The LATTER TIMES should not be confused with the END TIMES. The End Times or Final Judgment is the last step that will take place only after that period of God’s triumph on earth in the Latter Times.
Based on Scripture and prophecies that agree with Scripture, the disastrous days in history confirm the prophecies of Fatima and Quito, as well as those of the great Marian prophet St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort and others, which speak of a great chastisement to be followed by a long period of peace, which will be the Reign of Christ through Mary.
The Scriptures and private prophecies warn us of a great chastisement that will come over all humanity – a Judgment of Nations – to be followed by a long period of peace and universal well-being, prior to the END TIMES.
In the great universal catastrophe that is coming, the world will not be completely annihilated; rather, the remnant of mankind that survives the chastisement will be changed and purified. Many of the prophecies speak of a great leader, a man sent by God, a prophetic figure beloved by Our Lady, an Eliatic figure, who will lead this restoration.
The following were words of Jesus Christ to Blessed Ana Maria, as she saw a man in the future who will play a key role in her Restoration:
"Do you see him? Observe. Contemplate him. Behold the apostolic soul, the man who fights for the vineyard, the one equal to those who fought so much for My glory. His efforts, his sweat, his works will be rewarded in Paradise with such a glory that no human mind can imagine. The love I have for this person is so great that it will only be known in Paradise. He is a truly zealous man. A man with no stain. He has no human ends, no self interest, and, since his earliest youth, the vice of flattery never touched him.”
"Now is not the time for miracles, because the hour for the Church to return to her first state still has not arrived. My children behold your Mother. I bless you; My Father blesses you, but you must be good, be good, be good. You should suffer with a good disposition until the Holy Spirit comes to set you afire with love and bring an end to this iniquitous world. They will have reached the end. They will have suffered almost everything. All the kingdoms, cities, peoples, castles, provinces will find themselves suffering, with problems, tribulation and torments until the definitive day.”
Once she asked God who would resist this terrible trial. He answered: "Those to whom I will grant the spirit of humility."
St. Hildegard von Bingen, (1098-1179) describing the Latter Times:
"Then the fear of God has been entirely cast aside, when ferocious and cruel wars happen in an unprecedented manner, when a multitude of people are sacrificed in these wars and many cities are converted into mounds of ruins ... when society has been completely purified by these tribulations ... when they fully return to the practice of justice ... For consolation will follow desolation ... as the new Law succeeded the ancient Law."
In one of her famous works, Scivias, St. Hildegard was instructed by a Voice from Heaven to record the prophetic visions she had experienced since childhood. Her confessor and spiritual director, the monk Volmar, ordered her to obey the Voice, which he judged came from Heaven. She later received approval from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, as well as the endorsement of Pope Eugenius III at the Synod of Trier (1147-1148).
In the testimony of Msgr. Natali in the beatification process, he relates the words of the seer about the Latter Times:
"Things will be so convulsed that man would no longer be able to put things in order, but the omnipotent Arm of the Lord will remedy everything”.
She told me (Msgr. Natali) that the great scourge of the earth had been mitigated, but not that of Heaven, for it would be horrible, shocking and universal. Truly, the universal nature of the coming chastisement makes it a "Judgment of Nations.”
That great Chastisement would occur long after the holy people of her epoch had been buried, he continued:
“It will arrive unexpectedly and in it the wicked will be destroyed. I saw the earth enveloped in flames, many buildings crumbling the earth and Heaven seemed to be in agony. Many millions of men will die by steel, some in wars, others in conflicts, and millions more by unforeseen death and this throughout the whole world. As a result, entire nations will return to the unity of the Catholic Church, many Turks, Gentiles and Hebrews will be converted in a way that will surprise Catholics, who will be amazed by the fervor and observance they will show in their lives”.
This sequence of events is also foretold by Blessed Ana Maria Taigi (1769-1837), a housewife and mother of 7 children in Rome who was gifted with extraordinary visions and revelations about the Latter Times and the future chastisement.
From age 24, Ana Maria Taigi often had before her eyes a "mystical sun," a supernatural orb-shaped light that allowed her to see state of consciences, the revolutions and wars, the aims of secret societies, the rewards of the good and punishments of the bad. In it various times she saw the Latter Times, the great chastisement that would cleanse the earth and the Church, the destruction of the Revolution, and the “restorer” who would lead a victory more splendid than has ever been achieved before.
