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, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 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.
-Daniel 12:1-2, ESV
Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him…Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time…Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
-Revelation 12:6-9, 12; 13:2, NKJV
The Daniel passage above shows that when Michael the Archangel, the angelic prince of Israel, “arises” at the time of the end, the Great Tribulation begins. The passage in Revelation above expands on this, showing that Michael will cast the Devil out of heaven once and for all, and that when he does, the Devil’s wrath against humanity will be great, because he knows that his end is only a short way off. This is a kind of desperation, what one might call a mad panic: the Devil knows that he will only have three and a half years to roam the earth after he is cast down by Michael, and then Christ will appear.
Michael and the angels who have charge over nations act as restraining force against evil in the present age. Governments are instituted by God to prevent the worst excesses of man: they are a force for order, and are used to suppress lawlessness. This is true both domestically and in foreign relations. A domestic law imposing the death penalty for murder acts as a deterrent and also as retributive justice. A nation going to war against the evil government of another nation is an instrument to bring peace and justice to the world: the righteous fight of the Allies against the Axis powers in World War 2 is an example of this.
As we get closer to the end, however, the forces of restraint are weakening. 2 Thessalonians 2 tells us that when the restrain ends, the “apostasy” will begin and the Man of Sin will be revealed. Apostasy means rebellion (stasis means civil war and civil unrest). This may be rebellion in general or people leaving true Christianity or both.
The signs of chaos in our own time should give us pause to consider whether the restraint exercised by Michael and human government is coming to an end. For that short space, the reign of the Beast, there will be unparalleled evil on the earth before the return of Christ. Consider this hard language from the Scriptures:
And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time.
-Daniel 12:1, ESV
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 cut short, no human being would be saved.
-Matthew 24:21-22, ESV
…since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels…
-2 Thessalonians 1:6-7
We are seeing chaos at the present time in the form of wars, but also intellectually. Great swathes of society have been taken away by, as it were, a flood of demonic deception: relativism, nihilism, existentialism, materialism, political correctness. The laws of our lands have become instruments of evil.
Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You?
-Psalm 94, NKJV
Israel is back in the land, and hatred is rising against her from the House of Islam and the political Left. Now is a time to consider whether 2 Thessalonians 2 is far off.
Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon;
That is not true. Mary does battle with the Devil.Sola scriptura is a false belief of protestants. The bible doesn’t have everything we are to know. well, in cases like these, we catholics say the bible is wrong and our tradition is right. Or, we can take another well used path and just say…Mary fleeing into the wilderness actually means Mary fought with the Devil in the wilderness, or something like that. That’s why we recommend leaving the bible to our holymen…only they understand it.
Paul Ryder said:
Catholics don’t say the bible is wrong. All catholic church teaching springs from scripture.
Bosco the Heretic said:
All catholic teaching springs from scripture? I was sure the CC says tradition is separate from scripture. Not only that, but if there is a difference, CC tradition trumps scripture. They don’t wave this fact around….it scares the straights. But if you look for ityou can find it easy enough. Most catholics in here already know that.
Revelation 12:6-9, 12; 13:2
Just a few tidbits that I picked up from reading the St. Ignatius Commentary: the woman may refer to the Christians who escaped to Pella after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Also there are two beasts: a water beast and a land beast which the commentary relates that the first was surely Rome (or the Roman Empire) which dies, and the second was (perhaps) a religious sect which was mortally wounded but would rise again.
In that context I might think that the beast that was wounded might be Islam which is regaining its power and control around the world . . . just a thought.
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Quite an interesting thought, that. Especially when combined with Nicholas’ apt description of much of our populations recently.
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I guess we won’t know until we get where we were meant to go. It i an interesting thought though . . . for there is something almost apocalyptic about what is happening in regards to Islam these last years.
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A lot of Muslims expect the appearance of al Mahdi in their lifetimes and with him the appearance of Isa, the Jesus of the Muslim tradition.
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I agree. Reminds me, at least of the run up to Vienna and Lepanto.
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