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- What we can do to prepare
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- 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
Thomas Bearden believes that manifestations of bigfoot and other crypto-zoological phenomena are, in fact, materialisations within our physical world of thoughts which reside within the collective unconscious of humanity.
These thoughts are able to materialise themselves temporarily into physical form whenever they are sufficiently energised – a process Bearden calls “kindling”. “We will discover”, he writes, “that thoughts and thought objects are real, physical objects in their own world frame domain.
“As such, thoughts or thought objects, or thought constructs can be and are functional devices within the thought world domain. In that domain they are as physical as a rock. We will also discover that thought energy can be turned into electromagnetic energy by kindling, and can even be materialized if kindling is of sufficient intensity.” 1
According to this concept of reality, all physical matter has its origin in subtle dimensions of consciousness. For anything to appear in the physical realm, it must first be preceded by its subtle equivalent in the non-physical realm. This subtle counterpart of matter always antedates the appearance of form in the physical world.
Within this frame of reference, thoughts manifest initially on subtle planes of consciousness. If these thoughts are sufficiently energised, or kindled, these non-physical creations of mind subsequently manifest on the physical plane of existence which we call the “real” world.
However, these forms are not necessarily permanent creations. At first, they merely pop into the physical realm, stay awhile, and then slip back into the more subtle planes of experience. It is only when kindling grows to a particular level of intensity that these thought creations come to stabilize themselves, and appear then to be genuine physical creatures.
As John Keel points out, while they are in their physical mode of manifestation, these thought forms are “temporary transmogrifications”. For as long as they appear in the physical realm, these temporary transmogrifications are indistinguishable from “real” creatures.
In their appearance and disappearances, they appear to the observer to materialise suddenly out of empty space, and then to dematerialise again just as swiftly and mysteriously into nothing. This symmetrical feature of manifestation between non-physical images and their physical counterparts appears to be finding increasing favour in the world of science.
One of its proponents is the Stanford University professor William Tiller. Tiller regards the universe as a conjugate system consisting of both positive and negative space-time frames. In the course of manifestation, Tiller argues that creation takes place initially in negative space-time, a realm which cannot be discerned by the senses, and which therefore appears invisible and undetectable.
With increasing energy, however, the negative space-time construct appears in positive space-time, where it takes on the form of a “real” physical object. From the viewpoint of the physical world, this construct appears to be a sudden materialisation into physical reality.
For as long as it continues to manifest in positive space-time, this thought construct is accepted as a genuine “fact” of nature. When it returns to the negative space-time frame, it appears to vanish instantaneously.
From the viewpoint of the physical world, matter appears to have been created suddenly out of nothing. Yet as Tiller points out, matter is neither created nor destroyed, it merely alters its level of manifestation.
“We see further that dematerialization and materialization phenomena are accounted for and note that matter does not actually disappear from space but it changes its character to become a non-observable relative to the physical sensory system and all apparatus based on that logic. It only appears to be dematerialized, the object only appears to change its form.” 2
The creative force for all manifested form, whether in the negative or positive space-time frame, is thought, and all physical forms are ultimately thought clothed in energy.
As Bearden goes on to describe, these thoughts, which reside within the collective unconscious of humanity, occasionally conspire to produce three-dimensional forms which appear, for as long as they manifest in positive space-time, to be real physical creatures.
These creatures may take on any shape or form, and may appear to be either evil or benevolent. As he remarks:
“Angels, imps, Virgin Mary’s, UFO’s, sasquatches, Loch Ness monsters, lake monsters, sea monsters, mystery lights, fairies, elves, devas, devils, ogres, Mothman, men in black, goblins, large monster birds, etc., are all kindled by the same process.
“Any tulpoidal materialization may be physically real during its stable period. It may make large tracks in the ground, operate ship-like space vehicles, break tree branches, take human specimens on board, examine human specimens, etc.
“The tulpoid may appear benevolent or harmful, and it may actually be so in the stably materialized mode. The full content of the human consciousness is there to be materialized in physical form – all the good, all the bad, all the noble, all the sly aspects.” 3
In making reference to tulpoids, Bearden has drawn upon a system of belief which has existed in Tibet for centuries, and from whose culture the word tulpa is derived.
Alexandra David-Neel photographed in Tibet
Alexandra David-Neel, who spent fourteen years living in Tibet absorbing its culture and religion, was given a document by the then Dalai Lama, whom she met in 1912, which described the nature of the tulpa. She quoted from this document in her book Magic and Mystery in Tibet.
“A Bodhisattva (Being of high spiritual attainment) is the basis of countless magic forms. By the power generated in a state of perfect concentration of mind he may, at one and the same time show a phantom (tulpa) of himself in thousands millions of worlds.
“He may create not only human forms, but any forms he chooses, even those of inanimate objects such as hills, enclosures, houses, forests, roads, bridges, etc. He may produce atmospheric phenomena as well as thirst quenching beverages of immortality. In fact, there is no limit to his power of phantom creation.” 4
David-Neel goes on to add, “The power of producing magic formations, tulkus or less lasting and materialized tulpas, does not, however, belong exclusively to such mystic, exalted beings.
“Any human, divine or demoniac being may be possessed of it. The only difference comes from the degree of power, and this depends on their strength of the concentration and the quality of the mind itself.” 5
The creation of tulpas, or the materialisation in the physical realm of phantom forms, constitutes a unique feature of Tibetan, or Tantric, Buddhism. It serves to reveal their deep insight into the illusory nature of the phenomenal universe.
In order to convey this insight to the neophyte, the Tibetan pupil is isolated in a tiny cell and ordered to devote his or her entire energy to meditation. The object chosen for this meditation is the Yidam, or tutelary deity. Examples of Yidams can be seen adorning the walls of Tibetan monasteries. They can be either fearsome deities or angelic gods.
A Typical Tibetan Kyilkhor or Magic Diagram
At first the novice is taught to concentrate his or her thoughts upon the particular Yidam selected, imagining it in the shape and form illustrated on the temple walls. Together with this, the disciple is required to repeat certain mystical formulae, and to construct particular kyilkhors or magic diagrams.
These rituals are structured pathways of thought which have traditionally been followed throughout the centuries, and they assist the pupil in the attainment of the goal. After many months of this solitary practice, there comes a day when the student succeeds in obtaining a glimpse of the chosen Yidam.
At first it is nebulous and fleeting. As encouraging as this is, the disciple is ordered to continue his or her efforts until the image attains complete clarity of form. Even when this achievement is reached, the pupil is entreated to proceed further, to the point where the Yidam actually becomes animated. David-Neel describes this stage of ultimate success.
“The successful disciples see the Yidam taking on life. They distinctly feel the touch of his feet when, prostrated, they lay their head on them. They feel the weight of his hands when he blesses them. They see his eyes moving, his lips parting, he speaks and lo! he steps out of the kyilkhor and walks in the tsamskhang (isolated cell).” 6
This prolonged exercise in concentration is not mere mental diversion. The sublime purpose of animating a thought form is to teach the disciple that the chosen image, which has finally reached complete physical reality, is nothing more than a creation of the disciple’s own mind.
This leads finally to the realisation that all the forms of the physical universe are similar constructs of the mind. As David-Neel explains:
“However it is not to amuse the hermits that these exercises have been invented. Their true aim is to lead the disciple to understand that the worlds and all the phenomena which we perceive are but images born from our imagination. They emanate from the mind and into the mind they sink. In fact this is the fundamental teaching of Tibetan mystics.” 7
It is also the central teaching of all other mystics, of whatever outward culture or religious affiliation. Men and women of high spiritual degree, as well as those who have learned to focus the power of their minds, possess the ability to create the physical counterpart of any mental form they wish.
But whereas the student may take years to animate these forms and manifest them on the level of physical reality, for the master this process is immediate. Although these forms are in fact phantoms, there is nothing unreal about their manifestation.
