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
The Bible records the occasion when Nicodemus, who was described as being both a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus by night saying that he knew that he was a teacher sent by God, because no one could perform the miracles that he did unless God was inside him. Jesus replied:
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus responded in amazement: “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born”? (John 3: 4-5)
It was obvious from his answer that although Nicodemus was well versed in all aspects of the Jewish religion, he clearly had no idea what Jesus was talking about when he said that a man needed to be born again in order to see the Kingdom of God.
And in the two thousand years that have passed since Jesus died upon the cross, Christians are still mired in ignorance. To this day there is hardly a Christian believer alive who understands what it means to be born again, or how to attain the Kingdom of God while still retaining a human body.
The Kingdom of God
The idea that one needed to die in order to gain admission to the Kingdom of God was central to the message that Jesus preached throughout his ministry. It was also a theme that he returned to again and again, as we can see from the following quotations:
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it”. (Luke 9: 23-24)
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” (Mark 8: 34-35)
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
“He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it”. (Matthew 10: 37-39)
It is important to note here that Jesus spoke these words to his followers and disciples long before his own death upon the cross. And it gives new meaning to the reason for his death, which was to show that it is necessary to sacrifice one’s life in this world in order to gain eternal life.
But what did Jesus mean when he said that we have to be born again? And what was he referring to when he said that a man must be prepared to “deny himself and take up his cross daily”? After all, it is one thing to take up your cross, but quite another to “do it every day”!
In a strange way, we may gain an insight into this mystery by studying the words of the 17th century French philosopher René Descartes.
Descartes has been called the father of modern western philosophy, largely because of his most famous work titled Principles of Philosophy, which was published in Latin in the year 1644. It was in this work that he wrote the words for which he is best remembered to this day.
The words were “Cogito ergo sum”, meaning “I think, therefore I am”. Now Descartes was not using the words “I am” in the way that Jesus used them. In fact they referred to the very thing that Jesus said needed to die before a man could gain access to the Kingdom of God.
As explained in Part One, Jesus not only referred to himself as the I AM, but he taught that this I AM sensation that we all experience inside of ourselves was not only the pathway to God, it WAS GOD. For, as he explained to his disciple Thomas:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father but by me”. (John 14: 6)
So what Jesus was saying to Thomas was that the I AM was the way, the I AM was the truth, and the I AM was the life. And since Jesus referred to himself as the I AM, it followed that no one could reach the Kingdom of God “but by me”, or in other words through the I AM.
But to return to René Descartes, the “I am” that he was referring to was the idea that his independent existence as a man was attributed primarily to his ability to think. And this ability to think also enabled him to interact with the world around him by means of his senses.
Now all of us think, and like Descartes, we use this facility both to confirm our existence as an individual, and to function in the world. And it is this ability to think that enables us to organize our lives, as well as deal with the problems of the present and make plans for the future.
And then there are our emotions and our desires. Our lives are motivated by a host of different desires. And whenever we are successful in attaining our desires, or are thwarted in these endeavours, we respond by means of a variety of emotions that further impact upon our lives.
But the people that surround us in our lives are not real. They are illusions. In fact they are nothing more than a series of images appearing in consciousness, just like movie actors on a screen. And we have become trapped inside our personalities, just like the prisoners inside Plato’s Cave.
The fundamental problem of all human life is that we have become imprisoned by our individual personalities, because we have chosen to identify that sense of being inside of ourselves with our bodies and the events that are going on in the world around us.
And the secret to escaping from the prison that we have built around us, lies in a re-evaluation of the word “identify”. For it is this act of “identifying” with what we see and sense around us that binds us to these things, and traps us in those “identities” that we imagine ourselves to be.
In other words, it is because I identify myself with my physical body that I become trapped in this three-dimensional world of space and time, where I have to experience the opposites of pain and sorrow, happiness and joy, success and failure, and ultimately old age and death.
And the way to escape this world of opposites is simple. I just need to swop the old idea of René Descartes (I think, therefore I am), with a new idea: “I don’t think, therefore I AM”. In other words, if thinking leads to the creation of the individual personality, then not thinking leads to the Divine.
Taken at face value, such mundane advice seems ridiculous. After all, if I stopped thinking, then how could I possibly live my life? How could I perform my job, feed my family, or do anything worthwhile in the world? And the answer that Jesus gives us is: “If you surrender to God, He will provide every need”.
As we have seen above, the basic message of Jesus is that it is only by dying that we can enter the Kingdom of God. We don’t have to acquire anything new. We simply have to give up the false idea that we exist as a person. That is what he meant by “losing your life” in order to find it.
Escaping the Cave
So if we want to escape from Plato’s Cave, we have to unshackle ourselves from the chains that have bound us up until now, and make our way out of the cave. If we want to escape from our illusory body which was born and is doomed to die, then we have to give up our identification with it.
So Jesus calls on each one of us to make a choice. We have to decide whether we want to live an ordinary life, by doing all those things that people normally do, or voluntarily decide to “take up our cross” and turn away from life in the world. There is no middle way.
And this is where those who call themselves Christians fail. Not only do they not realise that the death of the personality is the pathway to eternal life, but they cling to their precious individuality with every sinew of their being. The very idea of “taking up their cross daily” fills them with horror.
For we are now living in an age of the glorification of the individual, in which people everywhere try to express their personalities in ever more exotic ways, and all the while striving to be the best. But this was not the message of the Saviour, and those who follow this path are doomed to die.
