The Toltecs lived in Mexico from 800 thru 1280 A.D. Like the Mayans and Incas, the Toltecs were polytheistic and practiced ritual sacrifice of human beings in order to appease the gods and atone for their sins. Their rose among this peoples group an ancient prophet - ruler whose name was Quetzalcoatl. He's described as being a white man with a beard and wearing long robes. It is said that he preached about a supreme "God" and apparently left the Toltecs because of their violence, evil and enmity with another. In fact, "his" message of love and respect led him to forbid the practice of human sacrifices. It is said, due to his displeasure with the people, that he left Mexico by boat and headed west via the Pacific Ocean. However, he promised to return one day from the east by way of the vast sea (presumably the Atlantic and or Gulf Oceans).
Some have interpreted Quetzalcoatl’s return to mean that the Toltec people will take and practice the prophet’s spiritual message of love, respect and unity whereas there are others who believe in the literal return of Quetzalcoatl. It is rather unique how similar the characteristics of this prophet are in relation to the description we have of Jesus. Not only that, but Matt: 24: 27 confirms that “He” will return one day from the east, “For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” This scripture indicates that although Jesus will come from the east, He will be seen in the west as well.
It is believed that Quetzalcoatl established the Toltec era on August the 16th, 1168 AD. Interestingly, most Mexican year accounts begin with that date. Both the Toltecs and Aztec calendars were based on 52 years and their span of time broken into 13 eras. It is believed Quetzalcoatl will return in the 13th era, the one which we are in now. 2
The Aztecs eventually conquered the Toltecs and elected Montezuma II to be King of Mexico. An astrologer by the name of Nezhaukoyl gave the king detailed warnings of a most difficult time that would come upon his people. Shortly after his prophecy, signs in the heavens and on earth seemed to support those predictions. For example, the first sign given was the appearance of a devastating famine that took place in 1507. This was followed by an earthquake and numerous other omens which seemed to indicate that the Aztecs fate was sealed until the time the Conquistadors arrived.
It is truly remarkable that Cortez’s ship landed on the precise date that the Aztec calendar had calculated for the return of Quetzalcoatl (the Aztecs reckoning was different from the Toltecs, yet it predicted Cortez’s arrival at the same date). Although Cortez’s expedition was outnumbered militarily by more than a thousand to one, it is believed that King Montezuma voluntarily gave up his empire to the Conquistadors because he thought Cortez was Quetzalcoatl! After the destruction and pillage of the Aztec by the Conquistadors, the remaining Aztec stood ground and eventually overcame the onslaught. It is reported that when Cortez was condemned to death for his horrific exploits, he was forced to drink molten gold, the very thing he had come to plunder from the Aztec. Incidentally, it is from this form of execution that we hear of the expression “Montezuma’s Revenge” as it relates to the severe level of nausea and diarrhea that illnesses such as cholera and dysentery produce.
In revolt to Montezuma’s mistake in allowing the Conquistadors to pillage the Aztec, the people stoned and fatally wounded their king and the Aztec Empire fell soon afterwards. As Montezuma II lay dying, he had a wondrous vision which he shared with his daughter, Tula. She later shared his vision with a noble called Iztlilzochitl, who recorded it as follows: "To the world I have said farewell…. a shadow creeps over me, darkening all without, but brightening all within, and in the brightness, lo, I see my people and their future! The long, long cycles; 2, 4, 8 pass away, and I see the tribes newly risen, like the trodden grass, and in their midst a priesthood and a cross. An age of battle more, and lo, there remains “the cross”, but not the priests (in relation to the mission priests that brought Catholicism to the people); in their stead is freedom and God. I know the children of the Aztecs, crushed now, will live, and more after ages suffered by them, they will rise up, and take their place - a place of splendor - amongst the deathless nations of the earth….”3
It is quite remarkable that Montezuma, in this vision of seeing his people rise again on some unkown future date, also sees "the cross" at that time and "freedom and God". Is it possible that Montezuma had accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior and upon is deathbed was given this "wonderous" vision as a prophetic hope for his people who also received Jesus?
In 1790, a large monolithic sculpture was excavated in Mexico City and it was determined to be the “Eagle Bowl", the sacred Aztec calendar. It is an amazingly accurate calendar that has been in existence for more than 2,000 years. According to its reckoning, we are now living in the fifth epoch. The Aztec identify this period as “Nahu-Olin” which means "Sun of Earthquake". In fact, the fifth epoch is believed to be identified by an increase of catastrophic earthquakes which will eventually mark the end of time. It is truly amazing how this prediction correlates with the biblical prediction as given in Luke 21: 11 (NIV), “there will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences and various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” The fifth epoch began in 3113 B.C. and is considered to end either December 2011 or 2012 A.D. by Aztec reckoning (there is some confusion regarding the precise end-dates, but note its similarity to the Mayan end-of-time prediction).
The Hopi Indian Prophecy
The Hopi Indians are a Native American people who primarily live on the 2,531 square mile Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona. The reservation is entirely surrounded by the much larger Navajo reservation. The Hopi area according to the 2000 A.D. censes records the population of the Hopi people at 6,946.4
The Rev. David Young, while driving along a desert highway in 1958, stopped to offer a ride to an Hopi native American elder. The minister recorded the words this traveler spoke to him. The message was first published as a mimeographed manuscript that circulated among Methodist and Presbyterian churches in 1959. Here are his words.......
