Friday, 10 February 2017

Pope Leo XIII and the Unbinding of Satan

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque adoring the Sacred Heart alongside Bl. Mary of the Divine Heart

With the upcoming celebration of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in May 2017, there is a greatly renewed interest amongst many Catholics in a famous prophetic vision purportedly granted to Pope Leo XIII, in which he came to understand that Satan would soon be granted a period of greater power. According to a number of accounts stemming from highly reputable sources in the Vatican, Pope Leo XIII received this vision near the cusp of the 20th century - a century which saw war and genocide being unleashed on an unprecedented scale, bringing about a general increase of lawlessness which eventually led to the decline of the Catholic Church. The duration of this period of Satan’s greater power was generally understood to last for 100 years, an extent of time which many came to associate with the 20th century itself. However, the crux of this prophecy lies in the fact that the period of Satan’s greater power is only finite in nature, and as soon as it elapses, we should expect the amount of evil in the world to return to normal pre-20th century levels.

As the 21st century progressed, it became evident that there was no tangible sign of the decline of Satan’s increased power at the end of the 20th century. Instead, immorality continued to rapidly slide in tandem with the decreased influence of the Church. In fact, rather than seeing a reduction of evil since the end of the 20th century, many exorcists have reported a massive spike in demonic activity in recent years, leading to calls for the training of more diocesan exorcists in order to meet with the level of demand for exorcisms.

In order to explain this apparent discrepancy, while still upholding the validity of the prophecy of Pope Leo XIII, many Catholics subsequently connected this 100-year period with the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. So instead of beginning at the start of the 20th century itself, this period of Satan’s increased power is presumed to have been marked by the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, which directly coincided with the rise of Soviet Communism.

One of the major factors for this shift in the anchor point of this prophetic timeline lies in the fact that during an apparition of Christ to Sr. Lucia at Rianjo, Spain in 1931, Our Lord had compared the request to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the request given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque concerning the consecration of the France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus – which similarly consisted of a time-frame involving a 100-year period.

Make it known to My ministers, given that they follow the example of the King of France in delaying the execution of My requests, they will follow him into misfortune. It is never too late to have recourse to Jesus and Mary.

We can find yet another reference to the request given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words:

They did not wish to heed My request! Like the King of France they will repent of it, and they will do it, but it will be late. Russia will have already spread its errors in the world, provoking wars and persecutions against the Church. The Holy Father will have much to suffer.

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque was originally given this request on 17th June, 1689, and exactly 100 years later, after a series of French kings had refused to acknowledge this request, the Third Estate rose up against the Monarchy on 17th June, 1789, stripping King Louis XVI of his legislative powers, setting into motion the terrible events of the French Revolution. So the requests of consecration to the two hearts of Jesus and Mary appear to be intimately connected with a period extending over a 100-year time-span. The connection made between the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque has led many to conclude that the expiration of this 100-year period may be met with some form of terrible chastisement if no attention is paid to these requests, just as what happened with the King of France.

While the threat of chastisement always remains a possibility, the true significance of the end of the period of Satan’s greater power lies in the hope for the restoration of the Church, which can only happen once the grip of the Devil’s increased influence over world affairs is finally broken. It is this hope that was alluded to by Pope Benedict XVI while on pilgrimage to Fatima on 13th May, 2010:

We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. Here there takes on new life the plan of God which asks humanity from the beginning: “Where is your brother Abel […] Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9). Mankind has succeeded in unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end… In sacred Scripture we often find that God seeks righteous men and women in order to save the city of man and he does the same here, in Fatima, when Our Lady asks: “Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which he will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which he is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” (Memoirs of Sister Lúcia, I, 162).

At a time when the human family was ready to sacrifice all that was most sacred on the altar of the petty and selfish interests of nations, races, ideologies, groups and individuals, our Blessed Mother came from heaven, offering to implant in the hearts of all those who trust in her the Love of God burning in her own heart. At that time it was only to three children, yet the example of their lives spread and multiplied, especially as a result of the travels of the Pilgrim Virgin, in countless groups throughout the world dedicated to the cause of fraternal solidarity. May the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions hasten the fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.

The above words of Pope Benedict XVI have been used to further bolster the idea that the significance of the centenary of Fatima in 2017 is in some way related to the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the end of the period of Satan’s increased power. The theme of the horrors of the 20th century is certainly prevalent in this homily, and there appears to be a possible allusion to the prophecy of Satan’s greater power when the Holy Father states that at this moment in history humanity had succeeded in “unleashing a cycle of death and terror, but failed in bringing it to an end…”

Throughout the course of this article, we will attempt to further draw out the thought of Pope Benedict XVI on the significance of the centenary of Fatima in 2017 in relation to the possible fulfilment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In addition, we shall also determine if this can shed any further light on the central hypothesis I forward in my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church – namely that the prophecy of Pope Leo XIII should be directly identified with the unbinding of Satan foretold to take place at the end of the Millennium in the Apocalypse:

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. (Rev 20:1-3)

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. (Rev 20:7-8)

In my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, I show how there are a remarkable number of widely varying considerations which all indicate that Pope Leo XIII’s vision of the period of Satan’s greater power is one and the same as the unbinding of Satan mentioned in the Apocalypse. According to the amillennialist eschatology of the Church Doctor, St. Augustine of Hippo, the binding of Satan took place during Christ’s death, His descent into Hades and His Glorious Resurrection from the dead. As the Catechism points out, Christ Himself had described this unique event as the “Sign of Jonah” – a phrase which is used in the immediate context of Christ’s discourse on the binding of Satan in the Gospels:

It is Jesus himself who on the last day will raise up those who have believed in him, who have eaten his body and drunk his blood. Already now in this present life he gives a sign and pledge of this by restoring some of the dead to life, announcing thereby his own Resurrection, though it was to be of another order. He speaks of this unique event as the "sign of Jonah," the sign of the temple: he announces that he will be put to death but rise thereafter on the third day… (CCC 994)

The amillennialist interpretation of the Apocalypse provided the working basis for the historical development of several key doctrines of Catholic eschatology, such as the doctrine of purgatory and the dogma of the immediate resurrection of the soul after death during the particular judgment. In addition, it has also influenced the development of the Creed, the doctrine of the resurrection of the flesh at the Last Day and the Church’s teaching on the nature of the Kingdom of God.

According to St. Augustine, there were only two possible legitimate amillennialist interpretations of the Millennium:

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself says, No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man — meaning by the strong man the devil, because he had power to take captive the human race; and meaning by his goods which he was to take, those who had been held by the devil in various sins and iniquities, but were to become believers in Himself. It was then for the binding of this strong one that the apostle saw in the Apocalypse an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a chain in his hand. And he laid hold, he says, on the dragon, that old serpent, which is called the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,— that is, bridled and restrained his power so that he could not seduce and gain possession of those who were to be freed.

Now the thousand years may be understood in two ways, so far as occurs to me: either because these things happen in the sixth thousand of years or sixth millennium (the latter part of which is now passing), as if during the sixth day, which is to be followed by a Sabbath which has no evening, the endless rest of the saints, so that, speaking of a part under the name of the whole, he calls the last part of the millennium— the part, that is, which had yet to expire before the end of the world— a thousand years; or he used the thousand years as an equivalent for the whole duration of this world, employing the number of perfection to mark the fullness of time
. (City of God XX:7)

While his first suggestion concerning the duration of the Millennium remains mostly forgotten, it actually has a considerable degree of merit in relation to the exact timing of the prophetic vision of Pope Leo XIII. Here, St. Augustine opines that the end of the “thousand years” mentioned in Rev 20 may be equated with the end of the Sabbath Millennium discussed by the Early Church Fathers. This view was subsequently largely overlooked, since many of the Church Fathers held that the Sabbath Millennium would come to an end circa AD500, at the end of a six thousand year period after the biblical date of creation determined by the chronology of the Greek Septuagint version of the Old Testament (the LXX). As the original various dates calculated for the end of the Sabbath Millennium circa AD500 came and went without any possible applications for this first interpretation, St. Augustine’s second proposal (that the thousand years symbolises an indefinite period extending from the time of Christ to the unbinding of Satan towards the end of the world), became the most widely accepted version of the amillennialist approach.

However, writing in the 8th century, the Church Doctor St. Bede the Venerable noted that the reckoning of the biblical chronology yields a vastly different result when using the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible, differing by a period of around 1,500 years from the date of creation (Anno Mundi). St. Bede proposed that this version of biblical chronology, which he used to revise the date of creation to circa 3952BC, was the most accurate, since it was derived from the “Hebrew truth” of the original Jewish Bible, rather than its Greek counterpart. St. Bede’s method for determining the chronology of the Hebrew Bible was further refined by the Anglican Archbishop James Ussher, who working from the various genealogies given in the Bible, established the date of creation to 4004BC.

If we view the primary value of this date to be prophetic in nature (rather than providing us with a literal date for creation), this revised version of the biblical chronology has enormous implications for St. Augustine’s first suggestion concerning the meaning of the end of the “thousand years” in Rev 20 and how this ties into the patristic idea of a Sabbath Millennium. It puts the period of the unbinding of Satan at the end of the “thousand years” directly within the scope of Pope Leo XIII’s vision of the Devil being granted a time of greater power in order to test the Church.

Given the fact that St. Bede the Venerable was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII at the turn of the 20th century on Nov 13th, 1899, it invites us to ponder whether this action was linked in any way to this saint’s influence on the revision of the Anno Mundi calendar. The prophetic implications of Bede’s chronology cannot be overstated. Not only did it recalibrate the timing of the conclusion of the Sabbath Millennium to the modern era, but once combined with St. Augustine’s thesis presented above, it could also be used to indicate that the period of the unbinding of Satan would begin to unfold in the present age. Is it possible that Pope Leo XIII was aware of these implications? If we can find any evidence that the Holy Father had interpreted his famous vision within the context of the period of the unbinding of Satan at the end of the thousand years in Rev 20, we could conclude that his raising of St. Bede to the status of Church Doctor on the very eve of the 20th century was a deliberate action intended to reflect his influence on determining the prophetic significance of the Sabbath Millennium.

