A worldwide flood that took place 14,600 years ago is almost certainly the origin of some of the oldest of all human stories, the flood tales of Native America, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah's Flood.
Scientists now know that it was caused by a very rapid and intense warming event and the collapse of ice sheets all across the planet. But why did it happen?
One theory is that it was caused by a comet striking the Laurentian Ice Sheet above what is now the Great Lakes. This led to the disintegration of the ice sheet and a subsequent dramatic melt and rise in temperatures. This theory is discussed in the Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes by scientists Richard Firestone, Allen West and Simon Warwick-Smith.
Another theory is that the planet's crust shifted on its mantle. This theory was originally advanced by Charles Hapgood and has been expanded by Rose and Rand Flem-Ath and Graham Hancock in their books on the subject (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). One support for this theory is that many of mankind's most ancient sacred sites are on a geodetic line that would have been a latitude line 14,600 years ago if the pole had then been approximately 1,400 miles east of its present location.
But these are just theories. Scientists are still attempting to come to a final answer about why the sudden warming event took place. Because it happened so long ago, it cannot have had anything to do with human-induced global warming. It is the most profound and powerful climate event to have taken place on earth in the past hundred thousand years. If it were to happen again, civilization would collapse, and many believe that a past civilization, smaller than ours but well developed, did indeed collapse at that time.
Thank goodness Nashville, Tennessee is sunny! In fact, it's so lovely there (and it's a great central location too) that we hold our annual Dreamland Festival there every year. And THIS YEAR, we're almost sold out, so if you want to join in the fun (and hear some GREAT INFORMATION), get your tickets today!
And speaking of great information, In Whitley's Room, just for subscribers, there are now several short (15 min.) discussions by Whitley Strieber on bible verses. The first covers the meaning of the phrase "because man goeth to his long home" in Ecclesiastes 12:5. It explains this enigmatic phrase in a startling and deeply moving way.
The second in the series covers John 13: 34: "Love one another." When Whitley begins talking about what the imposition of doctrine did at the Council of Nicea, this quickly becomes one of the most powerful discussions on any biblical passage you are going to hear. These brief fifteen minutes have the potential to free us from thousands of years of unacknowledged bondage to doctrine, and bring vivid new life to the experience of Jesus.
The third is on the opening lines of Genesis (you've never heard an interpretation like THIS before)! In another, Whitley Strieber talks about how the Romans saw Jesus, and uses the gospels and his deep knowledge of Roman history to explain what Jesus meant to them and why they executed him, and why they did it in the precise way that they did.
And the latest is on the REAL meaning of the "marriage feast at Cana."