They appear as solid and material as any other object. Furthermore, each phantom form exhibits a character and behaviour that is appropriate to that form. David-Neel comments:
“These phantoms do not always appear as impalpable mirages, they are tangible and endowed with all the faculties and qualities naturally pertaining to the beings or things of which they have the appearance.
“For instance, a phantom horse trots and neighs. The phantom rider who rides it can get off his beast, speak with a traveller on the road and behave in every way like a real person. A phantom house will shelter real travellers, and so on.” 8
Alexandra David-Neel was not just content to take these teachings at face value. Being a pragmatic student, she was determined to try out these ritualistic procedures for herself, to see if she too could conjure up one of these phantoms of the mind.
She therefore withdrew into a cell for an extended period, in order to achieve the necessary concentration of thought. She chose for her experiment what she described as “a most insignificant character: a monk, short and fat, of an innocent and jolly type“.
After several months of intense effort, she reported that the apparition of this monk began to manifest in her cell. The monk gradually assumed a life-like character, and became a kind of guest, living in her apartment.
Later, when she broke seclusion, and undertook a tour on horseback, she found to her surprise that the monk included himself in her party.
“The phantom performed various actions of the kind that are natural to travellers and that I had not commanded. For instance, he walked, stopped, looked around him. The illusion was mostly visual, but sometimes I felt as if a robe was lightly rubbing against me and once a hand seemed to touch my shoulder.” 9
It was at this point that what had started out as an innocent experiment in mind control, assumed a more sinister aspect. David-Neel found that the character of the monk began to change.
It no longer manifested in its “jolly” aspect, but began to grow leaner, and its face assumed a sly, malignant look. Alarmed by this disturbing transformation, she decided it was time to dissolve the phantom completely, lest it escape her control.
However, this task proved to be more difficult than she had imagined. She found to her consternation that, once a mental creation has stabilized in our world of “normal” reality, this creature clings to life with all the zeal of a “real” person.
“I succeeded, but only after six months of hard struggle. My mind-creature was tenacious of life”. 10
The crucial element of the tulpoidal thesis is that physical matter can be created by the direct agency of human thought. Unfortunately, we tend instinctively to reject this idea because it runs counter to our customary ideas of reality.
Yet this outrageous thesis rests upon impeccable grounds, supported by the Sages of every generation. The revelation of the mystics is that everything that we experience as the “real” world is actually a projection in energy of those thoughts present in the collective mind.
Not only is this “real” world a product of thought, but as our thoughts change, so our personal universe comes to change as well. This is what the Buddha referred to when he said:
“What we are today comes from the thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts create our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind.” 11
This same message has been conveyed by the modern Sage Sri Ramana Maharshi:
“The thoughts are the content of the mind and they shape the universe.” 12
His words echo the teachings of the ancient Rishis who wrote:
“The world becomes for whatever one is accustomed to think of it.” 13
These statements are the natural consequence of the unification of matter and mind. For, as Nisargadatta Maharaj has explained:
“Matter and mind are not separate, they are aspects of one energy. Neither comes first, for neither appears alone. Matter is the shape, mind is the name. Together they make the world.” 14
(Continued in Part Five)
1 Thomas Bearden, “Excalibur Briefing“, Strawberry Press, San Francisco, 1980, p. 144.
2 William Tiller, “The Positive and Negative Space/Time Frames as Conjugate Systems“, in “Future Science“, edited by John White and Stanley Krippner, Anchor Books, New York, 1977, p. 262.
3 Thomas Bearden, op.cit., pp. 188-189.
4 Alexandra David-Neel, “Magic and Mystery in Tibet“, Penguin, New York, 1971, pp. 120-21.
5 Ibid, p. 121.
6 Ibid, p. 285.
7 Ibid, p. 267.
8 Ibid, p. 298.
9 Ibid, pp. 314-315.
10 Ibid. p. 315.
11 “The Dhammapada“, Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1973, p. 35.
12 “Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi“, Recorded by Swami Saraswathi, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, 1968, p. 93.
13 “Tripura Rahasya“, Translated by Swami Saraswathi, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, 1962, p. 88.
14 “I Am That“, Conversations with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Translated by Maurice Frydman, Book II, Chetana, Bombay, 1973, p. 164.
As reports of sightings of various anomalous creatures continued to accumulate from around the world, it began to dawn on seasoned veterans of bigfoot investigations, that their quarry might not be “normal” primates after all.
These creatures seemed to be able to appear mysteriously in various places, often in quite inappropriate terrain, and then disappear equally mysteriously. While they might leave evidence in the form of tracks in the earth, there was never any additional corroborating proof of their physical existence.
Furthermore, there were disturbing reports, such as the one from Rochdale, Indiana in 1972, of a bigfoot that was seen at close quarters, but which left no footprints, even though the ground was muddy.
Another witness claimed that she could see right through the animal. Others reported footprints which simply vanished into thin air, or appeared suddenly, in the middle of a field.
These hairy ape men seemed to be as tantalising and elusive as the omnipresent lake monsters referred to in Part One. Yet these enigmatic accounts are not confined to reports of anthropoids and lake monsters. They also include a host of other mysterious creatures.
Not only do strange monsters appear to be inhabiting numerous lakes around the world, and ape-like beasts roaming the forested regions of the earth, but bizarre creatures have been observed flitting in the heavens as well.
In 1976, some very odd things began to happen in the state of Texas. They started on New Year’s day, when two young girls saw something strange in the town of Harlingen. Jackie Davis (14) and Tracey Lawson (11) told their parents that they had seen a “bird” that was five feet (1.5 metres) tall, that had “shoulders” three feet (90 centimetres) wide.
It was black in colour, with a bald head, sharp beak, dark red eyes, and a face like that of a gorilla. Their parents naturally reacted with considerable skepticism, but when they investigated the area of the alleged sighting the following day, they found three-toed tracks in the ground that were eight inches (20 centimetres) across, and one-and-a half inches (4 centimetres) deep. 1
On the evening of January 7, 1976, Alverico Guajardo was at home in his house-trailer at Brownsville, Texas, when he heard the sound of something heavy hitting the house. He went outside to investigate, and switched on the lights of his station wagon to illuminate the scene.
Guajardo was shocked to see a large, bird-like creature staring at him with red, glowing eyes. It was four foot (1.2 metres) high, had a beak that was several feet long, and possessed bat-like wings. The creature made an alarming sound as it backed away. Guajardo was still terrified when he spoke to newspaper reporters the following day. 1
Just one week later, Armando Grimaldo was attacked by a mysterious bird-like creature. Grimaldo was sitting in the backyard of his mother-in-law’s house at Raymondville, Texas, when he heard a strange whistling sound together with a flapping noise.
He looked around, and was grabbed by something that had huge claws. Armando was somehow able to wriggle out of the creature’s clasp and, as he fled, he looked back to see what had attacked him. He saw something as big as a man that had a wingspan of about twelve feet (3.5 metres). It had a face like a bat or monkey, with big red eyes, and had dark, leathery skin. It had no beak and no feathers. 1
The Mothman of West Virginia
In the 1960′s, residents of the American state of West Virginia were plagued by a series of encounters with a creature that appeared to be half bird and half human. It came to be known by the locals as “mothman”.
This extraordinary creature made one of its first appearances before two couples on the evening of November 15, 1966, as they were driving through an abandoned explosives factory at Point Pleasant. Roger Scarberry, Steve Mallette and their wives saw two bright, red circles, which looked like eyes, peering at them through the darkness of an old generator plant.
The couples took a closer look and saw a human-shaped figure some seven feet (2 metres) tall. It was greyish in colour and had huge, folded wings. It seemed to them to be shuffling along on two legs. The four young people decided that discretion was the better part of valour, and sped off in their vehicle.
As they drove off, they saw a similar creature standing near the road. As they passed it, it spread its wings and began to follow them. Although they accelerated to one hundred miles an hour (160 kmh) the “mothman” kept pace with them. Yet the amazing thing was that the creature never once flapped its wings.
