I am in the process of reading The Warning – Testimonies and Prophecies of the Illumination of Conscience by Christine Watkins, a book highly recommended by Spirit Daily. After reading this very interesting book, I thought for a while on several divine warnings found in Holy Scripture. And I found there are many! The prophet Jonah warns the Ninevites, Daniel warns the King of Babylon, Samuel warns King Saul, etc. I am sure you can make your own list. Conclusion: God never strikes without warning.
Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
One warning caught my attention though. The one giving the warning is Jesus. He is standing on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and the Temple.
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those inside the city must leave it, and those out in the country must not enter it; for these are days of vengeance, as a fulfillment of all that is written. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken away as captives among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:20-24 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)
Jesus’ warning came true on 66 A.D. when Cestius Gallus, a Roman administrator appointed by Emperor Nero to lead the 12th Legion, came to Jerusalem to restore order after the locals had revolted against the authorities. See how Jewish historian Josephus, a romanized Jew, describes the situation.
“Fear we had in no small measure, when we saw the populace in arms, and we were at an impasse as to what to do, having no power to stop the revolutionaries. Being in clear and present danger, we claimed to share their convictions. We did so hoping it would not be long before Cestius would come up with a great force to stop the revolution.” Josephus, Life 5-6 22-24
Cestius’ lack of military experience resulted in a series of defeats. He laid siege to Jerusalem but had to return to Rome in 66 A.D. The local revolutionaries foolishly thought that they had defeated Rome. The Jewish rebels thought the retreat of the Romans was a miracle.
The Christians however remembered Jesus’ warning and used the brief interlude of freedom to flee to the mountains.
The Romans returned in 70 A.D. with more legions commanded by Titus Vespasianus, a more experienced general. Judea was laid waste for all practical purposes. Jerusalem was conquered and the Temple destroyed. Jesus’ warning was fulfilled to a tee.
Going back to Christine Watkins’ book. There I found the testimony of Fr. Michel Rodrigue, a priest, mystic, exorcist, founder and Superior General of the Apostolic Fraternity of St. Joseph Labre.
“Suddenly, the stars, the sun, and the moon will not shine. All will be black. In the heavens, a sign of Jesus will appear and light up the sky and the world. He will be on the Cross — not in His suffering, but in His glory. Behind Him in a pale light will appear the Face of the Father, the True God. It will be something, I assure you. From the wounds in Jesus’s hands, feet, and side, bright shining rays of love and mercy will fall onto the entire earth, and everything will stop. … The illumination will last about fifteen minutes, and in this merciful pre-judgment, all will see immediately where they would go if they were to die: Heaven, purgatory, or hell. More than seeing, however, they will feel pain of their sins, all of them, even the ones they have confessed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. But the ones they have confessed will be experienced differently.”
Fr. Rodrigue also talks about a period of several weeks that will follow the Warning, a brief period of peace. Compare Fr. Rodrigue’s words with this part of Jesus’ warning and reach your own conclusion:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Early in October 2019, Sr. Agnes Sasagawa gave us another warning. You can read an article about it in this blog: To the Conquest of Darkness. Sr. Agnes was the one who received the warnings of Our Blessed Mother about a coming chastisement that will involve important sea activity, enormous waves that will even cross the continents as predicted by St. John Paul II and St. Rose of Lima among others.
I do not presume to compose a schedule of events based on the supernatural messages scattered over centuries of time. What I can say is that —in my humble opinion— the time of the warning is most likely upon us. I have received a personal confirmation of that but I dare not share it because it involves a dear friend of mine, a Catholic lady who (again, in my opinion) was chosen for some extraordinary task in these extraordinary times.
Perhaps there is a lesson in the Christian inhabitants of Jerusalem fleeing to the mountains following Jesus’ advice. The three and a half year period of time between the siege of Cestius in 66 A.D. and the return of Titus in 70 A.D. proved to be a life saver for those who heeded the words of Jesus. That leads me to believe that the brief period of peace after the warning may afford us enough time to move to higher ground where the waves predicted by Our Lady in Akita will do less harm. It certainly won’t hurt to follow St. Augustine’s advice (I’m sorry I do not remember the book where I read this. Perhaps a reader can provide the quote) to run to the mountains of wisdom, the eternal teachings of the Church, running away from the waves of Modernism. Let us hope and pray the waves of Akita are figurative!
Seek refuge in fervent prayer. Pray the Holy Rosary and ask to be perfected in the faith. Our first Pope prepared us for the end times with these words:
Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness shall dwell. (2 Peter 3:11-13)
Very good article!
I do not know, but about Jerusalem surrounded by armies, couldn’t it refer to our own days?
You are right about 66A.D. but is it possible that the prophecy repeats itself in our days.
There are much rumblings in the Middle East and it has been that way for a long time.
Prayer is key, especially the Rosary!
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Thank you for the corrections, I really appreciate them. I had to rush late at night to publish this (that’s my excuse 🙂 ) — My readers are great and so helpful!
I really think that even if there was a warning from God, nothing would change for most people at this point.
I am amazed to see so much people being of bad faith, endorsing any lie or injustice as long as it helps them to maintain their social status and their assets.
