That snake head which is man’s sexual organ contains the worst kind of poison. It has to be cleaned up, even if it must be hit to do so. It is only fair. The poison of AIDS is being spread through that rattlesnake’s head throughout the world, even among Oriental women who have been really encouraged to abandon the moral standard of their own culture. When handsome looking American men appear in the rest of the world everyone looks up to them, thinking they must be rich, they must be handsome. So women usually are attracted to them, and that is the way they are destroyed.
Statistics show that by the year 2010, about one billion people will be affected by AIDS, which will be about one sixth of the world’s population. Once you have the AIDS virus it takes seven to twelve years until you become obviously infected. So think about what kind of result we can expect. We have to cut them out, otherwise the human race will become extinct within one generation. If even God could not interfere in or stop the fall of man, how can anyone expect that American legal or economic or political power can solve this problem, which is rampant now all over the world?
I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues-last, because with them Gods wrath is completed. ...Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living crea- tures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his powe}j and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 in the old Testament tells us there is "a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:' The biblical prophets pinpoint the final years before the Second Millennium as the time we begin to see the seven pestilential scourges.
It could be argued that the biblical prophets as harbingers of God's wrath were an institution of ancient Israel, an old-time version of bad news-mongers. A party in Herod's palace wouldn't get off the ground without the background din of John the Baptist echoing doom and repentance off the stone walls of his cistern. Party animals from solomons court to King David's entourage tolerated their share of holy gatecrashers. One had to lend a wine-saturated ear to a wailing Amos or a rancorous rabbi like Zechariah, and tradition commanded they take note of a list of divine grievances and consider a future of hair powdered with funeral ash and party attire made of sackcloth.
Perhaps these denizens of the desert wilderness were indulged by their brethren because zions corner in the geopolitical hotbed of the Middle East has all too often made her a target for conquest in a hostile gentile world. Kosher doom sayers like y'shua have the odds in their favor when a touch of prophetic heartburn in A.D. 33 hits the mark in A.D. 69 and Jerusalem is sacked and pulverized for the umpteenth time.
Modern folk could attribute all the prophets' success to the good luck and clever guesswork of a few eccentric stick-in-the-rnud- slingers living in violent times. But the esoteric-at-heart believe these misunderstood visionaries had their fingers on the pulse of their people's predictability.
St. John, the author of Revelation and the last and most heretical prophet in the Jewish biblical lineage, had discarded the menorah for the Christian cross and taken the hellfire and brimstone tradition beyond the chosen few to the world of the Gentiles. Today many Christians learn to recite a litany of St. Johns visions that are bound to crash our late-twentieth-century party. A shouting from rooftops of a different kind reverberates from radio towers or TV aerials. The message of God's wrath drones on about seven dreadful plagues scheduled to purge the human race before the Second Coming of St. Johns personal choice for the Messiah.
Old St. John, locked away in a cave by the Romans with only his parchment, pen, and wild imagination to play with, could not turn his spiritually sour grapes into party wine. The following passages from Chapters IS and 16 of his Book of Revelation describe seven dimensions of the Third Hellrider, the rat-bag of pestilences called the Lemming Syndrome; Johns jungle of horrors is corroborated by hon-Christian visionaries as well as contemporary Christian seers.
They point to stress and denial making mice-or worse-lem- mings out of modern humans. And here are seven ways in which we can worry ourselves sick about it.
Saturn joined with Scorpio [transiting] Sagittarius at its highest ascendant: Plague. ...The century as well as the age draws close to its renewal.
...In the meantime [there appears] so vast a plague that two- thirds of the world will fail and decay. So many die that no one will know the true owners of fields and houses, and there will be a com- plete desolation of the Clergy.
Swords [the occult symbol for the phallus] damp with blood from distant lands. A very great plague will come with a great scab. Relief near but the remedies far away.
Those at ease will be suddenly cast down. ...Hunger, fire, blood, plague, and all evils doubled.