Thanks to the research of academics such as Kevin Symonds (the author of the excellent book Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael), we now be fully confident that the Holy Father did in fact experience this event, and that it was also accompanied by a vision which directly parallels the scene of the encirclement of the camp of the saints described in Rev 20. Symonds notes that in his Pastoral Letters for Lent, published in 1946, Cardinal Giovanni Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano related how the origins of the Prayer to St. Michael were explained to him by the private secretary of Pope Leo XIII, Msgr. Rinaldo Angeli:

It wasn’t for naught that the most wise Pontiff, Pope Leo XIII, whose superior intelligence and certainly not narrow-minded or small spirit, himself wrote that beautiful and powerful prayer, and then ordered its recitation by all priests after the celebration of the Holy Mass…

And that part of the prayer – “who prowl about the world” – has an historical explanation, which has been shared numerous times by the Holy Father’s most faithful Secretary, who was very close to him throughout most of his pontificate, Msgr. Rinaldo Angeli. Pope Leo XIII truly had a vision of demonic spirits, who were gathering on the Eternal City (Rome). From that experience – which he shared with the Prelate and certainly with others in confidentiality – comes the prayer which he wanted the whole Church to recite. This was the prayer which he recited (we heard this many times in the Vatican Basilica) with a strong, powerful voice, which resonated in an unforgettable way in the universal silence beneath the vaults of the most important temple of Christianity. Not only that, but he wrote a special exorcism, which is found in the Rituale Romanum (c.3, Tit.XI) with the title “Exorcismus in Satanam et angelos apostaticos”. The Pontiff recommended to the Bishops and Priests that these exorcisms be recited often in their Dioceses and in their parishes, by the priests who had received the proper faculties from their Ordinaries. However, to set a good example, he recited it himself frequently throughout the day. In fact, another Prelate familiar with the Pontiff used to tell us that even on his walks through the Vatican Gardens, he would take out a small book – worn with much use – from his pocket and repeated his exorcism with fervent piety and deep devotion.

(Cardinal Nasalli, cited in Symonds, K. Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael pp25-26)

This vision of demonic spirits converging upon the city of Rome is clearly intended to symbolise the encirclement of the camp of the saints by the forces of Satan at the end of the Millennium described in the Apocalypse:

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city... (Rev 20:7-9)

As St. Augustine elaborates, the camp of the saints represents the Church itself, which is beset by the forces of Satan during the period of his unbinding:

The words, And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and encompassed the camp of the saints and the beloved city, do not mean that they have come, or shall come, to one place, as if the camp of the saints and the beloved city should be in some one place; for this camp is nothing else than the Church of Christ extending over the whole world. And consequently wherever the Church shall be—and it shall be in all nations, as is signified by the breadth of the earth,— there also shall be the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and there it shall be encompassed by the savage persecution of all its enemies... (City of God, XX:11)

Given how closely Pope Leo’s vision parallels this portion of the Apocalypse, it is entirely feasible that the Holy Father had also made this connection in light of his mystical experience, and related it to the encirclement of the camp of the saints at the end of the Millennium. The historical circumstances that the Church was facing at the time the Prayer to St. Michael was composed was indeed strongly evocative of the encirclement of the camp of the saints at the end of the thousand years. Ever since the Italian Army had reached the Aurelian Walls on 19th Sept 1870 (the feast of Our Lady of La Salette), placing the city of Rome under a state of siege, the forces of Satan (inspired by the principles of Freemasonry) had quite literally encircled the camp of the saints. So again, it is not entirely unreasonable that Pope Leo XIII would have interpreted the contemporary problems facing the Church in line with the scene described at the end of the thousand years in Rev 20.

Some of the primary figures involved in the Italian nationalist movement, such as Giuseppe Garibaldi, were prominent Freemasons, and within the Vatican hierarchy itself, it was widely believed that the annexation of the Papal States was part of a wider Masonic plot to destroy the Catholic Church. Pope Leo himself had vigorously condemned Freemasonry in his 1884 encyclical Humanum Genus, wherein he specifically compared the binary opposite entities of the Church and Freemasonry as the two cities described by St. Augustine - the City of God and the city of the Devil:

The race of man, after its miserable fall from God, the Creator and the Giver of heavenly gifts, "through the envy of the devil," separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other of those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth. The one is the kingdom of God on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ; and those who desire from their heart to be united with it, so as to gain salvation, must of necessity serve God and His only-begotten Son with their whole mind and with an entire will. The other is the kingdom of Satan, in whose possession and control are all whosoever follow the fatal example of their leader and of our first parents, those who refuse to obey the divine and eternal law, and who have many aims of their own in contempt of God, and many aims also against God.
This twofold kingdom St. Augustine keenly discerned and described after the manner of two cities, contrary in their laws because striving for contrary objects; and with a subtle brevity he expressed the efficient cause of each in these words: "Two loves formed two cities: the love of self, reaching even to contempt of God, an earthly city; and the love of God, reaching to contempt of self, a heavenly one."(1) At every period of time each has been in conflict with the other, with a variety and multiplicity of weapons and of warfare, although not always with equal ardour and assault. At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour
. (Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus)

According to St. Augustine himself, the two cities would only come into such open confrontation at the end of the thousand years, during the unbinding of Satan, when “Gog and Magog” set out to assemble the nations of the earth for war:

And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed from his prison, and shall go out to seduce the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, and shall draw them to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. This then, is his purpose in seducing them, to draw them to this battle. For even before this he was wont to use as many and various seductions as he could continue. And the words he shall go out mean, he shall burst forth from lurking hatred into open persecution. For this persecution, occurring while the final judgment is imminent, shall be the last which shall be endured by the holy Church throughout the world, the whole city of Christ being assailed by the whole city of the devil, as each exists on earth. (City of God XX:11)

In my book, I attempt to show how the appearance of “Gog and Magog” at the end of the thousand years should be identified with the figures of the False Prophet and Antichrist, rather than being four separate eschatological antagonists who bookend the Millennium (as is proposed in the millennialist interpretations of the Apocalypse).

Given that Pope Leo XIII appears to have interpreted contemporary events in light of St. Augustine’s meditations on the final confrontation between the two opposing cities at the end of the Millennium, it would follow that he would have personally understood his prophetic vision to be related to the period of the unbinding of Satan described in the Apocalypse.

We can find further evidence that the Holy Father made such a connection in the later 1890 “Exorcismus” prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII, which demonstrates that he had perceived that Satan had now “risen up terribly” during this particular moment in history. A phrase which is certainly highly suggestive of the unbinding of Satan at the end of the thousand years:

Behold the ancient enemy and murderer has risen up terribly! Transformed as an angel of light he goes about at large with a whole troop of wicked spirits and attacks the earth, there to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, and to steal souls destined for a crown of eternal glory, that he might afflict and destroy them in everlasting death.
(Pope Leo XIII “Exorcism against Satan and the Apostate Angels”, cited in Symonds, K Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael, p63)

This particular portion of the exorcism prayer was obviously directly influenced by the vision recounted to Cardinal Nasalli by Msgr. Angelli. Only now we are presented with the additional insight that Satan had “risen up terribly” against the Church. Given the fact that Pope Leo had most likely understood his prophetic vision as being explicitly related to the short time granted to Satan described in the Apocalypse, it is quite possible that his elevation of St. Bede to the status of Church Doctor on the very eve of the 20th century was an intentional act, aimed to highlight the prophetic importance of the patristic idea of the Sabbath Millennium. This would be doubly significant if he was aware of how St. Augustine had originally proposed that the unbinding of Satan would take place towards the end of the Sabbath Millennium, and how the significance of St. Bede’s recalibration of the Anno Mundi calendar reapplied the interpretation of this prophecy to the modern age.

It is surely beyond coincidence then that Pope Leo XIII chose to issue his encyclical Annum Sacrum announcing the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 25th May, 1899 – the feast day of St. Bede the Venerable. Given the fact that the Holy Father was preparing to proclaim St. Bede a Doctor of the Church just a few months later, it would seem that his choice of this saint’s feast day to announce the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was quite deliberate. If not, it was a striking coincidence that still augurs a level of prophetic significance. However, once we take into consideration that one of St. Bede’s most lasting contributions to Western culture was in the area of biblical chronology (indeed it was due to his influence that we use the Anno Domini calendar today), it is quite likely that this was an intentional act, since it accords with the central theme of his encyclical Annum Sacrum (which means “Holy Year”), pertaining to the significance of the turn of the century.

Pope Leo had called the consecration of the world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus “the greatest act of my pontificate”, and it appears that he viewed this solemn action as a way of providing a counterbalance to the grave perils that awaited the Church in the following century. As we have already seen, the 100-year period alluded to by Sr. Lucia was itself rooted in a request for a consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, when Christ had appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. If Pope Leo had understood his vision to be related to a similar 100-year period, it is quite likely that his choice of the feast day of St. Bede for announcing the consecration of the world to the Sacred of Heart was yet another deliberate act, intended to nod towards St. Augustine’s teaching on the Sabbath Millennium.

