Keeping Grounded in Trying Times

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By Charlie Johnston

“there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him.” – Luke 7:15

Of late, I have been getting an alarmingly large amount of speculation on such things as the mark of the beast, the antichrist, and various conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, most of it is not seriously grounded in evidence, theology, logic or history. We do talk here about serious, dire situations that many ignore. In society, many are in denial, ignoring any facts that suggest there are serious disorders that will lead to deadly consequences if not checked. So it has ever been at the edge of an epoch. But throughout history, those who are willing to consider such things often discredit themselves by not living a rigor which requires real evidence and logic, grounded in theology, philosophy and history. We do consider things here that many think (and hope) are unthinkable. Many readers have interests that I do not share and points of view with which I do not agree. But this is not just my site – I built it to be a safe place for serious people of various points of view and interests. But we must not let it degenerate into mere sensationalism, becoming storm-chasers instead of people trying to take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around us.

On conspiracy theories, there is latitude for some of that, PROVIDED you take the time and do the work to know what you are talking about and deal with serious evidence. If you want to talk about the Kennedy assassination, for example, you better plausibly deal with the massive forensic investigation by Gerald Posner and recounted in his book, “Case Closed” and the massive criminal investigation and timeline done by Vincent Bugliosi in his book, “Reclaiming History.” Sometimes things are not what they seem, but when you posit something seriously, you need to have serious knowledge and research to back it up, not just atavistic conspiracy fears. You know I am not credulous when it comes to government these days, but their offenses do not give us license to casually bear false witness.

As for candidates for the mark of the beast, people continue to speculate it will be some sort of ominous-sounding technology that will be forced on all. There is no moral agency attached to acceptance or rejection of some piece of technology, unless it is attached to a specific moral agenda. Most of my academic work has been in history. Throughout history, people have constantly posited that every new piece of technology that is ubiquitous is the “mark of the beast.” The first such fears I found were concerned with having books or pamphlets after the rise of the printing press. More recently I have heard that zip codes are the mark, smart phones, you name it; if it is a technological innovation that is innovative and ubiquitous in its time, it is so posited. The only thing more commonly (and wrongly) speculated on is the several candidates for the “antichrist” speculated on just about each and every decade since the Resurrection. Since there have been at least a thousand such candidates widely speculated on since then and there is no sign of it slowing, even with the constant procession of false alarms, eventually one of them may turn out to be right. But it will likely be pure chance if it does – and it is equally probable that we won’t recognize it until it has come and gone already.

I do not say that the mark of the beast is not here yet, but argue that it is – and as about 95% of authentic prophecy has always been, it has not been recognized because people are too busy looking for some innocuous thing that can randomly ensnare the guileless. The proposition that good can only be done without reference to God is at the heart of the spirit of antichrist – and the cultural and governmental coercive enforcement of that is, I believe, the mark of the beast. You embrace and submit or don’t – and take the consequences. It takes an active act of the moral will. It may be subtle, it may be seductive, but it must require an active act of the moral will for you to be held accountable. People keep looking for things that can be imposed on them instead of the mark of the cast of their heart, which reveals them to the heavenly host. Your heart marks you indelibly before God…for that is what comes out of you. Any mark imposed on you is already passing away and of no consequence in heaven.

There is a place for serious theological examination of prophecy from approved private revelation and from the Bible. I have great respect for those who do the exhaustive work to examine it carefully. Some of the friends of this site who are engaged in that include the French theologian, Peter B., Daniel O’Connor and Mark Mallett. I value what they do and like for all of us to be illuminated by it. Even so, it is not our focus here. People need to speak of their dark fears that are not firmly grounded in facts and evidence. I understand that. There are sites that are geared to routinely indulge that. This is not one of them.

I will not ban such things, but I will limit them, both when they start pulling our focus away and when they are not grounded in some plausible evidence or logic. Remember that mere assertion is not an actual argument and speculation is not analysis.

What is above is simply me, but what I tell you now is certain: those who focus entirely on acknowledging God, taking the next right step and being a sign of hope to those around them need have no fear of either the antichrist or the mark of the beast. It has no power over them. Those who focus on the latter while neglecting the former are vulnerable even if they accurately stumble upon it.

“Blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel” – Matthew 23:24

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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84 Responses to Keeping Grounded in Trying Times

  1. I realized a long time ago–like 2-3 years?–that the internet, which makes so easy surfing for apocalyptic phenomenon, interpretations, etc., was good for one thing only: taking up valuable time that I would be better off using in serious prayer, time in Adoration. I follow you, Charlie, because I follow Pelianito and Mark Mallett, and Mark recommended you! [Thank you also for the wonderful Divine Antidote [Flame of Love] by Tony Mullen.] But most of my time is spent in serious reading and reflection on the classics of Catholic spirituality, Daily Mass, Rosary, and a hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. For those who are feeling queasy, somewhat anxious–this is the antidote! Not idle speculation.

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    • Kathy your advice is excellent, we have absolutely nothing to fear by following those practices. I do exactly the same here in France and have never been happier.

      Christus Vinci.

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    • donna says:

      amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kathy– I couldn’t agree more with you. Daily Mass, Adoration, the Rosary– any time SPENT IN PRAYER– affords grace, helps us grow in intimacy with the Lord, facilitates conversions, assists in the spiritual battle, and literally can change the world. Time spent reading every prophecy and speculating on the antichrist, mark of the beast, etc is a distraction.

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  2. Bonnie C says:

    Hi Charlie, about a month ago I was watching EWTN and a Jewish convert to Catholicism has a show that happened to be on. He was talking about prayer. He put on a shawl that is worn for morning prayers. It is a covering worn to kindof step out of the ordinary and to make every effort to remove themselves from distractions. Then, he did something that I was completely taken by. He put on phylacteries – also called tefillin. They are little leather boxes with tiny papers with scripture written on them. They are attached to straps that are wrapped around their heads and the little boxes are on their foreheads. Also, a second phylactery placed on the hand and strapped to the arm. Right away, I thought of the “sign” on the foreheads and the hands.

