Night Of The Red Sky (Part 2)
"How do I know that we are so close to that destruction?" I asked.
"I had a Vision," Grandfather said. "It was a Vision of the destruction of man. But man was given four warnings to that destruction, two of which
gave man a chance to change his ways and two of which would give the children of the Earth time to escape the Creator's wrath."
"How will I know these warnings, these signs?" I asked. Grandfather continued. "They will be obvious to you and those who have learned to listen to
the Spirit of the Earth; but to those who live within the flesh and know only flesh, there is no knowing or understanding. When these signs, these
warnings and prophecies, are made manifest, then you will understand the urgency of what I speak. Then you will understand why people must not just
work for their own spiritual rapture but to bring that rapture to the consciousness of modern man."
The Four Signs
Grandfather had been wandering for several years and was well into his forties when the Vision of the four signs was given to him. He had just
finished his third Vision Quest at the Eternal Cave when the Vision made itself known. He had been seated at the mouth of the cave, awaiting the
rising Sun, when the spirit of the warrior appeared to him. He felt as if he were in a state somewhere between dream and reality, sleep and
wakefulness, until the spirit finally spoke and he knew that it was not his imagination. The spirit called Grandfather's name and beckoned him to
As Grandfather stood, he was suddenly transported to another world. Again, he thought that he was dreaming, but his flesh could feel the reality of
this place; his senses knew that this was a state of abject reality, but in another time and place.
The spirit warrior spoke to Grandfather. "These are the things yet to come that will mark the destruction of man. These things you may never see, but
you must work to stop them and pass these warnings on to your grandchildren. They are the possible futures of what will come if man does not come back
to the Earth and begin to obey the laws of Creation and the Creator. There are four signs, four warnings, that only the children of the Earth will
understand. Each warning marks the beginning of a possible future, and as each warning becomes reality, so too does the future it marks."
With that, the spirit warrior was gone and Grandfather was left alone in this strange, new world.
The First Sign
The world he was in was like nothing he had ever known. It was a dry place with little vegetation. In the distance he saw a village, yet it was made
out of tents and cloth rather than from the materials of the Earth. As he drew closer to the village, the stench of death overwhelmed him and he grew
sick. He could hear children crying, the moaning of elders and the sounds of sickness and despair. Piles of bodies lay in open pits awaiting burial,
their contorted faces and frail frames telling of death from starvation. The bodies appeared more like skeletons than flesh, and children, adults and
elders all looked the same, their once dark-brown complexions now ash-grey. As Grandfather entered the village, the horror of living starvation struck
him deeper. Children could barely walk, elders lay dying, and everywhere were the cries of pain and fear. The stench of death and the sense of
hopelessness overwhelmed Grandfather, threatening to drive him from the village.
It was then that an elder appeared to Grandfather, at first speaking in a language that he could not understand. Grandfather realized, as the elder
spoke, that he was the spirit of a man-a man no longer of flesh, but a man who had once walked a spiritual path, possibly a shaman of this tribe. It
was then that he understood what the old one was trying to tell him.
The elder spoke softly. "Welcome to what will be called the 'land of starvation'. The world will one day look upon all of this with horror and will
blame the famine on the weather and the Earth. This will be the first warning to the world that man cannot live beyond the laws of Creation, nor can
he fight Nature. If the world sees that it is to blame for this famine, this senseless starvation, then a great lesson will be learned. But I am
afraid that the world will not blame itself, but that the blame will be placed on Nature. The world will not see that it created this place of death
by forcing these people to have larger families. When the natural laws of the land were broken, the people starved, as Nature starves the deer in
winter when their numbers are too many for the land to bear."
The old one continued. "These people should have been left alone. They once understood how to live with the Earth, and their wealth was measured in
happiness, love and peace. But all of that was taken from them when the world saw theirs as a primitive society. It was then that the world showed
them how to farm and live in a less primitive way. It was the world that forced them to live outside the laws of Creation and, as a result, is now
forcing them to die."
