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Discernment of Private Revelation

Claims of Private Revelation: True or False?
An Evaluation of the messages of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion:

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In my humble and pious opinion as a faithful Roman Catholic theologian, the claimed private revelation, in the form of messages and apparitions to two anonymous women, under the title of 'the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion' are false and are not true private revelations from Heaven. A list of reasons and examples follows.

Introduction: These messages are promoted by Daniel J. Lynch, who also edited the associated book, which is entitled: “I Will Sing of Mercy. The Journal of the Secretary of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion.” The messages were mainly given between 1988 and 1993 to two American women, called 'His servant' (also called 'My Secretary' in the messages) and 'her spiritual mother.'

Note added Sept. 18, 2009: See this PDF currently found on the main page of Our Lady of America (an approved apparition of Mary in the U.S.).

  1. Anonymity

    These two women remain anonymous; nothing much is known about them personally. The woman called 'His secretary' is said to be a married American woman (Chastisements, p. 10). But we are not told whether or not her 'spiritual mother' is a member of a religious order. The term 'spiritual mother' is sometimes used within religious orders to refer to an older nun who is like a mother in the faith. So the term used to refer to this woman suggests that she might be in a religious order. But if so, then she is involved in promoting messages and apparitions, as well as a claimed new devotion, without permission from her religious order, as the lack of an Imprimi Potest (discussed below) shows.

  2. The Bait for the Trap

    All false private revelations contain some truth. Otherwise, no one would be fooled into thinking that these messages come from God. Also, many false private revelations promote themselves using some title for Jesus or Mary, which may very well be a true title, when properly understood. This technique uses certain truths as a kind of bait to draw the faithful into the trap of a false private revelation. Another variation on this technique is a series of messages that call for a new devotion or a new religious order. This is used, again, as bait for the trap.

    The Jesus King of All Nations (JK) devotion and claimed private revelation uses this kind of technique very effectively. Jesus is given the title of King of All Nations. Now there is no theological or doctrinal error in this title itself. In fact, it is similar to the title given to Jesus in Scripture as King of kings and Lord of lords. But when a claimed private revelation gives a true title to Jesus or Mary, one cannot thereby conclude that the claimed private revelation is true. A number of clearly false private revelations give Jesus or Mary true titles.

    This claimed private revelation is promoted under the title of Jesus King of All Nations, and its web site promotes the veneration of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This latter private revelation is true and well accepted by the Church worldwide. But the Jesus King of All Nations devotion and its claimed private revelation is not so well-known or well-accepted. This association of the unapproved Jesus King of All Nations devotion with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is, in my opinion, being used as a way to try to legitimize an unapproved devotion and its claimed private revelation.

    There is also an attempt to associate the devotion to Jesus King of All Nations with the private revelations to Saint Faustina (the Divine Mercy Image and Chaplet) and the private revelations to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (the Sacred Heart Image and Promises). The latter two devotions and their private revelations were given through Saints and are well-accepted in the Church. The former is an unapproved claimed private revelation.

    False private revelations often try to legitimize themselves by association with popular Saints and devotions, and by suggesting devotions of their own invention. Most of these false private revelations are not due to lies by human persons, but are due to deceptions and false signs given from fallen angels. They want power over the Church, so they suggest various new devotions and even new religious orders, which they hope to establish and later influence.

  3. Promotion of an unapproved devotion

    The website for the devotion and private revelation,, claims that this devotion has the Nihil Obstat:
    “The Devotion was granted the Nihil Obstat that declares that it contains nothing contrary to faith and morals.” (
    This claim is not only false, it does not make sense. Devotions are not granted the Nihil Obstat. The Nihil Obstat applies only to books and other printed material. The Nihil Obstat is one of three types of approval given to the printing of a book. It means 'nothing stands in the way' of the book being published. The Nihil Obstat is given by the censor of a diocese (usually a theologian or priest) who reviews a book, on behalf of the local Bishop, looking for doctrinal errors. If he finds none, he informs the Bishop. The Bishop, at his own discretion and judgment, can decide whether or not to grant an Imprimatur, which means 'let it be printed.' The Nihil Obstat is not given without the Imprimatur.
    The booklet entitled “The Story of the Devotion” claims: “The original revelation were granted the Nihil Obstat which is a declaration by the Church that the Devotion is free of doctrinal and moral error.” (The Story of the Devotion, p. 1).
    Again, the Church does not give the Nihil Obstat to claimed private revelations. It is a term used only with the Imprimatur, and only for printed material. It does not authorize or approve of any kind of devotion, nor any claims of private revelation.

    The book entitled “I Will Sing of Mercy The Journal of the Secretary of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion,” ('The Journal') states that it has a Nihil Obstat from 'Rev. Edward Santana, J.C.D.', but only through the first 9 chapters of this 13 chapter book. The book also lists the name of a Bishop (Bishop Enrique Hernandez Rivera, DD.) with the Nihil Obstat, but without an Imprimatur from that Bishop. No explanation is given as to why the Nihil Obstat only covers 9 of the 13 chapters, or as to why the Bishop did not give the Imprimatur. (The Bishop cited with the Nihil Obstat retired in 1998 due to ill health, but the date on the Nihil Obstat is from 1993.)

