Many believe this last part was the first and second world wars which covered 1914 to 1945 adding up to 31 years, while others believe it was World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War which covered 1939 to 1975, a period of 36 years, while others look at it as possibly the reign of Communism. This latter has some merit in Our Lady's next words in speaking of "an iron rod," however it lasted longer than 35 years. "The society of men is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of gravest events. Mankind must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink from the chalice of the wrath of God."
The Blessed Mother foretold of the American Civil War, famines of Ireland and Europe, World War I and II and ensuing wars and clashes after that. "France, Italy, Spain and England will be at war. Blood will flow in the streets. Frenchman will fight Frenchman, Italian will fight Italian. A general war will follow which will be appalling. For a time, God will cease to remember France and Italy because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been forgotten. The wicked will make use of all their evil ways. Men will kill each other, massacre each other even in their homes...There will be a series of wars until the last war, which will then be fought by the ten kings of the antichrist, all of whom will have one and the same plan and will be the only rulers of the world. Before this comes to pass, there will be a kind of false peace in the world."
Our Lady has spoken often recently about this, cautioning her children of "the false peace." While some thought that was the period between the end of World War I and the buildup of Hitler's reign, many believe that is what we are in now - a false peace leading to the ultimate war - the last war, the one Our Lady predicts above. We are in the buildup of this terrible final war as Our Lady describes our times, "People will think of nothing but amusement. The wicked will give themselves over to all kinds of sin...the demons of the air together with the antichrist will perform great wonders on earth and in the atmosphere, and men will become more and more perverted."
Our Lady refers to the "forerunner of the antichrist" whom some believe was Adolf Hitler. More recently there are those who look to Saddam Hussein in this same role. "A forerunner of the antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a god."
Her next line is one of the most frightening and is an omen of what is to come which many believe is the Third Secret of Fatima: "Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist." This we will cover in more detail in the next installment. For now we concentrate on her words for the world when she said to Melanie, "All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principal, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds." This is evident through organizations today such as the United Nations, the new EC, and other sectors promoting the "new world order." Abortion has become so widespread that more babies have been murdered than all the wars since Our Lady's appearance at LaSalette!
Much of what Our Lady said at LaSalette corresponds with St. John's words in the Apocalypse/Revelations as well as Our Lord's words in chapter 24 of Matthew. "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! There will be bloody wars and famines, plagues and infectious diseases. It will rain with a fearful hail of of animals. There will be thunderstorms which will shake cities, earthquakes will swallow up countries. Voices will be heard in the air. Men will beat their heads against the walls, call for their death, and on another side death will be their torment. Blood will flow on all sides. Who will be the victor if God does not shorten the length of the test? All the blood, the tears and the prayers of the righteous, God will relent. Enoch and Eli will be put to death. Pagan Rome will disappear. The fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities. All the universe will be struck with terror and many will let themselves be led astray because they have not worshipped the true Christ who lives among them. It is time; the sun is darkening; only faith will survive."
Speculation as to which cities is just that - speculation. Some believe it will be New York, others Los Angeles and San Francisco, while others point to a city or cities in Europe. Our Lady has said repeatedly that no country or area of the world will be spared and reiterates the words she said at LaSalette, Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje and countless other places: "only faith will survive."
"Now is the time; the abyss is opening. Here is the king of kings of darkness, here is the beast with his subjects, calling himself the savior of the world. He will rise proudly into the air to go to Heaven. He will be smothered by the breath of the Archangel Saint Michael. He will fall, and the earth, which will have been in a continuous series of evolutions for three days, will open up its fiery bowels; and he will have plunged for eternity with all his followers into the everlasting chasms of hell. And then water and fire will purge the earth and consume all the works of men's pride and all will be renewed. God will be served and glorified."
This last paragraph describes the "Three Days of Darkness" prior to the glorious reign of the Sacred Heart after the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. When this will happen, again no earthly being knows, but we do know it is soon. Earlier this year at Guadalupe Our Lady told Father Don Stefano Gobbi, the holy locutionist priest and the head of the Marian Movement for priests, that her heart would triumph before the end of this century - before the millennium! That would mean that we are indeed in the times the Blessed Mother speaks of and that the Warning she foretold at Garabandal is imminent. When? Again, no one truly knows but with the timetable shortened, we know it is very, very soon for this "dress rehearsal" for the Final Judgment - the time when each living person will see clearly in a mystical way the state of their soul as God sees them, not as man. That, in itself, is an ultimate act of Mercy by the Triune God and we need, more than ever, especially with the 150th Anniversary of LaSalette just around the corner this month, to heed the messages and Pray! Pray! Pray!
In the next installment we will deal with the Heavenly Signs and Warnings for the Church and what the Third Secret of Fatima could possibly mean.