Later, when they reported this incident to the Police, Mrs. Mallette said that she could hear it “squeaking like a mouse.” 1
Some years after the citizens of West Virginia were terrorised by this red-eyed “mothman”, a transatlantic cousin was busy whooping it up in Cornwall, England, under the name of “owlman”.
On July 3, 1976, two teen-aged girls, Sally Chapman and Barbara Perry, were out camping in the woods. About ten o’clock in the evening they were startled by a strange hissing noise. It was coming from a large figure standing among the pine trees. Sally described this peculiar apparition.
“It was like a big owl with pointed ears, as big as a man. The eyes were red and glowing. At first I thought it was someone dressed up, playing a joke, trying to scare us. I laughed at it, we both did, then it went up in the air and we both screamed. When it went up, you could see its feet were like pincers.” 1
Sally’s friend Barbara described it as a horrible creature with an owl’s face, big ears, and enormous glowing, red eyes. Its body was covered with grey feathers, and it had black claws on its feet. When it flew off, it simply went straight up and disappeared among the treetops.
The following day it was seen again. This time it was described as having red slanting eyes and a very large mouth. Its black feet were likened to the claws of a crab. This weird creature continued to make sporadic appearances in the area for several years and then, like so many other creatures of its kind, was never seen again.
Regular reports continue to circulate of odd creatures that simply appear in certain areas, and then after a few encounters with people, disappear without trace. These cases seem, at first glance, to involve familiar animals. Yet they seem to be peculiarly inappropriate to the regions in which they are spotted.
Thus sightings of panthers and alligators have been reported from New York City, African lions on the loose in California, kangaroos in Chicago and Wisconsin, and Nile monitor lizards in Florida. These mysterious animals were never caught, despite intensive searches.
When authorities felt obliged to comment on these sightings, they were generally attributed to exotic pets that had escaped suburban custody, or else to the escape of zoo or circus animals. But no zoo or circus ever came forward to announce its loss, and no citizen confessed to having in his home African lions, panthers or alligators.
Some of the creatures that are reported do not seem to be identifiable animals at all. Instead they seem to be mixtures of different species. One such, known as the “Dover Demon” of Massachusetts, was described as “a small gnome-like entity with an enormous head, large round glowing eyes, and long spindly limbs,” by four teenagers who spotted it in April 1977.
In October 1986, a mysterious animal was sighted in Lochaber, Nova Scotia. It was described by several people who saw it as being over a metre tall, having short forearms, large legs, and a long tail.
To biologist, Bob Bancroft, who examined its tracks, the three-toed imprints left by the animal looked like those of a kangaroo or wallaby. Yet he was forced to admit, “I don’t know what kind of animal native to Nova Scotia would make these tracks.” 2
Residents in Old Lyme, Connecticut, found themselves confronted, in mid-July 1986, by an animal that seemed to be a cross between Bugs Bunny and Rin-Tin-Tin. Witnesses claimed that it had the body of a dog and the head of a rabbit with long floppy ears.
Although about the size of a medium-sized dog, this creature apparently hopped like a rabbit on its hind legs. Witness John Hubbard said the creature was as thin as a greyhound, with short grey hair and a long thin tail. He indicated that it moved its front paws forward in pacing fashion when it jumped. “It was a funny looking sight“, he exclaimed.
To Paul Rego, wildlife biologist for the State Department of Environmental Protection, it was clear that there could be no such thing as a cross between a rabbit and a dog. Noting that there existed no animals native to Connecticut that would fit the description of this extraordinary beast, Rego concluded, “Maybe it was just someone’s ugly dog.” 3
Serious investigators remain bemused by this cornucopia of creatures that cannot be identified in terms of known animal species. Yet it is impossible to write off all these reports as hoaxes, misinterpretations, or the meanderings of unsound minds.
Clearly, something very strange is happening on this planet, and it is something that defies conventional explanation. Crypto-zoologists who have studied the enormous variety of these reports have been forced to turn to unconventional solutions.
When New York investigator John Keel was confronted by these anomalies, which included reports of living dinosaurs that had been seen in various parts of the United States, Italy and France, he asked: “Where does a dinosaur hide? or a ninety-foot serpent? or an eighteen-foot tall hairy humanoid? Do they creep into a hidden network of deep caverns, as some of the believers claim?” 4
Another investigator, Thomas Bearden, noted that ape-like creatures of the Bigfoot variety constantly managed to elude their pursuers. “But Bigfoot cannot be caught by packs of hounds”, he wrote. “This has repeatedly been tried. His lair is never uncovered, nor can he be tracked to it. He has never been found dead of old age or injury. The bones of sasquatch have never been uncovered in caves or elsewhere.” 5
For John Keel, the solution to the origin of these enigmatic creatures which appeared to riddle the globe, lay in a re-evaluation of our concepts of reality. Just because they could be seen and heard, and leave footprints in their wake, did not mean that they were necessarily physical creatures like you or I.
“It is more probable”, Keel argued, “that these are not actual animals but are distortions of our reality, inserted into our space-time continuum by the mischievous forces of the super spectrum.”
As he explained, “Since energy masses in the super spectrum can alter their frequencies and move up and down the electromagnetic spectrum, we can assume that they can also manipulate atomic structure and enter our plane of reality by creating atoms compatible with our atomic structure. The ancients called this process transmogrifications.” 4
Thomas Bearden reached a similar conclusion. But while Keel attributed the appearances of these temporary transmogrifications to the agency of “mischievous forces of the super spectrum”, Bearden considered their source to lie in the hidden layers of the human subconscious.
“Bigfoot-like creatures are materialisations from the collective human unconscious”, he argued, “shaped and formed by the layers (race, culture, nation, territory, state, religion, family, etc.) between the collective unconscious and the individual unconscious minds of the observers“. 5
The vital clue for Bearden came with recognition that there was no common character to the bigfoot phenomenon. He found that no single type of creature was consistently being described. These creatures were found to have feet of varying sizes, types and shapes, with the number of their toes ranging from three to six.
Furthermore plaster casts taken of bigfoot footprints were found to vary considerably in definition. While some were precisely formed, with clear indentations in the ground, others were found to be vague, amorphous shapes, lacking clear definition.
“This is one particular clue”, he wrote, “to the fact that we are not dealing with a species of shy and elusive wild man, but instead with a tulpoid.” 5
(Continued in Part Four)
1 Janet and Colin Bord, “Weird Winged Creatures“, in “Creatures from Elsewhere“, op.cit., pp. 26-31.
2 “Province“, Vancouver, British Columbia, October 9, 1986.
3 “Gazette“, East Hartford, Connecticut, September 4, 1986.
4 John Keel, “The Cosmic Question“, Panther Books, London, 1978, p. 107.
5 Thomas Bearden, “Excalibur Briefing“, Strawberry Press, San Francisco, 1980, p. 71.
Paul Freeman was a United States Forest Service Patrolman assigned to the Umatilla National Forest in the Walla Walla area of Washington State. On the morning of June 10,1982, Freeman, then aged 39, was driving alone through the forest.
Spotting some elk on a nearby ridge, he stopped his truck and got out to see if he could observe signs of any young elk among the group. As he was walking up an old logging spur, he caught sight of something stepping off a bank about ten feet (3 metres) high, down on to the road ahead of him.
“I saw him about the same time as he saw me“, Freeman recalled. “He looked like all the pictures I’ve seen of prehistoric man. He was real hairy – reddish-brown hair. It was so thick you couldn’t see through it on his shoulders, arms and legs. But on his face and chest it was thin enough to see his skin, the colour of brown leather.
“I was about 65 yards away from him and I just stood there looking at him and he looked at me. I could hear him breathing real heavy as though he’d been running and I could see the muscles in his stomach moving.
