FOR some time now, I have spoken with the occasional reader who is befuddled as to why they are suddenly seeing the number 11:11 or 1:11, or 3:33, 4:44, etc. Whether glancing at a clock, a cellphone, television, page number, etc. they are suddenly seeing this number “everywhere.” For instance, they won’t look at the clock all day, but suddenly feel the urge to look up, and there it is again.
Is it just coincidence? Is there a “sign” involved? My first reaction was that it is just coincidence, that it is what it is, and that there is a even a danger to attempt to read something into numbers (ie. numerology). But then… I started to see this everywhere myself, sometimes 3-4 times a day. And so recently, I asked the Lord if this has any meaning. Immediately the “scales of justice” came into my mind’s eye with the understanding that 11:11 shows a balance, so to speak, of mercy vs. justice, but 1:11 shows a “tipping” of the scale, as does any triple number such as 3:33.
Tipping in what direction…?
TIPPING THE SCALES
The sense I had with this image is that humanity as a whole is tipping the scales of justice through abortion, the promotion of alternative lifestyles to children, pornography, the abuse of creation, the misuse of “just war”, the continued neglect of the poor in third world countries, sexual abuse and apostasy in the Church, etc. God, in His infinite mercy, has given humanity the better part of a century to change course—such was the warning at Fatima. But there seems little evidence that the world is heeding the warnings of Heaven as nations continue to open the door to abortion, condone “gay marriage”, and even reject the mention of God and His relevance in society.
What I am saying is nothing new. The Lord already gave the forecast for our times in the 1930’s in His revelations to St. Faustina:
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. 635
I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh, how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for [granting] mercy… Fear nothing. Be faithful to the end. —Mary to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 848
Are these little “signs” in the clock a “word” that time is running out, at least in terms of the beginning of this period of justice (see Two More Days)? While preparing this meditation, someone sent me a news article of an interview with Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, an organization on the forefront of fighting against the holocaust of abortion. Fr. Thomas points out that previous civilizations collapsed once moral degradation infected their core.
A moral degradation precedes social and political degradation… The social crisis happens when we elect people to rule over us who are immoral. That is not an isolated incident anymore. We have immoral activists at every branch of government and everywhere we turn around the pagans are in charge of our institutions… We’ve got a serious crisis on the horizon. I’m not a prophet of doom but I don’t see this going any other way but a serious political crisis that’s going to affect the globe. —Fr. Thomas Euteneurer, Interview in Rome, January 6th, 2010, LifeSiteNews.com
Just how long this crisis takes to unfold is uncertain, though Pope Benedict notes in his latest encyclical how rapidly changes are taking place on a global scale, in the present…
…cultural and moral crisis of man, the symptoms of which have been evident for some time all over the world… The principal new feature has been the explosion of worldwide interdependence, commonly known as globalization. Paul VI had partially foreseen it, but the ferocious pace at which it has evolved could not have been anticipated. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n. 32-33
As I mentioned in Episode 6 of Embracing Hope, the crisis is not that a new world order is forming, but that it is forming without a moral compass. As such, there is a growing sense in the Body of Christ that, at some point, God’s merciful justice will intervene in a dramatic way.
I just have this intuition that the way things are going, they’re getting worse, they’re declining, they’re dismantling, and that can only mean some form of major destruction down the road. The ones who are now presently on the side of the angels are the ones who are going to get through that. And to bring others along with them back to God. —Fr. Thomas Euteneurer, Interview in Rome, January 6th, 2010, LifeSiteNews.com
Part of the purpose of these writings and my webcast is to prepare the reader for these future crises, which really are unfolding already. The purpose of our preparation is not a matter of producing a survivalist mentality, but as Fr. Thomas points out, a preparation to “bring others along with [us] back to God.” For that very reason, God’s angels will indeed protect and guide many of us through these dramatic times.
But then there will be others who, while receiving God’s spiritual protection, may not always be given physical protection. We know this already as daily we face the mystery of suffering and death, especially the death of loved ones who, despite their commitment to God, were called home according to God’s Divine Will. We need to be ready to meet God at any time, of course. But even more so as the world seems to be plunging more certainly toward ‘serious crisis’. I want to point out this gentle exhortation and warning given from a messenger many of you are familiar with, and who has the approval and support of her bishop (I have underlined the pertinent words):
Abandon yourself to My providence completely… Avoid being trapped by the past and avoid being drawn into a future on earth which may not include you. You do not know when I will come for you. But I am with you now, as you read these words, and I have work for you today. Look, together with Me, at what I am asking of you and together we will be a successful force for love. I crave love from you. When you trust Me and reject fear, I am delighted. Calm, steady service is what I require from My beloved apostles who seek to serve Me. Be at peace. I am with you. —Anne, January 1, 2010, directionforourtimes.com
Jesus warns in Mark 13:33, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come,” and again in Matthew 24:42, “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” When the world sows in over 50 million abortions each year, and shows no signs of repentance, it is hard to say just how we will reap the blood that has been shed. And so, we need always be ready to meet our Lord. The Scriptures continually call us to be pilgrims, our eyes fixed upon the homeland of Heaven. This is the source of our hope and joy, and the grace and strength we need to face the uncertain world before us. God, who is constant love and hope, has, I believe, many surprises to come—especially the revelation of His vast and infinite mercy when our world least deserves it. This, more than anything, we should be prepared for, so that when the time comes we are in fact apostles of Divine Mercy.
…before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. —Jesus to St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, n. 83
There is a multitude of interpretations as to what 11:11 or these other numbers mean. One thing it seems for certain is that the scales of justice are tipping, and so, we should remain calm and at peace, but always as our Lord commands, awake.
The nations have fallen into the pit that they made… (Psalm 9A:16)
- Understanding what could be meant by “the last day” or “day of the Lord”: Two More Days