Lord of the Rings: Apocalyptic Prophecies
     However, there will be several warnings before it strikes. Marie-Julie notes that before the chastisements fall, everyone will feel an interior ‘uneasiness’ and will sense that something terrible will not be far away from happening: those who listen to the warnings and reform their lives and do penance may be spared.140 The next warning will come in the form of a frightening ‘Two Days’ of partial darkness: the sky will turn purple and red, the tops of tall trees will disappear in the ‘lowering’ of the sky, trees will also be burned, hail will fall as fire from the sky and leave traces of burning, foul rain will fall and blacken the earth, but will not harm the crops of the faithful.141 During these Two Days, no one will be able to look out during the day as hot flashes will obscure the vision.142 These Two Days of warning apparently will happen about thirty-seven days before the dreaded Three Days of Darkness.143 There will also be unparalleled signs in nature that will warn humanity that something tremendous is about to happen.
     Are there any means of protection against these horrifying days? According to a number of mystics, there are, but they are spiritual means and will not avail
blasphemers. The one sacramental constantly recommended to the faithful is that they light a blessed candle in their homes that has been properly blessed by a Catholic priest (The candle needs to be blessed on Candlemas, February 2nd. Please note that when the saints and mystics talk about about blessed candles they are referring to the candles blessed at Candlemas, February 2nd. In their days, the Church would only bless candles on Candlemas (which includes all the ones for the altars, as well as those that the laity could light in the churches) and would give a few to each faithful to have to burn for special favors, storms, etc.).** In fact, this will be the only thing that will give light in those Three Days, electricity will not work, nor will anyone be able to light a fire or lamp. Marie-Julie was told that the candles had to be made of 100% pure wax, such as beeswax, candles made from any other material would not light.144 She was also told the candles will not give any light in the homes of the wicked. One candle will last for the entire Three Days and no storm, wind or earthquake during those Three Days will be able to extinguish them. Everything else will shake and topple due to the continuous earthquakes, but the table or furniture on which the blessed candle is placed will not shake, it will remain perfectly still. Also, these blessed candles (Candlemas candles) will be the only thing that will light during the Two Days of warning.
     It is stressed no one should look outside of their houses during the Three Days as they will instantly be struck dead. All windows and doors must be well covered to prevent the faithful from looking out and seeing God’s wrath. The faithful are advised to pray the rosary, and to keep other blessed sacramentals close to them such as holy water, the crucifix, and an image of the Blessed Mother as these will be the only items that will help dispel the terror for many will die just from the shock. The Blessed Mother also promised Marie-Julie that She would protect the possessions of the faithful who helped spread devotion to Her, remained devoted to Her, invoked Her with devotion, and kept a blessed image of Her in their homes.145 According to some prophecies, a handful of unbelievers will be permitted to survive so they may recognise the True God and convert, they will be witnesses of God’s mercy and justice in future ages. Also, a remnant of the Jews will be spared as their final conversion is reserved for the Day of Judgement.
     Of course, the punishments foretold sound overly drastic: why would such a merciful God destroy the earth in this manner? We read in the Scriptures that God will punish the earth by the sins mankind commits: “But the wicked shall be punished according to their own devices: who have neglected the just, and have revolted from the Lord.” (Wis. 3:10) Also: “That they might know that by what things a man sinneth, by the same also he is tormented.” (Wis. 11:17) For this age that has ushered in contraception, mass abortions under the pretext of population control, not to mention the crimes of genocide and euthanasia, it is just that God will punish rebellious mankind and its ‘culture of death’ with what it desires by permitting a catastrophic decimation of the human race. Also, as the forces of evil brought in revolutions to sweep away and destroy the order He wished to be established on earth, God will also tumultuously wipe out everything they attempted to build. As we saw earlier, the earth will become so infected by sin, that renewal will not be possible by any other means. On many occasions Marie-Julie was told that God was preparing the ‘ground’ for the New Seed of the Church, hence everything infected by error and sin has to be wiped away to allow the new ‘seedlings’ to flourish. In fact, she learned Christ does not want to punish the earth and had already delayed the chastisements, but if He delayed again and did not eventually send the punishments as foretold, not one soul would be saved: every person on the face of the earth would be corrupted by sin and there would be no hope of salvation.146 As strange and contradictory as it sounds, the punishment will then be an act of mercy for those who survive as they have the opportunity to save their souls and become instrumental in the great renewal of the earth.

