The Power of Authority: How We Defeat the Antichrist

And we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him. That you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity (2 Thessalonians, 2).

Jesus Christ, the omnipotent, came to save us from enslavement to power. He did this by overpowering the powers of this world, not with His almighty power, but with his divine authority. When he told Pilate that He could at any moment summon legions of angels to defend Him, but would not do so due to His Kingdom being “not of this world,” He was telling Pilate and us that authority trumps power, and the kingdom based upon true authority is sovereign over all others. The Jews rejected Him because they worshipped power, their own, and He both refused to join in their idolatry and unmasked it as such. The Jewish leaders crucified Authority itself, and any person from that day on who knowingly and deliberately rejects the divine authority of Jesus Christ does the same.

There were foreshadowings of Christ’s unmasking of power without authority in both the Old Testament—consider Jerimiah’s call to surrender and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant—and in pagan literature, the Iliad being, as Simone Weil has shown, an unmasking of the collective suicidal delusion of the archaic worship of force, with the reconciliation between Achilleus and Priam hinting at the transcending of this worship. But it was the Passion of Our Lord, the ultimate epiphany of power with no authority in His murderers, and authority with no power in His crucified helplessness, that fully unmasked and conquered the satanic system of the sovereignty of power with no authority and authority annihilated by power. It would take a thousand years or so for the pagan-power system to be fully repressed (but certainly not destroyed, for both anti-Christian Judaism and paganism lived on underground, as it were) and the Christian system to be substantially incarnated in Western society (to read an incomparable study of this transformation, see Andrew Willard Jones’ The Two Cities). But as Jones demonstrates, the deterioration and fragmentation of the Medieval system of universal peace over violent conflict and divine authority over demonic power in the fourteenth century within the metaphysical acid of nominalism led to Protestantism, confessionalization, the “Wars of Religion,” and the rise of the sovereign nation-state, in which spiritual power was made subservient to temporal power. Well before the manifestly diabolical French Revolution, the pagan power system was for all intents and purposes back, though now wielded by Christian sovereigns and peoples, as he writes:

After this period, the relationship between rulers and their subjects changed. Previously, people tended to have overlapping religious and political loyalties and associations. No one ruler could claim all of a person’s obedience. Instead, societies tended to be diverse, with local authorities, such as the local lord and bishop, sharing most direct authority, and with these small groupings united into larger ones in similarly diverse ways. Any given person had a wide range of relationships with a wide range of authorities, including universal authorities, such as the emperor and the pope, that transcended all local power. Now, however, it was agreed that the people of each country were solely subject to a single state. This was not a division of religion from politics because nearly all the states of Europe were confessional states, with highly centralized churches, but it was the positioning of politics, of the temporal power, as the only real human power. The spiritual was entirely subservient to it and operated entirely within its bounds. Each country would decide what religion was and how it would function inside its own borders, and other countries were indifferent to its actions. Wars between countries, then, would no longer be over spiritual things but over merely temporal things like natural resources, power, or eventually ideology.

“The temporal power as the only real human power.” This has been the case ever since, and it has only become more pronounced and institutionalized. Unless it is institutionally reversed, with power in complete submission to authority, no personal or private employment of power, however benevolent, graced, and aimed at the Good, will do the amount of good that is required and desired by God. And such a reversal now cannot be accomplished by the employment of merely human power, just as the original overthrow of the system by Jesus was not accomplished by power. It can only be accomplished by the omnipotence of authority, ultimately of truth, which is to say, by the authority of truth taking the place of power in both the souls of individuals and society at large.

The scamdemic was the global enthronement of power without authority, and was permitted by God as a trial and test for Christians in preparation for the reign of Antichrist, a trial and test which they, as a whole, failed. By now, it is clear to many of those—but not enough!—who knew right at the beginning that the pandemic was based upon lies, a coordinated and orchestrated psy-op, that it was and is something even more evil than this, namely, an all-out war by the satanic elite against, literally, the whole world, to end in the death of billions and the complete physical and spiritual enslavement of the rest. But though the enemy employs massive and deadly physical terrorism as a tactic, its main goal, getting its marching orders from Lucifer himself, is the damnation of souls. Thus, its main weapons are not physical, but psychological and spiritual—intimidation and seduction. They are now winning this war, in my estimation, for the masses of the world have capitulated to its intimidation and seduction. This didn’t have to happen, and it doesn’t have to happen now or in the future. They can only win the war for our souls with our free cooperation.

Just as a temptation from the Devil has power over us only to the extent it is consented to, a lie has power only when it is believed, and the most power when it is deliberately preferred to the truth. And this is precisely what happened in March 2020. Those who should and could have known better surrendered to power with no authority, knowing, or at least suspecting, that it had no authority. How do we know this? Because, by and large, the claims they made were not questioned as to their truth, and the measures that were implemented were not questioned as to their goodness. And anyone who did question them was mercilessly attacked by these unquestioners and deemed to be evil. But to accept a claim that is neither self-evidently true, previously known to be true, nor made by a credible authority without questioning it in the light of truth is to sin against and betray the authority of truth. Moreover, these claims were used to justify the use of power, what was soon to be manifested as a tyrannical and totalitarian employment of power the likes of which had never been seen in human history. But to exert or condone the use of power without questioning its goodness, a power not seen to be justified by the authority of the Good, is also to sin against and betray the authority of Truth, the Truth about the Good.

