The Great Miracle
Before continuing with our discussion of The Warning, and to put it into proper context, we must consider the next great earth event.
We know from the La Salette prophecies that Enoch and Elijah are pseudonyms for the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. We also know that they will be resurrected after a cruel death, and then translated into heaven. Refer to my Paper on the La Salette prophecies.
Why is this The Great Miracle?
Consider the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus intentionally waited, to make sure the body smelled, before he performed that miracle. But it was private, limited to the witness of family, a few friends, and some of the followers of Jesus. I am sure the word spread quickly, but many could question if it truly was a miracle.
Consider the resurrection of Jesus. No one was witness. The Jews accused the Apostles of stealing the body. The witness of his resurrection was his later appearances, in a different kind of body. Consider Mary Magdalene. When she turned to leave the tomb she saw him standing near but did not recognize him, even as he asked her questions. Only when he said to her, AMary,@ in intimate address, did she know who he was, from the expression of his personality. She would have hugged him but he warned her not to do so; he was not in a human body. The major witness to his resurrection was his later appearance to his Apostles, and small groups of followers during a 40-day period, but not to the world. Although Paul offered witness to a later apparition event, and a major life conversion, Christianity is founded on this limited human testimony, not upon a general world experience.
(I do not debate here the many Christian myths and contradictory passages about resurrection in the old body, despite the evidence of Lazarus, who was a very special case, and who did not ascend into heaven. Paul discussed this issue and told us explicitly that we do not resurrect in the old body. See I Cor 15:35f. He thought the idea so foolish he chided his audience for entertaining such notion.)
But now something different is promised.
Besides the fact that some early Christian editor besmirched this great revelation we have here a telling piece of information. The beast that ascends from the bottomless pit will make war upon them and conquer them and kill them is not literally correct. The human agents of the Devil will kill them, not the Devil himself. The great city, which is allegorically called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified is another false intrusion. If, as I showed in the Paper on the La Salette prophecies, these two witnesses testify in Great Babylon, they probably will be killed in some city of that great country, such as Washington, DC, New York, or Chicago.
More importantly, the entire world watches this episode. Until the past 30 years such a worldwide feat was not possible. Only with the introduction of modern electronics, and satellite communications, could such event be seen around the entire world. Certainly, if these two witnesses introduce Godly fear into the godless masses of this world, now subject to the operations of the Devil, and then are killed, the entire world will watch with baited breath. The TV cameras will not leave them for that entire period. Then, suddenly, The Great Miracle will take place. New and amazing bodies, glowing in celestial light, will replace their destroyed bodies. They will stand upright, will deliver a final warning to mankind, and then be taken up into heaven.
The entire world will be witness. Billions of people from all nations will see the resurrection, will observe seraphic transports, and translation into heaven.
That is The Great Miracle.
Now consider The Great Miracle that Conchita mentions at the end of her diary. She discusses this in more detail in the second of the notes she gave to Francisco Sanchea-Ventura. Refer to previous citations.
Well, The Great Miracle is no longer a secret. We now know. We also know that the details of this remark by Conchita cannot all be correct. An important clue, that remained strong within her mind, was the fact of a world-televised event. But if The Great Miracle takes place in Great Babylon, then it could not take place at the Pines in Garabandal. Nor will memory of The Great Miracle remain forever there. In the coming world renovations people will no longer care about the Pines. They will care about the event. Perhaps the Pines, a local sentimental association, were used to make an indelible imprint on Conchita=s young memory.
I cannot imagine how anyone would doubt that this miracle comes from God. Equally difficult to doubt is the profound impact it will have on the entire world. Mankind will be in awe. Everyone will be dumbstruck, as never before in world history. THIS is The Great Miracle. No one will now deny the power of our Creator. All the channelers, all the Devil agents, all the political desperados, will be silenced.
As you can see this event was known from the Bible, but now it is put into context by the revelations of La Salette and Garabandal. In other words, the Marian Apparitions serve as a vehicle for focusing our attention on the details and immediacy of such awesome events. Now, at this time of world crisis, at the close of the age, our planetary supervisors are bringing revelation to more vivid display. Now the time is ripe. We can rightly deduce that these cosmic events are imminent.
We cannot estimate Conchita=s role in the announcement of this miracle. How events unfold within the next few years, and the role of any of us, is now unknown. We must wait. But we must estimate her remarks in the context of the world experience.
Consider other elements:
This is a very strange phrase: Who is the Amartyr of the Eucharist?@ Is that not Jesus? The Catholic Encyclopedia, in defining the Eucharist, states that: AThe name given to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in its twofold aspect of sacrament and Sacrifice of Mass, and in which Jesus Christ is truly present under the bread and wine.@ When Christians observe the Eucharist they believe the impartation of the bread and the wine are the (symbolic if not literal) eating and drinking of the body and blood of Jesus. Was he then not martyred in a cruel death upon the cross?
