Monday 28 August 2017

The Canary Islands and the Seven Burning Mountains of Enoch

A 17th century icon of Elijah and Enoch displayed in the Historic Museum, Sanok, Poland

In light of recent events, I thought that it would be a good time to post a sub-chapter of my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church for all to read. I think this offers definitive proof that the "great mountain, burning with fire" described in Rev 8:8 is located in the Canary Islands. This sub-chapter continues on from a portion of the book which notes that the Apocalypse draws inspiration from the myth of Atlantis to describe the fate of the eschatological world power referred to as "Babylon":

The allusions to the myth of Atlantis in the Apocalypse goes much further than this however.  We have already noted how Babylon’s attribute of being set upon seven hills was originally intended to connect it with Imperial Rome in the preterist layer of interpretation, and that the use of this epithet identifies it as the current dominant world power.  However, the primary inspiration for the seven hills upon which the prostitute is seated is found in the seven burning mountains of the Book of Enoch, which are described as being situated in a location at the ends of the earth which has been reserved as a prison for the fallen angels:

I saw there seven stars like great burning mountains, and to me, when I inquired regarding them, the angel said: “This place is the end of heaven and earth: this has become a prison for the stars and the host of heaven”.  (1Enoc 18:13-14)

The Book of Enoch is thought to have been written sometime between the 2nd-1st centuries BC, and while it was never included in the Christian canon, its content was well known to Jews living at the time of Christ.  As the noted Enochian specialist R.H. Charles points out: “1Enoch has had more
 influence on the New Testament than has any other apocryphal or pseudepigraphic work”.  The Book of Enoch is explicitly quoted in the Epistle of St. Jude, and clear allusions to Enochian material are made in 1Pet 3:19-20 and 2Pet 2:4-5.  Its influence is also apparent in many other places throughout the New Testament, and as Charles demonstrates, the author of the Apocalypse uses material found in the Book of Enoch to formulate many of its key phrases. So the Book of Revelation shows a clear dependence on this influential apocalyptic text, and as we shall discuss in more detail in a later chapter, the seven stars that Christ holds in his hand in Rev 1:16-20, which are described as “the keys to Death and Hades”, can only fully be understood in light of material which can be traced back to St. Jude’s use of the Book of Enoch in his epistle.  

Over the course of the first three centuries of the Early Church, the Book of Enoch was regarded as authoritative by several Early Church Fathers, including St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus, St. Clement of Alexandria, Origen and Tertullian.  However, it was composed too late to have been included in the Greek Septuagint (LXX) version of the Old Testament where the Deuterocanonical works are found, and its inclusion in the Hebrew canon was suppressed by the Jewish Council of Jamnia (Yavneh) circa 90AD. Tertullian attributed the rejection of the Book of Enoch by the Council of Jamnia to its content of several prophecies pointing to Christ.  By the 4th century AD, when the Christian canon was finally being codified, the Book of Enoch fell out of favour in the Early Church because of a perceived (but misplaced) association with the plethora of Gnostic texts that were by then in wide circulation, and it subsequently fell into almost complete obscurity.  Indeed, St. Jerome noted that the Epistle of St. Jude itself was even called into question due to its quotation of the Book of Enoch.   Its claims to antediluvian antiquity, while initially accepted by figures such as St. Irenaeus and Tertullian, were later regarded as being too fantastical, and gave rise to some misgivings that this book was spurious in nature.  However, the genre of the Book of Enoch itself was overlooked (as it still is in some circles today), and many commentators failed to appreciate that instead of trying to mislead its audience into believing that it was actually the work of an antediluvian prophet, the author used this figure as a literary device in order to communicate several key prophecies which held eschatological import.  As the author himself explicitly states at the beginning of his work, the visions that he was presented with took the form of a parable which is addressed to a remote generation living during the tribulation of the end of days:

The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect and righteous, who will be living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed. And he took up his parable and said--Enoch a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the angels showed me, and from them I heard everything, and from them I understood as I saw, but not for this generation, but for a remote one which is for to come.  (1Enoc 1:1-2)

Writing in the 2nd-1st centuries BC, the author was shown a vision of himself assuming the role of the Prophet Enoch, which was used to explain the unfolding of future events through the medium of a prophetic parable; and like the sealed words of the Book of Daniel, the significance of this vision was only meant to be fully realised towards the end of the world.  The style in which the Book of Enoch presented itself led to these words becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, and as a result of a negative trend in the 4th-5th centuries AD, the Book of Enoch totally disappeared from view in the Western Church, until it was eventually rediscovered in Abyssinia by the explorer James Bruce, who arrived back in Europe with three copies of the Ethiopic version of the text in 1773. So while this writing was excluded from the canon during the formative years of the Early Church, and does not have the inerrant status of Sacred Scripture, the Book of Enoch was certainly considered to be an authoritative text by several writers of the New Testament itself, and as such, some of its content must be regarded as being genuinely prophetic in nature.  Indeed, given the fact that the Book of Enoch provides us with the key to interpreting the various portions of Scripture which use its material as their primary source, it becomes apparent that this writing is one of the most important extrabiblical texts when it comes to understanding the eschatology of the New Testament. As such, the portion of the Book of Enoch which mentions seven burning mountains in relation to the location of the place of the imprisonment of the fallen angels holds considerable value for unravelling the true meaning of the imagery of the harlot seated upon seven hills in the Apocalypse.  This section of the Book of Enoch is deeply influenced by the story of the binding of the Titans in Tartarus detailed in Greek mythology.  Indeed, Tartarus itself is explicitly referenced over the course of the next two chapters, where we are told that these fallen angels are under the subjugation of the Archangel Uriel:

Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is over the world and over Tartarus.  (1Enoc 20:2)

The seven burning mountains that stand at the end of the earth, which are identified with the location of Tartarus, singles out the particular fate of the Titan Atlas.  Atlas was one of the chief leaders of the Titans during the war against the Olympians, and was given the special punishment of being condemned to stand at the ends of the earth in the far west of the known world, in order to hold up the sky for eternity at the gates of Tartarus.  He was identified with the Atlas Mountain range in northwest Africa, and gave his name to the Atlantic Ocean (which means “sea of Atlas”) and Atlantis itself (which means “island of Atlas”).  The Titan Atlas features in the eleventh labour of Hercules, when the fabled hero was tasked to steal the golden apples from Hera’s orchard in the Garden of the Hesperides, which were said to grant immortality once eaten.  On his way to Garden of the Hesperides, Hercules was said to have encountered Atlas standing at the ends of the earth, and offered to hold up the sky to relieve him for a while, if he would fetch the apples for him in return.  There are some intriguing parallels here with the Tree of Life and the Garden of Eden, especially given the fact that the tree which bore the golden apples of immortality was guarded by the serpent-like dragon Ladon, which was the Greek equivalent of the seven-headed water dragon Lotan in Canaanite mythology.  The Book of Enoch bears a striking resemblance to this story, in its depiction of the path to the Garden of Eden being guarded by Leviathan and Behemoth:

And on that day were two monsters parted, a female monster named Leviathan, to dwell in the abysses of the ocean over the fountains of the waters. But the male is named Behemoth, who occupied with his breast a waste wilderness named Dûidâin, on the east of the garden where the elect and righteous dwell, where my grandfather was taken up, the seventh from Adam, the first man whom the Lord of Spirits created. And I besought the other angel that he should show me the might of those monsters, how they were parted on one day and cast, the one into the abysses of the sea, and the other unto the dry land of the wilderness. And he said to me: ‘Thou son of man, herein thou dost seek to know what is hidden.’ (1Enoc 60:7-10)

According to Greek mythology, Atlas was the father of the Hesperides, the nymphs of the evening who tended an Eden-like garden in the far western corner of the world at the edge of the world ocean (Oceanus), beyond the Pillars of Heracles and at the end of the Atlas Mountain range.  The Pillars of Hercules were identified with the Rock of Gibraltar and Jebel Musa, opposing mountainous peaks standing on either side of the closest point between Spain and Morocco, across the straits of Gibraltar, and was considered to be the place where Atlas stood in order to hold up the sky.  The Garden of the Hesperides was closely associated with the realm of Elysium, which according to the Greek poet Homer, was found at this same location, at the western edge of the earth.  By the time of the poet Hesiod, Elysium was connected with the semi-mythical Isles of the Blessed, otherwise known as the Fortunate Isles, or the White Isle, which were believed to be ruled over either by the king of the Titans, Cronos, or Rhadamanthys, the judge of the dead in the Underworld.  The Fortunate Isles were considered to be the abode of the heroic dead, who were granted access to the White Isle after being reincarnated on the fields of Elysium three times.  Elysium itself was thought to be a winterless paradise adjacent to the White Isle, on the border of Hades:

And they live untouched by sorrow in the Islands of the Blessed along the shore of deep swirling Okeanos, happy heroes for whom the grain-giving earth bears honey-sweet fruit flourishing thrice a year, far from the deathless gods, and Kronos rules over them; for the father of men and gods released him from his bonds. And these last equally have honour and glory.
(Hesiod, Works and Days)

The Isles of the Blessed were most commonly associated with the Canary Islands during the classical period, since their description in Greek mythology points towards this exact                              location, and the minutiae of the details provided in various sources match the climate and topography of this archipelago.  The seafaring Greeks and Phoenicians were believed to have explored at least as far as the Canary Islands, and their knowledge of this location is thought to have been integrated into their respective mythologies.  The Canaries are the first island chain beyond the Pillars of Hercules that any Greek explorers would have stumbled across, especially if they had kept close to the coast of North Africa for safety and to replenish much-needed provisions.  Indeed, the Canary Islands was mostly likely be the furthest point along the North African coast that ancient seafarers would have ventured, since the punishing conditions of the Sahara Desert lay immediately to the south.  As such, the White Isle ruled over by Cronos at the far edge of the western world is usually identified with Mount Teide in Tenerife, a high volcano which is often capped with snow. (On an interesting side note, Mount Teide is the main symbol of the island of Tenerife itself, and somewhat ominously, its coat of arms of depicts the Archangel Michael appearing over the volcano, which is shown spewing forth flames.)  The ancient Greek historian Strabo fleshes out some detail on the account of the Isles of the Blessed given in Homer’s Odyssey, and not only equated it with the Garden of the Hesperides, but also explicitly identified it as being in the exact location of the Canary Islands:

