How was Project Apocalypse born?

The initiator of this website is Kees Zoeteman, born 1945 just after the ending of WW II, in Dordrecht the Netherlands. He is a natural scientist and got his Ph.D. at Utrecht University, the Netherlands based on a thesis identifying major causes of drinking water pollution. After his environmental research career he became adviser to the Dutch Minister for Environment from 1988-2000. From 2000-2004 he was chairman of the Board of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. From 2000 -2015 he was endowed professor of sustainability at Tilburg University. Since his forties he also developed a broad interest in mysticism which he combines with his present work as author and emeritus professor in sustainable development for financial and other organizations.

In 1995 he traveled to the Greek isle of Patmos and the seven municipalities of the Apocalypse on the Turkish mainland. Here he had special inner experiences which he described in his autobiographical novel Father (In Dutch Vader, 2015) (to be ordered by sending an email to Since this journey, he has increasingly immersed himself in the apocalypse and its backgrounds. He discovered that the attitudes associated with more developed forms of sustainable behavior can also be found in the initiation stages described by the Apocalypse, for example in the opening of the seven seals.

For long he had the intention to write a book to support his conversations and discussion groups on this theme, until he read the book World evolution and John’s Apocalypse (Welten Werden und Johannesapokalypse, 1976) by the German educationalist Arthur Schult (1893-1969). This book contained a very comprehensive explanation of the Apocalypse. He then decided to give his earlier intention a different form. He expected that art could play an important role in propagating the old message of the Apocalypse in modern times. This gave rise to the idea of creating and maintaining a website in which the text fragments of the Apocalypse could be presented together with art expressions about the content of these texts.

In addition, a website offered the opportunity to add new artistic expressions, enter into a dialogue with visitors and present new insights about the meaning of the message of the Apocalypse. Gradually a circle of interested parties in came into being who helped to build and expand the website.