Pope Leo XIII had performed the consecration of the world to the Sacred of Jesus in direct response to his correspondence with Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, who had received several apparitions of Our Lord while staying at the Covenant of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Porto, Portugal. During these apparitions, Christ had instructed Blessed Mary to send a letter to Pope Leo XIII to request the consecration of the entire world to His Sacred Heart, which was sent by her confessor on 10th June, 1898. Pope Leo was sceptical at first, and initially refused to pay heed to this request, apparently due to the theological difficulty presented by consecrating non-Christians. Undeterred, Blessed Mary sent the Holy Father a second letter, this time mentioning a serious illness the pope was suffering, and assured him that he would live to perform the consecration. The fact that Leo XIII was subsequently healed from his illness had a profound impact upon the pontiff, who made sure to include mention of it in his encyclical:

"There is one further reason that urges us to realize our design; We do not want it to pass by unnoticed. It is personal in nature but just as important: God the author of all Good has saved us by healing us recently from a dangerous disease."
(Pope Leo XIII, Annum Sacrum, 25th May, 1899)

Pope Leo established a theological commission into the apparitions of Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, and quickly set about preparing to meet Our Lord’s demands concerning the consecration. Blessed Mary died on the vigil of the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 8th, 1899, at the age of 35, just three days before Pope Leo eventually carried out the consecration on June 11th.

We are left to ponder why the unbinding of Satan would occur at the beginning of the 20th century, rather than at the end of the Sabbath Millennium itself (circa 2000 according to Ussher’s chronology, or 2047 using St. Bede’s methodology)? According to St. Augustine, the period of the unbinding of Satan would occur at the very end of the “thousand years” during which Christ reigns with the saints, and should be included within this timeframe itself, rather than occurring immediately after it. St. Augustine pointed out that if the unbinding of Satan took place after the “thousand years” were over, this would suggest that Christ’s reign was finite in nature, and would effectively cease at the close of the Millennium during the appearance of “Gog and Magog”. We should take note here however that St. Augustine himself believed that the short time of Satan would only last for the duration of the reign of the Antichrist, for the vastly reduced period of three and a half years. He most likely would have baulked at the suggestion that the short time of Satan would in reality be substantially longer than three and half years, since he knew full well the dangers that would be presented to the Faith during this time.

Though this time is brief, yet not without reason is it questioned whether it is comprehended in the thousand years in which the devil is bound and the saints reign with Christ, or whether this little season should be added over and above to these years. For if we say that they are included in the thousand years, then the saints reign with Christ during a more protracted period than the devil is bound. For they shall reign with their King and Conqueror mightily even in that crowning persecution when the devil shall now be unbound and shall rage against them with all his might…

But assuredly the victorious souls of the glorious martyrs having overcome and finished all griefs and toils, and having laid down their mortal members, have reigned and do reign with Christ till the thousand years are finished, that they may afterwards reign with Him when they have received their immortal bodies. And therefore during these three years and a half the souls of those who were slain for His testimony, both those which formerly passed from the body and those which shall pass in that last persecution, shall reign with Him till the mortal world come to an end, and pass into that kingdom in which there shall be no death. And thus the reign of the saints with Christ shall last longer than the bonds and imprisonment of the devil, because they shall reign with their King the Son of God for these three years and a half during which the devil is no longer bound. It remains, therefore, that when we read that the priests of God and of Christ shall reign with Him a thousand years; and when the thousand years are finished, the devil shall be loosed from his imprisonment, that we understand either that the thousand years of the reign of the saints does not terminate, though the imprisonment of the devil does—so that both parties have their thousand years, that is, their complete time, yet each with a different actual duration approriate to itself, the kingdom of the saints being longer, the imprisonment of the devil shorter.
(City of God XX:13)

St. Augustine’s reckoning of the duration of the short time of Satan failed to take into account Christ’s words in the Olivet Discourse that before the appearance of the Antichrist there would be a succession of “wars and rumours of wars” leading to a departure from the Faith, after which the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the earth would take place. It is only after the Gospel has been preached to the all nations during the renovation of the Church by the Two Witnesses that the Antichrist appears.

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
(Matt 24:3-16)

Once we take into consideration that the period of the unbinding of Satan would encompass all of the events described in the Olivet Discourse, rather than being confined to the reign of the Antichrist, a much longer period of time is required. This would thus explain why the unbinding of Satan would have taken place around 100 years before the proposed date for the Sabbath Millennium had transpired, rather than occurring after the “thousand years” had elapsed – since the period of Satan’s unbinding takes place within the Millennium itself – at its very climax.

In my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, I attempt to show how the unbinding of Satan at the end of the Millennium recapitulates the opening of the scroll sealed with seven seals at the beginning of the Book of Revelation, when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are sent out to gather the nations of the world for war. This means that it is all of the events described in the Apocalypse and Olivet Discourse that should be incorporated into the span of the short time of Satan, rather than just the time of the Antichrist.

With this combined evidence, it thus appears quite likely that Pope Leo had interpreted his prophetic vision in light of the unbinding of Satan described in the Apocalypse. But what exactly occurs at the end of the short time of Satan? And should it be linked with the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima later this year? There definitely appears to be some sort of sensus fidelium that has developed concerning the significance of this centenary year. Many Catholics are fearful that this year will bring some form of chastisement. While this is always possible, the words of Christ in the Olivet Discourse gives us the best sense of how this period will end.

Even though Jesus had warned the disciples that the love of many would grow cold due to the increase of lawlessness during this period, He also offered a sense of hope, in that the one who endured to the end would be saved, when the Gospel would be proclaimed to all nations before the end of the world. St. Augustine himself thought that the end of the period of the unbinding of Satan would see his powers to inhibit the spread of the Gospel once again restrained.

For in accordance with this true saying that order is observed— the strong one first bound, and then his goods spoiled; for the Church is so increased by the weak and strong from all nations far and near, that by its most robust faith in things divinely predicted and accomplished, it shall be able to spoil the goods of even the unbound devil. For as we must own that, when iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold, Matthew 24:12 and that those who have not been written in the book of life shall in large numbers yield to the severe and unprecedented persecutions and stratagems of the devil now loosed, so we cannot but think that not only those whom that time shall find sound in the faith, but also some who till then shall be without, shall become firm in the faith they have hitherto rejected and mighty to conquer the devil even though unbound, God's grace aiding them to understand the Scriptures, in which, among other things, there is foretold that very end which they themselves see to be arriving. And if this shall be so, his binding is to be spoken of as preceding, that there might follow a spoiling of him both bound and loosed; for it is of this it is said, Who shall enter into the house of the strong one to spoil his goods, unless he shall first have bound the strong one? (City of God XX:8)

For St. Augustine, the whole purpose of the binding of Satan by Christ during His Sacrifice on the Cross was in order to allow the spread of the Gospel:

The devil, then, is bound and shut up in the abyss that he may not seduce the nations from which the Church is gathered, and which he formerly seduced before the Church existed. For it is not said that he should not seduce any man, but that he should not seduce the nations— meaning, no doubt, those among which the Church exists— till the thousand years should be fulfilled,— i.e., either what remains of the sixth day which consists of a thousand years, or all the years which are to elapse till the end of the world…
Now the devil was thus bound not only when the Church began to be more and more widely extended among the nations beyond Judea, but is now and shall be bound till the end of the world, when he is to be loosed. Because even now men are, and doubtless to the end of the world shall be, converted to the faith from the unbelief in which he held them.
(City of God XX:7-8)

The fact that Satan appears to have now retrieved his ability to blind the minds of unbelievers to the truth of the Gospel, bringing about the decline of the influence of the Church, is perhaps the best witness to the possibility that we are currently enduring the period of Satan’s unbinding at the end of the world. When Pope Benedict XVI further clarified his now famous prayer concerning the year 2017 in an interview with Peter Seewald, he further emphasized that his hope was that forces of evil would once again be restrained at this time:

I said that the “triumph” will draw closer. This is equivalent in meaning to our praying for the coming of God’s Kingdom. This statement was not intended—I may be too rationalistic for that—to express any expectation on my part that there is going to be a huge turnaround and that history will suddenly take a totally different course. The point was rather that the power of evil is restrained again and again, that again and again the power of God himself is shown in the Mother’s power and keeps it alive.
The Church is always called upon to do what God asked of Abraham, which is to see to it that there are enough righteous men to repress evil and destruction. I understood my words as a prayer that the energies of the good might regain their vigor. So you could say the triumphs of God, the triumphs of Mary, are quiet, but they are real nonetheless. (Light of the World, pp165-166).

So while we may reasonably expect that the power of Satan will once again be restrained after the period of his unbinding, there will always remain a significant level of evil in the world, just as evil continued to exist after the Devil was defeated by Christ’s Sacrifice on Calvary. As Pope Benedict XVI pointed out during his pilgrimage to Fatima in 2010: "The Lord told us that the Church would constantly be suffering, in different ways, until the end of the world." Here, the Holy Father attempted to pre-empt against any millenarian misinterpretation of his words concerning the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary by alluding to Christ's parable of the wheat and tares, which the Lord stated must exist side-by-side until the Last Judgement at the end of the world (Matt 13):

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (Matt 13:25-30)

The binding of Satan takes place to allow the spread of the Gospel, rather than to allow for the creation of a millenarian-style earthly utopia, as is advanced by certain fringe groups within Catholicism, spearheaded by Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi. As the Catechism states, the pilgrim Church on earth must suffer the travails of the present age until the end of the world:

"Though already present in his Church, Christ's reign is nevertheless yet to be fulfilled "with power and great glory" by the King's return to earth. This reign is still under attack by the evil powers, even though they have been defeated definitively by Christ's Passover. Until everything is subject to him, "until there be realized new heavens and a new earth in which justice dwells, the pilgrim Church, in her sacraments and institutions, which belong to this present age, carries the mark of this world which will pass, and she herself takes her place among the creatures which groan and travail yet and await the revelation of the sons of God." (CCC 671)

While we can certainly hope that the Gospel will once again be effectively proclaimed to all nations to allow the restoration of the Church, the end of the world will immediately follow on from this event after the appearance of the Antichrist, as was affirmed by Christ in the Olivet Discourse. To distort the promises of Our Lady of Fatima into a future millenary “era of peace” is to venture into the heresy of millenarianism.

