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You have been called – You are my witness – The Rapture is coming – I am the Light – Expect me!
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- 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.
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- The Apocalypse Unveiled
- The Rapture Revealed
- The Lost Years of Jesus
- The New Golden Age
- The Last Pope
- The Death of the Pope
- The Doomsday Prophecies
- The Kachina Prophecies of the Hopi
- Rebuilding the Temple of Solomon
- What is “Wormwood” in the Book of Revelation?
- What is “Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation?
- Why America is not Mentioned in “End Time” Prophecy
The Significance of Belief
The victory of the new scientific paradigm will only be achieved when it succeeds in overcoming the old materialistic cast of thought, and moulding people’s minds into a new and consistent pattern of belief, for it is belief which lies at the heart of all empirical data.
In his research into the manifestation of paranormal powers, the American psychologist Lawrence LeShan found that it was this factor of belief that was of paramount importance in the successful outcome of his experiments. As he explained:
“It became clear during this several year search that at the moment the paranormal information was acquired (when “telepathy” or “clairvoyance” or “precognition” was happening) they were reacting to the world as if it were constructed and “worked” on different grounds than those grounds on which we normally believe it to be constructed. At these moments they used a different metaphysical structure of the world than our ordinary, everyday metaphysical structure.” (Original emphasis) 1
We are reminded here of Gary Zukav’s summary of the nature of personal “reality”.
“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. The central focus of this process, initially at any rate is ‘what we think’.” 2
LeShan found that the people with whom he worked were able to display paranormal abilities when they acted as if these abilities actually were a normal part of their everyday world.
In short, they did these things because they believed they could. In so doing, they also confirmed the teachings of the mystics. It is belief in the possibility of achieving Psi abilities that makes their attainment possible.
Conversely, those who do not believe in the existence of Psi, exert an obstructive mental influence that prevents these abilities from being experienced. There is also the vital ingredient of desire. As Uri Geller stressed when he was asked to explain how he was able to bend objects:
“You must want it to happen. Just take the knife or fork, stroke it gently, and will it to bend.” (Original emphasis) 3
Paranormal Abilities can be Learned
Paranormal abilities can, in fact, be acquired just like any other capabilities. This requires practice, as well as confidence in the expectation of positive results. The American mentalist Kreskin, for example, taught himself telepathy by constant practice with his younger brother Joe, by having him select objects in a room, and then attempting to “read” his thoughts. As he related in his autobiography:
“With the blessing of childhood, I didn’t know the rules – what could be done, what couldn’t. I tried it with my parents and had no success, naturally. They lost interest. But then I persuaded Joe to try it. I literally forced him to practice it with me for about four months.
“By the end of that time I could find almost any object in our small cluttered room without him saying “hot” or “cold”. I had no idea what I was doing, nor how much I was reading his facial expressions (a lot, probably) as I neared the object, but now I realize I was blindly beginning to train myself in sensitivity as ESP.” 4
Kreskin simply acted “as if the world were constructed and worked on different grounds” – grounds where telepathy was not only possible, but could intuitively be learnt.
Those sceptics who doubt the reality of telepathy may be interested to know that it forms an integral part of every stage performance that Kreskin gives. He literally “puts his money where his mouth is”.
As a stimulus to his sponsors, he challenges them to hide his cheque in any place they wish inside the auditorium. If he is unable to discover it by means of his telepathic power, then the sponsors are not obliged to pay him for his performance. Thus far, Kreskin has only once failed to find his cheque, when he accidentally suffered a severe blow to the head shortly before he was due to give a performance.
His sponsors have certainly not been guilty of a lack of imagination, for Kreskin has succeeded in recovering his cheque from such exotic hiding places as the inside of a turkey, underneath a man’s denture, inside the empty bullet chamber of a pistol, and inside a lady’s brassiere. 5
In remarking on the source of his unusual ability, Kreskin adamantly maintains that “conviction is the key.” 6 It is the unquestioning belief that something can be done that makes it possible, and that ensures success.
So the essential feature in the outcome of any experiment involving Psi is the prevailing attitude of mind.
This is not just limited to the experimenter and the subject, but to all those who are involved in the experiment in any way. It is primarily because it is so difficult to exercise control over this mental component, that scientists today experience so much difficulty in reconciling their results.
When Dr. John Hasted and his colleagues were working with Uri Geller at the University of London, they found that there were certain factors that were a prerequisite to success. They found that in attempting to produce psychokinetic phenomena in the laboratory, the attitude of all the participating scientists was a crucial factor.
Relaxation was also vital, as any tension, fear or hostility effectively reduced the chances of success. They also found that the probability of success was highest when all those present actively wanted things to work out well, and displayed a general confidence in the successful outcome of the experiment.
Critics of such tactics immediately point to this intellectual and emotional bias as an irreparable flaw in their scientific “objectivity”. The true scientist, they insist, is one who remains mentally unbiased without any prior thought of success or failure.
What these critics fail to realise, however, is that they themselves display a mental bias that is a product of their own scientific education and conditioning, and which exerts a powerful limiting effect on the outcome of any scientific experiment that is contrary to that bias.
The idea of scientific “objectivity” is, as Gary Zukav has pointed out, a myth.
All scientific experiments are subject to bias. It is a necessary consequence of all human interaction with nature. The fact that this bias is exhibited consciously, as in the case of Psi researchers, does not invalidate the results of their experiments, any more than the unconscious bias does when involved in experiments undertaken in the classical scientific tradition.
In his investigations into the phenomenon of dowsing, the Soviet researcher Alexander Pluzhnikov noted that “cold winds, illness, bad moods, and negative or idiotic remarks or questions from casual observers detrimentally affect a dowser’s ability”. 7
It is in fact a common experience that paranormally gifted people find themselves unable to demonstrate their abilities when confronted by a hostile, tense or critical audience.
Kreskin himself noted that he was “completely dependent on the moods and personalities of the subjects, their willingness to open their imaginations and ‘receive’.” He concluded, “I am helpless if they refuse”. 8
It is hardly surprising that when Kreskin was subjected to laboratory tests, he found that within minutes he felt a sharp decrease in his telepathic powers. It is this extreme sensitivity to mental influence that makes the successful replication of Psi experiments so difficult, and that poses extraordinary challenges to investigators trained in the classical scientific tradition.
The Problem with the Scientific Method of Investigation
It is not that the scientific method of investigation is unsuited to the validation of Psi phenomena, but rather that Psi experiments demand a rigorous mental control. It is this subtle point that needs to be grasped by all investigators of Psi.
Unfortunately, it is a point that opponents of Psi invariably fail to recognise or to concede. It is easy today to conduct “normal” scientific experiments and get consistent results, because the mental attitudes of the scientists conducting these experiments have long been conditioned to produce this uniformity, by virtue of their education and training within the classical scientific paradigm.
Scientists trained to think in terms of classical physics obtain results which reflect the bias of their classical education. This mental mould deals successfully and uniformly with such phenomena as heat, pressure and electricity, which are integral features of the current scientific paradigm.
It does not deal successfully or consistently with phenomena which by their very nature (why else would they be called paranormal?) lie outside of the present paradigm.
Only when a new scientific paradigm has become established in which Psi phenomena form an integral part of the theory of “normal science”, and which is reinforced by education in all schools of learning, will it be possible to overlook the mental influences of the experimenters in establishing the protocols of scientific procedure.
By then, all “normal” scientific investigators will have been conditioned into a new mould of thinking, which will produce consistent results in Psi, just as it now guarantees uniform results in traditional physics. But until such time as a new paradigm is successfully enthroned, the rigorous control of mental attitudes must remain a vital constituent of every experiment involving Psi.
Paranormal Abilities are a Product of Faith
The evidence for Psi is, in a strange way, a product of faith.
Let us suppose, for example, that I sincerely believe that such a thing as precognition actually exists. I therefore set up an experiment to see if I can verify my belief. Although I may not be successful at first, if I continue to undertake my experiments holding a positive mental outlook, I am bound to find an occasional corroborating result.
Since these sporadic results seem to bear out my hypothesis, I am bolstered by this success to continue my experiments. As these positive results continue to occur, so I gain more confidence that my hypothesis is correct. As my confidence grows, so my results tend more and more to reflect my mental expectations.
Finally, there comes a time when I am able to reproduce evidence at will. By this time I am utterly convinced that precognition is a proven fact of nature.
A skeptic on the other hand, proceeds with the opposite hypothesis. He or she assumes that there is no such thing as precognition, and does not expect to find any evidence to support it. It comes as no surprise to learn that his or her expectations are fulfilled. Even those isolated results which are indicative of the existence of such a faculty are rejected because they are inconsistent.
As the number of experimental failures begins to mount, so the skeptic becomes increasingly convinced that the original hypothesis is correct, and that there is no such thing in nature as precognition. The doubter thus arrives at the opposite conclusion, but in a curious fashion by an identical process of mind.
To the skeptic, the fact that I am able to obtain satisfactory evidence while he or she cannot, seems clear evidence of my gullibility. I got my successful results because I wanted them to happen. What I have done seems to be the very antithesis of the scientific method, which is to operate in a neutral and objective way with a completely open mind.
The skeptic dismisses my evidence because it clearly seems to be the result of my suggestibility. My faith generated results which now justify my faith.
Scientific Laws are also Products of Faith
But this process is in fact exactly how the entire edifice of science has been constructed in the first place. Every scientific law that now exists began initially as a tenuous hypothesis. Each hypothesis began in a similar way to yield positive results, infrequently at first, but enough to warrant further investigation.
As more confirmatory evidence came to hand, so the original hypothesis came to be upgraded to a valid scientific theory. As the amount of proven evidence accumulated, so more and more scientists came to be convinced that this was the way that nature actually operated.
In due course, when this evidence had reached overwhelming proportions, the theory was enshrined as scientific “law”. But each “law” of science is ultimately the product of belief, and only continues to be valid for as long as faith in the underlying belief continues to be held.
