News Letter 5859-028
The 7th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 28th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 20th day of the 7th month 5859 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
September 07, 2023
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah, May Your name be found written in the Book of Life
Shalom Family, and Chag Sameach as we all begin to keep the 8th Day Feast known as Shemini Atzeret.
I am not going to have very much to teach on the 8th day this week please refer to our older teachings at
THE EIGHTH DAY FEAST
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 1 – Wisdom Righteousness
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 2 – That I may Dwell with them
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 3 – Hell
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 4 – Heaven
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 5 – Shavuot Trumpets Jubilee
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 6 – The Menorah
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 7 – The Meaning of the Menorah
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 8 – Sukkot; The Wedding
- The Meaning of the Eighth Day Feast – Part 9 – Written in the Stars
Some of our ladies who helped to host our 8th Day Erev Shemini Atzeret here in Jerusalem this Sept 7, 2023.
May you all also have a great Feast and Sabbath.
I have been conducting a tour in Israel, and we have been very busy. One of the places we toured had a surprise for us revolving around the abomination that we have been expecting to be set up. I had told our group there should be some sort of construction or preparations for this abomination to BE SET UP.
Ron Wyatt said he had found the crucifixion place behind the bus station near the Garden Tomb. Ernest Martin stated he had found the place of the Ark in a mosque beside the Church of the Our Fathers. Using the clues given to us by both men we are confident to have found what we were looking. We will announce more shortly.
Our initial survey of the altar site revealed nothing, but we did see the garbage from some sort of construction and also the material or leftover material for a construction project. I could not see anything like an image or even the base of one. I had walked around the property showing our people those things that they needed to see and telling them to be very discreet and not to cause any alarms to go off with the people who were hosting us.
I was not sure if I was looking for a statue or a billboard or the slaughtering of the Red Heifer or something else. I was not looking for any one thing or was I looking for all of them. I just did not know exactly what it was. But what I did know was when and that it would be set up on September 22, 2022. Even this date I was not 100% sure of, because I did not know if the count began with March 11, 2020 or March 17, 2020 or even if it started with Aviv 1 2020. Whatever date it was would then refine our understanding even further just as our understanding was refined in 2020 with the plague.
When you cross the THRESHOLD of someone’s home you must obey the rules of that home. When you enter the Kingdom of Yehovah you must obey the rules of the Kingdom or you will be removed and kicked out. So you must keep the Commandments to be part of His Kingdom. You must obey.
I had made a mistake and had not confirmed our reservation, although I thought I had. All the Nuns were gone. The volunteers had the day off as there were no guests there. The director had an ongoing fight with the City of David, people and thought we were part of them because we had just come from touring that area. He was not going to give us our rooms. I had to do a lot of butt-kissing to get the rooms. He finally agreed that he would go and see if any of them were available and ready. In the meantime, we all went to the roof to view the Temple Mount and the City.
While we explained those things on the roof an incident took place, which had it of been able to be completed would have resulted in all of us being thrown out of the place. I had put an end to it before it could happen. And just as the dust settled from this provocation, the director’s wife came to let us know they had the rooms available for us to have and then the director himself came up. The timing was all a test. Had it not happened people’s lives could have been in danger. But we got the provocation put away before the director saw it and before it was able to endanger anyone’s lives.
We are guests in this Convent. We do not have the right to make any declarations. WE ARE THEIR GUESTS. It is no different than me entering your house and declaring my rules and desecrating your rules in YOUR HOME. If you set up a Christmas tree in your home, I can not come in and tear it down. It is your home. If it bothers me I should not have gone in or I should now leave.
The other thing is I have been working on understanding these things now since 2005. It has been 18 years of me coming over here 20 times and studying by walking the land and spending the time. Then I shared this information with all of you and invite some of you as my guest to see what I have discovered, and what Yehovah has revealed to me. In the same breath, there are others who copy our work word for word and claim they have been given this information directly from Jesus, denying all of our work nor allowing their readers to come to sightedmoon.com and learn still more from the source. I want people to share this information. But they must be able to learn the rest of the truths that lead to understanding. Be aware of those who can only copy and want to steal our work for themselves.
