And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? (Luke 23:27-31, KJV)
Christ Himself is the green wood here (which doesn’t burn that easily). We are the dry wood, waiting to be consumed by the flames of unseen hate and destruction. Thus, Christ’s passion will become our passion. His crown of thorns (a.k.a. Corona Christi) will be ours. And isn’t it peculiar that this huge crisis particularly the free world finds itself in by seeing no alternative to locking down its economies, that this crisis has been caused by a new (almost certainly engineered) viral pathogen that belongs to the family of Corona viruses? Whether we are aware of it or not, whether we like it or not, we are on the way to our own Golgotha, to our own crucifixion. Again, there will be no mercy or help from worldly entities, nor will there be help coming from the priesthood, which chose fifty-plus years ago – akin to Iscariot – to follow the world rather than Christ. Again, there will be unspeakable agony and suffering, not to speak of humiliation and ridicule. And again, the criminals will have free rein, while the saintly will be brutally ploughed under. It’s coming, and the pandemic (that hasn’t originated from a “seafood market”, but from the Wuhan Institute of Virology) is only the beginning.
Exactly a century ago, the world saw clearer than ever before what this revolutionary ideology of atheistic, egalitarian communism was capable of. The communists, in their insane class hatred, viewed the “old classes” as mere stumbling blocks that had to be eliminated by use of the fiercest terror imaginable in order to give way for “socialist progress”. The diabolical cruelties committed by the Bolshevists even surpassed the worst crimes against humanity during the French Revolution. Here are, pars pro toto, some accounts of the nightmare that occurred at the time:
In fact, each Che-Ka [i.e., local secret police, imposing the Red Terror on the population] seems to have had its speciality in torture. Kharkov, for instance, under Saenko, went in primarily for scalpings and hand flayings; and in Voronezh the person to be tortured was first stripped naked, and then thrust into a nail-studded barrel, and rolled about in it, or else branded on the forehead with a five-pointed star, or, if a member of the clergy, “crowned” with barbed wire. As for the Che-Kas of Tsaritsin and Kamishin, it was their custom to saw their victims’ bones apart, whilst Poltava and Kremenchoug made it their special rule to impale clergy (once, on the latter place, where a ruffian named Grishka was in command, eighteen monks were transfixed in a single day). Also, inhabitants have testified that Grishka would burn at the stake any peasant who had been prominent in a rebellion, and sit on a chair to enjoy the spectacle. The Che-Ka of Ekaterinoslav, again, went in for crucifixion and death by stoning, and the Che-Ka of Odessa for putting officers to death by chaining them to planks, and slowly, very slowly, pushing them into furnaces, or else tearing their bodies on a capstan wheel, or else immersing them in a boiler of water heated to simmering point, and then flinging them into the sea, before finally consigning them to the flames again. [Sergey Petrovich Melgounov. The Red Terror in Russia. First published in 1924. London-New York: Edward Harle Ltd., 2008. p. 95.]
In this district [i.e., in Tambov Province] the peasants had a particular veneration for an ikon of the Vishinskaya Madonna; and when influenza broke out in the district, a solemn procession was held in the ikon’s honour, and a celebrating of Mass. And, on the Bolshevists seizing both ikon and clergy, and the peasants learning later that the Che-Ka had insulted the ikon, and “dragged it about the floor”, they set forth to “rescue Our Lady”, with women and children and the aged and everyone else joining the throng. And then the Che-Ka turned machine-guns upon them, and mowed them down in rows as, “with terrible eyes which saw nothing”, they moved forward over the bodies of dying and dead, and mothers, flinging themselves before their children, cried: “O Holy Virgin and Defender, bless us as gladly we lay down our lives for thee!” [Ibid., p. 74.]
The carp enjoys being seethed in cream, and the bourgeois being slain by a Power which is stern, and ready to kill him… Even though our souls may revolt from the task, let us use strong measures, and bring the bourgeoisie to their senses, seeing that we need but shoot a few dozen of the fools, of the wastrels, and make the rest clean the streets, and set their womenfolk to scour out Red Guard barracks (though even this is too great an honour for them!), for the bourgeoisie to realise that our Government is a Government come to stay, and that it is useless to look for help from Englishmen or Hottentots. [Ibid., p. 27., taken from a Bolshevist newspaper article.]
