Sunday, July 19, 2009

"Satan will appear without the Cross, as the Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer.."

In his Life of Christ (Image Books, 1977, p. 10), Archbishop Fulton John Sheen wrote, "We do know that at the end of time, when the great conflict between the forces of good and evil takes place, Satan will appear without the Cross, as the Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer to become the final temptation of mankind." Indeed, Paul Henri-Spaak, who served as Belgian Prime Minister and gained international prominence in 1945 when he was elected chairman of the first session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, had called for such a "Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer":

"We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man* and be he God or the Devil, we will receive him."

It would seem that the world is ready to receive such a man. Read this article and watch the commercials which have appeared on CNN.

* St. John of the Cleft Rock (14th century): "It is said that twenty centuries after the Incarnation of the Word, the Beast in its turn shall become man. About the year 2000 A.D., Antichrist will reveal himself to the world."
Related reading here and here.
CCC, 675.


Derek said...

I know that you are not saying that this "Maitreya" is necessarily the Antichrist. Only that so many people seem to be ready for him to reveal himself. I agree. In my opinion, he will keep his true identity hidden until he is entrenched in power. Therefore I doubt this "Maitreya" is the one. But I could also be wrong.

I do believe that his message will be welcomed by most who call themselves Christian. That's why Jesus asks if the Som of Man will find faith on earth when He returns. There will always be a remnant. But it will be tiny. The Church will be much smaller in the days of Antichrist.

ACatholicinClinton said...

This is why so many priests do not preach against sin any longer. Many have lost their faith and are no longer convinced of the reality of sin and its consequences.

How can one preach against homosexuality, for example, if one is living that "lifestyle"? To condemn it would be to condemn one's own actions. Hence the silence.

But where such "pastors" are silent, God is raising up a faith-filled laity to fill the void. He is able to raise up preachers of His Word from the very stones. His Word, His Message, will not be silenced.

Anonymous said...

Should We Respect These Elders?
Posted by Mary Ann Kreitzer
Les Femmes - The Truth
July 26, 2009

Have you heard of "the Elders?" They are a group of international big names who have been selected for their self-proclaimed "collective wisdom." Among them are former Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annon, former president Jimmy Carter, former Irish president Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and a handful of others. According to their website they were convened in 2007 by Nelson Mandela to "offer their experience and support for peace building and collaborative approaches to addressing major causes of human suffering."

How do they work? "The Elders are committed to listening to the views of all groups and individuals – and especially women and young people....The Elders amplify the voices of those who work hard to be heard, challenge injustice, stimulate dialogue and debate and help others to work for positive change in their societies."

In their website video Kofi Annon says of the elders (including himself), "They do not have careers to build, elections to wins, constituents to please. They can talk to anyone they please and are free to follow any paths they deem right." The elders then, are being promoted as an independent group of wise leaders able to advise the global village to solve the problems of mankind. Religion has little role in this enterprise. In fact, the elders see it as a primary oppressor of women and a source of many of mankind's problems.

This is particularly evident in the discussion of one of the main issues listed on the website, "equality of women and girls." The page addressing the issue specifically targets religion as a source of discrimination. Jimmy Carter, writing in his role as an elder, elaborated on this recently when he quit the Southern Baptist Convention because of their position against ordaining women as deacons and pastors. In a commentary article in The Age, an Australian Newspaper, he made it clear that religions that will not ordain women are antiquated and discriminatory. "The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men," Carter wrote, "owe more to time and place - and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence - than eternal truths." This was clearly a swipe at all faiths, including the Catholic Church, that do not ordain women. It is the same language adopted by feminist groups advocating women priests.

Carter also used not so coded language to attack the Church for its opposition to abortion. "The belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives." While the Elders' website carries nothing about abortion, the language that fills U.N. documents about women "controlling their bodies" and women's reproductive rights should concern anyone about the ultimate goals of this group, especially since many are well known for their abortion advocacy. Jimmy Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annon, Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela all have extreme pro-abortion backgrounds.

In fact, the Elders looks like one more group of elitist ideologues who believe that human effort can bring about Utopia. Their cumulutive record of pro-abortion and pro-population control politics makes it questionable whether they really have the interests of individual people at heart. As Screwtape, C.S. Lewis' senior devil, always advised his nephew Wormwood, keep man's attention on humanity as a whole and he'll overlook the hungry man next door.

Jonathan said...

"He shall speak against the Most High and oppress the holy ones of the Most high, thinking to change the feast days and the law. They shall be handed over to him for a year, two years, and a half-year." (Dan 7:25)

Prepare now all you who are reading this. That is the watch-word: Prepare. Go to Confession, pray the Rosary, live a sacramental life, remain steadfast in your faith...the ends of the earth are about to be shaken.

