The End Times are 'Now Times'.
Are You Prepared?

ime changed when Christ was born (BC to AD)." Fr. Dermot Dwyer

"There are three times in religious life, the time before CHRIST, the time
of CHRIST, and the end times, the time after CHRIST." Fr. Dermot Dwyer

"See how CHRIST is in the center of times? Before CHRIST they looked
forward to HIS coming. After CHRIST we look back on HIS coming." Fr. Dermot Dwyer

Given that, we may deduce that all of the time after the death of Jesus Christ until this very day, we have been in the end times.
Assuming that Jesus Christ was crucified in year 29 we can say that the end times have been with us for 2000 years come one day in 2029.
How long will the end times continue?
We do not know but we have some interesting clues. The end times can also be read as the time of the end.

The book of Daniel gave us some food for thought regarding this subject:

Daniel 12:1  "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.
  12:2  And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
  12:3  And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
  12:4  But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
  12:5  Then I Daniel looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream.
  12:6  And I said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, "How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?"
  12:7  The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives for ever that it would be for a time, two times, and half a time;
and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be accomplished.
  12:8  I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?"
  12:9  He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
  12:10 Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly;
and none of the wicked shall understand; but those who are wise shall understand.
  12:11  And from the time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up,
there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
  12:12  Blessed is he who waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
  12:13  But go your way till the end; and you shall rest, and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days."

Now let us examine the clues:
In verse 1 of Daniel 12, "
And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book".
Have you ever lived in a time when we have had more and such a variety of troubles than we have now?

In the New Testament St. Paul adds to the Daniel prophesy in the following verses. How many of us are found 'written in the book' here?
"But know this, that in the Last Days dangerous times will come.
Men will be lovers of self, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, criminal, heartless, faithless, slanderers, incontinent, merciless, unkind, treacherous, stubborn, puffed up with pride, loving pleasure more than GOD, having a semblance indeed of piety, but disowning its power."
2Timothy 3:1-5. 

How many living today do you surmise are 'written in the book' who are guilty of any of the woe's listed by St. Paul?

Can you equate what you see happening all around us today with what St. Paul in 2Timothy 3:1-5 warned us about 2000 years ago?
Notice also that he even gave us a time, "in the last days"?
Look around and see how our country "founded under God" is rejecting Him, more and more each day.

"Go to this people and say: With the ear you will hear and will not understand; and seeing you will see and will not perceive. For the heart of this people has been hardened, and with their ears they have been hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest perhaps they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them."
Isaiah 6:9-10, and Acts 28:26-27

In verse 4 of Daniel 12, "
knowledge shall increase".  Knowledge has certainly become 'manifold' in our time. We can surely identify with that verse since records show that human knowledge has been doubling every 10 years.

In verse 9 of Daniel 12, God revealed that we will know a lot more at "the time of the end".
So what will happen to us "in the last days"?
Does Holy Scripture have an answer to that question for us?
Surprisingly it does:

Ecclesiastes 1:9  "What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun."

How can we learn how to do our part to repair the damage already inflicted upon us?
The answer to that question is an easy one:
For those who fail to learn from the errors of previous generations, they are doomed to repeat them again.

A falling away from God has reached epidemic proportions.
I would suggest a return to Biblical history as documented in the Old Testament of Holy Scripture.
Why the Old Testament? 

It is because God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He never changes (Sir 42:18-22).
God is a perfect person and He could never be more or less perfect than He already is.
To imply that He could or should change would be to say that He could become more or less perfect
than He already is at this point in time, and in every point in time whether in the past or future.
Since God never changes, it is a simple matter to go to the Old Testament and read the many verses in so many different books as to what
God did FOR those who obeyed Him, and what He did TO those who refused to obey Him.

Holy Scripture is filled with warnings about the times in which we now are experiencing.
The Prophet Isaiah wrote this over 2700 years ago...

"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."
Isaiah 5:20

Many today believe abortion is good. Immorality is good. Euthanasia is good. Lying is good, because everyone does it. Infidelity is in.
The words of God are out.
We have traded light for darkness. We have called evil good, and good evil.
We are guilty as charged...

The problem is that there are so many who have fallen away from God.
Morality has reached rock bottom. It is Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. What happened to both of those cities for their immoral behavior?
I would suggest that you read all of Genesis chapter 19 for the answers to that one.

For those who obey the Word of GOD, they are given rewards. What happens to those who do not obey?
For the answer to that one, I would suggest that everyone read all of Numbers chapter 16. It is about the disobedience to the God given authority of Moses, by Korah and his followers. Moses did everything he could to try and convince Korah, pleading with him that he was defying God by his disobedience, and yet Korah and his followers rejected his pleas. Do not miss the final outcome of Korah's rebellion in Numbers 16:30-35. It isn't pretty.

Want more? OK:

Read all of Isaiah chapter 13, for the 'Day of the Lord' has arrived.....You cannot deny that you have been warned!
Read all of Jeremiah chapter 5.....Ouch!

Jeremiah 6:15-19, "Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did n
ot know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the LORD.
Thus says the LORD: "Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.'  I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Give heed to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not give heed.'
Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing evil upon this people, the fruit of their devices, because they have not given heed to my words;
and as for my law, they have rejected it."

Jeremiah 18:7-8, " If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,
and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will repent of the evil that I intended to do to it."

