October 30, 2005

A Possible Scenario

Suppose one wanted to propose a scenario that would encompass the primary points of agreement of most of the major Apocalyptic prophecies-- what would it look like? Here's my stab at constructing such an 'end times' sketch.

My vision is based on these main pieces of information:

  • - Zecharia Sitchin's books (The Earth Chronicles series, and The Lost Book of Enki)
  • - Immanuel Velikovsky's books (Earth in Upheaval and Worlds in Collision)
  • - The Bible
  • - Prophecies of Mother Shipton; the Hopi and other natives of N.A.; the Mayan calendar; and others.
  • - the new physics proposed by David Wilcock and Richard Hoagland ('hyperdimensional physics') and their consequent writings.

As a starting point, I take the postulated return to the 'inner solar system' of a planet with comet-like trajectory, called Nibiru by some, or Planet X, a tenth member of our sun's orbiting bodies. Let's suppose that, as claimed by some pundits, this planet is returning from its far-off apogee towards its perigee, close to the sun. I also accept the hyperdimensional view that as X approaches, it is starting to have effects on all the familiar nine planets--effects that are measurable by our technology and seen as changing noticeably within just the last few decades. Most worrisome, it is having effects on Earth that are becoming more and more problematic. For example, this very day that I write this, the news carried stories about hurricane 'Wilma's' destructive actions in the Carribean, as well as about a major earthquake in Pakistan. Another 'coincidence?' Or, as Wilcock's model suggests, a fully expected pairing of disasters occurring at predictable points on the globe?

In the next few years, as planet X draws closer, we will experience a growing number of 'disasters' in various places on Earth, and they will be of increasing severity. It's curious how Hollywood has, in similar fashion, been releasing cinematic depictions of such disasters at an increasing rate and dealing with more universal catastrophes. Is there some 'cosmic conscious' force that influences the imaginations of the movie makers, causing them to create these stories that telegraph a message of warning to Earth's inhabitants? At the same time, there has been another of these 'growing' phenomena manifesting in the last decade or so-that is the appearance of 'crop diagrams.' (I don't call them 'circles' because they are far more complex than circles). These enigmatic diagrams appearing largely in crop fields in England, the USA, Canada, and other countries, seem to be presenting a message of some kind to humankind. What exactly it is isn't clear. Serious students suggest that they come from an alien race of 'observers' who are warning us of some impending 'event.' One thing you have to admit (once you've understood that no human means could possibly create these diagrams, in the time intervals recorded), and that is that these designs represent a good way to convey essential information to the whole populace without risk of censorship from nebulous human forces that would want to block such warnings.

So, we have these physical manifestations affecting the whole solar system, at the same time as various psychological-psychic messages seeming to try to prepare humanity for some kind of future crisis. Very interesting, to say the least. Many cultures on Earth have legends or prophecies that describe an eventual end of the present 'age' or era of mankind. Most of those depict a cataclysmic end of some kind, in which the majority of the race is destroyed and a remnant survive to start the next cycle. Now, if planet X were zooming from outer space towards Earth, what would we expect? Not surprisingly, the expected results would be basically what we are seeing today. Projecting further ahead to a closer encounter, we can expect, based on Velikovsky's work, a number of effects that will cause tremendous loss of life. These effects are...

  • - huge, widespread earthquakes, destroying many cities and generating huge tsunamis that destroy many coastal regions;
  • - eruption of numerous volcanoes, on land and sea, spewing much material;
  • - possible disruption of the Earth's rotation, including changes to day-length;
  • - possible tilting of the Earth on its axis, even a full reversal (inversion);
  • - probable deadly rains of meteors, debris in the trail of planet X;
  • - possible rains of other material flung off from the passing 'comet.'

These effects are all consistent with phenomena Velikovsky reconstructed from historic and physical evidence, and are consistent with descriptions written by the unschooled Mother Shipton, a poor seer living in the 13th century. They are also within the scope of descriptions scattered in the Bible's various prophecies, tho I would not want to make a big case on the basis of those disjointed, often deliberately vague verses. Like the writings of Nostradamus, the scriptures are best interpreted in retrospect, after an event has occurred.

