THE THREE PERSECUTIONS
first persecution of the Church, when Christians were forced to bring
sacrifice to idols by threat of exile, torture and death was carried out by
second persecution the Church endures is from false teachers and false
brethren, and is carried out by means of craftiness and deceit.
third persecution will be from the Antichrist and will be the most dangerous
of all because it will be accompanied by force, craftiness and deceit. His
power will be used for enforcing his will and his miracles will be used for
deceit. This will be the last persecution which will precede the last
judgment; throughout the whole world, the Holy Church will be exposed to all
the servants of the devil.