IT BEFORE IT'S BANNED BY THE US GOVERNMENT
By Thomas R. Horn
October 27, 2009
At the beginning of this entry, a couple points need clarification having to do with 1) date setting; and 2) extra-biblical sources for interpreting end-times prophecy. Setting dates in particular for eschatological affairs, such as the beginning of sorrows, the return of Christ, or the battle of Armageddon have been illustrated historically to be unwise, discrediting those who make such predictions concerning the exact timing of future events. In general, Christians should simply always be ready for the end of the age and the coming of Christ, because "ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:42). Jesus further told His followers that the exact date of His arrival would be known by "no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matthew 24:36). While the particular moment of His appearance thus remains a mystery, elsewhere Jesus explained that the "signs of the times" can be discerned (Matthew 16:3), and when His closest disciples asked Him frankly, "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" He provided a long list of specific indicators that would herald His arrival. He then added that, "When ye shall see these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:3; 33–34). Therefore, while most Christians agree they cannot know the exact "hour" of Christ’s coming or the end of the age, they can know the "season."
Another issue that arises when interpreting end-time "signs" comes from the use of non-canonical sources. This could include the writings of famous seers such as Nostradamus, or in more recent history, those of Edgar Cayce or Jeane Dixon. The use of apocryphal or pseudepigraphal literature that was (or is) considered sacred can also be involved, such as the first book of Enoch, which some expositors believe should be included among sacred Scriptures. While most Bible scholars admit these texts can provide invaluable insights for helping students of history fill gaps between cultural and historical events related to first-century Judaism and the background of Christianity (for instance, The Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus), they believe these should not be elevated among divinely inspired or authoritative sources, especially if they contradict or supplant existing canonical teachings (the Bible).
Having stated the above, the obvious question then arises: Why would we proceed to discuss the year 2012, most publicly identified with the end of the Mayan Calendar Long Count and Precession Cycle? The answer is that we do so precisely because Apollyon Rising 2012 is intended to unveil not just what Bible scholars believe about the end times, but what occultists are convinced of and are dedicated to fulfilling. Furthermore, extra-biblical prophecies by those such as the Maya or the Cumaean Sibyl were sometimes astonishingly accurate. Occult power may have provided supernatural perception, as illustrated by Jannes and Jambres (2 Timothy 3:8), who withstood Moses in the Old Testament, and the Pythian priestess in the New Testament (Acts 16:16–17), who somehow knew that God had sent Paul. This fact is especially important at this juncture because while the first part of the "final mystery of the Great Seal" involves who is prophesied to rule the novus order seclorum, the second, more disturbing, aspect of the U.S. national cipher has to do with when this deity—and its nephilim army—are predicted to arrive.
From Christians to New Agers, skeptics to historians, the world is presently enthralled with the meaning of the year 2012. In general, the excitement (or dread, as the case may be) surrounds a variety of predictions made by ancient and modern sources concerning a portentous moment in time. Mankind is on course toward unprecedented global upheaval, according to these experts, when the earth and all life on it will undergo apocalyptica marked by the end of the "thirteenth baktun" of the Mesoamerican Mayan Long Count. The exact end date of this calendar is December 21, 2012, when during the winter solstice at 11:11 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) the sun will align with the galactic center of the Milky Way galaxy, an event that occurs only every thirteen thousand years. The precession of the equinoxes will conclude a twenty-six-thousand-year cycle, bringing the astrological Age of Pisces to an end and introducing the beginning of Aquarius, when the next cycle begins and the sun rises out of the mouth of the Ouroboros (great serpent of the Milky Way). This is the sun rising in Sagittarius, the centaur with a bow—the symbol for Nimrod coming out from the mouth of Leviathan and the sun "god" rising again—Nimrod/Osiris/Apollo. The Mayans predicted this conjunction, interpreting it as a harbinger of the end of the world as we know it (notwithstanding that a couple modern "Mayan elders" have been getting themselves in the news lately by claiming the year 2012 will not lead to the end of the world. While that conclusion could certainly be true, what these two "elders" are covering up is how their prophecies diametrically contradict the prophecies of their forefathers including the Maya, Aztec, and numerous other ancient peoples who foresaw this time as portending destruction and "judgment from the gods"). While the Maya were not alone among ancient cultures in this regard—for instance, the Hindu Kali Yuga calendar started approximately during the Mayan Fifth Great Cycle and also predicts global earth changes around the year 2012—it is the Maya who are mostly credited with fixing the importance of this date. Researchers say cataclysmic events associated with this time frame have already started, including geologic upheaval, drought, famine, mass extinction, and a lack of sunspot activity to be followed by solar maximum in the year 2012.
