot comprehend… My daughter, let us look beyond, that we may be cheered. I want to make things return as in the beginning of Creation… —Jesus to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta , April 24th, 1927

Yes, we are descending into darkness… chaos, suffering, trial… but only to rise again on the other side. I know some of you are very scared right now. But this fear will melt the more you pray, the more you spend time with Jesus, the more you listen to Him in His Word, the more you pray the Rosary and invite Our Lady into your home… the more you listen to, also, to the messages of hope such as The Dawn of Hope.

The second message came from the Italian seer, Gisella Cardia. Note the underlined parts:

Dear children, thank you for having responded to my call in your hearts. My children, I see that many of my children are not praying but are caught up in the things of the world; they have not yet understood that communal prayer is the greatest force against evil. My children, Rome and its Church will suffer their greatest pain for not having respected my wishes. Pray that the suffering would be lessened, as the light in their hearts has now gone out. My dearly beloved children, gloom and darkness are about to descend on the world; I ask you to help me even if everything must be fulfilled — God’s justice is about to strike. I ask you once more in tears: pray, pray, pray greatly, because for those who do not believe, the suffering will be atrocious. Love God, kneel before Him who looks at you with a bleeding heart. I am concerned for priests who have chosen Satan and paganism: I ask you not to accept anything that is not God, One and Three.

There it is, that descent into darkness. But Heaven is reminding us where the light can be found: in prayer, especially communal prayer

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)

I really encourage you to reach out to those like-minded Christians near you to “pray, pray, pray” and intercede for this broken world and invoke the coming of the Kingdom (see The Sacrament of Community). We are going to need each other in the days ahead like never before…

THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUND

Something strange is happening in Australia. I have many readers there, including priests, and they are deeply troubled by its descent into a police state. The city of Melbourne’s 5 millions residents are under some of the most stringent restrictions in the world having been confined indoors for 125 days, longer than the lockdowns in Manila, Wuhan, China, and even Italy. The Washington Post reports:

Schools are shuttered. Roads are empty. The only shops open are gas stations, supermarkets and drugstores. People who don’t work in an essential industry are allowed to leave their houses only for two hours’ exercise a day, or to buy food, care for others or seek medical attention. Soldiers go door-to-door checking that infected people are in isolation. Police ask cyclists for identification to ensure they are not breaching a rule allowing exercise only within five kilometers (3.1 miles) of their homes. —”Australia’s coronavirus ‘dictator’ enforces a drastic lockdown. He’s still popular”, The Washington PostSeptember 15th, 2020

Moreover, reports are flooding in from “down under” regarding excessive police force against citizens who are apparently “not in compliance” (watch here). I have felt for a long time that Australia (as well as California and Canada—particularly Ontario) are “experimental” grounds for pushing increasingly progressive agendas on their population (ie. the beginning stages of a “new Communism”). I am thinking of the words of Pope Pius XI who exposed how Russia and its people were usurped last century by those…

…authors and abettors [ie. Freemasons] who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other… Our words are now receiving sorry confirmation from the spectacle of the bitter fruits of subversive ideas, which We foresaw and foretold, and which are… threatening every other country of the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24, 6

Just substitute Russia with Australia. Indeed, we’re just learned of a new “COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020” presented by the government there that would see ordinary citizens designated as “authorized officers” and given the power to detain people whom they perceive to be a high risk person (either with COVID-19 or a close contact) and who refuse to comply with health directives. This kind of authority given to average citizens has evoked memory of the “Brown shirts”, Hitler’s citizenry who were empowered to enforce his regime. Consider this passage from the Omnibus Bill:

…the Secretary or the officer in charge of a remand centre, youth residential centre or youth justice centre may authorise the isolation of a person detained in the centre, that is the placing of the person in a locked room separate to others and from the normal routine of the centre. Isolation may be authorised… whether or not the person isolated is suspected of having, or has been diagnosed as having, COVID-19 or any other infectious diseaseCOVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Act 2020; Division 4.1,2 (my emphasis)

(This is reminiscent of my “Dream of the Lawless One” that I recounted again in Our Lady: Prepare – Part III). Of course, the reaction to all this in the Australian media has been utter shock, at least by some, leading even judges to send letters of rebuke to the Premier of Victoria state, Daniel Andrews, who has been nicknamed “Dictator Dan.”

…this bill attempts to empower unqualified, untrained citizens… with the draconian ability to detain fellow citizens. Normally, that sort of power is vested only in skilled and trained and qualified personnel, like the police force, people who are subject to a whole raft of rules and regulations. Yet here, these time honoured principles have been thrown out and in its place is the idea that the unqualified, untrained should have the power of detention over fellow citizens… it’s extraordinary. —Barrister Stuart Wood AM QC, skynews.com.au, Sept. 22nd, 2020

Indeed, Melbourne resident, journalist and academic, Dr. Bella d’Abrera concludes:

There has to be a larger agenda… I do feel like Melbourne has been a test run and a test case to see how you can control a population, how you can manipulate a population—and it’s being done absolutely brilliantly. —Dr. Bella d’Abrera, Director of Foundations of Western Civilisation Program, Interview (16:23 mark), youtube.com

Eerily, the Victorian police force are selling face masks in their online store with the Freemasons’ logo on it (see When Communism Returns to learn the Masonic roots of Marxism).

Ontario Premier Doug Ford touching his mask, which is a no-no (inset Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

In Ontario, the government there is imposing Canada’s largest fines for those who break emergency COVID-19 rules whilst threatening the populace with more lockdowns (even though fatalities and hospitalizations “flat-lined” in September). They are committing a billion dollars to the cause, which will include hiring more “contact tracers”, that is, “authorized officers.” Independent MPP Randy Hillier decried the government’s actions:

Without debate or vote, we have embraced arbitrary rules. We have thrown away the rule of law. We have accepted unaccountable authority instead of representative government. We have empowered governments to deprive people of their businesses, employment and livelihoods. Socialism is neither a cure nor a remedy for COVID. —Lifesitenews.com, September 23rd, 2020

As for California, well, it’s already far down the chute with some of the most progressive agendas in that country. In 2017, they even allowed members of the Communist Party to be put on the state payroll.[2]

Communism, then, is coming back again on the Western world, because something died in the Western world—namely, the strong faith of men in the God that made them. —Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, “Communism in America”, cf. youtube.com

In other words, this is what I have been writing and warning about for years—of When Communism Returns. Just “how” exactly it would return was the question that is seemingly being answered now by the hour. As Our Lady’s Little Rabble, we not helpless. Through prayer, fasting, and already imploring Jesus to bring His Kingdom of the Will, we are hastening His coming. And may you quickly, Lord Jesus.

