February 17, 2002

Grandfather Stalking Wolf: vision of the four signs


Stalking Wolf was a man in awe of Jesus Christ.” Must to the surprise of many of my white friends, Stalking Wolf was a prophet — a true prophet — the kind that 100% of his prophecies come true.


In his book THE QUEST, Tom stated that “More than any person — prophet, religious leader, or psychic — I have ever met, Grandfather’s prophecies, on both a major and a minor scale, came true exactly at the time, and exactly as prophesied.

With that record I could not help but feel the impact of these prophecies on my life.”

Following is an excerpt from Tom’s book, The Quest recounting Grandfather Stalking Wolfs vision of the four signs warning of the destruction of earth and the end of life as we know it.

Children of the Earth

Tom asked , “How do I know that we are so close to destruction?”

“I had a vision,” Grandfather said. “It was a vision of the destruction of man. But man was given four warnings to that destruction, two of which gave man a chance to change his ways and two of which would give the children of the Earth time to escape the Creator’s wrath.”

It is these four that mark the destruction of man and life on Earth as we know it to exist now.”

“Yet Grandfather said we could still change things, even after the first two prophecies come true, but that there could be no turning back after the third.”

“How will I know these warnings, these signs?” Tom asked.

Grandfather continued “They will be obvious to you and those who listen to the Spirit of the Earth but to those who live within the flesh and know only flesh, there is no knowing and no understanding.”

“When these signs, these warnings and prophecies, are made manifest, then you will understand the urgency of what I speak. Then you will understand why people must not just work for their own spiritual peace, but to bring that rapture to the consciousness of modern man.”

Tom wrote in The Quest, “The urgency I feel, now more than ever, is a direct result of the second, impossible prophecy coming true. It is the reason I teach, sometimes with a certain desperation, and constantly with a sense that we are quickly running out of time.”

This vision was given to the old Apache in the 1920s. He related it to me in 1967.

Vision of the four signs

Grandfather was in his forties, and had been wandering for several years when the vision of the four signs were given to him.

He had just finished his third Vision Quest at the Eternal Cave when the Vision made itself known.

He had been seated at the mouth of the cave, awaiting the rising sun, when the spirit of the warrior appeared to him. He felt as if he were in a state somewhere between dream and reality, sleep and wakefulness, until the spirit finally spoke and he knew that it was not his imagination.

The spirit called Grandfather’s name and beckoned him to follow. As Grandfather stood, he was suddenly transported to another world. Again he thought that he was dreaming, but his flesh could feel the reality of this place; his senses knew that this was a state of abject reality but in another time and place.”

“The spirit warrior spoke to Grandfather, saying, ‘These are the things yet to come that will mark the destruction of man.

These things you may never see, but you must work to stop them and pass these warnings on to your grandchildren. They are the possible futures of what will come if man does not come back to the Earth and begin to obey the laws of Creation and the Creator.

There are four signs, four warnings, that only the children of the Earth will understand.

Each warning marks the beginning of a possible future, and as each warning becomes reality, so too, does the future it marks.’

With that the spirit warrior was gone and Grandfather was left alone in this strange new world.”

“The world he was in was like nothing he had ever known. It was a dry place, with little vegetation.

In the distance he saw a village, yet it was made out of tents and cloth rather than from materials of the Earth.

As he drew closer to the village the stench of death overwhelmed him and he grew sick. He could hear children crying, the moaning of elders, and the sounds of sickness and despair.

Piles of bodies lay in open pits awaiting burial, their contorted faces and frail bodies foretelling of death from starvation. The bodies appeared more like skeletons than flesh, their once dark brown complexions now ash grey.”

“As Grandfather entered the village, the horror of living starvation struck him deeper. Children could barely walk, elders lay dying, and everywhere were the cries of pain and fear.

The stench of death and the sense of hopelessness overwhelmed Grandfather, threatening to drive him from the village. It was then that an elder appeared to Grandfather, at first speaking in a language that he could not understand.

Grandfather realized as the elder spoke that he was a spirit of a man, a man no longer of the flesh but a man that had walked a spiritual path, possibly a shaman of his tribe.

