Preface: I made a bold statement back in July. I said I was pretty certain that Barack Hussein Obama is “the” antichrist. With this post here, I stand by everything I observed then and since except the ‘the’ part. BHO, I am absolutely convinced, is a central player in the final end-times drama. He may indeed be exactly what I said — “the one” who sums up all hatred for the One (Christ). Nonetheless, there are a number of qualities about him that don’t quite fit, and they’ve been bugging me.
What I also glossed over, in that post and since (because most people don’t think about it this way) is that the term “antichrist”, in scripture is applied to an individual only once. It’s a convenient shorthand for discussion, but there are in fact two final characters on the dark side and they go by a total of thirty-one different names. The thing they all have in common is opposition to Christ and His agenda, even though, on the surface, they may appear to give it and Him lip-service.
In addition to being the author of confusion, Satan is a master imitator (largely out of jealousy) and so it’s no surprise that, a) he would imitate Jesus and John-the-Baptist and, b) as in those times, it might not be immediately apparent who is who as this drama played out. (It will be later.) In all of this we must keep in mind who wins and it is emphatically neither of these characters or the world they represent.
So with that, come with me…
…in the way-back machine as we journey to October 13, 1992. The elder George Bush (41′s) term is drawing to a close. His VP, Dan Quayle is jousting with Al Gore and Admiral James Stockdale in the Vice Presidential debate:
QUAYLE: “…talk to the timber people in the Northwest where they say that, well, we can only save the owl, forget about jobs.”
[Note the allegorical (Bunyan-esque) symbolism of Quayle the man with quail the bird; e.g., see Numbers 11 and God's wrath at the people's grumbling against Moses. In short: My manna's not good enough for you, eh? You say you want quail? Here. Three feet deep. Eat 'til you puke and die!]
Curiously, in the PBS transcript of that debate, Quayle’s line about the Northern Spotted Owl is repeated. It’s unclear if that was an effort at emphasis on Quayle’s part, or an error by Quayle or one by PBS. Whenever something is repeated in scripture, it is significant (e.g., ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem…’) This is too.
Some back-story for those under thirty-five:
In the late 1980s and 1990s federal judge William Dwyer, a Reagan appointee, rocked the Bush Administration when he sided with environmentalists in a series of lawsuits involving the northern spotted owl. Dwyer ruled that the fierce pace of Forest Service logging in ancient forests was driving the spotted owl, and more than 180 other species that dwell in the deep forests west of the Cascade Mountains, to extinction. In 1991, Dwyer handed down an injunction halting all new timber sales in spotted owl habitat. He famously called the Bush Administration’s forest plan “a remarkable series of violations of environmental laws”.
Then along came Bill Clinton and Al Gore. At a rally in Portland, Oregon, on the eve of the 1992 election, Gore vowed to “end the standoff” over the fate of the Northwest forests once and for all.
Gore became so closely associated with the Spotted Owl battle that it became, and remains commonplace, for conservative commentators and chat-room denizens to refer to him as “Owl Gore”, perhaps picking up on rumors of unusually personal comments made by Bush ’41′. After taking office, Clinton and Gore nominally kept their promise, going so far, in 1993, as to “host a forest conference in Portland that later gives rise to the Northwest Forest Plan.”
That a pair of national leaders would go to such lengths over an owl when they had many more pressing concerns to deal with (e.g., Bosnia) seems at least notable. And while Gore may not have used the nickname on himself, he was happy to feature it on his campaign website as he battled George Bush the younger for the presidency in the 2000 campaign. According to issues2000.org, this is what appeared on that site (now defunct) as of May 15, 1999:
When conflict arose over the endangered spotted owl, my forest plan protected the species while putting the timber economy on a sound footing.
My point is not to debate the merits of his claim, but to note that Gore’s association with the owl was emblematic of, and central to the campaign that brought him into the national spotlight in 1992. That he went so far as to make a vow about owls on the eve of that election, came back to host a conference on it, and still felt, years later, that it had been pivotal, seems sufficient to make that association.
(There’s another whole line I don’t have time to explore around the forest aspect. I touched on it back in the summer in a post about the ruthless Henry Hudson and his ‘discovery’ of Manhattan. Here are the scriptural references that made me sit up and take notice. On the surface it refers to: the portion of Solomon’s temple that housed the armory, or, Lebanon — from which the timbers were cut to construct it.)
As a side note, consider how his first name might sound with a deep Tennessee drawl and it’s easy to see how the name has stuck. OK, fine, but what might it mean?
