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The Apocryphon (The Book of the Secret of Ormuzed of Ultron)
December 31, 2014
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1.0 Nostradamus Topic Intro:

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Somebody asked me about why, with everything else we've touched on, we hadn't done a Topic on Nostradamus. Actually, Dawson had used the character of Nostradamus as a theatrical device to move the story along in his screenplay, Hard John's Nuclear Hit Parade, and had once written a short story, The Apocryphon, about Good Ol' Gloom & Doom Nasty-drama-sus (which is how I like to refer to him).

I asked Dawson if he wanted to do some posts under a Topic about Nostradamus and his Prophecies and he declined because he said digging into Nostradamus' Quatrains and other materials becomes like a second FULL TIME JOB, no thank you very much. Besides, from his own research into Nostradamus' Quatrains years ago he didn't think all of Nostradamus' messages were prophecy about future events, but that Michel de Nostredame may have been both encoding messages for the then local Masonic Order (i.e. Ordre du Templiers), that, "By Land or By Sea," only they would pick up on their coded messages instead of the Catholic priests of the Inquisition, and many of Nostredame's messages may also have not been prophecy about some Future Event, but in FACT have been about some Historical PAST EVENT Crimes Against Humanity by the Catholic Inquisition and/or their Supporting Royal Families that needed to be PASSED ALONG TO A FUTURE GENERATION to discover the Truth about Those Events because the Church was Burning the History books and trying to Revise History to Cover-up their days & hours of DARKNESS and pretend they were actually being "The Light." By the way, besides the Bible, By Land or By Sea, Dawson knows a bit about Free & Accepted Masons and Rosicrucians and their Orders and their Rites and said Michel de Nostredame seemed to be using their coded language style quite a bit in writing his Quatrains.

So Dawson said I should write a piece on how maybe instead of Nostradamus "scholars" trying to interpret his Quatrains as future event prophecies, maybe they should be going back to look at the Quatrains again and trying to interpret many of them as Historical past event atrocities that the catholic Church would rather remain Buried & Dead, as a pile of ashes of burned History manuscripts. How better to pass along Historical information to some--Freer--Future Generation than to hide it right there in plain sight in a book disguised as Prophecy. Dawson also then mentioned I might want to look over the Bible's New Testament book of Revelation (aka The Apocalypse of St. John) in the same "Light" of History being disguised as prophecy.

Okay, the Greek term Apocalypse doesn't necessarily mean "prophecy" so much as it means an allegorical "unveiling" or a "revealing/revelation" thus the books two variant titles: The (Greek) Apocalypse, or (English) Revelation of John. Also keep in mind the title of John's book, "Apocalypse," only means a style of allegorical Jewish scripture writing and is not really a true synonym for the "site" of "Armageddon ( the City and Valley of Megiddo)." You would think we would notice this difference because, after all, we are the Apocalypse & Armageddon Assurance Associates web site, are we not.

Some scholars believe the city of Megiddo in the Northern kingdom of Israel may have been the true original Capital of kings David & Solomon, and where the first Temple for the Ark of the Covenant was originally built, before the kingdom was split in half between "Israel" in the North and then "Judah" in the South with its Capital of Jerusalem. It would be about 45 years later after the death of king Solomon and the division of the two kingdoms, Israel always to the North from Judah in the South, that king Omri of the Northern kingdom would establish the City of "Samaria" as the Capital of "Israel." To this day the Samaritan People, Based on their Hebrew scriptures (the Samaritan Torah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....Pentateuch ) believe that Samaritan worship is the True Religion of the Ancient Israelites prior to the Babylonian conquest and exile, preserved by the Samaritans who remained in the Land of Israel, which was actually Samaria, compared to the post-Babylonian exile Jewish Religion that came later with the rebuilding of the ruins of Jerusalem in the South during the time of Ezra (let's not forget about Ezra's relationship to the fiery red Soma drink of Nostradamus and the "writing" of the Holy books from the Bible's own 2 Esdras 14:38). Since most of the Western versions of the Old Testament have a "Jerusalem perspective" it is thought that the priests and scribes of Judah in the South redacted the Historical record to make it look like David & Solomon had ruled in (rather than "over") Jerusalem in order to make it appear that Judah were the legitimate heirs and genealogy from king David's combined two kingdoms of "Israel," even though the name "Israel" always-always-always belonged to Samaria to the North after the death of king Solomon and for the next 400 years Jerusalem was only called "Judah."

But then that would also be like a second full time job for me too and I think needs to be left up to a new generation of secular scholars. My ambitions of collaborating with Dawson on The Chronological Bible and especially The Guidebook to The Chronological Bible literally went up in smoke in Memphis in 1997 when the empty suite next to Dawson's mysteriously had a "bad wiring" fire which spread and destroyed Dawson's computers and most of his hard copy files and books in his research library. I've already let it distract me from our main discussion in the here & now of Ol' Nastydramasus. However keep in mind Michel de Nostredame was himself a respected physician--Counselor and Physician-in-Ordinary to king Charles IX of France--an apothecary, and also well educated in things Biblical (and the Kabbalah) by his Grandfather and had come from a Jewish family whom had only converted to Catholicism to avoid the Inquisition. Besides his "prophetic" Quatrains, Nostredamus also wrote yearly Almanacs, as you might recall did American Founding Father and Grand Master of the Ancient & Honorable Fraternity of Free & Accepted Masons, Benjamin Franklin.

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So then I asked Dawson if he thought any of Nostradamus' Quatrains were actual Prophecy about Future Events, either in Michel de Nostredame's own time period or in any time thereafter? He asked me to grab my copy and read Nostradamus' Century 6:Quatrain 100.

INCANTATION OF THE
LAW AGAINST
INEPT CRITICS
May those who read this verse
think upon it deeply, let the
profane and ignorant herd keep
away. Let all astrologers, idiots
and barbarians stay far off, he
who does otherwise, let him
be a priest to the Rite.

So, okay that quatrain hidden a little halfway through his book on the last page of Century VI looks pretty obvious that Michel de Nostredame did not mean for his quatrains to be understood by just any old astrologer, idiot or charlatan fortuneteller. And Nostredame didn't want that quatrain found until someone had put a little effort into working his way over halfway through reading his book.

Then Dawson told me to flip to Century 5: Quatrain 69.

The Great One will no longer be
in a False Sleep; Unease will take
the place of Repose. The
phalanx of gold, blue and vermilion
to subdue Africa and gnaw it down
to the very bone.

He said go dig up and look at the HIV virus, which is thought to have come Out Of Africa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV ) and look at the shape of the virus with all those "phalanges" or "fingers" sticking out of it, and the virus' colors, and then consider the quatrain's number, # 69, is associated with what...but Sex. He said that might give you pause to think about Michel de Nostredame's visions of future prophecy.

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Well, since neither Dawson or I want a second Full Time Job researching Nostradamus, I asked him if he wouldn't mind just taking his old 1992 short story about Nostradamus and posting it here for our readers to think about and possibly make some comments of their own. After all, Dawson wrote his Nostradamus short story, The Apocryphon, in that Jewish allegorical style of an "apocalypse (little "a")." He said okay as long as I wrote an (this) Introduction giving some background on how his short story came to be, and then didn't expect him more than to post a page or two at a time, as he found the time, because he didn't have a current disk (maybe somewhere in some box on an old 5 1/4-inch floppy-disk) a copy of the story and would literally have to re-type the whole thing from a paper copy and didn't feel like just doing it all at once, or even right away, if he wasn't getting paid to do so. Fracking mercenary!

So what will follow this Introduction will be like a "serial" of Dawson adding pages of his Nostradamus short story, The Apocryphon, a page at a time as he feels like it. A day at a time, maybe a page a month...but at least I'll sort of get my Nostradamus Topic for our Apocalypse & Armageddon Forum to give our readers a different perspective on Good Ol' Nasty-drama-sus.

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The late Scott Nisbet, Dawson & I had all served in the USMC Air Wing together at USMC Air Station Yuma, AZ around 1978 in an Air Traffic Control & Ground Electronics Systems Unit. That's the Sonoran Desert of Carlos Castaneda & the Brujo Don Juan fame ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.....ran_Desert ). Dawson had actually requested to be stationed at that God forsaken hell hole as he had read several of Castaneda's anthropology books and was wanting to meet and interview some of the local Yaqui "Indians (as we called Native American First Nations Peoples back then)" for himself. I think Dawson was in search of a meeting with the Yaqui Peyote deity Mescalito. I'm not sure he ever met any Yaqui except drunk ones in Arizona bars or Mexican brothels, but he did meet us. We all played a "bookshelf" boxed Economic Warfare game together (i.e. After The Holocaust if anybody wants to dig a copy of that great economics game up) and hung out and listened to music and discussed movies and books, including the Bible. There wasn't much to choose from to do back then on your off duty hours in Yuma, Arizona. It was at a movie house out in Yuma that we saw Hal Lindsey's feature film, The Late Great Planet Earth. Dawson bought Lindsey's book by the same name, and I think it was because of that book that he started reading the entire Bible in earnest and discovered that most Preachers, Lindsey included, don't really know what is in the Bible and are mainly quoting cherry picked Bible verses out of context. Anyway he started loading up on Biblical research books about that time. Dawson's and my military career paralleled each other over the years, as "The Wise" is the Twin of "The Fool." "The Fool" being me. But Scott got out of the service and went to college for Film with Peter Fonda's son Justin. Scott ended up being a Teaching Associate at the University of Maryland in their Film, Television & Radio Department.

Then in about 1984 when Dawson and I were both then teaching Air Traffic Control Electronic Systems at (the old) Naval Air Technical Training Center, Naval Air Station Memphis, TN, Scott had formed New Renaissance Films and came to visit in Memphis, from Maryland, to ask us to be part of it and to ask Dawson to adapt a screenplay (and help secure the Rights) from Jim Stenstrum's comic book version of Hard John's Nuclear Hit Parade, a Post-Apocalyptic satire.

Dawson secured the Rights and then we all, the author Jim included, shot different ideas around of how to present the story to the Big Screen. Scott wanted it made more realistic. And somewhere along the line it was decided that instead of going into all the Political details of how all the Nuclear missiles were launched that caused the holocaust and then Hard John's Post-Apocalyptic era, as a theatrical device Dawson would use Nostradamus as a character in Flashbacks to the 1550s sitting in his attic study staring into his gazing bowl of water and having a vision of World War III where we would Zoom into the vision in his bowl of water until it became Full Screen and we would just jump into Hard John's story.

But Dawson being Dawson did his research by going to the bookstore and buying like four different versions of Nostradamus' Quatrains & Prophecies, which he compared paragraph and quatrain side-by-side, and several biographies and fictional novels on Michel de Nostredame. We'd all seen the Orson Welles hosted Nostradamus documentary, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, and Dawson had it on VHS video tape and watched it--who knows how many times--and stopped it and wrote down century & quatrain numbers to later look up.

He had a five-subject spiral bound notebook full of Nostradamus notes. He told me to keep in mind, for the screenplay, he wasn't writing about the "real" Nostradamus, but this was only to be a fictional "Theatrical Device" character we could use for Flashbacks to ol' Nostradamus sitting gazing in his bowl seeing some vision that was actually a scene in the movie. It didn't matter what any of Michel de Nostredame's quatrains we were using really meant, it only mattered that the words in whichever quatrain we were using appeared to the audience to match the action at the time in our movie. Simply a theatrical device the way script writers throw around bullshit they make up that is supposed to be (but really isn't) in Einstein's Theory of Relativity about movie Time-Travel and Worm Holes. As long as you tell the audience Einstein or Nostradamus said such-and-such and so-and-so the audience buys it as a theatrical device for Suspension Of Disbelief while watching your feature film. Just like Preachers use suspension of disbelief when they say "the Bible says" or "Jesus says" when they are telling some whopper of a lie that isn't really in the Bible at all, or totally out of context, in their sermons in church (NOTE: Dawson had 2 Uncles were Baptist ministers and a Grandfather who was an Evangelical tent Revival preacher).

