Prof. Johan Malan, Mossel Bay, South Africa (February 2011)
We are living in an ever changing and unpredictable world. People through the ages have always wondered what the future holds, and this is the reason why prophecies about the future have always been very popular, regardless of whether they are derived from divine or psychic sources. Now, more than ever before, there are ominous signs in nature as well as in human societies that more and more major disasters are in the offing. Consequently, there is a proliferation of various kinds of prophecies. In many of these, the next two years (2011 and 2012) are identified as appointed times for the fulfilment of major gloom and doom prophecies.
The following categories of prophecies are commonly encountered and should be evaluated:
1. Biblical prophecies which are literally interpreted in the correct dispensational context in which they are given.
2. Distorted, Bible-based prophecies which have been wrongly interpreted because of the interpreter’s ignorance, theological bias, or fancy for date-setting.
3. Extra-biblical prophecies by Christians who are self-appointed prophets and claim to have received direct prophecies from God through visions, dreams, audible voices, and even the dictates of their heart. These prophecies are added to what the Bible foretells, and are in many cases outright contradictions of biblical prophecies.
4. Occult prophecies by prophets, psychics, fortune-tellers and diviners who use crystal balls, astrology, bone-throwing or other mystical methods of divination or prophesying.
It is obviously of the utmost importance to ensure that the information we rely on originates from an authentic source with a proven record of fulfilled prophecies. Let us examine these four categories more closely to determine their credibility.
Only the Bible has a flawless record of fulfilled prophecies. A large body of biblical prophecies were literally fulfilled, e.g. on Israel’s long stay in Egypt, their occupation of the Promised Land, their Babylonian exile of 70 years, the first coming and crucifixion of the Messiah, the destruction of Jerusalem and the international dispersion of Israel because of rejecting the Messiah (Gen. 15:13-14; 17:7-8; Jer. 29:10; Matt. 23:37–24:2; Luke 19:41-44; 21:20-24).
One should have a clear grasp of the following dispensations in humanity’s divine history before attempting to understand and correctly interpret biblical prophecies:
1. The dispensation of innocence (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden).
2. The dispensation of the conscience (before the Flood).
3. The dispensation of human government (post-diluvial).
4. The dispensation of the law (Israel in the Old Testament).
5. The dispensation of grace (the church among all nations in New Testament times).
6. The dispensation of the Antichrist’s reign (following the rapture of the church).
7. The dispensation of the kingdom (Christ’s thousand-year reign of peace).
The seventh dispensation will be followed by the eternal state when either heaven or hell will be the final abode of all people.
Most biblical prophecies are eschatological and will be fulfilled in the end-time. The major themes are the restoration of Israel to their God-given land (Ezek. 11:17), including the restoration of Jerusalem as their capital city, the time of Jacob’s trouble (a seven-year period of tribulation when Israel will be ruled, deceived and oppressed by a false messiah – Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27), the coming of the Messiah during the battle of Armageddon when He will set foot on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4-5), followed by His thousand-year reign of peace (Isa. 2:2-4; Zech 8:21-23; Rev. 20:6). In Ezekiel 38 and 39 there is also a prophecy of a Russo/Arab invasion of Israel during the latter stage of their end-time restoration.
The final phase of the church dispensation was introduced by the restoration of Israel in 1948, while biblical Jerusalem (the Old City) was recaptured in 1967 and restored as Israel’s capital in 1980. Christ’s assertion that Jerusalem would be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24) highlights the significance of the present time. We are in a transitional phase in which the dispersed Israel is brought back to their land in preparation of the final year-week (seven-year period) in their divine history before the coming of the Messiah (Dan. 9:24-27; Ezek. 37:21).
At the beginning of the coming year-week Israel as well as the unsaved nations will conclude a covenant with the false messiah (Antichrist). During this transitional phase when Israel and the church co-exist, members of the true church should prepare themselves to meet the heavenly Bridegroom and then give account of their lives before the judgement seat of Christ in heaven (2 Cor. 5:10). Members of utterly deceived churches, in which basic tenets such as the deity of Christ are denied, will remain behind and join the world in recognising the Antichrist as the universal, interfaith messiah and saviour of humanity.
Various end-time prophecies relate to the final phase of the church on earth. In His Olivet Discourse the Lord Jesus said that the church of the last days will be characterised by great apostasy introduced by the deceptive teachings of false prophets and false christs, backed up by astounding signs and wonders (Matt. 24:4-25). This great falling away from the truth will lead to a spiritual split in the Christian church – a small group will remain faithful to the truth, while the majority will be deceived to the extent of departing from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, and eventually follow the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:3-4; 1 Tim. 4:1). The faithful ones will be removed at the rapture (Luke 21:36; 1 Thess. 4:16-17), after which the Antichrist will be revealed (2 Thess. 2:6-8). The apostatised church will remain behind and worship the Antichrist together with the rest of the deceived world, proclaiming that he is a saviour and prince of peace (Rev. 13:3-4).
