The Warning Second Coming: the Book of Truth

The messages of alleged visionary “Maria Divine Mercy”, referred to as “The Warning Second Coming”, make a series of false claims about these messages, as if they were equal to, or a part of, Sacred Scripture. One message claims:

“No man knows the Truth contained in the Seals hidden in the Book of Revelation. As I have told you before, they were sealed up, in the Book of Truth, until now, the end times.” June 28th, 2012

This claim implies that each successive Pope and all the successive Bishops in the world, exercising the teaching authority of the Church, would be unable to understand a portion of Sacred Scripture until this claimed private revelation came along.

But the Second Vatican Council teaches that the whole Sacred Deposit of Faith (Tradition and Scripture) is entrusted to the Magisterium, so that, “with the help of the Holy Spirit, it draws from this one deposit of faith everything which it presents for belief as divinely revealed. It is clear, therefore, that sacred tradition, Sacred Scripture and the teaching authority of the Church, in accord with God’s most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that all together and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.” (Dei Verbum, n. 10)

The claim that no one could possibly understand the meaning of the Seals contradicts the teaching of the Church that the Magisterium has the help of the Holy Spirit in teaching from Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Furthermore, the Catechism of the Catholic Church has specifically condemned any claim that any private revelation can instruct or correct the Magisterium.

“Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation…. The Christian faith cannot accept ‘revelations’ that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such ‘revelations’.” (CCC 67)

The messages of “The Warning Second Coming” claim to do just that, to teach and correct, to improve and complete Divine Revelation in Sacred Scripture. These messages claim that the published book of these messages, called “The Book of Truth”, reveal truths in Sacred Scripture, hidden from the Magisterium and the Church herself, and only revealed by a claimed anonymous visionary. The messages claim that this “Book of Truth”, which is merely a set of messages to the alleged visionary, is equal to the Bible:

“You need all your energy to write the book. [The book of which I speak, is a Holy Scripture and is part of the plan which has been revealed in the ‘Book of Kells’.] This book will change lives, save souls and has been foretold. Yes, the book is what was prophesied. You are the writer. I am the Author. Do not be surprised or overwhelmed for this is a very sacred task and you have been chosen to do this work with Me. It will take you three months. I want you to publish it around the world. It must be large, powerful and sought out by millions just like the Holy Bible. My daughter, you can publish this ‘in conversation with the secret prophet’. It is okay to do this.” November 12th, 2010

Notice the sentence in brackets in the quote above. That sentence was deceitfully removed from the message after I posted an article criticizing this claim. The ‘Book of Kells’ is an Irish edition of the four Gospels. This message clearly refers to a book written by the visionary, and NOT merely a collection of messages. A collection of messages would not take all of the visionary’s energy, nor would it take a discrete period of time: three months. The visionary could easily have her followers, who assist her with the website and translating the messages, simply collect and publish the messages. And the book that has been published, called “The Book of Truth,” is only the first volume containing a subset of the messages.

Furthermore, the visionary was told to consult with “the secret prophet” in writing and publishing this book. Again, this type of description fits the writing of a new book, not merely a collection of past messages. But after sharp criticism from myself and other commentators (e.g. this blog), the story changed. The sentence about the Book of Kells was removed, and an asterisk was added with a note claiming that the Book of Truth merely “refers to Volume One of the messages”. Of course, this claim is absurd. So the first volume of the messages is a great Book of Truth, equal to the Bible — and referred to explicitly in multiple messages as “Holy Scripture” — but the subsequent volumes are not? But if they next claim that each and every subsequent volume is also “Holy Scripture”, they are contradicting the content of their own messages. A book published in multiple volumes is not what is being described in the above message.

So what has happened is that the messages repeatedly said that the visionary would herself write a book that would be a part of Holy Scripture, just like the Gospels. And in the face of criticism, the visionary and her followers deleted words from the message and changed their claims about the meaning. But if these messages were really from God, why would it be necessary to delete a sentence and change the meaning? It would not.

Is it possible for the messages of a claimed private revelation to be equal to, or greater than, or to become a part of Sacred Scripture? Let’s see what the Holy Bible itself, the only book worthy to be called “The Book of Truth, says on this topic:

[Revelation]
{22:18} For I call as witnesses all listeners of the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone will have added to these, God will add upon him the afflictions written in this book.
{22:19} And if anyone will have taken away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his portion from the Book of Life, and from the Holy City, and from these things which have been written in this book.
{22:20} He who offers testimony to these things, says: “Even now, I am approaching quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
{22:21} The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

The visionary called “Maria Divine Mercy” and her messages claim that her “Book of Truth” is just like Sacred Scripture. They claim that it contains revelations of the true meaning of Scripture, hidden from the Church and the Magisterium, and only revealed in private revelation. She claims that her messages are “Holy Scripture” with God as the true Author.

But Sacred Scripture says that anyone who claims to add to the words of the prophecy of this book — not only the Book of Revelation, but also the whole Bible — will be severely punished by God. “Maria Divine Mercy” has done just that. She purports to add to the Book of Revelation by claiming that only her messages can reveal to the Church the true meaning of the Seven Seals. But then she also claims to add to the Bible as a whole, since she claims that the book of her messages is “The Book of Truth” — a term only fittingly applied to the Bible — and that her book of messages actually has God as the Author: “You are the writer. I am the Author.” (message of November 12th, 2010)

I myself spent 5 years, working nearly every day, in order to translate the entire Sacred Bible from Latin into English. I was very careful not to add to, nor subtract from, the content of Sacred Scripture, not even in a single verse. So I am appalled that this claimed visionary would purport to add an entire book, or a multi-volume set of books, to the Bible. It is a grave sin for her to call her book of messages “Holy Scripture” and “The Book of Truth” and “the Word of God”, and thereby to claim that her work is equal to, or part of, the inspired Word of God:

“My dearly beloved daughter when people ask what I mean by the Word of God let Me explain. The Word of God, as contained in the Holy Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments, the Word of God, the Truth, is being given to the world through these messages by the Gift of the Holy Spirit.” message of August 8th, 2012

And there are many similar messages:

“I want you to publish it around the world. It must be large, powerful and sought out by millions just like the Holy Bible.” Nov 12, 2010
“Respect this most Holy Scripture.” March 18, 2011
“I must inform you of the need to refrain from defending My Most Holy Word.” Oct 13, 2011
Above quotes were pointed out by the blog: THE WARNING – Errors and Criticism

In fact, it is a heresy for “Maria Divine Mercy” and her messages to claim that her messages, or the published first volume of her messages, are “the Word of God” and “Holy Scripture”. The Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Canon of Sacred Scripture contains only the 73 books of the Bible. This was infallibly taught by the Council of Florence and the Council of Trent. The Magisterium also teaches that the Canon of Sacred Scripture is closed, and there will be no further Divine Revelation before Christ Returns:

“The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Tim. 6:14 and Tit. 2:13).” (Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum, n. 4)

The claim of “Maria Divine Mercy” to have written a “Book of Truth” referred to in the messages as “most Holy Scripture” and God’s “Most Holy Word” and said to be actually written by God, is an heretical claim. And so I say again that this claimed anonymous visionary is automatically excommunicated for her many heresies. Anathema sit.

by
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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