Experience feeds on belief in science just as it does in the realm of magic. Science is merely one way of describing reality, while magic is another. The one is not superior to the other, for both are merely different ways in which reality can be experienced and defined.
To the hardened realist, convinced that nature functions in one way and one way only, the foregoing example is taken to be an absurdity. If precognition did not exist in nature as an actual fact, it would be impossible for me to acquire evidence of its existence, no matter how much faith I happened to profess.
Likewise, the realist believes that the evidence that sustains scientific law could only be obtained if nature actually did operate in this way. The idea that the universe might be able to re-arrange itself to suit any underlying cast of mind seems so ridiculous as to be outrageous.
Yet this is precisely what the Sages say does occur. The reason for this apparent absurdity is that, according to the mystics, the sceptical realist has become deluded by the apparent reality of the universe.
Our Illusory World
The scientific realist remains entrenched in the belief that the universe is a conglomeration of physical objects that exist in space completely independently of the individual.
To the mystic, however, the universe is revealed to be a subjective phenomenon appearing inwardly in consciousness, and it is this image in consciousness that is then projected outwardly by every individual mind.
Once the universe is seen to be a subjective phenomenon, it is easy to see why the character that the universe comes to exhibit in consciousness, must be determined by the mental content of that consciousness. This is confirmed in the following passage taken from the ancient Hindu classic Tripura Rahasya:
“One starts by imagining something then contemplates it; and by continuous or repeated association resolves that it is true unless contradicted. In that way, the world appears real in the manner one is used to it.” 9
Furthermore, this realisation is now beginning to be glimpsed by perceptive scientists as well. For as Henry Margenau and Lawrence LeShan point out:
“This comprehension is one of the most staggering and least understood insights of modern science. We no longer search for what reality is, but rather for ways of usefully construing it; for ways to define it that will help us to achieve our goal.” (Original emphasis) 10
Parapsychologists who strive to validate Psi phenomena according to the protocols of accepted scientific thinking, need to be wary on a variety of counts. We have already seen the crucial importance of the mental outlook of all those who participate in the experiment, and how this influences the outcome of results.
Since negative beliefs inevitably decrease the likelihood of positive results, proponents of Psi would do well to confine their experiments to young children, or to those people who, for one reason or another have escaped the traditional scientific cast of mind.
It is a common feature of experience that positive Psi results are best obtained by young children, as demonstrated by the “Geller effect”. A good example of this is the incident recounted by Lyall Watson, of the child who was able to bend a key after watching a video of Uri Geller doing so.
The reason is obvious. As Kreskin noted in his experiments in telepathy: “I didn’t know the rules – what could be done, what couldn’t.” 4
The young child has not yet become “one of us.” By contrast, skeptics and opponents of Psi should concentrate their experiments on adults, preferably those who do not believe in the possibility of Psi. In this way, negative results will continue to be achieved, which will then continue to justify the traditional skepticism of science.
Because of the number of people alive today who hold opposing beliefs, it is likely that these conflicting results in Psi will continue to be produced for a considerable time to come.
It is also clear from numerous anecdotal cases, that it is possible for the mind to interact with mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment in deleterious ways. Those who design experiments to investigate Psi should therefore be extremely cautious in their utilisation of such equipment.
Tape recorders, cameras, computers and the like are notoriously unreliable in cases of Psi, and if they manage to function at all, often do so in ways that defy explanation. They are also inconsistent, functioning well on some occasions, and not at all at other times.
Yet it is precisely in this area of “objective, technological verification” that science has traditionally placed its trust. “The camera never lies” is a common scientific adage that represents the classical point of view. This axiom is held to be valid, however, only until some ghostly image appears in a photograph, or some other effect that was not anticipated or visible at the time.
When this occurs, the camera or the film is invariably presumed to be faulty, and the evidence obtained is held to be “unscientific”. The rules conveniently change according to the paradigm. When the camera, computer, tape recorder, etc., provides evidence that is permissible under the current paradigm, this is welcomed as “objective proof” of the validity of the paradigm.
But if a discarnate voice should happen to be heard on a tape recorder, this is taken to be evidence of the unreliability of technical equipment, rather than as evidence that the existing scientific paradigm is flawed.
Critics of Psi, on the other hand, should find in this strange contrariness of equipment a rich vein of doubt to exploit, for it is easy to reject evidence on these grounds, rather than believe that physical matter might actually be subject to the prevailing influence of mind.
Continued in Part Four
1 Lawrence LeShan, “The Medium, The Mystic and The Physicist”, Ballantine, New York, 1975, pp.xiii-xiv.
2 Gary Zukav, “The Dancing Wu Li Masters”, Bantam, New York, 1980, p.313.
3 “The Geller Papers”, edited by Charles Panati, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1976, p. 255.
4 Kreskin, “The Amazing World of Kreskin”, Avon, New York, 1974, pp. 33-34.
5 Ibid, pp. 89-90.
6 Ibid, p. 122.
7 Christopher Bird, “Applications of Dowsing: An Ancient Biophysical Art”, in “Future Science“, op.cit., p. 356.
8 Kreskin, op.cit., p. 18.
9 “Tripura Rahasya”, translated by Swami Saraswathi, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, 1962, p. 100.
10 Henry Margenau and Lawrence LeShan, “Einstein’s Space and Van Goch’s Sky”, Macmillan, New York, 1975, pp. 213-214.
Israeli Psychic Uri Geller
Probably the most famous, or notorious person, depending on your point of view, to influence matter by some agency of mind, has been the Israeli psychic Uri Geller. Although best known for his ability to bend spoons and startle defunct watches and clocks into renewed activity, Geller has nevertheless conducted a variety of experiments that have confounded attending scientists.
In one experiment that took place at the White Oak laboratory of the Naval Weapons Center at Silver Spring, Maryland, Geller was invited by Eldon Byrd to see if he could deform three pieces of nitinol wire. The particular characteristic which prompted Byrd to choose nitinol wire was that although it could be twisted into any number of shapes, it always reverted to its original shape when heated.
Geller was challenged to see whether he could induce any permanent changes in the nitinol wire. As Geller proceeded to rub these wires with his fingers, each one of them began to curl into unusual shapes. Subsequent heating was unable to restore them to their original shape.
Byrd concluded that only intense heat or mechanical stress could have accounted for the permanent deformations which Geller had been able to induce in the nitinol wires. 1
On another occasion, while in the presence of Dr. Wilbur Franklin of Kent State University, Ohio, Geller fractured a platinum ring. Franklin presumed that he had caused a “fatigue fracture” in the ring, a rupture caused by excess wear and tear in the metal.
Yet when the ring was examined under an electron microscope, it was found that the fracture actually consisted of two separate and distinct cracks in the platinum. What was so remarkable about this discovery was that although the two cracks were extremely close to one another, each crack seemed to have been made by entirely different forces.
One fracture resembled that which typically occurred at a temperature of -195 degrees Celsius, while the other was characteristic of a crack caused by a temperature of 1773 degrees Celsius. Dr. Franklin later wrote: “It would be extremely difficult, even under the best laboratory conditions, to produce two so totally different fractures at sites so close to one another”. 1
While on a visit to the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in California in 1974, Geller was asked by Ronald Hawke whether he could erase, or in any way alter, the programmes that had been magnetically stored on four computer cards.
These cards were coated with a layer of plastic to prevent any direct contact with the cards themselves. Again, Geller merely rubbed his fingers gently across the surfaces of the cards. When Hawke then fed these cards into the computer, they were immediately rejected.
Hawke found that the magnetic programmes had in some way been altered in a manner which now rendered them “ambiguous.” He later commented that “subsequent inspection with a magnetic viewer after the meeting with Geller revealed that the magnetic patterns had been altered.” 1
Once more, “normal” science was perplexed. Not only had Geller been able to do what the fundamental laws of physics indicated could not be done, but he had done so in a manner that defied all explanation.
The Will to Believe
William James (1842 – 1910)
These cases have become yet more embarrassing anomalies that do not fit into the current scientific paradigm. The existence of these anomalies is not just a recent problem. They have in fact been reported as far back as 1897. In his book The Will to Believe, the American psychologist and philosopher William James wrote:
“The phenomena are there lying broadcast over the surface of history. No matter where you open its pages, you find things recorded under the name of divinations, inspirations, demoniacal possessions, apparitions, trances, ecstasies, miraculous healings and productions of disease, and occult powers possessed by peculiar individuals over persons and things in their neighbourhood.
“Look behind the pages of official history, in personal memoirs, legal documents and popular narratives and books of anecdote, and you will find that there never was a time when these things were not reported just as abundantly as now.” 2
That tiny trickle of anomalous events has swelled today into a mighty flood, yet they seldom find their way into the published journals of science. Since they contradict the official rules of science, they are condemned to lie in “personal memoirs, legal documents, and popular narratives and books of anecdote”.
And because they are not reported in the official instruments of science, “normal” scientists who are wedded to the current materialistic paradigm continue happily to ignore them.
So great has been this profusion of unexplained phenomena over recent years that they have now come to be consolidated into a category of their own. This vast body of evidence is now referred to under the name of Psi, derived from the first letter of the Greek word psukhe (psyche), meaning soul or spirit.
Psi embraces a wide variety of unusual powers which appear to be manifestations of the human mind. Psi phenomena include:
The ability to see, hear, smell, taste or touch, without the use of corresponding sense organs (extra-sensory perception – Esp)
The ability to see things that are remote from the observer (clairvoyance)
The ability to hear things that are remote from the hearer (clairaudience)
The ability to acquire information directly from the mind of another person (telepathy)
The ability to know things that will take place in the future (precognition)
The ability to know things that have taken place in the past (retrocognition)
The ability to influence matter by non-sensory means (psychokinesis)
The ability to transport matter over distance, or to dematerialise it and rematerialise it elsewhere (telekinesis.)
