Saint Anthony the Great – attacked by demons
Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mark 2:13-17
I feel like God has been speaking to me about the rise of the Antichrist. And I feel obligated to warn. I am not here to tell you who it is because I don’t know. I am here to tell you to recognize the signs.
He pointed out that there are actually anti-Christ’s everywhere, people who accept ideology that is un-Godly. Think those who promote abortion and unethical things in the medical world.
But there will be one, one who will embody this more than others. Saint Thomas Aquinas put it this way;
“As in Christ dwells the fullness of the Godhead so in Antichrist the fullness of all wickedness. Not indeed in the sense that his humanity is to be assumed by the devil into unity of person…but that the devil by suggestion infuses his wickedness more copiously into him than into all others. In this way all the wicked that have gone before are signs of Antichrist.”
A friend of mine recently posited that perhaps the Antichrist would be conservative or traditional.
I think this idea would shock most as I regularly see people call those who embrace leftist anti-God ideology the Antichrist… and of course to a degree this is correct. But… those who accept the anti-God ideology have already been won over by Satan. So how does Satan win over all of us? By rising in the form of a ruler who implements the rules that we are all longing for.
So as in all things I took this to meditation, and Christ always points me to His passion as the way to truth. I meditated on His Passion and God pointed out a few things to me.
The Antichrist will be inside the Church (and I most likely I think the Catholic Church, but not necessarily because Protestants are part of Church, I will explain further). Those who condemned Jesus were His own.
The Antichrist will feed on the fact that anti-God leftists have shoved sin in our faces and people will be so fed up they will praise the person who implements the rules.
In Jesus’ time, there were many different factions of Jews, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Zealots, Essenes etc. Caiphas was actually a Sadducee, this was the group that didn’t believe in Resurrection, and ultimately the one who condemns him along with the Pharisees. Today we have all these factions of Christianity.
I was taking a class this week and the professor said to the class that he considers himself a traditionalist, but that he disagrees with some of the traditionalists because some of them have said to him that having a Personal Relationship with Christ is a Protestant idea and heresy. I WAS ASTONISHED AT THIS. Every Saint speaks of this personal relationship, so how could anyone possibly think this? Then it dawned on me, these people are Sadducees and Pharisees both. Some probably don’t really believe in Resurrection because if they did, personal relationship would not be so foreign to them and others just believe they can save themselves. The Sadducees rejected belief in angels so there will be no protection because it won’t be called upon. And the Sadducees enjoyed a better relationship with Roman leaders, making me think too that whoever this person is will have a role to play in world leadership and the politics of it.
And the betrayal of Jesus’ was a blaspheming of the Holy Spirit. A rejection of mercy. So too in this time, will the Antichrist reject mercy. And people will be glad to accept it because they will have had so much leftist Godless ideology shoved in their faces they will be looking for a worldly way out, the same way both Judas and Peter did. People sick of persecution turn to worldly ways and the Antichrist becomes the enactor of what they think God’s justice is, while those who weep bitterly in humility will be saved.
Those who are true Christians who follow the law, but eat with tax collectors and sinners, they will be condemned.
It is the path of Christ.
Leftists and sinners who refuse to repent implode on themselves. But even in this, God’s mercy is far reaching because he will know those who “knew not what they did.”
Sadducees and Pharisees don’t think they need a Savior, even though they have been taught – they will surely see God’s true justice…
Ultimately the Antichrist does these things, though we may not know it at first;
- “Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist”(1John 2:22).
A person who does not believe in personal relationship is actually denying him.
- Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god…But the one who restrains is to do so only for the present, until he is removed from the scene. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord [Jesus] will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie, and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12
We know apostasy comes FIRST – That is already here.
Then comes the lawless one – but he is a liar – and we will believe the lie because we actually aren’t grounded in the truth of mercy saving, we will be looking for worldly justice.
- So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. … For false messiahs and false prophets will appear… Matthew 24:15-27
It will be a false messiah – and people will believe because it won’t be so obvious to them that it is false and we will end up fleeing.
- And Saint John Damascene said this; “During the first part of his reign — of his tyranny rather — he plays more the part of sanctity; but when he gains complete control, he persecutes the Church of God and reveals all his wickedness. ‘And he shall come in signs and lying wonders’ — sham ones and not real — and he shall seduce those whose intention rests on a rotten and unstable foundation and make them abandon the living God, ‘in as much as to scandalize (if possible) even the elect…’”
We will be fooled by the supposed sanctity that seems true to the faith.
It is here that our Protestant brothers and sisters can help us. Their focus on the personal relationship is actually something every single saint talks about.
I think there is a lot of fear in Catholics about the Protestants. We should never ever make decisions out of fear. We can feel fear, but hand it to God, and walk in his confidence. Fear is a beast that will eat you alive. We are told so much that the Catholics have the fullness of the truth, which IS TRUE, but if the devil uses it to convince us that they are our enemy, then it becomes part of our own demise. Personal relationship through prayer is wholly important in our salvation. The Protestants who are listening to God and being obedient in all things will be led to the Catholic Church by the Holy Spirit – through their prayer. All roads lead to the Catholic Church for all Christians. We don’t just need to disciple those who accept sin, but also those who live only by justice and cannot accept mercy. This is why Divine Mercy and Saint Faustina are so paramount. This is the middle way. It is imperative in these times to call on Saint Michael and his legions to protect our minds from the deceit of the evil one.