But I know Dawson went further with his research into what Michel de Nostredame was up to in his own research. Because he laid it out for me between the book The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross by John Allegro, who was one of the original philologists and an original member of The Dead Sea Scrolls translation team, and other materials. The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross alleged that not only were Early Christians using the ancient India Soma mushroom as their "Communion" with the Divine sacrament, but their early artwork literally showed the Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric) mushroom as the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" from the Garden of Eden allegory story in the Old Testament. Further, Dawson showed me Old Testament Ezra in the Apocrypha's 2 Esdras 14:38 is given Nostradamus' fiery red Soma drink whereupon his memory is retained unimpaired and he completely recites from memory all the Lost 24 books of the Bible to his scribes (the Old Testament scrolls that had been destroyed by the Babylonians), but also under the fiery drink's influence Ezra recited another 70 Secret books to be seen by only the Most Wise among them (i.e. the Priesthood). And all this Ezra story fiery red Soma drink business is right there in the Bible.

By the time Dawson actually was writing his Hard John's Nuclear Hit Parade screenplay, years later after he had first hired Bill DuBay to write a Treatment, he'd chopped the Nostradamus theatrical device character down to just an initial 1 minute of screen time, and then the audience moves on with the rest of the Post-Apocalyptic satire, and ol' Nastydramasus is never seen in the film again.

From HJNHP script bottom page 2:

..................................................................................................................................RIPPLE DISSOLVE TO:

MONTAGE - AS WE ROLL MAIN TITLES - APOCALYPSE - UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Main titles roll throughout Weather Report's UNKNOWN SOLDIER

A) A 16th century figure, MICHEL DE NOSTRADAMUS, wearing a
dark scholar's gown and a fez is seated at his attic study's desk
at NIGHT. He peers into a bowl of liquid sitting on a tripod next
to a hookah.

B) CU of bowl of liquid. Just beside bowl WE SEE some leather bound
books imprinted with gold-leaf (e.g. PLOTINUS, LES ENNEADS etc.)
WE SEE words forming in the bowl.

..................................................................................................................................................(CONTINUED)

............................................................................................................................................................page 3.

MONTAGE CONTINUED:

C) ECU of IMAGE in bowl.

IMAGE
(gothic letters)
"War in Third World
Equals
Third World War"

D) MS of Michel staring into bowl. He SPEAKS in FRENCH.

MICHEL
(fascinated)
Sont des mot qui vont tres bien
ensemble, tres bien ensemble.

E) Image in bowl dissolves to NEW IMAGE of Los Angeles Class
nuclear U.S. Naval submarine. WE HEAR the voice of John
Apple's Godfather as our NARRATOR.

NARRATOR (VO)
No one was sure what had caused it.
What is known of the Holyco$t is that
it began in July, 1999, and that no
Country will admit to starting it.

F) IMAGE in bowl WIDENS to FULL SCREEN. As the submarine passes US,
WE SEE the name U.S.S. RICHARD M. NIXON painted on its side.

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From that point on I don't think anything from Dawson's full spiral-bound notebook on Nostradamus ever gets mentioned again in his Hard John's Nuclear Hit Parade screenplay. Did you catch the inside joke of The Beatles' lyrics spoken by "Michel." And so Dawson had all this Nostradamus, Ezra and The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross material just sitting around. And so he took the notebook and wrote a short story about who he thought Michel de Nostredame might really have been. And keep in mind this is from 1992 and a lot of information (including a fair 1994 Roger Christian feature film, Nostradamus with F. Murray Abraham: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N.....%28film%29 ) has come out about Michel de Nostredame since then. Dawson said he also found it amusing when Dan Brown's 2003 The Da Vinci Code novel came out leaning heavily on the Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln book Holy Blood, Holy Grail because Dawson had also used research, especially about the 1550s time period, from Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

We've already discussed how the book The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross alleges Early Christians had used the ancient India Soma mushroom Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric) as their Communion with the Divine sacrament and associated it with the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" from the allegorical story of the Garden of Paradise, East of Eden.

The name "Adam" in the Hebrew idiom is technically a "Pun" for "Mankind." All the Old Testament Patriarch's names from Adam to Noah are technical "Puns" that when translated into English become the Mnemonic Device: "Mankind placed in a wretched condition the blessed God shall descend teaching that death produces to the poor debased or stricken rest and consolation." You can get a Hebrew lexicon and make this translation for yourself (I did, to make sure) of Adam Seth Enosh Kenan Mahalalel Jared (everybody's favorite) Enoch Methuselah Lamech and Noah (Rest and Consolation). This is a "Red Flag" that the 10 Patriarch's were not meant to be taken "literally" as a true Family Tree but were there to point out something You need to know about those extremely, and unrealistically, Long Ages mixed in with the Patriarch's genealogy. All those long Patriarchs' ages really have to do with the ancient astronomers hidden mathematical formula for the twelve 2,160-year Ages of the full 25,920-year astronomical Precession of--the astrological signs--Equinoxes. Remember all that fuss you heard about the year 2012 and the Mayan Calendar and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius? It all had to do with somebody in Ancient Times hid the astronomical math, for this 25,920-year full cycle of the twelve astrological 2,160-year Ages, in religious documents and Stone Monuments all over the World for some future generation to discover. And "They" also hid this Astronomical Mathematics for the Precession Cycles in the Old Testament's book of Genesis right with the "Red Flag" of Patriarch-name "Puns." For further reading check out Graham Hancock's 1995 book, Fingerprints Of The Gods: The Evidence Of Earth's Lost Civilization ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F.....f_the_Gods ). The names of the twelve "Tribes" of Israel also translate into a Mnemonic Device that includes, "I have played a fine trick," if you want to make your own translation of those also. Notice there are "Twelve" tribes and "Twelve" astronomy/astrological Signs and "Twelve" 2,160-year Cycles in the full 25,920-year Precession of the Equinoxes. Oh yeah, Jesus had "Twelve" disciples too.

The allegory in the Garden (East of Eden) of Paradise story is about how early Man without language was running around the jungle just like all the other Beasts, living by Instinct and Feelings alone. And all Beasts Feel their Territory, which provides everything they need to survive, is a Paradise. And at some point along the way Man ate a Magic Mushroom and it not only Opened Up His Eyes that He Could See that He Was Naked and not living in a Paradise at all but living in a jungle full of lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my); but that He was Butt Naked with His Balls hanging out among the Thorn bushes and maybe it might be wise to Invent Clothes (the "fig leaf"). But since the, by now, Sacred Mushroom also had turned his Beastly Instinctual Feelings into articulated Patterns of Associated Recognition you and I would call "Words," the Sacred Mushroom was the Mind's Pattern Association Amplifier for turning mental Feelings into Language and thus using language to develop Abstract Thinking for creating better ways to do things and invent better Tools. So a Priesthood grew up around this Sacred Soma and the priests made it a Taboo for anyone but the priests to use the Divine Mushroom sacrament, under penalty of death, because Knowledge is Power and Power is Control over the Masses and the average citizen should be cursed with a War on Drugs to keep the Sacred Soma out of their hands. Some allegory, that story, of the fall from Grace out of the Garden of Eden by eating from the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" which Opened Up Their Eyes So They Could See They Were Naked. Is there any way I can make this allegory any more "Naked" for You? It is an allegory of the Beast that came before Man eating a psychedelic mushroom which changed its thinking patterns to the "Expanded Consciousness" of Sentient and abstract thinking Mankind. Or maybe the Aliens fed Eve the Fly Agaric fungus. Blame it on the Woman!

Which brings us to the story of Ezra. After 538 BCE when the Persian Messiah, king Cyrus the Great, killed the Babylonian king "Lucifer the Mighty," Cyrus allowed the various people the Babylonians had held in captivity to go back to their homelands which also included those Jews which wanted to go back and rebuild the ruins that were Jerusalem and have their own city and lands on the Persian Trade Routes. Note that the rich Jews who were doing good business in Babylon stayed in Babylon and continued to do good business with the Persians. There is more about Jews helping foreign kings run the business of the Trade Routes in the Bible's Apocrypha's book of Tobit.

There are various stories of which scrolls of Old Testament books the Jews going back to Jerusalem may have had copies of, and which ones had been lost in the Babylonian sack of Jerusalem. In the story of 2 Esdras (Greek idiom for the Hebrew Ezra, thus 4 Ezra in some Bible versions) of the Apocrypha, God tells Ezra he will give him Understanding--by drinking God's Magic fiery red drink--to rewrite from memory all the 24 Lost Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament books) and then the other 70 Secret books for only the Most Wise to read, but not for the common people.

From 2 Esdras 14:37 - 14:48 The Writing of the Sacred books

I took with me the five men as I had been told, and we went away to the field, and there we stayed. On the next day I heard a voice calling me, which said: 'Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I give you.' So I opened my mouth, and was handed a cup full of what seemed like water, except that its color was the color of fire. I took it and drank, and as soon as I had done so my mind began to pour forth a flood of understanding, and wisdom grew greater and greater within me, for I retained my memory unimpaired. I opened my mouth to speak, and I continued to speak unceasingly. The Most High gave understanding to the five men, who took turns writing down what was said, using characters which they had not known before. They remained at work through the forty days, writing all day, and taking food only at night. But as for me, I spoke all through the day; even at night I was not silent. In the forty days, ninety-four books were written. At the end of the forty days the Most High spoke to me, 'Make public the books you wrote first,' he said, 'to be read by good and bad alike. But the last seventy books are to be kept back, and given to none but the Wise among your people. They contain a stream of Understanding, a Fountain of Wisdom, a Flood of Knowledge.' And I did so.

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Which brings us back to Nostradamus' own quatrains, Century 9:Quatrain 62

To the Great One of Cheramon
agora will all the crosses by
rank be attached, the long
lasting Opium and Mandrake,
the Rougon will be released on
October the third.

...most Nostradamus commentators just seem baffled and claim "This Quatrain must have Alchemistic (or Mystical or Metaphysical) significance." But we all caught those Nastydramasus references to Opium & Mandrake ingredients (crosses) being attached/mixed in with the Secret "Cherished" ingredient, making the "Red" rouge Soma drink released, didn't we. Any idea by now what that Cheramon agora mushroom might be that was giving Nostradamus & Ezra their visions.

What follows then, a page here...a page there, a page now...a page then, is a short story from Dawson's spiral-bound notebook on ol' Nastydramasus.

NOTE (WARNING): Neither I nor Dawson encourage anyone to fool around with mixing up any magic potions from any grimorire anywhere without having a degree in chemistry and are doing legitimate research into ancient cures and medicines. The "potion" in Dawson's short story IS FICTIONAL and only there to make a point that in Alchemy certain phrases like a "Foxes pair of Gloves, the Bane of a Hen, or even Bat's Wings" are not to be taken literally but were a code for the medicinal plants alchemists were experimenting with. Pay Attention: There is an old saying "For a Glimpse of Heaven, Men have Died," means some people trying to experience Divine Ecstasy by mixing alchemy ingredients incorrectly have dropped Stone Cold Dead from overdoses. All medical ingredients are POISON if used to TOXIC levels. And never pick wild mushrooms unless you are an Expert in identifying spore prints. Leave the experimentation alone and to the professionals.

