by Susan B. Martinez, Ph. D (Today’s PRIZE GIVEAWAY is a Paperback of Susan’s Book. Leave a COMMENT to enter. See details below)
Andrew Cort’s Mini-Review:
This is a book about the Art of Prophecy. Most prophecy is rather morbid and full of dire warnings about a coming catastrophe or apocalypse. But Susan Martinez has a different take on the subject, and as Stanley Krippner says, “she has presented a unique and uplifting message of hope in a world gone awry.” Martinez discusses the history of prophecy, and why so many predictions do not come true. She writes about everything from ancient biblical times, to Nostradamus, to Edgar Cayce, to Jeane Dixon. She goes on to cover contemporary issues, including the current economic disaster and the threat of climate disaster, but in a context of hope!
Martinez’ aim is to revive the lost art of prophecy -– the future-predictive kind and the wisdom kind -– as brought to light in the ‘Oahspe Bible’: a nineteenth century set of Scriptures that revealed ancient Egyptian Tables of Destiny. She shows readers how to use these Tables to make their own predictions, and she demonstrates that we are not heading toward a Rapture or Armageddon: rather, we are moving toward a “Quickening” – the embryonic stage of a coming Utopian Age, a time of global unity, global religion, global peace, and the awakening of the world-soul.
Here’s an excerpt from the Introduction to this fascinating book:
Nation is against nation; king against king;
merchant against merchant;
consumer against producer; yes, man against man, in all things upon the earth!
– Oahspe, voice of man 36*
*Oahspe is a set of scripture written in 1881 by Dr. John Ballou Newbrough, founder of the modern Faithist movement, by the process of automatic typewriting. Selections from Oahspe, like the one above, will be included throughout this book.
In 1790, a Polish monk wrote extraordinary prophecies stating that the twentieth century was destined to be the most “remarkable of all [times]. All which is appalling and terrible will befall the human race . . . princes will revolt against their fathers . . . children against their parents, and the whole human race against each other.” The prophecies that a universal war, moreover, would begin in 1938 (only one year off for World War II). “Devastation . . . will overtake whole countries . . . destroyed will be the greatest and most respected cities.” (And such cities were destroyed, like Dresden, which Kurt Vonnegut eulogized so poignantly in Slaughterhouse-Five.)
At last count, more than thirty-five countries are at war today. This great new era of science, invention, industry, and laborsaving conveniences has simultaneously hatched a litter of Fascist regimes, violent coups, military dictatorships, invasions, and civil wars around the world. As the twentieth century progressed, so did the staggering number of refugees and disenfranchised people. As a result of recent conflicts, much of the thirdworld landscape is dotted with land mines, some of them disguised to look like children’s toys, the better to maim and mutilate the coming generation of the “enemy,” demonstrating conclusively “the singular viciousness,” according to Newsweek, “of the 20th century.”
The same years that saw the advent of thermonuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles also saw the Jewish Holocaust in Germany, followed by other genocidal sweeps, especially in Africa. Multinational monopolies, made possible by an American-born brand of hedonistic consumerism, took command of the planet in lockstep with the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, and quite a few other “complexes,” including unprecedented mental ones, singularly bred by the twentieth-century disfigurement of so much that is human and natural, decent and sane, rational and good . . .
Within a brief twenty-year period (1948–1968) five of the most promising and charismatic leaders of the century (indeed, of the new era), starting with Mohandas Gandhi, were shot down by assassins’ bullets. Today, anarchists and terrorists only continue to escalate their activities, creatively deploying our most recent lethal inventions and technology. It is a known fact that Osama bin Laden masterminded and coordinated the 9/11 attack largely by means of satellite phones and fax machines. The American century was capped by his apocalyptic personality and his statement that “Jihad will go on until the day of Judgment.” He became the embodiment of all that can go wrong when the world is in the hands of a single superpower.