    From en. m.wikipedia: “The Torah commands that they should be worn to serve as a “sign” and “remembrance” that God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt.” Also:

    “Biblical sourceEdit

    “Totafot” between your eyes: Head Tefillin, Jerusalem, Israel
    The obligation of tefillin, as expounded by the Oral Law, is mentioned four times in the Torah: twice when recalling the The Exodus from Egypt:

    And it shall be for a sign for you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand did the LORD bring you out of Egypt.

    —Exodus 13:9
    And it shall be for a sign upon your hand, and as totafot between your eyes; for with a mighty hand did the LORD bring us forth out of Egypt.

    —Exodus 13:16
    and twice in the shema passages:

    And you shall bind them as a sign upon your arm, and they shall be as totafot between your eyes.

    —Deuteronomy 6:8
    You shall put these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall tie them for a sign upon your arm, and they shall be as totafot between your eyes.

    —Deuteronomy 11:18
    Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 6:9

    I thought it was so interesting and wondered if there was a connection that I did a little bit of a search on phylacteries and the mark of the beast and on one blog a post was made by someone, I’m guessing is a Jew, stating that this was put in our New Testament purposely as an insult to the Jewish people. So, it’s not like this idea isn’t out there.

    God bless all here! (Nod to CREWDOG). 🙂

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    • EllenChris says:

      Dear Bonnie C.: St. John, when writing the Book of Revelation, was entirely familiar with this practice of using phylacteries when praying. This is the background to the warning about the mark of the beast. It seems like what God was trying to convey, particularly in Deuteronomy, was that people should absorb His Law into their minds and do the Law in their actions — head and hand. The practice of using the phylacteries in itself was not a bad thing, but if it *replaced* the understanding of thinking and acting according to the Law of God, then it became a block to real obedience.

      This was not written to insult Jews or anybody else. I believe that Charlie is exactly and totally correct on this. If we think according to the philosophical, political and economic principles of this corrupt world system, then we bear the “mark of the beast” on our foreheads (in our minds) already, no matter what other shenanigans may go on with bar codes — or not. If we act out of avarice and malice and a desire for naked power over others, then we have given our hands to the uses of anti-Christ already whether or not we have a chip in our wrist.

      In Acts, chapter 1 we see Jesus about to ascend into Heaven, and even at the last minute the disciples were still asking Him, “NOW are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?” (verse 6) They were still thinking about a physical throne in the city of Jerusalem in a concrete way, even while Jesus was telling them to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit (verse 8). So they had a lot of trouble focusing on the necessary spiritual point because they were focusing on their own concrete/physical goal. We ourselves still have that same problem. This is why accurate teaching from the Magisterium is so necessary. Mark Mallett does the best job of conveying accurate Magisterial teaching on this whole question.

      Now, we can certainly also over-spiritualize things that have an actual, concrete reality. For example, our Lord Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead. The disciples were not having some kind of airy-fairy spiritual “feeling” that He somehow transcended death. (This notion is all too common these days). He was and is truly alive and touched people and ate fish and all. But in the case of the mark of the beast we should try not to go to the other extreme and over-physicalize the warning.

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      • charliej373 says:

        Thank you, Ellen. It is hard not to overemphasize one aspect at the expense of the other. That is why early heresies largely centered on making Jesus into true man, but not true God or making Him into True God, but not true man. The Church insisted on regarding Him as True God and true man – and that any other formulation, however well-intended, would lead to error and despair.

        Because our experience is of things that are constantly passing away, we have trouble seeing outside of these. But the most important things the Lord speaks of are eternal things that don’t pass away. The things that are most vividly physical to us are of trifling consequence in heaven…and we are often – usually – blind to the spiritual realities that are so concrete in eternity. We live in a world of smoke and mist – and try to translate spiritual realities into bits of smoke and mist we can understand, when they rarely have anything to do with smoke or mist.

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      • Bonnie C says:

        Dear Charlie and EllenChris: I’m sorry if it was interpreted that *I* believed that it was an insult to Jews, or an intentional insult to the Jews by St. John – but I think I can safely say that it has been interpreted by some as an insult.

        My intention was to convey that I was so struck by the phylacteries (I didn’t know what they were/are) and how they are used how this EWTN presentation brought to my mind, Revelation, which is what led me to search this out. I love the idea of putting on a covering for prayer (reminds me of the Baptismal “cloak”, renewing our Baptismal promises/vows before the Creed in the Rosary) and the idea behind the teffilin is something I appreciate. I’m a bug about lighting a candle when I say my prayers, or just when I’m sitting in front of my Divine Mercy Image, or reading there. It’s the same kind of thing. I was adding to the “mix” that there seems to be a basis for St. John’s writing about the “mark” on the forehead and on the hands, and really, it brought what Charlie is saying about it being an “idea” and what people are holding in their hands, reading (or teaching). What habits, what rituals, are we practicing.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Oh no, Bonnie, I did not regard you as thinking it was a mere insult to the Jews. I understood your enthusiasm at learning something you had not known before in a very striking way, while telling us about some of what you had found. No harm, no foul at all here. In fact, I was kind of enthused by your enthusiasm at your discovery.

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    • Andy says:

      I was just listening to a presentation on the Shroud of Turin today and there is evidence on the shroud that Jesus had a totafot on His forehead at burial.

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    • jaykay says:

      St. Mark’s Gospel makes specific reference to them, Bonnie, but in the context of hypocrisy, not necessarily the mark of the Beast. Jesus refers to those who “broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their sashes” in order to appear holy in their punctilious following of the word of the Law… but not its spirit. Well, hypocrisy is certainly a mark of the Beast, but again, it’s internal, proceeding out of a man (ooops, person 😉) not something imposed from without.