Nostradamus's clues may indicate when the scourge we might call the Blood Death-a new version of the medieval Black Death- will take effect. The prophet warns th~t it will descend when the planet Saturn enters the constellation of Sagittarius. Since the event takes place at the end of a century, that narrows it down to November 1985, when doctors and the world press for the first time acknowl- edged AIDS as the most potentially hazardous pandemic in history.
Nostradamus, a distinguished plague doctor of the sixteenth cen- tury, not only weaves a hauntingly close description of one of the symptoms of AIDS, but also foresees the current frustrations in cur- ing it. The black and purple lesions of KapoSi's sarcoma, a rare skin cancer that can afflict people with AIDS, could be the great scab Nostradamus is talking about.
Relief has indeed been near. Medical science continues to develop a plethora of symptom-retarding drugs like AZ1; or ddl; however, the prophet stresses that the remedy or final cure for AIDS is still far away and perhaps even beyond our capability to find. Few doctors foresee an antidote in the near future. Luc Montagnier of the Institute Pasteur, one of the pioneers of AIDS research, believes we are less than a decade away from a cure (1999). Less optimistic scientists are hopeful about the year 2010. In 1990, Sir Donald Acheson, the British government's chief medical officer, predicted a "Hundred Years' War Against AIDS:"
Initially, Nostradamus's claim that two-thirds of humankind would die from the "blood, plague" looks more like another example of a prophet's predilection to obscure his secret meaning with punc- tuation; the comma between blood and plague may be a deliberate attempt to challenge the insight of the reader. But in fact, AIDS remains a lethal sleeper. Our inability to change our attitudes about the cultural taboo of sex supports the prevalent head-in-the-sand atti- tude about AIDS, as well as its continued spread. An open encounter with deeper causes of our sexual obsessions will most likely take place five to ten years too late for millions of AIDS sufferers who were infected five to ten years earlier.
The data collected in 1991 by the World Health Organization (WHO) place the current number of people infected by AIDS world- wide between 5 and 10 million. In 1992, the Harvard School of public Health released the new and shocking estimates that 110 million adults and 10 million children will be infected by the year 2000. The report adds that the first decade of the next century will see major and rapid breakouts of the disease in the Third World, primarily in Asia- India could be as severely overwhelmed by the plague as Central Africa. worldwatch Institute projects that AIDS is destined to have an economic and social impact on the Third world far exceeding that in the West, where medical and financial resources are more plentiful But if these interpretations of plague prophecies are not exaggerated, then scenes from Haiti and the sub-Saharan Africa of plague victims dying in hospital hallways will, with time, find their way into richer nations.
AIDS may be with us for a century. This would certainly make it one of humankind's worst killer plagues, especially if it keeps mutat- ing beyond scientists' ability to make new vaccines. There may be worse blood plagues to come. The Ebola virus from Central Africa-a highly contagious and gruesome superbug that causes the body to internally bleed to death-is considered one of the three most deadly viruses ever discovered so far. Advances in modern air travel make it possible for an infected victim to climb aboard a plane in remote Cen- tral Africa and spread the disease to any other place in the world within ten to twenty hours.
A blood plague coming from AIDS or Ebola viruses is only one of many scourges assailing our immunity, the first falling domino. The two-thirds slice out of humanity foreseen by Nosttadamus and confinned by Osho could happen by 2100, not only as a reaper of the living but also as a harvester of the unborn. A number of blood/ immunological diseases could come in the twenty-first century and devastate the expected growth curve of future generations. Rather than twelve billion souls on the planet by the twenty-second century, the number could decline to three billion.
The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.
These are the Signs that great destruction is coming. ...You will hear of the sea turning black, and many living things dying because of it.
By December 10, Saturday, 1994 ...till January 3, Wednesday, 1996: Sea accidents of a terrible magnitude. Death and destruction of fish in the sea, birds in the air and an unprecedented, massive, pollution. ..acts of monstrosity and cruelty to human beings and animals, forest and sea life.