You cannot try to lead a successful life in the world and at the same time pursue the path of Truth, just as you cannot remain in the cave and try to leave it at the same time. For as Jesus explained to all those gathered around him on the occasion of his famous sermon on the mount:
“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)
Furthermore, anyone who strives to attain the Kingdom of God has to sever his links with his family and friends. Obviously, if your goal is to “deny yourself”, you can no longer retain those relationships that bind you to the personality that is destined to “die upon the cross”. For as Jesus said:
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”. (Matthew 10: 37)
And when Jesus was told on one occasion that his mother and brothers had arrived and wished to speak to him, he replied:
“Who is my mother? And who are my brethren?” (Matthew 12: 48)
In other words, if your intention is to rid yourself of your chains and leave the cave, then you can no longer hold on to those things that draw you back into the cave. And for those people who shrink from making such a sacrifice, Jesus beckons to them with a message from the beyond.
“Fear not, O ye children of little faith, for I lead you forth into a new world of experience that is more glorious than anything that you can imagine, where you are no longer bound by the limitations of your human body, and are freed forever from the pangs of suffering and death.”
The lilies of the field
So to return to the question that we posed earlier. If we are prepared to give up everything in order to follow Christ, then how can we fulfil our duties in this world, and how can we provide for those who depend on us for food and shelter? And for all those in doubt, Jesus has a reassuring answer.
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6: 25-34)
Jesus urges us to seek the Kingdom of God “first”, before we attend to any other duty or responsibility in life. So the crucial challenge then becomes: how do we go about doing this? How do we go about “taking up our cross daily and denying ourselves”?
All the ancient Mystery Schools, as well as all the major religions of the world, agree that there are only two ways that one can do this. Either one has to surrender to God and let Him take charge of their life, or one has to investigate the source of the I AM that lives inside each one of us.
Jesus offered his followers both of these options to follow him. They could choose either to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”, or they could follow the advice of the 46th Psalm and “Be still and know that I AM God”.
Since it is the “mind” that is the primary barrier that stands between normal human consciousness and the Kingdom of God, the sole object of these two methods is to overcome the mind. And it is the process of doing this that steadily dissolves the human personality until only God remains.
The path of surrender
On the face of it, the path of surrender is supremely easy. All one has to do is to let go – and let God. The human mind merely has to step aside and allow the Divine spirit within to take over and make all the decisions that we, as individual personalities, would normally make. As Jesus says:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. (Matthew 11: 28-30)
By surrendering to God, we release the burden of our lives, as well as the responsibility for fulfilling our duties to our families and all those around us. We already have the assurance from Jesus in the previous quotation that all of our worldly needs like food, clothing and shelter will be met.
In addition, we no longer need to concern ourselves about whether our lives have meaning, and whether our efforts will be crowned with success. Once we have made the decision to surrender our lives to God, the results of what we do or do not do in life need no longer concern us.
We can simply live our lives according to a new maxim, “Let what comes come, and let what goes go”. For if we have truly handed over the control of our lives to God, then everything that happens in our lives can only come from God. But of course, the difficulty is in trying to do this every day.
It is the challenge of beating back the doubts and fears generated by our minds that requires us to “deny ourselves and take up our cross daily”. But in meeting this challenge, we are fortified by faith, and the conviction that we will, in time, be united with God.
We also need to remind ourselves of the words that Jesus spoke in his hour of need: “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done”. (Luke 22: 42) But if there is anything that needs to be done at any moment of our life, we need to do it to the best of our ability, and to dedicate our actions to God.
The path of enquiry
The path of enquiry is equally simple in theory, but is perhaps even harder to achieve in practice than the path of surrender described above. All one has to do is to follow the guidance of the 10th verse of Psalm 46 in the Bible. “Be still, and know that I am God”.
Again, this is one of those aphorisms that slides easily off the tongue, but can seem impossibly difficult to do once we decide to put it into practice. That is because the process of “knowing God” involves overcoming the mind, which as we have seen, is the main barrier between God and man.
The requirement of “being still” is common to all the mystical traditions of the world. It involves meditation, contemplation and single-pointedness of mind. And this is only achieved after endless hours of practice, requiring limitless patience and extraordinary determination.
The process goes like this. First of all, you have to be still. You have to calm the mind, much like the ripples on the lake that break up the image of the sun in the example quoted earlier. Then you have to focus on the source of the I AM feeling that exists inside of you.
With practice, this source will be found to emanate from a point inside the chest just to the right of the breast-bone. It is the place we instinctively point to when we refer to ourselves. This is why the Bible says: “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left”. (Ecclesiastes 10: 2)
If you continue to focus the mind on this source of the I AM, you will find that over time you will be drawn deeper and deeper into this source. And as you do this, you will begin to experience an inner peace that will transfuse your entire being. And the more you do it, the more you will WANT to do it.
Finally, there comes that moment when the I AM reveals itself in all of its glory, resplendent as the Divine Creator and sustainer of all living things, as well as of the entire universe. And at that moment you will realise that you are not only aware of God, but that you are ONE WITH GOD.
So the process of enquiry unfolds in the following way. Be still. Be still and focus on the source of the “I AM” sense within. Be still and discover that this “I AM” sense IS God. Be still and know that I am the “I AM” – which is God. The human journey is complete.
In the ancient Hindu Vedas, the I AM is said to emerge from the heart-centre on the right side of the chest which they call the Sphurana. It is described as being a “knot-hole”, which in normal human consciousness always remains tightly shut.
