A Book on
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary
by The M+G+R Foundation
Marian Apparitions and The End of These Times
Scriptures Foretold Them
Do the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary (1)
have any bearing on the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ? Is
there any direct Biblical and historical support to expect all these
The best way to seek for the answers
to these questions is to prayerfully consult the Holy Scriptures.
A formula is proposed regarding the
steps leading to the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ which
contains two elements that are tied to each other in a very intimate
A. The return of the prophet
B. The manifestation of the
forces of the Anti Christ/False Christ
A. The return of the
"For all the prophets and the law
prophesied until John: and if you will receive it, he is Elias that is
to come". [Matt. 11: 13,14]
Note: Many thought that John the Baptist was the prophet Elias,
the one who according to the prophecy of Malachias (4:5) was to come
back to the world. He was indeed Elias and Our Lord testified to that
fact [see above], however, he was not the only Elias manifestation
which Malachias spoke about.
"Behold I [God the Father] will
send you Elias the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful
day of the Lord". [Mal. 4: 5]
Note: God the Father was
certainly not talking about the birth of Our Lord when He said: "...the
great and dreadful day of the Lord."
This is a clear reference to the
Second Coming since on His First Coming, it was not a "dreadful day".
Yet, Elias, manifested through John the Baptist was also to come before
the First Coming without contradicting that it also applied to before
the "...dreadful day of the Lord." and he did. The question may still
remain about how far "before" the Parousia was Elias to return again.
Our Lord may have answered that question through St. Matthew.
"But he [Jesus] answering, said to
them: Elias indeed shall come, and restore all things. But I say to
you, that Elias is already come, and they knew him not, but have done
unto him whatsoever they had a mind. So also the Son of man shall
suffer from them. Then the disciples understood, that he [Jesus] had
spoken to them of John the Baptist." [Matt. 17: 11- 13]
Note: Jesus does not deny that Elias is to come first for He
confirms that the mission of John the Baptist is that of Elias. He then
makes a point of noting that His messianic mission will be rejected
with violence, and then Elias will have to return to "restore all
things" [presumably at the "end of times"] as the precursor of His
final triumph. Yet, how soon before the Parousia?
The third and last manifestation of
Elias is finally confirmed by St. John in the Book of Revelations under
the guise of one of the: "two witnesses", "two olive trees", "two
candlesticks" [Rev. 11:3-5]. This "twosome" is
considered by some scholars to be Enoch and Elias [according to
Scriptures (Eccl. 44:16, 48:9-10 and 49:16), they never died].
By others, the "twosome" is considered to be Moses and Elias.
We also see references about that
mighty "twosome" in Zacharias 4:1-14. Elias is the common figure in
either illuminated opinion. Therefore, we cannot speak of the return of
the prophet Elias without acknowledging the prophecy of the "two
witnesses", and vice-versa.
B. The Open Manifestation of the forces of the Anti Christ/False
"Let no man deceive you by any
means, because the apostasy will come first, and the man of sin
be revealed, the son of perdition, the adversary, the one who relishes
in whatever is of God or holy, until finally sitting himself in the
temple of God, conducting himself as if he were God." (2)
[2Thes. 2: 3,4]
"And I saw another beast coming up
out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a
dragon". and "And it was given him to give life to the image of
the beast, and that the image of the beast should speak; and should
cause, that whosoever will not adore the image of the beast, should be
slain". (3) [Rev.
13: 11; 15]
Apostasy: Separation from the Truth
C. The Parousia
"And then shall appear the sign of
the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn:
and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with
much power and majesty." [Matt. 24: 30]
It must be noted that these "tribes" are all the nations of the earth
as opposed to the "tribes of Israel".
A SIMPLE ANALYSIS
Studying the proposed two step formula
a few very salient points emerge.
From those readings, it appears very
clearly that "Elias" is more than just one single specific human being.
"Elias" was represented by John the Baptist and Jesus also clearly
stated that "Elias" will be back to "restore all things" while God, the
Father, through Malachias, had already informed us of the same.
It is also acknowledged in traditional
theological circles that when it is said: "The Law and the Prophets" it
symbolizes "Enoch and Elias" or "Moses and Elias". That is, "Elias"
appears to be the equivalent of "Prophets".
Now, since "Elias" is to come again
toward the "end of these times", and it is solidly established that
John the Baptist was that "Elias" announcing the first coming of the
Lord, we may conclude that this time, for the Second Coming, "Elias"
may take a different form.