Like the Aztec and Inca, the Maya believed earth seasons and celestial cycles were affected by otherworldly and prophetic significance. Mayan priests interpreted such activity and coupled it with the mathematics of their calendars, making predictions based on the terrestrial and celestial cycles.
So far, the only known Mayan inscription that elaborates on the specific significance behind the end of the thirteenth baktun—December 21, 2012—was discovered on Monument 6 at Tortuguero, in Tabasco, Mexico. Though defaced from area construction and previous looting of the archaeological location, scholars were able to partially translate the monument, finding that it refers to a year 2012 return of Bolon Yokte K’u, the underworld lord who represents the solar system and the nine support gods orbiting the Sun.
The inscription: Tzuhtz-(a)j-oom u(y)-uxlajuun pik (ta) Chan Ajaw ux(-te’) Uniiw. Uht-oom ? Y-em(al)?? Bolon Yookte’ K’uh ta ?
The interpretation: "The Thirteenth ‘Bak’tun" will be finished (on) Four Ajaw, the Third of Uniiw (K’ank’in). ? will occur. (It will be) the descent (??) of the Nine Support? God(s) to the ?." 
While New Agers admit the end of the Mayan calendar heralds the return of Bolon Yokte K’u to earth in 2012 (the date the Toltec prophesied the physical return of the serpent god Quetzalcoatl), they claim the potentially cataclysmic event will actually launch a new Golden Age of ascended consciousness.
Others are not so sure.
Michael D. Coe, whose 1966 work, The Maya, is credited with first bringing the momentous end date to the public’s attention, wrote in 2005:
There is a suggestion…that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the thirteenth [baktun]. Thus…our present universe…[would] be annihilated [in] 2012, when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion. 
Time does not allow for a study of each of the numerous sources marking the year 2012 as the end of the age. (For instance: The Bible Code claim that the world will end on this date due to a collision with a meteor, asteroid, or comet; the return of Planet X creating a pole shift and causing the destruction of earth; The Orion Prophecy research by Patrick Geryl and Gino Ratinckx claiming 2012 apocalyptic prophecy is encoded in the Egyptian Sphinx, pyramids, and zodiacs of the Greco-Roman Dendera temple; or the theory repeated on the television program The X-Files, which speculates colonization of the earth by "aliens" in December 2012, an idea recently supported by Tibetan Monks). However, I briefly summarize below a few of the noteworthy predictive models involving the year 2012, to be followed next week by what we consider to be far more important and previously undisclosed information regarding this date.
2012 and the I-Ching
The ending date 2012 can also be found in one of China’s oldest classic texts, the Book of Changes, or I-Ching, an ancient symbol system that was used to divine "order" from random events. When the late philosopher and scientist Terrance McKenna, originator of "Timewave Zero" or "Novelty Theory," and his brother, Dennis, began studying the I-Ching some years ago, they came across a series of unexpected patterns in the King Wen sequence ending with the year 2012. Using the sixty-four hexagrams of six levels of alternating horizontal bars and dots in the I-Ching, Terrance created a linear model that began thousands of years ago when the I-Ching was created, and continuing into the future. Using a computer program, he formulated a stock market-like graph that depicted a rising and falling line based on patterns from the I-Ching.
To his surprise, he discovered that the high and low parts of the graph corresponded with times in history when "novelty" or major world events transpired, including a spike around the time of September 11, 2001, and a coming spike for October 2010. But one date was unparalleled elsewhere on the graph. This is when the line simply ends, abruptly plunging off the graph into infinity—December 21, 2012. This finding is all the more astonishing given that McKenna’s research was published in 1973 independent of any knowledge of the ending date in the Mayan calendar.