Sirach 16:7, "In the congregation of sinners a fire shall be kindled, and in an unbelieving nation wrath shall flame out.
16:8 The ancient giants did not obtain pardon for their sins, who were destroyed trusting to their own strength:
16:9 And he spared not the place where Lot sojourned, but abhorred them for the pride of their word.
16:10 He had not pity on them, destroying the whole nation that extolled themselves in their sins.
16:11 So did he with the six hundred thousand footmen, who were gathered together in the hardness of their
heart: and if one had been stiff-necked, it is a wonder if he had escaped unpunished."
Verses 7 and 10 tell it all.

Read Exodus chapters 7-12 to see what God did TO those who refused to obey Him.
Then read Exodus 14
to see what God did FOR those who obeyed Him.

The book of Joshua is a perfect example of what I mean here. All through that book there is war after war, country after country, battling against the Hebrews.
In some cases Joshua is fighting against overwhelming armies, surrounded, and he defeats them simply because God is fighting for the obedient Hebrews.

Isaiah 14:12-15, "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be
brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."

Oh and let us not forget in the early part of the very first book, Genesis 3, where God posed a simple test for Adam and Eve
 as to not eat the forbidden fruit of one tree out of a probable many in the Garden of Eden.
And what was their punishment for eating the forbidden fruit? All of us are bearing it to this very day.

Here are a few more pertinent verses from the New Testament. Some are repeated from above for emphasis:

"But know this, that in the Last Days dangerous times will come.
Men will be lovers of self, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, criminal, heartless, faithless, slanderers, incontinent, merciless, unkind, treacherous, stubborn, puffed up with pride, loving pleasure more than GOD, having a semblance indeed of piety, but disowning its power."
2Timothy 3:1-5.
Does that all sound familiar?
Can you equate what you see happening all around us today with what St. Paul in 2Timothy warned us about 2000 years ago?
If not then go back and re-read Isaiah 6:9-10 above.

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be
revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above
all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember
ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?"
2Thessalonians 2:3-5

Now here is a verse by verse explanation of some of what will happen and when.
I would render a guess that the 'when' part has everything to do with how far that God will allow us to fall into another Sodom:

"As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?" 
And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. 
For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs. 
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. 
And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because wickedness is multiplied,
most men's love will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations;
and then the end will come. 
So when you see the desolating sacrilege spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 
let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; 
and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his mantle. 
And alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! 
Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now,
no, and never will be. 
And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved;
but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 
Then if any one says to you, 'Lo, here is the Christ!' or 'There he is!' do not believe it. 
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Lo, I have told you beforehand. 
So, if they say to you, 'Lo, he is in the wilderness,' do not go out; if they say, 'Lo, he is in the inner rooms,'
do not believe it. 
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 
Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; 
then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; 
and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 
From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 
Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place. 
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 
As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. 
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away,
so will be the coming of the Son of man.

Then two men will be in the field; one is taken and one is left. 
Two women will be grinding at the mill; one is taken and one is left. 
Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 
But know this, that if the householder had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have let his house be broken into. 
Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 
Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 
But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' 
and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, 
the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, 
and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites; there men will weep and gnash their teeth."
Matthew 24:3-51

Regarding those verses of Matthew 24, have you noticed if any of the context have come to pass already?

Now let us apply all of the previous text to the teaching of the Catholic Church.

Why also to the Church?
It is because of the same oxymoron questions regarding changes that detractors say that the Catholic Church
must make in order for it to keep up with the man changing times.  Where in Holy Scripture is that written?
Since the Catholic Church is the Body of Christ, (Eph 5:21-24) and since Jesus Christ is God, how could anyone demand that the
Catholic Church ever change its teaching to support the whims and wiles of a changing human morality?

Aren't we commanded to conform to the teaching of God,
instead of some demanding that God must conform to the whims of man?
Isn't the following verse clear enough for those who are calling for changes in the Catholic House of God?
"But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men".
  Acts 5:29
It could not be any clearer than that.
Obviously those who demand changes in the Church that Jesus founded have never read nor believed in Holy Scripture.
So, since Jesus Christ is God, and God never changes then His body, the Church, cannot ever change either. Simple isn't it?
Why is it that being as simple as it is, that so many that call themselves 'Catholic' cannot see it?

Have you heard the story about the frog and the pot of water?
If not, here it is. If you take a frog and put it into a pot of hot water, it will simply jump out of it.
If you put the same frog in a pot of cold water and turn on the heat, it will cook as the heat is slowly
rising in the water. It happens simply because the frog does not notice the slow rise in the temperature of the water.
We are that frog!
Satan has us all in a pot of cool water and he is slowly turning up the heat. But the heat is rising so slowly that few can see or feel it.  
Look around and see what is happening to our whole country and to many others, as the temperature of our water in the pot slowly rises day by day.

Stay alert. Perceive, listen and comprehend what you see and hear. These things are happening now all around us. Morality and decency are out and immorality and indecency are in. Those around us are slowly removing God from us and in His place we are receiving evil.
Equate what you see and hear to what Holy Scripture has taught us.
"Many shall be chosen, and made white, and shall be tried as fire; and the wicked shall deal wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the learned shall understand." Daniel 12:10
Are you on the side of the wicked or on the side of the learned???
Go back and reread Isaiah 5:20, over and over again and you will surely come to realize that it is happening NOW,
and at an increasingly rapid clip right before our very eyes, yet so many cannot see it, or even wish to see it.

It is all so very simple for those who have the eyes to see and ears to hear and who love God.

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain,
or command the locust to devour the land,
or send pestilence among my people,
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves,
and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
2Chronicles 7:13-14

"But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men."
Acts 5:29

GOD has spoken to us very clearly as I have shown.
Is anyone listening to Him?

Written by Bob Stanley, May 9, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014

"Have I then become your enemy, because I told you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16

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