Sunday, 9 August 2015

Amillennialism and the Chronology of Catholic Eschatology



According to Catholic tradition, there is a very clear order of events that are set to occur towards the end of the world. Quite recently, some Catholics have been heavily influenced by modern Protestant dispensationalism on the subject of the Millennium, mostly due to the popularity of the writings of Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, Kelly Bowring and Mark Mallet. This rather peculiar end time chronology which has only surfaced in Catholic thought in the late 20th century basically follows the Protestant postmillennial template, and equates the "period of peace" promised by Our Lady of Fatima with a future binding of Satan for a thousand years. However the Catholic Church has accepted the amillennial interpretation of the Apocalypse ever since St. Augustine of Hippo expertly explained the true meaning of the Millennium described in Rev 20 in his monumental work The City of God, written in the fourth century. Since then, this view has been accepted by every doctor and saint of the Catholic Church, and the teachings of the Catechism on this subject simply does not leave room for any alternative to St. Augustine's approach to the Millennium. This recent uptake of postmillennialism by some in some Catholic circles, mostly due to popular Protestant Evangelical influences, is quite clearly at odds with the traditional teachings on the Millennium, and critically impairs our understanding of the order of events outlaid in the Apocalypse. According to the amillennial view outlaid by St. Augustine, the chronology of end time events can be summed up as follows:

The binding of Satan for the "thousand years" takes place during the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ.

At the end of the "thousand years" - which is most likely a reference to the concept of the Sabbath Millennium, Satan is once again unbound for a "little while".

Satan can once again prevent the spread of the Gospel during this "little while", by gathering the armies of the world together for battle, and because of this increase of lawlessness, the love of many grows cold (Matt 24:12).

At the end of the "little while", Satan is finally thrown out of the heavenly court and cast down to the earth by the Archangel Michael - a struggle which is marked by the appearance of the "signs in heaven".

Once he is cast down to the earth, the Devil then redoubles his efforts against the Church, and threatens to carry it away with a flood that issues from his mouth.

The earth then comes to the aid of the Woman/Church, and the flood is swallowed up during the New Springtime of the Church, brought about by the Two Witnesses. Millions are brought into the faith. A short period of peace ensues.

The Dragon then transfers his great power and authority to his servant the Antichrist, who puts the Two Witnesses to death. The fall of the end time empire referred to as "Babylon" is brought about by a "huge mountain, burning with fire" being thrown into the sea, and a subsequent global financial collapses allows the Antichrist to seize global dominion.

The final Passover of the Church takes place, which was foreseen in the Third Secret of Fatima, and many Christians are either martyred or apostatize as a result.

The Battle of Armageddon then breaks out after an attempted invasion of Israel, leading to the total collapse of human civilization.

The dissolution of the universe occurs at the Last Judgment, and the establishment of the new heaven and earth brings God's plan for creation to it ultimate conclusion.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Emmett for magnificent clarity and truth. Am I being foolish to desire to know exactly where we find ourselves is God's Salvific Plan? Your earlier writings have suggested the timing of satan's fall and historical correlation. Where shall I place my 'You are here' pin?
May God bless you and all your undertakings.
Michael

Mark L said...

> According to the amillennial view outlaid by St. Augustine, the chronology of end time events can be summed up as follows:...[snip]...a global financial collapse..

Just to try to sort through all this - everything you wrote following the "by St. Augustine, summed up as" is a summation of Augustine's thought in this area, including the part about the global financial collapse?

Thanks,
Mark L

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Michael!