May we experience in our own wills the consummation you experienced [on the Cross], so that our wills may be consumed in your Will. May your death give death to our own will, and may your ‘Fiat’ establish its life within all hearts, and triumphant and victorious extend its reign in mankind on earth as it is in heaven. —Luisa’s prayer to Jesus, 21st Round in the Divine Will

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ON THE THRESHOLD

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THIS week, a deep, inexplicable sadness came over me, as it has in the past. But I know now what this is: it is a drop of sadness from the Heart of God—that man has rejected Him to the point of bringing humanity to this painful purification. It is the sadness that God was not allowed to triumph over this world through love but must do so, now, through justice. 

So, the Chastisements that have occurred are nothing other than the preludes of those that will come. How many more cities will be destroyed…? My Justice can bear no more; My will wants to Triumph, and would want to Triumph by means of Love in order to Establish Its Kingdom. But man does not want to come to meet this Love, therefore, it is necessary to use Justice. —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta; Nov. 16th, 1926

Clearly many people, dutifully masked and carefully spaced six feet from their neighbour, believe that life is going to go back to normal “if we just obey the health authorities.” But they believe what is now an obvious fable: that all we need to do is “flatten the curve” in order for life to resume. That “flattening” moment happened a good while ago. No, now it has apparently become “we must not see any more cases.” And that is impossible.

Precisely. Because what I, and many other sincere souls, have been trying to warn people about for months now is that this is just the beginning of what the United Nations has openly admitted to being a “Great Reset.” There is no returning to what was. This is a Global Revolution to bring about global Communism for the “common good,” for the “sake of the planet” and more “equality.” Indeed, with the emergence of new cases of the coronavirus—even if the vast majority of these people aren’t dying, the hospitals remain empty, and people may not even have symptoms—it is enough for lockdown to begin again “for the common good.” Except, this time, we are going to see new radical measures that include mandatory testsmandatory vaccinesremoving infected individuals from their homes, etc. These are things we have heard straight from the mouths of UN and government officials, not “conspiracy theorists.” 

THE COMMON GOOD?

This isn’t, and never was, about the “common good.” Because destroying people’s livelihoods and businesses is not for the “common good.” One example: a third of restaurants in the United States alone face permanent closure due to the bludgeon of quarantining the healthy.[1] Nor is damaging the global supply chain for the “common good.”[2] In Canada, I have spoken to numerous small and large businesses who simply cannot get stock anymore of basic things. Nor is destroying freedom through irrational, random and inconsistent restrictions for the “common good” as, overnight, people have become tense, fearful, and isolated from one another. As such, substance abuse, suicide and murder rates have soared. Finally, closing churches and depriving the faithful of the Sacraments is not for the “common good” since it is by the Sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Confession) that we receive the graces for our salvation and sanctification. 

Ah! my daughter, when I allow that churches remain deserted, ministers dispersed, Masses reduced, it means that the sacrifices are offenses to Me, the prayers insults, the adorations, irreverences, the confessions amusements, and without fruits.  Therefore, no longer finding My glory, but rather, offenses, nor any good for them, since they are of no use to Me any more, I remove them.  However, this snatching ministers away from my Sanctuary means also that things have reached the ugliest point, and that the variety of scourges will multiply.  How hard man is—how hard! —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta; February 12, 1918 

But all this is indeed good for those calling the shots for the entire world:

A coronavirus vaccine rooted in a government partnership is fuelling financial rewards for company executives. —a headline in The Washington Post, July 2nd, 2020

It is good for pharmaceutical companies and scientists within the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that stand to collectively make billions of dollars.

The CDC is a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry. The agency owns more than 20 vaccine patents and purchases and sells $4.1 billion in vaccines annually. Congressman Dave Weldon has pointed out that the primary metric for success across the CDC is how many vaccines the agency sells and how successfully the agency expands its vaccine program—regardless of any negative effects on human health. Weldon exposed how the Immunization Safety Office, which is supposed to ensure vaccine efficacy and safety, has become subsumed in that metric. The scientists in that part of the agency should no longer be considered part of the public safety sector. Their function is to promote vaccines. As Dr. Thompson has attested, they are routinely ordered to destroy, manipulate and conceal evidence of adverse vaccine reactions in order to protect that ultimate metric. The CDC should not be the agency that we are relying on for oversight of the vaccine program. It’s the wolf guarding the henhouse. —Robert F. Kennedy, EcoWatch, December 15th, 2016

It is good for the United Nations who have been desperately seeking tools to restructure the economy, either through “global warming” or some other crises that would dismantle the free market system as we know it and introduce new mechanisms for the “redistribution of wealth.”

…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 of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), dailysignal.com, November 19th, 2011

It is good for those globalists who have been fomenting revolution for decades, indeed, since the French Revolution. 

This is the crisis of my lifetime. Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary. And then came COVID-19, which has totally disrupted people’s lives and required very different behaviour. It is an unprecedented event that probably has never occurred in this combination… we must find a way to cooperate on fighting climate change and the novel coronavirus. —George Soros, May 13th, 2020; independent.co.uk.

It is good for those world bankers and philanthropists who, having invested in and taken control of not only pharmaceuticals but food corporations, the media, and agricultural patents on genetically modified seeds, are now able to corral nearly the entire world into their systems and ideology.[3] 

At this period… the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum GenusEncyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20th, 1884

Hence, we are now on the threshold of an upheaval the likes of which the world has never seen. And here’s why it is inevitable… 

THE POINT OF NO RETURN

1. God has told us it is inevitable

The Scriptures are clear that there will come a time when a global system (“beast”) of some kind will rise up toward the end of this era and force everyone to “buy and sell” through it. This Scripture is not optional, not a fairytale. It will happen. Remarkably today, we openly hear government officials saying that a “biometric ID” of some sort will likely be required to prove that you are vaccinated or tested, or both, in order to re-enter society. The form of this ID is not yet known, though a nano-tech stamp or “tattoo” is already in the works as well as an injectable DARPA-funded (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) “biometric chip.” Suddenly, we see how the “mark of the beast” is no longer some fantasy but could be presented as a “responsible” demand “for the common good”—and thus, how easily the mark will be “forced” (Rev 13:16) on everyone. 

2. The powerful really are powerful

The last three popes especially have been warning that these anonymous global elites who are financing entire nations, pulling the strings, and dictating your healthcare, threaten the freedom of mankind. 

