Much fascinating commentary has been offered over the past two millenia on Apocalypse, Chapter 12. Today, we consider only a small portion, but trust that it will be helpful as we try to discern God’s will for us in these dark days of the Church.
 And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:  And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.  And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems:  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days.  And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels:  And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.  Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child:  And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  And he stood upon the sand of the sea.
Note that in verses 3-4: the sign of the dragon was seen in heaven. Thus, this evil sign of satan appears within the Church. The description indicates heresies among the Princes of the Church, i.e., the apostasy at the top foretold in the suppressed Fatima secret. Father Sylvester Berry, in, The Apocalypse of St. John, explains that that the tail of the dragon represents the cunning hypocrisy with which the satanic dragon within the church deceives the faithful. “Cast them to the earth” is a clear reference to the fall from faith of these unfortunate souls. In the face of such pervasive evil, how is the Church, Mystical Bride of Christ, to be saved?
Venerable Maria de Agreda, in the Mystical City of God, commented on Chapter 12 of the Apocalypse, that she had been given a great mystery about the Blessed Mother, that “through her intercession and virtue all the heresies and sects of the world against the holy Church were to be destroyed and extinguished. The time appointed for this blessing was not made known to me; probably, the fulfillment of this decree is dependent upon some tacit and unknown condition.”
In the following passage, she gives more insight into the “unknown condition”, that is to say, the requirement for Our Lady’s intercession to save the Church:
“if the Catholic princes and their subjects would seek to please this great Queen of heaven and … direct … all their power and sovereignty toward the exaltation of the faith and the honor of God and of purest Mary (for this may perhaps be the condition imposed), they would be the instruments, by which the infidels would be refuted and vanquished, the sects and errors infesting the world would be repressed, and splendid and magnificent victories would be gained for the Catholic truth.”
Food for thought. We must return to Fatima.
Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and all those who serve him!
Queen of the Holy Rosary, Immaculate Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Queen and our Mother.