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
As shown in previous instalments, the Old Testament of the Bible was filled with references to events that were predicted to occur during the “Latter Days”, which was a term used by ancient prophets to describe the period leading up to the return of the long awaited Messiah.
In particular, these prophets warned about something which they called “the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. This would be a day of fire and brimstone descending from the heavens, when God’s wrath would be visited upon all those who had failed to keep his commandments.
Then in the New Testament, we find further references to this theme of blood, hailstones, brimstone and fire raining down upon the earth from the skies. For when the disciples asked Jesus about the signs that would precede his return to the earth, he replied:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. (Luke 21:25-26)
The signs spoken of by Jesus were further clarified by St. John, who devoted his entire book of Revelation to the events that would herald both the end of the present era of humanity, and the beginning of a new golden age that would last for a thousand years.
Now many Christians may be surprised to learn that John was not the only Christian saint who had visions of things that would happen in the future. More than a thousand years after his death, another person had similar visions, and was later recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.
That person was the Christian mystic St. Hildegard of Bingen, a town on the river Rhine located not far from the modern city of Frankfurt in Germany. Hildegard was born at the end of 11th century, and from an early age began to experience visions of events that would occur in the future. As she wrote:
“Up to my fifteenth year I saw much, and related some of the things seen to others, who would inquire with astonishment, whence such things might come. … Frequently, in my conversations, I would relate future things which I saw as if present, but, noting the amazement of my listeners, I became more reticent.”
Perhaps because her early visions, Hildegard was drawn towards a life in the Church. She joined a Benedictine monastery where she rose to the position of Abbess. She proved to be a remarkable woman blessed with many talents, and was even consulted by bishops, popes and kings.
At a time when few women became accomplished writers, Hildegard produced major works of theology, as well as botanical and medicinal texts. Then in the year 1141 A.D., Hildegard had a vision of God in which she was instructed to “write down that which you see and hear“.
She subsequently published her first theological text under the title of “Scivias” (“Know the Ways of the Lord”). In this work, which dealt with things that would occur during the days leading up to the return of the Christ, she wrote about a comet and its impact on “the great nation”.
“Before the Comet comes, many nations, the good excepted, will be scoured with want and famine. The great nation in the ocean that is inhabited by people of different tribes and descent by an earthquake, storm and tidal waves will be devastated. It will be divided, and in great part submerged.”
As she went on to record:
“The Comet by its tremendous pressure, will force much out of the ocean and flood many countries, causing much want and many plagues. [After the] great Comet, the great nation will be devastated by earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water, causing much want and plagues.
“The ocean will also flood many other countries, so that all coastal cities will live in fear, with many destroyed. All sea coast cities will be fearful and many of them will be destroyed by tidal waves, and most living creatures will be killed and even those who escape will die from a horrible disease”. (View Source)
So here we have evidence, written almost a thousand years ago, of a close encounter between the earth and a comet, that described how a “great nation” would be “divided” (split into two parts), and devastated by “earthquakes, storms, and great waves of water”, and “in great part submerged”.
What has made St. Hildegard’s words so significant, is how closely what she saw in her visions matched with the information relayed by the American seer Edgar Cayce in the course of various readings that he gave in the early years of the 20th century.
From time to time Cayce was asked questions about the future of America, and especially about events that were predicted in the Bible to occur during the days leading up to the return of the Christ. For example, in January 1934, when asked about physical changes to the earth, Cayce replied:
“The earth will be broken up in the western portion of America. The greater portion of Japan must go into the sea. The upper portion of Europe will be changed as in the twinkling of an eye. Land will appear off the east coast of America.
“There will be the upheavals in the Arctic and in the Antarctic that will make for the eruption of volcanoes in the Torrid areas, and there will be shifting then of the poles – so that where there has been those of a frigid or the semi-tropical will become the more tropical, and moss and fern will grow.” (Reading 3976-15)
It is clear from this reply that the continent of North America would be the “great nation” that would undergo dramatic geological changes at the time of the end. This was confirmed in another famous reading in which he was asked: What is the shape of the world to come? Part of his reply is quoted below:
“And what is the coast line now of many a land will be the bed of the ocean. Even many of the battle fields of the present will be ocean, will be seas, the bays, the lands over which the new order will carry on their trade as one with another.
“Portions of the now east coast of New York, or New York City itself, will in the main disappear. This will be another generation, though, here, while the southern portions of Carolina, Georgia – these will disappear. This will be much sooner.
“The waters of the lakes will empty into the Gulf, rather than the waterway over which such discussions have been recently made. It would be well if the waterway were prepared, but not for that purpose for which it is at present being considered.
“Then the area where the entity is now located (Virginia Beach) will be among the safety lands, as will the portions of what is now Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and much of the southern portion of Canada and the eastern portion of Canada; while the western land – much of that is to be disturbed – in this land – as, of course, much in other lands.” (Reading 1152-11)
And this is where a second American possessing unusual talents enters the scene. His name is Gordon-Michael Scallion. And just as in the case of Edgar Cayce, Scallion’s unusual ability manifested itself unexpectedly in his life as a result of a health crisis affecting his throat.
In 1979, while he was is the middle of delivering a public lecture, he suddenly lost his voice completely “in a split second”. He was taken to hospital where doctors conducted a series of comprehensive tests on his vocal chords, larynx and throat. Because they were unable to find anything wrong, they dismissed his symptoms as psychosomatic.
Yet within a few hours of being discharged from the hospital, Scallion found that his physical vision had changed. He now began to see colours and lights around animals, plants, trees and people. He had no idea what these colours represented, and concluded that it was his vision that was to blame.
It was only later that he realised that what he was seeing were the “auras” of people, plants and animals. And like Cayce before him, he discovered that he had the ability to look into people and see what was wrong with their physical, mental or spiritual bodies.
Then in 1991, Scallion found that he was able to sense what was wrong with the earth itself. He began to experience nightmares in which it appeared as if the earth was a sentient being, just like a human, and that it was in great pain.
He also began to get visions of changes that would take place to the existing continents of the earth in future times and, in particular, changes that would take place on the North American continent. As he later wrote:
“Since 1979 I have had ongoing visions concerning the Earth, sometimes as many as ten or more in a day, lasting from a few seconds to minutes. In 1982, I began to sketch a map based on the visions, and I updated it through the years as new information was presented to me.”
In the June 1996 Issue of “The Earth Changes Report”, Scallion described for the reader a series of dramatic visions that had occurred to him at that time that appeared to show changes to the earth as a result of a collision between the earth and an asteroid.
“..I am now shown the Earth, and as a result of the shockwave, the Earth shudders everywhere. There are winds. I am watching large landmasses that appear to be the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate. They are moving, perhaps half the plate structure of the Earth, shift as if in a single movement.
“They do not go up or down, but rather they slip. The movement from my perspective doesn’t seem far, but it might be something akin to twenty-five or thirty degrees of slippage. I watch certain land masses that were warm become instantly cold.
“I see animals, grazing animals that look like herds of cattle, frozen in their paths. I watch other areas that are mile-high with snow, melting. I realize that it is the Antarctic. As I am watching there is a time lapse which I would assume would be weeks or months.
“I watch Greenland; the ice is melting so fast that water levels are rising. The water is moving in so fast that new seaways are made.
“I can see inland seas in the United States. I can see a river running from the Great Lakes to Phoenix. I can see that the St. Lawrence Seaway has become a large inland sea. The Mississippi divides the United States in two.
“Europe has become a series of larger islands and most of Northern Europe is under water.
“At the same time I am seeing other land masses thrust up from the ocean bottom as a result of the shift. I see huge land masses in the Atlantic and the Pacific thrust up, even though the melting has raised the water level. Are there still twelve tectonic plates? I move round to see how many there are. After counting I find there are twenty-four.”
