The Lord God Almighty had decreed that on June 8 of that year, his revelation baby would be born. We had heard of numerous prophecies that revealed the year, and some of them even revealed the day of her birth. Prophecies are not something that I believed in back then. I believed that people spoke their dreams and then assumed that it was God who had made the revelation, so our shock was palpable when the phone rang at about midnight to say that a baby had been born that day with a stupendous golden glow. This was the prophecy's fulfillment. The glow was her signature, the proof that she was who they said she would be. The evidence of the glow matched the prophecy, it was how we were supposed to identify her.
Naturally, we called Vatican City to see if they had heard. It was they who had first told us about the baby's imminent arrival. They wanted us to be forewarned about their certain prophecies and the guaranteed fulfillment. They told us that they had heard, but that this baby could not possibly be the fulfillment. They told us also that they had some ways of proving that this was not the baby that had been prophesied about, and in a month we would see that we had been taken for a fool. They said she was born to a Catholic family, but that they had no intention of baptizing her in the Catholic faith. We were asked not to reveal anything about the baby's birth until after the year was ended. We agreed.
In January of the following year, we again called the Vatican to inquire about the status of their investigation. No other baby had been born with a glow, but they were convinced that she was not the baby that had been prophesied, and she was not the prophecies' fulfillment. We were not convinced. We knew too much to be that easily fooled. The baby had the glow, but that was not enough, she also had the name. More than that, she had two names that we were told would evidence who she was. Her ancestry included, as had been prophesied, a French King and a British nobleman, just as had been prophesied. We knew that no other baby had been born that year who fulfilled any of the prophecies, and that was the year in which they were to be fulfilled.
We also knew that the Vatican's plan to unearth what they claimed was a clever ploy had backfired, because she was baptized Anglican and given the precise names that they never would have approved. She was indeed the fulfillment of their prophecy. She was the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the French and the British. She not only was the fulfillment, she was the manifestation of our faith and of God's faithfulness. She also was the aching world's only hope for renewal. The Lord God Almighty reigns. Amen.