[Homer was] informed through his inquiries of so many expeditions to the outermost parts of Iberia, and learning by hearsay about the wealth and the other good attributes of the country (for the Phoenicians were making these facts known), in fancy placed the abode of the blest there, and also the Elysian Plain, where Proteus says Menelaus will go and make his home: “But the deathless gods will escort thee to the Elysian Plain and the ends of the earth, where is Rhadamanthys of the fair hair, where life is easiest. No snow is there, nor yet great storm, nor ever any rain; but always Oceanus sendeth forth the breezes of clear-blowing Zephyrus.” For both the pure air and the gentle breezes of Zephyrus properly belong to this country, since the country is not only in the west but also warm; and the phrase “at the ends of the earth” properly belongs to it, where Hades has been “mythically placed,” as we say. And Homer’s citing of Rhadamanthys suggests the region that is near Minos, concerning whom he says: “There it was I saw Minos, glorious son of Zeus, holding a golden sceptre, rendering decisions to the dead.” Furthermore, the poets who came after Homer keep dinning into our ears similar stories: the expedition of Heracles in quest of the kine of Geryon and likewise the expedition which he made in quest of the golden apples of the Hesperides — even calling by name certain Isles of the Blest, which, as we know, are still now pointed out, not very far from the headlands of Maurusia [Morocco] that lie opposite to Gades [Cadiz].
(Strabo, Geography III:2.13)

It is evident that the story of the Fortunate Isles was conflated with the myth of Atlantis, and that the lines between this location are blurred with that of Tartarus, the place the Titans were kept in bondage.  Both Tartarus and the Isles of the Blessed were considered to be under the dominion of the Titan Cronos, who lends his name to one of the seven classical planets, since his direct equivalent in the Roman pantheon was the god Saturn.  The Book of Enoch explicitly states the seven burning mountains also represent seven stars:

And there I saw seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. Then I said: ‘For what sin are they bound, and on what account have they been cast in hither?’  Then said Uriel, one of the holy angels, who was with me, and was chief over them, and said: ‘Enoch, why dost thou ask, and why art thou eager for the truth? These are of the number of the stars of heaven, which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and are bound here till ten thousand years, the time entailed by their sins, are consummated.’  (1Enoc 21:3-6)

According to Plato, as well as being the appellation of a Titan, Atlas was also the name of the first of the ten kings of Atlantis, who were five sets of twins born to the god Poseidon – which is highly reminiscent of the ten kings represented by the ten horns of the Beast of Revelation.  In a further connection to the imagery of the Beast of the Apocalypse, the island of Atlantis itself was also said to have been divided into seven interconnecting circles:

And of these, some refer the analysis to the fixed stars and planets: so that they assume the Athenians as analogous to the fixed stars, but the Atlantics to the planets. They likewise say, that these stars fight on account of the opposition in their circulation, but that the fixed stars vanquish the planets on account of the one convolution of the world. Of this opinion, therefore, is the illustrious Amelius, who vehemently contends that this must be the case, because it is clearly said in the Critias, that the Atlantic island was divided into seven circles.
(Proclus, Commentary on Plato's Timaeus, Book 1)

So in a direct parallel to the whore of Babylon riding the Beast with seven heads and ten horns, Atlantis was a land divided into seven parts, ruled by ten kings.  The tale of Atlantis has also been associated with the now lost harbour city of Tartessos, which was also said to be located somewhere beyond the Pillars of Hercules, most likely on the Iberian Peninsula itself, near Cadiz. Even though the original site of the city of Tartessos remains unknown, there is an abundance of archaeological evidence which confirms the existence of a wealthy Tartessian culture in southern Spain.  Some historians believe that Tartessos was destroyed by a tsunami, and there have been convincing attempts to identify it with the biblical city of Tarshish, which had sea trade links with ancient Phoenicia and Israel.  Although it is extremely unlikely that the fate of Tartessos provided the inspiration for the myth of Atlantis, since this city only disappeared from historical record around the 5th century BC – which is much too late to have influenced the development of this story, which was by then already in wide circulation.  But it is worth noting that the name Tartessos is etymologically similar to Tartarus itself, which may suggest that this city may have derived its name from its proximity to the traditional location of the Underworld.  In Semitic thought, Tartarus was equated with the Abyss which held the primeval waters beneath the earth, which burst forth from the deep during the time of Noah’s Flood:

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.  (Gen 7:11)

The Book of Enoch conflates the story of the Titans with that of the fallen Watchers – the rebellious angels who fathered the race of giants known as the Nephilim, which is mentioned immediately before the Flood narrative in Gen 6:

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.  (Gen 6:1-4)

According to the Book of Enoch, the fallen Watchers were confined at the end of the earth amidst seven burning mountains, and the place of their imprisonment was associated with the location from which the fountains of the deep poured forth during the time of the Flood:

And after that he showed me the angels of punishment who are prepared to come and let loose all the powers of the waters which are beneath in the earth in order to bring judgement and destruction on all who abide and dwell on the earth. And the Lord of Spirits gave commandment to the angels who were going forth, that they should not cause the waters to rise but should hold them in check; for those angels were over the powers of the waters.  (1Enoc 66)

And He will imprison those angels, who have shown unrighteousness, in that burning valley which my grandfather Enoch had formerly shown to me in the west among the mountains of gold and silver and iron and soft metal and tin. And I saw that valley in which there was a great convulsion and a convulsion of the waters. And when all this took place, from that fiery molten metal and from the convulsion thereof in that place, there was produced a smell of sulphur, and it was connected with those waters, and that valley of the angels who had led astray mankind burned beneath that land. And through its valleys proceed streams of fire, where these angels are punished who had led astray those who dwell upon the earth.  (1Enoc 67:4-7)

Just as the Garden of the Hesperides was home to the golden apples of immortality, the Book of Enoch states that the seven burning mountains lie at the entrance to the location of the Tree of Life, which is protected by the angel with the flaming sword:

And from thence I went to another place of the earth, and he showed me a mountain range of fire which burnt day and night. And I went beyond it and saw seven magnificent mountains all differing each from the other, and the stones thereof were magnificent and beautiful, magnificent as a whole, of glorious appearance and fair exterior: three towards the east, one founded on the other, and three towards the south, one upon the other, and deep rough ravines, no one of which joined with any other. And the seventh mountain was in the midst of these, and it excelled them in height, resembling the seat of a throne: and fragrant trees encircled the throne. And amongst them was a tree such as I had never yet smelt, neither was any amongst them nor were others like it: it had a fragrance beyond all fragrance, and its leaves and blooms and wood wither not for ever: and its fruit is beautiful, and its fruit resembles the dates of a palm. Then I said: ‘How beautiful is this tree, and fragrant, and its leaves are fair, and its blooms very delightful in appearance.’ Then answered Michael, one of the holy and honoured angels who was with me, and was their leader. And he said unto me: ‘Enoch, why dost thou ask me regarding the fragrance of the tree, and why dost thou wish to learn the truth?’ Then I answered him saying: ‘I wish to know about everything, but especially about this tree.’ And he answered saying: ‘This high mountain which thou hast seen, whose summit is like the throne of God, is His throne, where the Holy Great One, the Lord of Glory, the Eternal King, will sit, when He shall come down to visit the earth with goodness. And as for this fragrant tree no mortal is permitted to touch it till the great judgement, when He shall take vengeance on all and bring everything to its consummation for ever.  (1Enoc 24; 25:1-4)

So the setting of the seven burning mountains in the Book of Enoch appears to act as some sort of nexus between heaven and hell, which is the location of both the entrance to the Abyss and the way to the Tree of Life itself.  This is somewhat similar to the ancient Greek understanding of the afterlife, where the gateway to the fields of Elysium and Tartarus are both found at the entrance to the Underworld, which lies in the west at the ends of the earth, beyond the Pillars of Hercules.  This may reflect the fact that as well as being home to the original paradise, the Garden of Eden was also the location of Satan’s primordial fall from grace as well as the Fall of Man:

You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  (Ezek 28:12-16)

In his commentary on Plato’s Timaeus, the neo-Platonic philosopher Proclus Lycaeus mentions the existence of “seven islands sacred to Persephone” located in the “outer sea” (the Atlantic Ocean), whose inhabitants had passed down their ancestors’ knowledge of Atlantis:

That an island of such nature and size once existed is evident from what is said by certain authors who investigated the things around the outer sea. For according to them, there were seven islands in that sea in their time, sacred to Persephone, and also three others of enormous size, one of which was sacred to Hades, another to Ammon, and another one between them to Poseidon, the extent of which was a thousand stadia [200 km]; and the inhabitants of it—they add—preserved the remembrance from their ancestors of the immeasurably large island of Atlantis which had really existed there and which for many ages had reigned over all islands in the Atlantic sea and which itself had like-wise been sacred to Poseidon. Now these things Marcellus has written in his Aethiopica. 
(Proclus, Commentary on Plato's Timaeus, p. 117.10–30, trans. Taylor, Nesselrath.)

