A Fairy Tale Antichrist: The Wicked Prince by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, 1840

The Wicked Prince
by
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
– 1840 –

The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen
The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories: Hans Christian Andersen

Once upon a time there was a proud and wicked prince who thought only about how  he might conquer all the nations of the earth and make his name a terror to all mankind. He plunged forth with fire and sword; his soldiers trampled down the grain in the fields, and put the torch to the peasant’s cottage so that the red flames licked the very leaves from the trees, and the fruit hung roasted from black and charred limbs. Many a poor mother caught up her naked baby and tried to hide behind the smoking walls, but the soldiers followed her, and if they found her and the child, then began their devilish pleasure. Evil spirits could do no worse, but the Prince rejoiced in it all.

Day by day his power increased; his name was feared by all, and fortune followed him in all his deeds. From the conquered cities he carried away gold and precious treasures, until he had amassed in his capital riches such as were unequaled in any other place. Then he built superb palaces and temples and arches, and whoever saw his magnificence said, “What a great Prince!” Never did they think of the misery he had brought upon other lands; never did they listen to the groans and lamentations from cities laid waste by fire.

The Prince gazed upon his gold, looked at his superb buildings, and thought like the crowd, “What a great Prince!” “But I must have more, much more! There is no power that can equal – much less surpass – mine!” And so he warred with his neighbors until all were defeated. The conquered kings were chained to his chariot with chains of gold when he drove through the streets; and when he sat at table they lay at the feet of the Prince and his courtiers, eating such scraps as might be thrown to them.

Now the Prince had his own statue set up in the market places and the palaces; yes, he would even have set it in the churches, on the altars, but to this the priests said, “Prince, you are great, but God is greater! We dare not obey your orders!”

“Well,” said the evil Prince, “then I shall conquer God too!” In the pride and folly of his heart he had built a splendidly constructed ship in which he could sail through the air. It was as colorful as a peacock’s tail, and seemed decorated with a thousand eyes, but each eye was the barrel of a cannon. The Prince could sit in the center of the ship and, upon his touching a certain button, a thousand bullets would stream forth, and the guns would at once be reloaded. Hundreds of strong eagles were harnessed to the ship, and so it flew away, up and up toward the sun.

Far beneath lay the earth. At first its mountains and forests appeared like a plowed field, with a tuft of green peeping out here and there from the sod; then it seemed like an unrolled map, and finally it was wholly hidden in mists and clouds, as the eagles flew higher and higher.

Then God sent forth a single one of His countless angels, and immediately the Prince let fly a thousand bullets at him, but they fell back like hail from the angel’s shining wings. Then one drop of blood-just one-fell from one of the angel’s white wing feathers onto the ship of the Prince. There it burned itself into it, and its weight of a thousand hundredweights of lead hurled the ship back down with terrible speed to the earth. The mighty wings of the eagles were broken, the winds roared about the head of the Prince, and the clouds on every side, sprung from the smoke of burned cities, formed themselves into menacing shapes. Some were like mile-long crabs .stretching out their huge claws toward him; others were like tumbling boulders or fire-breathing dragons. The Prince lay half dead in his ship, until it was finally caught in the tangled branches of a dense forest.

“I will conquer God!” he said. “I have sworn it; my will shall be done!” Then for seven years he built other magnificent ships in which to sail through the air, and had lightning beams forged from the hardest of steels, to batter down the battlements of heaven itself. From all the conquered countries he assembled vast armies which, when formed in battle array, covered mile after mile of ground.

They embarked in the magnificent ships, but as the Prince approached his own, God sent forth a swarm of gnats – just one little swarm – which buzzed about the Prince, and stung his face and hands. In rage he drew his sword, but he could cut only the empty air; he could not strike the gnats. Then he ordered that he be brought costly cloths, which were to be wrapped around him so that no gnat could reach him with its sting. His orders were carried out; but one little gnat had concealed itself in the innermost covering, and now it crept into the Prince’s ear and stung him. It smarted like fire, and the poison rushed into his brain; he tore the clothes loose and flung them far away from him, rent his garments into rags, and danced naked before the rugged and savage soldiers. Now they could only mock at the mad Prince who had started out to conquer God and had been himself conquered by a single little gnat!


The Antichrist in Art

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Left to right:

– Antichrist and the Devil. Detail from the Deeds of the Antichrist fresco by Luca Signorelli, c. 1501.