The casting down of Satan to the earth is marked by the appearance of the signs in heaven - all of which occurred around the turn of the millennium. So it seems almost certain that we are living during the period when Satan has been thrown down to the earth in great wrath, and threatens to sweep the Woman away with a flood. The following words pertain specifically to our time:

Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
(Rev 12:12)

We are living during one of the most spiritually dangerous periods in Church history, when the Church is in very real threat from the flood of atheism, sin, heresy and apostasy which issues from the mouth of the Dragon. This flood will be swallowed up during the New Evangelisation though. We can only hope and pray that this will happen soon, and this is in some way related to the prophetic significance of the year 2017.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Sorry if that is not clear Mark. The chronology presented above is a framework based on logical outworking of Augustine's amillennialism, rather than anything he specifically wrote about himself. The part about the global financial collapse following the destruction of Babylon is based on the Apocalypse itself:

"And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.
“The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your delicacies and your splendors
are lost to you,
never to be found again!”

The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,

“Alas, alas, for the great city
that was clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”

And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
“What city was like the great city?”
And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,
“Alas, alas, for the great city
where all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
For in a single hour she has been laid waste.
Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
for God has given judgment for you against her!”
(Rev 18:9-20)

Mark L said...

Thanks for the clarification Emmett. There is much to meditate on there. I would break out my various church fathers commentaries on Revelation but they certainly knew nothing about what Babylon might actually be. Your argument that it's the U.S. feels strengthened once one considers that it must be an unparalleled economic powerhouse. None other fit the bill.

It's quite remarkable, I think, just how dangerous the ledge is on which we perch in regards to global economic health. I certainly never fathomed that I would live in a time of such stunning precariousness.

Regarding "So it seems almost certain that we are living during the period when Satan has been thrown down to the earth in great wrath, and threatens to sweep the Woman away with a flood." The Fr. Gobbi messages back you up on that, and contain pretty remarkable material on the nature of this flood (which you actually go on to enumerate: the flood of atheism, and Gobbi adds a great deal to that, including all the new theological theories which have withered devotion and so forth).

Mark L.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael for asking about that "you are here" pin. I've wondered about that for a Looooong time. Now, at least I know where I (and we) stand in the grand scheme of this unfolding mystical drama. However, scripture describes the great sign that appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, etc., and chronologically the woman/church is then pursued by the dragon after that sign appears.

Has that sign already appeared? What was it? Fatima and the miracle of the sun? Since we are obviously in the flood of atheism now and all sorts of evils are afflicting the Church it would seem to me that the sign must have already occurred. And if that is the case, what do you see as the significance of the 110 year anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun in 2017? Could this bring the beginning of the New Evangelisation with what is foretold in Garabandal and the writings of Sr. Faustina of the sign of the Cross in the sky?

Sorry I'm such a slow learner!
rose

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks Mark. I'm intrigued about which messages of Fr. Gobbi mention the flood poured out of the mouth of the Dragon. It's been quite a while since I have read them, and do not recall this being mentioned. I do have the blue book though.
I have just recently noticed the timing of the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858 to the proximity of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859. We all know how the timing of Marian apparitions are very often directly connected to historical events, such as Fatima and the rise of the Soviet Union etc. The thing is, I have always thought of the rise of modern atheism and its role in the current decline of the Church as being directly related to the passage of the Apocalypse concerning the dragon threatening to sweep the Woman away with a flood, before this is abated by the arrival of the New Pentecost and proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth:

The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
(Rev 12:15-17)

After the Woman is rescued from this predicament, the dragon then becomes furious, and goes off to make war on the rest of her offspring, which will take place during the final Passover of the Church at the time of Antichrist - the period of martyrdom foreseen in the Third Secret. Anyway, I think the flooding at Lourdes a couple of years back was highly symbolic in this regard, and seems to tie this all together. Was this God's way of letting us know where we now stand within the history of salvation? At the moment the Woman/Church looks in danger of being swept away by the flood of modern atheism, right before she is rescued during the New Evangelisation?