And the reason why I say this is that I have noticed they have no shame at all in acting that way.
They can keep looking at others from above even if they stoop to this behavior that would make normal people ashame.
But people are not normal anymore it seems.
We have to pray the Rosary for the remnants because I really think there are currently a lot of lost people for whom nothing can be done anymore for their salvation, sadly, short a miracle.
MICHEL (AND ALL READERS)
There is interest in the Warning but a lot of people have no idea of what it is. about 1,000 people have visited this blog in the last few hours. That indicates a strong interest. The signs Jesus promised are beginning to show up. Today Moscow has no cold or snow and London has it in spades. Here in BA we have had a fairly mild December. The Sun is acting up and so is our neighbor star Betelgeuse. Comets and asteroids are whizzing by our planet quite often. I assume 2020 is going to make a spectacular debut. But that is only my guess.
The Warning is coming and it is not coming alone.
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Your last comment I found very comforting Carlos!
Thank you for that!
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Earthly governance has failed. Now is the time for Our Lord Jesus to return and establish His Kingdom. I do not wish another full year of earthly governance with professional liars in charge.
We have to pray the Rosary to hasten the return of Jesus.
Happy New Year to you Carlos and also to all your readers!
Happy New Year, Michel! We may have more than one year to go but God will give us the strength to go through it all. I also hope it comes soon. This has become unbearable!
It seems that most people following the apparitions in Garabandal do not see the warning happening in 2020.
So, I agree with you that we may have more than one year to go “business as usual”, i.e. the triumph of lies and the suppression of truth.
This is the demoralizing part because, as you say, it is becoming unbearable… probably as much as truth would be unbearable for people desiring to be fed with lies to maintain the statu quo giving them a sense of their own value.
For people who like the truth, we have to put up with the lies day after day and it is becoming very difficult.
Unless God give us the strenght, it is very very difficult to bear.
I know it will come at the right time. Bearing with the present conditions will perfect our spiritual purification. This is not that hard. We haven’t been crucified yet!
Having said that … I hope to see the Warning quite soon — IN MY PERSONAL OPINION — the warning is about to happen to stem the tide of disorder that is enveloping the world. God is separating the sheep from the goats and what better way to do it than to show everyone the present state of each one’s soul?
Again: in my opinion it is happening soon. I may be wrong but that is my hope.
The Warning could be any day after May 13th of this year if you believe the article I was refering to in my last comment because the author thinks that the Miracle in Garabandal will be May 13th 2021:
“In this case, the earliest day that the Warning could come, on any Friday, is after May 13, 2020, up to almost a year before the day of the Miracle and Miracle signs.”
That being said, inside of me I think, even if the Warning is for example on the first date mentioned, i.e. May 14th of this year, it seems a long time given the current situation of the world.
I know Carlos that you do not mention a possible date for the Warning, and I understand that because it is very difficult to know, but if, as Catholics, by the Sacraments, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us, don’t you also feel that the Warning cannot be delayed much more?
I am interested and intrigued by certain calendar coincidences but I know dates are carefully concealed by God thus: if we think we figured it out, we did not. The purpose of knowing about an event in advance (thousands of years in advance in some cases) is to move us to live good lives in fear of God. He is warning us out of love, we can sense the proximity of some events (i.e. “know that your redemption is at hand”) but we have to avoid playing with dates least we lead those of little faith to sin thinking: “oh! 2038? I can still sin for a while …” It is a serious mistake to be hooked on dates of any kind because we may become complicit in the perdition of souls. Neither we want to test God (a serious sin) by trying to create expectations of the type: “If God does not act before such and such date, then it is going to be too late …” etc. We don’t know better than Him.
The best thing is to PRAY that God will find us ready, living according to His word and serving Him in our service to others. There is nothing better than that: hope, faith, charity, prayer trusting that God will protect us and keep us safe. He will never ask too much from us and He will always give us the strength to endure what we must endure for the glory of His Holy Name. We are Christians: the world was made for us. This world is already passing like a shadow. Only those who trust the True God (even unto death) will live in the Land of the Living, the world to come, the Sunday without a sunset.
“Fear not little flock because it has pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom.”
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It looks like Sister Agnes of Akita was right when she said back in October that she felt that “the time is near”. The chastisement predicted in Akita by Our Blessed Mother is maybe on the way.
It is depressing to see that people won’t repent short of a chastisement… even the threat of a chastisement is not enough.
For many years now, I was saying to myself that it just cannot go on like that for much longer without mankind having to feel the wrath of God.
We were wilfully living in lies and injustice, but we are called by God to live in Truth and justice.
Remember what Our Lord Jesus answered when asked about the greatest Commandment:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12 30-31)
Were we really honoring God and wanting for the others the same advantages in life which we desire for ourselves?
The failure to obey the greatest Commandment is probably the greatest problem of our current days.
More than ever, with the events unfolding, we have to pray the Holy Rosary!
A lot of tension currently in the world.
You were right Carlos about the Warning being near. The current situation amounts to a Warning.
And Sister Agnes of Akita was right also. A chastisement is maybe on the way.
We have to pray the Rosary and be ready to be in Heaven with Jesus and Mary!
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