posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 11:33 AM
The Rapture: The New Age Perspective
According to the Bible there will be a future time when all of the believers in Jesus Christ are taken off of the earth to heaven to be protected from
the time of terrible tribulation known as the Day of the Lord. This miraculous rescue is described in a number of Biblical passages such as Matthew
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming
of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah
entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in
the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for
you do not know what hour your Lord is coming."
And also 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17,
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and
the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the
Lord in the air..."
The secular media approaches this far-out belief with much patronizing glee, seeming to ask, "What person in his right mind would actually believe
such ridiculous nonsense!?" The truth is that there are many people other than just bible-thumping Christians who believe in a very similar future
New Age guru David Spangler writes that "those attuned to the old world" will be "transported through the [cosmic] law of attraction" to "another
planet, plane of existence or level of earth's consciousness where they can be contained... the main point is that they will lose, for the time
being, their access to the etheric planes of power and the ability to control or influence the developments upon earth." (Revelation, Birth of a New
Best-selling New Age author, intellectual and promoter John Randolph Price was told by his spirit guide Asher, that in the near future two billion
people who could not cope with the reality of the New Age would be wiped off the face of the earth during the future "cleansing" period. (1)
New Age channelers and gurus around the world predict an event very similar to the biblical rapture, yet from their point of view the rapture will not
be an event which rescues God's faithful from His impending wrath on a wicked world, it will instead be an event that removes those who lack the
proper spiritual vibration. It is said that those taken are those whose beliefs are characterized as "intolerant," "fearful" and "of the past."
From the New Age perspective the rapture is seen as a global "cleansing action" that will remove "dark thought forces" to allow the earth to
ascend to a higher plane of existence.
Barbara Marciniak is another well-known New Age channeler who predicts this event. This woman claims to have been telepathically contacted by aliens
who come from the star-system of the Pleiades, and she has written numerous books on the messages that she has channeled from them. These spirit
beings tell her a number of things regarding the future "shift in consciousness,"
"If human beings do not change -- if they do not make the shift in values and realize that without Earth they could not be here -- then Earth, in its
love for its own initiation, is reaching for a higher frequency, will bring about a cleansing that will balance it once again. There is the potential
for many people to leave the planet in an afternoon." (2)
"The people who leave the planet during the time of Earth changes do not fit in here any longer, and they are stopping the harmony of Earth. When the
time comes that perhaps 20 million people leave the planet at one time there will be a tremendous shift in consciousness for those who are
"Some of you want to pretend that the earth changes are not occurring. However, they are occurring, and there is nothing to fear, for they are part
of the process of the great shift... Whether you stay on the planet and alter your vibration, or you check out and sit in the bleachers to watch the
show, doesn't really matter. On some level, in some avenue of existence, you will participate and you will learn." (4)
Thelma Terrell is yet another New Age author and trance-channeler. Also known by her spiritual name of "Tuella," she wrote a book entitled Project
World Evacuation. They are messages channeled from a being who calls himself Ashtar, the leader of an alien confederation, and throughout it are
documented the predictions that this spirit being has made regarding the future "evacuation" of a significant number of human beings from off of the
surface of the earth. (5)
As New Age spirituality becomes more widespread the practice of channeling inter-dimensional beings increases as well. The internet is full of
countless websites dedicated to this anti-biblical practice of contacting the spirit world. These sites document even more channelings which predict a
future "cleansing action," "evacuation," or "transference" of a segment of humanity to another location.
Sheldan Nidle operates "The Planetary Activation Organization," based in Maui, Hawaii, which is dedicated to preparing the world for
extra-terrestrial contact. His website contains articles which refer to an evacuation of certain people to special mother ships of the inter-galactic
fleet. He writes that these people will then go through a special "orientation training" before being released. In another section one of Nidle's
"lightworkers" asks him if New Age meditations and rituals might make an evacuation unnecessary. Nidle responds that although the rituals are
essential the evacuation must still take place. (6)
The Ashtar Command is another internet-based organization that claims ET connections. They make mention of an "ascension" process that goes through
several phases. The second wave of Ascension is described as "the beginning of the evacuation," but the timing of this event is not given because
the announcement of dates "is not permitted." This group also recognizes the Lord Maitreya as the "current planetary Christ." The Ashtar Command
has branches all over the world including Norway, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States.