Prophecy From a Catholic Perspective, Part 12

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450 From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ’s lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Caesar is not “the Lord”. “The Church. . . believes that the key, the centre and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”

451 Christian prayer is characterized by the title “Lord”, whether in the invitation to prayer (“The Lord be with you”), its conclusion (“through Christ our Lord”) or the exclamation full of trust and hope: Maranatha (“Our Lord, come!”) or Maranatha (“Come, Lord!”) – “Amen Come Lord Jesus!”

The unfolding of prophecy implies very much that people will submit to earthly authorities, and whenever it is that we approach the end of time, these earthly authorities will more and more be manipulated by Satan. Nationalistic pride is not a bad thing, and in fact can be a good thing. However, it is to be kept in proper context. If and when any governmental authority asks us to do evil in the name of the state, or in the name of security, etc. we must always be willing to sacrifice our very freedoms for the sake of Christ. We need to stand with those whom are the subject of persecution. It often seems unreal to believe that so much of the world could completely turn on fellow citizens or family members and turn Christians over to the worst persecutions, or stay silent as it is happening. But we have very recent history in the Holocaust of Germany that shows what blind loyalty and groupthink are capable of doing, especially in trying circumstances where one’s hope starts to shift from focus on Christ to the idea that others are the problem, and your hope lies in their elimination.

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