Things concerning Antichrist that are certain

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I. Antichrist will be a trial for the good (Apoc., XIII, 7), and a chastisement for the impious and the apostates (II Thess., II, 9-11).

II. Antichrist will be a man, a human person.

“Antichrist is not a myth or a fiction, as Renan, in his silly fashion, tried to show.[17] Neither must he be confused with a sect, a collection of impious men, an atheistic environment, or a period of persecution, as certain pious persons have imagined. Antichrist will be a human person, appearing in an epoch of atheism and of wicked sectaries.”[18]

III. Antichrist will not be Satan in human form, but a man and only a man.[19]

IV. Antichrist will have great powers of seduction, owing to certain personal qualities.

“Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, and in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish.” (II. Thess., II, 9, 10).

V. The beginnings of Antichrist’s career will be lowly and obscure.[20]

VI. Antichrist will increase in power and make conquests.

VII. The rule of Antichrist will be world-wide.

“With the help which will be furnished him by the anti-Christian societies, this enemy of our Lord Jesus Christ will be able to form a gigantic empire in a short time.”[21]

VIII. Antichrist will wage a terrible war against God and the Church.

Father Lémann indicates some of the measures which, to judge by the experience of past persecutions, Antichrist will enforce more thoroughly and more cruelly than ever before. Two of them are: Proscription of Christian teaching and obligatory teaching of error. We can see them already in force in the countries behind the Iron Curtain. Father Lémann adds that “the schools without God or rather against God are a preparation for the second measure.” In that he is perfectly correct, for the Declaration of the Rights of Man of the French Revolution, in the name of which these schools function in France, signified repudiation of membership of Christ, and was thus a declaration of war on the divine plan for order.[22]

IX. Antichrist will claim to be God and will demand exclusive adoration.

X. By means of diabolical prodigies, Antichrist will seek to prove that he is God.

“Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders.” (II. Thess., II, 9).[23]

“The question is often asked,” writes St. Augustine, “whether these expressions ‘signs and lying wonders’ are to be understood in the sense that the prodigies wrought by Antichrist will be only apparent, not real; or as signifying that the really extraordinary feats performed by him will draw on to error and falsehood those who accept them as proofs of a divine mission? The great Doctor replies: “This will be known later.”[24]

“This hesitation has given rise to two currents of opinion. Some think that the prodigies wrought by Antichrist will be real prodigies and that they will lead to the acceptance of falsehood, that is, to belief in the divinity of Antichrist.[25] Others hold that all the miracles of Antichrist will be false and unreal and that they will be accepted as true thanks to the action of the demon on the senses of his followers.”[26]

XI. The domination and persecution of Antichrist will be merely temporary. The man of sin will be destroyed (Dan., VII, 26; Apoc., XIX, 20; II Thess., II, 8).

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Late term abortionist Gosnell made $1.5 million a year.

The case has three big consequences. First, it reminds us that the abortion industry is indeed an industry – operating for profit, sometimes with cynical motives. Gosnell claims he was helping poor women, but he charged $3,000 for a procedure and enjoyed an annual income of $1.5 million. That he is accused to reusing medical supplies suggests that he upped his profit margin by reducing costs. Gosnell was a businessman, not a doctor.

Second, the claim that “hundreds” of babies survived the late-term abortion within the mother’s body and had to be killed outside of it blows out of the water the insistence of Planned Parenthood that such survival rates are very rare. Evidently, those babies are made of tougher stuff than prochoice militants realise.

Finally, the Gosnell story has to reopen the discussion about the nature of late-term abortions. It is self-evident that state and local agencies did not do their job, reflecting a “hands-off” approach to the abortion industry by politicians and public employees that smacks of moral complacency.

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Defense hoping for jury nullification in Gosnell abortion/murder trial.

“This is a targeted, elitist and racist prosecution of a doctor who’s done nothing but give (back) to the poor and the people of West Philadelphia,” the fiery McMahon insisted to the predominantly black jury, as Gosnell sat serenely taking notes. “It’s a prosecutorial lynching of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.”

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Editor’s note: Gosnell was allegedly, very fond of delivering babies alive … and then “snipping” their spinal cords, for a quick death. But wait, there’s more …

Donald R. McClarey’s “Report” illustrates the sordid politics that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

A fictional first draft of a report by the Roman Governor of Palestine, Pontius Pilate, to Tiberius Caesar, detailing the extraordinary events which recently took place in Jerusalem … the various persons involved … their likely motives … and their actions.

Based on the gospel accounts.

Report to the Emperor-First Draft

According to the Bible, precisely who and/or what is Antichrist?

by Doug Lawrence

All political correctness and false ecumenism aside, the Bible speaks rather clearly of those who might be called “Antichrist” … and it even goes so far as to define the precise meaning of the term:

1John 2:22
Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son.

Conclusion: Anyone who claims there is no God, or that God did not send his son into the world to redeem mankind from Satan, sin, and death … is antichrist.

1John 4:3
And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus is not of God. And this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh: and he is now already in the world.

Conclusion: Anyone who denies Jesus Christ … or his divinity … is antichrist.

2John 1:7
For many seducers are gone out into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a seducer and an antichrist.

Conclusion: Anyone who denies that Jesus Christ is both true God and true man … is antichrist.

1John 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour.

Conclusion: Various types of Antichrist(s) will tend to proliferate in these, the last days.

St. Peter announced the beginning of “The Last Days” based on the events which took place in in Jerusalem on the first Christian Pentecost, as they had been earlier prophesied in the Old Testament Book of Joel. (See Acts 2:16 and Joel 2:29)

Similarly, the return of Jesus Christ is expected to be shortly preceded by the reign of a supernaturally powerful, world-wide power that engenders all of the above characteristics and more, which will constitute the final Antichrist of human history.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church prefers to describe this last Antichrist as more of a “system” (perhaps the New World Order?) than as one particular person … but opinions differ as to the validity of that point … since long experience has proved that no one but God really knows precisely who or what will actually come to pass, in those days.

Let us not forget that because the Catholic Church/Vatican is both a spiritual and a temporal divine institution, the Catechism is also in part, a political document.

From the Catechism: The Church’s ultimate trial

675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers.574 The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth575 will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.576

676 The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism,577 especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism.578

677 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.579 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God’s victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.580 God’s triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.581

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From all of the above, it seems pretty clear that the term “antichrist” can quite easily (and correctly) be applied to atheists, agnostics, pagans, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Freemasons, Communists, a number of heretical Christian sects … as well as huge segments of today’s political, academic, and main-stream media establishments.

Maybe … as usual … the Catechism is right!

Why 40?

It is the number Forty that the Church now brings before us: – a number, as Saint Jerome observes, which denotes punishment and affliction [In Ezechiel, cap. xxix].

Let us remember the forty days and forty nights of the Deluge (Gen. vii. 12), sent by God in his anger, when he repented that he had made man, and destroyed the whole human race, with the exception of one family. Let us consider how the Hebrew people, in punishment for their ingratitude, wandered forty years in the desert, before they were permitted to enter the Promised Land [Num. xiv. 33]. Let us listen to our God commanding the Prophet Ezechiel to lie forty days on his right side, as a figure of the siege, which was to bring destruction on Jerusalem [Ezech. iv. 6].

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An interesting chronicle of the trial proceedings and death of St. Joan of Arc

Asked if she knew she was in God’s grace, she answered: ‘If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.’ Notary Boisguillaume later testified that at the moment the court heard this reply, “Those who were interrogating her were stupefied.”

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