Signs and wonders will be seen – You know my tears – This is the hour – No man shall stop my plan – Trust me!
Follow the hand of God – I will reach for you – Take my hand – Walk with me – Praise the Lord!
You have been called – You are my witness – The Rapture is coming – I am the Light – Expect me!
This is the time of teaching – There shall be a Crusade – Prepare for me – I have risen – Embrace me!
A new day is coming – I am building a Temple – My Church is being restored – Read the signs – Stand!
“The Last Days of Tolemac” is a book about prophecy. It deals with events that are happening in the world today and shows how they fulfill prophecies that were made many centuries ago. The book is set out in a series of questions and answers, and explains in detail:
- What is about to happen to our planet
- Why these events are happening at this time
- What places on earth will be affected
- What the new world will be like
- What we can do to prepare
As the book explains, our world is about to be transformed. We are about to experience “a new heaven and a new earth” where there will be no more suffering and no more pain. However all of us are faced with a choice. Do we wish to inherit the new world that is coming? Or will we fall victim to the catastrophes that will herald its arrival? What we need to do to survive is explained in the pages of this book.
For the information of readers, The Last Days of Tolemac is now available on Kindle Books as a Digital Download, as well as Allan’s major work entitled The Cosmic Web.
The Cosmic Web deals with the mysteries of life, and shows how we all have within us hidden powers that will transform our lives in the coming age. Many of the stories that appear on this Blog, as well as articles on esoteric aspects of life, have been taken from this book. And as usual with Kindle books, if you click on the cover of either book, you can read part of the contents for free.
Both books can be accessed here
Allan Colston can be contacted at Tolemac@shaw.ca
For the benefit of readers who might be looking for information on specific subjects related to prophecy, the following articles have been included here for easy reference. They can be found in “Articles” listed under the heading “Categories” in the column on the right, or by clicking here:
- The Apocalypse Unveiled
- The Rapture Revealed
- The Lost Years of Jesus
- The New Golden Age
- The Last Pope
- The Death of the Pope
- The Doomsday Prophecies
- The Kachina Prophecies of the Hopi
- Rebuilding the Temple of Solomon
- What is “Wormwood” in the Book of Revelation?
- What is “Mystery Babylon” in the Book of Revelation?
- Why America is not Mentioned in “End Time” Prophecy
As explained in Part One, the early history of the Jews as revealed in the Old Testament of the Bible, was characterised by a succession of devout men imbued with the spirit of God who came to be known as prophets. They were called prophets because they predicted future events.
But the events they predicted were not confined to their own times. They also wrote about things that would not happen for thousands of years. In fact, they would not occur until the end of the current age of humanity – a time that they called the “Latter Days” or the “End of Days”.
According to these prophets, there would come a time when all of humanity would be afflicted by a series of disasters that would descend on the earth from the skies. It would be a time of terror on the earth caused by torment in the heavens.
This time of terror would begin with an event so terrible that it was called “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”, when the sun would be turned into darkness and the moon into blood. For as we find recorded in the book of the prophet Joel:
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come”. (Joel 2:30-31)
This theme of terror and destruction at the end of the age was repeated by Jesus, when he told his disciples:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken”. (St. Luke 21:25-26)
But other than referring to these “Latter Days” as the time of the “Wrath of the Lord”, the Old Testament prophets gave no hint as to what the agent of this devastation on earth might happen to be. It was left to St. John to provide additional clues that would help us to understand.
In his book of Revelation, St. John devoted chapter after chapter to the events that would transpire during this time of devastation and destruction. In the 8th chapter, John described seven angels with seven trumpets, each of which signified a particular scourge or disaster.
“And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and the third part of the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass burnt up.
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8: 6-12)
So according to the above verses written by St. John, the “star” that he called “Wormwood” would be characterised by the following features:
• It would generate “hail and fire mingled with blood”
• It would burn up “the third part of the trees”
• It would burn up “all the green grass”
• “A great mountain burning with fire” would be cast into the sea
• “The third part of the sea would become blood”
• One third of all the creatures living in the sea would die
• One third of all the ships in the sea would be destroyed
• A “great star from heaven” would fall upon one third of the rivers
• This “great star” would appear in the sky “burning like a lamp”
• One third of the waters would become “wormwood” (bitter)
• Many people would die from drinking these bitter waters
• “A third part of the sun and moon” would be smitten
• “A third part of the stars would be darkened”
• The sun would not shine for three days (a third part of it)
• The night sky would also be dark for three nights
So the question that faces all interpreters of this passage in the book of Revelation is this. Can we identify what “Wormwood” is, based on the above features described by St. John? One man who believed that he could was the French seer Michele de Nostredame, also known as Nostradamus.
In 1555, Nostradamus published a series of prophecies in a book entitled Les Propheties. This book contained references to events that he predicted would occur in the future, and that would culminate in the ending of the Piscean Age.
Nostradamus used the word “century” to describe these prophecies. This term had nothing to do with time or the passing of the years. Instead, it was simply the term he gave to his collection of prophecies, because each “century” contained 100 verses.
Each verse of prophecy, called a quatrain, consisted of four lines with alternate rhymes. So the word at the end of line one rhymed with the word at the end of line three, and the word at the end of line two rhymed with that at the end of line four.
The verses of “The Prophecies” – all 4772 lines of them – were written in old Provincial French. This was a language that was still very close to its Greek and Latin roots, but was quite different from the French language that is spoken today.
This is one of the reasons why so many commentators over the years have struggled to interpret his verses. In addition, they were also filled with anagrams, confusing names and other linguistic riddles, that were designed to confound those looking for simple solutions.
Nostradamus would conceal the names of towns destined to become famous, by using small neighboring towns instead. He would also disguise them by means of popular names or nicknames, or spell them without capital letters.
Nostradamus used these stratagems deliberately in order to hide their meaning, and to ensure that they would only be understood after careful analysis and investigation. Yet despite the fact that many of his prophecies still remain obscure, some are so clear that they cannot possibly be misunderstood.
There was one event in particular that captured his attention, and that was a series of disasters that would befall the earth as a result of “fire from the sky”. Because this formed such a critical part of earth’s future, he devoted nearly sixty verses to this one event, as can be seen from the following:
Century One – Verse 46
Very near Auch, Lectoure and Mirande, a great fire will fall from the sky for three nights. The cause will appear stupefying and marvellous: Shortly afterward the ground will tremble.
Century One – Verse 67
The great famine which I sense approaching will often turn (in various areas) then become world-wide. It will be so vast and long lasting that (they) will grab roots from the trees and children from the breast.
Century Two – Verse 15
Shortly before the monarch is assassinated, Castor and Pollux in the ship, a bearded star: The public treasure devastated by land and sea, Pisa, Asti, Ferrara, Turin under threat.
Century Two – Verse 18
New, unexpected and sudden rain will suddenly halt two armies: From the skies, fire, and a sea of stones, The death of seven suddenly by land and sea.
Century Two – Verse 41
The great star will burn for seven days, the cloud will cause two suns to appear: The large mastiff will howl all night when the great pontiff changes his residence.
Century Two – Verse 43
During the appearance of the bearded star, the three great princes will become enemies: Struck from the sky, peaceful earth quaking, Po, Tiber overflowing, a serpent placed upon the shore.
Century Two – Verse 46
After great misery for humanity, a greater one comes when the great cycle of the centuries is renewed. It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and plague, Fire will be seen in the sky, dragging a trail of sparks.
Century Two – Verse 62
Mabus will soon die, then will come a terrible destruction of people and animals: Sudden vengeance will be seen, A hundred hands, thirst, famine, when the comet will pass.
Century Two – Verse 70
The dart from heaven will make its journey, speaking with death; a great execution. The stone in the tree, the proud nation brought down, A human monster, cleansing, the penalty paid.
Century Two – Verse 81
The city is almost destroyed by fire from the sky: The Deucalion flood threatens again: Sardinia is vexed by the Punic fleet, after Phaeton has left Libra.
