SIGNS OF THE TIMES: by LARA PANIAGUA
Editor’s note: received February 3, 2021 -- a prophetic article.
The Pandemic taught us many things and continues bring more truth to light. Unfortunately, the vast majority of humanity is not quite ready to confront the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3). Here, we ought to ask ourselves whether such brethren are simply blind or inherently rejects truth staring at their faces. For the truly blind knows nothing but darkness, if only there was someone to shine the light and liberate him from such curse. “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23)
However, rejection of truth chooses the dark to the extent of fabricating “truths” from myths and will cease at nothing until all the mist of lies turn into the new reality.
"For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths." (2 Timothy 4:4)
I am guessing at this point you are probably wondering, “Where are the evangelists?” Where are the voices crying out the dessert, “Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!” (Isaiah 40:3). Or even better; perhaps you have been inspired to declare, “Here I am,” I said; “send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) only to find the enemy is bigger than Goliath and more possessed by evil than King Saul… in fact, he is: "The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, * who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it." (Apocalypse 12:9) Hence, every person who failed to fill his lamp and take extra oil for the journey now find themselves nearly stumbling in the dark that continues to envelop the face of the earth. And then there are those who simply shut their minds and hearts to truth and reason.
Let’s take a step further and look into how the enemy’s plans are unfolding. All eyes have been on the recent United States 2020 Election, a pivotal moment not for Americans but for the entire world. We, well most of us, have witnessed proponents of the Global Reset invest all funds and power to make sure the last beacon of hope bows down to worldwide tyranny. With Joe Biden in leading the US, we see evils of abortion, contraception, homosexuality, physician assisted suicide, and human trafficking enjoy tax funding under the table. And who can ignore the baseless censorship of conservative and Christian voices and by the technocrats of Silicon Valley. The deadly but mandatory “vaccination” which in theory doesn’t constitute a vaccine but more like a type of gene therapy, states on the label that “there is no FDA- approved vaccine to prevent COVID 19.”
George Santayana asserted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (The Life of Reason, 1905). Indeed, history abounds in lessons, a true treasure trove for the wise. Holy Scripture as well provides deeper insight into events that shaped not only civilizations but also the faith of God’ people. The second book of Kings details the end of Israel as it has turned away from God's commandments and surrendered its heart and soul to idols, offering their children as sacrifices. Hence, God sentenced His people into hands of the Babylonians. In the year 597 BC, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his whole army advanced against Jerusalem, deportation followed. This is where we find ourselves… at the brink of exile. Yet hope is not lost, only overshadowed. And if only we look, listen, and remain calm during the wait, we will hear the soothing voice of truth. "There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD — but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake — but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire — but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound." (1 Kings 19:11-12)
God, constant and unconditional, remains patient and firm. “Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." (Luke 21: 30-33)
A dear friend commented, “With all Humility, I think the rest of us who are watching closely for signs and messages are more like the three Magi who have a little bit more idea but still have a long way to travel. I think of those who do not know as much as we do, I see them like Shepherds who are faithful and yet unaware of the events unfolding until the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Some of us are called to be like Job, others to be like Moses and the Maccabees, still others will be like Daniel and his friends during the Babylonian exile. All of us waiting for mercy and deliverance.” This holds so much significance, we all see all the same scenarios unfolding right in front of our very eyes, daily.
Let me end with a CALL TO ARMS: Cleanse the Temple of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Penance. Nourish your soul with the Bread of Life at Mass. Fuel your faith with Scripture. Remain steadfast in Hope close to the Mary, the Mother God as St. John did next to the cross. Pray the Rosary. Render true charity, serving and lifting one another through works of mercy.
Leyda Vigo Garcia
Truth and wisdom expressed from a heart of ❤️ and faith. May we continue to battle in prayer, hope, and seeking guidance from our God, our Blessed Mother, and Jesus intercession as we await His second coming. We trust in You Lord.
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Lara Paniagua is a Nicaraguan-American. She completed her studies in Psychology at Carleton University and her graduate research with the Universidad de Leon in Spain. She works in Miami as an education consultant child psychologist. Lara is a practising Roman Catholic actively engaged in her Miami parish.
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