Mark Mallett

THE MIDDLE COMING

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Pentecôte (Pentecost), by Jean II Restout (1732)

ONE of the great mysteries of the “end times” being unveiled at this hour is the reality that Jesus Christ is coming, not in the flesh, but in Spirit to establish His Kingdom and reign among all the nations. Yes, Jesus will come in His glorified flesh eventually, but His final coming is reserved for that literal “last day” on earth when time will cease. So, when several seers around the world continue to say, “Jesus is coming soon” to establish His Kingdom in an “Era of Peace,” what does this mean? Is it biblical and is it in Catholic Tradition? 

THREE PURPOSES

Well, there is what the Early Church Fathers and several doctors of the Church have referred to as a “middle coming” of Christ that brings about His definitive spiritual reign in the Church, for three purposes. The first is to prepare for Himself a spotless Bride for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

…he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him… that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Eph 1:4, 5:27)

This spotless Bride must therefore be a unified bride. So this “middle coming” will also bring about the unity of the Body of Christ, [1] both Jew and Gentile, as the Scriptures foretell:

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd…. a hardening has come upon Israel in part, until the full number of the Gentiles comes in, and thus all Israel will be saved… (Rom 11:25-26)

And the third purpose is as a witness to all the nations, a Vindication of Wisdom:

‘This Gospel of the kingdom’ says the Lord, ‘shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come.’ —Council of Trent, from Catechism of the Council of Trent; cited in The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 53

IN SCRIPTURE

This so-called “middle coming” is indeed in Scripture and, in truth, the Church Fathers recognized it from the beginning. St. John’s Revelation speaks of Jesus coming as a “rider upon a white horse” who is “Faithful and True” who “strikes the nations” with the sword of His mouth, putting to death the “beast” and “false prophet” who led the nations astray and  apostasy (Rev 19:11-21). Then Christ reigns in His Church in the entire world for a symbolic period of a “thousand years”, an “era of peace” (Rev 20:1-6). It’s clearly not the end of the world. During this time, Satan is chained in the “abyss.” But then, after this period of peace, Satan is released for a short time; he leads the nations for one last assault against the “camp of the saints”… but it totally fails. Fire falls from heaven — and this is really key — the devil is then cast into Hell for eternity…

…where the beast and the false prophet were. (Rev 20:10)

That’s why those who say the Antichrist only appears at the very end of the world are mistaken. It contradicts Scripture as well as the Early Church Fathers who taught that the “son of perdition” comes before this period of peace, what they also called a “sabbath rest” for the Church. 

It’s important to note that the prophet Isaiah gives this exact prophecy himself of Christ coming in a judgment of the living followed by an Era of Peace:

He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked… Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat… the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. (Isaiah 11:4-9)

It is crucial to note that we have the testimony of Church Fathers Papias and Polycarp that these things were taught directly by St. John in both the oral and written tradition:

And these things are borne witness to in writing by Papias, the hearer of John, and a companion of Polycarp, in his fourth book; for there were five books compiled by him. —St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V, Chapter 33, n. 4

I am able to describe the very place in which the blessed Polycarp sat as he discoursed, and his goings out and his comings in, and the manner of his life, and his physical appearance, and his discourses to the people, and the accounts which he gave of his intercourse with John and with the others who had seen the Lord… Polycarp related all things in harmony with the Scriptures. —St. Irenaeus, from Eusebius, Church History, Ch. 20, n.6

Hence, St. Irenaeus summarizes what they taught as students of St. John himself:

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… Those who saw John, the Lord’s disciple, [tell us] that they heard from him how the Lord taught and spoke about these times… —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.

So, let’s continue to flesh out the “theology” of this “middle coming”…

THE MIDDLE COMING

Some readers may find it strange to hear the term “middle coming” since, in classical language, we refer to the birth of Christ as the “first” coming and His return at the end of time as the “second” coming. [2]

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However, as I wrote in my letter to the Pope, Dear Holy Father… He is Comingthe “middle coming” could also be considered as the dawn that breaks, that light that comes before the sun itself rises. They are part of the same event—sunrise—and are intrinsically related, yet distinct events. This is why the Church Fathers taught that the “day of the Lord” is not a 24 hour period, rather:

…this day of ours, which is bounded by the rising and the setting of the sun, is a representation of that great day to which the circuit of a thousand years affixes its limits. —Lactantius, Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 14, Catholic Encyclopedia; http://www.newadvent.org

And again,

Behold, the Day of the Lord shall be a thousand years. —Letter of Barnabas, The Fathers of the Church, Ch. 15

They are speaking of that period, after the death of the “beast and false prophet”, [3] but before the final uprising against the Church through “Gog and Magog” (those nations that definitively reject the Gospel). [4] It is that period that St. John referred symbolically to as a “thousand years” when Satan will be chained in the abyss.

It implies a period of time, the duration of which is unknown to men… —Cardinal Jean Daniélou, A History of Early Christian Doctrine, p. 377-378 (as cited in The Splendor of Creation, p. 198-199, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi

The Church at that time, purified in part by the persecution of the “lawless one”, will experience a New and Divine Holiness through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It will bring the Church to the height of her royal priesthood, which is the pinnacle of the Day of the Lord.

…they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for [the] thousand years. (Rev 20:6)

The Church, which comprises the elect, is fittingly styled daybreak or dawn… It will be fully day for her when she shines with the perfect brilliance of interior light. —St. Gregory the Great, Pope; Liturgy of the Hours, Vol III, p. 308

St. Cyril delineates this “middle coming” of Christ when He will reign in His saints. He refers to it in the linear sense as a “second” coming.

We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom. —The Catechetical Instruction by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Lecture 15; cf. The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 59

Our Lord himself, after speaking of the signs of the times, spoke of this coming of the “Kingdom”:

…when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. (Luk 21:31)

This “crown of a divine kingdom” is the completion of the work of redemption in the Body of Christ—her “last stage” of sanctification—when the Divine Will will reign in the Church “on earth as it is in Heaven” — the Kingdom of the Divine Will:

Have you seen what living in My Will is?… It is to enjoy, while remaining on earth, all the Divine qualities… It is the Sanctity not yet known, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and most brilliant among all the other sanctities, and that will be the crown and completion of all other sanctities. —Servant of God Luisa Picarretta, The Gift of Living in the Divine Will, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi; n. 4.1.2.1.1 A

It will be the kind of union Adam enjoyed with God before the fall, and which was known by Our Lady, whom Pope Benedict XIV called “the image of the Church to come.” [5] Thus, the Sanctity of sanctities is accomplished through the intervention of this “Woman clothed in the sun” and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to, in effect, “birth” Jesus fully within the Church. This is why Our Lady is also known as “the dawn”, she who is “clothed in the sun”, thereby heralding “the Sun’s” coming. St. Cyril continues…

There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time. There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece, and a coming before all eyes, still in the future [when] he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. —The Catechetical Instruction by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Lecture 15; translation from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 59

This “hidden coming” is what the Early Church Fathers understood as the inauguration of Christ’s reign in a new modality. Just as Pentecost catapulted the budding early Church into a new plane of divine operation, so too, this “new Pentecost” will likewise transfigure the Church.

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

This is confirmed in magisterial statements such as that of a theological commission of 1952 that produced The Teaching of the Catholic Church[6]

If before that final end there is to be a period, more or less prolonged, of triumphant sanctity, such a result will be brought about not by the apparition of the person of Christ in Majesty but by the operation of those powers of sanctification which are now at work, the Holy Ghost and the Sacraments of the Church. —The Teaching of the Catholic Church: A Summary of Catholic Doctrine [London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1952] p. 1140

THE SABBATH REST

Jesus often taught that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” [7] Moreover, He taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Thus, St. Bernard sheds more light on this hidden coming.

In case someone should think that what we say about this middle coming is sheer invention, listen to what our Lord himself says: If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him. —St. Bernard, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol I, p. 169

The “kingdom of God” then, is intrinsically tied to the “will of God.” As Pope Benedict said,

…we recognize that “heaven” is where the will of God is done, and that “earth” becomes “heaven”—i.e., the place of the presence of love, of goodness, of truth and of divine beauty—only if on earth the will of God is done. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, General Audience, February 1st, 2012, Vatican City

On the one hand, we can observe the coming of Christ throughout the Church’s 2000 year history, most especially in His saints and in the renewals that their particular fiats brought. However, the middle coming we are referring to here is an ushering in of the “age of the Spirit”, an era in which, corporately as a Body, the Church will live in the Divine Will “on earth as it is in heaven” [8]. It will be as close to Heaven as the Church will get, without the beatific vision.

It is a union of the same nature as that of the union of heaven, except that in paradise the veil which conceals the Divinity disappears… —Jesus to Venerable Conchita, Ronda Chervin, Walk With Me Jesus; cited in The Crown and Completion of All Sanctities, Daniel O’Connor, p. 12

And thus, in such union, the Church Fathers foresaw that this era would also be “a rest” when the People of God, having labored six days (ie. “six thousand years”) will rest on the seventh day, a kind of “sabbath” for the Church.

Because this [middle] coming lies between the other two, it is like a road on which we travel from the first coming to the last. In the first, Christ was our redemption; in the last, he will appear as our life; in this middle coming, he is our rest and consolation.…. In his first coming Our Lord came in our flesh and in our weakness; in this middle coming he comes in spirit and power; in the final coming he will be seen in glory and majesty… —St. Bernard, Liturgy of the Hours, Vol I, p. 169

Bernard’s theology is consonant with the Early Church Fathers who foretold that this rest would come after the death of the “lawless one” ushering in…

…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.

…when His Son will come and destroy the time of the lawless one and judge the godless, and change the sun and the moon and the stars—then He shall indeed rest on the seventh day… after giving rest to all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day, that is, the beginning of another world. —Letter of Barnabas (70-79 A.D.), written by a second century Apostolic Father

THE KINGDOM COMES IN DARKNESS

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)

But this coming, as so many of the popes have said, is not the end of the world, but the accomplishment of the plans of redemption. [9] Thus, we are to be…

…watchmen who proclaim to the world a new dawn of hope, brotherhood and peace.—POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Guanelli Youth Movement, April 20th, 2002, www.vatican.va

If Our Lady is “the dawn” that heralds the coming “sun of justice”, then when exactly does this “new Pentecost” take place? The answer is almost as difficult as pinpointing when the first ray of dawn begins.  After all, Jesus said:

The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you. (Luke 17:20-21)

That said, certain approved prophetic revelations and the Scriptures themselves combine to give an insight into approximately when the “temporal” Kingdom beginsto be ushered in—and it points to this third millennium. 

The Church of the Millennium must have an increased consciousness of being the Kingdom of God in its initial stage. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, April 25th, 1988

In Revelation 12, we read of the confrontation between the Woman and the dragon. She is laboring to give birth to a “son”—that is, laboring for the middle coming of Christ.

This Woman represents Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer, but she represents at the same time the whole Church, the People of God of all times, the Church that at all times, with great pain, again gives birth to Christ. —Castel Gondolfo, Italy, Aug. 23, 2006; Zenit

Again, I have written in detail about this battle between the Woman and the dragon over the past four centuries in my book The Final Confrontation and in other places here. However, the dragon, who attempts to devour the child, fails.

