Mountains—and, in particular, volcanoes—have long been associated with portals. The Superstitious Mountains, covered in another section of this series, are but one example. The Cascade Range in the western United States is another. Mount Shasta, a stratovolcano, is one of Cascade’s mighty peaks, rising over fourteen thousand feet above sea level. Writer and adventurer Frederick Oliver wrote a book about the “sacred mountain” in 1884, claiming that beneath Shasta’s heights lay a massive network of tunnels and hallways where the descendants of Atlantis lived. According to the website mtshastaspirit.org, more than one hundred New Age sects revere the “sacred mountain.” An article written by Pam Huher and posted to a site called Mt. Shasta Spirit[i] tells of Bigfoot sightings, UFO activity, dwarves, robed “humanoids,” and even angels. If Mount Shasta is indeed a portal location, then none of these reports comes as a surprise.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is a sleepy little town that lies just opposite Gallipolis, Ohio, near the T-junction of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. Though the name of the town might not ring any bells, the movie and book about the town’s silver bridge will: The Mothman Prophecies. John Keel, the book’s author, begins his tale in 1967, when the silver bridge collapsed, but an online blogger who calls herself “The Appalachian Lady” begs to differ with his conclusions. She claims the real cause of the bridge’s collapse lay in a curse voiced by Chief Cornstalk:
I was the white man’s friend. Many times I have saved the white man and his people from harm. I never made war with you, except to protect our land. I refused at the peril of my own people to join your enemies in the red coats. I came to this fort as your friend, and you have murdered my young son, who harmed no one, and you have murdered me when I came only to save you. For this, may the curse of the Great Spirit rest upon this land and its inhabitants. May it be blighted by nature, and may it be blighted in its hopes. May the strength of its people be paralyzed by the stain of our blood.[ii]
Here is what the Appalachian Lady recalls hearing from her Shawnee grandmother:
For millennia, the abundant Ohio River Valley around Point Pleasant was home to multiple Native American tribes, including the Shawnee. Their leader in the late 1700s was Chief Kite-ug-gua (translated to Cornstalk), and their rock drawings exist even today. Among those drawings are depictions of a large bird-like creature with large saucer-like eyes, known as the Thunderbird. So the Mothman wasn’t a new thing at all, really. It was actually something known to Native Americans for hundreds if not thousands of years, long before the Mothman ever appeared.
The Thunderbird was a servant of The Great Spirit, and it lived atop the hills and mountains. It was huge, and according to legend, could cause wind and the sound of thunder with its wings, and lightning by blinking its huge eyes. It is said that the Thunderbird could change its appearance to that of a man, by pulling back its beak and removing its feathers. It was a very dangerous and wrathful spirit, and its power could be summoned through The Great Spirit, to avenge the Native Americans against their enemies.
She goes on to make her case, connecting the Mothman sightings to ancient legends of the Thunderbird:
There were over 100 witnesses to the Mothman phenomenon, and most were considered to be credible. They would talk of being chased by a large, approximately seven-foot-tall birdlike creature with large glowing red eyes, sometimes at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. They would also talk of this same creature appearing before them on remote roads or even in their own yard, sometimes peering with its large red eyes into their homes. (emphasis added)
Witnesses disagree as to whether or not this Mothman, a creature that bears an uncanny resemblance to a winged and red-eyed form of “Slender Man” reported in Staffordshire, England,[iii] was trying to warn citizens of Pleasant Point about an impending disaster or actually caused it, but the spiritual and perhaps “interdimensional” being reported may have been visiting the area as far back as the Shawnee tribe and even before.
