Ark of Apocalypse

Book Two

CHAPTER THIRTY

The Story Explained

Let me repeat again. The story you have just read is a FICTION STORY, since it is about the future. I will let you be the judge as to how fiction it is. My personal opinion is that very little of the future will happen like this story. Nevertheless, (I love that word because now you know that I do not take this story lightly), nevertheless, this story was not just made up in my head. It was taken almost exclusively from Bible and private prophesy.

Some accept only that prophesy that comes from the Bible, and to those  I will demonstrate that most of this story does come from Bible prophesy. 

There are many books about the future quoting prophesy and I do not agree with any of them.  I, personally, have in front of me all the major books regarding the future and interpretation of prophesy.  The object of this book is to show how and why they are almost all wrong. 

First I would like to offer an example of private prophesy to explain why I place importance on prophets who have written since the Bible but do not contradict the Bible.  If anyone thinks that all prophesy stopped with the Bible, I offer you this example first.

This prophesy was made before 1551 AD. Keep in mind as you read this that in 1551 there were no cars, no telephones, no submarines, no airplanes, no iron ships, and no America.  (The parentheses are my added comments.)

"Then woe is me -- for London shall be destroyed forever after, and then York shall be London and the Kingdom governed by three Lords appointed by a ROYAL GREAT MONARCH (Philip?) of the best blood in the world, who will set England aright and drive out heresy, and after this shall be a white harvest of corn gotten in by woman. (Few men left?)

“Carriages without horses shall go. And accidents fill the world with woe. (Cars) Around the earth thoughts shall fly in the twinkling of an eye. (Telephones)

“The world upside down shall be, and gold be found at the foot of a tree. (New World) Through hills man shall ride and no horse be at his side. (Trains) Under water men shall walk, shall ride, shall sleep, and shall talk. (Submarines) In the air men shall be seen in white, in black, in green. (Airplanes) Iron in the water shall float as easily as a wooden boat. (Iron ships) Gold shall be found and shown in a land that's not now known. (America) Fire and water shall wonders do. (Factories and Hydo-electric) 

England shall at last admit a foe. (Democracy)  All England's sons that plow the land shall oft be seen with book in hand. (Education) The poor shall then most learning know, and water wind where corn doth grow.

 “Great houses stand in far flung vale. (Kings lose power) All covered o'er with snow and hail. Taxes for blood and war shall come to every door.

“And state and state in fierce strife will seek after each other's like. But when the North shall divide the South, an Eagle shall build in the Lion's mouth. (America) In London Primrose Hill shall be. Its center hold a Bishop's See. (Catholics legalized)

“Three times shall lovely France be let to playa bloody dance. Before the people shall be free, three tyrant rulers shall she see. Three times the people's hope is gone. Three rulers, in succession, shall be.  Each sprung from different dynasty. (Three world wars) Then, when the fiercest fight is done, England and France shall be as one.

“The British olive next shall twine in marriage with the German vine. (Philip?) England shall at last admit a Jew, the Jew that once was held in scorn shall of a Christian then be born. 

“A house of glass shall come to pass in England -- but alas, alas' (Open to Moslem Immigrants) a war will follow with the work where dwells the Pagan and the Turk. (Moslems in England) 

As you can see, this prophet saw a great deal of the future, at a time when no one could have imagined subs, airplanes, cars, telephones, trains, and a new country - America. The readers of this prophesy had no idea what this person was talking about until it came to pass. Most probably they thought he or she was crazy. Walking, talking under the sea must have sounded ridiculous. I did not use this prophesy in my story, but it does give a good example of the power of private prophesy outside the Bible.

America comes up in another prophesy from way hack in 1179 AD. It comes from St. Hildegard.  (The parentheses are my added comments.)

"Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. THE GREAT NATION IN THE OCEAN THAT IS INHABITED BY PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT TRIBES AND DESCENT by an earthquake, storm, and tidal waves will he devastated. It will be divided, and in great part he submerged. (In all of history only America fits this description and this was written before Christopher Columbus.)

“That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea, and lose its colonies in the East through a Tiger and a Lion. (Two other nations)  The comet, by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. All seacoast cities will he fearful, and many of them will he destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will he killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease, FOR IN NONE OF THOSE CITIES DOES A PERSON LIVE ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF GOD.  

"Peace will return to Europe when the white flower (Habsburg Coat of Arms) AGAIN takes possession of the throne of France. During this time of peace the people will be forbidden to carry weapons, and iron will be used only for making agricultural implements and tools. Also during this period the soil will be very productive, and many Jews, heathens, and heretics will join the Church."

Not too pleasant a picture painted for America, is it?  I use these examples because they are so indisputable regarding America, at a time when it was impossible to know anything about a New World. As far as America goes, I might disregard them, since we Americans have been the most charitable nation in history towards our fellow man, and this devastation by God might seem unfair. But there are too many other prophesies just like them.

Let's look a little deeper into ourselves. God sees the entire world at once. He sees the starving people in Africa, the poor in the Philippines, the cold in Siberia, the fighting in Afghanistan, and the imprisoned in Russia. At the same time that He sees all this, He sees our petty problems. At the same time that He sees all this, He listens to our petty prayers.

We are the richest people in the history of the world.  Our idea of sacrifice is NOT buying a new car. We are so selfish we kill our babies so that we can have a new house or car.  We see more psychiatrists than any country in the world.  We have more homosexuals than any country in the world. We kill more babies than any country in the world. In fact, SEX is our biggest killer, bigger than all our wars put together.

We are, and few will agree with me on this, less religious than other countries in the world. I won't try to explain that except to say that I have personally known television preachers and very famous priests in America. But to find holiness I had to go overseas. Americans believe in part, give in part, love in part. Never do they give one hundred percent. Anyway, let's go on with examples. The next one comes from a tombstone at Kirby Cemetery in Essex, England, over a hundred years ago.   

"When pictures look alive, with movements free; when ships like fishes swim beneath the sea; when men, outstripping birds, can soar the sky; then half the world, deep drenched in blood, SHALL DIE."

Well, anyway, all these are to prove that prophets know what they are talking about. Television, subs, airplanes, could not be imagined in the fifteenth century. It is from these types of prophets that I took the, story of . the King. If they did not prove themselves by astounding prophesies that already came true, I did not use them. 

The next 14 Chapters and 180 pages explain the story.

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE

The Great Monarch

Enough of basic examples, this book is built around one central figure  -- a Catholic King.  Now, he is what most people will object to. In explaining this story I must first develop this "KING" as thoroughly as I can in both personal and Bible prophesy. You must excuse me at this point, since I will not spare the ink in proving this man. Let's start first with personal prophesy and then go to the Bible    

Hyppolitus (235 AD)

''The Great French Monarch, who shall subject all the East, shall come around the end of the world .... "

St. Methodius (385 AD)

"A time will come when the enemies of Christ will boast: 'We have subjected the earth and all its inhabitants, and the Christians cannot escape our hands: Then a Roman Emperor will rise in great fury against them, drawing his sword, he will fall upon the foes of Christianity and crush them. Then peace and quiet will reign on earth, and the priests will he relieved of all their anxieties.”

Sibyline Oracle (unknown)

"The Lion Monarch shall he made famous unto all and shall subvert kingdoms, peoples and nations. Then God shall send a King from the sun, who shall cause all the earth to cease from disastrous war. He will take away the intolerahle yoke of slavery which is placed on our neck, and he will do away with impious laws and violent chains. When He shall come there shall be fire and darkness in the midst of the black night."

St. Cataldus ofTatentino (SOO AD)

''The Great Monarch will he in war till he is forty years of age; a King of the House of Lily, he will assemble great armies and expel tyrants from his empire. He will conquer England and other Island empires. Greece he will invade and he made King thereof, Clochis,  Cyprus,  the Turks, and barbarians he will subdue and have all men to worship the Crucified one. He will at length lay down his crown in Jerusalem."

St. Remigius (535 AD)

''The kingdom of France is predestined by God for the defense of the Roman Church, which is the only true Church of Christ. This Kingdom shall one day be great among the kingdoms of the earth, and shall embrace all the limits of the Roman Empire, and shall submit all their kingdoms to its own scepter. It shall last until the end of time. It shall be victorious and prosperous as long as it will remain faithful to the Holy Roman See, and will not be guilty of any of those crimes which ruin nations; but it shall be rudely punished every time that it will become unfaithful to its vocation."

St. Caesar of Aries (469 AD

"When the entire world, and in a special manner France, and in France more particularly the provinces of the North, of the east, and above all, that of Lorraine and Champagne, shall have been a prey to the greatest miseries and trials, then the provinces shall be succored by a prince (Philip?), who had been exiled in his youth, and who shall recover the crown of the lilies.

"This prince shall extend his dominion over the entire universe. At the same time there will be a great Pope, who will be most eminent in sanctity and most perfect in every quality. This Pope shall have with him, the Great Monarch, (Philip?) a most virtuous man, who shall be a scion of the holy race of the French Kings. This Great Monarch will assist the Pope in the reformation of the whole earth. Many princes and nations that are living in error and impiety shall be converted, and an admirable peace shall be appeased through their repentance, penance, and good works. There will be one common law, one only faith, one baptism, one religion, All nations shall recognize the Holy See of Rome, and shall pay homage to the Pope. But after some considerable time, fervor shall cool, iniquity shall abound, and moral corruption shall become worse than ever, which shall bring upon mankind the last and worse persecution of Anti-Christ, and then the end of the world."

Leo the Philosopher (011 AD)

'There will arise an imperial deliverer, an oriental Frederick--who will save the kingdom and the people."

Monk Adso (992 AD)

"Some of our teachers say that a King of the Franks will possess the entire Roman Empire. This King will be the greatest and last of all monarchs, and after having prosperously governed his kingdom. He will come in the end to Jerusalem and he will lay down his scepter and his crown upon the Mount of Olives. This will be the end and consummation of the Empire of Rome, and immediately afterwards Anti-Christ will come."

Monk Hilarion (1476 AD)

"Before the Christian churches are renovated and united. God will semi the Eagle (Karl?) who will travel to Rome and bring much happiness and good. The Holy Man (Pope?) will bring peace between the clergy and the Eagle .... "

Werdin d'Otante ( 1300 AD)

'The Great Monarch and the Great Pope will precede Anti- Christ. The nations will be in wars for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. All the sects will vanish. The capital of the world will fall. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign of redemption on his forehead, and after the victory of the Pope and the Great Monarch peace will reign on earth."

Blessed Catherine of Racconigi ( 1547 AD)

"After three centuries, a descendant of Frances I of France will rule Europe like Charlemagne."

David Pareaus ( 1622 AD)

"The Great Monarch will he of French descent, large forehead, large dark eyes, light brown hair and an eagle nose. He will crush the enemies of the Pope and will conquer the East."

Holzhauser ( 1658 AD)

"When everything has been ruined by war; when Catholics are hard pressed by traitorous co-religionists and heretics, when the Church and her servants are denied their rights, the monarchies have been abolished           and their rulers murdered, (1922) then the Hand of Almighty God will work a marvelous change, something apparently impossible according to human understanding. There will arise a VALIANT MONARCH anointed by God.  He will he a Catholic, a descendant of Louis IX, yet, a descendant of an ancient imperial German family, born in exile.  He will rule supreme in temporal matters. The Pope will rule supreme in spiritual matters at the same time. Persecution will cease and justice shall reign. Religion seems to be oppressed, but by the changes of entire kingdoms it will be made more firm.    

"He will root out false doctrines and destroy the rule of Muslimism. His dominion will extend from the East to the West. All nations will adore God their Lord according to Catholic teaching. There will be many wise and just men. The people will love justice, and peace will reign over the whole earth, for divine power will bind Satan for many years until the coming of the Son of Perdition-(the Antichrist) ..... "Most of the prophesies used so far are only a few lines from the actual works, but the next one I will use about my star character will be in its entirety and it is quite lengthy. It is very repetitious but because of the author and the reason he wrote it, I will not edit it.  It was written by one of the greatest of all saints, St. Francis de Paul, in 1470 AD, and the reason for his writing it in the first place is very interesting.

In the twelfth century Abbot Merlin Joachem predicted that the "Great Monarch" would come from the bloodline of King Pepin.  In the thirteenth century, King Philip of France, of the same bloodline, decided, through his sinful pride, that he was that man. When the Pope and the Pope's army, the Knights Templars, did not accept him as the "Great Monarch", he contrived a plan to have the Pope and then the Templars killed.

For the next hundred years this caused much confusion regarding all these prophesies. The so-called (bloodline), that was once held in such great esteem, had now lost its respect. The Templars, who had always protected the family of this blood line were now in hiding, and no longer were visibly protecting the family. The respect and fear were gone.

In 1470AD, King Louis XI of France, depressed over the situation, asked in a letter, the greatest mystic Saint of the time, St. Francis de Paul, to explain the situation once and for all. The following letter was Saint Francis de Paul's answer.

Saint Francis de Paul (1470 AD)

"From your lordship, Simeon de Limena, Lord of Montalto, shall be born the great leader of the holy militia of the Holy Spirit, which shall overcome the world, and shall possess the earth so completely that no king or lord shall be able to exist except he belongs to the sacred host of the Holy Ghost. These devout men shall wear on their breasts, and much more within their hearts, the sign of the living God, namely, the Cross. (Knights Templar?)

"The first members of this holy order, (Templars) shall be natives of the city of -------- where iniquity, vice, and sin abound. However, they shall be converted from evil to good; from rebels against God they shall become most fervent and most faithful in His divine service. That city shall be cherished by God and by the Great Monarch, the elect and the beloved of the Most High Lord. For the sake of that place all holy souls who have done penance in it shall pray in the sight of God for that city and for its inhabitants. When the time shall come of the immense and most right justice of the Holy Spirit His Divine· Majesty wills that such city become converted to God and that many of its citizens follow the great prince of the holy army. The first person that will openly wear the sign of the living God shall belong to that city because he will through a letter be commanded by a holy hermit (Merlin?) to have it impressed in his heart and to wear it externally on his breast. (The Red Cross?)

“That man will begin to meditate on the secrets of God, about the long visitation which the Holy Spirit will make and the dominion that he will exercise over the world through the holy militia. Oh happy man, who shall receive from the Most High the greatest privileges! He will interpret the hidden secrets of the Holy Ghost, and he shall often excite the admiration of men by his revealed knowledge of the internal secrets of their hearts. Rejoice, my Lord, because that Prince above other princes, and King over other kings, will hold you in the greatest veneration, and after having been crowned with three most admirable crowns, will exalt that city, will declare it free, and the seat of the Empire, and it shall become one of the first cities of the world.

"You and your consort desire to have children; you shall have them. Your holy offspring shall be admired upon earth. Among your descendants there will be one who shall be like the sun amidst the stars. He shall be a first-born son: in his childhood he will be like a saint: in his youth. a great sinner: then he will be converted entirely to God and will do great penance: his sins will be forgiven him, and he shall become a great saint.

"He shall he a great captain and prince of holy men, who shall be called 'the Holy Cross-bearers of Jesus Christ, (Templars?) with whom he shall destroy the Mohammedan sect and the rest of the infidels. He shall reform the Church of God by means of his followers, who shall be the best men upon earth in holiness, in arms, in science, and in every virtue, because such is the will of the Most High. They shall obtain the dominion of the whole world, both temporal and spiritual, and they shall support the Church of God until the end of time.

"God Almighty will exalt a very poor man of the blood of the Emperor Constantine, son of St. Helena, and of the seed of Pepin, who shall on his breast wear the sign which you have seen at the beginning of this letter (a RED CROSS). Through the power of the Host High he shall confound the tyrants, the heretics, and the infidels. He will gather a grand army, and the angels shall fight for them. They shall kill all God's enemies.

"From the beginning of the world, after the creation of man, and to the end of human generation, there have been and there shall be seen wonderful events upon the earth. Four hundred years shall not pass when his Divine Majesty shall visit the world with a new religious order much needed, which shall effect more good among men than all other religious institutions combined. (Templars?)

“This religious order shall be the last and the best in the Church: it shall proceed with arms, with prayer, and with hospitality. Woe to tyrants, to heretics, and to infidels, to whom no pity shall be shown, because such is the will of the Most High. An infinite number of wicked men shall perish through the hands of the Cross-bearers, the true servants of Jesus Christ. They shall act like good husbandmen when they extirpate noxious weeds and prickly thistles from the wheat field. These holy servants of God shall purify the earth with the deaths of innumerable wicked men.

"How spiritually blind are those persons who, having no thought about the things of God, fix their end in earthly objects. Wretched men, far worse than the very beasts which are guided by their senses, because they cannot have reason: but when men abandon the use of their reason, they become brutalized.

"Hence they shall ever be in confusion. Let, therefore, the princes of this world be prepared for the greatest scourges to fall upon them, but from whom? First from heretics and infidels, then from the Holy and most faithful Cross-bearers elected by the Most High, who, not succeeding in converting heretics with science, shall have to make a vigorous use of their arms. Many cities and villages shall be in ruins, with the deaths of an innumerable quantity of bad and good men. The infidels (Moslems) also will fight against Christians and heretics, sacking and destroying. and killing the largest portion of Christians. Lastly, the army, styled 'of the Church', namely, the Holy Cross-barriers (Templars) shall move, not against Christians or Christianity, but against the infidels in pagan countries, and they shall conquer all those kingdoms with the death of a very great number of infidels. After this they shall turn their victorious arms against BAD CHRISTIANS, and. shall destroy all the rebels against Jesus Christ.  These Holy Cross-bearers shall reign and dominate totally over the world until the end of time. The founder of these holy men shall, my lord, be one of your posterity. But when shall this take place? When crosses with the stigmas shall be seen, and the crucifix shall be carried as the standard.

"The time is coming when his Divine Majesty will visit the world with a new religious order of Holy Cross-bearers, who wvill carry a crucifix, or the image of Our Crucified Lord, lifted up upon the principal standard in view of all. This standard will be admired by all good Catholics: but at the beginning it will be derided by BAD CHRISTIANS AND BY INFIDELS (Protestants and Moslems). Their sneers shall, however, be changed into mourning when they shall witness the wonderful victories achieved through it. Many wicked men and obstinate rebels against God shall perish.

Their souls will be plunged into Hell. This punishment shall fall upon all those transgressors of the Divine Commandments, who with new and false doctrines (Protestants) will attempt to corrupt mankind and turn men against the ministers of God's worship. The same chastisement is due to all obstinate sinners, but not to those who sin through weakness, because these being converted, doing penance, and amending the conduct of their life, shall find the divine mercy of the Most High full of kindness towards them. O Holy Cross- bearers of the Most High Lord, how very pleasing you will be to the Great God, much more than the children of Israel. God will, through your instrumentality, work more wonderful prodigies than he has ever done before with any nation.

“You shall destroy the sect of Mahomet, and all infidels of every kind and of every sect. You shall put an end to all the heresies of the world by extinguishing all tyrants. You will remove every cause of complaint by establishing a universal peace, which shall last until the end of time (until the Anti-Christ). You will work the sanctification of mankind.  O Holy Men: people blessed of the Most Holy Trinity! Your victorious founder shall triumph over the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

"One of your posterity shall achieve greater deeds and work greater wonders than your lordship. That man will be a great sinner in his youth, but like St. Paul, he shall be converted to God. He shall be the great founder of a new religious order different from all the others. He shall divide it into three classes, namely, Military Knights, Solitary priests, most pious Hospitallers.  This shall be the last religious order in the Church, and it will do more good for our holy religion than all other religious institutes. By force of arms he shall take possession of a great kingdom. He shall destroy the sect of Mahomet, extirpate all tyrants and heresies. He shall bring the world to a holy mode of life. There will be one fold and one Shepherd. He shall reign until the end of time. On the whole earth there shall be only twelve kings, one emperor, and one pope.  Rich gentlemen shall be very few, but all saints.  May Jesus Christ be praised and blessed: for He has vouched to grant to me, a poor unworthy sinned, the spirit of prophecy. NOT IN AN OBSCURE WAY AS TO HIS OTHER SERVANTS, but has enabled me to write and to speak in a most clear manner. I know that unbelieving and reprobate persons will scoff at my letters and will reject them; hut they will he received by those faithful Catholic souls who aspire to the possession of heaven. These letters shall infuse such sweetness of divine love in their hearts, that they will he delighted in pursuing them often, and in taking copies of them, because such is the will of the Most High. In these letters it will be found out who belongs to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ and who does not, who is a predestinate or a reprobate. Much better will this be known through the holy sign of the living God.  He shall be a saint of God who will take it, love it, and wear it."

When reading the above prophesy, you might think that he repeats himself many times, but you should know that these are a compilation of several letters. In the first he emphasizes the city, which I guess is Jerusalem. In the second he answers the question about King Louis having children. In the third he explains more fully about the "Templars" and so on. 

 

 

CHAPTER THIRTY TWO

The Monarch in the Bible

You have been reading only a few examples from I hundreds more written in the past two thousand years. Before we go on with proof from the Bible, I would like to offer a few from the Apostles, which I consider helpful in explaining the actual Bible passages.

For those who do not know, the Bible, as we know it today, was compiled by Saint Jerome in 396 AD at the request of the Holy Father in Rome. At that time there were hundreds of Epistles and Gospels floating around. Some of them were false, others were forgeries, others questionable, and some not needed within the guidelines set down by the Holy Father.

St. Augustine, a contemporary of St. Jerome, in defending the methods used by Jerome said of the writings of Enoch, "Certainly we cannot deny that Enoch (the seventh in descent from Adam) wrote a number of things by divine inspiration, since the apostle Jude says as much in a canonical epistle. But there was good reason for the exclusion of these writings from the canon of the Scriptures, which was preserved in the temple of the Hebrew people by the careful custody of the priestly succession. The reason was that these books were judged of doubtful reliability because of their antiquity: and it was impossible to discover whether they were what Enoch had written, since those who put them forward are not found to have preserved them with the due formality, that is  through an appointed succession. That is why responsible judges have decided that we should reject the attribution to Enoch of the documents put forward under his name, containing stories about giants who are said not to have had human fathers. Many other writings are similarly put forward under the names of other prophets, and more recent productions under the names of apostles. All these have been excluded from canonical authority as a result of careful examination and are classed as Apocrypha."

With that warning of Augustine in our minds, I would like to offer some of these Apocrypha books that were not ruled as forgeries, but of questionable origin, and then we will go directly to the Bible.

Apocalypse of Thomas (before 100 AD)

"Hear thou, Thomas, the things which must come to pass in the last times:           After a little space there shall arise a KING OUT OF THE EAST, a lover of the law, who shall cause all good things and necessary to abound in the house of the Lord: he shall show mercy unto the widows and to the needy, and command a royal gift to be given unto the priest. In his day shall be abundance of all things."

Epistle of the Apostles (before IOO AD)

"Take heed that no man deceive you, and that ye be not doubters and serve other gods. Many shall come in My Name, saying; ‘I am the Christ’. Believe them not, neither draw near unto them. Verily I say unto thee, when the twigs of the fig tree have sprouted forth in the last days then shall feigned Christs awake expectations saying, ‘I am the Christ that am now come into the world.”

There are, of course, many of my readers, who believe that nothing other than the Bible should be believed. How the early Christians existed for four hundred years, (twice as long as the United States has been a country), without a Bible has not been explained by those who think the Bible is the only revelation God ever gave. I suppose they believe that even the Bible was wrong when it says in Amos 3:7 "For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets."

Nevertheless, the Bible not only sums up all the laws of God, but also sums up all of history from before the Earth was created until the end of all things. And so, my star character, the Great Monarch, must be in there someplace. Let's take a look.

Ecclesiastics 48: 10

"Who art registered in the judgments of times to appease the wrath of the Lord, to reconcile the heart of the father to the son and to restore the tribes of Jacob?"  

Joel 2:30-3: 10

"And I will show wonders in heaven, and in earth, blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood: BEFORE the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come. Proclaim ye this among the nations: PREPARE WAR, ROUSE UPTHE STRONG: LET THEM COME. LET ALL THE MEN OF WAR COME UP. CUT YOUR PLOUGHSHARES INTO SWORDS. AND YOUR SPADES INTO SPEARS. LET THE WEAK SAY: ‘I AM STRONG." 

Zach. 6: 12-13

"Behold a MAN, the Orient is his name: and under him shall he spring up and shall build a temple to the Lord. Yea, he shall build a temple to the Lord: and he shall bear the glory and shall sit and rule upon his throne: and he shall be a priest upon his throne and the counsel of peace shall he BETWEEN THEM BOTH." (Peter and Philip?)

Romans 11:25-32

"For I would not have you ignorant, brethren of this MYSTERY, lest you should he wise in YOUR own conceits, 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." (Philip?)

Joel 2: 1-11

" ... They shall run like valiant men: like men of war they shall scale the wall: the men shall march every one on his way, and they shall not turn aside from their ranks. No one shall press upon his brother: they shall walk everyone in his path. Yea, and they shall fall through the windows and SHALL TAKE NO HARM. They shall enter into the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief. At their presence the earth hath trembled, the heavens are moved: the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shining. And the Lord hath uttered his voice before the face of HIS ARMY; FOR HIS ARMIES ARE EXCEEDINGLY GREAT, FOR THEY ARE STRONG AND EXECUTE HIS WORD; for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible: and who can stand it?" (God's army? Templars? People Power?)

Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45

''Thus thou saw, till a STONE was cut out of a mountain without hands; and it struck the statue upon the feet thereof that were of iron and of clay, and broke them in pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of a summers' thrashing floor, and they were carried away by the wind, and there was no place found for them: but the STONE that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth ... But in the days of those kingdoms the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed and his kingdom shall not be delivered up to another people and it shall break in pieces and shall consume all these kingdoms and itself shall stand forever. According as thou saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and broke in pieces the clay, and the iron, and the brass, and the silver, and the gold, the great God hath shown the king what shall come to pass hereafter, and the dream is true and the interpretation thereof is faithful.

Ez.37:21-23

"Behold I will take the children of Israel from the midst of the nations whither they are gone; and I will gather them on every side, and will bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel: and ONE KING SHALL BE KING OVER THEM ALL."

Osee 3:4-5

"For the children of Israel shall sit many days without a king and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without altar, and without ephod, and without theraphim. And after this the children of Israel shall return, and shall seek the Lord their God and DAVID THEIR KING, and they shall fear the Lord, and his goodness in the last days."  

Joel 2:23-26

"And you, O children of Sion, rejoice, and he joyful in the Lord your God because he hath given you a TEACHER OF JUSTICE, and he will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you as in the beginning." 

And now the Bible passage that inspired the Chapter of the story-''The Great Mystery" -  "The Angel of Apocalypse"

Apocalypse 10: I-I0

''Then I saw another mighty Angel descending out of heaven robed in a cloud and the rainbow was upon his head: and his countenance was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire, and he held in his hand a small open hook. And he set his right foot upon the sea and his left upon the land. And he cried with a great voice as a lion roars and when he cried the seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders uttered their voices I was about to write: but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me. "Seal up the things the seven thunders have uttered, and write them not." Then the Angel whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives in the eternities of the eternities, who created the heaven and the things therein, that there shall be no more delay, but that in the days of the voice of the seventh Angel, when he is about to sound, then shall the MYSTERY of God achieve its full perfection as He declared to his SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.

''Then the voice which I had heard from heaven again spoke to me, saying, 'Go. Take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land’. So I went to the Angel telling him to give me the Little Book. And he said to me. Take it and devour it; and it shall embitter thy stomach but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey: So I took the little book out of the Angel's hand and devoured it; and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey but when I had eaten it my stomach was embittered."

Apocalypse 14: 14 (same Angel)

''Then I looked and saw a white cloud; and upon the cloud one like a Son of Man sitting, wearing a golden crown upon His head and holding a sharp sickle in His hand. And another Angel came out of the temple calling with a great voice to the one sitting upon the cloud. Thrust in thy sickle and reap; for the harvest-time to reap is come, for the harvest of the earth is overripe: And the One sitting upon the cloud swung His sickle over the earth; and the earth was reaped."

As you know from the fiction story, I believe that the angel with his feet on the sand and the sea is "The Great Monarch" and the angel who comes out of the temple is the Pope, and that the one on the c1oud is Christ. The idea that an angel is not really an angel but a future man is not new. The Church has always taught that the angels of the seven churches of first three chapters of Apocalypse are really the seven Bishops. But lest you think I'm all alone in this belief. I must let you read what the prophet, Holzhauser, said about the same passage in the seventeenth century      .

Holzhauser ( 165H)

"The Great Monarch will have the special help of God and be unconquerable. The Fifth Epoch of time dates from the reign of Charles V until the reign of the Great Monarch. (Fifth epoch of this generation is part of the sixth generation of the world from Christ until the end of the world.  The seventh being eternity in Heaven.) .

"The Sixth Epoch is from the Great Monarch until the Anti-Christ. This Sixth Epoch of the Church -- 'the time of CONSOLATION'--begins with the Holy Pope and the Powerful Emperor and terminates with the reign of Anti-Christ. This will be an age of SOLACE, wherein God will console His Church after much mortification and afflictions she had endured in the Fifth period, for all nations will be brought to the unity of the True Catholic Faith.

"The 'Angel is the Great Monarch: 'from Heaven' means he will be a Catholic: 'Clothed in clouds' implies he will be humble and modest: 'Rainbow', he will bring peace to the world: 'Sunshine' refers to his wisdom, talents and title: 'Feet' refers to his power and zeal: 'Open Book' he will rule with justice; 'Right and left Foot' he will exercise power over all the world; 'Lion Voice' he will put fear into the wicked.

"Golden Crown' refers to his Holy Roman Empire; 'Cutlass' means his victorious army; the other 'angel' refers to the Pope. 'Other Angels' are the other helpers of the Great Monarch who will help him crush the Turks."

So you see. I'm not the only one who believes that the angel of Apocalypse 10 is (Philip). Of course, most Christians today believe that the next thing to happen is the 'Second Coming of Christ', and that before any war comes they will be 'Raptured' up to heaven. They will also believe that "the Great Monarch" is the Anti-Christ, and hence, will not follow him. I will show that the "Second Coming of Christ" and the "Rapture" COULD NOT HAPPEN IN MY LIFETIME NOR IN MY CHILDREN'S LIFETIME because there are too many prophecies that must come to pass first.

Let's take the idea of "Rapture" first. The idea comes from the New Testament passages 1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Thess. 2: 19: 3: 13: 4: 13-16, 5: 1-3: Matt. 24:1-24:31 : Mk. 13: and in Lk.21. In Matt 24:3 the disciples ask Jesus about the signs of his second coming. But Christ warned them that many would come in those days saying that Christ was coming or that he was here but they were not to believe them since some other things had to come first. "And THEY will lead many astray" refers to THOSE who will be saying "CHRIST IS COMING". "Take care that you do not he alarmed for these things must come to pass, but THE END IS  NOT YET." Then He outlines wars, famines, earthquakes, death, etc.   And if good Christians think they will escape these sorrows, what is meant by "they will deliver you up to tribulations"? These sorrows must come first else what is meant in

Ezechiel 39:8-1O

"Behold it cometh and it is done, saith the Lord God: this is the day whereof I have spoken. (Daniel 7) And the inhabitants shall go forth of the cities of Israel and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, the shields, and the spears, the bows and the arrows, and the staves and the pikes: and they shall BURN THEM WITH FIRE FOR SEVEN YEARS."

So you see, the Great War must come first, and after the war, it will take seven years to cleanse the earth, and still you should not expect the Second Coming.

Ezechiel 39: 12-17

"And the house of Israel shall bury them for seven months to cleanse the land, and shall bury them, and it shall be unto them a noted day, wherein I was glorified, saith the Lord God. And they shall appoint men to go continually about the land to bury and to seek out them that were remaining upon the face of the earth that they may cleanse it. And after seven months they shall cleanse the land. And thou, O son, of man, saith the Lord God. Say to every fowl and to all the birds and to all the beasts of the field: 'assemble yourselves, make haste, come together from every side to my victim, which I slay for you, a great victim upon the mountains of Israel .... "

This war, this cleansing of the earth, must come first. But also, and now we go back to Matthew 24:14, "this gospel of the kingdorm shall be preached in the whole world, for a witness to all nations; and then will come the end." So we have to have this great war first, a cleansing, and then the preaching of the gospel to the entire world, which has never happened yet, but that is not all. Next must come the period of The Anti-Christ.  In Matthew 24: 15-28 we have the Anti-Christ and in Matthew 24:29- 31 we have the second coming of Christ.

Matt. 24: 15-2H

"But IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS. the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. And THEN will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and THEN will all tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING UPON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN WITH GREAT POWER AND MAJESTY. AND HE WILL SEND FORTH HIS ANGELS WITH A TRUMPET AND A GREAT SOUND. AND THEY WILL GATHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS FROM ONE END OF THE HEAVENS TO THE OTHER."

That, my fellow Christians, is the so-called "Rapture". No place in all the Bible does it say that Christ will ever set his foot down upon this earth again. First, everyone will see Him, the good and the bad.  Second, He will gather the bad and cast them into Hell. (See Matt. 13:30). Third, He will Harvest the good. Fourth, He will end the world. All will happen at the same time as described in Matt. 24:29-31.

In fact, all through the New Testament Jesus warns that before that time, when he comes in all glory and majesty for all to see and in the twinkling of an eye he will separate the good from the bad and end the world). If anyone says "Christ is coming" or "Christ is here" do not believe it. And yet, many Christians are saying just that today.

The facts are that first: The great war spoken of in Ezechiel 39: Daniel 2:44: Psalms 15:6-12: and Apocalypse 14: 14-20 must come first. This war will kill 75% of the world's population as stated in Apocalypse 9:4-21. Second: After the war there will be peace for a time -- Osee 3:4-5: Zack. 6: 12-13: Joel2: 1-11: Ezechiel 39:8-10. Third: Ten kings will be set up by the "stone" to rule the world. Daniel 7:24. Fourth: Then will come the Antichrist, who will overthrow the ten kings. Daniel 7:25. Fifth; He will rule the world for three and one half years, Daniel 7:25 and Apocalypse 13:5. Sixth: The Anti-Christ will be combated by Enoch and Elias for those same three und one half years, but in the end they will be killed by the Anti-Christ and will lie dead for three and one half days. Then they, Enoch and Elias, will rise from the dead and ascend to Heaven body and soul. Apocalypse 11:4-12. Seventh: A short period of peace will follow the Anti-Christ. (Matt. 24:29: 24:38)  Some prophets say only for 45 days, and finally, THE COMING OF CHRIST AND THE END OF THE WORLD.

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE 

The Bible on the Continual Sacrifice

This Anti-Christ must precede Christ, and Christ teaches us how to recognize this Anti-Christ. Now, this is important because it will prove that "The Great Monarch-Philip" is not the Anti-Christ.

Matthew 24: 15 "Therefore when you see the "Abomination of Desolation" which was spoken of by Daniel, the prophet, standing in the holy place--etc.-- let him who reads understand----"

Let's see if we understand. If we see the "Abomination of Desolation", we shall know that the Anti-Christ has come? But what is the "Abomination of Desolation"? Antiochus Epiiphanos was a pre-figure of the Anti-Christ, the same as "Constantine" was a pre-figure of "the Great Monarch". A study of Antiochus will reveal many facts.

Antiochus ruled three and one half years. He started his rule by setting up the statue of Jupiter in the Holy of Holies in Solomon's Temple, and ordered all to worship Jupiter. He also outlawed the sacrifice of the lambs. This action became known as the "Abomination of Desolation".

Christ, however, says in Matt. 24: 15 that this will happen again. Two problems exist though. One: there is no Temple of Solomon. Two: the Jews no longer sacrifice lambs. So how shall this happen?

First the Temple of Solomon will have to be built again. All the prophets say that the Anti-Christ will build it again just as Herod, a type of Anti-Christ had built the last one. If I see the Temple being built again, I will know that the Anti- Christ is here. But let's study this "Abomination" some more first. We will find it in Daniel 8:9-14: Daniel 11:29-35: and Daniel 12: 1-12

Daniel 9-14

"And out of one of them came forth a little horn, and it became great against the south and against the east, and against the strength. And it was magnified even unto the strength of heaven; and it threw down of the strength, and of the stars, and trod upon them. And it was magnified even to the prince of the strength, and it took away from him the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE and cast down the place of his sanctuary. And strength was given him against the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE, because of sins. And truth shall be cast down on the ground, and he shall do and shall prosper. And I heard one of the saints speaking, and one saint said to another, I know not to whom that was speaking: How long shall be the vision, concerning the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE, and the sin of the DESOLATION that is made, and the sanctuary, and this strength he trodden under foot'?

"And he said to him: Unto evening and morning two thousand three hundred days, (three and one half years), and the sanctuary shall he cleansed."

The little horn is the Anti-Christ who will take away the kingdoms set up by "the Great Monarch", hut what is the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE? The sacrifice of the lambs could come hack to the world, but it was never considered a "continual" sacrifice since it was only on feast dews.

Daniel 11 :29-35

"And arms shall stand on his part, (the Anti-Christ), and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE, and they shall place there the ABOMINATION UNTO DESOLATION."

There is only one CONTINUAL SACRIFICE on earth today. There is only one CONTINUAL SACRIFICE in the history of the world. There is only one CONTINUAL SACRIFICE that gives strength to the world. That is the MASS of the Roman Catholic Church. It is CONTINUAL in that it is offered every second of every day, three hundred and sixty five days a year, every year. It is a SACRIFICE in that Christ himself renews the sacrifice of the Cross, and offers Himself to the Father of the Trinity.  That is why the word "MASS" means SACRIFICE:  It is strength, in that all who receive it in communion receive strength from the Christ. In every Tabernacle, in every Catholic Church throughout the world, God is present as he promised. "I will be with you all days even to the consummation of the world." In no other religion, not even the oriental religions, can be found any sacrifice that could he called CONTINUAL. In fact, never before in the history of the world was a sacrifice considered CONTINUAL. It is the continuation of the great sacrifice, the CRUCIFIXION.

So! We will recognize the Anti-Christ when the "MASS" is outlawed and the people are asked to believe that the Anti-Christ is God. If "Philip" ever does that, I will join in believing him to be the Anti-Christ, since that is the sign (Omen) God gave us to recognize him. But before the Anti-Christ, if anyone says that Christ is coming, do not believe him, for he is a minister of Satan, EVEN IF HE THINKS HIMSELF TO BE A MINISTER OF CHRIST.

Now! What about this end of the world?  No one knows, not even the angels in heaven. But I will offer this bit of evidence and then speculate about it a little. By the way, my speculation will not be my own, but I will borrow it from one of the prophets.  

Daniel 12: 11-12

"And from the time when the CONTINUAL SACRIFICE shall" be taken away, and the ABOMINATION UNTO DESOLATION shall he set up, there shall he a thousand two hundred and ninety days (1290). BLESSED IS HE THAT WAITETH AND COMETH UNTO A THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY DAYS. (1335? 45 days difference?)

We learn many new things in this passage. First we learn that when the Sacrifice is taken away, starts the reign of the Anti-Christ for three and one half years. Second we learn that good Christians will not be raptured, since He asks us to wait patiently. And last but by far not least, we know that there will he at least 45 days after that. Now, in reference to these 45 day, let's read --    Matt. 24:29

"But IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS, ETC."

Immediately could he forty five days, and then the end. Then the so-called "Rapture". Now, if you still think that you good Christians will miss the "Great Chastisement" coming soon or even the "Dark Days of the Anti-Christ", I hope for your sake that you are wrong, because Matthew infers that the bad will go first.

Matt. 13:39

"But the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels thereof, just as the weeds are gathered up and burnt with fire, so will it be at the end of the world. The son of Man will send forth his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all scandals and those who work iniquity and cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth. THEN (AFTER THAT) THE JUST WILL SHINE FORTH like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, LET HIM HEAR."

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR

Satan Prepares for War

This preoccupation about the Anti-Christ on my part has only one purpose -- to demonstrate that there will be a man, whom I call "Philip" and he will NOT be the Anti-Christ. I do believe. However, that Satan has been preparing for the coming of this man for the past two hundred Years. The reason for this book, the only reason I dare to write a book like this, knowing the controversy it will cause is to counteract the work that Satan has done so far the best I can.

One hundred years ago, on October" 13. 1886, the same date the Templars were arrested in 1303, and the same date of the miracle of Fatima, Pope Leo XIII overheard a conversation between Satan and Christ while saying Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Satan: '" can destroy your Church!"

Christ: "You can? Then go ahead and do so." Satan: "To do so, I must have more time and more power." Christ: "How much time? How much Power?"

Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service."

Christ: "You have the time. You will have the power. Do with them what you wish."    

Never in the History of the world, not ever, has any country ever existed as a professed atheistic country until now. Now we have half the world living in professed atheistic countries, just since Oct. 13, 1886. The Catholic Dynasties of the World were overthrown: the Habsburgs in 1918, the Savovs of Italy in 1946, the Braganzas of Portugal in 1910, the Hohenzollerns of Germany in 1918, the Romanoffs of Russia in 1917.  In place of them we have Socialism, Communism, and Democracy. All are rule of the masses against authority. Has the world become better off for this'?  From the point of view of God -- “NO, not even under Democracy.” For under Democracy, the people decide what is right and what is wrong. It has not worked.

Never in the History of the world have so many people died in war as in the last one hundred years. Not only in two world wars, but in China when it was overrun with Communism, hundreds of millions were killed the first five years, mostly Catholics. In Vietnam, after the overthrow, millions were executed, mostly Catholics. In Laos and Cambodia, after they were overthrown, millions were executed, mostly Catholics. Not to mention, Korea, Israel, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraqi, Ireland, South Africa, Africa, and on and on and on. But all those wars together do not equal the deaths caused by SEX in America in one single year, 18 million per year, every year, year after year.

But that is not all Satan is up to. He is also working within the Christian communities. With this new-found power allowed him by God, he has created monsters all over the world like the Evangelists who place their hands on people and knock them down and out cold. (Satan loves to show off his power). Television Christian Crusaders who rape the good Christians of their money and their souls. Consider New Christian religions by the hundreds in the last one hundred years and new ones every week all preaching against true faith. Consider new cults all over the place and New Christs everywhere you turn, and new mystics having false apparitions all over the world.

But in all this Satan has not destroyed the Church. God had His Plan also. On that same day, Oct. 13. thirty-three years later, the Mother of God appeared to three children and mapped out a plan to stop Satan. That Plan is the Rosary, the Sword of Mary.

But Satan has a plan to counteract this Rosary; it is called the Charismatic way of prayer, speaking in tongues. Without going into detail since I have already done so in my book "The Tongues of Satan". I will just offer you these two examples.

Three months ago. I said in a confessional that I had not said some Rosaries that I had vowed to do. The priest became irate and told me that I should "quit saying those stupid repetitious prayers, and start praying the way the Charismatics do." A similar thing happened in confession last month. Make no mistake about it, the Charismatics as a group are against the Rosary.

Another thing Satan is doing to cover over the work of Mary and the future "Great Monarch" is false apparitions. There have been over eight hundred false apparitions of either Mary or Christ in the past 75 years. There have been "messages from Heaven" all over the place. If we believe all these "messages", we will be falling into Satan's Master Plan. That plan is to get as many as possible to go against the Pope and the Monarch. And he will do it. Satan will get good Christians, good Catholics to believe that the Pope and the Monarch are bad.

God will win anyway. Mary said in Fatima that in the end Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. But what bothers me the most is the amount of souls that will he lost if 75% of the population were to die now.

Outside the Church we have all those who know the truth, either the truth of the True Religion or the Truth as written on their hearts by God but refuse to accept it because of various reasons. Some refuse to accept because their parents would not like them to change the family religion. Some refuse to accept because they would have to separate from a loved one. Some refuse to accept because they would have to give up a way of life they refuse to give up.

Within my own family I can give some examples of this. My aunt knows the truth from proof that I have shown her in her own Bible; however, her mother, my grandmother died holding tight to a to a belief in a cult that did not believe in doctors. If she accepted the truth that she now knows in her heart, she would have to doubt the condition of her mother's soul.

Another aunt of mine has a homosexual son. If she accepted the truth that she knows, she would have to admit that her son is sinning. She would have to stop condoning his sins. She can not do it and so she rejects the truth.

Outside the Church we also have all those who refuse to listen or to read the truth, although it is readily available. The best example of this is a young boy I recently talked to. He believed that there was a God, but did not want to know anything about him. He did not want to read the Bible, go to any church, or read any religious book. His reason was this: “I do not believe God would hold me responsible for that which I do not know, and so, if I know nothing, God can not blame me,"

Then we have the Protestants, who believe that they do not sin and they have no need of repentance.  For to them nothing is sin if they have faith in Christ. Martin Luther boldly walked the streets of Europe claiming. "I sin, I sin, but I have faith and therefore I am saved." Very common in America is the "better than sinner'.  Simply because they are not as bad as others, they believe that they shall be saved.

We also have the "Democratic virtue". Since most people do it, it is right. This was promoted in the World by the Psycho- nuts. Homosexuality has become socially acceptable, therefore it is right. Abortion has become socially acceptable, therefore it is right, and so on.

Inside the Roman Catholic Church we have a worse problem. Inside the Church, almost everyone knows the truth, but simply reject it. They know that birth-control is wrong, but they do it anyway, and they continue to go to the sacraments as though they did not sin. They know that they must go to confession before communion if they have done something very sinful or at least once a year, but they never go at all, some for as much as ten years, but they still go to communion.

Amongst the priests and nuns we have "liberation theology" which is an excuse to masturbate without sinning. A priest in my parish goes so far as to say that all sex is legal except adultery and advocates for single people to live together. The far left openly oppose the Holy Fathe and justify their sins by their new gods, the democratic majority, the democratic morality, and the psychologists.

But the left is not the only problem. On the right, we have all those self-righteous people who believe that Vatican II, Pope John XXII, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II are destroying the Church. Massive amounts of Catholics, who are dedicated to the Virgin Mary, are also following Satan in places like Garabandal, Bayside. and Medjugorje. Even leaders of Marian Apostleships have been fooled by these apparitions.

So you see, whether outside the Church of Christ or inside, Satan has done a great job in paving the way for his battle with the Great Pope and the Great Monarch. Who will follow the Holy Father's requests when they come'? I think there will he very few. Mary will have to win this battle without the help of Her Children. Satan has stolen them.

Keep in mind that I do not believe Protestants qualify for the doctrine of "invincible ignorance" (Pius IX & Pius XII) because St. Augustine says, "And the ignorance of those things of salvation, the knowledge of which men DID NOT CARE TO HAVE, IS WITHOUT DOUBT A SIN FOR THEM."

All Protestants, without exception, have an opportunity to know the truth, but they either reject it or reject the opportunity to know it.

Anyway, Satan has done the better job, even if he did not destroy the Church. The Chastisement is almost here. Mary will win the battle, but with tears in Her Eyes, because it shall be a shallow victory, as millions upon millions of souls plunge into Hell simply because they will not ask God's forgiveness. They will plunge into Hell because they say. "I do not sin." They will plunge into Hell because as the end comes they will still be waiting right up to the last minute for the "Rapture". (Sic) Millions will plunge into Hell because God sent his "WORD" into the world and they said that they did not want to know "IT", which is not an "IT" but a "HIM".

Satan is prepared, but Mary's followers have deserted Her for whatever "feels right in their hearts"'. Mary will win hut with tears in Her eyes. Protestants will be waiting for the "Heavenly Jerusalem" to come down out of Heaven, but there She is. Mary, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and they did not know Her, just as the Jews did not know Christ.

 

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE

 Why Philip von Habsburg?

So far I have tried to establish the proof of "Philip" and that he would not be the "Anti-Christ" as Pentecostals will try to have you believe. I would like now to explain why I chose Philip von Habsburg to be the star of my fiction story. It is important that I explain this, since he is a real living person, (although the first name is made up) and when he finds out that I picked him, he will be quite surprised and probably angry.

When I researched the many prophesies, everything seemed to march up perfectly except one thing. None of the prophets contradicted each other in anything except one. I could not reconcile the contradiction in my mind of this one thing.

The problem was this: ---- Almost every prophet I read who spoke of the "Great Monarch" (and many gave particular details) gave information regarding his background or his bloodline that matched up with the others. They seemed to contradict each other on this one point. Let me give some examples:

"God will choose a descendant of Constantine.

“A descendent of Pepin and St. Louis, who has been tried by a long period of disappointment will come from exile to rule over Europe."

"A scion of the Carolingian race, by all considered extinct will come to Rome to behold and admire the piety and clemency of this pontiff, who will crown him and declare him to be the Legitimate Emperor of the Romans."

"God will intervene. With God's aid a valiant duke will arise from the ancient German house which was humiliated by the French monarch--(Napoleon)."

"A man disliked by France will he placed on the throne; a man of the house of Orleans."

"He will he a Catholic, a descendent of Louis IX, yet a descendant of an ancient imperial German family, horn in exile, he will rule supreme."

The Great Monarch will be of French descent, large forehead, large dark eyes, light brown wavy hair and an eagle nose."

"From your lordship, Simeon de Lemena---"

"A son of royal blood shall be horn from the race of Arois."

"War shall end when an emperor of Spanish origin will he elected, who will, in a wonderful manner, he victorious through the sign of the Cross."

"Come young Prince, leave the Island of Captivity.

Join the lion to the white f1mver. Come - God wills what has been foreseen. The ancient blood of centuries will at last put an end to long divisions."

"Of the blood of the Emperor Charles the Great and of the King of France shall arise an Emperor named Charles."

"There will arise an imperial deliverer, an oriental Frederick."

"Towards the end of time one of the descendants of the kings of France shall reign over all the Roman Empire.”

"A Royal Great Monarch of the best blood in the world."

"A prince, who had been exiled in his youth, shall recover the crown of the Lilies."