We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They [i.e., anonymous financial interests] are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour this morning in the Synod Aula, Vatican City, October 11, 2010

…without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family… humanity runs new risks of enslavement and manipulation… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.33, 26

3. Fear works

The past six months have demonstrated that fear works—something authoritarians and dictators learned centuries ago. While there are demonstrations in some countries against the draconian laws being put into place, when it comes down to it, most people will simply surrender. Are you going to go to prison for not wearing a mask, even though several published scientific studies show that they not only fail to stop coronavirus particles (they are too small for K95 masks, much less your designer bandana) but may actually spread the disease? Probably not. Are you going to risk being fined thousands of dollars for not staying at home or social distancing—even though the space of “six feet” apart is a random number? (the World Health Organization recommended three feet!).[4] Probably not. Are you going to let your fridge go empty because you can’t buy groceries without proof of having been vaccinated? Be careful now how you answer (see 1).

4. Our Lady has promised that she will triumph. 

Revelations from all over the world including those in ecclesiastically approved messages have not only prophesied this great upheaval but the triumph to follow. Perhaps it was summarized best by John Paul II:

After purification through trial and suffering, the dawn of a new era is about to break. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, September 10, 2003

5. It’s happening fast! 

On June 9th, 2020, I wrote in Exposing This Revolutionary Spirit:

…mark my words—you are going to see your Catholic churches defaced, vandalized, and some burned to the ground not long from now. 

Just weeks later, the first of a cascade of church burnings, statue beheadings, Bible burnings and the like began in North America. What? This isn’t about George Floyd? No, it’s not. It’s about eradicating Christianity and the entire present order. 

Christianity has to be eliminated and give way to a global religion and a new world order.  —Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n. 4, Pontifical Councils for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue

DO NOT BE AFRAID… BUT DON’T BE STUPID

The prophetic consensus on my sister website Countdown to the Kingdom is pretty remarkable, as noted above. The counsel from Heaven at this time is essential. Get to the Sacraments as frequently as you can, especially the Eucharist and Confession. Pray the Rosary daily. Consecrate yourself to Our Lady, St. Joseph, and the Sacred Heart. Fast and pray, and pray some more. Do not backslide into worldliness and sin. Be ready to help others and especially to give an answer to them as to the reason for your faith. Defend the truth. Stay with the true magisterium of the Church. Pray for the Pope and the clergy. Do not fall asleep. 

Hm. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the same program that we’ve heard for 2000 years with the bonus of the Rosary and a few sacramentals and devotions.

Now there have also been more specific warnings that this Fall will see major events; on that, we can only “wait and see”, or I’d rather say, “watch and pray.”

CNN Headline, September 21st, 2020

That said, lockdowns are beginning again and so I personally feel the next “hard labor pain” has already begun (and other major events are looming. See the Timeline). The recommendation by several seers to store up a few months of food and supplies if you can is, at this point, just prudence given what we saw happen from the first lockdowns. Right now, the global supply chain and many businesses standing today will not be standing tomorrow. The entire economy is like a house of cards with a hurricane about to strike. How do you think they will fair? So, clearly, this is the hour to train your trust in Christ. If you have not read this prophecy from the late Fr. Michael Scanlan in 1976, it summarizes what I mean by this:

Son of man, do you see that city going bankrupt? Are you willing to see all your cities going bankrupt? Are you willing to see the bankruptcy of the whole economic system you rely on now so that all money is worthless and cannot support you?

Son of man, do you see the crime and lawlessness in your city streets, and towns, and institutions? Are you willing to see no law, no order, no protection for you except that which I myself will give you?

Son of man, do you see the country which you love and which you are now celebrating—a country’s history that you look back on with nostalgia? Are you willing to see no country—no country to call your own except those I give you as My body? Will you let Me bring you life in My body and only there?

Son of man, do you see those churches which you can go to so easily now? Are you ready to see them with bars across their doors, with doors nailed shut? Are you ready to base your life only on Me and not on any particular structure? Are you ready to depend only on Me and not on all the institutions of schools and parishes that you are working so hard to foster?

Son of man, I call you to be ready for that. That is what I am telling you about. The structures are falling and changing—it is not for you to know the details now—but do not rely on them as you have been. I want you to make a deeper commitment to one another. I want you to trust one another, to build an interdependence that is based on my Spirit. It is an interdependence that is no luxury. It is an absolute necessity for those who will base their lives on me and not the structures from a pagan world. I have spoken and it will take place. My word will go forth to my people. They may hear and they may not—and I will respond accordingly—but this is my word.

Look about you, son of man. When you see it all shut down, when you see everything removed which has been taken for granted, and when you are prepared to live without these things, then you will know what I am making ready. This prophecy was brought into the light by Dr. Ralph Martin after lockdowns began. See Fr. Scanlan – Prophecy of 1976.

In 2006, I gathered with a small group of missionaries in the upper room of a small chapel in the mountains of Western Canada. There, before the Blessed Sacrament, we consecrated ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the powerful silence of that moment, I received a rare, flowing, and lucid interior “vision” that I want to share here again for your discernment and prayer. It has come to mind frequently these past few months and I feel we are approaching it rapidly. It echoes the prophecy given by Fr. Michael where Jesus asks, “Will you let Me bring you life in My body and only there?”

The following is a vision of coming “parallel communities” that will emerge after a crisis…

I saw that, in the midst of the virtual collapse of society due to cataclysmic events, a “world leader” would present an impeccable solution to the economic chaos. This solution would seemingly cure at the same time economic strains, as well as the deep social need of society, that is, the need for community. [I immediately perceived that technology and the rapid pace of life have created an environment of isolation and loneliness—perfect soil for a new concept of community to emerge.] In essence, I saw what would be “parallel communities” to the Christian communities. The Christian communities would already have been established through “the illumination” or “warning” or perhaps sooner [they would be cemented by the supernatural graces of the Holy Spirit, and protected beneath the mantle of the Blessed Mother.]

The “parallel communities,” on the other hand, would reflect many of the values of the Christian communities—fair sharing of resources, a form of spirituality and prayer, like-mindedness, and social interaction made possible (or forced into being) by the preceding purifications, which would compel people to draw together. The difference would be this: the parallel communities would be based on a new religious idealism, built on the footings of moral relativism and structured by New Age and Gnostic philosophies. AND, these communities would also have food and the means for comfortable survival.

The temptation for Christians to cross-over will be so great that we will see families split, fathers turned against sons, daughters against mothers, families against families (cf. Mark 13:12). Many will be deceived because the new communities will contain many of the ideals of Christian community (cf. Acts 2:44-45), and yet, they will be empty, godless structures, shining in a false light, held together by fear more than by love, and fortified with easy access to the necessities of life. People will be seduced by the ideal—but swallowed by the falsehood. [Such wlll be the tactic of Satan, to mirror true Christian communities, and in this sense, create an anti-church].