The ensuing tribulation under the Antichrist will be worldwide in its scope and operate from global political, religious and economic structures. A false peace will prevail during the first 3½ years of his seven-year reign, but during the last 3½ years there will be a great tribulation as there has never been since the beginning of the world (Matt. 24:21-22). The rule of the Antichrist will also be attended by divine judgements upon a Christ-rejecting world, which will take the form of unprecedented natural disasters (Matt. 24:7,29-30; Luke 21:25-27; Isa. 13:9-13; 24:1-6,19-23).
These grave disasters in nature, coinciding with a rising number of wars, as well as crippling famines and pestilences, will start manifesting shortly before the tribulation and should be seen as warning signs to the world, and also to the slumbering church, of the impending judgements of God (Matt. 24:6-7). Those who harden their hearts and refuse to heed these signs will soon become panic-stricken when unprecedented disasters shake the world during the great tribulation, and dark clouds cover the face of the earth. With buildings tumbling all around them due to gigantic earthquakes, prospects for survival will be bleak and people will in vain try to hide themselves from the wrath of the Lamb. They will know that they are in a time of divine retribution (Rev. 6:12-17; 16:17-21).
The church dispensation is now in its final stage. We know that by virtue of Israel’s restoration back in their land. Apart from this, there are also ominous signs of an emerging new world order which will, according to Revelation 13, be headed by the Antichrist. The ideology of globalism has by now been firmly established and it is not a far-fetched prospect that there will soon be a world government under the control of a superman, attended by a multireligious system of worship under the leadership of a common messiah, and also a world economy which is centrally controlled and based upon a cashless monetary system.
This coming leader will be empowered by Satan (Rev. 13:2) and arise from the restored Roman Empire which historically included parts of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. This future empire will at the same time constitute a restored Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Greek empire, and it will be controlled from the Middle East (cf. Dan. 7-9 & 11). Events in this part of the world are all pointing towards the soon fulfilment of end-time events: “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28; cf. Luke 12:54-56).
The next prophetic event of great significance will be the rapture, followed by the revelation of the Antichrist and the establishment of his world government. Millions of nominal Christians (including backsliders) from all nations will be terrified by these apocalyptic events and then turn to the Lord Jesus in true repentance. The result of this awakening and revival will, according to Revelation 7:1-8, be the salvation of 144 000 Jews and their commission to evangelise the world in the absence of the true church. A great multitude from all nations will be saved during the ensuing years (Rev. 7:9-17).
These events are certainly very near. However, students of prophecy should not become so carried away that they start fixing dates for the rapture and the revelation of Antichrist – neither try and find out the specific identity of the Antichrist. We do not know these things and should not speculate on them as that my do a lot of harm to the faith of many people. We don’t need disillusionment that arises from erroneous prophetic expectations – we only need a stronger conviction that the time is near, leading to intensified watching and praying (Luke 21:34-36).
In connection with date-setting it should be mentioned here that despite the fact that the Bible unambiguously says we won’t know the day or hour of Christ’s coming for His church (cf. Matt. 24:36; 25:13; Acts 1:7), there are nevertheless references to a last generation that will not pass away till all end-time events up to the public appearance of Christ on the Mount of Olives have been fulfilled (Matt. 24:34; Luke 21:32). It is argued by various scholars that since a generation is 70 years (Ps. 90:10) and its starting-point is the birth of modern Israel on 15th May 1948, it will end in May 2018. If seven years are allowed for the tribulation period, it means that the rapture should, at the latest, occur in 2011.
A word of caution is needed here. Although it is agreed that we are in an advanced stage of the last generation, Psalm 90:10 says that a generation may even be stretched up to 80 years. It is not an absolutely fixed period of time since its length may vary. In a parable on the Bridegroom’s coming in Matthew 25 it is indicated that the Bridegroom could delay His coming: “But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept” (Matt. 25:5). Of course, a generation cannot be stretched beyond its widest parameters, which underscores the fact that the promise on the rapture is a short-term prospect during the present time.
Despite uncertainty about the duration of the last generation the Bible offers us a very definite scenario for the end-time – the termination of the church dispensation by the rapture, the revelation of the Antichrist and the start of his seven-year reign, the second coming of Christ at the end of that year-week, followed by the destruction of evil forces and the binding of Satan in the bottomless pit (Rev. 19:11–20:3). These events will be followed by the establishment of Christ’s thousand-year reign of peace on earth (Rev. 20:6).