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At first I did not think this was the correct way to do this. Better, I thought, to place my Nostradamus short story on another "writing" site and then just put in a link here. But right now that would require me purchasing an "upgrade" I otherwise don't need. Unfortunately I can't do it all at once, so I'll do it in byte-sized installments.

The Jewish Apocalyptic writing format is designed to be an allegory about the current Political situation, usually by an oppressive king and priesthood or else an Occupying Nation, like the Babylonians, Greeks or in Jesus' times the Romans, set in the Heavenly Realms with language disguised so that those (in their own time) initiated into its "guarded" language would comprehend the "allegorical message ("Let he who has ears to hear understand what is being spoken to by the Spirit")" being passed along among their own membership, but read like mystical-religious-mumbo jumbo to the Occupying Forces or Authorities. Apocalyptic writing is the message correspondence of the Local Underground movement expressing how if they remain True to their Cause eventually they will Win in The End (Times). Sooner or later all Tyrants die off or Occupying Forces move on to other Political interests, or are chased off by a New Ambitious Empire that local deals may be made with. Apocalyptic writing is how the local underground movement passes along messages of Hope and keeps them from getting arrested by the authorities as nonconformists and undesirables.

Sort of like many nonconformists have kept a very low profile during the Establishment's "War On Drugs" which in reality is there to keep a popular Black-Market-Prohibition in place in order to entrap and punish nonconformists. If the Establishment can charge the nonconformist with a Felony, the nonconformist can no longer Vote against the Establishment's Political or Economic, or Ecological, Policies.

And within my Nostradamus short-story, The Apocryphon, is an "apocalypse," of the current conservative academic and religious paradigms which have been an Occupying Tyrant over the minds of Mankind, as a whole, from moving forward into the promise of the 21st Century in keeping with their 19th Century ideals of economics, monopolies and Empire conquests.
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About 8,600 Words
First Serial Rights
(C) 1992/2015 M. Dawson Holland

The Apocryphon
by
M. Dawson Holland

Jacob Benjamin placed his pipe in the ashtray on his desk and sat back to reread the poem on his monitor screen. It was an ordinary pipe since he'd never gotten "into" the phony hipness in the paraphernalia of pipe collections. It was his favorite North American blend and although he felt a momentary twinge of guilt from smoking it, he knew he only indulged by mood and not by addiction. Now he was faced with his self-imposed task of finishing a poem for his lady, and was in the mood to feel his powers of pattern association put on sail.

Tomorrow his software corporation was sending him on an extended business trip to Marseilles, France. This night he had stayed up until dawn editing a cassette mix tape of songs which had special meaning for both of them. Then he got the idea to write her a poem to go along with the studio card and their mix tape.

So here he sat with just hours before she would be getting up to drive him down from Tahoe to Reno's airport. He knew he could sleep on all the connecting flights; but that thought didn't help him find the ending he needed to finish her poem. He again reread what he'd written with the word processor thus far:

Though I travel to a far-off land
You still can take hold of my hand
With the vision that the Mind's Eye sees
To be shown the wonders across the sea.
If in your heart there is a place for me
Then we shall apart, never be
Remember things we have done and do
And I'll always be a part of you.
Past, present, and how it's going to be
We're on our minds like a photo's memory.

Recall the words of the lyric-poets' rhymes
A tape, first-aid for the Soul, in-time
That I made and left behind for you
Fused-intonated-rhetoric, set to music too!
Floating like the lost papers of a school girl
Lost, Blowing in the Wind, uproar and swirl
With the Sun's irradiation shining kind
On the paper, words and symbols-of-the-mind
The letters, the working tools-of-our-thought
Gathered from the Wind, only as they're caught!
This he told the lady whom he called his wife
Is the conceptual-continuity of your life
That leads along that Long and Winding Road
To the Doors of Perception, in that abode
Beyond the Wall, of Illusion
And the precepts of confusion.

Open your eyes, now, what do you see?

And that is where he drew his blank–almost a writer's block–what should she see? So he put the suggestion in the back of his mind, cleared his reverie, and smoked his pipe while playing a clone Pac-Man game on his PC.

Then was back to his conundrum. After rereading the as-yet-unnamed poem for the ninth time, his last waking thoughts were of possibly basing the poem's ending on Edgar Allen Poe's A Dream Within A Dream; and he started to nod off from his early morning lucubration. He began to dream...

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...a physician, Michel de Nostredame, entering a pantry to get an apple notices on the calendar hanging there the date is October 3rd, 1554. He instantly recalls that this is the day that the village apothecary told him that his medical supplies would arrive.

He grabs an apple from a platter, and taking a bite, heads out the back door. Outside he finds his young protege, Louis de Gonzaga, the son of the Duke of Nevers, at his chores.

"Louis," he called, "I must go into the village. Come along, there is something I wish to show you."

Dropping his chores, and wiping his hands on his pants, the boy asks, "Does it have something to do with my apprenticeship?"

"Uh-huh," grunted Nostredame dryly. "Do you recall the Biblical genealogy from the book of the generations of man?"

There was a short pause while he placed it, and then Louis said, "Genesis 5, ...with the birth of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4?"

"That is correct," Nostredame replied. "Today I am going to show you the allegory in the mnemonics of the Patriarch's names. Now we must be off," he said as the two, Nostredame in his usual dark scholar's gown and cap, and Louis in his peasant clothes, leave the house off the Place de la Poissunnerie, and head into the village of Salon in France.

They enter the shop of the apothecary and hear the herbalist call from the back room, "Just a moment, my hands are tied. I'll be right with you in a moment."

Nostredame replied casually, "It is just us Alain."

Again the druggist's voice is heard from the back room, "Your packages from Marseille have arrived. I'll bring them out momentarily."

As Nostredame busies himself looking over the usual sundries, he notices Louis looking over the few manuscripts on the bookshelf. He tells the boy, "One day there will be many shops in towns dedicated to selling books. However, then it may be even harder to find the key copies to read. One will, no doubt, have to sift through first...forty books of romance, trivia and novelty to find one book reporting on the human perception of reality."

Before the concept had time to solicit a response from the boy, the apothecary came into the main shop saying, "Here are your packages Michel." As Nostredame turned to come to the counter, Alain notices Louis looking at the bookshelf, and tells them, "Toran Pironi, the Franciscan monk, en route to Leipzig, is bringing a delivery of Church approved Aldine editions from Venice." He quickly shifts his gaze to Nostredame, "You may be interested in the one on The Mysteries Of The Eucharist."

Masking his sarcasm, Nostredame said, "Yes Alain, I'm sure the books Toran brings you to sell the public are of the deepest mysteries of the Church." Then tactfully avoiding the rest of the sales pitch, he continues, "Madame is expecting us home for dinner and we must be on our way. Get a message to me when the books arrive."

The last statement jogs Alain's memory. "Have you heard the news?"

"News–what news?" came the reply.

Alain then told them, "The Cardinal of Lorraine is at the church and had left word to tell you the Duke of Guise's pleasure with your latest Almanac."

Nostredame fumbled, "Uh-huh!" Then doing some quick thinking he turns to Louis and says, "So he arrives–funny, had a feeling he was on his way. Madame won't like us being late, but what luck. How would you like to meet a celebrity in the flesh?"

"Grand!" Louis answered him.

As Nostredame turns back around to collect his bags of medical supplies, Alain cautions him, "One of the other doctors in the village accidently killed the young prostitute, Wendy Adrienne, with an over dosage of the mercuric-oxide."

Shaking his head in a negative-but-in-sympathetic motion, Nostredame replies, "Yes, the remedy for syphilis, like all medicines, is a poison. We are in the business of poisoning dis-ease, are we not Alain."

The herbalist shakes his head in agreement as Nostredame and his pupil say their adieus and leave the shop.

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Once outside Nostredame says to his apprentice, "He is so taken by celebrity or royalty if ol' Alain only knew who you really are he would surely shit his trousers."

Laughing, the boy added, "He would probably have diarrhea if he knew who the Cardinal of Lorraine was." They both chuckled as they headed for the church.

After making some small talk with brother Henri and the sojourner friars, they are led to the visiting cleric's quarters. There they exchange mock cordialities.

Gesturing with a wave of his hand to the denizens, the Cardinal says purposefully, "We must take a walk in this crisp autumn air monsieur Nostredame. There is a message from his Holiness the Pope I am to confer upon you concerning your Almanac."

Nostredame asks, "May the boy come along? It would be a good impression for him to be in the company of such an August presense as your Worshipfulness."

Seeing that the locals have taken the bait, the Cardinal replies, "This boy is your student of medicine, is he not?"

Nostredame sighed, "That is correct."

In mock agreement the cleric turns to Louis and tells him, "The Pontiff's message may then be witnessed by its intended, and his apprentice." With this he waves the local brothers adieu and the trio walk out upon the grounds.

Just before they are out of their voices' carrying distance to any eavesdropment, the Cardinal begins the requisite litany with Nostredame. "You did not think we were to meet before tomorrow. You must tell me of your Mother, and of Caleb."

Now, just out of earshot, but still for young Louis' benefit, Nostredame continues the litany of the secret with the cleric. "He has gone West for the week; why ask you of Caleb?"

The Cardinal's response, "I ask you as a stranger–going to the South."

At that moment three crows fly overhead cawing. Hesitating a moment to watch, Nostredame then breaks the litany and asks Louis, "Have you memorized your lessons?"

Knowing that it is his chance to show off, the boy answers, "I'm pretty sure I have." Then he picks up the next sequential line of the litany of the secret by rote. "From where have you come," he said to the cleric in the proper anastrophe.

Smiling, the Cardinal replies, "From the North." To this he adds, "I am hoping you will give him a message on the square–for the sake of the son of the widow, my mother as well as her children, as well as your own."

Louis' challenge, "Whence came the message?"

The Cardinal's response, "From the spring of the underground stream in Arcadia's blessed Elysian plains," and then casually continued with, "We are the other people, and you are the other people too."

Louis replied with, "I know you and you know me,..." The boy's mind went blank.

Nostredame prompted him by whispering in his ear, "One thing..."

Then Louis remembered, "One thing I can tell you is you have got to be free." He sighed.

Finally the Cardinal ended the litany with, "Yes, he told us that the crux of the Scriptures is the apostrophe." Then giving the boy an affirmative head shake, he said, "Well dear boy, I see you've learned your lessons in the art of memory fairly well."

Nostredame said, "I've taught Louis as my grandfather, Rene's and Peyrot's benefactor, taught them, and as Peyrot taught me."

"Ah yes," said the cleric, "Jean de Saint-Remy was well admired by even Verrocchio."

"Yes Charles," the boy then said to the Cardinal, "Michel has been a very good tutor." Then he asked the cleric, "How is my uncle Ferrante?"

Charles de Guise, Cardinal of Lorraine, and brother of the Duke of Guise, tells the young heir to the dukedom of Nevers, "Ferdinand is well, but the Count of Guastalla is off to Brussels with that Duchess of Gisors," and he shakes his head. Then he put his hand on the boy's head and blessed him, and said, "I'm glad to see your education is in such capable hands."

Then turning to Nostredame, Charles' good nature evaporated into shrewdness. "The Church's past history is, I am sure, well known to all of us who have had the good fortune to be educated in this world. The Pope is again threatening to have his inquisitors enforce the Edict of Chateaubriant.." His brows furrowed, and he said, grimly: "The printing, sale or possession of any deemed heretical literature will once again be punishable–even by death! Informers are to receive a portion of the convicted's properties. The Church, of course, gets the rest.

