Rwanda, in 1994, experienced the worst genocide in history: 800.000 people killed in 30 days. The genocide was well documented in the news, but so not well document is that, starting in 1981, Christ sent messages through his mother to six girls and one boy in Kibeho, Rwanda. It would be informative to examine some details about the Rwandan genocide so that the news media might pay attention the next time a warning comes.
On April 6, 1994, President Habyarimana's plane was shot down near Kigali, Rwanda's capital city. Immediately thereafter came one of the most devastating massacres in human history. In the months following the assassination, an estimated eight hundred thousand to one million Rwandans, nearly one-seventh of the country's entire population, were slaughtered by guns, machetes, hammers, and spears.
Ernest Rutaganda received messages in his sleep. At 3 AM on day in 1983, he saw Jesus and Mary. Five years later, he saw Jesus again (1988) during a pilgrimage in Kibeho where Jesus and Mary were appearing to other visionaries. For refusing to obey government orders to stop holding prayer meetings in his home, where people came in great numbers daily from 1988 to 1990, Rutaganda was imprisoned for six months (March 12 to December 12, 1990) in Kigali, Rwanda's capital.
During one vision, which lasted eight hours, the visionaries saw horrible images of tragedy: massacre, decapitations, and many bodies thrown into the rivers. They realized that if Rwanda did not return to God, (Rwanda had a very large Catholic population) there would be "a river of blood and many abandoned, decapitated corpses". The Rwandan holocaust came a few years later.
Christ told one of the visionaries: "Too many people treat their neighbors dishonestly. The world is full of hatred. You will know my Second Coming is at hand when you see the outbreak of religious wars. Then, know that I am on the Way." In 1993, Ernest was told that there would be a massacre of Tutsit. The massacre occurred a year later in 1994. This is all easily found on The Internet.
Recently, the Oprah Show interviewed Lisa Ling, who showed a documentary about the Rwandan massacre and another massacre (by the same combatants) in The Congo: almost a million killed in Rwanda in 1994 and more than 3,500,000 killed in the Congo since 1997. Surprisingly, Lisa did not mention the apparitions. I think mentioning the apparitions might have generated a more universal concern for what happened in Rwanda.
In late July 2005, one of the main American TV networks aired a documentary about Rwanda. The documentary covered the political background that led to the hostility between the Tutsit and Hutu peoples in Rwanda, the rebellions, the coups and counter coups, the assassination of President Habyarimana, and the ensuing genocide. The documentary also did not mention the apparitions. The children were told that the messages given them at Rwanda were not merely meant for Rwandans or for black Africans, they were meant for everybody. The God who created everybody has been warning all of us to give up our lives of defiance or face the consequences. Unchecked sin can and will race through the world inspiring unprincipled persons to commit atrocious acts against those deemed weaker and unable to defend themselves. Because so many people do not listen, I think all of us are still faced with these warnings right now.
There are also two movies about the genocide: "Hotel Rwanda" and "Sometimes in April." Both are excellent, well-done movies that show the suffering the Rwandan people experienced during the genocide. "Sometimes in April" was especially poignant because two of the main stars portrayed brothers who were on opposite sides during the genocide. Surprisingly, neither movie mentioned the apparitions. "Hotel Rwanda" was a true-life story of a man who tried to save as many people as possible. He managed a hotel in Kigali, the capital city, where Rutaganda was imprisoned. It's hard to believe that he did not know about the apparitions.
Maurice A. Williams
Author of "Apocalypse: Four Horsemen Three Woes." http://www.geocities.com/mauricewms2003.
Williams is a semi-retired Director of R&D and still works as a consultant. He is married, lives at home, and has four children and six grandchildren.
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