(circa 1st Century CE)
"There will come a time when it will have been in
vain that Egyptians have honored the Godhead with heartfelt piety
and service; and all our holy worship will be fruitless and ineffectual.
The Gods will return from earth to heaven; Egypt will be forsaken,
and the land which was once the home of religion will be left
desolate, bereft of the presence of its deities.
"They will no longer love this world around us, this
incomparable work of God, this glorious structure which he has
built, this sum of good made up of many diverse forms, this instrument
whereby the will of God operates in that which he has made, ungrudgingly
favoring man's welfare.
"Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will
be thought more profitable than life; no one will raise his eyes
to heaven; the pious will be deemed insane, the impious wise;
the madman will be thought a brave man, and the wicked will be
esteemed as good.
"As for the soul, and the belief that it is immortal
by nature, or may hope to attain to immortality, as I have taught
you; all this they will mock, and even persuade themselves that
it is false. No word of reverence or piety, no utterance worthy
of heaven, will be heard or believed.
"And so the Gods will depart from mankind, -- a grievous
thing! -- and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with
men, and drive the poor wretches into all manner of reckless
crime, into wars, and robberies, and frauds, and all things hostile
to the nature of the soul.
"Then will the earth tremble, and the sea bear no
ships; heaven will not support the stars in their orbits, all
voices of the Gods will be forced into silence; the fruits of
the Earth will rot; the soil will turn barren, and the very air
will sicken with sullen stagnation; all things will be disordered
and awry, all good will disappear.
"But when all this has befallen, then God the Creator
of all things will look on that which has come to pass, and will
stop the disorder by the counterforce of his will, which is the
good. He will call back to the right path those who have gone
astray; he will cleanse the world of evil, washing it away with
floods, burning it out with the fiercest fire, and expelling
it with war and pestilence.
The Brahan Seer
Scotland's Coinneach Odhar (died 1577?) was a man who had
the gift of sight into the future. His prophecies concerning
the Battle of Culloden, the Highland Clearances and the coming
of the railways were all borne out. His primary tool was a round
blue stone with a hole in the center, through which he would
"Rome was; London is; Edinburgh shall be." He
warned of the doom of the entire country of Scotland when "a
dun hornless cow will appear in Minich and will make a bellow
which will knock the six chimneys off Gairloch House. The whole
country will become so utterly desolate and depopulated that
the crow of a cock shall not be heard... After which deer and
other wild animals shall be exterminated by horrid black rain."
George Washington's Vision
of the Future
SOURCE: A reprint of a newspaper article entitled General
Washington's Angelic Visitation at Valley Forge and The Vision
Of The Future Of The United States, as related by one Wesley
Bradshaw, told to him by Anthony Sherman published in the
National Tribune in 1859:
I do not know whether it is owing to the anxiety of my
mind, or what, but this afternoon, as I was sitting at this table
engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb
me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful
female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not
to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language
to inquire into the cause of her presence.
A second, a third, and even a fourth time did I repeat
my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor
except a slight raising of her eyes. I would have risen, but
the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible.
I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become
useless, even thought itself had become paralyzed. A new influence,
mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All
I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor.
Gradually, the surrounding atmosphere seemed as though
becoming filled with sensations and luminous. Everything about
me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming
more airy, and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now
began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations
which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did
not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible.
I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.
Presently I heard a voice saying, "Son of the Republic,
look and learn," while at the same time my visitor extended
her arm eastwardly. I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some
distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and
I looked upon a strange scene. Before me lay spread out in one
vast plain all the countries of the world. I saw rolling and
tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic,
and between Asia and America lay the Pacific. "Son of the
Republic," said the same mysterious voice as before, "look
At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being floating
in mid-air between Europe and America, dipping water out of the
ocean in the hollow of each hand. He sprinkled some upon America
with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on
Europe. Immediately a dark cloud raised from these countries
and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary,
and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in
its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning passed through it
at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the
A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and
sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back
to the ocean, in whose heaving billows it sank from view. A third
time I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic,
look and learn." I cast my eyes upon America and beheld
villages and towns and cities springing up one after another
until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted
with them. Again I heard the mysterious voice say, "Son
of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn."
At this the dark, shadowy angel turned his face southward,
and from Africa I saw an ill-omened specter approach our land.
It flitted slowly over every town and city. The inhabitants presently
set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued
looking, I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of
light, on which was traced the word "Union," bearing
the American flag, which he placed between the divided nation,
and said, "Remember ye are brethren." Instantly the
inhabitants, casting from them their weapons, became friends
once more and united around the National Standard.
And again I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son
of the Republic, look and learn." At this the dark, shadowy
angel placed a trumpet to his mouth and blew three distinct blasts;
and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe,
Asia, and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: from each
of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were joined
into one, and throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light
by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud,
marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was
enveloped in the volume of the cloud.
And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country
and burn the villages, towns, and cities that I beheld were springing
up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing
of swords, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat,
I heard again the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic,
look and learn." When the voice had ceased, the dark, shadowy
angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth and blew a long
and fearful blast.
Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from
above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud
which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel, upon whose
head still shone the word UNION, and who bore our national flag
in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens,
attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined
the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were well nigh overcome,
but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken
ranks and renewed the battle.
Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard
the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look
and learn." As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the
last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America.
Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies
it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious.
Then once more I beheld the villages, towns, and cities springing
up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting
the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried
with a loud voice, "While the stars remain, and the heavens
send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last."
And taking from his brow the crown on which was blazoned the
word "Union," he placed it upon the Standard, while
the people, kneeling down, said, "Amen."
The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at
last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld.
This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon
the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before,
said, "Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted:
Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful
is the third, passing which the whole world united shall not
prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to
live for his God, his land, and the Union." With these words
the vision vanished, and I started from my seat, and felt that
I had seen a vision wherein had been shown me the birth, progress,
and destiny of the United States.
(Nov. 21, 1864 letter to Col. William F. Elkins)
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that
unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.
As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and
an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money
power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working
upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated
in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this
moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before,
even in the midst of war."
Arthur Conan Doyle
"A period of natural convulsions during which a large
portion of the human race will perish. Earthquakes of great severity,
enormous tidal waves would seem to be the agents. War appears
only in the early stages and appears to be a signal for the crisis
to follow. The crisis will come in an instant. The destruction
and dislocation of civilized life will be beyond belief. There
will be a short period of chaos followed by some reconstruction;
the total period of upheavals will be roughly three years. The
chief centers of disturbance will be the Eastern Mediterranean
basin, where not less than five countries will entirely disappear.
Also in the Atlantic there will be a rise of land which will
be a cause of those waves which will bring about great disasters
upon the Americans, the Irish and Western European shore, involving
all of the low-lying British coasts. There are indicated further
great upheavals in the southern Pacific and in the Japanese region.
Mankind can be saved by returning to its spiritual values."
Leo Tolstoi, Writer
"The great reformer arises. He will clear the world
of the relics of monotheism and lay the cornerstone of the temple
of pantheism. I see the peaceful beginning of an ethical era.
The man determined in this mission is a Mongolian Slav. He is
already walking the earth. And I see the nations growing wiser
and realizing that the alluring woman of their destinies is after
all nothing but an illusion. There will be a time when the world
will have no use for armies, hypocritical religions, and degenerate
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