We have an obligation to proclaim the prophetic word in order that people may have a biblical future expectation, correctly understand the apostatising and changing world in which they live, and refrain from growing cold when end-time sin and lawlessness increase: “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Rev. 22:10; cf. Matt. 24:12).
There are large numbers of theologians, pastors, biblical students and ordinary members of churches who regularly offer distorted and highly deceptive versions of biblical prophecies. Whenever they deviate from the clear, dispensational framework of the Bible they end up by mixing biblical prophecies and interpreting them out of context. Their inadequate knowledge, theological bias or fancy for date-setting accounts for their aberrant conclusions.
It should be stated here that not all Christians who entertain wrong prophetic expectations are necessarily also deceived in every other respect. Some of them are sincere Christians who have a testimony of being born again, despite the fact that they suffer from a poor understanding of biblical prophecies. Many of them are caught up in a theological doctrine in which no recognition is given to the restoration of Israel, the coming of a personal Antichrist, or the future millennial reign of Christ. They either relegate prophecies on end-time judgements and disasters to symbolic utterances or they move them to historical times (preterism) by regarding them as already fulfilled during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Obviously, such people do not have a biblical-based frame of reference on end-time events and will be open to any imaginative theory: if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.
If the different dispensations in the Bible are not clearly understood and the role of Israel is not properly recognised, one has no sound guideline on how to determine biblical time-frames and seasons. When ignorance on these important matters prevails, any theory can be concocted and will be swallowed by naive believers. A few examples will prove this point.
In many of the churches that are inclined towards Calvinism, the Augustinian idea has been espoused that the church age is also the kingdom age; consequently, the church has been called to rule the world. They do not recognise biblical prophecies that indicate a great falling away from the truth in the end-time. They also fail to recognise the end-time restoration of Israel and allege that the church has replaced Israel as God’s people in the New Testament. To them, the church age can still continue for centuries and even millennia, since “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years” (2 Pet. 3:8). Prophetic ignorance prevails in these circles as no sign of the end-time is seriously considered by them.
There are also those Christians (true as well as nominal believers) who subjectively choose one or other prophetic theme and wrongly interpret it by considering it out of its dispensational context. They then proceed to apply it in a completely erroneous way which contradicts other prophecies. All sorts of formulas and twisted historical facts are invented to prove their theory.
Among the Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) a misleading form of date-setting emerged from a wrong understanding of Daniel’s prophecies. They interpret the 2300 days during which the temple would, according to Daniel 8:14, be desecrated as referring to 2300 years. Although the prophecy of the 2300 days was literally fulfilled between 170 and 164 BC after Antiochus Epiphanes had defiled the temple and Judas Maccabeus again restored it, the SDA still claims that the 2300 days are 2300 years which elapsed between 457 BC and 1844 AD. In terms of this false prophetic interpretation they stated that Christ would return on 22nd October 1844. This blunder seriously undermined the credibility of their eschatological message on the advent, but they still continue with many of their unbiblical prophecies. The pope is regarded by them as the Antichrist and Sunday worship as the mark of the beast. The restoration of Israel is not proclaimed and the rapture is denied.
There is another highly deceptive effort of date-setting for the expected end of the world in 2011 that has lately caused quite a stir in the many places where it has been advertised on billboards, over radio stations and in pamphlets. Harold Camping, a retired engineer, is the owner of Family Radio in Oakland, California. He has worldwide broadcast facilities, including 150 outlets in the US alone. His doomsday messages are translated in many Asian and African languages, including the major black languages of South Africa.
In his book, The Doomsday Code, Camping explains a so-called cosmic calendar in terms of which the earth will be destroyed in 2011: “Starting May 21, 2011 there will be 153-days of judgment in which nearly 7 billion people will die. Finally on October 21, 2011 this planet will be destroyed. … [There are] many timelines from the Bible that proves October 21, 2011 is the end of the world. One of the best is 1 day=1,000 years and 7 days=7000 years from which we derive: First destruction of the world: 4990 B.C., final destruction of the world: 4990 B.C.+ 7,000 years=2011 A.D.”
Camping dated the creation of the world to the year 11013 BC and the Flood to 4990 BC. He says on May 21, 2011, the rapture will occur, followed by five months of judgement that will continue until the end of the world on October 21, 2011. He says: “Just before the flood Noah was instructed by God that in seven days the flood would begin (Genesis 7:10-16). Using the language of 2 Peter 3:8 that ‘a day is as a thousand years,’ it is like saying through Noah, who was a preacher (2 Peter 2:5): ‘mankind has seven days or 7,000 years to escape destruction.’ Since 2011 A.D. is precisely 7,000 years after Noah preached, God has given mankind a wonderful proof that Judgment Day will occur in the year 2011.”
