Stick to the script!

Years ago I worked at a telemarketing company. Arguably the worst year and a half of my life. Towards the end of my stint there, I worked as a “team manager”, which basically meant I was responsible for firing people on an almost daily basis for not reaching their quotas, and for acting as the tireless policeman of the sacred words refered to as “the script”.

“Stick to the script” was the mantra. Deviation from the script was not tolerated. You don’t have to think about what to say, just stick to the script. You don’t have to concern yourself with fears that you may sound wooden, and superficial, and completely unbelievable to the person on the other end of the line, just stick to the script!

You see, at one point in time, someone within the company wrote the script, which was then passed on to the small army of telemarketers, who would call people at all hours of the day and night, and read the script.  The script contained exactly what the owners of the company wanted to be communicated over the phone.  That’s why telemarketing companies write scripts.  It keeps the pitch simple.  There is no need to complicate the pitch by having your telemarketers bumble it up with their own thought processes.  The idea is to keep the message simple and to the point, and then have it repeated over, and over, and over again.  That is the simple, horrifying beauty of the telemarketing script.  It actually works.  If you call enough people, and say the same, predetermined words enough times, you will get results.  All you have to do is stick to the script….

Today is July 3rd.  Tomorrow is July 4th.  Predictably, this means we are being told certain things, since tomorrow is a national holiday, and national holidays are obviously a prime target for would-be agents of terror.  Today, like so many other holiday-eves over the past decade, we hear familiar lines from a very familiar script… 

“According to intelligence and law enforcement officials, there is no specific terror threat for the holiday”

“While officials say no specific threats or terror plots have been discovered, they are stepping up security over concerns about so-called “lone wolves” and ongoing concern about al Qaeda”

“There are reports of concern over another terror plot involving Al Qaeda targeting a U.S. airliner, possibly timed to the London Olympic Games”

“we need to remind our citizens to be vigilant – to be aware of their surroundings…”

I must confess that I am growing exceedingly weary of hearing lines from this incredibly unoriginal script…

Every time we approach another national holiday, or big travel weekend, or 9/11 memorial, or the next Superbowl MCMLXXXIV, we hear the same litany of warnings;  There is an increase in terrorist “chatter”, but there is no specific threat, though we must remain vigilant, and we must report any suspicious activity, and of course there has been an increase in overall “security”…  If you see a bag left somewhere unattended, then you’d better report it.    Be prepared.  Have an emergency kit.  And by the way, enjoy your holiday!

The dutiful telemarketers of the media (also sometimes refered to as “reporters”) make sure the public receives a constant dose of “the pitch”.  We get our regular “courtesy calls”, reminding us that the threat is still very real and very serious.  Of course, the nefarious plotters of American doom aren’t hatching their schemes from caves in Afghanistan anymore, now their evil lair resides somewhere in Yemen and the Arabian peninsula.  They are like cockroaches, these terrorists, who scurry around filling whatever empty crevice they can find that would provide shelter.  That’s why we’re “monitoring” them so closely.  Now these crafty muslims are trying to recruit European and Asian looking individuals to serve as suicide bombers,  which is why we must now be even MORE vigilant, since apparently racial profiling won’t be as useful as it once was.  (pardon my excessive use of sarcasm there, couldn’t help it…)

The script which I constantly hear being read from in the media somehow makes the one I used to read from as a telemarketer sound like pullitzer-prize material by comparison.  By some amazing feat of creative marketing, the message has now been tailored to basically describe a terrorist mindset which has actually become ever so much more stupid and simplistic since the days of Sept., 2001…  Unlike then, when Bin Laden & Co. were in their prime and capable of masterminding an attack which was precisely timed to coincide with the lowering of our radar and air defense systems, nowadays the typical architect of destruction is apparently more inclined to just try leaving a suitcase full of explosives in a crowded place.  (maybe the NSA has detected “chatter” which indicates that Al Qaeda is just getting lazy…?)  Not only that, but it would seem that now the terrorists are so dim-witted that we don’t have to worry about tipping them off that we are on to their latest plot.  Right now we have just discovered that a Norwegian, “believed to be in his thirties and with no criminal record”, is their next intended infiltrator of the free world.  Maybe we don’t know everything about this newest recruit, but we know some:

“…intelligence agencies must now find an individual who fits the profile of an al Qaeda convert: “Someone 18 to 35, someone who is from Norway, someone who has traveled to places that are jump-off spots to go to Yemen. Now, you’ve got maybe tens of thousands of people, or thousands. But you want to crunch that down to who has connection somewhere else in the database, and focus on those people.”

Yep, we’re hot on his trail.  Do we have to worry that we may be inadvertently warning the Scandinavian jihadist that we are looking for him, as we broadcast these details on Good Morning America, just before the latest dish on Katy Perry?  Nope!  (Don’t be silly, Al Qaeda are muslims so they’re not allowed to watch anything with Katy Perry…)

What?  Shut up.  Just stick to the script…   

The only problem is that every script has a goal, an ending, a “close”…  Telemarketers do not call people up and interrupt them at the dinner table just in the hopes of having a nice chat.  The script is designed to take you somewhere you somewhere, to prepare the listener for whatever is coming at the end of the call.  The script of “homeland security” is no different.  These endless reminders to “be vigilant”, and that there is ongoing “concern” for yet another plot”, are all about keeping the public engaged in the message, in anticipation for some big close.  It’s like when you watch a news cast, or t.v. show, and for the better part of an hour, you are constantly being “teased” with the same brief clip, which they show before every commercial, but never let you see the whole thing until the very end…