The Apocalypse tells us that towards the end of his period of power, the Devil is then thrown down to earth with a third of the angelic host, after being defeated in heaven by the Archangel Michael. Scripture informs us that this event is accompanied by the appearance of the Signs in Heaven. As I explain at some detail in my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, all of these signs occurred at the turn of the millennium in order to mark the moment Satan is cast down to earth with his army of fallen angels. This event explains the incredible rise in demonic activity in recent years noted by several prominent Catholic exorcists. It also helps us to understand that the flood issued forth from the mouth of the Dragon in an attempt to sweep the Woman away is actually false prophecy issued through false demonic apparitions and manifestations described by St. Paul:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions. (2Cor 13:14)

The fact that the idea of a millenary “era of peace” on earth during a period of blissful harmony is a staple of these false apparitions leads us to conclude this flood poured forth from the Dragon is related to this false prophecy; and it is intended to prevent the Catholic faithful from fully understanding the truth contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition. Instead, the Devil wants to present the faithful with the temptation of a millenarian utopia – an idea which the Catechism rejects as the deception of the Antichrist:

Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgement. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism. (CCC 675-676)

But this flood will now soon be swallowed up by the earth, when the Woman Adorned with the Sun will finally be given the two wings of a great eagle (representing the Two Witnesses), to flee to a place in the wilderness:

And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle to fly from the presence of the serpent to her place in the wilderness, where she was nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from the mouth of the serpent spewed water like a river to overtake the woman and sweep her away in the torrent. But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth to swallow up the river that had poured from the dragon’s mouth. And the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Rev 12:13-17)


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Colin Cooper said...

Hello Annon,

Thanks for your question!

Prior to the "Peace" and in the midst of detailing its specifics, Hildegard notes in her Trier letter that:

"...Indeed this holy zeal will not soon dry up, but will last a long time, because all this will happen on account of the erring time, when there will have been many martyrs to the faith..."

The "martyrs," she contends, will have come at the very hands of the pagans who convert along with a number of Jews during the Peace.

Colin Cooper said...

And also at the hands of the "heretics," I should add.

Jason R. said...

This massive Russian military exercise taking place quite literally right before the centenary of the Miracle of the Sun, has me nervous... any actual invasion because of the impossibility of hiding the gigantic deployment it would entail, would have to be masked as an exercise:

With growing evidence that the FSB under Putin's direction has been working overtime to cause massive destabilization in Western democracies, not the least of which in the US, with an eye on weakening the EU and NATO specifically, the timing of this is really disturbing. I'm one of those that doesn't think that the fact that Pope Leo XIII vision took place 33 years to the day before the Miracle of the Sun was a coincidence, and I stumbled upon that fact myself by accident rather than reading about the timing, and I've always thought the real 100 years' was evidenced by the Bolshevik Revolution soon after and the strongly anti-Catholic government that came to power in Mexico that led to so many slaughter clergy as well. Add in the Tuy apparition that sounds a lot like a 1944 description of an MIRV ICBM launching its payload, what Pope St. John Paul II allegedly said at Fulda in 1980, Pope Benedict on record as believing we are living in the time of the Minor Apostasy, the timing of the Year of Divine Mercy and canonization of Sr. Saint Faustina... I've been watching nervously at the centenary of the Miracle of the Sun and Russia for around 15 years, but a part of me still could never have imagined events and all these different things coming to such a confluence as suddenly as they appear to be recently and with the date of this massive Russia military exercise... it is frightening to say the least.

How it could start:

Jason R. said...

This article on the massive areas that Russia has recently shut-down to any combat aircraft that aren't of an extreme stealthy nature is disturbing as well. It now includes the entire Eastern Mediterranean area including most of Israel and Saudi Arabia as well, and these are systems that NATO doesn't really have any good countermeasures against.

It casts the true purpose of Russia's deployments in Syria into a different light when looking at the rest of their A2/AD defense systems and where they are placed:

p.s. I'm sorry if I'm bringing too many more secular considerations into a post of yours of a more spiritual nature, but as I posted above, a confluence of the spiritual and the temporal seems to be possibly on the near-horizon.

Jason R. said...

Sorry for the triple post, I'm just coming across articles that show that many countries are taking the increasing tensions with the utmost seriousness imaginable. In the article about Russia's huge air-exclusions zones as a very effective counter against NATO's over-reliance on air power (NATO in a way has been seduced by the seeming primacy of air power over ground forces, while Russia has very effective and far-reaching countermeasures to it... even the seizure of the Crimea can be seen in an entirely new light when you look at the Arctic, Baltic, Black Sea, and Mediterranean A2/AD exclusion zones that would shut down NATO air power as well as putting a virtual halt to any sea traffic it wished in these areas... but I am off on a tangent), the extreme importance of Sweden's Gotland Island is mentioned... well Sweden recognizes this enough to be reintroducing conscription, and there is talk in geopolitical circles and blogs of Sweden seriously considering applying for NATO membership, something previously considered unthinkable given their very, very (centuries long) love of independence of action and policy:

I'll curtail any further posing of news articles, but I'll be keeping a very close eye on the new administration in the US's relationship to its other NATO member-partner's, and the September Zapad-2017 military exercise by the Soviet Uni... I mean Russia ;-).

One thing is very certain in my mind; if a Russian territorial grab is made only against the Baltics, Putin knows full well that nuclear-threshold states such as Poland, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria will very quickly develop nuclear weapons if the US retreats into isolationism as seems to be a real possibility for the first time since the 1930s. While even going it without the US, France and the UK may still want to come to the aid of the Baltic Republics, but Germany will not have the stomach for it, not least of the reasons being the symbiosis of the deep direct foreign investment German firms have in Russia and the cheap energy it receives from Russia, let alone the memory of losing so many in their last war against Russia.

So Eastern Europe, with very recent memories of being under brutal Russian domination for so long after the Second World War, and Poland especially which doesn't have the luxury of the Carpathians as a natural defensive barrier but being basically a large open plain to and from which Russia has invaded and been invaded many times, will go nuclear, something that Russia of course can't allow. But Poland similarly will find Russian troops on its eastern border geopolitically intolerable and will get nuclear weapons as a counterweight. Much of the massive special technology transfer, both civil and military, that Poland has enjoyed from the US over the last decade has already been to dissuade Poland from unilaterally withdrawing from the Nonproliferation Treaty as they have nervously (and rightfully so) eyed Putin's revanchist thirst for a Russified version of Grossdeutschland.

Jason R. said...

... cont.

Russia is really racing against the clock right now in geopolitical terms. It cannot tolerate NATO troops 200 km from St. Petersburg instead of the former 2000 km, yet they are demographically a real mess. Their population will take an incredibly sharp drop over the next 20 to 30 years; they will, to be a little crass, not have the bums to put into the turrets of the tanks of the newly reconstituted 1st Guards Tank Army in 20 years, and their economy is now smaller than that of my humble home of Canada.

Their EEU isn't working as well as they thought it would and the Central Asian countries are turning increasingly to economic links with China instead of Russia, and where economic links lie military treaties will come (which is why Putin is working overtime at instilling an almost irrational anti-China sentiment is Western nations as well right now e.g. Trump).

There are unsurprisingly many pockets of huge numbers of Russian-speaking people in the former Republics of the Soviet Union, which would help their demographic crunch, as well as new land to help their economy to be more diversified than to just rely on the energy sector, just as in the days of the CCCP. But their time is short, so if they are going to strike, they have to strike now while they have the upper hand and the FSB has been sowing chaos in the membership of NATO countries, their former satellite states in Eastern Europe, and with direct military intervention in places like Ukraine.

I believe Putin would have taken all the strip of southern Ukraine to create a land-bridge to that rump state Russia has in Moldova of Transnistria if not for the aggressive sanctions and intervention of Saudi Arabia (who has good reason to fear and hate Russia with Russian support of the Shia in the growing Shi'ite-Sunni civil war across the Middle East, with Putin giving support to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran, and, of course, the Alawite regime of Assad in Syria) in forcing the price of oil down (and the US concurrently increasing fracking to bring gas prices down as well), sending Russia's booming energy economy into an absolute tail-spin. But it seems that rather than reigning him in, this only convinced Putin of how very vulnerable he is, and that he needs to act now while Russia still is powerful enough *to* act.

Sorry to any of those that are offended at the notion that President Trump is anything but a puppet for Putin to weaken NATO and turn US attention towards a non-existent Chinese threat, but that is exactly what Trump is. And to those who believe Putin to be some sort of supporter and protector of Christianity, my Lord, just look at the man's history... he uses the Cross as a mere prop. Marine Le Pen is in the same category as Trump and Putin is most likely all the trouble Fillon is having in France to throw more votes her way for President, as well as Merkel's troubles hoping that a SPD government will be even less likely to stand up against aggression against their NATO partners in the Baltic Republics.

But the real wild card is Eastern European nations such as Poland, and how quickly they could obtain nuclear weapons as a bulwark; Russia cannot allow that, so if they go for the Baltic Republics, which is a a geopolitical imperative, they cannot stop, they will keep going in the hopes of negotiating away Eastern Europe in exchange for complete influence in the former territories of the Soviet Union, their own "shock-and-awe" campaign that the slow decision-making mechanisms of a non-US backed NATO will be unable to deal with.

And what about Turkey, which is seemingly an enemy of Iran and a solid NATO member? We might be in for a very big and nasty surprise as to where Tayyip Erdoğan's real loyalties lie; they may be the Muslim component of the sneak attack by Russia and an Islamic ally prophesied about. Interesting times...

Colin Cooper said...

This is all very interesting and important information Jason. I for one appreciate your input and I share your viewpoint with respect to Russia, and Trump.

Colin Cooper said...


Back in 2013, Putin's Chief of General Staff General Gerasimov outlined Russia's new military strategy tailored to the modern age that would consist of media, political and intelligence tactics, in addition to the old-fashioned conventional means. Gerasimov, one of Russia's pre-eminent strategic thinkers, described this as a new future of warfare: "hybrid war", where future wars would be waged with one quarter battle tanks and other military hardware, and much of the rest by cyber warfare.