You know Michel," smiled the Cardinal, "I could turn you in and receive a third of all you own." Then he chuckled, "But it is a third of your library that I'd want–and then I, myself, would be charged with possession," he said thrusting out his lower lip.

He turned and forced a wary look at Louis. "Possession of knowledge, my dear boy, is again to be a felony!"

Nostredame interrupted, reminding a genuinely astonished Louis, "Recall the words of Immanuel, ‘Whensoever one approaches the gods named Ritual and Tradition, be careful to dance to the steps of their subjects; for they are a hanging mob looking for a victim. Once one is beyond the territory of their subjects, these illusionary deities have no power.' "

Then raising an eyebrow, Charles gives Nostredame this warning, "Listen Michel, your books may get you blacklisted. I know you have made some very good connections, but do be careful with what you write–this Pope is a heretic-baiter."

Nostredame was unimpressed... "I will keep that in mind." Then he asked quietly, "Can you get away to my home?"

"No," Charles answered thoughtfully. He felt obliged to explain further, "The friars have reserved my time to hear tales of the grandeur of the Pontiff's talks with God," and he cast a sarcastic look up into the sky, as if to Heaven. "I'm afraid they might suspect something should I forsake my saintly duty of filling their ears with Rome's mythology and propaganda, in order to visit the home of the author of the Almanac. Send the boy here with the new book," he said patting Louis on the shoulder.

Charles then told Louis, "You must tell the Priest and brothers that monsieur Nostredame insisted you give me a personally autographed copy of The Quatrains, to be given as a gift to his August majesty, the Duke of Guise." Then he made the boy repeat the statement three times to insure he had it committed to memory.

"Besides," Charles told Nostredame, "early tomorrow I must be on my way to the Abbey of Orval."

Nostredame sighed and told Charles, "Maybe, with the information I've ciphered into this century of quatrains, Francois will see to it that we are finally rid of that Valois dynasty as the kings of France–and along with them that blind See of Rome."

"Yes," agreed Charles, "If we can only restore the throne to the rightful family..." he paused, and then said, "I have my eye on a young monk, Felice Peretti, to be made the Pontiff. He is one of the Order and is known to the Prophets of Cevennes, the camisards." He continued, "The fact remains, curiously, that men do not wish to recognize that the solution for existing problems will not be forthcoming except through new methods and new men."

Then Charles told his two companions, "Now I must return to the church. As we get within earshot, speak only of your family, and remind me to say a prayer for your mother. The brothers and friars will only remember that we said we would speak of her as we began our walk. Oh yes," he added as the thought occurred to him, "make sure you let them hear you tell me to thank the Pope for his praise of your latest Almanac," he said with a wink of his eye. With this the trio headed back to the church.

After some final small talk, Nostredame and Louis head back across the church grounds taking the scenic path, beyond the village, home.

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Along the way they stop at a spot familiar to Nostredame. "Here we are!" he says as they step off the path. He stoops to point out a fly-agaric mushroom with its white specked fiery-red cap with white stem. Then looking up he tells Louis, "Now recite your lesson on the book of the generations of man for me."

Then by rote the boy recites his lesson exactly as he learned it from the text of the Cephar Yacad. "The first tribe gave itself the name Adam, which means human being, or Man. From the tribe of human beings sprang three tribes. First came the tribe of Cain who were farmers and craftsmen. Second came the tribe of Abel who were ranchers. A war over the use of the land erupted between the tribes, and the farmers extirpated the ranchers. The Ruler, or Lord, of the patriarchal tribe of man, Adam, passed judgement on the farmers Cain, and banished them to the land of Nod. There, as it is written in Genesis 4:17, the tribe of Cain builded itself a city called Enoch; for a tribe, not a family, needs build itself a city.

"A third tribe sprang from the tribe of Man," the boy continued, "and called itself Seth. With Seth started the tradition that the true heir of the Hebrews would be the youngest son; although the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of All, but is under tutors and governors until the Time Appointed of the father."

Nostredame shook his head in agreement and interjected, "His lessons as butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the Evil, and choose the Good!

"You're doing just fine," he added. "Now, continue with the genealogy in the lesson."

"Then," the boy picked up by rote, "the proper genealogy of the heirdoms of the generations of man, descended from the tribe of Man, in the order of the tribes, is: Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and then the tribe of Noah; for a tribe, not a man, lives for five-hundred-years."

Nostredame commended him, "That is excellent. But there is more to this lesson than meets the eye. The authors of Genesis were not the simple minds the clergy would have you believe. Only the credulous masses accept the books of the Bible at face value. Sometimes words have two meanings. Woe to the person who sees only simple stories and ordinary words. Every word of the Torah conceals a more elevated meaning, and this ‘higher law' is the True Law. The simple stories in the Bible are the facades of the masque behind which the mystery of Emanation is hidden in the apostrophe of the Torah.

"If," he continues, "you take all the patriarch's names from Adam to Noah allegorically and translate them into our language from the Hebrew, not as names proper, but according to their mnemonics, you will discover one of the Hebrew medicine men, healers and monks--to whom you'll recall Judge over all Israel and herculean strong man Samson belonged--the Nazarites', earliest hidden mystery formulas.

"The patriarch's genealogy was never meant to be taken literally, as real people and a real family tree. Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Mehuselah, Lamech and Noah translated into our language becomes, ‘Man placed in a wretched condition the blessed God shall descend teaching that his death produces to the poor, debased or stricken rest and consolation.' Also note the ten patriarchs are given astronomically long ages buried in with this mnemonic device."

"Yes," agreed the boy, "everyone thinks people lived longer lifetimes before Noah's flood." He thought momentarily then continued with, "If they were not individual patriarchs, but if they were tribes by those names, then those long ages make sense."

Nostredame further instructs the boy, "Those numbers are not even ages for tribes. Those ages given among the patriarch's mnemonics are an Astronomical mathematical formula for the 2,160-year long Astrological Ages of the twelve Signs of the Zodiac that take 25,920-years to complete a full twelve Precession of the Equinoxes." And before this new concept has time to distract his apprentice, "But that astronomical mathematics is for another day's lesson. Just remember that the patriarch's mnemonics are a red flag that the mathematics for the precession of the equinoxes is also buried there in Genesis, and that the extremely long genealogy ages are really about Astronomical Ages."

As Nostredame again bent down by the fly-agaric mushroom, a medallion falls out from inside his gown. It is Solomon's Seal with an eye-in-the-pyramid center, set on the Cross of Lorraine, topped by a winged helmet. Crested by a lyon holding a fleur-de-lis.

"Now, then," he says looking up at Louis from his squat, "the old Nazarite prophets and healers, the tribal medicine men, thought that certain medicinal plants had holy spirits, in Hebrew malak(s), or angels, within them that could fight the devils, or shed(s), that caused dis-ease. Not having an understanding of medicines, as we do today, much superstition surrounded–even the picking of such holy plants.

"But this little tree here," he told the boy while tapping the red cap of the amanita muscaria fungus, "had a very special significance to the ancients. Since the little tree seems to grow without seed, as a virgin birth, after God opens the doors of heaven and rains down,...they thought God, himself, had sent the plant via his raindrops, miraculously, just for them–since this was the foundation stone of their true anointing oil."

Nostredame paused for a moment to read the boy, to see if the lesson was sinking in. He continued, "These Nazarites thought they were sacrificing the angel, or more properly the messenger of the holy spirit within the plant, by causing its death when picking it. Even though they thought the messenger would be born-again within themselves with using the anointing oil, it was important for them to atone for the sacrifice of their hidden manna, this little tree of the knowledge of good and evil, by chanting the proper prayer while killing it by picking it and separating it from its life giving Mother, Earth.

"Thus," spoke Nostradamus, "the genealogy story you just repeated for me, when the names are translated into our language from the Hebrew, apostrophically becomes: Man, Placed in a Wretched Condition, the Blessed God Shall Descend," and here he shook his hand as if rain were falling to the spot where the amanita muscaria fungus stood, and then continued with, "Teaching that His Death," and at that moment he plucked the mushroom from the earth and brought it up and held it directly before the stooping boys eyes, and said, "Produces to the poor, debased or stricken...Rest and Consolation."

"Yes," Louis said pulling his head back a little, "I remember that some of those meanings are even hinted at in Genesis." He was glad that he had an observation which he could point out on the subject of the lesson.

Nostredame then stood up and tossed the fly-agaric into one of his medical supply bags. As he pulled open the top of his gown and flipped the medallion inside, he told Louis, "This is the Nazarite's hidden manna, the lapsit exillis. This is the Philosopher's Stone of Alchemy that turns base sight into golden vision. This is also two of the manifestations of the Holy Grail."

He told the boy, "Take a look at the spot where I picked the little tree; what does it look like?"

Louis looked at the place where Nostredame had plucked the ground surrounding where the mushroom had forced its way through the earth, mixed with the volva's pellicle flakes, and said, "it looks like ashes are left behind here."

"After the next rain," Nostredame said, "without seed, from this very spot of what appears to be ashes, will rise up the fiery capped Phoenix, seemingly resurrected from the dead."

Louis commented, "I can see why the ancients placed so much significance on this plant." He wanted Nostredame to know that he had caught onto the symbolism.

"But," he asked, "how does the mushroom turn base sight into golden vision?"

Nostredame thought for a moment...then said to him, "Do you remember when Jean Aymes had the dream of that carriage disaster, and told us all the details about the wreck a full two weeks before it actually happened–even to the fact that we would be playing a game of cards when we heard news of the event."

The boy shook his head in affirmance, and remarked, "Spooky huh!"

"There is an undeniable part of the mind that has access to the Precognitive Will of the Cosmos," he told Louis. Then said, "By now your studies should have made it clear to you that the Hebrews are always having visions of the future–sometimes they even mention they have Anointed their Eyes so they could See!"

He watched the boy shake his head again, and he continued, "The little tree contains a drug that allows a person to tap into that same part of the mind that allows a person to have the precognitive dream or vision."

"Hummm," murmured the boy, "I always thought the toadstool was just used for the fly poison."

"Oh, it is a poison alright," Nostredame chuckled as they stepped back onto the path. Then added, "The reason they say ‘for a glimpse of Heaven, men have died,' is because there have been some people whom have incorrectly mixed the formula. All medicines are poison when used in excess," he summed.

As they followed the path Nostredame told Louis, "Remind me to have you translate the Genesis patriarch's genealogy from my Hebrew lexicon to our language for your notebook. This is a perfect example that, contrary to the power-mad clergy's wishes, every word of the Bible cannot be taken literally at face value; as in Galatians 4:24 Paul told us about the allegory!"

Then purposefully clearing the boy's internal reverie, so the lessons could be properly digested by his inner mind, Nostredame asks him, "So how is your little romance going with the neighbor girl?" And with other such topical conversation the two return home from the opposite direction they had left, the cycle of their journey complete.

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Inside they are greeted by Nostredame's wife, Anne, and his other disciple, the former mayor of Beaune, Jean Aymes de Chavigny, whom has come to study both judicial astrology and astronomy. The four have dinner, and afterwards Nostredame informs Anne that "the boys" have their studies to attend to upstairs in his attic study.

Upon entering the study they each put on their felt fez cap, an emblem of a mystic. Nostredame points and tells his students into which pharmacopeial vessels (even though already appropriately labeled) to store his newly acquired medicinal supplies.

