On Countdown to the Kingdom

Since the launch of this website on March 25th, 2020 on the Feast of the Annunciation, several social media websites have emerged linking to this website. To be certain, countdowntothekingdom.com is our only official website on the Internet. We are not affiliated in any way with other websites or social media sites that may directly repost our content, use our name, logo, etc. without our permission. We are not responsible for, nor promote any other alleged “private revelation”, political statements, advertisements, etc. that they may post.

The personal websites of the Contributors to Countdown to the Kingdom and their content therein, even if linked to on Countdown, are the express opinion of those individuals and may or may not reflect the views of other Contributors to Countdown to the Kingdom, both those visible and behind the scenes.  

There is no donate button or sales shop on this website. The daily work and time going into the discernment, translation, posting, etc. of alleged prophetic revelations and reflections on the Scriptures, etc. as well as the costs of operating this website, are done at our own time and expense at the service, we hope, of St. Paul’s imperative to “not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good…” (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).  

On the homepage of Countdown to the Kingdom, there is a Disclaimer and a post on Public versus Private Revelation. We repeat them below for those who may not have noticed those links, so as to help the reader better understand the mission and purpose of this website. There are certain inherent risks in publishing private revelation and we realize the responsibility in making these messages more widely available:


Disclaimer

The widespread reluctance on the part of many Catholic thinkers to enter into a profound examination of the apocalyptic elements of contemporary life is, I believe, part of the very problem which they seek to avoid. If apocalyptic thinking is left largely to those who have been subjectivized or who have fallen prey to the vertigo of cosmic terror, then the Christian community, indeed the whole human community, is radically impoverished. And that can be measured in terms of lost human souls. –Author, Michael D. O’Brien, Are We Living In Apocalyptic Times?

We kindly request that, while reading this website’s contents, all readers keep in the forefront of their minds the following six key caveats: 

1. We are not the final arbiters of what constitutes an authentic revelation—the Church is—and we will always submit to whatever she definitively decides. It is with the Church, then, that we “test” prophecy: “Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 67)

2. We both acknowledge and deeply respect the distinction between Public and private revelation, and we do not propose any of the latter here as demanding the same assent as the former from the faithful.

3. We remain open to considering further developments relevant to discerning the revelations we have included, and thus are not claiming absolute certitude in each revelation on this site, even though we have decided that each is worthy of inclusion here and important to disseminate. The scope of this site’s content is intrinsically limited and nothing should be inferred from the mere absence of a given seer from its pages.

4. While we indeed take each private revelation very seriously, if it seems trustworthy by virtue of the Church-sanctioned norms for discernment (to read more click here), we are ultimately striving to extract from the diversity of revelations a “prophetic consensus” that itself neither rises nor falls on the authenticity of one or two mystics, but rather constitutes the clear call of the Spirit to the Church today.

5. We consider that even credible private revelation must be treated according to Church teaching. Here, we adopt the wisdom of St. Hannibal: “Conforming to prudence and sacred accuracy, people cannot deal with private revelations as if they were canonical books or decrees of the Holy See…” (in a letter to Fr. Peter Bergamaschi)

6. Seers are fallible instruments, and as such, “…everything God reveals is received through and according to the subject’s dispositions. In the history of prophetic revelation it is not uncommon that the prophet’s limited and imperfect human nature is impacted by a psychological, moral or spiritual event that may hinder the spiritual enlightenment of God’s revelation from shining perfectly in the prophet’s soul, whereby the prophet’s perception of the revelation is involuntarily altered.” (Newsletter, Missionaries of the Holy Trinity, January-May 2014).

Therefore, this website is not an endorsement of everything a seer has said or written. We only consider what is posted here based on the above criteria. 

