December 14, 2010

What Will It Take?

To many observers, we are living in 'end times' as prophesied in various traditions; is it all just hype?
There are a couple of Bible verses that are particularly appropriate for the tenor of these times:
(1) Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? (Jesus' words, Matt 16:3, Luke 12:56 alternate rendering). (2) Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. [4] They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." (Peter's words, 2 Pet 3:3,4)

Isn't the world at large behaving precisely as these verses describe? On the one hand, there's an abundance of environmental signs seeking to be discerned. Perhaps the most notable example is the debate over 'climate change.' As I write this, a world conference on 'global warming' is wrapping up in Cancun, Mexico-- which, just recorded its lowest temperatures on record, coincidentally. Also happening presently is the simultaneous eruption of volcanoes in widely separated parts of the world-- Indonesia, Iceland, Italy, and South America, (and there may be others). Animal species are disappearing; strange sonic booms, and humming noises are reported in diverse locales; fireballs have been captured on film in various places, including the Canadian prairies. Concern is being voiced about the behavior of the earth's magnetic field, leading some to speculate if a pole reversal may be coming. The frequency of major earthquakes has increased, with devastating results. More than half a million people have died as a result of the great, SE Asian quake/tsunami of Dec. 2004, and the earthquake in Haiti of Jan. 2010, (not to forget the magnitude 8.8 quake in Chile in 2010). I could cite other calamities that can easily qualify as 'signs of the times,' but the reader can surely think of others, too, without much prompting.

And then there's the immediate chorus of the 'scoffers,' the deniers, those who would really prefer to believe in yesterday, as the Beatles' song goes. 'Climate change... what climate change?' they scoff, even as Europe digs out of another unprecedented winter blast, and transportation is paralyzed in the Mid-west and Eastern USA. Volcanoes-- so what? There are lots of volcanic mountains all over the world; some are bound to erupt simultaneously at times. And so it goes; they have a soothing rationale for any and every disturbing situation you can present. Everything is going on as it has since the world began; we're just better at detecting the little fluctuations. For those readers who are captivated by this comforting reasoning, no amount of evidence can dislodge their confidence in Darwinian uniformitarianism. Like the passengers on the steam ship Titanic, they just know that their vessel is unsinkable-- that's what all the experts told them, in any case.

Yet, if the assertion of impending doom is accurate, what would it take to get the majority to finally take note that it's not business as usual on planet Earth? We've already had numerous events that, if placed in sequence, indicate a trend of increasing severity. Suppose there occurred a major earthquake in one part of the earth that generates a killer tsunami... followed within hours by another major quake on the other side of the world, and all of this mayhem resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, possibly even into the six figures. Would such a chain of events be the tipping point of belief for a majority of the populace? I suspect it would unsettle quite a large segment; but for how long? Would the mainstream be ready to acknowledge that it may signal a new order of instability? You can be sure the Powers that Be would use all their arsenal of media manipulation tricks to smother the flames of anxiety among the great masses. Ironically, they use those tricks presently to fan the fires of apprehension over the vague threat of terrorism. In the scenario of global disaster, they would trot out all kinds of talking heads to appear on all their captive, tri-literal TV stations and utter all manner of scientific assurances that it's really just a string of bad luck.

Okay then, if it's more than the mere 'statistical variability' of the natural world, then what is happening? Well, if you examine the data-- the records of hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, over the past 150 or so years when reliable readings have been collected-- you see the trends. (I'd argue that all it takes is for anyone in the 'older age' bracket with a good memory and an unbiased outlook.) And in this case, the trend is definitely not our friend. Of all the indicators, the most telling are the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes, since this reveals the relative activity of the Earth's crust. And we humans live, like the fleas on a dog, on the very surface of the terrestrial crust. We know that the land masses constitute an interlocking set of 'plates' that are in constant, slow, minute movement caused by a number of forces acting upon them. Inevitably, they grind against each other, and 'something has to give.' The periodic adjustments in position of one plate against another are felt as tremors, and when more energetic, as quakes. The trend reveals an increase in the proportion of quakes in the more severe range, which would be those registering 5.0 or greater on the Richter scale.

The obvious question (or criticism) is, where does the earthquake trend end? And why should it be in a global catastrophe? Reasonable questions. Here's where the element of faith-- or doubt-- emerges. Yes, runaway global warming, or a world-wide re-settling of tectonic plates, might cause great upheaval for a while, but humanity would eventually readjust and life would go on. But, numerous ancient traditions, differing widely on the surface, show a surprising overlap in their depictions of the 'end of the Age.' Why should one listen to such 'antiquated myths' in this 'scientific' age? Precisely because many of these traditions describe general societal conditions in terms that sound amazingly contemporary. Again, the skeptics can unearth hoary texts from Roman, Greek or Egyptian times that sound like modern laments over the decline of society or the end of the world. That's true in some ways. On closer scrutiny, these texts are usually seen to be local and subjective complaints. What the apocalyptic prophecies of widely separated traditions describe is a set of indicators that read much like the signs of these times, that I've already outlined. Moreover, most of the ancient oracles express a cyclical model of time-- i.e. the world experiences a predetermined rhythm of cosmic influences that manifest as repeated patterns of events in the physical realm and in the affairs of mankind. In that model, the world has previously undergone global catastrophe that has extinguished all but a handful of survivors. It is this very concurrence of end-times prognostication that, I would argue, itself constitutes a veritable sign of the times.

If this story is true, why, you wonder, would the authorities want to cover up the evidence pointing to what is called an 'extinction level event' (or ELE)? The answer lies in pure yet unavoidable cynicism: because they want to keep the money rolling in! That's the dark, bottom line, folks; keep the masses ignorant and working feverishly, earning money that the elite have a dozen ways of scamming into their bloated bank accounts. Think of the alternate scenario before scoffing again. If the governors were to say, 'We think the world is headed for an ELE, so you might as well make preparations now,' what do you think would happen? Would the majority continue to toil at their odious jobs, continue to buy all kinds of frivolous 'goods,' continue to pay their rent or mortgages, and so on? Given the past deference of society to their political and scientific establishment, they would take the warning seriously, and hence, would not likely continue living as they do now. In other words, the system would break down quite soon.

You might object, why would the elite want to continue amassing money if they were certain the world was heading for collapse, where the monetary system would be useless? Good question! The thing is that the wealthy elite really believe that they can use their resources to survive the catastrophe in underground bunkers and so on, and then emerge to resume life at the top of the heap (so to speak). It's a bizarre hope, yet their experts have assured them it's do-able. Around every big-shot kingpin, there are always the sycophants who ingratiate themselves by repeating what they figure the boss wants to hear... and, who knows, they figure-- it just might succeed. Meanwhile, let the ignorant masses proceed blithely to their doom; it will be easier for the elite to reestablish their hegemony after several billion 'drones' have perished. So goes their self-serving reasoning.

What about you, dear reader-- would you gladly lap up any official blandishments that make the problem go away? Will you cling to any available scrap of denial in the hope that it's all a terrible conspiracy theory? Whether big, spectacular, and widespread, or small, negligible and local, the signs of these times will continue to occur, and call for your attention. I urge you to start thinking about such things now, because once they happen in your neighborhood, it may be too late to consider what it all means.
"Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe." (John 14:29)

December 9, 2010

America's Doom Prophecied in Bible!

In Part 1, we looked at chapters 13 and 17, showing how they were two, complementary descriptions of world affairs in the closing years of Earth's history. This essay examines chapter 18, which I hope to demonstrate, is an extension of the prophetic views outlined in the previously studied chapters.
Chapter 18 (and bear in mind that the text was segmented into 'chapters' only long after it was written) discusses the 'fall of Babylon.' As we stated before, Revelation is written in symbols, so Babylon is to be taken as a figurative entity. In the OT, Babylon was a great city-state that once ruled a 'golden empire,' as Daniel assures King Nebuchadnezzar in chapter two of his memoir. Over time, it came to be recognized as a place of distasteful pagan practices and finally, symbolic of all that opposes true worship of the one God. Of important note, Peter refers to Babylon in his epistles (see 1 Pet 5:13) long after the destruction of the original city, and most scholars agree that he's obviously referring to Rome, in an emblematic sense.

Now, generally speaking, a woman is understood to represent a church or a religious company, and there are a number of scripture verses to support this view. However, I believe that in Revelation, a woman can also represent a nation. Chapter 18's main protagonist, is called Babylon, and referred to as 'she,' and in feminine terms. My proposition is that this Babylon is a great nation-state, having a number of revealing characteristics. Let's look into them. (As usual, texts are from the NASB unless specified otherwise).

Revelation 18
Text (from NASB)
Comments
1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. After the vision of ch. 17, another, glorious angel comes from heaven, one who speaks with authority. [i.e. This is a new vision, from a new & credible source.]
2 And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. Babylon is 'great'-- a prominent entity [nation] on the world stage. But, she has fallen to a very disgusting state of immorality. [The 'unclean birds' of scripture are primarily birds of prey, i.e. predators. See Lev 11:13-19]
3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality." All nations have gotten involved in the excesses and immorality of this nation, and businessmen (and corporations) have gained great wealth by cooperating with her decadence.
4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; A warning for God's people not to participate in the widespread corruption of this system, at risk of receiving the punishments due.
5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. God is mindful of her vast immorality!
6 "Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. The time of karmic retribution has come; she will reap what she sowed, in double amount.
7 "To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, 'I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning.' This nation lives as if there was no tomorrow, thinking there would never be an end to the wretched excesses of her lifestyle.
8 "For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. Because of her arrogance, disaster will come on her swiftly; a confluence of various calamities coming all at once.
9 "And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, The rulers of other countries, who had all been corrupted by her, will be upset to see her destruction come so rapidly.
10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' The other rulers keep their distance from such vast destruction, but marvel how such a powerful nation could come to ruin so quickly.
11 "And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more-- Here's the thing! The businessmen mourn because their prime market for goods has disappeared.
12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, It's not the exact items that are important, but the variety ('every kind') and the value of all these commodities that one should note.
13 and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. As above, but this time, the items have more spiritual significance. Note, too, the inclusion of 'slaves' and 'human lives.'
14 "The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. Babylon becomes barren of the splendiferous things that were her hallmark.
15 "The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, The businessmen and traders who grew rich from dealing with Babylon are afraid to get close to her, so great are her disasters.
16 saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; All they can do is marvel at the fate of once-great Babylon, draped in riches and wealth.
17 for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!' And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, More emphasis on the suddenness of Babylon's collapse, and the aloofness of her onlookers. Note reference to international traders (who 'make their living by the sea).
18 and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like the great city?' More stupefaction by the onlooking world.
19 19 "And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!' How much more emphasis do we need to show that this will be an unprecedented fall from wealth to ruin?
20 "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her." Godly people should take heart that God has exercised justice on evil Babylon.
21 Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. A graphic demonstration of how this nation will be destroyed, never to rise again.
22 "And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; Babylon's vaunted 'entertainment industry' will be terminated, as will her light and heavy industries.
23 and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. Babylon's 'merchants' (corporate interests) were the de-facto rulers of earth, and she led all nations astray thru lies and elaborate deception.
24 "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth." This nation killed those who spoke truth, and (notably) 'all' people who've been slaughtered on Earth.

