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December 21, 2012: Should I be Worried?

December 20th, 2012

By Rachel Alebev

[NOTE: Research for this article came from an out of print book by Ian Gurney, the Cassandra Prophesy, published in 1999.]

December 21, 2012: Should I be Worried?

Answer: No! Start worrying in 2023.

  • The world will end according to Nostradamus, the 16th-century French “seer,” 4 months before 2023.
  • The world will end according to Paracelsus, the German-Swiss, Renaissance physician, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist in 2023.
  • The world will end according to Daniel, one of the major prophets of the Old and New Testament in 2023. [1]

Nostradamus [1]

Unless you are living under a rock you have heard about Nostradamas, the man who, 500 years ago, made an estimated 6,338 predictions/prophecies. Followers claim he predicted everything from Hitler to 9/11, the death of Princess Diana, along with the assassination of just about every important person in history.

The problem with believing this Nostradrama nonsense is that all the “prophecies” require you interpret his metaphors and cryptic verses, add some numerology, and come up with a major event that fits the quatrain. Almost any circumstance can be made to fit Nostradamus’ ambiguous style.

No one is really sure if Nostradamus was trying to predict the future when he wrote the quatrains, published in Les Propheties (The Prophecies) in 1555.

    In the place very near not far from Venus, The two greatest ones of Asia and of Africa, From the Rhine and Hister they will be said to have come, Cries, tears at Malta and the Ligurian side.

This is one of the more popular quatrains; it is said to describe Hitler (Hister) at a meeting with Mussolini in which they made plans for Italy to formally enter the Second World War.

The problem, of course, is that Hister was the term used in the time of Nostradamus to describe the Danube river. The quatrain does seem to describe a war that has some relation to Germany, but there is no way of connecting this to Hitler or the Second World War. Click here to read the Top 10 Prophecies of Nostradamus Debunked.

Nostradamus: the World will not End in 2012

What surprises me is that people believe Nostradamus predicted the End-of-the-World in 2012:

    When twenty years of the Moon’s reign have passed another will take up his reign for seven thousend (sic) years. When the exhausted Sun takes up his cycle then my prophecy and threats will be accomplished.

Century I. Quatrain 48, like most of his prophecies, doesn’t even have a date. Click here to read a thorough debunking that the world will end in 2012.

Nostradamus: the World will End 4 months before 2023

The following quatrains of Nostradamus arithmetically predict the End-of-the-World and a frightening scenario of the future at the end of 2022.

Jupiter and Saturn joined in Aries, Eternal God what changes. When after a long century the bad times will return In France and Italy what turmoil. Century 1. Quatrain 51

The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aries is very rare. The astronomical conjunction occurred almost two hundred years ago, and then again on September 2, 1995.

Nostradamus refers to the 20th century as the long century. The long century brings this quatrain into the present time. The bad times in France and Italy have been going on during the 20th and 21st century.

    Fire from the heavens will strike the West, and the Muslim (Midy) world will rush upon Israel (au Levant), People will die of hunger without finding a root to feed on.. this is the third world war, the fury of the Gods of war, the revolutionaries (Escarboucles) will light their flaming fires, the war of revolution, and at the finish will be famine. Sixain 27

Nostradamus uses the word “midy,” or people of the south, to denote the world of Islam. Some people have claimed the word “Levant” applies to the Isle de Levant, a small island off the coast of France close to Hyeres. Others have claimed it signifies Japan, as in “soleil levant” or the rising sun. However, in Nostradamus’ time, it would have been understood as the Levant coast, stretching from Syria through Lebanon and Israel, to the Egyptian border in the eastern Mediterranean. The word “Escarboucles” means carbuncle or garnet, which is poppy or blood red, and signifies revolution. The famine mentioned at the end of the Sixain is of world wide proportions.

We have September 2, 1995 as the starting point; now we need to find the duration of these troubles:

    The third antichrist is soon annihilated, His bloody war will have lasted 27 years. The heretics/unbelievers are dead, captured, exiled. The blood of human bodies will redden the whole earth. Century 8. Quatrain 77

We can assume the third antichrist will be the last one in history.

Long awaited he will never return in Europe, in Asia he will appear.. One of the leaguer issued from the great Hermes, and he will have power above all the kings of the East. Century 10. Quatrain 75

In Hermetic terms the God Hermes stands for Mercury, with Jupiter indicating Islam. Therefore, Nostradamus states the problems the Antichrist starts will last for 27 years.

