Signs and wonders will be seen – You know my tears – This is the hour – No man shall stop my plan – Trust me!
Follow the hand of God – I will reach for you – Take my hand – Walk with me – Praise the Lord!
You have been called – You are my witness – The Rapture is coming – I am the Light – Expect me!
This is the time of teaching – There shall be a Crusade – Prepare for me – I have risen – Embrace me!
A new day is coming – I am building a Temple – My Church is being restored – Read the signs – Stand!
“The Last Days of Tolemac” is a book about prophecy. It deals with events that are happening in the world today and shows how they fulfill prophecies that were made many centuries ago. The book is set out in a series of questions and answers, and explains in detail:
- What is about to happen to our planet
- Why these events are happening at this time
- What places on earth will be affected
- What the new world will be like
- What we can do to prepare
As the book explains, our world is about to be transformed. We are about to experience “a new heaven and a new earth” where there will be no more suffering and no more pain. However all of us are faced with a choice. Do we wish to inherit the new world that is coming? Or will we fall victim to the catastrophes that will herald its arrival? What we need to do to survive is explained in the pages of this book.
For the information of readers, The Last Days of Tolemac is now available on Kindle Books as a Digital Download, as well as Allan’s major work entitled The Cosmic Web.
The Cosmic Web deals with the mysteries of life, and shows how we all have within us hidden powers that will transform our lives in the coming age. Many of the stories that appear on this Blog, as well as articles on esoteric aspects of life, have been taken from this book. And as usual with Kindle books, if you click on the cover of either book, you can read part of the contents for free.
Both books can be accessed here
Allan Colston can be contacted at Tolemac@shaw.ca
For the benefit of readers who might be looking for information on specific subjects related to prophecy, the following articles have been included here for easy reference. They can be found in “Articles” listed under the heading “Categories” in the column on the right, or by clicking here:
- The Apocalypse Unveiled
- The Rapture Revealed
- The Lost Years of Jesus
- The New Golden Age
- The Last Pope
- The Death of the Pope
- The Doomsday Prophecies
- The Kachina Prophecies of the Hopi
- Rebuilding the Temple of Solomon
- What is “Wormwood” in the Book of Revelation?
- What is “Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation?
- Why America is not Mentioned in “End Time” Prophecy
In previous instalments we have explored in detail the event which the Old Testament prophets called “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. We have seen WHAT will happen, WHY it will happen, WHERE it will happen and WHEN it will happen. Just one question remains.
That question is, if earth is facing a cosmic catastrophe in the near future as a result of “fire and brimstone” falling from the sky, then what can or should we do about it?
In answer, the following extract is taken from the conclusion of The Last Days of Tolemac, where the Oracle of Tolemac responds to questions relating to the events that are predicted to unfold in the last days of this current epoch of humanity.
Modern man prides himself on his great intelligence. Of all the species that have ever lived upon the earth he believes he is the most intelligent. He also believes that modern civilization is the highest form of culture that has ever existed on the planet.
In terms of understanding the world and the heavens of which it is a part, he believes that modern scientific knowledge is more advanced than anything that has been known in any other age. He believes that the technological marvels of today are better than those developed by any other culture in the past.
Yet for all his vast knowledge of science and his ability to create technical wonders, modern man remains a mystery to himself. He does not know who he really is or what he can become. He remains but a child in the Great School of Life. He does not yet know the true purpose of his life or the glorious future that awaits him.
Q: What is the purpose of life?
A: Man is born on the earth to learn his true identity. All the varied experiences of life are designed so that man may finally come to know who he really is. Over the entrance to the ancient Greek Temple of Apollo in Delphi, two words were inscribed in letters of gold. These words were “Know Thyself”.
What is the purpose of this schoolroom of life? What is the meaning of all the loves, the joys, the sorrows, misery and death? The lesson to be learned in life is that the soul should come to experience itself as it really is. It should finally come to know the true nature of the “I Am” that lives in the heart of every soul.
Modern man believes that he is a frail creature confined to a physical body that is limited in time and space. He does not know that his basic nature is divine, and that within his apparent limited body lie powers beyond his imagination. Within the nature of man lie all the mysteries of the universe. And those who come to know themselves discover the secrets to these mysteries and the power to control the universe.
In the evolutionary path of life, the soul of every person progresses through many forms over many lifetimes. This evolutionary path is the Path of Returning. It is the path of progress towards Everlasting Light. It is the path that every person must travel. It is the destiny of every person now living on the earth that they will one day reach the glory of this Everlasting Light.
This personal journey of discovery is a journey which had its beginning in the hoary mists of ages past. It is a journey that will not end for many ages to come. But along this Path of Returning there are certain times when a great evolutionary opportunity occurs. The present time on earth is one of these opportunities.
Q: What is this opportunity?
A: It is the opportunity to grow in consciousness to a new level of being. Just as a caterpillar emerges from its chrysalis in the form of a butterfly, and is able to soar to heights undreamed of when it was a caterpillar, so humanity today has the opportunity to inherit a new body that will free them from the limitations of the past.
But although this same opportunity is offered to every person now living on the earth, not every person is ready to graduate to this new level of being. Not everybody has reached the same point in their evolutionary growth. Progress in life is similar to the different grades that characterize your schools on earth.
In your graduated system of teaching pupils begin their schooling in the lowest grade. These children progress by learning the lessons associated with each grade. Once they have mastered the lessons of their existing grade they are allowed to move on to the next grade. Finally there comes a day when their schooling ends. They graduate and are free to enter into the great world beyond. As it is in school so it is in life.
The earth is approaching its day of graduation. The day is dawning when every person on the earth will be tested in the Great School of Life. They will undergo the Great Initiation. Those who pass these tests of initiation will experience a new beginning and a new life that will be more glorious than anything they can imagine. It will be a life of freedom and unrestricted joy.
But not everyone is ready to accept this opportunity to move into a higher dimension. There are many with little experience of life who are still in the lower grades. They still have much to learn. Others are content with the level they are at. But because everyone is free to choose the pace at which they wish to grow, nobody is forced to progress to these higher levels of life. Yet those who miss out on this chance to graduate now will pay a heavy price.
Q: What price will they have to pay?
A: Those who fail this initiation will have to start again. They will have to go back to the beginning. Their soul progression will be set back by millions of years in time. Once again they will have to go back to the stage of living in caves. It will take many thousands of lifetimes before they once again reach the end of another Grand Cycle of life.
But although this may seem like retrogression from a physical point of view, it will provide the soul with more time to grow and learn the lessons of life. From the point of view of spiritual evolution the soul will continue to progress until it will once again have the chance to accept the new. If it fails again, it will once again have to go back to the beginning.
If only modern man understood the opportunity that now confronts him. If he only knew how great a chance this is in the development of his soul. If he only knew how long he would be detained if he fails. If he only knew how much suffering he would have to endure to reach this point again, he would immediately change his ways and all of earth’s problems would be solved. But modern man is stubborn in his ways. He is not yet willing to change.
Q: Why is he unwilling to change?
A: He does not want to change because he is satisfied with his present way of life. He would rather pursue comfort and pleasure than face the challenge of transformation. By ignoring all the signs that point to the coming changes on the earth, he hopes that they can be avoided. But he fails to see that it his present way of life that is leading to disaster.
It has always been this way at the end of every Grand Cycle of time.This was the way it was in the days of Noah before the great flood. This was the way it was in the last days of Tolemac. This is the way that Jesus predicted it would be in the days leading up to his return.
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24: 37-39)
There will be many who will not listen to the warnings of Jesus and of the prophets. They will be the ones who will take the broad way of life that leads to destruction. But there will be others who will listen. It is for them that these words are written.
Q: Why is it necessary to undergo all these disasters?
A: It is not necessary to undergo all these disasters. If your societies had followed the teachings of the wise men and women of the past your world would not be in the state it is today and the earth would not have to undergo these catastrophic changes.
If that had happened then the changes that would take place as the earth moved into the higher energies of the Age of Aquarius would have been harmonious and beautiful. There would have been no need for these disasters. It is man’s own thinking that is the cause of the consequences that must now unfold on your planet.
It is his selfishness, his greed and his callous disregard for the welfare of those who share the world with him that are the causes of these catastrophes. For century after century humanity has suffered because of man’s inhumanity to man. But this will at last come to an end.
The chaos and disaster that will soon occur on the earth is tragic. But it would be worse if this suffering were to be allowed to continue. The catastrophes that are to come are not the result of divine revenge for the evils that have taken place on earth. They are the consequences of past actions and the present way of life.
Catastrophe comes so that man may experience the consequences of his thoughts and his actions. They come so that he might learn from these experiences. If these consequences seem harsh it is because the actions that are the causes of these catastrophes have been equally harsh. But out of this harshness will come great beauty and good.
For out of these catastrophes humanity will emerge chastened and purified. The humanity that will inherit the new heaven and the new earth will arise in glory from the ashes of the past. The new earth will be free at last to fulfill its divine potential and its people will be supreme examples of that purpose.
Q: What other changes will take place on earth?
