Origin of the work:
This is a new, expanded and revised edition of the prophecies of the Lux in tenebris.
In the dedication to this work, the author exhorts Emperor Leopold to repentance, Pope Alexander VII to atonement, secular rulers to care for their people and King Louis XIV of France to the international reconciliation of all religious and political disputes through the calling of a universal council. The author’s defence of his decision to publish the book follows. It is not to serve in the struggle against the Roman Catholic Church, but rather as a depiction of its conduct in connection with the growth in Papal power that occurred around 1600 under Pope Boniface III. It sets out the disturbances that followed, and the origins of Christian sects. The Popes declared of themselves that they are without sin, and assumed the right of unlawful conduct and rule over the whole world.
On the basis of the prophecies presented, the author calls on rulers to halt wars and persecutions, that they might hold back the exercise of Papal power, in both ways promoting the worship of God and encouraging the nations to moral improvement. A universal council will be necessary to this end. In the address to theologians, Comenius desires that they will dispense with their prejudices: that there is only one Church in which salvation is to be found, that the confusion of the world will be set right by Christ for eternity and that there are no new prophets.
All three of those prophets with whom the book deals have a special section dealing with their prognostications. The lengthiest part of the tract is that devoted to the visions of Mikuláš Drabík. See also the entries for the Lux in tenebris and the Historia Revelationum.
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp618-630
Jan Kumpera, J. A. Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p262