[Author's Update: In 1994 the Siberian rivers ran black from a huge oil spill from a severed pip~line in the Komi peninsula, flooding the Siberian tundra with eight times more crude oil than the E""on Valdez disaster.]
The blood of a corpse oozes a thick, reddish black. It flows like oil from a ruptured supertanker. A few minutes past the witching hour on 24 March 1989, the sea otters and birds floating on the watery bed of Prince William Sound, Alaska, had no mindfulness of the bowl of wrath being poured into the sea. The hand guiding the wheel of the Exxon Valdez veered her off course, and the tanker ran aground, bleeding eleven million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters. The otters and seabirds awoke to find themselves coated and suffocating in a sea of clotting petroleum.
In the shadow of oil derricks, seals of the North Sea search for dwindling schools of fish in some of the planet's most toxic waters. They were plentiful off the coasts of northern Europe before 1988, when the first whiff of a human sent them bobbing and heaving into the waves. By the summer of 1988 you could get close enough to touch them-that is, if you had the stomach for it. That summer most of the seals one met were in various stages of decay.
A Dutch virologist, Albert Osterlaus, later announced that the great seal plague of 1988, which killed an estimated 70 percent of the seal populations in the North and Baltic seas, was caused by a virus that produces distemper in dogs. Osterlaus believed that severe pollu- tion off the coasts of Europe may have contributed to the seals' deaths by lowering their immunological defenses. Marine biologists in the mid-1990S are seeing signs that toxic pollutants are attacking the immune system of cetaceans dwelling in every ocean in what some describe as whale AIDS.
All practical evidence points to humankind as St. Johns angelic reaper pouring out its bowl of death on the seas. If our wastes keep stressing the immune systems of marine life, the frightening predic- tion published by oceanographer Jacques Cousteau in the early 1970S may side with Revelation 16:3. In short, Cousteau declared that pollu- tion could trigger a mass extinction of marine life and even bring on the death of Earth's oceans. Without the living seas, we will die a slow, lingering death through suffocation, because ocean plankton are the primary providers of oxygen for the planet.
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
By December 10, Saturday; 1994, Jupiter-Saturn, deadly square or malefic aspect [formation] starts, accompanied by the Moons quar- ter in Pisces. It will last till January 3, Wednesday; 1996. Ganesha [the elephant-headed Hindu God-this seer's divine medium] says these will be the repercussions: a release of toxic gases, perhaps nuclear leakage.
[Author's Update: By 1996, the vast lead sarcophagus hastily built around the ruin of Chernobyl reactor number four was beginning to leak radioactive fallout. There are new and disturbing signs that many Soviet-style nuclear reactors are on the verge of collapse. Indeed dozens of the oldest and most dangerous reactors were designed with a life expectancy ending in the year 1996.]
The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water-the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
In the Cyclades, in Perinthus and Larissa, in Sparta and all of the Peleponnesus [the southern Balkans and Greece ]: a very great famine, plague through false dust. It will last nine months throughout the whole peninsula.
After a terrible defeat of Germany will follow the next great war [World War II]. Then there will be no bread for people any more and no fodder for animals. Poisonous clouds, manufactured by human hands, will sink down and exterminate everything. The human mind will be seized by insanity.
Sometime in the early morning hours of 26 April 1986, the mys- terious power of the stars exploded through a two-foot-thick roof of steel built over reactor number four at the Chernobyl power station. The smoldering wound bled more nuclear radiation into the atmos- phere than all the atomic and hydrogen bombs exploded above ground since 1945. The Soviet nuclear disaster had set in motion a radiation plague, blowing across our crops, seeping into our drinking water, and finding its cancerous way into our organs.
