2012 Survival Guide: A practical planner for the worst case scenario

Doomsday Predictions and Prophecies

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The world was all revenge and thou hadst said, "It is a seething sea." Earth had no room for walking, air was ambushed by the spears. The stars began to fray and time and earth washed hands in mischief.

Firdausi (10th century Persian poet)

Biblical Proportions

An Old Testament scripture known as the Book of Ezekiel lays out a detailed prophecy for the end of the world, one centered on Israel and the Middle East. The precursor for the better-known prophecy of John of Patmos, Ezekiel's vision differs in some respects. Instead of the"mark of the beast", Ezekiel talks about a "mark of God" that differentiates survivors of the coming Judgement Day from the damned.

"Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst". As for why a doomsday is necessary: "Look, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom; she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but did not help the poor and the needy. So they were haughty and committed abominations before Me."

Plagues, natural disasters, wars and wanton violence augur the approaching day of Armageddon.

"On the day of wrath every precious thing will be useless. They will fling their silver into the streets and their gold will become an abhorrent thing; their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord." After a major armed conflict in which many undefended cities are attacked, God says: "With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and all his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone.

Of course, it's the New Testament's Book of Revelation that remains the most famous vision of apocalypse in the western world. Before his death in 1727, Sir Isaac Newton made a prediction that the battle of Armagedon would take place in the year 2060 A.D. Dr Stephen Snobelen of the University of King's College in Nova Scotia is credited with uncovering the prediction, which he found in a set of Newton papers initially hidden from scholars.

John, the youngest apostle of Jesus, wrote Revelation while in exile on the island of Patmos, in the Mediterranean Sea. In his vision, he watches as seven seals are broken on scrolls which contain a detailed prophecy for the future.

Having just referred to a written document, the story strangely shifts gears into a docu-drama, as John says he sees four horsemen ride into civilization, bringing troubles with which to vex humanity. The first horse carries the anti-christ, who's dressed in white and initially endears himself to civilization before making a global power grab.

The second horseman wears red and brandishes a sword. He's generally identified by theologians as a relentless warmonger spreading conflict and violence around the world. The third horseman is draped in black and carries a balance in one hand. "A day's wages for a loaf of bread" John hears him say, which is generally interpreted as a reference to economic collapse and famine.

The fourth horseman, dressed in ashen garments, is accomapnied by Hades, the god of the underworld. Some theologians think he symbolizes plague and pestilence. Others suggest he's packing a cocktail of super-volcanoes, tsunamis and massive earthquakes.

John also mentions a star in his prophecy. Called "Wormwood", it falls from the heavens. (This seems to parallel the Hopi Prophecy description of a "dwelling place in the sky" crashing down in what onlookers view as a blue star.)

When the sixth seal of the scroll is broken, the battle of Armageddon starts queueing up.

"Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. "

For those who survive the impact of all these catastrophes, a golden age will follow, according to Revelation. The claim dovetails with the prophecies of non-western cultures, all of whom seem to agree on this point. John's vision even anticipates the psychological trauma in store for those who survive the long siege.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away."

Revelation states that prior to mankind's unraveling, a new nation of Israel will emerge and Herod's temple will be rebuilt in its original location at Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The first of these two predictions was realized in 1948. As for the second, a mosque currently occupies the Temple Mount and no plans for replacing it are on the table.

Hindu and Zoroastrian Prophecies

According to Hindu philosophy, we humans have experienced a recurring succession of four "yugas", or world ages, called Krita, Treta, Dwápara, and Kali. Krita is the equivalent of the Golden Age in other cultures, while Kali roughly translates to "The Degenerate Age." Kali Yuga is the current age, beginning when Krishna died around 3100 B.C. (This date is close to the beginning of the Maya Long-Count Calendar, which is 3114 B.C.) According to the Mahabharata, Kali Yuga will end with a mass extinction, followed by a new golden age for those who manage to survive:

"Towards the end of those thousands of years constituting the four yugas and when the lives of men become so short, a drought occurs extending for many years. Then men and creatures endowed with small strength and vitality, becoming hungry, die by thousands.

And then seven blazing suns, appearing in the firmament, drink up all the waters of the earth... while the fire called Samvarataka, impelled by the winds, appeareth on the earth that hath already been dried to cinders... Penetrating through the earth and making its appearance in the nether regions also, that fire begets great terror..."

Occupying present-day Iran, the Zoroastrian culture may have been older the Hindus, but scholars disagree about the exact time frame. According to a text called the Zand-i Vohuman Yasht :

"At the end of thy tenth hundredth winter...the sun is more unseen and more spotted; the year, month, and day are shorter; and the earth is more barren; and the crop will not yield the seed; and men ... become more deceitful and more given to vile practices. They have no gratitude.

"Honorable wealth will all proceed to those of perverted faith...and a dark cloud makes the whole sky night..and it will rain more noxious creatures than winter."

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More Resources

Articles of Interest

"Edgar Cayce and Understanding the Prophecy of 2012." by John Van Auken.

Tunnels & Chambers Under the Great Sphinx

Edgar Cayce' s Association for Research and Enlightenment

Edgar Cayce readings cited

The Astral World - Cayce Predictions

"The Maya Katun Prophecies." By Bruce Scofield.

"What are the living Maya saying about 2012?"

Websites

The Dialogue with Asclepius

Avesta -- Zoroastrian Archives

The Mahabharata
Sacred-texts.com

The Hopi Prophecy

Prophecy of St Malachy From Catholic-pages.com

Prophecy of Ezekiel

Book of Revelation

Newton: The Dark Heretic video

Black Elk's Vision

End Times Prophecies From Crystal Links.

Books

Book of the Hopi (1963) by Frank Waters.

Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge : The Mystical World of the Q'ero Indians of Peru. By Joan Parisi Wilcox

The Mayan Prophecies (1995) by Adrian Gilbert and Maurice Cotterell.

Serpent in the sky: the high wisdom of ancient Egypt (1993) by John Anthony West

The Sphinx Mystery (2009) by Robert and Olivia Temple

The Orion Prophecy (2001) by Patrick Geryl and Gino Ratinckx.

Racing Towards Armageddon (2007) by Michael Baigent

DVDs and TV Programs

History Channel The Seven Signs of the Apocalypse, 2012: End of Days, and the series The Nostradamus Effect.

DVD - The Mysterious Origins of Man: Rewriting Human History (1996) Based on the book Forbidden Archaeology.

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