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The Eighth Apocalypse: Part 3

 

First of all, applying the book of Revelation (BOR) to current events is nothing short of spectacular speculation and hindsight. But, it is amazing that it fits so well in our current time. There is a reason for that as discussed in the last essay. That reason is the oligarchs and royalty have used the same techniques over and over again for centuries! That playbook is the book of Revelation itself and was put in there for that purpose by Constantine the Roman as expounded by Elaine Pagels. Here we will go through some of the main features of the BOR and point out some fallacies of the fundamentalist interpretations. It is not my intention to go through a line by line commentary of the BOR as that would take many volumes of books.

The Strong Delusion as Related to Recent History

In writing to the Thessalonians, Paul (or somebody posing as Paul) wrote that in order for the Antichrist (referred to as the “Wicked” one) to be manifested it was first necessary that God send a strong delusion so that people would believe a lie because they had pleasure in unrighteousness and would be damned. (2 Thess 2:1-12) This doesn’t sound like a very nice “Christian” God. Why would she do that? The only reason I can think of, as previously stated, is that the God of nature loves the natural world and will destroy those that destroy the Earth as well as the religionists who have been duped by their own greed and racism to participate in the destruction of the Earth.

This is not a unique concept in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God sent lying spirits to people when they became so corrupt they were hopeless. (1 King 22:22-23) When Saul the psycho king misused his office God sent him a spirit to torment him. (1 Sam. 16:14) What that actually means has been discussed in a previous essay. It’s soul loss. It’s disconnection from nature, other humans, and severance from our deepest multidimensional self. The idea that God would send a “strong delusion” is nothing new in the Biblical repertoire. We create our own reality.

It should be pointed out that this delusion was directed to a future church. The contemporary church with all its false prophets wearing diamond rings and all the trappings of hypocrisy is the current problem in our time. In stark contrast, I think there are a whole lot of people that appreciate the teachings of Jesus but just don’t understand, or agree with, many of the dogmas of fundamentalism and they are confused. It is for them that I bother to write these essays and wish for them the greatest blessings.

So, what is the nature of this “delusion” spoken of in 2 Thess 2;11? Jesus said that if it was possible it would deceive the very “elect” (Mt 24: 24). Many delusions have been spread by lying politicians but, in my opinion, of all the greatest delusions to have hit the planet in at least the last fifty years is that of “911” and the ensuing wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, the resulting instability of the entire Middle East, and the collapse of the world economy in 2007. It continues to this day where the oligarch elite are assembling a totalitarian police state at a global scale. What’s going on now is the eighth attempt at solidifying a global monarchy ruled by oligarchs. The sixth attempt was the Roman Empire and the seventh was Hitler and Naziism in my opinion. I will say again this conclusion is spectacular speculation but it fits the pattern.

The “911” attack has resulted in the so called “war on terror” which has ripped the world apart, has made nothing better only worse, and has made a whole lot of oligarchs even richer, more greedy, and much more brazen because they know they can get away with dean near anything. Not only that, it is still going on after twenty years! Is it coincidence that the gap between the super rich and the middle class has skyrocketed in the last twenty years? Is it just coincidence or cause and effect? It’s the result of the rich soaking up the middle classes taxes being sucked up by the industrial/military/religious complex for the benefit of the defense contractors and war profiteers who are also the oligarchs starting all these wars. The Department of Defense, defense contractors and the weapons industry is the largest component of our economy.

Whether “911” was an inside job, and all that might entail, or the result of sheer incompetence of the party that boasted of its ability to protect America, maybe history will tell. Whatever the initial involvement was, the initial reaction was to attack a country (Iraq) for its oil even though there was no guilt of that country in the “911” attack. Where does this end? It never does! Jesus said there will be wars and rumors of wars and this is just the beginning. (Mt 24:3-8) In other words, constant war and a state of worldwide chaos benefits the blood sucking oligarchs.