The Abomination is about to be set up. Know that it is about to happen. But then what? It is not the Great Tribulation as some are claiming. No, there is going to be a 10-year period of time when JUDGMENT is going to take place around the world. We explain this in our book The 10 Days of Awe. There is an unedited version for you if you become a supporter of sightedmoon.com.
The 10 Days of Awe is finished. I am done writing. I just have to clean it up a little and then I will send it out to those who are supporting this work on a monthly basis. You can also start to support this work by going to our store and clicking on the donate button. I have sent it out to our supporters this week so you can begin reading all these things in time for the Fall Holy Days. It is raw and unedited for the most part. That is what we are going to work on next, which could take months. While we do that I wanted those supporting this work to have this book and to begin their studies on it.
If you are a supporter of this work and did not get your notification then by all means write me.
Because time is so short and against us, we will soon publish the book unedited. But we still need your help to warn the world about what is happening. Please do support us for the Kingdoms sake. No one else warned you about 2020. No one else warned you about any of these things. Anyone who is claiming they were given this directly from Jesus is a liar and they got it here at sightedmoon.com and then twisted it for their own purposes. We were the only ones warning you about 2023 and about 2024-2033.
Although we got 2020 right many still did not believe us. Now, as we watch and Yehovah confirms our findings by having the abomination set up on the 1,290th day from when He began His count, still many do not believe us. They still think we can’t understand the calendar or the prophecies of Yehovah. They still cling to the gods they have made and will not hear us. Be careful. Are they filling your head full of quotes from Alex Jones, or Joe Kennedy, or Mercola? I will not and do not ever use such useless authorities. I encourage you to quote the Torah of Yehovah and Him alone.
We witnessed the creation of the Abomination on Sunday, September 3 and Monday, September 4. Today on Sept 7, 2023, Shane Diltz and I witnessed the forms being stripped off Thursday Sept 7, 2023. Now
And on this, many will again not listen to anything I say because I have once again attacked their false gods. I got 2020 right and I got September 22, 2023 right. Everyone else got this information from me.
I want to share this with you as we approach the coming 10 Days of Awe from the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement.
We are now just at the Feast of Trumpets on Friday August 18 and then the Day of Atonement on Sunday August 27. These feasts begin the night before.
Are you ready?
We will host a zoom meeting at 10 AM and 2 PM eastern time zone for all those who would like to join us on these High Holy Days. On the Day of Atonement which is a 24 hour fast, when you do not drink water or eat any food at that time. Yehovah takes this day very serious. On the Day of Atonement we will meet at 1 PM eastern time.
For Sukkot, I will be in Israel. We have someone who is going to host our zoom room for these Holy Days and Sabbath, and we will post more about that when we get closer to the time
Are you getting ready for the Fall Feast days? We are approaching the time when our understanding of the Holy Days is going to be crucial during the 10 Days/years of Awe that begin in 2024. Are you READY?
If you do not know the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets then I urge you to get our book It Was A Riddle Not A Command and learn the very basics about this day. When you do you will also learn from the Scriptures which calendar you should be following, whether Hillel or Rabbinic, or the Barley and Crescent Moon.
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The Abomination That Makes Desolate
The Abomination That Makes Desolate
The Countdown Is About To Be Completed!
The Countdown To the Abomination Began March 11, 2020 when W.H.O. announced a world wide pandemic!
The Greatest event since the Crucifixion is about to take place and few if any are even aware. It is going to come about in just two weeks time. We now KNOW!
We are just weeks away from this event taking place. Do you know what to look for, and do you know where to look for it? Are you even watching? It is time to get right with Yehovah now with fasting and prayers and turning back to Him while you have time.
THE ABOMINATION THAT MAKES DESOLATE must surely qualify as one of the most misinterpreted subjects in the entire Bible. In truth, it is a mystery, as evidenced by the fact that even the prophet Daniel himself did not fully comprehend its meaning. (Daniel 12:8-9)
Clearly, therefore, there is no shame in failing to understand all the details of this major End-Times’ prophetic event. This is where Joseph Dumond’s second book in his Elijah Trilogy comes as such a timely and most befitting word in season. This work is best suited for those who genuinely and in earnest seek after truth, as it provides an accurate compass guiding the reader safely through the maze of all the key End-Times’ prophetic markers that enable one to come into a full understanding of the content therein. As the author leads you step-by-step; you will come to know the true meaning and full import of this earth-shattering event. For starters, you will be impacted by the urgency of the hour, as the timing of this event is just around the corner.