The old man slowly began to walk away, back to the death and despair. He turned one last time to Grandfather, and said: "This will be the first sign.
There will come starvation before and after this starvation, but none will capture the attention of the world with such impact as does this one. The
children of the Earth will know the lessons that are held in all of this pain and death, but the world will only see it as drought and famine, blaming
Nature instead of itself."
With that, the old one disappeared, and Grandfather found himself back at the mouth of the Eternal Cave.
Grandfather lay back on the ground, thinking about what he had witnessed. He knew that it had been a Vision of the possible future and that the spirit
of the warrior had brought him to it to teach him what could happen. Grandfather knew that people all over the Earth were now starving-but why was
this starvation so critical, so much more important than all the rest, even more important than the starvation that was taking place now?
It was then that Grandfather recalled that the tribal elder had said that the entire world would take notice, but that the world would not learn the
lessons of what the death and famine were trying to teach. The children would die in vain.
Grandfather looked out across the barren land that surrounded the Eternal Cave to try to re-establish the reality of his 'now'. He said that it was
still hard to discern between waking reality and the world of Vision, but he felt that he was back into his time and place.
He told me that the Eternal Cave was always a place to find Visions of the possible and probable futures, and it was not uncommon for the searcher to
have a Vision at the mouth of the cave, not just inside.
In a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, Grandfather fell into a deep sleep, but it was in this sleep that the warrior spirit appeared to him
again and brought the remainder of the first sign to completion.
In his dream, the spirit spoke to Grandfather. "It is during the years of the famine, the first sign, that man will be plagued by a disease, a
disease that will sweep the land and terrorize the masses. The white coats [doctors/scientists] will have no answers for the people, and a great cry
will arise across the land. The disease will be born of monkeys, drugs and sex. It will destroy man from inside, making common sickness a killing
disease. Mankind will bring this disease upon himself as a result of his life, his worship of sex and drugs, and a life away from Nature. This, too,
is a part of the first warning; but, again, man will not heed this warning and he will continue to worship the false gods of sex and the unconscious
spirit of drugs." [Author's note: This is presumably a reference to AIDS.]
The spirit continued. "The drugs will produce wars in the cities of man, and the nations will arise against those wars, arise against that killing
disease. But the nations will fight in the wrong way, lashing out at the effect rather than the cause. It will never win these wars until the nation,
until society, changes its values and stops chasing the gods of sex and drugs. It is then, in the years of the first sign, that man can change the
course of the probable future. It is then that he may understand the greater lessons of the famine and the disease. It is then that there can still be
hope. But once the second sign of destruction appears, the Earth can no longer be healed on a physical level. Only a spiritual healing can then change
the course of the probable futures of mankind."
With that, the warrior spirit let Grandfather fall into a deep and dreamless sleep, allowing him to rest fully before any more Vision was wrought upon
The Second Sign
Grandfather awoke at the entrance of the cave once again, the memory of the warrior spirit still vivid in his mind, the spirit's words becoming part
of his soul.
When Grandfather looked out across the landscape, all had changed. The landscape appeared drier; there was no vegetation to be seen, and animals lay
dying. A great stench of death arose from the land, and the dust was thick and choking, the intense heat oppressive. Looking skyward, the Sun seemed
to be larger and more intense; no birds or clouds could be seen, and the air seemed thicker still. It was then that the sky seemed to surge and huge
holes began to appear. The holes tore with a resounding, thunderous sound, and the very Earth, rocks and soil shook.
The skin of the sky seemed to be torn open like a series of gaping wounds, and through these wounds seeped a liquid that seemed like the oozing of an
infection, a great sea of floating garbage, oil and dead fish. It was through one of these wounds that Grandfather saw the floating bodies of
dolphins, accompanied by tremendous upheavals of the Earth and violent storms. As he held fast to the trembling Earth, his eyes fell from the sky, and
all about him, all at once, was disaster. Piles of garbage reached to the skies, forests lay cut and dying, coastlines were flooded and storms grew
more violent and thunderous. With each passing moment, the Earth shook with greater intensity, threatening to tear apart and swallow Grandfather.