Anonymous said...

I think that when the temple is rebuilt in Jerusalem the anti-christ will be the Jewish messiah. He will have control of the world media and brainwash many...and probably kill many...
Rob Epperly
author, Sons of Thunder

Anonymous said...

Probably Jewish from the tribe of Dan (Genesis 49:17).

I have long thought Maitreya was the antichrist too, but this verse along with the early Church Father's suggest Jewish ancestry.

Anonymous said...

Change. Where have we heard that before? The Antichrist, or the beast that rises up out of the sea, will be a popular dude. He will most likely be a liar and a murderer, like the devil.
Now, we have someone who holds a very high office and is consistently labeled a liar. He also espouses murder via abortion, embryonic stem cell destruction, and child sacrifice around the world. Truly the president of 'the culture of death.' Now he appears to be trying to usher in euthanasia via gov't health care. The world fawns over this man...Need I go further? He fits the description.

Anonymous said...

if you research about maitreya, recall these things: he's something for everyone, for Jews, he's jewish, for Christians, a christian, for those of other faiths, he appears as they would have him appear. A chameleon.

Remember, he will not have the wounds of Christ, no holes in his hands or feet or side. Do the research, live the sacramental life, go to confession and reconcile with Jesus. Pray the rosary for the sake of souls.

Jae said...

It had already started since the conception of Communism (Karl Marx was a Jew from the tribe of Dan?)in the late 1800's wherein God is cast aside and that religion is considered poison. Well you know the consequences of that revolution around the world, hundreds of millions died and martyred including the church's member and priests.

After the fall of communism we thought they were done but it is not so, its diabolical idea continue to spread in the form of human triump over God in secularism, materialism and consumerism where Popes JPP II and Benedict always reminded us of the dictatorial tendencies of relativism.

From this modern secular world comes only within 100 years a tremendous advancement in Technology, ipods,A.I., super computers and other wonders where it is almost impossible to think about God and thus try to substitute and forget about Him.

Anti-christ is when somebody remove God and look at himself as all-sufficient, it is man's idea of life without God.

I think this is the great apostasy St Paul was talking about and that most Saints prophesized, we are in the very last moment of our human history.

Look at the CAtechism of the Catholic Church about Second Coming and anti-christ.

Come Lord Jesus, Come!


Derek said...

Jae, good comment. But the Antichrist will be an actual man. St. Paul refers to him as the "Man of Sin" (2 Thess. 2:3). There will be many antichrists just as there were forerunners of Jesus. But evil will be become incarnate in one "Son of Perdition," one "Man of Sin."

Thomas said...

I believe that if it is too easy to figure out who the Anti-Christ is, then he isnt the Anti-Christ.
Just like the saying: If it is too good to be true.....

I deeply believe that the Anti-Christ will not be known until he is nearly finished with us all.

We are just not going to know who he is that easily. He will more than likely be at the height of his power and influence when it is far too late to identify him as the man of sin.

Obama?? Not smart enough. Just because you have a Harvard Education, does not automatically make you super-intelligent.

Maitreya?? Anti-Christ Wanna be.
I learned of him almost 15 yrs ago.
Scary? Sure he is. Evil? More than likely. Will play a role of some sort? Probably. The actual Anti-Christ? I doubt it.

Can you imagine all the Wanna-Be's out there now? By Pride and Ego, I can imagine the envy involved when it comes to those that want to be something they are not.
Just as people want attention and applause and adoration from others in a positive way, there are those that go in the opposite direction and try to obtain recognition in a negative way. Positive or Negative, recognition is still the same for some. I feel we are going to see the battles of the Anti-Christ wanna be's, just like the preachers on TV that battle for our attention.....and money all in the name of Christ.

Bono?? Research this nut-case and you will be surprised by what you find. The Anti-Christ? No.
I have a feeling he is Satan's Modern-day "John the Baptist" in the opposite of our version of John.
I feel he is one of many to come that will be announcers, PR people, and globe-trotting ambassadors for the modernist/NWO agenda. Research him and you should find out what he used to call himself at one time. Eye-opening.

Trying to figure out who the man of sin will be is futile. We must know Christ voice. We must have a great relationship with him to know what we will need to know WHEN we need to know it. Not before.

It is not going to be simple.
Why wont it?
God is simple when it comes to loving and guiding us.
It is US that complicates things when it comes to God.
We put up the blocks and over intellectualize too much.

However, since we have fallen into such deep sin in this age, God is not going to make it easy for us to just figure it all out and protect ourselves from our fellow man.
It will be as it is supposed to be.