You will marvel in amazement as you have your eyes opened to the true understanding of what is meant by the 70th week of Daniel.
You will find out the true biblical location of the sacrificial altar for the Red Heifer, as well as the most probable timetable for this event. It will come as a revelation for you to learn that it may not necessarily mean a Temple has to be built before this sacrifice is made.
You will discover when the Antichrist intervenes to stop the sacrifices being offered at the altar in Jerusalem, and also, when he plans to set up “The Abomination That Makes Desolate.”
You will also learn when the “Two Witnesses” commence their ministry in Jerusalem, and how Nadab and Abihu—the two sons of Aaron—may have been prophetic symbols of those Two Witnesses.
The strength and beauty of this work is that, unlike so many other authors, Joseph Dumond actually gives answers that pinpoint exactly where we are prophetically today. Not only this, he gives us the tools to prove the answers for ourselves. He does this by demonstrating in the clearest terms aided by his colourful charts that the major KEYS to understanding END-TIMES’ PROPHECY are the Sabbatical and Jubilee Cycles. Most students of the Bible sadly are wholly unaware of their existence. Yet, once you understand these, you are able to—with a significantly improved level of accuracy—pinpoint exactly where we are in these biblical cycles of time. The amazing—or some might even say scary part being—that all of these spectacular, apocalyptic and catastrophic events will be taking place in just a few years from now!
The 1290 Days has already started counting down. Yehshua warned what was going to come next. Get ready!! We are there now and no one is prepared.
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The 10 Days of Awe Reviews
The 10 Days of Awe
Shalom brother Joe!!,
1st and foremost I want to thank you for allowing the unedited version to be available for the monthly subscribers to read via PDF, THIS IS A TIME SENSITIVE READING!!
I’m at page 300 and I would have written a review sooner but have found it hard to break away from reading the 10 days of awe, this book has blown my mind in details of whats described in the Words of God of the last days and the fulfilling of the fall feast at this time.
This information you provide is due for our time RIGHT NOW and how important it is to OBEY Yehovah’s Word because the harvest is ripe!!
This book is packed with the information and an eye opener about the bitter waters that are soon to be here, which is already being presented in the world as we know it!! This book, along with the other 2 books from the Elijah trilogy is eye opening and makes you see the world through a different set of eyes and puts my hope in the creator of this universe of His saving grace and mercy He will show to those who obey. Just like the Hebrews in the land of Egypt, we are fixing to come out of this world of Egypt for a 2nd mass exodus being led by the Most High, Yehovah!!
Sorry for the short review but I’ve got to get back to reading the rest of this book!!
Much Shalom and may Yehovah bless you and keep you brother Joe!!
- On a personal note, I would just like to share my opinion on your Ten Days of Awe book. I am still living in the afterglow of having finished reading it from cover to cover, only to say it has hugely impacted me. It really is an awesome read, and without exaggeration it is a Biblical Masterpiece. Some of its amazing content was still coming back to me early this morning when I was still slumbering in bed, and I just could not get it out of my head. I would say you have created an exceptional and razor sharp historical essay of the ancient secrets behind the religions of Babylon and Egypt. You have given us a look behind the scenes, and lifted the lid on all their horrible hidden secrets, and you demonstrated how all the religions of the world, especially including Christianity, have effectively been sired by the pagan poison of the Babylonian mystery religion. Apart from this you unveiled so many astounding Scriptural revelations, that any true seeker after truth would feel spoiled by Yehovah Himself. On top of all of this, you have also given us an amazing compass not only indicating, but also giving us the precise timing of all the prophetic milestones we, as Messiah’s true disciples will encounter in the next ten year year journey to our ultimate destiny in the Holy Land. In reading I felt compelled, if not driven to get to the end of your book & even now, days later I am still savouring the effects.
- From a grateful heart – Thank you Joe for being a true instrument in His most righteous Hands!