As hunger and incrimination escalate, people will face a choice: they can continue to live in insecurity (humanly speaking) trusting in the  Lord alone, or they can choose to eat well in a welcoming and seemingly secure community. [Perhaps a certain “mark” will be required to belong to these communities—an obvious but plausible speculation (cf. Rev 13:16-17)].

Those who refuse these parallel communities will be deemed not only outcasts, but obstacles to what many will be deceived into believing is the “enlightenment” of human existence—the solution to a humanity in crisis and gone astray. [And here again, terrorism is another key element of the enemy’s present plan. These new communities will appease the terrorists through this new world religion thereby bringing about a false “peace and security”, and hence, Christian’s will become the “new terrorists” because they oppose the “peace” established by the world leader.]

Even though people will have by now heard the revelation in Scripture regarding the dangers of a coming world religion (cf. Rev 13:13-15), the deception will be so convincing that many will believe Catholicism to be that “evil” world religion instead. Putting to death Christians will become a justifiable “act of self-defence” in the name of “peace and security”.

Confusion will be present; all will be tested; but the faithful remnant will prevail.

Consider these saintly words:

The revolt [revolution] and separation must come…the Sacrifice shall cease and…the Son of Man shall hardly find faith on earth… All these passages are understood of the affliction which Antichrist shall cause in the Church… But the Church… shall not fail, and shall be fed and preserved amidst the deserts and solitudes to which She shall retire, as the Scripture says, (Apoc. Ch. 12). —St. Francis de Sales, The Mission of the Church, ch. X, n.5

Finally, I have almost lost sleep these days over wanting you to be sure that you have read Our Lady: Prepare – Part III. These are the prophetic moments in my life that I truly believe are on the verge of fulfillment. Please read it. Don’t count the words or think how long it will take you (while we never give thought to scrolling mindlessly on Facebook). I send these things with love and a strong conviction, based on fifteen years of trying to be a faithful watchman, that these events are now imminent. I am already a fool for Christ. If I’m wrong, then I’ll be a fool for Christ with egg on my face. I can live with that. 

More to say in coming days… 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times.
But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
—J.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings

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DAWN OF HOPE

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THE GREATEST SIGN OF THE TIMES

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I TOOK some time off with my wife the past ten days to just get away to the mountains, ride our horses, and leave the chaos of the past six months behind. It was a beautiful reprieve, immersed in God’s creation and the simplicity He intended for humanity. Life is not meant to be a torrent of chaos, speed, and complexity. Nor did God create us for death, division, and destruction. Somehow, on the back of that horse, looking over the Canadian Rockies, I tasted the original harmony in creation that was disrupted in Eden—and that the Father now wants to restore so that His Divine will may reign “on earth as it is in Heaven.”[1] Yes, it’s coming, an Era of Peace and the Kingdom of the Divine Will; we’ve been praying for it in the Our Father for 2000 years:

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. (Isaiah 11:6-9)

All the animals who use the products of the soil will be at peace and in harmony with one another, completely at man’s beck and call. — St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Church Father (140–202 A.D.); Adversus Haereses

Thus is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment…—POPE JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, February 14, 2001

THE HARD LABOR PAINS

But before we arrive at this incredible triumph of the Word of God, the earth has to be purified. The rejection of God has become universal; the effects of this apostasy are catastrophic. The Church herself is in disarray, its leadership mostly absent, the flock scattered and confused. All this, as a global Communist revolution is spreading with an ease that would have seemed impossible only a few months ago.[2] These are the labor pains preparing for a new birth, a new springtime in Christian life.[3] But what a labor this is going to be.[4]

We think of the great powers of the present day, of the anonymous financial interests which turn men into slaves, which are no longer human things, but are an anonymous power which men serve, by which men are tormented and even slaughtered. They are a destructive power, a power that menaces the world. —BENEDICT XVI, Reflection after the reading of the office for the Third Hour, Vatican City, October 11, 2010

Yet, I think there is another “sign” that is far more indicative that we are living in the “end times.” And that is the prediction made by Our Lord himself:

…because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. (Matt 24:12)

This, to me, is the Greatest Sign of the Times: the increase of evildoing in our world is smothering the embers of love. Now, with “social distancing” and mandatory masks becoming the accepted “norm”, fear is the new virtue. It is the final assault on our dignity, freedom and life itself as part of a stratagem outlined in Revelation 12:

This marvelous world—so loved by the Father that he sent his only Son for its salvation—is the theater of a never-ending battle being waged for our dignity and identity as free, spiritual beings. This struggle parallels the apocalyptic combat described in [Revelation 12]. Death battles against Life: a “culture of death” seeks to impose itself on our desire to live, and live to the full. There are those who reject the light of life, preferring “the fruitless works of darkness” (Eph 5:11). Their harvest is injustice, discrimination, exploitation, deceit, violence. In every age, a measure of their apparent success is the death of the Innocents. In our own century, as at no other time in history, the “culture of death” has assumed a social and institutional form of legality to justify the most horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, “final solutions”, “ethnic cleansings”, and the massive “taking of lives of human beings even before they are born, or before they reach the natural point of death”… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, August 15th, 1993; vatican.va

FALLEN ASLEEP

When I returned to my desk this week, I was faced with numerous controversies and attacks on this ministry and Countdown to the Kingdom and the seers there. It seems, in part, that some bishops and laity feel that any prophecies that speak of purification, chastisement or divine correction are false, simply because they are fearful. If so, then we ought to disavow Jesus Christ for the “doom and gloom” of Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, the Book of Revelation, and so on. Most anything these seers are saying has already been said first by Our Lord anyway. He told us in advance, precisely to prepare us for the dreadful hour when a great portion of the world will abandon the Gospel resulting in nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom with man-made (at first) upheaval spreading across the planet. In this way, we would not be afraid but recognize the “signs of the times,” and so prepare ourselves in advance. God’s warnings are a great mercy, not a threat.

Yet, the Church barely has the capacity to hear these words of Christ any longer, much less prepare. The absolute deficit of teaching in the Church over the past five decades on mysticism and private revelation has come home to roost: we are paying the price for a profound lack of catechesis as prophecy is not only mostly ignored but even silenced.[5] New priests have barely a clue how to handle prophecy, and so they simply don’t. Older priests were trained to mock the mystical, and many do. And the laity, left largely unchallenged from the pulpit over the past five decades, have fallen asleep. 

…‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience

Already, a rude awakening has come with this so-called “pandemic.”[6] Many people, not just Christians, are stunned by the mountain of contradictions, random impositions, destruction of the economy, and rising technocracy of a handful of unelected men who are calling the shots for the entire world. But this is no surprise for the honest student of prophecy who has carefully followed the consistent warnings of popes that span over a hundred years about the formation of secret societies working behind the scenes to overturn the present order.[7]

You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Encyclical, n. 18, DECEMBER 8, 1849

A priest described to me the scene outside a Canadian cathedral recently. Four thousand people gathered in front of the church, including Catholics he knew, who then turned their backs to it and raised clenched fists in the air. It was a stunning scene as naive throngs used a communist symbol that ultimately resulted in the deaths of tens of millions in the past century. Nor is it just a symbol, as rioters in the United States and elsewhere cry out for the end of capitalism and demand Marxism in its place as they burn and loot. It is stunning to watch this global revolution unfolding in real time, even though the Lord warned me in 2009 that it was coming.[8] The lessons of the past are being completely ignored (or rewritten). Lori Kalner, who lived during Hitler’s regime, writes:

…I have experienced the signs of the politics of Death in my youth. I see them again now…. —wicatholicmusings.blogspot.com  

We are living “as at no other time in history,” said St. John Paul II, where “horrible crimes against humanity: genocide, “final solutions”… and the massive taking of lives of human beings” is accelerating all over the world. This is Our 1942as I wrote back in May. Those of you who read that and The Pandemic of Control understand the gravity of what is happening right now. We are being corralled through a global agenda that aims at a “final solution” to reduce the world’s population. It’s already well underway with 115,000 abortions daily across the planet; with contraception preventing countless more; with tens of thousands committing legalized suicide; with many more being eliminated through toxins in their food, poisons in the environment[9] and chemicals in their pharmaceutical drugs.[10] And let’s not forget man-made viruses like the coronavirus released either intentionally or accidentally from laboratories.[11]

All this is just the beginning of the woes humanity has brought upon itself by abandoning God (though He has not abandoned us).

LUKEWARM AND COLD

But be damned if you say that out loud. For it is not the present swath of destruction, violation of freedoms, and uncontested trampling of human dignity that is frightening to our hierarchy. No, it is these obscure seers and visionaries receiving messages from Heaven who must be challenged if not silenced; it is they who frighten us—not the maniacal agents of the culture of death lining us up to literally be marked and injected with their chemicals for the “common good.”[12] Catholics must only speak of hope and happiness, tolerance and respect, kindness and unity. Don’t speak of sin, conversion or repentance. Don’t dare mention God’s justice. Don’t you dare rock the boat. 

Ironically, this week’s Sunday Mass readings began with this:

You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, ” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. —Ezekiel 33

Indeed, one of the greatest signs of the times is how the love of the Church has grown stone cold; how we do not love the sinner enough to call him back from the brink of destruction for fear that we might “offend” him. This lack of direction has left this generation virtually fatherless… and the love of many has grown cold. But please do not take my word for it:

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 

Jesus rephrased this for the Church in the letter to Laodicea:

I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Rev 3:15-16)

Other versions say “spew” or “vomit.” That time has come. The Bride of Christ is filthy and she must be purified. This is ultimately a cause for great joy, even though it will be painful. According to several seers and visionaries all over the world, this autumn will be pivotal with major events beginning soon. We shall see. But this is not an idle watching; it cannot be. This is the time to “watch and pray” as Our Lord commanded.

Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel which, according to the prophets, was to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and peace. According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by “distress” and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 672

Seers have been saying recently in a unanimous voice that the Rosary ought to be prayed everyday as though it were forming the steps into the refuge of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.[13]

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God. —Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917, The Revelation of the Two Hearts in Modern Times, www.ewtn.com

At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, its deliverance was attributed to the power of this prayer, and Our Lady of the Rosary was acclaimed as the one whose intercession brought salvation. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 39

This is but one simple way that you and your families can prepare for the hard labor pains, which have already begun. Our Lady keeps promising that those who give themselves to her care will be looked after by her. So stop fretting; stop being afraid; be proactive; be on God’s side. Consecrate yourselves to Our Lady. Partake of the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist while you still can. Read the Scriptures in your home. Fast and pray. These are the simple but powerful ways in which we remain firmly attached to the Vine, who is Jesus our only Savior.

In the meantime, I will continue this apostolate here and on Countdown to the Kingdom to “warn the wicked” and prepare the faithful. If the seers are right, it may not be long before my voice will no longer be necessary.

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THE ERA OF PEACE

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MYSTICS and popes alike say that we are living in the “end times”, the end of an era—but not the end of the world. What is coming, they say, is an Era of Peace. Mark Mallett and Prof. Daniel O’Connor show where this is in Scripture and how it is consistent with the Early Church Fathers to the present day Magisterium as they continue to explain the Timeline on Countdown to the Kingdom. 

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DRAWING NEAR TO JESUS

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I want to say a heartfelt thanks to all my readers and viewers for your patience (as always) at this time of year when the farm is busy and I also try to sneak in some rest and vacation with my family. Thank you also to those who have offered your prayers and donations for this ministry. I will never have the time to thank everyone personally, but know that I pray for all of you. 

WHAT is the purpose of all my writings, webcasts, podcasts, book, albums, etc.? What is my goal in writing about the “signs of the times” and the “end times”? Certainly, it has been to prepare readers for the days which are now at hand. But at the very heart of all this, the goal is ultimately to draw you nearer to Jesus.  

AWAKENED

Now, it’s true that there are thousands of people who have been awakened through this apostolate. You are now alive to the times we are in and sense the importance of getting your spiritual life in order. This is a gift, a great gift from God. It’s a sign of His love for you… but even more. It’s a signal that the Lord desires to be in complete union with you—as much as a Bridegroom awaits the union with his Bride. After all, the Book of Revelation is precisely about the tribulations that lead to the “wedding feast of the Lamb.” [1]  

But that “wedding” can begin now in your soul, a union with the Lord that truly does change “everything.” The power of Jesus can transform us, yes, but only to the extent that we allow Him to. Knowledge only goes so far. As one friend used to often say, it’s one thing to learn about the technique of swimming; it’s another to dive in and start doing it. So, too, with Our Lord. We may know the facts about His life, be able to recite the Ten Commandments or list the seven Sacraments, etc. But do we know Jesus… or do we just know about Him? 

I am writing especially to those of you who think that this message could not possibly be for you. That you have sinned too much in your life; that God could not be bothered with you; that you’re not one of the “special ones” and never could be. Can I tell you something? That’s complete nonsense. But don’t take my word for it.

Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1146

No, Jesus is always drawing near to the Zacchaeuses, Magdalenes, and Peters; He is always seeking out the hurting and lost, the weak and insufficient. And so, ignore that little voice that says “You are not worthy of His love.” That’s a powerful lie that is engineered precisely to keep you on the fringes of Christ’s Heart… far enough away to still feel Its warmth, sure… but too far to be touched by Its flames and thus encounter the true transforming power of His love. 

The flames of mercy are burning Me—clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in My goodness.  —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 177

Don’t be one of those souls. It doesn’t have to be this way. Today, Jesus is beckoning you to draw near to Him. He’s a true gentleman who respects your free will; thus, God is waiting for your “yes” because you already have His. 

Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

HOW TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD

How do we draw near to God and what, really, does that mean?

The first thing is to understand what kind of relationship Jesus desires with you. It is encapsulated in these words:

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends… (John 15:15)

Tell me, among the religions of the world, what God has said this to His creatures? What God has gone so far as to become one of us and even shed His Blood for love of us? So yes, God wishes to be your friend, the best of friends. If you are longing for friendship, for someone who is loyal and faithful, then look no further than your Creator. 

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In other words, Jesus desires a personal relationship with you—not just a visit every Sunday for an hour. In fact, it is the Catholic Church in her saints that showed us centuries ago (long before Billy Graham) that a personal relationship with God is the essence of Catholicism. Here it is, right in the Catechism:

“Great is the mystery of the faith!” The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles’ Creed and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy, so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father. This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. –Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), 2558

But you know how it is in most of our Catholic churches: people don’t want to stick out, they don’t want to be seen as “that fanatic.” And so, zeal and fervor are actually dissuaded, even mocked, if only on a subconscious level. The status quo is rigorously maintained and the challenge to actually become living saints remains hidden behind dusty statues, visages of what we could never be. Thus, said Pope John Paul II:

Sometimes even Catholics have lost or never had the chance to experience Christ personally: not Christ as a mere ‘paradigm’ or ‘value’, but as the living Lord, ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’.  —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano (English Edition of the Vatican Newspaper)March 24, 1993, p.3

And this relationship, he said, begins with a choice:

Conversion means accepting, by a personal decision, the saving sovereignty of Christ and becoming his disciple.  —Encyclical Letter: Mission of the Redeemer (1990) 46

Maybe your Catholic faith has been your parent’s decision. Or maybe it’s your wife’s decision that you go to Mass. Or maybe you go to Church out of mere habit, comfort, or a sense of obligation (guilt). But this isn’t relationship; at best, it’s nostalgia. 

Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. —POPE BENEDICT XVI; Encyclical Letter: Deus Caritas Est, “God is Love”; 1

PRACTICALLY SPEAKING

So what does this encounter look like? It begins with an invitation like the one I’m extending to you now. It begins with you knowing that Jesus is waiting for you to draw near. Even now, in the quiet of your room, in the solitude of the trail, in the glow of the sunset, God thirsts to encounter you. 

Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him. –Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2560

It can also start by going to Mass precisely to encounter Jesus. No longer mindlessly putting in an hour but now listening for His voice in the Mass readings; listening for His instruction in the homily; loving Him through the prayers and song (yes, actually singing); and last, seeking Him in the Eucharist as if this is the most important part of your week. And it is, because the Eucharist is truly Him.

At this point, you have to start forgetting what that looks like to others. The fastest way to ice your relationship with Jesus is to worry more about what others think than what He does. Ask yourself this question as you close your eyes, kneel down, and really begin to pray from the heart: are you worried at that moment about what your fellow parishioners are thinking or simply about loving Jesus?

Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

And that brings me to the real crux of how to draw near to God, already hinted at above: prayer. This isn’t something that comes easy to the average Catholic. By this I don’t mean the ability to cite prayers but prayer from the heart where one really pours his or her soul out to God; where there is a vulnerability and trust in God as Father, Jesus as Brother, and the Holy Spirit as Helper. In fact, 

Man, himself created in the “image of God” [is] called to a personal relationship with God… prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father… —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 299, 2565

If Jesus said that He now calls us friends, then your prayer should really reflect that—a kind of exchange of love, even if it’s wordless. 

“Contemplative prayer [says St. Teresa of Avila] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” Contemplative prayer seeks him “whom my soul loves.” It is Jesus, and in him, the Father. We seek him, because to desire him is always the beginning of love, and we seek him in that pure faith which causes us to be born of him and to live in him. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2709

Without prayer, then, there is no relationship with God, there is no spiritual life, just as there is no life in a marriage where the spouses are stone silent toward one another. 

Prayer is the life of the new heart.—CCC, n.2697

There is so much more that could be said on prayer but suffice it to say: as you carve out time for supper, carve out time for prayer. In fact, you can miss a meal but you cannot miss prayer for, by it, you draw the sap of the Holy Spirit from the Vine, who is Christ, your life. If you’re not on the Vine, you’re dyin’ (as we say around here).

Last, draw near to Jesus in truth. He is the truth—a truth that sets us free. Therefore, come to Him in brutal honesty. Bare your complete soul to Him: all your shame, pain, and pride (there’s nothing He doesn’t know about you anyway). But when you cling to either sin or cover your wounds, you prevent a true deep and abiding relationship from happening because the relationship has then lost its integrity. Thus, go back to Confession if you haven’t in awhile. Make it part of a regular spiritual regime—at least once a month.

…humility is the foundation of prayer [that is, your personal relationship with Jesus]… Asking forgiveness is the prerequisite for both the Eucharistic Liturgy and personal prayer.Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2559, 2631

And remember that His mercy has no limits, despite what you may think of yourself. 

Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God’s mercy! —Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n. 1448

“…those who go to Confession frequently, and do so with the desire to make progress” will notice the strides that they make in their spiritual lives. “It would be an illusion to seek after holiness, according to the vocation one has received from God, without partaking frequently of this sacrament of conversion and reconciliation.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Apostolic Penitentiary conference, March 27th, 2004; catholicculture.org

MOVING FORWARD IN THESE TIMES

There’s a lot of things I’ve written over the years that are sobering. Many of them, I had no idea if they would occur in my lifetime or not… but now I see them unfolding at this present hour. It’s here. The times I’ve written about are here. The question is how we are going to go through them. 

The answer is to draw near to Jesus. In that personal relationship with Him, you will find the wisdom and strength necessary for yourself and your family to navigate the thickening darkness around us.

