In his homily of June 29, 1972, on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, (St.) Pope Paul VI said that “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered into the temple of God.”1
In the True Life in God (TLIG) messages received by Vassula Rydén, which bear the Magisterium’s Imprimatur2 and Nihil Obstat,3 Jesus reveals, “I had warned you once,4 generation, that because of this Great Apostasy, the rebels5 who call themselves scholars by grade, stormed secretly a passage into My Sanctuary to pillage and plunder freely with the intention to stamp down like the mud in the streets, My Divinity and My Perpetual Sacrifice, establishing legislators of infamous laws;… did you not know, degenerate generation, that in these days of darkness you are living in, you have been inhaling a scorching apostasy?” [Vassula footnotes: In other words, the rebels represent “the smoke of Satan”, predicted by the Pope Paul VI.] (November 5, 1998).
In his article The Situation in the Church Today, respected theologian of mystical theology Rev. Joseph Iannuzzi, S.T.L., S.Th.D. shares some passages from Sacred Scripture and approved prophetic literature that speak of the possibility of a schism and of the Roman Pontiff being forced to leave Rome. They also speak of the mysterious “lawless one” (2 Thes. 2:3-8) who appears to usurp papal authority, not on account of any action of the Pope, but on account of the rebellion already at work.6
In 2013, as a freelance newspaper journalist in the secular press, and a practicing Roman Catholic, I interviewed Vassula when she gave a talk in Toronto, Canada on the True Life in God messages, and her book Heaven Is Real But So Is Hell.
References to the “Pope” or “Peter” in the TLIG revelations are footnoted as “(St.) Pope John Paul II,” as these particular messages were given to Vassula during his reign as Pontiff. Indeed, when referring to the Pope, the Lord is referring to the office of the Papacy in general, which is today occupied by Pope Francis – the Vicar of Christ. Fr. Iannuzzi dedicates a chapter to “The Roman Pontiff” in his newly-released book A Theological Review of the True Life in God Ecclesiastically Approved Prophetic Revelations.7 In the TLIG messages, the Lord calls us to be united, faithful and obedient to the Pope.
For six years, Pope Francis has been meeting with Orthodox Patriarchs and heads of the Anglican, Lutheran and other Protestant churches to promote unity between the Eastern and Western churches. Pope Francis is working tirelessly to foster ecumenical unity, a theme that runs throughout the ecclesiastically approved True Life in God revelations.
In the TLIG message of February 19, 1993, Jesus reveals, “Do you recall the vision I had given you of the vipers crawling all over the Holy Sacraments of the altar? Have I not revealed to you how many of them oppose My Pope, and how they push him aside? I have already given you a detailed account of the Rebellion inside My Church.”
In The Situation in the Church Today, Fr. Iannuzzi addresses how those Christians who condemn the Pope for ruling leniently and mercifully are causing the flock to be further divided. He notes that this division is especially influenced by a “powerful factor” that Pope Pius XI addresses in his Encyclical Divini Redemptoris, when he speaks of a “powerful… conspiracy… on the part of a large section of the non-Catholic press of the world” that “is favored by various occult forces” and that has at its disposal “countless trained workers” and “makes use of pamphlets and reviews, of cinema, theater and radio, of schools and even universities.”
Both of these forces, inside and outside of the Church contribute to the sheep being scattered. To the unawares of those Catholic media outlets whose demands for the Pope’s resignation set a precedent for other Catholics worldwide to follow suit, Satan is furthering his plan of removing the “restrainer,” that is, the Roman Pontiff, so as to set up his abomination of desolation in the sanctuary of God, by transforming the churches into casinos, night clubs, restaurants and resorts, removing the Tabernacle and the perpetual sacrifice and replacing it with the prophesied abomination (fulfilment of Dan. 9:27, 11:31, 12:11; Mt. 24:15).8
In the True Life in God messages, Jesus reveals that the Pope, the Vicar of his Church, is the man who restrains the rebellion and the lawless one (the Antichrist) and holds back the abomination:
“The book of Daniel that was sealed and the words in it kept secret are now being revealed to you all in their fullness; I have been saying to all of you that your generation has apostatised and that this apostasy would creep into the heart of My Sanctuary affecting priests, bishops and cardinals; you see, daughter, I am talking about those apostates who are betraying My Church and are opposing My chosen one, the Vicar of My Church, who holds their rebellion back; but it was said that Satan will set to work in your times to destroy all that is good and will spring in pursuit of those whom I am sending you with My Merciful calls, that could have saved you… it has been said that, for a time, two times, and a half time, My people would be under their persecution and the dominion of the beast… to remove the Perpetual Sacrifice, trample it underfoot and crush it and in its place erect the disastrous abomination, a lifeless image… today you are all watching how these prophecies are being fulfilled… influenced by the beast, these apostates9 are making war on every saint I am sending you, proving today to be the stronger, and as for those10 who reject My calls of today with no reason at all, in My Day they will make this confession:
‘O Lord…; we have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your Name to all the world;… we flouted Scriptures, had we not, we would have accepted Your Sign in heaven11 and the gifts of your Holy Spirit, but we turned our eyes away not to see lest we see and get converted;… and now, now that the Holy Sacrifice has been abolished to whom can we turn to? on what can we feed our souls? how could we quench our thirst? how could we obtain Life now? all the desolation of the abomination You predicted, but kept secret, has now come true; our distress is unparalleled since we first came into existence’” (December 20, 1993).
“To complete their work of destruction and crown it with success they will have to remove Peter’s Chair and the one who sits on it” (April 28, 1995).