Persephone was the queen of the Underworld, and the fact that these seven islands in the Atlantic were said to be dedicated to her further suggests that this location is in some way associated with the entrance to Hades.  According to Greek lore, the goddess Persephone was the subject of the affections of Hades, who wanted to take her for his spouse and resolved to drag her off into the Underworld by bursting through the earth, creating a rift between worlds.  The location of the abduction of Persephone was thus considered to be an entrance to the Underworld itself.  Adherents of the Eleusinian mystery cults who sought secret knowledge about how to gain passage to the Isles of the Blessed followed initiation rites dedicated to Persephone.  As we can see from its borrowing of Hellenistic terminology, the visions described Book of Enoch closely follows the Greek concept of Tartarus and the Fortunate Isles in describing the vicinity of the seven burning mountains as the abode of both of the Tree of Life and the Abyss.  In chapter 23 of the Book of Enoch, we discover that the seven burning mountains which stand at the location where the fallen Watchers are bound in the Abyss are also situated in the exact same place as Elysium and the Isles of the Blessed – at the western edge of the known world:

From thence I went to another place to the west of the ends of the earth. And I saw a burning fire which ran without resting, and paused not from its course day or night but ran regularly. And I asked saying: ‘What is this which rests not?’ Then Raguel, one of the holy angels who was with me, answered me and said unto me: ‘This course of fire which thou hast seen is the fire in the west which persecutes all the luminaries of heaven.’  (1Enoc 23) 

Immediately after seeing the location where the fallen angels were imprisoned in the west at the end of the earth, the author of the Book of Enoch once again describes the seven burning mountains in chapter 24, only this time he goes on to state that it is also where the Tree of Life is located.  Further details are provided about the location of Tartarus in Enoc 67, where we are told that as well as being situated in the far west beyond a “great valley” (which should probably be equated with the Pillars of Hercules), it also lies near mountains containing precious metals which are usually associated with the land of Tarshish, which is usually identified with Tartessos:

And He will imprison those angels, who have shown unrighteousness, in that burning valley which my grandfather Enoch had formerly shown to me in the west among the mountains of gold and silver and iron and soft metal and tin.  (1Enoc 67:4)   In the Bible, Tarshish is described as a faraway land at the opposite end of the Mediterranean Sea, possessing great mineral wealth containing rare metals that were held in great value in the ancient Levant, and was a primary exporter of the exact same materials mentioned above – gold, silver, iron, tin and “soft metal” or lead: Tarshish did business with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares.  (Ezek 27:12)

The Ancient Greek historian Ephorus described the land of Tartessos as being rich in some of these same commodities, stating that there was “a very prosperous market called Tartessos, with much tin carried by river, as well as gold and copper from Celtic lands”. (Ephorus of Cyme, cited in Freeman, P.M. “Ancillary Study: Ancient References to Tartessos”, Celtic from the West, (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2010) p. 322.)  And it can be attested from the archaeological evidence that the Tartessian culture in the Southern Iberian Peninsula was indeed extremely rich in these very mineral deposits, as well as proof of their trade links with ancient Phoenicia.   So judging from the internal evidence, we can establish that the seven burning mountains seen in the Book of Enoch not only lay at a point in the far west of the known world, but also they were situated near the “mountains of gold and silver and iron and soft metal and tin” that was associated with the land of Tartessos/Tarshish in the Iberian Peninsula.  In chapter 76 of the Book of Enoch, we are provided with the further detail that the            seven burning mountains are also seven islands located in the “great sea” (which is one and the same as Oceanus/the Atlantic Ocean):

Seven great islands I saw in the sea and on the earth. Seven in the great sea.  (1Enoc 76:8)

Given that the position of these islands is described as being in the Atlantic, at the far west of the known world near the site of Tarshish/Tartessos, combined with the fact that they are also clearly identified with the location of Tartarus and the Isles of the Blessed, we can firmly establish that these seven burning mountains are one and the same as the seven volcanic islands of the Canary archipelago – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.  One of which, the Apocalypse tells us will be thrown into the sea in order to bring about the destruction of “Babylon”.  The waste wilderness of Dûidâin, which Enoc 60:8 states lies to the east of the garden should therefore be equated with the Sahara Desert, which lies to the immediate east of the Canary Islands.  It is of immense significance then that the Book of Enoch identifies these seven volcanic islands with the site of the Tree of Life, and also as the location of the waters of the Abyss, which gushed forth to inundate the earth during the Flood. The Book of Enoch also has a clear influence on the Second Epistle of St. Peter, where we find that the only place in the New Testament which mentions the word Tartarus is similarly associated with Noah’s Flood:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into [Tartarus] and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them
to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. 
(2 Pet 2:4-10)

As we have already seen, chapters 66-67 of the Book of Enoch describe how the angels of punishment who reside in the Abyss unleashed “all the powers of the waters which are beneath in the earth in order to bring judgement and destruction on all who abide and dwell on the earth” during the Flood.  However, the above passage also contains an eschatological dimension related to the “day of judgement”, and closely follows the formula outlined in the Gospel of Luke:

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  (Luke 17:26-30)

So the Second Petrine Epistle provides us with a bridging connection between this passage in Luke’s Gospel and the Book of Enoch, which states that the location of the imprisonment of the fallen Watchers is the source of the world’s chastisement by flood:

I saw that valley in which there was a great convulsion and a convulsion of the waters. And when all this took place, from that fiery molten metal and from the convulsion thereof in that place, there was produced a smell of sulphur, and it was connected with those waters, and that valley of the angels who had led astray mankind burned beneath that land. And through its valleys proceed streams of fire, where these angels are punished who had led astray those who dwell upon the earth.  
(1Enoc 67:5-7)

Only in the Gospel of Luke, we are told that these events will once again be played out at the end of time.  While the promise of the Noahide Covenant remains in force, and God will never again fully destroy the world by flood (Gen 9:11), there will be another major inundation which takes place towards the end of the world which will destroy the prevailing world power before the rise to power of the Antichrist.  After this, the earth will finally be consumed in flames, just as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire and brimstone raining down from heaven.  So according to the formula set down in the Gospel of Luke, the final chastisement of humanity is comprised of two parts, and while the events of the Great Chastisement are set in motion by a massive flood, the sins of the world will only finally be cleansed through a baptism of fire.  We should note here that the Book of Enoch does not necessarily identify the Canary Islands as the actual site of the original Garden of Eden however, since rather curiously, it describes the location of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil as lying in another garden in the east:

And beyond these, I went afar to the east, and I saw another place, a valley full of water. And therein there was a tree, the colour of fragrant trees such as the mastic. And on the sides of those valleys I saw fragrant cinnamon. And beyond these I proceeded to the east. And I saw other mountains, and amongst them were groves of trees, and there flowed forth from them nectar, which is named sarara and galbanum. And beyond these mountains I saw another mountain to the east of the ends of the earth, whereon were aloe trees, and all the trees were full of stacte, being like almond-trees. 3. And when one burnt it, it smelt sweeter than any fragrant odour. And after these fragrant odours, as I looked towards the north over the mountains I saw seven mountains full of choice nard and fragrant trees and cinnamon and pepper. And thence I went over the summits of all these mountains, far towards the east of the earth, and passed above the Erythraean sea and went far from it, and passed over the angel Zotîêl. And I came to the Garden of Righteousness, and saw beyond those trees many large trees growing there and of goodly fragrance, large, very beautiful and glorious, and the tree of wisdom whereof they eat and know great wisdom.  (1Enoc 30-31, 32:1-3)

So while the Book of Enoch states that the entrance to the Underworld and the way to the Tree of Life lies in the far west, the location of the original Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is placed at some point in the east.  It would thus appear that by placing the way to the Tree of Life among the seven volcanic islands of the Canary archipelago, the Book of Enoch highlights that this location is of a prophetic, eschatological concern, rather than dealing with actual historical realities.  By guiding us towards a certain prophetic truth which was tapped into by Greek myths about the Isles of the Blessed and the entrance to the Underworld, the Book of Enoch
emphasizes the importance of this location in relation to the significance of the way to the Tree of Life and the angel with the flaming sword who stands guard to protect it. It was obviously almost impossible for the Apocalypse to explicitly identify America as the eschatological world empire known as Babylon, since it was written well over a thousand years before its discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492.  But by closely identifying Babylon with the myth of Atlantis, the Book of Revelation provides us with the exact location of this future world empire.  This nation, which is set to be destroyed in the sea just like the fabled Atlantis, is a continent which lies beyond the pillars of Hercules at “a distant point in the Atlantic Ocean”, and in size it is “larger than Libya and Asia together”.  As we can see from the original account of the myth of Atlantis given in Plato’s Timaeus, this is an almost exact description of the location and size of America itself:

For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travelers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean. For all that we have here, lying within the mouth of which we speak, is evidently a haven having a narrow entrance; but that yonder is a real ocean, and the land surrounding it may most rightly be called, in the fullest and truest sense, a continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvelous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent.
(Plato, Timaeus 24e–25a, R. G. Bury translation, Loeb Classical Library)

By inviting us to compare the seven heads of the Beast on which the harlot is seated to the seven burning mountains seen in the Book of Enoch, the Apocalypse not only provides us with the exact location where judgment would be meted out on “Babylon”, but also the precise form this judgment will take.  Now that we have narrowed down the location of the “great mountain, burning with fire” described in Rev 8:8 to one of the seven volcanic islands in the Canary Islands, we can safely identify the eschatological “Babylon” as the world superpower which lies within the boundaries of the Atlantic basin that would be the most affected by a lateral volcanic collapse in this area of the world, which once again, can only be America.

(Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, pp304-325)


Mark W said...

Yeah, that's pretty compelling. I had been holding out hope that it was Saudi Arabia - albeit a very minimal hope.

And I don't know if you've noticed from over there, but the 4th largest city in the U.S. is currently being flooded by a hurricane that made landfall just north of Corpus Christi.

So, Emmett, what are you thinking as far as timeline now?

We have the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in October of this year.

The whole St. Michael's Lent and the Woman Clothed with the Sun in September.

We have the potential supernova in 2021-2023. (Cross in the sky, anyone?)

The second half of the American Eclipses in 2024.

The end of the 100 years "as the kings of France" in 2029.

Any idea where Cumbre Vieja fits?

Emmett O'Regan said...

I wasn't aware that there was another alignment of all seven of the classical planets again so soon after the one on July 4th, 2020! The fact that they align again nine years later in 2029 does seem significant. So it could be a very short "closing of the Abyss", before it is opened again and all Hell breaks loose. Although the future isn't set in stone, and we aren't meant to be fixated on dates, God does like round numbers, with the Jubilees and what not. St. Faustina's ministry alluded to the significance of the Jubilee Year of the Redemption, with the commissioning of the Divine Mercy icon in 1934. Sir Isaac Newton done all sorts of calculations pointing to the potential prophetic significance of the Great Jubilee Year of the Redemption in 2034. So the years 2033/34 seems to be a good bet for something significant to happen. The end of Sr. Lucia's 100 year period from 1929 is noteworthy, in that it marks the millennial anniversary of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. It is also a mid-point in a seven year period extending from 2026-2033.
I'm really interested in this nova for circa 2022, concerning a potential cross in the sky. Although, I suspect the true significance of the cross in the sky (or at least one aspect of it) is centred within the locality of Jerusalem itself, and will coincide with the eschatological earthquake (maybe it will be "explained" or dismissed as an earthquake light). St. Cyril of Jerusalem witnessed this phenomenon, and Josephus describes it as appearing before the destruction of the Temple in 70AD. It is quite likely that it was this event which precipitated the flight to Pella. I expect the same warning to be given for us, when we are told:

“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed." (Rev 18:4-6)

Emmett O'Regan said...

