SIGNS OF THE TIMES *
I have announced to you many times that the end of the times and the coming of Jesus in glory is very near. Now, I want to help you understand the signs described in the Holy Scriptures, which indicate that His glorious return is now close…I have wanted to teach you about these signs, which Jesus has pointed to you in His gospel, in order to prepare you for the end of the times, because these are about to take place in your days.-December 31, 1992 message to Fr. Gobbi, by Our Lady
THE FIRST SIGN
Is the spread of errors. 2 Thessalonians 2-3 says that “the day of the Lord will not come unless the great apostasy comes first.” The “apostasy” referred to here is the general loss of faith.
Agree or disagree ,,majority of people in the world today essentially live pagan lives. There may no longer be human sacrifices (at least in public), worship of golden calves, and other similar pagan practices of old. But these have been replaced by the modern idols of materialism, sex, rationalism, love of self, and many other vices.
Errors about the Faith are being spread all over the world today 24/7, with even renowned theologians questioning traditional Catholic doctrines and teachings, such as celibacy, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the role of mediation of Mary, and many others. The result of all this is the general loss of Faith among majority of the world’s population. Jesus has said, “When the Son of Man returns, will He still find faith in the earth?”
THE SECOND SIGN
The outbreak of wars and fratricidal struggles:
When you hear of reports of wars, close at hand or far away, see that you are not alarmed; for these things must happen. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many places. All this will be only the beginning of greater sufferings to come. Evildoing will be so widespread that the love of many will grow cold. But God will save those who persevere until the end. (Mt 24, 6-8. 12-13)
We have only to switch on our television sets to realize that wars threaten our world. The Middle East Rest of Asia , Africa etc is literally a time-bomb waiting to explode.
THE THIRD SIGN
The bloody persecution of Christians:
They will hand you over to persecution and they will kill you. You will be hated by all because of me. And then many will abandon the faith; they will betray and hate one another. Meanwhile, the message of the kingdom of God will be preached in all the world; all nations must hear it. And then the end will come. (Mt 24: 9-14)
Many Christians are brutally persecuted in various Middle East and African nations. China, home of more than 1 billion people, is officially atheist. The official Catholic Church in China is essentially an underground movement. Many reports of brutal persecution of Christians all over the world are reported.
THE FOURTH SIGN
According to Our Lady is “the horrible sacrilege perpetuated by him who sets himself against Christ, that is, the Antichrist.” The Bible prophesies the coming of a cunning and powerful global leader who, shortly before Christ’s Second Coming, will rule and deceive many nations. 2 Thes 4:9 speaks of the Antichrist as follows:
This one will oppose and exalt himself against everything that men adore and call God. The lawless one will come by the power of Satan, with all the force of false miracles and pretended wonders. He will make use of every kind of wicked deception, in order to work harm.
The Bible predicts a future time when the “perpetual sacrifice”, that is, the Holy Mass, will be abolished. We find this in the prophecies of prophet Daniel, one of the “end time” prophets of the Bible:
Go, Daniel; these words are to remain secret and sealed until the end time. Many will be cleansed, made white and upright, but the wicked will persist in doing wrong…Now, from the moment that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the horrible abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits with patience and attains one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. (Daniel 12, 9-12)
Our Lady explains to Fr. Gobbi that the above prophecy of the abolishment of the “daily sacrifice” consists of the future abolition of the Holy Mass by the Antichrist:
By accepting the protestant doctrine, people will hold that the Mass is not a sacrifice but only a sacred meal, that is to say, a remembrance of that which Jesus did at his last supper. And thus, the celebration of the Holy Mass will be suppressed. In this abolition of the daily sacrifice consists the horrible sacrilege accomplished by the Antichrist, which will last about three and a half years, namely, one thousand two hundred and ninety days.
THE FIFTH SIGN
Is “extraordinary phenomena, which occur in the skies.” Jesus describes what will happen shortly before His Second Coming as follows:
The sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; and the stars will fall from the sky; and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven. All the tribes of the earth will mourn, and men will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven, with great power and splendor. (Matthew 24:30)
The “sign of the Son of Man” that will appear in heaven, as described in the Gospel, may be the sign of the Cross that will appear in the sky. In her diary, St. Faustina revealed this message given to her by Jesus:
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 Savior 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.
END OF THE WORLD JUST LIKE WE SEE IN THE MOVIES?
For many, any talk on the “end of the world” is a cause for much fear. However, a careful study of the various reliable private revelations on the end times will show that the end times is actually not something to be feared. Instead, it is a message of hope. God will restore order in the world, Jesus will come into the world and rightfully claim His place as king. For those who believe and accept Him, the Second Coming will be a glorious moment when we will all finally claim our rightful heritage of eternal joy.
A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH
The “end of the world” should be interpreted as the “end of the world as we know it.” It is not really the end – but rather, the end of Satan’s reign on earth. The Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, Satan will be defeated – and a “new heavens and new earth” will emerge as promised by the Lord to His faithful followers.
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NEW ERA OF PEACE AND JOY,
In her August 15, 1991 message to Fr. Gobbi, Our Lady describes this new era of peace and joy that coincides with the “end of times”:
The new era coincides with the complete fulfillment of the divine will…From the perfect fulfillment of the divine will, the whole world is becoming renewed, because God finds there, as it were, His new garden of Eden, where He can dwell in loving companionship with his creatures…The new era, which I am preparing for you, coincides with the defeat of Satan and of his universal reign. All his power is destroyed.
PS.The weapons that are given to us to protect us during these trying times are the same: Holy Mass, the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, frequent Confession.
Sign Of The Times**
Sign of the times is a phrase strongly associated with the Catholic Church in the era of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s. It was taken to mean that the church should listen to, and learn from, the world around it. In other words, it should learn to read the ‘sign(s) of the times’. This phrase, comes from Matthew 16:3, Luke 12:56 and was used by Pope John XXIII when he convoked the council, in the statement Humanae Salutis (1961) and also in Pacem in Terris (1963). It came to signify a new understanding that the Church needed to attend more closely to the world if it was to remain faithful to its calling, and marked a significant shift in theological method. The phrase “sign of the times” was used four times in the Vatican II documents:
Unitatis redintegratio §4
Dignitatis humanae §15
Presbyterorum ordinis §9 (including invitation to cooperate with laity in recognizing the signs of the times)
Gaudium et spes §4
The phrase has continued to be used in papal encyclicals and the Catechism of the Catholic Church since then
photo:signs of the times? the wellknown international pilgrim image of our Lady of Fatima wept in Costa Rica and again with the other Latin American countries it visited circa May 2018