On the Current Christian Apocalypse in Egypt and the Middle East

Four Horsemen

…thirteen years before the “Arab Spring,” I could feel in my bowels that the end was near; that the apocalypse of Egyptian Christendom was coming. And curiously enough, I sensed this, too, in many of the more articulate Copts I spoke with: that there was something different in kind, in spirit, about the Islamist threat, now even coming from within the Mubarak government, which nominally protected them.

Over the centuries there had been persecution enough, and occasional pogroms; there had been constant pressure on Christians to convert to Islam, by which a nation still probably majority Christian at the time of the first Crusades gradually became overwhelmingly Muslim. Yet all this had been mostly against a background of “live and let live.” Now, perceptibly, the ground rules were changing. “Islamism” wasn’t “Islam” any more.

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How to Survive the Fall of Western Civilization. (The Catholic Church has experienced such things, in the past.)


Four Horsemen

At Mass last Saturday morning, the priest stated during his homily: “We are experiencing the decline of Western Civilization.”

Sunday’s Gospel reading continued the end-of time theme warning of the return of Christ.

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26).

Is our worst nightmare upon us as we watch society undermine and ridicule our Catholic values?

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Pope: End of Days is a real event … but probably won’t be like many people think.

Citing one from the Gospel of today’s Mass (Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, B,Mark 13: 24-32), the pope noted “cosmic images of the apocalyptic kind,” whereby ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken’ (v. 24-25),” images that feed a market for apocalyptic and catastrophist ideas, second sights and dates that are typical of wizards s and pseudo Christian sects like the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“Jesus uses images and words from the Old Testament,” the pontiff explained. In particular, “he inserts a new centre; that is himself, the mystery of his persona, death and resurrection.”

And if “today’s passage opens with a few cosmic images of the apocalyptic kind,” this element is relativised by what follows: ‘And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory’ (v. 26).”

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End of the World Aftermath: Live-Blogging the “Apocalypse”

1:14 AM – It’s current 6:14 PM in Tonga.  If Family Radio were correct, we’d expect to hear reports of Raptured Tongans.

1:19 AM – This is a bit surreal.  The East Coast station is running a program about heart health, and how to reduce your cholesterol.  Meanwhile, the West Coast station is playing an apparently pre-recorded program “showing” how Scripture proves the end times. So far, the speaker is hammering the fact that Biblical “days” sometimes means “years.”  True enough, but it’s hard to see why it always means years.  I’m incredulous at the number of assumptions built into their model “proving” the end times mathematically.  But what’s stranger than that has to be the heart health program.

1:25 AM – Two comments already!  It’s nice to see how Christopher and Fr. Strobl are spending what may or may not be their last night on Earth.  On a more serious note, it occurs to me that there are some folks who really will die today.  A lot of them, just as there are every day.  I hope that those people prepared themselves as seriously as if the world were truly going to end.

1:32 AM – From Twitter:

Rapture prank: On Saturday, take some of your unwanted clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns around town.

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“Cheer up! It’s not the end of the world.”

As the deadline for the Apocalpyse passed in the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia, it became apparent that Camping’s prediction of the end of the world was to end not with a bang but with a whimper.

Only on Twitter did the supposed armageddon sweep the world, with users expressing their mock disappointment at the lack of dead people rising from their graves.

New Zealander Daniel Boerman tweeted: “I’m from New Zealand, it is 6:06PM, the world has NOT ended. No earthquakes here, all waiting for the rapture can relax for now. #Rapture”

In Australia, Jon Gall of Melbourne was unimpressed by the lack of fire and brimstone. He tweeted: “#Rapture time here in Melbourne. A rather quiet sort of rapture if you ask me.

“Well we have had the #Rapture going for 50 minutes now. So far it hasn’t interrupted my fish & chips and glass of stout.”

In Brisbane, KillaJeules, was similarly disappointed by the lack of a Hollywood blockbuster ending: “So it’s 6:37pm here in Brisbane, Australia. No earthquakes. No beaming up of Christians. No zombie apocalypse. No surprises haha.”