Fortunately, my time spent in that modern purgatory known as a “call center” finally ended.  I slept in one morning, showed up two hours late, and got canned.  Never been so happy to be fired in all my life.  The company eventually folded, and last I heard was being investigated for engaging in unethical business practices.  And alhough I may not be spending any more soul-sucking hours in that dreadful place, I can still tell when someone is reading from a script, giving me a pitch, prepping me for the close…

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I saw this, and almost pooped my pants…

Over the last couple of years, as I have found myself trying to take a deeper look at all that has been developing within the government, and across the globe, there have been a couple crucial moments, which pushed me into a state of “What?  No…. WHAT?  Really?  This can’t be right…  No way…  SERIOUSLY!??   I think I need to just get up right now and go have an ice cream cone or something, and try to think happy thoughts”…  The first of those moments was probably when I first watched the video footage of “building 7” falling down, over and over again, as I tried to wrap my head around how that could have possibly happened without explosives being used… 

Another moment was when I first saw the logo pictured above.

What you see is the logo for what was called the “Information Awareness Office” (you probably could’ve gathered that much yourself by reading the logo…), a subdivision of D.A.R.P.A. (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).  Of course, the I.A.O. is now supposedly “defunct” after Senator Feingold spearheaded a congressional inquiry against the department in 2003 over privacy concerns.  But the reality is that even the “office” itself has been dissolved, the “core technologies” have unquestioningly been retained, which essentially means that the original reasons for concern remain as intact as ever.  The broader goal of “T.I.A.” (Total Information Awareness) strives on, (even involving things as seemingly benign as Facebook)  first under the moniker of “ARDA” (Advanced Research and Development Activity) , which later was absorbed by the “Disruptive Technology Office“.  So basically, the “Information Awareness Office” never went away, it was merely redistributed within the massive “military/industrial complex”, sort of like when you flip over a big rock at the beach, and all the little crabs go scurrying off in different directions, only to find other big rocks to crawl under…

 But for me, even scarier than the actual agenda of the I.A.O (as insane as it is), was the simple bone-chilling fact that someone, somewhere actually picked THAT to be the image to represent a government agency charged with “Total Information Awareness”.  Of ALL the things they could’ve come up with, that’s what they chose?  I mean, seriously!!  I dunno, maybe such a thing is of particular interest to me since I studied Graphic Design back in the day…  I know enough to understand that when you’re tasked with coming up with a logo for a company, or product, or a heavily-funded government agency, you don’t just pull something out of thin air and go present it to whoever is charged with making the final decision.  I just have such a hard time believing that some random guy somewhere, working in a government graphics department or whatever, just thought to himself, “Let’s see, what’s my next assignment here…  The ‘Information Awareness Office’….  Hmmmm…  Total information awareness…  Ubiquitous covert technological surveillance of our country’s own citizens…  How do we go about representing that visually…?  I know!  What about that weird picture on the back on the one dollar bill?  That has an eye on it, right?” (quick google search…)  “Whoa..  Looks like it’s called the ‘All-Seeing Eye’, yeah, that’s perfect!”

Hmmmm.  Maybe…  Maybe such a thing was actually used as the logo for one of the most disturbing governmental operations in all of history, and nobody happened to notice that they were slapping a notorious occult symbol on their front door.  Who knows, maybe there are people working in the U.S. government who are really so turned around that they think a pyramid with a big glaring eye over the top of it is just as much an iconic symbol of “American ideals” as apple pie…  (Then again, if it’s on our own money, then it couldn’t really have any “evil” meaning behind it, right?)  It’s really hard to say what might have gone on behind the scenes.  All I know is that I still have to pinch myself almost every time I look at the thing, to remind myself that no, that is not just a cheesy graphic taken from some corny, Orwellian B-movie, and yes, it was really used, by the real governement, with real technology, who are really, truly, still spending untold millions and billions of dollars on the goal of achieving “Total Information Awareness”…    (Wait, did I mention that it’s real…?)

Part of me so wants to laugh about it, because it just seems pretty ridiculous on the one hand.  I mean, for crying out loud, I had to read “1984” when I was in like 7th grade.  I became familiar with the phrase “Big Brother is Watching You”, and understood the basic message, and the point of the book as a whole, before I hardly knew that much about how the REAL government worked…  (ironically though, turns out the book served as a pretty good primer for the real world, didn’t it?)  The phrase “Big Brother is Watching You” certainly isn’t some obscure literary reference, it’s practically part of the vernacular, part of the “cultural zeitgeist”…  Yet despite ALL of that, somebody, somewhere thought to themself, “Well, we sure can’t call ourselves ‘Big Brother’, cuz that wouldn’t go down very well…  But what about a big eye over a pyramid that is watching the whole earth?  THAT will make people feel safe!” (!?!?) 

