13th b’ak’tun

Now Playing: The Prophecy Of The Popes

“Wow, Pope Benedict is resigning,” I said to my girlfriend Monday morning as she was in the kitchen gathering some things together before she left for work.

“Uh-oh, that means people will start freaking out over the Prophecy of the Popes.” I had mentioned the prophecy a few years back, but didn’t expect her to remember it.

Yet, she stopped what she was doing and uttered:

Yeah, that’s really creepy.

Move over, Mayan “apocalypse,” because Malachy is in the house.

From the free encyclopedia Wikipedia (I usually don’t use Wikipedia as source, but I thought the following write-up was pretty decent):

The Prophecy of the Popes, attributed to Saint Malachy, is a list of 112 short phrases in Latin. They purport to describe each of the Roman Catholic popes (along with a few anti-popes), beginning with Pope Celestine II (elected in 1143) and concluding with current pope Benedict XVI’s successor, a pope described in the prophecy as “Peter the Roman”, whose pontificate will end in the destruction of the city of Rome.

The prophecy was first published in 1595 by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, as part of his book Lignum Vitæ. Wyon attributed the list to Saint Malachy, the 12th century bishop of Armagh in Ireland. According to the traditional account, in 1139, Malachy was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Roman Archive, and thereafter forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Here is the short phrase (translated from Latin) attributed to Pope Benedict’s replacement, “Peter the Roman:”

In the extreme persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop]. Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations: and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible judge will judge his people.

“And the terrible judge will judge his people.”

Creepy indeed.

Speculation is mounting regarding potential successors to Pope Benedict XVI. But Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson has been mentioned as a favorite.

Peter Turkson. Peter the Roman? Gulp.

In all seriousness, a number of Doomsday preppers- not mainstream ones- will most likely replace December 21, 2012, with St. Malachy’s medieval prophecy as motivation for their preparedness activity, if they hadn’t factored it in already.

Suum cuique pulchrum est (roughly translated from Latin as, “to each, their own”).

As for me, I’ve mentioned it before- the last time being to some young journalists working on a post-Mayan “apocalypse” piece- but will share it with readers again.

Whenever I hear these kinds of predictions, I think of the Bible (New Testament) and the First Book of Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 2:

For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

You can read more about St. Malachy and the Prophecy of the Popes on Wikipedia here.

Just don’t blame me if you can’t get to sleep tonight after taking it all in.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 End Times, Europe, Preparedness, Religion No Comments

Mayan ‘Apocalypse’ Update

All is well.

Calling it a night… and a b’ak’tun.


Edwin Hawkins Singers, “Oh Happy Day” (1967)
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Mayan ‘Apocalypse’ To Begin This Morning

Late in the afternoon yesterday Shepard Smith was on FOX News saying that the “official” start time of the Mayan ‘Apocalypse’ is 11:11 AM Eastern Time Friday, December 21, 2012.

That’s a little more than an hour away for me here in Chicago.

Despite assurances from various governments, astronomers, geologists, scientists, and countless other experts, the fact is, lots of people around the globe are concerned about this event. Especially here in the United States. Back on December 4 I blogged about the results of a May Reuters/Ipsos “end times” poll and said:

One of the findings was that 12 percent of Americans surveyed agreed with the statement “the Mayan calendar, which some says ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world.”

“12 percent.” As percentage of the U.S. population in 2011, that’s approximately 37.4 million Americans who might agree with that statement about the world ending in a couple of weeks.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Possibly 37.4 million Americans out there that believe the world is ending today.

Time will tell if they’re correct.

Like, by the end of today.

Stay tuned…

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Heading Into Or Already In The Bunker?

Considering we are already at the eve of December 21, 2012, and I’ve heard believers in something cataclysmic taking place Friday and who also own underground shelters are on the verge of heading into them (if they’re not already in the bunkers), does anyone from this group care to share anything with the rest of us who’ve chosen to dismiss the date and remain topside? Mature replies only.

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Project Prepper, Part 5: Mayan Apocalypse Detour?

The past couple of days, I’ve been watching quite a bit of “doomsday”-related TV on the National Geographic Channel and on H2.

Even though I don’t buy into the whole December 21, 2012, end-of-the-world thing, it was still depressing to watch. And this is coming from someone who (I think) is rather good-spirited in nature.

I have to be in order to blog about a lot of the material I do.

At one point in this “doomsday” TV show viewing marathon, I started questioning myself and wondered if perhaps I should go on a buying spree for supplies before the Mayan 13th b’ak’tun runs out.

It wasn’t an apocalyptic event I was worried about as much as the action(s) of some nut-job(s) making life for the rest of us more “difficult.”

But that’s a danger we face on a daily basis, so after weighing the evidence at hand regarding a Mayan Apocalypse occurring on December 21, I decided against taking a detour from Project Prepper by doing some “panic buying.”

Still, a lot of people are worried about this date. Remember that Reuters/Ipsos “end times” poll I blogged about back in May? One of the findings was that 12 percent of Americans surveyed agreed with the statement “the Mayan calendar, which some says ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world.”

“12 percent.” As percentage of the U.S. population in 2011, that’s approximately 37.4 million Americans who might agree with that statement about the world ending in a couple of weeks.

Well, that probably helps explain some of the shortages I’ve been seeing with prepper/survivalist-related gear and supplies.


“Preparing For Mayan Doomsday”
ABC San Diego Video

The fear of this date extends beyond our borders. Remember my post about Pic de Bugarach, a mountain in southern France, back in March, and how some believe aliens waiting in a spacecraft inside the mountain will save all nearby humans from the Apocalypse on December 21? Well, The Sun (UK) reported the following on November 16:

A FRENCH village has banned a Doomsday cult from heading to a “mystical mountain” that followers believe will save them from extinction…

Bugarach mayor Jean-Pierre Delord said his village of just 200 people had now become “overrun with esoteric weirdos” hoping to survive in six weeks time.

