YES, God’s Word will be vindicated… but standing in the way, or at least trying to, will be what St. John calls a “beast.” It is a false kingdom offering to the world a false hope and false security through technology, transhumanism, and a generic spirituality that makes “a pretense of religion but denies its power.” 2 Tim 3:5 That is, it will be Satan’s version of the kingdom of God—without God. It will be so convincing, so seemingly reasonable, so irresistible, that the world in general will “worship” it. Rev 13:12 The word for worship here in the Latin is adorare: people will “adore” the Beast.
Brothers and sisters, I no longer believe this is a future kingdom. The foundations and even walls of this kingdom are seemingly being erected as we speak, though when it takes full power is unknown to us. As you read in Living the Book of Revelation, several pope’s have compared our times to chapters Revelation 12 and 13 where the Beast emerges. But perhaps the nearness of this diabolical rule can be better perceived by examining further that “harlot” who, for a time, rides upon the Beast… a harlot that appears in all respects to be unfettered Capitalism.
I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names, with seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet and adorned with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry. On her forehead was written a name, which is a mystery, “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.” (Rev 17:3-5)
COMMUNISM: GROUND ZERO
Now, I want to point out to you, as simply as I can, the two seemingly competing ideologies in the last century: Communism and Capitalism. Now, Our Lady did not appear in 1917 to warn about Capitalism per se. She came to warn about the spread of “Russia’s errors” which were embodied in Communism, namely atheism—disbelief in God, and consequently materialism—the belief that nothing but matter exists for us to possess and manipulate to our own ends. Pope John Paul II characterized this “rebellion” against the Holy Spirit as the core of Marxism, which was the philosophical heart of Communism.
In principle and in fact, materialism radically excludes the presence and action of God, who is spirit, in the world and above all in man. Fundamentally this is because it does not accept God’s existence, being a system that is essentially and systematically atheistic. This is the striking phenomenon of our time: atheism… —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Dominum et Vivificantem, “On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World”, n. 56; vatican.va
In order to counter these lies of the dragon (Rev 12:3), Our Lady, the “mediatrix of grace”, asked for conversion, penance, and the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. But we were late, and some argue, that it has not happened.
Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc. —from the third part of the secret to visionary Sr. Lucia; in a letter to the Holy Father, May 12th, 1982; The Message of Fatima, vatican.va
Now, how exactly have the “errors” of Russia been spread? First, understand brothers and sisters that Communism in its form as we have seen in the former U.S.S.R, China, and present-day North Korea is not necessarily the goal, though the totalitarianism we see there is its necessary conclusion. Rather, the goal all along has been to spread the “errors” of practical atheism and materialism to corrupt democracy. Indeed, as I explained in Mystery Babylon and The Fall of Mystery Babylon, Russia was merely ground zero for the secret societies engineering Satan’s plan, those…
…authors and abettors who considered Russia the best-prepared field for experimenting with a plan elaborated decades ago, and who from there continue to spread it from one end of the world to the other. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 24; www.vatican.va
Thus, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Communism did not die, but rather, changed face. In fact, the “collapse” of the Soviet Union was entirely planned years in advance. You can read about that in The Fall of Mystery Babylon. The essential goal was a “restructuring” or “perestroika” as it was called. Michel Gorbachev, then leader of the Soviet Union, was on record speaking before the Soviet Politburo (policy-making committee of the Communist party) in 1987 saying:
Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep. —from Agenda: the Grinding Down of America, documentary by Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers; www.vimeo.com
The ploy was to lure that portion of America that was not only patriotic, but moral, into a slumber that only corruption can bring about, and through her, spread this corruption throughout the world. As Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937), who founded the Italian Communist Party, said: “We’re going to turn their music, art, and literature against them.” from Agenda: the Grinding Down of America, a documentary by Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers; www.vimeo.com Former FBI agent, Cleon Skousen, revealed in detail forty-five Communist goals in his 1958 book, The Naked Communist. cf. en.wikipedia.org As you read a few of them, see for yourself how successful this odious plan has been. For these goals were conceived well over five decades ago:
#17 Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
#28 Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
#31 Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history…
#29 Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
#16 Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
#40 Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity, masturbation and easy divorce.
#25 Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
#26 Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
#20, 21 Infiltrate the press. Gain control of key positions in radio, tv, and motion pictures.
#27 Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the bible.
