Three Days of Darkness: Nonsense or True Prophecy?

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This Three Days of Darkness article was updated in 2019.

2018 Update: Someone commented that the Three Days of Darkness website is run by a sedevacantist. It had the most complete information I could find, but I also found some more info on EWTN.


Have you ever heard of the Three Days of Darkness? Do you have blessed beeswax candles ready?

When I first heard about the Three Days of Darkness, I wavered between being amused and being spooked. The only time I had heard about any type of end times prophecies was in Protestant books like “Left Behind”, which describes the “Great Tribulation”, a catastrophic time of Christian persecution, and horrific natural disasters and plagues of biblical proportions, after a so-called rapture.

To my surprise, there are end times prophecies that some, not all, Catholics believe in. One of these is the Three Days of Darkness prophecy.


Origin of the Three Days of Darkness

The idea of a three days of darkness is not unique. In fact, it gets its origin from Exodus 22.

“And the Lord said to Moses: Stretch out they hand towards heaven: and may there be darkness upon the land of Egypt, so thick that it may be felt. 22 And Moses stretch forth his hand towards heaven: and there came horrible darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days.”

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Marie Julie Jahenny

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Throughout history, various seers and even saints, have alluded to a coming terrifying chastisement that would last for three days. Marie Julie Jahenny, born in 1850 in France, was a Third Order Franciscan mystic who also had visions about the Three Days of Darkness.

“This concept of chastisement through darkness returned in a big way during the last part of the 18th century — around the time of the French Revolution — and then through the 19th century, when a flurry of mystics, including luminaries such as Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, foresaw a time of extraordinary blackness. Although they started out as relatively mild (at La Salette, an unapproved part of a prophecy called for three days of “convulsions”), such predictions gained momentum through the decades as mystics added their own, often sensational details. It would be a worldwide chastisement, claimed Marie Julie Jahenny of Coyault, France. Day would be as night, they warned. Night would be like a coal mine. The darkness would be almost palpable. Claimed Jahenny, who was born in 1850 (according to one website):

The three days of darkness “will be on a Thursdays, Friday, and Saturday. Days of the Most Holy Sacrament, of the Cross and Our Lady. . . .” three days less one night.”


“The earth will be covered in darkness,” she quoted the Virgin Mary as saying on 20th of September 1882, and hell will be loosed on earth. “Thunder and lightning will cause those who have no faith or trust in My Power, to die of fear.”


“During these three days of terrifying darkness, no windows must be opened, because no one will be able to see the earth and the terrible color it will have in those days of punishment without dying at once… “

“The sky will be on fire, the earth will split… During these three days of darkness let the blessed candle be lighted everywhere, no other light will shine…. “


“NO ONE OUTSIDE A SHELTER.. will survive. The earth will shake as at the judgment and fear will be great. Yes, we will listen to the prayers of your friends; NOT ONE WILL PERISH. We will need them to publish the glory of the Cross….” (8th of December 1882)” http://www.spiritdaily.net/threedays.htm.


The Proximate Signs of The Three Days of Darkness

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The proximate signs serve as a warning that we should prepare ourselves for the soon-to-arrive  Three Days of Darkness. This is when you would buy and stock up on any food supplies, clothes and water, and other survival supplies.

Here are the proximate signs.

  1. Flouting of church laws, irreverence and immodesty in church, fall in attendance at church.
  2. Lack of charity towards others, heartlessness, indifference, divisions, contentions, godlessness, pride in human knowledge.
  3. Breakdown of family life: immorality, adultery, perversion of youth (e.g. homosexuals giving lectures in schools), immodest fashions (e.g. mini-skirts and hot pants, bikinis and see-throughs), people concerned only with eating, drinking, dancing and other pleasures.
  4. Civil commotions, contempt for authority, downfall of governments, confusion in high places, corruption, coups d’etat, civil war, revolution. (The first four proximate signs have already come to pass, at least partly; for we are yet to see civil war and revolution in the West. But the sequence of events is not strictly chronological; there is room for some overlapping. Thus, the 5th proximate sign seems to have begun also.)
  5. Floods and droughts, crop failures, unusual weather, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, famines, epidemics, unknown diseases (e.g. new strains of viruses).
  6. Pope fleeing rome and world war 3 commencing.
  7. The triumph of the Immaculate Heart occurs therein after in the true renewal which is a restoration of tradition. There will be a great ecumenical council to remove the new mass, to undo the revolution of Vatican 2 and the proclamation of Mary as Co-Redemptrix. The great monarch should arise slightly ahead of the three days along with Peter II. Defeatmodernism.com.

