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The Bible and the Future of the World, ninth edition
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Note that this book has incorrect dates for the Warning, Consolation, and Miracle, which I formerly thought would occur in April and May of 2011. The next year that fits my understanding of these events is the year 2016. At the present time, I expect the tribulation to begin in 2012.

The Bible and the Future of the World, ninth edition, finds in Sacred Scripture God's plan for the future of the Church and the world. Many specific and startling predictions for the near and distant future are revealed, along with the timing for many of the events.

This book is the fruit of my many years of study of Catholic eschatology, and of the Bible, and of the words of the Virgin Mary at places such as Medjugorje, La Salette, Fatima, etc. Over the course of the previous editions of this book, my understanding of God's plan for the future of the Church and the world has continually increased and developed. The current ninth edition is the culmination of many years of prayerful study. Other books are available by the same author.

Please understand that my writings about the future are speculative eschatology, based on study and interpretation, not based on knowledge that is absolute or certain.

Chapter Summary:
    1. From the Gospel of Matthew
    The first four chapters contain select passages from the four Gospels and their interpretation as it relates to the future of the Church and the world. For example, the miracle of the loaves and the fishes was a prophecy of the future of the Church, when all Christians will be united in one holy Catholic Church, restructured to have seven parts (in the early 2020's).
    2. From the Gospel of Mark
    Some quotes and interpretations from Mark. For example, the dispute among the Twelve Apostles as to whom is the greatest is a foreshadowing of future disputes between different parts of the Church as to which part is the greatest. Eventually, the Church will be restructured again to have 12 parts, like the 12 Apostles.
    3. From the Gospel of Luke
    Some quotes and interpretations from Luke. For example, the parable of the Prodigal Son is a prophecy of future events in the Church, including: a great famine from mid 2013 to mid 2020; the unification of all Christians in one Catholic Church after the famine; the election of a Pope in 2022 who is a recent convert from Protestantism; a great Ecumenical Council from 2028 to 2032.
    4. From the Gospel of John
    Some quotes and interpretations from John. For example, the teaching of Jesus about the Eucharist includes the prophecy that the Church will be mostly deprived of the Eucharist during the first and second parts of the tribulation; this loss is more severe and more widespread in the second part of the tribulation. The great apostasy occurs under the Pope after Pope Benedict XVI, because that Pope will require those who receive the Eucharist to believe and practice what the Church teaches.
    5. The Crucifixion of the Church
    This chapter interprets the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus as a figure and prophecy of the future (metaphorical) crucifixion of the Church. The details of the Passion and Crucifixion reveal future events during the tribulation, especially the second part of the tribulation. For example, the wine mixed with gall which was put to the lips of Jesus was a figure of the abomination of desolation (a perverse imitation of the holy Eucharist).
    6. From the Book of Daniel
    Some quotes and interpretations from Daniel. For example, the seventy weeks of years in Daniel 9 refers to a period of time from the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 to the return of Jesus in 2437 A.D. Numerous passages in Daniel elucidate the events of the tribulation.
    7. From the Book of Exodus
    Some quotes and interpretations from Exodus. For example, the ten plagues that God brought against Egypt through Moses foreshadow the afflictions that God will bring against the whole world during the first part of the tribulation, ending with the Three Days of Darkness on March 29, 30, 31 of 2040 A.D.
    8. Other Passages from the Old Testament
    Some quotes and interpretations from other books of the Old Testament. For example, Zechariah 13:7 refers to the destruction of Vatican City. During World War 3, the Arab/Muslim nations of the Middle East and northern Africa, led by extremists, attack Europe. They capture Rome in 2012; they descrate, destroy, and/or burn all the churches there; the city is half in ruins. The Allies recapture the city of Rome in 2013. The true Pope and a prominent antipope both go to Rome, each to bolster his claim to be the true Pope. In July of 2013, the extremists strike the city of Rome and Vatican City with a nuclear missile, killing both men.
    9. The Forty Years
    This chapter describes the Forty Years (2000 to early 2040). The first decade is a time of preparation for the tribulation. The tribulation begins with World War 3, the first horseman of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the War begins with a nuclear bomb explosion in New York City. The world experiences one affliction after another, culminating with World War 4 (in the mid 2030's) and with a subsequent set of severe afflictions sent by God. The Three Days of Darkness marks the end of the sufferings of the first part of the tribulation, and the beginning of a time of relative peace and holiness on earth.
    10. From the Book of Revelation
    A thorough interpretation of the Book of Revelation, with the date or timing of many events and a detailed explanation of the sequence of the events and their relation to one another. This includes the first part of the tribulation and the later second part of the tribulation in the early 25th century A.D.
    11. The Secrets of La Salette
    My translation and interpretation of the secrets given to Melanie and Maximin by the Virgin Mary at La Salette. These secrets relate mainly to the tribulation. They reveal events for this generation and for future generations.
    12. Special Gifts from God
    This chapter is about the Warning and the Miracle of Garabandal, and about the first three secrets of Medjugorje, which I call the Day of Repentance, the Day of Consolation, and the Day of Healing. Passages from Scripture are related to these events.

These writings about the future are my own personal understanding. But I am fallible, so the future may be somewhat different than I write. I know that these articles will be controversial, especially among Catholics who have their own ideas about the future. But I am convinced that this is the correct understanding of God's plan for the Church and the world. Even so, this is mere human knowledge, since I have never received any private revelation myself.

May God give you grace and peace during the difficult years ahead.

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