She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. (Rev 12:5)

While this is a reference to Christ’s Ascension, it also refers to the spiritual ascension of the Church. As St. Paul taught, the Father has “raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus.” [10]

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

Just as Jesus emptied himself in order to live only in the Father’s will, so too, the Church must empty herself so that like her Master, she too lives only in the Divine Will:

I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. (John 6:38)

After summarizing the confrontation between the Woman and the dragon, St. John goes into detail. He witnesses St. Michael and the angels bring about a decisive battle against Satan, casting him out of “heaven” to the “earth.” Here again, in the context, St. John is not speaking of the primordial battle when Lucifer was evicted from Heaven at the beginning of time. Rather, St. Paul teaches that “our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” [11] That is, Satan loses a certain domain of power “in the heavens” or “air”. Isn’t this what Pope Leo XIII has had us praying for now for over a century in the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel?

…do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. —composed by POPE LEO XIII after hearing during Mass a conversation, in which Satan asks God for permission to test the earth for one century.

But here is what I want to point out in the context of this writing. When this Exorcism of the Dragon occurs, suddenly St. John hears a loud voice in heaven say:

Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time. (Rev 12:10-12)

Heaven itself declares that this exorcism inaugurates a new era: “Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God…” And yet, we read on that the devil has a “short time.” Indeed, Satan takes whatever power he has left and concentrates it into a “beast” in a “final confrontation” against the Church (see Rev 13). But that doesn’t matter: God has rescued a remnant of people in whom the Kingdom has come. I believe this is what Our Lady has been speaking of when she refers to a coming “blessing”, the “Flame of Love”, “Illumination”, etc. [12] It is the initiation of a grace that will bring the Church into a final confrontation with Satan. So whether the saints live or whether they die during the time of the beast’s persecution, they will reign with Christ.

I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 20:4)

The Kingdom comes, then, during the darkness of the dragon’s deception. That is why I believe that this Exorcism of the Dragon may also be the same event as the breaking of the “sixth seal” [13] or the so-called “warning” or “illumination of conscience”, as Blessed Anna Maria Taigi (1769-1837) called it (see The Great Liberation).

She indicated that this illumination of conscience would result in the saving of many souls because many would repent as a result of this “warning”… this miracle of “self-illumination.” —Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi in Antichrist and the End Times, P. 36

If Jesus is “the light of the world”, then the light of illumination seems to be that grace when now “salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God…” Again, in the approved messages to Elizabeth Kindelmann, Our Lady says:

It will be the Great Miracle of light blinding Satan… The torrential flood of blessings about to jolt the world must begin with the small number of the most humble souls. —Our Lady to Elizabeth, http://www.theflameoflove.org

And in a very interesting interview on the renowned apparitions at Medjugorje, [14] which have gained some form of approval by the Ruini Commission, American attorney, Jan Connell, asked the alleged seer Mirjana about the “century of testing” that inspired Pope Leo XIII to write the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

J: Concerning this century, is it true that the Blessed Mother related a dialogue to you between God and the devil? In it… God allowed the devil one century in which to exercise extended power, and the devil chose these very times.

The visionary answered “Yes”, citing as proof the great divisions we see particularly among families today. Connell asks:

J: Will the fulfillment of the secrets of Medjugorje break the power of Satan?

M: Yes.

J: How?

M: That is part of the secrets.

J: Can you tell us anything [regarding the secrets]?

M: There will be events on the earth as warning to the world before the visible sign is given to humanity.

J: Will these happen in your lifetime?

M: Yes, I will be a witness to them. —p. 23, 21; Queen of the Cosmos (Paraclete Press, 2005, Revised Edition)

PREPARING FOR PENTECOST

Brothers and sisters, what all this amounts to is a clarion call to the Body of Christ to prepare, not so much for Antichrist, but for the coming of Christ—the coming of His Kingdom. It is a call to prepare for this “pneumatic” or “spiritual” middle coming of Our Lord by way of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary’s intercession. Hence, the pray of the Church’s liturgy takes on renewed significance:

We humbly implore the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, that He may “graciously grant to the Church the gifts of unity and peace,” and may renew the face of the earth by a fresh outpouring of His charity for the salvation of all. —POPE BENEDICT XV, Pacem Dei Munus Pulcherrimum, May 23rd, 1920

The time has come to exalt the Holy Spirit in the world… I desire that this last epoch be consecrated in a very special way to this Holy Spirit…It is his turn, it is his epoch, it is the triumph of love in My Church, in the whole universe. —Jesus to Venerable María Concepción Cabrera de Armida; Fr. Marie-Michel Philipon, Conchita: A Mother’s Spiritual Diary, p. 195-196

Pope Benedict affirms this renewal and grace in terms of a “middle coming” of Jesus:

Whereas people had previously spoken only of a twofold coming of Christ—once in Bethlehem and again at the end of time—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of an adventus medius, an intermediate coming, thanks to which he periodically renews His intervention in history. I believe that Bernard’s distinction strikes just the right note… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p.182-183, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

The right note is that this “intermediate coming,” says Bernard, “is a hidden one; in it only the elect see the Lord within their own selves, and they are saved.” [15]

Why not ask him to send us new witnesses of his presence today, in whom he himself will come to us? And this prayer, while it is not directly focused on the end of the world, is nevertheless a real prayer for his coming; it contains the full breadth of the prayer that he himself taught us: “Your kingdom come!” Come, Lord Jesus! —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, p. 292, Ignatius Press

But neither should we view this solely as a future event. Even now, these graces are being given to the Church; even now, the Flame of Love is being increased in the Church. And thus, the “triumph of the Immaculate Heart” promised at Fatima is an ongoing process.

Fatima is still in its Third Day. We are now in the post Consecration period. The First Day was the apparition period. The Second was the post apparition, pre-Consecration period. The Fatima Week has not yet ended… People expect things to happen immediately within their own time frame. But Fatima is still in its Third Day. The Triumph is an ongoing process. —Sr. Lucia in an interview with Cardinal Vidal, October 11th, 1993; God’s Final Effort, John Haffert, 101 Foundation, 1999, p. 2; quoted in Private Revelation: Discerning With the Church, Dr. Mark Miravalle, p.65

Thus, said Pope Benedict, praying for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart…

…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom… So you could say the triumph of God, the triumph of Mary, are quiet, they are real nonetheless… Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

There are still many things to come in the years ahead. But a cursory look at the “signs of the times” tell us that the confrontation between the Woman and the dragon is coming to a head. “We are facing the final confrontation”, said St. John Paul II. And in it, we await the New Dawn, the coming of our Lord.

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, 672

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

In individuals, Christ must destroy the night of mortal sin with the dawn of grace regained. In families, the night of indifference and coolness must give way to the sun of love. In factories, in cities, in nations, in lands of misunderstanding and hatred the night must grow bright as the day, nox sicut dies illuminabitur, and strife will cease and there will be peace. —POPE PIUX XII, Urbi et Orbi address, March 2nd, 1957; vatican.va

First published October 23rd, 2015.

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The Coming of the Kingdom of God

The Great Liberation

Antichrist in Our Times

The Last Judgments

On Medjugorje

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THE GREAT STRIPPING

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IN April of this year when churches began to close, the “now word” was loud and clear: The Labor Pains are RealI compared it to when a mother’s water breaks and she begins labor. Even though the first contractions may be tolerable, her body has now begun a process that cannot be stopped. The following summer months were akin to the mother packing her bag, driving to the hospital, and entering the birthing room to go through, at last, the coming birth.

Indeed, we have had the summer to learn a lot of things, haven’t we? The writings from that time have been crucial because they exposed to all of us the basic plan of the enemy (eg. The Pandemic of ControlThe Great Reset, and Our 1942). But in the past few days, something has shifted. With new lockdowns rippling across the world, including church closures, the “now word” on my heart is that we are “crossing the threshold” (into the “hospital”, you could say), that this is the beginning of the “great stripping” of the Church (the “hardest labor”). As I began this article, suddenly an Emergency Broadcast Alert came over my phone and this message arrived in my email from Our Lady to the Italian seer Gisella Cardia:

Dear children, thank you for having responded to my call in your hearts. My beloveds, this is the beginning of the tribulation, but you should not fear as long as you kneel and acknowledge Jesus, God, One and Three. Humanity has turned its back on God because of modernism and licentiousness, but I ask you: to whom will you go when all that you have now disappears? Whom will you ask for help when you no longer have anything to eat? And it will be then that you will remember God! Do not reach that point, because He too might not recognize you. My children, do not be like the foolish virgins: fill your lamps immediately and light them. Children, remember that silence will lead you to perdition, therefore shout out and be silent no longer. Sing Praises and Hymns to the Lord: do not be afraid, but be courageous. Accepting even the slightest change in the Word of God will be like accepting everything — be vigilant. I ask you to repeat the promises of Baptism when you renounce Satan and all his seductions. Now I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. —November 24th, 2020; countdowntothekingdom.com

THE GREAT CONFUSION

It’s been an overwhelming week for many of us as the globalist agenda accelerates at breakneck-speed.[1] Practically every hour, there is a news story that leaves one shaking his head. Moreover, many of us are trying to wake others up to what’s really going on… but are often shut down. People are not interested in “statistics” or “studies”; they don’t want to hear so-called “conspiracy theories”; we must trust the politicians and health authorities, and blindly so. They mock, scoff, and condescend — exactly as St. Peter said they would:

Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come to scoff… (2 Pet 3:3-4)

It is the beginning of the The Strong DelusionFor this is Our 1942when few believe the warnings, even though the facts are staring them in the face and world leaders are even boldly and openly stating their intentions—which have nothing to do with containing a virus and protecting grandma, but completely rebuilding a new order after this one is dismantled.[2] As Our Lady said to Gisella, we cannot remain silent! Yet, we are deeply frustrated because we see how lockdowns of the healthy on a mass scale—an unprecedented human experiment—are destroying as much as 40% of the economy,[3] and are causing deaths from delayed medical interventions that have become “countless”, according to USA Today.[4]

But there has been another cost that we’ve seen, particularly in high schools. We’re seeing, sadly, far greater suicides now than we are deaths from COVID. —Center for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield, “COVID Webinar Series”, July 28th, 2020; buckinstitute.org

That number could be as high as 75,000 in the U.S. alone directly related to Covid-19.[5] Moreover, the effects upon the poorest nations are catastrophic:

We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as a primary means of control of this virus… We may well have a doubling of world poverty by early next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents and poor families are not able to afford it. This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe, actually. And so we really do appeal to all world leaders: stop using lockdown as your primary control method. Develop better systems for doing it. Work together and learn from each other. But remember, lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer. —Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization (WHO) special envoy, October 10th, 2020; The Week in 60 Minutes #6 with Andrew Neil; gloria.tv

All this for a virus that has a recovery rate as high as 99%[6] that, for the majority, feels like a bad flu.

I think of the tearful letter of a woman whose husband cannot get kidney surgery for his cancer. Or the senior in a nursing home who said she’d rather die from Covid-19 than be locked away again from her loved ones. Or the doctors I’ve talked to who tell me their hospitals are not overrun with Covid-19 cases, including in several major cities—contrary to mainstream propaganda, which is in fear-overdrive. Or this from someone in Manitoba, Canada where the government has gone into a near police-state, even ordering stores to cease selling “non-essential” goods. 