The ability to heal (faith healing)
These abilities, which appear to lie beyond the range of normal human expression, are generally referred to as “paranormal” abilities, and the study of those people who possess these abilities, as “parapsychology”.
The use in each case of the prefix “para” – meaning beyond, above or outside – is a clear indication of the fact that they are considered to fall outside of the “normal” realm of experience. It is because science and psychology have thus far been unable to explain these phenomena within the current scientific paradigm that they have come to be regarded as paranormal, or something beyond the range of normal behaviour.
It is an inevitable and unfortunate corollary of this definition, that those people who demonstrate these abilities are themselves regarded as abnormal, and in some way strange, odd or queer. In earlier centuries such people were considered to be in league with Satan, and were condemned to a painful death for practising witchcraft and the occult arts.
The stigma that has clung to these phenomena in the past has by no means been overcome today, even though parapsychology has become an acknowledged branch of psychology, and today claims the attention of many leading scientific minds.
The Limits of the Paradigm
Thomas Kuhn (1922 – 1996)
However, the process that Thomas Kuhn elucidated continues to be plainly evident today. As Kuhn revealed, scientific paradigms serve as frameworks which bind the investigators of “normal” science within certain prescribed boundaries of belief.
In the course of time, evidence accrues which cannot be explained within the framework of the existing paradigm. At first these exceptions, or anomalies, are simply ignored by official science. As time passes, however, these exceptions increase in number to the point where a state of considerable tension arises.
This internal stress ultimately leads to a scientific crisis, out of which a new scientific paradigm is born. Like every form of revolution, this shifting paradigm is a traumatic affair, and only succeeds in overcoming the old ideas after a protracted battle with the guardians of outdated beliefs.
The evidential data that collectively has come to be known as Psi, has not emerged overnight. It is not some swift malaise that has come to afflict a portion of humanity. It has steadily been accumulating over the centuries.
In the past it was the power of the Church that effectively suppressed this data. It is now Science itself that has come to wield the rod of oppression. To official science, these anomalous events are unwanted, for they serve only to muddy the clear waters of accepted thinking.
Despite this religious and scientific crusade, the sheer abundance of Psi evidence has built up a groundswell of discontent, such that the redoubts of conventional science are now under siege.
According to the Cartesian dualism of classical science, the universe is divided into two opposing spheres – one of matter and the other of mind. The evidence of Psi threatens this divide. Yet ironically, this evidence offers a bridge across the gulf that would heal the centuries old chasm that has artificially divided the universe into two opposing parts.
Generations to come may wonder why it was that the opportunity presented by Psi was not seized upon enthusiastically by those who now man the bulwarks of traditional science. But that has not been the way of change in the past, and it is unlikely to reflect the transformation of the future.
The proponents of Psi will undoubtedly have to face a stern test of their resolve in the face of an unflinching foe, before the buttresses of the classical castle of science will be ready to crumble.
Those scientists who have established their careers and their reputations in the practice of conventional science, are naturally the ones who have the most to lose by a change in paradigm, and it is they, the leading scientists of their day, who have traditionally been in the vanguard of those who have resisted the onslaught of the new.
Parapsychology will have to fight a fierce battle before it takes its rightful place in the new scientific paradigm. It is assailed on many sides, particularly by those who now hold positions of authority, and who have come to be regarded as the foremost experts in their field.
The battle against all forms of Psi, the challenge of the encroaching powers of mind, has led to highly charged confrontations in the past, and continues to do so to this day. It inspires in many a profound dread of the unknown.
Sigmund Freud, who was one of the pioneers of the adventure of psychiatry, and who more than most should have been alert to the awesome potential of the human mind, was so appalled at the prospect of the occult, that he called it “the black tide of the unknown”. In reflecting this visceral response, he succumbed to mankind’s horror of all things hidden and unknown.
Freud spoke not only for the majority of his peers, but also for the major body of scientists today, who consider anything that cannot be explained in conventional scientific terms as inherently unhealthy. The Church in turn has rigorously opposed all forms of the paranormal, believing them to be evidence of collusion between man and Satan.
Their centuries long Jihad has been directed at anyone who practised divination, or who demonstrated any unusual talent. The paranormal practitioners of yesteryear did not become the millionaires of their times, as Uri Geller has become today. Instead, they faced lives of victimisation and terror, that all too often ended upon a fiery stake.
Society has always feared the unknown.
The Threat of Psi
Today, many leading scientists see in the phenomena of the paranormal threats to the orderly process of living, and a likely reversion to that state of barbarism, witchcraft and superstition, out of which science so laboriously dragged itself four centuries ago.
For them the threat of Psi is very clear. It is the choice between the pure light of logic and reason on the one hand, and the gloom of magic-mongery and blind faith on the other. To pander to the inclinations of the paranormal then, is to court the collapse of all civilised virtue.
They paint the threat of Psi in bold opposing colours. These scientists not only consider themselves to be defenders of scientific truth, but crusaders for the very tenets of civilisation. They stoutly profess that it is only their valiant defence of conventional science that prevents humanity from sliding inexorably into a new age of darkness.
Lawrence LeShan speaks eloquently for their fears:
“Psi phenomena seems to threaten the basic concepts of the universe – the weltenshauung, the lebensgefuhl of modern individuals. We live in a perceived world of law and order, of sequential cause and effect – a world in which space and time are limiting factors.
“It is on this view that we have built our own personality structure, our action and reaction patterns, and our sense of security. We may not find it an ideal world and may even resent its limitations, but it is the world of the 20th century and our own homeland.
“What then if these basic laws of the universe are threatened? What if we are faced with apparent evidence that they may be illusions – that space and time can sometimes be discounted or ignored; that sequences of events can occur which are irrelevant to the logic of cause and effect?” 3
In answer to his question, LeShan himself replies:
“It brings us to the ‘catastrophic anxiety’ the psychiatrist Kurt Goldstein has described as the most severe of all anxieties. Goldstein has demonstrated how we in our development, build our ego to support, and be supported by, that view of reality which our culture believes to be the only correct one.
“If this model is no longer supported by the culture around us, or if we are faced with data that contradict it, we feel as if we are in great danger, the danger that our unsupported ego will crumble and come apart. We feel that we can no longer remain whole.” 4
The resistance to Psi will continue to be fierce, not simply because it challenges the conventional view of science, but because it threatens the very integrity of the personalities of its opponents.
For such scientists, the onslaught of Psi will be resisted as if their very lives depended on it, which in a sense they do. Conceding to the validity of Psi will call for a new description of the universe, and by extension, a new definition of ourselves.
The battle lines over Psi are now clearly drawn. The bastions of official science are guarded by its protectors who have entrenched themselves in their defensive positions. In this conflict, we find ourselves caught today in the rip-tides of a changing paradigm of science.
The old paradigm of classical physics, based upon fixed laws of nature, the rigorous march of time and the strict equation of cause and effect, seems to be giving way inexorably to a revolutionary new era whose potential we can only dimly see.
For those who are threatened by this change, and they include all those who have been conditioned by, and have committed themselves to, the old paradigm, this new revolution is fearsome in the extreme.
Others, mostly the young, see in the outcome of this conflict the potential for new beginnings, and a new age of extraordinary freedom. The laws of nature, which have for so long bound us in their iron clasp, are now being seen to be illusory. The “cogs in the machine”, as Gary Zukav has remarked, appear ready at last to become “creators of the universe.”
The shift to the new paradigm appears remorseless, and those who stand today in the forefront of the resistance, seem destined to become historical footnotes as those who stood in the path of progress, just as the Church once resisted the ideas of Copernicus and Galileo. As Henry Margenau and Lawrence LeShan explain:
“We can see the problem clearly when we think about the colleagues of Galileo who refused to look through the telescope. They refused because it was unnecessary to look; they had confused their theory about reality with facts.
“As far as they were concerned, they knew the facts, and there was simply no point in observing a contradictory fact; the telescope’s view was necessarily false because it contradicted known facts. At this distance we can see their reasoning and confusion.
“It is, however, harder to see when many modern scientists, not looking at the facts of parapsychology, simply dismiss them as necessarily false and therefore unnecessary to examine since – for them – they contradict a known fact. They are as confused as were Galileo’s contemporaries, but this is a lot harder to see close up.” 5
The Problem of Explanation
Parapsychologists today are deeply engrossed in collating the observables of Psi and cataloguing these new “facts of nature”. Their basic problem, however, is that they are unable to explain these new facts. For it is one thing to record a fact, but quite another to explain the principle that accounts for it.
The main difficulty of parapsychology today is that parapsychologists are simply unable to say why the strange events that they record happen as they do. But if the underlying reasons have been difficult to grasp, the amount of evidence that has thus far been accumulated is truly immense.
Much of it remains necessarily in anecdotal form, simply because these illegitimate “facts” are not welcome in the official journals of science. As unwelcome as this may be to “normal” science, however, its sheer volume has now become so persuasive, that an increasing number of physicists have come to recognize that it can no longer be ignored.
Men like David Bohm, John Hasted, Brian Josephson, Henry Margenau, Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ have all made signal contributions to the reality and significance of Psi.
The essential difficulty that these researchers face, as with any shift in paradigm, is simply that nature has not yet been “beaten into line”. The basic problem of the investigation of Psi from a scientific point of view, is that results obtained by one person under certain circumstances may not match the results achieved by another person under similar outward circumstances.
This conflicting evidence flies in the face of the scientific tradition, which requires that individual scientists must be able to replicate the results of other experiments conducted under identical conditions. In the field of Psi, this seldom seems to occur.
The reason it does not occur, is because scientists who are conditioned to the paradigm of classical physics have overlooked a vital ingredient in the determination of their results. They have become accustomed to denoting the significant factors that affect the outcome of any experiment in purely physical terms.
They do not realise that the success of classical physics was not achieved in this way. It took many years of conflicting results before nature was successfully beaten into the classical mould of expression.
