Category Archives: Army Of The Lord

The Letters of St Francis of Paola

Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507) was healed of a kind of eye disease through the intercession of St Francis of Assisi when he was still a young man, led an extraordinarily ascetic life, had many followers, founded dozens of monasteries, frequently performed miracles, and made several astounding prophecies regarding the end times Army of the Lord—prophecies which are astonishing in their scope and detail, and which are found in the body of his seven letters reproduced here.

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St Francis of Paola: Prophecy

St Francis of Paola on the Army of the Lord

The prophecies of St Francis of Paola (1416-1507) are quite detailed, graphic, and most astounding. There is a lot to take in, to reflect upon, and to revisit again and again, because there is so much depth in these letters that cannot possibly be taken in upon a first reading, in my humble opinion.

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St Louis de Montfort: Prophecy

St Louis on the Army of the Lord.

Saint Louis was a French priest (1673–1716) who is well known for his classic work, “True Devotion To Mary” in which he gives one of the most descriptive and profound prophecies regarding the army of the Lord of the last days.

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The Army Of The Lord

There are several prophecies over the centuries which speak of an army of the Lord to be manifested towards the end of time: a great army of Christian saints who will come to restore all things in Christ and usher in an Age of Peace, the likes of which has never been seen since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Various saints and seers give us insights into different aspects and functions of this army of the Lord.

This category will examine some of the main prophecies in this regard.

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The Theology of History in St Bonaventure

This page provides a few excerpts from Joseph Ratzinger’s book of the same title re: The Seventh Age of history. For some background click here.

“A. The promise of the seventh age.

“Now that we have established the fact that the primary concern of Bonaventure’s view of history is related to the future, we can determine more precisely the point around which everything is centered. This central point of interest lies in that small section of the sixth age which is yet to be realized, that is, in that mysterious border-line area which separates the perilous present time from that age of Sabbath Rest which is yet to come within the framework of this world. What is it that we are to expect before that long-awaited hour strikes and peace enters the world forever? Everything revolves around this question and is concerned with the determination of that final period of the sexla aelas which remains to be realized.

“In contrast with this problem, the question of the seventh age is relatively simple, and will be treated immediately. Bonaventure himself clarifies what is meant by the seventh age when he says: “Then the prophecy of Ezechiel (401£) will be fulfilled: The Holy City will come down from heaven; not, however, that city ‘which is above’ (Gal. 4, 26), but that one which is below, that is, the church militant. But she will be formed in the likeness of the Church triumphant in as far as this is possible in her pilgrim-state . . . And then there will be peace …”.

Two things are obvious:

(a) “We are dealing with a thoroughly inner-worldly condition. The pilgrim-character is expressly emphasized, and the designation of the “Church militant” is emphatically held in contrast to the “Church triumphant.”

(b) “This period of time represents a state of salvation of a completely new sort. But this does not destroy its inner- worldly, inner-historical, and therefore pre-eschatological character. It is first in this period that the great prophecies of Ezechiel and Isaias will be fulfilled; it is only in this age that the state of redemption will find its full meaning.

(c) “Immediately a question arises. How is this seventh age of Bonaventure related to the seventh age of Joachim? We can take a stand on this question only when we have presented the opinion of Joachim himself, and when we have discovered the new form which the concept of revelation takes on in the Hexaemeron. This concept of revelation will follow from the Bonaventurian theology of history which we are about to develop.”

The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure, pages 22,23

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