The techniques of the beast.

I’ve heard two sermons over the last two days. The first was at a small church, and relied on Luke 21.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Luke 21:24-32 ESV

The preacher, quite young, considered 1919. After 20 million had died in the trenches 50 million died from the flu. There were wars and rumours of war and undoubtedly some believers thought this was the end. His applications came from the text: Lift you your eyes to the heavens, for you know God is coming. Consider the seasons: you don’t know the time but you know it is getting closer. Don’t get distracted by the trials and distractions of this time. Stay alert. And above all, pray: for yourself and for others.

The second sermon was canned and from my usual church. It was based on Psalm 42, and the message was simple. We don’t know the way forward most of the time. But we can recall what happened in the past.

These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you

Psalm 42: 4-6a

His comment was that if you look back and what God has done you can recall other trials you have been through, and that will give you confidence that God can do this again as you deal with this crisis.

This morning the first thing I did after prayers was check the emails to see if I am to return to work, if I still have a job, or any hint as to the future. Crickets. I have to trust that God will bring us through this time.

Though the current rulers are using the tactics of Stalin: they were evil then and they are evil now.

As you know, Stalin was known as “Old Stone Arse” for his ability to sit through hour after hour of boring meetings debating the minutiae of seemingly trivial organisational and policy details. It was through this ability, and his utter ruthlessness, that he gained complete control over the party and therefore the state.

He did this by exploiting that human characteristic of tribalism. More specifically, by always having an “out” group to use as a whipping boy.

At first the members of the out group might think it was just because of one of those seemingly trivial details discussed at the end of some interminably boring meeting where one of them had taken a position, and it was because of this position that for some unaccountable reason the Vozhd had taken offence. That it was a matter of policy or organisation that was at stake.

Of course, we can see they were chosen for the role of sacrificial lamb, and once chosen Stalin would use them, turn his rhetoric on them, play with them, and then dispose of them after they were used to cement his power over the rest of the group, and then he would choose his next “out” group.

We can quite imagine the turmoil that went through the brains of these individuals as at first they wondered why this or that statement had so offended Stalin. As they made attempt after attempt to reason their way out, thinking that the dispute was a real one that could be talked through. Stalin played this game so well that many of them probably went to their deaths still not understanding the crucial role they played in his rise.

And what of the other Bolsheviks? What did they think as over the years their close friends and colleagues were turned into dead meat? After these last two years you still have to ask?

This sermon is also making the rounds. It was posted on social galactic and then Vox Popoli, and I’m sure that the author is getting a fair amount of traffic. It sums up the situation with the current mandates and government. It may not be the beast, but it is beastly. It may not be Stalin but the intersectionality rhymes.

In my observation, there appears to me to be roughly three types of pastors when it comes to whether we are seeing the beginning of the Mark of the Beast in our current day. The first kind is the pastor who is absolutely convinced that this is the Mark, and that this is the beginning of the tribulation. I know good guys who are convinced that this is the case and have been saying so publicly for some time now. Sometimes they are willing to give a little bit and say it may just be a precursor, but they are generally very adamant this is the Mark. The continued Beastly behaviour of our governments is not quickly proving these guys wrong.

The second kind of pastor is the one who wants no talk of the Mark of the Beast around him in relation to our current context. He rejects outright any thought that we may be entering the tribulation. He recognizes that many people have thought many things were the Mark of the Beast in history, and they were all wrong. He is the guy who is quick to point out that this is a healing device, the government may not be handling this situation ideally, but they are seeking to get to people a medical treatment that can end this pandemic. For this pastor, to apply the teaching of the Mark of the Beast here is unnecessary fear mongering. Yes, there is coercion, some of these pastors think the coercion is wrong, others think it a necessary evil to get the vaccine numbers up. These pastors are the most likely to see any talk of the tribulation and Anti-Christ in this time as irresponsible.

The third kind of pastor, and this is the category I would put myself in, is the pastor who is very concerned with the Beast-like behaviour of the government, but also recognizes along with the pastors in the second category that there are countless examples of predictions about the end times being wrong, and so is also hesitant to call this the Mark of the Beast. However, there is another key difference between pastors in this group and the second group. We see many of the hallmarks of the Beast-like behaviour of governments in this time, and from this we observe an old pattern at work. A pattern about how evil works, and a pattern about how we are to find richness and application from Revelation in every era from the time of Nero until now. So, in a bit we will look at Revelation 13, but before we get there, we need to jump into 1 John and 2 Thessalonians and establish some things.

Both these passages help us establish that evil works in this world according to patterns. Indeed, I would argue that one of the most important aspects of the Bible is how it teaches us to recognize patterns of evil, so that we can avoid its dangerous effects, and stand strong against it.

So this is a time to stand up, look to Christ, and to be alert. Our enemies will try to take us down. We can adapt. Look at the times, and adjust accordingly.

Other news

The local hospital cannot keep its ICU beds operational because they are short of nurses. Perhaps they should not have required a vaccination — I know it was mandated from the capital, but the local management were and are fully bought in on this.

There was a release of data under the official information act relating to the transfer of a UN worker with COVID to Middlemore. It is clear that neither the ministry of health nor the hospital wanted this. A few days later we had our second outbreak. The UN power brokers have hidden this. Helen Clarke was one of them: before that she was the PM of NZ and is the mentor of the current PM.

Even Blind Freddy knows that this woman would not have been flown here but for the interference and lobbying of Helen Clark. Why else would Clark have involved herself if not to influence decision making?

This woman is retired from politics and holds no position of authority, yet was able to lobby and speak with the minister.

I call bullshit on the claim that Clark’s lobbying didn’t influence the final decision.

This is nothing short of scandalous and it shows that with friends in the right places, you can bypass our health protections at the border because of the influence of those friends.

Of course, it should be noted that mere days later Delta was found in New Zealand and was blamed on some hapless travellers from Australia as media and their government handlers sought to minimise the role of this UN worker from Fiji in importing Delta to New Zealand.

You can be very sure that the OIA release to Radio NZ was deliberately timed to be hidden in everyone celebrating being allowed to eat out and go to bars by Ardern’s regime.

Sir Walter Scott was dead right when he said, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!”

This ain’t going to end as the pravda predicts. Ireland, at 90% vaccinated, is going back into lockdown.

My son showed me the salt flowing at WallStBets given the 15 plus percent losses in the market. I have friends who are selling homes — some deliberately, some have no choice. It is a time of crisis. Watch what the rich do, not what they say.

Why are CEOs and corporate insiders selling their stocks at a far faster rate than we have ever seen before? Do they know something that the rest of us do not? If stock prices are going to continue soaring into the stratosphere like many in the mainstream media are suggesting, these insiders that are dumping stocks like there is no tomorrow will miss out on some absolutely enormous profits. On the other hand, if a colossal market crash is coming in 2022, then 2021 was absolutely the perfect time to get out. As I have said countless times before, you only make money in the stock market if you get out in time.

NZ is bringing in a digital currency. There is a fear, from the authorities, that the average kiwi will go back to holding his cash in a coffee can or under the mattress. If this does happen, there will be alternatives made. I don’t know what they will be.

But at present, we continue in the tasks before us.

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Will S.
1 month ago

OT: I am back, I admit; please add me back to your blogroll, weka, if you don’t mind. Thanks brother. 🙂