Suddenly the Earth stopped shaking and the sky cleared. Out of the dusty air walked the warrior spirit, who stopped a short distance from Grandfather.
As Grandfather looked into the face of the spirit, he could see that there were great tears flowing from his eyes, and each tear fell to the Earth
with a searing sound.
The spirit looked at Grandfather for a long moment, then finally spoke. "Holes in the sky."
Grandfather thought for a moment, then, in a questioning, disbelieving manner, said, "Holes in the sky?"
And the spirit answered. "They will become the second sign of the destruction of man. The holes in the sky and all that you have seen could become
man's reality. It is here, at the beginning of this second sign, that man can no longer heal the Earth with physical action. It is here that man must
heed the warning and work harder to change the future at hand. But man must not only work physically, he must also work spiritually, through prayer,
for only through prayer can man now hope to heal the Earth and himself."
There was a long pause as Grandfather thought about the impossibility of holes in the sky. Surely Grandfather knew that there could be a spiritual
hole, but a hole that the societies of the Earth could notice would hardly seem likely.
The spirit drew closer and spoke again, almost in a whisper. "These holes are a direct result of man's life, his travel, and of the sins of his
grandfathers and grandmothers. These holes, the second sign, will mark the killing of his grandchildren and will become a legacy to man's life away
from Nature. It is the time of these holes that will mark a great transition in mankind's thinking. They will then be faced with a choice-a choice to
continue following the path of destruction, or a choice to move back to the philosophy of the Earth and a simpler existence. It is here that the
decision must be made, or all will be lost."
Without another word, the spirit turned and walked back into the dust.
The Third Sign
Grandfather spent the next four days at the cave entrance, though for those four days nothing spoke to him, not even the Earth. He said that it was a
time of great sorrow, of aloneness, and a time to digest all that had taken place.
He knew that these things would not appear in his lifetime, but they had to be passed down to the people of the future with the same urgency and power
with which they had been delivered to him. But he did not know how he would explain these unlikely events to anyone. Surely the elders and shamans of
the tribes would understand, but not society, and certainly not anyone who was removed from the Earth and Spirit.
He sat for the full four days, unmoving, as if made of stone, and his heart felt heavy with the burden he now carried.
It was at the end of the fourth day that the third Vision came to him. As he gazed out onto the landscape towards the setting Sun, the sky suddenly
turned to a liquid and then turned blood-red. As far as his eyes could see, the sky was solid red, with no variation in shadow, texture or light. The
whole of Creation seemed to have grown still, as if awaiting some unseen command. Time, place and destiny seemed to be in limbo, stilled by the
bleeding sky. He gazed for a long time at the sky, in a state of awe and terror, for the red colour of the sky was like nothing he had ever seen in
any sunset or sunrise. The colour was that of man, not of Nature, and it had a vile stench and texture. It seemed to burn the Earth wherever it
touched. As sunset drifted to night, the stars shone bright red, the colour never leaving the sky, and everywhere the cries of fear and pain were
Again, the warrior spirit appeared to Grandfather, but this time as a voice from the sky. Like thunder, the voice shook the landscape. "This, then,
is the third sign, the night of the bleeding stars. It will become known throughout the world, for the sky in all lands will be red with the blood of
the sky, day and night. It is then, with this sign of the third probable future, that there is no longer hope. Life on the Earth as man has lived it
will come to an end, and there can be no turning back, physically or spiritually. It is then, if things are not changed during the second sign, that
man will surely know the destruction of the Earth is at hand. It is then that the children of the Earth must run to the wild places and hide. For when
the sky bleeds fire, there will be no safety in the world of man."