Hopefully, thinking Christians will not seriously consider this fallacious theory. The dates put forward by Camping are absolutely wrong. When using biblical genealogies one may arrive at a date of 4004 BC for the creation of the present world (no one knows how old the pre-Adamic world was – cf. 2 Pet. 3:5-6) and 2348 BC for the Flood. How Camping could regard the seven days which God allowed for all the animals and the eight people to enter the ark as seven thousand years of grace to the world, is hard to understand. God’s law to Israel was given in 1446 BC, while the gospel of God’s grace was only proclaimed to the Gentiles in New Testament times.
A further problem which Camping was faced with is the millennial reign of Christ which will be established after His second coming (Rev. 20:4-6). This is the one dispensation in the Bible of which the duration is explicitly and literally stated. If one feels strongly for biblical chronology and timelines you should at least be able to indicate where this period starts and ends. But Camping cannot and does not account for this future dispensation, after which the world will be destroyed by fire (2 Pet. 3:10-12; Rev. 20:11). It is obvious from biblical prophecies that the end of the present world is still more than a thousand years in the future. Between now and then there will be the seven-year reign of the Antichrist, followed by the thousand-year reign of Christ from the restored throne of David in Jerusalem (Acts 15:16-17; Jer. 3:17).
The damage which is done by false prophecies such as those of Harold Camping is enormous. When they prove to be false (and they soon will) many people become agnostic towards the Word of God and also reject the prophetic messages of scholars who remain true to the Bible. We do not need such a “calculated” disservice to Christianity. At any rate, the panic and emotions stirred up by these doomsday messages are not helpful to move people to commit themselves sincerely to Christ. Even if they do repent, much of it might be undone when they realise they have been deceived.
There is an ever-expanding volume of extra-biblical prophecies which originate from self-appointed prophets and prophetesses who claim to have regular visions, dreams, and also audible voices that reveal God’s will to them. Even the dictates of their hearts are taken as guidance given by God on how He wishes His people to act. They consciously shy away from the biblical scenario for the end-time because they do not accept the prophesied hard times, the spiritual falling away, the increase in sin and rebellion, the immorality, the economic and political turmoil, and ultimately the judgements of God which will coincide with the Antichrist’s reign of terror on earth. Instead, they uphold a vision of great revivals and the establishment of a Christian empire on earth in which they will be kings and queens who rule over the world, live in affluence and are honoured by all people. Their vision might sound very good to their enchanted audiences but it is very far removed from what the Bible tells us about the last days.
We are commanded in no uncertain terms that we should uphold and proclaim only the biblical scenario for the end-time. Nothing should be omitted and taken away from these prophecies; neither should anything be added to them, regardless of what the source of these other prophecies may be (Rev. 22:18-19). Many Christians, however, disregard these divine instructions and offer a constant stream of extra-biblical prophecies which allegedly come from God. These self-appointed prophets are seriously in error. Apart from deceiving other Christians, they are exposing themselves to the judgements of God. What they do is no trivial matter but a shameful distortion and denial of biblical prophecies.
They justify their prophetic ministries in terms of a statement in Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless he reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” That was certainly the case when the Bible books were written, but this special gift only functioned until the last book of the Bible was written in 95 AD by John on the Isle of Patmos. By then, the whole counsel of God to us was declared, and John concluded his prophecies with a stern warning from God that He would add judgements to those persons who add to His Word, and that He would also cast away those who dare take anything away from His Word (Rev. 22:18-19). Not only the extra-Biblical prophets but also those who deny aspects of God’s Word are treading on dangerous ground.
The kingdom which these prophets proclaim is derived from the promises on great blessings that will be bestowed on all the nations of the earth during the millennial reign of Christ (Isa. 2:2-4; 11:6-9; Jer. 3:17; Zech. 8:20-23). They wrongly apply these promises to the church age and see a worldwide revival as the doorway to this utopia. In the present dispensation the true Christians are not kings and queens but sojourners and pilgrims in a hostile world – we are soldiers for the cross who must put on the full armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:11). The Lord Jesus delivered us from the present evil age since the whole world lies in the sway of the wicked one (Gal. 1:4; 1 John 5:19). During the present dispensation only a small minority of people are saved (Luke 13:24) as most people love darkness more than light (John 3:19). Proclaiming the gospel remains a hard and difficult task, and it is of no avail to promise an unprecedented revival in which virtually all people on earth will flock to churches.
Extra-biblical prophecies on this great end-time revival are aimed at mobilising churches to widen their vision, take hands with one another, and trust the Lord for this great breakthrough, thereby contributing to bringing an end to sin, evil governments, warfare, misery, disease, suffering and hostile relations between people.