A: The entire surface of the earth will be changed. The shapes of the continents themselves will change. Some land masses will sink below the seas. Others will rise from the deep. The earth will be totally transformed when the seas rage and the mountains again “skip like young lambs” .
Q: Why must these changes take place?
A: To understand why these changes must take place and why certain lands will be affected more than others, it is necessary to remember what “karmic cleansing” means and why it happens.
When thoughts of negativity lead to acts of violence and death, these negative vibrations become linked with those places where these violent acts occurred. In the higher dimensions of life this negativity becomes imprinted on these places, and these negative influences remain for long periods of time. Unless they are removed, they continue to harm the people who live there.
People who are psychically gifted will know from personal experience how certain places like ancient battlefields still harbour powerful negative influences. The purpose of karmic cleansing is to purify these places so that the negative influences associated with them are permanently erased.
When these negative vibrations grow to the point where they affect large parts of the earth, they can only be removed by means of global transformation. Only by means of global cleansing can those people who inherit the “new earth” live free from the negative influences of the past.
Nature has many ways to cleanse the earth. In past ages it has used the forces of fire, wind and water to purify the earth. But the most common way is by water. When parts of the land become contaminated by the negativity caused by centuries of violence, hatred and oppression, these lands are cleansed by sinking beneath the waves. It is the action of water over many thousands of years of time that gradually washes away the mental stains of the past.
Sometimes this cleansing process can be achieved by burying the land under ice for long periods of time, or by means of hurricanes or through the purifying effects of fire. In the coming cleansing that is about to take place on earth, all of these forces will be used.
Q: What can people do to prepare for these disasters?
A: There is little that needs to be done outwardly to prepare for these disasters. For just as it is man’s thinking that is the cause of the chaos that is to come, so it is in man’s thinking that healing needs to take place. Those who wish to avoid these disasters need to prepare within themselves.
As you go about your daily duties try to focus on the higher truth. Try to remember that every person that you meet is a divine being no matter what their behaviour or their outer appearance. Try to treat them as you would like them to treat you. This is the test given by Jesus for those who will qualify for the golden age.
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”
“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?”
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”
“Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25: 34-46)
The test for those who will be saved will be the same as for those who will be condemned. It will not depend on how much wealth they have, or what position they have achieved in life, or how much education they have. It will depend on how they have treated those who have crossed their path in life.
Q: Are there any places of safety to escape from these disasters?
A: When these natural disasters begin to take place on earth, people everywhere will be desperate to find places where they can be safe. If there is no security to be found on the surface of the earth to escape the fiery hail falling from the sky, many will try to hide under the ground.
Many governments of the world have built large underground shelters that are designed to be used in such cases of emergency. Many of these shelters are linked together by means of tunnels. Yet even these refuges will not be spared from these disasters. No bomb-proof shelter will be safe.
No cavern will be deep enough to escape these disasters. The tunnels will be flooded by inrushing water while the shelters will be crushed by collapsing rocks.Those who are not karmically involved in these disasters do not need to worry about their safety.
They will be saved in many different ways. Some of them will seem to be miraculous. For even if they should find themselves caught in the middle of these catastrophes these people will come to no harm. But those who are the cause of these events will find no place to hide.
Q: Should we warn other people about these disasters?
A: Jesus said that at the time of the end people would be divided into two groups. There would be those who would listen to the warnings of the prophets and the omens occurring in the world and act on them. And there would be others who would ignore these predictions and carry on living as before. They would be in the vast majority.
Jesus said that those who listened to these warnings and acted upon them would be saved. Those who ignored them would not.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7: 24-27)
Those who are wise will listen to these warnings. They will prepare for the days that are to come. The foolish will ignore these warnings and scorn those who would try to persuade them to change their ways. The wise will understand what is about to happen on the earth. The foolish will not understand.
“Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” (Daniel 12: 10)
Most of the people living in the world today are too busy with their personal affairs to worry about prophecies about the times of the end. They are too concerned with their immediate goals in life to care about warnings of disasters to come. Besides, they will claim that those who talk about such things are focused on the negative side of life and are themselves to blame if anything disastrous should occur.
These people expect to live long productive lives just like their parents and their grandparents before them. And since they have no understanding of the true history of the past they will dismiss the very idea that a comet could strike the earth. They will also claim to have history on their side. So many predictions of disasters that were made in the past have not come true that they will reject these prophecies as well.
The doubters are convinced that life will somehow carry on as it always has. They will argue that there have always been troubles in life but these have always been overcome by human ingenuity. They will reject the idea that the universe is based on spiritual principles and that there must come a time when karmic debts will have to be paid.
We urge you to talk to people about the events that are to come and tell them about the warnings of the Bible and other holy books. Tell them about the prophecies of Jesus and of the signs that now appear on earth as omens of the latter days. Tell them that there will be catastrophes. Prepare them for what is prophesied to come. But tell them that out of these disasters will come the most glorious time in the history of the earth.
Tell them that there will be no more sorrow. There will be no more death. All suffering will end. The earthquakes, floods and winds will literally wash away the old and make way for the new. The horrors of war, misery and death will soon be banished from the world. And all of these disasters can be endured if people know that eternal life awaits them at the end.
Tell them also that they are loved. Tell them that there is still time to join those who will be saved. Tell them that guidance will be given to them if they ask. They will be guided from within. This guidance will cover every need. The only requirement is that they must be truly sincere in their desire to be saved.
Let those who will not listen go their way. Let them continue to think and act as they have done in the past. Let them continue to ignore the signs that are approaching. They will find out soon enough that these predictions will be fulfilled. As John wrote in his Book of Revelation:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22: 11-12)
Q: What advice do you have for us in the days ahead?
A: Let those who would be saved follow the words of Jesus. He said that the Son of man would come like a thief in the night. He said that the time of the end would happen at a time when no one was expecting it. Many would be unprepared. Many would be caught unawares. He urged his followers to watch and pray that they would be spared the plagues of the Great Tribulation.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.”
“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”
“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21: 28-36)
Let those who would be saved continue to watch and pray. For no matter how advanced a person may seem to be upon the Path of Returning to Everlasting Light, they do not know if they will be able to withstand the fire of the Great Initiation. Pray that you will be spared the trials of tribulation. Pray that you will be given guidance in the days that are to come.
Watch as world events unfold around you. Watch what happens in the land of Israel. Israel will be the spark that will light the fires of tribulation. Israel will be the key to the coming of terror upon the earth. Watch the enemies of Israel. Watch for the time when they take up arms and march with their armies against the land of Israel.
This time is rapidly approaching. Even now the enemies of Israel make plans for their destruction. Even now they assemble weapons and build up their armies. Even now a spirit of hostility is growing in the lands that surround Israel. Words of peace are being replaced with talk of war. It will not be long before action follows words.
For when the land of Israel is surrounded by the armies of its enemies that will be the time when the comet will appear. That will be the time when the asteroid will hit the earth. That will be the time when the seven year period of tribulation will begin. That will be the time when the Anti-Christ will appear. That will be the time when the Great Redeemer of mankind will soon return to earth to begin his thousand year reign of peace.
Watch and pray.
Children of the earth rejoice! As you go about the duties of your day realize that the long awaited time of your salvation has finally arrived. Realize that you are not alone. You are surrounded by the heavenly hosts. We who are the remnant of the last days of Tolemac will be with you also. We will witness with you the salvation of the earth. We will share with you the glory that is to come.
Someday soon there will be a day of singing such as has never before been heard upon the earth. It will be the sound of a single voice. This single voice will swell with a great multitude of heavenly voices. Choirs of angelic voices will be heard in unison together singing “Come home Earth, Come home, Come home”.
Then will be heard in response a chorus of all the souls upon the earth. It will be a mingling of the voices of people and of birds and of animals. There will be a harmony of sound and colour and beauty that is beyond imagining. All the souls of earth will join together in worship of the Everlasting Light. This is the Light that shines within the heart of every soul. It is the Light of the eternal “I Am”.
This is the testament of Tolemac.
This is the time of your Great Initiation.
This is the time for which you have been born.
This is the time for which you have died countless times.
This is the time of your graduation in the Great School of Life.
Ever since St. John wrote his book of Revelation, Christians have been speculating about when the wrath of God would begin, when the elect would be “raptured” off the earth to a place of safety, and when Jesus would return to the earth in the flesh to begin his reign of a thousand years.
This speculation began almost as soon as the book was written in the first century A.D. Even St. Paul, who was the founder of the Christian church in Asia minor, was amongst those who believed that Jesus would return to the earth sooner rather than later.
But as the years passed without any sign of his return, Christian scholars began to question whether the dire events predicted by St. John might perhaps be more symbolic than real, and whether the events described in Revelation might be open to different interpretations.
According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, most Christians today interpret the book of Revelation in any one of five different ways.
1. Historicist – that it refers to a broad view of actual history
2. Preterist – that it refers mostly to events that have already happened in the early days of the Christian era
3. Amillennialist – that the millennium described by John has already begun
4. Futurist – that the events described in Revelation are still to come
5. Idealist – that the events described by John are not real, but symbolic of the spiritual path and the battle between good and evil (View source)
But if Church scholars were uncertain about whether the events portrayed in Revelation were real or symbolic, there have always been individuals who not only indicated that these were real events that would happen in the future, but insisted that they knew when that future time would be.