As we now look over to present-day communist China (or even Russia, which too has remained communist), we can see the same type of blood-chilling cruelty as in the old days under Lenin, Stalin, or Mao. Nothing has changed. Only the perceptions in the West have been manipulated. After all, communism “died” in 1989/91 – allegedly. In reality, the “collapse of communism” was a long-premeditated manoeuvre, executed with the greatest exactitude and in perfect coordination throughout the communist bloc. The West was duped and put to sleep; the societies within the communist countries were cynically betrayed. But the time has now come to recover from the illusion of Russia and China being the West’s friends. In fact, they have remained its deadliest enemies, working as ever towards communist world dominion. What is happening at present, including the long process during the last two, even three decades that has led to the current state of affairs, doesn’t need much explanation any more. Everybody can now see the threats and the attempts to blackmail and coerce the West. We have entered the early stages of World War III, with Russia and China, alleged rivals since the “Sino-Soviet split” of the 1960s, now having “reconciled” and switched to a joint, overt policy of “one clenched fist”, which was all exactly predicted by premier Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn in his 1984 reference work, New Lies for Old: The Communist Strategy of Deception and Disinformation. Golitsyn wrote:
Its [i.e., the Sino-Soviet split’s] overall objective can be defined briefly as the exploitation of the scissors strategy to hasten the achievement of long-range communist goals. Duality in Sino-Soviet polemics is used to mask the nature of the goals and the degree of coordination in the communist effort to achieve them. The feigned disunity of the communist world promotes real disunity in the noncommunist world. Each blade of the communist pair of scissors makes the other more effective. The militancy of one nation helps the activist detente diplomacy of the other. Mutual charges of hegemonism help to create the right climate for one or the other to negotiate agreements with the West. False alignments, formed with third parties by each side against the other, make it easier to achieve specific communist goals, such as the acquistion of advanced technology or the negotiation of arms control agreements or communist penetration of the Arab and African states. In Western eyes the military, political, economic, and ideological threat from world communism appears diminished. In consequence Western determination to resist the advance of communism is undermined. At a later stage the communist strategists are left with the option of terminating the split and adopting the strategy of “one clenched fist”. [p. 182.]
There are a number of strategic options at the disposal of the communist strategists that can be used in various combinations to achieve their ultimate objectives. It would be impossible to list them all but five likely interconnected options are as follows:
• A closer alignment of an independent socialist Europe with the Soviet bloc and a parrallel alignment of the United States with China. Japan, depending on whether it remains conservative or moves toward socialism, might join either combination.
• A joint drive by the Soviet bloc and a socialist Europe to seek allies in the Third World against the United States and China.
• In the military field, an intensive effort to achieve US nuclear disarmament.
• In the ideological and political field, East-West convergence on communist terms.
• The creation of a world federation of communist states.
In each of these the scissors strategy will play its part; probably, as the final stroke, the scissors blades will close. The element of apparent duality in Soviet and Chinese policies will disappear. The hitherto concealed coordination between them will become visible and predominant. The Soviets and the Chinese will be officially reconciled. Thus the scissors strategy will develop logically into the “strategy of one clenched fist” to provide the foundation and driving force of a communist world federation. [p. 337 f.]
After successful use of the scissors strategy in the early stages of the final phase of policy to assist communist strategy in Europe and the Third World and over disarmament, a Sino-Soviet reconciliation could be expected. It is contemplated and implied by the long-range policy and by strategic disinformation on the split.
The communist bloc, with its accretions in Africa and South-East Asia, is already strong. European-backed Soviet influence and American-backed Chinese influence could lead to new Third World acquistions at an accelerating pace. Before long, the communist strategists might be persuaded that the balance had swung irreversibly in their favor. In that event they might well decide on a Sino-Soviet “reconciliation.” The scissors strategy would give way to the strategy of “one clenched fist.” At that point the shift in the political and military balance would be plain for all to see. Convergence would not be between two equal parties, but would be on terms dicated by the communist bloc. The argument for accommodation with the overwhelming strength of communism would be virtually unanswerable. Pressures would build up for changes in the American political and economic system on the lines indicated in Sakharov’s treatise. Traditional conservatives would be isolated and driven toward extremism. They might become the victims of a new McCarthyism of the left. The Soviet dissidents who are now extolled as heroes of the resistance to Soviet communism would play an active part in arguing for convergence. Their present supporters would be confronted with a choice of forsaking their idols or acknowledging the legitimacy of the new Soviet regime.
The Worldwide Communist Federation:
Integration of the communist bloc would follow the lines envisaged by Lenin when the Third Communist International was founded. That is to say, the Soviet Union and China would not absorb one another or other communist states. All the countries of the European and Asiatic communist zones, together with new communist states in Europe and the Third World, would join a supranational economic and political communist federation. Soviet-Albanian, Soviet-Yugoslav, and Soviet-Romanian disputes and differences would be resolved in the wake, or possibly in advance of, Sino-Soviet reconciliation. The political, economic, military, diplomatic, and ideological cooperation between all the communist states, at present partially concealed, would become clearly visible. There might even be public acknowledgement that the splits and disputes were long-term disinformation operations that had successfully deceived the “imperialist” powers. The effect on Western morale can be imagined.
In the new worldwide communist federation the present different brands of communism would disappear, to be replaced by a uniform, rigorous brand of Leninism. The process would be painful. Concessions made in the name of economic and political reform would be withdrawn. Religious and intellectual dissent would be suppressed. Nationalism and all other forms of genuine opposition would be crushed. Those who had taken advantage of detente to establish friendly Western contacts would be rebuked or persecuted like those Soviet officers who worked with the allies during the Second World War. In new communist states – for example, in France, Italy, and the Third World – the “alienated classes” would be reeducated. Show trials of “imperialist agents” would be staged. Action would be taken against nationalist and social democratic leaders, party activists, former civil servants, officers, and priests. The last vestiges of private enterprise and ownership would be obliterated. Nationalization of industry, finance, and agriculture would be completed. In fact, all the totalitarian features familiar from the early stages of the Soviet revolution and the postwar Stalinist years in Eastern Europe might be expected to reappear, especially in those countries newly won for communism. Unchallenged and unchallengeable, a true communist monolith would dominate the world. [pp. 345-347.]
