I HAVE received numerous letters over the years from people saying, “My grandmother talked about these times decades ago.” But many of those grandmothers have long since passed on. And then there was the explosion of the prophetic in the 1990’s with the messages of Fr. Stefano Gobbi, Medjugorje, and other prominent seers. But as the turn of the millennium came and went and expectations of imminent apocalyptic changes never materialized, a certain sleepiness to the times, if not cynicism, set in. Prophecy in the Church became a point of suspicion; bishops were quick to marginalize private revelation; and those who did follow it seemed to be on the fringe of the Church’s life in shrinking Marian and Charismatic circles.
Today, the greatest scoffers of prophecy come, not from without, but within the Church. Any notion of even considering these times in the light of private revelation, much less “end times” Scripture, is met with disinterest, if not derision. Which is not at all the attitude of the early Church. Not only did Jesus openly and readily speak about the signs that would accompany the so-called “end times,” but the writings of Peter, Paul, John, and Jude are saturated with the anticipation of the return of Jesus. It wasn’t until that generation of believers began to pass away that the first pope began to direct the budding Church’s eyes to a long-term vision of God’s salvific plan.
Know this first of all, that in the last days scoffers will come [to] scoff, living according to their own desires and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? (2 Pet 3:3-4)
And then he explains:
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. 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. (v. 8-9)
The Early Church Fathers picked up on this and merged it with St. John’s Revelation in 20:6:
…they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for [the] thousand years.
Thus, they taught, the “day of the Lord” would not be a 24 hour day, but that symbolic period of “a thousand years”:
…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; www.newadvent.org
That is, the Day of the Lord will have a vigil, a dawn, a midday, and conclude at the end of time with a final clash at twilight (Rev 20:7-10; see the Timeline here). And here’s where it gets really interesting. The Church fathers saw, roughly, that the four thousand years prior to Christ (from the time of Adam) and the two thousand years after Christ, to be symbolic of the six days of creation. Therefore, the “seventh day” or “day of the Lord” would be a day of rest for the Church:
…as if it were a fit thing that the saints should thus enjoy a kind of Sabbath-rest during that period, a holy leisure after the labors of six thousand years since man was created… (and) there should follow on the completion of six thousand years, as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years… And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God… —St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.; Church Doctor), De Civitate Dei, Bk. XX, Ch. 7, Catholic University of America Press
St. Paul taught as much:
And God rested on the seventh day from all his works… Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. (Heb 4:4, 9)
In other words, the Early Church was already pointing to this millennium, the period after 2000 A.D., to inaugurate the Day of the Lord. (Note: while the Church condemned the idea that Jesus would return in this time period to reign on earth “in the flesh,” the Church has never condemned precisely what St. Augustine taught: that the joys of the saints in this period “shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God” in the Eucharist and interiorly within His People. See Millenarianism – What It is and Isn’t)
[John Paul II] does indeed cherish a great expectation that the millennium of divisions will be followed by a millennium of unifications… that all the catastrophes of our century, all its tears, as the Pope says, will be caught up at the end and turned into a new beginning. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), Salt of the Earth, An Interview With Peter Seewald, p. 237
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
The point is this: we do not know the “day or the hour” when Christ will come to reign in us His Church in an Era of Peace, but we will know the proximate time, precisely because He gave us clear signs and teachings to that effect.
So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. (Matthew 24:33)
FROM SCOFFING TO WATCHING
All that said, there is an awakening today to the Great Storm that is now spreading across the earth. People who once smirked at this “end time stuff” are now reconsidering. Such as this young woman:
I just wanted to write to express my gratitude for your dedication and fidelity to God, His Church, and His people. Your emails along with my personal prayer have been my daily bread. They motivate me to not slip into discouragement and complacency and keep me in a constant state of prayer and offering myself to God for the welfare and salvation of as many as possible.I also want to tell you personally to not be discouraged by faithful Catholics who scoff at what you are saying. I admit that I was one of those at one time, so can attest to the spiritual blindness that many people of good faith still have. My mom whom you know, always would forward your emails to us over the years. I would give them a cursory glance, judge them as paranoid/sensational at worst, or “just not for me” at best. What I now see is that the enemy was using my unhealed wounds to distort and prejudge your words (along with much of God’s Word and Mary’s messages) and I never gave them the proper credit. Nevertheless I strove to do Gods will as best as I could, and so God honored this, and at the proper time, the scales were removed and I could embrace your message.I have forwarded your emails to several devout Catholic friends. Some have found them deeply helpful, others have had reactions to it the way I used to, which at first shocked and disappointed me until I remembered that, I too, was in their position at one time. I only can pray and trust that their scales will also be removed. I believe they will as they follow God as best as they are able, despite the enemy’s subtle influence on their blind spots.My sincere apologies for the persecution you are and have been suffering over the years as, I too, was in a subtle way on that train also. As you know, “no good deed ever goes unpunished”! But have Patience and Courage that your suffering and service to the Church will bear Abundant Fruit in the end!P.S. One thing that won me over to opening my mind and heart to your message was your recent testimony on God’s mercy during your visit to Rome. I felt that someone so rooted in God’s love and Mercy was worth hearing.