I ran a few errands yesterday and just had to laugh at the absurdity regarding what people can and cannot buy right now. You are allowed to buy toys for your pets… but not for your kids. A brush for your hair… but no headbands or ponytail holders. Socks… but not slippers. Gift cards… but you can’t buy a greeting card to mail the gift card. No flowers, no reading materials, no puzzles, no makeup, no fragrances, no gifts. So you can’t look nice, smell nice, smell nice things, look at nice things, stimulate your mind, play anything… but your pets can. Its just bizarre! How in any way are we OK with this? How does this make rational sense regarding the well-being and supporting a healthy mental state of families possibly going into a greater lockdown? They are robbing us of our simple daily way of life and robbing us of basic human necessities. —Manitoba resident

Above all, we are frustrated because one can sit in a small restaurant without a mask, talking, laughing and eating… but cannot go to the Lord’s Supper in some places without severe restrictions—or at all. The Eucharist is considered “non-essential” —and sadly, some bishops are acquiescing. As stories of church-goers being heavily fined begin to roll in,[7] as the Church goes underground in the U.K. and elsewhere,[8] as several countries or regions set up “hotlines” to report neighbours who breach the masking, social distancing or lockdown restrictions,[9] the words of today’s Gospel begin to take shape:

You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives. (Luke 21:16-19)

The powerful words of this brave French Bishop are really a breath of fresh air as he summarizes the above. Here’s a portion of his statement:

We are living in an unprecedented situation that does not fail to worry. We are undoubtedly going through an unprecedented health crisis, not so much by the scale of the epidemic as by its management and its impact on people’s lives. Fear, which has taken hold of many, is maintained by the anxiety-provoking and alarmist discourse of the public authorities, relayed in a loop by most of the mainstream media. The result is an increasing difficulty in thinking, an obvious lack of perspective in relation to events, an almost generalized consent of citizens to the loss of freedoms, which are nevertheless fundamental. Within the Church, we observe some unexpected reactions: those who previously denounced the authoritarianism of the Hierarchy and systematically challenged its Magisterium, in particular in matters of morality, submit today without batting an eyelid to the State, seeming to lose all critical sense, and set themselves up as moralizers, blaming and denouncing without appeal those who dare to ask questions about the official doxa [10] or defend fundamental freedoms. Fear is not a good counselor: it leads to thoughtless attitudes, it pits people against each other, it generates a climate of tension, even violence. We could well be on the verge of explosion! —Bishop Marc Aillet for the diocesan magazine Notre Eglise, December 2020 issue; (Google Translation) diocese64.org

THE GREAT STRIPPING

And so, we feel helpless to stop this “beast” of complete control over our lives. Indeed, as I write you, I am no longer permitted to see my own children (as we are now at the maximum of five in our household). I think again of that simple but powerful word I heard back in 2007. While praying before the Blessed Sacrament, I had the overwhelming impression of an angel in the mid-heavens hovering above the world and shouting,

“Control! Control!”

Today, the corollary to that word is this:

Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it? (Rev 13:4)

It’s the return of Communism, this time globally, just as Our Lady said it would.[11] So I have had to come to terms with that as well, finding myself saying to Jesus, “What do You want of me now, Lord?” And here was the answer: above all, I feel Our Lord wants me to prepare you, Our Lady’s Little Rabble, for the Gift of Living in the Divine WillIt’s a gift especially for the coming Era when the “Our Father” will be fulfilled and His will be done “on earth as it is Heaven.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, there’s a single writing that is a sort of “prologue” to understanding this Gift: The Coming New and Divine Holiness.  As Jesus said to Edson Glauber in Brazil yesterday:

My will shall reign mightily among My elect and, through them, united to My Heart and My will, they will obtain great graces and light for souls that are without faith and lifeless. For many souls, there will be the sap of life, the grace of being restored in their lives as well as in all things, making the work of creation return to its perfect and holy origin; thus My kingdom on earth will be “as it is in heaven,” and the new Jerusalem, the Holy City, will come to dwell among men.—November 24th, 2020; cf.countdowntothekingdom.com

But in order to receive this gift for the next Era, we need to be stripped of everything we rely upon in this one. The sense of powerlessness, of a lack of control, is part of the necessary purification of the Church. This kenosis, this emptying, is not purposeless then. In fact, it is preparing us to receive an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like a new Pentecost. Ah, the words of the prophecy at Rome… they’re coming more and more true, aren’t they?

Because I love you, I want to show you what I am doing in the world today. I want to prepare you for what is to come. Days of darkness are coming on the world, days of tribulation… Buildings that are now standing will not be standing. Supports that are there for my people now will not be there. I want you to be prepared, my people, to know only me and to cleave to me and to have me in a way deeper than ever before. I will lead you into the desert… I will strip you of everything that you are depending on now, so you depend just on me. A time of darkness is coming on the world, but a time of glory is coming for my Church, a time of glory is coming for my people. I will pour out on you all the gifts of my Spirit. I will prepare you for spiritual combat; I will prepare you for a time of evangelism that the world has never seen…. And when you have nothing but me, you will have everything: land, fields, homes, and brothers and sisters and love and joy and peace more than ever before. Be ready, my people, I want to prepare you… Pentecost Monday of May, 1975, St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy; spoken by Dr. Ralph Martin

Now, I know that there are other things, other warnings to give insofar as this Great Storm unfolds — and your questions about vaccines, civil disobedience, etc. I also don’t know how much time I have left to write you. The censorship is reaching incredible levels now as people are being “deplatformed” (ie. their entire websites are being taken down), police are showing up at people’s doors for social media posts,[12] and Youtube, Facebook, etc. are banning and blocking information like obedient communists. In fact, I would not be surprised that at some point in the near future, overnight, there will be a mass shutdown of those who are giving “false information” in order to “protect” people’s lives. We can’t have people use critical thinking at such a time as this, can we?

THE BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION

I have no doubt that we are about to enter the hard labor — the definitive breaking of the Seven Seals of RevolutionIt is “the beginning of the tribulation” Our Lady says. But then she adds, 

Sing Praises and Hymns to the Lord: do not be afraid, but be courageous.

Do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Eph 5:18-20)

The reason she beckons us to be joyful is that she knows that she is our Ark, she is The Refuge for Our Times as Our Lord himself said:

My Mother is Noah’s Ark… —The Flame of Love, p. 109; Imprimatur from Archbishop Charles Chaput

It is the hour to fill the lamp of your heart with the oil of faith, not despair! These graces, these gifts, will be given to you in prayer and fasting. Go to confession, as Our Lady of Medjugorje also said today, hinting that we are about to repeat history: History will be truth which, also today, is being repeated in you and around you. Work on and build peace through the Sacrament of Confession. Reconcile with God, little children, and you will see miracles around you.  November 25th, 2020; countdowntothekingdom.comLast, in the parable of the ten virgins and the lamps, the ones who are ready for the coming of the Bridegroom (see Jesus is Coming!) are the ones whom He calls “wise.” The world is being driven into the ground by people with PhD’s — proof positive that knowledge is no substitute for Wisdom. The good news is that St. James said, if we lack it, then just ask for it:If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. (James 1:5)It is the hour of the Great Stripping — just as Our Lord was stripped before His crucifixion. But how gloriously robed will the Bride of Christ be after The Resurrection of the ChurchWho are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.” He said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb…. For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 7;13-14, 19:7-8)

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Praise God

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for this special time I have with you. It’s one of the few calm moments of the day. Your presence reassures me that I don’t have to endure the trials of the day alone. You are my strength and my peace. I wish to abide in your love.

Mark Mallett

JESUS IS COMING!

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I WANT to say it as clear and loud and boldly as I possibly can: Jesus is coming! Did you think that Pope John Paul II was just being poetic when he said:

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! —ST. 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)

Would you say that, if this is true, it constitutes a stupendous task for these watchmen?

I did not hesitate to ask them to make a radical choice of faith and life and present them with a stupendous task: to become “morning watchmen” at the dawn of the new millennium. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Inuente, n.9

I have, as best I can, made radical choices of faith and life in order to answer this call, made to me as well, as I stood in the driving rain at World Youth Day in 2002 in the presence of that great Saint. Was not the rain and stormy clouds that day symbolic of the cry of the great Marian saint, Louis de Montfort (who would influence the course of John Paul II’s life and pontificate, whose motto was Totus Tuus “totally yours”, as in totally Mary’s in order to be totally Christ’s)?

Your divine commandments are broken, your Gospel is thrown aside, torrents of iniquity flood the whole earth carrying away even your servants… Will everything come to the same end as Sodom and Gomorrah? Will you never break your silence? Will you tolerate all this for ever? Is it not true that your will must be done on earth as it is in heaven? Is it not true that your kingdom must come? Did you not give to some souls, dear to you, a vision of the future renewal of the Church? —St. Louis de Montfort, Prayer for Missionaries, n. 5; www.ewtn.com

For nearly fifteen years, I have dedicated myself to these writings here, building upon the foundation of the Scriptures, Early Church Fathers, Popes, mystics and seers, and then the works of theologians like Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, the late Fr. George Kosicki, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, and others. The foundation is strong; the message nearly indisputable, especially as it is confirmed by the “signs of the times” that themselves act, daily, as heralds that Jesus Christ is coming.

For years, I trembled in my boots, wondering if I was somehow misleading my readers, afraid of presumption, terrified of tumbling over the treacherous cliffs of prophecy. But as time went on, supported by my spiritual director (who appointed one of the most brilliant and prophetic minds in the Church to oversee my writings for a time, Michael D. O’Brien), I began to realize that there is no need to speculate, to draw rash conclusions. God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. As my dear friend Daniel O’Connor says so beautifully, “Two thousand years later, the greatest prayer will not go unanswered!”

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. —from the Pater Noster (Matt 6:10)

It’s funny how we pray this every day and yet do not really consider what we are praying! The coming of the Kingdom of Christ is equivalent to His will being done “on earth as it is in heaven.” What does this mean? It means that Jesus has come, not only to save us, but to sanctify us by reestablishing in man what was lost in the Garden of Eden: the union of Adam’s will with the Divine Will. By this, I do not mean a mere perfect conformation of one’s will to God’s. Rather, it is the fusion of God’s will in our own so that there is only a single will remaining. In this way, the Bride of Christ will be divinized fully into Christ’s likeness such that she will truly become Immaculate…

…that He might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27)

For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment. (Rev 19:7-8)

And this grace, brothers and sisters, has never been given to the Church until now. It is a Gift that God has reserved for the last times:

God himself had provided to bring about that “new and divine” holiness with which the Holy Spirit wishes to enrich Christians at the dawn of the third millennium, in order to “make Christ the heart of the world.” —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Address to the Rogationist Fathers, n. 6, www.vatican.va

It will be the reign of Christ with His saints that is spoken of in Revelation 20—a spiritual resurrection of what was lost in Eden.

