Monday, December 5, 2016

The Man Of Sin


 On November 27, 2016, the True Church began a New Ecclesiastical Year with the First Sunday of Advent. The Sunday prior, the Church Year had ended with the Last Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Mother Church begins and ends each year with the same theme: the end of the world. It is a truth that the world will end for each of us on the day we die and go before Christ in judgement. However, it is equally true that the world itself will end when Christ returns again in glory, known as Parousia or the Second Coming. These sobering thoughts should be with us throughout all our days; "In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin." (Ecclesiasticus 7: 40).

 With the talk of schism within the Vatican II sect over Bergoglio's heretical Amoris Laetitiae, I couldn't help but think of Parousia. No one can be certain of when Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. Nevertheless, Francis certainly is a false prophet, even if not necessarily the false prophet. In the last days, there will come the Antichrist, known in Scripture as the "Man of Sin." There is much misinformation on this subject, ranging from those who deny that the Antichrist will be a real person, to those who claim to know who he is and what he's doing right now! I will set forth what we know from the teachings of Christ's One True Church.

The Antichrist Will Be An Individual

 The word antichrist is not some generic term for all the enemies of Christ. This erroneous opinion seems to be suggested in St. John 2:18-22, "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists...Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." However, the priests, prophets, and kings of the old law were called "christs." This did not hinder the Jews from believing in the coming of The Christ. Holy Scripture calls Antichrist "The Man of Sin," and "The Son of Perdition." (See 2 Thessalonians 2:3). 

 He will be known as "the beast" and his number shall be "666." The "number of the beast" simply means that while his human name is not at this time known to us, he is designated with 666. According to theologian A Lapide, the number for man is "6" because he was created on the "sixth day." The first 6 is for the time Satan lied and was cursed in the fall from Heaven. The 60 (a multiple of 6) refers to the second time Satan lied and was cursed in the Garden of Eden. The 600 (another multiple of 6) refers to the time Satan will lie and be cursed through the Antichrist himself, who will attempt to deceive the whole world and drag everyone to Hell. According to theologians Suarez, Ott, and Bellarmine, the personal existence of an individual Antichrist in the future cannot be denied. Suarez and Bellarmine actually consider it an object of Faith.

Is The Antichrist Satan Incarnate?

In a figurative sense only, yes. In the literal sense, no. Human generation, outside the laws of nature, is a miraculous work that can only be produced by God. The Antichrist cannot be the son of the devil conceived of a human female. It is certain the Antichrist will be a male Jew, most probably of the tribe of Dan (the teachings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church bear this out). Some theologians opine that he will be the bastard son of a prostitute, but this is mere conjecture. 

 He will be raised in obscurity and lead a hidden life until he begins his public career, in a perverse imitation of Our Lord. This is founded upon the words of Daniel 11: 21, "And there shall stand up in his place one despised, and the kingly honour shall not be given him: and he shall come privately, and shall obtain the kingdom by fraud." 

 According to theologian Huchede, he will be educated by occultists who will imbue his mind and heart from childhood with wicked principles and doctrines. God will not deny him his liberty, nor deprive him of sufficient grace, yet he will reject God of his own perverse will and then give himself over to Satan to be possessed.  He will grow up in the knowledge and practice of evil until he is ready for his public career. "And after their reign, when iniquities shall be grown up, there shall arise a king of a shameless face, and understanding dark sentences." (See Daniel 8: 23). 

 St. Cyril of Jerusalem says that "his malice will surpass the combined wickedness of all the evil doers gone before him." (See his Catechism, 15). Theologian Suarez goes so far as to teach that he will never perform a good act, being the counterpart of Our Lord who was sinless and never committed an evil deed. 

His Rise To Power

 He will seek to obliterate the One True Church of Christ. He will declare himself the true Messiah and have the Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem. He will have all temporal power, just as the false prophet will have all spiritual power, by driving the last members of Christ's Church underground. The Jews will accept him even as the rejected Christ, and the Antichrist will be worshiped as God. St. Anselm tells us that the demons will show him all the precious metals out of which they will have money minted for him. 

 These immense riches, which he will distribute generously to his followers is what will help his rise to this power. "For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money." (See Ecclesiastes 10: 19). "And he shall have power over the treasures of gold, and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt: and he shall pass through Libya, and Ethiopia." (See Daniel 11:43). "For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:10). "Neither shalt thou take bribes, which even blind the wise, and pervert the words of the just." (See Exodus 23: 8). 