Who ever thought that the fate of ones soul would be based on politics? It has been going on for centuries. It shouldn’t be the case and that is why there should continue to be a separation of church and state. Pagles shows that for most of history, religion and politics have been completely intertwined. Romans hated Christians because they were atheists by their view. Roman emperors were also really annoyed they were losing so much revenue from taxes on sacrificial meat the Christians would not buy. The Romans thought their own gods were angry and caused the earthquakes and volcanoes they suffered. They changed their policy of being tolerant of Christians and resumed persecuting and killing them to pacify their own gods. (8.17b) This is the same short-circuited logic that fundamentalist used to burn “witches”. Absolutely no different.

The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse

We will now study the Strong Delusion as it has been used time and time again throughout history. History repeats itself and the same scam techniques that worked for the Persians, Babylonians, Romans, and Nazis continue to work for the corporations resulting in the demise of this country and the world. The seven seals, usually known as the four horses of the Apocalypse, is actually a formula for destroying democratic governments and its people. George Orwell understood it well.

In order to understand the Strong Delusion and the BOR in which it is expounded upon, one must realize that the BOR is not written in linear manner from chapter to chapter. The sixth chapter is a synopsis of the whole book. The seven seals in the sixth chapter run the entire duration of the so called “Tribulation Period”. Most of the subsequent chapters are clarification of preceding chapters as when it says, “And he said unto me, You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” (Rev 10:11:) In other words, the same things are covered again but from a different standpoint highlighting different details.

The First Seal of the Apocalypse

“And behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went forth conquering and to conquer.” Rev 6:2

The first thing one must do to destroy a democratic society is scare the holy bat scat out of people so they can be crushed by fear. There also must be an enemy and a reason to wage a war. The current fear generator is terrorism itself. Yet, how can it really be explained that four, full-sized jumbo jets had been hijacked simultaneously for a duration of more than forty-five minutes and were veering off their course and were heading toward strategic targets and nothing was done about it even though the whole area is a restricted flight zone? If it wasn’t intentional to let them through, then the sheer level of incompetence is more terrifying than an intentional act. Whether it was intentional or not, only time will tell (Who killed JFK?). The fact is, the attack was an opportunity seized on to dismantle the constitution of the U.S. and imprison the entire American people and the world in accordance with corporate law.

In order for a country needing to be rescued, it must to be attacked by somebody. In our case that attack was “911”. The first and only major frontal attack on American soil was perpetuated under a Republican administration who mocked the the previous democratic administration for “nation building” when it tried to prevent Bin Laden’s attack and then mocked the Obama administration trying to contain the damage. Religion is partisan and alway has been. Religion was designed by and to support the oligarchs and always has. I am not saying there is no “spiritual” approach outside of religion. I am saying religion destroys the spiritual approach for its own economic power.

The persona of a falser rescuer is described in the BOR as a person riding a white horse carrying a bow. We all know, at least in western culture, that a white horse and a guy dressed in white with a white hat is the “good” guy. It is the cavalry coming to save us! Oh save us good guy on the white horse, for we are so afraid! We have been attacked and we need to be rescued! You can do whatever you want to do to us and even destroy our democracy if that is what it takes! You have even been given  the “Crown” of approval by God!  Fundamentalists and evangelicals all think G.W. Bush was chosen by God to protect America. These same people think the psychopath currently in the white house is the next chosen one. Chosen for what? Chosen to destroy democracy and set up a theocracy so the religious nutcases can reign supreme following the direction of the oligarchs as documented by Baigent. Politics and religion–Oh my!

The only problem is that the good guy on the white horse had a bow–but no arrows! It’s all a scam! Maybe he dropped his arrows when he choked on a pretzel! He is supposedly coming to save us, but he is really going forth to conquer. Conquer the very country he is supposedly trying to save, along with the rest of the world.

It is very significant that no arrows were mentioned. In a book laden with symbolism wouldn’t arrows be mentioned such as, “seven fiery tipped arrows’? How about “seven times seven times a million arrows, one for each blasphemer”? There are no arrows mentioned, only a bow. The war on terror is a farce and scam but has much economic and social implications leading to the economic inequality we are now experiencing and is also reflected in the following seals of the Apocalypse as we shall see such as famines and plagues.