So remember folks, you can rest easy, feeling safe, because your government is doing everything they can to protect you from the “bad guys” that are out there, everywhere, plotting amd scheming to destroy our American way of life.  The I.A.O. may not exist in the form that it once did, but rest assured; 

“BIG PYRAMID EYE IS STILL WATCHING YOU”

Dear Mr. Snail…

Dear Mr. Snail,

I wanted to write you a letter to apologize for almost stepping on you this morning.  I know you were not trying to get in my way, but probably only looking for some more leaves to munch on.  I actually would like to thank you, because before I came across you on my patio, I was feeling pretty down.  It happens fairly often with us humanoids, we get depressed or frustrated about all kinds of humanoid problems, most of which probably seem quite silly to you.  But when I finally stopped and took the time to notice you, slowly oozing past me on your way to greener environs, I found myself quite fascinated by your spiraled exterior.  You are probably the first snail I have ever seen who looks as though they have racing stripes on their back.  I found myself wondering just how exactly the DNA sequence must work, how intricate the code must be, in order to make your shell grow in a perfect Fibonacci sequence like that.  Have you heard of this guy, Fibonacci?  I suspect not…  Nevertheless, you and your striped protective armor changed my whole attitude this morning.  You helped remind me that Fibonacci sequences do not randomly implant themselves into the natural world, that everything that is alive and growing all around me is not the result of millions upon billions of aimless mutations.  You see, I so easily get sidetracked by all of my mundane worries, or even completely depressed when I think about the state of affairs in humanoid society, that I totally forget that I am surrounded by countless examples which all point to there being a reality that is far more incredible than the tiny bubble I usually put myself in.  I actually somehow forget that there is Someone ever so much bigger, smarter, and more powerful than all the junk I get so worked up about.  Sometimes I even have a hard time believing that He could possibly be concerned with someone as slow and seemingly insignificant as myself.  I suppose in that sense, I feel a lot like you much of the time.  Going about my business, feeling more or less ignored by the big, busy world around me, (and typically, usually looking for something to munch on as well….)  But then, I see you, cruising along on your one, gooey foot, and was forced to realize that God does indeed put a great deal of care and intention into things that are seemingly insignificant…  So again, thank you, for helping me get a little perspective on this wet, grey morning.  Now, I only wish you could read…

Sincerely,

the guy with the big feet

 

Never underestimate the power of fluff…

It’s funny what I can’t help but notice these days…   Like when the jubilent jazz/swing music starts up at the beginning of the sitcom “30 Rock”, instead of settling in for 22 minutes of SNL-spinoff comedy, I find myself unable to ignore the fact that what is flashing across the screen is really such an insanely ironic spectacle indeed.  The title credits are a bouncy blur of snapshots set against scenes of the beloved 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where relief-sculptures and fresco paintings with mythical themes and art-deco style are superimposed with clips of the hilarious cast…  Sadly, one cannot get too far down the trail of investigating all the wheels and cogs of the globalist machine before reaching the inescapable conclusion that the Rockefeller family has been one of the prime pistons of the broader NWO engine.  While some might limit the hyper-capitalist activities of families like the Rockefellers to being merely another example of bankster greed, those who look deeper eventually begin to realize that there is a disturbing undercurrent of occultism flowing underneath, propelling things along, providing the philosophical basis for long term goals which far exceed the comparatively small-minded desire to simply acquire more money, or more power…

The thing is, once you recognize that occult underbelly, it becomes quite easy to see that the iconic GE building is in fact strewn with all kinds of Luciferian symbolism, a veritable modern-day temple erected to pay homage to the false god of human potential and the deluded dream of a globalist utopia.   It is indeed a “sinister site“.  But is that what comes to mind when millions of average people think of the Manhattan skyscraper known affectionately as “30 Rock”?  Does that name make people shudder to themselves, conjuring sobering thoughts about an inner circle that is so wealthy, so connected, and so driven by an ancient quest to achieve godhood that they have far more control over the affairs of this world than any elected official?  Well, not if the name “30 Rock” instead bears instant association with the playful, fast-paced, self-deprecating humor which fills the location-named show from beginning to end.  And what a contrast it is…  How much further could you get from the storyline of wicked societal manipulation by a cabal of power-elites, than a show that is basically about a bunch of “professionals” who all constantly exhibit their own unique brand of extreme childishness? 

There is really nothing remotely “sinister” in the world of T.V.’s “30 Rock”.  Tina Fey’s down-to-earth Liz Lemon character sets the tone for the whole show, providing the viewer with a touch-point of relatability, a spunky, all-American lens through which we experience the unpredictable antics of the cast and crew of the TGS…  Tracy and Jenna constantly compete to see who can be more self-obsessed and out of touch with reality.  Kenneth’s smiling, southern ignorance about the “real world” provides endless comedic opportunity.  Frank is just a world-champion man-child.  And then of course there is Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, who at first glance might be thought to be nothing more than a fairly unflattering representation of the stereotypical Republican-voting, uber-capitalist executive, but in fact is a rather complex and disarming caricature of the “elite”, i.e. a man-child in an expensive suit and a slick hair-cut. 

When I first saw this show, I remember thinking how odd it is that the company GE, which owns NBC, which produces “30 Rock”, would allow itself to be portrayed on the show, as GE, which owns NBC, producing the fictitious show “TGS”, with a figurehead who basically personifies a full-out satirical assault on corporate America and executive culture…  Why would a company as prestigious as GE allow itself to be parodied in such a way?  Then I finally came to realize, that’s really the genius of it.  The subtle yet incredibly persuasive effect of rampant self-mockery.  Not only does Jack Donaghy exude the epitomy of narcissism and ruthless corporate politics, but his character is even used to spoof things like membership in Ivy-League secret societies (Jack is supposedly a member of the “Twig and Berries” secret society…)  Alec Baldwin plays the part so well, his comedic timing spot on, his witty remarks delivered with such dry, stone-faced precision, that he succeeds in turning the would-be ‘villain’ into someone the audience can’t help but love.  The ultimate corporate clown…

