Prophecies of the Millennium
Prophecies have a way of coming true. That's why people are so interested in them. From the Book of Revelation to Edgar Cayce, from American Indian folk myths to the hieroglyphs on the wall of the Great Pyramid everyone is fascinated by predictions about the future, everyone has a favorite prophecy to trust.
When we take a good look at prophecies from all over the world, we begin to see a pattern emerging. In the Book of Revelation, St. John talks about a time when the Lamb (Christ) would return to this earth, and after a period of destruction, peace would reign for a thousand years.
This thousand year reign of peace is called the Millennium, and prophecies from every corner of the globe refer to it. It is one of the main themes of every religion that a divine Person will come on earth to restore goodness in a time of widespread corruption.
In the greatest scripture of the Hindu religion, Krishna tells his disciple Arjuna:
"Whenever righteousness declines and unrighteousness is rampant, I come in human form. Age after age I take birth in order to protect the virtuous, to destroy evildoers, and to establish righteousness on a firm basis."
The Buddha said before his death:
"I am not the first Buddha who has come upon the earth, nor shall I be the last. In due time another Buddha will arise in the world, a Holy One, a supremely enlightened One, endowed with wisdom, an incomparable leader of men, a ruler of angels and mortals. He will reveal to you the same eternal truths which I have taught you. He will proclaim a righteous life, wholly perfect and pure, such as I now proclaim. His disciples will number many thousands while mine number hundreds."
And in the Old Testament book of the prophet Daniel it is written:
"I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days and they brought him near before him.
"And there was given him dominion, and glory and a kingdom. that all people, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."
There are a great many non-scriptural prophecies which echo this theme. King Djojobojo of Java successfully predicted, in the twelfth century, his island's subjugation under the Dutch, the Japanese invasion that took place in World War II and the subsequent turmoil of Independence. He said that when these things had taken place, a great Spiritual King would come from the West, who would unite all religions, races and social groups, and bring a thousand years of peace.
Quetzalcoatl, the prophet-king of the Mexican Indians, foretold that he would return. He promised that his reappearance would herald the beginning of a better world, in which justice. peace and love between men would be the rule.
The Buddhists are waiting for Maitreya Buddha, the Coming One. The Hindus expect the appearance of Kalki Avatar. The Jews are looking for the Messiah, and Christians for the return of Christ. Even the Moslems expect Mehdi, the twelfth Imam. People from all over the world agree that a great spiritual leader will come, but when? Many modern seers, among them Edgar Cayce and Jeanne Dixon. suggested that the Lord would return in the late twentieth century. So did Surdas, a blind medieval poet from India (see box at right). Isn't it a coincidence how the prophets of every age and time agree?
What specific details do the prophecies tell us about this great Savior? Many prophecies speak of a child. Here is a passage from the Book of Isaiah:
"The wolf also shall dwell with the Iamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid: and the calf and the young lion and the falling together: and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the Knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."
And this prophecy of the Iroquois prophet, Deganawida, was passed down by word of mouth:
"A great message will come to the Indians and make them ever so humble. and when they become that humble, they will be waiting for a young leader, an Indian boy, possibly in his teens, who will be a choice seer. And he will be the accepted leader."
Predictions that the Lord will return as a child appear in almost every part of the world. Nowhere is too remote. The Inga Indians, a tiny tribe in the Amazon River Basin, have a culture which revolves around a child called the Nino de Oro, the Golden Boy. According to legend, the Golden Boy has come before, and will come again. It is said that if he touches someone, that person never leaves him, because the gift he brings is the highest gift of all.
This great deliverer shall Europa save.
Such haughty Monarchs labour to enslave.
Then shall religion rear her starry head.
And Light Divine through all the nation spread.
From "King Arthur. by Sir Richard Blakemore, 1695
You'd best be patient, mind, until the middle
twentieth century resolves this riddle:
the corners of the world will catch their breath
to witness such a spate of sudden death.
Acts of God and man will hide earth's face
In mourning: then a Thousand Years of Grace
will start, Truth triumph, and earth bloom
with golden flowers. They shall escape this doom
alone, who know their soul. Let Surdas say
this much. We cannot avoid God's perfect Play.
Surdas the Blind
the sun and the moon dance and blow the trumpets.
and a little child shall turn the Wheel of the Law.
Secret of the body, of the Word and Heart of God. His innermost breath is the steed of the Bodhisattvas.
Marpa of Tibet
Many prophecies say the Savior will come from the East:
"As the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man." (Matthew 24:27) The Old Testament prophecy of Ezekiel tells us: "The glory of the God of Israel came from the cast: and the sound of his coming was like the sound of many waters: and the earth shone with his glory." Many American Indian prophecies also speak of the coming of the Savior from the East. Quetzalcoatl was expected to return from the East on a strange raft. The famous Sioux holy man Black Elk, said, "A great light would grow in the East," and that "many would become like flames of fire, spreading a New Message of Love." And Deganawida, the Iroquois prophet, said that, "In time a great light would come from the East, a light so glorious that the serpents of hate would flee before it." and that "a wondrous new song would be heard among all people, a song of love."
On the other hand. Buddhist prophecies from the Himalayas state that the Lord will come from the West. Djojobojo, the Javanese king, said the same.
So when we look at all these prophecies, we can begin to see a pattern emerging:
1. A great Savior will appear in the world while still a young boy.
2. He will come from somewhere east of Israel and Mexico but west of the Himalayas and Java.
3. He will bring true meaning to religion and unite all the world's people.
4. He will establish a reign of peace that will last for a thousand years.
Is Guru Maharaj Ji the great Savior that all peoples of the world arc expecting? That is something everyone must decide for himself. We all have our own interpretations of the various scriptures and prophecies, so if we really want to discover whether Guru Maharaj Ji is the Perfect One, we must each make our own investigation. We should talk with people who have received the Knowledge which Guru Maharaj Ji reveals. We should listen to what Guru Maharaj Ji has to say: when we are ready, we should receive the Knowledge ourselves, and find out by direct experience whether Maharaj Ji is the Master of perfection that his disciples claim he is. And then we will know for sure who Guru Maharaj Ji is. There will he peace in our hearts, and there will be peace on earth.