“But that was the only noise he made. I was scared and I started backing away a few feet. He made the hair stand up on his neck and shoulders just like a dog does when it tries to frighten someone. When he saw I wasn’t coming any further he turned and walked up the road.” 1
Photo taken by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin at Bluff Creek, California, in 1967
Freeman described this hairy anthropoid as about eight and a half feet (2.6 metres) tall, and with a very heavy build. Later, when he was joined by several of his colleagues, he photographed and took plaster casts of the footprints left by the creature.
Its footprint measured 14 inches (36 centimetres) long by seven inches (18 centimetres) wide. The footsteps were set about six to eight feet (1.8 – 2.4 metres) apart, and were imprinted to a depth of about an inch (2.5 centimetres) in the moist ground, from which Freeman calculated its weight to be about six hundred pounds (272 kilograms).
Being thoroughly conversant with the usual denizens of the forest, Freeman was adamant that what he had seen was not a type of bear. He also discounted the possibility that he might have been duped by a man wearing a gorilla suit, as he could clearly see the creature’s muscles moving in its legs, arms and shoulders.
Recalling the incident Freeman confessed, “I’ve been working in the wilderness for years and never seen anything like it.” 1
In October 1955, William Roe came across another hairy animal while he was hiking on Mica Mountain in British Columbia. Roe watched in astonishment as this ape-like creature slowly made its way toward him, unaware of his presence. Roe estimated its size as around six feet (1.8 metres) tall, three feet (.9 metres) wide, with a weight of about 300 pounds (136 kilograms).
The animal came to within twenty feet (6 metres) of the bush in which Roe was hiding, and squatted down on its haunches. Roe was able to study its features closely. It had flexible lips, even, white teeth, a broad and flat nose, human-like ears and small, black eyes.
Although the face was covered in short hair, it was bare around the mouth, nose and ears. The neck was shorter and thicker than that of any human being he had ever seen. The creature must then have caught Roe’s scent, for it suddenly looked directly at him through an opening in the bush, backed away several paces, then straightened up to its full height, and walked rapidly away. 2
In 1973 seventeen year-old Cheryl Ray was sitting in the breezeway of her parents’ home, situated on the western edge of Murphysboro in southern Illinois. Sitting with her was her friend Randy Creath.
The dusk was deepening when Cheryl heard the sound of something moving in the bushes at the end of the yard. She immediately stepped indoors to switch on the yard light. When she came out she saw Randy at the edge of the brush facing an enormous hairy creature, seven feet (2.1 metres) tall.
Randy picked up a stone and flung it at the creature. It did not react with any sign of fear, but continued coolly to inspect them both. Then it turned on its heels and walked unhurriedly back into the undergrowth. Randy described the creature as covered with tan or dirty- white hair, with the exception of its face, which was smooth.
Its eyes glowed red in the lamplight. But what affected Randy most was its smell, which was unspeakably foul. When Sheryl later described how the beast moved she was asked if it shambled like a bear. “No, not like that”, she replied. “It walked the way a person walks, arm’s swinging at the side.” 3
In March, 1978, another hairy biped made an appearance on the other side of the world, this time in Australia. A National Parks worker was cutting timber in the Springbrook area of the Queensland Gold Coast when he heard a grunting sound. Thinking it might be a pig that was loose he went into the forest to investigate.
“Then something made me look up and there, about twelve feet in front of me, was this black hairy man thing. It looked more like a gorilla than anything. It had huge hands and one of them was wrapped around a sapling. It had a flat, black shiny face, with two big yellow eyes and a hole for a mouth.
“It just stared at me and I stared back. I was so numb I couldn’t even raise the axe I had in my hand. We seemed to stand there staring at each other for about ten minutes before it suddenly gave off a foul smell that made me vomit – then it just made off sideways and disappeared.” 4
In the Broederstroom region of the Transvaal, South Africa, not far from the capital city of Pretoria, there were persistent rumours of a large ape-like creature that was known locally as a “Kowyn”. In 1977 Etienne Smith had a close encounter with this man-beast on the farm Ouplaas, where his house was being built. It was an experience that he says he will never forget.
“It was the most horrific night of my life”, Etienne recalled. “I was camping out with friends on the farm while our house was being built. The night was pitch black. There was no moon and even spookier was the total absence of night noises like buzzing insects which you always hear in the bush.
“There was a tenseness in the atmosphere that was inexplicable. I was trying to brighten things up with idle chatter when suddenly the valley below us erupted with the most bloodcurdling screams I’d ever heard. We froze. Our hair stood on end. The screams were indescribable, supernatural almost. We couldn’t understand them.
“There was no logical explanation for them. They didn’t seem to be part of this world. Though it was frightening, we decided to investigate. The further we moved into the valley, the more terrifying it became. I was walking in front and at one stage I could literally feel the stinking, hot breath of something blowing in my face.”
At that point the group was too petrified to investigate further, and they retired up the hill to their campsite. It was then that Etienne walked over to the house that was being built.
“I had only a candle with me. As I got to the doorway of a makeshift storeroom I walked slap bang into something very shaggy. I felt as though I had been kicked in the chest by a powerful horse, or hit by a car. My breath was knocked right out of my body.
“I looked up and saw an enormous man at least half a metre taller than me. He was covered from head to foot in long, matted black hair and his arms hung to below his knees. The most distinguishing thing about him was that he stank. The stench around him was disgusting.
“He smelt like putrid, rotting meat. We both jumped back from each other. I think he was just as frightened as I was because he tried to cower behind the door of the storeroom. Then I got a better look at him. His face was dog-like and sort of squashed in.”
Etienne shouted in alarm and the beast ran off into the darkness. By this time the group was thoroughly terrified and decided to head back to Johannesburg. When they reached their cars they discovered that they were covered with dusty palm-prints. The prints were the size of a man’s hand, but the fingers were short and stubby, with long claws attached to each. 5
Yeti footprint photographed in Nepal
Among the most famous of these man-apes is the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, who is reputed to inhabit the mountainous regions of Nepal. Numerous sightings of these beasts have been reported over the years, and photographs of their enormous footprints have been taken by various mountaineering expeditions, notably by Eric Shipton at Menlung Glacier on Mount Everest in 1951.
Like the ubiquitous lake monsters, the Yeti seems to be alive and well in all parts of the world, and reports of sightings have continued to surface from various regions throughout the twentieth century. In the Caucasus Mountains and the Pamirs of Russia this creature is known as the “Alma”.
In eastern Siberia it is referred to as “Chuchunaa”. It is called “Hiba-gon” in the region of Mount Hiba in Japan, and the “Yowie” in Australia. There is also the “Chemosit” in East Africa, the “Maricoxi” of Brazil, the “Ucu” of Argentina, as well as their North American cousins “Bigfoot” in America and “Sasquatch” in Canada.
In the United States, in addition to the heavily forested states of California, Oregon and Washington, sightings of Bigfoot have been reported from such unlikely places as the cities of Cleveland, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Vernon, Kansas; Madison, Indiana; Clanton, Alabama; and Monroe, Michigan.
In Florida the creature is known to be a visitor to the Sunshine State, where it sports the title of “Skunk-ape”, on account of its less than wholesome aroma.
Based on the reports which have been gathered from around the world, these hairy primates tend to be around eight feet (2.4 metres) in height, but have been reported to be as tall as sixteen feet (4.8 metres).
While plaster casts of their footprints have generally revealed a foot with five toes, tracks have also been found showing three-toed prints, as well as others with four toes, and even six toes. These creatures are invariably covered in a thick coat of hair which ranges from a dirty off-white colour to jet black.
Their eyes are frequently described as red in colour, but other reports exist of eyes coloured yellow, green, amber, white and black. Furthermore, the eyes are often said to be luminous and glowing.
Although reports of close encounters with these creatures often mention their particularly disgusting smell, this tends to reflect a minority of cases. Out of two thousand cases collected by Canadian researcher John Green, only about one hundred referred to an abhorrent odour.
Clearly, something remarkable is happening on the face of this planet. It appears to abound with hairy bipedal primates who appear suddenly before startled observers, and then vanish without trace into thick forest or undergrowth.