 Of course, “30 Rock” is certainly not the only place we find such serious topics being treated with copious amounts of irreverance and spoofery. Conspiracy-related issues are common fodder for ridicule in the entertainment industry, and once you start to notice, it’s almost impossible to ignore. I admit I find myself somewhat in awe of just how much can be achieved in the way of cognitive suggestion through the simple use of some clever jokes. It would be next to impossible to simply deny the existence of things like secret societies or massively powerful banking families. But if instead you simply laugh it off as something so ridiculous it must be impossible? It’s amazing how easy it is to get people to start laughing right along with you. Much like Bill Clinton, when someone in the crowd asked him about Bohemian Grove, he simply chuckled and said, “Bohemian Grove? That’s where all those rich Republicans go and stand naked against those redwood trees, right?”, and the crowd yucks it up…

But all in all, the simple fact that the show “30 Rock” takes this very significant piece of illuminati architecture and makes it the stage for a hit comedy show, is really quite a masterful work of pop-culture subterfuge.  The name and setting of the show alone is propaganda, dispelling the idea that the offices and studios inside the famous tower could possibly house anything “nefarious”, beyond the routine ambition for fame, money, sex, or whatever other form of basic self-indulgence found anywhere else… 

If it were only true that the world was being run amuck by nothing more than disgustingly overpaid, but otherwise harmless, buffoons, with houses in the Hamptons, trophy wives, and emotionally-crippling Mommy issues…   If only 30 Rockefeller Plaza was just another shiny monument to good ol’ American capitalism.  If only that shiny gold statue of Prometheus wasn’t in reality a Luciferian idol, a depiction of how Satan sees himself as the savior of mankind, the bringer of “enlightenment” to the masses…   If only…

Israel and the millennial reign of Christ…

The following is from a biblical Q & A site.  I stumbled across it, and found myself clicking on the question “What is the purpose of the thousand-year reign of Christ?”, mainly because, well, I have been wondering about that very question myself for some time now.  As I read through the answers provided, it made me begin to suspect perhaps there is a connection between my ongoing, unanswered questions surrounding the millenium, and my own views regarding the whole debate surrounding things like “Replacement theology”, the fulfillment of Covenants, the true identity of Israel, etc…  But anyhow, first, here is the Q & A, then I’ll say my piece afterwards…

Question: “What is the purpose of the thousand-year reign of Christ?”

Answer: The Millennium (also known as the millennial Kingdom) is the 1000-year reign of Jesus after the Tribulation and before all the people of the world are sent to heaven or hell. Jesus will reign as King over Israel as well as all the nations of the world (Isaiah 2:4; 42:1). The world will live in peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; 32:18), Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1-3) and, at the beginning, everyone will worship God (Isaiah 2:2-3). The purpose of the 1000-year reign is to fulfill promises God made to the world that cannot be fulfilled while Satan is free and humans have political authority. Some of these promises, called covenants, were given specifically to Israel. Others were given to Jesus, the nations of the world, and creation. All of these will be fulfilled during Jesus’ 1000-year reign.

The Palestinian Covenant (Deuteronomy 30:1-10)
God has already fulfilled the personal aspects of the Abrahamic covenant; Abraham did go to the Promised Land, he did have many descendants, and he is the forefather of many nations. Several hundred years after Abraham, Joshua led the Israelites to claim ownership of the Promised Land. But Israel has never possessed the specific boundaries that God promised in Genesis 15:18-20 and Numbers 34:1-12. Not even Solomon ruled over this particular area (1 Kings 4:21-24). Although he did reign from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates, he did not hold the area from Mount Hor to Hazarenan (Numbers 34:7-9)—into present-day Lebanon and Syria. In addition, the covenant God made with Abraham was that he and his descendants would have the land for eternity (Genesis 13:15; 17:8; Ezekiel 16:60). The current Israeli state may be a step in this direction, but they still do not possess the boundaries God laid out.

The Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7)
God’s covenant with David was that his line would never die out and that David’s heir would sit on the throne of Israel forever (2 Samuel 7:16). Biblical scholars agree that Jesus is the fulfillment of this covenant—one of the reasons His genealogy is given for both His step-father (Matthew 1:1-17) and His mother (Luke 3:23-38). The Jews understood this when they laid down palm branches and their cloaks as Jesus rode into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-17). They expected Him to be a military/political leader that would liberate them from the Romans and make Israel a great nation again. But they didn’t understand the nature of Jesus’ work at the time was for the New Covenant, not the Davidic Covenant. The 1000-year reign will be the beginning of Jesus’ eternal reign over Israel and the earth (Revelation 20:4, 6).

The New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
The work of the New Covenant—Jesus’ death and resurrection to reconcile hearts to God—has been accomplished. But we have not yet seen the complete fulfillment. Jeremiah 31:33 says, “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Ezekiel 36:28 gives more specifics: “You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Isaiah 59:20-21 explains that this covenant is possible because of the Redeemer, and the reconciliation He provides will last forever. This covenant does not mean that every Jew will be saved. But it does mean that Israel as a nation will worship their Messiah. The Old Testament prophets who spoke of this covenant, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Ezekiel, all wrote that it will be fulfilled in the future. From their time on, Israel has yet to be an independent nation that worshiped its Messiah (Romans 9-11). They will be in the 1000-year reign.

Other Promises
Those are the covenants God made with Israel that are to be fulfilled in Jesus’ 1000-year reign, but the Bible lists other promises that will be fulfilled. God promised Jesus He will make His enemies a footstool, and that Jesus’ followers will worship Him freely (Psalm 100). God promised the nations of the world that they would live in peace with Jesus as their ruler (Daniel 7:11-14). And He promised creation that the curse would be lifted (Romans 8:18-23), animals and the earth would be restored to peace and prosperity (Isaiah 11:6-9; 32:13-15), and people would be freed from disease (Ezekiel 34:16). These, too, will be fulfilled during the 1000-year reign.

