The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’…
This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary year of the apparitions at Fátima, Portugal. As I mentioned in an earlier post it is also the anniversary year of other events of importance to the Catholic Church and thus to the world. On the 21st August there will be an eclipse over North America on the same day as the feast of Our Lady of Knock. The apparition at Knock was unusual because it was silent. Our Lady usually has specific messages that she wishes to convey to the witnesses. The silence of the Knock apparition and its subject matter point to the beginning of Revelation (a.k.a. The Apocalypse Of Saint John) Chapter 8:
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour. And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God; and there were given to them seven trumpets.
The altar in the Knock apparition and in this part of Revelation can be related to the open-air Altar of Burnt Offerings of Moses’ tabernacle and the two Temples of Jerusalem. This altar was used for the sacrifices of Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement. The difference here is that in the Knock apparition and in Revelation the sacrificed lamb was slain but yet lives (a reference to the resurrected Christ) – “a Lamb standing as it were slain”. This year, Yom Kippur falls on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (and also Sts. Gabriel and Raphael in the Novus Ordo calendar). There is a forty day period preceding this feast called St. Michael’s Lent and, as with Lent itself, it is a period of preparation marked by fasting, increased prayer, and so on. St. Michael’s Lent traditionally starts on the Feast of the Assumption (tomorrow) but this gives more than forty days. When does the fortieth day before the Feast of St. Michael actually fall? On the day of the American eclipse and the anniversary of the Knock apparition. By the way, the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation is accompanied by an eclipse:
And I saw, when he had opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair: and the whole moon became as blood: And the stars from heaven fell upon the earth, as the fig tree casteth its green figs when it is shaken by a great wind: And the heaven departed as a book folded up: and every mountain, and the islands were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the princes, and tribunes, and the rich, and the strong, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of mountains:
And they say to the mountains and the rocks: Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth upon the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of their wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?
What does all this add up to? It looks like we, especially those in the U.S., are being called to make a special effort to atone for our sins. Maybe we are being given a last chance before the flaming sword is brought down on us.
After these things, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that they should not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying: Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we sign the servants of our God in their foreheads.
This may only be a foreshadowing of the events prophesied in Revelation but does that matter? We are always called to repentance for our sins. Shouldn’t we wake up and make a special effort when the signs are looking ominous like this?
(All bible quotes are from Revelation, Douay-Rheims version.)