“One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.
And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet:”
 … and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God,  Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels, who are bound in the great river Euphrates.  And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.
 And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them.  And thus I saw the horses in the vision: and they that sat on them, had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone.  And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.  For the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt.  And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
 Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts. (Apocalypse Chapter 9, verses 13-21)
With the Sixth Angel’s Trumpet, we are introduced to the most severe chastisement so far.
St. John himself seems to expect disbelief at the vastness of it, for when he announces that the army of horsemen numbers “20,000 times 10,000”, that is, 200,000,000, he quickly asserts, “And I heard the number of them”, thus confirming this number is from the Holy Ghost, and not his own conjecture.
The Great Altar is Christ our Savior, and it is He who commands the four fallen angels be released. That these angels are fallen is clear because they have been bound. That Jesus is allowing them to be free is evidence of His justice, which has been so long mocked with false mercy of hypocrites. The Great Altar emphasises Christ’s perfect sacrifice for us on Calvary and in the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for He is the priest, the victim and the altar. This vision is directly related to the abuses of the Mass, such as stripping it of its sacrificial nature, and the abuses of the faith, carried out by the leaders of the Church, those who are most called to protect, promote and defend the Faith.
Note: Although Fr. H.B. Kramer believed the Great Altar to refer to the religious orders, the passage of time has proved that this is not the case. The once-great orders have succumbed to the withering “Springtime” of Vatican II. Therefore, the correct understanding is that of Fr. Berry; that the Great Altar refers to Our Savior and His Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Both Kramer and Berry believed the Fallen Star to have been Martin Luther; but now we see that Bergoglio’s Reformation within the Church far surpasses Luther’s, which initially occurred outside the institutional Church.
Indeed, the Bergoglian Reformation actually began with the disobedient Popes such as John XXIII, Paul VI and by now has reached its apotheosis in Pope Francis who has superseded by far the heresies spawned by Luther, and brought heresy and apostasy into the very heights of the Church.
THE FOUR ANGELS OF THE EUPHRATES
And so, at the behest of the Voice from the Great Altar, the four angels from beneath the Euphrates are loosed upon mankind. As we have remarked before, four is a number of universality, and indicates how extensive this woe will be. Father Sylvester Berry believes these four angels may be the same four angels of Chapter 7, “to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea” and who were commanded not to hurt the earth, the sea or the trees until the servants of God were signed on their foreheads. (Apoc. 7, 2-3). I will expand on this later, if able.
Fr. Berry remarks that the increasing severity of chastisements corresponds with the increase of iniquity. These accelerating woes portend the nearness of the coming of the Antichrist. This woe is announced for a very definite time, i.e., “an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year”, thus emphasising that the precise day and hour is determined by God alone. And the task? “For to kill the third part of men.”
The vastness of the multitude of killers, 200,000,000, indicates a universal revolution and Father Kramer’s Book of Destiny speculates that these murderous horsemen may be Muslims. In an earlier post, “Islam and the Errors of Russia”, we stated that Islam is actually a part of the scourge of the errors of Russia, which resulted from the Pope’s failure to Consecrate that poor country. And now, when we view these horsemen in the light of the Message of Fatima, we see that they represent the full vengeance of the errors of Russia (dialectical materialism, atheistic marxism) wreaked upon mankind, including the violence of Islamic persecution with nothing to mitigate its wrath. With the uncontested islamic immigration, we see the stage being set for a war of unprecedented violence.
There is no human force that can withstand, much less conquer this chastisement, but only the merciful intervention of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. When the Pope and remaining hierarchy, chastened at last, obey God in all humility and obedience and finally Consecrate Russia as requested.
THE MEANING OF THE FIRST WOE
Thus we see that the first woe, the spiritual chastisement of the locusts, which represents the heresies and errors spawned by the disobedience of the Church, is followed by the second woe, a horrible worldwide revolution of unprecedented proportions, unheard of carnage. My understanding of this passage is not so much that of a high-tech nuclear weapons assault, but of a largely personal, man to man battle that will be of unimaginable violence. This could follow a worldwide financial meltdown, economic collapse, with the resultant rampaging, rapine and murder, perhaps as a result of an EMP attack, as many others have speculated, or alternatively, in conjunction with another weapon. Father Gruner’s latter writings mentioned scalar weaponry, but I am not knowledgeable enough to comment on that, although it would appear to fit nicely with Sister Lucia’s last reported vision.