Analysis


Whew! That's a difficult passage to read without feeling the immensity of judgement being exercised by God against this evil, corrosive 'city.' Yet, as I read it in light of events and revelations that have emerged in the past seven years or so, I came to a conclusion that seems inescapable-- Babylon, here, is none other than the United States of America! What other entity could possibly match the clues more closely? Some have argued that she is the Roman Catholic Church, but in view of the clear evidence, I think that is to give far too much credit to that organization. We have to consider the emphasis on 'merchants' and international trade ('all who ply their trade on the sea'), and on the list of commodities and luxury goods, including even 'slaves' and human trafficking. And the scriptures refer to her as a 'city'-- a secular term, not something with religious connotation. Most of these clues cannot be easily transposed to religion, and their sheer repetition is a significant indicator of their importance to the prophetic picture.

And what a sorry picture it is: a nation that corrupts all other nations of the world, using deception and 'sorcery,' and uses its power to kill all who dare to oppose her. This is a nation that spends huge treasure to develop technologies for more efficient ways to kill and destroy (i.e. it's 'sorcery'). It is becoming common knowledge how the USA uses the CIA and other agencies to infiltrate and overthrow 'uncooperative' regimes, using American trained 'death squads' where felt necessary to achieve their desired ends. Even Hollywood, center of the entertainment industry, has released movies based on these very tricks of international manipulation. US based multinational corporations often have larger revenues than the GDP of all but the top handful of nations, making their owners 'the great men of the earth.' And America has become so arrogant that she is blind to any suggestion that all empires have always failed, and especially when hubris reigned unchecked by either reality or morality. America considers herself a queenly kingdom that will never be without consorts and will never have to face hardships like the 'lesser' nations.

I think the fact that Peter referred obliquely to Rome of his day as Babylon provides telling legitimacy to my assertion that the USA of today is Babylon of Revelation 18. First century Rome, while technically a big city, was also a city-state, and really, the capital of a nation-state that became an empire. Likewise, the USA is a highly urbanized nation, like a collection of cities, where New York and Washington DC represent the very essence of Babylonian traits. Remember that chapter 17 ended with the statement that "(18) The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." In part one I said that it wasn't clear whether the woman is a religious system or else a nation or political-economic system. With our analysis of chapter 18, in the light of recent and current historical events, I believe the ambiguity is resolved. First, in chapter 17, Babylon could represent failed, corrupt religion, and this part of the vision was fulfilled in a primary sense during the terrible centuries of the Dark Ages of religious ignorance and persecution. But towards the close of ch. 17, the vision shifts to a political-religious perspective, and Babylon now represents a national, perhaps even a corporatist system that dominates the geo-political sphere.

It is quite significant to observe the behavior of the other nations, those that grew wealthy thru trade and cooperation. They stand afar, and are afraid to approach Babylon in her punishment, for fear of sharing in it. That's very interesting, isn't it? In view of the utter destruction depicted in the prophecy, and the repeated mention of the reluctance of onlookers to get close to Babylon, a modern reader would immediately think of atomic bombs and the fear of radiation poisoning. Perhaps the words are not meant to be taken so literally, yet the emphasis on keeping at a distance certainly echoes the warning to Lot and his family when they fled Sodom and Gomorrah, not to even look back, lest they be affected.

To anyone who has studied the monstrous behavior of successive American administrations in the last 50 (even 100) years, it is no shock that this country is overdue for a massive karmic pay-back. The lives that have been brutally terminated as a result of US foreign misadventures; the lies that keep pouring from the White House to cover and justify their remorseless predation, all cry out to the God of justice for divine intervention. Whole countries have been ruined (think Vietnam and Agent Orange; think Iraq and depleted uranium), innocent civilians cruelly murdered (recall 'dirty wars' in Central America and elsewhere), small countries devastated (e.g. Lebanon, Rwanda, Haiti, etc.), natural resources plundered (e.g. the oil-producing nations), all to satisfy the infinite appetite for wealth and opulence of the masters of American corporate interests. It's a travesty how the mighty USA, while boasting of its huge wealth and power on the one hand, still whines about being a victim of this or that miniscule nation or group of designated 'terrorists.' Every policy promulgated by the administration is, in some degree, a self-serving attempt to accumulate more wealth, more power, regardless of consequences for anyone else. 

This is not to tar all Americans with a black brush; it is the rulers, the 'great men,' the 'beast powers' who are responsible. Yet, the whole populace is at risk because of their thoughtless complicity in the American lifestyle-- sustainable only by the egregious consumption of a hugely disproportionate share of Earth's resources. God warns 'his people' to get out of Babylon so that they will not receive the punishments that are to be visited upon her. In practical terms this may mean that a true believer should minimize involvement with the excesses of the modern American way of life, and perhaps more than that, should leave the big cities and live in more remote locations. One is reminded of Jesus' warning (in Matthew 24) to his disciples to leave Jerusalem when they see the 'abomination that makes desolate.' Let us hope that the picture will be (made) clear when the time is at hand.
With the study of chapters 13, 17, and 18 of Revelation, I think the broad, bold outlines of the rapidly unfolding future are defined. Furthermore, as we get closer to the end, the Bible prophecies becomes clearer, and already it is possible to make practical sense of them. All Americans would be wise to take heed!

December 4, 2010

The Madness Increases

What else can I call this essay? It's late in the year 2010, and the heat definitely has been turned up a notch, despite the cold in Europe and parts of mid-America. A few weeks ago, it was volcanoes erupting in Indonesia. Then it was the Irish Tiger suddenly mewing like a pussy cat, as they were rather coerced into applying for a bank bail-out from whoever would, please, lend them a few (quite a few) billion Euros. It seems that the way this game is played in the capitalist world, is that banks lend a crap-load of 'money' (such as it is) to 'risk-takers' (note the moniker they love to boast) who pour it into mega-projects such as big condo complexes and the like. When the economic down-turn hit these projects with the realization that there were not enough ordinary folks with money for those new homes, etc., well then the risk-takers could not pay the banks back for the loans. That's when the banks went to the governments and cried piteously that they might have to close unless they got generous sums of money from 'someone.' The governments in question (e.g. Iceland, Greece, Ireland.... who's next?) were persuaded to nationalize the debt of these banks, thus making the banks' problem into the problem of every citizen of said beset nations. In other words, it's 'capitalism' when there's money to be scooped... but corporate socialism when the risks don't pan out. Folks, there's something awfully rotten about that picture!

While the weather outside is frightful, and the economic news far from delightful, another ill wind suddenly blew onto the scene in the form of something called Wikileaks. If non-geeky people had never heard of this thing before, they now have had a solid week or more of constant spouting about it from the mainstream media (surprise! read on). Modelled on Wikipedia, the user-defined, online dictionary, Wikileaks is a website depository of information that would otherwise have been kept hidden by its government or corporate holders. There was a bit of a stir, months ago, when the site released US military video clips from Afghanistan showing helicopter gunships obliterating hapless 'enemies' (or other) on the ground, and the flyers gloating over their bloody massacre. This latest release was first announced ahead of time, then given extensive coverage (at least of selected stories) by the mainstream media. Why is this surprising? Because one would have expected the MSM-- who have demonstrated consistent protection of US gaffes and law-breaking, especially since 911-- to have, similarly, buried these unsavory revelations down the black memory-hole. Instead, they have made a big deal of them, gleefully giving us numerous examples of the dirty dealings of Uncle Sam with his minions all around this world. When you comprehend that the major purveyors of what passes for news in the Western world are owned by a mere handful of Zionist interests, and then take note that, out of a quarter million dispatches, hardly a one even mentions Israel and its besmirched activities, you have all the proof necessary to support the now widespread claim of most netizens in the know, that Wikileaks is really an Israeli weapon of unofficial war. Think about that for a while before flipping to the hockey scores.

If the preceding stories weren't enough to get our blood pressure up, we've had the stream of anecdotes from the US airports, where the traveling public gets to line up and either be scanned like a piece of baggage, or else undergo a full body feel-up that includes all the once-private parts. If someone had told you ten years ago that this is how flying would be, you might have scoffed. Incredibly, it appears that many Americans, while not exactly comfortable with the process, are nevertheless quite willing to be so humiliated and degraded, all for the cozy comfort of feeling 'secure.' (How secure can a thinking person be when treated this way... and when the 'lapses' still continue to be 'apprehended' at the last moment by authorities?) Parents warn their children about strangers wanting to touch them in inappropriate ways, and then they allow the same kids to be felt by these government-delegated perverts... how logical is that? The airlines seem to be living in dreamland, unmindful of the very real risk that, sooner than later, people are just going to forego this traumatic nonsense, and stop traveling by air. Maybe that's what the PTB want, regardless that it will send some big corporations down the tubes.

In the same vein, we had to have another (mercifully gentle) reminder that the terrorist bogey-man can strike anywhere, when a teen-aged immigrant was arrested in Portland Oregon for plotting to detonate a bomb in a public place. When you look closer into this ‘story,’ the whole thing starts to look like now-classic, ‘theatre of terrorism.’ It seems the FBI found this poor, immature dupe, cajoled him into exchanging e-mail with a supposed jihadist-- another FBI operative-- and then over a period of several months, guided him into preparing the van loaded with supposed explosives, to be triggered by a supposed phone call... which was another FBI set-up. Ya gotta wonder-- just how much input in all this ‘sting’ did Mohamed Osman Mohamud really have? This charade is similar to the big bust of 18 Arab-Canadians a couple of years ago, where a government operative had groomed the naïve participants, leading them into a plot to a point where the trap was sprung on them. One would hope that young Muslims would take a serious lesson from all these enticing operations.

