by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
The truth of Sacred Scripture is so profound and divine, that in every age we can find in some passage a dogmatic, moral or prophetic teaching for our own times.
One such passage is Chapter 12:13-17 from the Book of the Apocalypse, by St. John the Apostle. And one such age is our own days.
In the Appendix to this article you can find the Greek, Latin and English versions of this passage. I will quote from the English of the Douay Rheims edition, which is the most authoritative English translation.
First, some preliminaries. In the Book of the Apocalypse, also known as the Book of Revelations, the images are symbolic. The Dragon is Satan. The Woman is Our Lady or Holy Mother Church. The Child Jesus is Christ or the Faithful Clergy.
This prophetic passage begins with verse 13:
 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child:
Satan, after his expulsion from Heaven at the beginning of time, was cast out by St. Michael the Archangel and has roamed the Earth seeking to destroy the Christ who would be born of the Virgin. Once Christ founded the Church He ascended to Heaven to sit at the Right Hand of His Father, Who is in Heaven.
But Holy Mother Church, on that account was then sought out for persecution by Satan and his minions. And thus the Church as been persecuted from day one, first by the Jews, then by the Romans, and in all subsequent ages by wicked men, inside and outside of her.
And thus St. John continues:
 And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
In the grand historical sense, this refers to the life of the whole Church, which some Fathers thought would last 1260 years, or others 3.5 millenia, since 1260 days is 3.5 years. But the calculation of days is symbolic for a period of severe trial and war, and should not be taken as numerically significant in any other way, normally speaking.
But what is important here is the imagery which tell us that God will give Holy Mother Church an Angelic power to evade Satan, and stand apart from his face, that is, from his presence. Unto the desert, to her place, that is in a position of devotion and true fidelity to God, wherever on Earth Her children be found. This passage has inspired many monks and hermits to flee into the desert or deserted places, but it chiefly means that we should break from all worldly values and lies, and live for God alone and in a holy manner.
 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.
And here is where I want to take up the comparison to our own days. The Masonic Lodges have flooded the worlds with lies, so as to drown our souls and kill Holy Mother Church. This is especially true since the ousting of Pope Benedict XVI and even more true in the last 15 months of the Scamdemic, when all media outlets and governments and church leaders repeat the same lies, claiming that there is this deadly virus which is responsible for all deaths from all causes. A river in the ancient world was the sewer of humanity. So here by water, we can imagine Saint John would say today, a river of sewer water, which is what we are being subjected to, a sewer of lies.
 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
But it is here I wish to pause and remark precisely about this text.
Because in the present Scamdemic we see world FreeMasonry attempting to create a New World Order based upon its sewer of lies: Lies directed at making us all live in unnatural ways, with masks over our faces, far from human embrace, isolated, terrorized, and death vaxxed.
But since this campaign is directed against nature, we have Nature itself as our ally. Because God created us to breathe, and a mask is naturally annoying. God created us to be with others, so isolation is annyoying. God created us to self-heal from winter flues, so a Vaxx which harms and does nothing, is annoying or useless.
So in this sense, I think St. John the Evangelist is speaking of our days, because Nature herself is coming to our aide, even if we are too stupid to see the lies as lies. We find it noisome to keep observing the Sanitary Rules.
 And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Finally, St. John in this way promises us victory against the Scamdemic. A War against nature itself cannot be won, since no single organization nor even all of humanity can produce a sewer of lies great enough that our natural inclinations will not withstand it.
But this verse reminds us, too, that the great War has not ended, nor will it end with this victory. And we must be ready every for the spiritual war which is ongoing and will get more fierce as we approach the Last Days.
The inspired text is the original Greek, so here are verses 13-17:
13 Καὶ ὅτε εἴδεν ὁ δράκων ὅτι ἐβλήθη εἰς τὴν γῆν, ἐδίωξεν τὴν γυναῖκα ἥτις ἔτεκεν τὸν ἄρρενα. 14 Καὶ ἐδόθησαν τῇ γυναικὶ δύο πτέρυγες τοῦ ἀετοῦ τοῦ μεγάλου, ἵνα πέτηται εἰς τὴν ἔρημον εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτῆς, ὅπως τρέφηται ἐκεῖ καιρόν, καὶ καιρούς, καὶ ἥμισυ καιροῦ, ἀπὸ προσώπου τοῦ ὄφεως. 15 Καὶ ἔβαλεν ὁ ὄφις ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ ὀπίσω τῆς γυναικὸς ὕδωρ ὡς ποταμόν, ἵνα αὐτὴν ποταμοφόρητον ποιήσῃ. 16 Καὶ ἐβοήθησεν ἡ γῆ τῇ γυναικί, καὶ ἤνοιξεν ἡ γῆ τὸ στόμα αὐτῆς, καὶ κατέπιεν τὸν ποταμὸν ὃν ἔβαλεν ὁ δράκων ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ. 17 Καὶ ὠργίσθη ὁ δράκων ἐπὶ τῇ γυναικί, καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ποιῆσαι πόλεμον μετὰ τῶν λοιπῶν τοῦ σπέρματος αὐτῆς, τῶν τηρούντων τὰς ἐντολὰς τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐχόντων τὴν μαρτυρίαν Ἰησοῦ.
This is the Byzantine Text version of the Greek. compiled by Maurice Robinson and William Pierpont.
Here, is the Vulgate Latin version of the same:
 Et postquam vidit draco quod projectus esset in terram, persecutus est mulierem, quae peperit masculum :  et datae sunt mulieri alae duae aquilae magnae ut volaret in desertum in locum suum, ubi alitur per tempus et tempora, et dimidium temporis a facie serpentis.  Et misit serpens ex ore suo post mulierem, aquam tamquam flumen, ut eam faceret trahi a flumine.
 Et adjuvit terra mulierem, et aperuit terra os suum, et absorbuit flumen, quod misit draco de ore suo.  Et iratus est draco in mulierem : et abiit facere praelium cum reliquis de semine ejus, qui custodiunt mandata Dei, et habent testimonium Jesu Christi.
And finally, here is the English, according to the Douay Rheims version:
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child:  And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.
 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  And he stood upon the sand of the sea.