According to Sumerian writings, Nibiru's appearance in the night sky was as a reddish cross, or as depicted by the Egyptians, a 'winged disk.' Since the earliest days of religion, the cross has played an important part, not just since the days of Jesus. In his 'Olivet discourse,' Jesus told his followers to look up, at the end of the age, and see the 'sign of the Son of Man' drawing nigh. Is it unreasonable to make a connection between the approach of Nibiru and its consequent disasters with the 'Second Coming of Christ' as he described it? Note that as a result of the effects cited above, the volcanic smoke could 'blot out the sun' in the daytime, and give the moon a bloody hue at night. A deluge of meteors would certainly appear as if the stars were falling from the heavens, as noted in the Bible. If Velikovsky's views are right, ferruginous material cast into the atmosphere from a great comet might ignite from volcanic sparks and appear as fire falling from the skies. In any case, the material would dye the waters of Earth a bloody red color, exactly as described in prophecies and in the Egyptian plagues. In the Mother Shipton verses, she attributes the closing cataclysms as due to a passing comet, and after describing its disastrous passing, indicates that it returns for a second blast of destruction seven years after the first blows. The interval may be symbolic or literal, but the dual passages are consistent with the swing around the sun of a body having a highly elliptical orbit with a major portion of it spent in deep space.

Finally, note that an inversion in the Earth's axis would place the northern stars in the southern hemisphere and vice-versa, while also causing the sun to make its traverse in the opposite direction (ie. west to east). Again, this would validate the prophecies calling for 'a new heavens and a new Earth.' Incidentally, there is no reason for the Christian reader to presume that God cannot accomplish everything predicted in scripture using the agency of 'natural phenomena' (as opposed to so-called miracles).

The conclusion I want to leave with the reader is that at this time we have a disparate collection of strong pieces of evidence, any one of which, on its own, could be easily dismissed as idle speculation. However, juxtaposed as interlocking pieces of a puzzle, they form a remarkably solid panorama. We would ignore such a chilling tableau at our everlasting regret and peril.

October 27, 2005

Apocalypse Soon?

For several decades now, I've studied prophecies about the 'end of the world.' These predictions come from a wide variety of sources-- from religions of all kinds, from so-called myths of many cultures, from mystic and 'occult' sources, and so on, wherever I found them. Altho raised a Christian, I have no special allegiance to any of the prophecies, and do not use any one of them as a benchmark or litmus test of truth. Therefore, I feel qualified to offer my unbiased opinions on the subject of 'end times' prophecy.

The first thing I'd say is that I'm struck by the high degree of similarity that these prophecies share. This is all the more remarkable considering the diversity of their origins in terms of place, culture, and era.

Here are some of the major themes that recur in the world-wide prophecies:

  • - Earth will experience an encounter with a 'comet' or 'rogue planet' (often called 'Planet X') that passes close enough to cause tremendous catastrophes globally;
  • - the passing of the celestial body causes upheavals in the earth, oceans, and sky, such as...
  • - immense tidal waves that completely destroy all coastal and low-lying lands, and the cities therein;
  • - widespread and unprecedented earthquakes that will destroy virtually every construct of mankind;
  • - eruption of multiple volcanoes, spewing lava, ash, and smoke;
  • - violent winds that whip the earth, carrying debris and dust into the atmosphere;
  • - there will be great loss of life all over the world;
  • - it will mark a major shift in human consciousness or psychic evolution; some call it a translation to a 'higher density' or dimension.

What's equally remarkable (besides the consensus) is the way these prophetic pictures (as summarized above) match the physical descriptions constructed by Immanual Velikovsky of similar celestial catastrophes that have happened in recorded historical times. Due to the disparity of the sources, most of them could not possibly have been aware beforehand of the work of this brilliant, iconoclastic scholar who dared to propose theories that went beyond the bounds of orthodoxy... in not just one, but several academic disciplines.

