The Case for Antichrist

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*Note: This post consists mostly of research notes. I’m in the process of revising my understanding of the individual nature of Antichrist, which can be found in my earlier article: “Antichrist Israel and the Error of Christian Zionism”, by following the link below. I’m also working on a book about the The End Times, which will be simple and biblically based.

See: Antichrist Israel and the Error of Christian Zionism – http://wp.me/pPnn7-h9

The Case for Antichrist

“Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself on high against all called God, or object of veneration; so that he himself sits down in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” ~ Saint Paul (2 Thes. 2:3-4)

“From some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” ~ Pope Paul VI

“Da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio.” ~ Papa Paulo VI

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~ Saint John (John 1:1)

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος (John 1:1)

ὁ λόγος = the Word

Antichrist

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” ~ Saint John (1 John 2:18)

Παιδία ἐσχάτη ὥρα ἐστίν καὶ καθὼς ἠκούσατε ὅτι ὁ ἀντίχριστος ἔρχεται καὶ νῦν ἀντίχριστοι πολλοὶ γεγόνασιν ὅθεν γινώσκομεν ὅτι ἐσχάτη ὥρα ἐστίν (1 John 2:18)

ὅτι ὁ ἀντίχριστος = that (the) Antichrist

ἀντίχριστοι πολλοὶ – many antichrists

*Note: Translators make the decision to capitalize proper nouns in the New Testament, because all letters are capitalized in the ancient manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. See: “The Text of the New Testament- Its Transmission, Corruption & Restoration”, by Bruce Metzger (page 9) – http://www.scribd.com/doc/32002991/Text-of-the-New-Testament-Its-Transmission-Corruption-Restoration

See: Catholic Encyclopedia – Antichrist – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01559a.htm

Will There be an Antichrist?

See: The Representation of Antichrist in Hildegard of Bingen’s Scivias: Image, Word, Commentary, and Visionary Experience (.pdf) – https://medievalchristianityd.wikispaces.com/file/view/4126576.pdf

Will there be an Antichrist?

“Some have thought that the word Antichrist is only a generic term by which all the enemies of Christ are designated, a word comprising is its signification all heretics, schismatics, apostates, infidels – in a word, all the impious or antichristian empire. St. John seems to hold this opinion when he says, “Even now there are become many Antichrists. He who denieth Jesus is the Christ, this is Antichrist.” (1 John 2:18-22). But that this supposition is erroneous is proved by the context of the same epistle. “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are many Antichrists.

“Let it be remembered that in the Greek or original text, the article ὁ is employed in connection with Antichrist in the first instance, and not in the second, and the Greek article serves to determine persons and things; whence, it follows that St. John did not  mean that all the enemies of Jesus Christ were to be comprised in one generic term expressed by the word “Antichrist”. On the contrary, he very succinctly, but clearly, distinguishes Antichrist personally from all the other adversaries of Christ.”

“Moreover, the Sacred Scriptures speak of Antichrist in various places as being a particular person or individual. “The Man of Sin,” “Son of Perdition,” terms such as these cannot mean a collective body since the individual is specifically pointed out, while it is easy to why St. John employs the same word to distinguish the enemies and adversaries of Christ. The similitude of tendencies and actions suffices to to justify the identity of names. The priests, prophets, and kings of the old law were called “Christs”. This, however, did not hinder the Jews from believing in the coming of Christ, the Anointed par excellence, source of all sacerdotal, prophetic, and royal unction.”

Source: Rev. Fr. P. Huchede, History of Antichrist (1884) p. 11

See: Rev. Fr. P. Huchede, History of Antichrist – https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/34/keywords/douay/ 

The Man of Sin

“Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself on high against all called God, or object of veneration; so that he himself sits down in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” ~ Saint Paul (2 Thes. 2:3-4)

μή τις ὑμᾶς ἐξαπατήσῃ κατὰ μηδένα τρόπον ὅτι ἐὰν μὴ ἔλθῃ ἡ ἀποστασία πρῶτον καὶ ἀποκαλυφθῇ ὁ ἄνθρωπος τῆς ἁμαρτίας, ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας ὁ ἀντικείμενος καὶ ὑπεραιρόμενος ἐπὶ πάντα λεγόμενον θεὸν ἢ σέβασμα ὥστε αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν ναὸν τοῦ θεοῦ ὡς Θεὸν καθίσαι ἀποδεικνύντα ἑαυτὸν ὅτι ἔστιν θεός (2 Thes. 2:3-4)

ὁ ἄνθρωπος τῆς ἁμαρτίας – the man of sin

ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας – the son of perdition

See: 2 Thes. 2:3 – http://biblehub.com/text/2_thessalonians/2-3.htm

ὁ ἀντικείμενος -  (he) who opposes

See: 2 Thes. 2:4 – http://biblehub.com/text/2_thessalonians/2-4.htm

ἀποστασία – apostasy; defection, revolt

“Apostasy, a fide, or perfidiæ is the complete and voluntary abandonment of the Christian religion, whether the apostate embraces another religion such as Paganism, Judaism, Mohammedanism, etc., or merely makes profession of Naturalism, Rationalism, etc. The heretic differs from the apostate in that he only denies one or more of the doctrines of revealed religion, whereas the apostate denies the religion itself, a sin which has always been looked upon as one of the most grievous.”

Catholic Encyclopedia – Apostasy – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01624b.htm

History of Antichrist – Rev. Fr. P. Huchede

God’s Design

“God frequently punishes sinful man by delivering him up to a reprobate sense [Rom. 1:24] as the reward of his contempt for divine love. When the whole world shall renounce Christ and reject the authority of His Church, when men shall say like the Jews of old, we will not have this man to reign over us, [Luke 19:14], We have no king but Caesar, [Jn. 19:15], the vengeance of God shall be swift and terrible. His treatment of the world will be like to that of individuals. He shall respond to its criminal desires, which stifles the love of those saving truths, by the light of which the ship of state can alone be safely piloted through the siren dangers to which it is constantly exposed. He shall deliver it up to the man of sin who shall consign it to the darkness of vice and error since it rejected the light of truth and virtue. [2 Thes. 2] Satan shall have universal sway for a while over all nations…

“A few centuries ago it was quite a difficult problem for theologians to explain how Antichrist would bring the world under his political and religious dominion. But in our time it is easy to conceive the possibility of such a feat.

Political Preparation

“Communications with all parts of the world is now rendered easy… People of different nations intermingle… The difference of manners and customs tends to disappear; every obstacle to a universal fusion of ideas seems to vanish; small nationalities are absorbed  by greater ones, which in turn may one day become the prey of a more powerful one. And such a preponderance is now quite manifest as regards resources, of which the Jews are the rulers, while there are combined forces secretly working to pervert public opinion throughout civilized nations and destroy Catholic influence.