Some scientists estimate that future generations across a third of the world-primarily Europe-will see a rise in terminal cancer cases directly caused by the fallout from Chernobyl. It will be impossible to know how many lives will be cut short by cancers blown from death's radium dandelion in the Ukraine. Some doctors put the num- ber as high as one million. Perhaps St. John had foreseen this plague in Revelation 8:10-11 when he spoke of Wormwood. "Chernobyl" is Ukrainian for "wormwood:"
Gonzalo Oritz, a leading Colombian environmentalist, once said, "We are fighting a nuclear war against our own planet. And the worst , of it is, we are winning it!" For thirty years, until 1975, nations pos- sessing the means to destroy the human race in a thermonuclear war have already weakened humanity's health. Several hundred atmos- pheric tests have injected the air we breathe with what Nostradamus calls a plague of false dust, greatly increasing our chances of contracting cancer.
While the denials go on, millions of gallons and tons of radioac- tive waste silently continue to weaken our immune systems. ukrain- ian officials estimate that more than 335 million tons (more than I billion cubic meters) of radioactive waste remains within the 30- kilometer exclusion zone around Chernobyl in which human habita- tion has been prohibited. Another 185 tons of nuclear fuel and 35 tons of radioactive dust are smoldering in the crumbling lead, concrete, and steel sarcophagus that houses the destroyed reactor. The Pentagon continues to sanction the manufacture of tank shells with depleted uranium while looking the other way when soldiers on the battle- fields of Kuwait show signs of radiation poisoning from exposure to the flaming wrecks of Iraqi tanks releasing spent uranium in the air.
No less dangerous are the cancer plagues awaiting us in toxic and chemical wastes. The same bowl of Gods wrath poured on the seas around Prince William Sound also leaches out from our landfills in a slime of thousands of carcinogenic possibilities seeping into neigh- borhood water tables and out of your tap. And if your water arrives through lead pipes, like that of most people around the world, there is a good chance that heavy metal is seeping into your stressed gray matter this very moment.
The contamination of soil and water is difficult to measure on a global scale, but studies have shown that the chief sufferers of a Cher- nobyl plague also earn the right to endure some of the highest levels of toxic waste poisoning. Eastern Europe has the highest concentra- tion of industrial waste in the world. One-quarter of the soil in Poland is unfit for crops and only I percent of its drinking water is untainted. Life expectancy for men between forty and sixty has fallen to 1952 levels. The World Health Organization says thirteen million out of Poland's forty million can expect at least one environmentally induced illness in the near future. The chance of acquiring respira- tory disease, cancer, skin disease, or a perforated central nervous sys- tem is only a little lower in the rest of Europe and the unmonitored industrial centers of the Third World.
And if that isn't enough biblical "good news," the threat of more Chernobyl/Wormwood accidents is expected to increase. Before the Ukrainian reactor sprinkled the world with rads, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission liked to narrow our chances for a serious nuclear accident down to less than one in ten million. Now that Ukrainian and Belorussian farmers are seeing a 30 percent rise in can- cer cases and livestock born without heads (or one too many), the NRC can't get away with such a pretension. Their new prediction is a "fifty-fifty chance" for a serious nuclear accident occurring in the United States during the 1990s.
This estimate comes from the country with one of the best safety records. Apply that probability factor of nuclear accidents to the four hundred commercial reactors currently operating in the world, and we can see the odds are high for another Chernobyl-sized outbreak of the global radiation plague as early as the mid-to-late 1990s.
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
The first blow of the sword of God, which will falllike lightning on humanity. The mountains and all nature will tremble because of the disorder and the misdeeds of men, which will rise to the very heavens.
There will be poisonous clouds and rays which can burn more deeply than the equatorial sun.
A great change will come to pass, such as no mortal man will have expected. Heaven and Hell will confront each other is this struggle. Old states will perish and light and darkness will be pitted against each other with swords, but it will be swords of a different fashion. With these swords it will be possible to cut up the skies and to split the Earth. A great lament will come over all mankind and only a small batch will survive the tempest, the pestilence, and the horror.
