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I came upon this site: http://www.etpv.org/1998/darkness.html
It talks about Three Days of Darkness, and supposedly it is based on revelation from Mary and a few Saints.
Might someone please explain this to me? The main page is called End Times Prophetic Vision, and it doesn't do very well to explain itself, I have no clue who backs it.
Last Time I posted this my thread was deleted, and I don't know why.
-- Jacob R. (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 14, 2004
The whole "Three Days of Darkness" nonsense is not "based on revelation from Mary and a few Saints" any more than novel Protestant doctrines are "based on Biblical revelation". They are based upon PRIVATE INTERPRETATION of PURPOTED revelations from Mary and a few Saints - which is a whole different ballgame. At least in the case of false Protestant doctrines, that which is interpreted (scripture) is solid, and it is only their faulty personal interpretations which are the source of their error. But in the case of this totally unapproved, unscriptural, and extremely dangerous popular movement, not only does the fact of personal interpretation guarantee false conclusions, but many of the purpoted private revelations they are privately interpreting are, in and of themselves, unapproved by the Church.
The message they preach, in brief, is that the earth will experience three days of absolute darkness. Not only will the sun, moon and stars be darkened, but no form of artificial light on earth will work (except blessed candles). During this period, three quarters of the earth's population will die. There are a number of wacky preparations we are supposed to make in order to survive the three days - offering certain prayers, stockpiling food and candles, keeping animals out of our homes (I don't recall the supposed significance of this last one). Any blessed candle will burn for the full three days, and only its light will keep the evil away (unblessed candles will not burn). Priests in particular will be chastised for their sins, and most of them will die. And on and on it goes, but you get the general idea.
I have spoken with and counseled several Catholics who have bought into this dangerous fantasy, and who were suffering from its inevitable effects - fear, loss of faith, separation from the Church, and in the worst scenario, total despair. These effects are obviously opposed to the fruit of the Holy Spirit; therefore the movement itself is clearly not from God, or of God in any sense. Indeed it appears to be a genuine tool of Satan, if not created by him then certainly utilized by him to full advantage, to draw people away from God and faith in Him.
-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), May 14, 2004.