THERE is coming a time, and it is already here, when there is going to be great confusion in the world and in the Church. After Pope Benedict resigned, I sensed the Lord warning me about this over and over again. And now we see it unfolding rapidly around us—in the world and in the Church.
There are the political questions people are asking…. Who is the bad guy in the Ukrainian crisis? Russia? The rebels? The EU? Who are the bad guys in Syria? Should Islam be integrated or feared? Is Russia a friend of Christians or a foe? etc.
Then there are the social questions… Is gay marriage permissible? Are abortions sometimes okay? Is homosexuality now acceptable? Can a couple live together before marriage? etc.
Then there are the spiritual questions… Is Pope Francis a conservative or a liberal? Are Church laws about to change? What about this or that prohecy? etc.
I am reminded of St. John Paul II’s words at World Youth Day in Denver, CO:
Vast sectors of society are confused about what is right and what is wrong… —Cherry Creek State Park Homily, Denver, Colorado, 1993
But in many ways, these confusions above, which are merely signs of the times, are nothing compared to the Great Confusion that is coming…
WHEN STRANGE AGREEMENT
There is something positive happening lately: more and more people are waking up to the corruption that pervades economies, political structures, our food and water supplies, environment, etc. This is all good… but there is something very alarming in all of this, and that is the solutions that are being presented. Documentary films such as “Zeitgeist” or “Thrive” are correctly exposing the ills that plague the planet. But the solutions they present are equally flawed, if not far more dangerous: the reduction of the population, the elimination of religions in favor of one common creed, hidden “codes” left by “aliens”, the elimination of sovereignty, etc. In a word, they are proposing New Age concepts that put a pretty face on Communism. But in her document on the New Age, the Vatican already saw this coming:
[the] New Age shares with a number of internationally influential groups, the goal of superseding or transcending particular religions in order to create space for a universal religion which could unite humanity. Closely related to this is a very concerted effort on the part of many institutions to invent a Global Ethic… —Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n. 2.5, Pontifical Councils for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue
I spent the last couple of days visiting with people who are agnostic, if not atheists. Remarkably, we agreed on 99% of our conversations regarding some of the various political, medical, and environmental problems that we discussed. But as for solutions, we are likely worlds apart because my answer to the evils in our time is to return to God and live the Gospel; for this alone has transformed not only hearts but nations, as much as the sun has transformed the face of the earth. For the root of all our evils is sin. Thus, God is the only remedy for our spiritual sickness.
But that is not the answer you will find emerging in a strange blend of truths lathered in humanist solutions. As one reviewer of the film “Thrive” wrote, ‘Rather than trying to improve the status quo, it integrates traditional progressive, conservative, and libertarian viewpoints, reconciling divisions that have long kept us separated.’  You see, Satan not only knows that atheism can never satisfy the human condition but neither can disunity. But what that fallen angel is proposing to humanity is not the worship of God nor that Christian unity which binds men in love. Rather, Satan desires to be worshiped himself, and will achieve it by bringing men, not into unity, but into uniformity—what Pope Francis calls “the single thought” where freedom of conscience is dissolved into a forced thought. Conformity through control, not unity through love.
Ultimately, the Vatican’s document states the objective of the architects of a new world:
Christianity has to be eliminated and give way to a global religion and a new world order. —Ibid, n. 4
THE GREAT CONFUSION
The Great Confusion that is here and coming, brothers and sisters, will be nearly irresistible. For, on the one hand, it will espouse universal brotherhood, peace, harmony, environmentalism, and equality.  But any goal, no matter how noble, that is not based in the immutable truth of our nature, in the natural and moral law, in the truths revealed through Jesus Christ and proclaimed by His Church, is ultimately a falsehood that will lead mankind into a new slavery.
The Church invites political authorities to measure their judgments and decisions against this inspired truth about God and man: Societies not recognizing this vision or rejecting it in the name of their independence from God are brought to seek their criteria and goal in themselves or to borrow them from some ideology. Since they do not admit that one can defend an objective criterion of good and evil, they arrogate to themselves an explicit or implicit totalitarian power over man and his destiny, as history shows. —ST. JOHN PAUL II, Centesimus annus, n. 45, 46
And there is only one sure bastion of safety, one ark of truth, one guarantee that not even the gates of hell can prevail against, and that is the Catholic Church. 
…the miracle of unity has begun. —POPE FRANCIS, in video to Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Feb. 21st, 2014; Zenit.org
But we must have our head on because there is a false wave of unity coming as well,  one that will seek to drag as many faithful Christians into apostasy as possible. Don’t we see the first signs of this already? How many Catholics compromise the truth? How many Protestant denominations are rapidly abandoning and re-writing biblical principles? How many career-clergymen and theologians continue to water-down truth or remain silent in the face of an outright assault upon our faith? How many Christians are on fire for the world’s glitter rather than Jesus’ glory?
Watch in the days ahead for this signpost of confusion. We’re going to see it appear in nearly every facet of our lives, from family turmoil to global disarray. For as I wrote in Global Revolution!, the whole modus operandi of the world’s controlling powers is to bring “order out of chaos”—the chaos of confusion.
SURVIVING THE COMING SPIRITUAL TSUNAMI
Some of you may not subscribe to the message that has been coming out of Medjugorje the past 33 years, but I’m going to tell you now: it is absolutely bang on, whether you believe it to be of supernatural origin or not. It is, without question, the remedy to survive our times for it is thoroughly the teaching of the Church.  In a word, it is prayer.  If you are not learning to pray, to hear the voice of the Shepherd, to walk in communion with the Lord, then you are not going to survive the tsunami of deception that is here and coming. Period. It is in prayer that we not only learn to hear God’s voice, but receive the graces necessary through relationship with Him in order to be fruitful, in order to become participants in God’s plan rather than antagonists to it.
Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call. —Alleged message of the Blessed Mother to Marija, July 25th, 2014
I am trying to live this message… and when I don’t, I learn real fast that I will be wiped out unless I am on the Vine, who is Jesus, without whom I “can do nothing.”  Prayer needs to reign in our hearts.
We are going to need each other in the days to come. Satan has so fractured the body of Christ that I doubt the majority of Christians alive today know what the “sacrament of community” really is or what it’s like when the body of Christ begins to move as a body.  So delicate is the road of authentic ecumenism  ahead of us that only by His grace can it be traveled… but a road, nonetheless, we must travel. For when we will be persecuted by those who hate us because we do not agree to their “solutions” for world “peace and harmony,” our common, united love for Jesus will be the flame of love that burns above all others.
The blood of all Christians is united beyond theological and dogmatic decisions. —POPE FRANCIS, Vatican Insider, July 23t, 22014
Prayer, unity, fasting, reading the Word of God, Confession, the Eucharist… these are all antidotes to the Great Confusion that, when we do them and receive them with the heart, will push out the darkness and make room for He who is the Great Clarity—Jesus, our Lord.
The day announced by your sentinels! Your punishment has come; now is the time of your confusion. Put no faith in a friend, do not trust a companion; with her who lies in your embrace watch what you say. For the son belittles his father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and your enemies are members of your household. But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for God my savior; my God will hear me! (Micah 7:4-7)
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- cf. see this forum discussion
- cf. The False Unity
- cf. The Great Ark
- the man who brought us this message from Pope Francis was the late Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer who recently passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident. Let us remember this “apostle of unity” in our prayers.
- see The Triumph – Part III
- cf. the five points at the end The Triumph – Part III; cf. Five Smooth Stones
- cf. John 15:5
- cf. The Sacrament of Community and Community… An Encounter With Jesus
- cf. Authentic Ecumenism