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The Three Great Secrets

 

In some of the episodes Secrets were revealed. Although the girls described the general sense of the Secrets they were forbidden to reveal the details. Most of our information came through Conchita, from her diary, her letters, and her answers to formal questions by interested persons. Although she was examined by the local Bishop, and had an interview with the Pope, the results of those interviews were never reported. The hierarchy of the Church has a policy to not relay revelation from the celestial realms. They are guided by earthly political concerns, not cosmic realities.

 

What follows are details gleaned from the several sources listed earlier. Some of this material was edited by the reporters to suit their private tastes. Hence, we do not have a rigorous, nor authentic, published catalog of all statements from the girls.

 

However, we can determine the essential content of the Secrets from the published evidence. After examination I discovered that none of the Secrets were new; they were all revealed in the Bible. They were Secrets only because the girls, their families, their community, and the Church community in general were not familiar with biblical revelations.

 

Three Secrets were given: The Warning, The Great Miracle, and The Great Punishment.

 

A: The Warning is the Great Religious Persecution described by Jesus, and some of the Apostles: Matt 10:21, Mark 13:12, Luke 21:16, John 16:2.

(Note made Sept 9, 2005: This also includes the Return of Jesus.)

B: The Great Miracle is the resurrection and ascension of the Two Witnesses of Rev 11.

C: The Great Punishment is the nuclear holocaust among the nations.

 

In this Section I shall concentrate on The Warning because of its crucial importance. In order to open this revelation I shall first provide all the public pieces of information we have from Garabandal, and then discuss them in comparison with our traditional revelations. Please be patient while I review. We must be as fair as possible with Conchita and the others in our attempts to understand the subject she described. I postpone comparison with biblical revelation until Section IV.

 

The Warning

 

First, we should understand that The Warning was prohibited from publication by celestial agents to prevent usurpation of God=s destiny program. This episode in planetary destiny is crucially important to the discovery of the true Children of God. A great sifting will take place during this period that will separate the wheat from the chaff. To our great sorrow, the cost will be terrible loss of human life among God=s people.

 

The following come from Our Lady Comes to Garabandal.

 

 

AThe Blessed Virgin told me about this on January 1, 1965, at the pines. I cannot say what it will consist of, since she did not command that I reveal it. Also, since she did not tell me when it would happen, that is something I don't know. I know that it will be visible all over the world. I don't know if people will die. They could only die from the emotional shock of seeing it.@

 

We do not know whether Conchita did not know what The Warning will consist of, and hence could not reveal it, or if she knew but was commanded to not reveal it. Perhaps only the general nature of The Warning was described. See below.

 

Conchita wrote a letter on June 2, 1965. The letter was published in the Journal de Conchita, a French annotated translation of Conchita=s Diary and of certain other documents relating to the Garabandal event. It is the work of G. du Pilier (Paris: Nouvelles Editions Latines, 1967). The letter is found on page 52, note (66). She stated the following:

 

 

AThe Blessed Virgin told me on the first of January that a warning would be given before the miracle so that the world might amend itself. This warning, like the chastisement, is a very fearful thing for the good as well as for the wicked. It will draw the good closer to God and it will warn the wicked that the end of time is coming and that these are the last warnings. There is more to it than this, but it can't be said by letter. No one can stop it from happening. It is certain, although I know nothing concerning the day or the date.

 

A. . . Our Lady gave the information about the warning verbally. I have never had a vision of it.@

 

The statement implies that Conchita knew more about The Warning than she is revealing but felt she could relay it only in private conversation.

 

Note made Sept 9, 2005: At the time I first discussed this Warning I was unaware of the imminent Return of Jesus. Not until after I had published my discussion of the Fatima events did it dawn on me that Jesus was returning to this world as God, in glorious celestial light. Hence, the above remarks by Conchita were not limited to merely the Great Persecution, but also to His immediate presence. Conchita was also unaware of this specific event. Thus the Return of Jesus and the Great Persecution are intimately intertwined.

 

At another time Conchita said: 

 

 

The Blessed Virgin told me (during a two-hour apparition at the pines January 1, 1965) that a warning would be given before the miracle. The warning is a thing that comes directly from God. No one can escape it. It will be visible all over the world. We will feel it bodily and interiorly. The warning is like a chastisement, a terrifying thing for the good as well as for the wicked. It will be like a revelation of our sins. We shall see the consequences of the sins we have committed. God will send the warning to purify us so that we may better appreciate the miracle by which He clearly proves His love for us and hence His desire that we fulfill the message. The warning will draw the good closer to God and it will warn the wicked that the end of time is coming.

 

Note made Sept 9, 2005: Here we more clearly see the implications of the Return of Jesus. Again, Conchita was unaware of this event.

 

On September 14, 1965 a group of people submitted 18 questions to Conchita. Four of those relate to the Warning. The group consisted of Joey Lomangino and several of his friends.

 

 

Q. Will the warning be a visible thing or an interior thing or both?

A. The warning is a thing that comes directly from God and will be visible throughout the entire world, in whatever place anyone might be.

Q. Will the warning reveal his personal sins to every person in the world and to persons of all faiths, including atheists?

A. Yes, the warning will be like a revelation of our sins, and it will be seen and experienced equally by believers and non­believers and people of any religion whatsoever.

Q. Is it true that the warning will cause many people to remember the dead?

A. The warning is like a purification for the miracle. And it is a sort of a catastrophe. It will make us think of the dead, that is we would prefer to be dead than to experience the warning.