It is only now becoming recognised, if only dimly, that it is the mental attitude involved in any experiment relative to Psi, that is the true determinant of the experimental result, and that this needs to be controlled just as carefully as temperature, pressure and the rest.
As has been pointed out elsewhere, when John Dalton developed his atomic theory of chemical reaction, he was faced with a disconcerting problem. Although his ideas were clothed in theoretical elegance, the “facts” of nature did not always support his point of view.
The French chemists Berthollet and Proust were initially unable to obtain verifying data, and it took “almost another generation” before chemists everywhere were able to achieve consistently uniform results that were in line with Daltonian theory.
The problem of making nature fit the paradigm was not so much a question of achieving consistent empirical methods, as it was a matter of co-coordinating people’s minds. It was only when chemists began to think alike and to expect consistent chemical results, that nature herself obliged by functioning in a manner consistent with these expectations.
Until this consensus of mental conformity was attained, we may well imagine the extent of the controversy that raged throughout the world of science at that time. Those chemists whose empirical results supported Dalton would have spoken out strongly in favour of the whole number hypothesis, while those chemists who had obtained conflicting data would have resisted fiercely the encroachment of the new ideas, and staunchly defended their methods and results.
This variability in results is an inevitable feature of any changing paradigm. Each period of transformation is marked by conflicting “facts”, simply because there is no uniformity in the underlying pattern of belief.
It is only when everyone has become conditioned to the new ideas, that the physical “facts” then achieve uniform consistency. With the benefit of hindsight we are able to see how this uniformity has come about, although we still fall into the trap of interpreting this as evidence of a given law of nature.
If we examine the events that are occurring today, we can see that a similar process is at work. Results of Psi experiments continue to be inconclusive, with no real indication as to which point of view is “correct”.
Experimental results are inconsistent, not only between different experimenters, but even with the same people involved in identical experiments, but done at different times. This inconsistency is meat and drink to the skeptic, who triumphantly presents it as proof of the illusory nature of the phenomenon of Psi.
There remains also the problem of proof. What constitutes proof to one scientist does not necessarily convince another. Inevitably, this comes to depend upon the underlying cast of mind.
Those who are open to the possibility of new events are relatively easily persuaded. For those whose minds are utterly closed, even to the possibility of such new events, no amount of proof will suffice. One may recall the heroic efforts of Dr. J. B. Rhine, who strove for over forty years at Duke University, to assemble sufficient evidence that would convince his peers of the existence of telepathy and precognition.
To open-minded observers, Rhine’s results were sufficient to prove their existence and efficacy beyond all reasonable doubt. In fact, most of Rhine’s volunteers were soon bored to distraction by the endless repetition of experiments. Yet for the majority of scientists, it was as if Rhine had never conducted a single valid experiment.
The skeptics remained totally closed to the idea that there might actually be a faculty of telepathy, and no amount of evidence was able to persuade them otherwise. In the final analysis, no man or woman is able to be convinced unless he or she chooses to be convinced.
Even Christ could not convert the Pharisees.
Continued in Part Three
1 “The Geller Papers”, edited by Charles Panati, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1976, pp. 6-10.
2 William James, “The Will to Believe”, Lecture given in 1896.
3 Lawrence LeShan, “The Medium, The Mystic and the Physicist”, Ballantine, New York, 1975, p. 199.
4 Henry Margenau and Lawrence LeShan, “Einstein’s Space and Van Goch’s Sky”, Macmillan, New York, 1982, p. 20.
5 Ibid, p.212.
Carl Jung (1875 – 1961)
In 1898, two events occurred in the life of Carl Jung which had a profound effect upon the choice of his future career. Although relatively modest in themselves, they were nonetheless sufficiently bewildering to prompt the youthful Jung towards an investigation of the properties of the mind.
When he came to record the story of his life some sixty years later, these two events were still indelibly marked on his memory.
The first event occurred when he was twenty-three years old, and took place during the course of his summer holidays. Jung was sitting in his room studying his textbooks while his mother was in the dining room, knitting. The door to the dining room, which led off from the room in which Jung was studying, stood ajar.
“Suddenly there sounded a report like a pistol shot. I jumped up and rushed into the room from which the noise of the explosion had come. My mother was sitting flabbergasted in her armchair, the knitting fallen from her hands. She stammered out. “W-w-what’s happened? It was right beside me!” and stared at the table. Following her eyes, I saw what had happened.
“The tabletop had split from the rim to beyond the center, and not along any joint; the split ran right through the solid wood. I was thunderstruck. How could such a thing happen? A table of solid walnut that had dried out for seventy years – how could it split on a summer day in the relatively high degree of humidity characteristic of our climate?
“If it had stood next to a heated stove on a cold, dry winter day, then it might have been conceivable. What in the world could have caused such an explosion?” 1
Jung’s astonishment was further compounded by another strange event which happened two weeks later. He arrived home on this occasion at six o’clock in the evening to find his mother, his fourteen year-old sister, and their maid, in a great state of consternation.
About an hour earlier there had again been a deafening explosion emanating from the dining room. This time however, it did not come from the previously damaged walnut table. Instead it had come from the direction of the heavy, wooden sideboard. Although the ladies had checked the sideboard closely, they had been unable to find any sign of a split in the wood. Jung then proceeded to take a closer look.
“I immediately began examining the sideboard and the entire surrounding area, but just as fruitlessly. Then I began on the interior of the sideboard. In the cupboard containing the bread basket I found a loaf of bread, and, beside it, the bread knife. The greater part of the blade had snapped off in several pieces.
“The handle lay in one corner of the rectangular basket, and in each of the other corners lay a piece of the blade. The knife had been used shortly before, at four o’clock tea, and afterward put away. Since then no one had gone to the sideboard.” 1
On the following day, Jung took the pieces of the shattered knife into town, where they were examined by the city’s leading cutler. This man was unable to find any flaw in the steel to account for the broken pieces.
He suggested that in order to have incurred so much damage, the knife would either have had to have been dropped onto stone from a considerable height, or else to have been inserted into a crevice and twisted, breaking off one piece at a time. When told of the circumstances under which the damage had been sustained the cutler laughed and said, “But good steel can’t explode. Someone has been pulling your leg.” 1
The perplexity which Jung experienced in trying to discover some rational explanation for these two events was understandable in the light of the scientific theory of his day. At the end of the nineteenth century, physics was still dominated by the idea of the universe as a Giant Machine, in which objects could only be damaged by the impact of forces applied directly to them.
Yet despite the dramatic developments which have since taken place in science, and the insights into the nature of physical matter which the discoveries of quantum mechanics have provided, the conundrum which faced Jung then still challenges us to this day.
For although the New Physics has led to a profound re-evaluation of the physical world, mainstream science has continued to be bound by the old ideas. The majority of scientists today continue to be guided by the signals of their senses, and to regard the world in a totally material and objective way.
Because of this, the mysterious explosions which troubled Jung still continue to defy scientific explanation. They remain anomalies – events which lie outside the boundaries of the current scientific paradigm – and which are therefore overlooked by “normal” scientists.
However, these anomalies have begun to proliferate until they now embrace such a wealth of extraordinary material, that this anomalous data can no longer be ignored. Science has become forced to take note of these anomalies, and leading physicists have recognised the need to incorporate them within the overall scientific scheme.
On March 10, 1965, the American psychiatrist Berthold Schwarz interviewed a thirty year-old housewife who described to him an unusual event that had taken place during the previous week. The woman told Schwarz that she had had her kitchen renovated some two years earlier, in which certain decorative tiles had been placed by the sink and stove.
These tiles were coloured pink and each contained a fruit motif which was baked into the tiles themselves. On the previous Saturday evening, the housewife recalled that she had entered the kitchen and was amazed to see that, in place of the pictures of the peaches which had previously been incorporated in four of the decorative tiles, there now appeared pictures of a baby superimposed on the tiles.
Each of these four tiles contained the same face of a child with a birthmark on its head. This birthmark happened to coincide with a similar mark which her son Roderick had been born with. Thinking that she might be experiencing a hallucination, she called her husband to see this strange phenomenon. He confirmed what she had seen.
Subsequently, every member of the family together with friends, neighbours and colleagues, examined these tiles. All confirmed the presence of the faces, although none had ever noticed anything resembling a face in any of these tiles before. These faces were not painted on the tiles, and they subsequently resisted all efforts to remove them through abrasion or washing. 2
As in the case of Jung’s shattered knife and dining room table, several physical objects had undergone a transformation which defied conventional scientific explanation. Short of fraud, for which Dr. Schwarz could find no evidence, the appearance of the faces that were now superimposed upon the tiles could not be explained by any of the known laws of physics.
This incident was, and still remains, an anomaly to be added to the burgeoning collection of what Charles Fort once called “the dammed” – those incidents that defy common explanation.
When Paul Brunton visited India in the early years of the twentieth century in search of the mysterious and bizarre, he happened to meet a rather unsavoury character, a former clergyman, who had been expelled from the church.
Brunton discovered that this man possessed a strong hypnotic power which he was abusing, by exploiting credulous people and obtaining money from them by unscrupulous means. He discussed this situation with an Indian friend who was versed in the occult arts. The Indian agreed that the defrocked priest should be prevented from exploiting gullible people any further, and resolved to place a curse on the man.
When Brunton went to look for the clergyman a short time later, he was directed to a hall where the man was giving a demonstration of his powers. When Brunton entered the hall he was confronted by a scene of wild confusion. He later described the cause of this confusion.
“They had all been sitting peacefully upon their chairs listening to their leader’s lecture when all the electrical lamps had suddenly exploded with the force of bombs, shattering glass in every direction. The hall had instantly become dark and amidst the resulting gloom and chaos they had heard their leader fall heavily to the platform floor, uttering loud cries of fright.” 3
The plan apparently worked, for the defrocked priest was later persuaded to curtail his activities and leave town. Now while this event may easily be dismissed as mere coincidence, for power failures are not uncommon in India, they do not usually cause electric bulbs to explode “with the force of bombs”.