''The Great Monarch will be in war till he is forty years of age: a king of the House of Lily."

Believe me. I could go on and on, but I think you have an idea of my problem. How could one man be a descendant of all these different people, races, ancient countries, be exiled in his youth, a German imperial house, Pepin, St. Louis, of the Carlovingian race, of the house of Orleans, a descendant of Louis IX, French descent, royal blood, from the race of Arois, Spanish origin, Charles the Great, Crown of Lilies, etc., and on and on.

I began to think all this was impossible. How could one man have all these different bloodlines? At first I just gave up the study, since it seemed impossible. But it kept haunting me and I couldn't sleep. I didn't even know where to look for the answers.

But finally I gave in and began the search library after library,  file after tile. I traced the bloodlines of every man in the prophecy from every-country mentioned. I made charts and pinned them on walls. I entered them into a computer. Gradually, little by little, step by step these lines and charts started to come together, and there was a family, still living, who were descendants of all these people, countries, and bloodlines. It is the HABSBURG FAMILY.

There are many Habsburgs in the world today, hundreds of them. Any one of them could he the future King or maybe he has not been born vet. Some even live in America. And I counted seven named Charles. (in French -- Karl).

I chose one to be the star of my story because he is the legitimate heir to the Holy Roman Empire. He is the first born son of Otto von Habsburg, son of Charles, the last of the legal Emperors, and Beatified  

Otto von Habsburg and his children were exiled on the island of Madiera, live in Germany, and although they are Austrian, they are of French, Spanish, and Austrian descent. The family is descended from everyone of the peoples mentioned in the prophesies. Some are the right age for it to happen now.

I have studied this for twenty eight years now.

Only God knows for sure who "the Great Monarch" really is. I only speculate. I hope my educated guess will not offend the Habsburgs, nor cause them any undue pain.

They have been through a great deal already. One of my hesitations about this book is that some fanatics, (Illuminati or Moslems), would want to kill all Habsburgs because of what I wrote. If, however, they ever succeeded in doing so, they would have gotten the wrong man, since God is the architect of history, and He will protect the future Monarch. Man will not be able to interfere with God's plans for the future.

In my research, I discovered two other things quite by accident. One is the line from St. Joseph to Habsburg. The other is the Templars. Some of these things came to me when looking through files for other things. Why I came to these conclusions is very hard to explain. It would probably take a hundred pages to do it properly. The Templars may not now exist, but if prophecy is to be fulfilled they must come back into existence.

So, as far as this story is concerned, you can consider it fiction. But I will have to say, that until proven otherwise. I will believe it with all my heart.

 

Chapter THIRTY-SIX

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Many have asked me about a nuclear war, but I have said it could not be. The ways the wars take place in my story are not fiction. The wars, themselves, are fiction, but the sequence of events is not. They came from the prophets. The computer laid out what battle would come first, second, third, etc. The prophets even give the exact locations.

John of Vatiguerro ( 1250 AD)

"Spoliation, devastation and pillage of that most famous city, which is the capitol and mistress of the whole kingdom of France, will take place when the Church and world will be grievously troubled; "The Pope will change his residence; the Church will not be defended for the duration of twenty-five months, and more, because during all this time there will be no Pope, no Emperor of Rome, and no ruler in France."

Father Nectou. SJ. (1772 AD)

"When those things come to pass which will bring on the triumph of the Church, then will such confusion reign on earth that people will think God has permitted them to have their own contrary will and that the providence of God is not concerned about the world. The confusion will be so general that mankind will not he able to think aright, as if God had entirely withheld his providence from mankind, and that, during the worst crisis, the best that can be done would be to remain where God has placed us, and persevere in fervent prayer.

"Two parties will be formed in France which shall fight unto death. The party of evil will at first be stronger; the good side shall he weaker. At that time there shall he such a terrible crisis that people, frightened by events, shall . believe that the end of the world is come. Blood shall flow in several large cities. The very elements shall be convulsed. It will he like a little general judgment. A great multitude of persons shall perish in these calamitous times. But the wicked shall never prevail. They indeed shall conspire for the destruction of the Church: but time shall not be allowed them, because this frightful crisis shall be of a short duration. When all will he considered lost, all shall be found safe.

"During the revolution, which shall very likely be general, and not confined to France, Paris shall be destroyed so completely that twenty years afterwards fathers walking over the ruins with their children will inquire what place that was."

Bernhardt Remhordt ( 17X3 AD)

"Cologne will he the scene of a terrible battle. Many foreigners will be slaughtered there: both men and women will fight for their faith. It will be impossible to prevent this terrible devastation. People will wade up to their ankles in blood. At last a foreign king will appear and win a victory for the cause of the righteous. The remaining enemy will retreat to the birch tree (Westphalia). There the last battles will he fought for the just cause." (Westphalia is mentioned seven times.)

Merlin (600 AD)

"In the meanwhile a powerful Prince out of the East shall provoke him to battle. Against whom the Lion (Philip) shall march with all his forces and. pitching his camp on this side of the Euphrates shall await him. If the Prince shall come over the river, the Lion shall he overcome: but he shall cross the river with his army and give his enemy a bloody defeat and be master of the East.

"Whilst these things are happening, petty kings from India shall break into Syria with mighty armies. Provided for battle, they shall wait for the Lion (Philip) about the Valley of Jehosaphat, where they shall, by him, be all wholly cut off. Not long afterwards the Lion (Philip) himself will die in eminent piety, after having established the kingdom of the Fugitives."

Blessed Maria Taigi (1637 AD)

"God will ordain two punishments: One, in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils, will originate on earth: the other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over all the earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights."

Bro. Louis Rocco ( l040 AD)

"Allover Europe there will rage terrible CIVIL WARS. God has long been patient with the corruption of morals. He will destroy half of mankind. The poor will be rich and the rich poor.

"Russia will witness many outrages: great cities as well as smaller towns will be destroyed, and a bloody revolution will destroy half of the population."

Cure de Ares (l859 AD)

"The Communists of Paris, after their defeat, (election?) shall spread themselves through all France, and will be greatly multiplied. They shall seize arms: they-shall oppress people of order. Lastly, a CIVIL WAR shall break out everywhere. These wicked people shall become masters in the north, east, and southwest. They will imprison very many persons, and will be guilty of more massacres. They will attempt to kill all the priests and all the religious. But this shall not last long."

 

Chapter THIRTY-SEVEN 

Before Chastisement

Anthony of the Desert - Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, Faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems. When the Church and the World are one, then those days are at hand. Because our Divine Master placed a barrier between His things and the things of the world.

The Didache (90 A.D.) - In the last days false prophets shall be multiplied, and such as corrupt the word, and the sheep shall be changed into wolves, and love into hatred: for through the abounding of iniquity [injustice] the love of many shall wax cold. For men shall hate, and persecute, and betray one another.

Saint Hildegard (12th Century)  “The time is coming when princes and peoples will reject the authority of the Pope. Some countries will prefer their own Church rulers to the Pope. The German Empire will be divided.

St. Senanus (560) - Impart to me, O Senanus, information concerning the latter ages of the world.  What shall be the condition of the race of people who will not observe rectitude in their judgments, who will entertain false and treacherous intentions; shall any individual of them be admitted into the regal mansions of heaven? Falsehood will characterize that class of men who will sit in judgment to pass sentence according to the law: _between the father and his own son, litigations will subsist. The clergy of the Holy Church will be addicted to pride and injustice; the advantages they will aim at shall be the possession of worldly substance. Women will abandon feelings of delicacy, and cohabit with men out of wedlock; they will follow those practices without secrecy, and such habits will become almost un-suppressible. All will rush into iniquity against the will of the Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The earth will not produce its fruits for the race of people to whom I allude; full mansions will be deserted, and unpleasant will be the tidings concerning them. Dreadful plagues will come upon all the race of Adam.

Bishop Christianos Ageda (12th Century) “In the 20th century there will be wars and fury that will last a long time; whole provinces shall be emptied of their inhabitants, and kingdoms shall be thrown into confusion. In many places the land shall be left untilled, and there shall be great slaughters of the upper class. The right hand of the world shall fear the left, and the north shall prevail over the south.

Blessed Johannes de Sylva (d. 1482) In the latter days there shall be great wars and bloodshed. The fury of the wars shall last a long time. Whole provinces shall be left naked and uninhabited, many cities forsaken of people, the nobility slaughtered, principal persons ruined, great changes of kings, commonwealths, and rulers.

Maria Laach Monastery (16th Century) “The twentieth century will bring death and destruction, apostasy from the Church, discord in families, cities and governments; it will be the century of three great wars with intervals of a few decades. They will become ever more devastating and bloody and will lay in ruins not only Germany, but finally all countries of East and West.

After (a terrible defeat of Germany) will follow the next great war. There will be no bread for people anymore and no fodder for animals. Poisonous clouds, manufactured by human hands, will sink down and exterminate everything. The human mind will be seized by insanity.”

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT

Chastisement

Akita, Japan (20th Century) "In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. … the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one never seen before.  Fire will fall from the shy and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.

"The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres ... churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.

"The demons will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. …” 

John of the Cleft Rock (14th Century) “Towards the end of the world, tyrants and hostile mobs will rob the Church and the clergy of all their possessions and will afflict and martyr them. Those who heap the most abuse upon them will be held in high esteem. At that time, the Pope with his cardinals will have to flee Rome in tragic circumstances to a place where they will be unknown. The Pope will die a cruel death in his exile. The sufferings of the Church will be much greater than at any previous time in her history. But God will raise a holy Pope, and the Angels will rejoice. Enlightened by God, this man will rebuild almost the whole world through his holiness. He will lead everyone to the true Faith.

Old German Prophecy - Near the birch-tree [Westphalia] the army of the west will fight a terrible battle against the army of the east. The soldiers of the east will retreat over the Haar."

Prophecy of Mayence - Woe to the people of the east, thou shalt spread afar the cries of affliction and innocent blood. Never shall such an army be seen.

Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (17th Century) “The fifth period of the Church, which began circa 1520, will end with the arrival of the holy Pope and of the powerful Monarch who is called "Help from God" because he will restore everything. The fifth period is one of affliction, desolation, humiliation, and poverty for the Church. Jesus Christ will purify His people through cruel wars, famines, plagues, epidemics, and other horrible calamities. He will also afflict and weaken the Latin Church with many heresies. It is a period of defections, calamities and exterminations. Those Christians, who survive the sword, plague and famines will be few on earth.

“During this period, many men will abuse of the freedom of conscience conceded to them. It is of such men that Jude the Apostle spoke when he said, "These men blaspheme whatever they do not understand; and they corrupt whatever they know naturally as irrational animals do." They will ridicule Christian simplicity; they will call it folly and nonsense, but they will have the highest regard for advanced knowledge, and for the skill by which the axioms of law, the precepts of morality, the Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments.

“These are the evil times, a century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere, and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere,   but God will permit a great evil against His Church: Heretics and tyrants will come suddenly and unexpectedly; they will break into the Church. They will enter Italy and lay Rome waste; they will burn down churches and destroy everything.”

John of the Cleft Rock (1340) - At that time the Pope, with the cardinals will have to flee Rome under trying circumstances to a place where he will be unknown. He will die a cruel death in exile. The sufferings of the Church will be greater than at any previous time in her history.

Abbot Werdin D'Orante  (12th Century)  “The great monarch and the great Pope will precede Antichrist. The nations will be at war for four years and a great part of the world will be destroyed. The Pope will go over the sea carrying the sign of Redemption on his forehead. The great Monarch will come to restore peace and the Pope will share in the victory.

Merlin, the Berd (England) “Before the comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scourged by want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent will be devastated by earthquake, storm, and tidal wave. It will be divided and, in great part, submerged. That nation will also have many misfortunes at sea and lose its colonies.

“[After the] great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues. The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed.

“All sea coast cities will be fearful, and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed, and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease. For in none of those cities does a person live according to the Laws of God.

A powerful wind will rise in the North, carrying heavy fog and the densest dust, and it will fill their throats and eyes so that they will cease their butchery and be stricken with a great fear.”

The Ecstatic of Tours (19th Century) “Before the war breaks out again, food will be scarce and expensive. There will be little work for the workers, and fathers will hear their children crying for food. There will be earthquakes and signs in the sun. Toward the end, darkness will cover the Earth. When everyone believes that peace is ensured, when everyone least expects it, the great happening will begin. Revolution will break out in Italy almost at the same time as in France. For some time the Church will be without a Pope.

Johannes Friede (1204-1257) “When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature. The alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy great regions, and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but mankind will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence. Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness.

“When nights will be filled with more intensive cold and days with heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only a few years more and you will become aware that sunlight has grown perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to give service, the great event in the heavens will be near.”

Prophecy of Mayence - Three days the sun shall rise upwards on the heads of the combatants without being seen through the clouds of smoke.

Blessed Caspar del Bufalo (d. 1847) - He foretold "the destruction of impenitent persecutors of the Church during the three days darkness. He who outlives the darkness and fear of the three days _ it will seem to him as if he were alone on earth because of the fact that the world will be covered everywhere with carcasses."

St. Anna Maria Taigi (d. 1837, recently canonized by Pope John Paul II) - There shall come over all the earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing will be visible and the earth will be laden with pestilence, which will claim principally but not exclusively the enemies of religion. During this darkness artificial light will be impossible. Only blessed candles can be lighted and will afford illumination. He who out of curiosity opens his window to look out or leaves his house will fall dead on the spot. During these three days the people should remain in their homes, pray the Rosary and beg God for mercy.

On this terrible occasion so many of these wicked men, enemies of His Church, and of God, shall be killed by this divine scourge, that their corpses round Rome will be as numerous as the fish, which a recent inundation of the Tiber had carries into the city. All the enemies of the Church, secret as well as known, will perish over the earth during that universal darkness, with the exception of a few, whom God will soon convert. The air shall be infected by demons, who will appear under all sorts of visible forms.

Pope Pius IX (1878) “Since the whole world is against God and His Church, it is evident that He has reserved the victory over His enemies to Himself. This will be more obvious when it is considered that the root of all our present evils is to be found in the fact that those with talents and vigor crave earthly pleasures, and not only desert God but repudiate Him altogether. Thus it appears they cannot be brought back in any other way except through an act that cannot be ascribed to any secondary agency, and thus all will be forced to look to the supernatural... There will come a great wonder, which will fill the world with astonishment. This wonder will be preceded by the triumph of revolution. The church will suffer exceedingly. Her servants and her chieftain will be mocked, scourged, and martyred.”

Pope St. Pius X (d.1914) - I saw one of my successors by name fleeing over the corpses of his brethren. He will flee to a place where he is unknown, but he himself will die a cruel death.

 

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE

Great Monarch, the Angelic Pope

St. Methodius (4th Century)   "He will crush the foes of Christianity."

Hippolytus (d. 235) - The Pope crowns a Christian king [The Great Monarch]. This King defends the west from the kings of the east. The Great Gaulish Monarch, who shall subject all the East, shall come around the end of the world.

St. Caesar of Arles (469-453) - When the entire world, and in a special manner France, and in France more particularly the provinces of the north, and of the east, and above all, that of Lorraine and Champagne shall have been a prey to the greatest miseries and trials, then the provinces shall be succored by a prince who had been exiled in his youth, and who shall recover the crown of the lilies.  This prince shall extend his dominion over the entire universe.

St. Augustine (5th Century):" A Frankish King will one day rule over the entire Roman Empire."

St. Augustine (5th Century): "He shall give up the ghost at Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives."

Remy (5th Century): "He shall reign over the entire ancient Roman Empire."

St. Cataldus (5th Century): "... a King of the House of Lilies..."

Cataldus  (5th Century)    "He shall be made King of Greece."

St. Caesar (5th Century): "He shall recover the Crown of the Lilies....."

Calaldus (5th Century)   "Cyprus, the Turks and Barbarians he will subdue."

St. Caesar of Arles (5/6 Century) "When the entire world, and in a special manner France, and in France more particularly the provinces of the North, of the east, and above all, that of Lorraine and Champagne, shall have been a prey to the greatest miseries and trials, then the provinces shall be succored by a prince who had been exiled in his youth, and who shall recover the Crown of the Lilies. This prince shall extend his dominion over the entire universe. At the same time there will be a great Pope, who will be most eminent in sanctity and most perfect in every quality. This Pope shall have with him, the Great Monarch, a most virtuous man who shall be a scion of the holy race of the French kings. This Great Monarch will assist the Pope in the reformation of the whole earth...There will be one common law, one only faith, one baptism, one religion. All nations shall recognize the Holy See of Rome, and shall pay homage to the Pope."

Ac St. Caesar of Arles (469-453) - But after some time fervor shall cool, iniquity shall abound, and moral corruption shall become worse than ever, which shall bring upon mankind the last and worse persecution of Anti-Christ, and the end of the world.

St. Remigius (535 A.D.) - The Kingdom of France is predestined by God for the defense of the Roman Church, which is the only true Church of Christ. This kingdom shall one day be great among the kingdoms of the earth, and shall embrace all the limits of the Roman Empire, and shall submit all other kingdoms to its own sceptre. It shall last until the end of time. It shall be victorious and prosperous as long as it will remain faithful to the Holy roman See, and will not be guilty of those crimes which ruin nations; but will be rudely punished every time it will become unfaithful to its vocation.

Isidore of Seville  (7th Century)   "He shall reign over the House of Agar, and shall possess Jerusalem."
St. Isidore of Seville (7th Century)   "In the last days a very pious King shall reign over our Great Spain."

Bl. R. Maurus (9th Century): "He will go to Jerusalem, and lay down his Sceptre and Crown on Mount Olive. Thus shall come the end of the Christian Roman Empire."

Blessed Rabanus Maurus (d. 856) - Our principal doctors agree in announcing to us, that towards the end of time one of the descendents of the kings of France shall reign over all the Roman Empire; and that he shall be the greatest of the Empire: and that he shall be the greatest of the French monarchs, and the last of his race.

Blessed Rabanus Maurus (d. 856) - After having most happily governed his kingdom, he will go to Jerusalem, and depose on Mount Olivet his scepter and crown. This shall be the end and conclusion of the Roman and Christian Empire.

St. Hildegarde, German Abbess (12th Century): "The White Flower again takes possession of the Throne of France."

Bishop Ageda, (12th Century): "He shall inherit the Crown of the Fleur-de-Lis."

St. Hildegarde, German Abbess (12th Century): "The White Flower again takes possession of the Throne of France."

Bishop Ageda, (12th Century): "He shall inherit the Crown of the Fleur-de-Lis."

St. Hildegarde, German Abbess (12th Century): "The White Flower again takes possession of the Throne of France."

St. Hildegarde, German Abbess (12th Century): "The White Flower again takes possession of the Throne of France."

Bishop Ageda (12th Century): "He shall inherit the Crown of the Fleur-de-Lis"

A Beckett (12th Century)   "He shall capture Milan, Lombardy, and the three Crowns."
Magdeburg Chronicle    "...  by whom the decayed estate of the Church shall be reformed."
Bishop Ageda  (12th Century)  "By his means the nation's religion and laws shall have an admirable change."
Sibylla Tiburtina  "France shall first be yoked by this King.  Britain shall humbly cast herself at his knees.  Italy...will contribute to him her languishing right hand."
Merlin the Bard   (England)  "The Sovereign and the Gallic people shall knock down the renegades who shall shake with fright."
Merlin the Bard (England)   "He shall be the last King over England."
Abbot J. Merlin   (13th Century)  "Having need of a powerful temporal assistance, the Holy Pontiff will ask for the co-operation of the generous Monarch of France."    
Vatiguerro   (13th Century)   "This Prince shall help him (the Holy Pontiff) in every way."

John of Vitiguerro (13th Century) “The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome... After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions.”

St. Bridget (14th Century)   "The Eagle will also invade the Mohammedan countries."    "He shall destroy the Jewish and Mohammedan sects."
Cozensa (14th Century)   "He will overcome the German Ruler."
St. John of Capistrano   (15th Century)  "He shall restore the apostolic discipline."
St. Francis of Paola  (15th Century)  "He shall be a great captain."
St. Francis of Paolo (15th Century)   "He shall destroy the Mohammedan sect and the rest of the infidels."                            

Busto  (15th Century): "The Angelic Pope shall place an imperial crown on his head."

St. Francis de Paola (15th Century): "(He and the Holy Pontiff) shall obtain dominion over the whole world.

Liber Mirabilis  (16th Century)   "He shall wrestle the Kingdom of the Christians from Ishmael, and conquer it from the Saracens.  None of the Saracens shall be able to prevail."
Mother Shipton  (16th Century) "He will set England aright and drive out heresy ... He will appoint three Lords to rule the Kingdom of England."
Ven. B. Holzhauser  (17th Century)  "The powerful Monarch, who is sent from God, will uproot every Republic."
Gekner  (17th Century)  "He will go through all Europe with a powerful army, uproot every Republic, and exterminate all rebels.”

David Poreaus (17th Century): "The Great Monarch will be of French descent, large forehead, large dark eyes, light brown wavy hair, and an eagle nose. He will crush the enemies of the Pope and will conquer the East."

Rudolph Gekner (17th Century): "His sword will be moved by Divine power."

Pareus (17th Century)   "The Great Monarch ... he will conquer the (Middle) East."
Ven. Holzhauser (17th Century)    "The Empire of the Mohammedans will be broken up (by him)."
Gekner  (17th Century)  "He shall subdue to his dominion the Mohammedan Empire"
Jasper the Peasant   (18th Century)  "Russia, Sweden, and the whole North shall fight against France, Spain, Italy, and the whole South led by a powerful Prince.”

Old Saxon prophecy: "He will come from the Fleur-de-Lis..."

Aystinger: " ... by whom the ancient glory of the Empire shall be restored. He shall be Emperor of Europe."

Holzhauser: "He will restore everything."

(Old German prophecy): "He will be lame afoot ... "

(Anne-Catherine Emmerich, 19th Century): "God touched the sinew of his hip. He was in great pain and from that day on, he walked with a limp ... "

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, July 12, 1820: "I had a vision of the holy Emperor Henry. I saw him at night kneeling alone at the foot of the main altar in a great and beautiful church . . . and I saw the Blessed Virgin coming down all alone. She laid on the altar a red cloth covered with white linen. She placed a book inlaid with precious stones. She lit the candles and the perpetual lamp . . . Then came down the Savior Himself clad in priestly vestments. He was carrying the chalice and the veil. Two Angels were serving Him and two more were following . . . His chasuble was a full and heavy mantle in which red and white could be seen in transparency, and gleaming with jewels . . . Although there was no altar bell, the cruets were there. The wine was red as blood, and there was also some water. The Mass was short. The Gospel of St. John was not read at the end. When the Mass has ended, Mary came up to Henry (the Emperor), and she extended her right hand towards him, saying that it was in recognition of his purity. Then, she urged him not to falter. Thereupon I saw an angel, and he touched the sinew of his hip, like Jacob. He (Henry) was in great pain, and from that day on, he walked with a limp . . . "

(Peasant Jasper, Germany): "This Prince shall mount his horse on the right-hand side, because he limps from one foot .... "

Cataldu: "He will at length lay down his Crown in Jerusalem."

Old Saxon prophecy: "He will come from the Fleur-de-Lis..."

Aystinger: " ... by whom the ancient glory of the Empire shall be restored. He shall be Emperor of Europe."

Holzhauser: "He will restore everything."

Cataldus   "The Great Monarch will be at war till the age of forty."
Mentz  (19th Century) "He shall be in command of seven kinds of soldiers against three in the region of the Birch-trees."

 

CHAPTER FOURTY

Period of Peace

St. Anna Maria Taigi (d. 1837, recently canonized by Pope John Paul II) - After the three days of darkness, Sts. Peter and Paul, having come down from heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the cardinal, the future pontiff. Then Christianity will spread throughout the world. Whole nations will join the Church shortly before the reign of the Anti-Christ. These conversions will be amazing. Those who shall survive shall have to conduct themselves well. There shall be innumerable conversions of heretics, who will return to the bosom of the Church; all will note the edifying conduct of their lives, as well as that of all other Catholics. Russia, England, and China will come into the Church.

St. Hildegarde: "Peace will return when the Lily ascends the Throne again. The land will be very productive."

St. Francis of Paola (15th Century) "By the grace of the Almighty, the great Monarch will annihilate heretics and unbelievers. He will have a great army, and angels will fight at his side. He will be like the sun among the stars. His influence will spread over the whole earth. All in all, there will be on earth twelve Kings, one Emperor, one Pope, and a few Princes. They will all lead holy lives."

Caesar (6th Century)    "He will assist the Pope in the reformation of the world."

St. Methodius (385) - A time will come when the enemies of Christ will boast; "We have subjected the earth and all its inhabitants, and the Christians cannot escape our hands." Then a Roman emperor will rise in fury against them...Drawing his sword he will fall on the foes of Christianity and crush them. Then peace and quiet will reign on earth, and the priests will be relieved of their anxieties.

