Before getting into the details, however, let it first be said that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, is to be held in the highest veneration above all creatures. It is my opinion that without recourse to the Blessed Virgin through true devotion to her, especially through the Most Holy Rosary, a soul can hardly be saved, if at all.
The Fatima events, considering their manifold internal inconsistencies, and the confusion that has ensued, fit the bill to fulfill the following prophecies of Scripture:
St. Matthew 12:38-40: "Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying: Master we would see a sign from thee. Who answering said to them: An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was in the whale's belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights."
How does the above prophecy of Christ relate to Fatima and to our times? Certainly there is no dispute that in our age the world has become more perverse than in any other Christian age. All manner of carnal sins and disorders are not only tolerated, but even protected by secular authorities in nearly all the world's nations. To make matters worse, spiritual adultery is taking place on a massive level with the various manifestations of the so-called "Ecumenical movement". Truly our generation is the very epitome of "an evil and adulterous generation".
And what sign is it that this evil and adulterous generation seeks? The number one "Catholic apparition" that men in the 20th century and today have had recourse to is Fatima. Yet this apparition bears all the marks of a false prophecy and stands only on the testimony of one untrustworthy witness.
The wicked and adulterous generation seeks signs rather than holding firmly to the Faith. Modernism was on a steady march at the same time as Catholic monarchies had been almost totally extinguished. At the turn of the 20th century, the world was ripe for fulfillment of a prophecy of St. Paul.
2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10: "Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying"
This false apparition of Fatima, which condemned the errors of Russia, left the world in fear of what Russia was capable of, worried that she would be the cause of great calamities in the world. And that was JUST FINE as far as Judeo-Masonry was concerned, for they had their eyes firmly set on the United States of America as the platform from which they would wage their war on the morals of humanity. Russian Communism was a red herring as far as they were concerned.
The heresy of Americanism (freedom of religion, including false ones, separation of Church and state) spread throughout the world like a wildfire. Surely this heresy would have been the first and foremost threat that the Blessed Virgin Mary would have warned against, had she indeed appeared to men in the 20th century; it is only by the authority of the Catholic Church as it influences the secular authority that secular laws are truly able to please God and prohibit men from the sins of the flesh, about which the alleged apparition was so concerned.
But in every nation on earth Church and State are so divorced that Catholic faith and morality is invariably compromised on one point of 'law' or another. Add to this the fact that the Vatican, which enforces a false religion, having been usurped by heretics, has completely relaxed any and all severity against these malicious 'legislators'.
How can Fatima be likened to the "sign of Jonas the prophet"?
Christ is hidden "in the heart of the earth"
Christ, who said that the gates of hell would never prevail against His Church, certainly has not failed on His promise. That is impossible. He will never turn His back on the Church. But that does not mean that He will not allow the Church to be persecuted and dwindled, as it were, to almost nothing, as has happened in the past and can happen again. Certainly in punishment for the widespread and gross sins of humanity, it has at times appeared that the Church has been all but wiped out (Arian Crisis, for example, about which St. Jerome wrote, "the whole world groaned and marvelled to find itself Arian"). As such, Christ is hidden (but not far from those who would seek Him truly and sincerely, with an earnest and selfless yearning).
Jonas is hidden "in the belly of the whale"
Who is "Jonas" that is now in the "belly of the whale"? St. Matthew's Gospel has the answer:
St. Matthew, 16:16-18: "Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Simon Peter, the son of Jona, or Jonas, is now in the belly of the whale, that is, the Church awaits the day when a Pontiff will once again occupy the chair of St. Peter, the son of Jonas. She has been awaiting this day ever since the antipontificate of Leo XIII, during which time that supposed "sign from heaven" appeared and which is now held as a dogma by so many apostates from the true Christian Faith.
Update: I have recently been directed to a centuries old sermon of St. Vincent Ferrer, which foretells of the Fatima deception and the end of the world shortly to follow it.
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