#41 Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
All of this has been accommodated and actively promoted by the mainstream media who practically act as the image of the beast:
There is another explanation for the rapid diffusion of the Communistic ideas now seeping into every nation, great and small, advanced and backward, so that no corner of the earth is free from them. This explanation is to be found in a propaganda so truly diabolical that the world has perhaps never witnessed its like before. It is directed from one common center. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris: On Atheistic Communism, n. 17
And thus we have arrived at an hour where the errors of Russia have indeed spread and the goals of atheism have been achieved: to lead man to see himself as a god with all his scientific powers, and thus, have no need of the Creator.
…the atheistic movements… had their origin in that school of philosophy which for centuries had sought to divorce science from the life of the Faith and of the Church. —POPE PIUS XI, Divini Redemptoris: On Atheistic Communism, n. 4
America has been converted—she gave up, without even a fight, just as Gramsci’s plan said she would. —She Shall Crush Thy Head, Stephen Mahowald, p. 126
THE BEAST TOLERATES THE HARLOT
Now, something remarkable comes into view—knowledge we can only gain with hindsight. In St. John’s description of the Beast with “seven heads and ten horns”, the ten horns represent “ten kings” (Rev 17:12). In the mystical writings of the late Fr. Stefano Gobbi, which bear the Imprimatur, Our Lady makes an observation that is consistent with what several popes have warned: that secret societies are working toward the overthrow of the present order.
The seven heads indicate the various masonic lodges, which act everywhere in a subtle and dangerous way. This Black Beast has ten horns and, on the horns, ten crowns, which are signs of dominion and royalty. Masonry rules and governs throughout the whole world by means of the ten horns. —alleged message to Fr. Stefano, To the Priest, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, n. 405.d-e
…that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum Genus, Encyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20thl, 1884
You are aware indeed, that the goal of this most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to the wicked theories of this Socialism and Communism… —POPE PIUS IX, Nostis et Nobiscum, Encyclical, n. 18, DECEMBER 8, 1849
So we have this Beast which wishes to dominate the world. But it’s clear that it is allowing this “harlot” of unfettered Capitalism to ride upon it for only a time. For St. John writes:
The ten horns that you saw and the beast will hate the harlot; they will leave her desolate and naked; they will eat her flesh and consume her with fire. For God has put it into their minds to carry out his purpose and to make them come to an agreement to give their kingdom to the beast until the words of God are accomplished. The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth. (Rev 17:16-18)
What is this city, also known as “Babylon”? The popes, once again, give us a deeper insight into the unbridled activity of this harlot.
The Book of Revelation includes among the great sins of Babylon – the symbol of the world’s great irreligious cities – the fact that it trades with bodies and souls and treats them as commodities (cf. Rev 18:13). In this context, the problem of drugs also rears its head, and with increasing force extends its octopus tentacles around the entire world – an eloquent expression of the tyranny of mammon which perverts mankind. No pleasure is ever enough, and the excess of deceiving intoxication becomes a violence that tears whole regions apart – and all this in the name of a fatal misunderstanding of freedom which actually undermines man’s freedom and ultimately destroys it. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, On the occasion of Christmas Greetings, December 20th, 2010; http://www.vatican.va/
While Babylon seems to encompass all the “irreligious cities” of the world, could we not say that their “mother” is in New York, where the stock exchange, World Trade Center, and United Nations truly influence and manipulate the freedoms and sovereignties of the nations primarily through the power of economics? But we read that the Beast “hates” the harlot. That is, the harlot will be used for as long as possible to corrupt the nations, moving them away from the adoration of God, to the adoration of the material, to adoration of self. Before they know it, the world will be in the grasp of these “ten kings”, utterly dependent upon them when the system collapses likes a house of cards. As Russian dictator, Vladimir Lenin allegedly said:
The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.