We have been given so many chances and so much information from heaven that we should have already changed course long ago, but we have not, so we get what we deserve dont we?

I have read every post in this section on the Anti-Christ. All of the post are so insightful.
Some of the best things I have read on any Catholic site in a long time. I am surprised really.

People at all different levels of the journey to God. All good people trying to be better people.
I am so thankful for finding this site, and I thank Spirit Daily for linking it.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you Thomas for your comment and for the kind note. And thank you all for your comments. Although we may not be able to identify the Man of Sin at this moment, one thing is certain: our age is ready to receive him. As Christians, we must pray fervently for the grace to resist the temptations of our epoch. As Pope Benedict XVI writes in his book Jesus of Nazareth: "Today..there is also the ideology of success, of well-being, that tells us, 'God is just a fiction, he only robs us of our time and our enjoyment of life. Don't bother with him! Just try to squeeze as much out of life as you can.' These temptations seem irresistible as well. The Our Father in general and this petition in particular [But deliver us from evil] are trying to tell us that it is only when you have lost God that you have lost yourself; then you are nothing more than a random product of evolution. Then the 'dragon' really has won."

This will be the Antichrist's supreme temptation as Guardini says: to convince people that not only is life without Christ possible, but that it is desirable. He will attempt to convince us that society is better off without Christ.

Make your home an ark. Multiply your prayer cenacles. Seek refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Stephanie said...

I believe the final Anti-Christ will be what we consider half-Jewish. There is so much anti-Semitism that I don't think the world would follow a Jew. But the Jews consider someone of their lineage as Jewish if only the mother is Jewish, something that the other religions wouldn't find troubling too much.

Anonymous said...

How about the muslim Mahdi... a false prophet.

Anonymous said...

I always thought it was maitreya. Maybe it is. But there is some convincing evidence that it could be Prince William. He appeared on the front page of a London newpaper in 2004? holding a lamb. Strangely, he held up the hooves so they were clearly visible. The picture was apparently released by Buckingham Palace. It evokes images of Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He is also 30 years old in this year of 2012, the same age that Jesus began his public ministry. Also, he was born the same year that Omen III was released in theatres, which specifically dealt with the antichrist's rise to power and the beginning of his public ministry. Not saying for sure that he is the antichrist, but it certainly has my head spinning.

Anonymous said...

Fear Not My Children. Fear Not. Have Faith. This is my response after all is said. This is my opinion of what The Almighty and Powerful whispers in my soul's ear.

Anonymous said...

Just read the article and comments, all of which are very good and enlightening. Please check out the book by Fr. Charles Arminjon written in the 1870's or 80's regarding the End of the World. It was St. Therese of Lisieux's favorite book. He draws only from Scripture and Magisterial teaching. Found in Spirit Daily's bookstore. Second, when I read, "Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer", I immediately thought of George Soros, atheistic Hungarian Jewish billionaire who made much of his money betting on collapsing economies ... got rich through destruction rather than construction. He funds many front organizations through his Open Society institute, including pseudo-Catholic organizations which cunningly helped split the Catholic vote to get the current residents & administration into the White House/Executive branch. Certainly a man of great influence behind the scenes. Because he operates mainly behind the scenes, and because of his philosophy and activity, some have proposed his name ... but others say he is one piece of the puzzle, but not the main man. As a previous Anonymous has said, our greatest strength is in maintaining our union with the Lord Jesus Christ, through the Sacraments, prayer, meditation on the Scripture & Lives of the Saints & their writings, Magisterial teaching and of course seeking to live the Gospel in holiness of life, in fidelity and fruitfulness. "They overcame him through the Blood of the Lamb, and the Word of their testimony", with recourse to the great Mother of God, Mary, Most Holy, her spouse, St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, the Holy angels and saints, especially St. Michael. Pray and sacrifice for souls & the conversion of sinners, as it is God's will that none of His children be lost, especially pray the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet and recourse to the Holy Face of Jesus, offered to the Eternal Father, for the salvation of souls. Blessed John Paul the Great & St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.

Anonymous said...

Search "Defender of the faiths"and you will find your man.

Related to Mohammed, King David, etc, will be the supreme governor of the Anglican church of England,is a prince, etc

Anonymous said...

He cannot be a Muslim, for Christians would not follow him. He has to be someone who can lead the majority of Christians away from the Lord. I would be looking for a man who talks the talk in a way that appeals to people of all faiths and none, and I too believe it will be impossible to know who he is except through the grace of God.

Anonymous said...

For information on the anti-christ just look up messages from a visionary at a site called 'the warning second coming'. It's very specific.

Anonymous said...