St. Methodius (385) - In the last period Christians will not appreciate the great grace of God who provided a Great Monarch, a long duration of peace, a splendid fertility of the earth. They will be very ungrateful, lead a sinful life, in pride, vanity, unchastity, frivolity, hatred, avarice, gluttony and many other vices the the sins of men will stink more than a pestilence before God. Many men will doubt whether the Catholic faith is the true and only saving one and whether the Jews are perhaps correct when they still expect the Messias. Many will be the false teachings and bewilderment. The just God will in consequence give Lucifer and all his devils power to come on earth and tempt his godless creatures.

St. Caesar of Arles (469-453) - At the same time there will be a great Pope, who will be most eminent in sanctity and most perfect in every quality. This Pope shall have with him, the Great Monarch, a most virtuous man, who shall be a scion of the holy race of the French kings. This Great Monarch will assist the Pope in the reformation of the whole earth. Many princes and nations that are living in error shall be converted, and an admirable peace shall reign among men during many years, because the wrath of God shall be appeased through their repentance, penance, and good works. There will be one common law, one only faith, one baptism, one religion. All nations shall recognize the Holy See of Rome and shall pay homage to the Pope.

John of the Cleft Rock (1340) - God will raise up a holy Pope over whom the angels will rejoice. Enlightened by God, this man will reconstruct almost the entire world through his holiness and lead all to the true faith, and everywhere fear of God, virtue, and good morals will be dominant. He will lead all erring sheep back to the fold, and there shall be only one faith, one law, one rule of life, one baptism on earth. All men will love each other and do good, and all quarrels and war will disappear.

St. Bridget: "And the earth shall enjoy peace and prosperity."

St. John-Mary Vianney, Cur of Ars (19th Century): "This shall re-establish a peace and prosperity without precedent."

St. Hildegarde: "Peace will return when the Lily ascends the Throne again. The land will be very productive."

St. Bridget: "And the earth shall enjoy peace and prosperity."

St. John-Mary Vianney, Cure of Ars (19th Century): "This shall re-establish a peace and prosperity without precedent."

P St. Cathrine of Siena (d.1380) - The bride (Church) now all deformed and clothed in rags, will then gleam with beauty and jewels and crowned with the diadem of all virtue. All believing nations will rejoice and have such excellent and holy shepherds, and the unbelieving world attracted by the glory of the Church, will be converted to her.

Venerable Mary of Agreda (17th Century) “It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God, all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother... Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith.

Our Lady of America 1956 - "It is the United States that is to lead the world to peace, the peace of Christ, the peace that He brought with Him from heaven. 

"Dear children, unless the United States accepts and carries out faithfully the mandate given to it by heaven to lead the world to peace, there will come upon it and all nations a great havoc of war and incredible suffering.

“If, however, the United States is faithful to this mandate from heaven and yet fails in the pursuit of peace because the rest of the world will not accept or cooperate, then the United States will not be burdened with the punishment about to fall."

"Sin is overwhelming the world and punishment is not far away.  ... Help me bring once again the sunshine of God's peace upon the world."

Cataldus of Tarentino (cir.500) - The Great Monarch will be in war until he is 40 years of age; a King of the House of Lily, he will assemble great armies and expel tyrants from his empire...the Turk and barbarians he will subdue and have all men worship the Crucified One. He will at length lay down his crown in Jerusalem.

Monk Adso (10th Century): "Some of our teachers say that a King of the Franks will possess the entire Roman Empire. He will be the greatest and last of all Monarchs. After having wisely governed his kingdom, he will go into Jerusalem and will lay his sceptre and his crown upon the Mount of Olives. Immediately afterwards, Antichrist will come."

St. Vincent Ferrer (14th Century) “In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of revolutions and wars, before the end of the world, the Christians will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, saying, "It is an unnecessary Sacrament."

St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1418) - In the days of peace that are to come after the desolation of revolutions and wars, before the end of the world, the Christians will become so lax in their religion that they will refuse to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, saying "it is an unnecessary Sacrament"; and when the false prophet and the Anti-Christ comes, all who are not confirmed will apostatize, while those who are confirmed will stand firm in the faith, and only a few will renounce Christ.

St. John Chrysotom - The world will be faithless and degenerate after the birth of the Anti-Christ.

 

CHAPTER FOURTY-ONE

The Antichrist

St Cyril of Jerusalem   315 - 386 AD "And after this 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. Irenaeus  125 – 202  “He shall sit in the Temple of God as if he were Christ, and leading astray those who worship him.  For when he is come, and of his own accord concentrates in his own person the apostasy, and accomplishes whatever he shall do according to his own will and choice, sitting also in the Temple of God so that his dupes may adore him as the Christ...”   “By means of the events which shall occur in the time of Antichrist it is shown that he, being an apostate and a robber, is anxious to be adored as God; and that although a mere slave, he wishes to be proclaimed as a king.  For he being endued with all the power of the devil, shall come, not as a righteous king, not as a legitimate king obedient to God but as an impious, unjust, and lawless one; as an iniquitous and murderous apostate; as a robber, concentrating in himself a satanic apostasy, and setting aside idols to persuade men that he himself is God

 The antichrist will deceive the Jews to such an extent that they will accept him as the messiah and worship him.

 The disciples of the apostles say (from oral tradition) that they (Elias and Enoch), whose living bodies were taken up from this world have been placed in an earthly paradise where they will remain until the end of the world.

At the time of his reign antichrist will command that Jerusalem be rebuilt in its splendour and will make it a great and populous city, second to none in the world and will order his palace to be built there.”

St. Methodius of Olympus  250 – 311  "A time will come when the enemies of Christ will boast: "We have subjected the earth and all its inhabitants, and the Christians cannot escape our hands." Then a Roman Emperor will arise in great fury against them... Drawing his sword, he will fall upon the foes of Christianity and crush them. Then peace will reign on earth, and priests will be relieved of all their anxieties.

 "In the last period Christians will not appreciate the great grace of God who provided a monarch, a long duration of peace, a splendid fertility of the earth. They will be very ungrateful, lead a sinful life, in pride, vanity, unchastely, frivolity, hatred, avarice, gluttony, and many other vices, [so] that the sins of men will stink more than a pestilence before God. Many will doubt whether the Catholic faith is the true and only saving one and whether the Jews are correct when they still expect the Messiah. Many will be the false teachings and resultant bewilderment. The just God will in consequence give Lucifer and all his devils power to come on earth and tempt his godless creatures...

“In the latter days of the world, Christians will become ungrateful for the great favors they will receive through the coming of the great Monarch, by reason of the long period of peace and prosperity on earth which they will enjoy under his reign. Many men will then begin to doubt if the Christian faith is the only really sanctifying faith and will think perhaps the Jews are right because they are awaiting the Messiah.

"...Then suddenly tribulation and distress will arise against them [the Moslems]. The King of the Greeks, i.e., the Romans, will come out against them in anger, roused as from a drunken stupor like one whom men had thought dead and worthless [Psalms 77:65]. He will go forth against them from the Ethiopian sea and will send the sword and desolation into Ethribus, their homeland, capturing their women and children living in the Land of Promise [Israel]. The sons of the king will come down with the sword and cut them off from the earth. Fear and trembling will rush upon them and their wives and their children from all sides. They will mourn their offspring, weeping over them and all the villages in the lands of their fathers. By the sword they will be given over into the hands of the king of the Romans -- to captivity, death, and decay.

"The King of the Romans will impose his yoke upon them seven times as much as their yoke weighed upon the earth. Great distress will seize them; tribulation will bring them hunger and thirst. They, their wives, and their children will be slaves and serve those who used to serve them, and their slavery will be a hundred times more bitter and hard. The earth which they destituted will then be at peace; each man will return to his own land and to the inheritance of his fathers... Every man who was left captive will return to the things that were his and his fathers', and men will multiply upon the once desolated land like locusts. Egypt will be desolated, Arabia burned with fire, the land of Ausania burned, and the sea provinces pacified. The whole indignation and fury of the King of the Romans will blaze forth against those who deny the Lord Jesus Christ. Then the earth will sit in peace and there will be great peace and tranquillity upon the earth such as has never been nor ever will be any more, since it is the final peace at the End of Time...

"Then the "Gates of the North" will be opened and the strength of those nations which Alexander shut up there will go forth. The whole earth will be terrified at the sight of them; men will be afraid and flee in terror to hide themselves in mountains and caves and graves. They will die of fright and very many will be wasted with fear. There will be no one to bury the bodies. The tribes which will go forth from the North will eat the flesh of men and will drink the blood of beasts like water. They will eat unclean serpents, scorpions, and every kind of filthy and abominable beast and reptile which crawls upon the earth. They will consume the dead bodies of beasts of burden and even women's abortions. They will slay the young and take them from their mothers and eat them. They will corrupt the earth and contaminate it. No one will be able to stand against them.

 "After a week of years, when they have already captured the city of Joppa, the Lord will send one of the princes of his host and strike them down in a moment. After this the King of the Romans will go down and live in Jerusalem for seven and a half-seven times, i.e., years. When the ten and a half years are completed then the Son of Perdition will appear.

 "He will be born in Chorazaim, nourished in Bethsaida, and reign in Capharnaum. Chorazim will rejoice because he was born in her, and Capharnaum because he will have reigned in her. For this reason in the Third Gospel the Lord gave the following statement: "Woe to you, Chorazaim, woe to you Bethsaida, woe to you Capharnaum --- if you have risen up to heaven, you will descend to hell" [Luke 10:13, 15].

“When the Son of Perdition has arisen, the King of the Romans will ascend Golgotha upon which the wood of the Holy Cross is fixed, in the place where the Lord underwent death for us. The king will take the crown from his head and place it upon the cross and stretching out his hands to heaven will hand over the kingdom of the Christians to God the Father. The cross and crown of the king will be taken up together to heaven. This is because the Cross on which our Lord Jesus Christ hung for the common salvation of all will begin to appear before him at his coming to convict the lack of faith of the unbelievers. The prophecy of David which says, "In the last days Ethiopia will stretch out her hand to God" [Psalm 67:32] will be fulfilled in that these last men who stretch out their hands to God are from the seed of Chuseth, the daughter of Phol, king of Ethiopia. When the Cross has been lifted up on high to heaven, the King of the Romans will directly give up his spirit. Then every principality and power will be destroyed that the Son of Perdition may manifest...

 "When the Son of Perdition appears, he will be of the tribe of Dan, according to the prophecy of Jacob. This enemy of religion will use a diabolic art to produce many false miracles, such as causing the blind to see, the lame to walk, and the deaf to hear. Those possessed with demons will be exorcised. He will deceive many and, if he could, as our Lord has said, even the faithful elect.

 "Even the Antichrist will enter Jerusalem, where he will enthrone himself in the temple as a god (even though he will be an ordinary man of the tribe of Dan to which Judas Iscariot also belonged).

 "In those days, the Antichrist will bring about many tribulations; but God will not allow those redeemed by the divine blood to be deceived. For that reason, he will send his two servants, Enoch and Elias, who will declare the prodigies of the Antichrist to be false, and will denounce him as an impostor. After the death and ruin of many, he will leave the Temple in confusion; and many of his followers will forsake him to join the company of the righteous. The seducer, upon seeing himself reproached and scorned, will become enraged and will put to death those saints of God. It is then that there will appear the sign of the Son of Man, and he will come upon the clouds of heaven."

 St. Ambrose  340 – 397  Antichrist will attempt to prove from scripture that he is the Christ

 St. John Chrysostom  347  - 407  "Antichrist will be possessed by Satan and be the illegitimate son of a Jewish woman from the East. This world will be faithless and degenerate after the birth of Anti-Christ”

St. Ephraem  300 – 373  "Then the Lord from His Glorious heaven shall set up his peace. And the kingdom of the Romans shall rise in place of this latter people and establish its dominion upon the earth, even unto its ends, and there shall be no-one who will resist it. After iniquity shall have subsequently multiplied and all creatures have become defiled then divine justice shall appear and shall wholly destroy the people and coming fourth from perdition the man of iniquity shall be revealed upon the earth, the seducer of men and disturber of the whole earth

 "Let us learn, my friends, in what form shall come on earth the shameless serpent, since the Redeemer, wishing to save all mankind, was born of a Virgin and in human form crushed the enemy with the holy power of his godhead. This then the enemy, having learnt that again shall the Lord come from heaven in the glory of His divinity, thus bethought him to assume the form of His coming and beguile all men. So in very truth shall he be born of a defiled woman, his instrument.  In the form of Him shall come the all-polluted, as a wily thief to beguile all beings.  Humble and gentle, hating the speech of the unjust, overturning all idols, honouring piety, a good lover of the poor, exceedingly fair, altogether well disposed, pleasant towards all. To conciliate all, he plots craftily, that he may be loved soon by the peoples; neither gifts shall he accept, nor speak in anger. He shows himself not sullen, but ever cheerful. And in all these well-planned schemes he beguileth the world so long as he shall rule.

“For when the many peoples and nations shall behold such great virtues, fair deeds and powers, all of one mind shall become and with great joy shall crown him, saying one to another, surely there is not found such another man so good and just... For the shameless one, grasping authority, sends his demons unto all the ends of the earth to announce unto all that a great king hath appeared in glory; come thither and behold...

The peoples shall be gathered, and they shall come that they may see God, and the crowds of the peoples shall cleave to him, and all shall deny their own God and invite their fellows to praise the son of perdition, and one on another they shall fall and with swords each other destroy...

Magnifying his miracles, performing his portents, Deceiver and not in truth manifesting these things, in such fashion the tyrant removeth the mountains, and simulates falsely and not truly while the multitude stands by, many nations and peoples applauding him for his illusions...

“Again this same dragon stretches out his hands and gathers the multitudes of reptiles and birds; and likewise he moves over the surface of the deep, and as on dry ground he walks thereon. But he simulates these things... The lightning shall be his ministers and signify his advent; the demons shall constitute his forces, and the princes of the demons shall be his disciples; to far-distant lands he shall send captains of his bands, who shall impart virtue and healing... A great conflict, Brethren, in those times amongst all men, but especially amongst the faithful, when there shall be signs and wonders wrought by the Dragon in great abundance, when he shall again manifest himself as God in fearful phantasms flying in the air, and show all the demons in the forms of angels flying in terror before the tyrant, for he cries out loudly, changing his forms also to strike infinite dread into all men...

 "Then the skies no longer rain, the earth no longer beareth fruit, the springs run out, the rivers dry up, herbs no longer sprout, grass no longer grows, trees wither from their roots and no longer put forth fruits, the fishes of the sea and the monsters therein die out, and thus they say a fetid stench emits with a fearful roar, that men shall fail and perish through terror. And then in dread shall moan and groan all life alike when all shall see the pitiless distress that compasseth them by night and eke by day, and nowhere find the food wherewith to fill themselves... For stern governors of the people shall be appointed each in his place, and whoso bears with him the seal of the tyrant may buy a little food.

"But before these things be, the Lord sends Elias, the Thesbite, and Enoch, the compassionate, that they may proclaim reverence to the race of men, and openly announce unto all the knowledge of God, that they believe not nor obey the false one through fear, crying out and saying, "A deceiver, O men, is he; let no one believe in him." But few are those who shall then obey and believe in the words of these two prophets.

 "Many therefore of the saints as many are then found, as soon as they shall hear of the coming of the man of corruption, shall most speedily flee to the deserts and lie hid in the deserts and mountains and caves through fear, and strew earth and ashes on their heads, destitute and weeping both day and night with great humility. And this shall to them be granted by God the Holy One: And grace shall lead them unto the appointed places.

 "But all those dwelling in the east of the earth shall fly to the west, through their great fear, and again those dwelling under the setting sun unto its rising shall fly in trembling...

 "In the end like lightning flashing from heaven shall come God, our King and the deathless Bridegroom, in the clouds with glory unimaginable. And behold his Glory shall run the serried hosts of angels and archangels, all breathing flames, and a river full of fire, with a frightful crash...

 "How may we then endure, my beloved brethren, when we shall see the fiery river coming out in fury like the wild seething ocean, and the hills and the valleys consuming, and all the world and the works therein; then, beloved, with that fire the rivers shall fail, the springs shall vanish, the sea dry up, the air be agitated, the stars shall fall out from the sky; the sun shall be consumed, the moon pass away, the heavens rolled up like a scroll..."

“And when the son of perdition has drawn to his purpose the whole world Enoch and Elias shall be sent that they may confute the evil one

“The man of evil will prepare and coming he will enter Jerusalem; he will build up and establish Sion and will make himself God and entering he will sit in the temple as the apostle has written as if he were God.”

 St. John Damascene 676 – 787   "And when he was taken up, He [Jesus] ascended to the East and thus the apostles worshipped Him and thus He shall come in the same way as they had seen Him going into heaven, as the Lord himself said “ As lightening cometh out of the east and appeareth even into the west: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”. And so while we are awaiting Him we worship toward the East. This is moreover the unwritten tradition of the apostles, for they have handed many things down to us unwritten

 "One should know that the antichrist must come. Antichrist to be sure is everyone who does not confess that the Son of God came in the flesh is perfect God and became perfect man while at the same time He was God.

“In a peculiar and special sense however he who is to come at the consummation of the world is Antichrist. So it is first necessary for the Gospel to have been preached to all the gentiles as the Lord said, and then, he shall come unto conviction of the impious Jews.

“For the Lord said to them: I am come in the name of the father and you receive me not: If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive. And the apostle: “because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: that all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.

“Hence the Jews did not receive the Lord Jesus Christ and God, although He was the Son of God, but the deceiver who says he is God they will receive. For that he will call himself God, the angel who taught Daniel thus declares: “he will make no account of the gods of his Fathers”. And the Apostle: “Let no man deceive you by any means; for unless there comes a revolt first and the son of perdition, who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God” He says ---not however in ours but in the former one that of the Jews, for he will not come to us but to the Jews (initially)—not for the sake of Christ and Christ’s for which reason alone, he is also called Antichrist

 “The gospel, then, must first be preached in all nations “ and then that wicked one shall be revealed: whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders, in all seduction of inquity to them that perish: who the Lord shall kill with the words of His mouth and the coming of His brightness” Thus the devil does not himself become man after the incarnation of the Lord –God forbid! --!

“But a man is born of fornication and receives into himself the whole operation of Satan, for God permits the devil to inhabit him for He (God) foresees the future perversity of his will.

 “So he is born of fornication as we said and is brought up unnoticed: but all of a sudden he rises up, revolts and rules. During the first part of his reign – of his tyranny rather – he plays more the part of sanctity; but when he gains complete control, he persecutes the Church of God and reveals all his wickedness. “And he shall come in signs and lying wonders” – sham ones and not real – and he shall seduce those whose intention rests on a rotten and unstable foundation and make them abandon the living God, “in as much as to scandalize (if possible) even the elect”.

"And Enoch and Elias the Thesbite will be sent and they shall “turn the heart of the fathers to the children” that is to say, turn the synagogue to our Lord Jesus Christ and the preaching of the apostles. And they will be destroyed by him. Then the Lord will come from heaven in the same way that the holy apostles saw Him going into Heaven, perfect God and perfect man, with glory and power; and he shall destroy the man of iniquity, the son of perdition, with the spirit of His mouth. So let no one expect the Lord to come from the earth but from Heaven, as He Himself has positively assured us.

 "And so with our souls again united to our bodies, which will have become incorrupt and put off incorruption, we shall rise again and stand before the terrible judgment seat of Christ. And the devil and his demons, and his man which is to say the Antichrist and the impious sinners will be given over to everlasting fire, which will not be a material fire such as we are accustomed to but a fire such as God might know."

 St. Hildegard 1098 – 1179  “When the great ruler (the Great Monarch) exterminates the Turks almost entirely, one of the remaining Mohammedans will be converted, become a priest bishop and cardinal, and when the new pope is elected (immediately before Antichrist) this cardinal will kill the pope before he is crowned, through jealousy, wishing to be pope himself; then when the other cardinals elect the next pope this cardinal will proclaim himself Anti-pope, and two-thirds of the Christians will go with him.  He, as well as Antichrist, are descendants of the tribe of Dan.

 “An unchaste woman will conceive an unchaste son. The wicked serpent who deceived Adam will influence this child in such as way that nothing good or virtuous will enter him; nor under the circumstances will it even be possible for any good to be in him

 “The mark (of Antichrist) will be a hellish symbol of Baptism, because thereby a person will be stamped as an adherent of Antichrist and also of the Devil in that he thereby gives himself over to the influence of Satan.  Whoever will not have this mark of Antichrist can neither buy nor sell anything and will be beheaded.

 “He will win over to himself the rulers, the mighty and the wealthy, will bring about the destruction of those who do not accept his faith and, finally, will subjugate the entire earth.

“The streets of Jerusalem will then shine in the brightest gold with the blood of Christians which will flow like water.  Simultaneously Antichrist will try to increase his wonders.  His executioners will work such miracles when they torment the Christians that the people will think Antichrist is the true God.  The executioners will not permit the Christians to win the martyrs' crown easily for they will endeavour to prolong their pain until they renounce their faith.  Yet some will receive a special grace from God to die during the torments.

“Antichrist will make the earth move, level mountains, dry up rivers, produce thunder and lightning and hail, remove the leaves from the trees and return them again to the trees, make men sick and cure them, exorcise devils, raise the dead to life.  He will appear to be crucified and rise from the dead.  All in all,  Christians will be astounded and in grievous doubts while the followers of Antichrist will be confirmed in their false faith.

 “Finally, when he shall have converted all his plans into action, he will gather his worshippers about him and tell them that he will presently ascend toward Heaven.  However, at the moment of the ascension a bolt of lightning will overwhelm and annihilate him.  The planned ascent into heaven will have been prepared by the artful employment of ingenious devices, and the moment at which the event was to have taken place, leading to his destruction, will produce a cloud that will spread an unbearable odour.  Through this many people will again come to their senses and to understanding.

 “Then the people should prepare for the last judgment, the day of which is indeed veiled in secrecy and obscurity, but not far distant."

“Enoch and Elias are being instructed by God in a mysterious manner in paradise.  God shows them the works of men as though they could see these with natural eyes.  The two men are therefore, much wiser than all wise men put together.  The same force which removed Enoch and Elias from the earth will bring them back in a storm wind at the time when the Antichrist will spread his false doctrine.  As long as they will dwell amongst men they will always be refreshed after 40 days.  They have the mission from God to resist the Antichrist and lead the erring back to the road of salvation.  Both men, distinguished by age and stature, will speak to men:

`This accursed one is sent by the devil in order to lead men into error.  We have been preserved by God at a secret place, where we did not experience the suffering of men.  We are now sent by God in order to oppose the heresy of this destroyer.  Look, if we resemble you in stature and age.' 

“And because the testimony of both shall agree they will be believed.  All will follow these two aged men and renounce heresy.  They will visit all cities and towns where previously the Antichrist had sown his heresy, and through the power of the Holy Ghost will work genuine miracles.  All the people will be greatly astonished at them.  Enoch and Elias will confuse the followers of Satan with thunder strokes, and destroy them and fortify the Christians in faith.  Therefore, the Christians will hurry to martyrdom, which the son of evil will prepare for them like to a banquet, so that the murderers will grow tired of counting the dead on account of their great numbers; for their blood will run like rivers.  Enoch and Elias have been taught much wisdom and knowledge in Paradise while awaiting their return to earth.  God will instruct them every forty days while they are on earth.  They will receive exceptional graces and powers from God to use against Antichrist.

“Enoch and Elias will be instructed by God in a most secret manner in Paradise. God reveals to them the actions and condition of men that they may regard them with the eyes of compassion. Because of this special preparation, these two holy men are more wise than all the wise men on the earth  taken together. God will give them the task of opposing antichrist and of bringing back those who have strayed from the way of salvation. Both of these men will say to people: 

This accursed one has been sent by the devil to lead men astray and into error; we have been preserved by God in a hidden place where we did not experience the sorrows of men but God has now sent us to combat the heresy of this son of perdition.

“They will go into all cities and villages where previously antichrist had broadcasted his heresies and by the power of the Holy Spirit will perform wonderful miracles so that all nations will greatly marvel at them. This as to a wedding feast, Christians will hasten to death by martyrdom which the son of perdition will have prepared for them in such numbers that those murderers will be unable even to count the slain, then the blood of these martyrs will fill the rivers

 “When the fear of God has been disregarded everywhere, violent and furious wars will take place.  A multitude of people will be slaughtered and many cities will be transformed into heaps of rubbish.

 “The Son of Corruption and Ruin will appear and reign for only a short time, towards the end of the days of the world's duration; the period which corresponds to the moment when the sun has disappeared beyond the horizon; that is to say he shall come at the last days of the world.  He will not be Satan himself, but a human equalling and resembling him in atrocious, hideousness.  His mother, a depraved woman possessed by the devil, will live as a prostitute in the desert.  She will declare that she is ignorant as to the identity of his father, and will maintain that her son was presented to her by God in a. supernatural manner, as was the Child of the Blessed Virgin.  She will then be venerated as a saint by deceived people.

