Sr. Lucia's biography, A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary, is finally being published in English on 22nd March, 2015 by the World Apostolate of Fatima. This biography is based upon the personal diary of the Seer of Fatima, and contains the details of the vision she witnessed in Tuy, Spain, 1944, when she was commanded by Our Lady to write down the Third Secret. This vision seems to accord with the purported words of St. John Paul II at Fulda in 1980, who when asked about the contents of the Third Secret and why it wasn't being published, he stated that since there was a "message" connected to the Third Secret which described a tsunami which takes the lives of "millions", it was not desirous to have its contents fully revealed to the public:
"Given the seriousness of the contents, my predecessors in the Petrine office diplomatically preferred to postpone publication so as not to encourage the world power of Communism to make certain moves. On the other hand, it should be sufficient for all Christians to know this: if there is a message in which it is written that the oceans will flood whole areas of the earth, and that from one moment to the next millions of people will perish, truly the publication of such a message is no longer something to be so much desired."
We now know that there was at least some element of truth to these words, since the 1944 Tuy apparition was accompanied by a vision of just such an event, in which Sr. Lucia saw an innumerable multitude of people being swept away in a huge deluge, followed by "destructive wars" caused by hatred and ambition:
"I felt my spirit flooded by a light-filled mystery which is God and in Him I saw and heard: the point of the flame-like lance which detaches, touches the axis of the earth and it [the earth] shakes: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, rivers and clouds leave their bounds, they overflow, flood and drag with them into a whirlpool, houses and people in a number unable to be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin it is immersed in. Hatred, ambition, cause destructive wars."
The only type of tsunami which would be capable of taking the lives of "millions" is that of a mega-tsunami, which are usually generated by lateral volcanic collapses - such as the threat posed by Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Islands. In my book, I argue that this volcanic eruption will be triggered by the "eschatological earthquake" described in the Bible - which appears to be the exact same event that Sr. Lucia describes as the cause of the tsunami she had witnessed during this vision - which occurs after the angel touches the axis of the earth with his flaming sword. The Apocalypse also tells us that the destruction of "Babylon" will occur as a direct consequence of the eschatological earthquake:
And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath.
And of course the destruction of Babylon itself is caused by a "huge mountain, burning with fire" being thrown into the sea (Rev 8:8):
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more"...
In my book (which was first published in 2011), I proposed that the eschatological earthquake which is prophesied to take place in Jerusalem during the end time, would in fact be the primary cause of this volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands, and in the aftermath of these events, the Antichrist will seize power in Europe (which will most likely under direct control of Russia - which Sr. Lucia foretold would be the instrument of God's chastisement). The exact sequence of events seen by Sr. Lucia in this recently published private revelation can be independently determined from Scripture by combining the details concerning the destruction of Babylon in the Apocalypse with a parallel passage in the Book of Ezekiel - which describes how the eschatological earthquake will cause the collapse of entire mountains, leading to the summoning of a (flaming?) sword against "Gog" during the battle of Armageddon:
For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man's sword will be against his brother.
So it seems that the greatest earthquake in human history will be quickly followed by the most catastrophic volcanic eruption in human history, leading to the destruction of "Babylon" and subsequent rise to power of the Antichrist - the Beast who emerges from the watery chaos of the sea:
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.
The following is the relevant material from my book on this subject:
If this earthquake in some way triggered an eruption of Cumbre Vieja, which in turn generated a mega-tsunami, this would explain how the "cities of the nations" would be destroyed by this one event.
Scientists have recently theorized that seismic events of a strong magnitude can lead to wider geological instability around the world, and may even cause a chain reaction that can trigger volcanic eruptions. Volcanic eruptions have followed high magnitude earthquakes in the past, and academics are still debating whether a link can be established between the two. If such a link does exist, then a particularly strong earthquake centred on or near Jerusalem may theoretically trigger a volcanic eruption on the Canary Islands.
The city of Jerusalem lies very close to the seismic fault line of the Jordan Rift Valley, which borders the unstable region between the African and Arabian tectonic plates. The Jordan Rift Valley, which is home to the Dead Sea – the lowest geographical point on dry land, has been particularly active in the past. Some major seismic events in this area have even been recorded in the Bible. The prophets Amos and Zechariah for example, inform us that a major earthquake struck the region of Judah during the reign of Uzziah in the mid-8th century BC (Amos 1:1; Zech 14:5).
But the Apocalypse tells us that the eschatological earthquake that will strike "the great city" (which Zechariah specifically identifies as Jerusalem) will be the greatest such event in human history (Rev 16:18). In order for an event such as this to occur, there would have to be a massive slippage of either the African or Arabian tectonic plates, or a collision between the two. If the African plate shifted as a result of this colossal earthquake, then it could theoretically cause a surge of magmatism in the volcanic hotspot at the other end of the same plate in the Canary Islands. This could then trigger an eruption of Cumbre Vieja which would cause a lateral collapse of its western flank, generating a mega-tsunami that would devastate the eastern shorelines of North and South America. If this brought about the demise of the USA as the world‘s leading superpower, then as we proposed earlier, it would leave a political vacuum that could be exploited by the Antichrist, who will then set about creating the conditions for the battle of Armageddon.
(Unveiling the Apocalypse: Prophecy in Catholic Tradition, p210)