Century Two – Verse 91
A great fire will be seen at sunrise, noise and light extending towards the north: Death within the earth, one will hear cries, Death awaits them through war, fire and famine.
Century Two -Verse 92
Golden fire will be seen in the sky on earth: Struck from on high, a marvellous accomplishment: Great slaughter for humanity: The nephew of the great one taken, spectacular death, the proud one escapes.
Century Two – Verse 96
A flaming torch will be seen in the sky at night near the end and the source of the Rhone: Famine, war: relief comes too late, Persia turns to invade Macedonia.
Century Three – Verse 19
In Lucca it will rain blood and milk, shortly before a change of leader: Great plague and war, famine and drought will be seen, far from where the prince and ruler dies.
Century Three – Verse 42
A child born with two teeth in his mouth, stones will fall like rain in Tuscany: A few years after no wheat or barley, to satisfy those who faint from hunger.
Century Four – Verse 67
When Saturn and Mars are equally fiery, the air is parched by a long meteor: From hidden fires a great place blazes with burning heat, Little rain, hot winds, wars, invasions.
Century Five – Verse 62
Blood will rain down on the rocks, the Sun in the East, Saturn in the West: War near Orgon, a great evil seen near Rome, ships sunk to the bottom taken by Poseidon.
Century Five – Verse 90
In the Cyclades, Perinthus and Larissa, in Sparta and the entire Pelopennesus: A very great famine, plague through false dust, lasting nine months throughout the whole peninsula.
Century Five – Verse 98
At the forty-eighth degree latitude, at the end of Cancer a very great drought: Fish boiled in the seas, rivers and lakes, Béarn and Bigorre in distress from fire in the sky.
Century Six – Verse 5
A very great famine caused by pestilence, will extend its length to the arctic pole: Samarobrin one hundred leagues from the hemisphere, They will live without law, free from government.
Century Six – Verse 6
He will appear towards the North, not far from the bearded star in Cancer: Susa, Siena, Boetia, Eretria, The great Roman will die, the night is dispersed.
Century Six – Verse 38
The enemies of peace, the profligate ones, after having conquered Italy: The bloodthirsty king, red will be revealed, Fire, bloodshed, water coloured with blood.
Century Eight – Verse 2
I see Condom, Auch and Mirande, encompassed by fire from the sky. The Sun and Mars joined in Leo, then at Marmande, lightning, great hail, A wall falls into the Garonne.
Century Eight – Verse 10
A great stench will come from Lausanne, but they will not know its source, It will displace people in distant places, Fire in the sky, a foreign nation defeated.
Century Eight – Verse 77
The antichrist swiftly annihilates the three, Twenty-seven years his war will last. The heretics will be dead, captive, exiled; Blood, human bodies, water and red hail covering the earth.
Century Nine – Verse 83
The Sun in twenty degrees of Taurus, a very great earthquake, The great crowded theater will be ruined: Darkness will trouble the sky and the earth, even the faithless will call on God and the saints.
Century Ten – Verse 60
I weep for Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Genoa, Savona, Siena, Capua, Modena and Malta: Blood from on high and the sword for a gift, Fire, earthquake, water, an ill-timed alliance.
Century Ten – Verse 67
A mighty trembling in the month of May, Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter and Mercury in Taurus: Venus also in Cancer, Mars in Virgo, Then hail will fall larger than an egg.
From the verses quoted above, Nostradamus makes it clear that the agent responsible for the coming global destruction would come from the skies. And he also specifically indicated that the source of this “fire from the sky” would be a comet. (See Century Two Verse 62 above)
it is worth noting that when Nostradamus wrote about the comet, he referred to it in a variety of ways. Among his descriptions were “bearded star”, “great star”, “fire from the sky”, trail of sparks”, “burning torch”, “flaming torch”, “long meteor”, and “dart from heaven”.
He also made frequent references to other phenomena associated with the arrival of this comet, such as “false dust”, “raining blood, milk and stones”, “water coloured by blood”, “great hail”, “red hail” and “hail larger than an egg”.
Most commentators on Nostradamus have failed to understand the significance of his references to such things as “blood” and “false dust”, and why such phenomena can only be produced by comets, and not alternatives like planetary bodies or brown dwarfs.
Comets consist of a solid core, or nucleus, surrounded by a charged field of luminous particles called a Coma. Although comets have two tails, one of ionised gas and one of dust, the main tail of the comet consists of a stream of dust particles that stretch for millions of miles behind the comet.
However, as explained earlier, once the comet passes around the sun and heads back into space, the tail of dust particles that previously was behind the comet now travels ahead of the nucleus, blown by the pressure exerted by the solar wind. So comet tails always point away from the sun.
So in the scenario described by Nostradamus in his quatrains, the earth would first be exposed to the fine dust particles in the tail of the comet. And here it is significant that Nostradamus specifically mentions “false dust”, so as to differentiate this dust from the sky with normal dust.
However, if this dust contained particles of iron ore, they would be coloured red. And when they fell to earth they would cause the sea as well as lakes and other bodies of water to look like blood. Furthermore, these red dust particles would contaminate the water, and cause it to become bitter to the taste.
Then, as the comet drew closer to the earth, it would begin to shower the earth with larger particles, that fell to the earth as fiery hail that Nostradamus described as “great hail”, “red hail”, and “hail larger than an egg”. These blazing missiles would set large swathes of the forests of the world alight.
Finally, as the comet drew closer still, the entire earth would be enveloped in thick, choking dust that would blacken the skies and lead to days and nights of complete darkness. Truly, this would be a darkness that could be felt, just as was described in Egypt during the plagues of Moses.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven: and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.” (Exodus 10:20-22)
The picture painted by Nostradamus of the appearance of the comet and its aftermath on the earth is bleak indeed. Earthquakes that devastate the land; fiery meteorites that bombard the earth setting fire to forests and vegetation; red dust that poisons the drinking water and causes disease.
An asteroid that plunges into the sea causing tidal waves that swamp coastal cities and kill marine life. Humanity afflicted by famine, war, pestilence and plague. Those spared the destruction of these disasters desperately trying to survive amidst “little rain, hot winds, wars, invasions”.
Although the Coma surrounding the nucleus of the comet will be many times larger than the earth, the asteroid that will strike the earth will be small by comparison. Yet it will still be large enough to cause immense destruction across the surface of the earth.
In his book of Revelation, John refers to this asteroid as a “great mountain”. “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea.” (Revelation 8: 8)
By an interesting coincidence, in writing about a future asteroid that would one day strike the earth, Nostradamus uses the same words that appear in the Bible. While St. John calls it a “great mountain”, Nostradamus refers to it as “la grand montaigne“.
“The great mountain, seven stadia round, After peace, war, famine, flood. It will spread far, drowning great countries, Even those of great age and mighty foundations.” (Century One Verse 69)
Nostradamus gives the size of this “great mountain” as “seven stadia round”. Although the “stadium” was a unit of measurement used initially by the Greeks and Romans, it was still in use in the 16th century, and “seven stadia round” would make this asteroid nearly a mile (7/10ths) wide.
An asteroid of this size traveling at a speed of several hundred thousand miles an hour would cause global devastation, especially if it were to crash into the sea. It would set off a series of megathrust earthquakes in subduction zones around the planet.
These ruptures of undersea tectonic plates would generate colossal tidal waves that would travel around the world, “drowning great countries, even those of great age and mighty foundations”. And, as we shall later discover, they could even alter the shapes of entire continents.
While St. John was in exile on the Greek island of Patmos, he had a series of visions which he described in his book of Revelation. These visions portrayed events which were predicted to occur during the end times leading up to the return of Jesus. As John wrote: (show picture with quotation)
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
“And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8: 10-11)
Over the centuries these verses have been the source of numerous conflicting interpretations. And part of the reason for this is due to the controversy surrounding the true identity of the writer of this last book of the Bible.
Although the founders of the early Christian Church considered John of Patmos to be the same person as St. John the Divine, the beloved disciple of Jesus and author of St. John’s Gospel, a number of modern theologians have questioned this.
They point out that this was the last book to be accepted into the Christian Biblical Canon (those books accepted by orthodox Christians as being divinely inspired), and that John’s book of Revelation has never been accepted by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Even during the period of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, it was regarded with suspicion. It was the only book in the New Testament for which the French reformer John Calvin did not write a commentary, while Martin Luther rejected it outright, as being “neither apostolic nor prophetic”.
So the dramatic predictions contained in the book of Revelation have been ignored by those who question its authenticity. Yet, whoever the actual author really was, his prophetic words should concern all those who seek answers to events that are now unfolding in the world.
For them, the key question remains. What exactly was this “great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp” that John called “Wormwood”? And this is where “the plot thickens”, so to speak, for there have been no shortage of suggested answers.
One could say that much of the confusion that has arisen over just what John was referring to when he wrote about “Wormwood”, began in 1968 when the manager of a local hotel in Davos, Switzerland, published a book with a provocative title, and an even more provocative thesis.
Erich von Däniken
The title of the book was Chariots of the Gods, and the Swiss hotelier was Erich von Däniken. In this book von Däniken posed the idea that extraterrestrial beings had visited the earth in the ancient past, and had been worshipped as “Gods” by the cultures of those times.
He went on to attribute all sorts of ancient monuments and artifacts to the work of these alien beings, whom he referred to as “ancients astronauts”. For example, he suggested that structures such as Stonehenge, the Moai of Easter Island and the pyramids of Egypt were built by these ET visitors.
He also offered an entirely new interpretation of ancient artwork taken from various parts of the world, by referring to them as attempts by local artists to record extraterrestrial spacecraft and their technology, using examples like Mayan glyphs found in places like Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
He challenged the traditional view of religious texts, by explaining them as stories describing human contact with alien beings, and offered new interpretations of parts of the Old Testament of the Bible, such as the Ark of the Covenant and the “wheel” witnessed by Ezekiel.
These evocative tales of human/alien contact in ancient times found a ready market among people stirred by the burgeoning developments in the space race between the Americans and Russians, and his book quickly became a bestseller, leading to many more on the same theme in subsequent years.
Now just where these particular extraterrestrial beings came from, and where they went, von Däniken did not know. But then along came a man who claimed that he did know. He was the Russian-born author Zecharia Sitchin, who wrote a series of books that also became bestsellers.
But if Erich von Däniken’s books contained theories that were provocative, Zecharia Sitchin proceeded to take his readers on a journey of the mind that beggared description. He concocted a scenario of human/alien interaction that far exceeded the imaginary works of the French novelist Jules Verne.
Like von Däniken, Sitchin was not a trained scholar. He was born in what was then the Soviet Union, and was raised in Palestine. He received a degree in economics from the University of London, and was an editor and journalist in Israel, before moving to New York in 1952.
It was while he was working as an executive for a shipping company that he had the chance to visit various archaeological sites in southern Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq. It was there that he became fascinated by the ancient Sumerian culture and their inscribed clay tablets.
Once he had satisfied himself that he understood the cuneiform inscriptions on these tablets, Sitchin began to write a series of books about the Sumerians and their times. His first book was published in 1976. It was called The 12th Planet, and it proved to be an immediate success.
According to his analysis of the iconography and symbolism of these clay tablets, Sitchin claimed that there is an undiscovered planet beyond the planet Neptune that follows a long, elliptical orbit that completes its closest approach to the sun roughly every 3,600 years.
Sitchin said that the Sumerians called this planet Nibiru. He referred to it as the 12th planet because, according to Sumerian cosmology, our solar system is comprised of the sun and moon, as well as the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Nibiru.
If what Sitchin has written is correct, one would have to question why the Sumerians should consider Earth’s moon to be a “planet”. After all, there are four moons in our solar system that are significantly bigger than our moon. Three of them orbit around Jupiter, and one around Saturn.
And it is no answer to suggest that these distant moons would not have been visible to the ancient Sumerians, as only five planets are visible in the night sky at the best of times, and Neptune and Pluto can barely be seen even with the aid of a powerful telescope.
Anyway, undaunted by this, Sitchin went on to explain in his book that the planet Nibiru was the home of a technologically advanced human-like extraterrestrial race whom the Sumerians called the Annunaki, and the Bible referred to as the Nephilim.
He further explained that, based on his interpretation of the ancient cuneiform tablets, the Annunaki had arrived on earth from Nibiru around 450,000 years ago. He said that they were looking for minerals, especially gold, which they were able to find and mine in Africa.
So according to Sitchin, the Gods of antiquity were actually the rank-and-file workers of a colonial expedition that had been sent to earth from the planet Nibiru. But because they were dissatisfied with their working conditions here on earth, they rebelled.
According to Sitchin, the Annunaki therefore decided to create a race of primitive workers to do their mining for them. They did this by means of genetic engineering, and by cross-breeding extra-terrestrial genes with those of primitive man.
It was this cross-breed, Sitchin claimed, that was the origin of the human species that scientists today call Homo Sapiens. So according to Sitchin, modern humans are the descendants of slaves who were created for the express purpose of serving their colonial masters from the planet Nibiru.
It is hardly surprising that this bizarre scenario was greeted by scholars and the scientific community alike with a mixture of disbelief and scorn. So great was their contempt for Sitchin’s work that very few could be found who were prepared to even challenge his ideas in print.
Unfortunately, this has led the great majority of his readers to believe that scholars and scientists have no answer for his claims, and that there exists a great conspiracy of silence by Governments everywhere to hide the truth about the existence of Niburu, and the threat it poses to earth.
One person who has been prepared to go on the record, however, is the established authority on ancient Sumerian cuneiform writing, Michael Heiser. Heiser has been highly critical of Sitchin because of his flagrant errors in translating cuneiform script.
Sumerian scholar and Sitchin critic Michael Heiser
He has even gone so far as to create his own website, which he calls www.SitchinIsWrong.com. On this website Heiser analyses each of Sitchin’s interpretations of the script on Sumerian tablets, and then demolishes them one by one.
Not content with his own research, Heiser invites visitors to his website to find out the facts for themselves, by showing them exactly how and where to do this. He also challenges Sitchin, or any of his followers, to produce a single line of cuneiform text that supports his ideas about the Anunnaki. As he says:
“I just want to see one line of one text that says things like the Anunnaki inhabit a planet called Nibiru, or that the term Anunnaki means ‘people of the fiery rockets’, that sort of thing.” So far nobody has.
Another vocal critic of Sitchin’s work is the American cultural critic William Thompson, who complains that what Sitchin claims to see in the clay tablets is exactly what he needs to support his theory. He writes:
“Sitchin has constructed what appears to be a convincing argument, but when he gets close to single images on ancient tablets, he falls back into the literalism of ‘Here is an image of the gods in rockets’. Ancient Sumer is made to look like a movie set.
“The gods can cross galactic distances, but by the time they get to earth they need launching pads for their rocket ships. This literalization of the imagination doesn’t make any sense, but every time it doesn’t, you hear Sitchin say ‘There can be no doubt, but…”
But if scholars were critical of his faulty translations, astronomers were absolutely scathing in their rejection of Sitchin’s theory about the existence of a 12th planet on an elliptical orbit around the sun, and for his unorthodox ideas about the early days of our solar system and the origin of the Earth.
According to Sitchin, the planet Nibiru collided catastrophically with another planet which the Sumerians called Tiamat. He explained that Tiamat was located between Mars and Jupiter, and that Tiamat was struck by one of Nibiru’s moons, causing the planet to split into two parts.
Sitchin wrote that in its next orbit around the sun, one of the moons of Nibiru struck one of the two halves that remained of Tiamat, and that this collision created the asteroid belt that exists between Mars and Jupiter today. But then he went on to propose something even more preposterous.
