1) The first twenty-five messages, 1945-1950: These messages are more general in topic. Mary, the Lady, presents images, warnings and prophecies which clearly predict the political and spiritual turbulence to come in the second half of the twentieth century.
The first twenty-five messages, given between 1945 and 1950, are not always easy to understand. Initially the meaning of many images and words remained obscure. In a time in which no one could foresee the heavy storms to break out over the Church and the world, the Lady warned of forthcoming degeneration, disaster, and war. Now, fifty years later, this is all the more remarkable, for many of the images have become familiar to us, and many of the prophecies have been fulfilled:
the founding of the Jewish state of Israel (message 2), the Cold War (message 23), economic warfare, boycotting, currency crises (message 14), the first landing on the moon (message 7), the Balkan war (message 17), the downfall of communism (message 5), chemical warfare (message 17), and many more. It is with good reason that the Lady says, “It will come true through the years” (message 19) and “The signs are in my words” (message 49).
Again and again the Lady points to Christ, to the Cross, “First back to Him, only then will there be true peace” (message 9). There will be no peace on earth until the Cross is truly planted in the midst of the world and everyone looks up to it as the center of creation. The Lady promises to help the world, and she announces the coming of a new Spirit, a white Dove Who will send forth His rays. “I place my foot on the world. I will help them and lead them to the goal, but they must listen ...” (message 5).
Message of January 7, 1947
Threat to the world - I see the Lady standing. She says, “Let them seek support in the Truth!” She lets me, so to speak, feel over the world with my hand, and I get such a terrible pain in it. The Lady says, “This is the world at present.” I go over it again with my hand. Then I see an image of the world as I am now familiar with it. Then that image changes and it now, all of a sudden, has become a completely different world. The Lady says, “This is the future world; it is very heavy. The world will destroy itself.” The Lady says the latter sadly, and in a way as if she wants to warn the people: if you go on like this, the world will destroy itself.
Rome, be warned - Then the Lady takes, so to speak, the globe in her hand and rotates it. She says,“It has to get better again, but ...” I look at what the Lady is pointing at and see all kinds of churches; I get the feeling that they are not Catholic churches. In the middle I see Rome. The Lady again shakes her finger to and fro in warning and says, “Rome, be warned!” Then I see the Church of England––this I am given to understand. I feel that a change is coming there.
Love of Neighbor, Righteousness, Truth - The Lady comes a step nearer and says, “Look.”Suddenly I see a bunch of all kinds of church-towers all close to one another. Then the Lady takes an iron band. She puts this band around the bundle of towers and ties it up. We watch this together. Then she lets go of the band and says three times in succession: “Up high!” As she says this, she raises her hands a bit higher each time. Then she starts writing words above that church, and I read aloud, ‘Love of Neighbor’. This she puts directly above the towers. Then on the right, but lower down, she writes, ‘Righteousness’. Then she goes to the left and there she writes, ‘Truth’. In the meantime I hear the Lady say, “All this is not really to be found yet. How many times have I already said this!” And she shakes her head compassionately. All of a sudden I see Rome again. The Lady points to it and says, “I cannot warn enough that they should truly practice this in the right way.”
Broad-minded - After this I see great changes coming about, which the Lady lets me see. I see the following: huge red waves penetrating deeper and deeper into the world. The longer I look, the further they go. I hear the Lady say, “That is good, but ... more spiritual, genuinely in truth, righteousness and love of neighbor.” Then it is as if years later I would see completely different spiritual movements arising. The Lady says, “Once again I warn Rome. Broad-minded ... they have to be broad-minded, but ...” And as the Lady points at those words, everything is suddenly gone.
Message of August 30, 1947
View of Italy - I hear that voice and I look. I feel a sense of heaviness coming over me and I hear it said, “There is heavy pressure there”, and I clearly see Italy lying before me. It is as if a heavy thunderstorm breaks over it. I have to listen, and I hear, “Exile.” I pass, so to speak, above Italy, and it is as if I must deal blows. Then I hear, “It is as if blow after blow would hit there.”
Politico-Christian struggle - In the meantime I see the northernmost and southernmost parts of Italy lying before me very clearly. In between I see central Italy. An icy silence reigns there. There are no people, nothing, only a dead silence. Then I see a large dome arise. Suddenly it starts to rain over it, harder and harder and with heavier drops. Then I suddenly see that they are not ordinary raindrops, but drops of blood falling from the sky upon that dome. In the distance I see a Cross standing in the light and I hear, “This will be a great politico-Christian struggle––Church politics.”
Secret meetings in the Vatican - Then all of a sudden I see a large room in the Vatican, and the Pope is seated there. Something seems to be going on in the Vatican. The Lady says, “Secret meetings are being held there. This is happening several times. They assemble in secret.” The Lady points at somebody, and I am given to understand: that is an envoy from America. In front of the Pope there are all sorts of papers. The Lady says, “The Pope is kept informed of everything. He is completely informed about what is going to happen. It is said that there is peace, but in reality it is not so. It is all camouflage before the world.” Then twice I have to move my right hand over my left, and I hear, “That will happen twice.” And I see a kind of point of time.
Message of December 7, 1947
The Cross - I see the Lady, and I hear, “Rome threatened!” After that a big ‘4’ appears before me and around it a circle. Then that image vanishes and a Cross appears before me with four equal beams. A circle appears around that, too, and in the center of the Cross I read ‘I H S’.(1) It is as if I would take this Cross up and I show it around me. Now I suddenly see crowds of people standing around us. They are looking at it, but many with aversion.
