Now I am sending to you Elijah the prophet,
before the day of the Lord comes,
the great and terrible day;
He will turn the heart of fathers to their sons,
and the heart of sons to their fathers,
lest I come and strike the land with utter destruction.
PARENTS understand that, even when you have a rebellious prodigal, your love for that child never ends. It only hurts that much more. You just want that child to “come home” and find themselves again. That’s why, before the Day of Justice, God, our loving Father, is going to give the prodigals of this generation one last opportunity to return home—to board “the Ark”—before this present Storm purifies the earth.
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, Diary of Divine Mercy, Diary, n. 83
My Mother is Noah’s Ark… —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, p. 109; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput
I am going to draw upon dozens of writings to summarize (as briefly as I can) the Great Day of Light that is coming upon the earth before the “last day”, which as I explained in the Day of Justice, is not a twenty-four day but an extended “period of peace” according to Scripture, Tradition, and the prophetic lights of Heaven (a certain maturity in discernment is needed by the reader to understand how we approach “private revelation” in the context of the Public Revelation of the Church. See Prophecy Properly Understood and Can You Ignore Private Revelation?).
THE GREAT STORM
Near the beginning of this writing apostolate some thirteen years ago, I was standing in a farmer’s field watching a storm approach. At that moment, I sensed in my heart the words: “A Great Storm, like a hurricane, is coming over the earth.” That one sentence forms the entire “template” of everything else I’ve written here since it is, most importantly, also a template of Sacred Tradition, according to the early Church Fathers.
Shortly after, I was drawn to read Chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation. I immediately felt that the Lord was showing me the first half of the Storm. I began to read the “breaking of the seals”:
The First Seal:
I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories. (6:1-2)
This Rider, according to Sacred Tradition, is the Lord Himself.
He is Jesus Christ. The inspired evangelist [St. John] not only saw the devastation brought about by sin, war, hunger and death; he also saw, in the first place, the victory of Christ.—POPE PIUS XII, Address, November 15, 1946; footnote of The Navarre Bible, “Revelation”, p.70
Since this “time of mercy” we are presently living in, which began at Fatima in 1917, we have seen so many incredible victories of God over the past century, despite the accompanying sorrows. We see the spread of Marian devotion and Our Lady’s continued presence in her apparitions, both which lead souls closer to Jesus; cf. On Medjugorje we see the dissemination of the messages of Divine Mercy,The Last Hope of Salvation? the fruits of the Charismatic Renewal,cf. All the Difference the birth of thousands of lay apostolates,cf. The Hour of the Laity the new apologetics movement led in large part by Mother Angelica’s world-wide EWTN,cf. The Fundamental Problem the powerful pontificate of John Paul II that gave us the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the “Theology of the Body,” and most notably, an army of young authentic witnesses through World Youth Days.cf. Saint and Father Even though the Church is passing through a Winter,cf. The Winter of Our Chastisement these victories are rightly dubbed the buds of a coming “new springtime” after the Storm.
The first seal being opened, [St. John] says that he saw a white horse, and a crowned horseman having a bow… He sent the Holy Spirit, whose words the preachers sent forth as arrows reaching to the human heart, that they might overcome unbelief. —St. Victorinus, Commentary on the Apocalypse, Ch. 6:1-2
The Second Seal: is an event or series of events that, according to St. John, “take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another.” Rev 6:4 See The Hour of the Sword where I address this seal in detail.
The Third Seal: “A ration of wheat costs a day’s pay…” 6:6 Very simply, this seal speaks of hyper-inflation due to economic collapse, food shortages, etc. The mystic, Servant of God Maria Esperanza once said, “[God’s] justice will begin in Venezuela.” The Bridge to Heaven: Interviews with Maria Esperanza of Betania, Michael H. Brown, p. 73, 171 Is Venezuela a microcosm and warning of what is coming upon the world?
The Fourth Seal: the global revolution set off by war, economic collapse, and chaos leads to massive deaths by the “sword, famine, and plague.” More than one virus, whether it’s Ebola, Avian Flu, the Black Plague, or “superbugs” emerging at the end of this anti-biotic era, are poised to spread world-wide. A global pandemic has been expected for some time now. It is often amidst disasters that viruses spread most rapidly.