Based on the visions which Scallion experienced at that time, he created a revised map of the world that illustrated all the changes that he had witnessed in his visions. These changes in sea level in all the different regions of the world can briefly be summarised as follows:
What will happen in North America
The damage caused by the comet will completely change the outline of the entire North American continent. After these changes have taken place the United States will be totally different from the way it looks today. While some of these changes will occur when the comet passes close to the earth, others will happen over the following months.
Not only will the coastlines on both the east and west coasts of America be devastated by enormous tidal waves, but these coastal states will themselves be swallowed up by the ocean. More than half the existing population of the United States will be lost in these catastrophes.
In addition, the waters of the Great Lakes will no longer drain through the St Lawrence Seaway into the Atlantic Ocean, but will instead empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River will be greatly expanded as the ground sinks as a result of earthquake activity in the region.
It will no longer be possible to travel by land across the country because of the water that will flood the central states of America.
When the asteroid hits the ocean, the tidal waves generated by this impact will swamp the cities along both the east and west coasts of North America. These will be followed by enormous movements in the crust of the earth that will cause large sections of the western United States to sink below the sea.
This submergence of the land will extend far inland and only the highest peaks of the mountains will remain as isolated islands. Almost all of the western states of America will disappear beneath the waves. The new coastline of the west will be moved inland as far as Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona.
Similar changes will take place on the east coast and most of the coastal areas will sink beneath the sea. The sea will inundate the land all the way from Maine down to Florida. The same will apply to the coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico.
The coastal areas of Mexico will also be covered by the sea, especially around the Yucatan, while the Baja Peninsula will be submerged. The low lying lands of Central America will also sink beneath the sea, leaving the higher areas as separate islands.
All the major lands of the Caribbean will disappear beneath the waves, including the islands of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The Panama Canal will no longer be needed as a new waterway will open up linking the Gulf of Mexico with the Pacific.
In Canada, the Hudson Bay will expand to form a large inland sea. Other parts of the north will be inundated as well as the islands of the eastern seaboard. The St Lawrence River will expand to flood parts of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.
In the west there will be widespread damage on the coast and on Vancouver Island, which will bear the full force of the incoming waves. Severe earthquake activity will also cause parts of south eastern British Columbia to sink beneath the sea.
The central regions of Canada from the Alberta border to the western portion of Quebec, will be spared from most of the destruction that will be taking place elsewhere in North America. They will become places of refuge for people displaced from other regions.
What will happen in South America
South America will be greatly changed as a result of the undersea changes taking place in the region. Parts of the Amazon Basin will be reclaimed by the sea, as will low lying areas of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
On the west coast, earthquakes and volcanic activity will transform the land. Some parts of the west coast will sink below the waves, while others will find themselves lifted to higher elevations.
What will happen in Europe
Because Europe has long been the centre of western civilization, and because it has also been the focus of some of the worst wars fought in the history of humanity, much of Europe will sink beneath the waves, so that the negativity that has accumulated over many thousands of years can be washed away.
Due to the sudden change in the axis of the earth, Europe will go through some of the most severe changes that will be taking place on earth at this time. Most of Northern Europe will be completely submerged. All that will be left of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden will be isolated islands that once were lofty mountains.
Much of France will be claimed by the waves, as will most of Germany and Poland, especially those areas involved in the major battles of the two world wars. The sea will also inundate the lowlands of Holland and Belgium.
The higher regions of Spain and Portugal will be spared and will be sought out as refuges from the floods. Switzerland and Austria will be surrounded by the waters of an inland sea.
In Eastern Europe, most of the Balkan countries will be submerged as will Bulgaria, Romania, and parts of western Turkey. Amongst the Mediterranean countries, the coastal areas of Greece and Italy will be most affected, and earthquakes in the region will also claim many lives.
Most of the United Kingdom will once again disappear beneath the waves as other land masses arise in the Atlantic Ocean. Only a few small islands will remain, including areas around London and the Midlands. In Ireland many places will be deluged and only the higher elevations will be spared.
What will happen in Africa
The continent of Africa will be split into three different parts. The valley of the Nile will widen and a rift will form that will extend through the middle of the continent all the way down to southern Africa. Another inland sea will form in northern Africa that will extend from Algeria through Mali and Nigeria down to the Congo.
On the east coast the Red Sea will widen and engulf the coastal areas of Egypt and Sudan. The Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa will fill with water and Lake Victoria will merge with Lake Nyasa and drain into the Indian Ocean.
What will happen in Australia and New Zealand
Australia will shrink in size as most of the coastal areas are engulfed by the surrounding sea. In the south the sea will intrude upon the land and an inland sea will push its way north into the Murray Darling valley.
In contrast with most of the other places in the world, New Zealand will actually grow many times in size as changes in the earth take place in the coming age.
New land will emerge from the sea causing the existing land to grow until it is larger than Australia, and its new coastline will stretch for many thousands of miles. It will also be joined to Australia by a narrow strip of land.
What will happen in Asia
When the meteor plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, the same tidal waves that will devastate the coasts of North America, Africa and Europe will destroy the coastal regions of Asia. The coast of China will be inundated by water which will surge inland in many places.
The islands of the Philippines and Taiwan will be severely damaged by floods and earthquakes. The islands of Japan will be completely swamped by water and will sink beneath the waves.
The lands of Asia will suffer from earthquake, fire and drought. Apart from the Red Sea which will expand to submerge the coastal regions of Arabia, there will also be floods in many inland regions that are affected by the breaking up of the land.
New lands will rise up out of the sea
Just as many lands now inhabited by people will be engulfed by the sea, so new land masses will rise to take their place. These new lands will become major population centers in the coming age.
As Edgar Cayce has predicted, new lands will rise out of the ocean as other countries around the world sink below the waves. Cayce spoke of new land appearing in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.
The sunken lands of Atlantis and Lemuria will rise up out of the ocean, cleansed and ready for life in the new age that will unfold on the earth. Atlantis will reappear just where Plato said it once existed, across from the Pillars of Hercules, or the Straits of Gibraltar.
Atlantis will be an enormous island, the size of Western Europe today. Lemuria will rise up out of the southern Pacific Ocean. It will be a new continent more than twice the size of Australia.
Other lands will rise out of the ocean in different parts of the world. New islands will emerge off the east and west coasts of America. One of these will be west of what is now Oregon, while another large island will appear in the region of the Bahamas.
The island of Tasmania to the south of Australia will grow to many times the size it is today. New lands will also emerge off the coast of Chile in South America, and off the west coast of Southern Africa.
Because these new lands will be cleansed from the destructive thought patterns of the past, many people will choose to move to Atlantis, Lemuria and Antarctica, or Lumania as it was once called.
Of the existing countries in the world there will be three in particular that will achieve great accomplishments in the coming age. Canada will become a vast commercial, cultural and scientific center in the new age. Because of its mild semi-tropical climate it will attract new settlers from all over the earth.
Australia and New Zealand will also become important spiritual centers in the coming years. The sandy deserts that exist in Australia today will be transformed into fertile lands.
Finally, for those readers who would like to get a closer look at those land masses that will be most affected, as well as what those regions in which they live today will look like in the coming age, a link is provided here with different segments of Scallion’s new world map.
There is, however, one cautionary reminder that all readers should bear in mind, and that is that although the future world map that Scallion has outlined here represents the final outcome of future world changes that appeared to him in visions, the actual timing of these changes will vary.
Although many of these changes will undoubtedly happen on the “Day of the Lord” when the asteroid plunges in the ocean, others will only occur later as a result of subsequent shifts in the tectonic plates in different parts of the world.