    A third type of approval applies only to those authors who are members of a religious order; it is the Imprimi Potest ('it may be printed'), which gives the member of the order permission to seek the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur. It is not clear whether the two anonymous women, who claim to have received these messages, are members of a religious order or not. The claimed private revelations were given to “two American women from 1988 to 1993. One calls herself 'His servant,' the other calls herself His servant's 'spiritual mother.' ... They both wish to remain anonymous.” (p. vi of the Journal).

    The website and Journal both quote this same Bishop as follows:
    Bishop Enrique Hernandez Rivera, D.D. of Caguas, Puerto Rico said that he “recognized the need to foster more devotion to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, True King of All Nations.” He wished us “all the best in your efforts of spreading the message of Christ to all who invoke Him by this title.”
    This quote does not say that the Bishop gives any kind of official approval. He merely speaks in favor of a general devotion to Jesus as King of all nations (to which I also have no objection). The Journal does not have an Imprimatur from this same Bishop, and it only claims a Nihil Obstat on the first 9 chapters. Clearly, these messages and apparitions are not approved by this Bishop. If they were, he would have granted both an Imprimatur and a clear statement of approval.

    The claim that this devotion has a Nihil Obstat is not true.

  4. Lack of Knowledge and Shallow Teaching

    One of the messages of Jesus King of All Nations compares this unapproved devotion and claimed private revelation to those of Saint Faustina and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:
    ”This Devotion to Me as 'Jesus, King of All Nations', is to be a companion devotion to that of My Mercy as given to My beloved daughter, Faustina, and to that of My Sacred Heart as given to My beloved daughter, Margaret Mary.” (The Journal, p. vi)
    There are a few problems with this claim. First, in true private revelation, Jesus does not try to convince us that it is really Him by referring to other, more well-accepted private revelations. Nor does Mary. Second, the private revelations to Saint Faustina and to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque were to Saints, whose names and lives are an open book to the faithful. But this claimed private revelation is made anonymously. Third, and most importantly, the private revelations to Saint Faustina, found in her Diary of Divine Mercy, are full of profound truth. The depth of theological insight in just that one book could be studied by a devout theologian or member of the faithful for a lifetime without coming close to the depths of those truths.

    The Journal which presents the messages of this claimed new devotion (called “I Will Sing of Mercy, The Journal of the Secretary of the Jesus King of All Nations Devotion”) stands in stark contrast to the Diary of Divine Mercy. The Journal is shallow in its presentation of the truths of the Faith. It spends much of its efforts trying to convince readers to follow its devotions and believe its messages. Then, when it does speak about elements of the Faith, they are presented without the subtle and profound wisdom found in true private revelation. It is a poor imitation of true private revelation. It pretends to be teaching and revealing great truths, and yet it merely tells readers things about the Catholic Faith that are already well know and well understood among the faithful. Such is not the way with true private revelation.

    For example, the faithful already know that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, and that He truly is King of all the nations in the world. This claimed private revelation adds nothing whatsoever to that already well understood truth. There is no profound teaching, nor any teaching at all, to give any additional insight into that truth. So the messages merely take a well-accepted truth and use it as a banner to promote this claimed private revelation. This is a common technique found in false private revelation. There are numerous other examples.

  5. Association with Christina Gallagher

    Dan Lynch, who promotes these apparitions, calling himself 'Director of the Devotion,' is associated with the false visionary Christina Gallagher. As far as I can tell from the book, booklets, and website, he does not claim to have received any private revelations himself.

    Dan Lynch claims that Christina predicted the 9/11 disaster. See my refutation of that claim in my evaluation of Christina Gallagher's claimed private revelation

  6. The real Jesus would not speak in a way that is self-exalting and self-glorifying

    In the Gospels (as well as in true private revelation), Jesus is not so concerned with proclaiming that He is God and convincing people that He is God. In fact, he focuses more on giving glory to God the Father, than to himself, and his main concern is teaching the Faith.

    In false private revelations, such as this one, 'Jesus' seems very concerned about proclaiming that he is God and King over and over again. Even modern-day politicians are not as concerned about self-promotion as the one who authored these messages, claiming to be 'Jesus.' Here are some examples:
    ”I am King of Heaven and earth! My Majesty is everlasting. I alone AM God. I alone give judgment. I alone AM Judge! I AM King of Heaven and earth! I AM the Lord! I AM the One True God! I AM King of Heaven and earth! I AM Jesus, King of All Nations! Pray for My Mercy which I will graciously grant to those peoples and nations that acknowledge Me as True King! My children, I AM YOUR GOD AND KING! HEAR ME!” (The Journal, from pages 5 - 8)
    Notice that 'Jesus' does not mention the Father or the Holy Spirit, but proclaims 'I AM the One True God!' But in the Gospels, Jesus gives glory to the Father, and he humbles himself. Now in this quote above, 'Jesus' claims: 'I alone AM God.' This is not true even about the real Jesus, for God is three Persons, not merely one person. Consider also this quote, 'I alone give judgment.' Yet in the Gospels, Jesus says the opposite, that the Father is the One who judges, and that he does not judge. Also, just in general, the above quote is full of arrogance and self-exaltation, unlike the Second Person of the Trinity who humbled himself to become a little child.

