MIRACLES OR MASS HALLUCINATIONS?
PAST AND FUTURE
by Dee Finney
|I had heard about this subject before over the last few years and
read a couple of examples, such as the events of the early 1900's where the
3 young children at Fatima Portugal saw the spinning sun and the Virgin Mary
in the sky talking to them. Thousands of people experienced the strange
events of rain and sun and people went there faithfully despite great hardship
to hopefully experience seeing the Virgin Mary with the girls.
Many people may get turned off by what I say next, but keep in mind that technology has reached a point where holograms of vast perspective are now possible. Also, most people have seen extraterrestrials on television and movies are aware for the most part that extraterrestrials exist in some form or other though there is great controversy over whether they can travel millions of miles or travel for light years when people cannot as yet.
But those who study the phenomena know that extraterrestrials are inter-dimensional as well and have great technology for mind control as well as the ability to shape-shift, make one think that they are experiencing weird dreams when in fact they are being abducted and examined on the big hospital ships.
I saw all this as a preface to some material I wish to quote from a new book which I just discovered by Anna Hayes. Anna Hayes is a life long abductee/contactee/experiencer with great conscious memories of what has happened to her. I would like to quote what she says about the Zetas and their plans for the future. This is from Anna Hayes first book in the Voyagers series titled "The Sleeping Abductees" (c) 1999.
Let me begin on page 26 -
"Keylonta is the means by which the Zeta are able to create perceptual interference. They had the power through these mechanics to literally create mass hallucinations. We do not favor this word of your English language but instead prefer to us the word 'hologram' for it's meaning is closer to the actual reality that is taking place. Term mental hologram may give you a better idea of the concept we are trying convey.
Through manipulating the impulse codes intrinsic to the human biology literal "reality pictures" can be created for the unsuspecting human to perceive. We are not speaking of mental images or simple hallucinations, but rather actual three dimensional reality overlays that emerge into the surrounding objective environment. These contrived "reality picture" not only affects the individual or group that is being altered, but will also affect anyone coming into the encoded perimeters of its boundaries. It is as if someone created a "virtual reality" picture for you to walk through, and its contours are so seamless compared to your "real" reality that you do not realize anything has changed. Events can be manufactured for you in this way, without your conscious knowledge or permission. In such cases "what you don't know" could very well hurt you and you might not be aware of what harm is being done. We refer to these "reality pictures" or "experimental overlay" as holographic inserts. It is time that humans became aware of the existence of such technologies for they have been used throughout your history to alter and bend the nature of your historical development.
As the neurological structure processes the altered codes, the individual will perceive outside of himself, as three-dimensional matter the images and events or "reality pictures" that were programmed into his DNA. Some of these codes can be contrived to become "permanent" additions to the original DNA base code. This process can be used to assist humanity in reaching great levels of spiritual enlightenment, physical health and beauty, and mental and emotional expansion. But it can also be used to create horrific traumas upon the human biological organism and the consciousness that depends upon this organism for its three-dimensional life.
Holographic inserts are presently being used against you by the Zeta and other groups. If you can learn some of these mechanics (through Keylonta) you can stop them from manipulating you. You can protect yourselves and keep your perceptions clear. And you can grow.
Events have already been set in motion to begin using holographic inserts on a mass level. This is part of the aforementioned Zeta agenda. Individual have been tested and experimented upon for some time as the appropriate processes were fine-tuned. The Zeta are now ready to begin holographic inserts on a mass level, starting with small groups and later moving into whole collectives. The Interior Government has long allowed such experimentation to take place, and they themselves have been the greatest test subjects for the Zeta; they succumbed to the very tactics they were trained by the Zeta to employ against other humans. Do not be surprised in years to come you begin to see more and more reports of odd happenings witnessed by masses of people appearing in your news media and tabloids. Many of these will not be "made up" by overzealous reporters but will mark actual events of holographic inserts in operation.
One type of technology that is presently being shared by the Zeta is the artificial creation through mechanical means of Holographic Inserts. (Zeta are able to initiate this tactic using mental applications without mechanical devices. They have not divulged these methods to the humans but instead convinced them that human biology was not equipped to create that level of implementations, which is only partially true.) This covert Zeta and human team is planning to utilize this technology to manipulate and direct large masses of people. And they are orchestrating it in a way that will "hit home" with the gentlest of souls. Holographic Inserts depicting religious personages and dramas have already been employed in small doses, as test runs for the greater applications. Faking "miracles" appearances of saints and holy ones, the return of deceased loves ones, all of these personally sacred subjects are fair game to the exploitation of holographic inserts. Plans are in the making to stage dramas using the traditional as well as "new age" belief systems. True "miracles" and visitations will also be occurring as this century  closes and will continue well into the next. How will you know which events are real and which events are being manufactured to manipulate the populace? How will you know who or what to believe when you won't even be able to fully trust what your five senses are telling you? Is there a way to detect a holographic insert or to protect yourself from being victimized by them? "
The inserts are being designed to engage the emotional facilities of the human. Themes deeply engraved within the minds of the people are being contrived into distorted interpretations of events that have basis in reality for the subjects. As Zeta have time portal access they have been able to monitor some of the activities of the other ET, interdimensional and guardian groups who are planning to create encounters with humans for purposes of helping the populations to grow and evolve successfully.
Though the Zeta will not be able to stop these helping groups, or holt that implementation of the events they plan to create, they are able to scan the intended events and create distorted versions of them through the holographic inserts. Over the next twenty years alignments of certain key time portal structures are occurring, following the cycle intrinsic to your planetary placement with the galactic grid. These alignments make it easier for data to be entered into your system from other times and other dimensions. Many of the helping groups intend to use this opportunity to introduce new information and technologies that will assist in the evolution of your species. The Zeta and the Interior are aware of this and they do not want this information to be made available to the masses as it is intended. they are planning. They are planning now to "raid" certain of the positive agendas creating misleading holographic inserts that will direct the perceptions and thoughts of the populace away from the applications of the positive agendas.
The Zetas are using images, scenarios and personages held sacred to traditional religions to divert the people into submission, subservience and blind obedience to the official and covert governments. Philosophies that rely upon congregational following of authorities, in which people are taught to trust the leaders interpretation of spirituality above their own spiritual comprehensions (a practice coloring most of the world's traditional religions), are primary targets for manipulation using holographic inserts. The Christian and Jewish faiths, along with some Eastern practices and traditions popular within the South American continent have been singled out as primary testing grounds for the implementation of holographic inserts on a mass level. People who blindly follow the dictates of these traditions and those who lead them are especially vulnerable to holographic manipulation. David Koresh and the Waco, Texas, Branch Davidians and Marshall Applewhite and the Heaven's Gate group are two such organizations that have been manipulated by the unenlightened Zeta through holographic insert technology. The inserts have been and will be used to lead people away from the true divinity that lives within them and from any true spiritual connection.
Much is at stake within this human/Zeta drama, most of which humans do not understand. The events and practices we have mentioned in this section all have direct bearing upon the future of your system, and the plan to begin the aforementioned "mental takeover" is now beginning to emerge within your three-dimensional Earth system. We have explained some of the methods by which this takeover will be orchestrated, from its inception through holographic inserts to its culmination in the Zeta Collective Mind link up through forced matrix transplant. This is the plan that humans can help to redirect, by making a strong, genuine connection to their own Soul Matrix/Dora and learning to handle themselves within holographic inserts and Zeta abductions. These things are already going on around you, whether or not you are aware of them, whether or not you choose to believe that it is true. Those who understand can do a great deal to assist themselves, their Soul Families and their fellow humans if they are willing to grow, expand and learn.
You might wonder how such a massive "mental takeover" could be pulled off "behind your backs" so to speak.
It is more so being done "over your heads" literally, as the manipulations evolved are being conducted, to a large degree from dimensional frequency bands that are higher than the range of your perceptions. This is a plan that will take time to implement, so the sooner you are aware of these events the sooner you will be able to redirect your future.
In the following sections we will cover methods by which you can protect yourselves from being brought under the control of the aforementioned "frequency fence". We will offer suggestions as to how holographic inserts can be maneuvered and also some clues to look for that will allow you to watch the progressions of the events of which we speak.
In closing this section, let us leave you with one final example of how this plan will be implemented, an example that may illustrate the power of the holographic insert to persuade human perception.
What do you suppose might happen if ten thousand devout Christians suddenly saw "Christ" float down upon a cloud (or spaceship). The skies tremble and open and the savior, in the flesh, levitates down and begins to touch the heads of his beloved. Then he says, "Come with me to the promised kingdom", as a brilliant set of "pearly gates" appears behind him. "Follow" he utters as he turns and begins to walk through the gates. Do you think most of those devotees would say "no"? And who would be the wiser, (except those creating the holographic insert), if those masses passed beyond the gates in ecstasy only to be marched through a dimensional portal. A portal their biological forms are not prepared to encounter. Who would mourn those people as they entered the portal and were incinerated upon contact, their bodies destroyed and their consciousness fragmented into the ethers while onlookers watched them move joyfully through the gates of heaven?
A rather ingenious way to evacuate a planet of "undesirables' to clear the real estate for resettlement. Even those who did not go would not believe that anything bad had happened. The masses simply "went with Christ to the promised lands," as had been foretold. This is what a holographic insert can do! And some of the Zeta, the unenlightened ones following the old agenda, are quite capable of this type of travesty. Not only are they capable of this, this is precisely the type of holographic drama they have planned once the "frequency fence" is in place.
If you find security in the concept of being "sheep," then please, make sure you know who your shepherd is!
Anna Hayes 'Voyager Series' books are available at Barns N Noble or Amazon.com
|The Druids 1600 BC - 600 AD
Magic was performed by using three key elements; spells, including incantation, gestation, and material usage; Amulets, and Power Items. Posture was important as well, the proper stance being recorded as standing on one leg with one arm outstretched and one eye closed.
They had a range of spells, for Weather Control, Healing, Fertility for both humans and animals, Shape-shifting, Invisibility, Magic Sleep (hypnosis?), Animation of trees and rocks, Morphing trees and rocks into fully armed warriors, illusions, Mass Hallucinations, Throwing mountains on an enemy (from the Druid Mathgen), fill the air with the clash of war, fill the air with the cries of eldritch things, Raise the sea, Summon fog or mist, Purify Cattle, Plant Growth (they could encircle an army with hedge, that could only be broken by a leaper going over it) (usually killing the leaper), Entanglement (using plants to impede an army's movements), Shadow Killing ( stabbing a victims shadow, causing death), and The Sending, where items were flung in the victims face, causing madness, and sometimes a broken nose.
Common Amulets were the wheel or disk, a white marble ball, quartz pebbles and crystals, boar teeth, amber, Animal figures, (Animal amber figures were considered extremely powerful), and of course, Phallus symbols.
They made potions as well, being world renown for poisons, Aphrodisiacs, and the Drink of Oblivion, which would cause the imbiber to suffer complete memory loss. The famous Druid Figol, son of Mamos, used potions to help his spell of sending showers of fire to stop bravery and sap strength. He also used potions to put sickness in men, probably a poison of some type.
Power items used by the Druids included wands made from Yew and Willow, Staves made of Oak, Mistletoe, and an item called a "Glain", or magical snake egg. These "eggs" are believed to be petrified sea urchins that had been scavenged from early bronze age burial mounds. Geodes were considered to be powerful, as well as any natural crystal.
Druids were Seers, Healers, Bards, Historians, Magicians, Priests, and what is less well known, powerful warriors as well. Though they did not wear armor, they carried shields made from White Poplar, and even had a shield-maker college. They were expert fighters with the staff, bow and arrow, hook-bill (sickle, usually of copper or bronze), ax, spear, and later, sword. Their weapons were constructed out of stone, copper, or bronze. Iron was rarely used, as it became available to them relatively late in their history. Iron was also shunned, because it repelled the Faerie folk, of whom they also worshipped.
Druidism spanned over twenty-two hundred years of known history as a major religion and cult. At the height of it's power, it was forced into hiding in the British Isles by the Roman invasion in 62 A.D., which practiced an ancient form of birth control against them (called "annihilation"). And although they re-emerged with the rise of Vortigern after the Roman departure, they never fully recovered to the numbers that they achieved during their zenith. Of course, with the Christian invasion of the Sixth century their days were number. By 600 A.D., they had all but vanished.
The Life of Jesus Christ
a. At His birth the star, angels, prophecy, and wise men.
b. During His public ministry words from heaven at the baptism, the transfiguration, and the approach of the Greeks. Also miracles, signs and wonders performed to confirm Christ's word.
And how, exactly, do we explain Paul's conversion from a persecutor of Christians to someone willing to die for Christ? His conversion came after encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus. Many write this encounter off as a simple hallucination on Paul's part, but it is hard to believe that Paul, who was so adamantly opposed to Christianity, would be so duped by a trick of the imagination, that he would give up everything he had, willingly jump into a group of which he personally had killed a few members, and eventually go to his own death for them (he was beheaded under Emperor Nero in 67 AD).
c. At the crucifixion earthquakes, opened graves, darkening of the sun, tearing the temple veil.
d. The resurrection then was the ultimate sign of God's endorsement. - To accept the idea that Jesus Christ was bodily resurrected on the third day after His death is to accept what is impossible in the natural sense, and as such will always require a large degree of faith in that which violates all natural laws and human logic.
There are many problems with the Hallucination theory. The New Testament claims that Jesus appeared to the Apostles as a group, and later to a group of 500, and also that He spoke to them at length. Group hallucinations are very rare, and when they do occur, they tend to be very simple in nature, nothing like what is described in the Gospels. Of course, some claim that the mass hallucinations never really happened, that only one or two disciples actually saw the hallucination and later claims of all Apostles and others seeing Jesus were embellishments.
However, the mass appearances of Jesus are recorded in what is widely believed to be the EARLIEST of the New Testament Documents, the First book of Corinthians, written within 10-15 years after the resurrection by most estimates. In this book, Paul writes, "he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:5-6). Mentioning that most of the 500 who saw Jesus are still alive not only proves an early date for this writing, but also confirms the validity of this sighting, since anyone doubting this at the time Paul wrote these words could have easily spoken with the many remaining witnesses.
Such a claim would not have been made by Paul had there not been hundreds of people willing to confirm this claim. Could all of these people been so convinced by a simple trick of the imagination, that they would stand up to priests, governors, even the Roman Emperor himself? What they saw had to have been enormously convincing to explain such a personality transformation in these people. A simple 'empty tomb' by itself would not have been enough to give rise to speculations of resurrection.
Even non-Christian scholars agree that a hallucination could not account for what happened to the apostles. According to Jewish scholar Dr. Pinchas Lipide: "When this frightened band of apostles suddenly could be changed overnight into a confident mission society...Then no vision or hallucination is sufficient to explain such a revolutionary transformation." [Pinchas Lipide, The Resurrection of Jesus: A Jewish Perspective (Fortress Press, 1988), p. 125]
Evidence for Christ's Resurrection - A personal Opinion
|YEAR||LOCATION||VISIONARIES & Status Codes|
|1347||Siena, Italy||St. Catherine|
|1531||Guadalupe, Mexico||Juan Diego|
|1600s||Agreda, Spain||St. Mary of Agreda|
|1830||Rue Du Bac, France||Catherine Laboure|
|1836||OL of Victories, Paris||Father Genettes|
|1840||Blangy, France||Sister Justine Bisqueyburu|
|1846||La Salette, France||Melanie Calvat & Maximin Giraud|
|1858||Lourdes, France||Bernadette Soubirous|
|1871||Pontmain, France||Eugene and Joseph Barbadette (Five Children and one baby)|
|1876||Pellevoisin, France||Estelle Faguette|
|1877||Gietrzwald, Poland||Justyna Szafrynska, Barbara Samulowska|
|1879||Knock, Ireland||15 people|
|1884||Rome, Italy||Pope Leo XIII|
|1904||Poland||St. Maximilian Kolbe|
|1916 - 1953||Caserta, Italy||Maria Valtorta (Poem of the Man-God)|
|1917||Fatima, Portugal||Lucia, Francisco, & Jacinta|
|1918||San Giovanni, Italy||Padre Pio|
|1932||Beauraing, Belgium||5 Voisin & Degeimbre children|
|1933||Banneaux, Belgium||Mariette Beco|
|1947||Tre Fontane, Rome||Bruno Cornacchiola|
|1948||Lipa, Philippines||Novice Teresita|
|1950 - 1975||Necedah, Wisconsin USA||Mary Ann Van Hoof|
|1968||Zeitun, Egypt||Thousands (Photo)|
|1970s||Bayside, New York||Veronica Leukin|
|1971||Rome, Italy||Marisa Rossi|
|1972-1978; 1982||Dozule, France||Madeline Aumont|
|1972||Milan, Italy||Fr. Stefano Gobbi|
|1973||Akita, Japan||Sister Agnes Sasagawa|
|1976||Betania, Venezuela||Maria Esperanza (stigmatist) & Others|
|1980||Cuapa, Nicaragua||Edward Bernardo Martinez|
|1981||Millbury , Massachusetts, USA||Eileen George|
|1981||Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina||Six young people|
|1981||Kibeho, Rwanda, Africa||Six girls and one boy|
|1982||Damascus, Syria||Myrna Nazzour (stigmatist)|
|1983?||Toowoomba , Australia||Debra Geileskey|
|1985||Naju, Korea||Julia Kim (stigmatist)|
|1985||Cleveland, Ohio, USA||Maureen Sweeney|
|1985||Massillon, Ohio, USA||Robert Hartman (Sinner/Saint)|
|1986||Manilla, Philippines||Numerous soldiers|
|1987||Ukraine||Josyp Terelya, Maria Kizyn & thousands|
|1987||Rome||Sr. Anna Ali|
|1988||Achill, Ireland||Christina Gallagher (stigmatist)|
|1988||Scottsdale, Arizona, USA||Nine young people and Fr. Jack Spaulding|
|1989||Marlboro, New Jersey||Joseph Januszkiewicz|
|1990||Denver, Colorado||Theresa Lopez & Veronica Garcia|
|1990||Hillside , Illinois USA||Joseph Reinholtz|
|1990-1995||Litmanova,Slovakia||Ivetka Korcakova and Katka Ceselkova|
|1991||Arkansas & Texas, USA||Cyndi Cain|
|1992||Falmouth, Kentucky USA||Sandy|
|1993||Manilla, Philippines||Allan Rudio|
|1993||New S.Wales, Australia||Matthew Kelly|
|1993||Rochester, New York, USA||John Leary|
|1994 - present||Conchabamba, Bolivia||Catalina Rivas - (stigmatist)|
|19??||Nowra, New South Wales, Australia||William Kamm, Little Pebble|
Full Church Approval
Under investigation; no definitive statement reached yet.