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Rose. Yes the great sign seen in heaven in Rev 12 is prefigured in the Star of Bethlehem, but is an eschatological event which marks the moment when Satan is cast out from the heavenly court down to the earth. The cycle of the Woman Adorned with the Sun is also a dramatic re-enactment of the signs in heaven - a solar eclipse, an earthquake, a blood moon, a major meteor shower, the appearance of the "sign of the Son of Man", and "blood, fire and columns of smoke". All of these events took place at the turn of the millennium - the Great Jubilee of the Incarnation. And the Incarnation of the Word of God is an episode in salvation history that the events of Rev 12 revolve around, which in turn is intimately related to the fulfillment of the Protoevangelium, when the head of the Serpent is crushed under the heel of the Woman Adorned with the Sun. The alignment of all seven classical planets known to the ancients which took place at the turn of the millennium, and certain astronomical events which surrounded it, bore many affinities with the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem, and I think that all of these events combined constitute the "great sign" seen in heaven which marks the casting down of Satan to the earth. And yes, the flood of atheism which is now threatening to sweep the Woman away will indeed be swallowed up during the New Evangelisation.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rose and Emmett,
Thank you Emmett for your confirmation. I have been pondering your previous articles about Pope Leo XIII's prophecy as well as the Tunguska event of 1908. Perhaps we are near the end of the 'little while' of satan's time on earth following the last century of atrocities and accelerating decline in morality.
Rose, I have great anticipation for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima. Sr Lucia did say that the final confrontation between Our Lord and satan would be about the family and marriage. Indeed, we have the upcoming synod on the same and we see some Cardinals speaking against church teaching. Pray, pray, pray, for the New Evangelisation is not far away!
Michael

ziad S said...

Dear Emmett,
Hi, I'm new to this page and subject, but I was reading some of your previous ariticles and I read concerning the ISON comet and it's symbolism. And I also read a lot about pope Leo's vision and the apparitions of our Lady in Fatima that began in May 13, 1917. And since everyone is waiting for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our lady in Fatima, I have noticed the following:
The ISON comet appeared on November 28, 2013. And if we add to this date a 1260 days. Then we arrive to May 11, 2017. That means just 3 days from the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Lady in Fatima. So could these 3 days have any significance meaning or this is just a coincidence?
Regards,

Mark W said...

Hi Mark L,

I think there is at least an equal chance that Babylon is Mecca. There are some pretty compelling arguments out there defending that idea. I do think that there's a chance that it's the U.S., but Mecca is in a physical wasteland where the U.S. is only arguably in a spiritual one. There's also the fact that the kaaba in Mecca is almost exactly 666 nautical miles from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and...well...are there any coincidences like that? (A nautical mile is one minute of arc, so it strikes me as being a better measure of distance than even the kilometer. And arc on a meridian would have been a known idea in the ancient world, even though the nautical mile was defined hundred of years later).

Reread the passages in Isaiah, Jeremiah and Revelation, with an eye toward Mecca. Then see if it might not fit the bill as well.

And I'm not arguing against anyone that says Babylon is the U.S. To me, it's 50/50. But there are still some good Christians in America, so all is not lost here. You can't really say that about Mecca

Mark W

Mark L said...

Hi Emmett-

The Fr. Gobbi reference is at message 201, starting at 'h':

"In order to succeed in dominating the earth, the Red Dragon has set out first of all to persecute the Woman Clothed with the Sun. And the serpent has spewed out a torrent of water from his mouth at the Woman in order to submerge her and sweep her away.

What is this flood of water if not the ensemble of these new theological theories, by which an attempt is being made to bring your heavenly Mother down from that place where the Most Holy Trinity has put her? Thus it has been possible to obscure me in the souls, in the life and in the piety of many of my children, even to the point of denying some of those privileges with which I have been adorned by my Lord.

To take flight from this great torrent of water, the ‘wings of a great eagle’ were given to the Woman, and thus she was able to find a place for herself in the desert.
What is this desert if not a place which is hidden, without noise, set apart and arid?

This place, hidden and silent and made arid by so many struggles and so many wounds, in which the Woman now finds a place for herself, is the soul and the heart of my beloved sons and of all who have consecrated themselves to my Immaculate Heart.

I am accomplishing the greatest prodigies in the desert in which I find myself. I carry them out in silence and hiddenness to transform the souls and the lives of these my sons of mine who have entrusted themselves completely to me.