In the 16th Century, a German Anabaptist prophet by the name of Melchior Hoffman announced to his followers that the Lord would return to the earth in 1533, and that the French town of Strasbourg would be the location of the New Jerusalem.
Then, some three centuries later, an American Baptist preacher called William Miller wrote:
“My principles in brief, are, that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth, cleanse, purify, and take possession of the same, with all the saints, sometime between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844″.
When March 21, 1844 came and went without the appearance of the Christ, Miller decided that his calculations had been incorrect. He therefore adopted a new date based on the “Karaite” version of the Jewish calendar, in place of the “Rabbinic” version he had used before.
This new date, Miller announced, would be April 18, 1844. When this new date again passed without Christ’s return, he responded publicly, writing: “I confess my error, and acknowledge my disappointment; yet I still believe that the day of the Lord is near, even at the door.”
Yet Miller’s error clearly had little deterrent effect on others who followed in his footsteps. Even the renowned 18th century mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton could not resist this temptation, when he predicted that the Apocalypse would occur in the year 2060.
Newton was a devout Christian who believed that the Bible was a revelation from God. He also believed that biblical prophecy predicted the divinely-ordained events of the future, and that the interpretation of biblical prophecy was “a duty of the greatest moment”.
As he recorded in his alchemical papers “the holy Prophecies” of the Scripture are nothing less than “histories of things to come” (Yahuda MS 1.1, folio 16 recto). However, in the 44 years left before the year 2060, it is unlikely that even his most ardent followers are holding their breath.
One of the most famous, or perhaps notorious “date-setters” of the 21st century, depending on one’s point of view, was a retired civil engineer living in California by the name of Harold Camping, who had built a multi-million-dollar non-profit ministry known as Family Radio.
In 1992 he had published a book titled “1994?”, proclaiming that Christ’s return might be on September 6, 1994. In that book he also mentioned that 2011 could be the end of the world. Camping’s predictions used 1988 as a significant year in the events preceding the apocalypse.
In two later books, “We are Almost There!” and “To God be The Glory“, Camping said that he had found new Biblical evidence which, in his opinion and that of others mentioned by him, indicated that he was wrong about his earlier dates for the Rapture as well as for the end of the world.
Then, on the basis of this new information, Camping issued an apocalyptic warning that God’s Day of Judgement would now happen on May 21, 2011, starting with a worldwide earthquake, and that on this day Jesus Christ would return to the earth to save all true Christian believers.
When his predicted Day of Judgement arrived, millions of people around the world waited expectantly. However, once it became clear that they had not been rescued by Jesus and that the predicted earthquakes had failed to materialise, Camping had to confess that his predictions were false.
Skeptical critics took delight in lampooning Camping for his apocalyptic warnings, by pointing out that not only had he failed once before, but that he was merely the latest in a long line of “date-setters” who had all been unsuccessful in their efforts to predict the time of future Biblical events.
Other Christian preachers and scholars went even further. They used scriptural evidence to show that these apocalyptic events could never be predicted in advance, and that any attempt to do so was doomed to failure. In support of their position, they quoted from the gospel of St. Mark:
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”. (Mark 13:32)
Even such an accomplished seer as Nostradamus was not immune from the temptation of “date-setting”, nor from suffering the same predictable result. In a letter which was addressed to “Henry, Second King of France”, Nostradamus wrote:
“These predictions made with the aid of astronomy and other methods, and even by the Holy Scriptures, cannot not happen.
“Had I wished I could have put a calculation of time into each quatrain; but that would not have pleased everyone, and my interpretations still less, unless your Majesty grants me enough protection to do this, so as not to give slanderers pretext for attacking me.”
Yet in spite of these cautionary words, seven quatrains out of 942 contained actual dates of reference. They were Century 1 verse 49, Century 2 verse 51, Century 3 verse 77, Century 6 verse 2, Century 8 verse 71, Century 10 verse 72, and Century 10 verse 91.
Because all of the dates listed in the above quatrains have now passed, we can say with a fair degree of accuracy that, while six out of the seven can be considered to be accurate, one of them failed spectacularly. That was the 72nd quatrain of Century 10, quoted below:
“In the year 1999, and seven months, from the sky will come the great King of Terror. He will bring back to life the great king of the Mongols. Before and after War reigns happily.”
This is one of Nostradamus’ most intriguing quatrains, because it seems to indicate that the earth will be terrorized by an object coming from the sky. But nothing of the kind happened in 1999, so from the point of view of the date quoted by Nostradamus, this quatrain must stand as a failure.
As has already been noted, Nostradamus indicated in his letter to Henry that his predictions were made “with the aid of astronomy and other methods, and even by the Holy Scriptures”. So despite his confidence that he “could have put a calculation of time into each quatrain”, it is clear that Nostradamus was as fallible as all the rest.
This did not necessarily mean that his prophecies were incorrect, but rather that the methods used to date his predictions were prone to error.
There is, however, one supreme irony in this centuries-old quest to unravel the riddle of WHEN the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord” would occur. And that is that the vital clue to understanding the timing of this event has been staring scholars and evangelists in the face for over 2,500 years.
To understand the origin of this clue, we need to travel back in time to the early history of the Jews. In fact we need to go back to the year 587 B.C. when the Israelites were living in exile by the waters of Babylon, and to the time of the prophet Ezekiel.
In Chapter 37 of his book of prophecy recorded in the Old Testament, Ezekiel predicted that a series of events would occur during the “Latter Days”, which was a term used by Ezekiel as well as other prophets to denote the times leading up to the return of the saviour.
Ezekiel predicted that a time would come when the scattered tribes of Israel would return to the land of their fore-fathers, and that they would become a nation once more. As he wrote:
“And say unto them, thus saith the Lord God: behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them up on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37: 21-22)
This prophecy by Ezekiel became reality on May 14, 1948, when the state of Israel was officially established, following the adoption of a resolution to this effect by the United Nations General Assembly.
Ezekiel then went on to predict that soon after this time, the land of Israel would be threatened by many nations, and that the armies of these nations would surround Israel on every side. These armies would come from “the north parts”, and from countries like “Persia, Libya and Ethiopia”.
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, thus saith the Lord God; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army.”
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 38: 14-16)
According to Ezekiel, this vast mechanized army would assemble on the borders of Israel. Their goal would be to wipe out the Jewish nation once and for all, and take over their land. The Jews would be powerless to stop the mighty forces that would be arrayed against them on every side.
But just when all hope seemed to be lost and the entire Jewish nation appeared to be doomed, the Lord God would intervene and cause earthquakes to shake the land of Israel, and at the same time cause “hailstones, fire and brimstone” to rain down upon their enemies.
“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken. Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel.” (Ezekiel 38: 18-19)
“And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone.” (Ezekiel 38: 22)
And this is where the quest to interpret the events of the “Latter Days” becomes truly remarkable, because for the last two thousand years it never seems to have occurred to Biblical scholars to link the above prediction of Ezekiel with the following passage taken from the book of Revelation.
“And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass burnt up”. (Revelation 8: 6-7)
Despite the fact that both of these quotations explicitly refer to “hail and fire mingled with blood”, Bible scholars have been blind to the obvious fact that has been staring them in the face for centuries, and that is that both of these passages refer to the same astronomical event.
The key word in both of these passages is the word “blood”. Now most scholars have jumped to the conclusion that this is a reference to human blood. But what they don’t realise is that the prophets were actually describing hail that looked like blood. In other words, the hail was blood-red in colour.
And as has previously been explained, the hail that accompanied the fire and brimstone would be coloured red as a result of the red dust particles in the tail of the comet. And it is these fiery red particles that would look like “fiery hail” when they hit the surface of the earth.
And in case anyone thinks this is just wild speculation, it is worth recalling that this would not be the first time that the Jews had been saved by “fiery hail”, or from dust that turned the waters into the colour of blood. As we read in the book of Exodus:
“And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood”. (Exodus 7: 20)
“And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt”. (Exodus 9: 23)
So what this all means is that the comet “Wormwood” described in the book of Revelation is the same agent that is responsible for the destruction of the Islamic armies gathered on the borders of Israel as predicted by Ezekiel. These are not two unrelated events.
We also have additional clues that confirm this is the case. The first is that the devastation described by St. John, especially with the destruction of “Mystery Babylon” outlined in Part Four, is clearly global in extent, and is not confined to the country of Israel alone.
This is confirmed by Ezekiel in the same passage where he talks about the destruction of Gog and his armies when he states:
“Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel: 19-20)
While there does exist a significant fault line running through the Dead Sea, Israel itself is not particularly prone to earthquakes, and certainly nothing of a kind that would cause severe shaking over the entire country. In fact there have been no large earthquakes in Israel since it became a nation.
So anything that would cause “a great shaking in the land of Israel” would have to have its source elsewhere. And that would undoubtedly be the impact of the giant rock cast into the ocean that was witnessed in a dream by Efrain Rodriguez (see Part Six), and described by the prophet Nahum:
“He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.” (Nahum 1: 4-5)
So based on the words of the prophets of the Old Testament alone, without even referring to the predictions of St. John in his book of Revelation, it is obvious that the shaking referred to in the land of Israel will be experienced everywhere on the planet.