This massive hurricane does seem to be a sort of precursor, given its timing. We've had some unprecedented flooding of our own here in Northern Ireland.

Bridget said...

Hi Emmett!

Are you not concerned at all that even the Jewish people themselves will dismiss the cross of light in the sky? I know St. Cyril was impressed, but we're in modern times. What if a shape of light in the sky is only considered as significant as a shape in a cloud???

Bridget said...

Also, speaking of timelines, how exactly do you interpret the length of the ministry of the Two Witnesses? The 1,260 days? Is there any scenario where that could be taken literally?

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The cross of light which was prophesied in the Divine Mercy revelations, is not a cross of light produced by natural means such as a supernova. Christ clearly states to Saint Faustina that all light in the heavens will be extinguished (this is a supernatural, not a natural, event) and that the cross will be seen by humanity and that great lights will come forth it to light up the world for a while (again, this is describing a supernatural event, not a natural one). I predict that when this great public miracle occurs (one that I think Pius IX predicted when he mentioned a "great prodigy that will fill the world with awe"), the world will be divided into two camps and it will be at this time that the Antichrist will be empowered and begin his rise to power.

Mark W said...

Hi Emmett - It's not a redo of the grand cross pattern. It's more of a Grand Clumping. All of the classical planets are on one side of the sky. I'll check the attitudes relative to Jerusalem again tomorrow, but I don't recall seeing anything too curious in the pattern and I did check from the viewpoint of Jerusalem.

Emmett O'Regan said...

We are promised the conversion of the Jews before the Second Coming of Christ, Bridget, and Zech 12 connects this with the appearance of the sign of the Son of Man. So I'm pretty confident that there will be a substantial amount of Jews recognizing Jesus as their Messiah en masse. There seems to be a number of different time-scales associated with the ministry of the Two Witnesses. One aspect is the number of 42 prophetic months, seemingly indicating a separate 42-year period. The other is a literal three and a half year time span connected with the time of the Antichrist. My inclination is that the period of peace promised at Fatima is of a 42 year scope, and the times, time and half a time relates to the overlap between the ministry of the Two Witnesses and the final persecution of the Antichrist. The overall timescale of the ministry of the Two Witnesses appears to be much longer than just three and a half years, and is associated with the period of peace prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima. If the period of peace is of a 42 year duration, and it is in some way associated with the 1984 consecration, as Sr. Lucia appears to have indicated, then it would point to the year 2026 as a potential termination point, and the beginning of a final week of years associated with the times of the Antichrist, in the midst of which the Two Witnesses are martyred. The year 2026 is also indicated as the "time of blessing" by Daniel's prophecy of the 1,335 days, calculated on from the completion of the Dome of the Rock in 791AD (which I argue is connected with a layer of interpretation of the "abomination of desolation"). Quite possibly, this is connected with the time of the conversion of the Jews after the fullness of the Gentiles is brought in.
I think 2017 could be the point when we are given the "final means of salvation" through Our Lady's intercession mentioned by Sr. Lucia, after which there will be no more forgiveness. As the ramping up in tensions with North Korea shows, we at now at the most critical point in nuclear tensions since the height of the Cold War, and we again desperately need the intercession of Our Lady as the fount of all graces to spare us from chastisement.

Although, a caveat here lies in the fact that speculating on dates is largely arbitrary, since the future can unfold in many different ways corresponding to the collective response of humanity to God's demands. We simply cannot know the day or hour for sure. If humanity collectively keeps to covenantal fidelity after it has been given the "final means of salvation", the chastisement can be postponed almost indefinitely, until there is another falling away from the Faith. There is no irrevocably set future. But it will unfold in a pattern already outlined in Scripture, as God likes to weave a neat tapestry in history.

Anonymous said...

Emmett, there is news this week of 24 MILLION people affected by South Asia floods!

Also, different revelations speak of the times being shortened - I usually refer back to the 'three days' between Jesus' death and His Resurrection which we know wasn't 72 hours but possibly less than 40 hours, due to Mother's sorrowful intercession.


MightyRighty said...

@Anonymous 22:39 - I think this phenomena is referred to in many different sites.
One of the Garabandal seers refers to something (a sign?) that can be seen and photographed but not touched.
St John Bosco also refers to a 'rainbow' - "before two full moons shall have shone in the month of flowers, the rainbow of peace shall appear on the earth."

@EO'R - I agree with your comments on timing.... really difficult to interpret anything with the 'months like days' and 'weeks like hours' stuff.

Of course, with this sort of thing we are dangerously close to Numerology etc...

Just to add though he Tiburtine Sibyl (unapproved and not Christian origin) mentions the GMs reign as being "ended after one hundred and twelve years" - which I would interpret as 112 months or 9.33 years. So a significantly shorter (and more realistic?) period of peace.
The same source indicates the period of peace lasting the same length of time "When the one hundred and twelve years have been completed, the Jews will be converted to the Lord" - 9.333 years

The 112 also coincides with Malachys 112 Popes.....

More interestingly with the Garabandal seers now approaching their 70s and they to announce the miracle (rainbow/Cross of light) to the world, it seems as though this period of time is indeed imminent.

Anonymous said...

And while we are keeping our eye on North Korean situation, and the troubles you mentioned Emmett, there is a current UN report of 3.8 million people displaced in the Congo due to conflict - doubled in last 6 months - who are in immediate need of protection, food and clothing!


theflyingnun said...

Here are the latest messages from Lady of Zaro to Simona on August 26, 2017 to Simona.

I had converted them with Google Translate and the translation is not 100%, but it gives you a gist of it.

Message of August 26th to Simona

I saw Mama dressed in white, on her head a white veil that came down to her feet and the crown of twelve stars, she had a blue bandage alive; his hands had come in prayer, and among them a long crown of the Holy Rosary made of pearls.

Praised be Jesus Christ

"Dear children, I love you immensely.
Children, free yourself from your self that makes you believe to be better, stronger, more knowledgeable, smarter, humble, more silent, fill your Lord and be his simple tools.
My children, be ready to say yes to the Lord, so that he leads you with love to the feet of the cross, where the Lord has left his will, making me a mother of humanity, making all of you his brothers and sons God.
My dearly loved children do not delay, do not delay yet to give your heart to the Lord, to give him your every moment, every thought, every action. Children, I love you and I am here to take you all to the Lord's feet.
My children, all this is possible for the immense love that God the Father nourishes for each of you.
My children, you are all my beloved children, all of you are useful but no one is indispensable.
My beloved sons, put the crown of the holy rosary in your hand and prepare to fight a good fight.
My hard-working sons await you.
Children, this is just the beginning of all that I have been announcing to you long ago, but do not be afraid of my children: I love you and I am next to you, I will protect you with my mantle.
My children love you and today I give many thanks to the present and those who bring in my heart, welcome your prayers and put them at the feet of God the Father.
My children, desist from your self and fill with the Lord.
Pray for my children, pray.
Now I give you my holy blessing.
Thank you for coming to me. "

theflyingnun said...

Here are the latest messages from Lady of Zaro to Simona on August 26, 2017 to Angela.

I had converted them with Google Translate and the translation is not 100%, but it gives you a gist of it.

Message of August 26 given to Angela

This afternoon Mamma presented himself as the Mother of the Zaro Forest. His arms were open in a sign of welcome, under his feet he had the world he wrapped with his large mantle.
Mommy at one point slipped off the mantle that wrapped the world and laid it on our island. Then, a black smoke came out of the ground, but then stopped ...
"This is just the beginning."

Praised be Jesus Christ

"Dear children, thank you for welcoming me today.
My children, I love you, I love you immensely, I love you as a true mother. "
Mother thank you for everything you do for us because you did not allow the earthquake to touch us. "I love you daughters, I love you immensely. Daughters, I will never tire of tell you, I love you.
Children, all I had foreseen for a long time, here's what's going to be done, times are near, here are the gates.
My children, once again I tell you do not be afraid, I am next to you, I take you with my hand, take it, walk together.
Little children, in this time of trial and tribulation, do not fear and strengthen your prayers more.
Little children, for a long time, I have told you to form prayer cenacles.
Little children, I asked you to make your home prayer walls smell. My children, I step between your walls and your homes but do not feel the perfume of prayer.
Children, please once again let go of the false beauties of this world and give it entirely to God.
My children, these are hard times, not timing of request but times of prayer, listening and silence. Yes, children, silence, do not act so scandalously for this world, do not be whitewashed sepulchres, but be solid foundations and prayer houses.
My little children, today in the midst of you, I caress you and soothe all your suffering and all your pain.
I pray to your children, be docile to God's call, open your hearts, and let yourself be overwhelmed by the love of the Father.
Little children, today I bless you in a special way and bless all your thoughts and all the sick here. "
Then Mother blessed everyone. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks for posting this Rick! Some portions that jump out concerning the significance of the Ischia earthquake in the immediate aftermath of the solar eclipse:

"Children, this is just the beginning of all that I have been announcing to you long ago, but do not be afraid of my children: I love you and I am next to you, I will protect you with my mantle." (Message to Simona)

"This afternoon [Mother] presented himself as the Mother of the Zaro Forest. His arms were open in a sign of welcome, under his feet he had the world he wrapped with his large mantle.
Mommy at one point slipped off the mantle that wrapped the world and laid it on our island. Then, a black smoke came out of the ground, but then stopped ..."
"This is just the beginning." (Message to Angela)

Emmett O'Regan said...

So a brief recap of what's happened since the start of St. Michael's Lent so far:

The first solar eclipse to cross the entirety of the US in nearly 100 years appears to announce some form of impending judgement.

9 minutes after the eclipse ends on American soil, there is an earthquake centred on the site of alleged Marian apparitions which warn of the destruction of New York City and a volcano being thrown into the sea. A message is then given that "this is just the beginning of all that I have been announcing to you long ago".

A few days later, America suffers one of its worst hurricanes in several decades, centring on the site of Corpus Christi, bringing unprecedented levels of rainfall.

A series of repeated threats of a nuclear strike against the US by North Korea.

Is it just me, or does anyone else see a pattern emerging here?

Bridget said...

