UNDER THE ANTI-CHRIST
persecution directed by the anti-Christ would be the worst the world has
ever known. . .thus, the more blessed will the martyrs be. But, for the
elect's sake, the days shall be shortened. In these times, the martyrs shall
wrestle not with man but with Satan, himself.
God's permission, the anti-Christ will work with a strong delusion that all
may be tested and those who believe not in the truth may be condemned.
God forbid that it should be fulfilled in our days. His personal existence
and future events surrounding him must be considered as an object of
signs of the end accompanying the anti-Christ given by St. Cyprian are:
failure of crops, the absence of rain, intense summer sun, murderous plague,
the raging of wars. Evils and misfortunes will be multiplied. There will be
physical disasters which will accompany wide-spread moral rottenness.
Corruption in the courts and the buying off of judges, avarice in the market
place, violence in public life, the wholesale and shameless seizure of
properties among brothers. Finally, there is the general persecution of
innocent Christians. This last event will call down upon the world the
avenging wrath of God.
anti-Christ will be the final test, the final Divine Scourge against a world
seeped in apostasy and idolatry. The Kingdom of the anti-Christ will be a
city of confusion. At first, this city will be powerful and wonderful in
construction and will gain supremacy over the whole world. It will challenge
the heavens and blaspheme God. Its followers will be the "hunters of
greatest allies of the anti-Christ will come from that Scriptural cockle
within the wheat field, the heretics within the Catholic Church, that group
which is not so much brothers who need a bit of talking to but they are
rather a solid structural encampment of the earthly city within the heavenly
city, planted there to subvert the latter. From this encampment of heretics,
one must expect not only the ideological warfare of impostors claiming to be
faithful citizens of the true city of God. One must expect violence from