This collision also supposedly created the Oort cloud that is believed the source of so many comets throughout our recorded history. And finally, for good measure, Sitchin stated that the other part of the original planet Tiamat was pushed into a new orbit, where it became today’s planet Earth.
This picture painted by Sitchin of rogue planets rampaging through the solar system, creating and destroying other planets as they did so, may have been swallowed by gullible readers at the time his books were written, but from the standpoint of modern science, such theories are laughable.
In fact the very idea of planets colliding with one another is a myth. Prior to the latest discoveries of space sciences like astrophysics, Sitchin might have been able to get away with such ideas. But not any more. In fact we now know that the solar system operates in such a way as to ensure that planets do not collide with one another.
As recent space probes have now proved, planets are not simply lumps of inert rock careening around the sun. They are electrically charged bodies that are surrounded by magnetic sheaths called magnetospheres. And it these positively charged fields around planets that naturally repel any intruders that happen to venture too close.
So even if the orbit of one planet should somehow be disturbed in such a way as to threaten another, these two planets would not collide. The most likely thing that would happen is that they would exchange plasma discharges (cosmic thunderbolts) as a result of the proximity of their magnetospheres, before being repelled away from one another.
But Sitchin’s theories don’t even stand up to simple logic. One of the most prolific critics of his work has been Leroy Ellenberger. Ellenberger points out that the idea of an ancient civilization developing on a planet that spends over 99% of its time in deep space beyond Pluto is patently absurd.
And the explanation proposed by Sitchin, that the planet Nibiru could be heated from within through a process of radioactive decay is equally ridiculous, and doesn’t even begin to address the obvious problem of trying to survive in total darkness in the icy wastes of space.
But the aspect of Sitchin’s work that attracts the most criticism from astronomers, is his contention that the planet Nibiru still continues to orbit around our sun, and that it follows an elliptical path that takes 3,600 years to complete a single orbit.
For starters, astronomers say that no planet with such an irregular orbit could maintain that orbit for very long. It would either be flung out of the solar system altogether, or become an inner planet.
“The scenario outlined by Sitchin”, says Ellenberger, “with Nibiru returning to the inner solar system regularly every 3,600 years, implies an orbit extending twelve times farther beyond the sun than Pluto.
“Elementary perturbation theory indicates that, under the most favorable circumstances of avoiding close encounters with other planets, no body with such an eccentric orbit would keep the same period for two consecutive passages.
“Within twelve orbits the object would be either ejected or converted to a short period object. Thus, the failed search for a trans-Plutonian planet by Tom Van Flandern of the U.S. Naval Observatory, which Sitchin uses to bolster his thesis, is no support at all.”
Despite the contumely heaped upon Zechariah Sitchin and his work by modern science, he continues to retain a loyal body of followers who remain steadfastly convinced about the existence of Nibiru, and who expectantly await its next return to the skies of Earth.
The Return of Nibiru or Planet X ?
It is followers like these who fill the Internet with extravagant interpretations of Sitchin’s work, and who make bold claims that Nibiru, or Planet X as it is also called in some quarters, is in fact the “great star from heaven” described by John in his book of Revelation.
Yet however confident they may be that Nibiru exists, and that it may one day return and threaten the Earth, Sitchin himself scotched any idea that this would occur within our own lifetimes. As he wrote in his last book titled The End of Days, published shortly before his death in 2010:
“If that is what happened, it would explain the ‘early’ arrival of Niburu in 556 BC – and suggest that its next arrival will be AD 2,900”. And for anyone who might still be in doubt he added: “For those who associate the prophesied cataclysmic events with the return of Niburu- (Planet X to some)- the time is not at hand.”
Because it is clear that scientific evidence confirming the existence of a 12th planet, Nibiru, Planet X or whatever else it may be called, simply does not exist, some of his disenchanted readers have turned to other more exotic explanations for the meaning of “Wormwood” in the book of Revelation.
One of these is that St. John’s “great star from heaven” might not be a planet after all, but a “brown dwarf” instead. Now brown dwarfs are considered by astronomers to be substellar objects that are too small to sustain hydrogen fusion reactions within their cores.
Supporters of this idea suggest that the star from heaven witnessed by St. John in his vision might have been a brown dwarf, because this would better explain other effects described in the book of Revelation, such as the ability to push the Earth into a diferent orbit around the sun.
But this interpretation clearly conflicts with St. John’s words that the star he saw in his vision was “burning as it were a lamp”. And brown dwarfs by their very definition are dark objects. In other words, they don’t glow. This appears to be just another dead end, and so the conundrum continues.
In fact the challenge that faces anyone who tries to understand the book of Revelation is to wed together all the different segments (variously described as seven bowls, seven trumpets and seven seals) into a single coherent theory that can be validated by science and common sense.
But if modern interpreters of Revelation have difficulty explaining St. John’s vision, this did not seem to hamper medieval seers, who wrote in simple language about what they themselves had seen, and the effects this would have upon the Earth, as will be seen in the following instalment.
Throughout history certain men and women have acquired fame, or notoriety, by claiming to be able to predict future events. This has especially been true within religious faiths, where certain individuals have been regarded as divinely inspired, and their predictions have been accepted as the ordained will of God.
And throughout the ages, men and women of every generation have sought to know the future in the hope that, by so doing, they might gain some temporal advantage over others. As it was in the past, so is this true of the times in which we live today.
But does prophecy matter? Is it wise, or even possible, to know the path of future events? There are those who believe that life unfolds according to forces which can never be understood, and that any attempt to do so is sheer folly. They are content to take each day as it comes.
But prophecy is not simple prediction, and those who claim to be moved by prophetic impulse do not do so merely to inform. All true prophecy stands as a warning. And those who study and learn from these warnings may not only become guardians of wisdom – they may in time become beacons for the transformation of society.
Perhaps nowhere has this prophetic impulse been more evident than in Judaism. Of all the major religions of the world, the unique feature of the Jewish religion has been the extraordinary sequence of prophets that have illuminated the early history of the Jews.
This sequence can be considered to have begun with the prophet Elijah (also called Elias), who lived during the reign of Ahab in the Northern Kingdom of Israel, in the 9th century before the birth of Christ.
It continued in the Northern Kingdom with such prophets as Elisha, Amos and Jonah, and ended with the prophet Hosea who lived during the reign of Jereboam II, who ruled the ancient kingdom of Israel from 793 BC to 753 BC.
In the Southern Kingdom of Judah, this lineage began with the prophets Obadiah, Joel and Isaiah in the 9th century BC, and continued with Micah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Huldah, Nahum and Habakkuk in the 8th century BC.
Following their conquest by Nebuchadnezzar and subsequent exile in Babylon during the 6th century BC, the prophet Ezekiel rose to prominence, as well as Daniel, who lives on through the Biblical story of his imprisonment in a den of lions.
Even after the decree by Cyrus the Great in 538 BC that allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem, this sequence of prophetic figures continued through men like Haggai and Zechariah, before culminating with Malachi, who prophesied around the year 420 BC.
The role of these prophets within Judaism was to act as guardians of the Jewish faith, and monitors of the Torah, or the laws of God as revealed to Moses, and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures.
However, they also became famous for their ability to interpret omens and dreams, and to predict future events. And it is in this area of prediction that the Old Testament prophets have assumed such prominence in the modern world, because what they predicted directly affects every person alive today.
One of the most striking features of the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament, is their repeated references to events that were predicted to occur at the end of the present age. They referred to these times as the “Latter Days” or “End of Days”, leading up to the return of the Messiah.
In referring to these “Latter Days”, these prophets wrote about one event in particular. They called this event “The Day of the Lord”, or even “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. And this became a recurring theme of prophecy down the centuries, as we can see from the following examples:
In the Book of Joel:
“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.” (Joel 2:10)
“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2: 30-31)
In the Book of Amos:
“Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth. Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth.” (Amos 5: 7-8)
In the Book of Nahum:
“He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.”