Another anomalous region is Lake Anjikuni in Canada. Wikipedia says this:
In 1930, a newsman in The Pas, Manitoba, reported on a small Inuit village right off of Lake Angikuni. The village had always welcomed the fur trappers who passed through occasionally. But in 1930 Joe Labelle, a fur trapper well known in the village, found that all the villagers had gone. He found unfinished shirts that still had needles in them and food hanging over fire pits and therefore concluded that the villagers had left suddenly. Even more disturbing, he found seven sled dogs dead from starvation and a grave that had been dug up. Labelle knew that an animal could not have been responsible because the stones circling the grave were undisturbed. He reported this to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Kelleher refers to them using the anachronism North-West Mounted Police), who conducted a search for the missing people; no one was ever found.[iv]
The Lacus Curtius in Rome, the Cave of the Sibyl in Naples, and the Cape Matapan Caves are three more “portals” that often appear on the lists. The first involves a little-known monument in the Roman Forum, which depicts a Roman soldier and his horse, descending into the ground. The story is told by Livy that in 362, a great chasm opened up on the forum, threatening the entire city. Upon consulting the seers, the townspeople were told that only the sacrifice of “the greatest strength of the Roman people” could forestall the disaster. A warrior named Marcus Curtius is said to have offered his life by mounting his horse and leaping into the chasm, which immediately closed in upon him.[v]
The Sibyl Cave is where the oracle of Apollo known as the Cumeaen Sibyl presided over a cult of women. Sibyl means “prophetess” in Latin. The Cumeaen Sibyl is perhaps the most famous, for she is said to have written nine (there’s that number again) books of prophecy, which she offered to the ruler of Rome, King Tarquin. Wikipedia has this entry:
Centuries ago, concurrent with the 50th Olympiad not long before the expulsion of Rome’s kings, an old woman “who was not a native of the country” (Dionysius) arrived incognita in Rome. She offered nine books of prophecies to King Tarquin; and as the king declined to purchase them, owing to the exorbitant price she demanded, she burned three and offered the remaining six to Tarquin at the same stiff price, which he again refused, whereupon she burned three more and repeated her offer. Tarquin then relented and purchased the last three at the full original price, whereupon she “disappeared from among men.”[vi]
In the introduction to her little-known novel, The Last Man, about a plague ending mankind, horror writer Mary Shelley claims to have found prophetic writings written upon leaves by the Sibylin a cave near Naples. The Cumeaen Sibyl’s cave may have communicated with underground tunnels that linked to a vast underworld. The caves at Matapan are another example.
Sitting atop a hill just above the area of Mani, Greece, known as Cape Matapanlie the remnants of an ancient temple to Poseidon. Just below the cliff is a cave that the ancient Greeks believed led directly into the realm of Hades, god of the dead. Local stories say that both Orpheus and Heracles used the cave’s portal to access Hell.
While such concepts may seem strange to a few readers, the Bible supports the notion that the earth is a “holding tank” and that intelligent beings exist beneath its surface and sometimes move between its interior and exterior through “gates.” We know the location of the Old Testament Paradise as well as Shoel-hades lies beneath the crust of the earth. Other places in the Bible depict an underwater reality, including where “the four angels are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14), as well as where God has imprisoned until the day of Judgment those Watcher angels that so famously fell (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Job 26:5 also speaks of “dead things” that move beneath the waters, and when the woman of Endor communicated with underground spirits, they ascended up from “out of the earth” (1 Samuel 28:13).
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Thus the ancient belief that beings and underworld regions were under the control of a supernatural “gatekeeper” associated with Hades is both fascinating and enlightening when compared to these Scriptures, especially when we consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:17–18: “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona [son of Jonah]…thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (emphasis added). We do not believe it is coincidental that Jesus referred to Jonah when tying Peter’s confession to gates and the ultimate victory of the church. In the Old Testament, Jonah 2:6 tells of his journey to the bottom of the sea to a “city of gates” (Hebrew bĕriyach, “a fortress inside the earth, a prison”) from which God delivered him. There is doubt about where Jonah was, as he prayed to God out of the “belly of hell”—the underworld prison of the dead. Jesus made the same connection to earth gateways, Jonah, and His mission for the church again in Matthew 12:40 when He said: “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” This type of reasoning—that the physical planet serves as a repository in which intelligences reside—is and was fundamental to ancient biblical interpretation.
