The number 40 is mentioned 146 times in the Bible, none is as pervasive and important in the Holy Scripture as the number 40, The Biblical number points to Judgment, time of testing and fulfillment of promises, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.”, Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment :
It rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over
Noah waited another 40 days after it rained before he opened a window in the Ark
Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days
Moses led Israel from Egypt at age 80 (2 times 40), and after 40 years in the wilderness, died at 120 (3 times 40).
Israel ate Manna for 40 Years
The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land
Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple 40 Days after his birth in fulfillment with the Jewish law
Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness
There were 40 days between Jesus resurrection and Ascension
We fast 40 days during Lent
And so on….. The Bible definitely seems to use 40 to emphasize a spiritual truth even if the Bible nowhere specifically assigns any special meaning to the number 40 but we can’t deny historical and biblical facts and one can think that the number 40 is probably a Biblical and main number of testing from God.
I learn from a French Catholic expert in Eschatology (not to be confused with numerology which is evil) that the number 40 is probably a prophetic number, a testing number as we saw it with the Jews who spent 40 years in the wilderness, God tested them for 40 years before giving them the Promised Land, I also learn from him, to me probably one of the Greatest expert today that this should be also the case with any Eschatological Marian Apparitons especially when Prophecies are related to the end of times so to the book of Revelation as in La Salette, Fatima, Garabandal, Akita, so during my works about the Fatima 3rd Secret (my conclusion online soon) I myself used this number 40 for testing Fatima (probably one of the most important Marian Apparition in the Chuch history) just for the fun and between us, the results are more than amazing,for this I used the more important years related to Fatima as below :
1917 Fatima + 40 years = 1957 : The year of the famous interview of Sister Lucy to Father Fuentes (http://www.fatima.org/essentials/opposed/frfuentes.asp), considered by most Fatimist as the main interview of Sister Lucy related to the so called Fatima 3rd Secret, 1957 was also the Year when the secret was sent to Rome
1929 Fatima (year of our Lady request for the Consecration of Russia) + 40 years = 1969 In 1969, Mass changes and becomes the Novus Ordo Missae under the Pontificate of Pope Paul VI, a major event for the whole Church
1960 Fatima (Year when the Fatima 3rd secret had to be revealed to the World) + 40 years = 2000
In 2000, Rome finaly revealed the Fatima 3rd Secret but according to many Fatimist the Vision of the Secret only as it looks that the main part of the text might not have been revealed yet, which my own works (still in progress) can only confirm, it looks that’s also the case if we are reading carefully Cardinal Ratzinger (the futur Pope Benedict) in his famous interview about the secret as below :
Cardinal Ratzinger interview accorded the Italian Review Jesus (1984)
- “Have you read what is called ‘The Third Secret’ of Fatima; i.e., the one that Sr. Lucia had sent to Pope John XXIII and which the latter did not wish to make known and consigned to the Vatican archives?”
- Yes, I have read it
- Why has it not been revealed?”
- “Because, according to the judgment of the Popes, it adds nothing to what a Christian must know concerning what derives from Revelation: i.e., a radical call for conversion; the absolute importance of history; the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore of the world. And then the importance of the ‘novissimi’ (the last events at the end of times). If it is not made public — at least for the time being — it is in order to prevent religious prophecy from being mistaken for a quest for the sensational. But the things contained in this ‘Third Secret’ correspond to what has been announced in Scripture and has been said again and again in many other Marian apparitions, first of all that of Fatima in what is already known of what its message contains. Conversion and penitence are the essential conditions for ‘salvation’.”
As we can see, Facts are there, 40 years after the more important dates in connection with Fatima (1917, 1929 and 1960), a major event related to the so called Marian Apparition occurs like a test from God or in other words like a prophetic fulfillment.
Here some other amazing examples, using Eschatological Marian Apparitions only :
1846 La Salette + 40 years = In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that the Prayer to Saint Michael (Composed by the Pope in 1884 after his remarkable vision) be said at the end of “low” Mass throughout the universal Church, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen) and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970 and ended with the introduction of the new rite of the Mass
1973 Akita + 40 years = 2013, Pope Benedict Resignation, a first in Church History since centuries
And what about Garabandal, well let’s try together :
Garabandal, 1961-1965 + 40 years = 2005, the Year of Sister Lucy « death » and especially the Year of Pope John Paul II « death » who was according to the Garabandal Prophecy of the Popes, the last Pope before the end of times, read more :
But we know today that Saint John Paul 2 did not saw the Great Miracle as this link might suggest as we can probably confirm that the end of times prophecied in Garabandal did not started in 2005, maybe due to this detail which probably has not been taken into account by the author of this link, the so called Prophecy of 4 Popes which Albrecht Weber had talk about it for the first time in his famous book « the finger of God » and which I developed and confirmed myself later but we know also that no prophecy is fully understood until after it happens so the 40 biblical years of testing seems to be confirmed with Garabandal as well as it’s is unlikely that the 3rd and last Pope of the so called Prophecy, would die exactly 40 years after the end of the Garabandal Apparitions (1965) by the merest chance but there is maybe something more :
1978, the Year of the 3 Popes
The year 1978 will long be remembered as the year of the three popes. The not unexpected death of Pope Paul VI on August 6th, 1978 was followed on August 26th by the election of the “Smiling Pope,” John Paul I. Reigning only 33 days, the length in years of Our Lord’s earthy life, he died in his sleep of a heart attack on September 28th. Only a few weeks later on October 16th, 1978 the College of Cardinals elected the “Polish Pope” John Paul II to the chair of Peter.