“I am White Feather, a Hopi of the ancient Bear Clan. In my long life I have traveled through this land, seeking out my brothers, and learning from them many things full of wisdom. I have followed the sacred paths of my people, who inhabit the forests and many lakes in the East, the land of ice and long nights in the north, and places of holy altars of stone built many years ago by my brother’s fathers in the south. From all these I've heard the stories of the past, and the prophecies of the future. Today, many of the prophecies have turned to stories, and few are left - the past grows longer, and the future grows shorter.
And now White Feather is dying. His sons have all joined his ancestors, and soon he too shall be with them. But there is no one left, no one to recite and pass on the ancient wisdom. My people have tired of the old ways - the great ceremonies that tell of our origins, of our emergence into the Fourth World, are almost all abandoned, forgotten, yet even this has been foretold. The time grows short.
My people await Pahana, the lost White Brother (from the stars), as do all our brothers in the land. He will not be like the white men we know now, who are cruel and greedy. We were told of their coming long ago. But we still await Pahana. He will bring with him the symbols, and the missing piece of that sacred tablet now kept by the elders, given to him when he left, that shall identify him as our true White Brother. The Fourth World will end soon, and the Fifth World will begin. This the elders everywhere know. The signs over many years have been fulfilled, and so few are left.
Many of my people, understanding the prophecies, shall be safe. Those who stay and live in the places of my people also shall be safe. Then there will be much to rebuild. And soon - very soon afterward - Pahana will return. He shall bring with him the dawn of the Fifth World. He shall plant the seeds of his wisdom in their hearts. Even now the seeds are being planted. These shall smooth the way to the emergence of the Fifth World. But White Feather shall not see it. I am old and dying. You - perhaps will see it. In time, in time….” 5
The Hopi prophecies stem from their oral tradition, which has predicted the coming of white man, the world wars, and the advent of nuclear weapons. They ultimately state that time will end when humanity emerges into the Fifth World. Many believe the transition between the Fourth and Fifth World has already begun. Some prophecies of the Hopis indicate that time will end in 2012, in full agreement with the Mayan calendar’s end date. Their projections even go beyond 2012, by saying that the years after 2012 will be a "golden age", years filled with peace. However, mankind must go through years of great trial, suffering, and persecution before the time of peace and "one-heartedness" will take place. 6
Interestingly, a correlation exists with the Hopis belief of a time of "great trial, suffering and persecution" with the biblical period of the seven year tribulation. Whether this will in fact take place at a time they so predict is yet to be seen.
The Rwandan Prophecy
It is reported that Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to some Catholics in Kihebo, Rwanda, on November, 1981. Here is one of the messages that was reportedly received by Emmanuel: “There isn't much time left and (we are) preparing for the Last Judgment. We must change our lives; renounce sin. Pray and prepare for our own death and for the end of the world. We must prepare while there is still time. Those who do well will go to heaven (authors note: assuming they believe in Jesus Christ). If they do evil, they will condemn themselves with no hope of appeal. Do not lose time by doing good and praying. There's not much time (left) and Jesus will come."
At the same time, these Rewandans reported that they saw a vision that was related to their nation. The vision lasted eight hours, and in it they saw horrible images of tragedy, including massacres, decapitated bodies, and bodies being thrown into rivers. This vision was fulfilled a few years later when the Rwandan Holocaust took place. 7
Pole Shift Theory
It is an accepted geological fact that the Earth's crust floats on the turbulent molten lava ocean below. The turbulence is caused by the Earth's core spinning faster than the crust of the earth itself, which in turn causes great upheaval and resulting tectonic plate activity. The evidence of this activity is seen in the “Ring of fire” volcanic mountains that encircle the Pacific Ocean. These areas include Japan, the eastern Chinese coast extending through Alaska, the western American coast (including California with the San Andreas fault) and the western South American coast comprised of the Andean mountain range. More than half of the world's volcanoes are found within the “Ring of fire”.
