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Visionum continuatio


Drabicianarum visionum continuatio anno 1664, 1665, 1666

A Continuation of Drabík’s visions, in the years 1664, 1665 and 1666


Origin of the work:
  1667 Amsterdam

  ?1667 Leiden

1972 Prague, Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VI, Czech translation by J. Červenka



A continuation of Drabík’s prophecies, relating to those published in the Lux e tenebris. In these revelations Drabík (see the entry for Mikuláš Drabík) refers to himself as God’s chosen medium and the herald of God’s will, and to his “helper” Comenius, whose role is to transcribe and disseminate the books of his prophecies. Drabík predicts the division of the Czech Lands. By God’s design, Bohemia will be ruled by the Elector of Saxony (Johann Georg II), while Moravia and Silesia will be under the Elector of Brandeburg (Heinrich Wilhelm), Austria under the Elector Palatine (Karl Ludwig) and Hungary under the new Prince, Michal Apaffi. These are to work together to destroy the “beasts of prey” (i.e. the House of Habsburg) and the “harlots” (i.e. the Roman Catholic Church). Allied forces will with the aid of the Turks reach Vienna, and others to Moravia. The north too will join. Drabík promises the Czech exiles a return to their homeland, in which the pure faith will be restored. The King of France (Louis XIV) shall become emperor, if he fulfils God’s will. The Turks will be converted to Christianity, and Drabík himself will baptise the Turkish Sultan. Other nations, ignorant of the Gospels, will also be baptised, which task belongs to Christians; if they fail to undertake it, then the Turks and Tatars will do so.

While the majority of these and Drabík’s earlier prophecies did not come to pass, Comenius believed in them, and the role of Drabík’s “helper” and disseminator of his revelations was one which he welcomed and fulfilled. This provoked indignation and debate within the Unitas Fratrum, and caused his own prestige no little damage among the secular public. See also the entries for revelations, the Lux in tenebris and the Revelationum epitome.


For further study, see also:

Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VI. Prague 1972, pp403-430

Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p234




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