The logical place to look for such confirmation is in the ‘cryptic texts’ on the last days. And the main one – is where Our Lord foretells the setting up of ‘the abomination of desolation of which the prophet Daniel spoke in the Holy place’ to which the words are added ‘let the reader understand’ (Matt 24:15). Since in Scripture an ‘abomination’ signifies an idol, and since Our Lord reveals it will be set up ‘in the Holy place’, we have a link with our hypothesis. But the fact we are urged to ‘understand’ this text, implies a hidden meaning, and so now we turn to the prophecy to Our Lord referred – which is in Chapter 9 of Daniel: vv 23-27. This follows on from the prophecy in Daniel 7 of an empire which will attack the Church at the end of time. Its attack is led by ‘one who makes war on the saints and proves the stronger’ but is defeated by the ‘son of man’ (13-21). Chapter 9 reveals that the aggressor, Antichrist, will launch this attack by entering ‘the sanctuary, removing ‘the sacrifice’ and setting up ‘the abomination of desolation’. Clearly this cannot refer to an attack on the Jewish Temple as it was destroyed in AD 70. Surely the fact that Our Lord was referring to the last days – implies an attack not on that Temple – but on what it foreshadowed, namely the sanctuary of the Catholic Church? And what is the sacrifice offered there? Surely it is the Sacrifice of the Mass? So is this the target of Antichrist’s attack?
Note the name of where the ‘abomination’ will be set up: ‘the Holy place’. This name is derived from the instruction given to Moses to set forth twelve loaves of bread in ‘a holy place’ of the Temple: ‘You are to bake twelve loaves (and) set them in two rows of six on the pure table that stands before the Lord… This will be the food offered as a memorial, a burnt offering for the Lord. Continually every sabbath they shall be set before the Lord. The sons of Israel shall provide them by unending covenant. They will belong to Aaron and his sons, who shall eat them in a holy place, for they are a most holy portion for him of the Lord’s burnt offerings. This is a perpetual law.’ (Leviticus 24: 5-9; Heb 9:2). At the Last Supper, Christ used the same symbol of bread in instituting the Sacrifice of the Mass, thus fulfilling all that the earlier rite foreshadowed, as Origen confirmed (P.G. XII col 547). This implies that the idol will be set up on the new Holy place, namely the altar of the Church, where Christ is present under the forms of bread and wine. All of which tends to confirm that the target of Antichrist’s attack is the Mass. But the above begs certain questions. For instance how could someone gain access to the sanctuary in order to set up an idol there?
For answers we turn to St Paul’s account of Antichrist’s attack in his second Letter to the Thessalonians. This was prompted by rumours that Christ’s return was imminent. But St Paul wrote that ‘it cannot happen until an apostasy has taken place, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sits in the sanctuary, showing himself as if he were God. Surely you remember me telling you about these things when I was with you? And you know what is still holding him back from appearing before the appointed time. The mystery of iniquity is at work already, only the one who restrains it has first to be removed until the wicked one appears openly.’(2 Thess 2: 1-7). Note that ‘this rebel’ will ‘exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped so that he sits in the sanctuary and reveals himself as if he were God’ (emphasised – IC).
St Paul next states that he will ‘remove the one who restrains iniquity’’ – but how does he achieve this? As the ‘action’ takes place in the sanctuary, It implies that he ‘exalts himself’ over what is worshipped there. But in the Christian dispensation the sanctuary is the place where priests say Mass. And in the Mass, Christ is present and worshipped. Which implies that what the rebel ‘opposes’ is the Eucharist. St Paul adds that ‘the mystery of iniquity…is being withheld by he who must be removed before the rebel can appear openly’. Surely this refers to Christ who through His action in the Mass, currently holds Satan bound, and thus implies that this ‘rebel’, who is to be identified as the Antichrist: will effectively remove Him? St Paul reveals that following this intervention, Satan will be able to work ‘miracles’ (v. 9) in an attempt to deceive people. Clearly it would be impossible for anyone to make such an attack without the collusion of the leaders of the Church. The ‘sanctuary’ is their domain and under their protection, and so such a person could not enter without their permission. Note that St Paul says the rebel ‘sits in the sanctuary’ which implies that he takes his place there as if by right. This is consonant with the idea of him being invited to take part in a Mass, and that implies the complicity of a section of the Church’s Bishops in extending an invitation. The text implies that he does lack valid orders because the effect of his actions is to remove Christ from the Church’s altar. If he were truly a Catholic priest, he would not remove Him but make Him present.
