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END TIMES PROPHECY OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISSI (Catholic Caucus)
Real Clear Religion ^ | July 13, 2011

Posted on 07/15/2011 6:31:49 AM PDT by NYer

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The Prophecy of St. Francis

Shortly before he died, St. Francis of Assisi called together his followers and warned them of the coming troubles, saying:

1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.

2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.

3. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.

4. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

5. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

6. Those who preserve in their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. but the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.

7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days JESUS CHRIST WILL SEND THEM NOT A TRUE PASTOR, BUT A DESTROYER."

(Except for breaking up the narrative into numbered paragraphs and adding bold print for emphasis, the prophecy is presented without any alteration, as given in the Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis Of Assisi, Washbourne, 1882, pp. 248-250)


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1 posted on 07/15/2011 6:31:51 AM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

This is a Catholic Caucus Thread


2 posted on 07/15/2011 6:32:56 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer
common sense.

don't think you need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.

joy. so looking forward to all this.

3 posted on 07/15/2011 6:35:33 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: NYer

We’re down to the last or next to the last Pope in St. Malachy’s prophecies. With the world in the shape it is, things aren’t looking good.


4 posted on 07/15/2011 6:38:11 AM PDT by bgill
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To: NYer

He certainly was both observant and a good judge of people.


5 posted on 07/15/2011 6:38:45 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: NYer

ping


6 posted on 07/15/2011 6:43:44 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: NYer

In 1979 I was having lunch with a coworker who was also a Baptist preacher. We were talking and he started telling me about the end times. he said: “The beginning of the end will be when Homosexuals have their own rights.” Also he stated that you will want to die,but cannot die. What he said always stayed with me for some reason.


7 posted on 07/15/2011 6:51:06 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Please do not read this tagline.)
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To: bgill; NYer; Salvation; stuartcr; Psalm 144

We’re down to the last or next to the last Pope in St. Malachy’s prophecies. With the world in the shape it is, things aren’t looking good.
///
Thanks to NYer for posting this. Most “end times” articles come from evangelicals (who i greatly respect for their faith. unlike people like “Father” Pfleger).

I do believe, that Benedict is the last true Pope.
as Cardinal, he himself has spoken of the corruption in the Church that St Frances predicts. (and #7 is chilling!)

And other things in the Bible itself, like the remaking of Israel (after 1800 years! ...but it says the true miracle, is that it will occur in a single day. which it did.)
...the false Prophet (and false teachers) that Jesus himself warned about, and that another religion would become the largest in the world (which the Pope quietly announced last year), etc.

This, St Francis, bgill’s reminder about St. Malachy, and Fatima, reminds us that Catholics too understand Matthew 24, and while no man may know the hour, we are certainly told we WILL know the season, so we can prepare.

i only disagree about “...looking good.”
yes, it will be terrible. but, also it is joyous to know,
that possibly within our lifetimes, we will see prophecy fulfilled, and the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


8 posted on 07/15/2011 6:57:49 AM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: NYer

This look like a reiteration of many Scriptural prophecies, but as applied to the Catholic Church.


9 posted on 07/15/2011 6:58:44 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: NYer

OK, I don’t have a problem with most of this, but Jesus Christ sending us a destroyer??


10 posted on 07/15/2011 7:04:01 AM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Elendur
....and that another religion would become the largest in the world (which the Pope quietly announced last year),

Can someone enlighten as to the religion being mentioned?

11 posted on 07/15/2011 7:11:42 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: ottbmare
Revelation 9:1-11

references the destroyer.

12 posted on 07/15/2011 7:22:03 AM PDT by CJ Wolf (I like it that FR still spell checks "obama")
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To: varon; Elendur; NYer
Can someone enlighten as to the religion being mentioned?

I have a feeling that there are more Muslims in the world than TRUE Christians.

And my guess is that there are more secularists than true Christians or Muslims.

Look at America, sure most people profess to be Christians, but when you get right down to it and examine their attitudes toward abortion, homosexuality and a host of other problems, their actual religion is secularism. And, as bad as it is in America, it is far worse in Europe.

Fifty years ago, C.S. Lewis warned that secularism was the greatest threat the world faced, and I firmly believe that he was right.

13 posted on 07/15/2011 7:25:16 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer

Franciscan prophecy ping


14 posted on 07/15/2011 7:25:16 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: varon

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,343336,00.html


15 posted on 07/15/2011 7:28:49 AM PDT by CJ Wolf (I like it that FR still spell checks "obama")
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To: bmwcyle

ping


16 posted on 07/15/2011 7:51:10 AM PDT by theKid51
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To: theKid51

Now we stand in the mess.


