I remember the Y2K scare nearly 23 years ago, the urge by friends “in the know” to prepare for TEOTWAWKI — the end of the world as we know it. One even wrote a booklet about all the endless consequences of such a disaster and distributed it. Our family did prepare some but not to the point where our finances were stretched. And low and behold — Y2K never happened. (The Mayan Calendar predictions for 2012 never happened, either.) Those who had promoted Y2K, to save face, called it “a good test run.” Well maybe, but the emotional energy involved could not be recouped even if the survival materials purchased could be used at a later date. Since that time there have been numerous scares of various sorts to deal with, EMPs, comets, Planet X, you name it. Preppers always have something new to justify adding to their bug-out kits. But bug out — to where? as one savvy relative asked recently. The only way we are getting out of this mess is to take up residence in a box at the local cemetery.
What I have never figured out is where we find the bug-out kits for spiritual survival, the only thing that really matters in all this anyway. I guess that would mean a packet that would include a rosary, a scapular, a Sacred Heart badge, a Pardon Cross, a booklet with the basic truths of the Catholic faith and various other items that can be purchased individually, online or elsewhere. Physical preparation is a practical necessity, but spiritual preparation should be our utmost priority, needless to say. So in exploring what follows below, I have no intention of creating alarm, urgency or distress. All of us reading this have to know that our days on this increasingly disgusting planet earth are numbered, just by observing all that has happened over the past several decades. TEOTWAWKI for us was the day Pope Pius XII died, and it has just been a waiting game ever since. Even Protestants expect Christ to return at any moment.
We are living in times when those of the Traditionalist mindset seem to expect a holy Pope and a Great Monarch to simply pop up out of the ether and set the Church right. They actually may have been preparing for this event behind the scenes for decades, harboring a “hidden” pope and courting some purported heir to European thrones. This despite all indications that no such thing can or will happen without a miracle, and that such a miracle cannot be fabricated as they have attempted to fabricate their very existence as the true Church itself. While we will not exclude miracles here, neither will we easily lend ourselves to the conviction that the Church will be re-established on earth, at least according to their understanding of this event. The Jews expected an earthly king, and when Christ did not fit the bill, they crucified Him. It seems that history is simply repeating itself.
You will find speculations about TEOTWAWKI on paid Traditionalist sites, and others scattered here and there. Traditionalism is a business that many have profited from for decades. The information dispersed on this site is offered free of charge, thanks to my family and those generous donors who continue to help with expenses. Truth, especially, but also essential information should never be used for profit, particularly when our spiritual and physical survival are at stake. That they have been and that this information may be crucial to survive what lies ahead of us is why I have decided to make mention of it here, even though I am not pretending to know how it will happen exactly, when, or what we can expect once it occurs. God has kept this secret to Himself, and we will never be able to predict it with any real accuracy. We can, however, address it in a general sense and divest it of the Traditionalist spin that is being used to characterize what we can expect in its aftermath. (To view this author’s stand on where we are in apocalyptic time, read https://www.betrayedcatholics.com/end-times-teaching-and-traditionalists/).
So what are we looking at here?
There are any number of scenarios that have played out over the years but as we get closer to where I believe we are going, things become clearer as time goes on. To elaborate on the link above, I believe we are post-apostasy, post-Antichrist and that we exist in a time described by St. Thomas Aquinas: “Although men be terrified by the signs appearing about the judgment day, yet before those signs begin to appear the wicked will think themselves to be in peace and security after the death of Antichrist and before the coming of Christ, seeing that the world is not at once destroyed as they thought hitherto” (Summa supplement, Q. 73: 1). Although Antichrist is dead, his system and its leaders still live, so in a sense he lives on as well. Yet THE Man of Sin died in 1978, and that Paul 6 was indeed the Antichrist is something we have maintained for decades. Many disagree, but we have offered abundant proofs for this belief, while others have not come forward with equivalent proofs for why he is not.
The coming of Antichrist is what Traditionalists seem to pivot on in their evaluation of what we can expect in the future. Some believe in a general idea that the usurpers are Antichrist but are divided on whether Roncalli was one of the usurpers. Others believe that Francis is the Antichrist and that certain others were his system, and there are many variations of this belief. Yet others believe Antichrist has not yet come, so they are all over the place. Their inability to agree on this issue is what keeps them in limbo about what will happen in the coming months, or years, as God so ordains. One thing they are nearly all in agreement on is the coming three days of darkness, and this has been front and center for quite some time. This seems to follow the same parameters with all quoting the same sources, namely, private revelation.
