There is no doubt in the minds of intelligent people that each day brings with it new realizations of prophetic statements as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. This is a fact based on the very nature of time and change.
We cannot judge our times according to the relative events of the past. The events of the past have become matters of historic record _ assuming of course, that honest and factual records have been kept.
For example: Our Patriarchs _ Abraham, Isaac and Jacob _ lived in a time that is beyond our reach. It is the past. We know of them and their deeds through records that come down to us through the Catholic Church of the Old Testament. Living tradition is essential for the true understanding of recorded history, just as custom is the best interpreter of the law.
Unfortunately, however, is another fact: That there are as many opinions as there are heads. All but one may be wrong; and that one is reflected in the total deposit of Faith as protected by the Roman Catholic Church.
There is some foundation for the negative aspect of the coming millenium because the world has had two thousand years during which the revelations of God have had time to be realized.
Intelligent individuals with a modicum of objectivity would set aside the haughty arrogance of false teachers who have good reason to wish that the future would not bring what it must of necessity bring. Denying the word of God is the most dangerous and idiotic endeavor of any man. Why?
Because the purposes of God will be served despite all the efforts of those who would either deny His existence or would foolishly attempt to interpose their narrow-minded ambitions between God and the rest of mankind.
Perhaps the greatest source of apprehension comes from the recognized fact of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima from May 13 to October 13, 1917.
Almost every Catholic the world over knew of these apparitions because they came at a time when Zionist-Masonic `Bolshevism' broke loose in Russia. It appears that since that time the forces of good _ exemplified by the devout faithful dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary _ and the forces of evil exemplified by Luciferian Communism-Democracy _ have been in constant confrontation.
Most of us were not here when the calendar turned from 1899 to 1900. Yet, in a most profound way, we who were not born have inherited that which we have not sown. We have inherited the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary; we have inherited the conspiracies of the Illuminati; we have inherited the increasing deprivation of our rights under one or other specious pretext.
We also inherited a peculiar human weakness: We indiscriminately believed the exaggerations and lies about others and perceived the victims of these lies as our enemies. The reaction was predictable: The youth of every land butchered each other because of lies. If this is not Satanic, what is? The Scriptures depict the fallen angel as the "Father of Lies." He was a liar and a murderer from the beginning.
It is this spirit of evil that possesses the world and there are few genuine exorcists capable of casting this evil spirit out of the world.
The fakes that see themselves as "Ghost busters" or "exorcists" are generally unstable individuals themselves. Generally, they seek notoriety by indulging in this dangerous aspect of the occult. It is not long before they themselves are in need of a true exorcist.
Sensationalism has always been the stock in trade of the exploiting `confidence man.' People like sensations because that's just what these things are: They are the stuff that sends safe shivers up and down the spine _ almost a substitute for eroticism.
And, just as there are people who will pay for having their nerve-endings stimulated, so too will there be people who can disguise this primitive, disordered urge with the respectability of religion.
There should be no doubt in the mind of the mature Catholic that the world as we know it will end. It will end by fire (Despite what unwilling Rabbis say to the contrary). We of the this age know that this can very well happen. When St. Peter said the world would end in fire, he had not the slightest idea of nuclear power _ or did he?
Non-Catholics logically follow the conclusions of their premises. Consequently, they view the exaggerated prognostications of `wannabe prophets' with the same disdain as we informed Catholics do.
No one knows when the end of the world will come. That it will come is a certainty and that it will come in fire is also a certainty. Those who mock either truth will just have to find out the hard way.
As for us Catholics, if we live each day in union with Christ, striving to fulfill God's will in us, such matters will be of no importance to us.
God has always used the last resort to make man see the light: physical punishment. Generally, this is the only thing some people understand. So, for our own sakes, God allows us to punish ourselves or, as the case may be, allows others to punish us. Didn't the Blessed Virgin at Fatima warn that if we Christians did not shape up, God would use Russia to whip us into shape? Think about it. Seriously .
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