Apocalypse and Moderation

Source: A Goodwill Reflection taken from the book “As Profecias sem Mistério” [The Prophecies Without Mystery] (1998)

Rome — In October 1990, I started a new series of talks on the Super Good Will Radio Network* that addressed people in the informal and simple language we use when we are talking to a friend. That is why I called it “The Apocalypse of Jesus for the Simple-Hearted.”

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In the ruins of ancient Rome, the Italian capital, Paiva Netto said a moving prayer with the Legionnaires of the Good Will of God from Portugal, who were there on April 2, 1994, to spread the ecumenical message of Holy Week: “Jesus Lives!”


Analysis of the Book of the Final Prophecies requires that we have tranquility, attention, persistence, and impartiality. It is easy to say: “Religions have already caused so many wars across the world. There are so many people who spread hate in the name of religion . . . Why would I waste my time reading the Apocalypse, a book that predicts the destruction of civilization?!”

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Alziro Zarur

But who said the Apocalypse decrees the end of our planetary existence? The world is not going to end. On the contrary, in the Gospel-Apocalypse of Christ is precisely where we find God’s Sociological Plan for a beneficial change in humanity. The last book in the Holy Bible, in particular, foresees a profound social transformation, which originates from our good or not-so-good behavior. The better we behave, the more successful we will be in materializing this New Order on Earth, which is far superior to anything that human ideologies may aspire to, however praiseworthy they may be. Jesus warned that “He will reward each person according to what they have done” (The Gospel of Christ according to Matthew 16:27). The late founder of the Legion of Good Will, Alziro Zarur (1914-1979), who is always remembered, taught us: “In judging the past, the Divine Law determines the future of individuals, peoples, and nations.”

We create our own future. (There are those who complain a lot, but do little.) However, every day is the day to renew our destiny. Jesus, who is extremely fraternal, wrote this book, inspired by God, through John the Evangelist (The Apocalypse of Christ 1:1) to warn us, as if to say: “Behave yourselves, children! Because if you keep on throwing stones at each other, shooting each other, enslaving one another, disrespecting Mother Nature in a wicked way, thinking only of yourselves, then the planet may become unbearable for everyone.”

Editors’ note
*Super Good Will Radio Network — This radio network was created by Paiva Netto and today its stations are linked via satellite and permanently connected to the Internet (www.boavontade.com).

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”