The main purpose of Jesus’ 1000-year reign is to fulfill the prophecies given to Israel and the promises made to Jesus, the nations, and the earth. God’s covenants were voluntary and one-sided. He promised He would bless Israel and restore the world in specific ways, and He will.

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Alright, so according to this, the purpose of the Millenium period has a whole lot to do with God fulfilling promises made to Israel, i.e., the Jewish people, and more specifically those people in the context of being a Jewish nation/state.  Of course, many, many Christians are quite fixated on all that pertains to the modern state of Israel, because of the pervasiveness of the kinds of covenant interpretations we see being articulated above.   In fact, I was raised with more or less that type of perspective,  a perspective which comprises the main driving force behind so much of the current political support of the people, government and military of modern Israel by “evangelicals”… 

But I was forced to stop and re-examine this perspective, after I finally just sat down one day and read through the entire book of Hebrews.  Suddenly I found myself being unable to ignore what felt like a good number of inconsistencies within the whole mindset that there is a “duality” amongst all these covenants, the idea that God’s promises to “Israel” are simultaneously addressing eternal/spiritual issues (for the gentiles) as well as earthly/temporal/political ones (for the Jewish people).   What I find in the book of Hebrews, and many other places, really doesn’t seem to back this idea at all.  Now, I am very much aware that the term “replacement theology” tends to carry a lot of pejorative baggage in such circles of eschatological perspective.   But the fact remains that nowhere in the New Testament have I ever found any of the biblical authors (who almost all had a Jewish heritage, although yes, I know that people question whether Luke was, but regardless) giving so much as a hint that they were looking forward to some future time when Jesus would be hailed as a political ruler of Israel as a political entity… 

I find these verses in Hebrews to be particularly explicit…

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10 That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.  (Hebrews 3 – 4:8)

I suppose many people who hold a firm stance against the supposed ignorance of “replacement theology” might respond by saying “Well, the book of Hebrews was written to the Hebrews, of course!  So you’re misapplying everything the author is saying here…”   But I’m sorry, when you stop and actually read through the content of what is being said, that falls apart pretty quick…  I began the quotation from where I did because we can clearly see who the author is addressing: “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus…”  (Who are “those who share in the heavenly calling”? That is everyone who believes in Jesus!)  But if that is not enough to convince someone that the message here is not for Jewish Christians alone, then you only have to keep reading, because in the following passages we see the author arguing strongly AGAINST the idea that going in and taking physical possession of the “Promised Land” amounts to the achievement of God’s “rest”.  He says: “since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it“, and later “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience”.

So when the writer of Hebrews is urging his readers to “make every effort to enter that rest”, is he advocating that these Jewish believers in Yeshua strive on towards the goal of establishing an earthly government which encompasses all the original boundary lines promised to Abraham?  I certainly don’t find it to say anything like that…  But maybe that is where the millennial component comes in for many people, because they believe is that only Jesus’ return will be enough to establish that true Israelite nation? I don’ t know…   I must confess I still don’t quite know what exactly to think about the millennium, but what I do know is that explanations like the ones above just don’t quite seem to fit.  The issue of modern-day “evangelical” support for the (political) nation of Israel, to the point of almost absolute blind allegiance, feels more than a little suspect to me.  But then, if to the inconsistencies I’ve just mentioned, we add more considerations, such as a look into the origins and significance of the symbol refered to as the “Star of David”, or the curious amount of involvement on the part of families such as the Rockefellers (ever taken a look at the Israeli Supreme Court building…?) we find even more reason to give some serious pause…

Personally, I really kind of chafe at the term “replacement theology”, because I honestly find it to be a rather misrepresentative term in the first place, a “straw-man” argument if you will…  When I read through the Old and New testaments now, and see the “common thread” that strings it all together, that common thread is FAITH.  (that’s actually what Hebrews is all about really…)  Did God EVER really consider “His people” to be everyone with a Jewish heritage, regardless of whether they put their faith in Him, or say, in Molech or Baal or just themselves?  No!  That’s what Hebrews says very explicitly.  I mean, this was undoubtedly a super controversial book when it came out!  Not just this book, but the whole New Testament, the whole Gospel itself.  It was offensive for Jews to hear someone saying “Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”  The author is simply showing that rebellion against God = no entering the rest.  He is pointing to moments in Jewish history which show that the promises to Abraham were never about taking possession of a piece of land, but about entering into His “Rest” with a capital R…  Just like so much else in Jewish history (such as being delivered from slavery in Egypt) the historical event of entering the physical land of Canaan was really itself through divine orchestration an allegory of the grander conclusion, the eventual establishing of Christ on the throne, where He actually WILL rule over not jus the original boundaries promised to Abraham, but indeed the whole earth.  That’s what really puzzles me about the whole argument against “replacement theology”, because it seems to wholly ignore the fact that before Jesus came, it was Faith in God that counted, just same as it was after He died and rose again!   It always had been faith which defined a “true Israelite”, not one’s ancestry, a fact which is further illuminated by the realization when we stop and remember that non-Jewish people were allowed to become “citizens” of Israel from the very beginning, so long as they worshipped God and agreed to follow His commands… 

Didn’t Jesus Himself look a bunch of Pharisees in the eye and make this same, controversial point?

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendantsand have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.”

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.

“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. 40 As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. 41 You are doing the works of your own father.”

“We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.”