However, after long years of meditation, this knot-hole begins to open, at first momentarily, but then for longer periods. It is only when this hole opens permanently that full enlightenment is gained. When that happens, the person becomes free, even though they still retain a human body.
The peak experience
These precursors of enlightenment can also sometimes happen unexpectedly, and many people have reported having experienced them. The American psychologist Abraham Maslow even coined a term for these experiences. He called them “peak experiences”.
In describing these experiences, Maslow wrote that they were “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter.”
Some of the best descriptions of these peak experiences have come from poets, particularly English poets belonging to what became known as the Romantic Movement that began at the end of in the 18th century. The following lines from Percy Shelley’s Ode to Liberty are an example:
“Within a cavern of man’s trackless spirit
Is throned an Image, so intensely fair
That the adventurous thoughts that wander near it
Worship, and as they kneel, tremble and wear
The splendour of its presence, and the light
Penetrates their dreamlike frame
Till they become charged with the strength of flame”.
My own peak experience happened when I was 31 years old. I was living in India at the time, and was visiting a friend in the town of Varkala in Kerala, not far from the southern tip of India. As I sat down one morning, idly gazing into the water of a small pond that was part of his estate, IT happened.
Although the experience itself only lasted for perhaps a few seconds, its effect on the mind was electric! But because the I AM exists beyond the mind, the mind itself is incapable of describing it. Nevertheless, the experience left a residue that has been imprinted on my mind ever since.
I was left with a sense of sheer exhilaration. I knew without a shadow of doubt that I had experienced a state of freedom that lay beyond the mind. It was a state of bliss that defied description. I was not only free from the limits of space and time, but I understood at that moment exactly how the universe worked.
I understood also what the ancient Sages of India had said about life. They described it by the Sanskrit term Lila, which represented a form of cosmic dance, in which every part of the created universe had meaning, and that meaning was to reflect the joy of the creator.
The best description that I have heard of that state is the one that has been recorded in the Vedas. They called it Sat-Chit-Ananda, which can be translated as Being-Consciousness-Bliss. And that was my experience. I was not only aware, but I was conscious of being aware, and I was immersed in total Bliss.
So the ultimate goal of all life is not to save the world, or live a more fulfilling life, or gain more wealth, or explore space, or overcome adversity or physical disability. The highest goal that you can achieve in life is to stop dreaming and WAKE UP from the dream that is your day-to-day reality.
Only then will you escape the confines of Plato’s Cave.
Only then will you be freed from this illusory world of shape and form.
Only then will you find the peace that passes all understanding.
Only then will you feel the bliss that can never be described in words.
Only then will you know the Truth that has been hidden from you up until that moment…….
That you not only ARE free, but that you have ALWAYS BEEN FREE.
In the Biblical gospel of St. John, the disciple describes how a band of priests and Pharisees brought Jesus before Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, accusing him of claiming to be a king. When Pilate asked him if this was true, Jesus replied:
“To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice”. (John 18: 37)
It was at this point that Pilate uttered the immortal lines: “What is truth? “ Pilate’s question went to the heart of a conundrum that has plagued humanity ever since, especially since Jesus himself added to this mystery when he told his disciples:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. (John 8: 32)
Of all the words in the English language, the word “truth” has so many different connotations that it has almost ceased to have any definitive meaning. What, after all, does truth really mean? And what sort of truth was Jesus talking about when he said that it had the power to “make you free“?
The obvious inference to be drawn from the above statement by Jesus is that mankind is living in a state of captivity, and that the “truth” that he came to bear witness to was able to liberate all those who embraced it. If so, then what sort of captivity could Jesus have been referring to?
Most commentators of the Bible have concluded that Jesus was referring to the fact that we are all sinners, and that he was the only one who had the power to liberate us from sin. And because he himself was able to defeat death, he was the only one who could guarantee eternal life.
But while this might seem on the surface to be a plausible interpretation, it still does not explain the underlying premise that Jesus was talking about, which was that there existed some form of “truth” that could save us from our sins, if only we could learn how to “know” or understand it.
But there was another man in history who claimed to know exactly what Jesus was talking about, even though he lived some four hundred years before the Christian era. This was the classical Greek philosopher whom we have come to know as Plato.
Plato was the founder of the Academy of Athens, which was the first institute of higher learning in the Western world. But what most modern scholars do not realise is that he was also an initiate of the Greek Mystery School, which drew on the wisdom of ancient Egypt, and of Atlantis before that.
In Book VII of his literary masterpiece entitled The Republic, Plato used an allegory to describe the human condition. It was an allegory that has come to be known as Plato’s Cave. Plato proposed a situation in which people had been imprisoned since early childhood inside a cave.
These people were chained together in such a way as to prevent them from looking around the cave, and to force them to look directly at a wall that was placed in front of them. So if there were any other people inside the cave, these chained prisoners would be unable to see them.
Plato then proposed that a large fire was burning behind these prisoners. The effect of this fire within the cave was to reflect the movements of other people inside the cave as shadows on the wall in front of them. And these shadows would then be the only things that the captives could see.
While the scenario posed by Plato may seem hopelessly contrived by modern standards, it served to illustrate his purpose. The key point that he wanted to make was that to the captive audience inside the cave, these shadows on the wall would in time come to be accepted as reality.
Plato then went on to suggest that if by some quirk of fate, one of the chained people was able to escape from the cave and emerge into the world outside, he would realise that what he had previously taken to be real would in fact be an illusion. It would not be the truth.