 Finally, he will not hesitate to kill his enemies. He will also perform false miracles. According to the Book of the Apocalypse, Antichrist will perform at least three major "miracles": causing fire to come down from the skies, make the beast to speak, and pass himself off as dead so as to apparently raise himself up from the dead.

 "And I saw one of his heads as it were slain to death: and his death's wound was healed. And all the earth was in admiration after the beast...And he did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men. And he seduced them that dwell on the earth, for the signs, which were given him to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make the image of the beast, which had the wound by the sword, and lived. And it was given him to give life to the image of the beast, and that the image of the beast should speak; and should cause, that whosoever will not adore the image of the beast, should be slain." (See Apocalypse 13: 3, 13-15). 

His Reign

The Antichrist will rule the earth for three and one-half years being worshiped as God and persecuting the few faithful Traditionalists left on the planet. Everyone must accept the "mark of the beast" or be slain. God will provide for His True Church by preparing a safe haven in the desert and not allowing the Antichrist, Satan, or the false prophet to discern their whereabouts. "And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." (See Apocalypse 12: 14). 

 During this time something miraculous will happen: the return of Elias and Enoch. Neither of these Old Testament prophets has died. St. Paul tells us that Enoch was taken so that he might not see death, "By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had testimony that he pleased God." (See Hebrews 11: 5). The same is related to us regarding Elias, "And as they went on, walking and talking together, behold a fiery chariot, and fiery horses parted them both asunder: and Elias went up by a whirlwind into heaven." (See 4 Kings 2:11). 

The theologians teach they were placed somewhere in a happy state, where they exist incorruptible, until their return. God gave them such a unique grace for two reasons: (1) to show the possibility of the indefinite permanence of humanity, and (2) to confirm our faith in the resurrection when they return.

 Enoch and Elias will return to earth at the same time as the reign of the Antichrist begins. Their Divine Mission will last 1260 days, or 15 days less than Antichrist. In imitation of Sts. Peter and Paul, Enoch (like St. Paul) will preach to convert the Gentiles to the true faith and away from Antichrist. Elias (like St. Peter) will preach and convert the Jews. They will show many and wondrous true miracles performed by the omnipotent power of God. At the end of the 1260 days, they will be martyred by Antichrist. "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast, that ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." (See Apocalypse 11:7). Antichrist shall boast and glory in his seeming victory. He will blaspheme God and curse His Holy Name. 

His Demise

 After being dead in the street for three and one-half days, Enoch and Elias will be resurrected from the dead by God. "And after three days and a half, the spirit of life from God entered into them. And they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon them that saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven, saying to them: Come up hither. And they went up to heaven in a cloud: and their enemies saw them. And at that hour there was made a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell: and there were slain in the earthquake names of men seven thousand: and the rest were cast into a fear, and gave glory to the God of Heaven." (See Apocalypse 11:11-13). 

Antichrist will attempt to ascend to Heaven and proclaim such to the world in order to undo the good effects upon everyone by the  resurrection and ascension of Elias and Enoch. 

 He will attempt to ascend from Mt. Olivet, but God shall overwhelm him, "And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, " (See 2 Thessalonians 2:8). Then comes his end, "And there came down fire from God out of heaven, and devoured them; and the devil, who seduced them, was cast into the pool of fire and brimstone, where both the beast and the false prophet shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." (See Apocalypse 20: 9-10).

Conclusion
 After the destruction of the Antichrist, Christ will soon return for the General Judgement. I will not, and indeed must not, speculate as to when the events will come to pass. Those who listen to fools and heretics like the late charlatan, Harold Camping, wound up sorely disappointed (and in some cases having sold all they had) when his predicted end of the world did not happen on May 21, 2011.  Pope Leo X, at the Fifth Lateran Council, forbade any Catholic from venturing to assert anything certain as to the date of the end times. 

 Two opposite errors are to be avoided: (1) denying the Antichrist and the Second Coming of Our Lord, or (2) predicting with certainty the time of its occurrence. With all that's going on around us, I don't think the time is that far off, but who knows except for God? Rather, let's be always prepared to meet our Maker, whether it's by death or the Parousia. "But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which are in it, shall be burnt up." (See 2 Peter 3:10, Emphasis mine).

  Besides a life of prayer, making sacrifices, and frequenting the sacraments, make time to study and know the Faith. Knowing the teachings of the Church through Her approved theologians will help you to see clearly through any situation in which we live, "...and none of the wicked shall understand, but the learned shall understand." (See Daniel 12: 10). 

  

30 comments:

  1. Wish I understood Sacred Scripture like you.
    I don't understand how people can decipher the Holy Bible,its literally impossible for me to grasp what its saying.