Waves over Europe - Then I see heavy, thick clouds appearing over Europe and under them huge waves engulfing Europe. Then I see the Lady standing in a glaring, bright light. She is dressed in white. She keeps her arms extended, and from her hands emanates a thick beam of rays. I have to hold up my hand and that beam of rays seems to come into my hand. I feel it aglow and tingling. The Lady smiles at me and points at that hand, while she nods in approval. I do not know what this means. Then the Lady’s face becomes drawn and she looks very sad. She points at those heavy clouds and waves, and she says, “They will first have to perish by that flood, and only then ...” and then I see those words written down. After ‘only then’, I see many dots, as if something is to follow which must remain hidden. Then the Lady’s face brightens, and I see the water evaporate as steam. For a moment the sun seems to break through. Again the Lady points out the earth to me, and I notice that everything has cleared up. And now I see lots of bones of human beings scattered over the ground, parts of skulls, arms and legs. It is a horrible sight. I hear the Lady say, “This is the perdition. But go and work, work ...”
Righteousness, love of neighbor, justice - Then she points upwards and says, “Read.” Then I see letters appear and I read, ‘Righteousness’. After that I feel a terrible pain in my hand; it feels as heavy as lead. Then I hear the Lady say, “Just read on”, and I see in large letters before me, ‘Love of Neighbor’. I see dripping icicles appearing all over it. Then I hear that voice saying, “Read on!” But when I want to read, I cannot read anything, because of the flames playing around the letters. For a moment the flames clear away and I read ‘Justice’.
A soldiers’ cemetery - After this the Lady points and I see a soldiers’ cemetery with countless rows of white crosses. I see them fall over, one after the other––all falling backwards. Once again the Lady points and I see new white crosses appearing. As far as my eyes can reach, they are rising out of the ground. Then I hear the Lady say, “This is the message I bring today.” (2) After this I see her slowly disappear in the light. I feel a great emptiness around me, and it is as if everything on earth looks dreary.
(1) IHS stands for 1) The first three letters of ‘Jesus’ in Greek (IHSOYS), and 2) the Latin acronym for ‘Iesus Hominum Salvator’, which means, ‘Jesus, the Savior of Men’.
(2)This is the first time that the Lady uses the word ‘message’.
Message of December 26, 1947
The world torn in two - All at once I see a glaring light and I feel a pain arising in my hand––it is just like a beam of rays. I see the Lady and she says, “Disasters will take place from north to south and from south to west and from west to east.” Now I see a round dome. I am given to understand: that is a dome of Jerusalem. I hear now, “In and around Jerusalem heavy battles will be waged.” All at once I see Cairo clearly, and I get a strange feeling about it. Then I see various Eastern peoples: Persians, Arabs and so on. The Lady says, “The world is, so to speak, going to be torn in two.” Now I see the world lying before me and in it a great crack appearing, a break winding right over the world. Heavy clouds are hanging over it, and I feel great sorrow and misery. I hear the Lady say, “Great sorrow and misery will come.” Then I see Eastern places with white-roofed houses.
The Cross - I feel something heavy in my hand. While looking there, a Cross appears in it. I have to stand it upright on the ground. The Cross is heavy and sways in all directions, continuously to and fro, from the left to the right, backward and forward. For a moment it looks as though it would fall forward, but then it straightens up. It seems to be lighter now and standing firmly in the earth. I now have to look at the ground and I see bones and helmets lying under the Cross. Then I receive a large key in my hand. I have to drop it immediately. It falls in-between the bones and helmets. Then I see lines of young men passing by me; they are soldiers. I hear that voice say, “Stand by our boys with spiritual aid.” Then I see white graves arise, lots of small white crosses. Then I feel a pain in my hand and I see America and Europe lying side by side. After this I see written: ‘Economic warfare, Boycotting, Currencies, Disasters’.
The sundial is reversed - Then I see several figures whirling through one another very quickly. The first things I can make out are torches, which are casting their light in three directions: to the west, north and east. Then I see blue and white stripes intermingling, and then stars––it just looks like flags. After that I see the sickle and hammer, but the hammer breaks away from the sickle, and now all those things are whirling through one another. Then I see a half-moon and a sun; these flags, too, commingle with the rest. Finally a sort of springbuck appears with big horns pointed backwards. It looks to me like an African springbuck. That buck takes enormous jumps over all of this. While all these things are whirling through one another, a circle appears to the left, and through this the globe is turning. After that I suddenly see a large sundial. I hear the Lady say, “The sundial is reversed.”
Hellish inventions - Then I see a very peculiar scene. I have to look at the sky, and something seems to be launched into it. There is something flying past me so rapidly that I can hardly see it. It is shaped like a cigar or a torpedo, and its color is like that of aluminum. All of a sudden I see something shooting off from the back. I feel about with my hand, and different terrible sensations come over me. At first a total numbness. I live and yet I do not live. Then I see horrible images of people before me. I see faces, wide faces, covered with dreadful ulcers, something like leprosy. Then I feel terrible deadly diseases: cholera, leprosy––everything those people have to suffer. Then that is gone again, and I see tiny little black things floating about me. I try to feel what it is, but that is not possible. It seems to be very fine matter. With my eyes I cannot discern what it is. It is as if I would have to look through something, and below I now see brilliant white fields. Upon those fields I see those little black things, but enlarged, and it is as if they are alive. I don’t know how to describe this properly. I ask the Lady, “Are these bacilli?” She answers very seriously, “It is hellish.” Then I feel my face and my whole body swelling. It feels like my face gets very bloated, and everything is stiff and swollen. I cannot move. I hear the Lady say, “And that is what they are inventing,” and then very softly, “that Russian, but the others as well.” After this the Lady says emphatically, “Peoples, be warned!” And then the Lady goes away.