Into the Whirlwind

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Since God’s interaction with each person is so intimately personal how, then, do we encounter Him properly and help others to do so? However interesting it might be for a finger to explain its function to a foot, it won’t be terribly helpful in teaching the foot to walk. One of the best answers to this question is to be found in the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book of the Bible; the Old Testament Book of Job.

There is good reason why many skim over – or skip entirely – the Book of Job. It turns the nostrums of traditional piety upside down. As it opens we are introduced to Job, a just and pious man who is blessed in all his affairs. He is prosperous, healthy and has a big, joyful family. In fact, Job is so notable for his good-natured righteousness that God boasts of him before the heavenly host. Hearing this, the satan appears before the throne and tells God that the only reason Job is so faithful is because God has given him such abundant blessings. Satan proposes a wager: if God will let him afflict Job, the man will curse God to His face. Though the Anti-Gambling Coalition would surely disapprove, God takes the bet anyway.

Disaster after disaster befalls Job. His crops are ruined, his livestock perish, his children are killed, his health is afflicted and his life becomes an almost unbearable misery. It is idiomatic to speak of the patience of Job; even Jesus comments on it. But if patience is understood to mean meek acceptance of whatever comes, that most assuredly does not describe our Job. There are 42 chapters in the book. By Chapter Three Job is in full dudgeon. He complains of God, complains to God, insists he has done nothing to deserve this, and demands that God appear before him to explain.

In the course of his bitter complaints Job is visited by three traditionally pious friends (a fourth pops up briefly near the end) who come to defend God, urge Job to repent of his complaints and to confess to the sins that have caused these disasters to befall him. But Job is adamant. He insists that if God would agree to stand with him before an independent tribunal where both presented their case without intimidation, his own righteousness would be confirmed.

The two most commonly quoted verses of Job are at 13:15 and 19:25. The former is quoted as, “Slay me though he might, I will wait for him; I will defend my conduct before him,” (NAM) and, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him,” (KJV). The latter reads, “…I know that my Vindicator lives…” (NAM) or, “…I know that my redeemer liveth…” (KJV). Though both are beautiful expressions of faith, what is notable about them is the contrast they present to Job’s usual litany of complaints and demands. For those who would make Job into a meekly pious, long-suffering man, they are about the only useful quotes in the whole book.

Rarely is any of Chapter III quoted. In his opening complaint, Job goes into a lengthy curse of the day he was born. He comes perilously close to cursing creation, itself, in the process – which would be blasphemy. Even so, the two quotes cited earlier are consistent with Job’s main argument, even if not in the way that many would like them to be. Job does not argue that God is unjust, though he skirts close to that argument frequently; his argument is that his own treatment is unjust. Job demands, often quite stridently, that God appear to him and explain; yet he remains faithful that if he could obtain this he would ultimately receive justice from the Almighty.

His friends, on the other hand, insist that God’s justice is always immediate. So if Job suffers, he must have sinned grievously.

Astonishingly, God does exactly what Job demands. At the beginning of Chapter 38 God comes roaring out of the whirlwind to answer Job. For the next four chapters God takes Job through all of creation; the heavens, the earth, the seas, the sky, the animals, the darkness and the light. At each step, God asks Job what he knows of such things, what he can command. The Almighty is not gentle about his questioning of Job. Dripping with sarcasm, He taunts and mocks the man, showing him how small he is and how little he knows.

After four chapters of God roaring at and apparently browbeating him, Job submits. “I put my hand over my mouth…I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know,” (Job 40:4, 42:3 NAM). It is at this point that many commentators who are candid about Job’s impassioned dissent lose their way. Though God appears, He does not seem to answer Job’s questions, only to roar at and intimidate him. Observers who admire Job’s courage and passion in challenging God lament that, in the end, he buckles before God’s power rather than persisting in his demand for answers. Though trying to approach the book honestly these commentators are as limited as Job’s ‘pious’ friends.

God certainly roars at Job, but He does much more than that. He spends fully four chapters showing Job every aspect of creation. Think about that. God did not just come out of the whirlwind to Job; He took Job back into the whirlwind with Him.