And, as always when dealing with matters of a spiritual nature, no one should move from their present location unless they feel compelled to do so by a strong inner impulse, for the Lord knows how to protect all those who are his true followers.
In the eighth chapter of his book of Revelation, St. John wrote about a dramatic vision which occurred to him while he was in exile on the island of Patmos. In this vision he saw a series of events that would occur on the earth shortly before the return of the Christ.
He ascribed these events to the actions of seven angels, each of whom was given a trumpet. And when each angel sounded his trumpet, a particular disaster would befall the earth. The disasters attributed to these angels were as follows:
• First angel – Hail and fire mingled with blood was cast upon the earth
• Second angel – A great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea
• Third angel – A great star fell from heaven, burning like a lamp
• Fourth angel – Darkness descended upon the sun, the moon and the stars
Now if John had just limited his account to these four angels, then Bible scholars would have had an easier time interpreting his words. But he didn’t end there, and that is why eschatological or “End Time” prophecy has become so much harder to understand.
For example, the three remaining angels then sounded their trumpets, bringing about yet more woe upon the earth. And then these seven angels were given seven other “bowls”, with each bowl representing a different type of plague that was poured out upon the wicked.
But even prior to these seven angels with their trumpets and bowls of wrath, John wrote about a book that was “sealed with seven seals”. So the challenge that faced these scholars was how to combine these seven seals, trumpets and bowls into a single coherent explanation.
Although some scholars have suggested that the various seals, trumpets and bowls refer to different events that would happen at different times in the future, careful analysis of St. John’s words show that this is not the case, as the same event sometimes appears in two separate categories.
An example of this occurs in the case of the river Euphrates, which flows through the modern countries of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. In chapter nine of his book of Revelation, when St. John is referring to the seven angels with their seven trumpets, he writes:
“Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates”. (Revelation 9:14)
Then, five chapters later, when he is referring to the angels with the seven bowls, he writes:
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)
It is only when we realise that these seals, bowls and trumpets are all related to the same astronomical event, that we can make sense out of what St. John wrote. And because he did not understand the meaning of the things he saw, he had to use symbols and images to describe them.
As explained in previous instalments, it should now be clear that what St. John saw in his vision was a close encounter between the earth and a comet. And the reason why he devoted so many chapters to this event, was because it was associated with so many different effects upon the earth.
First of all there were the atmospheric effects associated with the red dust falling upon the earth and making it look like blood. But this dust did not just colour the seas, lakes and rivers, but contaminated them as well, giving them a bitter taste and poisoning anyone who drank from them.
Then there were the incandescent particles in the tail of the comet that fell to the earth like fiery hail, together with electrical discharges between the nucleus of the comet and the earth that would appear as spectacular lightning bolts hurled down from the sky.
Then as the core of the comet drew closer to the earth, it began to shroud the entire planet in inky black dust that obscured portions of the sun, the moon and the stars and made it difficult to breathe, before blotting out all light upon the earth for a period of three days.
Although it is theoretically possible for a comet to collide with the earth and crash into the sea, it is much more likely that the nucleus would disintegrate into smaller fragments as it entered the atmosphere of the earth, as a result of electrical charge differentials between the two bodies.
This would account for the asteroid or “great mountain burning with fire” that St. John said would be cast into the sea, which would of course lead to catastrophic consequences all around the earth, and might even alter its axis as well as its orbit around the sun.
So it is little wonder that someone like St. John, with no knowledge of the inner workings of the solar system or of the electrical nature and properties of comets, should have been left floundering when trying to describe what he saw in his vision. In fact it is remarkable that he did as well as he did.
But the book of Revelation did not only concern itself with WHAT would happen on earth during the “Latter Days” spoken of by the Old Testament prophets. It also explained WHY these events would happen, and why the wrath of the Lord would be directed at the people of earth at that time.
According to St. John, the comet would come at a time when the entire world worshipped the same religion. But this shared religion would not be one of the established religions of the world. It would be something much more subtle. It would be a religion based on desire.
This religion of desire would appeal to men and women of every age and of every culture on the earth. It would not only attract individual people, it would also attract entire countries. It would entice Kings, Presidents and rulers just as much as it would lure the poor, the weak and the needy.
Although this religion would appeal to all the people of the earth, it would have no leader. It would have no churches, nor would it have any rituals or ceremonies. Yet it would qualify as a religion in the proper sense because the hearts of men and women everywhere would be committed to it.
When Jesus gave his famous Sermon on the Mount, he warned his followers not to spend their time gathering up the treasures of this world, because these could be lost, stolen or destroyed. Instead he urged them to pursue the treasures of heaven.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6: 19-21)
During the end times, St. John wrote that the majority of the people in the world would worship this religion. He called this religion “Babylon”. Now Babylon was not just the name of a city. It was also a symbol of everything for which the original city of Babylon was once famous.
At the height of its glory Babylon was the envy of the world. It was a place of great wealth and luxury. Its hanging gardens were among the wonders of the ancient world. In his vision, St. John described seeing a woman wearing royal clothes adorned with fine jewellery.
“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:”
“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17: 4-5)
The woman of mystery that John saw in his vision was called the “Mother of Harlots” because she had seduced all the nations of the world. Her cup of gold symbolized the excesses of those who had worshipped her, and from which all the nations of the world had drunk.
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.” (Revelation 18: 3)
The religion symbolized by the woman called “Babylon” is the religion of materialism. It is the desire for material wealth ahead of all other values in life. “Babylon” is a very old religion, and it has seduced people ever since the earliest days of civilization.
It continues to seduce people to this day. It is now the dominant religion on the planet. All nations and cultures have fallen prey to its seductive lure. This mystery religion called “Babylon” lies at the heart of all the sorrows of this world.
Those who lust after money, wealth and power may appear to be successful according to the accepted standards of the world. But this outward success is pursued by inward sorrow. For in striving for material gain, they are inevitably stalked by spiritual loss.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” ( I Timothy 6: 10)
It is the love of money and the single-minded pursuit of wealth, luxury and pleasure, without regard for the spiritual values of life, that has brought people and nations to the crisis that now confronts them, and which has caused so much sorrow upon the earth.
This quest for material gain has become the established way of life for people and societies in all parts of the world today. Those who possess material wealth are universally admired. They are considered to be among the successful people of this world.
Those people who lack wealth yearn for it, and are willing to resort to almost any form of enterprise, legal or illegal, in order to get it. But this blind search for material wealth by nations, corporations and people has been the source of endless human anguish.
Down the centuries it has been the cause of countless wars. It has led to the destruction of nations and the death of millions. The religion of “Babylon” can no longer be resisted because it has become so pervasive. It can no longer be defeated because the laws of every land support it.
The mighty creation that “Babylon” has become today, with its modern world of investment, commerce, finance and trade, has become corrupted from within. It will be destroyed because it has replaced the spiritual values of life with the pursuit of material wealth.
The religion of “Babylon” has lost its soul.
Jesus warned his followers not to be deceived by the lure of material wealth. He said that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter heaven. Those who try to be both rich and righteous will fail.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6: 24)
Yet modern man has ignored the words of Jesus. Rather than build up treasures in the world of spirit within, most men and women alive today prefer to strive for material wealth, and to enjoy the pleasures which this wealth allows them to acquire.
In fact most of their waking hours are devoted to this quest. All of humanity is governed today by an economic system that is based on money. All human enterprise is based on a system that is required to generate money in order to survive.
Yet, as so many people have discovered since the beginning of this century, our economic system has become corrupted to the point where the lust for money on the part of the few, has placed the livelihood of millions of people around the world in jeopardy.
Not only is this desire for material wealth now the dominant economic motivator around the planet, but it has assumed the character of a religion. This world-wide religion of materialism has captured the minds and hearts of humanity just as much as if it were a traditional faith.
