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When the Year Thousand that comes after Year Thousand begins

Men will no longer rely on the law of God

But will want to lead their lives like a horse

They will want to choose their children in their wives’ wombs

And will kill those that they don’t like.

 

But what sort of man takes himself for God like that?

The Powerful will seize the best lands

And the most beautiful women

The poor and the weak will be cattle

Each home will become a donjon

Fear will be in every heart like a poison.

 

The first part of this prophecy is so clear that it doesn’t need comment.  Neither does the second part.

A donjon, or keep, is a tower in a mediaeval castle where, particularly in the earlier mediaeval period, the lord, his family and his personal servants lived.  By the fifteenth century, they usually lived in more convenient houses within the high court.  However, if the castle was under attack, the family still took refuge in the donjon, which was also the last fortified place of defence for the soldiers if the castle was invaded.

In John’s time, the donjon was often the only defensive tower.  Castles grew bigger and higher as war machines and weapons became more reliable and precise in aim, and therefore more deadly.  Before that, they tended to blow up a lot, killing more of the people using them than their enemies.  Castles adapted as weapons improved.

Today, people are getting bullet-proof front doors and putting bars on the windows of their homes.  Elaborate alarm systems are being installed.  Panic rooms are appearing.  We too are adapting our castles to increased aggression.

Nineteenth prophecy tomorrow.

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