Among these the most popular seem to be Marie Julie Jahenny and Anna Maria Taigi, also Bartholomew Holzhauser and the secret of La Salette. All of these are almost identical in what they predict. And they correspond with what some of the best minds today predict is going to happen very soon, with a few exceptions and some warnings. But comingled with these revelations are those regarding the coming of a great monarch, and these prophecies are being used to misdirect the faithful. To read how this is being done, see the article at https://www.betrayedcatholics.com/articles/a-catholics-course-of-study/traditionalist-heresies-and-errors/papal-teaching-on-church-and-state/can-catholics-expect-a-great-monarch/ Most Traditionalists assume the Great Monarch prophecies are of Catholic origin, since many of these prophecies are presented as proof of the Church’s belief in a Great Monarch. But doctrine, not prophecy is the bedrock of belief; prophecy and private revelations are proposed for belief on human, not Catholic faith. In fact Catholics need not even profess belief in revelations of this nature, even when they come from the mouths of saints, and in doing so they commit no sin. Even though a some saints foresaw the advent of a Great Monarch, many alternate explanations can be offered for their various predictions.
The Coming Chastisement of the World
While the three days of darkness tell a large part of the story, private prophecy doesn’t give it a place in time, or refer it to any specific set of events. The two personages missing from all of this are Enoch and Elias, who most commentators place in time before the defeat of Antichrist. But commentators have long been at odds over who these men might be and what role they might play. Some even believe they may have been Sts. Peter and Paul; others Pope Pius IX and Pope St. Pius X. St. Robert Bellarmine insists it is heterodoxy to deny they will come before Antichrist’s defeat (although Pohle and Preuss deny this). Others assign to them a role purely spiritual, which would correspond with whoever gives witness to the faith in these times. But if we follow the events we know have already taken place, it is hard to weave them in anywhere if what we see is to be explained in any meaningful way. This is not to say they may not yet come, or that some details of these events have escaped us, and the timing is off. But it is to say that the rest of the events seem so compelling and completely fulfilled, for so many decades, that it is difficult to see the role they might play. One fulfillment has been mentioned before but does not seem to follow the timeline that is now evolving.
That timeline gives a name and a place to what is described as the three days, and some believe it could begin as early as December 2022. Others extend this time to 2025. One U.S. Army intelligence analyst, John Moore (The Liberty Man), has tracked it for years, and has revealed that the government has known about such an event since at least 1979. Several others, among them respected scientists, confirm his work. Moore explains that there really is such a thing as Planet X and that its near approach to earth, as it orbits around the sun, could easily initiate a pole shift that would effectively wipe out at least 80 percent of the world’s population. All the disturbances mentioned in the prophecies concerning the three days would then be confirmed – massive tidal waves in all coastal cities, earthquakes, volcanoes, great hail, asteroid strikes, violent winds, searing heat and total occlusion of sunlight, possibly for years. Those tracking the geomagnetic pole reversal that is currently in progress (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5eyItTI4iIx0kVBcpyGpRw) expect this to occur in March of 2023 or earlier. But no one can accurately predict any of this prior to the actual event.
This has happened several times before in history. There are many biblical references to similar events, or possibly this event itself. Exodus chapters nine and ten refer to the plagues Moses inflicted on Pharoah, one of them being three days of darkness. Others are listed below.
- Isaiah 24:1, 3-6 – Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it, and shall afflict the face thereof, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof. With desolation shall the earth be laid waste, and it shall be utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourned, and faded away, and is weakened: the world faded away, the height of the people of the earth is weakened. And the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof: because they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they have broken the everlasting covenant. 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.
- Isaiah 24:18-20 – “And it shall come to pass, that he that shall flee from the noise of the fear, shall fall into the pit: and he that shall rid himself out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for the floodgates from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken. With breaking shall the earth be broken, with crushing shall the earth be crushed, with trembling shall the earth be moved. With shaking shall the earth be shaken as a drunken man and shall be removed as the tent of one night: and the iniquity thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again” (perfect description of a pole shift).
- Isaiah 24:23 – “And the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem, and shall be glorified in the sight of his ancients.” (When the sun stood still in the Long Day of Joshua, the pole was migrating to a new location.)
