2019-11-13, from Vassula Ryden.
[Born in Egypt to Coptic Orthodox parents, Ryden has a large following around the world [note: seer was subject of an unfavorable Vatican Notification by Cardinal Josef Ratzinger that was later somewhat modified. We urge in such cases very cautious discernment. See bottom for Vatican statements. We take no stand on her alleged revelations; as always, we convey, when it is available, the guidance of Rome. Her organization is called True Life in God]
Dear True Life In God followers,
I am shocked at the fact that I’m learning that some of you are following the persecutors of Pope Francis and that you are adding calumnies on him. You have been blinded and have become one of those judges who strike the shepherd. Shame on you! All of those in our TLIG groups who are against Pope Francis who was chosen by Christ, I wish them to step down immediately and get out of TLIG! Out of our prayer groups, out of all our retreats and pilgrimages because you are like gangrene in the Body of Christ! I am listening ONLY on what Christ is saying about the Pope and I’m not listening to those who claim they know best no matter what position they are in.
Either these persecutors have not read the prophecies contained in the TLIG messages regarding the Seat of Peter (the Pope) or conveniently they overlook through all of these past years Jesus’ warnings that in these last days a rebellious spirit will strike the successor of Peter. It is not just that recent message of 16 August 2019 which raised eyebrows, in which Jesus’ tone is strong, telling that those who persecute the Pope are no disciples of His, which to some, for their own convenience rejected that message and do not believe Jesus said it. To them, TLIG messages have become like a supermarket, ‘pick and choose’, this I like and this I don’t like…
That’s how much Satan blinded them! But Jesus throughout all of these years always spoke about the Seat of Peter, and it is not just recently. I therefore decided to pick up a few extracts to remind everyone what Jesus had been saying, and how strongly He had been warning us! I want you to take particular notice of the dates too. So wake up!
On March 17, 1993 the Lord said to me:
Peace be with you; lift your voice without fear and prophesy; prophesy, My child, to blot out wickedness from so many hearts! let those who have ears let them listen to what the Spirit today is saying to the churches; let all who are thirsty come: write and tell My sacerdotal souls this: “rebellion is at its work already, but in secret, and the one who is holding it back has first to be removed, before the Rebel appears openly;” 2 I tell you, love My Church as I love Her and as I sacrificed Myself for My Church to make Her entirely holy, you too, My priests, sacrifice yourselves to Her, imitate Me;
I am telling you all this and I know that My sheep who belong to Me will listen to My Voice and will never fail Me; I am addressing you today to tell you from the core of My Heart the same embittered words I uttered at My Last Supper around My disciples: “someone who shares My table rebels against Me; I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He speaking, today;”
I, Jesus Christ, wish to warn My priests, bishops and cardinals, I wish to warn all My House of a great tribulation; My Church is approaching a great tribulation; remember, I have chosen you, by My sanctifying Spirit, to glorify Me; I have chosen you from the beginning to be the sturdy pillars of My Church and to live by faith in the Truth; I have chosen you to share My Glory and to shepherd My lambs;
I tell you solemnly that you will soon be tested by fire; pray and fast so as not to be put to the test; stand firm and keep the traditions you were taught; obey My Pope3 no matter what comes up; remain faithful to him and I will give you the graces and the strength you will need; I urge you to keep faithful to him and keep away from anyone who rebels against him; above all, never listen to anyone who dispels him; never let your love for him grow insincere;
Soon you will be faced with an ordeal as you have never experienced before; My enemies will try to buy you for themselves with insidious speeches, the evil one is at his work already and Destruction is not far away from you; the Pope4 will have much to suffer; this is why you will all be persecuted for proclaiming the Truth and for being obedient to My Pope;
I tell you solemnly, every fiber of My Heart is lacerated; if anyone comes your way bringing a different doctrine than the one I Myself instituted, do not listen to him; (Gal 1:8) these people come from the Deceiver; I have laid down My foundation on Peter, the rock …. and the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it … (Mt 16:18)[VC1] if anyone comes your way and tells you: “move from your fidelity you have for this Pope to another’s sound movement”; do not move! beware! the yeast of the Deceiver may be powerful and might taste good, but in reality it is of deadly deception! Mt 24:24)[VC2] do not allow anyone to deceive you; resist the devil’s tactics, for today, My priests, you will have to conquer evil with the strength you receive from Me who am the Truth; you will be in a spiritual war as never before with an army which originates from the powers of Darkness;
…love one another and stand firm without fear when the great Tribulation, that now hovers like a black cloud over My House, will cover it like a black veil; I have told you all this now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe;
Do you recognize anything in this message? Are we not living it now? Today they are being in full actualization. I printed in red font a passage that we have to take special attention, where it says: “rebellion is at its work already, but in secret, and the one who is holding it back has first to be removed, before the Rebel appears openly;” 2
When Christ said: ‘the one who is holding it back’ this is the Pope. So, if the persecutors of the Pope will manage to remove him, then the Rebel, who is Satan himself will appear openly.