Now some commentators have suggested that the “fire and brimstone” described by Ezekiel was merely symbolic language for modern weaponry, and that the destruction of the Islamic armies would be the result of tactical nuclear weapons, rather than something coming from outer space.
But again, this would not account for the destruction in all the other parts of the world. And it would be an improbable stretch to suggest that there would be two separate astronomical events occurring independently of one another within the short time-frame of the “Latter Days”.
And this inevitably leads to the question that has challenged Christian commentators for centuries, and that is if the world is soon to be afflicted by a world-wide catastrophe as predicted by St. John, will anyone be spared from the great tribulation that will follow?
When Jesus was asked by his disciples about the events that would occur on earth in the days leading up to his return, he replied:
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
” Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”. (Luke 21: 34-36)
It is clear from the above words of Jesus that there will be some who will be “accounted worthy”, and who will escape these disasters and be spared from the trauma that is to come. In fact Jesus went on to explain what would occur, and how this miraculous event would come about.
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch ye therefore; for ye know not what hour the Lord doth come”. (Matthew 24: 40-42)
It was this enigmatic remark by Jesus that has become the basis for the Christian belief in the “Rapture”. Although the word itself does not appear in the New Testament, the rapture is derived from the Latin word rapiemur, meaning “to catch up” or “to take away”.
Among the Evangelical Christian churches of the West, particularly in the United States, there is a prevailing belief that when the rapture does occur, it will include the entire body of the church, rather than selected individuals taken from different parts of the world.
Those tele-evangelists and pastors who announce with smug confidence that they will be among those who will be taken away to be with Jesus before the great and terrible day of the Lord, have clearly never bothered to read the book of Revelation, or if they have, have failed to understand it.
When St. John came to relate his vision of the end times, he began with a series of letters which most commentators have tended to ignore. Yet they are amongst the most important passages in the entire book of Revelation. These letters are addressed to seven different churches. As John wrote:
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; from the seven Spirits which are before his throne.” (Revelation 1: 3-4)
John then devoted chapters two and three to the content of these letters, which were addressed to the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. While outwardly these letters may seem unrelated to prophecy, they actually carry a hidden meaning.
One of the best interpreters of this hidden meaning is the American engineer, businessman, author and now Christian evangelist Dr. Charles Missler. Missler was the founder of the Koinonia House ministry, which is now based in the town of Reporoa in New Zealand.
Missler has pointed out that the seven letters addressed to the churches in Asia are actually a prophetic profile of the history of the Christian church, dating from the time of the death of Jesus and continuing up to the time of his return at the end of the current age.
According to Dr. Missler, this prophetic profile covers a period of the last two thousand years, with each designated church in Asia referring to a particular period of church history. These seven periods of history may be summarised as follows:
• The church of Ephesus – the Apostolic Church
• The church of Smyrna – the Persecuted Church
• The church of Pergamos – the Married Church
• The church of Thyatira – the Medieval Church
• The church of Sardis – the Denominational Church
• The church of Philadelphia – the Missionary Church
• The church of Laodicea – the Eschatological (End Time) Church
As Dr. Missler explains in the following video (beginning at 17:15 minutes), we are now living at the time of the last period of church history. And the letter addressed to the church of Laodicea is actually directed at all those Christians who are alive today.
This letter should make it crystal clear to all those who entertain warm and fuzzy feelings about joining Jesus in heaven at the time of the rapture, that they may well be among the millions of the “faithful” who will be left behind to suffer through the tribulation, as we can see from the following lines:
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and annoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne”. (Revelation 3: 14-21)
Ultimately, it will be the actions that each person has taken in the course of their lives that will decide their fate. The Bible says that those who will be chosen will be judged by the fruits of their actions, rather than by pious words. As Jesus warned his followers:
“Not every one that saith unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7: 20-23)
On that day of decision many so-called Christians will discover that they are not among the chosen few, but have been left behind to face the horrors of the tribulation. It will be a day of great sorrow and despair. “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. (Matthew 24: 51)
There are millions of Christians alive today who are convinced that they will be among those who will be saved, and that they will be taken away to be with Jesus when the time of tribulation comes.
The shock that they will feel when they find out that they have been left behind will be great indeed. They will be among the many who will fail to heed the warning given by Jesus himself.
When Jesus told his disciples about the kingdom that awaited those who chose to follow him, he warned: “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many will be called, but few chosen”. (Matthew 20: 16)
Of the many Christians who are called, truly only a few will be chosen. Those that believe that they stand at the forefront of the church will be placed last, for the greatest barrier to an understanding of the light within is spiritual pride.
Those who are convinced of their own virtue will fall victim to their own folly. Of the billions of people now living on the earth, only a small portion will be chosen to take up a new body of living light. The opportunities are many but the pitfalls are great.
“Enter ye in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
Those people who confidently expect to be saved from the great tribulation, will be the ones who will be most likely to reject their faith once they discover that they have been left behind. They will be those of whom Jesus spoke when he said that the love of many would grow cold.
It is safe to say that most people who call themselves Christians do not realize that self-sacrifice is the price of eternal life. Jesus warned his followers that many false prophets would arise in the last days before his return to the earth to try to mislead them.
The leaders of the many denominations of the Christian church today would do well to warn their flock that they may be called upon to sacrifice their lives for their faith, just as the earliest followers of Jesus were called upon to do some two thousand years ago.
These Christians will still have a path to salvation. But first they will have to endure the fires of adversity to prove that they can overcome, even as Jesus also overcame. Only in this way can they be purified and become gold tried in the fire, and be fit to be clothed in white raiment.
There is one persistent theme that runs through all of Bible prophecy, beginning with the Jewish prophets of the Old Testament, then continuing with the warnings of Jesus, and finally ending with the events described in the book of Revelation written by St. John.
That theme is that at the end of this current age of humanity, at a time that the Old Testament prophets called the “Last Days”, there would come a world-wide calamity in which the earth would be bombarded by “fire and brimstone” descending from the skies.
The ancient prophets referred to this day of reckoning as “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. What exactly would happen at that time was only hinted at by the early prophets. Even Jesus limited himself to warnings that there would be signs in the heavens and distress among nations.
It was St. John who graphically described what would happen on this great and terrible day, when he predicted that “a great star would fall from heaven, burning as a lamp”, and that “a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea”.
What St. John did NOT say, perhaps because this was never revealed to him in his visions, was exactly WHERE this “great millstone” would be cast into the sea. But even if HE did not know, the Bible makes it clear that this would be revealed to others closer to the time of this event.
In verses 16-19 of the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles we read:
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
“And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke”. (Referring to Joel 2: 28-30)
So it should come as no surprise to discover that as we draw nearer to the events prophesied in the Bible, more and more people are beginning to experience dreams and visions portraying what is to come. One of these people is the Puerto Rican prophet Efrain Rodriguez.
Efrain began to have prophetic dreams in 1974 when he was just 16 years old. At first he kept the content of these dreams to himself and did not tell anyone about them. But as the years passed and the dreams continued, he felt called upon to publicise them.
So on June 8, 2010, he published the following comments on his website:
“Let us begin. In a dream, I was standing outside of my parents’ house in the neighborhood Piedras Blancas in San Sebastian. I stood at a place from where you can see the valley of San Sebastian, a high place where you can see the municipalities of Moca, Las Marias , Maricao and Aguadilla. (Note: These are places on the island of Puerto Rico)
“As I looked at all those places, I looked towards the distance, where you could no longer see the land, as it was almost night; then I saw a black wall at the bottom where the land ends from Aguadilla to Las Marias. I looked carefully at it and did not understand what I saw.
“I looked back towards the top of the wall and I saw white spot areas coming off its height, as if it were alive; and that’s when I realized that it was a giant tsunami, over a thousand feet high, something which human eyes have never seen in the world.
“Then, at the same time, the Lord showed me an earthquake, which made the whole Western area of the island tremble, and the earth seemed to sway like a hammock.
“After watching these two phenomena, I saw dark clouds circulating throughout the valley, like tornadoes within an undefined storm, understanding that dark clouds are a symbol of death or loss of life throughout the island.
“Then I asked the LORD, “What is this I’m seeing? You’re going to destroy our land with these three phenomena ?” and I heard a voice say: “Rebuke them” and so I did, and they disappeared.” (View source)
Since that time, and with the hindsight of education and understanding, Efrain has expanded on what he saw. In fact he has summarised this on his website in the following words:
“The impact of the asteroid will occur at 2:00 in the morning at sea, in the area west of Puerto Rico. Calculate the equivalent time in your country. The impact will stop the rotation of the Earth for three days. The time in your country at the time of the impact, in Puerto Rico, will be the time in which your country will remain for those 3 days, be it night or day.
The order of events is:
1 – The fall of the asteroid
2 – The rotation of the Earth will stop due to the impact. It will be three days of darkness in places that are not under the light of the Sun at that time.
3 – A 12 point earthquake, nearly simultaneous. It is the Presence of the Lord on Earth. It will be felt around the whole world.
