Will they return? When will they return?
These questions have been asked of me countless times, “they” being the Anunnaki gods whose saga has filled my books. The answer to the first question is yes; there are clues that need to be heeded, and the prophecies of the Return need to be fulfilled. The answer to the second question has preoccupied Mankind ever since the watershed events in Jerusalem more than two thousand years ago.
But the question is not only “if” and “when.” What will the Return signal, what will it bring with it? Will it be a benevolent coming, or—as when the Deluge was looming— bring about the End? Which prophecies would come true: a Messianic Time, the Second Coming, a new Beginning—or perhaps a catastrophic Apocalypse, the Ultimate End, Armageddon…
It is the last possibility that shifts these prophecies from the realm of theology, escatology, or mere curiosity to a matter of Mankind’s very survival; for Armageddon, a term that has come to denote a war of unimagined calamitous scope, is in fact the name of a specific place in a land that has been subjected to threats of nuclear annihilation.
In the twenty-first century B.C.E., a war of the Kings of the East against the Kings of the West was followed by a nuclear calamity. Twenty-one centuries later, when B.C.E. changed to A.D., Mankind’s fears were expressed in a scroll, hidden in a cave near the Dead Sea, that described a great and final “War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness.” Now again, in the twenty-first century A.D., a nuclear threat hangs over the very same historical place. It is enough reason to ask: Will history repeat itself—does history repeat itself, in some mysterious way, every twenty-one centuries?
A war, an annihilating conflagration, has been depicted as part of the End of Days scenario in Ezekiel (chapters 38–39). Though “Gog of the land of Magog,” or “Gog and Magog,” are foreseen as the principal instigators in that final war, the list of combatants that shall be sucked into the battles encompassed virtually every nation of note; and the focus of the conflagration shall be “the dwellers of the Navel of the Earth”—the people of Jerusalem according to the Bible, but the people of “Babylon” as a replacement for Nippur to those for whom the clock stopped there.
It is a spine-chilling realization that Ezekiel’s list of those widespread nations (38: 5) that will engage in the final war—Armageddon—actually begins with PERSIA—the very country (today’s Iran) whose leaders seek nuclear weapons with which to “wipe off the face of the Earth” the people who dwell where Har-Megiddo is!
Who is that “Gog of the land of Magog,” and why does that prophecy from two and a half millennia ago sound so much like current headlines? Does the accuracy of such details in the Prophecy point to the When—to our time, to our century?
Armageddon, a Final War of Gog and Magog, is also an essential element of the End of Days scenario of the New Testament’s prophetic book, Revelation (whose full name is The Apocalypse of St. John the Divine). It compares the instigators of the apocryphal events to two beasts, one of which can “make fire come down from heaven to earth, in sight of men.” Only an enigmatic clue is given for its identity (13: 18):
Here is wisdom:
Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast:
It is the number of a man; and his number is
six hundred and threescore and six.
Many have attempted to decipher the mysterious number 666, assuming it is a coded message pertaining to the End of Days. Because the book was written when the persecution of Christians in Rome began, the accepted interpretation is that the number was a code for the oppressor emperor Nero, the numerical value of whose name in Hebrew (NeRON QeSaR) added up to 666. The fact that he had been to the space platform in Baalbek, possibly to inaugurate the temple to Jupiter there, in the year A.D. 60 may—or may not—have a bearing on the 666 puzzle.
That there could be more to 666 than a connection to Nero is suggested by the intriguing fact that 600, 60, and 6 are all basic numbers of the Sumerian sexagesimal system, so that the “code” might hark back to some earlier texts; there were 600 Anunnaki, Anu’s numerical rank was 60, Ishkur/Adad’s rank was 6. Then, if the three numbers are to be multiplied rather than added, we get 666 = 600 × 60 × 6 = 216,000, which is the familiar 2160 (a zodiacal age) times 100—a result that can be speculated on endlessly.
Then there is the puzzle that when seven angels reveal the sequence of future events, they do not link them to Rome; they link them to “Babylon.” The conventional explanation has been that, like the 666 was a code for the Roman ruler, so was “Babylon” a code word for Rome. But Babylon was already gone for centuries when Revelation was written, and Revelation, speaking of Babylon, unmistakably links the prophecies to “the great river Euphrates” (9: 14), even describing how “the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates,” drying it up so that the Kings of the East would be joined in the fighting (16: 12). The talk is of a city/land on the Euphrates, not on the Tiber River.
