The Great Chastisement that is revealed in the Third Secret of Fatima is concisely set forth in the one page letter of Sister Lucy to Bishop da Silva which contains the 'Third Secret'. The secret that Cardinal Ratzinger spoke of in the Jesus interview is in that letter. When he said, "Yes, I have read it", Ratzinger was referring to that letter, "in which Sister Lucy wrote down the words which Our Lady confided as a secret to the three little shepherds in the Cova da Iria." 11
It is those words of Our Lady that Cardinal Ratzinger was referring to when he said in the Jesus interview that the Third Secret refers to "the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore the world", and he went on to say, "the things contained in this 'Third Secret' correspond to what has been announced in Scripture, and has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions . . ." It is by examining what "has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions" that we will discover "the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore the world" which have been "announced in Scripture" and foretold in prophecy.
On October 13, 1973 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Akita, Japan to Sister Agnes Sasagawa and revealed: "If men do not repent . . . The Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity".
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi [+1837] wrote of the coming chastisement, saying: "God will ordain two punishments: One, in the form of wars, revolutions and other evils, will originate on earth; the other will be sent from Heaven. There shall come over all the earth an intense darkness lasting three days and three nights [Joel 2: 31] 12 . . . the air will be laden with pestilence, which will claim principally but not exclusively the enemies of religion . . ."
The first punishment will be both physical and spiritual: wars and revolutions, etc. will be the substance of the physical chastisement "various nations will be annihilated"; and "persecutions of the Church and the Holy Father" will make up the spiritual chastisement: "the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer".
In 1945, only a short time after the end of World War II, Pope Pius XII stated in his Christmas message to the Cardinals: "The world is on the verge of a frightful abyss . . . Men must prepare themselves for suffering such as mankind has never seen." There will be a great world war far more destructive than the first two world wars. Sister Elena Aiello [+1961] who is of great renown for her prophecies was told by Our Lady: "My Heart is sad for so many sufferings in an impending world in ruin . . . The wrath of God is near. Soon the world will be afflicted with great calamities, bloody revolutions, frightful hurricanes and the overflowing of rivers and the seas . . . the world will be overturned in a new and more terrible war. Arms most deadly will destroy peoples and nations. The dictators of the earth, specimens infernal, will demolish the churches and desecrate the Holy Eucharist, and will destroy things most dear. In this impious war, much will be destroyed of that which has been built by the hands of man . . .
"Another terrible war will come from the east to the west. Russia with her secret armies will battle America; will overrun Europe. The river Rhine will be overflowing with corpses and blood. Italy, also, will be harassed by a great revolution, and the Pope will suffer terribly . . .
"Russia will march upon all the nations of Europe, particularly Italy, and will raise her flag over the dome of St. Peter's. Italy will be severely tried by a great revolution and Rome will be purified for its many sins, especially those of impurity . . ." In the apparition of Our Lady of Good Success, which took place on February 2, 1634, the Mother of God revealed to Mother Mary Anne of Jesus Torres: "there will be a terrible war in which the blood of priests and of religious will flow . . . wickedness will seem triumphant." The same was foretold by Sister Rose Asdente of Taggia [+1847]: "There shall be great confusion of people 'against people, and nations against nations. The Russians," she explains, "shall come to make war on Italy . . . Priests and religious shall be butchered and the earth, especially in Italy, shall be watered with their blood."
The prophecy written on
an English tombstone centuries ago foretells: "When pictures look
with movements free, when ships like fishes swim beneath the sea, when
men, outstripping birds can soar the sky, then half the world deep
in blood shall die." It would appear therefore, that the
city in the Fatima vision published on June 26, 2000 represents the
of half the world: half the human race, more than three billion
human beings will perish in the chastisement, as the tombstone prophecy
predicts. Sister Lucy elaborated this topic on December 26, 1957,
to Father Fuentes: "Tell them Father that many times the Most Holy
told my cousins Francisco and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many
nations will disappear from the face of the earth. She said that
will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the
world if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor
It appears that the world today is truly "on the verge of a frightful abyss". The prophetic revelations made to Sister Elena Aiello confirm the earlier prophecies of St. John Bosco, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi and others that there will be a great war waged against the Western nations by Russia, China and the Islamic nations. Most Americans have no idea as to just how dangerous the geopolitical situation is. They have swallowed the idea, hook, line and sinker that the United States is the world's only superpower, and therefore they believe the United States can exert its will wherever it wishes.
