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VISION 2004 – Gottfried von Werdenberg (Excerpt)


An extraordinary seer is living in Austria. All that he has prophesied to date has happened. Very many people bear witness to this fact. He sees himself in a situation whereby he experiences the coming years, the Third World War, the cosmic events, and the first few years of the coming epoch of Genesis. He saw all of it like a film before his eyes. The seers name will not be given; he shies publicity and does not want visits from curiosity seekers. Among his PROPHECIES COME TRUE SO FAR are:


- The collapse of the Reichsbrücke (bridge) in Vienna;

- The nuclear disaster at Harrisburg. USA;

- The nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl, Russia:

- The dissolution of the Soviet Union;

- The fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification:

- The Middle East War (against Iraq);

- Civil war in Yugoslavia.


Even the period given was correct. He can, therefore, assume with certainty that all of his other visions will also come true during the next few years. We do not publish excerpts from the book to frighten our readers but to warn and prepare them. Those who did not want to believe the prophets of the Old Testament (and in our century the messages of Our Blessed Lady and Our Lord, Jesus Christ) but preferred to continue their sinful life, found out the hard way what it meant to ignore God. We live in a world worse than theirs. Satan is taking God's children to Hell. Some advice: be careful with whom you wish to discuss this. One will think of you as being demented or crazy. One will laugh at you and think of you as being a very gullible person. You may become an object of ridicule. Do remember that most of the people, including our priests, do not believe in private revelations, not even in Fatima and, therefore, prophecies will have no bearing on their life-style and on their actions. Those who will insist on ridiculing the prophecy will experience the truth of it quicker than they think.

When one considers the idiotic forecasts for the years 2000, 2020, and 2050, of how many people will inhabit the earth, one can only smile. It is complete madness to tell us how many tons of food and energy mankind will consume, the thousands of miles of roads to be built and the pollution that will be created. Nothing of this kind will happen. God creates His own future for mankind.

We are living in the age of the Apocalypse. It commenced in 1945, the year of the first atomic bomb. Even the Vatican considers that year as the beginning of the end of time. The early part was 1945 to 1986 (Chernobyl explosion); the peak period is from 1988 to 1999. Thereafter comes the late period, the era of harmony and love for one's neighbor.

It is interesting to note that even animals anticipated major disasters. For example: the horses refused to pull the carriage of the Crown Prince of Austria when he and his wife departed for a visit to Sarajevo in 1914. The horses could not be made to move. Finally, one managed to obtain an automobile to get the Prince to the station on time. During the visit, he and his wife were assassinated by the Serbs. The First World War was the consequence.

Another case: the Palace of Justice in Vienna was destroyed by fire in 1927. Three days before, all the pigeons which used the Palace as their "home", had deserted the place.

They say that London will sink into the sea when the crows at Tower Bridge will disappear. One wouldn't laugh if one knew how close this event if.



There will not be an energy crisis, political or otherwise, in the near future in Middle and West Europe. However, do not depend on oil or gas. Coal and wood will celebrate a comeback. Before the Third World War begins, Russia will cut supplies of gas and oil to other nations. In addition, there will be a second Military conflict in the Saudi Arabian region before WW3 (= World War 3). There will not be another Chernobyl disaster before WW3. The energy crisis will come, however, before WW3.



Small fare-holders should not sell. They will be safe. Today's policy of "chemical' farming will not last long. Only those living in the country, will survive the War. Happy are those who will have a small farm.



Germany, France, Italy but also England have many foreign subjects. Many countries will experience public unrest, a kind of civil war. Shortly before the outbreak of WW3, many people from East Europe and South East Europe will pour into West Europe. Islamic members will grow in strength and confront Christianity.



Germany's economic power will come to an end. The "economic miracle" will be finished for ever. Germany will not recover economically before WW3. She will bleed. She cannot cope with her position as the treasurer for the whole world, the cost of her reunification, and the recession to come. Taxation will become unbearable for her people; the standard of living will fall, and the economy will become desolate.


The Czech and Slovac countries will remain stable until WW3. They will not suffer events like those currently going on in the former Yugoslavia. However, they will suffer very much during WW3.



