Johannes Friede was an Austrian monk of the Order of St. John who died in 1257 AD.
“When the great time will come, in which mankind will face its last, hard trial, it will be foreshadowed by striking changes in nature; the alteration between cold and heat will become more intensive, storms will have more catastrophic effects, earthquakes will destroy greater regions and the seas will overflow many lowlands. Not all of it will be the result of natural causes, but man will penetrate into the bowels of the earth and will reach into the clouds, gambling with its own existence.
NOTE: This is a striking beginning to this prophecy. Here Friede prophesies that these natural disturbances in nature will be not just the result of natural changes but also changes brought on by man, who is increasingly “penetrating into the bowels of the earth” with mining and “reaching into the clouds” with pollution, which, we are told, is the biggest factor in global warming.
“Before the powers of destruction will succeed in their design, the universe will be thrown into disorder, and the age of iron will plunge into nothingness. When the nights will be filled with more intensive cold and the day with heat, a new life will begin in nature. The heat means radiation from the earth, the cold the waning light of the sun. Only a few more years and you will become aware that sunlight has become perceptibly weaker. When even your artificial light will cease to give service, the great event of the firmament will be near.
“By this time mankind will be stricken with terror. Birds will be like reptiles and will not use their wings. Animals of the ground, in fear and alarm, will raise such a clamor that it will make human hearts tremble. Men will flee their abodes in order not to see the weird occurrence. Finally, complete darkness will set in and last for three days and three nights.
NOTE: The three days of darkness, according to many other seers including Friede, will be the turning point that will usher in a new era of peace for the world.
“During this time, men, deprived of the power of light, will fall into a slumber-like sleep from which many will not awaken, especially those who have no spark of spiritual life. When the sun will again rise and emerge, earth will be covered with a blanket of ashes
like snow in winter, except that the ashes will have the color of sulfur. Damp fog will ascend from the ground, illuminated by igneous gases.
NOTE: It is interesting to ponder the cause of the darkness, and the “blanket of ashes,” “damp fog” and “igneous gases” may give us a clue. Other prophets say that people should stay in their houses during the three days of darkness, not opening and windows or doors. That has led me to speculate that the darkness may be brought on by a major volcanic eruption, or the earth being impacted by a comet or asteroid, or possible a nuclear winter. In either case, the air would become poisonous for a time.
“Of mankind there will be more dead than there have been casualties in all wars. In the abodes of the children of light, the Book of Revelations will be read, and in the palaces of the Church they will await the arrival of the great comet. On the seventh day after the return of light, earth will have absorbed the ashes and formed such a fertility as has not been experienced ever before. But Orion will cast its ray on the earth and show a path toward the last resting place of the greatest and most eminent man who had ever lived on the earth. The survivors will proclaim his ancient doctrine in peace and will institute the millennium, announced by the Messiah in the light of true brotherly and sisterly love for the glory of the Creator and for the blessedness of all mankind.”
NOTE: The ashes that destroyed earth’s life will make it thrive again, better than ever before. Indeed, controlled burns are set in forests to promote new growth, and many plants, including rosebushes, thrive on ashes. A new era of peace will ensue, a time where Christianity is the dominant, if not only, way of life.
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