17 posted on 07/15/2011 7:58:33 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: varon

“Can someone enlighten as to the religion being mentioned?”

I would guess secular humanism. Most “Christians” I know subscribe more to mainstream B.S. than the teachings of Jesus. And they take an attitude of “who am I to judge” on issues like contraception, abortion, euthanasia, & gay “rights”.

If I’m wrong than my second guess would be the cult of Islam. They are reproducing like bunnies & taking over many parts of the world.


18 posted on 07/15/2011 8:18:52 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: bgill

Nothing in Saint Malachy’s prophecies suggest that the last pope he lists will be the last pope. “Peter the Roman” was added by a later hand to St. Malachy’s, and even if it were legitimate, there’s nothing to suggest that “Peter the Roman” immediately follows “The Glory of the Olive.”


19 posted on 07/15/2011 8:36:14 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus; bgill
Nothing in Saint Malachy’s prophecies suggest that the last pope he lists will be the last pope. “Peter the Roman” was added by a later hand to St. Malachy’s, and even if it were legitimate, there’s nothing to suggest that “Peter the Roman” immediately follows “The Glory of the Olive.”

The "prophecy" was discovered more than four centuries after St. Malachy's death.

Many consider it to be a forgery for two reasons:

1. The popes prior to the discovery fit very well into the predictions. The popes after the discovery require a lot of latitude to fit within the predictions.

2. Some of the prophecies only apply to anti-popes.

20 posted on 07/15/2011 9:12:08 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: CJ Wolf

I’m familiar with this passage but hadn’t previously interpreted it to mean that Jesus sent Abbadon to torture people.


21 posted on 07/15/2011 10:01:18 AM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: NYer

“Those who preserve in their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth.”

This is all we need to know— and it’s all we’ve ever needed to know. We must be vigilant and be ready to light our lamps whenever the darkness falls.

We have the joy of living a mini-martyrdom every day due to the unpopularity of Catholicism and the attacks by Lucifer and his minions. It may be in our lifetimes we will also have the joy of being real martyrs.

We must hold fast to Christ and the Eucharist, no matter what happens.


22 posted on 07/15/2011 10:45:32 AM PDT by Melian ("I can't spare this [wo]man; [s]he fights!" (Apologies to Abe Lincoln) Go, Sarah!)
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To: wagglebee

I totally agree. Calling John XXIII a navigator? Calling Benedict, ‘the glory of the olives’ because he chose ‘Benedict’ as a name?


23 posted on 07/15/2011 11:10:02 AM PDT by dangus
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To: NYer

I wonder how authentic this is. Even the Leonine prayers have zero relation to the supposed granting Satan one century, and that legend emerged after WWI.


24 posted on 07/15/2011 11:11:53 AM PDT by dangus
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To: ottbmare

Yep, I agree. Thought you were questioning the destroyer. Jesus sending it is new to me too.


25 posted on 07/15/2011 1:12:32 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (I like it that FR still spell checks "obama")
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To: varon; wagglebee; CJ Wolf; surroundedbyblue

Can someone enlighten as to the religion being mentioned?
///
wagglebee makes great points, and awesome link by CJ Wolf!
(much much clearer than what i said or read before.)

...and the Bible doesn’t name it specifically.
but does indicate another religion will be the largest.
and last year, the Pope made the curious statement,
(in CJ Wolf’s link) that Islam is now the largest single religion in the world.
(another in the series of prophecies fulfilled, like Israel reborn. showing what “season” we are approaching...)

and people make good points about secularists. (and atheism, IS technically a religion...)
but, i have studied Islam, including the Sira and ahadith,
(i even studied it from “inside” with an Imam).

and i have no doubt, that Islam isn’t a “man-made” cult or religion. ...it truly IS the religion of Satan himself !

(any Christian could realize that, in the warning of Jesus that Satan could still appear as a “spirit of light”,
simply from reading the story of Mohammad in the cave with the “spirit of light” that terrified him, and tried to choke him. ...and there many more clear examples.)

and not so oddly, Islam has end-times prophecys that indirectly support the Bible’s.
example their’s says the end is near when Islam is the largest.


26 posted on 07/15/2011 1:34:52 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: dangus
If you make the "prophecies" vague enough you can fit anybody into them.
27 posted on 07/15/2011 1:44:52 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Elendur; varon; CJ Wolf; surroundedbyblue
(any Christian could realize that, in the warning of Jesus that Satan could still appear as a “spirit of light”, simply from reading the story of Mohammad in the cave with the “spirit of light” that terrified him, and tried to choke him. ...and there many more clear examples.)

