Apparitions of the 20th Century
ANGEL APPEARS IN NORTHERN LIGHTS AS WORLD TEETERS ON BRINK OF HOLY WAR
The other day, we ran a photograph of the northern lights from Finland, which on September 23 formed the extraordinary image of an angel (reminding us of the third Fatima secret). That the northern lights (or "aurora borealis") would form such a display [see below] is remarkable. It was the northern lights that constituted the "great sign" of Fatima in 1938 -- and presaged the Second World War.
Now we seem on the verge of another great battle. Will it be a long holy war? Have we seen the beginnings of World War III? Will it be Muslims versus Christians as it was during many of our darkest historical periods?
The words of terrorist Osama Bin Laden's group are chilling. "Wherever there are Muslims, they should prepare for jihad and by the grace of God, the victory will be Islam's," said one communique earlier this week. "Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be targeted."
Such evokes the tremendous oppressions from the eighth to 15th centuries -- when Muslim hordes, often from Turkey, invaded Christendom, killing Catholics, taking over kingdoms, and destroying statues and crucifixes. It was during this oppression that a famous miraculous image of Mary was hidden in Spain at a spot called "Guadalupe" (centuries before apparitions occurred at a place in Mexico that was named after this earlier site), and it was during this takeover that a town in Portugal was named after Mohammed's daughter -- Fatima. Indeed, the Muslims may well have eradicated Christianity but for a miraculous victory on October 7, 1571, at Lepanto when Spanish, Venetian, and Genoese fleets -- bolstered by the special prayers of the Pope and a huge Rosary procession -- defeated the Turks and prevented a takeover of Western Europe. [see details].
It was during the Muslim occupation that many in what is now Bosnia-Hercegovina were converted to the Muslim faith, setting the stage for recent conflicts. Throughout much of the 1990s Muslims, Orthodox, and Catholics viciously fought each other, with the Virgin appearing at Medjugorje to urge reconciliation.
Was all this a harbinger of a larger religious war? Is that what we approach now? A massive uprising of Islam against modern Christians?
According to statistics gathered in the newly-published "World Christian Encyclopedia," 31.2 percent of the world's six billion people are Christians but Muslims have increased their share to 19.6 percent (from 12 percent a century ago). There are now 1.2 billion followers of Islam, and in recent months they have been persecuting Christians from Africa to the Philippines and Indonesia -- even beheading them. An alliance between Islam and Hindus (who have been viciously persecuting Christians in places like India) could cause a huge sway, as would an alliance between Muslims and China.
Are we headed for another "Lepanto"? Did the September 11 event already signal the start of a new centuries-long war?
All we know is that through prayer we can prevent it. But prayer is now urgent: we have an angel on the scene, as well as the aurora...
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