Mayans

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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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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On TV: Countdown To Doomsday

Just found out that the FOX News channel will be running a 1-hour TV show on “doomsday” tonight. Premiering Wednesday evening (9 PM and midnight ET) on FOX News Reporting is “Countdown to Doomsday.” From the FOX News website:

“Fox News Reporting” correspondents began investigating the Countdown to Doomsday last June 21st on the Summer Solstice. Adam Housley reports from Palenque, the so-called “jewel of the Maya Classic Period,” to find out what the Maya believed. Lauren Green travels to the battlefield of Armageddon where the Book of Revelation describes the final battles of good vs. evil. Amy Kellogg is at the prehistoric megalith Stonehenge to see the sun rise and ask the druids if they are there to celebrate or countdown to Doomsday.

Understanding the New Testament’s vision of the second coming of Christ is led by Fr. Mark Arey, whose recent translation of the Book of Revelation from Greek is now illustrated as a graphic novel. Archaeologist Eric Cline describes the doomsday battlefield of Armageddon. Evangelical preacher Marcus Lamb describes his belief that the end is truly near and he’s even put up a live Internet camera in Jerusalem to capture Jesus’ return.

It is a fact that the Maya calendar will end on December 21, 2012. But, don’t believe the hype: The world is not about to end. Debunking the doomsday scenarios are astronomer Anthony Aveni, physicist Michio Kaku, archaeologist Christopher Powell and author Graham Hancock. Plus, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow tells why the idea of a doomsday is appealing to some people.


“‘Countdown to Doomsday’ preview- The mystery of the Maya”
FOX News Video

Missed tonight’s airings of “Countdown to Doomsday?” Here’s a list of upcoming dates/times the show will be re-broadcast:

• Friday, November 23, 9 PM and midnight ET
• Saturday, November 24, 4 AM ET
• Sunday, November 25, 10 PM ET
• Monday, November 26, 1 AM and 4 AM ET

Should make for interesting TV viewing over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 End Times, On TV, Religion, TEOTWAWKI No Comments

Poll: 2 In 10 American Adults Believe End Of World Coming In Their Lifetime

Do you believe the world will end during your lifetime?

Findings from a recent poll show you wouldn’t be alone. From a press release on the Ipsos website last Tuesday:

One in seven (14%) global citizens agree ‘the world will come to an end during my lifetime,’ according to a new poll by global research company Ipsos on behalf of Reuters News. One in ten (10%) believe ‘the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world’ and another one in ten (8%) admit they ‘have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012.’ The poll was conducted among 16,262 adults in 21 countries.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The belief that the world will end soon appears to be more accepted among American adults. The Ipsos poll showed that 22 percent of adult respondents in the United States agreed with the statement “the world will come to an end during my lifetime.”

Personally, I would have found the survey even more interesting if Ipsos had asked not just about “the end of the world” but “the end of the world as we know it,” or TEOTWAWKI.

Yes, there is a difference.

You can read the entire press release on the Ipsos website here.

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Monday, May 7th, 2012 End Times, TEOTWAWKI No Comments

On TV: Training For The Apocalypse

On Monday night, April 30, Training For The Apocalypse premiered on the National Geographic Channel. From the Nat Geo Channel website:

Training For the Apocalypse chronicles the journeys of survivalists, truth-seekers and prophets united in their quests for personal peace as they prepare for global cataclysm and the near-extinction of humanity. In an era when rumors, prophecies and theories have often eclipsed various evident realities at hand, TFA serves to humanize, enlighten and inform, with a cautious respect for the words and deeds of our subjects rather than a capitalization on vague fears or subjective judgments. Practical discoveries are made while distinct personal stories develop about those striving and struggling to live their best, while preparing for the worst.

Training For The Apocalypse starred the following:

Fernando Antonio Salguero, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founder, Survive And Thrive (Meetup.com group)
Mission: Teach self-reliance

Leland Freeborn, Parowan, Utah
Exiled Mormon, the “Parowan Prophet”
Mission: Prepare for nuclear war

Brian Johnson, Parowan, Utah
Parowan Prophet congregant
Mission: Total independence

Anonymous, Los Angeles, California
Hardcore survivalist
Mission: ?

Viewers were introduced to the small town of Parowan, Utah, where the “Parowan Prophet,” Leland Freeborn, and his congregation were meeting and reading scripture in their leader’s home. The footage was shot just before Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The Parowan Prophet predicted that a nuclear weapon would be detonated in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

The congregation also talked about Mayan prophecy and December 21, 2012.

Mayan descendants in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, don’t seem to attach much importance to the date. Some fishermen were interviewed and one said:

We’ve had big disasters from volcanoes. When we get to 2012, we don’t know, we’ll be working and fishing. But thanks to God and to you, for giving this news to us.

He offered up that last part with a smile on his face.

Back in the States, “Anonymous” from Los Angeles, California, responded:

You can laugh now, but we’ll see who’s … laughing when the mushroom cloud finds its way over the horizon. You’re gonna look back on this and you’re gonna think wow, I’m a … idiot.

Dr. Robert Sitler, Director of Latin American Studies, Stetson University, expanded on the discussion about the ancient Mayans and December 21, 2012. Dr. Sitler said:

People in the West, I think, often look to indigenous cultures as a source of inspiration, because our cultures, in a sense, I would say are spiritually uninspired for the most part. The ancient Maya said next to nothing about the year 2012. But as it turns out, many different oral traditions do speak of an imminent period of radical transformation of one form or another. Actually, every single elder that I’ve spoken to in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico has said virtually the same thing. There is this sense of pending, massive societal transformation.

Pedro Cruz Garcia, a Mayan Elder Shaman, added:

For the Maya, there is no world ending. There is a constant change.