Since Revelation’s prophecies are of the future, one must conclude that “Babylon” is not a code—Babylon means Babylon, a future Babylon that will get involved in the war of “Armageddon” (which verse 16: 16 correctly explains as the name of “a place in the Hebrew tongue”—Har-Megiddo, Mount Megiddo, in Israel)—a war involving the Holy Land.
If that future Babylon is indeed today’s Iraq, the prophetic verses are again chilling, for as they foretell current events leading to the fall of Babylon after a brief but awesome war, they predict the breakup of Babylon/Iraq into three parts! (16: 19).
Like the Book of Daniel, which predicted phases of tribulations and trying stages in the messianic process, so has Revelation tried to explain the enigmatic Old Testament prophecies by describing (Chapter 20) a First Messianic Age with “a First Resurrection” lasting a thousand years, followed by a Satanic reign of a thousand years (when “Gog and Magog” will engage in an immense war), and then a second messianic time and another resurrection (and thus the “Second Coming”).
Unavoidably, these prophecies triggered a frenzy of speculation as the year A.D. 2000 approached: speculation regarding the Millennium as a point in time, in the history of Mankind and the Earth, when prophecies would come true.
Besieged with millennium questions as the year 2000 neared, I told my audiences that nothing will happen in 2000, and not only because the true millennium point counting from the birth of Jesus had already passed, Jesus having been born, by all scholarly calculations, in 6 or 7 B.C.E. The main reason for my opinion was that the prophecies appeared to envision not a linear timeline—year one, year two, year nine hundred, and so on—but a cyclical repetition of events, the fundamental belief that “The First Things shall be the Last Things”—something that can happen only when history and historical time move in a circle, where the start point is the end point, and vice versa.
Inherent in this cyclical plan of history is the concept of God as an everlasting divine entity who had been present at the Beginning when Heaven and Earth were created and who will be there at the End of Days, when his kingdom shall be renewed upon his holy mount. It is expressed in repeated statements from the earliest biblical assertions through the latest Prophets, as when God announced, through Isaiah (41: 4, 44: 6, 48: 12):
I am He, I am the First and also the Last I am …
From the Beginnings the Ending I foretell, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.
—Isaiah 48: 12, 46: 10
And equally so (twice) in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation:
I am Alpha and Omega,
the Beginning and the Ending,
sayeth the Lord—
Which is, and which was, and which will be.
—Revelation 1: 8
Indeed, the basis for prophecy was the belief that the End was anchored in the Beginning, that the Future could be predicted because the Past was known—if not to Man, then to God: I am the one “who from the Beginning tells the End,” Yahweh said (Isaiah 46: 10). The Prophet Zechariah (1: 4, 7: 7, 7: 12) foresaw God’s plans for the future—the Last Days— in terms of the Past, the First Days.
This belief, which is restated in the Psalms, in Proverbs, and in the Book of Job, was viewed as a universal divine plan for the whole Earth and all its nations. The Prophet Isaiah, envisioning the Earth’s nations gathered to find out what is in store, described them asking each other: “Who among us can tell the future by letting us hear the First Things?” (41: 22). That this was a universal tenet is shown in a collection of Assyrian Prophecies, when the god Nabu told the Assyrian king Esarhaddon: “The future shall be like the past.”
This cyclical element of the biblical Prophecies of the Return leads us to one current answer to the question of WHEN.
A cyclical revolving of historical time was found, the reader will recall, in Mesoamerica, resulting from the meshing, like the gears of wheels, of two calendars (see Fig. 67), creating the “bundle” of 52 years, on the occurring of which—after an unspecified number of turns—Quetzalcoatl (alias Thoth/Ningishzidda) promised to return. And that introduces us to the so-called Mayan Prophecies, according to which the End of Days will come about in A.D. 2012.
The prospect that the prophesied crucial date is almost at hand has naturally attracted much interest, and merits explaining and analyzing. The claimed date arises from the fact that in that year (depending how one calculates) the time unit called Baktun will complete its thirteenth turn. Since a Baktun lasts 144,000 days, it is some kind of a milestone.