Prayer attends to the grace we need… —CCC, n.2010

These are extraordinary times, beyond anything human history has ever seen. The only way forward is in the Heart of Jesus—not on the fringes, not a “comfortable” distance away, but within. An analogy would be Noah’s ark. He had to be in the Ark, not floating around it; not playing in a life boat at a “safe” distance. He had to be with the Lord, and that meant being in the Ark. 

Closely linked to Jesus is His Mother, Mary. Their Hearts are one. But Jesus is God and she is not. Thus, when I speak of being in the Heart of Mary as though it is an Ark and “refuge” for our times, it is the same as being in the Heart of Christ for she is completely His. Thus what is hers becomes His, and if we are hers, then we are His. I urge you then, with all my heart, to have a personal relationship with Momma Mary too. There is no one before or after her who can draw you closer to Jesus more than her… because no other human being was given the role as spiritual mother of the human race. 

Mary’s motherhood, which becomes man’s inheritance, is a gift: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every individual. The Redeemer entrusts Mary to John because he entrusts John to Mary. At the foot of the Cross there begins that special entrusting of humanity to the Mother of Christ, which in the history of the Church has been practiced and expressed in different ways… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Redemptoris Mater, n. 45

Don’t be afraid to make your Catholic faith real. Forget what other people think and what they’re doing, or not doing. Don’t be like the blind following the blind, a sheep following a shepherdless herd. Be yourself. Be real. Be Christ’s. 

He’s waiting for you. 

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THE COMING DIVINE CHASTISEMENTS

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THE world is careening toward Divine Justice, precisely because we are refusing Divine Mercy. Mark Mallett and Prof. Daniel O’Connor explain the main reasons why Divine Justice may soon purify the world through various chastisements, including what Heaven calls Three Days of Darkness. 

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THE REAL FALSE PROPHETS

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The widespread reluctance on the part of many Catholic thinkers
to enter into a profound examination of the apocalyptic elements of contemporary life is,
I believe, part of the very problem which they seek to avoid.
If apocalyptic thinking is left largely to those who have been subjectivized
or who have fallen prey to the vertigo of cosmic terror,
then the Christian community, indeed the whole human community,
is radically impoverished.
And that can be measured in terms of lost human souls.

–Author, Michael D. O’Brien, Are We Living In Apocalyptic Times?

I TURNED off my computer and every device that could possibly stalk my peace. I spent much of the last week floating on a lake, my ears submerged under the water, staring up into the infinite with only a few passing clouds glancing back with their morphing faces. There, in those pristine Canadian waters, I listened to the Silence. I tried not to think about anything except the present moment and what God was carving in the heavens, His little love messages to us in Creation. And I loved Him back.

It was nothing profound… but a crucial break from my ministry that tripled in readership overnight after the closure of churches this past winter. The Lockdown of civilization came “like a thief in the night,” and millions of people have awoken to sense something profoundly wrong unfolding right now… and are looking for answers. There has been a literal landslide in emails, messages, phone calls, texts, etc. and, for the first time, I can no longer keep up. I remember years ago, the late Stan Rutherford, a Catholic mystic from Florida, looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Someday, people are going to come streaming to you and you won’t be able to keep up.” Well, I’m doing what I can and deeply apologize to anyone whose messages I have not responded to. 

OFFENDING CATHOLIC SENSIBILITIES

When I returned from my retreat, I learned of another landslide—one that does not surprise me, though, continues to baffle. It is those who, despite the clear “signs of the times”, despite the unequivocal words of the popes, and despite the messages of Our Lord and Lady that form a clear “prophetic consensus” from the around the world… are still looking for rocks to stone the prophets. Don’t get me wrong—discernment of prophecy is critical (1 Thess 5:20-21). But the sudden emergence of articles in the Catholic sphere eager to pronounce condemnations on those who do not fit their bill of what a seer should be… or against those who would dare utter the words “end times”… or those who would speak of future events that don’t bode well for a comfortable retirement plan… is actually disheartening. At a time when churches are being restricted or closed, when some are being attacked and burned, when persecution against Christians in the Western hemisphere is so close to bursting upon us… Catholics are nitpicking?? Suddenly, the words of Jesus bear remarkable resemblance to our times:

In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. (Matt 24:38-39)

In other words, some people remain in complete denial. They are seeking comfort instead of conversion. They continually find excuses to suggest that things are not nearly as bad as they actually are. They only see the glass as half full when it’s practically empty. Some are, in fact, even mocking the Noah’s of our time.

In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions. It is these who set up divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. (Jude 1:18)

Fifteen years ago, I finally said “yes” to St. John Paul II’s call to us youth at World Youth Day:

Dear young people, it is up to you to be the watchmen of the morning who announce the coming of the sun who is the Risen Christ! —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of the Holy Father to the Youth of the World, XVII World Youth Day, n. 3; (cf. Is 21:11-12)

Oh, how lovely—Jesus is coming. But do Catholics seriously believe that He is coming without everything else that would precede it as outlined in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, 2 Thess 2, etc.? And when we say “He is coming”, we are referring to a process called the “end times” that culminates in the fulfillment of the words of the “Our Father” before the end of the world—when His Kingdom will come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven—as a fulfillment of Scripture and final preparation of the Church.

…the Kingdom of God means Christ himself, whom we daily desire to come, and whose coming we wish to be manifested quickly to us. For as he is our resurrection, since in him we rise, so he can also be understood as the Kingdom of God, for in him we shall reign. —Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), n. 2816

That’s why we named our new website “Countdown to the Kingdom” instead of “Countdown to Doom and Gloom”: we are spiralling toward victory, not defeat. But the teaching of the Magisterium is clear:

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers… The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. —CCC, n. 675, 677

This “glory” (ie. eternity) is preceded by the sanctification of the Church so that the Bride will become spotless and without blemish (Eph 5:27), so that she will be clothed in a white linen of purity (Rev 19:8). This purification must precede the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Hence, the vast majority of the Book of Revelation is not about the end of the world but the end of this age, leading to a “new and divine holiness” as St. John Paul II put it.[1] Thus, his predecessor Pope St. John XXIII convened a pastoral Second Vatican Council with this in mind: that an Era of Peace was coming, not the end of the world.