140 Ibid. August 27, 1878, p. 119.
141 Ibid. September 20, 1880, p. 246.
142 Ibid.
143 Ibid. November 28, 1881, p. 301.
** For example, Bl. Anna Maria Taigi of Rome, Sr. Matarelli d’Oria, and Marie-Julie.
144 We Are Warned, Sept. 20, (year?), p. 405.
145 Ibid. p. 405. To preserve the fields, i.e. crops, the faithful are to plant blessed St. Benedict medals in the ground in the form of a cross. Ibid., p. 574. Marie-Julie was also shown new sacramentals and devotions that would help protect the faithful during the times of the chastisements. See pp. 572-588. (This link has the devotions and remedies: https://thecatacombs.org/showthread.php?tid=149)
146 Ibid. September 18, 1877, p. 60
The Great Period of Peace

     Once the chastisements have ended, the Great Monarch shall once more establish the Ancient Regime in France and the monarchies of Europe will be restored. Schisms and heresies will no longer exist. After the numerous miracles that will occur with the arrival of the Monarch and Angelic Pontiff, few will doubt which is the true faith. All Christians will convert to the Catholic Church, which shall be restored to its ancient traditions under the rule of the Angelic Pontiff. The earth will recover from the aftermath of the destruction and enter a period of great prosperity, the sciences will grow and be used properly for the benefit of humanity while harvests will be abundant. St. Hildegarde (1098-1179) says that during the great peace, citizens will be forbidden from carrying weapons, iron will only be used to make agricultural tools, the land will become exceedingly fruitful.147 We notice that Tolkien, obviously influenced by the prophecies concerning the Great Monarch, includes similar promises regarding times of plenty under Aragorn’s reign as Gandalf declares to Butterbur of Bree: “Then the Greenway will be opened again, and his messengers will come north, there will be comings and goings, and the evil things will be driven from the waste-lands. Indeed the waste in time will be waste no longer, and there will be people and fields where once there was wilderness.”148 We also find that King Aragorn reigns “six-score years in glory and bliss,”149 however, the Great Monarch of prophecy will be the last and will leave no heirs.
     The Great Monarch will be a king after Christ’s own Heart and will truly care for his people and serve them as a virtuous Christian ruler should.+ He will not be pompous and proud, but meek and humble despite his mission as a soldier-king. John of Vatiguerro (13th century) says he will be so humble that he will travel as a barefoot pilgrim, yet will be a fearless soldier.150 St. Andrew of Salos (450-515 AD) declares the Great Monarch will be a man of charity and will win the hearts of everyone, helping the poor to become rich, bring an end to every war, refuse to take bribes, and will abolish taxes for twelve years.151 There will be no lawsuits in those days as everyone will live in charity, there will be no wrong-doers hurting others or dragging people into endless litigations.152 According to Brother John of the Cleft Rock (14th century) the Monarch will establish his capital in Constantinople, (currently Istanbul) the former capital of the Christian Emperors founded by Constantine.153
     There is one detailed prophecy by St. Francis of Paola (1416-1507) that the Great Monarch will establish the last and greatest order of the Church. They shall be called the Cruciferi, or ‘Cross Bearers’ and will “proceed with arms, with prayer, and with hospitality.”154 The Great Monarch shall place the Cross on his standard and it will be the symbol of the new order. Apparently the new knights will play a major role during and after the chastisements and will be instrumental in establishing the Great Peace. Men of great virtue, knowledge, and also skilled in war, they will be organised into three groups and resemble the Crusader knights of old. The first group will consist of armed horsemen, the second priests and religious, the third nurses and healers. The Cruciferi Order will convert the Muslims and fallen Christians, and destroy or drive out heretics and tyrants that refuse to convert. St. Francis declares many wicked men will be eradicated at their hands and they will be the support of the Church both temporally and spiritually until the end of time, their reign will not end. Of the Great Monarch himself, St. Francis says he will be very holy and will be granted many spiritual gifts, including the discernment of souls. We discover Tolkien’s Aragorn possesses a similar gift for we read in Appendix A recounting his hidden days as a Ranger:

