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    Ancient Prophecy Is Modern Reality

    (javascript:PrintWindow();) Posted: July 28, 2005 by: _Editors Report_
    ( / Indian Country Today
    Christians don't have a monopoly on prophecies that tell of an ''end of
    times'' or an end of an ''era.'' Many tribal nations, significantly the Hopi
    and the Haudenosaunee, but including many others such as Cree and Lakota in
    the North and Maya, Lokono and Maquiritari in the South, have prophecies within
    their spiritual traditions that describe an ''end of times,'' an era very
    similar to our present times and depicting or describing prophetic signs
    apparent to those who watch for such things. The signs, according to each culture
    and prophecy, reveal that major changes are afoot.

    The Christian tradition is compelling in that it dictates a clear scenario
    for believers that accepts, on faith, the belief in the resurrection of Jesus'
    physical body from death itself. The resurrection myth propels to an
    end-tale with the return of the living Jesus. This ''Second Coming'' is to gather
    those who had believed in him as the only way to salvation. These would, in
    fact, be resurrected and ascended into heaven to live in eternal grace with
    their Lord. Everyone else, unfortunately, ends up in hell for torture and pain
    throughout eternity.

    There are those who say that the Second Coming, which is also described as
    ''the Rapture,'' is already guiding American foreign policy. Certainly, it
    appears that the true believers within the present circle of U.S. policy makers
    and of many media outlets are steering toward connecting the worldly events
    in their various fields and departments to the sign of the coming Rapture. No
    doubt, many fully expect to be among those who board the celestial ship to
    life eternal. These analysts, mostly but not exclusively on Christian radio
    and television shows, conjecture for millions of Americans that propelling
    Israel as a major super military power in the Middle East and invading and
    occupying a whole country - Iraq - at the ''cradle of civilization,'' portends the
    acceleration of the struggle between ''good and evil,'' expectedly toward
    Armageddon, the final mother of all battles, after which comes the return of the
    living body of Jesus Christ.

    Perhaps this is so, or perhaps it overstates the Christian case; but no one
    can deny we live in the age of terrific religious fervor, when more and more
    of humanity attaches itself to essential or elemental stories that are the
    basis of whole religions, whose dictates and strictures can often clash and
    expand into dangerous areas - including that of self-fulfilling prophecy. We are
    also in an era when the resources of the Earth that have fueled and
    supported industrial lifestyles are quickly diminishing. This is where some of the
    Indian prophecies come in.

    John Mohawk, Seneca historian and Indian Country Today columnist, recalled
    not long ago the mutual visits by Hopi and Haudenosaunee traditionalists as
    early as 1948, where a prophetic tradition, popularly referred to as ''the
    purification,'' was exchanged. This was way before the ecology movement, before
    ''New Age'' and even before the ''energy crisis.'' The elder Indian
    spiritualists from the Hopi of that time not only had prophecies of meeting ''Indians
    from the East,'' they actually fulfilled their own tradition and traveled east
    to meet and tell the Haudenosaunee about it. The sincere exchange of views
    that followed saw these and other Native peoples review and renew their
    prophetic traditions and this dialogue, largely unrecorded, has gone on for more
    than a half a century after the 1948 visit.

    Unlike the faith-based Christian liturgy, what the Hopi tradition warned
    about involved patterns of human activity on Mother Earth that had profound and
    predictable consequences. They expressed, as have most Indian traditionalists
    to this day, that the greed for material possessions and technological
    gadgetry had the potential to severely affect the systems of the earth and that
    this was in fact happening within Western civilization, which they were
    witnessing, and that they had been told they should warn all peoples about the
    impending changes and disasters.

    No one listened then and too few are listening now, as the ancient Indian
    warning is diluted by modern economic and political concerns, but the message
    does resonate with observers of our current energy crisis who tell us of major
    and very difficult changes ahead for most of humanity.
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    The American ''way of life'' predicated on the wanton consumption of cheap
    oil is in its last throes. Quantitative reality points to severe developing
    problems with industrial civilization and its dependent systems. We are
    entering what a well-researched book recently excerpted in Rolling Stone magazine
    terms the ''end of the cheap-fossil-fuel era.'' (''The Long Emergency'' by
    James Howard Kunstler, Rolling Stone, March 24, 2005.)

    The term ''global oil-production peak'' is very important in this context.
    This is the ''turning point,'' when global production will generate ''the most
    oil it will ever produce in a given year,'' after which annual production
    can only decline. U.S. oil production peaked in 1970 at 11 million barrels per
    day. Currently some 20 million barrels a day are consumed just in the United
    States, which produces 5 million and imports the rest.

    There is now developing consensus that the global oil-production peak,
    expected by 2010, is happening now - in 2005. The remaining half of the world's
    oil deposits is in large measure unextractable; that which is extractable is
    increasingly difficult and costly to extract, of poorer quality and located
    mostly in places hostile to the United States. The industrial world's principal
    source of energy, which underwrites everything about the international and
    particularly the industrial economies - from transportation to heat to food to
    the hugely integrated range of most other production - is drying up fast.