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Jesus says to them, “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants”, but then also, “If you were Abraham’s children then you would do what Abraham did”.  Hmmmm… How can a group of people be physically descended from Abraham, but not one of his “children”…?  Wouldn’t that mean that the Abrahamic covenant, and thus all the promises regarding “Israel”,  was actually speaking to “children of faith” all along…???  If so, then we couldn’t really say that some new definition was “replacing” a previous one, but rather, Jesus was simply reaffirming the correct way to understand these things, as all being fulfilled in Himself.  We certainly don’t dismiss Christ’s work on Calvary as being some form of “replacement theology”, as some new reinterpretation of the sacrificial system of the temple, but rather we understand the cross to be the true fulfillment of those things.  The same thing goes for things like the Passover and the High Priest and so much more.  It was always all about Jesus, and will all be completely fulfilled when He comes and sets up His kingdom on Earth.   I still have my own questions about exactly what the “purpose” of the Millenium is (basically my main “sticking point” revolves around the question of why God doesn’t just go ahead and finish Satan off entirely after His return, but no matter…), that is one of those things where if I never “figure it out”, it really doesn’t matter all that much, because it’s going to happen anyways, and God’s purposes for everything are all going to be revealed in their due time.  But for me, I personally find the questions which seek to understand what “Israel” is all about to have a much more direct impact on our lives today, not to mention the possibility of some pretty serious implications in the near future if we were to be confused on the matter….

Drones in space? How lovely…

Ok, so now we officially know that the U.S. air force has developed an unmanned spacecraft which can stay aloft for at least 15 months at a time…  Supposedly, the recent “test mission” of the  X-37B program was for the purpose of testing the aircraft itself, but of course, the contents of it’s classified payload, and the fact that it operates under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,  would suggest that the “experiments” being done with the craft probably do not involve things like observing the behavior of mold spores in zero gravity or the mundane deployment of basic communications satellites…

But hey, so long as it the new space-drones have the same overall appearance as our recently-retired and ever-lovable space shuttles, and don’t resemble the insectoid probes sent to spy on the rebel base on Hoth, we should feel perfectly at ease.  (right…?)

So close, yet still so very far…

Came across this vid the other day. So much has already been said about how Alex Jones doesn’t quite “get it”, but as I watched this I couldn’t help but be amazed at just how many accurate points he makes, how many true connections he makes about the Illuminati, and yet STILL it’s somehow not enough to bring Alex full circle, to where he might bow his knee to the King of Kings. I mean, in this one video, he mentions the Illuminati “mystery religion”, the Von Daniken connection, the allegorical “fire” of Prometheus, the occult obsession with the concept of “directed panspermia” and transhumanism, and even mentions the phrase “externalization of the hierarchy”… Alex clearly displays his understanding that the “elites” are 100% focused on achieving godhood. And, as far as all of his dot-connecting between the occult agenda and the message of prometheus, he’s spot on.

Then of course he turns around and more or less dismisses the issue of there being any real “off-world influences”, and makes it all about the “technocrats”. He continues with his usual call to “stand up now and say no”, before it’s too late. But the real kicker of it all is at 10:44 when he starts talking about the Illuminati being social engineers who use their centuries worth of aquired knowledge to dumb down the public and dominate them. He makes the argument that they are actually NOT enlightened, because if they were, they would share their secret knowledge (by which he apparently means advanced technology) instead of hording it for their own selfish purposes…

He actually says, “They are commtting the ultimate sin, they are actually trying to keep us from getting the fire of Prometheus, they are the anti-prometheus. You are not illuminated. (speaking directly to the Illuminati now) You seek darkness. You wanna have the knowledge, and keep it from us. But if you truly have the knowledge, you would understand that we need to empower humanity, and that darkness is not the answer. So I indict the Illuminati….”

And so we see that even though Alex Jones has incredible “head knowledge”  about the occult and secret societies and all the rest, all of that information in his head has not been enough to make him recognize that he is in fact still promoting the very core deception of Lucifer himself!  The only distinction between Jone’s view of “enlightenment” and that of the Luciferians, is that in his view it should be made available to all of humanity, instead of just a select few.  I mean seriously, the “anti-Prometheus“?  That of course is kinda funny, because if Prometheus is merely mythological archetype for what is actually a very satanic, esoteric idea (and it is…), then it’s basically like accusing someone of being “anti-antichrist”…(??)  In other words, he is basically defending the very same occultic messianic ideal held by the people he is ranting against, if only with a more altruistic bent…

When I first learned about the colorful character we know as Alex Jones, I sort of went back and forth trying to figure out if he actually believed in God, or just how much real, biblical understanding he had.  It’s not as though he isn’t familiar with the Bible, or I’d say, even with various figures who teach on conspiracy topics and also believe in the Bible.  He’ll talk about Nephilim, and stuff like that, etc.  I actually stopped listening to anything Alex Jones had to say a long time ago, mainly because it seemed that despite all of his info-gathering and “info-warring”, overall it amounts to little more than endlessly screaming into a bullhorn (both literally and figuratively…)  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Alex got that Bohemian Grove footage for us all.  But I’m still praying that at some point he will come to understand that the REAL hope for mankind lies not in trying to wrestle any sort of “secret knowledge” out of the grips of evil men, to then be distributed more fairly to the world, but in putting our faith in Jesus Christ alone.  But as things stand right now, it is sadly true that despite all the evil that Alex Jones does accurately see, his bottom-line message is still one which ultimately aligns itself with the doctrines of demons, rather than the Truth…

Is the concept of “money” itself connected to the Spirit of Antichrist?