However, all of these observations are more than just of academic interest. Because the chilling fact is that many of the prophecies tend to converge on a time frame that is coming very soon. For example, there is a now-well-known 'Mayan Calendar' that indicates the end of the present 'cycle' (many cultures view life as cyclical) about December of 2012. Consider that even 'conservative scientists' are now willing to speak up and speculate that, given no reduction in global warming, the climate is headed for some kind of 'crash.' While the doctrine known as 'uniformitarianism' (ie. the universe is well-behaved and everything goes as it's always gone) has been unassailable since Darwin's day, some brave scientists are finally admitting that cosmic disasters are indeed a possible cause of world changes, such as mass extinctions, mountain formation, and climate shifts. Others are sounding alarms over the weakening of the earth's magnetic field-- a harbinger, they say, of a coming reversal of poles. Space researchers are noting increasingly strong measurements in solar characteristics, such as sunspots, coronal discharges, magnetic field, plasma, etc. These solar features have a definite impact on Earth and its planetary characteristics.

The last point needs elaboration. Not only is the sun itself, center of our solar system, exhibiting noticeable energetic changes, but so is every member of the system! Measurements have been kept on our cosmic neighbors long enough to ascertain that they are showing changes in observable features. Like this planet, Mars is also experiencing global warming with measureable effects. The outer, giant planets are showing increasing luminosity, and some of their moons are getting rapidly warmer. Pluto too is growing warmer despite moving toward apogee. Why is the whole solar system becoming more energetic? It's still a mystery. But some commentators speculate that it's due to the approach towards the sun of the fabled Planet X, (called Nibiru by the ancient Sumerians), from its very long, comet-like sojourn in the distant reaches of our system. Well why should the still-distant arrival of a solar visitor cause such wide-ranging disruptions to the 'normal' pattern? That's a good question-- one that needs another long essay to properly answer. However, let me attempt a succinct summary of the brilliant research of David Wilcock and Richard Hoagland on this very subject. (Refer to www.divinecosmos.com and www.enterprisemission.com for details).

What Wilcock states is that the universe behaves in a much different manner than that complex school concocted since the 'scientific revolution', based on electro-dynamics, 'quantum mechanics', 'relativity theory,' and so on. Instead, he has noticed that the universe shows amazing geometric regularity, in what Hoagland calls 'hyperdimensional geometry,' based on the Platonic solids. These are the 3-D polygonal figures that fit exactly within a sphere. There are precise points where the vertices of the polygonal solids intersect the surface of the sphere, and on the sun and planets, these points are sites of particular energy characteristics. Wilcock postulates a model of reality wherein 'as above, so below;' in other words, matter behaves the same at the universal level as at the sub-microscopic level. In this model, there is a medium or rather field that permeates all of space and which possesses odd characteristics. In this field, some things can travel at virtually infinite speed because mass is not a factor. One outcome of this model (without going into any detail) is that the spiral is a naturally occurring feature. From galaxies to nautilus shells, the spiral emerges spontaneously by the sheer mathematics of reality (the Fibonnaci series, the harmonic progression). It also happens that angular momentum becomes highly influential in this model. That is a key factor, and the one that explains why a small planet, acting at a great distance, can have enormous effects on its fellow bodies in space.