In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned. —Cardinal Ratzinger (BENEDICT XVI), Message of Fatima, Theological Commentarywww.vatican.va

We urge you to listen with simplicity of heart and sincerity of mind to the salutary warnings of the Mother of God… The Roman Pontiffs… If they are instituted the guardians and interpreters of divine Revelation, contained in Holy Scripture and Tradition, they also take it as their duty to recommend to the attention of the faithful—when, after responsible examination, they judge it for the common good—the supernatural lights which it has pleased God to dispense freely to certain privileged souls, not for proposing new doctrines, but to guide us in our conduct. —SAINT POPE JOHN XXIII, Papal Radio Message, February 18th, 1959; L’Osservatore Romano

Are they to whom a revelation is made, and who are certain it comes from God, bound to give a firm assent thereto? The answer is in the affirmative… He to whom that private revelation is proposed and announced, ought to believe and obey the command or message of God, if it be proposed to him on sufficient evidence… For God speaks to him, at least by means of another, and therefore requires him to believe; hence it is, that he is bound to believe God, Who requires him to do so. —POPE BENEDICT XIV, Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p.390

Those who have fallen into this worldliness look on from above and afar, they reject the prophecy of their brothers and sisters… —POPE FRANCIS, Evangelii Gaudium, n. 97


Public vs Private Revelation

Countdown to the Kingdom is a website, obedient to the final determinations of the Church, that puts forth what is called “private revelation”—prophetic messages sent from heaven to help us live more fully by divine revelation in our given hour on Earth. “Private” revelation is often meant by God to be universally spread and accepted. In other words, it is hardly meant to be “private.” Through “private” revelation, we have the Rosary given by Our Lady to St. Dominic; the devotion of the First Saturdays and the warning of World War II from Our Lady of Fatima. We have the warning of famine through Our Lady of La Salette, should people continue offending God, as well as Christ’s wish for Divine Mercy Sunday and the Divine Mercy Chaplet through His revelations to St. Faustian Kowalska—to name only a few. To disregard all private revelation without giving it any consideration would put us at serious risk of disregarding the Lord Himself.

The word “private” has been ascribed to such prophetic revelation from heaven to contrast it with public revelation’s Depositum Fidei (Deposit of Faith): Scripture and Tradition definitively interpreted throughout the ages by the magisterium. In this public revelation, we have a sure foundation—solid bedrock upon which we may always safely stand, come what may, and an invincible guardrail protecting us from dangerous cliffs. The contents of public revelation, alone, universally demand the assent of divine faith (as a supernatural virtue) from all souls, and no private revelation may ever add to its contents. Indeed, whatever is contained within this public revelation is absolutely certain; whatever contradicts it is absolutely false, and there will be no new public revelation until the end of time.

Never forget that.

But do not pretend that you are now done! The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

“It is not [so-called ‘private’ revelations’] role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history. Guided by the magisterium of the Church, the census fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. . .” (§ 67)

The Catechism also says:

“In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right.” (§1778)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church does not say: “Man is only obliged to follow faithfully that particular set of truths definitively put forth by public revelation’s deposit of faith.” But this subtle twist on Church teaching is, tragically, exactly what one sometimes hears in many Catholic circles today whenever Heaven’s urgent messages are shared: “Oh, that’s a private revelation? Pshh! I’ll respond however I happen to feel like responding, then; thank you very much and good day to you!”

This twist empties of almost all meaning our glorious duty as children of God to both follow our conscience and heed the voice of the Spirit always, which includes heaven’s ongoing instructions, blessings, warnings, and exhortations. Since when does some truth not being a clear and explicit constituent of the deposit of faith somehow empty it of value? Since when does this safeguard a Catholic against any possibility of having an obligation—even a dire and urgent one—to respond?

If we are not going to boldly and courageously move forward in what our minds and hearts have grown convicted is true through Heaven’s inspirations, then we are not even authentic human beings; we certainly cannot be authentic Catholics if we are not authentic human beings. In a word, public revelation is not an invitation to diminish our human flourishing and freedom; it is a catalyst to embolden both.

So, dear friends, stand with confidence on this invincible foundation we have in public revelation: contained in Scripture, growing through Sacred Tradition, and definitively interpreted by the magisterium. Dare not ever, in thought, word or deed—by commission or by omission—contradict these foundations (even if you thought an alleged private revelation was asking you to do so). But do not let the foundation from preventing you from climbing higher still.

When Heaven speaks, it matters. And Heaven is calling out to us today like never before in history. Something is coming. Something never seen before in history. Something that history itself demands as its crown. Heaven is speaking to you.

Listen.

(See also on this website Prophecy in Perspective).


 

Related Reading by Mark Mallett at The Now Word:

Prophecy Properly Understood

Can You Ignore Private Revelation?

Why the World Remains in Pain

Turn On the Headlights

On Private Revelation

Of Seers and Visionaries

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