There will be planes shaped like pencils that will take men into space and by so doing punch holes in the atmosphere, letting in lethal cosmic rays that will kill many millions.
At first will come several terrestrial scourges, as great wars, through which many millions will run into destruction [World Wars I, II, and perhaps III?]. After that will come the celestial scourge in full severity, such as has never been. It will be short, but will cut off the greatest part of mankind.
A great famine through a pestilent wave will extend its rain over the length of the Arctic pole.
Words can wander from their original meaning. The Hebraic root for the word "sin" is "to forget:' And "repentance" simply means "to remember:' This makes the original biblical passages prescribing a formula for repentance sound more in harmony with a pagan like Socrates ("know thyself") or Buddha ("right remembering") than with preachers of hellfire and brimstone.
With this in mind, one might look past St. Johns prophetic biases and come up with a new interpretation of his God. From another, more agnostic, point of view, Johns father figure is a personi- fication of a natural force-perhaps conscious, perhaps a bio-relative machine like the Gaian model theorized by James Lovelock. what- ever Lord or "Lady" it is, we are suffering the consequences of sinning (forgetting) our part in the management of Earth.
St. Johns labels and opinions aside, the spirit, if not the letter, of this prophecy could still be accurate. It may be a warning that we will suffer a plague from the sky if we keep refusing to "repent" and redis- cover our place in the natural process of our planet.
There are all kinds of pestilential avenues available to an uncal- culating Gaia for the eradication of human lemmings. The sky's the limit. Even if the world's industries could shut down CFC produc- tion in the early 199oS there m~ already be enough CFC's dining on the ozone layer to bombard your, my, and every animal's and plant's immune system with a terminal shower of ultraviolet rays throughout the twenty-first century. Like to be a mouse in a radia- tion experiment?
The recurring mention of swords in connection to plague stems from the medieval belief that pestilences descended from spectral armies of demons or angels who struck down their victims with invis- ible swords. The seventeenth-century German prophet Bartholomaeus may be describing the future through a traditional medieval expres- sion when he speaks of swords of a different fashion. This could be his interpretation of a modern-day rocket.
Dr. V: Filin, Deputy Chief Designer of the Russian Energia rocket, the world's most powerful space vehicle, published an article in Krashnaya Zvezda in 1989 confirming that during launch, rockets dump vast amounts of ozone-destroying chemicals. Every launch of the U.S. Space Shuttle sprays some two hundred metric tons of chlo- rine and chlorine-containing compounds into the atmosphere. Scien- tists have calculated that each shuttle launch will be responsible for the deStruction of .03 percent of the overall atmospheric ozone over the next hundred years. There can be no more doubt that rocket exhaust is a vector of pestilence more noisome than the Black Death or AIDS.
Thus, if NASA plans a couple ofhundred shuttle launches for the next few decades, they could significandy cut up the skies and bleed a plague of UV light Upon us by the middle of the twenty-first century. We then are facing a future where plague swords of our own fashion- ing-or pencil planes, as Swiss seeress Emma Kunz called our rockets- are destined to indirecdy strike us down and expose our livestock and cropS to disease. Ultimately, these will bring Nostradamus's dreaded famine through a pestilent wave across the Northern Hemisphere.
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent.
Man is becoming mature and aware that he has been cheated by the false promises of the priests and politicians. Society has been feeding him on false hopes. The day he matures and realizes this, the desire to live falls apart. And the first thing wounded by it will be your sexuality. To me that is AIDS! AIDS has nothing to do either with homosexuality or heterosexuality; to me it means humanity is simply losing its will to live. whenever a person loses the will to live, his resistance falls immediately, because the body follows the mind. The body is a very conservative servant of the mind. If the mind loses the will to live, it will be reflected in the body by the dropping of resistance against sickness, against death. And modern man has finally come to a point where he finds that the life he is living is meaningless. He suddenly feels that he's an existential orphan, and this feeling causes his will to live to disappear.