Yet far from enhancing the planet and ennobling the minds of men and women everywhere, it has become an avaricious monster that has come instead to debase our hearts.
There is little doubt that our modern economic system comprising commerce, finance, investment and trade now fits the description of the mystery woman described by St. John. For it has not only seduced nations and kings, but has enriched merchants in every nation with its “abundance of delicacies”.
But what makes this “Babylon” such an obvious threat to the true welfare of humanity, is that our entire economic system has now become irretrievably corrupt.
Not only has our modern economic system been subverted from within by greed and the lust for wealth, but it has been exploited by powerful interests whose main purpose has been to entrench themselves in positions of power, so that they might insulate themselves from accountability.
This system has become so convoluted and complex that no single nation or institution has the power to reform it. And as has happened in the past, when the institutions of humanity become corrupted from within, they become ripe for destruction.
The destruction predicted by St. John will be terrible indeed. For just as our economic system has tentacles that reach out to the farthest corners of the globe, so the destruction that will be inflicted upon “Babylon” will also be universal in scope.
As the angel explained to St. John, this destruction would come at a time when the merchants of this world “glorified themselves and lived deliciously”. They would be convinced that the pleasures gained by their worldly wealth would continue indefinitely.
But according to St. John, our entire system of finance and investment, relying as it does on a worldwide electronic web of communications, together with its interlocking system of transportation and trade, will be utterly destroyed.
St. John graphically describes the reactions of merchants and financiers around the globe after seeing the sudden destruction of everything they had laboured for so long and so hard to achieve. Their possessions lost, their livelihoods wrecked, and their hopes and dreams destroyed.
“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning. Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
“The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.” (Revelation 18:9-13)
It is clear from the extensive list of commodities quoted by St. John above, that the “great city Babylon” he was referring to, represented every type of luxury item that was bought and sold in markets of that time.
And if St. John had been able to write from the point of view of the modern era, he would no doubt have included such “delicacies” as stocks, bonds, debentures, investment funds, credit default swops and the like!
It is also clear that this disaster would catch everyone unawares, and that this sudden calamity would destroy the entire economic system that represented this “Mystery Woman Babylon”. And if that were not devastating enough, it would do so in a single hour.
“The merchants of these things, which were made rich by these things, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
“For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every ship-master, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many trade by sea , stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, what city is like unto this great city!
“And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.” (Revelation 18:15-19)
The lamentations so vividly described by St. John above clearly refer to a global disaster that not only devastates the land, but also affects the oceans as well, leading to an immense loss of cargo and shipping. They would all be devastated by the “great millstone” that would be cast into the sea.
“Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” (Revelation 18:20-21)
It is clear from St. John’s description of the damage inflicted upon the earth as a result of the impact of this asteroid plunging into the ocean, that this divine wrath would be wreaked upon all the nations of the world, and that none would escape.
“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.”
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” (Revelation 18: 1-2)
The “millstone” or great mountain that will be cast into the sea will be the cause of giant earthquakes all around the world. These earthquakes will be followed almost immediately by a series of tsunamis that will devastate coastal cities everywhere.
The convulsions caused by undersea quakes and tumultuous waves will be compounded by the “fiery hail” of meteorites that will set fire to the earth. The scale of death and destruction caused by this catastrophic event will be without parallel in the history of the earth.
The curse of Babylon the Great is that our voracious quest for material wealth has robbed us of our spiritual birthright and condemned us to a life of increasing strife, until we are destroyed by the very forces that we ourselves have unleashed.
This is what the American writer Henry Miller sensed, when he wrote in 1945:
“A new world is being born, a new kind of man is springing up today. The great mass of mankind, destined in our time to suffer more cruelly than ever before, ends by being paralysed with fear, becoming introspective, shaken to the very core, and does not hear, see or feel anything more than everyday physical needs.
“It is thus that worlds die. First and foremost, the flesh dies. But although few clearly recognize it, the flesh would not have died if the spirit had not been killed already.”
As explained in Part One, the early history of the Jews as revealed in the Old Testament of the Bible, was characterised by a succession of devout men imbued with the spirit of God who came to be known as prophets. They were called prophets because they predicted future events.
But the events they predicted were not confined to their own times. They also wrote about things that would not happen for thousands of years. In fact, they would not occur until the end of the current age of humanity – a time that they called the “Latter Days” or the “End of Days”.
According to these prophets, there would come a time when all of humanity would be afflicted by a series of disasters that would descend on the earth from the skies. It would be a time of terror on the earth caused by torment in the heavens.
This time of terror would begin with an event so terrible that it was called “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”, when the sun would be turned into darkness and the moon into blood. For as we find recorded in the book of the prophet Joel:
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come”. (Joel 2:30-31)
This theme of terror and destruction at the end of the age was repeated by Jesus, when he told his disciples:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. (St. Luke 21:25-26)
But other than referring to these “Latter Days” as the time of the “Wrath of the Lord”, the Old Testament prophets gave no hint as to what the agent of this devastation on earth might happen to be. It was left to St. John to provide additional clues that would help us to understand.
In his book of Revelation, St. John devoted chapter after chapter to the events that would transpire during this time of devastation and destruction. In the 8th chapter, John described seven angels with seven trumpets, each of which signified a particular scourge or disaster.
“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.
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8: 6-12)
So according to the above verses written by St. John, the “star” that he called “Wormwood” would be characterised by the following features:
• It would generate “hail and fire mingled with blood”
• It would burn up “the third part of the trees”
• It would burn up “all the green grass”
• “A great mountain burning with fire” would be cast into the sea
• “The third part of the sea would become blood”
• One third of all the creatures living in the sea would die
• One third of all the ships in the sea would be destroyed
• A “great star from heaven” would fall upon one third of the rivers
• This “great star” would appear in the sky “burning like a lamp”
• One third of the waters would become “wormwood” (bitter)
• Many people would die from drinking these bitter waters
• “A third part of the sun and moon” would be smitten
• “A third part of the stars would be darkened”
• The sun would not shine for three days (a third part of it)
• The night sky would also be dark for three nights
So the question that faces all interpreters of this passage in the book of Revelation is this. Can we identify what “Wormwood” is, based on the above features described by St. John? One man who believed that he could was the French seer Michele de Nostredame, also known as Nostradamus.
In 1555, Nostradamus published a series of prophecies in a book entitled Les Propheties. This book contained references to events that he predicted would occur in the future, and that would culminate in the ending of the Piscean Age.
Nostradamus used the word “century” to describe these prophecies. This term had nothing to do with time or the passing of the years. Instead, it was simply the term he gave to his collection of prophecies, because each “century” contained 100 verses.
Each verse of prophecy, called a quatrain, consisted of four lines with alternate rhymes. So the word at the end of line one rhymed with the word at the end of line three, and the word at the end of line two rhymed with that at the end of line four.
The verses of “The Prophecies” – all 4772 lines of them – were written in old Provincial French. This was a language that was still very close to its Greek and Latin roots, but was quite different from the French language that is spoken today.
This is one of the reasons why so many commentators over the years have struggled to interpret his verses. In addition, they were also filled with anagrams, confusing names and other linguistic riddles, that were designed to confound those looking for simple solutions.
Nostradamus would conceal the names of towns destined to become famous, by using small neighboring towns instead. He would also disguise them by means of popular names or nicknames, or spell them without capital letters.
Nostradamus used these stratagems deliberately in order to hide their meaning, and to ensure that they would only be understood after careful analysis and investigation. Yet despite the fact that many of his prophecies still remain obscure, some are so clear that they cannot possibly be misunderstood.