      We all create our own Beasts, and bow down before them, before ever anything is dramatically “imposed” upon us. Why should it be imposed, since we’ve accepted it with slavering lips? It’s not a movie with swelling music and tear-jerking inspiring scenes of cowering innocents enslaved by jack-booted tyrants. In fact, it’s a slippery slope of dirty little compromises with the spirit of the age that we’ve allowed ourselves to tumble down, slowly at first but gaining momentum. And we think the increasing momentum is “progress”.

      Sorry, folks, I hope I’m not usually so depressive but I’m thoroughly disgusted with my own country at the moment. “Gadarene” could have been coined expressly to describe it. J.

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      • charliej373 says:

        It is breathtaking for me to watch, Jaykay – and I have been somewhat informed of it for my whole life – since the very early 60s. When I was a kid…and even a young man, I simply could not imagine the world changing that dramatically that quickly. That was a big reason I was dubious of it – and why I have a lot of empathy for people who hear me now and are dubious. But I was profoundly grateful for it as it all has unfolded before us…for you have to have the same horror and disbelief seeing it now that I had seeing it then. It was just about seven years ago that I realized that, oh, it would not be scary for people to speak now…but likely a comfort because it would be evidence that this is not our end…and that I have shared these things with my priests for 20 years, helps reassure that it is serious. But I, too, look at many things today and wonder how we could have fallen so far so fast.

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  3. Julee says:

    “The proposition that good can only be done without reference to God is at the heart of the spirit of antichrist – and the cultural and governmental coercive enforcement of that is, I believe, the mark of the beast. You embrace and submit or don’t – and take the consequences. It takes an active act of the moral will. It may be subtle, it may be seductive, but it must require an active act of the moral will for you to be held accountable.”

    I’m not sure I understand, but is this an example of what you’re suggesting? As it so happens, right before I read your post, I was inspired to re-visit the NPR FB article on caregiving that featured my family. In the article we mentioned our faith. There were hundreds of comments, some of which criticized us for relying on our faith because good people do good things all the time who don’t believe in God. Others criticized believing in a god who would condemn our son to a horrible existence (their words, not mine, of course). This sparked a discussion about prenatal testing and euthanasia and how it’s a parent’s responsibility for the “good” of the child to not bring him or her into the world (or allow him or her to continue to live) that is nothing more than a drain of government resources. In other words, there were some whose definition of good denied God’s goodness in all people (in this case the severely disabled) and therefore, they embraced the culture of death and supported the passing of inherently evil laws. So, am I on the right track? Are you saying this type of “good” devoid of truth will become the law of the land more than it already is and if we knowingly embrace it for essentials like food or healthcare, we will be accepting the mark of the beast? Sorry if I’m way off the mark, just trying to understand.

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    • EllenChris says:

      Just my two cents, Julie, but I would say that what you described here about your situation is a perfect and accurate parable of exactly what Charlie is trying to convey. You know so much more about love and goodness than those people who criticized you because you know God Who is the one and only source of real Love and Goodness. “Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness. . . and for the Name of Jesus,” my sister. The Lord is most certainly blessing you for you faithful witness to the intrinsic value of Life.

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    • charliej373 says:

      No Julee, you are very much on the right track. This flurry of…”you will celebrate gay weddings and lend your creative talents to it or we will destroy you and take everything you have” is part of it. In China, abortion is NOT a woman’s choice, it is mandatory after one child. Progressive secular society has long reacted to actual Christian faith like a vampire to a crucifix. Now they seek to outlaw it – and a whole host of people have gotten on board with it. As they do, they take on the mark of the beast – that all must relegate God to the side table and bow down and worship government and the state. That mark is indelibly and permanently visible to the heavenly host. It is not that the state really thinks religion is dangerous and intolerant of people – but that it considers genuine faith its chief rival. And it, too, is a jealous god – determined to destroy its rival.

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  4. Mike S. says:

    Charlie – This post is the reason I find you to be one of the very few credible guides to the coming Storm. God bless you in your ministry.

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  5. mmbev says:

    What you have taught us is all we need to focus on. Jesus said we must become like little children. Even a small child can understand the steps that you have outlined, Charlie, and by four or five can follow them. They need the constant guidance of their parents or another adult to remind them, but even they are not incapable of doing them

    My son at the age of four, would sit on a chair, and let me administer epinephrine subcutaneously, without flinching. He had already learned that if he didn’t I could catch him, semi-sit on him backwards and give it to him in his thigh. Choice is yours. He wasn’t stupid, and realized sitting was a lot easier and less stressful. And I have given you a fairly easy example of what that kid had to learn to do without hesitation.

    We don’t have to worry and fret and think of a thousand different scenarios. Our futures are unknown. Our fears are tremendously exaggerated when compared with what finally really happens. When it really happens, one is far too busy with the situation. When you’re the only one there, you do what you have to. When I was alone with my husband gone to university for the summer, I was it. You can sit down or I can catch you and give it to you in your thigh. Thinking about how hard it was going to be, how awful I was going to feel, how sick he was, how many times would I have to do it that day, was utterly irrelevant and a waste of time-time that was precious and I needed to do his physiotherapy.

    You have drilled us, instilled the steps into us, we could probably answer if asked what to do while climbing a rock cliff or hang gliding. The steps are so simple to remember it’s (forgive me) is child’s play. What’s important, what we are supposed to be doing right now, every moment is DOING IT. It must be just an automatic response, no need to ponder or reflect about it. And if we do the steps over and over and over, it will become like driving, or writing, or making a bed.

    OK, kids. Here we go. Hi God. I really need YOU NOW. HELP. GIVE ME WISDOM. Actually, we should only have to say “hi” once and that is when we wake up. For the rest, we are just doing the steps with Him through our day. If we do this, we will be calm and at peace, our children or those relying on us will be calm or at peace, and God will give us whatever Idea or words we need in whatever situation. That doesn’t mean that your hair won’t stand on end, but usually you won’t have time to notice. (If someone isn’t calm, give them the “mother” look, and usually that is all it takes. Hold the look until they REALLY see it and know you mean it. That quakes even adults.) (And when stuff begins to happen, don’t try to keep them in the dark. They aren’t. Even a four year old knows when it’s dying, and if you don’t talk about it, they won’t because they don’t want to make you feel bad.)

