Four-Part Sermon Series

Bp. Sanborn on the Antichrist

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There has always been much talk about the Antichrist and the end of times. Some people have a virtual obsession with this topic, so much so that they neglect their own spiritual lives, forgetting that understanding and figuring out every bit of divine prophecy is neither required, nor necessarily salutary, nor even possible (cf. 2 Pet 1:20; Mk 13:31-33). As St. Paul said to the Corinthians: “And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing” (1 Cor 13:2). Knowing all of God’s truths without loving Him, will only earn us eternal condemnation (cf. Jas 2:26).

This is an essential caveat to keep in mind.

Yet, although it is important not to obsess about and get too caught up in issues relating to the end times, it would also be foolish to act as though one could never talk about or try to understand these things. Holy Scripture — indeed our Blessed Lord Himself — speaks about the end of days and the coming, reign, and ultimate defeat of the Antichrist on numerous occasions (e.g. Mt 24; 2 Thess 2), and these prophecies and sacred instructions were not given to us that we should ignore them, but that we should take them to heart and recognize the signs of the times (cf. 2 Tim 3:16-17; Mt 16:3).

In this spirit, then, we present the following four sermons on the Antichrist and the End of Times, originally given by Bp. Donald J. Sanborn in 2012, i.e. before Jorge Bergoglio began his charade as “Pope Francis” in the Vatican.

Bp. Sanborn is rector of Most Holy Trinity Seminary in Brooksville, Florida. He is a frequent guest on various radio programs produced by True Restoration. In 2004, His Excellency engaged in a public debate with Dr. Robert Fastiggi, a representative of the Novus Ordo religion, regarding Vatican II’s ecclesiology. The passionate debate and a follow-up conference can be watched here.

Below, find the audios of Bp. Sanborn’s excellent four-part sermon series on the Antichrist.

Antichrist & End of Times, Part I
(by Bp. Donald J. Sanborn; delivered in 2012)

Antichrist & End of Times, Part II
(by Bp. Donald J. Sanborn; delivered in 2012)

Antichrist & End of Times, Part III
(by Bp. Donald J. Sanborn; delivered in 2012)

Antichrist & End of Times, Part IV
(by Bp. Donald J. Sanborn; delivered in 2012)

For more free audios published by Most Holy Trinity Seminary, including weekly sermons by various truly Catholic clerics, access the seminary’s sermon & podcast page here.

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Bp. Donald Sanborn

In conjunction with the above sermons, we also highly recommend Cardinal Henry Edward Manning’s discourses on the same topic, which he delivered in 1861, and which shed great light on the situation we find ourselves in today:

There can be no doubt that we are living in the times of the Great Apostasy, in which the true Catholic Church is undergoing her Mystical Passion. This time period was foretold, and we were warned against the tremendous deceptions that would mislead the masses: “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect. Behold I have told it to you, beforehand” (Mt 24:24-25).

The great 19th-century priest Fr. Frederick Faber gave a specific example of the manner in which people would be misled:

We must remember that if all the manifestly good men were on one side and all the manifestly bad men on the other, there would be no danger of anyone, least of all the elect, being deceived by lying wonders. It is the good men, good once, we must hope good still, who are to do the work of Anti-Christ and so sadly to crucify the Lord afresh…. Bear in mind this feature of the last days, that this deceitfulness arises from good men being on the wrong side.”

(Fr. Frederick Faber, Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, 1861; qtd. in Fr. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World; underlining added.)

In other words, it will not be enough to “have good intentions.” The work of the Antichrist (!) will be accomplished by people who “mean well”!

“And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the sake of the elect those days shall be shortened” (Mt 24:22).

Let us pray for the grace of final perseverance!