Using Wilcock's elegant model (one is urged to read it, however difficult it may be) it is obvious (at least) that a body in a very elliptical orbit could exert profound influence on the sun and the other planets due to the fact that it possesses a large 'angular momentum'-- basically a product of velocity, radius and mass, where velocity is a vector quantity having point-speed, and direction (think of a yo-yo on a long string). So, even a relatively small body, moving rapidly from a long distance, interacts with other objects in the common, 3-D field... in this case, the 'heliosphere' of our system's sun. That influence is felt as an increase in the energy of the system. Why hasn't it been felt before now; why is it increasing? I don't know, frankly. But I can speculate that it has to do with the highly eccentric orbit that Nibiru is described as having. This orbit has been recreated from careful study of the Sumerian and Akkadian texts by the scholar Zecharia Sitchin. It appears that the tenth planet has a retrograde orbit, meaning it orbits clockwise (as observed from our north pole) rather than counter-clockwise as all the other planets. Second, Nibiru (or 'X') has an orbit that is highly inclined to the ecliptic, the plane of the orbits of Earth and most of the other planets (except Pluto, which also has an inclined orbit). Third, Nibiru's orbit is extremely elongated, like that of a comet, spending the majority of its period in deep space, far from the sun, and then plunging close to the sun for a very short time. Sitchin believes that its period is equal to 3600 Earth years, and gave rise to the Sumerian use of a sexigesimal number system (ie. base 60) as opposed to our modern decimal system.

It may be that the combined effect of these characteristics of Nibiru result in an acceleration of its effects on the energy of the heliosphere as it nears perihelion. That would also seem to help explain why some cultures believe in a regular, periodic upheaval of the Earth and the start of a new cycle. Whatever the mechanism, the presently observed instability in Earth's weather-- in conjunction with increased tectonic activity-- are certainly in keeping with the 'Divine Cosmos' model and the approach of an eccentric solar visitor. More than that, the predicted events for the Earth and its hapless life forms are also consistent with effects that would be produced by the accelerating approach of a cometary planet as it moves around its major focal point, the sun. All very fascinating... in a scary sort of way!

Reading all the predictions from my unorthodox Christian viewpoint, I couldn't help noticing that the various ancient, 'New Age,' and occult beliefs talk about this 'transition' for the human race, from our present, rather beastly condition, to a higher, more 'spiritual' plane of existence. For some schools of thought, it seemed that the few survivors of the next catastrophe would be so shaken as to somehow elevate themselves into this new state. For others, the idea seemed to be that 'spirit guides' of some sort-- regarded as 'aliens' from other planets, or else beings from a spiritual dimension-- would intervene to assist the survivors into this next state of existence. Of course, the normal Christian outlook is that Jesus will return and claim those who are 'saved' (by professing a belief/trust in him) and then establish a 'new Earth and a new heavens.' This is about all one can say unequivocally on the subject because anything more strays immediately into the realm of Biblical speculation and personal interpretation. Those who rhapsodize on the wonders of 'the Secret Rapture' are really foremost among the speculators, because a proper reading of the few texts on the subject make it clear that there is nothing secret about Christ's return to Earth, nor does such an event take place before a so-called 'seven years of tribulation.' (This assertion will upset some readers, but I urge them to actually read what the words say, not what the fast-buck Evangelical salesmen tell them it says!)

At this stage, the next logical question becomes: Why haven't 'they' told us all these things? Excellent question, that; Why indeed? This question marks the point where this essay intersects my previous ones on the subject of 'The Conspiracy.' Some readers will simply find it too incredible that authorities and scientists around the world would keep such knowledge hidden from the populace. Yes, I agree, it seems unbelievable all right. Yet, I've been fed too many 'official lies' in recent years, and seen too much deliberate institutional deception to doubt the willingness to deceive people. What's harder to comprehend is that they could actually achieve it. After all, you'd expect that there'd be some leaks, somewhere. In fact, there are leaks-- and they're happening on the Internet. The official channels are virtually under the domination of the Conspirators, and they sure don't want to get people excited about a possible end of the world as we (and they) know it. So, they lean on their lackeys, the CEOs of the media outlets, and they pretend that we live in a uniformitarian world, despite the crashing sound of disasters coming ever closer to the modern Babylon, the new Rome. Since Nibiru is expected to approach from the southern skies, the scientists seem to devote their attention to the northern skies and not surprisingly, find nothing more worrisome than the odd asteroid or small comet. There is no doubt that NASA (for instance) is 'managing' the information it releases from its various probes, such as the Mars rovers. The only source of unmanaged, raw data is the web; and the problem there is that there are so many eager interpreters, with their particular hobby-horses to ride. However, it is far preferable to have this babble of unrestrained voices guarding the raw data while superimposing their favorite theories, than to rely on the soothing monotones of the paid-off spokespersons.