Right now, the keyboard is mightier than the sword (although that may change swiftly as the recent, disconcerting events you have alluded to gather pace).

This very blog has, in the past, been the target of Russian trolls spreading disinformation. It is literally an endemic series assaults at the moment, designed to foster confusion and an inability to distinguish truth from error.

Anonymous said...

Jason R,

You are living in fanstasy land my friend. Quit parroting the Neocon talking points on Trump and Putin. Putin is not evil nor the aggressor. Obama, Clinton, Nuland, McCain, Graham, etc. are the evil ones and were the aggressors in Ukraine. The West orchestrated the violent coup in Ukraine against the democratically elected Yanukovych. This act was a mortal sin and a declaration of war against Ukriane. Ordinary Ukrainians did not and do not support the violent takeover of their country by the Soros-funded Maidan. Kiev is currently under foreign occupation by a neo-Nazi Junta. Yanukovych remains the legitmate ruler of Ukraine. Jason, I guess you also support Poroshenko's punitive war of genocide against the Donbass? You disgust me, Jason. It is the West who has declared proxy war against Russia in Ukraine and Syria. The West is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Christians, Alawites, and other minorities - inlcuding sephardic Jews - in Syria at the hands of the Western-armed and funded "Syrian Rebels." ISIS were our hired guns in Libya doing our dirty work against Gaddafi before they rebranded and took the road to Damascus. Assad has been demonized in the same way Putin has been demonized and now Trump is being demonized. It disgusts me, Jason, that you simply regurgitate Hillary Clinton's discredited, Goebbelsian State Department talking points on Syria. The Catholic bishops in Syria fully support Assad. Assad is not a tyrant and there never was a popular uprising against him. The persecution and martyrodm of Syrian Catholics is hardly talked about at all in the West. It's like it never happened. Syria lies in ruins thanks to Obama and the Neocons and propagandists like Jason R. If it wasn't for the sacrifice and bravery of the Russians - who faced overwhelmingly bad odds in Syria - there wouldn't be any trace of Christianity left in Syria. The Neocons have squandered the Reagan-Gorbachev-JPII peace dividend. Trump is the last chance the West is getting to rectify decades of unjust warmongering. If the Neocons somehow succeed in taking down Trump with this fake Russian investigation, then there will be war with Russia and it will be the West who ends up getting justly chastised by Russia. You should be ashamed of yourself, Jason, for peddling that kind of Neocon propaganda here. And I am shocked and saddened that Colin agrees with you. I really thought Colin was onto to something with Hildegard. Turns out, he is just a cheerleader for the Neocon talking points on Trump and Putin. What a disgrace and a disappointment.

Jason R. said...

Yes, Mr. Anonymous, if that is your real name ;-), we're heard you parroting Putin's talking point before, you just proved Colin's point. Rather than listening to what he says I fortunately look at what he does. Everything I wrote was strictly factual, hare to see how they are Neocon talking points. Pesky little things, those facts, lol.

Anonymous said...

Jason R,

You are a Neocon troll and nothing you cited was objective. You cited a Neocon blog and two other sources that regurgitate the Neocon demonization of Putin and Russia.

Everything I stated regarding the situation in Ukraine and Syria is factual and you conveniently discounted it. I'm surprised Emmett allowed you to post that wall of Neocon, warmongering propaganda onto this thread. The American people don't find you Neocon trolls credible anymore. That's why we elected Donald Trump. Your warmonger-in-chief Obama is gone and Hillary lost. Get over it. If Trump can be faulted for anything at this point it is that he has not disavowed the neo-Nazi Junta in Ukraine fast enough and has towed the Neocon line on Crimea. To his defense, he has inherited an emasculated Republican Congress run by Neocons like McCain and Graham who gave Obama just about everything he wanted without so much as a fight. Trump's greatest challenge will be dealing with the warmongers in his own party. But, we the American people, have his back and in the end the Immaculate Heart will Triumph over the Neocon lies, demonization, division, lawlessness and warmongering.

There are plenty of other venues for you to peddle your Neocon talking points, Jason. This thread is for discussion of Emmett's excellent analysis of Pope Leo's vision and the 100th anniversary of Fatima. Do us a favor, Jason, and quit derailing this discussion with your Neocon excrement.

Colin Cooper said...


Jason is from Canada and I am from the UK, so the statement: "Your warmonger-in-chief Obama is gone and Hillary lost," is illogical given that internal U.S. politics has little-to-no direct bearing upon us. We are not Americans, nor for that matter are Emmett and Stephen.

Foreign policy is an entirely different kettle of fish from UD domestic affairs. U.S. foreign policy impacts all of us, Canada especially.

Over here in Europe, the destabilizing effects of Russian hybrid warfare are very apparent and I'm afraid that they have come to roost in America.

Nonetheless, you should be able to differentiate between my analysis of the eschatology of St. Hildegard of Bingen on the one hand and my geopolitical assessments on the other.

And just to add, Jason's very detailed and meticulously referenced posts are from being "excrement" and verbal diarrhoea. Nor are they strictly off-topic, since Russia; her "errors" and her consecration are all central to the Fatima apparitions and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. As such, it is right to question what state she is in at the moment and what that means.

Jason R. said...

Thanks for standing up for me Colin, and more specifically, my analysis of the situation, which I find puzzling to be called Neo-con talking points (whatever those are) because it's all my own take on things based on my keen interest in world affairs and especially having kept an eye on Russia my whole life; I haven't read or repeated any "talking points", just collected and processed factual evidence using my own faculties to come up with a scenario of my own. I'm afraid Anon is projecting a bit, a case of the pot calling the kettle black, because they can only repeat and parrot talking points themselves rather than take in facts and analyze themselves because they *aren't* going straight to the factual and historical record.

Like you said, I'm not even from the US so this Neocon stuff and thinking I have any affinity to either Obama or Clinton is rather bizarre; what Anonymous is talking is sooo far off my radar... I based all my observations on my educational background in the study of geopolitics in university, and from a whole lot of recreational reading on history, politics, and prophecy, as well as being a huge news junkie and reading first-hand sources from all over the world, and very much tend to make my own mind up on things rather than parroting what I've read or been told by someone else after taking in a lot of information and sifting the wheat from the chaff.

It's amazing how Putin has so many people on both the far-right and far-left in the US it seems so particularly and deeply duped that they will argue against his clear and, really, beyond-dispute record.... it shows how well I guess Russian дезинформация through state-controlled propaganda organs like Sputnik News & Russia Today, as well as the army of Internet forum trolls the FSB employs has worked. At the risk of being uncharitable, there seem to be what the Soviets called their "useful idiots", such as those in the CPUSA back in the day, in no shortage in present times either. It's amazing that I hear the exact same thing from the Putin cheerleaders almost word-for-word, like a form of brainwashing has taken place.

Anonymous said...


Care to explain what you mean by "the destablizing effects of Russian hybrid warfare are very apparent and I'm afraid that they have come to roost in America." Please tell me that you don't believe the fake news talking points that "the Russians" elected Donald Trump. For if you subscribe to that kind of propaganda then you have lost all credibility here and insult those of us Americans who had to endure ridicule and violence because we voted for Donald Trump. The "Russians are behind Trump" is a lie and has been exposed as such. The real story is that members of the American intelligence community are playing politics with national security as well as leaking classified information to the Press. "The Russians" did not elect Trump. As for the seperate issue of the DNC hack, we don't know who hacked into the DNC. It could have been China, Israel, Great Britain (a former MI6 agent peddled the fake news regarding Trump and prostitutes in Moscow) or some other country. Or it could be the very same Obama leftovers in the Deep State who parroted the Golden Showers fake intel from the now discredited former MI6 agent or the same Obama leftovers who also leaked the Flynn converstaion (another fake controversy). Or it could be, as Trump put it, a 300lb man-child in his mother's basement. We don't know and none of the "sources" that Jason cited know either. What we do know is that "Blue Wall" Americans came out to vote for Trump in record numbers. I personally witnessed men I work with who are Union members switch their party affiliation to Republican just so they could vote for Trump. In Pittsburgh alone, Democrats switched to Republican by the thousands during the primary. This was unheard of since Reagan won. The Democrats and the Neocons are still in shock. The mainstream Media - which attacked Trump just like they attacked Ron
Paul in the previous election - is still in a state of shock and apparently has not learned from their sins during the election where they came out for Hillary in contravention of every journalistic ethical standard. I'm just surprised that you and Jason continue to fall for the Neocon lies. Perhaps the fact that you live outside the States is a mitigating factor for the level of brainwashing you have displayed here. I can only hope that is the explanation.

Anonymous said...

As for the "errors of Russia" that is a reference to Communism which is, essentially, militant atheism put into policitial practice. Russia was Consecrated in 1984 and Sister Lucia is on the record saying that nuclear war with the Soviet Union was averted in 1985. That's how close we came (althought the Neocons are doing everything in their power to see the fulfillment of "various nations will be annihilated"). I guess you will probably counter by saying that the 1984 Consecration wasn't really done because Russia is not Catholic right now. You would be making two errors: First, those who say the 1984 Consecration wasn't valid are disobeying the Chuch authorities who say it was, and you become no better than those who call Pope Francis an anti-pope. Second, you are acting like the Consecration was some sort of weapon with which to defeat Russia. That's not the purpose of a Consecration. Consecrations are not magic nor do they restrict free will, and conversions sometimes take a lifetime. Only those blinded by political bias and ideology and ignorant of the evil that took place during the Soviet years, would claim that the Russia of today is the same as the Soviet Union. Those who have watched the situation unfold with an unbiased eye and who have stuided Russian history, know that a truly supernatural change has taken place in Russia and that Putin is the object of demonization preciesly because Satan knows that a real change has occurred. Also, since we are on the topic of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima, ask yourself a fundamental question: why did Our Lady appear in 1917? If the goal of her intervention was her concern with the fact that the Russians are Orthodox, why did she come in 1917, centuries after the Orthodox Schism? I would remind you that the Orthodox have valid Sacraments. Obviously, Our Lady came in 1917 because that was the year that militant atheism (aka "Communism") siezed control of Orthodox Christian Russia. Ironically, the descendents of the 1917 Revolution were founders of the Neocon Movement that hijacked the Reagan revolution and has squandered the Reagan-Gorbachev-JPII Peace Dividend. They tactics of violent "protests" and "color revolutions" that the Neocons like Victoria Nuland employed in Ukraine and Syria were the exact same tactics used in 1917 to bring down Orthodox Russia.

