.According to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the book that I am going to use to describe the key characterizes of the Antichrist and his reign of terror, was one of the biggest graces she has ever received. The title of the book is End of this Present World and Mysteries of the Life to Come. It can be purchased here
The author bases his assessment off of Scripture and tradition and teachings of the church fathers. This post will briefly summarize key points:
Timeline of the Antichrist in relation to the end of the world or the final judgement-
It is a common belief that Christ Himself will return to fight the Antichrist and then the world will end and the new Earth will appear. It is worth pointing out that this is NOT the general consensus among most of the church fathers and does not make sense in the context of scripture, most notably in the Book of Revelation. The more fitting description is that the Antichrist will be destroyed by the "spirit of his mouth" aka the Holy Spirit as we see in 2 Thessalonians 2:8. This is not describing Jesus in his glorified body coming to earth to destroy the Antichrist. It is thought that after the destruction of the Antichrist, there will be an era of peace in which life will be centered around the sacraments of the church. In being familiar with private revelations, I personally think that the "Great Monarch" and "Great Pope" aided by the Blessed Mother and Saint Michael the Archangel , combined with the remnant of God's people that weren't killed off in the persecutions (more on that later), will defeat the Antichrist, but that is another post entirely. After this era of peace, it is thought that Satan will be unchained to wreak havoc (but not in human form as he did with the Antichrist) and then the physical second coming and rebirth with put an end to him once and for all. It is important for us to differentiate between the reign of the Antichrist and the second coming as they are not the same event. The Antichrist marks the end of the Era and the beginning of a new one, while the end of the world is just that...the end of the world. It is also worth noting that the end of the world will not happen until the Antichrist has his way with us.
Signs that will precede his Reign
For the sake of prudence I think we need to establish a difference between the 3 and half year reign when he has full power and his public appearance. No where do we see that his public appearance is simultaneous with his actual reign of ultimate power when he takes the throne of the universe so to speak. In fact reason and logic would point to the fact that he would make his appearance prior to crowning himself as emperor of all. Furthermore, we should not get tunnel vision in focusing just on the person of the Antichrist at the exclusion of the reign of the SPIRIT of the antichrist which is already upon us and has been since the the beginning of the Church. Every "star" needs their red carpet rolled out so to speak and we should be vigilant in being able to identify the people and actions that are indeed rolling it out. There is nothing spontaneous about his coming to power, it has been centuries in the works. It is the reason why the early Christians who were persecuted by the types of the antichrist thought they would see the second coming. The thing to remember is that the final end time Antichrist will be the worst of the worst...a culmination of all the types such as Nero Ceaser.
Prior to his reign will be great tribulations, most notably violence and famines and plagues etc.... He will use this to his advantage. Just when everything is at its worst he will offer an apparent solution for all of our problems at the price of apostasy and the denial of the one true God. He will offer people an opportunity to save their bodies and lose their souls. Everything will be tolerated accept worship that isn't directed at him, especially that directed at Jesus Christ.
Characteristics of The Antichrist
Stay vigilant my friends
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,Last week was my Birthday and Birthday gifts can always be interesting especially when then come from people of different backgrounds and beliefs. This year I received an intriguing gift which led me to an interesting train of thought, and in a round about way, enabled me to talk to The Blessed Mother while doing dishes....lol..A little background on me....I'm notoriously hard to buy gifts for because I'm just totally uninterested in normal worldly things and am therefore largely misunderstood in my circle of immediate family and friends. In short, most people don't know what to do with me. This year though, there was a theme of plants which was awesome. I have recently taken up the hobby of gardening, so my 32 going on 82 year old soul was thrilled to receive not 1 but 2 indoor plants. There was however a slight problem with one of the plants. The concept of it was as follows: Put this log looking apparatus in water dish and it would supposedly sprout a bonsai type plant decoration. Very cool and exciting no problem there. The problem was the intention and the figurine that went on the top of it. The marketing of this treasure was that it would bring luck and fortune, definitely superstitious and bordering on dabbling in the occult, but worse that that, there was the problem of the figurine on top of the log containing the plant (which in the giver's defense they did not think it came with). To me, it resembled what appeared to be a pagan nature spirit aka a demon. Maybe a type of the infamous "green man."
What I found out upon much research was that it is supposed to represent Marvel's character of the "Groot" who is described as part of the "guardians of the galaxy" who are evidently a "rag tag group of rebels." From what I gathered, Groot is a tree alien type creature that works to "keep humans safe." Now most people would tell me I am overreacting when I give my analysis (in fact the giver of the gift nicely chimed in that I am reading too far into the things), but let me give you the background of the weekend... For some reason, on this particualr weekend I was obsessing on trying to articulate the fact that we are living in a world in which everything is filtered through a demonic lense in order to manipulate us into being sympathetic to the enemy's agenda. My point was that we have reached a point where you cannot even watch a simple nature documentary without the evil one's agenda being shoved down your throat and that I was considering becoming a hermit because just leaving the house or turning on the tv is not doing anything good for my sanity. So you could imagine my delight at being able to prove my theory right via the demonic Groot who's "rag tag team" of space beings uncannily resemble fallen angels who rebelled from the creator of the galaxy and now interfere with human activity... Only we are told by Marvel that they are" guardians " and here to help "save" us! HA! Totally demonic but totally proves my point..... It is a classic case of a story being told to manipulate the person on the other end to view the bad guys in a positive light. Truly and ridiculously obvious once you start being able to see behind the schemes of the Evil One. Nice try Satan, but not today.