That's why the Christian scriptures can predict that the disaster will come like a thief in the night, despite the technologies at our disposal. Yet, do we really need the web to inform us that, hey, something strange is going on? If people were not so enmeshed in material pursuits, 'trying to earn a living,' 'getting ahead,' that they have no time or inclination, they would simply observe the world around them in a rational manner. To those that do so, it is obvious that something's afoot in the universe. Are these the footsteps of the Creator, echoing ahead of His immanent return to inspect a crumbling society of straying humanity? Time will tell-- maybe much sooner than most people ever imagined!

October 2, 2005

The Conspiracy - Addendum 1

There are plenty of commentators-- many of them quite prescient in some ways-- who insist that almost every part of modern culture is corrupted and directed by the secret society that they've identified as the ultimate conspiracy. There's often a certain ring of veracity in some of those claims; but too often, they're just too sweeping, too hyperbolic to be patently true. And because of the air of exaggeration or excitement behind them, the majority of hearers tend to dismiss the allegations totally, as obviously over-wrought. Wary skeptics throw out the whole message, while the gullible and paranoid swallow the whole. Well, hold on there! Maybe there is some worthwhile truth in the claims, if not in totality. As I've said elsewhere, if the conspirators are a society like the Illuminati, then they've had plenty of time and experience to work on their game plan. They are expert opportunists-- the ultimate, in fact. They are masters at setting up competing systems that appear to be diametrically opposed to each other. That's one reason why it's so hard to detect their trail. After all, are they on the 'left' or the 'right?' With the religious or the atheists? And so on. In fact, they're behind both, or all.

Isn't that counter-productive for them? Not at all. When you measure progress in centuries or decades, playing both sides against the middle is diabolically clever. So much human capital is consumed in these struggles of opposing ideologies; so much misery caused; so much cynicism engendered. It all plays into the hands of the puppet masters and furthers their master plan. They've learned how to make money in good times and in chaos; when markets are up, and when they're down. These canny wolves take advantage of every situation, be it a coronation or a crisis. They love to foster wars, where they can back both sides until a winner is inevitable, then quietly retire with more riches for their vast stores... and a new global chess board on which to create further gains of wealth and power.

We ordinary folks find it quite unbelievable that any group of individuals could possibly operate so smoothly, so clandestinely, so successfully for so many years... and not slip up and be exposed. Yes, it does stretch one's credulity, I agree. That's the part I find hard to swallow, too. The lesson of history is that evil always, eventually implodes on itself. It's the very nature of evil that nothing and no-one can be trusted; therefore, the guy at the top is always betrayed by a scheming subordinate who wants to replace him. Corruption is another word for rot, and all corrupt entities rot and decay-- they simply can't last forever, by the very laws inherent in the universe. And altho this present cancer has been around a long time, it too shall pass. But not before causing a great deal of destruction.

You have to wonder: since these ultra-conspirators are so fiendishly clever, and can foresee the outcomes of many of their sick plots-- then why don't they see that they're ultimately doomed? Alas, it's a mystery. In fact, the Bible refers to it as 'the mystery of iniquity' because there seems to be no logical reason behind it. It's like mankind's apparent unconscious urge towards self-destruction; so caught up do some of us get in the mad race to accumulate wealth and power before the death we all know is coming, that nothing else seems to matter-- not even the futility of it all. Evil fails eventually; but it's a question of time. Some dictatorships, for example, survive much longer than others.

How ‘They’ Thrive

So, while the Conspiracy is fated for final failure, it has endured long and has avoided the pitfalls that generally bring down any other, lesser manifestation of evil. Why? How have they managed this feat? Let's consider some factors working in their favor...