- With love & blessings,Stephen
I just got my copy of 10 Days of Awe and I CANNOT wait to start it! I may or may not have to hire a housekeeper so I can focus on simply reading and absorbing all the revelations this book has for me!Lori-Dawn Kowal
Yehovah has blessed Joseph Dumond and given him insight to unlocking and revealing the often times complex and intricate prophecies given to us in scripture. Every book of Joe’s is amazingly in depth and eye opening. I have anticipated the release of this final book of the trilogy the second I found out that he started writing it. I cannot wait to get started. Thank you Joe for everything you have given and put on the line to teach all of us what our gracious and compassionate creator has revealed to you. And thank you to Yehovah for giving Joe this valuable insight and the abilities to teach all of us.Kyle Wydmyer
I know when we give our all to our Abba, He gives to us, the more we seek Him , the more He blesses us, Joseph Dummond has been pouring his whole heart mind and sole into searchig out Yah’s Will, and Yah has blessed him dearly! Who has been blessed with such knowledge of understanding the Sabbatical and Jubilee years>>?? Yes, we should all be filled with this same knowledge and thanks to all Joe’s contunual diligent searching thru the Sqriptures , We can, Thank you Mr.Dummond for your love for all of us , as our Yahusha has said, He wants none to be lost, and you ave been doing everything with a glad heart to help bring in the sheep!!!, Todah rabah!! May our names all be found in Yah’s book of life! Elaine Burgess .Thats my begining ill be back in the mid and again at the end! Yah indeed has blessed us thru you.Psalm 28:7Yahuah is my strength and my shield.My heart trusts in Him, and I was helped.Therefore my heart leaps for joy,and I will praise Him with my songElaine Schlemmer
Thank you so much for sending the book! I was so excited that I read three chapters before I realized I hadn’t even thanked you!
Then I scheduled an early zoom teaching to share what was in those chapters! It’s just so exciting to read now, before the fall feast begin.
Thank you for all you have done and all you are doing for the kingdom!
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Restoration of All Things
Restoration of All Things
It Was A Riddle Not A Command
With Feast of Trumpets Now here you should all have a copy of this book to understand and know the deeper things of this Amazing Feast.
It Was A Riddle Not A Command
Yehshua always spoke in parables publicly.
Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable, so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
He did this on purpose so they would not understand.
Matthew 13:10-17 And the disciples said to Him, Why do You speak to them in parables?
He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to them.
For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance. But whoever does not have, from him shall be taken away even that which he has.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive; for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear what you hear, and have not heard them.
Yehshua spoke about the 5 Foolish Virgins in a parable.
Matthew 25:11-13 Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you.
Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes.
The expression “No Man Knows the Day or the Hour” is what Yehshua was speaking about in the previous chapter, Matthew 24:36 and here He is using the same expression in this parable again.
This is what most Christians use to dismiss any and all end time prophecies as being false teachings. They do not realize it was a parable meant to say something and hide the truth from those who hearts have grown stupid which is what that word gross means when Isaiah says their hearts have become gross.
Yehshua was telling the foolish they would not and could not know the day or the hour and at the same time telling the wise the precise time He would return on.
The question is which one of the virgins are you?
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If you want to understand the Feast of Trumpets…if you want to know about Yehshua birthday, if you want to get the basics understanding of the 10 days of Awe, which we are about publish then you need to read this book as your foundation.
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There are many people in need of fellowship and who are sitting at home on the Sabbath with no one to talk to or debate with. I want to encourage all of you to join us on Shabbat, and to invite others to come and join us as well. If the time is not convenient then you can listen to the teaching and the midrash after on our YouTube channel.
What are we doing and why do we teach this way?
We are going to discuss both sides of an issue and then let you choose. It is the work of the Ruach (Spirit) to direct and to teach you.
The medieval commentator Rashi wrote that the Hebrew word for wrestle (avek) implies that Jacob was “tied”, for the same word is used to describe knotted fringes in a Jewish prayer shawl, the tzitzityot. Rashi says, “thus is the manner of two people who struggle to overthrow each other, that one embraces the other and knots him with his arms”.
Our intellectual wrestling has been replaced by a different kind of struggle. We are Wrestling with Yehovah as we grapple with His Word. It is an intimate act, symbolizing a relationship in which Yehovah and I and you are bound together. My wrestling is a struggle to discover what Yehovah expects of us, and we are “tied” to the One who assists us in that struggle.
Today, many say Israel means “Champion of God”, or better — the “Wrestler of God”.