All Orwellian styled oligarchies have been justified by some threat, real or imagined, requiring constant war,. The threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was obviously imagined. It did not stop the guy on the white horse though. He certainly had a justifiable reason. We were attacked! It was justifiable until it was determined (already had been) that Iraq did not have anything to do with that attack. Who cares? Now we’re trying to liberate them! We’re so great! An illegal war in Iraq, a bungled war in Afghanistan, and a global economic collapse is just the tip of the iceberg. The first horse depicts the ploy that corrupt politicians always use. They will promise to save us after they have set our house on fire and they all make money from the same strategy.

The Second Seal of the Apocalypse

“And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given to him a great sword.”  Rev 6:3-4

The second seal in the sixth chapter of the BOR consists of social anarchy and more war for all the reasons stated above. What is the second seal? None other than the removal of peace from the Earth and people will just kill each other in unprecedented ways. When G.W. Bush invaded the Mideast he set off a domino effect that at the time of this writing has been twenty  years of absolute mayhem that has spread throughout the Middle East and is spreading into Europe as millions of refugees flee their hell inflicted countries.

Now Trumpism is promoting racism and vigilantism and spreading it like a disease. Also, in the U.S. we have been flooded with guns under the guise of the second amendment but it is really just another money maker for the weapons industry. It is much more than that, however. It is my opinion that the oligarchs want to murder several billion people. What? Am I mad? Why would the oligarchs want to do that? For the entire history of the world the oligarchs tolerated the masses for their human labor which they needed to make money. Now we have come to the robot age and they don’t need the human labor any longer! Soilent Green anyone? (Hint: it’s a movie)

As nature is destroyed, humans lose their connection to their deepest soul which is nature. The result is basic insanity. Combine this with the stresses of trying to basically survive economically and the saturation of absolute hate mongering and racism the result is none other than what we have now. Mayhem in the streets and blood in the gutter. Nikita Kruschev  said that Russia (Soviet Union then) will destroy America from within. That was said in the early 1960s and look at us now. It is happening in our lifetime.

The Third Seal of the Apocalypse

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see, And I beheld, and lo a black horse: and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hands. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say,  A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see that you hurt not the oil and the wine.”

The third seal describes extreme economic inequality which is the exact result of the second seal of anarchy and constant war. A day’s wages (a penny, it still is in many countries) just for a piece of bread. The super rich are doing fine, though, and their wine and oil are not diminished. The original meaning of oil at the time of the writing of the BOR undoubtedly meant olive oil and other precious herbal oils. Maybe olive oil was the original intent but now oil as petroleum is what drives the economic inequality as well as the demise of planetary health and the plaques that have destroyed hundreds of millions of people from disease and toxic pollution. It is the result of the industrial/military/religion complex sucking up all the taxpayers  money into their own pockets while at the same time giving huge tax breaks for the super rich that don’t need them. Then they turn around and cut spending on that “evil socialist welfare” because they don’t want to spend a dime on the citizens they supposedly represent. You won’t hear this in the news.

The Fourth Seal of the Apocalypse

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse, and his name was death, and hell followed with him. And power was given unto them with over the fourth parts of the Earth to kill with the sword, and with death, and with hunger, and with beasts of the earth.” Rev. 6:7-8

What happens with the fourth seal is the logical result of constant war, violent anarchy and economic inequality that result in disease, plaques, and famines. Taxpayer funded government agencies trying to prevent these diseases and outbreaks have been defunded by the psychopaths in government that reject science and have given the taxpayers money to their patron oligarchs. Hundreds of millions of starving people fleeing their own countries causing even further instability in the countries they flee to is not a problem to the Earth killing oligarchs. Mass death, starvation, deprivation and persecution; it’s happening right now all around the world, including America. Now in America there are concentration camps full of children in cages. What will be next?

The Fifth Seal of the Apocalypse

“And when he had opened the fifth field, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held:” Rev 6:9-11

What happens next is even worse, if that is possible. It happens all the time and works great for cabals and coups. When people reach a certain point of poverty, they want to blame someone, as well they should. Unfortunately, the beast tells them who to blame. Hitler blamed the Jews and Nero blamed the Christians. Who is it that gets blamed this time but those cursed liberal wacko nuts? Those socialists who tried to get the system to give something back. Those Marxist bastards! They’re so un-American! Those government civil servants! Take away their pensions! Those over educated intelligentsia! They’re not even Christians! They’re pagans! Kill public education! Thus the book burning begins. The witch hunts commence once again. Government sanctioned kidnapping and torture continues.