The Fifth Seal: St. John sees a vision of “souls who had been slaughtered” crying out for justice.6:9 Remarkably, St. John later recounts those who are “beheaded” for their faith. Who would have thought that beheadings in 2019 would be commonplace, as they have become in the Middle East and northern Africa? Several organizations are reporting that, right now, Christianity is undergoing its greatest persecution ever in our times,cf. Opendoors.ca even reaching “genocidal” levels. BBC report, May 3rd, 2019
Now, brothers and sisters, as I was reading through these seals back then, I was thinking, “Lord, if this Storm is like a hurricane, would there not be an eye of the storm?” Then I read:
The Sixth Seal: The Sixth Seal is broken—a global earthquake, a Great Shaking occurs as the heavens are peeled back, and the judgment of God is perceived in everyone’s soul, whether kings or generals, rich or poor. What did they see that caused them to cry out to the mountains and rocks:
Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand before it? (Rev 6:15-17)
If you go back one chapter, you’ll find St. John’s description of this Lamb:
I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain… (Rev 5:6)
That is, it is Christ crucified.
Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky… —Jesus to St. Faustina, Diary of Divine Mercy, Diary, n. 83
Here is where prophetic revelation further illuminates the Public Revelation of the Church. A similar vision to St. Faustina’s was given to a lesser-known American seer, Jennifer, whose messages—after being presented to John Paul II—were encouraged by his Polish Secretariat of State to be spread “to the world any way you can.”Monsignor Pawel Ptasznik
The sky is dark and it seems as though it is night but my heart tells me it is sometime in the afternoon. I see the sky opening up and I can hear long, drawn out claps of thunder. When I look up I see Jesus bleeding on the cross and people are falling to their knees. Jesus then tells me, “They will see their soul as I see it.” I can see the wounds so clearly on Jesus and Jesus then says, “They will see each wound they have added to My Most Sacred Heart.” To the left I see the Blessed Mother weeping and then Jesus speaks to me again and says, “Prepare, prepare now for the time is soon approaching. My child, pray for the many souls who will perish because of their selfish and sinful ways.” As I look up I see the drops of blood falling from Jesus and hitting the earth. I see millions of people from nations from all lands. Many seemed confused as they were looking up toward the sky. Jesus says, “They are in search of light for it should not be a time of darkness, yet it is the darkness of sin that covers this earth and the only light will be that of which I come with, for mankind does not realize the awakening that is about to be bestowed upon him. This will be the greatest purification since the beginning of creation.“ —see www.wordsfromjesus.com, September 12, 2003
Centuries before, St. Edmund Campion declared:
I pronounced a great day… wherein the terrible Judge should reveal all men’s consciences and try every man of each kind of religion. This is the day of change, this is the Great Day which I threatened, comfortable to the well-being, and terrible to all heretics. —Cobett’s Complete Collection of State Trials, Vol. I, p. 1063
His words were echoed in what Servant of God Maria Esperanza would later say:
The consciences of this beloved people must be violently shaken so that they may “put their house in order”… A great moment is approaching, a great day of light… it is the hour of decision for mankind. —Ibid, P. 37 (Volumne 15-n.2, Featured Article from www.sign.org)
That’s why this is the Eye of the Storm—a pause in the chaos; a cease of the destructive winds, and a flood of light in the midst of great darkness. It is an opportunity for individual souls to either choose God and follow His commandments—or to reject Him. Hence, after the next seal is broken…
The Seventh Seal:
…there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Rev 8:1)
The preceding seals are nothing other than man reaping what he has sown: the first half of the Storm is his own making:
When they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind… (Hosea 8:7)
But now, God must intervene before man, himself, wipes out the whole of humanity through the destructive powers he has unleashed. But before the Lord releases divine chastisements to purify the earth of the unrepentant, He instructs the angels to hold back just a little longer:
Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, “Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” (Revelation 7:2)
It is the hour of decision. God the Father is giving everyone the best opportunity possible to repent, to come home like the prodigal son so that He may wrap His arms around them in love and clothe them in dignity. St. Faustina experienced such an “illumination of conscience”:
Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy-God! —St. Faustina; Divine Mercy in My Soul, Diary, n.36
THE LAST HALF OF THE STORM
In locutions that bear the Imprimatur, Our Lady relayed to the late Fr. Stefano Gobbi:
The Holy Spirit will come to establish the glorious reign of Christ and it will be a reign of grace, of holiness, of love, of justice and of peace. With His divine love, He will open the doors of hearts and illuminate all consciences. Every person will see himself in the burning fire of divine truth. It will be like a judgment in miniature. And then Jesus Christ will bring His glorious reign in the world. —To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, May 22nd, 1988
Indeed, if you think again of that rider on the “white horse” of the first seal, then this “judgment in miniature” is nothing but the final arrows fired into the hearts of every man, woman and child before the purification of the world and an Era of Peace. This “light” is the fire of the Holy Spirit.
