By Stephen Ryan –Author of The Madonna Files
We are now at a special time in history. Today, the world seems to be on fire. Open talk of civil war in the United States, attempted massacre of members of Congress, deep-state maneuverings to oust the freely elected President, ISIS, Syria, Russia, North Korea, are just some examples of a world gone mad. We are now witnessing unprecedented upheaval – real drama of what the world has never before seen the likes.
Are these world events a harbinger that the secrets of Medjugorje are soon to unfold?
In the early days of the Medjugorje apparitions, Our Lady revealed to the six visionaries ten secrets which contain information on future events. These ten Medjugorje secrets, we are told, will affect the Church and the world. Ominously the secrets are said to involve chastisements for the world.
Secrets have often been a part of Marian apparitions . The most famous set of secrets or prophecies took place at Fatima in 1917. The secrets warned of World War II and communist atheism. These prophecies, as most know, all came true.
What is not so well known is that the Blessed Mother has revealed to the world that Fatima is directly connected to Medjugorje.
On August 25, 1991, the Queen of Peace, said in a message for the world “…I invite you to renunciation for nine days so that with your help everything I wanted to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima may be fulfilled…” The visionaries have said that Medjugorje is the “continuation and fulfillment of Fatima.”
So if secrets are attached to the character of Medjugorje and Fatima, and if Medjugorje is indeed the fulfillment of Fatima what should we make of this relationship?
First, if we analyze the construct of Fatima we see that the overarching theme is Russia – that specific nation – is central to the secrets of Fatima.
The Bishop of Fatima proclaimed that “The message of Fatima applies to Russia. Fatima and Russia are one.”
Bishop Hnilica, close ally of both St. John Paul II and Mother Teresa, was told by Fatima seer Sister Lucia that the Blessed Mother spoke of Russia at least 22 times. “One day, on returning from Fatima where I had met Sister Lucia, I recounted to Mother Teresa what this famous seer had told me. I paused on a detail which had struck me, namely, that the Virgin of Fatima, in various apparitions, the official ones in 1917, and the private ones before Sister Lucia in the years that followed, had expressed an interest in Russia a good 22 times. “This insistence,” I said to Mother Teresa, “is proof of extraordinary kindness on the part of the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Russian population.”
Malachi Martin, who read the secrets of Fatima and was convinced that the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will begin at the latest in 2017, was asked about the contents of the secrets on a radio program. Mr. Martin said: “Russia, according to the text of the ‘Third Secret’, was the regulator of the Fatima timetable. Russia’s role in the ‘Vision of Fatima’ is very important because, if we’re to believe the Vision of Fatima, salvation for the world, the cure for the world ills, will start in Russia, and that was why the Virgin Mary, in the Fatima vision of 1917, was supposed to have spoken actively about Russia. It´s a very bizarre message in that sense because one would have said that salvation was going to come from the West as we always think because we are Westerners, but no, according to the message of Fatima, salvation will come from the East, and particularly, from Ukraine and from the State of Russia itself, which is extraordinary.”
Also according to Malachi Martin Sister Lucia’s single-page letter of the “Third Secret” covers three topics—
1.A Physical chastisement of nations
2. A spiritual chastisement
3. The central function of Russia in the two which in fact, the physical and spiritual chastisements are to be gridded on a fateful timetable in which Russia is the ratchet.
Now if we accept that Russia was the central theme of Fatima and that Medjugorje is the fulfillment of Fatima is it possible that Russia has some connection to Medjugorje?
Astonishingly, the answer to this question is YES!
The Queen of Peace at Medjugorje in 1981 told the young visionaries that – “The Russian people will come to glorify God the most.” This is an extraordinary prophecy. First it predicted that the consecration of Russia would take place (the consecration of Russia was finally enacted on March 24, 1984) and second Her prophecy foretells of the rise of Christianity in Russia that was, at time of her prophecy, under the rule of an atheist, totalitarian regime. The full message from the Queen of Peace is: ““Russia will come to glorify God the most, the West has made civilization progress, but without God and acts as if they are their own creator”.
BBC MEDJUGORJE VIDEO “RUSSIA will glorify God the most…”
Saint John Paul II also spoke about the connection of Fatima, Russia and Medjugorje. The highly respected magazine Vatican Insider in an interview with Bishop Hnilica wrote: “The Pope showed me a book about Medjugorje written by Rene Laurentin. He began to read some chapters and pointed out that the messages of Medjugorje are closely related to those of Fatima. “Medjugorje is the continuation of Fatima. The Madonna appears for the first time in communist countries because of the problems that come from Russia,” said the Pope, who had already embraced it as a mission of his pontificate”.
Saint John Paul II connects Russia to Fatima and Medjugorje as does the Blessed Mother.