“Antichrist will come from a land that lies between two seas and will practise his tyranny in the East.  After his birth, false teachers and doctrines will appear followed by wars, famines, and pestilence. His mother will seldom let any one see him, and yet by magic art she will manage to gain the love of the people for him. 

“He will be raised at different secret places and will be kept in seclusion until full grown.  When he has grown to full manhood he will publicly announce a hostile doctrine on religion.  He will attract the people to himself by granting them complete exemption from the observance of all divine and ecclesiastical commandments, by forgiving them their sins and requiring of them only their belief in his divinity. 

“He will spurn and reject baptism and the gospel.  He will open his mouth to preach contradiction.  He will say:

`Jesus of Nazareth is not the son of God, only a deceiver who gave himself out as God; and the Church, instituted by him is only superstition'.  The true Christ has come in his person.  I am the Savoir of the World.' 

“Especially will he try to convince the Jews that he is the Messiah sent by God and the Jews will accept him as such.  His doctrine of faith will be taken from the Jewish religion and seemingly will not differ much from the fundamental doctrine of Christianity for he will teach that there is one God who created the world, who is omniscient and knows the thoughts of man and is just, who rewards the obeyers of his commands and the trespassers he chastises, who raises all from the dead in due time.  This God has spoken through Moses and the Prophets, therefore the precepts of the Mosaic laws are to be kept, especially circumcision and keeping the Sabbath, yet by his moral laws he will try to reverse all order on earth.  Therefore he is called in Holy Writ the `Lawless One'.  He will think that he can change time and laws.

“He will discard all laws, morals and religious principles, to draw the world to himself.  He will grant entire freedom from the commandments of God and the Church and permit everyone to live as his passions dictate.  By doing so he hopes to be acknowledged by the people as deliverer from the yoke and as the cause of prosperity in the world. 

 “Religion he will endeavour to make convenient.  He will say that you need not fast and embitter your life by renunciation as the people of former times did when they had no sense of God's goodness.  It will suffice to love God.  He will let the people feast to their heart's content so that they will pity the unfortunate people of former centuries.  He will preach free love and tear asunder family ties. 

“He will scorn everything holy, and he will ridicule all graces of the Church with devilish mockery.  He will condemn humility and foster proud and gruesome dogmas.  He will tear down that which God has taught in the Old and New Testament and he will maintain that sin and vice are not sin and vice.  Briefly he will declare the road to Hell is the way to Heaven.

 "After having passed a licentious youth among very perverted men, and in a desert, she being conducted by a demon disguised as an angel of light, the mother of the son of perdition will conceive and give birth without knowing the father.  In another land, she will make men believe that her birth was some miraculous thing, seeing that she had not appointed a spouse, and she will ignore that, she will say, how the infant she had brought into the world had been formed in her womb, and the people will regard it as a saint and qualified to the title.

"The son of perdition is this very wicked beast who will put to death those who refuse to believe in him; who will associate with kings, priests, the great and the rich; who will mistake the humility and will esteem pride; who will finally subjugate the entire universe by his diabolic means.

 "He will gain over many people and tell them:

"You are allowed to do all that you please; renounce the fasts; it suffices that you love me; I who am your God."

"He will show them treasures and riches, and he will permit them to riot in all sorts of festivities, as they please. He will oblige them to practice circumcision and other Judaic observances, and he will tell them:

"Those who believe in me will receive pardon of their sins and will live with me eternally."

"He will reject baptism and evangelism, and he will reject in derision all the precepts the Spirit has given to men of my part.

 "Then he will say to his partisans,

"Strike me with a sword, and place my corpse in a proper shroud until the day of my resurrection."

“They will believe him to have really given over to death, and from his mortal wound he will make a striking semblance of resuscitation.

"After which, he will compose himself a certain cipher, which he will say is to be a pledge of salute; he will give it to all his servitors like the sign of our faith in heaven, and he will command them to adore it. Concerning those who, for the love of my name, will refuse to render this sacrilegious adoration to the son of perdition, he will put them to death amidst the cruellest torments.

"But I will defend my two Witnesses, Enoch and Elias, whom I have reserved for those times. Their mission will be to combat the man of evil and reprimand him in the sight of the faithful whom he has seduced. They will have the virtue of operating the most brilliant miracles, in all the places where the son of perdition has spread his evil doctrines. In the meanwhile, I will permit this evildoer to put them to death; but I will give them in heaven the recompense of their travails.

"Later, however, after the coming of Enoch and Elias, the Antichrist will be destroyed, and the Church will sing forth with unprecedented glory, and the victims of the great error will throng to return to the fold."

 "The Man of Sin will be born of an ungodly woman who, from her infancy, will have been initiated into occult sciences and the wiles of the demon. She will live in the desert with perverse men, and abandon herself to crime with so much the greater ardor, as she will think she is authorized thereby to by the revelations of an angel. And thus, in the fire of burning concupiscence she will conceive the Son of Perdition, without knowing by what father. Then she will teach that fornication is permitted, declaring herself holy and honoured as a saint.

"But Lucifer, the old and cunning serpent, will find the fruit of her womb with his infernal spirit and entirely possess the fruit of sin.

"Now when he shall have attained the age of manhood, he will set himself up as a new master and teach perverse doctrine. Soon he will revolt against the saints; and he will acquire such great power that in the madness of his pride he would raise himself above the clouds; and as in the beginning Satan said: "I will be like unto the most high", and fell; so in those days, he will fall when he will say in the person of his son, "I am the Saviour of the World!"

 "He will ally himself with the kings, the princes and the powerful ones of the earth; he will condemn humility and will extol all the doctrines of pride. His magic art will feign the most astonishing prodigies; he will disturb the atmosphere, command thunder and tempest, produce hail and horrible lightning. He will move mountains, dry up streams, reanimate the withered verdure of forests. His arts will be practiced upon the elements, but chiefly upon man will he exhaust his infernal power. He will seem to take away health and restore it. How so? By sending some possessed soul into a dead body, to move it for a time. But these resurrections will be of short duration.

"At the sight of these things, many will be terrified and will believe in him; and some, preserving their primitive faith, will nevertheless court the favour of the Man of Sin or fear his displeasure. And so many will be led astray among those who, shutting the interior eye of their soul, will live habitually in exterior things...

”After the Antichrist has ascended a high mountain and been destroyed by Christ, many erring souls will return to truth, and men will make rapid progress in the ways of holiness."

 "Nothing good will enter into him nor be able to be in him. For he will be nourished in diverse and secret places, lest he should be known by men, and he will be imbued with all diabolical arts, and he will be hidden until he is of full age, nor will he show the perversities which will be in him, until he knows himself to be full and superabundant in all iniquities.

"He will appear to agitate the air, to make fire descend from heaven, to produce rainbows, lightning, thunder and hail, to tumble mountains, dry up streams, to strip the verdure of trees, of forests, and to restore them again. He will also appear to be able to make men sick or well at will, to chase out demons, and at times even to resuscitate the dead, making a cadaver move like it was alive. But this kind of resurrection will never endure beyond a little time, for the glory of God will not suffer it.

 "Ostensibly he will be murdered, spill his blood and die. With bewilderment and consternation, mankind will learn that he is not dead, but has awakened from his death-sleep.

 "From the beginning of his course many battles and many things contrary to the lawful dispensation will arise, and charity will be extinguished in men. In them also will arise bitterness and harshness and there will be so many heresies that heretics will preach their errors openly and certainly; and there shall be so much doubt and incertitude in the Catholic faith of Christians that men shall be in doubt of what God they invoke, and many signs shall appear in the sun and moon, and in the stars and in the waters, and in other elements and creatures, so that, as it were in a picture, future events shall be foretold in their portents.

 "Then so much sadness shall occupy men at that time that they shall be led to die as if for nothing. But those who are perfect in the Catholic faith will wait in great contrition what God wills to ordain. And these great tribulations shall proceed in this way, while the Son of Perdition shall open his mouth in the words of falsehood and his deceptions, heaven and earth shall tremble together. But after the fall of the Antichrist the glory of the Son of God shall be increased.

"As soon as he is born, he will have teeth and pronounce blasphemies; in short, he will be a born devil. He will emit fearful cries, work miracles, and wallow in luxury and vice. He will have brothers who are also demons incarnate, and at the age of twelve, they will distinguish themselves in brilliant achievements. They will command an armed force, which will be supported by the infernal legions.

 "After the Son of Perdition has accomplished all of his evil designs, he will call together all of his believers and tell them that he wishes to ascend into heaven.

"At the moment of his ascension, a thunderbolt will strike him to the ground, and he will die.

"The mountain where he was established for the operation of his ascension, in an instant will be covered with a thick cloud which emits an unbearable odour of truly infernal corruption... At the sight of his body, the eyes of great number of persons will open and they will be made to see their miserable error.

 "After the sorrowful defeat of the Son of Perdition, the spouse of my Son, who is the Church, will shine with a glory without equal, and the victims of the error will be impressed to re-enter the sheepfold.

 "As to the day, after the fall of Antichrist, when the world will end, man must not seek to know, for he can never learn it. That secret the Father has reserved for Himself."

 “After Enoch and Elias suffer physical death the spirit of life will reawaken them raise them up into the clouds and the rejoicing of that man’s followers (antichrist) will change into fear, sorrow and dismay. Then the son of corruption will gather together a large group of people in order that his glory can be openly shown forth. He will attempt to walk through the heavens so that any remnant of the catholic faith that might remain throughout the world might completely disappear.

“In the sight of crowds standing around and listening he will order the high strata of the sky to lift him up during his ascension into heaven and the words of my loyal servant Paul will be fulfilled and these are the words which Paul who is full of the spirit of truth says” and the lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and will destroy him with his glorious appearance at his coming…” “…when the son of corruption ascends on high through diabolical trickery he will be thrust down again by divine power. The fumes of sulphur and pitch will consume him such that the crowds standing nearby will flee into the mountains for protection. Such abject fear will seize all who see and hear these things that they will reject the devil and his spiritual son antichrist and be converted to the true faith by baptism.

 “The son of perdition will come when the day declines and the sun sinks, that is when the time arrives and the world loses its stability.”

 

CHAPTER FORTY-TWO

The Antichrist by St. Hippolytus

St. Hippolytus was a disciple of St. Irenaeus, who was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John

1. As it was your desire, my beloved brother Theophilus, to be thoroughly informed on those topics which I put summarily before you, I have thought it right to set these matters of inquiry clearly forth to your view, drawing largely from the Holy Scriptures themselves as from a holy fountain, in order that you may not only have the pleasure of hearing them on the testimony of men, but may also be able, by surveying them in the light of (divine) authority, to glorify God in all. For this will be as a sure supply furnished you by us for your journey in this present life, so that by ready argument applying things ill understood and apprehended by most, you may sow them in the ground of your heart, as in a rich and clean soil. By these, too, you will be able to silence those who oppose and gainsay the word of salvation. Only see that you do not give these things over to unbelieving and blasphemous tongues, for that is no common danger. But impart them to pious and faithful men, who desire to live holily and righteously with fear. For it is not to no purpose that the blessed apostle exhorts Timothy, and says, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called; which some professing have erred concerning the faith." And again, "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me in many exhortations, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." If, then, the blessed (apostle) delivered these things with a pious caution, which could be easily known by all, as he perceived in the spirit that "all men have not faith," how much greater will be our danger, if, rashly and without thought, we commit the revelations of God to profane and unworthy men?

2. For as the blessed prophets were made, so to speak, eyes for us, they foresaw through faith the mysteries of the word, and became ministers of these things also to succeeding generations, not only reporting the past, but also announcing I the present and the future, so that the prophet might not appear to be one only for the time being, but might also predict the future for all generations, and so be reckoned a (true) prophet. For these fathers were furnished with the Spirit, and largely honored by the Word Himself; and just as it is with instruments of music. so had they the Word always, like the plectrum, in union with them, and when moved by Him the prophets announced what God willed. For they spoke not of their own power (let there be no mistake as to that ), neither did they declare what pleased themselves. But First of all they were endowed with wisdom by the Word, and then again were rightly instructed in the future by means of visions. And then, when thus themselves fully convinced, they spoke those things which were revealed by God to them alone, and concealed from all others. For with what reason should the prophet be called a prophet, unless he in spirit foresaw the future? For if the prophet spoke of any chance event, he would not be a prophet then in speaking of things which were under the eye of all. But one who sets forth in detail things yet to be, was rightly judged a prophet. Wherefore prophets were with good reason called from the very first "seers." And hence we, too, who are rightly instructed in what was declared aforetime by them, speak not of our own capacity. For we do not attempt to made any change one way or another among ourselves in the words that were spoken of old by them, but we make the Scriptures in which these are written public, and read them to those who can believe rightly; for that is a common benefit for both parties: for him who speaks, in holding in memory and setting forth correctly things uttered of old; and for him who hears, in giving attention to the things spoken. Since, then, in this there is a work assigned to both parties together, viz., to him who speaks, that he speak forth faithfully without regard to risk, and to him who hears, that he hear and receive in faith that which is spoken, I beseech you to strive together with me in prayer to God.

3. Do you wish then to know in what manner the Word of God, who was again the Son of God, as He was of old the Word, communicated His revelations to the blessed prophets in former times? Well, as the Word shows His compassion and His denial of all respect of persons by all the saints, He enlightens them and adapts them to that which is advantageous for us, like a skilful physician, understanding the weakness of men. And the ignorant He loves to teach, and the erring He turns again to His own true way. And by those who live by faith He is easily found; and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, He opens immediately.  He casts away none of His servants as unworthy of the divine mysteries. He does not esteem the rich man more highly than the poor, nor does He despise the poor man for his poverty. He does not disdain the barbarian, nor does He set the eunuch aside as no man. He does not hate the female on account of the woman’s act of disobedience in the beginning, nor does He reject the male on account of the man’s transgression. But He seeks all, and desires to save all, wishing to make all the children of God, and calling all the saints unto one perfect man.  There is also one Son (or Servant) of God, by whom we too, receiving the regeneration through the Holy Spirit, desire to come all unto one perfect and heavenly man.

4. For whereas the Word of God was without flesh, He took upon Himself the holy flesh by the holy Virgin, and prepared a robe which He wove for Himself, like a bridegroom, in the sufferings of the cross, in order that by uniting His own power with our moral body, and by mixing the incorruptible with the corruptible, and the strong with the weak, He might save perishing man. The web-beam, therefore, is the pass on of the Lord upon the cross, and the warp on it is the power of the Holy Spirit, and the woof is the holy flesh wrought (woven) by the Spirit, and the thread is the grace which by the love of Christ binds and unites the two in one, and the combs or (rods) are the Word; and the workers are the patriarchs and prophets who weave the fair, long, perfect tunic for Christ; and the Word passing through these, like the combs or (rods), completes through them that which His Father wills.

5. But as time now presses for the consideration of the question immediately in hand, and as what has been already said in the introduction with regard to the glory of God, may suffice, it is proper that we take the Holy Scriptures themselves in hand, and find out from them what, and of what manner, the coming of Antichrist is; on what occasion and at what time that implores one shall be revealed; and whence and from what I tribe (he shall come); and what his name is, which is indicated by the number in the Scripture; and how he shall work error among the people, gathering them from the ends of the earth; and (how) he shall stir up tribulation and persecution against the saints; and how he shall glorify himself as God; and what his end shall be; and how the sudden appearing of the Lord shall be revealed froth heaven; and what the conflagration of the whole world shall be; and what the glorious and heavenly kingdom of the saints is to be, when they reign together with Christ; and what the punishment of the wicked by fire.

6. Now, as our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also God, was prophesied of under the figure of a lion, on account of His royalty and glory, in the same way have the Scriptures also aforetime spoken of Antichrist as a lion, on account of his tyranny and violence. For the deceiver seeks to liken himself in all things to the Son of God. Christ is a lion, so Antichrist is also a lion; Christ is a king, so Antichrist is also a king. The Savior was manifested as a lamb; so he too, in like manner, will appear as a lamb, though within he is a wolf. The Savior came into the World in the circumcision, and he will come in the same manner. The Lord sent apostles among all the nations, and he in like manner will send false apostles. The Savior gathered together the sheep that were scattered abroad, and he in like manner will bring together a people that is scattered abroad. The Lord gave a seal to those who believed on Him, and he will give one like manner. The Savior appeared in the form of man, and he too will come in the form of a man. The Savior raised up and showed His holy flesh like a temple, and he will raise a temple of stone in Jerusalem. And his seductive arts we shall exhibit in what follows. But for the present let us turn to the question in hand.

7. Now the blessed Jacob speaks to the following effect in his benedictions, testifying prophetically of our Lord and Savior: "Judah, let thy brethren praise thee: thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the shoot, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as a lion’s whelp; who shall rouse him up? A ruler shall not depart from Judah, nor a leader from his thighs, until he come for whom it is reserved; and he shall be the expectation of the nations. Binding his ass to a vine, and his ass’s colt to the vine tendril; he shall wash his garment in wine, and his clothes in the blood of the grapes. His eyes shall be gladsome as with wine, and his teeth shall be whiter than milk."

8. Knowing, then, as I do, how to explain these things in detail, I deem it right at present to quote the words themselves. But since the expressions themselves urge us to speak of them. I shall not omit to do so. For these are truly divine and glorious things, and things well calculated to benefit the soul. The prophet, in using the expression, a lion’s whelp, means him who sprang from Judah and David according to the flesh, who was not made indeed of the seed of David, but was conceived by the (power of the) Holy Ghost, and came forth from the holy shoot of earth. For Isaiah says, "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall grow up out of it." That which is called by Isaiah a flower, Jacob calls a shoot. For first he shot forth, and then he flourished in the world. And the expression, "he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as a lion’s whelp," refers to the three days’ sleep (death, couching) of Christ; as also Isaiah says, "How is faithful Sion become an harlot! it was full of judgment; in which righteousness lodged (couched); but now murderers." And David says to the same effect, "I laid me down (couched) and slept; I awaked: for the Lord will sustain me; " in which words he points to the fact of his sleep and rising again. And Jacob says, "Who shall rouse him up? "And that is just what David and Paul both refer to, as when Paul says, "and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead."

9. And in saying, "A ruler shall not depart from Judah, nor a leader from his thighs, until he come for whom it is reserved; and he shall be the expectation of the nations," he referred the fulfilment (of that prophecy) to Christ. For He is our expectation. For we expect Him, (and) by faith we behold Him as He comes from heaven with power.

10. "Binding his ass to a vine: "that means that He unites His people of the circumcision with His own calling (vocation). For He was the vine. "And his ass’s colt to the vine-tendril: "that denotes the people of the Gentiles, as He calls the circumcision and the uncircumcision unto one faith.

11. "He shall wash his garment in wine," that is, according to that voice of His Father which came down by the Holy Ghost at the Jordan. "And his clothes in the blood of the grape." In the blood of what grape, then, but just His own flesh, which hung upon the tree like a cluster of grapes?—from whose side also flowed two streams, of blood and water, in which the nations are washed and purified, which (nations) He may be supposed to have as a robe about Him.

12. "His eyes gladsome with wine." And what are the eyes of Christ but the blessed prophets, who foresaw in the Spirit, and announced beforehand, the sufferings that were to befall Him, and rejoiced in seeing Him in power with spiritual eyes, being furnished (for their vocation) by the word Himself and His grace?

13. And in saying, "And his teeth (shall be) whiter than milk," he referred to the commandments that proceed from the holy mouth of Christ, and which are pure (purify) as milk.

14. Thus did the Scriptures preach before-time of this lion and lion’s whelp. And in like manner also we find it written regarding Antichrist. For Moses speaks thus: "Dan is a lion’s whelp, and he shall leap from Bashan." But that no one may err by supposing that this is said of the Savior, let him attend carefully to the matter. "Dan," he says, "is a lion’s whelp; "and in naming the tribe of Dan, he declared clearly the tribe from which Antichrist is destined to spring. For as Christ springs from the tribe of Judah, so Antichrist is to spring from the tribe of Dan. And that the case stands thus, we see also from the words of Jacob: "Let Dan be a serpent, lying upon the ground, biting the horse’s heel." What, then, is meant by the serpent but Antichrist, that deceiver who is mentioned in Genesis, who deceived Eve and supplanted Adam, (bruised Adam’s heel)? But since it is necessary to prove this assertion by sufficient testimony, we shall not shrink from the task.

15. That it is in reality out of the tribe of Dan, then, that that tyrant and king, that dread judge, that son of the devil, is destined to spring and arise, the prophet testifies when he says, "Dan shall judge his people, as (he is) also one tribe in Israel." But some one may say that this refers to Samson, who sprang from the tribe of Dan, and judged the people twenty years. Well, the prophecy had its partial fulfillment in Samson, but its complete fulfillment is reserved for Antichrist. For Jeremiah also speaks to this effect: "From Dan we are to hear the sound of the swiftness of his horses: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing, of the driving of his horses." And another prophet says: "He shall gather together all his strength, from the east even to the west. They whom he calls, and they whom he calls not, shall go with him. He shall make the sea white with the sails of his ships, and the plain black with the shields of his armaments. And whosoever shall oppose him in war shall fall by the sword." That these things, then, are said of no one else but that tyrant, and shameless one, and adversary of God, we shall show in what follows.

16. But Isaiah also speaks thus: "And it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed His whole work upon Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will punish (visit) the stout mind, the king of Assyria, and the greatness (height) of the glory of his eyes. For he said, By my strength will I do it, and by the wisdom of my understanding I will remove the bounds of the peoples, and will rob them of their strength: and I will make the inhabited cities tremble, and will gather the whole world in my hand like a nest, and I will lift it up like eggs that are left. And there is no one that shall escape or gainsay me, and open the mouth and chatter. Shall the axe boast itself without him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself without him that shaketh (draweth) it? As if one should raise a rod or a staff, and the staff should lift itself up: and not thus. But the Lord shall send dishonor unto thy honor; and into thy glory a burning fire shall burn. And the light of Israel shall be a fire, and shall sanctify him in flame, and shall consume the forest like grass."

17. And again he says in another place: "How bath the exactor ceased, and how hath the oppressor ceased! God hath broken the yoke of the rulers of sinners, He who smote the people in wrath, and with an incurable stroke: He that strikes the people with an incurable stroke, which He did not spare. He ceased (rested) confidently: the whole earth shouts with rejoicing. The trees of Lebanon rejoiced at thee, and the cedar of Lebanon, (saying), Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved at meeting thee: all the mighty ones, the rulers of the earth, are gathered together—the lords from their thrones. All the kings of the nations, all they shall answer together, and shall say, And thou, too, art taken as we; and thou art reckoned among us. Thy pomp is brought down to earth, thy great rejoicing: they will spread decay under thee; and the worm shall be thy covering. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! He is cast down to the ground who sends off to all the nations. And thou didst say in thy mind, I will ascend into heaven, I will set my throne above the stars of heaven: I will sit down upon the lofty mountains towards the north: I will ascend above the clouds: I will be like the Most High. Yet now thou shalt be brought down to hell, and to the foundations of the earth! They that see thee shall wonder at thee, and shall say, This is the man that excited the earth, that did shake kings, that made the whole world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities, that released not those in prison. All the kings of the earth did lie in honor, every one in his own house; but thou shall be cast out on the mountains like a loathsome carcass, with many who fall, pierced through with the sword, and going down to hell. As a garment stained with blood is not pure, so neither shall thou be comely (or clean); because thou hast destroyed my land, and slain my people. Thou shalt not abide, enduring for ever, a wicked seed. Prepare thy children for slaughter, for the sins of thy father, that they rise not, neither possess my land."

18. Ezekiel also speaks of him to the same effect, thus: "Thus saith the Lord God, Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the sea; yet art thou a man, and not God, (though) thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God. Art thou wiser than Daniel? Have the wise not instructed thee in their wisdom? With thy wisdom or with thine understanding hast thou gotten thee power, and gold and silver in thy treasures? By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy power? Thy heart is lifted up in thy power. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God: behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, plagues from the nations: and they shall draw their swords against thee, and against the beauty of thy wisdom; and they shall level thy beauty to destruction; and they shall bring thee down; and thou shall die by the death of the wounded in the midst of the sea. Wilt thou yet say before them that slay thee, I am God? But thou art a man, and no God, in the hand of them that wound thee. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord."

19. These words then being thus presented, let us observe somewhat in detail what Daniel says in his visions. For in distinguishing the kingdoms that are to rise after these things, he showed also the coming of Antichrist in the last times, and the consummation of the whole world. In expounding the vision of Nebuchadnezzar, then, he speaks thus: "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image standing before thy face: the head of which was of fine gold, its arms and shoulders of silver, its belly and its thighs of brass, and its legs of iron, (and) its feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest, then, till that a stone was cut out without hands, and smote the image upon the feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to an end. Then were the clay, the iron, the brass, the silver, (and) the gold broken, and became like the chaff from the summer threshing-floor; and the strength (fulness) of the wind carried them away, and there was no place found for them. And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

20. Now if we set Daniel’s own visions also side by side with this, we shall have one exposition to give of the two together, and shall (be able to) show how concordant with each other they are, and how true. For he speaks thus: "I Daniel saw, and behold the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first (was) like a lioness, and had wings as of an eagle. I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold a second beast like to a bear, and it was made stand on one part, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it. I beheld, and lo a beast like a leopard, and it had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl, and the beast had four heads. After this I saw, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; it had iron teeth and claws of brass, which devoured and brake in pieces, and it stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered its horns, and behold there came up among them another little horn, and before it there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things."