There was one event in particular that captured his attention, and that was a series of disasters that would befall the earth as a result of “fire from the sky”. Because this formed such a critical part of earth’s future, he devoted nearly sixty verses to this one event, as can be seen from the following:
Century One – Verse 46
Very near Auch, Lectoure and Mirande, a great fire will fall from the sky for three nights. The cause will appear stupefying and marvellous: Shortly afterward the ground will tremble.
Century One – Verse 67
The great famine which I sense approaching will often turn (in various areas) then become world-wide. It will be so vast and long lasting that (they) will grab roots from the trees and children from the breast.
Century Two – Verse 15
Shortly before the monarch is assassinated, Castor and Pollux in the ship, a bearded star: The public treasure devastated by land and sea, Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin under threat.
Century Two – Verse 18
New, unexpected and sudden rain will suddenly halt two armies: From the skies, fire, and a sea of stones, The death of seven suddenly by land and sea.
Century Two – Verse 41
The great star will burn for seven days, the cloud will cause two suns to appear: The large mastiff will howl all night when the great pontiff changes his residence.
Century Two – Verse 43
During the appearance of the bearded star, the three great princes will become enemies: Struck from the sky, peaceful earth quaking, Po, Tiber overflowing, a serpent placed upon the shore.
Century Two – Verse 46
After great misery for humanity, a greater one comes when the great cycle of the centuries is renewed. It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and plague, Fire will be seen in the sky, dragging a trail of sparks.
Century Two – Verse 62
Mabus will soon die, then will come a terrible destruction of people and animals: Sudden vengeance will be seen, A hundred hands, thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.
Century Two – Verse 70
The dart from heaven will make its journey, speaking with death; a great execution. The stone in the tree, the proud nation brought down, A human monster, cleansing, the penalty paid.
Century Two – Verse 81
The city is almost destroyed by fire from the sky: The Deucalion flood threatens again: Sardinia is vexed by the Punic fleet, after Phaeton has left Libra.
Century Two – Verse 91
A great fire will be seen at sunrise, noise and light extending towards the north: Death within the earth, one will hear cries, Death awaits them through war, fire and famine.
Century Two -Verse 92
Golden fire will be seen in the sky on earth: Struck from on high, a marvellous accomplishment: Great slaughter for humanity: The nephew of the great one taken, spectacular death, the proud one escapes.
Century Two – Verse 96
A flaming torch will be seen in the sky at night near the end and the source of the Rhone: Famine, war: relief comes too late, Persia turns to invade Macedonia.
Century Three – Verse 19
In Lucca it will rain blood and milk, shortly before a change of leader: Great plague and war, famine and drought will be seen, far from where the prince and ruler dies.
Century Three – Verse 42
A child born with two teeth in his mouth, stones will fall like rain in Tuscany: A few years after no wheat or barley, to satisfy those who faint from hunger.
Century Four – Verse 67
When Saturn and Mars are equally fiery, the air is parched by a long meteor: From hidden fires a great place blazes with burning heat, Little rain, hot winds, wars, invasions.
Century Five – Verse 62
Blood will rain down on the rocks, the Sun in the East, Saturn in the West: War near Orgon, a great evil seen near Rome, ships sunk to the bottom taken by Poseidon.
Century Five – Verse 90
In the Cyclades, Perinthus and Larissa, in Sparta and the entire Pelopennesus: A very great famine, plague through false dust, lasting nine months throughout the whole peninsula.
Century Five – Verse 98
At the forty-eighth degree latitude, at the end of Cancer a very great drought: Fish boiled in the seas, rivers and lakes, Béarn and Bigorre in distress from fire in the sky.
Century Six – Verse 5
A very great famine caused by pestilence, will extend its length to the arctic pole: Samarobrin one hundred leagues from the hemisphere, They will live without law, free from government.
Century Six – Verse 6
He will appear towards the North, not far from the bearded star in Cancer: Susa, Siena, Boetia, Eretria, The great Roman will die, the night is dispersed.
Century Six – Verse 38
The enemies of peace, the profligate ones, after having conquered Italy: The bloodthirsty king, red will be revealed, Fire, bloodshed, water coloured with blood.
Century Eight – Verse 2
I see Condom, Auch and Mirande, encompassed by fire from the sky. The Sun and Mars joined in Leo, then at Marmande, lightning, great hail, A wall falls into the Garonne.
Century Eight – Verse 10
A great stench will come from Lausanne, but they will not know its source, It will displace people in distant places, Fire in the sky, a foreign nation defeated.
Century Eight – Verse 77
The antichrist swiftly annihilates the three, Twenty-seven years his war will last. The heretics will be dead, captive, exiled; Blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.
Century Nine – Verse 83
The Sun in twenty degrees of Taurus, a very great earthquake, The great crowded theater will be ruined: Darkness will trouble the sky and the earth, even the faithless will call on God and the saints.
Century Ten – Verse 60
I weep for Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Genoa, Savona, Siena, Capua, Modena and Malta: Blood from on high and the sword for a gift, Fire, earthquake, water, an ill-timed alliance.
Century Ten – Verse 67
A mighty trembling in the month of May, Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter and Mercury in Taurus: Venus also in Cancer, Mars in Virgo, Then hail will fall larger than an egg.
From the verses quoted above, Nostradamus makes it clear that the agent responsible for the coming global destruction would come from the skies. And he also specifically indicated that the source of this “fire from the sky” would be a comet. (See Century Two Verse 62 above)
it is worth noting that when Nostradamus wrote about the comet, he referred to it in a variety of ways. Among his descriptions were “bearded star”, “great star”, “fire from the sky”, trail of sparks”, “burning torch”, “flaming torch”, “long meteor”, and “dart from heaven”.
He also made frequent references to other phenomena associated with the arrival of this comet, such as “false dust”, “raining blood, milk and stones”, “water coloured by blood”, “great hail”, “red hail” and “hail larger than an egg”.
Most commentators on Nostradamus have failed to understand the significance of his references to such things as “blood” and “false dust”, and why such phenomena can only be produced by comets, and not alternatives like planetary bodies or brown dwarfs.
Comets consist of a solid core, or nucleus, surrounded by a charged field of luminous particles called a Coma. Although comets have two tails, one of ionised gas and one of dust, the main tail of the comet consists of a stream of dust particles that stretch for millions of miles behind the comet.
However, as explained earlier, once the comet passes around the sun and heads back into space, the tail of dust particles that previously was behind the comet now travels ahead of the nucleus, blown by the pressure exerted by the solar wind. So comet tails always point away from the sun.
So in the scenario described by Nostradamus in his quatrains, the earth would first be exposed to the fine dust particles in the tail of the comet. And here it is significant that Nostradamus specifically mentions “false dust”, so as to differentiate this dust from the sky with normal dust.
However, if this dust contained particles of iron ore, they would be coloured red. And when they fell to earth they would cause the sea as well as lakes and other bodies of water to look like blood. Furthermore, these red dust particles would contaminate the water, and cause it to become bitter to the taste.
Then, as the comet drew closer to the earth, it would begin to shower the earth with larger particles, that fell to the earth as fiery hail that Nostradamus described as “great hail”, “red hail”, and “hail larger than an egg”. These blazing missiles would set large swathes of the forests of the world alight.
Finally, as the comet drew closer still, the entire earth would be enveloped in thick, choking dust that would blacken the skies and lead to days and nights of complete darkness. Truly, this would be a darkness that could be felt, just as was described in Egypt during the plagues of Moses.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven: and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.” (Exodus 10:20-22)
The picture painted by Nostradamus of the appearance of the comet and its aftermath on the earth is bleak indeed. Earthquakes that devastate the land; fiery meteorites that bombard the earth setting fire to forests and vegetation; red dust that poisons the drinking water and causes disease.
