Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Most Agonizing Love of All

The greatest pain we will ever have in life is loving someone who cannot return our love in kind, or worse, doesn't understand or is even disgusted by it. We will feel horribly inadequate, flawed, and hurt. It's a torture we can't endure for long. We may try to negotiate, hoping that we can persuade the person to love us, which almost never works. So the pain will deepen even more. Many murders and other "crimes of passion" are committed by sufferers of unrequited love. 
Satan rebelled against God because of this pain.  Lucifer (meaning "light bearer") was once a favored Archangel in the highest realms of the Creator's Heaven, but he rebelled when he couldn't have the last shred of God's affection, ultimate power. So he fell to our earthly realm.
The Most High God rules in a celestial court with the Elohim, powerful and mysterious entities we mortals on earth can't ever understand. Lucifer was once among them:

He's variously known as "the man of sin" or "man of lawlessness", but he's not just an individual person. He's the spirit of the age, the zeitgeist, an inspiration and model to godless people everywhere. His mission is to destroy all of lawful civilization as we know it; the Judaeo-Christian Western Tradition. Wherever there are revolutions without lawful spiritual guidance, chaos and mayhem take over. Slavery, imprisonment, and death for most people becomes a terrible reality, as if Moses never liberated the Hebrews from Pharaoh; Jesus failed to inspire us; civilization has been an illusion; and Satan has defeated God Almighty. That is the goal of the Anti-Christ. 

Lawlessness in the U.S. now is as bad - or worse - than it was in 1861. Abraham Lincoln wrote about it, "We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last, best hope of earth.... As a nation of free men, we must live through all time or die by suicide." 

Anti-Christ nations are well established now. Wherever people are stripped of their freedoms, forced to work for a state that doesn't value them as individuals, or seizes their property in the name of "the common good", you know the Anti-Christ is in charge. Our rights are God-given, not State-given, and cannot be taken away.

The Anti-Christ's arrival was predicted a very long time ago, and he seems to have hovered and haunted mankind since ancient times. Terrible and powerful rulers foreshadowed the Anti-Christ. Nero, Attila the Hun, Muhammad, and even Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Tojo, and Mao Tse Tung were candidates. They certainly tried to dominate the world. But the time wasn't yet ripe. 
Communist China's Xi Jinping embodies the Anti-Christ now because he declared five years ago that from that date onward, "the party comes first, and the law is second"; that is, the laws of the nation are whatever the Chinese Communist Party says they are at the moment. Which means all contracts from that time on - and possibly previous contracts - are null and void. Lawlessness rules. Hong Kong is free for the taking. 
China is on the fast track to Perdition.

For 2,000 years the idea that the Anti-Christ would, or could, control a large part of all the nations in the world was thought to be preposterous and impossible. But now  we have a global media, instant communications, and armed forces capable of arriving anywhere on the planet within hours or days. It's suddenly obvious that everything has changed.

There are many Old and New Testament passages about the Anti-Christ, and the most famous is through Jesus, from Mark 13:

“Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."

The Apostle Paul wrote about the Second Coming of Christ, and what must happen before it:   

"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [the Second Coming] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God."  2 Thessalonians 2:3 

Anti-Pope Francis (who still refuses to call himself Pope), has roiled the Catholic world with heretical declarations, and he sits in the ultimate "temple of God", St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. He's certainly animated by the Anti-Christ, as Archbishop Vigano has proven.

Great things are going to happen to us. This is the Divine Promise:
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you for my name's sake. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."  Luke 6:22

Jesus forgives all of us, and he said, "Just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."

Awaken. Act. Heaven beckons us. The future isn't really dark. For us who are faithful, our victory is guaranteed. After the Second Coming of Christ, Heaven will be a reality for us, and the nightmare of our earthly life will be seen as just that; a nightmare. 

We will be living with millions of others in wealth and joy unimaginable, and many will look like this lovely creature. Listen to her performing on the  harpsichord. There is a lot of music in the realms of Paradise.

Perhaps you're wondering, "Why would a good God allow such a terrible thing as the Anti-Christ?" Excellent question. C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia answers it here:

The Necessity of Evil; The Shadow Proves the Sun 

"God will not allow unrighteousness to become eternal. He permits revolution, disintegration, and chaos to come as reminders that our thinking has been wrong, and our dreams have been unholy. Moral Truth is vindicated by the ruin that follows when it has been repudiated." - Bishop Fulton Sheen