Call it "numerology theology!"
Must be the numbers! Many like to blame it on El Nino, but long before those winter winds from the vast Pacific started churning, there was someone else you could blame it on and to this day he remains the number one culprit. He is the one who has made a certain set of three like numbers famous, or in this case infamous. We are, of course, talking about El Diablo, better known as lucifer - now known and hated simply as satan. And if one is superstitious toward matters of hell, one might be extra cautious this week and say quite a few extra prayers for Thursday is a watermark in the countdown to the millennium. If you have been following our countdown calendar to the Jubilee at the bottom of each daily front page, you'll know that we will arrive at 666 days until the millennium on March 5 this week. Is it significant? Only God knows for sure, but we do know that the subscriber of those numbers - the mark of the beast - would sure like it to be significant as he struggles against hope to grab as many souls as he can during this last hurrah of the century he has been assigned. While we're not normally into numerology, when it comes from the Blessed Virgin Mary it causes us to sit up and take notice. It was Our Lady who indicated in a specific message to messenger Father Don Stefano Gobbi on June 17, 1989 in Milan about the significance of this number. Our Lady asked Fr. Gobbi to calculate the number and how it signifies the name of a man - the antichrist. She reaffirms that 333 is the number representing the Divinity and the mystery of the unity of God and that since satan wants to be above God, he chooses disunity and a higher number out of mockery and mimicry - thus 666. She goes on to explain the significance of 333 x's 2 indicates the two natures - divine and human that are united in the Person of her Divine Son Jesus; 333 x's 3 adds up to the mystery of the Holy Trinity with Three Persons in One. She capsulizes it with the fact that one, two and three times 333 equal, of course, the principal mysteries of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Then she reveals the copycat scheme of satan with the same multiplication of 666. Going by year, she first indicates the year 666 at which time Mohammed and the Moslem faith came into prominence in history. They indeed became a serious threat to Christianity as wars broke out everywhere and they destroyed much, but it was through the leadership of Holy Mother Church through the intervention of God that the gates of Rome were saved and all of Europe from these Islamic hordes who deny Christ is God. 666 x's 2 equals 1332 which wouldn't seem like any date of significance until we mull below the surface and uncover the beginning of those who challenged the truth of the Church, questioning everything as the "Age of Reason" raised its ugly head and, of course, from this came the Protestant Reformation in which Tradition was diminished and the Bible held as the only means to salvation through self interpretation. This opened a whole can of worms as the mind overwhelmed the heart. Obedience and faith gave way to intellectualism and faith in the Word of God ("Parabola") is destroyed. That brings us to 666 x's 3 which equals 1998. That's right folks, 1998!!! Here Our Lady says to Fr. Gobbi, "In this period of history, Freemasonry, assisted by its ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design: that of setting up an idol to put in the place of Christ and of His Church. A false christ and a false church. Consequently, the statue built in honor of the first beast, to be adored by all the inhabitants of the earth and which will seal with its mark all those who want to buy or sell, is that of the antichrist. You have thus arrived at the peak of the purification of the great tribulation and of the apostasy. The apostasy will be, as of then, generalized because almost all will follow the false christ and the false church. Then the door will be open for the appearance of the man or of the very person of the antichrist." She goes on to warn, "...I have wanted to enlighten you concerning the pages of the Apocalypse [Revelations] which refer to the times you are living through. This is to prepare you with me, for the most painful and decisive part of the great struggle which is on the point of being fought out between your Heavenly Mother and all the forces of evil which have been let loose...To you befalls the duty, in these difficult years, of remaining faithful to Christ and to His Church, putting up with hostility, struggle and persecution. But you are a precious part of the little flock, which has the task of fighting against, and in the end conquering, the powerful force of the antichrist. I am forming you all, defending you and blessing you."
So what does it all mean? Very simply, folks, it's time to pray and pray fervently! Our Lady also told Fr. Gobbi on September 18, 1988 at Lourdes, France about the "next ten years" and her rationale for so many appearances and messages during these times. She warned of what was to come. Many have discerned that this ten year period she was talking about was from September 18, 1988 to September 18, 1998. of What would give even more credence to this was the fact Fr. Gobbi received his last message from Our Lady on December 31, 1997. As the Blessed Mother has said to so many visionaries and messengers when she does complete her words to each one is that she has said all she can, now it is up to us - up to us to pray! Others maintain Our Lady is talking about the rest of this century leading up to the Millennium. It really doesn't matter since we're talking only one year and three plus months difference. Plus, Our Lady has confirmed to Fr. Gobbi that her Immaculate Heart will triumph before the Millennium!
So here we are just a little over six months away from September 18, 1998 and 668 days from the Jubilee date. It is time to take action on our knees. The day after that traumatic 666 day, is the 111th Annual World Day of Prayer and we'll have more on that as the we near the date. For now, it's important to remember one day won't cut it. Rather, we need to focus our attention on Heaven 24 hours a day, 365 days a year or, as the day nears, 666 days until the year 2000 - a time when we shall see the new era of Peace - the New Advent - the Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ushered in by the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Until then the odds are even that only prayer will help, after all it's all by the numbers as we pray on 111 for 333 a day after 666! Call it "numerology theology!"
Michael Cain, editor
Daily CATHOLIC March 3, 1998