I saw where the popular YouTube pastor, Paul Begley, mentioned that the name Harvey (Hurricane Harvey) means "battle ready."

The main hits I get about the name meaning actually say "battle (or carnage) worthy"

Bridget said...

The part of the message where Mary said, "prepare to fight a good fight" caught my eye as well.

Mark W said...

Bridget - I looked up the etymology of Harvey too. I also got "battle worthy", but it's not much of a stretch to get "battle ready". It also can mean "blazing iron".

Emmett - It's an interesting note about the pattern. I was reading Isaiah just a couple of days ago, and was struck by 52:3 - "For thus says the Lord: “You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money." (RSV-CE) I felt, very strongly, that this is meaningful in our current situation. About that time, Harvey made landfall just north of Corpus Christi. But I think there's an important point about Houston.

The port of Houston is the 9th largest in the US. A very large percentage of domestic US oil refining capacity is along the Texas and Louisiana coastlines (the price of gas is up 10% in less than a week). By population, Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, and the 6th largest metropolitan area. The point is the economic impact in relation to the " shall be redeemed without money."

So, I'd like to propose the idea of an economic chastisement, at least in the first stages. It might give us the opportunity to be redeemed without money if we have an economic chastisement first. Take away our money, then maybe we'll seek redemption.

Mark W said...

"The part of the message where Mary said, "prepare to fight a good fight" caught my eye as well."

What I find most interesting about this comment is that it's directed at "sons". The admonition is not aimed at "children" or "daughters", but very specifically at men.

Why? What lesson is to be learned from this being so specific?

Bridget said...

Is it a misconception that more women pray the rosary than men? I wonder if that's true? If that's the case, maybe that's why she directed the comment to "sons" about taking up the rosary.

Mark W said...

I think it's true that more women pray the rosary. At one nearby parish they have a rosary after Mass every morning, and I've seen about 6:1 ratio of women to men. So maybe you're right.

Emmett O'Regan said...

I've updated the previous post on Ischia to include some of the relevant earlier messages this year which included references to the scroll of Revelation, alluding to the apparition of Our Lady of Knock. The one given in January 26th, 2017, is essential to understanding the very latest one, given after the earthquake.

MightyRighty said...

@EO'R - Can I make a criticism? It would be helpful if when making a reference to another post on the site (updated or otherwise) you included a link to it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Emmett,
After you noted that you have updated the previous post and upon reviewing, my attention was drawn to the descriptions of Our Lady of Zaro. In the first instance, She was described as Our Lady, Queen of Heaven:
"I saw Our Mother: she had baby Jesus in her arms; Mother had a white dress, a white veil on her head and a crown of twelve stars: the mantle on her shoulders was blue and went down to her feet, in her left hand she had a scroll. The baby Jesus had a white tunic, a crown on his head, in his right hand a small globe of the world with a cross above it, and in his left a golden scepter.
Around them there were a myriad of small and large angels wearing white tunics, with golden belts around their waists; their wings were large and majestic, some of them were on their knees in front of Our Mother and Jesus and were honoring them with incense; all the angels were singing the Gloria in an amazing and marvelous chorus." (Message to Simona, August 8, 2017)
Secondly, Our Lady was described as Our Lady of Revelation as she appeared at Tre Fontane to Bruno Cornacchiola and his children, in Rome where St Paul was beheaded:
"I saw Mother: she was dressed in a rosaceo dress and a green mantle, a white veil and crown on her head, a roll in her right hand, and an open book she left in her left; she looked away from the book and looked at us and smiled, but his eyes were sad and full of tears. Her feet were bare and leaned on the world." (Message to Simona, January 26, 2017)
Lastly, She was described as Our Lady of Fatima:
"This afternoon Mother came across dressed in white. Even the mantle she had on her head and wrap it was white. Her chest had a heart of flesh surrounded by thorns. She had a queen crown on her head, in her right hand a long white crown of light that came almost down to her feet. Under her feet was a long water course. To the right of Mother there was St. Michael the Archangel, like a great leader, with a long spear in his right hand and on his left a large shield.
Mother was sad." (Message given to Angela on June 26th, 2017)
I think that it is interesting, that at Zaro, Our Lady appears to the visionaries in these different ways, drawing together, previous apparitions and hence, linking the messages. Emmett, with your more thorough research of the messages, are you aware if Our Lady also appeared as She may have at La Salette or elsewhere? Also, as She appeared as She did at Tre Fontane, it may be of great value to also review and discern the messages presented there.
Yours in Christ,
Michael G

Emmett O'Regan said...

I haven't read through all the messages yet, Michael G. I hadn't realised that this was an ongoing phenomenon until I researched it further once the earthquake struck. All of this symbolism is certainly very interesting. Thanks for pointing out the attire of Our Lady of Revelation at Tre Fontane. I think the apparition of Our Lady of Revelation to Bruno Cornacchiola is in some way connected with the future martyrdom of the pope seen in the Third Secret, given that Bruno himself was plotting to assassinate Pope Pius XII. Also, Tre Fontane was the location of the martyrdom of St. Paul, whose death at the hands of Nero in tandem with St. Peter, prefigures the martyrdom of the Two Witnesses under the Antichrist.
Our Lady of Revelation appeared to Bruno with an open book, which explains why the Blessed Virgin is seen with both the sealed scroll of the Apocalypse and the Book of Revelation in her hand.

Emmett O'Regan said...

The most notable thing to note is that the content of the alleged apparition in January 2017 is basically the same as that which took place after the earthquake:

"Children, all that I have been announcing to you is going to be fulfilled, the times are ripe. "
(As she said so I saw a big black cloud approaching the world beneath her feet and as a swarm of mosquitoes invade the world and there are earthquakes, famines, diseases, disasters and wars falling into every part of the world, serious pain and suffering.
Then Mother with a gesture closed the book she had in her left hand and covered the world with her mantle and everything went off leaving only peace."
(Message to Simona, January 26th, 2017)

The black cloud approaching the world could symbolise the eclipse itself, and earthquakes are mentioned immediately after. At least, this interpretation is implied by the latest message, which also mentions "black smoke", and Our Lady wrapping her mantle around the island of Ischia to spare the people from the earthquake.

Anonymous said...

These apparitions could be genuine but then again they could be diversions much like I believe Garabandal and Medjugorje to be. Somehow I don't see Our Lady taking decades to confirm the veracity of an alleged apparition (as is the case with Garabandal and Medjugorje) or posting rather ambiguous messages as appears to be the case here at Ischia, messages that may or may not be reaching fulfillment, dependent on one's own subjective interpretations.

And I watched the YouTube video of the seers of Ischia; something seemed off about them, although I couldn't quite nail it down.

I guess I am used to approved apparitions like Fatima and Lourdes, where Our Blessed Mother is short, concise and to the point and doesn't dally around forever waiting to give a supernatural sign as confirmation of the veracity of the apparition. Where are the miracles confirming the veracity of Ischia, Garabandal or Medjugorje? Do we really expect Our Blessed Mother to take decades keeping us guessing? Somehow I don't see our Blessed Mother operating that way.

I'll stick to the approved private revelation given to Saint Faustina, which says the Second Coming is close and the only signs we will be getting are darkness and the Sign of the Son of Man to light up the world for a time.

Mark W said...

Offered without comment...

Paul OFS said...

To Anonymous @ 1 Sept 2017 03:40: I understand where you're coming from on the unapproved apparitions. Garabandal has bothered me because Our Lady gave a teenager a specific date that is now over 60 years in the future and expected her to keep that information to herself for over 60 years now; plus to be deceptive to everyone by saying the date is imminent; especially in the 60's and 70's when the date was half a century away. I understand that she had to do it, but something about deliberate deception doesn't seem right. At least with Medjugorie I don't believe that the visionaries were given a specific date as to when the ten secrets were to unfold.
However, in time we should have a better idea if those appearances are authentic. The main Garabandal seer (with the date) is around 70 and if she dies before the Warning, then that's probably it for that one. Also the Medjugorie seers are now in their 40s and 50s, and if one of them dies before the ten secrets unfold, that for me casts doubts on the authenticity of that part of the apparition. Of course, Pope Francis could give a final ruling on Medjugorie before than.
Until (or if) they are formally decided by the Vatican to be false, we'll just have to wait and see and be careful on interpreting them.

Bridget said...

Emmett, I thought of the pattern you mentioned (solar eclipse, earthquake, rise in North Korea tensions) when I read this line from the message given to Simona on May 8th 2017

"Behold, the sky is darkened and the earth is broken, and noises of war are heard ever stronger and ever closer. My children, my beloved Jesus will be crucified again and my heart will tremble with sorrow, will be torn."

(I know it could be argued that it's vague, but it does seem to fit)

Bridget said...

Also, if anyone is curious, here is the link to the Facebook page. (This was mentioned on the home page of the official website for Our Lady of Zaro)

It's interesting reading the comments. Facebook has an automatic translate button you can click under the posts and comments. It looks like it's followed mostly by locals...which brings me to my next question. If the apparitions are genuine (which they seem to be), why would something so crucial have such a (seemingly) small following? Especially given the sense of urgency in the messages? I know several of us are talking about it in this section of the blogosphere, but I wonder how many priests, religious, and even Pope Francis himself are aware of these odd "coincidences" that keep falling neatly into place?

Anonymous said...

As concerns "Somehow I don't see Our Lady taking decades to confirm the veracity of an alleged apparition" and "imminent."

It is often said that God is outside of time, He is timeless. We are not, and so we fail to grasp that for God there is no time. Our Lady tells us that our lifespan is less than one blink of the eye compared to eternity. I made a vow to God to not do something 25 years ago. Recently I was about to do that very thing, when suddenly a unique feeling came upon me just before I broke the vow - I remembered it clear as a bell, even where I was when I made it; to me it was as if I made it a moment ago, when yet 25 years had passed in my life, 25 years of raising my family, moving a few times to different cities, buying houses, changing jobs etc etc, but it was as if was but a moment ago that I made it.

Decades are nothing to God; think of it as if Our Lady just said the message a moment ago. 'Imminent" to God is now; to us it could be 30 or 40 years or even beyond our lifespan.

As for Conchita of Garabandal, when first told the date, she was heard to exclaim something to the effect of "such a long long time". She also gave the date to the Church, so some speculate the reason the Church never harshly condemned Garabandal is because the date has not yet passed. Conchita is alive and well in New YorK, and very devout.

