No Special Spiritual Event happens on September 23, 2017

Recently, some commentators have been speculating that September 23, 2017 would have some special spiritual significance. The claim is made that a combination of celestial events combine to form the woman clothed with the sun from Revelation 12. See this excellent analysis of that foolish claim.

Read Revelation chapter 12 here, which is my translation from the Latin Vulgate.

My interpretation is that, just prior to the second part of the tribulation, in the early 25th century, and just prior to the start of the Antichrist’s reign, a literal image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is seen in the sky. The whole world is shown this miraculous sign, as a warning that the wicked reign of the Antichrist is about to begin. It is not a conjunction of certain stars and planets with the sun or the moon. It is a clear unmistakable image of Mary with the child Jesus.

Since the first part of the tribulation has not yet begun (it starts with World War 3), the sign given at the start of the second part of the tribulation cannot be imminent. The sequence of events is:
* first part of the tribulation
* brief time of holiness (~25 years)
* long time of increase in sinfulness (a few hundred years)
* second part of the tribulation, beginning with the image of Mary in the sky
* Return of Christ at the end of the second part of the tribulation

So Sept. 23 of 2017 does not fit as a day for the image of Mary in the sky.

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

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