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Our theology of the ages provides profound reasons why the Church can still emerge from our current darkness but not the next [at the end of time]. In short, the reason is that each People of God must reach “apocalyptic maturity” before the appropriate “coming of the Christ” can take place. And what should this maturity be? Well, how do we measure the maturity of the individual saint? Again, by the Ways! And if Jesus Christ himself is the ultimate of all holy persons of Old and New, the perfect type, how much more should our divine Savior—though Himself needing no redemption but nevertheless passing through the elements thereof (in order “to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:13–15; Luke 2:22–23)) –fill up these ways, even as, again, per St Augustine above, the three ages of the Jews are “declared in the Gospel”? For, where have we not in fact seen the threes:
Jesus fulfilled in his life and flesh the three ways so many times. For three days and three nights, Jesus lingered in the earth before rising. On the third day he arose from the dead, in accordance with the Scriptures. Christ fell three times in the way of the cross. Christ progressively prayed three times in the Garden to accept the will of his Father for the Passion. Three times Peter denied Christ, and three times He was reconciled (“Peter, do you love me?”). Three times Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene at the tomb to open her eyes. For three days and three nights, Mother Mary and St. Joseph looked for the Christ before finding Him in the Temple.
And if these threes are filled up in Christ—and Christ’s literal Body is the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church—how much more so should the Church, the New People of God, fill up in Her flesh, the ways of the saint, so that, by way of implication, since the Church fulfills the People of Old, so, too, should the People of Old fill up these ways as well!
This unlocks a powerful explanation for why the Christ came when He did and why He will come back when He comes back. Toward that end, we have a powerful case from private revelation, from the theology of the ways, and from a systematic analysis of the Church’s doctrinal development thus far, that the Church is not at the end but is rather in “the dark night of the soul,” and I feel that that adequately resonates with the thinking and thought of many a wise person today in the Church.
Apocalyptic Blasphemy of the Divine Persons in the Ages
The final reason that I offer for the notion that the modern world is not fully culpable for its apostasy, so that the end-of-the-world condemnation is not yet warranted, is the idea of apocalyptic blasphemy against the persons of the Trinity. What do we mean? We mean that the three great phases of darkness for the ways—the dark night of the senses, the dark night of the soul, and martyrdom—can be seen as phases of progressive blasphemy against the self-same Divine Persons. Let us probe it.
Then he [Noah] sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. (Gn 8:8–12)
What, you ask, does this passage concerning Noah and the dove have to do with blasphemy against the divine persons? Well, have patience, it will become apparent momentarily. To begin, the dove is sent out three times from the ark in the midst of the waters. The first time he returns with nothing and with nowhere to rest. The second time he returns with an olive branch. The third time he doesn't return. The dove is clearly like the Holy Spirit. Here, then, the three moments of the dove are like the three ways.
- The Purgative Dark Night of Senses: Pagan Rome
- The Dark Night of the Soul: Our Modern Minor Secular Apostasy
- Martyrdom: The Great Apostasy and NT Antichrist
Each of these phases of darkness clearly represent the Holy Spirit "departing," since when a great age of sin enters, man dispels the Holy Spirit. Consequently as well, when the dove returns it indicates a phase of light in our discourse. In two of these phases of darkness, the first two to be exact, the dove returns, that is, the Holy Spirit comes back, bringing renewal, whereas in the final departure, he does not return, indicating that renewal does not occur.
The Holy Spirit Returns After Pagan Rome
Noah releases the dove the first time, and it returns with nothing and nowhere to rest. In a similar vein, in Pagan Rome, the Holy Spirit went out the first time in Church History, and man blasphemed the Father because they said Caesar was greater than God Almighty. Indeed, pinching incense to Caesar was a primary litmus test in Christian persecutions many times. But God forgave the Empire, showing that Jesus leads the way: Constantine, Catholic Christendom. The dove, however, did not return with an olive branch, a symbol of peace, since in this first great age of Christianity, there has been no peace, no place for Christ to rest His head; bloodshed and division have been the lot of Christianity from its outset: Islamics killing Christians and Christians killing Islamics. Catholics killing Orthodox. Catholics burning heretics at the stake. Protestants killing Catholics, Catholics killing Protestants, and Protestants killing other types of Protestants. Protestants dividing into myriads of competing factions and mutually excommunicating all the others to hell. So again, there was no place for Jesus to rest his head in this first 1700 years of the Catholic history of light. Hence, the dove returns with no peace, no olive branch.