Next, viewers were shown Parowan Prophet congregants preparing for the predicted nuclear holocaust. Underground/fallout shelters are central to their preparations.

Leland Freeborn and his followers were then shown watching the 2009 Inauguration Day ceremony. It’s revealed the Parowan Prophet is not a big Barack Obama fan- to say the least.

Fast forward to Thanksgiving Day, 2009. By the way, no nuclear blast in Washington D.C. earlier in the year.

One of the congregants, Brian Johnson, was shown teaching his son how to shoot firearms. Johnson shared with viewers:

I think the defining moment’s almost here where we’re either for good or for bad. You know, there’s just a tenseness in the air. I mean, it’s the same story, a different millennium. The rise and fall of society.

The family man eventually had a falling out with the congregation, and was making plans to move his family to Idaho in hopes of achieving complete self-sufficiency.

“Armed For The Apocalypse”
Hey guys- don’t forget to use hearing and eye protection!
Nat Geo Channel Video

Anonymous from Los Angeles chimed in:

Some people say they’re visionaries. I think they’re … wackos. But I have a vision, which is, it goes like this: Pick one room, just one room out of your place and just fill it to the brim with food, supplies, water, get yourself a gun. …, you ain’t gonna do it with a sword … Before the … comes down get yourself a … load of … bullets, and then just get yourself a …, whatever you believe in, and keep it close. Keep it … close. What else do you want to know about being badass?

Shortly thereafter, three Parowan Prophet congregants- Danny, Sam, and Caroline- were interviewed. Caroline shared something that I thought was particularly insightful:

You don’t cease being a normal person because you decide you want to prepare for something that might happen.

The next part of the show focused mainly on Fernando Antonio Salguero and the Survive And Thrive group out of Philadelphia. Salguero revealed:

As we go through cataclysmic change, suffering is a part of life. With that being said, I see my role as easing suffering… I started that Survive And Thrive Meetup Group specifically to welcome in everyone.

It’s revealed Salguero’s early years were really bad- which helps explain this emphasis on inclusivity.

The documentary next focused on a Survive And Thrive wilderness training event. One of the participants, a young African-American girl by the name of Sarah, said:

Survivalism, you might not need it at first, but it’s a good tool to have maybe if the world’s not going to end, but maybe we’ll actually, like, lose our homes and we’ll actually have to live in the wilderness like we did millions and millions of years ago.

Very cool to see youngsters learning these skills. One of the adult participants by the name of Joanne added:

Well, my friend asked me the other day if I was preparing for Armageddon, and I said even just 100 to 150 years ago people were homesteading a lot more than they are now, and knew how to do 95 percent of the stuff they needed on their own. And we’ve come so far from that, and I think it’s a very dangerous place to be.

John, a Survive And Thrive instructor, shared this with viewers:

Every new year’s, somebody thinks the world is going to end. Sometimes I get caught up in it. But everything happens for a reason. Whether or not I survive doesn’t matter. It’s how I live every day that matters. I try to keep that in mind. The emergency could be as simple as a small hurricane- or the Apocalypse with Four Horsemen. It all comes down to will- if you want to live or if you want to give up. You can be a hero, you can be a villain, you can be a victim. It’s your choice.

As this part of the show was coming to a close, Salguero admitted:

I started this group not having a whole lot of faith in humanity as a whole. So I started this group without having too much expectation of its ability to work together. Honestly, I still consider most people to be flakes. Honestly.

Immediately thereafter, his German Shepherd dog got loose. Neighborhood kids assisted Salguero with rounding up his canine companion. But not before the Survive And Thrive joked:

You know what I need as part of my survival kit? A … tranquilizer gun. How about that?

It’s at this point that Training For The Apocalypse really started to humanize the four individuals who starred in the documentary.

Salguero reflected on what just happened and admitted:

That’s a perfect example of where I think that I can be wrong. I’m willing to be wrong. In fact, in many cases I hope that I am wrong about so much of what I believe. I pray that I’m wrong. So the idea of not relying on other people, the idea of keeping neighbors at a distance. When the reality is, it’s most likely a tribe, it’s most likely teamwork, that will actually get us through tough times. And this is an example of where I am open to the experience, I am not grounded in my ego, and I am willing to change. I pray for change.

Salguero added later:

My daughter is really what ended my suicidal self-loathing for most of my life.

Speaking of daughters, one of Leland Freeborn’s stopped by. The way Camisha and her father interacted seemed to be really not much different from how other dads and their adult daughters might.

The Parowan Prophet’s neighbor, Lisa, added this:

I think he’s prepared, but I don’t think he knows what for.

Brian Johnson admitted:

I just basically want to be able to do things according to the dictates of my own faults, conscience.

And then there was Anonymous, who was shown having problems reassembling a handgun. Hey, we’re all human.

Overall, I liked Training For The Apocalypse. While I was initially afraid the production company and the National Geographic Channel were using the popular, shallow stereotypes of people preparing for Armageddon, the documentary went on to attempt to point out there was much more to these individuals- fellow human beings, fellow Americans, each on their own journey to prepare not for the end of the world, but for the end of the world as they (we) know it (TEOTWAWKI). Remember what was written on the Nat Geo Channel website about the show:

TFA serves to humanize, enlighten and inform, with a cautious respect for the words and deeds of our subjects rather than a capitalization on vague fears or subjective judgments. Practical discoveries are made while distinct personal stories develop about those striving and struggling to live their best, while preparing for the worst.

I feel the documentary successfully carried this out.

Training For The Apocalypse is scheduled to be re-broadcast on Monday, May 7, 6 PM Eastern Time on the National Geographic Channel.

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