    Did anyone else see the picture of the four year old Syrian girl, in the refugee camp, with her arms held up over her head? The photographer had moved his lens out to take a better picture. You don’t think a four year old isn’t smart enough to understand? She knew how one surrenders – and maybe still gets shot.

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  6. Dawn Walker says:

    I was awakened in the 3 o’clock am hour-to an angry electrical storm. ‘Tis the season…Please print this out and keep this powerful prayer near. It works!

    Please make the Sign of the Cross where the crosses are in the prayer:

    Jesus Christ the King of Glory has come in Peace. † God became man, † and the Word was made flesh. † Christ was born of a Virgin. † Christ suffered. † Christ was crucified. † Christ died. † Christ rose from the dead. † Christ ascended into Heaven. † Christ conquers. † Christ reigns. † Christ orders. † May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning † Christ went through their midst in Peace, † and the Word was made Flesh. † Christ is with us with Mary. † Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Judah, the Root David, has won. † Holy God! † Holy Powerful God! † Holy Immortal God! † Have mercy on us. Amen!

    Dominus Vobiscum!
    Love, Dawn

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    • Mick says:

      Thank you for this prayer, Dawn. I have it in my Pieta booklet, which somebody recently mentioned on a previous thread. I am a huge fan of this prayer.

      About a decade ago, my children and I prayed this prayer, followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, when a serious rainstorm and winds were pounding our house. Unbeknownst to us, there was a tornado heading straight for our house at the time. We know because our next-door-neighbor, who was doing a construction job about 3/4 of a mile away, looked across the cornfield which separated his job site from the street that his house and my house were on. he said that the tornado, which had touched down maybe a half mile from his house, was on target to flatten his house and then our house (we lived a quarter mile due south of him). But when the tornado got just north of his house, it inexplicably lifted a couple hundred feet off of the ground and then separated into 2 funnel clouds, which separated and went around the two houses–one cloud passing on the west, and the other passing on the east. When the funnel clouds were about a quarter mile south of my house, they rejoined into one funnel cloud and descended again to the ground. about a half mile farther south, the tornado ripped the roof off of a 200-foot-long pole-barn/machine shed.

      I would encourage everybody to copy this prayer and keep it handy.

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    • Kati says:

      This looks to be a powerful prayer. Do you know the history of it? Where did it come from?

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    • Torchbearer says:

      This is definitely my “go to” prayer when a storm or natural disaster is approaching. One cool example of its power was when I lived in CO 5 years ago. (Tornadoes are not that common in CO, but during the 4 years I lived there, they were freakishly becoming more common in my area.) Anyway, on one of these rare occasions, a tornado had touched down and was approaching my neighborhood. I huddled in the basement with the kiddos and we prayed this prayer. Hail started coming down but then it stopped and the funnel went back up into the sky and the storm moved on to another town.

      Now I’m in Oklahoma where I can use that prayer, like, every DAY (LOL) due to the crazy weather (and occasional rumblings from small earthquakes.) Anyway, God is good and He is in control of the weather. I have been given many opportunities to trust in Him and His providence and He always comes through. So, no more fear. 🙂

      I highly recommend this prayer! There is such a great peace that comes over me when I pray it SLOWLY and with complete confidence. (You can find it in the blue Pieta Prayer Book if you have one.) God bless all here!

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  7. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    It is no small wonder, Charlie, that you did so well on your cross-country pilgrimage. Part of this success, in my opinion, was that you had “true” direction. Any navigator will tell you there is north, and then there is really “true North.” You knew where you wanted to go and knew where you were headed–you always seek truth. True North. It’s one mark of a captain of any ship or a pathfinder on a long arduous hike in unknown territory.

    So many souls today are just adrift. Flotsam and jetsam near the wharf. No direction–no heading.

    There’s a great scene in Alice in Wonderland where Alice is confronted with a “Y” in the road up ahead. Which fork shall she take on her journey? She asks the Cheshire Cat:

    “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
    “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
    “I don’t much care where –”
    “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

    So true! How many souls toady have no care in their hearts where they want to go or where they want to be. Tragedy of the first magnitude. God will permit them to have their chosen wish–to be apart from Him.

    As you mention–it’s whats in your heart that sets your course. Not your boots, parka, or other mere trifles. Recall what St. Peter said about the four-cornered sheet coming down from heaven and what the voice told him.

    Your writings today keep our hearts and minds “on course.”

    Bless you, Captain, for keeping us safe amidst the winds and waves.

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    • charliej373 says:

      As I read this kind comment, Centurion, it occurred to me that so many people today have no clue where they want to go, but are in a furious rush to get there. I want to go to heaven – and know the sure way…steadily take the next right step and be a sign of hope to all I encounter on my way. Meantime, as we journey together, we take time to survey the staggering beauty of what God has created here. What a joyful life we have who know whither we are going and are not in a rush!

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      • Petra says:

        A long, long time ago I heard a talk by Fr. Michael Scanlan of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, about how to get to heaven, using the metaphor of sailing a ship from one port to another. In a way, it is a near perfect analogy, in that, to get to where you want to go, you first have to know your destination, then you have to plot a course that leads there, and you have to stay on course, correcting if you drift. You have to be mindful and watchful all the time, and be patient as you travel along, adjusting for obstacles or unforeseen situations, and keeping the destination in mind. To set out willy-nilly, sailing around without direction, hoping somehow you get to the port anyway, is just foolishness. It was just about the most sensible and practical talk on the spiritual life I ever heard.

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      • mmbev says:

        What you have done is to tell us how to set our compass on God, and how to follow His instructions for this Storm.