Many of the prophecies speak of a great leader, a man sent by God, a prophetic figure beloved by Our Lady, an Eliatic figure, who will lead this restoration.
She also spoke of the Reign of Mary, when all the religions will convert to Catholicism. She said that, after the chastisement ends, amid great convulsions of nature and loss of life, a heavenly era will start a triumph so great and astounding that she was left dumbfounded.
Three Days of Darkness
Blessed Ana Maria Taigi also describes the “Three Days of Darkness”
"There shall come over the whole earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights. Nothing will be able to be seen, and the air will be laden with pestilence which will claim mainly, but not only, the enemies of Religion. It will be impossible to use any man-made light during this darkness, except blessed candles.
She goes on to tell how the three days will end with a triumph of Heaven:
“After the three days of darkness, Saints Peter and Paul, having come down from Heaven, will preach throughout the world and designate a new Pope. A great light will flash from their bodies and will settle upon the future Pontiff. ... There shall be innumerable conversions of heretics, who will return to the bosom of the Church; all will note the edifying conduct of their lives, as well as that of all other Catholics. Russia, England and China will come to the Church."
For those who understand the extremity of evil we are currently witnessing today, it makes full sense that God should open the doors of the Reign of Mary in an unexpected and marvelous way, as Ana Maria Taigi predicts.
Further on, the Prophet Jeremiah concludes specifically mentioning the epoch when these things will happen: "Behold the whirlwind of the Lord, his fury going forth, a violent storm, it shall rest upon the head of the wicked. The Lord will not turn away the wrath of his indignation, till he has executed and performed the thought of his heart: In the latter days you shall understand these things." (30:23-24)
Many Nations will Disappear
The great chastisement mentioned by Jeremiah will be a Judgment of Nations; and in that Judgment, nations will disappear as Our Lady told the three shepherd children at Fatima. But it is not the end of the world. There must be a time when the people who remain on this earth will give glory to Our Lord and Our Lady, building the Reign of Mary as predicted by the great 17th-century Prophet St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort:
In the era that will follow, “Christ will reign from one end of the world to the other, and all His enemies will fall at his feet” (1 Cor. 15:25) to render Him their vassalage. His Church will be gloriously triumphant throughout the earth.
Several quotes from Scripture confirm a Chastisement or Judgment of Nations, to be followed by a time when a purified remnant will fear and glorify the Lord.
Isaiah prophesizes a Latter Times when the earth, profaned by its inhabitants, will be devastated and only a few of the faithful will remain:
“Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it, and shall afflict the face thereof, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest: and as with the servant, so with his master: as with the handmaid, so with her mistress: as with the buyer, so with the seller: as with the lender, so with the borrower: as with him that calleth for his money, so with him that oweth.” Therefore shall a curse devour the earth, and the inhabitants thereof shall sin: and therefore they that dwell therein shall be mad, and few men shall be left.” (24:1-6)
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined: and I will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say: Thou art my people: and they shall say: The Lord is my God.” (13:8-9)
A Great Chastisement will come over the earth, Zacharias foresees, where only a third part will be left.
The Scriptures and prophecies warn us of a great chastisement that will come over all humanity – a Judgment of Nations. What is important to note is that some inhabitants, albeit few, will remain after the Great Chastisement, which is a definitive sign that it is not the end of the world.
The small number of survivors of this great chastisement is foretold in the imagery of the few olives that still cling to the tree after it has been shaken:
“It shall be thus in the midst of the earth, in the midst of the people, as if a few olives, that remain, should be shaken out of the olive tree: or grapes, when the vintage is ended.” (Is. 14:13)
“And there shall be in all the earth, saith the Lord, two parts in it shall be scattered and shall perish: but the third part shall be left therein.
This should suffice to demonstrate that the Universal Judgment of Nations will come over all humanity in the LATTER TIMES (as the title of the blog says—The Next-to-the-Last Gasp)—but it is not the END TIMES—The Final Judgement, which will be at the end of the world (The Last Gasp).
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