Our Torah sessions each Shabbat teaches you and encourages you to constantly challenge, question, argue against, as well as view alternative views and explanations of the Word. In other words, we are to “wrestle with the Word” to get to the truth. Jews worldwide believe that you need to wrestle with the Word and constantly challenge Dogma, Theology, and views or else you will never get to the Truth.
We are not like most churches where “The preacher talks and everyone listens.” We encourage everyone to participate, to question and to contribute what they know on the subject being discussed. We want you to be a champion wrestler of the Word of Yehovah. We want you to wear the title of Israel, knowing that you not only know but are capable of explaining why you know the Torah to be true with logic and facts.
We have a few rules though. Let others talk and listen. There is no discussion about UFO’s Nephilim, Vaccines or conspiracy-type subjects. We have people from around the world with different world views. Not everyone cares who is the President of any particular country. Treat each other with respect as Fellow wrestlers of the word. Some of our subjects are hard to understand and require you to be mature and if you do not know, then listen to gain knowledge and understanding and hopefully wisdom. The very things you are commanded to ask Yehovah for and He gives to those who ask.
Jas 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and with no reproach, and it shall be given to him.
We hope you can invite those who want to keep Torah to come and join us by hitting the link below. It is almost like a Torah teaching fellowship talk show with people from around the world taking part and sharing their insights and understandings.
We start off with some music and then some prayers and it’s as though you were sitting around the kitchen back in Newfoundland having a cup of coffee and all of us enjoying each other’s company. I hope you will grace us with your company someday.
Sabbath services begin at 12:30 PM EDT where we will be doing prayers songs and teaching from this hour.
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Our Lady of Lourdes
I would like all of you to understand these three apparitions and how they affected the world. You will understand more about this in the weeks to come.
Our Lady of Lourdes
Our Lady of Lourdes (French: Notre-Dame de Lourdes; Occitan: Nòstra Senhora de Lorda) is a title of the Virgin Mary. She is venerated under this title by the Roman Catholic Church due to her apparitions that occurred in Lourdes, France. The first apparition of 11 February 1858, of which Bernadette Soubirous (age 14) told her mother that a “Lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Similar apparitions of the “Lady” were reported on 18 occasions that year, until the climax revelation in which she introduced herself as: “I am the Immaculate Conception”. On 18 January 1862, the local Bishop of Tarbes Bertrand-Sévère Laurence endorsed the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes.
On 1 February 1876, Pope Pius IX officially granted a decree of canonical coronation to the image as Notre-Dame du Saint Rosaire. The coronation was performed by Cardinal Pier Francesco Meglia at the courtyard of what is now part of the Rosary Basilica on 3 July 1876.
The image of Our Lady of Lourdes has been widely copied and reproduced in shrines and homes, often in garden landscapes. Bernadette Soubirous was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933.
Marian devotion has since steadily increased as ecclesiastical investigations sanctioned her visions. In later years, a large church was built at the site that has since  become a major site of religious pilgrimage.
Our Lady of Fátima
Our Lady of Fátima
Beginning in the spring of 1916, three shepherd children – Lúcia dos Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto – reported three apparitions of an Angel in Valinhos. Then on 13 May 1917, in Cova da Iria, six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary were reported. The children described her as “a Lady more brilliant than the Sun”. The children reported a prophecy that prayer would lead to an end to the Great War, and that on 13 October that year the Lady would reveal her identity and perform a miracle “so that all may believe.” Newspapers reported the prophecies, and many pilgrims began visiting the area. The children’s accounts were deeply controversial, drawing intense criticism from both local secular and religious authorities. A provincial administrator briefly took the children into custody, believing the prophecies were politically motivated in opposition to the officially secular First Portuguese Republic established in 1910.
On 13 May 1917, the shepherd children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.” The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a rosary in her hand. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”. While the children had never told anyone about seeing the angel, Jacinta told her family about seeing the brightly lit woman. Lúcia had earlier said that the three should keep this experience private. Jacinta’s disbelieving mother told neighbors about it as a joke, and within a day the whole village knew of the children’s vision.