“Evidently we are rapidly drifting towards the time when all nations will blend into one universal fusion of political unity. The greater conqueror of modern times [i.e., Napoleon] seemed to realize this when he said: “In fifty years hence, Europe will be either a Cossack [i.e., a police state] or a republic.” Hence the possibility of the political empire of Antichrist is evidently quite feasible.

Religious Preparation – Both Intellectual and Moral

“But how shall he deprive the world of Christianity and have himself adored as God? Alas, it is only too true that the minds and hearts of men are admirably disposed to revolution and consequently ready to accept and bear the cruel yoke of such a tyrant.

“Revolution as the word itself implies means a subversion, but a subversion of all that is true, good, beautiful, and grand in the universe. It is the subversion of religion, representing its dogmas as myths and its morals teachings as tyrannical. It is the subversion of authority. Licentiousness under the name of liberty becomes the order of the day; each one is invested with the right to govern himself.

“It is the subversion of reason: and do we not find leading minds in some of the most enlightened nations denying the principle contradiction and maintaining the absolute identity of all beings?

“Revolution is therefore essentially destructive and it becomes cosmopolitain by the actions of secret societies scattered throughout the world. Is it not true to say that the “mystery of iniquity” is prepared in secret revolutionary dens?

“But it does not suffice to destroy; it is absolutely necessary to build up again. The world cannot subsist long in a vacuum. It must have a religion; it must have a philosophy; it must have an authority. Revolution will furnish all these.

“Instead of the reasonable and supernatural religion of Jesus Christ, Revolution will preach Pantheism. The God-humanity will impart the theurgic spirit and thus lead men to adore the demon as the author of universal emancipation…

“What a frightful immorality must follow in the train of this shameless prostitution of religion! Never has the threefold concupiscence made greater ravage among mankind. And this is the religion sought and hoped for as the cherished boon of the aspirations of our modern free thinkers.

“To our Christian philosophy, the honor of humanity’s revolution will substitute a babel of extravagant and absurd ideas. Instead of a mild and efficient authority consecrated alike by Church and state, despotism and anarchy will rise up and contend for the shreds of religious liberty and human policy.

“Alas, it must be confessed that the advocates of error are on the increase; the number of depraved characters becomes more and more numerous. And if the state of perversion continue for a while longer, Antichrist may come, for he will find the world prepared to receive and serve him.”

“O homines ad servitutem promptos!” ~ Tacitus

(“O man how prompt to slavery!”)

Source: Rev. Fr. P. Huchede, History of Antichrist (1884) pp. 10-14

See: History of Antichrist – https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/34/keywords/douay/ 

Quotes from BRIEF HISTORY OF ANTICHRIST by Rev. P. Huchede, Catholic Priest, 1884, and Other Catholics Concerning the Man of Sin

“In 1884, Huchede speculated, among other things, that the anti-Christ would be Jewish, that he would establish world government from Jerusalem, that he would be welcomed as the Messiah by the Jews, that he would re-build the Temple, that he would eliminate the daily sacrifice of the Catholic Mass, that from the moment when the perpetual sacrifice is terminated, the great and terrible persecution — lasting three years and one half –will immediately follow, and that the Anti-Christ, as foretold in the Apocalyse of St. John, will make all men, great and small, bear a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, which sign only time will reveal, and all who refuse to do so will be ruthlessly persecuted, etc. He also believed that the world is headed towards a time when all nations blend into one “universal fusion of political unity”, the exact nature of which he does not specify, but which, he suggests, will come about through the action of “secret societies scattered thoughout the world.”

“When Antichrist shall have conquered all his enemies, power shall be given him over all tribes, peoples, languages, and nations; he will be the first Jew to reign over the whole world. When he shall find himself master of the world, he will choose for (his)_ capital the city in which Our Lord was crucified. (Apoc. 11:8). If he did otherwise, he would fail to make the Jews recieve him for the Messiah since their hearts will be fixed on terrestial glory and Jerusalem, in their esteem, must be the sojourn of the Messiah.” P. Huchede, History of Antichrist, pp 22-23. TAN Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Illinois Messiah.”

See: History of Antichrist – https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/34/keywords/douay/

“Then by order of the tyrant the continual sacrifice shall be abolished. (Dan 9:27) The holy sacrifice of the Mass shall no longer be offered up publicly on the altars. The Church shall be devastated; the sacred vessels desecrated; the priests shall be scattered and seperated from their flocks and put to death. The beauty of new Sion has vanished! Her priests sigh; her streets resound with wailings and lamentations becauses there is no one found to assist at the solemnities of the Lamb. The Church has taken her abode in the catacombs. (Jerem. Thren.).” Rev. P. Huchede, History of Antichrist, page 26. TAN Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Illinois Messiah.”

“The Prophet informs us that from the moment the perpetual sacrifice shall cease, which shall be the beginning of the general persecution, ‘they shall be delivered into his hands until a time and times (and) a half a time’ (Dan 7:25) This he repeats in the twelfth chapter, and St. John employs the same expression to signify the time during which the woman, figure of the Church, will tarry in the desert. ‘And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that whe might fly into the desert unto her pace, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the face of the serpent.’ (Apoc. 12:14) St. Jerome remarks that the term ‘a time’ is generally employed in Holy Scripture in the sense of a year; the second term ‘tempora’ is translated by the plural form because the Hebrew and Greek texts employ the dual. the words of the sacred text should therefore be interpreted, ‘a year, two years and a half year.”

However, the determination of the number of months removes all equivocation on the subject, as specified in the Apocalypse. ‘And the holy city they shall tread under foot two and forty months,’ (11:12), which is equivalent to three years and a half. Finally, to remove all possible doubt on the matter, God has even revealed the number of days that the persecution will last: ‘The abomination of desolation,’ after the cessation of the perpetual sacrifice, must last, according to the Prophet, ’1290 days.’ (Dan. 12:11). In other words, three years and a half with a few days over. Hence, it is certain that this terrible persecution will last during three years and a half.” Rev. P. Huchede, History of Antichrist, pages 26-27. TAN Publishers, Inc., Rockford, Illinois Messiah.”