The Warning

The Warning will take place after the proximate signs and immediately before the immediate signs. It will be a supernatural event – quite frightening, but it will not cause any harm.  This will be God’s last warning to us.

According to Marie-Julie Jahenny,

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“The days will be beginning to increase (days get longer on Dec 22). It will not be at the height  of summer nor during the longer days of the year (summer time), but when the days are still short (winter time). It will not be at the end of the year, but during the first months (of the year) that I shall give My clear warnings.

That day of darkness and lightning will be the first that I shall send to convert the impious, and to see if a great number will return to Me, before the Great Storm (Chastisement) which will closely follow. (The darkness and lightning of) that day will not cover all of France, but a part of Brittany will be tried by it. (However) on the side on which is found the land of the mother of My Immaculate Mother (the land of St. Anne) will not be covered by darkness to come, up to your place (home of Marie-Julie) . . . All the rest will be in the most terrible fright. From one night to the next — one complete day —, the thunder will not cease to rumble. The fire from the lightnings will do a lot of damage, even in the closed homes where someone will be living in sin.

My children, that first day (of chastisement) will not take away anything from the three others (the 3-Day Chastisement) already pointed out and described.” Threedaysofdarkness.com.


The Immediate Signs of the Three Days of Darkness

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Are you ready? This is where the scary stuff comes in. According to the website, this is what will happen during the Three Days of Darkness. 

“The wind will howl and roar. Lightning and thunderbolts of an unprecedented magnitude will strike the earth. The whole earth will shake, heavenly bodies will be disturbed (this will be the beginning of the Three Days). Every Demon, every evil spirit will be released from hell and allowed to roam the earth. Terrifying apparitions will take place. Many will die from sheer fright. Fire will rain forth from the sky, all large cities will be destroyed, poisonous gases will fill the air, cries and lamentations everywhere. The unbelievers will burn in the open like withered grass. The entire earth will be afflicted; it will look like a huge graveyard.

As soon as you notice (these signs), go indoors, lock all doors and windows, pull down the blinds, stick adhesive paper on vents and around windows and doors. Do not answer calls from outside, do not look at the windows, or you will die on the spot: keep your eyes down to make sure you do not see the windows; the Wrath of God is mighty and no one should attempt to behold it.

Light blessed beeswax candles; nothing else will burn, but the candles will not be extinguished once lit. Nothing will put them out in the houses of the faithful, but they will not burn in the houses of the godless. Sprinkle holy water about the house and especially in the vicinity of doors and windows: the devils fear holy water. Bless yourself with it and anoint your five senses with it: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet, and forehead. Keep on hand a sufficient supply of drinking water and, if possible, food also (but you can live without food for three days.) Kneel down and pray incessantly with outstretched arms, or prostrate on the floor. Make acts of contrition, faith, hope, and charity. Above all say the Rosary and meditate on the Sorrowful mysteries.

Some people, especially children, will be taken up to heaven beforehand to spare them the horror of these days. People caught outdoors will die instantly. Three-quarters of the human race will be exterminated, more men than women. No one will escape the terror of these days.”

Blessed Beeswax Candles

According to the prophecy, no lights will work during these three days with one exception: Blessed beeswax candles.  For this reason, some devout Catholics, especially the older ones, have Three Day Candles stored in their pantries – just in case.


The Era of Peace

After the Three Days of Darkness, there will be an era of peace.  The Church will flourish, the Gospel will be spread. All will be lovely, but that will not be the end.  The  Anti-Christ will eventually come and that will be horrible time.  Then our Lord will return.


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40 thoughts on “Three Days of Darkness: Nonsense or True Prophecy?

    1. Convert on Fire Post author

      Are you saying the solar Eclipse is The Three Days of Darkness that will be happening next year?

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  1. Dominican Tertiary

    I have never heard of this prophecy, and I do not have blessed wax candles. I am curious if the Church has sanctioned this prophecy?

    Also, the threedaysofdarkness.com website is run by a sedevacantist (Pope Gregory XVII…really?). That is usually a bad sign as they are very deceptive in their attempts to seduce people who are new to Tradition into joining their phony religion.

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  2. Michael J Tomarchio

    The three days of darkness ; Thursday night , Friday and Saturday occur on “The days of “The most holy sacrament of the cross of our Lady” celebrated on May 13th. The next Thursday on a May 13th is in 2021. The 3 days are attributed to the “war” of 1950. The only war of 1950 was the ” Korean war”. From this point on, it becomes pure speculation, all that you have just read is prophecy.