Some errors, or fallacious assumptions, in this scenario need to be pointed out. The first is that the Baktun belongs not to the two “meshing” calendars with the 52-year promise (the Haab and the Tzolkin), but to a third and much older calendar called The Long Count. It was introduced by the Olmecs—Africans who had come to Mesoamerica when Thoth was exiled from Egypt—and the count of days actually began with that event, so that Day One of the Long Count was in what we date as August 3113 B.C.E. Glyphs in that calendar represented the following sequence of units:
1 kin × 20
1 kin × 360
1 tun × 20
1 Ka-tun × 20
1 Bak-tun × 20
These units, each a multiple of the previous one, thus continued beyond the Baktun with ever-increasing glyphs. But since Mayan monuments never reached beyond 12 Baktuns, whose 1,728,000 days were already beyond the Mayan existence, the 13th Baktun appears as a real milestone. Besides, Mayan lore purportedly held that the present “Sun” or Age would end with the 13th Baktun, so when its number of days (144,000 × 13 = 1,872,000) is divided by 365.25, it results in the passage of 5,125 years; when the B.C.E. 3113 is deducted, the result is the year A.D. 2012.
This is an exciting as well as an ominous prediction. But that date has been challenged, already a century ago, by scholars (like Fritz Buck, El Calendario Maya en la Cultura de Tiahuanacu) who pointed out that as the above list indicates, the multiplier, and thus the divider, should be the calendar’s own mathematically perfect 360 and not 365.25. That way, the 1,872,000 days result in 5,200 years—a perfect result, because it represents exactly 100 “bundles” of Thoth’s magical number 52. Thus calculated, Thoth’s magical year of the Return would be A.D. 2087 (5200 – 3113 = 2087).
One could stand even that wait; the only fly in the ointment is that the Long Count is a linear time count, and not the required cyclical one, so that its counted days could roll on to the fourteenth Baktun and the fifteenth Baktun and on and on.
All that, however, does not eliminate the significance of a prophetic millennium. Since the source of “millennium” as an escatological time had its origins in Jewish apocryphal writings from the 2nd century B.C.E., the search for meaning must shift in that direction. In fact, the reference to “a thousand”—a millennium—as defining an era had its roots way back in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy (7: 9) assigned to the duration of God’s covenant with Israel a period of “a thousand generations”—an assertion repeated (I Chronicles 16:15) when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem by David. The Psalms repeatedly applied the number “thousand” to Yahweh, his wonders, and even to his chariot (Psalm 68: 17).
Directly relevant to the issue of the End of Days and the Return is the statement in Psalm 90: 4—a statement attributed to Moses himself—that said of God that “a thousand years, in thy eyes, are but as one day that has passed.” This statement has given rise to speculation (which started soon after the Roman destruction of the Temple) that it was a way to figure out the elusive messianic End of Days: if Creation, “The Beginning,” according to Genesis, took God six days, and a divine day lasts a thousand years, the result is a duration of 6,000 years from Beginning to End. The End of Days, it has thus been figured, will come in the Anno Mundi year 6,000.
Applied to the Hebrew calendar of Nippur that began in 3760 B.C.E., this means that the End of Days will occur in A.D. 2240 (6000 – 3760 = 2240).
This third End of Days calculation may be disappointing or comforting—it depends on one’s expectations. The beauty of this calculation is that it is in perfect harmony with the Sumerian
sexagesimal (“base 60”) system. It might even prove in future to be correct, but I don’t think so: it is again linear—and it is a cyclical time unit that is called for by the prophecies.
With none of the “modern” predicted dates workable, one must look back at the olden “formulas”—do what had been advised in Isaiah, “look at the signs backwards.” We have two cyclical choices: the Divine Time orbital period of Nibiru, and the Celestial Time of the zodiacal Precession. Which one is it?
That the Anunnaki came and went during a “window of opportunity” when Nibiru arrived at Perigee (nearest the Sun, and thus the closest to Earth and Mars) is so obvious that some readers of mine used to simply deduct 3600 from 4000 (as a round date for Anu’s last visit), resulting in 400 B.C.E., or deduct 3,600 from 3760 (when the Nippur calendar began)— as the Maccabees did—and arrive at 160 B.C.E. Either way, the next arrival of Nibiru is way in the distant future.