“ ... he passed out of the knowledge of Men of the West,
and went alone far into the East and deep into the South,
exploring the hearts of Men, both evil and good, and uncovering
the plots and devices of the servants of Sauron.
Thus he became at last the most hardy of living Men,
skilled in their crafts and their lore, and was yet more than they;
for he was elven-wise, and there was a light in his eyes that when
they were kindled few could endure.”155

147 Ibid. p. 524.
148 Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, p. 1030.
149 Ibid., Appendix A, p. 1099.
+ And he said to them: The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that have power over them, are called beneficent. But you not so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger; and he that is the leader, as he that serveth. For which is greater, he that sitteth at table, or he that serveth? Is it not he that sitteth at table? But I am in the midst of you, as he that serveth:” (Luke 22: 25-27)
150 Ibid. p. 527.
151 Ibid. p. 519.
152 Ibid.
153 Ibid. p. 528.
154 Ibid. p.530.
155 Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, p. 1097.
     As Aragorn and his armies arrive at the Black Gates of Mordor for their finalbattle, we see this gift of inner-discernment at work when the Dark Lord’sLieutenant rides forth from Udûn, the deep dale of Hell, to relay Sauron’s terms. The ‘Mouth of Sauron’ mocks the army that dares to challenge Mordor as nothing   but an inglorious rabble and insults Aragorn as someone less than even a common brigand. However, Aragorn stands his ground without raising a finger:

“Aragorn said naught in answer, but he took the other’s eye
and held it, and for a moment they strove thus; but soon though
Aragorn did not stir nor move hand to weapon, the other quailed
and gave back as if menaced with a blow.”156

     Returning to the new knightly order promised to the Church, Marie-Julie was shown that right in her own place of residence at La Fraudais is where the Fathers of the Cross will be housed, a great Sanctuary will be built there in honour of the Cross and will become a tremendous place of pilgrimage.157 Marie-Julie was shown the exact details of how it would look. It will be a miraculous site with a healing spring and will also have houses for widows, orphans and cloisters of nuns. The great shrine will also receive miraculous help from Heaven during its construction: three times a day the workers will hear the heavenly choirs singing, the celestial music will give them relief in their labours. The angels will also help build it: workers will put a mark upon the walls only to return from their times of rest to discover that the walls will be miraculously taller than the markers. No worker will be killed during its construction, there will be no fatal accidents. Nobility and the rich will generously donate costly presents to help in its construction and adorn the shrine. It appears a great new ‘City of God’ will be founded around this great and holy place and will become the capital of the Cruciferi. Tolkien once more seems to be inspired or have had an intuitive understanding of the prophecies as we find in Lord of the Rings the noble peoples of Middle Earth promise to aid Aragorn rebuild his city in a similar fashion. Gimli the Dwarf promises on behalf of his people to send the best stone workers to build up the houses and roads, while Legolas the Elf notices that they need more beautiful living things to bring the heart delight, and promises to send rare singing birds and trees that do not die. Their people keep their word as we read:

“In his time (King Aragorn) the City was made more fair
than it had ever been, even in the days of its first glory; and it was
filled with trees and with fountains, and its gates were wrought of
mithril and steel, and its streets were paved with white marble; and
the Folk of the Mountain laboured in it, and the Folk of the Wood
rejoiced to come there; and all was healed and made good, and the
houses filled with men and women and the laughter of children,
and no window was blind nor any courtyard empty; and after the
ending of the Third Age of the world into the new age it preserved
the memory and the glory of the years that were gone.”158

156 Ibid, The Return of the King, p. 923.
157 We Are Warned, pp. 461-488.
158 Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, p. 1004.
St. Hildegard of Bingen had seen the Great Monarch become a very old man, so he would have a long reign.
According to prophecies, it appears that after 25 years of peace, as foretold by Our Lady of La Salette, mankind would start again to fall into sin and draw away from God. It is also written that the Great Monarch fights a war against Antichrist and wins, but dies shortly after. As I find these prophecies, I will post them.