September 2,1995 + 27 years = September 2, 2022.

Nostradamus: the World will End 4 months before 2023

Paracelsus [1]

Paracelsus, in the Twenty Ninth figure of his prognostications, shows a lamb with a bishop’s mitre on its head feeding beneath a tree, and is accompanied by the following:

    Thus shall it come to pass that each one will be led into its own pasture. For feeding in strange pasture causeth distress, contention, and misery in this world. As soon as each one cometh into its own stall there shall be unity. For the mouth becometh depraved, feeding according to its lust as it pleaseth the jaws; all the cometh of going into strange pastures. How blessed shall be the hour, and the poverty, that will come and shall ordain each one to its meadow, not far from the year XXXXIII. Paracelsus. Figure 29

Most of the prognostications of Paracelsus concern countries, institutions, establishments and monarchies. Figure 29 seems to refer to the individual and, in particular, to a state of change that each individual can reach. This corresponds to the great change that is forecast in the Bible: a total renewal, a resurrection. The date given at the end is confusing since there is no such Roman numeral. At first glance it could be 43, but in Roman numerals this would be XLIII, in other words 50 minus ten plus 3. The fact that Paracelsus tells us this is a year is the clue to the correct interpretation of the figure. XX (20) XX (20) III (3) = 2023!

Daniel: the World will End in 2023 [1]

The Second Coming Of Christ is generally considered the End-of-the-World as we know it.

Note: Christians incorrectly believe Mark 13:32 is a commandment by God that no one is allowed to know something that even the angels in heaven don’t know.

    No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

God didn’t say you can’t know the year, and in fact, Daniel in chapter 12, verses 11&12 says Jesus will cometh back in 1335 days.

    And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be 1290 days. Dan 12, v11

    Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days. Dan 12, v12

In order to calculate the date of the 2nd Coming of the Messiah and the End-of-the World, we need to identify the abomination that maketh desolate.

There are three stumbling blocks that have kept mankind and scholars from fully understanding the book of Revelation and the event that ranks as one of the most important in the history of the Jews, Christians and Muslims: “The abomination of the desolation.”

  1. Believers and Biblical scholars spend their time interpreting and reinterpreting the scriptures to convince themselves they either (a) get the blessings promised to Israel or (b) will be raptured right before the tribulation.
  2. The year of the 2nd Coming could not be verified until the latter half of the twentieth century.
  3. An “error” made in the seventeenth century.
    And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate Dan 11:31

James Hastings, M.A., D.D. in the seventeenth century published a dictionary of the Bible that analyzes the different interpretations of Daniel 11:31. He concludes the “Abomination” refers to “The setting up by Antiochus Epiphanies of a small idol/altar on the altar of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 167 BC” and the Maccabean revolution.

Jesus contradicts this interpretation in the gospels,

    When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand). Mathew 24:15

    But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand). Mark 13:14

The two verses refer to a conversation between Jesus, Peter, James and Andrew on the Mount of Olives. Before he mentions the abomination Jesus says the following to his disciples admiring the grandeur of the temple.

    Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down Mark 13:2

Here Jesus is prophesying an event that is to take place within the lifetime of the disciples. August 29th in 70 A.D. (the exact same day the Babylonians burned down Solomon’s temple 657 years earlier) the Roman army razed Herod’s Temple to the ground.

As Jesus places the event of the abomination after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. and uses the words “when ye shall see” (Mark 13:14), he places the event in the future.

It is impossible that the abomination spoken of by Jesus could have taken place prior to 70 A.D. and therefore any exegesis that identifies the abomination, as 167 B.C. is the “error” made over 1400 years ago.

Jesus predicts the location of the abomination will be somewhere that is not only a “holy place,” but also a place that under normal circumstances would be forbidden.

Within the Jewish faith the biblical term “holy place” can only mean The Holy Temple in Jerusalem. After its destruction in 70 A.D. leaving only the Western or Wailing Wall, the Holy Temple was never rebuilt. The ground where the Temple stood, the Temple Mount, and the Wailing Wall is to the Jews “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

Construction begins on the abomination of desolation in 688 A.D.

On the death of Abu Bakr, Omar ibn al Khattab, advisor to Mohammed became the second caliph and ordered that a magnificent golden domed mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, be built… directly over “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

The Mosque of Omar, The Dome of the Rock is the correct identification of the abomination of desolation.