And when [the Holy Spirit] comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned. (John 16:8-11)
Or, in other messages to Elizabeth Kindelmann, this grace is called the Flame of Love of her Immaculate Heart.“The great miracle is the repeated coming of the Holy Spirit. His light will spread over and penetrate the whole earth.”—The Flame of Love (p. 94). Kindle Edition Here, Our Lady suggests that this “illumination” has already begun to a certain degree in the same way that, even before the sun rises, the light of dawn begins to dispel the darkness. Indeed, I am hearing from many souls lately how they are going through the most painful interior purifications, if not actually experiencing a sudden illumination exactly as St. Faustina did.
This Flame full of blessings springing from my Immaculate Heart, and that I am giving you, must go from heart to heart. 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. Each person getting this message should receive it as an invitation and no one should take offense nor ignore it… —see www.flameoflove.org
But as God the Father allegedly revealed to another American seer, Barbara Rose Centilli (whose messages are under diocesan evaluation), this Warning is not the end of the Storm, but the 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
In a message from the Heavenly Father to Matthew Kelly, He allegedly said:
Out of My infinite Mercy I will provide a mini-judgment. It will be painful, very painful, but short. You will see your sins, you will see how much you offend Me every day. I know that you think this sounds like a very good thing, but unfortunately, even this won’t bring the whole world into My love. Some people will turn even further away from Me, they will be proud and stubborn…. Those who repent will be given an unquenchable thirst for this light… All those who love Me will join to help form the heel that crushes Satan. —from The Miracle of the Illumination of Conscience by Dr. Thomas W. Petrisko, p.96-97
This Warning or “illumination of conscience,” then, is not the end of Satan’s reign, but a certain breaking of his power in millions of souls. It is the Prodigal Hour when many will return home. As such, this Divine Light of the Holy Spirit will expel much darkness; the Flame of Love will blind Satan; it will be a mass exorcism of the “dragon” unlike anything the world has known such that it will already be the beginning of the reign of the Kingdom of the Divine Will in the hearts of many of His saints.
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… 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… Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus. It took its position on the sand of the sea… To [the beast] the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority. (Rev 12:10-13:2)
Decisions have been made; sides have been chosen; the Eye of the Storm has passed. Now comes the “final confrontation” of this era, the last half of the Storm.
…the elect will have to fight against the Prince of Darkness. It will be a terrible storm. Rather, it will be a hurricane which will want to destroy the faith and confidence of even the elect. In this terrible turmoil currently brewing up, you will see the brightness of my Flame of Love illuminating Heaven and earth by the effusion of its effect of grace I am passing on to souls in this dark night. —Our Lady to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: The Spiritual Diary, Kindle Edition, Locations 2998-3000. In June of 2009, Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Budapest and President of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, gave his Imprimatur authorizing the publication of the messages given over a twenty year span.
We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA for the bicentennial celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; some citations of this passage include the words “Christ and the antichrist” as above. Deacon Keith Fournier, an attendee, reports it as above; cf. Catholic Online; August 13, 1976
What follows is not the end of the world but the beginning of a new era in which the Our Father will be fulfilled. The Kingdom will come and His will be done “on earth as it is in heaven” by way of a new Pentecost. As Fr. Gobbi explained:
Brother priests, this [Kingdom of the Divine Will], however, is not possible if, after the victory obtained over Satan, after having removed the obstacle because his [Satan’s] power has been destroyed… this cannot happen, except by a most special outpouring of the Holy Spirit: the Second Pentecost. —http://www.mmp-usa.net/arc_triumph.html
I have shown mankind the true depth of My mercy and the final proclamation will come when I shine My light into the souls of mankind. This world will be in the midst of a chastisement for so willingly turning against its Creator. When you reject love you reject Me. When you reject Me, you reject love, for I am Jesus. Peace will never come forth when evil is prevailing in the hearts of men. I will come and weed out one by one those who choose darkness, and those who choose light will remain.—Jesus to Jennifer, Words from Jesus; April 25th, 2005; wordsfromjesus.com
I have compiled several quotes from the popes of the past century who speak of the dawn of this coming new Era of Peace. See The Popes, and the Dawning Era.