Disapproval by the Church
Discouraged by Bishop
Local bishop does not object to messages being promoted on the Internet
Approved Seers By the Catholic Church
St. Maximilian Kolbe - St. Catherine - Juan Diego - St. Mary of Agreda -
Catherine Laboure - Father Genettes - Sr Justine Bisqueburu - Melanie Calvat -
Maximin Giraud - Bernadette Soubirous - Estelle Faguette - Justyna Szafrynska -
Barbara Samulowska - Pope Leo XIII - Lucia, Francisco, Jacinta - Padre Pio -
Mariette Beco - Bl. Faustina Kowalska - Sr Agnes Sasagawa - Edward Bernardo -
Martinez - Ivetka Korcakova - Katka Ceselkova
Mary Ann VanHoof - Veronica Leukin
Siena, Italy - Guadalup, Mexico - Agreda, Spain - Rue Du Bac, France -
Paris, France - Blangy, France - La Salette, France - Lourdes, France -
Pellovoisin, France - Gietrzwald, Poland - Knock, Ireland - Rome, Italy -
Poland - Fatima, Portugal - San Giovanni, Italy - Beauraing, Belgium -
Banneaux, Belgium - Zeitun, Egypt - Akita, Japan - Cuapa, Nicaragua -
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Guadalupe, Mexico
Feast Day in the USA - December 12th
The opening of the New World brought with it both fortune-seekers and religious preachers desiring to convert the native populations to the Christian faith. One of the converts was a poor Aztec indian named Juan Diego. On one of his trips to the chapel, Juan was walking through the Tepayac hill country in central Mexico. Near Tepayac Hill he encountered a beautiful woman surrounded by a ball of light as bright as the sun. Speaking in his native tongue, the beautiful lady identified herself:
Juan, age 57, and who had never been to Tenochtitlan, nonetheless immediately responded to Mary's request. He went to the palace of the Bishop-elect Fray Juan de Zumarraga and requested to meet immediately with the bishop. The bishop's servants, who were suspicious of the rural peasant, kept him waiting for hours. The bishop-elect told Juan that he would consider the request of the Lady and told him he could visit him again if he so desired. Juan was disappointed by the bishop's response and felt himself unworthy to persuade someone as important as a bishop. He returned to the hill where he had first met Mary and found her there waiting for him. Imploring her to send someone else, she responded:
She then told him to return the next day to the bishop and repeat the request. On Sunday, after again waiting for hours, Juan met with the bishop who, on re-hearing his story, asked him to ask the Lady to provide a sign as a proof of who she was. Juan dutifully returned to the hill and told Mary, who was again waiting for him there, of the bishop's request. Mary responded:
Unfortunately, Juan was not able to return to the hill the next day. His uncle had become mortally ill and Juan stayed with him to care for him. After two days, with his uncle near death, Juan left his side to find a priest. Juan had to pass Tepayac Hill to get to the priest. As he was passing, he found Mary waiting for him. She spoke:
While it was freezing on the hillside, Juan obeyed Mary's instructions and went to the top of the hill where he found a full bloom of Castilian roses. Removing his tilma, a poncho-like cape made of cactus fiber, he cut the roses and carried them back to Mary. She rearranged the roses and told him:
At the palace, Juan once again came before the bishop and several of his advisors. He told the bishop his story and opened the tilma letting the flowers fall out. But it wasn't the beautiful roses that caused the bishop and his advisors to fall to their knees; for there, on the tilma, was a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary precisely as Juan had described her. The next day, after showing the Tilma at the Cathedral, Juan took the bishop to the spot where he first met Mary. He then returned to his village where he met his uncle who was completely cured. His uncle told him he had met a young woman, surrounded by a soft light, who told him that she had just sent his nephew to Tenochtitlan with a picture of herself. She told his uncle:
It's believed that the word Guadalupe was actually a Spanish mis-translation of the local Aztec dialect. The word that Mary probably used was Coatlallope which means "one who treads on snakes"! Within six years of this apparition, six million Aztecs had converted to Catholicism. The tilma shows Mary as the God-bearer - she is pregnant with her Divine Son. Since the time the tilma was first impressed with a picture of the Mother of God, it has been subject to a variety of environmental hazards including smoke from fires and candles, water from floods and torrential downpours and, in 1921, a bomb which was planted by anti-clerical forces on an altar under it. There was also a cast-iron cross next to the tilma and when the bomb exploded, the cross was twisted out of shape, the marble altar rail was heavily damaged and the tilma was...untouched! Indeed, no one was injured in the Church despite the damage that occurred to a large part of the altar structure.
In 1977, the tilma was examined using infrared photography and digital enhancement techniques. Unlike any painting, the tilma shows no sketching or any sign of outline drawn to permit an artist to produce a painting. Further, the very method used to create the image is still unknown. The image is inexplicable in its longevity and method of production. It can be seen today in a large cathedral built to house up to ten thousand worshipers. It is, by far, the most popular religious pilgrimage site in the Western Hemisphere.
THE LATEST NEWS
Subj: [earthchanges] science stunned by virgin of guadalupe eyes
Science Stunned By 16thC Scene Found In Virgin Of Guadalupe's Eyes
[Original headline: SCIENCE STUNNED BY VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE'S EYES
Engineer Sees a Reflection, Literally, From a Scene in 1531]
Rome- Digital technology is giving new leads in understanding a phenomenon that continues to puzzle science: the mysterious eyes of the image of Virgin of Guadalupe.
The image, imprinted on the tilma of a 16th-century peasant, led millions of indigenous Indians in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. Last week in Rome, results of research into the famed image were discussed by engineer José Aste Tonsmann of the Mexican Center of Guadalupan Studies during a conference at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.
For over 20 years, this graduate of environmental systems engineering of Cornell University has studied the image of the Virgin left on the rough maguey fiber fabric of Juan Diegos tilma [cape G-fs]. What intrigued Tonsmann the most were the eyes of the Virgin.
Though the dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils of the images eyes have imprinted on them a highly detailed picture of at least 13 people, Tonsmann said. The same people are present in both the left and right eyes, in different proportions, as would happen when human eyes reflect the objects before them.
Tonsmann says he believes the reflection transmitted by the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the scene on Dec. 9, 1531, during which Juan Diego showed his tilma, with the image, to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga and others present in the room.
In his research, Tonsmann used a digital process used by satellites and space probes in transmitting visual information.
He insists that the image "that has not been painted by human hand." As early as the 18th century, scientists showed that it was impossible to paint such an image in a fabric of that texture. The "ayate" fibers used by the Indians, in fact, deteriorated after 20 years. Yet, the image and the fabric it is imprinted on have lasted almost 470 years ago.
Tonsmann pointed out that Richard Kuhn, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, has found that the image did not have natural, animal or mineral colorings. Given that there were no synthetic colorings in 1531, the image is inexplicable.
In 1979, Americans Philip Callahan and Jody B. Smith studied the image with infrared rays and discovered to their surprise that there was no trace of paint and that the fabric had not been treated with any kind of technique.
"[How] it is possible to explain this image and its consistency in time without colors, on a fabric that has not been treated?" Tonsmann asked. "[How] is it possible that, despite the fact there is no paint, the colors maintain their luminosity and brilliance?"
Tonsmann, a Peruvian engineer, added, "Callahan and Smith showed how the image changes in color slightly according to the angle of viewing, a phenomenon that is known by the word iridescence, a technique that cannot be reproduced with human hands."
The scientist began his study in 1979. He magnified the iris of the Virgins eyes 2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, was able to identify all the people imprinted in the eyes.
The eyes reflect the witnesses of the Guadalupan miracle, the moment Juan Diego unfurled his tilma before the bishop, according to Tonsmann. In other words, the Virgins eyes have the reflection that would have been imprinted in the eyes of any person in her position. In the eyes, Tonsmann believes, it is possible to discern a seated Indian, who is looking up to the heavens; the profile of a balding, elderly man with a white beard, much like the portrait of Bishop Zumárraga, painted by Miguel Cabrera, to depict the miracle; and a younger man, in all probability interpreter Juan González.
Also present, Tonsmann believes, is an Indian, likely Juan Diego, of striking features, with a beard and mustache, who unfolds his own tilma before the bishop; a woman of dark complexion, possibly a Negro slave who was in the bishops service; and a man with Spanish features who looks on pensively, stroking his beard with his hand.
In a word, the Virgins eyes bear a kind of instant picture of what occurred at the moment the image was unveiled in front of the bishop, Tonsmann says.
Moreover, in the center of the pupils, on a much more reduced scale, another scene can be perceived, independent of the first, the scientist contends. It is that of an Indian family made up of a woman, a man and several children. In the right eye, other people who are standing appear behind the woman.
Tonsmann ventured to express why he believes the Virgins eyes have a "hidden" message for modern times, when technology is able to discover it. "This could be the case of the picture of the family in the center of the Virgins eye," he says, "at a time when the family is under serious attack in our modern world."
(also known as Mary Bernarda Soubirous)
Born in Lourdes, France, January 7, 1844; died in Nevers, France, on April 16, 1879; canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933; also honored on February 18 in France.
Marie Bernarde (called Bernadette by family and friends) Soubirous, was the oldest of six children born to the impoverished miller François Soubirous, and his much-younger wife, Louise Casterot. The family lived in the basement of a damp building in the rue des Petits Fossés after her father rented a mill of his own. Bernadette was not a strong child; the dampness of their home and the vestiges of the cholera she contracted in 1854 aggravated the asthma and other ailments from which the young girl suffered.
"I am the Immaculate Conception"
At age 14, she was considered to be ailing, undersized, of pleasant disposition, sensitive, and a slow student--even stupid--but was a kind, helpful and obedient child.
On February 11, 1858, the teenaged Bernadette was collecting scraps of wood on the bank of the River Gave when she was initially granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who did not identify herself at first. For the next six months Bernadette saw a light-enhaloed female form of indescribable beauty, near a cave in the Massabielle cliff. In total, Bernadette had 18 visions of the Virgin Mary at the grotto, which principally concerned prayer and penance.
Bernadette showed people the grotto in which the BVM appeared. Most of them mocked her but from February 18 until March 4, Bernadette continued to see and talk with Our Lady every day. The clerical and civic officials who subjected Bernadette to numerous interrogations found her to be voracious and completely disinterested in self-advancement.
People followed Bernadette. The saw the girl fall into ecstasy; they heard her speak, but they saw nothing. The unknown 'lady' said to Bernadette: "I wish to see people here"; "Pray for sinners"; "Tell the priests I wish to have a chapel here"; "Processions are to come here"; "Go, drink from the spring and wash in its water."
In obedience to this last injunction, the saint dug with her hands into the earth of the grotto, and there gushed forth a spring, unknown until that day--February 25, that for years has yielded 27,000 gallons weekly. Cures effected by drinking of the water mobilized pilgrimages of thousands which streamed to the grotto.
By March 4, about 200,000 people were accompanying Bernadette to the site. When Bernadette begged the lady for a name on March 25, she replied three times using the local dialect: "I am the Immaculate Conception--" a name that the girl did not understand because word of the definition had not yet reached the people of Lourdes. The last vision occurred on July 16, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Church met these beginnings of the Lourdes pilgrimages with great reserve, almost with hostility. In part this was because after the appearances ceased, there was an epidemic of copycat visionaries and morbid religiosity in the district, which increased the reserved attitude of the church authorities towards Bernadette's experiences.
But Lourdes became a symbol. In an age in which the existence of or at all events the possibility of knowing a supra-mundane God was denied, a permanent medical bureau had to be opened in Lourdes, which has collected, with the help of thousands of physicians of all creeds, an immense documentation of professionally attested, inexplicable cures.
Bernadette's simplicity and integrity were never questioned. Although the publicity that accompanied her visions had helped her father to find work, Bernadette gained little more than the spiritual consolation of a few months. For some years she suffered greatly from the suspicious disbelief of some and the tactless enthusiasm and insensitive attentions of others; these trials she bore with impressive patience and dignity. She resided with the nuns at the hospice for five years (1861-1866) in order to escape the publicity, but people sought her out even there.
In 1866 Bernadette joined the Sister of Notre-Dame at Saint Gildard in Nevers, France; she had wished for entrance two years earlier but had been prevented by bad health. She was happy with the nuns. Her health remained fragile, and she was given the last sacraments within four months of her arrival; she was allowed to take her first vows through a special dispensation. She recovered, however, and worked first as an infirmarian and later as a sacristan.
Here she was more sheltered from trying publicity, but not from the 'stuffiness' of the convent superiors nor from the tightening grip of asthma. "I am getting on with my joy," she would say. "What is that?" someone asked. "Being ill," was the reply.
The nuns, disappointed by the simplicity of this child of nature, in whom they had expected to find a second Teresa of Ávila or another Catherine of Siena, made the peasant girl feel bitterly the scant esteem in which they held her; and even her superiors, with the aim of protecting the visionary of Lourdes from the sin of pride, were not sparing in humiliations.
With the excuse that she was a "stupid, good-for-nothing little thing," her profession was continually delayed. God gave to the despised creature, who was punished for 13 years because of her visions, the strength to say: "You see, my story is quite simple. The Virgin made use of me, then I was put into a corner. That is now my place. There I am happy and there I remain."
Thus, she lived out her self-effacing life, dying at the age of 35 as did Saint Benedict Labre. The events of 1858 resulted in Lourdes becoming one of the most important pilgrim shrines in the history of Christendom, ending with the consecration of the basilica in 1876. But Saint Bernadette took no part in these developments; nor was it for her visions that she was canonized, but for the humble simplicity and religious trust that characterized her whole life (Attwater, Benedictines, Bentley, Delaney, Encyclopedia, Farmer, Sandhurst, Schamoni, Trochu, Walsh, White).
Saint Bernadette is the patron saint of shepherds (White).
THE MIRACLE OF FATIMA
On May 13, 1917, three girls in Portugal were in the meadows of a place called Cova da Iria outside of Fatima, Portugal, when they saw a flash of light in the clear sky. They ran for shelter under a tree, thinking that was lightning. When they reached the tree, they stopped in amazement, for there hovering just above a 3-foot evergreen nearby, a brilliant globe of light hung suspended.
Within this globe there was an entity garbed in a luminous white robe with a face of light which dazzled and hurt the eyes.
The figure stated that it was from heaven, and asked the girls to come there on the 13th day, for six months in succession.
On October 13, 1917, an estimated 70,000 people had gathered at the site. Suddenly the crowd screamed, for something came through the clouds: a huge silver disk which rotated rapidly as it descended towards the crowd. It seemed to change color, going through the spectrum. These gyrations continued for ten minutes.Miles from there, others were also watching the same object. The incident at Fatima was obviously a carefully planned and deliberately executed demonstration. The major prophecies of Fatima had been written down and sealed in an envelope, and turned over to the Vatican. They were supposed to be revealed to the world in 1960. The secret of Fatima? One Pope was murdered after only 30 days in office when the Vatican thought he would reveal it. It is said to be a prediction of the end of the world.
THE STORY AS TOLD BY LUCIA HERSELF
The Story of the Apparitions of Fatima
Now, Your Excellency, we come to the most difficult part of all that you have commanded me to put in writing. First of all, Your Excellency has expressly required of me to write about the Apparitions of the Angel, puffing down every circumstance and detail, and even, as far as possible, their interior effects upon us. Then, along comes Dr. Galamba to ask you to command me also to write about the Apparitions of Our Lady.
"Command her, Your Excellency," he said a little while ago in Valenca. "Yes, Your Excellency, command her to write everything, absolutely everything. She'll have to do the rounds of purgatory many a time for having kept silent about so many things!"
As for purgatory, I am not in the least afraid of it, from this point of view. I have always obeyed, and obedience deserves neither penalty nor punishment. Firstly, I obeyed the interior inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and secondly, I obeyed the commands of those who spoke to me in His name. This very thing was the first order and counsel which God deigned to give me through Your Excellency. Happy and content, I recalled the words I had heard long ago from the lips of that holy priest, the Vicar of Torres Novas: "The secret of the King's daughter should remain hidden in the depths of her heart." Then, beginning to penetrate their meaning, I said: "My secret is for myself." But now, I can no longer say so. Immolated on the altar of obedience, I say rather: "My secret belongs to God. I have placed it in His hands; may He do with it as best pleases Him."
Dr. Galamba said then: "Your Excellency, command her to say everything, everything, and to hide nothing." And Your Excellency, assisted most certainly by the Holy Spirit, pronounced this judgment: "No, I will not command that! I will have nothing to do with matters of secrets."
Thanks be to God! Any other order would have been for me a source of endless perplexities and scruples. Had I received a contrary command, I would have asked myself, times without number: "Whom should I obey? God or His representative?" And perhaps, being unable to come to a decision, I would have been left in a state of real inner torment!
Then Your Excellency continued speaking in God's name: "Sister, write down the Apparitions of the Angel and of Our Lady, because, my dear Sister, this is for the glory of God and of Our Lady.,,
How good God is! He is the God of peace, and it is along Paths of peace that He leads those who trust in Him.
I shall begin, then, my new task, and thus fulfil the commands received from Your Excellency as well as the desires of Rev. Dr. Galamba. With the exception of that part of the Secret which I am not permitted to reveal at present, I shall say everything. I shall not knowingly omit anything, though I suppose I may forget just a few small details of minor importance.
Apparitions of the Angel
Although I cannot give the exact date, it seems to me that it was in 1915 that the first Apparition took place.
As far as I can judge, it was the Angel, although at that time he did not venture to make himself fully known.
From what I can recall of the weather, I think that this must have happened between the months of April and October in the year 1915.
My three companions from Casa Velha, by name Teresa Matias and her sister Maria Rosa, and Maria Justino, were with me on the southern slope of the Cabego. We were just about to start praying the Rosary when I saw, poised in the air above the trees that stretched down to the valley which lay at our feet, what appeared to be a cloud in human form, whiter than snow and almost transparent. My companions asked me what it was. I replied that I did not know. This happened on two further occasions, but on different days.
This Apparition made a certain impression upon me, which I do not know how to explain. Little by little, this impression faded away, and were it not for the events that followed, I think I would have forgotten it completely.
The dates I cannot set down with certainty, because, at that time, I did not know how to reckon the years, the months, or even the days of the week. But I think it must have been in the spring of 1916 that the Angel appeared to us for the first time in our Loca do Cabego.
As I have already written in my account of Jacinta, we climbed the hillside in search of shelter. After having taken our lunch and said our prayers, we began to see, some distance off, above the trees that stretched away towards the east, a light, whiter than snow, in the form of a young man, transparent, and brighter than crystal pierced by the rays of the sun. As he drew nearer, we could distinguish his features more and more clearly. We were surprised, absorbed, and struck dumb with amazement.
On reaching us, he said: "Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me."
Kneeling on the ground, he bowed down until his forehead touched the earth. Led by a supernatural impulse, we did the same, and repeated the words > which we heard him say:
"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You!"
Having repeated these words three times, he rose and said:
"Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." Then he disappeared.
The supernatural atmosphere which enveloped us was so intense, that we were for a long time scarcely aware of our own existence, remaining in the same posture in which he had left us, and continually repeating the same prayer. The presence of God made itself felt so intimately and so intensely that we did not even venture to speak to one another. Next day, we were still immersed in this spiritual atmosphere, which only gradually began to disappear.
It did not occur to us to speak about this Apparition, nor did we think of recommending that it be kept secret. The very Apparition itself imposed secrecy. It was so intimate, that it was not easy to speak of it at all. The impression it made upon us was all the greater perhaps, in that it was the first such manifestation that we had experienced.
The second Apparition must have been at the height of summer, when the heat of the day was so intense that we had to take the sheep home before noon and only let them out again in the early evening.
We went to spend the siesta hours in the shade of the trees which surrounded the well that I have already mentioned several times. Suddenly, we saw the same Angel right beside us.
"What are you doing?" he asked. "Pray! Pray very much!
The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High."
"How are we to make sacrifices?" I asked.
"Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Angel Guardian, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you."
These words were indelibly impressed upon our minds. They were like a light which made us understand who God is, how He loves us and desires to be loved, the value of sacrifice, how pleasing it is to Him and how, on account of it, He grants the grace of conversion to sinners. It was for this reason that we began, from then on, to offer to the Lord all that mortified us, without, however, seeking out other forms of mortification and penance, except that we remained for hours on end with our foreheads touching the ground, repeating the prayer the Angel had taught us.
It seems to me that the third Apparition must have been in October, or towards the end of September, as we were no longer returning home for siesta.
As I have already written in my account of Jacinta, we went one day from Pregueira (a small olive grove belonging to my parents) to the Lapa, making our way along the slope of the hill on the side facing Aljustrel and Casa Velha. We said our Rosary there and the prayer the Angel had taught us at the first Apparition.
Lucia's Last Vision
While we were there, the Angel appeared to us for the third time, holding a chalice in his hands, with a host above it from which some drops of blood were falling into the sacred vessel. Leaving the chalice and the host suspended in the air, the Angel prostrated on the ground and repeated this prayer three times:
"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners."
Then, rising, he once more took the chalice and the host in his hands. He gave the host to me, and to Jacinta and Francisco he gave the contents of the chalice to drink, saying as he did so: "Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God. Once again, he prostrated on the ground and repeated with us three times more, the same prayer "Most Holy Trinity...", and then disappeared.
Impelled by the power of the supernatural that enveloped us, we imitated all that the Angel had done, prostrating ourselves on the ground as he did and repeating the prayers that he said. The force of the presence of God was so intense that it absorbed us and almost completely annihilated us. It seemed to deprive us even of the use of our bodily senses for a considerable length of time. During those days, we performed all our exterior actions as though guided by that same supernatural being who was impelling us thereto. The peace and happiness which we felt were great, but wholly interior, for our souls were completely immersed in God. The physical exhaustion that came over us was also great.
I do not know why, but the Apparitions of Our Lady produced in us very different effects. We felt the same intimate joy, the same peace and happiness, but instead of physical prostration, an expansive ease of movement; instead of this annihilation in the Divine Presence, a joyful exultation; instead of the difficulty in speaking, we felt a certain communicative enthusiasm. Despite these feelings, however, we felt inspired to be silent, especially concerning certain things.
Whenever I was interrogated, I experienced an interior inspiration which directed me how to answer, without either failing in truth or revealing what should remain hidden for the time being. In this respect, I still have just this one doubt: "Should I not have said everything in the canonical enquiry?" But I have no scruples about having kept silence, because at that time I had as yet no realization of the importance of this particular interrogation. I regarded it, at the time, as being just like the many other interrogations to which I was accustomed. The only thing I thought strange was the order to take the oath. But as it was my confessor who told me to do so, and as I was swearing to the truth, I took the oath without any difficulty. Little did I suspect, at that moment, that the devil would make the most of this, in order to torment me with endless scruples later on. But, thank God, all that is over now.
There was yet another reason which confirmed me in my conviction that I did well to remain silent. In the course of the canonical enquiry, one of the interrogators, Rev. Dr. Marques dos Santos, thought he could extend somewhat his questionnaire, and began therefore to ask more searching questions. Before answering, I looked enquiringly at my confessor. His Reverence saved me from my predicament, and answered on my behalf. He reminded the interrogator that he was exceeding his rights in this matter.
Almost the same thing happened when I was questioned by Rev. Dr. Fischer. He had the authorization of Your Excellency and of Rev. Mother Provincial, and seemed to have the right to question me on everything. But, thank God, he came accompanied by my confessor. At a given moment, he put to me a carefully studied question about the Secret. I felt perplexed, and did not know how to answer. I glanced towards my confessor; he understood me and answered for me. The interrogator understood also, and confined himself to picking up some magazines lying nearby and holding them in front of my face. In this way, God was showing me that the moment appointed by Him had not yet arrived.
I shall now go on to write about the Apparitions of Our Lady. I shall not delay over the circumstances that preceded or followed them, since Rev. Dr. Galamba has kindly dispensed me from doing so.
The 13 of June, 1917
As soon as Jacinta, Francisco and I had finished praying the Rosary, with a number of other people who were present, we saw once more the flash reflecting the light which was approaching (which we called lightning). The next moment, Our Lady was there on the holmoak, exactly the same as in May.
"What do you want of me?" I asked.
"I wish you to come here on the 13th of next month, to pray the Rosary every day, and to learn to read. Later, I will tell you what I want."
I asked for the cure of a sick person.
"If he is converted, he will be cured during the year."
"I would like to ask you to take us to heaven."
"Yes. I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart."
"Am I to stay here alone?" I asked, sadly.
"No, my daughter. Are you suffering a great deal? Don't lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God."
As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands and for the second time, she communicated to us the rays of that same immense light. We saw ourselves in this light, as it were, immersed in God. Jacinta and Francisco seemed to be in that part of the light which rose towards heaven, and I in that which was poured out on the earth. In front of the palm of Our Lady's right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation.
You know now, Your Excellency, what we referred to when we said that Our Lady had revealed a secret to us in June. At the time, Our Lady did not tell us to keep it secret, but we felt moved to do so by God.
The 13 of July, 1917
A few moments after arriving at the Cova da Iria, near the holmoak, where a large number of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the flash of light once more, and a moment later Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
"What do you want of me? I asked.
"I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you."
"I would like to ask you to tell us who you are, and to work a miracle so that everybody will believe that you are appearing to us."
"Continue to come here every month. In October, I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe."
I then made some requests, but I cannot recall now just what they were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it was necessary for such people to pray the Rosary in order to obtain these graces during the year.
And she continued:
"Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice: O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved; etc... Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.
"When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need."
After this, there was a moment of silence, and then I asked:
"Is there anything more that you want of me?"
"No, I do not want anything more of you today."
Then, as before Our Lady began to ascend towards the east, until she finally disappeared in the immense distance of the firmament.
The 13th of August, 1917
As I have already said what happened on this day, I will not delay over it here, but pass on to the Apparition which, in my opinion, took place on the 15th in the afternoon. As at that time I did not yet know how to reckon the days on the month, it could be that I am mistaken. But I still have an idea that it took place on the very day that we arrived back from Vila Nova de Ourem.
I was accompanied by Francisco and his brother John. We were with the sheep in a place called Valinhos, when we felt something supernatural approaching and enveloping us. Suspecting that Our Lady was about to appear to us, and feeling sorry lest Jacinta might miss seeing her, we asked her brother to go and call her. As he was unwilling to go, I offered him two small coins, and off he ran.
Meanwhile, Francisco and I saw the flash of light, which we called lightning. Jacinta arrived, and a moment later, we saw Our Lady on a holmoak tree.
"What do you want of me?"
"I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day. In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe."
"What do you want done with the money that the people leave in the Cova da Iria?"
"Have two litters made. One is to be carried by you and Jacinta and two other girls dressed in white; the other one is to be carried by Francisco and three other boys. The money from the litters is for the "festa" of Our Lady of the Rosary, and what is left over will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here."
"I would like to ask you to cure some sick persons."
"Yes, I will cure some of them during the year."
Then, looking very sad, Our Lady said:
"Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them." And she began to ascend as usual towards the east.
The 13th of September, 1917
As the hour approached, I set out with Jacinta and Francisco, but owing to the crowds around us we could only advance with difficulty. The roads were packed with people, and everyone wanted to see us and speak to us. There was no human respect whatsoever. Simple folk, and even ladies and gentlemen, struggled to break through the crowd that pressed around us. No sooner had they reached us than they threw themselves on their knees before us, begging us to place their petitions before Our Lady. Others who could not get close to us shouted from a distance:
"For the love of God, ask Our Lady to cure my son who is a cripple!" Yet another cried out: "And to cure mine who is blind!... To cure mine who is deaf!... To bring back my husband, my son, who has gone to the war!... To convert a sinner!... To give me back my health as I have tuberculosis!" and so on.
All the afflictions of poor humanity were assembled there. Some climbed up to the tops of trees and walls to see us go by, and shouted down to us. Saying yes to some, giving a hand to others and helping them up from the dusty ground, we managed to move forward, thanks to some gentlemen who went ahead and opened a passage for us through the multitude.
Now, when I read in the New Testament about those enchanting scenes of Our Lord's passing through Palestine, I think of those which Our Lord allowed me to witness, while yet a child, on the poor roads and lanes from Aljustrel to Fatima and on to the Cova da Iria! I give thanks to God, offering Him the faith of our good Portuguese people, and I think: "If these people so humbled themselves before three poor children, just because they were mercifully granted the grace to speak to the Mother of God, what would they not do it they saw Our Lord Himself in person before them?"
Well, none of this was called for here! It was a distraction of my pen, leading me away where I did not mean to go. But, never mind! It's just another useless digression. I am not tearing it out, so as not to spoil the notebook.
At last, we arrived at the Cova da Iria, and on reaching the holmoak we began to say the Rosary with the people. Shortly afterwards, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
"Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October Our Lord will come, as well as Our lady of Dolours and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices. He does not want you to sleep with the rope on, but only to wear it during the daytime."
"I was told to ask you many things, the cure of some sick people, of a deaf-mute..."
"Yes, I will cure some, but not others. In October I will perform a miracle so that all may believe."
Then Our lady began to rise as usual, and disappeared.
The 13th of October, 1917
We left home quite early, expecting that we would be delayed along the way. Masses of people thronged the roads. The rain fell in torrents. My mother, her heart torn with uncertainty as to what was going to happen, and fearing it would be the last day of my life, wanted to accompany me.
On the way, the scenes of the previous month, still more numbers and moving, were repeated. Not even the muddy roads could prevent these people from kneeling in the most humble and suppliant of attitudes. We reached the holmoak in the Cova da Iria. Once there, moved by an interior impulse, I asked the people to shut their umbrellas and say the Rosary. A little later, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
"What do you want of me?"
"I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes."
"I have many things to ask you: the cure of some sick persons, the conversion of sinners, and other things..."
"Some yes, but not others. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins."
Looking very say, Our Lady said:
"Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended."
Then, opening her hands, she made them reflect on the sun, and as she ascended, the reflection of her own light continued to be projected on the sun itself.
Here, Your Excellency, is the reason why I cried out to the people to look at the sun. My aim was not to call their attention to the sun, because I was not even aware of their presence. I was moved to do so under the guidance of an interior impulse.
After Our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our Lady; it seemed to me that it was Our Lady of Dolours. Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel.
Here then, Your Excellency, you have the story of the Apparitions of Our Lady in the Cova da Iria, in 1917. Whenever and for whatever motive I had to speak of them, I sought to do so in as few words as possible, with the desire of keeping to myself alone those more intimate aspects which were so difficult for me to reveal. But as they belong to God and not to me, and as He now, through Your Excellency, requires them of me, here they are. I return what does not belong to me. To the best of my knowledge, I keep nothing back. I think I have only omitted some minor details referring to the petitions which I made. As these were merely material things, I did not attach such great importance to them, and it is perhaps because of this that they did not make such a vivid impression on my mind; and then there were so many of them, so very many! It was possibly because I was so anxious to remember the innumerable graces that I had to ask of Our Lady, that I was mistaken when I understood that the war would end on that very 13th.
Not a few people have expressed considerable surprise at the memory that God has deigned to give me. In this matter indeed I have, through His infinite goodness, been quite favored in every respect. Where supernatural things are concerned, this is not to be wondered at, for these are imprinted on the mind in such a way that it is almost impossible to forget them. At least, the meaning of what is made known is never forgotten, unless it be that God also wills that this too be forgotten.
The text which follows is a document written by Sister Lucia, in the third person, towards the end of 1927, at the request of her spiritual director, Rev. Fr. P. Aparicio, S. J. Shortly after this apparition, which took place in her cell on the 10th of December, 1925, Sister Lucia wrote out a first account of it, which she herself later destroyed. This present document, therefore, is a second account. It is exactly the same as the first, except for the fact that she added the introductory paragraph, dated 17th of December, 1927, in which she explained how she received authorization from heaven to make known part of the secret.
We have entitled this document: "Text of the great promise of the Heart of Mary". Truly, it is the expression of the merciful and gratuitous Will of God, offering us a sure and easy way of salvation, given that it is supported by the most sound catholic tradition concerning the saving efficacy of Mary's intercession.
This text tells us the conditions required in order to respond to Our Lady's appeal for the Five First Saturdays of the month, in reparation for the injuries committed against the Heart of Mary. Nor should this deeper intention of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary ever be forgotten.
TEXT OF THE GREAT PROMISE OF THE HEART OF MARY, IN THE APPARITION AT PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN:
J. M. J.
On December 17th, 1927, she went before the tabernacle to ask Jesus how she should comply with what had been asked of her, that is, to say if the origin of the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was included in the Secret that the most holy Virgin had confided to her.
Jesus made her hear very distinctly these words: "My daughter, write what they ask of you. Write also all that the most holy Virgin revealed to you in the Apparition, in which she spoke of this devotion. As for the remainder of the Secret, continue to keep silence."
What was confided on this subject in 1917, is as follows:
She asked for them to be taken to heaven, and the most holy Virgin answered: "Yes. I will take Jacinta and Francisco soon. But you* are to stay here some time longer. Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise salvation to those who embrace it, and these souls will be loved by God, like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne."
"Am I to stay here all alone?" she asked, sadly.
"No, daughter. I shall never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God."
On December 10th, 1925, the most holy Virgin appeared to her, and by her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a child. The most holy Virgin rested her hand on her shoulder, and as she did so, she showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which she was holding in her other hand. At the same time, the Child said:
"Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them."
Then the most holy Virgin said:
"Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at very moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
On February 15th, 1926, the Infant Jesus appeared to her again. He asked her if she had already spread the devotion to His most holy Mother. She told Him of the confessor's difficulties, and said that Mother Superior was prepared to propagate it, but that the confessor had said that she, alone, could do nothing.
"It is true that your Superior alone can do nothing, but with my grace, she can do all."
She placed before Jesus the difficulty that some people had about confessing on Saturday, and asked that it might be valid to go to confession within eight days.
"Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
She then asked:
"My Jesus, what about those who forget to make this intention?"
"They can do so at their next confession, taking advantage of the first opportunity to go to confession."
Some days later, Sister Lucia wrote down a full account of this apparition, which was sent to Msgr. Manuel Pereira Lopes, afterwards Vicar General of the Diocese of Porto, who had been Lucia's confessor during her stay at Vilar do Oporto. This unpublished document was inserted by Rev. Dr. Sebastido Martins dos Reis in his book entitled: "A Life in the Service of Fatima" cf. pp. 336-357.
On the 15th (of February 1926), 1 was very busy at my work, and was not thinking of this at all. I went to throw out a pan full of rubbish beyond the vegetable garden, in the same place where, some months earlier, I had met a child. I had asked him if he knew the Hail Mary, and he said he did, whereupon I requested him to say it so that I could hear him. But, as he made no attempt to say it by himself, I said it with him three times over, at the end of which I asked him to say it alone. But as he remained silent and was unable to say the Hail Mary alone, I asked him if he knew where the Church of Santa Maria was, to which he replied that he did. I told him to go there every day and to say this: 0 my heavenly Mother, give me your Child Jesus! I taught him this, and then left him.
On the 15th of February, 1926, going there as usual, I found a child who seemed to me to be the same one whom I had previously met, so I questioned him:
"Did you ask our heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?"
The child turned to me and said:
"And have you spread through the world what our heavenly Mother requested of you?"
With that, he was transformed into a resplendent Child.
Knowing then that it was Jesus, I said:
"My Jesus, You know very well what my confessor said to me in the letter I read to You. He told me that it was necessary for this vision to be repeated, for further happenings to prove its credibility, and he added that Mother Superior, on her own, could do nothing to propagate this devotion."
"It is true your Superior alone can do nothing, but with my grace she can do all. It is enough that your confessor gives you permission and that your Superior speak of it, for it to be believed, even without people knowing to whom it has been revealed."
"But my confessor said in the letter that this devotion is not lacking in the world, because there are many souls who receive You on the First Saturdays, in honour of Our Lady and of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary."
"It is true, my daughter, that many souls begin the First Saturdays, but few finish them, and those who do complete them do so in order to receive the graces that are promised thereby. It would please me more if they did Five with fervour and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother, than if they did Fifteen, in a tepid and indifferent manner..."