“Who can stand before his indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.” (Nahum 1: 4-6)
In the Book of Habakkuk:
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2: 2-3)
“Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.” (Habakkuk 3: 5-6)
In the Book of Ezekiel:
“Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”
“And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.” (Ezekiel 38: 19-22)
In the Book of Haggai:
“For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.” (Haggai 2: 6-7)
In the book of Malachi:
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4: 1)
This theme of blood, hailstones, brimstone and fire raining down upon the earth from the skies can be found in the New Testament as well. When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs that would precede his return to earth, Jesus said:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26)
It is clear that this “Day of the Lord” will be a day unlike any that those who are alive today will ever have experienced. While hundreds of millions of people have been afflicted by local or regional disasters, none of us have ever had to deal with a global catastrophe of the kind described by Jesus and the prophets.
The obvious question that arises from these Biblical passages is what sort of event would cause the heavens to shake, as well as the earth, the sea and the dry land? And what type of event would cause men’s hearts to fail them with fear?
In his Book of Revelation, St. John described a series of visions which appeared to him while he was in exile on the island of Patmos. And these visions portrayed events which would definitely be guaranteed to make even the sturdiest heart quake. As he wrote:
“And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” (Revelation 8:2)
John went on to describe what would happen when the first angel sounded his trumpet.
“The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.” (Revelation 8:7)
Let us suppose, for example, that a large comet was to emerge from deep space and enter our solar system. It would then be drawn toward the sun by the force of gravity. As it did so, it would develop a trail of dust particles that would travel behind the nucleus of the comet.
However, once it had reached its perihelion or closest approach to the sun, the tail of the comet would now travel in front of the nucleus of the comet, due to the pressure of the solar wind generated by the sun. As any astronomer will confirm, comet tails always point away from the sun.
And if by chance, as it passed around the sun and began its journey back into space, the path of this comet should happen to cross the orbit of the earth, then the earth would first be exposed to the dust particles in the tail of the comet.
And if this comet happened to have a nucleus composed of significant amounts of iron, then the dust particles in the tail of the comet would be coloured red. And then as this comet drew closer, it would shower the surface of the earth with enormous quantities of red dust.
If these red dust particles should happen to fall upon bodies of water, such as lakes or seas, they would become discoloured, causing the water to look like blood. This contaminated water would not only become thick and muddy, but would prove toxic to anyone who tried to drink it.
As the comet drew closer to the earth, the fine dust particles in its tail would give way to larger particles. When these gravel-sized particles reached the outer atmosphere of the earth, they would become white hot with friction, and become fiery meteorites that would look like “hail and fire mingled with blood”.
This fiery hail would devastate the entire surface of the planet. It would not only set fire to the grassy plains, but would burn up entire forests as well. The damage caused by this shower of incandescent meteorites could easily cause “a third part of them to be burnt up”.
Then, according to St. John, the second trumpet of the Book of Revelation will sound.
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” (Revelation: 8:8-9)
If a large rock emanating from the tail of the comet entered the atmosphere of the earth and plunged into the sea, the destruction caused by this impact would be catastrophic.
The impact of this collision would not only vaporize the asteroid itself, it would also penetrate the ocean floor causing huge amounts of superheated water, molten rock and other matter to rise high into the upper atmosphere.
This superheated material would then fall back down to earth in the form of blazing missiles that would set fire to buildings, forests and crops around the entire planet.
Volcanoes would suddenly roar back to life, spewing vast clouds of debris into the atmosphere, adding to the hellish conditions. Forest fires would also create enormous noxious fumes that would stain the sky and cause the moon to appear “blood-red” in colour.
In addition to setting off a series of gigantic earthquakes around the world, the impact of this asteroid would also cause a rupture of undersea fault lines that would generate colossal tidal waves that would travel around the world, causing immense destruction to coastal cities everywhere.
The death toll caused by a disaster of this magnitude would be beyond count, as would the damage to cities, ships and cargo. This devastation could easily kill “a third part of the creatures in the sea”, as well as destroy “a third part” of all the ships in the sea.
Then, according to St. John, the third angel would sound his trumpet.
“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
“And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.” (Revelation 8: 10-11)
St. John describes this comet as a “star” that appears in the skies of earth “burning as it were a lamp”. And because of its bitter nature and poisonous contamination of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, just like the wormwood plant, he refers to the asteroid as “Wormwood”.
“And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8: 12)
As the nucleus or head of the comet makes its closest approach to the earth the enormous dust cloud that surrounds it will blot out the sun, the moon and the stars for a period of three days and three nights. There is an interesting parallel here with the plagues at the time of Moses and the three days of darkness that descended upon Egypt.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven: and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.” (Exodus 10:20-22)
If the visions described by St. John should happen to come to pass, then the cataclysmic events that would occur when this comet appears in the skies of earth will truly cause men’s hearts to quake with fear.
The continents themselves would be changed, as new lands rose out of the ocean, while others were swallowed up by the sea. New mountain ranges would be created. It would be like the time of Moses when “the sea fled”, “the mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs”.
“When Israel went out of Egypt,
The house of Jacob from a people of strange language;
Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
The sea saw it and fled: Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.”
(Psalm 114: 1-4)
In short, the day this comet makes its closest approach to the earth will be “The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord” predicted by the prophet Joel, and described by Zephaniah in the 7th century BC in following words:
“The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
“That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.” (Zephaniah 1: 14-16)
In his book titled A Search in Secret Egypt, published in 1936 under the pen name Paul Brunton, the British spiritualist Raphael Hurst described how he had spent an entire night engaged in meditation in front of the giant Sphinx carved out of the Giza plateau.
With the insight gained from the visionary experiences that were described in the previous instalment, Hurst then turned his attention to the adjoining pyramid. As he commented in his book, he was motivated by an unusual feature of ancient Egyptian architecture.
“That the Sphinx conceals some architectural secret and hides some mystery cut in stone is equally suggested by a curious fact. In every other part of Egypt small copies of the Sphinx were set up before their respective temples, as guardians and protectors of the threshold, or else lions were figured protectively at the gates of the temples.
“Where, then, is the real temple of the Sphinx?
“I raised my head a little and looked behind the statue. And I saw, from the angle where I was sitting, looming up in the early morning light, lifting its truncated apex to the sky, the world’s largest building, the world’s insoluble stone riddle, the world’s first wonder to the Greeks as to us, that enigma of the ancients which continues to puzzle the moderns, the fit friend of the Sphinx.
“The Great Pyramid!
“Both, built in Atlantean times, stand as distinctive marks of the mysterious continent, and remain as mute legacies from a race of people who have departed as mysteriously as their own land. Both remind the successors of the Atlanteans of the glories of that lost civilization.”
It was then that Hurst conceived an even more ambitious plan. He decided that he would try and persuade the Egyptian authorities to allow him to spend an entire night locked up alone inside the Great Pyramid. Hardly surprisingly, his initial overtures were immediately rebuffed. As he wrote:
“I had discovered that, although the public could always approach it, the Great Pyramid was not public property. It belonged to the Government of Egypt. One could no more walk into it and spend an unconventional night inside any of its rooms than one could walk into any strange man’s house and spend a night inside his best bedroom.
“Had I asked for permission to fly to the moon, the face of the official who listened to me could not have betrayed more utter stupefaction.
“I have never had such a request before. I do not think it is within my power to grant it. He sent me to another and higher official of the same Department. “Impossible!” declared the second official kindly but firmly, thinking he had before him a tame lunatic.
“The thing is unheard of. I regret… his voice trailed off, the while he shrugged his shoulders. He rose from his chair to bow me out of the room.
“It was then that my journalistic and editorial training, lulled for several years but not dead, rose rebelliously into action. I began to argue with him, persisted in repeating my request in other ways, and refused to budge from the room.
“He got rid of me, finally, by saying that the matter did not come within the jurisdiction of the Antiquities Department. Within whose jurisdiction did it come, then, I enquired. He was not quite sure but thought I had better apply to the Police. At Police Headquarters I discovered a Permit Section.