I recall seeing a documentary about some American scientists who transformed a laboratory into a rodent city designed for the living and recreational needs of the average mouse. The scientists wished to use it as a model to better understand how overcrowd- ing and stress cause a breakdown of society and health in human habitats.
At the onset of the experiment, there was ample food and shelter for the first furry dwellers. One had space to spare for a spin on a wheel. Water and food feeders everywhere! One could rub noses with one's mating partner at the local Rat cafe and impress a litter or two out of her when she beheld the dark and cozy niche a typically macho mouse provided for pink progeny.
Life was good in the early days. Lots of housing and plenty of materials for nests. The pitter-patter of little paws soon increased.
The first minor annoyances began when one found one's favorite wheel already crowded with strangers. When there were three on a wheel, a push and a nip of another's ear were required if one was to acquire that much-needed daily spin.
Every day, the Rat cafe became more crowded with new genera- tions of cocky rodents. One used to drink and munch in peace at a feeder before the baby boom. Now it was claw your way over other mouse heads just for a basic meal It was enough to make one chew one's fur out!
Things really took a downturn when an exploding number of new fathers competed for less nesting straw. A shagged and nervous dad received nagging nibbles from momma mouse because his straw caches were never adequate for her litter. And if that wasn't enough strain on a rodent's hyperdrive nervous system, the baby boom was forcing mother mice and their squeaking tots to share and writhe alike in niches comfortable for only one family. Still, those who had a nook were the lucky ones. These days, Mouse City was looking more like a furry and four-legged version of Calcutta. Growing mobs of des- titute families with hungry litters tried making do in the streets, liv- ing without nests, sleeping in their own droppings and puddles of urine.
The new generations of Mouse City now huddled or surged in congested masses. One rarely saw a sparkle in a pair of black eyes. Their coats became dull and tattered, and the first ulcers of cancer began to appear.
Still, they struggled on somehow, so much like the humans they modeled, who live in inner-city squalor or Third World shanty towns or First World slums. The rodents scratched; chewed, and fought for their version of the American dream: some good eats, a little breed- ing, and some spinning of their wheels.
Rodent crime was rampant. wife and child chewing became uni- versal. The approaches to the wheels and feeders turned into a battle- ground of communal strife. At last the overcrowding precipitated a complete breakdown of mouse morality. The city was hit by an orgy of murder and cannibalism. Even mothers began eating their own chil- dren in despair. Finally the stress and strain of daily living brought on a plague of various diseases that nearly wiped them all out.
It seems that no animal-whatever the number of his brain lobes-likes to face his hopelessness or dash his dreams. Push on. Make do. Just let me eat, breed, and pass pellets in peace and, most important, don't burden me with warnings about impending disaster.
The Hopi prophets and many other native seers around the world believe that the majority of the human race will die out in the near future from a plague of fear and despair. They are convinced this will happen whether the nuclear missiles are unsheathed from their silos or thrown on a scrap heap, despite Communism losing the ideo- logical battle to capitalism. (If the tribal peoples of Earth are guilty of prejudice against technology, it is certainly because they have been victims of its darker side.)
When all that we've held holy begins to tarnish and we are finally forced to encounter our empty feeders, overcrowded wheels, fouled and toxic nests, and low resistance to plagues of all kinds, per- haps even then the human rats may go to any extreme to uphold their dreams and behave like their counterparts, the lemmings of Scandinavia. when their warrens become hotbeds of disease and overcrowding, Scandinavian lemmings will on occasion rush in one mass stampede into the ocean. It is theorized that lemmings possess some genetic aberration or habit that has them believe greener pas- tures exist across the Atlantic. In the end they drown in one last suici- dal rush of hope.
The Hopi prophets warn that only those who can forget the past will have a future and live to see a new age. Those who cannot cope with the upcoming drastic changes may find themselves metaphori- cally drowning in their own fear of change.
