Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pius XII and the Olivet Discourse

From Unveiling the Apocalypse:
As most readers are aware, one of the central arguments of the first version of my book (which has been furthered throughout this blog) is that the world wars which took place over the course of the 20th century were directly related to the "wars and rumours of wars" mentioned by Christ in His Olivet discourse as being one of the birth pangs of the Second Coming. These wars are said to take place when "the end is not yet", but would ultimately result in a major falling away from the faith:  "because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold". (Matt 24:12).  It is well enough known that both Benedict XV and Pius XII shared the belief that the wars which took place throughout the courses of their respective pontificates were the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy. As Pope Benedict XV famously stated in his 1914 encyclical Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum: "Certainly those days would seem to have come upon us of which Christ Our Lord foretold: "You shall hear of wars and rumours of wars - for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Matt. xxiv, 6, 7). Another quote by Pius XII is frequently cited to confirm that he shared this belief: “We believe that the present hour is a dread phase of the events foretold by Christ. It seems that darkness is about to fall on the world. Humanity is in the grip of a supreme crisis.” (Read more.)

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