    Finally, notice that the above message says that God's Mercy will be given only to those who acknowledge him as true king. Do you not know that God is merciful even to the wicked and the unjust? God is merciful and loving even to those who do not know Him, to those who know Him but ignore or reject Him. God is merciful to all Creation and to the entire human race without exception. The call to acknowledge him as king in order to obtain mercy is not the kind of call that comes from Heaven. It is like the call of Satan, who said even to Jesus Christ: “Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.” (Lk 4:7).

    Now compare the words of the above quote to the true words of Jesus in the Gospels.

    {21:5} “Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your king comes to you meekly, sitting on a donkey and on a colt, the son of one accustomed to the yoke.”
    {27:11} Now Jesus stood before the procurator, and the procurator questioned him, saying, “You are the king of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You are saying so.”

    {5:19} Then Jesus responded and said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son is not able to do anything of himself, but only what he has seen the Father doing. For whatever he does, even this does the Son do, similarly.
    {5:20} For the Father loves the Son, and he shows him all that he himself does. And greater works than these will he show him, so much so that you shall wonder.”
    {5:30} “I am not able to do anything of myself. As I hear, so do I judge. And my judgment is just. For I do not seek my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
    {5:31} If I offer testimony about myself, my testimony is not true.
    {5:32} There is another, who offers testimony about me, and I know that the testimony which he offers about me is true.”
    {5:41} “I do not accept glory from men.”
    {6:15} And so, when he realized that they were going to come and take him away and make him king, Jesus fled back to the mountain, by himself alone.
    {8:54} Jesus responded: “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me. And you say about him that he is your God.”
    {10:11} “I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd gives his life for his sheep.”
    {14:28} “... the Father is greater than I.”

    See the difference? Jesus in the Gospels avoids calling Himself king and avoids giving glory to himself. He gives glory to the Father. He does not seek to be exalted. He does not say, 'I alone am God,' because Jesus always acknowledges that God the Father is greater, and that God is not himself alone, but the Most Holy Trinity.

    Jesus is truly the King of all nations, but these messages, which are promoted under the guise of that true title, are certainly not from Jesus or from Heaven. There is arrogance instead of humility, self-exaltation instead of giving glory to God the Father, and a conditional approach to mercy, rather than the God who is merciful even to the wicked and ungrateful:

    {5:44} But I say to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. And pray for those who persecute and slander you.
    {5:45} In this way, you shall be sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon the just and the unjust.

  7. An examination of this proposed devotion

    The new devotion which is being promoted contributes nothing substantial to the spiritual life of the Church. The faithful already acknowledge that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore, they do not object to the title 'Jesus, King of All Nations,' but neither do they learn anything new from that title. It is merely a rephrasing of a title that has always been given to Christ.

    Now consider the prayers associated with this proposed devotion:
    “This devotion is to be comprised of nine Our Fathers, nine Hail Marys, and nine Glory Be's.” (the Journal, p. 11)
    Notice that these suggested prayers are already prayed by the faithful. Praying them in sets of nine adds nothing to the spiritual life of the Church. There are also some newly-invented prayers associated with the proposed devotion. But these prayers add nothing new to the understanding of the faithful, nor do they express the Faith in anything more than a superficial and cursory manner. The faithful have wisely refrained from adopting these superficial prayers and this empty proposed devotion.

    Compare the prayers and devotion given to us by Jesus through Saint Faustina in the Divine Mercy Diary, namely, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena. These prayers show subtle wisdom and a profound understanding of Divine Mercy. Therefore, these prayers have spread rapidly among the faithful. This devotion has become an important part of the life of the Church, including Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter).

    What is happening here is that Satan wishes to have power over the Church, and when he cannot convince many to do evil, he tries to lead them astray by means of empty devotions and shallow prayers. He wishes control over the true Church, so he hopes that by convincing some to say prayers of his invention, that he might obtain more and more control. But his voice the sheep of Christ's flock do not know; they know the voice of Christ. And they can distinguish true devotions and profound prayers from the poor imitations offered by fallen angels as a distraction to the faithful.

    This proposed devotion is spoken of in the messages as if it were a great revelation to the faithful, but it contains nothing whatsoever that the faithful do not already know. And its prayers are shallow compared to the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Holy Rosary. God does not give a supernatural revelation (supposedly in this case over the course of many years) in order to reveal nothing significant to the faithful.

  8. References to the Weather

    This is an odd feature found in very many false private revelations. The messages refer to the weather, as if bad weather were an act of God punishing the world. Here is one such message:
    “Whenever there is the threat of severe weather, recite these prayers along with the prayers that I will later teach you, and no harm will come to you or to those you pray for.... This, My little one, applies not only to weather, but all forms of My Justice.” (the Journal, p. 16).

    “My child, you have been wondering whether or not the promise I once made to you for the praying of the prayers to Me as 'Jesus, King of All Nations', (that of My protection from severe storms and all forms of My Justice,) ... is also to be granted to those who faithfully wear My medal.” (the Journal, p. 65).
    The claim in these messages is that bad weather is a form of punishment from the Justice of God. This claim is not found in true private revelation, but it is very common in false private revelation. The idea that one should wear a medal in order to be protected from severe weather is not found in the Catholic faith in any true private revelations, nor in Tradition or Scripture.