“…he [anti-Christ] will declare his design of rebuilding Jerusalem and the temple and of bringing the whole world under his domination. The carnal Jews, finding these prophecies in perfect harmony with their own prejudices, will easily acknowledge for the Messiah, the one whom they desire. And after having first despised and scorned him, they will subsequently receive and proclaim him king. [Dan. 11:21]. According to St. Cyril of Jerusalem [Cath. 15], he will win the esteem and attachment of mankind by his urbane and unbounded kindness.” — 1884,

“Other distinquished Catholics, both ancient and modern, anticipated that the Anti-Christ system might be the fufilment of the Jewish messianic prophecies:

“Such a secular, earthbound state (Israel) could easily become the political and military power base for the Antichrist when he comes. For the Antichrist will be in perfect accord with the ideals of such a Zionist state… Moreover, the State of Israel has demonstrated that it has the will and ability to go to war and win the secular goals to which its heart is attached. Thus when the Antichrist comes to power as head of such an efficient, superbly equipped, scientific State, founded on ‘nationalism, race and blood,’ he will be able to conquer the rest of the world. He will be the first, the only Jew to reign with political, economic, military power over the whole world from his capital city, Jerusalem, the city in which Our Lord was crucified.” (The AntiChrist, Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J., Roman Catholic Books, Harrison, NY, 1981, p.)

See: The Antichrist – http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-S-J-Vincent-P-Miceli/dp/0912141026

“E. Michael Jones, a contemporary Catholic writer, speaking of Saint Hippolytus of Rome and his view of Antichrist, wrote: “The same carnal messianic political desire for heaven on earth that led the Jews to choose Barabas over Christ will lead the Jews who perdure in the rejection deeper into the service of the devil until they finally, it is argued, bring about the reign of Anti-Christ. … The Kingdom of the Antichrist, Hippoytus says, is a Jewish operation. Just as the Antichrist will bear ‘many apparent similarities to the true Christ’, so too ‘the Jewish people over whom Antichrist will rule will bear many apparent similarities to the people of God.’ … The Antichrist, according to Hippolytus, ‘will resurrect the kingdom of the Jews.’ The Antichrist thus will be the culmination of Messianic politics. He will establish the superceded ethnic Israel as heaven on earth, but that heaven will be a hell for Christians.” (E. Michael Jones, The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit, pp. 171-172)

See: The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit – http://www.culturewars.com/Reviews/RevolutionaryReviews.html

Source: Quotes from BRIEF HISTORY OF ANTICHRIST by Rev. P. Huchede, Catholic Priest, 1884, and Other Catholics Concerning the Man of Sin – http://sealofsolomon.tripod.com/HUCHEDE.HTM

“When the Jews rejected Christ, they rejected Logos in all of its forms and became, as a result, enemies of the social order. When the Jews chose Barabbas over Christ, in other words, they became revolutionaries. For 2000 years now we have been living with the consequences of their decision. For over 40 years now, a veil of silence has descended over a topic which Americans can no longer ignore. That veil has now been rent.

The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Impact on World History by E. Michael Jones. Jews for Jesus versus Jews against Jesus; Christians versus Jews; Christians versus Judaizers. This book is the story of such contests played out over 2000 turbulent years. In his most ambitious work yet, Dr. E. Michael Jones provides a breathtaking and controversial tour of history from the Gospels to Julian the Apostate to the Hussites to the French Revolution to Neoconservatism and the End of History. A Must Read.”

AUDIO – Radio Roman Catholic – Jewish Revolutionary Spirit – http://youtu.be/T-gefwlK39k

BOOK: The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit – http://www.culturewars.com/Reviews/RevolutionaryReviews.html

Patristic Commentary on Antichrist

“After the year 1900, toward the middle of the 20th century, the people of that time will become unrecognisable. When the time for the Advent of the Antichrist approaches, peoples minds will grow cloudy from carnal passions, and dishonour and lawlessness will grow stronger. Then the world will become unrecognisable. Peoples appearances will change, and it will be impossible to distinguish men from women due to there shamelessness in dress and style of hair. These people will be cruel and will be like wild animals because of the temptations of the Antichrist. There will be no respect for parents or elders, love will disappear, and Christian pastors, bishops, and priests will become vain men, completely failing to distinguish the right hand way from the left. At that time the morals and traditions of Christians and the Church will change. People will abandon modesty, and dissipation will reign. Falsehood and greed will attain great proportions, and woe to those who pile up treasures. Lust, adultery, homosexuality, secret deeds and murder will rule in society.” ~ St. Nilus (430 AD)

“And after these shall arise Antichrist and having by the signs and lying wonders of his magical deceit, beguiled the Jews as though he were the expected Christ, he shall afterwards characterize himself by all kinds of excesses of cruelty and lawlessness…and he shall perpetrate such things for 3 years and 6 months

“Antichrist will exceed in malice, perversity, lust, wickedness, impiety, and ruthlessness and barbarity all men that have ever disgraced human nature. Hence St. Paul emphatically calls him `the man of sin the son of perdition, the wicked one, whose birth and coming is through the operation of Satan, in all manner of seduction and iniquity.’ (2 Thess., 2). Through his great power, deceit and malice he shall succeed in decoying or forcing to his worship two thirds of mankind; the remaining third part of men will continue true to the faith and worship of Jesus Christ most steadfastly. But in his satanic rage and fury, Antichrist will persecute these brave and devout Christians during three years and a half, and torture them with such an extremity of barbarity, with all the old and newly invented instruments of pain, as to exceed all past persecutors of the Church combined. He will oblige all his followers to bear impressed upon their foreheads or right hands the mark of the Beast and will starve to death all those who refuse to receive it.

“This one shall seize the power of the Roman Empire and shall falsely style himself Christ. By the name Christ he shall deceive the Jews who are expecting the anointed and he shall seduce the Gentiles by his magical illusions.” ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem (386 AD)

“Above all, moreover, he will love the nation of the Jews. And with all these [Jews] he will work signs and terrible wonders, false wonders and not true, in order to deceive his impious equals. . . . And after that he will build the temple in Jerusalem and will restore it again speedily and give it over to the Jews” ~ Hippolytus  (AD 217).

See: The Antichrist (Catholic Answers) – http://www.catholic.com/tracts/the-antichrist

See: Antichrist in the Early Church, by William C. Weinrich – http://www.ctsfw.net/media/pdfs/weinrichantichristearlychurch.pdf

See: Rejection Then Hope: The Church’s Doctrine of Israel in the Patristic Era, by Michael J. Vlach – http://www.tms.edu/tmsj/tmsj19c.pdf

The Patristical Idea of Antichrist (In Four Lectures) by Fr. John Henry Newman

Lecture 1. The Times of Antichrist

“Surely, there is at this day a confederacy of evil, marshalling its hosts from all parts of the world, organizing itself, taking its measures, enclosing the Church of Christ as in a net, and preparing the way for a general Apostasy from it. Whether this very Apostasy is to give birth to Antichrist, or whether he is still to be delayed, as he has already been delayed so long, we cannot know; but at any rate this Apostasy, and all its tokens and instruments, are of the Evil One, and savour of death. Far be it from any of us to be of those simple ones who are taken in that snare which is circling around us! Far be it from us to be seduced with the fair promises in which Satan is sure to hide his poison! Do you think he is so unskilful in his craft, as to ask you openly and plainly to join him in his warfare against the Truth? No; he offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform. This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superiors; he does so himself, and induces you to imitate him; or he promises you illumination, {61}—he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of mind. He scoffs at times gone by; he scoffs at every institution which reveres them. He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, and praises you, and encourages you. He bids you mount aloft. He shows you how to become as gods. Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his.

