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End Times

 

August 11, 2017

The other day, my neighbor remarked to me that he was so content with his home and property that he would be staying there for the next 25 years. I thought that was a rather odd statement given the end times are upon us. And although I know only God knows the exact day and hour of Christ's final coming, there are signs and indications that we may not have 25 years before His coming, let alone what may happen in the interim.

Yeah, yeah, I know that the end has been continuously predicted in past times, since just after the Resurrection. But keep in mind:

First of all, for all the seculars and lukewarmers out there, the chief climatologist of Canada stated in 2016 that the damage to our climate cannot be reversed. It is too late. That being said, it can only get worse. So either way, the end is coming soon, whether you want to believe or not. Oh, and by the way, climatological events are predicted in the bible for the end times.

Second of all, the Divine Mercy message is in fact a message for the end times. It should also be mentioned that this is the first time, that I know about, that God has told us that we are in the end times. So if you believe in the Divine Mercy message, you have to believe what our Lord states about the end times. But who knows how long the end times will last?

Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy.  (Diary 848)

Also, keep in my mind, that the Year of Mercy has just ended. Never before has there been a Year of Mercy in the Church. And after mercy, justice, but when?

Third of all, Sister Lucia was quoted as saying, "The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families...that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."

Fourth of all, there are many who believe some bible prophecies about the end times are coming true, which to explain and describe here, would be beyond the scope of this article.

Fifth of all, there are Popes such as Pope's John Paul II and Francis who have made statements in preparation for those times.

"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think that the wide circle of the American Society, or the whole wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. The confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God's Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously." (Pope John Paul II, 1976)

Sixth of all, even if you look at the world through secular eyes, look at population and other trends such as technology, industry, etc., over the past 150 years; what conclusion can you draw? You know we're not getting out of the 21st century.

"By his coming, which never ceases, the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into the 'last days', the time of the Church" (CCC 732)

 

Consider this:

1. Pope Leo XIII on October 13, 1884 (exactly 33 years before the miracle of the sun at Fatima) – vision about satan (the Lord granting satan more power within a 100 year period to try and destroy the Church), .
2. Our Lord started appearing to Sister Faustina in 1931. 400 years before in 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego.
100 years from the first appearance of our Lord to Sister Faustina is 2031. 500 years from the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe is 2031.
3. Our Lord made reference to the hundred year procrastination of the kings of France in His message in 1931 to Sister Lucia of Fatima in regard to His requested consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart: “Make it known to My ministers, that given they follow the example of the King of France, in delaying the execution of My command … that like him, they will follow him into misfortune, they will repent of it,  and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will already have spread its errors in the world …”
4. Significance of 100 years: On June 17, 1689 the Sacred Heart of Jesus manifested to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. The Lord wanted the King of France, King Louis XIV, to consecrate France to His Sacred Heart. For 100 years to the day the Kings of France delayed, and did not obey. So on June 17, 1789 the King of France, King Louis XVI was stripped of his legislative authority. The French Revolution began and the King lost his head a few years later.

 

Note: This article in no way was intended to solidify a day and hour of His second coming.

Diary, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (c) 1987
Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263.
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