They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. (Rev 20:4-5)

This reign is nothing other than the New Pentecost prophesied by the popes, that “new springtime” and “Triumph of the Immaculate Heart” because…

Holy Mary… you became the image of the Church to come… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Spe Salvi, n.50

At last, Our Lady will see within her own children a perfect and immaculate reflection of herself as they take up her own Fiat in order to live in the Divine Will as she did. This is why it is called the “Triumph of her Immaculate Heart” because the Kingdom of the Divine Will that reigned in her own soul will now reign in the Church as the climax of salvation history. Thus, said Benedict, praying for this Triumph…

…is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom. —Light of the World, p. 166, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

And the Kingdom of Christ is found on earth in His Church, which is His mystical Body.

The Church “is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery…” At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 763

It is in these “end times” in which we are living that Our Lady and the Popes have announced the coming of the Risen Sun, Jesus Christ, to bring a new dawn in the world—the Day of the Lord, which is the fullness of the Kingdom of the Divine Will. It is a coming in order to restore in the Bride of Christ what the new Adam, Jesus, is in Himself:

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

Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 521

Thus, the coming we speak of here is not that return of Jesus in glory at the very end of the world, but the Church’s “Easter Sunday” after the “Good Friday” that she is now passing through.

Whereas people had previously spoken only of a twofold coming of Christ—once in Bethlehem and again at the end of time—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux spoke of an adventus medius, an intermediate coming, thanks to which he periodically renews His intervention in history. I believe that Bernard’s distinction strikes just the right note… —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Light of the World, p.182-183, A Conversation With Peter Seewald

It is the fulfillment of the “Our Father” not only within the Church but to the ends of the earth as Our Lord Himself said would happen:

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… —POPE PIUS XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, Dec. 11th, 1925; cf. Matt 24:14

In my series on The New Paganism and the epilogue The Popes and the New World OrderI detailed how the Kingdom of the Anti-will is now climaxing in our times. It is a kingdom that, at its very core, is a rebellion against God’s will. But now, in the remaining days of Advent, I want to turn toward the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will that will overthrow Satan’s long night over mankind. This is the “new dawn” prophesied by Pius XII, Benedict XVI and 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

This is the “restoration of all things in Christ” that St. Pius X prophesied:

When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. —POPE PIUS XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, December 23, 1922

For,

Christ’s redemptive act did not of itself restore all things, it simply made the work of redemption possible, it began our redemption. Just as all men share in the disobedience of Adam, so all men must share in the obedience of Christ to the Father’s will. Redemption will be complete only when all men share his obedience. —Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me, pg. 116-117

This is the “period of peace”, the Era of Peace, the “Sabbath Rest” foretold by the Early Church Fathers and echoed by Our Lady in which the Bride of Christ will reach the pinnacle of her sanctity, united interiorly in the same kind of union as the saints in heaven, but without the beatific vision. 

We do confess that a kingdom is promised to us upon the earth, although before heaven, only in another state of existence… —Tertullian (155–240 A.D.), Nicene Church Father; Adversus Marcion, Ante-Nicene Fathers, Henrickson Publishers, 1995, Vol. 3, pp. 342-343)

It is the Kingdom of the Divine Will, which will reign “on earth as it is in heaven” in such a way as to transform the remnant Church into a beautiful Bride and release creation from its agonizing groans as it eagerly awaits the “revelation of the children of God.” [1]

It is the Sanctity not yet know, and which I will make known, which will set in place the last ornament, the most beautiful and brilliant among all the other sanctities, and will be the crown and completion of all the other sanctities. —Jesus to Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, Manuscripts, Feb 8th, 1921; excerpt from The Splendor of Creation, Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, p. 118

Jesus is Coming, He is coming! Don’t you think you should prepare? I will try, with Our Lady’s assistance, to help you in the days ahead to understand and prepare for this great Gift…

First published December 6th, 2019.

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Thought for today

Do you know the joy of selfless giving and generous love for others? True love doesn’t calculate – it spends lavishly! Jesus drove this point home to his disciples while sitting in the temple and observing people offering their tithes. Jesus praised a poor widow who gave the smallest of coins in contrast with the rich who gave greater sums. How can someone in poverty give more than someone who has ample means? Jesus’ answer is very simple – love is more precious than gold or wealth! 

Love grows with gratitude and generous giving
Jesus taught that real giving must come from the heart. A gift that is given with a grudge or for display loses its value. But a gift given out of love, with a spirit of generosity and sacrifice, is precious. The amount or size of the gift doesn’t matter as much as the cost to the giver. The poor widow could have kept one of her coins, but instead she recklessly gave away all she had! Jesus praised someone who gave barely a penny – how insignificant a sum – because it was everything she had, her whole living. 

Nothing given in love is worthless
What we have to offer may look very small and not worth much, but if we put all we have at the Lord’s disposal, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then God can do with it and with us what is beyond our reckoning. Do you give out of love and gratitude for what God has already given to you? 

“Lord Jesus, your love knows no bounds and you give without measure. All that I have comes from you. May I give freely and generously in gratitude for all that you have given to me. Take my life and all that I possess – my gifts, talents, time and resources – and use them as you see fit for your glory.”

Mark Mallett

FRANCIS AND THE GREAT RESET

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…when conditions are right, a reign will spread across the whole earth
to wipe out all Christians,
and then establish a universal brotherhood
without marriage, family, property, law or God.

—Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, philosopher and Freemason
She Shall Crush Thy Head (Kindle, loc. 1549), Stephen Mahowald

ON May 8th of 2020, an “Appeal for the Church and the World to Catholics and All People of Good Will” was published.[1] Its signatories include Cardinal Joseph Zen, Cardinal Gerhard Müeller (Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith), Bishop Joseph Strickland, and Steven Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute, to name but a few. Among the appeal’s pointed messages are the warning that “under the pretext of a virus… an odious technological tyranny ” is being established “in which nameless and faceless people can decide the fate of the world”.

We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control. —Appeal, May 8th, 2020

After fifteen years of being stationed on the rampart in response to John Paul II’s call to the young to “become ‘morning watchmen’ at the dawn of the new millennium,” I wholeheartedly agree.[2] Three key writings here echo this Appeal, in particular: The Pandemic of ControlOur 1942; and The Great ResetAs the call for mandatory vaccines ramps up;[3] as companies like Ticketmaster say they will soon require you to “verify proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for COVID-19 using a digital health pass” to be admitted to events;[4] as countries begin to threaten “financial and criminal penalties” for spreading “fake news” regarding vaccines…[5] I find it stunning how, 2000 years ago, St. John penned these words in the Book of Revelation regarding “Babylon” that could only be understood at this hour:

…your merchants were the great men of the earth, all nations were led astray by your sorcery. (Rev 18:23)

The Greek word for “sorcery” here is φαρμακείᾳ (pharmakeia) — “the use of medicine, drugs or spells.”[6] As I wrote in The Pandemic of Control, it is precisely these “faceless” powers controlling pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and food production that are now calling the shots for governments around the world.

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. —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

I am left startled when I reread the following words penned some fourteen years ago in The Great Meshing:

“It is nearly complete.”

Those are the words that rang in my heart this weekend as I pondered the tremendous shift away from the Gospel in North America during the past few weeks. Those words were accompanied by the image of several machines with gears. These machines — political, economical, and social, operating throughout the world — have been running independently for several decades, if not centuries.

But I could see in my heart their convergence: the machines are all in place, about to mesh into one Global machine called “Totalitarianism.” The meshing will be seamless, quiet, barely noticed. Deceptive. The Great MeshingDecember 10th, 2006

What is nearly “complete” is the apparatus to bring about what global leaders are harmoniously calling The Great ResetSadly, one of the “gears” in this Reset will be an anti-church.

THE FINAL SIFTING

It has long been said by many clergy, and even within private revelation, that Freemasonry and Communist agents have infiltrated not only the Catholic Church but all religions. In an interview on September 29th, 1978 with Fr. Francis Benac, S.J., alleged Garabandal seer, Mari Loli, warned that Communism was going to return someday—and what would happen when it did:

Our Lady spoke several times about Communism. I don’t remember how many times, but she said that a time would come when it would seem that Communism had mastered or engulfed the whole world. I think it was then that she told us that priests would have difficulty saying Mass, and talking about God and divine things… When the Church suffers confusion, the people are going to suffer too. Some priests who are Communists will create such confusion that people will not know right from wrong. —from The Call of Garabandal, April-June, 1984

These are remarkable words that only a year ago might have seemed inapt. But as global leaders synchronously lock down healthy populations and Masses continue to be suppressed; as freedom of religion vanishes and censorship escalates; as officials decide that “climate change” and “COVID-19” call for a “Great Reset” of the planet in clearly Marxist terms[7]… who can fail to see that these warnings from Our Lady are being realized now in real-time? “When the Church suffers confusion…” she said. 

In his book Athanasius and the Church of our Time, Bishop Rudolph Graber quoted a Freemason who admitted, “the goal [of Freemasonry] is no longer the destruction of the Church, but to make use of it by infiltrating it.”[8] In 1954, Dr. Bella Dodd, a leader in the Communist Party in the USA, testified before a House sub-committee that she had personally placed over 1000 radical young Communists into the Catholic priesthood through American seminaries—and that a number of them had risen to high positions in the Church. Her testimony was corroborated by another member of her party the year before, John Manning.[9]

This policy of infiltrating seminaries was successful beyond even our Communist expectations. —The Communist Infiltration of the Roman Catholic Clergy, Gregorian Press, Most Holy Family Monastery (pamphlet)

I say this because there are certainly those in the Church who are in lockstep with the world rather than the Spirit of God.

If we are careful, if we are wise, if we are watching and praying, then it should become clear to us that this “confusion” is also serving a divine purpose: a sifting of the weeds from the wheat. In that regard, I have noted how both Pope Francis and President Trump have served as The Agitators of this sifting—whether they know it or not. Again, here is another remarkable prophecy that has unquestionably been fulfilled in our times, this one from the American seer Jennifer during Benedict’s pontificate:

This is the hour of great transition. With the coming of the new leader of My Church will come forth great change, change that will weed out those who have chosen the path of darkness; those who choose to alter the true teachings of My Church. —Jesus to Jennifer, April 22, 2005, wordsfromjesus.com

Indeed, consider how Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitiahas effected just that. 

it is not right that so many bishops are interpreting Amoris Laetitia according to their way of understanding the Pope’s teaching. This does not keep to the line of Catholic doctrine… These are sophistries: the Word of God is very clear and the Church does not accept the secularization of marriage. —Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Catholic Herald, Feb. 1st, 2017; Catholic World Report, Feb. 1st, 2017

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Prov 14:12)

But what about the Pope himself? Many Catholics are deeply troubled as to why the Pope is not correcting these bishops. Or why clergymen such as Fr. James Martin SJ are contradicting Church teaching and yet being appointed to offices within the Vatican; why the Vatican’s communication office is defending or ignoring recent scandals, such as the Pope presiding over a ceremony where people bowed to mounds of dirt and “Pachamama” statues; or the ambiguous answer to the Pontiff’s recent remarks on “civil unions”; or the lack of explanation for the handing over of power to appoint bishops to the Communist Chinese authorities.[10]

Moreover, many are confused as to why Francis is endorsing the UN’s Paris Agreement, which includes provisions for “reproductive rights” (a euphemism for abortion, birth control, etc.) and “gender ideology,” as well as “global warming” science, which has been fraught with fraud and communist ideology. They ask why the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences was sponsoring a symposium for the youth arm of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network run by globalist and pro-abortionist Jeffrey Sachs and funded by the pro-abortion, pro-gender theory Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of Sachs’s biggest supporters over the years has been far-left financier George Soros.[11]

The conference, which has taken place in the Vatican for the fourth consecutive year, was designed to discuss the promoting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), numbers 3.7 and 5.6 of which include “sexual and reproductive health services,” which is a euphemism used in the United Nations to refer to abortion and contraception. —lifesitenews.com, November 8th, 2019

Veteran Vatican correspondent, Edward Pentin, perhaps sums up best what many have been lamenting:

…the connection with the “Pachamama” and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) shows that its appearance at the [Amazon] synod did not happen by chance, and is, in its own way, another indication of the ever-increasing “inculturation” of the UN and the global environmental movement into the very marrow of the Vatican. —edwardpentin.co.uk, November 8th, 2019

This UN driven “environmental movement” is nothing less than a steady march toward global Communism and a “new paganism.” The words of St. Paul come to mind:

What fellowship does light have with darkness?… Therefore do not associate with them, for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord… Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (2 Cor 6:14; Eph 5:7-11)

THE GREAT RESET

If a pope gave numerous speeches calling for countries to take pride in their nationalities, unite communities through song, launch building projects, and engage their youth in civic leadership… no one would balk. Give the same speech though in 1938 at the same time Hitler is spreading his Third Reich… and people would wonder what on earth the pope was doing!

