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Notes about these ancient prophecies: These are prophecies from a Christian
perspective. The prophets have in mind an end time, which they believe will
involve the workings of a man called the ’anti-Christ’. He is prophesized to
be a great charismatic leader that will have a worldwide following. He will work
many miracles, be a great politician, and possibly, a great military strategist.
He will appear to be a caring humanist that will have a following from among all
religions, but will actually be selfish, cunning, cruel and anti-Christian or
anti-god. There is some consensus that a prelude for his appearance might be a
period of economic chaos or political turmoil that may be brought about by
anarchy or some other crisis. Another setting for the emergence of the
anti-Christ is that there will be some type of catastrophic earth changes taking
place, either from within the earth itself, or initiated from an encounter with
a comet, asteroid or other space born object. Devastating earthquakes, giant
tidal waves, unprecedented and extreme weather conditions, and, volcanic
activity are predicted to be a part of this scenario.
These prophecies are presented with a minimum of religious characterization.
Keep in mind that Islamic are expecting an anti-Christ in the form of the Great
Imam, while Jews are still waiting for the messiah to show up. In all cases the
prophets agree on certain criteria, this person will be a great miracle worker,
peacemaker, or political leader. If such a great charismatic person does emerge
on the political horizon of the future, he will be met by political and social
confusion and possibly chaos, because of the different polarized expectations
that these groups have.
One of the signs of the arrival or birth of the anti-Christ is believed to be
a widespread increase in an evil propensities, such as deceit, lying, criminal
activity, immodesty, lack of genuine love, hatred, lack of morality. One of the
prophets predicts that at one point "everyone will possess something that
was stolen from someone else".
There is at this time, some belief that such a person may have been born on
February 5, 1962 because of an extremely rare conjunction of 7 planets in the
sign of Aquarius on this date.
St. Columbkille (d. 597) Changes in the weather
will occur, crops will not provide the normal yield, fishing will become
difficult for lack of fish, fearful storms and hurricanes will ravage the earth,
countless diseases shall be rampant.
St. Hildegard (d. 1179) Toward
the end there will be a decline in belief in Christianity and all religions. A
powerful wind from the north will carry dust that will choke many people causing
them to fear the future. Many men will be killed and women will out number men 7
to 1. Prior to the arrival of the comet, their will be many nations in a famine.
The great nation that resides in the ocean having a great number of people of
different descent and ethnicity will be devastated by earthquakes and tidal
waves. It will be divided and a great part of it will be submerged. It will lose
its colonies (power?) in the east. A comet will displace the ocean basins
causing great destruction and death along coastal areas. Entire nations are
submerged and disappear. Diseases run rampant killing many people.
Old German (12th century) The Kaiser
will leave the country followed by difficult times and the ascending to power of
a man of lowly birth. He will make Germany great. There will be few Jews in the
country. The man will do something to cause the downfall of Germany. This
prophecy also notes that one of the cities will be destroyed from the air.
Abbot Hermon of Lehnin (d. 1300) Toward the end
of the world Israel will commit a crime for which it will cease to exist. (Note:
At the time of this prophecy, Israel did not exist nor did anyone seriously
believe that it ever would.)
Brother of the Cleft Rock (1340) Near the end
religion would be deprived of its material possessions. A pope would flee Rome
and die in exile.
Mother Shipton (d. 1551) Toward the end London
will be no more, there will be motor vehicles, electronic communications,
tunnels through the mountains, underwater transportation, men shall fly, iron
ships cruise the oceans, gold would be found in a land not then known. The world
will end in 1991.
Fr. Balthassar Mas (1630) England would be
temporarily submerged by water then recover.
Maria Taigi (d. 1837) There will be two
punishments or scourges, one that originates on earth in the form of wars and
revolutions and social upheaval, and the other will be sent from the universe.
She predicts that a time will come when there are 3 days and nights of darkness.
Nothing will be visible and the air will be laden with disease. People will have
to remain indoors for their own safety and in spite of this, a large percentage
of the population will die. Light from electromagnetic sources (artificial
light) will not work and people will have to use candles during this period.
Palma Maria d’Oria (d. 1863) Near the last
days, there will be a short but furious war and supernatural prodigies will be
seen by all in the sky. There will also be three days of darkness that will
claim many lives for those that venture out from the safety of their houses.
Sister Mary of Jesus of Pau (d.1878) After the 3
days of darkness, only 1/4th of the world’s population will remain.
Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824) She recalls being
told that the great increase in evil among the people would begin 50 to 60 years
before the judgment year of 2000.
Marie Julie Jahenny of La Faudais (d.1891) She
talks about red clouds like blood that will cover the whole earth causing three
fourths of the world’s population to perish. There will be a great famine
because vegetation will be destroyed and no crops will grow. Great earthquakes
will ravage the earth causing the oceans to inundate the land destroying many
coastal cities and causing many deaths.
Franciscan Friar of Mt. Sinai (d.1840) There
will be a time coming when England will lose all its colonies. Many cities in
Italy will be destroyed and many Germans will lose their lives in Italy. Then by
1957 all the wounds will be healed.
Sister Bertina Bouquillion (d. 1850) The
anti-Christ will come in the 20th century.
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