The children said the woman told them to return to the Cova da Iria on 13 June 1917. Lúcia’s mother sought counsel from the parish priest, Father Ferreira, who suggested she allow them to go. He asked to have Lúcia brought to him afterward so that he could question her. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of Saint Anthony, patron of the local parish church. Lúcia would later report that on this occasion, the lady revealed that Francisco and Jacinta would be taken to Heaven soon, but Lúcia would live longer in order to spread her message and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
During the June visit, the children said the lady told them to say the Holy Rosary daily in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace and the end of the Great War. (Three weeks earlier, on 21 April, the first contingent of Portuguese soldiers had embarked for the front lines of the war.) The lady also purportedly revealed to the children a vision of hell, and entrusted a secret to them, described as “good for some and bad for others”. Fr. Ferreira later stated that Lúcia recounted that the lady told her, “I want you to come back on the thirteenth and to learn to read in order to understand what I want of you. …I don’t want more.”
The Parish Church of Fátima where the three children who saw the apparition were baptized.
In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles. On 13 August 1917, the provincial administrator Artur Santos (no relation to Lúcia dos Santos) intervened, as he believed that these events were politically disruptive in the conservative country. He took the children into custody, jailing them before they could reach the Cova da Iria. Santos interrogated and threatened the children to get them to divulge the contents of the secrets. Lúcia’s mother hoped the officials could persuade the children to end the affair and admit that they had lied. Lúcia told Santos everything short of the secrets, and offered to ask the woman for permission to tell the official the secrets.
That month, instead of the usual apparition in the Cova da Iria on 13 August, the children reported that they saw the Virgin Mary on 19 August, a Sunday, at nearby Valinhos. She asked them again to pray the rosary daily, spoke about the miracle coming in October, and asked them “to pray a lot, a lot for the sinners and sacrifice a lot, as many souls perish in hell because nobody is praying or making sacrifices for them.”
The three children claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary in a total of six apparitions between 13 May and 13 October 1917. Lúcia also reported a seventh Marian apparition at Cova da Iria. The year 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the apparitions and it was celebrated with the visit of Pope Francis to the Sanctuary of Fátima.
The words spoken by Our Lady to the three children include:
May 13, 1917
Do not be afraid. I will do you no harm. I am from Heaven. I came to ask you to come here on the thirteenth day for six months at this same time, and then I will tell you who I am and what I want. And afterwards, I will return here a seventh time. Yes, you [Lucia] will [go to heaven]. She [Jacinta] also [will go to heaven]. Yes [Francisco will go to heaven], but first he must say many rosaries. Would you like to offer yourselves to God to accept all the sufferings which He may send to you in reparation for the countless sins by which He is offended and in supplication for the conversion of sinners? Then you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.
June 13, 1917
I want you to come on the thirteenth day of next month and to pray the Rosary every day and I want you to learn to read. If she [sick woman] is converted, she will be cured within a year. Yes, I will take Francisco and Jacinta soon [to heaven], but you must remain on earth for some time. Jesus wishes to use you to make me better known and loved. He wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. No, my child [you will not be alone], and would that make you suffer? Do not be disheartened. My Immaculate Heart will never abandon you, but will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.
July 13, 1917
I want you to come on the thirteenth day of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war for she alone can help. Continue to come here every month. In October I will tell you who I am and what I want. And I will perform a miracle so that everyone may see and believe. Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’ [A vision of hell] You saw Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another, even worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. To prevent it, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays. If people attend to my requests, Russia will be converted and the world will have peace. If not, she [Russia] will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed. In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me; it will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogmas of the Faith will always be kept. [A vision of the Pope suffering and being martyred] Do not tell this to anyone. Francisco … yes, you may tell him” [Lucia and Jacinta both saw and heard Our Lady but Francisco only saw the apparitions]. When you say the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.
August 19, 1917
Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them. St. Joseph too will come with the Holy Child to bring peace to the world. Our Lord will also come to bless the people. Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Sorrows will come too.
September 13, 1917
You must pray! Continue to pray the Rosary every day in order to obtain the end of the war. In October Our Lord will come, and Our Lady of Sorrows and of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph with the Child Jesus to bless the world. God is pleased with your sacrifices, but He does not want you to sleep with the rope on; wear it only during the day. [Regarding miraculous cures] Some I will cure, others not. In October I shall perform a miracle so that everyone may believe.
October 13, 1917
I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday. I would like a chapel built here in my honor. The war will end soon.