There are many such prophets in South Africa and they keep on prophesying the expected great revival every year. Grandiose prophecies have been issued for 2011. A co-ordinating website was established to publish these prophecies in an effort to attract more partners for their kingdom strategy. The name of the website is www.firetrails.co.za and their goal: sustainable, biblical transformation. Some of their well-known partners are: Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian Democratic Party, Finesse, Global Day of Prayer (Graham Power), Dr. Isak Burger (AFM), Jericho Walls (Bennie Mostert), Joy Magazine, Justus Tsungu Ministries, Moreletta Park Church, Radio Pulpit, Radio Tygerberg 104 FM, and Unashamedly Ethical.
Fire Trails also represents many other kingdom-oriented ministries, and they plan to change the face of South Africa by way of “a tsunami of Christian voices”. Fire Trails say: “If the Christians in our country could actually speak simultaneously, we would have an undeniable and physical manifestation of something we didn't think we would ever see in SA: Visible unity in the body of Christ! It will take every single Christian mobilizing every single Christian around him/her to convince every single Christian to be part of this on the 15th of February 2011… The idea is to have a voice in unity that blows the world away so that every single saved or non saved person in this country will see the statement no matter where they turn on the day.”
Elza Meyer further says: “I believe God has called us to send out Fire Trails from Cape Town as from 5 March to 16 April 2011. The commissioning of Fire Trails will take place in Cape Town, at Cape Town stadium on the weekend of 5 March 2010. The different trails will be led by the various spiritual leaders, going from town to town. When I discussed this with Bennie Mostert [of Jericho Walls], he told me about similar prophecies, which foretold these Fire Trails: I could only sit there in awe of God’s greatness!”
This is part of an ecumenical campaign to visibly usher in the kingdom of God. Extra-biblical prophecies are rife in this movement. Emma van der Walt, a Lewende Woord/Living Word pastor, is an acknowledged prophetess in this movement. She mentions Reinhard Bonnke, Smith Wigglesworth and Kathryn Kuhlman as three of her role models. She says, among others: “I just believe the Lord is saying to South Africa that there’s a lot of change that is taking place and coming to this country in 2011. I feel the Lord is saying that there will be times of abundance… I see a big open door, and this open door will be a door of God’s provision for the Church of South Africa. I see provision that is coming, and I see foreign exchange. I see international provision coming into the country, but specifically people who will sow into what God is doing in the country. I see the money is not for the government; it is not for businesses; it is for the Church. I see finances coming in; I see different currencies coming into the country. I hear the Lord saying it is to bring revival, it is to fund a lot of the work of the Lord in this country and I see it is spreading even higher and higher up into Africa… I do feel the Lord is saying very strongly: ‘There will be signs and wonders and miracles that will be birthed here, but you won’t see their fullness in this country only. As you remain obedient, and as I raise up My sent ones, you will see a deepening in the gifts; you will see a multiplication of the gifts up into Africa. You will see My miraculous hand moving and shaking, and removing things and delivering people from the strongholds of the enemy’.”
There are many sincere Christians involved with this movement, who really want to see that large numbers of people become converted and strengthen the ranks of the Christian church. However, it is very obvious that the extra-biblical messages from God which they are heeding are not authentic. They are pursuing a man-made dream that will soon be shattered by the hard reality of the end-time events which they choose to ignore. They absolutely disregard the message of biblical eschatology and hardly ever refer to the second coming of Christ. The visible ecumenical unity which they promote is much more based upon human relations than on an improved man-God relationship. True holiness cannot be fostered in this way. The Holy Spirit does not need the bolstering of human forces that act in unison to make dramatic public statements on God’s kingdom.
Real and lasting spiritual change occurs in the hearts of individuals, and they will experience increased hostility and rejection from an evil world. Rather than taking over an entire country there will be greater polarisation between good and evil. Christ said, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still, he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me to give to everyone according to his work” (Rev. 22:11-12).
According to the Bible, the final phase of the church dispensation is a time of great spiritual falling away (Matt. 24:11-12; 2 Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5 & 4:2-4; 2 Pet. 2:1-2). We have to take notice of these prophetic warning sings and ensure that we are not deceived (Matt. 24:4-5). We are called upon to shine as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil. 2:15). The next big spiritual awakening, in which millions of people will be saved, will only be after the rapture during the tribulation period (Rev. 7:9-17). Deceived Christians in apostatised churches will then give serious thought to God’s Word, confess their sins and earnestly call on Him for grace to salvation.