4 – Impact Shock wave that will travel the world. It will come quickly because it moves at an incredible speed. It will bring winds of 300 miles per hour
5 – Tsunami/Tidal wave. It may take from seconds to hours to arrive in your country. (Depending on the distance of your country from the place of impact). All rivers will overflow due to coastal flooding.
6 – Plague/Pestilence – result of the bodies decomposed in the waters and land, not buried because of the 3 days of darkness, and due to the flooding of rivers and seas. It will be very difficult to get rid of the bodies.
7 – Scarcity. Shortages of water, food, medications and resources for at least 15 months. Martial Law will be established throughout the whole world to deal with the shortages and unrest in the population. All these events will claim millions of lives, especially the plague. (View source)
According to Efrain, the exact impact point of this asteroid will be in the Atlantic ocean near Isla de Mona, a tiny uninhabited island located just west of Puerto Rico. And if that location should prove to be correct, it will emulate another asteroid which virtually wiped out all life on earth.
In 1978, two geophysicists were exploring the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico, when they discovered the remnants of one of the largest impact craters ever to have been found on the surface of the earth. It measured 110 miles (180 kilometres) in diameter and 12 miles (20 kilometres) in depth.
The Chicxulub asteroid strike
This crater, now known as the Chicxulub crater, was the site of the famous asteroid collision which destroyed the dinosaurs. But what makes this impact crater significant, is that it is located at almost the same latitude as the one foreseen by Efrain Rodriguez, just slightly further to the west.
Could this simply be a coincidence, or could nature be following a similar pattern to the events of the distant past? The relatively close proximity of the Chicxulub crater to the impact point of the asteroid revealed to Efrain Rodriguez, can be seen in the accompanying diagrams.
Location of future asteroid strike?
Now Rodriguez is not the only person to have predicted a future asteroid strike in the ocean just off the coast of Puerto Rico. Since the turn of the century many others have done so as well. In fact I was already aware of this location myself, through an unusual series of paranormal events.
Some twenty years ago, I had a psychic friend who had a series of remarkable revelatory experiences that were undoubtedly linked to end time events. On three different occasions she had a vision in which she saw a comet appearing in the sky.
She also had a visionary experience showing the destruction of my home city of Vancouver, Canada, firstly by earthquake, and then by a series of gigantic tsunamis. Some of the details were so graphic that she even saw bodies falling out of skyscrapers in the downtown area.
But by far her most intriguing psychic experience was a vision in which she could see the outline of Florida and the South American coastline imprinted on the palm of her hand. What attracted her attention was a glowing red dot that was moving across her hand.
This red dot came to a halt to the south-east of Florida, roughly in the position where Puerto Rico is today. When she later described this experience to me, I intuitively recognised the significance of what she had seen, and knew that this was the area where the asteroid would strike.
While Efrain Rodriguez is undoubtedly correct in his determination of the location of the coming asteroid strike, it is likely that he is wrong in his prediction that it will cause the earth to stop its rotation for three days, leaving half of the world in darkness and the other half in sunshine.
That is because the asteroid is the product of a close encounter between the earth and a comet, and it is the comet, or rather the dusty tail of the comet, that causes the entire earth to be shrouded in darkness, as the Bible clearly indicates.
“That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.” (Zephaniah 1: 14-16)
There may also be some doubt about his prediction of a 12 point earthquake, especially since the largest earthquake ever recorded registered 9.5. However, that was a subduction zone event off the coast of Chile, and not the result of something as catastrophic as an asteroid strike.
But apart from this, there is every likelihood that the order of events quoted by Rodriguez above will prove to be correct, especially in the effect that this asteroid strike would have upon the coastlines of countries located all around the Atlantic ocean, and the millions of casualties involved.
Here, for example, is what scientist John Lewis had to say about the cataclysmic effects of an asteroid strike in the ocean:
“The water displaced from the explosion cavity is partly ejected in a broad, open cone at many times the speed of sound. The seabed is cracked by the blast wave, melted and scoured by the one-hundred-thousand-degree fireball. Hundreds of cubic kilometers of water are vaporized, blasting an immense column of steam back out to space. . . .
“When the surface of the fireball coasts to a stop in the water, the ocean surface collapses back into the cavity . . . from all sides, converging on the center of the crater. As the wave crest approaches the center of the crater, fast-moving waves converging from all directions pile into each other, rushing headlong into a monstrous surge that shoots up a towering pillar of water higher than the highest mountains on Earth.
“The sea sloshes back and forth in the blast region, pumping the surrounding ocean and generating circular wave fronts which, like the ripples from a pebble tossed into a puddle, spread out in all directions”. (View source)
When the undersea mega-thrust earthquake occurred off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in 2004, it generated a series of devastating tsunamis that struck most of the landmasses in the Indian ocean, killing 230,000 people in fourteen countries.
We can imagine how much greater the destruction would be from an asteroid impact in the Atlantic. A succession of gigantic tsunamis travelling at over 500 miles (800 kilometres) per hour across the open ocean would spread out in all directions, causing immense loss of life.
Low lying coastal areas in the United States, South America, Africa and the Caribbean, as well as countries like Belgium and the Netherlands in western Europe would be completely submerged in a matter of minutes, thus recalling the words of Edgar Cayce when he said:
“The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye”. (Reading 3976-15)
While the damage to shipping and property along the shores of these coastal regions will be beyond calculation, it will be nothing compared to the number of human casualties, which will rise to many hundreds of millions of people all around the world in that first day alone.
But of course it does not end there, because in the immediate aftermath of this catastrophic event, all those hundreds of millions of corpses will lie rotting in lakes and rivers and on what is left of the land, contaminating the water and leading to outbreaks of disease.
And here again Efrain Rodriguez is correct when he points out that those who survive will have to try to deal with all these problems at a time when the entire planet is engulfed in darkness. This will truly be the start of the great tribulation that the prophets of old predicted.
For those unfortunate souls who survive this initial disaster, this will seem like the end of all life on earth. But rather than being the end of the world, this will merely be the latest in a long line of catastrophes that have occurred at regular intervals in the history of the earth.
This will not be the end. It will not even be the beginning of the end. It will, however, be the end or our current cycle of civilization. This is how Jean-Charles de Fontbrune, one of the great interpreters of the prophecies of Nostradamus in the 20th century, summed up the present state of the world:
“We are living through the end of a world, not the end of the world, as some exploiters of the morbid are claiming. The death of one civilization among so many others will herald the birth of a new civilization freed from the aberrations of its predecessor.”
There have been many different types of cataclysms that have destroyed entire civilizations in ages past, yet the Bible only records one of them. In chapter six of the book of Genesis it states:
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repenteth the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
“And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
And as the book of Genesis goes on to describe, it began to “rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights”, causing a gigantic flood that covered the earth and destroyed all living creatures with the exception of Noah, his family, and the animals that were saved with him in the ark.
But the Bible is not the only source of ancient history, and different cultures have other records of what transpired in earlier epochs on the earth. As the Greek philosopher Plato wrote in his essay Timaeus, the renowned Athenian statesman Solon visited Egypt in the 6th century before Christ.
While he was there he was confronted by an elderly priest who said to him:
“Oh Solon, Solon, you Greeks are all children, and there is no such thing as an old Greek. You are all young in mind. You have no belief rooted in old tradition and no knowledge hoary with age. And the reason is this.
“There have been and will be many different calamities to destroy mankind, the greatest of them by fire and water, lesser ones by countless other means.
“Your own story of how Phaeton, child of the sun, harnessed his father’s chariot, but was unable to guide it along his father’s course and so burnt up things on earth and was himself destroyed by a thunderbolt, is a mythical version of the truth that there is at long intervals a variation in the course of the heavenly bodies and a consequent widespread destruction by fire of things on the earth.”
Another famous Greek, Herodotus (484-425 BC), who has been called the “Father of History” because he was the first Greek historian to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy, and then reduce them to a written narrative, also had an opportunity to visit Egypt.
In his Second Book of History, Herodotus referred to his own meeting with various Egyptian priests, and recorded his conversation with them. As he wrote:
“The priests asserted that within historical ages and since Egypt became a kingdom, four times in this period (so they told me) the sun rose contrary to his wont; twice he rose where he now sets, and twice he set where he now rises.”
Obviously, such events would cause catastrophic effects throughout the earth. Commenting on this Plato wrote in his book Politicus: “There is at that time great destruction of animals in general, and only a small part of the human race survives”.
The idea that the earth has undergone a succession of cataclysmic upheavals associated with cosmic encounters exists throughout the ancient world. Legends, myths and stories of these devastating events can still be found in the written works of these cultures.
They tell of times when dwellings were destroyed and the earth was convulsed by natural disasters which had their source in space. While these stories vary in the number of ages that have come and gone, they all agree that there have been, at periodic intervals, various disasters that have assailed the earth causing widespread destruction.
The agents of this destruction have been earthquake, fire, wind and flood. But these stories go further. They claim that as a result of these encounters, our world has repeatedly changed its axis, as well as its orbit around the sun.