In summary then, these two end-time texts confirm the hypothesis that the Mass is the target of the coming attack, and that it will be undermined by someone lacking valid orders, whose intervention effectively displaces Christ from the altar and sets up an idol as the focus of worship, thereby abolishing the Mass and allowing Satan to work ‘miracles’ in order to deceive all into following Antichrist. According to the Gospels this will be accompanied by a great persecution of the Church throughout the world (Matt 24:9).
This brings us to the Apocalypse. Does it confirm our findings? And does it provide what is now needed: namely a means of determining whether these events lie far in the future, or await fulfilment in our own times?
A FINAL PICTURE EMERGES
In the Apocalypse the account of the last days begins in Chapter 12 with the appearance of a ‘woman clothed with the sun’. Many hold this to have been fulfilled when Our Lady appeared at Fatima: and indeed when Pope John Paul II visited Fatima in 2000 to beatify Jacinta and Francisco, he endorsed the correlation: ‘In accordance with the divine plan, a ‘Woman clothed with the sin’ (Apoc 12:1) came down from heaven to earth to visit the privileged children of the Father… In her motherly care, the Blessed Virgin came here to Fatima to ask men and women to ‘stop offending God…’ But one cannot interpret this part of the Apocalypse in isolation, and to make such a correlation implies that what that Book reveals from that point onwards, awaits its fulfillment in the coming times.
So let us consider what the Apocalypse does reveal, after the appearance of ‘the woman’. A ‘dragon’ appears, signifying Satan, and inspires ‘a beast’ to attack ‘the followers of Jesus’: signifying the Church. The beast ‘is given power to ‘make war on the saints and to overcome them.. and power over every tribe and people and tongue and nation (13:6,7), and the fact that it attacks the Church with power over all people suggests a political power or nation. In fact Daniel 7 also describes ‘a beast’ attacking the saints in the last days, and as Daniel reveals that this signifies a powerful empire (7:13 ff), we may conclude that it signifies the same – in the Apocalypse. That reveals a defining feature of the ‘beast’: namely that ‘it had had a deadly wound but this had then healed and then the whole world marveled and followed the beast’ (13:3). Surely this correlates with events referred to above? When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941 they occupied vast territories and came within sight of Moscow. But the nation rallied, drove out the invader, and emerged as a great world-power. If the correlation is valid it implies that what Apocalypse reveals next, also relates to our days.
The Apocalypse next reveals the coming of a ‘second beast ‘ which ‘is servant to the first beast and has two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon and exercised all the authority of the first beast in its presence’ (13:11). The account continues: ‘it worked great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of men; and by the signs which it was allowed to work in the presence of the beast, it deceived those on earth, bidding them make an image for the beast which was wounded by the sword, and yet lived, and it was allowed to give breath to the image.. so that its should speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain’. (vv 13 -15).
The action of this ‘beast’ in forcing all to worship an ‘image’ on pain of death, thus provoking a persecution of the Church, reveal it to be a human person – and thus the Antichrist. The ‘image’ clearly correlates with the ‘abomination of desolation’ of Matt 24:15. From what verses 1-10 reveal, once this idol has been set up it is the role of the first beast to impose worship on it throughout the world.
The Apocalypse reveals a means of identifying the Antichrist. We are told the ‘first beast’ is ‘servant of the first’ and that ‘it has two horns like a lamb, but spoke like a dragon’ (13:11). Since the Apocalypse always signifies Christ as ‘the Lamb’, this implies the Antichrist will come in Christian guise, but be Satan’s messenger. We are also told that he ‘makes the world worship’ the first beast (13: 12). What kind of person ‘makes us worship’? Surely a minister of religion. This links with what St John reveals: that Antichrist will come ‘out of our number but never really belonged’ (1 John 2:19): a reference to the number of the Christian ministry. The third ‘pointer’ lies in the fact that the second beast ‘exercises all the authority of the first beast’, for if that beast signifies Russia, it implies he is linked with it in some way, quite possibly as its agent. Significantly, when Apocalypse states that the first beast had a deadly wound which then healed, it adds that then the whole world marveled and followed the beast (13:3). As the latter is only achieved when the Antichrist comes, it follows that there must be a causal link between the wartime victory of Russia and the coming of Antichrist.