“Shall we Christians allow ourselves to have lot or part in this matter? Shall we, even with our little finger, help on the Mystery of Iniquity, which is travailing for birth, and convulsing the earth with its pangs? “O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united.” “What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate,” … lest you be workers together with God’s enemies, and be opening the way for the Man of Sin, the son of perdition.”

Source: Lecture 1. The Times of Antichrist, by Fr. John Henry Newman – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture1.html

Lecture 2. The Religion of Antichrist

“But let me notice here a remarkable coincidence, which is contained in the history of that type or shadow of the final apostasy which scared the world some forty or fifty years ago,—a coincidence between actual events and prophecy sufficient to show us that the apparent contradiction in the latter may easily be reconciled, though beforehand we may not see how; sufficient to remind us that the all-watchful eye, and the all-ordaining hand of God is still over the world, and that the seeds, sown in prophecy above two thousand years since, are not dead, but from time to time, by blade and tender shoot, give earnest of the future harvest. Surely the world is impregnated with the elements of preternatural evil, which ever and anon, in unhealthy seasons, give lowering and muttering tokens of the wrath to come!”

Source: Lecture 2. The Religion of Antichrist, by Fr. John Henry Newman – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture2.html

John Henry Newman’s Four Lectures on Antichrist

1. The Times of Antichrist – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture1.html

2. The Religion of Antichrist – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture2.html

3. The City of Antichrist – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture3.html

4. The Persecution of Antichrist – http://www.newmanreader.org/works/arguments/antichrist/lecture4.html

Détente as Liturgical Demolition – Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J.

“Man, therefore, is capable of transforming his domain of the non-sacred, of the profane, with the sense of the sacred or of degrading that domain and himself by obliterating in himself his love for the sacred. Man attacks the sacred when he rejects God and the true religion. The Antichrist will be the hater and destroyer of the sacred par excellence. For he will promote himself and his affairs on this earth as his only and ultimate concerns – and those will be the destruction of the image of Christ in the souls of men and the branding of those same souls with his own and Satan’s seal. Thus the Antichrist would find modern times much to his liking. For in our generation a social climate charged with hatred of God has produced what even the atheist men of culture have sardonically referred to as the “Savage Sixties” and the “Sick Seventies.” For once man rejects God, man becomes what Kierkegaard calls “the eternal zero.” This is logical and necessary for, since his awareness of himself is founded on his awareness of God, the godless man, rootless and directionless, is at sea in an absurd world. Of course, he has an identity crisis. And with his animus against God and the sacred, he becomes a menace and a plague to the faith and holiness of his fellowmen. For when he breaks the sacred chains of love that bind him to God, he ends up breaking even the chains of civility and decency that should bind him to his fellowmen. Moreover, it is not surprising that the man who has rejected God and the sacred continues to talk about God, religion, liturgy and the Church. Now, however, he speaks of man from infancy to maturity. Now he experiments with these sacred realities as if he were tinkering with toys or automobiles. Now this “uncommitted interest,” this neutrality toward divine, sacred realities is a typical game of ridicule played by the spiritually defeated and exhausted “playboys,” choosing to be smart and clever rather than sacred and serious. These atheistic, intellectual snobs refuse to realize that God, religion, the liturgy and the Church can never be merely interesting or amusing myths. The sphere of the sacred is really uninteresting in the shallow, cute sense of that term. For the sacred sector demands one’s total self-donation to God, one’s eternal salvation being jeopardized if one refuses to say “yes” to God. Trivial things and affairs can be the subject of interest and cleverness. But adherence to the sacred realm is a tremendously serious, ultimate, tragic affair. It is the awful, shuddering one thing necessary for which all else must eventually be put aside, even temporal life itself. When one jokes about the sacred, one is well on the way to participating in the sacrilegious.

“For the rejection of the sacred as revealed in the dynamics of ridicule or in the cult of the clever always degenerates into the dynamics of hate and the cult of self, both of which lead to hatred of God, of the Church, of others and finally of oneself. Thus, in our times a social climate charged with hatred of God, poisoned with irreducible religious-moral-political tensions and with hourly seditious preachments bereft of all truth, of all objectivity, of all love is the logical, violent result of the loss of the sense of the sacred. A society sickened from its rejection of God and the sacred necessarily produces a sick culture. In a modern play, Prometheus Unbound, Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from Zeus, the god of the gods, is confronted by the foul furies and asks them wonderingly: “Can anyone exult in his own deformity?” Dostoevsky’s Underground Man answers with a soul-searing affirmation: “I am a sick man . . . , I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man.” Underground Man then adds that he finds his only enjoyment “in the hyper-consciousness of his own degradation.” [Duncan Williams, op. cit. p. 57] “Today the Christian and post-Christian savage is idealized in philosophical, political, ethical, literary and theological works as the authentic man-come-of-age- the Rebel Hero of Paradise Lost, the Promethean Savior of a Cosmos Regained. From the heights of this hateful, overweening pride such a man has created a culture in which he defines his fellowman as “that most precious capital,” “that useless passion,” “that walking bag of sea water.” This is the spirit of the Antichrist who will hate everyone made in the image and likeness of God. For as sacrilegious man he will hurl these slogans against his fellow man from a rhetoric of hatred that takes satanic joy in destroying the dignity, sacredness and divinity with which God has endowed men created and redeemed by His Son.”

Source: Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J., The Antichrist (1981) pp. 198-199 – http://www.amazon.com/Antichrist-S-J-Vincent-P-Miceli/dp/0912141026

See: Détente as Liturgical Demolition – http://www.marys-touch.com/truth/detente.htm

“Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.”

“The earth will be struck by calamities of all kinds (in addition to plague and famine which will be wide-spread). There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten Kings of the Antichrist, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world.  Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world. People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin. But the children of the holy Church, the children of my faith, my true followers, they will grow in their love for God and in all the virtues most precious to me.  Blessed are the souls humbly guided by the Holy Spirit! I shall fight at their side until they reach a fullness of years.