As I predicted a few essays ago, the US Transportation Security Agency has set up a screening operation at a Florida bus station, subjecting travelers to the same kind of invasive checks as they do at airports. Yes, I said bus station! Apparently it’s not a permanent fixture-- not yet, at least. They plan on setting up such ‘security checks’ at various public transportation sites across the country, on a rotating or random basis. The mind-conditioning proceeds. And again, Americans were largely sanguine about the process, believing they are being ‘protected.’ The Powers That Be must be laughing their guts out. Remember, tho, that I also predicted the scans would appear at other popular venues, such as shopping malls and big office buildings. Stay tuned.

Well, I think that’s probably enough excitement for a mere 6 weeks in the life of beleaguered planet Earth. To those who aren’t in serious denial, or in total somnambulistic mode (that’s sleep-walking), it’s obvious that the shocks are coming fast and furious. It’s worth noting that various ancient traditions with a belief in the cyclical nature of time predicted that near the end of this age, events would speed up, time itself would seem to accelerate. Terrance McKenna (of 2012 fame) coined the term ‘novelty’ to refer to such societal disturbances, and saw them as increasing in logarithmic scale. The Mayan view of cosmic time includes nine levels of temporal space, each one being 20 times ‘faster’ than the previous, while recapitulating the same series of significant fluctuations within the compressed time. I’m capsulizing a great amount of research here, just to give the reader a flavor of the context for the craziness that characterizes these perilous times. It can’t all be simply ‘coincidence.’

November 12, 2010

Lest We Forget

Just as individuals can suffer from a variety of delusional mental conditions, so too, whole societies exhibit signs of collective psychoses.
This hidden malady becomes especially apparent to me every year around the ironically named 'Remembrance Day.'


To me, that is the day we (society) pay special tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives or their health while serving in uniform in some military capacity... so that we can purge our emotions about the whole foolishness of war, and carry on for another year without reconsidering it.

For Canadians, it's a day when we can feed our fantasies about our military adventures with the comforting assurances that our troops, like glorified boy scouts, go abroad to bring peace, order, and good government to hapless nations. There's a whole matrix of subsidiary delusions that all contribute to the military myth. A major element is patriotism, which entails not only love of country but protection of all things Canadian, especially our soldiers... or perhaps, our illusions about our soldiers.

If we really wanted to protect our troops, we would simply not send them into far-away wars with no obvious benefit to Canada. But that little truth is always plastered over with copious platitudes about 'defending democracy,' and such flimsy nonsense. A little insight should show anyone that a poverty-stricken region like Afghanistan poses no threat to Canada, especially if we'd been prudent enough to maintain at least the thin veneer of honest broker that this country once enjoyed before becoming what amounts to 'Amerika-lite.'

Of course, any suggestion that 'our wars' are as futile as all the others is met with instant hostility and accusations of dishonoring our valiant soldiers who died so that I could make my outrageous claims. Yes, the regular soldiers place themselves in harm’s way to carry out the commands of the generals back in HQ... who are carrying out the orders from the politicians who happen to be in office when the 'threats' are addressed. We must honor their sacrifices, and that means a group pretense that it was all worthwhile, and forget about nagging doubts that haunt the memories of the survivors and their loved ones.

We are locked in this sick pattern of lamenting the loss of our youth in recurring wars, while refusing to squarely face the question of why we get involved in these conflicts in the first place. As long as society persists in this unhealthy cycle, there is no hope of ever ending it.

And so, while individuals can go to psychiatrists for deliverance from their delusions, societies simply lurch along, nurturing their myths until some national crisis arises to render denial no longer viable, and the therapy is drastic.

It's early November and, once again, time to remember, lest we forget. But, what do we choose to remember? We get focused on the departed, and invent a mythos that makes their untimely demise somehow valuable. Anyone who tries to ask the fundamental questions about how this happens, is ignored or denounced as unpatriotic.

It’s November 12, and we can now carry on sending more young soldiers off to war, satisfied with the promise that we’ll honor them next Remembrance Day if they should make the ultimate sacrifice.

I call it madness; few seem to agree.

Has Jesus Already Returned?

To the majority of mainstream Christians, the assertion that Christ has already returned for the second time seems absurd, even self-evidently absurd. Yet,
there are a number of sizable cults or faiths that believe exactly that notion-- that the ‘Second Coming’ has already happened.
Let’s quickly survey some of these beliefs, and then examine whether there can be any reality to this claim.


First, as to who believes such a strange-sounding notion, there are a few notables. Perhaps the best-known of these groups are the Jehovah Witnesses (also called the Watchtower Society). In their view, Jesus returned in a ‘spiritual manner’ in 1914, and the world is living in the so-called Last Days, and awaiting Armageddon and the subsequent Millennium. How they arrive at this conclusion is not in the purview of this essay; the essential point is that they claim something like 9 or 10 million members who adhere to this view.

Another group, of similar range of worldwide membership, is the Bahai faith. In the Bahai theology, their great patron, teacher and guiding light, Baha’ulla (an adopted name meaning ‘glory of God’) is revered as the promised Second Coming, the (re)incarnation of Christ. They are convinced that their avatar represents the fulfillment of the Christian scriptures that foretell the Second Advent of Jesus, and thus, that events since his appearance in the mid-1800s, fulfill those described in the apocalyptic literature of the New Testament.


As a final example, there are the Preterists, yet another splinter group of Christianity, culled from a variety of denominational backgrounds, who are of the conviction that the eschatological (end times) writings of the NT were all fulfilled in 70 AD, at the sacking of Jerusalem by the Roman legions under their commander, Titus. This opinion is primarily based on ‘the Apocalypse of Jesus’-- i.e. the Olivet discourse recorded in Matthew 24 (and the parallel passages in Mark 13 and Luke 21). In those verses, Jesus is quoted as assuring his listeners that ‘this generation’ will not pass away before all his stated predictions would occur. Among those predictions was the one that must have been particularly chilling to his Jewish listeners-- namely, the destruction of the great Temple that had been built centuries earlier by Solomon, destroyed and rebuilt in roughly the 5th millennium BC, and again restored by Herod (then a recent event). Since the Temple and its bureaucracy (the Sanhedrin) were at the heart of the Jewish religion as it had come to exist, any prediction of its destruction was taken as signaling the ‘End of the Age,’ in the minds of Jewish listeners.

So, the question stands: did Jesus return, as promised in the NT, in year 70, or in 1844, or 1914.... or any other year following his death on the cross at mount Calvary? To begin with, it is obvious that one of the strongest arguments against an already accomplished Second Advent is the very fact that there is such a divergence of accepted dates! They can’t all be correct; and if there is such disagreement, then clearly, the matter is hardly a black-and-white case.

While one may wonder how these believers can support such a theory, you have to understand that the only resort they can employ to support their view is to invoke the spiritual realm. What they all claim is that the eschatological scriptures are not to be taken in a literal sense, but they must be interpreted symbolically and as reflecting a purely spiritual reality. Thus, for example, when Jesus states that his return will be as the lightning that flashes from the east to the west, Bahai’s regard this as a symbolic reference to the fact that their message originated in Persia, and spread from there westward, to the Middle East, Europe, and then North America, all within a very brief interval, in historical terms. Similarly, the Preterists interpret all the language in Jesus’ apocalypse as allegorical, finding plausible, local scenarios that could account for details that read as global in the literal sense. Similarly, the JWs have developed a figurative interpretation of all the Biblical scriptures that bear on the question of Jesus’ Second Advent, and make the ambiguous claim that he returned ‘in spirit’ in the early 20th century.

Any analysis of the ‘already arrived’ claim must, therefore, consider whether the scriptures invoked in that scenario are purely symbolic or literal in nature. Or, in the third situation, we acknowledge that the words remain ambiguous. In that case, tho, one can still make educated guesses based on certain ‘hermeneutic’ principles (i.e. protocols of ‘exegesis’-- scriptural analysis).

To be transparent, my outlook is that the eschatological texts fall into recognizable classes that the context itself determines explicitly. In my view, ‘context overrules pretext!’ The books of Daniel and Revelation are undoubtedly symbolic-- they are full of visions of ‘beasts,’ horns, dragons, damsels, etc. Both Daniel and John make it clear that these books are records of their ‘visions’ or dreams-- information obtained in an altered state of consciousness. On the other hand, the predictions of Jesus, recorded in the synoptic gospels, are almost undoubtedly literal. Whenever Jesus spoke symbolically, the writer tells us that he was speaking in parables. The apostles were simple men, and every time Jesus told a parable, they asked him to explain it for them. In the Olivet discourse, they do not anywhere make reference to parables. Their question that time was: ‘When will this occur (ie. the destruction of the temple), and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ (Matthew 24:2) Certainly a straightforward question... in terms of semantics.

On second glance, however, one can see clear evidence of conflating two separate events, thus leading to an unavoidable degree of confusion. You see, in the minds of the apostles-- who were either Jews or gentile converts-- the two events had to be one; i.e. the destruction of the temple would signal the End of the Age, which would occur at Jesus’ return. Remember, Jesus had not been arrested and executed at that point, so the disciples were not even necessarily thinking in terms of a Second coming; merely his ‘coming out’ as theocratic ruler. There is plenty of possibility for confusion in this whole chapter. Since the writers (the evangelists) had their own preconceptions of the Messianic Kingdom to come, it is clearly reflected in the way they asked the question. Hence, it is not unreasonable to expect that they quite likely construed Jesus’ response in a way that conformed to their presumptions. Each of us does the same thing, regularly, in understanding new information.

From that observation, we can at least suspect that Jesus’ response as recorded in scripture reflects a conflation of the two specific events-- the destruction of the temple, and his second coming. In fact, the text indicates that nowhere does Jesus try to differentiate the two! This strikes me as odd, since the question was clearly posed with two separate parts-- even if the questioners regarded them as one. Readers who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible may baulk at this suggestion! But note that I am saying that Jesus deliberately obfuscated with the intention of protecting the truth from the tampering of later interpreters. If the meaning is obscure, then there’s no obvious incentive to alter the text. As Jesus told his apostles, "From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He” (John 13:19). In other words, you may not understand a prophecy in advance, but you’ll recognize it when it happens. This is a key concept in dealing with prophecy.