- Isaiah 38:8 – “Behold I will bring again the shadow of the lines, by which it is now gone down in the sun dial of Achaz with the sun, ten lines backward. And the sun returned ten lines by the degrees by which it was gone down.” (This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered. Here is evidence of two polar shifts, one in the day of Ahaz and a reverse shift during the monarchy of Hezekiah.)
The accounts given in private revelation regarding the three days state that the evil primarily will die during this event, but that some of the just will also be taken. And there is another scriptural account in the Apocalypse that narrows this down considerably, and puts us in mind of the events occurring throughout the world today.
Apocalypse 16 and the final battle
The reign of Antichrist is predicted in Chap. 13 of Apocalypse and as mentioned above chapter 14 and 15 serve as introductory chapters to the next important event: the releasing of the last seven plagues and the Battle of Armageddon. I think most people realize that we are poised on the edge of war with both China and possibly Russia. No one can predict when (or even if) this event might happen but if we take Apoc. Ch. 16 literally, it would seem that it coincides with the advent of the pole shift and the destruction of Babylon described at length in chapters 17 and 18. An angel with seven vials is introduced in verse 1 and the plagues begin from there. The first plague announced in verse 2 mentions an affliction with sores that won’t heal. These could be STDs or many of the ailments suffered by those in the Middle East as a result of endless years of war and nutritional deprivation. The third verse describes the turning of the sea into blood, and this has been reported at various places worldwide, although it is generally attributed to chemical spills from mines or red algae infestations. These spills and infestations often are toxic to sea animals, and the verse depicts them as dying.
One of these seas is the Mediterranean. Internet sources describe the Mediterranean as currently one of the most dangerous seas because of an influx of Syrian migrants, military exercises conducted by Russia, Mideast tensions and dangerous animals in the ocean. Another worry is the danger lurking beneath the sea — what is described as the largest underwater volcano in Europe. “It is considered potentially dangerous, and while it has been silent for several thousand years, it is not exactly dormant.” https://volcanofoundation.org/potentially-dangerous-volcano-under-mediterranean-sea/ This could easily be activated and erupt during a pole shift. The fourth plague is the scorching heat of the sun which could occur worldwide as a result of the approaching pole shift and its geomagnetic effects on the sun. The fifth plague is darkness that surrounds the kingdom of the beast. While this could mean actual physical darkness, it also could be interpreted as the growing realization of the total corruption of Francis and his false church in Rome. The sixth plague is already taking place. The River Euphrates is drying up and has been for some time. https://phys.org/news/2021-08-euphrates-threatens-disaster-syria.html
Verses 13-16 explain how this river is dried up so that the “Kings that come from the rising sun” can march their troops through the dry riverbed and into the Middle East. This seems to clearly refer to China. China, India and the UN all still maintain cavalry units. And It does not seem necessary that the riverbed would need to be completely dry to allow troops to march through it. These Bible verses tell how “spirits of devils will go forth to the kings of the whole world” to
gather troops to fight this battle. Rev. H.B. Kramer says in his The Book of Destiny (1955) that while preparations for this battle are still being made, Great Babylon will fall (chapters 17-18). This may not just mean just Rome, but the United States and all other nations secretly in league with the Great Harlot all these years. But just as the battle begins, a worldwide earthquake will take place, and all the phenomena mentioned above will likewise occur. Kramer states: “That such an earthquake is possible and even probable someday is admitted by all scientists. The centrifugal force set up by the earth’s rotation can break the shell of the earth’s crust around the equator and cause the land masses to slip that way, flattening out the poles.” So this is something that was known long ago.
This chapter relates that this punishment of the wicked is in retribution for the shedding of the blood of the saints and the prophets (verses 5-6). The armies are swallowed up, their purpose is frustrated and the whole world is in ruins. “Great hail” especially will fall on these armies and kill them all; (this could mean bombs). The cities of the nations will fall, the islands will flee, and the mountains will not be found (verses 19-20). Is this the end of the world or a new beginning? God alone knows, and the commentators are entirely divided on this issue. Much depends on whether all parts of the world will be affected equally and to what degree.
Some speculate much of the east and west coasts of the U.S. will either be under water or whisked away. The midwestern states will fare the best but will still be subject to earthquakes and flooding. Eastern Canada is expected to be minorly affected. Europe will be largely under water. There again, nothing is certain, and all depends on God’s good pleasure. They have been building elaborate bunkers all over the world for the elite to comfortably weather this disaster for decades, with theaters, gardens, shops, homes, offices, you name it. But this does not mean they will survive.