  9. Worldly language and jesting attributed to Jesus

    In true private revelations, Jesus speaks as the Son of God, not in a worldly manner and not in a way that includes joking around or jesting. In many false private revelations, 'Jesus' is portrayed as using worldly language, as speaking in a worldly manner, and even as saying things just to make a joke. This claimed private revelation show the latter type of messages.

    When one of these two anonymous women was taking pictures with a camera of a painting of Jesus, she heard a voice (supposedly Jesus) saying “I'm tired of posing.” (the Journal, p. 24). The woman laughed out-loud. The Journal tries to use Proverbs 26:19 to justify this, as if the Son of God would make a supernatural appearance in order to jest: “I did it in jest.” But this quote is taken out of context; here is the full quote:

    {26:17} Just like one who takes hold of a dog by the ears, so also is he who crosses impatiently and meddles in the quarrels of another.
    {26:18} Just as he is guilty who let loose the arrows and the lances unto death,
    {26:19} so also is the man who harms his friend by deceitfulness. And when he has been apprehended, he says, “I did it jokingly.”

    Notice that the one saying, “I did it jokingly” (or, in other translations, “in jest”), is the one who harms his friend by deceitfulness. So the quote cannot be used to apply to Jesus, who does not deceive or harm his faithful ones. But it is fitting in another sense, because these messages actually come from fallen angels, who harm the faithful by deception through them.

    In another message Jesus supposedly makes a pun (a word play).
    “Will they notice me who Am? Will my people finally see with the light of my grace so that I can reign in their hearts?! Yes, I wish to be the Light that comes before the reign! The reign of my Merciful Kingship!” (Chastisements, p. 29).
    In true private revelations, just as in the Gospels, Jesus does not joke around, nor does he play with words. Such things are often found in false private revelation, but not in true ones.

  10. The claim that Mary is Mediatrix of All Grace

    Certainly, the Blessed Virgin Mary is co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocatrix, when these terms are properly understood ( However, the idea that Mary is Mediatrix of All Grace is found in false private revelation, but not in true private revelation. In true private revelation, Mary refers to herself sometimes as 'Mediatrix,' or as 'Mediatrix of grace,' but she never calls herself 'Mediatrix of All Grace.' For she knows that she is not and cannot be the Mediatrix of the graces that flow from the Divine Nature of Christ to the human nature of Christ within the hypostatic union. There can be no mediation there because Christ's Divine and human natures are so thoroughly united that they form one Person. Also, Mary knows that she is not the Mediatrix of the graces that she herself receives; in that case, she is the recipient, for no one can be a mediator or mediatrix in their own case. And these graces received by the human nature of Christ and received by Mary are not trivial, they are the fundamental graces without which there would be no grace for salvation for anyone else. Therefore, Mary would never call herself the Mediatrix of ALL graces.

    Furthermore, a look at various claimed private revelations, those well-accepted by the Church and those clearly false for numerous reasons, shows that only false private revelations portray Mary as supposedly claiming to be the Mediatrix of ALL Grace.

    Yet this claimed private revelation goes even further than the other false ones, even proposing an image with the title 'Our Lady Mediatrix of All Grace'. The one anonymous woman called 'His secretary' claims that the Virgin Mary herself helped her to make the image in 1985 (the Journal, p. 46). Again, Mary would not say such a thing about herself, because it ignores the fundamental graces necessary for the salvation of all, which are given to the human nature of Christ, and to Mary herself, without her mediation.

  11. The insistence on the proclamation of 'this dogma'

    There are numerous other false private revelations which contain the same kind of message. These began, most prominently, with the false private revelations to Ida Peerdeman. Her messages insisted that the dogma of Mary as Mediatrix be proclaimed by the Pope. Successive messages predicted that each successive Pope would proclaim this dogma. And each prediction turned out to be false. Then other, more recent false private revelations continued with the same insistence and prediction, each failing in its claims.

    Now the message to these two anonymous women say much the same thing:
    “I desire that the souls who embrace My devotion as 'Jesus, King of All Nations', make special consecration to My Most Holy Mother under her title of 'Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace', which it has pleased Me in My Great Love for her to give her..... People MUST acknowledge her indispensable role as the Mediatrix, the Channel, of all of My Grace to mankind. Only when this dogma is officially proclaimed by My Church, will I truly establish My Reign on earth!!! ... I DEMAND! I DEMAND THIS OF MY CHURCH!!! ... To those who would question My Holy Mother's role of 'Mediatrix of All Grace', I say, 'Who are you to tell your God in what manner He is to be glorified? ... To My faithful sons in lofty places in My Church, I say, 'Do everything in your power to bring about this dogma of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, for there are those even in the high places of My Church who would try to thwart this Divine Plan.... Those who try to deny My Holy Mother will meet with severe Judgment!... My Mother will not be denied what is hers by right.... let souls know that this dogma of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace, preoccupies Me.” (the Journal, p. 85-86).
    First, notice the arrogance and indignation in this message. God is humble, otherwise He would not have become Incarnate, have grown up from childhood to adulthood, and have died for us on the Cross. Second, notice that the author of this message speaks as if he himself had no power, nor much influence, over the Church. That is because the one speaking is not Jesus, the Head of the Church, but a fallen angel presenting a false private revelation. Third, as discussed above, it is a false doctrine to say that Mary is the Mediatrix of ALL grace. She is not the Mediatrix of grace to Christ's human nature from His Divine Nature, nor is she Mediatrix of the graces that she herself receives. Fourth, the same claim that is found in other false private revelations is also found here, that the proclamation of this 'dogma' is somehow necessary, or else God would not be able to reign on earth, or to complete His plan. God is presented as if He were powerless over His Church, to have this proclamation occur, and powerless over the earth without this proclamation. Such is the way with false private revelation.