An asteroid that plunges into the sea causing tidal waves that swamp coastal cities and kill marine life. Humanity afflicted by famine, war, pestilence and plague. Those spared the destruction of these disasters desperately trying to survive amidst “little rain, hot winds, wars, invasions”.
Although the Coma surrounding the nucleus of the comet will be many times larger than the earth, the asteroid that will strike the earth will be small by comparison. Yet it will still be large enough to cause immense destruction across the surface of the earth.
In his book of Revelation, John refers to this asteroid as a “great mountain”. “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea.” (Revelation 8: 8)
By an interesting coincidence, in writing about a future asteroid that would one day strike the earth, Nostradamus uses the same words that appear in the Bible. While St. John calls it a “great mountain”, Nostradamus refers to it as “la grand montaigne“.
“The great mountain, seven stadia round, After peace, war, famine, flood. It will spread far, drowning great countries, Even those of great age and mighty foundations.” (Century One Verse 69)
Nostradamus gives the size of this “great mountain” as “seven stadia round”. Although the “stadium” was a unit of measurement used initially by the Greeks and Romans, it was still in use in the 16th century, and “seven stadia round” would make this asteroid nearly a mile (7/10ths) wide.
An asteroid of this size traveling at a speed of several hundred thousand miles an hour would cause global devastation, especially if it were to crash into the sea. It would set off a series of megathrust earthquakes in subduction zones around the planet.
These ruptures of undersea tectonic plates would generate colossal tidal waves that would travel around the world, “drowning great countries, even those of great age and mighty foundations”. And, as we shall later discover, they could even alter the shapes of entire continents.
While St. John was in exile on the Greek island of Patmos, he had a series of visions which he described in his book of Revelation. These visions portrayed events which were predicted to occur during the end times leading up to the return of Jesus. As John wrote: (show picture with quotation)
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
“And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8: 10-11)
Over the centuries these verses have been the source of numerous conflicting interpretations. And part of the reason for this is due to the controversy surrounding the true identity of the writer of this last book of the Bible.
Although the founders of the early Christian Church considered John of Patmos to be the same person as St. John the Divine, the beloved disciple of Jesus and author of St. John’s Gospel, a number of modern theologians have questioned this.
They point out that this was the last book to be accepted into the Christian Biblical Canon (those books accepted by orthodox Christians as being divinely inspired), and that John’s book of Revelation has never been accepted by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Even during the period of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, it was regarded with suspicion. It was the only book in the New Testament for which the French reformer John Calvin did not write a commentary, while Martin Luther rejected it outright, as being “neither apostolic nor prophetic”.
So the dramatic predictions contained in the book of Revelation have been ignored by those who question its authenticity. Yet, whoever the actual author really was, his prophetic words should concern all those who seek answers to events that are now unfolding in the world.
For them, the key question remains. What exactly was this “great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp” that John called “Wormwood”? And this is where “the plot thickens”, so to speak, for there have been no shortage of suggested answers.
One could say that much of the confusion that has arisen over just what John was referring to when he wrote about “Wormwood”, began in 1968 when the manager of a local hotel in Davos, Switzerland, published a book with a provocative title, and an even more provocative thesis.
Erich von Daniken
The title of the book was Chariots of the Gods, and the Swiss hotelier was Erich von Däniken. In this book von Däniken posed the idea that extraterrestrial beings had visited the earth in the ancient past, and had been worshipped as “Gods” by the cultures of those times.
He went on to attribute all sorts of ancient monuments and artifacts to the work of these alien beings, whom he referred to as “ancients astronauts”. For example, he suggested that structures such as Stonehenge, the Moai of Easter Island and the pyramids of Egypt were built by these ET visitors.
He also offered an entirely new interpretation of ancient artwork taken from various parts of the world, by referring to them as attempts by local artists to record extraterrestrial spacecraft and their technology, using examples like Mayan glyphs found in places like Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
He challenged the traditional view of religious texts, by explaining them as stories describing human contact with alien beings, and offered new interpretations of parts of the Old Testament of the Bible, such as the Ark of the Covenant and the “wheel” witnessed by Ezekiel.
These evocative tales of human/alien contact in ancient times found a ready market among people stirred by the burgeoning developments in the space race between the Americans and Russians, and his book quickly became a bestseller, leading to many more on the same theme in subsequent years.
Now just where these particular extraterrestrial beings came from, and where they went, von Däniken did not know. But then along came a man who claimed that he did know. He was the Russian-born author Zecharia Sitchin, who wrote a series of books that also became bestsellers.
But if Erich von Däniken’s books contained theories that were provocative, Zecharia Sitchin proceeded to take his readers on a journey of the mind that beggared description. He concocted a scenario of human/alien interaction that far exceeded the imaginary works of the French novelist Jules Verne.
Like von Däniken, Sitchin was not a trained scholar. He was born in what was then the Soviet Union, and was raised in Palestine. He received a degree in economics from the University of London, and was an editor and journalist in Israel, before moving to New York in 1952.
It was while he was working as an executive for a shipping company that he had the chance to visit various archaeological sites in southern Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq. It was there that he became fascinated by the ancient Sumerian culture and their inscribed clay tablets.
Once he had satisfied himself that he understood the cuneiform inscriptions on these tablets, Sitchin began to write a series of books about the Sumerians and their times. His first book was published in 1976. It was called The 12th Planet, and it proved to be an immediate success.
According to his analysis of the iconography and symbolism of these clay tablets, Sitchin claimed that there is an undiscovered planet beyond the planet Neptune that follows a long, elliptical orbit that completes its closest approach to the sun roughly every 3,600 years.
Sitchin said that the Sumerians called this planet Nibiru. He referred to it as the 12th planet because, according to Sumerian cosmology, our solar system is comprised of the sun and moon, as well as the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Nibiru.
If what Sitchin has written is correct, one would have to question why the Sumerians should consider Earth’s moon to be a “planet”. After all, there are four moons in our solar system that are significantly bigger than our moon. Three of them orbit around Jupiter, and one around Saturn.
And it is no answer to suggest that these distant moons would not have been visible to the ancient Sumerians, as only five planets are visible in the night sky at the best of times, and Neptune and Pluto can barely be seen even with the aid of a powerful telescope.
Anyway, undaunted by this, Sitchin went on to explain in his book that the planet Nibiru was the home of a technologically advanced human-like extraterrestrial race whom the Sumerians called the Annunaki, and the Bible referred to as the Nephilim.
He further explained that, based on his interpretation of the ancient cuneiform tablets, the Annunaki had arrived on earth from Nibiru around 450,000 years ago. He said that they were looking for minerals, especially gold, which they were able to find and mine in Africa.
So according to Sitchin, the Gods of antiquity were actually the rank-and-file workers of a colonial expedition that had been sent to earth from the planet Nibiru. But because they were dissatisfied with their working conditions here on earth, they rebelled.
According to Sitchin, the Annunaki therefore decided to create a race of primitive workers to do their mining for them. They did this by means of genetic engineering, and by cross-breeding extra-terrestrial genes with those of primitive man.
It was this cross-breed, Sitchin claimed, that was the origin of the human species that scientists today call Homo Sapiens. So according to Sitchin, modern humans are the descendants of slaves who were created for the express purpose of serving their colonial masters from the planet Nibiru.
It is hardly surprising that this bizarre scenario was greeted by scholars and the scientific community alike with a mixture of disbelief and scorn. So great was their contempt for Sitchin’s work that very few could be found who were prepared to even challenge his ideas in print.
Unfortunately, this has led the great majority of his readers to believe that scholars and scientists have no answer for his claims, and that there exists a great conspiracy of silence by Governments everywhere to hide the truth about the existence of Niburu, and the threat it poses to earth.