It was then that he understood what the old one was trying to tell him.

“The elder spoke softly saying, ‘Welcome to what will be called the land of starvation. The world will one day look upon all of this with horror and will blame the famine on the weather and the Earth.

This will be the first warning to the world that man cannot live beyond the laws of Creator, nor can he fight Nature.

If the world sees that it is to blame for this famine, then a great lesson will be learned. But I am afraid that the world will not blame itself but that the blame will be placed on Nature.

The world will not see that it created this place of death by forcing these people to have larger families. When the natural laws of the land were broken, the people starved, as Nature starves the deer in winter when their numbers are too many for the land to bear.”

“The old one continued. ‘These people should have been left alone. They once understood how to live with Earth, and their wealth was measured in happiness, love, and peace.

But all of that was taken away from them when the world saw theirs as a primitive society. It was then that the world showed them how to farm and live in a less primitive way.”

“It was the world that forced them to live outside the laws of creation and as a result it is now forcing them to die.”

The old man slowly began to walk away, back to death and despair.

He turned one last time to Grandfather and said, “This will be the first sign. There will come starvation before and after this starvation, but none will capture the attention of the world with such impact as does this one.

The Children of the Earth will know the lessons that are held in all this pain and death, but the world will only see it as drought and famine, blaming Nature instead of itself.”

With that the old one disappeared, and Grandfather found himself back at the mouth of the Eternal Cave.

Grandfather lay back on the ground, thinking about what he had witnessed. He knew that it had been a Vision of the possible future and that the spirit of the Warrior had brought him to it to teach him what could happen.

Grandfather knew that people all over this future Earth were now starving, but why was this starvation so critical, so much more important than the starvation that was taking place now?

It was then that Grandfather recalled that the tribal elder had said that the entire world would take notice but that the world would not learn the lessons of what the death and the famine were trying to teach. The Children of the Earth would die in vain.

“In a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, Grandfather fell into a deep sleep, but it was in this sleep that the warrior spirit appeared to him again and brought the remainder of the first sign to completion.

In this dream the spirit spoke to Grandfather saying, “It is during the years of the famine, the first sign, that many will be plagued by a disease, a disease that will sweep the land and terrorize the masses.”

“The white coats (doctors) will have no answers for the people and a great cry will arise across the land. The disease will be borne of monkeys, drugs, and sex.” [Editor’s Note: this is very clearly the A.I.D.S. epidemic.]

“It will destroy man from inside, making common sickness a killing disease. Mankind will bring this disease upon himself as a result of his life, his worship of sex and drugs, and a life away from Nature.”

“This, too, is a part of the first warning, but again man will not heed this warning and will continue to worship the false gods of sex and the unconscious spirit of drugs.”

The spirit continued, saying, “The drugs will produce wars in the cities of man, and the nations will arise against those wars, arise against that killing disease. But the nations will fight in the wrong way, lashing out at the effect rather than the cause.”

“It will never win these wars until the nation, until society, changes its values and stops chasing the gods of sex and drugs.”

“It is then in the years of the first sign, that man can change the course of the probable future. It is then that he may understand the greater lessons of the famine and the disease. It is then that there can still be hope.”

“But once the second sign of destruction appears, the Earth can only be healed on a spiritual level. Only a spiritual healing can then change the course of the probable futures of mankind.”

With that the warrior spirit let Grandfather fall into a deep and dreamless sleep, allowing him to rest fully before any more Vision was wrought upon him.

Grandfather awoke at the entrance of the cave once again, the memory of the warrior spirit vivid in his mind, the spirit’s words becoming part of his soul.

When Grandfather looked out across the landscape, all had changed. The landscape all had changed. The landscape appeared dryer, there was no vegetation to be seen, and animals lay dying.

A great stench of death arose from the land, and the dust was thick and choking, the intense heat oppressive.

Looking skyward, the sun seemed to be larger and more intense; no birds or clouds could be seen; and the air seemed thicker still.

It was then that the sky seemed to surge and huge holes began to appear. The holes tore with a resounding, thunderous sound, and the very Earth, rocks, and soil shook.

