When the Year Thousand that comes after Year Thousand begins

A lot of men will remain seated with their arms crossed

Or will wander without knowing where, with glazed eyes

For they will no longer have a forge to beat metal

And no field to cultivate


They will be like a seed which cannot take root

Roaming around and owning nothing, humiliated and desperate

The youngest and the oldest often homeless

They will have only war to save them

And they will start by fighting themselves

And they will hate their lives.


This prophecy speaks about people who cannot find work.  Markets have changed and they have lost their livelihoods.

It speaks of their search from place to place, their humiliation and their desperation.  They own nothing and are often homeless, particularly the youngest and the oldest among them.

The young ones can join the army, but first they have to win the battle against themselves.  Being out of work creates a feeling of self-loathing, of being good-for-nothing.  People become depressive, which in turn can lead to suicide.

The longer you are out of work, the more difficult it becomes to find a job.  Others can see you as “lazy” and criticise you, which makes it worse.  I know, I’ve been there.

It can eventually lead to homelessness and all the additional problems of living in the street.  Drugs and alcohol (also a drug) help to numb the pain, but to get them, the only way is theft or prostitution.

I will be eternally grateful never to have been reduced to homelessness.

With this twentieth prophecy we are two-thirds of the way through John’s description of life today as he saw it nearly 1,000 years ago, and half-way through his forty prophecies.  The last ten are life farther into our future, and are extremely optimistic.  Already we can see the beginnings of changes for the better concerning some of the things which we have seen in these first twenty.

Tomorrow we shall embark on the last ten which speak about today, before plunging into the ten about our bright future, predicted to begin around 2020 to 2050.