There is only one way the Fatima story is going to end: with the Triumph. How we get there is up to us. If the Neocons succeed in bringing down Trump's populist, non-interventionist agenda, then we will still get to the Triumph - we'll just get there the hard way via Chastisment and "the annihilation of nations." The errors of Russia did spread, to the West, and the firstfruits of those errors were a squandering of the Reagan-Gorbachev-JPII Peace Dividend and the expansion of a hubristic, militaristic and interventionist NATO right up to Russia's borders. We are in a more dangerous situation now than were were during the first Cold War, and it is not Putin and Russia's fault. How it ends is entirely up to the West.

Mark W said...

Jason R. said...

So, Anonymous, are you denying what Our Lady indicated at Fatima that the Minor Chastisement will be in the form of Russia spreading her errors (as Colin and I believe they are right now and have amply factual evidence to back that up) if the Minor Apostasy takes place (Our Lady didn't mention Neo-cons)?

So we have (a) Our Lady saying that Russia would be Our Lord's instrument of chastisement if Christian nations didn't turn back to Him, and (b) the obvious fact that these nations have not, with the Pope himself indicating that the Minor Apostasy is currently taking place, right now, as well as (c) a multitude of prophecies by Catholic Saints through the ages warning of an attack by Russia with the help of Prussia i.e. at least the eastern portion of Germany, as well as some sort of Islamic contingent (which seems like it could be a sort of Shi'ite super-state comprised of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, or perhaps a revived Ottoman Empire under Turkey), including the vision of Russian flags flying not just over the Kremlin as at present but over St. Peter's Basilica itself.

What is not included in the narrative is Russia being the savior of Christendom rather than the instrument of chastisement and the spreading of error and war. You have it backwards my friend, and this isn't just coming from me, it's coming from multiple apparitions and prophecies with the full teaching authority of the Church backing them up. Ignore what the Church teaches in preference to the world-view that is being spoon-fed to you whole-cloth as Russian propaganda at your peril.

That's the last I'll say on the matter, other than that you really have not done your own research at all, not on what has gone on with Russia vis-a-vis the sovereign states that emerged from the former CCCP, not all the crimes perpetrated by Putin that are completely at odds with any notion that he is a Christian (e.g. the funny habit of any independent Russian journalist who report critically on him ending up dead, from radiation poisoning to being shot dead a stone's throw away from the Kremlin as a particularly poignant "message"), as similarly the personality traits and behaviors of President Trump are clear indicators that he isn't a Christian either. Same could be said for anyone who follows the philosophy and teachings of Ayn Rand (e.g. the nominally Catholic Paul Ruan); if you compare the tenets of Objectivism with LeVayan Satanism you will scarcely be able to find a difference between the two. Pope Francis has been very pointed in his criticism and rightfully so IMHO. Do your homework.

Anonymous said...

Jason R,

The fundamental mistake you make is trying to conform the present reality to conditional prophecies of the past, many of which have already taken place. Conditional prophecies are never set in stone. As for your mention of Prussia, it raises an interesting point which is you can't have it both ways: you can't argue that the Russia of centuries-old prophecy is the post-Consecration Russia while at the same time modifying the mention of "Prussia" to really mean Germany today. As you might not be aware, "Prussia" doesn't exist today. Can't have it both ways, unless you are trying to conform the present reality to conditional prophecies of the past - which is exactly what you are doing. The present reality is not bound by conditional prophecies of the past. In your twisted logic, Jason, it doesn't matter what Putin does, he is still evil because of an centuries-old conditional prophecy. This is ludicrous. With your logic, Putin could request entrance into the Catholic Church and yet you would still be suspicious because of some centuries old conditional prophecy which you think you have the authoritative interpretation of. Only the Church has the authority to interpret conditional prophecies, not me and you.

As for the "errors of Russia" spreading, that has already occurred. Militant Atheism rules Western culture. It culminated with a radical Marxist named Barack Obama being elevated to the highest office in the West. This militant Marixst Obama then spent nearly 8 years engaging in proxy war against the Christians of the Middle East, Ukraine, and Russia. You've obviously not been paying attention to world events these past 8 years, Jason. Or maybe in your mind you don't have to because your interpretation of prophecies of the past tells you what to think without you having to think for yourself.

As for Pope Francis' attacks on Trump, he is entitled to his fallible opinion, but his attacks nearly landed a pro-death, pro-war criminal named Hillary Clinton into the White House. This is why Popes should stick to good old Faith and Morals and stay out of the fallible politics business. If I would have followed your adivce with regard to Trump, Jason, we would now have a genuine monster in the White House. Thanfully, Americans listened to common sense and their consciences rather than Pope Francis' fallible opinion of Donald Trump.

Jason R. said...

You are so incredibly naive. Over *30* journalists have been murdered that have written critically of Putin... 30!! Putin is worth between 40 and 60 billions dollars personally from his looting of the former state-owned enterprises of Russia, making him one of the richest people in the world. I cannot believe any rational person can't see the ultra-oligarch for what he is, and the global kleptocracy he is trying to create with the other ultra-rich in countries across the Western industrialized world, and his propaganda machine is obviously doing its work well because you sound like a parrot, I've read and heard these exact same pieces of misinformation that you are regurgitating almost word for word that totally ignores factually realities of what Putin and Russia have done and are doing. The war crimes he is responsible for in carpet bombing civilian areas of Aleppo is enough for him to be put on trial for war crimes, as in Ukraine, as in Georgia before that. He has broken treaties, lies constantly (as President Trump does as well, he has gotten Putin's technique down well), has shown no respect for sovereign borders of the former Republics of the CCCP that are now independent nations, and has given every indication he has no compunctions of doing the same next in Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus, the Central Asian countries, and scariest of all, our NATO allies in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Like all malignant narcissists, a categoy which I'd include President Trump in as well as Putin, do *not* listen to what they say, watch what they *do*. Again, you aren't basing your world-view on the reality of things that have actually occurred. You are being spoon-fed a world-view that Putin's FSB has been pushing and trying to twist facts into lies to match that world-view. I on the other hand have provided a plethora of actual facts, actual military deployments, actual war crimes; I start from a completely impartial view and base my world-view on the facts, not empty rhetoric. But I know a lost cause when I see one, lol, so I digress.

And if you can't see that what Pope Francis is commenting on is *exactly* related to morals, and specifically the social doctrine of the Church, I think you are even more lost than I even imagined. I'll pray for you that the scales fall from your eyes.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I really don't want to turn comment moderation on. It would slow everything way up. I only get to check my email a few times a day, if even. Although sometimes when I do, I despair at what a few people write here. Invective amongst fellow Catholics is one of the things that I really dislike about the nature of the Internet and social media. The medium is the message, sadly. I would like to ask commentators to remain respectful to one another, even if they have divergent viewpoints. Anger is most certainly not a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Anonymous said...


I agree, anger is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Neither is lying such as Jason R's lie that Putin has had journalists murdered. It's one thing Emmett to use your blog to discuss end times eschatology. But since Jason R showed up it has been nothing but lies and demonization of Putin and Trump. All he does is present the Neocon talking points as if they are proven facts. Allowing that kind of lying to continue only soils the reputation of what many consider the best end times Catholic blog on the interwebs. That's your call though Emmett, but if we wanted to hear Neocon lies I'd be reading National Review or listening to CNN.

Colin Cooper said...

Amen Emmett, anger is not a fruit of the spirit.

To return to the topic of St. Hildegard, I find it to be plainly ironic that she prophesied the coming of an era, after "the erring times of terrible heresies" when "reformed clergy and bishops will announce a new dawn of justice and the secular princes of the world will unite together beneath the banner of harmony"....and yet here, some of us are on this thread riven by conflict, while discussing her writings.

We have much to learn, so it seems, before the "dawn of justice" can possibly arise. By the Grace of God, I certainly live in hope.

Jason R. said...

Ummm, Anonymous, I think Emmett's comments went entirely over your head as you're exactly the person that went off into engaging in over-the-top ad hominem attacks against me when I was simply presenting factual evidence. Sigh. My analysis was based on factual evidence, and spoke exactly to the topic of this entry, the 100 years of Leo XIII's vision, how it fits into the centenary of the Miracle of the Sun. Go back and read your messages, and start checking yourself.Even after Emmett's intervention, you again launching into a personal attack against me, lol, his message seemed completely lost on your vitriol. I've read about the "Republican bubble" that is alleged to exist in your country's political landscape, and I do believe that I've had a first-hand taste of it now. If you don't agree with my analysis, fine, point out where you disagree, but your name-calling isn't raising the level of discourse, which was Emmett's point I believe.

Jason R. said...

p.s. I still have no idea what you are even talking about when you refer to "Neo-con" talking points. All my analysis is based on my own first-hand research, I have never presented anyone's ideas but my own, unlike yourself.

joerusso777 said...

With all due respect, unless you live here in America it is very hard to see what's going on right now. You are both right on things and wrong in ways.
You cannot look at all this with Political eyes. You have to shed the Politicism to really see what's going on here.

Ricky Nun said...


I just finished reading your book and it was amazing! I have a couple of questions.