  12. The symbol of an atom in the image

    There is an image associated with this claimed private revelation, supposedly shown in a vision to one of these women, which has Jesus holding a scepter with a symbol that is said to be an atom:
    “The one scepter was divided into three parts at the top, like the symbol of an atom, signifying the Most Blessed Trinity.... It resembled our symbol of the atom with its three equal oval-like spheres which appeared as lights individually connected.... Each of the Three Persons in God were symbolized by the three primary colors, but in a distinctly different sequence. For example, one oval sphere in the atom which represented the Father shown with a radiant blue, yellow, and red spectrum of light. God the Son, Jesus, was shown represented as a red, yellow, and blue spectrum of light. And the Holy Spirit as a yellow, blue, and red spectrum of light.... On the atom-like symbol of the Trinity, God also placed what appeared to be a neutron-like particle.... it represents the Church....” (the Journal, p. 47-49).
    Now having read very many messages from false private revelations, I can tell you that this vision is typical of false apparitions and visions. There is a pretty image and a complex explanation as to what it supposedly means, but it lacks any depth of wisdom or insight. These visions are presented as if they were a great revelation, yet nothing of any substance is presented.

    Is God like an atom? And the image of the atom itself is not at all correct. Atoms do not have three separate orbits for electrons around the nucleus, nor are there any colors or color combinations in atomic orbits. The image of the 'atom' has no nucleus at all, and it places the 'neutron-like particle' within one of the colored orbits around the empty center, in the orbital path that is supposed to be for electrons. This image of God as an atom, in which the atom does not resemble an atom at all, and in which the Three Persons of the Trinity are represented by odd and randomly-chosen color sequences is an empty vision, teaching nothing. “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Macbeth, 5. 5).

  13. The location of the wounds in Christ's hands in the image

    This same image with the scepter and the atom shows Christ having wounds on his anatomical forearm, a location most people incorrectly call the wrist. The Journal tries to claim that Scripture supports this location. As with the quote from Proverbs cited above, this quote is also out of context and incorrect:
    “From the Sacred Wounds in the wrists of His hands, (not His palms) 'empty-handed' (Mark 12:3) came for the His Precious Blood....” (the Journal, p. 52).
    However, Mark 12:3 is a parable which merely mentions someone being sent away empty, or empty-handed. It is deceitful for the Journal to quote merely the phrase “empty-handed” (Mark 12:3) and then try to claim that this citation proves that the image is correct in locating the wounds in the forearm.

    [Mark 12]
    {12:1} And he began to speak to them in parables: “A man dug a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a pit, and built a tower, and he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out on a long journey.
    {12:2} And in time, he sent a servant to the farmers, in order to receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the farmers.
    {12:3} But they, having apprehended him, beat him and sent him away empty.”

    And in John chapter 20, Thomas says that he will not believe unless he could “see in his hands the print of the nails.” Also, the text says that Jesus showed him his hands, not his wrist or forearm. So Scripture clearly says that the nail marks were in the hands, but this claimed private revelation says otherwise. There is also scientific support for nail marks in the heel of the hand. And the Shroud of Turin also shows the nail marks in the heel of the hand, not the forearm as in this image. See this article:

  14. The claimed promise that those wearing the Medal will be forgiven of all mortal and venial sins.

    Here is the quote making this claim:
    “I add, My child, yet another promise to the faithful wearing of this medal. I promise to every soul who faithfully wears this medal, the tremendous grace of total forgiveness of all their sins, both mortal and venial. This is not to in any way replace the frequent reception of the Sacrament of Confession!!! I urge souls to receive this Sacrament of My Great Mercy often. There will they be healed.” (the Journal, p. 57).
    First, there is the promise that wearing the medal can forgive mortal sins. This promise contradicts the teaching of the Church that mortal sins can only be forgiven by the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or by an act of perfect contrition when the Sacrament is unavailable. Then the promise seems to correct itself, now claiming that wearing the medal does not forgive sins, but these sins are forgiven by frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. True enough, but then what does the medal do? It contributes nothing. This is the same problem with the other aspects of this proposed devotion and its messages, they add nothing to what the faithful have already. If you go to Confession frequently, you are thereby forgiven for mortal and venial sins, so the promise to the wearer of the medal is that they will receive nothing different than if they did not wear it.