The astonishing truth that has escaped historians up until now, is that less than 3,000 years ago the solar year was 360 days, and not the 365 and a quarter days that we are accustomed to today. What that means is that within our recorded history the earth has changed its orbit around the sun!
Now this may seem to be an outrageous claim, and one that the astronomers of today would simply reject outright. But what they do not realize is that the recorded works of societies that lived on earth at that time still exist, and they tell a very different story from what we believe today.
The confusion between the modern length of the solar year and that recorded by ancient cultures has been neatly summarised by the Russian-born American scholar Immanuel Velikovsky.
“All over the world we find that there was at some time the same calendar of 360 days, and at some later date, about the seventh century before the present era, five days were added at the end of the year, as ‘days over the year’ or ‘days of nothing’.
“Scholars who investigated the calendars of the Incas of Peru and the Mayas of Yucatan wondered at the calendar of 360 days; so did the scholars who studied the calendars of the Egyptian, Persians, Hindus, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Hebrews, Chinese, Greeks, or Romans.
“Most of them, while debating the problem in their own field did not suspect that the same problem turned up in the calendar of every nation of antiquity.”
He then went on to quote the exact day this change of orbit took place.
“The rabbinical sources state in a definite manner that the disturbance in the movement of the sun happened on the evening of the destruction of Sennacherib’s army by a devouring blast.” (Worlds in Collision)
“And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred four-score and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.” (II Kings 19:35)
Velikovsky referred to the work of French scholar Edouard Biot who wrote:
“The year 687 BC, in the summer, in the fourth moon, in the day sin mao (23rd of March) during the night, the fixed stars did not appear, though the night was clear (cloudless). In the middle of the night stars fell like a rain.”
If the recorded history of the earth is any guide, indicating that catastrophic changes have happened to our planet in the past, then Biblical predictions of similar events occurring in our future suggest that mankind is on the brink of yet another cataclysm. And the clock is ticking….
As shown in previous instalments, the Old Testament of the Bible was filled with references to events that were predicted to occur during the “Latter Days”, which was a term used by ancient prophets to describe the period leading up to the return of the long awaited Messiah.
In particular, these prophets warned about something which they called “the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. This would be a day of fire and brimstone descending from the heavens, when God’s wrath would be visited upon all those who had failed to keep his commandments.
Then in the New Testament, we find further references to this theme of blood, hailstones, brimstone and fire raining down upon the earth from the skies. For when the disciples asked Jesus about the signs that would precede his return to the earth, he replied:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. (Luke 21:25-26)
The signs spoken of by Jesus were further clarified by St. John, who devoted his entire book of Revelation to the events that would herald both the end of the present era of humanity, and the beginning of a new golden age that would last for a thousand years.
Now many Christians may be surprised to learn that John was not the only Christian saint who had visions of things that would happen in the future. More than a thousand years after his death, another person had similar visions, and was later recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
That person was the Christian mystic St. Hildegard of Bingen, a town on the river Rhine located not far from the modern city of Frankfurt in Germany. Hildegard was born at the end of 11th century, and from an early age began to experience visions of events that would occur in the future. As she wrote:
“Up to my fifteenth year I saw much, and related some of the things seen to others, who would inquire with astonishment, whence such things might come. … Frequently, in my conversations, I would relate future things which I saw as if present, but, noting the amazement of my listeners, I became more reticent.”
Perhaps because her early visions, Hildegard was drawn towards a life in the Church. She joined a Benedictine monastery where she rose to the position of Abbess. She proved to be a remarkable woman blessed with many talents, and was even consulted by bishops, popes and kings.
At a time when few women became accomplished writers, Hildegard produced major works of theology, as well as botanical and medicinal texts. Then in the year 1141 A.D., Hildegard had a vision of God in which she was instructed to “write down that which you see and hear“.
She subsequently published her first theological text under the title of “Scivias” (“Know the Ways of the Lord”). In this work, which dealt with things that would occur during the days leading up to the return of the Christ, she wrote about a comet and its impact on “the great nation”.
“Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent by an earthquake, storm and tidal waves will be devastated. It will be divided, and in great part submerged.”
As she went on to record:
“The Comet by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. [After the] great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues.
“The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed. All sea coast cities will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease”. (View Source)
So here we have evidence, written almost a thousand years ago, of a close encounter between the earth and a comet, that described how a “great nation” would be “divided” (split into two parts), and devastated by “earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water”, and “in great part submerged”.
What has made St. Hildegard’s words so significant, is how closely what she saw in her visions matched with the information relayed by the American seer Edgar Cayce in the course of various readings that he gave in the early years of the 20th century.
From time to time Cayce was asked questions about the future of America, and especially about events that were predicted in the Bible to occur during the days leading up to the return of the Christ. For example, in January 1934, when asked about physical changes to the earth, Cayce replied:
“The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America.
“There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas, and there will be shifting then of the poles – so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow.” (Reading 3976-15)
It is clear from this reply that the continent of North America would be the “great nation” that would undergo dramatic geological changes at the time of the end. This was confirmed in another famous reading in which he was asked: What is the shape of the world to come? Part of his reply is quoted below:
“And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many of the battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be seas, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as one with another.
“Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here, while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia – these will disappear. This will be much sooner.
“The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered.
“Then the area where the entity is now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will the portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land – much of that is to be disturbed – in this land – as, of course, much in other lands.” (Reading 1152-11)
And this is where a second American possessing unusual talents enters the scene. His name is Gordon-Michael Scallion. And just as in the case of Edgar Cayce, Scallion’s unusual ability manifested itself unexpectedly in his life as a result of a health crisis affecting his throat.
In 1979, while he was is the middle of delivering a public lecture, he suddenly lost his voice completely “in a split second”. He was taken to hospital where doctors conducted a series of comprehensive tests on his vocal chords, larynx and throat. Because they were unable to find anything wrong, they dismissed his symptoms as psychosomatic.
Yet within a few hours of being discharged from the hospital, Scallion found that his physical vision had changed. He now began to see colours and lights around animals, plants, trees and people. He had no idea what these colours represented, and concluded that it was his vision that was to blame.
It was only later that he realised that what he was seeing were the “auras” of people, plants and animals. And like Cayce before him, he discovered that he had the ability to look into people and see what was wrong with their physical, mental or spiritual bodies.
Then in 1991, Scallion found that he was able to sense what was wrong with the earth itself. He began to experience nightmares in which it appeared as if the earth was a sentient being, just like a human, and that it was in great pain.
He also began to get visions of changes that would take place to the existing continents of the earth in future times and, in particular, changes that would take place on the North American continent. As he later wrote:
“Since 1979 I have had ongoing visions concerning the Earth, sometimes as many as ten or more in a day, lasting from a few seconds to minutes. In 1982, I began to sketch a map based on the visions, and I updated it through the years as new information was presented to me.”
In the June 1996 Issue of “The Earth Changes Report”, Scallion described for the reader a series of dramatic visions that had occurred to him at that time that appeared to show changes to the earth as a result of a collision between the earth and an asteroid.
“..I am now shown the Earth, and as a result of the shockwave, the Earth shudders everywhere. There are winds. I am watching large landmasses that appear to be the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate. They are moving, perhaps half the plate structure of the Earth, shift as if in a single movement.
“They do not go up or down, but rather they slip. The movement from my perspective doesn’t seem far, but it might be something akin to twenty-five or thirty degrees of slippage. I watch certain land masses that were warm become instantly cold.
“I see animals, grazing animals that look like herds of cattle, frozen in their paths. I watch other areas that are mile-high with snow, melting. I realize that it is the Antarctic. As I am watching there is a time lapse which I would assume would be weeks or months.
“I watch Greenland; the ice is melting so fast that water levels are rising. The water is moving in so fast that new seaways are made.
“I can see inland seas in the United States. I can see a river running from the Great Lakes to Phoenix. I can see that the St. Lawrence Seaway has become a large inland sea. The Mississippi divides the United States in two.
“Europe has become a series of larger islands and most of Northern Europe is under water.
“At the same time I am seeing other land masses thrust up from the ocean bottom as a result of the shift. I see huge land masses in the Atlantic and the Pacific thrust up, even though the melting has raised the water level. Are there still twelve tectonic plates? I move round to see how many there are. After counting I find there are twenty-four.”
Based on the visions which Scallion experienced at that time, he created a revised map of the world that illustrated all the changes that he had witnessed in his visions. These changes in sea level in all the different regions of the world can briefly be summarised as follows:
What will happen in North America
The damage caused by the comet will completely change the outline of the entire North American continent. After these changes have taken place the United States will be totally different from the way it looks today. While some of these changes will occur when the comet passes close to the earth, others will happen over the following months.
Not only will the coastlines on both the east and west coasts of America be devastated by enormous tidal waves, but these coastal states will themselves be swallowed up by the ocean. More than half the existing population of the United States will be lost in these catastrophes.
In addition, the waters of the Great Lakes will no longer drain through the St Lawrence Seaway into the Atlantic Ocean, but will instead empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River will be greatly expanded as the ground sinks as a result of earthquake activity in the region.
It will no longer be possible to travel by land across the country because of the water that will flood the central states of America.
