I’ll try and ask this best I can since I have multiple questions stemming from a larger one:
Ok, so I hear there was (supposedly, based on the “Trial, Tribulation & Triumph” book by Desmond Birch) a general consensus on a future “Minor Chastisement”. Now my first question is, if it were to happen, would it be a direct act of God (Like making an asteroid of fire appear out of nowhere) or is it simply a natural consequence of peoples actions? (Such as how World war 1 was a result of nations building up militaries and dangerous alliances)
My second question is on whether this Minor Chastisement will even be literal (At least how we consider things to be literal) For example an article at Ignatius press (ignatiusinsight.com/features2005/smiesel_popesproph_apr05.asp) mentions this interesting point I did not consider:
“…But whether medieval or modern, these prophecies carry political baggage from the eras in which they are made such as anxiety about European rulers, secret societies, and a climactic “Birch Tree Battle” in Westphalia, Germany.”
Also someone on another forum mentions how prophecies by saints are not always to be taken literally, and then says that they may not even be God sent or divine, since just because someone is a Saint does not automatically make their writings or visions infallible.