Grandfather sat in shocked horror as the voice continued.
"From this time, when the stars bleed, to the fourth and final sign, will be four seasons of peace [that is, one year]. It is in these four seasons
that the children of the Earth must live deep in the wild places and find a new home, close to the Earth and the Creator. It is only the children of
the Earth that will survive, and they must live the philosophy of the Earth, never returning to the thinking of man. And survival will not be enough,
for the children of the Earth must also live close to the Spirit. So tell them not to hesitate if and when this third sign becomes manifest in the
stars, for there are but four seasons to escape."
Grandfather said that the voice and red sky lingered for a week, and then were gone as quickly as they were manifest.
The Fourth Sign
He did not remember how many days he'd spent at the mouth of the cave, nor did it make a difference, for he had received the Vision he had come
It was in his final night at the Eternal Cave that the fourth Vision came to Grandfather, this time carried by the voice of a young child.
The child said, "The fourth and final sign will appear through the next ten winters [that is, ten years] following the night that the stars will
bleed. During this time, the Earth will heal itself and man will die. For those ten years, the children of the Earth must remain hidden in the wild
places, make no permanent camps, and wander to avoid contact with the last remaining forces of man. They must remain hidden, like the ancient scouts,
and fight the urge to go back to the destruction of man. Curiosity could kill many."
There was a long silence, until Grandfather spoke to the child spirit, asking, "And what will happen to the worlds of man?"
There was another period of silence until finally the child spoke again. "There will be a great famine throughout the world, like man cannot imagine.
Waters will run vile, the poisons of man's sins running strong in the waters of the soils, lakes and rivers. Crops will fail, the animals of man will
die, and disease will kill the masses. The grandchildren will feed upon the remains of the dead, and all about will be the cries of pain and anguish.
Roving bands of men will hunt and kill other men for food, and water will always be scarce, getting scarcer with each passing year. The land, the
water, the sky will all be poisoned, and man will live in the wrath of the Creator. Man will hide at first in the cities, but there he will die. A few
will run to the wilderness, but the wilderness will destroy them, for they had long ago been given a choice. Man will be destroyed, his cities in
ruin, and it is then that the grandchildren will pay for the sins of their grandfathers and grandmothers."
"Is there then no hope?" Grandfather asked.
The child spoke again. "There is only hope during the time of the first and second signs. Upon the third sign, the night of the bleeding, there is no
longer hope, for only the children of the Earth will survive. Man will be given these warnings; if unheeded, there can be no hope, for only the
children of the Earth will purge themselves of the cancers of mankind, of mankind's destructive thinking. It will be the children of the Earth who
will bring a new hope to the new society, living closer to the Earth and Spirit."
Then all was silent, the landscape cleared and returned to normal, and Grandfather stepped from the Vision. Shaken, he said that he had wandered for
the next season, trying to understand all that had been given to him, trying to understand why he had been chosen.
Grandfather had related the story to me in great detail during that night of the four prophecies. I don't think that any event had been left out, and
his emotions and thoughts were such that he actually relived it for us. Thus the power of his Vision became part of our spirit, our driving force, and
a big part of our fears.
I sat for a long time up on the hill. The fire had gone out, and all had retired to sleep for the night. Creation seemed to be at a standstill,
awaiting this darkest part of the night to pass by. I felt alone and vulnerable, as if all of Creation were scrutinising my every thought.
Grandfather had these Visions some time in the 1920s.
(END--Night Of The Red Sky)
For some reason, this prophecy resonated with me. It is not that I think it is a prophecy that will turn out to be 100% true, but when I first read
it, it seemed to open up doors of possibilities for me. I started to consider different ways of looking at the incidents that were happening to us as
a people planet wide. I know that may not make sense, but to me it served as a new way of looking at things.
The author Tom Brown Jr. runs a tracking school that teaches you how to survive in the wilderness as well as tracking skills. Here is his website
Tom Brown Jr Tracker School
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