“For the third time I begged to be allowed to spend one night inside the Pyramid. The official did not know what to do with me so he sent me to his chief. The latter wanted a little time to consider the matter. When I returned next day he referred me to the Department of Antiquities!
“I went home in momentary despair of ever achieving my objective. My next move was to secure an interview with the genial Commandant of the Cairo City Police. I walked out of his office with a written authority, which requested the police chief of the area in which the Pyramid was situated to give me all the assistance necessary to achieve my purpose.
“A station constable was detailed to accompany me as far as the Pyramid, and to give instructions to the armed policeman who is placed outside the building to guard it at night.”
Once the Police constable had locked the iron grille securely behind him, Raphael Hurst made his way carefully down what he described as “a long, low, steep, narrow and slippery corridor“, armed with a strong flashlight to penetrate the darkness that enveloped him.
Although his stated purpose was to spend the night inside the King’s Chamber, he began his sojourn with an examination of the underground region of the Pyramid. Following this, he crawled back up the steep passage until he reached the level corridor that led to the Queen’s Chamber.
Diagram of the Queen’s Chamber showing Air Vents
Once inside this Chamber, he examined the two ventilating shafts which slanted upwards on either side. Modern Egyptologists groomed in the conventional theory that the Pyramid was built to contain the funerary remains of Pharaoh Khafre, naturally dispute the idea that these shafts are air vents. But as Hurst explains:
“Here was clear proof that the room had never been a tomb, but was intended to be used. Many have been puzzled by the circumstance of the discovery of these shafts, in 1872, when it was found that they stopped five inches short of the Chamber itself and apparently were not originally cut right through the walls.
“In their discovered state, therefore, they could not admit air; so it is thought that they had some other and unknown use. But the best explanation is that the time came when they had served their purpose and, like the rest of the upper passages of the Pyramid, were completely sealed at their orifices by new stone blocks”.
Hurst then rested for awhile before continuing on up the Grand Gallery which led to the King’s Chamber. As he wrote:
“A few paces forward through the Antechamber, a forced stoop under the granite block which hangs down from grooved side-walls, and which bars the exit of this horizontal corridor, and I had reached the most important room in the Pyramid, the famous King’s Chamber”.
Once inside, he found a dislodged block of stone that served as a suitable place to sit down, and proceeded to settle in for the long night that lay ahead. Alongside, he placed various items that he had brought with him, including “a thermos flask with hot tea, a couple of bottles of iced water, a notebook and my Parker pen“.
Air Shafts in the King’s Chamber
As he looked around, he noticed that the King’s Chamber also contained a pair of air vents about nine inches square. Then, satisfied that all was in order, he took one last look at the empty marble sarcophagus alongside of him, and switched off his flashlight. He later described what followed.
“The effects of the three-day fast which I had undertaken in order to increase my sensitivity, now showed themselves in growing chilliness. Cold air was creeping into the King’s Chamber through the narrow ventilation shafts, and then creeping past the thin barrier of my light garment.
“My chilled flesh began to shiver under its thin shirt. I got up and dressed myself in the jacket which I had put off only a few hours before on account of the intense heat. Such is Eastern life at certain times of the year – tropical heat by day and a heavy fall of temperature by night.
“To this day no one has discovered the mouths of these air channels on the outside of the Pyramid, although the approximate area of their positions is known. Some Egyptologists have even doubted whether the channels were ever carried right through to the outside, but the complete chilling of the air during my experience finally settles the point.
“The minutes slowly dragged themselves along, the while I slowly “sensed” that the King’s Chamber possessed a very strong atmosphere of its own, an atmosphere which I can only call “psychic”.
“For I had deliberately made myself receptive in mind, passive in feeling and negative in attitude, so that I might become a perfect register of whatever super-physical event might transpire.
“I do not know how long a period elapsed before I became conscious of a new presence in the chamber, of someone friendly and benevolent who stood at the entrance and looked down upon me with kindly eyes.
“With his arrival the atmosphere changed completely – and changed for the better. Something clean and sane had come with him. A new element began to play upon my overwrought sensitive being, soothing and calming it.
“He approached my stony seat, and I saw that he was followed by another figure. Both halted at my side and regarded me with grave looks, pregnant with prophetic meaning. I felt that some momentous hour of my life was at hand.
“They stood motionless as statues, regarding me, their hands crossed upon their breasts, remaining absolutely silent. Was I functioning in some fourth dimension, aware and awake in some far-off epoch of the past? Had my sense of time regressed to the early days of Egypt?
“No; that could not be, for I perceived quickly that these two could see me and even now were about to address me. Their tall figures bent forward; the lips of one spirit seemed to move, his face close to mine, his eyes flashing spiritual fire, and his voice sounding in my ear.
“Know, my son, that in this Ancient fane lies the lost record of the early races of man and or the Covenant which they made with their Creator through the first of His great prophets. Know, too, that chosen men were brought here of old to be shown this Covenant that they might return to their fellows and keep the great secret alive.
“Take back with thee the warning that when men forsake their Creator and look on their fellows with hate, as with the princes of Atlantis in whose time this Pyramid was built, they are destroyed by the weight of their own iniquity, even as the people of Atlantis were destroyed.
“It was not the Creator who sank Atlantis, but the selfishness, the cruelty, the spiritual blindness of the people who dwelt on those doomed islands. The Creator loves all; but the lives of men are governed by invisible laws which He has set over them. Take back this warning, then.
Interior of the King’s Chamber showing the empty Sarcophagus
“There surged up in me a great desire to see this mysterious Covenant and the spirit must have read my thought, for he quickly said:”To all things there is an hour. Not yet, my son, not yet.” I was disappointed.
“He looked at me for a few seconds.”No man of thy people hath yet been permitted to behold such a thing, but because thou art a man versed in these things, and hast come among us bearing goodwill and understanding in thy heart, some satisfaction thou shalt have. Come with me!
“And then a strange thing happened. I seemed to fall into a kind of semi-coma, my consciousness was momentarily blotted out, and the next thing I knew was that I had been transported to another place.
“I found myself in a long passage which was softly lit, although no lamp or window was visible: I fancied that the illuminant was none other than the halo-like emanation around my companion combined with the radiation from the luminous vibrant cord of ether which extended behind me, yet I realized that these would not sufficiently explain it.
“The walls were built up with a glowing pinkish terra-cotta coloured stone, slabbed with the thinnest of joints. The floor sloped downwards at precisely the same angle as the Pyramid entrance itself descends.
“The masonry was well finished. The passage was square and fairly low, but not uncomfortably so. I could not find the source of its mysterious illuminant, yet the interior was bright as though a lamp were playing on it.
“The High Priest bade me follow him a little way down the passage. “Look not backwards” he warned me, “nor turn thy head.”
“We passed some distance down the incline and I saw a large temple-like chamber opening out of the farther end. I knew perfectly well that I was inside or below the Pyramid, but I had never seen such a passage or chamber before. Evidently they were secret and had defied discovery until this day.
“I could not help feeling tremendously excited about this startling find, and an equally tremendous curiosity seized me as to where and what the entrance was.
“Finally, I had to turn my head and take a swift look backwards at what I hoped was the secret door. I had entered the place by no visible entrance, but at the farther end I saw that what should have been an opening was closed with square blocks and apparently cemented.
“I found myself gazing at a blank wall; then, as swiftly, whirled away by some irresistible force until the whole scene was blotted out and I had floated off into space again.
“I heard the words: “Not yet, not yet” repeated as in an echo and a few moments later saw my inert unconscious body lying on the stone.
“My son” came a murmur from the High Priest, “it matters not whether thou discoverest the door or not. Find but the secret passage within the mind that will lead thee to the hidden chamber within thine own soul, and thou shalt have found something worthy indeed.
“The mystery of the Great Pyramid is the mystery of thine own self. The secret chambers and ancient records are all contained in thine own nature.
