Of the three great prophesied supernatural events of Garabandal, only the Chastisement is conditional. It can be averted. Whether or not it will be depends entirely on how the world responds to the Message after the Warning and Miracle.  (NOTE:  The Chastisement may be averted or the punishment lessened depending upon the reform of humanity)

      In biblical times, God used the prophets to warn His People when their transgressions against the law were reaching the breaking point.  In our time, it is the Blessed Virgin, queen of prophets, who fulfills that role.  At Fatima she foretold the Second World War and the spread of atheistic communism if the world did not change.  At Garabandal, she warns of the greatest cataclysm in human history since the deluge if mankind does not reform.

      Neither the Warning nor the Miracle are mentioned in the two formal Messages, but they play an important role nonetheless in regard to the Chastisement.  If it is true that God always warns before He strikes, then the world should know of the threat of this Chastisement which at the present time it does not.  But after the worldwide Warning and the great Miracle, the appearances of the Blessed Virgin at Garabandal, with her Message (containing the threat of a Chastisement), should become common knowledge.  It will be at this point, when the Message is universally known, that the way will be cleared for the Chastisement to take place if that is what divine justice decrees.

      Conchita has written: "I cannot reveal what kind of punishment it is except that it will be a result of the direct intervention of God, which makes it more terrible and fearful than anything we can imagine.  It will be less painful for innocent babies to die a natural death than for those babies to die because of the punishment.  All Catholics should go to confession before the punishment and the others should repent of their sins.  When I saw it (the punishment), I felt a great fear even though at the same time I was seeing Our Blessed Mother.  The punishment, if it comes, will come after the miracle."

      Following is a note written by Conchita about the Chastisement:
"The Chastisement is conditional and depends on whether or not mankind heeds the messages of the Blessed Virgin and the Miracle.  If it should take place, I know what it will consist of because the Blessed Virgin told me about it, but I am not permitted to say what it is.   Moreover, I have seen the Chastisement.  I can assure you that if it comes, it will be worse than being enveloped in fire, worse than having fire above and beneath you.  I do not know how much time will elapse between the Miracle and the Chastisement."

     Following are remarks made by the visionary Mari Loli during the Nights of the Screams, June 19-20, 1962 when all four girls were together in a room experiencing visions of the Chastisement.

     Mari Loli — "Oh!. That was horrible to see. We were really frightened, and I know no words that could explain it. We saw rivers change into blood ....  Fire fell from the sky .... And something much worse still, which I'm not able to reveal now."

      In spite of continuing to see the Virgin, (during the Nights of the Screams) we saw a great multitude of people who were suffering intensely and screaming in terror. The Blessed Virgin explained to us that this great tribulation, which was not even the Chastisement, would come because a time would arrive when the Church would appear to be on the point of perishing.  It would pass through a terrible trial. We asked the Virgin what this great trial was called and she told us it was "Communism." Then she showed us how the great Chastisement for all mankind would come, and that it would come directly from God.
      "At a certain moment, not a single motor or machine would function; a terrible heat wave will strike the earth and men will begin to feel a great thirst.  In desperation they will seek water, but this will evaporate from the heat. Then almost everyone will despair and they will seek to kill one another.  But they will lose their strength and fall to the ground.  Then it will be understood that it is God alone Who has permitted this".
      "Then we saw a crowd in the midst of flames. The people ran to hurl themselves into the lakes and seas.  But the water seemed to boil, and instead of putting out the flames, it seemed to enkindle them even more.  It was so horrible that I asked the Blessed Virgin to take all the young children with her before all this happened.  But the Virgin told us that by the time it came, they would all be adults."

Conchita — August 7, 1971
    "We are now in the last warnings, in the final moments. God has already prepared us for all the last things, even the Chastisement, for it is needed. The Chastisement must come because the Miracle will not suffice by itself to make us change.  It is true that we will change after seeing the Miracle, but then we will fall again. That is why all of us who hear these words should prepare ourselves and induce all those around us, all those within our reach, to change their lives . . ."
". . . However, it will not be possible to avoid the Chastisement because we have now lost even the sense of sin.  We have reached such an extremity that God cannot now avoid sending the Chastisement.  We need it for our own good.  Those who survive the Chastisement will change very much and then we shall live for God until the end of time, which will also arrive."