Miracle of the Sun
Main article: Miracle of the Sun
Page from Ilustração Portuguesa, 29 October 1917, showing the people looking at the Sun during the Fátima apparitions attributed to the Virgin Mary
After some newspapers reported that the Virgin Mary had promised a miracle for the last of her apparitions on 13 October, a huge crowd, possibly between 30,000 and 100,000, including reporters and photographers, gathered at Cova da Iria. What happened then became known as the “Miracle of the Sun”.
Various claims have been made as to what actually happened during the event. The three children who originally claimed to have seen Our Lady of Fátima reported seeing a panorama of visions during the event, including those of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and of Saint Joseph blessing the people. Father John De Marchi, an Italian Catholic priest and researcher wrote several books on the subject, which included descriptions by witnesses who believed they had seen a miracle created by Mary, Mother of God. According to accounts, after a period of rain, the dark clouds broke and the Sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly duller than normal, and to cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The Sun was then reported to have careened towards the Earth before zig-zagging back to its normal position. Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly and completely dry, as well as the wet and muddy ground that had been previously soaked because of the rain that had been falling”.
Not all witnesses reported seeing the Sun “dance”. Some people only saw the radiant colors, and others, including some believers, saw nothing at all. The only known picture of the Sun taken during the event does not show anything unusual. No unusual phenomenon of the Sun was observed by scientists at the time. Skeptics have offered alternative explanations that include psychological suggestibility of the witnesses, temporary retinal distortion caused by staring at the intense light of the Sun, and optical effects caused by natural meteorological phenomena.
In De Marchi’s account, he describes Manuel Formigao, the priest who interviewed the children during the apparitions, as alarmed by a discrepancy between a prophecy the children reported, and the current circumstances. According to the children, their apparition predicted that the First World War would end on 13 October 1917. “But listen Lúcia,” De Marchi reports Formigao saying, “The war is still going on. The papers give news of battles after the 13th. How can you explain that if our Lady said the war would end that day?” Lúcia replied, “I don’t know; I only know that I heard her say that the war would end on that day […] I said exactly what our Lady had said.” Jacinta, the youngest child, was interrogated separately and said the same: “She [Mary] said that we were to say the Rosary every day and that the war would end today.” World War I ended a year later on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918.
De Marchi documented that in the two years prior to the deaths of Francisco and Jacinta Marto in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the three children periodically refused food and water, or else drank dirty water such as from a laundry pond, as a penance; De Marchi noted that Jacinta’s mother had forbidden drinking from the pond due to the risk of illness. De Marchi wrote, “In the scorching sun of the serra, when through the bright hours of the day the heat hangs like a hot stove everywhere, they abstained from taking any water through one spell of thirty days, and at another time for nine.” and described Jacinta as being hospitalized for severe bronchial illness, after which she confided to her older cousin that she was still abstaining: “I was thirsty, Lúcia, and I didn’t drink, and so I offered it to Jesus for sinners.” Lucia wrote in her 1936 and 1941 memoirs that the Virgin Mary predicted the deaths of Franiscco and Jacinta during the second apparition on 13 June 1917.
In one of several memoirs, Lucia wrote that the children tied “penitence cords” so tightly around their waists that the ropes became blood-stained, and that the apparition of 13 September 1917, told her, “God is pleased with your sacrifices, but He does not want you to sleep with the rope on; only wear it during the day.” Late in life, Lucia also wrote about doubts she expressed as a child regarding the authenticity of the apparition. She wrote, “I began then to have doubts as to whether these manifestations might be from the devil […] truly, ever since I had started seeing these things, our home was no longer the same, for joy and peace had fled. What anguish I felt!” She also describes a vivid nightmare she experienced during this time period wherein “the devil was laughing at having deceived me.” De Marchi states that Lúcia told her cousin prior to traveling to Cova da Iria in anticipation of the 13 July 1917 apparition, “If she [the Lady] asks for me, Jacinta, you tell her why I’m not there. Because I am afraid it is the Devil who sends her to us!” Lucia wrote in her memoir that on the following day, she was overtaken by a certainty that she should go, despite her earlier dread: “…when it was nearly time to leave, I suddenly felt I had to go, impelled by a strange force that I could hardly resist.” According to De Marchi, “Lucia’s doubts were mercifully dissolved”.