But could it be, as science advances, that we may uncover some kind of “proof” of life beneath our feet? Recently, there have been stories of strange sounds coming up from (what seems like) the ground, including a “hum” that numerous newscasters around the world have said is driving some people crazy. Upon reading one of those stories recently, I forwarded it to a very well known and popular prophecy teacher for his opinion. He emailed back: “Tom, they’re busy down there, aren’t they. Those pesky subterranean dwellers must know that something’s up! The word is out that they’ll soon be released to the surface of the earth, and they’re getting excited!”
Just a few days after that email exchange, NASA and the European Association of Geochemistry published research by a team of Harvard scientists who are now “confirming evidence” of the remnants of an ancient earth, dating back to a time when something impacted the earth with such force (they surmise it was an earth-sized object, but could this have been the fall of Lucifer?) that it collided with our planet and produced our moon. They believe when that happened, part of the surface of the earth and its life forms were crushed down into the mantle and covered by the current surface material. Huge chasms could exist in this area hosting remnants of that ancient world. The scientists say they are registering unexplained isotopic ratios from deep within the planet that could be coming from this earlier earth—an echo of an ancient world that existed prior to the proposed collision some 4.5 billion years ago. According to lead researcher, Associate Professor Sujoy Mukhopadhyay of Harvard:
The energy released by the impact between the Earth and Theia [interesting that they give this other earth-size object, which they believe impacted the earth, the name “Theia,” as this is the ancient female equivalent of Lucifer—the female “light bearer” or “shining one”] would have been huge, certainly enough to melt the whole planet. But we believe that the impact energy was not evenly distributed throughout the ancient Earth. This means that a major part of the impacted hemisphere would probably have been completely vaporised, but the opposite hemisphere would have been partly shielded, and would not have undergone complete melting….
The geochemistry indicates that there are differences between the noble gas isotope ratios in different parts of the Earth, and these need to be explained. The idea that a very disruptive collision of the Earth with another planet-sized body, the biggest event in Earth’s geological history, did not completely melt and homogenize the Earth challenges some of our notions on planet formation and the energetics of giant impacts. If the theory is proven correct, then we may be seeing echoes of [an] ancient Earth [somewhere within our current world signaling an ongoing existence], from a time before the collision.[vii]
Just a couple of weeks before the press release above, another team of scientists announced discovery of a massive “ocean” towards the earth’s core. The reservoir of water there is three times the volume of all our surface oceans, they say, and in confirmation of Genesis 7:11, they even believe this underground ocean—seven hundred kilometers beneath the mantle (the layer of hot rock between earth’s surface and its core) could have provided all of the waters that make up the earth’s seas today![viii]
Could it be that life is there now? Perhaps something substantiating the “Hollow Earth” theory and offering that, inside this pale blue dot, there are plants, animals, and perhaps even some form of intelligent life?
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[i] Mt. Shasta Spirit website: http://mtshastaspirit.org/msspirit/gen/mysteries-of-mount-shasta/ (accessed February 3, 2015).
[iii]“Terror as Ghostly Slender Man Figure Spotted in Same Area as Black-eyed Ghost Child,” Daily Star, January 25, 2015, http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/422007/Slender-Man-spotted-Cannock-area-Black-Eyed-Ghost-child-seen (accessed February 3, 2015).
[v] Legend of Lacus Curtius, found at http://www.livius.org/place/rome/rome-forum-romanum/lacus-curtius/ (accessed February 3, 2015).
[vii] “Scientists May Have Identified Echoes of Ancient Earth,” Phys Org, June 09, 2014, http://phys.org/news/2014-06-scientists-echoes-ancient-earth.html.
[viii]Andy Coghlan, Massive ‘Ocean’ Discovered towards Earth’s Core” New Scientists, June 12, 2014, http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25723-massive-ocean-discovered-towards-earths-core.html#.VNfrCvnF98E.