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The most recent message from Medjugorje all but fulfills a nearly 400-year-old prophecy allegedly granted to a nun in Quito, Ecuador.

As we have previously noted, verification of the event is difficult due to the period of time and while we endeavor to learn more from authorities in South America and confirm what has already been reported, there are several other matters to cover besides what we have mentioned in the first two reports  [click here for parts one and two].

It was on February 2, 1634 -- more precisely 367 years ago -- that a nun known as Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres was praying before the Blessed Sacrament when the perpetual lamp was suddenly and inexplicably extinguished. The chapel became dark except for a heavenly light, in which the Virgin appeared with what is claimed to have been a stirring prophecy. These are the details we are seeking to confirm. Could the prophecy have been so accurate? 

"The sanctuary lamp burning in front of the Prisoner of Love, which you saw go out, has many meanings," said the Virgin, according to the translation in a history of apparitions, The Last Secret. Faith would be gradually extinguished in the twentieth century, the Virgin was said to have warned, until there was an almost total corruption of customs and rampant impurity. That's how the "demon" would take control. Many hearts consecrated to God in the priestly and religious state would fall into lukewarmness, according to a booklet, "Our Lady of Good Success" -- which synopsizes an earlier 18th-century rendition of the Quito events and thus lends credibility to aspects of this dramatic prophecy (although, as we have remarked, we do not share the  ultra-traditionalist views of the author).

At Medjugorje, in the last monthly message, on November 25 -- granted to seer Marija Pavlovic-Lunetti -- Our Blessed Mother indicates that this time has been reached and warns that hatred and peacelessness have begun to reign in "this faithless world."

It was the strongest language used by the Virgin in a monthly message since the early the 1990s and brought to mind a special message last January (in which the Virgin of Medjugorje described Satan as "unchained") and earlier Medjugorje messages in which the Virgin said the twentieth century -- and a short period beyond -- would be under the corruption of the devil. She seemed to indicate that  the darkness symbolized in the extinguished lamp at Quito so many centuries before now "reigns over the whole world."  

This parallels the Quito revelation, which warned that the "demon" would persecute many priests and corrupt many others -- causing them to "scandalize the Christian people" and bring great suffering upon pastors. 

There would be a great agitation of spirits. There would be rumblings. According to the booklet, the Virgin once dispelled the "infernal serpent" from persecuting Mother Mariana "with such a great roar that it caused the earth to tremble throughout the city and convent."

Such brings to mind recent articles we have carried on widespread reports of strange rumblings as spiritual war peaks in our own time and as we hear of Christians of all denominations who are inexplicably awakening at 3 a.m. and feeling the urge to pray.

It was 3 a.m. on January 11, 1611, that nuns at Mother Mariana's convent claimed to have witnessed a huge miracle as the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael appeared, along with Saint Francis, to help finish a statue Mary had told Mother Mariana to have built and processed into the convent. "At that moment the holy statue took on life and intoned with the celestial choir the Magnificat," according to the "Our Lady of Good Success" book. 

And there was a final connection to Medjugorje. There, in 1981, it was prophesied that after a century of evil, secrets would unfold that would break the power of evil and this too was said in the Quito revelation (which we will further report after we hear from bishops in Ecuador). When everything seemed lost, Mother Mariana said the Virgin prophesied, it would actually be the beginning of a "happy restoration." "This will mark the arrival of my hour, when I, in a marvelous way, will dethrone the proud and cursed Satan, trampling him under my feet and fettering him in the infernal abyss," said the Virgin of Good Success  ("good success" because in the end she wins).

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