“Three Days of Darkness” a Hoax

The goal of the hoax is to instill fear on readers and make them follow external rituals and distract them from the real purpose of the Fatima messages, namely internal prayer and a return to the Lord. This distraction is the work of Satan, using people who think they are doing good by spreading these ‘Fatima messages’. In an informal survey, many Church officials agreed with the hoax analysis.

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May 27, 2023 – Archives tr88v2

By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

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The official Vatican website has photographs of the Fatima Third Secret document in Portuguese, handwritten by Fatima visionary Sister Lucia. The “three days of darkness” are not mentioned in this document. There is no ‘three days of darkness’ in the Fatima messages, although it is mentioned in the Bible under different circumstances, as in the death of Jesus on the cross.

About ten or so years ago, an email started to circulate, purportedly quoting the Third Secret of Fatima prophesying the ‘three days of darkness’. The author, who was anonymous and did not give his/her name, simply inserted, maliciously or inadvertently, the ‘three days of darkness’ prophesy into the text of the Fatima message, thereby making it appear that it was an integral part of the Fatima message.

Slowly, the posts were repeatedly rewritten into dozens of different versions, getting periodically viral until a vast majority of readers today believe the three days of darkness prophecies as a Fatima message.

More sinister data were slowly added through the years, for example, you need to get blessed candles to dispel the darkness in your home, there will be a great eight-hour global earthquake, you need to set up an altar and to sprinkle holy water on your doors and windows. One version warns us, “God’s punishment is holy and once it has started, you should not look outside, under any circumstance. All the evil spirits will be mingling around, free to do harm.” The message implies that evil forces will harm you if you look outside your home.

Normally, Fatima messages do not contain quantitative scientific data. One version says, “10 minutes before midnight, a great earthquake will shake the earth for 8 hours, that will move the Earth 23 degrees.” Aside from the scare tactic, this was meant to discredit the Marian prophecy if these scientific data are not fulfilled as part of the prophecy.

False Messages through ‘Private Revelations’

There is a new approach to false messages – PRIVATE REVELATION, the claim of a purported ‘visionary’ that our Lord or our Lady appeared to them (apparition) or spoke to them through a ‘voice’ to give a message to Mankind. The messages are attributed to Our Lord or Our Lady, some as direct quotes, although the ‘visionary’ may have simply written them himself/herself.

Even if the messages are eloquent and inspiring, these may still be false claims, if only to increase visitors to their websites. Others are sincere in their mission to evangelize, but they may still be false claims, if the Lord or our Lady did not say those things. There is a danger that elements in the messages may be vague or contrary to Church teachings, the is why the Vatican is careful not to say they are authentic.

One ploy is to ask a bishop to give an IMPRIMATUR to make the message more believable and also to get more web visitors. An Imprimatur simply says there is nothing in the content which is against the teachings of the Church. It does not claim that the message itself is approved by the Church as coming from our Lord or our Lady, which requires Vatican investigation. It took the Vatican about 20 years of investigations before declaring that the Fatima messages as authentic. The Vatican has to give explicit approval of claims of private revelations.

The Rise of the Anti-Marians

Anti-Marians are behind the effort to destroy the Fatima messages. The growth of the Anti-Marians began during Martin Luther’s Reformation. Many Protestant sects, not all, consider praying to the Virgin as ‘idolatry’ and ‘abomination’. Today, this is manifested by the intent to mutilate the Fatima messages. Praying to the Virgin as a bridge to God is not Idolatry.

From the 1917 apparitions, the Fatima messages were attacked from all sides, even by Cardinals, but have endured the onslaughts of many decades.

“I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the Woman (Blessed Virgin), and between your offspring and hers (Jesus). Her offspring will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15). The war between Satan and the Virgin dates back to Genesis, even though the Virgin will emerge centuries later in the New Testament.

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