At times we have to listen, much to our regret, to the voices of people who, though burning with zeal, lack a sense of discretion and measure. In this modern age they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin … We feel that we must disagree with those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand. In our times, divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by human effort and even beyond all expectations, are directed to the fulfilment of God’s superior and inscrutable designs, in which everything, even human setbacks, leads to the greater good of the Church. —POPE ST. JOHN XXIII, Address for the Opening of the Second Vatican Council, October 11th, 1962

John Paul II summarized it this way:

After purification through trial and suffering, the dawn of a new era is about to break.POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, General Audience, September 10, 2003

Yes, “trial and suffering” precede this coming “period of peace.” This is why the “virtue-signaling” of Catholics who say we must only talk about hope, designer masks, and “positive” things is getting a little silly; why those who want to sit on the fringes and hedge their bets regarding these times (only jumping in when it makes them look intuitive and smart) is just cowardice; and why attacking as “fundamentalists” those who say we are living in the “end times” is just sheer blindness. Seriously, what are they waiting for? Such souls seemingly want to rearrange the deck chairs on this Titanic instead of helping their brothers and sisters get into the Life Boat (ie. the “ark” of the Immaculate Heart) for the stormy ride ahead. But don’t take my word for it regarding the times we’re passing through:

There is a great uneasiness at this time in the world and in the Church, and that which is in question is the faith. It so happens now that I repeat to myself the obscure phrase of Jesus in the Gospel of St. Luke: ‘When the Son of Man returns, will He still find faith on the earth?’…I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.

…he who resists the truth through malice and turns away from it, sins most grievously against the Holy Ghost. In our days this sin has become so frequent that those dark times seem to have come which were foretold by St. Paul, in which men, blinded by the just judgment of God, should take falsehood for truth, and should believe in “the prince of this world,” who is a liar and the father thereof, as a teacher of truth: “God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying (2 Thess. ii., 10). In the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and the doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. iv., 1). —POPE LEO XIII, Divinum Illud Munus, n. 10

When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the “Son of Perdition” of whom the Apostle speaks. —POPE ST. PIUS X, E Supremi, Encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ, n. 3, 5; October 4th, 1903

For those who prattle on how all this apocalyptic talk is just reckless and negative delusion, consider what Jesus says at the beginning of the Book of Revelation—a scripture that is chock full of prophecies of global war, famine, economic collapse, earthquakes, plagues, deadly hail storms, destructive meteor showers, beasts, 666 and persecution:

Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near. (Rev 1:3)

Hm. Blessed are those who read “doom and gloom”? Well, it’s only doom and gloom to those who fail to see that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” [2] Jesus wants us to actually read and discuss these distressful texts so as to anticipate them and be prepared, and such preparedness is actually blessedness. But here, I am not speaking of “prepping” or survivalist techniques but a preparation of the heart: where a person becomes so detached from the world that they are not shaken by talk of chastisements, antichrists and trials because they recognize that nothing, absolutely nothing happens in this world that does not ultimately come by way of the hand of the Father. As it says in today’s Psalm:

Learn then that I, I alone, am God, and there is no god besides me. It is I who bring both death and life, I who inflict wounds and heal them.(Today’s Psalm)

The peace of such souls comes not by clinging to false comfort and illusory security or by “positive thinking” and sticking one’s head in the proverbial sand… but by dying to this world and its empty promises:

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? (Today’s Gospel)

By today’s standards, Jesus would be considered a false prophet for such dreary talk. But you see, the false prophets were those who told the people what they wanted to hear; the true prophets were those who told them what they needed to hear—and they stoned them.

A WORD ON FR. MICHEL

Many of the stones being thrown right now are toward an alleged seer from Quebec, Canada, Fr. Michel Rodrigue. He is one of several alleged seers featured on Countdown to the Kingdom and who has become a lightning rod of sorts. It may be because tens of thousands of people are not only watching his videos there or reading his words, but actually responding to them. We have received countless letters of powerful conversions and awakenings happening through the messages of Fr. Michel—some of which are dramatic and are going “viral.” 

For my part, I have only seen a fraction of the videos on Countdown of Fr. Michel (I simply haven’t had time to review all the material; my collaborators, however, have gone through his talks). Of what I have heard, it is consistent not only with the Scriptures but the “prophetic consensus” of seers around the world. Of those questions raised in a “theological evaluation” by Dr. Mark Miravalle, my colleague Prof. Daniel O’Connor answered clearly and logically.[3] Nonetheless, I continue to “watch and pray” and discern not only Fr. Michel but all the seers on Countdown. We do not “endorse” any visionaries; we are merely giving a platform for credible and orthodox prophetic words in accordance with St. Paul’s admonition to “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.” [4]

That said, there has been some genuine confusion surrounding Fr. Michel. Our collaborator, Christine Watkins, who interviewed Fr. Michel for her book, had written that Fr. Michel “tells everything” to his bishop who had “approved” his messages. On the contrary, the bishop wrote a letter stating to Fr. Michel that he does not support the idea of “the Warning, the chastisements, the third World War, the Era of Peace, any construction of refuges, et cetera.” and gave indications that he had not, in fact, seen “everything”.  It’s unclear how or why this miscommunication occurred. What can be deduced from this is that the bishop does not support his messages, but also that no official investigation or study of the messages has occurred. The bishop is entitled to his opinion, but as of this writing, has not issued a formal and binding declaration regarding the alleged revelations of Fr. Michel. For that reason, the messages remain on Countdown to the Kingdom for continuing discernment.[5]

Second, many people are balking at some prophecies circulating from Fr. Michel that this Fall will see an uptick in serious events. They claim that such prophecies must be false because Jesus said: “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.”[6] But Our Lord was speaking to the Apostles 2000 years ago, not necessarily every generation (and He was obviously right). Moreover, Fr. Michel would not be the first seer in the history of the Church to speak of impending events. The approved messages of Fatima were very specific about coming events being near, not to mention the exact date of the “miracle of the sun.” Finally, Fr. Michel in this regard is actually consistent with other seers around the world who are pointing to major events very soon.

The prophet is someone who tells the truth on the strength of his contact with God—the truth for today, which also, naturally, sheds light on the future. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Christian Prophecy, The Post-Biblical Tradition, Niels Christian Hvidt, Foreword, p. vii

Just a cursory glance of the daily headlines suggests these seers are probably more right than not.

As for my ministry, I will continue to walk with the Church on these things. Should Fr. Michel or any other seer be formally “condemned”, I will adhere to that. Truly, it would be no skin off my teeth because this ministry is not built on private revelation but the Public Revelation of Jesus Christ in the Word of God, preserved in the deposit of faith, and passed on through Sacred Tradition. That’s the rock on which I stand and hope to keep my readers on as well for it’s the only rock that Christ himself put in place.

So that said, shouldn’t we continue to listen to that very Word with attentive humility?:

Do not despise the words of prophets,
but test everything;
hold fast to what is good…

(1 Thessalonians 5:20-21)

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