It is so good to read so many intelligent comments on this site. Thomas, you are so right about Bono; he is just a frontman for the Illuminati, an organisation that even the Vatican recognises (see the Catholic Encyclopedia). Bono has been used to front PR campaigns for AIDS in Africa, the inauguration of Obama, along with other agendas and publicising associations with many hedonistic and anti-relgion celebrities. His AIDS bandwagon was used to distribute drugs to ignorant Africans which only helped to spread the disease further, as the symptoms of the sick were covered up and they didn't want to be ostracised by their village communities. His reply to that accusation was in a lyric of his, "No failures here, sweetheart". He sidles up with Bill Gates, whose vaccination agenda in third world countries aims to debilitate immune systems and cause widespread deaths. (His wife's cause is contraception and abortion.) All agendas of the NWO and Illuminati. He called himself "The Fly"; Beelzebub? or, as you said, a stooge of the antichrist used to soften up the unknowing public. Some people think that he is a Catholic as he carried rosary beads given to him by JPII. He is a fraud. His latest bandwagon is to hail Burma's opposition leader into power, along with all the elite of the Illuminati - because they want to take control of Burma to use as a launching platform to attack China in the coming war that they are planning. It has access to China's boundary and also the ocean with no countries between.

Regarding the Antichrist: the Bible tells us "Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number THAT STANDS FOR A PERSON. His number is six hundred and sixty-six."

Read "The Six-pointed Star" by Dr O.J.Graham, a brillian theologian and Christian.

The hexagram has been used in witchcraft by the Ancient Hebrews since the time they were in Egypt. It was called 'Solomon's Seal' because he was heavily into occultism. But it was NEVER associated with David, and it was never used by the Jews. Their symbol is the menorrah, the seven-stemmed candelabra.

The Freemasons use the hexagram. In fact, their symbol of square and compass is actually a disguised hexagram. Their fraternity is multi-levelled and their are many secret initiation ceremonies that few reach the highest level of. Youtube have a selection of stories from people who have left, and there are several Catholics who mistakenly joined thinking it was a harmless fraternity.

Top levels of governments are involved in that fraternity. In fact, American is saturated with the symbology in their govt offices, police force and military. Look at the US Seal, and currency - with the Egyptian pyramid and third eye. The Washington Monument is an Egyptian icon, which is where the roots of Freemasonry began.

Research the Rothschild Family (covered in 'The Six-pointed Star', especially the use of the hexagram in their family crest. They founded modern Israel. They have control over most economies through their banking empire - and most govts as the result of that.

Read Rev 2:9 and 3:9. What is the 'Synagogue of Satan'? If not the false Jews who arose after WW2 to stake a claim over 'Israel' to rebuild the Freemason's Temple. They are not real Jews, but originated in Europe and 'converted'. (You can't convert to become Jewish. You are either born a Jew, or not.)

I believe the Son of Perdition is a false Jew of the fraternity of Freemasonry, and he is working behind the scenes and pulling a lot of strings within govts and finance sectors - to create wars, annihilate countries and races, and bring himself into a position of worldwide power.

Anonymous said...

The Beast wars with the Dragon; both are as evil as the other. The Beast is the European Union and US, and allies; the Dragon is China, Russia, and Islamic allies. All part of the same Freemason fraternity, both five- and six-pointed stars symbolising their countries.

Those who take refuge in the Lord will survive and be saved. Pray the rosary, go to confession, forgive others, and take the Eucharist. God bless.

Anonymous said...

A very early prediction/prophecy of same.....a great "philanthropist" to solve the chaotic problems of the which we are now entering.

Vladimir Sergeivich Soloviev on the Antichrist
By Giacomo Cardinal Biffi

Vladimir Sergeevic Soloviev passed away 100 years ago, on July 31 (August 13 according to our Gregorian calendar) of the year 1900. He passed away on the threshold of the 20th century - a century whose vicissitudes and troubles he had foreseen with striking clarity, but also a century, which, tragically, in its historical course and dominant ideologies, would reject his most profound and important teachings. His, therefore, was a teaching at once prophetic and largely unheeded.


In his final work, The Three Dialogues and the Story of the Antichrist (finished on Easter Sunday 1900), one is struck by how clearly Soloviev foresaw that the 20th century would be "the epoch of great wars, civil strife and revolutions" All this, he said, would prepare the way for the disappearance of "the old structure of separate nations" and "almost everywhere the remains of the ancient monarchical institutions would disappear." This would pave the way for a "United States of Europe."

The accuracy of Soloviev's vision of the great crisis that would strike Christianity at the end of the 20th century is astonishing.

Anonymous said...

