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Regarding the Prophecies of “Mother Shipton”

Earlier today I found myself in a rather contentious debate with a fellow Christian over the prophecies written by the woman known as Mother Shipton, and so I’ve decided to go ahead and write the piece about her I’ve considering for a while. I do not expect to make any converts in either direction, but instead I wish to put her words, which are very pertinent to today, out there and firmly establish regarding her and her writings.

Mother Shipton was born Ursula Sontheil in 1488 in a cave near a village in north Yorkshire, England. From her birth quite a few of the locals believed that she was a witch and that her father was Satan. From an early age she showed pronounced prophetic ability and alleged psychic powers, which she used to help many of the poor rurals in the area where she grew up. She married a carpenter named Toby Shipton in 1612, but the marriage produced no children. She lived in the small town of Knaresborough, England and died in 1561.

First I want to address the allegations that she was a witch. She was born in a cave, and the young woman who tended her mother during the birth reported a strong smell of sulphur and a crack of thunder during the birth, and that the child was born misshapen and huge. Ursula’s mother gave her up for adoption at the age of two and then went to live in a convent for the rest of her life. Regarding the smell of sulphur, there are many caves throughout the world where you will smell that and other minerals, and the crack of thunder signifies nothing but that it was a stormy day. When her mother gave her up for adoption and entered a convent, that decision could have very easily been economic rather spiritual; remember, most people were dirt poor in those days, and since there was no known father (also not unusual) it would have been hard for a single woman to support and raise a child, and at least entering a convent would have given the mother her “three hots and a cot”. It also should be kept in mind just how superstitious people were back than (yes, worse than they are now!) and that anything out of the norm would be deemed Satanic, especially a woman who lived alone…but wait, she got married, so apparently Old Toby didn’t see too much wrong with her.

Now to get into her prophecies…

During the course of her life Mother Shipton prophesied many events that came later. She predicted the Dissolution of the Monasteries, which happened under Henry VIII between 1536 and 1541, as well as Henry’s victory over the French at the Battle of the Spurs in 1513. She predicted the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the Great Fire of London in 1666, and her own death in 1561. She also wrote many things about our modern technology and even regarding international politics in the our time. First I will reproduce her writings, and then we will take a look.

“And now a word, in uncouth rhyme Of what shall be in future time

Then upside down the world shall be And gold found at the root of tree All England’s sons that plough the land Shall oft be seen with Book in hand The poor shall now great wisdom know Great houses stand in far-flung vale All covered o’er with snow and hail

A carriage without horse will go Disaster fill the world with woe. In London, Primrose Hill shall be In centre hold a Bishop’s See

Around the world men’s thoughts will fly Quick as the twinkling of an eye. And water shall great wonders do How strange. And yet it shall come true.

Through towering hills proud men shall ride No horse or ass move by his side. Beneath the water, men shall walk Shall ride, shall sleep, shall even talk. And in the air men shall be seen In white and black and even green

A great man then, shall come and go For prophecy declares it so.

In water, iron, then shall float As easy as a wooden boat Gold shall be seen in stream and stone In land that is yet unknown.

And England shall admit a Jew You think this strange, but it is true The Jew that once was held in scorn Shall of a Christian then be born.

A house of glass shall come to pass In England. But Alas, alas A war will follow with the work Where dwells the Pagan and the Turk

These states will lock in fiercest strife And seek to take each others life. When North shall thus divide the south And Eagle build in Lions mouth Then tax and blood and cruel war Shall come to every humble door.

Three times shall lovely sunny France Be led to play a bloody dance Before the people shall be free Three tyrant rulers shall she see.

Three rulers in succession be Each springs from different dynasty. Then when the fiercest strife is done England and France shall be as one.

The British olive shall next then twine In marriage with a german vine. Men walk beneath and over streams Fulfilled shall be their wondrous dreams.

For in those wondrous far off days The women shall adopt a craze To dress like men, and trousers wear And to cut off their locks of hair They’ll ride astride with brazen brow As witches do on broomstick now.

And roaring monsters with man atop Does seem to eat the verdant crop And men shall fly as birds do now And give away the horse and plough.

There’ll be a sign for all to see Be sure that it will certain be. Then love shall die and marriage cease And nations wane as babes decrease

And wives shall fondle cats and dogs And men live much the same as hogs.

In nineteen hundred and twenty-six Build houses light of straw and sticks. For then shall mighty wars be planned And fire and sword shall sweep the land.

When pictures seem alive with movements free When boats like fishes swim beneath the sea, When men like birds shall scour the sky Then half the world, deep drenched in blood shall die.