“The Great Owl” (the specific type that appears only once outside of the Mosaic Law, in Isaiah 34 and the Judgment of the Nations is a scenario in the [multiplayer?] video game “Advance Wars: Days of Ruin”. Whether that connection is intentional on the part of the game’s developers isn’t clear.
Horned Owl Publishing (‘horned’ being another term for the Great Owl of Isaiah 34) is part of the “Wicca web ring”. It advertises itself as a purveyor of:
“Quality Pagan Books… on Earth-centred spirituality, native European religions, and the Western Mystery Tradition… academic [?] books, children’s [!!] books… for families who are raising their children in these spiritual paths… which further understanding between members of different faiths.”
Note bene the term “horned”. We will come back to it in Part II. Preview.
But first, take a look at the strange imagery and curious message on this short, still-image voice-over by ‘Adam’ (a self-selected symbolic pseudonym) of the band ‘Owl City’, as he announces their Spring 2010 North American tour which begins March 30th. Note bene also that date. The following day marks Al Gore’s 62nd birthday. (In Hebrew terms — sunset to sunset — an evening concert on the 30th would be regarded as the same day.)
Note the imagery of the sea in the background of these images (the ‘sea’ being the term used in scripture to refer to the roiling tumult of what seems right in man’s eyes, unmoored to the fixed Rock of Christ and His Truth). It graces the cover of their album ‘Ocean Eyes’. The hotel pictured on it is the sail-shaped SEVEN-star super-luxury Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, which just celebrated its “Perfect Ten” anniversary three weeks ago. As this December 4th WSJ article (“A High Rise, Then a Steep Fall”) notes:
Dubai’s soaring skyline is a symbol of pride here. At a National Day parade this week, men dressed in traditional Arab garb pushed floats consisting of scale models of the city’s iconic buildings. There were models of the Burj Dubai — the world’s tallest skyscraper, due to open next month — as well as the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel and the Mall of the Emirates, which houses an indoor ski slope. “Our leaders have been able to achieve all of this,” said Ahmed Al Hammadi, watching the parade. As for the current debt crisis, “we will come out of it stronger,” he said.
You can almost hear the ghost of Nimrod who, in pridefully building a tower to the sky (Babel) incurred the wrath of Yahweh. Interestingly, one of Owl City’s other album icons appears to be a hot-air balloon, seen from below and out of focus as if escaping the earth… That’s doubly interesting in a prophetic vein in light of their enigmatic song ‘Meteor Shower’ which seems hard to divorce, in this rich, symbolic context, from a particular meteor shower in Genesis 19 from which a righteous man (Lot) and his family were rescued.
Then there is the pagan goddess ‘Lilith’, as Wikipedia notes:
Lilith (Hebrew: לילית Līlīt)… is a female Mesopotamian storm demon associated with wind and was thought to be a bearer of disease, illness, and death… Lilith appears as a night demon in Jewish lore and as a screech owl in Isaiah 34:14… In later folklore, “Lilith” is the name for Adam‘s first wife… Lilith is further associated with the Anzu bird, lions, owls, and serpents, which are animals associated with the Lilitu. It is from this mythology that the later Kabbalah depictions of Lilith as a serpent in the Garden of Eden and her associations with serpents are probably drawn…
For more than you’d ever want to read on the subject (probably most of it wrong), there are plenty of discussion threads on the various associations between owls and the worship of pagan gods. Suffice it to say that owls — of any type, in any context — are never ever ever associated with good things in scripture.
They are only associated with ‘good’ things in the upside-down world of pagan legends, e.g., as innocuous, diligent, cute little messengers in the Harry Potter films. Since the term ‘angel’ means ‘messenger’, any owl acting in that role is an evil angel. I.e., a fallen angel. I.e., satanic. You with me?
Then there’s the association of the PTB ‘Bohemian Grove’ with the worship of a pagan owl-god in modern times (possibly, if apocryphally involving the child-sacrificial ‘god’ Moloch). Anyone inclined to think this is all an elaborate, quasi-academic, quasi-spiritual ruse designed to beat up on Democrats should check out this page:
Mother Jones [Magazine], August 1981 volume 6 page 28, reported a partial list of some of the prominent members [of the Bohemian Grove]: “George P. Shultz, Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Gerald R. Ford, Henry Kissinger, William F. Buckley, Jr., Fred L. Hartley, Merv Griffin, Thomas Haywood, Joseph Coors, Edward Teller, Ronald Reagan, A. W. Clausen, George Bush, William French Smith, John E. Swearingten, Casper W. Weinberger, Justin Dart, William E. Simon, and hundreds of other prominent politicos and businessmen.”