I love contemplating what it was Job saw that caused him to put his hand over his mouth and dispute with God no more. Imagine that God showed Job our world, sparkling blue and green like some impossibly rare and precious gem, glittering with life and light. Then God shows Job the entire universe. Think of Job’s wonder at the billions of stars, comets, quarks and planets all pulsing and whirring, a symphony of light and rhythm. Then the stunning realization that our world amounts to less than a grain of sand in the ocean of this staggering abundance. Most stunning of all, God shows Job that this vast universe is merely the support system for our little speck. Every passing comet, every collapsing black hole, every bursting supernova, every moon, every planet in the most distant galaxy is designed to maintain the dynamic tension which keeps our world ticking. Utterly amazing that in the grand physical scheme of things we are less than a speck – and yet are the very reason for that grand scheme. We are God’s beloved.

Zooming back to Earth, Job is shown how all the animals and plants, the land and sea, winds and waters, fire and ice in striving with each other maintain the vitality of life. He sees more than this, though.

Standing with God outside of time, that remorseless captor from whom no man has robbed even a minute, every moment of Job’s life is present to him; his birth, his death, his sufferings and his restoration. Watch with Job as he considers this divine terrarium contained in time and space.

Though He constrains Himself against compelling our will, God manages the divine economy so that every event, every chance encounter calls us to Him. Here is a child of great purity born to parents given to licentiousness. There a child of great courage is given to parents who are rootless. An arrogant rake named Augustine is born to Monica, a woman of astonishing purity, persistence and fortitude. Bathed in the grace of decades of her prayers, Augustine ends by becoming one of God’s most fruitful servants. How often are parents sanctified through their children and children through their parents! There are saints with great sins on their consciences. In them, it merely opens up new channels of grace as their remorse gives them a larger spirit and a tender empathy for other sinners. There are great sinners who only have a small virtue, but grab hold of that lifeline and follow it back to God. Many people are inspired to find their path to salvation through an encounter with one who suffers with dignity. Ah, but many others are seduced by the transient glitter of vanity and power, fooled by the false luster of what is only paper and paste compared to what God intends for us.

Job sees great natural catastrophes – and a flood of divine grace pouring forth just before the catastrophe hits. For a time even enemies recollect their common humanity and pull together in solidarity with each other. Many are saved through this. But there are those who loot and exploit their fellows, unaware that they tear a piece of their humanity away from their soul in the process. God weeps over it. There are untimely deaths which seem tragic. But most are souls in their final state of grace. It is God’s mercy which plucks them before they can fall into perdition. In God’s economy every event is a potential new channel of grace opening up.

Job does not see God punishing anyone; He is far too busy trying to save them. A little temporal or physical suffering is often applied to help heal a soul. But souls can only be damaged by their owners’ free choice. Certainly, the satan busies himself trying to undo God’s grace, encouraging souls to maim themselves by chasing after sex, money and power at the expense of those around them. With every step away from God it becomes harder for a soul to hear and respond to His call. God not only calls each of us to salvation; He calls us a thousand times a day in little whispers. The Lord of Hosts suffers intensely over each of His children who so maim their souls that they begin to lose the capacity to respond to Him. Everything leads to eternity. In eternity, outside of God, there is only agony and isolation.

Job sees that, in temporal time and space, the greatest conquests and the greatest accomplishments are less than a puff of smoke on a windy day. The only thing that matters – the only thing – is the witness we live with those we encounter and, especially, with those given into our care. Everything in this bubble is always passing away. Those who anchor themselves in temporal things will perish with those temporal things. All that counts is to help others to choose life, the life that is when all this passes away.

Job sees great souls whose purity and love unite them with God. Even greater souls manifest their love of God through their love of and tender care for their neighbors. But the greatest souls are those who embrace what little sorrows and sufferings come their way in penance for themselves and as an offering for those who do no penance. Everyone wants the consolation of God, but these are the souls who console God. Their willing participation in His sorrows opens up profound channels of grace through which many otherwise unreachable souls are recalled to God, to life.

