“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 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 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 Mass. 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.
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).
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 an 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 Fatima, we see that they represent the full vengeance of the errors of Russia wreaked upon mankind, including the violence of islamic persecution with nothing to mitigate its wrath.
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, chastened at last, obeys God in all humility and obedience and finally Consecrates Russia as requested.
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, including Father Gruner speculated.
For so long now, mankind has spurned the wisdom of Holy Scripture, preferring his false god of science, and worshipping at the altars of technology, engrossed in their smartphones, relying on google and wikipedia rather than on scripture and the church’s 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. For 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 sulphur, 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 God intensely with a diabolical hatred.
Father Berry’s explanation is similar although slightly different: The riders and their horses, “inflict upon men the plagues of fire, smoke, sulphur. The fire is persecution and war. Smoke symbolizes obscuring of doctrine and the weakening of faith; sulphur, the moral depravity which follows.” 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 of the Church.
Combining both explanations gives us perhaps the clearest understanding for today, the Church is occupied by the same errors of Russia warned of by Our Lady of the Rosary nearly a century ago. We are besieged within and without.
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, perhaps one generation, perhaps two, after which the woes continue, leading to the coming of the Man of Sin.
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 submit that this “time of peace” is the promised time of peace of the Fatima Message.
The next event, not far away at all, will be the thunderous hooves of the horsemen. Some despise the Message of Fatima, while some faithful few repent and do penance. The choice is ours.
I will not post much more on the Apocalypse because it has become clear that there is little interest in these things. As we approach the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of the Rosary’s appearances at Fatima in 1917, it seems the world, even the Catholic world, prefers to ignore this urgent message.
But for you, my readers, I beg you to 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).
Remember always, “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)
V: Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! R: Give me strength against thine enemies!
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.
*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. Fr. Berry’s understanding that the Great Altar refers to Our Savior and His Sacrifice of the Mass seems the correct interpretation. Both Kramer and Berry believed the Fallen Star to have been Martin Luther; however, as we can see clearly now, the disobedient Popes such as John XXIII, Paul VI and especially Francis (by defying Our Lord and His Mother) have superseded by far the heresies spawned by Luther, and brought heresy and apostasy into the very heights of the Church.
by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary