I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals. (Rev 5:1)
AT a recent conference where I was one of the speakers, I opened the floor to questions. A man stood up and asked, “What is this sense of imminence that so many of us feel as though we are “out of time?”” My answer was that I too felt this strange internal alarm. However, I said, the Lord often grants a sense of imminence to actually give us time to prepare in advance.
That said, I believe we truly are on the cusp of major events with global impact. I don’t know for certain… but if I remain on the path that the Lord has placed me since this writing apostolate began, then I believe we are about to see a definitive “breaking of the Seals” of Revelation. Like the Prodigal Son, our civilization, it seems, must come to the point where it is broken, hungry, and on its knees in the pig pen of chaos before our consciences will be ready to see reality—and we realize it is much better to be in our Father’s house.
If I could stand upon the rooftops of every street corner, I would shout: “Prepare your hearts! Get ready!” For I believe we are now crossing the threshold of hope into a new era. It is the time of the Church’s Passion… the time of glory… the time of miracles… the time of the fulfillment of all prophecy… the Time of times.
Thus the word of the LORD came to me: Son of man, what is this proverb that you have in the land of Israel: “The days drag on, and no vision ever comes to anything”? Say to them therefore: Thus says the Lord GOD: I will put an end to this proverb; they shall never quote it again in Israel. Rather, say to them: The days are at hand, and also the fulfillment of every vision. Whatever I speak is final, and it shall be done without further delay. In your days, rebellious house, whatever I speak I will bring about, says the Lord GOD… Son of man, listen to the house of Israel saying, “The vision he sees is a long way off; he prophesies of the distant future!” Say to them therefore: Thus says the Lord GOD: None of my words shall be delayed any longer; whatever I speak is final, and it shall be done, says the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 12:21-28)
I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds, alive to the honor of God and the needs of man, are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own. At all times the enemy of souls assaults with fury the Church which is their true Mother, and at least threatens and frightens when he fails in doing mischief. And all times have their special trials which others have not. And so far I will admit that there were certain specific dangers to Christians at certain other times, which do not exist in this time. Doubtless, but still admitting this, still I think… ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it. The special peril of the time before us is the spread of that plague of infidelity, that the Apostles and our Lord Himself have predicted as the worst calamity of the last times of the Church. And at least a shadow, a typical image of the last times is coming over the world. —John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), sermon at opening of St. Bernard’s Seminary, October 2, 1873, The Infidelity of the Future
I sometimes read the Gospel passage of the end times and I attest that, at this time, some signs of this end are emerging. —POPE PAUL VI, The Secret Paul VI, Jean Guitton, p. 152-153, Reference (7), p. ix.
Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the Day of Justice… —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 848
Your lives must be like Mine: quiet and hidden in unceasing union with God, pleading for humanity and preparing the world for the second coming of God. —Mary to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 625
I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” (John 12:27-28)