Clearly some extraordinary surge of power seemed to have been responsible. Yet what struck Brunton so forcibly on this occasion, and which qualified this event for inclusion in the growing body of anomalous behaviour, was the timing of this incident.
“And now for the curious point of the story. The hall had been plunged in darkness at the very moment when my Indian friend’s rite of cursing reached its culminating point!” 3
Phone Calls from the Dead
Scott Rogo (1950 – 1990)
In 1975, California parapsychologist Scott Rogo was lying comfortably on his living room couch. It was four o’clock on a Thursday afternoon. Although he knew that he had to place a telephone call to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute at that time, because he was listening to the radio and dozing, he felt it was too much trouble to get up and make the call.
Two hours later, however, while he was still lying on the couch, his reverie was disturbed by the insistent ringing of his telephone. Reluctantly, Rogo roused himself and answered it.
“When I picked up the phone, I was surprised to hear the voice of a young research assistant who worked at the Neuropsychiatric lnstitute.
‘I’m answering your message’ he said.
‘What message’? I asked, a bit puzzled.
‘The call you made to us at four’, he continued, equally bewildered.
‘What do you mean? I didn’t call you’, I added a bit nastily.
‘Oh? I just got in and found a message on my desk saying that you called at four and wanted us to return the call’.
To say the least, I was thunderstruck. Indeed, I had wanted to phone UCLA at 4.00 that day and I had actually wanted to speak to this assistant’s boss. But I most assuredly had never made the call.” 4
This spontaneous communication involving a real, physical telephone system so astounded Rogo at the time, that he began an investigation to see whether similar events had ever occurred to other people.
His enquiries led him to uncover even more extraordinary cases. He found, for example, that not only were there recorded instances of strange messages that had been intercepted from living people, but also some from those who were already dead.
In 1959, a Swede by the name of Friedrich Jurgenson claimed to have discovered strange voices on his tape recorder while he was out taping bird calls, and again while recording various radio broadcasts. Another European, this time a German named Konstantin Raudive, later announced that he too had been successful in recording on tape strange voices which allegedly belonged to people who were deceased.
In another series of experiments conducted in America, both Attila von Szalay and Raymond Bayless succeeded in obtaining recordings of strange, discarnate voices. 5 Berthold Schwarz also reported a case where a friend of his happened, on a sudden impulse, to record a message on his tape recorder. The message was as follows:
“Please, Spirit, help us. Please guide me. Dear Spirit, soon help me. Dear Helpful Spirits, dear Guiding Spirit, spirits of the so-called dead, please help me. Please guide me. Please speak up that I may hear you clearly on this tape.”
When this man replayed his recorded message, he was shocked to hear the voice of his late father, whose voice could be heard over the original message, saying, “Please help me please guide me. Help.” 6
When Rogo pursued these investigations, he found that not only were certain individuals successful in obtaining recordings of discarnate voices on tape recorders, but that they were also able to receive messages via an astonishing range of other electrical equipment as well.
He found that ever since radio telegraphy had been invented, there had been enigmatic reports of odd messages that had unexpectedly been received. Unusual voices and messages had also been reported from radios, gramophones and telephones. These messages ranged from simple letters, to signals in Morse Code, to actual voices.
These voices were frequently clearly heard, and in many cases were recognisable to those receiving the messages. Rogo found that these unusual messages were not only received through accepted modes of communication, but via odd conglomerations of equipment as well. These homemade contraptions seemed equally adept at attracting the attention of the denizens of the dead.
In one instance which Rogo uncovered, a London solicitor by the name of David Wilson elicited strange messages in 1915 from a device which he had personally concocted. It consisted of a battery hooked to an electrical detector, which in turn was attached to a galvanometer.
In 1921, another innovative investigator, F.R. Melton of Nottingham, designed a device which he called a “psychic telephone”. It consisted of some telephone apparatus hooked to an amplifier and placed in a small box. Rogo described another device which again succeeded in attracting mysterious responses. This mechanism was invented by a man named Henri Vandermeulen, and was actually granted a patent by the Belgian Government.
“The apparatus consisted of two glass prisms coated with resin; an electric bell; and a dry cell. All these components were connected by various wires. A light metal triangle was balanced between the prisms, next to one of the connecting wires. The bell would activate when the metal triangle was pushed (physically that is) into contact with the positive connecting wire, thus closing a circuit between the component parts.” 7
In yet another instance, a Mrs. L. N. Geldert received messages over a wireless set that was not plugged in at the time, which she claimed originated from her son Bob who had been killed in action during the First World War. Geldert personally described this saga in a book entitled Thy Son Liveth. 8
Matter and Mind
The large body of evidence that Rogo has accumulated is data which continues to remain anomalous. It is completely at odds with the laws of conventional physics. Mainstream scientists still continue to cling tenaciously to the Cartesian divide, in which all the phenomena of life are neatly separated into two distinct categories of matter and of mind.
They do not welcome therefore, data which suggest that in some perplexing manner, the sphere of mind is able to intrude into the realm of matter. Conventional scientists continue to function today in the firm conviction that these two spheres are inviolable, and that the subjective properties of the mind are entirely divorced from matter, and are in no way able to influence it.
It remains a fundamental article of faith among conventional physicists, rooted in the classical tradition, that matter can never be influenced by such ephemeral things as emotions or thoughts. The problem for such physicists, is that the body of anomalous data that conflicts with this view continues to increase.
As it does so, the natural response is to repress this unwelcome evidence with even greater force. The drawback in adopting this defensive strategy is that the existing scientific paradigm necessarily becomes even more rigid, and thus becomes even more vulnerable to revolutionary change.
There is growing evidence to suggest that the minds of certain people not only do influence the sphere of matter in ways which are highly unconventional, but that they do so in ways which are often distinctly hostile.
It remains a commonly reported phenomenon that certain people relate badly to their wrist-watches, which never seem to function properly while they are being worn. Yet when these same wrist-watches are later examined, they are found to be in excellent working order.
Other people manage to exert inexplicable effects on the operation of machinery, particularly in the field of electronics and computers. These people have come to be categorized as “machine unfriendly”. But if some people exert an influence on matter that is less than benign, other have an effect that is downright lethal.
In a Vancouver news report, a twenty-five year-old housewife by the name of Jackie Priestman, who was then living in Stockport, Cheshire, had put out of action sixteen vacuum cleaners, plus an assortment of hairdryers, lawnmowers, light bulbs, kettles, clocks, heaters and washing machines over a four year period.
The report noted that whenever she approached a radio or television set, its reception was adversely affected. Her husband Paul, who was himself a qualified electrician, was quite unable to account for these extraordinary events. “It’s got beyond a joke,” he complained, “an electric iron caught fire in Jackie’s hand the other day, and the central heating went crazy. We’re both mystified.” 9
In another case that came to my attention, a personal friend had an episode in which household appliances, electrical and mechanical devices, simply self-destructed around her. During one twenty-four hour period, her telephone refused to ring for incoming calls and crackled noisily with static whenever she tried to make an outside call.
Her television set suddenly malfunctioned, as did her stereo, laser disc-player and tape recorder. The charge in her car battery drained completely, preventing the car from starting. When she tried to get out of the car, the car doors mysteriously jammed.
Later, upon entering an elevator, she found that it ascended and descended completely four times without stopping. When it finally did come to a halt, the elevator doors refused to open.
The ability to manipulate objects by means of mental concentration is now a widely reported phenomenon. Former President of the Cambridge University Society for Psychical Research, Dr. A. R. G. Owen, described experiments which he conducted personally with a subject named Jan Merta in Toronto in 1971.
For these experiments, two chicken feathers were joined together by their quills, and then hung by a nylon thread inside a glass jar, which was two feet (60 centimetres) high and one foot (30 centimetres) square. The thread was then taped to a glass plate which covered the opening at the top of the jar.
Air was prevented from entering the jar by greasing the contact between the plate and the rim of the jar. Although some random motion still persisted after the jar was sealed, this gradually ceased after a short period.
Owen described how Merta stood about six feet away from the jar, and alternately raised his right and left hand. When he raised his right hand, the feathers swung to the right, and vice-versa. In each case the feathers were allowed to come to a complete halt before Merta initiated any subsequent movements. Dr. Owen commented on what took place.
“Throughout, Jan was not only remote from the apparatus, but also physically quite passive. In one series of demonstrations he did not move head, body or hands, and did not himself announce the expected direction of movement. The feather moved to the right or left according to the requests of the observers, which they made to Jan.
“On some occasions when the feather had just completed the movement which it had made according to the instructions, Jan was asked to continue swinging it in the same direction and it picked up speed again. On other occasions Jan was asked to stop and reverse the motion just after it had started, and this he successfully did.
“In a final series, Jan sat, completely passive, about twenty-five feet away from the jar with his hands clasped behind his head. The responses of the feather were no less definite than the others at closer range.” 10
Continued in Part Two
1 Carl Jung, “Memories, Dreams, Reflections“, recorded and edited by A.Jaffe, Pantheon Books, New York, 1961, pp. 105-106.
2 Berthold Schwarz, “Psychic-Nexus”, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1980, pp. 146-147.
3 Paul Brunton, “A Search in Secret Egypt”, Dutton, New York, 1936, p. 89.
4 Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless, “Phone Calls from the Dead”, Berkley, New York, 1980, pp. 113-114.
5 Scott Rogo, “Paranormal Tape-Recorded Voices: A Paraphysical Breakthrough”, in “Future Science”, edited by John White and Stanley Krippner, Anchor, New York,1977, pp. 451-464.