So it is alarming to many that at the very same time global leaders have mysteriously begun calling for this “Great Reset” …

This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a “reset”. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to re-imagine economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change… while maintaining our momentum on reaching the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development…  —UN online conference; Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Sept. 29th, 2020; Global News, youtube.com

…so too has Pope Francis in his own way.

As I was writing this letter [Fratelli tutti], the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities… Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality… It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. —nos. 7-8; vatican.va

Dear friends, time is running out! …A carbon pricing policy is essential if humanity wants to use the resources of creation wisely… the effects on the climate will be catastrophic if we exceed the 1.5ºC threshold outlined in the Paris Agreement goals… In the face of a climatic emergency, we must take appropriate measures, in order to avoid committing a grave injustice towards the poor and future generations.—POPE FRANCIS, June 14th, 2019; Brietbart.com

The Pope’s aspirations include a Global Compact on Education “to ensure that everyone has access to a quality education consonant with the dignity of the human person and our common vocation to fraternity.”[12] Joining him at the virtual relaunch of the education pact was the Director-General of the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay. She is known for her promotion of “gender equality” and efforts to have the ratings of sexually explicit films removed so younger audiences (in France) could see them—a  troubling “cultural” agenda to say the least.[13] Again, the optics are terrible.

The man leading the charge of this Global Reset is the founder of the World Economic Forum, which is a United Nation’s subsidiary:

Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never. Nothing will ever return to the ‘broken’ sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory. —Professor Klaus Schwab; co-author of Covid-19: The Great Reset; cnbc.com, July 13th, 2020

From Prince Charles, to climate alarmist Al Gore, to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to Democrat Joe Biden,[14] they have all invoked “Covid-19” and “global warming” in unison with the World Economic Forum (WEF) as essentially the “window” that has opened to completely “rebuild” the world order according to the United Nations’ agenda.

On their website, the WEF partially cites Pope Francis’ new Encyclical Letter Fratelli tutti under the article titled above, as evidence of his support of their agenda. From the Letter:

The marketplace, by itself, cannot resolve every problem, however much we are asked to believe this dogma of neoliberal faith. —POPE FRANCIS, Fratelli tutti, n. 168

WEF attempts to explain,

The “story” he’s referring to is neoliberalism, a philosophy espousing austerity, privatization, deregulation, unbridled markets, and relatively weak labour laws. —World Economic Forum, October 9th, 2020; weforum.org

The rest of Francis’ Encyclical sets forth what he calls a “dream” for “universal fraternity.”[15] At one point in the Encyclical, a subheading invokes the phrase: “Liberty, equality and fraternity”. This startled many as it is the Masonic phrase used during the French Revolution, a violent uprising that attempted to overthrow the Church at that time.

Finally, Fratelli tutti raised eyebrows with another sub-heading called “Re-envisaging of the Social Role of Private Property” — this, all the while the World Economic Forum is promoting the idea that, by 2030, no one should own private property. This, of course, is a major tenet of Marxism and a (hidden) foundational principle of the promoters of the United Nations Agenda 2030.[16] Again, the timing of the Encyclical, perhaps more than anything, is what has raised eyebrows.

FRANCIS AND THE GREAT RESET

So many faithful Catholics are simply asking, “What is the Pope doing?” One of the problems in answering this question is that people want a quick definitive response; news sites want a sound byte; bloggers want the sensational. Few, however, are willing to really explore the theological propositions and their context, or lack thereof, in Sacred Tradition. Take for instance Francis’ comment on private property.

The right to private property can only be considered a secondary natural right, derived from the principle of the universal destination of created goods. —Fratelli Tutti, n. 120

Many immediately cried foul asserting that this is Marxist ideology. On the contrary, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church commissioned by John Paul II says much the same.[17]

Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute and untouchable: “On the contrary, it has always understood this right within the broader context of the right common to all to use the goods of the whole of creation: the right to private property is subordinated to the right to common use, to the fact that goods are meant for everyone” —n. 177

Or take the words “Liberty, equality and fraternity”. While visiting France, St. John Paul II said:

We know the place that the idea of ​​freedom, equality and fraternity holds in your culture, in your history. In the final analysis, these are Christian ideas. I say this while being fully aware that those who were the first to formulate this ideal in this way did not refer to man’s alliance with eternal wisdom. —Homily at Le Bourget, June 1st, 1980; vatican.va

“Universal fraternity” and “social friendship” are themes addressed in the Compendium in the context of the power of the Gospel to transform society.

Regarding Francis’ criticism of the “marketplace” and “neoliberalism”, some have said this is merely a front for promoting Marxist economics. However, the Church’s social doctrine has always been clear that “profit” cannot come before people. When that is the case, “capitalism” is a negative.

…if by “capitalism” is meant a system in which freedom in the economic sector is not circumscribed within a strong juridical framework which places it at the service of human freedom in its totality, and which sees it as a particular aspect of that freedom, the core of which is ethical and religious, then the reply is certainly negative. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Centesiumus Annusn. 42; Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, n. 335

Given that the Great Reset is being driven by billionaires like the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Gates, etc., given that much of agricultural tech, medical and food production is controlled by a handful of multinational corporations, given that the middle class is disappearing and that the stock market and real estate bubbles are destined to collapse, and given that billions in the world still do not have the basics of life… criticism of the free market system is justified.

Marxist ideology is wrong… [but] trickle-down economics… expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power… [these theories] assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing, ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist. —POPE FRANCIS, December 14th, 2013, interview with La Stampa; religion.blogs.cnn.com

Moreover, far from suggesting support for a global central economy, Francis affirmed the Catholic social doctrine of subsidiarity:

…[the] concrete application of the principle of subsidiarity, which justifies the participation and activity of communities and organizations on lower levels as a means of integrating and complementing the activity of the state… the importance of the principle of subsidiarity… is inseparable from the principle of solidarity. —Fratelli Tutti, n. 175, 187

Pope Francis also has a great interest in “interreligious dialogue”, which some say is merely setting the groundwork for a false church and global religion. However, echoing his predecessors, Francis in his first Apostolic Exhortation states:

Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another. —Evangelii Gaudium, n . 251, vatican.va

Since Jesus addressed the Samaritan woman at the well, or Paul stood in the Are-op′agu quoting the Greek poets, or St. Francis of Assisi engaged the Sultan of Egypt, the Church has reached out in “dialogue” to those of other religions as part of her mission ad gentes, since this is “the essential mission of the Church.”[18] Citing the Second Vatican Council, Francis adds:

The Church esteems the ways in which God works in other religions, and “rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She has a high regard for their manner of life and conduct, their precepts and doctrines which… often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men and women”… Others drink from other sources. For us the wellspring of human dignity and fraternity is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. —Fratelli tutti, n. 277

Finally, it must be noted that, while I, too, have warned readers about dangerous agendas presently driving the United Nations, it would be a mistake to suggest that any cooperation with the UN must be condemned. On the contrary, in the words of Catholic journalist Beth Griffins:

The pillars of the United Nations overlap the tenets of Catholic social teaching and from the inception of the U.N. in 1945, the Church has encouraged the international organization while simultaneously reproving it when it drifts from its lofty goals. —October 24th, 2020; cruxnow.com

Griffins notes that pontiffs from Leo XIII to Pius XII to John XXIII and beyond have influenced the moral vision of the United Nations for the better. After all, Jesus prayed that we “may all be one”, which demands our “yes” in all aspects of social existence. However, the Church has always maintained that a “civilization of love” will not come about by political strength but by the transcendent power of the Gospel. That without Jesus Christ, there will never be true peace.

The name of the one God must become increasingly what it is: a name of peace and a summons to peaceDialogue, however, cannot be based on religious indifferentism, and we Christians are in duty bound, while engaging in dialogue, to bear clear witness to the hope that is within us (cf. 1 Pt 3:15)… it is a grace which fills us with joy, a message which we have a duty to proclaim. —POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II, Novo Millennio Ineunten. 55-56

He (Jesus) is our peace. (Eph 2:14)

Indeed, the Church has warned that…

The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope that can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675-676

The Great Reset, from all appearances, has all the hallmarks of this deception.

ON VIGANÒ

Which is why Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who once served as the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, has suddenly become a major news story. He is known as the whistle-blower who accused the Pope of covering up the Theodore McCarrick scandal. But Archbishop Viganò has gone much further. He recently stated; “Bergoglio has been chosen on a worldwide level as the spiritual guarantor of globalism.”[19] That statement echoes a letter of Viganò’s addressed two weeks earlier to the President of the United States that made headlines across the world. In it, the Archbishop states:

As is now clear, the one who occupies the Chair of Peter has betrayed his role from the very beginning in order to defend and promote the globalist ideology, supporting the agenda of the deep church, who chose him from its ranks. —October 30th, 2020; edwardpentin.co.uk

And with that, Archbishop Viganó essentially warned the world’s most powerful political leader that the head of the Catholic Church is an existential threat to his country and must be opposed. Given the often tortuous ambiguities and confusion that has trailed this pontificate, Viganò’s words immediately played well to Catholics already alarmed by the diabolical forces amassing like a hurricane upon human freedom. But Archbishop Viganò crossed a line from expressing grave concerns over the Pope’s direction to actually impugning his motives. The statement is already fomenting schism—if not completely warding off others who may be considering entering the Catholic Church, but who have now run in the opposite direction (and others say Francis is causing the same). Calls for Viganó to become pope by some have crowned him essentially as the “official opposition” to the papacy.

Be careful to preserve your faith, because in the future, the Church in the U.S.A. will be separated from Rome. —St. Leopold, Antichrist and the End Times, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, St. Andrew’s Productions, P. 31

To be certain, I am just as concerned about the Pope’s seemingly unfettered faith in “unconverted” human institutions as anyone else—for his sake, not my own; for the sake of those who are getting confused signals and not the clear teaching of the Church which “sets us free.” In some ways, Fratelli tutti is a document that would make sense in the next Era, when Our Lady has triumphed and the wicked have been purified from the earth. Even then, human will has to be clearly guided by the bright lights of Sacred Tradition.