When the asteroid hits the ocean, the tidal waves generated by this impact will swamp the cities along both the east and west coasts of North America. These will be followed by enormous movements in the crust of the earth that will cause large sections of the western United States to sink below the sea.
This submergence of the land will extend far inland and only the highest peaks of the mountains will remain as isolated islands. Almost all of the western states of America will disappear beneath the waves. The new coastline of the west will be moved inland as far as Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona.
Similar changes will take place on the east coast and most of the coastal areas will sink beneath the sea. The sea will inundate the land all the way from Maine down to Florida. The same will apply to the coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico.
The coastal areas of Mexico will also be covered by the sea, especially around the Yucatan, while the Baja Peninsula will be submerged. The low lying lands of Central America will also sink beneath the sea, leaving the higher areas as separate islands.
All the major lands of the Caribbean will disappear beneath the waves, including the islands of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Panama Canal will no longer be needed as a new waterway will open up linking the Gulf of Mexico with the Pacific.
In Canada, the Hudson Bay will expand to form a large inland sea. Other parts of the north will be inundated as well as the islands of the eastern seaboard. The St Lawrence River will expand to flood parts of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.
In the west there will be widespread damage on the coast and on Vancouver Island, which will bear the full force of the incoming waves. Severe earthquake activity will also cause parts of south eastern British Columbia to sink beneath the sea.
The central regions of Canada from the Alberta border to the western portion of Quebec, will be spared from most of the destruction that will be taking place elsewhere in North America. They will become places of refuge for people displaced from other regions.
What will happen in South America
South America will be greatly changed as a result of the undersea changes taking place in the region. Parts of the Amazon Basin will be reclaimed by the sea, as will low lying areas of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
On the west coast, earthquakes and volcanic activity will transform the land. Some parts of the west coast will sink below the waves, while others will find themselves lifted to higher elevations.
What will happen in Europe
Because Europe has long been the centre of western civilization, and because it has also been the focus of some of the worst wars fought in the history of humanity, much of Europe will sink beneath the waves, so that the negativity that has accumulated over many thousands of years can be washed away.
Due to the sudden change in the axis of the earth, Europe will go through some of the most severe changes that will be taking place on earth at this time. Most of Northern Europe will be completely submerged. All that will be left of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be isolated islands that once were lofty mountains.
Much of France will be claimed by the waves, as will most of Germany and Poland, especially those areas involved in the major battles of the two world wars. The sea will also inundate the lowlands of Holland and Belgium.
The higher regions of Spain and Portugal will be spared and will be sought out as refuges from the floods. Switzerland and Austria will be surrounded by the waters of an inland sea.
In Eastern Europe, most of the Balkan countries will be submerged as will Bulgaria, Romania, and parts of western Turkey. Amongst the Mediterranean countries, the coastal areas of Greece and Italy will be most affected, and earthquakes in the region will also claim many lives.
Most of the United Kingdom will once again disappear beneath the waves as other land masses arise in the Atlantic Ocean. Only a few small islands will remain, including areas around London and the Midlands. In Ireland many places will be deluged and only the higher elevations will be spared.
What will happen in Africa
The continent of Africa will be split into three different parts. The valley of the Nile will widen and a rift will form that will extend through the middle of the continent all the way down to southern Africa. Another inland sea will form in northern Africa that will extend from Algeria through Mali and Nigeria down to the Congo.
On the east coast the Red Sea will widen and engulf the coastal areas of Egypt and Sudan. The Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa will fill with water and Lake Victoria will merge with Lake Nyasa and drain into the Indian Ocean.
What will happen in Australia and New Zealand
Australia will shrink in size as most of the coastal areas are engulfed by the surrounding sea. In the south the sea will intrude upon the land and an inland sea will push its way north into the Murray Darling valley.
In contrast with most of the other places in the world, New Zealand will actually grow many times in size as changes in the earth take place in the coming age.
New land will emerge from the sea causing the existing land to grow until it is larger than Australia, and its new coastline will stretch for many thousands of miles. It will also be joined to Australia by a narrow strip of land.
What will happen in Asia
When the meteor plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, the same tidal waves that will devastate the coasts of North America, Africa and Europe will destroy the coastal regions of Asia. The coast of China will be inundated by water which will surge inland in many places.
The islands of the Philippines and Taiwan will be severely damaged by floods and earthquakes. The islands of Japan will be completely swamped by water and will sink beneath the waves.
The lands of Asia will suffer from earthquake, fire and drought. Apart from the Red Sea which will expand to submerge the coastal regions of Arabia, there will also be floods in many inland regions that are affected by the breaking up of the land.
New lands will rise up out of the sea
Just as many lands now inhabited by people will be engulfed by the sea, so new land masses will rise to take their place. These new lands will become major population centers in the coming age.
As Edgar Cayce has predicted, new lands will rise out of the ocean as other countries around the world sink below the waves. Cayce spoke of new land appearing in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
The sunken lands of Atlantis and Lemuria will rise up out of the ocean, cleansed and ready for life in the new age that will unfold on the earth. Atlantis will reappear just where Plato said it once existed, across from the Pillars of Hercules, or the Straits of Gibraltar.
Atlantis will be an enormous island, the size of Western Europe today. Lemuria will rise up out of the southern Pacific Ocean. It will be a new continent more than twice the size of Australia.
Other lands will rise out of the ocean in different parts of the world. New islands will emerge off the east and west coasts of America. One of these will be west of what is now Oregon, while another large island will appear in the region of the Bahamas.
The island of Tasmania to the south of Australia will grow to many times the size it is today. New lands will also emerge off the coast of Chile in South America, and off the west coast of Southern Africa.
Because these new lands will be cleansed from the destructive thought patterns of the past, many people will choose to move to Atlantis, Lemuria and Antarctica, or Lumania as it was once called.
Of the existing countries in the world there will be three in particular that will achieve great accomplishments in the coming age. Canada will become a vast commercial, cultural and scientific center in the new age. Because of its mild semi-tropical climate it will attract new settlers from all over the earth.
Australia and New Zealand will also become important spiritual centers in the coming years. The sandy deserts that exist in Australia today will be transformed into fertile lands.
Finally, for those readers who would like to get a closer look at those land masses that will be most affected, as well as what those regions in which they live today will look like in the coming age, a link is provided here with different segments of Scallion’s new world map.
There is, however, one cautionary reminder that all readers should bear in mind, and that is that although the future world map that Scallion has outlined here represents the final outcome of future world changes that appeared to him in visions, the actual timing of these changes will vary.
Although many of these changes will undoubtedly happen on the “Day of the Lord” when the asteroid plunges in the ocean, others will only occur later as a result of subsequent shifts in the tectonic plates in different parts of the world.
And, as always when dealing with matters of a spiritual nature, no one should move from their present location unless they feel compelled to do so by a strong inner impulse, for the Lord knows how to protect all those who are his true followers.
In the eighth chapter of his book of Revelation, St. John wrote about a dramatic vision which occurred to him while he was in exile on the island of Patmos. In this vision he saw a series of events that would occur on the earth shortly before the return of the Christ.
He ascribed these events to the actions of seven angels, each of whom was given a trumpet. And when each angel sounded his trumpet, a particular disaster would befall the earth. The disasters attributed to these angels were as follows:
• First angel – Hail and fire mingled with blood was cast upon the earth
• Second angel – A great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea
• Third angel – A great star fell from heaven, burning like a lamp
• Fourth angel – Darkness descended upon the sun, the moon and the stars
Now if John had just limited his account to these four angels, then Bible scholars would have had an easier time interpreting his words. But he didn’t end there, and that is why eschatological or “End Time” prophecy has become so much harder to understand.
For example, the three remaining angels then sounded their trumpets, bringing about yet more woe upon the earth. And then these seven angels were given seven other “bowls”, with each bowl representing a different type of plague that was poured out upon the wicked.
But even prior to these seven angels with their trumpets and bowls of wrath, John wrote about a book that was “sealed with seven seals”. So the challenge that faced these scholars was how to combine these seven seals, trumpets and bowls into a single coherent explanation.
Although some scholars have suggested that the various seals, trumpets and bowls refer to different events that would happen at different times in the future, careful analysis of St. John’s words show that this is not the case, as the same event sometimes appears in two separate categories.
An example of this occurs in the case of the river Euphrates, which flows through the modern countries of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. In chapter nine of his book of Revelation, when St. John is referring to the seven angels with their seven trumpets, he writes:
“Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates”. (Revelation 9:14)
Then, five chapters later, when he is referring to the angels with the seven bowls, he writes:
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)
It is only when we realise that these seals, bowls and trumpets are all related to the same astronomical event, that we can make sense out of what St. John wrote. And because he did not understand the meaning of the things he saw, he had to use symbols and images to describe them.
As explained in previous instalments, it should now be clear that what St. John saw in his vision was a close encounter between the earth and a comet. And the reason why he devoted so many chapters to this event, was because it was associated with so many different effects upon the earth.
First of all there were the atmospheric effects associated with the red dust falling upon the earth and making it look like blood. But this dust did not just colour the seas, lakes and rivers, but contaminated them as well, giving them a bitter taste and poisoning anyone who drank from them.
