From: Father Bernard Kramer, a student of the Apocalypse for thirty years as a Priest. His ‘Book of Destiny’ is a result of these studies.
“And a great sign was seen in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
Before the eyes of St. John the Apostle appears this great sign. It is a portent of something momentous to appear in the Church. It is of divine origin.
This is the first Woman to appear in the Apocalypse.
She dwells in light and is thus the antithesis of the powers of darkness.
She stands in a mass of light upon an orb of lesser light.
Her head is encircled by orbs of smaller light. She thus somewhat resembles Christ. But the light is not her own.
She has received it as a dowry and because of this the prince of darkness persecutes her.
The woman is a contrast to the scarlet woman of chapter XVIII:4
The woman of chapter twelve is not the Blessed Virgin.
According to the ancient Fathers, the human nature or character of the Church is here delineated. Her divine origin, constitution, endowments and prerogatives are depicted here. St. John is seeing the Catholic Church in the heavens. It will be the sign that something momentous is about to happen in the One True Church.
The Church now appears to John in her human character.
The human nature of the Church is clothed with divine authority because the priesthood is endowed with the light and power of Christ.
The twelve stars, as orbs of light upon her head, represent the twelve apostles.
If these stars represent the twelve apostles, they allude to Daniel declaring that “those who teach many unto justice, shall shine like stars.”
They would typify the exposition of the divine truth given by the Apostles enlightening the mind of the Church.
The moon beneath her feet fitly represents her power to make laws of discipline accomodating them to changing conditions in human society, and this power and right is also of divine origin.
Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich (d.1824) prophesied that toward the End of Time there would arise several men who would unlock the mysteries of the Apocalypse. A reading of the ‘Book of destiny’ will give strong indication that Father Bernard Kramer was one of those men.
Father establishes a chronological interpretation of St. John’s revelations which shows the Apocalypse to be basically a prophetic history of the Catholic Church The wise opinions of Fathers and Doctors of the Church and other learned writers are considered.
Outstanding are his interpretations in the symbols of light … their use ….their meaning throughout the Bible – Old and New Testaments.
Under his approach the many strange symbols shine clear: The four Horses, the Seven trumpets, Stars fallen from Heaven, the seven Thunders, the Four Winds, the Woman Clothed with the Sun, the Beast, the 200 million horsemen, the Scarlet Harlot, Babylon the Great, the Battle of Armageddon, the new Jerusalem and so forth.
It is with fright we realize that we are on the verge of the most climactic events foretold by St. John. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us …
The language of the Apocalypse is strange … but never absurd.