By Charlie Johnston
Whoo…it has been a hectic week. Beginning Thursday I was dominated by events involving my son’s wedding. These first couple days of the week I have been visiting friends and family in Alabama. I was best man at the wedding (my son and I are buds). At the opposite end of the line from me, my nephew said with a wry grin, that he must be the worst man, because he was furthest from me in line. I chuckled and said he shouldn’t look at it like that…he should be pumped that he made the cut, he got drafted. We both laughed and pumped our fists in the air – that we made the cut – before processing into the Church.
My emails are way behind – and a few have griped that I was just ignoring them. No, I don’t get emails on my phone. I know that is almost unheard of these days, but I have quite enough electronic leashes on me already. I am not going to go to events and family things and be constantly on my phone. So, when I am doing personal stuff, I go old school. You will just have to wait until I am done and rested up to hear back from me.
I have got a new video up in the Visit Videos link up top. It is from my visit to Manchester, New Hampshire last month. The Q and A session is in a separate video. Manchester is near where my wonderful friends Doug and Jacki live.
A few days ago, Mark Mallett wrote a piece covering some areas where we diverge from each other. We have talked about these things many times – and our talks have been useful to me. But I actually don’t think we diverge so much as that we are often talking about different things that have a relationship with each other, but are not the same thing. When we were in Louisiana together last year, I told Mark I think his most important work actually begins after the Rescue, when he may very well be called to be a watchman. Let me explain…
I think much of what Mark writes about are things related to the end, the final battle that is prelude to the end of time. That is not what I write about. The minor tribulation, which is what I say we have entered now, is not the same thing as the major tribulation, which is the actual end of the world sequence. But the two are often confused and conflated with each other. The discussions on the subject with Mark last year were very helpful to me and, I hope, to him.
My work is very limited, but very intense…and for right now. I spend very little time (actually, almost none) considering prophecy at large, including formally approved prophecy. Mainly, I will take a look if it is involved in some dispute that comes to my attention; if one of my Priests – or someone else of real heft who counsels me asks me to take a look at something specific; if I am directed by my angel to pay specific attention to something (as he did concerning Fatima); or if something catches my eye that I am familiar with from my own encounters. I am always happy when I hear that something I have said fits in what is called a “prophetic consensus,” but I am also unconcerned when it doesn’t. Our Lord, Himself, was often outside the prophetic consensus – and even in those areas where He matched precisely, most people did not see the proper interpretation until after His earthly mission was complete. My concern is to speak truly of what I am shown. I often get internally annoyed when someone tells me what I “should” say to add credibility or what factors would tend to either add or detract from credibility. If I started trimming my sails to please men, even knowledgeable men, my usefulness would cease.
As I have written before, from childhood, I was told that, in my lifetime, the world would enter into a terrible crisis – a great Storm – and that God had work for me to help people through that terrible trial if I would accept it, but it would take a lifetime of instruction and training to be able to deal effectively with it. A recurring image I was shown for decades was to be placed in the middle of a tangled, overgrown path. It was a very hard path, but it was mine alone. In the early 90’s, that path opened to a clearing, which led down steeply to a great sea. This was when I got very serious about finding a solid spiritual director to speak of these things to. At the shore lay a great ship, making ready to cast off. In the great vision on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1995, at the end I was shown that the ship was nearly ready to cast off, but not yet…and I would soon have to make a final decision. In the summer of 1997, I was shown that it was about to depart…and so I must make my decision or be left behind, forever forfeiting the work for which I had been trained. I gave my yes and got aboard.
From the beginning I was told that the great crisis would feel like the end but was NOT the end – and that what I was called to do was to give people heart, to help lead them to safety to the shore of Rescue. When I was no more than eight years old, I had insisted that before I would ever publicly speak or act on these things, I must have an earthly authority that I could submit to with my whole heart – and that it must allow it. The Catholic Church is that authority. My stars, I cannot tell you what a passionate love story it was when I came into the Church. I was glad that I had not been shown her by divine revelation, because it was good that I saw the genuine, authentic love for Christ among so many in various Protestant denominations. I was not made for cheap triumphalism, because I am sent to call all. Once I found my true earthly love, the Church, I was shown that even as I was fully and joyfully obedient to her, I would be held responsible for protecting and defending her from all assaults through the duration of the Storm. She was both my beloved master and my sacred charge.
I have written extensively about events of these times. Much of it has been confused with prophesied events related to the actual end of time – sometimes in my own private understanding, too. I have stayed true to what I am specifically shown and directed to, but I have wondered about a few things. When Mark opened up the subject of our seeming disagreements late last summer, it helped clarify some things tremendously. My sense had always been not that the devil would be chained after the Rescue, but that he would be run to ground for a time, still actively scheming and working against mankind, but nearly impotent for a while. I was warned that, though this was not the end, the next time mankind went into mass apostasy, it would signal the opening of the sequence of events leading to the actual end. Several decades ago, a decidedly non-mystical Priest gave me a card with the text of Revelation 12 on it and solemnly told me I needed to contemplate it seriously. I was startled – and when our hour-long discussion did not touch on it at all, I asked him when I was getting ready to leave why he had given me that. He looked utterly baffled and said, somewhat flustered, he didn’t know. He had just felt compelled for several days. I gave a wry grin and asked if, perchance, he was playing the prophet with me for a change. His cheeks went a deep red as he tried to laugh it off.
