Reflections on the Medjugorje Warning Signs
By Michael K. Jones

The six Medjugorje seers are receiving ten secrets each. The secrets are of future chastisements to the world, because of sin. The visionaries say the 10 secrets will remain a secret until the appointed time. Only the visionaries know the day and time that these secrets will be revealed and the chastisements to follow.

The secrets will be released to the world one at a time, through a priest. The priest who has been given the task of releasing the secrets is, Father Petar. Prior to each chastisement, Father Petar will receive a parchment. He will not be able to read the parchment as it is written in an unknown language. With much prayer, fasting and help from The Blessed Mother, the message will be made clear to Father Petar. The messages about the coming chastisements will be announced to the world three days before the event is to take place.

Released information has suggested that the first three chastisements or warning signs, are not a world wide event, but a regional event. Mirjana has stated that this regional event will be in the sign of a natural occurrence. After the first three warning signs have taken place, a visible sign will be left in Medjugorje. This visible sign we are told will be the cause of great wonder and conversion. After this will come the greater warning signs, which has been said to cause Medjugorje visionary Mirjana great stress and concern.

To date, Ivanka, Mirjana and Jokov have received all ten secrets, they no longer see Our Lady except on special occasions. The remaining visionaries, Vicka, Ivan and Marija, have each received 9 of the 10 secrets, and they still see Her every day.

Below is some information which as been released in regard to the warnings and chastisement.

December 25, 1982

This is the information which Mirjana gave to Father Tomislav on November 5, 1983. He conveyed this information to the Pope on December 16, 1983. Father Vlasic's letter was published in "Is the Virgin Mary appearing at Medjugorje?" (Paris, 1984), with this introduction:

During the apparition of December 25, 1982, according to Mirjana, the Madonna confided to her the tenth and last secret, and revealed to her, the dates in which the different secrets will be realized. The Blessed Virgin revealed to Mirjana some aspects of the future, up to this point, in greater detail than to the other seers. For this reason, I am reporting here what Mirjana told me in a conversation of November 5, 1983. I summarized the essentials of her account, without literal quotation. Mirjana told me:

Before the visible sign is given to mankind, there will be three warnings to the world. The warnings will be in the form of events on earth. Mirjana will be a witness to them. Ten days before one of the admonitions, Mirjana will notify a priest of her choice. The witness of Mirjana will be a confirmation of the apparitions and a stimulus for the conversion of the world.

After the admonitions, the visible sign will appear on the site of the apparitions in Medjugorje for all the world to see. The sign will be given as a testimony to the apparitions and in order to call people back to faith.

The ninth and tenth secrets are serious. They concern chastisement for the sins of the world. Punishment is inevitable, for we cannot expect the whole world to be converted. The punishment can be diminished by prayer and penance, but it cannot be eliminated. Mirjana says that one of the evils that threatened the world, the one contained in the seventh secret, has been averted thanks to prayer and fasting. That is why the Blessed Virgin continues to encourage prayer and fasting: "You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature."

After the first admonition, the others will follow in a rather short time. Thus, people will have some time for conversion.

That interval will be a period of grace and conversion. After the visible sign appears, those who are still alive will have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent conversion and reconciliation.

The invitation to prayer and penance is meant to avert evil and war, but most of all to save souls.

According to Mirjana, the events predicted by the Blessed Virgin are near. By virtue of this experience, Mirjana proclaims to the world: 'Convert as quickly as possible. Open your hearts to God...'

November 6, 1982

Concerning the eighth secret, Mirjana is frightened and prays to Our Lady for mercy on mankind: "I have prayed; the punishment has been softened. Repeated prayers and fasting reduce punishments from God, but it is not possible to avoid entirely the chastisement. Go on the streets of the city, count those who glorify God and those who offend Him. God can no longer endure that."

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