*We respect Sister Lucia's wish here, in that, having written her own name, she then erased it, but not so completely as to render it illegible.
DEATH OF SISTER LUCIA
Date: Sunday, 13 February 2005, 2:59 p.m.
Last witness of Fatima apparitions dies
Sister Lucia, the last survivor of the three shepherd children to whom the Virgin Mary is said to have made a series of apparitions in 1917, has died aged 97, state television RTP has reported
She had lived in virtual isolation since 1948 in an old convent in the central Portuguese city of Coimbra that houses the order of the Carmelita Sisters, where she dedicated her life to prayer and meditation.
Named Lucia de Jesus dos Santos when she was born on March 22, 1907, in recent years she suffered from blindness and deafness.
The station says she died at the convent, citing a spokeswoman for the order.
Sister Lucia was just 10 when she and her two cousins, Francisco Marto and his sister Jacinta, said they saw the Virgin for the first time in a field near the town of Fatima on May 13, 1917.
Lucia, the only one of the three children who was able to hear what the Virgin said, wrote two memoirs about the series of apparitions that occurred throughout 1917.
The apparitions made Fatima one of Catholicism's most revered sites and thousands of faithful flock to a shrine which has been built on the site where the apparitions are said to have taken place each year.
Pope John Paul II attributes to Our Lady of Fatima his survival of an assassination attempt in 1981 and has since then visited the shrine several times.
Sister Lucia last spoke in public in May 2000 when the Pope travelled to Fatima to beatify Francisco and Jacinta.
See: 10-7-04 - DAVID
BOOTH RELEASES THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA
THE SECOND INTERVIEW NAMES THE ANTI-CHRIST
POPE REVEALS THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
GARABANDAL: For whom the Bells Toll!
We now arrive in the Marian Apparitions timetable at 1961, a time when rumors were beginning to circulate that change was in the wind as Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council. The politics surrounding Garabandal during those and subsequent years prevented the dire messages from being taken seriously, but in recent times the bishop has been more open to examining the content and giving credibility to what Our Lady imparted to the four young visionaries in this mountainous community in northeastern Spain. The interesting aspect of these messages are that they are meant for our times in the late nineties and that they are intricately related through the saintly Padre Pio who is up for Beatification. Yes, the timing is right for the messages of Garabandal, with the increased concern about the Warning and the Miracle promised at Garabandal and affirmed by a multitude of other visionaries. In the next several installments we are going to attempt to show how the Warning and the Miracle are intertwined in Gods master plan for in each ensuing apparition or message, Our Lady, in this Age of Marian Apparitions, unveils another piece of the overall "puzzle" in her on-going crusade to bring all her children back to her Divine Son.
Though the timing of the first Garabandal apparition was twenty years before the daily visits began in Medjugorje, they are intricately linked as are the messages of Betania, Akita and countless other sites and messages to messengers the world over. Just how closely the "Ten Secrets" of Medjugorje relate to the messages of Garabandal and the Warning, no one except the visionaries really know for sure, but we do know that the parallel of Garabandal to Medjugorje is no coincidence.
Twenty years before Our Lady appeared to six children in the small village of Medjugorje, the Blessed Mother appeared to four children in the even smaller village of San Sebastian de Garabandal in the northernmost mountain region of Spain. Like Medjugorje, Garabandal is less than a hundred miles from the coast; like Medjugorje, Garabandal is nestled between the mountains: like Medjugorje, the villagers were poor farmers whose faith was strong, yet simple. And yet it was this unpretentious hamlet Our Blessed Mother chose to impart her most powerful message since LaSalette and Fatima.
The sixties had just dawned. It was a time when the "age of innocence" was about to be transformed into the "age of guile and deceit". The era of "Camelot" was soon to become Mordreds dungeon for the sinister sin of abortion was just coming into its own, sexual mores would be stretched to their limits, and the world would turn further away from God, committing sins that would cause many tears of sorrow and cry out for Justice. In addition, the Second Vatican Council had been called.
Little did anyone realize that from the authentic good fruits of the Spirit how the evil one would afterwards confuse the faithful through those within the Church who had sold their souls to the prince of darkness.
Our Blessed Mother knew this was all just over the horizon when she began appearing to four young girls- Mari Loli Mazon, Conchita Gonzalez and Jacinta Gonzalez- all twelve years old at the time of the first apparitions-and Maria-Cruz Gonzalez, age eleven. Though the three shared the same surname, they were not related. Like the young visionaries in Medjugorje two decades later, these girls had been up to innocent, but mischievous fun-stealing apples on the hillside above the some seventy rough-tiled homes in the village. As their consciences got the best of them, their imagination took over and they thought they saw an angel on the evening of June 18, 1961. Indeed, they did, and he reappeared silently for the next week to them in the same spot. This Heavenly messenger had come to prepare the children for a cornucopia of visits from the Mother of God.
Just as he did at Fatima when he announced he was the "Angel of Peace", this time he identified himself as St. Michael the Archangel! The Guardian of the Faith had come to tell these elementary school girls that the Mother of God would soon appear to them. Early on the evening of July 1, 1961 St. Michael appeared again to the four and heralded that Mary would soon appear to them as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Garabandal, Spain - June 18, 1961.
A mountain village in northwest Spain where on June 18, 1961, four young girls witnessed an apparition. Conchita Gonzalez reported a vision of the archangel Michael who announced that the Blessed Virgin would appear to them beginning July 2.
There were more than two thousand alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin which lasted until 1965. During those apparitions, the actions of the children were filmed by Spanish, Italian, and British networks. In one of the films an invisible host materialized and became visible in the mouth of one of the children. In the conversations between the children and the Blessed Virgin, she mentioned an era of great chastisement, but there would first be a warning, and then a sign that would be left in the pines of Garabandal.
The prophecy of the 'night of screams' given to, Conchita, Mary Loli Mazon, Mary Cruz, and Hachinta by the Virgin Mary.
Beginning in 1961 the four girls began having visions of the Virgin Mary. After four years and thousands of these experiences, they were given a look at the future, during which they were screaming and crying. What they were shown was a time when no motors will operate anywhere in the world. There will be terrible heat. People will be looking for water and not be able to find it. They will attempt to kill each other over the lack of these resources. The girls were told that 8 days prior to this event, she (Mother Mary) would appear to them, so that they may announce a warning to the people.
If it should occur that all the engines in the world stopped running, it would most likely be due to some kind of electromagnetic interference. If this is the case, then nothing electrical will work. No computers, no communications, and no electricity from the power grids. We will be thrown back into the 'dark' ages in one fell swoop. There will be no water, because the pumps will not work to bring it from the wells or the reservoirs.
True to St. Michael's word to the young visionaries Mari Loli Mazon, Conchita Gonzalez, Jacinta Gonzales, and Maria-Cruz Gonzalez the Blessed Mother did appear to the four girls around 6 pm on Sunday, July 2 as many had gathered at the "cuadro" - the primitive hewn stone enclosure erected on the spot where St. Michael had appeared to the girls and which had been constructed to prevent the crowds from crushing in on the children while in ecstasy. This area was half way up the hill between the famous clump of pine trees and the village below. In the Blessed Mothers first visit to the girls, she was flanked by St. Michael and another angel of the same stature. The children were unafraid and launched into a healthy conversation with Our Lady, even causing the Blessed Virgin to chuckle. Yet they were always reverent, but as children are wont to be, very naïve to protocol.
Though there were many words throughout her visit, Our Lady showed them symbols and pictures to better emphasize the impact of her message. An example of this was the First Formal Message on July 4, 1961 when Mary told them "The Cup is already filling."" Simultaneously they saw in vision a large chalice with drops of the Precious Blood dripping into the cup. At Our Blessed Mothers request, the message was not released to the public until October 18 of that year. The message said:
"We must make many sacrifices, perform much penance and visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently. But first, we must lead good lives. If we do not, a chastisement will befall us. The cup is already filling up and if we do not change, a very great chastisement will come upon us." The Second Formal Message was a follow-up to this one which we will deal with later in this article and which reiterates mankinds spiritual procrastination - very similar to her message today throughout the world as well as her ongoing communiqués in Medjugorje.
Just as Father Jozo Zovko wavered in the early going as to whether Our Lady was really appearing before he took the six Yugoslavian visionaries under his wing once he realized the apparitions were of God, so also the local priest Father Valentin Marichalar harbored some doubts at first, then began to believe as he heard the miraculous accounts from the children and their parents as well as witnessing, with others, the girls ecstatic trances. Though this seemingly convinced him and many of his companions and villagers that the children were not fabricating their tale, doubts still cropped up from time to time for he, though a priest, was, like all of us, only human.
Early tests on the visionaries were performed from shining bright lights in their eyes to pricking them with pins to scientific testing and pulse taking. Through it all they didnt blink. Though there were those who ridicules the girls, there were those who truly believed, especially after they witnessed these ecstatic trances.
These phenomena were beyond any natural rationalization and Garabandal did indeed have a
baffling prodigy to deal with. In a perplexed state, they grappled with the question if the causes were supernatural or preternatural. The former seemed the consensus since during these visions and dialogue, the children underwent a physical change whisked away from this world spiritually and mentally as their bodies were immune to any natural stimuli inflicted upon them.
Just as the Rosary as a focal point at LaSalette, Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje, Betania, etc., so also was the Rosary a link for the visionaries at Garabandal. They were praying the beads when St. Michael first appeared to them. It became the ritual prior to every apparition after that. Soon all who gathered at the cuardo recited the Holy Rosary with the visionaries. When Mary appeared, hovering slightly above them, all four girls tilted their heads back simultaneously and fell into an ecstasy that transcends all explanation.
They described Our Lady when they recounted to reporters that, "She comes wearing a white robe, a blue mantle and a crown of golden stars; her hands are outstretched with a brown scapular, except when she has the infant Jesus in her arms. Her dark chestnut hair is long and parted in the middle. Her face is rather long, with a very dainty nose. Her mouth is very pretty, with slightly full lips. She looks about seventeen and is tallish, and theres no other voice like hers."
The Blessed Virgin asked the children that she be venerated as "Our Lady of Mount Carmel of
Garabandal." Whenever she appeared the children became oblivious to time spent in heavenly rapture or the surrounding environment. Yet when the mountain breezes blew during the visions, Our Ladys hair would fall almost in a cascade to her waist and her veil would waft with the wind.
Also, the children knew when Our Lady would come through inner locutions for she was calling them. This came to be known as a summons or "llamada." Whenever Mary was coming she would call them three times in this manner first. This specific manifestation of beckoning enabled the children to be very patient, whereas their colleagues, villagers and pilgrims showed an impatience at how casually the visionaries would tarry before going to the place of apparitions.
For the first two weeks in July of 1961 the visions were sporadic, but as time went on Our Lady came more frequently, sometimes several times in one day. Most of the messages she imparted were private, much like the Medjugorje visionaries. Some of these private missives have been divulged by Conchita in her Diaries. In various interviews the other visionaries have revealed more facets of what Our Lady said. The unique feature about the Garabandal apparitions is that there were nearly 2,000 and that Our Lady practically "lived" in the village for two years, constantly communicating with the girls through locution and visions which lasted from June 18, 1961 to November 18, 1965.
June 24, 1981
by: Antonio Gaspari
The Vatican is undecided. Catholic bishops are divided. Critics warn that popular devotion is being manipulated...
And yet-15 years after the first claimed apparitions, and despite the bitter Bosnian war which devastated the surrounding area, the pilgrims continue to come-no, to Medjugorje. By the millions. They are seeking the Virgin Mother of God, Mary Most Holy, and they believe Mary is appearing in Medjugorje.
In spite of the skepticism of agnostics, the doubts of Christians, and a fair amount of official Church disapproval, the pilgrims continue to seek out the place where six young Medjugorje visionaries (now, after 15 years, married with children of their own), have "seen" and "heard" the Virgin every day for a decade and a half.
Let us begin at the end, with the fruits. The Medjugorje phenomenon, by all accounts, has already produced spiritual fruits in great abundance. Letters, oral testimonies, even medical certificates, attest to miraculous healings, unexpected conversions and renewed faith. In Medjugorje's wake, Catholic radio and television programs have sprung up, and new prayer groups and religious movements are being formed.
This is, from one perspective, highly "counter-cultural." On the threshold of the Third Millennium, just as technology and science are facilitating greater understanding and control of our physical world, miracles, supernatural events and apparitions are multiplying at a dizzying rate. And it is making some Catholic intellectuals a bit uncomfortable. After the Second Vatican Council, some of them predicted "Lourdes will disappear." But Lourdes attracts more visitors every year. And the pattern is worldwide.
Although the Marxist Yugoslav state and then the local bishop discouraged visits to Medjugorje, the phenomenon has met with phenomenal worldwide interest and support. At the same time, miraculous apparitions have been reported and greeted by religious fervor in many other places: Akita in Japan, Kibeco in Rwanda, Cua in Nicaragua, San Nicolas in Argentina, and Finca Betania in Venezuela.
Is all this a "sign of the times"? A signal that the Lord is sending to show mankind how false is the idea that the world can get by without God? Or something else? In this report, focuses on Medjugorje in a preliminary attempt to answer some of these questions.
THE FIRST APPARITIONS
Between June 24 and June 26, 1981, first two, then six children (now adults) from the Bosnian village of Medjugorje, not far from the city of Mostar, reported seeing, first an effulgence of bright light, then a vision of the Virgin Mary. These six young people were: Ivanka Ivankovic (15 years), Mirjana Dragicevic (16), Vicka Ivankovic (16), Ivan Dragicevic (16), Marija Pavlovic (16) and Jakov Colo (10).
The apparitions were repeated and soon prompted a strong response from the then-Marxist state: the six were subjected to intense questioning by doctors and psychologists. The results of these analyses were negative. The doctors found no evidence of any kind of hoax. The boys and girls were not ill. They were not lying. They were of average intelligence from normal farming families, "no better or worse than others their age." They showed no signs of any psychological disorders.
In the initial phase, the Bishop of Mostar, Monsignor Pavao Zanic, was sympathetic to the young visionaries. On July 25, 1981, he made a statement to the press to the effect that: "No one has forced them or influenced them in any manner. These are six normal children; they are not lying; they express themselves from the depth of their hearts. Are we dealing here with a personal vision or a supernatural occurrence? It is hard to say. However, it is certain that they are not lying."
However, for reasons still not entirely clear, Bishop Zanic almost immediately changed his attitude, becoming the main critic and opponent of the Medjugorje apparitions. Nonetheless, the six continued to experience apparitions. Even today, four of the "Medjugorje seers" continue to experience daily apparitions of the Madonna.
HOW THE APPARITIONS OCCUR
The apparitions come about in a very simple, spontaneous manner. The children wait, reciting the rosary. They enter the sacristy just before the last part of the Rosary, praying out loud along with the crowd. Then, suddenly, they kneel down simultaneously. They look upwards, in the same direction, with hopeful, tranquil expressions. Their lips move as if they are speaking, but they make no sounds.
Where their glances converge indicates the location of the apparition at a point very close to them. In general, the apparitions last from one to three minutes; then their voices become audible again. After coming out of their ecstatic trance, the visionaries report the Virgin's words to the assembled pilgrims.
Experiments on the children in ecstasy, for instance pressure on Vicka's arm, or lifting up the smaller Jakov, have not evoked the slightest reaction, not even a change of expression. Jakov's knees bent again in prayer when he was released.
Studies conducted by a medical team from the University of Montpellier, France, led by Henri Joyeux, member of the French Surgeons' Academy and recipient of international medical awards, and another group, led by the Italian Marco Margnelli, specialist in investigating visions, have ascertained that, while in contemplation the Medjugorje teenagers were not dreaming, sleeping with open eyes, or in epileptic or cataleptic states. It is interesting to note that Professor Margnelli, a convinced Marxist, converted to Catholicism after his Medjugorje experience.
The Medjugorje visionaries remain functional while losing contact with the ordinary world. All their physical functions, including photometric and other reflexes, remain unaltered. The individuals speak, converse or pray with the Madonna, never losing their equilibrium, and return from their ecstasy without trauma.
The most incredible aspect of the Medjugorje phenomenon is that, at a distance of 15 years, the six visionaries remain simple, healthy and joyous individuals without neurotic symptoms. This is especially surprising since they have been subjected to interrogations, interviews, psychological and medical analyses, and pressure from both the State and the Church. They are apparently free from the temptations and pressures which often accompany world fame and popularity.
|SIGHTINGS OF UFOS PRIOR TO ROSWELL
The Dunbar sighting of 1800 will add to the hundreds of other reports from before 1900. The effects of contemporary technology on interpretation have been discussed several times; Ezekiel saw a flying throne, and in the Middle Ages, peasants saw glowing spherical chariots landing, spewing forth angels. In the great wave of 1896-97, thousands of people from San Francisco to the Midwest saw airships," with gondolas, paddle wheels, and fins.
Hundreds gather to see milk miracle
Reported by Andy Cobley
Seen in Dundee Evening Telegraph on 22 September 1995
Hundreds of people have been queuing at a Hindu templein west London hoping to witness a miracle- Statues of gods drinking milk.
Early today 500 people were waiting to witness the "miracle", many of them carrying cartons and bottles of milk. A priest at the Vishwa Temple in Southall first reported seeing statues of Hindu gods drinking milk.
As word spread yesterday hundreds of people besieged the temple. Roshan Lal Bhanbari chairman of the temple, said he first heard about milk-drinking idols in India and he asked his priest if anything had happened at the Vishwa temple.
"When we put a spoon of milk up to the lips of the deity the milk disappeared in seconds" he said. Mr Bhanbari said it was the first time anything like this had happened since the Vishwa temple was established in 1978.
He said the statue of Nandi-th bull on which the Hindu deity Lord Shiva rides- was performing the "miracle", but other people reported that another statue in the temple, that of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god of wisdom was also sipping milk.
THE WORLD-WIDE MILK MIRACLES:
". . . a sign that a great Soul has descended"
"He is going to flood the world with such happenings that the mind can never comprehend it." (Maitreya's associate in SHARE INTERNATIONAL, July 1992)
On Thursday 21 September the news swept around the world of the extraordinary miracles of milk-drinking Hindu statues. Never before in history has a simultaneous miracle occurred on such a global scale. Television, radio and newspapers eagerly covered this unique phenomenon, and even skeptical journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the gods -- and watched, humbled, as the milk disappeared. The media coverage was extensive, and although scientists and 'experts' created theories of "capillary absorption" and "mass hysteria", the overwhelming evidence and conclusion was that an unexplainable miracle had occurred.