The fifth seal of the Apocalypse has been broken but still nobody has been raptured yet. Uh, oh! In fact, in this seal, people weren’t raptured at all, they were murdered! Those people who think they can just destroy the planet, max out their credit cards and then be raptured out of the consequences are in for a very big shock.

The fifth seal pretty much brings us up to date but, wholesale martyrdom has not happened yet, at least in the U.S. Throughout the world, however, journalists and warriors fighting to protect nature are being slaughtered in increasing numbers. These are the true martyrs, in my opinion and they should be revered as warriors. Nevertheless, as God said to Elijah, “I have reserved unto myself several thousand that have not bowed their knee before Baal” (Kings 19:18:, Romans 11:4)

The Sixth Seal of the Apocalypse

“…And lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood…Rev. 6:12-17.

The sixth and seal still lies in our future and it will result in the destruction of Babylon the Great. However, as will be pointed out, it is not that far ahead unless we change our ways. I mean, get the lunatics out of our government and educate the public about our real history and the state of our country and the world! It is important to note that even prophesy written in stone is not necessarily going to happen. According to the principle of determinism, everything has a cause and an effect. One thing leads to another and trends and tendencies can be predicted with pretty good accuracy. The reality, though, is much more complicated and a bright light of consciousness could change the world in a blink of an eye. I am not talking the “rapture” as taught by fundamentalists. I am referring to something much more profound such as mass global enlightenment and will be discussed in the last essay of the Eighth Apocalypse.

The Beast and the False Prophet

Chapter Thirteen is about the rising of a beast out of the sea. (Rev 13:1) The sea in this case is not the great sea of the unconscious but the great sea of humanity surging in tumults and discontent as the result of all those things discussed above about the seven seals. Constant war causing massive immigration and economic inequality result in nothing less than the “nationalism” that always leads to the rise of fascist leaders and the raging sea of disgruntled humanity ready to embrace them. The beast rages and kills all his enemies even if they are imaginary. The ruling corrupt politicians give their loyalty to the beast which is not just one person but a group of narcissist tyrants and despots who are all mentally deranged from a bad childhood.

After the first beast was a second beast who does wonders and miracles to support the first beast. (Rev. 13:11-18) It will cause all those that won’t worship the first beast to be killed. This is exactly what organized religion has always done to support its leaders so the leaders will support them. It’s all about survival for the beasts on top who also have the power to blackmail and coerce politicians to do their will. All of this is the oligarchs and royalty striving to keep their power and wealth. They will kill anything and anybody to keep it. “Who is like the Beast? Who can make war with him?” (Rev 13:4) “He calls down fire to destroy his enemies.” (Rev. 13:13)

The Rise of Fake News and Corporate Propaganda

“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the false prophet…To gather them together to the battle of that great day of God Almighty”. Rev. 16:13. The text says “…out of their mouth…”.  It doesn’t say they vomited them up. It says they just came out of their mouth. What do politicians do but hurl “stuff” out of their mouth? Why does it say, “frogs” in this case? (disclaimer: I like frogs and hate to equate them with evil politicians.)

One things frogs do is make a whole lot of noise with their mouth. They do this to draw attention to themselves. Frogs are like politicians! So far the allegory fits. Frogs make noise to attract a mate. This could be related but the text says specifically to draw the forces to Armageddon (the great day of God etc.).

Thus this text is related to the first seal that uses a false pretense to start wars and stir up revolutions. Every war is a war to end all wars, by the way. This itself relates back to what comes out of politician’s mouth–lies. Not just lies, but lies reported over and over again in many places in nothing less than a complete sonic deluge. Have you ever heard fifty-thousand frogs croaking up a storm? This is what politicians do, at least the ones stirring up the masses for war and revolution. Lo here! Lo there! Frogs croaking everywhere. It must be true! Go read your Facebook posts and suck it up like poison!

We live in a country and age where “money is speech” and those with the money have more rights of free speech than those without money. The result is the frogs croaking by the billions! More and more of the press and media has been bought out by corporations who make a ton of money off of froggy fake news meanwhile the real news and events of what is going on is entirely ignored. This is exactly how they accomplish their agenda of overthrowing democratic governments and it’s going on big time. It is not fake news, it is “croaking froggy” news!

