A study: What we can possibly know (with some degree of certainty) about the Anti-Christ

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It is on the unquestionable authority of miracles that the truth of the Christian religion is established and believed by all those who are sincere seekers of the truth.

This impostor will make use of the same means to create objections against the Church of God.  According to St. Paul, his event will be sig­nalized by numerous signs and prodigies due to the operation of Satan; he will work all kinds of miracles, signs, and deceitful prodigies, whose “coming is according to the working of Satan, in ail power, in signs and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish,” (2 Thess, 2:9-10].  And we are told in the Apocalypse [13:13) that great will be the things which he will do to deceive mankind. “And he did great signs, so that he made also fire to come down from heaven unto the earth in the sight of men,” The same is said of him by the evangelist when he speaks of false prophets and false Christs. [Math. 13:22), “For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets and they shall show signs and wonders to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect”.

Holy Writ furnishes three examples of the miracles that will be wrought by Antichrist: “He shall cause first to come down from heaven,” (Apoc, 13:13).  “He shall make the beast speak,” (Apoc, 13:15), And finally, he will pass for being dead (Apoc. 13:3), and then he will, as it were, raise himself to life, thus securing the admiration and homage of all men.  The holy Fathers are very explicit on this point and give many details on it.  St. Clement, in his workentitled Third Book of Recogni­tions, a work on which we may rely as being authentic in spite of the rude attacks made upon it, relates as coming from St. Peter himself that the accursed man will have power to perform miracles of beneficence like those of Our Saviour.  St, Hipollytus, in his work on the consumma­tion of time, does not hesitate to affirm wonderful things which he ap­parently held from apostolic tradition.  He will heal lepers, make the lame to walk, cast out demons, raise the dead to life.  He will know the most secret and hidden things.  He will move mountains, walk on the waves of the sea, turn day into night, and vine versa.  He will direct the course of the sun at will, and finally, appear as being the master of the elements.

He will therefore appear as having performed miracles similar to all those wrought by Jesus Christ, in order to eclipse His glory and purloin to his own advantage the honors due to the true Messiah.  But St. Paul warns us that all those miracles, so numerous and striking will be the work of deception.  “Therefore God shall send them the apparition of error to believe lying” (2 Thess. 2:11).  Those miracles will be deceptive in their origin, deceptive to their nature, deceptive in their form, decep­tive in their object.  Reason and faith, assure us that God alone can per­form genuine miracles.  “Blessed be the Lord and God of Israel, who alone doth wonderful things”.  (Ps. 71:18).  Hence we are sufficiently warned that those miracles which Antichrist would attribute to his own divinity are the work of Satan, the father of lies, who performs – and cannot perform any other than – false miracles.

The greater part of those prodigies will be optical illusions and dia­bolical charms.  Men shall be deceived by appearances, hence the reason why the Scriptures say that he will work miracles before the eyes of man and not in the sight of God (Apoc, 13:13).

Some of them, it is true, will surpass all human power and will be materially prodigious.  This, however, is not to be wondered at.  In the hierarchy of beings, man is naturally inferior to the angels, even to the fallen angel, who has preserved his natural qualities.  The devils are able to do things which are impossible to man, yet their deeds are miracles relatively and not absolutely, since it does not belong to the province of any created being to perform a miracle properly so called; this re­quires the intervention of divine power, which belongs to God alone. Consequently, of this latter order of miracles, Antichrist will perform none, although some of his prodigies, such as raising the dead to life, which he will seem to do, must have all the appearance of true miracles.

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Planned Parenthood operates as a quasi-governmental agency funded by and completely beholding to godless liberal politicians and their like-minded supporters.

Revealing the truth about the practices of Planned Parenthood is the goal of a new campaign by Alliance Defending Freedom. The campaign, “Pretty Ugly, Planned Parenthood’s deception of the American Public,” is focused around four little-known truths about Planned Parenthood: that they 1) promote sexual promiscuity to children to create a customer; 2) promote abortion and enforce abortion quotas to drive funding; 3) keep health standards and overhead low, putting women at risk, and 4) they commit fraud by wasting and abusing taxpayer dollars.

