5.7 – PROPHETS & PROPHECIES (2.8.13)

BEFORE THE BIBLE [8d]

Persepolis, Iran. Here, 30 miles northeast of the city of Shiraz, lay the ruins of an ancient capital. Built by the Persian conqueror Darius more than 2,000 years ago, Persepolis was once a mighty city that legend says was protected by a powerful god named Ahuru Mazda. And etched in stone atop the crumbling remains of a building called the “Tripylon” is a depiction of this ancient god, seated inside a winged disk. Ahuru Mazda was central to the ancient Persian religion Zoroastrianism and the experiences of a prophet named Zarathustra who lived 2,600 years ago.

“Zarathustra was the founder of a religion he was in the area near Persia, of modern-day Persia or Iran and he had a visitor, Ahuru Mazda, a divine encounter that led to the major form of monotheism in the entire area. It preceded the Egyptian form of monotheism and way beyond the Hebrew and then Christian forms.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

According to ancient Zoroastrian texts called the Avesta, Zarathustra’s first meeting with Ahuru Mazda occurred at the top of a mountain that was shrouded in clouds and bathed in an eerie light.

“Zarathustra carries this idea that there is this one true god, it is literally the god of truth, and truth is a great central principle in the Zoroastrian worldview. Right and wrong, good and evil, black and white a very strong contrast, and you are to identify with the good and search the truth.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

Some researchers believe these divine prophecies provide proof that the prophet Zarathustra was following commands from an extraterrestrial being, one who perhaps came to Earth to sow the seeds of what is now known as civilization.

“When we look at Zarathustra encountering Ahura Mazda, what we are confronted with here are human beings who are encountering nonhuman intelligences. These are indicative of physical encounters. These are encounters with something which is otherworldly yet physical.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“We have to ask ourselves: Were they just a figment of our ancestors’ imagination, or did they exist?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“These are extraterrestrial, or alien, entities who come here and provide some kind of information exchange and guidance program between cultures and entities who are willing to help that culture.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Is it possible, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe, that extraterrestrials contacted prophets in the distant past in order to guide the development of human civilization? And if so, might there be more clues found in the historical accounts of what is perhaps the most intriguing character in all of ancient Greece? Mount Parnassus. On the flanks of this 8,000-foot peak lie the ruins of a marble sanctuary that was once home to one of history’s most famous prophets, a temple priestess known as the Oracle of Delphi.

“The Oracle of Delphi is the most famous oracle from the ancient world. There was a temple there dedicated to the god Apollo. Apollo is the central god for prophecy. And a temple was established for Apollo in Delphi, and that became the seat of the actual oracle where people would visit.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

“The Oracle of Delphi was located in the Temple of Apollo, which would have been, at the time, the major building structure. This was the central point. So, the oracle was all-important. Everything else was there because of the oracle in the complex.”

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.
(Geologist / Author, Forgotten Civilization)

Also known as Pythia, the oracle could be found sitting on a tall, three-legged seat over an opening in the earth, where vapors rising from the ground would put her into a trance.

“The Oracle of Delphi would basically channel the god Apollo. Apollo was really the god of civilization. He was the god of light. He was the god of prophecy. And she would become Apollo.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“You can imagine how it is when something supernatural or superhuman comes into a human body. It, of course, creates a fugue state, essentially. It creates a weird trance. Nowadays we have movies about possessions and stuff like that. It’s kind of like that. It’s not necessarily demonic. But any time the supernatural becomes housed within something natural like a human body, it is inevitably going to be causing some kind of trance, some kind of fugue state or something.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

For more than a thousand years, the oracle and her numerous successors dispensed advice to everyone from emperors and generals to poets and politicians.

“Prophecy was central to the Greek worldview, and the affairs of state, the planning of battles, any important decisions, would be taken to the oracle to be considered, to get some kind of guidance from beyond ordinary knowing.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“You can come and ask about giving birth to a child. You can come and ask about crops that you want to plant. You can come and ask about joining the army.  You can come and ask about undertaking a military expedition. The priestess is there to be the liaison. And in fact, when people come to the oracle and ask questions, they specifically ask the priestess, and she’s the one who channels the answer from Apollo back down to the human beings.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

But just what, or whom, was the reason for the oracle’s bizarre trance like state? One in which, according to contemporary accounts, she could accurately predict everything from the Trojan War and the eventual decline of Greek power to the slaughter of the famed 300 Spartans at Thermopylae? Mainstream researchers say it was most likely due to her inhalation of intoxicating fumes from various gases seeping out of Mount Parnassus. But might she, in fact, have been in contact with an extraterrestrial being? One whom the ancient Greeks knew as Apollo?

“The idea that Apollo was possibly some extraterrestrial makes sense, because they want us to develop, they want us to have civilization. They want us to have technology and to be like them.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“We’ve always been their pet project, so to speak, meaning that they helped us become who we are today.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Were ancient so-called gods, like Ahuru Mazda and Apollo, really part of an advanced race of celestial beings? Aliens who used human agents known as prophets to instruct and steer the course of human civilization? If so, might these same extraterrestrials also be the force behind one of history’s most infamous prophets? A man who claimed to have visions of some of the most cataclysmic events in history? The 16th-century prophet named Nostradamus.

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