Pope Paul VI
Giovanni Battista Montini was born on September 26th, 1897 in Concesio, 8km. (5 miles) from Brescia, in the Lombardi region of northern Italy. Ordained to the priesthood at Brescia on May 29th, 1920, he undertook further studies in Rome, including the Gregorian University. From 1924 until his ordination as archbishop of Milan on December 12th, 1954, he served the Secretariate of State of the Holy See in various capacities, including a 17 year tenure (1937-1954) as Undersecretary of State during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, with whose own career he was closely associated. Pope John XXIII elevated him to the College of Cardinals on December 15, 1958. he succeeded this greatly beloved Pope as Supreme pontiff on June 21st 1963, taking the name of the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Significant acts of his papacy
Pope John Paul I
Albino Luciani was born on October 17th, 1912 in Forno de Canale. This small town is called today Canale d’Agordo, and is located 29 km. (18 miles) from Belluno in the province of Veneto, Italy, in which Venice is also to be found. He was ecucated in the minor (high school) and major (college) seminaries of the diocese of Belluno and ordained to the priesthood on July 7, 1935, later receiving a doctorate in sacred theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He returned to the diocese to serve as seminary vice-rector from 1937 to 1947, also teaching in the areas of dogmatic and moral theology, canon law and sacred art. From 1947 he served as vicar general of the diocese, until his ordination as bishop of Vittorio Venuto on December 27th 1958. Bishop Luicani participated in all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), and on December 15th, 1969 was appointed Archbishop and Patriarch of Venice. Pope Paul VI made him a cardinal on March 5, 1973. On being elected to succeed Pope Paul as Supreme Pontiff on August 26, 1978, he took the names of his immediate predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI, the first Pope in history to do so.
Significant acts of his papacy: While Pope John Paul I delivered 19 addresses and was noted for his good humor, especially with children, no significant papal acts are attributed to his pontificate.
Pope John Paul II
Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland (near Krakow) on May 18, 1920. In 1938 he became a student of theatre and poetry in the university of Krakow, but had to undertake manual labor in a stone quarry and chemical plant when the Nazis invaded Poland at the beginning of World War II. In 1942 he began secret studies for the priesthood in an “underground” seminary of the Archbishop of Krakow and was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 1946. After ordination he was sent to Rome to complete doctoral studies at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). He then undertook a brief parish career, combining pastoral work with the attainment of a second doctorate at the Catholic University of Lublin, to which he was assigned to teach ethics in 1954. On Septemeber 28th, 1958 he was ordained to the episcopacy as the Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow, to which See he succeeded as Archbishop on January 13, 1964. As Auxiliary and then Archbishop he participated in all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Paul VI made him a Cardinal on June 26, 1967. After the death of Pope Paul he was an elector in the conclave that chose Pope John Paul I, whom he succeeded as Pope on October 16, 1978, taking his name.
1978, a truly amazing year, called also the Year of the 3 Popes, probably a first in the Church history as well, as during the same year, we lived the unexpected Death of Pope Paul VI, the unexpected election and Death of his successor, Pope John Paul I and finally the unexpected election of the first Slavic and non Italian Pope for centuries, Pope John Paul II, these historical facts in the life of the Church are hardly a coincidence especially when noless than 3 Vicars of Christ are concerned and this during the same year but there is more, strangely I find out that the Pontificate of these 3 Popes are directly or indirectly related to Garabandal, as below :
- Pope Paul VI : He welcome Conchita at the Vatican in 1966, a very rare event if not unique in Church history, for a Pope to welcome the main seer of unapproved Marian Apparition, we know also that Conchita gave the so called Great Miracle date to Pope Paul VI during their meeting that Year
- Pope John Paul 1st : The smiling Pope, his Pontificate of 33 Days was among the shortest in Papal History, he was related to the Garabandal Prophecy of the Popes (3 Popes then the end of times) as the Pope with a short reign, that’s why his Pontificate is not taken into account by some (myself included) even if the main seer had never confirmed this possibility
- Pope John Paul II : He was considered by most as the last Pope of the Garabandal Prophecy for years, the 3rd and last one so de facto the Pope who was also supposed to see the Great Miracle as indicated in the attached link.
As I do not believe in coincidence especialy when events are related to the Church, I therefore asked myself whether this historical year 1978 could be linked also to the Garabandal Prophecy of the Popes, this famous year 1978 strangely called also the Year of the 3 Popes, so I add 40 Years to this specific year as well and got the Year 2018, it’s my belief but time will tell only, that 40 the biblical number of testing, judgment and fulfillment of Prophecy might surprise us again.
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