Leading Expert on Catholic Eschatology Weighs in on Current Earthly and Celestial Signs

by Fr Richard Heilman | September 22, 2017 9:10 AM

Emmett O’Regan has made it his life’s mission to explore and unpack approved Catholic prophecies. Without question, Emmett O’Regan, author of Unveiling The Apocalypse: Prophecy in Catholic Tradition,[1] is one of the most accurate Catholic prophecy scholars to date.

The following is from Emmett’s latest blog post[2] (September 22, 2017) from his blog that bears the same name as his book: Unveiling the Apocalypse:[3]

With the recent sudden escalation of significant world events that have taken place since the occurrence of the Great American Solar eclipse on 21st, August, 2017, it should be obvious to anyone paying close enough attention to the “signs of the times” that we have indeed entered into a 40-day period of repentance associated with the appearance of the sign of Jonah. The Latin phrase motus in fine velocior (which means “things accelerate towards the end”) has proven correct. When I first noted this pattern of solar eclipses concentrated upon the site of ancient Nineveh, and how this may potentially tie into the significance of the Great American Eclipse on the feast of Our Lady of Knock (see the post The Sign of Jonah and the Binding of Satan[4]), I had no idea what to expect, or even if I was correct in making these connections. It was a surprise to me when other people started pointing out that 40 days after this event brought us up to the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur, and that this was preceded by a 40-day period of repentance in Jewish tradition connected with the Hebrew month of Elul. This was made all the more important in the fact that on this exact year Yom Kippur coincides with the feast of Michaelmas, which is also preceded by a 40-day period of fasting and prayer in Catholic tradition during St. Michael’s Lent,  beginning on the Solemnity of the Assumption. Given the fact that the Jewish calendar is lunar based, while the Gregorian is solar, the coincidence of these feast days is a relatively rare event.

We have already noted that the Third Secret of Fatima itself alludes to the significance of the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur – when the blood of the sacrificial victim was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant by the Jewish High Priest to atone for the sins of Israel. This was symbolised in its description of the two angels gathering up the blood of the martyrs and sprinkling it upon those making their own personal ascent of Calvary during the final Passover of the Church. So the combination of the Day of Atonement with the description of St. Michael with the flaming sword in the Third Secret appears to be of especial significance in regard to a year when the feasts of Yom Kippur and Michaelmas collide – which just so happens to take place during the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima.

In the extremely short window of time since the eclipse, a series of phenomena has unfolded in locations associated with distinctly Catholic themes, either in apparition sites or occurring over places bearing names of singular Catholic relevance. This was made in conjunction with a sudden massive spike in tensions between North Korea and the United States. Just nine minutes after the eclipse ended on American soil, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in Ischia, off the coast of Naples in Italy, where the blood of St. Janurius is housed in the local Cathedral. Ominously, the blood of St. Januarius had failed to miraculously liquefy in the ceremony conducted on December, 2016 – which is thought to portend some form of disaster localised around the area of Naples. As well as being the site of ongoing alleged Marian apparitions, Ischia was also the birth place of St. John Joseph of the Cross – an extraordinary wonder worker who lived and died in the monastery of St. Lucia in Naples, where his relics are still held. This bears some relevance in that the young martyr St. Lucia of Syracuse would go on to lend her name to one of the seers of Fatima, Sr. Lucia dos Santos.

Four days after the eclipse, the coast of Texas was battered by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on Corpus Christi as a category four storm, causing widespread destruction. We then had North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test on Sept 4th, and ICBM tests flying over Japan. On 2nd September, an earthquake swarm began in Idaho centred on Soda Springs, just south of the caldera of the Yellowstone supervolcano. On 10th September, we then had Hurricane Irma bearing down on the coast of Florida as a Category four storm, leaving behind a trail of destruction throughout several islands in the Atlantic. A powerful geomagnetic storm took place on 6th September, 2017, leading to a widespread occurrence of the Northern Lights. Dozens of wildfires were also raging across several states in America. As the official NASA site noted on August 28th:

The United States is the middle of an unfortunate spate of natural disasters.  In Texas the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is causing widespread flooding, and in the western United States just the opposite–dry conditions and extreme heat–are causing widespread forest fires. (See here[5])

All of this phenomena centred upon America – hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, etc. echoes the events which took place during the flight of the Prophet Elijah to Mount Horeb (Sinai) for forty days after the apostasy of ancient Israel during the reign of King Ahab and Jezebel:

The angel of the Lord came to him a second time. He touched him and said, “Get up and eat. Your journey will be long and hard.” So he got up. He ate and drank. The food gave him new strength. He traveled for 40 days and 40 nights. He kept going until he arrived at Horeb. It was the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.


A message came to Elijah from the Lord. He said, “Elijah, what are you doing here?”


 He replied, “Lord God who rules over all, I’ve been very committed to you. The Israelites have turned their backs on your covenant. They have torn down your altars. They’ve put your prophets to death with their swords. I’m the only one left. And they are trying to kill me.”


 The Lord said, “Go out. Stand on the mountain in front of me. I am going to pass by.”


As the Lord approached, a very powerful wind tore the mountains apart. It broke up the rocks. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire came. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. And after the fire there was only a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his coat over his face. He went out and stood at the entrance to the cave. (IKings 19:7-13)

This in turn parallels the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai following the idolatry of the Golden Calf, in order to make atonement for the sins of the Israelites – an event which is commemorated during the month of Elul.

On the next day Moses said to the people, “You have sinned a great sin. But now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Alas, this people has sinned a great sin; they have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, blot me out of the book that you have written.” But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book. But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; see, my angel shall go in front of you. Nevertheless, when the day comes for punishment, I will punish them for their sin.”


