The first big international Catholic Charismatic conference took place in Rome in 1975, and when ten-thousand people gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica for the closing Mass, several very strong prophecies were given that spoke of a time coming when the structures that are there wouldn’t be there anymore, and that the Lord was going to use this time to draw us into a deeper union with Himself.
One year later, Fr. Michael Scanlan gave another prophecy, which you can read in full at the end of this post. I recently discovered Fr. Scanlan’s 1976 prophecy while doing research for a new book, and when I read it, I was almost breathless! It is significant and amazingly resonant with what we have been experiencing with the whole lockdown, not being able to go to churches, economic difficulties, and social unrest. There are things happening today that weren’t happening forty-four years ago that are a partial fulfillment, at least, of it. Some of this could be a little scary, but don’t get scared. It’s going to lead to tremendous love and tremendous hope.
There’s wisdom here for us. There’s instruction here for us that’s very relevant. Below, I am going to go through each section of the prophecy and examine its significance in light of events happening today. The bolded text comes from the prophecy itself.
“Son of man, do you see that city going bankrupt? Are you willing to see all your cities going bankrupt? Are you willing to see the bankruptcy of the whole economic system you rely on now so that all money is worthless and cannot support you?”
Son of man, do you see that city going bankrupt? Are you willing to see all your cities going bankrupt? Are you willing to see the bankruptcy of the whole economic system you rely on now so that all money is worthless and cannot support you?
Son of man, do you see the crime and lawlessness in your city streets, and towns, and institutions? Are you willing to see no law, no order, no protection for you except that which I myself will give you?
Son of man, do you see the country which you love and which you are now celebrating—a country’s history that you look back on with nostalgia? Are you willing to see no country—no country to call your own except those I give you as my body? Will you let me bring you life in my body and only there?
Son of man, do you see those churches which you can go to so easily now? Are you ready to see them with bars across their doors, with doors nailed shut? Are you ready to base your life only on me and not on any particular structure? Are you ready to depend only on me and not on all the institutions of schools and parishes that you are working so hard to foster?
Son of man, I call you to be ready for that. That is what I am telling you about. The structures are falling and changing—it is not for you to know the details now—but do not rely on them as you have been. I want you to make a deeper commitment to one another. I want you to trust one another, to build an interdependence that is based on my Spirit. It is an interdependence that is no luxury. It is an absolute necessity for those who will base their lives on me and not the structures from a pagan world. I have spoken and it will take place. My word will go forth to my people. They may hear and they may not—and I will respond accordingly—but this is my word.
Look about you, son of man. When you see it all shut down, when you see everything removed which has been taken for granted, and when you are prepared to live without these things, then you will know what I am making ready.