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    1. It's impossible for anyone to fully grasp what the Bible is saying without an infallible teaching authority to guide us! That's why Christ gave us His One True Church to guard and faithfully interpret The Holy Bible and Sacred Tradition. Read the Church's approved theologians and Bible scholars; I'm no one special!

      ---Introibo

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  2. Question about speculating on dates:

    Are we also, then, forbidden from speculating on the identify of the Man of Sin? Once that is known, the dates will be difficult *not* to calculate.

    I definitely agree that the environment is right for the Anti-christ, and also agree that no current public figure fits the description well.

    Regards,
    @DD_AMDG.

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    1. It would seem a logical corollary that we can't speculate as to the identity of the Antichrist for then, as you correctly point out, we could probably figure out the dates. However, keep in mind the Pope forbade publicly speculating on dates with certainty. It doesn't prohibit an individual from speculating privately about approximate dates.

      ---Introibo

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  3. "it was given him to give life to the image of the beast, and that the image of the beast should speak"

    This has always sounded to me like a prophecy of television. What do you think?

    Another interesting prophecy is that it says that when the two witnesses are slain, "they of the tribes and peoples and tongues and nations shall see their bodies for three days and a half" Hard to see how they could do this except by seeing it on television.

    The Apocalypse has always been deeply fascinating to me. Thank you for this article.

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    1. I agree that modern technologies can easily be used for the benefit of the Antichrist without the direct manifestation of demons. The Internet certainly has its advantages, yet consider that fully 34% of ALL websites are pornograhic! I think TV and the Internet will play a large role in the Last Days.

      ---Introibo

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  4. Holy family monastery has theory that JP2 being venerated on jumbotron TV's was the beast image speaking.

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    1. I discount that and most of what comes out of their ersatz "Benedictine monastery."

      ---Introibo

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  5. Do you think Paul 6 was the antichrist? It's hard to imagine anyone leading more people astray than he did. If the antichrist showed up today he would have almost nothing to do, since the work of destroying the Faith was already done by Paul 6.

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    1. Montini, while certainly evil in the extreme, was not the Antichrist. He did nothing which I outlined above, and he is dead. The Antichrist will be ruler of the world government, the false prophet will head the One World Religion of Antichrist. What we are seeing now is the Great Apostasy which must precede the End Times. When that will take place (or perhaps the Church will be restored for a while first) no one can say for certain.

      ---Introibo

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  6. Why insult the wonderful monks of MHFM! They are definitely saints of these end times. They are leading people to the straight and narrow in these times of apostasy and deception. Why don't you debate them on Baptism of Desire? They will expose you as a heretic.

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    1. I have no problem debating the pseudo-monk/Feeneyites of MHF "monastery." I back down from no one. If they want to challenge me, let them write a piece on their site and I'll reply on my blog so no one can claim anything wasn't completely and properly published.

      These men, born in the 1970s can not be "Benedictines" unless under the auspices of John Paul II, the false pope they claim was "the image of the beast" speaking according to one commenter above.

      Their claim to be Benedictines and Sedevacantists is nonsensical. Equally nonsensical was their long held position that you could attend the Mass of a Sedevacantist priest who (according to them) is a heretic as long as you don't contribute money. By the same logic why not attend the Mass of the Greek Schismatics? They are actually heretics but have a valid Mass, just don't contribute! I could go on, but the point is clear--they do well in spreading the word against Francis, but put people in heresy with denial of Baptism of Desire and Baptism of Blood. Their other strange and false ideas don't help either. Let those who read this be warned and stay away from them.

      ---Introibo

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  7. I have a problem with the novus ordo watch blog.
    They are mere layman like us yet speak with great authority and actually tell other layman what is and isn't acceptable to God and to Holy Mother Church during this unique era we inhabit.
    There is no crisis in the Church as they so "passionately preach"
    The Roman Catholic church is alive and is waiting for Man to return.
    We have been reduced in numbers but the Church hasn't been reduced to a crisis.To say other wise is insulting.
    Please please please refrain from insulting fellow catholics.Don't equate our risen Lord's Church to a fragile human institution.
    I'm not insulting novus ordo watch.They need to realize its not a layman's job to tell other layman what is and isn't acceptable regarding Holy Mother Church.

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    1. I strongly disagree. Novus Ordo Watch is filling a real need. I'm a layman also, yet we have no pope and no Magisterium at this time. If that's not a crisis, I don't know what would be. Novus Ordo Watch fills the void by informing us of what the True Church always taught. NOW has taught and informed millions world wide much more effectively than I ever could with one post per week.