Thus each day I make their desert blossom within my garden, where I can still carry out my work fully and where the Most Holy Trinity can receive perfect glory."

Message 403, beginning at 'g' reiterates the desert message. 404 deals with the Red Dragon (atheistic communism/Marxist atheism), 405 the beast like a leopard (freemasonry), 406 the beast with two horns like a lamb (ecclesiastical masonry) ,407 the number of the beast.

Best,
Mark L.

Mark L said...

Mark W-

Thank you for suggesting that. You're right, there are some quite compelling articles that make the case for Mecca as Babylon. This was the first I stumbled upon, and it's quite intriguing.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/mystery-babylon-is-mecca-not-vatican/

Mark L.

Mark W said...

Mark L -

No problem. Walid Shoebat is probably the leading voice in this regard, and he really seems to know his stuff. If you go through his writings far enough, you'll eventually find that there are some Muslim prophecies that support many of his arguments about how Mecca falls. It's been a while since I read this, but I seem to remember that Iran is supposed to destroy Mecca to fulfill one such prophecy. Shoebat suggests a nuke. So here we are, worried that Iran wants to nuke Israel when they really want to hit Saudi Arabia.

But beware - this is still a rabbit hole, albeit a rabbit hole that is kinda cool to explore. But there are a lot of crackpots and wing nuts that inhabit this particular part of the web. I avoid the comments sections of anything that Shoebat has written as the atmosphere down there seems particularly toxic to sentient lifeforms.

Happy reading!

MarkW

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Ziad,

Regarding the symbolism of Comet ISON - I think if anything, its non-appearance was the granting of a great mercy. Comets are almost universally held to be harbingers of doom, given their often sword-like appearance (the flaming sword of the Third Secret?). When we look to Our Lady of Lourdes for example, we find that there was an appearance of a "great comet" just a few months later - Comet Donati, which appeared in the autumn of 1858. The very next year, in 1859, we had the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, and the beginnings of the flood of atheism that currently threatens to overwhelm the Church. Then shortly after in 1860, we had the disastrous Battle of Castelfidardo, which effectively put an end to the Papal States, and saw the Vatican surrounded by the Sardinian Army, which paved the way for the unification of Italy:

"And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city"
(Rev 20:7-9)

Emmett O'Regan said...

Mark W and Mark L. There are a number of serious problems with the theory that "Babylon" is Mecca. First is that we are told that the whore of Babylon is the "great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth". I.e. it is the current dominating world power - just as St. Peter identified his contemporary ruling world power - the Roman Empire, as "Babylon". Islam most certainly does not have total global domination, and it would take a battle of apocalyptic portions for it to ever do so. The only nation that currently fits that role is the USA.
Second, the Beast and his ten kings overthrow Babylon after its destruction by the sea foretold in Rev 8:8 and Jer 51, and hand over the territory it has control over to the Antichrist. If this was just the territory currently held by the Islamic states, it really wouldn't constitute very much - certainly not global rule:

As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.” (Rev 17:11-18)

Third, each time the word "harlot" or "whore" is used to describe a nation in the Bible, it is always used to refer to Israel or Judah when they have betrayed God as their covenantal partner by indulging in apostasy. So the "whore of Babylon" can only be a nation that was at one point at least ostensibly Christian, and had subsequently turned its back on God. So it won't be a heathen nation.

It is far more likely that the forces of Islam are one of the ten kings of the Antichrist who hate the prostitute, who will hand him world authority once "Babylon" is removed from power.

Mary ELlen De Bord said...