In any case, Jesus goes on to describe events that seem to jump directly to the end of the age, and largely (but not entirely) skip over the sacking of Jerusalem that was to occur barely 40 years later. Verses 15 to 20, however, refer directly to the “abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel... standing in the holy place.” Now, Daniel 9:25-27, where the abomination is mentioned, clearly predict the destruction of Jerusalem that was to occur in 70 AD. [There are people like certain ‘Dispensationalists’ who disagree, but their view is influenced by the tenuous, subjective commentaries adduced in Darby’s Bible translation by Scofield. Space does not allow the required exposition, but it’s available in my other essays.] So, this segment (vs 15-20) is Jesus’ answer to the first part of the apostles question... BUT it appears that they still did not recognize that fact. That is, they still understood his words as if he were answering only one question.

Then Jesus’ apocalyptic descriptions go back to the frightening pictures of a planet and cosmos in chaos, and culminating in his coming on the clouds of heaven with his angelic host (verses 21 to the end of chapter 24). Just to illustrate the generally confusing nature of this chapter, notice verse 28, which states, “Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather,” which strikes the reader as a complete ‘non-sequitur’. It appears out of nowhere, and seems to relate to nothing previously stated.

Since there is no disclaimer by the gospel writers that Jesus was speaking parabolically, two millennia of Christian faithful have looked ahead to the return of Christ in which he subdues Evil, and assumes rulership of the Earth-- as described in scripture. The primary verses used to construct this belief are the following: Matthew 24/Mark 13/Luke 21, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Thessalonians 2, 2 Peter 3, Jude, and Revelation (esp. ch. 19, 20, 21).

If one reads all these passages, a definite pattern emerges wherein Jesus returns to Earth from the heavens, with a great deal of noise (‘shouts’, ‘trumpet blasts’, etc.) accompanied by a vast retinue of angels who go out to gather up the believers, and he establishes the final, Godly kingdom of the redeemed on a renewed Earth. It is extremely difficult to try to cast this scene into allegorical terms, such that it is all accomplished silently, stealthily, and completely unnoticed by the majority of the world’s population... as would have had to occur in order to comply with the beliefs that Jesus has already sneaked back to Earth! To forestall the insistence that this could have occurred ‘spiritually’ with the proper insight, I have to point out Jesus’ specific mention in Matt 24:37 that his coming will be just like what happened at the great Deluge. The Flood of Noah’s day was certainly not a spiritual event, but a traumatic, physical, global destruction that marked the end of that age. And to emphasize the import of his warning, he states (vs. 39): “and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” May I suggest that some of them did not understand because they insisted that Noah’s warnings must have been (only) symbolic, and not literal?

The other significant picture that emerges from the collection of apocalyptic, NT verses is that of judgement. Jesus’ Second Advent is concerned with a definitive judging of the living and the dead, and separating them into only two categories-- the saved (redeemed) and the lost (condemned). The saved are to enjoy new life in a new world under a new government. All those (of whatever stripe) who cling to an already accomplished Advent are burdened with the task of explaining how the world can exist in its present, chaotic state, where evil runs rampant, if the Kingdom of God has been secretly, spiritually installed. It can’t be logically done!

To the Bahai’s in particular, I have to point out that nowhere in scripture is it suggested that Christ will return in another incarnation, live a long life, and then die once more. This of course is what happened to Baha’ulla, who lived as an ordinary human, and died in 1892. Where is our ‘new heavens and a new Earth?’ They will respond that it is not yet revealed, but it’s coming. In that case, very little in Baha’ulla’s life corresponds with the details and sequence described in the Christian scriptures... at least not without a great deal of allegorizing and twisting of contexts.

Similarly, the Full Preterists are stuck with the task of explaining how all the details of cosmic distress, the universal appearance of Christ, and the great, White Throne judgement all occurred in 70 AD... while the world, apparently, carried on, oblivious. What they do, evidently, is invoke a yet-to-occur Third Coming of Jesus in some indeterminate future. In this regard, they are not alone, since many Christians believe in a literal thousand years of peace that is mentioned in only one place in scripture, the symbolic book of Revelation (Rev 20). If the Millennium is taken literally, then one must acknowledge that there must be three advents (as indeed, the Dispensationalists do, whether they recognize it or not). Yet, nowhere else in all of scripture is there reference to three advents of the Christ. He first incarnated in human form as Jesus, died as the redeemer, and was resurrected and returned to the heavenly dimension to await his physical return as the Lord of Lords in a renewed world. There is no intermediate coming.

The problem posed by the symbolic Millennium is similar to the problem of Jesus’ mentioning that: “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (Matt 24:34). In ‘solving the problem’ of how his apocalyptic prophecies could all happen before the literal generation of hearers would pass away, the Preterists create far greater problems. Likewise, in taking a literal Millennium, Dispensationalists create the problem of three comings, which is nowhere else supported. Both these instances demonstrate the pitfalls of violating the ‘rule of simplicity’ (a.k.a. ‘Occam’s Razor’). That is, wherever possible, the simplest interpretation is to be taken in preference to a complicated one. It’s an elementary hermeneutic used in every discipline, not just exegesis.

What about the thousand years, then? Well, most scholars agree that Revelation presents several ‘parallel views’ of the same period, the ‘Church era,’ which is described as: ‘a time, times, and half a time;’ or as ‘three and a half years,’ or ‘1260 days,’ in various chapters, but which is, in any case, clearly symbolic. The pattern is altered in chapter 20, where it is now called ‘a thousand years;’ but the period is really the same as the others, i.e. the Church Age. And, concerning the phrase ‘this generation,’ used by Jesus in the Olivet discourse, many commentators regard it in one of its alternate Greek renderings as referring to the people born during the whole aeon-- the same Church era. Yes, there’s a certain amount of speculation here; but overall, it entails far less subsidiary chaos than does accepting a literal interpretation and then building a whole eschatology around the ensuing ‘damage control.’

To summarize, then, about the question ‘Did Jesus return during the past 2,000 years?’

1) The preponderance of historical, physical evidence, in combination with the most direct, common sense interpretation of the relevant scriptures, overwhelmingly support the negative response-- No, Jesus has not yet returned (in glory, as world ruler).

2) To construct a scenario in which Jesus has already returned, one must invoke figurative, spiritual interpretations of the eschatological scriptures, even where such understanding is not warranted by standard, hermeneutical practice, nor by the literal contexts.

3) Jesus told his listeners “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: "As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door” (Matt 24:32-33). He specifically makes a parallel with something tangible and comprehensible to anyone-- a fruit tree. His example was not haphazard; Jesus said when we ‘see’ all these things, we will know. This analogy makes it clear, I believe, that he was NOT talking about symbolic (spiritual) events, but rather about physical events observable by anyone who makes the effort. It’s not something that only initiates of a school of Bible study will be capable of understanding!

"And behold, I am coming quickly: Blessed is the one who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." (Rev 22:7)

October 14, 2010

Who's Behind the Curtain?

You only have to spend hours a day, over several years, on the Internet, skulking about the 'alternative news' sites, and you will see that there exists a vast range of ideas on virtually everything. There are many individuals who are quite sure they know precisely who is to blame for the ills of the world. They can state with certainty that it's the Vatican by means of the Jesuits. Or, it's undoubtedly the Freemasons. Others are positive it's the Bilderburg group.... or is it the Trilateral Commission? No, it's really the Council on Foreign Relations. Among the popular choices are the Illuminati, and more recently, extraterrestrials, or the Zionists. You can see that there are a great many choices that the novice conspiracy fan can select from. So many, in fact, that any sincere researcher must wonder what, if anything, can be believed. To those who bother to do the research,
the world is being directed by powerful forces that keep making disastrous choices for mankind on the international, political and economic scene. Yet, who's really responsible?
Which of all the designated bogeymen is the true culprit?

Well, that, of course, is the vital question confronting the individuals who know something's wrong and want to do something about it. That's the primary reason the conspirators have enjoyed such success over the years-- the fact that their identity is so obscure that there's no consensus on who they are. Not only are there numerous schools of thought on who is to blame, but the different camps attack each other viciously, convinced that they are right and the others are all wrong. To really get things confused, it is clear by now that the conspirators, while few in number, are immensely wealthy, and know how to leverage that wealth to their consummate advantage. One of their tricks is to fund one or another, or several, of these conspiracy theory groups, and give them full rein to attack the others. It looks like a chaotic mess to the rational, unbiased mind.

Regrettably, there are few truly unbiased people. Maybe it's not possible, in the ultimate sense. Yet there must be some way that a disinterested onlooker can discern who has a valid outlook and who does not. Frankly, I haven't found the magic answer yet, but I believe that one can perceive in broad terms who are the major players. For instance, we can surely agree that our political leaders are on the payroll of the hidden manipulators. Bush (and company) and Blair were clearly the terrible twosome of the first decade of the century, humming from the same song-sheet, and leveraging their respective domestic attack incidents ('9-11' and the 'London bombing of 7/7') to justify their invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the never-ending war on terror. Today, we have Obama, Brown, Harper, and others, trying to put a friendly face on the same old imperial aggression, as the war in Iraq is privatized, and that in Afghanistan is escalated. What it is, obviously, is the old game of 'good cop, bad cop' played out on the international scene.

But, just as clearly, the political suits are just the front men, the puppets of forces behind the curtain who write the scripts and pull the stings. And these people have unimaginable wealth at their disposal, so they can buy any politician or political party they want. They control all the influential 'info-tainment' media of the Western world, can spin every event to suit their agenda, and have been mind-conditioning the 'free world' for decades. Hence, these puppet-masters are the uber-rich of the world; but don't just think of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Sure those two are super-wealthy, but our conspirators are probably much richer! It sounds incredible, but remember, these are persons from a handful of aristocratic family dynasties, mostly European, who have become fully adept at hiding their wealth and their activities from the glare of publicity. The media may make fortunes on the dalliances of royalty, or entertainers, but they simply stay silent on the missteps of the members of these elite tribes.

Similarly, the white-collar criminals of Wall Street are modern robber-barons who make fortunes selling short the companies they later purchase at fire-sale prices. They shamelessly ask for bail-outs from their friends in Washington, then award themselves 'performance bonuses' for their (apparent) gross incompetence. We saw billions of dollars vacuumed from the middle-class into the voracious maw of the investment bankers, in a process that continues unabated; but these, too, are not the real 'wizards of Oz' hiding behind the curtain. Again, the banksters are front men, bag-men, for the hidden manipulators.

