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)