It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts of Delhi, India, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh just disappeared into thin air. Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon thousands were offering milk to the gods and watching in amazement as it disappeared. Life in India was brought to a virtual standstill as people rushed to temples to see for themselves the drinking gods. Others claimed that small statues in millions of homes around the country were also drinking the offerings of milk.
At one of Delhi's largest temples, the Birla Mandir, Pandit Sunderlal was just coming on duty at 5.30am when he got a call telling him of the miracle in the suburbs. "I went and took a spoon of milk and put it to Ganesh's mouth. He drank it and it became empty. Then I gave Shiva a drink too."
Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled to control crowds who gathered outside hundreds of temples with jugs and saucepans of milk for the marble statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom and learning, and Shiva, his father, God the Destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Across Delhi, society ladies with silver jugs and tumblers full of milk were standing alongside uneducated labouring women in mile-long queues, awaiting their turn.
At one Delhi temple a priest said more than 5,000 people had visited his temple: "We are having a hard time managing the crowds." A Delhi housewife who had waited two hours to feed the white marble statue of Ganesh said: "The evil world is coming to an end and maybe the Gods are here to help us." Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought it was rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But then I did it myself. I swear that the spoon was drained." Parmeesh Soti, a company executive, was convinced it was a miracle. "It cannot be a hoax. Where would all that milk go to? It just disappeared in front of my eyes."
Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based journalist, reported that: "Inside the darkened shrine, people held stainless steel cups and clay pots to the central figure of the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and his snake companion, and watched the milk levels ebb. Although some devotees force-fed the idol enthusiastically, the floor was fairly dry."
India was in pandemonium. The Government shut down for several hours, and trading ground to a halt on stock markets in Bombay and New Delhi as millions in homes and temples around the country offered milk to the gods.
Very soon the news spread to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. Reports were flooding in from all over the world. In Hong Kong more than 800 people converged on the Hindu temple in Happy Valley to witness the drinking statues of Krishna and Brahma alongside the small silver statue of Ganesh which priests claimed had drunk 20 litres of milk.
In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported miracles taking place in temples and homes around the country. At the Vishwa Temple in Southall, London, 10,000 people in 24 hours witnessed the 15-inch statue of the bull Nandi and a bronze statue of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups and spoons. Sushmith Jaswal, aged 20, said she was skeptical at first but her doubts vanished with the milk. "It was like a blessing," she said. Nita Mason also witnessed the statue and said, "It is a miracle -- God is trying to show people that he is here." Girish Desai, a bank worker from Edgware said: "I had heard reports but didn't believe it. But I experienced it myself. I held a spoonful of milk to the lips of one of the idols . . . and the statue started sipping it. The milk disappeared as I watched it."
At the Geeta Bhavan Temple in Manchester a 3-inch silver Ganesh lapped up the milk. Rakesh Behl, 35, fed the silver elephant several times and said: "Did you see how quickly Ganesh drank? How can anyone not believe this miracle? This has really inspired my faith." At the Southall home of Asha Ruparelia, 42, a clay statue of Ganesh was drinking the milk in her living room: "It has drunk 20 pints of milk since last night. Nearly 600 people have come round to see it."
Another amazing manifestation occurred at a major Hindu temple in Wimbledon, South London. There, milk offerings to the statue of Ganesh disappeared, and, simultaneously, in a shrine room containing a large photograph of Sai Baba, vibhuti (holy ash) poured from Sai Baba's forehead, and amrit (nectar) flowed from His feet.
Many journalists actively participated in these miraculous events. Rebecca Mae, a DAILY EXPRESS journalist, wrote: "I had a good view from the side and all I can say is that the statue appeared to suck in half a spoonful while it was held level by the worshipper. The rest was sipped reverently by the devotee. A photographer from a national tabloid newspaper was right in front of the statue. And he was convinced it was drinking the milk. He said he could see no mechanism to explain the phenomenon, after scrutinising it at length. As a lapsed Catholic I don't believe in stories of the Virgin Mary shedding tears. Indeed, I would say I was as skeptical as anyone -- but it's difficult to dismiss something you have seen for yourself."
Journalist Suzanne O'Shea also witnessed the miracle. "Following the example of others I knelt on the floor beside the statue of the bull and placed a dessert spoon filled with milk beside its mouth, steadying it with both hands. Within seconds the milk had virtually vanished, leaving just a drop in the spoon that was emptied into my hands so that I could bless myself. I tried a second time, and again the milk seemed to vanish from the spoon within seconds."
Rikee Verma, a journalist from THE TIMES newspaper, wrote: "Being a religious person, I first went to the upstairs bedroom . . . and placed a spoonful of milk against a photograph of Ganesh and was astonished to find within seconds that the spoon was half empty. I checked to make sure that the glass frame of the photograph was not wet. It was dry. I could not believe what I was seeing. This was clearly a message from the gods saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.' I then went to the Sri Ram Mandir [Temple] in Southall. . . . I placed a spoonful of milk underneath the trunk and within seconds the spoon was empty. . . . Others who had witnessed the miracle were filled with emotion. 'Our god has finally come to us,' one said."
While the media and scientists still struggle to find an explanation for these events, many Hindus believe they are a sign that a great teacher has been born. Journalist Rebecca Mae writes: "Most of the worshippers said they only went to the temple occasionally and were certainly not religious fanatics. But they were adamant that a new god had been born to save the world from evil." Krishna Anratar Dubey, a respected Indian astrologer, explained that according to Hindu mythology such miracles happen when a great Soul arrives in the world.
At the Southall temple in London where thousands had witnessed the miracles, the chairman Mr Bharbari offered his explanation. "All I know is that our Holy Book says that wherever evil prevails on earth then some great Soul will descend to remove the bondage of evil so that right shall reign. We believe this miracle, and those happening at other Hindu temples, may be a sign that a great Soul has descended, like Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ."
(Sources: THE GUARDIAN; THE INDEPENDENT; THE TIMES; THE TELEGRAPH; THE DAILY EXPRESS; THE DAILY MAIL; UK)
(Benjamin Creme's Master has explained that Maitreya and a group of Masters were responsible for these manifestations, while Sai Baba, Himself, created the vibhuti and amrit which flowed from his photograph in the Wimbledon temple. He also predicts that there will be even more amazing miracles in the very near future. These 'signs' are events co-ordinated with the imminent appearance of Maitreya on television. In His article in SHARE INTERNATIONAL July 1992, Benjamin Creme's Master forecast: "In time, even biased and cynical media will find it difficult to gainsay the experience of thousands that the 'age of miracles' has no end.")
[This article appeared in the November 1995 issue of SHARE INTERNATIONAL magazine.]
The Creatures of the Night
|The Evidence for Bigfoot|
"They no more exist then the Fae that our brethren believed in when they walked with us. With time comes knowledge and in all my time I've never known anything about these things than what the occasional movie shows."
"UFOs? Man, some people really lose it when they come into here. Still I suppose belief in anything beats this place. Mind you, if I ever ran into one of those guys, I'd follow him back to his ship.... Now that would be fun."
Gian Xio, Alchemist.
The Image to the
In our understanding of the image to the beast as noted in Revelation 13:14,15, it is necessary for us to see this time period of "The Time of The End" and the various participants who figure importantly during this time.
This period known as the Time of The End is a time of 1335 days (Dan. 12:11,12), and extends from the time the censer is hurled onto the earth from heaven (Rev. 8:5) and lasts until the Second Coming. Its ending is when Christ comes to free the trampled Israelites in Jerusalem and to collect the living saints.
Before Christ comes in all His glory at His Second Coming, He is revealed to every nation, kindred, tongue and people by a special group whom He selects for that very purpose. They are the 144,000 and in the Appendix I will present the reasons I believe that these are represented mostly by Gentile Christians. Those are the wild olive branches who have been grafted into the cultivated olive tree; the natural branches having been cut off due to unbelief -- the literal Israelites from the twelve tribes (Rom.11:17-20).
Now let us note carefully the series of events associated with the beginning of the Great Tribulation. It is during the same period of the reign of the Antichrist. He is the cause of the Great Tribulation. This time is the first 1260 (3-l/2 years) of our 1335 days of the time of the end.
The four winds that were about to blow on the earth represented the global catastrophes to be unleashed as announced by the Trumpets. This carnage is to be held up until the 144,000 are selected and sealed for their special work. Their special work must be confined to the time of the Great Tribulation. Their testimony is to last for 1260 days -- the same time period allotted for the Great Tribulation. They are sealed with a special filling of the Holy Spirit immediately before the winds of the Great Tribulation are released, and at the time they finish their testimony (3-l/2 years later) they are martyred by the beast from the abyss -- the counterfeit god. Three and a half days following their martyrdom they are resurrected and called up to heaven by a loud voice (Rev. 11:11,12).
Immediately following the rapturing of these witnesses to heaven the Seventh Trumpet sounds. The trumpets are sounded by God's seven angels to announce the catastrophes to be produced by the Antichrist. These represent the wrath of Satan. The Seventh Trumpet does not represent another of Satan's plagues, but is to announce the termination of the counterfeit's rule on this earth and the beginning of Christ's rule. Notice the declarations made by the Seventh Trumpet.
This pinpoints the ending of the reign by the Antichrist and the beginning of Christ's rule on this earth. Notice some of the statements of the 24 elders which followed:
These plagues which had just been completed could not be due to the wrath of God, because the statement "Your wrath has come" would represent the wrath announced by the Seventh Trumpet and the wrath that occurred prior to that time would have to be someone else's wrath. God's wrath is expressed in the Seven Last Plagues.
Note another statement by the 24 elders:
This is definitely referring to the 144,000 who are referred to as "your servants" and "your servants the prophets" throughout Revelation. How better could they be rewarded than rapturing them to heaven where they witness the earth going through the Seven Last Plagues? They are God's special representatives to warn the people of the earth about this evil impostor who claims to be above every god. Their main task is to tell the world The Gospel of Christ as their only door to salvation, which is in opposition to the claims of the Antichrist.
I believe the above gives a definite end point to the Antichrist's 3-l/2 year reign, but we need to see if we can identify its initiation in the same manner.
The Antichrist cannot decide to take over the earth whenever he wants, but must await God's timetable. This Antichrist represents Satan personified as a man. Just as God came to this earth and was personified as a man (Jesus) and had a ministry of 3-l/2 years, so Satan has been given equal time to be personified as a man and a ministry limited to 3-l/2 years to present his case to the world.
Jesus revealed God to be a God of love and compassion. Satan will be revealed through this god-man (wickedness revealed in human form -- 2 Thess. 2:3 NEB) as a wicked destroyer.
"Because of rebellion" -- This is speaking of the rebellion of the Israelites refusing to accept Christ as their savior for the past 2000 years.
"The host of the saints," -- These are the Israelites living in the Land of Israel at the end-time. They were turned over to and conquered by the Antichrist. Two-thirds of them were struck down and destroyed. Of the remaining one-third, 50% were exiled to all the nations of this evil Conglomerate (10), and the remaining 50% to be trampled on for 3-l/2 years in Jerusalem (Zech.13:8,9; 14;2).
"The daily sacrifice was given over to it." This represents the heavenly service of holding back the winds of the Great Tribulation. This was represented in the earthly sanctuary as the daily sacrifice which consisted of the evening-morning sacrifices. These sacrifices were to continue daily without interruption.
These sacrifices were to be performed each and every day
This giving of the daily sacrifice over to this evil entity was God's method of giving a rebellious earth its last wake-up call. In spite of His continuous outpouring of blessings and heaven's bounties, the inhabitants of the earth have been going deeper and deeper into open rebellion against God. Drastic conditions in man's spiritual condition require drastic medicine by God in His all-out effort to secure man's salvation, and to make sure that those who choose the impostor will be making a fully informed decision.
Immediately after turning this world over to the Antichrist for his short rule, we note that the restraints holding back the winds of strife are lifted:
We note that immediately following the angel hurling the incense-filled censer down from heaven to earth, indicating the daily sacrifices were given over to this counterfeit god, the first in a series of six plagues will be poured out on the earth. This first plague was fire hurled down upon the earth from the heavens and the tremendous devastation it produced.
We note from his description as the lamb-like beast of Revelation 13 that this will be one of his most impressive signs to let us know who we are dealing with.
It is not difficult to see how the majority of the earth, who are not aware of his coming or the extent of his powers will be completely deluded into believing that he is God; a claim that he persists in making and by his miracles, tries to prove.
I would like to show a possible connection with these manifestations, especially the first plague, with the apparitions of Mary that have been sending messages to her favorite church.
The most famous and best known apparition of Mary was to three shepherd children
in Portugal in 1917. According to Sr. Lucia -- the only one
still living of the three -- the message was in three secrets.
The first two have been published and propagated by the church. The
third secret is also composed of three distinct parts. In her (Sr.
Lucia's) memoirs written in 1941 she lists the first and second parts of
the third secret.
Apparently this refusal to publish this portion of the third secret has angered the apparitions of Mary. Some have felt that subsequent apparitions have left messages which represent this missing part of this third secret. Notice the comment in a Catholic source discussing the missing part of this third secret of Fatima:
Has the Blessed Mother revealed the third secret of Fatima in other messages? Many people who have studied those messages clearly believe that the Blessed Mother revealed it on 10/13/73 to Sr. Agnes Sasagawa at Akita, Japan. The apparitions at Akita have been approved by the local bishop. The message was as follows:
This does inform us that these apparitions of Mary will apparently have a close relationship with the "god" who brings down fire from heaven for the plague of the first trumpet. The apparition states that this will be the Father who will bring down this fire, and the Antichrist concurs:
I believe these Marian apparitions are a part of those miraculous signs and wonders that the lamb-like beast will produce to delude the world. I believe she, "Mary" will be a spokesperson for the Antichrist because she will be his product. I believe she will be featured more and more as time goes on and especially in the time of the Great Tribulation.
To understand how some of these end-time events are arranged we need to look at the type that was given for our study and understanding.
Babylon with Nebuchadnezzar the king were types of an end-time fulfillment. God used Babylon to destroy Jerusalem and kill off the majority of her inhabitants due to their persistent rebellion. Nebuchadnezzar took many exiles to Babylon and a remnant of them were protected by God and in time were freed to return and rebuild their homeland. There are many things that point to the same situation we are about to experience here. Since this study is about the Image to the Beast I want to focus our attention to an incident which occurred while the Israelites were exiles in Babylon. I believe it is a portent of things to come:
These are the representatives of his world empire as it existed at that time.
Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations, and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, etc..., you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
Read the entire chapter to see how the three Hebrew children remained faithful to God and refused to worship the golden image that the king had made and demanded everyone to worship.
Now let us look for the anti-type or the fulfillment of this incident, prophesied to occur and soon to be fulfilled. Notice the similarities in the prophecy regarding this counterfeit king in the end-time.
This lamb-like beast is a big step above Nebuchadnezzar. He not only sets up an impressive image, but he was able to give breath to the image so that it could speak. In a way that appears to be happening in these apparitions in the past, but the image that is still coming appears to be a fixture which remains and will have the power of speech.
This command to worship the image to the beast or be killed is also to be world-wide. It states that it will cause all who refuse to worship the image to be killed. Nebuchadnezzar had this apply to the world empire of his day which he controlled, and this end-time king will do the same and he will be the king of all the earth.
I believe the prophecy that Zechariah received from God (in Chapter 5) is definitely speaking of the end-time and about this same event.
Remember, this is an end-time event. Where is Babylonia in this time period? Certainly not Babylon of old. Remember Peter's greeting to the church in his first epistle which he wrote to them from Rome?
I believe this basket contains the woman that we have been receiving these messages from. The messages that this counterfeit god, who will be ruling the earth, has programmed her to speak. This would indicate that her abode will be in Rome -- the Modern Babylon. We even have a time schedule to let us know when this image will become set up and operational.
Now we know that the daily sacrifice is abolished at the time the incense-filled golden censer is hurled onto the earth. This censer was an essential item in carrying out these daily services as required. (Presenting a pleasing aroma to God)
The Seventh Trumpet sounds at the 1260 day time-frame, and represents the end of the reign of the Impostor and the beginning of Christ's reign. Thirty days later -- 30 days into the time of the Seven Last Plagues, we come to 1290 days. This is the time this Universal Death Decree (that we have been discussing) will be made to all the earth.
This will be the test that all the followers of Christ will be asked to take and it is permitted by God. We have every assurance to believe that, if we remain true to God, we will receive the same outcome as the faithful three Hebrew children received. Not a hair of their body was singed and I believe we, if faithful, will be as impervious to the devices of the false god.
This is called the "abomination that causes desolation." What could be a greater abomination, than that which places a death sentence on anyone who chooses to serve the true God? The desolation in this case is for those who fail this test. Hopefully all who make this choice will remain faithful.
The 144,000 are selected by God to reveal Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue and people prior to Christ's Second Coming. I believe they are selected to fill the places of the 12 tribes of Israel by default; the Northern kingdom, because of their period of abandonment which was probably permanent; the places of the Southern kingdom -- Judah and Benjamin, because of their continuing state of rebellion, which was to end after the last Gentile was called in.
We must remember that those 144,000 represent the first fruits of this earth's harvest (Rev.14:4), and will be personally selected by God. He alone knows who each one will be. Being the firstfruits, we know they will belong to Christ. We need also to remember this:
Then why do we try so hard to insist that those must come from literal Israelites? We can see from the events which happen at that time that this is unlikely. Some of them very well may be literal Jews who have fully accepted Christ, but there would be a small pool of those to choose 144,000 from.
I believe these will mostly be represented by those wild olive branches which will be grafted into the cultivated olive tree; this to replace those (Israelites) who were removed for unbelief (Rom.11:17-20). These places were what the literal Israelites were scheduled for, but lost by default.
Notice the insight the Lord gives us concerning the restoration of the Holy Land and the source of its inhabitants after Christ's Second Coming:
I believe this last group is referring to the 144,000. He writes on his hand The Lord's, and will take the name of Israel. If they were literal Israelites they wouldn't need to take the name of Israel because it would be their's already. He writes on his hand The Lord's, but remember the Lord has already branded him with His name. Notice the description of the 144,000 in heaven where they have been redeemed from the earth.