21. "I beheld till the thrones were set, and the Ancient of days did sit: and His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool: His throne was a flame of fire, His wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire flowed before Him. Thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood around Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld then, because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake, till the beast was slain and perished, and his body given to the burning of fire. And the dominion of the other beasts was taken away."

22. "I saw in the night vision, and, behold, one like the Son of man was coming with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and was brought near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and honor, and the kingdom; and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed."

23. Now since these things, spoken as they are with a mystical meaning, may seem to some hard to understand, we shall keep back nothing fitted to impart an intelligent apprehension of them to those who are possessed of a sound mind. He said, then, that a "lioness came up from the sea," and by that he meant the kingdom of the Babylonians in the world, which also was the head of gold on the image. In saying that "it had wings as of an eagle," he meant that Nebuchadnezzar the king was lifted up and was exalted against God. Then he says, "the wings thereof were plucked," that is to say, his glory was destroyed; for he was driven out of his kingdom. And the words, "a man’s heart was given to it, and it was made stand upon the feet as a man," refer to the fact that he repented and recognized himself to be only a man, and gave the glory to God.

24. Then, after the lioness, he sees a "second beast like a bear," and that denoted the Persians. For after the Babylonians, the Persians held the sovereign power And in saving that there were "three ribs in the mouth of it," he pointed to three nations, viz., the Persians, and the Medes, and the Babylonians; which were also represented on the image by the silver after the gold. Then (there was) "the third beast, a leopard," which meant the Greeks. For after the Persians, Alexander of Macedon obtained the sovereign power on subverting Darius, as is also shown by the brass on the image. And in saying that it had "four wings of a fowl," he taught us most clearly how the kingdom of Alexander was partitioned. For in speaking of "four heads," he made mention of four kings, viz., those who arose out of that (kingdom). For Alexander, when dying, partitioned out his kingdom into four divisions.

25. Then he says: "A fourth beast, dreadful and terrible; it had iron teeth and claws of brass." And who are these but the Romans? which (kingdom) is meant by the iron—the kingdom which is now established; for the legs of that (image) were of iron. And after this, what remains, beloved, but the toes of the feet of the image, in which part is iron and part clay, mixed together? And mystically by the toes of the feet he meant the kings who are to arise from among them; as Daniel also says (in the words), "I considered the beast, and lo there were ten horns behind it, among which shall rise another (horn), an offshoot, and shall pluck up by the roots the three (that were) before it." And under this was signified none other than Antichrist, who is also himself to raise the kingdom of the Jews. He says that three horns are plucked up by the root by him, viz., the three kings of Egypt, and Libya, and Ethiopia, whom he cuts off in the array of battle. And he, after gaining terrible power over all, being nevertheless a tyrant, shall stir up tribulation and persecution against men, exalting himself against them. For Daniel says: "I considered the horn, and behold that horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them, till the beast was slain and perished, and its body was given to the burning of fire."

26. After a little space the stone will come from heaven which smites the image and breaks it in pieces, and subverts all the kingdoms, and gives the kingdom to the saints of the Most High. This is the stone which becomes a great mountain, and fills the whole earth, of which Daniel says: "I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and was brought near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom; and all peoples, tribes, and languages shall serve Him: and His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom shall not be destroyed." He showed all power given by the Father to the Son, who is ordained Lord of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth, and Judge of all: of things in heaven, because He was born, the Word of God, before all (ages); and of things on earth, because He became man in the midst of men, to re-create our Adam through Himself; and of things under the earth, because He was also reckoned among the dead, preaching the Gospel to the souls of the saints, (and) by death overcoming death.

27. As these things, then, are in the future, and as the ten toes of the image are equivalent to (so many) democracies, and the ten horns of the fourth beast are distributed over ten kingdoms, let us look at the subject a little more closely, and consider these matters as in the clear light of a personal survey.

28. The golden head of the image and the lioness denoted the Babylonians; the shoulders and arms of silver, and the bear, represented the Persians and Medes; the belly and thighs of brass, and the leopard, meant the Greeks, who held the sovereignty from Alexander’s time; the legs of iron, and the beast dreadful and terrible, expressed the Romans, who hold the sovereignty at present; the toes of the feet which were part clay and part iron, and the ten horns, were emblems of the kingdoms that are yet to rise; the other little horn that grows up among them meant the Antichrist in their midst; the stone that smites the earth and brings judgment upon the world was Christ.

29. These things, beloved, we impart to you with fear, and yet readily, on account of the love of Christ, which surpasseth all. For if the blessed prophets who preceded us did not choose to proclaim these things, though they knew them, openly and boldly, lest they should disquiet the souls of men, but recounted them mystically in parables and dark sayings, speaking thus, "Here is the mind which hath wisdom," how much greater risk shall we run in venturing to declare openly things spoken by them in obscure terms! Let us look, therefore, at the things which are to befall this unclean harlot in the last days; and (let us consider) what and what manner of tribulation is destined to visit her in the wrath of God before the judgment as an earnest of her doom.

30. Come, then, O blessed Isaiah; arise, tell us clearly what thou didst prophesy with respect to the mighty Babylon. For thou didst speak also of Jerusalem, and thy word is accomplished. For thou didst speak boldly and openly: "Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate as overthrown by many strangers. The daughter of Sion shall be left as a cottage in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city." What then? Are not these things come to pass? Are not the things announced by thee fulfilled? Is not their country, Judea, desolate? Is not the holy place burned with fire? Are not their walls cast down? Are not their cities destroyed? Their land, do not strangers devour it? Do not the Romans rule the country? And indeed these impious people hated thee, and did saw thee asunder, and they crucified Christ. Thou art dead in the world, but thou livest in Christ.

31. Which of you, then, shall I esteem more than thee? Yet Jeremiah, too, is stoned. But if I should esteem Jeremiah most, yet Daniel too has his testimony. Daniel, I commend thee above all; yet John too gives no false witness. With how many mouths and tongues would I praise you; or rather the Word who spake in you! Ye died with Christ; and ye will live with Christ. Hear ye, and rejoice; behold the things announced by you have been fulfilled in their time. For ye saw these things yourselves first, and then ye proclaimed them to all generations. Ye ministered the oracles of God to all generations. Ye prophets were called, that ye might be able to save all. For then is one a prophet indeed, when, having announced beforetime things about to be, he can afterwards show that they have actually happened. Ye were the disciples of a good Master. These words I address to you as if alive, and with propriety. For ye hold already the crown of life and immortality which is laid up for you in heaven.

32. Speak with me, O blessed Daniel. Give me full assurance, I beseech thee. Thou dost prophesy concerning the lioness in Babylon; for thou wast a captive there. Thou hast unfolded the future regarding the bear; for thou wast still in the world, and didst see the things come to pass. Then thou speakest to me of the leopard; and whence canst thou know this, for thou art already gone to thy rest? Who instructed thee to announce these things, but He who formed thee in (from) thy mother’s womb? That is God, thou sayest. Thou hast spoken indeed, and that not falsely. The leopard has arisen; the he-goat is come; he hath smitten the ram; he hath broken his horns in pieces; he hath stamped upon him with his feet. He has been exalted by his fall; (the) four horns have come up from under that one. Rejoice, blessed Daniel! thou hast not been in error: all these things have come to pass.

33. After this again thou hast told me of the beast dreadful and terrible. "It had iron teeth and claws of brass: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it." Already the iron rules; already it subdues and breaks all in pieces; already it brings all the unwilling into subjection; already we see these things ourselves. Now we glorify God, being instructed by thee.

34. But as the task before us was to speak of the harlot, be thou with us, O blessed Isaiah. Let us mark what thou sayest about Babylon. "Come down, sit upon the ground, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit, O daughter of the Chaldeans; thou shalt no longer be called tender and delicate. Take the millstone, grind meal, draw aside thy veil, shave the grey hairs, make bare the legs, pass over the rivers. Thy shame shall be uncovered, thy reproach shall be seen: I will take justice of thee, I will no more give thee over to men. As for thy Redeemer, (He is) the Lord of hosts, the Holy One of Israel is his name. Sit thou in compunction, get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: thou shall no longer be called the strength of the kingdom.

35. "I was wroth with my people; I have polluted mine inheritance, I have given them into thine hand: and thou didst show them no mercy; but upon the ancient (the elders) thou hast very heavily laid thy yoke. And thou saidst, I shall be a princess for ever: thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember thy latter end. Therefore hear now this, thou that art delicate; that sittest, that art confident, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and there is none else; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children. But now these two things shall come upon thee in one day, widowhood and the loss of children: they shall come upon thee suddenly in thy sorcery, in the strength of thine enchantments mightily, in the hope of thy fornication. For thou hast said, I am, and there is none else. And thy fornication shall be thy shame, because thou hast said in thy heart, I am. And destruction shall come upon thee, and thou shalt not know it. (And there shall be) a pit, and thou shalt full into it; and misery shall fall upon thee, and thou shalt not be able to be made clean; and destruction shall come upon thee, and thou shalt not know it. Stand now with thy enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, which thou hast learned from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to be profited. Thou art wearied in thy counsels. Let the astrologers of the heavens stand and save thee; let the star-gazers announce to thee what shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall all be as sticks for the fire; so shall they be burned, and they shall not deliver their soul from the flame. Because thou hast coals of fire, sit upon them; so shall it be for thy help. Thou art wearied with change from thy youth. Man has gone astray (each one) by himself; and there shall be no salvation for thee." These things does Isaiah prophesy for thee. Let us see now whether John has spoken to the same effect.

36. For he sees, when in the isle Patmos, a revelation of awful mysteries, which he recounts freely, and makes known to others. Tell me, blessed John, apostle and disciple of the Lord, what didst thou see and hear concerning Babylon? Arise, and speak; for it sent thee also into banishment. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters; with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. And he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold, and precious stone, and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and filthiness of the fornication of the earth. Upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

37. "And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder (whose name was not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world) when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet shall be.

38. "And here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not ye come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was and is not, (even he is the eighth,) and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

39. "And he saith to me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest, and the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

40. "After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: for her sins did cleave even unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.

41. "Reward her even as she rewarded (you), and double unto her double, according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication, and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas! that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man shall buy their merchandise any more. The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and spices, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and goats, and horses, and chariots, and slaves (bodies), and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly have perished from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas! that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! for in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried, when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city? And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas! that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her fatness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

42. "Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye angels, and apostles, and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers and musicians, and of pipers and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."

43. With respect, then, to the particular judgment in the torments that are to come upon it in the last times by the hand of the tyrants who shall arise then, the clearest statement has been given in these passages. But it becomes us further diligently to examine and set forth the period at which these things shall come to pass, and how the little horn shall spring up in their midst. For when the legs of iron have issued in the feet and toes, according to the similitude of the image and that of the terrible beast, as has been shown in the above, (then shall be the time) when the iron and the clay shall be mingled together. Now Daniel will set forth this subject to us. For he says, "And one week will make a covenant with many, and it shall be that in the midst (half) of the week my sacrifice and oblation shall cease." By one week, therefore, he meant the last week which is to be at the end of the whole world of which week the two prophets Enoch and Elias will take up the half. For they will preach 1, 260 days clothed in sackcloth, proclaiming repentance to the people and to all the nations.

44. For as two advents of our Lord and Saviour are indicated in the Scriptures, the one being His first advent in the flesh, which took place without honour by reason of His being set at nought, as Isaiah spake of Him aforetime, saying, "We saw Him, and He had no form nor comeliness, but His form was despised (and) rejected (lit. = deficient) above all men; a man smitten and familiar with bearing infirmity, (for His face was turned away); He was despised, and esteemed not." But His second advent is announced as glorious, when He shall come from heaven with the host of angels, and the glory of His Father, as the prophet saith, "Ye shall see the King in glory; " and, "I saw one like the Son of man coming with the clouds of heaven; and he came to the Ancient of days, and he was brought to Him. And there were given Him dominion, and honour, and glory, and the kingdom; all tribes and languages shall serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away." Thus also two forerunners were indicated. The first was John the son of Zacharias, who appeared in all things a forerunner and herald of our Saviour, preaching of the heavenly light that had appeared in the world. He first fulfilled the course of forerunner, and that from his mother’s womb, being conceived by Elisabeth, in order that to those, too, who are children from their mother’s womb he might declare the new birth that was to take place for their sakes by the Holy Ghost and the Virgin.

45. He, on hearing the salutation addressed to Elisabeth, leaped with joy in his mother’s womb, recognising God the Word conceived in the womb of the Virgin. Thereafter he came forward preaching in the wilderness, proclaiming the baptism of repentance to the people, (and thus) announcing prophetically salvation to the nations living in the wilderness of the world. After this, at the Jordan, seeing the Saviour with his own eye, he points Him out, and says, "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!" He also first preached to those in Hades, becoming a forerunner there when he was put to death by Herod, that there too he might intimate that the Saviour would descend to ransom the souls of the saints from the hand of death.

46. But since the Saviour was the beginning of the resurrection of all men, it was meet that the Lord alone should rise from the dead, by whom too the judgment is to enter for the whole world, that they who have wrestled worthily may be also crowned worthily by Him, by the illustrious Arbiter, to wit, who Himself first accomplished the course, and was received into the heavens, and was set down on the right hand of God the Father, and is to be manifested again at the end of the world as Judge. It is a matter of course that His forerunners must appear first, as He says by Malachi and the angel, "I will send to you Elias the Tishbite before the day of the Lord, the great and notable day, comes; and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, lest I come and smite the earth utterly." These, then, shall come and proclaim the manifestation of Christ that is to be from heaven; and they shall also perform signs and wonders, in order that men may be put to shame and turned to repentance for their surpassing wickedness and impiety.

47. For John says, "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth." That is the half of the week whereof Daniel spake. "These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the Lord of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire will proceed out of their mouth, and devour their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy; and have power over waters, to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their course and their testimony," what saith the prophet? "the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them," because they will not give glory to Antichrist. For this is meant by the little horn that grows up. He, being now elated in heart, begins to exalt himself, and to glorify himself as God, persecuting the saints and blaspheming Christ, even as Daniel says, "I considered the horn, and, behold, in the horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things; and he opened his mouth to blaspheme God. And that born made war against the saints, and prevailed against them until the beast was slain, and perished, and his body was given to be burned."

48. But as it is incumbent on us to discuss this matter of the beast more exactly, and in particular the question how the Holy Spirit has also mystically indicated his name by means of a number, we shall proceed to state more clearly what bears upon him. John then speaks thus: "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exercised all the power of the first beast before him; and he made the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he did great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sword and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead; and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for if is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred threescore and six."

49. By the beast, then, coming up out of the earth, he means the kingdom of Antichrist; and by the two horns he means him and the false prophet after him. And in speaking of "the horns being like a lamb," he means that he will make himself like the Son of God, and set himself forward as king. And the terms, "he spake like a dragon," mean that he is a deceiver, and not truthful. And the words, "he exercised all the power of the first beast before him, and caused the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed," signify that, after the manner of the law of Augustus, by whom the empire of Rome was established, he too will rule and govern, sanctioning everything by it, and taking greater glory to himself. For this is the fourth beast, whose head was wounded and healed again, in its being broken up or even dishonoured, and partitioned into four crowns; and he then (Antichrist) shall with knavish skill heal it, as it were, and restore it. For this is what is meant by the prophet when he says, "He will give life unto the image, and the image of the beast will speak." For he will act with vigour again, and prove strong by reason of the laws established by him; and he will cause all those who will not worship the image of the beast to be put to death. Here the faith and the patience of the saints will appear, for he says: "And he will cause all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead; that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name." For, being full of guile, and exalting himself against the servants of God, with the wish to afflict them and persecute them out of the world, because they give not glory to him, he will order incense-pans to be set up by all everywhere, that no man among the saints may be able to buy or sell without first sacrificing; for this is what is meant by the mark received upon the right hand. And the word—"in their forehead"—indicates that all are crowned, and put on a crown of fire, and not of life, but of death. For in this wise, too, did Antiochus Epiphanes the king of Syria, the descendant of Alexander of Macedon, devise measures against the Jews. He, too, in the exaltation of his heart, issued a decree in those times, that "all should set up shrines before their doors, and sacrifice, and that they should march in procession to the honour of Dionysus, waving chaplets of ivy; "and that those who refused obedience should be put to death by strangulation and torture. But he also met his due recompense at the hand of the Lord, the righteous Judge and all-searching God; for he died eaten up of worms. And if one desires to inquire into that more accurately, he will find it recorded in the books of the Maccabees.

50. But now we shall speak of what is before us. For such measures will he, too, devise, seeking to afflict the saints in every way. For the prophet and apostle says: "Here is wisdom, Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred threescore and six." With respect to his name, it is not in our power to explain it exactly, as the blessed John understood it and was instructed about it, but only to give a conjectural account of it; for when he appears, the blessed one will show us what we seek to know. Yet as far as our doubtful apprehension of the matter goes, we may speak. Many names indeed we find, the letters of which are the equivalent of this number: such as, for instance, the word Titan, an ancient and notable name; or Evanthas, for it too makes up the same number; and many others which might be found. But, as we have already said, the wound of the first beast was healed, and he (the second beast) was to make the image speak, that is to say, he should be powerful; and it is manifest to all that those who at present still hold the power are Latins. If, then, we take the name as the name of a single man, it becomes Latinus. Wherefore we ought neither to give it out as if this were certainly his name, nor again ignore the fact that he may not be otherwise designated. But having the mystery of God in our heart, we ought in fear to keep faithfully what has been told us by the blessed prophets, in order that when those things come to pass, we may be prepared for them, and not deceived. For when the times advance, he too, of whom these thing are said, will be manifested.

51. But not to confine ourselves to these words and arguments alone, for the purpose of convincing those who love to study the oracles of God, we shall demonstrate the matter by many other proofs. For Daniel says, "And these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon." Ammon and Moab are the children born to Lot by his daughters, and their race survives even now. And Isaiah says: "And they shall fly in the boats of strangers, plundering the sea together, and (they shall spoil) them of the east: and they shall lay hands upon Moab first; and the children of Ammon shall first obey them."

52. In those times, then, he shall arise and meet them. And when he has overmastered three horns out of the ten in the array of war, and has rooted these out, viz., Egypt, and Libya, and Ethiopia, and has got their spoils and trappings, and has brought the remaining horns which suffer into subjection, he will begin to be lifted up in heart, and to exalt himself against God as master of the whole world. And his first expedition will be against Tyre and Berytus, and the circumjacent territory. For by storming these cities first he will strike terror into the others, as Isaiah says, "Be thou ashamed, O Sidon; the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea hath spoken, saying, I travailed not, nor brought forth children; neither did I nurse up young men, nor bring up virgins. But when the report comes to Egypt, pain shall seize them for Tyre."

53. These things, then, shall be in the future, beloved; and when the three horns are cut off, he will begin to show himself as God, as Ezekiel has said aforetime: "Because thy heart has been lifted up, and thou hast said, I am God." And to the like effect Isaiah says: "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven: I will be like the Most High. Yet now thou shall be brought down to hell (Hades), to the foundations of the earth." In like manner also Ezekiel: "Wilt thou yet say to those who slay thee, I am God? But thou (shall be) a man, and no God."

54. As his tribe, then, and his manifestation, and his destruction, have been set forth in these words, and as his name has also been indicated mystically, let us look also at his action. For he will call together all the people to himself, out of every country of the dispersion, making them his own, as though they were his own children, and promising to restore their country, and establish again their kingdom and nation, in order that he may be worshipped by them as God, as the prophet says: "He will collect his whole kingdom, from the rising of the sun even to its setting: they whom he summons and they whom he does not summon shall march with him." And Jeremiah speaks of him thus in a parable: "The partridge cried, (and) gathered what he did not hatch, making himself riches without judgment: in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool."

55. It will not be detrimental, therefore, to the course of our present argument, if we explain the art of that creature, and show that the prophet has not spoken without a purpose in using the parable (or similitude) of the creature. For as the partridge is a vainglorious creature, when it sees near at hand the nest of another partridge with young in it, and with the parent-bird away on the wing in quest of food, it imitates the cry of the other bird, and calls the young to itself; and they, taking it to be their own parent, run to it. And it delights itself proudly in the alien pullets as in its own. But when the real parent-bird returns, and calls them with its own familiar cry, the young recognise it, and forsake the deceiver, and betake themselves to the real parent. This thing, then, the prophet has adopted as a simile, applying it in a similar manner to Antichrist. For he will allure mankind to himself, wishing to gain possession of those who are not his own, and promising deliverance to all, while he is unable to save himself.

56. He then, having gathered to himself the unbelieving everywhere throughout the world, comes at their call to persecute the saints, their enemies and antagonists, as the apostle and evangelist says: "There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city, who came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her."

57. By the unrighteous judge, who fears not God, neither regards man, he means without doubt Antichrist, as he is a son of the devil and a vessel of Satan. For when he has the power, he will begin to exalt himself against God, neither in truth fearing God, nor regarding the Son of God, who is the Judge of all. And in saying that there was a widow in the city, he refers to Jerusalem itself, which is a widow indeed, forsaken of her perfect, heavenly spouse, God. She calls Him her adversary, and not her Saviour; for she does not understand that which was said by the prophet Jeremiah: "Because they obeyed not the truth, a spirit of error shall speak then to this people and to Jerusalem." And Isaiah also to the like effect: "Forasmuch as the people refuseth to drink the water of Siloam that goeth softly, but chooseth to have Rasin and Romeliah’s son as king over you: therefore, lo, the Lord bringeth up upon you the water of the river, strong and full, even the king of Assyria." By the king he means metaphorically Antichrist, as also another prophet saith: "And this man shall be the peace from me, when the Assyrian shall come up into your land, and when he shall tread in your mountains."

58. And in like manner Moses, knowing beforehand that the people would reject and disown the true Saviour of the world, and take part with error, and choose an earthly king, and set the heavenly King at nought, says: "Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures? In the day of vengeance I will recompense (them), and in the time when their foot shall slide." They did slide, therefore, in all things, as they were found to be in harmony with the truth in nothing: neither as concerns the law, because they became transgressors; nor as concerns the prophets, because they cut off even the prophets themselves; nor as concerns the voice of the Gospels, because they crucified the Saviour Himself; nor in believing the apostles, because they persecuted them. At all times they showed themselves enemies and betrayers of the truth, and were found to be haters of God, and not lovers of Him; and such they shall be then when they find opportunity: for, rousing themselves against the servants of God, they will seek to obtain vengeance by the hand of a mortal man. And he, being puffed up with pride by their subserviency, will begin to despatch missives against the saints, commanding to cut them all off everywhere, on the ground of their refusal to reverence and worship him as God, according to the word of Esaias: "Woe to the wings of the vessels of the land, beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: (woe to him) who sendeth sureties by the sea, and letters of papyrus (upon the water; for nimble messengers will go) to a nation anxious and expectant, and a people strange and bitter against them; a nation hopeless and trodden down."

59. But we who hope for the Son of God are persecuted and trodden down by those unbelievers. For the wings of the vessels are the churches; and the sea is the world, in which the Church is set, like a ship tossed in the deep, but not destroyed; for she has with her the skilled Pilot, Christ. And she bears in her midst also the trophy (which is erected) over death; for she carries with her the cross of the Lord. For her prow is the east, and her stern is the west, and her hold is the south, and her tillers are the two Testaments; and the ropes that stretch around her are the love of Christ, which binds the Church; and the net which she bears with her is the layer of the regeneration which renews the believing, whence too are these glories. As the wind the Spirit from heaven is present, by whom those who believe are sealed: she has also anchors of iron accompanying her, viz., the holy commandments of Christ Himself, which are strong as iron. She has also mariners on the right and on the left, assessors like the holy angels, by whom the Church is always governed and defended. The ladder in her leading up to the sailyard is an emblem of the passion of Christ, which brings the faithful to the ascent of heaven. And the top-sails aloft upon the yard are the company of prophets, martyrs, and apostles, who have entered into their rest in the kingdom of Christ.

60. Now, concerning the tribulation of the persecution which is to fall upon the Church from the adversary, John also speaks thus: "And I saw a great and wondrous sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man-child, who is to rule all the nations: and the child was caught up unto God and to His throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath the place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And then when the dragon saw it, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast (out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast) out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the saints of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus."

