The Era of Peace is a time of Peace that God will be giving us after the trials we will be going through. When I was pondering this today, I was given the analogy of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. First of all they prayed for I think 400 years while in captivity. God raised up Moses to lead them out of Egypt. They went through 10 plagues, but the ones who were faithful to God were protected. God provided for their needs of food and water and shelter. We too will be struck with plagues. In fact, in Fr. Gobbi’s book, the Blessed Mother said that Aids and Cancer were two of the plagues. The cancer would afflict the innocent as well. We can see that cancer is most certainly a plague affecting a huge population.
When they rebelled against Moses or God they were struck down and didn’t make it. When they complained they were punished. They literally had to TRUST God in all things. He promised them that He would bring them into a new land of Milk and Honey. Ours will be a new and purified world, akin to the Garden of Eden….Our wills will be in line with God’s will.
The Era of Peace has been promised to us in Revelations and through prophecy. First, however, we will be purified of our sinfulness and will have to learn to rely on God, not ourselves, to Trust in God’s plan and follow those whom He sends us to lead us to safety. The remnant will be the ones who make it into this Period of Rest. They (the remnant) will be the ones who remain faithful to God through all the trials that will beset us. Here is what St. Pope John Paul II said about the Era of Peace:
His Announcement of the New Era of Peace
“It is precisely through the sacrifice of [Pope John Paul II] this, the first of my beloved sons, that divine justice will be espoused to a great mercy. After the time of the trial, which will be one of purification for all the earth, there will spring up upon the world the New Era foretold and announced by him; and thus, in these final times, he invites you all to cross the bright thresholds of hope.” (Our Lady to Father Stefano Gobbi of the Marian Movement of Priests, May 13, 1995).
Using almost the same exact language several years later, Pope John Paul II wrote, “Now is the time of the New Evangelization to lead the People of God in America to cross the threshold of the third millennium with renewed hope.” (Apostolic Exhortation, The Church in America).
Later he announced the New Era that Our Lady prophesied would be announced by him. He wrote:
At the dawn of the new Millennium, we wish to propose once more the message of hope which comes from the stable of Bethlehem: God loves all men and women on earth and gives them the hope of a new era, an era of peace. His love, fully revealed in the Incarnate Son, is the foundation of universal peace. When welcomed in the depths of the human heart, this love reconciles people with God and with themselves, renews human relationships and stirs that desire for brotherhood capable of banishing the temptation of violence and war. (Message of Pope John Paul II for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1,2000).
This New Era of Peace was prophesied by Isaiah and Our Lady of Fatima. Isaiah said:
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; . . . and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their children with them. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD. (Is. 65: 17-25).
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Is. 11:6-9)”
Our Lady of Fatima said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and the earth shall enjoy an era of peace.”
On May 13, 2010, in his homily at Fatima Pope Benedict XVI said, “We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic message is complete.” He went on to look forward to the 2017 centenary of Fatima, expressing his hope that “the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions” may “hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, to the glory of the Blessed Trinity.”
Christ is the new Adam, namely, the first born of faithful humanity, Who accepts with love and obedience the plan of Redemption that God has designed as the soul and goal of history. Christ must, therefore, cancel the work of devastation, the horrible idolatry, violence and every sin that the rebellious Adam has spread in the secular affairs of humanity and on the horizon of creation. With His complete obedience to the Father, Christ opens the era of peace with God and among men, reconciling in Himself scattered humanity (see Ephesians 2:16). He “recapitulates” Adam in Himself, in whom the whole of humanity recognizes itself; He transfigures Him into son of God, He brings Him to full communion with the Father. Precisely through His fraternity with us in the flesh and blood, in life and death, Christ becomes “the Head” of saved humanity. . . .
Thus is the full action of the original plan of the Creator delineated: a creation in which God and man, man and woman, humanity and nature are in harmony, in dialogue, in communion. This plan, upset by sin, was taken up in a more wondrous way by Christ, Who is carrying it out mysteriously but effectively in the present reality, in the expectation of bringing it to fulfillment. . . .