Again in the message of 17th March 1993 when Jesus said: “I have laid down My foundation on Peter, the rock…” obviously when Jesus talks about ‘Peter’, He talks about the successors as well of Peter, all the Popes, without excluding any of them. Christ knew that today Pope Francis would be misunderstood and undermined by persecutors who would not hesitate to judge him and would want to oust him out of the papacy. Evil tongues gossip that he is not even elected in a legal manner and that he is illegally in Peter’s Chair! Jesus, having foreseen this sort of persecution, gave us several warnings many years back not to go against any Pope, because he knew that Cardinals will go against Cardinals and Bishops against Bishops and priests against priests, disagreeing with one another and creating a kind of schism within His Body, the Church, making it bleed as He says in the messages.
What does Jesus tell me? He told me many times, that these are the thorns of His Body, and that He will point them out to me so that I pull them out. He gave me a command: pull out the thorns of My Body. Therefore, when Jesus points out to me who are the persecutors to the Pope in our TLIG groups, I answer to Jesus’ command and ask them to leave TLIG and pray for them that they open their eyes to the Will of God. There is no way of convincing them, since they became judges and are experts of turning around everything the Pope says or does to the negative. It is a Pharisaic kind of spirit they got without them even knowing what a trap Satan put for them!
If we wish, we too can persecute Jesus for some contradictions of His words and blame Him. Here are some: When He says one time that we should make peace with one another and with God, then He says in another passage, that He has not come on earth to bring peace but a fire. There are many other passages that if we do not have the Holy Spirit to understand them in the proper way we can misinterpret them.
– Luke 14:26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother… cannot be my disciple.” contradicts Luke 18:20 “You know the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother.’”
– Luke 6:37 “Stop judging and you will not be judged” contradicts John 7:24 “judge justly”.
– Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me” contradicts John 12:27 “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.”
– John 8:15 “I do not judge anyone” contradicts John 5:27 “And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.”
However, these passages have to be interpreted with the right mind and the help of the Holy Spirit, and so it is with what the Pope is saying but the Pharisaic spirit of those who call him heretic and judge him are condemned by Jesus.
Here are some more passages on what I’m trying to remind you of:
November 10, 1987
“I am before you always guiding you; uniting My Church will Glorify Me! I will lead you into the very depths of My Bleeding Body; I will point out to you My thorns, you will recognize them;”
September 29, 1987
Take My Hand daughter, keep close to Me and I will point out to you those thorns; I will lead you with divine force into the very depths of My Body, I will let you recognise the lance’s blade;I will not spare the Cains, Vassula, for what have they to offer Me? their hands are empty and have nothing to offer My lambs; they love to show themselves in public, they love to be greeted obsequiously, they are like salt having lost its taste; I tell you truly daughter, they are today’s Pharisees!
(The lance’s blade is our division.)