Hi Rose, they are forecasting that in the wee hours of the dawn (3:00 am CST) the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter (as was the Star of Bethlehem - the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus rising inside the constellation, Leo, the Lion of Judah, with Regulus, the king star) with the Woman Clothed in the Sun, Virgo, with the sun rising behind her. Could this be the heavenly announcement of the new evangelization in Christ just as it was the announcement of Christ, at the Messiah's birth? There may be after a financial collapse on the 29th of Elul on September 13th, 2015, the Shmitah, as announced by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in "The Harginger" in response to the USA turning away from God. I believe more heavenly signs will follow. Could Spica, the binary star in the shaft of wheat in the left hand of Virgo, fall during a supernova causing signs in the heavens?

Thank you, Emmet, for explaining the flood as being the spread of atheism, sin, apostasy and heresy. I see this also as the persecution against God's faithful people. The Two Witnesses should be revealed soon, if not already, to usher in the New Evangelization.
Mary Ellen

Anonymous said...

I don't remember if this was posted before but this once in 7,000 year alignment of the stars is due September 23, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXxVwpcXV0U

I first saw information about it from this youtube channel
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-yD3IVeYIU

Sherry

Anonymous said...



looks like hal lindsey is incorrect

http://www.atadoacristo.com/videos/walid-shoebat-gives-a-25-minutes-speech-that-sums-it-all-up-from-2008/mvraicdb2Kk.html

Anonymous said...



This is the correct video.

starting around the eleven minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g_Xv2YhJOo

in regards to the previous comment

jim.carroll said...

Emmett, I'm preparing to teach a short class in my parish on Catholic Eschatology, and I was wondering if I could use the graphic you have describing the four primary Millennial views in that class?

Marianne said...

Rev 11:8 - "and the bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also Our Lord was crucified."

Reading this in Revelations may give us the clue that its current. Christ was crucified in Jerusalem, not in the U.S.
Rev 11:8- " and the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the Kings and the earth." Netanyahu showed the world who is the boss of the U.S. He lectured the U.S. Congress on its foreign policy. First time in the history of the United States has this ever happened. All throughout the New Testament Jerusalem used Roman power to kill the Messiah and try to destroy the people of God, the Church. Today, Jerusalem uses the U.S. to fight its wars for a greater Israel.

Anonymous said...

Emmett,
Have you ever heard of Madeleine Porsat? The link below is the lead story on Spirit Daily and it's quite interesting given the fact that it goes along with the coming Springtime of the Church that you've been writing about. But there are other events she also speaks of portending catastrophes effecting the whole world. I've never read any of this prophecy prior to this post on Spirit Daily so I'm just running this by you for your opinion.

http://www.mysticsofthechurch.com/2015/07/the-prophecy-of-madeleine-porsat.html

Also, interesting stuff Mary Ellen about the sign in the sky. Seems to fit perfectly with what we've been discussing. I've always thought throughout my 64 years of life that the star of Bethlehem was just like it is on the Christmas cards...bright and everyone saw it. But, the more I read and ponder this it couldn't have been that obvious. I think that is so because when the wise men came to Jerusalem none of the scribes saw it (until the wise men showed up) or they would have told Herod about it. And, the shepherds themselves had to be told by the angels of Christ's birth as there is no record of them seeing a star. So, this sign in the sky, imho, I think is for those who are looking for it. Just like the wise men. Its coming in the same year and very near the 100th anniversary (according to the links provided) of the miracle of the sun of the Fatima revelations. That makes it that much more believable. We'll see if 9/23-24/2017 pans out to be the year of the sign of the "woman clothed with the sun".

thanks,
rose

Anonymous said...

p.s.

For those interested in Walid Shoebat...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walid_Shoebat

I know Wikipedia is not the be all and end all of reliable info, but I would suggest you read the criticism of this man that is at the end of the entry about him. I'm just saying this for all to be aware that some people do not believe that the history he speaks of himself is credible. CNN did some undercover work on him also. Just sayin'

Also, any of these links about stars or prophecies or eschatology always has to be weighed with wisdom & critical thinking. I think all of this stuff is fascinating but we have to use our own informed judgments about all these matters and keep an open mind imho.

thanks,
rose

Mark W said...

