I think it is important to be right and just than be concerned about an event you believe cannot be stopped, and at some point in time, if The Bible
is to believed, someone will actually be correct in stating the time is here. That said, I have reservations about the Fatima visions and especially
the interpretations. Christians should first adhere to Christ’s words then be sure to measure the words of others against them: Matt 24:4:6 Take
heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of
wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
I am troubled by the Fatima messages for several reasons. First is because Mary is quoted as having stated God wants the world to be devoted to her
immaculate heart, that ther heart will triumph and the "Holy Father" will consecrate Russia to her. That seems to be inciting blasphemy to me.
The vision recounts: : “The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pius
XI…know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and
persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.
“ …if not, she (Russia) will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and
persecutions of the Church.
The interpretation of the third secret by the Pope makes me cringe. Here is the relevant section edited for brevity: “And we saw in an immense light
that is God… a Bishop dressed in White, we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up
a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy
Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the
corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of
soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women
Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions.
I fully understand that and parable or prophecy can be twisted and contorted into whatever one wants it to mean, but examine closely John Paul II’s
assassination attempt here. He was being driven through St. Peter’s square when he was shot. This is a picture of the square
There are no ruins about, and with all the ruins in Europe it could be any. He was in the square to
address an audience, where does the steep mountain etc. fit in? He had not reached the top of anything, nor was he on his knees in front a big cross,
and finally no one was killed including him.
At the risk of being called a heretic, I am aware that Jesus in Matthew 24 mentions the abomination of desolation who will stand in the holy place.
Pope John Paul II, was the first Catholic Pope to pray in Canterbury Cathedral, and the first to visit the Synagogue of Rome. While being the first as
above hardly makes him the anti-Christ, Revelations chapter 13 is one that plays on my mind a great deal. It speaks of the beast with 7 heads one
mortally wounded but healed. John Paul II is revered and respected by millions of all faiths, but I admit I am a bit more weary of anything coming
from the Vatican.