Friday, 12 March 2021

Knock Shrine Granted Special Status by the Vatican

In the year dedicated to St. Joseph, Pope Francis has recently announced that the shrine of Our Lady of Knock, in Mayo, Ireland, will be granted special status as an international Marian and Eucharistic Shrine, on March 19th, 2021 - the feast of St. Joseph.  The fact that the Holy Father has announced that Knock Shrine will be bestowed with this special honour just a few days after his pilgrimage to Iraq, where he visited the site of ancient Nineveh at Mosul, bears a striking parallel to the material in my book on the Knock apparition.  As most readers of this blog will be aware, in my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, I argue that the symbolism of the Knock apparition is directly based on the opening of scroll sealed with seven seals described in chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals." (Rev 5:1-5)

In my book, I argue that the opening of the scroll with the seven seals and the subsequent release of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is recapitulated later in Rev 20, during the period of the unbinding of Satan at the end of the "thousand years":

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

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev 20:1-3; 7-10)
In my blog post The Sign of Jonah and the Unbinding of Satan, I argue at some length that the period of the unbinding of Satan described in the Apocalypse is directly associated with the original "sign of Jonah", which was a striking solar eclipse which had taken place near the site of ancient Nineveh during the ministry of the Prophet Jonah, which had caused the repentance of the Ninevites, sparing them from God's judgement. In my book, I also attempt to demonstrate the various parallels between the unbinding of Satan at the end of the Millennium and the vision of Pope Leo XIII, concerning the century in which the Devil would be granted a period of greater power. I go on to note that in the Gospel of Matthew, Christ had associated the binding of the "strong man" in Matt 12 with the appearance of the sign of Jonah: 

Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house...

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (Matt 12:22-29; 39-41)

In his City of God, St. Augustine of Hippo had connected the above Gospel passage concerning the "binding of the strong man" with the binding of Satan described in Rev 20.  St. Augustine went on to propose that the period of the unbinding of Satan at the end of the thousand years would take place at the end of the Sabbath Millennium discussed by the Early Church Fathers, who proposed that the biblical chronology pointed to a prophetic "great week" of millennia:

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

St. Bede the Venerable had used  the "Hebrew Truth" of the Masoretic text of the Old Testament to recalibrate the biblical chronology, when when refined by the Anglican Archbishop, James Ussher of Armagh, relocated the prophetic significance of the end of the "great week" as the year 2000. Just over 100 years before the end of this "great week" of millennia, Pope Leo XIII had announced the consecration of the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in his 1899 encyclical Annum Sacrum, which was published on the feast of St. Bede. Later the same year had announced that this Anglo-Saxon monk would be made a doctor of the Church. This act of consecration was made in direct response to a request made by Christ to Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, which in turn directly parallels the request made to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, given to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Pope Leo XIII was almost certainly familiar with the fact that the French Revolution had occurred exactly 100 years after St. Margaret Mary had relayed this request to the Kings of France, which had went unfulfilled. This is why he described his consecration of the entire world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the "greatest act of my pontificate".

In Unveiling the Apocalypse, I note how the beginning of the First World War had coincided with a remarkable solar eclipse which had traversed the battlefields of Eastern Europe, before the path of totality made its way down to cross the site of ancient Nineveh. 

This striking event, known as the "First World War Eclipse", had occurred on 21st August, 1914 - the feast day of Our Lady of Knock, which had announced the opening of the scroll sealed with seven seals, which in turn heralds the inauguration of the period of the unbinding of Satan.  In order to mark the 100 year anniversary of Pope Leo's consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope St. John Paul II published an Apostolic Letter reflecting upon the spiritual significance of this event in the life of the Church on 11th June 1999, and once again renewed this act of consecration. Just a few months later, the "sign of Jonah" had repeated itself when the great solar eclipse of 1999 had once again traversed the site of ancient Nineveh on Aug 11th, announcing the end of the period of the unbinding of Satan at the dawn of the new millennium.


Anthony W said...

Hi Emmett another great post from you. And God bless Pope Francis not only for his historic visit to Iraq but also to recognise the importance of the Knock shrine.

God bless

Anthony W

Rhona McRoe said...

This is fantastic news - many thanks emmett!