The Holy Spirit Will Return After Our Minor Apostasy, with Peace, an Olive Branch
In our modern minor apostasy, the Holy Spirit went out again; here, man blasphemes not the Father but the Son. How? Let us probe it:
Humanity, in light of the Son’s fallen disciples: See, the Son's disciples are all divided and against one another, with competing doctrines and worship and hatred toward each other, with their hypocrisy—crooked TV Evangelists, pedophile priests, and merciless Inquisitors. The Son’s disciples are confounded hypocrites. Therefore, we need not the Son. All we need is science and material development.
As we have seen, God shall forgive this in the coming minor chastisement of the mystics, where humanity will realize its need for the Son; this terrible ordeal will show them the true fruits of their errors and sins. They will realize their need for natural law (abortion, euthanasia, drugs, fornication, cohabitation, artificial birth control, divorce and remarriage, sodomy, and materialism are all grave moral evils that spell doom for the stability of society.). They will realize their need for a supernatural God (the deists and rationalists will realize that they cannot be fully moral without God’s help, even Jesus’, and that they need Divine Revelation to receive the fuller picture of truth, even the Bible). The Protestants will realize their need for central, formal, visible authority to interpret doctrine, Bishops and Sacred Tradition, dispelling their countless factions of confusion with sola-scriptura. The Orthodox will realize their need for the rock of Peter and forgive him his many sins in order to allow him to serve them with the fullness of truth. And the Islamics will realize their need for the Trinity and Incarnation, to dispel their tendency toward violence and Old Testament harshness.
And the process whereby this will be attained will be apocalyptic, terrible. It has been said that those people who are not familiar with the fully approved apparitions of the Church will think that the world is ending. It will be that bad. Perhaps, God forbid, nuclear war or other weapons of mass destruction, and war everywhere, as in “entire nations shall be annihilated” [Our Lady of Fatima or Our Lady of Kibeho, who implied that the horror of Rwanda would happen in each nation in the world without repentance].
When I show myself to someone and talk to them, I want to turn to the whole world. If am turning to parish of Kibeho, it does not mean that I am concerned only for Kibeho or for the Diocese of Butare or for Rwanda, or for the whole of Africa. I am concerned with and turning to the whole world. The world is evil and rushes towards its ruin. It is about to fall in its abyss. The world is in rebellion against GOD. Many sins are being committed. There is no love and no peace. If you do not repent and convert your hearts, you will all fall into an abyss. - March 27, 1982, Our Lady of Kibeho
But again, when it is complete, through this terrible cross on humanity, all the non-Catholics in the world, saving most Jews (the en-mass conversion of the Jews is reserved for the very end of the world, per Public Revelation), will come home to Rome, and there will be peace, an olive branch. The dove will have found that same olive branch of peace, the age of peace, when the Immaculate Virgin will reign and bring it back to Noah. Then shall all men live with the best of both worlds: spiritual and material.
The Holy Spirit Will Not Return at the Great Apostasy, Blasphemy Against the Spirit
Moving on with recollection of the previous discourse on the beast, we remember that eventually humanity will be get tired of their puny, little, pathetic crosses. They shall want complete heaven on earth. Therefore, they will forget that their world almost ended with materialistic power and science divorced from God, his truth, and his grace. They shall return to their vomit like the dog. The dove, then, shall go out a final time from the ark, the bark of the Church: the great apostasy.
Once again, they are without excuse, having been given the supreme learning lesson and blessing from God, the minor chastisement and the subsequent age of peace.