So with this in mind we turn our attention to world events taking place today to see how the Medjugorje secrets may be unfolding right now. In particular we look at the status of Christian faith in Russia (“Russia will come to glorify God the most”) and the relationship between the United States, the West, and Russia (“The West has made civilization progress but without God”)
Today it is undeniable that the tensions between Russia and the West are at its lowest point since the Cold War. Some experts say times are worse now because Putin actively talks about the strength of Russia’s nuclear arsenal and speaks openly about using them tactically. No more talk of “mutual assured destruction”. Putin talks about winning a nuclear exchange. As we think about the Medjugorje secrets it is important to consider that the secrets contain elements of “chastisements’ and that Fatima speaks of Russia being the “regulator” of these so called chastisements.
Henry Kissinger recently wrote that; “Breaking Russia has become objective for US” Not since the Cold War has there been so much sober talk about the potential for nuclear war between the West and Russia. A typical headline – US, NATO Powers Intensify Preparations for Nuclear War in Response to “Russian Aggression”
But what most political and military strategist underestimate is how Christianity is at the root of the tensions between the West and Russia. USA and Europe are rapidly turning away from faith while Russia is in the midst of an unprecedented religious revival. (Russia Emerges as Europe’s most God Believing Nation) Vladimir Putin recently gave a speech saying: “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered. They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Putin’s words on faith have surprised the world.
The return of religious life in Russia is undeniable. Vladimir Putin attends church and is regularly seen in public venerating the Virgin Mary and kissing blessed Icons of the Madonna. Putin lectures America about its rejection of faith and its immorality. The surprising spiritual revival in Russia is taking place at a time when a deep crisis of faith is occurring in Europe and the United States. There is now talk about the potential of religious persecutions taking place in the United States as a result of the historic Supreme Court decision on same sex marriages.
Today, as the United States Government is taking away religious freedoms and moving forward into the future without God, the Russian Government is funding the restoration of Orthodox Churches with public tax dollars. Inaugural ceremonies are attended by patriarchs, and priests armed with Holy water and incense. Russian Orthodox Bishops are regularly seen at military installations conducting religious ceremonies, chanting prayers, burning incense, and sprinkling holy water throughout the facilities Last year, Russia installed an Orthodox chapel inside a nuclear submarine named after a Russian Saint.
The spiritual awaking taking place in Russia is virtually an unknown story in the United States. Contemporary cultural events in the United States and the West, suggests Western society is moving rapidly away from God – essentially rejecting God’s role as our creator. This movement away from God is taking place while Russia appears to be embracing Christianity, even “Glorifying ” God.
The question is are these two very different societies on some kind of historic collision course? Are the Medjugorje secrets beginning to unfold? Is the world moving rapidly towards the fulfillment of Fatima which includes a punishment against the worlds but also the glorifying promise that the Virgin Mary’s “Heart will Triumph”?
There is little doubt that we are rapidly approaching apocryphal times.
Let us not forget Our Lady’s urgent plea “Pray for peace; peace, peace, and only peace.”
About the 10 Medjugorje Secrets
From the beginning the Medjugorje “Secrets” about future worldwide event including chastisements have been a controversial aspect to the apparitions.
The visionaries say there are ten secrets which will affect the Church and the world. To date, three visionaries, Mirjana, Ivanka, and Jakov report they have received all ten Medjugorje secrets, while Ivan, Marija and Vicka say they have received nine secrets. To date only one secret – the third secret – has been completely revealed
The third secret involves a visible and permanent sign that is described as beautiful and indestructible and not of this world,. The sign will be left on Apparition Hill, the site of her first appearance. The Virgin Mary gave the following message about this sign: “This sign will be given for the atheists. You faithful already have signs and you have become the sign for the atheists. You faithful must not wait for the sign before you convert: convert soon. This time is a time of grace for you. When the sign comes, it will be too late. As a mother I caution you because I love you. The secrets exist. My children! Nothing is known of these now, but when they are known, it will be too late. Return to prayer, nothing is more important than this. I would like it if the Lord allowed me to reveal some of the secrets to you, but that which He is doing for you is already a Grace which is almost too much.”
None of the seers have revealed the other Medjugorje secrets. It has been said that the secrets contain blessings as well as chastisements for the world. The visionaries warn, that despite Our Lady’s call for prayer, they say that no amount of prayer, or fasting can prevent the secrets from unfolding. The secrets will be reveled to the world in the following manner.