Unknown said...

Are we in the end times? Or nearing the Triumphant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

JMC said...

We're not in the end times yet, but we are nearing the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. How near is "near"? Only God knows. There will be about 20-30 years of peace after that, and then the end times will *begin.* I suspect the younger of us alive today will be around to see it all, but the Boomers will most likely all be gone before the start of the end times. After all, the youngest of us have just turned 60. ;D

Unknown said...

"IN THE END MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH."-Our Lady of Fatima. JMC,thanks for your response.

JMC said...

I don't think she meant "in the end" literally, as in the End Times; I think she meant it more metaphorically, as in, despite all humanity's hemming and hawing about the issue, it will still happen. And that seems to be the common interpretation of all the literature I've read on the subject. Because she did promise that "a period of peace will be granted to the world," which in and of itself implies that it can't be in the End Times, because those days are described as anything *but* peaceful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Emmett
Just wonder if your familiar with the website, The Burden Against America.

It’s a fascinating site, the premise being that George W Bush is the first white horse of the Apocalypse

‘And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer’

This matches America incredibly. A crown was given as in democracy. He has a bow, American power is air power, planes and missiles, has been since ww2. The White House set out to conquer the Middle East after 9/11. Even one of the 4 beasts spoke, and they now exist, one beast USA, Eng, Israel and allies. Another beast Europe, another beast, Russia and former states, and the 4th, China and Asia.

The site speculates that the 4 horsemen will happen over a Jubilee of 7 years x 7.

The next horseman is of war, and he speculates that America-Israel is the first beast from Daniel 7/4. The Eagle/Lion which has its wings plucked and is made to stand and a heart is given to it. The second beast he identifies with Russia, which is raised on one side, has three ribs in its mouth and devours much flesh.

He speculates with evidence and biblical interpretation that the bear will destroy three American cities in response to some crisis involving Israel. He suggests America will be nearly destroyed but will miraculously survive and will experience a great religious awakening, even conversion to Catholicism in repose to being nearly destroyed.

One amazing thing is prior to the second red horse of war the eagle has its wings plucked. The writer of the blog suggests there will be a financial crisis, but he wrote this on 2018. I think it is evident now that air power is losing its influence, the s400 missile Defense system of Russia is threatening the missiles of the Eagle/Lion. A likely scenario is an all out air attack against Syria and Russia by America which is stopped by missile defence, The Eagles wings are plucked. The bear then extracts its 3 ribs in a nuclear attack on America, which in turn will lead to America turning back to God, and finishing the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.

It’s an interpretation of course, and yet it seems to fit the world situation amazingly well.

Of course your own interpretation of the opening of the seven seals is different. But your suggestion of Satan being released during the 20C, and that time coming to an end recently is amazing.

Christian belief faded in the 20C despite much war except for a brief blossoming after ww2. perhaps because we became as rich as Midas.
The seven seals seem to promise much greater misery with war, famine and plague.

One thing which has left me wondering about your interpretation is that the seals where so localised, small if you like. The opening of the seven seals should be world wide events with extraordinary effects throughout the world to bring about world wide conversion.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting indeed Patrick. Makes sense as to why the United States will not be helping out Europe when they are battling Islam invasions. No mention of USA in any of those many prophecies. America will be busy dealing with the effects of a nuclear attack. When you look this website up don't use google. It will not bring it up. Use Duck-Duck Go to search for Teri

Anthony W said...

Happy Easter to everyone. Christ is risen and Christ will come again. Pray for our Pope and all the priests and Bishops and Cardinals. Thank God here in England we can go to church and go to confession.

Anthony W

Anonymous said...

America will never be confronted with a nuclear war, only a Chinese and Russian one after which communism will dwindle down to 5% and the Lord will return in power in the midst of civil war.

Anonymous said...

7 April 2021 at 04:24 do have a source for this?


Patrick said...

Hi Emmett
Just commenting about the 3ribs.wordpress I cited in my previous post.