And if that person then returned to the cave and tried to explain to the remaining prisoners inside that the shadows on the wall that they had all previously agreed upon were real, were actually an illusion, that person would inevitably be rejected and most likely be laughed to scorn.
Of course, if Plato were alive today, he would be able to draw on a far better analogy. Suppose that, instead of a cave, a group of people were chained to their seats inside a modern movie theatre in such a way that they could see nothing else but the screen in front of them.
Then over time, these people would inevitably come to believe that the characters in the movies they were looking at were real, simply because the images they saw on the screen would be all that they would know, and they would have nothing else to compare them with.
And unless they somehow managed to find a way out of the movie theatre and gain access to the outside world, they would never realise that what they had previously believed to be reality was in fact nothing more than a series of flickering images upon a screen.
So the meaning of the allegory of Plato’s Cave is this. The world in which we live and move and have our being is not real. It is actually an illusion. It only appears to be real because we have convinced ourselves that the images reflected upon our screen of consciousness are real.
But we are not condemned to spend our lives imprisoned within the confines of this illusory world of shape and form. Not only are we free to escape from the cave at any time into the wider world of reality beyond, but it was the purpose of the Greek Mystery Schools to show how this could be done.
The highest good
This ultimate goal of all human life was described by Aristotle, who was Plato’s most famous pupil, as “the highest good”. This was in turn referred to by the Romans as the Summum Bonum of life, or highest truth to which any human being could aspire.
And this is where the words of Plato and those of Jesus begin to coalesce into a common theme. For if the world in which we live is not real but is actually an illusion, then how would we know? Only by escaping from this illusory world and discovering a new world of Reality (Truth) beyond.
And if we were able to discover this world of Reality for ourselves, we would then know that what we used to think of as the real world was not real at all. In other words, we would then wake up and know the “Truth”, and this “Truth” would set us free from the limitations of our old dream world.
And this, in a nutshell, was the same message that was delivered by Jesus, and was the reason why he came into the world. He came to bear witness to the living “Truth” that existed within himself, and to point out that this same “Truth” also existed inside each one of us.
Modern Christian preachers would have us believe that we are all sinners, and that Jesus died upon the cross to save us from our sins. Sadly, they have allowed their own ignorance to blind themselves from the Truth. Jesus did not come to the earth to die. He came to teach us how to live.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. (John 10: 10)
The idea that there exists another level of Reality that is our true self was not confined to Plato or to Jesus. It has in fact been the fundamental truth attested to by the founders of every major religion in the history of the earth. And every religion has a special name for this underlying Reality.
In the fifth century B.C., the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu founded the philosophy of Taoism. It was centred on the principle of Tao. Tao was the foundation of all creation. Heaven and earth were its garments, yet it remained immutable amid all the changing fortunes of life.
No words could describe its real nature, for it was beyond the capacity of the human mind to express. Referring to this Tao Lao Tsu confessed: “The Tao which can be expressed in words is not the eternal Tao; the name which can be uttered is not its eternal name”. (Tao Te Ching)
According to wisdom of the Vedas, which became the foundation of Hinduism, there existed one single, eternal, immanent Reality which was called Brahman. This unchanging Reality was the source of the manifested world, but was unaffected by the ebb and flow of creation.
In Zen Buddhism, this underlying Reality was simply referred to as Sunyata (the void or emptiness) or Tathata (suchness), because it was beyond description. No thought, word or quality could serve to clothe its mysterious being.
For the Sufi masters who practised the mystical teachings of Islam, this goal of perfection was called Ihsan, or union with Allah, and their ascetic practices were devoted towards the purification of the outer self in order to achieve unison with this ultimate Reality within.
Union with the Divine
All of the world religions have been driven by this common theme that a true world of Reality exists, and that it exists within the heart of every man and woman. And because it exists inside of ourselves, every one of us can escape from this illusory world of tears and achieve union with the Divine.
The Buddha called this union with the Divine Nirvana, which literally means “blown out”, like a candle in the wind. It is the extinguishing of the individual personality and the awakening of the universal spirit within. In the words of the Buddha: “The dewdrop slips into the shining sea”.
The Hindus referred to it by the Sanskrit term Mukti or Moksha, meaning liberation or enlightenment. This was not something new to be gained, but merely an awakening to our real nature. We simply become freed from the mistaken idea that we are bound by our limited personality.
Jesus called this inner state of supreme Reality the “Kingdom of God”. It is important to note here that the “Kingdom of God” should not be confused with the “Kingdom of Heaven”, as so many Biblical scholars tend to do today. They are two completely different things.
When Jesus talked about the “Kingdom of Heaven”, he was talking about a heavenly realm beyond this world that was populated by angels and archangels who acted as his servants and guardians. For as he explained to Pontius Pilate at the time of his trial:
“My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews”. (John 18: 36)
Instead, when he spoke about this “Kingdom of God”, he explained that it was a state of being that existed inside the heart of every man and woman, rather than a heavenly world that was inhabited by other angelic beings. For, as he explained to his disciples:
“The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you”. (Luke 17: 20-21)
This “Kingdom of God” described by Jesus is not remote from us. It is in fact the life force that animates our sense of identity. And although we may think that it is part of our limited physical body, this state of immortality actually exists beyond the boundaries of space as well as of time itself.