2012 and the Web Bot Project
Of similar interest is the Web Bot Project, which was developed in the late 1990s for tracking and making stock market predictions. The technology crawls the Internet, much like a search engine does, searching for keywords and following "chatter" in order to tap into "the collective unconscious" of the global community for tipping points regarding past, current, and future buying patterns. In 2001, operators began noticing what looked like more than coincidences, and that the "bot" was taking on a mind of its own, accurately predicting more than just stock market predictions, including June of 2001 when the program predicted that a life-altering event would be felt worldwide and would take place within sixty to ninety days. On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell. The Web Bot also predicted the 2001 anthrax attack on Washington DC; the earthquake that produced the December 26, 2004, tsunami; Hurricane Katrina; and more. The Web Bot has now foretold global devastation for late December 2012.
2012 and Solar Maximum
In 2006, NASA published a report by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research on what could be the most powerful solar storm since records began approximately four hundred years ago, scheduled to reach solar maximum in the year 2012. The geomagnetic storm that results during this time could itself become apocalyptic. In April 2009, Michael Hanlon speculated for London’s Daily Mail what this might mean, in an article entitled "Meltdown":
The catastrophe, when it comes, will be beautiful at first. It is a balmy evening in late September 2012. Ever since the sun set, the dimming skies over London have been alive with fire.
Pillars of incandescent green writhe like gigantic serpents across the skies. Sheets of orange race across the horizon during the most spectacular display of the aurora borealis seen in southern England for 153 years.
And then, ninety seconds later, the lights start to go out. Not the lights in the sky—they will dazzle until dawn—but the lights on the ground.…
Within an hour, large parts of Britain are without power.
By midnight, every mobile network is down and the Internet is dying. Television—terrestrial and satellite—blinks off the air.
Radio is reduced to a burst of static.
By noon the following day, it is clear something terrible has happened and the civilized world has plunged into chaos.
A year later, Britain, most of Europe plus North America is in the grip of the deepest economic catastrophe in history.
By the end of 2013, one hundred thousand Europeans have died of starvation. 
Hanlon goes on to detail the effects of 2012’s catastrophic solar storm, including food shortages, energy shortages, and rampant disease, concluding that "it would be wise to start stocking up on some candles."
2012 and the Ancient Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecies
The "Cherokee Rattlesnake Prophecies," also known as the "Chickamaugan Prophecy" or the "Cherokee Star Constellation Prophecies," are part of a series of apocalyptic prophecies made by members of the Cherokee tribe during 1811–1812. The prophecies are very similar to Mesoamerican belief, and are viewed by scholars as likely referring to the return of the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl in the year 2012. Like the Maya, the Cherokee calendar ends mysteriously in the year 2012 when astronomical phenomena related to Jupiter, Venus, Orion, and Pleiades cause the "powers" of the star systems to "awaken."
A portion of the "Rattlesnake Prophecy" reads:
At this time  of the fingers striking Jupiter that Orion Star System will awaken. And the Pleiades and Orion will war once again as in old. Jupiter and Venus will awaken to its destiny of Time/Untime of cycles. Orion will war with Pleiades, Jupiter will war with Venus.…
In the year…2012 an alignment will take place both on the Cherokee calendar and in the heavens of the Rattlesnake Constellation.… It is the time of the double headed serpent stick. It is the time of the red of Orion and Jupiter against the white blue of Pleiades and Venus.…
In the year…2012 the Cherokee Rattlesnake Constellation will take on a different configuration. The snake itself will remain, however; upon the Rattlesnake shall be added upon its head feathers, its eyes will open and glow, wings spring forth as a winged rattlesnake. It shall have hands and arms and in its hands shall be a bowl. The bowl will hold blood. Upon its tail of seven rattles shall be the glowing and movement of Pleiades.
The Rattlesnake shall become a feathered rattlesnake or feathered serpent of Time/Untime [Quetzalcoatl?].
And upon the Rattlesnake is also the Milky Way. A crossing of the Milky Way shall be seen at these times .
And the Cherokee calendar shall end in the year 2012…[with] the coming of the Pale One once again. 
2012 and Prophecy from the Zohar on Messiah’s Return
Widely considered the most important work of Jewish Kabbalah, the Zohar is a collection of books written in medieval Aramaic over seven hundred years ago containing mystical commentary on the Pentateuch (five books of Moses, the Torah). In addition to interpreting Scripture, the "Vaera" section (volume 3, section 34) includes "The signs heralding Mashiach," or "The coming of the Messiah." The fascinating date for "his" appearance is set in the Zohar at late 2012. Given the rejection of Jesus by orthodox Jews as Messiah, this coming could herald the unveiling of Antichrist in 2012.