In fact we have already revealed that chain of events in Chapter 2. We showed how Stalin used the ROC as an instrument of propaganda to deceive his allies into attacking through France alone, leaving him master of Eastern Europe. Following its success in running the war, the ROC was given a role in a ‘front’ linked to the ecumenical movement, and a member of that front has now set up a unity plan which by enlisting Catholic participation, has paved the way for an attack on the Mass. This leads us to ask whether the Apocalypse reveals that the Mass is the target of attack? In fact, in Chapter 5 is an account of worship being given to ‘a Lamb standing, that was slain’ (vv 6-14), and according to Fr J.P. Arendzen : ‘This stands as a fit emblem of Christ as the Victim slain in atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind, who having been crucified, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, there to plead for ever the merits of His atoning sacrifice before the throne of God.’ (Notes on the New Testament, Sheed & Ward 1947, emphasised). The Church on earth worships that same Lamb in the Mass: and as the true focus of mankind’s worship is thus the logical target of Antichrist’s attack.
Lastly the Apocalypse declares ‘he that has wisdom and understanding let him count the number of the beast. For it is the number of a man, and the number is 666’ (13:18). What all the end-time texts provide therefore, is a means of recognising Antichrist before he comes. What those texts in fact reveal are all the circumstances of the coming attack. To be fully forewarned we need to know – the identity of the attacker, his target, his strategy, and lastly where he intends to strike. All the relevant texts are preceded by words such as ‘let the reader understand’ (Matt 24:15) or as above ‘he that has wisdom and understanding…’ It would appear they are intended to be solved at the relevant time, in order to unmask the strategy. Christ’s own words are: ‘Take care that no one deceives you, because many will come using my name and saying “I am the Christ”, and they will deceive many…Then they will hand you over to be tortured and put to death…, but the man who stands firm to the end will be saved…. when you see the abomination of desolation of which the prophet Daniel spoke, set up in the Holy place (let the reader understand) there will be great distress such as, since the world began, there has never been, nor ever will be again.. If anyone says to you then “Look, here is the Christ” or, “He is there”, do not believe it, for false Christs and false prophets will arise and produce great signs and portents, enough even to deceive the elect, if that were possible. There, I have forewarned you’ (Matthew 24: 5,9, 13, 15-25).
As stated these texts reveal the circumstances of the coming attack. But there is one vital aspect that remains hidden. We still don’t know where he will appear. But there is a significant text in Apocalypse 17 that again starts with the words ‘here is a need for wisdom’ and goes on to designate the place of attack. This follows the vision of the ‘great harlot with whom all the kings of the world have committed fornication’, riding on a ‘a scarlet beast which had seven heads and ten horns and blasphemous titles written all over it’. The woman’s name is ‘Babylon the Great, the mother of all the prostitutes and all the filthy practices on earth’ (which was) ‘drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus’. Then the angel reveals “.. the meaning of this woman, and the beast she is riding, with the seven heads and ten horns… here there is need for cleverness, for a shrewd mind: the seven heads are the seven hills and the woman is sitting on them… the woman you saw is the great city which has authority over all the rulers of the world” 1-9).
There is clearly correlation between the ‘scarlet’ beast and that of Apocalypse 13:1. But as that denotes a powerful nation.. what the ‘harlot’ must signify is an agency with which it is allied, in its attack on the Church. So if the ‘first beast’ denotes Russia, as postulated, what does ‘the harlot’ signify? Is it not significant that in the Old Testament, prostitution signifies apostasy? Since this ‘harlot’ rules over kings and commerce (Ch 18) it is logical to postulate that it symbolises not a city but an organisation which is worldwide, mercenary – and aimed at the downfall of the Church. The clue is in ‘Babylon’, for this was where the Jews were exiled in 586 BC in punishment for worshipping the tutelary god of Babylon, namely Baal. So what organisation today is corrupt and mercenary, hostile to the Church, and whose members still worship Baal? The answer is surely Freemasonry, which worships the deity ‘Jah-bul-on’: with ‘bul’ signifying Baal – the same as formerly worshipped at Babylon – and signifying a name for the Devil. Thus it is logical to postulate that the above symbolism signifies the alliance of Russia and Freemasonry, and that Russia’s attack on the Church is facilitated by Freemasonry. As that attack starts with the coming of Antichrist, it is also logical to postulate that the place where the ‘harlot’ sits, indicates the place where he will strike, namely at a ‘city by abundant waters, on seven hills’ (Apoc 17:19).
Is it not significant that the current dangers come from the Catholic Church in Scotland joining a new ‘ecumenical body’ along with Protestant denominations, which puts pressure on our hierarchy to accept Protestant ‘orders’? That ‘body’ was set up by a subsidiary of the WCC, whose aims and practices correlate with those of Freemasonry. Evidently it is the essential means by which Russia gains access to the Church. Is it not significant that Edinburgh lies on seven hills besides abundant waters?