Rose & MarkL - I did say it was a rabbit hole. Shoebat's ideas are just an alternative viewpoint that happens to make a certain amount of sense. I actually think Emmett's viewpoint above makes more sense. Just for clarity.

Oddly enough, Rose, this reminded me of something:

SCULLY: I thought that you'd be pleased that I opened myself to extreme possibilities.

MULDER: Dana... open yourself up to extreme possibilities only when they're the truth.

You have to look at all these things with a great deal of critical thinking, and look for evidence at every turn. I happen to like Mark Mallet's writing, and I do think he's connected to something in very general terms. But I think his conclusions are absolutely wrong and I think he's a bit disingenuous in some of his work. Want to have some fun? Look at his quote from St. Augustine that's used to support his ideas of the "eucharistic reign of Christ". Notice that this particular quote has a couple of ellipsis marks. Now find out what's in each of those ellipsis's (what on earth is the plural of ellipsis?). It actually reads, to me, as the opposite of what Mallett contends. Mallett may be connected to something, but his conclusions are all wonky. So yes, there's a heap of critical work that goes into some of this. My apologies if I wasn't clear on this earlier.

Mary ELlen De Bord said...

I agree Emmett's chronology makes sense. What will be our part in the New Evangelization? What can we do that will bring people to Christ? Surely there are others who crave a closeness and understanding of the revelations of God, who have a plan. I would like to hear what you are all doing to bring people to the wonderful salvation plan God has for us. Thank you and God bless you all.

Mark W said...

Mary Ellen - I suspect that the New Evangelization will NOT be anything like the Old Evangelization. In the old paradigm, the church went to the people in the form of missionaries. I strongly suspect that in the New Evangelization, everyday people will be begging for information. At that point, if we can't explain the faith, then we fail. When the time comes, we'd all better be able to explain how we do NOT worship Mary, how the Eucharist is Real, how the sacraments are vital, etc.

And if any of you missed it, the stock market walked into a "death cross" today, and China devalued the Yuan. Even the secular economy-watchers are beginning to say that our economic time is likely down to weeks.

Emmett - I'm curious, but what are you hearing about Ireland's economic situation? It's dropped off the radar here, with all the Greek issues of late.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks Mary Ellen and Sherry. I'm aware of this upcoming conjunction, and find it worth keeping a note of in relation to future events. As for the Shemitah, there are also some fascinating aspects of this, in relation to the original institution of the Jewish feast of Jubilees. However we must keep in mind that the celebration of the Jubilee year was always about the cancellation of debt in relation to forgiveness of sin, and the upcoming extraordinary jubilee of the Year of Mercy is much more in keeping with original sentiments behind the celebration of the jubilee year. There does seem to be some remarkable convergences on this particular time period. Will there be an economic crash? I really don't know, and I am not at all convinced that this has to with the end of the world itself. The purification and renewal of the Church is the next major event that I'm expecting. Whether there will be some form of chastisement prior to this is anyone's guess.



Emmett O'Regan said...

Sure Jim! I just got that graph off Wikipedia myself. Just remember that St. Augustine taught that there would be an unbinding of Satan towards the end of the world.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Rose,

I read that article about Madeleine Porsat on Spirit Daily yesterday myself. A major red flag is her use of Joachim de Fiore's three dispensations of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which was long ago condemned by the Church as a millenarian interpretation of the Apocalypse. I would steer clear...

Emmett O'Regan said...

Mark W - I agree, Mark Mallet is a gifted writer, and offers plenty of genuine insight. But he is dead wrong on a millenialist interpretation of the Apocalypse being permitted by the Church. I noticed Mark Mallet's use of selective quoting concerning St. Augustine on the Millennium some time ago. He has been heavily influenced by the writings of Fr. Iannuzzi, and lifts this tactic directly from him.

