THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOURDES, FATIMA, AND MEDJUGORJE AS EXPLAINED IN SCRIPTURE
Twenty Third Installment
Chapter Six: Comparisons - part one
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 third installment, we present the first part of chapter six on the comparisons of Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje.
Chapter Six: Comparisons - part one
In the apparitions at Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary came to both fulfill prophecy and to bring back mankind to God. Praying the Rosary is emphasized each time. The apparitions at Lourdes occurred in the morning; the apparitions occurred at noon; and the apparitions at Medjugorje occurred in the evening. It is apparent that mankind is getting closer (evident by the time of these apparitions from morning to evening) to the tribulation and the second coming of Jesus Christ. Even the number of visionaries has increased as well from one at Lourdes to three at Fatima to six at Medjugorje. In addition, a comparison of the dating of thiese apparitions will be explained in future installments.
As to be expected, all the visionaries at Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje were children when the apparitions started because children are more open to new phenomenon and are more honest. Fatima is the name of the daughter of Mohammed and is to the west of Lourdes, and Medjugorje is to the east of Lourdes, at the junction of East - West (where Moslems, Catholics, and Orthodox live).
Elijah and Our Lady of Mount Carmel are associated with each of these three apparitions. At Lourdes, the last apparition to Bernadette was on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At the twenty-fifth anniversary of this last apparition, the Bishop of Nimes called Lourdes the new Carmel. The third vision of the October 13, 1917 apparition at Fatima (the last apparition to the three children), was one of glory with Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel and crowned as the Queen of Heaven with the infant Jesus on her knee. At Medjugorje, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in the spirit and power of Elijah by first appearing on the feast of John the Baptist on June 24, 1981. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to contest on Mount Carmel. God provided fire to consume the sacrifice that Elijah made, and the people recognized who was the true God. Later in Kings, Elijah is seen taken up to Heaven in a chariot.
Elijah was such an important prophet that he appeared with Moses and Jesus at the Transfiguration. From Matthew 17: 1-8 we see this. At Fatima Mary appeared more brilliant than the sun and at Medjugorje on the first day, the feast of John the Baptist, she appeared as a bright figure holding the baby Jesus in her arms. Consequently, the spirit and power of Elijah can be associated with teh brilliance of light. It is one of Glory, much like the second coming of Jesus Christ, when Jesus will return in glory on the clouds of Heaven (see Matthew 24: 30 and also Revelation/Apocalypse 1: 7).
NEXT WEEK: Chapter Six Comparisons - part two
November 19, 1997 volume 8, no. 34 DAILY CATHOLIC -
The Significance of Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje as explained in Scripture