Great Warning & Divine Mercy

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I am not sure  whether many among us are aware of something important due to happen  during these days in which we live. This small article is a humble attempt in that direction.

Blessed Virgin  revealed  to the seers during  her  apparition at Garabandhal (Spain) in 1961 that  there will occur a great warning before the  end days. It was also prophesied that  after  the warning a permanent sign will  be visible in the  pine woods of Garabandhal. Certain  messages state that  during this period a crucifx  visible  to all men and women will appear  in the sky. We read the same thing  in the gospel of Mathew:  ‘Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in  heaven, and then  all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man  coming on the clouds of heaven’  with power and glory’ ( Mathew 24:30).

What we understand from the words of the seers is that  the great warning will be the last opportunity  for mankind  to convert. Before explaining further, I should  make  one thing clear.  Nowhere in the Bible it is stated that there will be  a warning  before  end times. But the messages  given to St Faustina refer to a day of  great Divine Mercy. Fr Stefano Gobbi also  describes an occasion of  ‘Illumination  of  our Conscience’ in his messages contained in the famous book ‘To the  Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons’.

The purpose of this article is to give a brief idea about  what the  Garabandhal messages and  Diary of  St Faustina say about this great event. We would supplement them with  visions and messages  received  by various persons across the globe  since Garabandhal apparition, though their names (except that  of Fr Stefano Gobbil) are not  specifically mentioned here. I would like to remind the readers  that to get a perfect  idea about  what we call ‘Great Warning’,  it is essential that we  go through the Scripture,  teachings of the Church, messages of Our Lady to various persons  as also  prophecies of  saints.  As you would agree, a  detailed study based on these sources   is not within the purview of this small article. 

We will start with the apparitions  at Garabandhal.  According to  the seers, Great Warning  is a kind of mystical encounter with Christ. Every living person on earth above the age of seven will  have to undergo it. It will happen across the   continents simultaneously and will last  approximately fifteen minutes. During this supernatural experience each and every person will see the state of his soul as God sees them; hence the name ‘Illumination of Conscience’. It will a   Last Judgement in miniature, but with  one  difference. Unlike the Last Judgement,  Great Warning is the  occasion for repentance and conversion and  not punishment.

Though it will last for  fifteen minutes only  we will feel it like  a  much longer period of time. We will see two comets colliding  at the beginning of the  warning. The sky will turn red. Then  a Crucifix will appear in the sky. It will be visible to every  living person on earth. All lights in the  sky will  be extinguished at that time. The only light  will be  those great rays of light coming through the  sacred wounds in the  hands and legs  of  our Saviour  Jesus  Christ, where he  was  nailed to the cross. It is the time to  seek refuge in the   great mercy of God.

Irrespective of how big a sinner we are, this  is the precious occasion to  repent about them and  ask for forgiveness from God. Many messages and  apparitions  stress  the importance of  being in a state of Grace before the actual event of  Great Warning happens.  This is because, a lot of people will die of shock during   these fateful  minutes of warning. They will be shocked  to  realize the gravity of their sins and how they offended God who is love. We should  start praying  for such unfortunate souls right now.

Great warning will be a super natural phenomenon. It can be seen  in the atmosphere and experienced in spirit  both simultaneously. But  once that experience is over scientists and atheists will make futile  attempts   to  explain them scientifically.  The period  immediately following the Great Warning will be  a time of  large scale  conversions.  Because, by then nobody will have any  doubts in their minds about the existence of God or what   Jesus achieved in cross  for the mankind.  People will flow to confessionals. It is the duty of those who are already in a state of grace to help them at that time.

We get more clarity about this  phenomenon  of  Divine Mercy  called  ‘Great Warning’ from the Diary of  St Faustina. It is available in book form  under the title ‘ Divine Mercy in My Soul’. Jesus told Faustina:

Write this:

Before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy. Before the day of justice arrives, there will be given to people a sign in the heavens of this sort:

All light in the heavens will be extinguished, and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day ( Diary 83).

While I was saying the chaplet, I heard a voice which said, Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet. Write down these words, My daughter. Speak to the world about My mercy; let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy. It is a sign for the end times; after it will come  the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of My mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them ( Diary 848).

Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy. Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice….( Diary 1146).

 Today I heard the words: In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My People. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy. I replied, “O my Jesus, speak to souls Yourself, because my words are insignificant” ( Diary 1588).

This great event aptly called ‘ Illumination of the  Conscience’  is described by Fr Stefano Gobbi also. It was through inner locutions   that  the  Blessed Virgin  instructed him about the  coming days.

“The Holy Spirit will come, to establish the glorious reign of Christ and it will be a reign of grace, of holiness, of love, of justice and of peace. With His divine love, He will open the doors of hearts and illuminate all consciences. Every person will see themself in the burning fire of divine Truth. It will be like a judgment in miniature. And then Jesus Christ will bring His glorious reign in the world” ( Message No  383 dated 22 May 1988).

For those who  expect the  glorious second  coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and who are in a state of grace, warning will  be an occasion of great joy. But they  have a great duty; that of telling others that  a day of Mercy is at hand before the  day of Justice comes and that everybody should prepare for it  by true repentance and conversion. This message should reach each and every person before warning takes place. Remember that Jesus has  offered great promises to those who tell others about  Divine Mercy.  Equally  important is that we  should pray for   those who might be  in a  state of mortal sin and  die of shock at the event of  Great Warning  before  being able to repent and convert to  Jesus. It is a great act of mercy to pray for those who are in most need of Divine Mercy.

We do not know when the  second coming of Jesus Christ is going to happen.  We also do not know the  timing of   the  Great Warning. We might find  many people  around us who are sceptical about  the very  possibility of a  warning before second coming. Just ask them one question. Don’t they take an umbrella when there is the slightest chance of rain?  We know it doesn’t rain everyday we take an umbrella. But it is wise and prudent to expect a rain anytime and  keep an umbrella with  us.  It doesn’t cost much.  ‘Let anyone who has an ear listen’.

As for us, the safest thing is to think that  there will be a  warning and “it is  going to  happen tomorrow”. In that way we  will be able to prepare ourselves. We know that  many  among our near and dear are pretty ignorant about this impending  great event.  It is our duty to prepare them as well.  But before that, we should prepare ourselves first.

‘This is the time to  present our bodies  as a living sacrifice, holy and   acceptable to God, which should be our spiritual worship’ ( Romans. 12:1). We should also  keep our homes holy. A blessed home and blessed  holy objects like crucifix, rosary, medals, scapular,  candles and images and pictures of saints   will help us in keeping  ourselves and our homes  in a state of grace and protect us from the attacks of  the evil one which is getting aggravated by every passing day.  Make sure that you  have arranged everything – most important of all,  Holy  Water – beforehand.

May the unfathomable mercy  of the Eternal Father envelope  each one of us  in these days  of  great  Divine  Mercy to be followed by the awesome day of Divine Justice.

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