I am puzzled by Ischia - it is quite unknown; but few listen anyway to any of the messages, most don't even know of Fatima, the most famous apparition of them all.

God bless.

D.O. said...

In light of Pope Francis' highly irregular rantings, and in my opinion, his very real possibility of being the false prophet, along with Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI being 90 years old, I don't think things can go on as they are for another 10 years. I think things are speeding up and soon they snowball. I even think that 5 years is too generous.

chris said...

Fri Aug 25, 2017 - 3:06 pm EST

The dark symbolism of the ceiling collapsing in Malta’s oldest Catholic church

MALTA, August 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – In what could be considered symbolic of the state of the Catholic Church in Malta, or even most of Europe, the ceiling of the country's oldest Catholic church mysteriously collapsed this week.

Malta legalized same-sex "marriage" this summer with practically no opposition from the country's bishops. This happened just months after Mata's bishops broke away from perennial Catholic teaching to allow couples living in habitual adultery to receive Holy Communion.

The almost exclusively Catholic country has been in a spiritually downwards spiral in recent years.


chris said...

up your alley Emmett !
The Noahic Flood Comet Sign

According to recent orbital calculations by astronomers, (re. Daniel W.E. Green of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) this same comet we now call Hale-Bopp passed through the inner solar system once before - about 4210 years ago. The Flood began 1656 years from Adam, in the Fall of the year we know as 2238 BC. That was 4234 years ago. If the comet appeared somewhere around 4210 years, it was the time of the great flood. According to what is recorded in the Seder Olam Rabah, an ancient Jewish text, we may observe that a comet appeared at about the time Noah began building the ark.

It was probably the comet we know now as Hale-Bopp!

Do you think that this comet may have been a sign of the impending destruction of the world by water?


chris said...

Although it seems to be distancing itself from the earth to 2075.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Thanks for pointing this message out Bridget! It seems very telling that an earthquake and the darkening of the sun are made in the same context, just a few months earlier, right before the centenary of Fatima. Notice that the Blessed Virgin appears as Our Lady of Revelation here again, in the colours of green, rose and white. Our Lady also states that she is appearing as the Queen of Heaven, whose feast on the 22nd of August is intimately linked with Our Lady of Knock on the 21st:

"I saw Mother, she was dressed in an ancient pink dress, a white veil over her head, a green mantle that came down to her feet that barefooted on the rug of roses that was on the stone. Her arms were open as a sign of welcome.

Praised be Jesus Christ

"Here am I come unto you my children as the queen of heaven and earth, the mother of all peoples, and as a mother come to ask prayers again.
Children, I come to you to lead you to the hand of my beloved Jesus. My children open your hearts, shake your ear to the voice of the Lord who calls you to keep them safe. Only children in Christ Jesus have life, only in Him is hope. My so loved children, let yourself be guided to the love of Christ, let us lead to true salvation.
My children, do not harden your hearts and do not plug your ears into my calls, pray to my children pray, hard times await you. Behold, the sky is darkened and the earth is broken, war noises are heard ever stronger and ever closer. My children, my beloved Jesus will be crucified again and my heart will tremble with sorrow, will be torn."
(Message of May 8th, 2017 to Simona)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
I am interested in your findings about the Hale-Bopp comet. After it was discovered and images of it surfaced in the media, I immediately recognised and associated the twin tails with the light in blue and pale red, eminatining from Jesus's heart in the Image of the Divine Mercy.
From Saint Faustina's diary, "Let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come the day of justice.

— Diary 848
Michael G

chris said...

Hi Michael G

This was a paste and not my work. I was following comet ISON, in 2013 and was convinced that it, ISON, was the comet seen by many prophets and was the harbinger of change in the world. However, ISON, like most guesses regarding religious prophets was just another might be as it was overwhelmed by the sun. I suppose the comet spoke of in the prophecies will be coming from behind the sun and will only be revealed by a eclipse and will give earth's intellectuals lack of sufficient time to postpone their fate.

I was reading a possible alteration of hale -bopp's orbit by an intersection by jupiter but i think it was speculation.

some info regarding hale b.


Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
Following Emmett's remarkable work on the Revelation 12 sign, some Protestant presenters have added some comet that will be adjacent to the moon's position at the feet of The Woman (Virgo constellation). I have not followed up on this with a question for Emmett, however, these guys made a little noise about it.. I think Biltz or ones that broadcast him were responsible. Can anyone verify the comet?
Michael G

chris said...

It seems as if you are referring to this comet, michael.

Revelation 12: How the convergence of September 23, 2017, Comet 67P, Virgo and Jupiter reflect biblical prophecy.

not supporting the sit, just as a reference


Anonymous said...

Our Lady of La Salette designated apostate Rome as the seat of the Anti-Christ.

The Fathers of the Church foresaw a time when Rome would cast out the Pontiff and return to its ancient paganism. Cardinal Manning wrote about this in his work "The Present Crisis of the Holy See".

St John in the Apocalypse foresees Great Babylon the City of the Seven Hills (Mountains) would be burned with fire by the Beast.

To my way of thinking the Apocalypse shows us the final form of Babylon - that succession of empires which was seen by the Prophet Daniel. In St John's vision we see the final manifestation as having seven heads (could be mountains of government) and ten horns.

I think think the mountains/hills are the capitals of the world city or the Empire of the City which has a legacy of pagan Rome both East and West . Some of the capitals are Rome, D.C., Istanbul, Astana, London, New York etc. And from these capitals are 10 horns or projections of power - 10 kings/rulers who have power with the Beast. The Little Horn power of Daniel's prophecy, the Anti-Christ power comes up among them and throws down three.

In the Apocalypse these mountain of government burn under the figure of "Great Babylon". The whore that rides the Beast could be apostate Rome itself which is burned by the 10 rulers.

The Fallen Angels could certainly be the Demonic powers that are seated in the kings of the final manifestation of Babylon.

Jason R. said...

This latest nuclear weapons test in North Korea sure has me rattled. I was sitting in my yard just enjoying the quiet night and doing some star gazing when every coyote and wolf in the fields across the road from my back yard started to howl, and I'm used to hearing and kind of liking the sound, but it was a real cacaphony, I had never heard so many howling all at once from every direction, and so loud, like as loud as they probably could. It was an unerving thing, not pleasant to listen to at all.

I noted the time when I went inside for the night (just out of habit I always check my phone to see the temperature as I go inside to know whether it's either to hot or too cold), and it was right on the half-hour when the coyotes and wolves went crazy. Inside I started checking my normal news websites starting with the BBC which I read before I go to sleep for the night, and was startled by the news of North Korea's likely test of a hydrogen bomb, the type that they would need to create an EMP that could wipe out a good part of every piece of circuitry if denotated at the correct altitutude and right place over the vast majority of North America (with a subsequent mass starvation taking place because of how fragile our food distribution networks have become, with so much food coming from such greater distances, and just-in-time inventory systems, etc). And when I looked at the time that the first earthquake took place indicating the detonation of the device, I sort of got chills because it just happened to be at the exact minute that the animals all started howling all at once. I'm guessing it was either a very weird coincidence, or perhaps even from so far away maybe their hearing could pick up the sound of an explosion and/or earthquake of that magnitude.

I was planning on writing about what I think is kind of a strange connection between the so called "Age of Enlightenment" and one of the islands that has the potential to create the mega-tsunami that is described here, but it's kind of convoluted and I wanted to present it in as understandable as a fashion as possible so I'm going to save those thoughts for now, but I thought the coincidence of the animals all howling all at once in unison, beginning at the exact same instant so there were no calls going back and forth, and so horribly loud that something I usually find so soothing I instead found extremely distressing and something to flee, all that happening to the minute of a nuclear test half-way round the world, well, that I'm not reading anything much into it but that it might be as interesting to some of you folks as it was to me. I have this pit in the bottom of my stomach that I'd forgotten existed, a very particular feeling of dread, and a fear of God's righteous anger at us all, collectively, that I haven't felt since the worst days of the Cold War (at least in my middle school years in the 1980s... my 14th birthday was the occasion when the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart was made in 1984, as a way of dating myself)... I don't know if it's just nuclear war paranoia, but I can't help but feel that a thermonuclear doomsday clock is ticking down in a way it hasn't for many years. I feel in my guts like we are at a nexus of events between now and the centenary of the Miracle of the Sun, that Satan is really going for broke in the time between now and then, that too many of us are listening to his seductive words, and God's patience with us is hanging on by a thread, with Our Lady begging Him to give us a chance to repent, with special hope for us to accept His Divine Mercy. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us, and on the whole world... now more than ever before perhaps in the history of mankind.

Jason R. said...

I've noticed a few reports today that Hurricane Irma is brewing up to possibly be a cat 6 storm, and could wipe out entire cities if it makes landfall at that strength. I found it interesting that the name Irma is being reported as meaning "war goddess" from the old Saxon Irmin, though when I checked in the etymology it more accurately seems to be translated as strong or exalted, but in any case I'm wondering if Hurricane Harvey might have been a mere foreshadowing of a much worse storm that may hit the US soon.

Anonymous said...

Emmett, thanks for all the time devoted and research you have done. May we have the encouragement and constant prayer of the Immaculata and heavenly angels at this time of tumult.

There are more and more layers to the "coincidences" catalogued on this blog...the three solar eclipses of Aug 21, 1914, Aug 11, 1999 and Aug 21, 2017 all occurred, in the Hebrew calendar, on the 29th of Av, the day Moses fashioned the second tables of stone (Sapphire, according to rabbinic teaching) and again went up Mt Sinai. Forty days later is Yom Kippur, which in 2017 coincides with the Feast of St Michael. Six days prior is the Shabbat Shuva, the "Sabbath of Return" which falls on Sep 23, feast day of St Padre Pio AND St Linus, successor to St Peter. You have pointed out that this basic timeframe is St Michael's Lent in the Church, which in 2017 overlaps the 40 day fast of the Hebrews before the Theophany at Mt Sinai. The Jewish fast ends on a Feast of the Church with these readings:

As I watched: Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw
One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
Or RV 12:7-12AB

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them."

In the context of this confusion to 40 day fast which began o. The anniversary of the Knock apparition and the eclipses, well, it is simply breathtaking.


Anonymous said...

Emmett, thank you as well for pointing out the apparition of Our Lady of Revelation. As a former Seventh-Day Adventist, that apparition is exceptionally relevant to me, and I had not read about it before.

Oct 13, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. On the Hebrew calendar, it is Simchat Torah, or "Rejoicing of the Torah" where the yearly cycle of readings is finished and begun anew. If is also 8 days after Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, during which all Jews were commanded to travel to Jerusalem and stay in temporary shelters which they built to remember journeying through the wilderness 40 years in tents.

Here are excerpts from the Mass readings for Oct 13:

From Joel 1,2
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!
wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God!
The house of your God is deprived of offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast, call an assembly;
Gather the elders, all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God,
and cry to the LORD!

Alas, the day!
for near is the day of the LORD,
and it comes as ruin from the Almighty.

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all who dwell in the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming;
Yes, it is near, a day of darkness and of gloom,
a day of clouds and somberness!
Like dawn spreading over the mountains,
a people numerous and mighty!
Their like has not been from of old,
nor will it be after them,
even to the years of distant generations.

Psalm 9 (excerpts):
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, Most High.
R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.
You rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
their name you blotted out forever and ever.
The nations are sunk in the pit they have made;
in the snare they set, their foot is caught.
R. The Lord will judge the world with justice.
But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
he has set up his throne for judgment....

The ALLELUIA verse:
The prince of this world will now be cast out,
and when I am lifted up from the earth
I will draw all to myself, says the Lord.

Gospel Lesson from Luke 11:
When Jesus had driven out a demon, some of the crowd said:
"By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons,
he drives out demons."

Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them,
"Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste
and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?

For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons.
If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul,
by whom do your own people drive them out?
Therefore they will be your judges.
But if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons,
then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.
When a strong man fully armed guards his palace,
his possessions are safe.
But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him,
he takes away the armor on which he relied
and distributes the spoils.
Whoever is not with me is against me,
and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

"When an unclean spirit goes out of someone,
it roams through arid regions searching for rest
but, finding none, it says,
'I shall return to my home from which I came.'
But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.
Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits
more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there,
and the last condition of that man is worse than the first."

This is the Gospel you used for context of "binding the strong man" with Jonah, Ninevah and the Bur Sagale eclipse, with the Knock apparition and the eclipses of Aug 21, 1914 and Aug 11, 1999, etc.

Coincidences? Or divine orchestration from before all time as God's comfort to encourage us now. It seems as if Our Lady of Knock is opening the door for us...she is also Our Lady of Revelation!


chris said...

everytime i read on this site people demonizing putin i wonder if they are aware of any of these things spoken of in this talk.............


Jason R. said...

This might not mean anything at all, but in the course of doing some reading (almost research I guess), I came upon a fact that kind of reinforced so much of the great information I've gotten through Emmett's blog postings and all the knowledge being shared in the comments section. I apologize in advance if this is a whole lot of nothing, but thought others might find this as interesting as I did.

After reading the last two blog posts as a kind of side-effect I became interested in the concept in the Ancient world of the "omphalos", that is, the pre-Christian concept of "the centre of the world", the place where the connection between the "gods"/the heavens, and mankind was at its closest. In the religious context of the old pagan religions, the omphalos was very much considered the link between the heavens and the earth; the Tower of Babel I guess could be considered one, especially because this omphali (sp?) were also thought of as the "axis mundi", the world pillar, and were often represented physically with an object such as a stone or a pillar.

Though a near universal symbol, it seems that many different cultures had their own omphalos... in Japan it was Mount Fuji, in ancient Greek myth is was written that Zeus released a pair of eagles in order to find the centre of the world, and when they collided the collision took place above Delphi, thus the location became the Greek omphalos, to the Sioux it was the Black Hills in South Dakota, for the Romans it was of course Rome (with all roads leading to it), and it early Christian to medieval Christians times it was most definitely Jerusalem. I could go on with many more examples, but I just want to emphasize the point of how important the concept of the omphalos has been throughout recorded history,

Now, in my opinion at least, the Age of Enlightenment was a rejection of the Judaeo-Christian ethos and way of looking at the world, almost a new paganism that infected our species, and it too soon came up with its own version of the omphalos. The location of this newest example of the omphalos was most undoubtedly the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The importance placed on Greenwich may seem oblique now, but at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, on December 31st, 1900, in the mind of the public, but especially in the minds of those most entranced by the wonders of science, a new world wherein mankind exalted its own creations and large leaps of scientific and industrial advancement, the centre of the world, I guess it could be almost considered Voltaire's Omphalos, was indisputeably at Greenwich, specifically centered on the Royal Observatory, that point where the link between the heavens and the earth was most visible and important, *the* seat of science, that is science without God, since the building that Christopher Wren (and he's a character that could warrant an analysis vis-a-vis the events of our current world in himself) designed and was contructed in 1675 housed the Observatory.

Jason R. said...


One incident that took place, and was immortalized in Jospeh Conrad's "The Secret Agent" and in Alfred Hitchcock's film "Sabotage", involved an anarchist, Martial Bourdin, who, although his plan was thwarted by his own ineptitude, really shines a light on the incredible meaning Greenwich, the place where time has "started", since 1884 when delegates from 25 different countries voted to choose Greenwich as the prime meridian (and this itself reflects how the Royal Observatory was very much considered the Omphalos of the Age of Reason), had to the establishment of the Enlightenment (Note: While the Age of Enlightenment has kind of a cheery ring to it, I think of it in the terms of Lucifer as the bringer of false light, the scientific achievements that wrought all the major wars since the time of the French Revolution, including the First and Second World Wars... so enlightenment in this context to me is as in, "Non serviam", the rejection of God's grace and help, with a seduction to the human race that we no longer need Our Lord with all the wonderous things that science has brought, which ignores that with that science we live in a world under the dark cloud of nuclear conflict, environmental problems, etc.).

Out of all the targets that Martial Boudin could have picked in London to blow up, like the Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace, he specifically chose the Royal Observatory as his intended target precisely because of the centrality that the Observatory held for the Freemasons that were behind the, again, so-called "Age of Enlightenment". This one anecdote for me hits home how the Royal Observatory was and is the Omphalos in the age where Nietzsche declared that God was dead, almost the 19th and 20th (and even the 21st) centuries modern equivalent of the Tower of Babel, man trying to reach out to the heavens and beyond in the absence of God, or how badly we need His grace, and what horrors have come from the Industrial Age specifically because the fruits of science have not been tempered by a Christian ethos.

In any case, Martial Boudin's intended destruction of the Royal Observatory failed, but that he picked it as his target is a great emphasis to how it used to be viewed, and really, still is, though maybe not as much in the public consciousnesses. But what does all this have to do with the blog posts and Emmett's and others take on where we are at? In my reading, I came to a point that really surprisingly, for I wasn't looking for any connections as much as just happened upon them, tied my independent-study project more directly to what had prompted it in the first place. Because of the pollution that the unregulated Industrialized Age wrought upon London, the telescopes and other equipment of the Royal Observatory had to be moved out of Greenwich for clearer skies in 1948 (a quite pivotal year for many different reasons also that I don't need to get into as this is becoming a longer post already than I had intended) to Herstmonceux in Sussex. As the years passed, the air in Sussex too became too polluted, so agan the Royal Observatory packed up its equipment for a new place, shifting the Omphalos of our twisted modern age, in 1984 (again, I don't have to point out to anyone reading the significance of this year either), to, as some of your reading may have guessed already, to *the Canary Islands*.

Jason R. said...

... cont.

When I literally stumbled about this fact, it felt like a circle had been closed, as my reading on the concept of the Omphalos, and where it sort of just led me, brought me right back quite unintendedly to the Canary Islands, in this particular case to the island of La Palma. For emphasis, the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory was not a "new" observatory, the Royal Observatory moved all it's equipment as it did from London to Herstmonceux to the observatory located on the Canary Islands location of La Palma; even at the time it would have been much, much cheaper to build a new telescope (the so-called "Isaac Newton Telescope), and all the needed supporting equipment from scratch than to move the equipment from Sussex, so it seems that this move had ulterior, almost ritualistic, aims that trumped practicality.

This move was also accompanied by much fanfare, almost suspiciously too much for something that would otherwise seem routine or arbitrary; the official inauguration was attended by no less than the Spanish Royal Family (again, I won't get into those folks, but there are many theories as to how this bloodline plays into many major events of both the Minor and Major Chastisements potentially), as well as the six major European heads of state. This seems like overkill for the inauguration of the transplanted Observatory, unless you observe the events as being a very literal move of the Omphalos of the "world without God" from Greenwich, to Sussex to, La Palma. Although I realize that La Palma isn't the island which is hypothesized as being the star cast into the sea in Emmett's writings, I still can't see all of this as coincidental, and it was the volcanic mountain of Cumbre Vieja that first led me to Emmett's books and website after seeing BBC Horizon program that cast Cumbre Vieja as the mountain that could cause the mega-tsunami that would devastate the coasts of Africa, the eastern seaboard cities of North America, the UK, etc.

So, that's it, just a weird nugget of information that I came upon after researching something that was prompted by Emmett's last couple of blog entries that led me in a wide circle and right back to the Canary Islands most unexpectedly. The Royal Observatory (no matter what other name it is given) which I believe is the neo-pagan/secular humanist/atheist Omphalos of the age that began at its latest on New Year's Eve of 1900 has ended up in the very place that all of us our focused on through Emmett's keen discoveries and Catholic prophecy. It is very much as I alluded to above, in my mind at least, quite symbolic as the "axis mundi", a modern Tower of Babel, and it just seems too coincidental to have been placed so close to the very same area on this whole planet that is the focal point of Emmett's original post.

This is all just really I guess my pet hypothesis, but I thought since I found the connection at least interesting if not meaningful that it would be worth posting for others that they might finding all this interesting as well. Note: Sorry for the poor grammar, and probably a lot of spelling mistakes, I wrote all of this rather quickly, putting the ideas down as fast as they kind of came to my mind as I'm still processing all the reading on this topic over the last week or so.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Jason, wow! How did you piece all this together? Quick note - Cumbre Vieja is a volcano situated on the island of La Palma. This is the very place where the "burning mountain" is thrown into the sea, according to my hypothesis.

Emmett O'Regan said...