Applying the date of 688 A.D. to Daniel

Biblical scholars acknowledge the words of Ezekiel who wrote 30 years before Daniel. “I have appointed thee each day for a year”. Using each day for a year, [2]

    And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up in 688 A.D., there shall be 1290 years. Daniel 12:11

    Blessed is he that waiteth for the Messiah and cometh to the 1335 years or 2023. 12:12

Revelation Chapter 11, verse 2&3 confirms this date.

    But the court which is without the Temple leave out and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (1279 days). And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:2&3

These two verses appear to be talking about the same time scale and the same event. But only if we assume an average month is thirty days – then forty-two months = 1260 days. An “average month” does not account for the extra day for a leap year. Using the reckonings from the Julian calendar and the extra day, the period of forty-two months is 1279 not 1260 days.

We also know verse 1 refers to the area outside the temple as being in the hands of the Gentiles (non Jews) as well as the holy city of Jerusalem for 1279 years (“each day for a year”.); and in verse 2 the two witnesses of God, the Houses of Judah and Israel, will prophesy or preach for a similar 1260 years “clothed in sackcloth.” Sackcloth is symbolic of regret, repentance and mourning.

What these two verses are saying is that the Jewish people will lose their place of worship including the city of Jerusalem; it will be given over to non Jewish people until the first few hours of the six-day war in 1967 (688 A.D. + 1279) when for the first time since the capture of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple by Titus in 70 A.D. the Jewish people not only had their own state May 14th 1948 (688 A.D. + 1260) they once again controlled “the most holy place” in Jerusalem.

So now the Bible has correctly given us the two most important dates in the history of the Jewish people in this century; 1948, 1967.

The last date recorded in Daniel, the Second Coming Of Christ and the End-of-the-World as we know it can now be calculated. [2]

    Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the 1335 days. Dan 12, v12

Notice Daniel uses the term “Blessed.” Blessed is found throughout the Bible and is a word which is always a description of a state of grace that each individual can attain. A oneness with God, a state of redemption can be better understood by the following verse from Revelation:

Blessed is he that hath part in the first resurrection, Rev 20, v6

In this verse the first resurrection refers to an apocalyptic event in our future, an event described in the preceding verse of Revelation.

    And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands: and they lived and reigned with Christ a 1000 years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the 1000 years were finished: this is the first resurrection. Rev 20, v4&5

These two verses reveal the enormity of the message given in the last verse of the book Daniel. Within the verse he is telling us that those who reach the 1335 days being blessed, have passed through Judgment Day, or as it is described in the Koran, “the day of resurrection.” Once again we must obey the instruction laid down by Ezekiel and count those days as years and again the starting point of our calculation is the abomination. [3]

688 AD + 1335 years = 2023

Having been given this final dating Daniel is then told, in the last verse of his book:

    But go thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Dan 12, v13

The finality of this last verse is unequivocal and relates directly to the penultimate verse stating as it does that those who reach the 1335 days [years] are not only blessed but will have reach the “end of the days”.

Nostradamus: the World will End 4 months before 2023
Paracelsus: the World will End in 2023
Daniel: the World will End in 2023

When should you start worrying?
Answer: August 2022!

Rachel Alebev was born in Israel in 1957 and served in the Israeli army. In 1994 she earned her PhD at King’s College, London.

Endnotes

[1] A summary of the Cassandra Prophesy, published in 1999, can be read in the Canada Free Press archives, Is Jesus Christ Coming Back to Earth in XXXXIII (2023)

[2] The instruction that each day should count as a year, though given to Ezekiel specifically, would have been understood by the other biblical prophets, including Daniel, as applying to them as well.

Writing some thirty years after Ezekiel the words “I have appointed thee each day for a year” were to Daniel, the true word of God and as such became constant. Therefore the 390 days refers to 390 years from the House of Israel’s capture and deportation to Nineveh in 722 BC to their return to Jerusalem after Alexander’s conquest in 332 BC. The forty days refers to the forty years of the House of Judah’s deportation to Babylon after the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. Having now identified and rectified the second error we can apply them to the timings given in the Bible with incredible results. St. John writing in Revelation would have been aware of the instruction that each day should be counted as a year and so the “1260 days” of Revelation 11 &12, become years. Taking the dates of the abomination that maketh desolate as the beginning of the period of Jewish desolation, we have 688 AD.

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By Rachel Alebev

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