Q. Will the warning be recognized and accepted by the world as a direct sign from God?

A. Certainly, and for this reason I believe it is impossible that the world could be so hardened as not to change.

 

Note made Sept 9, 2005: Here we can see the universal nature of the Return of Jesus. It will be visible throughout the entire world and will be seen by all people. It will be experienced by all people, regardless of their religious beliefs. We also see how Conchita viewed the Warning as a great catastrophe; many people will long for death rather than live through the Warning.

 

Conchita provided other details of the warning in a report written by her on December 10, 1965. She affirmed she had received this information prior to November 13 of that year. 

 

Jesus will send the Warning to purify us so that we may better appreciate the miracle by which he clearly proves his love for us and hence his desire that we fulfill the message. The warning will be seen and experienced everywhere and by everyone. It is like a chastisement. We shall see the consequences of the sins we have committed. I think that those who do not despair will experience great good from it and for their sanctification.

 

Jesus will send the Warning to purify us so that we may better appreciate the miracle by which he clearly proves his love for us and hence his desire that we fulfill the message. The warning will be seen and experienced everywhere and by everyone. It is like a chastisement. We shall see the consequences of the sins we have committed. I think that those who do not despair will experience great good from it and for their sanctification.

 

Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Froelich from the state of New York, interviewed Conchita in October of 1968. Here are the questions and answers from that interview relating to The Warning.

 

Q. We have heard that some say the Warning may be a natural phenomenon but will be used by God to speak to mankind?

A. The warning is something supernatural and will not be explained by science. It will be seen and felt.

Q. Conchita, can you explain the statement that during the warning we will know ourselves and the sins we have committed?

A. The warning will be a correction of the conscience of the world.

Q. Conchita, what about the many people who do not know Christ; how will they understand the warning?

A. For those who do not know Christ (non-Christians) they will believe it is a warning from God.

 

Other pieces of information on The Warning are from other statements. These appear on the garabandal.org web site and are speculative conjectures by other people on the form of The Warning. Some of these remarks are included in statements that can be identified as coming directly from Conchita. See above.  They may have derived from private conversations. I offer them for information purposes, but do not accept them as reliable.

 

 

First, a world-wide Warning will happen in the sky . . . like the collision of two stars that do not fall down . . . it will frighten all humanity regardless of where one happens to be at the time . . . it will be a thousand times worse than earthquakes . . . like a fire that will not burn our flesh . . . it will last a very short time, although to us it will seem to be a very long time . . . no one can prevent it from happening . . . It will be recognized as coming from God . . . it will resemble a punishment . . . it is meant to be a purification . . . like the revelation of our sins and what we will feel in our hearts will be worse than sorrow. It will not kill us, if we die it will be caused by the emotion within us. The date was not revealed only that it will happen before the announcement of the miracle.

 

 

 

"The warning comes directly from God and will be visible to the whole world and from any place where anyone may happen to be. It will be like the revelation of our sins and it will be seen and felt by everyone, believer and unbeliever alike irrespective of whatever religion he may belong to. It will be seen and felt in all parts of the world and by every person."

 

It will happen in the sky, no one can prevent it from happening. We will even prefer to be dead rather than to pass through this Warning. It will not kill us. It will be a "correction" of our conscience. It will cause great fear and will make us reflect within ourselves on the consequences of our own personal sins. It will be like a warning of the punishment to come. In this way the world will be offered a means of purification to prepare itself for the extraordinary grace of the Great Miracle.

 

Note made Sept 9, 2005: In these repetitive remarks we can clearly see the nature of the Return of Jesus.

 

I found another reference. According to Conchita=s December 10, 1965 report Jacinta was told by the Vision "that the warning would come when conditions were at their worst." The date was not revealed to the visionaries, however Mari-Loli does know the year; and she said that The Miracle will happen within one year after The Warning.

 

Clearly, since Conchita did not see a vision of The Warning, she had only verbal descriptions. Hence, her understanding, and that of the others, shows as speculation from those communications.

 

Note made Sept 9, 2005: The social and political scene will have deteriorated among the nations to bring "conditions to their worst." Since we have adjusted to the world scene we do not have a reliable method to estimate this condition.

 

Discussion

 

I shall now tabulate and classify the various remarks to determine if we can penetrate the meaning of The Warning.

 

The Origin of The Warning

Correction of World Religious Conscience

The Catastrophic Nature of The Warning

This last remark shows the limits of Conchita=s understanding. She knew of The Warning only in general terms, not specifics. In fact, the nebulosity of the remarks about The Warning makes it virtually impossible to discern how this planetary episode will unfold. Only through my intense study of revelation was I able to connect the revelations given to the girls at Garabandal, and those given in the Bible. I concluded that we cannot derive the true shape of The Warning from the Garabandal details, but must take the reverse route: we must examine biblical revelation on the Great Planetary Persecution, and translate that back to The Warning.

 

The chronology of events is extremely helpful to show how The Warning relates to the Great Miracle and The Great Chastisement. We know that the nuclear holocaust, The Great Chastisement, must come last. No significant earth events can come after The Great Chastisement because civilization will then be destroyed. Survivors will be clawing for food and water; they will have no other social interests until they crawl out of the devastations. The Great Miracle must precede The Great Chastisement. And The Great Miracle must come as the final religious episode after The Warning. The events leading up to The Great Miracle must define the world condition at that time.

 

Hence, we should be able to deduce the extremity of world conditions when The Great Miracle takes place.

 

But this forces us to next consider The Great Miracle.

 

I shall then return in Section IV to consider the biblical foundation for The Warning.

 

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