Nostredame takes his bag to a table at the center of the room where sits an alembic, lamp, and receiver–apparatus for distillation–among other alchemystic paraphernalia. He puts the amanita muscaria mushroom into an ancient looking urn labeled Cher-amen Agora. Another powder he places in a cruet marked Nightshade-mandrake.

After their simple chores are all finished, Nostredame clears a space on his desk. He takes a good sized pinch from a decanter labeled Nightshade-tobacco, loading it into the large pipe's small bowl, and then lights the Spanish tobacco in his Persian galyan hookah, and taking a puff of the dark, highly aromatic blend, tells Louis, "Fetch the Bible and open it to 4 Ezra 14 and read it to yourself until you get to 14:37 about the writing of the Holy Scriptures. Then read that part aloud to Jean Aymes and I.

It took the boy a couple of minutes to read the two pages of the fourteenth chapter of the Fourth book of Ezra down to where Nostredame had instructed him to then read aloud. This let Nostredame and de Chavigny take a couple of turns relaxing by inhaling the Spanish tobacco smoke from the galyan pipe.

When Louis finishes the first thirty-six verses of 4 Ezra 14 and lowers the book to let them know he has finished, Nostredame tells him, "Okay, now finish reading the rest of that chapter of that book from the Bible to Jean Aymes and I aloud."

Louis reads aloud from the Bible: "I took with me the five men as I had been told, and we went away to the field, and there we stayed. On the next day I heard a voice calling me, which said: 'Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I give you.' So I opened my mouth, and was handed a cup full of what seemed like water, except that its color was the color of fire. I took it and drank, and as soon as I had done so my mind began to pour forth a flood of understanding, and wisdom grew greater and greater within me, for I retained my memory unimpaired. I opened my mouth to speak, and I continued to speak unceasingly. The Most High gave understanding to the five men, who took turns writing down what was said, using characters which they had not known before. They remained at work through the forty days, writing all day, and taking food only at night. But as for me, I spoke all through the day; even at night I was not silent. In the forty days, ninety-four books were written. At the end of the forty days the Most High spoke to me, 'Make public the books you wrote first,' he said, 'to be read by good and bad alike. But the last seventy books are to be kept back, and given to none but the Wise among your people. They contain a stream of Understanding, a Fountain of Wisdom, a Flood of Knowledge.' And I did so."

Nostredame told him, "Get a ribbon and mark that page to later copy into your notebook." Then looking from Louis to de Chavigny told them both, "This is another example where the Author of the Fourth book of Ezra is letting us know that the Ancient Soma drink from India had spread even to Israel and Judah and was known to Jewish metaphysicians for its powers to open up the mind's expanded consciousness for mystical research and heavenly communion."

Then as Nostredame refills the pipe's bowl and relights it, he tells de Chavigny, "Jean Aymes, it is now your turn. Show Louis the lessons of the mnemonics in the Tarot cards."

Jean Aymes fetches a small wooden box from which he takes a hand drawn deck of Tarocco cards that had once belonged to Botticelli. He takes the top twenty-two cards and lays them on the desk in a figure-eight. He says to Louis, "Notice how the cards perfectly form the emblem for infinitude" he emphasized with the inflection of his voice, then continued with, "when laid out in the proper sequence, they form the mnemonics of the Gnostic cycle of learning, the Mystic Seeker's Path.

"Starting with the unnumbered card," Jean Aymes points at a card, "at different times of our lives we are like THE FOOL, whom recognizes there is something he is lacking, but is yet unsure of what he is searching for to give him the meaning of life. Sooner or later in his search he crosses the path of THE MAGICIAN, usually a charlatan," he says as he now points to the next card numbered one, and continues with, "and although not really a man of knowledge himself, is clever enough to inadvertently point The Fool in the right direction.

"But before one can come to real understanding," he goes on, "one must overcome the conservative pedantry of the ruling powers of the status quo, represented by THE HIGH PRIESTESS; THE EMPRESS; THE EMPEROR and THE HIGH PRIEST," he says as he taps his finger on each card in their Order. "Once one perceives the fallaciousness in most public leadership, one can leave one's older political and religious conceptions behind, as if he leaves his Mother, to cleave to another, the Gnosis he seeks, represented by THE LOVERS..

"THE CHARIOT," he tells Louis as he points to the next card in the figure-eight, "is the persona of the seeker that he rides and projects to the world, for he is among the world and the world does not know him."

Then looking to Nostredame and then back to Louis, he tells the boy, "By now the seeker has learned that JUSTICE, ‘Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you,' is a double-edged sword, as you will not always be treated Ethically by others but instead by their expedient Mores. Ethics and morals are not the same thing. For it is a moral act to burn a ‘witch' at the stake, but that it is not Ethical to execute someone just because their Beliefs are different," and here Jean Aymes points out the two-edged sword drawn in the blindfolded lady's hand.

Seeing Louis shake his head in recognition, he points to the next card and says, "Peter, THE HERMIT, is the last card before the crossroads, and shows the seeker turning away from the day-to-day concerns of the world to follow his Path, by land or by sea, by Illumination." Now he points to Peter carrying his veil lamp before him to illuminate his path in the card's illustration.

Jean Aymes smiles as he lifts the top crossing card from off of the bottom crossing card, and says, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE symbolizes the mid-point on the Seeker's Path where he wonders if the meaning of life is not just a wild ride on the seeming merry-go-round of life's fortunes." He waited until the boy looked up from the crossing card and winked knowingly, and then he laid the top crossing card back upon it."

He poured a cup of water from a pitcher on Nostredame's desk, took a drink, and then began with the first card of the second half-cycle of the card's figure-eight. "By now, the seeker has learned the FORTITUDE to stay on the path of Gnosis. He has learned that it is not God that has punished him with the sufferings that one runs into of everyday life, but that lessons are common to all mankind, everywhere. Thus," he went on, "THE HANGED MAN stands for this reversal in a man of knowledge's description of reality. This brings about the DEATH of childish superstitions."

Jean Aymes points to the next card, and adds, "Now, self-disciplined TEMPERANCE will allow the seeker to control the appetites of the Beast within Man, symbolized by THE DEVIL.

"THE LIGHTNING STRUCK TOWER is the inner illumination that appears to come from above like a flash of light," he says, and then adds, "notice that the lightning bolt has destroyed a church's bell tower?"

"Yes," noted Louis, "we once had a church bell ringer fried by lightning. The Priest always insisted he ring the bell at the beginning of storms as an alarm warning for the congregation."

Hearing this Nostredame almost choked on his last puff of tobacco as he chuckled at the stupidity of sending someone to the highest point in a building to ring a large metal instrument during a thunderstorm.

After they all regained their composure, Jean Aymes continued with the lesson. "THE STAR is the symbol for the minute light that draws itself to the attention of a man surrounded by Darkness. The stars are focusing points of wonder that lead a man of knowledge to recognize that the Earth is located, as it is, itself in the Heavens. Thus," he goes on, "there are greater realities to perceive and comprehend than just our day-to-day existence.

"THE MOON," he said, "symbolizes the madness in an illusionary reflected illumination of a lesser great light. A religion that preaches turning the other cheek, and then burns dissidents at the stake is an example of conception through a lunar illume.

"THE SUN, however, is the true irradiation of a life giving force from somewhere else, outside of the Earth, across the universe–thus the change is made through the agency of the radiant–for the seeker!

"Now," cautions de Chavigny with the lesson, "a man of knowledge must speak with caution, for he will be Judged by others by the JUDGEMENT he makes.

"And lastly," he concludes, "once again the seeker has come to the crossroads." Here he points to the top crossing card in the center of the figure-eight, and says, "In his own reflection he is again facing The Fool. For now The Seeker realizes that he is not really his own projected persona, but is, in reality, a tiny sentient facet of the universe existing in the synchronicity of THE WORLD," he summed, and took a drink of water.

"Well done Jean Aymes," complemented Nostredame clapping his hands. Then he turns to young Louis, and says, "We will have to get you your own Tarocco deck. You must be careful, though, to avoid the superstitions surrounding the precognitive powers of the Tarot," he warns the boy.

"Now Gentlemen," Nostredame tells them, "I have an appointment with Midnight, the navigator through the court of the crimson king. You must now leave me to my studies and see that I am not disturbed. For tonight I must drink the smoke of the lamp."

As de Chavigny and the boy return their fezzes to the rack, Louis consoles Nostredame with, "Surely by your works you will become immortal!"

Nostredame smiles at this, but Jean Aymes, however, reminds him, " ‘For a glimpse of heaven, men have died!' Do be careful Michel. Remember, the Cher-amen Agora turned the Norsemen into Berserkers."

"Well, I hope I know what I'm doing," Nostredame replies lightly. Then changing the subject, he reminds Louis, "Don't forget you still have wood to chop and stack before bedtime." And with their adieus Nostredame is left in the study by himself.

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Nostredame goes to a bookshelf and pulls out De Mysteriis Egyptorum from its place next to the last encyclopedie. He returns to the table at the center of the room and lays the book down, opening it to a page marked with a purple ribbon. After reading for a moment, he takes the lid off an Essene style matte-orange terra cotta vase and removes an ancient looking scroll entitled:

THE APOCRYPHON OF BENJAMIN
A Communication of Ormuzed of Ultron
concerning the Rock of Antesion

Nostredame begins to read it to himself:

INCANTATION OF THE LAW
AGAINST INEPT CRITICS:

Let those who read these verses
consider them deeply. Let the uninitiated
and ignorant herd not be attracted. Let
all ordinary astrologers, fools, and the
crude stay far away. Whomsoever does
otherwise, let him be a priest of the
rite, appointing him with vaticination
to participate in eternity.

The community of Israel is called
Rose of Sharon; because Her desire is to
be watered from the Underground Stream,
which is The Source of the Current of All
Spiritual Rivers, She is called Lily of
the Valley. Also, because She is found
at the Deepest Place is She designated
Fleur-de-lie.

A toast of Wormwood to the Fly!

Nostredame takes the fly-agaric mushroom out of the urn marked Cher-amen Agora, and holding it upright in the position of the fertility deity reads on:

Be fruitful in thy works,
and multiply thy peers, and then
replenish the Earth, and domesticate it,
and take responsibility over every living
thing that moveth upon the Earth.

The Stone, Peter, Son of Thunder,
holds in its depths a profound White Clay
which will break out of its Cleft
milk-white. In vain, people will
not dare touch it, being ignorant
that the Foundation of the Earth
is of Clay!

He goes to the cleft of the mushroom and, using a scalpel, removes the white-specked red cap leaving the white clay-like flesh. He drops the cap into the alembic. Upon this he pours a green vermouthish liquid from a lekythos labeled Wormwood. He glances at the body of the mushroom lying on the table, and then he reads on:

The Body without a Soul, no
longer at the sacrifice. At the day
of Death it is Born-again. The Divine
Spirit shall make the Soul rejoice
seeing the Eternity of the Message.

In The Beginning was the Message,
and the Message was with Nature, and
the Message was the Cosmos, God.
The Message of the Nature of God
was in The Beginning of the Universe.
All things are made by the Forces of
Nature, and without God, there was
nothing created into the Universe.

In the Universe is Life, and the
Nature of this Life is the Illumination
of men. This Illumination Shineth,
even to the Herd in the darkness of
their ignorance. But they of the
darkness comprehend it not.

The Divine Message shall give
to the substance that which contains
Heaven and Earth, occulted Gold in
the Gnostic Deed. Body, Soul, and
Spirit, having All Power. Everything
is Beneath his feet, as it is, in Heaven.