Back in 1995, the horrendous nerve-gas attack in the Tokyo subway used the deadly substance called sarin, developed by Nazi scientists during World War II. The Buddhist extremist group behind the gas attack managed to kill seven people and sicken one thousand. Radio host Art Bell compared the attack to those of other groups such as November 17 (Greece), the Corsican National Liberation Front, the Red Brigades (Italy), and neo-Nazis throughout Europe. As he says, “What is disturbing is that these activities are now occurring in countries such as Japan which historically have not had these problems. Clearly this is a trend of the Quickening. Each of these groups have resorted to terror . . . [demonstrating] how powerless the people of the world are to defend themselves. . . . No one—in any society in the world . . . can ever feel completely safe.”
No, a world of “shock and awe” is not a safe world—for anyone, nor is a world of AIDS, of car bombs, school shootings, street gangs, satanic cults, serial killers, burning oil fields, South American death squads, and “the disappeared”—all of which carry the distinct flavor of the American century. What other era could have seen shockers such as the Jonestown mass suicide debacle of 1978, the Chernobyl disaster, or the unparalleled 9/11 event?
None of those things could have happened if modern man had possessed a genuine moral sense or harmonious mind. As Nobel Prize–winning physiologist Alexis Carrel saw it, “Most civilized men manifest only an elementary form of consciousness. . . . They produce, they consume, they satisfy their physiological appetites. They also take pleasure in watching, among great crowds, athletic spectacles, in seeing childish and vulgar moving pictures. . . . They are soft, sentimental, lascivious, and violent. They have no moral, esthetic, or religious sense. . . . [Their] intelligence remains rudimentary.”
The Other Side of the Coin
Out of all things comes some good.
– Oahspe, book of saphah, qadeth iz 5:8
I am convinced there will be mutual understanding among human beings . . . in spite of all the suffering, the blood, the broken glass.
– Pablo Neruda, Memoirs
At the very same time, the American century—side by side with its insults and horrors —gave birth to a new prospect for mankind, an estate it could only inherit upon the death and demise of its predecessor. Heir apparent to a golden age, humanity in the third millennium stands at the threshold of its cosmic legacy. This is no dream. It is the reality given to all men. Graduation day for the human race has arrived (though commencement may take a few centuries). Many began to understand this new beginning when the Berlin Wall came down, soon followed by the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. We could and should expect from this time forth the inevitable collapse of tyranny and oppression of every kind.
But this emancipating process, this steady climb toward the elimination of false and mean barriers, was already more than a century old, beginning with the extraordinary global revolutions of 1848 that marked the birth year of the era called Kosmon (see chapters 1, 6, and 7). “The missing factor of prophecy,” Anderson wrote “has been found in the year 1848, for this date gives us a known point in time from which to work. Application of the cycles used by the ancients in their time-tables of prophecy . . . [give us] this date as being the first year of the new age.”
It was a new age with new standards and new values. Then, barely fifteen years into Kosmon (Anno Kosmon [AK] 15), on January 1, 1863, came the Emancipation Proclamation, which paved the way for the thirteenth amendment in 1865, wherein slavery, an institution that was thousands of years old in the world, was overthrown in the United States.
“Pluralism,” “diversity,” “tolerance,” these became the passwords of the new era, right along with “woman’s liberation” and “equal opportunity.” Then, on the first centennial of Kosmon, AK 100, after seven long cycles (seven solar years, see chapter 1), the Jews were restored to their homeland, inspiring the world with the humble but daring experiment, the kibbutz. At the same historic moment, India was liberated and the United Nations was established, proving that the comity of nations and the yearning for brotherhood were strong in the heart of the world.
Then, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, more than thirty countries abandoned authoritarianism for democracy. That generation also saw the conquest of space. With a “future of interplanetary space travel . . . the present is the most exciting and wonderful time to live, of all the ages since the beginning of the world,” wrote author Og Mandino. Liberation, exploration, space science, radio, television, telecommunications, the Internet, technology, revolutionary inventions, all identify this chapter in the life of man as the culmination and end of a grand cycle of the ages.
But it’s also a beginning.
Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D., is a writer, linguist, teacher, paranormal researcher, and recognized authority on the Oahspe Bible with a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. The author of The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln and The Hidden Prophet, she is the book review editor for the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies. She lives in Clayton, Georgia.
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