This is some of what I see when I enter into the whirlwind with Job. He does not put his hand over his mouth in servile fear, but in awe and with gratitude. Though he can’t understand all he sees, he discovers a bit of the magnitude of God’s love for us. And he takes new joy in knowing that his sufferings, too, make him a participant in God’s redeeming grace for us.

As Job’s tale comes to a close God does what may be the most astonishing thing of all. In what should (but somehow does not) send a chill of terror up the spine of every religious scold in history, God turns furiously on Job’s ‘pious’ friends. “You have not spoken rightly of me as has my servant Job,” He tells them. The Almighty is so angry He refuses to hear their prayers for forgiveness. Instead, He directs them to go to Job and ask him to pray for them, for He will hear and accept Job’s prayer on their behalf. These are the very people who have spent the entire book defending God while Job has been busy raging at and challenging Him. What are we to make of this?

Perhaps the friends were not defending God at all. Perhaps all they were defending was their preconceived notion of God or what they thought He should be. Even worse, if what they said had been true, it would have meant that God truly is unjust. They said God only afflicts those who have sinned grievously. But Job spoke truly in defending his righteousness. For all his histrionics, Job never accused God of being unjust. In fact, Job seemed quite confident that if God would only appear to him justice would follow. God did come to him and gave him even more than what he expected. Job had, indeed, been the one who spoke rightly of God. God always responds to the honest heart. Job was certainly noisy in complaining of his pain and discontent. His questions were less requests than demands. But he was candid and entirely sincere. And God came.

Whatever your beliefs, you would certainly like to know if God is. Go ahead. Acknowledge where the shoe of faith pinches – or even if it does not fit at all. Then ask whatever you can with sincerity. You shall receive.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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68 Responses to Into the Whirlwind

  1. SteveBC says:

    I have read all your posts to date. This one is stunningly beautiful. I had no idea.

    Thank you.


  2. charliej373 says:

    Thank you, Steve. In the late summer and early fall of 1997, I went through a 40-day period of consecration to the work I had been shown, a definitive yes. After that, my angel took me on a tour of all creation, from the beginning to the end. It stunned me and gave me a profound appreciation of Job for I had been taken into the whirlwind, myself. What I write is the best description I can of what I was shown. It still packs an emotional wallop when I think of it. I chose the picture that accompanies this because, when I saw some of the pictures from the deep-space probe, I recognized them from my tour. The universe is achingly beautiful – and God’s tenderness for us is, literally, beyond our capacity to imagine. I wish words could describe the beauty, the majesty, the wonder and the love of it. My description is a pale representation of the reality, but I think that is because what we think of reality in these shadowlands we occupy is only a pale prelude to the reality that is. Within those limitations, I am glad I was able to convey to you a little of what it is so you could feel the beauty.

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  3. SteveBC says:

    Wow. That is stunning in so many ways. To have someone say that Job’s “tour” was not metaphorical but real is a stunner. To know how committed you were to be willing to start your own service is another. That you committed to your service probably without having any idea that you would have such a tour and so much support to help you bear up under your coming pain is yet another.

    I found your site through Mark Mallett’s site, where I have been reading and benefitting for over a year. I’ve gotten so much from his writings. When he mentioned you recently, I came here and read through your posts, too. I’m delighted to find you, and I put your blog on my RSS service so I won’t miss anything you write.

    You are helping me stay more level-headed and humble than I would otherwise likely be. That’s a minor miracle right there! :-0

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  4. Audie says:

    Hello Charlie! I don’t know if you go back and read comments like mine from an older post, but I just have to tell you. This is a powerful post! It brings me tears. Thank you. So beautiful.


  5. Julia says:

    Hello again Charlie, another latecomer just browsing through your older blogs. Yes, stunningly awesome to read of God’s goodness, even in our times. Praise our dear Heavenly Father !