61. By the woman then clothed with the sun," he meant most manifestly the Church, endued with the Father’s word, whose brightness is above the sun. And by the "moon under her feet" he referred to her being adorned, like the moon, with heavenly glory. And the words, "upon her head a crown of twelve stars," refer to the twelve apostles by whom the Church was founded. And those, "she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered," mean that the Church will not cease to bear from her heart the Word that is persecuted by the unbelieving in the world. "And she brought forth," he says, "a man-child, who is to rule all the nations; "by which is meant that the Church, always bringing forth Christ, the perfect man-child of God, who is declared to be God and man, becomes the instructor of all the nations. And the words, "her child was caught up unto God and to His throne," signify that he who is always born of her is a heavenly king, and not an earthly; even as David also declared of old when he said, "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." "And the dragon," he says, "saw and persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." That refers to the one thousand two hundred and threescore days (the half of the week) during which the tyrant is to reign and persecute the Church, which flees from city to city, and seeks conceal-meat in the wilderness among the mountains, possessed of no other defence than the two wings of the great eagle, that is to say, the faith of Jesus Christ, who, in stretching forth His holy hands on the holy tree, unfolded two wings, the right and the left, and called to Him all who believed upon Him, and covered them as a hen her chickens. For by the mouth of Malachi also He speaks thus: "And unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings."

62. The Lord also says, "When ye shall see the abomination of desolation stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand), then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains, and let him which is on the housetop not come down to take his clothes; neither let him which is in the field return back to take anything out of his house. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved." And Daniel says, "And they shall place the abomination of desolation a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand two hundred and ninety-five days."

63. And the blessed Apostle Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, says: "Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together at it, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letters as from us, as that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for (that day shall not come) except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth, that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth (will let), until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: (even him) whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." And Esaias says, "Let the wicked be cut off, that he behold not the glory of the Lord."

64. These things, then, being to come to pass, beloved, and the one week being divided into two parts, and the abomination of desolation being manifested then, and the two prophets and forerunners of the Lord having finished their course, and the whole world finally approaching the consummation, what remains but the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from heaven, for whom we have looked in hope? who shall bring the conflagration and just judgment upon all who have refused to believe on Him. For the Lord says, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." "And there shall not a hair of your head perish." "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Now the fall took place in paradise; for Adam fell there. And He says again, "Then shall the Son of man send His angels, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds of heaven." And David also, in announcing prophetically the judgment and coming of the Lord, says, "His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and His circuit unto the end of the heaven: and there is no one hid from the heat thereof." By the heat he means the conflagration. And Esaias speaks thus: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chamber, (and) shut thy door: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation of the Lord be overpast." And Paul in like manner: "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth of God in unrighteousness."

65. Moreover, concerning the resurrection and the kingdom of the saints, Daniel says, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall arise, some to everlasting life, (and some to shame and everlasting contempt)." Esaias says, "The dead men shall arise, and they that are in their tombs shall awake; for the dew from thee is healing to them." The Lord says, "Many in that day shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live." And the prophet says, "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." And John says, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power." For the second death is the lake of fire that burneth. And again the Lord says, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun shineth in his glory." And to the saints He will say, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." But what saith He to the wicked? "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels, which my Father hath prepared." And John says, "Without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever maketh and loveth a lie; for your part is in the hell of fire." And in like manner also Esaias: "And they shall go forth and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me. And their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be for a spectacle to all flesh."

66. Concerning the resurrection of the righteous, Paul also speaks thus in writing to the Thessalonians: "We would not have you to be ignorant concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive (and) remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice and trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive (and) remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

67. These things, then, I have set shortly before thee, O Theophilus, drawing them from Scripture itself, in order that, maintaining in faith what is written, and anticipating the things that are to be, thou mayest keep thyself void of offence both toward God and toward men, "looking for that blessed hope and appearing of our God and Saviour," when, having raised the saints among us, He will rejoice with them, glorifying the Father. To Him be the glory unto the endless ages of the ages. Amen.

 

 

CHAPTER FOURTY-THREE

St. Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes

1. The Burning Fire. PIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church.

2. Religion Laid Waste. BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. During this Pope's reign saw Communism move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere.

3. Unshaken Faith. PIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and Fascism which enraged Hitler.

4. An Angelic Shepherd. PIUS XII. 1939-1958. This Pope had an affinity for the spiritual world and received visions which have not been made public. Peter Bander says Pius XII "has emerged as one of the great Popes of all time," and he "was in the truest sense of the word an Angelic Pastor to the flock..."

5. Pastor and Mariner. JOHN XXIII. 1958-1963. John was a pastor to the world, much beloved, and the Patriarch of Venice. The connection to "mariner" is thus remarkable.

6. Flower of Flowers. PAUL VI. 1963-1978. Paul's coat-of-arms depicts three fleurs-de-lis, corresponding to Malachay's prophecy. His coat of arms included three fleurs-de-lis (iris blossoms).

7. Of the Half Moon. JOHN PAUL I. 1978-1978. John Paul I was elected Pope on August 26, 1978, when there was a half moon. He reigned 33 days, that is, about one month, when he died, although many think he was murdered. He was the 109th Pope - is "De Medietate Lunae" (Of the Half Moon). The corresponding pope was John Paul I (1978-78), who was born in the diocese of Belluno (beautiful moon) and was baptized Albino Luciani (white light). He became pope on August 26, 1978, when the moon appeared exactly half full. It was in its waning phase. He died the following month, soon after an eclipse of the moon.

8. The Labor of the Son. JOHN PAUL II. 1978-2005. Pope John Paul II was the most traveled Pope in history. He circled the globe numerous times, preaching to huge audiences everywhere he went. He survived an assassination attempt. He has written a book which has enjoyed a large circulation. Like the sun which never ceases to labor and provides light daily, this Pope has been incessant. He was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the morning there was a near total eclipse of the sun over Europe. Prophecy - The 110th Pope is "De Labore Solis" (Of the Solar Eclipse, or, From the Toil of the Sun). Like the sun he came out of the East (Poland).

9. The Glory of the Olive. The Order of St. Benedict has said this Pope will come from their order. It is interesting that Jesus gave his apocalyptic prophecy about the end of time from the Mount of Olives. This Pope will reign during the beginning of the tribulation Jesus spoke of. The 111th prophesy is "Gloria Olivae" (The Glory of the Olive). The Order of Saint Benedict has claimed that this pope will come from their ranks. Saint Benedict himself prophesied that before the end of the world his Order, known also as the Olivetans, will triumphantly lead the Catholic Church in its fight against evil. Pope Benedict XVI

10. PETER THE ROMAN - "In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Petrus Romanus, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End."

Malachy's final words, "Rome, the seat of the Vatican, will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people."

 

CHAPTER FOURTY-FOUR

Bible Prophesy Outline

1.  Satan before the Earth was created

2.  Loss of faith and false prophets

3.  Great Chastisement

4.  Great Monarch and Angelic Pope

5.  Period of Peace

6.  Antichrist

7.  Two Witnesses

8.  End of the World

9. New Heaven – Earth

1, Satan before the Earth was created 

Luke 10: 18. And he said to them: I saw Satan as lightning falling from heaven.

Isaias 14:12-15. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in the morning? How art thou fallen to the earth, which didst wound the nations? And thou said in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit in the mountain of the covenant, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the height of the clouds; I will be like the most High. But yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, into the depth of the pit.

Apocalypse 12:7-12. And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. And they prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduced the whole world. And he was cast unto the earth: and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of the testimony: and they loved not their lives unto death. Therefore, rejoice O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.

John 8:44. You are of your father the devil: and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning: and he stood not in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof.

2. Loss of Faith and False Prophets

1 - Timothy 4:1. Now the Spirit manifestly said that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils.

2 Timothy 4: 3-4. For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15. For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder: for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works.

Hebrews 13: 8-9. Jesus Christ, yesterday, and today: and the same for ever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines.

2 Peter 2:1. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

2 Timothy 1:13-14. Hold the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me: in faith and in the love which is in Christ Jesus. Keep the good thing committed to thy trust by the Holy Ghost who dwells in us.

Luke 10: 16. He that hears you hears me: and he that despises you despises me: and he that despises me despises him that sent me.

1 Corinthians 8: 2. And if any man thinks that he knows any thing, he hath not yet known as he ought to know.

Galatians 1: 9. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preaches to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.

1 Corinthians 2: 16. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Timothy 6: 3-4. If any man teaches otherwise and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to that doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions.

John 8: 31-32. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed him: If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth: and the truth shall make you free.

Luke 6: 39. Can the blind lead the blind? Do they not both fall into the ditch?

1 Timothy 2: 3-4. God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth!

Colossians 1:18. And he is the head of the body, the church.

2 Corinthians 11:2. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Ephesians 5: 25-27. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it: that he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: that he might present it to himself, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Matthew 12: 30. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathers not with me, scatters.

2 Corinthians 1: 9. But we had in ourselves the answer of death, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead.

Proverbs 28: 26. He that trusts in his own heart, is a fool.

1 Corinthians 4: 3-4. But to me it is a very small thing to be judged by you or by man's day. But neither do I judge my own self. For I am not conscious to myself of anything. Yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the Lord.

Wisdom 9: 14-17. For the thoughts of mortal men are fearful, and our counsels uncertain. For the corruptible body is a load upon the soul, and the earthly habitation presseth down the mind that museth upon many things. And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth: and with labour do we find the things that are before us. But the things that are in heaven, who shall search out? And who shall know thy thought, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above.

Proverbs 3: 7. Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 26: 12. Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? There shall be more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 14: 12. There is a way which seems just to a man: but the ends thereof lead to death.

Proverbs 16: 25. There is a way that seems to a man right: and the ends thereof lead to death.

John 16: 2. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever kills you will think that he doth a service to God.

Luke 10:21. In that same hour, he rejoiced in the Holy Ghost and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight.

Proverbs 12: 15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 16: 5. Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord: though hand should be joined to hand, he is not innocent.

1 Peter 5: 5. God resists the proud, but to the humble he gives grace.

2 Timothy 3: 7. Ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth.

John 7:17. If any man will do the will of him, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Ephesians 4:18. Having their understanding darkened: being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts.

Mark 4:11-12. And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

1 Corinthians 2:14. But the sensual man perceives not these things that are of the Spirit of God. For it is foolishness to him: and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.

2 Peter 3:3-7. Knowing this first: That in the last days there shall come deceitful scoffers, walking after their own lusts, saying: Where is his promise or his coming? For since the time that the fathers slept, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they are willfully ignorant of: That the heavens were before, and the earth out of water and through water, consisting by the word of God: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of the ungodly men.

2 Corinthians 4: 3-4. And if our gospel be also hidden: it is hidden to those who perish. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine into them.

John 10: 25-28. Jesus answered them: I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me. But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. And I know them: and they follow me. And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever. And no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

John 8:47. He that is of God hears the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.

Romans 6: 17. But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin but have obeyed from the heart unto that form of doctrine into which you have been delivered.

John 12: 48. He that despises me and receives not my words hath one that judged him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Acts 7: 51.  You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost. As your fathers did, so do you also.

Mark 3: 28-29. Amen I say to you that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin.

Matthew 12: 31. Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven.

1 Corinthians 1: 17-21, 25. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void. For the word of the cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them who are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise: and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God: it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For that (which appears foolish of God), is wiser than men; and that (which appears weakness of God), is stronger than men.

Ephesians 6:12. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.

Ephesians 6:17. And take unto you the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).

2 Corinthians 10: 4-5. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels, and every height that exalts itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ.

Hebrews 4: 12. For the word of God is living and effectual and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow: and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

1 John 4: 1-6. Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. By this is the spirit of God known: every spirit which confessed Jesus Christ to have come into the flesh, is of God: and every spirit, that dissolved Jesus is not of God, and this is antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome him, because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world hears them. We are of God. He that knows God, hears us: He that is not of God, hears us not: by this we know the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

2 John 1: 7. For many seducers are gone out into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a seducer and an antichrist.

1 John 2: 22-23. Who is a liar, but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son. Whosoever denies the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesses the Son hath the Father also.

1 John 2: 18. Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 4: 6. We are of God. He that knows God hears us. He that is not of God hears us not. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1 John 5: 10. He that believeth in the Son of God hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son makes him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son.

Galatians 1:8-9. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preaches to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema.

Wisdom 8:1. She reaches, therefore, from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly.

Matthew 7:16-18. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit, and the evil tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Galatians 5:18-23. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest: which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like. Of that which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God. But the fruits of the Spirit are  charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continence, chastity. Against such there is no law.

Isaiah 30:8-12 “In the later days … children will not hear the law of God … take away from me the way …”

Matthew 24:4-5, 9-12, 23-26; I Timothy 4:1-4; II Timothy 4:3-4; II Timothy 3:1-6; II Timothy 3:12-13; II Peter 3:3; Jude 14-19

4. Great Chastisement

Isaiah 24:1  “Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it … 24:3  With desolation shall the earth be laid waste, and it shall be utterly spoiled, for the Lord has spoken it. … 24:5 and the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the laws.  They have changed the ordinance.  They have broken the everlasting covenant. …

Isaiah 24:6 “Therefore will a curse devour the earth, and the inhabitances thereof will sin, and therefore they that dwell therein will be mad, and few men will be left.”

Isaiah 24:13 … if a few olives remain should be shaken out of the olive tree or grapes when the vintage is ended, 24:14 these shall lift up their voice and shall give praise when the Lord shall be glorified.  They shall make a joyful noise from the sea. … 24:23 and the moon will blush and the sun will be ashamed.”

Isaiah 2:2  “And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains and it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will flow unto it.” 

Isaiah 2:4  “And he shall judge the Gentiles and rebuke many people, and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles, nations shall not lift up sword against nations, neither shall they be exercised any more to war.”

Isaiah 24:5-22  “To them that come from a country far off, from the end of heaven, the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole land.

“How! Ye, for the day of the Lord, is near, it will come as a destruction from the Lord.  Therefore, will all hands be faint, and every heart of man shall melt and will be broken.  Griping and pains will take hold of them and they will be in pain as a woman in labor.  Everyone will be amazed at his neighbor; their continuances will be as face burnt. 

“Behold, the day of the Lord will come, a cruel day, and full of indignation and of wrath and fury to lay the land desolate and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

For the stars of heaven and their brightness will not display their light, and the sun will be darkened in its rising, and the moon will not shine with its light.

“I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogances of the mighty.

“A man will be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold. For this I will trouble the heaven and the earth will be moved out of her place, for the indignation of the Lord of hosts, and for the day of his fierce wrath.

“And they will be a doe fleeing away and a sheep and there will be none to gather them together, everyman will flee to his own land.  Everyone that will be found will be slain and everyone that will come to their aid will fall by the sword.  Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes, their houses will be pillaged and their wives will be ravished.

“Behold I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not seek silver nor desire gold.  By will their arrows they will kill the children and will have no pity upon the sucklings of the womb and their eyes will not spare the sons.

“And that Babylon, glorious among kingdoms, the famous pride of the Chaldeans, will be even as the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  It will be more inhabited forever and it will not be found from generation to generation neither will Arabian pitch his tents there, nor will shepherds rest there.

“But wild beasts will rest there and their houses will be filled with serpents and ostriches will well there and the hairy ones will dance there and owls will answer one another there in the houses thereof and sirens in the temples of pleasure.”                                                                                                                             

Isaiah 34:2-3 “For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations and his fury upon all their armies.  He has killed them and delivered them to slaughter.  Their slain shall be cast forth and out of their carcasses shall raise a stink; the mountains shall be melted with their blood.”

Ezekiel 38:5-8  “The Persians, Ethiopians and Libyans with them, all with shields and helmets.  Gomer and all his bands, the house of Thogorma, the northern parts and all his strength and many peoples with him. … After many days you shall be visited at the end of years and you shall come to the land that has returned from the sword and is gathered out of many nations to the mountains of Israel which have been continually waste, but it has been brought forth out of the nations and they shall all of them dwell securely in it. 

Ezekiel 38:21 “And I will call in the sword against him in all my mountains, said the Lord God, every man’s sword shall be pointed against his brother.”

Ezekiel 38:22  “And I will judge him with pestilence, and with blood and with violent rain and vast hailstones.  I will rain fire and brimstone upon him and upon his army and upon the many nations that are with him.”

Ezekiel 39:9 “And the inhabitants shall go forth of the cities of Israel, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, the shields, and the spears, the bows and the arrows, and handstaves and the pikes, and they shall burn them with fire seven years.”

Ezekiel 39:11-12  “There shall they bury Gog and all his multitude and it shall be called the valley of the multitude of Gog.  And the house of Israel shall bury them for seven months to cleanse the land.”

Ezekiel 39:14-15  “And they shall appoint men to go continually about the land to bury and to seek out them that were remaining upon the face of the earth, that they may cleanse it and after seven mouths they shall begin to seek.”

Ezekiel 39:15  “And they shall go about passing through the land and when they shall see the bone of a man, they shall set up a sign by it till the buriers bury it in the valley of Gog.”

Ezekiel 39:21  “And I will set my glory among the nations and all nations shall see my judgment that I have executed and my hand that I have laid upon it.”

Zec 5:1  Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a
flying roll.

Zec 5:2  And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a
flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten
cubits.

Zec 5:3  Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that steals shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that swears shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

Zech 5:6:  "And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephod that goes forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth."

Zech 6:12-13a  "And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying,  Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne..."

Rev 7:2-3  “Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their Foreheads.

Rev 7:9  “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands....”

Rev 8:1-2  “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.”

Rev 8:7 “The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, which fell on the earth; and a third of the earth was burnt up, and a third of the trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.”

Rev 8:8-9 “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

Rev 8:10-11 “The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water.  The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became Wormwood and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter.”

Rev 8:12 “The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened; a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night.”

Rev 9:3-4  “Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth; they were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those of mankind who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads....”

Rev 9:15 “So the four angels were released, who had been held ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of mankind.”

Rev 9:20-21  The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot either see or hear or walk; nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their immorality or their thefts.”

Rev 19: 11-16   And I saw heaven opened: and behold a white horse. And he that sat upon him was called faithful and true: and with justice doth he judge and fight. And his eyes were as a flame of fire: and on his head were many diadems. And he had a name written, which no man knows but himself. And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood. And his name is called: THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth proceeds a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty. And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Wisdom 17:4-5 “For neither did the cave which enclosed them preserve them from fear, because descending noises disturbed them, and the sorrowful persons appearing to them intensified their fear. And, indeed, even fire had no strength to provide them light, nor could the clear flames of the stars illuminate that horrible night.”

Wisdom 17:6-8  “Yet there appeared to them a sudden fire, filled with fear; and, having been struck with the fear of that face which is unseen, they considered those things which they did see to be worse, and, having been ridiculed, the illusions were removed from their arts along with their contemptuous rebuke of glorious wisdom. Indeed, those who promised to drive away fears and disturbances from a languishing soul, though they were filled with derision, were themselves languishing in fear.”

Wisdom 17:9-10 “And, even if nothing unnatural disturbed them, yet being agitated by the passing of animals and the hissing of snakes, they died of fear, denying what they themselves saw even in the air, which no one thinks to be able to escape. For, while there may be apprehension with wickedness, it gives testimony to condemnation, for a troubled conscience always forecasts harshness.”

Wisdom 17:11-12  “For fear is nothing else but unfaithfulness to thinking helpful things.  And, while expectation is driven from within, the cause of this is supposing that one is great in knowledge, and as a result, conflict excels.”

Wisdom 17:13-15 “Yet those who were truly powerless that night, being overcome by both the vilest and the deepest hell, were sleeping the same sleep, sometimes stirred up by the fear of unnatural things, other times sinking down in disgrace of soul, for a sudden and unexpected fear overcame them. Then, if any among them had fallen away, he was kept in a prison without bars which had been left open.”

Wisdom 17:16  “For if a farmer, or a shepherd, or a worker in a field of labor were suddenly overcome, he endured an inescapable necessity.”

 Wisdom 17:19-20  “For the whole world was enlightened with a clear light, and none were being hindered in their labors. But then, the heavy night was placed over the sun for them, an image of that darkness which was about to overcome them. Yet they were more grievous to themselves than was the darkness.”

5. Great Monarch and Angelic Pope

Rev 10:1-6  “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven clothed with a cloud and a rainbow on his head and his face was as the sun and his feet as pillars of fire.

“And he had in his hand the little book open, and he set his right foot upon the sea and his left foot upon the earth.

And he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roars. And when he cried the seven thunders uttered their voices.  And when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Seal up the things which the seven thunders have spoken and write them not.

And the angel, whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven and he swore but him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things which are therein and the earth and the things which are in it, and the sea and the things which are therein: 

That time shall be no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound the trumpet the mystery of God shall be finished as he has declared by his servants the prophets.”

Daniel 7:7  “A fourth beast, terrible and wonderful and exceedingly strong, it had great iron teeth, eating and breaking in pieces and treading down the rest with its feet, and it was unlike to the other beasts which I had seen before it, and it had ten horns.”

Daniel 7:23  “The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be greater that all the kingdoms and shall devour the whole earth and shall tread it down and break it in pieces.  And the ten horns of the same kingdom shall be ten kings and another shall rise up after them.”

Zech 12:1-2  “Thus says the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: ‘Lo, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the peoples round about; it will be against Judah; and also in the siege against Jerusalem.”

Zech 12:5  “Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, “The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.”

Zech 12:3  “On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will grievously hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will come together against it.

Zech 12:4  “On that day, says the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But upon the house of Judah I will open my eyes, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Zech 12:7 “And the LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah.”

Zech 12:9  And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”

Zech 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

Zech 13:1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”

Zech 13:2 “And on that day, says the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit.”

Zech 13:4 “On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle to deceive....”

 Zech 23:2 “And if one asks him, “What are these wounds on your back?”  He will say, The wounds I received in the house of my friends.”  

 Zech 13:8.9 “In the whole land, says the LORD, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested.”

Joel 3:9-12  “Proclaim you this among the nations, prepare for war, rouse up the strong, let them come, let all the men of war come up.  Cut your ploughshares into swords and your spades into spears.  Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ Break forth and come, all you nations from round about and gather yourselves together.  There will the Lord cause all the strong ones to fall down.  Let them arise, and let the nations come … Nations, nations in the valley of destruction, for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of destruction.  The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars have withdrawn their shinning.”

6. Period of Peace

Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Acts 1:6-7  “Lord, will you now restore the kingdom of Jerusalem?  But He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the time or the moments which the Father has put in His own power.”

2 Machabees 2:4-8  “(Jeremiah), the prophet, being warned by God, commanded that the tabernacle and the Ark should accompany him, till he came forth to the mountain where Moses went up, and saw the inheritance of God.  … And when Jeremiah came there he found a hollow cave and he carried in the tabernacle and the Ark and the altar of incense and so stopped up the door.  Then some of them that followed him, came up to mark the place but they could not find it.  And when Jeremiah perceived it, he blamed them saying,

The place will be unknown till God gather together the congregation of the people, and receive them to mercy.  And when the Lord will show these things and the majesty of the Lord will appear and there will be a cloud as it was also shown to Moses and as he showed to Solomon, when he prayed that the place might be sanctified to the great God.”

7. The Antichrist

First Resurrection – Good Saturday 33 AD

Rev 20:1-2 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven.... And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”

Taken to Heaven on Easter 33 AD

Rev. 20:4-6  “They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.... they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years.”

Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD

Ezechiel 5:10-27 to 21:31

Time of Antichrist

 Rev 20:7-8  “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, that is, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.”

After Antichrist

Isaiah 22:12-14  “In that day the Lord God of hosts called to weeping and mourning, to baldness and girding with sackcloth; and behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. ‘Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.’ The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: ‘Surely this iniquity will not be forgiven you till you die,’ says the Lord God of hosts.”

End of World

 1 Thess 4:16-18 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.”

Last Judgment

Rev 20:12, 15 “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.... and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Heaven with Body and Souls joined together

2 Peter 3:13 “But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Rev 21:1 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”

2Thess 2:8-12 -  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.   And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

1John 4:3 - 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.

1John 2:22 -  Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ?  He is the antichrist that denies the Father and the Son.

Rev 12:17   “Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

Rev 13:1.3 “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea.... One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder.”

Rev 13:7, 9-10  “Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.... If any one has an ear, let him hear: If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.”

Rev 13:1-2 “Then I saw another beast which rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed.”

2 Thess 2:3-4  “Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.”

2 Thess 2:9-10 “The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

Rev 13:16-17  “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

Rev 13:18 “This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

Rev 14:7  “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of water.”

Rev 14:11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever; and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

Rev 15:1 “Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and wonderful, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.”

Rev 16:2 “So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and foul and evil sores came upon the men who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.”

Rev 16:3  “The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a dead man, and every living thing died that was in the sea.”

Rev 16:4 “The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of water, and they became blood.”

Rev 16:8-9 “The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch men with fire; men were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory.”

Rev 16:10-11 “The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was in darkness; men gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores, and did not repent of their

deeds.”

Rev 16:12.16  “The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.... And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon.”

Rev 16:17 “The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a great voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, ‘It is done!’ ”

Rev 18:19-20 “And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out, ‘Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at sea grew rich by her wealth! In one hour she has been laid waste. Rejoice over her, O heaven, O saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!’ ”

Rev 19:11.14 “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.... And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses.”

Rev 19:19-21 “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone. And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth....”

Dan 8:25 - And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his
hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be
broken without hand.