Unfortunately, in attempt to understand these phrases, Catholic believers in the Garabandal messages went searching for more mystical answers. This direction was taken because of the word Asaint.@ Can Jesus not be classified as Aa saint?@ What Church event coincides with his institution of the Eucharist, and his related death and resurrection? Was that not Passover, now the Christian Easter? Is that not the Afeast of Jesus?@ Is that not the most important event in the Church?
I can see no good reason why we should not assign these remarks to Jesus.
This suggestion is supported by other pieces of information attributed to Conchita:
The ideas of
$ a major event in the Church calendar,
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$ the martyr of the Eucharist,
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are all compatible with one another.
Even more, this Great Miracle would be a most profound memorial to the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Just imagine what it would mean if two ordinary human beings would give of themselves in honor to their Creator.
We can understand why it would take place in April. If so, if these statements are valid, we can identify the years in which The Great Miracle would take place. Following are the dates of Easter and of the resurrection for the period from 2004 to 2015.
Editor's Note: I originally wrote this text in 2003. Time has passed; these events have not taken place. Therefore, I felt it best to update my text and reconcile the dates with a more realistic time frame. I now write this in early April of 2009. (These are Western Roman Catholic dates, not Eastern Orthodox dates. We must understand that Conchita would have been informed according to that calendar and would have passed them along to us in that form.)
If the resurrection Awill take place at eight thirty on a Thursday evening@ we must conclude that this is the Garabandal local time of the resurrection, not the local time of the location of the event itself. If the resurrection would take place in the eastern United States, for example, the local time would be five hours earlier, or 3:30 the same afternoon. Then the death of the Two Witnesses must be some days before, perhaps on the preceding Sunday. That would be Easter Sunday. If we follow this path of logic we should add four (three and one-half) days to the above dates, as I show. Surprisingly, there are six years within this period that fit Conchita=s prescription: 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015. Since we are now in 2009 only three more years fit these dates.
If we were to calculate three days from the death of the Two Witnesses then each of these years would be reduced by one day. Only one date would then not fit Conchita's scheme, April 4, 2010. Since we are now in 2009, this date does not give sufficient time for the Two Witnesses to complete their work.
If we accept the span of service from the Two Witnesses, as described in the Book of Revelation, they would need at least two years for their service.
If Conchita=s statements are correct.
Without doubt whatsoever, this will be the Agreatest miracle that Jesus has performed for the world.@
In Conchita=s September 14, 1965 interrogatory, she adds that it "will last about fifteen minutes." That may be from the first stirring of their bodies until their ascent into heaven.
In further remarks on August 10, 1971, she affirmed that she has never further qualified this statement by saying that this event would be a happy one or not, as some have maintained she said. In a letter written to Joey Lomangino an October 29, 1964, Conchita had this to say of the sick and the miracle:
Joey Lomangino was especially interested in an answer because of his visual blindness. An accident in repairing an automobile tire in his youth had severed both the olfactory and optical nerves in his head. His loss of the sense of smell had been miraculously cured when he visited Padre Pio, an exceptional Priest in Italy who displayed the stigmata, and who urged him to visit Garabandal. Joey now looks forward to having his vision restored.
Of course, we do not know if people will be physically cured as a result of The Great Miracle. Probably not. I am sure that many will be cured of mental attitudes and wishful thinking. Much spiritual blindness will be cured. Perhaps this is what the Vision meant when she said Joey would have his vision restored: his spiritual vision, not his physical vision. What an awesome transformation among mankind!
Conchita made other statements, repeating the material above, but adding comments. These are all evidence that Conchita was trying to satisfy the curious by adding to her descriptions.
Without the evidence from the Bible, and Rev 11, this would remain a mysterious remark. The ascent of the Two Witnesses into Heaven is a "thing" never before ssen upon earth. It can be photographed but not touched.
Indeed, The Great Miracle, will be a decisive factor in crystallizing decisions among God=s people. In North America it will be their escape from Great Babylon. All over the world people will be making decisions for the future salvation of the world. It truly will be extremely great in keeping with the salvation needs of the world.
Joey Lomangino, Conchita herself, and large numbers of people who believed in the Garabandal events, questioned Conchita=s remarks when Padre Pio died. They were uncertain what to make of it. Application of the Garabandal messages to an exclusive Catholic body of believers can only do a disservice to the value of the Marian revelations. The rest of the world is shut out. But the cost is high. This example of human fallibility, which shows many times in the transmittal of revelation from celestial sources through human mortals, introduces confusion and doubt. We all must keep our heads together about such wishful thinking.
Repeatedly we see wishful thinking about The Great Chastisement somehow being averted. Note the following examples:
Again, we make a grave mistake by failing to understand that The Great Chastisement is inevitable. There are no actions on the part of mankind that will remove it or avert it. Again, this is wishful thinking.
Several times we encounter the disclosure of a strange event in the skies. I shall return to discussion of that event, the Return of Jesus.
We can now return to the Bible for the foundations of The Warning, Section IV.