Pandora’s Box Opens
He's a great humanitarian,
he's a great philanthropist,
He knows just where to touch you, honey, and how you like to be kissed.
He'll put both his arms around you,
You can feel the tender touch of the beast.
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace.
— Bob Dylan, “Man of Peace”
to the ancient Greek writer Hesiod, the current Age of warfare and injustice
got its start when a lovely but foolish lady named Pandora opened a box within
which had been sealed all the Spites that might afflict mankind. Pandora’s name means “all gifted”, because she
was endowed by the Olympian goddesses with every charm any man could
desire. She was created that way to be a
snare for mankind, part of Zeus’ tyrannical scheme to keep mankind subjugated
after Prometheus had empowered them with the gift of divine fire. Pandora was
sent by Zeus as a gift to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. But Prometheus, who could see into the
future, warned Epimetheus to reject Zeus’s gift. Enraged, Zeus had Prometheus chained down to
a pillar of rock in the mountains of
and Epimetheus, whose names mean “fore-thought” and “after-thought”
respectively, are mythical symbols for visionary and mundane
Consciousness. The story of Pandora’s
Box is a sequel to the tale of the deluge which engulfed Atlantis and ended mankind’s
Golden Age. As I discuss in Chapter Five
of The Year of Jubilee, these myths
record the shackling of human Consciousness — represented by the bondage of
Prometheus — and the “submerging” of its transcendent dimension. It’s quite significant, therefore, that
“The great Empire of the Antichrist will begin where Attila’s and Xerxes did, descending in great and countless numbers, such that the coming of the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the 48th degree, will make a transmigration, driving out the abomination of the Antichrist: making war against the Royal who will be the great Vicar of Jesus-Christ, and against his Church, and his reign for a time, and to the end of time.”
The Sun annually enters the 48th degree of the Zodiac on May 8th, the apparent date of the spiritual “transmigration” described here. Perhaps this refers figuratively to a “reincarnation” of Michele Sindona, who was born on that date in 1920, and to whom Nostradamus refers elsewhere (Century II, Quatrain 62) as Mabus, saying he will die and “come back”. In Chapter Six of Apokalypso – Prophecies of the End of Time (p. 263 of print version), I interpret this to mean that “the corrupt cabal which engineered the assassination of Pope John Paul I will rise again to dominate the Holy See and install its own willing accomplice on St. Peter’s Chair.” This papal accomplice of Antichrist is the “abomination of desolation”, the False Prophet of whom Christ spoke in Matthew 24:11-16.
In the next section of his Epistle (¶24), Nostradamus mentions that Antichrist’s reign will be preceded by an extended solar eclipse, which may refer to the long reign of Pope John Paul II, aka De Labore Solis (“of the Solar Eclipse”). And in the Quatrain immediately preceding his Mabus prophecy (Century II, Quatrain 61), he speaks about another Central Asian warrior:
Tamins, Gironde and
O Trojan blood! Mars armed with the arrow
At the fortress beyond the river set to scale,
Points to fire great murder in the breach.
As I explain in my book (p.259 print version),
Tamins refers to Tamerlane
(1336-1405), the last great nomadic conqueror, whose empire extended from
this Quatrain, Nostradamus is using Tamerlane as an Antichrist prototype, just
as he did with Attila. This means that
the actual Antichrist will be similar to Tamerlane in some ways, including
perhaps his place of origin.
Nostradamus describes “Mars armed with the arrow”, he’s employing a double entendre. On one hand, he’s alluding to Tamerlane,
whose name Timur means “iron” — the blood-red metal associated with the
blood-red god of war. He envisions his
Tamerlane-type Antichrist acquiring an “arrow”, which is a primitive kind of
missile. Along these lines, it’s
interesting that the vision of the Third Secret of Fatima involves soldiers
assassinating a Pope with “arrows”. This
may help explain the apparent connection between Fatima and recent events in
another level, Nostradamus uses “Mars with the arrow” to describe an astrological
conjunction of the planet Mars with the tip of the arrow in the constellation
Sagittarius. Since Sagittarius is a
Centaur, it fits nicely with the theme of
the Centaur is also the constellation in which the Comet of the Apocalypse, Hale-Bopp/Typhon,
first appeared in1995. The Comet reached
the zenith of its brilliance in the sky above
In determining what a great comet portends,
much importance must be attached to the location in the sky where it was first
observed. In the case of Hale-Bopp/Typhon, as we have seen, its initial appearance in
the constellation Sagittarius conjures the archetype of the ancient
warrior-horsemen who periodically swept out of
What does this tell us about Antichrist? If
we look for a parallel, in today’s geopolitics, for the failing Ottoman realm
at the turn of the century, the former
These prophecies are now beginning to be fulfilled by the events unfolding before our very eyes in the former Soviet republics of Tartary. The “Stans” of Central Asia began to implode while John Paul II was still on his death-bed. Ten years to the day after the culmination of Comet Hale-Bopp/Typhon, on March 25, 2005, a popular uprising in Kyrgyzstan overthrew the corrupt regime of Askar Akayev in the wake of blatantly rigged parliamentary elections. Kyrgyzstan’s “Tulip Revolution” immediately sent shock waves through the neighboring countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, which have oppressive and unpopular leaders who were closely tied to Akayev. It’s especially noteworthy that the date March 25, 2005, was one the rare occasions when the Feast of the Assumption and Good Friday fall on the same day. The last such coincidence occurred in March 1932, when Adolph Hitler first entered the German political arena as a challenger to President von Hindenburg.
With the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the Central Asian “Stans” fell under the control of the former Communist bosses who had administered them as provinces of the Soviet Empire. As agrarian societies, these lands continued to suffer under a Soviet-style system in which farmers were treated like serfs. They were compelled to sell their crops to the government, which imposed very low prices, and they were forced to buy goods from the government, which demanded inflated prices.
