Are We at The End Times?
Evidence seems to be fitting together just like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s interesting to note also that much of the information we have concerning end time events has come to light relatively recently. What I mean by recently is since probably the 1800’s and onward. This document bases its information and conclusions on just some of the writings and apparitions approved by the Catholic Church.
On October 13, 1884 Leo XIII had just completed a celebration of the Mass in one of the Vatican’s private chapels. Standing at the foot of the alter he suddenly turned ashen and collapsed to the floor. Apparently the victim of a stroke or heart attack. However, neither malady was the cause of his collapse. For he had just been given a vision of the future of the church he loved so much. After a few minutes spent in what seemed like a coma, he revived and remarked to those around him, “Oh, what a horrible picture I was permitted to see!”
What Leo XIII apparently saw, as described later by those who talked to him at the time of his vision, was a period of about ONE HUNDRED YEARS when the power of Satan would reach its zenith…
Keeping this in mind let us go on. Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich a mystic in the church who was born in 1774 suffered the stigmata and suffered greatly for the church. She saw our Lords passion and wrote much about His hidden life. She also had something to say about end time’s events. The following excerpt is taken from her writings on the passion of our Lord in the book entitled, The Dolorous Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.
”: …In the center of Hell I saw a dark and horrible-looking abyss, and into this Lucifer was cast, after being first strongly secured with chains; thick clouds of sulphurous black smoke arose from its fearful depths, and enveloped his frightful form in the dismal folds, this effectually concealing him from every beholder. God himself had decreed this and I was likewise told, if I remember rightly, that he will be unchained for a time fifty or sixty years before the year of Christ 2000. The dates of many other events were pointed out to me which I do not now remember; but a certain number of demons are to be let loose much earlier than Lucifer, in order to tempt men, and to serve as instruments of the divine vengeance. I should think that some must be loosened even in the present day, and others will be set free in a short time…
The above mentioned excerpt supports the Catholic Church’s view of Rev. Chapter 20. It was when our Lord died on the cross that Satan was bound. And the meaning of Satan being bound for a thousand years is to be taken figuratively not literally.
Let’s look at the above two above excerpts again along with more of Rev. Chapter 20 and see what we come up with. According to the Holy Father he spoke of a period of one hundred years when the power of Satan would reach its zenith in other words its highest point. This would seem to imply that not only is Satan free to assault the church thereby being unchained, but attacking fiercely. Like never before in history. Going on, we can take from Bl. Anna’s work that Satan was unchained around 1940 to 1950. Once again looking at the Holy Father’s vision the period of one hundred years would end around 2040 to 2050.
This is the period that we currently live in. We can say that Satan knows the scriptures much better then any scholar living or perhaps has ever lived. And he knows that he can’t change what is ordained by God to happen. It’s my belief, that knowing this fact he is trying and in many ways succeeding in changing our interpretation of end time’s events. Many of the false apparitions inundating the world today serve as proof of this fact. There are two main details that are separating false from true apparitions today. Other than of course, our Holy Mother the Church’s infallible declaration, and they are the anti-Christ and the Holy Father.
The true apparitions are always supportive of the church. They are telling us to follow her and to follow the Holy Father. On the contrary, the false ones are telling us to not follow the current Holy Father and as a matter of fact, they are calling him a false prophet and that he will be responsible for ushering in the anti-Christ. His time is short says the scriptures. He knows it. He’s working hard to separate as many souls as he can from the church thereby separating them from salvation.
Looking at the apparitions both true and false, without a doubt they both focus on this time. As we stated earlier Satan is unchained and after his period of being set loose Rev. Chapter 20 vs. 9 and following: …But fire came down from heaven and consumed them. The Devil who had led them astray was thrown into the pool of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet were. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
So, during this one hundred year period of Satan being loosed what major events are we a Christians looking for?
First there must be a “Chastisement of the Earth” in order to bring about one Christian Kingdom and one Church on Earth. We know that this chastisement will last from four to seven years. This chastisement will end with three days of darkness. Let me repeat that it will end (not start) with three days of darkness. We know that during the chastisement there will be two very important people, a very holy king, called “Charles the Monarch” and a very holy Pope, a Pope who will be elected outside of Rome in a very fast way.
We know that after the chastisement there will be only twenty-five percent of the world left and it will take seven years to bury the dead. We know that the good and the bad will survive. But we also know that the bad will be converted by the Monarch and the Holy Pope.
We know that those who survive the chastisement will have a period of peace that will be without work or needs. We also know that in the first part of this peace everyone will be holy. But we also know that in the second half of this peace faith will fade and become lax.
After this period of peace on earth, the Antichrist will come. Henoch and Elias will come. The Antichrist will be born in the ruins of Babylon between the two great rivers. He will be born of a Jewish prostitute and a Catholic Bishop. She will pretend to be a virgin. The child will be able to talk the moment he comes out of the womb. He will appear to be holy, gentle, kind, mild, and charismatic. He will look like Christ, act like Christ, and talk like Christ. He will perform many miracles (or at least what appear to be miracles), and many will follow him. He will convert the Jews first, then the Moslems, and then many Catholics. There will be no other Christian religions on earth at that time.
After converting the Jews and Moslems into one religion, he will rebuild the Temple of Solomon. There he will place himself on a seat in the Holy of Holies and proclaim himself the Son of God. He will cause a great famine over the whole earth, so that no one will have the food he needs. But then he will promise that whosoever comes to the Temple and has his or her hand and forehead marked with his mark will receive all the food he needs for the rest of his life. He will have to go to war against Egypt, Libya, and Africa, but after that all the secular world will come to his side, and he will rule the world. He will outlaw the Continual Sacrifice, the Mass. (Daniel 8:11)
The Pope and those who refuse to be marked with his mark will go into hiding. Those who cannot hide will be martyred. More Catholics will be martyred during this time than all the two-thousand-year history of the Kingdom put together.
In the last year of his three-and-one-half-year control of the world, he will kill Henoch and Elias and place their bodies in public display in front of the Temple. After the third day, they will come to life and ascend into heaven body and soul by the Power of God.
This will so anger the Antichrist that he will promise the whole world that he, too, will ascend into heaven and bring them back to earth. And on the prescribed day he will ascend up into the sky. However, Christ will strike him dead (as He did to Simon Magus), and he will fall to the earth.
Christ will appear in all his glory with all His Heavenly Hosts, and in the twinkling of an eye, and separate the wheat from the chaff. Those not counted among the elect will go unto everlasting fire forever separated from eternal glory.
The good will be lifted up body and soul towards Christ, who will remain in the sky. All those in Purgatory will ascend first. All the bodies of those who died, from Adam to the time of the Antichrist, will come up out of the earth and join their souls in the heavens. All this will take place as those remaining at the end ascend body and soul towards Christ.
Then Christ will wipe away the earth, purgatory, the heavens, and the stars with the movement of his hand. Amen!”
I would also add Matt. Chapter 24 vs. 34: Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place…
Our Lord here is talking about the time frame of His second coming, from the tribulation until His coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. May His name be praised forever and ever Amen.
The completion of our one hundred year period as stated above is at the outside 2050.
The document above is based on personal interpretation of end time’s events and is hereby subject and subordinate to the magisterial teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.