The Latter Times: The Conversion of the Jews
& Anguished Days
Jeremiah the Prophet, by Aleijadinho, Brazil
"Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold evil shall go forth from nation to nation: and a great whirlwind shall go forth from the ends of the earth ... and they [the evil ones] shall not be lamented, and they shall not be gathered up, nor buried: they shall lie as dung upon the face of the earth." (25:30-33)
The chastised will be many and shall "lie as dung upon the face of the earth." If the evil ones will lay unburied after a great punishment, this will not be, then, the End of the World. Because at the Final Judgment, when all men will resurrect and God will judge all mankind, each will go to his final ending place, Heaven or Hell.
Further on, the Prophet Jeremiah concludes specifically mentioning the epoch when these things will happen: "Behold the whirlwind of the Lord, his fury going forth, a violent storm, it shall rest upon the head of the wicked. The Lord will not turn away the wrath of his indignation, till he have executed and performed the thought of his heart: In the latter days you shall understand these things." (30:23-24) (2)
Many nations will be annihilated
in the Judgment of Nations
I emphasize this point because I have read “authoritative” words by various otherwise informed traditionalist priests and writers warning that we are nearing the End Times with the coming of the Antichrist, etc. This is not true.
I agree that there can be a precursor of the Antichrist before the chastisement that will start the Latter Times. It is not only possible, but very probable. Who could question that the last seven Popes – who have fooled so many Catholics for more than a half century – have formed, as a whole, a type of precursor to the Antichrist who will fool so many of the faithful in the End Time?
But, since we have not faced the dreadful previous chastisement and not seen the period of peace when Christ will reign in the social and religious orders throughout the earth, we are not in the End Times. We are in the time that precedes the Latter Times when, at a certain moment the chalice of God’s wrath will be filled, and He will let His sword fall over the world.
Prof. Plinio warned us that "we should be prepared for this moment, and be prepared to adore the sanctity of God as He punishes. He will chastise because He is Holy and cannot tolerate the empire of evil in which we are living. His hatred for this evil will reveal His sanctity."
Those who are prepared for this moment will become the builders of the Reign of Mary.
Prophecies about the conversion of the Jews
Fr. Sánchez cited a text of Luke to affirm that the conversion of the Jews will take place after the Great Chastisement and before the End of the World.
St. Luke wrote: "But woe to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword; and shall be led away captives into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles; till the times of the nations be fulfilled." (21:23-24) (3)
The destruction of Jerusalem by Titus in the year 70
The first is the woeful death by the sword that took place in 70 AD when Jerusalem was besieged by the Roman armies under the command of Titus. Flavius Josephus told us that one million Jews died in the siege and 97,000 were taken captive and dispersed among the nations.
The second is that the Jews would become a people without a country, scattered into all nations. This continues to our days, for even though Israel was allowed to become a Jewish State in 1948, the peaceful possession of that land has never taken place because the Jews have been in constant warfare with the Palestinians and other Arab countries who claim the same territory. So, during these more than 70 years, Israel has been contested about its claim over that territory.
The third effect is the installation of their enemies in Jerusalem until "the fulfillment of the times of the nations." What does the expression "times of the nations" signify? Fr. Sánchez explained: "Without a doubt, the words of Jesus Christ refer to those of Prophet Ezekiel: "Howl ye, woe, woe to the day: For the day is near, the day of the Lord is near: a cloudy day, it shall be the time of the nations." (Eze 30:2-3)
During the 70 years Israel claims it is a State, the Arabs have never allowed it to have a pacific possession of that land, which destroys that claim - above, Palestinians clash with Israeli forces near the frontier today - below, Israeli prisoners captured by Syrian troops in 1973
That is, it is a time when God will chastise the nations for the Revolution that began with Humanism, the Renaissance and Protestant Revolt and will end after the Chastisement .
Another prophecy about the conversion of Israel is in the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (11): "For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, of this mystery (lest you should be wise in your own conceits), that blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in. And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written ... " (5)
What the meaning of the phrase "until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in"? Fr. Sánchez deduced that the phrase is equivalent to "when Faith arrives at its plenitude," that is, when all those Gentiles whom God has determined to call "will form a faithful people consecrated to His name." (Acts 15:14) (6) This would be a time after the great Chastisement when all nations will return to the Faith and establish a New Christendom before the end of the world.
Times of Anguish
Before entering into the prophecies of Our Lady and Saints that speak of the Great Chastisement followed by a time of peace when the social Reign of Christ will again be established on earth, Fr. Sánchez goes to the New Testament. He presented, with little commentary, "some of the evangelical texts containing words of Jesus Christ which seemingly refer to the Latter Times." He does not include the texts which make a clear reference to the End of the World. (7)
A medieval tapestry showing St. John, the 7-headed Dragon and the Beast of the Sea
Fr. Sanchez concluded saying that he could cite texts from the Apocalypse of St. John, but he deems it sufficient to say that this book presents a picture of the terrible catastrophes and struggles that are to move the world until the triumph of Christ and the definitive downfall of all His enemies.
He stated: "The apocalyptic beast, which is the reign of evil, will scatter his errors. They are the incarnation of the powers that fight against the kingdom of God, the incarnation of the Antichrist, the ’seven-headed dragon.’ (Apoc 12:3) This is the same Satan who desires to destroy the plans of God, and even though God will permit him to make war against His Saints and Christians and seemingly conquer them, there will come, without a doubt, the moment when Satan will be chained and an era of peace will take place. (Apoc 20:1-3)" (9)
- Benjamín Martin Sánchez, The Last Times: Public and Private Prophecies, TOP, 1st ed., Imprimatur: Bishop Eduardus Zamorensis, 1968, p. 58. Unfortunately Fr. Sanchez does not provide a source for his quote. However, this prophecy is fully substantiated by the words written about the Latter Times in Hildegard von Bingen's famed work Scivias.
- Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias, trans. by Mother Columba Hart and Jane Bishop, NY: Paulist Press, 1990.
- Ibid., pp. Ibid., pp. 493-494.
- Ibid.. The Last Days and the Fall of the Antichrist, pp. 493-494.
- Ibid., pp. pp. 494-495.
- Ibid., pp. 495-496.
Posted June 8, 2020