    I have been fascinated by Job, ever since my son chose Job as his Confirmation name. I made him read the book of Job, to ensure he knew the sort of saint he had chosen, hoping he would change his mind. His Confirmation sponsor was shocked when she heard his choice. And to make matters worse from my perspective, the Bishop paused and asked my son if he had read the book of Job, as he was about to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. I am still churning inside every time I think of it.
    God bless Job, he is a credit to us all. God bless Charlie too. And God protect my son.

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  6. Charlie,
    I have to concur with the others who commented above – this post is stunning. Though I have to admit I may have been first drawn to your site through curiosity and because I deeply respect Mark Mallett who recommended it I have become a frequent reader because of the wisdom I find here. People often overlook the supernatural gift of wisdom but it just may be the greatest one of all.

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  8. Charlie, that truly was written by someone who knows God quite intimately may it be through trials, joys, showing you the many faceted God who loves His people so. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us – it makes us yearn so for such a journey to take place in our lives. And we are all on the one that our great God has for each of us. Thank you for your fiat Charles; continue to journey with God and invite us along.


  9. DanSouthChicago says:

    Thank you for writing this, Charlie. The Holy Spirit has been at work here! This article is, to use an overused and abused phrase in the proper context, awesome!

    Our Bible Study covered the Book of Job last year. I am going to print this out for some of my fellow students. It is so cogent, filled with wisdom.

    God bless,


  10. Tina says:

    Thank YOU, for responding to Our Lord’s


  11. Jay says:

    I have been reading all of your posts since first discovering you in 2014. But somehow missed this one until today! Your description of Job and your comparative tour of your experience has such beauty and truth that all some of us can say is Wow! God is truly awesome! All I can say is Thank you! I am encouraged to stay the course.


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    “WASHINGTON—Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), the chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, released a manual to help Americans prepare for terrorist attacks and cyber crimes.”

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  13. Makes me cry. Thank you.


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  17. Germaine Wearden says:

    when I pray, I ask God to speak to me through the people I see throughout the day, through the sermon I hear that day, etc. This piece made me aware that the Holy Spirit is alive and well and speaking loudly today!


  18. charliej373 says:

    Reblogged this on The Next Right Step and commented:

    I wrote this almost two decades ago. At the time, I did not publicly speak of my experiences, though I did tell my priests that this was really the best description I could muster of what I saw when I was taken into the whirlwind after I gave my final commitment to accept whatever work was given to me. Oh, how I wish I could convey to you how tenderly God reaches out to each of His children. We have enough new readers that this, one of my favorite columns, needs a repeat.

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  19. Lynette says:

    Thank you for reposting. I appreciate you letting us know which you call your favorite columns. Helps us cut to the chase when time is short.

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  20. Centurion_Cornelius says:


    Utterly magnificent.


  21. Anne says:

    Reminds me of DVD s I saw recently….. Lou giglio…. Look him up on youtube…. All about God and His Creation.


  22. Wow! I am 74 years old and I am so happy to have found you Charlie. I was sent a link to your interview with Father Mitch and all the other people who were with you in Birmingham Alabama. Needless to say I was on fire after the ? and answer. I new in the depth of my soul that something had to happen in the world to touch peoples hearts and I found it in that interview. I spoke to my Spiritual Director and he said not to worry and take one day at a time, trust in God and give myself completely to our Blessed Mother. I have 3 daughters who do not live their faith, also 8 grandchildren who do not know their faith and 6 very young great grand children. I have masses said for them every month. I realize now that God and our Lady will take care of them.
    I am also a Secular Franciscan. Please keep us all in your prayers and I will do the same for you.
    Peace and Love.
    Lucienne T. Nulton ofs

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  23. Judy says:

    This is certainly one of your best blogs, and I have read it a few times. As for me, I have read the story of Job more than once, especially when I have tried to understand trials and suffering. Your blog summarizes and clarifies it very well.