He said: “The mountainside is swarming with hippies, many of them naked, who drop litter and make a mess…

Regional prefect Eric Freysselinard has now issued an order barring anyone from climbing the mountain, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, on “Doomsday”.

He said: “It will be closed off for three days before and two days after the world is supposed to end.”

“Sorry about my litter. Save the Earth.”

Even the Russians are concerned. Ellen Barry wrote on The New York Times website this past weekend:

There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones.

Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south.

Despite such incidents, I still haven’t seen any definitive evidence pointing to the end of the world on December 21. In fact, as a result of all that TV, I’m now aware of other Mayan calendars suggesting life will go on after this date.

As such, there’ll be no mad rush for Apocalypse supplies on my end.

See you at the December 22 post-doomsday fire sales?

Sources:

“Officials ban doomsday followers from French village.” The Sun. 16 Nov. 2012. (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4648192/bugarach-bans-doomsday-followers-from-village.html). 4 Dec. 2012.

Barry, Ellen. “In Panicky Russia, It’s Official: End of World Is Not Near.” The New York Times. 1 Dec. 2012. (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/world/europe/mayan-end-of-world-stirs-panic-in-russia-and-elsewhere.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0). 4 Dec. 2012.

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Doomsday Sunday

While watching Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel the other day, the following commercial ran:

Two night event
National Geographic Channel
The Real Doomsday
Starts Sunday 8 PM

Interesting. From their TV schedule webpage for Sunday night, starting at 8 PM ET:

Omens of the Apocalypse: The End is Near

The year 2011 gets off to a disturbing start. On New Year’s Eve, blackbirds die in Beebe, Arkansas by the thousands. Nearby, fish and more birds perish. Then a wave of unsettling animal deaths seems to sweep the globe. Are the deaths connected?

2012: Countdown to Armageddon: The End is Near

Are we three years from the end of the world? It’s the premise of this fall’s feature film “2012,” starring John Cusack. Based on the end of a cycle of an actual ancient Maya calendar that will end on December 21, 2012, NGC asks, “What truths lie behind the fears?”

And on Monday evening, beginning at 8 PM ET:

Doomsday: Book of Revelation: The End Is Near

The most controversial book of the Bible: prophecy or ancient history? The answer lies in the book’s cryptic words. Are they a code waiting to be cracked? To some Christians, Revelation describes a doomsday scenario known as ‘the end times,’ and they believe it’s unfolding right before our very eyes. Most scholars argue that Revelation is a product of its time with a powerful message. Two thousand years after its appearance, the battle over what it means continues to rage.

The Mayan Apocalypse 2012

The countdown to the predicted Mayan apocalypse began several thousand years ago, and time is running out. In this one-hour special, historian and filmmaker Paul Murton travels to America to explore how the phenomenon now better known as 2012 has swept across the Internet, with hundreds of websites featuring frightening predictions.

Enjoy the shows, for what they’re worth.

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Friday, November 30th, 2012 End Times, On TV, Religion No Comments

Young Americans Grow Fearful, Suicidal Over December 21st ‘Doomsday’ Talk

“I think it’s evil for people to propagate rumors on the Internet to frighten children.”

-David Morrison, astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center

Ahhh. After publishing that post about North Korea, I decide to have some Korean sweet chili noodles for lunch. While I was preparing the meal in my kitchen (Annie Chun and Mr. Microwave lent a helping hand) a recent conversation I had with my girlfriend came to mind. “You better drink lots of water after eating that crap.” No, not that one. It was the one about her cousin’s 9-year-old son getting upset because he had heard the world was going to end on December 21, 2012.

Dang it. I told him not to read this blog.

Just kidding. Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know I don’t buy into December 21st “doomsday” theories. As I mentioned before:

As for me, whenever I hear these kinds of predictions, I think of the Bible (New Testament) and the First Book of Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 2:

For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Well, “little man” and his mom will be happy to know that our government also does not think the world will end on December 21, 2012. But the feds are also hearing about frightened kids and suicidal teens as talk about this date continues to spread. And the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has leapt into action. Stephanie Pappas wrote on SPACE.com this Wednesday:

NASA scientists took time on Wednesday (Nov. 28) to soothe 2012 doomsday fears, warning against the dark side of Mayan apocalypse rumors — frightened children and suicidal teens who truly fear the world may come to an end Dec. 21.

These fears are based on misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar. On the 21st, the date of the winter solstice, a calendar cycle called the 13th b’ak’tun comes to an end. Although Maya scholars agree that the ancient Maya would not have seen this day as apocalyptic, rumors have spread that a cosmic event may end life on Earth on that day.

Thus NASA’s involvement. The space agency maintains a 2012 information page debunking popular Mayan apocalypse rumors, such as the idea that a rogue planet will hit Earth on Dec. 21, killing everyone. (In fact, astronomers are quite good at detecting near-Earth objects, and any wandering planet scheduled to collide with Earth in three weeks would be the brightest object in the sky behind the sun and moon by now.)

“There is no true issue here,” David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, said during a NASA Google+ Hangout event today (Nov. 28). “This is just a manufactured fantasy.”

The SPACE.com article is a good read. NASA challenges “end time” interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the idea that a rogue planet (so-called Nibiru) is about to hit Earth, the fear that solar superstorms will fry the Earth’s power grids with the coming solar maximum, and concerns about a polar shift, among other things.

You can read the entire piece on SPACE.com here.

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