The five symbolic beasts in St. Hildegard’s vision, the Fiery Dog, the Yellow Lion, the Pale Horse, the Black Pig, and the Grey Wolf, represent unique and brief historical periods which follow in a specific sequence. They also represent a specific sin evident in the social context of each period. This affliction of evil is engineered by Satan and intended to progressively damage the Church in preparation of the coming of the Antichrist.
In my book, The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society, I demonstrate that the first three eras have already passed and that we are currently in the latter half of the fourth era, that of the Black Pig. The only one left is the era of the Grey Wolf and unlike the previous four, in which we could compare Hildegard’s description of the era to past history, we can only take her description and make educated guesses as to how the era will play out.
Hildegard describes the era as a violent one, a period of revolution and chaos which is symbolized by the wolf. The underlying motivation for the violence, she states, is greed. She also states that “some” will emerge in this period who she says are “white with justice”, implying a spiritual renewal of some kind.
She is very clear that in the first four periods the Church will suffer losses from these attacks; it is only in the last one that there is a reversal and a revival in the Church. The word “some” seems to imply a minority and she states that this will be the generation or will produce the generation that will endure the persecutions of the son of perdition.
In my book, I don’t expressly identify these with traditional Catholics, that would be a bit too speculative, but in my mind it makes a lot of sense. The current era will end within a decade or two and Hildegard states that the ones who are “white with justice” will emerge at the beginning of the following era.
My own experience with traditional churches and communities in comparison to your average non-traditional church leaves me with little doubt who she’s referring to. She also adds that there will be physical persecution during the era of the Grey Wolf that is different from the later persecutions of the Antichrist. Who’s more likely to be able to endure a period of persecution, members of the SSPX or the FSSP, or members of the LCWR? I don’t have much doubt about who will cave in and who won’t.
The book offer much more detail and documentation.