6 Berthold Schwarz, “UFO Dynamics”, Rainbow, Moore Haven, 1983, p. 264.
7 Scott Rogo, “Phone Calls from the Dead”, op.cit., p. 167.
8 Ibid, p. 146.
9 Quoted from “Vancouver Province”, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 18, 1983.
10 A.R.G. Owen, “Psychic Mysteries of the North”, Harper & Row, New York, 1975, pp. 155-6.
Scott: My name is Scott Paton. I am speaking today with Allan Colston. He is the author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. This is a book dealing with prophecy.
For those listeners who may be new to this topic, this Podcast is another in the series “Signs of the Times”. Hello Allan and welcome to the Podcast.
Hello Scott, it’s great to be with you again.
Scott: In our last Podcast you spoke about the early history of the Jews, and said that you would follow this up with a summary of what is predicted to happen to them in the future.
You’re quite right Scott. As I recall, I said that now that the Jews had returned at last to their ancestral land, I hoped that they would enjoy a better future than they had endured in the past. Unfortunately, the Bible predicts that even worse things lie in store for them.
Scott: That doesn’t sound good. What sort of things does it predict?
Well Scott, at the end of our Podcast entitled “The ISIS Crisis“, I mentioned that the prophet Ezekiel predicted that there would come a time when a coalition of Islamic forces, together with their armies, would assemble on the borders of Israel, to the South, the East and the North.
Their purpose in doing so would be to attack Israel from all points at once, with the intention of overrunning the country and slaughtering all the Jews, thus ridding the land at last of the hated Zionists, and leaving it free to become the centre of the new Islamic State.
But just when they were poised for success, and the population of Israel realised that no foreign country would be coming to their aid and that all hope was lost, Ezekiel predicted that there would be a miraculous intervention by God. As he wrote in Chapter 38 verse 22:
“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.”
And this is where it gets really interesting Scott. For this would not be the first time that God had interceded on behalf of the Jews by means of thunder, fire and hail. In the 23rd verse of chapter 9 of the Book of Exodus, we read:
“And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt”.
But as I mentioned in our previous Podcast, the plagues attributed to the LORD during the time of Moses were not miraculous at all. As explained by Velikovsky in his book Worlds in Collision, they were actually the natural outcome of a close encounter between the earth and a comet.
And just as a comet came to the aid of the Israelites at the time of Moses, so I believe that another comet will save them from the forces of the Islamic Alliance. And it would not surprise me Scott, that when that time comes, followers of Zacharia Sitchin will claim that it is the return of Planet X.
Scott: I gather you don’t believe that.
No Scott I don’t. But when destruction rains down upon the earth from the skies, it probably doesn’t matter too much who is right anyway. The end result will be the same. The assembled armies of Islam will be caught out in the open and be destroyed, while the land of Israel will be saved. As we read in the 39th chapter of the Book of Ezekiel, verses 3 and 4:
“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
“And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.”
The Islamic armies that had gathered on the borders of Israel would be exposed “on the mountains of Israel”. Their guns, rockets, tanks and artillery would prove no match for the fury of the meteorites and the “fiery hail” that would descend on them from the skies.
After the comet had passed, the countryside would be littered with the wreckage of the Islamic armaments and the bodies of their dead. So many people would die on the land to the East of the Dead Sea that the stench of rotting flesh would fill the air. As Ezekiel wrote:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it the valley of Hamongog”.
Ezekiel wrote that it would take the Jews seven months to bury the dead and dispose of their carcases. “And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land”. (Ezekiel 39:11-12) He even penned four verses inviting animals and birds to feast on their flesh.
What makes this prediction by Ezekiel so important Scott, is that it marks the beginning of the seven years of tribulation described in the Book of Revelation. For the day on which this aerial assault begins will be “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord“, long predicted by the prophets of old.
This will be a day of triumph unlike any other in the history of the Jews. It will be a day when the prophecies of the Old Testament will be vindicated, and the heathen armies will no longer threaten the land of the Covenant. As Ezekiel wrote in chapter 39 verses 7-8:
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.”
Scott: But Allan, if these prophecies come true in the way that you say, surely this will be wonderful news for the Jews.
Of course you are right Scott. At least for awhile. For when the people of Israel see that their enemies have been destroyed, and that they have been spared from annihilation by means of divine intervention, the entire nation will rejoice, and even sceptics will be converted into fervent believers.
In fact, while the rest of the world is dealing with the devastation caused by the comet, the Jews will finally accept that their nation truly is a nation of destiny, and that they have a special Covenant with God. As Ezekiel writes in chapter 39 verses 21 and 22:
“And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward.”
Scott: So what effect will this have on the nation of Israel?
Well Scott, the nation of Israel will be completely transformed. Whereas at the present time the population is divided by fierce political rivalries, the Jews will now come together with a renewed sense of unity and purpose. They will rebuild their nation according to the teachings of Moses.
They will be assisted in this by another seemingly miraculous event. Because their enemies will have been utterly routed by the disasters caused by the comet, the Jews will be free at last to build a new Temple of Solomon on its original site on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.
Scott: What will happen to the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa
That’s a great question Scott. And we can get a clue as to their fate in the 38th chapter of Ezekiel, verse 19, when he writes: “For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken. Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel”.
The Muslim shrines that now stand on the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem will collapse. The earthquakes and the meteorites will leave both of these sacred places in ruins, allowing the Jews to build a third Temple, to replace the one that was destroyed by the Romans.
When this Temple is rebuilt according to the original plans, the Jews will once again restore their practice of sacrificial worship in the Tabernacle of the Temple. The Sanctuary will once more be a place of ritual purity, and will become the new focal point of the Jewish religion.
This won’t be as difficult as you might imagine Scott, for there is an organisation in Israel known as the Temple Institute , that is already preparing for just such an opportunity. In fact, I have discussed this on my Blog, in a piece entitled “Rebuilding the Temple of Solomon“. As they point out on their website:
“The major focus of the Institute is its efforts towards the beginning of the actual rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Towards this end, the Institute has begun to restore and construct the sacred vessels for the service of the Holy Temple. These vessels, which G-d commanded Israel to create, can be seen today at our headquarters in Jerusalem.
“They are made according to the exact specifications of the Bible, and have been constructed from the original source materials, such as gold, copper, silver and wood. These are authentic, accurate vessels, not merely replicas or models.
“All of these items are fit and ready for use in the service of the Holy Temple. Among the many items featured in the exhibition are musical instruments played by the Levitical choir, the golden crown of the High Priest, and gold and silver vessels used in the incense and sacrificial services.”
Scott: So Allan, how do we know that the Temple of Solomon will actually be rebuilt?
Well Scott, the short answer is that we know this from the words of Daniel in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament. Both refer to the fact that the Anti-Christ that is to come will go to Jerusalem to be crowned in the new Temple of Solomon. But we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves here.
In the dark days that follow the global destruction caused by the comet, the governments of the world will no longer be able to command authority, leaving a power vacuum in their place. But out of this chaos will come a man who will draw to him the leaderless masses in what is left of Western Europe.
He will be a man of charismatic charm who will attract the masses with his powers of oratory. But what will make him seem divine to those who are drawn to him is the fact that he will be able to perform similar miracles to those that were attributed to Jesus.
Together with these divine qualities he will also bring a message of hope to all those who are suffering. He will preach a message of brotherhood and peace. He will heal the sick and feed the hungry. Everywhere he goes, he will be greeted as the long awaited saviour of mankind.
This man will negotiate a treaty with Israel, promising to protect the Jews, while at the same time allowing them to pursue their ancient religious practices. However, midway through the seven year period of the apocalypse Scott, a dramatic change will occur.
Scott: What sort of a change will take place?
According to the Bible Scott, this man will suffer a “grievous head wound”. Although this will appear to be fatal and cause his followers to despair, he will miraculously recover. But his recovery will be accompanied by a complete change in personality.
In place of the man who had previously taught peace and kindness towards others, there will emerge a new person who will manifest demonic qualities. In other words, the man who was previously hailed as the new Christ, will now begin to act like the long predicted Anti-Christ.
This will be the time when the vision of St. John will be fulfilled, when the world will come to recognise this man for the demon that he truly is. As we find recorded in chapter 13, verses 3-7 of the Book of Revelation:
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded unto death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
The next forty-two months after his miraculous recovery will be the darkest time in the history of the earth. It will be the time when the Anti-Christ will go forth in an orgy of blood, killing all those who resist him. And it will culminate in his decision to go to Jerusalem to be crowned as a living God.
Scott: Why would the Anti-Christ go to Jerusalem to be crowned?
Because Jerusalem will be the focal point of the Jewish religion. But that in itself would probably not be enough to induce the Anti-Christ to travel to Jerusalem to be crowned. But it does raises a tantalising possibility Scott.
For if by chance the Jews should happen to rediscover the lost Ark of the Covenant, and restore it to its former location inside the Holy of Holies in the new temple of Solomon, then the prospect of getting his hands on the Ark would undoubtedly draw the Antichrist to Jerusalem like a magnet.
And according to Bible prophecy, when the Anti-Christ travels to Jerusalem, he will no longer come as a man of peace. This time he will come with his conquering armies. They will lay waste to the countryside and devastate the cities of Israel.
When the Anti-Christ enters the Holy of Holies of the Great Temple to be crowned as a living God, he will not only defile the temple, but this act will be the “abomination of desolation” described in verse 27 of the 9th chapter of the Book of Daniel:
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
When Jesus was asked about the events that would occur in the last days, he said that there would be an “abomination of desolation”, as predicted by Daniel. This would be the time when the city of Jerusalem would be attacked and the time when the inhabitants would be forced to flee for their lives.
This is how it was described in verses 15 to 21 of the 24th chapter of the Gospel according to St. Matthew:
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
“And woe unto them that are with child, and unto them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
St. Luke puts it this way in verses 20 to 24 of chapter 21 of his Gospel:
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days, for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
So here we go again Scott. As if the Jews have not suffered enough already. Now they will have to face the wrath of the Beast, as St. John calls him. And if they think that the holocaust was bad, when millions of Jews died in the gas chambers, what follows will dwarf all the horrors of their bloody past.
