From the Mail:
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“This article is designed to explore the possibilities that we are living in the time of the Antichrist. As unbelievable as that may seem, there is a good deal of evidence that we are in apocalyptic times. It is basic theology that there will be an Antichrist that will cause the faithful to abandon their faith. This abandonment is called the “Mass Apostasy” and is detailed in the 2nd Chapter of 2nd Thessalonians in the New Testament. Information on the Antichrist is also contained in that Epistle written by St. Paul. The Antichrist makes his appearance on earth only during the Mass Apostasy in whatever century that takes place.
“Over the last fifty years, the Catholic Church has experienced widespread dissension and apathy over its teachings regarding abortion, contraception, cohabitation, and traditional marriage. Less than forty percent of Catholics attend weekly mass and less than twenty percent go to Confession yearly.
“A majority of Catholics favor birth control and a sizable minority favor abortion. For many Catholics the fear of offending God and the possibility of going to hell no longer is a concern. There has been a major falling away from the faith or ‘apostasy’ that is widespread across the world.
“The Catholic Church has never undergone this level abandonment of the faith in its 2,000 year history. In recent years, many priests and nuns no longer teach or believe traditional church teaching on social issues. The Church has experienced scandals over the last 40 years that would be unthinkable in any other period of its history.
“The Catholic Church has approved apparitions and visions relating to this troubling time. They are: Our Lady of Good Success in 1634, Our Lady of La Salette in 1846, St. John Bosco in 1862, Our Lady of Knock in 1879, and Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.
“The Knock and Fatima apparitions will be explained in detail.
“The Knock apparition in Ireland was a silent apparition but contained apocalyptic overtones. St. John the Evangelist who wrote the Book of Revelation was one of the principal figures in the apparition. He was seen holding open the Book of Revelation indicating the world was soon approaching turbulent times. The Book of Revelation Chapter 13 gives us the best detailed description of who the Antichrist will be. According to Chapter 13, the Antichrist will be a popular male world leader who fully recovers from a terrible wound. The numbers 666 will form a type of identification of him.
“The Fatima apparition in 1917 in Portugal is probably the most famous apparition in the church’s history. It correctly predicted the end of World War 1 in 1918 and the rise of another more destructive war World War 2. The rise of Russia as a world menace was also predicted. 1917 was also the year Communism took control of Russia and quickly converted one of the most Christian countries to the most atheist.
“The urgent prayer that the Virgin Mary gave to the three children at Fatima to be said after each decade of the rosary, ‘Oh my Jesus, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy’ indicates the evil that would prevail during the 20th Century. The Virgin Mary predicted a great victory would occur as her final message at Fatima, ‘The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ Could this be the defeat of the Antichrist’s influence in the world?
“The Virgin Mary stated in her Fatima apparitions that more souls go to Hell for sins of the flesh than for any other sin. It seems that Hollywood, more than another other entity has been the most effective in promoting immorality and licentiousness. Southern California has also been the breeding ground for the tidal wave of pornography that has swept our nation. Also, remember the sexual revolution got its start in California in the 1960’s. It does seem plausible that the Antichrist would have an affiliation with this section of the country.
“Ronald Reagan was one of our nation’s most popular Presidents. To consider him to be the Antichrist seems ludicrous. However, it’s amazing what coincidences he has with a possible Antichrist.
Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 and died at the age of 93 in 2004. His life covers most of the 20th Century and matches perfectly Pope Leo XIII’s revelation from Our Lord in 1884 that Satan would be given between 75 and 100 years in the 20th Century to try to destroy the Catholic Church and seduce souls. Pope Leo XIII would compose the famous St. Michael the Archangel Exorcism prayer following this Church approved revelation. This prayer was recited after every Sunday Mass in the Catholic Church until the 1960’s. St. Michael is Satan’s arch enemy and the protector of the church.
“Mr. Reagan’s full name is Ronald Wilson Reagan each name containing 6 letters. This 666 identification and the fact he fully recovered from a serious wound in a 1981 assassination attempt at the age 70 conforms to the Chapter 13 Revelation description of the Antichrist. Mr. Reagan never went to church as President claiming his presence would put people at danger. He did not feel the same way apparently when he attended professional sporting events throughout his presidency.