Below is my favourite quote from St. Augustine on the Millennium, which pertains to our own time:

"And what are we in comparison with those believers and saints who shall then exist, seeing that they shall be tested by the loosing of an enemy with whom we make war at the greatest peril even when he is bound? Although it is also certain that even in this intervening period there have been and are some soldiers of Christ so wise and strong, that if they were to be alive in this mortal condition at the time of his loosing, they would both most wisely guard against, and most patiently endure, all his snares and assaults.
Now the devil was thus bound not only when the Church began to be more and more widely extended among the nations beyond Judea, but is now and shall be bound till the end of the world, when he is to be loosed."

Emmett O'Regan said...

Ireland's economy is bouncing back fairly quickly btw. Things here were never as bad as in Greece.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Emmett on your opinions about Madeleine Porsat. Yes, the times being divided up between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is in Mark W's words, a little "wonky". Also, that video posted by Mary Ellen describing the upcoming conjunction of stars that you say you are aware of does sound legitimate. But, I'm a little skeptical of the "third eagle of the apocalypse" as the narrator identifies himself in that video. That's what I mean about taking in the info and then using critical thinking. He also talks about planet Nibiru which I've never heard of that as being legitimate either. Another "wonky" bit of information??

Thanks again for all your work and study that you share with us.
rose

Mark W said...

Here's another interesting puzzle piece:

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/45001/shmitah-messiah-this-year-arrival-jewish-world/#2WZPC68Z5mwTxZfZ.97

Another angle on the schmitah.

Mary ELlen De Bord said...

Rose, it must have been someone else who posted the video that discussed the third eagle. You are correct that I did reference the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter inside the Constellation Leo with the Regulus (King) star on October 25th at 3:00 am (CST) with Virgo rising clothed in the sun. This is supposed to be the first time it has presented the same as it did 2,000 years ago.

Mark W, thank you for this video about those who believe Christ might return during the Jubilee Year. We have read "The Harbinger" and "The Shmitah" by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the Messianic Jewish Rabbi out of New Jersey, who is calling Jews and Gentiles to repentance and baptism. He is witnessing to people all over the world that Jeshua is the Messiah, to turn away from sin, repent and be baptized. He is calling people to get right with God. I believe Emmett is corect to see the Jubilee Year as the Year of Mercy Pope Francis has announced. May the Holy Spirit guide us to bring people to God through Christ during this year of Mercy that many may be saved during the New Evangelization or purification before the coming chastisement.

Ziad, thank you for bringing Comet ISON on November 28, 2013 to our attention. It seems significant that 1260 days later we arrive just before May 13, 2017, the first 100th anniversary month of Fatimah. Could it be announcing the beginning of the chastisement, Emmett?

Mary Ellen

Anonymous said...

Mary Ellen,
You're correct. It was "Sherry" who posted it. Her comment was just below yours and I obviously looked at the wrong one when I referred to that video. Sorry!
rose

Anonymous said...

I do not endorse the whole "Third Eagle" presentation. One big issue for me is Mr. Tapley's belief in the Rapture, which firmly is against our Roman Catholic faith. Now and then, however he posts videos like the one attached, above, that I thought others may find interesting.

Sherry

Anonymous said...

That's exactly what I said Sherry. One must use critical thinking in viewing these videos. The upcoming conjunction of stars that he talks about in his video is fascinating and Emmett has stated he has knowledge of them, but the rest the rest of the video is weird. But, you can find kernals of truth even in the weird stuff. One has to keep an open mind and use judgement in viewing them. Thanks for posting it.
rose

D.O. said...

For the folks that do not agree with Mr. Tapley, the "third eagle of the apocalypse", because he talks about the rapture, what do you think Jesus was referring to in Matthew 24:40 when he says, "Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken." And, "two women will be grinding grain, and one will be taken."?
Jesus doesn't use the word "rapture", but He specifically, and mysteriously, talks of being taken away.
What do you believe Jesus is talking about here, then?

John Taylor said...

Mr O'Regan, are you familiar with "The Book of Destiny" by Rev. Fr. Kramer? I'm awaiting the arrival of your book "Unveiling the Apocalypse: Prophecy in Catholic Tradition" that I recently purchased and of intetest to me is Fr Kramer's and yours differing understanding of chronology of "The thousand years peace". Thank you for the articles you write...

