There's less there than meets the eye.
The difficulty is that some of the things that he is “prophesying” don't need much of a prophet's touch to predict.
With the warming relations between the pope and the Moscow patriarch, predicting a visit of the pope to Russia isn't a low-percentage event. Similarly, in that the US and Russia have ALREADY announced tentative agreement on a new nuclear arms treaty, well, there you go! Two “prophesies” that need no prophet.
And then, how much “fudge factor” will be taken by the prophet? I've been “prophesying” a double-dip recession since mid-2008, with the second dip happening in 2010 or 2011. It dosn’t take a prophet to see rising tides of violence in European cities WITHOUT another economic dip (hint: In France, a few hundred cars burned in a given night in the cities by the “youths” is a GOOD night). A double-dip recession happens? Yeah, in that case,we could easily see some more violence in European cities.
“...giving the window of opportunity for Russia and China to execute militarily against Europe and the US.”
Vague enough to mean almost anything. How about if China gets a little more aggressive in terms of harassing US spy planes over international waters? How about if Russia targets a few more missiles at Europe?
Notice, he doesn't say that all-out war will occur in 2010, or that WWIII will occur in 2010. Rather, all these smaller, vaguer predictions “will eventually result into an all out war in that region,...”
In the meanwhile, the pope goes to Russia, the US and Russia sign an arms treaty, the global economy weakens somewhat, “youths” burn more cars in more European cities, and the “prophet” will announce that his “prophecies” are on track, and by the way, can you throw another $20 in the collection plate?
I apologize for my seeming cynicism, but as we like to say, I've moved to Missouri on this one.
The Missourian attitude is certainly warranted. Most “prophecies” I see are so vague I can’t even tell for sure what the alleged prophet is talking about, or the timeline is so vague as to cover anything within the next millennium. They rate a 0/10. This guy rates a 1/10. (Isn’t that called “damning with faint praise”?) IMO. YMMV.
As NYer posted, this is for discernment only and scepticism is warranted. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else says. What matters is that the Blessed Mother told us at Fatima to pray the Rosary daily for peace. If Sr. Lucia said that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart was done properly, then she ought to know and we should take her word for it. Nevertheless, this “visionary”’s words should remind us of the seriousness of Our Lady’s message and that we do need to pay attention to it. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the three days of darkness, whether it comes or not.
If I wasn't such a nice, Catholic girl, I might take umbrage with this. Missouri is actually a pretty decent state.