It is believed that the "Ring of fire" is significantly affected by lunar phases, especially when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth. If this takes place when one trillion tons of ice and snow are upon the land masses near the poles, it is possible a polar shift could occur in response to land movements resulting from associated volcanic activity in areas such as the "Ring of fire". 8
There are those who believe we are close to such an event. In fact, some like Patrick Geryl, write, “in 2012 the next polar reversal will take place on earth. This means that the North Pole will be changed into the South Pole. Scientifically this can only be explained by the fact that the earth will start rotating in the opposite direction, together with a huge disaster of unknown proportions. Life after a polar reversal is nothing but horror, pure unspeakable horror…”.9
Best-selling author and researcher Gregg Braden writes, “we know, for example that every once in a while something truly mind-boggling, almost unthinkable, happens. For reasons that are still not fully understood, our familiar North and South Poles trade places and the magnetic field of the Earth does a complete flip-flop. Although polar reversals are rare in the history of civilizations, the geologic record shows that they happen routinely in terms of Earth’s history. Magnetic reversals have already happened 171 times in the last 76 million years, with the last 14 of those reversals occurring in the last 4.5 million years alone. 10
The Mayans believe that our sun, Kinich-Ahau as they call it, every so often synchronizes with our enormous central galaxy. And from this central galaxy a ‘spark’ of light is produced which causes the sun to shine more intensely producing what our scientists call ‘solar flares’ as well as changes in the Sun’s magnetic field. The Mayans say that this happens every 5125 years and will cause a displacement in the Earth’s rotation, and because of this movement, great catastrophes would be produced. Interestingly, on December the 21st 2012, the Mayans believe the sun will receive a powerful ray of synchronizing light from the center of the galaxy and thereby change the polarity of the earth.11
Emergence of Giant Solar Flares
Some scientists are concerned that "tsunami" sized solar flares are about to “hit” the earth in the next few years. Solar flares are caused by intense sunspot activity and their radiation brings great electromagnetic effects upon the earth. One astronomer, Mausumi Dikpati, who works at the National Center for Atmospheric Research predicts that the next solar maximum will occur in 2012 A.D. He believes it will be one of the most powerful that has ever occurred, and could knock out electronic instruments such as mobile phones, GPS systems and so forth. This prediction comes as a result of solar cycle 24, which began in 2007 and is anticipated to peak some time in 2010 – 2011. David Hathaway, solar physicist at the Marshall space Center, has this to say about solar cycle 24….” it's going to be one of the most intense cycles since record keeping began almost 400 years ago. When a gust of solar wind (generated from a solar flare) hits Earth’s magnetic field, the impact causes the field to shake. If it shakes hard enough, we call it a geomagnetic storm.” Such storms could cause power outages and make compass needles swing in the wrong direction. They also generate beautiful displays of the Aurora Borealis and the like.
Michael Hanlon wrote an article titled "Melt down" in the London Daily Mail on 4/20/09 which reads, "the catastrophe (regarding solar cycle 24 at its height), when it comes, will be beautiful at first. For example, it is a balmy evening in late 2012. Ever since the sun set, the dimming skies over London have been alive with fire… the most spectacular display of the Aurora Borealis seen in southern England in the last 153 years. And then, 90 seconds later, the lights start to go out. Not the lights in the sky - they will dazzle until dawn - but the lights on the ground."
Hanlon goes on to describe in great detail the disastrous scenario that will take place after the predicted solar super storm of 2012; no electricity, no TV, no radio, no telephones, no Internet, no manufacturing, no medicines, no farming and no food. He further predicts 100,000 Europeans will die of starvation by the end of 2013. No doubt, it will not only affect Europe, but the rest of the world as well. 12
The concern for catastrophic solar flares was recently brought forth by a group of NASA-assembled researchers who presented a paper titled “Severe Space Weather Events-Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts”. It describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth's magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids.
Such a calamity would cost the United States “$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year” concluded the panel, and a “full recovery would take four to 10 years.” That would, of course, be just a fraction of the global damages. Worse yet, the next period of intense solar activity is expected in 2012, and coincides with the presence of an unusually large hole in earth's geomagnetic shield. But this report received scant attention, perhaps because of 2012’s supernatural connotations.
Whether the Mayans were onto something, or this is all just take chilling coincidence, won't be known until 2012, says Lawrence Joseph, author of Apocalypse 2012 – A Scientific Investigation into Civilizations End. His assessment, “I've been following this topic for almost 5 years, and it wasn't until the report came out that this really began to freak me out.” In an interview with Wired.com, Mr. Joseph states, “the chair of the NASA workshop was Dan Baker at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Some of his comments, and the comments he approved in the report, are very strong about the potential connection between coronal mass ejections and (the shutdown ) of power grids here on earth. There's a direct relationship between how technologically sophisticated as society is in how badly it could be hurt. That's the message of the report. I also had the opportunity being with John Kappenman at MetaTech. He took me through a meticulous two-hour presentation about just how vulnerable the power grid is. He sees the power grid system as a big antenna for space weather outbursts. Kappenman pointed out that when electrical transformers blow, they can't be fixed in the field. And often they can't be fixed at all. Right now there is a one to three year timeframe between placing an order for a transformer and getting a new one.13
Often, predicted events such as these sound too far-fetched to believe and remind us of one of the latest apocalyptic movies we may recently have seen. In other words, the description of such events and their consequences appear a lot like science fiction. However, a look at the Carrington event should help remove any doubt to the reality of a gigantic solar flare having the potential to not only take place, but cause devastating effects upon the world.
The Carrington Event
On Thursday, Sept. 1, 1859, British astronomer Richard Carrington was sketching the projected image of a solar flare. As he observed a large sunspot group, two kidney shaped spots of blinding light appeared on his shaped glass screen, where an 11 inch image of the sun rapidly changed as he watched.
The next day at dawn, virtually the entire world witnessed auroras in every color, blazing forth so brightly that witnesses reported being able to read newspapers by their light at night. Such experiences were reported at latitudes as far south as Cuba and Hawaii. Normally, equatorial auroras are unheard of.