Scott: What sort of things are you referring to?
Those who live in Israel at that time will be forced to flee into the mountains in order to escape the wrath of the Anti-Christ and his armies. But this campaign of death will not only be directed at the Jews. It will also be unleashed on anyone who does not worship him as the living God.
According to the prophet Zechariah, when the Anti-Christ enters Jerusalem and begins his reign of terror, two thirds of all the Jews alive at that time will be killed. The remaining third of the population will be tried in the fires of the tribulation that will follow.
“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.”
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, it is my people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.” (Zechariah 13: 7-9)
Those who can survive the trials that will take place over the next forty-two months will be purified. They will be rewarded with eternal salvation when the Great Redeemer returns to the earth to judge the wicked.
Scott: What sort of trials will they have to endure?
They will have to face trials of persecution, torture, starvation and death. But these will probably seem easy compared to the physical hardship of trying to survive in the mountains, or in subterranean caverns, as well as the challenge of finding food and water in a desert land.
But it will not just be the Jews who will have to cope with these calamities. They will affect all the people on the earth at that time. This period of tribulation will be the time when the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse will ride, bringing with them the plagues of famine, war, disease and death.
The death toll from these plagues will be enormous. As St. John wrote in his Book of Revelation, one quarter of the entire population left on the earth will fall victim to these plagues.
“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6: 2)
“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” (Revelation 6: 4)
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” (Revelation 6: 8)
During this time the earth will be afflicted by periods of extreme heat. This heat will cause streams and river beds to dry up and people will be desperate to find water to drink. Due to the unrelenting droughts, crops will fail, and famine will spread throughout the world.
Lack of sanitary conditions will lead to the outbreaks of many different kinds of disease. For many people who are caught up in these hellish conditions, the pain of living will cause them to yearn for death as a way of escape from these ghastly plagues.
Yet the Bible says that death will elude those who look for a way out. They will be forced to suffer. “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” (Revelation 9: 6)
But in spite of these cruel conditions, the drums of war will continue to beat, as the armies of the Anti-Christ march remorselessly onward in their campaign for world domination. They will only be stopped when they reach the valley of Jezreel, and their appointed battle of Armageddon.
But, as I have said before Scott, that is a story for another time.
Scott: Well Allan, these last few Podcasts have certainly given our listeners plenty to think about. I know that I will look at the events that are unfolding in the Middle-East now in an entirely new light.
You have been listening to Allan Colston, author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. Do join us for our next Podcast, which will be another in the series titled “Signs of the Times.”
Scott: My name is Scott Paton. I am speaking today with Allan Colston. He is the author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. This is a book dealing with prophecy.
For those listeners who may be new to this topic, this Podcast is another in the series “Signs of the Times”. Hello Allan and welcome to the Podcast.
Hello Scott, how are things with you?
Scott: Great, thank you. As you will no doubt recall Allan, at the end of our last Podcast about ISIS, I asked you what would happen to the Jews. You said that that was a topic for another time, so I was hoping that you could perhaps elaborate on that today.
Certainly Scott. My pleasure. But before I do that I would just like to say that I remain convinced that the Biblical description of the origin of Judaism is one of the most bizarre accounts in the history of civilization.
Much of what has happened to the Jews over the millennia simply defies rational understanding. So before I talk about the future of Israel, I think it would help to go back and review some of the extraordinary things that have happened in the past.
The Old Testament of the Bible is full of improbable stories that prompt more questions than they provide answers. For example, according to the eleventh chapter of the Book of Genesis, after the time of the Biblical flood, it says that “the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech“.
At that time the descendants of Noah said to themselves: “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth“. Then in verses 5 to 8 we read:
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. And the LORD said, behold the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
“Go to, let us go down and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city“.
Now Scott, this is one of the most intriguing stories in the entire Bible, and it raises a whole series of questions for which we simply have no answers.
• What exactly were these descendants of Noah trying to do, and why was this so offensive to the LORD?.
• Who was this LORD the Bible was referring to anyway?
• Who were the “us” who proceeded to scatter the descendants of Noah upon the face of the earth, and then cause them to speak in a host of different languages?
• And how exactly did they accomplish such a stupendous feat?
Let’s just think about that for a moment Scott. How do you manage to scatter an entire people all over the earth, and in the process cause them to forget their mother tongue and replace it with a language that is completely different? It just boggles the mind. At least it boggles mine.
Scott: So who do you suppose these people were?
I really have no idea Scott. But there is another strange story in the Book of Genesis that may give us a clue. In chapter six we read the following:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown“.
One of the things I find particularly interesting is that in the King James version of the Bible, the word LORD here is spelled in capital letters, just like it was in the story of the tower of Babel. Could this possibly refer to his rank, and could this LORD possibly be the leader of the “sons of God”?
And could these “sons of God” be the same beings who were so outraged when the descendants of Noah began to build their great tower? And were these “sons of God” giants, and if so where did they come from and where did they go?
Notice Scott that in the above quotation the LORD said that his spirit would not always strive with man, because “he also is flesh”. This certainly suggests that the LORD was not some supreme deity, but was made up of flesh and blood himself. This is a point I will return to later.
So do you see where I am going with this Scott? There is something decidedly other-wordly about many of these stories. You might even say that they are “out of this world”.
And this brings me to something that I have studiously avoided in all the years that I have been writing my Blog, not only because it has long been the butt of ridicule, but also because there is now so much disinformation surrounding the whole subject that most people assume it is all a hoax.
Scott: So what exactly are you referring to Allan?
The subject I am referring to Scott is UFO’s. Now before you and other listeners think that I have finally lost my marbles, let me emphasize that I am being perfectly serious about this, and I have a special reason for introducing this topic into our discussion.
Obviously the subject of UFO’s has been debated endlessly over the last fifty years or more, and is a topic that invariably generates far more heat than light. I just want to cut to the chase and mention the name of someone you have probably never heard of before Scott. His name is Clifford Stone.
Scott: You’re right there Allan. So what does he have to do with the history of the Jews?
Well Scott, Clifford Stone is one of those people that I could talk about for hours. But since we don’t have the time I’ll try to be brief. However, for the sake of those people who follow these Podcasts on my Blog, I’ll put a link there so that they can read more about him if they wish.
Clifford Stone is an American who was born in Ohio. At an early age he had memories of being contacted by ET’s. At the age of eight he was befriended by an Air Force captain, and this was the beginning of his association with the military. During the Vietnam war he tried to enlist in the US Air Force.
When Clifford was turned down by the Air Force as a result of a skin condition, his friend suggested that he try to join the Army instead. He did so and was selected for the job of clerical typist. But to his surprise, he hardly got to type a single letter.
Instead, a few weeks after joining the Army he was picked up in a staff car and taken to the Pentagon. From there he was moved by means of an underground shuttle to a location where he was told that he had been specially chosen for a secret assignment.
His assignment was to interact and communicate with extraterrestrial beings who were housed at this secret location. During the 22 years that Clifford spent with the Army, he also formed part of an elite group whose task was to recover crashed UFO’s and their occupants.
Since his retirement, Clifford has conducted numerous interviews describing his experiences with alien beings. In these discussions he has indicated that he personally knew of 57 different types of alien beings that had been in contact with the earth.
So if Clifford Stone is to be believed, alien beings are real and they are visiting our planet at this time. Obviously we can only speculate as to what their motives are for doing so. But the reason why I believe that his stories are true is because I have seen UFO’s myself on three different occasions.
So the point I want to make here Scott is this. If many different types of alien species are visiting the earth today, then they could well have visited earth in the past. And if they are communicating with us now, they could just as easily have communicated with those people who were alive then.
And so we need to examine many of the Bible stories to see if they can shed any light on possible human and alien interactions. And this brings me to what is undoubtedly the strangest story of them all, and that is the saga of Moses.
Scott: Why do you say that Allan?
Well Scott, I think most people are familiar with the story of Moses, and how he was called upon by God to rescue the children of Israel from bondage in the land of Egypt, and then lead them to a promised land flowing with milk and honey.
What most people seldom stop to consider is that the LORD who commanded Moses to carry out this mission, begins to look more and more like an extraterrestrial being, rather than the everlasting Deity. He also seems to be someone who clearly had an agenda of his own.
One of the most striking features of the Bible is the difference between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New. While the God of the New Testament is portrayed as an all-loving God, the God of the Old Testament seems more like a choleric martinet.
The LORD God of the Old Testament insists on obedience. He is jealous of any other rivals and is quickly roused to anger. He is also ready to seek vengeance on anyone who disobeys him. Certainly he comes across as an entity to be feared, rather than a God who is all-loving.
While the God of Jesus loves all of humanity to the point that he is even prepared to sacrifice his own Son upon the cross, the LORD of the Old Testament orders Abraham to offer up his own son Isaac as a human sacrifice, no doubt as a test of his faith, or should that perhaps be his ability to follow orders?
And whereas the God of Jesus embraces not only the Jews but also the Gentiles, or those people born outside of the Jewish faith, the LORD makes a covenant or pact with one specific tribe of people, and then announces that they are his chosen ones above all others.
As recorded in the 14th verse of the 4th chapter of the Book of Exodus, when Moses argues with the LORD saying that he doesn’t have the eloquence needed for the job of convincing Pharaoh to set the Jews free, we read that the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses. I mean relax… calm down!
But things get even stranger, for in verse 24 of the same chapter we read that: “It came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him (referring to Moses), and sought to kill him“. Now I don’t know about you Scott, but I always get a tad edgy when I read about Gods who try to kill people.
Scott: So Allan, are you saying that the God who spoke to Moses wasn’t divine?
Well here’s the rub Scott. The stories about the behaviour of the LORD of the Old Testament are not the sort of thing that I would expect from an eternal God or heavenly father, as has been described by Jesus in the New Testament. At least not by today’s standards of morality.
