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On p. 230 of Fr. F. W. Faber's The Precious Blood, we find the words:

In the days of Antichrist, when two-thirds even of the faithful shall fall away from the Church.

Now, "a revolt" is spoken about in 2 Thess. 2:3, which, I surmise, is what Fr. Faber is referring to.

Can someone shed some light as to where the "two-thirds" figure may have come from? Can it be biblically inferred?

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On the Quantity Defecting in the Great Apostasy?

”In the days of the Antichrist, when two-thirds even of the faithful shall have fall away from the Church.”

I believe, that Fr. Faber numbers about the amount of two-thirds of the faithful leaving the Catholic Church (?) is being inferred from Zachariah 13:8-9.

Some of the prophecies predict 2/3 and some predict ¾ of mankind will perish in the fire that comes down for three days and nights. Zachariah 13, verses 8 and 9 speak of a fire and one third being brought through the fire: “And there shall be in all the earth, saith the Lord, two parts in it shall be scattered, and shall perish: but the third part shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined: and I will try them as gold is tried.” - The Three Days of Darkness - Two Thirds to Three Quarters of Mankind will Perish. Fire from Heaven!

Prophecy is one of the hardest subject matters to completely understand, often only understood after the events have occurred.

Take for example that in the Apocalypse, or Book of Revelation, a third of mankind will perish.

14 Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men. Revelation 9:14-15

Whatever the exact number of faithful who will abandon the Church, one thing is sure: It will be significant! This I believe is what Fr. Faber is inferring to here.

10 And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many.

12 And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold.

13 But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come. - Matthew 24:10-14

This Great Apostasy refers to a significant falling away from the Catholic faith. This isn’t a rebellion against the government by unbelievers, this is a rebellion against Catholic belief and practice.

In the portion of 2 Thessalonians you cited above, St. Paul said that the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ could not have already happened because:

  • The rebellion must comes first!

3 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. - 2 Thessalonians 2:3

  • And the man of lawlessness must also appear!

8 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. - 2 Thessalonians 2:8

How close we are to these events, no one can say yet, but I believe we are very close.

For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. 2 Timothy 4:3

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  • Many, many thanks for this answer.
    – DDS
    Jan 11 at 16:57
  • Another thank you, Ken. It helped me understand better as well. Jan 12 at 1:43

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