The great I AM
According to St. John, when Jesus was preaching to the Jews in the temple at Jerusalem, he told them that Abraham himself, the founding patriarch of Judaism, “rejoiced to see his day”. And when the Jews asked him how this was possible since he was “not yet fifty years old”, Jesus replied:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am”. (John 8: 58)
In fact he went further, by announcing that “I and my Father are one”. (John 10: 30) The Jews were so enraged that “they took up stones to cast at him”, because he not only claimed to be the son of God, but because he also used the same words that God did when speaking to Moses:
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you”. (Exodus 3: 14)
But when the crowd picked up stones to kill him for blasphemy, and for daring to equate himself with God, Jesus responded: “Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods”. (John 10: 34) In other words, Jesus was not only saying that he was divine, but that all of us are as well.
Sadly, this message of mankind’s fundamental divinity was rejected by the Jewish leaders of that time, just as it is rejected today by those lieutenants of the Church who pontificate on matters of Church doctrine. They obviously prefer that we remain chained within Plato’s Cave.
And we in turn have simply allowed ourselves to be fooled into believing that we are imprisoned within our limited bodies, and are doomed to end our lives in suffering and in death. But this is not the truth. Our fears are nothing more that the phantasms of misguided minds.
The Truth within
So what exactly is this I AM that Jesus was referring to? And the answer could not be more simple. The I AM is a state of being. It is that sense of identity that resides inside each one of us, and is the foundation of our very personalities. It is the inner feeling that we exist as individual beings.
The I AM that Jesus identified with is the same I AM that each one of us experiences at every moment of our lives. We think that this I AM feeling is somehow produced inside of us, and is dependent on the health of our physical bodies. We also think that it dies when the body dies.
But this I AM is ageless. It never grows old. It is the same now as it was when we were born. It is the same now as it will be when we are old. This sense of I AM does not fade when we get sick, or get diminished if we should happen to lose an arm or a leg. Our sense of being is unchanged.
What Jesus came to teach us is that this I AM sensation is REAL. In fact it is the ONLY thing that is real. The riddle of life is that while the I AM somehow attaches itself to a whole range of different states of mind, only the I AM is real, and all these other states are unreal.
So when we dream at night, our sense of the I AM is real, but the dream is not. And if we should happen to be in a hallucinogenic state, the I AM is real but the drugged state isn’t. In the same way, visions are unreal, as are hypnotic states. And so is our waking world.
It is the experience of every person that our waking world mysteriously appears when we wake up in the morning, and then disappears every night when we fall asleep. This alone should be enough to convince us that our waking world is evanescent, and is little more than a series of fleeting images upon the screen of consciousness.
So to carry this analogy further, every person who is alive today lives in a dream world that is inhabited by other dream beings. Even our personalities are unreal. They are merely the clothes that we have chosen to wear to cover up the I AM sensation inside of ourselves.
So if I say that I AM happy or sad, it is the I AM that is real, while the idea that I am happy or sad is not. And so it is for every other idea that we might have as an individual. And what binds us to this world of illusion are our thoughts and our desires, and the actions of the mind.
The I AM may be likened to the Sun. In fact in some Mystery Schools it is portrayed as an Inner Sun. And the actions of the mind can be likened to the ripples on the water of a lake, or the clouds that blot the appearance of the Sun in the sky.
When the surface of a lake is completely calm, it reflects the perfect image of the Sun. But when the surface is disturbed, say by the actions of the wind, then ripples occur which spread across the lake. The single image of the Sun now disappears, and is replaced by thousands of tiny suns reflected upon the waves.
Or suppose that there is a perfectly clear sky in which there is nothing to obscure the image of the Sun. But if the sky should become filled with dark clouds, then the image of the Sun disappears, even though it has not changed and continues to shine as brightly as before.
Thoughts and desires represent the ripples on the water or the clouds in the sky. And all that is needed to restore the image of the Sun in all its glory, is to get rid of the clouds that have gathered in the sky, or calm the waters of the lake. You don’t need to do anything to the Sun.
So in order to escape from the illusory world in which we have become imprisoned, we simply have to hold on to the feeling of I AM above all else, and then disregard all those other thoughts and desires that occupy our minds. This is all we have to do to become united with the eternal I AM.
By simply focusing our minds upon the sense of I AM as we go about our daily business, it will draw us in. This inner I AM will then steadily expand within us until we become one with the entire universe, and we reach that moment of recognition when we realise that the I AM inside of us IS GOD.
There is nothing new to be attained. No higher state of consciousness needs to be acquired. There is no intervention by a higher power, nor is any remission of sin required to achieve this union with the Divine. The sense of the I AM that you feel at this very moment is THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
THIS is the Truth that makes us free.
To be concluded in Part Two.
Scott: My name is Scott Paton. I am talking today with Allan Colston. He is the author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. This is a book about prophecy.
For those listeners who may be new to this topic, this is another in the series “Signs of the Times”. Welcome Allan to this Podcast. It has been quite a while since we last chatted. How have you been keeping?
I’m fine Scott. Thanks for asking. Glad to be with you once again.
Scott: Since we last spoke, the world seems to have become a much more dangerous and unstable place. What are your thoughts about it all?
I must say that I tend to agree with you. In fact I have been giving quite a lot of thought lately to the works of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. As a matter of interest Scott, have you ever read any of his works?
Scott: No. I have to admit that I haven’t.
Well I’m not surprised. Very few people have. In fact, outside of those university scholars who are required to study his work, there are probably no more than a dozen or so people in any given year who take the trouble to read his books.
Anyway, even though Plato’s ideas were formulated well over two thousand years ago, they seem as relevant today as when they were first recorded. And they seem particularly appropriate in light of the sort of things that have been happening around the planet recently.