– Antichrist – detail from a fresco at Osogovo Monastery in the Republic of Macedonia. The inscription reads “All kings and nations bow before the Antichrist.”
By Edal Anton Lefterov – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Woodcut showing the Antichrist, 1498 By Dürer, Albrecht – http://digital.lib.uh.edu/u?/p15195coll15,115, CC0, Link

Source: Antichrist – Wikipedia


Historical Types of the Antichrist and their Tragic End

Antiochus Epiphanes

The three and a half years’ persecution of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes 168-165 BC had become the standard time of a persecution. Three and a half years = 42 months = 1,260 days (v.3). – Cf. The Navarre Bible – New Testament Compact Edition Explanatory Note to Rv 11:2

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By Jniemenmaa (talk) 08:46, 20 July 2009 (UTC), own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The Last Days of Antiochus Epiphanes

6 King Anti′ochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elyma′is in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. 2 Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander, the son of Philip, the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. 3 So he came and tried to take the city and plunder it, but he could not, because his plan became known to the men of the city 4 and they withstood him in battle. So he fled and in great grief departed from there to return to Babylon.

5 Then some one came to him in Persia and reported that the armies which had gone into the land of Judah had been routed; 6 that Lys′ias had gone first with a strong force, but had turned and fled before the Jews;[a] that the Jews[b] had grown strong from the arms, supplies, and abundant spoils which they had taken from the armies they had cut down; 7 that they had torn down the abomination which he had erected upon the altar in Jerusalem; and that they had surrounded the sanctuary with high walls as before, and also Beth-zur, his city.

8 When the king heard this news, he was astounded and badly shaken. He took to his bed and became sick from grief, because things had not turned out for him as he had planned. 9 He lay there for many days, because deep grief continually gripped him, and he concluded that he was dying. 10 So he called all his friends and said to them, “Sleep departs from my eyes and I am downhearted with worry. 11 I said to myself, ‘To what distress I have come! And into what a great flood I now am plunged! For I was kind and beloved in my power.’ 12 But now I remember the evils I did in Jerusalem. I seized all her vessels of silver and gold; and I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judah without good reason. 13 I know that it is because of this that these evils have come upon me; and behold, I am perishing of deep grief in a strange land.”

Footnotes:

a. 1 Maccabees 6:6 Gk them
b. 1 Maccabees 6:6 Gk they

1 Maccabees 6:1-13Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Cf. Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Year I

Note: 2016 Year II. Apt for our times.


Herod Agrippa

The Death of Herod

20 Now Herod was angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and they came to him in a body, and having persuaded Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they asked for peace, because their country depended on the king’s country for food. 21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and made an oration to them. 22 And the people shouted, “The voice of a god, and not of man!” 23 Immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he did not give God the glory; and he was eaten by worms and died.

24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from[a] Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, bringing with them John whose other name was Mark.

Footnotes:

a. Acts 12:25 Other ancient authorities read to

Acts 12:20-25Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)


Cf. Catholic Encyclopedia > Antichrist


Pope Francis the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. Hence this is the last post of The WAR.
Pope Francis the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.
And this is the 266th post of The WAR.

In the Advent of #AmorisLaetitia, Providential and Apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF)

Awe inspring, amazing, providential and apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF) that contain counsels, encouragement, consolations, and warnings.

Thanks be to God!

I recall leading up to and during the Synod on the Family in 2015, some sharp minds noticed this as well.

Even though the LORD appears asleep, he is telling us not be afraid, he is in charge.

In the Advent of Amoris Laetitia, the providential and apt Third Sunday of Easter Readings (OF):

FIRST READING Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41

To those saying we must assent to Pope Francis’ Exhortation and his novel [as characterized by Card. Schönborn & Fr. Lombardi] teaching, the first Pope, St. Peter gives us the response we are to give, ‘we must obey God rather than men.’ And if we are made to suffer doing so, ‘we are to rejoice for having been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.’

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13

The whole Psalm is just beautiful and self-explanatory:

Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam extravisti me.

R. (2a) I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
I will extol you, O LORD, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O LORD, you brought me up from the netherworld;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
Sing praise to the LORD, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.
Hear, O LORD, and have pity on me;
O LORD, be my helper.
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.
R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. or: R. Alleluia.

SECOND READING Revelation 5:11-14

Even our enemies [every creature … on earth and under the earth and in the sea] will also cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.”

The nations have sunk into a pit of their own making,
they are caught by the feet in the snare they set them selves
The LORD has made himself known, has given judgement, he has trapped the wicked in the work of their own hands. – Ps 9:15-16

GOSPEL (Long Form) John 21:1-19

1) An examination of conscience [the irony] for Pope Francis:

Jesus:

“Pope Francis, do you love me more than these?” If yes, then “Feed my lambs.”

“Pope Francis, do you love me?” If yes, then “Tend my sheep.”

“Pope Francis, do you love me?” If yes, then “Feed my sheep.”

2) And the net is full with 153 large fish and it does not break: despite the defectors, the number of the elect is full [we have to pray to be counted among them] and united in single doctrine. [Cf. St. Augustine, Commentary on St. John and St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on St. Matthew, 48]

PSALM 2 | Handbook of Prayers | Rev. James Socias, Publisher

(Part of prayers after Mass or prayed on Tuesday as part of the devotions during the week).