“Nature is asking for vengeance because of man, and she trembles with dread at what must happen to the earth stained with crime. Tremble, earth, and you who proclaim yourselves as serving Jesus Christ and who, on the inside, only adore yourselves, tremble, for God will hand you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption. Many convents are no longer houses of God, but the grazing-grounds of Asmodeas and his like. It will be during this time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will communicate with the old serpent, the master of impurity, his father will be B. At birth, he will spew out blasphemy; he will have teeth, in a word; he will be the devil incarnate. He will scream horribly, he will perform wonders; he will feed on nothing but impurity.  He will have brothers who, although not devils incarnate like him, will be children of evil. At the age of twelve, they will draw attention upon themselves by the gallant victories they will have won; soon they will each lead armies, aided by the legions of hell.

“The seasons will be altered, the earth will produce nothing but bad fruit, the stars will lose their regular motion, and the moon will only reflect a faint reddish glow. Water and fire will give the earth’s globe convulsions and terrible earthquakes which will swallow up mountains, cities, etc…

“Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.

“The demons of the air together with the Antichrist will perform great wonders on earth and in the atmosphere, and men will become more and more perverted. God will take care of His faithful servants and men of good will. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and all peoples of all nations will get to know the truth.

“I make an urgent appeal to the earth. I call on the true disciples of the living God who reigns in Heaven; I call on the true followers of Christ made man, the only true Saviour of men; I call on my children, the true faithful, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my divine Son, those whom I carry in my arms, so to speak, those who have lived on my spirit. Finally, I call on the Apostles of the Last Days, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in scorn for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in scorn and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world.  It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side and within you, provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days.  May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honour of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times, the end of all ends.

“The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay. But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the Spirit of God. They will preach with the might of God, and men of good will will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great steps forward through the virtue of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the devilish lapses of the Antichrist. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air.  Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides.  Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? All the blood, the tears and prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be lead astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive.

“Now is the time; the abyss is opening.  Here is the King of Kings of darkness; here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the Saviour of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven.  He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for all eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men’s pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified.”

Source: APPARITION of the BLESSED VIRGIN on the Mountain of LA SALETTE the 19th of September, 1846 – http://www.thepopeinred.com/secret.htm

The Approach of the End of the World

“Notwithstanding Christ’s express refusal to specify the time of the end (Mark 13:32; Acts 1:6 sq.), it was a common belief among early Christians that the end of the world was near. This seemed to have some support in certain sayings of Christ in reference to the destruction of Jerusalem, which are set down in the Gospels side by side with prophecies relating to the end (Matthew 24; Luke 21), and in certain passages of the Apostolic writings, which might, not unnaturally, have been so understood (but see 2 Thessalonians 2:2 sqq., where St. Paul corrects this impression). On the other hand, Christ had clearly stated that the Gospel was to be preached to all nations before the end (Matthew 24:14), and St. Paul looked forward to the ultimate conversion of the Jewish people as a remote event to be preceded by the conversion of the Gentiles (Romans 11:25 sqq.). Various others are spoken of as preceding or ushering in the end, as a great apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:3 sqq.), or falling away from faith or charity (Luke 18:8; 17:26; Matthew 24:12), the reign of Antichrist, and great social calamities and terrifying physical convulsions. Yet the end will come unexpectedly and take the living by surprise.”

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia: Eschatology – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05528b.htm

Understand This Mystery: A Partial Hardening has Come Upon Israel Until the Fullness of the Gentiles has Come In

“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:25)

“until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”

“ἄχρις οὗ τὸ πλήρωμα τῶν ἐθνῶν εἰσέλθῃ”

ἄχρις = until, as far as – http://biblesuite.com/greek/891.htm

πλήρωμα = fullness, a filling up – http://biblesuite.com/greek/4138.htm

εἰσέλθῃ = has come – http://biblesuite.com/greek/1525.htm

εθνη = a race, a nation, the nations (as distinct from Israel) – http://biblesuite.com/greek/ethne__1484.htm

See: Romans 11:25 – http://biblehub.com/text/romans/11-25.htm

The Remnant of Israel

“I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham,a a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

“What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written,

“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:1-8)

Are the times of the Gentiles about to be fulfilled?

Prophecy, Israel, and the Church – A Pattern of Judgment Repeated

St. Paul in the text speaks of an Apostasy, and then of Antichrist as following upon it; and thus is the future of the Christian Church typified in the past Jewish history.” ~ John Henry Newman (The Times of Antichrist)

The Jewish nation was judged and her temple destroyed by God (using the Roman army) in 70 AD because of her rejection of Messiah. Only a few Jews – a remnant – remained faithful to God. These few began what became known as the Catholic Church and, in time, these few realized the Church was to include Gentiles.

God’s judgment now appears to be coming upon the Catholic Church, because of her rejection of Christ. Only a few Catholics – a remnant – remain faithful to God.

The times of the Gentiles appears to be nearly fulfilled, and God may soon remove the blindness which has been upon the Jewish nation since the time of Christ. As Saint Paul wrote 2,000 years ago, the day is coming when all Israel will be saved, once the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. When this fullness does come in, God will cause a blindness to come upon the Gentile nations for their rejection of Christ, as he caused blindness to come upon the Jewish nation when she rejected her Messiah.

As with Israel and her official religious hierarchy, which Jesus cursed seven times (see; Matthew 23) God will also blind and curse the Catholic Church and her official religious hierarchy, which is something God may have already begun to do.

Although the biblical prophecies referring to the beast, the false prophet, antichrist, etc refer to Israel, due to her rejection of Christ, the prophecies may also apply to the Catholic Church, in a parallel sense, once the fulness of the Gentiles comes in.

“Western ideas of prophecy involve prediction and fulfillment. The Hebrew idea of prophecy is a pattern that is repeated, multiple fulfillments with one ultimate fulfillment. Each of the multiple fulfillments is both a type of, and a lesson on, the ultimate fulfillment.”

See: Prophecy and Typology – One Or Multiple Fulfillments of Prophecy – http://www.inplainsite.org/html/prophecy_and_typology.html

The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” ~ Saint Paul (Acts 17:30)

“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

“And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

“As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.

“For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:25-33)

The Conversion of the Jews

“According to the interpretation of the Fathers, the conversion of the Jews towards the end of the world is foretold by St. Paul in the Epistle to the Romans (11:25-26): “For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery, . . . that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in. And so all Israel should be saved as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob“.

