Father Z looks at the Restrainer who holds the AntiChrist in check until his time comes round:
There are lots of theories about The Restrainer. Some thought that it was the Roman Emperor. Some think it is “the Church” in general. Some think that it is the hand of God, the Holy Spirit. Luther thought the Pope was the Antichrist and that the Church is the Whore of Babylon. This became an article of faith for Protestants. Hence, the mystery of iniquity unleashed was the Jesuits… maybe they were onto something. Remember that Protestantism is founded on attacks on the priesthood and the Mass. Remember that Protestants thought the Pope was the Antichrist because he arrogated to himself nearly divine authority over souls, commanding them to worship bread in idolatry. Interestingly enough, some Jesuits today diminish transubstantiation and say that there is no Hell and promote homosexualism. Where is the ecclesiastical “restrainer” who restrains them?
A great Pauline theologian, Prat, suggests that the Restrainer is St. Michael the Archangel. Look at Daniel 12 on the time of distress or tribulation followed by resurrection. Michael figures big time. In Revelation Michael fights the ancient serpent.
Ponder, please, the fact that at a pivotal moment, on the cusp of societal upheaval, 1964, the obligation to recite after Mass the Leonine Prayers, with the Prayer of St. Michael the Archangel, was removed. Removed? Nay, they were, rather, suppressed! Coincidence? 1965, first new Missal. Whether the Leonine Prayers were, at different moments, prayed for different intentions (for the Papal States or prerogatives of the Church v state, for conversion of Russia) is not really that important. From 1884 onward, St. Michael was invoked. Exactly 100 years later, Quattuor abhinc annos was issued.
For a key century, from about the time of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, we had, in conjunction with Low Mass, the Prayer to St. Michael, concerning restraint of the Enemy.
In the medieval period there were speculations that the “False Prophet” of the End Times, was Mohammed, and therefore, Islam. Since I’ve gone this far, note that big problems started in places like Lebanon in about 1975, a few years after the imposition of the Novus Ordo (yes, that’s Maronite region).
I’m making some thin connections. I know. But lots of leaves in the wind make patterns. Lots of birds on the wing make murmurations. Both reveal patterns. Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, indeed!
What sorts of things have risen since the brutal imposition of an artificially created rite of Mass in the name (not the mandate) of the Council? In the West, lawlessness and perversity, the exaltation of man at the expense of the divine, a massive falling away of the faithful. In the East, the rise of radical Islam. I’m just sayin’.
Go here to read the rest. Interesting times. PopeWatch has always thought that it is the sacrifice of the Mass that keeps the AntiChrist at bay. As belief in that sacrifice wains, the day of the AntiChrist draws closer.