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
LAST WORD: PREPARE
It is not enough to simply know about such things; we have to respond to them with the heart. If you are reading this, it is a call to conversion. It is a call to prepare your heart for this final battle at the end of this era that is already underway. To that effect, even the Archangels are engaged in this hour. In another message to Ms. Centilli, St. Raphael allegedly said:
The day of the Lord approaches. All must be prepared. Ready yourselves in body, mind, and soul. Purify yourselves. —Ibid., February 16th, 1998
Recently, St. Michael the Archangel allegedly gave a powerful message to the Costa Rican seer Luz de María (she enjoys the approval of her bishop). The Archangel states that there is still time before the chastisements, but that we need to realize that Satan has pulled out all the stops in order to trick each of us into serious sin, and thus, to become his slaves. He states:
It is necessary for the people of our King and Lord Jesus Christ to understand that this is a descisive moment… Remain alert, the sacrifice pleasing to God is the one that hurts the most. In the Warning, you will see yourselves as you are, therefore you should not wait, convert now! From the universe there comes a great unexpected threat to humanity: faith is indispensable. —St. Michael the Archangel to Luz de María, April 30th, 2019
That last sentence hints that, what is coming, will be “like a thief in the night.” That we can’t put off till tomorrow what we ought to do today. In fact, it’s interesting that this message alludes to some cosmic event from space. If you go back to the sixth seal, it speaks of this Warning occurring in the middle of the day—and something concomitant in the stars: cf. When the Stars Fall
…the sun turned as black as dark sackcloth and the whole moon became like blood. The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind. (Rev 6:12-12)
It’s symbolic language, and so I don’t think we should waste too much time speculating, though author Daniel O’Connor makes an interesting observation on a coming cosmic event in 2022 here. The point is that we are living in a “time of mercy” that is going to end, and possibly sooner than we think. Whether I live to see this Great Day of Light, or whether I die in my sleep tonight, I ought to be prepared at all times to meet my Judge and Creator face to Face.
In a blunt but insightful exhortation, American priest Fr. Bossat said:
… you are going to burn for all eternity! The question is not whether or not you will burn but rather how do you want to burn? I choose to burn like the stars in the sky like the descendants of Abraham and being on fire with the love of God and for souls! You can still choose to burn the other way but I really don’t recommend it! Start burning in the direction you desire to go and take off like a rocket, taking as many souls with you to Heaven. Don’t let your soul become cold and lukewarm because this just becomes kindling fuel which will eventually be burnt up anyway like chaff… As a priest I command you in the Name of Christ to burn everyone and everything around you with the Love of God… This a command given to you already by God Himself: “Love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, with all of your mind, and all of your strength and love one another, even your enemies, as I have loved you… with the Fire of My Love.” —Newsletter, Cukierski Family, May 5th, 2019
With that, I close with a personal “word” I received eleven years ago while in the presence of my spiritual director. I submit it here again for the discernment of the Church:
Little ones, do not think that because you, the remnant, are small in number means that you are special. Rather, you are chosen. You are chosen to bring the Good News to the world at the appointed hour. This is the Triumph for which my Heart awaits with great anticipation. All is set now. All is in motion. The hand of my Son is ready to move in the most sovereign way. Pay careful attention to my voice. I am preparing you, my little ones, for this Great Hour of Mercy. Jesus is coming, coming as Light, to awaken souls steeped in darkness. For the darkness is great, but the Light is far greater. When Jesus comes, much will come to light, and the darkness will be scattered. It is then that you will be sent, like the Apostles of old, to gather souls into my Motherly garments. Wait. All is ready. Watch and pray. Never lose hope, for God loves everyone.
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|1.||↑||cf. On Medjugorje|
|2.||↑||The Last Hope of Salvation?|
|3.||↑||cf. All the Difference|
|4.||↑||cf. The Hour of the Laity|
|5.||↑||cf. The Fundamental Problem|
|6.||↑||cf. Saint and Father|
|7.||↑||cf. The Winter of Our Chastisement|
|10.||↑||The Bridge to Heaven: Interviews with Maria Esperanza of Betania, Michael H. Brown, p. 73, 171|
|13.||↑||BBC report, May 3rd, 2019|
|14.||↑||Monsignor Pawel Ptasznik|
|15.||↑||“The great miracle is the repeated coming of the Holy Spirit. His light will spread over and penetrate the whole earth.”—The Flame of Love (p. 94). Kindle Edition|
|16.||↑||cf. When the Stars Fall|