In Book VIII of his most famous work entitled The Republic, Plato discusses various forms of government, starting with the ideal state and then descending through various other stages until they reach the lowest state of all, which is the enslavement of the people.
In Plato’s view, the ideal state of mankind is what he called Aristocracy, where people are ruled by a philosopher king, who is not only schooled in the art of government, but who devotes his life to the welfare of his people and promotes wisdom, justice and equality for all before the law.
He then went on to argue that no system of government, however perfect, could endure forever. In time, even as good a system as Aristocracy would inevitably degenerate into other less desirable systems, dragged down by the weight of human frailty.
Plato then listed various other forms of government, and referred to them in descending order, starting with Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy and then Tyranny. For example, a Timocratic government would be comprised of a ruling class of military generals or warrior kings.
But over time these Timocratic rulers would begin to be seduced by the lure of material wealth, and their rule would give way to Oligarchy, in which the rich would become the ruling class, and an increasing divide would grow between those who had wealth and those who did not.
This Oligarchic form of government would give way in turn to Democracy, in which each citizen participated in the choice of the ruler, and power was distributed equally among the people. In short, it would be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Scott: So surely then Allan, according to Plato, democracy would seem to be a very desirable form of government.
You might think so Scott, but you would be wrong. In fact Plato had nothing good to say about democracy. And this is why his words have resonated so much with me recently. For in his book Plato went on to describe how democracy would inevitably lead to tyranny.
Although a truly democratic form of government might appear on the surface to be desirable, in the end all democracies fail – and for the same reason. They all carry within them the seeds of their own demise, embedded within what appears to be their greatest virtue.
A government of the people is elected by the people. Not some of the people, but all of the people. Or at least all those who turn up on election day and register their votes. Under this form of government, every vote carries the same value, regardless of the individual involved.
And here lies the rub. As an Indian friend of mine remarked many years ago, democracy is Sudrocracy. At the time I was struck by just how apt that analogy was. For according to their ancient traditions, Hindu society was divided up into four classes or castes.
The highest level of society was represented by the Brahmin or priestly class. Then came the Kshatriyas the warrior or merchant class, followed by the Vaishyas who were mainly farmers. Last of all came the Sudras, which included what we would today call manual labourers.
So in the words of my friend, a Sudrocracy would be a democracy that would be dominated by its lowest common denominator. It would be an electorate determined by a popular vote that would be drawn from the lowest classes of society, as well as the least educated and the least informed.
In order to thrive, every democracy needs an informed electorate, consisting of a majority of the voting public who understand the critical issues that confront that society, and then have the insight to select the right people to deal with these challenges.
But as Plato pointed out, in a complex society, as more and more problems arose in the course of the day-to-day management of human affairs, so those who were elected to solve these problems would find it increasingly difficult to achieve results that satisfied all sectors of society.
These differences would then lead to conflicting views as to how best to proceed, which would split people into opposing parties that would become more and more hostile towards one another. Finally, when matters descended into gridlock, the people would cry out for a saviour.
So the critical flaw with democracy, according to Plato, is that this system of government would inevitably splinter into opposing groups, with each faction operating in a more and more undisciplined and unrestrained way, which would leave them vulnerable to any clever demagogue who came along.
This populous leader could then easily stoke the fears of the public by targeting some group or other who he claimed were responsible for all their problems, and then announce that he alone had the power to save them from this enemy, if only he was granted the power to do so.
Then according to Plato, once that leader had gained power, he would use his power to remove the best social elements and individuals who might challenge his authority, while rewarding those who exhibited the worst qualities. In this way that society would descend into tyranny.
Now you can probably guess where I am going with all this Scott, and you would be right. But then again you would also be wrong, if you will allow me to explain.
Scott: You speak in riddles my friend. Anyway, carry on, the floor is yours.
First of all, we need to remember that Plato’s Republic was a philosophical work, and his thoughts on various forms of government were never intended to be a prescriptive diagnosis on the rise and fall of governments, but rather a shrewd analysis of human failings when it came to the abuse of power.
After all, it was the 19th century British politician Lord Acton who echoed Plato’s argument when he said: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. And then he went on to say something even more telling: “Great men are almost always bad men”.
Furthermore, we hardly need to be reminded that over the course of roughly two and a half thousand years since Plato was alive, there has never been a single instance of a historical leader who fulfilled all the requirements of his “Aristocracy” or philosopher king.
Nor is there likely to be one until the return of the Saviour and the long awaited thousand years of peace.
Instead the history of the world has been replete with reprehensible leaders who, once they have tasted power, have turned into autocratic monsters who have preyed upon and enslaved their people. And what is more alarming is that this process has been getting significantly worse over time.
Within the last hundred years there have been more dictators than at any previous time in our recorded history. And as a result of their actions hundreds of millions of innocent souls have lost their lives simply because they had the misfortune of being born during their reigns of terror.
In fact there have so many Scott, that I would hazard a guess that most people today would be hard pressed to remember more than a few of them.
Scott: Well of course we all know about Hitler and Stalin.
Naturally, because they were the ones who caused the greatest number of victims. But there have been so many others who have been equally ruthless in their pursuit of power. And they keep on coming. In fact you could say that we are now living in an age of tyrants.
Of course we all remember Hitler because of his crusade to create a superior Aryan race that led to the liquidation of six million Jews in the gas chambers, as well as for his lust for world domination that led to the second world war that almost wiped out an entire generation of young men.