There are many prophets, diviners and psychics who use occult methods of divination to gain knowledge on the future. From a biblical point of view they are false prophets who rely on the mystical powers of darkness to make their predictions. These practices are usually associated with pagan religions and cultures. A few prominent examples of such prophecies are offered on the website www.2012danger.com/. Various other websites offer similar prophecies. In many of them 2012 is singled out as a year of doom for planet earth, with only a small number of people who will survive the catastrophes. These fortunate ones will enter the coming utopia.
The sacred Aztec calendar is also called the Eagle Bowl. It represents the solar deity Tonatiuh. The calendar has been in use in various forms for more than 2,000 years. A Zapotec prophecy, based on the Eagle Bowl, states: “After Thirteen Heavens of Decreasing Choice, and Nine Hells of Increasing Doom, the Tree of Life shall blossom with a fruit never before known in the creation, and that fruit shall be the New Spirit of Men.”
In the mythology of the Aztecs, the first age of mankind ended with the animals devouring humans. The second age was finished by wind, the third by fire, and the fourth by water. The present fifth epoch is called Nahui-Olin (Sun of Earthquake), which began in 3114 BC and will end on December 21, 2012. It will be the last destruction of human existence on Earth. The date coincides closely with that determined by the brothers McKenna in The Invisible Landscape as the end of history indicated by their computer analysis of the ancient Chinese oracle-calendar, I Ching.
The Mayan calendar is divided into Seven Ages of Man. The fourth epoch ended in August 1987. The Mayan calendar comes to an end on Sunday, December 23, 2012. Only a few people will survive the catastrophe that ensues. In the fifth age, humanity will realize its spiritual destiny. In the sixth age, we will realize God within ourselves, and in the seventh age we will become so spiritual that we will be telepathic.
A Young American boy became aware of his gift of prophecy and sent a description of his vision to 2012danger.com. He predicts great disasters for December 21, 2012:
“When I first started practicing my gift, I had a vision. I was sitting in my room watching tv and about to start my homework when I kind of blanked out. It was as if I was in a dream state; I was in 12/21/12 but at the same time I was aware on what I was still watching on tv. I heard my own voice but someone else’s at the same time saying to me, ‘It's not the end, just a test.’ At first I was confused but then I understood what the voices were talking about because the date 12/21/12 flashed in front of my eyes. Then it was as if I was put in space and I could see the world under my feet. I looked down and saw many swirls of clouds in the ocean; hurricanes. I wasn’t sure if I saw 3 or 5 but there was more than 1. I wasn’t sure but it was as if I sensed that the world was shaking; earthquake(s).
“It’s more than 3 years from that date… I am sure that 12/21/12 isn't going to be the end of the world, but just a test. A test sent to us by God. He wants to see if we can protect ourselves from whatever he will send us. Everyone who dies, are going to be the people he considered not strong enough to live on. I’m writing this as a letter to all psychics out there. We need to come together to protect as many people as possible. We don’t have to reveal ourselves to others but simply shield the ones we care for.
“The simple way to do this is to learn how to build a shield with energy. Once you master this, all you need to do is to build a shield around your family’s household. For anyone that might possess telekinesis powers, you can manipulate the energy to prevent anything hitting you or your family. If you live somewhere near water, try controlling energy around water. Same goes for rocks, air, and fire. It sounds a lot like a cartoon but it can work. Please give me a feedback on what you think on all of this. We need to protect our world.”
Monica Who writes on 2012danger.com:
“In the dark days of winter is when the sun will be the most dangerous. They say this will also be when Planet X or The Destroyer is going to enter our solar system [early in 2012]. If it becomes active, even for a short time as it approaches our sun, we could have two suns in the sky! This would be a disaster near the equator and the southern half of the Unites States. Most of South America and Africa would also be at risk. In Africa you will see drought and famine that is worse than ever before. In China and most of Asia bird flu will kill people, livestock and wildlife before the tsunamis and monsoons come. Then the land will be scorched in the second half of 2012 and most of the people there will perish. Some will flee north and survive. Places like Australia and New Zealand will not be safe because they’re exposed to the sun during winter. The people there would most likely die very quickly. Stay away from mountains and coastal regions during 2012 because earthquakes will change the shape of the continents. Highlands would be your best bet. Places with glaciers and fresh streams would be the best place. Siberia would be a good place, too. The Russian Empire will be dominant when the USA is fried by the sun (or possibly two suns if Planet X is a brown dwarf). Go somewhere that you can easily grow fresh vegetables and berries at least, and make sure to protect lakes with fish and natural food resources during survival times…. Most of the world’s governments will fall and there will be no stable economic system in place…
“By 2017, things should be a lot better. A sense of community will be the proven path to peace. This is not to say that religion and spirituality is lost during these turbulent times, it’s just that humanity – or what is left of it – will evolve… The survivors will be those who are lightworkers, energy healers, philosophers, teachers, inventors, engineers, the brightest scientists, etc. After 2017, people will be able to have children again. By then, farming and free energy and electricity will be available around the world, using renewable resources such as solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy. People will work together to rebuild after two-thirds of the population has been wiped out.”
