Are we ready for the end times? (Second of Three Parts)-A A +A
As I See It
Saturday, February 1, 2014
THE branch of theology concerned with beliefs about the end of time is called eschatology. The four most important events in this category for Christians are the second coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the last judgment, and the final recompense. The end of the world is often referred to as Doomsday, derived from the word “doom”, which means “law” and by implication “punishment.”
The messages of the coming end of the world are well recorded in the Bible. Catholics are made to believe that Mama Mary by requesting her Son, the coming chastisement can be prevented. This Mama Mary as the “Mother of God” is a title given by the Council of Ephesus in 431. What Mama Mary can do has been elaborated by Fr. H. O’Laverty in his book, “The Mother of God and Her Glorious Feast.”
This could raise a debate but it would always go back to the kind of belief that you have backed up by the religion of your choice.
This would interest many of us if the issue of the end of the world would be connected to the greatest secret to one of the three children at Fatima. The secret was kept for 80 years before Pope John Paul II revealed it on June 26, 2000. Here is an excerpt from the official text released by the Vatican, “Before reaching there, the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins. Half trembling, with halting steps, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way.
Having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big cross, he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him. In the same way, there died, one after another, the bishops, priests, religious men and women, variously lay people of different ranks and positions . . .” the text was written by Lucia dos Santos on March 4, 1944. When John XXIII read it in 1960, he was horrified and almost fainted.
Pope John Paul II who made the content of the letter public believes that what was written was fulfilled and it happened to him. He was almost assassinated by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish student and a terrorist on May 13, 1981. Many believed that the prophecy does not apply to him because he did not die. Joseph Ratzinger of the Holy Office made an official declaration that Pope John Paul II was the prophetic victim because he almost met Death but Virgin Mary guided the bullet away from him.
Dear readers, make your own analysis. Does the event fit the Bible prophecy of the Fatima’s third secret? If the event applied to Pope John Paul II, why did he release the secret 19 years later. Some have doubts. People are expecting the horrible secret to contain events about doomsday on the unforgivable behaviors of some leaders running the affairs of Christ on the Rock he left behind.
Some skeptics have even made a request to check if the handwritten letter really belongs to Lucia. The Vatican prefers to keep quiet. For the curious, the controversy continues to rage. Those who believe that the prophecy is authentic, wait what comes in the future.
The Marian devotees give a closer look to what Lucia dos Santos wrote about the visit of the Lady of Fatima, “How much thus reflection made me suffer; only God knows, for He alone can penetrate our inmost heart. I began then to have doubts as to whether these manifestations might be from the devil, who was seeking by these means to make me lose my soul . . .”
“But the lady is so beautiful, and we saw her go up to heaven. She then revealed the Secret. After that she said: Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times to Jesus – Oh, Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, an in reparation for the sins committed against the immaculate heart of Mary.”
To some, there are questions left behind: Can the devil make itself beautiful like the Lady? Did the devil appear like an “angel of light”? The Immaculate Heart of Mary is mentioned. Is this not a doctrine long been taught by the Church? As expected, one has to take a side of the coin. We will know the answers at the end of time. We are sure of that.
To be continued
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 01, 2014.