See: Catholic Encyclopedia: General Judgement – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08552a.htm

The Consummation of All Things

“There is mention also of the physical universe sharing in the general consummation (2 Peter 3:13; Romans 8:19 sqq.; Revelation 21:1 sqq.). The present heaven and earth will be destroyed, and a new heaven and earth take their place. But what, precisely, this process will involve, or what purpose the renovated world will serve is not revealed. It may possibly be part of the glorious Kingdom of Christ of which “there shall be no end”. Christ’s militant reign is to cease with the accomplishment of His office as Judge (1 Corinthians 15:24 sqq.), but as King of the elect whom He has saved He will reign with them in glory forever.”

See: Catholic Encyclopedia: Eschatology – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05528b.htm

“They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” ~ Jesus (Luke 21:24)

“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:25)

Are the times of the Gentiles about to be fulfilled?

Understand This Mystery: A Partial Hardening has Come Upon Israel Until the Fullness of the Gentiles has Come In

“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:25)

“until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”

“ἄχρις οὗ τὸ πλήρωμα τῶν ἐθνῶν εἰσέλθῃ”

ἄχρις = until, as far as – http://biblesuite.com/greek/891.htm

πλήρωμα = fullness, a filling up – http://biblesuite.com/greek/4138.htm

εἰσέλθῃ = has come – http://biblesuite.com/greek/1525.htm

εθνη = a race, a nation, the nations (as distinct from Israel) – http://biblesuite.com/greek/ethne__1484.htm

Romans 11:25 – http://biblehub.com/text/romans/11-25.htm

“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” ~ Saint Paul (Acts 17:30)

Prayer for the Conversion of the Remnant of Israel

“God of Goodness and Father of Mercies, we beseech Thee by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and by the intercession of the Patriarchs and Holy Apostles, to look with compassion upon the remnant of Israel, so that they may come to a knowledge of our only Savior Jesus Christ, and share in the precious graces of Redemption. Amen.”

Rejection Then Hope

“The early church’s hope for the future of Israel has often been overlooked. In writings of the Patristic Era, the fathers often connected the salvation of Israel with the comings of Antichrist and Elijah and the personal coming of Jesus Christ at some time in the future. To note their emphasis on the future of the nation is not to deny several other emphases of the early writers. Their view of Israel is best defined primarily as punitive supersessionism, because they viewed Israel as being judged by God for their rejection of Christ at His first coming. For them the two destructions of Jerusalem proved this. They felt that the church had replaced Israel as the people of God, at least for the present, and had taken over Israel’s Scriptures, Israel’s Covenants, and Israel’s promises. Yet the message is loud and clear that the ancient church believed in the future salvation of Israel, some voices even predicting that the nation would return and possess the land that God had promised to Abraham. The early church as a whole, then, adhered to a moderate form of supersessionism, meaning that they concurred with the Bible’s teaching that Israel had been rejected, but went beyond that to dwell on the great hope lying ahead for that people.”

Source: Rejection Then Hope: The Church’s Doctrine of Israel in the Patristic Era, by Michael J. Vlach – http://www.tms.edu/tmsj/tmsj19c.pdf

A Jewish Perspective of the Pre-Messianic Era, by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

“A burst in technology, a drop in morality, and the Jewish return to Israel are all predicted as precursors to the Messiah.”

See: The Pre-Messianic Era – http://www.aish.com/jl/li/m/48931432.html?site=full

biblical-end-times-timeline-2

See: A Simple and Biblical “End Times” Timeline – http://wp.me/sPnn7-637

Explanation of Timeline

According to the Bible, at the first coming of Christ, Satan was cast down from heaven to the earth (see: Revelation 12:1-12). Jerusalem is overthrown (70 A. D.) and the temple destroyed (just as Christ predicted it would be, within that generation (Mark 13:30 = 40 years) by the Roman armies, which surrounded Jerusalem (i.e., “the abomination that makes desolate”, compare Luke 21:20 with Matthew 24:15). Upon the execution (by the Romans) of this final, official, covenantal rejection of Israel by Christ (see: Revelation 18:1-24 and Matthew 23:38) Satan is bound for 1,000 years (Greek: “a long time”; like us saying: “a gazillion years” see: Revelation 20:1-6) and the kingdom is taken away from Israel and given to the Gentiles, who will bring forth fruit (see: Matthew 21:43-44), until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled; Jerusalem is to be “trodden underfoot by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled (Luke 21:24). The time of the Gentiles is fulfilled only when the gospel has gone into (saturated) all the earth (see: Matthew 24:14 and Habakkuk 2:14) and the Gentiles have turned away from and rejected Christ. Then Satan will be loosed (“a little while” =40 years) in order to deceive all the Gentile nations and gather them together against the only “people of God” who remain on earth “the Jews” who, because they have faithfully kept their scriptures and traditions, await their soon-coming messiah (see: Romans 11) who will appear and destroy those nations that have been deceived to gather against God’s chosen ones, the heirs of the promise God made to Abraham (see: Genesis 12: 1-3 and Revelation 20:7-10). The dead will rise and the living will be changed (see: 2 Thessalonians 2) and will be judged at Christ’s return, which is the Final Judgment of the Last Day (see: Revelation 20:11-15). The old earth and heaven pass away and a new earth and heaven appear (see Revelation 21) renewed and reborn, much like a seed which is planted and dies before it grows and is reborn to become the plant it was ultimately meant to become – See: Romans 8.

Some Relevant Conclusions

1) Present-day Israel is NOT the “camp of the saints” the “nations of the world” gather against in the book of Revelation, neither is present-day Israel now awaiting God (alone) to destroy their enemies (i.e., “the nations of the world”), which gather against them, as the Bible says God himself does: “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10, emphasis added). Present-day Israel (along with “Christian” America) is destroying Israel’s enemies now, today, NOT God. Israel’s enemies today, unlike Revelation 20, are not ALL the Gentile nations but only SOME of the Gentile nations (Palestinians/Muslims).

2) Satan is cast down to the earth at the first coming (birth) of Christ (see: Revelation 12). Satan is clearly the “accuser of the brethren” in the book of Job who goes to and fro both in heaven and on earth (see: Job 1) until he is cast down to the earth by Michael and his angels (see: Revelation 12). Satan is finally bound and cast into the bottomless pit so that he might deceive the nations no more (see: Revelation 20: 1-6). Christ, at his resurrection, defeated Satan and put him to an open shame (see: Colossians 2:8-15). Satan is loosed only for “a little while” (Greek: μικρὸν; “mikron”) so that he might deceive the nations once more and gather them together against God, Christ, and God’s chosen people (Jews who will believe in Christ).

3) Our mission, as Gentiles who follow Christ, is to “Christianize” the Gentile world and to provoke unbelieving Jews to envy, or jealousy, by praying for their salvation and presenting them the Good News of their Messiah: Jesus Christ (see: Romans 11:11).

Saint John’s Warning Concerning Antichrists

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.”

