The words were clear, intense, and repeated several times in my heart after Pope Benedict XVI resigned:
You have entered dangerous days…
And so, I have spent hundreds of hours in my writings and personal communications to encourage you in Christ and His promises that, ultimately, the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. As Pope Francis pointed out:
“…many forces have tried, and still do, to destroy the Church, from without as well as within, but they themselves are destroyed and the Church remains alive and fruitful… she remains inexplicably solid… kingdoms, peoples, cultures, nations, ideologies, powers have passed, but the Church, founded on Christ, notwithstanding the many storms and our many sins, remains ever faithful to the deposit of faith shown in service; for the Church does not belong to popes, bishops, priests, nor the lay faithful; the Church in every moment belongs solely to Christ.” (Pope Francis, Homily, 6/29/15; www.americamagazine.org
But the gates of hell might appear to prevail. Indeed, the Catechism teaches:
The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection… Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 677, 675)
St. Paul warned of this “strong delusion” that God permits for the obstinate…
…because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned. (2 Thess 2:10-12)
We have a hint of the nature of this deceiving power in the prophetic book of Isaiah:
Therefore, thus says the Holy One of Israel: Because you reject this word, and put your trust in oppression and deceit, and depend on them, this iniquity of yours shall be like a descending rift bulging out in a high wall whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant… (Isaiah 30: 12-13)
Who would put their trust in “oppression and deceit”? You would only do so if the oppressor and deceiver seemed as though they were a good thing, a very good thing…
There are two visions for the future of humanity: one is Christ’s, the other is Satan’s, and these two visions are now entering into a “final confrontation” with one another. The deception is that Satan’s vision looks, in many ways, much like Christ’s.
Did you know that Jesus also foretold of a “new world order”? Indeed, He prayed for a time when all divisions would end and…
…that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:21)
St. John saw this “happy hour” in a vision, a time when Satan would be chained for “a thousand years” and the Church would reign with Christ to the ends of the earth during that time until a final satanic revolt brings about the end of the world. (Rev 20;7-11) This reign of the “kingdom” is synonymous with the reign of the Church.
The Catholic Church, which is the kingdom of Christ on earth, [is] destined to be spread among all men and all nations… (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, Encyclical, n. 12, 12/11/25; cf. Matt 24:14)
“And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” May God… shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy for transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality… It is God’s task to bring about this happy hour and to make it known to all… When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of… the world. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi “On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom”, 12/23/22)
...Those who saw John, the Lord’s disciple, [tell us] that they heard from him how the Lord taught and spoke about these times… (St. Irenaeus of Lyons, 140–202 A.D.; Adversus Haereses, V.33.3.4)
This “new world order” would be a time of peace, justice, and harmony among peoples, nations, and even creation itself, centered upon the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus—a vindication of the Word of God over the satanic lie. As Jesus said,
…this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)
But before that time, Jesus warned that the Church was going to face a great trial, that she would be “hated by all nations”, that “false prophets” would arise and “because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matt 24:9-12)
Why? Because the Church will appear to conflict with a “better” vision—Satan’s vision.
Satan’s plan for humanity was revealed in the Garden of Eden:
…when you eat of [the tree of knowledge] your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil. (Gen 3:5)
The satanic delusion was and is precisely what the Catechism warns: “a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.” ...Just as Isaiah prophesied that the nations would put their trust in “oppression and deceit” and even “depend” on it, so too, St. John saw that the world would bow to this Beast:
All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life… (Rev 13:8)
They will worship the “beast” precisely because it looks more like an “angel of light”. (2 Cor 11:14) ...It will be a “new age” when man grasps the ancient lie that he can be “like gods.”
We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order. (David Rockefeller, prominent member of secret societies including the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, and The Bilderberg Group; to the UN, 9/14/94)
And here, brothers and sisters, is where the parallel deception enters. And I say parallel, because the vision of Christ and Satan, although opposed, actually run parallel to one another in their vision for a new era. Their end is completely different...
He (Satan) is coaxing our world today to become more humane, more ecological, more peaceful, more united, and yes, even more “spiritual”—all fine—but without God. It is…
...the goal of superseding or transcending particular religions in order to create space for a universal religion which could unite humanity. Closely related to this is a very concerted effort on the part of many institutions to invent a Global Ethic. (Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n.2.5, Pontifical Councils for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue)
This new “religion” and “ethic” is coming into existence today by embracing and encouraging “love” while rejecting any notion of immutable truth. So on the one hand, the language of tolerance, inclusivity, and love is becoming more prevalent while those who embrace unchanging truths, such as traditional marriage, are deemed intolerant, exclusive, and unloving. In this way, the “old religion” is being slowly exterminated. As Pope Benedict warned:
A new intolerance is spreading… …an abstract, negative religion is being made into a tyrannical standard that everyone must follow. In reality, however, this development increasingly leads to an intolerant claim of a new religion… which knows all and, therefore, defines the frame of reference that is now supposed to apply to everyone. In the name of tolerance, tolerance is being abolished. (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World, A Conversation with Peter Seewald, p. 52)
In this scenario, Christianity has to be eliminated and give way to a global religion and a new world order. (Jesus Christ, The Bearer of the Water of Life, n. 4, Pontifical Councils for Culture and Inter-religious Dialogue)
So why then do we also hear the popes calling for a “new world order”, such as Pope Francis in his recent Encyclical, Laudato si’?
Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan…. A global consensus is essential for confronting the deeper problems, which cannot be resolved by unilateral actions on the part of individual countries. (Laudauto si’, n. 164)
Francis is echoing what his predecessor’s recognized as the emergence of “globalization” and the challenges it presents.
