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INTRODUCTION: In the inspiring book "The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture" the author Wilmott G. Brown masterfully reveals the Holy Trinity's plan in these latter times as outlined in Sacred Scripture and the role the Blessed Virgin Mary plays in this scenario. Wilmott's writings provide new insight on Biblical revelation that cannot help but inspire the reader. As the Preface explains, the work "delves into the meaning behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the last two centuries." Mr. Brown covers both Old Testament and New Testament passages to better reveal the necessary tableau unfolding as we near the end of the second millennium. It is an excellent reference which pinpoints Scriptural passages that confirm Our Lady's vital role in preparing all God's children for the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart which will usher in the glorious Reign of her Divine Son's Sacred Heart. Wilmott has chosen the masterful 15th century painting of the Transfiguration by Raphael Sanzio which capsulizes the ultimate meaning of Mary's messages and how these events relate to Scripture. In this twenty sixth installment, we present the first part of chapter seven on "An Angel's View."
by Wilmott G. Brown
Chapter Seven: An Angel's View - part one

      Using all the clues available, it is possible to put together a time line (or actually a circle in time). Many of the dates have been given in previous chapters. While this dating may not be important or inspirational to some people, it could be meaningful to others. To illustrate in the easiest manner, consider the following diagram of circles below:
      To summarize in line format:
        -4          (4 B.C.) Birth of Jesus
       +30        Jesus' age at Baptism and beginning of His public ministry
      -483        Looking back to decree of Artaxerxes I (457 B.C.)
        (483=70x7 -7). (Daniel 9: 25) 70 weeks of years.

    +2300       Prophecy of Daniel 8: 14 (1844 AD)
        average date of Miraculous Medal and Lourdes - Incorrupt bodies of St. Catherine Laboure and St. Bernadette

      +70         Start of World War I (+3 additional years to Fatima apparitions)
      +70         2000th Birthday of Mary:
        subtract 3 years - first apparition , Medjugorje

      -2000      Looking back to the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
       +12        Age of Mary at the time of the Annunciation
        +1          Birth of Jesus.

        - 4 = TOTAL    (4 B.C.) Birth of Jesus

          One striking aspect of this dating is the use of 70 years, or multiples of 70, which is used three times. To simplify the above line format, the B.C./A.D. dating interfaces of one year each have been eliminated. The four values of this B.C./A.D. dating interface cancel, so that the total is correct. Consequently, the A.D. dates may be low by one year (for example, the start of World War I is 1914 and Mary's 2000th Birthday is 1984). The 2000th anniversary of the birth of Mary (her 2000th Birthday) was revealed to the visionaries at Medjugorje by the Blessed Virgin Mary, herself, in 1984. Without this additional information, it would not have been possible to construct the diagram of circles and the line format above. Nevertheless, using the dating given in the previous chapters, the above dating represents the personal opinion of the author and its accuracy could be questioned.

         Besides the striking use of 70 years (or multiples), another aspect of this dating that might go unnoticed, is how young Mary was when the Angel Gabriel appeared to her to announce the conception and birth of Jesus. Referring to the Catholic Encylopedia Dictionary, it says that according to Jewish customs, Mary would have been between 12 adn 12 1/2 when she was betrothed to Joseph, and another year would pass before that solemn marriage ceremony. Therefore, it is no wonder, that Mary said to the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunciation: "How can this be since I do not know man?" (Luke 1: 34). Mary was so young at the time of the Annunciation, and slightly "underage."

         An important feature of this time line is that it includes all three of the apparitions of this work - Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje. Be sure to review and study the Bibilical references given in the construction of the time line, especially the ones that deal with prophecy. Since World War II was prophesied in the apparitions at Fatima, both World Wars are essentially included in the time line. This is significant when one reads the Book of Daniel, because Daniel covers four major kingdoms.

         An angel's view of the span of time covered in this work might look like the following: Elijah begged the people to repent and when they did repent, God sent life in the form of rain. John the Baptist begged the people to repent and when some of them did repent, God allowed the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, to come (after Jesus' baptism) and give them spiritual life. Mary, the Holy Mother of God, begs the people to repent, and when they do repent, the Glorified Christ will come on the clouds of Heaven and give them eternal peace. The time span above is approximately 1000 B.C. to approximately 2000 A.D. The archangel Gabriel stands in the presence of God and brings the message of God for both the first and second comings of Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ returns, He will come in glory and power on the clouds of Heaven, accompanied by a multitude of angels; Glory to God in the highest. NEXT WEEK: Chapter Seven: An Angel's View part two

December 17, 1997   volume 8, no. 54    
The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture

December 1997