PART 6: Fr. Michel Rodrigue – Matthew 24 in the Bible Speaks of Our Times

PART 6 OF A “VIRTUAL RETREAT” WITH FR. MICHEL RODRIGUE

Fr. Michel Rodrigue shares the meaning of certain passages in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 24, as they pertain to our times, the end times.

 

Matthew: 24:1-2:

Jesus left the temple area and was going away, when his disciples approached him to point out the temple buildings. He said to them in reply, “You see all these things, do you not? Amen, I say to you, there will not be left here a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

This is a sign because it was predicted by Jesus, not only for the Temple of Israel, but also for the Temple of His Body. The Church will pass through the same mystery that Christ passed through. This means the Church will be crucified, and now we are entering the Day of crucifixion. The Church will be put in the tomb. She will have no more words to pronounce to the nations. She will have no credibility. No one will hear what she has to say. The nations will just throw away the Word they receive.

The stones represent the doctrine of the Church. The stones of the Church will be “thrown down” at the end of ages. For the first time, the doctrine of the church will be attacked. The sacraments will be crushed. When people will no longer believe in the sacraments, when people feel no need to pray, to adore Jesus, this will be a sign.

That sign is beginning. When you look around, you see false doctrine spreading in so many places: in our seminaries, in our universities, in our families, by the media, by every kind of false prophet. This is happening now in our world.

Matthew 24:3:

As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Jesus spoke of this when he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the mount of His agony. He was sitting with the disciples who came to Him privately and asked, “what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?” The question means that Jesus had talked to His disciples regarding the Temple, and regarding the end of the troubled time [the Tribulation], and about the end of the age. Their question reveals this. We pass by these words so quickly during the Sunday Mass, and we don’t want to talk about it because people don’t want to receive the message. They are afraid.

The disciples asked, “Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?” They knew that He would leave them, and they are asking three questions:

The first one: When will this happen?

The second one: What sign will there be of Your coming?

The third one: What sign will there be for the end of the age?

The first sign of His coming is a future manifestation of Jesus so great that no one will escape it—this is the Illumination of Conscience. Secondly, He will come at the end of the age. I read the same thing in the revelations of Maria Valtorta about the end times. I was struck by that. [Brother Philip in the fraternity, showed Fr. Michel a passage from the book. Perhaps it is this passage in which Jesus says:

“It is opportune to repeat: ‘Satan has requested to sift you.’ And the sifting proves that corruption is what it was in the times of the flood, worsened by the fact that you have had Christ and His Church, whereas in Noah’s time, they did not.”

This is one of the first sortings-out of mankind, which nears its last hour, to separate the harvest of the elect from the harvest of the reprobates. Unfortunately, the harvest of the elect is small compared to the other.”] —The End Times As Revealed to Maria Valtorta,  Editions Paulines, p. 8.

Matthew 24: 4-5:

Jesus said to them in reply, “See that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many.

This is starting now. You can see that some are saying they are the new Messiah. You can find this on the Internet easily. We have one in Montreal. He came to me and said, “I am Jesus.”

I said, “No, you don’t look too resurrected.” [Fr. Michel laughed.] The more crazy you are, the more followers you have. They will lead many astray. People are so bored today that they want something outside of their ordinary journey. [Click here to see man who says he’s Jesus video.] 

Matthew 24:6:

You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end.

This is important. Remember, the end is not yet. It is a purification of the world, but it will not be the end of it.

Matthew 24:7-9:

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains. Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name.

This is what will happen. Some of us will be martyrs. I don’t want to mask that. Many of you will be in a refuge. Some already have the cross of martyrdom on their forehead. I can assure you of that. Yes, some will be martyrs, but when we know we are martyrs it is so joyful. You know, you will feel nothing! They will persecute you, and that is difficult, but when the time for martyrdom comes, it is a grace. This grace makes you able to profess the Lord and be able to be faithful in a joyful manner because the Lord desensitizes you in the moment of martyrdom. It is a great grace. St. Polycarp thanked God aloud, as he died professing the faith. [Click here to read more about his last moments.]

Matthew 24:10-12:

And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold.