Today's astronomers say that Richard Carrington recorded an extremely rare magnetic explosion of some sort, just above the Sun's surface. Also, the only "electronic" system in existence at the time was the telegraph, which was powered by wet-cell batteries, and work by the opening and closing of switches. The clacking keys transmitted code along a primitive system of electrical wires. Following the Carrington event, these systems began to malfunction on a worldwide basis. So strong was the electrical induction of the magnetic fields produced by these solar flares, that sparks set the telegraph paper on fire. When the operators disconnected the wet-cell batteries that powered the telegraph, the telegraphs continued to function, so strong was the electrical induction.
Experts say that if such an event were to happen today, it would produce a global catastrophe. Currently we have technology that wasn't dreamed of in 1859 - a system of high-voltage electric power grids. Not only that, but these grids are controlled by computers, which control hundreds of huge transformers. The National Academy of Sciences issued a report that is chilling in its implications. It states if another Carrington event (or even a similar eruption of lesser power) were to happen, the entire U. S. power grid would burn out within a period of a minute or two!
Think of it, everything electrical would stop - lights, motors, air-conditioning, heating, communications, the internet and more. A real emergency would ensue. Transportation would halt. Supermarkets would run out of food. Gas station pumps would cease to function because gasoline would not be able to be pumped. Financial markets and banks do business electronically. They would shut down! There can be no question about it, such an event would bring the civilized world to a halt. 14
Bible Code Prediction
Bible codes, also known as Torah codes, are words, phrases and clusters of words and phrases that some people believe are meaningful and exist intentionally in encoded form in the Bible. These codes were made famous by the book “The Bible Code” written by Michael Drosnin (for a greater explanation on this subject, see “ELS Proof for Jesus” link at www.AmazingEvidence.org). Credibility of this phenomena was established by scientists Eliyahu Rips, Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg from the Hebrew University and Jerusalem College of Technology. Their work titled, “Equidistant Letter Sequencing (ELS) in the Book of Genesis” was published in the distinguished Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. In this publication, they presented their results on “equidistant letter sequencing” testing. It showed the results were very significant, with the odds of this phenomena occurring merely by chance alone being less than 1 and 50 quadrillion. Findings in most scientific journals are considered significant at chance levels of anything less than 1 and 20. In other words, the results were most meaningful and thus suggested serious validity.15
Michael Drosnin, in his second book titled “The Bible Code II” states that the Bible codes appear to authenticate the Mayan calendar and 2012 with a series of significant apocalyptic events. For example, the Bible code predicts a large, stone-like comet due to approach the earth around 2012. The destructive element of this event is described in “tongue-like” characteristics, where it has been theorized that a comet will break up like the Shoemaker-Levy comet did when it approached Jupiter, thus creating a tongue-like array of comet matter which impacts the earth in a shotgun effect. If this were to occur, such an event would trigger a solar eruption that will fry the earth like a rotisserie. The solar flare and resulting coronal mass ejection will be the tongue-like characteristic of this event.16
The association of such an event(s) with the book of Revelation can be readily seen. For example, the rain of huge flaming hailstones as given in Rev. 8: 7 as part of the first Trumpet judgment very pointedly alludes to such a possibility. And so would Rev 16:21 where 100 pound hailstones fall from the sky and strike man as part of the 7th bowl judgment of God. From this, we can easily imagine a celestial body breaking up as it penetrates the Earth's atmosphere and creates an array of impact events. Moreover, the poles shifting as a result of the magnetic disruption from the comet and reaction of the sun can also result in mantle shifting (mentioned the Bible Code as well) with the electromagnetic field of the earth undergoing a dramatic change.
This is just one example of the catastrophes described in the Bible code. There are many more. However, Michael Drosnin does give a caution to the interpretation of the Bible code. He states, “I don't think the code makes predictions. I think it reveals probabilities and might tell us possible futures.” Ultimately, the Bible is the final authoritative work that has thus far proven to be 100% accurate in all prophetic events. And this is what we need to base our future upon.15
A Mega Tsunami
Memories are still fresh of the Aceh-Banda Indonesian tsunami that killed over 250,000 people on Dec. 26, 2004 and stretched from Indonesia to India, Thailand and even South Africa. Yet, there is an unstable volcano on the Canary Island chain off the western coast of Africa by the name of Cumbre Vieja. If this volcano erupts in a manner similar to Krakatoa or Mount St. Helens, a huge section of the volcano will likely fall into the Atlantic Ocean. If this occurs, the result will produce the largest ocean wave in recorded history.
Dr. Simon Day from the Benfield-Greig Hazards Research Center of University College London says, "if the volcano collapsed into a block of rock almost 20 km (12 mi.), weighing 500 billion tons - twice the size of the Isle of Wight - it would fall into water almost 4 miles deep end create an undersea wave 2,000 feet tall. Within five minutes of the landslide, a dome of water about a mile high would form and then collapse, before the mega-tsunami fanned out in every direction, traveling at speeds of up to 500 mph. A 330 foot high wave would strike the Western Sahara in less than an hour. 18
Collision with Planet X?