The following review of the prophecies of Nostradamus for 2012 appears in the website www.december2012endofworld.com/nostradamus-2012:
Nostradamus wrote in a cryptic style and his quatrains need interpretation. Many have found that most of these predictions by Nostradamus have been accurate and his prophecies are highly regarded by astrologers and in many occult circles.
2012 Nostradamus predictions have gained a lot of popularity, firstly because the year is coming closer and secondly his predictions seem to match predictions from other sources like the bible, Mayan and Gnostic texts and so on. You must also keep in mind that Nostradamus predictions are never clear cut and he writes symbolically and hence different people interpret these symbols in various ways. Although this is the case, many of his predictions have been interpreted correctly regarding the Second World War, Hitler and so on. This makes 2012 Nostradamus predictions even more interesting to read as most people feel that they can be highly accurate.
2012 Nostradamus predictions paint a bleak picture of massive destruction and havoc brought about by a comet. It is not clear whether this comet will strike the earth or will pass very close to our planet, causing massive earthquakes and other cataclysmic occurrences. But all interpreters of his quatrains are united on the opinion that it will be a comet which will come somewhere in December 2012. Nostradamus writes in one of his quatrains – “In the sky will be seen a great fire dragging a trail of sparks”. This line clearly suggests a comet and many are of the opinion that it will be very big in size. Certain interpreters put the size to be just a little less than the planet Jupiter, and if such a comet passes close to the earth the effect of its gravity will cause the oceans to rise and also give rise to earthquakes.
Another theory is that even though the comet will pass close to the earth it might cause an asteroid to shift course and impact the earth. Such an impact will be the size of several atomic bombs and will cause massive destruction. Some predict that the superpowers of the world will send atomic missiles to break this asteroid in space, but still there will be a shower of hail and fire from its fragments.
For 2012 Nostradamus also suggest that because of the massive destruction caused by the comet there will be widespread anarchy and certain nations can take advantage and plunge the world into a third World War. One of the quatrains says – “King of terror shall come from the sky. He will bring to life the King of Mongols.” This line has been interpreted that after the coming of the comet China will gain prominence and might start attacking countries to gain supremacy.
2012 Nostradamus predictions also give an indication of the fate of certain nations, and how long the comet will be seen in the skies. He mentions – “The Great Star will blaze for Seven days” meaning the comet will be very near the earth for seven days and nights. Further he says – “The huge dog will howl at night, when the great pontiff will change lands”. The great dog is taken to be the United Kingdom by many interpreters, and the line suggests its destruction. The pontiff is taken to be the pope and hence Rome too will be destroyed. (End of quotation.)
It should be pointed out that the prophecies of Nostradamus are indeed very cryptic and open to various interpretations. Many of them were never fulfilled, particularly those related to the end of the previous millennium.
2012danger.com says: “Avatar is one of the most successful movies of all time. It has a great plot, thrilling action and teaches a fantastic lesson. And yet major media from around the world report people are suffering huge depression after viewing it. Why? We believe James Cameron has stirred up the cosmic consciousness that remembers our past and future. Seeing the beauty we came from in beautiful 3D has brought about a devastating longing for our real lives. The advent of 2012 is a returning to our home and to our destiny. We invite all to become Citizens of New Earth… Avatar may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.”
False prophets and psychics who deceive people even to the point of self-destruction is no new phenomenon in history. The Xhosa people in the Eastern Cape of South Africa (the former Transkei) heeded the advice of a very young prophetess of doom, Nongqawuse, but it was to their own peril. It led to the unnecessary death of thousands of people and livestock. The Wikipedia article, Nongqawuse, relates this tragic story:
“In April or May 1856, the teenaged Nongqawuse and her friend Nombanda went to fetch water from a pool near the mouth of the Gxarha River. When she returned, Nongqawuse told her uncle and guardian Mhlakaza, a Xhosa diviner, that she had met the spirits of three of her ancestors. She claimed that the spirits had told her that the Xhosa people should destroy their crops and kill their cattle, which was the source of their wealth and food. In return the spirits would sweep the British settlers [white people] into the sea. The Xhosa would be able to replenish the granaries, and fill the kraals with more beautiful and healthier cattle.