Much of this depends on whether the current calculations about our time period are correct, and whether we are, as St. Thomas says, living in that time the wicked refer to as “peace and security” following the death of Antichrist. “Behold, I come as a thief,” Christ announces in Apoc. 16:15. He warns the faithful to watch and keep their garments without stain. But how could He come as a thief if everyone was expecting this pole shift? If no one believed that Antichrist had yet come, — and no one or very few were expecting it — then Christ would appear to come as a thief and this disaster to come from nowhere.
The problem with all of these commentators is that none of them ever envisioned the long-term loss of the papacy, or if they did, felt it best not to draw out the consequences. Had they foreseen the totality of that, perhaps they would not be so certain that the Church would simply pick up and go on about its business once again, after such a devastating catastrophe. That is what now makes the theory that there will be a restoration of the Church following the death of Antichrist — an opinion mainly promoted by more modern commentators — less tenable than it was previously.
Holy Scripture tells us to pray and watch. But what are the signs of this catastrophe we should be watching for? Drought, heat waves, solar flares, and especially a red sky; at anytime, but particularly in the morning. Some claim Planet X has already become visible in the night sky, seen as a sort of red sun. But the color of the sky itself did not change. When the sky itself begins to change and become red, people are cautioned to shelter indoors and close and shutter all windows. Most agree the darkness that follows will last 72 hours. Until it becomes light all are warned not to leave their homes. High winds, great hail, tsunamis, floods and earthquakes are predicted.
If this all comes to pass, small pockets of survivors will exist here and there. How do they communicate, who and how will the Church reorganize, who will evangelize? All of this would take a miracle of major proportions. Our Lord tells us that unless He returns, no flesh will be saved, and this alone tells us He is not just referring to spiritual death but to physical bodies. He also indicates that when He does return, He will scarcely find any faith left on earth. So the idea that the Second Coming will happen shortly after this disaster makes more sense, if indeed the pole shift/worldwide earthquake does take place.
There are many unanswered questions. Even though we consider the above a distinct possibility, look at how many Scriptural commentators in the past were mistaken about their interpretations, and they were trained in theology! Could the powers that be have concocted this Planet X/pole shift business in an attempt to appear to fulfill prophecy, or is it real? Could they manufacture such a thing? Are the people promoting it, including Traditionalists, making money off this? Yes, to all these questions. There is just so much we don’t know. One Scripture verse indicates at some point two-thirds of the population will be destroyed (Zach. 13:8); but again, commentators are divided on when in time this will occur and how many will actually perish. If we were meant to know specifics, we would know them. But God has decided we will only know things in general outline, and that is what we must resign ourselves to.
The only advantage to anticipating such an event must be spiritual. If these predictions are true, we have months, perhaps a few years, to put our affairs in order and to pray and do penance. Most of those who pray at home already live the rural life and have for some time. They are faithful to their prayer life and avoid those who traffick in the sacraments. They are prepared physically to some extent as well, and trust God to take care of the rest. How all this comes to pass will tell us a great deal about what might lie ahead in the future.
Will the elite survive in their bunkers and emerge to terrorize us once again? Will Traditionalist organizers be able to maintain contact with whoever they are courting to implement their Great Monarch/Holy Pope fantasy? Will the world start over again or will Christ come in the clouds to gather us together and take us home? Seeing how wicked the world has become, many would welcome such an event just to escape the evil that threatens to engulf us. Some of us among the older set may never live to see it or live long after it occurs without medical care. And that will be the end of the world as we know it. Fr. Frederick Faber said it long ago, as only he could express it.
The Right Must Win
To rise and take his part
Upon this battle-field of earth,
And not sometimes lose heart!He hides himself so wondrously,
As though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the powers
Of ill are most abroad.Or he deserts us at the hour
The fight is all but lost;
And seems to leave us to ourselves
Just when we need him most.
Ill masters good, good seems to change
To ill with greater ease;
And, worst of all, the good with good
Is at cross-purposes.
Ah! God is other than we think;
His ways are far above,
Far beyond reason’s height, and reached
Only by childlike love.
Workman of God! O, lose not heart,
But learn what God is like;
And in the darkest battle-field
Thou shalt know where to strike.
Thrice blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when he
Is most invisible.
Blest, is he who can divine
Where the real right doth lie,
And dares to take the side that seems
Wrong to man’s blindfold eye.
For right is right, since God is God;
And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,
To falter would be sin!