J. R. Church of Prophecy in the News called my office recently and led me through verses 476–483 of this part of the Zohar to point out what nobody, as far as I have been able to find, in the 2012 research community has written before—that the time of Jacob’s trouble (the Great Tribulation) will commence according to this ancient text in the year 2012 when the "kings of the earth" gather in Rome and are killed by meteoric stones from the sky.
Interestingly, among other scholars of the implications of the year 2012, a few have pointed to a prophecy by Malachy O’Morgair, or "St. Malachy" as he is known to Catholics, having to do with "the last pope." The prophecy, taken from St. Malachy’s "Prophecy of the Popes," is among a list of verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, "Peter the Roman," whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. According to Malachy’s prophecy, the next pope (following Benedict XVI) is to be the final pontiff, Petrus Romanus, or "Peter the Roman." He will assume authority during a time of great tribulation, and then "the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the terrible and fearsome Judge will judge his people."
2012 and Matthew 24
Is it possible that Jesus marked the year 2012 as prophetic? When His disciples asked, "Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [aion]?" (Matthew 24:3), Jesus answered, "as the Days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).
The word aion in this text is not the general word for "time" (chronos) in Greek. Aion is the word the Greeks used to designate an actual cycle of the Milky Way alignments or the span of an age. David Flynn says of this: "The answer Jesus provided His apostles for ‘when’ the end of the aion would occur was specific. The astronomical signs in the heavens would be just as those during the days of Noah when Leviathan encircled the horizon in the dawn of the Summer solstice. There could have been no more accurate comparison made between our present time than the age of Noah….The present aion is coming to a close. Like the sunteleia before, there will be great upheaval and change."
2012 and Christian Prophecy
The man who is known as the "Walking Bible" due to extensive memorization of Bible texts, Jack Van Impe, recently broadcast on his syndicated Jack Van Impe Presents a special show called "December 21, 2012: History’s Final Day?" in which he described various cultural and secular sources pointing to the year 2012 as being ominous. Some of the material he covered is listed above, such as the Mayan prophecy and the I-Ching. But Impe also shared how he had gone through three thousand headlines and found that everything the prognosticators were saying about the year 2012 reflected what the book of Revelation and the Old Testament prophets foretold for the end of time.
Another Christian researcher who believes the year 2012 could be important is Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries. Based on his research into Jewish feasts and blood moon eclipses, Biltz found on NASA’s website evidence that a rare event called a "tetrad"—in which four consecutive total lunar eclipses or blood moons appear in a century—will coincide with Passover holy days in 2014–2015. According to Biltz, tetrads have historically appeared around special dates in Israel’s history such as during Passover and Succoth following Israel becoming a nation in 1948, and again in 1967–1968 following the Six-Day War when Israel recaptured Jerusalem. In 2014–2015, blood moons will occur the first day of the Hebrew year and again on the High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah. If these are in fulfillment of the prophecies of Jesus in Matthew 24:29–30 and Joel 2:31 concerning "The sun [being] turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord," they could indicate the imminent return of Christ hypothetically in 2015–2016. As noted in a previous entry, this would also mean the year 2012 could be the "midst of the week" when Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel and Great Tribulation begins.
2012 and First Degree Tracing Board Shows the Way
When research began for Apollyon Rising 2012 and I became aware of the nearly five hundred-year-old Mayan prophecies connecting the "colonial count 1776" with the final thirteen katuns of their calendar ending in the year 2012 (and how academia viewed this as a mirror of the countdown to the "Christian Last Judgment"), I wondered if early American scholars—and specifically architects of Freemasonry involved in the design of Washington DC, the Great Seal of the United States, and other iconic artifacts important to the founding of this country—were aware of this Mesoamerican timeline. It seemed too much of a coincidence that the final thirteen katuns ending in 2012 would match the starting and ending date on the Great Seal by chance. My investigation into the matter resulted in numerous examples of the year 2012 related to America (and other places of the world), which I summarize in my new book. But due to the nature of this entry, I list here one final finding directly connected with Freemasons and the designers of the capital city in Washington DC that illustrate their knowledge of the ending date 2012.