Rev 19:11-16  - And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called
The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.   And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 19:20 - And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that
wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Isaiah 10:18 - And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard bearer fainted.

Zec 12:8-9  - In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Daniel 8:23-24 - And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the
transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.  And his power shall be
mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully,
and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the
holy people.

Dan 11:36 - And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt
himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous
things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Dan 11:37 - Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Dan 11:38 - But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces: and a god
whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

John 5:43 – Jesus to the Jews - "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."

Matthew 24: 15-22 - "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whosoever reads, let him understand:   Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day:  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."

Daniel 8:11-12 - Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.   And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.

Rev 13:5 - And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Rev 13:6 - And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Dan 7:25 - And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:
and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Rev 13:7 - And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues,
and nations.

Dan 7:21 - I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.

Rev 13:8 - And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

2Tim 4:4 - And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
turned unto fables.

Galatians 1:8 - But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Rev 11:15  “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

Outline:

The antichrist will be a man - Daniel 7:24-25
He will confirm a covenant for 7 years - Daniel 9:27
He will rise among 10 kings - Daniel 7:8
He will uproot 3 kings from the original 10 kings power - Daniel 7:8
This 10 nation union will merge into his world government Rev 13:1-2
He will preach peace but will destroy many - Daniel 8:25
He will be a miracle working religious - Rev 13:11-12
He was, and is not, and yet is - Rev 17:8
The government will be a socialistic government - Revelations 17:14
The antichrist will be preceded by 7 kings or rulers. He will be the 8th king.  1. Egypt. 2. Assyria. 3. Babylon. 4. Medo-Persia. 5. Greece. 6. Rome
He will have a mouth speaking great things. - Daniel 7:8
His look will be more stout than his fellows - Daniel 7:20
He will have a fierce countenance - Daniel 8:23
He will understand puzzling things - Daniel 8:23
He will cause craft to prosper - Daniel 8:25
The Abomination of Desolation is the beginning of 42 months - Daniel 9:27.
He opposes God - 2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will speak against God  - Daniel 11:36
He will exalt himself above all that is called God - 2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will build and sit in the temple of Solomon - 2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will claim to be God - 2 Thessalonians 2:4
He will take away the daily sacrifice (The Mass) - Daniel 11:31
His palace will be in Jerusalem  Daniel 11:45
He will make war with the saints and overcome them - Revelations 13:7
He will continue this war for 3 1/2 years - Daniel 7:21, 25
The Abomination of Desolation. - Matthew 24:15,21.
The antichrist will scatter the power of the holy people - Daniel 12:7
He will rule a mighty and strong kingdom - Daniel 7:7
He was given power over all tongues and nations - Rev 13:7
His kingdom will devour the whole earth - Daniel 7:23
He will have great military power - Daniel 11:31
He will try to change times and laws - Daniel 7:25
He will be the God of forces, gold, silver, jewels, etc - Daniel 11:38
He will prosper in everything that he does - Daniel 8:24
He will not regard the God of his fathers - Daniel 11:37
He will not regard the desire of women - Daniel 11:37
The mark of the beast will be the amount of his name – Rev 14:11
Earth will worship him, except those who are in Book of Life - Rev 15:2
He will have an image made after him - Rev 15:2
He will fight Christ at Armageddon and loose - Rev 17:14
He will stand against the Prince of princes - Daniel 8:25
The Lord will kill him with his voice - 2 Thessalonians 2:8
The Lord will destroy him with his coming - 2 Thessalonians 2:8
He will be cast alive into the lake of fire - Rev 19:20
He will be tormented day and night for ever and ever - Rev 20:10

8. Enoch and Elijah

Heb 9:27   "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."

Genesis  5:24  "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. "

Hebrews 11:5   "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."

2Kings 2:1  "And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind..."

2Kings 2:11  "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. "

Gen 5:23-24  “And all the days of Enoch were 365 years, and he walked with God and was seen no more, because God took him.”

Ecc 44: 16 Enoch pleased God, and was translated to paradise, that he may give repentance to the nations.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Zech 4:14  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

John 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

Luke 24:4  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Acts 1:10  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Zec 4:11  Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

Zec 4:12  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zec 4:13  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be?
And I said, No, my lord.

Zec 4:14   “Then said he, these are the two anointed ones, that stand by the
Lord of the whole earth.”

Rev 11:2-3  “...and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Rev 11:6 “They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.”

Temple of Jerusalem to be rebuilt by Antichrist

The prophesy of the destruction of the Temple came about in 70 AD with the siege of Vespasian. There were a few stones left of the foundation left.

Later, Emperor Julian the Apostate (a type of antichrist) attempted to discredit the prophesy of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ by ordering the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. Jews from all over the Roman Empire supported the task with great zeal and huge amounts of gold and silver. The task was accompanied by great scorn for the Christians in the empire, who believed that the Temple was not to be rebuilt. In order to provide a foundation for the "new temple" the final stones left of the old foundation were cleared away, completing the prophecy of Jesus.

As they began the re-building, earthquakes broke out all over the temple mount, halting the effort. When the earthquakes subsided, they attempted to begin again. As they approached the foundations, balls of blue fire exploded from the ground burning many of the workmen. Finally the effort was abandoned without laying a single stone of the new temple. Saint Athanasis   wrote to Justin that only the real antichrist would rebuild the temple of Jerusalem.

10. End of the World Doctrine

Teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the end of the world.

·            The Resurrection of the Dead. The teachings of the Catholic Church teach the actual resurrection of all flesh in their own bodies (including the damned), not merely a spiritual resurrection. This teaching is affirmed in both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed.

·            The General Judgment. After the resurrection of all flesh, there will follow the universal judgment. Christ will sit upon the throne of judgment and render to each man according to his works (Matthew 16:27).

·            The Destruction of the World. The world will be destroyed at the command of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ. The fulfillment of this prophecy will be supernatural and not as a result of atomic wars, or geological or astronomical disturbances.

·            The Reign of the Church Victorious. The faithful of the Church will live and reign with Christ forever. The devils and evil men will be damned forever without reprieve.

Acts 1:10:11  “And while they were beholding Him going up to heaven, behold two men appeared by them in white garments.  Who also said to them: ‘You men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking up to heaven?  This Jesus who is taken up from you up to heaven, shall come in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”

Matthew 24:23-27  “Then if any man say to you: Lo there is Christ, or there, do not believe him.  For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signes and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.  Behold I have told it to you beforehand.  If, therefore, they shall say to you: Behold he is in the closets, believe it not, for as lightening comes out of the east and appears in the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:29-31 “And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be moved.  And then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then will all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty.  And he will send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice, and they shall gather his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them.”

Rev 20:12-14  “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing in the presence of the throne, and the books were opened, and another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged by those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead that was in it, and death and hell gave up the dead that were in them, and they were judged everyone according to their works.  And hell and death were cast into the pool of fire.  This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the pool of fire.”

I Thessalonians 4:15  “For this we say to you in the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the Lord, will not prevent (come before) them who have slept.”

Revelations 20:6  “Blessed and holy is he that has past in the first resurrection. In these the second death has no power – “

I Thessalonians 4:16  “Then we who are alive, who are left will be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, in the air, and so will be always with the Lord.”

 

Notes: 

1. Merlin is essential to the story, since he is mentioned in many prophecies. I gave him the name, Merlin, not from what you might think, the Merlin of the Knights of the Round Table, but because of the prophet, Merlin in the twelfth century, who's writings prompted my research. 

2. Research into the life of King Charles von Habsburg found that he and his family were exiled on the island of Madeira after being ousted by his own friends in government. Because of the lack of money and food for his family and himself, he developed pneumonia and died at the age of only thirty-five. His last words were "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" over and over again. He was placed in a coffin high above the town and harbor of Funchal in the little pilgrimage church of Our Lady of the Mountain. It is a plain metal coffin adorned with a "crown of thorns" and the inscription "Fiat Volutas Tua". He always felt that the King's crown was a martyr's crown and a crown of thorns. His father, Francis Joseph believed the same thing. His son, Otto, was with him at his death on April Fools Day, 1922, a fitting day for his death, since I firmly believe that only the world is fooled into thinking that the last of the Monarchs died in the death of Charles. A Charles will live again in the future Monarch.

Before World War I, Francis Palacky, in his letter of refusal to the Frankfort National Assembly in 1848, stated that the existence of the multinational Habsburg monarchy was justified, even indispensable, in the interests of Europe, and of humanity itself, as the only sure protection against the immeasurable and unutterable evil of a universal Russian advance.

I believe he was right, for since the fall of the Monarchy, we have had two world wars, and half of Europe is communist or socialist. Someday we will see the return of "Viribus Um Itis".  Here in America, the idea of a Monarchy is paramount to treason. That anyone would prefer a "King" to "Democracy" is lunacy. Even the Bishops of America write constantly on the virtues of democracy. In the study of governments, we conclude that democracy is the hest because it has given the poor the most goods and freedom, but from the standpoint of God, it has also produced the most sin, and the justification of sin. A Monarchy could only he good if the Monarch was good. We could never guarantee that. The only good government is a government run by God. That is why the perfect government is one who’s laws are made by the church. Of course, the Church has no arms to enforce the laws, so it needs a civil leader, who is subject to the Church.

3. Starting the war in France comes from the prophets. All seem to say that the sign of the beginning of a world wide war is a civil war in France, which will spread throughout all of Europe and result in the Holy Father leaving Rome for safety in Mintz, Germany.

4. Many of the words and letters by the Holy Father were from "Readings in Church History", example: Pope Boniface in "Bull Unam in Sanram" of Nov. 18, 1302. Eleven months before the end of the Templars.

5. The famous sword of Joseph of Armethia is the same sword used by Perceval in ''The True Story of the Holy Grail". It is also mentioned by Blessed  Anne Catherine Emmerich.

6. The Holy Crown of Saint Steven was the possession of Charles von Habsburg, but is now lost.  I have reason to believe it is being guarded by good people and is safe.

7. The destruction of St. Peter's in Rome comes from the prophets, and the other descriptions are from my own visits to Rome.

8. The genealogy of Philip from David is the result of hundreds of hours of research. Some of the missing links came from prophets like Blessed Catherine Emmerich, who revealed the story of Joseph's older brother, Zodac, at the foot of the cross and his migration to France with the other Christians.

9. References to King Arthur and the Fisher King should not be taken lightly, since they are the result of agonizing research with a computer on the apocalyptic language of “The True Story of the Holy Grail”. I have concluded that the stories of the Fisher King and the Holy Grail are true, but written in apocalyptic language so that only a few selected people would understand the meanings. The story is like a code.  For an example, look at the chapters. Instead of calling them chapters, they are called branches, "Branch One, Branch Two, etc." Perhaps like the branches of a family tree?

10. The part of Godfroi de Bouillon is true. He started the Templars, captured Jerusalem, and was King of Jerusalem. I have in my possession a probable list of all the Kings of Jerusalem, since him. Being King of Jerusalem no longer means being King of that city. It means being King of God's People, wherever they are in the entire world. As I have stated in the book, Otto von Habsburg has used the title openly.

11. The story of King Philip and the Templars came from several books on the Templars. Any Templar book will give you the whole story. I recommend that you read all about them, especially about the deaths of the Templar Grand Master, Jacques de Moley, Hugh de Pairaud, Geoffrey de Gonneville, and Geoffrey de Charney. All were the leaders of the Templars. They were all burned alive on an island in the Seine river right in the center of Paris. A few days latter the "Shroud of Turin" was found in Jacgues de Molev's home.

12. References to the Treasure of Solomon and the Holy Grail come from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. She claims that the Treasure of Solomon is still intact and hidden. My research places it somewhere in southern France, although I think it was in Spain for a time.

13. The description and history of the Holy Grail also come from the revelations of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, including the fact of the real blood of Christ in the Grail.

14. The methods of fighting the wars are made up. Actually I think they will be quite different but a little unbelievable. I believe that they will be a little like the wars of the Machabees, where the angels were actually seen fighting with them. It is also probable that it will be a lot like the overthrow of the Marcos' government of the Philippines. But that is still unbelievable.

To have real people in my story like Dona Francisca, who in a wheelchair pushed by a nurse, stood in the center of the street to block the oncoming tanks of Marcos, would be to unbelievable for my story. To have real people like the little Ting Ting of the Philippines, who weighs less than one hundred pounds, and stopped tanks all by herself, would not be believable. So, I stayed with believable methods of fighting the war.

15. Ending in the three dark days is most probable based on the prophets. The destruction of the cities all over the world by the comet is well established in most prophesies.

16. Seven years to bury the dead is in the bible.

17. The seven to one ratio of women to men is also prophesied.

18. The part about the Anti-Christ's birth and mother is exactly as revealed by the prophets.

19.  One last note regarding this fiction story. There are some things in this story that I do not believe myself, but I put them in for particular reasons. I do not believe that the Ark of Moses will he found during the time of "Philip",  however, I needed to use the Ark in this story in order to teach the reader about the Holy Grail and its relation to the Ark of the Covenant.

20. History of Knights Templar

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Solomonici), popularly known as the Knights Templar, was one of the most famous of the Christian military orders. It existed for about two centuries in the Middle Ages, created in the aftermath of the First Crusade of 1096 to ensure the safety of the large numbers of European pilgrims who flowed toward Jerusalem after its conquest.

The Templars were an unusual order in that they were both monks and soldiers, making them in effect some of the earliest "warrior monks" in the Western world. Members of the Order played a key part in many battles of the Crusades, and the Order's infrastructure innovated many financial techniques that could be considered the foundation of modern banking. The Order grew in membership and power throughout Europe, until it ran afoul of King Philip IV of France (Philip the Fair), who caused many of the order's members in France to be tortured into confessions and burned at the stake. Under influence from King Philip, Pope Clement V then forcibly disbanded the order in 1314.

The high Templars were organized as a monastic order, following a rule created for them by their patron, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a member of the Cistercian Order. Each country had a Master of the Order for the Templars in that region, and all of them were subject to the Grand Master, appointed for life, who oversaw both the Order's military efforts in the East, and their financial holdings in the West.

There were four divisions of brothers in the Templars:

·            the knights, equipped as heavy cavalry (wore a white habit with red cross);

·            the sergeants (serjens), equipped as light cavalry and drawn from a lower social class than the knights (wore a brown mantle);

·            the serving brothers - the rural brothers (frères casaliers), who administered the property of the Order, and the frères de métiers, who performed menial tasks and trades;

·            the chaplains, who were ordained priests and saw to the spiritual needs of the Order.

With the high demand for knights, there were also knights who signed up to the Order for a set period of time before returning to secular life, as well as the Fratres conjugati, who were married brothers. Both of these wore a black or brown mantle with a red cross to delineate them from the celibate lifetime members, and were not considered to be of the same status as the celibate brothers. It also appears that the serving brothers (frères casaliers and frères de métiers) were not separate from the sergeants, but rather that a sergeant who was a skilled tradesman or was unable to fight due to age or infirmity would perform these other functions. The majority of the Templars, including the knights and the Grand Masters, were both uneducated and illiterate (as were most knights of the day), having come not from the upper nobility but from more obscure families.

At any time, each knight had some ten people in support positions. Some brothers were devoted solely to banking (typically those with an education), as the Order was often trusted with the safekeeping of precious goods by participants in the Crusades; but the primary mission of the Knights Templar was warfare.

The Templars used their wealth to construct numerous fortifications throughout the Holy Land and were probably one of the best trained and disciplined fighting units of their day. They were also famous and easily recognized, with a white surcoat with distinct red cross emblazoned above the heart or on the chest, as seen in many portrayals of crusading knights.

Initiation into the Order was a profound commitment, and involved a secret ceremony. Few details of the rituals were known at the time, fueling the suspicions of medieval inquisitors, but initiates, at least in the early days of the Order, had to be of noble birth, of legitimate heritage, and had to be willing to sign over all of their wealth and goods to the Order. Further, joining the Order required vows of poverty, chastity, piety, and obedience. For the warriors of the Order, there was a cardinal rule of never surrendering. This fearless uncompromising nature of the Templars, along with excellent training and heavy armament, made them a feared and elite fighting force in medieval times

The order was founded around 1118 by French knights Hughes de Payens, a veteran of the First Crusade, and Godfrey de St Omer for the protection of pilgrims on the road from Jaffa and Jerusalem. At first, the knights, being nine in number, relied on gifts and cast-offs. As a result they were originally known as the Poor Knights of Christ. King Baldwin II of Jerusalem gave them a headquarters on the Temple Mount, above what was believed to be the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. It was from this location that the Order took its name of Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon.

The Order grew rapidly because of support from key church leaders such as Bernard de Clairvaux, and was exempt from all authority except that of the Pope. Because of this official sanction, the order received massive donations of money, land, and noble-born sons from families across Europe, who were encouraged to donate support as their way of assisting with the fight in the Holy Land. Templar Knights also fought alongside King Louis VII of France, King Richard I of England, and in battles in Spain and Portugal.

Though the primary mission of the Order was a military one, only a small percentage of its members were actually at the front lines, while many others were involved in developing a financial infrastructure to support the warrior branch. The Order also innovated ways of generating letters of credit for pilgrims who were journeying to the Holy Land, which involved pilgrims depositing their valuables with the Order before setting off on the journey. This may have been the first form of checking put into use. From this mixture of donations and shrewd business dealing during the 12th and 13th centuries the Order acquired large tracts of land both in Europe and the Middle East, built churches and castles, bought farms and vineyards, was involved in manufacturing, import and export, had its own fleet of ships, and for a time even owned the entire island of Cyprus.

After Jerusalem was lost to Saladin in the late 1100s, the Crusades gradually wound down and European support for the Order began to falter. In the early 1300s, King Philip IV of France (also known as "Philip the Fair") was in desperate need of money to continue his war with the English. On Friday, October 13, 1307 (a date possibly linked to the origin of the Friday the 13th legend), Philip had all French Templars simultaneously arrested, charged with numerous heresies, and tortured by French authorities nominally under the Inquisition until they allegedly confessed. This action released Philip from his obligation to repay huge loans from the Templars and justified his looting of Templar treasuries. In 1312 due to public opinion and scandal, and under pressure from King Philip (who had been responsible for maneuvering Pope Clement V into the Vatican), Clement officially disbanded the Order at the Council of Vienne. Even though all their lands were supposed to be turned over to the Hospitallers, Phillip retained a great deal of the Templar assets in France. Some other European leaders followed suit in an effort to reduce the amount of Church-owned lands and property. In 1314 three Templar leaders, including Grand Master Jacques De Molay, Hugh De Perault and Godfrey De Goneville were burned alive at the stake by French authorities after publicly renouncing any guilt.

Remaining Templars around Europe, having been arrested and tried under the Papal investigation (with virtually none convicted), were either absorbed into other military orders such as the Order of Christ and the Knights Hospitaller or contemplative Benedictine or Augustinian orders; returned to the secular life with pension; and in some cases possibly fled to other territories outside of Papal control such as England and excommunicated Scotland. But questions still remain as to what happened to the few hundreds of Templars across Europe, or to the fleet of Templar ships which, according to some novels, and historical nonfiction, like 'Holy Blood and Holy Grail',vanished from La Rochelle on October 13, 1307. Also, the extensive archive of the Templars, with detailed records of all of their business holdings and financial transactions, was never found, though it is unknown whether it was destroyed, or moved to another location, or ever existed in the first place.

In modern times, it is the Roman Catholic Church's position that the persecution was unjust; that there was nothing inherently wrong with the Order or its Rule; and that the Pope at the time was severely pressured into suppressing them by the magnitude of the public scandal and the dominating influence of King Philip IV. In 2002, a copy of the Chinon Parchment was discovered by Dr. Frale in the Vatican Secret Archives. The parchment gave direct documented evidence and a new perspective on the Knights Templar and overturned some of the centuries-old myths and misconceptions that have grown around the Order.

Starting with founder Hughes de Payens in 1118, the Order's highest office was that of Grand Master, a position which was held for life, though considering the warrior nature of the Order, this could be a very short period of time. The Grand Master oversaw all of the operations of the Order, including both the military operations in the Holy Land and eastern Europe, and the financial and business dealings in the Order's infrastructure of Western Europe. Grand Masters could also be active military commanders, though this was not always a wise choice, as seen by the fate of the defeated Grand Master Gérard de Ridefort, who ended up beheaded by Saladin in 1189 at the Siege of Acre. The last Grand Master was Jacques DeMolay.

Middle East

·            Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

·            Akko (City of Acre) - contains a tunnel leading to a 13th century Templar stronghold

·            Arwad, Syria - an island fortress

·            Chastel Blanc, Syria

·            The port city and fortress of Tartous (called Tortosa by Crusaders), Syria

France

·            Sainte-Vaubourg, 76/Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France. In 1173, King Henry II, gave the manor Sainte-Vaubourg at Val-de-la-Haye to the Knights Templar.

·            Neuilly-sous-Clermont, 60/Oise, Picardie, France

·            Mont-de-Soissons, 02/Aisne, Picardie, France - The chapel, pigeonniere and grange all date from the XIIIth century. The chapel was restored by the Knights of St. John after the dissolution of the Templars.

·            Acquebouille, 45/Loiret, France - This chapter-house was part of Commandery Saint-Marc d' Orleans.

·            La Villedieu-Les-Maurepas, 78/Yvelines, Ile de France - Thirteenth-century Gothic chapel with octagonal tower, and various buildings with a surrounding wall largely restored. Departmental cultural center.

·            Coulommiers, France

·            Avalleur, Burgundy, France

·            Chinon, Payes-de-la-Loire, France

·            Cressac-Blanzac, Charente, France

·            La Rochelle, Charente, France

·            Sergeac, Dordogne, France

·            Domme, Dordogne, France

·            Sainte-Eulalie-du-Cernon, France

·            Richerenches, France

·            La Couvertoirade, Aveyron, France

United Kingdom

·            Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland, UK

·            Temple Church, Middle Temple and Inner Temple, London, England, UK

·            Temple Dinsley, Hertfordshire, England, UK

·            Hertford, Hertfordshire, England [1], UK

·            Royston Cave, Royston, Hertfordshire, England, UK

·            Garway Church, Herefordshire, England, UK

·            Cressing Temple, Essex, England [2], UK

·            Templecombe, Somerset, England [3], UK

·            Temple Balsall, Warwickshire, England, UK

·            Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire, England, UK

·            Temple Cowton, North Yorkshire, England, UK

·            Temple Ewell, Kent, England, UK

·            Temple Newsam, West Yorkshire, England, UK

·            Temple Meads, Bristol, England, UK

·            Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK

·            Westerdale, North Yorkshire, England, UK

·            Great Wilbraham Preceptory, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

·            Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England, UK

·            Holy Sepulchre (Round Church), Cambridgeshire, England, UK

·            Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England, UK

·            St. Mary's, Sompting, West Sussex, England, UK [4]

·            Tintagel Castle (Kastell Dintagell), Cornwall, England, UK

Portugal

·            Convento de Cristo in the Castle of Tomar [5]

·            Church of Santa Maria do Olival in Tomar

·            Castles of Almourol, Idanha, Monsanto, Pombal and Zêzere

·            Castle of Soure, near Coimbra [6]

Spain

·            Irrigation system in Aragon, Spain [7]

·            Iglesia Veracruz in Segovia, Spain [8]

Other

·            Kolossi Castle in Cyprus

·            Tempelhof in Berlin, Germany

The Knights Templar have become surrounded by legends concerning secrets and mysteries handed down to the select from ancient times. Most of these legends are connected with the long occupation by the order of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and speculation about what relics the Templars may have found there, such as the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant, or fragments of the True Cross from the Crucifixion. And still more stories were started by fictional embellishments upon the Templar history, such as a treasure long hidden by the Templars. This idea has been used in two recent Hollywood movies, The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. The idea has also been used in the graphic novel Rex Mundi (Dark Horse Comics) by Arvid Nelson, and in novels by Steve Berry, The Templar Legacy, and Raymond Khoury, The Last Templar.

Other legends have grown around the suspected associations of the Templars. Many organizations claim traditions from the original Order (the Freemasons, for instance, began incorporating Templar symbols and rituals in the 1700s) especially in relation to anonymous charity and good deeds. Some of these organizations which claim (spuriously) to be associated with the Templars are still active within communities across the globe supporting humanistic causes such as hospitals and medical treatment centers for the less fortunate. Additionally, while not claiming any direct descent from Templar Jacques de Molay, the Order of DeMolay, a youth fraternity associated with the Freemasons, cite de Molay's loyalty to his fellow Templars in the face of execution as a bedrock moral imperative.

The dissolution of the Templar order is well documented, and its remaining members after the destruction of the order in 1314 were absorbed into the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John, which continued as a minor military entity throughout the middle ages. However, the story of the Templars' persecution has proved a tempting source for many organizations to use to enhance their own dignity, history, and mystery. There are a variety of claims to descendance from around the western world, none of whom are able to produce any evidence, or plausible theory explaining their descent.

Another legend originates around Switzerland, and associates the Knights Templar with the founding of the Swiss country.

 

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