Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Two Witnesses

The Book of Revelation describes the Two Witnesses in language reminiscent of the Old Testament - they call down fire from heaven and work numerous prodigies which recall the miracles of Elijah and Moses. Yet this imagery is almost certainly symbolic.  The Two Witnesses are not literal reincarnations of these ancient prophets, or reappearances of their assumed bodies - they will come in their "the spirit and power", just as John the Baptist came in the spirit and power of Elijah (see Luke 1:17).  The Apocalypse states that the Witnesses will be martyred as a result of their testimony to Jesus due to the influences of the Antichrist. So just as another two pillars of Christendom (Ss Peter and Paul) met their deaths at the hands of the precursor to the Antichrist (the emperor Nero), these final Witnesses will suffer martyrdom at the behest of the Antichrist.  However their deaths will not be in vain, for the Two Witnesses will establish the Second Pentecost, and ensure that the Gospel is preached to all nations.
There are many parallels between the Two Witnesses and other figures who feature predominately in the prophecies of Catholic saints and visionaries.  From the Middle Ages onwards, there have been various prophecies concerning an "Angelic pope", who is prophesied to heal the schism between Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (there are too many to mention here, but I go into further detail in the book).  Another figure associated with a restoration of Catholicism at the end-time is the "Great Monarch" or "Second Charlemagne", who is prophesied to convert many Muslims to the faith.  This figure is rather more enigmatic.  It is difficult to perceive how the Holy Roman Empire could be restored in an age devoted to democracy and it is highly unlikely that France (the country this prophecy is mostly associated with) will ever once again embrace a monarchy.  However prophecies as prestigious as those of La Salette foretell this event.  Melanie's original 1846 version of the secret foretells that this event, along with that of a great religious revival, will take place after a failed assassination attempt on a pope (which sounds remarkably like the 1981 assassination attempt on John Paul II):

The pope will be persecuted from all sides, they will shoot at him, they will want to put him to death, but no one will not be able to do it, the Vicar of God will triumph again this time.
The priests and the Sisters, and the true servants of my Son will be persecuted, and several will die for the faith of Jesus-Christ.
A famine will reign at the same time.
After all these will have arrived, many will recognize the hand of God on them, they will convert, and do penance for their sins.
A great king will go up on the throne, and will reign a few years. Religion will re-flourish and spread all over the world, and there will be a great abundance, the world, glad not to be lacking nothing, will fall again in its disorders, will give up God, and will be prone to its criminal passions.

One possibility is that the honour of Holy Roman Emperor will be bestowed on a prominent figure amongst the Protestant monarchies of Europe who converts to Catholicism, bringing with them masses of converts. Another less likely possibility is that it refers to an influential politician.  Nonetheless, there are many similarities between these individuals and the Two Witnesses of Scripture.
The concept of the Angelic Pope is associated with that of that of a martyr-pope, such as the pontiff described in the Third Secret (who unlike the pope in Melanie's secret, is actually killed).  As I show in my book, the text of the Third Secret released in June 2000 has some remarkable parallels with the prophecy of the Two Witnesses in the Book of Revelation.  The pope in the vision of the Third Secret is killed whilst upon a Via Dolorosa-like journey ascending the hill of a city whose focal point is a large cross:


The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.

I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.

After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewnaspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."

As I argue in greater detail in the book, this city with a large cross which is half in ruins represents Jerusalem.  More specifically, it represents the Heavenly Jerusalem which is the Church.  The reason the city is half in ruins is because of the apostasy of its members - those who have departed from the faith due to the influences of modern secular society.  At the end of this journey the pope is martyred in this "Heavenly Jerusalem" with imagery which recalls the place "where their Lord was crucified" in Rev 11:

I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. (Rev 11:4-8)

In a further echo with Rev 11, the Third Secret closes with imagery reminiscent of that of the Ark of the Covenant.  In the Third Secret, two angels gather up the blood of the martyrs, and sprinkle the blood on the souls of those making their way to heaven, in imagery which explicitly evokes the sprinkling of blood on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant in the Book of Leviticus:

And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.  Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.  Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins.  (Lev 16:14-16)

The Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant depicted two angels, and it was here that the blood of sacrifice was offered.

Just as the Third Secret closes with imagery suggestive of the Ark of the Covenant, so to does the section of the Apocalypse pertaining to the Two Witnesses:

Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail...
(Rev 11:19)

Could this martyr-pope of the Third Secret be associated with the Two Witnesses of Rev 11? 

See also the related posts:

The Second Pentecost
The Angelic Pope
St. John Bosco's Dream of the Two Pillars
St. Malachy's Glory of the Olives
Prophecies of the Martyr-Pope


Anonymous said...

You said "could identify this martyr-pope as none other than Benedict XVI."

I think we are now certain that it does not. However, I wonder, have you considered the possibility that Benedict XVI and the new Pope could be the two witnesses?

I am not sure about it, however, I get the feeling that the future Monarch will reign longer than the Shepherd Pope.

This is a unique situation to have an emeritus Pope and so I have to wonder if it is the unusual way in which Our Lady and Our Lord will fufill the prophecy of the two witnesses.

I assume the event would be at least 3.5 years in the future, but not much longer as the reign of this Sheperd Pope is to be short.

Of course all of this speculation assumes that the next Pope fulfills the prohecy of the Shepherd Pope and that that Pope is also one of the Witnesses. None of these assumptions is verifiable at this time.

There also seems to be a time compression issue with this concept since the grafting in of the original branches has not yet occurred and I get the feeling that this Martyr Pope will be instrumental in obtaining that conversion. The blood of the Martyrs is always associated with the development of future Saints.

So I am left to ponder and puzzle. I am not certain that the Shepherd (Angelic) Pope, the Martyr Pope and the Witnesses are synonymous, however there could be some overlap.

Maybe you can help us out by trying to show some ways we may be able to distinguish and/or associate these various images?

Emmett O'Regan said...

I've been thinking about this as well. I'll have to revise this post. The connection to Pope Benedict was made mostly through St. John Bosco's dream of the two pillars. I thought that St. John Bosco's prophecies pointed to the reign of the Angelic Pope occurring after the death of the martyr-pope, and that there was some area of overlap between. Now I'm not so sure... It's difficult to make sense out of St. John Bosco's dream in this new context. But I've been thinking that there is a chance that the pope being killed in the dream could be John Paul I, and the pope who secures the boat to the two pillars could be John Paul II (during the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Great Jubilee Year 2000). This would then follow the exact sequence of popes after Vatican II, and explain the other prophecies of St. John Bosco, which appear to suggest that the victory of this new Battle of Lepanto would take place from 1999.
This would mean then that the Angelic Pope is different from the one in St. John Bosco's dream, and isn't the one to follow the pope who is killed in this vision. Rather, the Angelic Pope could be one and the same as the martyr-pope of Fatima, who is killed by the Beast that rises from the bottomless pit. The Angelic Pope is always followed by the arrival of the Antichrist in the various prophecies connected to him.

I'll have to research the circumstances behind Pope John Paul I's death some more. This could suggest that the conspiracy theories about P2 and Roberto Calvi may have a grain of truth.

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