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  8. Jose Rene Guzman says:

    THANK YOU Charlie, This is such an important issue. I will continue to pray for you. God bless you. Jose Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:44:34 +0000 To: jesusmarialuisa5@hotmail.com

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  9. Mark Gaylord says:

    I think it is less important to identify the Anti-Christ than to not be anti Christ. Every time we sin we are anti Christ in a real sense. If we actively follow the will of God, if and when the anti-Christ is relieved it will only be for our spiritual good that God has permitted it. If we constantly cling to every potential incident, look at every person in the news with suspicion and dread, we are living in fear and that is not the will of God for us. General fear will turn many back to God and many away (separate the sheep from the goats). Those who turn to God will find peace and fear will leave them. Fear is not ultimately for us.

    Rather than fear those in the public eye, do the will of God and pray for them, fast for them, sacrifice for them, and you will be the better for it. To speculate without real knowledge, as Charlie well states, is wrong. It may well be (and typically is) more gossip and slander than fact. It is easy to have a view that all that is important is here where we are. I don’t know, but I doubt that the Anti-Christ will come from the US, or the UK etc. It is possible, but there are places in the world stage that are more in the focus of scripture than the western world. We puff ourselves up a bit, think ourselves as the center of creation and as supremely important, but I imaging part of the storm already starting to rage will level the playing field.

    Instead of worrying about the power of others I know I am better if I just concentrate on swallowing my own pride and working toward humility and discerning Gods will for me. Humility (and ultimately God’s will) will come, and it is easier to swallow by choice rather than necessity. There is an aspect of humility in not judging others, but rather serving them to help them come to the only true peace and authentic joy found only in a focused devotion to God.

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  10. A book I cannot recommend highly enough is Fr. Charles Arminjon’s “End of the Present World and Mysteries of the Future Life.” Of it, St. Therese of Lisieux said that reading it was among the greatest graces of her life. It even helped inspire her to join the convent.

    In that book, Fr. Charles was utterly convinced that the advent of the telegraph meant that the Antichrist was on the very verge of being revealed (since you could now have worldwide reach instantly).

    He of course was dead wrong. But that opinion of his nevertheless inspired him to write that book; the vast, vast majority of which is simply good solid edifying Catholic spiritual material.

    Likewise I recall recently doing the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours, and I came across a sermon of a saint (I sure wish I could remember who exactly!) who says that God actually wants the people of each generation to think that theirs is the last — that theirs is the one that the Second Coming of Christ will occur during. God wills this in order to increase our zeal and focus on the next life.

    Now the test of whether our speculative eschatology is of a healthy or unhealthy sort is simple: does it make us holier? Does it make us focus more on prayer, works of mercy, the sacraments, Marian devotion, reading Scripture, fasting, trusting in providence etc.? Or does it make us focus less on these things?

    Charlie rightly sees that there is a huge danger today of the latter occurring. You see this all over — honestly this is more common in Protestant circles (e.g. prisonplanet.com, endoftheamericandream.com, etc.), but it can occur in Catholic ones as well. But so long as we constantly ensure that our speculative eschatology is A) no more than a small percentage of our spiritual focus and B) making us holier, not less holy; then we need not worry. In that case, patiently and lovingly enduring the vitriol we receive from “mainstream” (e.g. newadvent.org type) Catholics for daring to speak of eschatology, can itself be a means of sanctification just as any persecution can be. Now Charlie does have a very important point with the mark of the beast: if it is mortally sinful, it must involve an act of the will which is intrinsically contradictory to the Divine Law, with full knowledge and consent. The Divine Law says nothing about whether a smartphone or a microchip is sinful. If one of those things winds up being, at some point, the Mark of the Beast, it will have to be paired with a blatantly sacrilegious oath or contract. So indeed we certainly need not fret about the details of what the mark might be, although I see nothing wrong with pondering it in a balanced and merely .hypothetical way.

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  11. CrewDog says:

    Evil in whatever form is a Big Distraction! If you spend too much time thinking about satan, anti-Christs, potential calamity caused by evil or your own human weakness you are allowing yourself to be Distracted … and discouraged by satan … and falling into one of his diabolical traps.
    Remember!!! …….Target Fixation on Jesus and His Word!!

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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    • jaykay says:

      Oh I love that, Mr. Dog! Not that I’ve ever fired a real gun in my life, but from now on, when I take my Rosary (and am in a state of grace) I’m going to think: “I’m loaded for demon!”

      First Friday & Saturday coming up, friends. Put on the armour of the Lord. Molon labe, Satane!

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  12. Ignacio says:

    Thank you charlie for once again leading to the next right step. At dawn St Bernadette went to meet with the lady then at noon the shepherds met the lady at the holm oak today in the evening crowned with twelve stars the lady visits Medjugorje. The day is nearly done and the storm rages around us. Have no fear of chips or such like for the lady Immaculate gathers us under her mantle. Peace to all who visit here and may God our Father send the holy angels to guide our steps that they may be true.

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  13. Mack says:

    The point about good being done without reference to God is the key one, I think.
    Even worse, we are now seeing the very concept of religion being distorted and turned upside down. I don’t usually read the Washington Post, but yesterday I got a link about a sex club in Nashville that is calling itself a religion–seriously. This is to gain some legal/financial advantages. The article went on about how it is so difficult to define religion, etc. etc. I don’t even want to link to it, it was so gross. But to turn the very idea of religion into something that could be applied to a place like that is revolting and the death of common sense. But that is exactly where relativism leads.And the satan is laughing all the while.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I read that, too, Mack. Satan is getting a few laughs as he wreaks what havoc he can on the way to his eviction. A striking thing is that their argument is very similar to the actual practice of numerous pagan cults that flourished in Rome at – and after – the time of Christ. Christianity ultimately conquered such – and put “temple prostitutes” out of business. (Yes, that was a common, actual profession). Seems they are trying to make a comeback some 2000 years later.