The True Life in God messages emphasize the importance of being united with the Pope, who restrains this abomination:
Jesus reveals, “Obey My Pope no matter what comes up; remain faithful to him and I will give you the graces and the strength you will need; I urge you to keep faithful to him and keep away from anyone who rebels against him; above all, never listen to anyone who dispels him; never let your love for him grow insincere;… the Pope will have much to suffer; this is why you will all be persecuted for proclaiming the Truth and for being obedient to My Pope” (March 17, 1993).
The Blessed Virgin Mary reveals, “Be a true witness of the Gospel by the warmth and glow of light in your heart; be a witness for Jesus by bearing His Cross with Him; be a witness for the Church by being constant in your faith and by being united with Christ’s Vicar; never allow your tongues to slip; be perfect as the Lord is perfect; let it show that you are indeed the first-fruits of God’s great Love” (October 10, 1990).
“This is the reign of darkness; remain faithful to the House of God and keep the Traditions that have been taught to you and listen to My beloved and blessed Vicar of My Son; every priest has been given the grace by God to act and represent My Son; and so I pray for those who are not yet submitting humbly to the Vicar of the Church, to submit and be willing” (March 18, 1991).
On December 14, 2018, Jesus reveals in a TLIG message, “Misery and distress have reduced My Body which is My Church into a lamentation book; now at any time Saint Michael My Archangel will stand up, and all nations will taste what they had sown; the corrupt will stagger in their distress while they realize where their conduct led their soul to be; and a piercing cry of agony will shake the foundation of the earth, but the faithful and the pure will remain unscathed! I look sadly at My Church today and She still lies scattered as the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision, empty from the Spirit.”
God reveals through his prophet Zechariah:
“‘Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!’ declares the Lord Almighty. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones. I will strike the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered.”12
Ezekiel prophesies the church temporarily bereft of the guidance of its shepherd on account of those pastors that have ruled “harshly” [not leniently] and “brutally” [not mercifully] thus causing a split within the Church, whereby they were “scattered”:
“You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd… My sheep wandered… they were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them. Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered… I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves… I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.”13
In The Situation in the Church Today, Fr. Iannuzzi explains that a darker design is at work here – something far more sinister than the Catholic media outlets that condemn Pope Francis are aware of, and that will impact millions of souls. This design consists of the diabolic “rebellion” to which St. Paul alerted the faithful of the End Times in his 2nd Epistle to the Thessalonians. Noteworthy is the Greek word “apostasia,” which means a rebellion; a falling away, a defecting from the true faith. Paul reveals that this rebellion will take place before the “lawless one,” the “man of iniquity” is revealed – a rebellion that is occurring today:
“The day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god – do you not recall that while I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. But the one who restrains is to do so only for the present, until he is removed from the scene. And then the lawless one will be revealed…” (2 Thes. 2:3-8).
“… the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie, and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned. But we ought to give thanks to God for you always, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in truth” (2 Thes. 2:9-13).14
In the True Life in God messages, Jesus reveals:
“Never has My Church been in such a confusion… it is reigning in confusion… they have been so misled by Satan; he blinded them… in their delusion they… disregarded My Peter too and the authority I Myself have given him upon all My lambs… they are scheming against My foundation… they are plotting against My House, reunion after reunion, to put an end to Peter!” (December 12, 1987).
“Rebellion is at its work already, but in secret, and the one who is holding it back has first to be removed, before the Rebel appears openly” (March 17, 1993).
In sum, Jesus is asking both the clergy and the laity to remain united, faithful and obedient to his Pope, his Vicar on earth. In response to Jesus’ request, we should refrain from public criticism of the Pope. We should not be influenced by those who publicly mock him, who make unfair allegations against him or who demand the Pope’s resignation. Instead, we should pray together – with love and humility (the keys to unity as revealed by Jesus in True Life in God) – as brothers and sisters in Christ united in diversity, for all leaders of the Christian churches as they work toward greater unity.
1 The Holy See, Paul VI Homilies 1972 (in Italian) 29 June 1972: Mass on the 9th anniversary of the crowning of His Holiness Paul VI on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul («da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio») online: http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/homilies/1972.index.html; http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/it/homilies/1972/documents/hf_p-vi_hom_19720629.html.
2 Rev. J.L. Iannuzzi, S.T.L., S.Th.D., A Theological Review of the True Life in God Ecclesiastically Approved Prophetic Revelations (2019), “Introduction,” pp. i-vi; “Conclusion,” pp. 183-185.
4 July 3, 1988.
5 In other words, the rebels represent “the smoke of Satan”, predicted by the Pope Paul VI.
6 Rev. J.L. Iannuzzi, S.T.L., S.Th.D., The Situation in the Church Today (updated May 2019).
7 A Theological Review, op.cit., footnote 3, chapter 3.15, “The Roman Pontiff,” pp. 153-157.
8 Ibid., footnote 6.
9 Vassula adds: “The apostates are those, according to Our Lord, ecclesiastics influenced by the freemasons. These apostates are noted in Rv. 13:11. They are as the second beast, alias the false prophet.”
10 Vassula adds: “The good shepherds, but sceptical and closed.”
11 Mt. 24:30; Dn. 7:13-14. The manifestation from the Holy Spirit, that comes now, with power, gathering God’s people. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is a Heavenly Sign to renew the Church, in other words to establish the New Jerusalem.
12 Zec 13.9; Cf. also Zec 7:14; Ps 44:11; Jer 10:21, 23:2; Lam 4:13-16; Ez 6:8; Ibid., footnote 8, The Situation in the Church Today.
13 Ez 34:4-12; Cf. also The Situation in the Church Today, op.cit., footnote 12.
14 Ibid., footnote 13, The Situation in the Church Today.