    Compare this to the Promise given to Saint Faustina for those who go to Confession and Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday. These will receive something more than the forgiveness that comes to all who properly receive the Sacraments of Communion and Confession, that they will also be forgiven for the temporal punishment due for those sins. This last part is something more than is received in Confession ordinarily. So this promise to Saint Faustina is significant and meaningful.

    By comparison, the promise to the anonymous women about the medal, that wearing it and going to Confession frequently results in forgiveness of sins, the same thing that one gets for not wearing the medal and going to Confession. This type of empty promise is typical of false private revelation.

    But it doesn't end there: “A couple of days later, Our Lord was to clarify this last promise.” (the Journal, p. 57). And so, after it became clear that the promise described above was, in its first version heretical (claiming that wearing a medal could forgive mortal sins), and in its second version useless (saying that wearing the medal and going to Confession frequently would confer the same benefits as going to Confession frequently by itself), a new message was received trying to prop up this empty devotion by calling it a 'companion devotion' to that of Saint Faustina and Saint Mary Margaret Alacoque. This claim is unconvincing because those private revelations were to Saints, and what was revealed was a true revelation from the depths of Wisdom (the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena, and the Sacred Heart devotion and promises). Making such a comparison only shows how empty this new proposed devotion is.

  15. The claimed promise that this devotion confers the grace of final perseverance.

    And then the promise was clarified yet again:
    “My daughter, I have come to clarify the last promise that I gave you concerning the wearing of the medal in honor of Me as 'Jesus, King of All Nations'. My child, the grace that I will grant to those souls who faithfully wear this medal, is the grace of daily repentance, which if they are faithful to, will lead, (in the way of salvation), to the forgiveness by Me of all their sins.” (the Journal, p. 58).

    “I promise to offer the precious grace of final perseverance.” (The Story of the Devotion, p. 18).

    “I promise to offer the precious grace of final perseverance to every soul who will faithfully embrace this devotion.” (The Story of the Devotion, p. 21).
    First, let me say that if these were true messages and a true devotion from Jesus, Our Lord would not need to keep revising what He is saying. This is particularly true of a Promise associated with a devotion. Jesus as the Son of God, not merely as the king of this world, knows all. When He makes a Promise, He does not need to keep revising it and changing it. So this devotion and its changing promises cannot be from Jesus, the Divine King.

    Second, yet again, what is being promised is not able to come from wearing a medal. Just as the forgiveness of mortal sins cannot be due to wearing a medal, so also the grace of daily repentance continuing throughout life until one reaches Heaven cannot be due to the wearing of a medal. This grace is called the grace of final perseverance, and it is the grace that those who are Baptized need to retain the state of grace in their souls, so as to be saved. Whoever has final perseverance will certainly go to Heaven. No medal or devotion cannot grant such a promise. Also, when anyone had the grace of repentance at any time, it is because they responded to God's grace; His infinite grace alone is not enough, because He has granted us free will. So we are back where we started with the problems in these promises. What is promised is not able to come from wearing a medal, even if it is worn devoutly, and if you repent daily, as the promise suggests, then you don't need the medal.

    Compare this to the promise of Divine Mercy Sunday: go to Confession and Communion on that day and you will receive, not only the usual graces from those Sacraments, but the forgiveness of the temporal punishment due for your sins. This is something that can be granted, and it is something more than what the acts of going to Confession and receiving Communion grant in and of themselves. But the promises associated with this new proposed devotion are empty.

  16. Other Promises

    Some other promises are attached to this medal. One is “the grace to understand the efficacy of praying to Me as King.” (the Journal, p. 60). First, when does Jesus appear in a supernatural apparition in order to make certain that He is honored and He is called King and He is prayed to? The Jesus of the Gospels was self-effacing, not self-exalting. Even though He is God and King, He does not show such concern that He be exalted - except in the false private revelations. Second, what exactly is the person receiving in this promise? Only to be more supportive of the devotion itself by understanding its effectiveness. In other words, this promise just exalts the devotion. True devotions and true messages from Heaven are humble, they do not promote themselves.

    There are some other promises of graces. “The more the soul trusts in My Power and Mercy, the greater will I reward their confidence.” (the Journal, p. 60). Notice that the one making the promise offers an unspecified reward for trusting in My Power. These are the words and the attitude of a fallen angel, not of God Himself. The word Mercy is mentioned, but it seems to have no connection to what is promised; it is not integral to what is being said. Rather, power and reward are the basis for this promise. This is like the promise that Satan tried to make to Jesus:

    [Luke 4]
    {4:5} And the devil led him onto a high mountain, and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,
    {4:6} and he said to him: “To you, I will give all this power, and its glory. For they have been handed over to me, and I give them to whomever I wish.
    {4:7} Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours.”

    Then their are the “Medal Promises of St. Michael”. These are found in messages supposedly from the Archangel Michael. Again, the one speaking in the messages seems mostly concerned about exalting himself and promoting this medal and devotion. Such self-exaltation is not of Heaven, and it is not of God. Even though God is infinite in greatness, He is also, amazingly, infinite in humbleness, even to the humility of becoming a man and dying on a cross. But these messages are arrogance. They even portray the holy Archangel Michael as if he were self-exalting and self-promoting.

