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.”
Marie Julie Jahenny
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
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.
Flouting of church laws, irreverence and immodesty in church, fall in attendance at church.
Lack of charity towards others, heartlessness, indifference, divisions, contentions, godlessness, pride in human knowledge.
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.
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.)
Floods and droughts, crop failures, unusual weather, tornadoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, famines, epidemics, unknown diseases (e.g. new strains of viruses).
Pope fleeing rome and world war 3 commencing.
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 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,
“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
“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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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?