What better way to indicate that these are The Lord's? They are His personal property because they are the firstfruits of earth's harvest. The firstfruits always belong to the high priest in the earthly type, and in the anti-type Christ is our high priest and this group follows Him wherever He goes, for eternity, because they are His personal property.
Satan's 100 Years: Antichurch,
In these days there was no king in Israel, every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
The Twentieth Century has been ruled by Satan, the Lord of the earth, the Prince of Darkness. It is the century granted by God to Satan, who requested this time to test the Church.
On October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII experienced a vision in which he heard Satan ask God for 100 years. Satan boasted that, if he were given sufficient time and power, he could destroy the Church and drag the world to hell.
In 1982, Our Blessed Mother told Mirjana one of the visionaries at Medjugorje: "Excuse me for this, but you must realize that Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century. This century is under the power of the devil, but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed. Even now he is beginning to lose his power and become aggressive. He is destroying marriages, creating division among priests, and is responsible for obsessions and murder. You must protect yourselves against these things through fasting and prayer, especially community prayer. Carry blessed objects with you. Put them in your house, and restore the use of holy water."
In 1634 in Quito, Ecuador, Our Blessed Mother warned about our present times. In an apparition approved by the Church, Mary appeared as Our Lady of Good Fortune to Mother Anne of Jesus Torres, while she was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The sanctuary light went out. While she was trying to relight it, a supernatural light filled the church; in this light, the Mother of God appeared. She told Mother Anne, "The sanctuary lamp burning in front of the Prisoner of Love, which you saw go out, has many meanings."
"First meaning : At the end of the Nineteenth Century and for a large part of the Twentieth Century, various heresies will flourish on this earth, which will have become a free republic. The precious light of the faith will go out in souls because of the almost total moral corruption. In those times there will be great physical and moral calamities, in private and in public. The little number of souls keeping the faith and practicing the virtues will undergo cruel and unspeakable sufferings....
"Second Meaning : My communities will be abandoned; they will be swamped in a fathomless sea of bitterness, and will seemed drowned in tribulations. How many true vocations will be lost for lack of skillful and prudent direction to form them! Each mistress of novices will need to be a soul of prayer, knowing how to discern spirits.
"Third Meaning : In those times, the air will be filled with the spirit of impurity which like a deluge of filth will flood the streets, squares and public places. The licentiousness will be such that there will be no more virgin souls in the world.
"Fourth Meaning : By gaining control of all the social classes, the sects will tend to penetrate with great skill into the hearts of families and destroy even the children. The devil will take glory in feeding perfidiously on the hearts of children. The innocence of childhood will almost disappear. Thus priestly vocations will be lost. It will be a real disaster. Priests will abandon their sacred duties and will depart from the path marked for them by God.
"Then the Church will go through a dark night for lack of a Prelate and Father to watch over it with love, gentleness, strength and prudence, and numbers of priests will lose the spirit of God, thus placing their souls in great danger.... Satan will take control of this earth through the fault of faithless men who, like a black cloud, will darken the clear sky of the republic consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of my divine Son. This republic, having allowed entry to all the vices, will have to undergo all sorts of chastisements: plagues, famine, war, apostasy, and the loss of souls without number. And to scatter these black clouds blocking the brilliant dawning of the freedom of the Church, there will be a terrible war in which the blood of priests and of religious will flow.... That night will be so horrible that wickedness will seem triumphant. Then will come my time: in astounding fashion I shall destroy Satan's pride, casting him beneath my feet, chaining him up in the depths of hell, leaving Church and country freed at last from his cruel tyranny.
"Fifth Meaning : Men possessing great wealth will look on with indifference while the Church is oppressed, virtue is persecuted, and evil triumphs. They will not use their wealth to fight evil and to reconstruct the faith. The people will come to care nothing for the things of God, will absorb the spirit of evil and will let themselves be swept away by all vices and passions." 1
Remember that in 1846 Our Lady of LaSalette told the visionary Melanie that Lucifer together with a large number of demons would be released from hell in 1864. She said they will put an end to faith little by little, even in those dedicated to God. Evil books will be abundant on earth. The spirit of darkness will spread everywhere. For a while the Church will yield to a large persecution, a time of darkness and a frightful crisis.
Father Malachi Martin, in his book The Keys of This Blood , wrote that throughout the Church, at the level of parish and diocese, among laypersons, nuns, priests, and bishops, is the belief that the One, Holy, Apostolic Roman Catholic Church ceased to exist after the Second Vatican Council. Its place was taken by the "Conciliar Church," animated by the "spirit of Vatican II." It was no longer called the "Roman Catholic Church" but instead the "people of God" or the "Church."
Father Martin pointed out that the Church that now exists differs radically from the pre-Conciliar Church on four major points:
The Conciliar Church lays no claim to exclusive possession of the means of eternal salvation. All of us--Catholics, non-Catholics, and non-Christians--are pilgrims approaching the same goal by different roads.
In the Conciliar Church, the local "community of faith" is the source of religious enlightenment, guidance, and authority. Correct beliefs and correct moral practice no longer come from a hierarchy of bishops submissive to the central teaching authority of the Bishop of Rome.
The world-wide clusters of "communities of faith" have as their prime function cooperating with "mankind in building and assuring the success of world peace and world reform in the use of the earth's resources so as to eliminate economic oppression and political imperialism."
The rules of the "former" Roman Catholic Church on issues such as contraception, marriage, death, and sexuality must be brought into fraternal alignment with the outlook, desires, and practices of the world at large.
The Conciliar Church And The Mass
In 1963, Pope Paul VI established the Concilium, which consisted of some 200 individuals, many of whom had functioned as Conciliar periti ("experts") during Vatican Council II. It was to this committee that Pope Paul VI entrusted the duty of carrying out the liturgical reform mandated by Vatican II. At its head was Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, who allegedly enjoyed well-established connections with Freemasonry. The Concilium was helped by six Protestant "observers", whom Paul VI publicly thanked for their assistance in re-editing new liturgical texts.
According to the statements of Paul VI, the changes were made: 1) to bring the Church's liturgy into line with modem mentality; 2) in obedience to the mandate of Vatican II; 3) to take cognizance of progress in liturgical studies; 4) to return to primitive practice; and 5) for "pastoral" reasons.
Archbishop Bugnini, the Secretary of Consilium, and the Reverend Peter Coughlan stated that the Instruction would treat of theological principles, constitute a full theological exposition of the new rite, describe the New Mass from a doctrinal point of view, and serve as an "introduction of a doctrinal character."
Archbishop Bugnini, Pope Paul VI's executive officer in the creation of the Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of the Mass), described the result as "a new song" and as "the conquest of the Church." Cardinal Benelli, one of the principal architects of the new liturgy, stated that it reflects a "new Ecclesiology."
The "New Mass," or the Novus Ordo Missae, was first offered publicly in the Sistine Chapel before a Synod of Bishops in October 1967. At that time it was called the Missa Normativa, or Normative Mass. The bishops present were polled as to whether it should be implemented: seventy-one voted yes, sixty-two voted yes with reservations, and forty-three rejected it outright. To accommodate the wishes of this last group, a number of minor changes were made, including restoration of two of the traditional Offertory prayers.
Some worried bishops intervened in what is now called the Ottaviani Intervention. The central contention of the Ottaviani Intervention is that the New Order of Mass teems with dangerous errors in doctrine and represents an attack against the Catholic teaching on the Mass. The authors of the Intervention stated that their intention was not to present an exhaustive treatment of all the problems the New Mass poses, but rather to point out those deviations from Catholic doctrine and practice which are most typical of the New Mass. Among these the Intervention lists are the following:
A new definition of the Mass, as an "assembly," rather than a sacrifice offered to God;
Omissions of elements emphasizing the Catholic teaching (utterly repudiated by Protestants) that the Mass makes satisfaction for sins;
The reduction of the priest's role to a position approximating that of a Protestant minister;
Implicit denials of Christ's Real Presence and the doctrine of Transubstantiation;
The change of the Consecration from a sacramental action into a mere narrative retelling of the story of the Last Supper;
The fragmenting of the Church's unity of belief through the introduction of countless options; and
Ambiguous language and equivocation throughout the rite which compromise the Church's doctrines.
Pope Paul VI promulgated the New Order of the Mass after responding to the Ottaviani intervention. The use of the Roman Missal of 1962 was authorized by Pope John Paul II in October 1984, only as long as those using it agreed that the New Order of the Mass is valid. The Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church and vouchsafe its authority under the guidance of the Magisterium, Scripture, and Tradition.
Divine Appeal Revelations
Sister Anna Ali, born December 29, 1966, in Kenya, and baptized in April 1979, was brought up in the Moslem faith. Her father was a devout Moslem but her parents split over the issue of the Catholic faith of the mother. Sister Anna has apparitions of Jesus, and writes down His words. Her revelations focus on Eucharistic devotion. Sister Anna's messages have been approved by her bishop. 9
The Holy Sacrifice Abolished?
Our Lord has told Sister Anna that the devil is making every effort to abolish His Presence and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The devil is using many lost souls and even many consecrated ones, who are working hard in this endeavor. More than ever before, says the Lord, the Freemasons attack His Divine Sacrament of Love in the tabernacle. They have all agreed to abolish the Mass.
In the Divine Appeal Number 4: Our Lord said: "Pray a great deal for humanity; the world is growing from bad to worse. The devil is making every effort to abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Divine Justice is prepared to act with My eyes fixed on Heaven . It will be terribly frightful as if it were the end of the world. But the end has not arrived" (September 23, 1987).
In Divine Appeal Number 35, Our Lord said, "Pray for the many lost souls and many of My Own consecrated ones. The devil is using them in order to abolish the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass" (November 1, 1987).
In Divine Appeal Number 46, He said, "These times are My difficult hours when the devil is making every effort to abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.... Pray, pray for those who ridicule, abuse, condemn and more than in the past, step on Me in order to abolish My Presence in the Sacrament of Love" (December 5, 1987).
In Divine Appeal Number 47, He said, "My own.. are labouring hard to abolish My Presence and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" (December 6, 1987).
In Divine Appeal Number 53, He said, "The devil is giving battle against My Divine Sacrament of Love. I am so abused and blasphemed. My own.. are labouring hard to abolish My Presence in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" (December 14, 1987).
In Divine Appeal Number 54, Our Lord said, "These are the dark hours when the devil is using My Own...who are labouring hard to destroy the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to destroy souls in order to lead them to perdition. My sacraments are abandoned and despised; My mysteries are blasphemed. Continuously, and more than ever before, the Freemasons attack My Divine Sacrament of Love in the tabernacle" (December 15, 1987).
In Divine Appeal 70, He said, "Time is approaching when My church will be devastated and sacked. My Own...have become like enraged lions. There are many sacrileges committed against My Presence in the tabernacles. Many have lost their dignity and light of reason. The devil has chained their hearts. Led by him they labour hard to abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The chalice is filled" (January 18, 1988).
In Divine Appeal 71, Jesus said, "The Freemasons are abusing Me in the tabernacles and in My very Gospel. The iniquity is repugnant. Unite your heart to My tears of blood. These are the moments they are laboring hard to abolish My Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.... Evil concerns are in the hands of the Freemasons. They have all agreed to abolish the Mass.... Satan is in the midst of their ranks. I assure you that souls are allied with Satan. My great love for mankind keeps me day and night in the Blessed Sacrament. How much pain do I receive from their treason and indignity! With many sins, revenge cries out on My Eternal Father's behalf. I desire mankind to be saved. No one goes to hell without his consent. I am calling all back to My sheepfold. The world has lost its senses" (January 19, 1988).
Scripture also speaks of the abolition of the daily sacrifice. Daniel 12: 4-13 speaks of the daily sacrifice actually being abolished for a period of 1, 290 days: "As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase."
"I, Daniel, looked and saw two others, one standing on either bank of the river. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was upstream, 'How long shall it be to the end of these appalling things?' The man clothed in linen, who was upstream, lifted his right and left hands to Heaven; and I heard him swear by Him Who lives forever that it should be a year, two years, a half-year; and that, when the power of the destroyer of the holy people was brought to an end, all these things should end. I heard, but I did not understand; so I asked, 'My lord, what follows this?' 'Go, Daniel,' he said, 'because the words are to be kept secret and sealed until the end time. Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked; none of them shall have understanding, but the wise shall have it. From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the horrible abomination is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is the man who has patience and perseveres until the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days. Go, take your rest, you shall rise for your reward at the end of days ."'
The December 31, 1992, message of Our Lady to Father Gobbi stated: "The Holy Mass is the daily sacrifice, the pure oblation which is offered to the Lord everywhere, from the rising of the sun to its going down. The sacrifice of the Mass renews that which was accomplished by Jesus on Calvary. By accepting the protestant doctrine, people will hold that the Mass is not a sacrifice but only a sacred meal, that is to say, a remembrance of that which Jesus did at His Last Supper. And thus, the celebration of Holy Mass will be suppressed. In this abolition of the daily sacrifice consists the horrible sacrilege accomplished by the Antichrist, which will last about three-and-a-half years, namely, 1, 290 days."
Further Schisms Prophesied
Several people recognized by the Church have spoken about the predicted schism and events related to it:
Blessed Anna-Katarina Emmerick
In the 1820s, Blessed Anna-Katarina Emmerick, an Augustinian nun and stigmatist had visions of the Church in the future. On May 13, 1820, she stated, "I saw also the relationship between the two popes... I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city [of Rome]. The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness.... Once more I saw that the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it.
"But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle, and very firm.... I saw a great renewal, and the Church rode high in the sky."
On September 12, 1820, she said: "I saw a strange church being built against every rule.... No angels were supervising the building operations. In that church nothing came from high above.... There was only division and chaos. It's probably a church of human creation, following the latest fashion, as well as the new heterodox church of Rome, which seems of the same kind.... I saw again the strange big church that was being built there [in Rome]. There was nothing holy in it.... Everything was being done according to human reason. I saw all sorts of people, things, doctrines, and opinions. There was something proud, presumptuous, and violent about it, and they seemed to be very successful. I did not see a single angel nor a single saint helping in the work. But far away in the background, I saw the seat of a cruel people armed with spears, and I saw a laughing figure which said: 'Do build it as solid as you can; we will pull it to the ground."'
From August to October 1820: "I see more martyrs, not now but in the future.... I saw the secret sect relentlessly undermining the great Church. Near them I saw a horrible beast coming up from the sea.... When the Church had been for the most part destroyed [by the secret sect], and when only the sanctuary and altar were still standing, I saw the wreckers enter the Church with the Beast. There they met a Woman of noble carriage who seemed to be with child because she walked slowly. At this sight, the enemies were terrorized, and the Beast could not take but another step forward. It projected its neck towards the Woman as if to devour her, but the Woman turned about and bowed down [towards the altar], her head touching the ground. Thereupon, I saw the Beast taking to flight towards the sea again, and the enemies were fleeing in the greatest confusion.... Then, I saw that the Church was being promptly rebuilt, and she was more magnificent than ever before."
On October 1, 1820: "The Church is in great danger. We must pray so that the Pope may not leave Rome; countless evils would result if he did. They are now demanding something from him. The Protestant doctrine and that of the schismatic Greeks are to spread everywhere. I now see that in this place [Rome] the [Catholic] Church is being so cleverly undermined, that there hardly remain a hundred or so priests who have not been deceived. They all work for destruction, even the clergy. A great devastation is now near at hand."
On April 20, 1820: "I had another vision of the great tribulation. It seems to me that a concession was demanded from the clergy which could not be granted. I saw many older priests, especially one, who wept bitterly. A few younger ones were also weeping. But others, and the lukewarm among them, readily did what was demanded. It was as if people were splitting into two camps."
On April 22, 1823: "I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights:
Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church.... But God had other designs."
"I see that when the Second Coming of Christ approaches, a bad priest will do much harm to the Church. When the time of the reign of Antichrist is near, a false religion will appear which will be opposed to the unity of God and His Church. This will cause the greatest schism the world has ever known. The nearer the time of the end, the more the darkness of Satan will spread on earth, the greater will be the number of the children of corruption, and the number of the just will correspondingly diminish." 10
Antipope, No Pope
Nothing is new under the sun. The Church in her history has often been plagued by schism, apostasy, and two popes simultaneously claiming the same throne. Prophecies as well as some recent events seem to indicate we may be headed in the same direction: The Petrine Keys of John Paul II may soon be sought by another, as dissenters and false teachers in the Vatican become more open and rebellious.
Richard Langley in Signs of the Times has illustrated the historical precedent for the Antipope. "There have been at least thirty-seven Antipopes in history. The Great Western Schism came about after the election of Pope Urban VI, April 8, 1378. On August 2, 1378 the Cardinals issued a statement that the election was invalid, claiming they were pressured into electing him out of fear. They demanded that Urban VI resign his office. He refused so they elected another pope, who called himself Clement VII, who went to Avignon. Each pope excommunicated the other and claimed him to be schismatic and deposed. Both appeared to be validly elected. Countries, saints of the Church, and religious orders were split by this. The Franciscans elected two Master generals of their order, one supported one pope, the other the other pope. Confusion reigned. Who to follow? A Council was called in Constance in 1414 to resolve this.
"The Council of Constance declared that general councils were superior to the pope, and had set up, in the resolution of the Western Schism, the mandate that the Church be ruled by general councils. After the Council of Constance, this idea originally subscribed to by the opposing sides was subsequently ignored and refuted by Martin V and his successors, who did however call some general councils. The canons of the council mandating this were declared invalid, but the remaining ones for the most part were accepted as valid and the Council of Constance was listed as a valid ecumenical council.
"Although the principle had been that only a pope could call a general council, the idea grew that the real authority was vested in the episcopate as a whole and that general councils were superior to the authority of the pope at any time and not in emergencies, a view known as conciliarism. The pope was considered a figurehead. Subsequent popes had to fight to restore their supremacy over councils and bishops.
"This problem plagued the Church until the declaration of the Infallibility of the Pope by Vatican I, July 18, 1870. This Council was permanently suspended during the Italian Revolution, due to the entrance of Garibaldi's troops into Rome in July of 1870, leaving incomplete the Church's position on the collegial relationship between all the bishops of the world as a body and the pope. This was partly resolved in Vatican II, at which time, out of three competing interpretations, Pope Paul VI's position, after his intervention with a Preliminary Explanatory Note, was accepted by the Council. His position was that the pope personally was the subject of supreme power in the Church, and also the college of bishops when united to its head, the pope. This meant that the episcopal college could not exercise its supreme power independently of the pope ."