We could have defeated the whole scamdemic and all the connected evil that has ensued in its wake up to the present time, as well as conquered the enemies of Truth who now rule us with an iron grip, by simply asking questions about their eminently questionable claims and unjustified exertions of power: Is it true, based upon what I can see with my eyes and what tradition has taught me and what I know from experience about health and sickness, that we are really in the midst of a deadly pandemic? Why was a sophisticated simulation of virtually the same Covid-19 pandemic scenario held in October of 2019? Why are the hospitals putting so many people on ventilators when this was never done before and is killing more people than it is saving? Is Ivermectin really just a horse dewormer? Do masks really protect us from viruses that are way smaller than the mask mesh? Are the CDC and the WHO and Anthony Fauci and my town’s public health officer completely authorized to issue commands that trump all other authorities as well as settled law? Does the governor of my state have the right to shutdown the economy without the consent of the people and that of state representatives? Does the Pope have the right to cancel Holy Week? Why are exceptionless, and constitutionally protected rights suddenly abrogated by fiat, and at the behest of unelected, globalist bodies? Why is the sacred political principle of subsidiarity begin violated on every level? Why are doctors and scientists who question anything certain public officials claim being censored and cancelled? Why are questions being prohibited and the people who ask them treated like traitors and violent criminals?

A person asking questions regarding the claims and actions of those in power indicates that he holds the truth and the good to be ultimate authorities, not the claims and actions themselves or the people and groups who make and do them. But not only did most Christians not ask these questions, but they also mocked and persecuted those who did. If you would have asked these Christians if they believed they had personal access to the truth and the good, and the obligation and responsibility to ensure that everything they believed and every action they did or permitted to be done to them was acceptable only by the authority of the truth and the good, they would have assured you indeed they did believe such. But, as a whole, they showed only lip service to these beliefs in how they responded to an intimidating and seductive power demanding their allegiance and rewarding them for giving it. There were many, of course, due to prolonged conditioning in a culture of power worship and bereft of counteracting conditioning in sub-cultures of theistic belief and practice, who really did not believe in the authority of transcendent and absolute moral and spiritual truth and goodness, and these were sitting ducks for the totalitarian onslaught. They gave in immediately and with pleasure. But there were also many who did not explicitly or consciously believe in transcendent authority, who would have even mocked such authority as superstitious and unenlightened and oppressive, but who yet acted as if they did believe by asking truth-seeking questions to power and courageously resisting its commands—and suffering a lot for it. But the many well-formed Christians, particularly Christian leaders, had no excuse, and they committed treason against the sacred authorities they should have honored. Under the extreme duress and seduction purposely unleashed on us by the Satanists, it was difficult. But this is what it means to be a Christian. They showed their real colors—the colors of hypocrites, liars, and cowards. Some repented of their treason, but not nearly enough to make a difference. Christians lost this all-important spiritual battle, and we are not in good stead for the next one.

What the Scamdemic revealed was that the vast majority of religious believers in America were and are, underneath pious externals, either liars or cowards, for when the demand to offer the pinch of incense to the Satanic Caesar was made, they did it, showing their ultimate allegiance to Power over Authority, to Power without Authority. If all or even most of these repented, even now, I wouldn’t be writing this article. But I have seen no sign of mass repentance. If anything, there is a doubling-down. They could have asked questions, and when their questions were not answered, they could have refused to believe unjustified claims and obey unjustified commands. They freely chose and are now still freely choosing not to. I daresay Christians still can defeat this ongoing totalitarian onslaught simply by disobeying power with no authority. If we had done this in 2020, the totalitarians would either be in jail right now or dead by execution for crimes against humanity.

The scamdemic and all that came in its wake, the Globohomotrans cult, the Ukrainsane, and the CBDC program, as well as the emergence of an Antichurch fully on board with all these evils counterfeiting and attempting to replace the real Catholic Church, are all unprecedented crimes against humanity and God. But, they are only the precursor, the anti-John-the-Baptist to the Antichrist, as it were, preparing souls by a baptismal rite of mortal sin and the preaching of unrepentance for the final spiritual test and trial. Those who allowed themselves to be satanically baptized into power-worship and unrepentance will be judged, and their judgment will be their total enslavement to power without authority, the very definition of the Antichrist:

Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.

Our mission now is to fight against the precursor of Antichrist with all our strength, but not with the worldly and illusory strength of power, but only with the infinite power of authority. How do we do this? Simply by ensuring that all we say and do, any word we speak, any employment of and obedience to power is aimed first and foremost at manifesting to ourselves and to others the authority of the True and the Good, ultimately Jesus Christ and His Church. If we had all done this in 2020, the Luciferians’ war against humanity would have been defeated before it began. It is not too late now to employ the power of authority for the salvation of humanity.

We must prepare ourselves spiritually for the arrival of Antichrist and help those prepare who have received the love of truth, but who may not be quite prepared for this next and final test and trial. I fear that those who have not received the love of truth, who refused and still refuse to ask questions of power, may be lost. But we can still pray for them and must do so, for God’s mercy is infinite and incomprehensible.

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski teaches philosophy and humanities at Memoria College. His latest books are Modernity as Apocalypse: Sacred Nihilism and the Counterfeits of Logos, and Words, Concepts, Reality: Aristotelian Logic for Teenagers. He writes here.

Featured: Antichrist seated on the Leviathan, from the Liber Floridus (Ghent University Library), folio 62 verso, ca. 1090-1120.