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      • EllenChris says:

        Yes, those temple prostitution cults were common in Rome, but even before that it was “That kind of Religion” which is what was practiced by the Canaanites, which was so strongly warned against by the prophets, and which ultimately brought Israel down. God was not just warning against worshiping false gods because it made Him cranky — He made it clear that the gods of perverse sexuality were demonic and deadly. Israel learned that lesson the hard way, and so are many people today.

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      • SteveBC says:

        I would like to point out that Islam allows imam-blessed prostitution by the mechanism of temporary marriages. A high proportion of Tehran’s female population engages in prostitution in this “temple-blessed” method to raise money to go to university, among other needs for cash. It is safe to say that “That kind of Religion” is quite active and accepted in a significant portion of the world. It is also worth noting that Iran’s birth rate has crashed in one generation from 7 to 1.4 or less in Tehran, as people “vote” against their society in the most profound way, by choosing not to have children.

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    • Bob says:

      Well distorting religion for financial and other gain has been going on for decades. Why do you think Ron Hubbard and the so called “Church of Scientology” wanted tax exempt status? So they could set up a pyramid scheme disguised as a religion and make a lot of money doing it?

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    • Ed Allison says:

      Mack, indeed everything has been turned upside down.
      Isaiah 5:20
      Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

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  14. Matthew says:

    Charlie:
    You have previously spoken about the necessity of acknowledging that no plan that I make is going to see me through the Storm. I think the desire to identify the Anti-Christ or the attempts to identify exactly the Mark of the Beast is a desire for control on our part. If I can identify these things than I can avoid them on my own power. (Emphasis on “I” in the last sentence.) I don’t so much need to trust in God as to trust in my own powers of observation or having the right “Bible Code” or having the correct decoder ring. It is the ancient temptation of “gnosis”, which is connected to the pride of desiring to be “in the know”. You are not here to tell us stuff so we can be in the know. You are here to remind us of what we all know we need to do: listen to God, act accordingly and be a sign and vehicle of hope and love for others.
    In my own life, I have often had to fight off the desire to know stuff rather than live a virtuous God-guided life. Thank you for the timely reminder to focus on doing what is right in front of us rather than worry about what is going to happen next week.
    PAX,
    Matthew

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    • charliej373 says:

      Brilliant, Matthew – and dead on. This is exactly what I am trying to convey. Baptizing self-will with a host of pieties does not make it any less self-will run amok.

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      • EllenChris says:

        Wow, Charlie — that last sentence should be painted on the wall of every church and written on banners hung in every living room.

        Baptizing self-will with a host of pieties does not make it any less self-will run amok!!!!!!

        Seeking God’s Will is simple and gentle and all-encompassing. St. Teresa of Avila: “Therefore do whatever most moves you to love.” But it is that loving surrender to God which is everything. Thank you for the reminder.

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  15. Julee says:

    I rarely speculate about the mark of the beast or the anti-christ and try to keep grounded in God’s will in my daily life. But here’s my question—at what point is seeking information actually cooperating with God’s plan rather than seeking my own control out of lack of trust? We are all given gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord), some of these more than others. When God speaks to us in whispers, aren’t we called to use our gifts to discern and then act? With your message of trust-do-love, there have also been conversations about prudent planning because with God’s grace we will have to endure using ordinary means. I understand about not going overboard, but seeking awareness regarding the signs of our times as they relate to my faith is what called me to your site as well as Mark Mallet’s in the first place. With the spirit of the anti-christ present in our society and the possibility of the mark of the beast arising, if it hasn’t already, then isn’t it prudent to know enough to identify it as such and perhaps counsel others?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Our reader, Matthew, stated exactly why it is dangerous very succinctly in in earlier comment:

      “You have previously spoken about the necessity of acknowledging that no plan that I make is going to see me through the Storm. I think the desire to identify the Anti-Christ or the attempts to identify exactly the Mark of the Beast is a desire for control on our part. If I can identify these things than I can avoid them on my own power. (Emphasis on “I” in the last sentence.) I don’t so much need to trust in God as to trust in my own powers of observation or having the right “Bible Code” or having the correct decoder ring. It is the ancient temptation of “gnosis”, which is connected to the pride of desiring to be “in the know”. You are not here to tell us stuff so we can be in the know. You are here to remind us of what we all know we need to do: listen to God, act accordingly and be a sign and vehicle of hope and love for others.
      In my own life, I have often had to fight off the desire to know stuff rather than live a virtuous God-guided life. Thank you for the timely reminder to focus on doing what is right in front of us rather than worry about what is going to happen next week.”

      It is a subtle way of depending on yourself. I tell you again, if you acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you, the mark of the beast is COMPLETELY irrelevant to you except as an arcane academic curiosity. It has no power over you. Knowing what is happening will not save you – doing what God calls you to will never fail. Also, knowing the mark of the beast will not enable you to help others – those who have disposed themselves to the world will not accept knowledge of it or even recognize it as such: they will consider it a badge of enlightenment and righteousness. Living for and with God in the way I have encouraged makes you completely immune to it. But I think our fundamental issue is that you insist the mark of the beast is a thing that can be imposed from without. I insist with absolute certainly that it can only be genuinely taken on from within. If you are right, we are all just potential random victims and there is no certain justice in the universe. If I am right, there is nothing to fear from it – only fear separating yourself from God, for then you will be marked with it without even noticing.

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      • Again I agree with your underlying point here but must take issue with specific phrasing. You know how I am with that ;-). There isn’t a *single word* in Sacred Scripture, the study of which amounts to a mere “arcane academic curiosity.” Revelation 13:16-18 is no exception.

        Also, *complete* immunity doesn’t come until confirmation in grace, viz. the Beatific Vision. Until then we must be ever vigilant — ever trusting, never fretting.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I will take your point on the phrasing, Daniel, but people have been hitting the shoals and wrecking for 2000 years trying to make some thing the mark when they should have been holding fast to Christ and what He directs. The simplest person can stay entirely protected from such if he sticks with what is simple. Many intellectuals have steered themselves to their doom trying to fathom things and neglecting what they should not.