Historical records indicate that the ancient Sumerians left evidence of a planet named Nibiru that was once in our solar system. We learn that the name "Nibiru" comes from 6,000 year old templates written in cuneiform by the Sumerians. This culture was the first to create writing as a complete language, as opposed to fractional symbols. The Sumerians had seven sacred templates that contained the story of the seven days of creation although the Sumerians account does not fully match the Genesis account.19
The artifacts of stone tablet pictures from the Sumarian culture tell us that gods came from a planet in our own solar system, the name which is stated as Nibiru. It is written in their tablets that Nibiru has a 3,600 year elliptical orbit around our sun. The Nibiru collision is a supposed encounter between the Earth and a large planetary object (either a collision or a near miss) which certain subcultural groups believe will take place in 2012. Believers in this doomsday event usually refer to this object either as planet X or Nibiru.
The idea that a planet-sized object which could possibly collide with Earth in the near future is not supported by the mainstream scientific community and has been roundly rejected as pseudoscience by astronomers and planetary scientists. Nonetheless, many note that the fear of such a collision has led them to receiving a stream of panicky e-mails from the public.20
Yet, historical writings such as those found in the Kolbrin Bible predict the end to life as we know it by such a celestial event. This work, and other documents, predict the return of a massive space object which is in a long elliptical orbit around our sun. Known to the Egyptians and Hebrews as the “Destroyer”, the Celts later called it the “Frightener”. Greg Jenner, writer of “Planet X and the Kolbrin Bible Connection” states that the German Vril and Thule societies not only believed in the existence of bottomless pits, but also in the existence of a subterranean race living deep within the earth. He states that there is a direct correlation between Planet X (or Nibiru) and the subterranean dwellers in that the inner-Earth terrestrials will emerge out of the bottomless pits and interact with mankind at the arrival of the dark star system - particularly Planet X. This concept seems to be supported by one of the world's oldest legend which tells of a vast underground network of tunnels and passageways connecting the great continents of the earth to a subterranean kingdom somewhere beneath the heart of Asia. According to Theosophical tradition, the last remnants of a super-civilization flourished in what is now the Gobi and fled to underground cities known respectively as Shambhalla and Agharti. Based upon the belief of the Theosophists, 19th century occultists and Tibetan references to Aharti/Shambhalla, these cities are not super-bunkers beneath the Himalayas, but actually cities inside a hollow earth (read the link about the reporter who “saw” the emanations from the bowels of the earth on the right column). It is understood that the concept of a hollow earth has been embraced by other cultures throughout history as well. In fact, many ancient religious texts speak of a separate world situated underneath the Earth's crust which was supposed to be the dwelling-place of departed spirits. 21 Biblically, this abode would simply be identified as hell, or in Jesus’ description; Gehenna, the Abyss and/or the outer darkness.
My analysis: I correlate the belief of the Sumerians that gods came down to earth from planet Nibiru with the actual arrival of the Nephilim. We need to understand that the Nephilim, who are identified in the Bible as sons of God who were of great renown, more than likely were fallen angels. These fallen angels, as part of Lucifers original kingdom, were later identified as the giants that walked the land and induced such evil, that God had to send a flood to wipe humanity off the earth (see Genesis 6: 1-4). These nefarious beings are still shrouded in mystery relative to a potential future manisfestation.
However, an even greater association can be made with the arrival of a heavenly body (whether it is described as a planet, star, comet, asterioid, etc.) and that which is written about in Revelation that will occur during the Tribulation. Revelation 9:3 describes how an angel from God will sound the 5th Trumpet judgment. When this occurs....
It is quite amazing how this prophetic word so well describes the “belief” of the Theosophists (and others) in regard to a planet colliding with earth, which the Bible calls a “star”. As is believed by these occultists, there does exist a kingdom in the hollows of the earth which the Bible identifies as Shoel. The Bible also speaks of an underworld (Shoel, Gehanna, outer darkness, hell) that is described as the place where the kingdom of Satan dwells occupied by both lost souls (human beings who went to hell) and spiritual beings identified as fallen angels which are called demons. I do not find it coincidental that the Egyptians, Hebrews and Celts called "Planet X" the potential biblical "star" by the names "Destroyer/Frightener". Biblically, Revelation 9: 1-3 specifically prophesies demonic beings being unleashed upon the earth. Therefore, these “locusts”, given the power of scorpions, are in fact demonic hordes that come to torture those during the Tribulation who do not have the mark of God on their foreheads. And the king of these demons is called Apollyon, which literally means “The Destroyer”, who no doubt is Satan himself. Most interesting is that John the Apostle is told in Rev. 9:1 that the “star” was given the key to open the Abyss, correlating the star to a personal pronoun of “he” (“….The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he (the star) opened the Abyss, smoke….”), revealing that the identity of this “star” may actually refer to a living “being”, albiet spiritual. If this is true, we are speaking about an archangel of the underworld whose name is Apollyon who receives direct commands form Satan himself.
Sadly, the occultists have a totally deceived belief that they will inherit the earth in the way it is described that Jesus will rule and reign the earth. How truly deceived they are, for it will be the unmitigated and forceful wrath of God that will truly show them who is "The Boss". Therefore, we can believe that a coming “Destroyer” is destined to appear, just like the ancient cultures, occultists and deceived are predicting and the Bible prophesies in Revelation. But, it needs to be understood that it is Apollyon who has come to rule and reign for the 7 years of Tribulation, not the true Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Only once the seven years of Tribulation have been completed will all believers in Jesus Christ have the right to rule and reign with Him when He comes to set up His millennial kingdom. Hallelujah!