While their appearances are suggestive of some early form of man, which has somehow managed to survive until modern times in obscure regions of the earth, their repeated sightings in densely populated cities seem to defy all logic. Creatures of this size would certainly require a vast intake of food.
If they were herbivorous they would be bound to leave extensive signs of defoliation. If they were carnivorous they would require considerable quantities of flesh, which again, should leave evidence in a residue of bones, to say nothing of the rapid depletion of certain types of game.
Yet no such signs are ever found in the quantities which their continued survival would demand. When reports of Bigfoot have surfaced from residential areas in America, armed posses of men have been assembled to scour the surrounding countryside. Yet no sign of these creatures is ever brought to light. They simply vanish into thin air.
It is no surprise, therefore, that people such as B. Rigby, professor of anthropology at Queensland University, have announced: “There is no reliable recurring evidence for yowies, abominable snowmen, yetis, big foots or wild men of the woods or whatever they are called. I believe you simply won’t find a human primate of this sort in Australia.” 6 Or any other country for that matter.
The basic riddle of these mysterious primates is that one never finds any carcasses which science can evaluate. There are any number of personal anecdotal reports which are accompanied by sounds, smells and footprints, but no observer ever comes forward with a skeleton or dead body of the creature.
This is particularly surprising in view of the long tradition of recreational hunting throughout the forested regions of North America. One would have supposed that by now, at least some of these chance encounters in the wild would have led to an armed confrontation between man and beast.
Yet in spite of the thousands of hunters who annually roam the wilderness of North America armed with powerful rifles, there has never been a single case where one of these anthropoidal creatures has ever ended up as a trophy, either accidentally or by design.
Yet there are numerous reports on record, demonstrating that these creatures have indeed been shot at, but somehow or other they have always managed to escape.
Sam Frew spotted a ten-foot (3 metre) big foot-type creature prowling around the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He fired at it with a rifle. “I know I hit it”, claimed Frew, “I even heard it whimper after the shots – like it was injured. But when I went over to look, nothing was there.” 7
In April, 1979, Tim Meisner saw a nine-foot tall (2.7 metre) creature near Barriere, British Columbia. On seeing the beast his first reaction was to shoot at it with his rifle. Although Tim was convinced that he had hit it, since it dropped down on one knee, the creature got to its feet again and ran off at high speed, leaving no trace of blood or spoor.
In October, 1973, a twenty-two year-old farmer’s son was approached by two tall ape-like creatures with green, glowing eyes in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The man fired three rounds straight into the largest creature. It merely turned and walked slowly into the nearby woods and disappeared.
In May, 1977, a hairy beast appeared at a farm at Wantage, New Jersey. The owner, a man named Sites, opened fire with his .410 shotgun, hitting it three or four times. The creature growled and walked away, again showing no apparent sign of injury or discomfort.
One woman who fired a 16 gauge shotgun at the midriff of a tall ape-like creature which appeared at the front door of her home in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, received a nasty shock. As she pulled the trigger, the creature disappeared in a flash of light! 8
(Continued in Part Three)
1 Janet and Colin Bord, “The Evidence for Bigfoot and Other Man-Beasts“, Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, 1984, p. 21.
2 Janet and Colin Boyd, “Mysterious Man-Beasts“, in “Creatures from Elsewhere“, op.cit., p. 15.
3 C. W. Gusewelle, “Sounds in the Night“, “Star“, Kansas City, Missouri, February 5, 1984.
4 Janet and Colin Bord, “The Evidence for Bigfoot and Other Man-Beasts”, op.cit., pp. 71-72.
5 Caroline Hurry, “The Beast of Broederstroom“, “Sunday Times Magazine“, Johannesburg, April 26, 1987.
6 Quoted from “The Evidence for Bigfoot and Other Man-Beasts“, op.cit., p. 75.
7 “Press”, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1983.
8 Janet and Colin Bord, “The Evidence for Bigfoot and Other Man-Beasts“, op.cit., p. 114.
The Holy Cave of Amarnath in Kashmir
In August 1975, I joined over ten thousand pilgrims, drawn from all parts of the Indian sub-continent, on the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath. This cave is situated at a height of 12,730 feet (3880 metres) in the western Himalayas of Kashmir, and lies at the head of a narrow valley, scoured by receding glaciers.
The cave itself is a huge vault of rock, open to the valley, which retreats some fifty feet (15 metres) into the face of the mountain. A trickle of water emerges from the rear of the cavern which freezes once it is exposed to the frigid air. As it freezes, it forms a column of ice set upon a natural pedestal of rock.
The Icy Lingam at the back of the Cave
Since this column of ice is reminiscent of a lingam, a vertical pillar of stone which is used throughout India to symbolise the Absolute, it is revered as a natural manifestation of this cosmic principle. This lingam, which rises and wanes as the flow of water increases or decreases, has drawn pilgrims to this revered cave for more than two thousand years.
The four-day pilgrimage to the cave starts from the Kashmiri hamlet of Pahlgam in the Lidder valley and proceeds, in a series of daily stages, to the cave itself. The enormous throng of pilgrims, ranging from naked sadhus to rich ladies of society carried in sumptuous palanquins, forms a colourful serpent of humanity that sinuously winds its way over the snow-fields, rivers and precipitous ridges that mark the pathway to the cave.
On the morning of the fourth day, I had risen in the pre-dawn darkness and washed myself, as is the custom, in the freezing waters of the Pantsatarni stream, before making my way up the rocky defile to the cave.
Glad as I was to have reached my goal, the surging tide of humanity that pressed into the mouth of the cave made the last few steps to the lingam a terrifying experience. I feared that I might well terminate my pilgrimage as a crushed offering to Siva, the Hindu God of destruction.
It was with considerable relief that I found myself outside again in the crisp Himalayan air, and began the long trek back to Pahlgam. Some hours later, as I was negotiating a narrow path high above a glacial lake, my attention was drawn to a commotion among the sadhus in front of me. They were gesticulating enthusiastically, and pointing down to the lake, crying “Naga! Naga!”
As I looked down towards the water some five hundred feet (150 metres) below, I could see an enormous disturbance in the middle of the lake. A large creature was moving at considerable speed through the water, leaving in its wake a series of V-shaped waves.
Although at that distance I could not make out the nature of the creature, it was clearly too large to be any form of duck or goose. It seemed rather as if a horse was surging powerfully through the water. I watched the creature for perhaps a minute or so before it disappeared beneath the surface of the lake.
To the watching pilgrims this was undoubtedly the naga, or serpent from which the lake itself, Sheshiram Nag, had derived its name. The sadhus regarded the sight as an omen of good fortune, and I counted myself duly blessed by this unexpected vision.
Yet my curiosity was piqued by this unusual spectacle, and I later tried to establish just what sort of creature could have been swimming in such inhospitable conditions on that day in August.
Sheshnag Lake near the Amarnath Cave
Sheshiram Nag, or Sheshnag as it is more commonly known, is a solitary tarn lying in a depression surrounded by mountain peaks. The lake lies at an elevation of 11,700 feet (3566 metres), with its overlooking ridges soaring to about 16,000 feet (4877 metres).
The lake, which is silted up on its western flank, is fed by two small glaciers. For almost nine months of the year it is completely frozen, and subject to the harsh conditions which characterise the high Himalayas. It is extremely unlikely that sufficient sources of nutrition would exist in the lake to support a creature of the size I had seen.
I was certain that the creature was not a horse or mountain pony, for it moved through the water with a snake-like motion, far faster than any four-legged creature could have managed under the circumstances. I finally had to confess that what I had seen remained a mystery, and that perhaps I really had been granted a view of the serpent God.
In the course of the last century, however, strange serpentine creatures have been seen in numerous lakes around the world. Similar tales have been recounted by thousands of witnesses who professed to be just as baffled as I had been. These strange lake-bound creatures continue to be reported every year, much to the delight of avid monster-watchers, and editors of the sensational weekly magazines.
