I am going to shed some considerable light on the release of the 3rd secret of Fatima in June 2000.
I'll start by presenting here the juicy and verifiable comments of Pope John Paul II.
Pope JPII's exact words, revealed in 1995 in his own Book "Crossing the Threshold of Hope", on page 221 he says: "And thus we come to May 13,
1981, when I was wounded by gunshots fired in St. Peter's Square. At first I did not pay attention to the fact that the assassination attempt had
occurred on the exact anniversary of the day Mary appeared to the three children at Fatima in Portugal and spoke to them the words that now, at the
END OF THIS CENTURY, SEEM TO BE CLOSE TO THEIR FULFILLMENT"
...."the words that now, at the END OF THIS CENTURY, SEEM TO BE CLOSE TO THEIR FULFILLMENT"
So here we see some substantial information, that:
a) Pope JPII believed the Fatima prophecies dealt with the future of 1995 and not the past.
b) that the Pope not only believed that the Fatima prophecy dealt with the Future, but that the Pope believed the prophecy seemed "close to
c) that the Pope places the Fatima prophecy in the context of the "end of the 20th century"/year 2000.
d) that the Pope uses the word "seems"(seems to be close to fulfillment)...but we can be almost certain that even if the 3rd secret itself predicted
that the beginning of events definitely *WILL/WOULD* start before the year 2000 that the Pope would
be prudent and smart enough to state in public comments that the Fatima vision "SEEMS close" rather than use the phrase "IS close to fulfillment at
the end of the 20th century", just in case the end of the 20th century transpires and their seems to be no beginning of fulfillment of the Fatima
vision by then.
The above comment by Pope John Paul II begs the critical question "why on earth would the Pope state that the Fatima secret seems to be close to
fulfillment at the end of the 20th century?"
There are only two good reasons the Pope would say such a thing: A) the 3rd secret itself contains a mention of a deadline of the 20th century/year
2000 for either the very START or the FULL COMPLETION of the unfolding of the Fatima prophecies. Or B)world events in 1994 such as the genocide in
Rwanda, war in Yugoslavia, comet fragments hitting Jupiter were significantly apocalyptic in nature and possibly matching certain elements contained
within the 3rd secret that this same Pope who suffered an assassination attempt on the Fatima anniversary date was simply caught up in the end times
mania when he made the comment as the 2000th anniversary of Christ approached.
Fr. Malachi Martin claimed to have seen and read the the "third Secret" when he was Private Secretary for Cardinal Augustin Bea and a member of the
Vatican Advisory council which was privileged to secretive information pertaining to Vatican issues (see Wikipedia: Malachi Martin). If indeed it is
true that he had read the secret, through his comment on the Coast to Coast radio show with Art Bell, we can again discern that the third secret
contained a reference to a point in time such as the year 2000/end of the 20th century, which would allow Fr. Malachi to suggest that the Fatima
fulfillment is not as far off as humanity would hope...sooner than 20 years from 1997.
youtube audio of the Malachi Martin comment on the 3rd secret => www.youtube.com...
Art Bell: Can you tell us, in a way that we can read between the lines, with regard to the third prophecy, is there a timetable you are aware of, that
you cannot speak of but we can read between the lines.
Father Malachi Martin: Yes and No, there is a--( thinking pause here)--it is not 200 years away, it is not 50 years away, it is not 20 years away.
(interview date: 12-3-1997)