Francesca, thanks for pointing out these other amazing coincidences! I didn't notice that the 23rd September was also the feast day of Pope Linus. Greg Cring has done some excellent work on the relevance of Simchat Torah falling on the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun this year. If you don't mind, I'll have to incorporate some of your insights in a future post on Our Lady of Revelation, along with some of the contributions from the various other commentators here.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI:I live in the intermountain west. We experienced a 5.3 earthquake centered in southern Idaho, the area through which the eclipse passed.

Mark W said...

Have any of you been watching Hurricane Irma?

Highest recorded winds were 185 mph. That makes it one of the strongest ever, in terms of winds.

Air pressure is at 931 millibars right now. Hurricane Katerina was 920 at its lowest. Andrew was 926. Rita was 895, and I think that was the lowest ever recorded in the Atlantic or Caribbean. (Lowest ever was Typhoon Tip, with a pressure of 870 millibars.)

But with pressure that low and winds that are already that strong, this could be a monster in the making.

Anonymous said...

A number of people seem to be focusing on the fact that Our Lady mentioned "sons" instead of "children" or "sons and daughters," etc., in her latest messages. I wonder if we're focusing on the wrong thing. After all, these are translations, and admittedly not perfect ones. Case in point: The use of masculine pronouns when referring to Our Lady spreading "his" cloak. That's one possibility.
There are a whole host of allegorical possibilities, if the actual word for "sons" was the one she used. I won't go into all of them here, because it would make this post impossibly long; I will only point out that soldiers are traditionally men, and we are all soldiers in the ongoing spiritual warfare. Take that in any direction you choose.


Anonymous said...

About the current string of hurricanes: Has anyone else noticed the so-far insignificant Tropical Storm Jose right on the heels of Hurricane Irma? In 2000, the southeastern US had a major scare as Hurricane Floyd approached, already a frightful storm all by itself. It was closely followed by a second hurricane (Iris, I think), and the two merged.
Areas of South Carolina were still recovering from the 1989 cat-5 hurricane Hugo. I might point out that it's nothing short of miraculous that, as powerful and as destructive as that storm was, covering the ENTIRE STATE of South Carolina, there was not one single loss of life that night. But I digress...or do I?
At any rate, South Carolina was all but in a panic of preparing for Floyd. We got lucky; it suddenly swerved and headed out to sea instead of making landfall on our coast.
I'm seeing a similar pattern right now. Harvey wrought havoc in Texas, but its effects, weather-wise, were felt all the way to the East Coast, and it lasted longer than any hurricane I've ever heard of. Now we have Irma, puttering along between Cat 2 and 3, suddenly exploding to a cat 5++, closely followed by tropical storm Jose. This time, the pair is heading toward the Dominican Republic; Irma has a curve that, if it continues, will carry it over Florida, Georgia, and Alabama; Jose, if it grows and continues on its current course, will swerve northward once it hits the Carribean and travel up the American east coast.
It's all coming down to patterns. A fictional television character once said, in regard to coincidences, "Somebody has to go to a lot of work to make them happen."


Jason R. said...

Oh, I feel so stupid, I don't know what got it in my head that La Palma held a different volcano, sorry for that Emmett. Regarding how this observation I came up with came together, just a lot of free time on my hands since I've been bed-ridden, and one subject just led me to another, and when it all brought me back to the Canary Islands I kind of got a burst of inspiration of how it all fit together. It was what you had written about the Garden of Eden that got me thinking about the omphalos (though I didn't know it was called that yet) that each culture seemed to have one of, and I'd previously read about Martial Bourdin many years ago, etc. I mostly just hopped from subject to subject using Google and Wikipedia, and never intended it as more than for my own interest, but when it all led back to the Canary Islands, right back where I'd started so to speak, I thought it might be worthwhile sharing and my mind seemed to see the overall picture with all the tidbits I'd gathered (perhaps all roads are leading to Cumbre Vieja right now!).

Mark W., I've been following Hurricane Irma as well, it seems to have the potential to make Hurricane Harvey seem small in comparison (one writer said if it follows expected patterns with the strength it has already it could wipe out entire cities, complete devastation. As I posted above that Irma means either "war goddess" or "strong and exalted" seems to be a little ominous as well. I know that often the news tries to sensationalize storm threats, but it really does seem that Hurricane Irma is gearing up to be a cat 6 storm, one of, if not *the* most fearsome hurricane in history... perhaps Harvey was a foreshadowing of a storm worse to come, that might take out another important US city? I've been expecting September and October (leading up to the Fatima centenary) of 2017 to be one of the worst periods as far nuclear war tensions, economic chaos, etc., for many years now so every new bad thing to hit the news, none of it feels like a surprise.

Anonymous said...

You are very welcome, Emmett! Each of us is doing his or her small part in this universal drama being directed by our Heavenly Father. I eagerly look forward to your blog, and check it frequently for updates. Surely God had revealed all of this here and now in his divine wisdom. The promises of Revelation are clear, to those "blessed are they who read the words of this book, for the time is short." Thank you for helping to unfold this heavenly blessing.


Mark W said...

About things...

Jason - there isn't a Cat6 in the hurricane world. Interestingly, I think the next step up is the Enhanced Fujita scale that they use for tornadoes. An EF5 begins at 200mph, so Irma is really close to being a GIGANTIC tornado. And yes, I am kinda kidding. But it does show just how strong Irma is.

To the anonymous comment about the earthquakes in Idaho - Actually, you've had 28 earthquakes in the past 24 hours. They were all small and probably not noticed, but they've been there. It's been one of the biggest earthquake swarms ever.

Emmett - did you get my e-mail yesterday? I've been having spam-blocker issues of late.

Take care, all,


Bridget said...

I've been wondering where these hurricanes originated, and this article states (and contains an image from the Weather Channel) showing how the path of the eclipse met the embryo of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Anonymous said...

Very sadly Cardinal Caffarra (of Dubia fame) has died - RIP!

And then there were two (witnesses?).

Anonymous said...

Earthquakes in various places, wars and rumors of wars, hurricanes that are apocalyptic in strength and devastation...all just two weeks after the eclipse? Coincidence....

NOT! Lord, open our eyes to your truth and help us to prepare in the inner man for your coming.


Jason R. said...

Ahh thanks for the correction Mark, I was parroting something if seen online, which I shod habe learned by now to check sources on re: cat 6 storm...
There was a small earthquake today in my home province only 3.8 but it still seemed unusual because we're not known for having them.

Bridget said...

So this doesn't really have to do with anything, but then again...maybe it does? Who else saw this completely twisted Italian breakfast commercial??! Uhhhh...

Jason R. said...

Aw shoot, I again got taken in by fake FB posts, there was no earthquake today (it happened Sept. 6, 2016, a year ago, but people were posting it and commenting as if it had happened today)... I really need to double-check my sources better, whoops.

Jason R. said...

I'm wondering if today's huge solar flares are indicative of anything?

It's just gotten dark where I am and the Northern Lights are like none i ever remeber seeing before (I can't help but be reminded by them of the great lights over Europe that presaged the Second World War as foreseen as a warning by Sr. Lucia).

Anonymous said...

Excellent work, Jason R. I wonder how long it will be until the Evangelicals run your theory as their own. They just hate to admit that the Catholics are always a step ahead. LOL!

And, Emmett, I was reading one of your blog postings from a while back on coming Great Sign. I was struck by the section that dealt with Constantine and the appearance of the Chi-Rho. I immediately was reminded that many Christian commentators during the 2016 campaign compared Trump to a modern Constantine. And now we see that Trump's agenda is being assaulted from every side and he faces unprecedented challenges on the world stage. I feel that Christ's revelation to Saint Faustina's of a coming supernatural intervention involving the Sign of the Cross appearing in the sky is going to happen very soon, and I think Trump is going to have a Constantine moment.

Anonymous said...

One notes Our Lady's message (at Medjugorje on Aug 2nd) focused on love and Our Lady enigmatically said, "When my Son comes to the earth anew, He will look for love in your hearts."

This month it centered on accepting pain and suffering with love - and not questioning why we suffer, but remembering that Jesus loved and suffered to redeem us in accordance with our Father's Will for Him and us. We were reminded to be in a state of grace, and at peace, both of which come from her Son.

"...You do not comprehend pain. You do not comprehend that through the love of God you need to accept pain and endure it. Every human being will experience it to a lesser or greater measure...." Our Lady at Medjugorje, Sept 2, 2017

Does the message portend painful events, or is it a general, gentle reminder of the Gospel message? Time will tell.

Be ready! Go to confession!
God bless you!

Leo D. Lion said...

I stopped reading and started praying after reading St Faustinas diary...
One more day to pray.... The Chaplet of Divine Mercy....
Jesus's last attempt to save souls..
Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet "right now" and you will avoid Hell....
As so well promised and endorsed by Our Lord...
Please, please, please please, take advantage of our merciful God, before we s

Leo D. Lion said...

Continued from above,, before he comes as a just judge. Thank you in advance

Leo D. Lion said...

If we get to another Easter Sunday take advantage of Divine Mercy Sunday which is the first Sunday after Easter and the instructions 4 we sinners are spelled out insync faustina's diary and other websites on the internet specifically mention this. It's our Lord's instructions on how to complete the Novena of Divine Mercy that leads up to Divine Mercy Sunday the first Sunday after Easter follow it carefully and again you will avoid hell. Thank you in advance

Leo D. Lion said...

Here it is:
Hey everyone. I found this quote by Saint Faustina on the end times:

"Before I come as the just judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort: "All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day. " - Saint Faustina, AD 1937

Terry Nelson said...

This story just popped up today - Eskimos saying the earth has wobbled-shifted, which may relate to the Fatima vision of the angel touching the earth's axis? See what you think:

Robert Ryan said...

Hey Emmet just came accross all of this on Tradcat Knight and l have been up most of the night reading it and rereading it. This is incredile. I am down here in Limerick and my wife is from the 6 counties. Where can your book be bought? God bless and thank you.

Emmett O'Regan said...

That is interesting Terry!

Cheers Bob! You might find my stuff on Our Lady of Knock and the prophecies of St. Patrick interesting, if you search through the blog. Also be sure to read the post about the binding of Satan and the sign of Jonah, as it appears to be of some importance to understanding the way things are playing out right now. My book is only available on Amazon.

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