Furthermore I suspected that this tree alien posing as a good guy was symbolically and ritualistically being brought to live via the growth of the bonsai plant (at least metaphorically speaking), which I could not allow. So what did I do? Well I'm glad you asked. I ditched the statue of the demon and put the Holy Mother on top instead. I am now able to venerate her image and talk to her while doing dishes. I also put a drop of holy water in with the regular water to make the plant grow and to banish any evil alien tree demons. I did all of this with a smile on my face and a general amusement of the situation, almost making a mockery out of the ridiculousness of the enemy.
After all of this madness, it occurred to me that the entire story of the Bible is precisely what I had just done with this weird little tree. In my own small and suburban way, I had reclaimed territory for My Lord. I had taken something meant for evil and made it good, but more than that, I returned the miracle of life to it's rightful owner.
This reclaiming of God's territory has been going on since the Old Testament which we will get into in a minute, but more relevant here, since the early church. Many protestants misunderstood the Catholic Church and call us pagans because rather than destroy pagan idols, images, temples, etc, the Church has always been big on consecrating them to God instead, which is really returning to God what is rightfully his (hint everything is rightfully His). Satan has many convinced that Christians stole pagan ideas or days or whatever, but the truth is, it is Satan who highjacked God's creation and Christians are returning the stolen goods and ideas to their rightful owner. We see this concept throughout Church history. In pagan Rome, buildings and statues were made into Churches and depictions of saints. Structures such as obelisks were brought to Saint Peter's and topped with crosses to signify the Churches triumph over paganism etc... but it did not start there. Oh No....it starts much earlier. Let's for a second examine the Book of Exodus. In Exodus 3:1 (the Burning Bush incident), God commands Moses to remove his shoes because he is now standing on Holy Ground. Where was the ground that God made Holy?....Mount Horeb. A common belief is that Mount Horeb and Mount Sinai are the same mountain. Why did God need to point out that this ground was now Holy? Because it was formerly an important mountain for Pagan worship. Furthermore it is on that same mountain later on in Exodus, that Moses and the elders (70 of them which is significant but for another time), share a meal with the Lord which is a for shadowing of the Eucharist and the eternal covenant. There are many more examples of this, In fact, the whole book of Exodus is a demoralization of those who worship false Gods. By the end of the plagues and calamities, the Egyptians are literally throwing silver and gold at the Israelites to just go away out of their land, and you can't tell me God wasn't greatly amused by that! This brings me to my next point...not only is God on a mission to take back what is His throughout the entire bible, he openly mocks Satan while doing it. Let's look at Elijah for a minute. He literally mocks the priests of Baal, who many agree is just another name for Satan. In this incident in 1 Kings 18, we see the bull worship (bulls have long been worshipped to pagan "gods", take note of the horns)... Scipture states the following: "Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, choose one young bull and prepare it first for there are more of you. Call upon your gods but do not start the fire. Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called upon Baal from morning to noon saying Baal answer us! But there was no sound. ...When it was noon Elijah taunted them, Call louder for he is a god; he may be busy doing his business, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened." Now we need to note here that these characteristics were not unique to the god of Baal, which is how we know that all the pagan religions were derived from one satanic source. For example we see many of the same themes in Greek mythology such as the journeying god of Hercules (thanks Disney for teaching for glorifying Herculese to my 7 yr old brain *eye roll8) There are the gods of nature (much like the groot) who sleep during the winter and then wake up during the spring causing everything to come alive and turn green. Here Elijah is literally making fun of Satan and the scheme that the has convinced the Baal worshipers of. In this story, God is claiming back his chosen people from this deception.
The entire Bible is a story of reclaiming territory and restoring to God what is rightfully His, all while mocking the serpent. Trick woman into falling from Eden? No problem, salvation will come through a human woman. Use a tree as a means to cause humans to fall? No problem, salvation will come through a tree in the form of a cross. Use food to condemn in the form of the forbidden fruit? No problem, Salvation comes via the Heavenly food of the Eucharist. Trick humans into building great monuments to worship you? No problem, my Church will display those monuments in their Holy places and top them with a cross as a reminder to you, the serpent. Try to make your way into the homes of my people with alien tree demons? No problem, my people will top it with She who crushes your head instead.....
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I came home from Iraq in 2010 at the age of just 20 years old. like many of my generation, I struggled for years with trying to find my place in the world (sometimes with disastrous consequences). I often felt restless and that everything I was ever going to do paled in comparison to the war I had just been a part of. Oh how wrong I was. The Lord in all of his mercy woke me up to the fact that the most important battle I will ever fight is one that can't always be seen; The one for my soul and for the souls around me. It is against powers and principalities who influence the earthly enemies I had just encountered. Over the last 5 years or so, I have become intimately aware of this battle, and more importantly how to fight it! Although the weapons are different, the concepts are the same. My mission is now to share my knowledge with others, especially my fellow combat veterans who are struggling in the midsts of dysfunction or an identity crisis. I assure you brothers and sisters, we are in the fight of our lives.