As we talked, over a few days, it snapped into my head that my work pertained to Revelation 12 and that most of what Mark was discussing pertained to things that come after that. That led to a new series of interpretive assumptions. I had rejected the idea of a visible Illumination of Conscience or a Warning even while believing they were true prophecies of a change of heart, in part, because though many things now will be miraculous on their face, there will not be a universal public display until the Rescue, when we will be visibly and miraculously rescued by the hand of Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. Since then, I have considered that a public display of the Illumination of Conscience and the Warning may actually be aspects of the Rescue, itself. That actually fits better with what I have been shown – and explained why, though I had early determined that if I was to do this, I would quit the public scene the day after the Rescue, that I was instructed there would still be some mop-up work to do, and so I must not leave immediately. I resolved that I would stay until no later than the middle of 2018 and then quit the scene – and I was not corrected on this. If the Rescue is the beginning of a series of visible events, that would make a lot of sense (though it is not necessary).
This leads to the only real disagreement Mark and I have, though even that is not, I think, a consequential one. As I understand it, he thinks the Rescue I speak of is sort of a pause, a breath, and that it will not last for much more than a generation, if that long. I think it will be significantly longer than that.
I have been sparse about details of that because my visitors have been sparse in giving me information on it. It is not mine to deal with; it is for those whose lives and work lay ahead of them. Except for raising support for the Shrine, my work is done then. If all I am shown is true, then during the worst of the Storm, I will exercise significant temporal influence to accomplish my work. In fact, I am told that if I keep faith throughout the Storm and step down from any position of significant influence when my work is finished, I will have a few years to enjoy family and friends – and God’s good earth. You have no idea how much I look forward to that and how focused I am on staying on as long as I must but leaving as soon as I can.
Here are some of the few things I have been told about the world after the Rescue:
– The world will be visibly and miraculously rescued by Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. It pleases Our Lord to send her so that all may know how He honors her; that if they would honor Him, they must honor His mother, as well. He also sends her because he will not come directly until the end – and this is NOT the end. There may well be other reasons for it, but these are the reasons I know.
– The Rescue will begin a prolonged period of peace, prosperity and authentic Christian brotherhood. I don’t know how long “prolonged” is, only that it will prevail for the rest of my life. I have hints, but no direct knowledge.
– One of the fruits of the Storm will be the re-unification of the faithful. We will again be one flock under one shepherd. This will not be a “we win, you lose” sort of thing. Rather, it will be like a joyful family reunion where everyone brings a dish.
– I think the period of peace will be at least 100 years, because I have been specifically told that in the century after its dedication, the Shrine erected in Thanksgiving for our Rescue will be the most visited Shrine in the world. We could have significant conflict, I suppose, and that still be true. But that is not how I feel about it.the Shrine
One of the things I worry about is that people often seem to have a very monochromatic view of things. Some fantasies arise about the world after the Rescue. I insist it will be an ordinary world in every way except for the transformation of our hearts. Some folks think that immediately everything will be restored. Well, if you have a wildcat tearing through your house, the first object is to get the wildcat out of there. That is analogous to the Rescue. After it is gone, though, you still have a lot of work to do to restore the house. Some people seem unable to see how you could deal with such a damaged house and be rejoicing at the same time. Honestly, given the circumstances, I can’t see how you could do otherwise. To find with certainty that God IS, that life does have profound and transcendent meaning, and that God calls you to participate with Him in calling all His children to safety transforms such work from drudgery into a labor of love.
The sum and total of my work is to get people to the shore of Rescue safely. When I first read the prophecy of St. John Bosco, referenced in a Spirit Daily article, maybe a dozen years ago, it jumped out at me, for it matched up with and related to how I had always been shown the work set aside for me.
Interestingly, shortly after Mark and I started talking about these things, I was contacted by several people, including one prominent thinker in the Church, who thought my friendship and obvious regard for him made me suspect. The prominent man suggested that though Mark was a good advocate for his position, carefully offering citations to support it, he was not as effective an analyst because he tended to pass over things that contradicted it. It disturbed me for a time. I know from sustained direct contact that Mark’s heart is noble and true. Our recent interactions had helped clarify my own interpretive understanding of several important things. I think he does deep and original work. Rather than dissuading me from anything, it reinforced something I was already considering.
When he is down, the devil does not come directly contradicting God. Rather, when God gives clear, but tough, direction, the devil says, “Let’s be reasonable.” People want to compromise and so they accept little things. Before you know it, you have prominent officials threatening to sue you if you don’t allow grown men to go to the washroom and shower with innocent little girls – and call it the right thing. After the Rescue, the devil will immediately start trying to seduce and scheme and bring mankind into another great apostasy. The Church holds the Deposit of Faith in trust until Christ comes again. But we need watchmen guarding the walls against the satan’s assaults, both subtle and overt. I think Mark Mallett is authentically called to be one of those watchmen…and that if he does his work faithfully after the Rescue, it will help significantly to prolong the period of peace, prosperity, and authentic Christian brotherhood that will be the visible flowering of the Rescue.
I worry a little about how restlessly people still try to figure out precisely what is going to happen and when. I think right now it is as productive as trying to do a crossword puzzle on the deck of a ship in the midst of a great Storm. Even worse, it distracts people from doing the things they can and should do to weather the Storm. If you know that you don’t know all, if you can bear down, batten down the hatches, put your shoulder to the oar and deal with whatever comes by acknowledging and trusting God, there will be time enough for all that later. As I have written, confusion rises en masse right now. Let it not distract any of us from our post. Let us resolve to do the little right in front of us regardless of the multitude of things we don’t understand. That is what I am doing.