    Now 'Michael' promises to help all those who wear the medal (which has his image on the reverse side) by watching over them when they receive Communion and by protecting them in their lives. The problem with these promises is that Jesus is always Present in Holy Communion, but the Archangel Michael is not the Son of God, so he cannot be present even in the same room at every Mass throughout the world, nor can he watch over everyone who wears a certain medal. Angels are finite. One angel cannot be present everywhere, nor can he know what is happening with each person who wears a medal, nor can he protect all of them at once. For this promise to be fulfilled, the Archangel Michael would have to be God. Now no holy angel would make such a promise, that exalts that angel as if he were God. But fallen angels would make such a promise, for they love lies and self-exaltation.

    Finally, there are so many promises being made, one after another, that it seem the author of these messages is promising everything and anything he can think of, in a rather pathetic and desperate attempt to convince people to follow this devotion. But it is not working. The faithful have not accepted this devotion widely, but only a few lost souls. May they soon repent. God does not act in this manner. These promises and this devotion is not from God.

  17. A Promise of Protection from God's Justice?

    In this next promise, supposedly, God promises to protect people who wear the medal from Himself, specifically, from His own Justice.
    “Here I repeat and clarify the promise.... I promise to the souls who will faithfully wear My medal, the grace of protection from harm from all forms of My Justice.” (the Journal, p. 65).
    What person in their right mind would believe that this is a promise made from God. First, if the Justice of God would punish someone, then that punishment is just. God cannot contradict Himself. He cannot promise that if you wear a medal, you will be exempt from all forms of Divine Justice. It is patently absurd to say that God promises to protect you from Himself, in all the acts of His own Divine Justice. Second, the acts of Divine Justice are referred to as 'harm.' True justice is not harmful, for then it would not be just. Third, notice that yet again the promises associated with this devotion are amended. The message says 'clarify' but it is clear from reading the promises that they keep changing. True promises from God do not need to be amended or repeatedly 'clarified' by God, as if He was an incompetent teacher who does not know how to explain something clearly the first time.

  18. Even More Extreme Promises

    As if the errors of the above mentioned promises were not sufficient, the messages go on to promise, in exchange for merely wearing this medal 'faithfully,' a series of extreme guarantees that cannot possibly be reasonably, or justly, or faithfully associated with any medal (even one from true private revelation). These promises include:
    “... will receive a special degree of glory in Heaven.... will be crowned by Me and shall reign with Me.... will be granted a special power over My Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of My Mother.... will be most special in My sight.... the desire to please Me in all things and thus come to perfection.... the grace to know the secrets of My Love.” (the Journal, p. 65-66).
    Whoever wrote these messages, most probably fallen angels, is merely promising everything and anything he can think of in order to spread this empty devotion. Just as a human person, who is both dishonest and desperate, might make all kinds of promises that he cannot keep in order to get what he wants, so also do these messages from fallen angels make every kind of promise they can think of in order to mislead the faithful and obtain some influence over them.

  19. Claimed prediction of the Tsunami in Indonesia

    One of the most common features of false private revelation is the claim to predict natural disasters. First, a vague message is given, with no specifics as to place and time. Some times the message contains a laundry list of every natural disaster. Other times the message merely predicts an unspecified disaster. When specifics are given, they are generally very broad, such as the claim that several cities will be affected or the claim that the event will occur on a holy day.

    {16:28} And Moses said: “By this shall you know that the Lord has sent me to do all that you discern, and that I have not brought these things out of my own heart:
    {16:29} If these men pass away by the common death of men, or if they will be visited by a scourge, of a kind by which others are often visited, then the Lord did not send me.”

    Just as it says in the Book of Numbers, so I say to you now: if a prophecy or message predicts a disaster of a kind that commonly occurs, or of a kind that is known to happen from time to time, then the Lord did not send that message. Here is such an example:
    “Pray, pray, pray! Prayer offered to Me through My Holy Mother. Only she can avert the chastisement that now swiftly approaches. I cry out My little one to all mankind and in particular to My faithful ones! You MUST pray and offer sacrifices! A most fearful punishment is close at hand. Cities will be simultaneously affected. Great destruction, great loss of life. Great sorrow and pain. Smoke and fire. Wailing and lamentation. My children, I do not wish to strike you in My perfect justice. But if you remain obstinate of heart and blinded by your great pride, I must do so in order to save the greater number. My child, I tell you most solemnly that this event will take place on a holy day. I, the Lord, have spoken.” (Chastisements, How To Prepare and Pray Against Them, p. 2).
    The above quote is from a section of the booklet entitled 'Did Jesus prophesy the Asian Tsunami?' This is said to be the first public message in 11 years, apparently given to one of these two anonymous women. Notice that no specific year, month, or day is given. The only reference to time is the statement that the event will take place on a holy day. Now the Tsunami occurred on a Sunday, but if it had occurred on another day, they could claim that the day was holy because it was a particular Saint's feast day. The term 'a holy day' does not necessarily refer to a Sunday. The odds are very good that an unspecified disaster will occur on a Sunday or on a Saint's feast day.