Because of the increase in lawlessness, love will grow cold. Attention to others, to the little ones, the ones who are in need, the ones who are not as complete as the “ideal” image of man and woman—those who have infirmities and deformities, we don’t want them anymore. We have all the methodologies to kill them, to eliminate them. The laws have become cold, and cold is a sign of Satan. Satan burns in hell, and in hell, it’s hot. But when he is on Earth, he prefers the cold. [That is why] when the devil arrives, you feel the cold of the darkness.

Matthew 24:13-14:

But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.

The United Nations represents most all of the nations—St. Pope Paul VI went there, St. Pope John Paul II went there, Pope Francis has gone there—and with the Internet, the news of Jesus Christ is everywhere now. The Internet is not only the work of the devil. It is also a vehicle for the work of the Church.

Matthew 24:15:

When you see the desolating abomination spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand). . .

What does Jesus mean? St. Pope Paul VI said that “through some crack, the smoke of Satan has entered the Church.” People quickly skip over the words “through some crack.” They mean the hierarchy of the Church.  [Click here to read the pope’s actual words, as revealed recently in 2018.] 

The anti-Christ is in the hierarchy of the Church now. Since the Church began, His great desire has been to sit on the Chair of Peter. The devil will rejoice for a time. The anti-Christ will be the one who appears and rules as the savior of the world. He will have three heads: a religious head—a false pope, a political head, and a financial head. The anti-Christ, in the image of a savior, will be the head of the other two. It’s all there now. It’s just a matter of time. . .

After the anti-Christ emerges will come the sacrilege. They will profane the Holy Eucharist and say it is just a symbol. They will try to make another kind of Mass to please every denomination, and they will abolish the Day of the Lord, Sunday. Priests will be like Shamans. Married priests and women deacons will not be the same as those of old. They will be “green” and focus on Mother Earth. The three denials of Peter will happen again. This time they are the denial of the True Presence in the Eucharist, denial of the priesthood, the denial of marriage.

Matthew 24:16-19:

. . . then those in Judea must flee to the mountains, a person on the housetop must not go down to get things out of his house, a person in the field must not return to get his cloak. Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days.

When the time comes to go to a refuge, follow the flame in front of you. Don’t look back. Follow the flame. DO IT. Don’t worry about your son, your daughter, your family. Everyone marked with the cross will have a flame, will have an angel. When you look back, you have no more confidence in Him. It will not be your concern to grab everyone around you anymore. Your business is to follow the flame of the angel who will guide you to a place of refuge, or who will guide you around your house to signify that your home is your final refuge.

Matthew 24:20-21:

Pray that your flight not be in winter or on the sabbath, for at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will be.

This means that you must pray to be ready because if you are not ready, you will not understand anything, and there will be suffering.

Matthew 24:23-24:

If anyone says to you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect.

This is important. If anyone says to you, “Look, there he is!” do not believe it. Satan will appear and produce great signs and omens to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. The demon can do some great signs. He can elevate a person from the ground. When I do exorcisms, I see this often. It is not a big deal for me, levitation. He can imitate the stigmata, as well. He can imitate an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Thirteen other “apparitions” were occurring at the same time as Our Lady’s Fatima apparition, and the Church had to discern them.

When the devil imitates God, something will not be beautiful. He cannot make things perfect. He can animate and make the dead walk because he replaces the soul of the body. But he cannot do this for more than two days because the body starts to smell! Remember what I said. The devil does not have the power to create. He does not have the power to re-create. So, he can walk with a dead body only for a short time. The devil’s possessed people make things like that happen. So, yes, he tries to imitate Jesus by performing every kind of sign. You will know that these things are not from the Lord because the result will not be for long. It will always be short.

And this is important: you will see many things on the television. The primary thing that the devil likes a lot is to be on shows. He’s proud, so he will give signs so make people say, “Have you seen this! Have you seen that!” Don’t look and feed his pride. He was one of the most beautiful angels in heaven. He received the greatest gifts ever given to an angel by the Father. He used these gifts to manipulate and destroy other angels with him. One-third followed him into hell.

Matthew 24:25-27:

Behold, I have told it to you beforehand. So if they say to you, ‘He is in the desert,’ do not go out there; if they say, ‘He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For just as lightning comes from the east and is seen as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

For about three and half years (I know that Jesus will shorten this time because of the intercession of His mother) people will be in refuges. Then will come the three days of darkness followed by the glorious Era of Peace when Jesus will be felt in every human heart.

 

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