The current civil war will finish shortly before WW3, probably with the help of foreign participation.



Poland will suffer a grave, armed conflict in the near future, probably in the South. The reason is not known. It might be connected with the civil unrest in neighboring nations, e.g. in Germany. Political stability and peace have finally ended.



From the mid-90s onwards, inflation will rise in Europe, but there will not be a complete currency collapse. The economic and monetary bankruptcy will come before the civil wars and merge without problems into WW3.



Russia will remain politically stable, materialistic, and atheistic. People who keep saying that Russia is beginning to be converted, as Our Blessed Lady stated at Fatima, show complete ignorance and a confused mind. Together with other global powers, Russia will regain godless. Even the increasing number of Christians will not change this fact. The real conversion of Russia comes after WW3. This is the only true meaning of the message of Fatima. Military leaders will take over power in Russia before WW3.

The youth in Western Europe has no interest in joining the armed forces. This will have grave consequences in the coming war. Governments should provide powerful and effective defenses, efficient protection against pollution, and a restrictive policy for foreign subjects. US Forces will withdraw completely from Europe, thus making matters easier for the Russians. The chaos will be perfect.

The decade of the 90s belongs also to Satan. "The destruction of children and youth by an awful school system, drugs, pornography, sex education, etc. will continue. Immorality is flourishing, family values are ridiculed, bad examples (e.g. pop and film stars) are idolized. Socialism will gain strength again, especially the influence of the extreme left will grow. CHINA

China is the only exception economically. She will continue to grow. A clever leadership will use the one billion people. Their demands are very modest; cheap labor in agriculture and industry combined with modern Western technology provide huge profit for China, which she will use to strengthen her armed forces with modern weapons. China will become a super-power and, like Japan, it has a homogeneous population, which is very beneficial for a nation, unlike the Western nations and Russia where many foreign nationals and ethnic minority groups live.



There will be a cosmic event most definitely before WW3. It will be a beautiful summer's day in Austria; no cloud to be seen in the sky. People in the village are excited; they look towards the sun which begins to darken. It is approximately 10 o'clock normal time, not summer time. Whilst the sun is getting darker, dusk is covering the earth. It is not the usual solar eclipse but a kind of fog in the universe far outside of our atmosphere.

The sky is getting darker. At first there are only a few stars, then more and more appear. One is able to see them at first in the west, then in the north. There are no stars in the east and in the south where the sun was last seen. There is no moon. It is a normal clear sky illuminated by the light of the stars. One is still able to identify the ground, but one cannot read any writing.

Suddenly the stars disappear. Complete darkness is covering the earth. A few minutes pass; now it is getting brighter. One is able to see the surrounding area. There is no sun. Billions of white dots can be observed in the East. It is like a rain of glowing fire moving from East North East to West South West very quickly. It is hitting the ground like a heavy fall of hail. The glow turns from white to yellow then to glowing red before hitting the ground. They fall in distances of 50m (165 ft) to 100m (330 ft) apart; they make no noise.

When they hit the ground they look like dust particles or grains of sand. Some are as big as a child's fist. The villagers do not seek cover; they do not appear to be afraid. The time between the sighting of the particles in the North East and their hitting the ground is a matter of seconds, maximum a minute or so.

Once the particles hit the ground, it becomes bright again. A fierce storm begins to blow now from the East and creates fire; it drives before it the fierce fire. The grass is burning; forests are burning; fields are burning; barns, sheds, and farm buildings are on fire; houses and factories are burning, too. The sun will not shine again on this day.

The cause of the rain of glowing fire might be a comet, directly or indirectly responsible for it. The seer is unable to tell. The time of year is the summer, probably the first half of August. The year is not given but it could be any year from 1995 onwards.



The destruction of New York will not be part of World War Three. It will happen beforehand.

The seer cannot give the year (God has His own reason). New York is destroyed by the hatred of Islamic-Arab circles. It is probably connected with the US engagement in the second - and still to come – Middle East War but in any case it is done in reply to something that the Americans have done to the Arabs. The seer has seen the destruction of New York in all details.