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  3. TinaInAshburn

    Not just blessed WAX candles, but blessed BEESWAX candles.

    There is a long list of saints and seers who predict the 3 Days Darkness – these predictions go way way back.

    And don’t forget the “Illumination of Conscience”, our last chance from God giving us a moment when all will be forced to see their consciences as they truly are, and a last chance to convert. Some will be so shocked by the true state of their souls they will die. This is supposed to happen sometime before hand. It will be very short and worldwide, no one will escape.

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    1. Convert on Fire Post author

      Thank you for the Beeswax correction TinaInAshburn and Deb!

      By the way, I never heard of the term “illumination of conscience” even though I know what it refers to. You learn something new every day!

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  4. Deb

    1. Private revelations are not intended to be part of Catholic teaching, beyond a few. However I believe Pope John Paul II believed this was possible.
    2. The wax candles to be blessed must be made of BEESWax! Plain wax is not what was indicated.
    3. This may certainly be one way God could cleanse His Church!

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  5. Dante

    Curious,
    I am not what you would say as Religious in any way, i guess you would say i am Agnostic. i do believe in the “Possibility” of certain things to be true. though i believe that there is possibly a god, or possibly going to be an apocalypse, i am curious to know why this three days of darkness would be Gods wrath. I might not believe in god, but it does not make me a bad person. i have helped people who needed help, i have donated time for those who needed it. i have never cheated, i have never killed. if i believed in any god it would not change how am i. the only thing that would change is my belief in god or not. so when seeing this three days of night as a way for those to be punished. i am confused as to why god would punish 75% of society after giving us free will and if the only bad thing we did was not believe in something due to the only evidence we have is a story of a man, and a book that predated most of man kind. the Bible itself has been remade and manipulated by mankind for its own political gain and many other things. like a game of telephone. one person says something and whispered down the line, when it gets to the end the story had changed so dramatically that where it was lost in translation can’t really be determined. i can’t say what the truth is out there, and yes many will believe in things they are told because of their faith in others. but let me ask this. Jesus stopped a woman from being stoned with his saying ” he who is without sin may cast the 1st stone” not one person threw a stone. so what is the difference between then and now? yes our society has gone down dramatically than what this world use to be, we have world wars, riots due to people disagreeing on political, religious, even racist opinions. that is everyone is entitled to their own opinion, you may find reading this message appalling due to you have your opinions that this three days of night is a serious thing, and that god will come cleanse the world. yet someone who practices a different religion will say different due to they are loyal to their god. both gods will say the other gods are false gods. the way i see it, don’t worry about others, everyone will have their own beliefs, but rioting, killing, ext is why you should be punished. if these three days of darkness is gods way of saying we are all to be punished, then maybe it is for the best that the entire world just ends due to we are all with sin in one way or another. and those that say god will forgive, then why would god kill so many innocent people due to the fact that they question the evidence of him. if i told you the world was created by me, and that i was the 2nd coming of God, no one would believe me, instead id be placed in a padded room and put on medication. Even if i was god, you all would turn your backs due to you don’t believe something unless you can see it for your own eyes, what makes Christianity or Catholicism any less real than the other gods? there are stories, gospels, bibles, that all say the same things as God. yet Jesus is the only real one because the bible says so? The Bible of the Flying Spaghetti monster says the Flying Spaghetti monster created the world. there is also Gospels on him as well.
    This message was not intended to undermine Religion, or to anger anyone. more so this message was due to curiosity in how others are either open minded or closed minded. I also am always curious to see what others have to say about their own beliefs. i do apologize if i offend anyone in this comment, i meant no disrespect with my curiosities.

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    1. myth buster

      Have you ever cursed anyone, even in the privacy of your thoughts? Have you ever engaged in any sort of sex act other than pure marital relations? Have you ever used pornography or intoxicating drugs (including alcohol in sufficient quantities to become drunk)? Have you ever encouraged anyone else to do one of these things, or otherwise approved of them? Unless you thoroughly examine your own conscience, you do not know the true degree of your own sinfulness.

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    2. Andy

      There are archaeological discoveries that back up the historicity of the Bible; numerous artifacts and villages, burials, etc. Not to mention the Dead Sea Scrolls and how that proves the Bible has stayed the same. Look into the shroud of Turin and you’ll see that it’s not a hoax. Listen to the stories of people who have experienced NDE’s. The prophecies of the Bible that have been fulfilled with the latest being the reestablishment of Israel as a nation. Check out the Vatican and see how it’s been infiltrated by a truly evil force some would call Satan. Look at the buildings there that hint of the serpent. Even cutting edge science is beginning to step into the realm of the spiritual. I could go on but there’s too much. There are a lot of things in this world that if show there is more than something to the Bible.