    The new energy crisis is permanent. The cheap energy, cheap food and cheap
    living produced by cheap oil has no detectable replacement that can sustain
    the current industrial lifestyle. And not only oil, but natural gas is also
    declining (by five percent a year), with steeper declines expected. Most power
    plants built after 1980 and half the homes in America run on gas. Nuclear
    energy, touted by some once again, comes from plants such as Three Mile Island
    and has many serious unsolved problems, in long-term radioactivity control and
    waste storage, which generate intense opposition in the population.

    It gets worse: clean water is also diminishing fast. Already, globally, more
    than a billion people don't have safe drinking water. About 15 million
    children under the age of 5 die miserably each year from drinking polluted water.
    (See: ''With a Push From the U.N., Water Reveals Its Secrets,'' William J.
    Broad, The New York Times, July 26, 2005.)

    The news on declining oil and water, and on costly extreme weather
    disasters, is sobering. The convergence of forces now seen as permanent reveals trends
    that will severely change life as we know it, limiting Western technological
    society and altering the familiar economics and social planning of the 20th

    Large-scale social change could help. But while these threats compound, the
    American media and major news channels grow shrill while losing the ability
    to tell schlock from substantive and useful information. Socially asleep at
    the wheel and led by the easy profits of ''reality'' shows, infotainment of
    bizarre cases and celebrity gawking, most basic reporting is replaced by
    hackneyed pundits repeating their spin on channel after channel. Public trust and
    doctrines of fairness are now hostage to profit incentives. No major idea or
    power in the current society is likely to be challenged, investigated and
    analyzed for fear of losing its corporate or governmental support.

    Breaking through this wall of disregard for natural reality was the intent
    of the elders who came out of their remote communities to tell their
    prophecies and perceptions in the mid-20th century. Because they did not call for
    miracles over life and death, because they did not request we ''act on faith,''
    their admonitions merit attention more than ever today: they said that the new
    way of using up the earth will have dire consequences; indeed, the new
    reality is of a world where the promise of industrial progress is much reduced.

    The elder Indians spoke of food self-sufficiency and of fighting tenaciously
    for your lands as the basis of tribal survival. They urged the younger
    generation to stay close to the earth, aware of the sources of good water and land
    for growing useful plants and animals as the ''real economy.'' They spoke of
    staying physically active and the people striving to work together in
    harmony. Even back then, they warned the leaders to prepare for a future of great
    uncertainty. ''Prepare from the ground up,'' they said. ''Community by
    community and family by family, learn to do these things for yourselves.''

    Given the callous disregard for these life-threatening issues by America's
    current political and media leadership, the elders' advice - to do for
    ourselves and to prepare to meet all conditions - might be as good as we are likely
    to get.
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    • #3
      i didnt read your whole post but i know the prophecys that they're talking about and i definitely believe it. most ppl i know read the stuff and blow it off tho
      "So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.

      When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."



      • #4
        Well as a white Christian, I do believe in the end of times and the Rapture, but I also for the life of me can't figure out how environmentalism is NOT a core Christian value. Stewardship, the Bible calls it, and good stewards Americans are not, as a whole.

        I live in Atlanta, where the air is so bad that I am now on 3 daily asthma medications, having taken none 10 years ago when I lived in N.C. I give my dogs and cats filtered water because of the level of chlorine in my tap water. And I resent the fact that my WNC mountains are brown with the smog that blows north from the city where I now reside, and south from Cincinatti and Chicago.

        On the other hand, I drive 60 miles a day to and from work. I am seriously a part of the oil problem, but so far I can't find a good solution. I suspect I am like many others. I try to make up for it in other ways, but ultimately I'm a polluter and I know it.

        A study earlier in the year showed that the typical American family has more wealth and possessions than the Pharoahs of Egypt. The difference is the Pharoahs valued gold and jewels, whereas we currently value plastics and electronics. We have gone from "the yellow metal that makes white men crazy" to "the clear petroleum-based substance that makes white men crazy that they then throw away and replace with equally cheap and inessential garbage."

        We need to all get very serious about the problem, and I guess it'll take a major shift in priorities -- toward families living closer together, lowering the divorce rate, going back to personal responsibility and public accountability, away from the 3-car-garage, $200 jeans and $2,000 gaming computer mentality. Christianity could be a much bigger help than it's chosen to be so far.

        On another note, it'll be interesting to see what happens with oil prices and accessibility, and indeed with hostility in the middle east, now that King Fahd has died.


        • #5
          oh -- and coal and nuclear energy don't seem to be good solutions, as far as I can tell. President Bush wants to foster a resurgence in nuclear energy production. In a speech earlier this year, he made clear that he knows it's risky and so he proposes measures that would protect ...

          ... THE NUCLEAR ENERGY COMPANIES from lawsuits in case anything went wrong. Nice to know. And I'm not a Bush-hater, it's just that stuff like that makes me want to go snatch-bald.

          As for "clean burning coal", I'm skeptical of that, but even if it really is clean-burning, that still doesn't solve the problems of mountaintop-shearing, soil ruination, severe erosion and climate change that results from the clearcutting of trees and lowering of mountain peaks. Is it just me, or, duh?


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