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
A short time before the king is murdered, Castor and Pollux [John Paul I] and the ship [a clue for the papacy]. ...A bearded star [Halley's Comet-1986]. Public treasure emptied on land and sea.
Not from Spain but from ancient France will he be elected from the trembling ship [the Vatican]. He will make a promise to the enem}l who will cause great plague during his reign.
Then the impurities and abominations will be brought to the sur- face and made manifest. ..towards the end of a change in reign [perhaps the end of the cycle of centuries in the year 2000?]. The leaders of the church will be backwards in their love of God. ...of the three sects the Catholic is thrown into decadence by the partisan differences of its worshipers. The Protestants will be entirely undone in all of Europe and part of Africa by the Islamics, by means of the poor in spirit who, led by a madman [a terrorist], shall through worldly luxury [oil, consumerism, and drugs?] commit adultery. ...In the meantime there appears so vast a plague that more than two-thirds of the world will fail and decay. So many [die] that no one will know the true owners of fields and houses. The weeds in the city streets will rise higher than the knees, and there shall be a total desolation of the Clergy.
The fulfillment of St. John's sixth plague could surprise even him. A prophet can do little more than see the future through the rose-colored glasses of his own illusory hopes. Y'shua's caution to all "true" speakers and false prophets may have gone unheeded by two of Christianity's most influential post-crucifixion apostles, not only St. John of Patmos but St. Paul as well.
Many will say to me on that day [Judgment Day ], "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly; "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
It could be said that St. Paul gave shape to a psychological look and feel of Christianity that has gone astray from the master's vision. St. John of Revelation writes in a turgid narrative style that bears no similarity to John the Apostle's writing, evidence enough that they are not the same intimate. Also, the Book of Revelation was written at least a half century after the crucifixion. The prophet John's spiritual connection with the Christ, along with his view of the future, is a mat- ter of faith, not fact. There's every possibility that his personal bias has become entrenched by twenty centuries of biblical amen-sayers, leav- ing little chance of accuracy, despite the prophet's prescient powers.
If one takes this disquieting idea to its ultimate conclusion, then perhaps the priests of every religion who act as middlemen for their discarnate masters have as much credence as the current channelers of space aliens and dolphins?
If for argument's sake, the church itself is St. John's missed signal for the beast, Karl Marx's maxim that religions are "opiates for the masses" is closer to the oracular mark. In his book In Gods Name, David Yallop documents a conspiracy to murder Pope John Paul I.
The Pope was discovered dead in his bed the morning he intended to expose the Vatican Bank's extensive underworld dealings. The vati- can Bank is purported to be laundering Mafia heroin money at an annual rate of $600 million. Yallop's contacts in the Vatican believe the pope was murdered by his own Curia to stop further investiga- tion of the church's significant role in drug trafficking and other drug-related activities linking it to an ultra-right-wing sect of Freema- sons, the CIA, and the Italian Mafia.
When his successor, John Paul II, took office, he was presented, with the same reports. Instead of dismissing Bishop Paul Marcinkus, the man in charge of the Vatican Bank-and therefore a prime sus- pect for masterminding the scandal-the Polish pontiff had him pro- moted to archbishop and kept him in firm control of the church's finances throughout the rest of the 1980s.
Nostradamus may imply that the Polish pontiff is an accessory to a global money-laundering scheme when he speaks of a future pope making promises to an enemy. Karol Wojtyla was born near Krakow in southern Poland, which was once included in the frontiers of Charle- magne's ancient French Empire. The promise made by the pope of a future trembling theocratic state could be that of looking the other way as cash flows to feed the global plague of drug abuse. The evil tithe the church gives to drug money laundering in part sustains the worldwide flow of poison up the needles in many an addict's arm-as Nostradamus may have foreseen below:
O great Rome, your ruin draws near. Not of your walls but of your i blood and substance: the harsh one of letters will make so horrid a notch, pointed steel all wounding up the sleeve.