For those who live the century through In fear and trembling this shall do. Flee to the mountains and the dens To bog and forest and wild fens.

For storms will rage and oceans roar When Gabriel stands on sea and shore And as he blows his wondrous horn Old worlds die and new be born.

A fiery dragon will cross the sky Six times before this earth shall die Mankind will tremble and frightened be for the sixth heralds in this prophecy.

For seven days and seven nights Man will watch this awesome sight. The tides will rise beyond their ken To bite away the shores and then The mountains will begin to roar And earthquakes split the plain to shore.

And flooding waters, rushing in Will flood the lands with such a din That mankind cowers in muddy fen And snarls about his fellow men.

He bares his teeth and fights and kills And secrets food in secret hills And ugly in his fear, he lies To kill marauders, thieves and spies.

Man flees in terror from the floods And kills, and rapes and lies in blood And spilling blood by mankind’s hands Will stain and bitter many lands

And when the dragon’s tail is gone, Man forgets, and smiles, and carries on To apply himself – too late, too late For mankind has earned deserved fate.

His masked smile – his false grandeur, Will serve the Gods their anger stir. And they will send the Dragon back To light the sky – his tail will crack Upon the earth and rend the earth And man shall flee, King, Lord, and serf.

But slowly they are routed out To seek diminishing water spout And men will die of thirst before The oceans rise to mount the shore.

And lands will crack and rend anew You think it strange. It will come true.

And in some far off distant land Some men – oh such a tiny band Will have to leave their solid mount And span the earth, those few to count, Who survives this (unreadable) and then Begin the human race again.

But not on land already there But on ocean beds, stark, dry and bare Not every soul on Earth will die As the Dragons tail goes sweeping by.

Not every land on earth will sink But these will wallow in stench and stink Of rotting bodies of beast and man Of vegetation crisped on land.

But the land that rises from the sea Will be dry and clean and soft and free Of mankind’s dirt and therefore be The source of man’s new dynasty.

And those that live will ever fear The dragon’s tail for many year But time erases memory You think it strange. But it will be.

And before the race is built anew A silver serpent comes to view And spew out men of like unknown To mingle with the earth now grown Cold from its heat and these men can Enlighten the minds of future man.

To intermingle and show them how To live and love and thus endow The children with the second sight. A natural thing so that they might Grow graceful, humble and when they do The Golden Age will start anew.

The dragon’s tail is but a sign For mankind’s fall and man’s decline. And before this prophecy is done I shall be burned at the stake, at one My body singed and my soul set free You think I utter blasphemy You’re wrong. These things have come to me This prophecy will come to be.


These verses were on the outer wrapping of the scrolls

I know I go – I know I’m free I know that this will come to be. Secreted this – for this will be Found by later dynastyA dairy maid, a bonny lass Shall kick this stone as she does pass And five generations she shall breed Before one male child does learn to read.

This is then held year by year Till an iron monster trembling fear eats parchment, words and quill and ink And mankind is given time to think.

And only when this comes to be Will mankind read this prophecy But one mans sweets another’s bane So I shall not have burned in vain.

This section was kept apart from the other and it appears to have been written together yet was in a separate jar…

The signs will be there for all to read When man shall do most heinous deed Man will ruin kinder lives By taking them as to their wives.And murder foul and brutal deed When man will only think of greed. And man shall walk as if asleep He does not look – he many not peep And iron men the tail shall do And iron cart and carriage too.

The kings shall false promise make And talk just for talking’s sake And nations plan horrific war The like as never seen before And taxes rise and lively down And nations wear perpetual frown.

Yet greater sign there be to see As man nears latter century Three sleeping mountains gather breath And spew out mud, and ice and death. And earthquakes swallow town and town, In lands as yet to me unknown.

And christian one fights christian two And nations sigh, yet nothing do And yellow men great power gain From mighty bear with whom they’ve lain.

These mighty tyrants will fail to do They fail to split the world in two. But from their acts a danger bred An ague – leaving many dead. And physics find no remedy For this is worse than leprosy.

Oh many signs for all to see The truth of this true prophecy.”

Now, much has been made of the fact that the first printed copies of her writing did not come out until 1641, and that in the 1680s a man named Richard Head confessed to inventing all of her writings, but that does not explain how Mr. Head knew about our modern times.

Read through he words and any objective reader will see so much that describes our present age and the conditions we live – she covered political, spiritual and economic, as well as natural disasters and wars. Much of it describes conditions right now in these End Times.

So read and think…was she right or was she a fake? To me, the evidence says she was right.

Peace and blessings to you all.