While ‘ruling-class cohesiveness’ rarely lets slip details of accommodations arrived at there [the Bohemian Grove], some – such as the 1967 agreement by Ronald Reagan, over a drink with Richard Nixon, to stay out of the coming presidential race – have helped mold America’s destiny.
Some of the most chilling accounts of pagan ceremonies may well be exaggerated, however from a glance at even the mildest and most well-accepted, it seems clear that this is a context in which any hint of Christian piety is checked at the door.
In sum, (and I never ever imagined I’d be hopping on the NWO Masonic conspiracy bandwagon) the owl appears to be an equal opportunity demon symbol deeply embedded into both major parties. To my great surprise, it’s even baked into the architecture at the center of our nation’s capital (tip your head to the right in the recent Google Maps satellite shot and trace the outline of the roadways). Here’s an aerial shot from longer ago with the trees out of the way:
The owl is ‘looking’ west down the mall at the Washington Monument, an obelisk in the same basic form as the Astoreth and Baal-worship poles that went up in times of apostasy in and around ancient Israel and that Yahweh hated so much and which brought chastisement, firm correction and judgment on his people.
(By contrast, Yahweh’s aerial demonstrations are not only bigger, but they face in precisely the opposite direction). For more on all this, see this post from two months ago:
…the 125th anniversary of the Washington Monument, in 2009: “On December 6, 1884, workers placed the 3,300 pound marble capstone on the Washington Monument, and topped it with a nine-inch pyramid of cast aluminum, completing construction of the 555-foot Egyptian obelisk.”
(That would translate, in prophetic terms as a kind of national-scale institutionalization of Baal worship (the obelisk), but there’s more to it than that. Interestingly, the monument’s height symbolizes grace (five) as well as grace perfected (repeated 3X). Very interesting…. the 125th anniversary, in 2009, would also be 5X5X5. Again, grace perfected…
…or perhaps, now that I think about it, grace exhausted. If three fives, catastrophe and receiving grace doesn’t ring any bells, go read this post from last week about Chris Henry’s death. His team, the Cincinnati Bengals, played the symbolically notable Detroit Lions that day (December 6, 2009) in “Week 13“. The final score: Bengals 23, Lions 13. But let’s get back to our main theme: owls.
In widely dispersed pagan cultures (e.g., American Indians as well as Celts, thousands of miles and an ocean away, long before ocean travel) the owl is seen as embodying great intelligence:
Owl has been thought of as mysterious mainly because she’s nocturnal, flies silently, has sharp eyesight and hearing and attacks her prey swiftly. Those who fear her have thoughts of her presaging doom. People who admire her think of insight and knowledge…
Knowledge and intelligence are very different from wisdom – a virtue illustrated in and by Solomon especially, but also over 222 separate passages in the KJV. Knowledge, by itself (e.g., of good and evil) is what got Adam and Eve in trouble in the first place.
Not surprisingly therefore, raw intelligence and worldly knowledge are among the characteristics of the antichrist laid out in Daniel 7:20, Daniel 8:23, and Ezekiel 28:3 (referring to a key OT antichrist ‘type’, the King of Tyre) –
And of the ten horns that were in his head [the fourth beast/empire in Daniel's dream], and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows…
And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up...
Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee…
Let’s see… so we’re looking for a guy who’s incredibly smart but who carries a few extra pounds (‘stout’). He’s got a ‘fierce countenance’ (i.e., an “if looks could kill” expression). He emerges towards the end of a kingdom’s dominance when pretty much every sin imaginable has been woven into said kingdom’s culture.
He’s a shrewd politician (not just a puppet; e.g., see Daniel 8:25 & 11:21), a financial genius, for himself, not so much his nation (Revelation 13:17, Ezekiel 28:4-5, Psalm 52:7, Daniel 11:38-43) and a unifying “religious” guru. (He also becomes a forceful military leader, but that only comes later.)
Remind you of anyone?
Perhaps this recent, darkly-sinister rendering of the man under cloudy skies, towering over the Manhattan skyline will do to you what it did to me when I first saw it and send a chill down your spine. (There’s that city again… arguably the seat of modern Babylon… I’m still trying to figure out where he’s standing in the pic).
The bottom line: Come out of her my people. I take that, for now, in the sense of fleeing the Babylonian system. It may come to mean more…
Part II: Owl Gore — Heads and Horns.