He takes off his fez and, scratching his head, sets it on the table. He continues to read the grimoire's instructions:

Upon the turned-down shroud of
the Fly, lay the Fox's pair of gloves!

Nostredame pours two measures of a powder, from a cruet labeled Foxglove, into the alembic. He then reads:

With the Weed that Binds,
protect the Bane of the Hen with
a salve equal in weight to four score
times twenty-five seeds!

Using his scales, he pours a measured amount of grinded morning glory seeds, from a flask marked Bindweed seed. Against this weight he balances a small bowl of Henbane ointment. He ads these to his distillation apparatus. He reads on:

The Law of the Sun and Venus
contending, appropriating the Spirit
of prophecy. This heat and vaticinal
power draws near as if the rays of the
Sun which cast its influence alike
upon the bodies elementary and
nonelementary.

At this point Nostredame lights the lamp beneath the alembic as per those alchemystic instructions. He continues to read:

Neither the One nor the Other shall be
understood. By the Sun will subsist the Law
of the Great Messiah.

Upon the funeral pyre of the Fly
lay a bouquet of Poppies of the Unripe
Seed, adorned with the Musky Nut!

Now he adds a measure from a phial labeled Opium, and another from a jar labeled Nutmeg. He reads:

Pulled thrice, the Nightshade,
a funeral pall, comes down with the
rush of a storm.

Double checking and crossing-off that all the ingredients have been added in proper hierarchy, he adds the final three pinches of belladonna, gotten from the cruet marked Nightshade-mandrake. Finally, he reads the last lines of the formula:

To the Great Cherished Esoteric
One assembled, shall all the crosses
by rank be attached. The long lasting
Opium and Mandrake; the Rouge will
be released!

Nostredame now replaces the apocryphon scroll into its vase. He closes De Mysteriis Egyptorum and replaces it on the bookshelf between the last encyclopedie and the Dictionary Science de Bohemia. He goes to his desk near the small attic window and notices Louis is chopping and stacking wood outside. He relights the Spanish blend in the galyan pipe, and arranges his writing paper and stylus and sits in his chair. He moves a book titled Qabbalah to get to another book beneath it. This book, Scriptura Gnostic Baptistes, he opens to a red ribbon marking the chapter THE GOSPEL OF DIDYMOS JUDE THOMAS THE CONTENDER AND TWIN BROTHER OF JESUS. He begins to read. Almost immediately he writes this note:

Let him who Seeks continue
seeking until he Finds. When he
finds he will become Troubled.
When he becomes troubled he will
be Astonished, and he will rule
over The All!

Running his finger across the page as he reads, he soon stops and writes down another note:

Recognize what is in your
Sight, and that which is Hidden
will become Plain to you. For
there is Nothing Hidden that will
not become Manifest.

At that moment the distillation apparatus makes an ominous gurgling sound and Nostredame looks up to see the instillation boiling and a red oil coating the upper bulb. To himself he murmurs, "allegro!" Then with his finger in motion he continues reading. A short while later he writes another note:

If you Bring Forth what is
Within you, what you bring forth
will Save you. If you do not bring
forth what is within you, what you
do not bring forth will Destroy You!

He puts down his stylus and looks at his distillation apparatus. The receiver flask is about two-thirds full. He goes back to his reading and is soon finished. He marks the next chapter, THE THUNDER–PERFECT MIND, with his ribbon and places the book atop the pile on his desk.

He stretches, and then rises and goes to the table and covers the lamp's flame, extinguishing it. He exchanges the nearly full flask for an empty one. As he does so he spills some of the rouge liquid over the lip of the flask. Under his breath he says, "My cup runneth over," He wipes up the spill.

Then he carries the flask of rouge back to his desk where he pours most of it into a silver chalice. The remainder he pours into the brass bowl of the tripod sitting on his desk. He adds mineral oil to fill the tripods bowl. Next, he picks up a long stirring wand, making sure to place the end with the engraving T.G.A.O.T.U. in the liquid. After stirring, he takes the wand and sprinkles the excess on the hem of his hollandaise cloth gown and on his foot, as per his "blessings" superstitious good-luck practice; then, like any other man, he wipes the rest off on his sleeve.

Next, Nostredame places a wick-and-brass-holder in the center of the tripod's bowl and lights it–a small flame appears just at the center. He pours himself a cup of water from the pitcher, takes one last drag off his pipe, holds it in a few moments, and expels the smoke, takes a deep breath, lets it out–and sighs, then picks up the chalice and drinks down the bitter red rouge liquid, quickly chasing it with a cup of water. He shudders as he feels the drink's fire within him, places his hand on his breast, and recites a verse to himself: "I speak as if to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of the Messiah? This is my blood of the new covenant," he says, reflecting on the rouge in the tripod's bowl, and then said "exposed for many!"

Then for a few moments he reflects upon the tripod's flame, and then upon the inscription of the silver chalice:

Qui bien beurra Dieu voira.
Qui beurra tout d'une baleine
Voira Dieu et la Madeleine.

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He returns to the window and looking out sees that Louis has finished his chores. He looks up at the full moon above the tallest peak. Then seats himself, picks up his stylus and begins to write:

The moon is over the high
mountain in the middle of the night.
As if born-again, alone with my mind
have I seen it. Invited by my disciples
to become immortal; my eyes to the south,
my hands upon my breast, and my body in
the fire.

Again he turns and gazes at the flame dancing in the brass bowl and notices that the liquid is becoming cloudy. He writes:

Seated at night in esoteric study.
Alone, it is placed on the brass tripod.
A thin flame leaps out of the solitude
making prosperous that which should
not be believed in vain.

Once again he gets up and looks out the window, this time at the heavens' stars. He notices that the focus of his vision is oscillating between sharp and blurriness. After awhile he turns back towards the desk, and experiences the room expanding and contracting along its horizontal plane with the dilation and contraction of his heartbeat: although everything remains in sharp focus now. All of the shadows in the room have become animated to the flicker of the various lamps in the room. He feels his depth perception. His vision is razor sharp when his head and eyes are still, but movement of either causes multiple images of objects and trails of streaks along the path of his vision until his head and eyes are again still. He recites aloud a verse: "The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops? For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and perplexity by the Lord God of Host in the valley of vision; breaking down the Walls and crying to the Mountains."

He takes a deep breath, sighs, and seats himself again. He writes:

The celestial bodies endlessly
visible to the eye cloud the intellect
for their own reason. My body with my
forehead, senses and head feel invisible,
diminishing the sacred prayers.

Then pausing and reflecting, he remembers he'd wanted to write:

The wand in the hand is set in
the middle of the tripod's legs. With
a wave I moisten the hem and foot.

At that instant he is jolted by a voice that comes to him like the blast of a trumpet, commanding, "NOSTRADAMUS!"

To which he drops his stylus while looking up with the startled reply, "Here am I!"

Now standing before him Nostredame sees The Son Of Man. He appears clothed in a white gown that drops to bronze footwear which shines like the molten metal within the furnace. He wears a warriors golden breastplate set with twelve jewels representing the twelve astrological signs. His hair is as white as snow, and his eyes flicker like the flames in a fire. He stands in the midst of twenty-three candlesticks, and is holding twenty-three stars in his right hand.

Nostredame begins trembling in awe, and begins to pray aloud: "Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou Anoint my Mind with Oil; my cup runneth over!" Then, as if pulled, Nostredame fell at The Son Of Man's feet, as if dead.

The Son Of Man looks at Nostredame with a look that burns into his very essence. He lays his right hand upon him, saying with rhetoric as sharp as a double-edged sword, "Fear not! I am your shepherd and navigator. Bow thy head humbly Sicambrian; Revere what thou hast Burned, and Burn what thou hast Revered.

"Fear not! I am the First and the Last; I am Everything from A to Z! I am he that liveth, and was dead; I am The All! I Am that I Am! Behold, I am Alive, I am Eternity, Amen! I have the Keys of Hell and of Death. I am the Cause of the Past, the Present and the Future; for All Things Are Naked and Open!"

Then he told Nostredame, "What you seest, write in a book and seal it up unto the Generation of the Prophecy. Write the things which shall be Hereafter.

As Nostredame nervously gets on his feet to return to his desk and begin writing, he is suddenly dumbstruck by what he sees. He realizes that he is now a separate consciousness Astral Projection Soul staring back at his physical self still sitting at his desk, which has picked up the stylus and is busily writing on his papers:

A voice, awe; I tremble in
my robes. Splendour Divine. The
god stands nearby.

A holographic Nostredame turns around and stares at a knowing Son Of Man, who tells him, "Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

Nostredame gasps, "Oh Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak to the people, for I am like a child who sees the World as a Dream and is not sure how to describe his visions."

Then The Son Of Man puts forth his right hand and touches Nostredame's mouth, and tells him, "Behold, I have put my Message in thy Mind. Verily I say unto you, whomsoever shall not perceive the Kingdom Of God with the vision of a little child, he shall not enter into it. Verily I say unto you, except you be Turned-around, and be Born-again with the Vision of a little child, ye shall not Enter into the Kingdom Of Heaven. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be Born-again in The Spirit, by the Anointing Oil, he cannot See the Kingdom Of God!

Nostredame tells him, "Then I come to you with my defenses down and with the Trust of the Child in my Eyes."

As the astral Nostredame looks back at his physical self at his desk, The Son Of Man tells him, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh." Then Nostredame raises up his holographic hands and stares at the backsides which he sees through, and The Son Of Man tells him, "And that which is Born of The Spirit is Spirit.

"Marvel not, " The Son Of Man goes on, "that I said unto thee, you must be Born-again of the Anointing Oil. The Wind bloweth where it willeth and thou hearest the sound of it, but canst not tell from where it cometh, and where it goeth; so is everyone that is Born of the Spirit; and the Answers Bloweth in the Wind. The Spirit Of The Lord shall Rest upon you, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding.

"Nostradamus, I shall make you Quick of Understanding in the Awe Of The Lord, and in the Spirit Of Knowledge. To you whom Overcometh I have given to Eat of the Hidden Manna, and will give you a White Stone, and in the Stone a New Name written, which no man knoweth except He that Receiveth It. For you It will be a Sanctuary; but it is a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense to the hypocrites of the World, and it is a trap and a snare to those inhabitants of the Earth. Many among you will stumble and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be Taken.

For I Am He that Searcheth the Minds and Hearts; and I will give unto everyone according to Your Works! These things saith he that is Holy, he that is True, he that has the Key to the Doors of Perception, he that Openeth and no man shutteth, and Shutteth and no man openeth."

Again The Son Of Man gives Nostredame a look that sends a chill through his very essence, and said, "Behold, I have set before thee an Open Door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and has kept my word, and hast not denied my name, and hast Anointed thine Eyes with Vision Salve, that thou mayest See. Behold! I Stand at the Door and Knock! If any man Hears My Voice, and Opens the Door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with me. He that has an Ear, let him Hear what the Spirit Saith."

After this, in a vision, Nostredame sees a door open in the walls out to the heavens. He turns to see his corporal self still sitting at his desk, pausing to think for a moment, and then busily writing again. He turns and The Son Of Man is no longer there to be seen. He steps towards the door of his vision, and the walls of the room disappear, being replaced by geometric patterns in dazzling colors. The patterns are made of lines, and as he concentrates on a specific line, he notices that the lines are really constructed of words in strings of sentences. Soon he realizes he is reading before his very eyes, on the lines of the patterns, his own thoughts.

As his thoughts begin to take shape again, he finds himself flying over alien landscapes. He passes over rivers and mountains, until he comes to a certain castle. Here he finds footing on the Watchtower, and feels a sense of deep joy, greater than he has ever known before. He feels Eternity.