1) You talked a great deal about the Signs from Heaven in your book. Unless I am mistaken. How come you did not go into detail about the Sign On September 23, 2017, we will see the constellation Virgo with the sun rise directly behind it (the woman clothed with the sun). These events transpire during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of “the woman clothed in the sun,” Our Lady at Fatima in 1917.

Do you not believe that this date will have some great significance?

2) You also talked about Hitler being the False Prophet. So in your opinion, does the False Prophet not appear at the end. Just the Beast and the Anti Christ?

3) On July 8, 2013 you posted the following:

Great Apostasy (which we’re already experiencing)
~Our Lady’s Triumph - Period of Peace - Second Pentecost established by the Two Witnesses/Angelic Pope/Great Monarch
~Restoration of the Church
~Evangelization of the entire world
~The martyrdom of the Two Witnesses
~Second Coming of Christ
~The minor chasteisment/mega-tsumani/collapse of America
~Rise to power of the Antichrist/final Passover of the Church
~Great Chastisement/Armageddon
~General Resurrection of the Dead
~Last Judgement
~Creation of the new heaven and the new earth

I am confused, wouldn't Son of Man appear in place of Second Coming of Christ and Second Coming of Christ appear Later on towards the Great Chastisement/Armageddon

Do you still feel the same way towards the order of things happening in 2013 as in 2017?


Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks theflyingnun!

1) Yes, I do think that 2017 Rev 12 sign may be of some significance. I don't mention it in the book because I didn't want to place too much emphasis on a set date in the immediate future, and also for space limitations. I do mention it on the blog though:

2) No, the False Prophet doesn't appear at the end. He is the forerunner to the Antichrist, and "sets the paths straight" for him, but their ministries do not overlap. A point of comparison that I often make is that between Antiochus IV Epiphanes and the Emperor Nero, who both provide the inspiration for the False Prophet and Beast of Revelation respectively on the preterist layer of interpretation. A persecutor of Jews and a persecutor of Christians, separated chronologically. The False Prophet being equated with an evil pope who assists the Antichrist in establishing a one world religion is an erroneous innovation based on Protestant heresy. The gates of Hell will never prevail against the Church. So it is just the Antichrist that appears at the very end.

3) I mistakenly equated the Second Coming with the appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man. The Second Coming doesn't take place until the end of the world and the General Resurrection of the dead. It is the appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man (most likely in the form of a cross of light over Jerusalem) that accompanies the eschatological earthquake, rather than the Second Coming. The timeline I offer in the new edition of my book is the only one you should pay attention to. There is a chronology of events in the appendix at the back of the book, which may help. The relevant portion runs as follows:

Flood issued from the mouth of the Dragon dissipates, leading to the restoration of the Church.
Martyrdom of the Two Witnesses
Appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man
Eschatological Earthquake
Fall of Babylon
Rise of the Antichrist
Final Passover of the Church
Battle of Armageddon
Second Coming of Christ

Mark W said...

Mark W said...

Hey Emmett - Your system seems to be deleting posts. I've tried to post a link a couple of times, and it keeps removing them. It's happening fast enough that it has to be automatic.

Ricky Nun said...

Mark W

The same thing happened to me but I found out what the problem was. If you don't click on the box that says "I am not a robot" you will lose your post that you just sent. It shouldn't do that. A prompt should come up and inform you that you should click the box. I wonder if this is happening to you?


Mark W said...

Not sure, flying nun. I was having problems with the recaptcha doohickey. It told me, for example, to select all the pictures of a street sign, I did, and it said I was wrong. Then it gave one to select a storefront, and it seems that houses are storefronts as well. It may be a recaptcha problem.

But eventually, it looks like things made it through anyway.

And I am not a Ro-ro-ro-ro-b-b-b-b-ot-t-t-t.

Signed, Max Headroom
(Yes, I'm from the 80's).

Mark W said...

I agree with Joe. "Putin is not evil nor the aggressor." This is both true and untrue, depending upon what subset of information you're looking at. My wife is from Poland, and all of her family is over there. So I get the American point of view and a European point of view as well. Putin is and ever shall be a Lieutenant Colonel from the KGB, so he is, deep down inside, not a friend to my country (Euro-socialists may see him differently, so I don't want to say "the West"). But Putin isn't always wrong either. So as with many things in life, there are multiple facets to the one man.

"...unless you live here in America it is very hard to see what's going on right now." Heck, Joe, I live here and half the time I'm baffled by what's going on. We're 9 days from a major sovereign debt problem in this country, and absolutely nobody is talking about it.

Ricky Nun said...

Mark W

Best music was from the 80's
どうもありがとうミスターロボット (Dōmo arigatō misutā Robotto)

Signed Kilroy

Mark W said...

Now, to get back to proper subject...the end of the world.

Has anybody ever read The Lord of the World? I just finished it. It's got some amazing similarities to our current situation.

Ricky Nun said...

Did you guys see this on 60 minutes last night?

Could be very scary when Russia gets involved with things.,d.amc


theflyingnun said...

Mark W

After reading many books about Medjugorje and Garabandal about 3 years ago, I was so moved that it brought me back to Church from being a long lapsed Catholic. If they both prove out in the years to come to be false, I wonder what that makes me? I guess it would mean that God can allow any means to motivate people. I truly believed in Medjugorje until I read these things from the Bishop, and now I don't know for sure, but I have never been to Medjugorje. However, I do believe in Garabandal. After reading some books written by Catholic priests about Garabandal, it is really hard for me not believe in them. I know there have been a few things that have happened that allowed some people to be dissuaded like the Joey Lomangino incident. But there were some really sincere things that had happened there as well. It is strange to me that in Garabandal the message was "the Cup is overflowing". But, I am not getting that from Medjugorje. We will see how they both play out. I would think that the 2 witnesses would have to come first before a great deal of destruction, but we will see. I wonder why the Archangel Michael announces some Apparitions, but sometimes he does not show up?


Anonymous said...

The West is projecting it's own guilt onto Putin and Russia. Classic case of psychological projection albeit one with a demonic element. It's really so sad to see gullible Catholics here fall into this trap and participate in the demonization of Russia and Putin. It's also rather ironic given the West's decades of aggression and unjust warmongering since Reagan left office. And yet Russia is the aggressor? LOL! Only those ignorant of recent history could descend to that level of deception. There was even one person posting above asserting that Putin has had dozens of journalists murdered. There is not one shred of real evidence that would stand up in a court of law to support that assertion yet it is is presented here as fact. The Western press likes to continually bring up the case of Litvinenko who was poisoned with polonium-210. The assertion is then made in Western Fake news outlets that "Putin had him murdered." Of course, when the Russians then ask for evidence, the Western propagandists scurry back into their dens. Never does the Western media present the facts that point to one of their own: Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch who in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall was siphoning-off Russian state wealth to the Western Cabal. When Putin took back control of Russia, he had leeches like Berezovsky kicked out of Russia. Most of these leeches like Berezovsky then settled in London. After Litvinenko's death, traces of polonium-210 were found in an office of Berezovsky. Russian prosecutors were not allowed to investigate Boris Berezovsky's office in London for the radioactive trace. Russian authorities were never given the chance to question Berezovsky and the Russian Foreign Ministry complained that Britain was obstructing its attempt to send prosecutors to London to interview more than 100 people, including Berezovsky. We may never know the truth since Berezovsky died in 2013 and took any secrets to the grave. Of course, the Fake News would rather just have you feel better about the West's own sins and leave you to believe that "Putin did it" for no other reason than they told you he did it. The level of demonization against Russia and Putin personally has been getting steadily worse since it began in earnest under Bush II. Remember, it was Skull and Bones Bush who unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty in 2001; it was not Orthodox Russia who withdrew. Obama then expanded the aggression against Russia exponentially with the crazed warmongering Jewess Victoria Nuland and the demented old warmonger John McCain leading the charge. Both Nuland and McCain personally traveled to Kiev on the eve of the West's violent coup and were seen shaking hands and smiling for the camera with known neo-Nazi Ukrainian thugs like Oleh Tyahnybok, leading the Russians to coin a new truism: "JFK put a man on the moon; Obama and the Neocons put neo-Nazis in Kiev: in other words, progress!"

Anonymous said...

One thing is for certain, though, and that is that Fatima is playing out in realtime before our very eyes. What's really sad from a Catholic standpoint is that so many American Catholics are guilty of the heresy of Americanism and have failed to read the signs of the times with regard to Russia through a Catholic lens They demonize Russia and Putin at all costs because they have put political ideology ahead of their Catholic duty to read the signs of the times in an impartial and truthful manner. These same Catholics who demonize Putin and Russia also are the same Catholics who believe the demonic apparition at Medjugorje is genuine, contray to the statements of the local bishop there. These are also the same Catholics who would rather believe Father Gruner over Sister Lucia and the Church authorities on the matter of the 1984 Consecration of Russia. These Catholics are infected with Pride and they have wittingly or unwittingly given spiritual ammunition to the forces of darkness who seek violent conflict with a nuclear armed Russia. These prideful, politically careless Catholics are the fullfillment of St. Pope Pius V's remark that "all the evils of the world are due to lukewarm Catholics."

Mark W said...

Hi FlyingNun,

"After reading many books about Medjugorje and Garabandal about 3 years ago, I was so moved that it brought me back to Church from being a long lapsed Catholic. If they both prove out in the years to come to be false, I wonder what that makes me?"

That's actually pretty simple, when you stop to think about it.

I am not able to say, for either Medjugorje or Garabandal, that they are authentic or not authentic. I don't believe them myself, but I'll grant that others do and that they are spiritually aided by that. No problem.

But for the sake of argument, let's assume that they are NOT authentic. In fact, to take things to an extreme, let's assume that they're diabolical in nature. How do we reconcile the nature of the events with the good that comes from them? At which I'll make two points.

How can it happen at all? 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 - "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." (RSV-CE) Here we see that it's possible for a demon to disguise himself as an angle, so how hard would it be to disguise an apparition as authentic?

