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Have you put the pieces together yet? Over the last several decades, China has bought (controls) enough decision makers in politics; entertainment; media; sports; medicine; science; finance; and education, that, together, they have manufactured enough mass-scare events to condition the country (world) to accept with increasing intensity the control and moral confusion of C0mmunism. The American taxpayer is the global cash cow, and Congress diverts trillions of our money to payoffs. China has succeeded where the Soviet Union never could: they have succeeded in taking over the country without firing a shot. 

Maybe you think it’s all fine. Your choice. Jesus said discern the times, and there is enough information to reveal the big picture, now, although you have to look for it.

So now what?

You know that feeling you’ve had for about a month, that *something big is coming*? That foreboding, anxiety, and unexplainable – dare I say – weird excitement? Yeah, me too. I believe God is about to do something apocalyptic, something wondrous, something on the scale of the Illumination of Conscience, in which the whole world is affected. What is it? I don’t know, I only know something is coming. The daily readings have been full of this.

I haven’t talked to anyone who knows what to “do.” I, personally, have only been told “PREACH.” So I think we have to wait for instructions from the Holy Spirit. But get ready. Go to Confession and receive the sacraments as often as possible. Continue working deeply with the Holy Spirit on forgiveness and healing. LOVE the Word daily. Serve one another, and pray without ceasing.

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on Sonja’s method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.

Listen (Receive the Word via audio.)

“Do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:11-14, from 1.17.21 morning readings).

“Everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says: ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’ Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise” (Eph 5:14-15, from 1.18.21 morning readings).

Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

What is the “armor of light” spoken of in this week’s Sunday reading? What is He asking of you?

Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Jesus, I trust in You! Amen +

Sonja’s Important Eschatological Qualification

Catholic eschatology is what’s called “speculative theology.” This designation means little has been defined by the Magisterium concerning the end times, so the subject is open for speculation and development by Catholics seeking truth via Sacred Tradition (history) and Sacred Scripture. I attempt throughout the series to make clear what is public revelation and therefore part of the Deposit of Faith, and what is approved private revelation and not a matter of adherence.

Dr. Scott Hahn most recently put forth the liturgical and historical interpretation of the Book of Revelation without alleging that there is no end times application. Many non-Catholics hold to either this interpretation or an eschatological interpretation; the Church maintains that the proper interpretation is not either history or prophecy, but both history and prophecy, as biblical prophecy and apocalyptic literature always is: there is usually more than one fulfillment of prophecy.

Because much of eschatology is a matter of speculative theology, we are free to ruminate and speculate.

What we discussed | Show Notes

Scripture References for the Show

Revelation 1:11, 17-19, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega; Α Ω; protos and eschatos

Daniel 2:33 & 41-45, There will be a last “Holy Roman Empire” (which we have not seen yet).

Matthew 24:14, the “Little Apocalypse”: the gospel will be preached throughout the world until the “fullness of the Gentiles” has been reached, from Muslim, atheism, and other religions (Rom 11:25).

Romans 9-11, Israel accepts Jesus as their Messiah

Romans 11:12, the full number of the gentiles and the full inclusion of the Jews in salvation will enable the people of God to reach the “measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” in which God will be “all in all” (Eph 4:13; 1 Cor 15:27-28; CCC 674)

Revelation 13, Daniel 7-8, 2 Thess 2, The final trial, a Major Chastisement or Great Tribulation, constituted by a religious deception involving a social justice humanitarianism, or  secular utopianism. At this time the last Holy Roman Empire will be divided into “ten kingdoms,” and dismantled by a great, evil military and political leader. Three of the ten “kingdoms” will not go along with it, and will be crushed.

The Parousia, or the Second Coming and Final Judgment.

How to read St. John’s Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation

Revelation is first of all liturgical and historical.

History and Timeline

  • AD 63-64           St. Peter is crucified upside-down by Nero
  • AD 66                 Jewish revolt against Florus spreads throughout Judea in “Jewish War”
  • AD 68                 Nero commits suicide
  • AD 69                 Gospel of Mark written
  •        70                 Romans sack and burn Jerusalem, complete destruction of Old Covenant “world”
  •        73                 Jews at Masada commit suicide
  •        75                 Book of Hebrews written
  •       85-90            Gospels Matthew and Luke and Book of Acts written
  •       90-95            Gospel of John completed
  •       93                 Josephus writes Antiquities of the Jews, a Jewish history through post-biblical                                       times
  •       95                  John exiled to Patmos, writes his revelations

As the Heavenly Liturgy

  • Revelation 1:1-11:18       Liturgy of the Word
  • Revelation 11:19-22:21   Liturgy of the Eucharist



Early Church Fathers


Catholic Eschatology Timeline

Each section could happen in any order, and I would argue much of it has already happened. 

  • Minor Chastisement or Tribulation (conditional, and mostly part of private revelation)
  1. Western Church scourged with heresy
  2. Civil wars in Italy and France, then England
  3. Famine, pestilence, natural disasters
  4. Muslim ascendency
  5. Russia invades Europe
  6. Pope flees Rome, is murdered
  7. Great saint elected Pope, helps bring great military leader to ascendancy
  8. Military leader defeats all enemies, including Russians and Muslims
  9. Special interior illumination that inspires conversions
  • Age of Peace (Age of the Holy Spirit & Mary, public and private revelation)1. Time of normalcy for repentance (2 Thess 2:7; Matt. 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-30)
    2. Establishment of New Roman Empire (Dan. 2)
    3. Restoration of Catholic faith and practice over whole earth
    4. Pope calls Ecumenical Council
    5. People prosper, Church prospers, faith prospers
    6. People grow lax
    7. Universal apostasy (2 Thess. 2:2-3)
  • Major Chastisement or Great Tribulation (public revelation)
  1. Ten kingdoms of new HRE dismantled, three are crushed (Dan. 7-8)
  2. False prophet comes to power, prepares way for supreme and final Antichrist (Rev. 13)
  3. 3 ½ reign of Supreme Antichrist, severe persecution of Christians, some say he will be Jewish from tribe of Dan (Gen 49:17, Jer 8:16)
  4. “Two Witnesses,” possibly Enoch and Elijah, preach Gospel throughout earth (Rev. 11)
  5. Mass conversion of Jews and conversion of nations (Rom. 11)
  6. Antichrist murders two witnesses who are resurrected (Rev 11)
  7. Antichrist attempts “Ascension” (Dan 8:25, Is 14)
  8. Death of Antichrist by St. Michael the Archangel (Is 14)
  9. “Immediately after” (Matt 24:29), three days of darkness and the Parousia!
  10. CCC 568-573, Resurrection of the Dead and Judgment, New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 20-21)


Minutes 00:12:00 – We can’t yet be at the end of the end, because the era of peace, sweeping unity among religions, and seven years of Antichrist have not occurred yet. 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Three biblical, remaining signs: recognition of Jesus as Messiah by the Jews, gospel preached to world, the Major Chastisement and Antichrist (who is a real person according to the Fathers),  

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – The two parts of the Mass in Revelation, some Church history writings on the Mass (see especially Didache, Polycarp, Justin Martyr, Ignatius of Antioch)

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Jewish history regarding “end of the world” and Jewish Temple

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