  • - having a very long-term goal helps keep the players focussed in one general direction-- especially when that goal is nothing less than world domination.
  • - they have had time to make some mistakes and learn from them and probably to cover them up.
  • - they are such a secret society that most of the members themselves are never fully clear who reports to whom; therefor it's never safe to try to dispose of another conspirator. This purposeful ambiguity is probably the main reason how they've been able to succeed yet not get exposed, even accidentally.
  • - they must have an equitable way of dividing the spoils from the interim, local victories, so that their members are satisfied to support the big plan.
  • - once the organization (to the extent one can label it so) reached a critical level of wealth and influence, it became easier to maintain the secrecy. If anyone dared threaten to defect or oppose the big plan, he could be removed, dispatched, or neutralized in any number of creative ways that could range from economic sanctions, to forced exile, to academic disgrace, up to 'mysterious disappearance' or death.
  • - once the conspirators gained influence over a few communications media, the role of 'disinformation' took on great importance. Should genuine revelations be made about the conspiracy, they can publish various authoritative books, newspaper articles, etc. that cast all kinds of rubbish on the story... and pretty soon, 'it's history,' as we say.

Don’t Look Now!

One measure of how successful the conspirators are, is the manner in which they enjoy flirting with the populace. For instance, they will use their secret or special codes and symbology in all kinds of curious ways (just think of the numerology behind '911' for a prime example!). Some pundits have noticed all kinds of 'occult' features embodied in the design of the street architecture of Washington DC (road angles and confluences that depict pentagrams, etc.). Designs on the US dollar bill have been identified as of an occult or Egytian origin-- yet I’ve never seen an 'official explanation' for those symbols. Investigators have found music album covers and books that presaged, uncannily, the attacks on the WTC twin towers. It's happening all the time, but we don't know until something happens, and then we might (with untypical awareness) notice signs that were pointing in advance to the event.

Deeper Dimensions

All of this discussion is to illustrate how insidious is the Conspiracy, how virtually impossible it is for anyone to deal with it. Now, let's take a bold step, in the face of such an intractable foe. In view of everything I've stated, it's not unimaginable to view the situation as having spiritual dimensions. After all, the mystery of iniquity is a spiritual phenomenon. The Illuminati Conspiracy bears all the hallmarks of a Satanically-inspired and directed agency. It is vague, dark, and operates behind the scenes. It prefers to achieve ends by exerting influence over people who are pawns in their nefarious game. It likes people to believe that it doesn't exist, for that makes things much easier for them. But for those who do believe, there's so much confusion and disinformation flying around that there's little chance of any effective action arising from them. The very name, Illuninati, is clearly related to 'Lighted Ones' (or Enlightened Ones) which harks to Satan's primary name, Lucifer, the Bearer of Light. (Another obvious example of how they subtly flirt). You may not believe in a Devil or God; yet you can't deny that the Conspiracy is a pervasive, negative, self-serving, vicious, greedy entity. I'm not trying to get anyone to abandon atheism if that's their outlook; just to suggest that, at a level beyond human reason, there appears to be a force expressing itself thru the human agency of a super-normal conspiracy.

To show my hand, I believe that all things will eventually be revealed; that evil cannot hide its true nature forever. The way things are progressing, I think it's going to be quite soon-- a matter of a few years, probably-- before everyone will see the Conspiracy in its true light, and its members for the vultures they are. Even now, as they make ever bolder moves with the desired goal in sight, there are many people who are seeing the truth emerging. Sincere individuals, troubled by the clearly self-defeating path pursued relentlessly by the current pawns, the US government, know in their souls that something evil is afoot. Only when the situation becomes fully catastrophic will the present willing and unwitting supporters of the Conspiracy realize the terrible error they have made. It will be too late for many. Martial law will remove all present personal rights, and open dissent will be impossible. Maybe then, even skeptics will acknowledge the spiritual nature of the battle, and turn to oppose this Evil by seeking the spirit of Good.