  24. mmbev says:

    All of the nations of the West had Christian faith given to them on a platter. All we had to do was carry it out in our lives. Instead, many succumbed to temptations; oh heck, we didn’t even make him work. We succumbed to the world and the flesh. There weren’t even many of us who needed his temptations. We threw away our birthright for a disgusting, worm filled, rotting and decayed “feast”. We shovelled the slimy mess into our mouths, squealing with delight, vomiting to make room for third and fourth helpings. Those of us who were at least able to see that what was being offered was putrefying and refused to sit at the table and indulge with the majority, didn’t bother to point out to them what they were eating. We were even a bit late in recognizing what the treat really was. And those few who tried to stop the party goers, couldn’t make themselves heard over the deafening sound of the hideous music. And each course that was brought before the revelgoers was more disgusting than the last. So it was shovelled down, vomited and defecated on, rolled in until all were coated, unrecognizable, and reached a point where they couldn’t even stand the smell of each others’

    And even those of us who refused the food, had picked up the smell from being there.

    The most important part of your article is not the whirlwind. Fantastic as that experience is we can’t ever in this world really come to grips with it. It’s the following paragraph that God wishes to emphasis, especially since we are now going into our “own whirlwind”, one of our own making.

    “Job sees great souls whose purity and love unite them with God. Even greater souls manifest their love of God through their love of and tender care for their neighbors. But the greatest souls are those who embrace what little sorrows and sufferings come their way in penance for themselves and as an offering for those who do no penance. Everyone wants the consolation of God, but these are the souls who console God. Their willing participation in His sorrows opens up profound channels of grace through which many otherwise unreachable souls are recalled to God, to life.”

    One of the liturgical readings this week took us back to Exodus…..and to our golden calf. In our case it is calves. They have been pounded into powder. It has been cast on the waters. Soon, God will give us to drink.

    We have a chance to live our lives as type two or three. Better both. The hour is late. Let us keep our focus, not on the whirlwind that swirsl about us, but on what God has called us to do.

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  25. maryrose49 says:

    Charlie this is the most beautiful thing I have read on spirituality in a while. I confess I have had some reservations about you but this writing has blown me away. So amazing. I have had my own arguments with The Lord in the past and have experienced the truth about my wrong attitude. God wants us to be real not pious and hypocritical. I think I should put a sign in my prayer room saying ‘Re Real”.
    Thank you and may The Lord bless you abundantly in every way.


  26. BootsOn says:

    Many thanks for the repost Charlie !
    So encouraging at this time of uncertainty.
    Asking for prayer for my dad, Al, who is 87, and a curmudgeon of a man. Praying for God to shine a spotlight on him so he would have self knowledge and repent as time grows short . Prayers for my brothers and sisters at this site as we brace ourselves for what is ahead and that we may trust in God’s plan for us and our families.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Prayers going up for your Dad, Boots. If you knew how many will be converted through the instrument of the Storm, you would be eager for it to enter its fullness. Offer both prayer and penance for your Dad – and you will be dear friends in heaven.

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  27. “Watch with Job as he considers THIS DIVINE TERRARIUM contained in time and space.” What a descriptive and powerful metaphor: All of this magnificence and grandeur of the entire universe is, in the divine perspective, “a terrarium”, a little gazing globe of light and earth–this simple sentence conveys so well the unimaginable substance of the Divine!

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  28. Ron says:

    Deeply inspiring

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  29. DanSouthChicago says:

    Best “rerun” I’ve ever encountered. Thank you so much, Charlie. God bless you and your family.

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  30. joanp62 says:

    Thank you for reposting this, Charlie. I think I got even more out of it the second time. When I first saw it and realized that it was a repost, I almost didn’t read it again, but I felt prompted to re-read it ( it had been over a year anyway) and it was even more fruitful for me. God bless.

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  31. aquiness says:

    Wonderful Charlie.. thank you so much.🙂

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  32. Dorothy says:

    Beautiful ..
    Beautiful .. Charlie ..

    Words flow straight to heart …
    Soul rejoices as it recognizes the truth in your
    Writing …
    Realization – we just do not understand and cannot possibly
    comprehend the vastness of God’s Might and LOVE…

    Only in total simplicity and humbleness
    We may start following Christ..