And although Stalin was notorious for setting up gulags, or concentration camps that were responsible for the death of millions of Russians, we shouldn’t forget that Lenin was equally ruthless. He even arranged for the assassination of his rival Leon Trotsky in Mexico City by means of an ice-pick.
Lenin was also the source of various quotations that have been embraced by dictators ever since, such as: “If you tell a lie often enough, people will come to accept it as the truth”, and “Give us a child for eight years and he will be a revolutionary forever”.
But in addition to those three there have also been tyrants like Benito Mussolini in Italy, General Francisco Franco of Spain, Josip Broz Tito in what was then Yugoslavia, as well as his countryman Slobodan Miloševic, who became known as the butcher of the Balkans.
In Asia there have been leaders like Chairman Mao of China, who murdered millions of his own citizens in the 1960’s under the banner of what became known as the “Cultural Revolution”. His brutal campaign was matched by that of Pol Pot, leader of the Khmer Rouge uprising in Cambodia in the 1970’s.
In North Korea, the country has been ruled by three generations of ruthless dictators, starting with Kim-il Sung, then Kim Jong-il, and now Kim Jong-un. And in North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh presided over a one-party state that killed tens of thousands during the land reforms of the 1950’s.
In the Middle East, Hafez al Assad, the father of the present brutal leader in Syria, gained control of the country through a coup that led to the death of tens of thousands of Syrians. But even he paled into insignificance when compared to Saddam Hussein and the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran.
And in Africa, where the tribal system has traditionally been built around a central chief, dictatorship has become the preferred form of government, that has produced sadistic leaders like Gaddafi of Libya, Idi Amin of Uganda, Sese Seko Mobutu of the Congo and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
And I’m just getting started. In fact a search of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia under the title of dictators, reveals a list of over one hundred and eighty names in various parts of the world since the beginning of the 20th century, and most of them during the last fifty years.
Anyway Scott, I hardly need to belabour the fact that the world has witnessed a multitude of unscrupulous leaders who have gained power, only to use that power to enslave their own people and kill those who have had the courage to oppose them.
However, there is perhaps one other salient point that deserves to be mentioned, and that is that all of the dictators mentioned here have been men, which I suppose is a persuasive argument for electing women as leaders, rather than men. What do you think Scott?
Scott: You’ve got a good point there Allan. But how does that square with Plato’s view that democracies carry within them the seeds of their own demise?
That’s a good question Scott. And in answer allow me to present you with a perfect example of what Plato was writing about. Consider the modern country of Turkey, and in particular its current leader and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan was born in Istanbul in 1954, so he is now 64 years old. After spending his early childhood in the town of Rize on the Black Sea, his family moved back to Istanbul when he was thirteen. And after finishing high school, he went on to study business administration.
But it was on the soccer field that the young Erdogan first came to the attention of the public, when he became a semi-professional footballer for a local club in Istanbul. It is probably not a surprise to discover that the stadium where he once played is now named after him.
His political career first blossomed in 1994, when he was elected as the Mayor of Istanbul. In spite of fears that he might impose Islamic law, he proved to be a pragmatic administrator who achieved spectacular success by solving problems like traffic gridlock, water shortages and pollution.
In fact you can say Scott, that Erdogan’s track record as an administrator was a model for aspiring politicians everywhere. But despite this early success, he was imprisoned in 1998 for reciting a poem in public that was deemed to be an incitement to violence and racial hatred.
Scott: So Allan, was he forced to give up his position as mayor?
Yes Scott, he was. He was also banned from all political activity. But the authorities could not keep him inactive for long. In 2001, Erdogan established a new political party known as the Justice and Development party, also known as the AKP.
In the following year, the AKP won a landslide election victory, winning nearly two-thirds of the seats. However, these results were cancelled in December 2002. New elections were held, and this time Erdogan was not only elected to parliament, but was chosen as Prime Minister as well.
Under his guidance, the Turkish economy made a spectacular recovery, and for the better part of the next decade was the envy of Muslim countries everywhere. In addition, Erdogan opted for a policy of good relations with all of the surrounding states which ensured nation-wide stability.
During this period Erdogan enjoyed unparalleled success, and won three consecutive elections, all with an increased margin of popular support. Under his leadership Turkey reached the pinnacle of an ideal democratic society. Yet it all began to unravel from within inside of a few short months.
Scott: So what caused things to change so quickly?
Well Scott, it all began in May 2013 when a handful of protestors gathered to complain about the government’s decision to convert Istanbul’s Gezi park into an urban development project. When the police used tear gas to break up this demonstration, more and more protestors began to arrive.
Faced with the largest mass protest in more than a decade, Erdogan responded in heavy-handed fashion by arresting sixteen protestors, including the sons of three of his government ministers, and charged them with corruption, setting off a storm of protests across the country.
It was at this time that five audio recordings appeared on YouTube in which Erdogan appeared to be telling his son to hide very large sums of money. Although Erdogan acknowledged that the voice was his, he claimed that the recordings had been tampered with to include false information.
It was in the aftermath of this uproar, that the ruling party announced that Erdogan would resign as Prime Minister and stand for the office of President in the upcoming elections. And in August 2014 he was elected with a majority of 52% of the popular vote.
Erdogan had already begun to reveal strong authoritarian tendencies before he was elected President, but it was his response to the attempted coup just a few months ago that completed his transformation from pragmatic politician to yet another ruthless dictator.
Scott: Perhaps you could just recap what happened at the time.
Certainly Scott. On 15th July 2016, while President Erdogan was on holiday at Marmaris, a tourist resort on the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera, a group of military officers launched an attempted coup. Fortunately, Erdogan was able to fly back to Istanbul in time to quell this rebellion.