…as the Church’s one and only indivisible magisterium, the pope and the bishops in union with him carry the gravest responsibility that no ambiguous sign or unclear teaching comes from them, confusing the faithful or lulling them into a false sense of security. —Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; First ThingsApril 20th, 2018

But suggesting that the Pope is purposely aligning with Masonic forces is a serious charge demanding more than conjecture. Perhaps Cardinal Müller has offered a much more reasoned assessment. When asked whether the Pope was heterodox, he replied:

No. This Pope is orthodox, that is, doctrinally sound in the Catholic sense. But it is his task to bring the Church together in truth, and it would be dangerous if he were to succumb to the temptation of pitting the camp that boasts of its progressivism, against the rest of the Church… —Cardinal Gerhard Müller, “Als hätte Gott selbst gesprochen”, Der Spiegel, Feb. 16, 2019, p. 50

The Great Reset is coming upon the entire world like a freight train. What we know of it thus far has checked off all the boxes of what the “Beast” in the book of Revelation brings to humanity. Many, therefore, are looking to the Chief Shepherd of the Church to speak against it, to warn of the dangers. Instead, he often appears to be helping it along. Yet, by echoing the Church’s social doctrine and extending an olive leaf to others around the world, perhaps Francis feels he is doing what is necessary at this hour. I don’t know.

As Christ’s Vicar, and the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, that’s between Him and the Lord.

Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie. —St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein), quoted at her canonization by St. John Paul II, October 11th, 1998; vatican.va

God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in the Incarnate Son, is the foundation of universal peace. When welcomed in the depths of the human heart, this love reconciles people with God and with themselves, renews human relationships and stirs that desire for brotherhood capable of banishing the temptation of violence and war.  —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2000

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Thoughts for the day

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Alpha and the Omega. You have given me life and offer me eternal life with you. You deserve my honor, gratitude and love, and yet you never impose yourself upon me. Thank you for respecting my freedom so that I can offer myself to you. All that I have is yours; I return it to you.

Petition: Lord, grant me greater faith in your constant and continual presence in my life.

  1. Begging by the Roadside: How many times in life have we felt like this blind beggar sitting by the roadside, down-and-out and hard on luck – physically, spiritually or emotionally? Witnessing our distress, some people simply walked by without a care. Maybe they tossed us a coin, though they didn’t really help us out of our discouragement or difficulty. Others might have jeered at us or not dared to look at us. Some may even have scolded us, like the people in the Gospel telling the beggar “to be silent.” Just as the blind beggar of today’s Gospel could not give himself what he most desired—sight, we are unable to give ourselves what we most need—faith. Do I regularly ask for an increase of faith? Am I aware of how much I need a strong faith?
  2. Jesus Is Passing By: The book of Job tells us that “human beings have a hard service on earth” (Job 7:1). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, when in our lives as Christians we take some real blows and even some falls. God doesn’t want us to become discouraged. He wants us to see these as opportunities to turn to him, the source of the strength and help we need. Other voices will tell us to be quiet and not bother the Master: “After all, you just need to work things out”, “With so much going on, how can you find time to pray?” Jesus constantly passes by. He is the only one who can bring me the peace my heart desires and longs for. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
  3. Lord, Please Let Me See: Jesus promises us that he will listen to our request, just as he did to the blind man. But what should our request be? To have a more comfortable stool so as to sit by the road and beg with ease? To have a beautiful silver cup to collect coins in? Or to see? Often what we really need is not what we ask for in prayer. We need the vision that only the supernatural virtue of faith can give. We need the ability to see everything from God’s vantage point and to see how the difficulties and trials we experience are part of a bigger picture. We need to have the firm assurance of the final victory of the Lamb, Jesus, and the strength to persevere in fidelity. Lord, please let me see…. Please increase my faith.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, allow me to praise and glorify you for your constant companionship and for never leaving me alone in my struggles and trials. Increase my faith so that I will be able to experience your love even amidst difficulty and trials.

Resolution: I will pray three “Our Fathers” for an increase of faith among my family members.

Mark Mallett

FAKE NEWS, REAL REVOLUTION

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A scene from The Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, France. It is the longest wall-hanging in Europe. It was once 140 meters long until it was vandalized
during the “Enlightenment” period

When I was a news reporter in the 1990’s, the kind of blatant bias and editorializing that we see today from mainstream “news” reporters and anchors was taboo. It still is—for newsrooms with integrity. Sadly, many media outlets have become nothing short of propaganda mouthpieces for a diabolical agenda set in motion decades, if not centuries ago. Even sadder is how gullible people have become. A quick perusal of social media reveals how easily millions of people buy into the lies and distortions that are presented to them as “news” and “facts.” Three Scriptures come to mind:

The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies… (Revelation 13:5)

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

First published January 27th, 2017: 

IF you stand close enough to a tapestry, all you will see is a portion of the “story”, and you can lose the context. Stand back, and the whole picture comes into view. So it is with the events unfolding in America, the Vatican, and all over the world which, at first glance, may not appear connected. But they are. If you press your face up against current events without understanding them in the larger context of, really, the past two thousand years, you lose the “story.” Fortunately, St. John Paul II reminded us to take a step back…

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through… We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel, of Christ and the anti-christ. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine providence. It is a trial which the whole Church… must take up… 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), from a 1976 speech to the American Bishops in Philadelphia

When he became Pope, he elaborated on what this “greatest historical confrontation” consists of:

With tragic consequences, a long historical process is reaching a turning-point. The process which once led to discovering the idea of “human rights”—rights inherent in every person and prior to any Constitution and State legislation—is today marked by a surprising contradiction… the very right to life is being denied or trampled upon… This is the sinister result of a relativism which reigns unopposed: the “right” ceases to be such, because it is no longer firmly founded on the inviolable dignity of the person, but is made subject to the will of the stronger part. In this way democracy, contradicting its own principles, effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 18, 20

I have explained elsewhere how, with the birth of the so-called “Enlightenment” period, philosophers and intellects, deceived and deceivers, began to separate themselves from the “mythos” of faith, and create an alternate world view that restricted itself to the material, to science, and reason alone. As we know from the warnings of several popes, this was driven largely by the self-described “illuminated”—those “secret societies” such as the Freemasons, whose goal has been to undermine and overthrow the entire order of things, particularly through the ideas behind Communism. [1] Indeed, few realize that Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx, who wrote the Communist Manifesto, were on the payroll of the Illuminati. [2]

Communism, which so many believed to be an invention of Marx, had been fully hatched in the mind of the Illuminists long before he was put on the payroll. —Stephen Mahowald, She Shall Crush Thy Head, p. 101

Russia [was considered] 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. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24; www.vatican.va

That’s the big picture—now fast-forward to today. Speaking to Dr. Robert Moynihan, who is a contributor to Inside the Vatican magazine, an unnamed retired Vatican official said:

The fact is that the thought of Freemasonry, which was the thought of the Enlightenment, believes Christ and his teachings, as taught by the Church, are an impediment to human freedom and self-fulfillment. And this thought has become dominant in the elites of the West, even when those elites are not officially members of any Freemasonic lodge. It is a pervasive modern worldview. —from “Letter #4, 2017: Knight of Malta and Freemasonry”, January 25th, 2017

That is to say that the goals of Freemasonry have been achieved, largely today through the media. The final stage has been set.

…few people are aware how deep the roots of this sect actually reach. Freemasonry is perhaps the single greatest secular organized power on earth today and battles head to head with the things of God on a daily basis. It is a controlling power in the world, operating behind the scenes in banking and politics, and it has effectively infiltrated all religions. Masonry is a worldwide secret sect undermining the authority of the Catholic Church with a hidden agenda at the upper levels to destroy the papacy. —Ted Flynn, Hope of the Wicked: The Master Plan to Rule the World, p. 154

Those who look to this or that election, or to this or that leader—such as Donald Trump—and believe that the “night is over” are standing too close to the tapestry. 

REAL REVOLUTION

For several years, I have been warning that a Global Revolution is underway and that we are On the Eve of Revolution.

This revolt or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient Fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire [upon which Western civilization is based], which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist…—footnote on 2 Thess 2:3, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible, Baronius Press Limited, 2003; p. 235

I don’t believe this has changed, even as Trump has issued gutsy and laudable executive orders to start reversing abortion funding, defend religious freedom, resist “gender ideology”, etc.. For one, this Revolution is not solely an American one… it encompasses the entire world. Second, it has more to do with the Church than politics.

Nonetheless, what is just as significant as Trump’s first edicts is the hardening of the progressive left that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. It has taken on a tone of unprecedented anger and hatred where verbal threats to destroy the White House or assassinate the President and his family are not uncommon; where people are reporting mental breakdowns and exhibiting strange public behavior. As I said in The Storm of Confusion, there is a bizarre and disturbing spiritual pall hanging over the protests. Here is the warning: it is the kind of violent anger that seethed in the populace before the French Revolution broke out, overthrowing the establishment, destroying Church property, and massacring thousands of priests and religious in the streets. One gets the impression that if progressives gain control again, they will never let this “catastrophe” of the “right” gaining power to ever happen again.

FAKE NEWS

Accusations are flying back and forth from both the conservative and liberal media that the other is guilty of “fake news.” While the term “fake news” originally referred to fabricated stories like “Pope is Visited by Aliens!”, it has quickly evolved to mean news that is decidedly biased—ie. missing facts or distorting details. 

If you step back a bit from the tapestry, it becomes apparent that there is indeed a deliberate and coordinated effort to advance a progressive and decidedly anti-Gospel narrative. As far back as 1936, the popes had already recognized the emergence of “fake news”, ie. propaganda.

Now all may easily discern that the more wonderful the increase of the technique of the cinema, the more dangerous it has become to the hindrance of morals, to religion, and to social intercourse itself… as affecting not only individual citizens, but the whole community of mankind. —POPE PIUX XI, Encyclical Letter Vigilant Cura, n. 7, 8; June 29, 1936

There is another explanation for the rapid diffusion of the Communistic ideas now seeping into every nation, great and small, advanced and backward, so that no corner of the earth is free from them. This explanation is to be found in a propaganda so truly diabolical that the world has perhaps never witnessed its like before. It is directed from one common center. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris: On Atheistic Communism, n. 17

Pius XI noted that the advance of these ideas was also abetted by a ‘conspiracy of silence on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world. We say conspiracy, because it is impossible otherwise to explain how a press usually so eager to exploit even the little daily incidents of life has been able to remain silent for so long….’ [3] This “conspiracy” was apparently confirmed by American banker, David Rockefeller:

We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York TimesTime magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries. —David Rockefeller, Speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton and by Dan Quayle)

Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina said:

“We not talking about isolated incidents”… but rather a series of simultaneous events that bear the “markings of a conspiracy.” —Catholic News Agency, Apr. 12, 2006

Both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI have been unsparing in their criticism of these “elites” operating behind the scenes. Francis referred to them as…

Masters of conscience… Even in today’s world , there are so many. —Homily at Casa Santa Martha, May 2nd, 2014; Zenit.org

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. —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

I was working in a newsroom in a major Canadian city as a business and consumer reporter and producer in the 90’s. It was at a time when newsrooms were very picky about standards, whether it was how the footage was shot or the type of personnel they’d put on camera. But that all seemed to change overnight when some “consultants” paid a visit. Long-held standards were veritably tossed out the door. Videographers were ordered to take their cameras off their tripods and deliberately make footage look “live” by being shaky, shifting in focus, etc.. It was okay to be “sloppy” so long as it seemed real enough. But of course, it was fake drama.