On the geo-political scene, the picture is becoming clearer, too. In decades past, a great deal of trouble was covertly fomented by the United States government or its surrogates, leaving a bloody trail of despotic governments, failed states, poverty-stricken populations, and general chaos around the world. But, since the Second WW, a new force emerged, slyly, as the trouble-maker supreme. This is Israel, via its various secret agencies, but notably, the Mossad. Some can argue that it's not Israel, per se, but Zionism, the malignant political school that engineered the establishment of this nation in 1947-48, and continues as the prime mover behind everything it does. Using Israeli-American 'assets' (Jews holding dual citizenship) the Zionists have infiltrated the highest levels of successive US administrations, shaping US foreign policy, and economic planning. Under their influence, the US has been supplying something like $2 -3 billion dollars annually, to Israel, with apparently, zero accountability. Not surprisingly, Israel has never, in its 60+ years, tried to achieve a genuine peace with the Palestinians, since why should they? There is no need to find a peaceful compromise when the money allows them to build one of the largest military force on Earth with which to intimidate all their less fortunate neighboring countries.

Now, we have identified a few obvious culprits by observing real events 'on the ground.' Here's where it gets tricky. We're just one remove from the top of the pyramid, but that last step is the slipperiest, and many pundits get lost in the fervor of their favorite bogeyman theory. If you dig into the roots of Zionism, you find correlations with those elite families that sequester hidden wealth in European estates, wealth that ballooned after each World War. More telling, if you explore the origins of modern Zionism, you find a document called The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that lays out a blueprint for the collapse of Western society with the ultimate goal of rulership of the world by the Zionist elite. This document, not surprisingly, has been denied as authentic by Zionists and Jews in general, and of course, denounced as another example of anti-Semitism. However, it is not hard to accept this manuscript as genuine, for one simple, powerful argument-- all of recent history (ie. from the approximate time of its authorship, mid-19 century) has unfolded almost exactly as prescribed in the Protocols! Unless you are a true believer in 'coincidence theory,' this is very convincing evidence.

Another factor that clarifies the once-hidden picture is its spiritual dimension. I mean Israel has this rather schizophrenic nature, purporting to be a secular homeland for ethnic Jews, while most of those Jews adhere in varying degrees to their religion, Judaism. Zionists may pay lip service to this religion when it serves their purposes, but in reality, their unspoken religion is satanic. They are steeped in occultism, based on the arcane traditions of Kabbalah, a secretive practice that was an adaptation of the cults to which the Jews were exposed during their captivity in Babylon. Some readers refuse to recognize the existence of Satan, the 'Prince of this world,' who hates God and Jesus, and who desires to be worshipped as God by humanity. But, again, viewing history thru spiritual eyes, one can see how an evil force has worked behind the scenes, over many centuries, towards the goal of 'god-ship' on Earth. Thru a succession of Jewish agents, the Illuminati was spawned in the 18th century, and set about amassing huge wealth, and employing it to reinvent the map of Europe by a series of revolutions and wars. Zionism was born of the efforts of Theodore Hertzl in the 19th century, and he immediately labored towards the establishment of a 'Jewish homeland' in Palestine. The 'Great War' that we now call World War I, was a key step towards the goal. The Balfour Declaration of 1919 gave to Jews dispersed thru-out Europe the 'right' to live in Palestine, with the proviso that the rights of the indigenous Arabs were not to be violated. Needing a more drastic impetus, the Zionists set the stage for the next big blow-up, WW-2. We all know about the 'Holocaust' of Jews by the Nazis, an event whose details are protected against serious inquiry, but that has been leveraged masterfully in achieving the Zionist dream.

While the wartime Allies looked on rather stunned, the Zionists shipped European Jews to Palestine, and by displacing the Arab population, established their Jewish homeland which they named Israel. Later, in the 1967 (and 1973) wars against the neighboring Arab states, stories were circulated of ‘miraculous’ victories over ‘superior’ enemy forces, (victories that probably should have been attributed to covert American assistance in terms of information and weapons). All this created mystique being intended to convince gullible Christians in the US and elsewhere that God is protecting this revived Israel.

Since then, this tiny enclave has grown incredibly strong, and now seems bent on greater ambitions. By means of their 'dual citizen' agents in the USA, the Zionists have gained effective control of the world's sole superpower, which magnifies their force by a huge factor. Israel is the dominant nation in their immediate region, having the biggest military and the most vibrant, if artificial, economy of all its neighbors. By instigating the US incursions into Iraq (in 1990 and again in 2003) and the invasion of Afghanistan, Israel has, by proxy, extended its influence over the whole 'Middle East/Asian' region. In addition, it is clear that Israel wants to remove all Arab presence in Jerusalem, and many believe that the goal is to replace the Muslim mosque on the 'Temple Mount' with a rebuilt Jewish Temple. That remains to be seen, but it would fit in with the notion of an emergent 'Anti-Christ', pseudo-savior who appears and installs himself in Jerusalem, as the anticipated Jewish Messiah (whom they expect for the first advent).

Whether we believe in this Anti-Christ or not, the manipulators could 'fulfill' the expectation for a Messiah by coaching and presenting a chosen agent for that role, if it suits their purposes. This is the culmination of the 'spiritual' aspect of Zionism; the crossover point between the political conspiracy of the Illuminati and the Biblical prophecies of the End of the Age. The whole aim of the Zionist scheme for global domination is the installation of a satanic, false Messiah in Jerusalem, who represents the fusion of political and religious power ruling the world. Whether they fully comprehend this or not, it is the final goal of their master, the evil presence behind the scenes, to be 'worshipped' (willingly or otherwise) as the god of this Earth. This usurpation by stealth of the legitimate role of Jesus (gained by his sacrifice on the cross) would be the crowning achievement of Satan! Apparently, he doesn't care what happens after that-- the destruction of all life (by, for ex. atomic war) matters nothing to him. Even his own destruction-- described clearly in scriptures-- seems to be of no consequence; otherwise, why would he pursue this insane plan? To deface and destroy the marvelous planet that God created for mankind seems to be the only motivation for the Prince of Darkness.

Thus, if we can't quite pull the curtain of obscurity completely aside, at least the main features of the hidden wizards can be perceived. Yes, there are Freemasons, Bilderburgers, etc., and the coordinating group, the Illuminati, all infiltrated and manipulated by the Zionists, who are acting on behalf of the master, the embodiment of pure Evil, Satan-- capo di tutti capi. Many readers will be incensed at this analysis, and write me off as an insane religious nut. Yet, you scoffers are happy to believe all kinds of other speculations dispensed as 'scientific certainty,' when there is nothing but presumption to back them up. You shut your mind and imagination from anything beyond the physical, tangible universe... and thereby lay yourself open to all manner of deception. The theory I've presented here is coherent, consistent with known observation, and internally logical. Where you disagree is at the final step-- that 'capstone of the occult pyramid' that I identify as Satan. Who or what would you prefer to install there, instead? What other conclusion makes sense? This is where the various camps of pundits diverge all over the map, thereby giving the game to the evil opponents.

The failure of modern, mind-conditioned man to believe in his creator, God, is matched, with deadly consequence, by his failure to believe in His adversary, Satan. Hence, we have no alternative but to march forward, lemming-like, to the precipice of global disaster that will bring the needed clarity. May God have mercy on us all.

October 11, 2010

Rushing Towards Timewave Zero

The 20th century philosopher, Terrance McKenna, (who died in 2000) made the enigmatic assertion that time was both accelerating and compressing, spiraling inward, as it were, towards a 'zero point.' For some, the statement merely reflected his acknowledged experiments with hallucinogenic substances. But, if you take the effort to think about it, he may have hit upon an interesting, even useful, phenomenon.

It's not that history repeats 'exactly'-- that would be like Groundhog Day on a global scale. No; but the broad patterns do repeat, uncannily it seems.
In my observation, the past several years, say from about 2001, have the distinct feel of the 1930s
.... for those who happen to remember either that period itself, or the history of that era. (I fall into the latter group).


Consider that in the early 30's, a dictatorial regime had used subterfuge in a democratic system to seize power in a major country. They spent a lot of money building up their military forces, and on a relentless propaganda campaign to foster ultra-nationalism and a fascist interpretation of capitalism. This regime was virulently anti-Communist, and also began to harass one particular ethnic/religious group in their midst.

During the 1930s, there were local wars in various regions, such as the Spanish Civil War (1936), the Italian campaign in Ethiopia (1935-36), the Japan-China War (starting in 1937). There was world-wide economic turmoil triggered by the collapse of the NY stock market. Thousands of Americans, as well as millions world-wide, were unemployed as the downturn killed consumer demand and hence, manufacturing. There was widespread climate disruption, causing the great drought on the prairies of central USA and Canada, with resultant failure of the wheat crops, and widespread hunger leading to the famous soup lines.

Is all this starting to sound eerily familiar? For you younger readers, let me spell it out. In the contemporary world, we have the virtual take-over, by democratic means, of the US government by an essentially fascist cadre (whether it's called Republican or Democrat). This regime has singled out one ethnic/religious group for tarring as dangerous to the national health-- namely, the Arab/Islamic population, not just inside the USA, but world-wide. Using the power of their captive media, the Powers That Be pretend to be unbiased, while insidiously painting Muslims as sub-human terrorists.

There are bloody wars raging in Iraq, and Afghanistan-Pakistan, as well as rumblings between China and Japan (just recently, over disputed islands), and between the Koreas. The collapse of the so-called mortgage bubble, with subsequent bank failures starting in 2008, has caused international economic turmoil and a hold-your-breath 'recovery' that looks less and less like a recovery. Millions of Americans are unemployed, as once-solid jobs got exported off-shore. Millions more are living in virtual poverty as the banks foreclose on their homes. Climate change has once again created farming chaos in the various bread-basket nations-- Australia, Russia, the USA and Canada-- this time due to excessive rains, wild fires, and drought. Instead of soup-lines, Americans now have food-stamps, but the effect is similar.

On the big picture level, then, there really is a lot of substance to McKenna's analysis of the recycling of time, or more precisely, of history. The chilling thing is that we know how the 'Dirty 30s' ended-- with the big conflagration known as World War II. Little wonder that so many Internet pundits have been warning of an impending WW-III. They see the signs building up just as happened 80 years ago. This time, the psychopaths who run the world have already made it known that 'all options are possible' as far as how international disputes will be settled. In other words, as some see it, they are signaling that nuclear weapons will be used.

And that brings up another uncomfortable parallel with the 1930s. You see, it can't help but strike a student of the history of the mid-20th century how men of obvious psychopathic personality came to power in many countries, but especially in Germany and Russia (or USSR, technically). The Third Reich was populated by deviants and sexual perverts, who were in their glory in a corrupt system headed by a little mustachioed megalomaniac devoted to an occult society-- the Thule Society, that had links to Aleister Crowley and the Ordo Templis Orientis. In Russia, a ruthless struggle for ascendancy resulted in the meanest S-o-B reaching the top-- Joseph Stalin, who was arguably worse than Herr Hitler. Looking back, one must be astonished at the way that era is characterized by such rampant moral sickness.