“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” ~ Saint John (1 John 2:18-27)

The wonderful plan of God’s salvation of humanity and the world may soon be fulfilled

See: The Future Glory (παλινγενεσίᾳ) – http://wp.me/pPnn7-Ps

Once the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, the blindness to the gospel the Jews have suffered will be removed from and they will – in large part – recognize and believe in the Messiah: Jesus the Christ, and a hardness will come upon the Gentile, only a remnant of whom will believe in Christ.

At Christ’s first coming, only a remnant of Jews believed in Jesus and the majority did not; therefore the gospel went to the Gentiles, many of whom did believe. Before Christ’s second coming to judge the world, the fullness of the Gentiles will come in, when only a remnant of Gentiles will believe in Jesus, and the majority of Jews will believe in Jesus.

See: Goats, not Scapegoats – Jesus on Jews (and Gentiles) who reject him as Messiah (Savior) – http://wp.me/pPnn7-xy

This rejection of the Jews does not negate God’s promises to the Jews. In fact, God’s current rejection of unbelieving Jews, because they have rejected Christ, has made possible the way of salvation for all peoples (nations = Gentiles), which is the fulfillment of the promise God made Abraham:

“By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” ~ Genesis 22:16-18

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 22:18)

“και ενευλογηθησονται εν τω σπερματι σου παντα τα εθνη της γης ανθ’ ων υπηκουσας της εμης φωνης” ~ (Genesis 22:18 – Greek Septuagint (LXX)

εθνη = nations = Gentiles – http://biblesuite.com/greek/ethne__1484.htm

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

“But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

“But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

“Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

“I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

“But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 10:17-21)

“Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” ~ Saint Paul (Romans 11:25)

Once the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, the blindness to the gospel the Jews have suffered will be removed from and they will – in large part – recognize and believe in the Messiah: Jesus the Christ, and a hardness will come upon the Gentile, only a remnant of whom will believe in Christ.

At Christ’s first coming, only a remnant of Jews believed in Jesus and the majority did not; therefore the gospel went to the Gentiles, many of whom did believe. Before Christ’s second coming to judge the world, the fullness of the Gentiles will come in, when only a remnant of Gentiles will believe in Jesus, and the majority of Jews will believe in Jesus.

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” ~ Jesus (Luke 21:20-24)

“until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”

ἄχρι πληρωθῶσιν καιροὶ ἐθνῶν

ἄχρι = until, as far as – http://biblesuite.com/greek/891.htm

καιροὶ = time, season – http://biblesuite.com/greek/2540.htm

πληρωθῶσιν = to make full, to complete – http://biblesuite.com/greek/4137.htm

εθνη = a race, a nation, the nations (as distinct from Israel) – http://biblesuite.com/greek/ethne__1484.htm

See: Luke 21:24 – http://biblehub.com/text/luke/21-24.htm

Notice Jesus doesn’t said anything about the Jews ever retaking Jerusalem and rebuilding their temple by force and apart from accepting him as their Messiah.

When the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled the Jews (in large part) will accept Jesus as their Messiah and, according to Revelation 20:9, they will establish a (non-violent) camp of saints in Palestine at some time before the Gentile nations which, deceived by Satan, will attempt to destroy these saints, only to be destroyed by God. and Satan himself is ultimately defeated, judged, and condemned by God:

The Defeat of Satan

“And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” ~ Saint John (Revelation 20:7-10)

The Beast of Revelation

“One of the greatest mysteries of all time is the identity of the dread Beast of the Book of Revelation. The Bible describes him as the ultimate villain in human history. He is the archetype of evil. He is the very incarnation of wickedness and perversion. It is not at all surprising then that many of the brightest minds throughout history have sought to identify and expose him.

“Unfortunately, a great majority of those diligent detectives missed one of the most important clues-if not the most important clue-to solving the mystery. That clue according to Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., is when and to whom the Apostle John actually wrote the Book of Revelation in the first place.

“Following that clue, he is able to blow away the dusts of time that have masked the evil culprit’s identity for so very long. Like any good detective, Dr. Gentry lets the evidence speak for itself and he lets you weigh all the facts to decide for yourself. But be forewarned: He has constructed an iron-clad case. This book is thus likely to revolutionize your interpretation of the mystery of the Beast and the rest of the Book of Revelation as well.”

VIDEO – The Beast of Revelation (16 of 25) Anti-Israel = Anti-Semitic? – http://youtu.be/OGSbi_UssAg

AUDIO – The Beast of Revelation (Dr. Kenneth Gentry) – http://youtu.be/9FeeeUFmbPk

BOOK – The Beast of Revelation (Dr. Kenneth Gentry) – http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/2186_47e.htm

VIDEO – Jesus of Nazareth – Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23) – http://youtu.be/mD–lHALcm0

AUDIO – Radio Roman Catholic – Jewish Revolutionary Spirit – http://youtu.be/T-gefwlK39k

VIDEO – E. Michael Jones Interview – Notre Dame, Americanism, Enlightenment – http://youtu.be/W52gAyNAU4Y

VIDEO – THE OTHER ISRAEL [full documentary] – http://youtu.be/IJxdIXgMGAI

Prayer for the Conversion of the Remnant of Israel

“God of Goodness and Father of Mercies, we beseech Thee by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and by the intercession of the Patriarchs and Holy Apostles, to look with compassion upon the remnant of Israel, so that they may come to a knowledge of our only Savior Jesus Christ, and share in the precious graces of Redemption. Amen.”

Judaism’s Strange Gods – Michael Hoffman II

“In this scholarly and deeply considered work, the author documents his provocative thesis that Judaism is not the religion of the Old Testament, but the newly formalized belief system of the Pharisees, which arose in Babylon with the commitment of the formerly oral “tradition of the elders” to writing, in the wake of the crucifixion of Israel’s Messiah and the destruction of the Temple. Basing his findings on authoritative Judaic sources, Hoffman demonstrates that Judaism is a man-made religion of tradition and superstition, which represents the institutionalized nullification of Biblical law and doctrine. Liberating the reader from the accumulated shackles of decades of misinformation, this book shows that Judaism’s God is not the God of Israel, but the strange gods of Talmud and Kabbalah, and the racial self-worship they inculcate.”

