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At The Brink Of War, Man Who Correctly Foresaw 9/11 Offers New Prediction

By Michael H. Brown

Ned Dougherty, a Catholic famous for a near-death experience during which he was given prophecies (including one that foretold terrorist attacks in Washington and New York), has issued a stark warning for the coming period of military action. We submit it for your discernment. Like any other such prediction, it should be considered and then prayed about, not become a center of any obsession. With prayer -- and Christ -- there is always more light and hope than darkness.

But we are in a period of potentially prophetic times, and heeding Scripture, we will consider certain prophecies in the coming days, emphasizing that such predictions seem to involve scenarios of what would happen if the world continued in the state it was in at the moment of the prophecy. As another person with a similar experience once said, "During my experience, I was also shown events that are likely to happen in the near future, but was made to understand that nothing is absolutely fixed and that everything depends on how we choose to use our own free will, that even those events that are already predestined can be changed or modified by a change in our own way of relating to them. A successful prophecy is one that changes enough people to sufficiently prevent the prophecy from actually happening."

Nonetheless, the prophecies are of a serious nature. Dougherty, who now lives in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, as well as Long Island, once owned Club Marakesh, the hottest nightclub in the New York City suburb of the Hamptons (home to the super-rich) and a second nightspot in West Palm Beach, living the glamorous life of limos, models, celebrities, seaplanes, and Dom Perignon champagne [see original story]. 

All that changed on July 2, 1984, when something happened to him like a heart attack or a stroke and Dougherty found himself collapsing on the sidewalk outside his club.

According to Ned, he felt like he was "floating, suspended in a black, bottomless pit." As he was suspended in air he saw a "kaleidoscopic review" of his lifestyle and possessions, which then vaporized. Suddenly a mass of energy formed over him in the sky and shaped itself into a cylinder funneling upwards. He was drawn into another realm -- a realm in which he saw deceased loved ones, a realm in which he was enveloped by the Light of God.

It was during this experience -- which has transformed his life (he is now a daily communicant) -- that Dougherty asserts he encountered a Lady in light who stood next to a large globe of the earth and began to speak to him about the future of the world. Later, he believes he was spoken to by the Archangel Michael.

Referring to a book he wrote about the experience and a chapter on what he calls "future visions," Dougherty, in an e-mail this week to those who have followed his reputed revelations, states: "Many of you who have already read Fast Lane to Heaven know that we are now facing events more terrible than we ever expected to see in our lifetimes. Many of you have been returning to the book to read the 'future visions' recognizing that today's current events are all contained in the book. Following the near-death experience in which I was shown these future visions in 1984, even I thought that the world would never be reduced to the loss of spirituality and level of insanity in which we find ourselves today while at the brink of war.

"I was shown a vision of a large plateau in the Middle East. The plateau was surrounded by a dusty, dry, and barren region that seemed to be deserted and devoid of any life. I was told that future events at this location in the Middle East would start a chain reaction of man-made catastrophic events, first in the Middle East, then in Africa and Europe, followed by events in Russia and China. We are now at that point where it appears that mankind will cause a chain reaction of catastrophic events resulting in incredible devastation.

"As a human being and an American, I find myself conflicted with my true spiritual nature. I want to support our country, our president, and our troops who are now clearly in harm's way, but in my essence I am a spiritual being and know that violence will never solve the problems of the world.

"I find myself most conflicted by the Archangel Michael's Message (pages 172-174) which is clearly a warning to the people of the United States of America. We want to believe that the United States is doing 'the right thing' and that President Bush is truly acting by divine inspiration with a clear mandate in the course in which he leads us. But I have my doubts because of what I have been shown will happen if the prosecution of this war results in tremendous death and destruction.

"The Lady of Light told me that none of these future events need take place if mankind began to recognize and work with God's plan. The way to understand and work with God's plan is through prayer and meditation; through prayer to call out to God, and through meditation to hear His message.

"I was told that the world could be saved, not by its leaders, but by prayer groups throughout the world. I was told that the prayers of twenty could save a nation from war. I was told that the fate of mankind rested on our ability, individually and collectively, to change the direction of mankind in accordance with God's plan.

"So what can we do?

"Very simply, we can pray. We can ask ourselves what Jesus would do. Perhaps we can throw our hands up in prayer and beg for His return. Perhaps He will choose this moment in eternity to return and stop the insanity. Now that's something to pray for!

"From page 258: 'The future of the world is in our hands. The right choice is obvious. If each and every individual aspires to lead a life of love of God, self and neighbor, collectively mankind has the ability to determine the future of the world and to choose our destiny as a civilization. Individually we have the responsibility to do our part to achieve a future for mankind that is in accordance with God's plan. It is not for us to question whether or not God will allow cataclysmic events to devastate humanity. If the future of the world is doomed, it is of our own making. It must be a determination for us, individually and collectively, to change the course of events. God is making Himself available to us through His Holy Spirit  to give us the courage, strength and wisdom to change the course of future events for the betterment of mankind.'

Dougherty ends his latest missive: "PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!"

Whatever else we may agree or disagree with in such experiences and such prophecies, we can only second that motion.

[see also Fast Lane to Heaven and video From the Hamptons to Heaven]

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