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    3. Geri Doyle

      Yes no-one could cast the first some because all have sinned. Same as now. But the biggest sin that God will punish is pride, stubbornness and rebellion – refusal to believe that He is Who He says He is. So the ones who believe that Jesus is God, that He died for our sins, was laid in a grave and rose again after 3 days, those people alone will be saved – no ifs or buts – no matter how “good” you think you are. God made the rules and your arguments won’t change that. Seek God, He will reveal the truth to you personally if you are earnest in doing so. There is only one way that salvation can come – through faith in Jesus. I pray that you will come to that realisation, and humble yourself, and be saved yourself. Lord have mercy.

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  6. Gcraeme

    We Humans are the worst animals on this planet ,The acts we commit are unbelievable ,the cruel act we inflict on animals are deserving of a place in Hell ,If God really is to use Three days of darkness as a punishment ,can you really think it not deserved ,We humans kill ,pollute ,destroy ,this planet Earth is a wonder ,everything we require is here for us ,but many keep wanting more ,and treat the planet as a rubbish dump ,no respect is shown

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    1. Muriel Kinsella

      I’ve just stumbled on to this site- not sure how!!! I’m curious to know if this is a traditionalist site; I’m presuming it’s not sedavacantist(?).
      Interesting that the discussion is on the 3 days, because my sister in law, nephew and I were talking about the state of the world and the Church today. On the strength of our discussion my nephew gave me a beeswax candle, which I need to get blessed.
      When I look at the present Church, and who is in charge thereof, I’m wondering how much longer God will suffer the distortion of His Law. The more I look into it, the further towards tradition I lean.

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      1. BeautySoAncient Post author

        Hey there! Yes, it is a traditional Catholic site, but not a sedevacantist site. God bless!

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  7. Charles O. Fears

    DREAMS THAT I HAD THAT WAS SO REAL, I CAN NOT FORGET
    A DREAM I HAD APRIL 2 / 2019
    I don’t know what time it was, it must have been between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM, All I know I was a sleep.
    The dream: I saw a real bright light; it was all white, like I was looking straight into a bright light bulb. Then I heard a great big explosion and everything went black. It was so real, I thought our house breaker box blew up and we lost our electric power. (It really scared me) I open my eyes and it wasn’t so black. I looked at my lamp indicator light and it was on, (working). I knew then I had been dreaming, but it was so real.
    I have 3 dreams about 20 years ago, which were so real, but I was able to discerned them. This one I have not as yet been able to discern it. Although I think it has something to do with the warning God is going give to the world.
    Jesus Christ will intervene on a Friday. Every person in the whole world will see their sins of their entire lifetime. It is an intervention by Jesus Christ, as is stated in Matthew 24: 22. “If those days had not been shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect they will be shortened.” This intervention is called the Warning or Illumination of Conscience also called a Correction of Conscience and will be like a judgment. This is not the second coming of Christ. It will bring all things on earth to a standstill. For two to three days, all that humanity will be able to think about, is their individual offenses before God. I found this on the website:
    http://www.afterthewarningto2038.com/prophecy-update-06.php although I have read about the warning from many Saints and today visionaries, but I never read that there would be three days to think about it.
    Charles Fears
    P.S. 4/7/2019
    Sometime during the night I had another dream and it happen twice in the same night. All I can say is all I saw was a deep black and I mean a deep dark black, and it scared me and I woke up yelling. Again it was so real; I thought we lost our electricity, but when I open my eyes I could see we had not lost our electrical power. In both of the dreams there was no light or sound as I had before, just deep blackness, and so real and each time I yelled out.
    Here are my dreams I had about 20 years ago, about 1997:
    FIRST DREAM
    I was in an older home, standing it the middle of the front room, very happy giving money to a man dressed in black with an outfit that look like Dick Tracy in the comics, only his coat was black. I felt like my family was there with me, and there was a window in the front door allowing some light to come in. After I gave him the money, he left. Not long after he left I look out the window and here he was coming back. I was very happy and started yelling to everybody that he was back. I went to the front door to open it for him and when I had the door half way open and he had stepped half way through the door, I realized it was Satan. I got very scared and slammed the door on him. At that time he got very ugly and mad, but I used all my strength and put my foot against the wall (there was a closet behind me) for more leveraged, he began to get madder, and I got more afraid and I began to think what can I do. Then I remembered that I read in some messages that to get rid of Satan, you could command him to be gone in Jesus name, so I began to say, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”. I kept pushing harder and harder, and saying “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone, and it did not seem to be working, and I got scared and wondered what I was doing wrong. But I kept persevering, pushing harder and harder and saying “I command you to be gone in Jesus name”, in Jesus name I command you to be gone, and when I thought I might not be able to keep it up, because I was pushing as hard as I could and yelling as loud as I could, “in Jesus’ name I command you to be gone”, the door started to very slowly close, and as Satan was push out of the door, he still had one leg from the knee down in the door, I woke up. My entire body was sweating and trembling as I lay on the bed. I got up found my wife and told her what had happen. Now this was the first of three dreams I had like this, I mean a dream like I never had before. A dream that stays with me in the slightest details, as if I had just dreamed it.
    SECOND DREAM
    My next dream happen in the same manner. I came home from work tired, lay down on my bed to rest for a little while and went right to sleep. This is what I dreamed:
    I saw a picture of Jesus just as He looks on the cover of “I am your Jesus of Mercy” book, accept it was in black and white, as if it was carved out of ice or glass. I felt great peace and love. Then I looked up and I saw a picture of a face that looked very mad, like your father’s face looks when you did something wrong and he is scolding you. I said, “What is that?”, and I heard a very kind and gentle voice say, “That is Jesus”. I said “No, no, this is Jesus; this is Jesus, refereeing to the picture of “I am Your Jesus of Mercy”. The kind and gentle voice said, “That is Jesus of Mercy and that is Jesus of Justice”, and I woke up. I went and told my wife the dream.