One person who has been prepared to go on the record, however, is the established authority on ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing, Michael Heiser. Heiser has been highly critical of Sitchin because of his flagrant errors in translating cuneiform script.
Sumerian scholar and Sitchin critic Michael Heiser
He has even gone so far as to create his own website, which he calls www.SitchinIsWrong.com. On this website Heiser analyses each of Sitchin’s interpretations of the script on Sumerian tablets, and then demolishes them one by one.
Not content with his own research, Heiser invites visitors to his website to find out the facts for themselves, by showing them exactly how and where to do this. He also challenges Sitchin, or any of his followers, to produce a single line of cuneiform text that supports his ideas about the Anunnaki. As he says:
“I just want to see one line of one text that says things like the Anunnaki inhabit a planet called Nibiru, or that the term Anunnaki means ‘people of the fiery rockets’, that sort of thing.” So far nobody has.
Another vocal critic of Sitchin’s work is the American cultural critic William Thompson, who complains that what Sitchin claims to see in the clay tablets is exactly what he needs to support his theory. He writes:
“Sitchin has constructed what appears to be a convincing argument, but when he gets close to single images on ancient tablets, he falls back into the literalism of ‘Here is an image of the gods in rockets’. Ancient Sumer is made to look like a movie set.
“The gods can cross galactic distances, but by the time they get to earth they need launching pads for their rocket ships. This literalization of the imagination doesn’t make any sense, but every time it doesn’t, you hear Sitchin say ‘There can be no doubt, but…”
But if scholars were critical of his faulty translations, astronomers were absolutely scathing in their rejection of Sitchin’s theory about the existence of a 12th planet on an elliptical orbit around the sun, and for his unorthodox ideas about the early days of our solar system and the origin of the Earth.
According to Sitchin, the planet Nibiru collided catastrophically with another planet which the Sumerians called Tiamat. He explained that Tiamat was located between Mars and Jupiter, and that Tiamat was struck by one of Nibiru’s moons, causing the planet to split into two parts.
Sitchin wrote that in its next orbit around the sun, one of the moons of Nibiru struck one of the two halves that remained of Tiamat, and that this collision created the asteroid belt that exists between Mars and Jupiter today. But then he went on to propose something even more preposterous.
This collision also supposedly created the Oort cloud that is believed the source of so many comets throughout our recorded history. And finally, for good measure, Sitchin stated that the other part of the original planet Tiamat was pushed into a new orbit, where it became today’s planet Earth.
This picture painted by Sitchin of rogue planets rampaging through the solar system, creating and destroying other planets as they did so, may have been swallowed by gullible readers at the time his books were written, but from the standpoint of modern science, such theories are laughable.
In fact the very idea of planets colliding with one another is a myth. Prior to the latest discoveries of space sciences like astrophysics, Sitchin might have been able to get away with such ideas. But not any more. In fact we now know that the solar system operates in such a way as to ensure that planets do not collide with one another.
As recent space probes have now proved, planets are not simply lumps of inert rock careening around the sun. They are electrically charged bodies that are surrounded by magnetic sheaths called magnetospheres. And it these positively charged fields around planets that naturally repel any intruders that happen to venture too close.
So even if the orbit of one planet should somehow be disturbed in such a way as to threaten another, these two planets would not collide. The most likely thing that would happen is that they would exchange plasma discharges (cosmic thunderbolts) as a result of the proximity of their magnetospheres, before being repelled away from one another.
But Sitchin’s theories don’t even stand up to simple logic. One of the most prolific critics of his work has been Leroy Ellenberger. Ellenberger points out that the idea of an ancient civilization developing on a planet that spends over 99% of its time in deep space beyond Pluto is patently absurd.
And the explanation proposed by Sitchin, that the planet Nibiru could be heated from within through a process of radioactive decay is equally ridiculous, and doesn’t even begin to address the obvious problem of trying to survive in total darkness in the icy wastes of space.
But the aspect of Sitchin’s work that attracts the most criticism from astronomers, is his contention that the planet Nibiru still continues to orbit around our sun, and that it follows an elliptical path that takes 3,600 years to complete a single orbit.
For starters, astronomers say that no planet with such an irregular orbit could maintain that orbit for very long. It would either be flung out of the solar system altogether, or become an inner planet.
“The scenario outlined by Sitchin”, says Ellenberger, “with Nibiru returning to the inner solar system regularly every 3,600 years, implies an orbit extending twelve times farther beyond the sun than Pluto.
“Elementary perturbation theory indicates that, under the most favorable circumstances of avoiding close encounters with other planets, no body with such an eccentric orbit would keep the same period for two consecutive passages.
“Within twelve orbits the object would be either ejected or converted to a short period object. Thus, the failed search for a trans-Plutonian planet by Tom Van Flandern of the U.S. Naval Observatory, which Sitchin uses to bolster his thesis, is no support at all.”
Despite the contumely heaped upon Zechariah Sitchin and his work by modern science, he continues to retain a loyal body of followers who remain steadfastly convinced about the existence of Nibiru, and who expectantly await its next return to the skies of Earth.
The Return of Nibiru or Planet X ?
It is followers like these who fill the Internet with extravagant interpretations of Sitchin’s work, and who make bold claims that Nibiru, or Planet X as it is also called in some quarters, is in fact the “great star from heaven” described by John in his book of Revelation.
Yet however confident they may be that Nibiru exists, and that it may one day return and threaten the Earth, Sitchin himself scotched any idea that this would occur within our own lifetimes. As he wrote in his last book titled The End of Days, published shortly before his death in 2010:
“If that is what happened, it would explain the ‘early’ arrival of Niburu in 556 BC – and suggest that its next arrival will be AD 2,900”. And for anyone who might still be in doubt he added: “For those who associate the prophesied cataclysmic events with the return of Niburu- (Planet X to some)- the time is not at hand.”
Because it is clear that scientific evidence confirming the existence of a 12th planet, Nibiru, Planet X or whatever else it may be called, simply does not exist, some of his disenchanted readers have turned to other more exotic explanations for the meaning of “Wormwood” in the book of Revelation.
One of these is that St. John’s “great star from heaven” might not be a planet after all, but a “brown dwarf” instead. Now brown dwarfs are considered by astronomers to be substellar objects that are too small to sustain hydrogen fusion reactions within their cores.
Supporters of this idea suggest that the star from heaven witnessed by St. John in his vision might have been a brown dwarf, because this would better explain other effects described in the book of Revelation, such as the ability to push the Earth into a diferent orbit around the sun.
But this interpretation clearly conflicts with St. John’s words that the star he saw in his vision was “burning as it were a lamp”. And brown dwarfs by their very definition are dark objects. In other words, they don’t glow. This appears to be just another dead end, and so the conundrum continues.
In fact the challenge that faces anyone who tries to understand the book of Revelation is to wed together all the different segments (variously described as seven bowls, seven trumpets and seven seals) into a single coherent theory that can be validated by science and common sense.
But if modern interpreters of Revelation have difficulty explaining St. John’s vision, this did not seem to hamper medieval seers, who wrote in simple language about what they themselves had seen, and the effects this would have upon the Earth, as will be seen in the following instalment.
Throughout history certain men and women have acquired fame, or notoriety, by claiming to be able to predict future events. This has especially been true within religious faiths, where certain individuals have been regarded as divinely inspired, and their predictions have been accepted as the ordained will of God.
And throughout the ages, men and women of every generation have sought to know the future in the hope that, by so doing, they might gain some temporal advantage over others. As it was in the past, so is this true of the times in which we live today.
But does prophecy matter? Is it wise, or even possible, to know the path of future events? There are those who believe that life unfolds according to forces which can never be understood, and that any attempt to do so is sheer folly. They are content to take each day as it comes.