What happened next took me by surprise. Suddenly the veteran reporters in the newsroom began to quietly disappear. In their place, young, beautiful and inexperienced faces filled their chairs—anchors and reporters who looked pretty and could read, but without the credentials and training that were nearly obligatory on the networks until then.

Philosopher Marshal McLuhan once said “The medium is the message.” How true that’s become in our shallow world. The shift toward ultra-sensationalism in both look and content has all but disintegrated the credibility of the mainstream media today. The tripe that passes for “news”—entertainment gossip, political negativity, and base human behavior—is in the truest sense “propaganda,” as it not only denigrates and distracts from what is truly important, but it largely defines the culture. The media do set a tone. They do create a narrative. And today, it is overwhelmingly anti-Gospel and even anti-human.

I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news’… This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive optimism blind to the scandal of evil. —POPE FRANCIS, January 24th, 2017, usatoday.com

There is very little in the mainstream media today that is not ideologically driven with a clear agenda to advance anti-family ideologies or maintain a preoccupation with scandal, gossip, sex and bizarre human behavior that desensitizes and poisons the culture. Many were shocked and appalled when Pope Francis compared these obsessions to the medical disorder of coprophilia—arousal from excrement or feces. But to be honest, that’s exactly how I see the ordure that passes for “information” today.

The media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey… to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true. —POPE FRANCIS, in an interview with Belgian magazine Tertio; from money.cnn.com, December 7th, 2016

The mainstream media is controlling this agenda by either ignoring the “culture of life” or reporting—as if it is a given—that immoral behavior is acceptable, inevitable, and obligatory for every nation. Recalling the “perverse roots” of those who broke the Covenant in the Old Testament, Pope Francis called it “a spirit of adolescent progressivism.”

It is not the beautiful globalization of unity of all Nations, each one with their own customs, instead it is the globalization of hegemonic uniformity, it is the single thought. And this sole thought is the fruit of worldliness. —POPE FRANCIS, Homily, November 18th, 2013, Zenit.org

FILLING YOUR HEART WITH PEACE

The point is this: there is a veritable deluge of “fake news” in our world for the reason that very little of it is actually “news” and is really “agenda.” There is a spirit operating behind much of it—the spirit of antichrist—and that spirit is only getting stronger. While the Vatican continues to discern the apparitions of Medjugorje, I have no problem discerning with them the messages coming from there, such as the one recently. [4] Our Lady allegedly said:

Dear children! Today I am calling you to pray for peace: peace in human hearts, peace in the families and peace in the world. Satan is strong and wants to turn all of you against God, and to return you to everything that is human, and to destroy in the heart all feelings towards God and the things of God. You, little children, pray and fight against materialism, modernism and egoism, which the world offers to you. Little children, you decide for holiness and I, with my Son Jesus, intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call. —to Mirja, January 25th, 2017

Television, social media and Hollywood are spewing a narrative of “materialism, modernism, and egoism.” [5]

The serpent… spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current… (Revelation 12:15)

This fight in which we find ourselves… [against] powers that destroy the world, are spoken of in chapter 12 of Revelation… It is said that the dragon directs a great stream of water against the fleeing woman, to sweep her away… I think that it is easy to interpret what the river stands for: it is these currents that dominate everyone, and want to eliminate the faith of the Church, which seems to have nowhere to stand before the power of these currents that impose themselves as the only way of thinking, the only way of life. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, first session of the special synod on the Middle East, October 10th, 2010

And so, brothers and sisters, we need to be prudent about our exposure to the media (and dads, as the spiritual head of the family, need to guard what enters the home). I am not one to see the devil behind every door, but I do believe without a doubt that there are powerful spiritual forces at work in the media. It is saturated with lust, violence, division and despair, and these in turn can rob us of peace, if not lead us into sin. Remember what Jesus said:

The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be. (Matt 6:22-23)

If you find your heart restless and disturbed and your peace reduced or robbed after spending time in the news, social media or entertainment, take note of that! As fascinating as the election of Donald Trump has been, the ongoing fighting, disrespect, and distortions in the media are continuing to polarize people beyond their borders. I’ve heard more than one American news commentator suggest that the United States is drawing towards civil war. I call it “revolution.”

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. (Matt 21:7; 12:25)

What is paramount is that you and I keep our peace… keep custody of our eyes, ears, and mouths. In this way, we can better be vessels of grace and light in the growing darkness and division.

With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. (Proverbs 4:23)

There is no obligation to read the daily news; no obligation to see what’s on your Facebook wall, read the latest tweet, or hear the latest editorial (there is this wonderful little invention called the “Off” button). But there is a duty to keep custody of our eyes, to guard our ears against evil, and to keep our lips from spreading gossip and darkness. Here’s St. Paul’s advice:

Have no anxiety at all… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Phil 4:6, 8-9)

There is no fake promise there!

…many forces have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful… she remains inexplicably solid… kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith shown in service; for the Church does not belong to popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ.—POPE FRANCIS, Homily, June 29th, 2015; www.americamagazine.org

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↑ 2cf. “She Shall Crush Thy Head” by Stephen Mahowald, p. 100; 123. nb. The Order of the Illuminati are a secret society.
↑ 3cf. Ibid. n. 18
↑ 4cf. On Medjugorje
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Thought for today…

Father Edward Hopkins, LC

Luke 17:20-25

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.” Then he said to his disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. There will be those who will say to you, ‘Look, there he is,’ or ‘Look, here he is.’ Do not go off, do not run in pursuit. For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer greatly and be rejected by this generation.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe in your presence in my life. You have called me to share in your faith and love. I trust that you will help me grow closer to you. I love you, Lord, here and now. I will live this day in prayer.

Petition: Lord, help me to understand your Kingdom better.

  1. When? Since the Pharisees had the wrong notion of the Kingdom of God, they could hardly ask the proper questions concerning it. Their expected kingdom was a worldly kingdom that would cast off foreign domination and restore sovereignty to Israel. But Christ’s kingdom is concerned more about the state of the soul and the struggle between good and evil than external nations. The Pharisees’ misperception kept them from recognizing Christ and his kingdom. Thousands of years later we, too, can be susceptible to the errors of the Pharisees. For us, a lack of faith can keep us from seeing that the Kingdom of God comes only when we accept Jesus as king of our souls. Only when we allow him to rule and order our lives does his kingdom come. The “when” is now. Now is the moment for me to encounter Christ and make him my king.
  2. Where? Christ’s disciples also struggled to understand the nature of the kingdom. They sought to see “the days of the Son of Man,” a powerful reign where Christ was supreme with the entire world subject to him. Yet, Christ comes first to reign in the heart of each person. In my own heart, do I believe in Christ and accept his will? Do I love him and sacrifice myself in order to respond to his will? Am I building the kingdom from my prayer and life of grace?
  3. How? If the kingdom is here and now, then how do we enter? We enter the same way our King enters—through the door of suffering and perseverance. “First he must suffer greatly and be rejected.” Belief is not just a one-time acceptance. Faith must be lived throughout the great and little trials we encounter in life. In this way we make faith and the kingdom more our own. We need to remember that in the end, it is the kingdom—and the King himself—who comes to us, like lightning across the sky.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus, help me to understand your kingdom. Build your kingdom within me, in my thoughts and desires. Become my life and my love. Cut away any distance between us. Make my life the light and salt to spread your kingdom effectively to those with whom I cross paths.

Resolution: Tonight, I will dedicate a longer and calmer time to examine my conscience. I will look for progress as well as the struggles of the kingdom within me.

Mark Mallett

THE STRONG DELUSION

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THERE are extraordinary things happening every day now, just as Our Lord said they would: the closer we get to to the Eye of the Storm, the faster the “winds of change” will be… the more rapid major events will befall a world in rebellion. Recall the words of the American seer, Jennifer, to whom Jesus said:

My people, this time of confusion will only multiply. When the signs begin to come forth like boxcars, know that the confusion will only multiply with it. Pray! Pray dear children. Prayer is what will keep you strong and will allow you the grace to defend the truth and persevere in these times of trials and sufferings. —Jesus to Jennifer, November 3rd, 2005

These events will come like boxcars on the tracks and will ripple all across this world… the division will multiply. —April 4th, 2005

The faster things go, the more confusion there is (see It Rapidly Comes Now)… the more a spiritual blindness is covering the earth. Truly, people have begun to see evil as good and good as evil. They take fact as fiction and fiction as fact. What is common sense is called “conspiracy theory” while the true conspiracies are welcomed “for the common good.” And there is no reasoning with them at all. As one person commented recently, 

It’s as if their minds have been hijacked. They are just like rooms without any doors or windows, and the walls are impenetrable. It seems they need grace from God to know the real truth. 

What is happening? 

THE RESTRAINER HAS LIFTED

In the same year that Jennifer received those words from Jesus, I was driving alone in British Columbia, Canada, making my way to my next concert, enjoying the scenery, drifting in thought, when suddenly I heard within my heart the words:

I have lifted the restrainer.

I felt something in my spirit that is hard to explain. It was as if a shock wave traversed the earth—as if something in the spiritual realm had been released. But I was befuddled. I had no idea what that word meant.

So that night in my motel room, I asked the Lord if what I heard was in the Scriptures, since the word “restrainer” was unfamiliar to me. I grabbed my Bible and opened it straight to 2 Thessalonians 2:3. I began to read:

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, 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… And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 

Of course, my jaw hit the floor when I read that word. In other words, before the “lawless one” or Antichrist is unrestrained, a period of lawlessness would come, a rebellion… a revolution. The old Douay-Rheims Bible has an insightful footnote on this. 

This revolt [apostasy], or falling off, is generally understood, by the ancient fathers, of a revolt from the Roman empire, which was first to be destroyed, before the coming of Antichrist. It may, perhaps, be understood also of a revolt of many nations from the Catholic Church which has, in part, happened already, by the means of Mahomet, Luther, etc. and it may be supposed, will be more general in the days of the Antichrist. —footnote on 2 Thess 2:3, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible, Baronius Press Limited, 2003; p. 235

Here, we see two elements of the restrainer holding back the Antichrist: a political aspect, the “Roman empire”; and a spiritual aspect, the “Catholic Church”, embodied by the papacy. Indeed, the Roman Empire after its conversion to Christianity was deeply entwined with Catholicism as the Gospel transformed the European landscape and beyond. Hence, St. John Newman explained:

Now this restraining power [is] generally admitted to be the Roman empire… I do not grant that the Roman empire is gone. Far from it: the Roman empire remains even to this day… And as the horns, or kingdoms, still exist, as a matter of fact, consequently we have not yet seen the end of the Roman empire. —Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890), The Times of Antichrist, Sermon 1

But now, with The Coming Collapse of America (who is arguably the “mother” of this empire—see Mystery Babylonand the Barque of Peter now in a veritable Great Shipwreckthe “restrainer” has almost fully been removed. In a recent message to the ecclesiastically approved Brazilian seer, Luz de Maria, St. Michael the Archangel says:

People of God, pray: the events will not delay, the mystery of iniquity will appear in the absence of the Katechon. —November 4th, 2020, countdowntothekingdom.com

Katechon—the Greek word for “restrainer.” If that is the case, then the second part of St. Paul’s warning should also be in view:

The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thess 2:9-11)

Indeed, in the same message, St. Michael says,

Humanity is soaked in the dense fog that evil has spread over human beings so that they would not see goodness, but would continue to walk the path of mediocrity that leads them to fall into the clutches of the Devil. The People of God continue moving towards falsehood disguised as good by the will of man. 