“Mr. Reagan came to California in 1937 as a 26 year old actor. He lived there the rest of his life. When he was Governor of California in 1967 he signed the nation’s most liberal abortion law. At that time, only a few states had legalized abortion. This law influenced many other states since California is the trend setter for the nation. Within 6 years, abortion was legalized throughout the nation by the U.S. Supreme Court. As President, 2 out of his 3 choices for the Supreme Court were pro-abortion.
“The sexual revolution exploded onto the national scene during Mr. Reagan’s first term as Governor. The 1980’s, his Presidential years, were known as the decade of greed and immorality. The woman of the 80’s was Madonna. She went out of her way to mock the Virgin Mary.
In 1969, he signed into law the nation’s first no fault divorce law. This law completely transformed divorce from a rarity into commonplace. This law was quickly copied by other states and by the 1980’s, the divorce rate was at 50%. Ronald Reagan, throughout his life occasionally consulted astrologists in making decisions. In one example, at his astrologist’s request, he delayed his being sworn in as Governor of California until midnight of January 3, 1967. He signed in a sweeping bill legalizing astrology in California on August 30, 1974. This law helped legitimize astrology nationally.
In 1978, as a popular former Governor, he lobbied for pro-homosexual forces in California to defeat the Briggs proposition. This proposition wanted to bar homosexuals from teaching in the classrooms. Reagan’s strong opposition to this bill was an important factor in its defeat.
Ronald Reagan was the “40” President of the United States. The number 40 is the most commonly used number in the bible. There was approximately 40 days between when Reagan was shot March 30, 1981 and when Pope John II was shot on May 13, 1981. There was also approximately 40 days between when the Pope was shot from when the Medjugorje apparitions started on June 24, 1981.
The Medjugorje apparitions as noted above began in Reagan’s first year in office and have continued until the present. This apparition site of the Virgin Mary has attracted millions yearly with focus on prayer and penance. This apparition is among the longest running in Church history and it has produced thousands of conversions. The apparition has had a positive effect on the church faithful throughout the world. Although, not church approved yet, why would God give us this strong presence of his mother, the Mother of the Church, unless the world was in serious jeopardy? The timing of this apparition and its continued length seems to be more than a coincidence.
Pope John Paul II is arguably one of the greatest Popes in modern times. He was canonized a Saint in 2014 just 9 years after his death. His time as the Pope paralleled Reagan’s 8 years as President. Did Jesus Christ put one of his greatest Popes in power at the same time as the Church’s greatest enemy was on the world stage? In 1982, Reagan fell asleep in a meeting with Pope John Paul II. The only world leader he did this to. Was it jet lag as explained, or was it a sign of disrespect for the Vicar of Christ? Both men share an interesting fact concerning their deaths. They both died on the first Saturday of the month which is a very special day dedicated to the
Virgin Mary. First Saturday devotion to the Virgin Mary is key part of the Fatima message.
The United States reestablished formal diplomatic relations with the Vatican in 1984 during Reagan’s first term as President. However, it was the Congress led by Senator Richard Lugar in 1983 that authorized the funding. The funding was cut off in 1867 from the fallout of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Since there were Catholics involved in the assassination, anti-Catholic sentiment rose up in the country and funding for diplomatic relations with the Vatican was withheld until 1983. The great admiration many Congressman had for Pope John Paul II made the difference in getting the funding approved.
Pope John Paul II traveled the world continuously for over 20 years. He visited more countries than all of his predecessors combined. This fulfilled Jesus Christ’s statement in the gospels that the word of God be preached throughout the world before the end times would begin.
From 1960 to 1990 the most popular boy name in America was Michael. The name Michael had never cracked the top 25 before the 1950’s. Was it that our Heavenly Father wanted a stronger presence of St. Michael the Archangel in the country dominated by the Antichrist? The dramatic increase of boys being named Michael greatly increased devotion to this warrior angel as their patron saint at the time the church stopped praying the St. Michael prayer after mass.
Mr. Reagan was generally viewed as a fiscal conservative. It is ironic that during his 8 years in office as President he more than doubled the national debt. The economy grew during his term in office but it was fueled by deficit spending that other generations would have to pay for. This
deficit spending would convince future administrations that it was okay to defer expenses to future generations. The national debt, from George Washington to Jimmy Carter stood at 1 trillion dollars. The deficit under Reagan went from 1 trillion to almost 3 trillion by the time he left office. It now stands at 20 trillion dollars. The United States of America has never been on more fragile economic footing then it is today. It all started in the 1980’s.