In October 1974, Walter Wojewodzic saw something which he did not expect or recognise in the waters of Lake Champlain in New York State.
“We were out duck hunting,” he later told reporters, “and we were pulling the boat ashore when I see this thing out in the bay, Bulwagga Bay. A great big thing with three giant black humps. It thrashed around for a good minute or so. Had to be 40, 50 feet (10-20 metres) long. Then it went under water and the wake, when it splashed on shore, looked like a yacht just went under.” 1
Wojewodzic’s weird encounter became yet another sighting of “Champ” the legendary lake monster of Lake Champlain. To date, over two hundred people claim to have witnessed something strange in the waters of this lake.
On May 31, 1982, Robert Frew was enjoying a meal with his family and a few friends, while holidaying at his house on Love Point, overlooking Chesapeake Bay on the eastern seaboard of the United States. His attention was suddenly drawn to a large object that was moving against the tide, about one hundred feet (30 metres) offshore.
Fred examined the object closely through binoculars, and saw a sinuous, humped creature, over twenty foot (6 metres) long, swimming lazily in the sea. While his family and friends kept watch on this creature, Frew grabbed his video camera and taped a three minute record of its movements. Frew’s videotape was considered by many to be hard evidence of yet another well-known monster of the region, known as “Chessie”. 2
Early one morning in June, 1982, police officer Kris Beebe happened to be water-skiing along the surface of Lake Tahoe, situated on the border between the American states of Nevada and California.
After skiing about half way across the lake, Beebe dropped into the water to rest. As he was bobbing in the early morning swell, a black, slimy shape broke the surface of the water about twenty-five feet (7.6 metres) away from him.
Beebe yelled to his friend and fellow policeman Jerry Jones, who quickly brought the speedboat around. As he did so the creature suddenly re-appeared. Thoroughly alarmed by this unusual spectacle, Jones revved up the motor, and Beebe rose up on his skis and sped away.
Beebe later told members of the press, “We saw it. We didn’t think we saw it; we saw it. It wasn’t threatening us. It was just gliding right past us. Scared? I believe I went into a state of shock. We checked into everything – dives, subs, everything – and we’re convinced it was some very, very large creature.” 3
On the other side of the Atlantic, equally enigmatic creatures were being observed in inland lakes. In the four mile (6.4 km) long Bala lake, known by its Welsh name of Llyn Tegid, a strange creature that had been dubbed “Teggie” was frightening local residents.
Lake warden Dewi Bowen claimed to have seen this strange aquatic monster himself, and described it as looking “a bit like a crocodile”. Other local fishermen had also spotted the creature. Said Bowen, “It scared the living daylights out of them.” 4
In 1954, a young Irish girl by the name of Georgina Carberry was out fishing with three of her friends on Lough Fadda, situated in County Galway, Ireland. Having caught several trout, the girls pulled their boat to the shore, and the four of them were enjoying a tea break, when they noticed something that looked at first like a man swimming in the water.
As it drew closer they realized that it was like nothing they had ever seen before. Georgina described it as a “wormy” creature with a huge mouth. Its head stood high above the water on a long neck. As the creature moved up the lake, Georgina saw two humps appear out of the water behind the head. As it dived around a rock she could see a forked tail.
The sudden appearance of this alarming monster caused Carberry to have nightmares for weeks afterwards. Yet what was surprising about this sighting was that Lough Fadda was a mere 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) long, and only six hundred yards (550 metres) at its widest point. The size of the lake seemed hardly capable of supporting so large a creature. 5
Even more startling was the strange sighting of Irish farmer Stephen Coyne in Lough Nahooin, County Galway, on February 22, 1968. Coyne was gathering peat at the lakeside at the time, accompanied by his eight-year old son and their dog, when he saw a black object in the water.
Thinking that it was his dog he whistled at it, but was surprised to find that his dog came running up to him from behind. The object moved slowly closer until it came to within ten yards (9 metres) of where he was standing. Coyne described it as about twelve feet (3.5 metres) long, black and hairless, with an eel-like texture to its skin. Its neck was pole-like and about twelve inches (30 centimetres) in diameter.
The mouth of the creature was pale, and it had two “horns” on top of its head. This eel-like monster had selected an even more improbable habitat in which to survive, since Lough Nahooin is only about one hundred yards (90 metres) long, eighty yards (73 metres) wide, and twenty-three feet (7 metres) deep.
Yet when heavy polystyrene nets were drawn across the entire area of this lake in July 1968, no trace of any eel like creature could be found. 6
“Nessie” – The Famous Monster of Loch Ness, Scotland
Undoubtedly the best known of all lake monsters is to be found across the Irish Sea, in the dark waters of Loch Ness, Scotland. “Nessie”, as the beast has come to be called, was first reputed to have been seen by St. Columba, in the year 565 A.D.
In recent years numerous investigators have focused upon Loch Ness in an effort to determine the nature and origin of this elusive creature. Photographic surveillance has been conducted, both from the shore as well as under water, and extensive sonar recordings have been made in the waters of the loch.
In one exotic experiment, two engineers from Rochester, New York, Rikki Razdan and Alan Kielar, deployed sonar transducer devices that were designed to fire tiny biopsy harpoons that would be electrically triggered when a large creature swam within range. Razdan and Kielar hoped by these means to acquire small samples of the creature’s skin, which could then be subjected to scientific analysis.
Alas “Nessie” did not oblige. Apart from enigmatic photographs, and odd sonar results, no convincing evidence has yet been produced to support the existence of a large underwater creature living in the reaches of the loch. However, people still claim to see “Nessie”, and the record of visual sightings continues to grow from year to year.
Although “Nessie” can perhaps claim pride of place among lake monsters in terms of media coverage, it is but a single example among a large number of strange aquatic creatures reported from around the world.
Apart from “Nessie” in Loch Ness, Scotland also boasts a creature known as “Morag”, that is reported to exist in Loch Morar. Other reports have originated from Loch Assynt and Loch Arkaig.
We have already noted the existence of “Teggie” in Llyn Tegid, Wales. Irish lake monster reports have come from every corner of that island, including such lakes as Lough Muck in County Donegal, Lough Auna in Limerick, Lough Attariff in Cork, Lough Brin in Kerry, Lough Derrylea and Lough Crolan in Connemara, and Loughs Dubh, Fadda, Nahooin, Abisdealy and Shanakeever in County Galway.
Chesapeake Bay has its “Chessie” and Lake Champlain its “Champ”. In Canada, even these notables are dwarfed by the popularity of “Manipogo” in Lake Manitoba, and “Ogopogo” in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, to say nothing of “Igopago”, who resides in Simcoe Lake, Ontario. Lake Utopia in New Brunswick and lake Pohenegamook in Quebec are also proud hosts of these weird eel-like creatures.
In America, lake monsters have been reported from Bear Lake, Utah; Folsom lake, California; Walgon Lake, Nebraska; Payette Lake, Idaho; Flathead Lake, Montana; Iliamna Lake, Alaska; Silver Lake, New York; and Red Cedar Lake, Pewaukee Lake and Elkhart lake in Wisconsin.
In the People’s Republic of the Congo in Africa, a creature known locally as “Mokele-Mbembe” graces Lake Tele, and “Lukwata” is said to a resident of Lake Victoria in East Africa. Strange serpentine creatures have also been reported from Lake Suldal and Lake Storsjo in Scandinavia.
If there still remains some prehistoric species, hitherto unknown to biologists, that lurks within the water-courses of the world, it has shown an amazing capacity to survive in lakes large and small, in every part of the planet.
Not only has this species taken a liking to the temperate regions of the globe, but it is also partial to the tropics, and seems capable of surviving at high altitudes in trans-Himalayan lakes which are burdened with ice for the major part of the year.
Lake monsters must be extraordinarily versatile creatures, as their descriptions seem to vary, not only from region to region, but also from one sighting to another in the identical lake.
Furthermore, these creatures seem capable not only of surviving, but of thriving in the midst of inhabited communities, seemingly resistant to the depredation of chemical effluent and pollution, all the while covering their tracks and leaving no signs of their activities or passing.
