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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‘You see, Jan, all you must do is be available and do the work.’

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From the “Jesus” Film Project:

Jan Schlebusch, a wonderful man of God from South Africa, is one of the tens of thousands of volunteers who have shown ‘JESUS,’ using either 16-mm or on video. Jan had taken a most risky step. He was about to show ‘Jesus’ to a small group of hardened criminals in a maximum security prison in South Africa. He was alone in a room with the ‘toughest of the tough’ – robbers, rapists and murderers. Several of them were ‘lifers.’ Jan knew that any one of the prisoners could easily slit his throat with a knife when he dimmed the lights to show ‘Jesus.’

However, despite the pressure he felt, Jan was obedient. As the story unfolded many of the prisoners mocked and swore at the screen. Their language was foul and offensive. Gradually, they quieted down and became more interested in the story. Then an astounding thing happened.

During the crucifixion, several began to weep. By the time the prayer of invitation was completed, hardened criminals — every one of them — were on their knees, sobbing, asking God to forgive them, praying to invite Christ into their lives.

Shocked and amazed, Jan wasn’t sure of what had just happened.

He turned his head to the corner of the room…startled by the sight.

Standing before him was an awesome being, ten-feet tall, robed in brilliant white…an angel.

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God sustains his people – often on a very personal level.

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In Florida, a female student survived a rampage by notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, who murdered other girls in her sorority house but stopped in his tracks upon entering her room. He later said a mysterious force stopped him. She was saying the Rosary.

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The Miracles of St. Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina)

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A characteristic of many of the miraculous cures effected through Padre Pio’s intercession was that the damaged organ would remain damaged, but would begin to function perfectly after his intervention.

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This light-hearted but informative video explains the connection between Halloween and All Saints Day, plus much, much more.

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Frequent miracles and many converts are “par” for the course in the Catholic Diocese of Itangar, India.

Unexpected cases of healing are being witnessed in the Diocese of Itangar. Meanwhile, Catholic presence has increased by 40%.

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Reader question: How does God perform miracles? Is the magic really powerful?

D.B. (on Yahoo Answers) recently asked: How does God perform miracles? Is the magic really powerful?

Doug Lawrence answers: Most things that appear to us as miracles are simply events that were duly scheduled and provided for long, long ago by the creator God of heaven and earth, who made all things out of nothing, according to the power of his word, who knows the end from the beginning, and all things in between  … and who also has an exquisitely flawless sense of timing.

This is not to say that God cannot or will not occasionally go through the trouble of re-shuffling every event in the history of creation in order to perform a miracle. But when you can look at things from God’s unique perspective, such a task would rarely be necessary.

The logic goes something like this: Even before God created the heavens and the earth (an estimated 15 billion years ago) he already knew that you would post this question on the internet, so he also created and supplied the “provision” that would be necessary to furnish your answer: Among certain other things … me!

Such is the divine nature. No “magic” is required.

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