This work will reach completion in the fulfillment of history when — as Paul, again, reminds us — “God may be everything to every one” (1 Corinthians 15:28). The last page of the Apocalypse — which was proclaimed at the opening of our meeting — describes in bright colors this goal. The Church and the Spirit await and invoke that moment when Christ “delivers the kingdom to God the Father, after destroying every rule and every authority and power. … The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For God has put all things in subjection under the feet of His Son” (1 Corinthians 15:24,26).
At the end of this battle — sung in wonderful pages of the Apocalypse — Christ will fulfill the “recapitulation” and those who will be united to Him will form the community of the redeemed, which “will not be wounded any longer by sin, stains, self-love, that destroy or wound the earthly community. The beatific vision, in which God opens Himself in an inexhaustible way to the elect, will be the ever-flowing well-spring of happiness, peace, and mutual communion” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1045).
Another Blogger, Mark Mallett, wrote on this subject in some depth. I will quote some of his work here:
There was a consistent voice among the Church Fathers regarding the “millennium”, a teaching which they affirmed was transmitted from the Apostles themselves and prophesied in the Sacred Scriptures. Their teaching was as follows:
1. The Fathers divided history into seven thousand years, symbolic of the seven days of creation. Catholic and Protestant Scripture scholars alike date the creation of Adam and Eve around 4000 B.C.
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day. (2 Pet 3:8)
They foresaw, in the pattern of the Creator and creation, that after the “sixth day”, that is, the “six thousandth year,” there would be a “Sabbath rest” for the Church—a seventh day before the final and eternal “eighth” day.
And God rested on the seventh day from all his works… Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. (Heb 4:4, 9)
…when His Son will come and destroy the time of the lawless one and judge the godless, and change the sun and the moon and the stars—then He shall indeed rest on the seventh day… after giving rest to all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day, that is, the beginning of another world. —Letter of Barnabas (70-79 A.D.), written by a second century Apostolic Father
…as if it were a fit thing that the saints should thus enjoy a kind of Sabbath-rest during that period, a holy leisure after the labors of six thousand years since man was created… (and) there should follow on the completion of six thousand years, as of six days, a kind of seventh-day Sabbath in the succeeding thousand years… And this opinion would not be objectionable, if it were believed that the joys of the saints, in that Sabbath, shall be spiritual, and consequent on the presence of God… —St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.; Church Doctor), De Civitate Dei, Bk. XX, Ch. 7, Catholic University of America Press
2. Following St. John’s teaching, they believed that all wickedness would be purged from the earth and that Satan would be chained during this seventh day.
Also the prince of devils, who is the contriver of all evils, shall be bound with chains, and shall be imprisoned during the thousand years of the heavenly rule… —4th century Ecclesiastical writer, Lactantius, “The Divine Institutes”, The ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol 7, p. 211
3. There would be a “first resurrection” of the saints and martyrs.
I and every other orthodox Christian feel certain that there will be a resurrection of the flesh followed by a thousand years in a rebuilt, embellished, and enlarged city of Jerusalem, as was announced by the Prophets Ezekiel, Isaias and others… A man among us named John, one of Christ’s Apostles, received and foretold that the followers of Christ would dwell in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and that afterwards the universal and, in short, everlasting resurrection and judgment would take place. —St. Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, Ch. 81, The Fathers of the Church, Christian Heritage (See more here).
We need to have hope and rejoice because God’s will shall come about once we have all been purified. God’s original plan was for us to live in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, before their sin, were united with God’s will most perfectly. God wants to restore this land to us once again as that was His Divine Plan from the beginning. But we must turn away from sin and doing our own will and unite ourselves to God’s perfect will for us. Only then can we be transformed along with our World. This should give us all Hope, and determination to do whatever is necessary, to be part of that “remnant”. God wants us to have Peace, Joy, Happiness and Health. That is what we want as well. We all have freewill and we get to make the choice. Will we go along with God’s plans or go it alone without God. God’s plan will bring us the greatest happiness. You Choose!