In fact, as the reader now knows, Nibiru arrived earlier, circa 560 B.C.E. When considering that “digression,” one must keep in mind that the perfect SAR (3600) has always been a mathematical orbital period, because celestial orbits—of planets, comets, asteroids—digress from orbit to orbit due to the gravitational tug of other planets near which they pass. To use the well-tracked Halley’s Comet as an example, its given period of 75 years actually fluctuates from 74 to 76; when it last appeared in 1986, it was 76 years. Extend Halley’s digression to Nibiru’s 3600, and you get a plus/ minus variant of about 50 years each way.
There is one other reason for wondering why Nibiru had digressed so much from its wonted SAR: the unusual occurrence of the Deluge circa 10900 B.C.E.
During its 120 SARs before the Deluge, Nibiru orbited without causing such a catastrophe. Then something unusual happened that brought Nibiru closer to Earth: combined with the slippage conditions of the ice sheet covering Antarctica, the Deluge occurred. What was that “something unusual”?
The answer may well lie farther out in our solar system, where Uranus and Neptune orbit—planets whose many moons include some that, inexplicably, orbit in an “opposite” (“retrograde”) direction—the way Nibiru orbits.
One of the great mysteries in our solar system is the fact that the planet Uranus literally lies on its side—its north-south axis faces the Sun horizontally instead of being vertical to it. “Something” gave Uranus a “big whack” sometime in its past, NASA’s scientists said—without venturing to guess what the “something” was. I have often wondered whether that “something” was also what caused the huge mysterious “chevron” scar and an unexplained “ploughed” feature that NASA’s Voyager 2 found on Uranus’s moon Miranda in 1986 (Fig. 128)—a moon that is different in numerous ways from the other moons of Uranus. Could a celestial collision with a passing Nibiru and its moons cause all that?
In recent years astronomers have ascertained that the outer large planets have not stayed put where they were formed, but have been drifting outward, away from the Sun. The studies concluded that the shift has been most pronounced in the case of Uranus and Neptune (see sketch, Fig. 129), and that can explain why nothing happened out there for many Nibiru orbits—then suddenly something did. It is not implausible to assume that on its “Deluge” orbit Nibiru encountered the drifting Uranus, and one of Nibiru’s moons struck Uranus, tilting it on its side; it could even be that the strike “weapon” was the enigmatic moon Miranda—a moon of Nibiru—striking Uranus and ending up captured to orbit Uranus. Such an occurrence would have affected the orbit of Nibiru, slowing it down to about 3450 Earth-years rather than 3600, and resulting in a post-Diluvial reappearance schedule of circa 7450, circa 4000, and circa 550 B.C.E.
If that is what had happened, it would explain the “early” arrival of Nibiru in 556 B.C.E.—and suggest that its next arrival will be circa A.D. 2900. For those who associate the prophesied cataclysmic events with the return of Nibiru— “Planet X” to some—the time is not at hand.
But any notion that the Anunnaki limited their comings and goings to a single short “window” at the planet’s perigee is, however, incorrect. They could keep coming and going at other times as well.
The ancient texts record numerous instances of back-and-forth travel by the gods with no indication of a link to the planet’s proximity. There are also a number of tales of Earth-Nibiru travel by Earthlings that omit any assertion of Nibiru seen in the skies (a sight stressed, on the other hand, when Anu visited Earth circa 4000 B.C.E.). In one instance Adapa, a son of Enki by an Earthling woman, who was given Wisdom but not immortality, paid a very short visit to Nibiru, accompanied by the gods Dumuzi and Ningishzidda. Enoch, emulating the Sumerian Enmeduranki, also came and went, twice, in his lifetime on Earth.
This was possible in at least two ways, as shown in Fig. 130: one by a spaceship accelerating on Nibiru’s incoming phase (from point A), arriving well ahead of perigee time; the other by decelerating a spacecraft (at point B) during Nibiru’s outbound phase, “falling back” toward the Sun (and thus to Earth and Mars). A short visit to Earth, like the one by Anu, could take place by combining “A” for arrival and “B” for outbound departure; a short visit to Nibiru (as by Adapa) could take place by reversing the procedure—by leaving Earth to intercept Nibiru at “A” and departing from Nibiru at “B” for the return to earth, and so on.