There is, in fact, only one military
in the world, and that is Russia. "Russia," Donald McAlvany
"[the 'former' Soviet Union] still has the largest military machine in
the world; the largest nuclear missile arsenal . . . the largest
of tanks, armored vehicles, nuclear submarines, ICBM's and SLBM's
Launched Ballistic Missiles], and warplanes in the world." 13
It is still the intention of Soviet Russia to conquer the entire world. In a speech to the Lenin School for Political Warfare in Moscow in the 1930s, Dimitri Manuilski declared, "War to the hilt between communism and capitalism is inevitable. But today we are too weak to strike. Our day will come in 30-40 years. But first we must lull the capitalist nations to sleep with the greatest overtures of peace and disarmament known throughout history. And then, when their guard is dropped, we will smash them with our clenched fist."
Soviet Russia has unswervingly adhered to this policy since then to the present. In November 1987, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev stated in a speech to the Politburo: "Gentlemen, Comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and to let them fall asleep."
The Soviet military leaders are disciples of Sun Tsu, the author of the Art of War, who wrote in 500 B.C., "We advance through retreat." The retreat was the dismantling of the inefficient and bureaucratic Stalinist state, the Soviet Union, and restructuring it into the present Leninist state, Soviet Russia. In the Winter 1993 Issue of The Fatima Crusader, I reported:
Europe is moving away from the post-war balance of power between the NATO-EEC bloc and the Warsaw Pact-COMECON bloc. Gorbachev is promoting the dissolution of the blocs and the re-ordering of Europe into one united unit. A united and neutral Europe will be a conglomeration of small states dominated by the Soviet giant. With its vast resources, population and arms, the Soviet Union will easily be the master of all Europe. It does not surprise me to hear that the new slogan in Russia is "to rule from Siberia to Iberia". 14
It took longer than Brezhnev had predicted for the plan to become a reality, but the unswerving adherence of Soviet Russian leaders to the program announced by Manuilski has placed them in the position to exert their will wherever they wish. It is their intention to conquer the United States by means of a joint Russian-Chinese military plan. In February 2002, Donald McAlvany reported: "The plan for a joint military campaign against America, waged by Russia and China was drawn up many years ago, and was told to me in 1999 by the highest ranking defector of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Col. Stanislav Lunev." 15
"Regarding the existence of a joint Russian-Chinese military plan," McAlvany continues, "Lunev stated that on his last visit to Moscow, prior to his 1992 defection, the Russian General Staff was still committed to fighting and winning a future nuclear war against America. 'The nuclear war plan is still on, , they told him. But there would be some changes. No longer would Russian troops be responsible for a follow-up invasion of the lower 48 states [U.S. mainland]. Russian forces would be responsible for occupying Alaska and parts of Canada.' The Chinese would be given responsibility for occupying the lower 48."
Soviet Russia's nuclear missile power and Red China's immense manpower have been joined into one clenched fist which forms the heart of the New Axis, which could also be called the Moscow-Beijing Axis. Richard Maybury coined the term New Axis in 1996. It is not limited to Russia and China who signed the Chinese-Russian Friendship Treaty in July 2001 and openly declared their joint strategic interests against the United States, but it also includes many other nations that have entered into a secret alliance against the United States and its NATO allies. Maybury explains in the February 2003 issue of the Early Warning Report that, "the group consists of at least 12 members," among them Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, Lybia, Cuba, etc.
The U.S. government is
aware of the existence of the New Axis: On October 10, 2002,
Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz said, "The thing that came to all
of us on the Rumsfeld Commission, the greatest surprise, is to
just how much these bad actors [New Axis states] were helping
another, and moreover how much help was coming from Russia and China."
The New Axis has the United States and its allies severely outgunned and out-manned. It is the plan of the New Axis to involve the United States in multiple wars with the smaller Axis members: first in Afghanistan, then Iraq, then possibly Iran and Korea and then possibly also with China over Taiwan. They intend to overextend and deplete our armed forces, then they will strike with a massive Blitzkrieg against the European nations and North America. This will be only the beginning of The Great Chastisement.
"For nation shall rise against nation and
kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in divers
and famines. These things are the beginning of sorrows. [Mark 13: 8]
To be continued . . . [We will publish this when that issue is available.]
(11) Vatican press release to the UPI in Feb. 1960.
(12) "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood: before the great and dreadful day of the Lord doth come."
(13) The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor; Special Report.
(14) The Fatima Crusader, Issue 43, p. 17.
(15) The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2002, p. 7.
Reprinted from The Fatima Crusader, Spring 2003 Issue.