And that's the point, dear reader. Today, if we look about with eyes free of the potent distortions of the mass media, it is obvious that national leaders are persons of huge character deficits. Men like G. W. Bush, Tony Blair, Dick Cheney, can pronounce pure lies in public without a hint of discomfort. It is second nature with them. Dig below the normal surface, and you soon discover about Bush's (and many other's) membership in occult societies like the Yale 'Skull and Bones,' and the annual Bohemian Grove dark revelry. There are rumors of Obama's gay/bisexual liaisons; of endless perversions among White House staff and DC insiders of all stripes. The stench of corruption wafts all over the landscape of America, from Wall Street to Rodeo Drive. Berlin of the 30s was notorious for its sleazy cabarets and sexual licentiousness. Modern America produces slick, packaged sleaze as TV programs and Hollywood movies, in one of the few remaining export categories where the USA enjoys a giant balance of trade surplus.

Clearly, the pattern of the 1930s is repeating, and even if the details are not inevitable, there's a strong probability that the complete cycle must play itself out. The only way a cycle can be broken is with sufficient awareness on the part of a sufficient portion of the population. Given the power of the propaganda machine at the command of the madmen, it does not appear likely that enough people can be wakened from their slumber to break the dark spell. I don't like to be the bearer of this bad news; but, on the other hand, those who heeded the signs of gathering doom in the 30s had a much better chance at escape and survival. Take heed, therefore; and pray that you may find a way off the crazy carousel of time.

September 17, 2010

*Free!* - BS Detector Kit - Get it Now!

Many opponents of the unfolding trap of the New World dis-Order have made the observation that the criminal cabal that is orchestrating it is, comparatively, a very small minority of people relative to the masses they hope to enslave. Hence, it ought to be easy to defeat that small band, and restore some badly-needed sanity to the planet. Plainly, tho, that is not happening; not by a long shot. There are probably a million theories as to why this is so... indeed, it would accord completely with the core of my thesis.

You see, that is the problem for the 'good guys'-- there's a gazillion ideas on essentially everything, these days. And now with the Web and multiple media, they all have a platform, no matter how miniscule, from which to proclaim their zealous conjectures. If you happen to be a newbie to the field popularly (if not sneeringly) referred to as 'conspiracy theory,' and you sincerely seek some enlightenment on what's going on, and who's behind it, then you are in for a very frustrating journey. There's just no sugar-coating the situation-- it's chaotic. Just try an Internet search (better not with Google, if you want to keep it confidential) using terms like conspiracy, and see the tidal wave of 'information' that emerges. Or, if you're a book-lover, try the same tactic at amazon.com, or even go down to your local bookstore and peruse the volumes. You can't help but be overwhelmed by the number of books that's stacked on the shelves each visit, with new titles added every month, and no end in sight.

What's particularly intimidating about this tsunami of information is not just its sheer mass-- the number of websites, books, articles, newsletters, etc. The real shock is from the breadth of opinion displayed by all these sources. You'll find virtually anything you could imagine, and more; (much more, since our imaginations aren't what they used to be). This is where the problem lays for the seeker of truth who yearns for a beacon of trustworthy light in the obscurity of the information storm. These sources don't just express a variety of opinions; they frequently are diametrically opposed to each another. And the authors often state bluntly that the alternative theories are utter nonsense, never to be believed. So, for every dilemma confronting modern humankind, there's a superabundance of opinions promising to have the answer as to the why's and who's.

Given this modern 'Tower of Babel' of understanding, what is a sincere, unbiased seeker to do? Well, apparently, there are few such creatures around. It seems that most of us are biased, whether we acknowledge it or not... and most of us don't. We all are the product of cultural indoctrination of some kind, that colors our perceptions of the world and its shenanigans. Like tinted contact lenses, these world-views create a distortion of all that we see, and are often self-reinforcing since most people only believe new information that supports their old views, rarely able to accept data that contradicts their existing paradigm. In practice, this means that a neophyte seeker will do a quick survey of the vast panoply of choices of possible theories, probably examining no more than 3 or 4 'samples', and then settle on one school of thought that, generally, agrees with his/her unspoken, pre-existing paradigm ('bias' to be honest). Isn't that how it usually works? Few of us have the luxury, or interest, in screening reams of data, looking for something better than the good, old standards that have served us to the present moment.

There are a few people, however, for whom the quest will not be terminated so conveniently. No, those few have a burning desire to know the Truth, and will not rest easy until they believe they've found it. Many of those, tho, don't understand that this is a perpetual endeavor. You can acquire greater truth, but the full truth can only be approached 'asymptotically,' to use a mathematical analogy. Nonetheless, we can gain sufficient accurate information (truth) to see what is really happening in the world, and who is responsible for it. That will be seen as an arrogant, or foolish, assertion in view of what I've already stated about the babble of voices proclaiming their 'truths.' Yes; but the alternative is to be a nihilist, believing nothing, and existing as a cognitive animal.

Thus, the problem remains-- how can one discern the true amidst a thick fog of confusing data? One has to rely on principles of discernment ('hermeneutics' to the theology buffs) and apply them as diligently as possible. Listed below are the ones that work for me. I urge you to try them for yourself.

1. Be fearless! By that, I mean you have to be willing to read/hear anything, no matter how outlandish it seems, no matter how it deviates from your inherited world-view. After some time of doing this, you will start to know what has value, rings true, and what is worthless and not to be pursued. But you can't just stick with what sounds familiar and safe and 'mainstream.'

2. Trust common sense! We've been programmed from birth to defer to experts in every field, since the world is so complicated that no-one can be knowledgeable in everything. Yet, if you examine the facts, the so-called experts have been wrong (drastically wrong) many times, and with serious consequences. We have been made with a built-in sense of morality (recognized as conscience) and, moreover, an innate sense of what is true and what is 'BS.' Sadly, that latter sense, called 'common,' has been badly denigrated in the past century, and few people are capable of exercising it reliably, anymore. When you see a building collapse as if by controlled demolition, believe it! Don't swallow some cockeyed nonsense about fire weakening steel beams, etc. etc. that has never before happened in 100 years of steel-reinforced sky-scrapers. When people first attacked tobacco as dangerous to health, did it really take 3 decades of 'science' to tell us that smoking caused diseases? Some call it trusting your gut, or intuition; but it's not to be dismissed when that inner red light starts flashing, no matter what the so-called experts proclaim.

3. Don't stop searching! Just because you've currently found something that really appeals to you, and seems to provide all the answers, don't get lazy and stop the search. I've fallen for that trap, and lost years up the wrong creek. Fortunately, there's always something to learn even from error, but the point remains-- make it a life-long quest. Just when we think we've got the answers, there's always something that upsets the apple-cart. Rather than give up, we have to recognize that it's a process of constant iteration; one truth leads to another, and so on. Never stop learning.

4. Be cautious; stay skeptical! This may be obvious; yet we all have a tendency to get excited when we think we've found the pot of gold. Too often, it is merely the rainbow, which may be beautiful but proves intangible. The purveyors of world views are always convinced that their outlook is the ultimate. But no matter how attractive it appears, every paradigm has its flaws and weaknesses. You've got to find them, and judge whether the overall package retains merit. When it comes to news, you have to keep uppermost in mind that there is always a desired angle to everything they report. Too much data is at times worse than not enough, because it can obscure truth and send us chasing down worthless leads. More than ever, much of what is presented as information is really disinformation-- deliberately fabricated stories intended to lead people astray. Typically, the disinfo contains large portions of truth; but those truths are used as a Trojan Horse to entice us to accept the rest of the package as equal truth, while it is really lies.

5. Cui bono?-- Find who benefits! More and more, this criterion is becoming the litmus test of truth, as money becomes the all-consuming goal of so many. Who was funding all those 'studies' that exonerated tobacco as a cause of disease? Today, it's the studies that pooh-pooh the dangers of cell-phone use, or the risks of infant inoculations, or the effects of aspartame, and so on. It's the industries themselves-- the foxes who appoint themselves guardians of the hen houses! Who benefits from the constant wars that seem to be a vital part of the US economy? Who benefited from the 9-11 attacks? Don't settle for the canned answers spouted by the MSM (mainstream media)!

6. Dig! When you read/hear of a breaking news story, don't buy into whatever the media feed us. Remember, 96% of the mainstream media are owned by one block of six companies... all with subtle connections. There is a massive but cunning bias in all the news presented to (especially) the American/Western audiences. You must be aware of this, spot the biases, and look for supplementary sources to give a fuller and proper perspective. One useful tip is to take note of the initial details of a breaking story, since very often, useful data slips thru before the gate-keepers realize what's important and what's not. In such cases, I save those reports to my computer for later reference, because they typically disappear from view, never to be seen again (in polite company, anyway). The simple fact that these details are subsequently flushed from sight makes it obvious that they are significant, and usually damning of certain hidden factions.

7. Avoid the tradition traps! You know, 'if was good enough for my parents, it's good enough for me.' This is probably the most common trap of religion, but surprisingly often rears its ugly head in other areas. For example, if your parents were atheists, does that mean you should embrace atheism without scrutiny? You consider yourself a proud patriot, but are you aware of how your politicians jerk you around by that emotional leash? Maybe you're proud of your ethnic heritage; again, it's saddled you with a mental shackle that you've got to cast off if you really want to see the world accurately. Perhaps you're one of those recognized experts in some field of knowledge. Fine, but if you think your discipline explains the universe, you're setting yourself up for big disappointments or empty self-delusion. Anything that appeals to pride, or comes with a pre-packaged outlook, must be seen for what it is-- a superficial, distracting filter on clear vision.

8. Don't blithely trust 'them!' We've been conditioned from earliest years to respect authority, and to take it for granted that 'they' (teachers, priests, doctors, politicians, policemen, etc.) have our best interests at heart, and would not knowingly deceive us. This naïve notion must be discarded onto the remotest junk-heap of human thinking! Not that all authorities are evil. But the sad reality of this fallen Age is that many of those who rise to the upper echelons have done so by less than ethical means. And those in a position of authority often succumb to the temptation to abuse that trust. We have numerous examples of this behavior, so there should be no excuse for assuming that whatever they tell us must be true and beneficial. Instead, we should assume the opposite, and then verify how trustworthy it is.