And here is what outstanding American geopolitical analyst J. R. Nyquist wrote more than twenty years ago in his immensely prophetic 1998 book, Origins of the Fourth World War (Chapter 16: War and Its Aftermath, Note Nr. 2, p. 213):
Numerous are the pigs, squealing and wallowing, grunting and snorting, enjoying these, our last days – like the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah. And who will deny that we deserve what is coming? For aren’t we all Benedict Arnolds – hiding, keeping our mouths shut, blending into the crowd?
Yes, YOU. All of you. Benedict Arnolds. Selling your country for a few years of fun. Traitors, betrayers, Judases! The fact of nuclear war has been before your eyes for fifty years. But you did not want to acknowledge your responsibility, your citizenship; you did not want to exert any effort, make any sacrifices, give up any so-called “freedom.” So you became traitors.
“I didn’t know,” is what you’ll say when the missile war begins. But it was your responsibility to know. The fact is: You didn’t want to know. The fact is: You wanted to collect your thirty years of peace and plenty, so you betrayed your country.
The same author, in a co-authored book of 2015 titled, The New Tactics of Global War: Reflections on the Changing Balance of Power in the Final Days of Peace (that was written in the form of a conversation between the three authors), stated this:
… I don’t see this going on for another 10 years. At the most, it might last another six years. Yet history is full of surprises. Things could keep crawling along as they have, or there could be a sudden explosion. But once we enter the phase of economic collapse, things will begin to happen automatically. The Russians and Chinese are committed to following their plan, because if they do not follow it, their own governments are at risk of falling. When the world begins to crumble they won’t be able to cope without a war. To be honest, I thought this was going to unfold in the wake of the 2008 crash. But an economic collapse did not occur at the time. We held it off. [p. 134.]
As things stand, the West cannot ignore any longer the decades of strategic blunder that have taken it to the brink of virtual extinction. Henry Kissinger, the duplicitous architect of the strengthening of communist China, is already in his late nineties, but as sharp as ever. Somebody should have the courage to confront him over the devastating consequences of his China policies fourty-plus years ago (as, in fact, everything points to Kissinger having worked for the other side).
The more traditionally-minded Catholics immediately took the fire of Notre Dame de Paris last year (arson or not) as a powerful sign, as a warning. It was only the most prominent event in a long series of horrifying attacks against churches throughout France, but it made headlines all over the world. That ominous evening, groups of faithful were standing on the banks of the river Seine, singing with the utmost devotion Marian hymns! Secularised France had a brief moment that showed its real, pre-revolutionary heritage. And those engaged in such singing and praying, staring at the foremost important Catholic church after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome standing in flames, seemed to grasp the apocalyptic meaning of it. Yes, we have entered the apocalypse. And the merciless barbarians in Moscow and Beijing, who are experts in mass extermination and enslavement, have now opened their long-desired “World October”. Suitably, April 22, 2020 will be their evil icon Vladimir Lenin’s 150th birthday. It all fits together perfectly. Quite symbolically, the most prominent relic that was stored in Notre Dame cathedral, Christ’s crown of thorns, was saved! Obviously, it will still play a role in the events soon to come, and it remains a sign not only of Christ’s passion, but of the nearing passion of Christendom as a whole (or whatever is left of it).
These were this author’s brief reflections on where we stand, written on Good Friday of 2020 Anno Domini. We have only entered this terrible tunnel of darkness, that will lead us beyond doubt to full-scale tribulation and chastisement – and, according to prophecy, to a deluge of fire. May this fire, when it comes, cleanse our souls and send the men of the Red Star, unless they convert, back where they came from: to the bottomless pit of hell…
As for Americans who have kept an ability to “read” celestial signs, please don’t ignore the two total solar eclipses over the North American continent of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024. Together, they form the shape of a cross, or an X, that seems to “cross out” the United States. And isn’t a total solar eclipse, too, a sign of the Passion of Christ, with the sun’s corona mirroring the Corona Christi?
As, remember, the communist goal has always been primarily the total annihilation of America, without which the whole of the rest of the world would have to submit to a Soviet-Chinese communist diktat. At the same time, America as a society being the “great obstacle” for communist world victory, it is also as a territory a treasure second to none which the communists desire to possess.
Let us pray, and let us repent! With Christ crucified on this Good Friday, we should look reality in the eye and prepare for what may or may not turn out as our own crucifixion. Which shouldn’t keep us from being prepared and willing to fight. In the end, however, what counts is to be prepared to return to one’s Creator and to His heavenly kingdom. As, only there we will be able to encounter truly a Church without spot or wrinkle: the Mystical Body of Christ properly so called.
In closing, may the following from the Book of Revelation (Rev. 21:1-8) serve us as a source of hope and encouragement:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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