Then there were the incandescent particles in the tail of the comet that fell to the earth like fiery hail, together with electrical discharges between the nucleus of the comet and the earth that would appear as spectacular lightning bolts hurled down from the sky.
Then as the core of the comet drew closer to the earth, it began to shroud the entire planet in inky black dust that obscured portions of the sun, the moon and the stars and made it difficult to breathe, before blotting out all light upon the earth for a period of three days.
Although it is theoretically possible for a comet to collide with the earth and crash into the sea, it is much more likely that the nucleus would disintegrate into smaller fragments as it entered the atmosphere of the earth, as a result of electrical charge differentials between the two bodies.
This would account for the asteroid or “great mountain burning with fire” that St. John said would be cast into the sea, which would of course lead to catastrophic consequences all around the earth, and might even alter its axis as well as its orbit around the sun.
So it is little wonder that someone like St. John, with no knowledge of the inner workings of the solar system or of the electrical nature and properties of comets, should have been left floundering when trying to describe what he saw in his vision. In fact it is remarkable that he did as well as he did.
But the book of Revelation did not only concern itself with WHAT would happen on earth during the “Latter Days” spoken of by the Old Testament prophets. It also explained WHY these events would happen, and why the wrath of the Lord would be directed at the people of earth at that time.
According to St. John, the comet would come at a time when the entire world worshipped the same religion. But this shared religion would not be one of the established religions of the world. It would be something much more subtle. It would be a religion based on desire.
This religion of desire would appeal to men and women of every age and of every culture on the earth. It would not only attract individual people, it would also attract entire countries. It would entice Kings, Presidents and rulers just as much as it would lure the poor, the weak and the needy.
Although this religion would appeal to all the people of the earth, it would have no leader. It would have no churches, nor would it have any rituals or ceremonies. Yet it would qualify as a religion in the proper sense because the hearts of men and women everywhere would be committed to it.
When Jesus gave his famous Sermon on the Mount, he warned his followers not to spend their time gathering up the treasures of this world, because these could be lost, stolen or destroyed. Instead he urged them to pursue the treasures of heaven.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6: 19-21)
During the end times, St. John wrote that the majority of the people in the world would worship this religion. He called this religion “Babylon”. Now Babylon was not just the name of a city. It was also a symbol of everything for which the original city of Babylon was once famous.
At the height of its glory Babylon was the envy of the world. It was a place of great wealth and luxury. Its hanging gardens were among the wonders of the ancient world. In his vision, St. John described seeing a woman wearing royal clothes adorned with fine jewellery.
“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17: 4-5)
The woman of mystery that John saw in his vision was called the “Mother of Harlots” because she had seduced all the nations of the world. Her cup of gold symbolized the excesses of those who had worshipped her, and from which all the nations of the world had drunk.
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Revelation 18: 3)
The religion symbolized by the woman called “Babylon” is the religion of materialism. It is the desire for material wealth ahead of all other values in life. “Babylon” is a very old religion, and it has seduced people ever since the earliest days of civilization.
It continues to seduce people to this day. It is now the dominant religion on the planet. All nations and cultures have fallen prey to its seductive lure. This mystery religion called “Babylon” lies at the heart of all the sorrows of this world.
Those who lust after money, wealth and power may appear to be successful according to the accepted standards of the world. But this outward success is pursued by inward sorrow. For in striving for material gain, they are inevitably stalked by spiritual loss.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” ( I Timothy 6: 10)
It is the love of money and the single-minded pursuit of wealth, luxury and pleasure, without regard for the spiritual values of life, that has brought people and nations to the crisis that now confronts them, and which has caused so much sorrow upon the earth.
This quest for material gain has become the established way of life for people and societies in all parts of the world today. Those who possess material wealth are universally admired. They are considered to be among the successful people of this world.
Those people who lack wealth yearn for it, and are willing to resort to almost any form of enterprise, legal or illegal, in order to get it. But this blind search for material wealth by nations, corporations and people has been the source of endless human anguish.
Down the centuries it has been the cause of countless wars. It has led to the destruction of nations and the death of millions. The religion of “Babylon” can no longer be resisted because it has become so pervasive. It can no longer be defeated because the laws of every land support it.
The mighty creation that “Babylon” has become today, with its modern world of investment, commerce, finance and trade, has become corrupted from within. It will be destroyed because it has replaced the spiritual values of life with the pursuit of material wealth.
The religion of “Babylon” has lost its soul.
Jesus warned his followers not to be deceived by the lure of material wealth. He said that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven. Those who try to be both rich and righteous will fail.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6: 24)
Yet modern man has ignored the words of Jesus. Rather than build up treasures in the world of spirit within, most men and women alive today prefer to strive for material wealth, and to enjoy the pleasures which this wealth allows them to acquire.
In fact most of their waking hours are devoted to this quest. All of humanity is governed today by an economic system that is based on money. All human enterprise is based on a system that is required to generate money in order to survive.
Yet, as so many people have discovered since the beginning of this century, our economic system has become corrupted to the point where the lust for money on the part of the few, has placed the livelihood of millions of people around the world in jeopardy.
Not only is this desire for material wealth now the dominant economic motivator around the planet, but it has assumed the character of a religion. This world-wide religion of materialism has captured the minds and hearts of humanity just as much as if it were a traditional faith.
Yet far from enhancing the planet and ennobling the minds of men and women everywhere, it has become an avaricious monster that has come instead to debase our hearts.
There is little doubt that our modern economic system comprising commerce, finance, investment and trade now fits the description of the mystery woman described by St. John. For it has not only seduced nations and kings, but has enriched merchants in every nation with its “abundance of delicacies”.
But what makes this “Babylon” such an obvious threat to the true welfare of humanity, is that our entire economic system has now become irretrievably corrupt.
Not only has our modern economic system been subverted from within by greed and the lust for wealth, but it has been exploited by powerful interests whose main purpose has been to entrench themselves in positions of power, so that they might insulate themselves from accountability.
This system has become so convoluted and complex that no single nation or institution has the power to reform it. And as has happened in the past, when the institutions of humanity become corrupted from within, they become ripe for destruction.
The destruction predicted by St. John will be terrible indeed. For just as our economic system has tentacles that reach out to the farthest corners of the globe, so the destruction that will be inflicted upon “Babylon” will also be universal in scope.
As the angel explained to St. John, this destruction would come at a time when the merchants of this world “glorified themselves and lived deliciously”. They would be convinced that the pleasures gained by their worldly wealth would continue indefinitely.
But according to St. John, our entire system of finance and investment, relying as it does on a worldwide electronic web of communications, together with its interlocking system of transportation and trade, will be utterly destroyed.
St. John graphically describes the reactions of merchants and financiers around the globe after seeing the sudden destruction of everything they had laboured for so long and so hard to achieve. Their possessions lost, their livelihoods wrecked, and their hopes and dreams destroyed.
“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
“The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.” (Revelation 18:9-13)
It is clear from the extensive list of commodities quoted by St. John above, that the “great city Babylon” he was referring to, represented every type of luxury item that was bought and sold in markets of that time.
And if St. John had been able to write from the point of view of the modern era, he would no doubt have included such “delicacies” as stocks, bonds, debentures, investment funds, credit default swops and the like!
It is also clear that this disaster would catch everyone unawares, and that this sudden calamity would destroy the entire economic system that represented this “Mystery Woman Babylon”. And if that were not devastating enough, it would do so in a single hour.
“The merchants of these things, which were made rich by these things, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
“For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every ship-master, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many trade by sea , stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what city is like unto this great city!
“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.” (Revelation 18:15-19)
The lamentations so vividly described by St. John above clearly refer to a global disaster that not only devastates the land, but also affects the oceans as well, leading to an immense loss of cargo and shipping. They would all be devastated by the “great millstone” that would be cast into the sea.
“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Revelation 18:20-21)
It is clear from St. John’s description of the damage inflicted upon the earth as a result of the impact of this asteroid plunging into the ocean, that this divine wrath would be wreaked upon all the nations of the world, and that none would escape.
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.”
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18: 1-2)
The “millstone” or great mountain that will be cast into the sea will be the cause of giant earthquakes all around the world. These earthquakes will be followed almost immediately by a series of tsunamis that will devastate coastal cities everywhere.
The convulsions caused by undersea quakes and tumultuous waves will be compounded by the “fiery hail” of meteorites that will set fire to the earth. The scale of death and destruction caused by this catastrophic event will be without parallel in the history of the earth.
The curse of Babylon the Great is that our voracious quest for material wealth has robbed us of our spiritual birthright and condemned us to a life of increasing strife, until we are destroyed by the very forces that we ourselves have unleashed.
This is what the American writer Henry Miller sensed, when he wrote in 1945:
“A new world is being born, a new kind of man is springing up today. The great mass of mankind, destined in our time to suffer more cruelly than ever before, ends by being paralysed with fear, becoming introspective, shaken to the very core, and does not hear, see or feel anything more than everyday physical needs.
“It is thus that worlds die. First and foremost, the flesh dies. But although few clearly recognize it, the flesh would not have died if the spirit had not been killed already.”