For so long now, mankind has spurned the wisdom of Holy Scripture, preferring the false god of science, and worshiping at the altars of technology, engrossed in their smartphones, relying on google and wikipedia and false seers, such as those of Medjugorje and Garabandal, rather than on scripture and the church’s perennial teaching. Now will come a sad time when mankind will regret these foolish choices, but instead of turning repentant to God, many will long for death, as foretold above in verses 20-21:
“And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither did they penance from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their fornication, nor from their thefts.”
Misguided men have been led to believe that death merely extinguishes being, and thus brings surcease. They will find instead, the reality of hell shown to them by Our Lady of Fatima, whose message they ignored as unworthy of their enlightened age. They will know the truth at last, but it will be too late for this truth to make them free.
The riders have breastplates “of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone, and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire, and smoke, and brimstone”. Father Kramer tells us that fire represents hatred of God, the flame-colored smoke represents blasphemy, and the sulfur, rebellion. He explains, hatred of God begets disobedience to His law and leads to immorality, which expresses itself in blasphemy. Both islamists and marxists hate the Son of God with a diabolical intensity.
Father Berry’s explanation is similar although slightly different: The riders and their horses, “inflict upon men the plagues of fire, smoke, sulfur. The fire is persecution and war. Smoke symbolizes obscuring of doctrine and the weakening of faith; sulfur, the moral depravity which follows.” This is the better explanation of the two. Note that St. John here states that, “the power of the horses is in their mouths, and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents, and have heads: and with them they hurt.” Serpents have always been symbols of lying and hypocrisy, which characterize the enemies within the Church, that is the Lavender/St. Gallen “Mafia” of Cardinal Danneels and Bergoglio.
Today, the Church is occupied by the same errors of Russia, i.e., atheistic marxism, dialectical materialism, warned of by Our Lady of the Rosary nearly a century ago. Thus is the Church suffering through a betrayal such as never before seen, while the majority of Catholics are indifferent.
APROPOS THE OCCUPIERS OF THE VATICAN
The horses and their riders exemplify violent power, extensive, all-pervasive propaganda and heretofore unheard-of abuses against the faith and persecutions of the faithful. Those who survive will be still further separated; the faithful who are marked with the sign of faith will be strengthened, while those of the world will persist with even harder hearts, for they, “did not do penance from the works of their hands”, that is, they continued blaspheming, lying and committing all manner of fornication, murder and idolatry.
Father Berry tells us that the state of sin persists even after the plague of the murderous horsemen has passed, and will continue,
“until the Church is fully prepared to carry through with God’s special direction and help overthrow the reign of evil and the conquest of the world for Christ.”
This indicates that the Church will eventually, as Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lord Himself assure us, obey and perform the Consecration of Russia, after which a period of peace will be given. This period will not be very long, after which the woes continue, leading to the coming of the Man of Sin.
THE REMEDY IS FATIMA
The great revelation of Fatima has been by turns suppressed and misrepresented. It is actually one revelation composed of three parts which are inter-related and inseparable. The first part, the vision of hell and its remedy, prayer and penance and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has been either ignored or misinterpreted. The second part was the demand for the First Saturdays of Reparation and the Consecration of Russia, without which we were told, Russia would spread her errors and there would be no peace, that is to say that the violence of war would continue. And so it has; there has not been a period of time since 1917 when there was no persecution of Christians, no war somewhere in this bloodstained earth.
Failure to heed this message has resulted in increasing physical chastisement; wars of increasing in violence, and is rapidly culminating in a severe material chastisement. The third part (Third Secret) is the spiritual chastisement of the withdrawal of grace and the near total demolition of the faith, which proceeds quickly under this dark and evil eclipse of the Church.