If the Antichrist was truly on the earth over the past century then the Catholic Church would be one of his main targets to destroy. Let’s take a look at the present day Catholic Church. It had its most horrific scandal in its long history, the sexual abuse scandal. Priests abusing adolescents is repulsive and evil. To make things worse, at times these abuses were covered up and denied by Church officials.
The shortage of priests and nuns in today’s Catholic Church is one of its most severe problems. Many churches have been closed and masses eliminated. Vocations have tried up in this materialistic and permissive culture. The size of Catholic families and the horrible abuse scandal has also led to fewer vocations.
Many Catholics do not follow church teaching and are not raising their children in the Catholic faith. Missing mass or not going to confession is commonplace. The term, “mortal sin” is never even mentioned much anymore. Many of the Catholic Colleges and Universities no longer adhere to the Catholic teaching regarding social issues. Catholic politicians vote against church teaching routinely throughout the country. The catechism of the Catholic Church written by Pope John Paul II is not viewed as mandatory by many Catholics. There certainly is an “apostasy” or falling
away from the faith happening in the church today. The Church has never found itself in this position that many of its members are questioning traditional church teaching. On this present course the Catholic Church is hurdling into a schism, or a splinter of its faithful along liberal and conservative factions.
There has always been conflict or dissension in the Catholic Church. However, it has never been to this world level. The leader of the Catholic Church has always been publicly faithful to church teaching over the last 2,000 years. This seems to be changing with the current Pope.
Pope Francis is one of the most popular Popes in the modern era. His views on Communion for Non-Catholics, Communion for those remarried couples that haven’t had their first marriage annulled, and those couples that are cohabiting have rankled many conservative Catholics. His view of Communion for those Catholics that have not had their first marriage annulled is a complete break from 2,000 years of church teaching. It also completely contradicts the teaching of the Pope he just made a saint, Pope John Paul II. Over the last four years, he has spoken out rarely on social moral issues and placed more emphasis on social welfare. In 2015, he issued a papal encyclical on climate change. Combating global warming has had a big role in his pontificate. The Vicar of Christ’s priority is the shepherd of souls. There are others that can look after the environment.
Satan is a cunning enemy of God’s children. His main tactic is to tempt us into sin and eventually ruin our souls due to the effects of sin. Jesus will always forgive the repentant sinner but the truly evil aspect of today’s world is that many souls do not feel the need to repent. What were mortal sins in the past 2,000 years of church teaching are no longer considered
sins. Many young people do not know what a grave sin is so they are unlikely to feel they have done anything wrong are want to confess it. Some Catholic Church leaders are partly to blame for this misinformation because they have ignored their important role in teaching what a sin is.
We know from Matthew 4: 5-7, that Satan was bold enough to quote scripture to Jesus Christ in his tempting of the Son of God in the desert. In Mark 8: 31-33, it illustrates how Satan uses St. Peter to tempt Jesus to not die for our sins. It is well know that Satan induced Judas, one of Jesus’s original 12 Disciples, to betray the Son of God. From St. Paul in 2nd Corinthians 11:14, we learn that Satan can disguise himself into an “angel of light”. If Satan can quote scripture to God and penetrate Jesus’s inner circle, then he can easily fool us into thinking there is nothing wrong with the direction of the world or of the Catholic Church.
Jesus Christ was completely innocent but was put to death by religious leaders in the name of God. He did his preaching and works in the open for all to see but was still condemned. The faithful of Jesus’s time were aware that a Messiah was prophesied to appear in Israel. In today’s world, very few people know anything about prophecies concerning the Antichrist or his predicted appearance on the world stage. Major biblical figures such as Jesus Christ the Son of God, or the Antichrist, a man directed by Satan are very hard for people to believe. Remember, even John the Baptist in Matthew 11: 3-5 had to be reassured by Jesus Christ that Jesus truly was the Messiah.
The purpose of the Antichrist is destroy the Catholic Church and ruin as many souls as possible. As stated before the Catholic Church is in the midst
of its worst chaos of its 2,000 years. If a pope is truly contradicting church teaching then the apostasy has reached the pinnacle of its destructiveness.
Adam and Eve committed the first or original sin over an apple. That sin completely changed world history. Obedience is very important to God especially among church leaders. Changing, modifying, or ignoring Church teaching is a serious sin. Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 5: 19 “That is why whoever breaks the least significant of these commands and teaches others to do so shall be called least in the kingdom of God. Whoever fulfills and teaches these commands shall be great in the kingdom of God”.