      Regarding the above statements of Conchita, which the visionary herself acknowledged were only her own opinion, Father Joseph Pelletier had this to say:

  "Conchita's opinion . . .  must always be considered as strictly her own. No matter how much one may be tempted to agree with her position on the matter, that position does not reflect Our Lady's very precise words which always have presented the Chastisement as conditional, as a thing that can be avoided.  Let us heed Conchita and not attach an importance to her words that they do not warrant. What Our Lady has said is one thing. What Conchita conjectures will happen, may very well happen. But it is always her conjecture and she could be wrong."
      That certainly is a fair analysis. In fact, when interviewed by Father Francis Benac, S.J., in 1978, Conchita expressed a different view:

Father Benac:
       "We read in the books [on Garabandal] that on that night of the screams, Our Lady advised that nobody should be around you, that she wanted you girls to be all alone.  Could you explain that?  Was it about the Chastisement?  Did you see it and if so, how would you describe it?"

       "Oh I don't know; I don't remember. I don't want to remember."
       "Would you mind repeating that?"
       "No, that I don't want to even remember it, it was so terrible."
       "Would it be a Chastisement such as an
atomic war?"
      "I don't know; I have never seen such a thing in my life nor could I imagine it."
       "Do you think the Chastisement can be averted with prayer?"
       "I think so. I don't think that it should take place; I think it won't happen. It seems to me that it would be impossible for such a thing to happen. It is for this reason that I believe God is sending us the Aviso (Warning) so that we may acknowledge all the evil within us. Later He will send us the Miracle to manifest His love and His presence amongst us . . .  I feel that it is impossible that after this we should not change."
      However, two years later in 1980, when Conchita was interviewed by the BBC, she again expressed her view that the Chastisement would come: "I think we're going to get the punishment."
      Another statement made by her suggests that it's a foregone conclusion:

      "Prior to this, the Blessed Virgin had told me that Jesus is not going to send the Chastisement to discourage us, but to help us and to reprimand us for not heeding Him."

      While all this points to the actuality of the Chastisement, it nevertheless still can be avoided simply because the Blessed Virgin said so. Much must happen first: the communist tribulation, the Warning and the Miracle.  According to Conchita's locution with Jesus on June 21, 1963, He told her that as a result of the Miracle, Russia and other countries would be converted. This seems to suggest that if the Chastisement does come, it will not be for a while although we really don't know.

      In November, 1967, Spanish artist Isabel Daganzo, who wanted to commit to canvas representational images of the visions of Garabandal, had a number of interviews with Conchita while the visionary was at school in Burgos. One of the questions she asked was:

      "Could you speak about something that I could put on canvas that could cause fear?"

      Conchita replied: "No. What I have seen that could cause fear is the Chastisement, and I can't tell you about that.  Besides, terror and fear are not the best means to move souls." 

      This shows good insight on the part of Conchita. To dwell too much on the destructive nature of the Chastisement could lead to moroseness and would oppose a healthy spiritual outlook. Everything happens within the providence of God even the Chastisement if it should come. If it does happen, it will be because that is the best and most necessary thing to happen at that particular time. And even in this cataclysmic event can be seen divine mercy. If the glory of God in the world is on the verge of being overwhelmed by evil, He will intervene to preserve the good.

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According to earlier Bible and End Times Prophecies, three days after the beginning of the Battle of Armageddon, (the battle between Good and evil)when no hope for survival seems possible, "all nations of the world" will come against Israel.

The United States is not mentioned in
End Times Prophecies in respect to the protection of Israel.

According to 
earlier End Time prophecies, (in a vision from our Blessed Mother - See below) a comet will strike the earth, destroying one-third of Africa, bouncing off Africa then striking and destroying New York City, putting an end to the Battle of Armageddon.  This war will involve most nations of the world, but is better known and referred to as the Battle of Armageddon.  Could this comet be the cause of the Chastisement? 
A Vision of the Final Chastisement

After three days of the
Battle of Armageddon, the comet destruction will occur, and Jesus will come down to put an end to it all. Heaven and earth will merge, resulting in "Heaven on Earth" for which we pray for daily. 

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The Great and Final Warning of God the Father

The Great Miracle of God the Father

The Final Chastisement of God the Father

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