      LONG MAY NOVUS ORDO WATCH CONTINUE THIS MOST NECESSARY MINISTRY OF TEACHING, WARNING AND MAKING CONVERTS!!

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    2. You simply teach what the true Catholic church has always taught.
      NOW takes on a authoritative position and tells fellow laymen what to do.
      That is the clerics job,not a fellow laymen's job.
      We disagree on this and that is understandable.
      NOW does good and informs others and that is needed in our era.
      They need to stop acting like they're the papacy in exile.
      Dominus Vobiscum!!

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    3. Very well, we will agree to disagree agreeably.

      Dominus tecum!

      ---Introibo

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    4. Respectfully,NOVUS ORDO WATCH simply does what ordinary Catholics used to do before Vatican II. Specifically, fraternal correction-that correction based upon the unchanging teaching of the One, Holy, Catholic &
      Apostolic Roman Catholic Church. That correction also regularly took place within the family. I know. I was there.

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    5. Very true Linda! Having grown up just after V2, I wasn't there, and I neglected to mention you're most valid point!

      God bless,

      ---Introibo

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  8. You know Introibo, that if you anger the fake monks from Fillmore, you are inviting the wrath of God upon you? Not a few of their enemies have suffered unfortunate calamities. You just might wake up tomorrow with a crooked mouth line or some other bodily deformity as punishment from God for your insolence.

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  9. I watch MHFM videos but I don't treat then like the papacy in exile.
    I see no difference in them and various blogs and websites from a traditional Catholic perspective.
    NOW & MHFM both take on authority that hasn't been given to them by the Church.

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    1. NOW simply puts forth Traditional Catholic teaching and exposes the counterfeit "Catholicism" of the Vatican II sect. I don't see NOW as acting/writing in an authoritative manner. God bless NOW. The Dimonds do indeed teach Fenneyite heresy, illogical positions, and are not real Benedictines. NOW never states anything contrary to Holy Mother Church and backs up all claims with appropriate citations. A world of difference. I'm a proud supporter and reader of NOW, and recommend it to all my readers. MHFM is a joke from which all should stay away.

      ---Introibo

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    2. NOW tells people what is and isn't acceptable regarding matters that only the clergy should be speaking on.
      One reason I like your blog is you write like you're one of us,a common layman.
      NOW takes on this authority that ONLY THEY can say what is right and what needs to be done.
      In this current era we don't have a Pope.The true Catholic church is underground.
      As a result MHFM has just as much right as NOW to publish material.
      If things don't change the day will come when "the authorities" will not distinguish between certain catholic factions.
      We should all (myself included) learn to live with and love fellow Catholics and also recognize our limits as layman.
      Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus

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    3. We will disagree on NOW. MHFM teaches error. While they may have a legal right to do so, error has no rights and we must denounce it.

      God Bless,
      ---Introibo

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  10. I will agree with you that Most Holy Family Monastery is very inconsistent and I tread lightly when viewing their material.
    They say we can go to a priest for confession but not for holy mass or holy communion.That alone should raise red flags.

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    1. You've picked up on their inconsistencies and you're wise to see the red flags others choose to ignore!

      ---Introibo

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  11. Introibo, I would like to suggest that you do a very lengthy and thorough post on the two fraud benedictines. The above person picked up on just one of numerous contradictions and inconsistencies. I was recently perusing the web and found one website that exposes these two liars: www.23rdstreet.com. They have a whole section on MHFM. The rest of that site is sketchy but at least somebody is going after them. In addition, I found a recent article along the same lines by T. Benns here: http://www.betrayedcatholics.com/canon-law-the-dimond-brothers-are-not-monks-and-their-monastery-is-no-monastery-9-29-16/. I think you could do just as good a job and I hope you will consider it. The only person I know of who has thoroughly refuted MHFM is Griff Ruby.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and suggestion. I think you will find tomorrow's post (12/12/16) to be of interest.

      One word of warning: Theresa Benns is a Home Aloner who was behind the pathetic "conclave" that elected David Bowden as "Pope" Michael. She then disavowed him and is once again sitting Home Alone.
      ---Introibo

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  12. Actually the Church hasn't stated categorically that Enoch and Elias will come. The prophecy says two persons will come. Tradition identifies the two persons with Enoch and Elias and with good reasons.

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    1. You are correct. Those who hold differing opinions will soon see Enoch and Elias as the most logical choices. We know of no others who have not died. Some say Moses will return, but the Bible clearly states that his death was mourned for 30 days; and St Michael the Archangel protected his corpse from Satan!

      God Bless,

      ---Introibo

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