It is beautiful early summer weather in Austria. It could be noon. The year is not known, but it is speculated (based on indications) that it could be 1998, plus or minus one year. But remember, this is only speculation.

New York will be destroyed by several small nuclear devices, one of them could be a small atomic bomb. The main nuclear device is probably launched from a ship; the missile will fly in a curve and explode behind a large building facing the sea. Buildings will not collapse immediately. The waves created by the nuclear explosion, will shift whole buildings; some may lean a fey degrees. However, the result is that they will break up at the base. If one watched the spectacle from the sea, it would seem as if the skyscrapers were walking towards the sea but slowly disappearing into the ground.

Manhattan will be flattened completely. New York's suburbs will not be harmed; only New York's center will be destroyed.

Radio and television in Europe will report the event. Words will not be minced. People will say that what the Americans did to the Arabs was abominable, but to destroy New York is going too far.

The destruction of New York will have no consequences for Europe, where no eminent signs of a forthcoming war are visible.



The rain of glowing fire can be considered a warning that World War Three is close. The same applies to the destruction of New York. Even the armed conflict in the Middle East which will take place on Arabian soil and include Saudi Arabia, but does not involve nuclear weapons, is a sign of a major war to come. The USA will invade Saudi Arabia's oil area but will be defeated.

Prior to WW3 there will be war in Africa, from the North to the South. The fate of South Africa is not known, but people are warned not to emigrate to South Africa. Only the West of the African Continent will survive relatively unscathed.

Before WW3, power in Europe is held by the radical left. Bolshevism and Communism celebrate a renaissance. Christendom and Church suffer persecution by leaders of the extreme left, especially in Italy and France. The multi-national society will show it multi-national crimes. Attacks, theft, murder, drugs, rape will be daily occurrences. There will be civil war in France, Italy, and England. Germany will suffer a similar situation, also countries in northern Europe. Bohemia (the Czech and Slovak nations) will remain stable.

The energy crisis will reach its peak before WW3.

Shortly before the outbreak of WW3, mil-lions of people from the East and South East of Europe will flood West European nations.

The chaos in Europe begins approximately at the same time, or shortly after the American forces have completed the greater part of their withdrawal from Europe.

One cannot rely on the USA during WW3, only on the Chinese. Immorality, the absence of love for one's neighbor, and a refusal to serve in the armed forces will reign supreme. War in West Europe is the punishment for it all.

Russia will be ruled again by an authoritarian red regime. They will reassure the West of their "peaceful co-existence", and many West Europeans will be blinded by it.



There will be no war in Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) until mid-1997. It is possible that the war could start in the late summer of 1997 -which is unlikely- or in 1998. Most likely it will be 1999.

First it will be Austria's turn, then Germany's, then Switzerland’s; this is certain. The military conflict will be finished at the turn of the century. Cosmic events, like the fall of comets, and earthquakes may last a little longer.

The military conflict will last approx. 2 years; somewhat less in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Russians will first occupy Austria for her strategic importance. There will be very little resistance by the Austrians. The USA will not intervene. The Russians will steal what they can so as to keep their troops fed. Any resistance will be useless. When the civil war in Italy reaches its peak, Russia will invade it.

Approximately at the time of the Russian occupation of Austria, civil war will rage at its worst in Italy and France ruled over by godless extreme left-wing governments. The clergy is being persecuted. There will be mass murder and violent plunder.

The social outcasts, the mob, are a danger for all countries which share borders with France and Italy. These murdering and plundering hordes show no mercy. They will also destroy Rome and Paris, set alight by the mob, will burn like a torch. In any event, due to the war, large cities and towns will be destroyed more or less. Survival is only possible in the country and in small villages.

The first nuclear weapon will be used in Europe in the Mediterranean. Many nuclear bombs will be exploded high in the sky above the Adriatic Sea, from the North to the South. The consequences are, of course, major flooding in that area. Shock waves can be felt in Austria and Germany.

The nuclear attacks by the Russians in the Adriatic Sea and later in the North Sea, are meant solely for the destruction of enemy ships operating there. There will also be a war in the Balkan countries, from Albania to Bulgaria to Turkey. However, the Russians will lose the battles.