“The lesson of the Pyramid is that man must turn inward, must venture to the unknown centre of his being to find his soul, even as he must venture to the unknown depths of this fane to find its profoundest secret. Farewell!”
Raphael Hurst’s experiences during his sojourn inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, speak to an entirely new interpretation of the meaning and purpose of the Pyramid and the Sphinx, than that currently held by modern scholars and Egyptologists.
Lacking any physical proof that would validate such esoteric accounts as those described by Hurst, they prefer to cling to their conventional belief that both the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid were built during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre.
Yet there are other sources which point to the accuracy of the explanation given by Hurst, such as the American mystic Edgar Cayce, popularly known as the “sleeping prophet”. Cayce gave several readings in which he referred to an ancient “Hall of Records” that lay buried beneath the Sphinx.
When asked during one of his trance readings in 1933 what this secret chamber contained, Cayce replied :
“A record of Atlantis from the beginning of those periods when the Spirit took form, or began the encasements in that land; and the developments of the peoples throughout their sojourn; together with the record of the first destruction, and the changes that took place in the land;
“With the record of the sojournings of the peoples and their varied activities in other lands, and a record of the meetings of all the nations or lands, for the activities in the destruction of Atlantis; and the building of the pyramid of initiation, together with whom, what, and where the opening of the records would come, that are as copies from the sunken Atlantis.
“For with the change, it [Atlantis] must rise again. In position, this lies – as the sun rises from the waters – as the line of the shadows (or light) falls between the paws of the Sphinx; that was set later as the sentinel or guard and which may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx’s right paw until the time has been fulfilled when the changes must be active in this sphere of man’s experience. Then [it lies] between the Sphinx and the river.” [378-16; Oct 29, 1933]
This was not the only occasion on which Cayce talked about the legendary continent of Atlantis, as well as the “Hall of Records” that lay buried beneath the Sphinx. The following extracts are taken from other readings which he gave in later years.
“It would be well if this entity were to seek either of the three phases of the ways and means in which those records of the activities of individuals were preserved – the one in the Atlantean land, that sank, which will rise and is rising again; another in the place of the records that leadeth from the Sphinx to the hall of records, in the Egyptian land; and another in the Aryan or Yucatan land, where the temple there is overshadowing same.” [2012-1; Sep 25, 1939]
“… the entity joined with those who were active in putting the records in forms that were partially of the old characters of the ancient or early Egyptian, and part in the newer form of the Atlanteans. These may be found, especially when the house or tomb of records is opened, in a few years from now”. [2537-1; Jul 17, 1941]
“… the entity was among the first to set the records that are yet to be discovered or yet to be had of those activities in the Atlantean land, and for the preservation of data that is yet to be found from the chambers of the way between the Sphinx and the pyramid of records”. [3575-2; Jan 20, 1944. Excerpts from Cayce, Edgar. On Atlantis. New York: Warner Books, 1968.]
It may be significant that Cayce predicted that this “Hall of Records” may not be entered from the connecting chambers from the Sphinx’s right paw until the time has been fulfilled. Certainly there has been no shortage of people who have tried to find this hidden chamber over the years.
Yet for one reason or another, whether the result of equipment failure or obstructions due to bureaucratic red tape, all efforts to do so have thus far proved fruitless. It does seem as if the time is not yet ripe, and that we will have to wait until this time of destiny is fulfilled.
It is perhaps appropriate to end here with the words of the Oracle of Tolemac, who said that similar world-wide catastrophes that caused this ancient wisdom to be hidden in the distant past, would return to permit these buried records to be rediscovered at the dawn of the new Golden Age.
“Various seers and prophets have predicted that the ancient records of Atlantis would be found in Egypt. The American seer Edgar Cayce predicted that a “Hall of Records” would be found beneath the Sphinx. Inside this hall of records would be found tablets, artifacts and gold related to the lost civilization of Atlantis”.
He predicted that these records would also include a detailed history of human life on earth.
“Knowledge and wisdom will make great advances in the coming age. The true history of your planet will be revealed at last. Those same disasters that once caused your earlier libraries and treasures to be hidden will now cause them to be revealed. The lost records of Atlantis and Lemuria will be rediscovered.” (The Last Days of Tolemac)
Some fourteen hundred years before the birth of Christ, a young Egyptian prince embarked on a hunting expedition on the west bank of the river Nile. Stopping to rest from his exertions, he soon fell asleep in the shadow of a giant stone head that was buried up to its neck in sand.
While he was asleep, he had an unusual dream. He dreamed that the stone head began to speak to him, saying that it was choking from the sand that surrounded it. It went on to say that if the young prince was able to clear away the sand, he would become the next Pharaoh.
This young prince went on to become Thutmose IV, the 8th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty, and ruler of the Kingdoms of both Upper and Lower Egypt. But his most celebrated accomplishment, for which he is remembered to this day, was the excavation and restoration of the Sphinx at Giza.
The Dream Stela erected by Thutmose IV between the two front paws of the Sphinx
In fact he went further. He placed a carved granite tablet between the two front paws of the Sphinx, on which was inscribed the story of his dream. This tablet, or Stela, which came to be known as the Dream Stela, can still be seen in front of the Sphinx today.
Despite the fact that for most of its existence the Sphinx has been almost completely buried in sand, it has still suffered greatly from the ravages of time. In fact, the nature and extent of its eroded flanks has sparked heated debate among scholars over the true age and history of the Sphinx.
Although early Egyptologists were unable to find conclusive evidence of the origin and purpose of the Sphinx, the consensus view among modern scholars is that it was built around 4,500 years ago by the Pharaoh Khafre, who is also believed to have built the second of the three great pyramids at Giza.
They base this view on the fact that the surrounding temples and funerary complex at Giza display the same architectural style as that attributed to Khafre, and the fact that a small Diorite statue of Khafre was discovered in the debris found at the Valley Temple nearby.
However, as the Egyptian scholar Selim Hassan, who spent much of his career supervising the excavation of many ancient Egyptian tombs during the early part of the 20th century, noted in his book The Sphinx: Its History in the Light of Recent Excavations, published in 1949:
“Taking all things into consideration, it seems that we must give the credit of erecting this, the world’s most wonderful statue, to Khafre, but always with this reservation:
“That there is not one single contemporary inscription which connects the Sphinx with Khafre; so, sound as it may appear, we must treat the evidence as circumstantial, until such time as a lucky turn of the spade of the excavator will reveal to the world a definite reference to the erection of the Sphinx”.
Even the Dream Stela erected by Thutmose IV has not clarified the matter. For when the Stela was first discovered, much of the lower portion of the stone tablet had eroded away completely. Of those lines that could still be read, there was an incomplete line that made reference to the word Khaf.
It was this line that led Egyptologist Thomas Young to speculate that the word Khaf was incomplete, and that it was originally meant to refer to the Pharaoh Khafre. Unfortunately, when the Dream Stela was re-excavated in 1925, even this line of text had flaked away from the stone tablet.
It is hardly surprising therefore, that later researchers have come to different conclusions regarding the origin and purpose of the Sphinx. One of these was the American author John Anthony West, who together with Boston geologist Dr. Robert Schoch, came up with a provocative new thesis.
They argued that the Sphinx was significantly older than Egyptologists had previously thought, perhaps dating back as far as 9,000 BC, and that possibly some kind of catastrophe was responsible for wiping out evidence of a far older civilization that pre-dated the Egyptian Pharaohs.
They also claimed that the main type of weathering evident on the Great Sphinx and its surrounding walls could only have been caused by prolonged exposure to water, rather than wind and sand, and that the climate around Giza must have been very different at the time that the Sphinx was built.
Water erosion on the Sphinx (R. Schoch)
As Dr. Schoch explains on his website:
“In 1990 I first traveled to Egypt, with the sole purpose of examining the Great Sphinx from a geological perspective. I assumed that the Egyptologists were correct in their dating, but soon I discovered that the geological evidence was not compatible with what the Egyptologists were saying.