The Mark of the Beast

“And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead; And that no man might buy or sell, except they had the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev 13:16-17

This brings us to the famous, “Mark of the Beast”. Every world dominating beast of every age has had its way of strict economic control and ensuring that “no one can buy or sell” without whatever mark was imposed at the time. Today, we are technologically capable of microchipping every man, woman and child, as well as all their pets (pets we’re already doing). With GPS, smart phones, and the super computers they have the capacity to track every single human on the planet and they are.

Not being able to buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast means only one thing–the banksters and Wall Street and sans national corporate oligarchs have finally succeeded. They control the world more than Hitler or Babylon could have possibly imagined! If you want to read something weirder and scarier than the BOR try reading, “The Creature from Jekyll Island” and “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”, and then study the news . The Eighth Beast is upon us.  We are there and they are here. It’s happening now and I don’t want to be a fear monger.

The Destruction of Babylon the Great

The vast majority of the BOR, as I wrote previously, is about the destruction of the exploitative economic system that that has come to a head in our modern era. This system is described as: “The merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and of fine linens, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all vessels of ivory, and all vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and of iron, and of marble, and cinnamon, and odors and ointments, and frankincense and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and the souls of men.” (Rev. 18:9-19)

The wonders of globalism and its extractive industries! Let’s turn the entire planet into one great big open pit mine with mountains made of toxic waste! The ultimate result is the enslavement of the majority of humans on the planet and the loss of the souls of men (and women) who perpetuate and suffer this destruction of the Earth. These are the destroyers of the Earth that God will destroy as noted above. (Rev. 11:18)

Just when the oligarchs think they have it all sealed up and they have accomplished their goal of world domination and they are about to kick back and enjoy the tasty blood of their vanquished enemies, something unexpected happens. They thought they planned for everything but they missed a few things. As Paul, or whomever wrote it, said “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (2 Thess. 5:3)

Jesus said of this time, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26) The powers of heaven shall be shaken? Signs in the sun and the moon and the stars? What could be going on?

This has all happened before. Sixty-five million years ago there was a comet impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. These extinction events haven’t gone away. About 10,500 years ago there was also a comet impact that struck the polar ice caps near the end of the Pleistocene ice age that caused a massive global flood. The Biblical story of Noah is not unique to Judaism or the Bible, flood stories are ubiquitous in ancient stories and myths as Hancock expounds

During the last ice age, sea level was about 400 feet lower than it is now because the water was locked up in glaciers covering the northern and southern hemispheres. At the equator, however, things were nice and there were complex and advanced civilizations not yet recognized by standard academia. When the comet fragments hit the ice sheets there was a sudden and catastrophic melting that flooded the oceans with cold water that affected the climate for decades. All of this is well researched and documented by Graham Hancock.

It’s worth noting that when comets strike the earth they break up into smaller pieces which may precede the main event. Also associated with comets is “black rain” and other noxious materials. In the BOR many fragments are hurled at the earth (Rev 6:13, Rev 8:7-11, Rev 16:21). Associated with these impacts are a great deal of kicked up dust and debris which blocks out the sun and turns the moon a blood red color which happens when there is a great deal of smoke in the atmosphere. (Rev 6:12:). Another effect of comet impacts is large scale fires as the result of the explosion fragments in the atmosphere and the generated heat associated with them. This situation is also described in the BOR. (Rev 6:12:) Ultimately, Babylon the Great is destroyed by a giant stone from heaven. (Rev 18:21) What has gone on in the history of the planet Earth and what is going on now is scarier than anything mentioned in the BOR. Evolution is still a traumatic event but we have overcome it before and we will overcome it, somehow, again.

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Bibliography

Baigent, Michael; Racing Toward Armageddon-The Three Great Religions and the plot to End the World; Harper One; 2009;

Griffin, Edward; The Creature From Jekyll Island;  American Media; 1994.

Hancock, Graham; Magicians of the Gods; Thomas Dunne Books; 2015.

Pagels, Elaine; Revelations-Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation;  Viking; 2012.

Perkins, John;  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man; Plume Books; 2004

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