It is little wonder, therefore, that the majority of scientists have come to regard these creatures as apocryphal, and the men and women who report them as deluded, where they are not outright frauds. Until the carcass of one of these strange creatures can be produced for laboratory analysis, scientists prefer to reject the authenticity of these sightings.
But if strange things are going on in the watery glens of our planet, something even stranger seems to be happening in the mountainous and forested regions of the earth.
(Continued in Part Two)
1 “Holiday Press“, Binghampton, New York, December 26, 1983.
2 “Sun“, Baltimore, Maryland, July 11, 1982.
3 “Bee“, Sacramento, California, July 31, 1983.
4 “Courier and Advertiser“, Dundee, Scotland, August 19, 1983.
5 Janet and Colin Bord, “Irish Lake Monsters“, in “Creatures from Elsewhere“, edited by Peter Brookesmith, Orbis, London, 1984, p. 81.
6 Ibid, pp. 84-86.
Scott: My name is Scott Paton. I am joined today by 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.
Thanks Scott, it’s good to have the opportunity to talk to you again.
Scott: So Allan, what do you plan to talk about today?
Well Scott, I thought it was about time I returned to a topic that I have not addressed for over a year now. Back in June of last year you and I talked about affairs in the Middle East in a Podcast entitled “Arabian Entropy“.
Scott: Yes, I recall that conversation. Didn’t you talk about how the situation in Egypt and other countries in Northern Africa had deteriorated since the onset of the “Arab Spring”?
You have an excellent memory Scott. Well since that time, the situation in the Middle East has changed dramatically, and in ways that seem to me ever more likely to confirm that the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets are coming true before our eyes.
Scott: Perhaps you could begin by reminding us what the Old Testament prophets predicted would happen in the Middle East during the “End Times”.
Certainly Scott. As I explained in my book “The Last Days of Tolemac“, the “Latter Days” described by the prophets refer to a period of seven years which they call the “Great Tribulation”. Jesus himself said that this time would be the greatest period of human suffering since the beginning of the world.
It is important to note that Israel is central to an understanding of the “End Times”, not only because it was the land where Jesus lived and taught, but because Israel was the place where the prophets predicted that the events of the final days would begin and end.
We need to remember that the Mount of Olives, located just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem, was the place where Jesus ascended into heaven, and that it was also the place where angels told the disciples who looked on in wonder, that Jesus would return.
The Old Testament prophets said that this seven year period of tribulation would begin with an event that would involve the land of Israel. They referred to this event as, and I quote, the “Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”. And they went on to describe what this event would be.
This seven year period would end with the battle of Armageddon that would take place in the valley of Jezreel in Israel, followed by the return to earth of the long-awaited Saviour, who would lead the world into a new Golden Age of peace, that was predicted to last for a thousand years.
As I explained in my post entitled “The Invasion of Israel“, the tribulation would begin when Israel was threatened by a coalition of nations, and the armies of these nations would surround Israel on every side. These armies would come from, and I quote, “the north parts”, and from countries like “Persia, Libya and Ethiopia”.
So you can see Scott why Israel is so important in “End Time” prophecy, and why Old Testament prophets focused on the events of the Middle East. And if they are correct, we may only have a few years left before the entire world is plunged into chaos and misery.
Scott: How do we know that Israel will be surrounded by the armies of its enemies?
Well if you will just bear with me Scott, in case some of our listeners think that I am making this up, or that I am misinterpreting the words of Biblical prophecy, I’d like to quote from the relevant parts of Chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel.
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, thus saith the Lord God; in that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army.”
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.”
According to Ezekiel, this vast mechanized army would assemble on the borders to the north, south and east of Israel. Their goal would be to wipe out the Jewish nation once and for all, and take over their land. The Jews would be powerless to stop the mighty forces that would be arrayed against them on every side.
But just when all hope seemed to be lost, and the entire nation seemed to be doomed, the Jews would be saved by a supernatural event. A comet would appear in the skies of earth that would cause earthquakes throughout the land, as well as “hailstones, fire and brimstone” that would rain down on their enemies. Ezekiel goes on to write:
“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken. Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel.”
Scott: Does Ezekiel say what will happen to these armies?
According to Ezekiel, the armies that are gathered on the borders of Israel will be caught on the open plains. They will be defenceless, and will be exposed to the full fury of the meteorites and the fiery hail that will descend on them from the sky. As Ezekiel writes:
“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.”
As a result of the earthquakes on the land, and the aerial bombardment from the skies, the armies that gather on the borders of Israel will be decimated. Those few who survive these disasters will either be unable, or unwilling, to pursue their assault.
Ezekiel writes that only “a sixth part” of the invading armies will survive the onslaught of the comet.
“Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, thus saith the Lord God; behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee.”
“And I will smite the 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 beast of the field to be devoured.”
Ezekiel goes on to write that, after the comet has passed, the countryside will be littered with the wreckage of the armaments and the bodies of the dead. So many people will die on the open plains that it will take the Israelis seven months to bury them all.
Anyway Scott, the main point I want to emphasize here is that the “hailstones, fire and brimstone” that Ezekiel predicted would destroy the armies gathered on the borders of Israel, will not be confined to the land of Israel. They will cause destruction all over the world.
Scott: What makes you say that, Allan?
In Chapter 8 of his Book of Revelation, John describes a vision in which he saw seven angels with seven trumpets. As each angel sounded their trumpets, so the earth was assailed by a specific disaster. Verse seven of this chapter begins (and I quote):
“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 was 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.”
So what John is describing here is a global disaster emanating from the sky, which not only causes “hail and fire” to rain down from the heavens, but also an asteroid to plunge into the ocean, destroying “a third part of the ships”, as well as “a third part of the creatures in the sea.”
I have written about this in greater detail in my Post entitled “What is Wormwood in the Book of Revelation?“. And it is because of the world-wide destruction caused by the asteroid slamming into the ocean that the prophets called it “the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”.
So based on the Biblical passages that I have quoted from here, the attack on Israel by the armies of its enemies is the key to understanding the time-line of events of the “End Times”, because it is this attack that sets in motion the final seven years of tribulation leading up to the return of the Christ.
So as you can see Scott, the events that are unfolding in the Middle East at this time have a crucial bearing on predicting the last days of the world as we know it. Jesus also warned his disciples that the Day of the Lord would come suddenly, “like a thief in the night”, when people least expected it.
Scott: So Allan, do you think there will be a land invasion of Israel any time soon?
Well Scott, that’s the 64,000 dollar question. But when you look back on the events that have happened in Israel over the last year, together with events that have taken place in neighbouring countries, they seem to be making such a confrontation not only likely, but inevitable.
When President Obama was elected to his second term in office, he made a concerted effort to try to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that had been festering pretty much ever since Israel became a nation in 1948, by getting Secretary of State John Kerry to set up a series of negotiations.
These negotiations between the government of Israel on the one hand, and the Palestine National Authority on the other, were hamstrung right from the start by the fact that the Palestine National Authority was split into two opposing groups.
There was the Fatah group headed by Mahmoud Abbas which governed the West Bank, and there was the Hamas group which ruled the territory of Gaza. The basic problem was that Israel, as well as the United States and most of the European countries, regarded Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Nevertheless, John Kerry was instructed to go ahead without Hamas, and he ordered both Abbas and Netanyahu to authorise a series of secret negotiations over a nine month period ending in April of this year, using the pre-1967 borders as a basis for negotiation.
The hope was that, with the assistance of the United States, both parties would come to an agreement on the boundaries of their respective countries, as well as their capital cities. Kerry’s view was that West Jerusalem would be the capital of Israel, with East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine.
Although it had already become clear to outside observers that nothing of any consequence was likely to come of these negotiations, affairs came to a head when Abbas suddenly announced that there had been a reconciliation between himself and Hamas, and that in future he would be negotiating on behalf of both groups.
