21 May, 2008. Feria Day
Our Lady Of Fatima - Warnings and Predictions.
In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three young children at Fatima in Portugal. She came to warn mankind about severe punishments which would befall mankind if her messages from heaven were ignored.
The significance of the message of Fatima cannot be taken too lightly because it marks the beginning of the end times and a predicted apostasy from the Church. It is surely one of the greatest events in the history of the Catholic Church. The miracle which occurred on Oct 13, 1917, predicted to take place in advance, in the presence of nearly 100,000 people, was probably the greatest miracle to take place outside of the Resurrection.
Beginning on May 13, 1917, the Mother of God appeared six times to Jacinta(age 7), Francisco(age 9) and Lucia (age 10) in Fatima, Portugal.
[The three children of Fatima before they were shown a vision of Hell]
The Blessed Virgin told the children to pray the rosary every day; she showed the children a vision of Hell; and she made prophecies about World War II and the expansion of Communism (“the errors of Russia”), among other things.
Vision of Hell
“As the Lady spoke the last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done on the two previous months. The rays of light appeared to penetrate the earth,and we saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire, we saw the demons and the souls of the damned. The latter were like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, having human forms. They were floating about in that conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames which issued from within themselves, together with great clouds of smoke.
“ You see Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go.To save them God wishes to establish in the world the Devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” Our Lady said.
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady also told the children that on Oct. 13, 1917, she would work a miracle that all would have to believe.
Between 70,000 to 100,000 people gathered at Fatima on Oct. 13 to see the miracle that was predicted to take place, including many unbelievers who were present and when the predicted miracle did take place were converted. These included atheists and Freemasons, and confirmed thousands in the Catholic Faith.
The Miracle of the Sun.
“The sun stood forth in the clear zenith like a great silver disc which, though bright as any sun they had ever seen, they could look straight at without blinking, and with a unique and delightful satisfaction. This lasted but a moment. While they gazed, the huge ball began to ‘dance’ - that was the word all the beholders applied to it. Now it was whirling rapidly like a gigantic fire-wheel. After doing this for some time, it stopped. Then it rotated again, with dizzy sickening speed. Finally there appeared on the rim a border of crimson, which flung across the sky, as from a hellish vortex, blood red streamers of flame, reflecting to the earth, to the trees and shrubs, to the upturned faces and the clothes all sorts of brilliant colors in succession: green, red, orange, blue, violet, the whole spectrum in fact. Madly gyrating in this manner three times, the fiery orb seemed to tremble, to shudder, and then to plunge precipitately, in a mighty zigzag, towards the crowd.
“A fearful cry broke from the lips of thousands of terrified persons as they fell upon their knees, thinking the end of the world had come. Some said that the air became warmer at that instant; they would not have been surprised if everything about them had burst into flames, enveloping and consuming them.”
A SIGN OF THE END
During the miracle the sun was seen to be speeding toward the earth and the people thought the end of the world had come.
The significance should be obvious: Fatima was a apocalyptic sign; it was a sign that the end was near, that the events which would precede the culmination of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ were to begin. Men must amend their lives before the end of the world really came.
[Photo showing Sun visible close to horizon as a black dot in bottom right of picture, which would be impossible for that time of day under normal conditions.]