See: Judaism’s Strange Gods by Michael Hoffman (.pdf): http://downloads.umu.nu/Books/Hoffmanstrange.pdf

VIDEO – Judaism Discovered Michael Hoffman with Jeff Rense (Full Interview) – http://youtu.be/51aTCN3D8Ik

See: Judaism Rediscovered by Michael Hoffman (.pdf) – http://downloads.umu.nu/Books/Michael%20A.%20Hoffman%20-%20Judaism%20Discovered%20(2008).pdf

AUDIO – Libido Dominandi Sexual Liberation as Political Slavery – http://youtu.be/FwhFLdSqqv0

See: Freemasonry & Judaism: Secret Powers Behind Revolution – http://www.scribd.com/doc/13842449/freemasonry-judaism-secret-powers-behind-revolution

AUDIO – Zionism & Multiculturalism Henry Makow on Red Ice Radio July 06, 2011 – http://youtu.be/2qDTuM3QEi8

Come and Hear – The Talmud

“Meet the Talmud and the students of the Talmud — Three and a half million words of the uncensored Talmud on line, with discussions on its place in the modern world by Elizabeth Dilling, Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz, Rabbi Dr. I. Epstein, Rabbi Michael Rodkinson, Rabbi Israel Brodie, Rabbi Dr. Louis Finkelstein, and many other Talmud luminaries, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform — and your hostess, Carol A. Valentine. This website is inspired by Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, and to a lesser extent, the current President of the United States, George Bush. We are dedicated to bringing about understanding between people of different faiths.

“Certain forces do not want understanding between religions. To ensure the survival of this information, download a copy to your own computer, make CDs, and distribute them to your friends, ministers, and community organizations. Mirror the entire site, or just your favorite sections. Distribute flyers advertising the Come and Hear™ URL to church-goers, politically active citizens, and military families. Visit the You Can Help page for instructions and suggestions.”

See: Come and Hear – http://www.come-and-hear.com/index-2.html

VIDEO – The Other Side of the Talmud Debate: Michael Hoffman Refutes a Defense of the Talmud – http://youtu.be/YGUcQI5fFD4

VIDEO – The Chabad and The Empire – Michael Hoffman – http://youtu.be/3wLSYs00V88

Jewish Naturalism or Anti-Supernaturalism

“God wished the Jews as a people to accept His Only-Begotten Son and to be the Heralds of the Supernatural, super- national Life of His Mystical Body. They were thus offered the glorious privilege of proclaiming and working for the only mode of realising the union and brotherhood of nations which is possible since the Fall. On account of their racial pride they refused to accept that there could be any higher life than their national life and they would not hear of the non-Jewish nations entering into the Kingdom of the Mystical Body on the same level as themselves. The Crucifixion of Our Lord on Calvary was, however, not only the public rejection by the Jewish nation of the Divine Programme for order in the world, but was at the same time the proclamation by that nation of its determination to work against God for the triumph of an- other Messias. Since Our Lord Jesus Christ, the True Messias, is the Source of the Supernatural Life through membership of His Mystical Body, the future Messias must be anti-super- natural or naturalistic, and membership of Christ will have to be eliminated in preparation for him. Since the True Supernatural Messias came to found the supranational kingdom of His Mystical Body into which he asked the Jewish nation to lead all nations the future Messias must be a purely Jewish National Messias and his mission can have no other object than to impose the rule of the Jewish nation on the other nations.

“Over and above the struggle against the self-centred tendencies of individual souls, the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, has to face the persistent opposition of the Jewish nation. According to the leaders of the Jewish nation, now as 1,900 years ago, the union of the nations is not meant by God to take place through entrance into and acceptance of the supranational Kingdom of Our Lord’s Mystical Body but through acceptance of and submission to the Naturalistic Messianism of the Jewish nation. This is made very clear in the letter from the Chief Rabbi of Palestine, which appeared in The Irish Independent (Dublin) of January 6, 1948. Referring to the establishment of the new State of Israel, Rabbi Hertzog said: “Eventually it will lead to the inauguration of the true union of the nations through which will be fulfilled the eternal message to mankind of our immortal prophets.

“Jewish Naturalism or Anti-Supernaturalism, by its striving for a new Messianic age, contains a two-fold source of corruption and decay for other nations. On the one hand, by its opposition to the Supernatural Life coming from Our Lord, it strives directly against the Light and Strength by which alone human life, individual and national, can be lived in order. On the other hand, whether the naturalistic Messias to come be an individual Jew or the Jewish Race, it means that the Jews, as a nation, are seeking to impose their particular national form on other nations. The imposition by any nation of its national form on another nation attacks directly the natural or normal line of development of that nation and undermines its natural virtues, which are the foundation and the bulwark of the Supernatural virtues.”

Source: Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked (pp. 11; 13) - http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/George.F.Dillon/Grand.Orient.Freemasonry.Unmasked.pdf

Prayer for the Conversion of the Remnant of Israel

“God of Goodness and Father of Mercies, we beseech Thee by the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and by the intercession of the Patriarchs and Holy Apostles, to look with compassion upon the remnant of Israel, so that they may come to a knowledge of our only Savior Jesus Christ, and share in the precious graces of Redemption. Amen.”

The Conversion of the Jews

“According to the interpretation of the Fathers, the conversion of the Jews towards the end of the world is foretold by St. Paul in the Epistle to the Romans (11:25-26): “For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery, . . . that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in. And so all Israel should be saved as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob“.

See: Catholic Encyclopedia: General Judgement – http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08552a.htm

Have Satan and his minions infiltrated and taken control of the Catholic Church?

Pope Paul VI on the Smoke of Satan Having Entered the Church

“From some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” ~ Pope Paul VI

“Referring to the situation of the Church today, the Holy Father says he has the feeling that “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” There is doubt, uncertainty, problems, restlessness, dissatisfaction, confrontation.”

“Riferendosi alla situazione della Chiesa di oggi, il Santo Padre afferma di avere la sensazione che da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio. C’è il dubbio, l’incertezza, la problematica, l’inquietudine, l’insoddisfazione, il confronto.”

Source: OMELIA DI PAOLO VI – http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/homilies/1972/documents/hf_p-vi_hom_19720629_it.html

See: PERMANENT INSTRUCTION OF THE ALTA VENDITA – http://www.scribd.com/doc/31483053/Permanent-Instruction-of-the-Alta-Vendita

See: Grand Orient Freemasonry Unmasked: Lecture on Freemasonry by Right Rev. Mgr. George Dillon, D.D. – http://www.catholicvoice.co.uk/dillon/text.htm

VIDEO – Is the World about to End? – The Apocalypse Explained? – http://youtu.be/cn9t0m6eG4Q

“Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that almighty God may remove the veil from their hearts; so that they too may acknowledge Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us pray. Let us kneel. [pause for silent prayer] Arise. Almighty and eternal God, who dost not exclude from thy mercy even Jewish faithlessness: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people; that acknowledging the light of thy Truth, which is Christ, they may be delivered from their darkness. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.” ~ Pope Pius XII (1955)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” ~ Saint John (1 John 4:1-6)

“Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” ~ Saint John (1 John 2:18)

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