    Jesus of Justice Jesus of Mercy

    Then some days later we were watching a tape showing the inside of the church at the shrine in Washington DC, when they showed an icon of Jesus and under it was written Jesus of Judgment, I said that is the picture I saw in my dream as Jesus of Justice. Above is a copy of an icon picture that looks similar to the Jesus of Justice and a copy of I am Your Jesus of Mercy. The dream has given me much consolation and peace. When I am in doubt, despair, distressed, or restless, I think of this dream and it fills me with peace and love. For, as I said, I can remember it in great detail, and when I think of the dream I can still feel the peace and love.

    THIRD DREAM
    The next dream I had was after I had been prayed over in tongues and I had asked to able to Pray from the heart. I had got home about 11:00 PM and went to bed.

    I dreamed that I was standing in a large room and it was filled with Protestants, and they were praying. I was confused. I didn’t understand what I was doing in a room full of Protestants, when I am Catholic. So I raised my arms up as high as they would raise and began to pray, “My Jesus I Love You”, my Jesus I Love You’. Then all of a sudden a light started penetrating into the palms of my hands and going down my arms, through my body. Then I felt great peace and my body started rising up into the air, till I was above everybody. Then my body starting moving around the room, all the while I kept praying, “My Jesus I Love You”. Then all of a sudden I started saying “the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God, the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God,” I continued saying this until I was in the corner of the room above five women. The women looked like they were scared or worried, and I said to them “do not worry, all Christians go to Heaven.” Then my body floated over to the middle of the room and went perpendicular to the floor, with my face toward the floor and about 18” above the floor. I continued saying, “the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God, the Holy Catholic church is the True church of God.” Then I woke up and got up and sit on the side of the bed, my wife was a sleep so I just sat there for a while.

    This below was not a dream, as I was a wake, but came to my mind so fast, but I had time to think about it. I don’t think it was a day dream as it happen so fast. Just popped into my mind.

    One night as I lay on my bed I began to think about this big beautiful house and how I was not worthy to knock on the door. Then my guardian angel knocks on the door for me. The blessed Mother, Mary (our Mother) opens the door. She took me in and cleaned me up and dressed me in beautiful clothes. Then she took me to Jesus. She told Jesus all the good things that I had done. Not one bad thing did she say to Jesus, only good things. Jesus, He smiled at Mary and me, and said to me, I will take you to My Father. But first you must be purified. And before I knew what happen, I was purified by the Holy Spirit and sitting on God the Father’s lap filled with great love and peace, beyond what words can describe. And I did not remember any suffering that I had been though.

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        1. Viv

          I shared the three days of darkness prophecy with a catholic friend who I didn’t like on her birthday,’ Happy Birthday 😁

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  8. old man

    The three days will be on thursday Friday and Saturday March 19 20 21if you study Julie Jehenny closely and a few others you will figure it out.

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  9. Rose

    Darn that’s so annoying that my complete weekend will be taken up with these negative events and spoilt when I could have been enjoying a night in the pub! It’s going to be sooooo boring. Maybe I can get my paints out and paint it all and make a million.

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