China will help Europe, indirectly and with great reluctance. Chinese troops will fight the Russians in Central Europe. On their way to Europe, the Chinese will con-quer South Russia, and their many, small tanks will be superior to the Russian tanks. The Russian troops will be defeated.

The European population is suspicious, but they do not hate the Chinese; they hate the Russians.

At first, the Chinese and Russians will fight each other with conventional weapons in Lower Austria and in the Czech Republic, north of the Danube. The front will be broken three times. Many, many people will die as a result of the tank battles, which will destroy the whole area. No stone will be left unturned in Lower Austria and in the Czech Republic.

A similar fate will be experienced by other nations worldwide. The USA and Canada will be devastated. Forget your emigration plans!

As the war progresses, Russian troops will invade Western Europe. The latter has no real resistance to offer against the Russians. The total defeat of Germany by the Russians is avoided only with the aid of Germany's space vehicle. It is able to remain suspended in space, and is equipped with a revolutionary engine, electromagnetic guns, and a machine that can fire lightning bolts. This space vehicle is superior to what the Russians have, and can destroy even the most modern missiles.

By now, half of Europe and half the world is a heap of rubble. Now the Americans decide to help Europe. Gigantic battles will take place with the most horrific weapon systems. At least, one nuclear battle will take place in the North Sea. All countries bordering the North Sea will be affected. Gigantic waves will flood England, Belgium, Holland, North Germany, and Denmark. The sea waves, caused by a Russian nuclear explosion in the North Sea, are more than 250 feet high. They spread quickly and grow even more. Their power is fierce, and they do not only destroy London but also large parts of Southern England.

Back to Central Europe. The Czech Republic is a neutral nation. Nevertheless, Russia will occupy her, and the nuclear battles will destroy the whole nation. Hell reigns in the western part of the Czech Republic. Nuclear and neutron bombs are used by the Russians and the Chinese in their first encounter. The second battle is even worse. The Chinese are trying to encircle the Russian forces, which are trying to escape to the north. The vibration of the multiple nuclear explosions can be felt everywhere in Central Europe. Whole mountain ranges are removed and flattened, in order to defeat the enemy. One cannot describe the satanic brutality of the war. A sulphur-yellow glowing fire rises above the West of the Czech Republic; it is perhaps the result of the exploded neutron bombs. Then follows a short, powerful, white-yellow explosion which throws fire high into the sky. The fleeing Russians may have detonated their nuclear weapons stored in the Czech coalmines. This is the last explosion in the Czech Republic, for now the crust of the earth splits open. The first eruption high into the sky shows the Crucified Lord, animated, with His wounds. The world will shout: "There is a God!" Our Lord remains suspended in the sky, then slowly He takes on the form of a birch-tree.[this has a special meaning, as a prophecy was made in Germany centuries ago in connection with a birch-tree; Ed.]. Now tons and tons of lava, stones, and debris are ejected into the air covering areas more than 100km (63 miles) away from the center. The city of Prague will be covered completely by it, and nobody will be able to say in the future where Prague once stood.

Immediately after the earth crust splits open, the most gigantic earthquake in human history will shake the whole planet for a whole day. Nothing will remain standing on earth, but God will preserve some homes.

Immense quantities of poisonous gas are freed. It will rise into the atmosphere and biosphere and create three, and more, days of darkness. The air is poisoned for days, but winds will drive the poisonous clouds to the East.

However, the war is not yet over, although one is fighting now with moderate means. The Russians are now on the run. European countries form a new army made up of volunteers. The Russians are hated for this holocaust which they started. Discipline and moral are gone in the Russian forces. They are wiped out completely. Not one Russian will see his homeland again.

Russia collapses. The Communist leaders are being killed, and their historic guilt is now washed in the blood of millions of innocent dead people.

Survivors worldwide have nothing left. Of six billion people on earth, approximately 600 million will be chosen to survive. This is more than enough for our devastated planet.