Both the material and the spiritual chastisements will continue apace until mankind repents, however few remain. The longer that God is disobeyed, the more spiritual assistance will be withdrawn and the ancient enemy will appear to prevail everywhere. We are approaching rapidly the time when we will have to rely on the Rosary and the level of consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we have achieved. With the ever-increasing power of satan in the world, distractions and disorientation will provide immense obstacles to those attempting to remain faithful.
Now is therefore the time to devote ourselves to becoming the most perfect children of Mary, for in this only will be our safety in the darkness and disorientation. Our Lord Jesus Christ assured Sister Lucia that in the end, the Blessed Virgin will prevail, for it has been given to her.
The Book of Destiny states that “Verses 20 and 21 presage a time of peace between the first reign of terror in the Second Woe (the horsemen) and the reign of Antichrist.” I believe that this “time of peace” that Father Kramer refers to is the promised time of peace of the Fatima Message. Perhaps our Pope of Surprises is preparing the way for the next event. Will it be the thunderous hooves of the horsemen? Some despise the Message of Fatima, while some faithful few repent and do penance. We do not know if there will be sufficient faithful obedient to Our Lady of the Rosary in order to turn the course of events and mitigate the horrendous chastisement, or will it simply be that the faithful are able to mitigate their own personal chastisements and save themselves and those entrusted to them. One thing is certain, there can be no victory of any kind without sacrifice, penance and prayer.
Many call for political activism and seek a leader after their own hearts. However, all of Sacred Scripture shows that a sinful, unrepentant people will languish without an effective leader until they experience a change of heart, repent and do penance. Heaven sent us an angelic messenger at Fatima, more than 100 years ago, when the Angel of Peace taught the shepherd children to “make of everything you can a sacrifice”. These small children took the message to heart, yet today, even well-respected traditional Catholic writers can say that “Fatima just doesn’t interest me”. Or, as one very popular blog recently stated, “It really doesn’t matter.” Some even mock the Fatima Decade prayer and those who pray it fervently.
What do you think? Look around, do you believe that any significant number of Catholics is truly dedicated to the Message Our Lady of the Rosary brought us at Fatima? How many today can call themselves her children?
In St. John Bosco’s vision, (see “And they realized they were no longer in Rome“, once the faithful realized they were no longer in Rome, that is to say, once they rejected their false ways and returned to the faith, angels appeared with a banner to tell them the enemy was dispersed. As they took the banner, on one side it read, “Queen conceived without sin” (the Immaculata) and on the other, “Help of Christians”, that is to say, Our Lady of Victory, who conquers islam. This vision foretells that victory has already been given to the Immaculata, that is, Queen conceived without sin, and that Our Lady of Victory will once and for all destroy the Saracens.
Very many of us today pray for a leader to come forward but we should be cautious in what we wish for. Until we are purified by our own spiritual practice and learn to live our Consecrations and follow the commands of the Angel of Fatima, there is every chance that any leader we follow may lead us astray. Our first steps must be to follow Our Lady’s requests – the one thing most necessary is to save our own souls. Before we embroil ourselves in fruitless campaigns of a social/political nature, we must be very sure that we are solidly formed on the spiritual obedience to our Blessed Mother through the program she has recommended to us. Then our vision will be clear and we shall be certain that whatever social/political actions we undertake will have her blessing. For many will be mistaken and follow false paths to their ruin, but her children, who follow her will triumph, with her Immaculate Heart and her Rosary.
Therefore, watch and pray,
“Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.” (Apoc. 3,3).
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For other posts in the series:
Pray the Rosary and confound satan and all his works and pomps.
“Our Lord Jesus Christ has always defended the honor of His Mother.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima to Father Fuentes)
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
“By thy pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe, and the whole world.” (Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us this prayer; it is an essential part of the Fatima Message.)
Our Lady of the Rosary, help of Christians, Victorious over all heresies, lead us to victory!
Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey: First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
~ by evensong , for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the most Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts.
V: Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin!
R: Give me strength against thine enemies!