Israel immediately pulled out of these negotiations, and as a result of a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank, tensions soon boiled over leading to the third Israeli-Gaza conflict in eight years. The fighting, which caused extensive damage in Gaza, continued for forty days until Hamas finally agreed to a ceasefire.
Scott: So was anything substantial agreed upon during those nine months of negotiations?
Unfortunately Scott, nothing significant was achieved, even though both parties appeared to be motivated by similar goals. They both wanted to have a defined territory, bound by secure borders, with capital cities that would be recognised by each other, as well as by the international community.
In reality, however, there never was any hope of an agreement on any of these issues. For starters, Abbas was never in a position to guarantee the security of Israel following the creation of a Palestinian state, despite John Kerry’s assurance that the United States would act as the protector of Israel.
After all, the Israelis had already learned the hard way that peace with the Palestinians was no guarantee of their own future safety. They learned this lesson in the Gaza strip, which they had captured from Egypt during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Israelis occupied and ruled Gaza until 1993, when it was agreed that Gaza would be governed by a new administrative body called the Palestinian Authority, while Israel would retain control over airspace, territorial waters and all border crossings except the one between Gaza and Egypt.
This arrangement continued until 2005, when Israel decided unilaterally to withdraw all of its people from Gaza. When elections were held and Hamas became the newly elected government in July 2007, the first thing they did was to expel their rival party Fatah from Gaza.
From the start Hamas refused to accept the existence of Israel, and committed itself to the extermination of the Jews. With funding obtained from the Arab state of Qatar, and armaments provided by Iran, Hamas soon began the first of its many wars with Israel.
So the net result of handing over control of Gaza to the Palestinians, was to find themselves under constant threat of artillery and rocket fire. So as you can see Scott, there is no appetite in Israel today to negotiate a new Palestinian state where similar hostilities could break out much closer to Jerusalem.
Scott: Why is the city of Jerusalem so important?
Well Scott, as I have already pointed out, John Kerry had hoped that he could persuade both parties to share the city of Jerusalem, with the Western part being the capital of Israel and the Eastern part the capital of Palestine, largely because of its historical association with both countries.
What he failed to take into account was that Jerusalem remains at the core of the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews, and has been pretty much ever since the state of Israel was first created. At that time it was an independent city administered under the mandate of the United Nations.
When the Israeli war of independence broke out in 1948, the Jews seized the western part of Jerusalem as well as certain areas originally allocated to the Arabs, while Jordan took control of the old city of Eastern Jerusalem, along with what is today known as the West Bank.
During the Six-Day War of 1967, Jordanian forces attacked West Jerusalem. After hand-to-hand fighting on the Temple Mount, the Israeli army repelled this attack, and went on to capture East Jerusalem along with the entire West Bank of the river Jordan.
When the war ended, Jordan was allowed to retain control of the Islamic holy sites located on the Temple Mount, such as the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. However, Israeli troops guarded all of the entrances and controlled who could obtain access to the Temple area.
Then in July 1980, the Knesset, or Israeli Parliament, passed the “Jerusalem Law” which declared that Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel and the seat of its government. Although this has never been accepted by the international community, it remains the Jewish capital to this day.
So the present reality is that despite nine months of negotiations overseen by John Kerry, nothing has changed. The Palestinians are no nearer to having their own country with designated borders, nor do they have a capital city. In their day-to-day affairs they still remain under the control of Israelis.
Scott: So where does this leave the present state of negotiations?
Well Scott, at present there are no ongoing negotiations, and Mahmoud Abbas has been left with little choice but to appeal to the United Nations and the international community to intervene on their behalf. However, there is little that either group can do to change the existing stalemate.
Of course President Obama was infuriated by what he saw as Israeli intransigence coupled with a refusal to negotiate in good faith. Israel in turn countered by blaming the United States for the breakdown in negotiations, by refusing to accept the realities of the region, and by making demands on Israel which their people would never accept.
So Israel continues to thumb their noses at the Palestinians, by approving new housing projects throughout East Jerusalem as well as increasing areas of the West Bank. But this is a policy that carries great risk, and makes it ever more likely that the predictions of the prophets will come to pass.
Scott: Why do you say that Allan?
Well Scott, the immediate outcome of the breakdown of negotiations will be to isolate Israel from the international community. Already Sweden has decided to recognise the State of Palestine, declaring that this is the only way to end the conflict.
Soon, the Parliaments of France, Denmark and the European Parliament in Belgium will vote on similar resolutions, because of the increasing frustration felt by these nations at Israel’s disregard for their protests about the expansion of Jewish settlements in areas set aside for the Palestinians.
Furthermore, the Swedish resolution urges all European Union member states to recognise the State of Palestine on the basis of borders that existed before the 1967 war, and with the City of Jerusalem as the capital city of Palestine.
It is also likely that this movement to recognise the State of Palestine will spread to the United Nations, where other nations hostile to Israel will no doubt choose to follow the lead of the European Union. But far from improving the present situation, it will only serve to inflame it.
International support for an official State of Palestine will not help in bringing Mahmoud Abbas and Benyamin Netanyahu closer together, but will only drive them farther apart, leaving both to withdraw into ever more extreme positions. More and more acts of violence will follow.
Besides, the reality is that no matter how many resolutions are passed by these various bodies, neither the European Union nor even the United Nations have the power to resolve this Middle-Eastern impasse. Even the threat of international sanctions will prove ineffective.
The United States will find itself equally handicapped. Since the breakdown of official negotiations orchestrated by John Kerry, two things have changed in Washington. First of all, President Obama’s focus has switched from Israel to the challenge of fighting the forces of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
And secondly, the Democratic Party has just suffered a resounding defeat in the mid-term elections, leaving the Republican Party in complete control of Congress and the Senate. Any move by Obama against Israel now will be met with fierce opposition from those who are staunch supporters of Israel.
The threat to Israel will come not from the West, but from the East.
Scott: What sort of threat are you referring to?
Well Scott, the reality is that Israel is sitting pretty at the moment. It is true that they face continuing threats of violence from Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. But essentially they are ensconced once more in their own ancestral land, exactly as the prophets of old predicted.
The threat that I am talking about is something that could not even have been imagined just a few short months ago. It is the threat of ISIS, or ISIL as President Obama prefers to call it. Whereas ISIS refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIL refers the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
And it is the Levant that we all need to be aware of right now. The Levant is a word of French origin that was used in the Middle Ages to refer to the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, Southern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Israel.
The difference between ISIL and other terrorist groups spawned by the civil war in Syria, is that they formed an alliance of Islamic extremists that unleashed a war of undreamed of brutality under the banner of religion. They have begun a new crusade designed to recapture the glory of the past.
The goal of ISIL is to create an Islamic Caliphate, or Islamic State, that will stretch from Southern Turkey all the way down to the borders of Egypt, including all of Israel and Palestine. So from their point of view, the present impasse between Netanyahu and Abbas is of no consequence.
According to their plan, they will both be swept away when the all conquering forces of ISIL sweep over the land. And they have a rallying cry that unites all who fight for them, and that is to recapture the ancient city of Jerusalem and make it the Capital City of their new Islamic Caliphate.
This is the threat that hangs over the land of Israel. And because of their coming isolation as a result of their continuing incursions into Palestinian territory, when the Islamic armies appear at their gates, they will find that they have no one to help them defend their country but themselves. The prophecies of the Old Testament will be vindicated.
So while the world watches and waits to see how the events of the Middle East will turn out, the wheels of Fate are grinding remorselessly towards their long prophesied conclusion, exactly as the prophets of old foretold.
Finally Scott, if anyone has any comments or questions on this or any other subject, they are welcome to email me at email@example.com
Scott: Thanks Allan. This has been a fascinating insight into the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how this fits in with ancient prophecies of the “End Times”.
You have been listening to Allan Colston, author of the book “The Last Days of Tolemac”. Do join us for our next Podcast in the series titled “Signs of the Times”.