You may decide here to reject interpretations of Scripture offered by a layman. But in his encyclical on Biblical scholarship, Pope Leo XIII authorised such interpretations: ‘Let Catholics cultivate the science of criticism as most useful for the right understanding of Holy Scripture. They have our strenuous approval… There are a few things concerning which Holy Church has as yet made no certain and definitive statement. In regard to these, it is lawful to each Catholic scholar to hold and defend his own opinion’ (Apostolic Letter ‘Vigilante’). Traditionally of course interpretations supported by the Fathers of the Church, carry more weight. So how did they interpret the relevant texts?
WHAT ‘THE FATHERS’ STATE
Here is how Hippolytus (180-245) interpreted the relevant text in Daniel 9: ‘In the middle (of the last ‘week’) will appear the abomination of desolation: the Antichrist announcing devastation to the world. And when he appears, the sacrifice and oblation will be removed, which are now offered to God in every place by the nations’. (Commentary on Daniel, 22).
Similarly St Irenaeus (d. 202) – wrote: ‘Gabriel reveals the time that the tyranny shall last, during which the saints shall be put to flight, they who offer a pure sacrifice to God: “And in the middle of the week”, he says. “the sacrifice and oblation shall be taken away, and the abomination of desolation shall be brought into the temple until the end of time”.(Ad Heresias V: 25).
Later, St Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church, wrote: ‘The devil has always managed to get rid of the Mass by means of heretics, making them the precursors of the Antichrist who will succeed in abolishing, as a punishment for the sins of men, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, precisely as Daniel had predicted.’ (La Messa e l‘Officio Strapazatti, Opere Ascetiche).
Indeed Cardinal Manning stated: ‘The Holy Fathers who have written upon the subject of Antichrist, and the prophecies of Daniel, without a single exception, as far as I know.. all of them unanimously say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar will cease’ (‘The Present Crisis of the Holy See’, 1861).
The above tends to confirm the hypothesis that the real Third Secret deals with the coming of Antichrist. This raises the question of whether that attack is imminent. It is significant that in his address to the U.S. Eucharistic Congress in 1976, the then Cardinal Wojtyla stated: ‘We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think the wider circle of the Christian community realises this fully. We are facing the final confrontation between the Church and the Anti-Church; the Gospel and Anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence, it is a trial which the Church must take up’ (quoted in Wall St Journal 9th Nov. 1978 – emphasised).
When he became Pope he again spoke of ‘trials’ – in reference to the Third Secret. Firstly he claimed that ‘because of the seriousness of its contents, in order not to encourage the worldwide powers of Communism to make certain attacks, my predecessors in the Chair of Peter have diplomatically preferred to withhold its publication’ and then added: ‘we must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not too distant future, trials that will require us to be ready to give up our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ’ (Meeting at Fulda, Germany: ‘Stimme des Glaubens’ Nov 1980, emphasised). A ‘trial’ in which we must be ready to give up our lives implies, of course, a time of persecution. And if such a time is indeed imminent, and it is as the late Pope claimed ‘a trial which the Church must take up’ , it begs the question – how can we, when our leaders conceal further knowledge of that trial from us?
Note the discrepancy between the reason for withholding of the Secret in 1980 and what the Vatican published in 2000. How could a message couched in such symbolic and thus vague terms have encouraged ‘the world-wide powers of Communism to attack’? It all indicates an ambivalence on the part of our leaders. They seem to want to reveal these dangers but only in non-specific terms. Thus Pope Benedict once stated that the Secret concerns ‘dangers to the faith and life of Christians and thus of the world’ in the last days’.. His claims were made in an interview but when it was published in book form as ‘The Ratzinger Report’, they were significantly omitted. Our leaders are clearly aware of these dangers, but are unwilling to reveal them to us. Perhaps they assume that they lie in the future. But this is to ignore the fact that the pre-disposing conditions for an attack are already established through the Church’s involvement in the Protestant ecumenical movement, in defiance of the clear teachings of Pope Pius XI..
To summarise, the prophecies foretell that Antichrist will set an idol up on the altar in place of Christ and then a nation will impose worship on it on pain of death. But this trial will not end in defeat, but victory for the people of God. That perspective is obscured by what the Vatican claims as the Third Secret. But in contrast, the evidence suggests the following solution: ‘In Portugal the doctrines of the faith will always be preserved, but in another land Russia will bring about the coming of Antichrist, who as Scripture foretells, will set up an idol on the altar of the Church and force people to worship it, on pain of death. But Christians must hold firm in this grave persecution, in which Satan will try to set up a kingdom on earth in place of the Church.. but in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and it will be saved and a time of peace will be granted to the world’.