Under the old USSR, the crushing effect of this system had been mitigated somewhat by the fact that the Communists used a portion of the money extracted from the farmers to finance social welfare programs. But when the Soviet Empire disintegrated, so did their socialistic programs. The new leaders of the former Soviet republics were even more tyrannical and corrupt than their Red predecessors. Instead of sending their political opponents to a gulag, they had them tortured. Instead of allocating a small part of the national wealth to social welfare, they kept it all, depositing it in foreign banks and distributing it to their relatives. While they adopted the superficial formalities of democracy, real political opposition was never tolerated and elections were always rigged.
After the revolution in Kyrgyzstan, things began to change for the better there, which created even more problems for the remaining Central Asian tyrants. The Kyrgyz government monopoly over the economy was ended; farmers could sell their crops at a fair price and buy consumer products on competitive terms. From the neighboring towns of Uzbekistan to the west, merchants began to cross the border into Kyrgyzstan to sell their cotton and purchase goods for resale in their homeland. But the government of Uzbek strongman Islam Karimov couldn’t tolerate this tiny fissure in their economic stranglehold. So they destroyed the bridges along the Kyrgyz border and arrested 23 Uzbek merchants, charging them with being “Islamic terrorists”, based on “confessions” extracted by torture. After the 23 merchants were arrested, the Karimov government conveniently seized all of their assets to further line their own coffers.
While US officials make hypocritical speeches about bringing democracy to the people of Central Asia, their actions speak much louder than their words. Islam Karimov and the equally corrupt Nursultan Nazarbiyev of neighboring Kazakhstan are key US allies in the so-called “war on terrorism”. Just how interested the US State Department is in really fighting terrorism can be gauged by the way they are now arranging for Luis Posada Carriles to escape extradition to Venezuela, where he is wanted for the bombing of a commercial airliner which took 73 lives. But the “war on terror” provides the US government with a convenient cover to pursue its imperial agenda in Central Asia. Accordingly, Karimov and Nazarbiyev are “democrats” worthy of receiving generous American aid, because they allow the US to establish military bases on their soil. And the opponents of Karimov and Nazarbiyev are “Islamic terrorists”, because they admit to being terrorists under torture. Indeed, under a procedure known as “rendition”, the US military is known to send its own prisoners to Uzbekistan to be tortured.
All of which brings us up to the recent turmoil in Uzbekistan. On May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the conclusion of the “terror” trial of the 23 Uzbek merchants in Andijan provoked a demonstration in the city square of several thousand citizens — mostly woman and children — demanding their release. In what became known as “Bloody Friday”, government troops indiscriminately opened fire on the unarmed crowd. While hundreds fled for their lives across the border into Kyrgyzstan, the soldiers searched the square for wounded people, shooting them in the head. According to international human rights monitors on the scene, there were 745 victims in Andijan and another 200 killed in neighboring towns. Here, then, is the “great murder in the breach” foreseen by Nostradamus in the land of Tamerlane.
The next day, the US White House spokesman reacted to the news of the massacre in Andijan by expressing concern that some of the “Islamic terrorists” might have escaped from prison!
A few days later, the Uzbek villagers in nearby Karasov expelled Karimov’s officials from their town and established their own government. They chose as their leader a local farmer named Bakhtiyor Rakhimov. Though Karimov’s army has since regained control of the town and imprisoned their leader, it’s interesting to hear what Rakhimov had in mind for his people:
“We will establish here a paradise, a Caliphate, in which Muslim cares for Muslim, taking what he needs and giving away what he can do without, as it says in the Qur’an. … A caliphate does not mean the tyranny of men like Karimov, it means the mutual support and love of Islam.”
It’s clear that the Caliphate for which the devout Muslim yearns is the very same as the Messianic Kingdom of Judeo-Christian prophecy. This is a universal dream, inspired by the Holy Spirit, which is shared by all of mankind, regardless of religious affiliation. As the power of this vision increases, so does the obsession of the Moloch-State to suppress it. That’s why the State foments war between Christians, Jews and Muslims, to keep them divided so they can’t unite behind the goal of the Kingdom/Caliphate. As this war progresses, we can see the Nation-States merging into an international apparatus of the most extreme and brutal repression — the Torture State.
Like the tyrant god Zeus in our mythical tale, the State must ultimately descend to the barbarity of torture in its effort to crush the human Spirit. It’s fitting that the eagle which inflicted torture on Prometheus is — and has been since Roman times — the symbol of the blood-thirsty and predatory Moloch-State.
At a certain point, however, even the universal Torture State, with its outposts in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Tashkent, will be incapable of holding back the rising tide of the human Spirit. At that juncture, the Moloch-State will turn to its last resort — its “all-gifted” Pandora, in whose guise it will present itself as the Caliphate of the Qur’an, as the Kingdom of Revelation. In its final and most seductive avatar, the State will put forward its ultimate Leader to pose as the Great Monarch of the Gentiles, the Davidic King of the Jews, and the Grand Emir of the Muslims, all rolled into one.
The prophetic signs all point to Central Asia, the land of Attila and Tamerlane, as the place from which this Leader will emerge. The current turmoil in Uzbekistan is likely to spread next to its large neighbor to the north, the oil-rich nation of Kazakhstan, where “elections” are scheduled for later this year and where the corrupt Nazarbayev regime is already outlawing opposition groups in the name of — you guessed it — “fighting terror”. It now seems inevitable that America’s misguided drive to dominate Central Asia will produce only an escalating spiral of conflagration, until finally the war-weary peoples of the world desperately turn to one whom they perceive as a “Man of Peace”.