January 10, 1990
I have given Peter the charge of My Church and I have asked him to feed you, to look after you and to love you; I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away, all that I have been telling you will have taken place, so do not be deceived but resist your opponents, resist those who oppose Peter;
September 20, 1990
I Am; come and console Me, come and comfort Me, rest Me; I have created you so that I may be the One and only in your heart; I have created you to remove My thorns that penetrated My Body;
October 3, 1994
My Church will have to undergo all the sufferings and the betrayals I Myself had undergone, but Scriptures once more have to be accomplished when they say: “I shall strike the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered;” 4however, obey this shepherd no matter what happens, remain faithful to him and to no one else; your shepherd will be struck ….and the wails of My people will pierce the heavens; when nothing but rubble will become of My city, the earth will be riven and rent and will sway;
January 28, 1997
Stretch out your hands towards the Sanctuary …. 5
I have given you a pair of hands which I kissed and anointed with a blessing so that they pluck out the thorns encircling My Heart; I have blessed them so that they do not weary of writing and remain bound to Mine for all eternity; I have anointed them so that in the end of the ceremony, 6 those hands will set a crown of glory on My Head;
And last, the recent message of August 16, 2019, in which Jesus again speaks about the Pope. I give you again these famous words of Jesus, “beware of those who condemn the Pope,” He says, …”anyone who condemns the Vicar of My Church cannot be My disciple…”
April 4, 1997
To conceal their plans these people, who raise Me daily, scheme in the dark to overthrow Peter’s Chair and silence the Vicar of My Church and all those to whom I revealed their plans and expose their apostasy; they scheme in the dark to silence Me, saying: “who can see us? who can recognise us?”
I will fulfil My Promise and your distress and anguish will come to an end; so tell My sons and daughters that My Voice will soon thunder from above and the foundations of the mountains will tremble; now these traders in My Church are closing in on him whom I placed on Peter’s Chair and have eyes for nothing but to see him overthrown; they look like a lion eager to tear to pieces, like a young lion crouching in its hide;
I have nothing to add on this, Jesus Christ, says it all.
[VC1]“you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Mt 16:18)
[VC2]“False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. (Mt 24: 24)
MESSAGE RECEIVED JANUARY 31ST, 2019
The Day of My Return is nearer than you think
Lead my soul O Lord in the path of Eternal Life,
Lead Your Church into Unity,
Let your Message with all its riches
find a home in all of Your creation!
Revive us, revive Your Church,
Let Her Bloom and fragrance…
My pupil, I give you My Peace… write: in the past I had revived the fortunes of Jacob, favouring them and forgiving their sins; will I not then revive and restore this generation as well? as the potters handle clay with a vessel that is shaped by his hands that come out wrong and starts afresh to work on it and perfect it, so are you in My Hands; have I not shaped you, daughter, as I want you to be? have I not revived you?
then if anyone allows Me to reform them as clay in My Hands, as you allowed Me, I will shape them the way I want them to be; and I will take their guilt away… if only they renounce their folly, I will anoint them;
My pupil, persevere and may no earthly attraction come on your way to distract you from Me! I want you to remain bonded to Me; keep Me in your sight constantly, praise My Name in the heights all the time –
My Day is near to all of you, and that Day of My Return will come upon you like a thief in the night! alas for you who are unprepared, and yet, ah, how many more warnings have I not sent out to you to remind you to be true to your Faith? and now era of wickedness, who remains dead to My Word, blaspheming My Mercy, undying to your wickedness and to your division, never striving to settle the dates of Easter to celebrate this Feast together, you still appear boldly in front of My Face pronouncing that the Eucharist you offer be a sign of unity and peace, a bond of charity; but, so long as love is missing among you, Satan is given the power to hold you apart;
to heal your division, the way and the only way is if you will grow in your love; there must be love among you so that I may rule your heart; the Spirit of Love is waiting to fill you with His Presence, but you are not letting Him so that He removes your division; if you repent and allow My Spirit to dwell in you, My Church then would be filled with Light, the Light of the Holy Spirit;
today, generation, you are living in great tribulations forced by your own hand; the spirit of evil is among you, a spirit of lethargy, apathy, rebellion, relentless pride that made you to apostatize, keeping you away from Me and closer to Death! do you wish to pass eternity in Hell? if you return to Me, I will lift away your tribulations and you will taste peace on earth…
the Day of My Return is nearer than you think, for I am coming to dwell in the middle of all of you and in all truth I will be awakening My People1 lifting the veil that impedes them to recognize Me as the Messiah; I will be reviving their drooping spirit, turning it into a flame of joy, and their consciences into a vivid open book of Understanding2 and they will celebrate Me with Psalms cultivating Knowledge in their heart!
I, the Lord, God, will gather you all under My Name; for wide is My Dominion and My Royal Power; let no one deceive you, that in the end, I will not triumph, for this is what Satan wants you to believe; I will triumph in the end and all of you will live under My Holy Name: Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour, Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace; and you, daughter, remain faithful to Me; rest your head on My Heart obtaining My Peace and My Love; we us?
