well, now, the return of the Jews to Jerusalem does raise certain questions. However, Luke’s Gospel says that this heralds “the times of the Gentiles”, BUT, the FIRST “time of the Gentiles” is not bad but GOOD, namely, the FULLNESS of the Gentiles. And this is corroborated by most fully approved Catholic Private Revelation. Clearly, the Jewish recapture of Jerusalem in 1967 was consummate, more or less, with the rise of the minor apostasy, for it was around that time the sexual revolution occurred and an explosion of materialistic affluence that has utterly devastated the faith of the West (meanwhile, the East is under a different apostasy, atheistic materialism). But look at the section on the Two Witnesses: The murder of the Two Witnesses concludes the period of their “preaching”, which is made synomous with “and Jerusalem shall be trampled by the Gentiles”. So then, in point of fact, up until the immediate modern history of the latter half of 20the century, indeed the Two Witnesses, Scripture and Tradition, were countless times attempted to be “harmed”, but not killed. For the Early Heresies attacked the Trinity and Incarnation but retained other elements. Same with Islam. The Great Schism attacked the special mediated fatherhood of Rome, but retained almost everything else. The Protestant Rebellion was indeed worse, casting aside even the entire essence of the mediated Fatherhood of Apostolic Succession, but retaining the Scriptures and Christ. And even the two primary ideologies of the Enlightenment, being almost fully depraved, nevertheless did not completely “kill” Scripture and Trad, for they at least retained the essence of a natural religiousity, that is, still able to accep the existence of some Supreme Being, of the necessity to honor this Being, and to strive at least for natural virtue that is evident from Reason. But in the immediate modern age, the basic TOTALITY of the Church’s witnesses is killed. Not merely harmed, but actual “death”, that is, the modern world is utterly oblvious to ANY religion and morality.
Hence, the two witnesses lie dead in the streets, and “the inhabitants of the earth celebrate and send gifts to one another that these two ‘prophets’ are dead and can no longer ‘torture’ them by branding their consciences.” That is, Rome preaches to deaf ears.
But, again, the mystics prophesy a MINOR tribulation, a chastisement, if you will, that will unveil the darkness for what it is. So then the world that even still scoffs shall no longer do so when the full force of the chastisement comes. Rather, when the horrors hit, the Two Witnesses shall “stand upon their feet”, and “great fear will upon those who see them”. Let them scoff and say, we do not need religion. We have everything we need in our materialistic progress. We do not need to live in traditional Christian morality, especially life and sexual issues. There are no consequences for fornication, contraceptoin, abortion, divorce. But when the chastisement hits, they will not be able to say this. They will get a taste of their own medicine.
But it will not be the end! The mystics prophesy that if the minor chas must come, it will succeed in not only restoring general Christian faith, but even Christian unity. For the horrors will manifest ALL non-Catholic errors in such a way as to show humanity the ancient and infallible wisdom of Our Mother, the Church. And so the various spritiual foreign lands shall be gathered back into the bosom of the ultimate homeland, the chaste Bride of Church, the glorious Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Chruch.
And then shall there truly be the “times of the Gentiles”, that is, the extension of the Catholic Gospel throughout ALL the nations, a glorious Age of Peace, in which Jesus’ love will reign in hearts of allmost all men on earth.
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blessings to you, Athanasiy!