This messianic psalm should inspire us with courage to persevere in spite of the attacks of the devil against the kingdom of God on earth. It also reminds us that our hope comes from our being children of God.

Ant. His kingdom is a kingdom of all ages, and all kings shall serve and obey him. (Easter Time Alleluia.)

1. Why this tumult among nations,
Among peoples this useless murmuring?

2. They arise, the kings of the earth;
princes plot against the LORD and his anointed.

3. “Come, let us break their fetters;
come, let us cast off their yoke.”

4. He who sits in heaven laughs;
The LORD is laughing them to scorn.

5. Then he will speak in his anger,
his rage will strike them in terror.

6. “It is I who have set up my king on Zion,
my holy mountain.”

7. I will announce the decree of the LORD:
The LORD said to me: “You are my Son.
It is I who have begotten you this day.

8. “Ask and I shall bequeath to you the nations,
put the ends of the earth in your possession.

9. “With a rod of iron you will break them
shatter them like a potter’s jar.”

10. Now, O kings, understand;
take warning, rulers of the earth;

11. Serve the LORD
with awe and trembling.

12. Pay him your homage, lest he be angry and you
perish, for suddenly his anger will blaze.
Blessed are they who put their trust in God.

13. Glory be …

Ant. His kingdom is a kingdom of all ages, and all kings shall serve and obey him. (Easter Time Alleluia.)

V. O LORD, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come to you.

Priests add:

V. The LORD be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

Let us pray
Almighty and eternal God, you have renewed all creation in your beloved Son, the king of the whole universe.
May all the people of the earth, now torn apart by the wound of sin, become subject to the gentle rule
of your only begotten Son: Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

– PSALM 2 | Handbook of Prayers | Rev. James Socias, Publisher

Handbook of Prayers, 7th Edition

What am I to do LORD, in the face of the beast which the whole world will marvel at and follow?

What am I to do LORD, in the face of the beast which the whole world will marvel at and follow, asking themselves, ‘Who can compare with the beast? How could anybody defeat him?’?

The answer came from the Liturgy of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 2016:

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps 106 (105): 47
Salvos nos fac, Domine Deus noster, et congrega nos de nationibus, ut confiteamur nomini sancto tuo, et gloriemur in laude tua.
Save us, O Lord our God!
And gather us from the nations,
to give thanks to your holy name,
and make it our glory to praise you.

FIRST READING Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
The word of the LORD came to me, saying:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
But do you gird your loins;
stand up and tell them
all that I command you.
Be not crushed on their account,
as though I would leave you crushed before them;
for it is I this day
who have made you a fortified city,
a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,
against the whole land:
against Judah’s kings and princes,
against its priests and people.
They will fight against you but not prevail over you,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15-17
Os meum annuntiabit salutare tuum, Domine

R. (cf. 15ab) I will sing of your salvation.
In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
incline your ear to me, and save me.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
For you are my hope, O Lord;
my trust, O God, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.

SECOND READING (Short Form) 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Brothers and sisters:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.
If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

ALLELUIA Luke 4:18
Evangelizare pauperibus misit me Dominus, praedicare captivis remissionem.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to proclaim liberty to captives.

And the reflection in the Seasonal Missalette:

“They got upset when he read from the book of Isaiah and left out the parts they really wanted to hear – how the rich and powerful Gentiles would be their slaves, and they would get all their wealth, and they would be on top again.”

The Apocalyptic Beasts

The Apocalyptic Beasts
The Apocalyptic Beasts

Notes:

1) The beast that rises from the sea: symbolizes the material forces of evil, arrayed against the Church [Cf. Psalm 2]. This is the antichrist who will reveal the Antichrist: the man of lawlessness, the son of perdition.

2) The second beast: ‘the false prophets’ [the preeminent one the false prophet].

3) The dragon is that great dragon that was thrown down from heaven, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world.

Cf. The Explanatory Notes to The Revelation to John in The Navarre Bible – New Testament Compact Edition.