The I Ching, also known as the Yi King is a Chinese book written approximately 5,000 years ago. It is considered to be one of the oldest books in the world and its title means “Book of Changes” or “Classic of Changes”. The main theme of this book deals with the dynamic of opposites, the evolution of events as a process and the acceptance of these processes in changes as a natural order of life.22
Our generation is marked with change as never before. We are truly at the end of time as prophesied by Daniel 12:4, “But, you Daniel, shut up these words and seal the book (referring to the book of Daniel as found in the Bible) until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro (relating to the busyness, scurrying and commuting of our society) and knowledge shall increase”. It has been said that Western civilization has evolved (changed) and advanced, technically speaking, more in the last 100 years than all of known human history, which is calculated to be approximately 5,000 to 6,000 years. I believe we are all experiencing an increasing rate of change as never before. I well remember my first computer back in the late 1980’s, when the advent of the IBM clone and Macintosh by Apple Computer became the latest technological niche to be involved with. At that time, many of us became computer geeks in our own respect because of the need to know the technology to operate these computers. Moreover, with the incessant advances of improved hardware/software, one could barely keep pace iwth each change. Today, we scarcely are able to master one operating program such as Vista (by Microsoft) when another is introduced to replace it such as Windows 7. It is truly becoming untenable.
There is a growing community that believes the rate of technical and sociological change will increase so much that all that will remain is change. When this happens, we will have reached a point of infinity or zero state. Ray Kurzweil, futurist and inventor of the Kurzweil synthesizer believes we are near this time. In his book, "The Singularity is Near" Kurzweil writes that if the power of computers continue to double every 18 months, there will eventually be a computer that can equal the power of the human brain. The concern is that at some point such a computer can invent a better one than even a human can! This is what the movie series, "The Matrix" is essentially about. It considers a diabolical sociological concept, pitting machine against a small remaining human remnant. Regarding the crossover of computers above human ability, Peter Russell comments, “What happens then is a big question. Some propose that humans would become obsolete and machines would become the vanguard of evolution. Others think there would be a merging of human and machine intelligence - downloading our minds into computers, perhaps.”
Ray Kurzweil believes that the point of never ending change (the attainment of singularity) will occur sometime after the year 2010. Moreover, the studies of Terrence and Dennis McKenna as described in their book, The Invisible Landscape which was published in 1973, analyzed the symbols of the I Ching. Their conclusion? On December the 21, 2012 humanity will reach the point of infinity (or singularity)! Incredibly, they came to this conclusion in the early 70’s without foreknowledge of the Mayan calendar and its ominous prediction of the end of all things on the very same day December 21, 2012!! 23
The Prediction of St. Malachy
St. Malachy was a medieval Catholic Irish bishop born in 1094 AD. In 1139, he went to Rome to give an account of the affairs of his diocese to Pope Innocent II. While in Rome, he received a strange vision regarding the future pontiffs who were to rule the Church until the end of time. This list would begin with Pope Celestine II in 1143 A.D. and continue until the very last Pope.
He listed on a single line a total of 112 popes, giving each one a descriptive name and its related meaning. For example, the 106th Pope listed was Pius XII, whose real name was Eugenio Pacelli and reigned 1939-1958. St. Malachy identified him as Pastor Angelicus and describes him as “an angelic shepherd”. The 110th Pope was John Paul II whose real name was Karol Josef Wojtlya and reigned 1978 unto his death in 2005. St. Malachy described this Pope as “De Labore Solis” which means “From the toil of the sun”. This title does seem to fit John Paul II as he was known to be a hard worker, having visited practically every country in the world and traveled in excess of three-quarter million miles promoting the faith. The 111th Pope is Benedict XVI, whose real name is Joseph Ratzinger and still reigns at the time of this book’s writing (2010). St. Malachy described this Pope as, “the glory of the olive”. An olive branch typically represents peace. Will he play a role in bringing the religions together in furthering religious tolerance during his office? Interestingly, within 24 hours of his election, Islamic and Jewish religious leaders suggested such a role for him.
The 112th Pope referenced in St. Malachy’s prediction is “Peter the Roman”, who follows Benedict XVI. St. Malachy’s description of this last Pope is extensive and is as follows: “in extreme persecution, the seat of the holy Roman Church will be occupied by Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations, at the term of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the formidable Judge will judge the people. The End.”
This is quite an incredible prediction, especially as we relate and combine it with other prophecies/predictions thus far presented. The present Pope, Benedict, was chosen despite being already quite old. Today he is 83 years of age with a presumption that his reign will be rather short because of his age. This means the next Pope will be “Peter the Roman”. Obviously if the Antichrist arises during his reign, he most certainly will be the last Pope to officiate the Catholic Church.24
Crop Circles – Encoded Messages?
