In the comments thread to my last post, it was noted (thanks, Jo!) that the Illinois lottery numbers picked the day after the election last November were ’666′ and ’7779′. This is old news, but worth remembering.
The first bit should be obvious. And for those who’ve done their homework and seen the original scroll fragment suggesting the ‘real’ number is 616, that’s covered too, as ‘hopeful watcher’ noted, 61616 is the zip of BHO’s Chicago campaign headquarters.
The ’777′ bit is also obvious. Sevens appear throughout scripture in reference to completeness (though not always in a good way). Threes are usually associated with the divine. Three sevens basically means that God is completing — or about to complete — something.
But the nine kinda just hung there. What to make of it?
So I was walking to Starbucks this morning here in the city where Sunny goes to school, catching up on my 66-40 podcasts from Chuck Missler as he approached the end of a great series on Hosea. Highly recommended, especially the August 6th broadcast which sums up a great deal of other material and clarifies some important terms (e.g., ‘antichrist’).
He draws many startling parallels between the U.S. now and the Northern Kingdom of Israel in Hosea’s time.
Here’s what hit me.
He noted that there were nine leaders of the Northern Kingdom before God said ‘enough’ and wiped them out. (The Southern Kingdom merely went into exile for seventy years).
So I’m thinking… BHO as the ultimate man of lawlessness — aka, the antichrist. BHO perceived as the ‘new’ Jack Kennedy (in some peoples’ minds). BHO as the (now largely dashed) culmination of those vain hopes. JFK, the first Catholic president, brutally assassinated… one of many things that ended an era of “In God We Trust” and helped to usher in a nihilistic God-denying generation now firmly in power throughout our society.
BHO as the head of a political ‘body’ of hopes came back to life. People marveling at the recovery of presidential hopes after what had seemed a fatal head wound. A great shifting of gears occurred on November 22, 1963 no matter what your politics. (Interesting that it was the same day one of the most effective Christian apologists of the 20th Century died — C.S. Lewis). Things were not the same after that (so I’m told — I was in diapers). Johnson just wasn’t the same. Not even close. A new era… hell breaking loose on earth — openly for awhile, then more subtly, corrosively.
…Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II…
BHO is number nine.
In Hosea’s time, leader number nine brought down God’s judgment after years of grace.
For the record (ha ha, couldn’t resist), that last link is NOT an admonition, recommendation, prescription or even a broad hint. In a democracy we debate stuff; we don’t ‘take people out’.
In the supernatural context however, a time-capsule straight from the heart of the ’60′s generation — the same people that brought you Helter Skelter and asked us to imagine there’s no heaven — it is rather eerie isn’t it?
UPDATE: I posted this about 90 minutes before news began to break of Ted Kennedy’s death late last night. I stand against virtually everything the man fought for politically, especially those things with the most direct Biblical connections (e.g., abortion and Israel), however if hell is what Jesus says it is, we should all pray for him. A quick read through Leviticus 19 (or the ten commandments) will highlight areas that ought to convict both God-minded liberals and conservatives. Though we have all been given a heart for justice to one degree or another, it (hell) is something one should not wish on one’s worst enemy or the worst log-in-his-eye-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah sinner. After losing my own brother, I felt just a bit more empathy for the man’s pain and his various responses to it.
If, as I noted above, one chapter in end-times American and world history opened with a fatal head wound (JFK; Rev 13:13), it’s at least of passing symbolic/prophetic interest that another appears to be closing with the death at age 77 of his brother via a different kind of head wound… slow, cancerous and deadly just like the moral cancer plaguing this country. May God rest his soul and may God have mercy on the nation we once both loved which, but for the final few acts seems like little more than a distant memory.