The skin of the sky seemed to be torn open like a series of gaping wounds, and through these wounds seeped a liquid that seemed like the oozing of an infection, a great sea of floating garbage, oil, and dead fish.

It was through one of these wounds that Grandfather saw the floating bodies of dolphins, accompanied by tremendous upheavals of the Earth and of violent storms.

As he held fast to the trembling Earth his eyes fell from the sky, and all about him, all at once, was disaster.

Piles of garbage reached to the skies, forests lay cut and dying, coastlines flooded, and storms grew more violent and thunderous. With each passing moment the Earth shook with greater intensity, threatening to tear apart and swallow Grandfather.

Suddenly the Earth stopped shaking and the sky cleared. Out of the dusty air walked the warrior spirit, who stopped a short distance from Grandfather.

As Grandfather looked into the face of the spirit he could see that there were great tears flowing from his eyes, and each tear fell to the Earth with a searing sound.

The spirit looked at Grandfather for a long moment, then finally spoke, saying, “Holes in the sky.”

Grandfather thought for a moment, then in a questioning, disbelieving manner said, “Holes in the Sky?”

And the spirit answered, saying, “They will become the sign of the destruction of man. The holes in the sky and all that you have seen could become man’s reality.”

“It is here, at the beginning of this second sign, that man can no longer heal the Earth with physical action. It is here that man must heed the warning and work harder to change the future at hand.”

“But man must not only work physically, he must also work spiritually, through prayer, for only through prayer can man no hope to heal the Earth and himself.”

There was a long pause as Grandfather thought of to impossibility of holes in the sky.

Surely Grandfather knew that there could be a spiritual hole, but a hole that the societies of Earth could notice would hardly seem likely.

The spirit drew closer and spoke again, almost in a whisper. “These holes are a direct result of man’s life, his travel, and the sins of his grandfathers and grandmothers. These holes, the second sign, will mark the killing of his grandchildren and will become a legacy to man’s life away from Nature.

“It is the time of these holes that will mark a great transition in mankind’s thinking. They will then be faced with a choice, a choice to continue the path of destruction or a choice to move back to the philosophy of the Earth and a simpler existence.”

It is here that the decision must be made, or all will be lost.” Without another word the spirit turned and walked back into the dust.

“Grandfather spent the next four days at the cave entrance, though for the next four days nothing spoke to him, not even the Earth.

He said that it was a time of great sorrow, of aloneness, and a time to digest all that had taken place.

He knew that these things would not appear in his life time, but they had to be passed down to the people of the future, with the same urgency and power with which they had been delivered to him. But he did not know how he could explain these unlikely events to anyone.

Surely the elders and shamans of the tribes would understand but not society, and certainly not anyone who was removed from the Earth and spirit.

He sat for the four full days, unmoving, as if made of stone, and his heart felt heavy with the burden he now carried.

It was at the end of the fourth day that the third Vision came to him. As he gazed out onto the landscape toward the setting sun, the sky suddenly turned back to a liquid and turned blood red.

As far as his eyes could see, the sky was solid red, with no variation in shadow, texture, or light. The whole of creation seemed to have grown still, as if awaiting some unseen command.

Time, place, and destiny seemed to be in limbo, stilled by the bleeding sky.

He gazed for a long time at the sky, in a state of awe and terror, for the red color of the sky was like nothing he had ever seen in any sunset or sunrise. The color was that of man, not of Nature, and it had a vile stench and texture. It seemed to burn the Earth wherever it touched.

As sunset drifted to night, the stars shone bright red, the color never leaving the sky, and everywhere was heard the cries of fear and pain.

“Again the warrior spirit appeared to Grandfather, but this time as a voice from the sky. Like thunder, the voice shook the landscape, saying, “This, then, is the third sign, the night of the bleeding stars.” It will become known throughout the world, for the sky in all lands will be red with the blood of the sky, day and night.”

“It is then, with this sign of the third probable future, that there is no longer hope. Life on Earth as man has lived it will come to an end, and there can be no turning back, physically or spiritually.”