In the passage about Moses that I just described, we see the same reference to the LORD, again spelled in capital letters. While I am prepared to concede that Jehovah or Yahweh might well represent Deity, I am troubled by these questionable actions that are ascribed to the LORD.
Then again, the above passage says explicitly that the LORD met Moses on the road to the inn. Does that mean that the LORD was actually a flesh and blood person? And if so, does this relate to the passage I discussed earlier, where the “sons of God” said that they were flesh and blood like us?
All of these stories make me wonder whether a race of alien beings might have arrived on the earth in the distant past posing as divine beings, and then used their advanced intelligence and technological knowhow to impress and manipulate the local population into obeying their commands.
Anyway, to get back to the story of Moses, when he returns to Egypt and orders Pharaoh to let the Jews go, he refuses. As the LORD explains to Moses, this is because he (the LORD) has hardened Pharaoh’s heart. So he decides to bring about a series of plagues upon Egypt as punishment.
Now most people who read the Bible are left with the impression that the plagues that assailed Egypt at that time were a series of miracles ordered by the LORD, in order to change Pharaoh’s mind. Several millennia later, it was left to another Jew to explain what was really going on at the time.
In his book Worlds in Collision, written by the Jewish research scientist Immanuel Velikovsky, he explains that the plagues of Egypt were not miracles at all. They were actually the natural consequences of a close encounter between the earth and a large comet. I talk about all this in our Podcast # 11.
And then Scott, there is the mystery of the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night.
Scott: So what can you tell us about that?
When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the land was shrouded in darkness. As Velikovsky explains in his book, the reason why the earth was in darkness was because it was immersed in the gaseous tail of the comet which enveloped the earth in a veil of gloom.
Yet despite this hardship, it seems that the LORD was able to provide some timely help to Moses and his wandering band of Israelites. Verses 21 and 22 of Chapter 14 of the Book of Exodus explain this in the following way:
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people“.
So I ask you again Scott, what on earth do you think was going on here?
Now maybe I have too wild an imagination, but I have come across something that looks remarkably similar to what is described in this passage in photographs of the so-called cigar-shaped UFO’s that were common in the 1950’s.
They were able to disguise themselves in atmospheric clouds during the day, but at night they were illuminated by the glow of the energy fields of the craft. In fact almost all UFO’s glow brightly at night, and this is the reason why these sightings are referred to as LITS – Lights in the Sky.
There is an even more telling passage taken from the Book of Exodus in Chapter 33 verses 9 to 11.
“And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
“And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend”
So Scott, the above passage alone should make it obvious that the cloudy pillar was actually a vehicle of some sort, and that the LORD used it as a means of conveyance. And the kicker here is that all the Israelites saw the LORD speaking to Moses face to face, like a man speaking to a friend.
So here we have a passage that provides compelling evidence that the LORD of the events described in the Book of Exodus appeared as a physical being, or someone who had the power to look like one, and who travelled in a craft of some sort. But of course Scott, there is more.
Scott: Carry on my friend. This is certainly far out.
Well Scott, this LORD was not content to act merely as a guide to the wandering Israelites. He also assumed the role of teacher and technological Guru, as we can see from the detailed instructions that he gave to Moses on how to build an Ark.
Unless the Ark is recovered one day from wherever it was hidden in antiquity, we will probably never know exactly what it was or what it was used for. However, we do know from Biblical accounts that it could be used as a weapon, such as the time when it was used to bring down the walls of Jericho.
It is clear that it generated some type of force field, which was the reason why Moses was warned never to allow others to approach it too closely. Finally, when the great temple was built by Solomon in Jerusalem, a special room was set aside in the Holy of Holies in order to house the Ark.
Another aspect about the Ark that I find intriguing is the fact that two Arks are mentioned in the Bible. One was the Ark built by Noah and the other was the Ark built by Moses. The Ark that Noah built was used as a means of salvation, while the Ark of the Covenant was used as a means of destruction.
Which brings us to the pinnacle of the LORD’s agenda in his dealings with Moses and the children of Israel, and that was to act as their Teacher and Lawgiver.
Scott: Let me guess Allan. Are you referring here to the Ten Commandments?
Absolutely Scott. If there is one thing we can say about the LORD who spoke to Moses, it is that he liked giving orders. The second is that he was a micro-manager, for we have chapter after chapter devoted to the minutiae of how the Israelites were commanded to live every aspect of their lives.
And the laws that the LORD proclaimed to Moses did not only apply to the men and women, but to their sons and daughters, their man-servants and maid-servants, as well as any strangers who might happen to be living with them. These laws even applied to their cattle.
The LORD was at his best itemising every tiny detail about how the Israelites should conduct various ceremonies, sacraments and ritual sacrifices. And naturally, everything that the LORD told Moses was dutifully passed on to his followers. You can find them all set out in the first five books of the Bible.
Of course what we remember most about the encounters between the LORD and Moses are the Ten Commandments. After the children of Israel had been wandering in the desert for some months, they arrived at Mount Sinai. The Bible records how Moses climbed the mountain to commune with the LORD.
As we read in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 24, verse 12: “And the LORD said unto Moses, come up to me into the mount and be there, and I will give thee tables of stone and a law, and commandments which I have written, that thou mayest teach them“.
And we all know what happened next Scott. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. Now we have to remember that he was already over eighty years old at the time, so it is no surprise that when he didn’t reappear for over a month, his followers gave him up for dead.
So naturally, they then did exactly what anyone could have predicted. Believing they would never see Moses or the LORD in the flesh again, they resorted to their old habits when they were in Egypt. They created a calf out of gold earrings to be the focus of their worship and prayers.
When Moses did finally return, carrying with him the tablets of stone on which were inscribed the Ten Commandments, he was outraged to find his followers engaged in revelry. He hurled the two stone tablets to the ground, where they were smashed into tiny pieces.
This could have been highly embarrassing for Moses, but fortunately the LORD came to his rescue with two more stone tablets to replace them. I would sure love to know Scott, just what might have been said between the LORD and whoever it was who had to carve these laws all over again.
Scott: I have to admit it must have been an interesting situation.
The laws that Moses received on the stone tablets were a series of basic rules that the Israelite were commanded to live by. There were ten of them. Based on what we have already learned about the LORD so far, it is no surprise to find that the first three rules related to the LORD God himself.
The LORD proclaimed on these stone tablets that he was a jealous God who would tolerate no competition from any other God or graven images, nor could anyone take his name in vain. Also not surprisingly, seven out of the ten commandments began with the words “Thou shalt not…”.
On the positive side, the Israelites were commanded to honour their parents and keep holy the Sabbath day. Now I am the first person to enjoy a day off now and then Scott, but the LORD of Moses insisted that the Israelites obey this commandment to an extreme degree.
The LORD set out a litany of things that the Israelites were expressly prohibited from doing on a Sabbath, using as his reason the fact that God took six days to create the heavens and the earth, and that on the seventh day he rested. And this commandment applied to everyone, even the cattle.
It is interesting to compare the commandments of the LORD of Moses with those of Jesus. Whereas most of the commandments consisted of things the Israelites were forbidden to do, Jesus simply demanded that people love God with all their heart, soul and mind, and love their neighbours as themselves.
Obviously Scott, this is not the place to compare Christianity and Judaism. However, there is one point on which both Christians and Jews do agree, and that is the commandment not to kill. Yet the fact is that no sooner had Moses descended from Mount Sinai, than he gave the order to kill.
As we read in the Book of Exodus, Chapter 32, verses 26 to 28:
“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, who is on the LORD’s side? Let him come to me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
“And he said unto them, thus saith the LORD God of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his neighbor.
“And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.”
The Bible doesn’t say what the LORD’s reaction was to this massacre. Presumably he approved since he went on to prescribe a host of other laws which included: “And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” (Exodus Chapter 21: 23,24)
People today express their revulsion at what they consider to be the barbarism of modern Sharia law, where thieves have their hands chopped off and adulterers are stoned to death. But under the law of Moses, Jews were doing the very same thing two thousand years before.
Anyway Scott, my purpose here is not to denigrate the Jewish religion. I merely want to point out some of the mysterious anomalies associated with their early history, as well as some of the unusual behaviour displayed by the LORD in his dealings with Moses.
Of course, as far as their past is concerned, the Jews have had to endure more hardships than perhaps any other people. Although they have always been assured that that they are the chosen ones of the LORD, it might be more accurate to say that they have been the victims of the LORD.
Scott: Why do you say that Allan?
Well Scott, the LORD promised Moses that he would lead the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey. But let’s face it, the place he led them to has turned out to be the most fought over piece of real estate on the planet. And then there are the incredible hardships that the Jews have had to face.
Their people have been led into captivity, not just once but twice. Their great temple in Jerusalem, hailed as one of the great places of worship of their time, was utterly destroyed – firstly by Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and then again in the year 70 A.D. by the Romans.
Their people have been driven out of their own land to every corner of the world where they have had to endure abuse, hostility and oppression. Even Shakespeare used the moneylender Shylock in his play The Merchant of Venice as an example of corruption and personal avarice.
What prompted Hitler to target the Jews and wipe out six million of them in the holocaust? The Jews have their faults like any other people, but they never did anything to warrant such extreme slaughter. And now there is Iran. What did the Jews ever do to incur the wrath of the Ayatollahs?
No Scott, there is something sinister happening here, and it has been going on for thousands of years. I would like to think that now that the Jews have at last returned to their ancestral land, that they face a better future. Unfortunately, the prophets of old suggest that even worse lies in store for them.
Well Scott, I’m sorry to have taken up so much of our time talking about the past, but in our next conversation I will focus on what Biblical prophecy has to say about the future of Israel.
Scott: Well Allan, I think I can honestly say that this has been the most extraordinary Podcast we have ever done together. You have truly blown my mind. In fact I hardly know what to expect in our next discussion.
You have been listening to Allan Colston, author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. Do join us for our next Podcast, which will be another in the series titled “Signs of the Times.”