“The love of money is the root of all evil”.

Most people are familiar with this saying (or paraphrase I suppose it is) of Jesus, even if they don’t know He is the one who originally said it. (apparently even Pink Floyd liked it enough to write a song about it…) We all deal with the realities and strains of living in a society where we need money to buy even the most basic of necessities. We go to work every day in order to be able to “pay the bills”. Politicians and pundits debate endlessly over economic policy. We do things like pay our taxes, watch the values of our homes go up and down, scratch our heads at the stock market, and feel absolutely dumbstruck trying to wrap our heads around the billions, even trillions, of dollars and other currencies that are digitally zipping around the globe every single day.

 Money is everywhere, part of everything, and taken pretty much for granted as a basic, fundamental component of what we call “civilization”. But I have found myself wondering, what exactly IS money? Well, I know Webster defines it as: “Something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment“, and on the surface level, it seems like a pretty simple question with a fairly simple answer.  After all, even small children can understand that you need money in order to buy something at the store.  The thing is, as I have gotten older, (and ever so slightly more aware of how the world “works”), I have begun to see that the realm of money and economics is far more bizarre and convoluted than I used to think it was.

On the day-to-day level, we treat money as the representation of the value of goods or services. We go to work, and expect some degree of financial compensation. When we go to the grocery store, we understand that we have to pay for the food we buy. Etc., etc… Work = monetary value, and “Stuff” = value too. Pretty basic. But of course, the value attached to goods and services are not static, but are in fact relative (enter the good ol’ “Law of Supply and Demand”…) It fluctuates, depending on how much people want some thing or some service, and how much of those goods or services are available. (theoretically……….)

Now, where it starts to get wacky is when you start understanding that all of this “value” that is supposedly tied to tangible goods, and tangible services, is all poured into the same, giant economic stew pot with all of the “intangible value”.  That is, things like money that is made simply by collecting interest on a loan, speculation on the commodities or “futures” market, value attributed to “intellectual property” associated with patents, copyrights, etc., the whole spectrum of the insurance industry, and of course the loathsome prevalence of attaching “fees” to every conceivable type of transaction, (regardless or whether or not there was any real effort put forth by the party collecting the fee…) The list of “intangible” sources of revenue in our modern society is ridiculously long, and I wouldn’t even attempt to name them all here. The simple point is, more and more people are beginning to realize the troubling reality that today it is very easy to see the “value” one has built up through their own real, hard work (sometimes for many years) suddenly vanish into thin air, when say, their investment portfolio falls flat, or even if their bank goes belly up due to reasons completely outside of their control. The troubling fact is, money can just “die”, (poof!), with seemingly no real-world justification. “Back in the olden days”, there was of course always the possibility of your tangible assets meeting a tragic, tangible fate. Your crops could die. Your house could burn down. Your ship full of gold bullion could sink. (you get the idea) There was a time when money and value seemed much less vapid and a lot more substantive. Many people recognize this, some of them pointing to the departure of the dollar from the “gold standard”, as being the “point of no return”, when things took a fatal turn into the abyss of modern economics…

But what about before that? What are the underlying, philosophical assumptions that allow “money” to exist in the first place?

One thing I always find fascinating in studying history, are the moments when a “civilized” nation or empire encounters, and then works to colonize, a region with a “primitive” culture. Whether you’re looking at the expansion of the Greek or Roman empires, or the European acquisition of the Americas, or even the process that the United States went through in order to take over places like the Hawaiian islands, you see this repeating pattern where the colonizers come in and take advantage of the fact that the local populace has no system in place for the legal ownership of land (along with their advanced military strength, of course). The case of Hawaii is appalling, especially since it is a portion of U.S. history that most of us in the United States are taught little to nothing about. Basically, the rich, American plantation-bosses needed a way to enact a law enabling them to actually purchase Hawaiian land, (since under the Hawaiian monarchy system there was no actual provision for the legal ownership of land), so they drummed up a false “riot” in Honolulu which then prompted 200 marines to come in and take over the Hawaiian capital, where they forced the Queen to sign the “bayonet constitution”. Under the details of the new laws, pretty much the only ones who were qualified to purchase land were (big surprise) the American plantation bosses…

Anyhow, I bring this up because it would seem that this basic notion of land ownership is actually pretty integral to the aim of setting up a real monetary system in the first place. If we think back, like, waaaay back, to the beginnings of human history and the first examples of city-states being created, both before the Flood and after, then some pretty interesting ideas begin to emerge. After the fall, God charged man with having to work the soil, to live basically a simple, agrarian existence. Man would plant seeds, grow crops, relying on God to provide the sunshine, the rain, and to make things grow. It was a very direct, hands-on way of life where there was almost always a measure of manual labor required, but this would also encourage and attitude of thankfulness towards the Creator when the harvest came in, or when an animal gave birth, or when some wild game was hunted, or whatever. The idea was supposed to be about relying on the provision of God, and the contributions of the entire family or tribe.

In contrast, the act of building a city is a whole different thing. It is premised on the idea of relying on a larger mass of people, gathered together in a strategic place, where a certain segment of the population do things like grow the food, hunt, fish, make clothes, etc., and a different segment handles the administration, or “security”, and whatever else. You have a class structure. There are defined borders of the kingdom or city-state, which are defended. In most cases, the king “owns” everything within those borders, and so, having those pieces in place, a singular system of trade and commerce can be instituted. You can now go from a barter economy to a monetary economy.

