I read The Late Great Planet Earth many times and adopted its view during that phase of my life when I was of that mindset. Of course, I lived in the deep (US) south where that mindset was predominant. The idea that Biblical prophecy was coming true in our time and that the Rapture was near, was in popular vogue, and I heard many sermons preached on it. I was sure that Jesus would return soon, and was glad that I would be on board that last Heavenly chariot out of the fallen Earth before Satan finally trashed everything.
Some years later, I changed my mind about all that. When I read The Late Great Planet Earth now, I almost laugh out loud. That's a comment on Mr. Lindsey's writing, however, and not on Biblical prophecy. I still take the Bible seriously, just not literally.
I went through a period of agnostic materialism when I didn't consider any "supernatural" subjects as having validity and certainly not any prophecy or fortune-telling. That phase didn't last, though. It succumbed to further readings, research, introspection, and personal experiences. I returned to the idea of extrasensory insight and the paranormal through the work and writings of John Edward, Dannion Brinkley, George Anderson, Whitley Strieber, Shirley MacLaine, and many others. I was then able to seriously consider again the idea of prophecy, and not just the Biblical kind.
If you've watched any History Channel shows about Nostradamus, you've seen John Hogue offering commentary. He is a renowned authority on the life and works of that 16th century French seer, and has written volumes about him. He is a scholar of prophecy in general, even Biblical, and his commentary on it is intelligent and insightful. I especially like his ideas on what prophecy is, and on what "seeing the future" means.
A great introduction to Mr. Hogue's ideas about prophecy can be gleaned from reading his short story, Kamikaze Tomorrowland. On the outward level, it is a very entertaining science fiction story, well crafted and satisfying. On a deeper level, it illustrates what prophecy is, or maybe how it works. It says that prophecy describes a likely future based on coalescing energies, whether good or ill. The future can be changed, if we take heed and take action within a certain time window. Expressing this view of prophecy in fiction, is what Mr. Hogue calls, ScryFy.
I wrote a review of Kamikaze Tomorrowland where I talk about what the story says specifically about how prophecy works. (See the links below).
Mr. Hogue also wrote a book containing predictions for 2013 and 2014 called simply, PREDICTIONS FOR 2013-2014. It's a large e-book and I was going to review it, but it covers so much ground, I haven't been able to get enough of a "handle" on it to write a review. But the most interesting point in this book, to me, is the idea that the world has reached an 18 month window where the fate of humanity will be decided. What we do in this time will determine whether we proceed to apocalypse, or a restart to a bright future. In Mr. Hogue's words:
May 2013 to the end of December 2014 is the LAST CALL of fate for human beings to set in motion fundamental reforms.
Now in addition to these prophecies from scrying and studying the works of ancient seers, there are the works of more conventional, scientific, prophets that I've also read over the years. These include James Kunstler, Richard Heinberg, Mike Ruppert, Dimitri Orlov, and many others. They base their opinions on the consequences of world events and trends (peak oil, climate change, overpopulation, financial collapse). They tend to agree with the numinous prophets--things don't look so good for humanity right now. There's a really good chance, that we're all f**ked.
One reason humans have been so successful in our time on earth is that we are able to look ahead, to visualize the future and so make plans. This, with our intelligence to "figure things out," gave us a huge advantage over animals that were simply big and strong. The price of that capability for outlook is melancholy when a dark future is discerned, or when we look ahead to contemplate our own deaths. Handling this is the wise person's dilemma.
The bleak future described in The Late Great Planet Earth was tempered with a "pie in the sky" hope for the afterlife. When you reach the point where you can't take comfort in such a fanciful outcome, what do you do? How do you face a future that indicates no good ending for prevailing momentums?
I don't know. Perhaps you don't "face it" as such. Maybe you live in the eternal "Now," giving and receiving love to enrich your soul and those around you. If enough of us do that, maybe it can build the pressure to trip a switch and answer that last call for fundamental reforms. There's indications it has happened before. Humans have come close to extinction, and pulled through. So I wouldn't write us off for doing it again. There may yet be a faint hope that humanity will break through the ribbon that marks the limit of growth and, after much pain, live in the future.
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See my Kamikaze Tomorrowland review in Smashwords and in Amazon.com