This is an article series on how ancient sages, prophets, mystics and saints practiced otherworldly wisdom and the miraculous. The purpose of this series is to inspire and empower. This is article #5 in the series. Artice #4 can be found here: Why Mystics are given a hard time in the World.
Here’s a question you don’t hear often:
Are the predictions of the Religions foretelling something predestined or are these scenarios created through our belief in them? And if they are predestined, can our free will change them?
In exploring these questions, allow me to cite examples from three “different” Religions. Disclaimer: I mean no disrespect to any Jew, Christian or Muslim, I greatly appreciate your traditions.
An Example from Judaism
In World War II, Adolf Hitler is said to have burnt Millions of Jews in Iron Furnaces. What is usually not mentioned in documentaries about the Holocaust, is that, over thousands of years, the Jewish people kept reciting and repeating stories and fears about “the Iron Furnace”. A few Samples:
“But God has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. – Deuteronomy” 4:12
“…which I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, “Obey Me, and do everything that I command you, and you will be My people, and I will be your God.” – Jeremiah 11:4
“…for they are Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, 1 Kings 8:51
“…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace” – Daniel 3:17
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LORD Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them”. – Malachi 4:1
As the story goes, God delivered his chosen people, the Jews, “out of the Iron Furnace”. And as his people sinned against him, he delivered them back into suffering and calamity. The implication was, if his people disregarded the Law, he would deliver them back to the Iron Furnace.
So the big question I have always wondered about is this: Did their thousands of years of recitation and repetition of these stories have anything to do with the fact, that this reality was created? That’s certainly a controversial question that I’ve never seen asked anywhere.
Image: A Furnace in the Concentration Camp of Auschwitz
The word Holocaust is also from the Torah or Old Testament and refers to “burnt offering” or “sacrifice” (as in “animal sacrifice’). There are hundreds of references to it in the ancient scripture. I find it odd that in our modern day, we would refer to the killing of Millions in Furnaces, as “The Holocaust”. The Torah or Old Testament (which are largely the same books) primarily tells the story of “Gods Chosen People” vs. the evil “Idol Worshipers” and how the Jews themselves kept falling back into the evil ways, which also included the forbidden deed of Human Sacrifice. Why then, do we use the same word that the ancient Jews used for something positive (burnt offerings), to describe something as horrific as what happened in World War II? Why refer to Hitlers work as “Human Sacrifice”?
What’s going on here? Three different explanations spontaneously come to mind:
- Hitler, in sheer malice, used Iron Furnaces intentionally, because he was aware of Jewish Traditions.
- Jews were delivered into the Iron Furnace out of fear and guilt over having lost their Way.
- All was simply predestined by Yaweh, as it is written.
The fist explanation says it is devious planning, the second says it is “the law of attraction” and the third says it is predestination. Of course a mix of all three is also possible: A thing is predestined by a higher power, but only comes into play once the Jews feel enough fear and guilt, by which they attracted the malice of Hitler.
An Example from Islam
Another example (and yes, there are thousands of examples I could cite), from the Islamic Tradition. The most Holy Site for Muslims is the Kaaba in Mecca, said to have been built by Abraham. This is where Billions of people come to pray and circle the black cube.
Billions of People aligning their intentions, creates a strong, positive energy-field, affecting the health and fortunes of even those not involved. Many were therefore disappointed to see how, in the year 2012, a gigantic structure of negative-energy had been built towering above the mosque, completely dwarfing the holy site. Notice how small the Kaaba (the black cube) is, compared to the clock-tower:
Why do I call it a negative structure? Because spiritual locations are meant to be places of humility, not grandiosity. The top of the structure features not a Crescent Moon, but rather “Devils Horns”. The clock is the biggest one in the world. This means what was previously a place of timelessness is now locked into time. The Hotels and Shops in the building and those surrounding it, feature the usual array of faux-luxury-consumerist shops such as “Luis Vuitton” and “Paris Hilton” – in other words, nothing to do with the spiritual traditions of the place. The building was built by the Bin Laden family. Through their construction company, they were the first people to cause death and bloodshed at the site, when one of their building cranes collapsed on the praying people.
What is mind-blowing, is that exactly this Tower was predicted as a negative sign in Islamic Tradition, as happening in the “latter days” of Earth:
“When you see the belly of Mecca with passages dug out and you see the buildings taller than the mountain tops, then know that the clock has cast its shadow” – fa’lam anna’l-amr qad azallak ’36
The clock tower does in fact cast a shadow on the entire area. And the building is indeed taller than the surrounding mountains, it’s one of the tallest in the World.