Hence, when, as this great apostasy starts to bring back what was a thing of the past: war and tribulation, I foresee that one man, the most wicked man of all existence, will rise up and say, “I can solve your problems, I can give you heaven on earth. You just need to hand yourselves over to me and check your faith and morals at the door.” And at that time, I also foresee the Catholic Church rising up and challenging this ultimate Antichrist, saying, “Sir, if we can solve, as you say, all world problems with just science, technology, materialistic grandeur, and wonder and, at the same time, without God and religion, and, if you say, in fact, that religion actually has to be utterly removed from public life to secure peace and prosperity, how do you explain that an age ago the world almost ended with the great worldly power lacking God, but that with great worldly power and religion, the world flourished in peace?
Now I foresee that the Antichrist shall commit the ultimate blasphemy ever uttered by man and humanity, an unforgivable, apocalyptic sin: He shall say, “That the world almost ended without religion is purely circumstance. Humanity got into a rut. But it didn’t have anything to with lack of your Church, to whatever degree; and the reason there was peace in your so-called age of Our Lady’s Triumph was only because of the worldly power, science, and prosperity. It had nothing to do with your religion!”
Blasphemy of blasphemies! The Lord forgave blasphemy against the Father, where humanity said that Caesar was God Almighty, for they had not received the Gospel in conversion. They did not fully understand Christians. Too, the Lord will forgive our current blasphemy of the Son because the Son is admittedly messed up. There are 102 versions of Jesus currently: one form of Jesus with a supreme Apostolic Successor, general Apostolic Succession, and the Bible; one form of Jesus with all that but a supreme Successor; and a hundred primary forms of Jesus with just the Bible, not to mention moral scandals galore, hatred, bloodshed, sexual crimes, and so forth. So God says, I can forgive this; the image of my Son has been tainted by my wayward children, and so I sympathize with a world that cannot have faith. I will fix it. Then shall the world know that I am the searcher of hearts, and the vindicator of my People.
But, if God shows the world the incomprehensible horror of what happens with materialistic wonder and complexity when it leaves all religion in the dust, and, if that were not enough, brings them all back to his Sacred Heart and his Mother’s Immaculate Heart, bringing peace, love and unity, and with the materialistic wonder and complexity restored—one faith, one Lord, one Baptism—then, if, after all that, the world spits in God’s face, and says they don’t need religion, and worse, that the peace and prosperity of this great age that is coming from Our Lady’s bosom had nothing to do with that same Woman of women, with Her Heart, with the Spirit, and with the dove that animates it, can God forgive that?
Apocalyptic-ally, no! For, the world will be blaspheming the Holy Spirit. How? As follows: saying that, all along, the only reason there was peace was because of the powers of this world will be saying that the dragon of strife was restrained, or cast out of history, by the powers of this world, and that will be saying that the prince of this world was bound and cast out by the powers of the prince of this world [science, technology, affluence]. And where have we seen a passage in Scripture where some evil men said that the devil was cast out by the power of the devil? The Pharisees! And what was their sin? Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit! And what did Jesus say regarding this? He said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, all blasphemy and sin shall be forgiven men. And if men blaspheme the Son, it shall be forgiven them. But whosoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit, shall never be forgiven, neither in this age, nor the age to come!”
This can then give us a meaning to this mysterious “neither in this age”. The Catholic Church effectively condemns any belief that someone can commit a sin that is unforgivable before death. The sacraments of confession and anointing of the sick disprove ante-death unforgivable sin. The fountain of grace and mercy remains ever available unto the last breath. Saint John Paul II discussed this in his encyclical on the Holy Spirit: “Why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit unforgivable? How should this blasphemy be understood? St. Thomas Aquinas replies that it is a question of a sin that is 'unforgivable by its very nature, insofar as it excludes the elements through which the forgiveness of sin takes place.”; for St. John Paul, the one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit is in fact rejecting the very action of the Holy Spirit to “[convince] concerning sin.” Such a person is “[radically refusing] to accept forgiveness,” “claiming to have a right to persist in any evil,” and considering conversion and remission of sins inessential to one’s life. Ultimately, St. John Paul attributes this sin to final impenitence, hence, making Christ’s words hyperbolic.