Mr. Langley further stated: "There is a direct connection between the national episcopal conference's rise to power and the notion of collegiality. The national episcopal conferences, councils of bishops...are purely human institutions, since as Cardinal Ratzinger has publicly stated they are not hierarchically instituted. They have however begun to act at times independently of Rome. This tends to foster the idea of a "national church" which could lead to schism."
Catholic prophecy warns us of severe problems threatening the papacy in these end times. One realistic scenario for our time centers on the persecution of Catholics who follow the teachings of the true Church. When Pope John Paul II is among us no longer, the general indication from today's seers--as well as from thoughtful observers of the Church--is that chaos will be in our midst. An Antipope will seize papal authority, and the faithful element in the Church will be subjected to intense persecutions. Prophecy tells us of persecution like never before in history for those who follow the teachings of the Church. It will be those who hold fast to the truths of the faith who will be labeled as the perpetrators of this horrible schism, according to some visionaries.
The Pope Overthrown
Blessed Joachim (d. 1202): "Toward the end of the world, Antichrist will overthrow the pope and usurp his See."
Pope Flees Rome
John of Vitiguerro (Thirteenth Century): "The pope will change his residence and the Church will not be defended for twenty-five months or more because, during all that time there will be no Pope in Rome.... After many tribulations, a Pope shall be elected out of those who survived the persecutions."
Blessed Anna-Maria Taigi (Nineteenth Century): "Religion shall be persecuted, and priests massacred. Churches shall be closed, but only for a short time. The Holy Father shall be obliged to leave Rome."
Maria Steiner (Nineteenth Century): "I see the Lord as He will be scourging the world and chastising it in a fearful manner so that few men and women will remain... The Holy Church will be persecuted, and Rome will be without a shepherd. But the Lord showed me how beautiful the world will be after this awful punishment." 15
The Pope is Killed
Saint Hildegard (d. 1179): "One of the remaining Mohammedans will be converted, become a priest, bishop and cardinal, and when the new Pope is elected (immediately before Antichrist) this cardinal will kill the pope before he is crowned, through jealousy, he wishing to be pope himself; then when the other cardinals elect the next pope this cardinal will proclaim himself Anti-Pope, and two thirds of the Christians will go with him."
Venerable Bartholomew Holzhauser (d. 1658), "Antichrist and his army will conquer Rome, kill the Pope and take the throne."
Two More Popes
At Garabandal, Spain, Our Blessed Mother in 1962 told Conchita, one of the visionaries that, "there would be only two more popes after Pope Paul VI and that one of the popes would have a very short reign. But this does not mean that the world will come to an end."
Antichrist in the broad sense of the word is anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ (1 John 2:18-22). Throughout history the spirit of antichrist is spoken of with a small "a." The Scriptures speak of the Antichrist as a person, an individual. It is the physical manifestation of a man. At LaSalette Mary warned, "Rome will loose the faith and become the seat of Antichrist." In the Marian Movement of Priests on June 17, 1989, Our Lady spoke at length about the Antichrist. She said that at the peak of the apostasy and tribulation the door would be open for the appearance of the Antichrist. Echoing Scripture, she said that people would not be able to buy or sell without the mark of the Beast.
"Before the coming of our Divine Savior there were many prophecies and figures given of Him. It shall be the same for Antichrist. The prophet Daniel speaks of him in a literal and mystical sense in four different chapters (namely, 7, 9, 11, and 12), while Saint Matthew (24), Saint Mark (13), Saint John (5), Saint Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, Saint John in his first and second Epistles, and especially the Apocalypse (13), etc., tell us of his future or coming event. A few decades ago it was quite a difficult problem for theologians to explain how Antichrist would bring the whole world under his political and religious dominion."
Antichrist is a person who rules for a period of time according to the end day prediction in the book of Daniel. In the book of Daniel, the Archangel Michael is spoken about as the great prince who protects the people in the end days. Daniel writes, "There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations..." (Daniel 12:1). The passages speak of great distress and the perpetual sacrifice of the Mass being abolished for three-and-a half years. The abomination being erected could be the Antichrist sitting in Rome during his reign causing distress and nearly unbelievable pain on the earth, "such has not happened from the beginning of the nations."
The religious and secular stages have been set for his imminent appearance. Our Blessed Mother in her locutions to Father Gobbi, on September 18, 1988, hinted at the ominous events awaiting us in the next few years: "In this period of ten years there will come to completion that fullness of time which was a pointed out to you by me, beginning with LaSalette all the way to my most recent and present apparitions.... In the period of ten years the mystery of iniquity, prepared for by the ever increasing spread of apostasy, will become manifest."
Our Blessed Mother at LaSalette spoke about the Antichrist: "It will be during that time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will communicate with the old serpent, the master of impurity, his father will be B. At birth, he will spew out blasphemy; he will have teeth, in a word, he will be the devil incarnate. He will scream horribly, he will perform wonders, he will feed on nothing but impurity. He will have brothers who, although not devils incarnate like him, will be children of evil. At the age of twelve, they will draw attention upon themselves by the gallant victories they will have won; soon they will lead armies, aided by the legions of hell....
"Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist. The Church will be in eclipse, the world will be in dismay . But now Enoch and Eli will come, filled with the spirit of God. They will preach the might of God, and men of good will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted. They will make great steps forward through the virtue of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the devilish lapses of the Antichrist. There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain a fearful hail of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes which will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test?
"All the blood, the tears, and the prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive. Now is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the king of kings of darkness, here is the Beast with his subjects, calling himself the Savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms, of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified."
Several past prophets in Church history have written about the physical manifestation of the mystery of iniquity becoming a man who rules. The Fathers and Saints of the Church have pondered deeply over what Scripture tells us about the Antichrist and his reign:
Saint Hippolytus (d. 235): "John says, 'I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand and two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. That is the half of the week whereof Daniel spake. These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the Lord of the earth.. For this is what the prophets Enoch and Elias will preach.
"Let us observe somewhat in detail what Daniel says in his visions. For in distinguishing the kingdoms that are to rise after these things, he showed also the coming of Antichrist in the last times, and the consummation of the whole world. Daniel says: 'And one week will make a covenant with many, and it shall be that in the midst (half) of the week my sacrifice and oblation shall cease.' By one week, therefore, he meant the last week which is to be at the end of the whole world....
"In every respect that deceiver seeks to make himself appear like the Son of God. Christ is a lion, and the Antichrist is a lion. Christ is King of things celestial and things terrestrial, and Antichrist will be king upon earth. The Savior was manifested as a lamb; and he, too, will appear as a lamb, while he is a wolf within.
"When Daniel says, 'I shall make a covenant for one week,' he indicated even years; and the one half of the week is for preaching of the prophets, and for the other half of the week--that is to say, for three years and a half--Antichrist will reign upon the earth. And after this his kingdom and his glory will be taken away. And by reason of the scarcity of food, all will go to him and worship him; and he will put his mark on their right hand and on their forehead, that no one may put the sign of the honorable cross upon his forehead with his right hand; but his hand is bound.... And his seal upon the forehead and upon the right hand is the number, six hundred threescore and six."
Origen (d. 254): "When the close of the times draws nigh, a great prophet [Elias] shall be sent from God to turn men to the knowledge of God, and he shall receive the power of doing wonderful things. Wherever men shall not hear him, he will shut up the heavens, and cause it to withhold its rains; he will turn their water into blood; and torment them with thirst and hunger; and if any one shall endeavor to injure him fire shall come forth out of his mouth, and shall burn that man.
"By these prodigies and powers he shall turn many to the worship of God; and when his works shall be accomplished, another king shall arise out of Syria, born from an evil spirit, the overthrower and destroyer of the human race [Antichrist], who shall destroy that which is left by the former evil, together with himself....
"But that king will not only disgrace himself, but will also be a prophet of lies; and he will constitute and call himself God; and power will be given him to do signs and wonders, by the sight of which he may entice men to adore him. He will command fire to come down from Heaven, and the sun to stand and leave its course, and an image to speak, and these things shall be done at his words--by which miracles many even of the wise shall be enticed by him.
"Then he will attempt to destroy the temple of God, and persecute the righteous people; and there will be distress and tribulation, such as there never has been from the beginning of the world. Power will be given him to desolate the whole earth for forty-two months. That will be the time in which righteousness will be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline be preserved."
Saint John Chrysostom (d. 407): "The world will be faithless and degenerate after the birth of Antichrist. Antichrist will be possessed by Satan and be the illegitimate son of a Jewish woman from the East."
Saint Augustine (d. 430): "Daniel prophesies of the Last Judgment in such a way as to indicate that Antichrist shall first come, and to carry on his description to the eternal reign of the saints.... But he who reads this passage, even half asleep, cannot fail to see that the kingdom of Antichrist shall fiercely, though for a short time, assail the Church before the last judgment of God shall introduce the eternal reign of saints. For it is patent from the context that the time, times, and half a time, means a year, and two years, and a half a year, that is to say, three years and a half."
Saint John Damascene (d. 770): "He will be known as Antichrist who shall come about the end of the world. His mother will proclaim she gave birth to him while remaining a virgin. He will reign from ocean to ocean. Antichrist shall be an illegitimate child, under the complete power of Satan, and God, knowing his incredible future perversity, will allow the devil to take a full and perpetual possession of him from his very sinful conception."
Saint Hildegard (d. 1179): "The Son of Corruption and Ruin will appear and reign only for a short time, towards the end of the days of the world's duration.... He shall come in the last days of the world. He shall not be Satan himself, but a human being equaling and resembling him in atrocious hideousness. His mother, a depraved woman, possessed by the devil, will live as a prostitute in the desert.... She will maintain that her son was presented to her by God in a supernatural manner, as was the Child of the Blessed Virgin. She will then be venerated as a saint by deceived people.
"Antichrist will come from a land that lies between two seas, and will practice tyranny in the East. After his birth false teachers and doctrines will appear, followed by wars, famines, and pestilence.... He will be raised at different secret places and will be kept in seclusion until full grown. He will lure the people to him by giving them complete exemption from the observance of all divine and ecclesiastical commandments, by forgiving them their sins and requiring of them only their belief in his divinity. He will spurn and reject Baptism and the Gospel. He will say Jesus of Nazareth is not the son of God, only a deceiver....
"He will say I am the Savior of the world...especially will he try to convince the Jews that he is the Messiah sent by God, and the Jews will accept him as such...yet by his moral laws he will try to reverse all order on earth. Therefore he is called in Holy Writ the 'Lawless One'.... He will discard all laws, morals, and religious principles, to draw the world to himself. He will grant entire freedom from the commandments of God and the Church and permit everyone to live as his passion dictates.... Religion he will endeavor to make convenient. He will say that you need not fast and embitter your life by renunciation.... It will suffice to love God.... He will preach free love and tear asunder family ties...maintain sin and vice are not sin and vice.... Immediately preceding Antichrist there will be starvation and earthquakes ."
Saint Bridget of Sweden (d. 1373): "The time of Antichrist will be near when the measure of injustice will overflow and when wickedness has grown to immense proportions, when the Christians love heresies and the unjust trample underfoot the servants of God.
"At the end of this age, the Antichrist will be born. As Christ was born from the highest type of womanhood [Virgin] so Antichrist will be born from the lowest [prostitute]. He will be a child-wonder at birth. His mother will be an accursed woman, who will pretend to be well-informed in spiritual things, and his father will be an accursed man, from the seed of whom the devil shall form his work. The time of this Antichrist, well-known to me, will come when iniquity and impiety shall above measure abound, when injustice shall have filled the measure to overflowing, and wickedness shall have grown to immeasurable proportions.... He will reign during three years, and shall have dominion over the whole earth.... In the year 1980 the wicked shall prevail ."
Jeanne Le Royer (d. 1798), also known as Sister Mary of the Nativity : "Many precursors, false prophets, and members of infernal secret societies, worshippers of Satan, shall impugn the most sacred dogmas and doctrines of our holy religion, shall persecute the faithful, shall commit abominable actions; but the real and extreme abomination and desolation shall more fully be accomplished during the reign of Antichrist, which shall last about three years and a half. Woe, woe, woe to the last century which is descending! What tribulations precede its commencements. Out of this mighty voice I recognized that these woeful tribulations will make their appearance in the age before the judgment. And as I pondered over and weighed, in God, the century, I saw, that which begins with 1800 will not yet be the last. I see that when the Second Coming of Christ approaches, a bad priest will do much harm to the Church.
"When the time of the reign of Antichrist is near, a false religion will appear which will be opposed to the unity of God and His Church. This will cause the greatest schism the world has ever known. The nearer the time of the end, the more the darkness of Satan will spread on earth, the greater will be the number of the children of corruption, and the number of the just will correspondingly diminish.
"Antichrist will kill the Pope, probably by crucifixion. As a child of ten he will know more than anyone else in the world and when he is thirty he will begin his real work. Fifteen days after the ascension of Enoch and Eli as into Heaven, terrible catastrophes will come upon the earth: most severe earthquakes, tidal waves inundating much of the earth's surface, culminating in a thick darkness over the entire earth."
The Stage is Set
Events in the world are happening at such an accelerated pace that we can barely comprehend them. Our human faculties have difficulty understanding and following the strategic movements of Heaven and hell as they battle for control of the world and its people. The mystery of iniquity is in our midst. Major precursors of the Antichrist such as Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao have all come and gone in this century.
According to the 1982 revelations to Eileen George of Massachusetts from God the Father, another precursor is due to arrive in the Middle East between 1990 and 1999, followed by the Antichrist who is already alive and who supposedly comes from Syria. The identity of these two, the precursor antichrist and the Antichrist, is at the present time masked under a cloak of secrecy.
The battle is being waged in the areas of finance, politics, society, family, and religion. As Scripture tells us, Satan is the Prince of this world. In contrast, Jesus specifically said His kingdom is not of this world. All that is of God, Satan hates and seeks to destroy.
The one-world government introduced by many of the antichrists has been planned over many generations. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." The structure has been developed gradually through the years by the secret societies of the Beast. The hidden agenda, known only to the privileged few, is nothing short of one-world government, under one ruler. It is to be in place between 1995 and 1998 and will replace all sovereign nations.
The United Nations is the enforcement body of the structure in its present evolutionary form. President Bush during the Persian Gulf War spoke about the New World Order, a term which surprised almost everyone by its frequent use--all but those few powerful persons in the know. Soviet Prime Minister Edward Shevardnadze told the United Nations in reference to Iraq's assault on Kuwait, "An act of terrorism has been perpetrated against the emerging New World Order."
Annoying disruptions in the New World Order, if they are not in the plans of those in control, are promptly crushed. Economic control is one tentacle of this octopus-like movement. The control will always be in the hands of the large multinational banks. They will admit only those nations who will play by the rules they set. Because the need for capital is so great, no nation can survive without the help of large lending institutions. The lending agencies have enjoyed controlling the destinies of nations for a very long time. This control will increase. Conformity to the world lending rules is a must for the survival of a nation. A nation must conform or perish.
Technological advances will also help to allow a world-wide government to rule. With transactions of all sorts speeding around the globe through fiber optics, satellites, very small aperture terminals, compatible computers, centralized data bases, mobile telephones, and other methods of communicating via wireless means, new vistas have opened up for the world. The credit card with a microprocessor chip will allow debit and credit from anywhere at anytime. All transactions will feed into a few main databases--under the control ultimately of Big Brother. The chip will store massive amounts of information and will become each person's identity on plastic. An identity like a social security number will be issued to eliminate credit card abuse. The bar code or universal product code will be a very effective tracking method for all purchases. All transactions will be scanned, and the use of the physical property of money will gradually decrease. The personal computer that began in a very primitive form in a California garage in 1979 now has powerful workstations and distributed architecture.
With geometric growth in technology each year, the speed of change will go beyond our grasp to understand. Tom Peters, the author of In Search of Excellence and Liberation Management recently said, "technology will cause us to go bonkers this year, bonkers squared next year, and bonkers cubed the year after." 31 The free flow of information along data highways being piped into our homes and offices will permit unimaginable control by a small elite.
Ecclesiastical control has been accomplished through the secret societies, modernism, and the World Council of Churches, with the goal of one New Age or watered-down ecumenical church. The breakdown of Catholicism needed to happen first before this could take place. In the past, the Roman Catholic Church was too well organized and too strong. It had to be dismantled, and it had to happen first from within. Recall earlier where the book AA 1025 was discussed; the book detailed how a communist secret agent infiltrated the Church. One thousand and twenty-four men are said to have preceded the anti-apostle AA 1025 into Catholic seminaries--and hundreds more followed him into the Church as priests.
Our Blessed Mother, through Father Gobbi has told us a great deal about Ecclesiastical Masonry and the damage it is doing. At LaSalette Our Blessed Mother told us about this destruction in great detail. Today we are in the final act as the Church fights for its survival. The one hundred-year reign of Satan has taken its toll.
The armies are poised for battle. Satan has his cohort; Mary has hers. The tactics could not be more dissimilar. Mary's plan, which is God's plan, is prayer, fasting, penance, reconciliation. We are to love one another, be humble, little, docile. We are to become as little children, to be guided by Mary our mother and by Our Lord. Satan's plan uses the false idols of money, power, lust, greed, clothed in pride.
The political, financial, and ecclesiastical clout of the people working behind the scenes for the development of a one-world government is overwhelming. Were it not for the apparitions of Mary, the Mother of God, the Prophetess of Our Times, and her detailed messages to Father Gobbi and others, we would know little about the evolving Satanic plan which has nearly come to fruition.
For an in-depth account of how masterfully this Satanic plan is being executed on all powerful secular and ecclesiastical fronts read the account by Gary Kah in his book, En Route to Global Occupation . It outlines in detail the structure of secular control through reputable organizations which are household names. He warns that national sovereignty will soon be a thing of the past. Political forces around the world are now cooperating in an unprecedented fashion to achieve their goal of uniting the people of this planet under a New World Order.