Then the Lord sent a plague on the people, because they made the calf—the one that Aaron made.
(Exod 32:30-35)


The Lord said to Moses: Write these words; in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel. He was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. (Exod 34:27-29)

Just before the stroke of midnight on 7th September, 2017, a huge 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico in Oaxaca, a few hundred miles south of Mexico City. The capital itself had felt this tremor, and there were various sighting of earthquake lights around the city itself. Mexico City is home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was built upon the site of the famous apparitions on Tepayac Hill. Our Lady of Guadalupe is also honoured as the patroness of America and protectress of the unborn, since she had appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in order to bring an end to the ritual of human sacrifice in the New World.

As the website Santa.org states:

We read in the Book of Leviticus how the Lord tells Moses about the serious crime of offering children to be immolated to Molech, referring to the Canaanite custom of sacrificing children to the god Molech. The little victims were first slain and then cremated. (Leviticus 20,1-5[6] and 18,21[7]).

In the Americas, five centuries ago, cruel human sacrificing rituals were performed on a scale never approached, even remotely, by another peoples. Never before or after in human history a more open, long running, ritualized and institutionalized public showcase of the Culture of Death has been manifested… (Read the full article here[8])

The practice of human sacrifice would not be manifested again in America until the legalisation of abortion in 1973.

On the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on 8th September, 2017, just a few hours after the earthquake in Mexico on the 7th, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the prefecture of Akita in Japan, which is the site of another Marian apparition which has been approved by the Catholic Church. Akita is significant in the fact that it occurred at time when America was in the midst of legalising abortion during the Roe vs Wade court action in 1973. Here, Our Lady issued one of the most stark warnings against humanity when the Christian West began to adopt laws that would ensure the slaughter of millions of innocent unborn children.

…if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity…the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. (Our Lady of Akita to Sr. Agnes Sasagawa)

It is significant that the date of Michaelmas on 29th September crops up in the bleeding statue phenomena associated with Our Lady of Akita. As the EWTN webpage on Akita notes:

“The statue was carved from a single block of wood from a Katsura tree and is three feet tall. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of blood flowing from the statue’s right hand. On four occasions, this act of blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue’s hand remained until September 29, when it disappeared. On September 29, the day the wound on the statue disappeared, the sisters noticed the statue had now begun to “sweat”, especially on the forehead and neck.”

A second earthquake struck Mexico on 19th September, 2017, this time much closer to the home of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, almost like a pilgrimage path being traced out along the line of a seismic fault. This occurred on the feast day of Our Lady of La Salette, which ties us back into the significance of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock – which appeared at the exact moment of the ceremony of the canonical crowning of Our Lady of La Salette on 21st August, 1879. This earthquake took place exactly 32 years to the day after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on 19th September, 1985 (the year Sr. Lucia said the world was saved from nuclear war). On the same day as this second earthquake near Mexico City, a hurricane named Maria was battering the islands of Guadeloupe, the Virgin Islands (at a place called St. Croix or “Holy Cross”), the islands of St. Luciaand Dominica (after St. Dominic, who instituted the Holy Rosary), while another hurricane called Jose(Joseph) was still swirling about in the Atlantic. Hurricane Maria then made its way to Puerto Rico, and ominously threatened its capital San Juan.

As the Wikipedia article on the island of Guadeloupe states:

Christopher Columbus named the island Santa María de Guadalupe in 1493 after the Virgin Mary, venerated in the Spanish town of Guadalupe, in Extremadura. Upon becoming a French colony, the Spanish name was retained though altered to French orthography and phonology.” (See here[9])

When the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531, she specifically stated that she wished to be referred to as Our Lady of Guadalupe – a title she was already being revered under in Extremadura, Spain. As the Wikipedia article on the original devotion of Our Lady of Guadalupe states:

The shrine [of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Extremadura] houses a statue reputed to have been carved by Luke the Evangelist and given to Saint Leander, archbishop of Seville, by Pope Gregory I. According to local legend, when Seville was taken by the Moors in 712, a group of priests fled northward and buried the statue in the hills near the Guadalupe River in Extremadura. At the beginning of the 14th century, the Virgin appeared one day to a humble cowboy named Gil Cordero who was searching for a missing animal in the mountains. Cordero claimed that the Virgin Mary had appeared to him and ordered him to ask priests to dig at the site of the apparition. Excavating priests rediscovered the hidden statue and built a small shrine around it which evolved into the great Guadalupe monastery. (See here[10])

(Continue reading at Emmett’s blog[11])
  1. Unveiling The Apocalypse: Prophecy in Catholic Tradition,: https://www.amazon.com/Unveiling-Apocalypse-Final-Passover-Church/dp/0956955819/ref=pd_sim_14_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0956955819&pd_rd_r=C0095VJN49WQCECN4KR8&pd_rd_w=vkrOX&pd_rd_wg=aynnZ&psc=1&refRID=C0095VJN49WQCECN4KR8&dpID=41AU163LOuL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail
  2. latest blog post: https://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/our-lady-of-guadalupe-and-flood-from.html
  3. Unveiling the Apocalypse:: https://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/our-lady-of-guadalupe-and-flood-from.html
  4. The Sign of Jonah and the Binding of Satan: http://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/the-sign-of-jonah-and-binding-of-satan.html
  5. here: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/dozens-of-wildfires-in-western-united-states
  6. 20,1-5: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__P36.HTM
  7. 18,21: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/__P34.HTM
  8. here: http://www.sancta.org/patr-unb.html
  9. here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadeloupe
  10. here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe_in_Extremadura
  11. Continue reading at Emmett’s blog: https://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/our-lady-of-guadalupe-and-flood-from.html

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