    Do not remember exact quote ….
    …. And the young men walked away sad as he had
    Many possessions ….

    We have years of possessions accumulated, junk,
    stuff …a lot of people do …

    Charlie …freedom to be truly free …

    Simplicity ( little ways of Terese , you not prepping
    just simply trusting )
    Walking away from our possessions…
    Getting (keen shoes😄, I remember your recommendations)
    Veil getting thinner…
    Words of John Paul the Great ”
    Do not be afraid”
    ” Totus Tus”
    Blessed Mother calling us ..
    Fatima ..
    You Charlie and your message, Mark Mallett, Pelianito
    Spirit Daily, after the warning site ,
    Maria Esperanza and her message ..

    All these things are spinning in my heart …

    And in my smallness not understanding everything
    God gives me everything I need

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    • Lisa V says:

      Dearest Dorothy, I wrote down your entire response because it, as well as Charlies post were so beautiful and comforting to me. Thank you.


  33. aj says:

    Hey Charlie…great song to have sung after you came out The Whirlwind…choose your genre🙂

    Love, Trust and Hope my friends!


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    • aquiness says:

      Is it possible that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart has anything to do with the promised Miracle given at Garabandal?

      After Fr Luis had witnessed the Miracle he was overcome with joy‘ I am so happy! What a wonderful favour the Virgin has bestowed on me! How fortunate we are to have a Mother like that in Heaven! The final time he said this, he lowered his head to his chest, made a slight coughing sound, and then died. Padre Pio saw the miracle before he died too…and Joey Lomangino…? We don’t know that.


    • James Moll says:

      Charlie, both you and Mark Mallet are on Ron Conte’s false seer list.


      • charliej373 says:

        Somebody sent that to me once. I chuckled- he lists me as false because of things I have NEVER said. Nothing wrong with making assessments, but woe to those who take it on themselves to do so, do a sloppy job, and don’t bother to get their facts or quotes right. In any case, as I have said a few times, if I am right. 10,000 theologians swearing I am wrong will not make a difference. If I am wrong, 10,000 swearing I am right will not make a difference either. But honestly, if you are going to make an assessment publicly, do so based on what I have actually said, not what I have not.

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        • Mack says:

          For what it’s worth, I’ve seen Ron Conte’s website before, and I don’t think he’s that reliable in general. I’m sure he’s a good Catholic and very sincere, but some of his opinions very narrow, at least to me. He’s just giving his own opinion. In the past several times he has posted dates for the warning or illumination, and none of them have happened. So I think his calculations and ideas about these things are not very accurate.

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        • gdallaire1 says:

          Before I make my own personal comment, here is Ron Conte’s statement from his website:
          “Charlie Johnston ( — claims visions and messages from an angel over 20 years. He says his “angel” has been giving him predictions of the future for 20 years, and many times these predictions were false. All holy angels have the beatific vision of God, so they cannot be mistaken about anything, even the future.”

          The glaring problem with Ron Conte’s short statement is:
          1) He offers no facts or statements from Charlie whatsoever to back up what he says about “many” of Charlie’s predictions being false.
          2) What little he does say is completely inaccurate. Charlie has stated on numerous occasions that he has been receiving direction and messages from his Angel for 50 years, not 20. This glaring misstatement of Ron Conte shows that he must have done very little research prior to making his negative judgement.
          3) While it is true that Angels of God cannot be wrong in their statements to an individual concerning past/present/future events, the individual receiving the statements can misinterpret such revelations, thus you can have a completely authentic and sincere mystic/visionary/prophet who can at times make certain misinterpretations concerning Angelic revelations. Nevertheless, Mr. Conte offers no facts whatsoever to corroborate his statement concerning Charlie allegedly making “many false predictions.”

          It is very much a disservice to both God and man to make such rash and uninformed judgments in such weighty matters. A purported “theologian” simply should know better than to make such a statement and judgement without investigating the person and facts in depth in a open minded fashion, and then if making a negative judgement after a reasonable thorough investigation, one should present solid facts to corroborate such a negative judgement.

