Origin of the work:
1650 – 1656 Sárospatak, Amsterdam
This is a collection of three sets of prophecies – those of K. Kotter, K. Poniatowská and M. Drabík, to which Comenius ascribed an emancipatory political importance. Comenius was convinced of the action of divine revelation not only in the Old Testament time of prophets and in the New Testament time of Christ and the Apostles, but also in its being possible in later eras. God reveals His will through chosen individuals. It seemed that the prediction of Comenius’ chosen prophets, named above, that the North would join with the East to bring about the end of the Papacy and the House of Habsburg was coming to pass. There would be Protestant powers in particular – Sweden, the Palatinate of the Rhine and the Transylvanian Rákóczi family.
Indeed, in 1655 the Swedes fell upon Poland, a campaign in which Transylvania joined, initially harvesting success. Joyfully encouraged by this, yet after a long period of hesitation, Comenius published this collection in 1657 as a report on the revelations of the three visionaries, whose manuscripts he had had translated into Latin since 1651. He hoped in this way, and with the assistance of his correspondents, friends and print, to win over politically influential figures to the struggle against the Habsburgs. The campaign in Poland, however, ended in failure. Although a significant part of the revelations of the three prophets could not be shown to be accurate, and although they caused Comenius himself much inconvenience, he himself believed in them, supported them and fervently disseminated them until his death. See also the entries for the Lux e tenebris and the Historia revelationum.
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp538-543
Jan Kumpera, J. A. Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp262-263