After all this scientific and technical progress, and even because of it, the problem remains: how to build up a new order of society based on a more balanced human relationship between political communities on a national and international level? (Pope St. John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, Encyclical Letter, n. 212)
Many were shocked to hear Pope Benedict XVI calling for a “reform of the United Nations… so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.” (Caritas in Veritate, n. 67) The teeth of a “beast”?, many wondered aloud. Of course not. For the Vicar of Christ was speaking on behalf of Christ’s vision, not Satan’s—a vision embraced by St. John Paul II as well:
Do not be afraid! Open, open all doors to Christ. Open borders of countries, economic and political systems… (Pope John Paul II: A Life in Pictures, p. 172)
But herein lies the difference: a new world order that opens its doors either to Christ, or to the Antichrist. That is, said John Paul II, “Globalization, a priori, is neither good nor bad. It will be what people make of it.” (Address to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 4/27/01)
...As readers know, I have defended the papacy on numerous occasions for the same reasons St. Jerome did.
I follow no leader but Christ and join in communion with none but your blessedness, that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that this is the rock on which the Church has been built. (St. Jerome, A.D. 396 , Letters 15:2)
While Pope Francis’s “off the cuff” remarks are admittedly often without context and seemingly naive in a media-world-with-an-agenda, they are nonetheless orthodox when placed back into context and alongside his formal teachings...
But then, Jesus Himself prayed for unity; St. Paul met with the pagan leaders of his day; (Acts 17:21-34) Jesus appointed Judas to be one of the Twelve; the first Christian communities embraced an economic structure based on need and dignity, not profit; (Acts 4:32) and St. Paul lamented that “creation is groaning” under the weight of men’s sins. (Rom 8:22) That is to say that Pope Francis, echoing his predecessors, continues to call the Church and the world to Christ’s vision for a new world order—one that includes God.
Humanity is in need of justice, of peace, love, and will have it only by returning with their whole heart to God, who is the source. (Pope Francis, Sunday Angelus, Rome, 2/22/15; Zenit.org
We can uncover and expose the Parallel Deception more so by what it excludes than includes. This is critical. For today, the vision of Christ and Satan contain so many similarities, so many mutual truths, that to the undiscerning mind, that which is evil can be construed as good and vice versa... The Great Antidote to this satanic deception is precisely what St. Paul gave after describing the “strong delusion” that would accompany the “man of lawlessness”:
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thess 2:15)
That is, remain steadfast in the Barque of Peter holding fast to Sacred Tradition, even if the ship appears to be taking on water… even if its captain, the Pope, at times says things that “rock the boat”. For not everything that comes out of his mouth is infallible.
Case in point is the new Encyclical on the environment in which Francis adds moral support to the science of “global warming.” It was a surprise for many to read, since the science of “global warming” has been fraught with not only contradictions but even fraud.(“Climate gate, the sequel…”, The Telegraph) Furthermore, a member of the Club of Rome was appointed by the Vatican to be an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The problem is that the Club of Rome, a global think-tank, has admitted to using “global warming” as an impetus to reduce the population of the world—part of Satan’s vision for a “new world.”
In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself. (Alexander King & Bertrand Schneider. The First Global Revolution, p. 75, 1993.)
Still, brothers and sisters, “global warming” is not a matter of faith and morals, not a part of the “deposit of faith.” And so Pope Francis rightly adds:
There are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus. Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good. (Laudato si’, n.188)
And so, a debate we have.
Popes have made strange alliances in the past—sometimes for good reasons that remained hidden for years—but at the end of the day, the Church and her infallible truths remained long after the players departed this life. And thus, the Petrine promises of Christ shine even brighter, despite the personal fallibility of the pontiffs.
For with the same realism with which we declare today the sins of the popes and their disproportion to the magnitude of their commission, we must also acknowledge that Peter has repeatedly stood as the rock against ideologies, against the dissolution of the word into the plausibilities of a given time, against subjection to the powers of this world. When we see this in the facts of history, we are not celebrating men but praising the Lord, who does not abandon the Church and who desired to manifest that he is the rock through Peter, the little stumbling stone: “flesh and blood” do not save, but the Lord saves through those who are flesh and blood. To deny this truth is not a plus of faith, not a plus of humility, but is to shrink from the humility that recognizes God as he is. (Cardinal Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI], Called to Communion, Understanding the Church Today, Ignatius Press, p. 73-74)
Just as Jesus spoke in parables, Pope Francis is purposely setting out to speak to the world, often in their language. This is not compromise, but much the same tactic St. Paul took when quoting the poets of the day to the Romans. (Acts 17:28)
To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law… To those outside the law I became as one outside the law… To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (1 Cor 9:20-22)
Just as former popes weren’t calling forth a diabolical new world order, neither is Pope Francis eliciting one of the tenets of Satan’s vision of the New Age: a pseudo-pantheism. The Encyclical Laudato si’ is a biblical call to true stewardship of creation and, in fact, a prophetic vision of what the true Era of Peace will be after the defeat of Antichrist.
...We implore [Mary’s] maternal intercession that the Church may become a home for many peoples, a mother for all peoples, and that the way may be opened to the birth of a new world. It is the Risen Christ who tells us, with a power that fills us with confidence and unshakeable hope: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5). With Mary we advance confidently towards the fulfillment of this promise… (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 288) v
These excerpts are reprinted with permission.
Mark Mallet is a Roman Catholic singer/songwriter and author, whose works include, “The Final Confrontation, The Present and Coming Trial and Triumph of the Church”. www.markmallett.com/blog/category/daily-journal/
The Pilgrims of St. Michael stand firm with the Barque of Peter and it is our hope that these words may serve as a helpful insight to our readers, in the “discernment of spirits”, as we seek to understand what is truly Christ’s vision for building a better world, as opposed to Satan’s deceitful and diabolical plan of global control, through the New World Order. —Yves Jacques