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Theologian explains: Various world-wide tribulations (including our own) were foretold long, long ago

The Pale Horse of Revelation

As Catholics, we have firsthand knowledge of these divine workings. In the Fatima revelations, for example, both World War I and World War II are predicted and fulfilled. The vision to the three child seers revealed precisely when the wars would start and when they would stop, and each war was said to be the result of the wickedness of mankind. Each war could be curtailed if the world’s enemy would be put at bay, which was to be accomplished through the consecration of a
specific nation, Russia, a direct request from heaven by Our Lady. The consecration would bring about the conversion of this enemy and the world would be converted to Christ.

In the case of the Fatima revelations, we see a clear example of the workings of both the “white” and the “red” horse. The white horse comes and gives his message of salvation and judgment. Depending on the response to the white horse, the One on the Throne determines the next course of action and reveals it to the Living Beings, and they, in turn, release the next horseman to do his job. The Fatima revelation shows us that war is never accidental or incidental. If heaven has determined that war will serve as a judgment against men, no amount of politics and deal-making will ever stop it from coming if men remain in their sin. These are direct responses from heaven, showing us that God is intimately involved with our lives on earth.

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Writer effectively sums up authentic Catholic beliefs about end times, refutes others.


Christ did not offer an earthly kingdom, nor did He fail, nor was He rejected by all of the Jews; His mother, the apostles, and the disciples were all Jews who accepted Him as the Messiah. The Church is not a sort of “Plan B,” but is, according to the Catechism, the “goal of all things,” reflecting the Catholic recognition of how intimately Christ has joined Himself to the Church (cf. Ephesians 5). The Old Covenant is fulfilled in the New, and there is only “one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: ‘For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body’” (CCC 1267).

Flowing from incorrect, flawed premises, the idea of a pretribulation Rapture is foreign to Catholic theology. Based largely on St. Augustine’s City of God, the millennium has long been understood (if not formally defined) to be the Church age — a time when the King rules, even though the Kingdom has not been fully revealed (cf. CCC 567, 669).

…It’s no surprise that many people want to hear that they won’t have to die. Such promises of escape from suffering, illness, pain, and potential martyrdom are tempting, but they aren’t an option for Catholics. Each of us will endure suffering, and the Church will, one day, have to endure a final, great trial: “The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection” (CCC 677). The pretribulation Rapture, dispensationalism, and the Left Behind books, in the end, are long on promises and short on biblical, historical, and theological evidence.

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Another interesting article on the Apocalypse (PDF file)

Father Baron: “2012” essentially anti-Catholic, anti-Christian, explains precisely why

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Scripture says Jesus ascended to God’s right hand, until when, and then what?

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Q: Scripture says Jesus ascended to God’s right hand, until when … and then what?

A: You’ll find the answers in the plain text of the scriptures … both Old and New Testament:

Psa 110:1  A psalm for David. The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
Psa 110:2  The Lord will send forth the sceptre of thy power out of Sion: rule thou in the midst of thy enemies.
Psa 110:3  With thee is the principality in the day of thy strength: in the brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot thee.
Psa 110:4  The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech.
Psa 110:5  The Lord at thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of his wrath.
Psa 110:6  He shall judge among nations, he shall fill ruins: he shall crush the heads in the land of many.
Psa 110:7  He shall drink of the torrent in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

Act 2:30  Whereas therefore he was a prophet and knew that God hath sworn to him with an oath, that of the fruit of his loins one should sit upon his throne.
Act 2:31  Foreseeing this, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ. For neither was he left in hell: neither did his flesh see corruption.
Act 2:32  This Jesus hath God raised again, whereof all we are witnesses.
Act 2:33  Being exalted therefore by the right hand of God and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath poured forth this which you see and hear.
Act 2:34  For David ascended not into heaven; but he himself said: The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou on my right hand,
Act 2:35  Until I make thy enemies thy footstool.
Act 2:36  Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, whom you have crucified.
Act 2:37  Now when they had heard these things, they had compunction in their heart and said to Peter and to the rest of the apostles: What shall we do, men and brethren?
Act 2:38  But Peter said to them: Do penance: and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 2:39  For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, whomsoever the Lord our God shall call.

Heb 10:12  But this man, offering one sacrifice for sins, for ever sitteth on the right hand of God,
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting until his enemies be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14  For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Heb 10:15  And the Holy Ghost also doth testify this to us. For after that he said:
Heb 10:16  And this is the testament which I will make unto them after those days, saith the Lord. I will give my laws in their hearts and on their minds will I write them:
Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.
Heb 10:18  Now, where there is a remission of these, there is no more an oblation for sin.
Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, a confidence in the entering into the holies by the blood of Christ:
Heb 10:20  A new and living way which he hath dedicated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh:
Heb 10:21  And a high priest over the house of God:
Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart, in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.

Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him: and they also that pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth shall bewail themselves because of him. Even so. Amen.
Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14  And his head and his hairs were white as white wool and as snow. And his eyes were as a flame of fire:
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars. And from his mouth came out a sharp two-edged sword. And his face was as the sun shineth in his power.
Rev 1:17  And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the First and the Last,
Rev 1:18  And alive, and was dead. And behold I am living for ever and ever and have the keys of death and of hell.

Rev 5:11  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the ancients (and the number of them was thousands of thousands),
Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and benediction.
Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb, benediction and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever.

Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord’s and his Christ’s, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened: and behold a white horse. And he that sat upon him was called faithful and true: and with justice doth he judge and fight.
Rev 19:12  And his eyes were as a flame of fire: and on his head were many diadems. And he had a name written, which no man knoweth but himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood. And his name is called: THE WORD OF GOD.
Rev 19:14  And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty.
Rev 19:16  And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 21:1  I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone: and the sea is now no more.
Rev 21:2  And I, John, saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men: and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people: and God himself with them shall be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more. Nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5  And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write. For these words are most faithful and true.
Rev 21:6  And he said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega: the Beginning and the End. To him that thirsteth, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely.
Rev 21:7  He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son.

Mar 13:4  Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign when all these things shall begin to be fulfilled?
Mar 13:5  And Jesus answering, began to say to them: Take heed lest any man deceive you.
Mar 13:6  For many shall come in my name saying, I am he: and they shall deceive many.
Mar 13:7  And when you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, fear ye not. For such things must needs be: but the end is not yet.
Mar 13:8  For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places and famines. These things are the beginning of sorrows.
Mar 13:9  But look to yourselves. For they shall deliver you Up to councils: and in the synagogues you shall be beaten: and you shall stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony unto them.
Mar 13:10  And unto all nations the gospel must first be preached.

Mar 13:21  And then if any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ. Lo, he is here: do not believe.
Mar 13:22  For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets: and they shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce (if it were possible) even the elect.
Mar 13:23  Take you heed therefore: behold, I have foretold you all things.
Mar 13:24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened and the moon shall not give her light.
Mar 13:25  And the stars of heaven shall be falling down and the powers that are in heaven shall be moved.
Mar 13:26  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds, with great power and glory.
Mar 13:27  And then shall he send his angels and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Mar 13:32  But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father.
Mar 13:33  Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is.
Mar 13:34  Even as a man who, going into a far country, left his house and gave authority to his servants over every work and commanded the porter to watch.
Mar 13:35  Watch ye therefore (for you know not when the lord of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning):
Mar 13:36  Lest coming on a sudden, he find you sleeping.
Mar 13:37  And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch.

Chilling Video for Apocalypse Aficionados

Chilling Video for Apocalypse Aficionados

Watch this “You Tube” video for what seems to be a real-time simulation of these verses, in the Book of Revelation:

 

Rev 8:1
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour.
Rev 8:2
And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God: and there were given to them seven trumpets.
Rev 8:3
And another angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer: and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints, upon the golden altar which is before the throne of God.
Rev 8:4
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel.
Rev 8:5
And the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and cast it on the earth: and there were thunders and voices and lightnings and a great earthquake.
Rev 8:6
And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound the trumpet.
Rev 8:7
And the first angel sounded the trumpet: and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood: and it was cast on the earth. And the third part of the earth was burnt up: and the third part of the trees was burnt up: and all green grass was burnt up.
Rev 8:8
And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and, as it were, a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea. And the third part of the sea became blood.
Rev 8:9
And the third part of those creatures died which had life in the sea: and the third part of the ships was destroyed.
Rev 8:10
And the third angel sounded the trumpet: and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch. And it fell on the third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters:
Rev 8:11
And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became wormwood. And many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Rev 8:12
And the fourth angel sounded the trumpet: and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened. And the day did not shine for a third part of it: and the night in like manner.
Rev 8:13
And I beheld: and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, Woe, Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, by reason of the rest of the voices of the three angels, who are yet to sound the trumpet!

 

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