          It not my work to defend Charlie, but it is *very much* my work to oppose false statements made against purported and canonized mystics and visionaries.

          Glenn Dallaire -Publisher of the Mystics of the Church website,

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          • joanp62 says:

            I might add that Charlie has said over and over that he himself gets the message wrong sometimes, not his Angel.
            When I found Conte’s list and what he wrote about Charlie, I was going to post a comment here, but you took the words write out of my typing fingers.🙂
            His critique of Mark Mallet goes back to 2009. I have been reading Mark since the beginning and have never come away with the ideas that Conte claims Mark has.


      • Ron Conte is an anomaly. I’m used to seeing Catholics who are completely ignorant of the role of Private Revelation doing grape-shot condemnations of seers, visionaries, and mystics (to the extent that they can’t possibly have approached each circumstance with the care due it); but he, on the other hand, is *well* aware of its role. He is in great need of prayer.

        Anyway, great comment on the 10,000, Charlie🙂. That being said, you need not worry about being condemned by a theologian via Ron Conte. He has no right calling himself one. I know full well I am not one — but he’s even less of one. All he has is a bachelor’s in theology (probably from decades ago).

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        • Joan says:

          I’d just like to mention that I was permanently removed from his site for saying I often listened to Michael Voris, against Ron’s directive. Can you just not stand it? He’s a hoot! I haven’t seen proof anywhere of his theology credentials. Anyway, Charlie, a beautiful piece and a keeper. It’s hard to distinguish between just anger and unholy defiance but you nailed it. Thanks, again!

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  34. Fera says:

    I was thinking about Job yesterday. I believe during the storm – as you call it- each faithful will be like Job. Each one in a different way, the whole Church will be like Job. But just like Job afflicted but not loosing his faith , beaten, homeless, crucified, martyred, but yet not loosing his trust in God. “..But the man who stands firm to the end will be saved..” (Mathew 24-13). How can I do that, I don’t have any strength? I found the answer: “..Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, ….” (Luke 21-36)

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  35. Pamela Nicholson says:

    C: so often in life, we squander opportunities wherein, those very difficult times we think we will not be able to stand anymore, Job’s faith kept him going, albeit, he was really tested, just as we are tested, some worse and some not as bad, but, he kept the faith and kept going to God for all he needed, and he was rewarded seven-fold. If only we all would say, “Yes, I can keep the faith of Job and make it my own faith as God tests me here for really a much greater purpose than I can know now, but will some day”. Thank you for your very spot-on commentary and faith. pam in NJ.


  36. Josh says:

    I am sorry this is a bit off topic, but it seems so ironic to me that I wanted to share it with everyone. I was in Amsterdam earlier this week for a work trip. As I’m sure most readers know, Amsterdam is known for drugs, sex, prostitution and other wise loose living. When exploring the city, viewing street maintenance and construction work, it seemed to me that the city is built on sand which makes sense since it was reclaimed from the sea. Plus, it is 6 feet below sea level. Many of the old buildings have a very noticable lean to them, appearing that they could topple over. Talk about the proverbial house built on sand! I toured two of the old historic churches. It saddened me that they were once Catholic cathedrals but when the protestant reformation swept through, the churches were stripped of their statues and murals painted over. Without the real presence of our Lord present, there seemed to be nothing holy about the places. Please keep the people of Amsterdam in your prayers.

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    • aquiness says:

      Praying for Amsterdam Josh.

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      • Mona says:

        I live in Denmark and Denmark is also a flat country built of sand and loose stones from Norway during the iceage. I live at 190 feet above see level, and that is high in this country. I live in approcimately 18,5 miles from the ocean. I fear that Denmark, Holland, Bengla Desh and other low/flat lying countrys will diseapear from the map. It is kind of frightening. Holland and Denmark was one of the first countrys that allowed abortion, same sex marriage and in Holland euthanasia and other things that is not allowed in Christs law. I hope you will pray for me and my familiy.
        Mona from Denmark

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        • charliej373 says:

          You have my prayers, Mona. But I don’t think God is going to pluck any of the flowers from His garden of nations. Rather He is going to prune them and get rid of the noxious pests that infect them, so they can return to the beauty He intends for them. I look forward to one day visiting Denmark, Holland and the other low-lying countries.

