After several days of what I hope came across as a semi-coherent if often fantastical prophetic storyline and series of analyses, today’s post will be a mish-mash of stuff at multiple levels of abstration, none of which I’ve quite fit together yet (if any of it is meant to be fit at all).
In no particular order:
ITEM ONE: If the king of Assyria circa the eighth century BC is a ‘type’ for Obama (for a variety of reasons, and regardless of whether you believe BHO is or is not the antichrist), then what are we to make of Isaiah 10:12-19, which just happened to be on the track of my Bible study regimen this morning?
When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. For he [the king of Assyria] says:
“By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding; I remove the boundaries of peoples, and plunder their treasures; like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones. My hand has found like a nest the wealth of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken, so I have gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved a wing or opened the mouth or chirped.”
Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood! Therefore the Lord God of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors, and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire. The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day. The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land the Lord will destroy, both soul and body, and it will be as when a sick man wastes away. The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few that a child can write them down.
I have no shortage of theories. I could spend pages deconstructing just the king’s short inner monologue and making comparisons to Obama’s outlook, personality and objectives. Instead, I’ll let y’all comment and draw your own conclusions. Oh, one thing: in light of this, I can’t help but read ‘trees’ as tall buildings, with all the pagan links that go along with that idea. (The paper money that makes NY flow is also green and comes from trees.)
ITEM TWO: Just sat outside to eat lunch in the sunshine and saw something I’ve never seen before: an absolutely huge, gorgeous, persistent and apparently horizontal rainbow along the southern horizon. It was actually the outer (and more prominent) of two large rings formed by what seem like high ice clouds. Wish I’d gotten pictures, but I can’t seem to get them to download from my phone. In light of the impending judgment, I can’t help but assign larger significance to it forming in my direct line of sight this particular day.
ITEM THREE: It was pointed out to me yesterday that July 4th this year will mark three and a half years (aka forty-two Gregorian/modern months) since Ariel Sharon went into a coma. Today (June 17th) marks 42 Hebrew months, or 1260 days (time, times and half-a-time). I don’t know what that means, but in light of current events there and Sharon’s stature within and accomplishments on behalf of Israel, it may be significant.
As the Monty Python players are wont to say, he’s “not dead yet”, though a Google search quickly shows that some don’t know that. Some declared him dead at age 77. Could he be one of the ‘witnesses’ of Revelation that comes back from the dead? Quite a stretch, that one, but I’m not ruling it out. Stranger things have happened.
I’m a dilettante in Israeli politics, but in the current environment, a Netanyahu-Sharon partnership would be formidable to say the least. The Palestinians, on the other hand, seem to buy into the left’s fantasy that a lie repeated often enough becomes a kind of truth and that they can declare Sharon dead unilaterally and thus make it so. In yesterday’s edition of the Palestinian Telegraph, (the readers of which can’t seem to decide if they love Jimmy Carter as a ‘useful idiot’ or would prefer him dead also) we read that:
The start of the outpost acceleration began with the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he called on Israeli settlers to take control of hilltops and mountains in the West Bank Territory before handing them over to Palestinians in final status negotiations.
As Sharon’s longtime friend and spokesman Dr. Raanan Gissen noted last fall (when the oh-so-fair-and-balanced ABC News offered their own pre-emptively pessimistic pre-U.S.-election take on his fate)…
“His predicament is like a Greek tragedy… He is between life and death. He is neither here nor there.”
Well, in God’s eyes, he is certainly somewhere and, for the record, we could use him back here for a bit. All of which reminded me of…
ITEM FOUR: Two ‘classic’ posts I did around the time of Sharon’s stroke which for reasons still unknown generated one of my biggest traffic spikes ever. They still read pretty current, if I do say so.
Jan. 5, 2006: Fasten Your Seatbelts: Sharon, Israel, Iran, and…
Sharon’s decline invites the wolves to circle closer. Wolves don’t sit in salons and write essays and sip lattes and debate. They act. It doesn’t matter whether or not we think that’s civilized. It’s just the way it is… Ron Graff and Lambert Dolphin write of Armageddon in the appropriately designated Chapter 13 of their book ‘Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done…’:
…it might be better to speak of the “campaign” of Armageddon, since it is not one single battle but a series of events in which all the nations of the world are drawn in as participants…
[Armageddon, aka Megiddo] is actually a series of inter-related disasters…
January 6, 2006: The Only Story That Matters [I would probably change this title if I had it to write over again. This is the only story that matters.]
I won’t claim to be unique in having believed for some time that Iran would become the problem facing the world – the undisputed hub on the all too real Axis of Evil. The sudden eruption of Iran into the early stages of what may be a nightmare scenario seems to have happened overnight. It has not…
Evil sneaks. Evil persuades. Evil disarms. Evil seeds its falsehoods with tantalizing grains of truth. Evil seeks allies in the vast numbers of unconvinced who have come to hold tolerance of all things as the gauge of the goodness of all things. A world view that is never ever black and white cannot see through Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s slick exterior to what lies beneath…
Many who today have a ‘hinky feeling’ about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad simply cannot process it. They cannot walk down the thought path to where his words and actions lead and come back feeling whole enough to pick up the kids from soccer, grab some dinner at the supermarket, go to the gym, finish the presentation for the boss for tomorrow and get to sleep tonight. Ghastly possibilities – the world at war, the world aflame, the world as it has not been for sixty years – just don’t seem… real.
Until they are.
ITEM FIVE: This should probably be a post unto itself, but I’m committed now.
I had a fascinating call with a client this morning. He’s a high-tech visionary. Not someone most readers would know, unless they’re in the industry, but he has real stature… gets around a lot… has influence… talks to lots of folks and lots of folks talk to him. People take him seriously because he’s right about a lot of things. This guy is a serious globe-trotter who’s lived on several different continents; he ought to know. He went into some technical details that convinced me. (Btw, he’s not at Google.)
What he told me (and you could hear it in his voice) was that he’s ‘high’ on Google’s trajectory for their language translation engine. Apparently it’s pretty good and getting better almost exponentially.
I don’t think he used the word ‘revolutionary’, but as he described how it is beginning to affect international business and how far those implications extend my mind began spinning…
Babel. The tower. About to be undone. By man. Nimrod. Arrogance.
This cannot be good. Not good at all.
ITEM SIX: There is no item six.