“It is then, if these are not changed during the second sign, that man will surely know the destruction of Earth is at hand. It is then that the children of the Earth must run to the wild places and hide. For when the sky bleeds fire, there will be no safety in the world of man.”

Grandfather sat in shocked horror as the voice continued. “From this time, when the stars bleed, to the fourth and final sign will be four seasons of peace. [Ed. note: the Indian way of saying one year. The number 4 is sacred, signifying a complete cycle]

“It is in these four seasons they must live deep within the wild places and find a new home, close to the Earth and the Creator. It is only the children of the Earth that will survive, and they must live the philosophy of the Earth, never returning to the thinking of man.”

“And survival will not be enough, for the children of the Earth must also live close to the spirit. So tell them not to hesitate if and when this third sign becomes manifest in the stars, for there are but four seasons to escape.”

Grandfather said that the voice and the red sky lingered for a week and then were gone as quickly as they were made manifest.

Grandfather did not remember how many days he’d spent at the mouth of the cave, nor did it make a difference, for he had received the Vision he had come for.

It was in the final night at the Eternal Cave that the fourth vision came to Grandfather, this time carried by the voice of a young child.

The child spoke, saying, “The fourth and final sign will appear through the next ten winters following the night that the stars will bleed. During this time the Earth will heal itself and man will die.”

“For those ten tears the children of the Earth must remain hidden in the wild places, make no permanent camps, and wander to avoid contact with the last remaining forces of man.”

THEY MUST REMAIN HIDDEN, like the ancient scouts and fight the urge to go back to the destruction of man. Curiosity could kill many.

There was a long silence, until Grandfather spoke to the child spirit, asking, “And what will happen to the worlds of man?”

There was another period of silence until finally the child spoke again. “There will be a great famine throughout the world, like man cannot imagine. Waters will run vile, the poisons of man’s sins running strong in the waters of the soils, lakes, and rivers.”

“Crops will fail, the animals of man will die, and disease will kill the masses. The grandchildren will feed upon the remains of the dead, and all about will be cries of pain and anguish.”

“Roving bands of men will hunt and kill other men for food, and water will always be scarce, getting scarcer with each passing year.”

“The land, the water, the sky will all be poisoned, and man will live in the wrath of the Creator. Man will hide at first in the cities, but there he will die.”

“A few will run to the wilderness, but the wilderness will destroy them, for Man will be destroyed, his cities in ruin, and it is then that the grandchildren will pay for the sins of their grandfathers and grandmothers.”

“Is there then no hope?” Grandfather asked.

The child spoke again, “There is only hope during the time of the first and second signs. Upon the third sign, the night of the bleeding, there is no longer hope, for only the children of the Earth will survive. Man will be given these warnings: if unheeded, there can be no hope, for only the children of the Earth will purge themselves of the cancers of mankind, of mankind’s destructive thinking. It will be the children of the Earth who will bring a new hope to the society, living closer to the Earth and spirit.”

Then all was silent, the landscape cleared and returned to normal and Grandfather stepped from the vision.

Shaken, he said he had wandered for the next season, trying to understand why he had been chosen.

Grandfather had related the story to me in great detail during that night of the four prophecies.

I don’t think that any event had been left out, and his emotions and thoughts were such that he actually relived it for us.

Thus the power of his vision became part of our spirit, our driving force, and a big part of our fears.

I sat a long time up on the hill. The fire had retired for the night. Creation seemed to be at a standstill awaiting this darkest part of the night to pass by. I felt alone and vulnerable, as if all creation were scrutinizing my every thought. I had no idea what to do with what Grandfather had given me through his Vision.

How could I ever make a difference or make anyone understand the Vision of another?

“Grandfather had this Vision sometime in the 1920s, and it was now 1962, still there were no great famines, and certainly no holes in the sky.

I wondered how we could ever tell if there was a hole in the sky, for certainly the air was transparent and there could be no way to see a hole in the air.

I laughed to myself at a fleeting image of Chicken Little running around the barnyard shouting, ‘The sky is falling!’ Certainly I would look just as insane, going around shouting that there are holes in the sky. The whole thing seemed so far fetched, so impossible.