This discovery came as a result of Dr. Robert Lomas of the University of Bradford in the UK openly posting on the school’s website an archive on Freemasonry that he had received from the Masons. The reason behind the decision to make this information available is unknown, but thankfully it included the tracing board of the 1st-degree Freemasons. When I discovered this page at the college, I was amazed that the galactic alignment scheduled to occur in 2012 is clearly depicted on the tracing board. Even more surprising, it is connected with the ladder that the enlightened Mason may use to reach the location of the Great Architect of the Universe in 2012—shown to be the seven-star Pleiades system of Apollo/Osiris! The tracing board is stunning in its symbolism, depicting nearly everything we have stated thus far concerning the god of Freemasonry, the myths associated with him, and the date on which he is prophesied to return.
When interpreting the symbolism of this tracing board, it is important to remain faithful to the information provided on the University’s website, which in turn is consistent with Scottish Rite Freemasonry. Specific language from the site, therefore, has been used in deciphering the tracing board’s meaning, including the following:
The Blazing Star, or glory in the centre, refers us to the Sun, which enlightens the earth, and by its benign influence dispenses its blessings to mankind in general. The Indented or Tessellated Border refers us to the Planets, which, in their various revolutions form a beautiful border or skirtwork round that grand luminary, the Sun.…
In all regular, well-formed, constituted Lodges, there is a point within a circle round which the Brethren cannot err. This circle is bounded between North and South by two grand parallel lines.… On the upper part of this circle rests the Volume of the Sacred Law, supporting Jacob's ladder, the top of which reaches to the heavens.
The three great pillars supporting a Freemason's Lodge are emblematic of those Divine attributes, and further represent Solomon King of Israel, Hiram, King of Tyre and Hiram Abiff.… Solomon King of Israel for his wisdom in building, completing, and dedicating the Temple at Jerusalem to God's service; Hiram King of Tyre [Lucifer of Ezekiel 28:11–19?] for his strength in supporting him with men and materials; and Hiram Abiff [Osiris, according to Freemasonry] for his curious and masterly workmanship in beautifying and adorning the same.
[The] Mason who is possessed of this virtue in its most ample sense may justly be deemed to have attained the summit of his profession; figuratively speaking, an ethereal mansion, veiled from mortal eyes by the starry firmament, emblematically depicted in our Lodges by seven Stars, which have an allusion to as many regularly made Masons; without which number no Lodge is perfect, neither can any candidate be legally initiated into the Order…
The Sun and Moon are messengers of His will. 
Using the descriptions of the symbols provided by Masons, the first thing one notes at the bottom of the ladder is the point within the circle: the symbol of Ra, Osiris, and Isis joined in procreation, "bounded between North and South by two grand parallel lines." The blazing star near the center of the board represents the Dog Star Sirius, which is related to Lucifer and the Osiris epic at length, according to Albert Pike in Morals and Dogma. He noted that the 1st-degree Masons who would use this tracing board would be ignorant of this connection; they would think the blazing star represents the "sun," as they are instructed to believe according to guidelines on the university website.
But those adepts "initiated into the mysteries" understand it is Sirius—connected to Lucifer, Isis, Osiris, and the all-seeing eye of Osiris—as "his is the All-Seeing Eye in our Lodges," according to Pike.
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Concerning this deity, instructions on the University website to the 1st-degree Freemasons go on to explain that the sun and moon at the top of the board are "messengers" of the god. Understanding this, the solstice sun in the upper left corner does in fact tell us something very clearly about "time" and its relationship with the Isis/Osiris symbolism. The sun is depicted sitting in the "dark rift" of the Milky Way, while the moon on the right is joined by the seven stars of the Pleiades. Simply put, this is the arrangement that will happen when the Mayan Long Count calendar concludes and the winter solstice sun aligns with the the "dark rift," a place the Maya described as being the "Road to the Underworld." The tracing board thus conveys that at the moment this galactic alignment occurs, the dawn of a new age of Osiris will begin when the ladder to heaven joins the devout Mason with his Great Architect of the Universe on December 21, 2012.
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[Editor's note: This series is based on research contained in Tom Horn's upcoming new book: APOLLYON RISING 2012: The Final Mystery Of The Great Seal Revealed. Sign up to be notified when APOLLYON RISING 2012 is released and get $60.00 IN FREE GIFTS! Sign up here!]
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