A vision of the Beast
(CEV) "The Notebooks 1943", p. 180
Jesus says: "Consider my Splendor and my Beauty in comparison to the black monstrosity of the Beast. "[Maria Valtorta] Don't be afraid to look, even if it is a repellent spectacle. You are in my arms. He cannot approach and harm you. Do you see him? He doesn't even look at you. He already has so many quarries to follow after.
Now do you feel you deserve to leave Me to follow him? And yet the world follows him and leaves Me for him.
See how glutted and throbbing he is. It is the hour of his feast. But also see how he seeks the shadow to act. He hates the Light and he was called `Light-bearer'! Do you see how he hypnotizes those who are not marked by my Blood? He heaps up his efforts because he knows that this is his hour and that my hour is approaching when he will be eternally defeated.
His infernal cunning and Satanic intelligence are a continuous action of Evil -in opposition to our Triune action of Good- to increase his prey. But cunning and intelligence would not prevail if my Blood were in men, along with their honest will. Man lacks too many things to have weapons to set against the Beast, and the latter knows this and acts openly, without even concealing himself with deceitful appearances.
May his repellent ugliness spur you towards ever greater diligence and ever greater penance. For yourself and for your unfortunate brothers and sisters, whose souls are blind or seduced and who do not see, or, on seeing him, run to meet the Evil One, provided they can get from him help for an hour to be paid for with an eternity of damnation."
Maria Valtorta: I must explain. Otherwise you will understand nothing. Since the night of the 18th (July 1943) Jesus has been showing me a horrendous beast so horrendous that it fills me with disgust and makes me feel like shrieking. Its name is well known. And the good Jesus has me understand that this appearance is still inferior to reality, for no human reality can come to depict supreme Beauty and supreme Ugliness with precision. Now I will describe the beast to you.
I seem to be seeing a big, very deep black hole. I comprehend that it is very deep, but I see only the opening, entirely occupied by a horrible monster. It is not a snake, a crocodile, a dragon, or a bat, but it has some of the qualities of all four of these.
A long, pointed head without ears and with two sly, ferocious eyes which are always on the hunt for prey, an enormous mouth armed with very sharp teeth, ever intent on instantly snagging some imprudent creature coming within reach of its jaws. In short, the head is much like a serpent's in shape and a crocodile's as regards the teeth. A long, flexible neck giving the tremendous head a lot of agility.
A big, slippery body covered with skin like that of eels (to give you some idea) -that is, without scales, with a color ranging from rust and violet to dark gray- it's hard to say. It even has the color of leeches. At its shoulders and hips (I say "hips" because that's where the throbbing belly swollen with prey comes to an end and the long tail begins culminating in a point) there are four short legs with webbed feet like a crocodile's. On its back, two bat's wings.
The beast does not move its big repugnant body. It moves only its tail which wriggles back and forth in an S-shape-and its horrible head with fascinating eyes and murderous jaws. God have mercy! What an ugly beast! From its black cavern it emits darkness and horror. I assure you that yesterday, when I saw it with all the sharpest precision -and did not understand what it was up to there- I felt like screaming with revulsion. It's a good thing that I saw that it never looked towards me, as if out of repugnance. If anything, a mutual repugnance.
I will pray that as few unfortunates as possible end up in his clutches, but I ask the good Lord to take this sight away from me. Today it is less intense, and I am most grateful to the Lord. And even more grateful because the dear Voice has me understand the reason for that vision, which terrified me yesterday, when I thought it was destined for me as a warning.
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