Again he hears the voice of The Son Of Man come to him with the brass sound like a trumpet, telling him, "This is the Mystery of the stars which you sawest in my right land, and the golden candlesticks. The stars are the messengers of the hypocritical churches of the Earth; and the candlesticks which you sawest are their temples of vanity, with their idolatrous congregations. This herd ask advice from a statue of plaster, and take their orders from a fetish! They have turned The Message of my book into an Idol to worship, and do not read it. For these people listen and listen, but they do not hear nor understand. They look and look again, but they will never see. These people's wits are dulled, their ears are deafened and their eyes blinded, so that they cannot see with their eyes, nor listen with their ears, nor understand with their hearts, so that they might turn-around and be healed."

Then Nostredame sees all twenty-three stars fall from the sky as one constellation, burning as if a giant torch, and falling into the Sea. The Son Of Man tells him, "The name of the constellation is Wormwood! A third part of the waters will become wormwood; and many men will die of the messengers of the hypocritical churches because The Message is made bitter.

"Because of the arrogance of the herd I shall visit the Earth a Holocaust. Their sin is in not believing that they are all brothers. I will come as a thief in the night to steal away their ignorance. When the Time Arrives for the Removal of Ignorance, My Cause shall be made more Clear. For It is through Their Own Hands I will let Them Prove My Revelations. Before Their very eyes They will see The Thing too late!"

Then The Son Of Man told Nostredame, "Come up Here, and I will show thee the things which must be Hereafter."

Immediately Nostredame feels himself vibrating, as if a change of frequency in his being changes his location, and finds himself floating in the Spirit again. He hears a voice coming from the sky, itself, saying, "Go and take the scroll which is in the hand of the angel Midnight that you see standing in the Sea and on the Earth."

Nostredame looks down and sees a giant figure of The Son Of Man standing with one foot on the beach and the other in the sea. He comes to the figure and says, "Give me the little scroll."

Midnight replies, "Take it, and eat it up, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth as honey."

Somehow, knowing what the figure meant, Nostredame opens the scroll and devoured its contents by reading it completely. His new understanding of the Eschaton is like honey in his mouth as he mouths the words he reads. But in the pit of his stomach the stupidity of mankind is indeed bitter...

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...suddenly Nostredame finds himself sitting at his desk again. With elbow on desk, hand on chin, and peering upward, it is all coming to him now as a vision of his reverie. The voice of Midnight comes to him saying, "Thou must prophecy again about many peoples, and nations, and languages and kings. For the Stone which the builders refused has become the head of the corner. What you will seest, write in a book, and seal it up unto the Generation of The Prophecy. Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

"For many are Called, but few are Chosen; who has Ears to Hear, let him hear. Bind up the testimony, seal away the Law among the Seekers. For it is This Generation of Seekers that I caused It to be Written: Ask and It shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and It shall be opened unto you; for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh It shall be opened–Multitudes, multitudes, in the Valley of Decision; for The Day Of The Lord is Near, in the Valley of Vision!"

With these last words Nostredame no longer hears the voice of The Son Of Man. Now he starts to have disconnected visions about which he scribbles down notes, that later he will format as his Quatrains. The visions becomes dreams as he nods off...

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...Jacob Benjamin woke up with a start. He blinked and twisted his head around a stiff neck and shoulders. He collected his thoughts, and checked his watch. He rubbed his eyes and looked at his humming computer and screen display. The last line he'd written was:

Open your eyes, now, what do you see?

Then Jacob typed in:

Standing at the center of Eternity!

...seeming to pop out from the back of his mind. He now knew where he was going to finish the poem:

From here you may choose any path with heart
For the rest of your life, and then you start,
The Sea of Multitudes' paths to cross
Whom flow and ebb from your life...
...with the current's toss
Leaving only the memories of their footprints
In the Sands of Time, naught a dent
And like the Wind across the sea
It's Message is: to Let It Be!
For when our paths cross once again,
We will walk them together, until its end.

He backed up the display and typed in his newfound title for the poem:

THE WIND ACROSS THE SEA

And with that he ran the poem off on the printer. He folded it up and stuck it in the studio card he was leaving his lady. Then he put them into the envelope and sat it with the cassette tape by the stereo.

He knew it wasn't a great poem; but he also knew she'd love it since it had been written for her. After all–it's the thought that counts.

Now, somehow, he knew he'd be able to catch a couple hours sleep before they had to leave for his flight–in peace.

--END--

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Before he has to go into the VA Hospital for some major surgery Dawson wanted to add this addendum explaining the differences between the religious terms Apocalypse, Armageddon and The Rapture but couldn't get his links to post (you can always copy and paste the links to your address bar). So I'm posting it here for Dawson.--Apoadmin

APOCALYPSE(s)
The book of Revelation is one of several apo-calypses in the Bible

Okay, the Greek (not Hebrew) term Apocalypse doesn't necessarily mean "prophecy" so much as it means an allegorical "unveiling" or a "revealing/revelation" thus the book​'​s two variant titles: The (Greek) Apocalypse, or (English) Revelation of John. Also keep in mind the title of John's book, "Apocalypse," only means a style of allegorical Jewish scripture writing and is not really a true synonym for the "site" of "Armageddon ( the City and Valley of Megiddo)." You would think we would notice this difference because, after all, we are the Apocalypse & Armageddon - Assurance Associates web site, are we not ( http://tinyurl.com/qe4h6x6 ).

The Jewish Apocalyptic writing format is designed to be an allegory about the current Political situation, usually by an oppressive king and priesthood or else an Occupying Nation, like the Babylonians, Greeks or in Jesus' ​ ​times the Romans, with the book set in the Heavenly Realms with language disguised so that those (in their own time) initiated into its "guarded (esoteric)" language would comprehend the "allegorical message ( "He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..." Rev. 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13; 3:22; 13:9)" being passed along among their own membership, but read like mystical-religious-mumbo jumbo to the Occupying Forces or Authorities. Apocalyptic writing is the message correspondence of the Local Underground movement expressing how if they remain True to their Cause eventually they will Win in The End (Times). Sooner or later all Tyrants die off and are replaced or Occupying Forces move on to other Political interests, or are chased off by a New Ambitious Empire that local political deals may be made with. Apocalyptic writing is how the local underground movement passes along messages of Hope and keeps them from getting arrested by the authorities as nonconformists and undesirables because of their seditious writings.

Sort of like many nonconformists have kept a very low profile during the Establishment's "War On Drugs" which in reality is there to keep a popular Black-Market-Prohibition in place in order to entrap and punish nonconformists. If the Establishment can charge the nonconformist with a Felony, the nonconformist can no longer Vote against the Establishment's Political or Economic, or Ecological, Policies. In Biblical times sedition was punishable by death, as in like Crucifixion. Better to write your messages in an apocalypse than get crucified.

Much of the language in the New Testament's book of Revelation is cherry picked and plagiarized from other apocalypses written in the Old Testament books of The Prophets. And there is no Lucifer nor any "Antichrist" actually mentioned, at all, in the Apocalypse of John or the Book of Revelation, as these terms are both borrowed from other books and don't mean what you've heard priests and preachers allege either.

"You may listen and listen, but you will not understand.
You may look and look again, but you will never perceive.
This people's wits are dulled,
their ears are deafened and their eyes blinded,
so they cannot see with their eyes
nor listen with their ears
nor understand with their wits and heart,
so that they may be turned around and healed."--Isaiah

"He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says."--John

According to the Old Testament Anointed One king Solomon, more wise than all those who preceded him in Jerusalem, "In dealing with men it is God's purpose to test them and to see what they truly are." And to pass that only test of God you must understand that you too are a "beast," the same as all the other animals (Ecclesiastes 3:18) who take breath. Solomon says, "Stand up and do the funky Stupid Dancing Naked Ape hand jive bugaloo, while looking in the mirror!"

We are the "Beast" ourselves and our "Money," which nothing can be bought or sold without, is the "Mark of the Beast," which money has always had on it the image (mark) of the Beasts of Government, the image (mark) of the Caesars and Governors, Presidents, Tyrants and Queens, and Beastly Animal Nation Symbols (images and marks of the beast), Lions and Tigers and Bears--and even Eagles--oh my.

"Now the weight of gold which Solomon received yearly was 666 talents, in addition to the tolls levied by the customs officers and profits on foreign trade, and the tribute of the kings of Arabia and the regional governors."--1 Kings 10:14

"You shall have the record of it as a sign upon your hand, and upon your forehead as a reminder, to make sure that the law of the Lord is always on your lips, because the Lord with a strong hand brought you out of Egypt. This is a rule, and you shall keep it at the appointed time from year to year."--Exodus 13:9

From the first pages the New Testament authors were searching for Old Testament passages to cherry pick to make their writings sound authoritative the same way Televangelists still do it today. Having the "Mark of the Beast ( and 666 )" on your hand or on your "forehead (money on your mind, like it is everybody, all the time, and they literally worship the image [mark] of their money)" was not meant to be taken literally about some UPC barcode symbology or debit card IC chip technology still 2000-years in the future. That the numbers 666 of the letters also added up to the name for Emperor Nero, an opponent of the early church, just demonstrates how clever the author John was at picking out symbolism his readers in his day and times would understand and "get."

You've been buying and selling all your lives with the marks of the beast. Some of you even once used the old Deutsche Marks of the Beast.

The John who wrote the book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) is simply trying to reinterpret Daniel and other Old Testament books to fit in with events of his own several Centuries later time period ( very near the time of the eruption of the Fiery Pit of Brimstone of Mount Vesuvius which had just destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in an "Act of God") towards the end of the 1st Century, the same way Televangelists are trying to interpret the Apocalypse of John (the book of Revelation) to make it seem to fit in with Twenty Centuries later events-in-the-News of their own time period today. Two thousand years hence and they are still cherry picking scripture passages and predicting Gloom & Doom for everybody else but themselves.

​...and that the Alpha & the Omega business is simply the First & Last letters of the Greek AlphaBeta. It's like saying in English "I am Everything from A to Z, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."​ And Last Time I checked, Everything from A to Z was the entire physical body of the Universe, in a Supreme Being pantheistic sort of way...me & you--and that monitor you are reading these very words upon--included. Everything from A to Z !

...and right at the end of his Apocalypse, his book of Revelation, John keeps reminding his readers of his generation that his testimony is Coming Soon for Them. Not for you or us 2000-years hence. You moderns need to get your own apocalypse-revelation...from somewheres.

The Apocalypse of Dear John, The Church of the Holy Tax Loophole's Book of Revelation: http://tinyurl.com/os6zffv

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ARMAGEDDON
The actual City of David & Temple of Solomon located in the city of Megiddo (the Valley of Megiddo; Ar-Megiddo-n) in the Northern kingdom of Is-Ra-El, and not in the South's Jebusite city of Jeru-Salem (nee-Jebus) in the Southern kingdom of Judah no matter how the Southern Babylonian exiles/refugees returning to the ruins of Jebus/Jeru-Salem, to rebuild the town on the then Persian Trade Route, put their religious spin on the Bible stories half-a-century after they happened.

​Joshua15:63 "As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites (i.e. the Palestinians) dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day." This is after God lied to Joshua son of Nun that, "No one will ever be able to stand against you: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you."--Joshua 1:5 Except at a few unimportant places, like Jebus/Jerusalem.