Granted, Grandfather had been right in all of his other prophecies, but these were bizarre, even for him. Somewhere in that thought I drifted off into what I thought was a sound sleep.

Then Tom related how he, himself, saw the same vision of the bleeding stars that Grandfather did, waking later that night in a cold sweat.

In his dream he screamed for Grandfather, but his scream was silent — Grandfather’s voice broke the silence, sounding older and more hoarse, saying, “How can you not believe in the holes in the sky, the stars that bleed, or the famine? You have borne witness to the impossible before, and you see the impossible happen each day, all around you, yet you say you cannot believe. As you have lived, you have known that faith is the most powerful force on Earth and in the heavens, faith knows no fact or reason, transcends the laws of science — faith is the most powerful.”

Because you cannot understand how these things can happen, or how to bear witness of these things, your faith is shaken and you cannot fully accept them.”

“This same young warrior, who has lived in the temples of the wilderness and touched God, who has seen and lived the power of vision and spirit, now cannot comprehend the prophecies set before you. Why, then, can you not now transcend flesh and mind and accept these things?”

After awakening terrified, he ran back into camp where Grandfather was waiting for him. Before he spoke, Grandfather hushed him to silence, saying, ‘You wonder why I have passed down these visions to you, and what you should do with that knowledge?”

“As I have told you, man must work not only for his spiritual enlightenment but also for the spiritual enlightenment of all mankind. For to run and hide, to think only of oneself and not to have love and compassion for all of man, is to deny part of self.”

“Man is part of the Spirit-that-moves-in-all-things, and when one part of that spirit is sick, then all are sick; and when one part of that spirit dies, then part of self dies.”

“These visions, these four prophecies, are the things which you should work to resolve, things that lie beyond the self. Thus, by working to keep these prophecies and Visions from becoming reality, and to make the world whole again, we become dedicated to something greater than self, and your spiritual life becomes visible and full. You do not run away from responsibility.”

“The choice to go back to the world of man is not yours or mine; it is the world of the spirit that sends us, each to his capacity, each in his own way. I am living my Vision and teaching the way that Vision dictates, and someday you must do the same.”

“Tom asked, “But how will I know what to teach, where to go, and who to reach with this teaching?”

“The way and the means will be made manifest through Vision and from direction of the world of the spirit,” Grandfather said, “so make no concern about these things, for to a person living beyond spiritual selfishness the way will become clear. Thus if a person is attuned to the world of the spirit, the world of Vision, and working beyond his — or herself, then the path and time to act becomes clear.”

“Until then, allow the spirit of the Earth and the Creator to teach, and the Vision Quest to guide, and all else will become reality.”

“In these desperate times, when the Earth is dying, there can be no rest, no running away, for each of us in our own way must work to change the probable future of mankind.”

“For if modern man destroys himself, and we are personally responsible, then we are destroyed also. Each then is accountable for the future.”

About the Author:

Tom Brown Jr., is an outdoorsman raised in southern New Jersey. The Pine Barrens, an enormous natural wilderness, was his backyard during his boyhood. When he was eight years old, Tom met another boy, named Rick, who was to become his closest friend.

Rick’s grandfather, Stalking Wolf — an Apache Indian, took on the task of teaching these two young boys the ways of the Indian. They were taught to track, hunt, fish, build, and survive off the land as the Indian has for thousands of years.

They acquired skills long neglected, and as a result of ten years of Stalking Wolf’s tutoring, they became almost unique individuals in the modern world.”

“In the fall of 1978 The Tracker, a book about Tom’s youth was published, with a condensed version appearing in Reader’s Digest in November 1978.

As a result, Tom Brown Jr. received national attention, and his small survival school began to grow. By 1980, Tom was teaching classes of up to a hundred students in three and four day seminars from coast-to-coast the year around.

He teaches not only the basic skills of survival and tracking, but also an approach — a philosophy toward the Earth, which he feels is as important as the skills themselves.”

Source: ©Tom Brown Jr.
Excerpted from “The Quest

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