"In this remarkable document it seems to me that "Egypt" stands for much more than the land of the Nile, and that the prophecy is not simply a forewarning of the demise of ancient Egypt four or five centuries after Christ but rather of developments that have only reached fruition in our own time -- here, now and today in the West in the 21st century after Christ......
.....And so the gods will depart from mankind, - a grievous thing! - and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with men, and drive the poor wretches by main force into all manner of reckless crime, into wars, and robberies, and frauds, and all things hostile to the nature of the soul."
I concur with this whole heartedly. Further, it is evident to me that we as a people, within our time, are moving further away from the very same truths that once were so upheld. We are not evolving, we seem to be de-evolving. We live at a faster pace, moving toward something that we know not what it may be, but we do not move toward the light of good and purity, not toward the light of love and acceptance, but toward the dark of hate and ignorance. We have inverted these ideals so that humanity comes to regard compassion and kindness as weakness, uses the gift of intelligence and logic to entrap ourselves in a web of spiritual detachment which we employ as an excuse to detach from our accountability as individuals and as nations.
The words of the prophecy are chilling indeed, and I believe that they point to us, to the world we have created and not inherited. This is not a legacy, but a creation, an inversion of what once was good and pure. For me, the saddest part of this prophecy is:
"....And so the gods will depart from mankind, - a grievous thing! - and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with men....
And so the gods will depart from mankind. How sad. Indeed the evil angels remain, uprooting all the good that is done, destroying the good seeds we plant.
And what is the answer? How do we turn the tide back?
The prophecy does provide hope and with it a reminder, a reminder of cycles:
"But when all this has befallen, Asclepius, then the Master and Father, God, the first before all, the maker of that god who first came into being, will look on that which has come to pass, and will stay the disorder by the counterworking of his will....... he will cleanse the world from evil, now washing it away with water-floods, now burning it out with fiercest fire, or again expelling it by war and pestilence.
....Such is the new birth of the Kosmos; it is a making again of all things good, a holy and awe-striking restoration of all nature; and it is wrought in the process of time by the eternal will of God. For Gods will has no beginning; it is ever the same, and as it now is, even so it has ever been, without beginning. For it is the very being of God to purpose good."
I remain optimistic....but the prophecy really does hit home, does it not? So close to our own times, so many issues and points made in that prophecy that are applicable only to us today.