     King Aragorn proves from the very first days of his reign that he is merciful and wise. He pardons all those who had raised the sword against Gondor andmakes peace with them. He frees the slaves of Mordor and gives them lands to be their own and refuses to make slaves of those enemies who surrendered to him, sending them back to their homelands as free men. As he is of Númenorean blood, his lifespan is longer than those of ordinary men, his reign lasts a glorious 120  years. Unfortunately, this is one detail with which Tolkien was rather optimistic: the reign of the Great Monarch mentioned in the prophesies will last only a quarter of Aragorn’s. The Great Monarch will rule approximately thirty-two years according to St. Andrew of Salos. Marie-Julie gives an approximation of twenty-five to thirty years.159
     What will happen to the Great Monarch near the end of his reign? The prophecies tend to vary. According to many of the early predictions he will die in Jerusalem. St. Methodius of Olympus (d. 311 AD) states he will ascend Calvary, and taking the crown from his head, will place it on a cross in the exact spot where Christ was crucified and will entrust the Christian Kingdom to God the Father before his life ends. Since the Cross will be the miraculous sign that will announce the coming of the Great Monarch, he will also be granted the grace of directly giving up his own spirit, being assumed body and soul into heaven together with the cross and the royal crown.160 Other saints such as St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Remy, St. Rabanus, St. Cataldus and St. Anselm of Canterbury state he will die on the Mount of Olives.161 Of interest, Tolkien seems to have known about the prophecies concerning the Great Monarch’s death for it seems the Great King will be given the grace to hand up his spirit directly to God when his mission on earth is over, which is exactly how Aragorn ends his life according to the chronicles included in the Appendixes: “... I am the last of the Númenoreans and the latest King of the Elder Days; and to me has been given not only a span thrice that of Men of Middle-earth, but also the grace to go at my will, and give back the gift. Now, therefore I will sleep.”162

     What shall happen after the death of the Great Monarch? Sadly, many of the prophecies state that the world will not appreciate this Great Period of Peace given to it and will take it for granted. The nations will grow lax with the fruitfulness of the earth and will fall back into their former errors of gluttony, lust, avarice, in fact, all the vices. The faithful will once more be put to the test as the last onslaught of the Evil One will begin almost immediately with the appearance of the Antichrist who will gather many followers through the preternatural wonders he will do through the powers of hell. The Antichrist will seduce many of the faithful who will have forgotten the prophecy that Christ will return with his Angels from Heaven in glory and will not return via the earth. The Antichrist will also convince the Jews he is the Messiah. Some revelations say the Antichrist will already appear in the very last days just before the Great Monarch hands his life back to God. It is a frightening prospect that after such a time of glory the world will be thrown once more into confusion, apostasy and slaughter as the followers of the Antichrist will put the faithful and those who oppose him to death in the most atrocious ways. However, theologians have stated that the rule of the Antichrist will not last long despite the bloodthirsty nature of his reign, his kingdom will last for about three to four years before the Final Coming of Christ and the Day of Judgement.
     Nevertheless, before the Antichrist there will be much to look forward to according to the mystics. It will be the greatest era the world has ever known or will know, many miracles will take place that will not be seen again until the End of the World. Marie-Julie reveals Heaven declared those who would live to see it and take part in the great renewal are indeed a blessed and predestined generation. However, only the faithful and righteous may live to see it, for the reign of the Great Monarch and the Angelic Pontiff will not come about by any human means but by prayer, sacrifice, and accepting Christ as the true King of the Universe of whom the Great Monarch and Angelic Pontiff will only be a symbol. Marie-Julie was told mankind must accept the Sacred Heart of Christ into their lives if the way for the Great Monarch was to be prepared, and that people must pray for his coming. We may either live as Christ wishes, repentant and devoted to Him and loyal to His Kingdom, or choose the fleeting pleasures of the world, remain blind to God’s plan and suffer the consequences.

“Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again!
Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!”
~ Aragorn, The Two Towers.

159 We Are Warned, p. 386.
160 Ibid. p. 517.
161 Ibid. pp. 518, 522, 523.
162 Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, p. 1100.

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