9. Look at the big picture! This is the key step... and the one most often missed. So many people see the world in one dimension, thru a mental monocular. It's vital to consider all possible pieces of the puzzle if you want to assemble a coherent picture. Bits of information that appear unrelated to most, may have deeper connections. Slices of partial data that seem useless by themselves, can become significant when lined up with other pieces of incomplete data. Critics may say that schizophrenics can find meaningful connections between any events; but I'm talking about sensible links that are too often overlooked by people who've been trained to see what the magicians tell them is there.

Those are the main tools that I use to filter out the truth from the BS. It has taken a long time to develop that tool kit, but it has proven its value, at least to me. I offer it to all readers, free of charge, in the fervent hope that you will learn to use it fully and constantly to construct an accurate model of our reality, and protect yourself from the abuses of those who fabricate for their own purposes. You can start by applying these principles to this very essay! That's right, if this paradigm is to be trusted, it must satisfy you that it works. So go ahead; see if it resonates with your inner being, and if you can find flaws in the logic, and if it helps you decipher the signs of the times.

What prompted this article was my last foray into Amazon's recommended book list, and seeing scholarly tomes that flew in the face of everything I've come to embrace as true. What is wrong with these people?, I wondered. How can they be so blind, so incapable of seeing the truth that stares us in the face? I realize that there are traps aplenty to lead the most intelligent astray, and that, most often, those traps are of our own construction or choosing. Also, today especially, many books are published for the purpose of misleading the masses. For example, we have seen a highly concerted effort over the past decade or so, to convince the world that climate change is caused by humans ('anthropogenically caused'). Yet, if you do the research, you find that, contrary to what we are told, there is no 'consensus among eminent scientists' on this matter, at all. In fact, the opposite is the case-- eminent scientists are appalled that their views are withheld and misrepresented to make it appear that science supports human causation. It's the media that have fabricated a so-called consensus favoring anthropogenic global warming. Besides Al Gore and his road show, there are books galore in support of the desired climate agenda, all part of a vast conspiracy to impose carbon credit trading and various other 'necessary measures' that will bring more wealth and control to the ruling elites. Beware of any scheme that accomplishes those ends.

In a babble of voices clamoring their wares, there can only be one truth. The easy tactic of the puppet-masters is to bury the truth in an avalanche of information, some valid, and most of it not. It is a brilliant strategy, since it does not require heavy-handed, game-revealing actions such as imposing draconian restrictions or martial law and the like. Under the banner of freedom of information, we are supplied with a glut of data so imposing that most people happily accept the easy route to 'knowledge' by believing the major newspapers and television stations. The ultra-conservatives flock to their favorite radio talk-show hosts, who whip them into a froth over the imminent dangers of Communism and (horrors!) publicly-funded health care. Ultra-liberals must have similar havens of numb-skullery. The point is that we tend to seek the demagogue and the dogma that promotes what we already (are inclined to) believe. By applying my BS detection kit, you can filter thru all the daily nonsense, and eventually assemble a paradigm that makes sense (at least to you). Good luck to every sincere seeker of truth.

September 10, 2010

The Beast of Revelation Is Is...


A ‘beast’ with seven heads and ten horns; another beast that looks innocent as a lamb but ‘speaks as a dragon;’ a mysterious mark, and that renowned number, 666-- what’s it all about?
Probably no book has been as misused as the Bible, and no part of the Bible as mystifying and misunderstood as the Revelation. In particular (coincidentally?) one of the more misinterpreted parts of Revelation is Chapter 13-- the famous source of the ‘beasts’ and ‘666,’ and so on. My contention is that the eschatological prophecies are deliberately obscure, but that they become increasingly transparent as we approach the ‘End Times’ they describe. In this regard, the puzzling chapter 13 is proving to be a key to comprehension. This essay investigates that portion of Revelation in the light of recent history.

In the interests of condensing a long discussion into a readable article, I have to assume that the reader has read (better yet studied) the book of Revelation, and moreover, understands that the book defines its strange imagery within its very pages for those who observe.

The first eight verses describe a ‘beast’ that rises from the ‘sea,’ having ‘ten horns and seven heads,’ each horn crowned by a diadem, and each head showing ‘blasphemous names.’ We are told that ‘the dragon gave him his power, and throne, and great authority.’ Verse three is crucial, and many have stumbled on it: “I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast.” This amazing beast clearly becomes very powerful, and so arrogant as to blaspheme God, and to persecute His people.

Verses 11 to 18 then turn the spotlight on ‘another beast,’ who comes out of the earth, and who looks like a lamb, externally, but who speaks ‘like a dragon.’ This beast seems to focus world attention on the first beast, and makes everyone worship it. He enforces the famous ‘mark’ on the hand or forehand that must be received in order to buy or sell. Chapter 13 ends with the infamous number, 666, ‘the number of the beast,’ that is said to somehow designate ‘a man.’

This short chapter would be pretty difficult to unlock on its own; but it so happens that chapter 17 seems to rehearse the same scenario, but from quite a different perspective. By combining the clues from the two chapters, I believe a coherent pattern emerges.

In chapter 17, John is shown a ‘harlot’ sitting on a ‘scarlet beast having seven heads and ten horns,’ clearly establishing a link with the earlier vision (of ch. 13). On her forehead is written the mysterious name ‘Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of the abominations of the Earth.’ She is described as drunk with the blood of the saints. In verse eight the beast is twice described as one that ‘was, and is not, and will come;’ a phrase that is repeated again in verse 11. That verse goes on to state that he is ‘also an eighth and is one of the seven.’ The last verses of chapter 17 describe how ‘ten kings’ will wage war against ‘the Lamb,’ but will be defeated. They turn against the harlot, and destroy her, and the last verse defines her as ‘the great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.’

Now; let’s start putting the clues together, letting scripture define its own terms as much as possible, and always bearing in mind that Revelation is a symbolic book. Most of the symbols used by John echo similar ones used 6 centuries earlier in the book of Daniel, which were explained in the text. Similarly, the ‘angel/guides’ in Revelation give John the general meanings of the symbols in the visions. Summarizing very briefly, they are...
Beast = ‘kingdom,’ country, empire (Rev 17:10, Dan 7:17); Dragon = Satan, the Devil (Rev 12:9, 20:2); Sea = populous area; the ‘old world’ (Rev 17:15); Horns = kings, rulers (Dan 7:24); Heads = governments, nations; Diadems = sign of authority, rulership; Blasphemous - indicates un-Godly; Tabernacle=the ‘church’, ‘saints’, who are spiritually residents of heaven; harlot = apostate community (Ezek 23:4); judgment = fate, punishment; waters = people, populations (Rev 17:15). Also, we should know that numbers are used symbolically in the Bible, where seven indicates perfection, completion; and ten indicates (stands for) a complete or inclusive set. Many commentators, ancient and modern, have become hopelessly sidetracked because they do not accept the Bible’s own definitions, and try to impose their own! For example, many pundits have assumed that the beasts stand for people (e.g. the Pope); but the scriptures don’t say that; they tell us explicitly that they’re kingdoms (or nations, today).

Re-capping the main points of the text in plain language, we can see that :
1. The text refers to a kingdom (nation) that had disappeared (was slain) at the time of John’s writing (set at about 90 AD), yet would reappear later in history;
2. when this nation reappears it will cause people to be amazed;
3. this nation is associated with the name of a man; and perhaps aspires to attain godly heights… their way.
4. this nation was among a group of 7 that existed in a then-populous region-- i.e. the Middle East-- before it was extinguished;
5. when it reappears, it will be in some ‘new’ form (different from the 1st appearance);
6. this nation is associated with a false religion somehow;
7. there is another nation that appears later (after John’s day), that will be closely allied with the restored nation-- it wasn’t one of the original 7; but when it arises in an unpopulated area, it will enforce homage to the restored nation;
8. the ‘new nation’ will first appear benign (lamb-like), but will issue draconian edicts that will cause all other nations to ‘fall into line’ with it;
9. the new nation is being directed by a false, apostate religion;
10. there seems to be a blurring between the woman as a church and as a ‘city,’ but in any case, there is a highly urbanized nation that exercises hegemony over all other nations;
11. a set of ‘ten’ symbolic kingdoms arise in the end-times and they give their ‘power and authority’ to the restored kingdom for a brief time (17:12-13) until Jesus defeats them.

When you look at the facts laid out like this, while there may still be some fuzzy details, nonetheless, some conclusions jump out as inescapable!

As soon as you mention ‘restored nation’ the obvious candidate that leaps out is ‘Israel’. Its name comes directly from ‘a man,’ their patriarch Jacob who was renamed Israel (Gen 32:28). Ancient Israel was one of a group of seven prominent kingdoms in the Middle East that includes Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Greece, Babylonia, and Rome. With their rejection of the Messiah, Israel’s treasured cultural religion, Judaism, became an antichristian blasphemy. As a nation, Israel has always aspired to ‘help’ God do things their way. From the taking of the Promised Land, to the Pharisaical plot to eliminate Jesus, the children of Israel preferred their deeds over God’s providence. The dramatic restoration of the Jewish homeland, named Israel, in the land of Palestine in 1948 was indeed seen as amazing, even miraculous, by the on-looking world. While many assumed that it must be due to God’s intervention, others who have investigated the creation of modern Israel, find that it was, instead, due to conniving plans dating back to the late 19th century (as Zionism) and renewed following the First World War, by the Balfour Declaration. It was not God’s hand that was involved, but that of the Dragon, motivating Zionist agents behind the scenes of diplomacy.

The Bible had this insight long before any modern pundit could possibly discern the covert machinations that culminated in a restored Jewish state. However, this resuscitated nation is a pretender! Altho populated by Jews (progeny of Judah, one of Israel’s 12 sons), they call themselves Israel, in pretense of comprising the original, full 12 tribes of Jacob. Even IF all 12 tribes should be represented in today’s Israel, Jewish researchers have found that those known as Ashkenazi Jews (who engineered the takeover of Palestine) are actually descended from the Khazar people, who lived in the Caucasus region, and whose king made his whole nation convert to Judaism in the eighth century. And whereas ancient Israel, the state, occasionally worshipped the true God, the new nation follows a worldly, ultra-nationalist, anti-religion known as Zionism. Thus, ‘Israel’ has reappeared, but in a new, ersatz format, just as predicted. (See also, Rev 3:9 for another hint about Israel.)