Some scholars believe the city of Megiddo in the Northern actual kingdom of Israel may have been the true original Capital of kings David & Solomon, and where the first Temple for the Ark of the Covenant was originally built, before the kingdom was split in half between "Israel," always in the North, and then "Judah," always in the South with its Capital of Jebus/Jerusalem. It would be about 45-years later after the death of king Solomon and the re-division of the two kingdoms (combined for just only 2 generations 1013 BCE - 933 BCE), Israel always to the North from Judah always in the South, that king Omri of the Northern kingdom would establish the City of "Samaria, just South of Megiddo," as the new Capital of actual "Israel." The State of Israel is actually in Northern Samaria, not in Southern Jebus/Jerusalem which correctly should be referred to as the State of Judah.

To this day the modern Northern Samaritan People, Based on their own Hebrew scriptures (The Samaritan Torah: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaritan_Pentateuch ) believe that Samaritan worship is the True Religion of the Ancient Israelites prior to the Babylonian conquest and exile, preserved by the Samaritans who remained in the Northern Land of Israel, which was actually Samaria, compared to the post-Babylonian exile refugee Jewish Religion that came later with the rebuilding of the ruins of Jebus/Jerusalem in the South during the time of Ezra (let's not forget about Ezra's relationship to the fiery red Soma vision drink of Nostradamus and the "writing" of the Holy books from the Bible's own 2 Esdras 14:38; in some Bible versions [usually Catholic] 1 & 2 Esdras is referred to as 3 & 4 Ezra).

From 2 Esdras 14:37 - 14:48 The Writing of the Sacred books:
"I took with me the five men as I had been told, and we went away to the field, and there we stayed. On the next day I heard a voice calling me, which said: 'Ezra, open your mouth and drink what I give you.' So I opened my mouth, and was handed a cup full of what seemed like water, except that its color was the color of fire. I took it and drank, and as soon as I had done so my mind began to pour forth a flood of understanding, and wisdom grew greater and greater within me, for I retained my memory unimpaired. I opened my mouth to speak, and I continued to speak unceasingly. The Most High gave understanding to the five men, who took turns writing down what was said, using characters which they had not known before. They remained at work through the forty days, writing all day, and taking food only at night. But as for me, I spoke all through the day; even at night I was not silent. In the forty days, ninety-four books were written. At the end of the forty days the Most High spoke to me, 'Make public the books you wrote first,' he said, 'to be read by good and bad alike. But the last seventy books are to be kept back, and given to none but the Wise among your people. They contain a stream of Understanding, a Fountain of Wisdom, a Flood of Knowledge.' And I did so."

​ Those first 24 books from Ezra are the Old Testament scriptures (and the lost books mentioned within them); and the hidden 70 books are to be found among lost libraries like the Dead Sea Scrolls.​

Since most of the Western versions of the Old Testament have a "Jerusalem perspective" spin it is thought that the priests and scribes of Judah in the South redacted the Historical record to make it look like David & Solomon had ruled in (rather than "over") Jerusalem in order to make it appear that Judah were the legitimate heirs and genealogy from king David's combined two kingdoms of "Israel" and "Judah," even though the name "Israel" always-always-always belonged to Samaria to the North after the death of king Solomon, and for the next 400 years ( 933 BCE - 586 BCE) in the Old Testament and the South Jerusalem was only-only-only called the kingdom of "Judah" all the way until the Babylonian conquest and captivity (586 BCE - 538 BCE for an additional 48-years) before Judah Refugees returning from Babylon begin referring to Jebus/Jerusalem as if it were still in the idealized Northern kingdom of "Israel" again, which area they then refer to as Samaria, full of "no good" Samaritans. All the Biblical stories of Northern Israel's kings David & Solomon are (historical) and religious fictions written with a Southern Judah spin 400-years or so after-the fact.

For God so loved His Jewish storytellers ​that ​He gave them the True Promise Land, ​of ​Hollywood!

Armageddon is a metaphor just like in the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation where "...the great city, whose name in allegory is Sodom, or Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified."--Rev.11:8 is an allegory for Jerusalem, where Jesus really was crucified; and "I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband."--Rev 21:2 is an allegory for the congregation of the new Christian Church collectively spread out throughout the Roman Empire, whereas the actual city of Jerusalem--in its own End Times, 20-years earlier--had been destroyed by the Romans and renamed Aelia Capitolina ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aelia_Capitolina ) with a new Temple dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter, and renamed the whole province Syria-Palestina (i.e. Palestine). "This is an allegory...Sinai is a mountain in Arabia and it represents the Jerusalem of today, for she and her children (Hagar & Ishmael) are in slavery. But the heavenly Jerusalem is the free woman; she is our mother (Sarah of Isaac)."--Gal. 4:24 - 26 written possibly as much as 40-years before the book of Revelation using the"heavenly Jerusalem" as a metaphor for the early Christian church movement.

You simply cannot read an ​apocalypse literally anymore than you can accept the 7-Days (ages) of Genesis Creation literally. "And here is one point, my friends, which you must not lose sight of: with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.--2Peter 3:8

All the New Testament authors were writing for their own audience about their own day and (end) times, and not for your 2000-years in the future​ era​.

The 1st Battle of Armageddon took place in 1479 BCE when Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III defeated the armies of the Canaanites at Megiddo.

The 2nd, Biblical, Battle of Armageddon took place in 608 BCE when Southern Judah king Josiah made a trade treaty with too-far-off-to-be-helpful Babylon, for mutual (proxy war) defense of the territory, and "So they assembled the kings at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon."--Rev.16:16 "it was in his reign that Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt set out for the river Euphrates to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah went against him; and when they met at Armageddon, Pharaoh Necho slew him."--2Kings 23:29.

​​THE RAPTURE
Just in case You find yourself "Left Behind" with the fallen angels searching The Book Of Enoch ​ ​for Eschatological Answers.

Remember, nobody knows the Date-to-be-determined for THE RAPTURE so that God could Test even the very Elect, if he so chose to, if He just felt like it, you know, that They are always on Their toes and Their Best Behavior and ready willing and able to want to Kiss ​God's​ Ass 24/7 for the rest of all Eternity (as described in the book of Revelation), should He come like a Thief In The Night, you know, if the mood struck him like​ a bolt of​ lightning​ out of the Blue​ or like the Wrath of a petulant Old Testament Godly Hangover​ after a night of boozing it up and making bar bets with His "devil's advocate" good ol' drinking buddy, Satan, like They do together in the book of Job, to Job.

The translation of "The Translation" is "The Rapture!"

Let me give a "little history" about how this fairly modern mid-18th Century idea of "The Rapture" came into vogue.

The idea of the "Rapture" was set forth by Philip Doddridge in his 1738 Practical Reflections on the Character and Translations of Enoch, and by John Gill in his 1748 An Exposition of the Revelation of St. John the Divine and articulated in an essay published in Philadelphia in 1788 by Baptist preacher Morgan Edwards, an original Fellow for the chartering of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (today's Brown University in the Ivy League), about the pre-Tribulation Rapture, the view that Christian believers will be Translated to Heaven with "Christ" before the events of the Tribulation, based on his interpretation of the New Testament's book of First Epistle to the Thessalonians (i.e. 1 Thess 4:17) and popularized in 1827 by the Anglo-Irish evangelist and Father of modern Dispensationalism John Nelson Darby and still being propagated today at Bob Jones University and the Dallas Theological Seminary and by preachers and authors such as Hal--The Late Great Planet Earth--Lindsey and Tim--Left Behind--LaHaye.​

Keep in mind the Rapture referenced non-Biblical Book(s) of Enoch (3 combined books by different authors) have the fictional character Enoch as describing looking upon the Face of God, "...like Iron glowing in the fire, emitting sparks, and burning. Thus I saw the Lord's face, but the Lord's face is ineffable, marvelous, awful, and very, very terrible. And who am I to tell of the Lord's unspeakable being, of his wondrous face?" Who indeed is this fictional hoax author of Enoch, whose Anachronism problem here is that the Old Testament Biblical Enoch from Genesis lived many generations before Noah's Flood wiped out all the rest of mankind and before The Iron Age. ​ There is no Mark of Cain carried round anymore either as all Cain's relatives from the city of Enoch got drowned in The Flood too.​

The Book(s) of Enoch are a hoax not only written after the beginning of The Iron Age, as glowingly described by the author, but in that Inter-testament period centuries between the completion of The Old Testament writings and the writing of the New Testament books, a time period in which the characters of Archangels were also invented in fictional accounts of 7 (or even 10) Crystal Heavens where the Sun, Moon and Stars are mounted to orbit the Earth. The Book of Daniel is the only canonized book in the Old Testament that has "Archangels" in it, and Daniel is a known late-dated hoax apocalypse--of at least 2 combined authors (telling the same story from different writing styles with their own anachronism problems)--which should have been put in the section that some versions of the Bible call the Apocrypha where the 13th chapter of Daniel and Susanna, and the 14th chapter of Daniel, Bel and the Snake are traditionally placed except mainly in Catholic versions of the Bible. And, btw, that infallible Word of God King James Version originally had the Apocrypha books included too. I always thought God liked to translate Himself in King's English so He could sound just like Shakespeare.

​ Any book that mentions Gabriel or any other of the Archangels is an anachronism scriptural hoax or an allegory.​

It is also from the Book(s) of Enoch where you get the story of Satan and the "fallen angels." There is no story of "Lucifer" and his fallen angels in the Bible itself. ​Lucifer--who was just a man and a Babylonian king--was killed in 538 BCE. ​The Book(s) of Enoch are fanciful hoaxes written between the Biblical Old & New Testament writings, no different in their own time and day than today's fictional LEFT BEHIND series of books and movies. A thousand years from now fanatical Christians will probably think the Rapture actually happened during Y2K in 2000 AD and that the whole Left Behind series of books are the "infallible word of God" included in their New Improved Testament.

​​​You should always increase your "Rapture Insurance" ​​http://www.apocalypseandarmageddon.org/insurance/

For a​nother​ read with an apocalypse style (towards ​its​ visionary end):​​​​
The Apocryphon (The Book of the Secret of Ormuzed of Ultron); Nostradamus' & Ezra's Biblical Soma visions: http://tinyurl.com/p4v3rb4

...and a couple of UNVEILING-REVELATIONS:

Was the Old Testament "God" just an allegory for a Volcano? http://tinyurl.com/pwz7g52

(on the other hand) The 19th Song; A song of pantheism: http://tinyurl.com/pym6l9l

​...and:

Since there ain't know devil with a Capital "D" the whole 4 times it appears in the Old Testament, ​and "Lucifer" was killed in 538 BCE by the Persian Messiah Cyrus (Isaiah 45:1), ​What's up with this New Testament Obsession​ with Satan​?
​Why are Archangel Satan and God good ol' bar betting drinking buddies in the Book of Job?

Just whom is this "Satan (the 'Adversary')" http://tinyurl.com/j63z3rp​

Any Old Testament book's author which describes "God" as if He is in Man's image or as if "God" has human attributes is as guilty of literary idolatry and Jewish Blasphemy as would be anyone who carves or draws a graven image attributed of "God." Almost the entire New Testament would be Jewish Blasphemy. Strange then that most of the original "Christian" characters allege themselves to be Jews and you'd think they'd know that. Ponder all that for a while.

...and this short apocalypse revelation has been an apostrophe as in Greek Theatre catastrophes given as an antistrophe to your (Apocalypse​, ​Armageddon​ & Rapture​ question) strophe.

APOSTROPHE (sic)
The crux of the apocalypse is the apostrophe!

​​We here at ​the ​Apocalypse & Armageddon Assurance Associates like to answer your questions before you ask them: http://tinyurl.com/qe4h6x6​

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