Prophecies and Scientific Predictions
76. ORIGIN OF CALAMITIES
 (The Lord:) “I say to you: Live only for fifty years according to the proper divine order and you will never again see, hear, taste and endure any calamity !
 I tell you: All calamities, epidemics, all sorts of disease among humans and animals, bad weather, lean and unproductive years, devastating hailstorms, great, all-destructive floods, gales, great storms, locust plagues and such like are merely consequences of the wrong actions of man! [
3] If man was, as far as possible, living within the given order, he would not have to expect any of these things. The years would pass by like pearls on a string, one as blessed as the next, and the habitable part of the earth would never be afflicted by too much cold or too much heat. However, since the clever and exceedingly shrewd people undertake projects by far exceeding their needs, as for instance, erecting too great edifices and under -taking excessive improvements, leveling whole mountains in order to construct highways for making war, destroying many hundreds of thousands of acres of the finest forest lands, digging too deeply into the mountains for the sake of gaining gold and silver and, lastly, living in continual quarrel and discord with one an other, while on the other hand, they are at all times surrounded by a great number of intelligent nature spirits who are responsible for the earth's weather as well as for the purity and wholesomeness of the air, the water and the soil –is it any wonder if this earth is more and more visited by an infinite number of evils of every kind and type?
 Miserly and avaricious people equip their barns with locks and bolts and even keep armed guards who watch over their overflowing treasures and possessions, and woe betide him who would approach them without being authorized; truly, he would instantly be sharply dealt with!
 By this, I do not mean to say that nobody should be allowed to protect his hard earned property; I am here talking of the highly unnecessary, excessive abundance. Would it not be advisable to build also barns which are open to all the poor and weak, although under the supervision of a wise donor, so that no one might take more than what he needs? If, in this way, avarice and miserliness disappeared from the earth, also now listen well to what I am saying! All meager years would disappear from the earth.
 You ask how this is possible. And I answer: In the most natural way of the world. Anyone in the least familiar with the inner workings of the whole of nature must soon understand this.
 There, in front of us, is still the healing herb and there, a little further to the front, the very harmful poisonous plant. Do not both get their nourishment from the very same water, the very same air, the very same light and its warmth? And yet, this plant is full of healing properties and the other full of deadly poison!
 Why is that so? Because the medicinal plant, being of a well - ordered inner nature, in keeping with its good qualities influences all its surrounding nature -
spirits so much so that these, in peace and harmony, conform to it within and from outside and nourish it. Thus, the whole plant becomes wholesome and healing, and in the sunlight during the day its evaporations and the nature - spirits surrounding it up to a good distance, exert a most beneficial influence on humans and animals.
 With the poisonous plant, whose nature is of a selfish and angry character, the surrounding nature- spirits are seized by that same disposition and thus become perverted. They then, likewise, conform to the plant, nourishing it, and their whole nature then becomes homogeneous with the plant's original nature. Also its surroundings and evaporation, as it were, are poisonous and harmful to man, and the animals, with their sensitive nostrils, keep out of its way.”
77. THE INFLUENCE OF EVIL AND GOOD
 (The Lord:) “Even more so, an avaricious and greedy man is an exceedingly large poisonous plant of a far reaching influence. All the nature spirits surrounding him up to a great distance, his emanation and his whole outer life sphere, will conform to his inner nature. And the corrupted nature - spirits around him will keep perverting into their own evil, avarice and greed the still good nature - spirits joining them.
 Since these nature - spirits are in constant conflict, not only with man, but also with the animals and plants, the water and the air, they invariably give rise to many battles, frictions and unnecessary movements in the air, the water, the earth, the fire and in the animals.
(THE GREAT GOSPEL OF JOHN Book 9, Chap. 76, 77)