Time to think things over on the couch
On September 1st, 2011, I launched the book Jesus, o Profeta Divino [Jesus, the Divine Prophet] during the 15th edition of the International Biennial Book Fair at Riocentro in the city of Rio de Janeiro. To my great pleasure, this literary work was one of the best-selling books at Brazil’s big cultural event.
Jesus, the Divine Prophet is the fourth volume of a series of talks entitled “The Apocalypse of Jesus for the Simple-Hearted,” which I gave on radio and TV stations.
It is yet another contribution to those who seriously discuss the prophetic theme of the End of Time.
Christ, the biblical prophets, the visionaries of religions and many researchers, whether believers or atheists, each one in their own way, talk about or analyze the possibility of a great transformation or a monumental reform in everything we know of as society and physical aspects of this globe.
In this study, I present elements of these transformations in an unpretentious way. Will they happen, whether we believe in them or not? When?! 2012?!*1, 2057?!, 2060?!, 3797?! In a more distant future?! Who knows exactly when?. . . I leave these questions for you, dear readers, to reach a conclusion.
Do you want to remove your doubts without being scared? To encourage you, I would like to remind you of this passage from the Apocalypse 1:3: “Blessed are those who read and hear the words of the prophecy of this Book, and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
What does this near mean?
Read the explanations in the chapter “The spiritual matter of time,” in the book Jesus, the Divine Prophet as from page 247, as well as in other volumes of “The Apocalypse of Jesus for the Simple-Hearted,” which includes The Prophecies without Mystery, We are all Prophets, and Apocalypse without Fear.
The time of great changes, however, is in full swing. From the simplest to the most complex, these changes are irreversible.
As for the Third World War, Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) used to say it was inevitable and that “the final apocalyptic Armageddon will have a spiritual and not a purely economic origin.”
Many people shudder at the prospect of food shortage and high prices; lack of drinking water; end of oil; population explosion; global warming; damage to the ozone layer; unspeakable abortion, whose seriousness is not noticed by many people, which is why I feel compelled to warn you in a brotherly way*2; cowardly bullying; regrettable and increasing consumption of alcoholic beverages by teenagers; tragedy of drugs claiming so many lives, annihilating the youth*3 and bringing despair to families; unbridled and irresponsible sex; repulsive pedophilia and ephebophilia; sharp drop in the relative humidity of the air, affecting throat, nose, eyes and head—children’s parents know this only too well. . .—, among other threats.
With regard to the different dates that signal “the end of the world,” planet Earth will always be here, because the age of its extinction is extremely far away in human terms*4. However, there are times when more profound transformations occur than at others. In 2001, for example, the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York (USA) gave rise, through pain, to a major change in the globe. But what is changing and what is not?
In the case of the Economy, the indicators point to difficult years ahead. That is why it is essential that we look at it as the most spiritual of the sciences, in the broadest sense of Ecumenical Fraternity. Economics needs to discover the spirit of altruism.
“The human being, with his Eternal Spirit, is the center of Altruistic Economics.”
During an interview I granted on October 10, 1981 to my old friend Paulo Parisi Rappoccio, an Italian journalist residing in Brazil, I reaffirm that the human being, with his Eternal Spirit, is the center of Altruistic Economics, the generator of all progress. Without the human being, there is neither work nor capital.
The wealth of a country lies in the hearts of its people. Nevertheless, entire nations still suffer with poverty. It should be remembered that empty stomachs and frustrated Spirits are generally unwilling to listen. . . .
At a time when production expectations are constantly exceeded because of the advance in technology, hunger really is a scandal! I am not referring only to physical hunger but also hunger for knowledge, i.e. spiritualized Education, without which no people are strong. Anachronistically, on one hand the world has never known such abundance and on the other such penury. Solidarity in Economics is what is missing. Until the last of its children have the minimum conditions for living with dignity, no country will be independent, but merely slaves to the limitations they impose upon themselves. Internal impediments are more harmful to the progress of its people than the external ones. . . . If a nation is not prepared, how will it win?
See what is happening in the economic-financial field, and consequently the social field, beginning with the most powerful nation on Earth at the moment, the United States, without mentioning Europe. Capitalism is being thought over on the couch, as is socialism.
More than fifty years ago, Zarur used to say that power would turn into fluid in the hands of the powerful and would run through their fingers.
Today, in the 21st century, the nation States evidently no longer have the strength they once had. It could be said that “the world is on the brink of a precipice,” but that is an old cliché. However, certain concepts are going to change in a profound way. In fact, they are already being revised.
We are living in times of crisis and this period always implies some transformation, either during it or subsequently. Given this earthly and spiritual conjuncture, it is extremely urgent for us to study the forecasts of Jesus, the Divine Prophet. That is why I created the series “The Apocalypse of Jesus for the Simple-Hearted.”
*1 2012 — Regarding the predictions of the Mayan calendar for 2012, read the analysis of the master in astrology Ricardo Lindemann on page 190 of the book “Jesus, the Divine Prophet.”
*2 Read about this in the chapter “For Life,” on page 351 of the same book.
*3 Apocalypse 8:7 — “The first Angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” In the case of the green grass, many people interpret it as the youth. And for some time now children can also be included in this interpretation. All one has to do is follow the news.
*4 Read “There will always be survivors” on page 175 of the same book.