In the incredible world of unexplained phenomenon, crop circles are in a class of their own. Almost every country on earth has been used as a canvas for them, and as far as can be determined, every work is unique. The increased complexity and obvious advanced nature of the circles has amazed scientists who find intense interest in the mathematical formula that are incorporated into their designs. Perfect geometric designs are the norm and incredibly accurate measurements over thousands of feet awe even the most intelligent minds. Amazingly, new areas of science and mathematics are being created by the phenomena. Contrary to popular belief, trampling, breaking or bending the stalks of the plants affected does not make crop circles. It has been noted that the stock of each plant is softened by heat at a precise point by an, as yet, unidentified force which causes the entire stalk to collapse. This same force, with incredible mathematical detail, lays the entire flattened area and interwoven, swirled layers. Over 10,000 circles have been recorded in recent years, worldwide, with the circles averaging 150 feet in diameter.
As with all paranormal activity, there is controversy about the source. To many, the crop circles are no longer a mystery, since they are obviously man-made. This stems from a widely publicized admission in the 1990s by two retired gentleman in Hampshire, England. Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted that they were the crop circle makers/hoaxers and attempted to prove this by using boards and ropes. No explanation was given for the many doubts raised by their story such as how they were able to create up to 30 crop circles in one night over a radius of over 200 miles, with precision measurements accurate to 1/4" over 1,000 feet in total darkness. Also, without realistic explanation, how they were able to produce a crop circle in 10 seconds, undetected, in full view of eyewitnesses. Their claim, however, received worldwide publicity and to this day is considered by many as the final explanation.
Most crop circles materialize overnight, while only a few of them appear during the day. One rather intricate pattern, literally across the road from Stonehenge, England (very noteworthy as this location is no doubt a center of power for the occult) is known to have formed in under an hour in broad daylight. Spread over hundreds of square miles, as many as 30 or more aisles - some being as wide as 4,000 feet - have appeared in one night. The hoaxers, who claimed to be the master designers, could only produce their inferior circles in the light of day.
British crop circle researcher Michael Glickman, believes that some of the crop circle formations found in England and elsewhere are in fact calendars. He points towards the “Grid Square” that appeared in Etchilhampton in August 1997, which he interprets as a map of time. A square within a circle, it was made up of 26 rows of 30 squares, the total number of squares of which, Glickman noted, coincided with a number of weeks remaining from the date of the circles appearance until the end of 2012.
Then in July 21, 2008 a crop formation appeared near Avebury Manor that depicts our solar system, with the nine planets orbiting the sun in the center. Analysis of the planets position correspond to an actual date, which is December 21, 2012. The accuracy of this crop formation was corroborated by astronomical mapping software. 25
Whatever the force or entity is that’s producing crop circles; it is not from the known physical world we live in. One thing is certain though; we need to continue focusing in our preparation for the coming of Jesus. With the preponderance of “signs” that all the more point to His return, we know He will reveal all that which is hidden. No doubt, we need to keep our heads lifted up, for our redemption draweth nigh.
Jewish Belief and the Day of the Lord
There are approximately 14 million Jews livng in the world today. Nearly 6 million of them reside in the United States and approximately 5 million in Israel. The rest are scattered around the world. Recent statistics suggest that only 30% of the Jews are "absolutely certain" that God exists, while 12% believe there is no God. 26
Observant Jews anticipate the arrival of their Messiah every day, and that God will usher in the Messianic era. The Messianic era is that time when the Messiah will come to earth and bring peace and prosperity in unparalleled ways. Negativity in all its forms will cease, and will be replaced by love, goodness, kindness and goodwill towards men. People will be prosperous and healthy as well, with all pursuing a fuller knowledge. There will be less materialism, because people will be primarily focused on spiritual matters. One of the great highlights of the Messianic era will be the re-establishment of the temple in Jerusalem where Zachariah 14:16 states, “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.”
However, prior to this golden age, many Jewish scholars believe that there will be a time of great tribulation, travail and turmoil which will come upon Israel and the world. This is prophesied in the Old Testament by prophets such as Isaiah, Joel, Daniel, Micah, Zachariah and Malachi. In fact, the outcome of events as they relate to Israel are known as "Jacob’s Trouble". And we know well from both the book of Daniel and Jesus' comments, there will be 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation out of the seven years of Tribulation, which are both identified in Daniel 12:1 and Matthew 24:21 as being the worst time this world will ever experience. So terrible will this time be, Jesus stated that mankind would not be able to survive this period unless the time of its onslaught were cut short (Matt 24:22).
Although the Old Testament refers to "Day of the Lord" numerous times, a specific timeframe is not given. Essentially, it refers to a period at the end of time that will see great darkness and distress come upon Israel and the world. It is also known as "the end of days" ("aharit hayamin" in Hebrew). Through the Olivet discourse as given by Jesus and the revelation by the apostle John (recorded in the book of Revelation), it is much more clearly seen that the "Day of the Lord" is represented by the entire period of Tribulation, that time known as Daniel’s 70th week which totals seven years.
When do the observant Jews expect arrival of their Messiah? According to the Talmud, the time of Messiah's coming has been predestined. The "end of Time" according to Talmudic scholars will take place before the Hebrew year 6,000, which would be the year 2,240 AD according to the Gregorian calendar (that is a little over 200 years from now). However, many Jewish religious experts believe that meritorious behavior will hasten the Messiah's appearing.
The Mahdi and Endtime Prophecies of Islam
A major tenant of Islam is the belief in the 28 apostles of the Islamic way, who are also considered prophets. The six greatest of these are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Mohammed and Jesus.