Now, the second prominent nation, the later one that originates in a less populous region, seems to reach its zenith near the culmination of apocalyptic events. Again, on the evidence, there’s one nation that immediately springs to mind-- the USA. Obviously, it didn’t exist at the time of John. And when it did appear, it arose in the ‘new world’, far from the populations of the old world. With its declaration of the rights and freedoms of individuals, particularly in regard to religious worship, the USA indeed looked lamb-like, and the two horns could symbolize the separation of church and state. Lately, there is no doubt about the dragon-like voice with which the US government has been throwing its weight around the world over the last 60 years or more. All nations of the world are compelled to heed the voice of the US government, whether they like it or not. In the vivid imagery of Revelation, this beast calls down fire from heaven, and deceives the Earth with the ‘signs’ he has the power to perform in front of the world. This made little sense-- until the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, and recapitulated in the ‘Shock and Awe’ invasion of Iraq, that is. Now it reads as prescient indeed!

The lobbying of the ‘religious right’ has become increasingly influential since the Reagan presidency of the 1980s-- some call it a profane, false Christianity ‘directing’ affairs in D.C. And that camp is closely linked to Zionist (‘Judaic’) interests (hence, ‘Judeo-Christianity’). That is the cursory analysis of ‘the harlot riding the beast.’ However, one could argue that the religious right is still, nominally, Christian, and not really what the prophecy points to. There exists a more covert connection between an abominable religion and the US administration. Summarizing a vast amount of evidence, let me state simply that there is undeniable evidence that the individuals who populate the US administration are linked to a panoply of occult practices and symbolism that can be traced back to ancient Babylon. These politicians congregate at the ‘Bohemian Grove’ (California) annually to indulge in bizarre, satanic rituals. That is their abominable, antichristian religion. It is well known that G.W. Bush, J.F. Kerry, and many other political figures are members of the Yale U. secret society called the ‘Skull and Bones.’ Many high-placed officials in Washington are associated with various occult/Masonic societies, as a little Internet research will attest. It could be sensibly argued that this ‘mystery cult’ of the elite more accurately represents the prostitute of the prophecy.

One can think of Zionism as a geo-political conspiracy for the ‘New World Order’ whose top names come largely from the ranks of Jews. In any case, it is indisputable that the cabinet in Washington is dominated by Zionist interests promoted by Israeli-American ‘dual-citizens.’ Leveraging these ‘inside assets,’ the Israeli government exerts influence over the USA, particularly to do its dirty work in the Middle East. For decades the US delegation has used its veto in the Security Council of the United Nations to prevent censure of Israel. Lately, US foreign policy seems to be dictated by Tel Aviv. The First and Second Gulf Wars make little sense except when analyzed in the light of Israel using US military power to subdue its enemies. When Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006, deliberately destroying civilian infrastructure and killing non-combatants, the US waited until it was too late before expressing some measure of reservation over the Israeli depredations. While Israel and the USA make an uproar about supposed nuclear ambitions by Iran, they simply ignore the open secret that Israel already possesses nuclear weapons, and has the means to deploy them. Any nation fingered by Washington must jump and salute; however, Israel gets a free pass. In other words, the ‘second beast’-- the USA-- causes the rest of the world to worship the first beast-- Israel. The trend is so marked that we can see that it’s a hallmark of the ‘New World Order.’

As many commentators have speculated, the 10 horns (of 17:12) probably refer to the countries of the European Union, that have had reservations about Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians, yet in the end, support the US-British backing of Israel. Once EU membership exceeded ten nations, some pundits abandoned this view. But they fail to note that ‘ten’ is simply a symbolic count for an inclusive set. And in any case, only ten or fewer countries have significant influence on EU foreign affairs. This view also is in accord with Daniel’s vision of the statue in chapter 2, where the feet and toes (‘of iron mixed with clay’) have long been identified as the ‘revived Roman Empire’ embodied in the modern EU, with its strained mix of strong and feeble economies.

Many commentators have taken the picture of ‘buying and selling’ in chapter 13 quite literally, and have weaved some rather bizarre scenarios based on that view (e.g. micro-chips, bar-codes in people’s flesh). However, it’s not unreasonable to take the figure as symbolic… but, of what? Perhaps Proverbs 23:23 gives a clue: “Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” By means of so-called ‘anti-hate’ laws, it is becoming almost impossible for anyone to legitimately question Israeli policies and actions. Increasingly, no one in Western societies can dare openly criticize Israel without unleashing severe censure. It doesn’t take much imagination to foresee a time when any expression of reservation about Israel will result in prison or even death. And yet, how can we ‘get understanding’ if any criticism of Israel is crushed by so-called ‘anti-hate laws?’ Zechariah 11:4-6 is another passage that puts buying and selling in the context of duplicitous and predatory exploitation of one class by another, and God’s judgment on them. So, Rev 13:17 may be alluding to the fact that no one can speak truth about Israel and religion, but only mouth what the state permits.

Nonetheless, with the huge crises in the world banking system in recent years, it is equally possible that the ‘buying and selling’ may be literal. A little research will confirm that the global banking regime is largely in the hands of a cabal of Jews, and that they have, in fact, implemented a key strategy cited in the enigmatic ‘Protocols of Zion.’ That is, the world’s banks are under the management of a tiny elite, and all money is regarded as debt owed to them. Hence, they have total control over money, and with the advent of computerized records systems and banking cards, the banks can exert unparalleled monitoring of transactions (ie. buying and selling). Many pundits have postulated that we are heading for a system where micro-chips will replace tangible money, and the prophetic vision could be realized literally.

The one piece of the puzzle that escapes me at present is the question of the ‘image of the beast.’ While the other pieces fall into place fairly neatly, this one is far from obvious, at least at this time. I expect that it will become apparent as events unfold, but for the time being, the image is an open question. The NIV translates the passage as: “an image in honor of the beast.” The NASB and the KJV translation is: “an image to the beast.” In the Amplified Bible, the passage reads: “a statue (an image) in the likeness of the beast.” So, we have the later nation commanding the inhabitants of the earth to ‘make an image’ that represents the first (restored) nation in some manner.

My guess is that the construction of the image hasn’t yet happened, and when it does, we will be close to the end of the game. I predict that when the USA proposes some kind of ‘solution’ to the Middle East crisis that involves enforced homage to something that stands for (symbolizes, represents) the state of Israel, then we will recognize the fulfillment of this graphic prophecy. I expect that whatever it is, it will be a surprise to all, yet clear to those who remember scripture.

The other puzzle-piece is the ultimate uncovering of the false, apostate, mystic religion that masquerades as Judeo-Christianity, and that exercises covert control over the nations. It has long been realized that the Vatican, seat of Roman Catholic authority, is full of mystic symbolism derived from Egyptian and Babylonian sources. And since ‘Mystery Babylon’ is the ‘mother of ALL harlots,’ then all the Christian denominations are implicated, not just Roman Catholicism. Similarly, modern Judaism, via the Talmud, is heavily influenced by Kabbalah, a mystic school that dates back to the time of their captivity in ancient Babylon. Some investigators claim covert connections between the Vatican and Zionists, and although those theories are speculative, there’s no doubting the common lineage of their mystic symbolism, namely, Babylon.

Finally, I should anticipate one observation that some readers who are versed in history may raise. The predictive imagery of widespread, bloody persecution of true believers by an apostate church prevailing upon government to do its bidding, may ring familiar. Yes, it happened during the Dark Ages, when the official, Rome-based Church persecuted ‘heretics’ of all kinds, especially those who revered the Bible. However, it is possible for prophecy to have a primary, literal fulfillment, and a later, figurative reprise. Thus, the persecution of the first millennium could be repeated in its characteristics in this third millennium, with different actors but the same plot... and a much shorter time frame. Indeed, almost all exponents of eschatology have identified the (first) Beast (of Rev. 13) as the Roman Catholic Church or the European Union. But, the reader should see, now, that this can’t be: John repeats the phrase ‘that was, and is not, and will come’ for the purpose of making a point. That point should not be lost on us, latter day readers, who need it most! (Refer to item no. 1, above, in the summary of facts). Only Israel had existed prior to John’s last writing (ca. 90 AD), had gone into oblivion in 70 AD, and ‘re-appeared’ two millennia later. This ‘kingdom’ therefore, cannot be the Roman church or the EU... nor some yet-to-emerge 'Antichrist!' With the acuity of hindsight, I think it is clear that the prophecies of Daniel focus on the history of the early Christian church, while those of Revelation move the spotlight to the End of the Age, and the geo-political turmoil of these times.

Conclusions

What I hope this analysis demonstrates is that without imposing a lot of exogenous, novel, dogmatic interpretations on the text, and allowing the scriptures to illuminate themselves, a sensible picture readily emerges… and, without the need of a Ph.D. in something or other to do so. And another important thing is that the Bible is not a book of science-fiction or technological predictions. The abstract scenes in Revelation are sketches of geo-political and geo-religious currents, not of helicopters, atomic weapons, and so on (as sensationally claimed by some American Evangelicals). And note that the whole panorama would not be comprehensible until the time when it is needed.

We must note that the text had to be written in such a way that an accurate prophecy can be presented without being so obvious that unscrupulous forces could suppress or alter it. And yet, the clues are skillfully encoded so that someone who has a reasonable understanding of history, and allows the scripture to explain itself, can gain a fairly clear grasp of who the actors are, and what they are doing. Still, the picture only clarifies after the fact; i.e. after the forecast events actually begin, or as they unfold. In this process, it is astonishing to see how a book written millennia ago in a far-off land contains a description of the geo-political and religious situation that has unfolded over the last, mere half-century or so... within the lifetime of many who read this article. Friends, you can’t make this stuff up-- no human mind could produce the bizarre vision-clips of Revelation, and use them to accurately predict world political events 2,000 years in the future!

Clearly, the prophecies are designed to demonstrate and reveal that God is real and supreme, and that we can’t determine what will happen next-- it is entirely in His hands. Our job is just to trust and believe. I pray that sincere atheists will read this essay and have their eyes opened to the beauty of God’s scriptures. Remember, the Bible has been in a more or less final, ‘canonical’ state for many centuries. The prophecies survived intact to this day for the very purpose of demonstrating the genius behind them. No human could have achieved such a feat-- that’s why this book is truly a Revelation!

(My verse-by-verse analysis is available if a reader wants to follow the detailed study; go to http://truthquestors.blogspot.com/2008/09/revelation-re-visit-new-study.html)
© W. Kazimir, Sept. 2010