A Return of the Anunnaki at a time other than the planet’s return can thus take place, and for that we are left with the other cyclical time—zodiacal time.
I have called it, in When Time Began, Celestial Time, distinct from yet serving as a link between Earthly Time (our planet’s orbital cycle) and Divine Time (the clock of the Anunnaki’s planet). If the expected Return will be of the Anunnaki rather than of their planet, then it behooves us to seek the solution to the enigmas of gods and men through the clock that has linked them—the cyclical zodiac of Celestial Time. It was invented, after all, by the Anunnaki as a way to reconcile the two cycles; their ratio—3600 for Nibiru, 2l60 for a zodiacal Age—was the Golden Ratio of 10:6. It resulted, I have suggested, in the sexagesimal system on which Sumerian mathematics and astronomy were based (6 × 10 × 6 × 10 and so on).
Berossus, as we have mentioned, deemed the zodiacal Ages to be turning points in the affairs of gods and men and held that the world periodically undergoes apocalyptic catastrophes, either by water or by fire, whose timing is determined by heavenly phenomena. Like his counterpart Manetho in Egypt, he also divided prehistory and history into divine, semidivine, and postdivine phases, with a grand total of 2,160,000 years of “the duration of this world.” This—wonder of wonders!—is exactly one thousand—a millennium!—zodiacal ages.
Scholars studying ancient clay tablets dealing with mathematics and astronomy were astounded to discover that the tablets used the fantastic number 12960000—yes, 12,960,000—as a starting point. They concluded that this could only be related to the zodiacal ages of 2,160, whose multiples result in 12,960 (if 2,160 × 6), or 129,600 (if 2,160 × 60), or 1,296,000 (if multiplied by 600); and—wonder of wonders!—the fantastic number with which these ancient lists begin, 12,960,000, is a multiple of 2,160 by 6,000—as in the divine six days of creation.
That major events, when the affairs of the gods affected the affairs of men, were linked to zodiacal ages has been shown throughout this volume of The Earth Chronicles. As each Age began, something momentous took place: the Age of Taurus signaled the grant of civilization to Mankind. The Age of Aries was ushered in by the nuclear upheaval and ended with the Departure. The Age of Pisces arrived with the destruction of the Temple and the beginning of Christianity. Should one not wonder whether the prophetic End of Days really means End of (zodiacal) Age?
Were the “time, times, and a half ” of Daniel simply a terminology referring to zodiacal ages? The possibility was pondered, some three centuries ago, by none other than Sir Isaac Newton. Best known for his formulation of the natural laws governing celestial motions—such as planets orbiting the Sun—his interests also lay in religious thought, and he wrote lengthy treatises about the Bible and biblical prophecies. He considered the celestial motions that he formulated to be “the mechanics of God,” and he strongly believed that the scientific discoveries that began with Galileo and Copernicus and were continued by him were meant to happen when they did. This led him to pay particular attention to the “mathematics of Daniel.”
In March 2003 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) startled the scientific and religious establishments with a program on Newton that revealed the existence of a document, handwritten by him on front and back, that calculated the End of Days according to Daniel’s prophecies.
Newton wrote his numerical calculations on one side of the sheet, and his analysis of the calculations as seven “propositions” on the paper’s other side. A close examination of the document—a photocopy of which I am privileged to have—reveals that the numbers that he used in the calculations include 216 and 2160 several times—a clue to me to understand what his line of thought was: he was thinking of zodiacal time—to him, that was the Messianic Clock!
He summed up his conclusions by writing down a set of three “not before” and a “not later than” timetable for Daniel’s prophetic clues:
- Between 2132 and 2370 according to one clue given to Daniel
- Between 2090 and 2374 according to a second clue
- Between 2060 and 2370 for the crucial “time, times & half time”
“Sir Isaac Newton predicted the world would end in the year 2060,” the BBC announced. Not exactly, perhaps— but as the table of zodiacal ages in an earlier chapter shows, he was not far off the mark in two of his “not earlier than” dates: 2060 and 2090.