“Ten days before the first secret, Mirjana will reveal what is about to happen to Franciscan priest Father Petar Ljubicic of Medjugorje. “Father Petar Ljubicic will then fast and pray for seven days. Then, three days before the event, Father Petar will make a public announcement as to what is to happen and where. Mirjana says that after the events occur, those who are alive will have little time to convert. She insists that the painful events for humanity are very near, and that the important thing is to pray, to pray in the family, to pray for the young and for those who do not believe.” (From the “Grey Book”)
Ten Medjugorje Secrets by Father Tomislav Vlasic
All the visionaries say they have seen Heaven and Purgatory, four of them have seen Hell and two girls prayed Our Lady not to let them see it because they were afraid. These visionaries say that, from the very beginning, Our Lady told them she would confide ten secrets to them for the whole of humanity : up to now (1984), eight secrets have already been confided to Vicka, ten to Mirjana, and nine to the others. (As at 31/1/03 – Ten secrets have been confided to Mirjana, Ivanka and to Jacov, and nine to the rest). I that you know the names of all the children who have the visions : Vicka Ivankovic, Ivanka Ivankovic, Jacov Colo, Ivan Dragicevic, Mirjana Dragicevic and Marija Pavlovic
These visionaries say that the ten secrets refer to the whole world and are linked together in a chain. There are also other secrets, personal secrets for the children or for certain people who are connected with these future world events. Among the ten secrets there is the promise of Our Lady to leave a visible sign on the site of the apparitions here in Medjugorje. The visionaries say they have seen this sign in a vision. It is very beautiful, permanent and indestructible. It will be given here in Medjugorje for all humanity and many miracles will be connected with it. Five of the children know the date on which the sign will occur: all of them stress that this period until the appearance of the visible sign, is a period of grace and for the strengthening of faith.
Mirjana tells us something more about the secrets and the future of the world. As from Christmas 1982, Mirjana no longer has daily apparitions, on that date she received the last of the ten secrets for humanity and the dates of all the secrets to come. On that day Our Lady said:” Now turn to God by faith as everybody else. I will appear for your birthday and when there are difficulties in your life.” After this, Our Lady has appeared twice on her birthday on 18th March 1983 and 1984. (Since 1984 Our Lady has appeared each 18th March, and also Mirjana now sees Our Lady on the 2nd of each month, where she prays for unbelievers)
Mirjana says that before the visible sign appears, three secrets will be revealed to the world. These three secrets will be three admonishments to the world and will be revealed by her three days before they are to occur. She will tell a priest what should happen. After the three admonishments, the visible sign will appear and after the sign, if the world is not converted, the punishment will come. Mirjana says that the punishment will surely come because it is no use expecting the conversion of the whole world, but it can be diminished. She tells us that the seventh secret has already been cancelled. This was an evil one, which was coming to the world for its sins, but it has been cancelled because many people have fasted and prayed. From this we can see that punishment can be diminished by penance, fasting and prayer. This is why Our Lady always urges us:”Pray, fast and be converted.”
I asked Mirjana if there is a long or rather short time before these things come to pass and she replied that, for her, it is a short time. What is meant by short I do not know; does it mean months, years or decades? I do not know. However, she said “This period is short.” Then I asked her another question, “What do you want to tell the world of today?” She replied,”Be converted as quickly as possible and open your hearts to God.”
Excerpts of letter of Father Tomislav Vlasic to Pope John Paul II related to Medjugorje secrets
The Blessed Virgin has promised to disclose ten secrets to us. So far, Vicka Ivankovic has received eight. Marija Pavlovic received the eigth one on December 8, 1983. Jakov Colo, Ivan Dragicevic and Ivanka Ivankovic have each received nine. Only Mirjana Dragicevic has received all ten.
The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisements for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted, thanks to prayer and fasting. That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: “You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert war and suspend the laws of nature.”
After the first admonition, the others will follow in a rather short time. Thus, people will have some time for conversion.
That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the visible sign appears, those who are still alive will have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation.
The invitation to prayer and penance is meant to avert evil and war, but most of all to save souls.
According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: ‘Hurry, be converted; open your hearts to God.’
In addition to this basic message, Mirjana related an apparition she had in 1982, which we believe sheds some light on some aspects of Church history. She spoke of an apparition in which Satan appeared to her, and asked Mirjana to renounce the Madonna and follow him. That way she could be happy in love and in life. He said that following the Virgin, on the contrary, would only lead to suffering. Mirjana rejected him, and immediately the Virgin arrived and Satan disappeared. Then the Blessed Virgin gave her the following message in substance:
“Excuse me for this, but you must realize that Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century. This century is under the power of the devil; but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed. Even now he is beginning to lose his power and has become aggressive. He is destroying marriages, creating divisions among priests and is responsible for obsessions and murder. You must protect yourselves against these things through fasting and prayer, especially community prayer. Carry blessed objects with you. Put them in your house, and restore the use of holy water.”