Are we ready for the end times? (First of Three Parts)-A A +A
As I See It
Thursday, January 30, 2014
IN THE Second Letter of Peter, the end of the world is portrayed as a time when God pours out this wrath against human wickedness but also offers hope for those who are just and faithful. The visions of spiritual transformation and physical destruction and rebirth picture the future world as a place in which God will be “everything to everyone”.
How will the world end? The signs of times are here . . . nature fights back, nations and governments engage in star wars, planetary alignments change the face of the earth, or it could be possible “that we will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heavens with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds.” On the day of the Last Judgment, the souls of meek and mighty alike are to be lifted up from the dead and judged by the risen Christ.
There are believers who have given serious study on eschatology (what happens to man after death and what happens to the world at the end of time, which is the subject of the Apocalypse), astrological prophecies, the pyramids prophecy, the 60-year cycle, the apocalypse of St. John, the false Second Comings, the Nag Hammadi Cover-up, the Year of the Beast, and the prophetic visions of Nostradamus. We have known Napoleon and Hitler as the first and second Antichrist. Who will be the Third? The world fears Islamic Expansionism and many are eager to know the “whore of Babylon.”
Is the Vatican going to fall? The end of the long line of popes has already been clearly prophesied by St. Malachy, but it remains for Nostradamus to tell us how this will come about. His quatrain V: 46 is very interesting: “Quarrels and news scheme by the red hats where the Sabine will have been elected: They will produce great sophisms against him. And Rome will be injured by those of Alba.”
Many made attempts to explain. “Red hats” refer to cardinals. A cardinal from the Sabine country (northwest of Rome) will become Pontiff. Some cardinals could not accept him. Rome will be attached not just Vatican but this “Albanois” could not be readily identified. Could this refer to the Albanians? Could this be the color white in flag symbol? “Albus” means white. This Albanois could also refer to the Albenses, the original Latin people. Is Nostradamus giving us a hint that the attack will be from within?
If we follow the thought of Nostradamus, it means that the Vatican will experience trouble within the reigns of the next three popes (including the present one) and that the institution itself may well come under the control of Nostradamus’s Third Antichrist. This is schism in the church. Confusion takes center stage as many Christian cults spawned their own messiahs. Many disciples followed them only too willingly, from the women of the Abode of Love who buried their dead standing up to the flaming Apocalypse of Waco and the strange female messiah of modern Russia.
In my curiosity, I have come across the predictions of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). He predicted the end of Communism, and that Russia would be born again. I have yet to convince myself on his less plausible prediction that China will become the new “cradle of Christianity.” In a trance in 1934, he described a number of unimaginable catastrophes that would occur at the end of the 20th century.
A shift in the earth’s axis around the year 2000 will lead to the inundations of many coastal regions; Southern England to leave London as a coastal town; the loss of much of Japan; flooding of Northern Europe; open waters appearing where Greenland used to be; new land appearing off the east coast of North America; widespread destruction in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the disappearance of New York; upheaval in both polar regime; volcanic eruptions in tropical regime and an increase in Pacific rim volcano activity; and a general warming of currently cool areas, and cooling of warm areas.
Horrible! Novelists and movie makers even connive to create Antichrist stories before the world ends. David Seltzer wrote “The Omen” and Aleister Crowley created a child character with specific magical character in “Moonchild.” The Antichrist is not to be confused with Satan. He is Satan’s representative on earth. (To be continued)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 30, 2014.