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi John,

Thanks! Yes I am familiar with Fr. Kramer's Book of Destiny. He forwards a millennialist position that there will be a future 1000 years of peace - an interpretation which has long been condemned by the Church as millenarianism. My position is basically that of St. Augustine - that the Millennium is the age of the Church, that it began with the ministry of Christ, and ends with the unbinding of Satan towards the end of the world.

Mary ELlen De Bord said...

John, I found Emmett's booklet "The End of the World - What Catholics Believe" published by CTS Explanations to be the clearest analysis of Millenniums' thinking versus St. Augustine's teachings regarding the 1,000 years of Satan's imprisonment, which he believed started during the life/death of Christ. I could not find a place where I could buy more than one or two booklets at a time so Emmett sent me the link to a source in the UK where I was able to purchase enough for our Bible Study group. Emmett's explanation of St. Augustine's analysis makes it easier to understand the vision of Pope Leo XIII and the 100 year rise of Satan's power around 1917 (Hitler and Communism) and the appearance of the Blessed Mother at Fatima in 1917 and Padre Pio's stigmata, which appeared in 1918. We are almost at the end of the 100 years during which Satan has tried to destroy Christ's Church. We are watching as Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is calling Jews and gentiles to repentance and baptism. Perhaps he is one of the two witnesses? There is hope in the blood of Christ through repentance. There will be many graces released by God through the secret of Fatima as the second Pentacost will be given to those who wish to receive it. It will help push away the fear as we see the power of God unfold.

Terry said...

Dear Mr.O"Regan,
I just discovered your blog(thank you btw)and having never read St.Augustine's end time analysis I was set back a bit since I had always assumed we were just coming to the end of an era, a bloody ending, none the less. Let me explain.

Over my life I have received many gifts from the Holy Spirit and I carry one burden with gratitude, the gift of visions or as Father Bob says the gift of revelation. I will relate two different visions I received that were included in Augustine's analysis.

Roughly 15 years ago I awoke to a monotone voice telling me that Russia will lead an attack on Israel from Syria. I could see a yellow map of Syria and as the voice ticked off the names of the nations involved in the attack on Israel a red line starting from Turkey's border followed along some road or highway. The number of countries joining Russia was astounding, when France was mentioned I thought this could only happen after muslims take over France. I lost focus after that revelation, so I have never been certain as to whether China and USA were unable or unwilling to come to Israel's aid. The red line turned in a southernly direction and when the line reached somewhere near Damascus I heard a loud explosion, ending the vision.

On the last Sunday of July 2012 I felt the Holy Spirit's buzz completely fill my heart, a couple days later I received several visions that reoccurred in exactly the same way over 3 nights and were replayed every night for about two months until I remembered the visions, not that I understood anything, just remembered. I will relate the vision that concerns Augustine's analysis.

From a slightly elevated position I could see myself looking up at a beautifully clear,starlit sky, I was bare headed, so I assumed it was warm enough not wear a hat. Suddenly the stars started revolving in a circular motion around the earth. An easy revelation to understand. Over in the northwest corner of my vision I saw a flash of light just over the horizon emanate from the ground up into the sky. And then another flash of light, and another. Soon the flashes of light reflected off the back of the clouds in the sky just like in a thunderstorm. I saw a man and a woman struggling to find their way through all the smoke, I saw headlights from what appeared to be some military vehicle pass them and for a brief second the dust and smoke cleared enough that I could see some kind of activity was taking place behind the couple and then the vision ended. A couple months later the dust and smoke cleared long enough that I could see piles of bodies with arms and legs tangled together, their mouths froze open in death.

This coming weekend marks the 3rd anniversary of the last gift I received from the Holy Spirit. If this gift comes to fruition after 3 years like other gifts I received expect events to escalate.

Sincerely,
Terry Leo