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Deceived … or just another failure and dereliction of duty?

It is a puzzling question, but in a mostly overlooked interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo in August, Archbishop Dolan gave some insight into what happened behind the scenes, suggesting that the bishops had, in fact, deliberately avoided “pulling out the stops.”

Why? Because, Dolan says, he and his fellow bishops had been assured by “political allies” that the bill didn’t have any legs, and that there was no need to expend resources fighting it.

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Editor’s note: The bishops are, by nature, political creatures. Archbishop Dolan’s lame excuses simply don’t pass muster. There was much more to this abject failure in leadership than meets the eye … but it’s likely we won’t hear anything more about it than this. Shame!

Planned Parenthood: “Every Child a Wanted Child” (and to h**l with the rest!)

You’ve seen the bumper sticker.  And at first, you agreed.  “Every child a wanted child.”  The words ring pro-life, until you hear the undertone, the statement left unsaid: “And let all unwanted children remain unborn.”

This deceiving motto of Planned Parenthood could seduce anyone into agreement at first glance.  But the fundamental belief of the Planned Parenthood mentality crashes into a starkly different belief from the life movement, that each child is wanted.  Every last one of them.

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Extraordinary and chilling story: How being an organ donor can cost you your life.

Pronounced “brain dead” in ER and a “donor,” obviously alive, he is pronounced dead three more times!!

First death-a convenience death-invented to schedule and regulate the actual time of real death. We were told five hours after his having been admitted into ER that he was “dead.” The hospital records confirm this time, stating “brain death” had occurred after the apnea test was performed. Obviously my son’s organs had already been sold to the highest bidder-he received the death sentence and despite his fight for life, he had been condemned to death. Despite the fact that he could not respond due to being sedated, “brain death” was pronounced.

Second death: the “paper death”-the death certificate. This indicates that he died one and one half hours prior to the apnea test and having been labeled “brain dead!”

Third death-the true “physical death”-having completed their ritualistic rite, our son had been dissected alive and in doing so, killed. The medical records indicate that our son had been given anesthesia nineteen hours after he was suppose to be DEAD! Two drugs were administered-one to relieve pain and a paralyzing drug to inhibit movement-prior to this fatal dissection-half way through his torture, all pain medications was withdrawn. The length of time for his beating heart and other vital organs to be cut out was three and one half hours.

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Engel: There is no area in which the USCCB’s disinformation program has been more successful than in the realm of Catholic sexual morality as it applies to homosexuality and pederasty…

In his classic work New Lies For OldThe Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation, ex-KGB Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn defines “strategic disinformation” as “a systematic effort to disseminate false information and to distort or withhold information so as to misrepresent the real situation, in, and policies of, the communist world and thereby to confuse, deceive, and influence the noncommunist world, to jeopardize its policies, and to induce Western adversaries to contribute unwittingly to the achievement of communist objectives.” [1]

Over the last 40 years, a similar program of strategic disinformation and deception has been waged against faithful Catholics in America by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference (NCCB/USCC), known today as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

From day one, with malice and forethought, the NCCB/USCC, a creature of the Second Vatican Council (although its roots go back to the pre-Conciliar era), has been systematically attacking and undermining Catholic dogma, faith, and morals, thereby creating a climate of confusion, deception, and apostasy among rank and file Catholics.

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Seen on the web: Modern Judaism Bears Little Resemblance To Anything Today’s Christians (Think) They Know About It.

Posted by Barrabas, at CatholicHerald.UK:

Modern Judaism is not the Old Testament religion but is, instead, rabbinic Pharisaism — a religion which consists of: verbally honoring Torah, but seeing Moses’ Books through the lens of: the Talmud; Kabbalah and other magical practices and beliefs acquired before and during the Babylonian Captivity, and rabbinical authority (not priestly authority, as in the Old Testament). The rabbinical view of history is that the “Jews” were chosen, as a biological race and because of their genetic superiority, by God to bring about an earthly Jewish Kingdom in which Gentiles follow the Noahide laws and are subject to rabbinical authority.

