The Response of the World
“At any moment now we will all be raptured up to Heaven. Christ will then destroy this Antichrist and the Beast, and purify this world. We will then be brought back to this world to rein a thousand years with the living Christ. Prepare to be raptured, and pay no attention to this Antichrist.”
The PTL followed suit, Jerry Falwell
declared that God spoke to him and said that “The Antichrist is alive and
gathering his army in
The Catholic Spiritualists declared that Pope was the Antichrist because he had re-stated that Catholic Dogma takes precedence over spiritual revelation, therefore they wanted nothing to do with his other sword.
They announced to all their followers not to worry about the civil wars because private revelation had declared that there would be a warning from God before the chastisement. The fact that half the world was already dead did not seem to bother them. They still were waiting for the prophesied warning that all would see and be converted.
The Liberal Catholic Church had hoped for a democratic Pope, and now they were in disarray. The American Bishops had Conferences after Conferences but could not figure out what to do about Philip and his authority from the Pope.
The Traditional Catholic Church, who had
refused to accept the changes in the Church after Vatican II, argued amongst themselves, and decided to wait and see if the New Pope
would restore the
Most of the Bishops of the world had already received letters from the Pope and were quietly informing priests, nuns and brothers of the Pope’s will. They were informing the people and the people were talking to everyone.
The American President called an emergency meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. All Chief Admirals, Generals, Senators and heads of State attended.
President Thomas addressed his audience, “Gentlemen, you have all been watching television and know about this man called Philip von Habsburg, who calls himself King of France.”
President Thomas: “Please, Senator, we are not here to
discuss his merits or flaws. We are here because he plans to invade
General Lee: “May I remind you, Mr. President, that
President Thomas: “Yes! But we have no right to interfere in a civil war of Germans against Germans. There is a German General that has some authority but not much.”
Senator Grimes: “Bull ####! That is exactly why all these wars have happened all over the world, because we have done nothing, and you know that Moslems are behind the mobs and the economic crash. And what do we know about this General? Is he going to be another Hitler?”
“President Thomas: “We know now that it was the Moslems, but it’s too late. It takes all our efforts to keep peace at home with all the mobs here. But an invasion of one country into another is something we have never tolerated. The Moslems were German citizens.”
Admiral Williams: “Mr. President, why
should we try to stop this King Philip?
With no more than a speech on television and no deaths that we know of,
he has totally restored order to
General Lee: “What if he comes after our bases also?”
General Macarthy: “He wouldn’t have a chance. He has no planes, no tanks, just some farmers with almost no weapons.”
President : “That’s beside the point. We don’t know his intentions and we don’t know what other countries will do.”
Senator Pane: “What other countries? All are in anarchy. If
we stop him and I’m sure we could easily,” he looked around at the Generals and
the Generals nodded, “but we would have the entire Catholic Church against us.
Let me remind you that 40% of this country is still Roman Catholic, and 85% of
Silence prevailed for several minutes. Senator Mills leaned forward over the table and looked around at everyone with a very serious look. Quietly he said.
“What if he is the Antichrist?”
No one answered, and again there was silence for a time. Finally, President Thomas broke the silence:
“I don’t know what he is up to, but we had better find out. General, send out a representative from one of our German bases to meet with him and find out his intentions. If he will leave our bases alone, we will not try to stop him.”
Two days later, the Joint Chiefs of Staff met again. President Keys held two letters in his hands.
“Gentlemen, I have a reply from Philip von Habsburg, I have placed a copy on your desk. I would like you to read the letter of the general who met with Habsburg. I will read it out loud and you can follow along.
I met with Philip von Habsburg after flying from
Habsburg is a very plain-looking man with a large nose and curly hair. He was wearing, if you can believe all this, tennis shoes and blue denims. He was very polite and asked how he could help me. I gave him your message. This is his reply.
“I am going into
I then asked how he could possibly expect to take over
Sir, I believe that is the real Holy Grail. I for one will not fire any weapon against him, and if you ask me to, I will resign.
And, Sir, I am not a Catholic.
P.S. Two months ago, over 150 Cardinals met with the Pope
right here in
President Thomas looked coldly at his staff. When all had finished reading, he said, “I think we have a problem.”