But the mystery persists: why would Jesus say, “in this age [will not be forgiven]...”? The apocalyptic theology above enables the solution: no individual human being will ever be unforgivable before death. Jesus will always take you back, right till the millionth of a second before your demise, but corporately, humanity will be unforgivable at the end of the world, an unforgivable apocalyptic sin; we see this for several reasons that are parallel to our consideration of St. John Paul above and the earlier discourse on the beast:
The rejection of the need for salvation: this calls into being the indifference that will exist at the end of time, just as how, above, St John Paul II envisions the sinner who does not consider salvation relevant to his life; I highlighted this indifference in my apocalyptic essay regarding the mystical “frogs”, or “unclean spirits” of Apocalypse 16; there, the frog symbolized humanity who exalts itself above God, even as the Egyptians exalted frogs above themselves as being gods,. Also, the frog’s amphibious capacity to live either on the foundation of land or the chaotic waters imaged that humanity considered itself able to live on the foundation of religion but also in the chaotic waters of godlessness. That is, you can have religion if you like, but you don’t have to. There is always the water. The very essence of this attitude implies indifference to the faith. This is humanity in any age of darkness but especially the last, and since humanity will have been shown the final lesson with the fullness of religion in chastisement, this depraved rejection of the same religion becomes the supreme blasphemy.
Comparison to the demons, a radical, irrevocable, and complete rejection: “Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels. This ‘fall’ consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who [radically and irrevocably rejected] God and his reign. .... It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' sin unforgivable.” (emphasis mine) Per St. Faustina in the Divine Mercy Diary, she petitions Jesus as to why humanity was given probation and mercy, as it were, but not the angels, who were immediately confined to damnation upon their fall. She is told, “Because of their profound knowledge of God. No person on earth, even though a great saint, has such knowledge of God as an Angel has.” Indeed, at the end of time, as we once again note, the world is rejecting the fullness of divine revelation, doctrinal development having been made relatively complete in the age of peace, although culminating with the mystery of iniquity at the very end, so that her culpability is on par with the demons in a historical degree. Too, with the beauty and love of temporal and spiritual blessings immediately in the past in the age of peace, shewing forth that with God, all things are possible, that with faith and love, there can be peace, and only by such, they are supremely spitting in the face of God in an ultimate sense.
Concluding, this sin will have reached the ultimate stab wound to the creator’s divine heart: even after Jesus will have put to death sin and wickedness in human history, perishing and resting toward the earth on the cross with his first four wounds of hands and feet, —even as His grace will rest on the earth in men’s hearts—still humanity will rise up and pierce his divine side to verify that he is indeed dead, the final thrust!
Indeed, again, the Antichrist ascribes the binding of the devil [“peace on earth”] to the powers of this world [materialistic power and affluence], and hence to the devil himself, who is “the prince of this world.” This is the supreme blasphemy, greater than against the Father, as with Caesar, and greater than with the Son, as when humanity today rejects and slanders the Son because his message is confounded and scandalized by sin in the Church and amongst Christians.
Consequently, the Spirit will not return, and humanity must then begin the process that their fallen nature has brought themselves to: annihilation, so much so, that if Jesus did not interrupt the process, “no flesh should be saved.” Yet, Jesus, out of love for his Church, in order that His apocalyptic promise be fulfilled to the end, that the gates of hell should not prevail against it, shall come early like a thief, “for the sake of the elect.”
Hence, in this final time that the dove went out from Noah, he did not return, even as the Holy Spirit will not be able to return humanity to the ark of the Church in the final darkness. Only the Second Coming can usher in the light, the light that shall never end, the fire of judgment that shall form the New Creation, even as God drew the new world out of the water of judgment, the Flood!
"And as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." (Lk 17:26)