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Meteor Falls in Russia

Okay, folks, I don’t usually post news articles here since there are so many people who do it better than I could, but I couldn’t resist this story. During the early morning hours, just past sunrise, a meteor of undetermined size fell to earth near Chelyabinsk, Russia. When it hit it caused an explosion powerful enough to knock out windows and set off car alarms. Apparently it fell into the wilderness, and as of this writing there are no reports of injuries. Here for your viewing is the link to the video, which hit youtube about an hour ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YEMUNSu_bY

Still think that it can’t happen? It may not have been asteroid 2012 DA14, which is to to pass (or not) in just a few hours, but this could very well have been a piece that has been following that asteroid in its orbit around the sun. We’ll know in a few hours of the coast is clear or not…

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Walking the Path

“There’s a big difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus, The Matrix.

I’ll begin today’s post with that line from The Matrix simply because that is my subject, walking the path versus knowing the path. I was originally going to write a whole post on the spiritual profundity of that film, but my draft was getting bogged down and, after a couple of days of thought, I decided to focus on this one statement, which for me was so important. Because there is a huge difference between walking the path and knowing the path.

First let me define what “the path” really means, and if this little digression seems unnecessary to you please bear with me as I try to keep my thoughts in order. This path is the path of belief, the often convoluted and barely recognizable spiritual path that lies at the feet of each and every one of us. When we arrive at the point of faith in God and the Christ, the courses our path can take narrows, or at least it should, into a number of possible routes. This path is rarely ever the same for any two of us, and for one person to try to tell another “this is your path” is an impossible act; only God can reveal your path.

Many of us who come to the faith think we see our path when we are only seeing what we think our path should be. When I first came to faith almost thirty years ago I thought that my path was to get a degree in comparative religions and work at debunking the claims of the numerous false belief systems out there. That didn’t get very far. I thought that maybe I was to be an evangelist leading others to faith, but while I did lead some to belief I didn’t get very far in that either. The point to all of that is that I wasn’t asking God to show me my path and lead me down it, I was in effect telling Him what I thought my path should be; I was listening to my own counsel and not God’s. Finally, during a very difficult time in my life around twelve years ago, I gave up on walking the path as I saw it and asked God to show me which way to go, and the results were startling and profound.

Each person’s path wanders through this vale of tears on a different course but all, in the end, lead us to our Lord. (Be advised that I am excluding the various paths laid out through different religions; I am speaking of the paths laid at the feet of Christians.) Some paths lead to being ministers and evangelists, while others lead people toward helping ease the burdens of disease and poverty of those around them. Some paths lead to music, some to teaching, some to humbly serving through manual labor, some to serving as prophets, and some lead to being watchmen on the walls, warning people of things to come. My path, which isn’t always an easy one, is actually unimportant to what I am writing about today and therefore I will leave it to remain between God and I. What is important is the recognition that one person’s path is probably not the same as another’s, nor should it be – we all are meant to serve God in the way that He wants us to, not the way that our society or even congregation thinks we should.

How do you recognize your path? That’s an excellent question and one which I cannot answer for you. Just as each believer’s path is different, so are the ways that your path is revealed to you. I would say that the most important element in finding your path is through a lot of prayer and listening for God to speak to you in one way or another. But when you do discover your path, it will feel right and you will know that it’s true. Will you like it? I won’t deceive you by saying yes; even Jesus asked that if it was God’s will the cup of crucifixion might be removed from Him. Some paths are less intimidating than others, but we must remember that whichever one God reveals to you He will be with you every step of the way.

To finally get to my point of the vast difference between knowing the path and walking the path, it can be compared to taking a right turn instead of a left. Seeing what path is laid at your feet is merely preparatory to actually walking that path. I’m sorry to say that many people become like Jonah, whose path was so clearly laid out for him but he was afraid and tried to run away; I know because I did this myself, a couple of times. But ultimately you will be brought to the point where you must either take that first step or fall out of line with God’s purpose for you, and that is a sad state to be in. As I said, a lot of the things that God wants us to do in our service to Him are pretty intimidating, and sometimes they will lead you through dark and dangerous places where God needs an obedient servant more than anything. Once you take those first steps you will begin to see God at work all around you, and through persistent obedience to your calling you will see many wonderous and beautiful things happening. And don’t worry about failing to fulfill His purpose…once you are walking the path He will sustain you and guide you, and all you have to do is keep praying and following His lead.

So take those first steps of faith and start walking the path that God has laid before you. As that wise old hobbit Bilbo Baggins once said, once you start down that road you never know where you’ll end up. That is especially true of walking God’s path for you…you just may find yourself going places and doing things that you never dreamed of.

Peace and blessings to you all.

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