It is proposed that the new
manifestation of Elias is announced, by inference, by the Virgin Mary,
specifically, through Her apparitions at Medjugorje which started on
the day the Church celebrates the birth day of John the Baptist.
Mary is proclaimed by the Roman
Catholic Church as the Queen of Prophets, thus, it is within Her God
granted prerogative to announce the manifestation of any of Her
Malachias [3:1] prophesies: "Behold
I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And
presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom
you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord
Keeping in mind that "angel" means
"messenger", it is also befitting that the Virgin Mary, who is also
considered Queen of Angels by the Roman Catholic Church, be the
appropriate messenger spoken about by Malachias.
This message is further underscored by
Jesus Himself in Matthew 11:10 "For this is he of who it is written:
Behold I send my angel (messenger) before thy face, who shall prepare
thy way before thee." as He makes references to John the Baptist in
Thus, it is certainly fitting for
Jesus to announce the manifestation of Elias for the First Coming and
for Mary to announce it for the Second Coming. In a marvelous and
mysterious way The Prophets and The Angels were bound mystically in the
Queen of Prophets and Angels, The Ever Holy and Virgin Mary.
Furthermore, the book of Revelations
gives additional confirmation to the mission that Mary, Queen of
Angels, must fulfill before the Second Coming of Our Lord. In Chapter
22: 6-10 we can read:
"And he said to me: These words
are most faithful and true. And the Lord God of the spirits of the
prophets sent his angel to shew his servants the things which must be
"And I, John who have heard and
seen these things. And after I had heard and seen, I fell down to adore
before the feet of the angel, who shewed me these things. And he said
to me: See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of them
that keep the words of the prophecy of this book. Adore God. And he
saith to me: Seal not [seal = hide, obscure, put away] the words of the
prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand". (4)
Fellow servant? The Virgin Mary, the
Queen of Heaven and Earth? Yes, indeed! She Herself made that
pronouncement: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord;..." [Lk.
1:38] and then proceeded in haste to visit and serve Her cousin
Elizabeth as a humble handmaid. To fully comprehend this
concept/parallelism we must call to mind Our Lord's words and example
as He washed the feet of the Apostles.
WERE MARIAN APPARITIONS FOR THE END TIMES FORECASTED?
The concrete Biblical evidence
announcing Marian Apparitions toward the End of These Times should be
clear to those who have Eyes to see and Ears to hear. Not only that, we
are encouraged through Rev. 22:10 to "proclaim the information /
instructions being given to us" and not to hide it [seal
We may then agree that Marian
Apparitions were announced and well documented as far back as in the
times of Malachias. Our Lady has said in the apparitions of the second
half of the 20th century that those will be Her last messages and
apparitions on earth. This concurs with all other Marian and Christian
manifestations on earth (5). It should then
follow that the stage for the Marian Apparitions in the 19th and 20th
Centuries was set over 2,000 years ago and that we are at the gates of
the End of These Times.
It appears, then, that the proposed
formula is a reality. Therefore, it can be safely concluded that we
should be already be seeing the manifestations of the forces of the
Anti Christ/False Christ and that, finally, Our Lord will be coming
again amidst Power and Glory.
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For direct quotations in English: The Douay Rheims Version of
The Holy Bible; A.D. 1749-1752 with Imprimatur by James Cardinal
Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, September 1, 1899. For commentaries
and other references: Translated to English from Spanish from The New
Testament, translated from the originals in Greek by and with
commentaries by Mons. Dr. Juan Straubinger, Doctor Honoris Causa,
University of Munster (Germany); May 12, 1969 with Imprimatur by Excmo.
Sr. Fr. Felipe de Jesus Cueto, O.F.M., Bishop of Tlalnepantla.
(1) If the reader does
not believe in the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, for the sake of
establishing internal coherence, assume them to be a reality while
reviewing this document.
(2) Translated to English from Dr. Straubinger's
[into Spanish] because it is the only true rendition of 2Thessalonias
2:3,4 ever encountered.
(3) "Two horns" presumably refers to the Episcopal miter.
(4) "...time is at hand." is not when St. John lived. It
point in time he was witnessing, by a Special Grace and reporting on.
This time frame is made clear in verse 6 of Chapter 22 of the Book of
(5) Chapter 4 - Key
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