Indeed, this has been the ominous warning of several pontiffs regarding the present economic system. Pope Francis warned of the powerful who are corralling humanity into the ‘sole thought’ cf. Homily, November 18th, 2013; Zenit whereby the ‘unseen empires’ cf. Speech to European Parliament and Council of Europe, Nov. 25th, 2014; cruxnow.com become the ‘Masters of Conscience’ cf. Homily at Casa Santa Martha, May 2nd, 2014; Zenit.org forcing everyone into a ‘globalization of hegemonic uniformity’ cf. Homily, November 18th, 2013; Zenit and ‘uniform systems of economic power.’ cf. Speech to European Parliament and Council of Europe, Nov. 25th, 2014; cruxnow.com
…those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them, [have] an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world. Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely, particularly when we consider how it is currently being used. We need but think of the nuclear bombs dropped in the middle of the twentieth century, or the array of technology which Nazism, Communism and other totalitarian regimes have employed to kill millions of people, to say nothing of the increasingly deadly arsenal of weapons available for modern warfare. In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? It is extremely risky for a small part of humanity to have it. —Laudato si’, n. 104; www.vatican.va
Benedict XVI warned that these economic forces were no longer regional but global:
…without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family… humanity runs new risks of enslavement and manipulation. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, n.33, 26
Pope Francis went further, suggesting that the present system has been deified, that is, adored to the exclusion of human dignity.
A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power… In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 56
But here, we have to understand that what is driving this “new colonialism” is not Communism, but what Francis calls “unfettered capitalism”, the “dung of the devil.” cf. The Telegraph, July 10th, 2015 A system where money truly has become “god,” thereby undermining democracy by placing the power of wealth into the hands of a few.
The true strength of our democracies – understood as expressions of the political will of the people – must not be allowed to collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal, which weaken them and turn them into uniform systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires. —POPE FRANCIS, Address to European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25th, 2014, Zenit
TRUMPING THE BEAST?
Many Americans today are rejoicing with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. But I think we can contend, brothers and sisters, that it is late, if not too late. The collapse of morality in the United States and the Western World is staggering, and with it, the collapse of ethics in science, medicine, education and most notably, the economy. We have strung about our necks the noose of greed tied by the knot of sensuality, and placed the rope back into the hands of those “unseen” powers who seek to dominate the world (moreover, I am not so sure that Russia, China, North Korea, or ISIS want America to become “great again”). Suddenly, Blessed John Henry Newman’s warning takes on an alarming significance:
When we have cast ourselves upon the world and depend for protection upon it, and have given up our independence and our strength, then [Antichrist] may burst upon us in fury as far as God allows him. Then suddenly the Roman Empire may break up, and Antichrist appear as a persecutor, and the barbarous nations around break in. —Blessed John Henry Newman, Sermon IV: The Persecution of Antichrist
When? We do not know. But what seems to be apparent is that the harlot is in her final stages before she utterly collapses and a totalitarian system takes its place—as the goals of The Naked Communist have been fulfilled, and moral lawlessness abounds (see The Hour of Lawlessness).
She held in her hand a gold cup that was filled with the abominable and sordid deeds of her harlotry… She has become a haunt for demons. She is a cage for every unclean spirit, a cage for every unclean bird, [a cage for every unclean] and disgusting [beast]. (Rev 17:4, 18:2)
And so, the rise of the Beast, it appears, is steered not by Communism as we know it, but by Capitalism as it has become—at least for a time—until the Beast is ready to devour the entire world.
…throw-away culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalised world. —special audience with members of the confederation of Italian cooperatives at the Vatican, TIME Magazine, February 28th, 2015
This is essentially what Jesus warned too:
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. (Luke 17:26-29)
Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, that made all the nations drink the wine of her licentious passion…. The kings of the earth had intercourse with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her drive for luxury… in their wantonness [they] will weep and mourn over her when they see the smoke of her pyre. (Rev 14:8; 18:3, 9)
What I’ve written above, brothers and sisters, is knowledge. But we have to let this knowledge move us into God’s plan. It is a call to conversion while there is still time. In Jesus, through Mary, God is our refuge always, and no man or Beast can steal His children from His hands…
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues, for her sins are piled up to the sky…” (Revelation 18:4-5)
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|↑1||2 Tim 3:5|
|↑3||from Agenda: the Grinding Down of America, a documentary by Idaho Legislator Curtis Bowers; www.vimeo.com|
|↑5||cf. Homily, November 18th, 2013; Zenit|
|↑6||cf. Speech to European Parliament and Council of Europe, Nov. 25th, 2014; cruxnow.com|
|↑7||cf. Homily at Casa Santa Martha, May 2nd, 2014; Zenit.org|
|↑8||cf. Homily, November 18th, 2013; Zenit|
|↑9||cf. Speech to European Parliament and Council of Europe, Nov. 25th, 2014; cruxnow.com|
|↑10||cf. The Telegraph, July 10th, 2015|