The original cherished document of the great Englishman is now kept in the Department of Manuscripts and Archives of the Jewish National and University Library—in Jerusalem!
It was in my 1990 book Genesis Revisited that the “Phobos Incident”—a hushed-up event—was first publicly revealed. It concerned the loss, in 1989, of a Soviet spacecraft sent to explore Mars and its possibly hollow moonlet called Phobos.
In fact, not one but two Soviet spacecraft were lost. Named Phobos 1 and Phobos 2 to indicate their purpose—to probe Mars’ moonlet Phobos—they were launched in 1988, to reach Mars in 1989. Though a Soviet project, it was supported by NASA and European agencies. Phobos 1 just vanished—no details or explanation were ever publicly given. Phobos 2 did make it to Mars, and started to send back photographs taken by two cameras—a regular one and an infrared one.
Amazingly or alarmingly, they included pictures of the shadow of a cigar-shaped object flying in the planet’s skies between the Soviet craft and the surface of Mars (Fig. 131 by the two cameras). The Soviet mission chiefs described the object that cast the shadow as “something which some may call a flying saucer.” Immediately, the spacecraft was directed to shift from Mars orbit to approach the moonlet and, from a distance of 50 yards, bombard it with laser beams.
The last picture Phobos 2 sent showed a missile coming at it from the moonlet (Fig. 132). Immediately after that, the spacecraft went into a spin and stopped transmitting—destroyed by the mysterious missile.
The “Phobos incident” remains, officially, an “unexplained accident.” In fact, right thereafter, a secret commission on which all the leading space nations were represented sprang into action. The commission and the document it formulated merit more scrutiny than they received, for they hold the key to understanding what the world’s leading nations really know about Nibiru and the Anunnaki.
The geopolitical events that resulted in the secret group’s formation began with the discovery, in 1983, of a “Neptunesized planet” by IRAS—NASA’s Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite—which scanned the edges of the solar system not visually but by detecting heat-emitting celestial bodies. The search for a tenth planet was one of its stated objectives, and indeed it found one—determining that it was a planet because, detected once and then again six months later, it was clearly moving in our direction. The news of the discovery made headlines (Fig. 133) but was retracted the next day as a “misunderstanding.” In fact, the discovery was so shocking that it led to a sudden change in U.S.–Soviet relations, a meeting and an agreement for space cooperation between President Reagan and Chairman Gorbachev, and public statements by the President at the United Nations and other forums that included the following words (pointing heavenwards with his finger as he said them):
Just think how easy his task and mine might be in these meetings that we held if suddenly there was a threat to this world from some other species from another planet outside in the universe… I occasionally think how quickly our differences would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.
The Working Committee that was formed as a result of these concerns conducted several meetings and leisurely consultation—until the March 1989 Phobos incident. Working feverishly, it formulated in April 1989 a set of guidelines known as the Declaration of Principles Concerning Activities Following the Detection of Extraterrestrial Intelligence, by which the procedures to be followed after receiving “a signal or other evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence” were agreed upon. The “signal,” the group revealed, “might not be simply one that indicates its intelligent origin but could be an actual message that may need decoding.” The agreed procedures included undertakings to delay disclosure of the contact for at least twenty-four hours before a response is made. This was surely ridiculous if the message had come from a planet light years away… No, the preparations were for a nearby encounter!
To me, all these events since 1983, plus all the evidence from Mars briefly described in previous chapters, and the missile shot out from the moonlet Phobos, indicate that the Anunnaki still have a presence—probably a robotic presence—on Mars, their olden Way Station. That could indicate forethought, a plan to have a facility ready for a future revisit. Put together, it suggests an intent for a Return.
To me, the Earth-Mars cylinder seal (see Fig. 113) is both a depiction of the Past and a foretelling of the Future because it bears a date—a date indicated by the sign of two fishes—the Age of Pisces.
Does it tell us: What had taken place in a previous Age of Pisces will be repeated again in the Age of Pisces? If the prophecies are to come true, if the First Things shall be the Last Things, if the Past is the Future—the answer has to be Yes.
We are still in the Age of Pisces. The Return, the signs say, will happen before the end of our current Age.