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          • You are right about that!

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          • Ed Allison says:

            Charlie, I do understand your point, and I agree that we should never take our eyes off the finish line, so to speak. It is allowing the curiosity to become more, to the point of distraction, or even obsession. But I do not think that we are not be inquisitive and ponder these things. In Luke 12:54-56, Jesus seems to expect the people to be able to read the signs of the times:
            54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does;
            55 and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot—and so it is.
            56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

            Reading the signs of the times……. Isn’t that exactly what many of us have been doing for years now? This is what has drawn us to you and your message. Many, including me, have previously stated that we have seen what is coming from a long way off.

            The distinction that needs to be made, in my opinion, is between a healthy curiosity, and an obsession. God bless all here.

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          • Observer says:

            I think, Charlie, that the mark, even if only symbolic, is given to us graciously via scripture, as a signal along the road back to the Father…..an alert to the times so as not to say we weren’t warned nor kept from falling asleep. I would also call Thomas More an “intellectual” who used his gift to watch and figure out what was coming down the pike so as not to be found on the wrong side of temptation within that great terror. He could then also be a sign/example to others as well as an advisor to the little ones so easily co-opted for whatever reason. And the great Russian prophet, Soloviev, definitely another intellectual, “Second Discourse on Dostoevsky”, and “The Three Dialogues and the Story of the Antichrist”, whom von Balthasar even compared to Thomas Aquinas, was a harbinger of what was to come, if only others had “thought” about or had been as equally focused and concerned as he was. I suppose there are no real classifications when it comes to God’s chosen “lights for the darkness”. Of course there are the faux intellectuals whose only real goals show them to be blind to their built in natural limitations while they attempt to create their own imagined fiefdoms. And there will come a time when those who haven’t already been thinking about what’s going will not know whom they can trust….even their trusted friends. Take Kibeho, Rwanda for a good example….and in fact, said to have been a warning not only for that area alone but for the future of other places in the world yet to come.

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          • EllenChris says:

            Academics are always out-smarting themselves. When St. Thomas Aquinas caught a glimpse of God, he stopped writing altogether. Not a bad plan in many ways. I love the old gospel song: “Trust and obey” — — for there’s no other way, to be happy with Jesus — than to trust and obey. okay. — Hey, speaking of songs, how is that Triumph song coming along? 🙂

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          • charliej373 says:

            I’ve always been a little disappointed at St. Thomas Aquinas despair over his work after getting that Divine Glimpse. He called his work so much straw and never wrote again. It made me thankful that the Lord has visited me since early childhood. I KNOW it is so much straw here – but like the donkeys we are, we NEED that straw.

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          • Charlie, regarding Aquinas not writing again after his vision, there’s a new interpretation about what exactly he meant by “straw”, and it’s basically that his writings could be considered like a familiar kind of straw to Catholic children — an offering to our Lord in the manger in preparation for the reception of the living God.

            Professor Lee Cole of Hillsdale College is promoting this view, noting that Aquinas’ beatific vision came after 22 years of theological contemplation. I’ve linked an interview with him for context.

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          • charliej373 says:

            That is an interesting take – and one that I would really like to believe. Of course, he did not write again after this, so that is suggestive. But it is the one thing I have held against St. Thomas – that when he found out how little what he did was in the heavenly realm, he abandoned doing it here where it was so dearly needed. I delight in Aquinas. He is broad and precise…always meeting opponents on their own turf and exposing the internal problems from their OWN perspective. It is ironic to me that St. Thomas was so broad, deep and inquisitive while those who take on the name, “Thomists” are often merely narrow and pedantic. It really would hearten me to find serious evidence for this alternative interpretation. If you have a link that focuses on this aspect of St. Thomas’ life from this perspective, would you be kind enough to send it to me?

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        • EllenChris says:

          Dear Daniel, Holy Scripture is God’s own Revelation, and the study of it is a holy activity. However, it must be admitted that there are, in fact, plenty of people out there who do not approach it in this way. The Book of Revelation is quoted in books on Nostradamus and in wacky History Channel programs not in order to elucidate Revelation but to support their own foolish ideas. That is not any “fault” of Holy Scripture — it is the fault of those who come to it with “mere arcane academic curiosity.” Their own errors cause them to miss the point of what God is trying to reveal, and instead, they only reinforce their own misconceptions.

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          • Agreed! The problem is when we phrase this (very important) warning in such a way as to imply that, *in and of itself*, the study of certain aspects of the Book of Revelation necessarily amounts to mere “arcane academic curiosity.” I issued my criticism of Charlie’s comment because I believe that’s precisely what it did.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Ah, Daniel, soon you will have me and my angels dancing on the head of pins 😉

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      • SteveBC says:

        Charlie, I think one of the things I really benefit from with your site here is that people poke at issues until you get irritated and then speak forcefully and clearly on the subject. Of course, different readers will react to different things you say. However, it is going to be hard for any of us to ignore this last paragraph of yours, which I for one find very reassuring.

        Nothing could be clearer than this:
        “I tell you again, if you acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around you, the mark of the beast is COMPLETELY irrelevant to you except as an arcane academic curiosity.”

        Or this: “Knowing what is happening will not save you – doing what God calls you to will never fail.”

        Or for me most particularly (because I often act as a source of knowledge for others around me and want to be prepared):
        “knowing the mark of the beast will not enable you to help others…”

        These are absolute statements that are so clear as to be unmistakable. Pithy and memorable. It took us a while, but we finally poked the bear enough to get the real scoop. 🙂

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  16. Pat says:

    Thank you Matthew & Charlie. For in reading these comments I received an inner peace in which I know you speak truth here. Knowing will not guide us thru the Storm. Only trusting in Jesus , guided by His Most Blessed Mother, stepping forward in love & being Christ’s light in the darkness. Jesus I trust in you…

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  17. Mary says:

    From this morning’s Liturgy of the Hours: “I will lead the blind on their journey, by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight.” — Is. 42:16

    This brought me much consolation, I hope it does to someone else here!