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on Earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city (Jerusalem] split into three parts, and the cities of nations col- lapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not he found. From the sky huge hail- stones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
Because of the evil deeds of the land the ground is parched, no rain has fallen upon it...
There are those conditions that in the activity of individuals, in line of thought and endeavor, oft keep many a city and many a land intact, through their associations of the spiritual laws in their asso- ciations with individuals.
Hatred can kill the hated and the hater as well.
The human being has abused all the holy connections and he has created total disharmony. If no change is happening, if his under- standing about its meaning is not getting transformed from its roots, he will throw himself into the abyss of disaster. Nothing of what you see around you is contradicting this.
Psychics tell us that thoughts are things. We can change them by changing our minds. There are numerous reports of collections of housewives, executives, rationalists, and New Agers cast in the infer- nal glow of a white-hot pathway of heated rocks. These coteries of con- ditioned labels and limits, once hypnotized, will discard the particular reality that fire burns the flesh and will tip-toe through the brimstone, emerging with little more than a smudge of charcoal on their feet.
There is also the story of a man under deep hypnosis who is told that the harmless coin in his palm has suddenly become white-hot. A scream and spasmic throw of the coin later, the victim of his own thought projections will develop a blister where a cool and harmless coin once lay.
The power of our unconscious thoughts to affect the world within and around us is perhaps truly the final frontier humans will explore. Preliminary experiments by Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, one of today's most controversial archaeologists and author of Psychic Archae- ology and We Are the Earthquake Generation, has shown evidence that we do affect the world around us with our conscious and unconscious mentations. Dr. Goodman calls this phenomenon bio-relativity-an interaction of people with their physical environment via psychic or mind energy. Skeptics might scoff at such an idea, though a walk over hot stones while under hypnosis could make them believers; thou- sands of other skeptics have already risked it.
The germs of St. John's seventh plague could be the product of billions of people weaving unconscious thoughts into collective psy- chic traumas.
Human lemmings, like their four-legged Scandinavian counter- parts, have unconsciously bred themselves to a point where the weight of psychic and worldly pressures will trigger in them a mad urge to escape the world they have made. They might surge from their plague-ridden, polluted, and crowded warrens in a mad dash to follow their respected lemming politicians and priests.
The rodents-in-charge must know of a greener pasture, a place beyond plagues of AIDS and radiation weakening the body and spirit. These respected leaders of the pack must know of a Utopia across the ocean, beyond the torment of seven biblical plagues. Or are they driving the whole human multitude into dangerous waters?
Mankind will be decimated by epidemics, famine, and poison. ...Only few will be left to rebuild the world. The future is approaching at a quick pace. ..
Merlin saith that in England shall be seen many strange things... great hunger among the people, great oppression of blood.
This is the plague with which the Lord wi[ strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
(The biblical nightmares of Zechariah lurk behind the ambitions of space agencies. UV plagues from the skies might be behind Zechariah's prediction of eyes rotting in their sockets-in other words, pandemic cataracts. The biblical plagues of "ulcers and sores" may be caused by a widespread skin cancer brought on by the depletion of the ozone layer.)
A horrible war which is being prepared in the West, the following year the pestilence will come, so very horrible that young nor old, nor animal [may survive]. Blood, fire, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter in France .
[Author's Update: The next conjunctions of Jupiter, Mars, and Mercury after 2004 are February 2009 (in Aquarius), April-May 2011-in Aries, its closest conjunction to the Mayan calendar's date for the end of time as we know it, in 2012-and December 2011 through January 2020 (in Capricorn). The war prepared could be the one the European Union and United States may fight to restore peace in the Balkans. The pestilence could then come in several forms: a nuclear disaster, ozone depletion, a plague of genetically mutated microbes, or a new and rapid spread of Ebola virus or AIDS.]