ST. CYRIL of Jerusalem, who died 386 AD, prophesied about the rise of the antichrist, a topic tackled with much more details by Canadian mystic Fr. Michel Rodrigue who, in a retreat before an American audience in 2019, had much to reveal to the world about the apocalypse of our days.

St. Cyril said as follows:

“Antichrist will exceed in malice, perversity, lust, wickedness, impiety, and heartless cruelty and barbarity of all men that have ever disgraced human nature...he shall, through his great power, deceit, and malice succeed in decoying or forcing to his worship, two thirds of mankind; the remaining third part of men will most steadfastly continue, true to the faith and worship of Jesus Christ... In his satanic rage and fury, Antichrist will persecute these brave and devoted Christians during three years and a half, and torture them with such an extremity of barbarity, with all the old and new invented instruments of pain, as to exceed all past persecutors of the Church combined.”

The three years and a half of persecution cited by St. Cyril was also what Fr. Michel had allotted as the period of the reign of the antichrist. Both were referring to a concrete person to rise as the ultimate antichrist after a series of “mini” antichrists through mankind’s history.

Fr. Michel, who is believed by many prominent Catholics worldwide, also more recently announced that St. Joseph would withdraw this Dec. 8 his protection against the rise of the antichrist.

I am sharing the first part of Fr. Michel’s prophecies during a retreat in the US in 2019:

“The Father told me that the twenty-first century is His century. After the Warning, no one left on Earth will be able to say that God does not exist. When the Warning comes, everyone will recognize Christ, and they will also recognize His Body, and the body of Christ is the Catholic Church. They will know that they have to come back Him in the way that you will show them. Priests will also be there to welcome them. We will not be there to judge them. At that point, everyone [who enters the Church] will want to serve the Lord. Everyone can come back to the Church, together for this time that was chosen by the Father, Himself. We will be there to serve the Lord.

“After the illumination of conscience, humanity will be granted an unparalleled gift: a period of repentance lasting about six and a half weeks when the devil will not have the power to act. This means all human beings will have their complete free will to make a decision for or against the Lord. The devil will not bind our will and fight against us. The first two and a half weeks, in particular, will be extremely important, for the devil will not return at that time, but our habits will, and people will be harder to convert. And all who have received the desire for him, the sense that they need His salvation, will be marked on their forehead with a luminous cross by their guardian angel.

“But I want to say to you, every faithful and everyone who is a servant of the Lord has been marked already. I was in Rochester, New York and we had a prayer-group gathering there of twenty-eight people. We were in the kitchen, and when I lifted my eyes, I saw everyone marked with the cross. I was so amazed. One man there had a specific cross with three branches, which meant that when the day comes, he will be a general of the army of the Lord. He has been prepared for that. We have one general in every country. I know that. They have been chosen by the Lord. It’s amazing.

“God has not given us three ways to travel, only two. There is no grey area in between the path of evil and the path of the Lord. Those who will say, ‘I don’t know. I cannot make a decision,’ will not be able to remain indifferent. As God says in the Book of Revelation (3:16):

“‘So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.’

“People will have to make a decisive choice, and you will understand why, because after that, they will be left with the consequences of their decision. The time of mercy will end, and the time of justice will begin. Jesus said this to St. Faustina Kowalska:

“‘Write this. Before I come as the just judge. I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in heaven of this sort. All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky and from the openings where the hands and the feet were nailed will come forth great light, which will light up the Earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.’

“There will be a miraculous sign given to the world some time after the Warning. It will be in Garabandal, Spain, at the pines where she first appeared there. The same time, it will be seen in Medjugorje, which has been promised also. The sign will be able to be seen and projected on the television. This will occur at the beginning of the Tribulation.

“For you faithful Catholics, the Father said to me, ‘Renew your consecration to the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary.’ This is important. You know that you are already blessed because you are being made aware. Why do you think that God has chosen you to be here [or read this] ? Because you have a mission. When you go out, when you return to your home, you will feel something on your shoulder. What is it? The burden of Jesus, which is the mission of the Lord. If He is making you aware now of what will happen, it is because people will come back from their mystical experience of meeting God, searching for help, not knowing what to do. Some will be afraid. Others will be in shock.

“You have been chosen for this time to help guide these people into the Catholic Church to receive the Good News of Jesus. You can be young or old. Do not worry if you have problems with your legs, your back. There are plenty of backs in heaven, and the Lord can renew you better than any physician. Some of you will provide brief catechetical instruction for those who know nothing of the essentials of the Catholic faith.

“So we are all called to be ready, ready to help our brothers and sisters when this six and half week period comes, ready to guide them to the Church, where they will find their peace of heart, their happiness with the Lord. We are all called to be disciples of Christ. You must talk, you must stand, you must advise. Yes.” (Part 2 in the next column.)