No sooner had this insurrection been suppressed, when Erdogan blamed an exiled cleric by the name of Fethullah Gulen for organising the attempted coup. What made this surprising to many was that Gulen was living in Pennsylvania at the time, and had been there since 1999.
Gulen was a former Imam, or Muslim preacher, who had once been an ally of Erdogan. He had founded what became known as the Gulen movement. It was a movement that promoted a tolerant form of Islam based on altruism, education and hard work. It also supported multi-party democracy.
The former alliance between Erdogan and Gulen turned sour in 2013, when Erdogan accused Gulen of being behind the accusations of corruption that were levelled against him and his son that I mentioned earlier, and of the millions of dollars that were secretly stashed away.
Erdogan immediately turned his wrath on all those who he claimed were followers of the Gulen movement in Turkey. In addition, he denounced Gulen as a terrorist, and demanded that he be extradited by the United States back to Turkey. As of now, we still do not know how they will respond.
But what justifies Erdogan’s inclusion in the list of dictators who have oppressed their own people, was his ruthless response to the attempted coup. He immediately declared a state of emergency for three months, giving himself sweeping powers to do whatever he wished.
And over the period of the last two months or so, more than 81,000 people have either lost their jobs or been arrested, including two provincial mayors, 24 district mayors, 9,000 military and security forces, as well as judges, school teachers, police, journalists and others.
In fact, President Erdogan even ordered the release of 38,000 prisoners from their cells in order to make room for all the new arrivals. But there’s an ironic twist to all this Scott. None of these reprisals would have happened if it had not been for one man’s thumb.
Scott: What exactly do you mean Allan?
Well Scott, as I explained earlier, when the attempted coup in Turkey began, President Erdogan was relaxing at the Marmaris resort on the coast of the Mediterranean sea, when he received a telephone call from a military commander in Istanbul saying that his life was in danger.
He was told that three Blackhawk helicopters loaded with special forces had been despatched to his resort with orders to capture or kill him, and that he only had minutes in which to escape. In a panic, Erdogan was whisked away under armed guard to his private jet waiting at a nearby airfield.
As it turned out, the helicopters arrived a few minutes later and armed troops stormed into the resort in search of the president. But what they did not know at the time was that Erdogan was not staying at the hotel itself, but at a private villa next door that had been loaned to him by a friend.
So, as it turned out, that warning phone call was undoubtedly responsible for saving Erdogan’s life. But the threat did not end there, because in addition to the helicopters loaded with special forces, two F-16 fighter jets were searching the area for any signs of the presidential plane.
But when the pilots of Erdogan’s twin-engined Gulfstream jet realised that they were being targeted by the approaching F-16’s, they altered the electronic signal emitted by their transponder to THY 8456, to make it seem as if they were a routine civilian Turkish Airline flight.
And this is where the thumb comes in. For at the very moment when the F-16 fighter jets approached the president’s plane, one of the pilots had his thumb on the missile release button. If he had just pressed that button, he would undoubtedly have changed the future course of history.
On such tiny things do the fates of entire countries sometimes depend. But in an equally strange way, what happened that night in the skies over Turkey also contributed to the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy about the events that are predicted to happen in the Middle East during the end times.
Scott: Why do you say that, Allan?
As I have pointed out many times on my Blog Scott, the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel predicted that there would come a time, during what he called the “Latter Days”, when a coalition of armies would gather on the borders of Israel.
These armies would come from the “north parts”, which Biblical scholars believe is a reference to Russia, as well as from places like “Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Togarmah”, which are ancient names for parts of what is now modern Turkey. Ezekiel also refers specifically to Persia, which is now Iran.
It is also undoubtedly significant that one of the first things President Erdogan did after he had suppressed the abortive coup, was to travel to Moscow to meet with Putin, to restore economic relations that had been damaged after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane the previous year.
So now we have three dictators that have joined into an alliance together, Putin, Erdogan and the Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran. I don’t think this is a coincidence Scott. In fact I believe that it brings us ever closer to the dire events predicted by St. John in his book of Revelation.
In fact, as the increasing numbers of dictators all around the world show, democracy is in trouble all over the planet. It is assailed by fear. As history has demonstrated, tyranny is born out of fear. It is sustained by fear. It is ruled by fear, and it is ultimately destroyed by forces generated by fear.
And so Scott, I guess I could sum this all up in the following words. We seem to be living in an age of tyrants, where an encroaching darkness is stealing across the planet, slowly swallowing up all the countries of the world, and enslaving good men and women everywhere as it does so.
And this brings us to the United States, where the coming election is probably one of the most important in their history. Voters are faced with a choice between two starkly contrasting candidates. On the one hand there is Hillary Clinton, who is regarded as a threat and distrusted by many.
And then there is the phenomenon of Donald Trump, who claims to represent the best interests of all Americans, but then goes on to brand Mexicans, Muslims and migrants as the enemy, and who appears to display all the qualities that are the hallmark of a classic despot.
So the world waits to see what they will decide. Will voters preserve the principles that have made the United States the bastion of democracy for the last two hundred years or more, or will they vote for their fears and allow their country to descend into tyranny, just as Plato so long ago predicted?
Scott: Thanks Allan. Once again you have given us a lot to think about. I hope that we can get together soon and continue this discussion.
Meanwhile, you have been listening to Allan Colston, author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac“. Do join us again for our next Podcast in the series titled “Signs of the Times”.
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.