Back in 2001, following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers there were Kabbalah teachers who pointed out a prophecy in the Zohar predicting “the fall of (three) towers in the city of Rome.” What was most impressive in that text was the date listed (that section of the Zohar was written no later than 1300), a day in the Hebrew month of Elul. Remarkably, in 2001, that date fell on September 11th. On further inspection of the text in the Zohar it is clear that the context and other details do not fit that infamous day in the new Rome, New York City. “Further inspection” is the key to disclosing that prophetic predictions, such as the famous quatrains of Nostradamus, don’t match up with a first blush of correspondence to historical events.
There is one prophetic text though in Zohar that has fascinated many—it is a prediction of the evolution of human consciousness “every 60 years” starting in the Hebrew calendar year of 5,600 (the present year is 5,799). What that translates into is that starting with the year 1840 you count 60 years for the next leap of consciousness. The ensuing years then are 1900, 1960 and coming up, 2020. While every year and certainly every decade brings advancement, it is the underlying teaching that is implied by this Zohar text that signals optimism for our growth in understanding and awareness. Keep in mind that the Zohar’s dates are tracking the Hebrew calendar which “happen” to correspond to years we assign special meaning.
In less than 120 years we have progressed in our science from Einsteinian to Quantum physics, from our discovery of planets in our solar system to recognizing that our solar system is but one of trillions in thousands of galaxies. We have progressed, slowly and fitfully, toward gender, sexual and racial equality and are only now realizing our place among the interconnected bio and ecosphere. We have only begun to evolve beyond dogmatic religious or secular philosophies and fantasies. We don’t need perfect vision, but if 2020 is to be another leap forward in our awareness we certainly need to heed and learn from our mistaken notions and take one giant step forward in consciousness.