In any discussion of a possible WW III, it is important to also mention the third prophesy of Fatima. In 1944, then 10-year-old Lucia Dos Santos wrote down the words she heard along with two other children during a vision of the Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria-Fatima in Portugal, She sealed the note and gave it to a bishop, who in turn passed it on to the Vatican. The Blessed Mother had instructed that the seal be broken and the secret revealed in 1960.
However, then Pope Paul John XXIII refused saying the world was not ready to know it.
Apparently the Pope fainted when he realized that the message said he would turn his own people over to Lucifer’s slaughter, effectively making him the anticipated ‘antipope.’ It was not until the year 2000 that Pope John Paul II decided to reveal the secret. Lucia noted that an angel “with a flaming sword in his left hand” appeared to the left of the Virgin Mary. The flames, she noted, “looked as though they would set the world on fire.”
Then the Blessed Mother told the children that Russia would be used as an “instrument of chastisement to punish the world if people do not change.” She warned that Russia would cause “wars and persecutions against the Catholic Church with many people being martyred and a number of nations being destroyed.
As for the Pope, he along with bishops and other believers would travel though a devastated city littered with corpses on their way to the top of a mountain where a large cross stood. When the Pope reaches the cross, he will kneel and be killed by soldiers wielding guns and arrows. The rest of the group would also be killed.
According to Lucia, Mother Mary said that if we did not repent and change our ways, “the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before.” She added that fire would “fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful.”
She also noted, “The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead.” However, she added that if the people did change their ways, Russia would turn toward the Catholic faith and peace would be restored.
During an earlier interview with the German magazine Stimme des Glaubens in 1981, Pope John Paul II had refused to reveal the message saying it would do no good to simply satisfy the curious. His change of heart likely stemmed from his words at that time:
“We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation but it is no longer possible to avert it because it is only in this way that the Church can be effectively renewed.”
So what did the Pope mean when he said these terrible events would happen in the “not-too-distant future? Was he speaking in terms of months or years? We just do not know. And what did he mean when he said there was now no way to “avert it?” Are we doomed to suffer as the Virgin Mary told the children at Fatima? Is it too late for us to pray for peace? Only time will tell.
As for Nostradamus, if the horrible events he predicted do come true, it would then be too late for any of us to go back and analyze his words. As we see wars escalating, particularly in the Middle East with tensions rising daily, one cannot help but wonder if we are headed for that third Great War that would forever destroy civilization as we know it.