I find all of this even more interesting when you start looking at it from a “Genesis 6 point of view”. The Bible indicates that after the flood, the people disobeyed the command of God to spread out and fill the earth, and instead gathered in the plains of Shinar, where they eventually began to build a tower in order to reach the heavens. Much has already been said about Babel/Babylon and the kingdom of the fallen cherub, so I won’t get into all of that. My whole point is that history clearly shows that almost without exception, these ancient cities were extremely pagan and occult-centered, and these demonically-inspired kingdoms/empires to constantly seek to expand. The more laborers, land, animals, trees, minerals, etc., that can be swallowed up by the “machine” of a given empire, the stronger it becomes. That is the nature of empire. As “civilization” expands, it by its own nature works to quantify and monetize everything in its path in order to assimilate it. And so, throughout history, as the “civilized” world has stretched itself further and further around the globe, so does this process of total monetization. Plants and animals become solely sources of food and clothing. Humans become laborers, administrators, rulers, soldiers. Land is regarded for its usefulness for habitation, food production, or placement of strategic military defenses. With boats and ships waterways become food sources, and means of long distance transportation. Through the centuries, the drive to consume the people and resources of the earth never ceases. There is eventually the trading of slaves, sugar, tea, and opium, all on a global scale. The “industrial revolution” brings about new demand for things like oil and various metals. These are things that were just sitting in the ground, for thousands of years, until man got to the place where (because of imperial expansion) they finally have “value”, and so, POOF!, there is “money”, just sitting there in the ground, all you have to do is dig it up.

The crazy part is, that the money you and I have right now, in our wallets, bank accounts, whatever, is not disconnected from this entire history of empirical expansion and the monetization of the natural world. It does not exist in a vacuum. There was no point at which modern society hit the reset button and redefined the underlying concepts of “value” and “ownership”. The reason people can “own” their own homes (and the land upon which they sit) in my neighborhood, is because many years ago, this land was “bought” from Spain, (who merely planted their flag on it…), and then the people who were living here first were systematically herded off their traditional lands, and the process of dividing it up and monetizing it began. So, as I see it, the notion that there are all these separate and distinct currencies operating all around the world, actually serves to obfuscate the reality that all of these governments are all ALREADY operating under the same basic set of assumptions, connected to the monetization of goods, services, and the natural world. Back in biblical times, it was at least possible to reject the prospect of living under the reign of a given empire, and try to go find one’s own self-sustained existence somewhere beyond the reaches of “civilization”. Today, such an endeavor would be next to impossible. What’s more, the incredible disparity between the rich and the poor, the fluctuation of values between currencies, the shenanigans going on with countries like Greece and Spain and their problems with the Euro, all of these modern dilemmas really only point to one eventuality. The constant growth of this huge problem with all the “funny money” around the world, (all this craziness due to the issue of “intangible” value intermixing with the “tangible”), can only have one answer that will eventually be accepted as “fair”. After all, the reason a single city-state would install a single currency is to make trading within it’s borders “fair”. When several cities are linked together into a kingdom, a single currency makes things “fair”, and arguably their entire economy stronger. Same thing when kingdoms (countries) band together into an economic group, they have to wrestle with how to make things “fair”. (as we are seeing the debate in Europe happen right now) And when it comes to making things economically “fair” around the entire world? Yeah, you already know the answer….

The point is not necessarily to say that we should try to figure out a way live “off the financial grid” (although, who knows, one day God might just call us to do that…), but really more about trying to maintain a healthy overall perspective. God calls us to remember that HE is the creator, and sustainer, of all life. HE is the one gives us the sun, the rain, the snowpack, the seasons, the soil, the animals and everything else that we get all of our “products” from. “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills”. He is the one really making the whole “engine” go! The monetization of everything around us works to deceive and distract us from this truth. It is not a sin to use money, but it is a sin to put our trust in it, because to trust in money is essentially to trust in the overall system of man, our own ability to harness and subjugate the creation for our own ends.  If we find ourselves reacting with a sense of righteous indignation when our little personal fortunes are attacked by the calloused realities of modern “voodoo economics”, we have to stop and remember that so much of the “wealth” we now have access to only exists in the first place because of the massive amount of exploitation of peoples, places, and things that occurred before we were even born.  The frustrating prospect of seeing our money swallowed up by unfair and unscrupulous business practices has to be balanced out by the realization that the manner by which so much “value” is created (the process of monetizing the natural and intellectual world) is often times no less sinister than the manner by which so much of it is destroyed…

We already live in a global economy, and have been doing so for quite some time now. The fact that there is so much that falls under the category of “economic turmoil” can perhaps be understood to be the unavoidable consequence of the nature of “money” itself (the monetization of everything), and this turmoil certainly feels as though it were actually designed to bring us to that final step of adopting a single currency, a truly one-world system. After all, didn’t Satan offer Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth (and by extension, all their monetary wealth) when he was tempting Him in the desert?  Doesn’t that go to show that all the money on earth is already his, as a component of his carnal, rebellious, “kingdom of this world”?  But we know that God did not create the earth, the plants, the animals, and humanity with the original intention of having to monetize every aspect of His creation in order for us to live in harmony with it (there was no cash in the garden of Eden!). In the New Jerusalem, I feel pretty confident that there will be no money there either, for why would there be any need?

All in all, reflecting on these matters has really brought a new depth to the words of Jesus when he was asked about paying taxes to Caesar…

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 25:15-21)

Now if Caesar had declared himself to be a god, and demanded to be worshipped as such, does that not make him a type of “antichrist”?  So today, as things continue to unfold, we too must remember Jesus’ command to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s”…

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