Skip to comments.Removing the Restrainer [CATHOLIC CAUCUS: FOR DISCERNMENT]
Posted on 04/28/2012 6:49:52 AM PDT by markomalley
THE past month has been one of palpable sorrow as the Lord continues to warn that there is So Little Time Left. The times are sorrowful because mankind is about to reap what God has begged us not to sow. It is sorrowful because many souls do not realize that they are on the precipice of eternal separation from Him. It is sorrowful because the hour of the Churchs own passion has come when a Judas will rise up against her.1 It is sorrowful because Jesus is not only being neglected and forgotten throughout the world, but abused and mocked once again. Hence, the Time of times has come when all lawlessness will break forth across the globe.
Before I go on, ponder for a moment the truth-filled words of a saint:
Indeed, this blog is not here to scare or frighten, but to confirm and prepare you so that, like the five wise virgins, the light of your faith will not be snuffed out, but glow ever brighter when the light of God in the world is fully dimmed, and darkness fully unrestrained.2
In 2005, I wrote in The Restrainer (under the urging of a bishop) how I was driving alone in British Columbia, Canada, making my way to my next concert, enjoying the scenery, drifting in thought, when suddenly I heard within my heart the words:
I felt something in my spirit that is hard to explain. It was as if a shock wave traversed the earthas if something in the spiritual realm had been released.
That night in my motel room, I asked the Lord if what I heard was in the Scriptures, since the word restrainer was unfamiliar to me. I grabbed my Bible which opened straight to 2 Thessalonians 2:3. I began to read:
That is, the apostasy (rebellion) and the lawless one (Antichrist) essentially usher in the day of the Lord, says St. Paul, a day of both vindication and justice3 (the Day of the Lord being, not a 24 hour period, but what could rightly be called the final era before the end of the world. See Two More Days). How can one not recall at this point the startling words of the popes in this regard?
In fact, Pope Pius Xin an encyclical, no lesssuggested that both the apostasy and the Antichrist may already be present:
But there is something restraining the appearance of this Antichrist. For, with my jaw wide open that night, I went on to read:
Now, this April 2012, I hear new words which I have pondered for weeks, spoken about several times with my spiritual director, and which I write now in obedience: that the Lord is going to remove the restrainer altogether.
WHAT IS THE RESTRAINER?
Theologians are divided about the meaning of these mysterious words of St. Paul. What is it that restrains? And who is he who now restrains? The Early Church Fathers often held that the restrainer was the Roman Empire, based on Daniel 7:24
And yet, St. Paul also refers to he who restrains, as in a person or possibly angelic entity. From the Navarre biblical commentary:
The original Roman Empire collapsed, though not completely some historians argue, essentially because of political and moral corruption. Speaking to the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI said:
I believe few realize the prophetic thrust of Pope Benedicts words that were carefully chosen on the eve of the winter solsticethe darkest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.4 He was comparing the decline of Rome with our generation. He was underlining how the key principles of law and of the fundamental moral attitudes underpinning our society, are beginning to collapse:
Essentially, the world is on the brink of lawlessness. This does not necessarily mean to be without laws, but to embrace, codify, and promote falsehoods as though they were truth. For to abandon objective truth, which under-girds the principles of law, is to allow the whole structure to collapse. And the voice of truth has been entrusted to the Church
THE CHURCH RESTRAINS
Jesus promised the Apostles when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.5 But they were not to hide this truth beneath a bushel basket; rather, they were commissioned to:
With the French Revolution,6 the division between Church and state became systematized and human rights began to be defined no longer by the natural and moral law, but by the state. Henceforth, the Churchs moral authority has continually been eroded, such that today:
The illusive concept of tolerance, while creating an illusion of freedom, has led to the rejection of inspired truth thus leading mankind to a new kind of slavery:
A totalitarianism that is now global in nature, thanks to the phenomenon of globalization. Add to this the repeated calls for a global currency and a new world order,7 as the world economy as we know it continues to disintegrate.8 But it is not merely an economic or political dictatorship forming, but a religious one controlled by those with the power to create opinion and impose it on others.9
A new world order in itself is not necessarily evil; but if truth is rejectedand the Church who proclaims itit will ultimately lead to the acceptance of the one whom Jesus calls a liar and the father of lies.10 For
enslavement to the one whom the manipulator gives his power to: a Judas,11 the lawless one, the son of perdition, the Antichrist or beast:
He comes to power when that which is restraining him is removed.
THE ROCK AND THE RESTRAINER
When still a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI wrote:
The Pope, Simon Peters successor, by virtue of his divine office as rock and custodian of the keys of the kingdom,12 holds back the mystery of lawlessness in its fullness. The Pope, however, is not alone; there are living stones13 built with him upon the foundation who is Christ, the cornerstone,14 who leads the whole Church into all truth through His Spirit.
Thus, the entire body of Christ shares in the Petrine ministry insofar as they remain in communion with him. So then, is that which restrains unbridled lawlessness the moral witness and voice of the Church, in communion with the Holy Father?
When Christians cease to shine15, or when that light has been dulled by sin and corruption, that authoritative voice loses its moral force and credence. Then the future is determined no longer by absolutes, but by what Pope Benedict calls a dictatorship of relativism .
We can better understand, then, why now, at this hour, the restrainer is being removed, particularly in light of the widespread sexual scandals in the priesthood. Regarding these sins, Pope Benedict has not been vague:
Even St. Michael the Archangel, as protector of the Church, is himself bound by the free will of its members if they so choose to slide into apostasy.
What of the Roman Empire? Western civilization is built in part upon principles of the Roman Empire, particularly the Judaeo-Christian principles that it adopted. The Empire is even believed to subsist in some form through the European Union, which embraced the Treaty of Rome in forming its economic union. America, I might add, finds its roots in the European people, and through a nearly constant history of war, has built an empire of sorts throughout the Middle East and beyond. Others believe the Roman Empire has yet to rise in its final form before it falls for good. The point, however, is this: Western civilization is in a collapse, says Pope Benedict. The dam of lawlessness is about to burst open upon a world whose future, he warned, is at stake.
If Pope Pius X were alive today walking through our malls on Sunday, noting our empty and closed churches,16 watching a sampling of evening sitcoms and Hollywood movies, spending a day browsing the internet, listening to our radio shock jocks, watching pagan parades, comparing plump North Americans to starving Africans, and counting the number of unborn who are decimated in the womb by the thousands each and every day I am almost certain we would hear him shouting 17
I need more coffee. When I said, As many of you are familiar, Mark Mallett is an apocryphal writer, I meant to say apocalyptic, not
My apologies for any confusion.
Mark O’Malley = Mark Mallett?
He makes a good point. A lot of people debunk Revelation by saying that John is talking about the Roman Empire, which died 1600 years ago. But, it really just morphed into western civilization in general. But, today, we face the end of western civilization as we give away the world to non-europeans who have no idea of how to govern except to loot the existing wealth and oppress others. When they take over the world, we will truly be in a world of lawlessness.
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Remember that Jesus told Sister Faustina that the Divine Mercy chaplet is for the end times. We just within a decade have started Divine Mercy Sunday. I had profound super natural events since praying these prayers. Very powerful.
We have to warn and pray even more in these end times.
Write this: before I come as the just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth.
Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Saviour were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. (83)
As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words: I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming. (1732)
I believe that was the Pope JohnPaul who put Divine Mercy Sunday on the Map.
If he prepared the World with spreading this devotion then he is passed now. So Now The Final coming ? liked Soon? I believed so myself.