In our own time, the price to be paid for fidelity to the Gospel is no longer being hanged, drawn and quartered but it often involves being dismissed out of hand, ridiculed or parodied. And yet, the Church cannot withdraw from the task of proclaiming Christ and his Gospel as saving truth, the source of our ultimate happiness as individuals and as the foundation of a just and humane society. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, London, England, September 18th, 2010; Zenit
Don’t be intimidated! Persevere in love, which is like a sword that pierces the heart of the other. They may accept your words, they may reject them. Either way, “love never fails” to evoke some kind of response that stirs the heart, for better or worse. Love never fails to scatter seeds, whether they land on good soil or stones. We are the sowers, but God is the one who makes the seeds grow in His time, His way. But the time is already here, and other events are coming, in which you and I will have to say little more in the way of warning. You don’t have to convince someone that a hurricane is coming when it’s already on top of their house.
I remember a nun who sent one of my writings to her nephews several years ago. He wrote back saying, “Aunty, don’t ever send that crap to me again!” A year later, he re-entered the Catholic Church. When she asked him why, he said, “That writing started it all…” This is why it’s so important for us to be humble, speaking the truth in love. As was said in last Sunday’s Mass readings:
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil. (1 Pet 3:15-17)
No writing in the past fifteen years has evoked more response than The Pandemic of Control. It too has helped to awaken many souls to the Storm that is here. I just want to mention that I added a few more facts to that writing so that you could find it all in one place. In particular in the section on population control, where Bill Gates says:
The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent. —TED talk, February 20th, 2010; cf. the 4:30 mark
I added the following two paragraphs:
If by “health care” is meant Big Pharma’s drugs, then it’s working. Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death. In 2015, the total number of individual prescription medications filled at pharmacies was just over 4 billion. That’s nearly 13 prescriptions for every man, woman and child in the United States. According to a Harvard study:
Few people know that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions after they have been approved… Few know that systematic reviews of hospital charts found that even properly prescribed drugs (aside from misprescribing, overdosing, or self-prescribing) cause about 1.9 million hospitalizations a year. Another 840,000 hospitalized patients are given drugs that cause serious adverse reactions for a total of 2.74 million serious adverse drug reactions. About 128,000 people die from drugs prescribed to them. This makes prescription drugs a major health risk, ranking 4th with stroke as a leading cause of death. The European Commission estimates that adverse reactions from prescription drugs cause 200,000 deaths; so together, about 328,000 patients in the U.S. and Europe die from prescription drugs each year. — “New Prescription Drugs: A Major Health Risk With Few Offsetting Advantages”, Donald W. Light, June 27th, 2014; ethics.harvard.edu
Many are awakening right now to The Great Poisoning of humanity, disguised in the friendly words “health care”, “reproductive services” and “family planning.” Many governments and United Nations agencies want to tell us that COVID-19 is the greatest threat to humanity and that every aspect of our lives must now fall under their dominion. As it turns it, it’s the very ones who have penetrated these institutions with their anti-life ideologies that are wreaking havoc on the lives of countless billions in the name of “health care.” St. John Paul II knew this kind of rhetoric was a lie, rooted in what can only be described as a demonic fear driving certain men and women to take unthinkable measures against life itself:
Today not a few of the powerful of the earth act in the same way. They too are haunted by the current demographic growth… Consequently, rather than wishing to face and solve these serious problems with respect for the dignity of individuals and families and for every person’s inviolable right to life, they prefer to promote and impose by whatever means a massive programme of birth control. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae, “The Gospel of Life”, n. 16
After I wrote The Pandemic of Control, someone sent me the following documentary that goes into some stunning detail about the Rockefellers and Bill Gates and how he has a hand in so much of what is being implemented all over the world. Several things written in The Great Corralling appear here as well, tying Gates into it in ways I did not realize until now. You can hear it in his own words, said calmly, almost joyfully. Once you get past the short animated introduction, it’s into some serious journalism…
If YouTube has deleted this (cough), find other links for the video here: corbettreport.com/gatescontrol/
But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they told you, “In the last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.” These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:17-23)All are invited to join my special fighting force. The coming of my Kingdom must be your only purpose in life. My words will reach a multitude of souls. Trust! I will help all of you in a miraculous way. Do not love comfort. Do not be cowards. Do not wait. Confront the Storm to save souls. Give yourself to the work. If you do nothing, you abandon the earth to Satan and to sin. Open your eyes and see all the dangers that claim victims and threaten your own souls. —Jesus to Elizabeth Kindelmann, The Flame of Love, pg. 34, published by Children of the Father Foundation; Imprimatur Archbishop Charles Chaput
To journey with Mark in The Now Word,
click on the banner below to subscribe.
Your email will not be shared with anyone.
- cf. Mark 13:32
- cf. Matt 24, Luke 21, Mark 13
- cf. Heb 4:12
- cf. lifesitenews.com