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  18. Monique says:

    Have been following the Baltimore riot closely. It is all happening so quickly. Charlie is this they may bring in Martial Law? Nicky

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    • charliej373 says:

      It certainly is a foreshadowing of dark times immediately ahead of us, Monique, but it is not quite upon us yet, I don’t think.

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      • June1 says:

        I asked my husband (who has sadly fallen away from the Church and is now skeptical of EVERYTHING; the fact that he is somewhat open to prepping is a miracle) the other day, “Hypothetically, if something were to happen like, say… oh, I don’t know… the government instituting martial law or officials coming around to put people into camps, would we try to flee somewhere or stay put and hope for the best?” He said we would stay put (which I think is fair–we have two very young children and my aging parents are close by) but then he added, “But that would NEVER happen in North America.” (we live in Canada)

        Do you think it will happen in the next five years, Charlie? I think even if he were to see it unfolding before his eyes, he would try not to believe. If it does happen, though, I want to be more of a guiding help and not an “I told you so!!!” kind of person (which is why I’m going to start printing some of your entries to have them on hand in case I find myself unable to explain anything).

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        • charliej373 says:

          Well, June, I do not know that this will be the scenario that unfolds. It is one of several likely ones that can trigger the final plunge into utter chaos. But since I have affirmatively said that the Rescue will come in late 2017, less than three years from now, clearly whatever bad must come must come within that time frame.

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  19. DanSouthChicago says:

    At last week’s Bible Study, our priest brought in a model of a lamp used about 2000 years ago. It was basically a small, shallow oil-filled bowl with a wick hanging over the side. I remember a commentary from a few years ago that pointed out that “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet” did not refer to a bright beam from a flashlight. These lamps gave one barely enough light to see the ground in front of them — to take the next right step (hmmmm. . .). Thanks, Charlie, for your wisdom. God bless

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    • EllenChris says:

      Thank you, Dan. Your description of the little oil lamp reminded me of this hymn. It was written by John Henry Cardinal Newman in 1833 while he was still a priest in the Church of England:

      “Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,
      Lead Thou me on!
      The night is dark, and I am far from home,
      Lead Thou me on!
      Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
      The distant scene; one step enough for me.

      I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
      Shouldst lead me on;
      I loved to choose and see my path; but now
      Lead Thou me on!
      I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
      Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

      So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
      Will lead me on.
      O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
      The night is gone,
      And with the morn those angel faces smile,
      Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

      — — “one step enough for me”

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  20. Julia says:

    I was thinking about all the amazing Theological things people say here, it goes above my head when it gets heavy.

    So here’s a little Julia type Theological saying.

    “God needs spiritual Fruits, Not religious Nuts. TDL Amen.

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    • charliej373 says:

      That’s all right, Julia. AS long as it promises fruit without getting nutty, we are in good shape. I have developed an affection for all the critters who assemble here – the theologically astute, those that take great comfort from apparitions and such, the simple plodders, the master planners – hee hee…the left can only wish they could summon forth a community as diverse and supportive of each other as we have raised here.

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      • Mick says:

        Yep; because to the Left, diversity means having a whole bunch of people who look different but think exactly alike. And woe to you if you should disagree with them.

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    • Mick says:

      Love it, Julia!

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  21. About the mark of the beast, not being able to buy or sell, etc. I would like to share a few things with you from the perspective of a systems man who worked in the financial, biomed, insurance, etc. fields for many years. For all practical purposes we already have a “mark” consisting in some electronic identifier for every transaction we conduct in life, even bio-marks like our fingerprints, iris pattern, voice, face, are all registered somewhere. Not only we are marked when we buy or sell, our ID is there from the moment we are born until months after we are gone from this world. This is done in a variety of ways, mainly by saving a description of each act in a database. If I sell my old lawnmower to the neighbor next door he may not inform the government, pay any sales taxes, or by any means make a record of that sale but money has changed hands, serial numbers are likely to be entered into some insured goods database, and — if someone buys a part specific to that lawn mower — the ubiquitous serial number may be required by a dealer or hardware store to make sure the correct part is provided. Thus in a myriad of ways our world’s activities are part of a huge on-going census. There are accounts in the Bible that show God does not like a census: David sinned gravely against God by taking a census of able-bodied men and also Our Lord was born at a time when the Roman emperor had ordered a census of the whole empire. Thinking about it I thought that a census can be a good thing done to better serve those under a certain government, or — it can be a serious sign of lack of trust in Divine Providence or worse a sign of ungodly self-sufficiency that calls for Heaven’s swift intervention. Our Lord being born during a world (kosmos) census may indicate the fact that the days of the proud census-taking, bean-counting Romans were themselves counted. Today we live in a world that considers statistics, records, databases, etc. a reality while completely ignoring God’s design. I would not wait for a tiny device to be implanted on my hand or forehead. That could be a figure or speech indicating that we are going to “see that we are being seen” and therefore we would obey not because it is the right moral thing to do (godly obedience) but out of fear of retaliation by the state (satanic oppression.)

    In that sense, folks, we are already marked,

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  22. CrewDog says:

    Here is another Verse that seems to “dovetail” into Charlie’s mission here!

    Heartlight Daily Verse – May 3 – Romans 12:12
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    Sometimes the key to survival is simply “setting our jaw” and going on faithfully trusting that God is there helping us, despite the outward circumstances. Choosing joy through hope rather than despair, choosing patient endurance in times of affliction, and choosing faithfulness in prayer are all decisions of the will. We trust that God, who raised Jesus from the dead, can also change our circumstances because he hears our voice.

    Prayer:
    Create in me, O Mighty God, a resolute and steadfast heart so that I might persevere with joy no matter what the difficulty. This I ask through your faithful Son. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!

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