Many Christians are surprised to learn that Muslims believe in the return of Jesus. More are shocked when they hear Muslims believe that Jesus will convert the world to Islam when he returns. Muslims also believe that he will kill the Jews and break crosses, declare himself a Muslim and then die after 40 years.
Even with Islam there are great differences with regard to the events that may be associated with the end times. One major point of difference is in the return of a leader the Muslims call the "Mahdi". The "Mahdi" is known as the "guided one". Shiites and some Sunnis believe that, along with Jesus, he will erase all error, justice and tyranny from the world. However there are Muslims who believe he comes before Jesus while others don't believe in him at all. Shiites and Sunnis have found little common ground regarding the "Mahdi", who is not even mentioned in the Koran. However, most Shiites do believe in the Mahdi. He is known to be the 12th Imam, or Mohammed al – Mahdi, the "hidden iman” who disappeared in 878 AD. He is a direct descendent of Mohammed, will bear the name of Mohammed and rule only a short time - estimated to be either 7, 9, 11 or 19 years. When the Mahdi comes, the Antichrist will appear in the East. This is a very interesting situation, as the Jews also believe that the Messiah will come from the East and rule in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. However they do not believe it will be Jesus. We know from Scripture that this world will be deceived in believing that the Antichrist, who will literally take his seat in the rebuilt Temple, is actually the false Christ. And he will desecrate the temple by placing an image (idol) of himself therein and persecute those who will not follow him, evidenced by those refusing to take his mark of 666. Is it possible that the Muslims will believe the Antichrist to be "Jesus" and the false prophet as the Mahdi or vise versa? In this interpretation, it will appear that the Muslim’s “Jesus”, whom we know to be false, will appear to help usher in Islam by doing away with those who wish to follow the true Jesus and doing away with the Jews who revolt against the Antichrist. Therein, it will appear their prophecy is fulfilled. What deception!
The following are “Signs” leading to the Mahdi’s appearance on earth….
1) The Arabs will take possession of their lands and throw out all foreigners.
2) There will be great conflict that will result in the destruction of Syria.
3) Death and fear will afflict people in Baghdad and all of Iraq. A fire will appear in the sky, and redness will cover the Iraqis.
4) The heavens will be cleft asunder, the planets will be dispersed, the seas will pour forth, the sepulchers will be overturned, the sun will be overthrown, the stars will fall and the hills will be moved.
5) The red death (the sword) and the white death (the plague) will take place before he comes.
6) Several figures will appear on the world stage: the one-eyed Dajjal, the Sufyani (a Muslim tyrant from Syria that the Mahdi will have to face). Another figure, an-Nafs az-Zakiya-the Pure Soul, will be assassinated.
7) The sun will rise in the West, and a star will appear in the East. This star will give out as much light as the moon. 28
There is one man alive today that I would classify as the most dangerous in the world. He is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran. Ahmadinejad, according to WorldNetDaily, is on record stating that he believes he is to have a personal role in ushering in the age of the "Mahdi". In fact, on November 16, 2005 in a speech given in Tehran, he said his main mission in life is to pave the glorious reappearance of the Imam Mahdi, stating “May Allah hasten his appearance”.29
Dr. James F. Gauss writes, ”the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has an apocalyptic mindset. He has made no secret of his belief that he has a role to play in the end-times and has a maniacal desire to bring about Armageddon and ushering in the return of the Mahdi. He believes he has been called to bring about the cataclysmic destruction of the world, which according to the Shite Muslim lore, will result in the return of the 12th Iman or Muslim Messiah, otherwise known as the Mahdi. 30
Not only does he believe he has been called to bring about the destruction of the world, but he has specifically called for the destruction of Israel. Although he and other Iranian leaders have repeatedly declared that Iran's intention for atomic development is only for peaceful purposes, their words belie their intentions. Even the global community believes their intentions in nuclear development is for destructive purposes. And for good reason has the world community erected sanctions against Iran for flagrantly rebelling against its requirements to cease producing weapons grade enriched uranium. Yet, at the time of this writing even Russia has stepped in to help the Iranians start up their nuclear power plant under the guise of fulfilling its commitments. There can be no doubt that Iran, with the leading of President Ahmadinejad, is pushing this world ever closer to the prepice of World War III. The evidence is overwhelming.
The conclusion of human history, according to the Muslims, is known as either the final hour or endtimes. All three monotheistic faiths; Christianity, Islam and Judaism believe in a future individual who will oppose God and his rule. Christians know him as the Antichrist, Muslims call him Dajjal and Jews use the name Arimilus. All three religions believe that the Messiah will defeat this enemy in the last days. It is obvious to Christians that the other two religions, Islam and Judaism, will not know that the coming of the Antichrist will pose to be a grand deception to his followers, for they will think that he is their Messiah! Their proof will be the martyrdom for those who oppose the Antichrist, which will only happen to those who believe in Jesus Christ, again pointing out the importance of receiving Jesus now in order not to be "left behind" when the Rapture occurs. And truly, what a grand deception it will be for those who don't know Jesus Christ as God pours out His great judgments to the detriment to those who don't believe.