There are hundreds of "end time" prophecies recorded by seers and mystics of the Catholic church. These prophecies do not necessarily have official approval of the Catholic church, but what is relevant and significant is this: many people know about, study and believe these prophecies. After outlining what these prophecies predict, we will see why belief in these prophecies may prove to be very significant as end time events unfold.
Yves Dupont, in his book Catholic Prophecy (TAN Books and Publishers, Inc), has collected and organized some of the Catholic prophecies. He presents the following sequence of major events:
Now we need to reconcile Bible prophecy with the Catholic prophecies. First, take note of the dramatic change Holzhauser predicts between the fifth and sixth periods of the Catholic church. The Catholic church goes from the "affliction, desolation, humiliation and poverty" of the fifth period through a "wondrous" change into the sixth period, when "all nations will come to worship God in the true Catholic and Roman faith."
What would move the whole world to such a dramatic turnaround in attitude toward Catholicism? Could it be the "sixth seal" events we previously studied in Revelation and Matthew... the great meteor shower, the darkening of the sun and moon, and the appearance of the "sign of the Son of Man" in the "clouds of heaven"? We have already seen how these events apparently "shortened" the "great tribulation" in Matthew 24. Raging wars and chaos are brought to a halt when mankind witnesses awesome astronomical events and realizes that God is real and is intervening in human affairs. From that time forward the attitude has changed... all mankind will look for Christ's predicted arrival on earth... but a great deception is about to take place! Do you remember the warning Jesus gave after He spoke of the shortening of the great tribulation? Here it is again:
It appears that many - except for the "very elect" - will be deceived into following a false Christ and false prophet after the heavenly signs cut short the "great tribulation." We have seen from Bible prophecy that this false Christ or Antichrist is Daniel's "little horn... speaking great things." It is the final world-ruling "beast" in power before the actual return of Christ. We have already seen Daniel's description: "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints [true Christians], and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Daniel 7:7,8). This is eerily similar to the "Great Monarch" of Holzhauser's prophecy, who will "rule supreme in temporal matters" and by whom "every heresy will be banished from the earth." And the "Holy Pontiff" with "the gift of miracles" (Taigi) that rules with the Great Monarch is eerily similar to the false prophet of Revelation 13:13-15:
We have seen how the Bible's Antichrist and false prophet seem to correspond to the Catholic Great Monarch and Holy Pontiff. Can we also establish a correlation between Bible prophecy and Holzhauser's previous "fifth period" of "affliction, desolation, humiliation and poverty" for the Catholic church? Yes we can: there is a prophecy in Revelation which clearly shows that the "ten horns" - in power before the Antichrist "little horn" appears - will hate a symbolic "whore" and expose its faults, confiscate its property and subject it to legal trials and convictions. Here is the prophecy:
A "woman" in Bible prophecy is often used to symbolize a church. The "whore" is the church "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication," as defined in Revelation 17:2. Anyone familiar with European history can identify this church: it has a long history of consortiums with temporal powers. It has used this "fornication" to gain power, credibility and eminence in the eyes of the people, making them "drunk" or deceived. It is the same church which professes worship of God and Jesus, yet practices brazen disobedience to even the simplest of Jesus' commands: "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9).
In our study of Daniel's prophecy we saw that the "ten horns" world power will apparently be the next major world power to appear. Will Europe's current struggles to achieve unity finally result in a union of ten nations? Will the Catholic church's present embarrassments - including sex crimes, financial scandals and accusations of anti-Semitism - grow into a grand fiasco of public humiliation and condemnation, particularly at the hands of the unified ten nations? We need to be mindful of these prophecies as the future unfolds.
Bible prophecy has showed us that the reign of the Antichrist "beast" or "little horn" and false prophet will end, after about three and a half years, with the return of Christ (Daniel 7, Revelation 19). The beast and false prophet are to gather their armies at Armageddon (a few miles northwest of Jerusalem) in preparation for their attempt to defeat Christ (see Rev. 16:12-16) as He returns to Jerusalem. But according to Catholic prophecy the reign of the Monarch and Holy Pontiff ends with the arrival of Antichrist. Could it be none other than the Great Monarch and Holy Pontiff who gather their armies - in an attempt to defeat what they believe to be the arriving Antichrist - as per Catholic prophecy? But in fact they are attempting to defeat Christ, and are destroyed (Revelation 19). They and their followers will have failed to seek God and the truth during this, "the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Rev. 3:10).
Now we can better appreciate the important role these Catholic prophecies might play in future events. Millions - the whole world - may view Catholic prophecy as fulfilled and validated during the Chastisement, and again during the reign of the Great Monarch. It would then be easy for them to believe that Antichrist comes next, not realizing or admitting that they are already following the Antichrist. Truly the beast and false prophet - the Great Monarch and Holy Pontiff - will be tools of the Devil, "which deceiveth the whole world" (Rev. 12:9) until Christ returns.
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