Job and The Church
I have mentioned it before that the devil was given the twentieth century (also refer article page 1.) to do his worst against The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church lead by the Bishop of Rome.Then the Lord said to Satan:
For any honest person who believes in God, it is perfectly clear in retrospect, that that the twentieth century was indeed given over to the devil. I have previously listed many of the innumerable evils that pervaded the past 100 years.
What an awful century it was - where killings and murders might be measured in the hundreds upon hundreds of millions not only in wars but in abortions, euthanasia and unnecessary deaths through disease, starvation and suicide; where deception and havoc reigned bringing mass desertions from The Church and infidelity, everywhere, to all moral norms.
And the further away from the twentieth century we go in time, the more will the people of earth view this century as an abominable disaster but
also an incredible era of heroism.
Horrified in their overview of the twentieth century, they will perceive, amidst its unsurpassed atrocities, the greatness and the sanctity and the Truth that eventuated through Vatican Council II, through the magnificent Popes especially John Paul II, through the massive number of Martyrs and the plethora of Saints!
They will recall the prophecy of Pope Leo XIII who in vision, perceived that God allowed the devil to rule the twentieth century.
But they will also recall, as a prophetic parallel, that the devil was also given power over the great Prophet Job and they will see many similarities in Job's near-devastation and the near-devastation of The Church of the twentieth century.
P 6 ¶ Now on a certain day, when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan also was present among them.
7 And the Lord said to him: Whence comest thou? And he answered and said: I have gone round about the earth, and walked through it.
8 And the Lord said to him: Hast thou considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil?
9 And Satan answering, said: Doth Job fear God in vain?
10 Hast thou not made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth?
11 But stretch forth thy hand a little, and touch all that he hath, and see if he bless thee not to thy face.
Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand:
only put not forth thy hand upon his person. And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. P (The Book of Job chapter 1)and now yet even greater power
Here we observe that the devil was given power over Job's possessions, and later on, even over Job's health and personal welfare:-
P 3 And the Lord said to Satan: Hast thou considered my servant, Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a man simple and upright, and fearing God, and avoiding evil, and still keeping his innocence? But thou hast moved me against him, that I should afflict him without cause.
4 And Satan answered, and said: Skin for skin; and all that a man hath, he will give for his life:
5 But put forth thy hand, and touch his bone and his flesh, and then thou shalt see that he will bless thee to thy face.
And the Lord said to Satan: Behold, he is in thy hand, but yet save his life. P
(The Book of Job Chapter 2)
In this actual historical event of ages past of mankind, of creation, we find the enemy - as the devil was referred to in Job - was given power over Job's possessions and then over his body.
It seems to me that Job's devastation might be compared to that of The Universal Church of the twentieth century (we must recall that the devil was out to destroy The Church, for in destroying The Church he would defeat God and defeat Christ. It would seem to many that the devastation and abomination of the twentieth century was against mankind in general, that is to say against anything and everything - nothing in particular. This is not so - it was most particularly directed against The Universal Church of the Bishop of Rome.)
We observe then, that the enemy having been given an awful control over the situations of mankind when Adam and Eve rebelled against God in Eden, he was given a specific, more powerful control over Job long ago,
over and within
The entire Church
around the earth.
This comparison between Job and The Church has parallels not only in the deliberate consent of God for the enemy to do his worst, but also for the end results.
P 10 ¶ The Lord also was turned at the penance of Job, when he prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 And all his brethren came to him, and all his sisters, and all that knew him before, and they ate bread