The link to the Soloviev comment above:

and more from this Soloviev prophecy link:

He represents this crisis using the figure of the Antichrist. This fascinating personage will succeed in influencing and persuading almost everyone. It is not difficult to see in this figure of Soloviev the reflection, almost the incarnation, of the confused and ambiguous religiosity of our time.

The Antichrist will be a "convinced spiritualist" Soloviev says, an admirable philanthropist, a committed, active pacifist, a practicing vegetarian, a determined defender of animal rights.

He will also be, among other things, an expert exegete. His knowledge of the bible will even lead the theology faculty of Tubingen to award him an honorary doctorate. Above all, he will be a superb ecumenist, able to engage in dialogue "with words full of sweetness, wisdom and eloquence."

He will not be hostile "in principle" to Christ. Indeed, he will appreciate Christ's teaching. But he will reject the teaching that Christ is unique, and will deny that Christ is risen and alive today.

One sees here described -- and condemned -- a Christianity of "values," of "openings," of "dialogue," a Christianity where it seems there is little room left for the person of the Son of God crucified for us and risen, little room for the actual event of salvation.

A scenario, I think, that should cause us to reflect...

A scenario in which the faith militant is reduced to humanitarian and generically cultural action, the Gospel message is located in an irenic encounter with all philosophies and all religions and the Church of God is transformed into an organization for social work.

Are we sure Soloviev did not foresee what has actually come to pass? Are we sure it is not precisely this that is the most perilous threat today facing the "holy nation" redeemed by the blood of Christ -- the Church?

Anonymous said...

One of the current spokes out of the center Illuminati:

Catholic Melinda Gates defies the Vatican over birth control funds

Philanthropist reveals £360m grant to prevent unwanted pregnancies in poorer countries

All of the universal "do gooders" always seem to wish to lessen world population/life for their "brave new world" of ease and comfort for the elite. Margaret Sanger's troops seem to wish for the same end....ridding the world of the "bottom dwellers" "for the world's own good"!!

justyntoo said...

maitreya has been tossed around a lot , but , the usa is headed for financial collapse caused by the collapse of europe . the power vacuum will enable the arab spring to blossem under a religious leader . israel will attack iran and the arab world will be out for blood . china and russia have defence pact with iran , russia will march on isreal and the arabs will attack europe . when the gates of rome and jeruselem are breached then the enlightenment will take place . the war in europe will be bloody and paris will burn , versaille will be destroyed and the guilletine will be use much . after the enlightenment the usa will defeat the russians on the plains outside of jeruselem and will be our last military victory . the anti-christ will be arab and will broker a peace between arab and jew . unlike the one that will be forced by the end of the year . he will be hailled as a man of peace and will be given the remaining 42 months of the current secretairy-generals term . he will be helpfull to our troops who are stranded in the midle east and they will follow him . around next june he will proclaim himself and take over the world thru his recieving the mantle of authority from the leaders of the north american union , the aisian union , the european union and the other 7 unions . he will slowly kill off those leaders because they have sold their souls to the devil and the contract states that they will be in power until the anti-christ takes over , this time will come and they must commit suicide . after the enlightenment then there will be 6 weeks during which catholics are to encourage all to see reconciliation with god . due to the extreme conditions there will be many who will not find the time and will follow the anti-christ . when catholics are being rounded up then god will tell them to follow their guardian angles to safe places prepared by god for their safety during this tribulation . now is a good time to start saving food and water . be prepared for fuel shortages and loss if electricity . plus much suppression for the faith . trust in god for all and do not rely on guns . as they know not what they do . food will be shortaged deliberately and the earthquakes will drop the watertable and so the wells will run dry . when someone comes to your door and asks for food give it to them . god is in charge .

Unknown said...

"Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."

6 + 6 + 6 = 18, 1 + 8 = 9 is the number of man because it takes normally 9 months to form a human being.

The Incarnate beast (9) after quite sometime will be destroyed by 7.

9 ÷ 8 equals 1.125 x 8 is equals Nine

9 ÷ 7 equals 1.285714286 x 7 has become 8.99999

9 ÷ 6 equals 1.5 x 6 = Nine
9 ÷ 5 equals 1.8 x 5 = Nine
9 ÷ 4 equals 2.25 x 4 = Nine
9 ÷ 3 equals 3 x 3 = Nine
9 ÷ 2 equals 4.5 x 2 = Nine
9 ÷ 1 equals 9 x 1 = Nine

666 will become 665.9999 if 666 ÷ Seven = 95.14287143 then multiply by 7

666 is Lucifer in spirit form. But he will become a normal human being (9) with super magical powers with God's permission to test our faith.

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