“Mhlakaza repeated the prophecy to Paramount Chief Sarhili who ordered his followers to obey the prophecy, causing the cattle-killing movement to spread to an unstoppable point. The cattle-killing frenzy affected not only the Gcaleka, Sarhili's clan, but the whole of the Xhosa nation. Historians estimate that the Gcaleka killed between 300,000 and 400,000 head of cattle.
“Nongqawuse predicted that the ancestors’ promise would be fulfilled on February 18, 1857, when the sun would turn red. On that day the sun rose the same colour as every other day, and the prophecy was not realised. Initially, Nongqawuse’s followers blamed those who had not obeyed her instructions, but they later turned against her. In the aftermath of the crisis, the population of the Xhosa dropped from 105,000 to fewer than 27,000 due to the resulting famine… Nongqawuse was arrested by the British authorities and imprisoned on Robben Island. After her release, she lived on a farm in the Alexandria district of the Eastern Cape where she died in 1898.”
The myriad of prophetic messages from true Christians, deceived Christians and the many psychics of the non-Christian world, are more than enough to confuse any uninformed person. The solution is not to ignore everything as unfounded speculation or free flights of people’s imagination. There are simply too many signs of impending catastrophes to brush all warnings aside and embrace the utopian or kingdom-now promises of misguided believers. Certain facts have to be faced if we wish to successfully weather the storms that precede the tribulation period, and subsequently to escape the divine judgements that will be poured out during the darkest hour of human history, described as “a great tribulation such as has not been since the beginning of the world” (Matt. 24:21).
There is only one proven and inerrant prophetic scenario available to humanity, and that is the Bible. Once the simple truth has been discovered to interpret these prophecies in the dispensational context in which they are offered, even a child can make sense of what the Bible predicts. We do not need learned scribes, mathematicians or scientists to unravel these prophecies and work out difficult formulas to arrive at certain dates.
The basic prophetic scenario for the end-time emphasises a great falling away in the Christian church and the restoration of Israel, in unbelief, to the land of their fathers – heading for the time of Jacob’s trouble during the tribulation period (Jer. 30:7). The church is composed of wise and foolish virgins (cf. Matt. 25:1-13), of which only the wise will meet the heavenly Bridegroom when He comes for them. They will be taken to their heavenly home (John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:16-17). The foolish ones will remain behind and either conclude a covenant with the Antichrist or reject him and be saved by surrendering themselves to the true Messiah.
The ensuing tribulation of seven years will be divided into two halves, of which the first 3½ years will be characterised by a false peace and unity on earth when the entire world will worship the false messiah (Rev. 13:3-4). The second 3½ years are described as a great tribulation, and that will be the period of unparalleled natural disasters, famines, earthquakes and pestilences, followed by the great war of Armageddon.
Even if the rapture does occur very soon (and this is very likely) the great disasters predicted by some “prophets” cannot possibly occur during 2011 or 2012. According to the Bible, disasters of that nature will occur close to the end of the seven years of tribulation (cf. Rev. 16), and this period of seven years has not yet started.
A final end of the world scenario is much further in the future as it will only happen after Christ’s millennial reign. The occult calendars referring to the end of the world, of which even Hollywood films make much of a fuss, are apart from their deceptive details also more than a thousand years out with their chronology. On all these false prophecies can be said what the Lord also says about astrology:
“Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorceries in which you have laboured from your youth – perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; let now the astrologers, the star-gazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before!” (Isa. 47:12-14).
The diviners and psychics who practise witchcraft or consult the spirits of the dead are also engaged with the works of darkness: “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practises witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord” (Deut. 18:10-12).
Practices of this nature are not only confined to the indigenous cultures of Africa. There are also white spiritists who consult the spirits of deceased people and even offer popular TV programmes on this subject. These things are an abomination to the Lord because such people seek the counsel of spirits rather than inquiring of the Lord. The same argument applies to prophecies. Do not consult fortune-tellers, spiritists, astrologers or crystal-gazers. Even Nostradamus was a crystal-gazer. The Concise Oxford Dictionary explains crystal-gazing as follows: “The process of concentrating one’s gaze on a crystal ball, supposedly in order to obtain a picture of future events.”
What then should we do? The bottom line is: read only your Bible as well as good commentaries and books which subscribe to the premillennial view of prophecy, as well as a pretribulation rapture. The dispensation of the kingdom is still future, after the return of the King, and we cannot possibly expedite it by human efforts with a view to introducing it during the church age, no matter how many extra-biblical prophecies to this effect are offered by enthusiastic protagonists of the transformation movement.
If we are truly born again Christians who seriously pursue holiness, we will certainly be among those who will escape the coming tribulation period. That is the good news of biblical prophecies. It is not all gloom and doom: the Bible has very good news for believers but very bad news for unbelievers who remain unrepentant. Take notice of these prophecies and order you life accordingly.