Contrast between water and wind erosion
“On the body of the Sphinx, and on the walls of the Sphinx Enclosure (the pit or hollow remaining after the Sphinx’s body was carved from the bedrock), I found heavy erosional features (seen in the accompanying photographs) that I concluded could only have been caused by rainfall and water runoff.
“The thing is, the Sphinx sits on the edge of the Sahara Desert and the region has been quite arid for the last 5000 years. Furthermore, various structures securely dated to the Old Kingdom show only erosion that was caused by wind and sand (very distinct from the water erosion).
“To make a long story short, I came to the conclusion that the oldest portions of the Great Sphinx, what I refer to as the core-body, must date back to an earlier period (at least 5000 B.C., and maybe as early as 7000 or 9000 B.C.), a time when the climate was very different and included more rain.”
But archaeology and geology are not the only disciplines available to humanity for investigating the riddles of the past. There are occult methods as well. One of the people who recognised this was the British Theosophist and spiritualist Raphael Hurst.
Hurst was born in London in 1898. Although originally trained as a journalist, he subsequently devoted his life to the investigation of Oriental Mysticism, and achieved a world-wide following due to a series of books he published under the pen name Paul Brunton.
One of his early works was titled A Search in Secret Egypt. In this book Hurst described his visit to Egypt in which he experienced visionary insights into the origin and purpose of the Sphinx, as well as the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Being an accomplished practitioner in esoteric mysticism, Hurst undertook an unusual experiment. He chose to spend an entire night meditating in front of the Sphinx. It was during the course of this meditation that he had a visionary experience that he later described in his book.
“And I rested a while in the serene languor which comes when thought is suspended. How long I remained thus I do not know, but a moment arrived when the colours disappeared from my vision and a great open landscape took their place. It was weirdly lit up with a silvery light, as a landscape might be lit up under a full moon.
“And all around me there moved throngs of dark figures, hastening to and fro, some carrying loads in baskets set upon their heads and others climbing up and down frail poled scaffoldings fixed against a huge rock.
” Overseers there were among them, issuing orders to the labourers or carefully watching the efforts of men who worked with hammer and chisel upon the rock, the while they chipped into pre-designed pattern. The air rang with the sounds of their repeated blows.
“The faces of all these men were long and hard, the skins tinted reddish brown, or greyish yellow, and the upper lips, also, were noticeably long. And when their work was done, lo! the outcropping rocky escarpment had turned into a gigantic human head set upon a huge lion body, the whole figure resting in a great artificial hollow cut out of the plateau.
“A broad and deep magnificent stairway led down to the hollow. And upon the top of the figure’s curious headdress, whose wide folds stood out behind the ears, there was set a disk of solid gold.
“And the people disappeared and the landscape became as quiet as a deserted grave. Then I noticed a vast sea which stretched its waters over the whole country on my left, its shore-line being less than a league away.
“There was an ominous quality in the silence which I could not understand until a deep rumbling sound came from the very heart of the ocean, the earth shook and trembled underneath me, and with a deafening roar an immense wall of water rose into the air and dashed headlong towards us, towards the Sphinx and me, and overwhelmed us both.
“There was a pause, whether of one minute or of one thousand years I know not; and once again I sat at the feet of the great statue. I looked around and saw a sea no longer.
“Instead a vast expanse of half-dried marsh, with here and there large patches of white salty grains drying in the sun, could alone be seen. And the sun shone fiercely over the land until the patches increased in size and number.
“And still the sun threw its merciless fire upon everything, hunting the last drop of moisture from the marsh and turning all into soft dry land, which was burnt to the colour of pale yellow.
“Still the Sphinx gazed out at the landscape; its thick, strong, unmutilated lips shaped as though they were about to break into a smile, itself apparently content with its solitary existence. How perfectly this lonely figure fitted in with its lonely surroundings!
“In this calm Colossus the very spirit of solitude seemed to have found a worthy incarnation. And so it waited until one day a small fleet of drifting boats stopped at the riverside and disembarked a group of men who came slowly forward and then prostrated themselves with glad prayers before it.
“From that day the spell of silence was broken and henceforward habitations were built on the lowland not far off, and kings came with their priests to pay court to one who was himself the courtless king of the desert.
“And with their coming my vision went out, as the flame goes out of a wick when there is no more fuel.”
After describing this meditative vision in his book, Hurst went on to interpret it in the following words:
“Had I turned a leaf in Egypt’s pre-history which had rarely been turned before? Who dares to measure the age of the Sphinx? Once its Atlantean origin was accepted, who could affix a date to it ?
And I saw no reason why such an origin, pictured so briefly in my vision under the stars, should not be accepted. Atlantis was no longer a fiction of Greek philosophers, Egyptian priests and American Indian tribes:
“Individual scientists had collected a hundred proofs of its existence, and more. I saw, too, that when the Sphinx was first carved out of the rock, the surrounding lowlands could not have been covered with sand; for then the rocky escarpment itself, which stands at the foot of a hill whose summit is topped by the Pyramids, would also have been under the sand – a position full of obstacles which would render the work hardly possible.
“No, it was much more likely that the statue had been cut ere the sands had made their appearance, and when the Sahara was a gigantic sea, beyond which lay the great and tragic island of Atlantis.
“The men who had inhabited prehistoric Egypt, who had carved the Sphinx and founded the world’s oldest civilization, were men who had made their exodus from Atlantis to settle on this strip of land that bordered the Nile.
“And they had left before their ill-fated continent sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, a catastrophe which had drained the Sahara and turned it into a desert. The shells which to-day litter the surface of the Sahara in places, as well as the fossil fish which are found among its sands, prove that it was once covered by the waters of a vast ocean.
“It was a tremendous and astonishing thought that the Sphinx provided a solid, visible and enduring link between the people of today and the people of a lost world, the unknown Atlanteans.
“This great symbol has lost its meaning for the modern world, for whom it is now but an object of local curiosity.”
So here we have a description of the origin of the Sphinx provided by Raphael Hurst that bears a striking similarity to the theory advanced by Dr. Schoch and John Anthony West, and which can be summarised as follows:
Many thousands of years ago, an ancient civilisation existed on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, that was known as Atlantis. When it became known that their civilisation was doomed, some of those who were forewarned left their ill-fated island and travelled to what is now Egypt.
There they set to work to create the Sphinx, together with its accompanying temple, the Great Pyramid. These two monuments were constructed on a rocky plateau that flanked the vast ocean that stretched out towards the western horizon.
Hurst described the workers as “dark figures”, but then went on to elaborate that “the faces of all these men were long and hard, the skins tinted reddish brown, or greyish yellow, and the upper lips, also, were noticeably long”.
It is perhaps worth noting in passing here that one of the striking features of the carved heads on Easter Island, is their stern mien combined with wide, thin lips. Could these mysterious stone statues perhaps be linked in some way with the lost civilisation of Atlantis?
Hurst then went on to describe how he heard a deep rumbling sound that seemed to emanate from the very depths of the ocean, followed by an “immense wall of water” that completely submerged the Sphinx. He referred to this as “the deluge”, which others might call the flood of Noah.
After a period of time which Hurst suggested could have been “one minute or one thousand years”, the sea drained away leaving in its place “a vast expanse of half-dried marsh”. This in turn was dried up by the Sun to form the desert that surrounds the Sphinx to this day.
So here we have a visionary tale about the origin of the Sphinx that would account for the variety of geological features reported by Dr. Schoch, together with weathering patterns in the rock attributed to long periods of exposure to water and to wind.
The night that Raphael Hurst spent in solitary meditation generated visionary insights into the origin and history of the Sphinx that were without parallel at the time he wrote A Search in Secret Egypt. Yet not content with that, he then undertook an even more stupendous challenge.
He decided to attempt something that was unlikely to have been done before, and almost certainly has never been done since. He decided to try and persuade the Egyptian authorities to grant him permission to spend an entire night locked up alone inside the Great Pyramid of Giza.