The Miracle of the Sun
I would like to share a scripture from Revelation 13 about the image that is going to talk.
Rev 13:1 And I stood on the sand of the sea, and I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns. And on its horns were ten crowns, and on its heads was the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet like those of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him its power and its seat and great authority.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of its heads as having been slain to death, and its deadly wound was healed. And all the earth marveled after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with it?
Rev 13:5 And a mouth speaking great things was given to it, and blasphemies. And authority was given to it to continue forty-two months.
Rev 13:6 And it opened its mouth in blasphemy toward God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, and those dwelling in Heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given to it to war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given to it over every tribe and tongue and nation.
Rev 13:8 And all dwelling on the earth will worship it, those whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain, from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear.
Rev 13:10 He who leads into captivity will go into captivity. If anyone will kill with the sword, he must be killed by a sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And it exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those dwelling in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And it does great wonders, so that it makes fire come down from the heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14 And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the miracles which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image to the beast who had the wound by a sword and lived.
Rev 13:15 And there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might both speak, and might cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Rev 13:16 And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,
Rev 13:17 even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
The Miracle of the Sun
The Miracle of the Sun (Portuguese: Milagre do Sol), also known as the Miracle of Fátima, is a series of events reported to have occurred miraculously on 13 October 1917, attended by a large crowd who had gathered in Fátima, Portugal, in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children: Lúcia Santos, Francisco, and Jacinta Marto. The prophecy was that the Virgin Mary (referred to as Our Lady of Fátima), would appear and perform miracles on that date. Newspapers published testimony from witnesses who said that they had seen extraordinary solar activity, such as the Sun appearing to “dance” or zig-zag in the sky, careen towards the Earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors. According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes.
The local bishop opened a canonical investigation of the event in November 1917, to review witness accounts and assess whether the alleged private revelations from Mary were compatible with Catholic theology. The local priest conducting the investigation was particularly convinced by the concurring testimony of extraordinary solar phenomena from secular reporters, government officials, and other skeptics in attendance. Bishop José da Silva declared the miracle “worthy of belief” on 13 October 1930, permitting “officially the cult of Our Lady of Fatima” within the Catholic Church.
At a gathering on 13 October 1951 at Fátima, the papal legate, Cardinal Federico Tedeschini, told the million people attending that on 30 October, 31 October, 1 November, and 8 November 1950, Pope Pius XII himself witnessed the miracle of the Sun from the Vatican gardens. The early and enduring interest in the miracle and related prophecies has had a significant impact on the devotional practices of many Catholics.
There has been much analysis of the event from critical sociological and scientific perspectives. According to critics, the eyewitness testimony was actually a collection of inconsistent and contradictory accounts. Proposed alternative explanations include witnesses being deceived by their senses due to prolonged staring at the Sun and then seeing something unusual as expected.
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Our Lady of Medjugorje (Croatian: Međugorska Gospa), also called Queen of Peace (Croatian: Kraljica mira) and Mother of the Redeemer (Croatian: Majka Otkupiteljica), is the title given to visions of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which began in 1981 to six Herzegovinian Croat teenagers in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (at the time in SFR Yugoslavia). The alleged visionaries are Ivan Dragičević, Ivanka Ivanković, Jakov Čolo, Marija Pavlović, Mirjana Dragičević and Vicka Ivanković. They ranged from ten to sixteen years old at the time of the first apparition.
There have also been continued reports of the visionaries seeing and receiving messages from the apparition of Our Lady during the years since. The seers often refer to the apparition as the “Gospa”, which is a Croatian archaism for lady. On 13 May 2017, Pope Francis declared that the original visions reported by the teenagers are worth studying in more depth, while the subsequently continued visions over the years are, in his view, of dubious value. As a pastoral initiative, after considering the considerable number of people who go to Medjugorje and the abundant “fruits of grace” that have sprung from it, the ban on officially organized pilgrimages was lifted by the Pope in May 2019. This was made official with the celebration of a youth festival among pilgrims and Catholic clergy in Medjugorie for five days in August 2019. However, this was not to be interpreted as an authentication of known events, which still require examination by the Catholic Church. Clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such apparitions would be taken for granted.