But prophecy is not simple prediction, and those who claim to be moved by prophetic impulse do not do so merely to inform. All true prophecy stands as a warning. And those who study and learn from these warnings may not only become guardians of wisdom – they may in time become beacons for the transformation of society.
Perhaps nowhere has this prophetic impulse been more evident than in Judaism. Of all the major religions of the world, the unique feature of the Jewish religion has been the extraordinary sequence of prophets that have illuminated the early history of the Jews.
This sequence can be considered to have begun with the prophet Elijah (also called Elias), who lived during the reign of Ahab in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, in the 9th century before the birth of Christ.
It continued in the Northern Kingdom with such prophets as Elisha, Amos and Jonah, and ended with the prophet Hosea who lived during the reign of Jereboam II, who ruled the ancient kingdom of Israel from 793 BC to 753 BC.
In the Southern Kingdom of Judah, this lineage began with the prophets Obadiah, Joel and Isaiah in the 9th century BC, and continued with Micah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Huldah, Nahum and Habakkuk in the 8th century BC.
Following their conquest by Nebuchadnezzar and subsequent exile in Babylon during the 6th century BC, the prophet Ezekiel rose to prominence, as well as Daniel, who lives on through the Biblical story of his imprisonment in a den of lions.
Even after the decree by Cyrus the Great in 538 BC that allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, this sequence of prophetic figures continued through men like Haggai and Zechariah, before culminating with Malachi, who prophesied around the year 420 BC.
The role of these prophets within Judaism was to act as guardians of the Jewish faith, and monitors of the Torah, or the laws of God as revealed to Moses, and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures.
However, they also became famous for their ability to interpret omens and dreams, and to predict future events. And it is in this area of prediction that the Old Testament prophets have assumed such prominence in the modern world, because what they predicted directly affects every person alive today.
One of the most striking features of the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament, is their repeated references to events that were predicted to occur at the end of the present age. They referred to these times as the “Latter Days” or “End of Days”, leading up to the return of the Messiah.
In referring to these “Latter Days”, these prophets wrote about one event in particular. They called this event “The Day of the Lord”, or even “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. And this became a recurring theme of prophecy down the centuries, as we can see from the following examples:
In the Book of Joel:
“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.” (Joel 2:10)
“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2: 30-31)
In the Book of Amos:
“Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth. Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth.” (Amos 5: 7-8)
In the Book of 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.”
“Who can stand before his indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.” (Nahum 1: 4-6)
In the Book of Habakkuk:
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2: 2-3)
“Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.” (Habakkuk 3: 5-6)
In the Book of Ezekiel:
“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.”
“And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. 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: 19-22)
In the Book of Haggai:
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.” (Haggai 2: 6-7)
In the book of Malachi:
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4: 1)
This theme of blood, hailstones, brimstone and fire raining down upon the earth from the skies can be found in the New Testament as well. When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs that would precede his return to earth, Jesus said:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
It is clear that this “Day of the Lord” will be a day unlike any that those who are alive today will ever have experienced. While hundreds of millions of people have been afflicted by local or regional disasters, none of us have ever had to deal with a global catastrophe of the kind described by Jesus and the prophets.
The obvious question that arises from these Biblical passages is what sort of event would cause the heavens to shake, as well as the earth, the sea and the dry land? And what type of event would cause men’s hearts to fail them with fear?
In his Book of Revelation, St. John described a series of visions which appeared to him while he was in exile on the island of Patmos. And these visions portrayed events which would definitely be guaranteed to make even the sturdiest heart quake. As he wrote:
“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” (Revelation 8:2)
John went on to describe what would happen when the first angel sounded his trumpet.
“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 trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.” (Revelation 8:7)
Let us suppose, for example, that a large comet was to emerge from deep space and enter our solar system. It would then be drawn toward the sun by the force of gravity. As it did so, it would develop a trail of dust particles that would travel behind the nucleus of the comet.
However, once it had reached its perihelion or closest approach to the sun, the tail of the comet would now travel in front of the nucleus of the comet, due to the pressure of the solar wind generated by the sun. As any astronomer will confirm, comet tails always point away from the sun.
And if by chance, as it passed around the sun and began its journey back into space, the path of this comet should happen to cross the orbit of the earth, then the earth would first be exposed to the dust particles in the tail of the comet.
And if this comet happened to have a nucleus composed of significant amounts of iron, then the dust particles in the tail of the comet would be coloured red. And then as this comet drew closer, it would shower the surface of the earth with enormous quantities of red dust.
If these red dust particles should happen to fall upon bodies of water, such as lakes or seas, they would become discoloured, causing the water to look like blood. This contaminated water would not only become thick and muddy, but would prove toxic to anyone who tried to drink it.
As the comet drew closer to the earth, the fine dust particles in its tail would give way to larger particles. When these gravel-sized particles reached the outer atmosphere of the earth, they would become white hot with friction, and become fiery meteorites that would look like “hail and fire mingled with blood”.
This fiery hail would devastate the entire surface of the planet. It would not only set fire to the grassy plains, but would burn up entire forests as well. The damage caused by this shower of incandescent meteorites could easily cause “a third part of them to be burnt up”.
Then, according to St. John, the second trumpet of the Book of Revelation will sound.
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” (Revelation: 8:8-9)
If a large rock emanating from the tail of the comet entered the atmosphere of the earth and plunged into the sea, the destruction caused by this impact would be catastrophic.
The impact of this collision would not only vaporize the asteroid itself, it would also penetrate the ocean floor causing huge amounts of superheated water, molten rock and other matter to rise high into the upper atmosphere.
This superheated material would then fall back down to earth in the form of blazing missiles that would set fire to buildings, forests and crops around the entire planet.
Volcanoes would suddenly roar back to life, spewing vast clouds of debris into the atmosphere, adding to the hellish conditions. Forest fires would also create enormous noxious fumes that would stain the sky and cause the moon to appear “blood-red” in colour.
In addition to setting off a series of gigantic earthquakes around the world, the impact of this asteroid would also cause a rupture of undersea fault lines that would generate colossal tidal waves that would travel around the world, causing immense destruction to coastal cities everywhere.
The death toll caused by a disaster of this magnitude would be beyond count, as would the damage to cities, ships and cargo. This devastation could easily kill “a third part of the creatures in the sea”, as well as destroy “a third part” of all the ships in the sea.
Then, according to St. John, the third angel would sound his trumpet.
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
“And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8: 10-11)
St. John describes this comet as a “star” that appears in the skies of earth “burning as it were a lamp”. And because of its bitter nature and poisonous contamination of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, just like the wormwood plant, he refers to the asteroid as “Wormwood”.
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8: 12)
As the nucleus or head of the comet makes its closest approach to the earth the enormous dust cloud that surrounds it will blot out the sun, the moon and the stars for a period of three days and three nights. There is an interesting parallel here with the plagues at the time of Moses and the three days of darkness that descended upon Egypt.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven: and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.” (Exodus 10:20-22)
If the visions described by St. John should happen to come to pass, then the cataclysmic events that would occur when this comet appears in the skies of earth will truly cause men’s hearts to quake with fear.
The continents themselves would be changed, as new lands rose out of the ocean, while others were swallowed up by the sea. New mountain ranges would be created. It would be like the time of Moses when “the sea fled”, “the mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs”.
“When Israel went out of Egypt,
The house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
The sea saw it and fled: Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.”
(Psalm 114: 1-4)
In short, the day this comet makes its closest approach to the earth will be “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord” predicted by the prophet Joel, and described by Zephaniah in the 7th century BC in following words:
“The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
“That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.” (Zephaniah 1: 14-16)