[Footnote: Vatican statements:
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Many Bishops, priests, religious and lay people have sought an authoritative judgement from this Congregation on the activity of Mrs Vassula Ryden, a Greek Orthodox residing in Switzerland, who in speech and in writing is spreading in Catholic circles throughout the world messages attributed to alleged heavenly revelations.
A calm, attentive examination of the entire question, undertaken by this Congregation in order to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God” (cf. 1 Jn 4:1), has brought out – in addition to positive aspects – a number of basic elements that must be considered negative in the light of Catholic doctrine.
In addition to pointing out the suspect nature of the ways in which these alleged revelations have occurred, it is necessary to underscore several doctrinal errors they contain.
Among other things, ambiguous language is used in speaking of the Persons of the Holy Trinity, to the point of confusing the specific names and functions of the Divine Persons. These alleged revelations predict an imminent period when the Antichrist will prevail in the Church. In millenarian style, it is prophesied that God is going to make a final, glorious intervention which will initiate on earth, even before Christ’s definitive coming, ah era of peace and universal prosperity. Furthermore, the proximate arrival is foretold of a Church which would be a kind of pan-Christian community, contrary to Catholic doctrine.
The fact that the aforementioned errors no longer appear in Ryden’s later writings is a sign that the alleged “heavenly messages” are merely the result of private meditations.
Moreover, by habitually sharing in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, even though she is Greek Orthodox, Mrs Ryden is causing considerable surprise in various circles of the Catholic Church. She appears to be putting herself above all ecclesiastical jurisdiction and every canonical norm, and in effect, is creating an ecumenical disorder that irritates many authorities, ministers and faithful of her own Church, as she puts herself outside the ecclesiastical discipline of the latter.
Given the negative effect of Vassula Ryden’s activities, despite some positive aspects, this Congregation requests the intervention of the Bishops so that their faithful may be suitably informed and that no opportunity may be provided in their Dioceses for the dissemination of her ideas. Lastly, the Congregation invites all the faithful not to regard Mrs Vassula Ryden’s writings and speeches as supernatural and to preserve the purity of the faith that the Lord has entrusted to the Church.
Vatican City, 6 October 1995.
Joseph Card. Ratzinger
Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B.
Archbishop Emeritus of Vercelli
* L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, N. 43, 25 October 1995, Page 12.
10 July 2004
Prot N. 54/92-19631
As you know, this Congregation published a Notification in 1995 on the writings of Mrs. Vassula Rydén. Afterwards, and at her request, a thorough dialogue followed. At the conclusion of this dialogue, a letter of Mrs. Rydén dated 4 April 2002 was subsequently published in the latest volume of “True Life in God”, in which Mrs. Rydén supplies useful clarifications regarding her marital situation, as well as some difficulties which in the aforesaid Notification were suggested towards her writings and her participation in the sacraments (cf. Attachment).
Since the aforementioned writings have enjoyed a certain diffusion in your country, this Congregation has deemed it useful to inform you of the above. Concerning the participation in the ecumenical prayer groups organised by Mrs. Rydén, the Catholic faithful should be called to follow the dispositions of the Diocesan Bishops.
In communicating to you the above, I use the occasion to assure you of my lasting and profound esteem.
Joseph Card. Ratzinger
To the Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences of
France, Switzerland, Uruguay, Philippines, Canada
Vassula Rydén (born January 18, 1942) is an author, public speaker, and self-proclaimed Christian mystic living in Switzerland who says she receives messages from Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her writings frequently call for people “to repent, love God, and unify the churches.” She has developed a large following, particularly among Roman Catholics, who come to her lectures and buy her writings and tapes. She writes the messages in English, and has changed some writings between editions.
In 1995, the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, published a Notification (a message from the Holy See) on the writings of Rydén, saying her communications should not be considered supernatural, and calling all Catholic bishops to prevent Rydén’s ideas from being spread in their dioceses. In 2007, Cardinal William Levada confirmed that the 1995 Notification was still in effect; he recommended that Catholics should not join prayer groups organized by Rydén. In 2011, the Greek Orthodox Church officially disapproved of Rydén’s teachings, instructing their faithful to disassociate from Rydén. In 2012, the Church of Cyprus said that Rydén’s teachings were heretical.
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