And as a second point, St. Augustine said, "God judged it better to bring good out of evil, than to suffer no evil to exist." God can bring good from any form or scale of darkness.

I think that's what's happened in the beginning at both Garabandal and Medjugorje. Something dark began the process, but God brought light from the darkness. Your reversion, and Emmett and Stephen's experiences, and was it Colin too?, would therefore all be authentic relative to what you got from both places - simply by the grace of God and for no other reason. In short - you have been massively blessed.

I know a couple of people that went to Medjugorje. Two priests that are solid and orthodox. both said Medjugorje was odd, one going so far as to say it was "creepy". Not everyone comes away with positive experiences.

And to see the dark side of Garabandal, you need look no further than the Mothe of God forum. One person there actually said that my salvation would ultimately depend on how I view Garabandal. And the fruits of the Holy Spirit don't generally include rage, which is exactly what you get if you question Garabandal with any honesty (and tenacity).

You can't say that the fruits of both are all positive. Add that to the local bishop's opinion and I'm ok with denying both of them. But if Rome were to say that they're legit, then I'm ok with that too. (Obviously, I just don't think that will happen.)

Does that make sense?

Anonymous said...

Anon March 7 @ 4:29 read this and let it sink in See how few Eucharists are given in Russia? It is really sad when you think about it.

Jason R. said...

Dezinformatsiya and kompromat. Two words anyone believing anything that St. Putin has to say should add to their vocabulary. It's sad to see so many people taken in by the FSB's disinformation campaign against all the facts that stand in stark opposition to it, facts that show Putin as the very evil and deceptive character that he is.

Anonymous said...

Jason R,

You sound like you are reading from Victoria Nuland' State Department talking points on Russia. The American People don't believe your fake news, warmongering talking points on Russia anymore. You are projecting your own guilt onto Russia and Putin. Putin is the leader of the free, Christian world. Hopefully, Trump will follow his example and lead the West back to God and the rule of law. Putin is a type of the Great Monarch and history will vindicate Putin and will condemn the Neocons and Neoliberalsto the dustbin of history where they belong.

Mark W said...

Stop feeding the troll, people.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Mark W, stop feeding the Goebbelsian troll who has been doing nothing but attack Putin and Trump since it showed up.

Anonymous said...


Do you think the Second Coming will happen in an instant or will it take some lenght of time to be complete. The reason I ask is that I have heard it argued both ways: one way says that it happens in an instant and the other says the Day of the Lord unfolds as a sequence of several events. Another quesiton in conjunction to this would be: when the people of the earth see the cosmic events that herald the Second Coming and when they see Christ returning in the clouds, will there still be time to repent? When exactly does the demarcation between Time and Eternity take place and will it occur in an instant or do you think it will occur as a sequence of events within time? Thanks.

Ricky Nun said...

Hi Mark W,

Yes, that does make since. Thank you for taking the time and answering my question Biblically and from the Doctor of our church.

I will say this, as far as Medjugorje is concerned, Father Zlatko Sudac (Stigmatist) he received the cross on his forehead in May 1999, on the Friday after the beatification of Padre Pio, has said this about Medjugorje.

Q: What is the most important thing you found in Medjugorje?

Honesty. To be a lover of truth. Today truth provokes. It seeks the whole person. And Mary cannot but to ask for my entire self. Giving myself to Mary and to God, I do not lose myself, but I find myself. That is what I carry from Medjugorje. The message I received especially have trust in God.

As far as Garabandal is concerned. St.Teresa of Calcutta happens to be the God Mother to one of Conchita Gonzalez's (one of the seers of Garabandal) children.

Also Padre Pio was also was fond of Garabandal from some of the things that I read.

Also,On March 19, the Spanish Television made this Note public.
MAY 8, 1967:
Msgr. V. Puchol dies in a mysterious car accident. As early as the previous April 25, his death had been prophetically announced in Madrid by a great Spanish mystic (Blessed Mother Maravillas of Jesus) St. Maravillas warned Bishop Puchol Montis on April 25, 1967(one of the former Bishops of Santander ) that he would have a sudden death, which did happen as a result of an automobile accident on May 8,1967. From other things that I have read.Bishop Montis seems to have opposed the events of Garabandal. Supposedly, Blessed Mother Maravillas sent a letter to him that he should renounce his unfavorable decision. But who knows really. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and Sister Lucia were both told by either Jesus or the Virgin Mary to do certain things or there would be repurcussions.


Anonymous said...

"...the Catholic news reports all failed to mention that the Vatican was been very clear that when the Bishop of Mostar speaks about Medjugorje he is expressing his personal views and not those of the Church."

Again, those who haven't been to Medjugorje don't know it as it actually is. And again, I won't debate it - but one needs to know that the local bishop's opinion is just that, ACCORDING TO THE VATICAN: his OWN PERSONAL OPINION that is not binding on anyone.

The US Catholic media is 'fake news' in that regard about Medjugorje - they 'conveniently' leave that out when they cite the local bishop on Medjugorje.

God bless you,
Greg J Cring

Anonymous said...

Emmett - have you seen this?

Markw...currently unable to sign into my Google account

Emmett O'Regan said...

I saw that Mark W. It is certainly an interesting development. Although, I find it difficult to believe that the Pope Emeritus would deliberately lie about this matter. There must be a good explanation for all this, and I think that we are not getting the full picture.

Anon, the exact nature of the Second Coming is still very much a mystery. But it seems to be that it will happen in an instant, and will coincide with the general resurrection of the dead, as is affirmed in the Creed.

Jason R. said...

Just throwing it out there, but could the revelation of the meaning of Sr. Lucy's vision to her at Tuy in 1944 be the part of the Third Secret that Father Dollinger is referring to yet not revealed, this:

"I felt my spirit flooded by a light-filled mystery which is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of the flame-like lance which detaches, touches the axis of the earth and it [the earth] shakes: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds leave their bounds, they overflow, flood and drag with them into a whirlpool, houses and people in a number unable to be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin it is immersed in. Hatred, ambition, cause destructive wars."

If Pope St. John Paul II didn't want a certain thing revealed in a very public way, this would seem to be the most fitting, especially since it so coincides with his alleged remarks at Fulda in 1980:

"On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much desired."

If Father Dollinger is indeed referring to the 1944 revelation to Sr. Lucy, it could be argued that technically it *isn't* part of the Third Secret per se, so the Pope Emeritus would not be lying when he says the full Third Secret was revealed in its entirety, yet still be holding back something, I guess you could put it, of catastrophic interest to the faithful (the mega-tsunami as described in your book Emmett and throughout your blog, and very seemingly referred to in the 1944 Tuy revelation and by Pope St. John Paul II at Fulda, 1980)?

Incidentally the Fulda Gap was *the* linch-pin during the Cold War of NATO's plans to hold the Soviets back at this place of the most likely route of attack by the Soviets and their Eastern European allies out of the former GDR, so I don't think it was by any accident that Fulda was the place that our former Pope made his remarks in 1980. If any future surprise attack does occur with Russia invading Europe (an allied Islamic army would of course attack through Turkey), the Fulda Gap would again be a key area, and may even have been referred to in prophecy RE: the location of the Great Monarch miraculous victory against a much, much larger force against a Russo-Islamic force.

Jason R. said...


From the Yves Dupont book on the key winning battle with Spanish, Italian, Austrian and French forces led by the Great Monarch against a combined Russo-Islamic army (it used to seem curious that American troops aren't alluded to, but even notwithstanding the effects of a mega-tsunami on America, it now seems that a renewal of extreme American isolationism and a weakening of NATO could be the reason why):

"|| 27. Old German Prophecy. "When the world becomes god-
less, revolutions will break out against kings. Fathers will fight
their sons, and the sons their fathers. The doctrine will be perverted,
and they will try to overthrow the Catholic Church.

Men will be pleasure-loving. A terrible war will find the North
fighting the South. The South will be led by a Prince wearing
a white coat with a cross on the front; he will be lame afoot.
He will gather his forces at Bremen for Mass. Then he will
lead them into battle beyond Woerl near the birch-tree coun-
try (Westphalia). After a terrible battle at a brook running
eastwards near Berdberg and Sondern, the South will be vic-
torious. "

The westernmost point of the Fulda Gap runs *right* through Sondern, so Fulda it seems has a very big part yet to be played out if this anonymous prophecy from the Dupont text is authentic, giving even more credence to the reason behind why, if it is true, that the Pope chose Fulda in 1980 to speak of what he did, and all this would provide a valid explanation for Father Dollinger's claim if the 1944 Tuy revelation is considered a part of the Third Secret, which I'd argue it is not, so the Pope never lied.

Rachmaninov said...

Just to add a little to Emmett's reply, St Paul Says Jesus will return with all his saints and also it happens "in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52)

Anonymous said...

Jason R,

The reason why America is not mentioned in the prophecies, is because these prophecies were fulfilled long ago.

Cardinal Ratzinger's Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also confirmed that the 1984 was valid and accepted by Heaven. You are cherrypicking in order to cling to the false narrative on Russia you have constructed in your own mind. Also, Russia has neither the intention nor the capacity to successfully defeat NATO's far superior conventional forces. Russia is surrounded by offensive missile bases. NATO combined has nearly two dozen aircraft carriers; Russia has one. Russia would never win a conventional war against NATO, that's why stated Russian military doctrine calls for overwhelming nuclear force when threatened by the type of NATO buildup that is currently occuring on Russia's border - a buildup that Russia has not witnessed since the Wehrmacht rolled thru town. Any future Russian attack will not come thru Fulda as you have fantasized; rather, it will come from orbit or from tactical launchers on the Russian border. In the event of such an attack - one Satan is desperately trying to instigate - there would be no winners. Such an attack could also occur by mistake, such as nearly happened on several occasions during the first Cold War. The Russians have warned about this scenario but apparently the West is hellbent on escalation at all costs.

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