    Notice that the 'prophesy' does not refer to a tsunami or a tidal wave or an earthquake. It does not specify an country or an area of the world. Any number of disasters could fit this description: earthquake, hurricane, tidal wave, war, wild fires, and perhaps other things. And since there is no time frame for the event, there is bound to be one or another such disaster sometime after the message. With other such predictions, in other false private revelations, sometimes a disaster that fits a vague prediction occurs weeks or months later. In that case, they say that the closeness of the event proves it is a true prophesy. But in other cases the disaster occurs years, even ten or more years later, and then they say how amazing it is that a particular visionary was told the future so far in advance. So, no matter how long it takes for some disaster to occur that can be made to fit the vague message, they have a way of saying how amazing the timing of it is. In this case, the booklet comments that the tsunami took place “exactly four months and one day” after the message (Chastisements, p. 3). This comment is presented as if the timing of the message somehow fit the event. But if it had been some other number of months or days, how would such a timing have fit any less well?

    This message does not predict a tsunami at all; it does not even mention water. It mentions fire and smoke, which the booklet tries to explain as the fire and smoke from funeral pyres (Chastisements, p. 2). Now the phrase 'the chastisement' is interpreted in other messages to these same two anonymous women as referring to an event or set of events AFTER the Warning. (These predictions of a Warning, a Miracle, and a Chastisement originated with the true private revelations of Garabandal.) So it seems that this message was initially intended by its author to refer to The Chastisement. But then after the tsunami, another message was received, this time specifically mentioning the event. Now this is a technique often seen in false private revelation: a vague prediction of disaster is followed by a specific message trying to claim that a particular disaster fit that vague prediction. But if the prediction were truly a prediction, the specifics would be given BEFORE the disaster, not afterwards.

    Here is the subsequent message, given two days after the tsunami:
    “Daughter of My Sacred Kingship! Cry out; cry out to My children! Repent! Repent and return to the Lord! NEAR IS THE DAY OF THE LORD! A day of swift and perfect justice. Purifying justice.... I have shaken the earth to awaken the conscience of man.... Will they hear? Will they wake from their sleep in sin?... If they do not, a yet more terrible catastrophe will befall mankind.” (Chastisements, p. 2-3).
    Notice that this message given AFTER the event is specific. It mentions the earthquake ('I have shaken the earth') which caused the tsunami. And it is somewhat specific as to time, since it was a message given only two days after the event. But BEFORE the tsunami, there were no such specifics. Such is the way with false private revelation. It gives the reader the impression that the event was predicted, because one message is specific, but that message is given only after the event, therefore, it is not a true prophesy. True prophesies give specifics beforehand.

  20. Failed prediction of a natural disaster

    Sometimes the messages in false private revelation are too specific for their own good. A vague message predicting an unspecified natural disaster will eventually find some kind of natural disaster that can be claimed to fit the message. But what happens when the message is not vague enough? The natural disaster is said to have been averted by means of prayer.

    Notice how, using this approach, those presenting the false messages and false prophecies cannot be wrong. The predictions are vague; they predict only things that inevitably will occur anyway, somewhere at sometime, such as natural disasters, wars, and violence; and if a prediction is ever specific enough that it can be said to have failed, they claim that it was averted by prayer. Such false prophesy cannot be wrong, no matter what they predict, because they count a failed prediction as if it were a success of prayer.

    Some examples of this are given in the booklet:
    “In answer to the prayers of the Devotion, Jesus averted a chastisement that He has prophesied. Jesus had prophesied a seaquake for Puerto Rico as a punishment for its sins. A seaquake is an earthquake below sea level that can cause devastating tidal waves and destruction. In response to the prophesy, high officials of the Church and the government of Puerto Rico turned to Jesus and personally prayed the devotional prayers for mercy and to avert the threatened chastisement.” (Chastisements, p. 29).
    First, Jesus is God and God knows the whole future with absolute certainty. If Jesus prophesies an event, it will happen. Consider the chastisements prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24. Even with 2,000 years of prayers and sacrifices and approved devotions, those chastisements have not been averted and cannot be averted. So Jesus did could not have given a message prophesying a seaquake that never occurred.

    Second, if any predicted event can be said to have been averted by prayer, then such predictions in no way show that the private revelation is true. For their is no outcome of events that they cannot interpret as supporting their claim of private revelation. If anything bad is predicted and does not occur, they can say that it was averted by prayer. If anything good is predicted and does not occur, they can say that it was taken away because of our sins. If anything that is predicted occurs at a different time, then they can say that the date was moved up or delayed due to prayer or sin.

This claimed private revelation has many of the characteristics of false private revelation, including vague predictions of natural disasters, the claim that Mary is Mediatrix of ALL graces, arrogance in the messages, and other characteristics. The messages focus almost exclusively on trying to convince the reader to believe that it is Jesus speaking and to adopt the devotion. Me thinks the gentleman doth protest too much. True private revelations do not try so hard to convince you they are true; they don't have to do so, because they are true. And true private revelations, such as those to Saint Faustina, teach the faith with a subtle and profound wisdom. But these messages present the faith in a way that is shallow and clumsy.

For the above stated reasons, I conclude that the claimed private revelations to two anonymous women, under the title of the Jesus King of All Nations messages and apparitions, are false and are not true private revelation from Heaven.

by Ronald L. Conte Jr.
September 15, 2006

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