Three days later in another part of the world, Our Lady said to Italian seer, Gisella Cardia:

…as you can see, this is a time of great confusion, when evil is hiding behind false disguises; you will need to pay attention: walk together with Jesus and nourish yourselves with His Word for your salvation. Children, my little ones, they will try to make you believe that everything is being done for your good, but that is exactly where the temptation of the devil is hiding—discern. —November 7th, 2020; countdowntothekingdom.com

Those words, for me, confirmed the “now word” the Lord has been speaking in my heart for several weeks—that many things are coming now that will be done “for the common good” — “mandatory” rules, restrictions, impositions, lockdowns… all for the “common good.” But this is a deception; it is ultimately geared toward what the United Nations and global leaders are calling The Great ResetIt involves the near-complete collapse of the present order in order to create a new one—but, this time, without the Judeo-Christian God. It is simply global Communism in a new hat. 

And the vast majority will accept this, believe this—and be utterly deceived.

Who can compare with the beast or who can fight against it? (Rev 13:4)

You are already witnessing this now, brother and sisters. It’s already happening which, thanks be to God means, the Eastern Gate is Opening for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

Where are we now in an eschatological sense? It is arguable that we are in the midst of the rebellion and that in fact a strong delusion has come upon many, many people. It is this delusion and rebellion that foreshadows what will happen next: and the man of lawlessness will be revealed. —“Are These the Outer Bands of a Coming Judgment?”, November 11th, 2014; blog

THE STRONG DELUSION

We were warned. Servant of God Sr. Lúcia of Fatima spoke of this coming “strong delusion” in her own way, calling it a “diabolical disorientation”: 

People must recite the Rosary every day. Our Lady repeated this in all her apparitions, as if to arm us in advance against these times of diabolical disorientation, so that we would not let ourselves be fooled by false doctrines, and that through prayer, the elevation of our soul to God would not be diminished…. This is a diabolical disorientation invading the world and misleading souls! It is necessary to stand up to it… —Sister Lucy, to her friend Dona Maria Teresa da Cunha

I want to stop and emphasize what Sr. Lúcia said about the Rosary. Since we launched Countdown to the Kingdom nearly a year ago, the seers and visionaries there have almost universally stated that we need to pray the Rosary daily. We need to do this. It is the prayer of the “woman clothed in the sun” who is protected from the “dragon” (Rev 12). If the Rosary is boring, dry, difficult… even better, because then your perseverance will make it that much more powerful. Heaven has its reasons to pray this prayer, and that’s good enough for me. 

The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary… the most difficult problems. 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, 40

Pray the Rosary, every day—for each of those beads is a seed of hope. 

I wrote about this Diabolical Disorientation last year, and so want to remain more focused here on St. Paul’s words. Those who “refused to love the truth and so be saved” are those God permits to be sifted like weeds from the wheat. This strong delusion even makes them believe what is false. This sifting is happening before our eyes as families become divided, friendships turn to ice, and daggers come out; as truth is relativized, compromised, and ultimately sacrificed on the altars of political correctness. It is the fruit of a generation that has not only ignored the apparitions of Our Lord and Lady but even mocked them. 

All justice will be confounded, and the laws will be destroyed. —Lactantius (c. 250 -c. 325), Fathers of the Church: The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Chapter 15, Catholic Encyclopedia; http://www.newadvent.org

This is evident most of all in the overturning of the natural law. But it’s also evident in, for example, many countries re-electing politicians who are in favor of redefining marriage, killing the unborn, and enforcing gender ideology. Hence, St. John Paul II announced the definitive fulfillment of Lactantius’ prophecy in our times:

Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong, and are at the mercy of those with the power to “create” opinion and impose it on others. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, 1993

But now, the strong delusion is going much further than merely confounding the law. It is beginning to pass over the unrepentant like a fog, pulling them into spiritual darkness. In a “now word” six years ago, the danger was that man himself was unleashing Hell on earth (see Hell Unleashed). Remember the warnings of Our Lady of Kibeho, that the hatred that burst over into genocide there was a warning for the world.

…[it] is not directed to only one person nor does it concern only the current time; it is directed to everyone in the entire world. —Seers of Kibeho; www.kibeho-cana.org

Hence, in that writing, I warned that the “spiritual” and “physical” cracks in your life have to be closed; that if God tolerated our stiff-neckedness before, it is no longer. Those who leave those cracks open are literally giving a foothold to principalities and powers so that the sifting will now hasten. Of course, we close those cracks by simply repenting of sin and making strides to sincerely convert and abandon our sinful nature. With God’s grace in the Sacraments, prayer, Our Lady’s help, etc., we can and will do this. In Hell UnleashedI finished that article with a list of practical things you can and must do quickly. 

WHAT ABOUT MY LOVED ONES?

Countless are the letters I’ve received from parents concerned about their children and grandchildren who have abandoned the faith. You can see them being drawn into this Great Deception, and you are worried. Here’s the hope. As Prof. Daniel O’Connor and I explained in our video series on the Timeline of events unfolding at this hour, this sifting is leading to a decisive moment for the world: what is called the Warning or Illumination of Conscience, what the Lord led me to in the Book of Revelation as the “sixth seal.”[1] It is a Great Shaking of the entire world to reveal to men and women their consciences, as if to lay before them their eternal path in that moment as if they were standing before God in judgment. It is the decisive moment of the “prodigal son” when he must choose to either return to the Father’s House, or remain sullied in the pig slop of his sin[2]before the earth is purified by chastisements.  

As I wrote in Spiraling Toward the Eyethis worldwide event will position the Church and the anti-church for its “final confrontation.” In a message to mystic Barbara Rose, God the Father speaks of this separation of the weeds from the wheat:

To overcome the tremendous effects of generations of sin, I must send the power to break through and transform the world. But this surge of power will be uncomfortable, even painful for some.This will cause the contrast between darkness and light to become even greater. —from the four volumes Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, November 15th, 1996; as quoted in The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p. 53; cf. godourfather.net

This is confirmed in messages to Australian Matthew Kelly, who was told of a coming illumination of consciences or “mini-judgment.”

Some people will turn even further away from Me, they will be proud and stubborn….  —Ibid., p.96-97

When will this come? When asked, the seers in Garabandal, Spain who coined the term “the Warning”, said:

“When Communism comes again everything will happen.”

The author responded: “What do you mean by comes again?”

“Yes, when it newly comes again,” she replied.

“Does that mean that Communism will go away before that?”

“I don’t know,” she said in reply, “the Blessed Virgin simply said ‘when Communism comes again’.” —Garabandal – Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal – The Finger of God), Albrecht Weber, n. 2 

Fatalism is not a Christian disposition—the idea that we cannot change the future. We can mitigate to a certain degree the purification that is coming—and God wants us to by our prayers, fasting, and sacrifices; by our bold witness, love and charity toward those who oppose us. However, we have to be realists and admit that the time to turn back the hand of justice has expired[3] as the blood of the unborn continues to be shed and the innocence of our young is corrupted on a daily basis through social media, pornography and godless education. And we keep re-electing the individuals who advance this anti-gospel.

I’ll just add this for my American readers: whether or not Trump is re-elected (as many still hope will be the case [because of his support for life] after the courts settle electoral fraud allegations), it does not stop what has been set in motion. The purification of the Church and the world cannot be stopped; it is coming—and a wonder that God has been this patient. 

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 3:9)

The great Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen warned his fellow Americans that this day would come. 

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. —“Communism in America”, cf. youtube.com

So, if your family or friends have hardened their hearts to the Gospel, if they are like the blind leading the blind, continue to intercede for them. Be the face they can turn to when things get really bad. This is why it is a temptation for us to get caught in the “politics,” caught in the anger, name-calling and barbs that will destroy trust and erect walls. Satan knows very well that Our Lady is forming a “Little Rabble” to crush his head in the lives of the “lost” when the time for the Exorcism of the Dragon comes. Don’t fall into this trap. Imitate Jesus who, when the hour of His Passion came, simply gave His opponentsThe Silent Answer

Last, recall that when God was about to purify the earth the first time by a flood, He looked the world over to find someone, somewhere who was righteous. 

…and his heart was grieved… But Noah found favor with the Lord. (Gen 6:5-7)

Yet, God saved Noah and his family. Read You Be Noah

PERSONAL RESPONSE

In closing, what must you do personally? At the end of St. Paul’s discourse on the coming of the lawless one and the strong delusion, he gives the antidote:

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Time and again, Our Lady has been telling us through the messages on Countdown to the Kingdom to remain faithful to the “true magisterium.” By this is meant the constant and unchanging teachings of the Catholic Church. No bishop’s conference can change them; not even the pope can change them, much less any off-the-cuff remarks in interviews or secular reports.

But we also have to avoid a legalistic spirit in defending the truth. A lot of the division in the Church today also comes from those who cannot deal in subtleties, who idolize the past, who weaponize the Mass, who want every second homily to be about Hell, who want the “sodomites” and “bad bishops” to pretty much be burned at the stake… “By this all men will know that you are my disciples,” Jesus said—not by our theological perfection but “if you have love for one another.” [4] Hence, the divisions today can be summarized in…

Those who defend the truth without charity
versus
those who defend charity without truth. 

Both are a deception and a weapon of the enemy to implode authentic Christianity.

Our Lady’ Little Rabble must embrace both, and in the proper context. Remember that Christ’s commandments aren’t a checklist but a lovelist

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

In those words, we find the key to abiding friendship with God. His commandments aren’t a restriction upon our freedom but a path to “abundant life” in Him.[5] To Our Lady, the New Gideon in our times, I give the last word:

My children, do you want to be holy? Do the Will of my Son. If you do not refuse what He tells you, you will possess his likeness and sanctity. Do you wish to conquer all evils? Do whatever my Son tells you. Do you wish to obtain a grace, even one that is difficult to obtain? Do whatever My Son tells you and desires of you. Do you wish to have also the very basic things that are necessary in life? Do whatever my Son tells you and desires of you. Indeed, my Son’s words enclose such power that, as He speaks, His word, which contains whatever it is you ask, makes the graces you seek arise within your souls. There are so many souls that find themselves filled with passions, weak, afflicted, unfortunate and wretched. And although they pray and pray, they obtain nothing because they do not do what my Son asks of them – heaven, it seems, is irresponsive to their prayers… My child, listen closely. If you wish to exercise dominion over all things, and give me the joy of being able to make of you my true child and a child of the Divine Will, then seek nothing but [God’s Will]. —Our Lady to Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Meditation n. 6, “The Wedding Feast of Cana”

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