The umbrella organization actually charged with the task of bringing us into the New World Order is called The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA). It has many financial supports. The agenda of the New World Order is being funded by literally hundreds of organizations. One is the Lucis Trust--called at first the Lucifer Trust . To name a secular organization the Lucifer Trust shows the boldness and confidence of the men behind this movement. But the use of such a name is really not surprising; the philosophy driving the creation of the New World Order is heavily indebted to the New Age, old pagan practices, Masonry, and the occult.
The members proposing a New World Order are a Who's Who of the world establishment, secular and ecclesiastic. Their agenda is control; their tactics, deceit. Most of the key players sit on the boards or committees of a few powerful organizations: the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, and the Club of Rome. Often members of one organization will be involved with several of the others as well.
On September 17, 1973, the Club of Rome published a special, highly confidential report called the "Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System," which was sent to the power elite to be implemented. This document reveals that the Club has divided the world into ten political/economic regions, which it refers to as "kingdoms" --a designation that tracks eerily with the terminology used in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 13:1-2. In 1974 the authors of the report, Mihaljo Mesarovic and Edward Pestel published their findings in a book Mankind at the Turning Point . However, in this book, which is intended for public consumption, they have dropped the word "kingdom."
The people belonging to these powerful organizations are high-ranking United Nations officials, noted world leaders, noted politicians, bankers, World Bank and International Monetary Fund officials, clergy, members of the World Future Society, top-level Masons, and people either inadvertently or purposely promoting a oneworld government. The Systems which they have developed are now in place to allow such a government with a leader to surface and rule between 1995 and 1998.
The foundation for this one world government was planned consciously by a political and financial elite. Much of the groundwork was laid 16 years ago, when the Constitution for the Federation Earth was adopted in June 1977.
This Constitution was first adopted at Innsbruck, Austria, at a meeting of the World Constituent Assembly--an event sponsored by the WCPA. The WCPA does not consider the United Nations part of its planned New World Order, but more than 20 percent of WCPA members belong to the United Nations. The WCPA plans to replace the UN--much like the UN replaced the League of Nations.
The Constitution for the Federation Earth was signed by 135 participants from twenty-five countries, and is intended to replace the UN Charter to become the centerpiece of the New World Order.
Gary Kah has a detailed "Diagram Of World Government under the Constitution For The Federation of Earth." The WCPA cites forty-nine problems of international concern, which it says point to the need for a one-world government. Fifteen deal with the environment, seven with military concerns (disarmament, prevention of war and terrorism), six with world hunger and poverty, four with international monetary matters. The WCPA bases its main argument for a New World Order on the threat of an impending climactic crisis.
The environmental movement is probably the most powerful lobby today for a one world government--it is the trigger to send the bullet for conformity. Indeed, no one can deny the need to clean up the planet. Chernobyl is a prime example. Chernobyl fallout traveled over thousands of miles and as far north as Sweden and Lapland in a matter of days. Chernobyl showed that the whole Soviet system was in a meltdown--and in a few seconds it blasted into oblivion the claim that communism had shaped a society technologically superior, more caring, more efficient, and more honest than that of the corrupt West--and was more caring of its people, more efficient, and more honest. Chernobyl had become a symbol of the whole rotting communist system, with its callous, self-seeking bureaucrats, its barbarous robot-like enforcers, and its deceitful ideologists, whose lies were designed to tranquilize the Russian people into mindless docility. In the view of the other nations, what went on inside the country was permissible, but exporting lethal fallout to the West was an entirely different matter.
Here was a huge opening for the globalists. The money masters of the world could now anoint Mother Earth as the official queen before whom all must kneel. How could one logically disagree in light of Chernobyl? Chernobyl would be the vehicle to drag the world body of nations into its orbit. It is an ingenious strategy because no one can object to protecting the planet from the rot and stench of pollution.
The Rio, or Earth, Summit in Brazil in June 1992 provided an opportunity for the nations of the world to conform on much more than an environmental level; its connections to the New Age movement and Masonry are well-established. Rio was not solely about clean air, clean water, and containment of acid rain. It was about the massive redistribution of wealth from the industrial countries to the poor countries, global socialism, people control, and world government. Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch Institute, said, "I think when we look back, we will see the Rio conference as the event that marked the end of an era and the start of a new one."
The operative word again is "conformity"--if a nation stays within the rules set by the governing bodies, loan applications will be approved. Environmental compliance is only the first kind of conformity that can be forced on cash-starved nations needing access to world capital markets.
The environmental movement has clout that transcends all party affiliations. Vice President Albert Gore is a chief proponent of the movement and has in fact written a best-selling book on environmentalism. He is the "man of destiny" in the Clinton administration. Support for his policies exists across the political spectrum. Data from the Federal Election Commission reveal that Republican organizations took in contributions of $71.1 million in calendar year 1988, while Democratic institutions took in $18.6 million the same year. The Environmental Party had an operating budget of $336 million in 1988 with a donor base of 10 million persons more than both political parties. The Environmental Party has nearly four times the funding of the Democrats and the Republicans combined. Twelve organizations constitute the base support of the Environmental Party: Center for Marine Conservation, Clean Water Action Project, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nature Conservancy, Public Interest Research Group, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, and World Wildlife Fund. It is only the people on the top who are aware of the true intent of its members' movements.
The WCPA projects that the formation of the world government will occur sometime between 1995 and 1998 . When will the Antichrist arrive on the world scene? All indications are that the stage is set on the secular and religious levels. Once this world government is in place, the structure for the reign of Antichrist will be ready . Gary Kah states, "The WCPA effort to form a New World Order is not based on need but on the hidden agenda of the occult secret societies to bring the world under their control in order to usher in the reign of their "World Teacher": the Anti christ."
The World Powers
In history, seldom do events happen by chance. Jim Singer, of Ontario, Canada, has been receiving messages from Our Lord from May 1989 to September 1989 on a very consistent basis. Since then, the messages have been infrequent. On May 27, 1993, the Lord spoke to Jim Singer about the role of preplanned events and the earthly bodies which carry out these plans.
Jesus' first message to Jim was as follows: "Dear children, the time has come that you can no longer survive without my direct intervention. The one you call Satan is the Shining Darkness who has poisoned all of your souls and has deprived you of the dignity with which I gifted each one of My children . I created each one of you good. To each of you I gifted a whole and pure soul. Among you, children, there are no more souls which are whole. I am the truth and there is only one truth." Jesus is telling Jim Singer that He must intervene or we no longer can survive the onslaught of the devil.
For years, the United Nations has become the enforcement body of the world rulers. Premiers and presidents of nations will not go against the rulers of this institution. Who are these men? Most notably, the clout inside the United Nations is from the Group of Seven (G-7 nations)--the single most powerful body in the world controlling finance. These nations are the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan--the world's major industrialized economies. Prime Minister John Major was the chairman in 1991, coordinating the West's policies toward the economic plight of the Soviet Union. The former Soviet Union is being given billions of dollars with the West knowing it can never be repaid. It is now under the world's financial mantle and in its controlling orbit. No nation today can go against the strength of this body. Saddam Hussein recently tried. Action was swift and effective.
"Revelation 13:1-7 states: "Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous names. To it the dragon gave its own power and throne, along with great authority. I saw that one of its heads seemed to be mortally wounded, but this wound was healed. Fascinated, the whole world followed after the beast. They worshipped the dragon because it gave its authority to the beast; they also worshipped the beast and said, 'Who can compare with the beast or fight against it?' The beast was given a mouth uttering proud boasts and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for forty-two months.... It was also allowed to wage war against the holy ones and conquer them, and it was granted authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation. All the inhabitants of the earth will worship it, all whose names were not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, which belongs to the Lamb who was slain."
In concert with Daniel 12, the beast rules for forty-two months. The Black Beast, Masonry, the one-world government, Antichrist is given dominion over the earth for this period of time. The one-world government is allowed to wage war against the holy ones of God and conquer them, even to the point of abolishing the Holy Mass ("abolishing the perpetual sacrifice," as Daniel states it). The one-world ruler is given authority over every tribe, people, tongue, and nation. All inhabitants will worship it. Antichrist will appear to have the answers for our troubled world.
The role of Russia is unclear in many respects. In the September 18, 1992, message of Josyp Terelya from Marmora Ontario, Our Lady said that Russia is preparing for world-wide revolution. Mr. Terelya had seen the face of Satan in Boris Yeltsin in his 1987 vision--before the coup. Mikhail Gorbachev has risen to head of the International Green Cross, taking over the environmental movement with governmental blessing. Isn't this odd? A former premier ousted in a coup by hardliners now is in the present government. Is Russia a mainstream player with the world body of the United Nations or an independent international villain?
On May 27, 1993, the Lord showed Jim Singer that the United Nations is the vehicle of planned events. Our Lord said: "...Look at what Satan is inflicting upon you; 326,000 of My children and all the agony which you are seeing today in your ancestral homeland [Jim originally is from Croatia] alone is just a prelude of sadistic fury and hate that Satan wants to pour out upon you. Out of His mercy and grace, the Father has gifted you the Queen of Peace, yet nations prostitute themselves in the United Nations and My children continue to pay deep homage to the dead head which now lives again in that city by the ocean. Know that it is...Satan's own servants who toil tirelessly to deliver My children into his clutches. Just as they contaminate and poison so much in your lives, they are the ones also who are overseeing the aims of that organization--the UN. Know that all their aims, each one of their moves and actions, are always preplanned. In their labors of deceit, even truth has become a sweet bait to be exploited by Satan and his earthly stewards. They lure away even your shepherds, My apostles, along with the entire flocks of My children.
"Today, as you stand at the threshold, you are the only ones who choose how much more suffering you must bear. I call My children to hear My mother's calls, to focus on her. Listen and respond to all that she asks of you. Be sure that the triumph of her heart is near. It is My mother, your Queen of Peace, who ardently wishes to show you the way and bring you all back to Me."
(Authors' note: Josyp Terelya in his Marmora, Ontario, vision, uses this term "dead head" in reference to the United Nations. Jim's footnote is as follows: "Our Lord's reference to the United Nations as 'this dead head which now lives again' is peculiar and puzzling. A number of possible explanations for this term have been offered, both biblical and non-biblical. Although this term is not used anywhere in the Bible, there are a number of similar terms which do appear throughout the Scriptures. Chapter 13, verse 3 of Revelation makes reference to one of the beast's mortally wounded heads, but the mortal wound was healed. Even more interestingly, in Chapter 17, verse 8 of Revelation, the beast is said to 'have existed once and now exists no longer, and yet it will exist again."'
On January 12, 1991, Our Lord appeared to Jim Singer and gave a message in which He stated: "The Shining Darkness, that malefactor, is drawing your attention to the great evil which he threatens you with--the sort of catastrophe that your minds cannot begin to imagine, while he, in the meantime, is multiplying his evils in other parts of the world . From the beginning you have been warned through this, My child, that these two years are the decisive years for all My children. Through your conversion all of you have been called into My secure embrace of love. More than half of that time has passed, but your hearts remain enslaved in thorns of evil. Today you have the choice of what kind of world you will have after these three days. The evils to which you will soon be witnesses because of your disobedience and hard hearts towards Me will multiply among you. You have already been warned about them. In your apprehension of evil you have taken all the steps to protect yourselves from the horrors. But few are My children among you who have recognized the malefactor's hand among you . Three days remain for you, by your free will, to consecrate your hearts to Me, to enjoy My rewards and victory over the malefactor. Three days remain for you to allow the malefactor seven years of his particular aggression and oppression among you. Through the ages you have been warned what the malefactor is preparing for you during these final times. Only by your conversion and sincere love will you be protected...."
During the April 22, 1991, apparition of Our Lord to Jim, He told him that, "Without My intervention you can no longer completely triumph over the evil one, for My earthly children are surrounded...." with traitors. Even among those who enjoy the confidence of My earthly children, there are those who are in the service of Satan. They consciously victimize My flock--their own brothers and sisters."
Our Lord's message of September 23, 1991, to Jim contained no secrets but stated in part, "Tell My children of the world to look at the satanic oppression in your ancestral homeland, for I have already warned you many times about the evils that this malefactor is preparing for you all. [Concerning the war in Bosnia]: tell My children to recognize that Satan is attacking My children of Croatia precisely because I have chosen them to be the model of My love to all My children of the world. Do you not remember that I have warned you about the particular aggression that the Shining Darkness desires to unleash among My children of the Soviet Union? I invite you all--evict the malefactor from your midst. Fill your hearts with My love. I call you again, return to My embrace, use My gifts. I will protect you. Satan aggressively wants to bring his hell into the Soviet Union. Not only will his fury be unleashed upon My children of that land, but the malefactor will utilize all his powers from hell to spill his rage from that land, through his earthly servants, to other lands as well. Son, only because of their firm and complete faith in Me will My children of Croatia be able to enjoy the victory over the Shining Darkness. But, precisely because of their faith in Me, these children will also not be spared from the renewed vicious satanic attempt with which the malefactor will endeavor to flood, from the USSR, all the countries of the east. While they are convinced that they are enjoying liberty and freedom, Satan's rage will not spare My children of the Western world, either. Never have My children delighted in sin as now. In Noah's age, I cleansed the world of sins much lesser than these in which my children now take delight. Today many of My children's enjoyment is murderous sin. Many of My children are fully conscious of this. The faith of many who remain in My flock is lukewarm ."
Jim stated: "In one of my conversations with the Lord, I asked the Lord to explain Revelation. The Lord's answer to this question was that the dragon with seven heads and ten horns now dwells in our world. The Lord said, "Look to the West."'
On May 28, 1992, Our Lord told Jim: "Babylon, too, has been rebuilt. It stands again. Soon in your midst and in full view will also stand a grand image (statue) of a false god. The symbol of this image will be worshipped by many, in almost every language.... The beast has laid his vicious seven heads in the lands that you know as the G-7, while its body continues to crush My children in Russia ."
On January 13, 1991, Jim also was shown that Satan, the malefactor, is allowed seven years of aggression and opposition. This brings us to the year 1998. This corresponds with the decisive period often years separating us from the end of this century, revealed in Our Blessed Mother's message to Father Gobbi on September 18, 1988, in which she said: "there will come to completion that fullness of time beginning with LaSalette all the way to my most recent and present apparitions; the purification will come to its culmination; there will come to completion the time of the great tribulation, foretold in Holy Scripture, before the Second Coming of Christ; the mystery of iniquity, prepared for by the ever-increasing spread of apostasy, will become manifest; all the secrets which I have revealed to some of my children will come to pass and all the events which have been foretold will take place."
This also corresponds with the period of time for the onset of the events (revealed by God the Father to Eileen George) beginning between 1990 and 1999. Then there would be a long era of peace.
Our Blessed Mother told the Marian Movement of Priests on June 17, 1989, that, "Lucifer, the ancient serpent, the devil or Satan, the Red Dragon, becomes, in these last times, the Antichrist. The Apostle John already affirmed that whoever denies that Jesus Christ is God, that person is the Antichrist. The statue or idol, built in honor of the beast to be adored by all men, is the Antichrist...666 indicated thrice, that is to say, for the third time, expresses the year 1998, nineteen hundred and ninety-eight. In this period of history, Freemasonry, assisted by its Ecclesiastical form, will succeed in its great design: that of setting up an idol to be put in the place of Christ and his Church, a false christ and a false church. Consequently, the statue built in honor of the first beast, to be adored by all the inhabitants of the earth and which will seal with its mark all those who want to buy or sell, is that of the Antichrist. You will have thus arrived at the peak of the purification, of the great tribulation and of apostasy....almost all will follow the false christ and the false church. Then the door will be open for the appearance of...the very person of the Antichrist."
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Weeping" Padre Pio Statue Seen as Hoax
ROME, Mar 8, 02 (CWNews.com) -- The "tears of blood" that had been reportedly shed by a statute of Padre Pio are actually the blood of a drug addict, a Sicilian woman has revealed. After a spate of stories about the statue caused a furor throughout Italy, Archbishop Giovanni Marra of Messina had expressed skepticism. The archbishop, in a statement issued on Thursday, said that the phenomenon might be the work of someone who was "abusing the popular credulity."
Thursday evening, a woman came forward to say that the "tears" were actually the blood of her son, who is a drug addict. Speaking to a television audience, the woman-- who maintained her anonymity-- said that she was urging her son to turn himself in to police, who are looking for the individual responsible for the hoax.
Stories about the "weeping" or "bleeding" statue of Padre Pio circulated quickly around the Sicilian city after an initial report on March 5. Laboratory tests of the liquid found on the statue showed that it was human blood. As hundreds of people flocked to Messina to see the statue, Archbishop Marra had cautioned against sensationalism, reminding believers that they should not be swept away by a story that "remains marginal with respect to the true faith."
. 12-11-2002 - South of Perth in the western part of the beautiful country at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Rockingham. On Sunday 3,000 to 4,000 faithful filed into the church as they have been doing each Sunday to catch a glimpse of the 27-inch statue that has been "weeping" now for more than 100 days.
The statue was purchased by a woman named Patty Powell for $150 from a religious shop in Thailand and was first seen weeping on March 19 during the Feast of St. Joseph -- and then over the four days of Easter. It again began to exude on August 15, Feast of the Blessed Mother's Assumption, and has wept continuously since. The archbishop has ordered a formal inquiry and scientists equipped with a computer that will scan the statue inside-out are now studying it. This is cutting-edge medical technology called tomography, in which an imaging tool is used to scrutinize human organs and build three-dimensional maps of the body. Already scientists from two Perth universities have tried to locate the source for rose-scented oil that trickles from the statue's eyes -- but have been unable to find a source.
We gave a call to a priest at the church, Father Don Kettle, who said the devout gather every day at the church, though not to the same extent as on Sundays. "We've just finished a nine-night novena," he said. "It was well-attended, anywhere from 300 to 400 people at each session. There's a lot of interest, as you can imagine." Does Father Kettle attach any particular meaning to the tears? Is there something specific to the Perth region? "It would purely be speculation to comment on that," says Father Kettles. "There's nothing in the western part that particularly stands out, but when you look at the state of the world, you begin to wonder why. Maybe it's a jolt for people to recollect and have a look at themselves."
We joked that the statue made one wish they still taught mystical theology in the seminaries. Father Kettle was ordained just last February. And suddenly he and his pastor, Father Finbarr Walsh, are faced with a situation that has drawn international attention (the most noted statue phenomenon since one of Padre Pio was said to weep a year ago in Italy). "I just spoke to a friend from the seminary about what's happening," says Father Kettle. "And he said, 'I think I must have missed the class about that!'"
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