The author of that site has proposed that George W Bush was the first white horse of the apocalypse. The description of the white horse: being given a crown and holding a bow matches USA very well, as all presidents are given the crown, and the basis of American military superiority up till now has been AirPower, planes, bombs and missiles. Of course Bush and USA government set out to conquer Middle East after 9/11.
What is interesting is that the first white horse has often been identified with Jesus, and in a sense with this interpretation it’s right because Bush is a devout Christian and America is a Christian country.
Another interesting thing is that each horse is introduced by “a living thing” which announces their arrival. The four “living things” who are full of eyes and worship the lamb day and night immediately precede the four horsemen.
The 4”living things” who worship the lamb must be Christian believers, either Christian denominations or Christian empires. And if each living thing announces one of the horsemen it seems to suggest that the great calamities which follow the horsemen are from Christian countries or empires.
This is the hard part I always thought the four horsemen would be anti Christian forces, it seems on this interpretation it will be Christian nations which bring on the apocalypse.
Interestingly the four horsemen are announced by a “living thing” in nearly all bible translations except the King James which uses the word “beast”. This seems to be the version the author of the 3ribs.wordpress site uses. He goes on to link the four horsemen with the beasts of Daniel 7, USA being the lion eagle which loses its feathers, and Russia as the second beast the bear, raised on one side with3 ribs who devours much flesh. To refresh his argument USA will lose its feathers somehow and then Russi, the bear will defeat USA in a war destroying 3 cities.
The recent activity in the Ukraine brings all this to mind very strongly.
I proposed on my earlier post that the eagle losing its feathers was America losing air superiority as missile defence systems improve. Russia at present leads the world by it seems a large margin in missile defence technology. I suggested this could happen in Syria if USA and Israel air based attack was repelled by Russian missile defence and then counter attacked USA. The flaw here is that Russia would probably not attack America as Middle East war is largely a proxy war.
This is all changed with a Ukraine conflict. Obama, Clinton, biden instigated the Ukraine independence movement. Biden has deep financial and political links to Ukraine. Right now USA is shipping millions of dollars or military equipment to Ukraine, USA warships are in Black Sea, Russian military is massing on border. If the Russian homeland is threatened and the Eagle is de feathered then Russia may well strike back.
All very speculative of course based on the idea of George W Bush being the first horseman. If it is right however we are in a time of great danger.

samuelj said...

Anyone here purchased Robert Sungenis' new book " Fatima fulfilled but still foreboding"? Sungenis has now reversed his belief of not long ago , that of Fatima wasn't fulfilled. With 'new' info he believes there is NO era of peace coming to us...


Unknown said...

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I list it on my website > >

And no ... the anti-Christ vatican-2 heretic cult (founded in 1965) is not the Catholic Church (founded in 33 A.D.).

There are over 200 heresies against Catholic Dogma ... in the "vatican-2 council" documents ...50 listed on Section 12 (followed by Catholic corections) >

Being outside ... the Catholic Church in any heresy ... leaves one with no chance of getting to Heaven.

Physical participation in a heretic cult (vatican-2, lutheran, evangelical, etc) ... automatically excommunicates you from the Catholic Church (that is, Christianity) >

Mandatory ... Abjuration of heresy to enter the Catholic Church >

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The Catholic God knows ... what we think and believe ...

Catholic writing of Romans 1:21 >
"They ... became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Deuteronomy 31:21 >
"For I know their thoughts, and what they are about to do this day."

Catholic Faith (pre-fulfillment) writing of Job 21:27 >
"Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against Me."
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Mary ELlen said...

Dear Emmett, do you think the ring of fire solar eclipse on June 10th, tomorrow, is significant in announcing the final battle of Gog and Magog? Do you think the Blessed Mother will appear again to triumph over Satan binding Satan again in the final battle?

Emmett O'Regan said...

Hi Mary Ellen. I'm not particularly concerned with the significance of this particular eclipse. I don't think that the binding of Satan at the end of the "short time" is connected with another major Marian, but rather the ministry of the Two Witnesses.

Mary ELlen said...

Even though the Blessed Mother says that in the end she will Triumph?

samuelj said...

Emmett, what do you think of the golden age stated by Pope Pius XI of Our Lady’s Triumph in his Easter message of 1958. “Before the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, descends from Heaven from the throne of God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, man will enjoy true happiness on earth. Human dignity will be respected, man’s necessities will be satisfied, and he will enjoy a long era of order, peace and justice.”