7. FROM AUGUST TO THE CLOSE OF OCTOBER, 1820

Sister Emmerich’s labors at this time were constantly directed to the welfare of the Church which, as usual, she beheld typified by St. Peter’s, at Rome. The secret society, with its world-wide ramifications engaged in ceaseless war against the Bride of Christ, was shown her as the empire of Antichrist symbolized by the beast in the Apocalypse rising out of the sea and fomenting attacks upon the flock of Christ. In relating this vision, the Pilgrim makes the following remarks: “It is, indeed, full of breaks, for the invalid saw it under allegorical representations difficult for her to describe. What is most astonishing, is that it touches upon many points of the Apocalypse of St. John, of which humanly speaking she must have been wholly ignorant, as she has very little knowledge of the Holy Scriptures or of any other book. If, at times, she seems to read, it is with a mind deeply absorbed in contemplation and she sees very different things from those discussed in the volume before her. The vision is, as follows: ‘I see new martyrs, not of the present but of the future, though even now they are oppressed. I saw the secret society undermining the great church (St Peter’s) and near them a horrible beast that arose out of the sea. It had a tail like a fish, claws like a lion, and numberless heads that lay like a crown around one large head ; its jaws were large and red, its body spotted like a tiger. It was very familiar with the demolishers, lying near them whilst they worked, and, again, concealing itself in a cave. Here and there throughout the whole world 1 saw many good, pious people, especially ecclesiastics, harassed, imprisoned, and oppressed, and I felt that at some future day, they would be martyred. When the church was well-nigh overturned, the choir and altar alone remaining untouched, 1 saw the demolishers thronging into it accompanied by the beast. But they encountered a tall, majestic female who seemed to be with child for she walked very slowly. The wretches were filled with affright on seeing her and the beast lay paralyzed, furiously darting its head toward her, as if to devour her; but she turned and fell prostrate on her face. Then 1 saw the beast fleeing to the sea, the enemy hurrying off in disorder, and immense circles of combatants surrounding the church, some on the earth, others high in the air. The first circle was composed of youths and maidens ; the second, of married persons of all classes from royalty down; the third, of religious; the fourth, of warriors, led by a rider on a white horse ; and the fifth and last was made up of citizens and peasants, many of whom were marked on the forehead with a red cross. As this army drew near, the captives and oppressed were delivered and swelled the ranks, whilst the demolishers and conspirators were put to flight on all sides. They were, without knowing how, gathered together into one confused mass in the midst of a dense fog ; they knew neither what they did nor what they ought to do ; and they ran pell-mell against one another, as I so often see them. Then I saw the church speedily rebuilt and more magnificent than before, for its defenders brought stones from all parts of the earth. When the most distant circles drew near, the nearest withdrew to make way for them. The former appeared to represent the various labors of prayer; the latter, the soldiers, the deeds of war. I saw among these last friends and enemies of all nations, simply soldiers like our own and dressed like them. They did not form a perfect circle, but a crescent opening toward the north into an immense dark abyss like a chasm, a precipice, like a descent into darkness, like that to which Adam was driven from Paradise. I felt that a region of darkness lay beyond. I saw that some out of these circles remained behind. They would not advance, but stood gloomily huddled together. I saw some also who would one day be martyred for Jesus; but there were many wicked people among them, and another separation was to take place. The church was completely restored. Above it on a mountain, was the Lamb of God surrounded by a troop of virgins with palm-branches, and five circles of celestial cohorts corresponding to the five circles below. They all arrived together, and all acted in concert. Around the Lamb stood the four mysterious beasts of the Apocalypse.”

– Source: The Life and Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmerich, Vol. 2 (Volume 2) by Carl E. Schmoger


Psalm 37 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Exhortation to Patience and Trust

A Psalm of David.

37 Fret not yourself because of the wicked,
    be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass,
    and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your vindication as the light,
    and your right as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over him who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off;
    but those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land.

10 Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look well at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall possess the land,
    and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

12 The wicked plots against the righteous,
    and gnashes his teeth at him;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he sees that his day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows,
    to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those who walk uprightly;
15 their sword shall enter their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.

16 Better is a little that the righteous has
    than the abundance of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken;
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless,
    and their heritage will abide for ever;
19 they are not put to shame in evil times,
    in the days of famine they have abundance.

20 But the wicked perish;
    the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures,
    they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows, and cannot pay back,
    but the righteous is generous and gives;
22 for those blessed by the Lord shall possess the land,
    but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a man are from the Lord,
    and he establishes him in whose way he delights;
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
    for the Lord is the stay of his hand.

25 I have been young, and now am old;
    yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
    or his children begging bread.
26 He is ever giving liberally and lending,
    and his children become a blessing.

27 Depart from evil, and do good;
    so shall you abide for ever.
28 For the Lord loves justice;
    he will not forsake his saints.

The righteous shall be preserved for ever,
    but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall possess the land,
    and dwell upon it for ever.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
    and his tongue speaks justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart;
    his steps do not slip.

32 The wicked watches the righteous,
    and seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not abandon him to his power,
    or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

34 Wait for the Lord, and keep to his way,
    and he will exalt you to possess the land;
    you will look on the destruction of the wicked.

35 I have seen a wicked man overbearing,
    and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.1
36 Again I2 passed by, and lo, he was no more;
    though I sought him, he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright,
    for there is posterity for the man of peace.
38 But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
    the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
    he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked, and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 37:35 Gk: Heb obscure
  2. Psalm 37:36 Gk Syr Jerome: Heb he

Cf. The WAR: The earthly city, mystery Babylon vs. the heavenly city, Jerusalem