After the war, there will be no hatred between nations. Old historic borders will be established again, peacefully, so as to form homogeneous nations. The multi-national society is finished. The Pope will give Germany an Emperor. She will be given back all German-speaking countries and German lands in the North, South, East, and West. Even Austria and Switzerland will voluntarily belong to the new German Empire. Poland will return parts of Poland to Germany but will be given back her land in the East from Russia. The Chinese will be given part of Siberia, and Italy -after a battle which she will lose- must return South Tyrol to Austria.

All religious sects will be united in a cleansed and renewed Christendom; it will unite all nations in peace but without merging them and their cultures.

The Church will no longer be a worldwide, powerful institution. Popes will no longer exist in the future. Christendom, in its purest form, will enter the hearts of the survivors, and will not be used as an excuse for oppression and exploitation.

Due to cosmic events -a collision between earth and another space body- the North Pole and the South Pole will move to a new position. Earth will not be stable for some time to come because of minor earthquakes.

The Austrian seer has seen all this very clearly. His is the only prophecy to date with so much detail. The whole world will be in uproar. It will be useless to search for a safe haven abroad. Even New Zealand and Australia, and some South American countries cannot be recommended. The law of the jungle will reign there, too, apart from a possible Chinese occupation of New Zealand and Australia.

In conclusion, the seer saw quite clearly the second Middle East conflict; the wars in Africa; civil war in European countries (France; Italy); similar unrest in England and Germany, also in other countries; a nuclear battle over the Adriatic Sea and vast flooding as its consequence; a nuclear battle in the North Sea and gigantic flooding in the countries that border the North Sea; the burning of Paris; wild, lawless hordes from Italy and France threatening Austria, Switzerland, and Germany; the occupation of Austria, Italy, and the Balkans by Russia; war in the Balkans; great destruction in Hungary; battles in Central Europe; the invasion of Germany and Western Europe by Russia; Russian and Chinese battles: two nuclear battles in the Czech Republic; its escalation; the earth crust splits open; darkness on earth; final battles in Germany and Poland; complete destruction of the Russian forces; Germany becomes an empire and is reunited with all her former lands; Austria regains South Tyrol; Russia collapses: just to mention the most important events to come, not necessarily in that order.

It is important to note that World War Three will be a chaotic event, less disciplined and organized. Civil wars are interspersed with the international war. All this leaves one with the impression that everybody will be fighting everybody. Do forget the nonsense of esoteric croups and other sects that people from earth will be evacuated into space by aliens. Can you imagine an evacuation of six billion people into space?

Compared with World War One and World War Two, God will select the survivors Himself. All bad and evil people will die; but even the good ones will die. Yet they have nothing to fear, as their life will continue in Heaven. The seer himself was clinically dead once, and can confirm life hereafter.

God is going to cleanse His earth which, after all, is part of His Kingdom. Only 600 million will survive, one in ten. How much radioactive dust and poison will remain on earth after WW3 has not been revealed. Fact is that, after the war, there will only be healthy people on earth including those cured by God during the chastisement. No one will speak of nuclear poison. So one must assume that God will also cleanse the earth from all poison so that the survivors can be engaged in farming and handicraft. The people will be very happy, but their standard of life will be put back to the standard of around 1800 AD, i.e. no electricity, gas, oil, industry, television and radio, telephone, new-papers, motorcars, etc. etc. It would not be possible without God's help to toil the soil and survive, for mankind will have poisoned the earth for years to cone.

The climate will change, too, in Central Europe. It will become warmer, similar to the current climate in the North of Italy. In the valleys, survivors will be able to grow citrus fruits. Snow will only be on mountaintops.

The world will move apart again. Distances become important again. There will be no aircraft that will carry passengers to other lands. Tourist is dead for some time to cote. There just is no public transport. It is back to horse and carriage.

The golden era has begun. People will live in harmony and on a higher spiritual level than before.

Incredible to think that all this will happen during the next nine years!


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(The book 'Vision 2004' was published in the German language at the beginning of this year (1994) by Mediatrix Verlag, Gloriette 5, A-3423 St. Andrae-Woerdern, Austria, at a price of DM 48 [£stg21: US-$38]. During the past 6 months, the first two editions were quickly sold out, and the third edition is also selling fast. Mediatrix Verlag in Austria is Europe's largest publisher of good, solid Catholic books, albeit in the German language.)

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