Look at Mohammad's visitation in the cave compared to angel visitations in the Bible (like when the Angel visited the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph).

In the Bible, the FIRST THING the Angel does is make sure that the person is not afraid.

In the Koran, the "angel" who visits Mohammad does nothing like this, in fact Mohammad cowered in the cave in fear for several days afterward.

28 posted on 07/15/2011 1:49:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Elendur; 4yearlurker
#7 is chilling!

7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it."

It's already begun. A Swedish pastor, named Ake Green, was put in jail for a month for preaching that homosexuality is a sin. This was done under the Swedish hate crimes law. Canadian and French legislators have been fined for publicly criticizing homosexuality.

Meanwhile, other christian ministers are attuning their views to contemporary 'enlightenment', as they see it. ... THE "BIBLICAL" ARGUMENTS FOR HOMOSEXUALITY

So, where does that leave the average individual? Confused! There are good reasons why Satan is called the Prince of Lies. He is clever, yet subtle, when he whispers his lies and many are the christians who have begun to cave. From the above article,

On the basis of Scripture, Seventh-day Adventists historically have rejected homosexuality as morally unacceptable. Today, however, some are reinterpreting the Bible to allow for the practice. Proponents claim that scriptural references to homosexual acts are culturally-conditioned, and thus do not suffice to determine God’s will for homosexuals today.

This is an excellent example of the subtlety with which Satan works. He whispers, cajoles and causes confusion. It takes a strong faith to hold fast to scriptural truths. That is the "rocky road" that our Lord indicated we need to travel in order to reach heaven.

Attn 4yearlurker: Your posting on the Baptist minister's prediction is right on target. Back in the late 60's, when our nation was still strong and christian faith prevailed, I met an Italian immigrant who became a good friend. One day, after assessing the american landscape, he made a comment that has remained with me to this day.

The Italian education system, at that time, mandated that children study the classical history of: Rome and Athens. The program entailed learning the language, culture, history, etc. of each civilization. Equipped with what he had learned, he began his commentary. He noted that the US, in the late 60's, had an active feminist movement. Pointing to the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, he stated that both had traveled down that road. In both instances, once women rose to power, homosexuals were soon elevated to equal status. Once this occurred, each civilization collapsed. He then predicted that "within your lifetime, you will see the collapse of the US."

Keep in mind, this was the late 60's, in the US of A. Upon hearing his comments, I laughed heartily. I attributed his views to envy for a country that was healthy and powerful, unlike Italy. I stopped laughing decades ago, as I witnessed his predictions become reality. What's most alarming, however, is that this situation is not limited to the US. It is worldwide! There is no escape, no country to which one can flee for shelter from this storm. If anything, because we are still such a strong christian nation, we have been able to avoid the same issues that have plagued so many other nations.

With the passage of the same sex marriage bill in the NYS Senate, and the passage of legalized same sex unions in Rhode Island, the tide has progressed from simply lapping the shores of our country. Already the governor of Maryland is looking into a bill to legalize ssm in that state.

We live in very dark times. In the 7th Book of Matthew, we are told:

13. "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.

14. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.

As the society around us collapses, we must draw strength from those words.

29 posted on 07/15/2011 1:59:41 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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ping for later read


30 posted on 07/15/2011 2:11:49 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: NYer

WOW!


31 posted on 07/15/2011 6:39:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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st. francis


33 posted on 07/23/2011 10:43:12 PM PDT by Coleus (Adult Stem Cells Work, there is NO Need to Harvest Babies for Their Body Parts!)
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To: Elendur

Are you sure that the prophecies of St. Malachy are approved? I understood that they weren’t. I’ll have to do some research.


34 posted on 03/13/2012 8:17:47 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: Elendur

http://www.ewtn.com/vexperts/showmessage.asp?number=399828&Pg=%20%20Forum3&Pgnu=1&recnu=24

Try this.


35 posted on 03/13/2012 8:27:12 PM PDT by diamond6 (Check out: http://www.biblechristiansociety.com/home.php and learn about the faith.)
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To: NYer

Later


36 posted on 03/13/2012 8:46:53 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: NYer

Thanks again for the great posts you faithfully provide to FR NYer.

I had never read about this before. Sounds like current events. :(


37 posted on 03/13/2012 8:51:09 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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