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  37. Mary W. says:

    Charlie you said there would be some “bitter enders” after the storm; those who would continue to reject the love of the Father and continue in their reprobate ways. I hope our prayers and sacrifices help to convert those as well. So hard to believe that some would not come to believe after the Lord visits His people through the Storm.

    Our finite nature is so confining isn’t it…does not allow us to see the beauty and love which Our Father has created for us. That is where His church and the sacraments come in, I assume. Aquinas has written volumes on the free will which God has endowed us with. I say that Free Will is the stumbling block and even though fortified with the sacraments we still tend to fall. How did Job manage without the sacraments? Was he just born righteous?

    Well, your post has given much food for thought and keeps us on our toes. It is truly a beautiful post and one I will reread when needed.
    God Bless you, and all, abundantly. Receive my gratitude and affection…and prayers.


  38. Brian Joseph says:

    Thanks for reposting Charlie. Reparation , simple yet profound and demanding.
    I long to be in that place as a tiny, insignificant,consoler of God.
    Standing on the shoulders of the many triumphant saints gone ahead of us
    Like Jacinta, Franceso and Lucia of Fatima
    Oh Blessed Mother, grant us a share of your consolers heart (Pieta)
    Gb , BJ

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  40. CrewDog says:

    Deacon John’s latest below. Check out the demonic attacks that seem to be multiplying for him and Jimmy Fith at “After the Warning”. From what I read here & over at Padraig’s MOG site, satan and pals seem to be in “over-drive” in their evil efforts to damage/discourage/mislead The Flock!!:
    My Dear Friends,
    Below is the link to our latest Contemplation. I seek and ask for your prayers. As you read the 13th contemplation you will understand why many of you are struggling and are under this terrific “Evil attack form demonic forces”. I have been walking through these attacks for over 30+ years. On one occasion a demonic voice spoke to me verbally and said: “ I will destroy and kill you”. He has tried but will never succeed.

    You will see what happens to Jim (After the Warning Website) and I and our families. You also must be experiencing similar “spiritual and physical attacks. Yesterday was one of those horrific days. My wife and I were almost physically attacked by a man that came out of no-where. (Not surprised, the man could not get any closer than 10 feet from us). My business has almost come to a standstill. I am accused of things that I have no idea why? …. Satan is afraid and scared….his time is short is coming to an end.
    I was spiritual told by Heaven that before the time of persecution “satan would come after me and try to stop me”. He does not realize that by spiritually and physically attacking me; he is attacking God. The time is now.
    My child, when you come to serve the Lord,* prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, and do not be impetuous in time of adversity. Cling to him, do not leave him, that you may prosper in your last days. Accept whatever happens to you in periods of humiliation be patient. For in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation. Trust in God, and he will help you; make your ways straight and hope in him. SIRACH Chapter 2: 2-6
    Your brother in Christ,
    John Martinez, Jr.
    Servant of God


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  44. CrewDog says:

    Have we here, TNRS, been called according to His purpose…… in the “Whirlwind” or no? I suspect we have! He has a plan for YOU & me. When and if “Times” get really bleak and we appear to be cut-off from all our usual sources of Spiritual/Physical “lines of communication” ….. Remember! …. He is always with YOU/me …. and waits for us to invite Him in!

    HeartLight Daily Verse – 13 March
    Romans 8:28
    We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    God is in our lives. He is at work right now, undoing Satan’s destructive messes and leading us to places he wants us to go. This is true in everything we do and everywhere we go. The key is for us to seek his purpose, to live his will. If that is our goal, then we can be sure our God is with us every step of our way.
    Thank you, God, for being at work in my life. Thank you for not leaving me alone to my best effort, insight, and choice. Thank you for having a plan for me and being the assurance that I can’t mess that plan up if I seek your will. Thank you for being my God, my Father, and my Partner through all of life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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