So Nick, your pseudo-history template looks something like this: Jesus, (whom the Talmud and Toledoth Yeshu consider a blasphemous heretic sorcerer), came along, the Temple fell, many Jews were “led astray” by the followers of Jesus, and His Church has been persecuting the Jews ever since, without cease, for no reason, and never in response to Jewish behaviors and attitudes. Voila Hitler!

Ever hear how the Pharisees threw out the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, used by the Palestinian Jews for hundreds of years and cherished by the Apostles, because this version, which contains the Deuterocanonical Books (referred to as the “Apocrypha” by Protestants), was used by the Christians to proselytize Jews due to its more specific language used to convey the Messianic prophecies?

Ever hear of the Birkat ha-Minim — a part of the Amidah prayer which consists of a curse against Christians asking God to destroy us? This Amidah prayer with its curse against Christians has been prayed by religious Jews three times a day for almost two millennia.

Ever hear of the respected Rabbi Simeon Ben Johai (quoted over 700 times in Talmud), who formally declared that non-Jews are not even human?

Ever hear how Jews allied themselves with the Christian-born but later professing pagan Julian the Apostate, Emperor of Rome between A.D. 361 and 363 and fourth successor of Constantine, who oppressed Christians even as he tried to help Jews rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, a project that ended when mysterious balls of fires emanated from the ground (and sky, depending on the account) at the site, burning the workers to death, and an earthquake struck?

Ever hear of Jewish pogroms against Christians that took place not only in Palestine (note the famous Bar Kochba Rebellion of A.D. 135), in Caesarea, Scytpolis, Yemen, Antioch — a town through which Jews dragged the body of Patriarch Anastasius in A.D. 608, after they threw his genitals in his face and disembowelled him?

Ever hear how the Jews allied themselves with the Persians in attacking Palestine in A.D. 614 — and how they reveled in slaughtering the Christians there and razing their churches, including the one built over Christ’s Tomb. According to Monk Strategius of Mar Saba (Antiochus Strategos), Jews purchased Christian slaves from the Persians for the sole purpose of slaughtering them “just as one might buy cattle to slaughter” ?

Ever hear how Jews rose to high levels in medieval Spanish society by falsely claiming to have converted to the Holy Faith, how many became priests, rose to prominence in the Church, and then proceeded to Judaize that country’s Catholics? Ever hear how these false converts also cooperated with Muslims to overtake that country during the Muslim invasions (oh, so that’s why that nasty Catholic Queen Isabella kicked them out in 1492!) ?

Ever hear about Jewish usury — the other true source of “anti-semitism” in European history?

Of course not, because you and so many others have been fed a propaganda formula – Catholics=bad, Jews=good; Catholics=persecuters, Jews=persecuted – that inhibits you from reading about or engaging history in any mature way.

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Posted by LeFloch, at CatholicHerald.UK:

…St John Chrysostom, who stated in one of eight homilies against the Jews:

“The difference between the Jews and us in not a small one, is it? Is the dispute between us over ordinary, everyday matters, so that you think the two religions are really one and the same? Why are you mixing what cannot be mixed? They crucified the Christ whom you adore as God. Do you see how great the difference is? How is it, then, that you keep running to those who slew Christ when you say that you worship him whom they crucified? You do not think, do you, that I am the one who brings up the law on which these charges are based, nor that I make up the form which the accusation takes? Does not the Scripture treat the Jews in this way?”

I think a study of the works of the Saints, Church Fathers and Councils would be more supportive of my interpretation than Benedict’s. What is more likely to be true? Two thousand years of teaching based on Divine Revelation and plain common sense … or a ‘theological insight’ … gained in 2011?

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