So again, just as with the previous example, the question arises: If Muslims knew about this for more than a thousand years, why wasn’t it prevented from happening? Who commissioned the building? Why is it of much greater concern in Saudi Arabia that a woman cover her face, than having an aggressively anti-muslim structure at their most Holy Site?
So what’s going on here? Three different explanations come to mind:
- There are people planning and working in the background, doing things, “so that the prophecy comes true”
- The collective belief in the prophecy made it come true.
- It had to come true because it was so ordained and predestined by Allah.
Of course it could also be a mixture of all three: It was ordained and predestined to come true, but the people would decide the time, through their collective belief (or lack thereof) and additionally there are people working on fulfilling it, in the background.
Either of the three explanations is mind boggling. If the correct explanation is, that we create events through our collective belief, that is utterly mind boggling. Then events in the world are a reflection of our collective consciousness! And that means we always have the choice to believe something more favorable and should stop looking at doom and gloom.
If the correct explanation is that things are predestined as written by the ancient prophets, that is also utterly mind boggling. It means there is a pre-written, laid out plan, known since millenia and we are merely actors playing our part in a grand play. In that case, we need to purify ourselves in accordance with their teachings.
And if the first explanation is correct, that too is utterly mind boggling. It means that we need to start looking into what is going on behind the scenes of our world and expose the people who are creating no-beneficial realities that the majority have not consented to.
I do not know which of these explanation is the correct one and that’s alright. By “knowing” my mind closes, in “not knowing” I keep an open mind. Why need answers? Stay in the question and you see so much more.
An Example from Christianity
Almost everyone in the world is familiar with this verse from the Book of Revelation, written by the John, an Apostle of Jesus:
“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″.
The Book of Revelation tells of a time when no one can buy or sell without having “the number of the Beast” on his right hand or forehead. “The Beast”, according to the book, is something or someone that rules over the entire world and is “admired” and “worshiped” as “an image”.
Over the last 2000 years numerous experts have provided thousands of ideas on what this might mean. But only now, in our 21st Century, its meaning begins to reveal itself, as we are heading toward a cashless society. Most people now buy, sell and pay from a card, using “paywave”. According to Futurists, the next step is to tattoo the chip to your right hand, so that you can “paywave” without having to carry around cards.
Considering these developments, we could now speculate that “666” actually refers to WWW (world wide web). In the language of the author, ancient Hebrew, the letter 6 corresponded to the Hebrew letter Vav (which is W in English) in Gematria. It is possible that, two thousand years before the rise of www, John was telling us about it. And maybe he knew that it would take 2000 years before people understood what it meant.
Or so I speculate.
All this once again begs the question: Why does a culture, that knows of such predictions for two thousand years, willingly ignore the warning, as it manifests in front of their eyes? One would think that repeating the warning in sermons and readings for such a long time, would prevent it from happening. But seen from the perspective of Reality Creation, repeating it would actually tend to make it happen.
And if this comes true (maybe we take a more positive alternate timeline), did it come true because it’s what people were afraid of or because it’s predestined? Or because there are strange people in the halls of power, who are scheming to make it come true?
Personally, I believe both are possible. It is possible that the game of Life is predestined and that we exercise our free will choice within the grander game. What speaks for this theory, is this: Anyone who has looked into History, can see that it repeats itself, similar to a pre-programmed routine, entirely predictable. Unpredictable on the other hand, are the choices of the individuals within the program. They have free-will within a predestined story-line.
On the other hand, it is also possible that our belief in these realities creates them and that there is zero predestination as everything is created in our own consciousness. Just in case this is true, I have refrained from promoting negative warnings and predictions. I don’t want to contribute to their manifestation, but rather, live a happy and successful life. If the doom and gloom predicted by Religions is really coming, what’s my worry going to change about that? Nothing.
What I truly believe is a mixture of the two above. As told in my book “Parallel Universes of Self”, a set of , say 100 train tracks are pre-defined, but which of those 100 you choose and when you choose them, is up to your free will. And if you ascend to the next level of the Game, then you might have a hand at defining which train tracks there are. Regardless of what is or isn’t true, what times are or aren’t to come, ascending in consciousness levels is always your best bet.